Bailouts, Baseball, and Big Lies

Perhaps the most obvious, but notoriously difficult, aspect of learning how to come out of her is dealing with the incredible Deception that is on the horizon.   But the last week gives us a couple of places to exercise the skill.

There was a perfect game, for example.  No, I’m not talking about the performance of  Oakland’s pitcher Dallas Braden on Mother’s Day.  There have now been nineteen of those in the century-plus history of Major League Baseball; while very rare, they do not generally strain credulity.

No,  even the best curveball in history doesn’t describe what Goldman-Sachs claims to have done,  in announcing an unbelievable first quarter, in which their trading activities resulted in a “perfect game” of 63 straight days of profits.  Now, since the best hitters in history generally batted less than .400, that means that this feat is even MORE impressive for the aces of Amerika’s Banksters than it is in baseball.  It is in fact less likely than someone pitching three perfect games in a row!

The G-S spokesman said that this “perfect quarter” showcased  their skill at “risk management”, a masterpiece of Klintonian Lawyerese if there ever was one:  they managed the risk, all right.  (Remember that Pete Rose was banned  from the Baseball Hall of Fame because he bet on the game.  How far we’ve fallen; at least he used his own money.)

But we’re just beginning to examine the statistical miracles associated with post-free market Financial Wizardry.  JP Morgan ALSO had a perfect quarter!  What are the odds against that?  Two perfect pitchers in the SAME BALLGAME!

It’s not enough to be “skeptical” about the “signs and lying wonders” we are being force-fed by the “prince of this world”, his money masters, and the commercial media who tell folks to “enjoy the ballgame”.  We should be able to give account for what we believe, and for what we are not willing to swallow.


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