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

Torrentspy hit for $111 MILLION

Gee, what a great idea. Let's hit some guys who probably never made more than a few hundred to a few thousand dollars off the site, for "facilitating" infringement of copyrighted works. And, we're doing this because they caused people wealthy enough to buy small towns outright to lose out on an extra gold toilet seat this year on some crappy movie that otherwise the facilitated individuals would have had to nearly sign for a second mortgage to afford the drinks and snacks to see it at a movie theater miles from home costing them an amount of gas that in real dollar terms if invested conservatively would in a few years allow them to buy ten more gallons?

A federal judge is hitting the shuttered TorrentSpy service with a $111 million penalty for facilitating the infringement of thousands of copyrighted works.

Torrentspy Dinged $111 Million in MPAA Lawsuit | Threat Level from Wired.com

Yet another example of the punishment not remotely fitting the crime, and the punishment being done through the civil court system because the criminal court system is not yet fully corrupted to allow the MPAA to sponsor their enemies' executions and get the exclusive rights to the DVD recording thereof.

People of America, time to start using the system the way they use it. FILE LAWSUITS AGAINST THE RIAA AND MPAA FOR YEARS OF CRAPPY MUSIC AND MOVIES, FOR DAMAGE TO THIS COUNTRY'S SOCIAL FABRIC, TO YOUR POCKETBOOKS, FOR BAD INFLUENCE ON YOUR CHILDREN, AND KEEP FILING THEM TILL THE GOVERNMENT CRIES UNCLE AND THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH DOES SOMETHING TO CORRECT THIS IMBALANCE.

Wake up and get angry people. The big three networks' line-up between 1970 and 1980 ALONE deserves war crimes level trials, never mind movies like Starship Invasions or Yentl, or every single double-live album done by any pop group ever. Do I really need to mention Lambada and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo? My Mother the Car? The Backstreet Boys?

If we can throw drug dealers in prison DESPITE the fact that they only sell what their buyers really and truly want of their own free will, WHY NOT THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT US BEANS BAXTER?

I want reparations for my last thirty years of popular media exposure, I want my brain cells back, I want my psyche unfucked, and I want it now. I'm mad as hell, and I'm not watching Network anymore!*

*Thank you Peter Finch.

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