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The Regrettable Noughts

Larry, Monkey
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Larry, Monkey
12/21/2009

12:40 PM -- The Washington Post has served up its list of The Worst Ideas of the Decade, by which they clearly mean "American" ideas (jihad on the U.S. doesn't rank here, nor does Kim Jong-il's hair).

The list includes the BlackBerry and TV dancing competitions, which is all well and good... But sub-prime loans and mortgage backed securities (remember them?) somehow didn't make the cut, nor did Glenn Beck's War Room. And how about Rob Schneider movies? Or the odd idea that the decade ends with 2009?

I hesitate to ask... but what are yours?

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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bmenezes
bmenezes
12/5/2012 | 3:50:43 PM
re: The Regrettable Noughts


...subprime mortgages and mortgage-backed securities pre-date the current decade (which does in fact continue until the end of next year) by a number of years, although their use as an Weapon of Stupid by banks with no apparent instinct for self-preservation is an invention of accelerated financial deregulation early in the Oughts.

Larry, Monkey
Larry, Monkey
12/5/2012 | 3:50:43 PM
re: The Regrettable Noughts
A good point, bmenezes, so let's just add Deregulation to the list, shall we?
And Russell Brand, too, while we're at it.
Menotomy
Menotomy
12/5/2012 | 3:50:42 PM
re: The Regrettable Noughts


"...subprime mortgages and mortgage-backed securities pre-date the current decade"



So do never-ending sports seasons (some sports, not others), but that made the list. The 162 never-ending baseball season (which seems even longer because it's baseball) started in 1961. The extra playoff round (division series with the wild card team) came in '95. I'm sure it's similar for the other sports.


Golf would probably fit in the oughts. I mean... it has a tournament now (not even the NCAA could pull that off)!

Larry, Monkey
Larry, Monkey
12/5/2012 | 3:50:41 PM
re: The Regrettable Noughts


Unfortunately, Menotomy, Golf made the Top 10 Regrettable Ideas list for the 14th century. It came in at No. 2, barely edged out by the Black Death.

Larry, Monkey
Larry, Monkey
12/5/2012 | 3:50:40 PM
re: The Regrettable Noughts


The AP has issued its Top Stories of 2009. The Death of Jacko, oddly enough, only came in at No. 7, and there's no sign of Balloon-Boy.


But the Iraq War didn't make the list at all. It's soooooo 2008... and 07... and 06...

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