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August 24, 2011
Krugman bemoans lost economic boost from too mild earthquake (update: it was identity theft)
Eventually, Google is going to ruin us all.
Here's a blurb from the Nobel Prize winning economist's Google page yesterday:
Yeah, just think of all the life insurance payouts to the families of those dead victims if the quake had been really serious. That's a Keyenesian way to stimulate the economy if I ever heard one.
Allah wonders if Krugman is being serious:
Maybe Paulie needs to get out more.
Someone has been pulling our legs, with a somewhat plausible concept to be coming from Mister Space Aliens. David Paulin writes:
Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman posted something at his NYT blog this morning titled "Identify Theft," (click here) stating that somebody impersonated him on a Google page; accordingly, that link you have to Krugman's bogus Google page is now dead.
In Krugman's "Identify Theft" blog, his statement includes this:
Put another way, Krugman seems to be saying that if he does say something stupid or outrageous-- and it is printed in The Times -- then you can assume the stupid comment should be taken seriously because it was printed in The Times.
Also, Krugman's blog, which I'm seeing for the first time, is called, "The Conscience of a Liberal." Isn't this sort of a rip-off of Berry Goldwater's book, "The Conscience of a Conservative"?
Update. David Paulin writes:
Slate has a somewhat disingenuous post (click here) on the Krugman hoax. Among other things, it claims that Rick Moran was among those in the "new media" who was taken in by it. As you know, Rick's original post, written before anybody know what was really going on, injected some skepticism into whether Krguman's website was in fact legitimate. It was part opinion, part reporting.
Also, as we all know, the bogus Google page was believable precisely because of Krugman's earlier comments about an alien space invasion. Yet Slate argues:
An obvious difference? I don't think a lot of people would buy that (though that doesn't mean that I don't have a problem with identity theft; however, this case of identify theft does seem to be a misguided effort at satire.)
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