This is an appalling example of web scraping. By me. It is the funniest thing I have seen in some time. Let's see if this works. Well, in all fairness, maybe some context would be helpful.
I am fond of economics journalist Olaf Storbeck of Handelsblatt (he is officially, the International Economics Correspondent with Handelsblatt, Germany's business daily, writing about economics research). Any references below are to his own blog, Economics Intelligence on Wordpress. He has a genuine and sincere anti-plagiarism ethic. He is thorough. He knows how to do a little math and statistics. Equally relevant: He hasn't blocked me on Twitter like that wicked Nouriel!
Professor Nouriel Roubini, via Roubini tracking on Blogger:
an American professor of Economics at New York University`s Stern School of Business and chairman of Roubini Global Economics of New York Universitywho I actually like, and think is handsome and exciting. He KNOWS volatility! But there was this incident, I didn't know if he was Jewish or Moslem. I didn't say anything bad, obviously. I truly didn't know, and it wasn't like it would make a difference, not unless he were unmarried and considering new wives. (Just an aside) But somehow....
While on the subject of being persona non grata I might as well include the others: The equally wicked ZeroHedge. AND The Hacker News, who has not just hell-banned me, but also IP-banned me for good measure! I will be forever grateful to @3Creepio of Twitter for taking pity and telling me about the latter. Probably countless others at this point.
Even Reddit NetSec (Reddit's Internet Security forum) deposited a comment on my Google Hobby blog, accusing me of surreptitious affiliation with the U.S. National Security Agency yesterday:
Right. I only wish. I was quite pleased with the response I gave. See link above, for the curious.
Olaf Storbeck seems to be the closest thing to a trendsetter. Let me clarify: Certain trends, like the Benford's Law revivalism, which he wrote about, in general and in the context of the Greek credit crisis, in July 2011, months ahead of the herd. He also found various peer-reviewed and professional level economics research papers addressing the veracity, or lack thereof, of credit ratings agencies. He did not vilify the credit ratings agencies. It was a refreshing change of pace.
Kid Dynamite and Olaf Storbeck both have my seal of approval, for market acumen and good sense.
So. Apparently there is an Economics Job Market Rumors (EJMR) forum that has gained some measure of notoriety of late. I was not familiar with such. Olaf Storbeck was. He re-printed (with scrupulously proper attribution and acknowledgement) an interview of the shadowy group representatives of said EJMR. Initially, I thought he conducted the interview himself. Now that would have been kind of cool!
I read the interview, "Behind the Scenes of EJMR: An Interview with Kirk". I immediately hastened to visit the website of EJMR.
The very first entry I found has been carefully hand scraped, by me, for your reading pleasure and showcased below. It is giggly material! The links work. Click on through to the ridiculously non-sequitor identification. Then consider a visit to the forum. See what other gems are to be found. But first, make sure to read Olaf Storbeck's backgrounder about the EJMR, just to get you in a suitable state of mind.
ECONOMICS JOB MARKET RUMORS » JOB MARKET » GENERAL ECONOMICS JOB MARKET DISCUSSION
Here is a sample, drawn non-randomly from the recent Economics Job Market Rumors board listings:
Item One: How much is Nouriel Roubini offering to pay a Social Media personal assistant?
Duties include manning the Twitter account. Maybe some light quantitative analysis too? Verbatim excerpt via http://www.roubini.com/jobs:
Compensation: $10/hour"Emphasis mine. One wonders, strongly suspects, that Felix's new assistant is paid a higher wage than that by Reuters.
Curious to see a photo with Felix Salmon and Henry Blodget together? Both appear to be seething, though not necessarily at each other.
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