Where’s Me Gold?

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Where’s Me Gold?

Being mired in poverty myself, I can't pretend like some people to have an answer for the world's economic woes, except possibly: create value, contemplate inherent beauty, and learn to distinguish vrai from faux [true from false] in any language.

The best I can do is latch onto an expert's analysis, Naomi Klein's, whose book "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" just won the inaugural £50,000 Warwick* prize for the best complexity. The "shock doctrine" is Klein's term for economist Milton Friedman's world-altering insight that since people in trouble grasp at straws, world-class moneygrubbers should have plenty of prefab straws up their sleeve, the better to vampirize the resources of people temporarily too shocked'n'awed to put up a fight.

The shock doctrine is shocking but makes sense of recent globalized corruption from Iraq to New Orleans. Filling in her overarching thesis with on-the-ground journalistic accounts of disasters worldwide, La Klein is calm, concise, Canadian, passionate and persuasive. And so girly. See for yourself. (The NYT article she references in the video below makes you want to scream, "Why didn't the NYT go after Greenspan before it was too crashing late?)

Naomi Klein-in-heels takes down Ole Man Greenspan in absentia.

Saturday Night Live, which has slid repulsively into macho sex jokes now that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are no longer there dominating, had an inspired take on the nation's frustration with BHO's failure to top the morons still screwing with the economy even though they're totally outnumbered in Congress and the country, nay, the world is sick of 'em.

Referencing the Hulk's ability to self-transform from mild-mannered wuss to raging green giant, SNL left out the green part, too leprechauny mayhaps but so apt environmentally. They stuck with the testerone-driven penile-enhancement part: Fred Armisen's limp Obama morphs into Duane "The Rock" Johnson's tumescence.

BHO gets in touch with his anger: defenestration ensues.

Speaking of green things and arousal and the dangers of idle hands on internet-accessible keyboards, Joan Kelly's blog cited the bygone cultural buzzphrase "Where's me gold?" and before you could say "unrequited internet crush" I was watching Leprechaun (1993) in 10-minute segments on youtube.

Well, first I found the Trenchcoat Club's witty rap on the Leprechaun film franchise, but nothing motivates watching the intensely talented British dwarf Warwick Davis or even pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston like the hope of cramming the reference into my blog... and pinging Joan Kelly.

The once-and-future pro submissive was blogging about repetition compulsion, something she knows something about and which is the neurosis du jour behind the faith-that-refuses-to-be-shaken in Wall Street financiers or the ruling class or throwing good money after bad:

...the most egregious repetitive use of a cheesy tactic that didn’t work in the first place since Leprechaun’s (the first one) “Where’s me gold!” catch phrase in the early 90’s.

Hollywood's homicidal Leprechaun going after his stolen gold might inspire taxpayers sick of watching their wealth transferred without a fight to the uncontrite moneymeisters responsible for capitalism's assisted suicide. Bite 'em on the leg! Slash 'em! Wear green'n'white striped hose and green velvet tailcoats! Note: the film made its money back nine to one. Other note: Jennifer's face-à-face with the Lep at 4:15.

Jennifer Aniston takes charge in mini-shorts'n'shotgun.

*No relation to the guy who plays the Lep.



Comments [88]

yonks's picture

I tried to send two messages

I tried to send two messages but it didn't shows
?
Now it work.
I wanted to send you my french newa list on the web because i know that frenchies te manques.
http://www.marianne2.fr/
http://www.rue89.com/
http://www.betapolitique.fr/
Damn, i just learn that Bashung died yesterday
http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/
the english version http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/magazine/373/399
http://mondediplo.com/

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yonks's picture

Its funny, rue 89 is one of

Its funny, rue 89 is one of my news list. I give it to you because i know that frenchies te manques.

beta politique http://www.betapolitique.fr/
Damn, i just learn that Alain Bashung died yesterday.
rue 89 http://www.rue89.com/
Marianne http://www.marianne2.fr/

le monde diplomatique http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/
english version http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/magazine/373/399
http://mondediplo.com/

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Erin Blackwell's picture

CAPITALISM AND THE DEATH

CAPITALISM AND THE DEATH DRIVE
that book looks really interesting. i'm going to read some reviews of it. the kind of book we don't get over here. sigh. i miss the frenchies. and of course we don't translate anything! aargh.

http://www.rue89.com/cabinet-de-lecture/2009/01/15/capitalisme-et-pulsio...

yonks's picture

Wen i said i'm not worried

Wen i said i'm not worried about you, it was actually a joke, i hope you have get it.

( First, i want to clarify that i'm not communist)
Wen the communists get trough a crisis, no Anallise, no try to understand whats append. It was the absolute proof that communism doesn't work.

wen the capitalism go trough a crisis, its not that clear.there is "good" capitalism and "bad" capitalism. Then dig into the node, you have to use the language who provide by the sames point of view who did the mess.

you can change the house, if your hold dog use to pee on the carpet, you can expect it will do the same. Habits aren't easy to change.

here, i find it funny, sorry, its in french.
http://www.marianne2.fr/Crise-du-capitalisme-ou-pulsion-de-mort_a175046....

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Erin Blackwell's picture

the mermaids are singing

the mermaids are singing propaganda? then we're REALLY in trouble!

the crisis is supposed to reestablish a ruling class but it's not working all that well — witness bernie madoff. already, california taxpayers aren't getting state refunds: SCANDAL.

Erin Blackwell's picture

Naomi Klein in the above clip

Naomi Klein in the above clip says something like:

"...free marketers could always point to some regulation holding them back but now, thanks to Greenspan, we know what a deregulated market looks like, it looks like the DERIVATIVES market."

"Derivatives are financial contracts, or financial instruments, whose values are derived from the value of something else (known as the underlying)."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derivative_(finance)

yonks's picture

I dont catch what she said at

I dont catch what she said at the end, she said: we do know how a deregulate market look like, it look like ??????

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yonks's picture

In fact i work from 4 pm to

In fact i work from 4 pm to 1am, its more a work night lol.
I re-read you post every time i go work.

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Erin Blackwell's picture

BOOPSIE you're more

BOOPSIE

you're more idiomatic, c'est vrai

yonks's picture

I'm not worried about you

I'm not worried about you being crushed, i talk about my soul.
i get seduced by the mermaids of propaganda....

Do you think the crisis will go as far as the states will not be able to paid the public servant?

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yonks's picture

But i'm getting better than

But i'm getting better than last year don't you think? and i got plenty vocabulary around hot chicks and big boops.

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Tex's picture

Gonna get in trouble

Gonna get in trouble yet....all this bourbon and confessing!

Tae below - I'm there!

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Lake's picture

Bourbon and Hot Toddies

Bourbon and Hot Toddies

Lake

Not2Taem's picture

Tex, A double dose! Hmm....

Tex,
A double dose! Hmm.... How to best capitalize on the situation?
Meet me in the PM. Wink

Tex's picture

TAE! TAE! I prepared and

TAE! TAE! I prepared and imbibed one of Rachel's Hot Toddies! Used 1 oz instead of 1/2! Geezus, you can't breathe while you're taking a drink! Okay, I'm gonna make another - give me 30 minutes then ask me anything.....

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Tex's picture

FOR TAE BELOW "Conservatism

FOR TAE BELOW

"Conservatism has been rejected" ...don't ya love her? I have to say that I like her present look better - shorter gelled hair is hotter!

OMG! Ask Dr Maddow! The woman knows her martinis! It is so HOT how she gesticulates - I'm serious - when I talk with a woman who gestures I get to a point where I just want to grab and kiss her - you know, channel that passion in my direction!

I am off to get the ingredients for THAT Hot Toddy - thank goodness the son is a man, and I don't have to live the "Just Say No" life....

Thanks, Dr Tae, for looking out for me, and your "cabin fever" prescriptions!

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Not2Taem's picture

Demanding much? Oh wait, I

Demanding much? Oh wait, I almost forgot, I'm not being childish today. Dear, its nice that you have such high expectations.

I stumbled on this while searching for a Hot Toddy and thought you might enjoy a blast from the past.

http://www.asterpix.com/vnc/8608741/air-americas-rachel-maddow-on-msnbc-...

Ooo! This one is even better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn5WHZreGtE&NR=1

And here's your tall Hot Toddy. Just click on the video with the recipe to get the full warming effect. Wink

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28426085/

Hey, if there's nothing better to do, why not just spend the day drinking with Rachel? Laughing out loud

Erin Blackwell's picture

BriTwit isn't a dragon a

BriTwit

isn't a dragon a very large snake?

ok, it was st patrick and it turns out that's not even true:

"He did not banish the snakes: Ireland never had any. Scholars now consider snakes a metaphor for the serpent of paganism."

http://www.slate.com/id/77427/

let me add: paganism might be a metaphor for goddess worship except i don't really want to go there

Steph's picture

Will does rock but are you

Will does rock but are you sure about St George??

Erin Blackwell's picture

we always need one really

we always need one really crazy person to keep things hopping. we just removed one. step up and take her place.

Erin Blackwell's picture

our great national jewish

our great national jewish playwright before arthur miller. yes, you must go and tell me all about it, please!

yonks's picture

I'v got the explanation for

I'v got the explanation for the crisis!!!

In fact, the invisible man have been kidnapped, so he can't regulate stuff with his invisible hand.

Before, the invisible man read a news paper and said: the price of housing is to high! its a job for the invisible man.
and there goes the music:
"invisible maaaan doo doo doo tsoin tsoin
with his invisible haaaand doo doo doo tsoin tsoin
he will regulate, the price and the trade tsoin tsoin doo doo doo tsoin tsoin"

and then everybody cheers and applause....
But the question is who have kidnapped the invisible man?

jeeeez, i think i'm going crazy

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Erin Blackwell's picture

you heard it before and you

you heard it before and you didn't tell us!

alas, people always see things horrible things coming but even shouting it from the rooftops is never enough to stop it. so we can't really blame you, you little stinker.

Erin Blackwell's picture

ce sera geniale si tu

ce sera geniale si tu pourrais prendre des cours d'anglais, effectivement! des fois tu m'agaces au cause de la langue, mais presque jamais au cause de tes sentiments.

yonks's picture

I'm always well on VP hug to

I'm always well on VP
hug to you Smile

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yonks's picture

"why didn’t they see through

"why didn’t they see through it before?"
Well, i feel guilty because i'v heard of the major crisis longtime before, a french magazine, Marianne in 2005 2006 make a big cover "the fives bombs on the heart of capitalism"
Le monde diplomatique wrote a prevision article in which they describes the crisis as if it was already there. But they even goes further, to the point were states, european and american wasn't able to paid there functionary and public servant.
There was also severals books that i haven't read but heard of.

but the other side was so self assure, i was doubting Sad
Now i'm thinking, if my workshop close, to do as in argentina, after the crisis, worker get back to theirs factories and self manage it. http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/3821

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lmz's picture

here and there ... hope

here and there ... hope you're well.

xxx

lmz's picture

Thanks Tex :)

Thanks Tex Smile

yonks's picture

sometime, i re-read myself

sometime, i re-read myself and i realize that i really sucks in english Sad thanks to everyone who read me despite the pain provided by my sucksitude. should i said sucksness?

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yonks's picture

were have you been all thats

were have you been all thats time?

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yonks's picture

Well, i don't know for you

Well, i don't know for you honey but i'm too smart to chat about this publicly.
I love your Brecht quote. I'v seen Galilea galileo ones.
That's remind me that they play Clifford Odets "awake and sing" in montreal. I'll try to go.

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Erin Blackwell's picture

it might increase your fear

it might increase your fear of Leps but will increase your appreciation for jennifer aniston.

we cannot forgive st george driving the snakes out of ireland. he's a patriarchal menace, your st. george.

besides, april 23 is the Bard's bday, Silly. Will rocks!

lmz's picture

Hi Steph Of course the best

Hi Steph

Of course the best team will win! (the bottle of champagne is in MY fridge)

Steph H's picture

Hey EB I'll check it out

Hey EB

I'll check it out sometime - it will help me face my fear of leprechauns.....

I was just posting Tex further down about St George's day - doesn't seem to be such a big deal here or over there.. the Irish have stolen our thunder!!

Steph H's picture

Joking apart, you may have to

Joking apart, you may have to remind me.....

Steph H's picture

Great to see you my

Great to see you my friend!

Regarding Sunday - may the best team win!!! xxxx

Erin Blackwell's picture

as bertold brecht said,

as bertold brecht said, "what's robbing a bank compared to founding one?"

Tex's picture

LORD HAVE MERCY, this is a

LORD HAVE MERCY, this is a comment for LMZ down below her square dance comment!

You don't need square dance....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2xXU-hnObg&feature=related

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Lake's picture

Here you

Tex's picture

LOL! Now, where is my

LOL! Now, where is my bourbon?

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lmz's picture

...i don't do square dance

...i don't do square dance but i'm ok

Lake's picture

For

Tex's picture

Cool site, Lovey! I actually

Cool site, Lovey! I actually took a square dance class in college - along with ball room dance - loved it! Hope you are well....

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Tex's picture

Smooch, Pepe, enjoy your work

Smooch, Pepe, enjoy your work day!

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Tex's picture

That's the crux of the matter

That's the crux of the matter - the "honest" guys were/are making more than the "criminals"!

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Tex's picture

Yes, there are if you are

Yes, there are if you are with a lass - that's probably got me in the pisser of the mood more than the economy!

Cold and alone,

Tex

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Tex's picture

Here's some music for your

Here's some music for your icon.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3_J1ARdmGI

(tried to imbed below, but it didnt' work - please disregard blank post)

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Tex's picture

Twitter Time @kdhales

lmz's picture

http://www.squaredance.fr/lie

Erin Blackwell's picture

thanks for the visual beer

thanks for the visual beer reference, the key element to any SPD celebration.