Saturday, December 20, 2008

Disadvantaged youth everywhere


The troubles began as a quiet protest linked to the recent closure of an Islamic cultural centre in Rosengård that housed a mosque, but have spread to become a general expression of discontent among disadvantaged youths.

The police "think they can appease us by joking with us, but they hassle us all the time, they arrest us for nothing and then they're surprised that we fight back," Ahmed Baccar, a 20-year-old unemployed Palestinian with a shaved head, told AFP.

"And they hit 11- and 12-year-old kids, set their dogs on us like they did yesterday, and then you want us to like them," said his friend Rached El Ali, an 18-year-old Palestinian.

The Local


Multiculturalism failing as usual.

Two populations, one which elevated itself to first world status, and another which didn't. They're not going to mix. The latter is always going to blame the former. The former isn't going to want to have the latter among itself, as it gunks up the works.

Why not just pay attention to natural selection? The two populations are going in different ways. They can't be mixed without producing a hybrid that destroys both and reaches none of the heights of either.

This world has gone insane in the hands of the voting, TV-watching masses.

Friday, December 19, 2008

People respond to save themselves and gain power

Ah, the bloviation over the Milgram experiment:


His experiment in its standard form included a fake shock machine, a "teacher," a "learner" and an experimenter in a laboratory setting. The participant was told that he or she had to teach the student to memorize a pair of words, and the punishment for a wrong answer was a shock from the machine.

The teacher sat in front of the shock machine, which had 30 levers, each corresponding to an additional 15 volts. With each mistake the student made, the teacher had to pull the next lever to deliver a more painful punishment.

While the machine didn't generate shocks and a recorded voice track simulated painful reactions, the teacher was led to believe that he or she was shocking a student, who screamed and asked to leave at higher voltages, and eventually fell silent.

If the teacher questioned continuing as instructed, the experimenter simply said, "The experiment requires that you go on."

About 65 percent of participants pulled levers corresponding to the maximum voltage -- 450 volts -- in spite of the screams of agony from the learner.

CNN


When you define having personal power as satisfying the centralized representative of the Crowd, of course you're going to get people will to shock others. Screw morality, the only morality is getting ahead -- in the ways accepted by the crowd.

So get that official representative of the Crowd out there, and he'll tell you it's OK to go crazy, and you will. Torture that idiot, because it's now Officially Approved(tm) and it will get you ahead.

In addition, we're all so sick of how frustrating this society is that hurting someone sounds awesome about now, doesn't it? That's why we have so much road rage and bar fights.

Modern society makes us fat


The constant thing we've heard in America for the last 20 years is "You fat, gluttonous Americans, you should feel guilty. You're overweight and it's your fault." But all of a sudden, we're seeing the same problems in places where 20 years ago all they worried about was hunger: in Egypt, and among blacks in South Africa, and in China, where a third of adults now are overweight and obese. In Mexico, nobody was overweight 15 years ago; now 71 percent of Mexican women and 66 percent of men are. When you get to this kind of point, you've got to step back and say, "Wait, what is going on?"

What's happened is that from 30 years ago to today, we've had an exponential explosion in what we can think of as the "obesogenic environment." You see food available everywhere. You can't move more than 100 feet without seeing a caloric beverage. In most of the world, it used to be that people mostly drank water, and today they're consuming more and more sweetened beverages. Fruit juice didn't even come into being until the late 1950s, except for what you squeezed at home, and milk—there was some, but people didn't drink so much of it. The average American has not changed the amount of water he consumes in the last 30 years or so. But he's added 22 ounces of caloric beverages to his diet, and that's 300 extra calories per day. Then you match that kind of diet with human biology. We naturally prefer sweet and fatty foods because of what those foods used to mean for survival when we were hunter-gatherers. They had the nutrients we needed, and they let us store more energy for the hungry season.

Newsgeek


So basically:


  • Foods that are easier to sell, store, produce, refrigerate, are fattier.

  • Foods that "most people" think are tastier are fattier.

  • They're constantly available.

  • Consumption is conspicuously advocated as proof of self-worth/success.



So basically:


  1. The Crowd reduces our tastes to the lowest common denominator.

  2. Corporations profit from selling products that match this need.

  3. People, in fear of the Crowd, imitate each other and form the Crowd.



Crowdism in action folks: it can not only take over your government, but make you a blorp!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Globalization is war on all but the multinational super-rich


This is a class struggle; it has always been a class struggle and it is always going to be a class struggle. We can cloak the issue of globalization in the mantle of altruism, that this is good for all concerned, but that is just not so. Globalism is good for the investment class and the ownership class and the banking class.

Globalism has injured working people on every continent on the planet. In the disguise of free trade, polluting industries migrate to where the laws most allow pollution. Globalism has brought about societal breakdowns everywhere that it goes. Subsistence farmers in Mexico find their water supply polluted by a US-owned blue jean factory. Unable to grow crops they abandon the land and head north to the United States, adding to the problem of illegal immigration.

Mexican peasant farmers must now compete with US agribusiness in their domestic market place and find themselves pushed below subsistence level. In our domestic market coffee prices have soared, but the amount of revenue going to the farmers has gone down. Free trade has benefited the coffee consortia, but the revenue is never passed along to the workers.

Some Libbity Hipster


The rest of the article is bloviation, but he points out a truth that's ignored:

Civil rights/globalism/enfranchisement benefit the illusion of freedom necessary for elites to manipulate us at great profit.

It's all a facade. Show a pretty face to hide an ugly truth.

And The People fall for it every time. End democracy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

ObamaWatch: appoints Monsanto "shill" to Dept of Agriculture


Vilsack is a capable administrator with the right partisan credentials.

But he only moved to the top of the list of Agriculture secretary prospects because he is a prominent Democrat who comes from what Washington insiders know as a "farm state." As governor of Iowa, Vilsack had to engage with farm issues. But that embrace was anything but inspired. Family farm activists, fair-trade campaigners and advocates for organic foods were regularly disappointed by the stands he took. The Organic Consumers Association was blunt, declaring: "Vilsack has a glowing reputation as being a schill for agribusiness biotech giants like Monsanto."

The Department of Agriculture is, to be sure, misnamed. Ever since Abraham Lincoln evolved what had been a subdivision of the Patent Office and then a section of the Department of the Interior into an independent federal agency that the 16th president referred to as "the people's department," the department has been about much more than just farming. And that is only more so today, as the agency deals with everything from food safety and the spread of organic farming to buy-local food initiatives, rural development, food and nutrition programs in urban areas, and overseas aid.

The Nation


Hope to join the power elites.

Change in his pocket.

ObamaWatch: Rahm Emmanuel on 21 taped conversations with Blagojevich


President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is reportedly on 21 different taped conversations by the feds -- dealing with his boss' vacant Senate seat!

Sun Times


Hope... Change...

They changefully hoped that by claiming their own investigation found no wrongdoing, you'd go back to TV and beer.

Let's see where this goes.

When the real solutions are not socially acceptable, we turn to illusions

Topic: climate change.

Solution: stop human growth, reduce population, reduce unnecessary use of power -- this requires telling Joe Sixpack he can't have a giant pickup truck, Martha Upperclassuburbanwife that she can't fly to Rio, and your average dumb liberal cubicle dwelling apartment voter that social welfare programs must die so we stop breeding parasites.

That's socially unacceptable.

So instead, we get the faux solutions:


At the heart of much of the disagreement is that perennial struggle between rich and poor. Developing countries want industrialized countries – whose populations are responsible the lion’s share of greenhouse emissions – to lead the way by making the steepest reductions in emissions. They also want money and technology to help them make their own emissions cuts and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

According to the Guardian, in Britain, European Union officials have proposed making an 80 percent to 95 percent reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2050 in exchange for developing countries’ reducing their emissions by 15 percent to 30 percent over the next decade. They have not yet heard a reaction, but Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said that the developed world is unlikely to be impressed by the offer, which does not mandate any short-term cuts for rich countries.

“Unless the developed world comes up with strong, clear targets for 2020 themselves,” Dr. Pachauri told the Guardian, “I think it is unlikely the developing world will commit itself to reductions.”

CSM


First, I think we'll find when more accurate figures are available that the developing world -- a euphemism for third world countries with average IQs below 98 -- is creating as much carbon and worse pollution than the developed -- a euphemism for industrialized countries with average IQs near or above 100 -- world, through slash and burn agriculture, the burning of waste, deforestation and general disorganization.

Third world people outnumber first world people nine to one.

Second, I think they ask the impossible: the rich have spent a long time building an infrastructure and cannot simply reverse it; that's like suicide. So they propose a gradual de-escalation, but that's not enough for the third world, which wants to be under the illusion that it will be just like London and Munich tomorrow if "just given a chance" -- like every dishwasher who's an aspiring rapper, and every pasty white cubicle dwelling apartment voter who doesn't understand why CEOs get paid more than workers. It's just not fair, man!

Finally, let's look at this strategically. We're asking humanity's most productive people to slow down and let others catch up, but the others are politically unstable, greater in population, and much higher in dysfunction. Why stop? Let the best rise.


We all contribute to climate change, but none of us can individually be blamed for it. So we walk around with a free-floating sense of guilt that’s unlikely to be lifted by the purchase of wind-power credits or halogen bulbs.

Annina Rüst, a Swiss-born artist-inventor...built a translucent leg band that keeps track of your electricity consumption. When it detects, via a special power monitor, that electric current levels have exceeded a certain threshold, the wireless device slowly drives six stainless-steel thorns into the flesh of your leg. “It’s therapy for environmental guilt,” says Rüst, who modeled her “personal techno-garter” on the spiked bands worn as a means of self-mortification by a monk in Dan Brown’s novel “The Da Vinci Code.”

NYT


The 21st century equivalent of self-flagellation, but now it's for secular, not religious reasons.

Regardless, it's oblivious to the nature of the problem or its potential solutions. Cause yourself pain, feel better; is that any different than causing yourself pleasure, feel better? These are distractions.

The solutions are simple. We're just not mentally mature enough to face them.


Environmentalists who hope a slowing global economy will mean big falls in greenhouse gas emissions are likely to be disappointed.

Because despite a gloomy economic forecast for 2009, the annual growth in emissions of 3% is only likely to slow modestly, and may even rise over the long term because of the downturn's impact on global climate talks and the funding of renewable energy projects.

The Guardian


Shoot, we were hoping it was this easy. But it wasn't. The system won't self-regulate. We'll actually have to fix it. And that requires we come out of our comfort zones, face our fear of being judged inferior, and decide to cut ourselves back -- and accept the results as they fall.

But that's socially unacceptable, because society is filled with the underconfident, the socially retarded, the immature, the fearful, the withdrawn, the neurotic... a bumper crop of stupid. When will smarter people learn that dumber people ALWAYS oppress smarter people by blocking the path to necessary decisions?

Nanny State and hippies agree: don't reward gifted


Officials plan to abandon a decades-old policy that sorts second-grade students, like Dr. Seuss's Sneetches, into those who are gifted (the Star-Belly sort) and those who are not. Several other school systems in the region identify children in the same manner. But Montgomery education leaders have decided that the practice is arbitrary and unfair.

Two-fifths of Montgomery students are considered gifted on the basis of aptitude tests, schoolwork, expert opinion and parents' wishes. Officials say the approach slights the rest of the students who are not so labeled. White and Asian American students are twice as likely as blacks and Hispanics to be identified as gifted.

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In Fairfax, about 15 percent of children are offered admission to centers for the highly gifted based on a second-grade screening, but the children are not labeled gifted. Montgomery also screens children at the second grade, and 40 percent are identified as gifted, but the label guarantees no specific service. Montgomery operates its own gifted centers, but admission to those is based on a separate screening process.

WP


Doing anything to AVOID offending people is not only a misguided errand, but one that will certainly fail, leaving damage in its wake. There's INFINITE capability for offense, but only a few right ways to approach any situation.

By second grade, it's clear which students have their wits about them and need more intense instruction, and there's no problem calling them gifted because there's no way to euphemize that away.

But the Crowd doesn't like that, because we're not all gifted, and the Crowd specializes in doing one thing: lowering standards so more can join the lowest common denominator party.

A regular cycle or a disruption of a cycle


Between 1.5 trillion and 2 trillion tons of ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska have melted at an accelerating rate since 2003, according to NASA scientists, in the latest signs of what they say is global warming.

"The ice tells us in a very real way how the climate is changing," said Luthcke, who will present his findings this week at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, California.

NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or GRACE, mission uses two orbiting satellites to measure the "mass balance" of a glacier, or the net annual difference between ice accumulation and ice loss.

CNN


Either this is a regular cycle of earth, or a disruption of a cycle.

Either way, humanity is committing ecocide wherever it goes, dividing up the earth and layering it in dwellings -- for what? For the illusion that the individual is sovreign over nature.

Individualism is ecocide. Global warming -- whether it's a cyclic norm or an interruption of that cycle -- is just one small part of our ecocide.

Apple not making transition from fad to pillar of industry


A report by the NPD Group, which tracks retail sales, showed that Apple store sales declined 1% in November compared with a year ago, even at a time when PC sales increased 2%.

Barack Obama Press Agency (BOPA)


Just thought I'd post a little good news we can all get behind.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The sweetest thing you'll read all day... and happy birthday, Beethoven


A long-married couple's claim that they are still as much in love as they day they wed is usually met with more than a pinch of disbelief.

Couples who are still deeply in love after more than two decades of marriage experience the same sense of euphoria as those in the first flush of love, brain scans showed.

Those newly in love also showed activity in a part of the brain associated with obsession and anxiety, whereas the long-timers were using parts linked to calmness and the suppression of pain.

Dr Fisher said: 'The difference is that in long-term love, the obsession, the mania, the anxiety, has been replaced with calm.

Other work by the same researchers has shown that the brain can differentiate between sex and love.

The Daily Mail


Love exists.

Something in this universe loves enough to create love, and to leave sweet delight there for those who can discipline themselves enough to see it.

Sex, sweat, money, symbols and tokens are NOT the things they seem to be effects of.

Love, and love for life, alone are immortal.

What about love for an idea... can that be immortal?




Ludwig van Beethoven was born into the end of an age and the birth of a new one, and striding both, was able to see by parallax motion the clarity for which both strived, but fell short. As a musical genius and not a historian, he was caught between the two in a search for an idealized beauty that he found only in music.

After his birth on December 16, 1770, Beethoven grew up in a musical family. His father, a singer in a local choir, taught him the basics but afterwards Beethoven studied with a series of composers and court musicians: Christian Gottlob Neefe, Joseph Haydn, Johann Baptist Schenk, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger and Antonio Salieri. Publishing his first music at age 12, he had a moderately successful career as a court musician until age 24, when he was able to find patrons in Vienna -- the musical center of the world at that time.

He faced challenges in his early life that left him somewhat isolated. His home life was semi-stable as a youth. His father was an alcoholic; tuberculosis killed his mother when he was 16. He raised his brothers and at one point entailed half of his father's income to provide for them. He kept driving forward, possessed by a vision of his music, and often retreating from a chaotic life into that vision.

Originally from Bonn, Beethoven moved to Vienna in his early 20s and had to adapt to the more cosmopolitan, political urban lifestyle. Known as a masterful pianist, Beethoven was able to find work and was recognized as being of quality, but this never translated into a stable living. Forced to teach students, and frequently derailed by crises in his personal life of a familial nature, he longed for great stability where he could simply write music -- and be alone, a condition he had come to accept and even enjoy.

In his early 30s, however, Beethoven faced another crisis: the gradual but inevitable loss of his hearing. What he first noticed as tinnitus, or a ringing in his ears, burgeoned into a more serious loss of hearing spurred by lesions forming in his inner ears. In a relatively short span of days, Beethoven had to face the instability of his career and a new challenge, incoming deafness. At first he contemplated suicide, but after a long darkness of the soul, composed what he called his "Heiligenstadt Testament," which was a statement of heroic idealism in that he decided to not only stand and fight, but overcome physical and political barriers so that he might realize transcendental beauty through music.

Over the next decade, he slowly decreased and eventually stopped both performing in public and most conversation, trying to shield what was left of his hearing. At the same time, he had to shield himself from disappointments as inspirations from his youth turned prosaic or destructive in his adulthood; in the transitional age between classical and Romantic music, Beethoven aspired to the new ideals of the enlightenment, including democracy and individualism. As time went on, he saw democracy lead to tyranny -- he scratched out the dedication of his third symphony to Napoleon as soon as the latter declared himself Emperor -- and saw through the bad judgments of others the triumph of individualism in a lack of discipline and consequently, error.

For Beethoven, his gift was not the effortless emanations from another world that others, notably Mozart, professed to have. It was a grueling process of organizing his thoughts, a spark of an idea, and then an even more grueling process of revision and refinement. He may have been the best composer of his day, but he may equally have been the hardest working, even as he saw rewards go to lesser talents and other discouragements. Following his realizations in the Heiligenstadt Testament, he ploughed ahead for a shimmering transcendental vision, and ignored daily privations including awkward living circumstances, worries about money, his collapsing failing and his decaying hearing.

Par for the course in the new democratic era, Beethoven was also probably the first rockstar-style composer in that he was recognized by society at large and not only a select group of nobles (for whom music was written on commission) and intellectuals. He also expressed what the crowd wanted to hear, incorporating the humanistic poem "Ode to Joy" of Friedrich Schiller into his final symphonic work; even so, he had an ambivalent relationship to these ideas, finding them too concrete for the turbulence of his soul, although he had nothing better to shove into the maw of need demanding a narrative for the future.

When Beethoven died in 1827, his funeral was that of a public artist adored although not necessarily understood by the masses, forming the basis for the crisis that faced rockstars of the future from Jim Morrison to Kurt Cobain. Over ten thousand people attended what became one of the major events of the year. During his lifetime, however, Beethoven was known as much for his feisty intolerance of the stupidity of others as for any humanistic gestures, which was fitting for someone who had to bulldoze aside confused minds in order to realize his own vision.

Like any born between identifiable cycles of history, Beethoven lived in ambiguity and struggled with it in his music and ideas. While he belonged to the new age, he sung praises of the old especially in the second half of his life, studying past composers and integrating their own styles into his own; he also while acknowledging the humanistic urge of the age, found problems with it and was disappointed by it time and again. What kept him together was his focus on creating transcendental music that could unite the ages around the abstraction of values, and all with the patience to hear his works with an open heart are richer for it.

Ludwig van Beethoven - born December 16, 1770


Other work by the same researchers has shown that the brain can differentiate between work and love.

Whether it's nature, science, God or nothingness that creates such love as 20-year-newlywedism or Ludwig van Beethoven, I will worship it in profound humility of my soul, and act according to a code that exhalts it.

Every day.

Amebix interview conducted December 11, 2008 by journalist/ecosopher Vijay Prozak.


amebix logo interview

"For myself and Stig our approach has always been very instinctual, not having any musical knowledge or training we had to find our way blindly, mainly through the 'feel' of a song, and the way we would try and build it up; it is not clever, but it has a simple and honest power."


Amebix interview

 

Some musical genres are designed to please the stupid and thus, are stupid



It seems like to like metal you have to hate hip hop. A lot of metalheads say rap isn't music or it's just noise. It's possible to like both genres. Why so much hate?


Because it's a stupid genre. Such things exist. Metal is going in the opposite direction to stupid music. We don't want stupidity near us. Why do you want stupidity near you? Are you stupid?

last.fm


Brimming with hatred, but it's true: some music is designed for a simple purpose, which is to distract simple people. By definition, nothing interesting will come out of that (unless you, dear reader, are stupid, in which case knock yourself out).

Israel: home of the new new right


Ben-Gvir claimed a liberal, anti-right wing double-standard was at play. How else can one explain the decision to allow a gay pride parade in Jerusalem, or to allow far-left activists to hold protest marches in Hebron, while Israeli patriots such as he were barred from marching through Israel's second largest Arab city?

An appeal to the principles of a liberal western democracy is ironic coming from an Israeli fascist, much more so from one who if he and his ilk had the way would expel all Arabs from Israel, on the way to making Israel gentilerein and forever a rogue state relegated to the eventual dustbin of history.

Ha'aretz


Correct me if I'm wrong here:

If you make a state to preserve the Jewish people, as a religion, culture, language(s) and heritage(s), why would you want gentiles or contrarian values in that society?

Israel is the one nation on earth with an actual purpose. An actual nation, with united heritage, religion, culture, language, customs, values.

Why is it OK for others to tear that down, but not for those who see its value to defend it?

It doesn't pander, I suppose.

People won't study systemics, so it bites them in the hindquarters again


In computer science terms, you could say that both Taleb and Mandelbroth, in a recent and very scary interview with Charlie Rose, have essentially argued that the current global system is in an "undefined state." This means that there's no way to predict what its output will be, which is why attempts by governments to meddle massively with the inputs will definitely have some kind of impact, but nobody can say what it really is. Government intervention becomes the equivalent of "percussive maintenance," i.e., beating on the side of the machine on the chance that you'll magically unbreak it.

AT


Studying systemics would mean we'd be aware of too much to be socially acceptable. So we linger in ignorance, and every now and then when the "details" conspire to destroy us, we blink and protest -- too much -- that we're innocent.

Stupid monkeys.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Fad diets help kill your brain


Cutting out the carbs may help you lose weight - but it can also help you lose your memory.

A study has found that dieters who avoid starchy foods do worse in mental tests than those who are allowed some pasta, bread and potatoes.

Carbohydrates are such an important source of energy for the brain that mental performance drops after just a week on an Atkins-style diet, the scientists found.

The Daily Mail


Dieting is a typical(ly retarded) modern activity: focus on one attribute of the millions to life, your weight, and re-arrange everything else to fit that narrow focus.

It's more sensible and less easy to explain to a crowd of distracted, neurotic, narcissistic people that instead you should plan a lifestyle that includes nutritious food and exercise as needed. Oh, and they're so busy at their jobs trying to be able to pay for their empowered lifestyles that they don't have the time.

Brilliant.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Trash

Why does our society excel, above all else, in making trash?

Mounds of it in landfills. Used book stores clogged with failed ideas, old editions of Wikipedia that need citations. Mountains of rusting cars in lots, discarded equipment from UN missions in third world nations, piles of smashed circuit boards. People who are lonely and angry, moving from one Big Idea to the next, finding nothing they can hold on to and blaming themselves, restarting the cycle.

So much trash. Surely some waste must come about; but why this abundance?

We lack a central principle, an idea that is "eternal" because it applies in any situations, since our logic centers itself on the individual and works outward from there. Prozak's law: You either try to know yourself in order to know the world, or try to know the world in order to know yourself. The former brings discipline, clarity and the eternal; the latter, an endless search for that external source of The Word that delivers you from evil.

As a result, our world from a symbolic point of view is like one of those rotating display cages they use for postcards: pretty visions of the world go by as it spins, each one seeming unique, and yet we cannot find anything that ties them together except we'd like to visit and escape our everyday world... which is bloated in trash.

Secularity is religion too


Founded in 1776 by a Bavarian professor named Adam Weishaupt, the Illuminati joined radical politics and Jesuit-style hierarchy to fanatical secrecy. The aims of the order were ambitious, all right: They intended to change the world and had a plan to do it. The means were not to be by violent revolutions. The idea was to form a cadre of enlightened men who would steathlily infiltrate governments everywhere and slowly bring them to a kind of secular-humanist Elysium under the guidance of a secret ruling body.

Said Adam Weishaupt: "Princes and nations shall disappear from the face of the earth peacefully, mankind shall become one family, and the world shall become a haven of reasonable people. Morality shall achieve this transformation, alone and imperceptibly."

For every Illuminatus, the perfection of society started with the perfection of one's own moral character.

{ snip }

For all the moony mysticism, the Illuminati had a high-Enlightenment agenda, rational, humanistic, and universal. They published a monthly magazine, Contributions to the Spread of Useful Knowledge, which was partly Enlightenment cheerleading, partly practical items relating to husbandry, housekeeping, and the like. Duty was the essence of Illuminati teaching, but it was an Enlightenment kind of duty: duty not to God or to princes but to the order and to humanity.

In practice, the Illuminati amounted to a kind of activist left wing of the Freemasons, from whom they drew most of their members.

Slate


The Illuminati are a vastly successful meme: they don't even need to exist for reactionary elements to start crusading against them, encouraging others to act like Illuminati and, by the fact of thinking they're not as cool as the Illuminati but wish they could be, spread the virus further.

A great example of secular "religion" -- morality in secular hands is as self-rewarding as it is in religious hands, telling the victim that he is now of the enlightened because he is moral, and that everyone else is wrong, and that it's right for him to wage war against them because he, a rarity among multitudes, has the moral right.

Mysticism has little to do with it. Morality is in-group, out-group logic.