nassimtaleb.jpgNassim Taleb cannot believebe-lieve– Ben Bernanke is going to be reappointed chairman of the Federal Reserve. He cannot believe he lives in a world where this could be allowed to happen! It’s outrageous, egregious, preposterous. Taleb is so disgusted (not at Bernanke, who has but the mind of a child, and doesn’t understand what he’s done) that he’s decided to take his black swans and leave. He knows you’ll miss him but sorry, this is too much to bear. He’s finished. Unless of course he’s forced by his publishers to do a little self-promotion, but barring that once in a lifetime event, he’s gone. Good day.

What I am seeing and hearing on the news — the reappointment of Bernanke — is too hard for me to bear. I cannot believe that we, in the 21st century, can accept living in such a society. I am not blaming Bernanke (he doesn’t even know he doesn’t understand how things work or that the tools he uses are not empirical); it is the Senators appointing him who are totally irresponsible — as if we promoted every doctor who caused malpractice. The world has never, never been as fragile. Economics make homeopath and alternative healers look empirical and scientific.

No news, no press, no Davos, no suit-and-tie fraudsters, no fools. I need to withdraw as immediately as possible into the Platonic quiet of my library, work on my next book, find solace in science and philosophy, and mull the next step. I will also structure trades with my Universa friends to bet on the next mistake by Bernanke, Summers, and Geithner. I will only (briefly) emerge from my hiatus when the publishers force me to do so upon the publication of the paperback edition of The Black Swan.
Bye,
Nassim

This of course brings up the question, who else should we encourage to make this their issue, and shut the hell up? Whose mouth do we want duct-taped shut? Let us know, and we’ll forward the above on to them.

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  1. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    How about me? No, wait….
    Nouriel Roubini

  2. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    jim cramer

  3. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    what a little bitch

  4. Posted by american bandersnatch | December 1, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Taleb would you like you to know that he, his ancestors, his friends and his choice of reading material are of particularly high and praiseworthy quality. Please keep that in mind when you think about yourself, your ancestors, your friends and your choice of reading material. However, he would like you to restrain the resultant mortification and desire to kill yourself and instead try to improve yourself by emulating him. He would also like you to refer to him by his three names, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, since as a philosopher his value at least equals that of the three other names, Aristotle, Plato and Socrates, who were morons.

  5. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    so does this mean he’ll actually shut up?

  6. Posted by CoveredLong | December 1, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Even the great NNT is a slave to the man (i.e. his publishers).
    He’s as deluded as those he mocks…such is the great tragedy we all endure.
    In other news the Saints are looking pretty incredible.
    -Newly converted Drew Brees fan

  7. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    oh please please please take Maria Barfaromo with you; her irritating voice and your irritating manner would be heaven on an irradiated island in the south pacific…..

  8. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    @6 back when they were drafted, I said Drew Brees would be a better QB than Mike Vick. There were a few years I felt like an idiot, but not anymore

  9. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Thank god. This guy is annoying.
    How about: Barney Frank, Lloyd Blankfein, Gasparino, Cramer, everyone on CNBC for that matter, The Guy from Delaware(kidding. That about does it for now
    I dont make money i print it guy is still cool though

  10. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    I thought this guy was a band member of the Roots.

  11. Posted by Joseph di Jersey City | December 1, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    5: Not a chance in hell.

  12. Posted by swanlover | December 1, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    NNT gives Quants a bad name

  13. Posted by Marvin | December 1, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    OBAMA

  14. Posted by Lucy Van Pelt | December 1, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Lloyd.
    I’ll spring for the duct tape.

  15. Posted by alphafish | December 1, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Barney Frank

  16. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Looks like he is dealing with his own black swan like a complete coward to me…
    -Evil Banker

  17. Posted by Anal_yst | December 1, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Everyone in Congress/Senate/White House.
    Donald Trump.
    That dumb twatoozle NYC councilwomen whose name escapes me (but I don’t care enough to google).
    Every real estate broker in the world, at least residential.
    Oprah.
    Jon Stewart’s ever-growing ignorant liberal zealotry.
    Same of Bill Maher.
    Lines at whatever bar/club I happen to be “coping” at on any given night/early afternoon.
    That is all for meow.

  18. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    The entire “management” team at UBS.

  19. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Not enough names. We have a troop surge of 30,000 to fill from the front lines back, so keep adding them.
    Congress, 272 MD’s, Greenspan

  20. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Wow- if you just buy when a Democrat becomes President and sell when a republican becomes President, you make some good money!
    PS Did NNT think *he* was going to be the next Fed Chairman?

  21. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    NNT catches a lot of heat on DB but I think his books are amazing.

  22. Posted by guest | December 1, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    I have, however, provided my friends at Universa with a specially designed spotlight which projects the silhouette of a swan (black as the night). If they encounter a particularly puzzling conundrum of epistemology, a paradox of quantum mechanics or need the password to access my monte carlo simulator, I have instructed them to shine the light in the direction of my philosophy cave. Only then, and when I peddle my second re-tread of my first book, will I emerge to save Gotham. Oh, what you fools have wrought!

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