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Re: Currently Reading

Post by Gibby » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:58 pm

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Re: Currently Reading

Post by Rusty » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:51 am

Damn it, I keep meaning to finish that one (I'm 6% in which I think is the middle of chapter 2). It's been so long since I read the Dawn book I'll need to read the recap again.

Currently got stuck into rereading some David Gemmell books after reading everyone's reviews here. Been possibly, 30 years since I last read any of them. They're simple yet powerful reads.
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Re: Currently Reading

Post by Stormbringer » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:30 am

Which Gemmell books are you reading?
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Re: Currently Reading

Post by Rusty » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:53 pm

Currently on the Drenai Saga. Book 2. Trying to read them in published order, same as I did first time round.
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Re: Currently Reading

Post by Achtung Englander » Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:15 pm

Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment by Yanis Varoufakis

A 400 page turner of a book on how devious the EU and the IMF were in refinancing the French and German banks after the 2008 crises using Greece as the patsy. Reading this you cannot help but think Brexit was not a bad idea after all.
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Re: Currently Reading

Post by Jez » Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:03 am

I've heard the guy who wrote it on Radio 4 talking on EU related issues especially to do with Greece. Greece needed to make changes to their own very corrupt bag but how the EU treated Greece was pretty disgusting.

His advice on Brexit was get out while you still can. I hadn't heard him specifically make this link that his book alludes to but nothing would surprise me.
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Re: Currently Reading

Post by Mantis » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:41 am

I find it unlikely that's his stance as he's always been a very strong critic of the EU but from a pro-reform perspective. He described Brexit as watching a slow motion car crash earlier this year.

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Re: Currently Reading

Post by Achtung Englander » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:29 pm

I am about 40% in. It is a fascinating read and not at all dry which is what I feared. The EU and the IMF were panic stricken in 2007 that the insolvency of the French and German banks would result with the collapse of the Euro and given the ECB could not lend money directly as that is in breach of one of it laws (to avoid favouritism among the nation states) it got around this by lending Greece half a trillion Euros on the basis that the country needed bailing out (remember this is a country with the same population as London and although corrupt did not need so much bail out money) but it used the French and German banks (not the Greek banks) to broker the deal and to add insult to injury it lent the money on the condition that Greece accepted the largest austerity package in the history of finance. The EU and IMF lent the money to Greece in full knowledge the debt could not be paid off solely to refinance the French and German banks.

So like how the Bank Of England printed money and lent the British banks the money, the EU got around its straight jacket laws by using Greece as a proxy. The net result is that Greece suffered the worst economic downturns in modern history when its GDP shrunk by a 1/4 in just 2 years.

Fuck the EU, seriously and this is coming from a remainer. The fact there is no Euro Bond only goes to show that the premise of the Euro is designed solely to enhance the economy of Germany and France at the expense of the other Eurozone nations - and those idiots signed up to it.

Gordon Brown may have been a bad PM but we should kiss his arse for stopping Blair in signing up to a currency that makes no fucking sense. The Eurozone countries can set their own fiscal and tax policies independent of interest rates and monetary policy because they have no control over it. What ???. That is economics 102. You need control over your monetary policy if you need to stimulate your economy via push/pull fiscal instruments and you need control over interest rates if demand needs stimulating or suppressing. Why would you surrender that ?. To be brotherly to your European neighbour ?
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Re: Currently Reading

Post by Maturin » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:43 am

Currently reading The Two Towers. I just love the grandiose exchanges between everyone, like Tolkien is documenting a mythical retelling shortly after the event - as if he himself is filling in the gaps regarding dialogue, trying to do justice to these living legends. It almost comes across like a doctrine from an unknown source at times.

Also, it's great how belligerent book-Gandalf is. The hobbits are scared shitless of him at times when he's drawing on his power - like when he sets the woods on fire and wields massive branches of flame, crushing the wolves/wargs.

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