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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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

From a comment by me at Bloodthirsty Liberal

http://bloodthirstyliberal.com/?p=8107#comment-58406

Humans are a strange species. Always at odds with themselves and everything about their nature, and always trying to live at opposition to it, and all they instinctively know. People like to anthropomorphosize and imagine animals with intelligence but what a horrid thing to wish upon creatures who work as well as watch parts. Imagine visiting conscience and abstraction upon a gazelle. They’d be positively neurotic. When a sickly or slow number of the herd was taken by a lion, some of the others would run screaming and spend the rest of their days shaken and disturbed by the experience and some others would angrily charge the lion in a futile emotional outburst.

All the blather about consumption and living simply that others may simply live is just humans forgetting that the world is what it is, and not what they imagine it is or should or might be. Reality isn’t pretty, but as the old saying goes, life is what happens while you’re making other plans.

Another applicable saying regarding this spending is that if you give a man a fish he eat for one night. If you teach him to fish, he feeds himself for life. Unfortunately, the left has more of a sense that if you build a man a fire he will be warm for one night but if you set him on fire, he will be warm for the rest of his life.

Sending money to third world governments has never worked any more than handing a five spot to a drunk. Our exploitation of them as a money-saving move though… did we really think they’d not find something constructive to do with it when it didn’t come with earmarks from the corrupt (dis)United Nations?

Set boundaries for humans such as earmarks and rules for spending handouts and basic human dignity and ego requires them to buck you and spend it corruptly. Give them the money for service rendered and leave them to do with their money as they see fit and they will inevitably do what pleases them with it, without the motivation to misspend it given by some external force telling them what to do.

And so they have and are and the third world is rapidly joining those ahead and the results of our idiot simply living so others may simply live idea are becoming clear. Instead of developing plentiful power supplies and technologies so that all might be prosperous and comfortable, we find ourselves with too little oil, coal, and gas for those we enabled to develop to share with us.

Life is truly what happens while you’re making other plans.

Israel needs to call random cease-fires...

...just long enough for the Hamas morons to try regrouping and getting their game faces on and getting ready to attack. Why? Because to do that, they have to actually get within the same area as each other in fire teams which are easier to destroy than trying to nail one or two idiots here or there surrounded by hundreds of non-combatants.

Let them go out, set up the launchers, get ready to fire, and then bomb the hell out of their positions. Stop firing for a while and when they come out of hiding, hit them again. They've shown a long-term inability to stop popping their heads out whenever the bombs stop for a bit. Take advantage of it and keep letting them present nice easy targets.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

D'oh!

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What can you possibly say...

Monday, December 29, 2008

Obsession - Radical Islam's War Against The West

SEE THIS MOVIE, NOW SHOWING ON SHALOM TV UNTIL JANUARY 3, 2009. (Praise to G-d for Cox seeing the light to carry Jewish programming FINALLY...)

Obsession - Radical Islam's War Against The West

In short, it portrays a Muslim world of controlled information dissemination, propagandizing, demonization, and limiting of cultural experience transfer. Societies whether Arab, Persian, or Turkish which provide a very limited controlled view of the outside world, designed to first reinforce the political line of the rulers, second to make the society as xenophobic as possible, and third to create enemies for the rulers and society to struggle against and blame for their problems perpetually.

It is dead accurate. The average Muslim in the street in the cities in which we see the gatherings of clerics giving fiery anti-western speeches do not know anything about our way of life but what they've been told, what has been given to them since they could first understand their native language, and will be given to their children and grandchildren unless something changes: that constant message that cultures other than theirs, especially the Christians and Jews, are out to get them, working actively to oppose them at a personal spiritual level, and working to undermine their culture and their way of life.

Really, it isn't a different point of view from the Orthodox Jewish view of the charedi that the modern secular world is responsible for every ill befalling Judaism, EXCEPT that no one sane in those circles seriously believes the secular world is causing any of those problems on purpose and deliberately. They ills perceived are the after effect of the clash between the secular way of life, and the religious way of life which if you take them to extremes, necessarily overlap each other and tend to be opposed in terms of restrictions and allowances to action (the Catholic no meat on Friday, the Jewish no work after sundown Saturday, or the secular do whatever you want).

Most people know very well instinctively that they have the secular freedom to do anything within certain bounds of civility and security and safety as their baseline and religious requirements are simply fences or marks on the ground they choose to observe. When society and religion align, presenting an open society with few restrictions is intimidating and threatening, most especially to those who have, wish to have, and/or wish to maintain power over the masses of the first more restrictive religious culture.

In the Islamic world, the clash is considered purposeful. A purpose driven by Satan, by America, by Jews, by Israel, by Zionists, by whoever opposes them even if only by default. When people believe that they are under attack, they engage in defensive behaviors. When people believe they are being victimized, they engage in the usual angry, hurt, and upset behaviors of victims. When people believe they are righteous, they engage in the controlling, intimidating, and manipulative behaviors of self-righteousness. Combine those things, and you get the crowd listening to the clerics.

This is of course (and here is your obligatory "I have friends who are black" style statement of disclaimer) not to say that the people are themselves inherently flawed but that they carry a set of memes intellectually from generation to generation that are self-reinforcing from a psychological synergy standpoint (that is they reinforce natural human tendencies against introspection, self-analysis, and guilt and so forth) and extremely seductive. Who doesn't want to think that the reason everyone disagrees with them is that everyone else is not only wrong, but out to get them? It makes one seem important because one must be if one merits such an overarching and all encompassing conspiracy against them.

This is what the west is up against.

Lastly, the west needs to understand that although the majority of Jews are not charedi, the uber-Orthodox world is nevertheless the archetype of what it means to be for lack of a simpler phrase, truly Jewish among those same non-charedi Jews. Similarly, although most Muslims are not extremists, the extremists are the archetype among those non-extremist Muslims for what being truly Muslim means. They are the "hardcore" of their world and right now, they are not peaceful, nice, or happy towards the west and non-Muslim world. Thankfully, the uber-Orthodox are, the idiot street clowns of RMS and such places notwithstanding.

In the same way that the majority of Jews are only secular in the sense that they choose to not be as strictly observant as the archetype, the majority of Muslims are only peaceful in that they are not as strictly observant of what they nevertheless hold to be absolute true observance of Islam, which in the end is violent.

You can say what you want about the Koran being peaceful, and much of it is, and what violence there is seems as ancient and angry as anything in the Torah, but where the Torah comes with side works starting with the Talmud and then the many other commentaries and famous seferim, the Koran comes with the Hadith and many other writings which took a decidedly less peaceful and more warlike outlook on human relations.

In the end, no religion is inherently peaceful or warlike as no matter what the ritualized writings say, they are still merely an external framework people use to share the experience of faith. Violence is in their own mind and heart. Religious embrace of one or the other in "official" practice or intellectual agreement merely opposes or facilitates the mindset of the individual.

To stop this, Islam needs a new movement of peace and benevolence for all born of a true heartsick exhaustion with the violence and anger, the people of the lands currently held by Islam need to be able to separate their religious lives from their purely secular national and ethnic lives, and the ideologues who continuously encourage the hate need to be undermined and subverted constantly and consistently and by their own would-be audience themselves. It cannot happen from outside, the outside can merely facilitate those inside wishing to put a stop to the blackness eating up the hearts of the hate mongering anger preaching talking heads who've parted company with Allah and decided their mercy should be inversely proportional to G-d's in the name of the rush they get from the adoration of the crowds they whip up.

There is much in the world that every religious person of whatever stripe might find unworthy or outright objectionable. The test of a religious person's faith is whether they can resist stealing G-d's power for themselves, judging the worthiness of His creation and acting as executioner of that judgment. G-d has warned us repeatedly against this in every religion, Islam included, and every religion has scores of examples of the folly of forgetting that injunction.

One day, may we all worship as we see fit in peace without anger and hate.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Jerusalem Post Displays Firm Grasp of the Obvious

No shit, the mainstream media was unabashedly pro-Obama, you don't say...

And of course they will remain so. Disgustingly so. Bareback will get a free ride for four or eight years. George W. Bush who managed to prevent another 9/11/2001 type event for the rest of his first and entirety of his second term will be instead dehabilitated and recorded as not only the worst PoTUS but the worst human ever to have lived, falling lower than Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, and whoever greenlighted the George Clooney Batman installments.

Thank you JPost for pointing out the blindingly obvious. Now why don't you turn that stunning intellect towards the American MSM's coverage of Israel which is unabashedly anti-Israel and has been ever since the 70s to the point that when you mention Camp David the first thing that comes to mind of people here is Jimmy "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" Carter and second is Anwar Sadat (thanks possibly to Louis Gosset Jr.'s portrayal in a movie which was otherwise less than watchable). Menachem who? Bagel? Begin? Who's that?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

There's a reason they went to ShopRite...

Holland Township family angry that supermarket won't personalize cake for their son - The Express-Times | Lehigh Valley PA Newspaper - lehighvalleylive.com

JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell and Adolf Hitler Campbell.

Good names for a trio of toddlers? Heath and Deborah Campbell think so. The Holland Township couple has picked those names and the oldest child, Adolf Hitler Campbell, turns 3 today.

This has given rise to a problem, because the ShopRite supermarket in Greenwich Township has refused to make a cake for young Adolf's birthday.

"We believe the request ... to inscribe a birthday wish to Adolf Hitler is inappropriate," said Karen Meleta, a ShopRite spokeswoman.

ShopRite is the only major supermarket chain in the east I know of to prominently have a kosher section, and hand out a free booklet of all brands carried with kosher marks and specify which organization gave them. They have a very strong bent towards catering to Jews. Now look at the names the parents gave their kids.

This is an attempt to provoke. This is Jew baiting. And they're screwing over their kids to do it.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Associated Press: Obama left with little time to curb global warming (which is totally natural, has been going on since before humans evolved, and will happen in the future whether or not humans exist)

Since Clinton's inauguration, summer Arctic sea ice has lost the equivalent of Alaska, California and Texas. The 10 hottest years on record have occurred since Clinton's second inauguration. Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama knows it.

The Associated Press: Obama left with little time to curb global warming

Okay, 10 hottest years on record during what time frame? Since this is tossed out in the second sentence explicitly mentioning Clinton's second inauguration, and the first sentence mentions his (presumably) first, does that mean the 10 hottest years on record during the sixteen years since Clinton's first inauguration, or the 10 hottest years on record during the twelve years since his second inauguration? What would be the spread in twelve or sixteen years?

Flat out, if you have to give order to a sequence of annual numbers, some will usually be higher than others, and some will fall in the middle and others towards the extremes of the overall set, UNLESS THEY ARE ALL EQUAL.

Take a look at your waist size measurements every month for ten years. Some will be larger than others. One will be the largest, and another will be the smallest. All the others will be equal to one of those numbers or in between them. SIMPLE LOGIC.

So, hottest years since when, and what was the spread of temperatures?

Let me refer you to this which I have before:

Vostok-ice-core-petit

Note that the spikes of dust, CO2, and temperature all are happening over and over and over again. Now look at the scale. We've had greenhouse generating industry since when? Not that the current blue temperature high sequence has lasted for about ten thousand years, which is... the time since the end of the last glacial period.

Humans are estimated to be about 200,000 years old as a species, or at least since all known existing human genome groups diverged from a single common genetic ancestor. So we've been through at least one previous temperature maximum before now. Did we have any society capable of producing greenhouse gases then? No.

Humans are estimated to have been nearly wiped out, and at least decimated by an explosion of a volcano in southeast Asia. It was about 75,000 years ago.

Sure enough, there's a local drop in the temperatures right about then. Of course there are somewhat similar drops in the inter-maximum records before that, but note the dust spike about the same time. Toba maybe?

The point is that the graph shows a perfectly regular pattern of highs and lows for almost a half million years, with irregular up and down spikes which can be chalked up to volcanic input, patterns of vegetation increase and decrease (rotting vegetable matter goes with vegetable life and produces huge CO2 and methane amounts), animal life increase and decrease (animals fart methane and exhale CO2), and desertifcation producing dust (the Sahara is responsible for most of the seed dust and atmospheric instabilities that spark hurricane formation in the central Atlantic), and a whole lot more like the seasons, and orbital forcing and solar radiation effects.

In other words, warming would keep on happening even if you went back in time and released a lethal virus in the year 1241, wiping out all human life before 1300. Why? It already happened by that point. It had been going on since before Egypt was more than a really dry dusty place with a nice long oasis flowing through it. It has been going on since before humans started jotting down beer recipes in clay tablets in what is now Iraq. It has been going on since humans were first putting charcoal paintings on cave walls.

Yup, humans are totally and completely irrelevant to global warming and pretty much everything else on Earth, except our own egos. The idea that the little we've done in less than two hundred years has somehow caused the warming which actually started when we could barely figure out how to stitch animal skins together is truly arrogant.

(For a last little note, note the previous temperature maximum before now was quite a bit higher than our current temperature. It was roughly 120,000 years ago. Anyone care to guess when man began burning large amounts of fossil fuels? The turning decades from the 1700s to the 1800s when the Industrial Revolution began, some 118,000 plus years later AFTER a glacial period that saw ice sheets extend into what would later be known as Illinois and Indiana.)

Jimmy Carter's career slouches towards Bethlehem

THAT'S why that poem from two posts back is so on my mind.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/12/15/Carter_Hamas_leader_meet_in_Damascus/UPI-86001229344511/

Doesn't this peanut farmer know when to go home and actually farm peanuts instead of imagining his absurdly lightweight grasp of human history and psychology and more to the point his ill-informed and inadvisably weak grasp of politics and sense thereof is somehow relevant?

Getting Sadat and Begin to talk was not nearly the achievement everyone wants to believe and in retrospect actually seems like a dog and pony show compared to the present problems in the middle east. Given that, maybe someone should ask if he had any real clue about the east at all. In my view, he didn't as exemplified by his total lack of relevance since and his bizarre far leftist ideas since not to mention the ego of thinking he is going to monitor elections. WHO THE FUCK IS CARTER TO MONITOR ANY ELECTIONS?

Severe lack of humility people, get a good look. Because this is what is coming ten years on for Clinton and thirty years on for Obama: self-important know-nothings mistaking the flimsy achievements they put the window dressing on for being weighty achievements reflecting on their godlike intelligence and wisdom.

Thank you Bush!

Congress wanted to guarantee that the $700 billion financial bailout would limit the eye-popping pay of Wall Street executives, so lawmakers included a mechanism for reviewing executive compensation and penalizing firms that break the rules.

But at the last minute, the Bush administration insisted on a one-sentence change to the provision, congressional aides said. The change stipulated that the penalty would apply only to firms that received bailout funds by selling troubled assets to the government in an auction, which was the way the Treasury Department had said it planned to use the money.

Now, however, the small change looks more like a giant loophole, according to lawmakers and legal experts. In a reversal, the Bush administration has not used auctions for any of the $335 billion committed so far from the rescue package, nor does it plan to use them in the future. Lawmakers and legal experts say the change has effectively repealed the only enforcement mechanism in the law dealing with lavish pay for top executives.

Limits on Executive Pay May Prove Toothless - washingtonpost.com

As a comparison of the people we're talking about, consider after reading that article the salaries of congress. I make LESS here in 2008 than the average congressman made in 1969.

Salaries of Members of Congress: A List of Payable Rates and Effective Dates, 1789-2008

$169,000 CASH SALARY PER YEAR???!!!

NO NO NO. Congress, when you STOP fucking up this country every year with your hare-brained legislation for aggrandizement and social engineering, then you can talk about limiting other peoples' pay.

On second thought, not even then. Economic liberty is one of the great powers of the people and you cretinous lot have shown a two hundred plus year history of having no conception under G-d what the fuck you are doing with the economy or liberty.

Remember people, if they can limit one group's salaries and get away with it, it is a precedent and encouragement to control and limit other groups' salaries. Like yours. Why should someone else tell you how much you "should" make and what salary is "too much". Why should the venal and jealous opinions of others be the yardstick of what your pay is decided to be?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

One of my favorite poems...

Turning and turning in the widening gyre,
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

The Second Coming (poem) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It nicely sums up the way humans seem to dwindle down to inaction and confusion, and in its way comes opportunistic evil and shadow, and we can feel it coming, but do not see out of our cloudy minds the way to undo what we're allowing.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Earth to Bareback...

...you're barking up the wrong tree.

Obama wants to try 'rebooting US image' amongst Muslims | International | Jerusalem Post

Okay, but...

During the campaign, Obama repeatedly faced questions about whether he is a Muslim, particularly in whisper campaigns that noted his middle name, that his father is Kenyan, and that he lived for a time as a child in Indonesia.

Obama is a practicing Christian.

Asked if he would drop his middle name during his inauguration on January 20, the president-elect said he would not.

"The tradition is that they use all three names and I will follow the tradition, not trying to make a statement on way or another," he said.

...Hussein is not a Muslim name, but an Arab name. One is a religion, the other an ethnicity/tribal identity. You do know that there are Russian, Chinese, Indian, Persian, etc., Muslims right?

I sure as heck hope he does. If not, we are in for the Democratic Party's often joked about answer to the Republican Party's George W. Bush. We were all hoping that was just a joke.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Bush continues to have firm grasp of the obvious...

Bush: Israel is America's "closest ally in the Middle East" | International | Jerusalem Post

Do ya think?

Left to medical professionals: morals and ethics are conditional...

Broader medical refusal rule may go far beyond abortion - Los Angeles Times

The outgoing Bush administration is planning to announce a broad new "right of conscience" rule permitting medical facilities, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare workers to refuse to participate in any procedure they find morally objectionable, including abortion and possibly even artificial insemination and birth control.

Of course, the usual expected tripe...

Critics of the rule say it will sacrifice patients' health to the religious beliefs of providers.

and...

"It's unconscionable that the Bush administration, while promising a smooth transition, would take a final opportunity to politicize women's health," said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood.

Right... Because... why? Because doctors should be forced to provide services they have personal objections to? Why not force kosher butchers to carry non-kosher meat? Why not force toy store owners who are against war toys to carry toy guns? Why not force Playboy to have centerfolds of men?

Everything has its nature and this does not change for your political beliefs. A kosher butcher carries kosher meat. Playboy has naked women, not men. A conscientious objector objects based on his or her conscience. You remember conscience don't you?

Don't you? That little voice inside that tells right from wrong?

No?

How sad.

Meanwhile, most of the usual suspects up in arms over this in the coming days will of course still believe that someone who conscientiously objects to serving in the military should have the right to go AWOL at any time or choose where and how they serve and not obey orders just like they did during Viet Nam.

Conditional ethics and morals. Freedom for me, not for thee. Hypocrisy.

As usual.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Douglas Adams can sleep well...

...as the idiotic and inane in government, business, and military continues to track his sense of the weird.

The US Army and Navy have both hired experts in the ethics of building machines to prevent the creation of an amoral Terminator-style killing machine that murders indiscriminately.

Er... Yeah.

"We have to stop Skynet! In ten years when they turn it online it becomes self-aware and perceives us as the enemy! It starts taking over the Internet, and sending endless e-mails and rewriting every web site to convey a message of friendship and peace so revoltingly sickeningly sweet, that millions kill themselves within days!"

Astronomy Picture of the Day