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Curious Ellie
Lux et veritas
Interests: Risk, finance, data quality, information security
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Curious Ellie is now following Catherine Fitzpatrick
Jun 30, 2014
Ezra Abrams, I've seen you around, here and in the WSJ online community. You seem like a no-nonsense and sincere sort, NOT a cynical New Yorker! We young ones over on Google+ and Seeking Alpha formerly referred to Professor DeLong as an economist-warrior, a mensch, if you will. His blog comments were teeming with lively chatter and debate, from various economists, economics dilettantes, ultra-liberals from CrookedTimber, physics professors from Princeton and unemployed widows like myself. Where are they now? There was a sharp drop-off when Summers-fest began. At the moment, I see none at all, only Ezra Abrams, pointing out what should be (must be?) evident to eminent economists of all stripes.
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Apr 17, 2014
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Apr 17, 2014
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Apr 17, 2014
I read an article the other day, Pentagon to merge information networks. The following section caught my eye in particular,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Curious Ellie's Annex
Curious Ellie is now following Bill Van Loan
Jan 1, 2014
Curious Ellie is now following Lindsay
Dec 30, 2013
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Reblogged Dec 30, 2013 at Curious Ellie's Annex
via This was an April fool's day blog post! Disclaimers aside, it is amusing yet informative. Cycle Computing succeeds... Continue reading
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Curious Ellie is now following turcopolier
Aug 17, 2013
Curious Ellie is now following Steve Potter
Aug 11, 2013
This is certainly good for AMZN and Jeff Bezos. I don't think it is good for the citizenry for one company, with majority shares held by one individual, to be the disruptor and newly reigning leader of let's see, how many industries? 1. Publishing 2 Retail 3. Enterprise computing via the cloud 4. The news media Publishing, retail, business computing and news, all together. I wouldn't want IBM to own the New York Times, most of the women's clothing retailers in the USA and all the publishing houses.
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You are exceptional! Wow! No one dares to voice this, though it is true: "There is no known genetic mechanism that would fatten the tails at both ends. You might be tempted to think about something like autism together with the ideas that there are some very smart "autistic like" individuals and the fact that autism is more common in men. But autism is a devastating syndrome that is almost entirely associated with low cognitive ability. Really smart but socially inept individuals aren't actually autistic in any clinical sense." That is doubly clever. First, you nicely dissected Larry Summers' foible vis a vis women's cognitive skills with respect to mathematics, engineering and the sciences. Secondly, you dared to say what no one will, anywhere now: that really smart but socially inept individuals aren't actually autistic in any clinical sense. If they were, perhaps Larry Summers is....?
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Andrew, yes, it very peculiar how that crucial piece of information has been left out of the conversation! It is studiously avoided, or so it seems to me. Larry Summers is very bright, but I suspect he is a trader-wannabe. He trashed Harvard's endowment taking a massive position against rising interest rates just prior to, well, rising. Larry Summers and at least two others have been like a revolving door between one particular hedge fund and the White House. And that particular hedge fund is the same one that has a strong continuing affinity with the world's largest e-commerce company who has just purchased the Washington Post, and is already receiving lots of government contracts. Yellen doesn't have those sort of (in this case, unfortunate) connections. I don't think President Obama truly needs another loud bossy person (Larry Summers) to deal with. He has just been freed of Mrs. Clinton. If we could submit write-in candidates, I would recommend a job sharing arrangement between Paul Volcker and Yellen, or perhaps Professor Bradford DeLong. Paul Volcker could lead at first, and after a year or two, or if he died (whichever were first), Professor DeLong could take over. He would have had on-the-job training from one of the best, and he is the consummate non-insider, out there in Berkeley, or so I hope ;o) as he seems trustworthy.
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Where is Professor DeLong's Komment Krew? They should be out en masse by now. Since you (sort of) asked: I am uncertain why the Washington Post staff is so glum. There isn't much reason to believe that Jeff Bezos, who is very bright but knows nothing about journalism, will be able to solve WaPo's problems. Many others have already tried, and failed, to address the news media malaise in our no-longer-so-wonderful world of technology. WaPo staff (please forgive that odious abbreviation) have little to look forward to, as Jeff Bezos "experiments" with one of the last bastions of our third-party independent press. Next, as to why I am glum. It is pathetic that WaPo is valued at a mere $250 million. That isn't Jeff Bezos's fault, nor do I think he bargained down the Graham family when they agreed on the deal at the Aspen Institute conference. Pulse, a very lame app with minimal functionality, was purchased for $90 million by LinkedIn as a social news aggregator (not social news, real news, shared socially... roll eyes upward). There won't be news that anyone wants to read on Pulse if there's no WaPo or NY Times. Jeff Bezos is majority shareholder in AWZN. The Department of Defense (CIA) and NASA have chosen AWS for their multi-billion dollar cloud contracting, earlier this year. Amazon will be benefiting shortly from the Dept. of Justice's decision to penalize Apple and traditional publishers, so that they cannot be competitive in e-books for the next 5 years. Jeff Bezos is a strong advocate of CommonCore curriculum in the U.S.A., thus has major influence on education policy. What else? He bought an interest in Business Insider! No, more relevant, his company, Amazon, dominates ecommerce. It is not a wholesome, risk-averse situation when one company has major influence, due to legitimate right of ownership, over national news media, retail, government contracting, publishing and public school education. Convince me that I am wrong. Please. Tear my conjectures apart, and console me. I will thank you, as I don't want this to be true.
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Curious Ellie has shared their blog Curious Ellie's Annex
Aug 5, 2013
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Posted Mar 30, 2013 at Curious Ellie's Annex
@Procopius I am of the same opinion, that Obama could be considered a conservative. I'm unsure whether Brooks considers "conservative" as centrist though. Yet I think it is likely that Brooks would repudiate the policy agenda of a centrist-verging-on-conservative Democrat, even if there were significant overlap with his own moderate though GOP-allied view. That is sad in two ways, the first being that Republican-Democrat "antipathy-on-principal" has grown so vehement now. Second, it is sad, to me, that a moderate Republican might be no more conservative than President Obama, who was nominally (I thought) a liberal Democrat. Sigh...
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@Adam, Yes, Brooks' position is to be The Moderate Republican at the Times. That's a good point. Yet I am trying to understand your comment, which is not transparent to me. In particular, why you remarked that the situation is: "sad as an indictment of the quality of our commentary" As The Moderate Republican, Brooks shouldn't agree with Democrat President Obama, not consistently. However, in a healthy two-party system, there should be some overlap between a moderate Republican and a Democrat centrist president. That is why I qualified my prior sentence with "not consistently". Is the indictment sad because the current GOP is opposed to nearly anything that is a Democrat policy or goal, by virtue of its being a Democrat policy or goal, and only that? If so, then I understand your meaning.
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Curious Ellie is now following Abe Hassan
Feb 8, 2013
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Feb 8, 2013
Curious Ellie is now following David Hornik
Feb 8, 2013