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  •  Henry F. Potter, the evil bankster in (0+ / 0-)

    It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed). The symbolically crippled and wheelchair-bound Potter was played to the hilt by Lionel Barrymore.

    Saruman at the end of The Lord of the Rings, setting out to destroy the Shire by forced industrialization, finally knifed in the back by his lackey, Grima Wormtongue, who is shot by several Hobbit archers while in that act.

    In real life, however, Crassus, reputed to have been the richest man in the Roman Empire, which is saying something.

    Most notorious was his acquisition of burning houses: when Crassus received word that a house was on fire, he would arrive and purchase the doomed property along with surrounding buildings for a modest sum, and then employ his army of 500 clients to put the fire out before much damage had been done. Crassus's clients employed the Roman method of firefighting—destroying the burning building to curtail the spread of the flames.

    America—We built that!

    by Mokurai on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 09:25:46 PM PDT

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