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

This will be added to on an irregular basis...
  • 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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Friday, March 28, 2008

You were warned, the Patriot act would be used for non-terrorist cases...

Kansas.com | 03/25/2008 | Patriot Act used in drug case; lawyer riled

The lawyer for a man accused of being a major cocaine supplier for the Wichita Crips gang contends that a secret search of the man's house under the Patriot Act was illegal.
  1. Wichita. As in Wichita, Kansas. As in Dorothy and Toto country. Not a place you associate with international terrorist organizations and acts against the USA. Better have a really good reason right off.
  2. Crips. As in Crips and Bloods. As in your two largest black gang-banger organizations. Not an organization you associate with international terrorist organizations and acts against the USA. Better have a really really good reason right off.
  3. Wichita Crips. As in WTFBBQ. Man, don't make me slap that corn out of your hands.

What was the essence of their justification?

In the affidavit, the ATF agent contended that earlier disclosure to Andrews could "seriously jeopardize the investigation."

As in, we would have no case without abusing the constitution and the ends therefore justify the means.

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