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  • Jul 29th, 2019 @ 8:50pm


    Well, PaulT, you lost me at rambling.

    I'll tell you what. I'm having a really fucked up month, and I'm out of reasons to hope for a positive outcome, whether for the 2020 election, the future of the US or for the global ecology.

    But I do not like being where I am not wanted. I can absolutely make sure that you don't have to suffer my rambling any longer.

    I'll lurk in September and see if there's cause to resume discourse.

  • Jul 29th, 2019 @ 1:27pm


    Time is running out. We no longer have centuries to form a more perfect union by trial and error. We barely have decades.

  • Jul 29th, 2019 @ 1:25pm

    "Organized enough to put Obama in office"

    Wendy Cockcroft, do you assume Obama was put into power by grassroots? No, he was put into power by not being Bush and a whole lot of corporate funding. Do note that getting Obama into office wasn't enough to affect actual change. Obama continued most of Bush's policies, including drone-strike massacres and mass surveillance. This is why we're terrified of Biden or the DNC's and DCCC's efforts to squeeze out far-left Democratic candidates: they're only going to flake and set us up for a totalitarian hate-based regime run by the Post-Trump GOP.

    (And then your and my conversation will end, because I am fairly high-up on typical undesirables list.)

    Wendy Cockcroft, your argument smacks too much like Ayn Rand deciding the people who are not capable of organizing deserve to perish for their incapacity. As Hitler so judged the Germans for falling to to the Soviet onslaught. If the German people are too weak to win, it deserves to perish.

    You can blame a person for the individual choices he or she makes, but when people make the same bad decision by the thousands or millions, there's reason. There may be individual stories behind each one (look at abortion, for instance) but there are sufficient good reasons to make that bad decision to not just judge all those people as bad.

    One-hundred thousand people participated in the German Genocide machine. Considering how truly sickening the brutal reality is within an industrialized genocide machine, not even their ideological devotion was going to hold them there.

    Sixty-three million Americans voted for Trump, they had reasons which -- to each of them in their circumstances -- were sound. I've looked at the idealistic and pragmatic drives to vote for Trump and against Clinton in 2016. And it's pretty evident that the Democrats weren't working for the public either. Obama's promise of hope and change were false, and Clinton wasn't going to make things any better. Some elected the monster because it was the only statement of dissent that would be heard.

    Trump's election into power was a symptom of systemic corruption.

    And attributing blame doesn't stop dictatorships or political violence. It's not going to stop ecology collapse.

    If you'd rather we go gentle into that good night, Wendy Cockcroft, to avoid violence even if it spells the doom of our civilization and potentially our species, then own that. Some people are deontological pacifists. I actually understand what that is. But then that's saying we choose peace to death because it is intrinsically wrong, not because it's non-utilitiarian.

    Right now nothing is working, and violence will emerge as the public gets more desperate. The longer it waits, the less organized it will be, and the less it will matter. If someone is going to fight the system to save humanity, they better get started soon, or like our climate policy, it's going to be too little too late (to prevent catastrophe and a population correction).

    The ship is sinking and the rats know it.

  • Jul 29th, 2019 @ 11:59am

    Origins of Antifa

    We had that conversation recently. I refer you to it..

    I also talked about the origins of antifa as a natural reaction to an era when a state decides that millions of people are illegal and eradicates them based on ideology. I suspect vigilante groups like antifa are going to be a thing until we figure out why the fuck people decide supporting such states is a good idea and immunize against it.

  • Jul 29th, 2019 @ 11:46am

    Mike Meyers

    Of course when I read that, I don't think Halloween but Wayne's World.

  • Jul 28th, 2019 @ 12:01pm

    Re: Re: Keeping me honest

    America [hasn't] had actual, non-infiltrated/controlled or real dissent since the [WWI]

    The FBI in its pursuit of Soviet spies in the US was inserting agents within their designated gangs and sects since WWII, yes. They still have a tendency to insert themselves into new religious movements assuming they're dangerous cults. Very few of them are, which means a lot of agents salaries are spent investigating benign groups.

    But the KKK existed (in three separate movements) before the Pinkertons became the FBI. It's doubtless some staff of the FBI were KKK, themselves when they were fighting booze runners.

    Yes, the ACLU received a lot of support in the 60s from the KGB who regarded it as a state-subversive organization US culture, but this isn't to say the ACLU didn't address real problems or do good work. Strange bedfellows and all that. In fact the KGB contributed a lot to the non-profits that are still seeking to shed sunlight on government corruption to this day. This is expected in an open state. It's also the origin of a lot of the animosity between state law-enforcement agencies and watchdog non-profits. Old grudges.

    You know way to much about Nazis

    And I don't see how one can know way too much about Nazis. It's like saying one knows way too much about the Challenger explosion or the 9/11 attacks or the Titanic disaster: the way we avoid failures in the future is by analyzing the fuck out of the ones in the past and engineering new stuff to not fail when the old stuff did.

    And given our steady lockstep march towards a new holocaust, it's useful to let the naysayers know what to expect as they find themselves dehumanizing others. How they resign themselves to help pack the trains, and how they were find themselves totally shocked when the police come to arrest them and send them to be processed.

  • Jul 28th, 2019 @ 10:52am


    Most twenty-first-century forms of psychotherapy are not based on the Freudian model. And no, the DSM-5 isn't used to assess whether someone needs to be sent into a padded room, rather it comes down to a single question: Is the subject an immediate danger to himself or others? In other words, is he (she) imminently about to do something that will trigger responders and make a news cycle?

    As for the DSM, yes, it has a long (dark) history and some prior models of what was or wasn't crazy would be regarded pseudoscience now -- as is the case for basic mechanics or chemistry. The history of science is notably (and proudly) laden with missteps and cascade failures and paradigm shifts where the old model was discarded for one that better predicts reality. And when that science involves people, it means a lot of people are abused and hurt.

    I would argue that it's generally a bad idea to get committed in the US, just as it's a bad idea to end up in jail. The US regards both groups to have too much cross section, and there is a lot of guard-on-detainee abuse in all of our brigs. But that's a specific problem that needs to be addressed on its own. It is not cause to condemn the whole field of psychology.

    I might agree with you that much of the population in the United States could benefit from regular psychotherapy. We value the capacity to function under stress way more than we value actual mental health...or any health for that matter, and most people are unaware of their own deteriorating health while they try to sustain high-functionality for their job supervisors.

    As for your suggestion to someone to KYS, Jesus spaketh thusly it shows a lack of awareness of the epidemic of suicide in the United States which is an order of magnitude larger than our gun violence problem, and it speaks poorly both of both your Christian values and your awareness of major matters in the psychiatric sector.

    Maybe, Jesus spaketh thusly you should consider refraining commenting on internet forums, and in so doing, brighten the world a jot.

  • Jul 28th, 2019 @ 10:28am

    The "few bad apples" argument.

    A few bad apples will rot the barrel.

    No the system is demonstrably corrupt, from the mandate on officers in NYC to perform Terry stops to the absurd false-positive rates of detection dogs. Every paragon officer is having to face the choice of tolerating corruption in plain sight, sometimes participating in it (e.g. lying in court under oath to back their brethren) or leaving, and then opting whether or not to blow a whistle at risk of reprisal.

    Law enforcement in the US is systemically corrupt.

  • Jul 28th, 2019 @ 10:19am

    "one world government"

    Case in point.

  • Jul 28th, 2019 @ 10:14am

    Assault of enlisted by chief

    Violence. And abuse.

  • Jul 27th, 2019 @ 5:02pm

    Sounds familiar

    Sounds a lot like the deplatforming of Anita Sarkeesian at the Utah State University in 2014 by gamergater-associated terrorists (who later became an established wing of the Alt-Right).

    Double standard?

  • Jul 27th, 2019 @ 4:55pm

    Liberals as monsters.

    Around 1990, there was a social trend to make liberals (people who believe in liberalism which had a lot of pro-public policy platforms) into bogeymen. It worked. The movement, propelled by conservative campaign strategists and think-tanks was so successful that the Democratic party in later elections rebranded themselves as progressives.

    Contemporary Liberalism in the US has become even more extreme (that is, seeking to implement greater degrees of change) as forced conservative values (unregulated capitalism, religion-based social morality, authoritarian governance, militant foreign policy, demolition of social welfare programs) continue to deteriorate the integrity of the society, the positions of liberalism have moved further left (pushing for even more regulations, the socialization of even more industries, and better transparency of government, more and better welfare benefits with easier qualifications and so on).

    Curiously, progressivism used to be a left-leaning form of conservatism, and while it's currently branded as moderate liberalism, it's really even further right than its prior iteration (note the Obama era was very solidly a continuation of George W. Bush era foreign polices).

    Now I commonly note that labels for certain identities (feminist, Christian, conservative, communist) are so commonplace and held by so many people that it's impossible to find a given axiom that the entire group shares, so IRL these labels are pretty useless.

    That said, one who identifies as liberal is probably going to have a different view of liberalism than one who sees liberals as a voting bloc, or one who has been taught to hate and wage war on liberals.

    And the same can be said for conservatives.

  • Jul 27th, 2019 @ 4:35pm

    False accusations of racism

    So this is the opposite of racists are in the eye of the beholder

    So when you show blatant disregard for people in detention camps that's not racist because you don't mean it to be racist? Is that how it works?

    It still sucks that you regard other people as less than human however you decide for yourself that it is acceptable to do so.

  • Jul 27th, 2019 @ 10:54am

    Liverpool Fan Club

    Obviously enthusiasts of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's second album

  • Jul 27th, 2019 @ 10:31am

    Use of civilian population to practice law enforcement

    That's also a Peelian principle which US law enforcement allegedly follows.

    The stratification of a law enforcement caste separate from civilian population is a development. It's not supposed to be that way.

  • Jul 27th, 2019 @ 10:27am

    "What is a lib?"

    A fictitious monster that is a reflection of the worst of far-right trespasses, except an enemy that justifies cruelty or annihilation. See JEWS.

  • Jul 27th, 2019 @ 10:24am


    Smacking someone is violence. Full stop.

    Smacking someone with justification or cause might be applied violence, but it remains violence.

    And it still sucks.

  • Jul 26th, 2019 @ 7:06pm

    Leaders we can trust.

    One of the points about trying out democracy for size was that we never can or should trust our leaders, hence the alleged checks and balances.

    Maybe we didn't expect them to collaborate in corrupting democracy?

    One the the hypotheses I bat about is we've simply exceeded the upper population limit of homo sapiens sapiens that can be organized without corruption, that to do so involves a system so complex as to feature an unlimited number of vulnerabilities.

    Unlike operating systems, societies cannot be hotfixed when a sect seizes power. From there, serfdom is implemented.

  • Jul 26th, 2019 @ 6:49pm

    Bavarian communists

    These guys?

  • Jul 26th, 2019 @ 6:41pm

    Creative use of rules complexity

    And that is the twenty-first century corporate business model.

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