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On the other hand, Christopher Rokos gets to keep that $73 million Brevan wants back until at least March. Read more »

  • 25 Sep 2014 at 3:42 PM

Noted Bond Guru On The Next Plane To Kansas City

Thousands of adult novelty items, from lingerie to handcuffs, are for sale in an online auction as a result of a failure of a chain of erotic stores to pay state sales, income and withholding taxes. The items – all new and in the original packaging – will be available for inspection Monday at a warehouse in Kansas City’s West Bottoms historic district. The merchandise was seized in July by the Department of Revenue from five adult stores in Kansas City, Kan.; Topeka; Wichita and Junction City. The owner, United Outlets LLC, doing business as Bang, owes the state $163,986. Kansas Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley pounced on the news of the auction Wednesday, accusing Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of selling pornography to balance the state budget. “Brownback is so desperate to fill the massive hole in the state budget caused by his reckless income tax cuts that the state of Kansas is now in the porn business,” Hensley said in a news release. [Kansas via BI, earlier]

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*6 Train, yellow tie & contrast-collar shirt, 5:32 p.m.

I’ve never posted one of these before, but you were so handsome in that dark suit and bright tie, I just can’t help myself. I saw you with your friends, joking about the tin-pot diplomats crowding up the streets and about working from the Hamptons next UNGA. I’m really into that balding-but-not-quite thing that you have going on. I was wearing a hoodie with a sweatshirt over it, and a backpack. I inched closer while you were distracted taking pictures and laughing . . . god you smelled great. It was like an erotic melange of clarified butter and shoe polish. I want to take you to Hilton and use a lint roller to clean the dandruff off your fancy suit. Let me be your private dancer.

•do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

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  • 25 Sep 2014 at 3:08 PM

Bill Gross Not Ashamed Of Driving A Hard Bargain

What’s so wrong about throwing your weight and a few carefully chosen bon mots around for the benefit of your investors, the PIMCO chief undoubtedly asked his also undoubtedly perplexed SEC interviewers. Read more »

It may not seem like Argentina needs another enemy right now, but it’s gone ahead and found one. The latest to be at fault for Argentina’s refusal to pay its bills? Germany. Surprising, I know, what with the Germans’ own long history of fiscal recklessness and inability to find traction in the international debt markets. Oh yea, and the fact that Argentina was kind enough to take in all of those troublesome Teutons back in the ‘40s and ‘50s; a little gratitude maybe would be in order? But it’s true: Germany has a “hostile attitude” towards Argentina’s plan to do whatever the hell it wants while still borrowing money on its terms. Read more »

Things Still Awkward Between CalPERS, Hedge Funds

Hedge funds might be feeling pretty down in the dumps about CalPERS’ decision to break it off with them. OK, so probably not, but the point is that CalPERS is afraid it might have hurt their feelings, and it’s been beating itself up about it. You see, hedge funds, it’s not you, it’s CalPERS. Sure, it’s an old cliché but it’s true! You’re great. It’s just that CalPERS has had some new experiences and just needs to make a change. You know how it goes. Read more »

People worldwide have opened 41 million bitcoin accounts, according to the Bank of England. While the total value of bitcoin commerce isn’t known, Gil Luria, an analyst at Wedbush Securities Inc., estimates global spending on goods and services has doubled in the past year. Parents are dispensing allowances in bitcoins so their kids learn to be digital citizens. Marijuana smokers are buying buds from bitcoin-enabled vending machines. Consumers in emerging markets such as Brazil and Russia are starting to use bitcoin to hedge against currency volatility. [Bloomberg]

  • 25 Sep 2014 at 9:15 AM

Caption Contest Thursday: It’s Showtime

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