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Dune or Dosadi?

My suspicions confirmed:

A May study that examined housing values in five cities found prices had fared worse in more-distant neighborhoods. “The collapse of America’s housing bubble — and its reverberations in financial markets — has obscured a tectonic shift in housing demand,” wrote economist Joe Cortright in the study, sponsored by CEOs for Cities, a nonprofit group that promotes cities. “Housing in cities and neighborhoods that require lengthy commutes and provide few transportation alternatives to the private vehicle are falling in value more precipitously than in more central, compact and accessible places.”

I drunkenly theorized that the rising gas prices were a far more complex tactic in a global game of chess than to simply strain the pocketbooks of the lower economic strata. There is a word for this: herding.

I’m a big fan of the behavioral changes that are occurring, but at the same time, it’s through manipulation, not choice. If you give people the choice of saving energy, live in denser population areas, eat better and use alternative forms of transportation (and be more receptive to mass transit) they will, by and far, choose against it. Especially when most people can afford to. The solution is to strain them financially.

The cost of energy and food are rising, in turn driving down demand of luxury items. There may even be a cultural shift away from the American Dream: material wealth, a house, a television in every room, two and half kids and a Cadillac in every driveway. Perhaps the family unit, the oldest staple of humanity, will regain it’s strength? Could a swift, dramatic shift in behavior even be a boon for religion, as well?

Tragedy, war and strife have always been the most pointed instigators of innovation. Unfortunately, the scale of war does not breed much innovation these days, most tragedies are natural disasters and strife is caused by cruelty and diseases that do not spread fast enough or cause enough damage. The means of choking the people must be synthesized.

Frank Herbert was a fucking oracle. I’m having a difficult time deciding whether to reference Dune or Dosadi.

Double points if you can identify the god-wall.

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