jgordon commented on the diary post “Imagine Living in a Socialist USA!” Rehabilitating a Forbidden Word by Deena Stryker.
Socialism and Capitalism are both terrible ideologies that should be done away with, if we are concerned about the health and future of our species and the planet at any rate. Thinking that one is the answer and solution to the other is a false choice fallacy where both choices on offer are false: a [...]
I don’t know what kind of a privileged background you come from, but for me personally public school was for all intents and purposes daycare. My parents were only pissed at me on those occasions where I didn’t go or was where I was suspended. I strongly suspect that that is the case for the majority of the population in America.
As for me, while I was in public schools back in the 80s and 90s I hated every second of it. I had seething contempt for most of my teachers and generally just did the absolute minimum to skate by, just to avoid the hassle that would ensue from doing less. This has always been an exploitative system designed to turn kids into obedient automatons who will lovingly lick the boots of their bosses and reliably vote Demopublican in a few years time. I’m actually in favor of this new Charter School fad; it’s the logical extension of what we’ve always been doing to kids, and now the perversion of the whole system is so overt and over the top that it can’t not be a strong signal that its utter collapse is near at hand.
jgordon commented on the diary post Detroit, Gaza, and the continuing erosion of traditional media by danps.
I don’t think you made the point sufficiently well above, but just to be clear the corporate media exists to serve the interests of the elite and of the regime. Stories are selected and spun almost exclusively on that basis alone. Anything else that manages to leak through is only there to maintain the thin [...]
jgordon commented on the blog post ‘Breaking The Set’ Segment on Leaked Guidebook for Placing Individuals on Terrorism Watchlists
Without a just and honest government, everything else is meaningless. It’s extremely sad that this isn’t the number one issue at the top of everyone’s political agenda.
I hope people can enjoy their gay marriage rights and right to have abortions while they’re sitting in Guantanamo Bay eating lizards and grasshoppers to survive–if they weren’t extrajudicially disposed of without due process beforehand.
The well-off, “liberal” people I run into are thrilled about Obama. I suppose they must look around and see how well their fellow rich friends are doing and find it inconceivable how anyone could be pissed at the Obama regime. These are the same low information voters who are eternally fooled by “recovery summer” and “green shoots” fantasies. They want to be believe and they want to be fooled and that’s all there is to it.
Luckily though there is a continually dwindling supply of these offensively ignorant fools as ever more are shed from the industrial market economy and learn what it’s like to have to live lower down the pyramid. At that point, if they avoid offing themselves from the shock, they may become very effective foot soldiers against the regime. But until then I, and we, have to put up with their naive stupidity.
jgordon commented on the blog post 17 Percent Now Oppose Obamacare for Not Being Liberal Enough
The only issues I’ve ever cared about are civil rights, economic justice, and environmentalism. And in each of these areas the Obama regime and his cronies in the Democratic party are as bad or worse than the Republicans. Anyone who does not acknowledge that fact is either willfully ignorant or a filthy, lying hypocrite.
After actively supporting supporting and voting for Democrats from 2004 until 2008, it was Obamacare that allowed me to realize that Democrats were basically human garbage and not worth giving a crap about. Thank you Obama and Obamacare for allowing me to see how reality really works. Frankly lately I’ve been so pissed off with Democrats and their ignorant/hypocritical supporters that occasionally I’ve even been motivated to vote for the “R” candidate solely out of spite. That’s when I’ve bothered to go to the polls at all.
Take your “lesser of two evils” crap and shove it. I’d rather be around a bunch of Tea Party types who at least have the conviction of their beliefs than the lot of venal or spineless wretches who make up whatever is left of the Ds.
jgordon commented on the blog post Edward Snowden is the Most Dangerous Man in America. Good.
Well if you deconstruct the grammar, that sentence can to mean that Snowden is the most dangerous threat to the status quo in the US, regardless of his physical location. In that regard, it’s a brilliant idea for Snowden to be working so hard to create more “dangerous” people. Appealing to the integrity and conscious of the NSA people in the audience, as well as his interest in developing secure communications technologies is on the right track. There are likely thousands of decent functionaries deep within the government just looking for the opportunity to reveal additional criminal activity of their coworkers, superiors, and the regime. All they need is encouragement and the reasonable expectation that they’ll be safe in performing this service.
jgordon commented on the blog post Late Night: Solar Roadways – Are You Smarter Than a NASA Engineer?
Dr. Steven Novella is a neuroscientist specifically interested in understanding the various sorts cognitive errors people make when forming opinions. If you undertake to study cognitive errors and strategies that people can employ to overcome these errors, as Dr. Novella discusses at length in his lectures, you will naturally come to see the problems with solar roads yourself. Such would likely more productive than asking one of the foremost neuroscientists in the world about photovoltaics, which would of course generate a boilerplate response of reserved interest–at best.
As to the panels themselves, I’m going to be very explicit about this in no uncertain terms: anyone who has even those most rudimentary actual knowledge of how solar panels work knows how ridiculous this thing is. I personally purchased and installed solar panels on my own residence some time ago, and it was because of this personal experience that “solar roadways” struck me as so extraordinarily bizarre and implausible when I first heard it. We are not talking about left vs. right here. We are talking about a lot of gullible people who are financially being taken in. Dr. Steven Novella offers a concrete process that remedies gullibility.
jgordon commented on the blog post Solar Roadways Is Hiring, Part Two: Break Out Your CVs
Just to throw this out here so that some will think back on it later and hopefully become better people as a consequence:
Anyone who is smart is not going to touch this scam with a ten foot pole. So I doubt there’ll be very many smart people rushing to submit their apps. On the other hand, this *is* a golden opportunity to illustrate how many people’s conception of reality is ludicrous, and hopefully upon reflection will realize that since they are not especially good at forming rational opinions that are consistent with reality. After that sinks in, I’d recommend picking up a copy of Dr. Steven Novella’s “Your Deceptive Mind; A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking” as a good place to start remediation.
jgordon commented on the blog post State Department Responds to Israel’s Bombing of Children Playing on Gaza Beach by Blaming Hamas
It’s reasonable to assume that some people in the state department, not to mention the rest of the corrupt regime, have enough intellectual honesty and self-awareness to realize that their behavior is utterly villainous. I wonder how they must feel about themselves, having to play that role.
The issue with your comment is that Democrats have even less respect for their base than Republicans have for theirs and consequently don’t try as hard to keep their actual agenda hidden. Obama meeting with conservative bloggers and bragging that he was going to gut Social Security and Medicare while he was still president elect is an example of that.
Err this one is obvious. The Republicans want the mandate enforced right away so it will have an impact on the next election cycle. And considering that the mandate is loathed by nearly everyone, this will be a net positive for the Republicans. In fact, I’m sure that secretly they hope the mandate will stay around forever, considering that they will be reaping immense benefits from it as long as it exists.
Of course their platform will be that they want to get rid of it though. But that’s just stuff they say; they really love it, and any actions they take against will be designed to be as symbolic and ineffective as possible. Anyway, since you asked, I broke it down for you. There you go.
jgordon commented on the blog post Rahm Emanuel Losing Control As Chicago Faced 82 Shootings With 14 Dead July 4th Weekend
If I’m not mistaken, Chicago already has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the US. Now, look at the amount gun violence going on in Chicago, as compared to, say, everywhere else, why do you imagine that even more draconian gun control legislation will have any impact? I’m genuinely curious here; I mean, I know that everything you say here is meant to parody everything offensive and pathetic about Democratic Party sheeple “liberals”, but still even so you must have some insight into this phenomena?
jgordon commented on the blog post A Third of the Country Says Obama is the Worst President Since WWII
The same people that own Obama own the Republicans. In other words you still believe in the kabuki theater. You drank the Koolaid.
jgordon commented on the blog post Podcast: Nafeez Ahmed on Pentagon-Funded Research Into ‘Social Contagions’ That’ll Cause Civil Unrest
Which would explain why the regime is much in favor of disarming citizens, and has duped a few misguided individuals into going along with that.
Although I believe a more useful way to go about fighting the beast is to starve it; I’ve recently begun reading Masanobu Fukuoka’s work, and have decided that his philosophical/horticultural methods of opting out are probably as effective or more so at destroying the regime than outright violence. Although I suppose that means that the regime will make it illegal to effectively grow your own food and store your own water (not that those things are not already illegal in many locales).
Then, let’s look at the material costs of building a single hexagon of this stuff. How much more expensive will it cost to produce the required impact resistant, durable solar panel that will be able to survive semi-trucks regularly rolling over it than a regular solar panel will cost?
And as you know, the surface of solar panels have to be kept as pristinely clean as possible to get energy yields out of them that are anywhere near the maximum rating. How much would it cost to keep roads pristinely clean every day for these things to function?
From the appearance of these, there are a lot of (hexagonal shaped) cracks all through this roadway surface–that’s even advertised as a good thing. What happens to a road when water gets into such a crack and then freezes?
Uh, now those are just a few of the ideas that occurred to me while I was watching the video–at the very least a “solar-road” is going to be a lot, lot, lot more expensive to create and maintain than a similarly sized number of regular solar panels. To me, this is like watching a slow motion train-wreck with all the passengers riding along happily oblivious.
There is a difference between shaking out of hide-bound thinking and advocating snake-oil. Sadly Americans in particular seem to be incapable of making that distinction. It’s unfortunate, but I’m certain that rather than improving your critical thinking skills and knowledge of science after this is revealed as a scam, you’ll just move onto the next irrational pseudoscience fantasy. And while that would be kinda of cute and amusing in its own right, that kind of irrational thinking is contributing to the societal collapse. Which the balance wouldn’t really be a bad thing I’ve decided, after reading the above.
Well, at least your thread of irrationality is consistent; from bizarre, emotion-laden gun control beliefs to obviously scamtastic pseudoscience products, some can always be relied on to provide that hilarious dose of non-reality to spice up the day.
Although the sad thing is that while soon these individuals will realized that they got scammed on this on this roadway thing and will perhaps feel like crap about it, they’ll still persist in believing their other delusional political beliefs.
jgordon commented on the diary post Will gangland-style executions of police officers be enough? by danps.
Here here. Why is it acceptable fir cops to tase, shoot and bully all they like, but unacceptable fir people to have self-protection because of a few atypical crazies? It frankly sickens me just how craven and naive so many people are, that they think that just because somebody else did something else that didn’t [...]
Your talk of “choice” is irrelevant. What will happen is that the Japanese people will learn to make do with about 10% of the energy budget they currently use, and they will largely give up on the industrial economy thing. Whether they have to experience yet more radioactive horrors in the process of undergoing that [...]
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