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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Thursday, May 08, 2008

FBI loses one to the Internet Archive


One for the US Constitution and the idea that end-runs, and police-state tactics are NOT an acceptable replacement for old-fashioned rules and laws respecting gumshoe investigation.

For fucks' sake you twits in federal law enforcement, THINK! You're on the way to becoming a sordid mix of Keystone Cops, SS, and Pinkerton men. Does the flag on everything around you mean NOTHING? Did you guys all sleep through history segments of grade school? Did nothing stir in you when you heard of the Boston Tea Party?

FBI Targets Internet Archive With Secret 'National Security Letter', Loses | Threat Level from

Though FBI guidelines on using NSLs warned of overusing them, two Congressionally ordered audits revealed that the FBI had issued hundreds of illegal requests for student health records, telephone records and credit reports. The reports also found that the FBI had issued hundreds of thousands of NSLs since 2001, but failed to track their use. In a letter to Congress last week, the FBI admitted it can only estimate how many NSLs it has issued.

What is it with you people? Does the American public's general disgust with federal law enforcement, the federal government and the entire concept of governance in general not unnerve you? How can you be a patriotic loyal American and NOT be disturbed by how things are going? Wake up, grow up, and live up to the responsibilities we the people handed you. Please, you're bringing disrepute on the organization.