Saturday, December 27, 2008

Samuel P. Huntington of Harvard Dies at 81


Samuel P. Huntington, an influential political scientist and longtime Harvard University professor, died at the age of 81 on Wednesday, according to an obituary on Harvard’s Web site. Mr. Huntington’s most famous thesis – that world conflicts stem from the competing cultural identities of seven or eight “civilizations” – became a fundamental, if controversial, premise of post-Cold War foreign policy theory. His emphasis on ancient religious empires, as opposed to states or ethnicities, gained even more cache after the Sept. 11 attacks.

”Western intervention in the affairs of other civilizations is probably the single most dangerous source of instability and potential global conflict in a multicivilizational world.”

NYT


( silence )

The news media isn't liberal, it's pro-underdog



Let's examine this CNN article. On the surface, it's unbiased. But a woman died when her house was hit by a Palestinian missile, and we don't see her face on the front page. Even more, we hear about the damage done by Israeli bombs but not much about what provoked the attack. It's subtly biased.

The endless debate over whether the media is leftist (liberal) or rightist (conservative) continues where people give a damn, but it's clear to me that the media loves an underdog. When Hitler persecuted Jews, Jews were everyone's underdog and the crowd loved them. Now that they're perceived as being powerful, and anyone around them is suffering, it is assumed by the nodding empty heads that it's Israel's fault. They are now the oppressor, not the oppressed, in the court of (misinformed) public opinion.

Jews should learn from this and be very cynical regarding leftist/liberal Jews. After all, in the Soviet Union, Jews at first had positions of power and were well-integrated into society. The crowd loved them because they'd been persecuted everywhere else, so they became part of the People. But then... someone noticed that Jews were succeeding, and envy took hold, and soon the crowd was willing to endorse violent anti-Semitism. See a pattern? It's the same thing happening here, except of course for now the stakes are lower.

I believe that whether you're a Nazi or a hippie, you can see why Jewish people need a homeland to preserve their unique culture, religion, languages and heritage. If you think that through, you'll see that means a homeland for JEWS ONLY. Yes, it sucks there are Palestinians there, but if we move them now, we can avoid years of pointless grinding conflict that will see many Palestinians destroyed and many Jews also destroyed.

Here was my comment on a thread on a generally far left metal board, where a news article about Israel rapidly turned into crass anti-Semitism:



Every people is their own god's chosen people.

So we need a separate place for each one.

Multiculturalism is the problem, not Jews.

RTTP



I have no expectation anyone will listen, because they can choose not to, even if a little disciplined thinking showed them the lucidity of my point.

In the meantime, Jews and Palestinians die side by side, with neither side yet articulating the obvious -- and slightly inconvenient -- solution to the problem.

The Rise of Illiberal Democracy

Great reading:


THE AMERICAN diplomat Richard Holbrooke pondered a problem on the eve of the September 1996 elections in Bosnia, which were meant to restore civic life to that ravaged country. "Suppose the election was declared free and fair," he said, and those elected are "racists, fascists, separatists, who are publicly opposed to [peace and reintegration]. That is the dilemma." Indeed it is, not just in the former Yugoslavia, but increasingly around the world. Democratically elected regimes, often ones that have been reelected or reaffirmed through referenda, are routinely ignoring constitutional limits on their power and depriving their citizens of basic rights and freedoms. From Peru to the Palestinian Authority, from Sierra Leone to Slovakia, from Pakistan to the Philippines, we see the rise of a disturbing phenomenon in international life -- illiberal democracy.

It has been difficult to recognize this problem because for almost a century in the West, democracy has meant liberal democracy -- a political system marked not only by free and fair elections, but also by the rule of law, a separation of powers, and the protection of basic liberties of speech, assembly, religion, and property. In fact, this latter bundle of freedoms -- what might be termed constitutional liberalism -- is theoretically different and historically distinct from democracy. As the political scientist Philippe Schmitter has pointed out, "Liberalism, either as a conception of political liberty, or as a doctrine about economic policy, may have coincided with the rise of democracy. But it has never been immutably or unambiguously linked to its practice." Today the two strands of liberal democracy, interwoven in the Western political fabric, are coming apart in the rest of the world. Democracy is flourishing; constitutional liberalism is not.

Fareed Zakaria


Democracy leads to liberalism, which leads to disorder which leads democracies to pick integralist societies, where religion-science-culture-values-heritage are in assent, as Samuel Huntington noted:


It is my hypothesis that the fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation states will remain the most powerful actors in world affairs, but the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. The clash of civilizations will be the battle lines of the future.

FATIH


By "nations," he means ethnostates: ethnoculturalist organic integralist states, as distinct from "nation-states," or politically-organized states.

Rape is eternal

From the Morning Idiotic Bloviation Dep't:


I have a project for Joseph Biden and Hillary Clinton to work on together: ending impunity for rape. Rape-conviction rates are appallingly low across the globe. I don't mean only in countries that many would think of as lacking good justice systems: Conviction rates hover just above 10 percent of complaints filed in the United States and are a measly 6 percent in Britain. Because the vast majority of rape victims don't file complaints, it does not take precise studies or statistics to conclude that most sexual assaults in most parts of the world end without punishment for the perpetrators.

Over the years, Human Rights Watch and other organizations have documented how prosecutors and courts are likely to treat testimony by rape victims with more suspicion than testimony regarding other types of crimes. Routinely, women are aggressively questioned about whether the intercourse was really involuntary, whether the victim somehow provoked or deserved the assault, and whether the assault even occurred. The mistrust is particularly pronounced when the victim admits to being anything other than completely sober before or during the attack.

When the presumed next president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, stood trial on rape charges in 2006, he bolstered his defense with references to tradition and culture. Zuma testified that his accuser had signaled her arousal by wearing a knee-length skirt to his house and sitting with her legs crossed. He said that it is unacceptable in Zulu culture not to proceed to a sexual encounter once a woman is aroused. Zuma was acquitted, but regardless of the outcome, it is troubling that a high-level politician in any country, much less a country with epidemic levels of sexual violence, peddles the notion that women may mean yes even when they say no.

WAPO


Ah, the good liberals -- more fascist than a fascist can ever be. Let me explain.

The good liberal thinks that there is one form of justice that applies everywhere, regardless of whether it's practical.

We immediately see conflicts:


  • Evidence for rape is a dubious proposition. We can prove they had sex. Unless he beat her into submission, we cannot prove rape. If she was intoxicated, how do we know what her mental state was at the time? This is why traditional cultures avoided slutty behavior and excessive intoxication. You don't get in these hopeless situations. When it's he-said/she-said, no one is going to convict -- because the chance of getting it wrong is quite high.


    The passage that riveted my attention was a quote from Peter Neufeld and Barry C. Scheck, prominent criminal attorneys and co-founders of the Innocence Project that seeks to release those falsely imprisoned.

    They stated, "Every year since 1989, in about 25 percent of the sexual assault cases referred to the FBI where results could be obtained, the primary suspect has been excluded by forensic DNA testing. Specifically, FBI officials report that out of roughly 10,000 sexual assault cases since 1989, about 2,000 tests have been inconclusive, about 2,000 tests have excluded the primary suspect, and about 6,000 have "matched" or included the primary suspect."

    The authors continued, "these percentages have remained constant for 7 years, and the National Institute of Justice's informal survey of private laboratories reveals a strikingly similar 26 percent exclusion rate."

    If the foregoing results can be extrapolated, then the rate of false reports is roughly between 20 (if DNA excludes an accused) to 40 percent (if inconclusive DNA is added). The relatively low estimate of 25 to 26 percent is probably accurate, especially since it is supported by other sources.

    TIP



  • Cultural values do differ. In some cultures, rape in some situations may not be seen as a bad thing. Why should we impose our values on them? Liberalism is this odd form of relativism that is pure condescension. In it, everyone but the liberal is an illiterate mongoloid hick who needs re-educating, even if it destroys cultures the liberal doesn't understand.


  • If many men are rapists, many women are also sexual predators who will use rape accusations or their sexuality as weapons. If you can put a man away with a rape accusation, break out the champagne and lure him into intercourse, then accuse. If sex is a commodity, women may use their sexuality to tempt dumber men into cooperating, but then get follow-through they didn't bargain for.



There's also another disturbing thought: if a more intelligent creature rapes a less intelligent creature, the offspring will be smarter. I find it hard to find fault with that. Sure, it seems inhumane... but why do we take ourselves so seriously? Rape happens in nature. Rape, warfare, domination, etc. allow the smarter and more adapted to prevail. I think it's time we dropped our moral pretense on this issue.

I think it's also time we looked more critically at the "evidence problem" in rape. The reason there are few convictions, all else aside, is that the evidence is dodgy in the overwhelming majority of cases, which are acquaintance rapes. How do we know it's not post-coital guilt? Our society is not known for its mental stability, and we have to expect that we'll convict a lot of non-guilty people if we rubber-stamp rape cases as this clueless but well-intentioned feminist suggests.

Passive housing, and just in time for air filters


The concept of the passive house, pioneered in this city of 140,000 outside Frankfurt, approaches the challenge from a different angle. Using ultrathick insulation and complex doors and windows, the architect engineers a home encased in an airtight shell, so that barely any heat escapes and barely any cold seeps in. That means a passive house can be warmed not only by the sun, but also by the heat from appliances and even from occupants’ bodies.

Decades ago, attempts at creating sealed solar-heated homes failed, because of stagnant air and mold. But new passive houses use an ingenious central ventilation system. The warm air going out passes side by side with clean, cold air coming in, exchanging heat with 90 percent efficiency.

There are now an estimated 15,000 passive houses around the world, the vast majority built in the past few years in German-speaking countries or Scandinavia.

NYT


It never occurred to people to always build homes this way?

Regardless, it's fortunate. Soon we'll want to have not only our water but our air filtered for contaminants -- it's de rigeur, for example, to build new houses in LA with air filters and "air tight" rooms. You don't want the automobile soot, industrial waste, military pollution and carcinogenic diesel smoke to drift in and infect your precious snowflakes and/or meaty wife, do you?

Random factoid of the day


Because of the lack of color, albino alligators can get sun´burned.
TCP

Why entertainment publishing is failing

Read these excerpts, and look for the clues:


I heard a contrarian argument just now from Zeitgeist Films co-president Nancy Gerstman, whose films this year have included the Oscar-plausible Katrina documentary "Trouble the Water" along with the haunting Andes plane-crash doc "Stranded," a rare marketplace flop for her small and selective company.

Gerstman writes: "But count the amount of films released this year and then look at what you consider a 'wide range.' Maybe 10 or 20 of the small to midsize indie films made it. The others sank like a stone! This is a major problem -- there are just too many films. With critics dropping like flies, theaters closing and younger audiences shrinking, it can only get worse -- unless we are truly in a lengthy cycle in which theatergoing can revive."

But just go and see Arnaud Desplechin's home-for-the-holidays flick, which brings together a bitterly divided family in the uncharismatic northern French city of Roubaix (the director's hometown), and tell me it's not a masterpiece. Comedy, tragedy, madness, sex, religion, a musical score ranging from baroque to house music to Cecil Taylor...

"Waltz With Bashir" uses its startling, dreamlike imagery to drag its viewers step by step back toward Israel's darkest nightmare, the massacre of Palestinian civilians at Sabra and Shatila in 1982 by Lebanese Christian gunmen allied with the Israeli military. Folman's film perplexes some viewers because it isn't a news report or an Israeli mea culpa; it's a daring exploration of the bleak psychological landscape of war.

My top American film of the year is from New York no-budget director Ramin Bahrani, who followed up his much-acclaimed but little-seen "Man Push Cart" with an even more wrenching and absorbing neorealist saga, following two abandoned kids through the unpaved streets and sketchy auto-body shops of Willets Point in Queens, N.Y., a neighborhood so dire it's hard to believe it's in North America. But the North Carolina-born, Iran-educated Bahrani is more than a documentary-style realist. He's also got a wonderful eye for visual poetry even in these bleak surroundings, and depicts its people without a hint of pity or judgment.

Here's the other heartbreaking French family epic of the year, after Desplechin's "Christmas Tale," this one the intimate saga of a tight -- and tightly-wound -- Arab-French immigrant family in a Mediterranean port city. Writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche swept the C├ęsar awards (the French Oscars) and while that partly reflects the recent French effort to wrestle with a multicultural nation, the movie itself is wonderful. Habib Boufares plays the laconic hero, a laid-off sipyard worker who has an ex-wife, a mistress, feuding daughters, stepdaughters and daughters-in-law and a philandering son to deal with, all while his dream of a shipboard couscous restaurant runs afoul of institutional racism and domestic disorder.

7. "Momma's Man" A narrative feature and not a documentary, even though it was shot in director Azazel Jacobs' eccentric childhood home in Manhattan and stars his real-life parents. (His father is avant-garde film pioneer Ken Jacobs.) This was the best narrative film I saw at Sundance in 2008, but also demands a highly specific audience, since it's both a tragicomic tribute to a lost paradise, intellectual-bohemian New York -- the younger Jacobs lives in L.A. -- and a nerve-jangling tale of early-midlife crisis. The Jacobs' fictional adult son Mikey (wonderfully played by Matt Boren) comes home for a visit, plunges into neo-adolescent despair and literally can't leave.

Thalon


OK, what's in common here:


  • These films are all about bleak subjects with no hint of heroism. The greatest works of literature in the world target bleakness with heroism, finding a way to transcend it through moral discipline. These films just affirm negativity as a way to convince us to shrug and say, "It shouldn't be that way," and then do nothing about it. The constant repetition of horrible, hopeless, bleak, miserable, heartbreaking, etc. is what idiots mistake for "profound" but they secretly like it. Everything's screwed, so just go back to your TV. In reality, it's boring. We don't need another "daring exploration of the bleak psychological landscape of war" because we already have 10,000 of them. Essentially, movies are bleak because they're pretending to have real content when they don't; it's a free-for-all to find some "unique" topic and churn out movies about it.

  • Which leads me to the second point: there are too many movies. This reviewer claims to have seen almost 300, and knows people who have seen 400, in the past year. Unless you're a stoner on welfare, that's a crippling schedule. Even more however is what the end consumer -- good for about 25-100 movies a year including cable -- sees: an unchanging flow of films that, despite their exotic locales, have very similar themes and similar moods. So there's no longer a cultural consensus and desire to find the best. It's all just something to fill the time, which means that no one is going to prize any one movie more than the rest. As one media promoter in the article says, "there are just too many films." She might also want to add "and they're too similar."



It's interesting how this applies to literature as well.

I suffered through a trip to a major big box store and, having spare time, wandered into the book alley. My first horror was all 14 of Jodi Picoult's dramatic, poignant, miserable, conflicted, bittersweet, ironic, trendy, confused, dramatic releases. Her books all follow the same format: there is some blatant external conflict, and some blatant internal conflict. Will her characters choose the bleak and conflicted path, or the easy and evil one? Cardboard cutouts, meet the bittersweet but negative options of modern "literature," which is designed to entertain you by yanking at your heart and yet rewarding you with an "uplifting" message. There's too many books like this too.

The hidden downfall of the record industry, for which they're blaming MP3 pirates, is that since indie has now become mainstream, people have semi-realized that rock and rock is a scam because it's easy to make an ironic, witty, catchy, hip rock album and so now there are millions of them. We are drowning in options, but none of them are great; all of them are "good" because the technique is so well documented. Essentially, the music industry has been printing direct-to-landfill for the past decade because starting in about 1990, it got really easy for indie labels to pump out their disasters along with the cheesier but no less "profound" mainstream pap.

These are, among other things, signs of a culture that comically insists it isn't in decline by repeating its same messages. Freedom is unslavery. Negative is profound. Think of the children. Don't do drugs. Stop terrorism. And so forth. It's like they're trying to use volume to drown out the knowledge that seeps in between the cracks: our society is dying from within and no one is paying attention to reality.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Liberal views are (scientifically) unproven

History is a form of science. We can see which designs worked and which did not.




There's two types of societies: organized ones and deconstructing ones.

Liberalism, the People, etc. is deconstruction and places power in the hands of those who are most easily fooled.

They are then ruled by oligarchs, of whom technocrats are a subset.

No matter how liberal you get, problems remain.

But if you read some history, and learned about how civilization like software has a design theory behind it, you would see that liberalism is the cause of the problems it finds repellent.

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Worth discussing, at least. What is the design theory of civilizations?

It is the idea that the format of a civilization creates its outcomes, more than its technology or wealth.

For example, some designs could lead to a coherent life for citizens and a clear ongoing function to the society.

Other designs could cause that to break down, creating a long-term spiral into disorder and dysfunction.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

All politicians are fake

Tell the voters what they want to hear.

Reality? Find a plausible excuse of a plan, and then its your subordinates' problem.

The fakeness extends to crocodile tears and warm hugs of all sorts:


Rev. Jesse Jackson referred to Jews as "Hymies" and to New York City as "Hymietown" in January 1984 during a conversation with a black Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman. Jackson had assumed the references would not be printed because of his racial bond with Coleman, but several weeks later Coleman permitted the slurs to be included far down in an article by another Post reporter on Jackson's rocky relations with American Jews.

Finally, Jackson doused the fires in late February with an emotional speech admitting guilt and seeking atonement before national Jewish leaders in a Manchester, New Hampshire synagogue. Yet Jackson refused to denounce Farrakhan, and lingering, deeply rooted suspicions have led to an enduring split between Jackson and many Jews. The frenzy also heightened tensions between Jackson and the mostly white establishment press.

WAPO


How much more fake can you be? Don't pander, answer. If you believed it enough to say it, why don't you at least give some evidence, or some logic behind your reasoning?

Multiculturalism doesn't work but we keep it going with the lies. Blacks sometimes hate Jews; sometimes other whites hate Jews. While we're so busy trying to keep the S.S. Multikult from outright sinking, doesn't anyone ask: how does it feel to be Jewish knowing this covert hate swims all around you?

Multiculturalism throws different ethnic groups into conflict and so creates covert hate.

Not wanting to engage with reality


If I had to name the one human disaster, this is it: not wanting to engage with reality.

You can do it any number of ways. You can create a false world called heaven; you can retreat to your apartment and music and internet; you can undertake surrogate activities; you can preach "it shouldn't be this way" and smile grimly; you can insist on "real world activism" that doesn't address the problem.

I find that elites run off to gated communities and then participate in Peace, Love, Rainbow Nation Happiness and Justice for All type activities -- these are surrogate activities.

I find that metalheads bitch a storm about the world, go home and smoke a doobie, then trade Slayer bootlegs and claim it gives their lives meaning.

It's all evasion.

For me -- a man of words, a writer by day and night -- I prefer to seek truth aggressively and then translate it for my fellow humans who haven't had the fortune to undertake my path.

Truth is like a woman. If you contemplate her, and seek every detail to find a place in the architectonic whole that is her, you soon understand her. And you know when to leap and when to lunge.

Contemplation, or with a clear disciplined mind analyzing the situation according to the principles of the Scientific Method (hypothesize; test; modify; repeat) and then forming logical abstractions, can save us from the opposite -- which is not unstudied action, but backward logic which uses abstractions to justify not engaging with the world.

I don't think it gets clearer than that. Happy holidays, everyone.

ASBO


While this was designed for metalheads, I think it describes the situation for all of us.

We can withdraw, formulate false worlds whether secular or religious, or look directly at how our world works and act so that we adapt to it.

Almost all of my species are fleeing from reality in everything they do. I find it appalling we give them the vote, or consider their little blogs, bands, books, theatre, drama, and politics.

Intelligent beings should test all new information against reality and determine whether it is knowledge, or accurate according to the whole of reality, or bloviation, meaning that it is a partial truth -- correct about one aspect, but by denying others, incorrect according to the whole.

As you go through your day, consider classifying what you encounter as knowledge or bloviation. It makes for amusingly cruel dismissals of the dimwitted but socially pleasing attempts of others, if nothing else.

Heretical truth: Good leadership is strong


A strong leader who punishes cheats and freeloaders can increase the cooperation and riches enjoyed by the rest of the group, according to psychology and economics research at the University of British Columbia, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Kent.

"One person can make a difference," says UBC Assoc. Prof. Joe Henrich, who teaches in the departments of Psychology and Economics. "Having a solitary leader can efficiently galvanize group cooperation."

"This addresses the classic human cooperation dilemma," says Henrich. "In society, you have those who cheat on their taxes, but still receive universal health care, or those who don't recycle, but will get the benefits of a cleaner environment."

Science Daily


It's just math.

If people can believe the system they are working for will reward them (roughly) fairly, they will give it an honest effort.

If they see their work being destroyed by those who contribute nothing and yet demand sustenance (parasites), well, why bother? Steal a little for the missus and kids and let the rest go to hell.

It's the Broken Window Theory writ large, or the fall of the Soviet Union and USA writ small.

But one strong leader who restores a sense of fairness, and smashes the parasites, reinvests every person in the system. So it's easy to fix.

Speaking of who are the parasites and who likes to play fair, we find it varies with intelligence and caste, of course:


Perusing the General Social Survey data, I discovered the following powerful correlation between how much one trusts other people and one’s verbal IQ (as measured by the Wordsum vocabulary test).

TRUST 163. A. Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can't be too careful in life.

{ Editor's note: the higher the wordsum score, the more likely people are to trust others; also, other studies have shown correlation between high wordsum score and social class. }

As a person’s class increases (based on verbal IQ, income, and educational attainment), he tends to hang with a better class of people, so he develops a more positive view of others. Despite my blog posts in which I feel sympathy for poor people, I have to acknowledge the fact that as people drop in class, their level of civility severely decreases. If you live in a housing project where people are being shot at, mugged, and the building is constantly vandalized and spray painted with graffiti, you’re going to develop a pretty negative view of people.

Half Sigma


Idiots cheat, steal, lie and destroy because idiots cannot create a better future for themselves.

Smart people are less likely to randomly punish others and more likely to punish outright violators, but also, to look toward the future because they can always make something better.

Who I am and where I blog

Hi.

I am a realist. This means my political views are not what I wish were true, but what I from proof and deduction have reason to believe is true. We all live in the same universe; it rewards some behaviors and not others; nothing is new under the sun.

In addition, this universe doesn't give a damn about us. Only death is real; the sun also rises; life goes on and the world keeps turning. We, the human race, are in the driver's seat of our fate. If we make good decisions, we survive. If not, we end up getting downbred into chimpanzee status again, committing ecocide and living in a post-industrial apocalyptic nightmare of pollution, advertising, social disorder and other third world problems.

As I posted on Salon this morning:


Plato said civilizations go through cycles.

Democracy is the second to last stage, and it is marked by a wide diversification of consensus. Everyone starts to believe in a personal reality that has no connection to nature, physics, common sense, etc.

So you get one distinct opinion for every person, and there's no agreement at all except on the need for commerce, so civilization decays into anarchy and then its behind-the-scenes financial oligarchs unite and appoint a tyrant to keep order.

At that point, it has reached third-world status, as both Greece and Rome did after they fell.

That's your future, industrialized West, and all these people spinning you positive futures are just trying to hoard up enough gold to escape.

Salon (see more replies)


People are going to call me racist because multiculturalism doesn't work. They do not understand that I am post-racist and post-anti-racist. Multiculturalism doesn't work; it's not the ingredients involved, but the mixing. They are racist because they wish to destroy the organic cultures maintained by heritage, values, customs, language and culture.

People are going to call me classist because I recognize that intelligence differences determine our fortunes, with the exception of those who forsake wealth for study. I am post-class-warfare. I don't see the point. The truth is obvious to those with brains and they should impose it on others, because if we read history, we realize the option is continual revolution until total domination is achieved by the lowest castes, at which point the society slips into third world disorder, never to return. That's not good for the lowest castes, either.

People are going to call me elitist because I recognize that leadership intelligence (LEADINT) is a rare thing, found in maybe 1 in 100,000 people, and that everyone else is unfit for the job and makes a hash of it. People with leadership intelligence do not need to glorify themselves, because they're post-ego. They know that history will judge them by the job they do, and any bloviation antecedent to that point is wasted breath.

People are going to call me reactionary and conservative because I know that there is "nothing new under the sun," and that our traditional ways are best. Democracy is a farce. Splitting religion from the state was a bad idea, and now we have a deranged populist religion. Traditional roles for women and men place family first and reward wholesome, healthy, sane behaviors, while modern roles reward neurosis and make people miserable. I believe there are right ways to adapt to certain situations and that you cannot choose your own reality -- we share a reality, and we either adapt or being dying.

People are also going to call me a sci-fi nutcase and hippie because the two motivations expressed throughout my politics are (a) environmental salvation, e.g. avoiding ecocide and giving nature a chance to recover its vast diversity and beauty and (b) a return to space exploration. I think we should realize that as a species, we either adapt or die, and now that we have technology, the onus is on us to colonize other worlds -- because if you have only one world, you're in a weak position.

I recognize realpolitik in all of its forms. Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Kaczynski, Stalin, Herzl, Malcolm X and Mohammed all offer this wisdom. So do many, many others. Human existence is a quest to escape our own perspective so we can see reality and transcend ourselves, thus reconnecting to the world around us and finding meaning. Our egos and our social status are barriers to this quest. Most people engage in a tacit conspiracy to avoid facing this adaptation to reality, and when enough of them come together, they drag a civilization down, as Plato suggested.

I am not important. I am a vehicle for the ultimate heresy, which is reality, and people will throw tantrums and do anything they can to crucify me for it. However, I'm only the messenger. Reality will whup 'em upside the head soon enough.

This week, I'm guest-blogging at CORRUPT. I also blog at the following locations:



If you enjoy what you find here, you may be a realist. That's dangerous. Hide your opinions until you can find others who are also realistic, and share an un-neurotic existence as you build connections that will help as these other idiots plummet headlong into devolution, decay, dysfunction, failure, lies, flattery, avarice and above all else, oblivious stupidity.

More on evolution and devolution

Continuing an idea blogged about elsewhere...


But when Gutenberg (borrowing from the Chinese) perfected moveable type, he led the way to another and even broader form of cultural sharing; literacy became widespread in the aftermath of the printing press, and savants throughout the Europe published their insights, sharing their own expertise, producing the Enlightenment and igniting the Scientific Revolution. Peer-review, although portrayed today as a conservative force, initially acted as a radical intellectual accelerant, a mental hormone which again amplified the engines of human culture, leading directly to the Industrial Age.

The conservative empires fell, replaced by demos, the people: the cogs and wheels of a new system of the world which allowed for massive cities, massive markets, mass media, massive growth in human knowledge, and a new type of radicalism, known as Liberalism, which asserted the freedom of capital, labor, and people. That Liberalism, after two hundred and fifty years of ascendancy, has become the conservative order of culture, and faces its own existential threat, the result of another innovation in sharing.

Last month, The Economist, that fountainhead of Ur-Liberalism, proclaimed humanity “halfway there.” Somewhere in the last few months, half the population of the planet became mobile telephone subscribers. In a decade’s time we’ve gone from half the world having never made a telephone call to half the world owning their own mobile.

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Sociability has always been the cornerstone to human effectiveness. Being social has always been the best way to get ahead.

{ snip }

It is as though we have all been shoved into the same room, a post-modern Panopticon, where everyone watches everyone else, can speak with everyone else, can work with everyone else.

Some Grump


All of this activity makes a perfect cover for our real activity: a tacit conspiracy to evade reality.

We're generating more information, product, media, etc. than ever before, but how much of it is accurate? How much is relevant?

Sure, the proles love it, but their love is easily bestowed. What's going to last beyond the immediate generation?

The answer is very little, for to be loved, it needs to be truthful, and most of what we're seeing thanks to sociability is a pleasant, white-lie, denial of truth. It starts with "that dress doesn't make you look fat" and ends up with "everyone is equal."

Monday, December 22, 2008

Anarchists are stupid scumbags part III


Correct Mr Corrupt. We will not publish comments from openly racist gobshites, so you are getting NoPlatformed.
Claims that you have “debunked” evidence of a link between the imaginary anarchist organisations listed above might be more convincing if you provided evidence more solid than an assertion by a racist fool.

For one thing, I note that the site itself hasn’t attempted to defend itself but is relying on you, a racist, elitist pseud to claim that the above story is wrong. It is not.

There is racist crap on that site, racist crap on your site and uncritical weblinks found between the two.

Give it up and get some fucking politics you thick as shit fascist.

Glasgow Anarchists


I posted informed contesting their assertions, including proof. Their response was to censor it and spit about the above chain of insults.

These people are comical and vicious.

Waking up the philosophers


No nation is post-racial, ever.

We all like being what we are, which includes language, values, customs, heritage (including race) and national identity.

This topic, however, is taboo — and we should ask why, seeing how large corporations, hippies, anarchists, media overlords and oligarchs all agree it should be taboo.

Cui bono?

Talking Philosophy


We can't discuss it because it violates our fundamental belief that all individuals are equal. Yet why do we have this belief? To pander to each other and to sell each other stuff.

Brilliant.

Who gives


Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates.

Arthur Brooks, the author of a book on donors to charity, “Who Really Cares,” cites data that households headed by conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than households headed by liberals. A study by Google found an even greater disproportion: average annual contributions reported by conservatives were almost double those of liberals.

Other research has reached similar conclusions. The “generosity index” from the Catalogue for Philanthropy typically finds that red states are the most likely to give to nonprofits, while Northeastern states are least likely to do so.

NYT


Not surprising.

Conservatives view government's job as to provide infrastructure; liberals want government to pacify everyone by serving as a safety net.

So liberals vote for more entitlements, and don't want to give up what they already have, because they have a covert oppositional attitude toward government.

Conservatives, who have an overt oppositional attitude toward government, try to reign in government spending and then apply money to sensible, organic charities.

Useful UN bans criticism of any religious faith


The U.N. General Assembly Thursday approved a "Defamation of Religion" resolution, largely supported by Islamic countries, condemning critical or offensive expressions directed at any religious faith.

The resolution therefore raises the issue: Should respect for what is considered sacred by others limit freedom of expression? It is also a prime example of the way different cultures around the world interpret great principles that they theoretically agree upon in very different ways.

This gives the fierce debate over the resolution a place in the whole Clash of Civilizations narrative, to use the concept presented by Samuel P. Huntington in his book of the same name. It highlights profound differences in approaches to religious belief and religious freedom between democracies, largely built on separation of church and state, and Islamic states.

UPI


Islamic states tend to be traditionalist, or believe that they should be unified by culture, religion, values, heritage, language, customs and so on.

In the decadent and dying West, we prefer the illusion of "openness" and "debate," even thought fewer than 1% of our population can debate.

My new religion: euthanize all people under 120 IQ points. Don't criticize it or you'll end up in jail.

No surprise that smarter kids drink more


Research has now shown a link between high childhood IQ and an adult enthusiasm for alcohol that leads in some cases to problem drinking.

Parents may be aware that the easiest children to have around the house, and those who are also the most likely to have a predictable, comfortable lifestyle when adults, are those with a slightly aboveaverage intelligence, neither too clever, nor stupid.

Most parents would be proud to be told by a teacher that their child has a higher IQ than his or her peers. It would not occur to anybody that there might be an association between that high IQ at the age of 10 and an enthusiasm for the drinking culture, leading occasionally to a problematic excessive alcohol intake.

The Times


Article: smart kids are inconvenient. Hope for semi-smart kids instead.

Reality: Civilization is declining and has been for centuries, so smarter people pickle their brains to avoid facing day-in day-out the fact that we're heading for a long slow decline into third world irrelevance.

In addition, anecdotally speaking, smarter people experiment more with mind alteration from drugs, exercise, alcohol, sleep deprivation and so on -- they live more in their minds, so altered states are more pleasing to them.

American-Russian collusion after WWII


The newly unearthed diaries of a colourful assassin for the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the CIA, reveal that American spy chiefs wanted Patton dead because he was threatening to expose allied collusion with the Russians that cost American lives.

But after a decade-long investigation, military historian Robert Wilcox claims that OSS head General "Wild Bill" Donovan ordered a highly decorated marksman called Douglas Bazata to silence Patton, who gloried in the nickname "Old Blood and Guts".

His book, "Target Patton", contains interviews with Mr Bazata, who died in 1999, and extracts from his diaries, detailing how he staged the car crash by getting a troop truck to plough into Patton's Cadillac and then shot the general with a low-velocity projectile, which broke his neck while his fellow passengers escaped without a scratch.

Mr Bazata also suggested that when Patton began to recover from his injuries, US officials turned a blind eye as agents of the NKVD, the forerunner of the KGB, poisoned the general.

The Telegraph


Extraordinary. Stalin -- the biggest killer and rapist of the war -- and America, its biggest profiteer, in collusion at the expense of cannon fodder GI lives?

Quite.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Nu-Immigrants are here for a quick buck


In the third quarter of 2008, 71.3% of Latino immigrant workers were either employed or actively seeking work, compared with 72.4% in the same quarter a year earlier, according to a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research organization. The 1.1-percentage-point drop "marks a substantial decrease in the labor-market participation of Latino immigrants," says Rakesh Kochhar, the Pew economist who prepared the report.

For the first time in a decade, unskilled immigrants are competing with Americans for work. And evidence is emerging that tens of thousands of Hispanic immigrants are withdrawing from the labor market as U.S. workers crowd them out of potential jobs. At least some of the foreigners are returning home.

WSJ


Who emigrates to a country that shares none of their values, heritage, etc? People looking to make some quick cash because their country failed. Instead of staying home and fixing problems, they're passing those problems on to you, in exchange for cheap labor.

Now that the economy's gone south, they're in gyrations about what to do: stay or go? The easy money is gone. Maybe that was all they were here for, the easy money. They're probably invited in because this society is already awash in parasites and dysfunctional people of all stripes.

Children fascinated by conquerors


For decades, toy replicas of British warplanes like the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster have outsold those of their Nazi foes, but now kit sales of Second World War German aircraft have overtaken those of the Allied forces.

Sales of German tanks and ships have also outstripped those of the Allies.

Analysis by the model maker Airfix has revealed that this year, German kits have made up around 55 per cent of the sales of all kits relating to the conflict. Around 1.4 million German replicas were sold, compared to 1.1 million Allied kits.

Experts and modellers say the rise in sales of the Nazi war machines reflects an interest in the more experimental technologies developed by the Germans and the engineering superiority of many of their vehicles.

The Telegraph


Don't be fooled by the bloviation -- people like conquerors, even if they won't admit it in public. Caesar, Hitler, Alexander, even Patton, are preferrable to a modern society so wimpy it cannot run down and publically execute 20 bandits in a motorboat who hijack giant tankers off the African coast.

Judge not, lest you be judged for judging


"Social situations make people feel self-conscious about what they wear and what they eat to the point where they feel they're being judged for every morsel that touches their lips," Martin Binks, director of behavioral health at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center, said in a university news release.

In fact, overweight and obese people are often nervous and anxious during the holiday season because they're worried they don't have the willpower to resist the many temptations. Some put a lot of effort into avoiding social gatherings or certain foods or eating triggers, and others say they can sense the judgmental attitudes of other people.

WP


Christianity and secular humanism/liberalism: Judge not, lest you be judged.

Reality: Judge, for you are judged, especially on your ability to judge. Morons approve moronic behavior, and smart people decline it.