12 Days “Helicopter Ben Haunts My Nightmares”

Fight deflation. Drop money from helicopters.

This is part of a series of shorter posts recapping some of the more whimsical aspects of 2011, and not necessarily having to do with any of the main topics covered by this blog.

[C] is generally considered a failure from my conversations within the blogosphere. An ambitious failure of the type that Noitamina would see repeatedly throughout 2011, but a failure nonetheless. I suppose that is inevitable when trying to portray global financial systems as battle anime.

Because art imitates theoretical scenarios from life

I think the finale was a case of the series outsmarting itself with yen mysteriously appearing in everyone’s bank accounts and literally falling from the sky as the final battle raged in the Financial District. That ultimately culminated into a world where Japan used US Dollars, but everything seemed much better than what came before.

Now, back to the money falling from the sky. This was done via guys in helicopters shown for a brief few seconds. Not to get too technical, the economist Milton Friedman had once said that deflation could be fought by “dropping money from helicopters” something which current Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke referred to in a prophetic 2003 speech about the actions a central bank can do to fight deflation. That speech earned him the nickname “Helicopter Ben” in many circles.

Noitamina. Ruining good scenes by trying way too hard since 2011.

Of course, while I spent part of the spring writing a few posts about [C] and how it tied into events in the real world, I could never put helicopter drop of money and Ben Bernanke together. That was until a eureka moment during a SCCSAV Terribad session. When I said it aloud, it was predictably met with silence. Ben who? Helicopter drop? Despite that, I had to use that somewhere in a post. It took a couple of months, but I finally got that reference in to a Pointless Debate post on fanservice.

However, I couldn’t get over the thought that getting that out of my head was really a Pyrrhic victory.

Pointless Debate #24: On Her Majesty’s Secret (Fan)Service

The helicopter drop, a definite head-scratcher.

Fanservice is always a debatable topic around here, but it generally fits in with the whole concept of Pointless Debate. Mainly in the fact that real fanservice is wholly determined by the person watching, but I hardly ever seem to write on the topic anyway. This post will generally cover 2 parts, my own interpretation of how the most obvious type of fanservice isn’t necessarily fanservice to me and secondly stuff that I’ve found that fit in that qualifies as hidden in my case.

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The Great Big Experiment In Watching (Almost) Everything In a Season

A Microwave to start the season, I sense metaphor.

I alluded about 3 months ago to the fact that I planned on watching everything in the spring season, mind you with some exceptions. I’ve written plenty on [C] to the point where I can really just call it a show based on faith. So what can I say about everything else now that it is July? Much more than I ever thought possible.

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[C] and the Role of Government (And Other Criticisms)

The invisible hand of the market was never meant to be seen.

Much of the commentary on the recent episodes of [C] is that it could be considered a criticism of deficit spending by governments. Scamp ultimately came to this conclusion, however I see it differently. Much of the action in [C] has been defined by complete inaction by governments and international agencies like the IMF. Essentially I see the events of the series as showing the powerlessness of governments in the age of a globalism controlled by private investors.

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C and the IMF

C continues to strike me as something that can be looked at in multiple ways. Last time, I looked at the fates of those who ultimately lost everything and those who never had a chance. This time I felt like taking a look at the role of the unlikely organization lurking in the background, the International Monetary Fund.

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