By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Readers, this being Cfdtrade’s holiday week, I’m posting a Water Cooler with a few conversation starters and nothing else. Normal posting will resume on September 10. Talk amongst yourselves! –lambert
On the Times Op-Ed everybody’s so excited about, this is the most cynical, or realistic, take I can find. Thread:
The most cursory familiarity with the house style of political op-eds ghost-written by junior staffers plainly reveals this piece to be precisely that. Some kid, or committee of kids, wrote it.
— Jacob Bacharach (@jakebackpack) September 6, 2018
See here on “senior White House official” as sources.
And before we go all Reddit and get excited about keywords (
“rosebud” “lodestar”), thread:
A colleague, speaking anonymously to a media writer, once deliberately used a phrase I had coined to make it seem that I was the media writer's source (and it had the desired effect). Don't get hung up on idiosyncrasies in that op-ed.
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) September 5, 2018
(The phrase was “monkeypox.”)
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BS writes: “I’ve lived in Sugar Hill, Harlem for the last 11 years and just the past 3-4 they’ve planted a lot of oak, maple and fir trees along our 10 block stretch of Edgecombe Ave. earlier this year some residents planted sunflowers and others in one of the vacant plots. Sunflowers are now approaching 9’ and the flowers are 3’. Absolutely amazing to see at 7 am when I leave for work. Always worried about bee populations, so nice to see a healthy example on the left side of the sunflower.”
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