Out of nowhere-at least I'd never heard of him-comes a posting by one David BurgeÂ on his blog, Iowahawk, in which he tore Krugman's numbers apart. I don't mean he found some soft spots. I'm talking evisceration. The post has been flying around cyberspace and has a attracted a lot of flak to which Burge has now responded.
I recommend both posts as tours de force on two levels. First, they are saturated with the best kind of Internet irreverence and humor-sophomoric occasionally, lmao funny more often. Second, the guy is a hell of an applied statistician.
It's wonderful: Paul Krugman's got his mile-high New York Times platform, Burge has an obscure blog. And yet, in the world of the Internet, he can take Krugman down and end up letting a whole lot of people know he's done it.