Shangri-la #01: Kyoto Protocol, Hedge Funds, and Lolis

Seriously, Shangril-la couldn’t have chosen a better time to air than now: when the world is worried about global warming, and when the financial market is tanking. And, of course,  it’s all the better when you throw actions, and, most importantly, THREE, not just one, OUTSTANDING LOLIS to the mix.

Other observations:

  • WTF, a ban on books to preserve forest and reduce carbon emission!
  • “Don’t assume all the human knowledge is in the Internet.” — LOL. Who would have thunk that?
  • Obstruct the royal road and get bombarded by a 100 mm cannon –> That’s old.
    Burn coal to cause a disruption in the carbon market and get bombarded by a 100 mm cannon –> THAT’S NEW!
  • This is the first time I see a quant portrayed in anime, in the best form evar: a loli. Karin’s tech savvy-ness and math prowess fit the stereo type of someone whom  D. E. Shaw. would hire. Yeah, I totally dig you, D.E.Shaw-tan!
  • The conversation between D. E. Shaw-tan and Foreign Minister Abidin reminds me of the controversy around international carbon emission control. While the method used would not be a global carbon tax as in the anime, other measures such as carbon tariffs have been suggested by Steven Chu. This would certainly put burden on third-world nations (I think my country is included) and industrializing country which takes advantage of its cheap labor rather than expensive green technology *cough* China *cough*. One naturally has to wonder if such a measure is a sincere solution to global warming or just disguised protectionism. (I believe Steven Chu has good intention though.)

    Shangri-la takes the scenario further and pretty much says that third-world countries would just be bullied by global carbon tax and trading. An interesting spin is that such a trading system would give rise to a free market where people like D. E. Shaw-tan can reap a substantial amount of profit from plights of underdeveloped countries. Moreover, all carbon emitting actions like burning coal or cutting down trees have direct impact on the market, and people would be punished by lethal force if they cause too much of a market stir. Very imaginative indeed.
  • “Complexity of the market” features prominently in the episode. Shogo cannot detect D. E. Shaw-tan’s action because of market’s complexity, and Takehiko’s prediction was a flop because of market’s complexity. There are people like Ryoko who try to simplify and stabilize it, and there are also people like D. E. Shaw-tan to takes advantage of the complexity for their own ends.
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