But after writing about the Enron story, she can probably do whatever she wants.
Bethany and Alex are both definitely bad dudes. Tag team style. If they come calling with cameras, you are fucked, my friend.
She has a little voice, and says such big things. The contrast works very well. She says the kinds of things that you can only say when you know your shit .. down to the level of nuance.
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Every time they bring her out in Money Power & Wall Street, I am like » "Ooh, that was nice. Can we do that again soon?"
» "I'm not seeing capital, capital and more capital as the solution to all of our problems. Because, in the end, capital isnt this pile of money sitting somewhere. [ Rather ] It's » an accounting construct. And if you dont have the accounting right, then the capital is » just an illusion.
Back in September, I mentioned something I call » the keystroke economy.
.. which I found both intriguing and instructive. See here »
» A construct in the philosophy of science is an ideal object, where the existence of the thing may be said to depend upon a subject's mind. This, as opposed to a real object, where existence does not seem to depend on the existence of a mind.
Notice particularly the phrase » depends upon a subject's mind.
In other words » "It's all in your mind." (Did the lightbulb come on? It's a BIG thought.)
» Send Me Some of that Federal Reserve Money You Create From Thin Air
Confirming my point of money (capital) not-being-real and existing only-in-your-mind .. like a figment of your imagination .. notice the following sentence contained in the 5th paragraph of this article »
» "At the same time, the world's major central banks have been on a six-year campaign of holding down interest rates and creating more money from thin air..."
I want to say to the folks there at the Federal Reserve » "Janet, as long as you keep creating this imaginary money that exists only in your mind ..
.. why dont you send some my way? ..
.. instead of sending it only to those who already have way more than they know what to do with?
If you are looking for somebody to reliably spend some of that free money from thin air .. then, I'm your man. I have skills. Well documented spending skills.
I can provide multiple references .. that I can reliably spend pretty much whatever you can send me.
The sooner you send it to me, the sooner I can start spending and the sooner we can move this 'recovery' from Wall St to Main street."
Mark Blyth » Professor of International Political Economy at Brown University
I just saw an interview with Mark Blyth ..
Does he not seem to saying something very similar to what I am saying here?
I was just kidding about the Federal Reserve sending me a shoebox full of money .. or maybe I wasnt.
I definitely wasnt kidding about being able to spend it. That is something I can definitely do ..
.. if you would like to conduct some preliminary operitional tests with this new pilot program .. then I would definitely like to volunteer my services.
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My shoebox full of money from the Federal Reserve should be arriving any day now. I am going to go out and check the mail right now.
Okay, my shoebox from the Federal Reserve was waiting for me there at the mailbox .. but it contained only a pair of shoes. And badly worn ones at that ..
.. with a note from Janet Yellen saying that she gave my $56K to somebody who lives on Park Avenue, tho she was not allowed to say exactly who.
The person on Park Avenue apparently felt bad enough about this that he insisted Janet send me this pair of shoes as a sort of consolation prize.
Too bad the shoes are tight and hurt my feet. But thanks for thinking of me, anyway. It's the thought that counts, right?
A little further research into Mark Blyth .. this is his (2013) book » Austerity | The History of a Dangerous Idea.
I am kinda surprised that I never heard of him before.
I see that on Sept 9, 2014 he published another article at the Foreign Affairs site titled » It's Not About the Money ..
.. regarding the proposed break-up of Scotland and England. I think that Blyth is a scot, so he would know.
My ego is desperately trying to convince me that he is playing his title off of my 2012 entry .. but I am having none of it.
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Expressing Gratitude for a » Job Well Done
I changed the date of today's entry to » May 2nd ..
Which just so happens to be the date Bethany's interview was published (April 29).
Timing is important. Sometimes very. When I heard Bethany's quote, I knew it was time.
"We could have lots of fun with that quote, couldnt we?" said the writer in me to myself.
» Bounce High for Me, Lover
When I heard her quote .. I thought about the opening / introductory (tone-setting) quote at the beginning of » Gatsby. See here »
Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;
If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,
Till she cry "Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,
I must have you!"
Which I find rather curious. I am not sure, but I somehow think it means » I liked her quote.
Bethany's quote .. and Lauren's interview."You girls ever seen that movie by Woody Allen? » Vickie, Christina, Barcelona."
Certified Fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. I bet.
Anyway, I changed the date because » that is the day I saw the Enron movie. (How else can you express your gratitude for/to these people for the work they do?)
I remember thinking at the movies » "You gotta be kidding me." Like you cannot believe what you are seeing and hearing.
But this shit happens. The question that should be coming about now » "Why is that?" Speaking of 'why is that?' ..
.. have you noticed how the avant-garde, record-breaking, never-before-seen-in-history, make-it-up-as-we-go » stimulus
(.. provided by the Federal Reserve) ..
And as the super-wealthy are growing even MORE wealthy .. a strange thing is happening. The amount of debt piled onto our children's generation has been growing by a mind-blowing amount. My question » is that by design?
The end. ■
After-thought » the last part of Bethany's statement has been echoe'ing with me, especially where she says » "If you dont have the accounting right, then the capital is » just an illusion."
Think about that .. even more than the concept of a » construct.
Because that would take you straight to the » accounting. Something that I happen to know a little about. But here and now is not the time for that.
Update » June 17, 2014. Ooh .. check this out.
Paul McCulley Uses the Term » Construct (Say what, Paul?)
Also, I just saw your June 17th interview with Paul McCulley, the Chief Economist at Pimco (.. who seems very nice).
At t=3:03 remaining) ..
.. to the point of pulling down the definition of the term from Wikipedia. And throwing up the floating tree graphic.
I wasnt going to bring it up [ .. Paul's use of the word » construct ] but my ego is like »
» "Dude, come on now .. be real .. who (outside of programmers) ever uses the word 'construct'? He is *totally* reading your shit."
Notice how he actually pauses (for effect) for a few seconds .. before uttering the word. Camera zooms in for a close-up of his face. Love it! Print!
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Update July 23, 2014 You can also find the word 'construct' used in the 3rd paragraph » here (Poverty Prophet by Blow, NYTimes). ■■■
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