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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

WSJ - The Baseball Blog-Reading Ben Bernanke (sub. required)

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reads blogs. Well, baseball blogs.

Appearing at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy on Monday, Mr. Bernanke offered a few glimpses into his life outside the central bank.

Yes, he does peruse the Internet from time to time.

“Blogs have become a pretty important source of intellectual exchange,” the Fed chief said, noting that the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Atlanta both maintain active blogs. But is that how he spends his time browsing online?

“I follow a lot of baseball blogs myself, actually,” he said. That shouldn’t surprise Wall Street Journal readers who learned Mr. Bernanke’s high opinion of Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson’s ability to combine intuition and rigorous statistical analysis in an October 2012 editorial from the “unabashed Nats fan.”

'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: January 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blogging, davey johnson, nationals, politics

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   1. GregD Posted: January 15, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4347661)
(looks through name list for any references to helicopters)
   2. Joey B. is being stalked by a (Gonfa) loon Posted: January 15, 2013 at 04:08 PM (#4347686)
Who gives a ****ing crap.
   3. fra paolo Posted: January 15, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4347734)
Who gives a ****ing crap.

Or, as Maynard Keynes put it, 'In the long run we are all dead.'
   4. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: January 15, 2013 at 05:43 PM (#4347789)
He's probably one of those guys with an esoteric handle.
   5. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: January 15, 2013 at 06:23 PM (#4347816)
I would bet good money he's a Primate, since if you're into the baseball blogs and intellectual exchange on the internets you pretty much inevitably end up here at some point or another.

   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 15, 2013 at 06:24 PM (#4347817)
So, the economy is still in the crapper because Bernanke is goofing off on BBTF all day?
   7. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: January 15, 2013 at 06:24 PM (#4347818)
Who gives a ****ing crap.

Me? Personally, I found this tidbit quite interesting (and surprising!) and am moderately interested to read what's behind the paywall/which blogs he actually reads.
   8. andrewberg Posted: January 15, 2013 at 07:16 PM (#4347843)
Me? Personally, I found this tidbit quite interesting (and surprising!) and am moderately interested to read what's behind the paywall/which blogs he actually reads.


All Murray Chass, all the time.
   9. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: January 16, 2013 at 12:36 AM (#4347948)
I have a sub. to wsj.
He didn't mention any baseball blogs by name, and the attempt at a joke by the moderator (Dean of some sort at Mich Biz School) was flat.

Dean: perhaps you could follow the Tigers.
Ben: ok.

setting aside any opinions one may have for Bernanke. He's definitely one of those guys who is much less interesting to listen to than to read.
   10. tshipman Posted: January 16, 2013 at 12:49 AM (#4347950)
setting aside any opinions one may have for Bernanke. He's definitely one of those guys who is much less interesting to listen to than to read.


He's an academic, so that sort of goes without saying.

I bet Bernanke would be fun to watch a game with, though.

If Ben Bernanke is a Primate: The next time you're in SF, Ben, I will be happy to buy you a beer.
   11. DA Baracus is a "bloodthirsty fan of Atlanta." Posted: January 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM (#4347951)
Bernanke is a Primate, but he's strictly a Lounger.

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