"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, August 05, 2017


9 questions about the Democratic Socialists of America you were too embarrassed to ask by Jeff Stein

DSA has certainly been a beneficiary of the Dirtbag Left and its iconoclastic rage; Chapo Trap House frequently directs its guests to support the socialist organization, and its founders are in Chicago for the DSA convention. Mother Jones called the podcast a “gateway drug” for democratic socialism, and DSA’s leaders recognize that’s correct. Even if DSA won’t adopt Chapo’s insult-humor shtick in its official platform, it’s hard to imagine that some of its beliefs won’t seep in some way into the organization through new membership. 
Chapo’s “dirtbag” politics have alarmed other left-leaning writers. In an essay for the New Republic, Jeet Heer warned against what he called its “dominance politics” as counterproductive to building a coalition with center-left Democrats. 
But in an interview last year, Chapo Trap House co-host Matt Christman countered that Donald Trump had captured the “transgressive thrill of defying the cultural expectations of the elite,” and that the left would be wise to reclaim it. Incisive put-down humor, he suggested, isn’t just useful for amassing a podcast following; it could also be helpful to an ascendant left-wing politics. 
“The gonad element of politics is now totally owned by the right. All the left has now is charts and data. You cannot motivate people with charts and data and lecturing,” Christman said. “If we’re going to win, we cannot allow [right-wing provocateur] Milo Yiannopoulos and all of these carnival-barking Nazis to have all of the fucking fun.”

Sweet, Sweet Phantasy by Whyman

Sweet, Sweet Phantasy by Tom Whyman

potential output

Romer and Romer on Friedman

What Recovery

What Recovery: Reading Notes

Chris Dillow: Output Gap, RIP


Romer and Romer Do the Numbers on Friedman-Sanders by Dean Baker

Friday, August 04, 2017


How a Fed inflation hawk changed his mind by Anna Saphir
Colleagues put it simply: he cares about on-the-ground data, and he knows how to listen.
That much was clear in August when Kocherlakota, who turns 49 on Friday, donned a pair of jeans and took his board's nine directors on a tour of the booming oil fields of North Dakota. 
In a 14-hour, 300-mile bus trek, they visited a fracking rig, a pipeline, a workers' camp, and a natural gas plant. They heard locals speak of life in the heart of the U.S. energy boom. 
"His style is to let everybody else do the talking and he listens intently," said Lawrence Simkins, one of the board members and president of Montana-based Washington Cos, a privately owned transportation and equipment firm. 
As the bus maneuvered truck-clogged roads, Kocherlakota got into a discussion with another director about the mental health toll on workers separated for months on end from their families.


Game of Thrones, People of Earth, Jeremy Corbyn, weird Twitter, Trumpcare fails, Mueller impanels grand jury. Feeling better.

fully automated luxury gay space communism & UBI

"Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism": Has the Time For Universal Basic Income Finally Come? by Tom Syverson

Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning is the best thing about Twitter.

full automated luxury gay space communism

full automated luxury gay space communism

Trump wasting congressional majority like Carter did - Matthews

Trump is wasting his congressional majority — like Jimmy Carter did by Dylan Matthews


Why Is Everyone on Twitter Suddenly Talking About Corncobs? by Jesse Singal

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Chappelle; Econospeak circles the drain

Dave Chappelle: Trump is “a bad DJ at a good party” by Constance Grady

Chappelle also said the small Ohio town where he lives is a "Bernie Sanders island in a Trump sea." "A subversive, weird place." Colbert responded "The Austin of Ohio." Chappelle: "But with none of the money and fun stuff to do at night."

The Output Gap per the Gerald Friedman Defenders by Econospeak

Friedman scandal

Why are big-shot liberal economists hippie-punching Bernie Sanders? by Ryan Cooper (February 16, 2016)

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Animal Kingdom

Season 2 Episode 9

Iggy Pop - The Passenger

Rowdy Roddy Piper got woke.

Vox speculation on Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones season 7: Cersei Lannister is about to get a rude awakening
With Casterly Rock’s defenses, the Unsullied should be able to last long enough for Dany and her dragons to come swooping in and save the day. Since Euron doesn’t know about the sewer system, the Unsullied should be able to hold him off in time for some dragon-fueled reinforcements or to prepare a retreat.

Meanwhile, it’s unclear what Jaime’s army is planning to do or where it’s going to go after plundering Highgarden. Perhaps they’ll team up with Euron to take back Casterly Rock.
I think Daenerys is going to attack King's Landing or Jaime's army with dragons and  Dothraki. She's done with holding back.

There is something in the previews, along with Jon Snow back in the north. Beric Dondarrion lights up his flame sword.

Monday, July 31, 2017