Monday, February 6, 2012

Wikipedia List of the Week: Cognitive Biases

In honour of the recent amazing display of "but when I do it, it's cute!" on the international stage by the American government, I am proud to present a brand new, theoretically regular, feature at Bewifed and Childrenised: The Wikipedia List of the Week!


This week's list is, as I've said, inspired by the amazing display of, let's be fair - governments in general, to condemn those actions in others that are perfectly acceptable, and even laudable, when they do it themselves: List of Cognitive Biases

Here's a fun game: depress yourself by finding all of the things that you can specifically remember falling prey to in, say, the last week. It's a little sad.

Of Pots and Kettles

The U.S. government is harping hard (along with others, of course) on Russia and China for their recent veto of a UN resolution condemning Syria's oppressive violence.

Just about everything about this veto sucks, particularly considering the ongoing nature of the violence against everyday Syrians by the government and military, and the fact that even the rest of the Arab world is completely against the violence and oppression.

However, it's a tough thing to be in a position where morals and ethics demand that you condemn someone else's actions, but your own history makes you a somewhat more pot-calling-kettle judge in the matter, like the U.S.A.'s own history of vetoing otherwise completely appropriate and morally upright resolutions.

Luckily (I guess...) the American government has had a long and storied history of condemning in others the actions that are "perfectly acceptable" when motivated by their own interests, so they're having a field day with this veto by Russia and China.