YouTube -- TEDtalks: Technology hasn't changed love. Here's why | Helen Fisher
Helen Fisher: "For thousands of years we had to marry the right person from the right background and from the right kin connection. In my studies of five thousand people every year, I ask them what are you looking for? And every single year over 97% of people say they want somebody who respects them, somebody they can trust and confide in, somebody who makes them laugh, somebody who makes enough time for them, and somebody who finds them physically attractive. That never changes..." -- Esther Perel: "This is not what people used to say, what they said was they wanted somebody with whom they could have companionship, economic support, children...we went from a production economy to a service economy; we did it in the larger culture and we're doing it in marriage."
rkselectiontheory  relationships  gynocentrism 
2 hours ago
HeatStreet -- Russia Trolls America With Offers to Provide Election Monitors
'Russia has offered to monitor the Election Day in at least three states, saying that it would be willing to send someone “for a short period of time, when convenient” to observe the voting process. -- ... The U.S. Department of State called the offer “nothing more than a PR stunt,” while White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said it was “appropriate” to question Russia’s motives. -- The Russian state-controlled publication Izvestia reported that its suggestion was “categorically rejected,” calling the U.S. response “harsh.” -- Russia’s offer to send election monitors has come public amid Donald Trump’s suggestions that the election may be “rigged” and that the voting process may be plagued by fraud. Trump said Thursday that he would “totally accept the results—if I win.” -- Russia’s offer comes amid growing concern in the U.S. intelligence community that Moscow was involved in the hacking of Democrats’ correspondence — U.S. officials have accused Russia of engaging in the hacking to meddle with the U.S. presidential campaign.'
russia  sarcasticapology  conspiracy 
3 hours ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Alaska To Be Invaded By Russians?
'...Meanwhile, the Russians are reacting to Crazy Uncle Joe’s threats: "Moscow military experts have said Vladimir Putin will not back down amid escalating tensions between the global superpowers, blasting the White House’s “aggressiveness”. -- US Vice President Biden revealed last weekend that Washington will be launching an attack on the Russian government’s emails. -- But Kremlin military chief Lt Gen Yevgeny Buzhinsky described the provocative action as “full-scale confrontation”. -- The retired general added: “Of course there is a reaction. As far as Russia sees it, as Putin sees it, it is full-scale confrontation on all fronts. If you want a confrontation, you’ll get one.” -- “But it won’t be a confrontation that doesn’t harm the interests of the United States. You want a confrontation, you’ll get one everywhere.”" -- The problem with rabbits is, they are designed to socially maneuver by threat and posture. -- I had a dog who did this to me once. He was a character, and a bit rebellious. I glanced down at him from a chair, our eyes met, and I must have looked too passive, so he thought he would assert some sort of dominance and take a leadership position in the pack. He looked intently at me, waiting for me to avert my eyes. I didn’t, and suddenly he jerked his whole body as if beginning a lunge, though he remained laying down. He clearly wanted me to flinch. I thought it was funny, so I kept playing the game, and just stared a hole right through him. -- He jumped up quick to his feet, again looking to make me flinch. I didn’t, and he stood there looking intently at me. Finally, he jumped forward, and plunged his face into my face’s personal space, his whole snout across the front of my face, his eye two inches from mine. I didn’t move a muscle, and just kept eye contact, stillfaced. He paused for a minute, relaxed, and then looked away as if saying to himself, “Well, that didn’t work.” Then he bopped me in the face with his wet nose playfully, and trotted off with tail wagging, almost as if laughing to himself. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I guess. -- Rabbits are kind of like this. They maneuver socially with all sorts of threats and implied risks of the crowd turning upon you, but it is all illusion. It is like a little bird at the bird feeder putting up its wings to look bigger and scare away all the other birds. None of it means anything, but you only know that if you understand rabbits. -- Rabbits like Biden will never fight. But because all of them have conflict avoidance as a prime directive, their method of organizing their hierarchy consists of a plethora of cowards, none of who will ever fight, each trying to use their opponent’s cowardice to their advantage by posing and posturing in all sorts of different threatening ways – as if a fight is imminent. If they can convince their opponent conflict is imminent, then their opponent will immediately back down, and they can assume that position of status without and danger. If not, it is like my dog, nothing ventured, nothing gained – but also in the rabbit’s mind, no risk. -- The problem with the Russians is they are not rabbits. They don’t threaten, unless they were going to fight and they deem a warning might be sufficient to allow their opponent to surrender, thereby saving lives. They view Biden’s idiotic announcement we would hack Russian systems as an actual threat which will be followed up with an action. -- The amazing thing is, our rabbit leadership is, literally, the stuff World Wars are made from, and the rabbitry is peaking just as we head into an economic apocalypse. -- This could all end a lot bloodier than anyone would imagine.'
rkselectiontheory  conflict  cowardice 
12 hours ago
Daily Mail -- How 'child' migrants are straining the care system
'...last week pop star Lily Allen apologised ‘on behalf of Britain’ for the plight of migrant children in the Calais camp. -- Unfortunately in the grim world of trafficking, says former immigration officer Alp Mehmet, of the research body Migration Watch UK, criminal trafficking gangs view such generosity as ‘a weakness to be exploited’. They encourage more families to send their offspring to Britain ‘in growing numbers’. -- Many of the youngsters whose families pay for them to come here — who may well be in their 20s but claim to be teenagers — are sent on flights into Britain and are instructed to say they are orphans so they are taken into care. -- As one immigration officer with 20 years’ experience explained to me: ‘Ninety per cent of them are not orphans. Their coming here is very well worked out. Their families have paid the people-traffickers to bring them here,’ he added. ‘The intention is for the families to follow shortly after. For the most part, they are not fleeing for their lives. -- ‘For years, we have had adult Pakistani males arriving in this country maintaining they are Afghan teenagers. They claim to be 13 or 14 but they are clearly over 20, with good facial hair.’ Alp Mehmet, of Migration Watch UK, agrees that this ruse of claiming to be a child to get into the country is ‘fairly widespread’. -- The immigration officer explained that thorough age-checks no longer take place at British airports. -- ‘There was a time,’ he said, ‘when we had a doctor stationed at the port health office in the airport, who could make an age-assessment by looking at the claimant’s teeth and face.’ -- But such doctors no longer exist. ‘They were removed a few years ago, just as the increasing numbers of asylum kids kicked off,’ he added. -- ‘Now we just call a social worker, but there is nothing they can do [in terms of deciding what to do] until the young person has had a scientific age-assessment.’ And, inevitably, that takes time to organise. So, instead of the migrant being detected as ‘over-age’ from the point they arrive in Britain, the social worker will place the ‘child’ with a temporary foster family or a care home. ‘They abscond almost immediately, often within the hour,’ said the immigration officer. -- Sometimes, the migrants who say they are teenagers are accompanied by their traffickers on the flight. These men charge a high price for the service. -- The immigration officer knows many of them by sight. They are often young men who mysteriously are able to travel ten times a year from Britain to Dubai and Africa. But since they have British or EU passports, immigration officials can do nothing about them. -- ‘I have no power to detain a British citizen longer than five minutes,’ said the immigration officer, ‘otherwise my bosses upstairs will kick off. I can do nothing without the traffickers’ consent. Absolutely nothing — and they know that.’'
UK  conquest  welfare  parasitism  predation  politicalcorrectness 
13 hours ago
BBC iPlayer -- Adam Curtis: HyperNormalisation
'We live in a time of great uncertainty and confusion. Events keep happening that seem inexplicable and out of control. Donald Trump, Brexit, the War in Syria, the endless migrant crisis, random bomb attacks. And those who are supposed to be in power are paralysed – they have no idea what to do. -- This film is the epic story of how we got to this strange place. It explains not only why these chaotic events are happening – but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them. -- It shows that what has happened is that all of us in the West – not just the politicians and the journalists and the experts, but we ourselves – have retreated into a simplified, and often completely fake version of the world. But because it is all around us we accept it as normal. -- But there is another world outside. Forces that politicians tried to forget and bury forty years ago – that then festered and mutated – but which are now turning on us with a vengeful fury. Piercing though the wall of our fake world.'
history  relativism  learnedhelplessness  documentaries  AdamCurtis 
YouTube -- RussiaToday: ‘Deep psychic need for an enemy and Putin is filling it’ – The Spectator Deputy Editor
'More of the same front-page fear-mongering - this time British news magazine 'The Spectator' puts Putin on the cover - with talk of invasion plans and propaganda tools. We want to know 'What is up!' - so we asked the Deputy Editor of The Spectator Freddy Gray'
america  empire  puppetry  UK  minitrue  twominuteshate  russia 
girlwriteswhat comments on The new poster campaign on campus
'It's quite common for feminists to defend the idea that if a woman changes her mind, even if she doesn't do anything overt to let her partner know she's changed her mind, it's still rape. -- This includes lying passively and still, "freezing up", becoming quiet, etc. -- The problem with this is that not every woman is the same in how they respond to sex. Not every woman is the equivalent of a cheerleader with pompoms egging you on every second. And not every man can be expected to immediately notice subtle cues in a woman's behavior, particularly while in the midst of sex (where his mind is on other things). -- Lena Dunham described the following sexual experience as rape: She went out, voluntarily drank and took drugs. Let the guy feel her up in the parking lot. Went home with him. Got in bed with him, and they undressed each other. Talked dirty to him while he was having sex with her. -- She claimed that she engaged in the dirty talk because she was trying to convince herself that the sex was consensual when she wasn't really consenting to it. -- The only way this scenario could be described as rape is if her internal state of mind takes precedence over her overt actions. He should have heard her saying, "oh yeah, oh yeah, fuck me harder, OMG, fuck me, your dick is so good..." and somehow known that she wasn't actually consenting to the sex. That her words were insincere and actually meant the opposite of what they were telling him. -- This is why this is an issue.' -- Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender
agencyvspatiency  feminism  retcon  victimhood  predation 
Breitbart -- Madonna Offers Oral Sex in Exchange for Hillary Clinton Votes
'Pop star Madonna got raunchy while introducing comedian Amy Schumer at a performance in New York City Tuesday night, promising the crowd sexual favors in exchange for their support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. -- “If you vote for Hillary Clinton, I will give you a blowjob. OK?” the 58-year-old Rebel Heart singer told an audience at New York’s Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. “I’m really good. I’m not a douche, and I’m not a tool. I take my time, I have a lot of eye contact, and I do swallow.”'
rkselectiontheory  pornosec  prolefeed 
2 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Britain Rushes Brexit To Escape Deutsche Bank Collapse
'Britain is trying to dodge liability: "With Germany’s biggest bank teetering, a private meeting of major investors in London yesterday discussed offloading their assets in the troubled financial giant. -- The potential collapse could trigger an economic catastrophe in the EU with Deutsche Bank’s holdings worth two thirds the size of the entire German economy, 25 times bigger than Northern Rock which set off Britain’s 2008 financial crisis when it collapsed. ..." -- Now we have progressed to banks that are too big to fail – and too big to save. This will be K-selection. -- The fall of Deutsche could easily be the trigger, and it could go at any moment. It makes you wonder if all of this talk of WWIII with Russia is real, and the elites are looking for anything to distract the restless natives from the Economic Apocalypse about to engulf all of the modern world. -- It also makes you wonder if they are setting this up to collapse right after Donald is elected, to try and stick him with the fallout from the Apocalypse. -- If the US comes to collapse in an Apocalypse, I could easily see a similar mechanism prompting the states to break away from the US Federal government, and thereby unshackle themselves from the federal debt. Ironically, in breaking up into a loosely associated group of nations states the US will represent the founders vision far more than the grotesque leviathan it has become today.'
rkselectiontheory  statism  oligarchicalcollectivism  debt  delusion  europe  collapse 
2 days ago
Frontpage Mag -- Corpses 'Exploding' In Decrepit Venezuelan Hospitals
'It was one of the more macabre stories to emerge out of socialist Venezuela – and served as a metaphor for the final days of the rotting regime. -- In a hospital morgue, a bloated corpse exploded. -- The morgue's barely functioning cooling system was to blame – hardly a surprise in the oil-rich yet impoverished nation whose health-care system has collapsed under the socialist government. Decomposing for two days in the tropical heat, the corpse finally exploded in a spray of toxic fluids and gasses. The ghastly incident earlier this month necessitated the partial evacuation of the hospital, University Hospital Antonio Patricio de Alcalá, located in Cumaná – a city of 825,000 in eastern Venezuela. Patients in nearby rooms and corridors were sickened to their stomachs by the stench.'
venezuela  socialism  collapse 
2 days ago
YouTube -- Project Veritas Action: Rigging the Election - Video II: Mass Voter Fraud
'In the second video of James O'Keefe's new explosive series on the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign, Democratic party operatives tell us how to successfully commit voter fraud on a massive scale. Scott Foval, who has since been fired, admits that the Democrats have been rigging elections for fifty years.' -- "We've been bussing people in to deal with you fuckin' assholes for fifty years and we're not going to stop now, we're just going to find a different way to do it."
democracy  politics  astroturfing  fraud  grifting 
2 days ago
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: The Truth About World War III | United States vs. Russia
'While the United States media distracts the American population with manufactured political scandals, the U.S. government has threatened an act of war against Vladimir Putin and Russia. -- In an attempt to shield Hillary Clinton from the fallout of the Wikileaks revelations and the onslaught of Donald Trump, the Obama Administration has taken actions which bring us to the brink of World War III.'
america  empire  pathocracy  war  perpetualwar  twominuteshate  russia  StefanMolyneux 
3 days ago
Breitbart -- Muslim Rape Gang Victim: Girls Are Still Being Targeted Because the Police Refuse to Act
'Muslim men who groomed and violently abused young girls in a quiet English town have been left to carry on raping girls, despite being named to the police, one of their victims has told Breitbart London. -- Kaitlyn (not her real name) suffered years of abuse at the hands of hundreds of men in her home town, and in locations across the UK. Yet despite handing a list of more than 80 names to the police for investigation, her attackers are still working as taxi drivers, businessmen, and even on the local council. And she says they are still abusing young vulnerable girls in her town. -- ...Over the next decade Kaitlyn was systematically abused by hundreds of men who would line up to await their turn with her. On average, she says, she would be raped by eight at a time, one after the other. -- “My mum called the police when I was 15. I didn’t tell her, she found out another way. This big tall black officer [came to the house]; he was pacing the room. He was really impatient.” -- Rather than take the complaint seriously, the officer told Kaitlyn’s mother that she was a known prostitute. “He told my mum to leave me to it, that I would stop when I’m ready. And he told me that they couldn’t offer protection if I gave a statement.” She doesn’t recall whether he gave a reason why. -- At 16 years old Kaitlyn was evicted from the family house by her mother, who feared for her own safety and that of Kaitlyn’s younger brother. Kaitlyn moved into a youth hostel where the abuse continued. -- Kaitlyn has been raped with a knife held to her throat more than once. One of her abusers told her that he was planning to hide her body under his floorboards and that she’d never be found as he was returning to Pakistan. She had been threatened with a drill, and her abusers have told her, in recent years, that they will pour acid down her throat if she reports the abuse. -- As none of her abusers ever used protection she has contracted numerous STDs and has been pregnant eleven times. Many of the pregnancies ended in abortion, but she has two young daughters, both fathered by her abusers. -- Kaitlyn has attempted suicide more than once and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Yet not one of her attackers has been brought to justice. -- In fact, she often sees them in the streets. “They wave at me, try and talk to me. I’ve had some ask me to find them young girls, but that’s not going to happen. That’s what they’re like.” -- Last year Kaitlyn found the ID card of a taxi driver she recognised as one of her abusers on the floor near her daughter’s school. The ID included his real name, and, searching through his Facebook profile, she was able to track down the names of dozens of other men. -- “I’ve gave [the police] about eighty names of guys I remember in my town alone – and I don’t remember half of them. I’ve been approached by them and they’ve said ‘you don’t remember me, do you?’ and I’ve said ‘no’. -- “But the names that I did give, they are guys that I saw quite a lot. -- “At first I tried to give the names anonymously but was told that I’d have to give an official statement, that’s why I did it – I didn’t want to. But they [the police] just haven’t done anything with [the information]. They didn’t even take some of the names.” -- Yet after a year of working with the police, she was told that the case would be dropped. -- “None of the men were ever arrested. I don’t think they even knew there was a case.” -- She was told that the case wasn’t viable because she has gaps in her memory thanks to PTSD. But she remains unconvinced. “Personally I don’t think it’s that,” she said. “I do think they’re still worried about being called racist.” -- And she thinks there’s another reason too: “I was passed onto another guy… a Muslim guy… he’s in high power in another country. He was in charge of myself and four other girls. -- “I think there’s people in high places…. It’s a bit too much for them [the police] to deal with. It’s too hard – that’s what I think.”'
UK  conquest  predation  politicalcorrectness  corruption 
3 days ago
PaulCraigRoberts.org -- The Real Humanitarian Crisis Is Not Aleppo
'Why do we hear only of the “humanitarian crisis in Aleppo” and not of the humanitarian crisis everywhere else in Syria where the evil that rules in Washington has unleashed its ISIL mercenaries to slaughter the Syrian people? Why do we not hear about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen where the US and its Saudi Arabian vassal are slaughtering Yemeni women and children? Why don’t we hear about the humanitarian crisis in Libya where Washington destroyed a country leaving chaos in its place? Why don’t we hear about the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, ongoing now for 13 years, or the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan now 15 years old? -- The answer is that the crisis in Aleppo is the crisis of Washington losing its ISIL mercenaries to the Syrian army and Russian air force. The jihadists sent by Obama and the killer bitch Hillary (“We came, we saw, he died”) to destroy Syria are being themselves destroyed. The Obama regime and the Western presstitutes are trying to save the jihadists by covering them in the blanket of “humanitarian crisis.” -- Such hypocrisy is standard fare for Washington. If the Obama regime gave a hoot about “humanitarian crisis,” the Obama regime would not have orchestrated humanitarian crisis in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen. -- We are in the middle of a presidential campaign in the US and no one has asked why the US is determined to overthrow a democratically elected Syrian government that is supported by the Syrian people. -- No one has asked why the White House Fool is empowered to remove the president of Syria by siccing US-supplied jihadists, which the presstitutes misrepresent as “moderate rebels,” on the Syrian people. -- Washington, of course, has no acceptable answer to the question, and that is why the question is not asked. -- The answer to the question is that Washington’s strategy for destabilizing Iran and then the Muslim provinces of the Russian Federation, former Soviet central Asia, and the Muslim province of China is to replace stable governments with the chaos of jihadism. Iraq, Libya, and Syria had stable secular societies in which the government’s strong hand was used to prevent sectarian strife between Muslim sects. By overthrowing these secular governments and the current effort to overthrow Assad, Washington released the chaos of terrorism. -- There was no terrorism in the Middle East until Washington brought it there with invasions, bombings, and torture. -- Jihadists such as those that Washington used to overthrow Gaddafi appeared in Syria when the British Parliament and the Russian government blocked Obama’s planned invasion of Syria. As Washington was prevented from directly attacking Syria, Washington used mercenaries. The prostitutes that pretend to be an American media obliged Washington with the propaganda that the jihadist terrorists are Syrian democrats rebelling against “the Assad dictatorship.” This transparant and blatant lie has been repeated so many times that it now is confused with truth.'
history  america  empire  war  perpetualwar  forcedmemes  "humanitarianism"  neoconservatism  pathocracy 
4 days ago
Breitbart -- The Advocate: Peter Thiel Can't Be Gay Because He's a Conservative
'Jim Downs, a writer for the popular LGBT magazine The Advocate, has declared that homosexual billionaire Peter Thiel can’t be gay because he’s a conservative; he just has gay sex. -- “Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire who made news this summer for endorsing Donald Trump at the Republican convention, is a man who has sex with other men. But is he gay?” asked Downs. “By the logic of gay liberation, Thiel is an example of a man who has sex with other men, but not a gay man. Because he does not embrace the struggle of people to embrace their distinctive identity.”'
faggotry  victimhood  ideology 
4 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- High Schooler Kills Bully - No Charges
'...He was being bullied, he sought out the bully while he had the knife, and when a tussle began, he killed him by stabbing him in the heart. -- This would seem a case of the return of common sense that will accompany K. When things are r, and everyone’s amygdala is so dead that they can barely perceive any truth, nobody can judge situations well. Soon, the authority is imposing all sorts of blanket, one size fits all penalties, to be imposed according to established facts, regardless of any ameliorating circumstances, or unique facets to the case. Rabbits want established, unwavering procedures to allow them to function despite their lack of amygdalae, while K-strategists tolerate them, because without things like mandatory minimums, rabbits would set al the criminals free.'
rkselectiontheory  jurisprudence  law 
5 days ago
typhonblue comments on The Fear of Having a Son
'#Society to boy: "You're worthless, go make yourself useful." -- #Society: "Why are all these boys achieving so much more than girls?" -- #Society to boy: "Not only are you worthless, you're actively oppressing girls, go make yourself useful so you can give girls the shit you took from them." -- #Society: "Why are these boys achieving so much more than the girls?"'
men  sacrifice 
5 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: Why We Go Off People Who Like Us
'Though we long for certain people to like us, an odd thing can happen once they do. What is the origin of our strange coolness towards those who show enthusiasm for us?'
psychology  shame  idealization  devaluation  defencemechanisms 
6 days ago
The Witherspoon Institute -- Pronouns, Ordinary People, and the War over Reality by Anthony Esolen
'Do not dismiss the pronominal wars as nonsense or assume that its warriors are merely daft. -- ...She says that she wants all people to feel “safe” and comfortable, regardless of their sexual identity. That is not true. What she wants is that ordinary people should feel uncomfortable. She wants to rob them of their ordinary perceptions. She sows the field of conversation with mines, glad if ordinary people learn to tiptoe around them, but much gladder still when they fail and blow themselves up, because that provides her with the opportunity for more “education,” which means a more aggressive campaign against our common grasp of objective reality and our ability to communicate with ease what we see. -- Here is the connection between the multiplication of pronouns and the efforts to suppress truths about sex. The inventors of such ugly and meaningless collocations as “xe” and “zir” do not want to enrich the language, and they do not want us to probe more deeply and sensitively into the realities of male and female. They want to impoverish the language and to prevent us from acknowledging things about men and women that even little children perceive. -- ...why should anybody want to do this to other people? Cui bono? -- The first answer is that the confusion redounds to the benefit of the self-confused, who get to compel other people to play along with their idiosyncratic dreams of unreality. Elwood P. Dowd not only has his invisible friend, the six-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey, but will take you to court unless you shake Harvey’s hand and register Harvey in at the hotel. Harvey must be your friend too, or else. Christian bakers who have retained their hold on reality can tell us what will happen to you if you say, “But there is no Harvey here, nor will I pretend that there is.” -- The second answer is that ideological rent-seekers benefit. I am thinking especially of certain college professors, directors of the hideously named “human resources,” compliance lawyers, federal bureaucrats, and captains of monoform diversity. They sow the mines and then sell you a map to the field. They poison one well, station a surveillance team around the others, and force you to drink from theirs—levying severe fines on you if you try to dip your pitcher into healthy water. They seek confusion and confrontation, because those bring them money and power. -- But the third answer, I think, brings us nearest to the heart of the issue. The sexual revolution always has been a war waged against the ordinary family, against the ordinary ways of men and women and children. The moral law as regards sex is meant to protect that family from threats without and within: from the pseudo-marriage that is fornication, from the betrayal of marriage that is adultery, from the rickets and scurvy of impure habits, and from the mockery of the marital act that is sodomy. If a man’s home was his castle, then the walls round that castle were his people’s understanding of the moral law and the customs that gave the law vigor and force. Who then would benefit by riddling the walls with holes? All people who could not, because of their own failings and vices, enjoy the good of family life; all people who saw the family as the great opponent in the way of their statist ambitions; all rebels against Nature and Nature’s God, who would be happier to see a man leave his wife and children to take up with another man than to see a young woman turn away from the hothouse of a lesbian relationship to become a wife and mother after the ordinary way of nature. -- Ordinary people get many things wrong, but they are not motivated by hatred of reality. They are too ordinary for that: too happily bound to the order of things. They see boys playing baseball in a field, and it cheers them up. They see girls chatting on the porch as they paint pictures, and it cheers them up. They like reality. They like boys and girls, men and women. They can imagine wanting to tear down a building because it is useless or ugly or dangerous. They cannot imagine wanting to tear down a building because it is beautiful. They cannot imagine anyone else wanting to do such a thing, either. -- I am here to tell all such admirably ordinary people: broaden your imaginations. Do not dismiss the pronominal wars as nonsense. Do not assume that the warriors are merely daft. Do not mistake the pale horse and its rider for snowflakes or mittens or bunnies or anything else that is soft and inoffensive and trivial. The pale horse and its rider aim to destroy.'
rkselectiontheory  ideology  faggotry  shame  narcissism  unwarrantedselfimportance  envy  power  newspeak  politicalcorrectness  illiberalism  1984 
7 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: CrossTalk on Russia-US Relations: Inevitable Clash?
'It would appear Russia and the United States are moving down the path toward some kind of confrontation – even conflict. With the war of words coming out of Washington directed at Moscow, is there still time to de-escalate?'-- "I really have no patience for 'Bringing democracy to Syria.' Why don't you bring democracy to Saudi Arabia? This is just ridiculous." -- Let the petrodollar circulate!
america  empire  twominuteshate  war  russia 
7 days ago
Aeon -- Conversations: What do you think of when you hear people endorse, or criticise, American exceptionalism?
John Smith: 'American Exceptionalism is supremacist ideology. That an exact definition of what it means is hard to pin down doesn’t matter. Most people take it to mean that America is, well, exceptional and that makes it “better” than other countries. It helps politicians who use it in patriotic and jingoistic speeches (along with America as the “indispensable nation”) to whip up support for whatever nefarious operations they are cooking up that involve a combination of bombing, invasion, regime change and thousands killed and injured. After all, if you are exceptional and indispensable it provides an implicit reason/excuse for committing war crimes and giving the finger to international law while belligerently demanding other nations (especially US enemies du jour) “abide by international law”. -- The west could not sustain the consumer culture and lifestyle that it enjoys if it could not plunder the rest of the world with impunity. (And with China, India, Russia and other nations competing for access to limited resources the struggle is getting more intense). America is basically leading the European imperial project that has been in motion for centuries. Europeans, for all their righteous whining and blaming America not only benefit from modern western imperialism but say very little when their governments join in and take part of the spoils. -- It’s interesting that American policy makers are quite open about their long term world domination project. From the 1930s to the present day books and papers spell out the need to control the world because obviously countries aren’t going to let themselves willingly be ravaged and robbed. Exceptionalism is part of the myth that allows the American empire to justify to itself the actions it takes that costs millions of lives and deprive millions more of dignity and the right to live free of western interference. The US as reluctant world police force and tireless defender of human rights and democracy is another part of that mythology. -- Empires rising to power, peaking, and declining and fighting over land and resources is not at all novel or new - it’s human history. In addition to economic and territorial ambitions the elite of all empires lust for power and control and will seemingly do anything to keep themselves at the top of the food chain even if it means the ultimate destruction of their empire and themselves. From that perspective, America is not exceptional at all, or looked at another way, America is absolutely exceptional…just like every other empire that thought it had a divine right to force other peoples and nations to submit to its will. And, like empires before it, the American/European version is in denial as decline becomes more and more obvious and the “little people” start getting restless and the nations and people subjected to its arm twisting and brutality begin to resist.'
america  empire  neoconservatism  exceptionism  pathocracy 
7 days ago
Aeon -- American exceptionalism, from Stalin with love by Ian Tyrrell
'...Though the US economy expanded in the 1990s and early 2000s, economic inequality that began to grow in the Reagan era also became worse. In the post-1945 age, when academics first posed American exceptionalism as a coherent doctrine, the idea also became linked to global US military and political hegemony. In the past two generations, since the Reagan era, Americans have not prospered to the same extent, and American exceptionalism has been increasingly linked only to military hegemony. -- Decline is, in fact, the midwife to the ideology of American exceptionalism. The less exceptional that circumstances in the US appear, the louder defenders of exceptionalism insist on orthodoxy. When the nation was indisputably powerful and its people prosperous, Americans did not collectively require an ‘ism’ to serve as a guiding light. In these more polarised times, when the fates of Americans become based more on their class and less on their shared nationality, the ideological orthodoxy of American exceptionalism has emerged on a political level. A previously obscure academic term became a rallying cry for a political agenda. -- When Hillary Clinton joins the exceptionalist bandwagon, it reflects a political consensus that Donald Trump denies. In wanting to make America great again, Trump implicitly accepts that it is not currently ‘great’, and never was exceptional. No longer is the Republican Party the chief cheerleader of American exceptionalism. But the Democrats have picked up the mantle, and the language of exceptionalism continues to rally a party and a country.
america  empire  neoconservatism  exceptionism  pathocracy 
7 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: US is exceptional, needs to continue leading the world - Hillary Clinton
'If there’s one core belief that has guided and inspired me every step of my career in public service, it’s this: the U.S. is an exceptional nation. And when you add up all our advantages, it’s clear we’re indispensable too—a nation all others look to for leadership. -- America is indispensable in part because we have the greatest military in history, with the best troops, training and technology. And it’s essential we do everything we can to support our men and women in uniform, and our veterans. -- America is also indispensable because of our network of alliances, built up with decades of diplomacy. Russia and China can’t begin to compare.' -- Why America Is Exceptional by Hillary Clinton http://time.com/4521509/2016-election-clinton-exceptionalism/
america  empire  exceptionalism  neoconservatism  pathocracy 
7 days ago
YouTube -- Black Pigeon Speaks: This 10 Minute Video Should End Hillary's Campaign for President
"To carry out Clinton's plan to institute a No-Fly Zone [over Syria] will lead to war with Russia."
ameria  empire  pathocracy  war  perpetualwar  russia 
7 days ago
Spiked -- It’s time to shoot down the post-Brexit hate-crime hysteria by Brendan O’Neill
'...Every single person who phones a hate-crime hotline is believed. -- ... For a flavour of how flabby the definition and recording of ‘hate crimes’ has become, consider this stipulation from the Operational Guidance for police forces dealing with such crimes: ‘For recording purposes, the perception of the victim, or any other person, is the defining factor in determining whether an incident is a hate incident… The victim does not have to justify or provide evidence of their belief, and police officers or staff should not directly challenge this perception. Evidence of hostility is not required for an incident or crime to be recorded as a hate crime or hate incident.’ Got that? In order for an alleged incident to be recorded as a hate crime – that is, for a phoned-in claim to become a hard fact – the victim or any other person simply has to say it was a hate crime and the cops will not challenge them for evidence. Remainers constantly decry the Leave lobby’s ‘post-truth politics’, yet they embrace an explicitly anti-evidence method for crime recording, buying into the hate-crime hysteria despite the fact that hate-crime recording, unlike any other crime, is based entirely on subjective feeling. -- There’s something almost pre-modern in this instant belief in alleged victims, in this magical transformation of story into fact. Indeed, it brings to mind the cry of John Proctor in The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s play about the Salem witch trials: ‘Is the accuser holy now?’ In the world of hate crime, yes, the accuser is holy. His claim, his word, is sacrosanct; no one may question it. Politics doesn’t get much more post-reality than this. -- ... The true story here is not that Britain became more hateful post-referendum, but that officialdom, aided by spectacularly uncritical commentators, has developed new ways of cynically constructing crime epidemics. And to what end? To the explicitly political end of demonising the choice made by voters in the referendum and depicting Britain outside of the EU as a dangerous place in which old and ugly views have been emboldened. Rarely has the political motivation behind spreading a crime panic been so obvious, so shrill, as this. -- And yet no one on the left or in liberal academia is criticising this madness. This is an extraordinary turnaround. In the 1970s and 1980s, left-leaning sociologists and criminologists devoted much intellectual energy to exposing crime and moral panics. The titles of their books and papers say it all: ‘Panic: The Social Construction of the Street Gang Problem’, ‘Juvenile Crime and the Construction of a Moral Panic’, ‘Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance’. They recognised that the authorities’ handwringing over certain kinds of crime – football hooligans, black muggers, glue sniffers – was often fuelled more by fear than facts. And they argued that such panics were often deployed for explicitly political purposes, to demonise a ‘deviant’ section of society and make the case for the introduction of more authoritarian measures. That so many nominal leftists and liberals are not only buying into the Brexit hate-crime hysteria but are actively promoting it confirms the extent to which this political group has abandoned its scepticism of authority, and is now little more than an unofficial arm of the status quo. -- There’s a grim irony. Media Remainers accuse Leavers of being authoritarian populists, longing for more social control, driven by a fear of the Other. Yet the hate-crime hysteria suggests this is more true of Remainers. Indeed, the term ‘authoritarian populism’, coined by left-wing theorist Stuart Hall in the 1980s, was originally used to describe those who pushed crime panics as a means of allowing officialdom to problematise sections of society and police society at large. ‘Authoritarian populism’ was never a very useful phrase, speaking as it did to the 1980s left’s wrongheaded, anti-democratic conviction that the authoritarian impulse emanated from below, from the populace, rather than from the political elite. But today it is better applied to influential Remainers than ordinary Leavers, since it is they who spread crime panic; who ‘Other’ whole swathes of society (dumb, hateful anti-EU whites); and who implicitly invite more authoritarian policing and censorship to deal with their utterly invented tsunami of hate. Post-truth, fact-lite, fearful authoritarian – know thyself.'
illiberalism  victimhood  threatnarrative  scapegoating  joycamp  1984 
7 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Russia Recalling All Children Abroad
'This seems mildly ominous: "In Europe, when it gets serious, you have to lie… at least if you are an unelected bureaucrat like Jean-Claude Juncker. In Russia, however, when it gets serious, attention immediately turns to the children. -- Which is why we read a report in Russian website Znak published Tuesday, according to which Russian state officials and government workers were told to bring back their children studying abroad immediately, even if means cutting their education short and not waiting until the end of the school year, and re-enroll them in Russian schools, with some concern. The article adds that if the parents of these same officials also live abroad “for some reason”, and have not lost their Russian citizenship, should also be returned to the motherland. Znak cited five administration officials as the source of the report." -- The official story is the Russians don’t want the next generation of Russian leaders getting their minds polluted with foreign rabbitry and globalism. That in itself is a sign that the Russians see a need for high competitiveness in the coming decades, complete with a full disregard for all out-group interests. Russia sees an Apocalypse on the horizon.'
rkselectiontheory  russia  apocalypse 
8 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: ‘So many p*ssies on both sides’: Russian FM trolls US elections
'Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has trolled Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during a CNN interview, telling host Christiane Amanpour that the US presidential campaign was full of 'p*ssies'.'
9 days ago
Breitbart -- Show Porn to Kids and Teach Gender Studies in School, Says BBC Presenter
'Schools should show teenagers pornography and get them to analyse it like they would a Jane Austin novel, a BBC presenter has said. -- Dame Jenni Murray, who has presented BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour for nearly 30 years, called for sex education to be combined with biology, and for schools to teach a separate subject called “gender education”. -- Speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, the veteran presenter said a change in education was needed after due to the ease with which children have access to online pornography. -- She told the audience: “We give our kids Jane Austen to read and we say, ‘OK let’s analyse it’. -- “We might show them a news bulletin that has been on television the night before. Why not show them pornography and teach them how to analyse it? -- ... The Daily Mail reports that she also called for sex education to be taught as part of biology so parents would be less likely to opt out of it. -- “I would abolish sex education,” she said. “I would put the ‘what goes where’ and ‘how and how things are made’ and all of that into biology because that is science and no parent is going to say ‘oh, I don’t want my child getting involved in biology or science’. Whereas an awful lot of parents might say, ‘I don’t want my child to have sex education’. -- “What we would then have is a compulsory subject called gender education, so it doesn’t have the word sex in it so nobody can complain or be upset.”'
rkselectiontheory  minitrue  pornosec  prolefeed  1984 
9 days ago
Breitbart -- Nigerian Women Are Being Paid to Have Their Babies on the NHS, Health Manager Claims
'Agents in Nigeria have been offering pregnant women paid assistance to have their babies for free on the NHS, a hospital manager has claimed, prompting the London hospital she works for to begin asking pregnant women to show their passports before treatment. -- St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, is now demanding passports at appointments in the early stages of pregnancy in a bid to reduce its massive £4.6 million annual health tourism bill, the Daily Mail has reported. -- The hospital, one of the largest in the country, treated 900 health tourists in the past year alone. Yet according to Jo Johnson, head of private and overseas patients at the hospital, four in five foreign patients abscond before paying for their treatment. -- ... Overall, health tourism is thought to cost the NHS £200 million a year for all types of treatment. Hospitals near airports, in particular, are seeing rising numbers of women travelling to the UK to have their babies free of charge before returning home. -- In one notorious case, a Nigerian make-up artist racked up a £145,000 bill for the caesarean delivery of her quintuplets before returning home to Lagos, but claimed never to have even received a bill. She told reporters: “If I had, I would have paid it.” -- Homerton Hospital, in east London, which provided her treatment, confirmed that it would not be pursuing her for payment even after journalists offered to supply them with her current address.'
rkselectiontheory  welfare  parasitism 
9 days ago
Grabien News -- Video from 2008 Campaign Appears to Show Obama Flaunting Erection to Female Reporters
'As Donald Teump weathers a storm of controversy over randy comments he made to TV celebrity reporter Billy Bush in 2005, new video to emerge from the 2008 presidential campaign shows now-President Obama appearing to behave just as salaciously. -- Aboard a campaign flight, then-Senator Obama is talking on a cellphone as he arises from his seat; nearby a female reporter catches a glance of something that makes her uncomfortable, sending her skirmishing to the back of the plane. -- Obama, rather than downplay the awkward display, instead plays it up, positioning himself so the gathered reporters have little choice but to take in his chauvinistic performance. -- Meanwhile, a female voice can be heard ordering everyone to sit down, ostensibly so they can get a better look. The gathered female reporters laugh at the scene, further encouraging Obama's bawdy behavior. -- The video, originally shot by CNN cameras, emerged Tuesday on Twitter, where it spread quickly.'
9 days ago
Personality Hacker -- Podcast Ep 141 - How Will You Measure Successful Parenting
'#Time-binding ideas. We have a genetic imperative to have a child, and we have an ego imperative to make the child just like us. That’s why typology is so powerful. We recognize our kids are different from us and will make different choices. -- #Some sibling issues may not be communication problems; it may be connection issues. Have them look into each other’s eyes for 2 minutes when an altercation occurs.'
psychology  affectregulation  parenting  death  terrormanagementtheory 
9 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Cuckservatives March In Lockstep With The Left
'"Both Republicans and Democrats objected Sunday night to Donald Trump’s threat to jail Hillary Clinton if he becomes President, painting it as dangerously authoritarian… “Winning candidates don’t threaten to put opponents in jail. Presidents don’t threaten prosecution of individuals. Trump is wrong on this,” said Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush." -- Yeah, Fleischer was great for the Republican party’s ascendance. After his buddy George W. Bush left office, people were saying no Republican would ever get elected ever again. -- Now we have a candidate, that even with the media against him, the Clinton’s fighting dirty, a few unforced errors, and the entire Republican Establishment trying to destroy him, is still either tied or ahead. Imagine what he could do for the movement if his own party wasn’t trying to betray him at every turn. -- This is what happens when the entire system is corrupt. Everybody in power tries to create a situation where the elites are beyond the law – and they claim this should be so for moral reasons. Clinton committed crimes, but if you are moral, you would never imply she should ever face any consequences – even as we throw servicemen in prison for doing a small fraction of what she did. When everyone is corrupt, you cannot let any principled outsider in, at any cost. -- It is a measure of how many of the elites Trump should be throwing in prison when he takes office. -- And I say that out of compassion. If you wait until the collapse goes down and K-selection hits, prison will be the nice option they will wish Trump had pursued when he could have. -- The winds are shifting.'
statism  corruption  metastasis 
10 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Prisoners Starve In Venezuela
'"These shocking images show how prisoners are starving to death in Venezuela’s jails as food and medicine continues to run out amid economic collapse in the country." -- Venezuela is a great case study in true K-selection, offering key insights into who dies first. Prisoners don’t vote, so I am assuming they will have it rough when the Apocalypse hits. I imagine even within the prison, the strong will take the food from the weak. -- When the Apocalypse comes, and there isn’t enough food for everybody, somebody has to die. This is why I urge caution when the Apocalypse goes down. If you let yourself get caught in the chaos (and there will be a lot of it), it could easily be you in jail, and once you are there, God help you. -- Be careful and avoid all illegality and threatening environments at all costs.'
rkselectiontheory  venezuela  collapse 
10 days ago
YouTube -- Blaire White: Islam Apologists Are CANCER
"Islam is a religion of peace." -- Contempt is the feeling that is provided by you when somebody is attempting to exploit you based on your virtue. ~ Stefan Molyneux
conquest  truebelieversyndrome  victimhood  predation  contempt 
10 days ago
YouTube -- Rebel Media: Transgender Protesters in Toronto: "Gender is Over"
'Lauren Southern of TheRebel.media went to a protest against a Toronto professor who refuses to use "non-binary" gender pronouns.'
victimhood  narcissism  unwarrantedselfimportance 
10 days ago
Inside Bitcoins -- Thoughts On Kim Dotcom's Bitcache
'"#1. Megaupload 2.0 #2. Bitcache #3. MegaNet — Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) August 5, 2016" -- The most ambitious of the three though, is MegaNET, which has been described as a decentralized internet. It sounds like it will use mesh networks and your phone’s unused processing power and storage. Users won’t have a traditional IP address. -- In order to make Mesh Networks work effectively on a large scale, it’ll need a critical mass of user adoption, which is apparently what Megaupload 2.0 and Bitcache are designed to attract. -- ... Dotcom is swinging for the fences this time, targeting not just file sharing but online reward structures and the internet itself as w ell. Whereas Megaupload was a Web 2.0 company, Megaupload 2.0, Bitcache and MegaNET might create a whole new genre of what it means to be online. Web 3.0.'
internet  micropayments  bitcoin 
10 days ago
Spiked -- Trump and Clinton: how low can they go?
'...Boiled down, Hillary’s case amounts to: vote for me because Trump said something derogatory to a former Miss Universe in the 1990s. Is that the best she can come up with? Given Hillary’s feminism and identity politics, it wouldn’t take a clairvoyant to know that she would push the sexism card in this campaign. But few will have predicted it would be played over such trivial matters. Indeed, Sunday night’s sorry display – with competing arguments over which 70-year-old sexist male, Trump or Bill Clinton, we should care most about – is the logical dead-end of ‘the personal is political’ feminism. It drags politics down to the personal level, and in this case there are unattractive personalities all around. Moreover, for Clinton herself, it’s a problematic line of attack: she likes to espouse the ‘believe all victims’ mantra of the new feminists, yet for decades she has smeared her husband’s accusers. -- ‘Trump’s a sexist pig’ is not a guaranteed winning electoral strategy for her, either. Clinton is very lucky in having an opponent in Trump, a man who embodies the new-feminist stereotype that all men are sexist. But by engaging in such a negative and petty campaign, Hillary has continually given left-for-dead Trump new leases on life. -- Sunday was a good example of this. Before the debate, Trump’s campaign was said to be in crisis over the video. Prominent Republicans were withdrawing their support, and there were rumours that he might even drop out of the race. -- But on the night, Trump was able to mumble through an apology about his ‘locker-room talk’, and then go on the offensive against Clinton. He was effectively saying: look past my indiscretions, because there are more important issues at stake in this election. And without a positive and inspiring vision, Clinton was vulnerable to Trump’s attacks. Trump scored points time and again: over Hillary’s decision to delete emails, her ties with Wall Street, her ‘bad judgement’ on Libya and Syria, and on her weak defence of Obamacare (he got her to admit that President Obama’s ‘signature achievement’ needed to be fixed). -- Challenged to defend her Wikileaks-revealed comments to Goldman Sachs about having a public and private persona, Clinton tried to claim she was referencing Abraham Lincoln. Trump counterpunched with his best line of the evening: ‘She lied, and now she’s blaming the lie on the late, great Abraham Lincoln.’ In another telling moment, as Clinton argued that she could bring the country together, Trump reminded us that Hillary views a huge swathe of the population as ‘deplorable’ and ‘irredeemable’. Again, a very effective use of turning Clinton’s own weakness – her elitism – against her. -- In this year’s contest of the unlikeables, whoever is in the spotlight is viewed more negatively; on Sunday Trump shone the light on Hillary, and she was exposed as an empty suit. It was a quite amazing turnaround: Clinton was expected to deliver the knockout punch in the debate, but couldn’t; Trump won by surviving. -- Of course, in going on the attack on Clinton, Trump was trying to deflect attention from his own problems. But it also served another purpose: to gin up his base of working-class support. Accusing Clinton, to her face, of covering up her husband’s sexual scandals, and saying he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her emails (‘you’d be in jail’, he predicted) – this was red meat for his devotees. At various times in his campaign, Trump has rejected advice from Republican grandees to tone down his message and seek to broaden his appeal. It’s interesting how, when he gets in trouble, like with the latest video, Trump doubles down with appeals to his base. He must recognise how valuable that support is, and it’s something other Republicans envy him for (indeed, it’s why so many Republicans can’t bring themselves to break with Trump – they don’t want to cut themselves off from his base).'
politics  rhetoric  snark 
10 days ago
Breitbart -- Academic Who Investigated UK Sharia Courts: 'Useful Infidels' Helping Fundamentalists Islamise West
'A reformed “liberal left-winger” academic whose research prompted Theresa May to launch an investigation into Sharia courts, has warned that liberals are enabling Muslim fundamentalists to Islamise the West. -- Dutch political scientist and legal scholar Machteld Zee said that by stifling criticism of Islam, “useful infidels” are helping conservative Muslims isolate Islamic communities and encourage them to be more religious and insular. -- ... Interviewing the political scientist, Dutch journalist Wierd Duk noted that in Holy Identities Zee argues Islamic fundamentalists who share the Saudi regime’s goal of Islamisation are being helped by “useful infidels” — non-Muslim intellectuals, politicians, and opinion-shapers who don’t want to cause offence. -- Zee replied: “Yes, leading multiculturalists actually believe that Muslims should be shielded from criticism because it would inflict psychological harm. Although there are many Muslims who find this view idiotic, others use it to call those who criticise Islam ‘Islamophobes’ and ‘racists’.” -- The Algemeen Dagblad journalist noted that since her work on Sharia courts Zee went from being a self-described liberal left winger, to warning the world “against a lack of knowledge and lack of resistance to advancing radical Islam”. -- The academic said her research in Birmingham and London opened her eyes to a “parallel society” where “sharia law trumps secular law”. “I object to it because these practices are contrary to the rights of women”, Zee stressed. -- ... It’s important that people learn about Islamisation, she asserted, because the Muslim Brotherhood is handsomely funded by fundamentalists and aims for world domination. Sharia courts are a part of this, the researcher believes. -- Zee said: “Authors that I studied for my investigation were generally benevolent towards sharia courts. But guess what? None of them had ever attended a session of such a court. They don’t know what is happening there. -- “Now they ask me to tell them all about it. Judges in these courts tell women to accept polygamy and to not to report domestic violence to the police. Violent fathers are given custody of their children. I get the impression that as these facts become known, the tide of the public debate is turning. I hardly hear anyone pleading in favour of sharia courts now.” -- Holy Identities, the Algemeen Dagblad journalist says, “finds that politically correct elites try to cover up abuse within Islam and to trivialise the threat of Islamic fundamentalism.”'
UK  fabianism  subversion  conquest  theocracy  stockholmsyndrome  politicalcorrectness  use 
10 days ago
Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
'Infogalactic is an Internet-based, free-content encyclopedia project that is a dynamic fork of Wikipedia and improves upon the online encyclopedia's model of openly editable content. Infogalactic's pages are interlinked in order to connect the user to related pages with additional information, and are categorized in a variety of ways, including Relativity, Notability, and Reliability to allow the user to prioritize his personalized perspective. -- ... Infogalactic does not share the highly centralized structure of Wikipedia or the ideological dogma of the Wikimedia Foundation. The primary requirements are for the information contributed to be true, relevant, and verifiable, rather than cited from a so-called “published reliable source”, since experience has proven how reliance upon the latter can be easily gamed by editors and administators alike. There is no culture of notability, ideology, or deletionism at Infogalactic. The addition of perspective filters and two levels of Context and Opinion to every page means that the average editor's contribution is much less likely to be deleted for political reasons or fall victim to the edit wars over controversial pages. -- Infogalactic is designed around the idea that the user should be permitted to decide what information is relevant to him, not 500 ideologically-driven thought police.'
internet  archive  cognitivesurplus  wiki  wikipedia  mintrue  thoughtpolice  backlash 
10 days ago
YouTube -- HoneyBadgerRadio: CherrySTEM #12: The O Show
'Discussing the Female Orgasm: what it is, how to have it, who has "rights" to it and bonus: cripple sex!'
men  women  sexuality 
11 days ago
YouTube -- TEDxYYC: Keith Johnstone: Don’t Do Your Best
'How to lead an improvised life by the inventor of Theatresports and world renowned improvisational theatre instructor, Keith Johnstone.' -- "Be obvious." "Be average." Be boring.
psychology  impro  creativity  KeithJohnstone 
12 days ago
The Book of Life -- Authentic Work
'What is meant by authentic work isn’t any particular job, but a particular relationship to a job: one marked by a direct connection between the deep self and the task at hand. For one person, authentic work might mean being a landscape painter; for another, it could just as well involve accountancy or regional sales. -- ... We often get hung up on particular job titles (‘teacher’, ‘graphic designer’) but we should stick for as long as possible with the abstract pleasures that come prior to, and to some extent float independently of, any one given job. We need to start to understand the pleasure points to which we are most receptive, and then sift through the labour market according to where we might most readily find them. The task feels tricky because we normally leap straight to the job itself – and we haven’t normally been exposed to vocabularies of pleasure – but if we were to start the task of drawing one of these up, we could arrive at a list of at least twelve factors that tend to explain what it is people are implicitly alluding to when they say, in a surface way, that they ‘love’ their job. As we read through a list of pleasure-points, we’ll realise that certain of these options will speak much more loudly to us than others. Then it is time to rank them in order of preference. Our tastes might surprise us. Unexpected themes may emerge and priorities change along with them. By taking a pulse of our responses to different pleasure points, we’ll be granted material with which to start to draw up our own private template of what we need to look for in a job we may one day come to love. The 12 central pleasure points include: the pleasure of making money; of creating beauty; of creativity; of understanding; of self-expression; of technology; of assisting others; of leading; of being independent; of ordering and of immersion in nature. -- ... The surprising, liberating side of pleasure-point analysis is that it reveals that it can never be a particular industry sector that is the key to finding a job we can love. Because when properly understood a pleasure is – thankfully – generic and can, therefore, truly turn up in many different and initially unexpected places. Careful knowledge of what we love sets us free to love more widely.'
psychology  work  flow 
12 days ago
Aeon Essays -- What Chinese corner-cutting reveals about modernity by James Palmer
'I am a believer in Hilaire Belloc’s 1911 epigram: "It is the business of the wealthy man / To give employment to the artisan." -- I barely qualify as wealthy, even in China, and artisans are few and preciously guarded. Most of the time, when I’ve called in help, I’ve been left standing in a flooded bathroom with a panicked 20-year-old assuring me that he thinks he can get the pipe back on. -- My time in China has taught me the pleasure and value of craftsmanship, simply because it’s so rare. To see somebody doing a job well, not just for its own reward, but for the satisfaction of good work, thrills my heart; it doesn’t matter whether it’s cooking or candle-making or fixing a bike. When I moved house some years ago, I watched with genuine delight as three wiry men stripped my old apartment to the bone in 10 minutes, casually balancing sofas and desks on their backs and packing the van as tightly as a master Tetris player. -- But such scenes are an unusual treat. (And, after losing the card for my master movers, the next time I shifted house, the moving team did a fine imitation of the Three Stooges.) Instead, the prevailing attitude is chabuduo, or ‘close enough’. It’s a phrase you’ll hear with grating regularity, one that speaks to a job 70 per cent done, a plan sketched out but never completed, a gauge unchecked or a socket put in the wrong size. Chabuduo is the corrosive opposite of the impulse towards craftmanship, the desire, as the sociologist Richard Sennett writes in The Craftsman (2008), ‘to reject muddling through, to reject the job just good enough’. Chabuduo implies that to put any more time or effort into a piece of work would be the act of a fool. China is the land of the cut corner, of ‘good enough for government work’. -- ... To some extent, this is a normal historical process. In 19th-century Paris, Hamburg and New York, writers complained of builders who didn’t know one end of a trowel from another, of plumbers more likely to smash your pipes than mend them, of glaziers whose frames would fall and shatter the next day. Rural migrants flooded the cities, looking for any day labour they could find, their own local skills useless in a new environment. In a generation or less, the rush of modernity invalidated talents developed over centuries. -- But in much of the developed world, the sense of craftsmanship soon returned. There was the pleasure of invention, of the cutting edge, of developing new standards for a new trade. In late 18th-century England, brickmakers crafted their own rich metaphors, where, as Sennett notes, the invention of ‘honest’ brick (without any artificial colour added) reflected the manufacturers’ own pride. Ford workers in the 1930s envisioned a gleaming automated future made with their own tools. In contrast, Chinese workers have been stranded for four decades in a dead zone, where the old skills have been lost, but a new professionalism hasn’t evolved. And the era of quick-and-dirty shows no signs of disappearing any time soon. -- ...in practice, China’s regulatory authorities are a void. Although each disaster is ritually castigated in the press, any follow-up is rapidly killed; the average lifespan of coverage of even a massive disaster such as Tianjin is less than a week, before the mandates of the propaganda bureau go out and the story disappears from the papers. -- Everyday regulation is even less efficient, bound by a set of perverse incentives that have persisted for decades. Regulators, under-funded and under-staffed, aren’t expected to cover every possible enterprise. Yet if they inspect a site or company, they’re deemed to be responsible for any future disasters there, which can cost them their jobs, Party membership or even potential jail time. The obvious solution is for regulators to cover few sites and concentrate on the least risky areas, thus minimising their personal risk. This failure is compounded by the absence of a functioning civil legal system, especially for collective action; mistakes that could mean massive lawsuits in the West can be papered over in China. Even the death of migrant workers can be paid off with as little as $5,000. -- All these factors work against the Chinese developing pride in their own work. And if they do, they better keep it to themselves. In the West, unions (for manual labourers) and professional associations (for groups such as doctors and lawyers) played a critical role in setting national standards. They gave people an identity that depended, in part, on both mastery and morality, a group of peers to compete against, and to be held to account by. -- But, as Adam Smith argued in The Wealth of Nations (1776), every profession ‘ends in a conspiracy against the public’ and the Chinese Communist Party tolerates no conspiracies except its own. Especially since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, any group that might represent a cross-national basis of resistance to the Party has been cut down. Unionisation, outside of the toothless and corrupt All-China Trade Union Federation, is a threat to the Party, which no more wants hod-carriers or rail workers across the nation to come together than it does Christians, democrats or feminists. -- Under the Party umbrella, there is room for professional associations – but only at the top end of the scale. There’s a Chinese Medical Association, but no China Plumber’s Association. Even within those bodies, though, far more value is put on sticking to the official line than in creating a peer group. As the medical journalist Michael Woodhead has pointed out, in the West doctors have clear professional guidelines, and review bodies to keep them on the straight-and-narrow; in China they have only the flickering lamp of their own conscience.'
china  statism  regulation  perverseincentives  shoddy 
12 days ago
Michael Hudson -- Democracy's Debt Ladder
'#HUDSON: We are not in a recovery and we’re not really in a traditional recession. People think of a business cycle, which is a boom followed by a recession and then automatic stabilizers revive the economy. But this time we can’t revive. The reason is that every recovery since 1945 has begun with a higher, and higher level of debt. The debt is so high now, that since 2008 we’ve been in what I call, debt deflation. People have to pay so much money to the banks that they don’t have enough money to buy the goods and services they produce. So there’s not much new investment, there’s not new employment (except minimum-wage “service” jobs), markets are shrinking, and people are defaulting. So many companies can’t pay their banks. -- The banks’ product is debt. They try to tell customers that “debts are good for you,” but the customers can’t afford any more debt, so there’s no way the banks can continue their current business plan. In fact, there’s no way that banks can be paid everything that they’re owed. That’s where the IMF doesn’t follow through its analysis, by saying, “Look, the banks are broke because the financial system is broke; and the financial system is broke because the whole idea of trying to get rich by running into debt doesn’t work.” -- It was a false model. So really, we’re at the end of long cycle that began in 1945, loading the economy with debt. We’re not going to be able to get out of it until you write down the debts. But that’s what the IMF believes is unthinkable. It can’t say that, because it’s supposed to represent the interest of the banks. So all the IMF can say is to wring their hands over the fact that the banks won’t make money even if there is a recovery. -- But there really isn’t a recovery, and no signs of it on the horizon, because people have to pay the banks. It’s a vicious circle – or rather, a downward spiral. Basically, the IMF economists are just throwing up their hands and admitting that they don’t know what to do, given the limits of their tunnel vision.' -- '#BROWN: Let’s talk about the other little nugget of information released by the IMF about debt. Global debt has now reached about a hundred and fifty-two trillion dollars. This includes government debt, household debt, non-financial firms’ debt. What does all this debt mean for the global financial system and for everyday people here, Michael? #HUDSON: It means that the only way people can repay the debt is by cutting their living standards very drastically. It means agreeing to shift their pension plans from defined benefit plans – when you know what you’re going to get – into just “defined contribution plans,” where you put money in, like into a roach motel, and you don’t know what’s coming out. -- To save the banks from making losses that would wipe out their net worth, you’ll have to get rid of Social Security. It means that you’ll essentially have to abolish government and turn it over to the banking system to run, with an idea that the role of governments is to extract income from the economy to pay to the bondholders and the banks. -- When you say “paying the banks,” what they really mean is paying the bank bondholders. They are basically the One Percent. What you’re really seeing right now in the IMF report, in this growth of debt, is that One Percent of the population owns maybe three-quarters of all this debt. This means that there’s a choice: either you can save the economy, or you can save the One Percent from losing a single penny. -- Every government, from the Obama administration right through to Angela Merkel, the Eurozone and the IMF, promise to save the banks, not the economy. No price is too high to pay to try to make the financial system go on a little bit longer. But ultimately it can’t be saved, because of the mathematics that are involved. Debts grow and grow. And the more they grow, the more they shrink the economy. When you shrink the economy, you shrink the ability to pay the debts, so it’s all an illusion that the system can be saved. The question is, how long are people going to be willing to live in this illusion?'
economics  debt  delusion  greatestdepression  MichaelHudson 
12 days ago
Breaking Smart -- The Internet Has No Trash Cans
'Here's an open secret about the Internet that all seasoned citizens of it subconsciously understand, but few dare to consciously admit to themselves: the Internet has no trash cans. There may be places that are, by institutional consensus, dark, dank places (the DarkNet is the collective term), but unlike your laptop, there are no places where stuff that's been irreversibly declared, by consensus, to be trash, goes to be "deleted". Instead, the Internet is like a natural ecosystem. All information gets 100% recycled continuously. Whatever you might think is "bad" doesn't ever go away.'
internet  kipple  #processing  #diversity  infinitegame 
12 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Transgender SJW In Training Toddler “Spirals” After Begin Called a Girl
'Fail to call a transgender by their preferred pronoun, and end up liable for millions?: [http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/transgender-boy%E2%80%99s-mom-sues-hospital-saying-he-%E2%80%98went-into-spiral%E2%80%99-after-staff-called-him-a-girl/ar-BBwVYBK?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp] "...“In that moment, he was in crisis,” she recalled. He was admitted into the hospital’s youth psychiatry unit for a 72-hour suicide hold, she said. But while at Rady Children’s, hospital employees kept referring to Kyler as a girl, and “he went into a spiral,” his mother said in a phone interview. “He was frantic,” she said. “They were making him worse. They were completely traumatizing him.”" -- This may be the new term we will see – “spiraling.” -- The most fascinating aspect of the SJW phenomenon is the use of demonstrated mental illness to status signal their SJW creds to fellow travelers. From feminists cutting live on social media, to instagraming live freakout-vomiting, liberals not only accept their mental illness, they are using it to socially bond. -- This creates a curious circumstance I have not seen mentioned – a cognitive rewarding of dysfunctional amygdala-freakouts. In a way, mental illness, which previously carried tangible cost, and thus would tend to condition the afflicted away from the disorder, suddenly has a positive effect on the individual’s social function, conditioning them toward ever greater amygdala dysfunction and mental illness. -- Only in times of r-selection could mental illness prove adaptive based upon it’s extent.'
rkselectiontheory  victimhood  faggotry 
12 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- K-Strategy Is On The Move In Latin America
'...Notice migrants tend to be r-strategists, so as things turn K, the r-strategists flee to where there are more resources. So there may be more than just resource shortage at play here. Their rabbits are fleeing there, and showing up here. -- A part of me wonders if that mechanism has a hand in the r-strategists evolving an embrace of out-groups. A desire to be surrounded by the foreign facilitates migration to the foreign lands where the resources are. We think they want migrants here, because they want oppressors to take us down. It appears that way to us, because the idea of fleeing is not in us. r-strategists are different – they are programmed to flee, just like every time they see an election result they don’t like, they are moving overseas in protest. “If Trump wins, I’m moving to XXXXXX!” -- That desire to import foreigners may only be a byproduct – an attempt to satisfy the urge to be surrounded by the foreign, even as they don’t want to flee because our nation is so rich. If you can’t bring Mohammed to the mountain, bring the mountain to Mohammed. -- So the real reason for the out-group-love-instinct to evolve is that it makes it easy to flee to the place where the resources are. If India were rich, and the US poor and shifting K, it sure would be easy for the leftists to migrate on a moment’s notice if they had a burning desire to be surrounded by a strange foreign culture, foreign food, foreign people, and so on. -- This might mean that as K sweeps over the world, the most disordered and chaotic places may be destined to be the richest, since all the poor nations feel the K first, their r-strategists flee to the richest nation preferentially, and when the full K finally envelopes the globe, the richest nation is where the r-strategists have to fight, or be shipped back to their homeland, which by that time is so overwhelmingly K they will do anything to avoid being sent home. On the other side, either the K-strategists fight like hell and deport or destroy as many rabbits as possible, or they see their nation hippie-ized permanently, and relegated by their rabbity idiots to second tier status in a K-selected world. -- There may be an innate churning to the world, designed to keep which nations are the richest and most powerful in flux. This may be in large part why the sole global superpower today is not the Roman Empire, the British Empire, the Ottoman Empire, or the Swedish Empire. It may be that Russia’s refusal to tap the debt spigot to the degree the US has, means that the next millennium may see a rise of the Russian Bear, as the US assumes a role in the world more like Turkey today. Let’s face it, no nation can possibly be great if it has enough Woody Allens and Barney Franks in it – especially when they are foreign imports with an average IQ in the high sixties and its opponent is filled with Vladimir Putins. -- It is amazing how a little wealth and a few r-strategists can take down the most powerful empires on the planet again and again throughout history – and still the rabbits pretend to be somehow competent enough to not only partake in the decisions of government, but to actually lead the nation.'
rkselectiontheory  migration  panarchy 
12 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Obamacare Is Going Down
'Herman Cain describes the problem: "First of all, all those new customers? As the insurers have discovered to their horror, far too many are sicker than the norm, which means the insurers are having to lay out far more money in care costs than they’re collecting in new premiums. So no, while the individual mandate is bringing them new customers, the new business is not profitable for them. -- Then there’s the matter of the risk corridor. Remember the original idea? If anyone loses money, a pool from the profits of the other insurers can be tapped to cover the losses. But what do you do if just about everyone is losing money? What do you do if the losses are so steep and the profits are so scarce that there’s not enough money in the pool to cover the losses? -- That’s exactly where we stand right now." -- They cannot raise rates enough because as they raise them, even more healthy people will leave, and the pool will become even more sickly and costly to provide care for. They are at the point where no matter what they do, costs will always outpace revenues. This is the application of an r-mindset with an r-perception of resource availability to a world that only has a K-level of resources. It is destined to failure. -- It is an amazing time, because the whole thing is going down. How often do you see the entire healthcare system of the most powerful nation on earth collapse, due solely to leftist stupidity and inability to comprehend reality? -- It is almost incomprehensible.'
rkselectiontheory  healthcare  pricefixing  economics 
12 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Germany Awakes Over The Migrant Crisis
'Most of the population are lemmings. If “everybody is voting for Obama,” everybody will vote for Obama. If everybody is throwing Molotov cocktails, and taking snipershots at Merkel, the lemmings will be down and the civil war will be on. As this article shows, everybody is beginning to stand up, wake up, and begin to take their nation back, and the lemmings are seeing that. Now is when it will snowball as the group quiets amygdalae that would otherwise abstain from the festivities. -- Just as the height of r is the worst time to live for a K-strategist, the turn to K is probably the most exhilarating, because it is the battle you are designed for, between good and evil.'
rkselectiontheory  herd  panarchy 
12 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Hillary Wanted To Kill Assange With A Drone
'When I tell you the domestic intel machinery will be turned upon us, I am not joking: "That is when a frustrated Clinton, sources said, at some point blurted out a controversial inquiry. “Can’t we just drone this guy?” Clinton openly inquired, offering a simple remedy to silence Assange and smother Wikileaks via a planned military drone strike, according to State Department sources. The statement drew laughter from the room which quickly died off when the Secretary kept talking in a terse manner, sources said. Clinton said Assange was, after all, a relatively soft target, “walking around” freely and thumbing his nose without any fear of reprisals from the United States." -- Her thinking was so ridiculous that everyone in the room assumed she was joking, because nobody could be that nuts. -- A well developed amygdala can contemplate Assange the way a well developed bicep can curl a 1lb dumbbell. Yes, if you are an elite he is irritating. You do want him neutralized. But you also have enough amygdala left over to contemplate the precedent killing him wantonly with a drone would set. You can see the diplomatic issues with leaving a crater in the street of some quaint European town he is traveling through. You can see the media blowback you would get at home when it came out. You can contemplate all the reasons not to do it as well, and reach a reasoned, nuanced solution. -- Notice Hillary’s amygdala is fully absorbed with Assange, and she seems to have difficulty seeing why they aren’t just going to kill him. That is because her amygdala is so overwhelmed by any minor stimulus that she cannot hold any thought in her mind simultaneously as she contemplates his irritation of her. -- This is why I expect to see people getting killed before this is all over, and why I think it will catch us unawares. We literally cannot grasp how crazy the rabbits like Hillary are, or how their amygdalae are unable to plan ahead. She feels this same way looking at Trump. She feels it for Milo, and the entire alt-right. And although the government employees she meets with may have enough amygdala to recognize they need to rope this batty old witch in, the leftist ideologues she barks orders to behind closed doors have identical amygdala insufficiencies. They see her proclamations as brilliant strategies to be carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible. -- The left needs a good kick of amygdala, to bring back sanity and restore mutual respect for their opposition. It is a natural part of the process, necessary before the K-shift can progress. It will happen at some point, because the process will wait until it does. Traditionally this is done with war, ala WWII, or pandemic, but we will see how it happens this time.'
rkselectiontheory  illiberalism  pathocracy 
12 days ago
Breitbart -- Home Office Censors, Suppresses Report into Immigration, Integration, and Radical Islam
'The Home Office is attempting to censor a report which criticises the government’s failure to manage the impact of immigration, integrate minorities, and tackle radical Islam. -- The report by the government’s ‘integration tsar’ Dame Louise Casey has been ready for months, but publication has been delayed after Home Office officials expressed “concern” and “unhappiness” about its language and content, reports The Sunday Times. -- Ms. Casey is believed to have criticised the Home Office’s lack of a strategy to integrate the rapid immigration of ethnic minorities into previously-homogenous communities, and by allowing some areas to operate as if they were Muslim-only zones with state schools closing for Friday prayers. -- The report also criticises the failure to promote and defend the counter-extremism programme Prevent, attacks the government for failing to control immigration and handle its impact on public services, and warns that political correctness disguised as “liberal tolerance” has gone too far. -- Her review is also believed to reject the assertion from Islamist sympathisers that far-right extremism is as much a threat to the UK as Islamic terrorism. The report is said to note that since 2001 nearly all ter­ror plots in Britain have involved Islam­ists; the only hate mur­ders of Brit­ish Mus­lims in the past three years were com­mitted by other Muslims such as the murder of moderate Ahmadi Muslim Asad Shah by a Sunni Muslim for “disrespecting Islam”. -- Senior Home Office official Charlie Edwards has told a number of anti-extremism professionals in recent weeks that Ms. Casey’s report will be “dramatically” rewritten and launched in a much “lower-key” way than had been planned. -- Those who had spoken to Mr. Edwards, who is the advisor to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, told The Sunday Times that he wanted the report “gutted” and that the Home Office was trying to find a way to “water it down”. -- Last year Ms. Casey, who is known to be outspoken on social issues, lambasted Rotherham council for its “resolute denial” and “deep-rooted” culture of cover-ups in an official report on the grooming and sexual abuse of 1,400 children by Muslim gangs.'
UK  conquest  fabianism  subversion  politicalcorrectness  memoryhole 
12 days ago
YouTube -- TEDtalks: How to raise successful kids – without over-parenting | Julie Lythcott-Haims
'By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren't actually helping. At least, that's how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford makes the case for parents to stop defining their children's success via grades and test scores. Instead, she says, they should focus on providing the oldest idea of all: unconditional love.' -- Shame<—>Pride
psychology  shame  narcissism 
12 days ago
Breitbart -- Implicit Bias: The New 'Original Sin'
'...Liberals cannot brook criticism of their precious “implicit bias” theory, which is a new rationalization for totalitarian power, for rule by the progressive Elect whose Ivy League training has equipped them to sniff out the witch of hidden racism. -- ... This is essentially a religious command to confess your Original Sin in exchange for some small voice in negotiating your punishment. The difference is that religion views atonement and penance as individual affairs. The progressives’ Church of the State wants to stuff entire populations into its confessional at once, and then padlock the doors. -- ... It is wise to become nervous when politicians begin touting vague psych research — instead of replicable research or cold, hard numbers — to justify their agendas. Every flavor of statism has taken a stab at classifying resistance to its demands as insanity. In the less brutish incarnations of statism, this is done for the precise reason implicit bias advocates so eagerly state: to relieve the masses of individual, conscious responsibility for their fatal flaws. You’re not evil, you’re sick, they tell us. Sickness can be treated. -- Statists understand that average people view government’s destructive powers as a force that should be deployed primarily against criminals… so they teach everyone to think of themselves as criminals. We all deserve to be punished for our social-justice transgressions, fined heavily for unfairly benefiting from implicitly biased society, and controlled lest we prey upon one another. -- Conservatives learn from history, and so they trust people enough to delegate power and autonomy to individuals of every background. Criminal law is reserved for actions, while thoughts remain private beyond the reach of legislators, cops or priests. Hope for absolute justice is reserved for dreamers and scribblers and is postponed into the afterlife. The past is kept in the past, so people look forward, instead of perpetually fighting over the sins or sufferings of their great-great-grandparents. -- But statism uses coercive force to impose collective “justice” in this fallen world, which requires unjust treatment of today’s people for yesterday’s sins, so the Elect can build a heaven on Earth by tomorrow. -- “Innocent until proven guilty” is the self-restraint of leaders willing to delegate power, while “guilty until proven innocent” is the justification and tool of impatient utopians, whether they be progressives, socialists or the Taliban. -- We don’t need our inept, greedy Ruling Class fooling around with any more victimhood theories, pushing beyond “guilty until proven innocent” to a new vision of “guilty even though you are innocent.” Watching progressives try to open this Pandora’s Box of ego and cruelty is like watching clowns juggle dynamite in a crowded school.'
rkselectiontheory  statism  illiberalism  threatnarrative  scapegoating  totalitarianism  miniluv  thoughtcrime  joycamp  genocide  1984 
12 days ago
PaulCraigRoberts.org -- If Trump Were Sexually Interested In Men, It Would Be Politically Incorrect To Say Anything About It
'The presstitute media are doing everything that propagandists can do to anoint Hillary to the Oval Office. -- The main issue facing the electorate is whether the next administration will lead us into military conflict with Russia and by implication with China, not Trump’s sexual interest in women. The conflict would be thermo-nuclear. Trump is in the oligarchs’ crosshairs, because Trump disavows conflict with Russia. -- A subsidiary issue is that Trump, unlike Hillary, is not owned by the oligarchs. If Trump were able to form a government that reflects this difference, there would be hope for peace and for Washington to turn its attention from service to the One Percent to service to the 99 Percent.'
america  empire  war  perpetualwar 
12 days ago
YouTube -- TEDtalks: The future of money | Neha Narula
'What happens when the way we buy, sell and pay for things changes, perhaps even removing the need for banks or currency exchange bureaus? That's the radical promise of a world powered by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. We're not there yet, but in this sparky talk, digital currency researcher Neha Narula describes the collective fiction of money — and paints a picture of a very different looking future.'
currency  centralbanking  chokepoints  p2p  disintermediation  cryptoanarchism  bitcoin 
12 days ago
Jock's OXFr33? Blog -- Rent: The Economic Relationship Between Humanity and Nature
'...Before we move on to look more into what constitutes “land and natural resources” in this discussion, we should note a final, and crucial, aspect of rent. I can almost hear some of you saying “but I own my home, so I don’t pay rent”. In fact, once all of a territory is claimed as private property, everyone pays rent at some point. When you buy your house you are in fact, even if you don’t think about it this way, trying to second guess the future flows of rent that you will save by going to a bank, borrowing a whole load of money at interest and paying the vendor what they will accept to forego that future flow of rent. The value of the building on your chosen location will inevitably depreciate: you have to spend money constantly maintaining it if you want that bit to retain its value. The future rent you are paying, and are hoping will grow to justify you paying all that interest to the bank, is on the land, so that when you come to sell, you can ask the next buyer for more future rent to make you give up your right to claim it. -- ... In recent years many opinion formers and policy makers have floated the idea of some kind of guaranteed basic income, as a way to simplify social welfare systems, and as a way to distribute economic welfare in a possible era of automation displacing many types of wage-labour. Some object that giving people something they have not worked for, as a right, risks creating caste of people content not to work, and to rely on living off the productivity of others. Others object that such a guaranteed base level of income will do little but raise the costs of living, especially of housing, and cancel itself out. -- These are valid arguments if we are talking about funding a politically determined set payment out of the sources of government revenue on which we currently rely - other people’s productivity. But if we look at the idea as a dividend, funded from the difference between the total amount of rent a territory can collect and the costs of government of that territory, these objections are largely neutralised. -- First, the revenue from rent is something to which everyone does contribute. It is not money for doing nothing. The rent of any particular location is the value of excluding others who could make as good or better use of that location given their needs to access economic opportunities suitable for them. We all contribute to the publicly funded infrastructure that helps make a location valuable, currently not very accurately, however, in proportion to our incomes and profits rather than our need for or use of those amenities. The private services that we use keep locations connected and valuable: if you pay for a bus ticket that helps keep a route profitable and operating, you are contributing to the value of the locations that route connects just as much as to the operator’s income. Your mere footfall in the central business district makes it attractive for customer facing businesses to operate from. -- The productivity of our labour and of our capital make locations valuable. Even our choices not to occupy locations that enable others to access relatively better economic opportunities, to optimise their productivity, contribute to efficient use of scarce locations and the rent they generate. Rent is the measure of the social surplus we all create, of the value we all place on the facilities we need just to live and be productive. -- Secondly, a dividend tied to the overall quantity of rent publicly collected, as opposed to a fixed income determined politically, and intended to cover someone’s idea of the basic costs of subsistence, is dynamic. If it encourages people to be more productive, because their labour and capital are not being taken away in tax, it will raise the amount of rent that can be collected, since, as we have noted, rent rises to absorb the surplus over subsistence levels. The dividend will rise accordingly. So if capital becomes relatively more productive because of automation, for instance, it will still end up being distributed, even amongst those forced out of work by that more intensive capital. If it does encourage people to live only off their dividend payments, rents may fall and with it the dividend until people are encouraged to work some more to top it up. -- But presently these luxuries, these choices to work or not to work, are available only to the capital rich and especially to those who own the rights to collect rents from others, regardless of who actually creates that social surplus. It seems difficult to argue that this is a just or equitable distribution of the value we all contribute to: that some can live off the productivity of others merely through claims of ownership on common resources they are not using. -- Before conquest or government enabled politically favoured groups to enclose and exclude others from particular locations, each household could occupy just as much as they could use to create a basic living. We have no choice, being born, but to occupy some location, whether to produce directly what we need in an agrarian society, or to collaborate with others to earn a living by the division of labour. In that agrarian society a community could allocate an equal portion of land to all members of the community. In the sophisticated society based on the division of labour, the mechanism for ensuring an equitable distribution is through the sharing of the rental value of the territory we are bound to.'
economics  geoism  land  rent 
13 days ago
YouTube -- Fred Harrison: Sacred Rents & the End of Civilisation
'Civilization emerged when people learnt how to produce more than their subsistence needs. Economic rents funded the infrastructure that made the culture of urban life possible. The beginning of the end of civilization came when the social elites privatized the rents.'
history  civilization  economics  geoism  rent  rentseeking  parasitism  collapse  FredHarrison  landlordism 
13 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Struggling for peace? ‘White Helmets’ Nobel Prize nomination sparks controversy
'The “White Helmets” were among those nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. The organization, also known as Syrian Civil Defense, rescues civilian victims of bombardments. However, they largely operate in rebel-held areas, sparking accusations that they also have links to militant groups. The White Helmet’s leader was denied entry to the US earlier this year, triggering suspicions that his name had shown up in a terror database, while the State Department struggled to explain his deportation. RT correspondent Murad Gazdiev reports from Aleppo, Syria.' -- Pied Pipers are piping
america  empire  "humanitarianism"  terrorism!  puppetry  spectacle  war 
13 days ago
The Independent -- Children inherit their intelligence from their mother not their father, say scientists
'...Despite taking into account several factors, from the participants education to their race and socio-economic status, the team still found the best predictor of intelligence was the IQ of the mother. -- However, research also makes it clear that genetics are not the only determinant of intelligence – only 40 to 60 per cent of intelligence is estimated to be hereditary, leaving a similar chunk dependent on the environment. -- Researchers at the University of Washington found that a secure emotional bond between a mother and child is crucial for the growth of some parts of the brain. After analysing the way a group of mothers related to their children for seven years, the researchers found children who were supported emotionally and had their intellectual needs fulfilled had a 10 per cent larger hippocampus at 13 on average than children whose mothers were emotionally distant. The hippocampus is an area of the brain associated with memory, learning and stress response. -- A strong bond with the mother is thought to give a child a sense of security which allows them to explore the world, and the confidence to solve problems. In addition, devoted, attentive mothers tend to help children solve problems, further helping them to reach their potential. -- Of course, there's no reason why fathers can't play as big a nurture role as mothers. And researchers point out that a whole array of other gene determined traits – like intuition and emotions – which can be inherited from the father are also key to unlocking potential intelligence, so fathers – don't despair.'
psychology  attachment  affectregulation  brain  intelligence 
13 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: CrossTalk: White Helmets, Really?
'The White Helmets: a heartfelt humanitarian NGO or an elaborate and cynical western PR stunt promoting illegal regime change in Syria? Does the wearing of white helmets mean they are the good guys supporting a just cause?'
america  empire  terrorism!  puppetry  spectacle 
14 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: From criticism to direct threats in just 1 month: US-Russia tension growing over Syrian crisis
'Washington has threatened to impose "costs" on Russia outside the UN, over the Syrian conflict. It may mark the starkest warning so far from the U.S., which has been ramping up anti-Russian rhetoric in recent weeks, moving from criticism to direct threats. However just a month ago, U.S.-Russia talks on the Syrian peace process seemed warm and friendly.'
history  america  neoconservatism  terrorism!  puppetry  pathocracy  war  russia 
14 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: ‘No wonder US blaming Russians for cyber attacks’ – security expert
'Hackers have been a major theme in the U.S. presidential election - and mainstream media have turned Russia into a key cyber war adversary. However just a couple of years ago Washington's main online threat had a different name, which now seems to have fallen into the shade.'
1984  twominuteshate  threatnarrative 
14 days ago
Center for a Stateless Society -- Compulsory Education is Jail for Innocent Kids
'...what they are trying to do — and they’ve been at it ever since compulsory public schooling systems were created by states in the last two centuries — is mold children’s minds while they are malleable and defenseless. In other words, compulsory “education” is a heartless institution enslaving innocent children in factories which churn out obedient servants of the state. Lobotomy is a better word to describe this. -- ... It’s through education that the state first asserts its control and authority on a person’s life. Real communities can only be created through freedom of association. Thus compulsory education is a hindrance to true, meaningful communities. -- Even if we admit that compulsory “education” exists to give younger ones the tools they need to face their future life, even if we take this institution at face value, most of what is taught is useless for most people. We spend many years of our lives studying things we never need in the first place. And if it were not for the vast accreditation system that regulates access to work, we would scarcely need schools at all. -- Like everything that comes from the state, compulsory “education” is against freedom of choice. There is no freedom when choices range from A to A. And there is no “right to education”. Whether to educate oneself or one’s children, and on what conditions, should be up to everyone to decide on their own. But there is no such freedom when the state is the master. Parents have to surrender their children, period. Claiming that compulsory “education” is a right, the state makes a mockery of child’s and parent’s rights. It is mass enslavement of the weakest and most vulnerable. -- Compulsory schools are nothing but the Western, secular version of Islamic madrasas, and the state is the modern despotic, all-pervading god. The state is the worst of all religions. But like all institutional religions, the state is doomed. Increasingly, there are alternatives. Home-schooling and unschooling come to mind. And people are starting to see through the charade. Just like attendance of religious mass dwindled considerably in the last century, attendance to that secular mass which is the state school will be seen more and more inconsistent with personal freedom.'
statism  education  indoctrination 
15 days ago
The Onion -- CIA Orchestrates Coup D’État To Replace Entire Population Of Venezuela
'“Reports we’re hearing from those on the ground indicate all residential households in Venezuela are now occupied by pro-American surrogates,” said Angela Zarush, a Brussels-based foreign policy analyst who described the millions of new Venezuelans as “puppet citizens” handpicked by U.S. intelligence agents. “This was a complicated transfer of power that required the quick, surgical removal of a country’s populace overnight, and the subsequent installation of a replacement society that harbors pro-U.S. leanings. For these reasons, we believe the coup could not possibly have taken place without a significant source of outside financing and the operational expertise of the CIA.”'
TheOnion  venezuela  socialism  collapse  denial  conspiracy  satire 
15 days ago
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: Why I'm Voting For Donald Trump
'Question: "What makes you so confident that Donald Trump isn't suffering from the same psychopathic, self-serving bacteria plaguing the rest of Washington? Can you describe a time when you thought you found ‘the one’ only to discover that you've contracted political herpes?”' -- Mike: "If peaceful parenting is the way to a free society...bringing in lots of child-hostile cultures is not going to help you get to a free society."
politics  psychohistory  StefanMolyneux 
15 days ago
YouTube -- Mike Maloney: USA's Day Of Reckoning - Hidden Secrets Of Money 7
'History shows that once or twice in a generation a global crisis comes along that radically devastates people’s way of life. A fundamental shift so big and drastic and overwhelming that it destroys their standard of living and impacts every area of their lives. We are about to experience one of those events…As Mike Maloney outlines in his brand new episode of the Hidden Secrets of Money, that next major event is deflation. And the culprit will be a relatively obscure monetary term that will impact virtually every area of your life: money velocity. You may not know exactly what money velocity means, but we will all soon experience it firsthand. In fact, money velocity will be the culprit of not just deflation, but the resulting inflation—and maybe hyperinflation—that will immediately follow. [Mike refers to it as “currency” velocity, a more accurate term, since true “money” is gold and silver.] The good news is, there is a way to protect yourself and even profit from these upcoming crises. History shows that on the opposite side of every crisis, there is an equal opportunity…'
economics  history  collapse  greatestdepression  documentaries 
16 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: US considers military strikes against Assad's troops - reports
'Washington is considering military strikes against Syria's government, according to media reports citing US government sources. That's after America severed talks with Russia over the Syrian peace process. What's more, the White House says it understands potential attacks on President Assad's forces will bring Russia and the US closer to conflict.'
america  empire  pathocracy  war  perpetualwar 
16 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Robot of Hope: Toyota’s Kirobo to accompany Japan’s lonely & childless (subtitles)
'A 10cm (3.9 inches) tall robot with the intelligence of a five year old is being tasked with keeping lonely people company in Japan. Designed by Toyota, companion robot Kirobo Mini looks way too cute to go sentient and enslave mankind – we hope.'
relationalobjects  robots  japan 
18 days ago
Anonymous Conservative -- Chinese Vigilantes In-group As K Approaches
'"When night falls, Chinese restaurant chef A-Shun heads out in his SUV with a box of Red Bull in tow. -- A-Shun patrols various south Sacramento neighborhoods from 9 p.m. until the early hours of the morning, waiting to respond to potential crimes targeting Asians. He is part of a self-organized volunteer patrol group of at least a dozen Chinese immigrants. Their ranks include waitresses and construction workers, store owners and massage therapists." -- Nobody has to tell K-selected people to do this. When the threat is sufficient, it will just happen. -- Where it will get interesting is if people begin to see the politicians as the threat. Let them send enough foreign Muslim rapists, Mexican gang members, and take enough money out of the community to give it to the savages, and that in-grouping urge can just as easily turn on them. And it will have nothing to do with logic, reason, morals, or any specific leader. When the conditions are right, the urges will manifest just as night follows day.'
rkselectiontheory  collapse  vigilantism 
18 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: CrossTalk: Bullhorns Wage Battle
'The crucible known as Syria: With Moscow and Washington trading less than diplomatic rhetoric surrounding Syria, the prospect of a head-to-head conflict loons. Is there stepping back from the abyss?' -- John Kerry: "No one is more disappointed than me that things are being resolved diplomatically."
america  empire  neoconservatism  pathocracy  war  russia 
18 days ago
The Rational Male -- Spare the Rod...
'Men aid in Gynocracy willingly because men (the majority Beta) see a deference to women as an expectation and a benefit to their own sexual strategy. -- A feminine-primary social order is a manifestation of a Gynocentric pre-understanding on the part of both sexes, but neither sex considers, overtly, the power imbalance because common understanding is that women are always the victims of male oppression. This is a self-perpetuating status that will never be appeased because in so doing women lose a default form of power. -- It’s ironic how, in an egalitarian perspective, women are supposed to be independent, rational free-agents right up until the consequences of their actions begin to impact their lives. Then it’s either men’s fault for their state, men are held accountable for those decisions and behaviors, or they are expected to forgive those consequences and solve the problems women created for themselves. -- ... I remember laughing at a Leykis 101 rule where Tom said something like if a woman you’re on a date with insists on looking at her phone or takes a call or is texting you should casually excuse yourself and leave her there to pick up the tab. -- I used to think that was harsh, but I understand the sentiment that makes it necessary today. Women can’t learn what men wont teach them. Now, I get that women have Beta chumps on speed-dial ready to console them right after you do something similar, but it’s that drastic experience that’s needed to send a message. If you were Alpha enough to make an impression on her she’ll understand she fucked up. I’ve always advised men that if they know they’re heading for a breakup they need to be the initiators of it. It’s far better to leave her with the impression that the Frame was always in your terms. -- I wish I could say that women will eventually learn from their mistakes, but women’s innate nature of solipsism combined with a social order that never holds them accountable and constantly reinforces their ‘correctness‘ in spite of it keeps them perpetually indignant to any insight a man might offer to them. One more reason a woman should only ever be a complement to a man’s life, never the focus of it. -- When you combine women’s opportunistic concept of love with a society that never holds them accountable for the ramifications of it, no matter who it impacts, you get generations of women who are simply not worth anything to men beyond sex. -- What we’re experiencing is the end result of a blank-slate egalitarian social order; you reduce human interaction to the lowest acceptable transaction. It will be interesting to see how something like Vasalgel will shift this condition by putting the choice of birth in the control of men. I get that Betas will always be available to breed, but women aren’t hardwired to be aroused/attracted to Betas. The onus of shifting their behavior in order to optimize Hypergamy will be on women if they want to consolidate on it with a better-than-deserved man with a higher SMV that her. -- Women need the correction of men. How this correction is implemented is really what’s at issue. Being the apex male in a woman’s life as a means to initiating this correction is the first step. Dread can cause a women to self-correct of her own volition, but Dread is only effective if a man has real appreciable value to a woman. -- Women will actually need to correct themselves to access the men aware of their Game, who demonstrate higher SMV, and have that guy actually be interested in her for more than a fuck – a fuck he wont need to worry about getting her pregnant with. Women have reduced themselves to sexual commodities and the only means to improving that state is to put a real, actionable, degree of control into the hands of men. At present, men have nothing to barter with beyond their own SMV and their hard won resources.'
men  women  gynocentrism  victimhood  agencyvspatiency 
19 days ago
Breitbart -- Sanders Agrees With Clinton - His Supporters Are Living in Their Parents Basement
Comments: Take Back Our Media: 'Bernie was in on the charade from day one. DNC needed a willing mark to stand in, so the Clinton nomination would not appear to be what it was: a prearranged coronation. Even the self-hate-projecting Democrat mob would projectile vomit a Clinton force fed to them, without at least the semblance of competition. -- An unelectable communist to foster the Occupy orphans fit the bill perfectly. Bernie's simpleton mob ate up the binary choice: status quo cesspool or socialist nirvana. -- The plan from the beginning was for Sanders to shepherd his otherwise lost clan back to the plantation, once his fait accompli was complete. -- The Bernie Sanders ruse perfectly illustrates how dangerously ruse-able the media-deluded Dem mob has become; on a par with 1936 Germans.' -- British and Deplorable Chen: 'Mate, try to remeber that most Bernie supporters were kids who have been force fed left wing tripe since birth. They just had their eyes opened to what being a socialist really means. -- Some will also realise they have been taken for a ride and will want to strike back, and the best way to do that is either to Vote Trump or not vote at all. Their lack of knowlage about how the world works is not their fault, but it will be our fault if we insult them into voting for hillary.'
vanguardism  usefulidiot  discourse 
19 days ago
BBC -- How being alone may be the key to rest
'People were asked to what extent they believe rest is the opposite of work. The majority of those employed full-time answered that rest was the opposite of work, but people who were self-employed or volunteering were less likely to think it was. Does control over your work affect whether it can ever be seen as restful, even if you're lucky enough to enjoy your work? -- ... To truly feel rest do we need time alone without fear of interruption, when we can be alone with our thoughts? From the Rest Test, it would appear so.'
psychology  solitude  autonomy 
19 days ago
Danger & Play [Mike Cernovich] -- Why did Trump Leak his 1995 Tax Returns?
'Donald Trump leaked his own tax returns to the New York Times. Sound crazy? Good. -- 1995 was a “comeback” year, and America is a comeback story. 1995 was Trump’s worst year. Yet when you see him today, you see a massive success. Sound familiar? -- Trump is using the power of metaphor to link himself and his own story arc to America’s. -- Trump couldn’t release all of his tax returns at once. If Trump had released all of his tax returns at once, the 1995 carry forward loss would have been lost. Now everyone knows about the loss. -- "Leaking the returns lets Trump tell comeback story of his massive losses in 1995 (metaphor for America) while STILL bashing media. Glorious. https://t.co/XPurcH3QRM — Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) October 2, 2016" -- Why did Trump leak the returns rather than release them? -- Trump can talk about his comeback story and America’s comeback story while still bashing the hoaxng media for publishing “illegally obtained” or “possibly forged” documents. -- Recent polls show that only 29% of people trust fact-checking websites. It’s better to leak documents because you can attack the hoaxing media. Trump even nodded his head respectfully when leaking his own returns: "The three documents arrived by mail at The Times with a postmark indicating they had been sent from New York City. The return address claimed the envelope had been sent from Trump Tower." -- The hoaxing media thought they had a scoop. They were played yet again.'
19 days ago
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