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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Monday, July 13, 2009

Head desk head desk head desk…

Editorial: Out of Africa | Editorials | Jerusalem Post

In the American ideal, leaders who cling to power through deceit and the silencing of dissent are on the wrong side of history, to paraphrase a line from President Barack Obama's inaugural address.

The way that Barack Obama, congressional Democrats and leftist blogroach astroturfers have been attempting to do?

Glad we’ve got another example of Obama’s naked hypocrisy and lying down pat there. Sadly, a newspaper from an entirely different continent had to point it out. The news here is still busy giving Obama literary blowjobs.

This was essentially the message Obama brought with him as he and his family spent a day over the weekend in Ghana.

Whoops, spoke too soon. How does that knob taste there?

The president is of Kenyan descent on his father's side; the First Lady is the great-great-granddaughter of a slave.

And I’m descended from Polish Jews who were forcibly converted to Christianity, American Indians who were forcibly ejected from their lands, and a lot of other people who were pushed out of one place or another themselves. Does this have anything to do with anything? No. What matters is what I the living do now.

Ghana was selected for the visit because it is one of the few stable democracies on the continent.

Botswana still gets all its American love from HBO but none from the prez.

Over the years, Jews also contributed to some of the key legal victories achieved by the civil rights movement. For instance, Jack Greenberg assisted Thurgood Marshall in the watershed US Supreme Court case of Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, and succeeded him as counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

When the black power movement achieved ascendancy in the 1960s-1970s, and violent Jew-hatred became a regular occurrence in urban America, what divided Jews and blacks became stronger than that which united them. The two communities were further driven apart because Jews mostly opposed racial preferences in employment (affirmative action) - even to compensate for institutionalized discrimination.

Ah, the obligatory Jewish angle. Why oh why do we need to make these references? I note that Orthodox and Conservatives don’t seem to have this obsession with finding a Jewish angle which makes me hopeful that this can go away some day but all humanity has a superficial “let’s find a local angle” tendency. However, that doesn’t make it right and the mark of conscience is to through action reflect a cognition of that.

Once discrimination in the institution became illegal there was no institutionalized discrimination, only subversive discrimination, and it is entirely proper and ethical that those who make an accusation prove guilt and not that the accused prove innocence. To give racial preferences as this article puts it is to presume guilt of all whites a priori.

Yeah, that’s moral, huh?

Why does that last part in the quote up there sound so guilty. As in, “we’re sorry and embarrassed that so many Jews were so selfish as to not embrace racial preferences”. Why can’t some get this through their heads? Those black people, they are your fellow humans. So if you’re going to hold yourself to moral standards, then why not them? If Jews can bust ass and earn a position WHY NOT BLACKS? Are they incapable?

Don’t answer that. Think for a minute about the message sent by treating blacks as if they could not possibly meet the same standards and instead giving them success they never earned. You would never wish that of fellow Jews so why the long face in that phrasing?

TO A welcome and remarkable extent, tensions between African Americans and Jews have receded in the 21st century. It seemed only natural that Obama should receive 78 percent of the Jewish vote, and that two of the president's closets aides would be Jewish.

If you’re going to vote based on race or religion or other quantity that was not related to earning the spot based on qualities bearing on that position, then would you not want the best example? I understand the JPost’s “happy to see a Jewish face” simplicity in the thinking but come on… Rahm Emmanuel? What the fuck… We couldn’t be maybe wishing for a Jew who had more ethics and morals than to work for this, the single most corrupt administration in American history which has managed to do what was once thought a terrible but near impossibility, that is run up a ONE TRILLION DOLLAR PLUS BUDGET DEFICIT? In only seven months, an extreme and extremely dubious record has been set. Guess who is now linked? Blacks and Jews. Good choice of people to have represent. Obama and Emmanuel.

The US civil rights movement and our Zionist enterprise, 6,000 miles away, share a passion for the Promised Land.

So now you’re conflating the chasing of a home of our own where Jews can defend and make safe themselves with a system that keeps blacks as pets on a political plantation.

Maybe you dimbulbs at the JPost editorial board should read something other than the press releases of the NAACP.

Editorial fail.

Postscript: I will herein reprint from Wikipedia’s entry on tzedakah, as most to least proper in Maimonides’ view.

    1. Giving a person independence so that s/he will not have to depend on tzedakah. Maimonides enumerates four forms of this, from the greatest to the weakest:

      1. Giving a poor person work.
      2. Making a partnership with him or her (this is lower than work, as the recipient might feel he doesn't put enough into the partnership).
      3. Giving an interest-free loan to a person in need.
      4. Giving a grant to a person in need.
    2. Giving tzedakah anonymously to an unknown recipient via a person (or public fund) which is trustworthy, wise, and can perform acts of tzedakah with your money in a most impeccable fashion.
    3. Giving tzedakah anonymously to a known recipient.
    4. Giving tzedakah publicly to an unknown recipient.
    5. Giving tzedakah before being asked.
    6. Giving adequately after being asked.
    7. Giving willingly, but inadequately.
    8. Giving "in sadness" - it is thought that Maimonides was referring to giving because of the sad feelings one might have in seeing people in need (as opposed to giving because it is a religious obligation).

Where in that do you read that running up the largest budget deficit in American history, driving the American unemployment numbers ever closer to those of the Great Depression, and taking the arrogant attitude that they have the right to do so because they won is a good idea?


Bet your ass that Jews like Rahm Emmanuel think that’s fair. Who would you rather hold up as an excellent example of Jewry? Emmanuel or Maimonides?

The same question needs to be put to American blacks. Is Obama really the best you could get or did you settle? And by the way, how do you feel about this sell-out cretin being voted for so overwhelmingly by Jews?

I will herein requote what Conservative Black Woman did on her blog, stated by Digital Publius:

Then you have the Original Democrats, these are folks that know the origin of the Democratic party. They know that it was the Democrats who started the Klu Klux Klan, with the express purpose of terrorizing black voters and to keep them from voting for the party that freed them. The O.D.s are the ones that still remember it was the Democrats during the civil rights movement that turned on the fire hoses and loosed the dogs on the civil rights activists in the 50s and 60s. It was the Democrats that raised the Confederate battle flag over all the municipal buildings in the south.

The O.D.s know that the party simply changed tactics when they lost the civil rights struggle, instead of beating and lynching people, they began to implement programs that stemmed the tide of independent minority progress both socially and economically, while appearing to be the party of the black man. Since we began to vote en masse for the democrats can we as the black community honestly say we are better off?

With 70 percent of our children now being born out of wedlock and the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country? With our young men disproportionately represented in the nations jails and prisons and killing themselves in violent criminal activity in staggering numbers? This was not the case during my parents time nor was it the case when I was a kid in the 70’s when the liberal programs were just getting started, we are only now really seeing the bitter harvests that those programs are yielding.

Black Americans are NOT children, looking up to the messiah chosen for them by white people and we should want to have little to do with it. I did nonetheless vote specifically because of one thing: the alarm wakes us with a start and not by petting us on the head gently. I didn’t do that as a Jew or a white man or anything like that. I did that on my own as an individual. The JPost is ill-advised to try to tie Obama to Jews in the public mind. Wait another few years and that will become crystal clear.