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Shatner-2.JPGThe holodecks of the post-Captain Kirk Star Trek universe–high-tech pleasure centers that create the illusion of doing just about anything you wish without risk of harm–sound a lot like the imaginary world in which insurers and investors, in blissful ignorance, traded credit default swaps on worthless securities backed by reckless subprime mortgages without fear of any nasty consequences.

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