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, August 28, 2008

Watching the Democratic Convention goings on...

...and what comes to mind is a certain warmth, a certain satisfaction. I'm not sure why, but their willfully ignorant childishly naive overriding self-righteousness makes me smile. Long have I felt that were I a demon assigned to subversion of the world and seduction to sin, I'd be on permanent vacation. Given that I act for the opposite aims, I seem to have a guaranteed job for all eternity. The need for the human race to learn is unending and their ignorance boundless. There is no end to their ability to fail.

Freedom to what? Freedom from what? Right to what? Right to be what from what? When the terms of indignation are left undefined all their claims devolve to angry cries of gibberish for gibberish is exactly that which has no meaning, the same meaning they've failed to assign to anything through reason whether intellectual or emotional.

Nothing they say means anything. Anything they say reeks of meaninglessness. The entire thing is one large pile of drivel.

Take for instance our man Bareback O'Rama's desire to get out of Iraq before Iraq's current leadership wants us to, as if merely leaving would make it all as if we never went there at all, as if you could turn back the clock through pretending nothing ever happened.

We walked away from Viet Nam and essentially embargoed them and they sat fretting and fuming and simmering down within the Communist bloc, but does anyone truly think that they believe it never happened? I assure you, many are those yet living who lost family no longer living to that war and have not forgotten. In fact, it was likely only that North Viet Nam was seeking more to conquer South Viet Nam than anything else which worked in favor of our walking away not turning into a return engagement later on.

The North cynically manipulated the Viet Cong into smashing their best blood and spirit upon the American shields, wasting and running out their resources, during the Tet Offensive. At that point, it was clear to the South Viet Nam Communists that the North was not interested in a Communist worker's paradise in general as a North Vietnamese hegemony specifically above all else. The South would be theirs and that was their chief aim.

We let the North have their way and the South settled down to a unification on the North's terms. The South seeing the realpolitik of the situation had considerably less fervor for their cause in Communism now.

If we leave Iraq now, most Iraqis will blame us and rightfully so for destabilizing them for no reason that anyone can justify, and then failing to restabilize them back to at least close to the level they enjoyed somewhat dubiously under Saddam Hussein. What do you think the result of that could possibly be?

Further, whereas Saddam kept Islamic extremism at bay through unmitigated violent oppression, we will fail to do so by walking away as long as those parties remain at large and operating freely in defiance of the world's supposed desire for peace. Notice that the loopy left at the Democratic Convention is solidly obsessed with what happened in the past. We invaded Iraq on George Bush's say so. Past tense. Happened several years ago. What are we seeing as a result now? Would Iraq be better off simply by walking away? Obviously not, but the reality of having to deal with the aftermath of the actions of others has never stopped people from acting short-sightedly in self-righteous moral indignation. Never have humans been ones to put the realities of the world ahead of their petty tantrums and make no mistake the cacophony of calls to leave Iraq now now now are nothing more than tantrums as every last party calling for immediate withdrawal have no coherent, rational, or even remotely sane idea of what to do after that and more to the point, what the Iraqi people deserve in compensation given that we invaded.

The insurgency is not about Iraq being for Iraqis. Iraq is already for Iraqis and more than ever it was under Hussein. Unless democracy is so distrusted by the left (and it is, more than anyone wants to believe) or that non-Americans (read non-whites) are fundamentally incompatible with the group self-determination of representative democracy (and they do fundamentally believe such a bigoted thing that certain kinds of people tend towards certain kinds of civilization organizational structures) then they should be cognizant immediately that the Iraqi people are more free now than they have ever been before. So free, that many of them are free to destabilize their nation through acts of violent barbarism against their own countrymen.

No, this is not about Iraq being for Iraqis in which case our walking away would allow them to do whatever it is Iraqis want to do with Iraq such as turning it into another Arab nationwide gulag as it was under Hussein or a middle-eastern den of hedonistic pursuit such as had never existed in the east after or before Islam. This insurgency is about a fight from the forces of extremist Islam who want to take every verse in the Koran literally which in any way fits their victimhood driven run from self-reliance and self-responsibility and their desire to blame their problems real and more often imagined on everyone else, most especially as is common with humans, those who have more anything than they do.

Witness the Law of the Sea treaty which is all about making sure that a cut of any and all profits is made to every single land-locked nation but especially the non-Western nations, out of all proportion to the input of said nations. It is about selfishness, and abdication of responsibility, personal power, and reason. It is about no better or noble a greed than those they impugn. Nothing is stopping landlocked nations from fielding oceanologists and other related disciplinarians to multi-national projects, but I guess putting up or shutting up is also not a human tendency.

If we walk away now, the reality is that we will deliver Iraq into a religious nuthatchery worse than Iran in the heady and bloody aftermath of the revolution, worse than Saudi Arabia when the royal family is having a bad day, worse than any we've yet seen. The most extremist kannoim of the uber Orthodox Jewish world could not be a millionth as nasty as it will be. The Catholic Church during the Dark Ages will be a close match. In other words, those who would walk away in indignation over the actions of the Bush administration are willing to visit on the Iraqi people in the wake of that supposed wrong already done on them, the worse wrong of allowing the imposition of a religious fundamentalist state of oppression of the sort they themselves scream righteous blather against whenever they even fantasize that it might be creeping upon the US from the Christian right.

Those who would leave Iraq right now, would victimize the Iraqis all over again for their own self-righteousness.

As I said. Ignorant, senseless, barbaric, that is the nature of self-righteousness in the end. That is what the left is proposing visiting upon those who they claim have already been victimized. How is that more right for them to do than it is for those they oppose? It isn't, but self-righteousness blinds people to that equality of evil in acting the same as those they oppose. To have never invaded would have been nice, but imagining that we can make the world as if it never happened after all the destruction we wrought and all the established patterns and flows of societal power we disrupted is tantamount of utter idiocy and the result will be to victimize Iraq well and truly.

It will be to put the truth rather than the lie to the claim that we Americans can start trouble, but not finish it. All it takes to do it, is to allow Iraq to go from a secular dictatorship to a religious one. All it takes is to allow Iraq to suffer under a fate we ourselves would never allow our own kind to.

That is racism. That is bigotry. That is wrong. The left is wrong.

Truly, my job will never be finished.

Free software advocates learn from their alleged adversaries, if you can't convince someone, force them through lawsuit...

Slashdot | Quebec Gov Sued For Ignoring Free Software, from this article.

Simple as this: free software is just that, free. You pay nothing. And you get what you pay for generally. Which means that if it doesn't work, it doesn't work right, or works but not the way you need it so, sorry, you're SOL and probably soon to have a network that is FUBAR.

Microsoft products inter-operate, they are supported by the license fees, and Microsoft has the largest support documentation database of any software publisher bar none. Out of the box, you can build a Microsoft network based on Windows, using MS Office for your office type work, and load on to them as well from the single largest third party library of software for any platform ever.

You cannot say the same about Linux or BSD. Even Apple's Macintosh is extremely limited by Apple's anal-retentive control freak approach to development on their platform over the years resulting in a continuing reticence in the industry to develop on it even though the underlying core has now changed dramatically.

But Linux which is the core of the "free software" movement exemplifies the true qualities of the soft left of today. It is entirely smothered and retarded by cults of personality, personality conflicts, egomania, territorialism, hypocrisy, self-centeredness, greed, and self-righteousness. Witness the general disregard and disdain, most often without any basis or even the slightest hint of sane rationale for Red Hat, arguably the most professional distribution on the market today.

Yet because of that "free" illusion, Red Hat continues to fight an uphill battle. If you're going to pay for software, might as well pay for Microsoft. If you're looking to save money, pay nothing. It's not an enviable position for Red Hat to be in, but unfortunately the Linux world is entirely dominated by the idiot idea that everything in life should come without cost and be totally decentralized and worked on and supported by whoever wants to whenever they want and if you want it now, you pay now, and pay way more than you'd ultimately pay for an MS based network.

However, as has been seen in many corporate and government settings, free is not free in software. It comes with a support price tag that you didn't pay up front with the software. It doesn't work right out of the box both because there is no box and because it wasn't designed to. It needs a "geek" to make it work at all and a super geek in many cases to make it work the way you need it.

Those corporations which have heavily moved into the Linux world now have several full time coders and geeks to make their supposedly free system work. That's roughly $40,000US for salary and since benefits usually cost the same by rough figuring, it works out to about $80,000US per geek. Per year. Three geeks is $240,000US just to keep supposedly free software working for a few minutes.

I've seen five hundred seat LANs based on Windows clients going to Windows servers with Office and other software be entirely supported from PC hardware to software to network to servers to Internet connection, soup to nuts, by ONE non-MSCE for $80,000US (again, salary plus benefits). The cost of the software was a one-time payment of maybe $1,000US per seat so $500,000 covering five to ten years of usage and the geek.

One geek X ten years w/one time software buy... $1,300,000.

Three geeks X ten years... $2,400,000.

Yes, this is a simplification, but you get the idea. There's no reason that a company should have to replicate locally, each one, what Microsoft does for them centrally. Custom support for a Microsoft LAN needs one person generally. Customer support for a "free software" LAN needs several generally. Why? Because of what I said about the Linux world earlier. One wants to specialize in PHP and does almost nothing else. Fine, he can write scripts to run on the Apache web server, but now you need someone to make the Apache web server work and he doesn't want to do more than that. The source for much of the Linux software isn't working the way your business needs and is not customizable easily, so you need a dedicated coder to do custom modifications to make it work.

Microsoft software tends towards endless customization and tends towards a modular and extremely well documented architecture lending itself to third parties writing generalized and customizable software you can purchase easily and it just works. Point, click, install. Point, click, customize. Point, click, it works.

The Linux world full of their own supposed genius has to do things as difficult as possible. Unified architectures? No. Common frameworks? Uh uh. Standards based designs? Are you crazy? Besides, there is the self-righteousness aspect and everyone thinks they know the best way. As with so much else in the world, it's about who is right and not what is right. Microsoft does what is right and doesn't argue with everyone else. Anyone working there works to the Microsoft model and standards or doesn't work there at all. In the Linux world, it's whatever you feel like doing.

Sorry geeks, but it's true. Linux is a losing proposition for the business world and the business world knows it. When it comes to a cost vs. benefit analysis, standards, off-the-shelf availability, customizability, ease of use, ease of support, breadth and depth of support documentation... they all are on Microsoft's side, not Linux, and all because Linux is something like most geek subcultures. Full of people who feel sorry for themselves, who've abdicated all power they had in the mainstream world, and who've decided to invent games they can master to empower themselves in a sterile subculture away from the real world that matters.

Yes, I know, I must be some moron who doesn't know what I'm talking about. I who have a Linux RAID server running Samba sitting in my office. But then, I can afford to spend idle time tweaking it and supporting it myself. Were I to have money riding on it, no fucking way would I take the chances on it. I can compile in my sleep. I've become damn good with SSH and Python. But take chances with money and business? Not on your life.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Bigfoot carcass recovered?

Two Georgians Say They Have Bigfoot’s Body - NYTimes.com

But on Friday at a hotel in Palo Alto, Calif., a pair of Bigfoot
hunters say they will present what they contend is the most definitive
proof yet of an animal that science says does not exist: DNA evidence
and photographs of a dead specimen they say they found in a remote
swath of woods in northern Georgia.

Well this is a turn of events. I wonder how this fits into the Noah's Ark story. Maybe someone should ask XGH to cover that angle.

The stumbling block on the road to ethical governance is a lack of propriety

A bit rambling, sure, but it's nonetheless true. Doing things simply because we can and not because we should, much less doing them because we're obsessed with being right and others being wrong... is wrong.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Windigos for real? CA bus slaughter has odd similarities...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Travelocity Gets More Material

Monday, August 11, 2008

The number one enemy of children: their self-proclaimed protectors...

Study: Network TV likes sex, but not in marriage - washingtonpost.com

This quote is basically true:


The central problem that if you're actually bothering to take care of, raise, supervise, and otherwise deal with your own kids, you don't need external protecting groups is still being missed.

When television became a child babysitting service, instead of babysitting their kids themselves, people insisted on making television clean enough to babysit their kids, not actually raise their own.

When the Internet became ubiquitous, what happened? The new medium was targeted to be the new babysitter and the babysitter which was chosen hadn't volunteered but it would now be drafted and what happened? A slew of laws ineffective to the point of uselessness because the point was never effectiveness, but aggrandizement of those pushing and writing the laws. Laws struck down whole or in part again and again by a court system ultimately beholden to their own version of the Torah: the US Constitution.

In all this, the point continues to be ignored: the job of parenting and babysitting is that of the parents and their assigned and trusted individuals, humans all. Televisions and Internet connected computers are merely items. Appliances. Inanimate objects without thought, feeling, creativity, or free will. They merely transmit the doings and ramblings of other people.

Since when should all the other people you know, and those you don't, from you neighbor to people on the far side of Earth have to live down to whatever you consider a safe enough standard of content for your children to be exposed to?

More over, since when should you not be personally involved with your own kids and rely on the television and Internet?

Your mindset, you would-be protectors of kids' virtues, is what had brought us to enormous teen pregnancy rates, drugs, divorce, anti-religiousness, and all the other ills starting in childhood. Your mindset is what has caused the dramatic surge in incest, intergenerational sex, child abuse, and neglect. All because you have no idea of and no interest in what your kids are doing as long as there's some law on the books for you to cover your otherwise naked asses with, letting you sleep at night without a guilty conscience grinding you, making you cringe at the very thought of your parenthood.

Yet, it will continue with the very same parents who lie about their own childhoods, their own indiscretions, their own moments of naive freedom away from the prying eyes of their own parents... buying their kids computers which they allow in the privacy of their own bedrooms, webcams for the computers, and completing the unholy trinity, a high speed Internet connection. They will keep buying them cell phones with cameras. They will keep leaving the digital cable and satellite with the parental controls unlocked.

Meanwhile the kids will be broadcasting nudes of themselves to friends, and watching porn on the family television bill, and mom and dad oblivious to why their next thing is to make a move behind their backs to meet some stranger for an illicit rendezvous at a hotel when they're only thirteen.

As I've said before, a pious man can think nothing more in a strip bar than if the girls are cold. A well raised person is not drawn into the world of naively self-delusionary sexual obsession where people believe childishly that they're ready for it or have some sort of control on their emotions. Well rounded and centered people don't have those issues. People who are raised by television and the Internet DO.

FOR FUCKS' SAKE PEOPLE, RAISE YOUR OWN DAMN KIDS. DO IT FOR THEM.

Oz's darker days here, munchkins now attacking clergy...

Did 'Masked Little People' Attack Bishop? - Albuquerque News Story - KOAT Albuquerque

A dispatch log from September details Gallup police were called to the
bishop's home after he told operators "gentle little people about 3 to
4 feet tall wearing Halloween masks" were in his home.

"Can you tell me what happened?" the dispatcher asked.

"They're
just moving. They've been quiet. They've been going upstairs in the
bedrooms and hiding behind the artifacts. But they don't talk," said
Pelotte, adding that they were wearing masks.

Er... yeah. Right.

The Onion finally notices the Agriprocessors mess...

Kosher Plant Cited For Child Labor | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

The world is coming to an end. I have a microphone.

I bet you never saw that coming.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Que various Scotsman jokes

Wash. letter carrier going full kilt ahead - Yahoo! News

With his build, Peterson said, his thighs fill slacks to capacity, causing chafing and scarring.

It's called dieting and exercise. How can you be a letter carrier walking a route and have your thighs get fat enough to chafe and actually scar the skin?

Perhaps he needs to try those boxer brief underwear.

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