Modern (?) Politics

It struck me yesterday that this year’s POTUS election is like something out of Thucydides.

We have a city-state being fought over by a tyrannical oligarch and a charming (?) dictator who have already quashed the democrat.

And no Spartans nor Athenians to save the city-state from tyranny.


Electric Cost

I have commented previously of my high opinion of Samsung. But I had to re-examine it this week after finding an article [Link] entitled “The Best Smartphones To Replace The Note 7.” I have to acknowledge this is a HuffPo article and thereby inherently vacuous. But what it did was make me consider my thoughts on the cost of cellular telephone.

Every alternative they offer to the Note 7 is at least $500 and most are $800 +/- 50. Instant sticker shock. And then cognition.

I used to use a Motorola Droid RAZR. I got it back when purchase was not possible so it’s hard to get at its price but it has to be at least the minimum of those in the article.

And it was a Fragmentum Sterci.(Piece of S**t for those who aren’t educated classically) Got a good cellular telephone. Which I bought. Paid $200 for it. An ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser. 

A minimum of 10dB better than the Droid. And I don’t have so much money in it that I will worry much about replacing in in a couple of years when the security updates quit.

Because the cellular telephone marketplace is controlled by Conlegei Sterci. (Corporations of S**t for those above mentioned readers.)

So I am now considering rooting and changing to something that does update. 

But not at Brain-dead EXTRO prices.

Warped Sustainability

One of the great deceptions of modern times is that humans have only recently become consumerists. This myth/prevarication is propagated by the fanatic environmentalist faction.

Which is not to say they don’t have a good point but they rather ignore why there is a problem and that is overpopulation. It isn’t completely clear how many people we need for humans to continue but it’s between a million and a billion so there’s lots of room for downsizing.

But the string I want to oscillate here is about humans as consumers.

Humans have always been consumers. Back when we (our predecessors) were still in the trees, we consumed fruit of the trees and probably an occasional tree rat or dinosaur descendant. Once we climbed down and embraced the risk of bipedalism, we got busy consuming. Albeit mostly “road kill.”

Once we invented technology we got into big time because we had to be Hunter-Gatherers. Because we were consumers. We’d eat an area of a couple of hours walk radius around our temporary camp down and have to march on to a new area. After the population grew enough we had to develop circuits and territories so we didn’t have to kill (and eat) other bands’ members.

Those movements were the type of consumerism we have now. When we stopped we could make shelters, sleeping and cooking rigs, and tools. But when we moved to the next stop we had to leave behind every thing we couldn’t carry and keep up. And that burden had to include toting children too small to walk themselves. This is part of why we have “marriage.” It’s so the men can carry the women’s stuff while they carry bairns.

Just like consumerism today. 

Of course, at some point sedentaryism set in followed quickly by either starvation or the development of agriculture with all its evils. And that may have been the only time – and it’s a big MAY – we’ve worried about sustainment and conservation seriously.

And I sorta doubt that based on some of the evidence.

So sustainability is a valid concern but horribly mangled in presentation.

Ice Cream Musings

A bit less BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! this morning than yester. So I was distracted less by the shivers and a need to keep firm control of my jaw. So more opportunity to cogitate. My short walk encompassed several thoughts, some of which need a bit more nurturing.

But it did occur to me that one of our problems in this country is the holding the delusion that we can pick which of the two realities we accept.

What two realities? Why, physical reality and social reality, of course. And only Nerds and a few Geeks accept both. Mostly, the Bogs exclusively, it seems, ignore/deny physical reality and only embrace social reality. 

This is reflected in almost everything we see and do. Our politicians deny physical reality to the point of actually suppressing and abusing science. Scientists are terrorists in the mind of the politician. Political office holders seem bent on the destruction of Amerikan science. All they seem to care about positively is advancing their positions in social reality.

This political behavior is an epitome of general life. Bogs ignore science and do everything they can to avoid it. It is impossible now to get any decent science education in the public schules. Only commissars are permitted to “teach” science courses. Only in the most insulated of universities is science still taught.

Modern life does everything it can to ignore physical reality. Media presentations, dramatic and commercial alike, deny science and present wild unreality as actuality.

I can only hope that other countries will retain sanity and save humanity.

But not in Amerika. 

Making Travel Hurt

Had to put my motorcar in hospital yesterday for a transplant. More of this balloon nonsense of incompetent manufacturing. And since US231 is a “bloody mess” of road muckers making travel painful for the citizenry – courtesy of a bit of pork from the state Council of Thieves – I went via US431 which increases the distance by 0.25 but decreases the wrack and ruin on me. And then I had to molder in what is laughingly called a “Quiet Room” for a not too interminable period of time before being able to return to Greater Metropolitan Arab.

Which meant that I got exposed to a lot of “media” rubbish yesterday. And that’s the basis of this blot.

Second of all, I perceived a transmission over the electromagnetic audio-visual receiver last evening of a news item on “air rage”. Seems the corporate masters of the air want to make the punishments for bad behavior – in their determination – uniform over the planet. This is rather more adventurous even than drug laws which are uniformly strict but dis-jointly applied. 

My initial reaction was that the corporate masters would catch more flies with honey than acetic acid solution. IOW, if people are raging then instead of bottling up their rage so that when it does manifest it’s in the form of guillotines and firing parties, just moderate the causes of the irritation.

This, of course, might reduce their profits and thus with typically microscopic planning, would be impossible to even contemplate. So thumb screws and iron maidens it will be. I would be concerned that if people are going to be threatened with twenty years of prison, probably in some tartarus hole of a country with a 0.99 convict death fraction, some will decide they need to take a few myrmidons of evil capitalism with them. Which will also reduce profits.

But then I thought secondly about the videos I had seen leading into the news reading and I realized that all of the example incidents were perpetrated by people who had the appearance and behavior of neotenous adolescents.

Which brought me to the first of all which was listening as I returned from the motorcar hospital to GMA on a satellite wireless channel. This was a “comedy” (???) monologue about the behavior of teenagers. A tirade – never more than briefly humorous – of the obliviousness to communication and learning and the emotional maelstroms. Which is closely the behavior of air rage.

It then occurred that during most of human existence, ever since we came down out of the trees, we were Hunter-Gatherers, and therefore we evolved pretty much in that mold. And in HG bands of 25-50 people where almost no one lived past 45, teenagers were much more determining members of society.

In effect, Civilization if a conspiracy to dis-empower teenagers. Throughout recorded history, the age at which adolescents become “adults” has steadily increased. 

Which means that there is reduced pressure on adolescents to develop adult behavior. And we have a lot of people in our environment of society-is-the-only-reality where chronological adults are really neotenous teenagers. 

If so, trying to punish air rage is already a lost cause. 

Just like trying to find adults to operate pickup trucks.