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, August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy Achieves Shovel Ready Status

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In case you missed the news, which you can find all over Google and the televisions and radios, Ted Kennedy, the drunken court jester of those dubious American royals from the Tax You To Death State of Massachusetts, has shuffled off the mortal coil.

Already, Democrats are predictably trying to deify him, but the Teleprompter Messiah in the White House is already deity of the moment for the religion known as liberalism and though they are pantheistic idolaters, the ego of The One is an obstacle.

So Ted Kennedy will be Saint Ted until further notice.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Film Adaptation Of 'The Brothers Karamazov' Ends Where Most People Stop Reading Book | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Film Adaptation Of 'The Brothers Karamazov' Ends Where Most People Stop Reading Book | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Congresscare: How Good We Will NEVER Have It If Their “Reform” Goes Through

A Reprint of My Recent Post at the Say Anything Reader Blogs

Congress’ own healthcare benefits: Membership has its privileges

Too much, too fast, too expensive. Those are some of the objections lawmakers have voiced against the healthcare overhaul Democrats are attempting on Capitol Hill.

Yes, just SOME. Many more are also laid out and more to come.

But many Americans think Congress is out of touch. How, they wonder, can lawmakers empathize with the underinsured or those lacking insurance when they receive a benefits package—heavily subsidized by taxpayers—that most of us can only envy?

THINK congress is out of touch? We KNOW it.

Empathize? Since when do they care about a population they steal money from at will with glee and joy? I don’t think a congress that votes itself perpetual pay and pay increases at will is going to give a rat’s butt.

Among the advantages: a choice of 10 healthcare plans that provide access to a national network of doctors, as well as several HMOs that serve each member’s home state. By contrast, 85% of private companies offering health coverage provide their employees one type of plan—take it or leave it.

Lawmakers also get special treatment at Washington’s federal medical facilities and, for a few hundred dollars a month, access to their own pharmacy and doctors, nurses and medical technicians standing by in an office conveniently located between the House and Senate chambers.

In all, taxpayers spent about $15 billion last year to insure 8.5 million federal workers and their dependents, including postal service employees, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

If the average company tried to replicate this, not only would there be no profits, and not only abysmal debt, but the company would economically turn inside out and cease to exist. Only government which can use its police powers to expropriate our money at will and lay on debt that we and unborn generations are indentured to can do this.

Favorite Quote:

“For the average worker, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan would probably look quite attractive,” said Pete Sepp, a spokesman for the National Taxpayers Union, a pinch-penny advocacy group.

DO YA THINK?

Elitist scumbags who have theirs, and will tell us, “sorry, but we don’t think your mother’s cancer treatment would serve the public interest very well and we cannot approve of it.”

Remember, the libtard troll roaches who infest this blog (Say Anything’s Rob Port in a naive stab at egalitarianism or something tolerates a plethora of trolls who can make the place very annoying and depressing some days), every last one of them, are for exactly this inequity. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, don’t it?

ADDENDUM: If the congress which has all these perks were to try to vote business to give us the common folks just a tenth of them, our economy would collapse overnight and civil war would result. What do they do instead? Throw us into the hands of the arrogant population control is good and humans are evil crowd who would decide whose life is worth saving and whose is worth letting go. Out of touch is an understatement.

Monday, August 03, 2009

The Symbol of Our Generation... Under National Health Care


From here, noted then here.

Elegant, simple, truthful.

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