"What I tell you three times is true."
"Yet in my experience, the majority of people in these domains think that they could do everyone else’s job better, if they weren’t so busy with whatever it is they’re doing so well. It’s the illusion of omnicompetence, and in the case of HealthCare.gov, it seems to have been nearly fatal."So writes the woman who presumes expertise on, well, everything.And she does that with absolutely no trace of irony whatsoever.It must be wonderful being Megan McArdle whose life philosophy seems to be:. Nothing can ever be known; I know nothing; therefore I know everything that can possibly be known.
Key line:The point is that he was doing something that I had probably done myself a dozens of times: telling users that something they wanted was impossible when, in fact, it was merely forbiddenThis supports the 2 pillars of wisdom:Megan is a liarMegan not write good
Ms. Megan's all Gruber but, strangely, mum on Uber these days.Wasn't always the case.http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/uber-executive-suggests-digging-up-dirt-on-journalistsUber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On JournalistsSenior vice president Emil Michael floated making critics’ personal lives fair game. Michael apologized Monday for the remarks.By Ben SmithBuzzFeed StaffBuzzFeedPosted on Nov. 17, 2014, at 8:57 p.m.A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company.#####Hmmm, wonder if Ms. Megan knows anything about Uber?http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-10-28/uber-and-cabbies-in-a-d-c-death-matchUber and Cabbies in D.C. Death MatchBy Megan McArdleBloomberg ViewOct 28, 2014 12:20 PM EDThttp://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-07-09/uber-makes-economists-sadUber Makes Economists SadBy Megan McArdleBloomberg ViewJul 9, 2014 3:56 PM EDThttp://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/05/why-you-cant-get-a-taxi/308942/Why You Can't Get a TaxiAnd how an upstart company may change thatBy Megan McArdleThe AtlanticApr 2 2012, 3:38 PM ET#####Re. "Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists"Megan McArdle's response: Crickets, baby. Crickets. Nothing on Bloomberg. Nothing on Twitter. Complete and total ignorance from Ms. Megan.Just make sure Uber's check makes it to the appropriate offshore domicile by month's end as per the usual requirements.Wonder if Ms. Megan would have been so blatantly ignorant of this Uber tale IF the exec openly talking blackmail of the media had been an Obama official and the topic had been the Affordable Care Act?#####http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/post/uber-ceo-travis-kalanick-talks-big-growth-and-regulatory-roadblocks-in-dc/2012/07/27/gJQAAmS4DX_blog.htmlUber CEO Travis Kalanick talks big growth and regulatory roadblocks in D.C.By Mike DeBonisDistrict of DeBonis blogThe Washington PostPosted at 01:16 PM ET, 07/27/2012...MD: I noticed your Twitter avatar is the cover of Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead.”https://twitter.com/travisk/Kalanick: I don’t know what you’re talking about. [Laughs.] It’s one of my favorite books. It’s less of a political statement. It’s just personally one of my favorite books. I’m a fan of architecture.MD: The Randian philosophy has come to bear on this situation, you would admit.Kalanick: That’s probably true. I’d say there’s an uncanny resemblance, especially onthe “Atlas Shrugged” side.#####Could it be Ms. Megan's stayin' loyal to the Ayn Rand Brand and refusing to acknowledgea story that's (a) all over the Internet and (b) makes the Ayn Rand-John Birch Society-Libertarian-Tea Party breed look like nothing more than terrorist thugs?
Oooh, I don't have that last one. I've been trying to work on an UberMegan post for three days--I'll get it done as soon as I can.Then there's the whole thing with that Institute for Justice, funded by the Koches, and how much McArdle knew about that connection. And of course she is saying nothing about the economics of it for the cabbies.It is too much of a coincidence that she just happened to take up the Uber cause. There is more to this, although I probably won't ever find it.
I'm so rude--thanks, anon!
Another reason for McMegan to ignore Uber for a while: The CEO said that Obamacare helps his company. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/uber-just-stuck-a-knife-in-the-gops-heart.html Emily
Another Uber story for Megan to ignore: http://pando.com/2014/11/20/on-stage-at-goldman-sachs-event-travis-kalanick-compared-his-companys-woes-to-ferguson/Emily
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