YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: The Being A Good Listener
'We hear a lot about how to speak well in public, but very little about how to learn the equally important art of listening properly to others.' http://www.thebookoflife.org/how-to-be-a-good-listener/
psychology  relationships  RTR  curiosity  listening 
The Daily Bell -- Predictions of a Worldwide Drought May Mean Big Profits
'Almost all scarcities publicized in the mainstream media are likely overblown propaganda of some sort. -- This latest water scarcity propaganda seems to exist as a portmanteau meme as well. -- We come to that conclusion based on the commentary that has accompanied the seven-year old Nestle report. In fact, in several articles on the subject, we’re instructed that the “refugee crisis in Syria was sparked by a water crisis.” -- The problem of Middle Eastern refugees pouring into Europe was apparently engineered by the US and Britain in concert with the EU. The idea is supposedly to destabilize European societies in order to make a “United States of Europe” easier to attain. -- As Europeans seem well aware of this manipulation, it has further diminished the credibility of EU bosses and fueled anti-EU movements in several countries. -- What to do? It seems “water scarcity” could be utilized to explain the immigration. In other words, Europeans will learn it was a lack of water rather than political calculations that caused the massive outflow of Muslims to Europe. -- Not only do we see water scarcity being used to justify Muslim immigration, we also see a re-occurrence of anti-meat propaganda. -- Now it may be that both people and animals would be better off with minimal meat-eating. But recent articles profiling the Nestle report have made sweeping assertions when exploring the environmental damage of consuming animals. Here, from the Reveal article: "Eating meat requires much more fresh water than a vegetable diet because each animal requires tons of crops like corn and soy, which require thousands of gallons of water themselves. It requires far less water if humans ate the vegetable crops directly. -- Americans eat too much meat and now the world is on a “potentially catastrophic” collision course with fate … The world simply needs to switch to a diet that’s not so meat centric." -- Water alarmism is therefore being utilized to support several elite promotions at once. The UN, for instance. regularly campaigns to lower meat consumption. -- f the water-scarcity promotion expands, it could certainly justify rising water prices and thus the “value” of water resources. In such cases, being “right” about a given scarcity promotion is less profitable than ascertaining how much money and effort is going to be committed to maintaining and strengthening it. In fact, with many of these promotions, the truth diminishes as profits expand.'
forcedmemes  malthusianism  technocracy 
Anonymous Conservative -- The EU Prepares For The Apocalypse
'"A MILITARY police unit have carried out European Union-funded special training, ready to be deployed in the event of civil unrest or war… -- Colonel Richard Kemp claimed Brussels’ “ultimate plan” was to bring the national armies of the bloc’s 28 member states under one umbrella." -- If Apocalypse happens, there will be no external force which will stop the splintering and division of the member nations. These forces are primal, in our very DNA. The only thing some externally imposed social structure will do is drive an even more aggressive expression of the underlying urges, and make the Apocalypse even more apocalypsey. -- When people are in a foul mood and looking for something to blame for their ills, you don’t want to draw their attention – especially if you created many of those ills in the first place. Given what a full collapse will do to everyone’s amygdala, the EU would be wise to pull all of these forces back, and let the people sort their own affairs however they want.'
rkselectiontheory  europe  joycamp 
Anonymous Conservative -- Rabbits and Wolves Continue to Diverge
'The stimulus to trigger is growing ever smaller, as the punishment demanded for triggering is growing: "Both the police and the university’s Bias Incident Response Team are investigating the stated belief that only two genders exist, male and female, as a hate crime. ... Cosette Carleo, one of the students involved, told The College Fix in a phone interview that the hate crime under investigation is “denying transgenderism.”..." -- Again, we are seeing things which would have been too ridiculous for even the most bizarre sci-fi dystopias just twenty years ago. Yet not only does the news report these stories as normal, we read them pretty much expecting what we see. -- Bear in mind, these rabbits can’t honestly be viewed as aberrations, or defective. Rather they must be viewed as the leading edge of the new model of human our populations would evolve toward, were we to find a way to make resources more permanently free. Literally, if you developed a post-scarcity tech today, that model of human is what everyone would proceed to evolve toward, without fail. Strange people who espouse bizarrely delusional beliefs, with the specific subconscious goal of sic-ing “authority” and the mob on everyone else, while avoiding authority’s and the mob’s ire themselves. Huxley was tame compared to what reality would create. -- It is weird to think about such defectives being evolutionarily superior in some environment, but there it is.'
rkselectiontheory  victimhood  threatnarrative  LYAHF 
Anonymous Conservative -- Resource Waste Happens In The Glut
This is a doozy: "Each spring, at tax preparation offices all across the nation, many illegal immigrants are now eagerly filing tax returns to take advantage of a tax loophole, using their ITIN numbers to get huge refunds from the IRS. -- The loophole is called the Additional Child Tax Credit. It’s a fully-refundable credit of up to $1000 per child, and it’s meant to help working families who have children living at home. -- But 13 Investigates has found many undocumented workers are claiming the tax credit for kids who live in Mexico – lots of kids in Mexico. -- “We’ve seen sometimes 10 or 12 dependents, most times nieces and nephews, on these tax forms,” the whistleblower told Eyewitness News. “The more you put on there, the more you get back…” -- One of the workers, who was interviewed at his home in southern Indiana, admitted his address was used this year to file tax returns by four other undocumented workers who don’t even live there. Those four workers claimed 20 children live inside the one residence and, as a result, the IRS sent the illegal immigrants tax refunds totaling $29,608. -- He later explained none of the 20 children have ever visited the United States – let alone lived here. -- So why should undocumented workers receive tax credits for children living in a foreign country, which is a violation of IRS tax rules? -- “If the opportunity is there and they can give it to me, why not take advantage of it?” the worker said." -- Why not? Resources are free after all. That money is everywhere, so who cares if they take free money. It is in the brain circuitry.'
rkselectiontheory  migration  welfare 
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: The Danger of Being a Single Mom
'Question: “I am a single mother of a two-year-old child. The statistics show that children raised in single mother homes do less well than those raised with a happily married couple. Is there anything I can do or focus my parenting on to ensure my son grows into an adult with the least problems possible?”' -- "Why did I get pregnant? ... I kept having failed relationship after failed relationship and I didn't have the best loving family growing up so I feel like I was always just craving love and to love something. I think that played a big role in my choice to have the baby. I saw it as I can love and be loved..." "So, for you? To fulfill your needs, to fill the whole in your heart... You wanted to fulfill yourself emotionally with a child who would love you, right?" "Right. "And a child can't leave you, right?" -- The Used Child
women  predation  narcissism  repetitioncompulsion  StefanMolyneux 
girlwriteswhat comments on Why is male sexuality seen as disgusting and abhorrent while female sexuality is seen as beautiful and pure?
'Let's define monogamy as the intact, committed relationship (marriage). -- In the most vulgar terms, men are trading resources for sexual opportunities, and women are trading their sexuality for resources. This is of mutual benefit. -- The relationship ends, and something happens. The man loses all of the benefits of the relationship (sexual opportunities), while the woman loses none of the benefits to herself (continued provision of resources). -- We've come to see the intact, committed relationship as primarily benefitting the man over the woman, because the woman does not have to give up the benefits of that relationship, and also because she enjoys the benefits of other resource redistribution schemes (from men to women, such as child support for illegitimate children, subsidies and welfare, maternity pay, etc), and also benefits from (official and informal) affirmative action in terms of facilitating her ability to earn her own money, even if she has never been in a committed monogamous relationship. -- We see a committed relationship itself as primarily benefitting the man because (unlike in the past) he's paying for it regardless, and doing so without benefit if he's not in one. -- He's paying for monogamy no matter what, whether single, married or divorced, and only receives a benefit from that investment if he's in a monogamous relationship, therefore "monogamy primarily benefits men." -- We see monogamy as not as beneficial to women because they can get the resources they used to get from monogamy without having to trade sexual opportunities in return for them. Monogamy requires an investment on her part that she doesn't need to make anymore in order to get the extra resources she wants/needs. Paying for something that is available for free is a net loss – it provides no benefit to her, only costs. -- However, this environmental context (welfare, alimony as its applied now, child support for illegitimate children, mother custody, government subsidy of women in terms of social spending, maternity benefits, social safety nets for women, day care subsidies, and women being assisted, boosted and facilitated in the world of paid work, all while men pay more than 70% of the personal taxes into the system), is a recent development. Monogamy did not evolve in this environment. -- ... Because females have the highest biological costs and risks in the mating game, it is they who are primed to maximize compensatory benefit from association with the male. Where no relative benefit exists, no such association takes place. -- The environment, in terms of culture, government and artificial supports for women, has changed over the last few centuries to change the cost/benefit analysis for women. But monogamy evolved because it made sense in terms of women's cost/benefit analysis, not men's.'
men  women  predation  statism  gynocentrism 
The Art Of Manliness -- Want People To Hear Your Message? Let Them Overhear It
'...Kierkegaard saw the role of the indirect communicator as akin to that of a midwife who helped create that shift — a facilitator who, rather than trying to stuff ideas into someone’s head, drew out and vivified a person’s latent potentialities. -- Kierkegaard sought to be this kind of truth-unearthing midwife in all he did. He saw his lifestyle as a major source of indirect communication, and considered how everything from his daily routine, to which social engagements he did or did not attend, might enhance or detract from his message. And in his writings, he employed irony, pseudonymity, and humor, in the hopes that readers would come to an insight that wasn’t directly offered, but might indirectly work towards their moral and religious edification. -- ...in reading the philosopher’s works, one isn’t confronted with what he has to say, but rather gets the sense of listening in on Kierkegaard’s conversations with God, and with himself; one is left with “the feeling of having stepped into a chapel thinking it vacant only to hear suddenly the prayer and praise of a solitary worshiper.” -- In other words, the reader of Kierkegaard, rather than being accosted by his message, feels as if they are “overhearing” it. -- Instead of listeners feeling like you’re directly addressing them, they feel as if you’re just remembering and reflecting, while they happen to be present. Instead of spelling out the applications of your message, you let listeners draw their own conclusions. Instead of pounding a pulpit, you float out a message that feels, as Kierkegaard put it, like a gentle breeze blowing and breathing overhead. Instead of trying to fill someone’s mind with your insights and beliefs, you ask questions to help them discover their own. Instead of making yourself the center of attention, you withdraw in order to facilitate the realizations of another. Instead of pressing down on someone to force a decision, you allow them room to come to their own choice. -- ... Even in the things that seem only tangentially related to the core principles you wish to share, like hobbies, diet, and dress, people are overhearing the conversation you’re having with life. -- And the effect of that conversation can be far more powerful than anything that ever comes out of your mouth. Nothing is more affecting and convicting than to be confronted with someone who lives on a higher level, who exudes joy and guileless conviction about things for which you’ve grown cynical, who has found a way to convincingly reconcile beliefs you thought were contradictory — who shows possibilities for life you previously couldn’t conceive of or makes you feel your own life is sorely unexamined. -- Such encounters stir the heart and imagination and produce the force by which indirect communication — the communication of capability — functions: longing. The longing to be more, do more, to live a different way, and to start taking action to attain that aim.'
philosophy  rhetoric  writing  readerlywriterly  Kierkegaard 
Evolution Counseling -- Perception Determines Reality
'...Past all of that noise of super ego, past all of the psychological rationalizations, repressions, projections, and other defense mechanisms utilized in order to try to find relief from the painful anxiety caused from feeling helpless in a world perceived as hostile, true Self is calling out and its call is to choose growth and self-actualization. With this choice for growth and self-actualization a positive self-image is born and over time it matures. When people use their unique powers to unfold their potentialities and then build upon them they can’t help but feel good about themselves, that they’re doing something important and meaningful in their lives, not something others expect from them but something they expect of themselves. They project this positive image onto the environment around them, behaving as if they were good and worthy and as if others believed they were good and worthy too, compelling these others to take on roles that confirm this positive narrative. -- This is why we can say that perception determines reality without being far out there or relying on some untestable metaphysical premise. Perception determines reality because our perception of ourselves, others, and the world ends up determining the quality of our interactions with people and the world, which in turn informs our perception of ourselves.'
psychology  expectancy  individualism 
Psychology Today -- The Selfishness of Altruism by Loretta G. Breuning
'Here's why you try to "help" whether or not it helps. -- Altruism feels good because it stimulates dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin. We're tempted to repeat altruistic gestures whether or not they help those they purport to help because our brain is designed to repeat behaviors that feel good. This conundrum has been called Pathological Altruism. When you understand the neurochemistry of altruism, the selfish motives are clear. -- #Dopamine: Focusing on the needs of others can trigger dopamine, and it can easily become a habit. It may seem better than a gambling habit or a sugar habit, but it has a down side of its own. You can actually hurt those you wish to help if you take responsibility for meeting their needs and their own sense of responsibility is undermined. -- #Serotonin: When a mammal sees that it is in the position of strength, serotonin is released. It approaches the resource, and it feels good. The mammal brain evolved to constantly seek this good feeling. There are no easy ways to get it in the modern world, where seizing a banana from weaker individuals is not tolerated. Altruism is a reliable way to enjoy the good feeling of being in the position of strength. Your mammal brain keeps comparing whether you acknowledge it or not. Altruism elevates you above everyone you deem less altruistic than you are. -- #Cortisol: The mammal brain releases the bad feeling of cortisol when it sees a potential threat. Cortisol does its job by creating an extreme sense of urgency, which motivates you to do what it takes to make the bad feeling stop. Neurons connect when cortisol surges, so anything that turned on your cortisol in your past easily turns on more of it today. This can leave a person with a frequent sense of extreme urgency that’s hard to interpret and thus hard to stop. This is why we’re so eager for ways to make sense of our cortisol. -- Altruism can help. Whenever you feel bad, you can tell yourself that you are upset about the suffering of others. When you fail to relieve your threatened feelings, it’s tempting to blame them on something outside yourself. When cortisol creates a physical discomfort that’s hard to explain in words, focusing on the suffering of others stimulates your mirror neurons and helps you attach meaning to the physical sensation. Alas, it’s not a meaning that helps you understand what actually turned on your cortisol and how you can turn it off.'
psychology  altruism  victimhood  learnedhelplessness  status  dopamine  serotonin  cortisol 
Ribbonfarm -- Immortality Begins at Forty
'Once society stops doing culture to you, and you’re on your own, immortality begins. The morning after your fortieth birthday, you experience the first day of the rest of time. -- Time, of course, is the merciless slaughterer of all these infinitely qualified anchors of the meaning of life. Wait long enough, and every truth will crumble. Wait long enough, and every value will dissolve into moral ambiguity. Wait long enough, and every habit will decay, first into ritual, then into farce. Wait long enough, and every slain demon will rise again. -- And then you will be free. Something almost nobody wants, but almost everyone is forced to endure past 40.'
life  death  absurd 
CAKE -- The easiest way to talk about the end of your life
'Get clarity on your values and preferences around end of life. Receive action steps on what type of life planning might be recommended for you. Have peace of mind that your wishes are stored for safekeeping, and will be distributed to the right people in your life. -- #I don’t want to think about death. Why should I sign up for this? -- Thinking about death is actually just a way to think about life, which is not something that goes on and on forever. We believe you can use this constraint on life – the finite nature of it all – as a motivating factor to do what you want now. In your limited time here, what do you want to accomplish or experience? What are some ways to make sure that your loved ones have great lives even after you’re gone? Whether that means financial support or simply providing them ways to remember you by, it is something that you actually do have some control over. Thinking about death doesn't have to be so hard. You know yourself. You know what you want. Unburden your loved ones by letting them know too.'
life  death  tools  deadmansswitch 
The Monetary Future -- How I Met Satoshi
'...As the separation of money and State accelerates in real time, Bitcoin will continue to keep the monetary revolution peaceful. Coins in large volume will not be dropped onto the market, thereby strengthening bitcoin's essential store-of-value element and ultimately benefitting its medium-of-exchange and unit-of-account properties. -- We must remember that bitcoin is not the byproduct of a blockchain – the blockchain is the byproduct of bitcoin. Private, permissioned blockchains and distributed ledgers serve only to erect barriers and advance the interests of restrictive cartels whereas the public Bitcoin blockchain works to disrupt, not enable, financial incumbents. -- In this new post-legal tender era, it is the central banks not the commercial banks that have the most to lose. We don't need kings to coin our money and Bitcoin will outlive political institutions. It already has. Consequently, this will have severe transformative implications for governments' fiscal policy and monetary policy. -- I believe that the massive tidal wave of decentralisation and future Bitcoin advancements will start to occur more rapidly now, setting the stage for society to realize the plethora of currently imagined innovations. However, at the center of all of this incredible progress will be the unwavering and critical value of the humble digital bearer token known as bitcoin.'
bitcoin  cryptoanarchism 
Center for a Stateless Society -- Who’s Confused About Capitalism? by Kevin Carson
'...there’s never been a form of capitalism in practice that wasn’t at least as coercive and statist as what we have right now. Historical capitalism began five or six centuries ago, not with free markets, but with the conquest of the free towns by the absolute states and the mass expropriation of peasants from their traditional rights to the land by the landed oligarchy, and continued with the colonial conquest of most of the world outside Europe. Since then capital has continued to rely heavily on the state to socialize its operating costs, erect barriers to competition, and enforce illegitimate title to all the land and natural resources engrossed in previous centuries. This history of conquest, robbery and enslavement is in the basic genetic code of contemporary corporate capitalism. -- ...There have always been non-statist strands within the socialist movement, since its very beginning — one of them is known as “anarchism.” At times the non-statist forms of socialism were dominant. And there have always been self-identified socialists within the free market libertarian movement. -- Even state socialists like Marx and Engels, who saw socialist control of the state as an essential step towards building socialism, didn’t equate “socialism” to state ownership and control of the economy as such. “Socialism” was a system in which all political and economic power was in the hands of the working class. Nationalization and state control of the economy might be part of the transition process to socialism — if the state came under working class control. On the other hand, increasing state control of the economy when the state was controlled by capitalists would simply be a new stage in the evolution of capitalism in which the capitalists managed the system through the state in their own interest. -- Today the most interesting subcurrents in the socialist movement are those like the autonomism of Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt, which sees the path to post-capitalism as “Exodus” — the creation of a new society around counter-institutions like commons-based peer production. -- Erik Olin Wright, for example (“How to Think About (And Win) Socialism,” Jacobin, April 2016), sees “socialism” as a system in which democratically organized social forces — as opposed to either states or corporations — are the dominant means of organizing activity. Societies throughout history have been a mixture of such institutional forms — but under capitalism the for-profit business firm became the hegemonic institution, or kernel of the entire society, with other institutions defined by their relations to capital. As capitalism evolves into socialism, new democratic social institutions will become the hegemonic form, and the state and business will be reduced to niches in a system characterized by the dominance of the new democratic institutions. -- Things like local currencies, land trusts, cooperatives and commons-based peer production exist under capitalism today. But as capitalism reaches the limits of growth and confronts its terminal crises, these new socialist institutions will expand and knit together into a coherent whole that will form the basis of the successor system, and the remains of corporate and state institutions will be integrated into a system defined by its post-capitalist core. -- ... So maybe when Millennials say they hate capitalism and like socialism, but oppose state control of the economy, it’s not they who are confused. Maybe they have a better idea of what “capitalism” and “socialism” mean than people like Frauenfelder and Ekins.'
"captialism"  anarchism  agorism  socialism 
2 days ago
The Washington Post -- The sinister, secret history of a food that everybody loves
'...The argument depends on the differences between how grains and tubers are grown. Crops like wheat are harvested once or twice a year, yielding piles of small, dry grains. These can be stored for long periods of time and are easily transported — or stolen. -- Root crops, on the other hand, don't store well at all. They're heavy, full of water, and rot quickly once taken out of the ground. Yuca, for instance, grows year-round and in ancient times, people only dug it up right before it was eaten. This provided some protection against theft in ancient times. It's hard for bandits to make off with your harvest when most of it is in the ground, instead of stockpiled in a granary somewhere. -- But the fact that grains posed a security risk may have been a blessing in disguise. The economists believe that societies cultivating crops like wheat and barley may have experienced extra pressure to protect their harvests, galvanizing the creation of warrior classes and the development of complex hierarchies and taxation schemes. -- "Since the grain has to be harvested within a short period and then stored for use until the next harvest, a visiting tax collector could readily confiscate part of the stored produce," the authors write. In ancient China, for instance, the famously bureaucratic government depended on a seasonal tax on grain harvests. -- ... These maps show a clear correlation between crop choice and political complexity. Societies that grew grain tended to have more hierarchical political systems — empires, even — like the rice- and wheat-cultivating kingdoms of ancient India. Tuber crops were associated with smaller, more local political units. -- ... Consider, for a second, what that means. In Jared Diamond's version of events, certain regions were cursed because they were less efficient at growing food. Low productivity leads to low agricultural surpluses leads to less complex societies. According to the economists' data, the productivity of the land didn't matter. The curse was in the type of crop. -- The theory is not ironclad, of course. One problem is that most tuber-growing societies lived in the tropics, where there was also endemic disease that slowed the growth of complex civilizations. Anthropologists also point out that to the best of our knowledge, tubers were domesticated thousands of years after cereals, so societies that grew grains had a head start. -- And then there is the case of the Incas, who oversaw an empire that grew both grain and potatoes. The Incas developed a way of freeze-drying potatoes by leaving them out at high elevations. This technology allowed them to treat potatoes like a grain: non-perishable, transportable and taxable. -- ... "It comes down to the ability to expropriate others' labor," Bettinger said. "Some resources have a lot more labor represented in them." -- In a way, agriculture is the ultimate front-loaded resource. It takes a large amount of work to till, plant and cultivate crops. So it makes sense that farming could only flourish among civilizations with a system of property rights (to prevent freeloading from neighbors) and a measure of protection against outside threats.'
history  agriculture  civilization 
3 days ago
Restore -- Gut Health Bacterial Communication Webinar with Tom Lowe
'...the mitochondria make about 15 variants of oxygen-hydrogen compounds that we call redox molecules-reduction and oxidation molecules. Those redox molecules coming out of the mitochondria is really the foundation of intracellular communication and cell repair. -- It was therefore, not that hard of a leap, mentally, for me to look at this compound that clearly had redox potential with all of these oxygen-hydrogen binding sites and realize it’s being made by bacteria to realize, oh my gosh, we’re missing like the biggest piece of the biologic communication network in our current biologic model in cancer or otherwise. We forgot about the bacteria. Never have we studied cancer in anything but a sterile environment, and that’s been our big downfall, I believe, is we missed the boat on the role of bacteria and their impact on the communication network that sets up the environment for cancer. -- The bacteria, as you know, is a prokaryote. It’s a single-celled organism. No mitochondria in a prokaryote. There’s no organelles in a prokaryotic cell, so it made sense completely all of a sudden that oh my gosh, the bacteria have to make their own communication network because they have no mitochondria to do it. And of course it would have to be a redox molecule because it requires, not only intracellular communication, but in a bacterial environment, it requires species to species communication. That cross-species communication network that would allow for a balanced ecosystem of bowel bacteria would have to be dependent on a communication network. -- That’s frankly never even been discussed in the literature to any significant degree. Really exciting to think that oh my gosh, the communication is being produced much like it would in the mitochondria of the eukaryote. The prokaryotic cells are building their whole own language network. The interesting thing when you start going down this route is to realize that, wow, each species of bacteria can make its own little packet of vocabulary. Each mitochondria is capable of making around 15 different redox molecules out of the respiratory chain in the wall of the mitochondria there, the electron transport chain or respiratory chain. With those 15 different words, if you will, if you see each redox molecule as a word, you can start to see each species could be responsible for their own little packet of a dozen or so words. If you have a complex ecosystem of 20,000 or 30,000 species like we expect to see in a really healthy human organism, suddenly you’ve got this huge vocabulary with probably over a million different words. -- That fluid communication, we believe, is the most important cancer breakthrough that we’re ever going to stumble upon in our careers, but more importantly for humans, it’s probably the most important breakthrough we’ll make regarding our most acute problem right now, which is a drastic dilemma in gut health. -- ...the next mechanism was to see what it did in cancer, and it had all the predictable properties of a redox communication network in cancer cells. If you start to realize in that human environment where the mitochondria are the intracellular repair system and mechanism of communication, and the bacteria are providing the extracellular communication network. ... -- Vast array of tests that we’ve done and in each one when you add the Restore you see a differential response in your cancer cell versus your healthy cell population. -- This differential response has never been seen in any other therapy that is on the market. -- If you take vitamin C, hydrogen peroxide, ozone, alpha-lipoic acid, ASEA, any of these, ASEA is the mitochondrial redox supplement. You take that, it does the exact same thing across the board in cancer cells versus healthy cells. It rapidly up-regulates reactive oxygen species out of the mitochondria and all cell types and then you hope you get apoptosis of the cancer cells. In contrast, Restore, as that extracellular communication network and seems to have that ability to turn on and off cells between the two populations deferentially. -- In the case of the cancer cell it up-regulates reactive oxygen species and turns on apoptosis very quickly, whereas in the healthy cell population it down-regulates reactive oxygen species, thus reducing stress on the healthy cell population. You have this beautiful differential response showing that this is the very first compound or family of molecules that we’ve ever had that seems to be able to sense, at the cell surface, what to tell the cell to do: up-regulate or down-regulate raw, depending on the damage state of the cell. -- That kind of gives you an idea of how effective this huge communication network is once you get these hundreds of thousands of species involved. We believe that’s what we are seeing. With 50-million-year old soil, that fossil layer that has been compressed for 50 million years is still eight feet thick. Imagine the layer of humus or topsoil that existed 50 million years ago that would have compressed over those millennia to still be eight feet thick. We must have had 100 feet of topsoil on the planet back then, so really intriguing to imaging that ecosystem and how diverse and beautiful it was. We’re extracting that intelligence, that level of vocabulary out of that soil and putting that in the human gut now with Restore. -- That’s why, I think, why we see magic happening every week. Not because Restore is fixing anybody’s disease, it’s simply putting all the communication network into play again so that every cell can go about doing what it does best, which is cell repair.'
biology  symbiosis  bacteria  microbiome  disease  health 
5 days ago
Paul Craig Roberts -- World War III Has Begun
'The Third World War is currently being fought. How long before it moves into its hot stage? -- Washington is currently conducting economic and propaganda warfare against four members of the five bloc group of countries known as BRICS—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Brazil and South Africa are being destabilized with fabricated political scandals. Both countries are rife with Washington-financed politicians and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Washington concocts a scandal, sends its political agents into action demanding action against the government and its NGOs into the streets in protests. -- Washington tried this against China with the orchestrated Hong Kong “student protest.” Washington hoped that the protest would spread into China, but the scheme failed. Washington tried this against Russia with the orchestrated protests against Putin’s reelection and failed again. -- To destablilze Russia, Washington needs a firmer hold inside Russia. In order to gain a firmer hold, Washington worked with the New York mega-banks and the Saudis to drive down the oil price from over $100 per barrel to $30. This has put pressure on Russian finances and the ruble. In response to Russia’s budgetary needs, Washington’s allies inside Russia are pushing President Putin to privatize important Russian economic sectors in order to raise foreign capital to cover the budget deficit and support the ruble. If Putin gives in, important Russian assets will move from Russian control to Washington’s control. -- ... As I have often pointed out, the neoconservatives have been driven insane by their arrogance and hubris. In their pursuit of American hegemony over the world, they have cast aside all caution in their determination to destabilize Russia and China. -- By implementing neoliberal economic policies urged on them by their economists trained in the Western neoliberal tradition, the Russian and Chinese governments are setting themselves up for Washington. By swallowing the “globalism” line, using the US dollar, participating in the Western payments system, opening themselves to destabilization by foreign capital inflows and outflows, hosting American banks, and permitting foreign ownership, the Russian and Chinese governments have made themselves ripe for destabilization. -- If Russia and China do not disengage from the Western system and exile their neoliberal economists, they will have to go to war in order to defend their sovereignty.'
history  america  empire  war  perpetualwar 
8 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Migrants Are r-strategists, And Opportunists
'"A migrant couple who have nine children and receive nearly £5,000 a month in benefits want state-funded IVF treatment in Austria. -- Two of their children have disabilities so severe that doctors believe they would die without medical treatment. -- But the couple remain determined to have a tenth child and have turned to Austria’s IVF fund to cover the cost." -- At $7,000 per month, that works out to $84,000 per year. Five years ago they lived in Afghanistan, on probably a couple of hundred dollars per year. Now they want free IVF from the state. -- Show hospitality to two heavily inbred, mentally retarded leeches, and get ten more free – if you’ll pay for their IVF. To me, the most striking element is the entitlement. If somebody offered to help me, I’d go out of my way to limit the extent of the imposition I placed upon them. That is because innate to my perception is a sense that any resource is by nature, limited and valuable. That realization produces appreciation. -- Rabbits are different. A rabbit sees no reason to limit their demands, because by their nature they will assume that those resources are everywhere, and thus have no value. They assume those resources are freely available, and there is no reason to not consume them freely. In truth, they are designed to consume them compulsively. Rabbitry is, at its core, addiction to dopamine.'
rkselectiontheory  welfare  entitlement 
8 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- White Privilege Conference Too White – Fun With Liberal Triggers
'You can’t make these things up: "Disaffected participants in the 2016 White Privilege Conference (WPC) have taken to Twitter to complain that the conference was, ironically, too white and was actually filled to the brim with white supremacy. She said Loewen’s rhetoric, which was solidly progressive throughout, actually entrenched white supremacy, partly because his speech allegedly lasted too long. When Loewen attempted to defend himself, Ashlee said that any defense was invalid and only further showed his white supremacy." -- Liberal amygdala atrophy is reaching the point that lots of white people, showing up to agree that they need to be more subservient, is enraging to the people who want them to be subservient. Even the white person’s admission that they need to be subservient can last too long, making their very agreement with the liberal triggering. This is insanity, and it is growing.'
rkselectiontheory  politicalcorrectness  threatnarrative 
9 days ago
San Jose EMDR
'Many of us already experience the benefits of "homemade EMDR" when we go for a walk and notice to our surprise that our "brain clears." The left and right activation of walking utilizes both sides of the brain ensuring that intense emotions and experiences are processed with the resources of both sides.'
psychology  walking  trance 
10 days ago
Duality & Dishes -- How Inferior Functions are Blocked Out by their Dominant Counterparts
'#Inf Fe: Hey say something nice to that person #Dom Ti: That makes exactly zero sense why would I do that / #Inf Fi: I’m pretty sure this is morally terrible #Dom Te: I’m pretty sure FEELINGS DON’T EXIST'
psychology  personality  INTP  ENTJ 
10 days ago
Aeon Videos -- A neurologist finds peace and happiness in the feeling of constant acceleration
'Having spent decades as an affluent but ‘typical, institutionalised, educated Western man’, the neurologist John Kitchin radically reassessed his life after finding that he was losing his eyesight and had grown unsatisfied in his work. Emerging from a bout of hopelessness with the realisation that all he wanted to do was ‘the basic things and skate’, he gave up his practice.' -- "Everyone has the capacity to dream up and believe anything he wants to. The shrinks or the psychoanalysts would call it a 'Personal Delusional System'. And you believe it because you choose to. When I skate I try to regress down to what I think is about age 11 and a half, which is the last of the idealistic years before the testosterone and all the other stuff takes off – and then, before you know it, you're in the middle third of life."
psychology  life  absurd  individuation  meditation  flow  * 
10 days ago
Aeon Essays -- Was Rousseau’s restless genius a symptom of ADHD? by Richard W Orange
'‘When moved by passion, I can sometimes find the words for what I need to say, but in ordinary conversation I can find nothing, nothing at all,’ he complains. ‘I know no constraint more terrible than that of having to go on conversing, on the spur of the moment and for ever … I do not know if this is because of my mortal aversion to all forms of compulsion; all I know is that the moment I am absolutely obliged to say something, I infallibly utter some stupidity.’ -- ... That someone with a condition associated with difficulty completing tasks could manage to write so many books (several of them rather long) should not be seen as evidence against Rousseau’s retrospective diagnosis. Instead, it reflects just how inadequate the label Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is. -- Rather than being a deficiency in attention, ADHD is actually more an unevenness. According to Littman, the brains of people with ADHD have an imbalance in the interplay between the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinophrine, creating a situation in which an experience or activity must be more stimulating in order to draw and hold their attention or enable optimal focus. -- This neurotransmitter imbalance also leads to ‘novelty seeking’. In fact, one variation of the DRD4 gene for dopamine receptors, called the ‘7-repeat allele’, has been associated with some forms of ADHD characterized by wanderlust. Those with the so-called ‘explorer gene’ appear compelled to move between houses, cities, and countries (as Rousseau certainly did). People with ADHD continually scan their environments and minds to search out the stimulating thoughts and experiences that they need in order to fire up their brains and fully engage with the world. This brings a higher likelihood of ending up in prison or addicted to drugs. But it also brings a compulsive fixation on what is surprising, dramatic, or controversial. -- If, like Rousseau, you work in the arts, literature or philosophy, this is not a bad recipe for success.' -- ‘I have never managed to learn anything from any of my teachers,’ Rousseau explains in Confessions (making exceptions of his two boyhood tutors). ‘My mind, impatient of any constraint, refuses to subject itself to the discipline of the moment. Even the fear of not learning makes me inattentive. Anxious not to irritate my teacher, I pretend to understand; he continues and I understand nothing. My mind insists on moving at its own pace, and will not submit to anyone else’s.’ -- Rousseau found the drudge work of writing agonising. ‘It is with unbelievable difficulty that my ideas arrange themselves into any sort of order in my head,’ he complains. ‘They circle there obscurely, they ferment to the point where they stir me, fire me, cause my heart to palpitate; and in the midst of all this emotion I see nothing clearly; I cannot write a word, I must wait. Imperceptibly, the great movement subsides, order succeeds chaos, everything finds its proper place; but slowly, and only after a long and confused agitation.’ -- The initial part is ‘really unpleasant, and he describes it as unpleasant,’ Littman says. ‘Everyone wants to get to the part where you can hyperfocus. But before you can hyperfocus on something new, you have to allow in those new ideas and let them gel and come together in some amazing new way.’ -- Rousseau’s remedies might be familiar to those with ADHD. He was a prodigious walker. In his late 20s, he would rise early and roam the foothills of the Alps for several hours before breakfasting and settling down to his books. ‘There is something about walking that animates and activates my ideas,’ he writes. ‘Seated at my table, with my pen in my hand and my paper in front of me, I have never been able to achieve anything. It is when I am out walking among the rocks and the woods, it is at night, sleepless in my bed, that I write in my head.’ -- Now we know why. Exercise elevates the brain’s levels of dopamine, norepinephrine, and endorphins, making people with ADHD less impulsive, and better able to pay attention to what they are working on. -- Rousseau also kept his mind alert by frequently switching between tasks. ‘After following a few pages of an author who must be read with attention, my mind wanders off and becomes lost in the clouds,’ he writes. ‘But if different subjects follow one upon the other, even without a break… I find that, without needing any rest, I can follow all of them more easily.’ -- Rousseau’s decision to follow rather than fight these impulsive seismic switches in direction is, in the opinion of Hallowell, a strategy people with ADHD today should learn from, however crazy it may look. ‘Follow your enthusiasms,’ he advises. ‘Otherwise you’ll just create friction. The ADD mind is like a toddler at a picnic, it goes where curiosity leads it. I’ve got ADD myself, and I’ve written 20 books about all kinds of different topics: whatever interests me.’'
psychology  dopamine  boredom  ENTP  INTP  ADHD  flow  walking  Rousseau 
10 days ago
The Book of Life -- Finding a Mission
'Firstly, what matters is to adopt a certain seriousness about one’s life. Talk of a mission forces us to reduce what we care about down to just a few very big things: it privileges precision over breadth. A mission centers around what others need. People with missions may well end up making money and having status, but that isn’t what led them to the mission in the first place. Missions are about the intrinsic worth of tasks. The search for a mission requires you to ask: among all the problems facing humanity, what are the ones that properly interest me? Be alive to the small-scale but authentic concerns. Conceiving of a mission requires us to throw off an attitude of inner serfdom, where we imagine that only other people have the right to plan their lives – and everyone else must just surrender to accidents and random whims of employers. We can and should all have missions. With a mission in hand, the next time you’re at a party, you won’t need to keep the conversation at the level of where you’re employed, you can answer with reference to the underlying logic of what you are up to. You can, with no space helmet to your name, legitimately announce that you’re in this earth with a mission to carry out.'
philosophy  psychology  purpose  individuation 
10 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: Stay in - or Leave - a Relationship?
'Should you stay or leave a relationship? Here’s a checklist of questions to ask oneself before heading out too quickly – or too slowly.' -- '#How much of our unhappiness can be tightly attributed to this particular partner – and how much might it, as we risk discovering five years and multiple upheavals later, turn out to be simply an inherent feature of any attempt to live in close proximity to another human? #Though it is of course always essentially their fault, what tiny proportion of the difficulties might we nevertheless be contributing to the discord? In what modest way might we be a little hard to be around? #Ask yourself if you are ready to face the risk of perhaps achieving no more than exchanging a familiar kind of unhappiness for a new and more complex variety? Wonder whether you really want to chose hope over experience. -- Then, if you still have the impulse to leave, with the chances of subsequent regret lessened at least a touch, with a heavy heart and a cautious mind… leave.'
relationships  honesty  RTR 
10 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: Why People Have Affairs
'A lot of the reason why people have affairs isn’t to do with random excess horniness. It’s do to with issues of closeness and distance.' -- 'Tragically, two people almost never enter a relationship with the same needs for Distance and Closeness. That’s why in every couple, we invariably hear the accusation that one person is too ‘clingy’ and another is ‘cold’. These are unhelpfully vicious words for what are, at heart, just two different ways of feeling comfortable in love. -- It’s therefore an early imperative in any relationship to work out what the relative needs for Distance and Closeness are, to air the disjuncture, not to get angry about it, and mutually and with good humour to apologise for one’s distinctive contribution to it. Only thus can we hope to ensure that the gap won’t lead – in an online chat, at a bar or at a conference – to a situation where only an affair feels like a plausible solution to the vexing problems of Distance and Closeness.'
psychology  attachment  relationships  infidelity  securityvsnovelty 
10 days ago
girlwriteswhat comments on Why is male sexuality seen as disgusting and abhorrent while female sexuality is seen as beautiful and pure?
'...The horror women feel at the prospect of rape is largely to do with the costs of pregnancy. 90% of young women, who are most at risk, are on long term birth control. They have access to emergency contraceptives and abortion. The entire reason women have this deeply traumatic response to rape has been mitigated by modern technology and social progress (no one's going to refuse to hire or marry a woman who was raped, at least not in the west). -- On the flip side, men have $100,000 baby mortgages when they get taken advantage of. This is, like long term and emergency contraception and abortion, a relatively new innovation. -- Our instincts are diametrically opposed to the new reality, in that in practical terms, men have more to fear from rape than women do. And yet we see this bizarre flipping of concern as just because our instincts are still lagging. We feel like women have more to fear from rape than men do. We feel like it costs them more, even though it doesn't, even though it costs men more. -- This is the whole reason why it's useful to explore WHY we feel the way we do, and why, a half a million years ago, it was useful to feel that way. It can help us understand ourselves, and perhaps even to bring about some fairness.'
men  women  predation 
10 days ago
girlwriteswhat comments on Why is male sexuality seen as disgusting and abhorrent while female sexuality is seen as beautiful and pure?
'Because of differentials in sexual marketplace value. -- Sexual marketplace value is gauged by the minimum caloric investment and relative physical risk involved in reproduction. -- That is, at the bare minimum, the man invests sperm (which regenerate constantly) suspended in a few teaspoons of (primarily) carbohydrates. At the bare minimum, he risks nothing. In fact, he isn't even risking a better reproductive opportunity – he could get out of the sack with Alice the Goon and still be able to impregnate a supermodel, the same afternoon. -- The woman's minimum investment in reproduction is thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of times greater, calorically speaking. She has 9 months of gestation, and up to 4 years of lactation, during which she is handicapped in her ability to acquire resources by having to care for a small child, while simultaneously needing more resources to ensure her own survival and the survival of her offspring. She risks her life during childbirth, and even if she doesn't die in the process, post-partum infection can render her sterile, and childbed injury can render her incapable of carrying another child to term. And her opportunity to reproduce, once taken, means that she is forfeiting any other opportunities for between 1 and 4 years. -- Think of it this way: from a purely biological standpoint, women must pay $100,000 for a reproductive opportunity and are committing to maintenance costs for up to four years, and there are no substitutions, warranties, exchanges or refunds available. -- Men pay $10, and even if they end up with a lemon, they can, in theory, just go and find another, different opportunity if they're dissatisfied with the one they have. All it will cost them is another 10 bucks. -- Human social systems represent a unique accommodation of these differentials in relative risk and cost. Our mating system does not exist anywhere else in nature, believe it or not--even accounting for differences between cultures, such as polygyny being accepted in Islamic countries. -- And these differentials are not so much about women's sexuality being considered pure and men's being considered dirty (though that narrative is pervasive). They're about how women's sexuality is expensive to her, and men's is cheap to him. -- ... Now look at human systems, which, almost without exception, assign paternity and hold men responsible for the children they help create. This is the entire basis of marriage as a social construct, even in polygynous societies: it existed to identify the fathers of children and apply a balancing of the caloric and risk investment in those children between men and women. Certainty of paternity is necessary for this system to work. A woman knows when she pushes a child out of her body that this child is her progeny. Up until very recently, there was no way for a man to know for sure that the children he was supporting were his own or the milkman's, other than the belief that his wife was faithful. -- More than this, until recently, bastards were not entitled to the support of their fathers – an unmarried woman owned her own sexuality, and everything that issued from it. Men were able to legitimate their bastards if they chose, but were under no obligation to do so. Still, a man who was in the habit of impregnating women and not taking responsibility for the consequences was frowned on by society. -- This is why men even in polygynous societies have always been restricted to the edict, "only as many wives as you can afford to support." It's why prostitution primarily involves men purchasing sex and women selling it, and why even in extremely harsh patriarchies such as current day Afghanistan, boys often stand in for women in the realm of selling sex. Her sexuality is of high value, and a boy's is of low value. -- It is why women who are promiscuous are seen as damaging themselves, while men who are promiscuous are seen as damaging their female partners. -- Basically, a man's sexuality is considered not dirty and disgusting, but without "value added" (paternal investment) to balance out the differential in market value, which is a derivative of differentials in reproductive risks and costs, it is viewed as taking advantage. -- ... If a man had sex with a woman, got her pregnant and then split, it would absolutely be seen as him cheating her – handing her a handful of beads for her acres of arable land. What the fuck is child support? What is alimony? Men are forced to pay child support as if they are involved fathers, even when denied the opportunity to be involved. Men are forced to pay to support a former spouse as if they were still married, but last I checked, she wasn't stopping by his place twice a week do wash dishes and suck his dick. -- You say this is because of gynocentrism, full stop. But whence did gynocentrism arise? It originates in that biological reproductive cost/risk differential between men and women. -- ... The moment the practical monogamous relationship became less prioritized in society, that was when alimony and child support, even for bastard children, became a thing. -- That is, men are forced to agree to purchase monogamy whenever they have sex. This has not changed. When men have sex, they are committing by default to the traditionally male requirements of a monogamous relationship, whether they get that relationship or not. -- The price for men is the same as it always was: have sex, and you pay for the kid, just like you would under monogamy. Get divorced, and you pay for the ex-wife, just like you would if she was still your wife. -- The only reason monogamy can be seen as primarily benefitting men is because men are still held to their end of the monogamy bargain, while women are not. -- Monogamy was a way to force men to take material/financial responsibility for the children they help create, and their mothers. That was the entire purpose of it, and we haven't done away with it – we've just changed the deal. -- Like I said elsewhere, after a divorce, the man must continue to support his ex-wife as if they were still married, but she's not coming to his house twice a week to wash dishes and suck his dick, is she? A woman who has a baby out of wedlock gets automatic financial support from him for her child, just like in monogamy, but he doesn't get supper on the table or even the automatic legal right to access to his child. -- Women are still enjoying the benefits of monogamy. They just don't have to trade anything valuable for them, or give up any freedoms for them, or provide commensurate benefit in return for them. -- If monogamy didn't benefit women, then women would not be so eager to maintain the perks of monogamy even while they turn their noses up at the traditional costs to themselves. -- If we eliminated all of the benefits to women of monogamy – not just child support and alimony, but also things like maternity leave, welfare benefits and daycare subsidies that are disproportionately funded by male workers and taxpayers – you'd be able to hear the screams from the ionosphere. -- The only reason we think monogamy primarily benefits men is because, thus far, they're the only people who have had to give up the benefits of monogamy.'
men  women  sexuality  gynocentrism  hypergamy 
10 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Apocalypse Is Unavoidable, According To The Math
'... You could trigger a major K-shift just by eliminating the willingness to loan money. You could do it by calling all the debt out there and forcing it to either be paid back, or be defaulted on. You could do it just by letting the demographic monster continue as it will. You could do it by stopping the government from borrowing cash and flooding it into the system. You could do it by triggering shortages in various areas, so people will have to loot and steal to survive. You could do it by collapsing the government and suddenly rendering all those government workers unemployed. -- We are probably going to do it by doing all of the above, all at the same time. -- Think Darwin quit? Au contraire. He was just taking a little vacation to recharge his batteries, so when the real shit hits the fan, he is ready to rock. And man, is he going to rock.'
rkselectiontheory  statism  welfare  debt  rentseeking  bubble  collapse  greatestdepression 
10 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- r-selection To Begin In Kenya, Courtesy Of Tech Sector
'"Over the last two years Silicon Valley has fallen in love with a striking economic theory. As former Facebook executive Sam Lessin wrote recently, “There’s been a dinner-time revival of the old conversation about the inevitable need for a guaranteed basic income in the United States.”" -- ... The funny thing is, in my opinion there is no better way to completely destroy a culture and its people than to provision them with free resources, and here comes Silicon Valley – our absolute best and brightest. -- These villages are probably doing relatively well now. Farmers are producing food, craftsmen are plying trades they learned from their parents – all of these people have found niches which make them of use to their villages, and allow them to survive on their own. -- Their amygdalae are kept developed enough to be capable of producing enough force that they will drive adherence to cultural practices, morality, and loyalty to their own tribes. With this program, they may all abandon these economic niches, abandon their unique cultural heritages, lose their morality, and become so fractious as to begin viewing everyone in their tribe as a selfish enemy who needs to be brought in line by some larger governmental force. Then in ten years all the money is suddenly pulled, and their village ends up even more poverty stricken and unable to support itself, while being stricken with in-group fighting, immorality, and malaise, all at the hands of a neurotic population less capable of handling normal stress. These tech guys would literally be better off just buying bulldozers and leveling these villages. -- The road to Hell may be paved with the best of intentions, but it takes liberals to be stupid enough to lay all those bricks.'
rkselectiontheory  welfare  altruism  unintendedconsequences  learnedhelplessness 
10 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- The Empire Strikes Back
'...This is a period of high amygdala for the establishment and the left. Nothing is as motivating to the leftist or establishment rabbits as amygdala stimulation, and the coming period promises to be as stimulating as any in history. As such, anything is possible in the coming decades. -- The atrophy of amygdalae as society has increasingly rabbitized has only made the neuroses of the left more easily and more violently triggerable. Our rabbits are if anything, likely less civilized now than they have ever been in the past. Based on our rabbits’ present amygdala-conditioning, the worst horrors we have seen in history will ultimately be on the table as the collapse goes down. -- Right now the alt-right is a threat to the establishment and as such, the establishment will move to deal with it to whatever extent they feel they can. Where law and circumstance allow they will move directly, as they did here. Where law and circumstance doesn’t allow such a direct move, expect other forms of movement against it. -- Know that by partaking of the alt-right online, you may become a target of the government, and proactively police your own life for tools the government might use against you. If you have a business, make sure you have no regulatory vulnerabilities. If you have vices, make sure they are legal, and you don’t care if they are exposed publicly. Don’t wait until you see government, because by then it will be too late. Act right now as if you are being watched. -- If you have any sort of audience – if you have any ability to say, write, or tweet something, and have it be spread by your readers, you need to take the threat seriously. Don’t freak out, but make sure that right now you wouldn’t care if every moment of your life was scrutinized.'
rkselectiontheory  collapse  thoughtpolice  joycamp  1984 
10 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Disenchanted Scholar Sees The Genocidal Urges Of Rabbits
'... This is where constant ruminating on this mechanism leads. None of what the left is doing is about being kind or generous, even if the rabbits themselves tell everyone and themselves that it is. This is a suite of biological instincts designed to genocide the K-strategists in their populations. -- If you wrote the textbook on it, the title would be Genociding Greatness. They want to import violent third worlders with 70 IQ’s, make people hire and rent to felons, free criminals, punish military, punish law enforcement, punish successful businesses, free terrorists from Guantanamo, fight any standardized testing of ability, demand any group that they think is predominated by imbeciles or degenerates receive first crack at any job opportunity and all sorts of advantages, demean meritocracies, and do everything they can to destroy greatness wherever it is found. I mean, a list of liberal desires reads straight out a dystopian novel that would make Brave New World and 1984 look like light-hearted comedies. -- Importing rapists is just another facet of this deeper mission which biology drives leftists to pursue, through the use of the cognitive motivator of anxiety. They need to destroy greatness and good. -- This girl was just raped and murdered in Texas by an African immigrant which the liberal idiots imported, did everything to help, and whose immigrant status the media is presently desperate to cover up. They brought him here, gave him every advantage, he still ended up homeless, he raped and murdered a young girl, and now that the left is done with him, they will try to do the exact same thing with some other foreign savage who has no hope of integrating in our first world nation. From Kate Steinle to Cologne Germany, it isn’t that the left never learns. This is what they are designed to produce. -- The left is instinctually evil – and they want to destroy us and everything we view as good. -- Again, the collapse is what will turn them back, because they aren’t designed for K-selection. Until then, you can make a little headway here and there by understanding the mechanism, but in the face of r-selected free resources, you are fighting to push back a tide. Nobody dies, and those who fight endure disadvantage. It is inherently disadvantageous to us. -- ... The time will come when the left will die all by itself, if only we let it. We’ll have the option of extending a hand to help them. Being honestly empathetic, we will be tempted to, given what they will endure. It is up to us to remember what they are, and that they have no place among us.'
rkselectiontheory  conquest  ostracism 
10 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Aurini On The Divergence Of Virtue
'"There used to be a time when we understood the importance of personal virtue; where working hard, honouring one’s commitments, dealing fairly with others, and accepting responsibility for one’s mistakes were things that we celebrated – and yet we also recognized that even when the values of thrift and temperance were followed, a spate of ill fortune could devastate a person. A single mother whose husband died honourably in war might find herself in the same position as the slattern who couldn’t keep her legs closed, but where the latter is a pox upon society the former is a pillar, and deserving of what help we can render. She is the deserving poor. -- The reason this phrase is so passe is because we as a society have crumbled into envy and narcissism. When we see a good woman brought low by misfortune, the knee jerk reaction in most people is not one of empathy – “There, but for the Grace of God, go I,” – rather it is a feeling of satisfaction, of schadenfreude, pleasure at seeing another suffer through no fault of their own. Meanwhile we take the slattern and raise her up, describe her single motherhood as ‘heroic’, and force others to pay for her lifestyle through socialism. -- Black Lives Matter is no different. Christopher Cantwell covers the latest case coming out of Chicago: Pierre Loury, an “aspiring rapper”, shoots up some of his fellow Blacks, and then winds up getting put down by police. He is, of course, just a good boy who dindu nuffin, who’s currently undergoing beatification by the typical voices amongst Left Libertarian circles, while those Blacks who try and make something of themselves, only to be dragged back down by their ghetto friends, are ignored and laughed at… -- We no longer hate people for their vices – we hate them for their virtues." -- Our political rabbits and wolves have completely different operating systems installed in their brains. As a result, each is evil by the other’s metrics, according to the programs installed in their brains by the complex mix of environment, genetics, epigenetics, and whatever unknowns go into that recipe. Each, at its core, desires a completely different world, and operates with completely different goals. -- This realization is mildly disturbing. As the K-shift approaches rabbits enter a hyper-neurotic ultra-rabbitized state, where even words wound them like swords. At the same time, the wolves enter a progressively more irritable state. Given that each views the other as evil, it would imply that peaceful coexistence may very well not be possible once the collapse begins. -- We know rabbits have a strategy to survive this. They will turn wolves upon each other, and hope their rage is exhausted on each other while the rabbits hide. It is a strategy which sadly often works. -- We need to be vigilant to it, and make sure that on this turn of the cycle we don’t fall for it. We know where our rage needs to be focused.'
rkselectiontheory  LYAHF  apocalypse 
10 days ago
Michael Hudson -- Fix our debt addiction to fix our economy
'...Banks have found their biggest loan markets in mortgages for real estate, natural resources (oil and mining) and infrastructure monopolies. Most of the interest that banks receive from their lending is thus paid out of property and monopoly rents. To make it easier for companies to pay back their bank loans or stock issues, the financial sector defends tax benefits for these major customers, recognizing that whatever the tax collector leaves behind can come back to the banks in the form of interest payments on further loans. These loans create debt-leveraged “capital” gains, which receive favorable tax treatment compared with profits and wage income. But the savings end up in the hands of banks rather than individuals who would spend that money back into the economy. -- At the household level, buying a home with a 25 percent down payment leaves the home buyer with 75 percent equity. This was the normal rule of thumb for mortgage lending in the 1960s. If interest and loan payments absorb a quarter of the buyer’s overall income (a rule of thumb for bankers in the 1960s), then that person’s income is said to be 25 percent financialized. -- But today, home buyers can put up as little as a 3 percent down payment for a Bank of America mortgage guaranteed by the government agency Freddie Mac (and 3.5 percent for an FHA-insured mortgage), leaving homeowners with 97 percent financialization. -- Government-guaranteed home mortgages absorb up to 43 percent of the buyer’s income just to service their debt. Student loans, auto loans, credit cards and other bank debt may absorb another 10 percent of the debtor’s income. This leaves only half of personal income available to spend on anything else one might need. -- Meanwhile, wage withholding for Social Security and Medicare (paying in advance to build up a fund that may not even exist to help them later in life) absorbs more than 15 percent of income, and other taxes (income taxes, property taxes and sales taxes) take up another 10 percent to 25 percent. In the end, the combination of financialization and the taxes shifted off the finance sector and onto individuals can eat away as much as 75 percent of a wage earner’s income. The result is regressive taxes reducing purchasing power, on top of debt deflation, as more income has to be paid to banks and other creditors. -- Loading the economy down with debt therefore leaves less disposable income for both individuals and businesses that could otherwise be buying consumer goods and investing in real production.'
economics  rentseeking  debt  banking  financialization  parasitism  MichaelHudson 
11 days ago
Center for a Stateless Society -- Come See the Violence Inherent in An-Cap Utopia by Kevin Carson
'...So these are the questions. They all boil down to “Will the charter cities reflect the exploitative historical context they’re situated in?” And now an answer comes in: Yes. -- The charter cities project is all about rhetoric cribbed from De Soto’s “The Mystery of Capital” about “rule of law” and “strong property titles” as a solution to corruption. But it turns out that the corporate promoters of this “free market” project are relying on the corruption and unclear land titles in that country… to steal land from peasants to build their charter cities on! According to Laura Carasik at Foreign Policy (“There Are No Peasants Here,” Oct. 23, 2015), the vast majority of land in Honduras has no clear title. Most peasant land is held under customary title not recognized by the state, which makes it easy prey for the landed oligarchy to seize — exactly the kind of thing de Soto wrote about. -- Former president Zelaya was working on a major land reform that would formalize and register peasant communities’ title to their land. Yeah, that Zelaya — the one whose overthrow the U.S. backed in 2009. And the same government that’s promoting “free market reforms” like this charter cities project is also creating a friendly climate for the local patron to take over peasant land and build enclosing walls around it. The old landed oligarchy has been seizing peasant land right and left since the coup. And to top everything off, under the ZEDE law the government has the right to seize land by eminent domain (eminent domain, Doherty? really?) for creating these “free market” enclaves — seizures which Honduran peasants won’t even be able to contest or claim compensation for because they have no title recognized by the state. -- In short, the ZEDE project, which purportedly aims to cure corruption by instituting the “rule of law” which is missing on account of “weak state institutions,” actually takes advantage of that corruption and those undeveloped institutions to get what it wants — by robbing people! Despite all the pious talk, the corruption is a feature — not a bug. -- As Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!” It turns out that, yes indeed, Honduras isn’t just some blank slate for experiments in neoliberal theory. Honduras — and the charter cities project — are still very much a part of the ongoing history of colonial and neo-colonial plunder. -- Who could have guessed that a partnership between capital and the state, in a region where the state has a long history of violence to serve the needs of capital by murdering or robbing ordinary people, might turn out… to benefit capitalist interests by robbing ordinary people? Almost makes you suspect that “free market” projects carried out by the state in league with capital will inevitably amount to robbery.'
statism  landlordism  "capitalism" 
11 days ago
Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism -- The Fiber Gap and the Disappearing Gut Microbiome: Implications for Human Nutrition
'The depletion of the gut microbiome might well be one of the 21st century challenges to modern society as it is likely to contribute to growing disease pandemics, with clear implications for public health [1], clinical practices [2], and human nutrition [6]. We argue here that we already have avenues available to enrich the food supply with dietary fiber (Table 1) in an attempt to restore composition and function of the gut microbiome. However, their successful implementation will require a society-wide effort and essentially a transformation of human nutrition away from a discipline that focuses merely on meeting the nutritional needs of the human host to one that is concerned with also nourishing the symbiotic microbial communities that are so essential in health.'
microbiome  disease  health  food 
12 days ago
Restore -- Conference call with Dr. Norm Shealy and Dr. Zach Bush on “Healing Your Gut”
'Ultimately, I want you to remember this. If you remember anything about inflammation, right, this is the line I would recommend you remember, and write this down if you can’t see it. Chronic inflammation equals loss of communication. This is not something I was taught. This is something that we’ve come to understand as a group of scientists over the last 5 years is we’ve done reverse engineered our education. Chronic inflammation is literally the loss of cell-cell communication and when that happens, you lose the ability to do effective cell repair. You can quickly get to the state where your body doesn’t even know the injury is there and so it doesn’t respond with repair systems at all. The chronic inflammatory state as muscles give way and pain syndromes develop and everything else. What’s happened there is your body is decaying and it doesn’t even know it needs to respond. It doesn’t know the injury has happened and so as the chronic inflammation built, there was a loss of communication and you’re no longer healing. -- ...the long and the short of it here is that with the introduction of factory farming, we lost bacteria. With the loss of bacteria, we lost the communication network that would protect our gut lining. With the loss of those carbon molecules and that communication network, we became vulnerable to toxin. Those toxins got added at the same time, the refined gluten products and then, subsequently, the glyphosate compounds for weed killers. -- We started the practice of spraying wheat with weed killers in 1992. Wheat is not a genetically modified crop at that time. What we were doing was spraying it to actually kill the wheat. We call it a ripening in agriculture, but what it’s really doing is stressing the wheat and killing it within a matter of days of spraying it. This was very beneficial for farmers who were growing wheat in northern climates because they could now kill their wheat crop early in the growing season, harvest it, sell that wheat, and then grow a second crop and get 2 growing seasons out of a typical 1 growing season by prematurely killing the crop. We started spraying the gluten or the wheat sources with Roundup and putting both those toxins into the same food in 1992. Every year thereafter, we have increased by 2 to 3-fold the number of acres of wheat sprayed worldwide with glyphosate. -- ... You may recall hearing that the GMO crop was termed the Roundup-ready crop. It was literally genetically modified, the corn and the soybean, to handle Roundup and we could suddenly spray the entire crop for weeds without damaging the corn or the soybean. No longer did the farmer have to go around and spot spray the weeds and try to protect their crops from the Roundup. Now an airplane or a big truck with sprayers could spray the entire wheat field or the entire cornfield or the entire soybean field with Roundup to kill the wheat or to kill the weeds in the case of the corn and the soybean and we would get this amazing crop yield with almost no effort. -- We are now using glyphosate as a ripening agent on all kinds of different fruits and vegetables. Broccoli and the likes are being sprayed with all kinds of different things and so we are seeing higher and higher residues of this glyphosate Roundup compound in our diet every year. We are now dumping 300 million pounds of glyphosate into US soils per year. That 300 million pounds has doubled in the last 6 and it doubled in the 6 before that and so every 6 years, we are doubling the poundage of glyphosate compound dumped into our food system. Unfortunately, that ends up in our water table. That water table evaporates and turns into rain.'
microbiome  disease  health 
14 days ago
Restore -- Healing from GMO and glyphosate exposure
'...The way in which that works is stunning. First you develop the vulnerability of the lack of microbiome and the carbon communication network. As you lose that and vulnerable, you become prone to injury to those tight junctions. And that injury happens to be through the toxin pathway that is exploited by the organism cholera. Cholera toxin is a pathway that produces Zonulin at the gut lining and Zonulin weakens the tight junctions which in turn leads to water in your body leaking into your colon and you die of dehydration. -- So that was our introduction into how this injury occurs by studying the cholera organism. What Dr. Perlmutter and others see, is that once that Zonulin is produced it goes systemic. And so while it does damage in the gut wall tight junctions, you also get injury at the blood-brain barrier, in the kidney tubules and throughout the whole vascular system. And this systemic damage from Zonulin is where we see clinical conditions stemming from the “leak” phenomenon. -- It turns out that the first manifestion of “leak” in the gut and the blood brain barrier is going to be colic in a new born infant. At 4-6 weeks, a baby who is born comfortable begins crying uncontrollably. This is the first sign of the breakdown in the gut. The leak continues through the life of the human to where you begin to see sensory processing deficits, such as autism spectrum disorders that we see in our children, but also attention deficit and hyperactivity. -- You also get sleep disorder, in your early teen’s anxiety disorders develop. By your teens, you see irritable bowel syndrome which is now epidemic. In late teens, you see major depression where suicidal thoughts occur. By early 20’s you see high rates of infertility. By early 30’s, you see metabolic syndrome and diabetes. By 40’s and 50’s you see cardiovascular disease and renal disease. By 50’s and 60’s you see the advent to of cancer effecting one out of every two people. If you survive all this, you have a near 100% prevalence rate of dementia. -- Dr. Permutter ties a lot of this back to Celiac Disease but in the end, I don’t just think that it is Celiac or gluten sensitivity but a much broader story of injury to tight junctions.'
microbiome  disease  health 
15 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Rabbits Use Cartoons To Teach Children About Sex
'Another example of the stark differences in psychology between r-strategists and K-strategists. When you are using cartoons to demonstrate masturbation and sex to children something is wrong with you, by the standards of K-strategists. Yet by the standards of a rabbit, this is totally normal. -- These are two different brain programs, neither understandable to the other. What will be interesting, and what we will find out before this is over, is if the most rabbit of rabbit psychologies and the most wolf-like of wolf psychologies can remain together, or if some sort of partitioning or eradication is an inevitable consequence at the arrival of a shift toward K-selection. -- More and more I think this may be a feature of the shift, with only those super-devious rabbits who adopt a hyper-K cover surviving, perhaps while triggering wars and ethnic cleanses in the process, to aid their own survival.'
rkselectiontheory  apocalypse 
16 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Cheating During the Rabbit Apogee
'...Rabbits (the animals) have no concept of sexual mores, because it is not in their DNA. You can’t teach a rabbit sexual mores. It has no idea why all the wolves in a pack don’t have one big orgy, and abandon their pups when they are a few weeks old. Once nature imbues that reproductive strategy, game over. The die is cast. The very idea of sexual mores evaporates, and you are left with an animal which cannot understand why everyone else is not just like them. -- Give humans war and shortage for a decade or so, and all the newspapers will eschew any talk of any sexual activity outside of monogamous marriage for the purpose of raising children. Give the same population free resources for a few decades, and the newspapers will all openly discuss open marriages, polygamy, contractual cheating, and single motherhood as if it is just another choice. It will happen like night follows day. -- People will always try to argue that the idea of politics as a reproductive strategy is wrong. The idea is just too painful for leftists, who have to believe their r-selected psychology is the sole bastion of logic, reason, and ultimate truth. But given the totality of the evidence, and how it both predicts and explains every facet of these collapses we periodically see, I believe that in the future those who questioned this concept will see their judgment questioned on every other area they ventured an opinion on. It will be seen as that obvious in retrospect. -- In-grouping, competitiveness, aggression, tolerance for disparate outcomes, sexual mores, marriage/monogamy, rearing imperatives, loyalty, sexual dimorphism, gender roles – it all travels together, and it all follows economic conditions and resource availability. As times goes on the picture only becomes clearer and more resolved. This is the biggest idea in the history of political science, just waiting to explode. -- It is just a matter of time before all of politics is seen as r/K Selection Theory. The question is, does it break out pre-Apocalypse and blunt the carnage wrought, or does this wisdom spread among the survivors, after seeing K-selection in its purest form, and recognizing the stark differences from the apogee of r.'
rkselectiontheory  sexuality  panarchy 
16 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Negative Rates Begin To Be Employed
'...When rabbits see a world of contracting resources, and they notice certain people hording resources for themselves, they naturally think the best strategy is to punish people for holding on to resources, and reward them for spending everything they have, and then borrowing more and putting it into the system too. -- This is the byproduct of an instinctual perception which arises in the brain, when it is exposed to extended periods of free resource availability. The brain molds its entire perception of reality around those conditions it has observed. Suddenly, free resources and the pleasures their brains have observed are linked, like gravity and the inevitable fall one experiences when jumping off a high platform. -- If the good times begin to stop, the problem is the change in psychology produced by the sudden lack of free resources, so the best strategy is to restore the free resources by whatever means possible, so the happy, spendthrift psychology will return, and so will the economic good times. -- We know there are deeper natural laws at play which the rabbit hasn’t noticed. It is like a person thinking that just as a crashing plane hits the ground they will jump up, and then they will land on the ground softly and survive while everyone else dies. It isn’t going to work. But the rabbit can’t understand that. Their brain literally lacks the circuitry.'
rkselectiontheory  greatestdepression  centralbanking  pricefixing  delusion 
16 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- More Panicked Rabbits Trying To Free Up Resources
'...So to recap, many of these people are presently paying back their loans, and others will have the payments taken from money which the government is about to give them. But now they can just sign a letter, and all of that debt evaporates. To the rabbit, this is the normal state in nature, restored by their wisdom. -- If you view resources as limited and understand that they can run out, this seems insane. Compounded with all the other wastes of resources that are speeding us toward a governmental collapse, it seems outright suicidal. -- But rabbits don’t want the collapse. To the rabbits, a collapse of the government is akin to death, and they aren’t suicidal. They merely can’t wrap their heads around the idea that resources could run out, or that some sort of bad could come from that. Their amygdala has never had a neural pathway laid in it by an overspending of resources leading to a bad outcome. Until the bad outcome is experienced, they just can’t feel the bad outcome this type of wastefulness will produce. -- That pathway will be laid, and after that I suspect it will be some time before the nation repeats this mistake.'
rkselectiontheory  welfare  debt 
16 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Bail-ins Are The New Black
'...Tick Tock. Tick Tock. Resources are beginning to dry up everywhere. Already nations are not confident enough in their ability to acquire free resources to bail out banks with government funds. The thing is, in a debt fueled bubble, it won’t take much to scare borrowers into not lending, and once that kicks in, it will pop the bubble all at once. -- Rabbits fear the K-selected environment as if it is death. As a result, there is no length they not go to in order to avoid its onset. This is problematic since the only way to avoid K-selection is to find a source of free resources, appropriate it, and provide it freely to the masses. -- We will see a lot of this as time goes on. They will appropriate bank accounts, seize 401k’s, likely outlaw the procession of precious metals, forcing their sale to the government, and probably even force businesses to provide free services and resources to the government (for redistribution) in return for IOU’s. If they are unopposed, expect a rabbit free-for-all, in the most literal sense. -- There are only two ways this can be avoided. One is a governmental collapse so swift it dissolves the federal government before it can implement these types of programs. The other is a populace so enraged and amygdala-stimulated that it is willing to fight violently if the rabbits implement such rules. You can only intimidate liberals terrified of K-selection with an impending onset of even worse K-selection you are about to trigger. -- This will be the game for those competitive individuals who want to hold on to their wealth. The rabbits will try to use government to seize the wealth of the successful. Those successful individuals who amassed wealth prior to the collapse, and who want to still have it after the collapse, will need to figure out how to win that game. If they don’t they will begin anew after the collapse, as if they never had any success to begin with.'
rkselectiontheory  greatestdepression  statism  centralbanking  debt  collapse 
16 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Germany Sees Migrant Crime Gangs Surge
'Breitbart has the story: "...The source explained that “young and physically strong men” are targeted by the gangs and then used for “dirty work” like burglaries, drug trafficking, and fights with criminal competitors. Child refugees are also welcomed as their faces are unknown to the police. -- Despite the prospect of arrest, or even going to prison, many of the new arrivals are willing to take the risk as it is unlikely they will be deported..." -- Daylight raids on Poker tournaments with AK’s and machetes? I notice you aren’t hearing much about that. -- The big risk I see is these types of things require Law Enforcement Intelligence operations to subdue them. But you can’t send a natural born German into a foreign gang undercover, and you can’t send surveillance teams consisting of blond-haired, blue-eye’d Germans in to the immigrant neighborhoods to poke around and follow people. What this means is these intel operations will now go on a hiring binge for foreigners to train up in advanced surveillance and intelligence techniques. These will be people they have no idea of the background of, since so few of these people can be documented. -- Some could be foreign spooks sent in to get eyes and ears inside Germany, and now by a stroke of good luck, they are inside the domestic intelligence apparatus. Others may be radical Islamists, who will now get crash courses in elite surveillance, counter-surveillance, and how intelligence operations target guys just like them. They’ll probably pad out addendums to the Al Qaida training manuals. -- These people may even benefit career-wise from being in on the hot operations, and now they’re getting promoted into leadership positions in the intelligence services, just as the Romans brought in the barbarians and elevated them to high positions in government to lead them toward the end. -- All of this could have been avoided, had Merkel just not been such an idiot and invited all these problems in. Hopefully when amygdalae recover from their daze after the collapse, one lesson they will take to heart is to never let a rabbit near the government. -- With AK fueled raids on hotels, I’m guessing it may not even take a collapse.'
rkselectiontheory  europe  conquest 
16 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Rabbit War Strategies – Using Comedy
'Bono weighs in on how to fight ISIS: "...Before a Senate subcommittee, one of Bono’s suggestions was to use comedy to fight extremist groups..." -- If you are a K-strategist, you see a violent world, through violent eyes, and recognize that violent people who victimize the weak will only be stopped with death. -- But rabbits are different. They literally have no capacity to understand that world. They see the world through rabbit eyes, and thus everyone they see is a rabbit. The game is not who lives and dies, since everyone lives. The game is who is viewed positively by the crowd and has status (and thus get mates), and who is viewed negatively, and does not. -- To Bono, being ridiculed by the crowd is his version of death. This rabbit-like r-selected programming so dominates his brain that he actually thinks using violence to fight terrorism would be ineffectual and stupid, and using the comedy of a chubby girl and a screwball comedian is the only strategy which would prove effective. -- Imagine how differently they see the world. The more case studies you find, the more fascinating it becomes.'
rkselectiontheory  narcissism  projection 
16 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Migrant Children Bullying Local Children In Canada
'Canada enjoys the pleasures of diversity: “One boy yelled ‘Muslims rule the world’ while choking her daughter. School staff intervened, but to her knowledge, the students were not disciplined further.” That could be Canada’s epitaph..." -- Look at this wonderful situation the rabbits have created. K-strategists can either watch their children be tormented, or they can engage in violence to defend them, and be imprisoned. The rabbits have substantially reduced the ability of any K-strategist to enjoy a significant fitness advantage, and they did it with no cost to themselves. They can act out against us without any personal risk or cost whatsoever. This is the strategy, and it is burned into the core of the rabbit’s subconscious.'
rkselectiontheory  conquest  LYAHF 
16 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Migrants Are r-strategists – Throwing Babies
'Here is a good example: "THIS is the sickening moment an angry migrant STEALS a baby from a woman and threatens to throw her at Greek police as tempers continue to flare along Europe’s borders... " -- Video and pics at the link. If ever any guy deserved a frangible bullet through the Adam’s apple, it is this guy. -- When I was just 20 or so, an older friend’s wife had a baby. He asked if I wanted to hold her, and I was quite adamant I did not. My main source of discomfort was she looked very fragile, and I felt since I couldn’t hold her too securely without maybe hurting her, she might squirm and I’d drop her, hurting her anyway. -- The last thing in the world I could have done was something that would purposely have hurt her, and I’ll bet every reader here is the same way. Somewhere deep in the mind is an innate recognition that a baby like that is precious beyond any measure. -- Rabbits see things differently. To r-strategists, babies have little value since you can always pump more out. To the rabbit, babies are like big tumors. You can cut them up and sell the parts. You can even, according to some rabbits, morally have them aborted post-birth by some time measure, since they are not fully conscious until they are two years old or so. Rabbits literally take time from their lives to write scientific papers advocating for that. -- You will never convince me intelligent leftists see things like this migrant and fail to see the dangers they are importing. Leftists want that r-selection pressure applied on the populace. They want a random, violent, lethal mortality which affects everyone. They want violent migrants. They want criminals freed. They want us to lose a war, and be occupied. They want that r-selection pressure, and they want to outlaw anything which would aid the more intelligent, the more K-selected, and the more fit to evade the selection. No weapons, no wealth disparity, and no tests to offer any advantage to the smart should ever be allowed. You can’t even refuse to rent to a felon. -- The leftist wants a nation of rabbits, culled by a few predators, because that will favor the r-strategists among us. We will become a nation of rabbits. -- This is war, and they are trying to genocide our kind. They are just trying to do it in a roundabout way, so we won’t see it and get angry enough to deal with them once and for all.'
rkselectiontheory  abortion  cowardice  europe  conquest 
16 days ago
The Rational Male -- Children of Men
'The term “cuckoldry” isn’t strictly confined to duplicitous women duping husbands/boyfriends into believing the kid is theirs when it’s some other guy’s. Consider the marked increase in single motherhood since the Sexual Revolution; the statistic for abortion, the declining marriage rate and the fact that now, in westernized society, and the majority of births (close to 60%) are born to unwed mothers. -- Now consider the social imperatives and zeitgeist of the past 70 years that promote women’s Hypergamous choices to the point that every woman’s sexual strategy and breeding choices are legislatively mandated to be supported. Men are mandated to support women’s breeding imperatives both directly and indirectly. Is that not the end purpose of cuckoldry? -- Cuckoldry is implicative of far more than this woman’s narrow definition. And it’s narrow because women like Newitz are selling a salve to misdirect men in a larger society from considering that their cuckolding is really by and of their own volition. This is because men have been conditioned over the course of successive generations to think they are some kind of hero for ‘saving’ a woman from her own breeding decisions by directly or indirectly forgiving indiscretions and supporting and raising a child he didn’t father. -- Just because a man knows the child isn’t his own doesn’t make it any less cuckoldry. -- ... In the past, duplicitous, concealed, cuckoldry was a very risky prospect from a social perspective. It could mean family/tribal ostracism or even being stoned to death. So the larger, most deductively efficient way to achieve the same Hypergamous ends of cuckoldry is to reengineer a society where men are either ignorant of their own role in that cuckoldry or provided social rewards for their knowing participation in a socially acceptable form of cuckoldry. The latter is where we’ve progressed since the Sexual Revolution. -- The ends remain the same, but it is cuckoldry by a different name. When we can restructure a social order that accepts and excuses both proactive and retroactive cuckoldry before the fact, we normalize it and defuse the consequences for women, while holding men accountable for its consequences or their unwillingness to participate in it. And even when a woman aborts a child – the ultimate confirmation of Hypergamous disapproval – that social order pre-approves her choice, pre-approves holding her unaccountable for it and concurrently makes the men who would find fault in it villains for judging her pre-approved act. -- ... Novaseeker had an excellent comment on this: "... This really is a visceral issue for women. Paternity tests strike at something fundamental in women, even if the actual cuckolding rate remains low: the possibility to cuck, if needed. It’s a visceral issue for women, at a very deep and basic hindbrain level, for fairly clear reasons. If paternity tests were ever to become standard/mandatory at birth, the cucking strategy, even if it is a rather uncommon one, would become completely unavailable, and almost every single woman finds that to be a problem based on her hindbrain (and regardless of how her forebrain will formulate that deep, basic discomfort)." -- I’ve stated it in the past, but as the Feminine Imperative becomes more comfortable with Open Hypergamy and Open Cuckoldry more men will find its machinations unignorable. Thus, as increasingly more men refuse to participate in the game of their gender’s debasement the imperative must pursue legal mandates and fluid social restructuring to force men to comply with it. -- Novaseeker again: "An amazing thing is how easy it is for women to dismiss the significance of biological fatherhood. It’s almost as if it simply doesn’t matter to them. -- If that’s not an obvious flag of the FI, and the attendant idea that one sex’s sexual strategy must always impinge on the other sex’s sexual strategy, I don’t know what is. It places zero, zilch, nada importance on the male interest in having genetic progeny — again, it’s as if that interest simply doesn’t exist, and is illegitimate to even take into consideration." -- There was a time when I had difficulty explaining the difference between men’s idealistic concept of love and women’s opportunistic concept of love. I’ve recently come to see that the best explanations and contrasts come from the openly embraced examples set by women that can’t be ignored. -- There is no better example of women’s opportunistic love, indeed, women’s innate solipsistic nature, than the phrase “it shouldn’t matter to the man who the biological father of the child really is – he just needs to accept it and support it.” -- And there is no greater evidence of the Feminine Imperative’s purpose than a society structured to ensure that men and women believe this, as well as perpetuate it.'
men  women  hypergamy  cuckholdry  sacrifice  statism 
16 days ago
The Rational Male -- Schedules of Mating
'#Good Dads vs Good Genes: The two greatest difficulties for women to overcome in their own methodology is that they are only at a sexually viable peak for a short window of time (generally their 20s) and the fact that the qualities that make a good long term partner (the Good Dad) and the qualities that make for good breeding stock (Good Genes) only rarely manifest themselves in the same male. Provisioning and security potential are fantastic motivators for pairing with a Good Dad, but the same characteristics that make him such are generally a disadvantage when compared with the man who better exemplifies genetic, physical attraction and the risk taking qualities that would imbue her child with a better capacity to adapt to its environment (i.e stronger, faster, more attractive than others to ensure the passing of her own genetic material to future generations). This is the Jerk vs. Nice Guy paradox writ large on an evolutionary scale. -- Men and women innately (though unconsciously) understand this dynamic, so in order for a woman to have the best that the Good Dad has to offer while taking advantage of the best that the Good Genes man has, she must invent and constantly modify social conventions to keep the advantage in her biological favor. -- #Reproductive Schedules: This paradox then necessitates that women (and by default men) must subscribe to short term and long term schedules of mating. Short term schedules facilitate breeding with the Good Genes male, while long term breeding is reserved the Good Dad male. This convention and the psycho-social schemas that accompany it are precisely why women will marry the Nice Guy, stable, loyal, (preferably) doctor and still fuck the pool boy or the cute surfer she met on spring break. In our genetic past, a male with good genes implied an ability to be a good provider, but modern convention has thwarted this, so new social and mental schemas had to be developed for women. -- ##Cheating: For this dynamic and the practicality of enjoying the best of both genetic worlds, women find it necessary to ‘cheat’. This cheating can be done proactively or reactively. -- In the reactive model, a woman who has already paired with her long term partner choice, engages in a extramarital or extra-pairing, sexual intercourse with a short term partner (i.e. the cheating wife or girlfriend). That’s not to say this short term opportunity cannot develop into a 2nd, long term mate, but the action of infidelity itself is a method for securing better genetic stock than the committed male provider is capable of supplying. -- ##Proactive cheating is the single Mommy dilema. This form of ‘cheating’ relies on the woman breeding with a Good Genes male, bearing his children and then abandoning him, or having him abandon her, (again through invented social conventions) in order to find a Good Dad male to provide for her and the children of her Good Genes partner to ensure their security. -- I want to stress again that (most) women do not have some consciously constructed and recognized master plan to enact this cycle and deliberately trap men into it. Rather, the motivations for this behavior and the accompanying social rationales invented to justify it are an unconscious process. For the most part, women are unaware of this dynamic, but are nonetheless subject to its influence. For a female of any species to facilitate a methodology for breeding with the best genetic partner she’s able to attract AND to ensure her own and her offspring’s survival with the best provisioning partner; this is an evolutionary jackpot. -- ##The Cuckold: On some level of consciousness, men innately sense something is wrong with this situation, though they may not be able to place why they feel it or misunderstand it in the confusion of women’s justifications for it. Or they become frustrated by the social pressures to ‘do the right thing’, are shamed into martyrdom/savior-hood and committed to a feigned responsibility to these conventions. Nevertheless, some see it well enough to steer clear of single mothers, either by prior experience or observing other male cuckolds saddled with the responsibility of raising and providing for – no matter how involved or uninvolved – another man’s successful reproduction efforts with this woman. -- Men often fall into the role of the proactive or reactive Cuckold. He will never enjoy the same benefits as his mates short term partner(s) to the same degree, in the way of sexual desire or immediacy of it, while at the same time enduring the social pressures of having to provide for this Good Genes father’s progeny. It could be argued that he may contribute minimally to their welfare, but on some level, whether emotional, physical, financial or educational he will contribute some effort for another man’s genetic stock in exchange for a limited form of sexuality/intimacy from the mother. To some degree, (even if only by his presence) he is sharing the parental investment that should be borne by the short term partner. If nothing else, he contributes the time and effort to her he could be better invested in finding a sexual partner with which he could pursue his own genetic imperative by his own methodology. -- However, needless to say, there is no shortage of men sexually deprived enough to ‘see past’ the long term disadvantages, and not only rewarding, but reinforcing a single mother’s bad decisions (bad from his own interest’s POV) with regard to her breeding selections and schedules in exchange for short term sexual gratification. Furthermore, by reinforcing her behavior thusly, he reinforces the social convention for both men and women. It’s important to bear in mind that in this age women are ultimately, soley responsible for the men they choose to mate with (baring rape of course) AND giving birth to their children. Men do bear responsibility for their actions no doubt, but it is ultimately the decision of the female and her judgement that decides her and her children’s fate.'
men  women  hypergamy  cuckholdry  sacrifice 
16 days ago
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: An Honest Conversation With A Single Mom
Into the dark heart of Alpha Fux/Beta Bux: 'Question: “I'm 20 years old and I am a Single Mom. What can I do to be sure I'm not a burden on society as a single mom? I realize that I am a burden in many ways, but I definitely have already changed my outlook in some ways by watching the show and have been enlightened.”' -- "She's already lost one dad. If you guys break up, that would be two. And that is going to make it far more destructive to her in the future. You guys are kinda playing house but you're not committing – but I guarantee you, the kid is committing." -- "You cannot say to your daughter that you tried to make the relationship work because I wanted you to grow up with a father around; you cannot say that to her because it's not true...If you really, really wanted her to have a father around while she was growing up, you would not have done it this way. And that's the ownership you need to take."
philosophy  parenting  responsibility  agencyvspatiency  hypergamy  women  men  StefanMolyneux 
16 days ago
Nautilus -- Finding Your Soul Mate Online May Be Harder Than the Dating Sites Suggest
'...The researchers weren’t interested in what the daters discussed, or even whether they seemed to share personality traits, backgrounds, or interests. Instead, they were searching for subtle similarities in how they structured their sentences—specifically, how often they used function words such as it, that, but, about, never, and lots. This synchronicity, known as “language style matching,” or LSM, happens unconsciously. But the researchers found it to be a good predictor of mutual affection: An analysis of conversations involving 80 speed daters showed that couples with high LSM scores were three times as likely as those with low scores to want to see each other again. -- It’s not just speech patterns that can encode chemistry. Other studies suggest that when two people unknowingly coordinate nonverbal cues, such as hand gestures, eye gaze, and posture, they’re more apt to like and understand each other. -- ... Attraction, scientists tell us, is created and kindled in the glances we exchange, the laughs we share, and the other myriad ways our brains and bodies respond to one another. -- ...happy couples intuitively find themselves on the same page. They compliment each other, listen attentively, and share mannerisms, gestures, postures, and language styles. And the more they’re in sync, the stronger their bond grows. “We are attracted to people more when they mimic us,” explains Tanya Chartrand, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University who specializes in behavior mimicry. “We like them more, empathize with them more, help them more when they need it, and generally become more pro-social in our attitudes and behavior.” -- If a dating app can recognize this harmony in a few-minute video conversation, maybe it could save us from wading into a troubled relationship, or even just a bad first date. Maybe it could help us learn to be better partners ourselves.'
psychology  relationships  affectregulation  mimcry  affectivecomputing  dating 
17 days ago
Aeon -- Sexy beasts by Alex Riley
'Male flamboyance does more than ruffle a few feathers – it helps the female choose a mate in top metabolic health. -- ...Sexiness, Hill theorised, is ultimately a matter of a potential mate’s functional energetics. When females choose, what they are really choosing is mitochondrial health. -- The new story of sexual display hinges on the way that mitochondria have evolved over time. After they found themselves cell-bound, these descendants of free-living bacteria started shedding most of their genes. Without their extra genetic baggage, they could replicate faster and become more specialised in ATP production. In modern animals, only 13 genes remain in the mitochondria. The rest – some 1,500 genes – have been shipped into the host cell’s nucleus, still encoding the same proteins essential to the production of energy but now doing their work off-site; those additional proteins then get transported into the mitochondria to finish the job. Of the 400 or so proteins in the stepping-stone process of ATP creation, the majority originate from the nucleus. -- The energetic process that powers all of life depends on the close collaboration between two genomes, from the cell and from the mitochondria. And this co-dependency raises a few issues during sex. Mitochondria are passed on to offspring within the egg, from mother to daughter and son. In other words, they are maternally inherited; Dad doesn’t have a say in the matter. But the genes within the offspring’s nucleus are equal parts of each parent, a 50:50 split, so the father’s genes still have a big part to play in ATP production. ‘They had better match the genes in the mitochondria,’ says Lane. ‘They have to work together.’ -- ... In 2013, Hill had an insight that this need for harmonious ATP genes could be a key mechanism that drives males to be showy. He called it the ‘mitonuclear coadaptation’ hypothesis. The premise is simple: the more efficient a male’s mitochondrial production lines are, the more elaborate (and attractive) he can afford to become. With his mitochondrial and nuclear genes working in synchrony, not only can he bear the vicissitudes of survival, but he can invest extra energy in ornamentation and display. It’s a matter of energy economics: the more you have, the more you can allocate in foraging, in resisting parasites, and even attracting a mate. -- The requirement for deep molecular functioning ‘pulls everything together’ among the various theories of male sexual display, Hill says. Males that have mismatched genes simply can’t grow ornate ornaments, nor can they forage, sing or dance for as long. Further, even if males are highly energy-efficient, they still might not be eye-catching if they happen to be fettered by disease or parasitic infection. From a female’s perspective, the underlying cause of visual blandness is not important; the only thing that matters is the inner quality of a potential mate. ‘If you avoid those poorly ornamented males you avoid all problems. You avoid any kind of bad genes or inability to deal with environmental problems,’ Hill says. ‘You get rid of it all with one choice.’ -- The mitonuclear coadaptation hypothesis puts energy at the heart of sexual selection: males are expending so much energy in courtship in order to prove that they are energetically well-endowed. It’s an honest signal. You can’t cheat energy efficiency; you either have it or you don’t. By mating with the most impressive male, a female’s offspring will inherit 50 per cent of the father’s nuclear genes – genes with a proven track record behind them.'
biology  genetics  sexuality 
17 days ago
Aeon -- Who owns the earth? by Antonia Malchik
'Private land ownership is a beautiful dream gone badly wrong. It’s time to reinstate the forgotten ideal of the commons.' -- Comment: Antonia Malchik: 'I am so glad you brought this up. There was no easy way to meld George’s work into this essay, but it is an excellent topic for further writing, especially because so few know of it. What’s fascinating about Progress and Poverty, to me, is that it nails down land ownership and its taxation as a crucial component of income equality. Freyfogle’s book The Land We Share has an excellent thought experiment about George’s ideas, and he does a great job of explaining that property value is often created not by the property owner, but by the community, and the community should share in the profit of value increase. When the community invests in parks, trees, sidewalks, infrastructure, good schools, etc., property prices almost inevitably increase. Yet it is mostly the individual property owner who benefits, which opens up the community to absentee investors and speculation. George’s ideas could be a great place to start fixing that, although you’d have to persuade people of them.'
economics  geoism  land  commons 
17 days ago
Epoch Times -- Economists Explain Why Our Economy Crashes Every 18 Years
'...“We’ve been so brainwashed into just not recognizing the significance of land and rent, that the economic cycle acts as it does, creating havoc, and it repeats itself when it could be so easily corrected,” Harrison said. -- Taiwan is an example of this system in action. After the split between Taiwan and mainland China, the communist mainland believed in seizing and controlling the land itself, while democratic Taiwan believed in allowing a free market while taxing land rather than individual wages. -- “The reason why China is in deep-deep trouble was because they allowed the local bureaucrats to take the land, and the whole system is in chaos,” Harrison said. “And yet, right at their doorstep they have the example of Taiwan to learn from.” -- He said Denmark is another example, which also adopted George’s system. Despite having few natural resources, they’re ranked as the happiest nation on earth, and they have the world’s best housing market. -- “Here you have an advanced economy with very poor natural resources, and their per-capita income is higher than the U.K.’s,” Harrison said. -- Of course, many governments aren’t showing signs of changing these systems, and the coming economic downturns are likely inevitable. -- Harrison believes the coming financial crisis could be the worst we’ve ever seen for the simple reason that the global economy is now interconnected like never before. He warns it could lead to a situation where major powers are left to fight or fall. -- “We either deal with this peacefully, or we end up in a hot bloody war,” he said. “All the signs are we’re going to end up with a bloody war because there’s no other way out of it.”'
economics  land  landcycle  businesscycle  FredHarrison 
17 days ago
Spiked -- Why has the Guardian declared war on internet freedom?
'...As with many of history’s clamours for censorship, the new ideology of safety is really about protecting the privileged from the thoughts and barbs of the plebs. The Guardian’s series features videos of its writers – professional purveyors of opinion – looking disgusted as they read out the opinions of others, of commenters, of those referred to as being ‘below the line’ (in the past they would have been ‘below stairs’). However many PC terms the Guardian uses to dress up its 2.0 scaremongering, what we have here is a clear-as-day campaign to protect an elite strata of society from the rough, gruff speech of Them. -- The ideological bent of the new web panic is clear from its casual collapsing together of different kinds of commentary under the title ‘trolling’. Witness how the Guardian’s articles flit between referring to ‘death threats’ (which are criminal), ‘abuse’ (which is not, or shouldn’t be), and the ‘anger’ of what one columnist calls ‘white dudes’ (which is just speech). A Guardian report on misogynistic trolling refers to ‘threats of sexual violence’ (which everyone agrees are awful) and also to speech that is ‘strongly and personally antagonistic towards feminism’. Wait, what? Feminism is an ideology. People should be free to be as antagonistic towards it as they please. To conflate a threat of rape with ridicule of feminism shows how ideologically censorious the new panic is, how it longs not simply to outlaw the vulgar (which would be bad enough) but also to punish the politically unappetising. -- Perhaps the worst thing about the new war on the internet is how Orwellian it is. The main argument made by the Guardian and other anti-troll warriors, and echoed by Maria Miller, is that if we allow people to spout whatever they want, then this will scare other people off the web, meaning, in Miller’s words, that foul online commentary can ‘actually stifle debate, lead to censorship’. So having unfettered free speech gives rise to censorship. And we need new laws that clamp down on abusive commentary in order to facilitate greater free speech. The slipperiness is astonishing. In their twisted world, free speech is censorship, and censorship is free speech.'
internet  threatnarrative  censorship  minitrue  illiberalism 
18 days ago
The Daily Bell -- Botched Panama Papers Leak Has Unintended Consequences for the Elite
'...It certainly was ambitious in scope, a massive leak that encompassed some 11.5 million emails. The intention is ambitious as well, to embarrass enemies of the Anglosphere and further support international regulation shutting down “offshore” entities. -- But the blow-back from this operation is exposing the City itself to an examination that was surely not the intended outcome. -- It would seem to show that those behind such ventures still have not figured out how to control the free-flow of information on the Internet that accompanies such obvious manipulations. -- In the US, the political process picking the next president is imploding and, as it does, it presents a more naked version of reality. -- As Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have both pressed successful campaigns to be nominated as presidential candidates by their respective parties, the push-back has clearly revealed that primary results have little or no impact on the ultimate outcome. -- That the political-industrial structure has allowed the veil to be ripped away from mechanism of power politics, thus exposing it, is a shocking development. -- One can argue about intentions surrounding this development but one cannot argue with the result: A mythology of democracy has been decimated. -- Throughout the US people now grasp the reality of the political process. -- Articles in the alternative media like, “The Year the Americans Found out Our Elections Are Rigged,” press this point home. And the insights presented have been widely debated on mainstream cable programs as well. Here, from AntiMedia: "The 2016 election has been a wild ride, with two insurgent grassroots campaigns literally giving the political establishment a run for its money. -- But as the events of this presidential primary season play out, it’s becoming clear the U.S. election — and even more so, the presidential race — is a big scam being perpetrated on the American people. Events from the last week have exposed the system as an illusion of choice and a farce. They have reinforced at least one study showing the U.S. is an oligarchy rather than a democratic republic." -- As people wake up to the reality of their social structures and their own manipulation, the ramifications will have increasing impacts. -- Those pressing for globalism are now willing to forego discretion to press ahead with their larger goals. They are, apparently, are now willing to have more of the infrastructure underlying international constructs revealed. -- Revelations of the City as entrenched at the heart of a “spiderweb” of white-collar tax evasion and exposure of the US political system as one manipulated by forces at the very top of society … these insights cannot be undone. They are fracturing the mythologies of democracy and self-determination. -- In fact, the West is run by powerful financial interests residing in London, DC and Tel Aviv. The decisions themselves are enforced by intelligence agencies that operate outside the law. The real structure of Western democracy is far different than it has been. -- Conclusion: As we often point out, the Internet is a process not an episode. Please bear in mind the continued revelations of social control and the reality of the underlying elite power structure. Revelations now apparent were unheard of in the 20th century. The resultant blow-back will be both powerful and unpredictable. Prepare yourself.'
internet  leaky  cognitivesurplus  forcedmemes  democracy  spectacle  oligarchicalcollectivism 
18 days ago
Freakonomics -- The True Story of the Gender Pay Gap
'The noted public-policy scholar Anne-Marie Slaughter, in a book called Unfinished Business, singled out what she calls the “care penalty” as a main driver of gender inequity. Here’s how Slaughter sees it: ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER: "If you take women who don’t have caregiving obligations, they’re almost equal with men. It’s somewhere in the 95 percent range. But when women then have children, or again are caring for their own parents or other sick family members who need care, then they need to work differently. They need to work flexibly, and often go part-time. They often get less-good assignments because their bosses think that they’re not going to want work that allows them to travel, or they’re not going to be able to stay up all night, or whatever it is. And so then you start — if you’re working part-time, you don’t get the same raises. And if you’re working flexibly your boss very typically thinks that you’re not that committed to your career, so you don’t get promoted." -- It is this pursuit, of what Claudia Goldin calls “temporal flexibility,” that Goldin sees as perhaps the most powerful explanation for the gender pay gap. As she told us, it doesn’t seem as though outright discrimination or differences in competitive drive or bargaining ability can account for much of the difference. But that need, or desire, for flexibility in the workplace leads to a split that’s very clear in the data — a split that has to do with job selection. -- GOLDIN: "Women often take jobs that have different characteristics, different amenities." -- When Goldin refers to “amenities,” she isn’t just talking about free lunch at the office or free massages. She’s talking about the ability to work flexible hours, or maybe work at home some days, maybe complete a project outside the typical corporate schedule — all of which can be extremely valuable if you are helping care for your family members in addition to working. -- GOLDIN: "I like to think about an individual who gets a degree — let’s say a law degree — and it’s a woman, and now I have an individual a man who gets a law degree. And they graduate from law school and they’re both equally brilliant, and they both get jobs in approximately the same type of firm. By and large they’re going to earn approximately the same amount when they start. Things will continue in their lives — they’ll both perhaps find partners, get married, have kids. It’s often the case that women will leave the very large law firms that put a lot of time demands on them and go to smaller firms or become corporate counsel, become part-time corporate counsel, perhaps, for a while. They will go to small firms where the workload is somewhat different. They may work in fact the same number of hours, but they may work hours that are their hours rather than the hours imposed on them by the firm. The woman will then begin to make — if she’s the one who did this — she will make considerably less than the man. And a lot of what we see — not all of it — but a lot of what we see is this choice to go into occupations that have less expensive temporal flexibility, that allow individuals to do their work on their own time."'
men  women  work 
18 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: Why Work is Easier Than Love
'It’s tempting to see love as the easy bit of life and work as the harder one; but in truth, knowing how to love is often a good deal harder than managing to succeed in the work place.'
18 days ago
The Art Of Manliness -- Podcast: The Benefits Of A Classical Education
'#How to incorporate the principles of a classical education into your children’s lives #How to encourage a love of reading in your children’s lives from a young age #Why you shouldn’t pressure your five-year-old son to start writing even if he can read #Books to read to your youngsters #How to foster number literacy in your younger children #How to continue a classical education for your children when they get to middle school and high school'
parenting  learning  education 
18 days ago
The New Yorker -- Why Walking Helps Us Think
'What is it about walking, in particular, that makes it so amenable to thinking and writing? The answer begins with changes to our chemistry. When we go for a walk, the heart pumps faster, circulating more blood and oxygen not just to the muscles but to all the organs—including the brain. Many experiments have shown that after or during exercise, even very mild exertion, people perform better on tests of memory and attention. Walking on a regular basis also promotes new connections between brain cells, staves off the usual withering of brain tissue that comes with age, increases the volume of the hippocampus (a brain region crucial for memory), and elevates levels of molecules that both stimulate the growth of new neurons and transmit messages between them. -- Walking at our own pace creates an unadulterated feedback loop between the rhythm of our bodies and our mental state that we cannot experience as easily when we’re jogging at the gym, steering a car, biking, or during any other kind of locomotion. When we stroll, the pace of our feet naturally vacillates with our moods and the cadence of our inner speech; at the same time, we can actively change the pace of our thoughts by deliberately walking more briskly or by slowing down. -- Because we don’t have to devote much conscious effort to the act of walking, our attention is free to wander—to overlay the world before us with a parade of images from the mind’s theatre. This is precisely the kind of mental state that studies have linked to innovative ideas and strokes of insight. -- A small but growing collection of studies suggests that spending time in green spaces—gardens, parks, forests—can rejuvenate the mental resources that man-made environments deplete. Psychologists have learned that attention is a limited resource that continually drains throughout the day. A crowded intersection—rife with pedestrians, cars, and billboards—bats our attention around. In contrast, walking past a pond in a park allows our mind to drift casually from one sensory experience to another, from wrinkling water to rustling reeds. -- Still, urban and pastoral walks likely offer unique advantages for the mind. A walk through a city provides more immediate stimulation—a greater variety of sensations for the mind to play with. But, if we are already at the brink of overstimulation, we can turn to nature instead. Woolf relished the creative energy of London’s streets, describing it in her diary as “being on the highest crest of the biggest wave, right in the centre & swim of things.” But she also depended on her walks through England’s South Downs to “have space to spread my mind out in.” And, in her youth, she often travelled to Cornwall for the summer, where she loved to “spend my afternoons in solitary trampling” through the countryside. -- Perhaps the most profound relationship between walking, thinking, and writing reveals itself at the end of a stroll, back at the desk. There, it becomes apparent that writing and walking are extremely similar feats, equal parts physical and mental. When we choose a path through a city or forest, our brain must survey the surrounding environment, construct a mental map of the world, settle on a way forward, and translate that plan into a series of footsteps. Likewise, writing forces the brain to review its own landscape, plot a course through that mental terrain, and transcribe the resulting trail of thoughts by guiding the hands. Walking organizes the world around us; writing organizes our thoughts.'
psychology  creativity  walking  flow 
23 days ago
Quartz -- Research backs up the instinct that walking improves creativity
'...Last year, researchers at Stanford found that people perform better on creative divergent thinking tests during and immediately after walking. The effect was similar regardless of whether participants took a stroll inside or stayed inside, walking on a treadmill and staring at a wall. The act of walking itself, rather than the sights encountered on a saunter, was key to improving creativity, they found. -- ... It’s not exactly clear why walking is helpful to so many thinkers, but “it could be that the brain is focusing on doing a task it’s quite good at,” he adds, which then allows it to free up and relax. -- Barbara Oakley, engineering professor at Oakland University who wrote a book about learning effectively which includes the benefit of walking, says in an interview that we make a mistake of thinking that we’re only learning when we’re focused. In fact, walking allows us subconsciously process and think in a different way. “Part of why walking, I think, is important is it can be boring. It’s that very aspect that causes your mind to go back and revisit, even subconsciously, on what you’ve been analyzing and learning,” she says. -- Meanwhile, several therapists have embraced the benefits of walking, by only conducting sessions outside. Clay Cockrell, who runs a walking therapy practice in New York, says he believes the motion, as opposed to sitting on a couch, allows for more free form thinking.'
psychology  creativity  walking  flow 
23 days ago
PubMed -- Heidegger, ontological death, and the healing professions by Kevin A. Aho
'In Being and Time, Martin Heidegger introduces a unique interpretation of death as a kind of world-collapse or breakdown of meaning that strips away our ability to understand and make sense of who we are. This is an 'ontological death' in the sense that we cannot be anything because the intelligible world that we draw on to fashion our identities and sustain our sense of self has lost all significance. On this account, death is not only an event that we can physiologically live through; it can happen numerous times throughout the finite span of our lives. -- ...if we look at the way in which Heidegger defines human existence (as ‘Dasein’ or ‘being-in-the-world’), a peculiar picture of death begins to emerge. It is not a terminal event that happens at the end of one’s life and generally accompanied by a failure of biological functioning. It is, rather, a kind of ‘collapse’ or ‘breakdown’ (Zusammenbruch) of meaning itself, where what dies or comes to an end is not a physiological entity but the ability to understand and make sense of the world and oneself. Understood this way, death refers to the uncanny experience of having one’s way of being or identity slip away because the familiar world — that is, the shared background of meaning on the basis of which I understand who I am — has collapsed into meaninglessness. This is an ‘ontological death’ in the sense that I cannot be anything because the intelligible context of equipment, roles, and practices I draw on to fashion my identity and sustain my sense of self has lost all significance for me. I am, quite simply, ‘unable-to-be’. On this account, what Heidegger calls ‘dying’ is not only an event that I can physiologically live through; it is an event that discloses the structural vulnerability at the core of my identity and can occur numerous times throughout the finite span of my life. -- ... Our identities are held together and constituted by the stories we tell about ourselves, and these stories have the power to express ‘what it means’ and ‘what it feels like’ to lose one’s identity in the world-collapse of illness. But they also provide an opportunity to construct alternative self-interpretations amidst the debris and anguish of self-loss, and in this regard represent an important opportunity for the healing professions. Rather than viewing narrative as the impartial recording of facts to be analyzed by medical experts, it can now be recast as the beginning of a conversation, where new words and meanings can be introduced, and in the reciprocal to and fro between patient and health care professional, a new story can be fashioned, one that acknowledges and is open to the fundamental vulnerability of our identities and flexible enough to let go of those that have lost their significance or viability. -- ... When the existentialist claims ‘existence precedes essence’, she is making it clear the human being is not a physical thing with a determined, pre-given nature. We exist for ourselves (‘being-for-itself’) as self-making beings that are always capable of interpreting and giving meaning to the limitations of our physiological givenness (‘being-in-itself’). As a self-making activity, there is nothing that fundamentally grounds or secures my existence; I am a ‘not yet’ or a ‘being possible,’ always in the process of constituting and making myself who I am until my being comes to an end in physiological death. Heidegger agrees with this point, but goes on to argue that the activity of self-making is not only vulnerable to collapse when I affectively confront the end of my life. It is vulnerable at any time; it is subject to a "constant threat arising from Dasein [itself]" (1927/1962, 265). This means my ‘ability-to-be’, even when relatively young and healthy is something that cannot be taken for granted, and the anxiety arising from ‘ontological death’ cannot be deferred by the idea that it will happen only in the distant future when my body weakens and begins to fail me. This is why Heidegger says, "medical and biological investigations... can obtain results which may become significant ontologically [only] if the basic orientation for an existential [ontological] interpretation of death has been made secure" (1927/1962, 247). As the existentialists argue, my impending biological end gains its meaning from the fact that I am an ontological being, that I can ‘take a stand’ on my own death by interpreting it and investing it with the significance that it has. The horror that flashes in the lucid awareness of my impending death is a world-collapse insofar as it exposes the radical contingency and finitude of my projects and forces me to confront the ultimate questions: ‘Who am I?’ and ‘How should I live?’ But the fact that the terminal event can be pushed away into some vague and distant future makes it easier to deny, turning the uncanny anxiety of our own structural ‘nothingness’ into a much more manageable fear ‘of something’. -- The distinction between fear and anxiety is central to understanding the distinction between ‘demising’ and ‘dying’. For Heidegger, fear "always comes from entities [things or events] within-the-world," whereas anxiety comes from "nothing and nowhere" (1927/1962, 187). Thus, the experience of world-collapse that emerges in the awareness of my impending physical death can be interpreted as fear. And because this fear is ‘of something’, of a future event, it can be located and managed to some extent as something external, as not yet belonging to me. Heidegger suggests this view actually "weakens [death] by calculating how we are to have it at our disposal" (1927/1962, 261). Contrast this with anxiety, where there is ‘no-thing’ I can point to or indicate what it is that I am anxious about. This is because the vulnerability of world-collapse belongs not to my future end but to the ontological structure of my existence itself and, as such, "it is possible at any moment" (1927/1962, 258).5 When our structural vulnerability erupts in anxiety, it destroys our familiar way of making sense of things. We die because "the ‘world’ can offer nothing more, [and this] takes away from Dasein the possibility of understanding itself" (1927/1962, 187). We see then that when Heidegger refers to ‘dying’ he is agreeing with the existentialists but is also making a stronger claim. The collapse of our self-under- standing does not just occur in the painful awareness of our impending physical death because our identity is already unstable, already structured by the possibility of its own collapse. This is why Heidegger says, "Dasein is dying factically and indeed constantly, as long as it has not yet come to its demise" (1927/1962, 259), and later, "Dasein does not have an end at which it simply stops, [rather] it exists finitely" (1927/1962, 329). To ‘exist finitely’ is to be in such a way that is always vulnerable to world-collapse which effectively puts an end to our ‘ability-to-be’. As opposed to ‘demising’, ‘dying’ is the ‘‘possibility of the impossibility of existence... [and] is not 'added onto' Dasein at its 'end'" (1927/1962, 306). What makes this account of death especially frightening is that we have to experience and live through the collapse of our world and the paralyzing dissolution of the self (Thomson 2013). In these moments, we are simultaneously alive and dead; we continue to perceive, handle, and experience things, but we are unable to attribute meaning or significance to any of it. -- ...‘ontological death’ is not simply a meaningless and inimical shattering of the self. For Heidegger, if we anticipate it in a particular way, it also presents an opportunity for personal growth and transformation by exposing the frailty and impermanence of our identities, forcing us to confront the choices and actions that make us who we are, and opening us up to the possibility of alternative self-interpretations. -- When, in the face of death-anxiety, we desperately cling to our publicly interpreted identities or flee back into its comforts after the moment has passed, we are ‘inauthentic’, unwilling to own up to our structural vulnerability. This kind of denial or evasion is, for Heidegger, our usual response to ‘dying’; it is how Dasein "maintains itself proximally and for the most part" (1927/1962, 260). In order to be ‘authentic’ (eigentlich), Heidegger describes the importance of, what he calls, ‘resoluteness’ (Entschlossenheit), where this is understood as a kind of unwavering readiness to die, to steadfastly anticipate the possibility of world-collapse. In anticipatory resoluteness, "[Dasein] takes over authentically in its existence the fact that it is the null basis of its own nullity" (1927/1962, 306). -- In resoluteness, I understand and am open to the contingency of my own way of being and embody a steady and clear-sighted willingness to be flexible with how I interpret myself, and to let go of those self-interpretations that are no longer significant or viable for me. This helps explain why Heidegger says resolute Dasein ‘‘cannot become rigid as regards the situation, but must understand that resolution...must be held open and free for the current factical possibility’’ (1927/ 1962, 307). Whatever identity or self-interpretation I happen to be committed to at a given time, I have to always "hold [myself] free for the possibility of taking it back" (1927/ 1962, 308). When we respond to ‘ontological death’ in this way, we are able let go or give up on the notion that there is something stable and enduring about who we are, making it possible for us to own up to our structural vulnerability and be released from inauthentic clinging. Anticipating and being ready for death in this way "discloses to existence that its uttermost possibility lies in giving itself up, and thus it shatters all one’s tenaciousness to whatever existence one has reached… [more]
philosophy  psychology  existentialism  authenticity  possibilityspace  probabilityspace  identity  attachment  separationanxiety  trauma  dasein  self  loss  death  abyss  OttoRank  Heidegger  * 
24 days ago
Spiked -- ‘Universities should be dangerous spaces’
'Jonathan Haidt talks Safe Spaces, microaggressions and campus fragility.' -- "I'm hopeful that some universities will actually designate themselves as dangerous spaces. I'm hopeful that in some universities they'll be a student movement that will say 'Let's have a vote: Are we a safe university or a dangerous university? And if the dangerous university wins that means we can talk about things here ... Come here and you're going to have the rough-and-tumble of intellectual life, that way it has been for hundreds and hundreds of years.' And if we can get a few universities to designate themselves as dangerous universities – and then the cool kids all go there – I think market forces and prestige forces might help the safe spaces movement burn out."
illiberalism  politicalcorrectness  victimhood 
24 days ago
The Righteous Mind -- Where microaggressions really come from
'...the new moral culture of victimhood fosters “moral dependence” and an atrophying of the ability to handle small interpersonal matters on one’s own. At the same time that it weakens individuals, it creates a society of constant and intense moral conflict as people compete for status as victims or as defenders of victims. -- When the victims publicize microaggressions they call attention to what they see as the deviant behavior of the offenders. In doing so they also call attention to their own victimization. Indeed, many ways of attracting the attention and sympathy of third parties emphasize or exacerbate the low status of the aggrieved. People portray themselves as oppressed by the powerful – as damaged, disadvantaged, and needy. [They describe such practices going back to ancient Rome and India] … But why emphasize one’s victimization? Certainly the distinction between offender and victim always has moral significance, lowering the offender’s moral status. In the settings such as those that generate microaggression catalogs, though, where offenders are oppressors and victims are the oppressed, it also raises the moral status of the victims. This only increases the incentive to publicize grievances, and it means aggrieved parties are especially likely to highlight their identity as victims, emphasizing their own suffering and innocence. Their adversaries are privileged and blameworthy, but they themselves are pitiable and blameless. [p.707-708] [This is the great tragedy: the culture of victimization rewards people for taking on a personal identity as one who is damaged, weak, and aggrieved. This is a recipe for failure — and constant litigation — after students graduate from college and attempt to enter the workforce] -- ... Public complaints that advertise or even exaggerate one’s own victimization and need for sympathy would be anathema to a person of honor – tantamount to showing that one had no honor at all. Members of a dignity culture, on the other hand, would see no shame in appealing to third parties, but they would not approve of such appeals for minor and merely verbal offenses. Instead they would likely counsel either confronting the offender directly to discuss the issue, or better yet, ignoring the remarks altogether.[p.714-715] -- A culture of victimhood is one characterized by concern with status and sensitivity to slight combined with a heavy reliance on third parties. People are intolerant of insults, even if unintentional, and react by bringing them to the attention of authorities or to the public at large. Domination is the main form of deviance, and victimization a way of attracting sympathy, so rather than emphasize either their strength or inner worth, the aggrieved emphasize their oppression and social marginalization. … Under such conditions complaint to third parties has supplanted both toleration and negotiation. People increasingly demand help from others, and advertise their oppression as evidence that they deserve respect and assistance. Thus we might call this moral culture a culture of victimhood because the moral status of the victim, at its nadir in honor cultures, has risen to new heights.[p.715] -- The culture of victimhood is currently most entrenched on college campuses, where microaggression complaints are most prevalent. Other ways of campaigning for support from third parties and emphasizing one’s own oppression – from protest demonstrations to the invented victimization of hate-crime hoaxes – are prevalent in this setting as well. That victimhood culture is so evident among campus activists might lead the reader to believe this is entirely a phenomenon of the political left, and indeed, the narrative of oppression and victimization is especially congenial to the leftist worldview (Haidt 2012:296; Kling 2013; Smith 2003:82). But insofar as they share a social environment, the same conditions that lead the aggrieved to use a tactic against their adversaries encourage their adversaries to use that tactic as well. For instance, hate crime hoaxes do not all come from the left. [gives examples] … Naturally, whenever victimhood (or honor, or anything else) confers status, all sorts of people will want to claim it. As clinical psychologist David J. Ley notes, the response of those labeled as oppressors is frequently to “assert that they are a victim as well.” Thus, “men criticized as sexist for challenging radical feminism defend themselves as victims of reverse sexism, [and] people criticized as being unsympathetic proclaim their own history of victimization.”[p.715] [In this way, victimhood culture causes a downward spiral of competitive victimhood. Young people on the left and the right get sucked into its vortex of grievance. We can expect political polarization to get steadily worse in the coming decades as this moral culture of victimhood spreads]'
psychology  status  victimhood  threatnarrative  agencyvspatiency  rkselectiontheory  LYAHF 
24 days ago
Knuth versus Email
'Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things.'
work  attention  email  distraction  continuouspartialattention 
24 days ago
Evolution Counseling -- Actively Embrace Challenges
'...the price paid for psychic comfort is boredom. And the benefit gained from pursuing challenging activities and pastimes is interest in and passion for life.'
psychology  stoicism  hormesis  boredom 
24 days ago
The School of Life -- What is the meaning of life?
'... From these strands, we can start to extrapolate a theory of meaning. -- Meaning is to be found in three activities in particular: Communication, Understanding and Service. -- Let’s look at communication first. We are, by nature, isolated creatures and it appears that some of our most meaningful moments are to do with instances of connection: with a lover, for example, when we reveal our intimate physical and psychological selves, or when we form friendships where substantial truths about our respective lives can be shared. Or on a journey to a new country, when we strike up a conversation with a stranger and feel a thrilling sense of victory over linguistic and cultural barriers. Or when we are touched by books, songs, and films that put their fingers on emotions that are deeply our own but that we had never witnessed externalised so clearly or beautifully before. -- Then there’s the meaning that emerges via understanding. This is about the pleasure that can be felt whenever we correct confusion and puzzlement about ourselves or the world. We might be scientific researchers, or economists, poets or patients in psychotherapy; the pleasure of our activities stems from a common ability to map and make sense of what was once painfully unfamiliar and strange. -- And lastly we need to have good work, which means a world filled with businesses and organisations geared towards not just profit, but the assistance and genuine improvement of human kind. In addition, we need to help people to discover their own particular inner ‘tune’ that they can put into their work, so that people aren’t just serving per se, but serving in a way that taps into their heartfelt interests. -- There are, sadly, a lot of obstacles to meaningful lives. In the area of communication: it’s things like an over-emphasis on sex, an underplaying of friendship, a lack of neighbourliness or an absence of nourishing culture. It’s also, at an internal level, bugs in one’s emotional software that make one afraid to get close to others. -- In the area of understanding, it’s a lack of good media, a suspicion of introspection and psychotherapy, and a pompous and disconnected academic world. -- And in the area of service, it’s an over-exaggerated concern for money in individuals and companies that puts the focus on financial gain over the genuine needs of others. It’s overly large systems in which the individual is lost and can’t see the impact of his or her work. And internally, it might be about an inner timidity, snobbery or a follow-the-herd mentality, which prevents one from properly getting to know oneself and one’s authentic talents....'
philosophy  psychology  meaning  purpose  individuation 
24 days ago
Personality Type in Depth -- Heaven, Earth, and Underworld
'Jung’s eight function-attitudes fall naturally into three groupings according to how their positions in each type’s preference hierarchy influence their development potential: 1) dominant and auxiliary; 2) tertiary and inferior; and 3) the shadow (or “ego-dystonic”) function. -- ... he four function-attitudes of this third group are the ones that we tend to perceive as “Not Me” because they not only focus on what the ego regards as the wrong stuff, they tend to be carried by uncivilized, socially unacceptable “archetypal” energies. -- This triune division of the function-attitudes and the archetypes that carry them seems to reflect a “Me, Spirit, and Other” configuration—what Jung might have seen as Ego, Anima/Animus, and Shadow. The three levels describe, as typologist Adam Frey has noted, our areas of “strength, of vulnerability and creativity, and of defense,” respectively (personal communication, November 11, 2015). And it seems like more than a coincidence that this configuration has parallels in most traditional world views, as “Earth, Heaven, and Underworld.” From both the psychological/typological perspective and the traditional religious/philosophical view, these triads seem to be describing essentially the same areas of experience: 1) the reality of everyday experience, 2) the “higher” consciousness that we aspire to and which seems attainable, and 3) the primitive, frightening reality that we’d like to ignore but that is ever-present in the shadows. It seems possible that this aspect of the typological system could in fact be the psychological basis for this traditional cosmological theme of “Earth, Heaven, Underworld” in the arts, philosophies, and religions of diverse cultures. Might this traditional three-fold scheme reflect the three tiers of the function-attitudes within us?'
psychology  personality  mythology  archetypes 
24 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Leftism Is Not A Mental Disorder
'Tough to argue it isn’t after this: "A far-left politician in Norway who was violently sodomized by a Somali refugee is explaining away the crime and begging that his assailant not be deported. Self-hatred is at the root of much political correctness, but rarely has self-abasement reached this level. Jonah Bennett reports for the Daily Caller News Foundation: Leftist Norway politican Karsten Nordal Hauken was brutally sodomized by a Somali and felt so incredibly guilty in the aftermath he subsequently begged authorities not to deport the man. -- Hauken has finally come out to tell the public his story of his rape and forgiveness, Norway’s public broadcasting channel NRK reports." -- But I will try. Notice how this character is more fit, in a Darwinian sense, than you are, when it comes to surviving a brutal occupation. Notice how his type seeks to engender a brutal occupation, that they will survive better than you would because of the subconscious instincts they have to bow down before evil. -- Nature programmed the r-strategist this way. He could never out-compete you, one on one, in a free society. In such an environment, his type is destroyed. But that isn’t his game. Unable to compete directly, he has evolved into a machine, designed to import a brutal occupation, and then survive it, as you are killed trying to fight it because of your K-strategist urges. -- This isn’t insanity. It isn’t random. This is a subconscious, programmed reproductive strategy designed to allow a weaker, less capable specimen to defeat a more capable specimen. It is exactly like the Australian Giant Cuttlefish example described in the book. -- If aliens found our planet, they would devote an entire chapter in the textbook about us, to this reproductive strategy. It would say that r-strategists, being less able to compete directly with their peers, seek to import violent outsiders who will brutalize the entire population. Then they will bow down and grovel, thus allowing them to survive, while everyone else will be killed back in the occupation. It is brilliant really. -- They are molding the environment into a violent oppressive one where they will have a survival advantage over us, because it is in their instincts to bow down, and not fight back. It is why they support our enemies when our troops travel overseas, it is why they want criminals freed, and it is why they seek to import violent foreigners. Most amazingly, it is entirely unconscious, and they have no control over it. It is just how they are designed. -- They are trying to get outsiders to genocide our K-strategist model of human for them. -- It is worth noting, Cuckservatives have the same urges.'
rkselectiontheory  cowardice  subversion  warbride 
24 days ago
YouTube -- The School of Life: John Locke
'John Locke's greatness as a philosopher is based on his theories on childhood, his work on religious toleration and his concept of the rights of citizens.'
history  philosophy  rights  liberty  libertarianism  minarchism 
25 days ago
girlwriteswhat comments
'...The existence of a law is not only to provide redress of harm, but to put people on notice as to what actions are punishable and what actions are acceptable. -- If a significant portion of women base "reality" on their emotions, and are then prepared to back-rationalize or recontextualize their prior decisions and actions based on those emotions... that's a major problem with the consent standard. -- The feminist at Jezebel was very clear that she considered her first sexual encounter with her husband to be rape. I actually enjoyed that blog post because it did raise some very interesting questions. Does a crime cease to be a crime simply because the victim doesn't feel victimized? Do we say this when someone drives drunk? That they didn't run over anyone or hit anything, so no harm no foul? What about shooting a gun up into the air where it's legally prohibited to do so? No one was hit by the bullets, so no problem? -- Some 40% of women engage in "token resistance". That is, they say no (or some version of it) when they are actually consenting. A large percentage of young women drink when they intend to have sex later, because they have inhibitions around sex when sober and need to loosen them in order to get the sex they want – that is, they ply themselves with alcohol in order to get consent from themselves. And there is a distinct "regret asymmetry" between men and women regarding casual sex (if I recall correctly, 60% of women vs 20% of men reported being unhappy or regretful after hooking up). -- And while you are correct that if being drunk means one's ability to consent to sex is automatically legally vitiated, then both parties to drunk sex are often guilty of, and victims of, rape (they raped each other), when one asks a feminist how that should be parsed under the law, they will frequently reply with, "being drunk doesn't excuse the man from culpability for committing rape." The ladies at Jezebel and elsewhere actually launched a campaign not long ago to get George Will's syndicated column removed from newspapers (and they were successful in at least one case), because he dared to state the obvious: [paraphrasing] "If two people equally willingly drink, equally willingly get drunk, and equally willingly engage in consensual sex while drunk, the only reason to see the man as a rapist and the woman as his victim is sexism." -- This was deemed rape apology by feminists who, in an epic display of cognitive dissonance, managed to intentionally miss the point (that consent should operate in both directions). Will was not stating the obvious, according to these feminists – he was excusing male rapists. -- These are the very people leading the charge in terms of "reforming" rape statutes and providing training materials to judges, lawyers, social workers, crisis workers, police and the rest. -- Consent seems to be, to them, little more than smoke to conceal what they really want to base the law on, which is the feelings of the "victim". If she feels victimized, she was and he's a rapist. If she doesn't feel victimized, she wasn't, and he's not. At least not yet, because he could do something that makes her say to herself, "well, if I'd known he was going to be a jerk who forgets my birthday, I would never have had sex with him". -- This is the minefield men must navigate. A minefield where many of the things women want (and even demand), sexually, are technically illegal (token resistance, getting themselves drunk, etc), and where the line between what is illegal and what is not is not, in fact, the test of whether she contemporaneously consented or not, but whether a woman regrets it at some future date or not. -- I made a video of this conversation, if you want to look at some of the comments there. There are several very interesting ones. -- One commenter noted that the way feminists are approaching sexual assault is essentially designed to place all sexual power in the hands of women. The woman is then able to dictate all the terms of the contract. Another noted that women seem to see sex as a contract in which her terms are to satisfy her emotional needs (whatever they may be), and so if the man fails to do so, he's in violation of the contract (and therefore her consent is negated). -- Another suggested that if you want someone to be in complete submission to you, and you in complete authority over them, you make a set of rules that are unclear and often arbitrary, with you as the sole arbiter of whether an action constitutes a breach of the rules or not. Inciting a breach (as through token resistance) is then an abuse of that authority, as you now have the authority to penalize them for the breach you incited. This way, you maintain all leverage in the relationship. -- These things, rather than the cold, dry, legal, contractual concept of consent seems to be what's going on with feminists. It would certainly explain why they are so often able to not only gloss over the consent of men in drunken encounters, but also react the way they did to George Will's article. And it would also explain why they are so interested in expanding the definition of sexual assault and narrowing the definition of valid consent. The more rules there are, and the more murky they are, the more leverage any given woman has to dictate the terms of the sexual contract. -- My video's here, if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8XegAwuc-8 ' -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADilenuIalQ
men  women  sexuality  power  agencyvspatiency  predation  feminism 
26 days ago
JudgyBitch -- Amy Schumer hates being lumped in with fat women
'...women want to talk about women’s fat as beautiful to convince other women to get fat, and reduce sexual competition. Think about Amy Schumer: Fat is beautiful, she exclaims! I’m beautiful! I can fuck any guy I want! I’m only fat in Hollywood! But what does Amy do when lumped in with actual fat women? She immediately makes sure everyone knows she’s not actually fat (I’m a size 6-8, not a 12 or higher, like these fat bitches!). Amy will gush over Adele and Ashley and Melissa, because she wants other women to be as fat as they are. The more fat women there are, the more her size 6 starts to look lean and mean. -- It always comes down to sexual economics with women, and especially with feminists. Feminism is collective bargaining for women to keep the price of women high. Women used to keep their own prices high when they controlled access to sex, but the sexual revolution destroyed that quite nicely, leaving women bereft of power. Now women are in full out, cut throat competition with one another, while pretending to be part of a sisterhood of love and acceptance. Ha! Bullshit. -- ... Fat women are lovely, as long as they are beneath you in the hierarchy. And the more women you can convince to join them, the less competition you have. It’s clever. It’s also cruel. No one hates other women quite like women do. And no one hates other women more than a feminist.' -- S/he who controls the price controls the victory
women  sexuality  pricefixing 
26 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Angst And Amygdala Stimulation
'...Notice how the incident has developed an amygdala pathway in the victim. The next time he is out, he may consider the feelings of those around him, and not foist upon them visages they don’t want to look at. -- As the Apocalypse increases the instances such as the above, everyone will learn to not irritate those around them. When they do accidently, they will apologize and be polite to smooth things over. As the world becomes more violent, it will also become more polite, kind, and considerate. -- Given K-strategists prefer a world of kindness, politeness, and consideration, that world will actually feel better to us than what we have now, despite the violence. Personally, I prefer a little anarchy and danger combined with a polite, considerate, and decent society to a society where everyone views irritating those around them as a fun game.'
rkselectiontheory  violence  civility 
27 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Vehicular Homicide Not Cause For Detaining Illegal Immigrants
'...Liberals are importing a hostile army designed to occupy real America’s energies, so it won’t have the time or energy to look too closely at liberals during the coming collapse. They instinctively want to see a fractured society, so no groups can easily coalesce and begin looking to purify their membership of the disloyal, whom liberals instinctually know they are chief among. -- There is no other reason government officials would give illegal immigrants such free reign to break laws, attack innocents, and even kill. There is no other reason they would then try and import still more. They want our nation fractured. -- It is bad enough when it is leftists doing this. When the cuckservatives of the GOPe try to pile on as well, you know it is going to take a full on collapse to clear out all this dead wood.'
rkselectiontheory  america  conquest 
28 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Muslim Immigrants Are r-strategists
'According to a new poll: "Practising Christians are the most likely among faith communities in England to support the Eurosceptic ‘Brexit’ position. Muslims, meanwhile, are the most Europhile of all the religious groups, a new survey has found. The findings came in the new Populus Hope Not Hate survey which throws light for the first time on what different religious groups feel about the EU referendum in June." -- The EU is a social construct designed to modulate and contain aggression and competitiveness between in-groups. If you want your in-group to go at it and outcompete others, a super-governing body designed to contain that will feel constraining. The only way that feels good is if you are a rabbit, and want everyone constrained to a single level of uniform sub-mediocrity, so you can’t fall behind. -- A large part of a country’s life course will be determined by the type of migrants it attracts. If it lures prospects with the possibility of aggressive free competition, no guarantees, and a cost to failure, you will attract K-strategists. They will want to compete and will seek freedom to do so, both for themselves and their nation. If you dangle free stuff, ease, comfort, and easy sex, then you will attract r-strategists and they will seek to get everyone controlled, so the success of others can be reapportioned to them. Clearly one type of migrant is more desirable than the other if you seek a free, successful society. -- The big advantage to this is if Europe begins a purge of rabbits and foreigners you can expect these Muslims to spontaneously migrate out to Muslim nations with greater safety and ease, just as Muslim migrants fled the fighting in their Muslim homelands to head for Europe. It will substantially reduce the fighting needed to free Europe when the time comes.'
rkselectiontheory  migration  welfare  europe 
28 days ago
CounterPunch -- Why the Establishment Hates Trump
'...From his promise to halve the Pentagon’s budget to getting the Congress off corporate-donation payrolls, the public money that the big corporate lobbies stand to lose from a Trump presidency are off the charts. But his attackers dare not recognize these explosive issues because they are all part of the problem. -- The public money stakes may be bigger than the US corporate stakes behind the foreign wars the US state has initiated since 1991. The takeaway promised by Trump’s policies threaten almost every big lobby now in control of US government purse strings. It grounds in the military-industrial complex spending close to $2,000,000,000 a day for its endless new untested weapons and foreign wars both of which Trump opposes. But the cut-off of hundreds of billions of public giveaways to the Big Corps do not end here. They hit almost every wide-mouthed transnational corporate siphon into the US Treasury, taxpayers’ pockets and the working majority of America. Masses of American citizens increasingly without living wages and benefits and in increasing public squalor and insecurity are paying attention to what the political establishment and corporate media have long buried and continue to silence. -- Trump has raised the great dispossession from impotence into the establishment’s face, and this is why he is a contagion on the American political scene. He is pervasively mocked, accused and slandered in non-stop public fireworks of ad hominem hits, but the counter-attacks never engage what Trump has set his sights on – the long stripping of America by corporate globalization selecting for the limitless enrichment of the very rich living off an ever-growing take from public coffers and the impoverishment of America’s working people. A primal rage unites the political establishment across party lines, but they can’t say why. No defaming scorn and abuse is off limits, but Trump’s underlying betrayal of the ruling game remains unspeakable on the stage. -- The electoral dynamite of all the Americans who have lost all their good blue-collar jobs, social benefits and public infrastructures is recognized only in class condescension. But the facts cannot be denied of a corporate globalization effectively stripping the lower middle classes and the public realm itself with no-one in Washington establishment saying a word against the greatest transfer of wealth to the 1% in history. -- Trump may deserve back as bad he gives. But this understanding keeps our eyes on the ego-contest which is the standard spectacle to avoid the real issues. The personal attacks only tells us how deep the rupture has become between Trump’s campaign and the establishment on the issues kept out of sight. This is why the corporate politicians and media are almost as wound into one-way demonization of Trump as they are when they beat the drums of war against a designated Enemy abroad. -- ... Only those citizens depending on the deep system corruptions he promises to reverse are really threatened by Trump’s candidacy. But how do these huge private interests go on getting away with a corporate-lobby state transferring every more public wealth and control to them at the expense of the American majority and their common interest when most people already dislike and are systemically exploited by them? They get away with it by no-one being able to do anything about it. -- Trump represents a threat to these gargantuan public-trough interests that even the super clean and informed Ralph Nader candidacy for president never did. The corporate media and party machines just shut him down on the electoral stage so few even knew he was a presidential candidate. You can’t do that with Trump. That is the very big problem for the otherwise seamless political and media establishment who are all in on the fabulous payoffs of this corporate state game. Trump’s entire strategy is based on getting public attention, and he is a master at it, unbuyably rich, and the most watched person in America across the country and the world. He can’t be shut up. Personal stigmatization and attack without let-up are the only way to gag his policies and turn the tide against him at the same time. -- Maybe it will work in the end. It’s how disastrous and bankrupting foreign aggressions and wars have been sold whatever the ruinous costs to the public paying for them.'
politics  history  america  empire  statism  corporatism  mercantilism  parasitism  twominuteshate 
28 days ago
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