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October 07, 2008


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Bryan Alexander

And already people take things into their own hands:

“From two very senior sources – one incredibly senior source – that he went to the gym after … Lehman was announced as going under. He was on a treadmill with a heart monitor on. Someone was in the corner, pumping iron and he walked over and he knocked him out cold. And frankly after having watched this, I’d have done the same too.”

Alexandra Kitty

Oh, there are plenty of villains -- the luxury addicts posing as successful businessmen, their underlings who turned a blind eye because they thought that they too could be big and greedy, the press, who thought that Amy Winehouse's decline was more newsworthy than those silly suits who hold the reigns of power, and of course, politicians who were having puerile schoolyard catfights with their ideological opponents.

It's a Penny Dreadful -- so many dislikable villains to throw rotten tomatoes at guilt-free -- but none as charming or charismatic as a Sweeney Todd...

Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.

Villains of the current financial panic should include Alan Greenspan, who consistently thwarted federal regulation of risky derivitives, instead trusting Wall Street to regulate itself. To do otherwise, he insisted, might cause chaos. Compared to him, Fuld was just a cardshark with a poor sense of when to fold.

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