Listening to a “This American Life” episode this morning, focusing on global warming. This addresses two of my favorite interests: humility and denial.
I was seven when I began to grasp some of the issues that have always concerned that small band of unhappy few who actually care to use more than 5% of their on-board computers; issues such as suffering, war, disease and as of the last 50 years, global warming.
For now, I’ll just cut to the chase. My father relentlessly abused my mother and me from the time I was six, and almost always behind closed doors. It was probably a lot earlier than that for Mom, but that’s when it started for me. Bottom line is that it was some combination of sociopathy, PTSD brought on by childhood and adult trauma, OCD and male Jewish anger. I only saw a relatively normal father in the last two years of his life. At that time he was put on a daily dose of an antipsychotic starting the very first day that he was admitted to a nursing home.
My point is that David (Dad) was convinced that my mother and I were deficient in various ways that necessitated regular exposures to his dictates and wisdom. He even went so far as to take us together to a venerable psychiatrist ( as I recall, a classic Viennese old-school Freudian) to get an evaluation of us two. We only went once and D made it clear that it was we two who were to be scrutinized, not him.
I won’t have time to finish this this morning so I will tie this all together this weekend, inchallah, but for now my point is that, in general, pride and denial rule human affairs, and now they rule our global environment. Most of us never seem to be able to make the tiny mental leap from witnessing the sheer craziness all around us to understanding that we can all easily fall prey to the illusion that everyone else may be fallible but we ourselves are the soul of sanity and realistic thinking.
On my reading list Shortlink: http://wp.me/p4njL-bg “The nationally best-selling author of The Long Emergency expands on his alarming argument that our oil-addicted, technology-dependent society is on the brink of collapse—that the long emergency has already begun…”
This just occurred to me, and I know it’s mean, but in regards to the financial meltdown in Spain… to paraphrase Tricky Dick (a notorious anti-semite who loved kissing her, look it up kids), this time “you don’t have the jews and muslims to kick around and rip off anymore.”
Who knows, maybe Spain would be better today, by keeping her nasty mitts off of her jews and muslims huh? Ditto Russia, Poland etc….
It is unknown exactly how much wealth was confiscated from converted Jews and others tried by the Inquisition. Wealth confiscated in one year of persecution in the small town of Guadaloupe paid the costs of building a royal residence. There are numerous records of the opinion of ordinary Spaniards of the time that “the Inquisition was devised simply to rob people. “They were burnt only for the money they had,’ a resident of Cuenca averred. “They burn only the well-off,” said another. In 1504 an accused stated, “only the rich were burnt.” …In 1484…Catalina de Zamora was accused of asserting that “this Inquisition that the fathers are carrying out is as much for taking property from the conversos as for defending the faith. “It is the goods that are the heretics.” This saying passed into common usage in Spain. In 1524 a treasurer informed Charles V that his predessor had received ten million ducats from the conversos, but the figure is unverified. In 1592 an inquisitor admitted that most of the fifty women he arrested were rich. In 1676, the Suprema claimed it had confiscated over 700,000 ducats for the royal treasury (which was paid money only after the Inquisition’s own budget, amounting in one known case to only 5%). The property on Mallorca alone in 1678 was worth ‘well over 2,500,000 ducats.””
I cannot imagine what kind of environmental circumstances lead people (some of them actually pretty bright) to embrace religion. It beggars my imagination. Ignorance may indeed be bliss, but I’d rather have a fucking BRAIN and live two hundred years with scabies, permanent jock itch and tinnitus than be someone who by some twist of fate is both an adult and truly believes in palpably absurd doctrines and fairy tales.
Lately I’ve been seeing more and more maroons actually proudly enunciate their respect for that miserable twisted little freak, Ayn Fucking Rand. Anyone over the age of 10 who can see ANY worth in her circular “reasoning” can only be excused as a case of early emotional abuse of undetermined nature. So the Angry Aussie is a breath of freaking fresh air. I particularly like the Alan Greenspan bit toward the end.
I do hope he has a rant about Scientology, that would be sweet.
I’m very “fond” of both Apple and Google. I cd go on for days about how/why they are wonderful. HOWEVER, they are huge entities with tremendous global/historical/political impacts. And in the case of BOTH these companies, they have committed very egregious act. In terms of Google’s “do no evil” well… So in spite of the fact that I love’em and use them and own their stuff, I’m committed to being aware of the good, the bad and the ugly.
Side note: some thoughts generated from Hangout chat today. After 35 years, Microsoftee may have finally wrapped its head around what Apple does as a WHOLE, with Windows 8. I’m an Apple user, but I did look at a Youtube presentation of 8 and it looked very good. Especially in terms of the fact that the whole world is going to go touchpad and voice to text. So it occurs to me that it may not take Facebook 35 years to figure out what Google Plus is doing right. The one thing they will NOT be able to emulate is the fact that Google is looking to tie together its whole panoply of apps into one whole, and Facebook does not have as much to tie together. See/hear http://cinch.fm/scobleizer/282081
A fascinating article, about which I would love to hear intelligent discourse. Also makes me wonder…”Google ‘are’ pussies?” Should it be “Google ‘is” pussy?” or maybe, “Google is a conglomerate of pussies.” Is “pussy” even the right term? How about we bring back “evildoers?” Why let Bush and rightwingers have all the fun?
Could Dior management truly have been ignorant of John Galliano’s rabid anti-Semitism up until Feb. 2011? Is it possible that Dior (and other firms that he worked with) did not know about John Galliano’s anti-Semitism until Feb. 2011?
To answer my own question: only if Galliano was having a psychotic break…. and I don’t think he was.
As a sidebar, this is funny, in a dark way, since as a gay man, Galliano would have herself attended said death camp wearing a darling little pink triangle.
William (Bill) Rheinhardt sent this to me via Facebook, and I’m replying via WordPress which I will then link as an answer.
Don’t u know my snide sense of humor, yet! I salute u for blabbing about controversial subjects and telling peeps how u really feel! I love to buck ‘the system’ and FB has become a corp. blue nose to ‘protect the children’. I have nudity in my photos and would love to post more obscenities. I just don’t want to be deleted for all the work it’s been putting up media I have shared. I have good friends who are Ludites (sic) and refuse to participate in the ‘double edged sword’ all the new tech has provided to distract us from ‘real life’ and sell us more junk. I’m mixed about the slippery slope all this social networking has become.
To which I respond:
Well put Bill. My sentiments indeed. I’m playing with various media as I’m pretty certain FB will grow ever more controlling. That’s one of several reasons why I’m answering via WordPress and then linking to FB. Ultimately, I’ll probably spring for a proprietary blog. I have lots of websites, but the WordPress tools are too good to pass up.
A company can choose to pay a fine of 100K / yr or pay 10, 100 or 1000 times that to fix the problem. Nothing will change as long as:
1. none of their people go to jail AND
2. they can outspend the media to maintain positive branding (aka “propaganda”)
Take this scenario, multiply it across tens of thousands of companies per year, shake and serve well chilled.
A company can pay lobbyists, do media campaigns, hire disinformation researchers, bribe officials legally and illegally. By doing this they gain concessions, access to resources, market share etc. worth 10 to 10 to the hundredth power their investment in such activities. Take this scenario, multiply it across tens of thousands of companies per year, shake and serve well chilled.
A company has no limits to growth and can use it’s wealth to reduce its tax burden to as close to zero as possible, while spending a fraction of its profits to buy public goodwill (or at least indifference). The effects of monopoly are thereby achieved without said company “actually” breaking anti-trust laws. Take this scenario, multiply it across tens of thousands of companies per year, shake and serve well chilled.
Every ten to thirty years, a recession/depression/whatever-you-want to call it, comes down the pike. Property values (of businesses, real estate, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, retirement savings plans, virtually everything) plummet. The “value” of the investments (which translates to time worked, money, energy and effort) of the majority of the population disappears, and this population is then forced to sell these things to the 1/100th of 1% of the population that still has liquidity. In ten to thirty years, after the general population has somehow managed to struggle back to its feet and create more wealth, it’s time for another economic downturn. Wars (now becoming perpetual) + “crises” + an educational system whose main function is to create dumbed down passive individuals + a steady flow of illegal immigrants who further stretch a creaking infrastructure to the limit and beyond, further weaken the general population’s ability to act/legislate in its own interests. The concept of “class,” like the concept of “socialism” is demonized by the military-industrial complex. Take this scenario, multiply it across three centuries, read “The Power Elite,” by C.Wright Mills, take two aspirin. Call me in the morning.
Reproduction permitted with credit, Frank Poliat 2010