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Black Swan author comes out of hiding to support Ron Paul

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March 13, 2012 – Comments (9)

"I don’t care about [Ron Paul's] chances. I support him. We have no other solutions. It is my duty as a citizen and as a taxpayer who doesn’t want to be hoodwinked in the long term by bureaucrats." Nassim Taleb

I can't say it any better.  

David in Liberty

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#1) On March 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM, SkepticalOx (99.45) wrote:

I'm not surprised. Nassim's views pretty much align with Austrian economics. Great interview and good points.

Dems or Repubs? Doesn't matter:

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#2) On March 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM, TheDumbMoney (47.08) wrote:

This is ironic, because if Ron Paul were elected President, his secret service code name would BE Black Swan.

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#3) On March 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM, Frankydontfailme (28.15) wrote:

heh DTAF

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#4) On March 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM, TMFAleph1 (95.09) wrote:

Ron Paul's election would certainly be a Black Swan of sorts.

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#5) On March 14, 2012 at 8:25 PM, amassafortune (29.61) wrote:

During a segment on the Republican primary race this evening, my local TV station pictured all four candidates in alphabetical order which placed Dr. Paul prominently in the upper right quadrant.

This Taleb piece and a few others recently have been strangely featuring, or at least not ignoring, Ron Paul, after months of covering the primary with an obvious bias against his candidacy. 

Something has changed. Either:

1. The blatent slant has driven more viewers, especially young viewers, to internet and social media options and this is an effort to stem the flow.

2. These stations or specific shows have been threatened with action during their FCC annual license review, or direct legal action. 

3. Maybe a reminder of their college journalistic ethics has inspired a move toward more personal professionalism.  

4. It could be an effort toward evening the delagate count going into the convention to either maximize press coverage of the event, give party power brokers more sway, or to attempt to inject a fifth person into the race. 

5. It could be a Democratic move to max out the perceived conflict within the Republican party and keep attention diverted from high gas prices, war, and the deficit. 

Given the bland, alphabetical graphic on tonight's news, I suspect #2, with #1 as a possible additional factor. It appears more like a lackluster attempt toward "fairness" or an "equal time" consideration than action toward or against one of the candidates.

Now that Super Tuesday passed, they may feel it's safe to talk of all candidates again.

Here is a supposed "open mike" catch of the president acknowledging Maine was rigged. 

 

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#6) On March 14, 2012 at 9:56 PM, TMFAleph1 (95.09) wrote:

Here is a supposed "open mike" catch of the president acknowledging Maine was rigged.

'Supposed' is the operative word here. Based on that evidence alone, a sensible observer would be extremely skeptical regarding the conclusion that the voice does, in fact, belong to President Obama.

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#7) On March 14, 2012 at 10:02 PM, ETFsRule (99.94) wrote:

"Dems or Repubs? Doesn't matter:"

Actually the difference between the 2 parties looks pretty significant in that graph.

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#8) On March 16, 2012 at 3:15 PM, SkepticalOx (99.45) wrote:

" Actually the difference between the 2 parties looks pretty significant in that graph."

You're right. It is. Republicans do spend more :P. Though I guess it's important to note that both Obama and Clinton lost the House in the middle of their first-terms. 

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#9) On March 16, 2012 at 3:24 PM, DJDynamicNC (25.12) wrote:

"2. These stations or specific shows have been threatened with action during their FCC annual license review, or direct legal action. "

How ironic that would be, government action being used to give Paul greater cachet in the marketplace of ideas.

Splitting the difference between on and off topic: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2010/05/im-not-a-libertarian/57090/

 

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