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The Limitations of Economic Forecasts – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver

November 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Limitations of Economic Forecasts – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver · Economics, Policy, quote

Instead, economic forecasts are blunt instruments at best, rarely being able to anticipate economic turning points more than a few months in advance. Fairly often, in fact, these forecasts have failed to “predict” recessions even once they were already under way: a majority of economists did not think we were in one when the three […]

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April 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on · quote

It was a concept of such stunning simplicity, but it gave rise, naturally, to all of the infinite and baffling complexity of life. The awe it inspired in me made the awe that people talk about in respect of religious experience seem, frankly, silly beside it. I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe […]

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March 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on · quote

Though a profound student of Clausewitz, Foch did not, like Clausewitz’s German successors, believe in a foolproof schedule of battle worked out in advance. Rather he taught the necessity of perpetual adaptability and improvisation to fit circumstances. “Regulations,” he would say, “are all very well for drill but in the hour of danger they are […]

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“Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72”, Hunter S Thompson

July 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72”, Hunter S Thompson · quote

Nixon was “a monument to all the rancid genes and broken chromosomes that corrupt the possibilities of the American Dream; he was a foul caricature of himself, a man with no soul, no inner convictions, with the integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad. The Nixon I remembered was absolutely humorless; […]

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I love Hammett’s spare, bone dry dialogue. The master of noir crime drama…

October 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off on I love Hammett’s spare, bone dry dialogue. The master of noir crime drama… · quote

We found a table. Nora said: “She’s pretty.” “If you like them like that.” She grinned at me. “You got types?” “Only you, darling—lanky brunettes with wicked jaws.” “And how about the red-head you wandered off with at the Quinns’ last night?” “That’s silly,” I said. “She just wanted to show me some French etchings.” […]

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