"It is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor."
- Tyrion Lannister

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that's ones on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

- Daenerys Targaryen

"The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the God of Tits and Wine?"

- Tyrion Lannister

"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."

- Jorah Mormont

"These bad people are what I'm good at. Out talking them. Out thinking them."

- Tyrion Lannister

"What happened? I think fundamentals were trumped by mechanics and, to a lesser extent, by demographics."

- Michael Barone

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
- Dorothy Parker

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Is Continuum Preparing To Hit AnotherReset Button? by Charlie Jane Anders


Further Thoughts on Capital and Inequality by David Glasner

It seems to me that these questions around "r" have been answered in other discussions and reviews.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014



Mike Grunwald says nationalization was wrong call.

Calls his cheerleading into question. The banks have been so unrepentant that I believe Krugman was right and Grunwald is wrong to gloat. So the economy didn't collapse without nationalization, so what:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Game of Thrones

AV Club reviews Game Of Thrones (experts): “The Children” (for experts)

AV Club reviews Game Of Thrones: “The Children” (for newbies)

So how does the season end? Arya and Tyrion and Varys cross the Narrow Sea. Dany is caging her dragons and dealing with the backsliding social order of Mereen. Jon Snow, Stannis, Davos, Shireen, and Melisandre are at the Wall with thousands of wildling prisoners. Bran is with the Three-Eyed Raven. Jaime, Cersei, Margaery and Tommen rule in King's Landing. Roose Bolton and Ramsey rule the North.

From the books, Dorne will boil over Oberyn's death. The Iron Islanders will have a Kingsmoot. Brienne and Pod will continue to search for Sansa. Lady Stoneheart will seek revenge.

Sunday, June 15, 2014