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, January 21, 2009

Tools You Can Use

Freenet - Wikipedia

Pretty Good Privacy – Wikipedia

Bittorrent – Wikipedia

DriveCrypt Plus Pack

Enova X-Wall Products

Firewiremax Secure Disk Encryption Products

Smoothwall Firewall

SSH Wikipedia Article

Why am I recommending these and other things to secure your online experience? Why did I advocate anonymity through proxies, remailers, and encryption and firewalls? Because the default state of the world is not tolerance, it is not peace, it is not kindness, it is not understanding, it is not freedom.

The default state of the world is anarchy. The law of the jungle. Kill or be killed. If you want the above things, peace, kindness, justice, etc. then you actually have to make efforts to bring them about and maintain them against challengers who either willfully or negligently would cause them to be destroyed. To do this effectively it must be with recognition of the true nature of this aforethought or else it is as accurate as tossing darts.

Look around the world. Euroweenies are praising Islamic Supremacy and castigating Jews for daring to defend themselves against cowards who fire rockets specifically at civilians. Americans are falling all over each other in religious ecstasy at the installation of their new messiah-elect. The mainstream media barely maintains anything like a passing tee-hee and pshaw regarding their blatant politicization. Our world has given up on a bright Star Trek future of prosperity, comfort, opportunity, room, and resources for all to embrace a mad dash back to primitivism. Children are unruly and parents worse. No one has a grounding in the classics of western civilization, the political correctness slime has been spread far and wide, our whole way of life looks like it is on the edge.

Well, are you giving up in the face of that?

Not me, no way, uh uh. Period, end of discussion, not going to happen.

With the installation of the messiah-elect, I have decided to rededicate myself to the revolution. Go over to the right and read my side bar. First step, revolt against yourself. Stop giving in to doubt, anger, frustration and unintelligence. Harness your emotions with your intellect. Control yourself. Realize that you and you alone can take charge of your life and you’re up against a world of morons, moonbats, dumbshits, and psychos who thanks to sheer numbers threaten to unmake our world.

What do you want for yourself? What is best for yourself? For me that’s peace, prosperity, comfort, and plenty. I mean not to let the bastards get me down.

So arm yourselves with the proper tools: knowledge and willingness to use it. Protect your knowledge. Share it with others. Do not let them stop you from spreading the word against their doom and gloom. Every American has a duty to stand against their enemies, foreign and domestic and that enemy has a face. Go look in the mirror to see it.

Once you take yourself out of the picture, the battlefield has one less enemy opposing you and us. Go turn more people. Wake them up. Keep being the loyal opposition to stupidity. Advocate bigger, better, more, and everywhere.

We can’t reform the UN and the US government and all the rest by edicts, laws, and other toys of the political process. We have to strike the problem at the source: the sick twisted hearts of the masses lost in despair and hopelessness, willing to look to anyone who promises salvation when the power was always theirs. They can take a stand against monsters. They can see reality. We have to show it to them.

Perhaps that sounds extravagant, but it is not. It begins with simply spreading a viewpoint of the world contrary to what the forces of idiocy would have instead, and ends with never backing down. In between, how to spread? How to keep it being spread?

Usenet, web forums, blogging, blog comments, web pages, e-mails, mailing lists, just being relentlessly real, unrelentingly open, and unstoppably forward. Believe it, say it, stick to it.

The revolution against yourself cannot be lost, only never engaged in.

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