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Write-Offs: 05.17.11

$$$ In Europe, a first call for IMF chief Strauss-Kahn to quit (WaPo)

$$$ This is what Ben Stein had to say about the Dominique Strauss-Kahn situation: “The prosecutors say that Mr. Strauss-Kahn “forced” the complainant to have oral and other sex with him. How? Did he have a gun? Did he have a knife? He’s a short fat old man. They were in a hotel with people passing by the room constantly, if it’s anything like the many hotels I am in. How did he intimidate her in that situation? And if he was so intimidating, why did she immediately feel un-intimidated enough to alert the authorities as to her story?” (American Spectator)

$$$ A Once-Tight Flock at Goldman, Now Scattered [Dealbook]

$$$ Skepticism grows on Geithner’s debt limit deadline (Reuters)

$$$ Iran president may become OPEC president (MarketWatch)

$$$ Fund managers losing faith in world economy (FT)

$$$ Hedge Funds Line Up for AIG Pitch Meeting (CNBC)

$$$ LinkedIn IPO: Biggest Price Bump Since Tech Bubble (Deal Journal)

$$$ Goldman’s Hatzius: The Next US Recession ‘Is Years Away‘ (CNBC)

$$$ Barclays Pays Its Top Staff 7% Interest on Five-Year Deferred Cash Bonuses (Bloomberg)

$$$ Dennis Berman: The Midwest Medicis’ Favorite Financier [WSJ]

$$$ A colour-coded guide to the Greek crisis (BofA/ML via FT Alphaville)

$$$ Reality vs. Matt Taibbi, Part I [Stone Street Advisors]

$$$ Warren Buffett’s Ride on the Rails Is Paying Off (Businessweek)

$$$ Suit vs Citigroup execs over mortgages tossed out (Reuters)

$$$ Kohn ‘regrets’ pain of millions in financial crisis (FT)

$$$ Warren and Me [The Reformed Broker via Easy Street/Heidi Moore]

$$$ Mitt Romney’s money machine cranks up (Politico)

$$$ Is it fair to fine fat people for not dieting? (BBC)

$$$ Famed NYC eatery Elaine’s to close down six months after owner Elaine Kaufman dies (NYDN)

$$$ Vikram Pandit Wants You To Like Him [TSC]

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  1. Ahmassholedinejad says:

    We’re not selling you oil until all of you stop wearing ties.

  2. Alex says:

    I guess this latest Ben Stein quote is what we needed to prove he’s actually very sensitive when it comes to women’s issues.  And then there is the general problem with most all of his brilliant observations, which is that even the most cursory review of the facts would refute the positions he is holding out with this series of “questions.” 

    Maybe Bennie should be the next IMF head?  He is a big enough jerk for the job.    

  3. AmericanBandersnatch says:

    I used to like Ben Stein but have changed my mind over the last several years.  I now think he’s a despicable piece of shit. 

  4. AmericanBandersnatch says:

    I used to like Ben Stein but have changed my mind over the last several years.  I now think he’s a despicable piece of shit. 

  5. AmericanBandersnatch says:

    When your Zagat’s numbers are 14 / 14 / 15 / $59 it might be time to close. 

  6. AmericanBandersnatch says:

    When your Zagat’s numbers are 14 / 14 / 15 / $59 it might be time to close. 

  7. Guest says:

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  9. Center for Dumbassness says:

     Ben Stein picks weird ways to get attention.

  10. Center for Dumbassness says:

     Ben Stein picks weird ways to get attention.

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  12. Deep Meaning Understander says:

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