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Voodoo Economics Part 2

The Sumner family Brain-cell has worked out a cunning plan for how the Witches in Romania can get back at their government. One of the Witches needs to get herself put on trial. She then offers to demonstrate to the court that she is genuine. Assuming the Judge is gullible, he says yes, whereupon the Witch delivers the punchline: “I predict that I will be found guilty and convicted.”

Remember the proposed new law threatens to punish fortune tellers if their predictions turn out incorrectly, this will cause the Judge’s brain to explode as he tries to work out the paradox. Moreover, the Witch will not be stuck in an endless Groundhog Day loop or pantomime of “You’re guilty! Oh no you’re not! Oh yes you are” etc because of the double-jeopardy rule.

Another witchy problem solved by Yours truly! 😉

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Voodoo Economics

News today that after the Witch population of Romania attempted to put a hex on the government there for making witchcraft taxable, the legislature is retaliating by proposing a new law. If passed, it will punish soothsayers and fortune tellers if their predictions don’t come true. Needless to say this has grossly offended the local Witch population, with one even exclaiming of the proposed new law: “I will fight until my last breath for this not to be passed.”

Now let’s examine this in more detail. On the one hand, the Romanian government is saying to these women that they have to pay income tax whereas they did not before – if their predictions are correct. However, if their predictions are false they can be fined or sent to prison! Trial by ducking stool would be fairer than this.

Moreover though, consider this. The advice of a professional racing tipster or stock-market analyst is just as much conjecture as that of a Witch – with the possible difference that one conjecture is less superstitious than the other. However, neither the tipster nor the analyst goes to jail if he makes a mistake – so why should the Witch?


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