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  • Nassim Taleb Sums Up America's Election In 17 "Black Swan" Words

    03/22/2016 2:36:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 34 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 13 March 2016 | On Nassim Taleb, by Tyler Durden
    Sometimes, less is more, and in infamous "Black Swan" philosopher Nassim Taleb's case, summing up the chaos that is enveloping America, and its forthcoming election was as simple as the following: "The *establishment* composed of journos, BS-Vending talking heads with well-formulated verbs, bureaucrato-cronies, lobbyists-in training, New Yorker-reading semi-intellectuals, image-conscious empty suits, Washington rent-seekers and other "well thinking" members of the vocal elites are not getting the point about what is happening and the sterility of their arguments." To which he appended the following 17 perfectly succinct words: "People are not voting for Trump (or Sanders). People are just voting, finally,...
  • A Manifesto for Disorder: Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘Antifragile’ Reviewed

    11/26/2012 5:45:38 PM PST · by oblomov · 5 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 26 Nov 2012 | Robert Herritt
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb has little tolerance for, well, a lot of things. But, as his latest book demonstrates, he holds a particular grievance against the mediocre, the safe middle ground, and most forms of moderation. True to form, Antifragile: Things that Gain From Disorder, is a work of non-fiction that trades in extremes—a book that, in complete earnestness, offers thoughts on everything from the philosophy of Seneca and the structure of the Swiss government to the value of procrastination and the limits of academic research. He is just as likely to bring in Ben Bernanke and Ralph Nader as Hammurabi...
  • Nassim Taleb: Don't Listen to Geithner or Krugman

    10/01/2010 5:34:36 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 4 replies
    Atlantic Magazine ^ | September 30, 2010 | Nicole Allan
    Since Tim Geithner did not predict the economic crisis, Nassim Taleb has no interest in listening to him talk about it now. The author of The Black Swan, a book about risk and probability theory, told National Journal's Matthew Cooper that he did not listen to Geithner, who preceded him at the Washington Ideas Forum.
  • Obama Stimulus Made Economic Crisis Worse, `Black Swan' Author Taleb Says

    09/25/2010 8:21:23 AM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 15 replies · 1+ views
    blahberg ^ | Sep 25, 2010 | the unknown author
    It can't be posted on FR, apparently by a decree of the media police or that which serves the same purpose in a "free" country.But I think it's legal to link to it: '''' ''' ''''' ''''' '' '''' '''...
  • Taleb: Buffett's Track Record Means Completely Nothing, I Have Proof George Soros Is The True Oracle

    02/09/2010 7:07:46 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 516+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 2-9-2010 | Vincent Fernando
    Taleb: Buffett's Track Record Means Completely Nothing, I Have Proof George Soros Is The True Oracle Vincent Fernando Feb. 9, 2010, 8:02 AM In an ai5000 article next to a studio shot with a stuffed black swan, Nassim Taleb makes it clear he has far more confidence in the investment acumen of George Soros than Warren Buffett. ai5000: "I don’t want to spend too much time on Buffett. George Soros has 2 million times more statistical evidence that his results are not chance than Buffett does. Soros is vastly more robust. I am not saying Buffett doesn’t have skill—I’m just...
  • Taleb: The World is More "Complex", More Moody, Much Less Predictable(finally seeing wisdom?)

    01/11/2010 5:40:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 385+ views
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 01/11/10 | Robert Wenzel
    Taleb: The World is More "Complex", More Moody, Much Less Predictable. Nassim Nicholas Taleb has discovered that the more things change the more they stay the same. This has caused him to go on an internet diet: I am not entirely deprived of the Internet; this is just a severe diet, with strict rationing. He writes that the internet has the ability to spread information at before unheard of speed, which has consequences: I used to think that the problem of information is that it turns homo sapiens into fools — we gain disproportionately in confidence, particularly in domains where...
  • You Don't Know The Math(Quant got the market wrong)

    09/29/2009 3:59:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 827+ views
    Forbes ^ | 09/29/09 | Michael Maiello
    You Don't Know The Math Michael Maiello, 09.29.09, 06:00 AM EDT The complexities of the financial markets are beyond your broker's abilities. Four years retired from Yale, Benoit Mandelbrot, the inventor of fractal geometry, is still trying to teach the essential lesson of his life's work--nature and markets defy easy description. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either trying to sell you something, doesn't know the math or both. Last week, Mandelbrot, 84, spoke to a gathering of diplomats, business leaders and philanthropists at the Louise Blouin Foundation's Creative Leadership Summit. Mandelbrot has also served as mentor to economist Nassim...
  • Taleb: You Fools Don't Understand That We're Doomed

    08/13/2009 12:41:11 PM PDT · by freespirited · 7 replies · 1,494+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 08/12/09 | Henry Blodgett
    The Black Swan graced CNBC with His presence this morning. In sum: * We're all in denial. * We're replacing private debt with public debt. * We're not dealing with the cancer in our banking system. * We're not making the structural changes we need to make. *We're not being aggressive enough about restructuring debt (debt for equity swaps). * Bernanke is a wimpy Greenspan sycophant. * Obama's rewarding the fools who got us here (Summers, Bernanke, Geithner). * The banksters are taking over again. He's pretty much right, by the way.
  • Former Hamas Fundraiser to Speak at CAIR Banquet

    04/04/2009 7:40:50 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 1 replies · 204+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 4 | Patrick Poole
    Before the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) was closed by the U.S. government as a designated global terrorist fundraising entity just weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Monzer Taleb (aka Munzir Taleb, Monzer Talib, et al.) was part of the infamous Al-Sakhra band, which toured the U.S. raising money for the HLF and the terrorist group Hamas. Taleb was so active in his fundraising pursuits that he was personally named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF terrorism finance trial, which concluded this past November with guilty verdicts on all 108 counts for the defendants. Monzer Taleb continues his Hamas fundraising this...
  • Mr. Taleb Goes to Washington

    03/27/2009 6:52:20 AM PDT · by hripka · 432+ views ^ | March 26, 2009 | Marion Maneker
    Nassim Taleb is an unlikely choice to play the Jimmy Stewart role in a 21st-century remake of the Depression-era classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [1]. But the tale of a naive do-gooder who tries to remind a corrupt political class of its obligations was re-enacted this week when Taleb attended the Wall Street Journal's Future of Finance conference in Washington, D.C. A French- and Arabic-speaking former options trader with a taste for obscure Greek philosophers and the ambition to be seen as a literary figure, Taleb has grown famous for his book The Black Swan [2], which has sold...
  • Irrational Pessimism (The financial markets are healing)

    12/02/2008 7:30:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 757+ views
    American Spectator ^ | Dec. 2, 2008 | Brian Wesbury
    SINCE 9/11, A PALL of pessimism covered the U.S. Polls show that between 60 and 85 percent of Americans have believed that the U.S. is in a recession or would go into one the following year. But from September 2001 through August 2008, those polls were wrong. Nonetheless, the failure of Lehman Brothers, with its ripple effect on money market accounts and confidence in the U.S. banking system, finally made this prognostication a reality. Rather than a prolonged recession, however, or one that is worsening, we’re seeing a temporary “V”-shaped recession caused by a sharp, fear-driven slowdown in the turnover...
  • Who Is Ali Taleb?:

    09/26/2008 10:19:10 AM PDT · by DFG · 1 replies · 366+ views ^ | 09/26/08 | Debbie Schlussel
    After 9/11, America asked its resident Muslims to help us fight Islamic terrorism on our soil, but--despite their repeated claims of loyalty to America--few answered the call. One of those who did risk his life and started informing the U.S. government on terrorist-related criminal activities within the Islamic community was a client I've represented since May. For his good work for America, my client was outed, had a death fatwa (Islamic religious decree) put on his head, and was framed for a crime he did not commit.