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HOLY SHIT: Barclays Got Punked


How to crash the International Investment Banking Awards Show.

Stellar work here.  Don't skip the final minute.  The audience clapping for Barclays winning the award is pure genius.

Banker Awards Show Hijacked By The Intruders - Oct. 8, 2012

This meets every definition of ballsy.  They manage to get through security, maintain composure, walk up to the stage, deliver the statement in a professional manner without sounding scared, and they kept themselves in a 'non-menacing power stand' that forced the staff and MC to be cautious in approaching them.

The Intruders, as stated on their website, "crash the parties of the wealthy elite that caused the financial crisis."  Their latest intrusion occurred at the Investment Banking Awards in Mayfair, an event in which awards are given to banks for their "innovation", aka, creation of new products to endlessly rip off their clients.  The Intruders crashed the stage to present an award to Barclays for their "Innovation in Interest Rate Manipulation."

Here's how they describe it:

 The Investment Banking Awards are the Oscars of the financial world. Dished out for so-called 'innovation', some of the world's richest bankers gather together to congratulate each other on devising ever more creative ways to make obscene sums of money.

One of 2012's most profitable scams was the bankers' 'innovative' approach to a key interest rate called LIBOR. Virtually every bank at the event was involved in illegally colluding to rig LIBOR, ensuring that they would always be the winners in the multi-million pound bets they were making on the markets.

When we noticed that this money-spinner had been overlooked in the ceremony, we decided to show up and make sure the LIBOR-riggers got the recognition they deserve.


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Here's a comment on the clip I found elsewhere:

These people are showing what it takes to send the message straight to the top of the whole pile of steaming banker shit: "You don't own me, you don't own me, and every chance I get, I'm going to let you and the world know how full of shit you are!! Fuckers!!!!!!!"
Oct 17, 2012 at 12:05 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Oct 17, 2012 at 12:06 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Oct 17, 2012 at 12:06 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Most excellent post. Love to see the faces of these guys. Some guys even clapped at the award. Awesome.
Oct 17, 2012 at 7:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Glad you liked it, Skin. Fine work.
Oct 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterDailyBail
Even in comedy:

Truth is truth,
To the end of reckoning.
Oct 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterJosie
...and the chick in the "golden handshake" photo is real cute...
Oct 17, 2012 at 10:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterJosie
Anyone else miss Ratigan on the airwaves.
Oct 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I don't think Dylan Ratigan dropped off the face the earth -He now plays Paul Gigot (new fox news channel personality).
Oct 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM | Unregistered Commenterme
Ratigan is still gone. Are you saying he's similar to Paul Gigot?


I don't think I've ever heard Gigot on a rant.
Oct 17, 2012 at 2:54 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
There was some episodes of the Radio Free Dylan on some podcasts. Enjoy listening to Ratigan chat with Jimmy Williams, Dr. Paul, Rep Grayson, though his take on the health care debate I did not care for and a couple of others. Listen to them when I get the chance.
Oct 17, 2012 at 6:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Excellent! Many people would like to be those two punkers! Was there a lady in white actually going up for the Champagne?
Oct 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon
Wondered about DR and what happened. He raged against the machine and lost. Just like we all have, so far. Maybe, like drug addicts, we must hit rock bottom before progress is made. A 12-step process to wean us off our debt drug after we wind up living in dumpsters. Banks shrink accordingly. Speculators move into casino houses and sink or swim on their own. Prudent lenders flourish. Gubmint shrinks down from its bloated, debt-hazed state. Return to our Founders' vision: freedom and liberty for all. Cronyism and special privileges for none. Small government based in service, not selfishness. Protect all, not just an elite few, within a fair and balanced framework. There always winners and losers in life. Nothing changes that. Our founders understood this, but created a system where at least the individual could determine his/her outcome.

I think that's what DR was about. He was simply pointing out from his pulpit that we have lost our way, yet many don't realize it because, IMHO, it has not smacked us in the face...yet. When it does, it will be a punch much harder than that of Sullivan, Johnson, Louis, Dempsey, Ali, Foreman, Frazier, and a young Tyson, combined. That's gonna hurt...lots...Hope we can get off the mat.
Oct 18, 2012 at 9:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterJosie
Was there a lady in white actually going up for the Champagne?


Nice catch. I had to rewatch it and yes it looked like someone sent her up to the stage to snag the champagne. Fucking brilliant.
Oct 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Founders' vision: freedom and liberty for all. Cronyism and special privileges for none. Small government based in service, not selfishness. Protect all, not just an elite few, within a fair and balanced framework.

Very well stated, Josie.
Oct 18, 2012 at 11:32 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Colby trustees' leader targeted during protest



Diamond, a 1973 Colby graduate, was at the center of an interest rate-fixing scandal this summer for his role as chief executive officer of the British bank Barclays. Diamond has since resigned his post, but he remains chairman of the board at Colby.

Some people want that to change, however.

For more than an hour Saturday morning, 10 student protesters and about 15 members of Occupy Augusta stood in light rain, clutching handwritten signs, hoping to confront Diamond after a scheduled board meeting.

The encounter never materialized, but two student organizers were invited inside to make their case to two trustees, including Vice Chairman Richard Uchida. After the private meeting, the students emerged and addressed a jubilant crowd.

Sophomore Shelby O'Neill and senior Gordon Fischer said the trustees were receptive to the group's concerns and encouraged them to host a schoolwide forum to discuss Diamond's role at the private, liberal arts college of 1,800 students.
Oct 21, 2012 at 8:05 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Outstanding! Well done!
Dec 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterAcrossThePond
Love it, Love it, love it.
Dec 2, 2012 at 6:55 AM | Unregistered Commenterkilaspy
this is one place where the suicide vest seems wholly justified
Dec 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM | Unregistered Commentertrueliestrooper
Ya know what Piss me off, none of the clips will play. Dont know if its me, or the goverment...? Cant evan enjoy the moment...
Dec 3, 2012 at 8:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar

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