Generic Blog Post & Comments

Clever introduction.

Discussion of a well known but often often misunderstood concept. Explanation as to why the textbook explanation is wrong, or at least overstates the case.

A link to a prior post on a related subject. Link to a popular blog.

Example 1.

Example 2.

Amusing anecdote.

Statement that a major publication supports the present view:

Lengthy excerpt from mainstream media article.

A chart and/or a photo

Another paragraph

A discussion of the academic thinking on this.

Additonal examples as to why academia is too narrow or dogmatic.

Counter examples.

More charts.

Several paragraphs that go nowhere.




Update bringing in new data and examples.


1. An agreement with the blogger, but with reservations.

2. The narrow example, inflated to take over the entire concept, making it ridiculous.

3. A statement explaining why the blogger is an asshat.

4. Reduce your monthly mortgage payments!

5. Post linking to a Wikipedia entry

6. A statement in agreement with the original post, but criticizing grammar, spelling or formatting

7. A statement expressing astonishment as to why an otherwise intelligent blogger "just doesn’t get it."

8. A comment intended to be placed on an adjacent blog post

9. A self-congratulatory note as to why another blog is vastly superior

10. A straw man example –set up to be knocked down

11. A post blaming it on Bush

12. No, its Clinton’s fault

13. No, Bush is an idiot — its all because of Iraq

14. No, its the MSM’s fault.

15. An intelligent and thought provoking analysis of the primary subject of the blog post. It is insightful and well written. No one reads it.

16. A troll commenting on a wholly unrelated subject;
(It is eventually deleted)

17. Criticism of Larry Kudlow

18. A misread of the original post, criticising things never said.

19.  A rambling and somewhat disjointed narrative that eventually agrees with original post

20. A cliched quote that is obliquely on point

21. A reference to an obscure economist or philosopher.

22. Someone agreeing with comment #10

23. A clever pun on the subject

24. References to prior Nobel prize winners

25.  An analogy to an unrelated to discipline or science

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  1. KP commented on Nov 8

    26. It’s all Greenspan’s fault.

  2. M.Z. Forrest commented on Nov 8

    I think you are basically right, but I wouldn’t have put it that way. Specifically I would have reversed comments 14 and 20. Other than that, I think you are spot on. :-)

  3. Kevin commented on Nov 8

    I’m comment 3, huh? BR is an asshat.

  4. Frank Rizzo commented on Dec 2

    Reduce your monthly mortgage payments!

  5. jj commented on Dec 2

    very witty

  6. Leisa commented on Dec 2

    Re blogger’s comments

    An emphatic declarations that whatever is the blogger is attempting to convey can simply be explained by

    27. global warming.
    28 the ineptitude and socialist (communistic even!) tendencies of the Democrats
    29. the nefarious acts of the PPT
    30 a clueless Fed

  7. Leisa commented on Dec 2

    Good lord…..Please it should read…An emphatic declaration that whatever it is that the blogger……I need the Literacy Counsel (sic)!

  8. Stephen L. McKay commented on Dec 2

    I read several “good blogs” everyday (The Big Picture is among them). What I find is that when you click on the people who tend to be the most critical and who are downright rude, you find that these people have neither a website, nor a blog of their own, just some generic email account.

  9. Sherman McCoy commented on Dec 2

    Stephen L. McKay: You could always click on my name. ;-)

  10. Big Al commented on Dec 2

    Sherman, is that a pseudonym, or are you the real Mc Coy?

  11. jcf commented on Dec 2

    31. If you disagree with this blogger you should take your half-arsed, vitriolic, juvenile, anal-retentive, Kramer-adoring attitude and go post lwith someone else who inhabits a similar ichorous netherworld.

  12. The Unknown Professor commented on Dec 2

    What you need is an applet that allows commenters to pick the “standard” comments from a list, and add their own comments only if they’re truly original.

    But that would be no fun.

  13. Eclectic commented on Dec 2

    No one reads ’em, MY ASS!!


  14. roy commented on Dec 2

    Random comment about frisbees and the fall in the price of penguins indicating imminent recession.

  15. Paris Stroika commented on Dec 2

    Careful, you’re starting to sound like Dr. DeLong, and we all know what happened to his blog.

  16. brion commented on Dec 2

    Barry, i think you should BAN all such comment types (#1 through #27).

    Can you imagine how incredible BP will be? ;)

  17. russell120 commented on Dec 2

    18. What do you mean bloggers never understand any of the big concepts that is absurd!

  18. Robert Coté commented on Dec 2

    [_] excellent post [_] Whatinthehell are you blabbering about?
    [_] I agree [_] Think you are drinking the koolaid.
    [_] Unfortunately you cheerypick your anecdotes [_] The volume of data precludes usefulness going forward.
    [_] Too much data not enough analysis [_] Your conclusions are leap from what you demonstrate.
    [_] Even o the plunge protection team ill save their sorry butts [_] The greatest story never told contnies to confound the nattering nabobs of negativity.
    [_] Keep up the good work [_] crawl back under whatever rock …

    Personally I’ll wait for the posted data to be revised before believing anything.

  19. Eclectic commented on Dec 2

    Hey, I propose we all first consult with the numbered list regarding our comments and then just post the equivalent number rather than the comment itself.

    Like in:




    NO!… U-R a %$^&&%$# mofo!! *(there will of course be violations)

    I suppose this comment from me should’ve been maybe a #1 mixed with a #2, or something such.

  20. oyster commented on Dec 2

    I posted about this same thing two months ago.


  21. oyster commented on Dec 2

    Oops! Here, I fixed the link.


  22. Max commented on Dec 2

    I already put all of the above resources in approprate labeled bins.

    Including the very this one!

  23. Max commented on Dec 2

    I meant “comments”. What a jackass…

  24. Max commented on Dec 2

    I’m going to go with “8. A comment intended to be placed on an adjacent blog post” :

    Did anyone notice the sudden surge in the expression “hard landing” in the press? Amazing. I’m not saying it’s inevitable, but the sudden frankness that it may happen is without precedent.

  25. dblwyo commented on Dec 2

    Barry – that’s very funny. Thanks. And witty and pointed. Surely you aren’t talking about us ? I hope !

    BtW – hopefully this means you’re preparing another CCNY adult course and not loosing patience with the rich universe of commentators ? Or beginning to wonder why you invest the time and energy in this ?

    I’ve often wondered how you manage to crash cars, keep Mrs. Big Picture in the picture, actually do your job, listen to all that music and read all the stuff you then comment on here. Please don’t stop.

    Dave L.

  26. grodge commented on Dec 2

    #13 And you ALL know it!!!

  27. MarkM commented on Dec 2

    What about “An entire string of comments, some in answer to himself, by a certain blog site author, about why there is no real estate bubble, everyone who disagrees is wrong, wrong , WRONG, and all the answers are contained in an article at my site.”?

  28. MTHood commented on Dec 2


    No. Please don’t invoke HIM!

    You’ll draw the Scottsdale Eye hither.

  29. Philip Barton CFA commented on Dec 2

    Hmmn, our housing signals recession in front of the “manufacturing” economy and China is forecast to grow by 10% in 2007 and 2008 by Goldman Sachs. Think Hank’s going over to push deals or work in behalf of the US taxpayer????? Check out this blog and please add if it rings true.

  30. Philip Barton commented on Dec 2

    Oh, also note this detail. Back in 2000, when homes were worth $11.4 trillion, there were only $4.8 trillion in mortgages against them. In the second quarter of 2006, that mortgage debt increased to a whopping $9.3 trillion. Increases in consumer borrowing pushes up economic spending and corporate profits and is far more powerful than wage or salary increases. To put it simply, when a dollar is borrowed, the full amount can be spent; when a dollar is earned, taxes need to be paid so depending on your tax rate, you’re left with about $.60 – $.80 cents. Surrisingly, even with the increases in housing prices over the last few years, the percentage of equity in homes has actually fallen from 58 percent in 2000, to 54 percent today.

  31. Leisa commented on Dec 2

    BR’s descriptive buckets of blogger respondents, coupled with his recent post of his gazillion hits per day (though I know I sent a snarky, “BR you’re showing off!”, softened with a “this traffic speaks to your passion…and something suitably congratulatory and wholeheartedly sincere comment regarding your time spent, talent revealed in your work”–BUT, am I the only person here that it takes a couple of times to see clearly the secret alpha strings? Perhaps it is some cognitive hurdle that I fail 1/16th of the time. HOnestly, sometimes those letters are indecipherable, blending into the background so I can’t read it so well).

    Anyway….to the point. With so many pairs of eyes on this blog, there are only a few of us that respond regularly (and frankly, given your positing of blogger classifications, it doesn’t speak so well for us!). So, I’ll challenge the silent eyes and opinions to jump in, otherwise it makes the balance of us who write on this blog look….how do I say this delicately?…so foolish.

    BR why don’t you calculate the ratio of unique responders divided by the visits. I’m sure that it says something terrible about those of us who post regularly (having sufficiently cleared the hurdles of the alpha codes).

  32. DoleNdallas commented on Dec 2

    Eclectic yea yea,, we lurkers can’t spell BIG words or make our points with FLARE. So we giggle in the back ground and enjoy the show! I luv BP!(bumpersticker?)

  33. jkw commented on Dec 3

    You forgot about comment #26:

    I lost half a gazillion dollars shorting this market because your blog said it was going down. You are such an such an idiot.

    Followed by comment #27:

    If you make investment decisions without research or based on what somebody posts on the internet, you don’t deserve to have money. And BR never said to short the market, so don’t even try to blame it on him.

  34. dr strangemoney commented on Dec 3

    Espousing a mental model of exactly what constitutes the nature of a blog and the comments is pompous and authoritarian, making you an asshat.

    Blogging about the nature of a blog is self referential and very dangerous mathematical and philsophical terrority. Even Newton couldn’t pull it off in Principia Mathematica.

    Either use periods to end statements or don’t but doing both is annoying

    According to Rushkoff in Media Virus, once the media starts analyzing the media itself then you have the makings for a story that really has got some legs.

    Random quote on the Blogosphere
    “Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”
    – Edward R. Murrow

    As proof of the authoritarianism of your post, there is no number for extrapolation and expansion of the subject being discussed. Hopefully, these recommendations are merely “guidance” and not “regulation”. You leave me no choice but to engage in an act of regulatory terrorism in recommending the following book:
    Infotopia, How Many Minds Produce Knowledge

    Thanks to everyone that participates in the informative reading around here.

  35. RP commented on Dec 3

    Who is going to invoke Godwin’s law and end this?

  36. fiat lux commented on Dec 3

    28) Random attempt at wit that fails miserably and is heartily ignored.

  37. Craig commented on Dec 3

    First, THANK YOU to everyone that “GOT IT” and posted according to the numbers…..I laughed my ass off at each comment. You guys were spot on.
    The blog topic was hilarious.

    Barry, excellent job of illustrating the structure of some of your blog stories and the typical reaction, which sadly includes dimwitted assclowns that confuse humor (or writing outlines) for “authoritarianism”.

    How sad.

    Now, do we have a combo clueless number for Dr. Strangemoney? He covers and combines so many it’s hard to list them all.
    How about #29: No sense of humor?

  38. MarkM commented on Dec 3

    Uh, Craig, I choked on my day-old donut this morning at dr strangemoney’s post. Hilarious dry humor. Somebody tell me I’m not mistaken.

  39. sk commented on Dec 3

    RE: #21. A reference to an obscure economist or philosopher.

    Add #21a. response to comment seemingly correcting a minor irrelevant error but leaving out data allowing the original author to claim correctness in the first place.

    As in:
    RE: jkw
    Blogging about the nature of a blog is self referential and very dangerous mathematical and philsophical terrority. Even Newton couldn’t pull it off in Principia Mathematica.
    Newton didn’t write Principia Mathematica. Whitehead and Russell did.


  40. Coruscation commented on Dec 3

    Gratuitous trackback.

    Cited, customized….

  41. Leisa commented on Dec 3

    MarkM–You’re not mistaken. I give Dr. Strangemoney’s post two thumbs up…way up!

  42. Enlightenment commented on Dec 5

    Speaking of the “war on terror”, let’s take a few moments and look at some of the details of the horrible event that precipitated it and around which America’s foreign policy has been inextricably wrapped ever since.

    One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying “We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]”. Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I’ve ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four “pilots” among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake “pilot” of the bunch, with someone who was there when he was attempting to fly a small airplane saying that Hanjour was so clumsy that he was unsure if he had driven a car before. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports after Mohammed Atta supposedly leaves two rental cars at two impossibly far-removed locations. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn’t work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn’t work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won’t let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you “aren’t supposed to think about”. Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name (“Hi mom, this is Mark Bingham”), more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn’t respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn’t happen, not even close. Somehow these “hijackers” must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that is not at all like a jumbo jet, but didn’t have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were “supposed to see”. Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these “hijackers” wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces most no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn’t even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying “We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down” attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers’ magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be “Muslim hijackers” the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don’t laugh) one of their passports was “found” a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously “surviving” the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also “survived” the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be “indestructable” like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn’t bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Further making themselves look guilty, the Bush administration steadfastly refused for over a year to allow a commission to investigate 9/11 to even be formed, only agreeing to it on the conditions that they get to dictate its scope, meaning it was based on the false pretense of the “official story” being true with no other alternatives allowed to be cons
    idered, handpicked all its members making sure the ones picked had vested interests in the truth remaining buried, and with Bush and Cheney only “testifying” together, only for an hour, behind closed doors, with their attorneys present and with their “testimonies” not being recorded by tape or even written down in notes. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastic far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the “nineteen hijackers” is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

    Debunking Popular Mechanics lies:
    someone else debunking Popular Mechanics crap:
    still more debunking Poopular Mechanics:
    and still more debunking of Popular Mechanics:

    Poopular Mechanics staff replaced just before laughable “debunking” article written:
    another neo-con 9/11 hit piece explodes, is retracted:
    Professor Steven Jones debunks the N.I.S.T. “report” as well as the F.E.M.A. one and the 9/11 commission “report”:
    N.I.S.T. scientist interviewed:
    F.B.I. says no hard evidence linking Osama bin Laden to 9/11 which is why his wanted poster says nothing about 9/11:
    Fire Engineering magazine says important questions about the Twin Tower “collapses” still need to be addressed:

    Twin Towers’ construction certifiers say they should have easily withstood it:
    USA Today interview with the last man out of the South Tower, pursued by a fireball:
    Janitor who heard explosions and escaped has testimony ignored by 9/11 whitewash commission:
    Janitor starts speaking out about it and his apartment is burglarized, laptop stolen:
    Firefighters tell of multiple explosions:
    Eyewitnesses tell of explosions:
    Interview with another firefighter telling of explosions:
    Firefighter saw “sparkles” (strobe lights on detonators?) before “collapse”:
    Other eyewitnesses talk of seeing/hearing explosions:
    Surviving eyewitnesses talk of multiple explosions there:
    Cutter charge explosions clearly visible:
    The pyroclastic cloud (that dust cloud that a second before was concrete) and how it wouldn’t be possible without explosives:
    Detailed description of the demolition of the Twin Towers:
    Freefall rate of “collapses” math:
    More about their freefall rate “collapses”:
    Video footage of the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers:
    Video footage of the controlled demolition of WTC # 7 building:
    More of WTC # 7 controlled demolition:
    Naudet brothers’ video footage of the North Tower crash:
    Photos of the Pentagon’s lawn (look at these and see if you can tell me with a straight face that a jumbo jet crashed there):!.htm
    More photos of this amazing lawn at the Pentagon:!%20(9-11).htm
    Very unconvincing fake “Osama” “confession” tape:
    More about the fake “Osama” tape:
    Fake “Mohammed Atta” “suicide” letter:
    Commercial pilots disagree with “official” 9/11 myth:
    More commercial jet pilots say “official” myth is impossible:
    Impossibility of cell phone calls from United 93:
    More about the impossible cell phone calls:
    Experiment proves cell phone calls were NOT possible from anywhere near the altitude the “official” myth has them at:
    Fake Barbara Olson phone call:
    Where the hell was the Air Force?
    More about the Air Force impotence question:
    Sept. 10th 2001, Pentagon announces it is “missing” $2.3 trillion (now why do you think they picked THAT day to announce it? So it could be buried the next day by 9/11 news):
    Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan:
    Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan mentioned:
    More on Unocal Afghan pipeline:
    The attack on Afghanistan was planned in the summer of 2001, months before 9/11:
    Pentagon deliberately misled 9/11 Commission:
    Evidence destruction by authorities and cover-up:
    9/11 whitewash Commission and NORAD day:
    The incredible fish tales of the 9/11 Commission examined:
    Jeb Bush declares state of emergency 4 days before 9/11 for Florida, saying it will help respond to terrorism:
    Steel debris removal from Ground Zero, destruction of evidence:
    Over two hundred incriminating bits of 9/11 evidence shown in the mainstream media:
    Tracking the “hijackers”:
    “Hijacker” patsies:
    “Hijackers” receiving flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station:
    Several accused “hijackers” still alive and well, wondering why they are accused:
    Yet the F.B.I. insists that the people it claims were the “hijackers” really were the “hijackers”:
    No Arabs on Flight 77:
    Thirty experts say “official” 9/11 myth impossible:
    “Al Qaeda” website tracks back to Maryland:
    Al Qaeda videos uploaded from U.S. government website:
    Operation: Northwoods, a plan for a false-flag “terror” attack to be blamed on Castro to use it as a pretext for America to invade Cuba, thankfully not approved by Kennedy back in 1962 but was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sent to his desk:

  43. boyhowdy commented on Dec 6

    I’ll take it, RP:

    Invocation of Hitler.

    There. Now we’re done. Happy now?

  44. Bush commented on Jun 1

    I like it and the background and colors make it easy to read

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