Just "different"

30 08 11 - 20:23

From the tiptoeing-around-the-obvious department:


Humans living at high latitude have bigger eyes and bigger brains to cope with poor light during long winters and cloudy days, UK scientists have said.

The Oxford University team said bigger brains did not make people smarter.

Larger vision processing areas fill the extra capacity, they write in the Royal Society's Biology Letters journal.

The scientists measured the eye sockets and brain volumes of 55 skulls from 12 populations across the world, and plotted the results against latitude.

Lead author Eiluned Pearce told BBC News: "We found a positive relationship between absolute latitude and both eye socket size and cranial capacity." - BBC


Why should this be taboo?

Why are we so squeamish about evolution?

Why not instead ban central heating and send everyone into the arctic circle?
 

Nihilism not understood by mass media

30 08 11 - 15:11

From a typical all-too-human source:


30.000 Nihilists? But these riots represent a new sociological phenomenon (in London alone police estimate that up to 30,000 people were involved) and a new nihilistic normal one that reveals and reflects the profound social, cultural and economic shifts that have shaped Britain over the last thirty years. First of all the riots were new in that unlike the riots in the UK in the 1980's and some isolated incidents thereafter they were not characterised by any ethnic or localised concerns. Indeed it was their very ubiquity that was so unnerving - across the country gangs of predominately young unemployed men often with criminal records were able to facilitate using new media, a series of semi-organised disturbances for the purpose not of protest but of criminal gain. This activity drew into violent disorder a far wider section of British society than ever before (from school assistants to university students) to the opportunities offered by looting be it digital TVs or sports shoes.

But why would an unprecedented but nonetheless representative swath of British society suddenly behave in such a manner? An indication is to be found in what the rioters did and did not believe in - they clearly eulogised acquisition and sheer self-interest and eschewed ethics, community, and human regard. They believed in nothing but themselves and held themselves unconstrained by any moral limit and entitled to whatsoever they pleased. In a savage manner they were however merely acting out the values that now seem to govern and embody Britain - ruthless self-interest coupled to a rootless consumer nihilism. - Res Publica


Yeah... nihilism means a lack of belief in inherent meaning (or "meaning," in the shorthand, intending meaning not created by individuals).

People want to discover "meaning" like they discover the formula for circumference. It's inherent! it's just there waiting to be found!

Ideally, it would appear as writing on the wall, from a personal God.

But... the way our universe works, nothing is that way, or there'd be a fragile center to it all. Even God is a distributed pattern, invisible to us (for those who believe -- nonbelievers s/God/natural order/).

Nihilism is not:


  • Fatalism -- those who believe there's no point to anything and just want to steal/rut/defecate. They believe in themselves as an inherent order.

  • Anarchy -- pre-teen illusions aside, anarchy is a belief that humans can rule themselves, akin to a religion.

  • Hedonism -- more illusions of self as important.



The media is afraid to use the word it should: selfishness.
 

End public schooling

30 08 11 - 04:08

This article is heavy on the drama, but makes a good point:

If our schools are still failing, why bother?

You already pay a private-school cost through your property taxes. Just cut out the middleman.

I detest public education because the schools are jail-like, because they dumb down interesting subjects into memorization, and because they're more concerned with the dumb and failing pupils than in trying to help anyone with a brain stay interested.

Further, they're little propaganda factories, because there's nothing a moron in charge likes more than a teachable moment. "See, the blackbird is just like the white bird, but black. Wasn't the white bird wrong to exclude the black bird from his seed pile?" etc.


Faced with widespread whimpering from administrators of the fraudulent, coercion-based job factories known as the government schools, who claim the No Child Left Behind Act just made it too hard for them to look good because it actually required testing the academic achievement of their charges and then making the abysmal results public, Mr. Obama's Secretary of Teacher Full-Employment, Arne Duncan, announced Aug. 8 that the testing requirements are serving as an "impediment" and "disincentive" for government educrats, and therefore he's going to encourage some of the states that are having trouble meeting the testing requirements to apply for testing "waivers," come September.

How many states? Um ... 50.

Which must eventually lead even slow-witted parents and taxpayers to ask, "If testing the kids to find out if they can read, write and do simple sums after we've spent 10 or 20 grand per year on each of them is an 'impediment' to what the educrats are supposed to be doing, what on earth are they actually supposed to be doing? And if what they're up to has nothing to do with producing high school graduates who can pass a multiple-choice test that the eighth graders of 1955 could have passed with their eyes closed, why should we keep funding the federal Department of Education, our state Department of Education or even our fraud-peddling local school districts?" - LVRJ


The sad fact is that the paternalistic state expands itself because it's easy money.

What are we doing? We're helping people.

That rapidly becomes: people are idiots, so we need to pander to the stupidest, and protect them.

A few years on from that, all the smart kids are bored and getting penalized, and the eager beaver blockhead types are the talk of the town.
 

Transition to a debtor state

29 08 11 - 04:58

From a now-prophetic blog:


* President Bush expanded the federal budget by a historic $700 billion through 2008. President Obama would add another $1 trillion.
* President Bush began a string of expensive finan­cial bailouts. President Obama is accelerating that course.
* President Bush created a Medicare drug entitle­ment that will cost an estimated $800 billion in its first decade. President Obama has proposed a $634 billion down payment on a new govern­ment health care fund.
* President Bush increased federal education spending 58 percent faster than inflation. Presi­dent Obama would double it.
* President Bush became the first President to spend 3 percent of GDP on federal antipoverty programs. President Obama has already in­creased this spending by 20 percent.
* President Bush tilted the income tax burden more toward upper-income taxpayers. President Obama would continue that trend.

* President Bush presided over a $2.5 trillion increase in the public debt through 2008. Setting aside 2009 (for which Presidents Bush and Obama share responsibility for an additional $2.6 trillion in public debt), President Obama’s budget would add $4.9 trillion in public debt from the beginning of 2010 through 2016. - Heritage


The source is a neocon/palecon hybrid blog, citing from the Washington Post. Read that clearly: conservative source citing liberal source.

The point is that instead of paying our money forward, we're paying it backward -- we're using our future investment to subsidize the failures and glitches of the past.

Thanks to a bastardized interpretation of Christian morality and liberalism, we're pandering to the lowest common denominator. It costs nothing, except our future.

All those who disagree are motivated by one simple factor: social power. They want to have control over others, and one way to do that is to appear altruistic and thus gain a rise in social status.

Pigs.
 

Moderns always bungle

28 08 11 - 10:09

From the news of the vapid:


By treating accused prostitutes as victims, services such as the county's Community Service Programs and the Salvation Army can be used. These non-enforcement services often play key roles in the task force as they try to help the victims start new lives.

"I think what I'm struck most by is the similarity between the stories," said Heidi Thi, the supervisor of the human trafficking program at CSP.

"I could have somebody who was sold as a child in China and brought here to Orange County to work as a slave in somebody's house, or I could be talking to a domestic minor who's been trafficked for sex who was from Northern California and was down here in Orange County - and it's striking how similar those stories can be, that there was an abusive or neglectful home, or that there was a dream they had that life could be better. And somebody told them, "Yes, life can be better, come with me and I will show you how I can make life better for you." And trusting that person, they went and found themselves in a horrible situation." - The CNN Freedom Project


Ah, yes. "Freedom" -- which means, in other words, no consequences.

As a result, we create a wishy-washy values system in our society where it's OK to be a whore if you have someone to blame.

This encourages tolerance of whoring, even if we now jihad-crusade against the pimps.

More sensible to just keep all of it really illegal, so everyone in society closes ranks against it.

That won't occur to these nitwits however.
 

Politics

26 08 11 - 20:41

An insight:


MORROW: How do you define politics?

ACHEBE: Anything to do with the organization of people in society. That is the definition. Whenever you have a handful of people trying to live harmoniously, you need some organization, some political arrangement that tells you what you can do and shouldn't do, tells you what enhances harmony and what brings about disruption. - Conjunctions


Manipulation of others is necessary; if it's mutually beneficial, we tend to ignore it.
 

Linear and inverse vectors merge in zero.

26 08 11 - 14:42

Linear and inverse vectors merge in zero. Critical mass is at zero.

- Why, you could say it's spiritual.

Humanity now moves on two axes:


  1. Linear: this is our illusion of progress, an ever-increasing growth and technology, and consumerist globalism that is also liberal e.g. panders to the individual.

  2. Inverse: this is our tendency to become hollow, to lose sight of our actual souls, our values, our aesthetics and our organic culture and heritage; this is our emptiness.



When they converge, the end is night -- or rather, the long slow spiral back to chimpanzee status (no, racists, fuck off -- this is about all humans evolving toward a lower standard by our lights as those who seek enlightened adaptation).

As we go more into the merger between consumerist capitalism and internationalist liberalism, we lose sight of what makes life adventurous and inspiring, and through that, we lose sight of the real goal: self-discipline, social order, and higher aims like great art, culture, learning and conquest.

We are becoming our machines. We are the tools we once hoped would liberate us but now work against us.


From the web retailers - calculating what books and films we might be interested in, to Facebook's friend finding and image tagging services, to the search engines that guide us around the net.

It is these invisible computations that increasingly control how we interact with our electronic world.

At last month's TEDGlobal conference, algorithm expert Kevin Slavin delivered one of the tech show's most "sit up and take notice" speeches where he warned that the "maths that computers use to decide stuff" was infiltrating every aspect of our lives.

Among the examples he cited were a robo-cleaner that maps out the best way to do housework, and the online trading algorithms that are increasingly controlling Wall Street.

"We are writing these things that we can no longer read," warned Mr Slavin.

"We've rendered something illegible. And we've lost the sense of what's actually happening in this world we've made." - BBC


We made logic outside of the world. Specifically, we made it in our heads. If our mental model worked, then it must be true! -- ignoring billions of related details that together form our world. We wanted the linear intelligence, that which focused on one factor at a time and channeled it into a singular result. We did not want holism.

As a result, we have deconstructed our world and convinced ourselves that the deconstructed -- the subset of truth -- is somehow "equal" to truth.

Just as we assume the individual is "equal" to others, and the long line of evolutionary pressures that produced us, including some more able than others.

But relax, this way we feel good about each other.

And the algorithms? They just follow our lead. What's popular? What's selling? What are people voting for? What do the polls say?

A dog chasing its tail through an empty cosmos.


But this is not just a war between narco-cartels. Juarez has imploded into a state of criminal anarchy – the cartels, acting like any corporation, have outsourced violence to gangs affiliated or unaffiliated with them, who compete for tenders with corrupt police officers. The army plays its own mercurial role. "Cartel war" does not explain the story my friend, and Juarez journalist, Sandra Rodriguez told me over dinner last month: about two children who killed their parents "because", they explained to her, "they could". The culture of impunity, she said, "goes from boys like that right to the top – the whole city is a criminal enterprise".

Not by coincidence, Juarez is also a model for the capitalist economy. Recruits for the drug war come from the vast, sprawling maquiladora – bonded assembly plants where, for rock-bottom wages, workers make the goods that fill America's supermarket shelves or become America's automobiles, imported duty-free. Now, the corporations can do it cheaper in Asia, casually shedding their Mexican workers, and Juarez has become a teeming recruitment pool for the cartels and killers. It is a city that follows religiously the philosophy of a free market.

"It's a city based on markets and on trash," says Julián Cardona, a photographer who has chronicled the implosion. "Killing and drug addiction are activities in the economy, and the economy is based on what happens when you treat people like trash." - The Guardian


Welcome to your future.

A vast slum with a gleaming skyscraper rising above it.

But what created it was not treating people like trash; it was the opposite. We treat those equal people like they're the most important thing in the world! We made them the tail (individually) that we (collectively) chase like a dog.

And the result?

We unleashed unchecked competition. One goal: money and power. And it soon became a sensible goal. In the world of equal people, most of whom are incompetent, the only sensible goal was getting enough money and power to get into the gleaming skyscraper (a) and not into the vast expanse of toxic, hostile, filthy slums (b).


A new cosmological model appears to demonstrate that the universe can endlessly expand and contract, providing a rival to Big Bang theories and solving a thorny modern physics problem, according to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill physicists. A new view that requires for a new take on our concept of time – one that has more in common with the “cyclic” views of time held by ancient thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle and Leonardo da Vinci, than the Christian Calender and Bible-influenced belief in “linear” time now so deeply imbedded in modern western thinking.

The cyclic model proposed by Dr. Paul Frampton, Louis J. Rubin Jr. distinguished professor of physics in UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences, and co-author Lauris Baum, a UNC graduate student in physics, has four key parts: expansion, turnaround, contraction and bounce.

During expansion, dark energy -- the unknown force causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate -- pushes and pushes until all matter fragments into patches so far apart that nothing can bridge the gaps. Everything from black holes to atoms disintegrates. This point, just a fraction of a second before the end of time, is the turnaround. - Daily Galaxy


The dark cycle returns. Kali licks her lips, mounts a white horse, deliverer and destroyer.

In the name of our selves, we have chased down a bad path. We have led ourselves to doom by denying the part of life that is not an equal individual and its desires... the part outside the box... the part beyond the safe gates of the city, past the known roads, the part that isn't yet certain and isn't as petty and tangible as individual desires, sentiment, feelings and acquisitions... the part you can't define.

The adventure itself.

Wanna go for a ride?

 

Europeans share common ancestor

25 08 11 - 20:34

From the debunking of modern religions department:


New genetic evidence reveals that most British men are not descended from immigrant farmers who migrated east 5,000-10,000 years ago -- contrary to previous research.
More than 100 million European men have a set of genes called R-M269, including about three-quarters of British men. A key question in understanding the peopling of Europe is when this group spread out across Europe.

Researchers say their work shows that the set of genes chosen to estimate the age of this group of men vary the outcome enormously. They add that the previously reported east-west pattern is not found in their larger and more comprehensive dataset. This, the Oxford-Edinburgh team says, leaves little evidence for a farmer-led dispersal of this major group.

According to Dr Cristian Capelli, the Oxford geneticist who led the research, the study "resets" the debate on the peopling of Europe. He says, "Our works overturns the recent claims of European Y chromosomes being brought into the continent by farmers." - Science Daily


One big happy family!
 

Your cities are ugly

24 08 11 - 20:43


In a misguided attempt at forced social engineering, traditional architectural and urban pattern languages were abandoned in the early twentieth century. This act was entirely deliberate, and represented ideas for a new type of city. Le Corbusier formulated his urban proposals into the Athens Charter of 1933, which was subsequently used as a blueprint for post-war urban development. There is no doubt that this reversal of traditional city structure, coupled with the elimination of connective boundaries and interfaces, was based on two false premises: (a) It is desirable to concentrate functions into giant packages; (b) The geometry within each package is homogeneous. Nevertheless, a city contains so many complex human functions that it is impossible to isolate them, let alone concentrate them, so that imposing a simplistic geometry on urban form inhibits the human activities that generate living cities.

One approach to combating the increasing congestion of nineteenth-century cities was to just streamline the geometry. That solution, which helps only in the free flow of vehicular traffic, has generated a stylistic rule responsible for disconnecting urban elements. The visual concept of "streamlining" has been adopted as a universal architectural principle, beyond its narrow application to the expressway. As a consequence, a drastic reduction in the number of different urban interfaces, which ought to exist on many different scales, has made it impossible to generate a coherent urban system. Furthermore, rejecting traditional urban patterns means that people no longer connect to buildings and cities, because human behavioral patterns cannot be contained by architectural anti-patterns (Salingaros, 2000). - Urban Coherence


We're caught between two extremes:

(1) The reckless pace of commerce and technology, which while brutal, produces results

(2) The endless cycle of human feelings/egomania/sentiment, which not brutal, produces anti-results.

Worth thinking about how we need LEADERSHIP to CHOOSE the parts of each we can actually use.

You know, to adapt to our environment like any other creature. With grace.
 

They play "tolerant" when convenient

23 08 11 - 20:27

Typical of the mentality:


  1. Blog posts critique of counter-culture event.

  2. Counterculturalists get wind of it.

  3. Cue passive aggression, sniping hatred, sidelines deconstruction... but no discussion of the issues raised.



All of liberalism is a giant scam to use socially-acceptable tokens to hide one's own selfishness and desire to manipulate others.

Glad I dodged that bullet long ago. It breeds more if itself within you; it's a bad notion that, once taken in, takes over. Like a parasite.

No wonder the only group liberals cheer for is the parasitic.

Witness the Hatred
 

From the mouths of dictators

22 08 11 - 19:03

Come the most surprising things:


The party is a contemporary form of dictatorship. It is the modern instrument of dictatorial government. The party is the rule of a part over the whole. As a party is not an individual, it creates a superficial democracy by establishing assemblies, committees, and propaganda through its members. The party is not a democratic instrument because it is composed only of those people who have common interests, a common perception or a shared culture; or those who belong to the same region or share the same belief. They form a party to achieve their ends, impose their will, or extend the dominion of their beliefs, values, and interests to the society as a whole. A party's aim is to achieve power under the pretext of carrying out its program. Democratically, none of these parties should govern a whole people who constitute a diversity of interests, ideas, temperaments, regions and beliefs. The party is a dictatorial instrument of government that enables those with common outlooks or interests to rule the people as a whole. Within the community, the party represents a minority.

The purpose of forming a party is to create an instrument to rule the people, i.e., to rule over non-members of the party. The party is, fundamentally, based on an arbitrary authoritarian concept - the domination of the members of the party over the rest of the people. The party presupposes that its accession to power is the way to attain its ends, and assumes that its objectives are also those of the people. This is the theory justifying party dictatorship, and is the basis of any dictatorship. No matter how many parties exist, the theory remains valid. - Muammar Gaddafi, The Green Book


What makes us think our post-totalitarian society is any more "free" (a term we refuse to define) than a totalitarian one?

In both, there are forbidden items, altered truths, revisionist histories, and a strict ladder up with one path to success -- through allegiance to dogma.

But it makes us feel good to think we're different, like hipsters buying Big Macs ironically.
 

How you'll die of cancer

21 08 11 - 07:30

What is most likely to give you cancer?

Car exhaust.

Not exotic sources. Common chemicals that surround you every day in the city.

Read up a little bit about Benzo [a] Pyrene, an ingredient in cigarette smoke, car exhaust and especially diesel exhaust.

It is highly carcinogenic in the forms delivered to the human body.

Every few years, someone in the media discovers that the most potent carcinogens are the ones closest to us, generated by our lifestyle.

Let's restart that cycle again!
 

Convenient media image is clueless

20 08 11 - 23:22

They spin you a tale, you see, like a TV commercial:


You hate her. You want to be her. Your ex-boyfriend is dating her. She’s the girl who goes bra-less and chain-smokes immaculately on the patio of every bar. She bikes to her job at a vintage clothing store/record shop/unattended cafe in a sky blue mini dress, exposing her ridiculous, perfect tattoos of Chinese characters and aquatic starfish. She wants to go to back to school, or become a installation artist, or move to Scotland, but maybe she’ll just professionally model or something. And as much as you wish for the charm and charisma she possesses, you will never be anyone’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

Dating back to a 2007 Onion article written by head writer Nathan Rabin after the unfortunate viewing of Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown, the MPDG is defined as a female cinematic archetype meant “to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” (In return, Feminist blog Jezebel called them “the scourge of modern cinema.”)

Think of Kirsten Dunst’s gleeful Southern stewardess in Elizabethtown, making countrified mixtapes and snapping imaginary stills of Orlando Bloom as he walks away. Think of Natalie Portman cradling Zach Braff in an empty Jacuzzi in Garden State, catching his very first tear in a paper dixie cup. Or for a more recent example, think of Zooey Deschanel’s blissful cad in the recent (500) Days Of Summer (out on DVD next week) — a film that plays like porn for bangs-and-blue-eyes fetishists. Think of Audrey Hepburn strumming “Moon River” mournfully on an acoustic guitar, Diane Keaton’s “lah di dah” in Annie Hall, Katherine Hepburn singing to a snow leopard in Bringing Up Baby and Winona Ryder’s smeared eyeliner — not to mention every charming/crazy girl you’ve met in an English lit tutorial, co-operative housing unit or dive-bar bathroom. - Eye Weekly


They spin off the meaningless as desirable.

What about all the normal, balanced, responsible girls at home studying for graduate programs?

They're alone... men deluded by media oversaturation rush toward these stupid hipster women instead, will strike out with them eventually, and both parties will end up alone and childless at 50.
 

The consumer is the enemy

20 08 11 - 10:34

A giant durrrr rises from the American consumer, who knows nothing and does not want to:


"The PC business only returns a few points of margin. HP is really good, and they only return 5%," said Martin Reynolds, analyst at Gartner. "Staying in the PC business is relatively risky. Who knows where these things will go over the next few years?"

Fully integrated hardware and software systems like Apple's iPhone, iPad and Macintosh are becoming more sought-after in the technology industry. Apple does not break out its segment profits, but it is the eighth most-profitable company on the Fortune 500.

That gave Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) -- the third-largest and fastest-growing PC maker in the country -- grounds to declare the beginning of the "post-PC" era in March.
"I think what we're seeing -- what HP's move is really about -- is the aftermath of the Wintel strategy, in which you give all the profits to Intel and Microsoft," said Carl Howe, analyst at Yankee Group. - Crowdist News Network


The Apple model is that one manufacturer controls hardware, operating system and thus software.

We had this model before -- in the 1980s.

It is great because you have very few options and thus everything works. Where PCs might have used over 300 different video cards, Apple had only one.

However, there were also problems: Apple was unable to extend its product line quickly. Why make faster, better and stronger when profits are already high?

In addition, problems existed with Apple's hardware (and still do). In fact, the only reason we have Apple hardware today is thanks to Wintel innovation.

This brings us to the paradox of society:

We need leadership, but we also need competition to unlock new demands. Otherwise, we end up in stagnation.

A king, back in 1990, might have observed the 500 MHz chips in some supercomputers and said, "You know, if we make 2 million of those, they'll be cheap -- let's put those in our desktop computers."

That would have kept computers competitive up until 2001.

The same king at that point might have looked at computers, and seen that a linear expansion of Intel chips was likely, and said, "You know, if we make 20 million of your fastest chips, and apply some technologies from your server line, we could get another ten years out of this at the same cost."

Apple, on the other hand, is prole rule. If it looks shiny and has a neat interface, who cares what powers it? Apple continues to make obscene profits on the sheer ignorance of its customers.

Too much anarchy gets us a mess, but luckily, the market tends to correct. The days of crap motherboards are over, thanks to the price differential of $100 between something excellent and the cheapest option. No one with a functional mind messes around with a key component for that.

Thanks to the proliferation of technology -- thanks to Wintel -- we now have cheap chips, motherboards, RAM and video cards.

Apple, like liberalism, can only make a profit once someone else stabilizes the technology. It seems to please those who don't push their machines to do anything all that interesting.

But the consumer, as always, chortles along in his Idiocracy/Homer Simpson waddle.
 

We exterminate ourselves

17 08 11 - 21:57

So about that great plague:


Sloane believes there was little difference in mortality rates between rich and poor, because they lived so closely packed together. The plague, he is convinced, spread from person to person in the crowded city.

Mortality continued to rise throughout the bitterly cold winter, when fleas could not have survived, and there is no evidence of enough rats.

Black rat skeletons have been found at 14th-century sites, but not in high enough numbers to make them the plague carriers, he said. - The Guardian


Looks like it was our greed in living so close together that did it, and nothing more.

Now we are packing people in even closer. Woe to us if nature finds a way around our defenses.
 

Let me fix that for you

17 08 11 - 14:29

What is anthrocentric thinking?


A DISTRAUGHT mother listened on a mobile phone as her teenage daughter was eaten alive by a brown bear and its three cubs.

Olga Moskalyova, 19, gave an horrific hour-long running commentary on her own death in three separate calls as the wild animals killed her.

She screamed: “Mum, the bear is eating me! Mum, it’s such agony. Mum, help!’”


The absurdism of the horror is what enwraps us. The headline -- BEAR’S EATING ME, GIRL TOLD MUM IN CALL -- shocks us. We fear for ourselves.

Only later in the article do we see the truth:


The double killing is the latest in a spate of bear attacks across ­Russia, as the hungry animals seek food in areas where people have ­encroached and settled on their former habitat. - The Express


The bear didn't attack the human.

The humans attacked the bear: eliminating its habitat, pushing it into close quarters, in effect starving it.

The bears at least had a good final meal -- they were shot, of course -- before passing on into nothingness.
 

Consumerism crushes Generation Y-Z

16 08 11 - 16:20

Raised as consumers, they have no concept of another role -- the unholy fusion of liberalism and consumerism crushes them:


There’s also been a democratization of the workplace and the classroom, creating spheres in which everyone’s opinion is valid, Dr. Twenge said. Generally speaking, authority-questioning baby boomers have raised children with the same sensibilities but with far higher self-esteem, she said. They’ve also lived on a steady diet of social media and Internet savvy, making the online world the most natural place to air “dirty laundry and share a community of likemindedness,” added Bruce Tulgan, author of Not Everyone Gets A Trophy: How To Manage Generation Y.

Never mind the Internet, he said — they’ve also been raised as consumers moreso than any other generation; buying things online, gaining easier access to credit, and getting more money and money making opportunities through their parents, he said from New Haven, CT.

When the young person doesn’t like the transaction — getting in trouble for showing up 20 minutes late for work, for example — they’re often harshly reminded of their new status as the service provider, not the customer they were in college or university.

“Somehow, the message is not being sent that there’s a fundamental shift in your role here – you’re not paying, you’re being paid,” he said. - National Post


Had their parents not been insane liberals, they would have raised them with a constructive focus, such as "this is how you create good things."

Instead, they have been raised in a culture of entitlement and protest, where making sure everyone is equal trumps any kind of actual production or creation.

Even further, they have been raised as narcissists -- that's the "higher self-esteem" or whatever bollocks from above -- who think they are the most important thing in the world.

Reminds me of the Soviet Union, or Rome, right before they fell. They saw no need to produce, assumed they were immortal, and kept right on truckin' as if their importance were guaranteed. Hubris of the mudane.
 

Ethnic-cultural self determination

16 08 11 - 11:01


"A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own culture, affirms its own selfhood, it can never fulfill itself." - Malcolm X


Malcolm X is saying: one civilization is needed for black people, and one is needed for white people.


The Klan has historically tried to organize colored divisions. Klan leaders met with Marcus Mosiah Garvey and gave a monetary gift to Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. The Socialist Party and the Klan formed a 1924 alliance in Milwaukee to elect John Kleist, a socialist and a klansman, to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The Klan has at times appealed to militant workers.

I believe to be reactionary is fatal to our goals and I constantly preach against it. I encourage the study of left-wing and right-wing movements. I say we should take what we can from every source.

{...}

It was back in 1985 when I first met Osiris Akkebala, Chief Elder of the Pan-Afrikan International Movement (PAIN). Chief Akkebala hosted a radio show in an all-black community where we had a scheduled demonstration. PAIN follows a Garvian philosophy, and understanding that Marcus Garvey had met with the Klan in the 1920s, Chief Osiris approached me for a private meeting. We hit it off well and have been good friends ever since.

Sometime in 1990 we began holding joint demonstrations--the Klan in their robes and the Africans in their dashikis. Needless to say it sparked quite a backlash. Many klansmen were angry at me for even considering such a thing. In my view it was a match inspired by God. Why should we have a problem with black men who are strict racial separatists and want to establish a homeland on the continent of Africa? I have even publicly endorsed the payment of reparations to blacks but only for the purpose of repatriation back to Africa.

I believe that all people have a right to self-determination, a right to choose their own government, and their own religion. Clearly, blacks in America have not had those opportunities. As Minister Louis Farrakhan said: "If we can't get along together, then we need to separate."

I'm a revolutionary white separatist, not a white supremacist. I don't feel superior to any man because of the color of my skin but I understand that the Aryan people (making up only about eight percent of the world population) must have a separate land uninfluenced by other races or by the criminal government that occupies Washington D.C. I'm not naive enough to believe we can get it without a very bloody struggle. - John Baumgardner, Revolutionary Klansman


Nationalism for one group means nationalism for all, which means each group gets self-rule and its own state.

The enemy of nationalism is internationalism, or the idea that none of us get our own group, but we all become members of a mixed-race, cultureless, valueless society ruled by consumerism and a strong centralized Nanny State bureaucracy.

Nationalism is not racism; nationalism is cultural separation through ethnic group, which is a genetic record of culture.


Pan-nationalism, or world nationalism, is the idea that each ethnic-cultural group (joined by language, heritage and culture) deserves its own nation. Pan-nationalism suggests that no nationalist can afford to work only for his or her own tribe, but must realize that all tribes are joined in the same quest: to bring about a nationalist order on earth. Our enemy is not each other. Our enemy is the system of "modern society" that exploits us. Our goal is to re-structure modern society to keep its good aspects (technology) and weed out its destructive aspects. This is achieved by putting culture before commerce in every nation on earth, and our method of reaching this is Pan-Nationalism. - Pan-Nationalism


This is what every ethnic group wants: a common standard of values, customs, language, common sense, aesthetics and heritage.

This means each person knows what behavior is rewarded by the group, and how to be a good person.

The attempts of the internationalists to develop a "universal morality" have resulted in a permissiveness which makes for a miserable society.

Instead, we need a common social standard; to have that, we must have culture.

This has other benefits -- with a common social standard, we can embark on effective environmental activity by making it part of our cultural values; without a cultural standard, we cannot have this, which is why "green activism" up until now has consisted in making rules that few obey and most ignore:


We believe that true ecological sustainability may require a rethinking of our values as a society. Present assumptions about economics, development, and the place of human beings in the natural order must be reevaluated. If we are to achieve ecological sustainability, Nature can no longer be viewed only as a commodity; it must be seen as a partner and model in all human enterprise.

We begin with the premise that life on Earth has entered its most precarious phase in history. We speak of threats not only to human life, but to the lives of all species of plants and animals, as well as the health and continued viability of the biosphere. It is the awareness of the present condition that primarily motivates our activities.

We believe that current problems are largely rooted in the following circumstances:


  • The loss of traditional knowledge, values, and ethics of behavior that celebrate the intrinsic value and sacredness of the natural world and that give the preservation of Nature prime importance. Correspondingly, the assumption of human superiority to other life forms, as if we were granted royalty status over Nature; the idea that Nature is mainly here to serve human will and purpose.


  • The prevailing economic and development paradigms of the modern world, which place primary importance on the values of the market, not on Nature. The conversion of nature to commodity form, the emphasis upon economic growth as a panacea, the industrialization of all activity, from forestry to farming to fishing, even to education and culture; the drive to economic globalization, cultural homogenization, commodity accumulation, urbanization, and human alienation. All of these are fundamentally incompatible with ecological or biological sustainability on a finite Earth.


  • Technology worship and an unlimited faith in the virtues of science; the modern paradigm that technological development is inevitable, invariably good, and to be equated with progress and human destiny. From this, we are left dangerously uncritical, blind to profound problems that technology and science have wrought, and in a state of passivity that confounds democracy.


  • Overpopulation, in both the overdeveloped and the underdeveloped worlds, placing unsustainable burdens upon biodiversity and the human condition.



As our name suggests, we are influenced by the Deep Ecology Platform, which helps guide and inform our work. We believe that values other than market values must be recognized and given importance, and that Nature provides the ultimate measure by which to judge human endeavors. - Foundation for Deep Ecology


We either pick this future, or we have a dismal future of anarchic liberal politics and capitalist consumerist manipulation of our land, selves and communities.


from Recombinant Records
 

Unmasking a cliché

15 08 11 - 14:49

Remember that your average tweebo (sensitive man twee/white knight rambo) will scream "correlation is not causation" any time you point out a legitimate cause.

He'll be silent for this:


Park notes that women, in particular, are socialized from a young age to be romantically desirable, and that traditional romantic scripts in Western cultures are highly gendered, prescribing how men and women ought to think, feel and behave in romantic settings.

"Gender scripts discourage women from appearing intelligent in masculine domains, like STEM," Park says, "and in fact, studies show that women who deviate from traditional gender norms, such as succeeding in male-typed jobs, experience backlash for violating societal expectations.


No mention of the other facts in the equation. Were these women also equally attractive, nice, organized and ready for family life?

Yep, the girl who went into hard science and is 450 lbs of angry tattooed fat didn't get a man -- it must be her science career. It's only rational.

This is from a nutcase study that interprets some good data quite badly:


Four new studies by researchers at the University at Buffalo have found that when a woman's goal is to be romantically desirable, she distances herself from academic majors and activities related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). - PhysOrg


Hurrr, I wonder how that could be -- durrr, it must be sexism.

More likely:


  • Women who want to start families do not want a career that takes over their lives. This is intelligent planning. I bet they don't become overnight security guards either. Is that racism, er, sexism at work?

  • Women who want to start families wish to demonstrate their femininity. This requires they use contextual logic, not linear logic. Thus going into science will make them seem linear and thus not ready.

  • Women who want to start families do not want to go hang out with the geeks, freaks, dweebs, liberals and other associating partial intelligences that show up in the lab. For full intelligence, the people in liberal arts majors -- who are better critical thinkers -- are more likely bets.



The study didn't make it to these things. Wonder why not?

Oh well, there's a ready audience for the "It was oppressions!!!1!" line, so let's sell the dummies that one.
 

Multiculturalism still causing endless problems

15 08 11 - 11:13

Now the Dutch contemplate this insanity:


Mr. Wilders’ Freedom Party, which combines racist language with calls for more social spending, won 15.5 percent of the vote in June 2010. He was recently acquitted of charges of hate speech for comparing the Koran to “Mein Kampf” and calling mosques “palaces of hatred.” He wants all immigrants and their children deported and warns of the supposed Muslim plot to create “Eurabia.” - NYT


Do people recognize this as an issue?

They're too busy blaming the tools (corporations) for the bad choices of their masters (consumer-voters):


It does not matter, as writers such as John Ralston Saul have pointed out, that every one of globalism’s promises has turned out to be a lie. It does not matter that economic inequality has gotten worse and that most of the world’s wealth has become concentrated in a few hands. It does not matter that the middle class – the beating heart of any democracy – is disappearing and that the rights and wages of the working class have fallen into precipitous decline as labor regulations, protection of our manufacturing base and labor unions have been demolished. It does not matter that corporations have used the destruction of trade barriers as a mechanism for massive tax evasion, a technique that allows conglomerates such as General Electric or Bank of America to avoid paying any taxes. It does not matter that corporations are exploiting and killing the ecosystem for profit. The steady barrage of illusions disseminated by corporate systems of propaganda, in which words are often replaced with music and images, are impervious to truth. Faith in the marketplace replaces for many faith in an omnipresent God. And those who dissent are banished as heretics. - AdBusters


I have to respectfully disagree with the author of this article: corporations are not the problem. They are the tool of the problem.

They are the symptom and not the disease, the effect and not the cause, the tool and not the toolmaker.

The cause of the problem is our lack of culture. Without culture, we have (a) our raging egos and (b) our own personal pleasures, self-expression, desires, appetites and grandiose egoism.

That is it.

Without any such guidance, we behave selfishly. Corporations then cater to that need.

With culture in place, destructive products would be frowned upon, removing the profit motive for making them.

With culture in place, humanity would not expand so recklessly, as there would be an attitude of restraint.

Instead, we destroy culture with multiculturalism, globalism, internationalism, individualism and Crowdism, and then blame corporations or other leaders.

Anyone but the real culprit:

Us.
 

Stirring the fires

15 08 11 - 00:30

Provoking people with what they wish to deny:


Obama is a symbol of diversity succeeding. People elected Obama because he’s black. 95% of black people voted for him because he’s black. White liberals voted for him because he’s black. Everything else was window dressing to disguise that. He never was a great orator, or thinker. He was black. If we see a black guy in the White House, diversity must be OK. - "Scapegoat"


Why do we do elections by popularity? Oh, right -- it's the only "automated" method.

Put your brain on hold and pretend it works.
 

Intelligence: heritable

14 08 11 - 20:34

If Stephen Pinker's The Blank Slate did not thoroughly enough skewer the illusion that we're all equal under the hood, there's a new study that utterly destroys the notion of biological equality:


A landmark article went online a few days ago in the journal Molecular Psychiatry....Using nothing but genetic information, the team of researchers was able to establish that the narrow heritability of crystallized intelligence (the kind that can be more easily affected by education) is at least 40 percent. The narrow heritability of fluid intelligence (the kind that involves pure problem-solving ability, independently of acquired knowledge) is at least 51 percent. Note the at least. The study’s authors explicitly state that these estimates are lower bounds.

Shelves of books and articles denying or minimizing the heritability of IQ have suddenly become obsolete. - "The Debate about Heritability of General Intelligence Radically Narrows," by Charles Murray


We knew this.

The left claims they are afraid of racial data on this topic, but really, they're afraid of class data.

When you prove the poor are poor because their IQs are lower (or they're hooked on drugs/drink, or both) then suddenly egalitarianism goes out the window. 1789 burns in the fires of the science it helped foster.

It's a good time to shove this down some delusional modernist throats.
 

The Meaning and Context of Zen

14 08 11 - 19:03

A worthy study:


We know the kind of interest Zen has evoked even outside specialized disciplines, since being popularized in the west by D.T. Suzuki through his books Introduction to Zen Buddhism and Essays in Zen Buddhism.

This popular interest is due to the paradoxical encounter between East and West. The ailing West perceives that Zen has something "existential" and surrealistic to offer. Zen's notion of a spiritual realization, free from any faith and any bond, not to mention the mirage of an instantaneous and somehow gratuitous "spiritual breakthrough", has exercised a fascinating attraction on many Westerners. However, this is true, for the most part, only superficially. There is a considerable difference between the spiritual dimension of the "philosophy of crisis", which has become popular in the West as a consequence of its materialistic and nihilist development, and the spiritual dimension of Zen, which has been rooted in the spirituality of the Buddhist tradition. Any true encounter between Zen and the West, presupposes, in a Westerner, either an exceptional predisposition, or the capability to operate a metanoia. By metanoia I mean an inner turnabout, affecting not so much one's intellectual "attitudes", but rather a dimension which in every time and in every place has been conceived as a deeper reality.

Zen has a secret doctrine and not to be found in scriptures. It was passed on by the Buddha to his disciple Mahakassapa. This secret doctrine was introduced in China around the sixth century C.E. by Bodhidharma. The canon was transmitted in China and Japan through a succession on teachers and "patriarchs". In Japan it is a living tradition and has many advocates and numerous Zendos ("Halls of Meditation").

As far as the spirit informing the tradition is concerned, Zen may be considered as a continuation of early Buddhism. - "The Meaning and Context of Zen," by Baron Julius Evola


Zen is a workaround for the deceptiveness of socialization, language and other human-tinged things.

It is similar to nihilism, although attempts less of a logical description; nihilism relies on a negation of anthrocentric negation as its method of reality affirmation, where Zen relies on negation of symbol entirely.
 

Bruce Charlton's "Thought Prison"

14 08 11 - 18:55

One of the modern thinkers I can handle, Bruce Charlton, interprets Christianity in a "pagan" animistic method and applies this to Traditionalism and defense of European culture and the fundamental concept of conservatism, which is valuing results over methods.

His new book is available on Amazon.com:

 

Humanism is destructive

12 08 11 - 19:42

From a well-known writer:


How did the West decline from its triumphal march to its present sickness? Have there been fatal turns and losses of direction in its development? It does not seem so. The West kept advancing socially in accordance with its proclaimed intentions, with the help of brilliant technological progress. And all of a sudden it found itself in its present state of weakness.

This means that the mistake must be at the root, at the very basis of human thinking in the past centuries. I refer to the prevailing Western view of the world which was first born during the Renaissance and found its political expression from the period of the Enlightenment. It became the basis for government and social science and could be defined as rationalistic humanism or humanistic autonomy: the proclaimed and enforced autonomy of man from any higher force above him. It could also be called anthropocentricity, with man seen as the center of everything that exists.

The turn introduced by the Renaissance evidently was inevitable historically. The Middle Ages had come to a natural end by exhaustion, becoming an intolerable despotic repression of man's physical nature in favor of the spiritual one. Then, however, we turned our backs upon the Spirit and embraced all that is material with excessive and unwarranted zeal. This new way of thinking, which had imposed on us its guidance, did not admit the existence of intrinsic evil in man nor did it see any higher task than the attainment of happiness on earth. It based modern Western civilization on the dangerous trend to worship man and his material needs. Everything beyond physical well-being and accumulation of material goods, all other human requirements and characteristics of a subtler and higher nature, were left outside the area of attention of state and social systems, as if human life did not have any superior sense. That provided access for evil, of which in our days there is a free and constant flow. Merely freedom does not in the least solve all the problems of human life and it even adds a number of new ones.

However, in early democracies, as in American democracy at the time of its birth, all individual human rights were granted because man is God's creature. That is, freedom was given to the individual conditionally, in the assumption of his constant religious responsibility. Such was the heritage of the preceding thousand years. Two hundred or even fifty years ago, it would have seemed quite impossible, in America, that an individual could be granted boundless freedom simply for the satisfaction of his instincts or whims. Subsequently, however, all such limitations were discarded everywhere in the West; a total liberation occurred from the moral heritage of Christian centuries with their great reserves of mercy and sacrifice. State systems were becoming increasingly and totally materialistic. The West ended up by truly enforcing human rights, sometimes even excessively, but man's sense of responsibility to God and society grew dimmer and dimmer. In the past decades, the legalistically selfish aspect of Western approach and thinking has reached its final dimension and the world wound up in a harsh spiritual crisis and a political impasse. All the glorified technological achievements of Progress, including the conquest of outer space, do not redeem the Twentieth century's moral poverty which no one could imagine even as late as in the Nineteenth Century. - Columbia


He spins it religiously, but the point is fair: when individuals are given absolute rights with no duties, selfishness is given full expression and the result is a self-consuming society.
 

S&P notices USA is dysfunctional

08 08 11 - 18:34

Sometimes, even adults get a clue.

Standard & Poor downvalued the USA for the first time because of political infighting in the USA. They might as well have listed any of a dozen factors suggesting this democracy is off the rail, as democracies tend to be once it gets easier to promise free things than fix problems.

The proposition nation -- people with nothing in common, united by a Soviet-style dogma of freedom, equality and free entitlements -- has failed in the USA, as it has failed everywhere else it has been tried.

Who is to blame? The people, or rather the majority, who are so oblivious, careless, lazy, ignorant, self-aggrandizing and pompous as to vote for insanity and claim it is enlightened moralism.

Our coverage here:



Of the 1,000,000+ words written on this topic during the last 72 hours, these brief essays are the most honest assessments I've read. If no one else will say it, you have to say it yourself.
 

The IRC channel, in a phrase

01 08 11 - 14:44


BRAPE, n. Contraction of "bro rape." When two red-blooded men wrestle, and end up having sex. DEFINITELY NOT A HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVITY! Often occurs to the lilting sounds of Pantera.


Ultra-free speech channel here. Only rule is nothing illegal.

We encourage ultra-free-speech in order to get around society's fearful taboos. This does not mean your behavior will be rewarded if you spew random invective.

However, autotrolling and general screwing around is OK, as are reasoned, thoughtful, enlightening arguments and shared links.
 

One Love

01 08 11 - 09:46

We, the pretentious species, like to think that We Are All One.

You can see this slogan -- or variants of it: one love, unity, peace, we are all equals -- written in both the propaganda of this regime and its products. Did the regime command those products get made? No: it was done by the citizens, to the citizens.

And we keep going, seeking more connectivity, more freedom and openness:


"Yes, but it hasn't changed my general attitude. You know these situations: you're talking to somebody, and everybody's on different platforms all the time, so nobody's really concentrating."

What he says next is probably not intended as his verdict on Twitter - a Kraftwerkian development, if ever there was one - but it may as well be. "Everybody is becoming like ... " - he pauses - "a Stasi agent, constantly observing himself or his friends." - The Guardian


But we can't be Stasi agents, we mean love. One Love. We Are All One.

What could scotch this however is if our intentions do not translate to reality.

Think of throwing a basketball: you intend it to go into the rim and make a basket. However, if you do not make your muscles move in such a way that the physics of the situation dictate the ball will end up in the basket, you will not succeed, no matter how hard you try.

In the same way, acting as if we are all in love and love is all and we are one, may not translate into the desired outcome.