Archive for April 9th, 2009

Military-Industrial-Financial-Academic-Nerd Complex

Pentagon preps for economic warfare – Eamon Javers – POLITICO.com

But instead of military brass plotting America’s defense, it was hedge-fund managers, professors and executives from at least one investment bank, UBS – all invited by the Pentagon to play out global scenarios that could shift the balance of power between the world’s leading economies.

Their efforts were carefully observed and recorded by uniformed military officers and members of the U.S. intelligence community.

In the end, there was sobering news for the United States – the savviest economic warrior proved to be China, a growing economic power that strengthened its position the most over the course of the war-game.

In these dark days, thank Christ we got the Pentagon out there teaming up with hedge-fund managers and investment bankers. The world is saved.

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Pacts

Now we have to pay the price for never saying no – Martina Devlin, Columnists – Independent.ie

However, we cannot finger-point at our leaders, bankers and effete regulators without confessing to collusion in the myth –we should not conveniently forget how well we liked the bling. In that sense, we were complicit.

I’m thinking about organising a mass suicide pact for all those wracked with guilt at how they gave the Tiger economic syphilis. Not that I have any intention of participating myself, but I would feel a lot better if all these people would just go to hell.

Straining The Spuds of Meaning

Recession linked to crime, alcohol – The Irish Times – Thu, Apr 09, 2009

The drinks industry group Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society (Meas) warned the recession is also likely to lead to more home drinking.

Meas, whatever it means in Irish, is Spanish for ‘You piss’.


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