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The contrarian in all of us
The Jالی Contrarian
“In Basic, I am told, you cannot make a meaningless statement without its being apparent that it is meaningless—which is quite enough to explain why so many schoolmasters, editors, politicians and literary critics object to it.” — George Orwell

A stroll through the brambles of law, management, philosophy, language, technology, cricket and high finance. Like a good alluvial fan, everything is silting up nicely and there are now 3,840 articles in this wiki.

To browse, use the bar on the left. To search, use the box top right.

What’s in here

Anatomies: Clause-by-clause Anatomy and nutshell guides (hit the bar on the left) to ISDA and other master trading agreements. These may be incomplete, out of date, out of touch, flippant — well, they are flippant — but will still be better value and more entertaining than that awful FT book about derivatives;
Book reviews culled from twenty indolent years sounding off on Amazon;
Much flippancy about plain English, buzzwords, technology, negotiation, flannel, Latin, Greek, metaphor and eggs.
A new section on the odd political situation in New Zealand in 1982. (Why? — long story, really.)

What’s new

The Jolly Contrarian Blog: A tentative dip into the tepid waters of audience engagement. Newsletters. Surveys. That kind of thing. The seven wastes of negotiation: Imagine your ISDA was a Toyota Corolla, and it all starts making sense.
Sticking a Cross Default in the GMSLA: Good idea, right? Or — yeah, not so much.
Confi Anatomy: It may be the most pointless contract you'll ever negotiate, but doesn’t mean it can’t get tasty. Having an NDA smackdown? We've got you covered.
New Anatomy™ guides: Pledge GMSLA | Negotiation | Conference calls

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