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actuarial table
a table or spreadsheet that shows the probability of a person at a certain age dying before their next birthday


propagandist print media inclusion to discredit something heterodox

bidirectional digital media
B.D.D.M. (as it is called) is a coverall term for social media but also academic non-local learning - popular during the coronavirus pandemic

the blockchain is an append-only data structure composed of subunits called blocks - [blocks] are permanently ‘chained’ together - in practice, the blockchain is an immutable medium because it contains instructions in the form of computer code replicated across thousands of nodes much like DNA [is replicated] in cells
  • Emergent Bioanalogous Properties of Blockchain-based Distributed Systems

  • blockchain nodes
    nodes on the blockchain are important because rather than a central administrator maintaining a big computer server in one location (and controlling everything going in and out of it), the blockchain database is distributed as many identical encrypted copies across a large network of multiple computers - the nodes somewhat like cells which contain many identical copies of DNA



    The term originates in Greek mythology. Struck by the beauty of Cassandra, daughter of Priam, Apollo provided her with the gift of prophecy, but when Cassandra refused Apollo's romantic advances, he placed a curse ensuring that nobody would believe her warnings. Cassandra was left with the knowledge of future events, but could neither alter these events nor convince others of the validity of her predictions. In psychology the Cassandra metaphor applies to to individuals who experience physical and emotional suffering as a result of distressing personal perceptions, and who are disbelieved when they attempt to share the cause of their suffering with others.

    Chicano (as an identity) came to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s as Mexican Americans asserted their own ethnic, political, and cultural identity while rejecting and resisting assimilation into systematic racism and stereotypes, colonialism, and the American plutocracy-state imperialism. Chicano identity was organized around seven objectives: unity, economy, education, institutions, self-defence, culture, and political liberation, in an effort to bridge regional and class divisions among people of Mexican (and latterly Latin American) descent

    contract research organization
    company that provides support to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries in the form of research services outsourced on a contract basis. A CRO may provide such services as biopharmaceutical development, biologic assay development, commercialisation, preclinical research, clinical research, clinical trials management, and pharmacovigilance.


    Dasein (German loanword) that means "being there" or "presence" - often translated i"existence". Existentialist philosopher Martin Heidegger uses the expression Dasein to refer to the experience of being that is peculiar to human beings.

    data | datum

    Data is a mass noun, uncountable noun, or non-count noun is a noun with the syntactic property that any quantity of it is treated as an undifferentiated unit, rather than as something with discrete elements. Non-count nouns are distinguished from count nouns. Sand, family, etc.

    Recently data has been singled out for abuse. "Data is" has been inexplicably morphing into "data are" and the usual cunts absorb and proliferate this change as if Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

    A dormer is a roofed structure, often containing a window, that projects vertically beyond the plane of a pitched roof, and a dormer window (also called dormer) is a form of roof window


    elite theory
    In political science and sociology, elite theory is a theory of the state that seeks to describe and explain power relationships in contemporary society. It posits that a small minority, consisting of members of the economic elite and policy-planning networks, holds the most power—and that this power is independent of democratic elections. Through positions in corporations or on corporate boards, and influence over policy-planning networks through financial support of foundations or positions with think tanks or policy-discussion groups, members of the "elite" exert significant power over corporate and government decisions. See What is an Elite Democracy? question on Quora re: popular conception


    In essence, the Establishment is a dominant group or elite that controls a polity or an organisation, often an influential closed social group that selects its own members or an entrenched élite structure sharing social, economic and class bonds, often born and bred. In sociology jargon, the upper eschelons of a society is divided between insider and outsider. The Establishment is made up of insiders; far smaller than the outsiders numerically but also far more influential. The term in its modern sense was popularised by the British journalist Henry Fairlie writing in the London magazine The Spectator in 1955: "By the Establishment, I do not only mean the centres of official power—though they are certainly part of it—but rather the whole matrix of official and social relations within which power is exercised. The exercise of power in England cannot be understood unless it is recognised that it is exercised socially."

    A short extract from a continuous whole thing.

    pressing; demanding e.g. "the exigent demands of her contemporaries' music took a toll on her voice"

    existentialism absurdism

    Sartre is tagged with Existentialism, Camus is tagged with Absurdism. Both too reductive but anyway: Existentialism vs Absurdism — Explanations and Key Differences of Each.


    force majeure
    unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract - irresistible compulsion or superior strength


    Literally "synchronized" or brought into line and good order - synonymous with Nazification of extant institutions like universities and media outlets, bringing them into line with the National Socialist worldview


    A ‘haecceity’ (from the Latin, haecceitas, which translates literally as ‘thisness’) is a certain kind of property: a primitive, particular, nonqualitative property of an individual, i.e. the property of being a specific individual (or, perhaps, the property of being identical with a specific individual).


    Just beginning: signs of incipient public frustration.



    Modern usage based on the Hebrew biblical prophet Jeremiah who pronounced God's judgment upon the people of his time for their wickedness. The original Jeremiah was concerned especially with false and insincere worship and failure to trust Yahweh in national affairs. He denounced social injustices but not so much as some previous prophets, such as Amos and Micah @ University of Toronto on Judaism and Claude Mariottini Jeremiah Use of Metaphor articles.


    mechanism (marketing)
    people want something fast and without effort, like getting rich or getting thin. mechanism is the ever changing bullshit process sold to achieve the want. It's always changing as people get wise to a particular mechanism, new mechanisms are needed to profit from the want.

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

    Mugwumps were Republican political activists in the USA opposed to political corruption, switching parties en masse (e.g. supporting Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in 1884) because of the Republican candidate's long association with plutocracy corruption


    no true Scotsman

    No true Scotsman (appeal to purity) is an informal fallacy in which one attempts to protect their universal generalisation from a falsifying counterexample by excluding the counterexample improperly. Rather than abandoning the falsified universal generalisation or providing evidence that would disqualify the falsifying counterexample, a slightly modified generalisation is constructed ad-hoc to definitionally exclude the undesirable specific case and counterexamples like it by appeal to rhetoric - emotionally charged but nonsubstantive purity platitudes - like "true, pure, genuine, authentic, real" etc. In short: an "ad hoc rescue" of a refuted generalization attempt.

    Simplified rendition of the fallacy:

    • Person A: "No Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge."
    • Person B: "But my uncle Angus is a Scotsman and he puts sugar on his porridge."
    • Person A: "But no true Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge."

    Appeal to purity is used here to protect/elevate a preferred group. "No true Scotsman would do XYZ" or "Only in Scotland would there be XYZ".


    originating in the Soviet Union, the nomenklatura describes the loosely interconnected social group that monopolises key administrative positions in a governing bureaucracy, running all spheres of national/civic activity (government, industry, agriculture, education etc) from positions conferred by the Communist Party or equivalent. The nomenklatura forms a de facto elite of public powers, a permanent credential class unaccountable to the public but wielding power over it, comparable to the Establishment in Western countries which controls both private and public powers (media, finance, trade, industry, the state, the universities, institutions).

    non-overlapping magisteria [NOMA]

    the philosophical worldview Non-Overlapping Magisteria places religion and science in separate domains of questioning ("magisteria") in order to avoid one contradicting the other. It's a justification for deep-rooted unchallenged cognitive dissonance - practical - for the sake of the religion and its benefits. The designation NOMA was popularised in the book Rock of Ages (1999) by Stephen Jay Gould.

    Relating to religious belief.


    Occluded refers to stopping something by closing up the way in or the line of sight; to obstruct (an opening, orifice, or passage) e.g. thick makeup can occlude the pores.

    unspoken but absolute code of silence



    Did MS spell checker recently alter the word plebs to plebES? #NoteToSelf

    PLEBS used to be ubiquitous but now PLEBES is creeping into the vernacular of swathES:nerd_face: of non-academic US middle class. This demographic is also starting to actually say "pleeb" instead of "plebb". WTF? Merriam-Webster Screenshot as posted on Twitter.


    Typically, an excessively or blindly optimistic person, per the Pollyanna principle which is the basis of polyanna syndrome in modern psychotherapy. Originally "Polyanna" comes from the 1913 novel Pollyanna by American author Eleanor H. Porter, making "Pollyanna" a byword for someone who – like the title character – has an unfailingly optimistic outlook through practical "look for the glad in the difficulty and sorrow". Nowadays the word has devolved into simply excessive almost unrealistic (blind) optimism.

    Privilege Walk

    The Privilege Walk or Power Shuffle is a diversity-training workshop activity. Participants stand together on a line, then each steps forward or backwards in response to a series of statements such as: “If you’re a white male, take one step forward. If you were ever made uncomfortable by a joke about your ethnicity, gender, appearance, or sexual orientation, take one step back.” At the end participants find themselves arrayed along a continuum of “privilege.” Thus sorted, discussion ensues.

    Christian Parenti on the Privilege Walk"The Privilege Walk relies on a methodological individualism that assumes macro-level social phenomena have micro-level causes and solutions. This fixation on individual choice and personal attitudes reproduces the epistemological fallacies of neoclassical economics and most of right-leaning social science."


    ship of Theseus
    In the metaphysics of identity, the Ship of Theseus is a thought experiment that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The concept is one of the oldest in Western philosophy, having been discussed by Heraclitus and Plato by c. 500–400 BC, based on the 30-oar ship Theseus and the rescued sacrifices (youth of Athens) piloted back from King Minos' Crete to Athens, after having slain the minotaur.

    the buying or selling of ecclesiastical privileges, for example pardons or benefices

    Stochastic refers to the property of being well described by a random probability distribution - note: stochasticity and randomness are distinct in that the former refers to a modeling approach and the latter refers to phenomena itself, these two terms are often used as being synonyms - adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by conjecture; conjectural - involving or containing a random variable or process - conjectural; given to or partaking of conjecture

    swathe | swath
    Swathe and swath aren't synonyms - somehow the words have separated, with some Americans using "swath" and others using "swathe" - but they have different definitions and anyone who uses SWATH when they should say SWATHE is a cunt

    synaptopathy is a disease of the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nervous system relating to the dysfunction of synapses that can arise as a result of a mutation in a gene encoding a synaptic protein such as an ion channel, neurotransmitter receptor, or a protein involved in neurotransmitter release; or sometimes as a result of an autoantibody targeting a synaptic protein


    tabula rasa (blank slate)
    Formalised by philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) in n Essay Concerning Human Understanding, tabula rasa is the theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content (ideas) and therefore all knowledge (conceptual) comes from experience or perception - epistemological proponents of tabula rasa disagree with the doctrine of innatism, which holds that the mind is born already in possession of certain knowledge - instead preferring nuture over nature emphasis (without discounting nature exerting great influence over nurture) building on potentials that vary from person to person

    Telos is a term used by philosopher Aristotle to refer to the full potential or inherent purpose or objective of a person or thing, similar to the notion of an 'end goal' or 'raison d'être' - can be understood as the "supreme end of man's endeavour"

    thirteenth stroke of the clock
    thirteenth stroke of the clock or "thirteen strikes of the clock" is a phrase, saying, and proverb to indicate that the previous events or "strokes to the clock" must be called into question. This is illustrated in the fictional case of "Rex vs Haddock" in which a remark by one of the parties is compared to the thirteenth stroke of a clock: not only is this thirteenth strike itself discredited, but it casts a shade of doubt over all previous assertions


    vocal fry register
    The lowest vocal register and is produced through a loose glottal closure that permits air to bubble through slowly with a popping or rattling sound of a very low frequency as per Wikipedia definition


    extremely enthusiastic advocate (follower) of a particular dognma - origin early 14c into English from "member of a militant 1st century Jewish sect which fiercely resisted the Romans in Palestine" (late Latin zelotes, from Greek zēlōtēs "one who is a zealous follower") with extended sense of "a fanatical enthusiast" first recorded 1630s (earlier mid-15c this sense was zelator)
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    "How do you get a gay man to have sex with a woman?
    Shit in her cunt.

    An autopsy revealed that Whitney Houston was clean at the time of her death.
    Well I would think so, she'd been lying in the bath for two weeks.

    Fundamentalist Islamic sex dolls.
    They blow themselves up.

    If only Africa had more mosquito nets.
    Then every year we could save millions... of mosquitos from dying needlessly of AIDS.

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

    What does a cancer joke and a sick child have in common?
    They never get old.

    What part of a vegetable should you never eat?
    The wheelchair.

    Why do pedophiles always have beards & glasses?
    What is it about that look that children find so sexy?
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    Big Pharma Vaccine Patent Sharing

    Pfizer/Moderna (i.e. NIH under US President - the patent holder) aren't sharing their vaccine recipe because they need to protect the mRNA platform, quite separately from the debate over proliferating vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 in the context of saving lives in the Coronavirus pandemic.

    It's possible the big pharmaceutical corporations don't object to letting poor countries make their own vaccines. The problem is with sharing the mRNA platform itself - specifically - because it is a multipurpose technology way beyond targeting spike proteins with potential for revenue streams that dwarf the billions made from SARS-CoV-2.

    The mRNA platform has myriad uses as a cancer delivery drug, which is perhaps the biggest prize in medical science - a bonanza of incalculable trillions that could roll on and on for decades. This is why the patent isn't going to be shared. It won't be shared until the technology can be shared in a way that doesn't open access beyond targeted Coronavirus usage. The vaccine corporations will doubtless be working on a nerfed version. If they find it, there will be a mainstream media fanfare of "patent sharing"; and a feeding frenzy over much unearned but irresistible political capital.

    Borrowed Energy - Awakenings Depression

    The movie Awakenings is set in a sanitarium full of patients in an awake catatonic state. In the film, a psychiatrist performs a strange experiment. He throws a tennis ball at one of the long-term catatonics and despite having been frozen for decades, since childhood, the patient catches the ball. No other movement. Still catatonic after. It's like the patient borrows the kinetic energy of the ball - overcoming the catatonic state, but only for that moment.

    This is how my engagement with the world works, nowadays, with social media and infowars and "neoliberal" consumerism.

    There's a headline, an article, a conversation. It has a kinetics of context and a background that might animate a fleeting interest, empathy, research - usually leading to an opinion - a conclusion, a placement within the bigger picture of society and what people do.

    Then the energy is spent. No more attention to be given, no natural engagement follows. Nothing lasts. The catatonic mindset returns. Nothing changes, except perhaps an imperceptible cold petrification that began years ago, at the extremities, and has been very slowly spreading inward towards the heart.


    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.


    Classical Tradition - Christian Greed

    "Christianity is many things to billions of people but - contrary to the conservative commentariat pandering - it is not the essence of the west. Christianity had 1000 years to inspire a Renaissance but it took Medici patronage, the fall of Constantinople and the rediscovery of classical Greece and Rome to light the essential fire of European - now Western - art and rational science; an overflow of curiosity and greedy, exceptionalist ambition that encircled the world."

    Conservative Backlash Against Woke: Fascist Family Values
    I've noticed a coalescing of "conservative" voices around a notion of shared tradition, patriotism, family and respect for Western Enlightenment values. These have always been cultural talking points for the right. Before the current culture war, the right-wing would cry traditional family values as a smokescreen for prejudice against minorities (racial, ethnic, gender, sexuality, ideological), an excuse for aggressive censorship of anything counter-cultural - including the assumption culture itself was defined by the conservative guardians of good propriety. Against this monolith, the many minority interests fought their separate battles for rights and recognition, mostly courted by - and seeking refuge in - parties of the liberal left-wing. During the nineties and noughties the cultural polarization reached its natural zenith: right-wing conservative representing reactionary traditional nuclear family values, old-fashioned gender roles, suburban white flight, free market rhetoric and loyalty pledged proudly to flag and country; left-wing liberal a broad church of minorities, urban working class and middle class progressives, educated professionals, cosmopolitan city elites, nascent collective activism and loyalty to the vision of a more equal society for all. From the financial crisis in 2008 everything changed. Under Obama a neoliberal vision overtook the mainstream of left-wing politics Trump broke liberal brains. Shattering remaining faith in uneducated uplift, corporate takeover of ideological marketing. Conservative individualists including tolerant more libertarian types marginalized, mocked, censured and censored. Forced to bend the knee to bullshit identarian antiracism, antihistory, untradition. Refusal to do so is pushing that cohort to band together for survival; and by necessity find (or declare) common cause. This common cause is forced to compete against an all-or-nothing neoliberal doctrine that lumps together all dissent as one dissent; which dissenters must accept as reality even if it's a gross reductive misrepresentation of their specific beliefs. So on the one hand you have the identity politics of liberal left-wing antiracist antihistory prosecuted through credentials, corporate censorship and a critical race confederacy of cunts. And on the other, the conservative traditionalists, the reactionaries, the libertarians, and everyone else: far left socialists to far right ethnonationalists. Conservative traditionalism is the lodestone of the dissenters, whatever the reason for their disloyalty; and as a consequence these traditions - unreasonably attacked, worthy of defenders - draw in the diverse spectrum of non-neoliberals, turning them into (in effect) social conservatives; because where else can they go? What's the point of all this? Perversion of good (human justice instinct) in service of evil (profit) bolstered by clever manipulation of weakness (jealousy, outrage, divisive point scoring, career self-interest, political expediency) kept on track perpetual by capture and consolidation of power by the plutocrat class promising inclusion to the professional class; and innumerable filters, loyalty tests, know your place hurdles to overcome, finite lifespan time devoted to the "cathedral" each year in strengthening the arsenal of policing loyalty and obedience. Against this, atomized opponents must group together to resist, loathe the degraded identarian verities so naturally oppose, find some common cause with other dissenters - set aside aspects of ideology that don't fit - alloying together ultimately as a reactionary conservative counter movement. End result is culture wars equals zero sum. For society that's a disaster, whoever wins; or none. For corporate state it's a recipe for not being accountable while plundering the world.

    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.


    Deregulation by Neoliberal 1990s
    The deregulation of the 1990s has been creeping poison to the US economy. America revs high as a nation at the best of times so economic pain gets real fast. Pressure on society becomes ubiquitous (and iniquitous). Worker exploitation is pushed to extremes, metastasizing into an existential threat of precarity. Culture war SNARLING gets violent as government capture is weaponized to change laws that enable (and enforce) oligopoly lockdown. Profit and self-interest, the engines of American prosperity, shift from dynamic growth to zero sum toxic. What's going to fix this? It'll take a powerful and independent government to turn back the tide on decades of inertia; but if anything today's corporate Democratic Party is part of the problem, the GOP too lost in grift and bullshit to be an alternative. How does the insane oligopoly cartel get stopped? It's hard to see anything but Brazil-style disintegration or China-style technofeudalism coming next.


    The ballot paper for Presidential Election 2020 offers 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.

    Duopoly 2020-2024

    "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.


    Extirpating History

    The great strides made in western liberal societies since the Enlightenment have been firmly based on the Greco/Christian tradition. It should be no surprise that the purveyors of consumerist agnosticism firmly reject this tradition within the western democracies. By pulling the spiritual rug out from under Euro/American culture, they have left a black hole that can only be filled by their circus and gadgets.


    Feckless Big Bullshit

    You're feckless if you talk about trillion dollars blah in a massive hodge podge because what do you want - universal preK, free college, senior citizen hearing and vision and dental, what?


    Donors and lobbyists aren't misdirected by bullshit slogans into the indulgent airy debate over sweeping reform or principles bolx. Feckless voters are led, in great part by media - but the latter is also responsive to what works with the former - so if they choose to argue the toss over who pays for what, how govt should tax billionaire, which squad member should veto what, how treacherous is Sinema, how big is Manchin's yacht... This is feckless voter behaviour that's the goal of red/blue ingroup oligopolies; is a win from the get go.

    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.


    General Miller versus President Trump - Hero or Traitor?

    General Miller: Subordination or Hero? (14-Sept-2021) on 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."

    Government Decisions by Corporate State

    The formula for what our governing authorities do is very simple. Their true aim, let’s not forget, is continuous upward wealth transfer – from taxpayer and treasury to the elite stakeholders and the corporate donor class (same people mostly).

    Day to day the job of corporate-state government is to manage the most profitable balance of immediate, ongoing and future revenue extraction with consolidating short-term authority and long-term power - without either power or profit facing disruption by mob insurrection. The management formula includes certain precepts: minimum spending on social provision, maximum upward wealth appropriation, and a merciless exploitation of the public for as much work (precarity), as much money (austerity) and as much debt (liquidity) as possible.

    Play each and every official government-CDC-FDA public health decision through the above formula. It is the ubiquitous explanation for the two years of pandemic opportunism, from the first headlines about Wuhan and cruise ships infected by a novel coronavirus in February 2020 to the latest Christmas 2021 clickbait peddling booster vaccines against hyper-infectious Omicron variants. All public policy is made to serve the same completely consistent objective.

    Government Fascism: Authoritarian Plan or Path of Least Resistance?

    "It's funny. Governments certainly have a path of least resistance that routes via control. At times. Guys like Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Aaron Swartz, Chelsea Manning exposed deep state (intelligence agencies) and military (deployed into danger - however unjust the politicians doing the deploying) and information (knowledge and science hoarded behind paywalls). Couldn't these guys be good, correct and worthy of government defending their individual rights while at the same time recognising their persecution is a revenge by deep state (military, intelligence agencies, etc) for putting their colleagues into harm's way? Principles like freedom of information are for civilian public servants to parse and apply. The path of least resistance (most likely, most not unreasonable) for the deep state is to defend their team of coworkers. Team CIA, Team FBI, Team USM, Team USN, Team MI6, Team GCHQ, Team US Congress, Team DNC, etc etc. Assange, Snowden et al attacked an extended family - even if it is a sinister, shadowy, over-powerful, unaccountable bunch of bastards - so the whistleblowers are getting fucked to settle the score, to make an example, etc. It's a trite explanation but perhaps more likely than risky, fatiguing prospect of a small group of well connected corrupt conspirators puppet mastering an entire country (or world) hegemony. In any case, it's up to the public servants (judges, lawyers, government elected politicians and so on) to play their role in the social contract: defend the public interest, safeguard individual rights, fiat justitia."


    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."


    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.

    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.)


    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.


    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.


    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! 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 manyEmphasizing the noble not the atrocities. Like media whitewashing drone murder while lauding the constitutions sanctity? Cunt double standardsMiddle 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 ??

    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.

    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.

    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 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 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 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 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.

    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: 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.

    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."

    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."

    Public Health Authority Pandemic Policy

    Every authoritarian mandate, every prophylaxis omission, every sledgehammer censorship, every single inexplicable announcement by celebrity public servants, every blatant contradiction, every one of Fauci’s weird never acknowledged lies, every hypocritical mismatch between what’s said and what’s actually done e.g. Joe Biden calling on rich countries to “share advanced vaccine technology with the world!” followed by zero sharing despite the President’s absolute right (and Bayh-Doyle authority) to do so. Pandemic handling has been totally consistent from the start.

    Policy, legislation, strategy, official propaganda, media messaging, political polarizations, inexplicable yet relentless team loyalty division; everything serves the same elite power centers, enriching the same corporate stakeholders, shaking down the same working and middle class Americans, mercilessly bankrupting the same unreported cracker and ethnic precarity, etc etc.

    Isn’t the game obvious to everyone? It sure oughta be by now.


    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.


    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."

    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 tongueBut TOGETHER we will overcome, there's never been a chosen ONE

    Trust Must Scale

    Activism is good. Making a stand to fight for something you value is good. Helping the weak against the abuses of the strong is good. Beyond specific actions, however, it needs organisation to impact the power dynamics of the world; and successfully scaled organisation to compete with the entrenched wielders of power and influence. So how can a handful of like-minded activists organise a group that has potential to become a movement, that won't be coopted or disintegrated or devoured or bought out by feudal overlords (and their delegates)?

    "Trust that scales."

    Trust that scales must start grassroots - family, community, land autonomy - and build only through acts of generosity (sharing).

    Trust, when it scales in an organized structure, creates and then amplifies power. But power to drive change (for the many) uses up trust as fuel. Power wielded without trust ends up corrupted.

    Power refuels trust in many ways. Most commonly through a freely-given mandate, ideally in a poll pulsing from base to top. Power in an ideal world will reciprocate trust (and mandate) by dividing all value (gains) top be down to base per the simple axiom "equity in all things."


    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.


    Voting within the Duopoly
    Punishment at the ballot is only punishment if it's outside the DUOPOLY Dems follow donors lobbyists activated, because voters are feckless. Who cares about approval ratings for Biden, Harris, Buttigieg? Which three are IN executive positions? Who was attending Biden's big infrastructure bill signing? Sinema. Manchin. Dems losing voters is part of the oligopoly success story if it's voters swinging GOP. How's that going to help your social programs? Worker going from Dem to GOP out of frustration over Dem policy failure fucking working class (not looking out for their interests) is a win for plutocracy. Culture war creates a perpetual non economic headline argument engine that divides progressive threat, undermining it by driving white blue collar rightwing and socialists - woke wedge issue. Jacobin study progressive populist left the best blend for winning elections - on a level playing field - which is revealing in many ways: shows the power of media and insider collusion as Bernie who epitomised this beaten by Biden who's the opposite hobbled by Warren the actualised culture war flank attack. Populist left would be the most effective politics except for the simple fecklessness of the voters. Michigan, South Carolina, blue collars feckless, black bloc feckless, Biden, Biden.


    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.


    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.


    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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    American Capitalism - Liberal Self-Flagellation

    American corporate capitalism is a predatory mechanism for sorting winners and losers. It has many variables, mostly unfair e.g. health or birth.

  • Winners get rich(er). It rewards cleverness, selfishness, activity.
  • Losers get poor(er). It penalizes stupidity, servility, passivity.
  • By training millions of weak-minded credulous egomaniacs to cower behind useless masks, to defer to authority, to police each other's fidelity to corrupt unequivocal dictates, we've conditioned a transgressor population. And transgressors need penance. Zelensky is the scourge.


    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.


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


    Deepstate: American Pravda

    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.


    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.


    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.


    Germany: Introductions Cross-Section 2019-2020
  • Beliebte Beiträge im Thema: Der Willkommens-Thread für neue Mitglieder on (German language: Popular Posts in the Topic: the welcome thread for new members) website

  • Glib Public Figures
    "It's always grating to hear rich public figures exalt headlines about economic growth - no doubt easily convinced because it matches their everyday experience... of being rich. It grates because it's glib. Does economic growth mean less precarity? Mostly it doesn't. So in a sense, the rich public figure is being so self absorbed they don't deign to care about the poor they seldom cross paths with. Which is grating. Because it's kind-a cunty."

    Gorbachev in 1991

    December "I had an interview with Japanese reporters scheduled for the morning of 27 December and decided to conduct it one last time in my Kremlin office. The journalists were already waiting, but, as I was approaching the Kremlin, I was warned over the car phone, ‘Yeltsin, Poltoranin, Burbulis and Khasbulatov have been sitting all morning in your office. They’ve drunk a bottle of whisky and are having a party.’ Yeltsin could not wait to occupy the presidential office, which those initiated in Kremlin affairs called ‘the Heights’. Unable to contain himself for the three days before 30 December, he and his company had prematurely stormed the heights and were having a booze-up to celebrate their victory. Two years later, these same men would be firing at each other as they destroyed parliament! Just before their importunate arrival, the remaining personal belongings of the president of the USSR had to be whisked away in a cart. I never set foot in the office again.

    "A competent (honest) democratic politician does not defer to ochlocracy, while demagogues go out of their way to provoke mob rule and see what fish they can catch in muddied waters. That is the approach today of both the extreme left and the extreme right."

  • ochlocracy (/ɒkˈlɒkrəsi/noun) - government by the populace; mob rule

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    Hannah Arendt Quote
    Hannah Arendt warned: "The moment we no longer have a free press, anything can happen, What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship to rule is that people are not informed; how can you have an opinion if you are not informed? If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer. This is because lies, by their very nature, have to be changed, and a lying government has constantly to rewrite its own history. On the receiving end you get not only one lie—a lie which you could go on for the rest of your days—but you get a great number of lies, depending on how the political wind blows. And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please."

    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.


    Incentives and Self-Interest

    Incentives and self interest - as defined by institutional and institutionalized interests - are de facto, primary, default, thoughtwise a path of least resistance, follow your nose, natural, organic by dint of being an external. This is akin to TRUTH in an individual context, i.e. path of least resistance natural easiest is to tell it like it is, do what is true. Consistent and persistent, because it is the unaltered reality. To lie is to alter reality, to have to work to integrate the falsehood into truth context with as little disruption as possible; else it'll be discovered. It is not therefore the path of least resistance, especially as more and more distortion points must be remembered and reconciled. Plates need to be kept spinning. Ironically this is the same as TRUTH in an institutional context, if it goes against institutional interests.

    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.


    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.


    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

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


    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.


    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.


    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: 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.

    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: 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: 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: 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.

    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

    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.


    Real Estate: Daily Mail - Million Pound Postal Codes

    10 new postal codes join the millionaire club

    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.


    Seneca / Sherman Quotes

    Seneca the Younger said: "We are mad not only individually but nationally. We check manslaughter and isolated murders, but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?"

    1880, General William Tecumseh Sherman said: "There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is all hell."

    Sidebar: Callin App

    "Sidebar, part of the limits we get imposed on us - quite often without us knowing - fit with Chomsky's allow very lively debate but totally constrained within acceptable bounds that ensure there's never challenge to power.

    Recent Callin there was a 65 year old Indian guy who'd grown up in England, lived in the US the last 30 years. He struggled to articulate his point and seemed unusually rooted in UK culture - for a guy who's spend 3 decades in America - and eventually you had to move to the next caller so you politely reminded him you didn't know anything about England and maybe that was a "useful topic for a different podcast."

    BUT then the thought occurred: that's exactly what someone a British - or American - superiority complex would've said..! I mean, the idea our local boundaries are significant enough to mark a line between we ought to know and what we can dismiss, it's the vain heart of (insert identity label) supremacy... And it's Chomsky's boundaries in a very real-world narrative limiting sense.

    Maybe that's why socialists are always so hyper about internationalism. It breaks the boundaries of lines drawn by ruling elites, within which we're living in the full force of their propaganda and their control of information. Outside those lines ideas cross-pollinate, who knows but maybe solutions to impotence manufactured at home can only come from drawing on experiences from outside it...

    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!


    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"

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

    Twitter: Feb/March 2022

    Democracy declines in USA or UK with the coming of the internet because the LIES of plutocracy get exposed. Solution: either regulate (censor) the net so people go back to sleep or governments/corporations could STOP BEING CORRUPT HYPOCRITES!

    There are less democracies since 2010 than the decade prior. - Less Democracies since 2010 isn't because of Putin, you deep state apologist. There isn't an autocrat in the world currently in power not enabled or funded or created by the West. There are less "Democracies" in 2022 because the neoliberal Western exceptionalists needed to keep their wealth and power growing after 2008, and to accelerate the plunder required destabilizing (corrupting, stealing from) foreign countries and cannibalizing the precarity and middle class at home.

    America rated by NGO +10 for most of its history. But +6 after Trump. Back to +8 under Biden. - This lady says America was a +10 for most of its history. You mean +10 when there were Native Americans to genocide or Black slaves to buy and sell? Wtf kind of analysis is this? White f*****g privilege plus corporate politics equals... this.

    Billions of humans work daily to build value that's being mostly appropriated. Fundamental questions here should be:

    1. Who is ultimately receiving the appropriated value?
    2. Where is the value being stored?
    3. What are the consequences of allowing value to be horded in this way?

    "Step down from spotlit stages, church pulpits, college lecterns, NGO podiums and INTERACT with the Untermensch. Genuinely. Non-paternalistic. Not just one night only engagement."

    Neoliberalism is the racialization of class. Precarity triggers recoil, dissociation, desire to segregate and exclude...


    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.


    Vish (game)

    In the game of Vish (short for vicious circle), players compete to find circularity in dictionary definitions. Irish mathematician and physicist, John Lighton Synge, invented the multi-player, refereed game to emphasize the circular reasoning implicit in the defining process of any standard dictionary. In his book, Projective Geometry, H.S.M. Coxeter cites Vish in his discussion of definitions in mathematics.

    Volodin - Speaker of Russian Duma - Luhansk and Donetsk

    Volodin is ready to discuss the proposal of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation on a request to Putin to recognise the LPR and the DPR. Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin said that the draft resolution submitted by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation on the recognition of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics (LPR and DPR) and the corresponding appeal to the president requires discussion. "The issue proposed for consideration is very serious and responsible. In this regard, it would be right to hold consultations with the leaders of the factions next week and discuss this initiative," Volodin wrote on his Telegram channel on Friday.

    Then, according to the results of consultations, the speaker believes, the issue can be considered at the Council of the State Duma. According to Volodin, Russia cannot allow "ignoring the Minsk agreements" by Kiev and NATO's plans to "occupy Ukraine". He also stressed that Moscow should look for a way to protect compatriots in the self-proclaimed LNR and DNR. On Wednesday, the deputies of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation submitted to the State Duma a draft resolution of the chamber, in which they propose that parliamentarians officially appeal to President Vladimir Putin with a request to recognize the independence of the LPR and DPR.

    Lavrov arrived in Geneva, where he will hold talks with Blinken on Friday. "I think that tomorrow we will know more. At least I hope that tomorrow we will know more about whether Russia is really committed to trying to resolve these differences through diplomacy, through dialogue, or not," he said in an interview with a German television channel. ZDF.

    Blinken stressed that he does not expect any breakthroughs. According to him, the United States wants to understand what the recent talks with Russia have led to in the framework of the dialogue on strategic stability, the Russia-NATO Council and the OSCE. "I think this is an important moment to assess with Foreign Minister Lavrov where we are, to see what conclusions Russia draws from these diplomatic conversations," the American diplomat said. He added that Washington has for many years "showed good will" towards Moscow, "wishing to work with Russia." As examples of the desired cooperation with the Russian Federation, Blinken cited the fight against COVID-19, climate change, new technologies - "problems that affect all of our citizens."

    "We would like nothing more than to develop a more stable, predictable relationship with Russia," the Secretary of State said, stressing that, "unfortunately, we have been constantly denied." Negotiations between Blinken and Lavrov will be held on January 21 in Geneva. Before that, the US Secretary of State visited Kiev, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, and Berlin, where he talked with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock. Western countries are concerned about the buildup and movement of Russian troops near the border of Ukraine. They believe that Russia may be planning an invasion of this country. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not going to attack the neighbouring state.


    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.


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

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