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Writer Derek Raymond Tribute

December 14, 2008

Cookie, originally uploaded by Simon Crubellier.

The late Derek Raymond, Britain’s finest noir writer, in a stencil by Grafter. Cheers to bornsleepy – if he hadn’t uploaded his photo of this I doubt I’d have bothered to check it out in the first place, never mind spend several hours there over two days.

Wow, that’s really something.

Previously here:

Writer Derek Raymond

In the old blog:

Derek Raymond: He Makes All Others Look Like Shit

Fandom Photos: Broertjes and Morrissey

December 13, 2008

Harry Broertjes and Rich Morrissey, originally uploaded by zilberhere.

Wow, this is really something.

Harry Broertjes was the editor of an influential Legion of Superheroes fanzine published by Mike Flynn, The Legion Outpost. There’s a commemorative issue on Google Book Search, which has a black-and-white picture of Mike Flynn, Richard Morrissey, and Harry Broertjes on page 11 from back in the day.

Rich Morrissey was the All-Time #1 fan of Batman. Aw, crap. I didn’t know he died, until now. Life sucks at moments like this. Rest in Peace, Richard. You did good while you were with us.

Fandom Photos: Carl Gafford

December 13, 2008

Carl Gafford at John Street, originally uploaded by zilberhere.

Carl Gafford at John Street

Carl Gafford was one of the early comic fans to publish a fanzine.

He also created the first organization of fanzine publishers, called the BPP — Blue Plaque Publications. (It was later revived into the UFO — United Fanzine Organization — chaired for some time by by Kurt Erichsen.)

This Smells Like … Hope

December 12, 2008

Convicted paedophile stabbed to death, stripped and mutilated in suspected vigilante attack

A child sex offender was stabbed to death in a ‘ferocious’ attack in which his genitals were mutilated.

Andrew Cunningham was found naked and soaked in blood at his caravan home in Wandsworth, south London.

The 52-year-old, who had been jailed for raping a girl under 13, was recently accused of molesting a two-year-old.

He was found with multiple stab wounds to his head, neck and chest on the site of the Riverside Haulage company, where he worked as a truck driver.

Emphasis added by me.

The British police — which are the laughingstock of this blog — had better do their job right this time: leave it unsolved.

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #424: $1T MOAR!

November 20, 2008

Financials need at least $1 trillion: analyst

(Reuters) – The U.S. financial system still needs at least $1 trillion to $1.2 trillion of tangible common equity to restore confidence and improve liquidity in the credit markets, Friedman Billings Ramsey analyst Paul Miller said.

Eight financial companies — Citigroup Inc, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Wells Fargo & Co, JPMorgan Chase & Co, American International Group Inc, Bank of America Corp and GE Financial — are in greatest need of capital, he said.

“Debt or TARP capital is not true capital. Long-term debt financing is not the solution. Only injections of true tangible common equity will solve the current crisis,” he said in a note dated November 19.

Currently, the U.S. financial system has $37 trillion of debt outstanding, he noted.

Combined, these eight companies have roughly $12.2 trillion of assets and only $406 billion of tangible common capital, or just 3.4 percent, the analyst said in his note to clients.

Miller said these institutions need somewhere between $1 trillion and $1.2trillion of capital to put their balance sheets back on solid ground and begin to extend credit again, given their dependence on short-term funding and the illiquid nature of their asset bases.

Emphasis added by me.

This is getting simply surreal:

The bulk of the capital will have to come from the U.S. government, Miller said. The government needs to take the initial steps to begin the process, and private capital and earnings can finish the job.

“The quicker the government acts, the sooner the financial system can work through its current problems and begin to supply credit again to the economy,” he said.

The U.S. government must declare a bank-dividend holiday and convert the TARP funding into pure tangible common equity to get the credit markets functioning.

Also, the government should support a centralized CDS clearinghouse that backstops all transactions and eliminates the cross-default problem, the analyst said.

Emphasis added by me.

Is this guy on drugs?

If these entities are such great risks and so necessary, why the hell isn’t private capital pouring in?

If private capital won’t do it, why should we get stuck with the tab?

Writer Tobias Buckell: Free Novel Thirds

November 19, 2008

The first one-third of three of his novels — Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, Sly Mongoose — are available in RTF file format for free.

And best wishes for a speedy recovery.

— via GalleyCat

Little Nazi Scumbag Bastard

November 5, 2008


Hitler photographs of French surrender published for first time

He added the photographs were unusual because all official photographs were taken looking upwards to make Hitler appear taller than the 5ft 5in he was.

He added: “They really illustrate how short he actually was.”

Emphasis added by me.

I don’t know why, but until I read that, I never knew Hitler’s height.

Previously here:

I Hate Nazis