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Qatar/Saudi Barbaria, Iain McGilchrist, @Expedia, Peace, #NYT, Hammurabi’s Code, Policy Goons

@nntaleb 12 months @Jmanos195Manos Permalink 12:54 PM – 8 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Waited 12 m for this: Amsterdam has, for the nondietaryfatphobic, the best steak in the world (Holstein). pic.twitter.com/Wai9d048Y8 Permalink 12:34 PM – 8 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Evidence @djrothkopf boss of Foreign Policy is for sale. Shameful that our foreign policy is manipulated by Jihadis.https://twitter.com/bitsquare_/status/806924154171637760   Permalink 10:15 AM – 8 Dec 2016

@nntaleb You can start filtering out Mainstream Media by blocking any article w/”populist” or “populism” in it, citing someone from a think tank. Permalink 9:43 AM – 8 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Rich people aren’t necessarily incorruptible; but they can be much, much more expensive to bribe. Permalink 3:36 PM – 7 Dec 2016

@nntaleb This reveals much. Names named: the way to go. Includes Rothkopf How Saudi Arabia captured Washington http://www.vox.com/2016/3/21/11275354/saudi-arabia-gulf-washington?utm_campaign=vox&utm_content=feature%3Afixed&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter   via @voxdotcom Permalink 3:29 PM – 7 Dec 2016

@nntaleb How many believe this independent BS? Fraudster @emile_hokayem secretly paid by Bahrain for “independent” promotion https://twitter.com/emile_hokayem/status/806593003615899650   Permalink 2:09 PM – 7 Dec 2016

@nntaleb 1/Western Syria’s population [C on the map] act, look, & eat like Mediterraneans/Southern Europeans, includes Sunnishttps://twitter.com/joshua_landis/status/806497987404906497   Permalink 9:54 AM – 7 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Now this explains bombardment of pro-Jihadi articles by this goon: @emile_hokayem who works there!!! Shame! Shame!https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/806510667087876096   Permalink 9:37 AM – 7 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Back office people don’t know that there is a difference between front and back office. Everyone else does.https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/806487322728472576   Permalink 7:12 AM – 7 Dec 2016

@nntaleb They tried to hide it! Never trust thinktanks. British thinktank received £25m from Bahraini royals, docs revealhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/06/british-thinktank-iiss-received-25m-from-bahraini-royals-documents-reveal?CMP=share_btn_tw   Permalink 6:48 AM – 7 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Physicists take something complicated & make it simpler. Psychologists take something very complicated & make it even more complicated. Permalink 5:39 AM – 7 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Recent rebellion/Trump: Front office pple (most of us) don’t want to be controlled by *back office* clercs. Kapish?https://medium.com/@nntaleb/the-intellectual-yet-idiot-13211e2d0577#.yy4z897cd   Permalink 5:15 AM – 7 Dec 2016

@CDcaritas @leverageisgreat @nntalebhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/06/british-thinktank-iiss-received-25m-from-bahraini-royals-documents-reveal   Permalink 12:45 AM – 7 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Think tanks financed by Qatar/Saudi Barbaria want people to believe this crap. Many do!https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/15/syrian-president-bashar-al-assad-bigger-threat-than-isis?CMP=share_btn_tw   Permalink 12:33 AM – 7 Dec 2016

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@nntaleb Transforming an unbounded into a bounded martingale (by Ito’s lemma), thanks to airline delays. pic.twitter.com/LXxzhTh4k8 Permalink 4:28 AM – 6 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Can someone explain to this fellow that forall their flaws dentists know their stuff >> than policymakers/Krugmans?https://twitter.com/louis_giannone/status/805936971591938048   Permalink 5:03 PM – 5 Dec 2016

@jgmarcel () “experienced” & “professional” politicians are just as desirable as professional lovers, that is, prostitutes. — Nassim Taleb (@nntaleb) pic.twitter.com/rc4kjcHphc Permalink 4:00 PM – 5 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Almost…https://twitter.com/bryanappleyard/status/805885857416810496   Permalink 1:26 PM – 5 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Debunkkng conspiracy Assad-ISIShttps://twitter.com/ehsani22/status/805816603489292288   Permalink 12:56 PM – 5 Dec 2016

@nntaleb The episodic John Gray appreciation dinner w/ @BryanAppleyard @rorysutherland & McGilchrist at Gray’s favorite rest pic.twitter.com/vz3a4PRLYv Permalink 12:54 PM – 5 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Another squid ink risotto. Pasta is better. pic.twitter.com/fMdTF5DkUk Permalink 6:02 AM – 5 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Squid ink risotto pic.twitter.com/y4a0V6PzIm Permalink 5:44 AM – 4 Dec 2016

@nntaleb The point of paying is to guarantee a room: no optionality. There is an asymmetry: if the client cancels he pays… not them! @Expedia Permalink 5:03 PM – 3 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Beware @Expedia. Prepaid a suite in London, very late arrival &… the hotel sends me to another part of town, tiny room w/o refund. Permalink 4:51 PM – 3 Dec 2016

@nntaleb People discovered the NYT was effectively fiction; trash fiction sells the most! https://twitter.com/rcallimachi/status/804450963268444160   Permalink 5:45 AM – 3 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Dear @stevenstrogatz , an accolade coming from a mathematician is worth >10^3 compliments by other mortals. Permalink 5:36 AM – 3 Dec 2016

@dellajoNYC @borzou @jackshafer He attacked you because you are a propagandist for Al Qaeda, the folks who gave us 9/11, and therefore human skum. FYI. Permalink 5:34 AM – 3 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Number of casualties is not *statistical* data/estimates? Explains Brexit: Brussels IYIs shd limit activities to driving Uber c (carefully).https://twitter.com/nicolas_veron/status/805032648959787009   Permalink 5:13 AM – 3 Dec 2016

@nntaleb The day flight to London. pic.twitter.com/aWy6RcaK2Z Permalink 4:46 AM – 3 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Exactly: “People are better neighbors than roommates” @JohnGaltPattaya Permalink 4:43 AM – 3 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Utopism: make pple hold hands & sing mawkish songs Realism: structures to allow interactions w/o harm:#skininthegamehttps://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/804949462217007104   Permalink 4:20 AM – 3 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Mr @borzou-fabricator, did you realize you called Trump a tyrant when he has never held office. Did they have basic IQ screening at the FT? Permalink 4:11 AM – 3 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Philology du Jour: a word (the obvious) that has survived 4000 years in Semitic languages. “N***” in Akkadian… pic.twitter.com/f9ig37tszx Permalink 1:25 AM – 3 Dec 2016

@alxpr1c3 @nntaleb a #vianegativa approach would then be – the aim of “peace” is to avoid lethal conflicts? Permalink 11:35 PM – 2 Dec 2016

@nntaleb The aim of “peace” is to make people interract while hating one another the way the French hate Germans/English, not to sing campfire songs. https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/804335904009711616   Permalink 11:24 PM – 2 Dec 2016

@nntaleb You can spot a (low IQ) crypto-Jihadi such as @sahdihamid at his geopolitization of conflict ag. Islamists.https://twitter.com/shadihamid/status/804779650463531008   Permalink 5:01 PM – 2 Dec 2016

@cdipaola62 @nntaleb @SteveRattner teaching birds 2 fly. Citizens don’t need complex formulas to detect BS of IYI’s who use first order math to scare. Permalink 4:58 PM – 2 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Elementary 2nd order accounting: Employees in US happen to *pay* taxes; or spend money => others who pay taxes.https://twitter.com/SteveRattner/status/804414616520359937   Permalink 12:56 PM – 2 Dec 2016

@nntaleb If, against experience, you still read the #NYT, remember it was the conveyor of the most destructive fake news: Iraq. @nyinvesting @han0z Permalink 12:04 PM – 2 Dec 2016

@nntaleb #SkinintheGame shows how, in absence of saints, we’d rather pick the rich (contact w/reality), to those who *want* to get rich. @Scaramucci Permalink 10:56 AM – 2 Dec 2016

@nntaleb The other argument is that those who *need* a salary are vulnerable to lobbying /revolving door bribery.https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/804131401528287232   Permalink 10:33 AM – 2 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Yes, Gibbon has mistakes. So does Thucydides! On top of his skeptical charm, he led me to find holes in his acct. My favorite prose style! Permalink 8:06 AM – 2 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Does this make the “news” part of Holywood?https://twitter.com/ancientsyrian/status/804690299821891584   Permalink 6:41 AM – 2 Dec 2016

@nntaleb The disproof of a fabrication is not as visible as the fabrication. Why U.S. ‘News’ Media Shouldn’t Be Trusted http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/12/02/why-us-news-media-shouldnt-trusted.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter   Permalink 4:05 AM – 2 Dec 2016

@nntaleb When I stood next to H’s code felt knowing it in Akkadian & reciting it w/original sounds. Code abt #skininthegame requires authenticity. pic.twitter.com/4ggFhO8K6v Permalink 7:16 PM – 1 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Conspiracy theory Assad=ISIS is a great IQ test: it proves incapacity to make up something remotely plausible.https://twitter.com/BradRHoff/status/804509487713439746   Permalink 6:46 PM – 1 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Finally got to read Hammurabi in the original Semitic rythm (thanks to the method of Albert Naccache) https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/50282823/hammurabi.mp3   Permalink 5:58 PM – 1 Dec 2016

@nntaleb People are starting to understand the difference between “denocracy” and governance @normonics @bill_easterly Permalink 10:29 AM – 1 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Only Gibbon: Twenty-two acknowledged concubines, and a library of sixty-two thousand volumes, attested the variety.. pic.twitter.com/GeCTFO9cyc Permalink 8:38 AM – 1 Dec 2016

@nntaleb When people ask me “what should I read”, I used to avoid responding. Now, here is something necessary in anyone’s ed pic.twitter.com/mxmabxeiTG Permalink 8:16 AM – 1 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Effectively there was *inverse* ethnic cleansing after Qaeda left Aleppo.https://twitter.com/CamilleOtrakji/status/804342907960487936   Permalink 7:16 AM – 1 Dec 2016

@nntaleb COMPLEX SYSTEMS: Problem of Oslo is top-down (diplomatic) solution for bottom-up problem. @yaneerbaryam pic.twitter.com/KNQCgGTzx8 Permalink 6:46 AM – 1 Dec 2016

@internetactu Le plus intolérant l’emporte toujours : la dictature de la plus petite minorité par @nntaleb http://www.internetactu.net/a-lire-ailleurs/le-plus-intolerant-lemporte-toujours-la-dictature-de-la-plus-petite-minorite/   Permalink 5:33 AM – 1 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Gingrich doesn’t want IYIs in government. https://medium.com/@nntaleb/the-intellectual-yet-idiot-13211e2d0577#.qd6ryx4q4  https://twitter.com/BoustanyMazen/status/804187163122397184   Permalink 5:01 AM – 1 Dec 2016

@nntaleb Gingrich doesn’t want IYIs in government. https://medium.com/@nntaleb/the-intellectual-yet-idiot-13211e2d0577#.qd6ryx4q4   https://twitter.com/BoustanyMazen/status/804187163122397184   Permalink 5:01 AM – 1 Dec 2016

@nntaleb A visit to the NYU Philosophy department (logic) wd confirm that butchering, whether for 8 or 15 y, = butcher. Kapish? @ianbremmer Permalink 2:55 PM – 30 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Yet Barak Hussain Obama is not called “the butcher of Washington”.https://twitter.com/joshua_landis/status/804049099528040448   Permalink 11:48 AM – 30 Nov 2016

@DrCirillo If you missed it, my recent not-too-technical paper on armed conflicts and their tail risk, joint with @nntaleb. https://ssrn.com/abstract=2876315   Permalink 10:07 AM – 30 Nov 2016

@nntaleb People in political “science” & policy wonks such must attend so they know why we think they are clueless.https://twitter.com/yaneerbaryam/status/803987190980235264   Permalink 7:42 AM – 30 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Friends, anyone knows of a transcription of the Accadian of Hammurabi’s Law into Hebrew or another Semitic script? Permalink 7:40 AM – 30 Nov 2016

@nntaleb De Finetti was a smart cookie. How to forecast elections. pic.twitter.com/w7d050sQgT Permalink 4:55 AM – 30 Nov 2016

@nntaleb The tragedy of our time is the monoculture of ideas: all people are forced to believe the *same* bullshit. Permalink 6:42 AM – 29 Nov 2016

@MaxAbrahms It’s funny when media outlets interview multiple fellows from the same think tank for intellectual diversity. Permalink 4:22 AM – 29 Nov 2016

@nntaleb #IDreamOfAWorld where “science” promoters understand the difference between science and scientism.https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/802673096876494849   Permalink 8:03 AM – 28 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Probability & Medicine: Presenting 2 papers at U Penn S Med at 12 noon P-value https://arxiv.org/pdf/1603.07532v3.pdf   Antifragility http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/medicine.pdf   Permalink 8:01 AM – 28 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Voila! “Small is beautiful” in the moralists! Vauvenargues: “men are not born to love large things”. #LindyEffect pic.twitter.com/W7WsC0cahK Permalink 3:10 AM – 28 Nov 2016

@nntaleb The only fiction I read in 2016 was reports on the Syrian “moderate” rebels.https://twitter.com/tylercowen/status/802130988407070720   Permalink 6:32 PM – 27 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Ready! pic.twitter.com/losrlULOtl Permalink 5:06 PM – 27 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Mr Borzou Daragahi, it is much, much more difficult to bullshit a statistician than your followers. Kapish? @borzou Permalink 1:24 PM – 27 Nov 2016

@nntaleb These “journos” fabricate numbers, yet are employed by FT & LA times. https://medium.com/opacity/syria-and-the-statistics-of-war-910eb1a00bbd#.8nk0gt745  https://twitter.com/borzou/status/802981041891868672   Permalink 1:13 PM – 27 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Final version of our paper on “drop” in violence w/@DrCirillo (published by Nobel Foundation, forth 2017) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2876315   Permalink 11:29 AM – 27 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Skin in the game,Trump, Theology and the experience machine: Nothing is real unless there is risk. https://www.facebook.com/nntaleb/posts/10154363970418375   Permalink 9:11 AM – 27 Nov 2016

@nntaleb More evidence IYIs collect my books without reading them. https://twitter.com/chloerlaw/status/802920034297331716   Permalink 9:08 AM – 27 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Unlike with other disciplines, protecting Philosophy from attack against Philosophy is unphilosophical.https://twitter.com/I_I_Rubin/status/802874079393050625   Permalink 6:14 AM – 27 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Greeks would be horrified at claim that some nerd at Harvard can teach you to be a man. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paideia   @bardiasoroudi @NoahRFeldman Permalink 3:29 PM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb .@bardiasoroudi @NoahRFeldman Violating law of logic: if some professors help doesn’t mean school is monopoly for humanities. Pitiful arg, Permalink 2:08 PM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Exactly:Harvard-Soviet illusion is identity school=knowledge;school=humanities (Lecturing birds how to fly chapter)https://twitter.com/sahilz79/status/802609383691714565   Permalink 12:54 PM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Found “less is more” (ag bigdata) in ancients #LindyEffect “Nimium allercando veritas amittilur” Publ Syr Excess details[words] hide truth Permalink 12:29 PM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Actually I showed in #Antifragile the biggest intellectual productions came from country priests (s.a.Bayes) @alexgiannotti @GhassanDahhan Permalink 11:50 AM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Nerds do NOT understand #skininthegame. “Life is not about winning an argument [with a nerd like you] but about winning.” @NoahRFeldman Permalink 11:38 AM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb If you knew more latin & logic you’d realize that equating academia to authority IS ad hominem. @jtepper2 @NoahRFeldman @ChinchewPalsu Permalink 11:21 AM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Words that describe unerudite IYIs like you who think Harvard doesn’t provide ZERO intellectual credibility @NoahRFeldman @ChinchewPalsu Permalink 11:13 AM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Elnlightenment: Diderot Voltaire Rousseau Hume d’Allembert were NOT academics. Sorbonne was for idiots. @OriginalRamsFan @NoahRFeldman Permalink 11:09 AM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Fucking idiot it takes half a century (Lindy) to know about influence. @NoahRFeldman @ChinchewPalsu Permalink 11:05 AM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Leibniz was trained as a legal scholar. He learned math in his mid 20s and (co) invented Calculus @GhassanDahhan Permalink 11:03 AM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Influential thinkers were scholars but NOT in academia: Darwin Marx Einstein (relativity) Freud Mandelbrot.. @ChinchewPalsu @NoahRFeldman Permalink 10:45 AM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb You forgot the “subsequently”…”from commercial activity”. An idiot playing strawman with me?@BorisMarkovich Permalink 10:04 AM – 26 Nov 2016

@AssalehAmer “You are not getting the point that in risk we don’t give a fuck what people in “medical sciences” do, math prevails. kapish?” – @nntalebhttps://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/802492382608588800   Permalink 5:16 AM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb My talk Monday at U Penn School of Med http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/medicine.pdf   Lancet study on statins was ‘fundamentally flawed’http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/24/lancet-study-statins-fundamentally-flawed-critics-say/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw   Permalink 4:41 AM – 26 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Is McFarland a neocon or close to neocons or likely to mutate into a neocon? [Please corrigere my Latin] Permalink 3:03 PM – 25 Nov 2016

@nntaleb IYI profs want you to believe one cannot read books without them; just like Taxi groups resist uber. Read classics. @ja_furman @NoahRFeldman Permalink 2:02 PM – 25 Nov 2016

@nntaleb People who get good grades in “prestigious” nonSTEM majors are just signaling high ability to bullshit. @JamesMarsh79 Permalink 9:40 AM – 25 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Nothing was funding since the fund went to 0. Counterparties synchronized the liquidations. @MarcoCraveiro @mattyglesias Permalink 8:31 AM – 25 Nov 2016

@nntaleb LTCM was NOT a TAXPAYER bailout, but a Fed-coordinated liquidation w/counterparts & banks. Kapish? @MarcoCraveiro @mattyglesias Permalink 7:39 AM – 25 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Corollary: when a paper that engages in propaganda (W Post) accuses others of propaganda, is it propaganda?https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/801960686876323841   Permalink 7:37 AM – 25 Nov 2016

@nntaleb IYIs don’t get that: HedgeFund-ers have big #skininthegame, little hidden risk Less monoculture No taxpayer bailouthttps://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/802149869150466048   Permalink 6:09 AM – 25 Nov 2016

@nntaleb #LindyEffect: 2y of INCERTO Fooled by Randomness (blue) is 16 y.o., TBS ~10. 99.9% of bestsellers don’t survive 2y. pic.twitter.com/eIZ2trE2mC Permalink 5:19 AM – 25 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Political “scientists” & Policy goons s a @dandrezner shd attend these courses so they know why we call them idiots.https://twitter.com/NECSI/status/801518855382302724   Permalink 4:17 AM – 25 Nov 2016

@nntaleb The meta question: is the news that Russia is spreading fake news fake news. Permalink 5:28 PM – 24 Nov 2016

@nntaleb I avoid reading nonmath recent books. But if I do, best heuristic: avoid books on the NYT list of “Notable Books”http://nyti.ms/2fSH7i2   Permalink 12:15 PM – 24 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Please note that @Charles_Lister is paid to fabricate numbers. Liar.https://medium.com/@nntaleb/syria-and-the-statistics-of-war-910eb1a00bbd#.rkwi12iz1   Permalink 8:27 AM – 24 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Ian, you should man up: stop whining, and cease to play arbiter of “adulthood”. Will feel better. @ianbremmer Permalink 7:31 AM – 24 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Happy Thanksgiving everyone! My 36th: I came to America to embrace the system & pledged to defend it. Will keep defending it. With Gratitude Permalink 7:15 AM – 24 Nov 2016

@nntaleb The plot thinckens. 2000 war casualties inflate over time to 30-40,000. Imbecile journos. https://medium.com/@nntaleb/syria-and-the-statistics-of-war-910eb1a00bbd#.gd9ozor7k   ” target=”_blank”>http://pic.twitter.com/JH6InUEliq”>  pic.twitter.com/JH6InUEliq Permalink 6:36 AM – 24 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Say something important, genuinely important. Hard for journos.https://twitter.com/TheStalwart/status/801476728732454912   Permalink 5:37 AM – 24 Nov 2016

@jbmacluckie Le mec (@nntaleb) m’a tellement influencé que j’ai deux références à lui encrées sur moi : pic.twitter.com/xDVXt5DGdM Permalink 11:09 PM – 23 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Is it me or is the Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 very very good? Permalink 3:11 PM – 23 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Trying to solve a difficult integral (one of those again). For those & only those into integration.http://math.stackexchange.com/q/2027844/88078?stw=2   Permalink 12:35 PM – 23 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Huffington Post, please explain *propaganda*. If you can. Thank you.@HuffPostGreece @HuffingtonPost pic.twitter.com/AwU0YWkhNX Permalink 11:32 AM – 23 Nov 2016

@nntaleb No Huffington Post. pic.twitter.com/v6FSUimAkx Permalink 8:45 AM – 23 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Reason I don’t want Huffington Post to publish my work is the revelation that it “covertly” helped Hillary.Unethicalhttps://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/801412424792477696   Permalink 7:55 AM – 23 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Well… it does!https://twitter.com/ArtVigRue/status/801447851033317376   Permalink 7:34 AM – 23 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Syriac version Malalas <= “eloquent” pic.twitter.com/I1WZJveNBJ Permalink 7:10 AM – 23 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Levantine du Jour: The Great John Malalas had Aramaic name: Malal = orator. (New dictionary) pic.twitter.com/Y4PBrDlbkK Permalink 7:04 AM – 23 Nov 2016

@nntaleb The ugliest of humans looks better than the prettiest cockroach; the worst of businessmen looks more real than any professional politician. Permalink 6:54 AM – 23 Nov 2016

@nntaleb They don’t know what “religion” means. Salafi isn’t a race. It isn’t a “religion”. It is a criminal organization.https://medium.com/@nntaleb/we-dont-know-what-we-are-talking-about-when-we-talk-about-religion-3e65e6a3c44e#.coa8tomua   Permalink 6:38 AM – 23 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Media idiots don’t realize that Alt-Right people are far, far more moderate than the “moderate” Salafi Islamists they are protecting! Shame. Permalink 5:37 AM – 23 Nov 2016

@nntaleb World finally discovering that “experienced” &”professional” politicians are just as desirable as professional lovers, that is, prostitutes. Permalink 5:17 AM – 23 Nov 2016

@nntaleb Huff Post trying to make me look as if I wrote FOR them. I don’t write for them! Ο Διανοούμενος Πλην Όμως Ηλίθιος http://www.huffingtonpost.gr/nassim-nicholas-taleb/-_8521_b_13167866.html   Permalink 5:09 AM – 23 Nov 2016

Video! Nassim Taleb at Princeton April 10, 2012

Economic Recovery: Perils, Politics and Possibilities

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My Fear Is The Thing Degenerates Into Class Struggle

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(My notes) The banks have made 2.2 trillion over the last 2 years. Salary plus bonuses.
It is a tax on citizens. Bailout scheme, since Reagan.
You need something to break the bank cartel. Federal Reserve policy is there to help the banks. Last year they had record bonuses.
The ONLY valuable information you can get from bank earnings is how much they pay themselves.
Which is why I like the model of a hedge fund because at least you see what’s there.
$1.58 Billion put aside for compensation and bonuses.
If we bail you out, you should not be paid a bonus.
In business, if you have the upside, you’ve got to keep the downside.
The banks are in the business of hiding risk. They make steady money, collect bonuses, and when the thing collapses, we pay the price.
Hammurabi’s Code