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Friday, July 18, 2003


Amazingly, my web-management firm WebXpertz continues to be stonewalled by biggie.com in the matter of my full archives and program files. It claims, apparently, that it still has legal right to investigate the hacker-attack that brought its server down temporarily on July 1st, and on that legalese basis, it still refuses access to WebXpertz to a downstream server where the buggy archives and other files are located. WebXpertz itself isn't blameless. As visitors here now know, the archives for all the articles published between the buggy prof's start in late January and April 16th were backed up by WebXpertz on yet another computer, and have been installed and are available here at this site. Click on any of the archive links in the sidebar to the left. You'll see what I mean. Don't ask what happened after April 16th. It's a long bewildering story. Caveat Emptor! Or, more pedantically expressed and loosely translated: Caveat emptor, quia ignorare non debuit quod jus alienum emit. "Buyer, beware! Don't be a dummy and overlook what a seller might be up to."

So, given these obstacles, it seems wise to ask forthrightly whether any of you might have kept copies of the articles published after April 16th until the July 1st hacker attack --- either as a file on your hard-drive or in print-out form. If you did, please contact me. You'd make the buggy prof elated if you were to send him the files by email, or --- if they're print-outs --- kindly email me: it goes without saying that I would compensate you for all postage-costs. (Be sure to email me first: prof bug will be bugged out if hundreds of postage receipts suddenly arrive in his mail box.)


Sooner or later, biggie.com will stop its investigations and the archives accessed. Until then, I'm particularly keen to get all the articles on the economy --- about 8 or 9 lengthy ones (including a humongous one on whether economics is or can be a science) --- published in May and June. They formed, you see, a logical sequence that set out a lengthy analysis of a coherent sort --- in principle anyway, subject to buggy brain-lame aberrations --- so that you needed to read the earlier articles to make sense of the latest.

More specifically, toward the end of June, the articles were narrowing in focus to concentrate on the US economy's prospects ---- most of them bright enough (not all) --- and 4 theoretical obstacles to a much better growth record the next year and on into the future: the alleged dangers of [1] deflation and [2] a liquidity trap, both dealt with at length in final form just before the July 1st attack. And both found, to say the least, to be hyped-up dangers. It's not even clear whether a liquidity trap --- first identified theoretically by Keynes in the 1930s Great Depression --- ever existed even in those days.

That leaves two other obstacles that have to be consid . . . Hang on! The buggy commentary that began to unfold here turned out to be longer and full of some hopefully tantalizing points that prof bug has decided to publish it in a separate article. Right now (Santa Barbara time, 5:20 P.M., July 18th).