Obama vs. Obama


Encountering yourself as a time-traveler is frequently Very Bad; either it's unhealthy for you in particular, or it creates a Temporal Paradox.

The theory goes something like this:

You can't meet a past version of yourself without having memory of it and the future version of yourself cannot be surprised to see past you, having had to be there to see it to make it possible. However, this can be easily avoided if you fail to recognize yourself. As a result it's generally correlated with time travel of the Timey Wimey Ball variety, and negatively correlated with Stable Time Loops (though there are exceptions). Compare Future Me Scares Me; contrast Screw Yourself.

Case in point:


  1. Reality trumps whatever shit we wanted to hear told to us by a politician.

    1. LOL

      I think Juan Cole said it best:

      "We misunderstood Barack Obama years ago when he slammed the Bush administration for arbitrary intrusion in the privacy of citizens, in the name of the war on terrorism," did he write in Informed Comment, referencing the President's 2007 declaration that he would "provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our constitution and our freedom."

      "No more illegal wiretapping of American citizens, he promised. But note that he didn’t say ‘no more wiretapping,'" Cole continues.

      "Apparently Obama only meant that he would pass laws and issue presidential decrees that allowed the government to violate civil liberties, so that the vast domestic surveillance was legal, in contrast to its illicit character under Bush. It isn’t the surveillance that he was promising to curtail."

    2. It all depends on what the definition of is is.