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  1. Wow. It didn't take long for the Breitbartian sewer-dwellers on here to adopt this giftless prick as their latest poster-boy. I know dosbods is something of a refuge for reactionary and intolerant blow-hards but even so, they haven't even buried the dead yet. Go wash your mouths out and stand in the corner.
  2. That's the key to understanding this, just like Hitler's vegetarianism.
  3. https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-47548410
  4. It's a vicious, vicious world. A nylon-haired reality tv diva told me.
  5. I can seriously recommend The Sisters Brothers if you like modern Westerns. John C Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix as pair of brothers/killers-for-hire caught up in the California Gold Rush. Funny and poignant.
  6. I blame Bruce Lee. The Chinese have been talking back and taking names ever since The Big Boss opened.
  7. It's the price of cocaine! There's so much it flooding out of Columbia & Venezuela that the retail price has collapsed. The only way to make a dishonest living these days is to practice your chefing skills on the competition.
  8. Dudley is certainly a shit-hole. It makes Smethwick look community-minded.
  9. Brexit to blame for this too?! https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/05/cook-islands-considers-name-change-to-reflect-true-polynesian-nature
  10. Lovely summary of Steve Keen's work here by the great man himself. Why economists have to embrace complexity to avoid disaster
  11. I don't believe so. The banks kept the absolute worst of the subprime lending on their books. The superleverage - the $700 trillion tower of derivatives - was mostly created outside the banking system by entirely unregulated non-bank financial intermediaries.
  12. The Corbynites could disarm the Hard Left accusations by making a Green pivot. I have to confess my own lefty sympathies are motivated more by Jane Jacobs, Brian Arthur, Limits to Growth, Peak Oil etc. than Marx's dialectic materialism. Labour need to start talking about the Deep Left in the way that Ocasio-Cortez is doing in the US.
  13. Lehman Brothers was allowed to fail. When Bear Stearns threatened to do the same pandemonium ensued. It was only then that Bernanke and Paulson realised the systemic nature of the crisis. Had they failed to intervene the rest of the plates would have come down together and industrial civilisation would have ended in September 2008.