2016年1月17日 星期日

about-face, face-shifting, genre-hopping, face of politics, the face of the deep


Here, in a single graphic, is the marvellous face-shifting and genre-hopping of David Bowie—from beginning to end





《國際先驅論壇報》說,美國國際集團如果倒閉,其後果將比雷曼兄弟和華爾街其他大公司的倒閉更嚴重,這是因為AIG在信用違約互換(credit default swap)這種極其複雜的價值超億萬美元的保險市場中起著至關重要的作用。
《金融時報》說,美國聯儲局很可能會出手拯救AIG。而各報出版發行後,聯儲局的確出巨資,救了美國國際集團,實際上也等於把其國有化。
《獨立報》說,尋找新攻擊目標的投機者開始瞄準英國各大銀行。該報在頭版的標題是:恐懼開始緊跟英國銀行。
報道說,美國這場金融風暴昨天越過大西洋,開始侵襲英國。英國最大的金融保險和抵押貸款銀行哈里法克斯首當其沖。報道說, 像美林證券和雷曼兄弟這種被認為堅不可摧的大公司都會倒閉,那麼市場交易員必定要問:誰將是下一個?英國各銀行只要顯出或者被人看出有任何軟弱跡象,必定 會被抓住不放。
美國國際集團
聯儲局救了美國國際集團

《每日郵報》說,哈里法克斯兩天內股價下跌了三分之一,人們擔心該銀行將步雷曼兄弟公司後塵,成為這場金融風波的下一個受害者。
《衛報》也在頭版報道,倫敦金融城可能會有10萬人失去飯碗,信貸市場將進一步緊縮。
《每日電訊報》說,英國大約有兩千兩百萬人在哈里法克斯開有帳戶,該銀行提供了全國五分之一的房屋抵押貸款,英國人在該銀行的儲蓄額高達兩千五百億英鎊。
《泰晤士報》說,英國金融管理當局出面,試圖讓儲戶放心,因此也就避免了一場難以想像的事情的發生,那就是成千上萬的人到銀行排長隊取出存款。

The Washington Post notes that the rescue package "effectively nationalizes one of the central institutions in the crisis that has swept through markets this month." The Wall Street Journal points out that this is "a historic development, particularly considering that AIG isn't directly regulated by the federal government."
The move marked an astounding about-face for the government that had been resisting AIG's pleas for help over the last few days and earlier chose to let Lehman Bros. fail rather than put forward more taxpayer money. "The main difference between the two situations: AIG is so huge and its operations so intertwined in the financial system that the Fed feared an AIG failure could harm the broader economy," USA Today summarizes. Or as the WSJ puts it: "This time, the government decided AIG truly was too big to fail." The Los Angeles Times notes that while Fed officials said the action was due to the fact that AIG insures the assets of millions of Americans, it seems the main reason "was fear that the company's failure could weaken or destroy nearly a half-trillion dollars' worth of financial protection that AIG provides Wall Street firms and the biggest companies of Europe and Asia."









Tim Russert, 58, NBC’s Face of Politics, Dies

face 很值得讀
此處Face of Politics 指"(電視台)政治節目之"台面" "人物"....
A person: We saw many new faces on the first day of classes.

創世紀:Chapter 1
創世紀Genesis
1在起初天主創造了天地。1In the beginning God created heaven, and earth.
2大地還是混沌空虛,深淵上還是一團黑暗,天主的神在水面上運行。2And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God moved over the waters.

face was found in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary at the entries listed below.


about-face
n.
    1. The act of pivoting to face in the opposite direction from the original, especially in a military formation.
    2. A military command to turn clockwise 180°.
  1. A total change of attitude or viewpoint.
intr.v., -faced, -fac·ing, -fac·es.
To reverse direction.

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