October 12th, 2008

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War Cabinet

Here is a tough analysis by Will Hutton in the Observer (Guardian Sunday sister paper) of the current financial mess.

What needs to happen on top is an assault on the dark heart of the global financial system - the $55 trillion market in credit derivatives.... a market more than twice the size of the combined GDP of the US, Japan and the EU. Until it is cleaned up and the toxic threat it poses is removed, the pandemic will continue. Even nationalised banks, and the countries standing behind them, could be overwhelmed by the scale of the losses now emerging.

In the eighties mad radicals (like me) used to say 'Nationalise the banks'. This was thought equivalently loopy to saying 'the Ice caps are going to melt' or 'Selling off public property to pay for tax cuts might not be such a brilliant idea'.

If steps had been taken to head off these problems at that time, they could have been implemented gently, and in a controlled way. At this rate we are looking not at nationalisation of the banks but a mass mobilisation of a world economic system, of co-operating governments, imposing ultra-cautious clamps on the world economy. And once that is in place, these structures will be utilised to address the problems with climate and energy (and then food and water) that will become world crises quite soon. It will be a like a war government. And that's if we are lucky.
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Nathan Fillion is 'Nailing Your Wife'

Nailing Your Wife starring Nathan Fillion. Spoof porn for people who like everything about porn, except having to watch people have sex. It's only about two minutes long. Safe for Work (nothing happens, it just looks like it's going to).

Fillion does a pretty good job, and he makes his character a wee bit more interesting than it might have been (just like Adam Baldwin always does too). He's extremely passive, and you can see him looking at the director to be told where to stand and what to do. Which I think is cute.

There's a discussion on metafilter about whether it's misogynist, or making a point about misogyny. But I don't think it's as deep as that, I think it's just a bit of a daft joke.

ETA - but it does have a violent (accidental) death, so be warned. It may be that's the point, that violent death is PG and a blow job is not.