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The old £10 notes aren’t worth anything any more

Poor old Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin paper £10 notes won't be accepted by shops after today.

What it means: If you've got a piece of paper with Charles Darwin on it burning a hole in your pocket it's your last chance to go out and spend it. The Charles Darwin notes have been gradually replaced by Polymer (a type of plastic) Jane Austen ones since September, and today's the last day shops will accept them. The Bank of England estimates there are 211 million of the old tenners still out there. Can you do that maths? It's *loads*.

Most high street banks will continue to accept the old £10 notes from their own customers, even though they legally don't have to, in an attempt to get the old notes out of circulation.

But why the change? The new polymer notes are more durable and harder to forge, apparently. They can also be identified by blind people, thanks to a cluster of brail symbols.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?