Felix Salmon

Conspiracy theory of the day, Foundation X edition

November 3, 2010

Don’t believe for a minute that the likes of Rand Paul are bringing a whole new level of nutty to upper-house politics, in contrast to staid and boring countries like the UK. Via Joseph Cotterill and Charlie Stross, here’s an astonishing speech made in the Mother of Parliaments by David James, a/k/a Baron James of Blackheath.


September 22, 2010

Mike Arrington loves nothing more than throwing bombs, so you could be forgiven for dismissing his latest exercise in conspiracy-theorizing as little more than self-promotion. But you’d be wrong. It’s an important story, and it’s one which Arrington almost uniquely is able to write. Henry Blodget makes some good points:

The NYT jumps the CDS shark

March 7, 2010

If Paul Krugman and others want the New York Times to be the paper of record, especially when it comes to matters economic, they’re going to have to do better than this:

The Sith Lord revealed!

January 13, 2010

Thousands of people have wondered over the years who on earth Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne was talking about when he started muttering darkly about a “Sith Lord” orchestrating a devious conspiracy of short-sellers. Well, Max Abelson has finally found out who it is, from Byrne’s lieutenant Judd Bagley:

“Larry Bergman”, Overstock’s sock-puppet

December 12, 2009

Here’s the friend list of “Larry Bergman”, the Overstock-financed sock-puppet who helped to generate the notorious list of friends of those who are critical of crazy Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne. Gary Weiss has the details of exactly how that list was generated; although “Bergman” never asked me to be his friend, he friended a few friends of mine, and that’s all he needed to see my own friends list.

Strange bedfellows: Jon Stewart and Patrick Byrne

November 12, 2009

Remember the Jon Stewart interview of Jim Cramer where Stewart pulled out a secret weapon to unleash upon his unsuspecting guest?