Selling you fear

31 10 11 - 15:31


A new analysis of mammography concluded that while mammograms find cancer in 138,000 women each year, as many as 120,000 to 134,000 of those women either have cancers that are already lethal or have cancers that grow so slowly they do not need to be treated. ... In recent years, researchers have found that many, if not most, cancers are indolent. They grow very slowly or stop growing altogether. Some even regress and do not need to be treated — they are harmless.


Re-evaluating the Benefits of Cancer Screening
 

Hail the Pagan Gods

31 10 11 - 14:00


Slaney-Davis, who is based in London, isn't preparing the feast for Halloween. Instead, she and pagans around the world are celebrating Samhain, the beginning of the pagan new year, a night when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is believed to be the thinnest of any time during the year.

That's why it's a night devoted to ancestors. "We honor them, and we recognize that we don't live in a world of people who are merely dead or alive," says Slaney-Davis, 46. "Ancestors are central to us." - CNN


CMP/Cf.:

(1) "The past is alive" -- Mayhem

(2) "The past isn't dead; it isn't even past." -- Wm. Faulkner

Pagan, Christianity, Greek... they are all doorways into the analysis of the world as it is, that is, they are all descended from Hinduism.
 

Race-mixing

30 10 11 - 19:44

Race-mixing destroys unique populations and replaces them with generic ones, composed of the average of random ingredients:


There is perhaps no greater threat to the well-being of Am Yisrael, the Jewish nation, than assimilation and its all too natural consequence, intermarriage. The Jewish Defense League seeks to combat not only the multifarious physical and spiritual forms of Jew-hatred but also the spiritual malaise of Jewish indifference and ignorance, and the threat of Jewish affection for the non-Jew.

As if we face too few external threats, an alarming number of Jews willingly flee from Judaism into melting pots, secular "culture" and morality, and often most devastatingly the arms of non-Jewish spouses. The unfortunate reality of the situation is that assimilation and intermarriage have done more to destroy Jewish souls than most every form of persecution and act of genocide we have suffered as a people throughout time immemorial.

Only through Jewish pride and education will Jews be protected from these insidious, corrupting forces. - The Jewish Defense League


Replace "Jew"/"Jewish" with the ethnic terms of your choice. This applies equally to all ethnic groups.

You either isolate, segregate and remain yourselves, or go multicultural and become a generic gray race.
 

Men's Rights

30 10 11 - 12:30

Just a reminder: we have a blog on men's rights, men's issues, gender, sexuality and contra-equality jihad in the context of the same.

It needs your comments, links and other love:



It will NOT sit down to pee.
 

#Occupy Mom's Basement

30 10 11 - 04:33

"It got cold on Wall Street, and we couldn't smoke dope or play Xbox, so we're now fighting the 1% by staying in the basement where it's warm taking the fight to twitter! Down with the banksters! Mom, got any more of those pop tarts?"

 

Utøya Ultrakill: FPS for Anders Breivik fans

29 10 11 - 08:49



The game itself can be found on Mediafire or the ANUS free speech hosting service.
 

Wanker

29 10 11 - 08:44



"Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act." - Albert Einstein

Scientists should be careful outside of science. It's a rare person that can balance both science and the less reactive thoughts need for politics or philosophy in one head. Einstein couldn't; every single statement I've seen from him is positive demagoguery to be sure, but ineffective as policy.

The statement above is no exception. It's pure manipulation. If you are privileged -- hey, I'd like to be privileged; that makes me feel powerful, smart, rich and beautiful -- then you have a "duty" to "act," neither of which are defined, but we assume the popular meaning e.g. give $5 to the homeless and spend $95 on yourself. Whatever you do, DO NOT design a better world so the homeless are handled in a better fashion.

Sometimes the best duty is to oneself. Rise above. Let nature handle the rest. You cannot fix the homeless, for example, by giving them $5 -- or $5 trillion. The defect is in them, with a few exceptions who are only temporarily homeless.

If you want to design a better social order, go for it. But basing that order on pity for the weak is a way to be merely a wanker, jerking off with their misfortune for your own feelings of superiority.
 

Why India Should Become A Hindu Nation

29 10 11 - 08:04

Insightful:


First and foremost India was Partitioned on the Basis of Religion, i.e. India for Hindus (people of all faiths welcome) and Pakistan for Muslims.

If the World can have Christian, Islamic, Buddhist nations and a Jewish state, why not a Hindu nation. Again, the largest number of Hindus in the world live in India, so it's apt that Hinduism becomes the Official/State Religion, but, with some restrictions like Ban on Conversions and Cow Slaughter with care being taken that non-Hindus aren't persecuted and that there are sufficient measures to maintain a Desirable Distance between the Clergy and the Government.

And, definitely, unlike some countries, India's non-Hindus (weren't), won't be Second Class Citizens. - Offensive Defense


America is choked with protesters complaining that our values system got overtaken by money. Yet they can't agree on a values system other than Communism.

Why not just start out by picking a values system, organizing a nation around that, and letting that values system control the money?
 

Hypnosis amongus

25 10 11 - 17:39

Science finally gets around the cool stuff:


The researchers used high-resolution eye-tracking methodology and presented a set of well-established oculomotor tasks that trigger automatic eye behavior. They found the glazed stare was accompanied by objectively measurable changes in automatic, reflexive eye behavior that could not be imitated by non-hypnotized participants.

In the field of hypnosis research this result means that hypnosis can no longer be regarded as mental imagery that takes place during a totally normal waking state of consciousness. - Medical Xpress


Obviously, when the aliens made us, they left in a "safe mode with networking" for debugging.
 

How the false aristocrats will be sacrificed

25 10 11 - 14:43

From an unusual source:


Now ask yourself- how many scumbag doctors, lawyers, small businessmen, managers, professors, cops, upper level bureaucrats do you know and have to interact with? Aren’t your conceptions of the behavior of the truly rich shaped by these people?

The funny thing about the upper middle-class is that they are not truly rich. While their lives may be comfortable and luxurious, they are one serious illness/accident away from a far more austere lifestyle. However, these morons act as if they are rich or will soon become rich, thereby exhibiting behaviors which no sane person would indulge in. The truly rich don’t mind having such henchmen who will do their dirty work for a somewhat better lifestyle and a faint chance of joining their ranks.

Of course, these delusional morons have none of the advantages which the truly rich enjoy. While they might live in better neighborhoods, they are not hard to get hold of. Their lives are far more open to the public than the truly rich. Everybody knows where they live, where they shop, how many kids they have, where they work, and where they take vacations. Now combine this ready “accessibility” with their public persona, shitty attitudes and the willingness to support the truly rich. - In Mala Fide


Many of these "faux rich" are products of huge education loans and no particular depth of thought. Bring back the old wealth, the Dutch/English/German/Scandi types who were highly competent, deep thinkers and highly moral people. Send these nouveau riche political creations (most of whom are white proles, but many of whom are not of first-world descent) to China.
 

Western man has externalized himself through socialization

24 10 11 - 18:57

What a tangled web, etc:


Lindstrom says companies get their hooks into us earlier than we may have thought; he says the average American 3-year-old can recognize 100 brands. That's not all.

"We even are affected by brand messages before we are born, while we are in the womb," he says.

He pointed to a recent British study that looked at pregnant women who watched a particular television show. The results showed that babies born to those women who watched the show had a stronger preference for the program than those children whose mothers did not watch the show while pregnant.

{snip}

If you pay attention as you walk into the produce department, Lindstrom says you will notice the boxes holding the apples and bananas seem to have been delivered by something called "Patty's Farm."

"The story is probably very different," Lindstrom says. " In the backside of the store, they're offloading all those bananas from huge plastic containers, most likely flown in the day before, into those individual-looking cardboard boxes, which by the way is not 'Patty's Farm.' - National People's Radio


You mean the symbols out there in the world are not the same thing as in my head?

And they may in fact be inverted?

But then there's no meaning!!1!


Narcissists may seem to love themselves, but a new study finds that narcissistic self-aggrandizement may hide deep feelings of inferiority.

According to the new research, people who are narcissistic are likely to tell psychologists that they feel good about themselves. But when the psychologists trick these narcissists into thinking they're hooked up to a working lie-detector test, the truth comes out and the narcissists admit to lower self-esteem.

"This suggests that individuals with high levels of narcissism may be inflating their self-esteem," study researcher Erin Myers, a psychologist at Western Carolina University, told LiveScience. "In other words, narcissistic individuals may not really believe they are as great as they claim to be." - LiveScience


When you invert your values, soon everything is backward and upside-down.
 

The One and the Many

24 10 11 - 15:44

From the Foreword to Educating for Virtue, in which five scholars address one of the most pressing issues of our time: the relationship between education and the development of moral character.


“If there is a single thread that runs through these essays, it is the recognition of a universal order that transcends the flux of human life and gives meaning to it. Insofar as men act in accordance with this order, they experience true happiness and are brought into community with others who are similarly motivated. But men are afflicted with contrary impulses that are destructive of universal order. When acted upon, these impulses bring suffering and a sense of meaninglessness and despair; the result is disintegration and conflict--within both the personality and society at large. Yet so tempting are the attractions of these impulses that they frequently prevail and must be taken into account in any realistic assessment of human affairs. This tension within the person between competing desires--the conflict between what Plato called the One and the Many--is the ultimate reality of human experience. To apprehend this reality, and to act in the light of the transcendent purpose with appropriate reverence and restraint, is the essence of wisdom; and to help deepen and strengthen this apprehension--through philosophy, history, literature, and the arts and sciences--is the overarching purpose of any education worthy of the name.”


With essays by Claes G. Ryn, Russell Kirk, Paul Gottfried, Peter J. Stanlis, Solveig Eggerz.
 

The only third way: nationalism/culturism

24 10 11 - 15:10

From Greg Johnson:


“Beyond Left and Right, socialism and capitalism, is nationalism. Whether you call it national socialism or national capitalism, social credit, corporatism, distributism, or producer capitalism versus finance capitalism, the third way boils down to this: we believe in private property broadly distributed, the moral rights of producers to the fruits of their labor, an end to usury and other forms of financial parasitism, and economic regulations to make sure that private interests (in low wages and open borders, for instance) do not conflict with the interest of the nation.” - Reason Radio


I will never support National Socialism or neo-Nazism because they are Jew-haters who have lost any sight of the real goal, but it seems to me that any political system which does not include nationalism/culturism is equally likely to fail, in ways more like the downfall of the Soviet Union or early Revolutionary France. Death to liberalism!
 

Wheat, a creeping death?

23 10 11 - 06:14

Possibly-but-maybe-and-maybe-not-well-could-be department:


If you held up a conventional wheat plant from 50 years ago against a modern, high-yield dwarf wheat plant, you would see that today’s plant is about 2½ feet shorter. It’s stockier, so it can support a much heavier seedbed, and it grows much faster. The great irony here is that the term “genetic modification” refers to the actual insertion or deletion of a gene, and that’s not what’s happened with wheat. Instead, the plant has been hybridized and crossbred to make it resistant to drought and fungi, and to vastly increase yield per acre. Agricultural geneticists have shown that wheat proteins undergo structural change with hybridization, and that the hybrid contains proteins that are found in neither parent plant. Now, it shouldn’t be the case that every single new agricultural hybrid has to be checked and tested, that would be absurd. But we’ve created thousands of what I call Frankengrains over the past 50 years, using pretty extreme techniques, and their safety for human consumption has never been tested or even questioned. - MacLeans
 

Architecture defines expectations

23 10 11 - 06:13

An interesting approach:


I am promoting a Conservative view of architecture and town planning which advocates the design of new buildings by developing from the traditional styles that already exist in diverse towns and cities rather than forcing incongruous buildings into a round hole: the exploitation of cities across the world for a Global style of architecture. There is enough disjuncture in British urbiscapes as it is after the Second World War blitzes and sixty years of depredations by local councils without adding incongruous excrescences to it. - New English Review


Uniformity is the hallmark of globalism. Equality = uniformity.

Wisdom on the other hand comes from understanding balance, harmony and hierarchy -- these are all beyond the "me-first" human attitude behind liberalism.


  • Liberalism, leftism, globalism, Marxist, Communism, and anarchism are the same thing: a desire for a primacy of human feeling/judgment.

  • Conservatism,traditionalism, transcendentalism and deep ecology are the same thing: a desire for consequences (a natural order) to come before human delusion.



What an untangled web we weave.
 

Rebellions: pointless treason

22 10 11 - 15:59

Rebels are generally those who do not want to acquire power through the current system, but will risk trashing the whole civilization to that end. For this reason, rebellions usually end in disorganization because the rebels know what they don't want, not what they do.


If you really think the banks have a free hand to make money at the expense of the rest of us, you can just go out and buy their stocks right now and make a fortune.

After all, they’ve collapsed. Bank of America’s stock (XNYS:BAC - News) has been halved since the start of the year. At $6.40, the shares are trading at a third of book value (according to FactSet Research), about where they were at the absolute lows in March 2009. (Bank of America just reported $6.2 billion net income in the third quarter, returns on average equity of 22% and Tier One capital — a measure of balance-sheet strength — up to a decent 11.5%. Make of it what you will.)

Citigroup Inc. (XNYS:C) has lost a third of its value this year.

Even the Vampire Squid itself has covered its stockholders in red ink. Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (XNYS:GS - News) have lost a third of their value this year. The stock is trading below book value. - "Why Occupy Wall Street will fail"


It's a good point: banks need shareholders and investors in order to survive.

Which means that if we put half the effort into buying their stock that we put into protesting, they could easily be "owned by The People" within a few days.

The problem is that then, The People would see that banks are run the way they are for a practical reason: it works, and very little else does.

"B-b-b-ut there's a recession," stammers the neo-Communist. Sure. Much like nature, capitalism runs in boom and bust. So what? It rights itself, unless society has choked itself with so many incompetents that they have become parasitic.


The lawyers representing the British team decided that the Americans had no legal grounds for secession. "[President Abraham] Lincoln made the case against secession and he was right."

"The grievances listed in the Declaration were too trivial to justify secession," the British lawyers wrote. "The main one -- no taxation without representation -- was no more than a wish on the part of the colonists, to avoid paying for the expense of protecting them against the French during seven years of arduous war and conflict." - Fox News


I have to agree. Here's an alternate story of the American Revolution:

People saw a profit angle.

During a lean time, they whipped up a frenzy of hatred for their distant leadership. Should be easy.

Fortunately, unlike most revolutions, the rebels had a good plan for the future, thanks to having some truly great minds on their side.

Otherwise, the USA would have been neo-Communist in 1789 just as France was.

Beware of rebellions. With few exceptions, they are the work of incompetents who are too megalomaniac to simply improve the system, and instead want to re-work it in their own image.
 

Career advice to younger people

22 10 11 - 09:13

From the forums:


(1) Find what you are good at.

(2) Find a skill that corresponds to that and which you can enjoy.

(3) Get the education, certification and entry-level job experience required.

Stop: you are age 30 at this time, if not a little older.

(4) Find the right place for you to work.
(a) Pick an area of your field that interests you and which is lucrative/expanding
(b) Be very selective about who you work for and where you live. This is no longer an entry-level job!
(c) If something isn't working, do nothing -- find another position, then leave the first.
(d) Repeat until satisfaction achieved.
(5) Find some way to capitalize on this: write a book, become an expert, become a consultant, etc.

Most of all, look for some place where you are EFFECTIVE and able to use your skills to a constructive end. These are the happiest careers. Money follows this naturally because where you are talented, enjoying yourself and effective, you will succeed.

During 1-3 you are in entry-level stages. Your goal here is to do a reasonable job in as short an amount of time as possible. Do not slave at the office for the extra 5%. Get the big things right, make a professional showing and get to know people in your field outside of the office. But don't slave over it. You are young, and will want to spend this time growing, enjoying, exploring, etc. _If you can get your job done in two hours a day and only miss a few unnecessary meetings, do it. No one will care in the long term and they will respect you for not being a whore_.

In stage 4, you are at the peak of your abilities. You will want to spend more time on working and getting that 5% nailed, but you have to fight for a work-life balance that is closer to 50-50 than the 80-20 most people choose (sleep does not count as "life"). Bottom line: with power comes the ability to clear idiots out of your way. Get that power, get control and be even more effective.

In stage 5, you are in your fifties or sixties and have a good deal of power because you have more experience than anyone else. Transfer that experience into being an expert consultant, writing a book or books on your field, etc. Also keep an eye out for investments to buy and the ability to gain a controlling interest in your firm.

All of the above apply to EVERY career except truly granular labor.

* If you are a security guard, you will be an experienced security guard after a decade and then you will be able to use that as a selling point and rise in your career, ultimately to the point where you may be training others or managing your own business renting out security guards. You can then round out your career by becoming a physical security consultant and/or writing a book, "How to secure your small or mid-size business for pennies" (example).

* If you are a plumber, you will be an experienced plumber by the time you're 30 and can then start branching out and specializing. Maybe people really hate installing hot water heaters but you enjoy the precision it requires and get really good at it. By the time you're in your 40s, you may have a business that specializes in plumbing with regard to heaters. Eventually, you become a consultant for a television program and then write a book, "The illustrated guide to installing water heaters of all kinds."

* If you are a lawyer, doctor or architect, you will work for assholes until you have the choice about where to go. Most people are idiot proles who claw their way into these professions for the money, and end up hating themselves and others. These people do not ultimately succeed, although they do OK oftentimes. When you get the choice of firm to take, be aggressive and go for it. Find a hungry mid-size firm and eschew the big brain chewers. If you are a doctor, choice of hospital and even of partners in small practice is crucial. Here you can make the decision that determines if your life is pleasant or not.

* Computer "programmer" is a huge field. Most people in it are competent with details, and oblivious to the big picture. If you are any good as a programmer, then, expect to see yourself rapidly moving toward a specialization role where you manage or audit the activities or herds of programmers. Keep in mind that you can count on them to do nothing but the minimal and see nothing but the details, and to do it chaotically. Your job is to impose order. By the time you're 30, you will have had a series of brain-dead jobs in which the goal is to show up, write the code, and be absent for everything else. You may have an opportunity to specialize even earlier than that. I say go for it, but don't go all the way into it; keep your general skills fresh. Niches disappear. In ten years no one will care about Ruby.

No matter what you do, don't just puke out the front door and slop on down the sidewalk to work day after day and figure the world will reward you. Act like a cog, get treated like a cog, which means given no chance to show you have ability.

If you have no ability, go to work for the government as quickly as possible. - Self-help: Making Money?


Should upset some people.
 

The morality problem

20 10 11 - 18:55

From the mouths of babes:


Classic American blame-the-victim ideology. You've been taught all your life that success or failure is based primarily on personal, rather than environmental/social factors. So of course, to you, the fault lies in the people taking loans and unable to find jobs, and not in the perfect "free-market" that has no entry-level jobs for college graduates. - Slashdot comments


If we're all equal, success must be based on environmental/social factors; never mind that all of published science disagrees with that idea.

But only an egalitarian would think in terms of fault. A sensible person thinks in terms of solutions.

Not all people are equal. Most are incompetent at most things. If you put them all together, you get a wave of incompetence called democracy.
 

Convenience kills

20 10 11 - 15:43

Look at this feast of destruction:


JUNK food, particularly products containing trans fats, can make healthy young men infertile by damaging their sperm, a joint American and Spanish study out today showed.

Fertility doctors from Harvard University and the University of Murcia, southeastern Spain, analysed sperm from hundreds of men aged between 18 and 22 and found those who ate a high proportion of junk food had poorer quality sperm than those with a nutritious diet. - News.Com.Au


Autogenocide by any other name!

Also, for kicks:


Just 1 in 7 U.S. workers is of normal weight without a chronic health problem, according to Gallup polling data, and it could be costing the economy more than $153 billion a year in lost productivity from increased sick days.

Gallup polled more than 100,000 full-time workers, and found that two-thirds of the work force is either overweight or obese and nearly half are both overweight and have at least one chronic health problem. The numbers on obesity are calculated using self-reported height and weight, which means the numbers could be even higher. Studies have shown that people tend to underestimate their weight and overestimate their height.

Workers who were overweight or obese were more likely to miss work than those of normal weight, but chronic health problems were a much bigger factor. Even among those of normal weight, chronic conditions are prevalent, as nearly 60% of those workers report a continuing health issue. - WSJ


About the only solution is to declare war on tomorrow, consolidate roles, and take everyone who is NOT essential and send them to the front.

At least they'll be in shape.
 

The true inheritor of Macolm X

20 10 11 - 14:04

This man may or may not be presidential material (he's the Republicans' Obama) but he makes a good point:

Cain wouldn't respond to a recent analysis that predicts higher taxes for Americans under the candidate's "9-9-9" tax plan.

"I am not going to comment on those calculations, because I don't know what assumptions they used," Cain said. "Here is a fact: It would depend upon what that family spends their money on."

Cain was responding to an analysis by the non-partisan Politifact, which determined that for tax payers who are married with dependents, the 9-9-9 plan would result in higher taxes. - CNN


Black Nationalists like Malcolm X emphasized self-reliance and independence.

Post-1968 black activists emphasize handouts, blame, oppression and sabotage.

Cain takes an alternate view, an older one: reward those who are helping themselves, and remove all barriers to their rise.

As far as those who cannot even take basic steps to help themselves? The poor will always be with us.
 

You cannot escape the databases

20 10 11 - 13:59

Check out this fruity paranoia:


In violent cases when conventional DNA searches fail to produce a match, and all other investigative leads have proved fruitless, there is a last-ditch option: searching the database for near-matches who are likely to be close relatives of the suspect. In the Grim Sleeper case, the familial search turned up the DNA profile of a felon who shared multiple genetic markers. The man was too young to have committed the earliest murders, but detectives quickly honed in on his father, a resident of South Los Angeles named Lonnie Franklin Jr. A surreptitious DNA sample was collected — from a discarded piece of pizza — and Franklin’s genetic profile was compared to the Grim Sleeper’s: they matched. In arresting Franklin, the LAPD wrote a new page in the history of DNA forensics: never before in American history had an active familial search been used to solve a homicide. - Miller-McCune


Every related bit of information on you can be used to nail you. Try not to commit crimes. But also, take control of your government before more essential activities are re-defined as crimes.
 

Disgust versus being Disgusting

20 10 11 - 13:58

The usual suspects in academia cooked up some research that borrows an idea from Jonathan Haidt:


People who believe they would be bothered by a range of hypothetical disgusting situations display an increased likelihood of displaying right-of-center rather than left-of-center political orientations. Given its primal nature and essential value in avoiding pathogens disgust likely has an effect even without registering in conscious beliefs. In this article, we demonstrate that individuals with marked involuntary physiological responses to disgusting images, such as of a man eating a large mouthful of writhing worms, are more likely to self-identify as conservative and, especially, to oppose gay marriage than are individuals with more muted physiological responses to the same images. - PLOSone


People who do not find disgust in themselves are probably very permissive, which is only beneficial to them if they believe that they are themselves disgusting.
 

Happiness is in your DNA; and different races may have different propensities for it

20 10 11 - 13:26

From an innocent source:


That personality, along with intelligence, is at least partly heritable is becoming increasingly clear; so, presumably, the tendency to be happy or miserable is, to some extent, passed on through DNA. To try to establish just what that extent is, a group of scientists from University College, London; Harvard Medical School; the University of California, San Diego; and the University of Zurich examined over 1,000 pairs of twins from a huge study on the health of American adolescents. In “Genes, Economics and Happiness”, a working paper from the University of Zurich’s Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, they conclude that about a third of the variation in people’s happiness is heritable. That is along the lines of, though a little lower than, previous estimates on the subject.

{snip}

Where the story could become controversial is when the ethnic origins of the volunteers are taken into account. All were Americans, but they were asked to classify themselves by race as well. On average, the Asian Americans in the sample had 0.69 long genes, the black Americans had 1.47 and the white Americans had 1.12.

That result sits comfortably with other studies showing that, on average, Asian countries report lower levels of happiness than their GDP per head would suggest. African countries, however, are all over the place, happinesswise. But that is not surprising, either. Africa is the most genetically diverse continent, because that is where humanity evolved (Asians, Europeans, Aboriginal Australians and Amerindians are all descended from a few adventurers who left Africa about 60,000 years ago). Black Americans, mostly the descendants of slaves carried away from a few places in west Africa, cannot possibly be representative of the whole continent. - The Economist


Personality and happiness level might both be heritable. Well, who would have thought that?

Answer: everyone, about 200 years ago. It was common knowledge and (and still is) common sense.


The iris controls the size of the pupil and gives a person's eyes their colour. It grows into a complex and unique pattern as a fetus develops and remains the same throughout a person's life. This fact has been successfully exploited in iris-based biometric systems, which work on the principle that each iris is completely different to any other.

But that is not strictly true, as Kevin Bowyer at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and his colleagues have found. They have developed a system that can pick out similarities between irises, instead of differences. Initial tests show it can distinguish between people of two different racial backgrounds and shows promise in determining gender.

{snip}

When they turned the system on a database of unknown irises of 1200 people, it predicted whether a person was Chinese or Caucasian with over 90 per cent accuracy, and correctly identified gender 62 per cent of the time. - New Scientist


Amazing.
 

Industry is liberal, not conservative

20 10 11 - 13:24

Conservatives got roped into defending industry because liberals made all other conservative ideas taboo.


  • The fundamental ideal of liberalism is equality.
  • The fundamental ideal of conservatism is harmony.


Harmony requires that not all notes be the same. It requires that some rise above, and some below, but that all serve the same role. It is not deconstructive like liberalism, but its resulting insistence on inequality and evolution (social Darwinism, religion, values, competition) is anathema to liberals, who insist on personal equality at the expense of all else.

Conservatives do not belong in bed with industry -- they belong out there defending markets against socialism's managed economies, sure, but not losing sight of the fact that industry is a whore to the consumers who are in turn mostly clueless proles:


Barbie, Mattel's iconic doll, has seen and done a lot in her 50 years. Now, for the first time, she's been inked with a tattoo (see photo below). This isn't Totally Stylin' Tattoos Barbie who came with benign removable stickers a few years ago. The new "tokidoki Barbie" — designed by Simone Legno, Italian creator of the Japanese-influenced lifestyle brand, tokidoki — has permanent ink running up her left arm and across her chest. Mattel says tokidoki Barbie is a "funky fashionista," with a pink bob and skull-heart sweater to complement her "trendy tattoos." - The Week


What do proles want?

Something different... but the same, so they can recognize it.

This is why prole culture remains unchanged from 1789. Be quirky, break social mores, violate rules, etc. but don't ever do anything like look to the picture bigger than the individual (which is, coincidentally, what conservatism likes). Collectivism and individualism are both output of liberalism. Barbie, as a whore to prole culture, is a perfect industrial product -- and yet a total violation of all common sense.
 

War 2012: Sensitives vs. Dunning-Kruger cases

19 10 11 - 17:49

Via Laeeth Isharc:


"Latent inhibition refers to an animal's unconscious capacity to ignore stimuli that experience has shown are irrelevant to its needs". (Similar to Popper's writing that the eye of a frog has a theory of what a fly looks like - movement by a fly-shaped object = signal down the optic nerve; movement by a non-fly shaped object = no signal). I believe it relates to the operation of the reticular activating system in the brain.

People vary a great deal on this trait. To have low latent inhibition can be a mixed blessing, because if you don't have the cognitive processing power to manage the increased input then you just become overwhelmed, and it is hard to function. If you do have low latent inhibition, and sufficient horsepower then there is the potential for great creativity, because you notice things, and tap into things (actual real things in the world) that no one else does.

I think latent inhibition is a better term than "highly sensitive", but it is talking about the same phenomenon. (I think that when she talks about 15-20% being highly-sensitive it is like talking about 15-20% of the population being 'highly'-intelligent. Ie there is a considerable degree of variation along this trait, and the top 1% or 0.1% will be very different again from the top 20%).

"Recent research by social psychologist Elaine Aron and her team describes a set of human characteristics which she calls “high sensitivity.”

Her research suggests that approximately 15-20% of the human (and for that matter animals) have evolved to be markedly more responsive to their environment.

It is not that these “highly sensitive people” (HSPs) are gifted with super-hearing or hyper-acute vision but rather, that they have nervous systems and minds which permit more stimulation to enter without automatically and unconsciously shutting it out, and further, that they then cognitively process the stimulation that they receive in more detail than others do." - Highly Sensitive


On one side: what Nietzsche called "sensitives," who are aware of the fragility of life and the corruption of the motives of others enough to be frequently scared, retiring and shy.

On the other side: the crass personality which considers all that it does not understand to be "dumb," is relentlessly selfish, oblivious to detail and nuance, and thus very adept at feeding itself (within civilization).
 

Occupy Wall Street: Red October

18 10 11 - 20:34

From a highly reputable source:


The protesters have a distinct ideology and are bound by a deep commitment to radical left-wing policies...Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn't represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence. Half (52%) have participated in a political movement before, virtually all (98%) say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.

The vast majority of demonstrators are actually employed, and the proportion of protesters unemployed (15%) is within single digits of the national unemployment rate (9.1%).

{ snip }

What binds a large majority of the protesters together—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or education—is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth, intense regulation of the private sector, and protectionist policies to keep American jobs from going overseas.

The Wall Street Journal


The usual suspects (leftists), with the usual agenda (wealth redistribution), for the usual reason (anger at having no purpose in life).

The solution is to give them a purpose. War, or culture, or both.
 

Arktos: Preparing you for the end of the Kali-Yuga

18 10 11 - 15:32

 

Why modern people are such dolts

18 10 11 - 14:54

They are egomaniacs:


Pastor Timothy Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City makes this keen observation: Until the 20th century, most cultures held that having too high an opinion of oneself was the root of most of the world's troubles. Misbehavior from drug addiction to wars resulted from pride that needed to be deterred or disciplined. The idea that you were bigger or better, or more self-righteous, or somehow immune from the rules that govern others -- the absence of humility, in other words, gave you license to do unto others what you would never allow them to do unto you.

These days it's a different story. Being humble rubs against what millions have been taught under the banner of "self-esteem." Even as so many of our schools in big inner cities fail to teach children elemental facts and skills, they somehow manage to teach them to feel good in their ignorance. They manufacture excuses for them, form support groups for them, and resist making moral judgments lest they hurt their feelings. - The Times-Herald


Back to meditation: dreamless sleep of unparalleled clarity.
 

The mentality of drones

18 10 11 - 14:29

Drones, plebs, proles... what are they?

People who cannot put long-term results before short-term pleasures, Plato says. That makes sense: it explains why they're poor, and yet spend their money on drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, shiny objects, etc.

What's their mentality like?


So, what are prostitutes planning?

Usually, they have no plan, except to find a rich foreign guy willing to support them. They live day to day. They don't make much effort to think proactively. They just follow and react to others in their environment, passive.

If they have a plan, then it is to sit at home and watch TV all day, gossip with their friends, and go shopping.

If you expect them to cook special food for you or do other considerate things -- for them to put out the same level of effort for you that you put out for them -- then you're usually setting yourself up for disappointment. In fact, you will be lucky if they can even manage the maid and gain the respect of one for long. - "Good guys trying to help often get burned," by Mark Evan Prado


The division isn't "hard-working" versus "lazy."

It's people who think about consequences and discipline themselves to match, versus people who cannot and will not comprehend anything beyond their own desires.

Left on their own with infinite cash, the former would do something useful; in the same situation, the latter would do what they always do, which is party all the time in repetitive, meaningless circles of ever-increasing appetites.
 

Thought Prison: The Fundamental Nature of Political Correctness, by Bruce Charlton

18 10 11 - 14:00

Bruce Charlton is an amazing fellow with highly articulated theories. A convert from modernity, he switched to Paganism and then modulated into an animistic, Pagan version of Catholicism. Rejecting liberalism, he instead praises a dual integrity of radical traditionalism and a precursor to mythic imagination. He is as modern as he is ancient, and provides some of the only critique of modernity to suggest a way past this debacle. His newest book, "Thought Prison: The Fundamental Nature of Political Correctness," comes out today in the UK and will be shortly available for colonials at online retailers.

 

Global liberalism

16 10 11 - 17:34

In 1789 they had an idea: give up leadership by ability in favor of universal equality.

It took awhile, but society is coming apart at the seams as a result. Liberalism kills every society it touches.


The European Union is considering a roughly 75 percent cut in funding for a program that helps feed 18 million of its poorest citizens.

The cuts, set to take effect after New Year's, would come at a time of rising unemployment and consumer food prices in many parts of Europe, as well as overall economic turmoil on the continent. The looming cuts already have raised fears among people who rely heavily on the program. - Reuters


What caused this slow decay?


  • Non-competition. There is no incentive to improve when all are equal.

  • Inertia. No option yields a radically different result when all are equal.

  • Incompetence. If we are all equal, a competent is equal to an incompetent.

  • Pity. Our politics becomes a manic enforcement of equality, which requires pitiable people and groups to use as symbols.

  • Corruption. An insane system based on equality forces us to work around it.



The result: downfall of an empire. The cause: liberalism (not Jews, not Christianity, not capitalism, not The Rich, not the aristocracy, not aliens).


Incomes, stalled since 1973, are now falling, across the board, afflicting all income quintiles, with no end in sight. Japan has been in decline for over a decade. There is no reason to think that this decline will end until its causes are remedied – and if never remedied, we may well wind up like so many vanished civilizations before us.

Since the decline effects all of society, every aspect of society, we have the luxury of looking of looking for causes where the light is best.

Let us look at three well studied instances of decline: the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, Wikipedia, and Washington Mutual. I did not select these cases because they all support my thesis, but because they are conspicuous and good information is available for what went wrong. - Jim.com


The above article explores the long-term decay of the USA.

But look closely: since 1789, we had a brief peak of culture, and it has been downhill ever since.

Where is the great art, literature, thought and courageous leadership?

crickets
 

Michel Houellebecq - The Map and the Territory

14 10 11 - 22:19

This book should be rolling out in English by the beginning of next year, and may already be available in Europe or to selected reviewers. If it follows the pattern established in other Houellebecq books, it will be an exploration of the dark underside to modern society. Under the glitz and technology, a neurotic wasteland of doubt and existential confusion accompanies the fall of a great empire. With humor, sadness and a poetic insight into what people desire (as opposed to what they think they desire) his books show us a revealed side of the dying West that could be turned around toward something more beautiful, joyful and mentally clear. For many of us, his books inspire us to want to achieve that state.

 

Alcohol

12 10 11 - 18:03

The West has been medicated itself for centuries to dull the pain. Now it's beginning to wear thin:


There is enormous cross-cultural variation in the way people behave when they drink alcohol. There are some societies (such as the UK, the US, Australia and parts of Scandinavia) that anthropologists call "ambivalent" drinking-cultures, where drinking is associated with disinhibition, aggression, promiscuity, violence and anti-social behaviour.

There are other societies (such as Latin and Mediterranean cultures in particular, but in fact the vast majority of cultures), where drinking is not associated with these undesirable behaviours - cultures where alcohol is just a morally neutral, normal, integral part of ordinary, everyday life - about on a par with, say, coffee or tea. These are known as "integrated" drinking cultures.

{snip}

The British and other ambivalent drinking cultures believe that alcohol is a disinhibitor, and specifically that it makes people amorous or aggressive, so when in these experiments we are given what we think are alcoholic drinks - but are in fact non-alcoholic "placebos" - we shed our inhibitions. - BBC


Cross-reference with this:


But a series of detailed brain scans has now revealed that alcohol doesn't cause us to behave badly, it just stops us from caring about embarrassing ourselves.

Professor Bruce Bartholow, who led the study, said: 'When we make mistakes, activity in a part of the brain responsible for monitoring behaviour increases.

'This sends an alarm signal to other parts of the brain indicating that something went wrong.

'Our study shows that alcohol doesn't reduce your awareness of mistakes - it reduces how much you care about making those mistakes.' - Daily Mail


In a dying culture, the one thing you cannot say is anything approximating reality.

So you stifle it.

When you drink, what comes out is not a warmer you, but the part of you that you bottle up.

To keep it socially acceptable, we channel this into degenerate but minor acts.

These are more acceptable than screaming "This is the new Rome and it's imploding fast because each of you fat fucks is too narcissistic to think of the consequences of your actions" at mall crowds.
 

Fiction? No; futurism, or a prediction of your trajectory

12 10 11 - 17:59

Interesting:


I came to the conclusion that this indeed is not science fiction; it is not fantasy; it is exactly what Harrison said: futurism. The impact of BLADE RUNNER is simply going to be overwhelming, both on the public and on creative people -- and, I believe, on science fiction as a field. Since I have been writing and selling science fiction works for thirty years, this is a matter of some importance to me. In all candor I must say that our field has gradually and steadily been deteriorating for the last few years. Nothing that we have done, individually or collectively, matches BLADE RUNNER. This is not escapism; it is super realism, so gritty and detailed and authentic and goddam convincing that, well, after the segment I found my normal present-day "reality" pallid by comparison. - Letters of Note: Phillip K. Dick


The same could be said for all of humanity. Science fiction became mental escapism; the real question is whether we can handle the consequences of science, technology and prole rule.
 

Consequences of equality

11 10 11 - 15:31

Pick one -- equality, or quality. Can't have both.


The theory advanced in these two books is that there is no such thing as a unified “American culture” (except for the mass produced garbage on television), but instead there are 9 to 11 regional cultures, and American politics is driven by the ruthless competition between two rival blocs of nations led by “Dixie” and “Yankeedom.” - Occidental Dissent


With equality, there is no culture. Everyone chooses their own values, even though no one has time and few have the brains necessary.

And then there's the crab bucket effect of equality -- everyone crawling to the top to be more equal than the others:


Instead, the research shows that many students are involved in "social combat" -- a constant verbal, physical and cyber fight to the top of the school social hierarchy.

"Kids are caught up in patterns of cruelty and aggression that have to do with jockeying for status," explains Robert Faris, a sociologist whom "Anderson Cooper 360°" partnered with for the pilot study. "It's really not the kids that are psychologically troubled, who are on the margins or the fringes of the school's social life. It's the kids right in the middle, at the heart of things ... often, typically highly, well-liked popular kids who are engaging in these behaviors."

Faris, along with the co-author of the study, Diane Felmlee, also found that bullies, whom they call aggressors, and victims are not defined roles, but in many cases, they can be the same person. The higher students rise on the social ladder, the more they bully other students, and the more other students bully them.

"When kids increase in their status, on average, they tend to have a higher risk of victimization as well as a higher risk of becoming aggressive," Faris says. - CNN


The system is the bully, and actually, the root of the bullying is equality. Without social roles, it's dog-eat-dog with no goal, so you might as well do whatever you have to.
 

Let's be useless

11 10 11 - 15:02

Two articles:



This site has often been criticized for its lack of pity for the poor but, on the whole (with maybe 2% exceptions) the poor treat their possessions like trash, cannot save money, and waste money on short-term pleasures instead of long-term investments like housing, education and income-producing properties.

There's a reason the 99% are the 99%. Except they're not 99% -- more like, uh, whatever percentage voted for Obama.
 

An illusion unravels

10 10 11 - 20:38

Who would have thought?


U.S. researchers conducted a meta-analysis that found drivers who test positive for marijuana are more than twice as likely as other drivers to be in a crash. - UPI


Marijuana, like most drugs, is dangerous because it's fun with minimal effort.

It is also intoxicating, which means impairing.

Because it takes up a lot of time, it also becomes a lifestyle choice that separates one from the mainstream.

There is no escaping these facts.

We give up many things that are fun in the now for things that are better in the longterm.

I may support the idea of legalizing marijuana seed sales ONLY IF we also create the death penalty for any marijuana sales.

That way, those who can get their act together to grow it can enjoy it; those who sell it face a penalty that's too serious to ignore.

We should send a clear message, no equivocation: either our society supports it, or it doesn't.

If we do away with equality, we can say "For Shamans and homegrowers only" and sidestep a lot of the problem.

But the fact remains that most of our citizens are bored, miserable and confused, and love to get high. It does them no favors in the long-term.

Should we let them do it? It doesn't kill them before they breed.
 

Turn off, tune out, and re-connect with reality

08 10 11 - 21:02

This is a trend to watch:


After decades on the margins of political life, homeschoolers have become some of the most valued Republican foot soldiers in Iowa, where a few thousand activists can wield an outsize influence in the first nominating contest in the 2012 presidential election.

Four years ago, homeschoolers helped push Mike Huckabee to a surprise victory in the Iowa caucuses over Mitt Romney's better-funded, better organized campaign.

This time around, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum proudly point out that they homeschooled their own children, while Ron Paul touts himself as a "homeschooling champion" on his campaign Web site. Rick Perry proclaimed an official "homeschool week" as governor of Texas, and Herman Cain joined other candidates at a homeschool conference earlier this year. - Reuters


It's one thing to vote Republican and trust society.

It's another thing to say that the culture wars have reached the point where it's a vast horde of make-work-job-having, city-apartment-dwelling, iPod-attached hipsters and urban trash against the silent majority of practical people who find meaning not in tangible/social things but in lives well lived.

Liberalism and conservatism are incompatible.

The more liberalism surges ahead, the more the rest of us want to get away. Every communist society failed. Every socialist society falls into massive debt from its entitlement programs and the vast cadre of honorless and incompetent parasites that it builds up, including our own mildly socialist government. Every unstable government becomes controlling to hide how equality destroyed its population.

We don't want to go down that path.
 

How modern society savages your soul

08 10 11 - 21:02

From a vir-tuous source:


The dark side of consumerism and democracy is that they are two sides of the same coin. One is voting rights, because you’re equal; the other is the right to behave in any manner you can afford (keep going to that day job, prole) because you’re equal.

What they don’t tell you, however, is that by making yourself reliant upon this external image of yourself — this equal person who can force others to do things, and thus derives meaning from that — you’ve bonded yourself more closely to the mass herd mind than you could in an authoritarian regime.

You’ve done it to yourself. By chasing your own freedom/consumerism, you have made yourself an advocate and agent of the post-totalitarian state. You have become a salesperson for a lifestyle that represents a political decision that now has taken over your brain. - Groin
 

God and nothingness / Is Christianity OK?

08 10 11 - 12:59

From the blaze of confusion:


For the purposes of this discussion, and in agreement with almost all religions, God is a being not restricted by the laws that govern matter and energy in the physical universe. In other words, God exists outside matter and energy. In most religions, this Being acts with purpose and will, sometimes violating existing physical laws (i.e., performing miracles), and has additional qualities such as intelligence, compassion and omniscience.

Tucking these axioms under our belt, we can say that science and God are compatible as long as the latter is content to stand on the sidelines once the universe has begun. A God that intervenes after the cosmic pendulum has been set into motion, violating the physical laws, would clearly upend the Central Doctrine of science. - Salon


It took him one paragraph to confuse himself.

If God is an order outside space/time/matter, his intervention would never be known -- it would seem logical, but instead, you would be seeing the end result of a logical that pre-existed the material forms of interaction. For this reason, the above proof is at best dodgy.

What do we think about God around here? Dunno. Seems weird to make it a human persona, or a dualistic notion. I can only handle aduality.

And Christianity? It's unfortunate that Christianity has historically empowered so many liberal events. However, there's a precursor to liberalism, and it arises independently from Christianity. For this reason, I recommend taking Christianity back to its pagan/animist roots to discover its true meaning. Avoid the mainstreamed version of Christianity -- they McDonaldsized it a thousand years ago to make the proles support it.

The fact is that Crowdism can infest any doctrine, so you cannot beat it with doctrine. You can only beat it by recognizing its mentality and designing a culture that avoids it.

It also helps to periodically line up all your proles and send them off on a truly hopeless military task. They breed much faster than the smarter humans, so kill 'em off. That's not very humanist; unfortunately, it's also good practical advice.

What would Jesus think of all of this? I don't know. I'm not sure Jesus is the part of Christianity I can relate to. What I can relate to is the reverence and belief in an order beyond the visible, and this is shared among all religions. Since Christianity brings joy to many, I see it as a foregone conclusion -- like all other ideas, it should be adopted, nurtured, and slowly modified to be a better version of what it always could have been.
 

Self-organizing

08 10 11 - 07:05

Funny how we hear a lot about "self-organizing" systems whenever it involves liberal ideas:


The vanishing began Wednesday night, the most frightened families packing up their cars as soon as they heard the news.

{snip}

The exodus of Hispanic immigrants began just hours after a federal judge in Birmingham upheld most provisions of the state’s far-reaching immigration enforcement law.

The judge, Sharon Lovelace Blackburn, upheld the parts of the law allowing state and local police to ask for immigration papers during routine traffic stops, rendering most contracts with illegal immigrants unenforceable and requiring schools to ascertain the immigration status of children at registration time.

When Judge Blackburn was finished, Alabama was left with what the governor called “the strongest immigration law in this country.” - New York Times


For all the "you can't stop this immigration invasion, they're here now and have citizenship," consider this:


  • Laws change. If we stopped protecting people from "discrimination," those who found no utility to being here would leave.

  • Benefits talk. When we hand out free medical care, housing vouchers, and government programs, people use them. They're gifts, not citizenship agreements.

  • Citizenship. We have no concept of citizenship except that you "live here now." That can change, culturally and socially, to great effect.



No problem is insurmountable. And when you make your intentions clear, as AL did and other states are about to do, the mass migration reverses itself into an exodus, and vanishes the way it came.
 

Electric eye recognizes you from computer images

08 10 11 - 07:00

Now for the paranoia -- and this time, well-founded:


"The FBI by mid-January will activate a nationwide facial recognition service in select states that will allow local police to identify unknown subjects in photos, bureau officials told Nextgov. The federal government is embarking on a multiyear, $1 billion dollar overhaul of the FBI's existing fingerprint database to more quickly and accurately identify suspects, partly through applying other biometric markers, such as iris scans and voice recordings." - /.


While we're busy with the Obama-drama, the election-drama, etc. the real show goes on behind the scenes. Technology and mass demand march forward.
 

Occupy My Cubicle

06 10 11 - 13:08

Occupy My Cubicle





Global protest against:

* Boring jobs we hate
* Committees, bureaucracy, meetings
* Cubicle dwellin' 40-hour slavery
* Fools, incompetents and other thwarts
* Lack of sleep
* No tasty snacks
* Commuting

Join now! We are the future!


OCCUPY MY CUBICLE!!
My job sucks and I hate it. I figure if at least..I don't kn...ow, maybe 20 of you show up here? This can't be any bigger than 10x10 so lets go with 20. So if 20 people are willing to lay it on the line, I won't be able to get a fucking thing done.
STICK IT TO THE MAN!!


 

Hiding the true cause

06 10 11 - 13:07

Interesting assertion:


Most pancreatic cancers are aggressive and always terminal, but Steve was lucky (if you can call it that) and had a rare form called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, which is actually quite treatable with excellent survival rates — if caught soon enough. The median survival is about a decade, but it depends on how soon it’s removed surgically. Steve caught his very early, and should have expected to survive much longer than a decade. Unfortunately Steve relied on a naturopathic diet instead of early surgery. There is no evidence that diet has any effect on islet cell carcinoma. As he dieted for nine months, the tumor progressed, and took him from the high end to the low end of the survival rate. - Steve Jobs succumbs to alternative medicine


I want to believe. Alas, I am skeptical, even about the skeptics. I don't trust linear evidence without analysis of the individual case subjects. I don't trust analysis independent from genetic strains, for example. However, nothing to me suggests that cancers are easily treated with a naturopathic diet. Surgery and massive doses of vitamin D and antioxidants? Maybe. Scary stuff.
 

Steve Jobs dies of AIDS at age 56

06 10 11 - 05:11

Let's first remember what he did well: he made computers in white and simplified interfaces, and realized that people would trade a lot of "it's simple and it works" for "I can do anything with it."

Let's then remember what he screwed up:


  • Ripoff hardware -- second-rate PC hardware at three times the price. No thanks.

  • Consumer-unfriendly units -- it costs $400, and you can't remove the battery, so you need a new one in 18 months.

  • Control-oriented operating systems -- customers will screw it up unless you control what they can install.

  • Rolled back the clock -- the open market, where one person doesn't make both PC and operating system, has less control but more flexibility.

  • Ripped off his partners -- including cheating Steve Wozniak early on.

  • Abusive to his workers -- frequently launched into tirades and either overpraised or overcondemned workers.

  • Faux hippie -- he bought into BoHo culture and turned it into a trend.



That being said, we're sorry he died -- of AIDS, which is what the press is not covering. Pancreatic cancer? Bullshit. Stage-four, full blown AIDS.



 

Undeniably awesome

05 10 11 - 18:24

Worth reading:


Caucasians are not fully or normally developed human beings but are only the inbred mutant albinos of their genetic masters—Black Africans. - Stewart Synopsis


Still not sure what it's actually trying to prove, but it's a lot of fun!
 

Snakes

05 10 11 - 15:59

For a brief break from the mayhem and vitriol, check out some of these fascinating creatures:

 

Rediscovering the wisdom of the past

02 10 11 - 19:39

We stumble onward, arrogant, and then discover what we needed was hiding in our history books:


Phase three is more interesting. As of the late 1990s Habermas’ view of religion is more benign. Religion is now seen as having a useful public function, quite apart from its private consolations. The “colonization” of society by “turbo-capitalism” (nice term—I don’t know if Habermas coined it) has created a cultural crisis and has undermined the solidarity without which democratic rationality cannot function. We are now moving into a “post-secular society”, which can make good use of the “moral intuition” that religion still supplies. Following in the footsteps of Ernst Bloch and other neo-Marxist philo-Godders, Habermas also credits Biblical religion, Judaism and Christianity, for having driven out magical thinking (here there is an echo of Max Weber’s idea of “ the disenchantment of the world”), and for having laid the foundations of individual autonomy and rights.

Habermas developed these ideas in a number of publications and media interviews. The most interesting source (not discussed by Portier in the article) is a 2007 publication by a Catholic press, The Dialectics of Secularization. It is a conversation between Habermas and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (at the time of this exchange head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, subsequently Pope Benedict XVI). Habermas here gives credit to Christianity for being the purveyor of a universal egalitarianism and for an openness to reason, thus continuing to provide moral substance for democracy. Not surprisingly, Ratzinger agreed. - The American Interest


The only reason Christianity is tolerable at all is that it compiles knowledge. Pagan Animism, Greek Monism, Hindu transcendentalism, and Jewish wisdom all went into it, and then the best minds of Europe hammered it solid for several centuries.

The problem is that as always, the insidious Crowd injects its dogma. In other words, Christianity needs to be interpreted only through those who understand what it is -- like its roots, a way of describing the world in which we live through spiritual symbolism.

I wouldn't mind seeing it patched to include (a) Zen nihilism and (b) Pagan amoral bloodlust and conqueror ethos.
 

How to commit genocide and get away with it

02 10 11 - 11:06

How simple it is:


Maynard had long been taught that Taíno Indians, the indigenous people of Puerto Rico, were "gone, dead and buried" for centuries, decimated by Spaniards who arrived on the island in the 16th century.

Four years ago, Maynard heard about the work of Dr. Juan Carlos Martinez Cruzado, a geneticist from the University of Puerto Rico. In an island-wide genetic study, he found that at least 61.1% of those surveyed had mitochondrial DNA of indigenous origin.

Cruzado's findings eventually cast doubt upon the notion that the Taínos of Puerto Rico had been completely extinguished but suggested that they assimilated. - CNN


If you want to destroy Jews, force them to accept Palestinians living next to them.

If you want to destroy Hindus, move in Muslim Arabs.

If you want to obliterate European-Americans, import anyone but European-descended peoples.

Genocide, with no price to pay.
 

Gadfly

01 10 11 - 14:02

Some people just keep trying to provoke the stubborn fearful human herd-brain into change:

 

Milestones up and down

01 10 11 - 13:24

From the usual witless chatterers:



For the first time in U.S. history, the largest single group of poor children in any racial or ethnic category is Hispanic, according to a new survey.

Calling it "a negative milestone" in Hispanics' explosive growth in the United States, the Pew Hispanic Center study said in 2010, 37.3% of poor children in the U.S. were Hispanic, compared with 30.5% white and 26.6% black.

Hispanics now make up 16.3% of the total American population -- but in the youth demographic, Hispanic kids comprise an even bigger share -- 23.1% of U.S. children are Latino, the study said. - The People's News Network


We just changed our national demographic here: we decided we no longer wanted a white majority and a European-style nation.

What did we want instead -- well, no one knows, but it seems to involve lots of ethnic food and being dramatic hipsters because there are no longer any rules.

It also involves putting our neo-Communist liberals into power and keeping them there, by committing genocide against white Americans and replacing them with rapidly-breeding third world citizens:


While Mr. Obama’s approval ratings have slid across the board as unemployment remains high, what buoys Democrats are the changing demographics of formerly Republican states like Colorado, where Democrats won a close Senate race in 2010, as well as Virginia and North Carolina.

With growing cities and suburbs, they are populated by increasing numbers of educated and higher-income independents, young voters, Hispanics and African-Americans, many of them alienated by Republicans’ Tea Party agenda. - NYT


This is pity for you: it favors the impoverished, the miserable and the minority, but in doing so, it is war against the majority.

The result is dual milestones achieved. In the fantasy world of morality, we are now even more multicultural; in the gritty, more cause->effect oriented reality, we are now resembling a third world nation, and it's not helping anyone, not even those we imported.

But you can get your lawn cut cheap, if you don't count all the socialized costs.
 

Too much openness

01 10 11 - 13:04

If you make yourself open to the world, and all of its ideas, it will dominate you.

Part of being open-minded -- the second part -- is at some point making a choice.

Liberals are those who never make this choice, and like to wallow in the possibility.

This leads to think about life emotionally, and symbolically, and ignoring consequences in reality.


Panera Bread's noble experiment in pay-what-you-want retail has been successful at its first two restaurants in St. Louis and Detroit, taking in about 80% of the retail price of the food they serve. They serve as shining reminders of the fundamental goodness of people. In the Midwest, anyway. Until recently, the third free-will restaurant in Portland, Oregon was faltering, not attracting enough paying customers and losing money.

It turns out that the down-and-out in Portland like to eat free food and linger. For hours on end. While the point of the eatery is to help people out, the experiment was never intended as a homeless shelter. The business model depends on attracting customers who will pay retail for their meals, and some who will pay a little extra. - Consumerist


It's not a not-for-profit eatery. It's one that relies on a sense of community.

In tight-knit places, that seems to work.

In the modern cosmopolitan, hipster city? Heck no.

Openness goes too far.