Maxims, rules of thumb and other observations on human cognition and sociocultural affectations

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  • 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, January 28, 2009

The Cost of the Doom and Gloom Selling Politics

Letter offers clues to death of 5 kids, 2 adults - Yahoo! News

Let me fix this up…

Father kills his five kids and wife in despair over couples' losing jobs

Officers discovered the horrific scene after rushing to a home in Wilmington, prompted by the father's distraught letter faxed to a TV station describing a "tragic story" and a call to authorities.

Isn’t it nice that we’ve managed by 2008 to make going nuts and offing yourself and your family not so distracting that people forget to fax the local television media?

Police believe Ervin Lupoe, 40, killed his five children and his wife before turning the gun on himself. Both adults were recently fired from their hospital jobs.

But wait, there’s more!

"Why leave our children in someone else's hands?" Lupoe wrote in his letter faxed to KABC-TV. The station posted the letter on its Web site with some parts redacted.

What? Have people taken to believing that losing their jobs in this economy is a death sentence for their family? Evidently so.

So much for the new Demigod-In-Chief Bareback O’Rama and his heavenly presence on Earth making everything so much duckier.

It was the fifth mass death of a Southern California family by murder or suicide in a year. Police urged those facing tough economic times to get help rather than resort to violence.

"Today our worst fear was realized," said Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner. "It's just not a solution. There's just so many ways you find alternatives to doing something so horrific and drastic as this."

NO SHIT! DO YA THINK?!

THIS SORT OF THING IS HAPPENING PRECISELY BECAUSE THE LEFT WING HAS SOLD DOOM, GLOOM, DESPAIR, AND HOPELESSNESS AND CONTINUES TO DO SO IN THE NAME OF EMPOWERING THEMSELVES.

I HOLD THE UNITED STATES NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA AND THE POLITICIANS THEY SUPPORT DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS KIND OF THING, AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC FOR EMBRACING IT ALL.

For fuck’s sake people… Wake up and smell reality. Things are only as bad as we make them. We’re buying into this disaster crap to make ourselves feel like noble victims. A thing is only as valuable as what people will pay for it. If you stop spending money, stop engaging in economic transactions, you WILL make a disaster happen and sure as fuck, we’re doing it right now and the consequence is this kind of horror.

Spread the word: we are not down and out, we are not defeated, we are still standing, we will remain, and we will not be dissuaded by false hope, but by real belief we choose ourselves will remake this world as we want it.

A future of flying cars and space colonies and prosperity for everyone, or sulking in our tears waiting for government to save us?

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