Novel on Global Financial Meltdown?

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Novel on Global Financial Meltdown?

Postby Moderator » Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:44 pm

Has anyone ever read or know about any books of fiction dealing with a global financial meltdown???
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Postby Jan » Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:49 pm

Just look around you Steve. Such a thing is happening *right now*. :roll:




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Postby FrankChurch » Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:03 pm

Don't give Chrichton any ideas.

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Postby FrankChurch » Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:07 pm

"Read Adam Smith. He points out if you see two business men talking in the corner, they are probably arranging a conspiracy against the public. That's their job. It is not that they are bad people. That is just what they are supposed to do. Just like a corporation is not evil to try to maximize profit. If managers are not trying to maximize profit, they are breaking the law. They are not supposed to be ethical institutions; they are supposed to be operating in the interests of their shareholders."

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Postby Moderator » Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:33 pm

Jan wrote:Just look around you Steve. Such a thing is happening *right now*. :roll:



Actually, that's exactly why I'm asking.
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(Just read a nasty piece on Iceland's problems. Ugh.)
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Postby kevinkirby » Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:46 pm

The only thing that even comes close, in recent books, is World War Z. The first thing that came to mind was Make Room, Make Room.

Which kind of makes me wonder, academically speaking of course, what sorts of changes are now likely to occur in food production and distribution circles.

Campbell's Soup stock went up, I hear. Stockpiling, anyone?

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Postby FrankChurch » Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:08 pm

Iceland's problems? Yea, all that ice--ick!

I suggest a large heater.

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The Cold War is Over...Let "The Hot War" Commence

Postby kevinkirby » Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:40 pm

We can learn from Iceland, I tell you.

They suspended trading for two days. Perhaps the G8 might consider such a stopgap, if the time for such desperate measures hasn't already passed.

Some might say, it's too late for the paramedics. But extreme unction is still possible.


I hope everybody reading this thread has filled at least one room with long-lasting rations; soup, ramen and the like. I remember the day when the idea of cinematic Conan, that actor from Stay Hungry who went on to Science Fiction movie iconography, as governor of a state; well, such a notion might have
brought tears of laughter to a grownups face, before the hysterical paroxysms of a brain seizure brought said adult into a full-on spastic episode of furniture destruction.

Well, such times are past us. Think the unthinkable! Get ready for the food riots...and the welcome introduction of Soylent Green as the sole dietary choice of the masses.

The burgeoning, anthill-like throngs who now crowd the streets in confusion, soon will have a sole motivation in life, and that new impetus will almost certainly be hunger.

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Postby Ezra Lb. » Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:07 pm

There was a full page ad from Meryll Lynch in the Sunday WashPost telling us to remain calm in the face of the bad economic news because there have been at least 13 downturns or bubble bursts or whatever you want to call it in the 20th century and we're still here.

So don't worry folks this kind of shit happens all the time!
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Postby FrankChurch » Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:27 pm

And Hitler loved people.

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Postby Lori Koonce » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:01 pm

Frankie, my little Anti Pollyanna

Ezra is right you know. We survived the "tech bubble bursting. And in California we've survived a lot of big downturns in the housing market.

Shit, as a Nation we've survived worse than this. And the rest of the world seems to be dealing with it in it's own way. Surviving as we speak.

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Postby FrankChurch » Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:52 am

Yea, because we shored it back up with state bailouts and subsidy.

They like socialism, just the wrong kind.

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Postby Gwyneth M905 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:09 am

Funny how the powers that be hate socialism when it is directed to help the individual or community; love it when it helps the corporation or big business.

The Federal Reserve Bank, along with the Treasury, is in charge of regulating the nation's banks. Once it buys stock, becoming a stockholder, it will be responsible for policing itself. Unless I'm really missing something here, this has the potential to be a circle jerk of the most jizz-ormous proportions.

And the American people are left holding the Ritz cracker.

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Postby FrankChurch » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:29 am

Gwyn, pick a haircolor..lol

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Postby Gwyneth M905 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:10 pm

Ah, but Frankie, the red of the true revolutionary doesn't go well with my skin tones: I'd look goofy with a auburn van dyke. So I'll have to stick to my natural. If only my hair would lock, I'd be happy.
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