links for 2011-04-17

  • via Bruce Sterling, a gem of the obvious but unuttered: "…a vast trade in illicit goods and services: black markets run by 'deviant entrepreneurs' who see the world’s prohibitions as opportunities for extracting windfall profits… Narcotics trafficking; sex tourism; computer hacking; money laundering; stolen artworks and antiquities; illegally harvested timber, oil, and diamonds; counterfeit medicine, software, and luxury brands; and a globally networked market for human organs…"