Gluttons for punishment

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped about a thousand points in the first five minutes of trading today. It’s recovered substantially at this point (about 10:45 east coast time) and is down around 650 points for the day so far. The S&P 500 is down almost 50 points and the NASDAQ is down about 115… Continue reading Gluttons for punishment

Please, Scotland, help me help you

Dear Scotland, Rumor is you’re about to vote for independence from Great Britain. That’s great! I have to admit, I don’t have much of an opinion on this issue; it’s not that I don’t appreciate Scotland or anything, but the British Isles just aren’t really my area, you know. Anyway, reading this James Fallows piece… Continue reading Please, Scotland, help me help you


Why do you keep fighting all the time, Paul Krugman and Nate Silver? Is it our fault? Are you guys getting a divorce? OH GOD PLEASE DON’T GET A DIVORCE WE’LL BE GOOD WE SWEAR!!!!!11! OK, so is this Krugman-Silver pas de dweeb (I kid!) really something we’re supposed to care about? The new FiveThirtyEight… Continue reading LEAVE NATE SILVER ALOOONE

I’ll give you all I got to give, if you say you love me too

Niall Ferguson, pseudo-academic historian of early-20th century cartoon characters, and muse of this blog, has been very angry about all the people who dare criticize him just because he’s usually wrong about almost everything and routinely ignores facts that contradict his right-wing, white-is-right agenda. His main target has been the hive leader of these uncivil… Continue reading I’ll give you all I got to give, if you say you love me too

Like Nialls on a chalkboard

Famous historishan (like a historian, except you write about history-ish instead of history) and Very Important Opinion-Haver Niall Ferguson (FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m a big, big fan) has long had a beef with Paul Krugman, rooted in Krugman’s repeated and offensive habit of pointing out that Ferguson doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about most… Continue reading Like Nialls on a chalkboard