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09 May 2010 @ 02:22 am
Sigh ...  
I discovered today that there are many people who do not know this song. Which is a tragedy, as it is truly an anthem for our times. In the face of the all fairly grim men battling to run Britain, the monkeys at BP, the Rudd govt's ETS backflip and no doubt thousands of other short sighted and moronic decisions made by elected officials and non-elected CEOs this month, and with a special tip of the hat to Greece where the average person was apparently shocked to discover that rampant corruption and tax evasion is bad for an economy, I give you Jarvis Cocker's finest hour. Warning: contains one rude word, a lot.
 
 
 
Shivshiv5468 on May 8th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
erm yes, execpt there's nothing there

~pokes post~

This Girlthisgirl_is on May 8th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Phew, I thought it was just me!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 8th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
I C&P neatly into LJ's text editor, and does it work? Well, yes, the second time ...
This Girlthisgirl_is on May 8th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Heh, awesome. I'd forgotten that little piece of brilliance.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 9th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Mr Brammers had never seen it! Shocking!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 8th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Fixed! Though I think that you're one of the few people who could safely guess the song from the clues above ;-)
Shivshiv5468 on May 8th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Sighs.

As a Tory I'm very much in favour of cunts running the world, especially if they're Etonian cunts. So much more style.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 9th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Oh it's certainly not just David: all three of them have lost touch with reality and are happy to stick to ideology in the face of economic reality.

And I don't think you really are: being an old Etonian does not equal being a cunt, just as being a CEO does not. Look at Bill Gates and then look at Lloyd C. Blankfein; Gates may have unleashed some exasperating software, but he has at all times looked at the social implications of his company structure and done his best to not be a cunt. In the last decade he's taken that a giant step further. Blankfein on the other hand seems to have a PhD in advanced twattery. Yet to whom did the world economy go galloping in rescue the other year?
Shivshiv5468 on May 9th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Poor old Blankfein is actually right about there being no moral dimension to what he does. GS introduce sophisticated investors to each other who want to bet opposite ways on deals.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 9th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
The lack of mechanisms to utterly divorce both sides of the equation at GS itself is questionable, though. I find it hard to believe they are all so morally upstanding as to take no advantage.
Shivshiv5468 on May 9th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
Erm I rather thought that part of the issue with the stupid hearings was the Senate not appreciating that they couldn't talk to other people in the bank who were doing different bets because of chinese walls.

And again they're dealing wtih sophisticated investors who effectively want an execution only service not offering investment advice. There is no fiduciary duty so there can be no taking advantage. The counterparty priced their risk wrong, that's their problem. They aren't virgins but experienced pros with their own investment team.

Bill Gates is the one indulging in anti-comeptitive behaviour that's led to EU involvement and the requirement he do something to break up the browser market.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 9th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
They were not dealing solely with sophisticated investors. Indeed, their own internal emails discussed focussing on unsophisticated investors as buyers securities they themselves described as shitty. After creating an environment in which a massive fall was inevitable, they spent the end of 2007 making 'serious money' as the crisis they had been instrumental in orchestrating unfolded. The idea that it was pure luck they had taken such a strong negative position is not one that holds water.

As for Microsoft and the EU, it paid its initial fine in full despite having acted with no more passion in protecting its intellectual copyright than the Disney Corporation manages every day. It has since settled the entire case to the satisfaction of the EU.

It should be noted that Microsoft's actions hurt a small number of browser developers, while Goldman Sach's were contributory to a collapse that hurt almost every sector of every Western economy.

prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on May 8th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 9th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Mr B had never seen or heard of it! I've been humming it ever since the whole 'Actually, stuff Kyoto' debacle began, and every day it seems to be truer.
lyras: BSG Roslin and Adama not amusedlyras on May 9th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Sigh, indeed.

Jarvis is always at his best when he's angry IMO (I Spy, This is Hardcore, Cocaine Socialism), and this is my favourite of his solo tracks. So I'm just going to watch the video and try and forget about the outside world for a few minutes.
cassie_blackcassie_black12 on May 9th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Heh! Mr Brammers is not alone in never having seen this before. I thought I was quite a fan of Pulp, but I've never heard of this one before. Possibly it has slipped under my radar due to its overuse of the one swearword that squicks me :D

Though I have to say I prefer my celebrities with a little less political commentary. Mooning MJ at the Brits remains Jarvis' finest hour in my book *g*
adores_dracoadores_draco on May 9th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
"with a special tip of the hat to Greece where the average person was apparently shocked to discover that rampant corruption and tax evasion is bad for an economy" LOL. Sorry. My country happens to be among the European countries who have the great honour of financing Greece. Even though we are well aware that the option would be even worse some people are not that pleased. The economical situation is pretty bad. A lot of unemployed people etc.
adores_dracoadores_draco on May 9th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
I meant our own economical situation. There is already light in the end of the tunnel but as a wise person said it might just mean another train coming... ;)