Once that's done, I'll put on my robe and wizard's hat...
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Quote from: A+ MoyelTHE ONLY BAD THING IS TO NOT BE CIRCUMCISED.
Not so. I find my foreskin has a myriad of uses around the home. Right now, I am using it to hold the pen steady while I write a letter to my Grandmother. This way I can drink and type at the same time.
Startling new figures have revealed that on average there are 10 jobseekers for every vacancy advertised in the UK. In one area of the south-east, 60 workers are available for each job.
“I was happy to see that AIG finally handed over the counterparty information we’ve been requesting for months,” said Representative Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. “However, I am deeply concerned that Goldman Sachs received so much money from AIG considering the relationships between the two companies. We will certainly be investigating this further to ensure that this is merely a coincidence.”
n Southall, where most of the workers are of Indian, Pakistani or East African origin, some claimed they had fallen victim to sharp practices at the hands of gangmasters, but had no recourse because they were working illegally.
Balbir, a tall, turban-wearing Sikh with a grey beard, has sought work from this car park for the past four months after losing his meat-packing job. Last month, he was driven to a butcher in Harrow where he was told he would be given a day's "trial" as a meat packer.
"I worked for nine hours without a break. At the end of it, they told me I had not got the job and refused to pay me," he said.
Another Sikh regular, who admitted to working illegally, said that his wages of £4.50 an hour were docked because he did not have his own tools for working on a building site in Ealing.
"I was told that I had to hire my tools for £1 an hour. I couldn't argue. There was no point," he said.
Some, however, are only too pleased to have an opportunity to work, despite the poor wages and conditions. Sukki, 42, said that last week he was taken in a white van to a factory unit in Southall where he butters bread for sandwiches which are sent to shops and petrol stations up and down the country.
He worked an 11-hour shift for six days a week and earned just £2 an hour, little more than a third of the national minimum wage of £5.73.
In response to expected bonus restrictions, officials at Citigroup Inc., Morgan Stanley and other financial institutions that got government aid are discussing increasing base salaries for some executives and other top-producing employees, people familiar with the situation said.....
The discussions are at an early stage, partly because the government hasn't yet issued specific rules on the bonus payments that will be allowed at companies that received TARP aid. The talks also are proceeding cautiously because of the political volatility of pay, bonuses and perks on Wall Street, including outrage over American International Group Inc.'s promise to pay $450 million in bonuses to employees in the insurer's financial-products unit.
As banks and securities firms wrestle with growing regulation of compensation practices, substantially increasing the base salaries of top employees could become a popular response, some industry officials say. A larger salary would reduce the relative importance of bonuses but also help financial companies increase those payments, since they usually are calculated as a percentage of total annual compensation.