What the fudge Goldman!?
I generally don't like to list things that make me mad. Otherwise, this server would crash quite often.
There are certain times, however, that watershed moments occur and and action is needed. Little things make a big difference and considering the way the whole street mimics Goldman, pretty soon we will all be told to wear pacifiers.
Goldman is setting another bad precedent. First they let the SEC extort them in broad daylight and now they are putting an electronic messaging muzzle on all 34,000 of their employees.
Now, I get that using POS to describe the SEC in a televised debate is not good for a BB's image. But this is going way too far. Way too far. It is stripping the essence out of Wall Street. You can't make Bergdorf into K-Mart! Ferraris are not meant to by hybrids! This is like making me watch a deliciously vulgar Richard Pryor stand-up routine on an airplane full of Franciscan nuns while flying to Denver.
Naturally, this brings up the inescapable arguments of whether "WTF" or "STFU" can be deemed excessive. Are we for real people? Is banning any outlet of testosterone really the way to improving the economic situation in this country?
Perhaps you jokingly email a colleague "Mexican coffee beans? GTFO...sell, sell, SELL"
Next thing you know, you're collecting unemployment and the federal government is taking you to court for defamation, deforestation and immoral deprecation. Who knows maybe they even deport you to Arizona.
Now, I am more then aware of the image problem bankers are having lately. Hell, whenever it rains the healthiest grass is guilty for growing. That's just how humans are. But taking the profanity out of internal communication does so much more then sterilize image, it also sterilizes drive, ambition and the lust for life that drives us to take risk and reach for success.
For centuries men have used profanity as a means of letting off steam and relating to each other on an informal comical level. Valuable tools when you are down in the trenches and make no mistakes about it gents, the trading floor is a battlefield and high finance is war!
We need more vulgarity, not less. We need the guts to get in our co-workers' faces when they are doing a lousy job and let them know, by promptly comparing them to solid waste. We need to be able to communicate like the apes that we are!
We here on WSO have experienced the panic that a simple pair of gilded testes can create! Everything is NSFW. The way things are going pretty soon WORK WILL NOT BE SAFE FOR WORK!!!
I want you to take two minutes out of your day and watch the following video.
Many of you have heard about it, or know the words. But listen to the feeling, find the dread in that means eye and connect to it. You may not see it now, you may be pacified by "being lucky to be here" and "those are the rules" but in time you will feel like this man.
This has got to stop. Monkeys to your battle vines, it is time we take back the Street!
I'm Midas Magoo and I should have cursed by now.