"Ten Days Later" - Bankia: The Supreme Irony

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The May 19 issue of The Economist had the following truly prophetic ad among its pages for the now failed, and bailed out, Bankia: "Some are happy the way they are, others, like us, prefer to discover what we can become."

Ten days later the discovery process is complete: Bankia is now the biggest bank failure in Spanish history.

Our question: will The Economist invoice for advertising services rendered be paid out of bailout funds? Or, like Aurelio Izquierdo's €14 million termination payment, will this money come from "non-bailout money"?

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Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:49 | 2471193 Haddock
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If they had any sense, they would have asked for payment up front.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:53 | 2471208 Pladizow
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Starting with a domino 5 milimeters tall and increasing the size of each successive domino by 150%, the 29th domino will be large enough to topple the Empire State Building!

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:12 | 2471275 Dr. Acula
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Actually, that domino would be about as large as the sun: 2.5^28 * 0.005m = 6.938...x10^5 km vs. 6.955x10^5 km.


Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:19 | 2471299 Dapper Dan
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And it would still topple the Empire state building.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:20 | 2471302 Pladizow
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TO: DR. Acula - Double Check your math!

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:40 | 2471345 Badabing
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Big bank? Not too big to fail. Another Bailey savings and loan bites the big one while Potter rubs his sweaty hands together in delight!   

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 10:23 | 2471528 striving4simple
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His math is correct.  It's how he interprets 'increase by 150%'

Is 100 increased by 150% equal to 150 OR 250 ?

150% of 100 is 150 and then if you increase 100 by 150 your result is 250

Thus he gets 6.9E+8m instead of 426m



Tue, 05/29/2012 - 11:21 | 2471788 Matt
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The text says 50 percent but the man says 150 percent, so not sure, but here is the video:


Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:29 | 2471318 Dr. Acula
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I'm not so sure.

To maintain a domino shape, the domino would have to be made out of a rarified gas. Otherwise it would rapidly collapse owing to its immense mass.


Tue, 05/29/2012 - 10:48 | 2471654 Apeman
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well played sir

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:39 | 2471350 Lobbelt
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Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:55 | 2471221 Ethics Gradient
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The Economist is run by a load of blinkered europhiles with terminal normalcy bias. The thought would have never crossed their tiny minds.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:05 | 2471257 SheepDog-One
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Europhiles? Oh, and here I was just thinking they were probably pedophiles.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:09 | 2471268 JPM Hater001
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If they had any sense they would have used a bum on the cover.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:17 | 2471292 ThirdWorldDude
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That would have been way too obvious. The provided subtle pedo-pic requires more effort to decrypt...

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:17 | 2471293 Treason Season
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Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:08 | 2471263 Ethics Gradient
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Slightly OT, but still with Euro banks, can anyone assist in pointing to an electric interweb site where an EU citizen might be able to open a Greek bank account? I fancy borrowing shed loads of soon to be redominated cash. The google has so far been unhelpful.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:32 | 2471326 knukles
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Searching the web with goofle is sorta like looking to the NYT or Economist for an unbiased insight.
Go to a local branch of a Greek bank.
Take a vacation to Greece.
Take it Greek; that'll getcha a new deposit.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:39 | 2471349 Ethics Gradient
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Cheers knuckles. I think that may be my only option.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 10:28 | 2471561 Marigold
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No, it is controlled by the Rothschild's. Lady Rothschild sits on the board. They no exactly what they are doing .... shilling for the banks.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:05 | 2471255 Freewheelin Franklin
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Vendors always get screwed in a bankruptcy. Probably more so than the shareholders.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:50 | 2471194 GetZeeGold
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...will this money come from "non-bailout money"?





Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:51 | 2471204 swmnguy
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What is this "non-bailout money" you speak of?  If there is any of that, it isn't circulating.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:03 | 2471245 Ethics Gradient
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Surely he will have been given €14m of prime Spanish 10yr bonds.

He's in for many-a-frightful year reading his pension statement.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:52 | 2471207 dannyboy
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Destroying the Spanish economy, for bankers bonuses.

"That is our commitment."

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:52 | 2471209 LetThemEatRand
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The answer is no.   Efforts to compartmentalize bailout money are pure fiction.  If bailout money allows a bank to survive when it otherwise would have failed, and it then pays salaries and third party vendors that otherwise would not have been paid, bailout money is being used.  Period. 

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:10 | 2471271 tmosley
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Yes, and this is a classic feature of fascism.

And fascism is why Spain spent the better part of a century in hell.  You would think that they would remember.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:50 | 2471195 Gully Foyle
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Funny how all those governments and banks functioned well before they were told they are fucked up.

It's almost as if everything was planned to fall apart.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:50 | 2471197 dannyboy
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The Economist is well regarded as satirical anyway, now this sort of just confirms what everyone already knew.

The Onion now has legit competition.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:54 | 2471216 EscapeKey
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By the Keynesians, for the Keynesians.

The word "bailout" can be located on every 2nd page.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:54 | 2471220 GetZeeGold
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The Onion now has legit competition.


Word on the street is that the Onion is going straight.....they just couldn't take the competition anymore.


Perhaps Fox will now have some real competition.


Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:02 | 2471239 Negro Primero
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... I think Bankia beats them both:

Bankia Without Commissions

"Good news for all our customers. Discover how to get no fees service."


Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:54 | 2471215 Nnthnt1
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Economist advertisement revenue: the best spent bankster money ever?

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:56 | 2471225 pepperspray
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No dear, saying 'ATM machine' is redundant. Now back in line.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:04 | 2471248 Estrella
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Tue, 05/29/2012 - 08:58 | 2471228 SheepDog-One
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Its even better here in the U.S. when a bank like JP Morgan can lose $3 billion in ultra risky trading no one can even understand, and when they lose theyre simply gifted with $25 billion.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:04 | 2471246 rsnoble
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Don't worry..........good times in the US are on the way too.  This bullshit has gone way to far and they've pretty much destroyed the planet with it.  I can't believe they haven't tried doing somthing like blowing up Iran and blaming it all on that yet. Something shitty is coming im sure of it.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:03 | 2471237 gatorengineer
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Dam good thing the US doesnt have any exposure to spanish banks or government paper.... <Sarc off>....

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:02 | 2471238 Zola
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These people have no shame !! Seriously , when do people start to wake up from their stupidity and ACT ??

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:43 | 2471356 Vince Clortho
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The banks are a one trick pony.

They have to sell "trust".

It's worked for soooo long.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:04 | 2471250 Byte Me
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I'm good with Earhole's €14mil

Provided it comes out of future profits

Otherwise - hang him.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:05 | 2471252 Boilermaker
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"That is our comittment"

Does that kind of horseshit ever work on people?  The US banks do the same type of non-sense advertising with people proclaiming how much they 'love' their banks.  Then the banks proclaim how 'dedicated' they are to their depositors.

Jesus...please take me.  I'm ready.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:09 | 2471267 GeneMarchbanks
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LOL....  ah, mercy...


Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:15 | 2471285 Boilermaker
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The sweet release that death brings.  It must be wonderful.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:34 | 2471333 falak pema
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stop spreading the despondency plague, read mine its more optimistic, even if the blood and sex is full of crusader zeal! We need hope, faith  in man and simple charity/solidarity  in difficult times! 

 Pech Souleila: Sidi Kafir By Falakpema

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:51 | 2471380 gwar5
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Woody Allen: "...first you get sick and you're horribly nauseous, and then you die... and you're not nauseous anymore!"

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:05 | 2471253 mrktwtch2
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is this spains "bear sterns moment"

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:16 | 2471291 slackrabbit
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Cramer says hold

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 09:42 | 2471355 Vince Clortho
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Cram'er can cram it.

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