Posts from ‘April, 2009’

Begging For Socialism

In a shameful move by a shamefully & poorly managed US auto company, GM is now asking the government to completely take over the company so it doesn’t have to run itself – nor confront the unions it plans to phase out: GM is living on $15.4 billion in government loans and faces a June…

Reverse Colonization: Not Looking So Rosy Now

“The Department of Health and Human Services has declared a Public Health Emergency as a precautionary tool to ensure that we have the resources we need at our disposal to respond quickly and effectively,” Obama told a gathering of scientists, amid increasing worries worldwide about a possible pandemic. In the United States, a private school…

How to get popular

Justify selfishness. If you look at all massively popular things, that’s what they do: praise the social ego, that which demands more attention and more material product, and needs to think highly of itself. They just don’t do it directly… that doesn’t flatter the ego, but makes it feel manipulated. Tiresome much? Yeah, it is….

Radical evil

Spotted on the internet: If a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will never jump out… and die being boiled alive. Empirically, this is not true: frogs have enough temperature sense to escape warming water, even though they’re…

We live on different planets

At some point, when a society becomes so internally divided that compatibility is impossible, truth itself gets assaulted. Groups literally believe in a different reality because the individuals in those groups make their identities from their beliefs. Check this duality: In the end, though, not a single significant plot was foiled as a result of…

Relativism

So I was visiting an office the other day, and as often happens, I stumble on something in conversation that triggers a political response. The woman I was talking to reminds me of a smart version of everyperson: roughly conservative on fiscal issues, roughly liberal on social issues, but personally relatively conservative as a means…

Biological determinism

This is anecdotal, and I don’t pretend it is anything but. However, I think it’s useful to agree on some facts that most seem to intuit but won’t say in public — I wonder why? Our population is divided by ability, including the ability to act sensibly and plan ahead: 90% need to be told…

Lack of moral attention kills communities

What is moral attention, you might ask? Moral attention is recognizing that the broken windows theory is real: if people seeing others getting away with breaking the rules, they’re more likely to break the rules. Therefore, tolerate no actions which are destructive to the collective or the non-deviant individual. (You can do both at the…

Two memes that failed by succeeding

It’s memetic warfare out there, folks. We have large populations empowered to vote, and fewer than five percent have any idea what they’re doing or do any research. As a result, every viewpoint has a cheering team that’s fighting to inject its memes into the collective mind, basically using fond illusions and dire fears to…

The nationalism conundrum

We’re accustomed to the idea that in every nation, there’s a majority who inherently have privilege, and a minority, who are discriminated against. Since 1789, we’ve known that minority to be a political minority, or the people versus the aristocrats and the wealthy. Since 1968, we’ve thought of that minority as the oppressed/discriminated against, which…

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