Episode 602 Scott Adams: Dr. Drew Talks About LA Apocalypse, Trump’s Tweet, Iran

Content: 

  • Dr. Drew talks about dangerous disease outbreaks in Los Angeles
    • Bubonic plague, typhus, TB, typhoid fever
    • What can be done? @DrDrew
  • Resolution debate: Is Antifa a domestic terrorist organization?
  • “Send her back” chant and President Trump
  • Deeply offended role-playing, and the outrage awards
    • S.E. Cupp wins for her performance
  • Allegations of Omar getting into America illegally
  • Rand Paul MIGHT be the most trustworthy person in politics
    • He seems to be completely free from political wind
  • Negotiating tip for Iran: Become America’s ally
  • President Trump’s tweet take-down of NYT Thomas Friedman
  • Is it possible for people to SAY bad things…and NOT be bad people?
    • Offensive and racist are two different things

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Episode 583 Scott Adams: Iran, North Korea, and Other Places Safer Than Portland, Plus TDS

Content: 

  • President Trump’s MAJOR historic walk into North Korea
    • Critical Dem Candidates diminish the significance
  • Elizabeth Warren is an academic, Kamala Harris is a lawyer
  • Critics of President Trump appear to be beaten down…by the FACTS
  • “The means do NOT justify the ends” and our national character
  • Technology and better thinking…to improve NK and Iran
  • Masked, armed domestic terrorists allowed to mass and hurt people  
    • Antifa hospitalized Andy Ngo and at least one other person
  • Don Jr. catches heat for questioning same thing Don Lemon questioned

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Episode 577 Scott Adams: Thorium Reactors Saving the World, Border Funding, Healthcare Transparency, Iran

Content: 

  • Healthcare cost transparency EO (cost reduction) by President Trump 
  • Whomever is willing to torture border children the longest…wins!
    • Solutions to REDUCE or ELIMINATE kids being tortured
  • CNN does multiple interviews of newest nutty accuser 
  • Iran spokesman says “White House is afflicted by mental retardation”
  • President Trump asks…why are WE paying to protect others countries?
  • Guest: Kirk Sorensen, Nuclear and aerospace expert
    • Startup company, developing a thorium reactor
    • BENEFITS of a thorium reactor versus uranium
    • Follow Kirk: @KirkSorensen
  • Project Veritas has confirmed Google CAN affect things…if they want
    • In the long-run, algorithms WILL evolve to contain political bias
  • The problem with Bernie’s“free education” plan
  • Elizabeth Warren’s “gay reparations” plan based on prior tax policies

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Episode 575 Scott Adams: Invisible Problems With Trump, Immigration Reform, Cyber Attacks on Iran

Content: 

  • President Trump’s “problems” are invisible…why is that?
  • Human incentives and Democrats
  • Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren looking like the likely top two
  • Is a subtle change happening with Bill Maher?
  • AMA questions from viewers

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Episode 574 Scott Adams: Tucker Carlson Prevents War With Iran, Mayor Pete Imploding, DR Hysteria

Content: 

  • President Trump retweets another great Carpe Donktum meme
    • “President Trump 4EVA” meme
  • Famous people and FALSE claims of encounters with them
  • Dominican Republic mysterious deaths…real or mass hysteria?
  • Governmental lying to the public about military stuff
  • Pete Buttigieg’s interaction with BLM
  • Looking Presidential while wearing a “Fish Fry” event tee shirt
  • Did Tucker Carlson’s significant influence…cancel the Iran strike?
  • Erin Burnett questions the timing of the President Trump’s decision
  • AMA session with listeners

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Episode 573 Scott Adams: Fixing the Iran Situation For You

Content: 

  • Iran situation…what you should believe and should NOT believe
  • How much did our intelligence services LEARN about Iran last night?
  • Message sent…message received?

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Episode 572 Scott Adams: CNN Taking Out Biden, Reparations, Iran Shoots Down Drone, Warren

Content: 

  • Will CNN and MSNBC support…
    • The candidate that’s best for the CNN and MSNBC brands?
    • The candidate that’s best for CNN and MSNBC financially?
  • Symone Sanders clearly sees the Biden story spin is a HOAX
    • …while continuing to promote the “Fine People” HOAX
  • Elizabeth Warren’s two biggest drawbacks
  • Is anyone considering moving their company INTO China?
  • AOC and “concentration camps”
    • AOC’s political talents are VERY good, VERY strong
  • Shadowban update: Will THIS video be demonetized?
    • Was there throttling of yesterday’s video?

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Episode 570 Scott Adams: YouTube Demonetization, Russia Hacking, Iran, Harvard, DNA, Deportations

Content: 

  • “Fine People” HOAX…it was a HOAX, a HOAX!!!
  • Harvard protected themselves at Kyle Kashuv’s expense
  • People who move communications from private to public venues
  • New, better photos of Iranian guys removing unexploded mine
  • Jon Stewart event…FAKE NEWS per Mitch
  • Your EGO is your biggest enemy
  • The Rock’s advise…”be your authentic self”…is really BAD advise
  • NYT says we’re escalating our cyber attacks on Russia
    • President Trump says that report is “treasonous”
  • America has abdicated leadership of energy development to China

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Episode 566 Scott Adams: Who Will Win Democrat Debates, Odds of War With Iran, Foreign Influence

Content: 

  • President Trump is schooling America on how to be smart
    • Russian citizen offers you information, what’s your objective?
  • Iran should “trust their God” and allow their people internet access
  • MAJOR healthcare news…and it wasn’t reported by ANY network
  • Mexico can’t admit the cartels control their northern border area
    • Mexico can’t do anything about the cartels
  • Comparing social media traffic across platforms…topic related censoring?
  • Democrat debates:
    • Who is capable of breaking out as a star?
    • Who will see their poll numbers drop after the debates
  • “Poortown” concept for cheap water, cheap energy, improved homes
    • New standards to improve quality of life

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Episode 534 Scott Adams: Predicting, Deutsche Bank, Brennan, China, Iran

Topics: 

  • Representative Amash…we have a Representative Amash? 
  • Biden…the less media coverage he gets, the more we’ll like him?
  • President Trump tweet warns Iran to never threaten us again
    • Public warning, and US public seems to support if needed
    • Does Iran want to give the US…an excuse to act?
    • Does Iran want the US to say “all options are open”?
  • AOC on climate change solutions…”especially the new technologies”
    • AOC is open to nuclear…especially the new technologies?
    • AOC is acknowledging risk/reward balance favors nuclear?
  • Social media sent a message to government…it was received
    • Simultaneous, well deserved “pat on the back”
  • Comey’s email to staff…Brennan INSISTS dossier be included?
    • Wouldn’t Brennan have known intel was from Russian Intel? 
    • Wouldn’t Brennan have known it would affect our election?
  • Comey and Brennan paper trail…THEY colluded with Russia?
    • Is the evidence overstated, where’s the counter-narrative?
    • Cognitive blindness prevents the left from seeing the obvious?
    • Exculpatory unknown evidence is possible…but WOW
  • Deutsche Bank specialists look for suspicious transactions
    • When spotted, management decides if it’s an issue or not
    • CNN isn’t reporting how often flags are evaluated as okay
    • “How often” is the missing KEY context
    • 99% of flagged transactions get approved, it’s normal
  • Atlantic story, researchers find topic experts are NOT best predictors
    • Best predictors have…a good “talent stack”
    • Broad experience predicts better than siloed expertise
  • Only a few congress people have read the Mueller report, why?
    • Because facts don’t matter?
    • Did you expect the facts to change anyone’s opinion?
    • If so…your filter on reality should be examined
  • Social media higher level platform to aggregate and filter platforms?
    • Create platform competition where none exists now?
    • Auto-posting to multiple platforms to counter de-platforming? 
    • Users could suspend social media platforms as penalty
    • All content auto-posted on alternate platforms gives users power
  • Slippery slopes don’t happen because a counter-force always appears
    • Candace Owens suspension…and reversal of her suspension
  • SPLC pushed the “Fine People” HOAX in a tweet yesterday
    • Racially damaging and divisive, needed to be reported
    • Do they really not know it was a HOAX?

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Episode 528 Scott Adams: Manufactured Word-News, China Trade, Russia, Iran

Topics: 

  • Biden’s possible VP running mate, Kamala
  • Some suspended conservatives are now back on Twitter
  • My defense of AOC
    • AOC and Tlaib are getting the “Fine People” HOAX treatment
    • Hyperbole taken literally or out of context for political gain
  • My defense of Tlaib’s “calming feeling about the Holocaust”
    • Don’t you automatically know that can’t possibly be true?
    • Out of context quote, looks HORRIBLE
    • Clarification is buried deep in articles about it
  • Chuck Schumer tells Pompeo to tell Putin to stay out of our elections
    • …Because nobody has already communicated that?
    • …Because nobody has thought of telling him that?
    • …Because Putin has no way of knowing we would be upset?
  • THE MEANING OF WORDS…is driving the news
    • Russia Collusion: Spying or an investigation?
    • News people pretending they don’t know how words work
  • Nancy Pelosi invited Imam Omar Suleiman to do Congressional prayer
    • Lee Zeldin criticizes Suleiman’s anti-Israel history and remarks
    • Was Pelosi aware of Imam Suleiman’s background?
  • MSM won’t allow Biden to become the Democrat candidate
    • They’ll knock him back and promote someone good for ratings
    • Have you seen Biden interviewed on CNN?
    • Does anybody report on Biden…with interest?
  • China pulling back from the trade deal
    • China expert says the LANGUAGE of the deal was the problem
    • The language used was DISRESPECTFUL, offensive
  • Recycling plastic has always been possible, but it’s challenging
    • NEW type of plastic can be easily recycled
  • Sex Strike Update
    • A+ for persuasion to Alyssa Milano
    • Respect for her activism sincerity and effectiveness
  • Knee-jerk hatred of everything “the other side” embraces
  • Free will has been SCIENTIFICALLY disproven
    • Free will simply doesn’t exist
    • Facts and common sense have little or no impact
    • People join a team and defend their team

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Episode 527 Scott Adams: Summer Fake News, Wall Construction, Iran

Topics: 

  • S.E. Cupp asks why Kamala can’t seem to get traction
    • Have you seen Kamala’s tweets and the way she speaks?
    • She doesn’t seem to know how to “unlawyer”
  • Biden’s approach to climate change is…let’s go slow?
    • How does he sell that to his base with 12 year fears?
  • President Trump tweets for Iran to call him
    • He’ll treat their leaders with respect…while negotiating tough
  • NO Democrats have gone in to read the unredacted Mueller report
    • Multiple Republicans have gone in to read it
    • Not one single Democrat wants to read it, nobody is interested?
    • No curiosity, NOTHING useful for Dems in Mueller’s report? 
  • DJ Akira the Don tweets about power of music to control people
    • The ability of music to manipulate emotions and behavior
  • NPR piece on Gen IV nuclear power
    • Far left NPR raising awareness of SAFE Gen IV nuclear power
  • Have the Democrats made a massive miscalculation on Biden electability?
    • He doesn’t excite…ANYONE
  • Alyssa Milano declares a “sex strike”
    • Finally…someone has brought the country together
    • Historically, it HAS been done before…and successfully
    • Respect to Alyssa for her commitment to activism
  • CO2 high absorption rate of a certain bush…plant more of those bushes?
    • Several CO2 scrubbing solutions look promising
  • Nuclear energy has moved from engineering to persuasion psychology
    • Nuclear is scary? Climate change is also scary
  • Gen III nuclear plants have NEVER melted down…not once
    • Gen IV is even safer and consume nuclear waste
  • How many Gen III or Gen IV nuclear meltdowns would you risk…
    • …to solve climate change?

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Episode 520 Scott Adams: Iran, China, North Korea, Border, Biden

Topics: 

  • Where are the immigration reform plans?
    • How will those reforms affect lives of Americans?
    • Crime reduction, less rapes and murders? GDP, wages?
  • Build a wall…isn’t a complete immigration plan
    • Less rapes and murder, less drugs, higher wages…
      • …that’s what people want
      • Where is the comprehensive plan for all that?
      • A wall alone, isn’t a complete solution
  • High level negotiations
    • One walk-away at a minimum
    • For a while, it will always look like no deal is possible
  • Chinese and American negotiators are all top-shelf…and adults
    • It will be a REALLY tough process, but a deal will happen
  • President Trump deserves a lot of credit for how he FRAMES
    • NK situation is an OPPORTUNITY for them
    • Personal, friendly relationship with Chairman Kim
  • People make decisions based on CONTRAST
    • Contrast is a major influence on decision making
  • Bernie is a unique contender, nobody is like Bernie
    • Kamala also has unique contender qualities
  • Biden…has NO unique contender qualities…versus Trump
    • Watching Biden, you reflect on how Trump “does it better”
    • When President Trump calls Biden “dumb”…is he wrong?
  • Rapid iteration with a large amount of variables is VERY difficult
    • AI will resolve that problem, allowing rapid iteration
    • Rapid iteration is what’s required for fusion power progress

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Episode 308 Scott Adams: Little Adam Schmitt, Decorum, Iran, AOC

Topics: 

  • Little Adam Schitt
  • President Trump’s tone this week vs. last week

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Episode 234 Scott Adams: Kavanaugh and Iran

Topics: 

  • Has all news in the entire world (except Kavanaugh) ceased to exist?
    • Is that because the news is manufactured?
  • Respect for “the system” is what provides a stable civilization
  • President Trump says Iranian President is probably a “lovely man”
    • Tweet was intentionally ambiguous and yet productive
    • Tough sanctions on Iran are poised to implement
  • The ability to implement and enforce sanctions improves every year
    • Combat wars are being replaced by economic wars

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Episode 162 Scott Adams: North Korea, Iran, Twitter, Healthcare, 3D Guns

Topics: 

  • NK doing things they haven’t negotiated to stop doing yet
  • Misleading cost estimates of healthcare proposals
  • 3D printed guns, is that a big deal?
  • The clear advantage of my “48 Hour Rule”, allowing clarifications
  • NFL new rule on kneeling, worse than the old rule?
  • President Trump approval polls
  • Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “the real thing”?
  • Who is the best Democrat Presidential candidate?
  • Koch brothers vs. President Trump

 

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Episode 98: Israel offer to Iran, How Meek and Mild Will Inherit Canada

Topics:

  • Netanyahu offer to Iranian people regarding their drought
  • Trump’s “meek and mild” comment about Trudeau
  • Chairman Kim flying to Singapore under Chinese flag
  • It’s better to be a friend of the United States
    • Our relationship with closest allies…10 out of 10
    • Disagreements don’t change that
    • Tariffs and negotiations don’t change that
    • History shows, we take good care of our friends
  • John Cusack and Bill Mahr…are they serious?
  • How to change anti-Israel sentiments?
  • Currently unsafe for any public figure to back the President
    • Prediction: Somebody in center of the resistance, will flip

 

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Episode 95: What Scott Would do About Iran

Topics:

  • Iran’s Khamenei tweet about Israel’s eradication
    • I would ask him to clarify his tweet
    • If he does clarify…what will he say?
    • Should he at least clarify to his own people?
  • Scott’s Amsterdam coffee house experience
    • Rookie weed mistakes
    • Not knowing the difference between Sativa and Indica
    • Not knowing the difference between Sativa strains (or Indica strains)
    • Vaping is not yet scientifically proven to be safer
    • Avoid edibles, they’re unpredictable and probably 90% of bad experiences
  • No opinion on McCabe immunity till Alan Dershowitz weighs in
  • Should Trump pardon Hillary?  Maybe.
  • America does NOT have “equal justice”
  • Our legal system was intentionally designed to NOT have “equal justice”

 

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Episode 76: SPYGATE, Iran and MS-13

Topics:

  • 4 things we know about SPYGATE
  • “Word salad” is a sign of cognitive dissonance
  • People are naturally primed to believe their own side
  • Keep an open mind about things…cause they might be cognitive dissonance
  • Cognitive scientists are experts at “brainwashing”
  • Is it a legal defense to say brainwashed by cognitive scientists?
  • Iran considering law to prevent financing terrorism
  • President Trump ALWAYS “shakes the box” looking for solutions
  • What is the trigger for Middle East issues, lack of knowledge or cognitive dissonance?
  • Starbucks corporate decision regarding restrooms and their facilities

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Episode 75: “Obstructing Justice” is thinking past the sale, plus Iran and North Korea

Topics:

  • “Obstructing justice” sounds bad
  • “Obstructing injustice” sounds good
  • Framing makes a critical difference in perception
  • President Trump’s honest unvarnished opinions
  • Did SK President Moon play both NK and US President?
  • If going after Chinese banks doesn’t work, we might sanction the bankers themselves
  • How many explanations exist for WHY Middle East problems exist?
  • Many explanations is a tell for cognitive dissonance
  • What is the cognitive dissonance being experienced in the Middle East?
  • Secretary of State Pompeo is handling things like President Trump
  • Shake the box
  • Expand the scope
  • Take talks to the high ground

 

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Reframing Iran and the Middle East

According to popular opinion, the current situation in the Middle East is that the Iranian government, along with everyone it finances and arms in the region, will stop at nothing to conquer Israel and the rest of the world. Given that Iran has shown a recent willingness to develop secret nukes and not-so-secret missiles, common sense says we have to treat this version of reality as 100% accurate.

So how do you solve a problem in which Iran wants to destroy both the United States and Israel? There is no path to a win-win in that version of reality. We either stay in a state of permanent low-grade proxy war or else one side crushes the other. Two bad choices.

Does that situation sound familiar? Only a few months ago we thought our only options with North Korea were to accept them as a permanent nuclear threat or to have something like a nuclear war. Two bad choices.

What changed with North Korea might tell us a bit about how Iran and the Middle East could find a path to peace and prosperity.

Yes, yes, I know. Religion is a different situation from North Korea. Those crazy Iranian leaders can’t be reasoned with!

That’s exactly what we said about Kim Jong Un a year ago. It wasn’t true in his case. Perhaps Iran’s leadership is the real kind of crazy, and not the imaginary kind. How can we know?

I’ll get to that. First, some more context.

North Korea looked unsolvable until President Trump and the other players added variables to the mix. For example, President Trump went after individuals and companies violating sanctions, in addition to pressuring their home countries. That was new. And at some point the issue of reunification entered the conversation, which solves for a lot of the trust and verification issues because no one nukes their own country. President Trump also added uncertainty and fear to the mix in a way we’ve never seen. And on top of all that, the players involved with North Korea designed an off-ramp for Kim that makes him a huge winner if this plays out right.

Now take those concepts of deal-making to Iran. It looks like this:

  1. Add variables. Include in the negotiations the larger question Iran’s funding of Hamas and Hezbollah, recognition of Israel, and a Palestinian peace plan.
  2. Add military uncertainty (done).
  3. Put meat on the “carrot” part of the carrot-and-stick approach. (Trump already started that.)
  4. Make sure time is on your side. The Iranian leaders are old, and the economy is crumbling.
  5. Provide an off-ramp for Iran and the other Israel-haters in the region.

That last one is the hard one. Iran needs an off-ramp in which they get out of this jam without sacrificing their religious principles. That’s what this blog post is about.

Some more context. . .

In the early days of Islam, the fastest way to spread the religion was through violence and conquest. Muslims used the best tools of war they had, which at the time were swords and other stabby things.

Today, modern Islamic radicals have upgraded their tools of war to include automatic weapons, bombs, missiles, and that sort of thing. I’m no religious scholar, but evidently there is no Islamic prohibition against upgrading your weapons. That’s important.

In 2018, the best “weapon” for converting people to your way of thinking is the Internet and social media. Nukes didn’t help North Korea. Nukes are not helping Iran. Nukes are the wrong tool. Missiles are the wrong tools. Terror is the wrong tool. When was the last time any of those tools successfully spread Islam to a modern country with a standing army?

Iran has to know it has no chance of destroying Israel and also surviving. But they can’t say that directly, or create policy that recognizes that reality, because it would conflict with their desire to “wipe Israel off the map.” They have no off-ramp.

One way to play this is to invite Iran to finish this centuries-old religious battle on the Internet, where a battle of ideas belongs. If they wish to “wipe Israel off the map,” the only practical way to do that is to reduce violence in the region to the point where Israel has no issue with expanding their Muslim population. In the long, long run you end up “wiping Israel off the map” simply by making it more diverse. The name might stay the same, but a change in population will change the reality on the ground.

Summarizing all of this, the idea is to invite Iran to keep their anger and their ambitions intact while upgrading their weapons from physical weapons with little hope of success to the realm of persuasion-by-Internet. If Iran trusts their God, that should give them the result they want in the long run, while allowing them a safer and more prosperous future.

For new readers of this blog, I do realize my understanding of the Middle East is insufficient. But some principles of persuasion and deal-making still apply, and sometimes the “bad version” of an idea can stimulate thought and lead to something better. I provide this kind of thinking to increase the creative portfolio on this topic, as I did a year ago when I started writing that North Korea could be solved along the lines we see now.


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Dilbert Blog

Episode 59: Tasteless Jokes and Iran

  • White House Correspondents Dinner, 2018
  • Michelle Wolf
  • Sara Huckabee Sanders
  • Iran prediction
  • Short term Iran bad news may open up long term opportunities

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See all of my Periscope videos here.

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Dilbert Blog

Iran Bans Further Negotiations with U.S. to Avoid “Influence”

Iran’s Supreme Leader banned further negotiations with the United States because he wants to avoid “influence.”

That’s the sort of thing you say when you are dealing with a Master Wizard and you notice the influence is working.

No one looks for a solution to a problem they don’t have.

Bombs are always the biggest headlines. But this is the real story.


Scott Adams Blog

Obama Vs. Iran – Who is the Wizard?

This is a good time to remind you that the Master Wizard Hypothesis I have been blogging about is for entertainment, not enlightenment. Truth is probably at a different URL. And I remind you that you should never take advice from cartoonists on issues such as nuclear proliferation. That is just one example.

The larger context of the Master Wizard Hypothesis is showing you some of the science-tested methods of persuasion on display from various leaders. The fun part (I hope) is seeing how well my predictions fit the data compared to whatever crystal ball you were using before. (None of this should be confused with science.)

That said… 

A popular American view of the Iran nuclear deal is that President Obama, a Kenyan Muslim, has gutted our government from within and now he is surrendering to Iran, a sworn enemy that plans to destroy us, and themselves at the same time, because someone picked the wrong God. 

The weaker view is that Obama unnecessarily made a bad deal that exposes Israel and the United States to catastrophic risk. Those sanctions would have worked in the long run, say this group of critics. Or maybe we could have looked extra-hard and found everything that needed a good bombing. Any military action would presumably continue forever because if we stopped bombing Iran, one assumes they might get all revengy. Realistically, once you start bombing, you have to keep that line item in the budget forever. But it might be better than nuclear annihilation, say the critics.

Then there are the optimists who assume our government would not agree to the deal we have been shown, so surely there must be lots of secret side deals that make Iran and America allies behind the scenes. I want to believe that version, so look for my cognitive bias as I tell you how this deal looks through the Master Wizard filter.

For starters, I have blogged that Obama is a Master Wizard of persuasion. He uses the same science-tested tools of persuasion that Trump uses, and to similar good effect. That is all described in the backlog of my blog here. (#Trump)

So we know we have in Obama a Master Wizard on one side of the Iran deal. According to the Master Wizard Hypothesis, The United States almost certainly “won” the negotiations even if the information that has been made public does not support that view. A Master Wizard would not lose a negotiation against an untrained opponent. (Even if he was not in the same room.)

But what if you have a Master Wizard on the other side? Wizard-on-Wizard is harder to predict. To dig into that question, I give you three quotes from Iranian President Rouhani, from his 60 Minutes Interview. Then I explain his technique.

Rouhani: “Of course, for reaching trust between the U.S. and Iran, there is need for a lot of time.”

Persuasion Method: Big Picture Maneuver. He takes us to a perspective where everyone agrees that if you wait long enough, anything can change. And we know patience is a good thing. The first person in a conversation to use the big picture maneuver always sounds like the wisest person in the room. In this case, our egos recognize Rouhani’s linguistic challenge to rise to his big-picture level of wisdom, and we do so automatically. We are wired to do so. Knowing it is a persuasion method does not protect you from the effect.

Rouhani: “The enmity that existed between the United States and Iran over the decades , the distance, the disagreements, the lack of trust, will not go away soon. What’s important is which direction we are heading? Are we heading towards amplifying the enmity or decreasing this enmity? I believe we have taken the first steps towards decreasing this enmity.

Persuasion Method: Big Picture Maneuver again. The first person in a conversation to say some version of “The direction of things matters most” always sounds the wisest. Your ego is triggered to join Rouhani on the level of wise people who understand that life is about direction, not destination. And by now Rouhani has established a pattern of saying big picture things that make you agree. Every time you agree with one thing – no matter how trivial – it primes you to agree with the next. So using the big picture maneuver more than once compounds its power by creating a pattern in your mind.

Rouhani: “We cannot forget the past, but at the same time our gaze must be towards the future.”

Persuasion Method: That sentence is a tell for a Master Wizard. It is engineered to a degree that made me tingle when I read it. I think I could write a thesis on it, but here are a few standout points:

1. “Cannot forget the past” will be processed by most brains as “forget the past.” Rouhani needs both sides to forget the past in order to move on. But on the surface he must say we “cannot forget” because that agrees with what everyone believes, so we let in that agreeable thought without editing. Once past your guard, the word “cannot” dissolves. What is left is “forget the past.”

2. Rouhani uses at least three Big Picture Maneuvers in one interview. All three get at the same issue of being patient and moving slowly in the right direction. But because each of Rouhani’s quotes comes at it differently, it is like working your abs with three exercises instead of one. Rouhani came at Kroft with a hat trick of Big Picture Maneuvers that he finished off in one perfect thought: “We cannot forget the past, but at the same time our gaze must be towards the future.”

My Verdict: Rouhani is a Master Wizard.

Okay, okay. I know what you are thinking. You’re thinking that none of this matters because Rouhani is not the real power in Iran. The real decisions come from The Supreme Leader, Khamenei. 

That was certainly the case with Iran’s last president. That guy didn’t seem to have much power.

But the last president wasn’t a Master Wizard. Look for Khamenei to support whatever deal Rouhani makes.

In Top Tech Blog, now we can do an MRI scan of internal organs and create 3D digital models of them. How long before HP comes out with a scanner/printer that lets you scan your heart, print it out, keep it beating with a potato battery, and have the coolest science project of all time? That has A+ written all over it.


Scott Adams Blog

Jackie Mason Criticizes Hollywood Backers of Iran Nuclear Deal


“They don’t know this deal from a piece of strawberry shortcake,” the comedian says.

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Hollywood Reporter

‘Schindler’s List’ Producer Takes On 98 Hollywood Jews Over Iran Deal


“Can we trust Iran? Do they not deny the Holocaust?” asks Gerald Molen in an email sent to Norman Lear, Mike Medavoy and others in the entertainment industry.

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Hollywood Reporter

U.S. political fight over Iran nuclear deal goes Hollywood

The U.S. political battle over the Iran nuclear agreement has gone Hollywood, thanks to a new video strongly backing the deal featuring well-known names. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).


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