Island Life by David Slack

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Island Life: And some with a fountain pen

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  • Paul Litterick,

    Toast, perhaps.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report Reply

  • Heather W.,

    Grifffim maybe. Loosely based on Global Financial Meltdown. (It needed three f's to not have a Google hit).

    North Shore • Since Nov 2008 • 189 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Grifffim maybe.

    I think we're heading in the right direction.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Naming the melt-down of American financial institutions after an ethnic Jewish foodstuff might be taken the wrong way in some quarters.

    Yeah good point. I don't want to promote anti-semitism.

    Grifffim maybe. Loosely based on Global Financial Meltdown. (It needed three f's to not have a Google hit).

    Umm. Lucky someone checked?

    Surely when everyone googles it they'll just put in two fs and they'll never find it, and we'll end up obscure?

    We'd need to run a "Your 'Global Financial Meltdown' has three fs" campaign. 1. Foreclosure; 2.Fiduciary ; and 3. Fucked. Advertising changes minds don't ya know.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • stephen walker,

    i concur with giovanni.

    David is being unfair to George.
    He is only slightly to blame.
    a fairer assessment would be "George Clinton"
    but since that name coincides with one of the all-time geniuses of funk music, it shall be struck from the list.

    George can be blamed for promoting GWOT (global war on terror) but even that was hatched and well on the way to godzillering NYC well before he got near to a teleprompt.

    George can be blamed for making GWOD (global war on drugs) and GWORR (global war on reproductive rights) much more lucrative...but once again, these atrocities span the decades.

    We could even say that George has given a free pass to the CAP (campaign to annihilate Palestine), but that's 90 years old, so we would even have trouble pinning that one on George's grandaddy.

    No, GEM (global economic meltdown), or, as some like to call it, CEPO (capitalist endgame played out; pronounced "seppo") has many more culpible players than poor old George, the coke-addled fratboy with his finger on the button. We have Alan G, Robert R, Larry S and Phil G. Even Gordon B, Ronnie R and Maggie T deserve some credit (yes, pun intended).

    No, i think if we wanted to go to the root of the problem, the largest share of blame should go to Colonel Edwin Drake and all his copycats who led the charge in the 150-year DONUT (destruction of nature until terminal).

    nagano • Since Nov 2006 • 645 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    so, again, it's all gone toroid-shaped?

    (or, with an added twist, a Me-bias strip?)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1942 posts Report Reply

  • Elizabeth,

    what about Karl? He was right, after all...

    Kapiti • Since Nov 2008 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    what about Karl? He was right, after all...

    Don't know, I'm more of a Lenny person myself. A lennynist in fact.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    what about Karl? He was right, after all...

    Don't know, I'm more of a Lenny person myself. A lennynist in fact.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    A joke so bad that it was worth posting twice? Not sure how that happened.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Elizabeth,

    Don't know, I'm more of a Lenny person myself. A lennynist in fact.

    Yeah Lenny works for me. I like. Rolls off the tongue nicely. "The G20 leaders discussed Lenny today..."

    Kapiti • Since Nov 2008 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • stephen walker,

    a global-sized toroid is what you get when the Fed's electronic prining presses get so hot that they melt through the earth's core and go all the way to China

    nagano • Since Nov 2006 • 645 posts Report Reply

  • jon_knox,

    I think someone at the Guardian several months ago was leading a campaign to rebrand the Credit Crunch in a way that identified fault. Accordingly "Banker's Crisis" was adopted. (alas now can't find a link)

    Just heard John Key's Cabinet selection interveiw on National Radio....Suprisingly "It's a game of two halves" & "Rugby was the winner on the day" were not used.

    Later in the interview the statement "...everyone's trying to go through the keyhole" is used. um perhaps paints a picture that is a little too vivid.

    Cut & paste link to media player's "Open URL" to listen.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/**_**_data/assets/audio_item/0010/1785961/ckpt-20081117-1707-New_Cabinet_Line_Up-m048.asx

    Belgium • Since Nov 2006 • 464 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Wurr,

    We have Alan G, Robert R, Larry S and Phil G. Even Gordon B, Ronnie R and Maggie T deserve some credit (yes, pun intended).

    And Roger D, Rodney H, Richard P, Don B and Jenny S. And maybe John K.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    surely it's "babylon", um err mon

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    My suggestions:

    Poobris (a portmanteau of poo and hubris, as in "we're in the poobris, mate")

    Brokest (because it comes after brokers. Usage: "G20 leaders today met to discuss the global Brokest")

    Glunt (because there's no longer a glut of easy credit, and it's a contraction of "global" and a common mispronunciation of "crunch")

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Poobris... Brokest... Glunt

    Those are good but lack a certain humph. I know catastrofuck is taken, but I think we need a sweary touch.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    I know catastrofuck is taken, but I think we need a sweary touch.

    James Kunstler called his book about the collusion of American credit, urban sprawl and freeway building "Clusterfuck Nation", so how about "clusterfuckup"?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    A year ago, Eric Watson had it all. Tonight he tells Close-Up how it feels to be Glunt-struck.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson,

    The Wallop of 08.

    To keep in the same historical vein as "The Crash of 29"

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    I favour The Great Bubble, myself, but I'm also open to blaming the Pillage Idiots.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I'm also open to blaming the Pillage Idiots

    Very funny, but inaccurate, most of the pillagers did extremely well out of the whole thing. Some are getting sworn in as Prime Ministers as we speak.

    More a case of the pillaged idiots, perhaps, but I'm against a culture of blaming the victims.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • hanuman,

    I like Duncan Black (Atrios)'s suggestion- The Big Shitpile.
    he's been using it for a while

    it originally referred more specifically to the teetering tower of swapped credit, but extending it to describe the general situation seems apt at the moment.

    wgtn • Since Aug 2008 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    Well we are New Zealanders. We should be able to swallow every sound in 'Global economic crisis' except perhaps for a syllable or two and the second-last 's' if we use the phrase often enough. Does that help?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson,

    Well we are New Zealanders. We should be able to swallow every sound in 'Global economic crisis' except perhaps for a syllable or two and the second-last 's' if we use the phrase often enough. Does that help?

    Gloalconokrysis?

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

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