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Oil rich Norway has kept Cookie Monster under close control. Too close? That is the issue for their election this September. In addition to Cookie Monster, throw in Norway's billionaire, Olav Thon, and the entire macroeconomic debate over "the curse of rich resources" (e.g. why are Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Nigeria stuck with much corruption and relatively little non-resource related growth when compared to resource poorer neighbors?)

Summarizing article on Norwegian election in Bloomberg:

Cookies are not inherently bad for you. The Question (intentional capital!) is how many cookies how fast are too much and how many make for happily shared enjoyment of good fortune? How do you set up a political economy that is, if not optimal, not sick making? Wonderful Cookie Monster shares his thoughts (with a nice hooky tune and dancing babes) here:

Of course, flyerboys thinks the Cookie Monster quandary is topped only by unanswerable and therefore best unasked mystical questions about the "meaning of life" and "free will", and so is one of the BEST of all questions, right up there with Keynes' question about jam and kittens:

The “purposive” man is always trying to secure a spurious and delusive immortality for his acts by pushing his interest in them forward into time. He does not love his cat, but his cat’s kittens; nor, in truth, the kittens, but only the kittens’ kittens, and so on forward forever to the end of cat-dom. For him jam is not jam unless it is a case of jam to-morrow and never jam to-day. Thus by pushing his jam always forward into the future, he strives to secure for his act of boiling it an immortality.

Yomfing my cookies with whole milk ONLY on feast days!

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