I found myself once (July 2011) apparently having to start a blog to continue posting on Climate Etc. I mainly post there as Faustino, but for the blog I used my other nom de net, Genghis Cunn. I called it “notablog” as I had no intention of regular blogging, but 17 months on I found a reason to post a picture which others could link to, in connection with a comment on the estimable Steve McIntyre’s Climate Audit. Perhaps it will be habit-forming.
Occasionally when I intend to post as “Faustino”, WordPress uses “genghiscunn”, so I occaionally use the form “Faustino aka Genghis Cunn”.
Why Genghis Cunn? I’m a (now retired) economic policy adviser, whose (very broad) focus has mainly been on what drives economic growth. I worked long ago at the UK National Economic Development Office and Australia’s Office of EPAC, both of which advised councils chaired by the Prime Minister.
I later worked at Queensland Office of Premier & Cabinet (for Kevin Rudd) and Queensland Treasury. There were far fewer like-minded people there. I had an anti-interventionist cartoon on my office door, but rabid interventionists often came in and sounded off against “right-wing” economists, by which they meant those with views shared by about 98% of the profession. I studied at the London School of Economics, my name is Michael Cunningham, and Genghis Khan is often invoked as the epitome of a right-winger. I therefore put a sign on my door identifying myself as the Director of the Genghis Cunn School of Economics. Sadly, the interventionists didn’t get the message. However, whenever I attend a function which requires stating my professional allegiance, I clip on my CGSoE identification. Most impressive.