People Who Still Have Blogs:

  • Me


August, 2018
July, 2018
December, 2017
September, 2017
August, 2017
May, 2017
March, 2017
December, 2016
November, 2016
August, 2016
July, 2016
April, 2016
January, 2016
December, 2015
November, 2015
October, 2015
June, 2015
May, 2015
April, 2015
February, 2015
January, 2015
December, 2014
September, 2014
August, 2014
July, 2014
June, 2014
May, 2014
April, 2014
March, 2014
February, 2014
January, 2014
December, 2013
November, 2013
October, 2013
September, 2013
August, 2013
July, 2013
June, 2013
May, 2013
November, 2012
October, 2012
September, 2012
August, 2012
July, 2012
June, 2012
March, 2012
February, 2012
January, 2012
December, 2011
November, 2011
September, 2011
August, 2011
July, 2011
June, 2011
May, 2011
April, 2011
March, 2011
February, 2011
January, 2011
December, 2010
November, 2010
October, 2010
September, 2010
August, 2010
June, 2010
May, 2010
March, 2010
February, 2010
January, 2010
November, 2009
October, 2009
September, 2009
August, 2009
July, 2009
June, 2009
May, 2009
April, 2009
March, 2009
February, 2009
January, 2009
December, 2008
November, 2008
October, 2008
September, 2008
August, 2008
July, 2008
June, 2008
May, 2008
April, 2008
March, 2008
February, 2008
January, 2008
December, 2007
November, 2007
October, 2007
September, 2007
August, 2007
July, 2007
June, 2007
May, 2007
April, 2007
March, 2007
February, 2007
January, 2007
November, 2006
October, 2006
September, 2006
August, 2006
July, 2006
June, 2006
May, 2006
April, 2006
March, 2006
February, 2006
January, 2006
November, 2005
October, 2005
September, 2005
August, 2005
July, 2005
June, 2005
March, 2005
January, 2005
December, 2004
November, 2004
August, 2004
July, 2004
June, 2004
May, 2004
April, 2004
March, 2004
February, 2004
January, 2004
December, 2003
November, 2003
October, 2003
September, 2003
August, 2003
July, 2003
May, 2003
April, 2003
March, 2003
February, 2003
January, 2003
December, 2002

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional
Valid CSS

Someone set us up the...

According to this recent CNN Poll 71% of Americans think Iran already has nuclear weapons.

My immediate thought was "oh boy, I guess we're in for another war". Although then I had to remember that all the justification for preemptive war is to *stop* people from getting nuclear weapons, so if they already have them... The whole thing is just confounding.

I wanted to blame this on the media somehow, or our culture of sound bite politics, but I'm honestly baffled by who would benefit from spreading this misunderstanding.

I understand that spreading the meme that "Iran is dangerous and might obtain The Bomb if we don't act fast" is useful to some people's agendas, but that they've already gotten there... Bald manipulation of the public I understand, but this result, almost seems like showing off.

"Fooling the public into supporting a war based on false pretenses was way too easy"
"Agreed. This time, let's first make them believe the exact opposite of the reason we'll give to goto war, and then try to get them to support it!"
"You're on!"

In my lifetime, I've gone through the following political realizations:

  • 1st through 8th grade I was blindly rooting for the political team my parents did
  • 9th grade I thought communism was the awesomest
  • 10th grade through college I grew to understand and the arguments and beliefs that many Republicans held, and why they held them. I still disagreed with many of their conclusions, but understood how and why they arrived at them.
  • In 2002 I began wondering why the Republican president was acting like a lunatic instead of a conservative.
  • By 2004 I no longer understood the logic behind voters supporting the so called "Republicans", but I at least understood the emotions behind it, and I definitely understood the rather base motivations of the politicians themselves.
  • By the end of 2009 I wondered what, exactly supporting Democrats was, in theory, supposed to accomplish. Although the fact that things stopped getting more bat-shit crazy was nice.
  • And now, here we are, amongst a populace seemingly criminally ill-informed about a country in between two other countries we're occupying.

I now imagine 71% of Americans as one of those wax-Neanderthal at the science museum. Me looking up at them from behind the velvet divider, wondering how much alike we are, how they managed to survive on a day to day basis. Except of course the tables are reversed, and homo-doesn't-believe-stupid-shit-for-no-reason is apparently the one on the road to extinction.

Goodnight Economics

Several years ago my first nephew was born, and so my wife and I bought him a book. We chose "Goodnight Moon", because it was pretty much the only modern kid's book we'd heard of.

Later on we heard that, of course, they had received several, several copies of that book because it was very popular. I felt kinda sheepish.

So when I had a child, I steeled myself to receive at least three to four copies of the book. Imagine my surprise when we got *none*.

In any case, to my great shame we had to actually *purchase* Goodnight Moon from amazon, which I figured was something only single parents with no living family would have to resort to.

I'm glad we did, my son loves the book very much and can already recite some portions of it unbidden, so I'm glad we did. But the whole situation made me wonder about this sort of economic phenomenon.

How could it be that years ago that you could receive any number of "Goodnight Moon" books, and this year you receive none?

Clearly this is some sort of new and undiscovered economic phenomenon which should be named after my dog.

Essentially, I imagine other people did exactly what I did, or heard from other people about how many copies of "Goodnight Moon" people received, and this essentially formed a feedback loop that prevented anyone from even considering purchasing that book as a gift afterwards.

I tried thinking of other examples, and the best I could come up with is Netflix gift subscription. Five to eight years ago these "three months or one year of free Netflix" was a common gift to give to introduce people to the service and to get to try it out, but these days it would be a ridiculous gift to give since the odds of someone already being a user are very high.

I'm sure there is a proper name for this phenomenon, when a commonly gifted product becomes so ubiquitous and popular that people essentially stop buying it, and until I do a proper Wikipedia search and find it, I declare it "The Moya Effect".

Honorary Economics Phd please!

You get this.

I got a mention on My Friend Kamil who has a better blog than mine's blog. Guess I've really hit the big time!

My friend Jason who doesn't have a blog pointed me towards this blog post by a fantasy author whom I respect greatly, saying that he thought the tone and subject matter reminded him of mine. I am flattered, and the author equally shamed by the comparison. In any case, it is an amusing read.

Finally, I leave you with the ultimate CAPTCHA which can discern if you, yourself are a robot.

I'll be thorax.

Sometimes I wish they would hurry up and invent actual size remote control metal ants.

That way I'd be forced to address the moral quandary of whether I'd allow my son to play with one to engage in one to one combat with actual ants.

In my youth I was unkind to ants. The classic example is taking magnifying glasses to them of course, but I found the Minnesota sun never seemed to have sufficient results, , it would just make them scurry faster. Not to mention, killing one ant seemed strategically useless, I was more one trying to block their entrance, or flood their whole colony, etc. Large scale attacks that might take out the entire organism.

Of course at the time I didn't realize that the ant system was likely a full 4-5 feet deep, with the queen all the way at the bottom.

It isn't hard to imagine a remote control ant allowing a sort of "Ants and Dungeons" type game where you guide your ant down the main sand chute, attempting to navigate yourself all the way to the queen's chamber, ruthlessly dispatching of the soldiers and drones who foolishly try to stop you with mandibles made of non-metal.

However, it seems clear that this is a different type of "killing" ants than stomping on them or funneling bleach into one of their sub-entrances. It seems more personal, and a bit horrific.

Luckily for me, the technology doesn't exist yet, so I don't have to address whether such a thing might be harmful to my son' emotional development quite yet. The down side being the technology doesn't exist yet, so I can't have one and try it for myself...

Fully Incorporated Citizens

So the Supreme Court recently ruled that the free speech provisions of the First Amendment apply to political ads purchased by corporations.

Personally, I don't think they went far enough. Free speech isn't the only clause of the First Amendment which has excluded corporations for so long, what about free exercise of religion?

According to my research 100% of corporations are functional atheists. Not a single one of them are circumcised, baptized, confirmed or otherwise indoctrinated into a single major religion. How else can you explain such a statistic other than the fact that there is a widespread movement to deny corporate participation in religion?

You may say it is because corporations are undying autonomous machines of perpetuating greed, who worship their stock price above all else. However, who are we to say that they aren't that way *because* they have been denied the chance to participate in religion?

After all, if the Supreme Court thinks that corporations have an innate yearning to express themselves, doesn't it stand to reason that they also desire to become better than they are, that they desperately wish for a way to overcome their own innate flaws and vices?

Also, if no corporations have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, it follows that there are no corporations in heaven. Which means that heaven currently resembles one big long Marxist bread line. What is the point of heaven if everyone there is equal regardless of station, work ethic or amount of inherited wealth received?

So not only do we owe it to free the corporations from their godless and pointless existences, we owe it to Jesus, who is surely up in heaven right now fighting a harried counter-insurgency against the Marxist state heaven has become since we have failed to spread Christianity to a single one of the siege engines of capitalism.

So there are some strong legal and theological arguments to be had for doing this, but the strongest of all seems to be that of equality.

Free Speech for corporations is just a single step, until corporations can freely be accepted by all religions, have the right to marry, adopt children and serve in our armed forces, they are destined to be forever branded "second class" citizens, which in this day and age is simply unconscionable.

Blog Plug

I have goaded my friend Kamil who has a Better Blog Than Mine into ending his 6 month hiatus from blog posting, and he has now pledged to post once per day for the month of Feb.

So if you gave up clicking that link long ago like I have, you may want to reconsider.