Maxims, rules of thumb and other observations on human cognition and sociocultural affectations

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  • What is said to humans directly is received with skepticism and considered with dubiousness while that which is heard in passing, especially that which most conforms to their mentality or prejudices, is readily believed.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive latency between exposure to new information or experiences and the ability to think dispassionately and intellectually about it.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive spectrum starting with the moment of exposure to new information or experiences and ending with some point at which the thing is effectively "in the past" for them.
  • This cognitive spectrum is linked to the emotional process often referred to as shock, anger, denial and acceptance.
  • The more and faster information or experiences are presented to people and the closer the quarters and the lesser the distance between people, the more their early reactions in the passionate emotional stage are reflected back to them in the manner of responses to those reactions from others in light of those responses.
  • The more outrages which are suffered without sufficient time to allow emotional bleed-off, the farther the bar for subsequent reaction and outrage are pushed, and the more further events must progress before reaction and outrage.
  • It is possible for serious detriments to eventually sit below this threshold for long enough for their damaging effects to build and multiply until their entire society undergoes some reactive convulsion.
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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Two signs of severe cracking up in Israel

Eitam: Banish traitors from Knesset and Israel | Jerusalem Post

Ashkelon man builds homemade missile | Jerusalem Post

The government of Israel's truly breathtakingly vast and grand incompetence on the same scale as America's is leading predictably to the people at large cracking up. Common citizens want to fire rockets back like the terrorists. Elected MKs want to publicly support the destruction of their own country.

It's like the kooks of the American white supremacist movement, going on about black helicopters and conspiracy theories and how we need to overthrow the government. Here though, we aren't under fire from foreign enemies right on our border unless you count the continuing influx of Canadian comedians or Mexicans willing to pick vegetables for pathetic insulting pay, which I don't.

Well, maybe the Canadian comedians, but the same could be said of the enemy within, Minnesota comedians. The point is that people at large are not waiting for the government to react to a perceived issue but in the case of Israel, the issue is NOT imaginary. It's as real as a Kassam hit.

Israel definitely cannot afford to keep up this American inspired atmosphere of hurry up and wait. It definitely cannot afford continuing religious schisms. It definitely cannot afford anything but a unified commitment to its own survival. It definitely cannot afford to follow more slow path to peace Jimmy Carter Camp David style bullshit.

Instead, Israel's government is busy passing laws and regulations that make anything like strong patriotic expressions of ever more questionable legality while letting elected officials publicly mouth support of what amounts to the destruction of their own nation, which is at the very least sedition.

Maybe the anti-Zionist religious fundamentalists have a point. Maybe Zionism alone isn't sufficient to overcome all of our human foibles and weaknesses. It certainly looks like Israeli government is willing to bend over for the fifth column out of nothing more than misplaced false compassion which is really fear of being tagged as bigots against Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims.

Well learn from the USA already Israel. For fear of being tagged racists, white conservatives have been afraid to cross the so-called race lines and support black and other minority voices shouting out for self-control, propriety, and family; if they do, they are called opportunistic, racist, and those they reach out to support within those communities are tagged as sell-outs and Uncle Toms.

The result is that African American parents have NO support against childhood rebellion and social upheaval from the white majority. Well, WE ARE ALL IN THIS WORLD TOGETHER. SOCIETY IS WHAT THE MIX OF ALL OF US IS CALLED. If the Arab/Muslim Israelis are upset, and Jewish Israelis are upset, then they have to start talking to each other and helping each other AS FELLOW ISRAELIS.

It definitely is in NO ONE'S interest for Hamas and Fatah to continue this way. Palestine has a chance to coexist with Israel in peace and prosperity and Hamas and Fatah are FUCKING THAT UP FIRST AND FOREMOST FOR THEIR OWN FELLOW PALESTINIANS.

Furthermore, they are doing it for the pleasure of Syria and Iran. Hello, Earth to Palestinians. You live in Palestine, NOT SYRIA. NOT IRAN. Stop letting those opportunistic bastards who are nowhere near your home, your street, your problems, to guide what you do and how you do it. HAMAS AND FATAH HAVE BETRAYED YOU FOR THE COIN OF SYRIA AND IRAN. They are traitors to your desire for a moment's rest. Yet you suck up to them while they are sucking up to would-be global troublemakers who are sacrificing your safety and security for their own selfishness?

Israel, time to reach out and reclaim YOUR OWN CITIZENS WHO YOU ARE LOSING THE LOYALTY OF. When that reaches critical mass, civil war becomes inevitable and you can take this from America, it can take CENTURIES to heal that IF you survive it. In your case, I don't think Iran and Syria will let you.

All we had to fear was Canadians and Mexicans on our borders and when was the last time you heard them mentioned in the same sentence as "international terrorism"? "Relatively harmless" is more common but that is never used in the same sentence as Syria OR Iran.

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