Friday, October 15, 2010
Obama says that Chamber of Commerce using foreign funds to influence US Races.
Bill Clinton and the Democrats were doing this 15 years ago -
Dan Carlin's latest podcast -
Dan Carlin, in his latest podcast, points out that that the REASON the GOP shied away from pursuing the "Chinagate" scandal because THEY wanted to be able to slup up Chinese money. They attacked on the Monica Lewiski angle because they figured the salacious details would keep the public tuned in.
Money, money, money, money. You're Going to need piles of it to get elected. If the GOP or Democratic ruling commities have bags of money, then they pick who gets the money, and who gets seen to be chosen in the election.
This system is so incredibly corrupt that just voting in a new spokes model will never change anything.
He who ppays the piper calls the tune.
"I'd sell out in a second, if anyone was buying." - Tagline, 1994
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
There's no mass constituency for liberty, because it's not a widely understood concept. what "everyone knows" is against us.
We're like people in 1700 who realized that Slavery was awful, vile and wrong. Too few people agree with us to put the realization into action.
In time enough people realized it was wrong so that the institution died.
Mahatma Ghandi was spectacularly successful at offering his ideas as an alternative - in time India shrugged off the British occupation.
So there's grounds for hope.
But when you're in a long term project, you take it one day at a time and do the next right thing. Have faith that doing the right thing, saying the right thing are steps in the right direction.
You can't fix a culutural maladjustment easily. In time someone will climb the mound we have built shovel-full by shovel-full and say "Hey! Wait! using coercion is wrong!"
He'll be lionized as a great liberator and revolutionary.
So. Take a deep breath. Understand that once you see the truth, you can't really un-see it. Get ready for the long haul.
I can't make any promises, except that it feels better inside to do the right thing, even when most folks who don't know any better call you a clown or an idiot about it.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
I am cat people. I like cats. A lot.
Once I was dancing around the house with my Cat in my arms (She thought it was as weird as you do, and dissapproved). I was also babbling happily about something or other.
"And what do you think about that, Kitty?" I asked.
She seemed to look at me with cold derision and say "What do you *think* I Think? Meow!"
As I let her down I realized that life can't be all that easy when all you have is one word to express yourself with. My Cat manages quite fine, spinning her one word into fanciful stories and even vile lies - "I've never been fed in *my whoooollleee Liiiiifffffeee*!"
Then I realized that no matter how intelligent I think I am, how pithy or deep anything I say is, To my cat it is essentially one long, overly complicated "meow!"
So I added ~Meow!~ to my signatures to say
A) I like cats
B) Hello! (Pet me, feed me, etc) As any friendly cat might
C) Remember, from a certain point of view, all of this is overly complicated mouth noises. Don't take it too seriously.
Friday, August 20, 2010
One day a City Slicker happened upon two good ol' boys down on the farm. The City Slicker showed them a bottle of brown pills "Boys, these are smart pills, guaranteed to increase your brain power and raise your IQ."
"How much are they?" One of the good ol' boys asks.
"Three dollars per bottle. Results guaranteed or your money back!"
The good old boys scrounged through their pockets and cobbled together three dollars.
Making the excange the Good ol' boys each took one of the brown, flaky pills out of the bottle and swallowed them down.
The taste was horrible
Grimancing one of the good ol' boys said "Mister, those things taste like goat turds!"
the City Slicker smiled "See? They're Working!"
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
[Jay Hailey] @Tim - most of the chaos and violence of a transition to anarchy is premised on the idea that a sizable proportion of people would behave violently unless there was the force of law to deter them.
Most people feel this way - so most of the violence of a sudden transition to Anarchy would be from people trying to identify and elminate these "Stupid... See More/Violent Others"
However - this fear of our neighbors and community members is... just that. It's prejudice - it's one of those things that "everyone knows" without having good evidence for.
It's also a major tool for oppression - people put up with totaliatarianism and oppression because they're afraid of what would happen without it.
Anarchy as a political philsoophy is not about not having laws - it's about having laws and social orders that we agree to of our own free will. I don't want to wind up with an S&M biker gang burning down my home any more than anyone else does.
"But... THAT'S anarchy!"
Nope. That's the Fear. That's the Imaginary Picture that keeps you in the corral, and not running free.
There will never be a suddden transition to anarchy except by disaster. History shows that when people are thrown into anarchy, instead of using the tools appropriate to anarchy - Respect for each other, negotation and presuasion - people rebuild a state. They want the security it provides.
So the transition to Anarchy will be a slow evolution of what "Everyone knows" - because in this case, like when people thought the world was flat - what "Everyone knows" is just dead wrong.
People use the state as a tool to try and achieve security. When deprived of it, they make one up.
What I fear is disaster and social trauma - history shows that cultures under stress geek for dictators and totalitarians - they want security HARDER, and some lunatic shows up to give it to 'em.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I have been pursuing medical care at the maximum
rate the system allows - dead, dead slow.
Wheel of Diagnosis turn, turn, turn, tell which entry in the DSM III that we should learn.
I briefly decided trying to retire from politics/philosophy/current events.
This is due to having rampaging asshole attacks while discussing them
As I write this I just antagonized anti-war activist and heroine Cindy
Sheehan by having a poorly formatted opinion.
I was miserable and felt like I had just cut loose a huge part of me in order
to try and satisfy everyone.
So I decided to go ahead an have opinions and look at my favorite websites
and listen to my favorite podcasts, I just wouldn't discuss them with anyone.
I am working on that.
I hope that I can ... make some progress. I'll keep you updated.
What I am working on. This varies. The problem is this - Over the last 15 months
I have been wrestling with bad depression.
(As opposed to good depression?) I mean occasionally suicidal depression, and
often the really bleak stuff where life is a hopeless death march to oblivion.
One of the symptoms of a bout of depression is that whatever I am working on
at the time looks shallow, retarded and like a total waste of time. "There
is no way any one sane is interested in [Foo]."
When I recover from the episode (As much as I ever do these days), what
I was working on still retains that mental image of being retarded bullcrap.
The only way I know if a project is valid or is really retarded bullcrap is
when I get outside feed back.
So, if something I was doing worked for you, please let me know. It all looks
like brain damaged crap to me, right now. I could be wrong. Way wrong. But I'll
never know it by myself.
Please keep in touch and we'll see you next time.