I am opening up a new category to the Cobbian oevre called 'Wanna Bet?' I am prompted to do so by the constant doom and gloom predicted by my bete noir and sparring partner (who may or may not be on my side but improves my punching game nonetheless) Craig Nulan.
I will entertain any and all comers to Mortimer & Randolph style betting (1 US Dollar) on any subject or prediction with which I have a significant enough difference that it gets my ire up. So. Come wid it bad bwoy! Put your money where your mouth is.
I will will publish all such bets in the Research Notebooks sidebar. They should be of a nature such that they are independently verifyable, and have a reasonable date attached to them.
One should note that you don't have to be the originator of the idea. For example you could say that the IMF predicts that France will go to Darfur in 2009 and commit at least 5000 troops. I can say that the IMF is full of it, and you can bet on their behalf. Makes no difference to me where the idea is from - if it's full of crap, then I'm down to book your wager. Nevertheless, the wager has to be with me. But I could be a proxy as well for somebody else. Fzample I may agree with MIB that the next Spike Lee movie will tank at the box office, and you may disagree. I might agree with MIB and take a bet on his position.
I don't expect to be dealing with more than 30 or 40 bets at any one time because I may be crusty, but I'm not that disagreeable. So I don't expect to have to limit the number of bets. Also, I don't need anyone to put up the cash until the expiration date of the bet itself at which point I will issue a margin call and expect a PayPal settlement. If you win, then you have to have a PayPal account too.
One more thing. No piling on. If you can't come up with your own bet, piss off.
If you don't like it. Don't play. As Prince said..."Sorry baby, that's the rules. I pay the rent in this raggedy m.f. all you do is fk up the food and eat. Uh huh. That's right."