Monday, August 22, 2005

Living in the Past

Krugman’s Big Lie, by Richard Baehr

Paul Krugman, the former Enron advisor, New York Times op ed columnist, and presumably in his spare time, “educator” at Princeton, has made a habit of distortion, and half truths in his twice-weekly columns in the “paper of record.” Several website have sprung up to deconstruct each Krugman column,and others respond to specific errors, which are routine. But Krugman’s column on Friday, August 19 marks a remarkable descent into outright dishonesty, a new low. What is most astounding is that the dishonesty involves Krugman’s deliberately mistaken interpretration of a study in which his own paper, the New York Times, was a participant, and from which the Times ‘ reporters drew entirely different conclusions from those which Krugman trumpeted in his article.

Krugman’s dishonesty involves the results of the Florida vote in the Presidential election in 2000. In his column titled: ”What They Did Last Fall”, Krugman says the following about the 2000 race:

“Two different news media consortiums reviewed Florida’s ballots; both found that a full manual recount would have given the election to Mr. Gore”.

Quite simply, his statement is false. It is a lie.

Poor Paul Krugman. Life is so cruel outside of the "reality-based" community:

Al Gore Is Still President.

According to Quantum physics, every possiblity actually occurs in a different dimension. For example, if you come to a fork in the road and you go right, in another quantum reality another version of you goes left.

So, if the theory holds.

In another quantum reality, there is a nation full of Happy free people who have just reelected Al Gore to another 4 years.

9/11 didnt happen. No Iraq war. No Abu Gharib. Bush is still a 2 bit govenor down in Texas.

Or if you prefer, in another quantum reality, Kerry is getting settled into his office after roundly defeating Bush.

Bush has been indicted on war crimes and proof of election fraud has been uncovered. Jobs on the increase, the stock market is rising and the troops are all coming home this weekend.

DAMN. I am sure am jealous of those folks in these other Quantum realitys

The best response that I can think of to all this foolishness is in the lyrics of a song by Jethro Tull:

Oh, we won’t give in,
We’ll keep living in the past.

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