Towers dropped from Ball

One Day. Back to gym. CBC’s “Best of Ideas” podcast. Episode about “Single Personality Disorder” and the DSM.

Almost immediate failure of credibility.

The talking head – a psychiatrist? – who built the program and interacted with the host, blew her credibility early on by using Galileo Galilei’s house arrest as an example. Not that it may not be such but she claimed the reason for the house arrest was Galileo espousing a “NEW” idea. 

Emphasis on the NEW part.

And it is generally accepted these days to be absolutely inaccurate. 

The story is also pretty involved. As any emergence of human society has to be. And historians fail knowing they will, perhaps the only discipline other than scientists who know so ab initio.

A reasonable starting point is Bruno. The guy who was excommunicated and then burned to death by the Church of Rome. In those days this was variously seen as right and proper or horribly cruel. In actuality it is how organizations naturally behave if there are no controls on them.

And the Church of Rome had few controls on it in those days. And not many in these.

And Bruno said things the church didn’t want said. And he alienated all the other organizations that could protect him – governments and religionist organizations alike.

So he got cooked for disobeying.

Similarly for Galileo. Except that by this time the church had gotten a bit more careful. Mainly because the other organizations had gotten a bit more powerful.

So they charged him with saying things he wasn’t authorized to say. 

Not that what he said was wrong, mind you, but that he didn’t have permission to say them. 

And they locked him up for that.

And we still have this today. Edward Snowden, e.g.

But his incarceration – Galileo’s – wasn’t for what he said but that he said without permission.

Surprise Motoring

I am repeatedly amazed at how many contemporary motor vehicle operators are unable to execute a right turn at an intersection unless both the lane they are turning into and the one adjacent it are vacant.

Apparently steering is no longer a qualification for an operator’s license.

Stupid is the new Black?

Six Day. Got to motor for the first time since Thursday. Have been dependent on FD SCP to get me to surgery and post-op. First cutting done and have only to endure the regime prescribed. 

Reading difficult. The visual mode has reversed from good short vision and poor long vision to the opposite. So have one eye long, other short. And all sorts of unexplained restrictions that often run counter to almost three-and-a-half score of habit formation.

Amidst all that I note a strange thing. [Link] Apparently bogs are unable to tell the difference between fact and fiction. This shouldn’t be surprising. After all, look at all the crime of the delusion and illusion varieties. I knew that bogs were less than fully sentient and intelligent – at least, often – but not to this degree. But since the Brexit and Trump deification this seems apparent. There is some sort of backlash against those who are sentient and intelligent. As if they are what is ruining rather than enabling the delusional lifestyles of the boggerate.

Gee, reminds me of that Kornbluth story. Except it’s scary. When do the “witch” burnings begin?

I was rather taken by some of the article:

“There has been a lot of discussion recently about “post-truth” politics, alongside concern about swathes of the public turning against experts. A lot of this relates to people talking about economics – or spuriously adopting the trappings of expertise. When people say they hate experts they don’t necessary mean natural scientists who – unless there has been a massive shift in public attitudes recently – remain popular and trusted”

I find it a bit of galgenhumor about the economists. They all talk like nerds but act like barely geeks. Spouting maths that they don;t really understand about models whose limitations they are blind to. Or pretend to be. 

One more step on the path to extinction.

Confederate Calumny

Went to Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill to have one of my eyes ripped open and a new lens installed. Novel experience. Film at Eleven when perspective stabilizes.

In the meantime I note all sorts of nonsense throughout the old Confederacy. For example, [Link] I see that a bunch of our “fine Southron” states are attempting to bar the Yankee government from enforcing its ruling opn who may use which latrine/entropy cellar. The argument is that our fair belles, of which we have none since the end of the War of Yankee Agression, but pretended ever since and hence a matter of the collective delusion of the wanna-be-privileged whack jobs class, the same folks who want to reinstitute slavery and reduce the womenfolk to chattel property status again, might be subjected to the sight of fake women in their facility.

This is the utmost of tripe and balderdash.

First of all, for those among the male populace of the old Confederacy who are ignorant, the ladies’ (another misnomer and piece of denialism – more later) room does not have urinals. All they have are stalls which have working doors – more so than the men’s – because of some strange affliction referred to as bashful bladder. Why women should ever have this is unfathomable, why men have it is obvious. Basic male insecurity over dimensions that are almost entirely meaningless except in terms of roineck bragging rights. Bottom Line: if a fake woman does use the women’s facility, who will know? Except maybe the denialists’ Powder Room Gestapo?

In addition, if the womenfolk are so prudish, why is it that for years they have been barging into the men’s latrine whenever the queue to the women’s gets too long? If they are not offended by this then why should they be offended by any pseudo-woman who invades their’s?

Could this really just have to do with male insecurity? Are the denialists really afraid of letting the womenfolk view their absence (perceived, of course) of length in the blue light of fluorescents?

Second, and horribly humorous. Rolling on the floor laughing humorous, that the faculty of the U of Texas have filed litigation to prevent students from bringing firearms to class.[Link]

What makes this humorous is that if there is a firearm delusional state, it is Texas. I have discussed the matter of firearms on campus previously and it remains. Personally I consider firearms, especially handguns, to be a bit ridiculous since while they do a good job of maiming and damaging, they do a poor job of killing. Their chief value is keeping the mentally immature and incapable of rational thought and of low intelligence from actually making weapons that are effective in killing. And when we admit these handicapped people to college – as we seem bent to do – they gain, at least potentially, access to that information. At least if we let them walk around with obvious ironmongery we can tell to steer them away from the courses with really dangerous information.

And on the use of the term “lady”. There are no ladies in the Yankee republic. Ladies are women of the aristocrat class, of hereditary preferrment and privilege. The primary source of tyranny. Amerika is, ostensibly, fictionally, a republic and hence has NO aristocracy. Using the term is an insult and a degredation to any woman, who should be armed so she can maim the boor for the insult.

Stupidity Denied

Two Day. Sparser in gym. Same stand-in. Podcast the usual. The only intriguing bits was a segment on workplace friendships.

It was seriously flawed. The analysis was way off. It basically dealt with the aspects that workplace friendship can increase satisfaction and thereby productivity but the interactions of friendship made for more interruptions and less creativity.

Most workplaces do not value or encourage creativity.

What was missed was the effect of a dissolved friendship. It’s catastrophic. Almost as bad as a workplace romance that failed. And that’s a lot worse on everything since the folks in the workplace are almost forced to choose sides. So it’s not the positive side of workplace friendships that is important, it’s the negative.

And these schmucks missed it.

Speaking of which I saw a new weight bouncer, a slab schmuck. Never looked up from his slablet. A real slave of his eye friend.

On which azimuth, I note that the old men in robes have naysayed the Texican oppression of women’s rights to determine reproduction. Sadly, no politicians will be put in front of firing parties. And they will try again. The forces of evil do not die, they just slink away and plot more evil.

Manwhile there is much gnashing of teeth in Muntgum among the Christerrorists in the council of thieves. And throughout the state. It is also their evil that has been momentarily thwarted. I expect a couple of suicide bombings when the clinics reopen.

Pronounced Opposite

Two Day. Lower air temperature than yesterday when I ventured out to gym but the weather beavers foretell highr maximum today. Glad of the respite; weary of summer already. Except for not having to fear ruptured plumbing.

Gym was sparse. No educationalists. Schule is definitely desessioned. Podcasts were mediocre. High point was Guardian podcast on some of the strange (?) ways we humans view money. And use it. 

Thereafter downhill.

Different clerk this week who can’t seem to do what needs be done. Or is a bit of a sadist? Hard to tell. Especially in that business. her sole grace seems to be arriving earlier than the permanent one and thus I can get home earlier. Which is of mixed value to FD SCP. 

Not much cognition this morning. Too much distraction. Pornography – food this morning and cosmetics – on the televisions. Glad I hadn’t eaten. Nauseating enough on a relatively void stomach. One segment was some sort of shoping/cooking race. Ostensibly as a simulation of home entertainment. Do people do that any more? It was rare when I was a child and rarer now. I haven’t done it in thirty or forty years. No desire on the part of either myself or my friends. Why would anyone put themselves to such a burden, for so little? Is it an EXTRO thing. Or a Bog thing? Or both. Demented, regardless.

Of course, I suspect it’s more about the fantasy television people call reality. Sort of like if you have to tell me its a science, it isn’t. So if you have to tell me it’s reality, it isn’t? Especially if on television?

That strikes me as a model of modern society. It is the opposite of what pronouncement figures tell me it is. I shall have to conduct observation and make analysis.