Posts from ‘September, 2009’

Welcome to Oligarchy

As predicted, it’s almost official now. Our merchant elites have their candidate. This has now been confirmed by Tom Barthold, the Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, in a hand-written note to a Republican Senator. And it’s not merely about jail time; it’s also about the $25,000 fine that could be levied […]

How tools become symbols of fear

That is power: the strength and power of flesh. What is steel compared to the hand that wields it? Look at the strength of your body, the desire in your heart. – John Milius, film director Animals sometimes fear objects they do not understand. I’m often reminded of cats freaking out when the vacuum cleaner […]

Witless crowd empowers its own devils

In a speech at the 1991 Bilderberg Convention, Rockefeller stated “we are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for […]

Entitlement: The most obvious sign of civilization decay

Much has been said about civilization’s decay in this blog, focusing mainly on social reality and how we view ourselves first and then the goals of our society second. There is no more obvious a place to look for this phenomenon than in the idea of entitlement. Wealth is a touchy subject, because wealthy people […]

The problem with social media

The more I use social media sites — Slashdot, Reddit, Facebook, MySpace, Digg and even newspapers with comments — is that they do not encourage engagement. In other words, they let us side-step the question of “is this a good idea?” on any item, and instead comment simply on what we think of it. We’re […]

Daily bad science: Spanking

They love to hit you with that statistical bad science, because it keeps you from looking for causes: Spanking can get kids to behave in a hurry, but new research suggests it can do more harm than good to their noggins. The study, involving hundreds of U.S. children, showed the more a child was spanked […]

500 companies agree to distract you from ecocide

One of the most prominent topics for mainstream audiences around the world today is global warming. The reaction to this topic takes many forms. Some say climate change is a natural, periodic event that happens to our planet at various times in history. Others say human activity is causing the planet to warm up. It […]

Reframing a question: the false dilemma

As we near yet another warm political season, we’re going to see a lot more of this in public: the logical fallacy known as a false dilemma. In this fallacy, others re-define your argument to fit into two categories of their own definition, one of which is conveniently weaker than another. Example 1: You: I […]

Rights or reality

This neat little article showed the divide between rights, or what you can demand from society, and reality, or how you have to act to make things turn out all right. Rights: A new survey of medical-school deans finds that unprofessional conduct on blogs and social-networking sites is common among medical students. Although med students […]

You’re not oppressed; you’re irresponsible

Mobs are like old age homes: they bring together people who are sure they were wronged. Why are they sure they were wronged? Because the alternative is to think they screwed it up themselves, which damages self-image which damages self-esteem. So instead, blame someone else. A lawsuit against a Baltimore police officer — who was […]

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