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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Monday, December 15, 2008

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?

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