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Biden Appointing Judges Faster Than Trump

Biden is appointing judges faster than Trump, and most everyone else—for now @ Brookings Institute Blog.


British Race Violence
Severe class inequalities persist, and while it’s probably unrealistic to expect a society with which everyone can be satisfied, by European standards the British class system is still particularly pernicious. It’s not that racism has disappeared from the UK since the 1980s, but without a doubt the resistance of black and Asian communities during the decade of my birth produced very significant reforms that have changed the way my generation experiences and understands ‘race’. The gollywogs and banana skins are no longer a daily feature of black life here and neither is the Special Patrol Group, the notoriously abusive policing unit that gave almost all of the older men in my life a bloody good hiding, more than once. Though police brutality of course continues, few would deny things are far better in this respect than thirty years ago, for now at least. The physical battles fought by our parents’ generation have meant that ‘nigger hunting’ and ‘Paki bashing’ are far less common than they once were too.

British Schizo Soul
Britain has two competing traditions – one rooted in ideas of freedom, equality and democracy, and another that sees these words as mere rhetoric to be trotted out at will and violated whenever it serves the Machiavellian purposes of power preservation. This is how the UK can have the largest of the demonstrations against the invasion of Iraq and yet still have a government that entirely ignored its population on an issue with such globe-shifting implications.

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Culture: Comic Books / Literature
"Comic book movies are very popular. And small wonder. They are accessible and enticing. Like literary McDonalds. Culturally KFC."

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Deepstate: American Pravda
American Pravda: the Power of Organized Crime @ UNZ LINK.

Definitions: woke
Woke is seeing society's power dynamics in terms of critical race-gender theory identity. Straight white males at the top, gestalt queer black trans female at the bottom. Woke deliberately uses the wrong tense, a condescension to ape perceived 'street' grammar of black Americans.

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Economics: Free Market Free Political Civil Authorities
If you're a believer in market capitalism efficiently sorting winners and losers by who's best at making money - who's best at winning the most ubiquitous competitive game in the world - therefore also who's best at their job - the same should apply to politics and civil authorities; all positions of value in society.

Eugene B Meyer - Federalist Society CEO

Eugene B. Meyer President and CEO, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.


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Fixation on Minor Airplane Carbon Emissions
Aviation emissions are a complete misdirection when it comes to battling climate change and human-origin carbon footprint. Headline articles railing against plane travel propagate to divert attention away from the industries with significantly larger footprint but, because regulating could be government/business policy TODAY, status quo enablers work to keep public pressure away from pushing legislative action to curb their profitable pollution.

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History: First Command of George Washington General
First command of George Washington was to kick out the blacks from the American army. In fact POC mostly fought on the British side for fear of slavery.

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Infowars: Whole Foods
Classist? I'm no Whole Foods shill! There's no bargain in the food industry. Every dime saved at checkout is extracted multiple times in the supply chain. Source any Trader Joe/Aldi/Walmart/Lidl product. Trace it to the producer. It'll become clear why it's so cheap in store. You could say: "What do I care about supply chains or distant food producers? Just give me the savings." This is your prerogative. But our willful 'not my problem' approach to market consequences - who pays, writ large - is devouring the planet and has corrupted industrial agrifood; which means degraded products on shelves.

Ivermectin Incentives
Ivermectin in clinical hands is a safe proven globally available antiviral. There's no medically or ethically sound reason to aggressively persecute and restrict use; or censor even discussion between experts. It makes no sense. It has nothing to do with getting vaccinated. The only concrete reason for the official crackdown on every aspect of non-vaccine responses is that vaccine emergency use requires no other treatments to be available. It's naive to think there wouldn't be regulatory capture when so much money is at stake. As a sidebar, the lack of AstraZeneca vaccine authorization in the USA - the non-profit vax - because it'd decrease Pfizer/Moderna revenue, is another smoking gun. What other reason to exclude it? The consistency of profit over patient is too comprehensive.

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Language: Figures of speech matter
Figures of speech are important. Because they're a target for subversion. "Science created this virus." Nature created it. Science is simply a toolkit for understanding reality in a way that communicates reproducible explanations. That's all. Science isn't evil. Scientists facilitating evil can't be a reason for everyone to terminate questions; or defer to superstition intuition.

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Media: David Sinclair / Health Entrepreneurs
It's a pity David Sinclair has financial interests in consumer health product selling, like Inside Tracker. Money is a dirty motivator, beyond a certain point. Monetizing health is a recipe for grift on a trillion dollar scale; and an engine for wealth defining longevity not worth or need. All we are saying is give peace a change. Epigenome - differentiated cells - cells are the CD (DNA) and the reader/writer (Epigenome). It's the reader/writer that degrades not just the CD. What did Sinclair say about memory backup? Where is that? How can there be epigenetic memory?? Look into the mouse eye growing back. Child chronology? Why do most of the genetic combinations create tumors?

Media: WSJ Titans of Industry Jewish Philanthropy
Titans of Industry Join Forces To Work for Jewish Philanthropy @ WSJ ARTICLE behind paywall.

Missing Context
"Missing context" is the fact-checker euphemism for "this claim is correct but we don't want anyone screencapping this as ammo."

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Neuroscience: Consciousness Thought
Consciousness persistence, chemical balance matters but if chemistry from moment A to A+1 changes little, the spell isn't broken. Sudden changes to general brainchemistry will break it, though if state is thereafter consistent, spell reasserts. It's only strong a associated memories that are parsed against current brainchemistry. If the memories  evoke contradictory chemistry, it'll feel wrong, artificial, unabsorbing. Orgasm makes a paradigm shift in brainchemistry, hence buyer's remorse (!)? Drugs and alcohol can do the same, hence in part the allure.

Note: suckers v risk taker competence
Giving money to the most competent risk-takers best positioned, best at exploiting advantaged position etc: it isn't necessary so bad. Infrastructure project billed at 10x cost, massive profit for the business getting the money. Ideally the infrastructure gets built too. Recipient takes a riskb but if he's judicious discreet enough he won't be exposed/punished so the risk pays off. Payment is funded by the millions of docile disorganized suckers working shit jobs for shit money.

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OffGuardian: The Propaganda War (And How to Fight It)
OFF-GUARDIAN ARTICLE Simply engaging in a "better" strategy of reality propaganda is NOT going to improve daily life, nor will it be effective push back against the mass media conditioning program of the past 15+ months. If anything, picking out another set of symbols marks out the segregation according to the bullsh1t rules of the govt-oligarchy. It plays into their hands. Propaganda reality dies in lived nuance. Apartheid is eroded by exposing the irrelevance of the terms of segregation; by ignoring it, by disdaining its orthodoxies - as infantile, disingenuous caricature. Go about your daily life without any of the symbols of conformism or rebellion. Force the world into a human to human dynamic, and confront only when confronted. Face to face. I know it doesn't counterpoint the anger felt (justifiably) about the whole coronavirus debacle like the sledgehammer red triangle badge but the symbol is a conceit, compounding the problem for the sake of performative rebellion. It's far more effective to dismiss both the propaganda reality and the compelled behaviour; and react to the drone-policing if/when it happens.

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Perspective: Environmentalism v Plane Travel
Plane travel cross-pollinates individuals at an unprecedented scale. This cross-pollination turns foreign to familiar, which is the most effective rebuttal to fascists weaponizing xenophobia through fear into "us against them" Untermensch thinking. Attacking plane travel for the small impact on the planet's pollution is both a bad loss leader and a recipe for populations hostile to more and more nationalities perceived as 'other'. The temptation to fixate on planets and airports is a natural one, for an environmentalist, but it's short-sighted and ultimately counterproductive. Human society isn't better when it's atomized.

Politics: How can democracy be subverted back to to serving the people?
But, when democracy is subverted by universal suffrage itself, isn't the problem for opposition the establishing of credible long-term roots, i.e. visible markers to attract and channel energy of activists, supporters and capable individuals, to build an enduring multi-term base?

Politics: Duopoly Weakpoints
Folks, it's all down to the public consent - the votes. I know that sounds stating the obvious but it really is that simple. If every subscriber of just one of a dozen independent current affairs shows took informed voter choices as a real-life must-act imperative, and acted on a personal level to turn individual voter apathy into an individual simply voting in his/her best interests, it'd change the dynamics of power in America. The entire political map would change over the course of a single Presidential term.

Politics: Nina Turner and Jim Clyburn - Evangelical Voter Energy
The only way to beat big money big name establishment inertia is ground level, door to door, face to face, personal connection with voters. It takes a lot of people to make this work. CHANGE CAN'T MESSAGE EN MASSE - 17% turnout should be a headline. (It'd be interesting to look deeper into Clyburn/Turner preacher-inspired rhetoric - as Nina used in the megachurch on the Sunday before primary. I've no doubt it's effective in its way... But 17% turnout sure suggests it's not hitting everyone. In 2021, could it have become alienating i.e. a vote losing campaign strategy?) See @ VIDEO. And @ VIDEO.

Politics: Duopoly Polarized Bases
Duopoly base locked in stability, fierce fight over a few percentage swing bc keeping out third party maximum important. This is good policy BUT hasa weakness if there's a coherent bloc in that few percent - defining result, leveraging power.

Politics: Breaking Points - Reigning In Big Tech
DC teaming up against Big Tech isn't good for the average American. They won't break up the mega corporations. They won't extract fair taxes. There'll be no antitrust. What DC wants is control. Of information. Of messaging. Propaganda. Orthodoxy. Censorship. People data. People tracking. As Mcluhan said decades ago: the medium is the message. In 2021 this means Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, Twitter etc. They get profit; from you. DC gets power; over you.

Principles of Virtue
Virtue ethics teaches: An action is only right if it is an action that a virtuous person would carry out in the same circumstances. A virtuous person is a person who acts virtuously. A person acts virtuously if they "possess and live the virtues" A virtue is a moral characteristic that a person needs to live well.

Psychology: Relational Frame Theory

Relational Frame Theory @ ARTICLE SERIES on newharbinger.com


Public Discourse About Racism
public discourse about racism is still as childish and supine as it ever was. Where we do discuss race in public, we have been trained to see racism – if we see it at all – as an issue of interpersonal morality. Good people are not racist, only bad people are. This neat binary is a great way of avoiding any real discussion at all. But without the structural violence of unequal treatment before the law and in education, and a history of racial exploitation by states, simple acts of personal prejudice would have significantly less meaning. In short, we are trained to recognise the kinds of racism that tend to be engaged in by poorer people.

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Real Estate: Daily Mail - Million Pound Postal Codes
10 new postal codes join the millionaire club @ https://mol.im/a/9922931 This is silly estate agent clickbait. Most of London's properties (freeholds) are cut up into flats. Imagine a street lined with 20 stucco-fronted Edwardian townhouses, £4 million average house price. £80 million of real estate. Rich enough to be in this millionaire club. Then imagine the same street, exact same 20 buildings, with 8 period conversions in each, £700K average flat price. £112 million of real estate. Not rich enough to be in the millionaire's club.

Rich Racism v Poor Racism
The kinds of racism still engaged in by the wealthy and the powerful – such as the theft of entire regions’ resources under a thinly veiled update of ‘the white man’s burden’ (basically ‘the savages can’t govern themselves’), or profiteering from a racially unjust legal and prison system – are far more egregious and damaging. Yet these forms of racism are given far less attention than racism as simple name-calling. All said and done, the idea of racial hierarchy and the attendant philosophy of innate white superiority were not invented by poor people, and while we are not excusing the central role that everyday racism has played in upholding racial hierarchies in the UK and elsewhere, our critique should not rest there.

Roboticist Rodney Brooks Predictions For The Future (2018-)

Roboticist MIT Emeritus Rodney Brooks predictions for 30-50 years into the future @ PERSONAL BLOG category. See also MIT directory entry and ROBUST.AI team page.


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Social Media Waste
Every second on Twitter is a waste of time. Most are too engrossed to see, swept along arguing over the latest clickbait. I am worse, though. I know social media is corrosive. I am ALWAYS aware there is better things I could be doing. But I am too lazy or feckless to bother. O well.

Society: Dehumanizing Confirmation Bias
Everyone you meet, meet fresh not as a group or a demographic or a generation. Generalizing is to dehumanize, racist or prejudiced bigoted fucked up. Confirmation bias made manifest. Path of social least resistance. Dropsybrain. Fuck that!

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Thomas Chatterton Williams Twitter: Customer Service v Quality of Care

Thomas Chatterton Williams Tweet about French stores hours. "I've lived in France too and sympathize with your frustration at this kind of 'inexcusable' inconvenience. Initially, it affirms preconceptions: typical European "siesta-brain"- bad service, bad business. But then reflect on quality of product, quality of life, quality of care."


Twin Towers
Two means tolerance, one means division.

Twitter Thread: The Days of Full Covid Coverage Are Over (21-Sept-2021)

Christopher Rowland (@PostRowland on Twitter): The Days of full Covid-19 Coverage Are Over (21-Sept-2021) @ "The days of full covid coverage are over. Insurers are restoring deductibles and copays, leaving patients with big bills" on twitter.com social media.


Twitter: Afghanistan @RespectIsVital
Twitter feed from Afghanistan @RespectIsVital via THREAD.

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Virtue Ethics versus Principles Ethics
Virtue ethics is based on the consequences of actions, whereas principle-based ethics is based on character traits. Virtue ethics is based on set of rules, whereas principle-based ethics is based on consequences of actions.

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White Ethnic Bigotry
While ethnic bigotry has been around for millennia and probably affects every known human community to some degree, the invention, or at least codification, of ‘race’ was an eighteenth and nineteenth century pan-Euro-American project, in which British intellectuals played a central role. Britain also had a pioneering role in making white supremacy a temporary political reality via its racialised global empire, yet to publicly discuss racism, much less have the gall to accurately name white supremacy as a strong current in Britain’s history, is to be greeted with odium by some who claim to study that history, but it seems would rather be left to uncritically celebrate it in peace.

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Zing: At A Charmless Person
"You've got the charisma of a ghost."


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10th Grade: Culture Wars as Ersatz Politics
The culture wars unfold in precisely the same way as the liberal virtue-quest: they are an exciting ersatz politics that seem to be really important but at the conclusion of which voters discover they’ve got little to show for it all besides more free-trade agreements, more bank/finance deregulation, more corporate-government nepotism, and a different prison (or social-apartheid) crackdowns.

10th Grade: Mass State Surveillance and Big Tech Symbiosis

Mass state surveillance is only feasible because of surveillance capitalism and its extremely low-yield ad-targeting systems, which require a constant feed of personal data to remain barely viable. Surveillance capitalism’s primary failure mode is mistargetted ads while mass state surveillance’s primary failure mode is grotesque human rights abuses, tending toward totalitarianism.

State surveillance is no mere parasite on Big Tech, sucking up its data and giving nothing in return. In truth, the two are symbiotes: Big Tech sucks up our data for spy agencies, and spy agencies ensure that governments don’t limit Big Tech’s activities so severely that it would no longer serve the spy agencies’ needs. There is no firm distinction between state surveillance and surveillance capitalism; they are dependent on one another.


10th Grade: General Miller versus President Trump - Hero or Traitor?

General Miller: Subordination or Hero? (14-Sept-2021) on washingtontimes.com website.

Simple binaries: "Preventing a war is easy to determine. Did Trump try to launch one?? If yes, the general is a hero. If no, doesn't matter how suspicious Pelosi or the generals were of Trump, it's no justification for refusing to withdraw from Afghanistan. Did Trump send the memo for withdrawal? If yes, the general needs to be court martialed. If no, where is the story here? It evaporates as another smokescreen wasting everyone's time while the upward wealth transfer continues and the poor continue to get f****d."


11th Grade: Postmodernism Waging War Against Genius
From innocuous roots in late 1940s postmodernism has spread like a steady but relentless virus. For its practitioners it has become a kind of consensus of absolution from having to measure personal (or peer group) standards against the achievements of genuine pioneers past and present. It has changed the essential currents of self-expression from outbound character-individualism to inbound caricature-identity. Postmodern culture has calcified an implicit lack of higher ambition (and talent) into a consensus assault on individual merit, patiently but systematically building a citation-legitimised exclusion of all forms of creative non-conformity; a paradise for patient, banal credentialism. The postmodern networks of weaponised influence are both cynical and smart, directing the most merciless attacks on the most dangerous of targets: original genius in art, disruptive uncompromising creativity in science. If these trends continue unchecked – and there’s no sign of organized resistance – the culture war will soon reach a catastrophic and possibly irreparable coda.

11th Grade: Immigrant Community as Potemkin Village

Community doesn't last outside the leftovers of ethnics in immigrant neighborhoods and stubborn holdouts doing irrelevant oldworld rituals in suburbia. Even the white Christian crackers only ape a Potemkin community they'll sell out if ever they can. The real American community is not public and not recruiting. "Let them eat cake."


7th Grade: OPINION MANTRA
This is my opinion. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My opinion is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my opinion is useless. Without my opinion, I am useless. I must fire my opinion true. Etc. Etc.

8th Grade: Topsy Turvy Lowkey
It's funny how the rappers are posing as the gangsters - While the government takes money as bonuses for bankers - In life you learn, to close your eyes and hold your tongue But TOGETHER we will overcome, there's never been a chosen ONE

8th Grade: Duopoly

The ballot paper for Presidential Election 2020 offesr only two tickets with any chance of winning the election: Republican Trump Pence and Democratic Party Biden Harris. Any other vote, including not voting, in this context means less than nothing. The corrupt political process has seldom been more accurately exemplified then in this woeful choice between different but equally masochistic forms of self-harm.

Trump is a vain, venal moron, too stupid to lead, too easily manipulated by the luddite Republican base to be anything but a racist dog whistle.

Biden is...

Plutocracy grift.

Polarization fight over small manageable percentages.

Bones to population mitigating excess until the full grifters get back in the saddle.

Sanders beaten by blacks and Michigan crackers. The DNC won that battle. It shouldn't have been close.

Choice is between Ted Bundy and Charles Manson. Fucked up.

 

Brexit (for instance) is another plutocracy snow job. Sold on inane identity wedge issues, caressed into millions of brains by concerted psychometrics. But it's really just about removing regulations, unshackling the govt/oligarchy so they can enrich without pesky rules. Wedge: "take back control" "Britain independent" "Keeping out the foreigners" etc etc. Playing up some bullshit caricature of a British identity in a world of foreigners and rivals. Wedge issues is a very popular method, for dividing populations, playing to people's worst instincts, to deliver an outcome that's actually against their own best interests.

Farage was the cat's paw. The model usually has one. Democratic Party this year used Bernie Sanders for that role, though it almost got away from them. In the end though, this IS democracy. One human one vote. If half the electorate vote to get exploited, that's the will of the people. It's up to the plutocrats to walk the line between exploiting them to get richer Vs fucking them to the point they push back.

But the push back is also handled by having a duopoly. So if the ruling elite goes too far, their favourite govt grifters lose an election and the next bunch of grifters come in. Exploitation finds its new slightly less harsh equilibrium. Then typically the favoured grifters get back into govt and the process continues.


8th Grade: White Middle Class Privilege

There was a time, some years ago, when I didn't think my outlook on the world was unusual. I took myself for a fairly standard comfortable white middle class consumer, privileged in education and freedom to live the life I wanted, with humane hopes for an improving society better balanced to help the more deprived citizens get their fair share of the opportunity pie.

I knew there were others who did more, with their day to day lives, to speed up the process of making the world a better place. And I knew there were some who's politics were inspired by a preference for society of winners and losers; themselves the winners, naturally.

Right-wing my power, left-wing our love. Right covered the class of winners who knew they had inherited power and wanted to perpetuate their privilege, generation to generation, let the best of the poor prove their worth by competing out of their brutal class handicap. Left was a spectrum when it came to how, but the what - bottom line - was equality and a better world for all human beings. Save your complacent 2021 scorn for my once simplistic outlook. Hindsight is twenty twenty, as they say, but this is how I used to think.


9th Grade: UK Media Consensus Partisan Fantasy
There's a new 'private' consensus across UK media. It seems to frame the world in such extreme partisan us-v-them terms that voluntary reciprocal agreements (e.g. Brexit) become instruments of unjust foreign oppression whenever reality contradicts politically expedient fantasy.

9th Grade: Duopoly 2020

"Trump Is A Roaming Hitler" versus "Trump Campaigns To Save America"

Pundits and propagandists love to conflate left-wing economics with identarian bullsh1t, woke feminism, BLM, vegan fascism and cancel culture; and equate right-wing economics with evangelical self-interest, ethno-nationalism, climate denial, chauvinism and militarism. BOTH WRONG.

Prediction for 2021-2024: Trump rallies start immediately after Biden's inauguration. Insatiable need for clickbait will ensure news media continues to fixate on Trump hysteria. As it happens, the Trump hysteria sharp serves the duopoly. The GOP can use Trump and rallies to evangelize their populist message, weaponizing the loss as a grand conspiracy theory to bind their base to the fundamentalist Republican agenda. The Dems get to continue using Trump as their useful bogeyman. Rallies play into the DNC-neoliberal centrists' need to whip loyalty into the progressives, as the enemy stays a visible, urgent threat. Both parties get to sell "join us, be loyal, help us to Save America" to their supporters, with the other cast in the role of corrupt anti-America evil.

And so the papers and social media and news channels will be full of the same old pantomime - which'll somehow always be urgent and polarized and complete with its own set of facts depending on your "side" in the game.

It'll keep the public busy; and irrelevant for 4 more years.

Plutocracy finds a dirty equilibrium: #Trump2024 rallies begin soon as Biden takes office. Gives media 4 years guaranteed clickbait and the GOP/Dems 4 years hysteria, ensuring polarization against an evil enemy and a "Save America" script to keep everyone busy. And irrelevant.

2021-2024 Trump rallies begin as Biden takes office. Media and GOP/Dems get 4 years clickbait and polarization to impose orthodoxy.


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Breaking The Erasure Paradigm

Some guys defy odds to make a difference. Most are content being more Ballerina than reformed fat slob endurance runner David Goggins. Now and then fate gives an individual the chance to challenge their inner mettle and - very occasionally - it comes with a public stage.

Cancel culture has been perverted into a wanton spectacle of coordinated hearsay, erasing anyone it touches. There's no recourse, no appeal, no end to cancellation. The smallest offence to prurient public opinion carries as severe a punishment as the most egregious.

 

Someone's got to show the world how to resist; how to break the paradigm of perpetual erasure.

Someone's got to figure a way through the coruscating glare of public bloodlust, to reach those who know and support the individual.

That reconnection may have power to build new foundations, fortified against being sacrificed by the mob to feed the insatiable spectacle of cancel culture.


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Federal Socialism

Put aside all that bs you've inculcated about divide and gaslight and whatever. It's getting in the way of understanding both what I'm saying and what you're missing about what military budget is. I'll try to be more clear. 280 character Twitter isn't good for nuance.

So. Your original point was that the USPS shouldn't be judged only by profit criteria. You identify $750B - a huge sum - as annual military budget. Taxpayer money.

While the American people don't make profit on military expenditure, we don't expect profitable because we know military is vital to the country. It defends all of us, taxpayers included.

Like military, USPS plays an essential role. If it's an expense, it's for the national good. It may be publicly subsidized by taxes but it's ultimately serving the American taxpayer, i.e. all of us. USPS profitability should be treated same as military: not what matters most.

And serving the American people matters because military budget is funded by us. Most tax revenue comes from working and middle class Americans. People like you and me give nearly 24c of every tax dollar to pay for the military. Works out at just over 60 days of the average American's working year.

OK so far?


Football Heritage

Imagine, M_ ______, 10 million+ English lads playing and CARING about football, agonies and ecstasies, sometimes in mostly out of organised teams, from reception to teens into adulthood. England has borne the weight of their hope, fear and expectation for 90+ years.

In fact, personal connection to the ups and downs of England team long ago overflowed into the national mainstream: grannies, mothers, daughters and the middle-class. Not quite the same intensely personal link as English lads (in most cases) but nonetheless one of the most potent engines of shared cultural identity.

This past decade or so, there has been rapid growth in women football at every level, from girls in school teams to women in pro clubs. England ladies teams are not just a thing, but highly ranked in world competition and some cross-pollination with football fans in the national mainstream too.

There's a spate of recent headlines on the back of Euro2020.

  • Why should it be England for men's team but England Ladies for women?
  • Why is it 55 Years Since England Last Won referring to 1966 when England women won Euros in 2018?
  • @jessphillips tweeting "I really like the way in most of the reporting they make it clear that this is the first England final in a long time for the men's team."

She's a virtue signalling cunt.


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Misruled Britannia

I don't understand why educated adults in positions of public trust and/or authority are so keen to make a pig's breakfast of British culture. Last Night of the Proms simply happens to be today's target for extirpation.

I don't get why these spineless 'curators' of UK cultural heritage keep kowtowing to the demands of self-appointed identity police? Is it just for social media likes? Anything for a quiet life? Virtue signalling in the hope of winning woke brownie points? To what end?

Destroying the very traditions they're supposed to look after is a heavy price to pay, not least because their craven iconoclasm achieves nothing to actually help whichever oppressed minority is being championed by the "...haughty tyrants..." of woke outrage.

Give the decision-making power on whether to bend the knee to internet mob outrage to sometime with a backbone. I'm sure they'd stand firm on not falsely editing history or spuriously censuring the culture of this "..blest isle..." (I know I would.)


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Natalie “May” Edwards - Whistleblower

Natalie "May" Edwards - Who Leaked Secret Documents To BuzzFeed - Triggering A Massive Global Investigation, Now In Prison @ Buzzfeed Article by David Mack.


New York Times: Character Assassin of Orthodontists Dr Mews (20-Aug-2020)

How Two British Orthodontists Became Celebrities to Incels - The Mews, a father-son team of orthodontists, have an unusual theory about the source of crooked teeth — one that has earned them a following in some of the darker corners of the internet (20-Aug-2020) @ NYT Hit Piece article. Useful both for its information and as a paradigm of current "Cathedral" propaganda tactics.


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Patrician Privilege - Suckers And Scammers
Patrician privilege talking on unpredictable countries: if you have a hundred good meetings with a guy and build trust etc, then JUST ONCE violently fuck him in the arse then wonder why he doesn't trust you though you make sure to be polite respectful and generous next 100 encounters, you're an idiot! https://youtu.be/vwcr6O0LvWI Describing the adhoc beliefs of the daft people going off to join isis, if you're dismissing Chomsky alongside conspiracy theories you're wilfully dodging the common BROKEN FAITH social contract that needs to come before running off to chase Allah in Iraq and Syria. The better question is whether the neoliberal project of creating a credential smart class monopoly, without fucking the world up, causing the plebs to revolt or the rich bigots to sabotage, has inevitable rebels running to religion because they're not on the inside and know it; perceive the bullshit fed to the masses and can't not be in the masses too. Are these guys like Stewart legit or talking shit when they say they're bewildered how few can impact many? I mean that's how every fucking country's rulers rule. See Hume re few governed by many Emphasizing the noble not the atrocities. Like media whitewashing drone murder while lauding the constitutions sanctity? Cunt double standards Middle East: Kurdistan in Iraq drawing borders around oil field. Why cite ISIS recruiting as a problem alongside complaining about islamification at home, surely less Allah devotees is a win win ??

Prison Industrial Complex
Biden. Trump. Rogan debate? Bias? Impartial? We're lucky. We freely opine in public spaces. Americans: 5% of world's population, 25% of global prisoners. Black Americans: 7% behind bars, 8% can't vote. There's more black Americans incarcerated today than slaves emancipated in 1862.

Professional Expert: neo-aristocracy led by elite citizens
Herbert Croly, the author of the seminal work The Promise of American Life and later a founder of the New Republic, openly advocated for a sort of neo-aristocratic order led by “exceptional” citizens, and left-wing critics ranging from Thorstein Veblen to R. H. Tawney imagined capitalism tamed by professional expertise.

Professional to Predator - 1971 to today
Today we live in a world of predatory bankers, predatory educators, even predatory health care providers, all of them out for themselves. The corruption of the professions is a grand story in its own right.

Professional Migration Republican to Democrat, Liberal to New Labour
According to the sociologists Jeff Manza and Clem Brooks, professionals went from being the most Republican social formation in the country in the 1950s to being the most Democratic by the mid-Nineties.

Professionals: Chris Hedges Death of the Liberal Class
Chris Hedges Death of the Liberal Class: "The areas in which the left has made the most significant progress —gay rights, inclusion of women in higher education, the end of de jure racial discrimination—are the battles it has fought or is fighting in favor of making the meritocracy more meritocratic. The areas in which it has suffered its worst defeats—collective action to provide universal public goods, mitigating rising income inequality—are those that fall outside the meritocracy’s purview."

Professional Merit Perceives Inequality As Natural
Inequality does not contradict, defy, or even inconvenience the logic of professionalism. On the contrary, inequality is essential to it. Professionals, after all, are life’s officer corps. They give the orders; they write the prescriptions. Status is essential to professionalism; according to sociologist Larson, achieving a more exalted level in life’s hierarchy is "the most central dimension of the professionalization project." What she means is that inequality is what it’s all about.

Professional: Education as Panacea

To the liberal class, every big economic problem is really an education problem, a failure by the losers to learn the right skills and get the credentials everyone knows you’ll need in the society of the future. Take inequality. The real problem, many liberals believe, is that not enough poor people get a chance to go to college and join the professional-managerial elite.

"If there is an income divide in America it is over education," wrote Democratic media strategist Bill Knapp in the Washington Post in 2012, "and this makes sense: People who are better educated should make more money."

"What I fundamentally believe—and what the president believes," Arne Duncan, Obama’s secretary of education, told a reporter in 2012, "is that the only way to end poverty is through education."

"The best way by far to improve economic opportunity and to reduce inequality is to increase the educational attainment and skills of American workers," declared Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to the graduating class at Harvard in 2008, a group much perturbed by inequality.

Thomas Friedman, Obama’s other favourite newspaper columnist, comes back to the subject again and again. "The biggest issue in the world today is growth, and, in this information age, improving educational outcomes for more young people is now the most important lever for increasing economic growth and narrowing income inequality," he wrote in 2012. "In other words, education is now the key to sustainable power."


Profession: Obedient Thinkers Trained To Orthodoxy
In Disciplined Minds, an important description of the work-life of professionals, the physicist Jeff Schmidt tells us that “ideological discipline is the master key to the professions.” Despite the favorite Sixties slogan, professionals do not question authority; their job is to apply it. This is the very nature of their work and the object of their training, according to Schmidt; by his definition, professionals are “obedient thinkers” who “implement their employers’ attitudes” and carefully internalize the reigning doctrine of their discipline, whatever it happens to be.

Professional Finance: Experts Unquestioned
For old-school regulators, I am told, undue financial complexity was an indicator of likely fraud. But for the liberal class, it is the opposite: an indicator of sophistication. Complexity is admirable in its own right. The difference in interpretation carries enormous consequences: Did Wall Street commit epic fraud, or are they highly advanced professionals who fell victim to epic misfortune?

Professional: Consensus As Faith
One final consequence of the ideology of professionalism is the liberal class’s obsessive pining for consensus. This obsession, so peculiar and yet so typical of our times, arises from professionals’ well-known disgust with partisanship and their faith in what they take to be apolitical solutions.34 If only they could bring Washington’s best people together, they believe, they could enact their common-knowledge program. THE ANSWER WOULD BE KNOWN, SHARED AND UNIMPEACHABLE.

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Smoking Ban (UK Health Act 2006) Begins 1st July 2007

Health Act (2006) passed at the start of the third Labour term of Tony Blair's government. Across England the smoking ban in (pubs, bars, offices, restaurants, clubs, private members buildings) took effect on 1 July 2007. Key dates 1962-2021 in UK Tobacco Regulation per ASH PDF document.

BHF.ORG report assessing the health benefits data from UK smoking ban, per SMOKING BAN TIMELINE.

Benign, well-meaning, sincere. Not the actions of a rapacious corporate-oligarchy, exploiting a population for maximum profit. And yet, the health outcome data is only expressible in terms of "denormalising" smoking, how many fewer people smoke, how much less smoke is found in pubs and bars. While it's true the smoking ban reduced cigarette smoke pollution in pubs and bars by an enormous amount, this reduction runs parallel to a reduction in patron footfall. Less people are going to socialise in pubs and bars. Closures are ubiquitous. Smoking ban is one of many factors in this shift away from public square to public-facing social media but these cultural and legislative forces are inter-connected and cross-dependent.


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The Silent Drift Towards Totalitarianism By Judges
"If the policy of govt upon final questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of SCOTUS… people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal."

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Young and Old in Protestant v Catholic Sensibilities

Anglo-Canadian, when encountering pain, wants to eliminate it or permanently evade; the best pain is pain forgetten. Protestant aestheticism.

French-Quebecois sees pain and wants to run towards it, jealous of the intensity of feeling (even though it hurts). The most beautiful pain is pain from love and loss. Catholic angelus misericordia.

English culture worships potential - which means youth. French culture worships love - which means pain.

Youth worship subordinates mature, hard-won learning, that need years to acquire, to visceral fast-paced trends and fashions. Youth worship creates ephemeral personalities, cyclical rather than it evolving culture and a fear of being subjected to complexity. Worshippers of idealized youth practice luddite self-quarantined. The paradigm is cherubic, angelic, aggressively disinterested. Merciless purity.

Love worship subordinates material acquisition and the long-term attaining of sublimation. It can be invested in the drive to create other people (children) or instead pursue talent and accomplishment. Seldom both.


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Zoomer v Boomer
Ask the average Zoomer what they'd like to be in life and you'll get an almost ubiquitous answer: FAMOUS. Older, wiser heads will shake scornfully, pointing out the vacuity in desiring fame without caring if it's based on merit. As usual, when it comes to the visceral things in life, Gen Z cuts to the chase and the old nay-sayers are missing the point.


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techno-feudalism

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Capitalism Has Evolved Into Technofeudalism

Corporate Profit from Public Funding Vaccine Tech. Upward wealth transfer?

Why are these big corporations Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca given vast public funding to develop their vaccine tech, but then no taxpayer share in the astronomical profits and no free access to the medical innovation they've funded? Why are these corporations private profit, public funding, immune from ALL legal consequences of the vaccines AFTER full approval i.e. they're no longer experimental? (see questions on Rabble coronavirus).



How does Tor maintain anonymity when a source and destination are required at the end? (13-Mar-2020)

How does Tor maintain anonymity when a source and destination are required at the end? question and answer on stackexchange website, plus index of similar answers.


How To Destroy Surveillance Capitalism - Cory Doctorow

How To Destroy Surveillance Capitalism - Cory Doctorow long read article about Big Tech/State surveillance, monopoly; myths and existential threats.


John L. O'Sullivan: The Great Nation of Futurity (1839)

John L. O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny excerpted from "The Great Nation of Futurity" The United States Democratic Review 1839 (vol 6, issue 23).


John Perry Barlow: A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

Karen Hunt: Gods of Tech and Pestilence
Gods of Tech and Pestilence @ ARTICLE LINK on substack.com.

Metahaven and Jeff Khonsary: Smashing Windows Transcript

Smashing Windows with Windows article on transparency design and Wikileaks. Openleaks, Metahaven and Jeff Khonsary.


The Atlantic: Peter Thiel Single Digit Millionaires
Who Wants to Be a 'Single-Digit' Millionaire @ ARTICLE LINK on The Atlantic website.

The Fed Prints Trillions. Inflation Threatens. Will It Do A Weimar?
Since the beginning of Covid in Feb/March 2020, the Fed has pumped a mountain of cash into the economy to keep it running decently. But the prices of consumer goods are rising nonetheless, while real estate value isn't keeping pace.Inflation is usually a direct corollary of minting more money into the system. 40% of all USD in existence today was printed in the last 12 months.Some are forecasting runaway inflation rates and asking if America is repeating the same mistake of Weimar Germany in 1921?

The Safe Network Primer

The Safe Network Primer - an introductory guide to the world's first fully autonomous data and communications network (last update: August 2020) at safenetwork.org.

cultural movements

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Luminaries

Max More born Max T. O'Connor (born Bristol UK 1964)

  •     extropianism, futurism "Principles of Extropy"
  •     President Emeritus "Alcor Life Extension Foundation"
  •     Entropy Institute
  •     "Transhumanism: Toward a Futurist Philosophy"

 

FM-2030 born F. M. Esfandiary (born Iran 1930-2000 died NYC vitrified "Alcor Life Extension Foundation, Scottsdale)

  •     Are You A Transhuman?

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner (born Germany 1973)

  • metahumanism, posthumanism, Nietzsche, tech ethics
  • Oxford educated
  • Tenure teaching John Cabot University (Rome)

James J. Hughes (born Columbus OH USA 1961)

  • sociologist, bioethicist
  • Ph.D educated University of Chicago
  • Executive Director with Nick Bostrum of Institute for Ethics (was ED of Emerging Technologies and World Transhumanist Association)
  • teaches at Trinity College, Hartford CT
  • "Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redsigned Human of the Future"
  • "Cyborg Buddha: Using Neurotechnology to Become Better People"
  • Christian Transhumanist Association
Nick Bostrum (born Sweden 1973)
  • philosopher, contemporary philosophy, transhumanism, analytics philosophy, AI, information hazard, infinitarian paralysis
  • Oxford educated (https://nickbostrum.com)
  • founder of Future of Humanity Institute
  • tenure at St Cross College, Oxford - good Wikipedia bio and ideas breakdown (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Bostrum)
  • "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies)
  • Anthropic Bias: Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy
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Metamodernism

Metamodernism is a proposed set of developments in philosophy, aesthetics, and culture which emerge from and react to postmodernism. One definition characterizes metamodernism as mediations between aspects of both modernism and postmodernism. Another similar term is post-postmodernism.

In 1999, Moyo Okediji reused the term metamodern about contemporary African-American art, defining it as an "extension of and challenge to modernism and postmodernism."

In 2002, Andre Furlani, analyzing the literary works of Guy Davenport, defined metamodernism as an aesthetic that is "after yet by means of modernism…. a departure as well as a perpetuation."

The relationship between metamodernism and modernism was seen as going "far beyond homage, toward a reengagement with modernist method in order to address subject matter well outside the range or interest of the modernists themselves."

In 2007, Alexandra Dumitrescu described metamodernism as partly a concurrence with, partly an emergence from, and partly a reaction to, postmodernism, "champion[ing] the idea that only in their interconnection and continuous revision lie the possibility of grasping the nature of contemporary cultural and literary phenomena."

In 2010, cultural theorists Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker proposed metamodernism as an intervention in the post-postmodernism debate.

 

Notes on Metamodernism

Vermeulen and van den Akker asserted that the 2000s were characterized by the return of typically modern positions that did not forfeit the postmodern mindsets of the 1980s and 1990s, resembling a "neo-romanticism" represented especially in the work of young visual artists. According to them, the metamodern sensibility "can be conceived of as a kind of informed naivety, a pragmatic idealism", characteristic of cultural responses to recent global events such as climate change, the financial crisis, political instability, and the digital revolution. They asserted that “the postmodern culture of relativism, irony, and pastiche" is over, having been replaced by a post-ideological condition that stresses engagement, affect, and storytelling.

The prefix "meta-" referred not to a reflective stance or repeated rumination, but to Plato's metaxy, which denotes a movement between opposite poles as well as beyond them.

Vermeulen and van den Akker described metamodernism as a "structure of feeling" that oscillates between modernism and postmodernism like "a pendulum swinging between…innumerable poles". According to Kim Levin, writing in ARTnews, this oscillation "must embrace doubt, as well as hope and melancholy, sincerity and irony, affect and apathy, the personal and the political, and technology and techne." For the metamodern generation, according to Vermeulen, "grand narratives are as necessary as they are problematic, hope is not simply something to distrust, love not necessarily something to be ridiculed."

Vermeulen asserts that "metamodernism is not so much a philosophy—which implies a closed ontology—as it is an attempt at a vernacular, or…a sort of open source document, that might contextualise and explain what is going on around us, in political economy as much as in the arts."

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Transhumanism

READING

  • William Godwin books: St Leon and Political Justice (1st edition)
  • William Haldane book: Daedalus: Science and the Future
  • Bernal book: The World, the Flesh and the Devil
  • Humanity 2.0 renamed Transhumanism Society after beating out libertarian right-wing transhumanist bloc.

 

21st CENTURY INTERNICINE

Libertarian right v Liberal left schism over equality of access to transhuman tech - Vs - give it to me and my clever Ubermensch first, fuck the loser proletariat, Ayn Rand would've blessed us doing what human winners do - making sure the technological singularity includes us, transformed, in perpetuity. Not our problem, the 99% of homo sapiens who miss the boat and get doomed to a future of mortal scraps.

BLURB WHAT IS TRANSHUMANISM?

Transhumanism cross-pollinates with a lot of alt-culture demographics. Many charlatans. Many conceited sociopaths. But also higher quality outliers, a better more capable non-conformist who wants to be active doing things that drive humanity forward rather than swaddle in the status quo. Pros and cons here. Aubrey de Grey, Aldous Huxley and Nick Bostrum are a decent "quality control trinity" re: the better, more serious multi-discipline creative types associated with transhumanism.

 

GROUPS

INSTITUTE FOR ETHICS AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES @

https://ieet.org

 

HUMANITY PLUS (formerly World Transhumanist Association) @

https://humanityplus.org

 

ALCOR LIFE EXTENSION FOUNDATION (Cryonics, monetizing death-panic, dodgy) @

https://alcor.org

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snake oil sellers

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Avril Haines

Avril Haines: US intelligence chief intervenes to block state secrets in Saudi Crown Prince's feud with former Saudi official @ MSN Article.


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David Solomon

D.J. who moonlights as a titan of Wall Street, David Solomon is a crossover media-finance bullshit artist. Under him, Goldman Sachs - the investment bank - has tried to shed its uptight image as a haven for besuited M.&A. bankers and chest-thumping traders. That effort now includes its own typeface. Meet Goldman Sans. The firm describes the font, which is free to download, as “approachable without being whimsical” and “neutral, with a wink.” It was created for Goldman Sachs by the British design firm Dalton Maag, with a mandate to create a typeface with just the right amount of personality for the 151-year-old bank.

It follows other efforts by Goldman to come across as cool, including relaxing its dress code, pitching itself as a tech company and collaborating with Apple on a credit card. The reaction from experts is, shall we say, mixed. They are on record saying that it suffered from “lack of courage,” was “missing life” and was the typographical equivalent of “a casual Friday.”


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Gary Gordon

Retired stock analyst covering the housing, mortgage and consumer finance industries. US investment strategist and portfolio manager. Work career at PaineWebber and UBS, an adjunct professor at Mercy College in New York. Written articles about - for example - AMC where Gordon advocates sell the stock, exposing reasons why it's going to drop, telling the audience to get out while the going is good. Turns out he's got a lot of AMC stock and he's short on it!


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Harry Reid
Harry Mason Reid (2-Dec-1939) is a retired American lawyer and politician, Harry M Reid served as a United States Senator from Nevada from 1987 to 2017. He led the Senate Democratic Caucus from 2005 to 2017 and was the Senate Majority Leader from 2007 to 2015. Neoliberal legitimacy archetype.

Harry Reid Wikipedia


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Ken Dilanian - Neoliberal US "Security" Correspondent

Neoliberal US Cathedral - Ken Dilanian - Intelligence and National Security Correspondent @ MUCKRACK PROFILE on the neoliberal shill index at muckrack.com website.


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Mark R Levin
Mark Reed Levin (born 21-Sept-1957) is an American right-wing lawyer, author, and radio personality. He is the host of syndicated radio show The Mark Levin Show, as well as Life, Liberty & Levin on Fox News. Levin worked in the administration of President Ronald Reagan and was a chief of staff for Attorney General Edwin Meese.

Mark Reed Wikipedia


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Paul Ryan

The former House speaker Paul Ryan is reportedly preparing to launch a special purpose acquisition company, The Wall Street Journal reports. The investment fund is aiming to raise $300 million in an I.P.O., with Mr. Ryan, who left Congress last year, as chairman. He’s not the only famous face joining the SPAC boom. Figures from financiers like Bill Ackman, Dan Loeb and Michael Klein to the famed baseball executive Billy Beane have launched versions of these “blank check” investment vehicles. They have been buoyed by strong equity markets and private companies’ desire to sidestep the traditionally laborious I.P.O. process by merging with these funds, assuming their stock listings.

This SPAC is notable for its Republican ties. In addition to Mr. Ryan’s involvement, the fund’s sponsor is Solamere Capital, an investment firm run by a son of Senator Mitt Romney, who picked Mr. Ryan as his running mate in his 2012 presidential bid. But its financial adviser has strong Democratic leanings. Mr. Ryan’s SPAC is being underwritten by Evercore, whose founder and senior chairman is Roger Altman, who served in the Carter and Clinton administrations and is a major fund-raiser for Joe Biden.

Evercore has been strengthening its SPAC expertise, hiring Neil Shah, a specialist in these funds, from Citi last year. The bank has also emphasized its capital-markets business of late: Executives told analysts last month that the firm was coming off its “strongest period ever in equity underwriting.”


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Stanley A McChrystal

Four star American Army general and entrenched neoliberal character actor, Stanley A McChrystal was a prime mover in the enrichment detail of the Military Industrial Complex during the Obama Presidency. As is the norm, his retirement from the military led to a series of appointments in business and heading up various fronts for deep state interests. Corporate boards, consulting, speaking fees: How U.S. generals thrived after Afghanistan is a useful article on Stanley McChrystal exemplifying how ex-generals sell their battlefield experience in other arenas, from corporations to Covid-19 response grifting.

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6 Months UK Covid-19 Deaths + Hospitalizations 2021
UK Covid Deaths:
  • 21-Apr-2021: 127,544 total deaths | 11M double vax (6M double vax + fortnight since second dose)
  • 21-Oct-2021: 139,324 total deaths (45M double vax)
  • = 11,780 deaths last 6 months - this is double the average annual flu deaths
  • Hospitalizations | NHS Capacity:
  • 38K hospitalized high point in Jan 2021
  • 8k hospitalized current Covid burden on 21-Oct-2021
  • UK testing @ 1 million a day via all pillars (testing routes)

    Antiviral Ivermectin In Africa Blocking COVID-19

    August 2021 report on Ivermectin In Africa Blocking COVID-19 on paulcraigroberts.org blog website. Poorer countries are denied access to the vaccines produced in rich nations. Many must tackle Coronavirus using prophylactics and treatment protocols repurposing existing methods like antivirals.



    AstraZeneca Vaccine: Intravenous Adverse Mechanism

    From 4 January to 4 August AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK: 24.8M + 23.9M doses with 412 suspected CVST (Cerebral Sinus Vein Thrombosis) 89% first dose (14.9 per million), 11% second dose (1.8 per million). CVST as a complication of COVID-19 infection 42.8 per million. Of the 411 cases 73 were fatal.

  • Platelet factor 4-containing immune complexes induce platelet activation followed by calpain-dependent platelet death (24-Jun-2019)
  • ChAdOx1 interacts with CAR and PF4 with implications for thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (1-Dec-2021)
  • Covid: Trigger of rare blood clots with AstraZeneca jab found by scientists (2-Dec-2021)
  •  








    COVID-19 Virus: Scientist Meta-Analysis June 2020

    Covid-19: Selection of Documents Exposing Dark Underbelly

    DEBUNKED: Coronavirus and Blood Donation by American Red Cross - Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, AstraZeneca ALL Eligible
  • What to know about the Coronavirus and Blood Donation by American Red Cross (Aug-2021)
  • "In most cases, there is no deferral time for individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they are symptom free and feeling well at the time of donation. There is no deferral time for eligible blood donors who are vaccinated with an inactivated or RNA based COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca, Janssen/J&J, Moderna, Novavax, or Pfizer."


    Delta’s Extra $200 Monthly Healthcare Surcharge To Unvaccinated Airline Workers
  • Profit Squeeze and Cost Distribution For and Against Vaccine Hesitant and Covid-19 'Freeloaders' (28-Aug-2021)
  • Delta’s Extra $200 Monthly Healthcare Surcharge To Unvaccinated Airline Workers May Have Serious Unintended Consequences, according to the pro-corporate forbes.com website.




    Dr. Tess Lawrie: The Conscience of Medicine

    Early Pandemic Voluntary Insurance Coverage: Cost-sharing Waivers and Premium Relief in US Healthcare



    Hospitalisations in England 1-Feb-2021 to 29-Aug-2021
    9,472 people were admitted to English hospitals with the highly transmissible Delta variant of coronavirus between 1 February 2021 and 29 August 2021. 5,098 people were under 50.Some 3,742 – or 73 per cent – of the under 50s were unvaccinated. Over 70% of the over 50s were vaccinated.

    Huge Number of Hospital Workers Still Unvaccinated


    Is it OK to put young lives at greater risk for the sake of older lives potentially facing greater risk, e.g. coronavirus caught by grandkids passed on to grandparents?

    CDC data shows very very low risk from Coronavirus vaccines (mRNA or ad-vector) though the chance of serious side effects increases - separate to co-morbidities - for much younger patients, especially males under 21. CDC site numbers give between 5000-1 and 20000-1 serious myocarditis/pericarditis risk for mRNA (Pfizer/Moderna) vaccines, especially after second dose. This risk is far higher than the risk of serious Covid-19, for that age/gender group. Is it OK to put young lives at greater risk for the sake of older lives potentially facing greater risk, e.g. coronavirus caught by grandkids passed on to grandparents?

  • Myocarditis and Pericarditis Following Vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines in Ontario: 100 Youths Hospitalized after mRNA Vaccination (13-Dec-2020 to 7-Aug-2021)



  • Merck’s deadly Vioxx playbook, redux: a debunked smear campaign against its own Ivermectin

    "Vioxx" is the name is a smear campaign playbook used by Merck Pharmaceuticals to campaign against its own competing drug—the FDA-approved, Nobel prize-winning antiviral Ivermectin, which is generic, cheap and globally available with very little scope for significant profit.

  • Merck's deadly Vioxx playbook redux (7-Sept-2021)

  • Most Important Research Questions on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

    Nasal Saline Irrigation: Hospitalizations in COVID-19 Randomized to Alkalinization or Povidone-iodine

    NIH Admits Gain-of-Function Research with Dr Fauci

    ONS: Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest insights: Antibodies

    Oxford University: Fungus-derived Anti-cancer Drug Shows Promise

    Public Policy and Effectiveness and Durability of Natural and Vaccine Immunity against SARS-CoV-2
  • Effectiveness and durability of protection against future SARS-CoV-2 infection conferred by COVID-19 vaccination and previous infection; findings from the UK SIREN prospective cohort study of healthcare workers March 2020 to September 2021 (1-Dec-2021)
  • Exemplar study, both useful data, reasonable conclusions and also propaganda by what's left unstudied and unsaid. Like a hundred other similar studies, it concludes efficacy of vaccine boost plus natural immunity results in better longer lasting immunity than double vaccination alone and natural immunity alone... But this conclusion is burying the question of interrogating the real value of the vaccine immune response in direct comparison to naturally acquired immunity. It is important to highlight this comparison because government enforced mandates are ignoring natural immunity in favour of vaccine passports, forcing those with prior infection to be vaccinated or else submit to expensive testing (if this option is even available). The policy makes no sense as a public health (pandemic minimisation) measure but, if the goal is selling more vaccine, public health is subordinated to profit. Examining these studies in more detail reveals the vaccination is short-lived (3-6 months) and less effective than natural immunity, though an argument could be made for vaccination plus natural immunity as the highest level of protection from current variants of SARS-CoV-2. In light of this, government policies like "Vaccine Or Test" risk prolonging the pandemic - because vaccine efficacy wanes, testing by PCR reveals past/current Covid-19 infection after 2-3 days but not the more important infectiousness (viral shedding) phase like the antigen test picks up in 15 minutes. The only explanations for these policies persisting after over a year into vaccine proliferation are incompetence or profiteering. Neither breed confidence in the vaccine hesitant. Misdirected mandates and lockdown of unvaccinated are therefore criminal abuse of government power.


    Reddit Thread Capture from /r/Coronavirus - The Days of Full Covid-19 Coverage Are Over




    University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Announces 3D Printed Vaccine Patch

    US Drug Price Extortion Advocated by Pfizer CEO as Democratic Party Pushes Federal Price Negotiation

    US FDA Advisory Committee: Pfizer Vaccine "Booster" Meeting

    Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting to discuss Pfizer-BioNTech’s supplemental Biologics License Application for administration of a third dose, or “booster” dose, of the COVID-19 vaccine, Comirnaty, in individuals 16 years of age and older



    VeryWellHealth: COVID-19 Vaccine/Treatment/Adverse Effects Insurance?

    VigiAccess gateway to VigiBase: WHO Global Case Safety Database for Medicinal Products
    • VigiBase is the unique WHO global database of individual case safety reports (ICSRs). It is the largest database of its kind in the world
    • VigiAccess launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015 to provide public access to information in VigiBase, the WHO global database of reported potential side effects of medicinal products

    What’s Gone Wrong in the Fight Against Vaccine Nationalism?

    Whitney Webb: The Ride of the Biosecurity State on Rokfin

    World Bank Report on Seguro Popular: Health Coverage For All in Mexico

    laws

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    Anti-Circumvention: Intellectual Property - Copyright - Plutocratic Corporate Enforcement
    Submitted by: Plutocracy Lock-In

    Ashcroft v. American Civil Liberties Union, 542 U.S. 656 (2004)
    First, the potential harms from reversal outweigh those of leaving the injunction in place by mistake. Extraordinary harm and a serious chill upon protected speech may result where, as here, a prosecution is a likely possibility but only an affirmative defense is available, so that speakers may self-censor rather than risk the perils of trial. Cf. Playboy Entertainment Group, supra, at 817. The harm done from letting the injunction stand pending a trial on the merits, in contrast, will not be extensive. Second, there are substantial factual disputes remaining in the case, including a serious gap in the evidence as to the filtering software’s effectiveness. By allowing the preliminary injunction to stand and remanding for trial, the Court requires the Government to shoulder its full constitutional burden of proof respecting the less restrictive alternative argument, rather than excuse it from doing so. Third, the factual record does not reflect current technological reality—a serious flaw in any case involving the Internet, which evolves at a rapid pace. It is reasonable to assume that technological developments important to the First Amendment analysis have occurred in the five years since the District Court made its factfindings.
    Submitted by: US Supreme Court

    Carey v. Population Services Int'l, 431 U. S. 678, 701 [1977]
    [W]here obscenity is not involved, we have consistently held that the determinations of: "what appeals to the 'prurient interest' or is 'patently offensive' ... are essentially questions of fact, and our Nation is simply too big and too diverse for this Court to reasonably expect that such standards could be articulated for all 50 States in a single formulation, even assuming the prerequisite consensus exists."

    Submitted by: US Supreme Court 1977

    Citizens United (2010) on Corporate Finance in Politics Protected by 1st Amendment

    Citizens United v Federal Election Commission argued: 24-Mar-2009 decided 21-Jan-2010. Opening the floodgates for corporate money in politics (including lobbying, campaign finance, etc) by 5-4 judgment equating corporate spend with First Amendment (free speech) for the first time.

    Submitted by: Plutocracy Lock-In

    Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR)
    Submitted by: Online Freedom

    Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc. 418 U.S. 323 (1974)

    "Under the First Amendment there is no such thing as a false idea. However pernicious an opinion may seem, we depend for its correction not on the conscience of judges and juries but on the competition of other ideas."

    Although the erroneous statement of fact is not worthy of constitutional protection, it is nevertheless inevitable in free debate. As James Madison pointed out in the Report on the Virginia Resolutions of 1798: "Some degree of abuse is inseparable from the proper use of every thing; and in no instance is this more true than in that of the press." A rule of strict liability that compels a publisher or broadcaster to guarantee the accuracy of his factual assertions may lead to intolerable self-censorship. Allowing the media to avoid liability only by proving the truth of all injurious statements does not accord adequate protection to First Amendment liberties.

    The First Amendment requires that we protect some falsehood in order to protect speech that matters. Per Supreme Court Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc. 418 U.S. 323 (1974).

    Submitted by: US Supreme Court

    Gillick v West Norfolk and Wisbech AHA [1985] of the UK House of Lords

    Gillick v West Norfolk and Wisbech AHA [1985] passed by UK House of Lords (17-Oct-1985)

    Submitted by: House of Lords

    H.R.748 - CARES Act [2020] of the 116th Congress

    H.R.748 - CARES Act [2020] legislated by the 116th House of Congress (2019-2020)

    Submitted by: Act of Congress

    Hyde Amendment (1976)
    Submitted by: Prejudice

    Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973)

    "Speech that is obscene and thus lacking First Amendment protection must be without serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. It also must appeal to the prurient interest in the view of an average person according to community standards, and it must describe sexual conduct or excretory functions in an offensive way."

    Submitted by: US Supreme Court

    New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964)

    To sustain a claim of defamation or libel, the First Amendment requires that the plaintiff show that the defendant knew that a statement was false or was reckless in deciding to publish the information without investigating whether it was accurate.

    The First Amendment as it relates to libel laws, is that seditious libel – criticism of government and public officials – falls beyond the police power of the State [273-276]. In a democratic society such as ours, the citizen has the privilege of criticizing his government and its officials.

    Submitted by: US Supreme Court

    Sherman Antitrust Act (1890)
    Submitted by: Plutocracy Lock-In


    The Great Nation of Futurity (1839)

    John L. O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny, 1839 Excerpted from "The Great Nation of Futurity" in the United States Democratic Review, Volume 6, Issue 23

    Submitted by: US Manifest Destiny

    United States v. Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc., 529 U.S. 803 (2000)
    Case involved a content-based restriction designed to protect minors from viewing harmful materials. The Court there concluded that, absent a showing that a less restrictive technological alternative already available to parents would not be as effective as a blanket speech restriction, the more restrictive option preferred by Congress could not survive strict scrutiny. Id., at 826. The reasoning of Playboy Entertainment Group, and the holdings and force of this Court’s precedents, compel the Court to affirm the preliminary injunction here. To do otherwise would be to do less than the First Amendment commands. Id., at 830. Pp. 6–12.
    Submitted by: US Supreme Court

    United States v Alvarez (2012) | Ashcroft v. American Civ- il Liberties Union, 542 U. S. 656, 660

    The Constitution “demands that content-based restrictions on speech be presumed invalid . . . and that the Government bear the burden of showing their constitutionality.” Content-based restrictions on speech have been permitted only for a few historic categories of speech, including incitement, obscenity, defamation, speech integral to criminal conduct, so-called “fighting words,” child pornography, fraud, true threats, and speech presenting some grave and imminent threat the Government has the power to prevent.

    Submitted by: US Supreme Court

    psychonauts

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    Alan Watts @ Zen In Our Daily Life (Bushido #1)

    Philosopher and Psychonaut Alan Watts lecture on Zen in Our Daily Life as part of a series of introductions to his school of spiritual enlightenment @ YOUTUBE VIDEO on Intellectual Wave channel.


    King Robbo

    Psilocybin Studies: In Progress

    jokes

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    What did the Jewish paedo say to the children?
    Hey kids, wanna buy some candy?

    aphorisms

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    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

    Spoken in the House of Commons (18-Nov-1783). Based on the original lines in John Milton's Paradise Lost (Book IV, Line 393): "And with necessity, / The tyrant's plea, / excus'd his devilish deeds"

    Scapegoating according to Girard.
    Whereas the philosophers of the 18th century would have agreed that communal violence comes to an end due to a social contract, Girard believes that, paradoxically, the problem of violence is frequently solved with a lesser dose of violence. When mimetic rivalries accumulate, tensions grow ever greater. But, that tension eventually reaches a paroxysm. When violence is at the point of threatening the existence of the community, very frequently a bizarre psychosocial mechanism arises: communal violence is all of the sudden projected upon a single individual. Thus, people that were formerly struggling, now unite efforts against someone chosen as a scapegoat. Former enemies now become friends, as they communally participate in the execution of violence against a specified enemy. Girard calls this process scapegoating - an allusion to the ancient religious ritual where communal sins were metaphorically imposed upon a he-goat, and this beast was eventually abandoned in the desert, or sacrificed to the gods (in the Hebrew Bible, this is especially prescribed in Leviticus 16). The person that receives the communal violence is a ‘scapegoat’ in this sense: her death or expulsion is useful as a regeneration of communal peace and restoration of relationships. However, Girard considers it crucial that this process be unconscious in order to work. The victim must never be recognized as an innocent scapegoat (indeed, Girard considers that, prior to the rise of Christianity, ‘innocent scapegoat’ was virtually an oxymoron; see section 4.b below); rather, the victim must be thought of as a monstrous creature that transgressed some prohibition and deserved to be punished. In such a manner, the community deceives itself into believing that the victim is the culprit of the communal crisis, and that the elimination of the victim will eventually restore peace.
    What are the true root motives of the US Conservative movement?

    It's important to understand the motives of a Conservative movement versus what are the tools a Conservative movement may be using to get to where they want to be. Solely on root motivations, some will say: Conservatives at the very top, they're racist, they're anti black, they're anti semitic. They want an all white world And so that's what the objective is. And a current tool they happen to be using is voter suppression. Motivated by racism. Not wanting to raise the minimum wage, motivated by racism. Everything in American Conservative ideology is motivated by racism. And there's another camp that will say: We live in an oligarchy, people are very driven to protect elite financial interests. And since the dawn of America, race has been weaponized. It's an underclass signifier even when it's no longer a cheap economic engine (slavery, etc). To protect and perpetuate elite power, we will exploit factions that emerge along racial lines, we will create and teach people to Balkanize themselves in these ways and others. All in order to prevent them from noticing (and resisting) the ways that they're being exploited economically.

    bullshittery

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    Capture: Stockmarkets

    Articles from seekingalpha.com by Gary Gordon, retired stock-broker and prolific serial investment bullshit artist:

    Consent: Manufactured Consent and Ignorance
    Corporate Greed in Medical Interventions: Sackler Oxycontin
    Where were the FDA, YouTube, Facebook and all of our overlords as the the opiate crisis has swept the country? Silent. But a simple drug that the Sacklers and other greedy pharmaceutical companies can't make a fortune on?! Attacked, vilified and censored.
    Cybertech: Surveillance Capitalism
    libertycenterone.com: Van Eck Phreaking description and smart downplaying by Liberty Center One, a top-tier-flibble data-flurble.

    books

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    Akala (Kingslee Daley)
    Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire (2018)

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    Chris Hedges
    Our Class - Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison (2020)

    Christopher Hitchens
    God is not Great (2007) Mortality (2012) Why Orwell Matters (2002)

    Curtis Yarvin (Mencius Moldbug)
    An Open Letter to Open-Minded Progressives (2008)

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    Edward Snowden
    Permanent Record (2014)

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    Iain McGilchrist
    The Master and His Emissary (2010)

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    Jack Kerouac
    On The Road (1957) Desolation Angels (1965)

    Joseph Conrad
    Outpost of Progress (1896) Youth (1898) Heart of Darkness (1899) Under Western Eyes (1911)

    Julian Assange
    When Google Met Wikileaks (2011)

    Julian Jaynes
    The Origin Of Consciousness IN the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (1979)

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    Michael Lind
    The New Class War: Saving Democracy From the Metropolitan Elite (2017)

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    Terry Pratchett
    The Shepherd's Crown (2015)

    Thomas Frank
    Listen Liberal or Whatever Happened to the Party of the People (2013) The People, No; a short history of anti-populism (2020)

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    Uncle Fester
    Advanced Techniques of Psychedelics and Amphetamine Manufacture (2012)

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    Walter Bagehot
    The English Constitution (1873)

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