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Another amusement

A ranking of how influential we all are:

Richard Murphy
1958 – Present (62 years)

#423442 Person’s Overall Influence
Richard Murphy is a British chartered accountant and political economist who campaigns on issues of tax avoidance and tax evasion.

How interesting. And:

Tim Worstall
1963 – Present (57 years)

#39871 Person’s Overall Influence
Tim Worstall is a British-born writer and blogger and Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute.

Which is the point at which we have to explain orders of magnitude, no?

20 thoughts on “Another amusement”

  1. I felt it was my duty to highlight for him how disgusting it is that he has been outranked by a smart mouth, and his coterie of extreme fascist neobibliophiles.

    I can feel the temporal vein starting to throb from here. .

  2. Amuses me that Richard Murphy poet ranks more than twice as highly as Richard Murphy chartered accountant.

    Poetry is more valuable the Spud’s nostrums.

  3. One is British, one is British-born. British-born refers to being possibly of Anglo-Indian origin. I give up! What’s the answer?

  4. Yes, BiS, please note that of that ~½M, he may candidly be influencing plenty of folk in the opposite direction to that desired.

  5. @ Jussi
    Tim was born in the UK but now resides outside. The website chose not to spend time checking whether he had changed his nationality.

  6. It’s specifically academic influence, so not real world.

    It looks like this works (at least in part) in the same way that Bacon or Erdös numbers work leading to some interesting academic rankings. Colin Firth (5,155) and Kristen Stewart (22,753) are high on the list, possibly because of being listed as co-authors for academic papers based on their ideas or work.

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    OT. This is priceless:

    “ The Department of Education has informed Princeton University that it is under investigation following the school president’s declaration that racism was “embedded” in the institution.

    President Christopher Eisgruber published an open letter earlier this month claiming that “racism and the damage it does to people of color persist at Princeton” and that “racist assumptions” are “embedded in structures of the University itself.”

    According to a letter the Department of Education sent to Princeton that was obtained by the Washington Examiner, such an admission from Eisgruber raises concerns that Princeton has been receiving tens of millions of dollars of federal funds in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which declares that “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

    Eisgruber’s letter branding the 274-year-old university racist came after a summer of unrest rife with race riots and an open letter from hundreds of Princeton faculty members who wrote, “Anti-Black racism has a visible bearing upon Princeton’s campus makeup.” The admission was followed by dozens of “anti-racist” policy change demands. Among them were calls for select faculty race quotas and to “reconsider” the use of standardized testing for admissions.


    Finally, the Department is further concerned Princeton’s many nondiscrimination and equal opportunity claims to students, parents, and consumers in the market for education certificates may have been false, misleading, and actionable substantial misrepresentations in violation of 20 U.S.C. § 1094(c)(3)(B) and 34 CFR 668.71(c). Therefore, the Department’s Office of Postsecondary Education, in consultation with the Department’s Office of the General Counsel, is opening this investigation.””

  8. Should I choose to take the British passport as my plan has been(s),
    it would not make a brand new Englishman be seen,
    on these Kentish wealds,
    no matter how keen.

  9. While once having lunch in Ewell,
    to our table came this Pikey,
    my colleague was targeted as threat unlikely,
    henceforth, to the duel!

  10. I fucking killed the discussion with my mastery of English language, not my first though, mind you! My third language, albeit better than my second. I don’t know where I get it, this Betjemanisque verse comes out of my arse!

  11. Dennis, Author of the Tay Bridge Tax Return

    I don’t know where I get it, this Betjemanisque verse comes out of my arse!

    William McGonagall?

  12. Dear Mr Worstall

    For some reason Irving, the hundred and forty-second fastest gun in the West, springs to mind:

    A hundred and forty-one could draw faster than he,
    But Irving was looking for one forty-three.

    Ben Cartwright sings:

    Perhaps P. Murphy is looking for number four hundred and twenty-three thousand, four hundred and forty-three so he can thumb his nose at him (or her).


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