How to help Jamie Dimon succeed:

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A recent article on Jamie Dimon's fall from grace was featured in Bloomberg. Since he's now public enemy #1 through his tenure over JP Morgan's trading scandal, there seems to be no one capable enough in either Wall Street or London with the kind of dash and media daring for the rest of the big banks to unite behind. As such, the position is currently vacant, yet whatever happened to its previous celebs turned evil villains?

In 1941, one Lord David Stirling founded the British Special Air Service. It became the Britain's first ruminative response to Rommel's Afrika Korps. As Rommel grinded them to a pulp, battle after battle in succession, winning over an expanse of almost a thousand miles, the Western Desert Force (WDF) retreated until it finally found its feet near the vital port of Alexandria.

Seeing his army's position crumbling, he began the SAS' illustrious history through a rather peculiar method of introducing the idea. Somehow he sneaked around WDF's Cairo HQ's hundreds of guards, crashed through one of its backdoor windows, and cut a locked door's knob's off, all of this ending with a forced entry so he could have a word with the future commander of the new force sent to match Rommel, fellow Scot, Sir Neil Ritche.

Presenting it like a bad business plan, his idea countenanced on taking four to six .30 machine guns, placing them on surplus British jeeps and captured kubelwagen, and then rush airfields and supply dumps while hundreds of miles behind enemy lines, and all in the name of a slightly untoward title of a "long range reconnaissance in force".

Thirty years later, the same David Stirling, now a retired and old Lt. Col languishing as a dux bellorum became the world's first bellorum economicus - the first warlord turned financier. He used his knowledge of special operations, creativity and enthusiasm to fuel a reform of what he say as a dilapidated and crumbling British society.

Arguing that under the toehold of America to the west and the Soviet Union to the east, England was once again under siege as it had been under the Germans in 1940. He was compelled that as time passed the country's influence waned, and its politicians could no longer be trusted in either its economic or foreign security, and so doing he bound London's new banking class to its rescue.

Just as Dimon was a beacon of calm during the 07-08' crisis; Stirling made them pledge they were not just representing their country's interests but in effect leading it to a solution as well. The first meeting of the "Mayfair Set" began with individuals packing the room just as the first SAS gathering had in that very small North African tent. For every Paddy Mayne DSO (three bars), E Scratchley DSO (two bars), or Roy Farran DSO and MM (two bars), he found their business equivalent: and the famed 'Zulu Principle' author and accountant and inventor of the hostile takeover, Jim Slater, former Hitlerjugen soldier turned truculent patriot and takeover specialist Tiny Rowland, and playboy and millionaire Sir James Goldsmith, and stood on-hand listening to Stirling's every orders.

Each was set upon his own role.

For Jim Slater's "asset stripping" became a by-word of 1980s capitalism, and Tiny Rowland's takeovers, along with S.G. Warburg & Co. and Lazard Freres, came upon every monopoly from the Bahamas to Bagdad, from gasoline to water sanitation and firearms. James Goldsmith almost made vital pickings by nearly making American Tobacco his own, he failed, but by 1990 the magnate owned a great deal more of the emerging market's portfolios from resources like timber to oil to food companies.

All of this was done to further Britain's position in the world by its bankers. No matter how far it failed by the 1990s, former commando turned businessman David Stirling had succeeded where many had failed -- he brought together a diverse number of spiteful, competitive bankers, turning them into his acolytes.

It begins at 2:14 and the next one will be about Jim Slater...

Comments (27)

Aug 26, 2012

I will leave you with the sage advice from Pumpkin Escobar...

"Man, I don't know what the fuck you just said little kid, but your special man..."

Seriously, I have no clue what the fuck you just said... You lost yourself in in minutia, detail and a whole lot of points that really don't seem relevant to whatever thesis your making and then ignoring with details and finally expecting me to watch a 10 minute video. Focus in on writing cogent, well written and thought out arguments and make sure that your lowest common denominator can read them and understand what your saying.

So what was the point you were making again...

May 19, 2014

I bet you think the New York Times is badly written, not 'cogent', and so forth. I bet you like short. small. sentences. which I imagine reminds you of something deep, down below.

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Aug 26, 2012

Tl; dr

Aug 26, 2012
SirTradesaLot:

Tl; dr

See what I mean - He summed it up more succinctly than I did.

Aug 26, 2012

Cool.

Want some advice? Don't read it.

I'll see you on Thursday.

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Aug 26, 2012
Frieds:
SirTradesaLot:

Tl; dr

See what I mean - He summed it up more succinctly than I did.

Is this three-piece?

Aug 26, 2012

No, I'm doing this because I can't find a reasonable thesis for which your making an argument and some sort of commentary that supports it. Even if you're setting up a three piece series, there's a flow to it that needs to be laid out up front. I'm doing this because I find that, as any of the writers here will tell you, you have to cater to your audience. I'm not trying to be a total douche, even though it's not hard to be, but you're writing for an audience and you need to play to that audience. You're not Nabakov and this isn't Playboy. I'm sure that when Hugh Hefner made the decision to let Margaret Atwood write, he knew that she was writing to an audience of surprisingly well read, literate men, who would at least appreciate her work and writing. I'm making a point to try and like your posts, but it's hard to when they come off as unapproachable. This isn't me being a jackass kid, this is me offering you some serious criticism to improve as a blogger. It just so happens, it's easy to be asshole in my commentary when it comes to your style of writing because you write in such a way that it demands a bit of harsh douchebaggery.

For the record, I read the two posts that were unpublished, and I know what your trying to do as a writer. There is potential, but you need to adapt your style to the crowd that read your works. Trust me on that one.

Aug 26, 2012

I'm with Frieds on this one, the writing is very random and goes all over the place, without much of a central theme.

Aug 26, 2012

I bet it's very hard to follow along if you've never read a book before.

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Aug 26, 2012
G.M.Trevelyan:

I bet it's very hard to follow along if you've never read a book before.

Actually it's hard to follow because its poorly written.
Also what is with the personal attacks and the over reacting to what was some genuine advice about being able to better tailor your writing to the WSO audience , which last time I checked wasn't made up of guys in their 60s who watch the history channel all day? You must be a blast to sit next to at work.

Aug 26, 2012

Great... and next you'll tell me that Bourbon is American Piss Water that is inferior to anything that's not Gin or Pimm's

Aug 28, 2012
Frieds:

Great... and next you'll tell me that Bourbon is American Piss Water that is inferior to anything that's not Gin or Pimm's

Frieds, don't mind the lack of whiskey knowledge, just don't let this faggot lick your hand.

May 19, 2014

I like Bourbon, I have a few at home. I like all Scotch.

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Aug 26, 2012

Oh, I know you that you know it's me. That's not a hard one to figure out kid. And it's not trolling you - I just have a certain level of expectation from you after the last Happy Hour.

As to my comments for you as a writer, I offer this one nugget of advice and read all of the old posts written by Eddie and Midas and see how they slowly evolved. When you're being told point blank that it's not working, take the not so subtle hint.

Aug 26, 2012

Then don't read it.

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Aug 26, 2012
G.M.Trevelyan:

Then don't read it.

Wait... I'm confused... and completely unsurprised by your intransigence. Neither Trailmix or I are trying to be the bad guy here, but you clearly are taking our comments and choosing to ignore than. If you're a blogger and you think you're ever going to make the main page, step back and take what we're saying to heart because we're telling you now what you should be doing to improve. Consider this that Year End Review feedback - except instead of getting it by your boss, you're getting from peers who have been here for a while and have been out working longer than you have. Your writing sucks. You can't keep a thesis for shit. Both this and your last blog show how much you know but you can't incorporate anything together to make a real point.

Aug 26, 2012

Cool beans.

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Aug 26, 2012

I will say this... clearly you're taking something to heart because you've made way too many updates in such a short period, thus validating what was said earlier.

Aug 26, 2012

I hope English is not your first language.

Aug 26, 2012

Having experience with both the SAS and finance I can honestly say I have no clue what you're talking about.

Frieds has read a book before, I saw it happening.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Aug 27, 2012
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Aug 27, 2012

This is the worst shit I've ever carelessly skimmed through. Terrible post and a nasty personality for a WSO contributor (it's not hypocrisy if I say that because I don't contribute). Please make bankerella work overtime to replace this garbage.

Aug 27, 2012
Flake:

This is the worst shit I've ever carelessly skimmed through. Terrible post and a nasty personality for a WSO contributor (it's not hypocrisy if I say that because I don't contribute). Please make bankerella work overtime to replace this garbage.

Bankerella is already working overtime.

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Aug 27, 2012

The original post was clearly a waste of time, but the subsequent comments and the OP's reaction kept me coming back for more. 4/10.

Aug 27, 2012
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