October 02, 2008
New Month Open Thread and Eid Mubarak
Posted by Shaheen at October 2, 2008 01:16 AM
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right, Eid mubarak (and all that)
kul am wa antum bikhayr
Posted by: dawud at October 2, 2008 12:08 PM
Second that + Rosh Hashanah greetings, however they're said.
Posted by: alle at October 2, 2008 06:56 PM
That would be shana tovah.
BTW between now and Yom Kippur, observant Jews are supposed to be on their best behavior - forgiving grudges, settling debts, etc., because supposedly God is in the process of deciding who will be inscribed in the Book of Life for the upcoming year. I've been trying to use this to improve family relations at the moment, with mixed results. It makes a girl yearn for Passover Seder, at which four glasses of wine are required.
Posted by: Eva Luna at October 3, 2008 10:14 AM
Dedicated to Matthew:
Qifa Nabki, a Syria Comment regular, has started his own blog on Lebanese politics. Likely to be very good for those interested in the Syria/Lebanon tangle.
Posted by: alle at October 5, 2008 12:59 PM
The finance sector is having a brain enema, or some other fitting metaphor.
Lahde, head of Santa Monica, California-based Lahde Capital Management LLC, told investors last month he was returning their cash because the risk of using credit derivatives -- his means of betting on the falling value of bonds and loans, including subprime mortgages -- was too risky given the weakness of the banks he was trading with.
``I was in this game for money,'' Lahde, 37, wrote in a two-page letter today in which he said he had come to hate the hedge-fund business. ``The low-hanging fruit, i.e. idiots whose parents paid for prep school, Yale and then the Harvard MBA, was there for the taking. These people who were (often) truly not worthy of the education they received (or supposedly received) rose to the top of companies such as AIG, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers and all levels of our government.
``All of this behavior supporting the Aristocracy, only ended up making it easier for me to find people stupid enough to take the other sides of my trades. God Bless America.''
Posted by: Klaus at October 18, 2008 10:56 AM
a friend sent me this story, thought it might be of interest.
Egyptian Sexual Harasser Jailed
Posted by: chemaatah at October 22, 2008 01:49 PM
Watch out Dubai/other Middle East finance sectors, the Wall Streeters want a job with you: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/26/AR2008102601102_pf.html
Posted by: SP at October 27, 2008 09:20 AM