Friday Random 10: Gone Fishing Edition

Pax Arcana

Famous number nerd and Moneyball author Michael Lewis has an awesome article in Vanity Fair about the remarkable rise and subsequent collapse of Iceland’s economy. I learned a lot of things from it. For example, did you know that Iceland’s economy is no longer pegged to the annual troll harvest? It’s true! They had banks and hedge funds and everything.

Iceland’s finance minister discusses the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio

But really the article is about how Iceland — a nation that subsisted entirely on fishing until some greedy douchenozzles decided to convert their entire state financing system into a microcosm of Wall Street — is a nation of extreme risk takers. Did I mention fishing?

The problem is that, because the fish are everybody’s property, they are nobody’s property. Anyone can catch as many fish as they like, so they fish right up to the point where fishing becomes unprofitable—for everybody. “There is in the spirit of every fisherman the hope of the ‘lucky catch,’” wrote Gordon. “As those who know fishermen well have often testified, they are gamblers and incurably optimistic.”

Fishermen, in other words, are a lot like American investment bankers. Their overconfidence leads them to impoverish not just themselves but also their fishing grounds.

Also, they both develop a taste for human flesh after feeding off the carcasses of their dead coworkers. Wait — did I say that out loud?

The songs:

All World Cowboy Romance — Mission of Burma
July, July! — The Decemberists
Knot Comes Loose — My Morning Jacket
Neptune’s Net — M. Ward
On the Bus Mall — The Decemberists
Cape Canaveral — Conor Oberst
World Town — M.I.A.
Thin Line — Graveyard
Rainin in Paradiz — Manu Chao
Fool — Cat Power

Bonus video:

Get Clear Wedge — Bison Bison

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.



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4 responses to “Friday Random 10: Gone Fishing Edition

  1. Perry Ellis

    I can’t believe you got through that whole thing and never once mentioned Vikings. Or the fact that you’re running for governor.

    Earthquake Weather, Beck
    Into The Fire, Bruce Springsteen
    Bold As Love, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (live), U2
    Rules, Buffalo Tom
    Round & Round (It Won’t Be Long), Neil Young
    Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo, Jens Lekman
    What Are They Doing In Heaven Today, The Be Good Tanyas (ugh)
    Think, Aretha Franklin
    I Wanna Be Your Dog, Uncle Tupelo

  2. 1. Patti Page – Conquest (the original not the White Stripes cover)
    2. Van Morrison – Across The Bridge Where Angels Dwell
    3. Cher – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
    4. I am The Branch – The Silence of Silence
    5. Howlin Wolf – Highway 49
    6. Randy Newman – Rednecks
    7. The Smashing Pumpkins – Galapogos
    8. The Wood Brothers – Angel Band
    9. Bill Withers – Who Is He (And What Is He To You)?
    10. Arizona – Don’t Have the Body

    Have y’all heard of Reactables? Bjork’s band uses one and its pretty fucking intense and strange. My friend was telling me about it last night, check it out:

  3. Wrong link, its this video from Live With Jools:

  4. Coach Football

    1. Sitting by the Window–Moby Grape
    2. Who Do You Love?–Ted Leo/Pharmacists
    3. Sweet Romance–Rick Danko
    4. Masquerade Is Over–Moonglows
    5. Buy 14 Zero Zero–Console
    6. Paris in Blue–Mingus Big Band
    7. Broke Down Engine–Bob Dylan
    8. The Policy Merchant, The Silver Bay–Frog Eyes
    9. Puddin ‘N’ Tain–Alley Cats
    10. Precious, Precious–Jackie Moore

    Worst Friday Random 10 ever.

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