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, July 20, 2009

Roundup of Minor Notices

Hillary Clinton on North Korea:

Clinton said that "what we've seen is this constant demand for attention." She added that "maybe it's the mother in me, the experience I've had with small childeren and teen-agers and people who are demanding attention: Don't give it to them."

Of course. Don’t give them attention and they’ll just go away. That worked sooooo well in Columbine didn’t it?

Iraqis Show Who's Boss

Fadhil told The Associated Press about two occasions in which Iraqi troops turned down U.S. requests to move around the capital until they had Iraqi escorts, and one instance to conduct a raid, which the Iraqis carried out themselves.

"They are now more passive than before," he said of U.S. troops. "I also feel that the Americans soldiers are frustrated because they used to have many patrols, but now they cannot. Now, the American soldiers are in prison-like bases as if they are under house-arrest."

According to the libtards, wasn’t Bush supposed to have conquered Iraq for oil and Halliburton contracts or some such and put us completely in charge of a puppet government? Some puppets, telling us what we can and can’t do in… oh yeah, their country which we handed right back to them in the aftermath of the removal of Saddam Hussein.

Curiously, BET co-founder makes a Republican pick...

A billionaire co-founder of the Black Entertainment Television network who is also a key Democratic donor has endorsed Republican Bob McDonnell for Virginia governor.

Sheila Johnson joined McDonnell at a Monday appearance in Richmond. She says she thinks the Republican can turn around the state's sluggish economy and prefers him over his Democratic opponent, R. Creigh Deeds.

A woman yet… Hmmmm…

Methinks that a black woman going with the Republicans will be met with a mixture of silence and laughable condemnation largely centering on absurd notions of authenticity.

April 1st Arrives Many Months Early

The meat a little more than half way through the article is in this single bit:

In an interview for an upcoming SCMagazine article, Jonathan Lamy, chief spokesperson for the RIAA comments, "DRM is dead, isn’t it?"

Wow. That truly equates to the RIAA officially declaring DRM dead.

NOT.

Keep your powder dry people. The *AA are not gone and we are not safe.

Kelly Hildebrandt Marries Kelly Hildebrandt

Kelly Katrina Hildebrandt, 20, and Kelly Carl Hildebrandt, 24

The amazing thing for me is that he’s walking loose and not doing time in prison for assaulting his parents for naming him Kelly. Maybe they were fans of “A Boy Named Sue”, but really… Kelly?

Spot the Lie Time

I’ll even help you:

Conservative Leaders Deplore Proposed Health-Care Reform Takeover

Easy as that.

You’re welcome.

World Continues to Call Lawful Honduran Removal of Unlawful President a Coup

Sensationalism up front:

Honduras' de facto leader came under increased pressure on Monday to hand power back to the ousted president with Europe halting economic aid and top Latin American officials warning of bloodshed if he does not back down.

Kernel of truth wrapped in deception bit of fact at the rear:

He had upset his political rivals by trying to lift presidential term limits and the army toppled him after the Supreme ordered his arrest.

Would it upset Obama’s political rivals if he tried to lift presidential term limits illegally? The correct answer is that it is beside the fact. The point is that the former president of Honduras tried to lift presidential term limits illegally, which would constitute a coup by the sitting president as he’d hold the office illegally instead of legally. Recognizing this, the Supreme Court of Honduras gave Zelaya the boot.

That Zelaya was himself attempting a coup and that forcing his return to power is to take part in that coup, seems to be studiously ignored by the media and the world.

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