Saturday, September 16, 2006

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Trade policy, crazy conservatives, and UFOs

I have no idea what the three things in my post title have in common. All I know is that this morning I checked out my primer of U.S. trade policy at and discovered the following five books under the "Customers who bought items like this also bought" category:

F.U.B.A.R.: America's Right-Wing Nightmare by Sam Seder

The Grand Idea: George Washington's Potomac and the Race to the West by Joel Achenbach

Conservatives Without Conscience by John Dean

If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens... Where Is Everybody? Fifty Solutions to Fermi's Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life by Stephen Webb

Sight Unseen: Science, UFO Invisibility, and Transgenic Beings by Budd Hopkins

Readers are warmly encouraged to explain this set of rather odd correlations.

posted by Dan on 09.16.06 at 08:59 AM


Explanation: artificial intelligence has more to do with artifice than intellect.

posted by: Dave on 09.16.06 at 08:59 AM [permalink]

A great sign, there, Dan: those that like your trade policy ideas are also concerned with the problem of extraterrestrial life.

I for one am convinced there's a connection: its those flippin' ETs that're keeping a Svengali-like hold on our brains and keeping us from deciding if we should go "fair" or "free".

posted by: St. James the Lesser on 09.16.06 at 08:59 AM [permalink]

They each have a concern with the invisibility of the ineffable. bs

posted by: Ben Stewart on 09.16.06 at 08:59 AM [permalink]

The "good" conservatives want to re-take the Republican Party so they can conquer space by trading with aliens. Galactic imperialism!

posted by: Hei Lun Chan on 09.16.06 at 08:59 AM [permalink]

Reading between the lines, I think it means you still have the hots for Salma Hayek.

posted by: yomama on 09.16.06 at 08:59 AM [permalink]

hmm, looks like Wendt has it figured out, though....

posted by: zyrc on 09.16.06 at 08:59 AM [permalink]

Maybe the UFO books are linked through Achenbach? It's possible that you share a lot of readers with Achenbach, and that Achenbach shares a lot of readers with other UFO authors (he did write a book on the subject, Captured by Aliens). A second-order effect?

posted by: mschrist on 09.16.06 at 08:59 AM [permalink]

The Koran expressly Commands World Jihad and World Domination for Islam. Here are the verses:

posted by: Love on 09.16.06 at 08:59 AM [permalink]

People who hate conservatives are space-cadets?

posted by: Mike H. on 09.16.06 at 08:59 AM [permalink]

According to the old Whatshisname theory, the simplest explanation is best: Amazon coughed up a hairball.

posted by: Larry on 09.16.06 at 08:59 AM [permalink]

you're apt to see strange results when the sample size is small, perhaps even miniscule;)

posted by: david on 09.16.06 at 08:59 AM [permalink]

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