February 17, 2014
Megan McArdle in Seattle Tuesday night
Megan McArdle is one of my favorite economic columnists, now at Bloomberg. She is consistently thoughtful and thorough. She will be appearing at Townhall in Seattle Tuesday night promoting her new/first book:

The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success - available at U Book Store

See Townhall for details. It is just east of I-5 on Seneca Street.
Posted by Ron Hebron at February 17, 2014 03:08 PM | Email This
1. The first engineer I worked for was a grizzled veteran of 40 years. He escaped over the iron curtain (via a tiny boat he built) to Austria, then lived in Italy for 4 years before immigrating to the US. Two Masters (EE and ME), and a lot of hard knocks (Siberia during WWII, Jewish family/persecution in the 50s, etc).

He told me something very important, the very first day I worked with him. "You never learn from success, only failure. Success can be dumb luck, but failure is all you". And he was right.

Brilliant man...

Posted by: Shanghai Dan on February 17, 2014 05:02 PM
2. .
Failing is the Key to Success

McMegan Arglebargle's book should sell like hotcakes with the (un)SP crowd.

Think about this.
Truly failing is painful. "Failing well" is a post hoc talking point.

Don't believe me. Ask Dino Rossi.

Bonus McMegan Arglebargle reading on failure

I can't explain the math error, since it was, as I believe I mentioned, eight years ago. I can probably explain why I didn't see it, which is that I was laid flat with gastritis and working on about 3 hours sleep and 300 calories a day of rice and mashed potatoes. As anyone who has had gastritis can attest, this does leave you a little fuzzy. Or perhaps I was just being stupid.

You may disagree with McMegan Arglebargle's prescription for success, but you can't argue with her bona fides on failure. :-D

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on February 17, 2014 05:04 PM
3. Mike Bullshit,

Very crafty . . . . if you are a shameless degenerate.

Only a leftist asshole like you would characterize Megan McArdle's honesty as a bad thing.
Most amusing is that you pretend to be above making "stupid" comments.

Posted by: Amused by Liberals on February 17, 2014 07:16 PM
4. "You never learn from success, only failure . . ."
The true philosophical and scientific lesson of reason, that only a true test of things may ever reveal a reliable conclusion.
So far America is the test of individual freedom from the likes of arrogant dim-witted asshole's like MikeBS.

In the arena's of political/social ideals this is a concept totally foreign to all leftists.
For example, I have less problem with the test of socialized health care in Massachusetts (and its clear and obvious failure) but I cabn move away from Mass. To jump into a system on a national level that cannot possibly work and will hurt Americans on a wide scale is hurtful to the many to serve the sensibilities of morons on their pretense that other countries have health Care systems comparable to ours.

Humans like Mike Bullshit believe that socialism works when he has no positive or successful examples to point to. Moreover, people like this dipshit ignore the fact that he is free to do for himself until the government takes that freedom away from him and he wants to surrender it.

And he expects anyone to be as stupid as he is?

So, he demands that I give him my stuff.
But only through some despot with guns.
I would wish that he come to my house and demand it.

That would be amusing. :>)

Posted by: Amused by Liberals on February 17, 2014 07:40 PM
5. Learning from success is done all of the time, especially in well-run enterprises, for the simple reason that such places really don't like lurching from failure to failure. A proper root-cause analysis will reveal why events went as they did.

Posted by: tensor on February 17, 2014 10:26 PM
6. I admit I am the sadistic troll everyone thinks I am. But I just can't help myself. Feeling superior to you (un)SP wingers is what I live for.

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on February 18, 2014 03:49 AM
7. I like better the Vince Lombardi quote, "It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."

Posted by: tc on February 18, 2014 06:46 AM
8. Anyone interested in the Koch-fueled maintenance of this child of wealth and privilege can read the basics here. Pay special attention to her hatchet work on behalf of the Teabaggers:

"In February 2009, McArdle led a propaganda campaign in her Atlantic blog to discredit investigative journalism exposing the first Tea Party protest in February 2009 as an Astroturf campaign backed by the Koch brothers and FreedomWorks. [...] Thanks in large part to McArdle's efforts discrediting the exposé, the media spent the next year-and-a-half misrepresenting the Tea Party as an authentic grassroots uprising rather than a Koch-sponsored Astroturf campaign."

But why let the Koch Bros. do all the work? By all means, please come to liberal Seattle, and hand over your own hard-earned money to this graduate of exclusive private schooling. The warmed-over, second-hand bs you receive in return will have you living the fail. (Note: success after failure not ensured; your milage may vary.)

P.S. Town Hall is right by the freeway, and has a large parking lot next to it, so you don't have to fool with mass transit. Enjoy the traffic!

Posted by: tensor on February 18, 2014 08:10 AM
9. "Anyone interested in the Koch-fueled maintenance of this child of wealth and privilege"

Indeed. The matter of the family's wealth and privilege could lead to another book, an autobiography: "The Good Welfare, the life of a teabagger shill born into a family which made its fortune sucking the gubmint teat, less 20% for the mob".

Now this shill for the Kochs comes to Townhall to inspire KDS, Amused and Independent "throw the homo Muslim out" Voter to "embrace failure". For them, not a bad idea. First up, buy the book and pay for the lecture. No, there's nothing funny about this. Heh.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on February 18, 2014 09:04 AM
10. I am the sadistic troll everyone thinks I am. Feeling superior to you (un)SP wingers is what I live for.

Thank you! Thank you for confirming you have absolutely no moral core. Thank you for confirming that you do not believe one single word of the bullsh!t you mutter.

OMG! Thank you!

1067 days

Posted by: RagnarDanneskold on February 18, 2014 04:21 PM
11. @10 the person "chronicling" RagnarDanneskold's (ObamaCare beneficiary since at least 2013!) opinions and private information here @(un)SP.com whose 24 year old son is enjoying the ObamaCare benefit of being on her family health insurance plan on February 18, 2014 04:21 PM,

I regret that you were confused by someone who is certainly not a "sadistic troll" spoofing me on this not moderated comment thread. Clearly trolling only occurs on (un)SP by those whom the (un)SP peanut gallery labels as 'liberals'. Certainly none of the none of the 'conservatives' would ever stoop to such a sadistic trolling tactic.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on February 18, 2014 05:03 PM
12. @8 tensor & @9 Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon,

Are you absolutely sure that McMegan Arglebargle has not identified the ease of obtaining Koch Bros funding as a tangible benefit in her Why Failing Well is the Key to Success book?

Seriously and in the spirit of honest discourse, if some of the richest people in the country will pay top dollar for your Gastritis Broke My Calculator bullshit, then why shouldn't an unqualified opinion whore enjoy the benefits of grifting the (un)SP peanut gallery to obtain delicous Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.
Remember, "When I said I "cook with" Maldon sea salt, I did not mean that I toss it in the water with my pasta, or use it to brine my turkey. Sea salt is a finisher--you put a little of it in when you're done cooking and ready to serve, or toss it in cold dishes."
A lesson, undoubtedly, learned from failure.

ps. How does the (un)SP peanut gallery utilize Maldon sea salt? As a finisher? or what?

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on February 18, 2014 05:20 PM
13. "... then why shouldn't an unqualified opinion whore enjoy the benefits of grifting the (un)SP peanut gallery ..."

Please do not doubt my sincerity! I hope Town Hall gets packed to the rafters tonight with the entire peanut gallery (and, of course, many, many more local right-wing glibertarians) , each straining to catch the gilded pearls of wisdom dropping from McME!ME!ME!ME!ME!Megan's over-educated lips. I want the sweet, sweet sound of wingnut money rolling into Seattle to be clearly audible from at least a few blocks away, where I will be sitting, enjoying a steak so juicy and tender, I will carve it with a knife even duller than Ms. McArdle's intellect.

You see, little I read here tickles me more than when the self-proclaimed holders of morally-superior judgment get fooled with such public and risible ease. (Hi, Rags!) The knowledge that some of these grifted funds go for a great place like Town Hall, and to the TAXES which SEATTLE collects on parking fees, just makes this whole ludicrous situation all that much more enjoyable.

I sincerely hope the fun continues tomorrow, with Mr. Hebron posting about how brilliant McMegs seemed to him, and with the entire peanut gallery chiming in the comments, each describing something unforgettable Megs said.

Posted by: tensor on February 18, 2014 06:12 PM
14. @13 tensor on February 18, 2014 06:12 PM,
I get your point. But if one of the readers/commenter of (un)SP were on the board of Town Hall, there'd be no use arguing against any of the 'tote baggers' to bring or allow McMegan Arglebargle to make her pitch tonight.

Far better to let it happen and observe the attendance, the discussion and the book sales so that discussion about presenting authors is better informed going forward.

That said, I sincerely doubt any of the (un)SP peanut gallery shows up tonight at Town Hall. They just are not the type to ... attend educational events.

And I'd bet money even Ron Hebron doesn't show up for McMegan Arglebargle's blather.

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on February 18, 2014 07:09 PM
15. "They just are not the type to ... attend educational events."

Which is why the Washington Policy Center has such favorable mentions here. (Hi, Rags! Hi, Jim Miller!)

Why shouldn't Town Hall, a reliably educational venue in the heart of liberal Seattle, get some of that sweet, sweet wingnut welfare? Especially when every dollar spent there tonight is a dollar which will not be spent on extending the miserable Rodney Tom Occupation, on extending the miserable John Boehner Speakership, or on supporting any miserable Tim Eyeman Initiative?

Posted by: tensor on February 18, 2014 07:41 PM
16. @15 tensor on February 18, 2014 07:41 PM,

Why shouldn't Town Hall,...

Don't misunderstand me.
To the extent discussion is available, even if it means a revenue loss, I'm whole heartedly in favor of 'unqualified opinion whores' showing up at Town Hall.

I just think that the decade long prolific failure of McMegan Arglebargle won't bring much of an audience from either side.
Hell, there's a small profitable industry pointing out her repeated errors.

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on February 18, 2014 07:55 PM