Two things were brought to my attention today, during a gathering of computer scientists that was not T++. (T++ being canceled, as no student organizations are allowed to meet during dead week.) We were kicking around the importance of the recent events, and someone pointed out to me that the controversy over Obama’s birth certificate is far more stupid than even I had realized. (This is laying aside my opinion that it’s a stupid rule anyway.)
Specifically, it doesn’t matter where Obama was born. Even if he was born overseas, because his mother is an American citizen, he would be a natural-born American citizen. This has been the way of things since March 26, 1790.
The other thing that occurred to me is much more hand-wavy and conspiracy-theory-like.
So, this dude, Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, owns 7% of News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News. Fox News being the crazy-far-right-warmongery cable news outfit in the US. This news outlet has been strongly for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, outspokenly skeptical of the science behind climate change, and in general a heaping dose of right-wing crazy for years. Both the wars and climate change skepticism boost the sale of oil.
The Saudi Royal family is rich off of oil.
Do you think oil would be at $100 a barrel if we hadn’t invaded Iraq?
Do you think oil would be at $100 a barrel if Americans didn’t love them some stupidly huge gas-guzzling SUVs (in spite of evidence that it is damaging the environment)?
I am contemplating the possibility that Fox New’s stances on things are specifically tailored to drive up the price of oil through the manipulation of the right-wing proletariat, all the better to line the pockets of a significant share-holder.