Archive for Conspiracy

Army Uses Jedi Mind Tricks on Al Franken

Robert Wenzel tips us off to this incredible story from Rolling Stone: The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in “psychological operations” to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was […]

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Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive: The Fed’s Obscure Rule Change

Today at Mises I walk through my understanding of the Fed’s January 6 accounting rule change. My take is that the Fed’s description sounded like no big deal, because they implicitly focused on the treatment of earnings. What they didn’t mention was that their rule change shielded them from losses. One thing: Some analysts have […]

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“I Walked Downstairs, Wiser”

I can’t remember the exact line, but I’m referring to Ralphie in A Christmas Story after he decodes the commercial for Ovaltine. (Incidentally, the best argument against democracy I have come across is that this movie gets only 8.1 out of 10.) In an earlier post I was aghast at the Orwellian behavior of Fox […]

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Fox News Incredible Deception on Ron Paul CPAC Win

This is absolutely incredible. I have tried to figure out if this is a reverse hoax (i.e. a fake YouTube setting up Fox News), but I don’t see how. I realize it’s a bit long, but I encourage you to sit through the whole thing. By the end, you will realize why all the elements […]

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PPI Continues to Alarm, So BLS Will Change It

Bob Wenzel does a good job explaining the alarming trend in the Producer Price Index. I strolled over to the BLS website to see for myself, and was nonplussed by the front-page explanation that they are introducing a new “experimental aggregation system” for the PPI: Currently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) uses the stage-of-processing […]

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Not Evil, Just Lazy

Sometimes it occurs to me that maybe my conspiratorial views are totally baseless. For example, maybe the government wasn’t really trying to take over the banks or the energy sector. Here’s Arnold Kling: As reporters ask me about the report, I in turn ask them where the real report is. I mean, I cannot believe […]

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I Was Wrong About Krugman

I said yesterday in this post that he would never pay Scott Sumner an explicit compliment. And then he (sort of) did today in this post, ripping Tyler Cowen and the Austrians. (Krugman is half right. You guess which half.) I will let Scott (or my readers) correct me, but I am pretty sure that […]

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Potpourri

* You know how it wasn’t the Fed that caused the housing bubble, but those Chinese savers? Well Paul Krugman tells us it’s the same story with rising food prices–not the Fed’s fault, but those Chinese eaters. * Lew Rockwell has a really nice historical and psychological analysis of right-wing warhawks. (I.e. he offers plausible […]

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