This is the word women
use to end an arguement when they are right and you need to shut up.
2. Five minutes
If she is getting dressed,
this means a half an hour. "Five minutes" is only five minutes if you
have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around
This is the calm before
the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that
begin with "nothing" usually end in "fine."
4. Go ahead
This is a dare, not
permission. Don't do it!
5. Loud Sigh
This is actually a word,
but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she
thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here
and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to number 3 for the meaning of
6. That's Okay
This is one of the most
dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to
think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
If a woman is thanking
you, do not question, or faint. Just say you're welcome. (I want to add in a
clause here -- this is true, unless she says "Thanks a lot" -- that
is pure sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say "you're
welcome" -- that will bring on a "whatever").
This is a woman's way of
saying "Fuck you!"
9. Don't worry about it,
I got it
statement that refers to something that a woman has told a man to do several
times, but is now doing herself. This will later result in a man asking,
"What's wrong?" For the woman's response, refer to number 3.
Your want the truth? You can’t handle the
truth. Son, we live in a country with an investment gap. And
that gap needs to be filled by men with money. Who’s gonna do
it? You? You, Middle Class Consumer? Goldman Sachs has a greater
responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Lehman and you
curse derivatives. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not
knowing what we know: that Lehman’s death, while tragic, probably saved
the financial system. And that Goldman’s existence, while grotesque
and incomprehensible to you , saves pension funds. You don’t want
the truth. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at
parties, you want us to fill that investment gap. You need us to fill
We use words like credit default swaps, collateralized debt
obligation, and securitization. We use these words as the backbone of a
life spent investing in something. You use them as a punchline. We
have neither the time nor the inclination to explain ourselves to a commoner
who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very credit we provide, and then
questions the manner in which we provide it! We’d rather you just
said thank you and paid your taxes on time. Otherwise, we suggest you get
an account and start trading. Either way, we don’t give a damn what
you think you’re entitled to.
Reading these e-mails with the benefit of hindsight, there is little suggestion
that rating officials were engaged in any deliberate malfeasance. Many appear
conscientious and hard-working. But by 2007 they, like the bankers, had become
tiny cogs in a machine that was spinning out of control. Their world was also
in a strange, geeky silo, into which few non-bankers ever peered. […]
two important lessons. One is that what went wrong in finance was fundamentally
structural, as an entire system spun out of control It might seem tempting to
lash out at a few colourful traders but that is a sideshow: what is needed is
systemic reform that removes conflicts of interest.
second lesson is that the whole murky credit business must be taken out of the
shadows. So few people spotted that finance was spinning out of control because
the financial system was so separated into silos that its practitioners lost
any common sense.
one, welcome the publication of these e-mails. It might help produce more
scrutiny, and common sense, in a world that has been in the shadows for too
long. In the meantime, keep braced for the next instalment. I suspect that US
regulators and politicians have not finished publishing all those damning