Archive for June, 2010
Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
In confrontation between Richard Dawkins against creationists, the leading atheist will pull out the sky hooks vs. sky cranes argument in order to convert more people against the idea of Gods. Given that most athiests are liberal, they are standing directly in the shadow of christianity. Neither science nor religion has any claim to absolute truth, each varies according to the characteristics of the genetics who uses it.
Dennett used the term “skyhook” to describe a source of design complexity that did not build on lower, simpler layers – in simple terms, a miracle.
In philosophical arguments concerning the reducibility (or otherwise) of the human mind, Dennett’s concept pokes fun at the idea of intelligent design emanating from on high, either originating from God, or providing its own grounds in an absurd, Münchausen-like bootstrapping manner.
Dennett contrasts theories of complexity which require such miracles with those based on “cranes”, structures which permit the construction of entities of greater complexity but which are themselves founded solidly “on the ground” of physical science.
Dawkins on the gaps of science
There are however, problems with this argument. In a natural, earth localized evolution, evolution wins hands down because we can see the dirt we are standing on, yet in considering the universe in its entirety, sky hooks may actually be something beyond both local evolution and creation, into cosmic evolutionary creationism, growing in a void of dirt that we have an ignorant perception of.
A sky hook is only half of an argument, it it possible to come from somewhere beyond standard evolution, from exotic evolution over and beyond the ordinary realm of physicality – yet this is being obscured by religionists who do not know their own tradition, they are exoteric and are unable to decipher esoteric truths against literal scripture and so the argument becomes a ‘skyhook’. Sky cranes similarly yet strikingly oppositely, are evolved upwards in a natural selection but fail to realise then that they have the self-evolved apparatus from which to simulate ‘creation’ through domestication and cultivation (civilization).
The hook then, supposedly has no explanation, it comes from ignorance – the modern religion argument. The crane is a self evolved apparatus, and came from the Earth alone, the evolutionary argument. The stupid thing is, that if we place a progeny, a little crane next to the big crane, then logically, could it be that the sky hook is just a bigger crane?
Each crane is a support niche allowing for further evolution in a specialized ecological niche, both are right in that they offer a niche for existence and both wrong in that they hate ancestry and progeny, as one tree ages, it spreads seeds – these then create new ‘skycranes’ in which it too will evolved to spread its own progeny, its own skyhook.
Tradition helps us see that ancestry is important to our heritage, progress likes to think we are all individual Gods, nothing is greater than our own perception and so any alternate explanations are ridiculed.
Scientists can get away with it because they focus on solid ground, it’s right in front of us. Religions fly away because they focus on the air and vacuum of space all around our idealized rock, they reach escape velocity, not allowing themselves to sink to the surface of finity. Two phases of reality, Earth and Air.
From the Air came that seed which dropped onto the Earth, and created a sapling, God was born anew, it will evolve and create progeny of its own. The tree must die – nothing lives for eternity, although it may seem; outside of our physicality is yet a higher physicality and that a physicality of something much larger than itself.
Science is a little sapling born from the civilized mind, it is not whole – it is localized and subjective, everything is – even our pesky experiments and theories would give different results in another cosmos where our laws are simply too ill constituted to survive and break down into singularities.
A tree grows into such a height, that the roots of our sapling cannot sense it directly – the tree roots are far deeper than ours, stretching a timeless immemorial into the dark soil beneath it, beyond sense yet within intuition. The sapling has an instinct to grow, and when you revere a God it is that God collectively within all life that wishes to grow into the heights, beyond mediocrity, beyond weakness – to rebirth greatness, to grow into the tree of life.
Sunday, June 27th, 2010
Having 300 million people, 50 states plus protectorates to manage is a significant challenge. Add two long term war campaigns in the Middle East and who knows how many other dedicated commitments abroad and it comes as little surprise that the national budget is straining.
Arizona alone steps up to the plate to help shoulder some of the burden for America. This one state is going above and beyond what some of the others are only yet considering and that is improved law enforcement.
“Despite erroneous and misleading statements suggesting otherwise, the new state misdemeanor crime of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document is adopted, verbatim, from the same offense found in federal statute,” she said on April 23, 2010, the day she signed the bill.
Less interested in reality than in sensationalism that gets an uninformed crowd buying products, the mass media has done its part to infect public reality with needless controversy. Nonetheless, as the dust settles a bit, the facts remain intact. Arizona is keeping the privilege of American citizenship at a premium and taking some of the burden off the national budget.
Then, as now, people claimed that immigration is a federal issue, and that the police cannot enforce federal law, and blah blah blah. They didn’t really care about the law. They just wanted to stop anyone from doing anything about illegal immigration.
There is nothing now but deception, corruption, and intimidation, the usual Third World symptoms, preventing the other 49 from doing their part for America:
Here’s what I want to get through your head: state and local police can enforce federal immigration law. Federal law does not prevent them from doing so.
With a $13 trillion and steadily rising debt, it is becoming clearer that more than just one state needs to consider taking up some of America’s burden. In so doing, they may also reduce the amount of public assistance benefits doled out and get the unemployed, who are already citizens, working again doing tasks Americans have as always. Consider it state budget control.
The only loser is the federally-defined criminal and those who aid him, rather than punishing the existing citizen and voting taxpayer as is the case right now.
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Hi, I’m Brett Stevens and I’m running for President in 2012.
This country needs a breath of fresh air that isn’t catering to entrenched interests. Unfortunately, those exist on both left and right, and we keep doing things the same old way — such that even our hope/change guy ends up doing that.
However, if a candidate were to declare his or her intentions before taking office, and then limit him or herself to applying those items, this system could be altered from within, avoiding messy revolutions and more tiresome bloviation.
Here’s my platform:
- Universal education. As far as you excel, we pay for your education in the form of scholarships. In return, if you take a scholarship, you pay a 1% salary tax per year into the scholarship fund, which is invested by private industry.
- Competitive education. Special education students go to separate schools; discipline problems go to vocational schools; at age 16, any student can opt for vocational education or dropping out. Schools will teach to students’ level, starting from the most competitive. Gifted and talented programs are essential.
- Cradle-to-grave. All products to be sold in the USA, whether foreign or domestic, must have a sponsoring agency that will recycle them fully upon receipt. Recycling costs are tax-deductible.
- Illegals remain illegal. Mandatory conscription for any illegal aliens caught in the USA, whether to military or labor force to clean up countryside. No birthright citizenship.
- Conservation. All undeveloped land can be purchased under eminent domain and kept in natural state; any area designated a ghetto will be assigned 24-7 police patrols and residents removed.
- Citizenship as a right. Those who commit three or more serious crimes will, in return for halving of their sentences, be deported to Somalia or other failed states.
- Nuclear deterrent. Any new nation developing nuclear technology will be considered a threat and possibly subjugated.
- Pollution. All polluted land will be seized and cleaned, if possible at the expense of those who polluted it. Cradle-to-grave required for known polluters like factories and dry cleaners. Pollution becomes a federal crime and civil penalty.
- Organized crime. Amnesty for all organized crime and efforts made to transition them to legitimate business; after that, expanded powers to pursue organized crime syndicates only.
- Patriot act. We will rescind the Patriot Act and not monitor communications within the USA unless connected to a convicted criminal with known ties to organized, foreign terrorist organizations.
- Courts cleaned up. Frivolous lawsuits will become a civil penalty and we will sue those who perpetrate them. Court dockets will be expedited through removal of frivolous cases, and speedy prosecution of outstanding criminal cases. Appeals will be limited.
- Littering. This will become a federal crime punished by five years in prison.
- Corruption. Internal task force will be created that receives funding per legitimate conviction, and will report to no other government agency. Lobbyists barred from Washington, and all pork projects must pass vetting procedure; no more “riders” on bills that enable pork projects.
- Religion. Government will stay out of all religious enterprise, and will take official view that science and religion are compatible and that evolution is the work of God. We will teach both as theories.
- Abortion and drugs. Per our States Rights view, we will allow individual states to make these decisions.
- End the fed, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Government will not regulate markets except to enforce laws against known destructive practices, including a reduced definition of antitrust activity.
- Affirmative action. Because a person can both be from a minority group, and be a bad hire/renter, we view this as bad law and will rescind it in all its forms.
- Endangered species and emissions. Regulation will not occur through a separate agency, but be part of the licensing process for any new construction or business.
- Single government offices. In every major city, a single government complex will be established with all state, local and government transactions to be done in a timely manner through a single interface.
- Job insurance. Welfare programs will be abolished and replaced with job insurance. If you lose your job or your self-employment goes bankrupt, you get a year of your previous salary by tax return, more if there is a recession (President can declare state of emergency).
- Flat tax rate. All citizens will be taxed at a 28% flat rate, with negative income tax for those below the poverty level. Estate taxes abolished. Capital gains tax abolished and replaced with a realization tax on investments converted into cash.
- Nationalism. Politically, we will recognize each ethnic group abroad and at home as an independent entity. In addition, we will offer $41,000 one-time payment to any people who wish to be re-patriated to their ethnic homelands, provided they are in the country legally.
- Media tax. Any cash-producing media will be taxed at a rate increasing with its distribution, so that those that are most widely viewed are taxed the most.
- Reform of sex offender laws. Laws will be re-written to make it clear they are designed to protect children against adults who habitually prey on children, not people within a five-year age range engaged in consensual behavior.
- Common-law marriage and civil union. Healthcare will be privatized and bought competitively; industry will be effectively de-regulated, with efforts going into removal of habitual offenders instead. Citizens can purchase healthcare from this government fund. Common law marriage, or cohabitation for five years, and civil union between any two human individuals, will be recognized as legally equivalent to marriage for healthcare purposes.
You can see that although there would be many changes, the fundamental fabric of life in these United States wouldn’t change much. It’d just be cleaned up, made Green in a meaningful way, and made more efficient. All 500 of you who’d vote for me, raise your hands — and spread the word.
Monday, June 21st, 2010
Centralization and capitalism are necessary for any intelligent civilization, yet in excess drains the base population of any sustenance whatsoever, leaving them unemployed, homeless and starving at worst.
The answer to this event is not a swing on the pendulum all the way onto total equality fisted socialism out on a plate for everyone who isn’t rich, that would be devastating for organization, but is a more natural ecosystem type of financing of a near-barter economics with different values and currencies for localized entities and more buoyant monetary for inter-localities – only monetizing where absolutely necessary.
Without the higher economics that goes beyond small barter communities, there could be no space programs, or planetary defences providing the technology or the organization necessary to survive extinction events or fund a military etc, it’s critical for the structure of the superorganism – yet too much and some individuals inside of it become so padded from outside reality that they completely ignore the world around them.
Centralization is pseudo gravity of the political variant, it sucks everything down into a point, and through this it creates a civilization, a planet of its own amidst a world of other civilizations all coalescing out of species of life at a specific evolutionary capacity.
Global modern day capitalism, in its most destructive phase, is made out of a ‘substance’ that cannot overcome itself to produce wealth through its centralization, as far as it has gone now.
But it is possible, if many ‘planets’ ‘stars’ or everything that makes up a wealthy locality all evolve to revolve around a central core, then this will produce a kind of ‘active centralization’ where the dead and cold rock of debt is stripped apart of its structure and is made into pure wealth, pure value and then jetted out of the core of civilization, thereby producing wealth on a higher niche via fusing the negative debt with the unseen gravity of its social environment.
Evolution is at a somewhat constant rate and afflicts every gene and meme in existence at varying energies, if we don’t adapt to our environment then we will be at the mercy of the ourselves alone, likewise if we don’t adapt ourselves we will be at the mercy of our environment alone. Although good for some, for the future it is severely disabling and cannot allow for space exploration.
Capitalism, like every theory, is memes, therefore it can be improved by alternating the frequencies and wavelengths of its usage, it can be evolved to be more collective, to refertilize the environment so that individuals can once again contribute back into the centralization instead of a ‘once in a civilization opportunity’ where we have one big boom and the rest is dumped in the toilet for the peasants to feast.
Like these active galaxies, absorb that which gets too centralized and jet it out as high energy wealth across the void of space, this jet then crushes the inert clouds, or communities, around it into fusing stars of their own.
Modern capitalism needs a black hole at its centre, therefore the individuals at the core of its centrifuge will be spaghettified and will have their organizations and corporations torn apart into sub atomic values that then are then fused into exotic wealth able to drive civilization into space and into creating new homes on distant planets for our species.
The centralization, combined with its spin, acts as a funnel to the higher castes of society that are then able to create beyond themselves enough that we can produce strong civilizations, culture, technology and mechanization.
So remember you shit eating socialists, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater or your people will not have an intelligent future at all, regressing into your economic swamps is not a viable solution.
Sunday, June 20th, 2010
The Republican right is starting to screw up election 2012 now. They’re already endangering November.
They’re doing this because they’re behaving like the entitlement fat-cats they claim to deplore. Entitlement fat-cats take advantage of privileged positions.
Republicans right now have a golden opportunity, which is that a highly popular Democratic president is failing.
Instead of behaving like gentlemen, Republicans are behaving like boors — continuing to pick on the guy for things that are not his fault, and are not of consequence.
“Liberals are like children and they believe in Obama in the way children believed in the tooth fairy or Santa Claus and he can’t stop this spill and they’re enraged. It would be like me finding out Jesus isn’t divine, they don’t know Jesus that’s why I used the tooth fairy as an example instead,” columnist Ann Coulter said on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“They [liberals] lost Katrina as an argument,” Coulter added. – RCP
While Coulter is normally well-spoken, she makes two good points here and then a stupid one:
- The liberals lost Katrina as an argument. Bush didn’t screw it up. Obama didn’t do any better.
- Liberals are like children and they believe in Obama like a sacred figure of deliverance. This is true, but overstated: liberals are people suffering from excessive domestication and neoteny, and the worship of Obama was disgusting even to him, but he’s not nonexistent like the tooth fairy.
- Obama screwed up the BP spill. He didn’t; it wasn’t his job, and his job is to let the system already in place take care of the disaster. Oil spills are not like fires in small communities where we all grab buckets and run down to the disaster; they require a disciplined, professional response. Of course he can’t stop this spill — no one can, and the people who have the potential to do so are giving it their best shot.
Using her own logic, if Bush wasn’t at fault for Katrina, Obama isn’t at fault for this spill. And it’s true: we have set up an infrastructure that handles this kind of thing, and the president should call up the person in charge and make sure they’re on the case, but not much else.
But the oil spill isn’t the only case where the right is behaving like a ninny. Obama’s not trying to take over the Internet, he hasn’t taken your guns, he’s not a Muslim and we can stop bashing him for not waving the American flag everywhere he goes or bowing to a foreign leader. That’s the small change.
What Republicans need to do is start showing America where Republicans differ from Democrats. Most people still don’t know and quite honestly, it’s nebulous. What exactly is a conservative? Is it defined by economics or social policy? What’s the root idea of conservatism?
These are questions left in the air.
In the meantime, bashing Obama now has some high costs:
- If you attack a faltering president, everyone knows that’s easy work — it’s like a big bully kicking a wimpy thin kid when he’s down. Yeah, he’s failing — so what? You didn’t make it happen. Even more, we need to hear from you how your policies are different and won’t fail just like his.
- Let him fail on his own. If you keep kicking him, when he does fail, he’ll turn around and blame you — and most people will see that as plausible, even if they did see through his original Bush-bashing. Don’t make the same mistake he did.
- Stop being lazy. The easy lazy fat entitlement bureaucrat living off the government needle way is to to bash Obama. The unlazy way is to go out there, design new policy, and fix problems at the local level so you prove yourselves ready to recapture the national.
- Partisan sniping is not convincing anyone you deserve office. If you care about the future of the country, you care about beating back the other side, who are wrong and misguided — you need to show that, and show how you’re different — but until that glorious day, you need to find a way to make effective policy working with them. Not all issues are going to be divisive because much of government should involve common sense, not ideology. What’s the difference between a Republican parking meter and a Democratic one?
It makes sense for you to keep the fire to his feet where (a) his policies are bad and (b) you have better policies to suggest. That’s sensible politics and good behavior.
It makes sense to rehabilitate George W. Bush, who was on the wrong end of the largest media slander campaign in history. Hollywood decided to hate him, and then whipped up a public image of him as a Nazi and other horrible things, when none of this was true. Take those accountable to task. They were wrong and you need to show they were wrong, or they’re going to do it again successfully and then elect another hopey-changey type.
But whatever you do, don’t take the easy path. We all know it’s easier to be a defender than an attacker, and that now that you feel wronged that the nation elected this guy instead of you, you can snipe passively at him and point out that he wears the wrong tie to go to China, or whatever. But that’s without substance. If you want the voters back, stop acting like petulant children and start acting like leaders.
Sunday, June 20th, 2010
When we have too little of something and there is demand for it, its value increases. The reverse is true as well. If there is way too much of something, even if demand remains, its value will plummet and the excess will languish, unutilized.
For most of us, our ethical social manchimp brains shy away from the fact that labor is something that can also accumulate to extreme excess. We understand that inert objects, which when foolishly produced in gross excess, can go to waste.
But the idea of wasted human lives is for us a different beast. Reality often hurts, so stictly in the case of our bias favoring our manchimp equals, we modify the rules we use to engage with it as if reality is going to sympathize with us.
This is irrational. A unit of labor, embodied in a human, is a component of economy, not the cause of it, not the whole of it, and not the purpose of it. It is even questionable whether as much human labor will be required in the future as we increasingly automate tasks using our technologies.
Our reasoned response is to face reality and get used to the continued devaluation of the human labor component within economies.
For 23 years, 58-year-old Cindy Paoletti of Salina, N.Y., worked in the corporate accounting division of J.P. Morgan Chase, balancing payroll accounts in an upstate office of the Wall Street bank. In December 2007, Paoletti was let go in a wave of layoffs that eventually shuttered the entire Syracuse operations center. “My job went to India,” she sighs.
There is only so much competent ownership that can go around. Every human has not shown himself capable of entrepreneurship, industry leadership, or even business management. Relatively very few have.
This is why we have a division between the great mass of human labor and the far fewer providers of the means to work. If the human labor portion had even minimal mental compentence, it would understand its own role in the arrangement. It is not the place of labor to own and control the means of production.
Thus, the unemployed are not entitled to work. They are drawn upon as a resource pool and then discarded as required by the reality of economy as a system requiring proportional balance to function.
Too much labor is a gross imbalance between human population numbers and the means of the providers to make use of this overwhelming excess. Unemployment is a compensatory effect of an economy that requires the harmony of its components to maintain stability.