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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.