Legal War

While at gym, which was pleasantly sparse, I had occasion to listen to an episode of the CBC’s “Best of Ideas” dealing with war. The panel of talking (un)heads was composed of folks who labeled themselves as philosophers.

Normally I am well inclined to listen to philosophers – the real ones, not the religionist noisemongers who pretend to be such – since they have nothing to offer but rationality. But this morning their arguments rang poorly and absent of tone.

The panel kept trying to talk in terms of “just” war and “fairness”. The problem is that this is utter rubbish (the odoriferous kind) in everyday discussion, much less in discussing war. It was only with the greatest of derision that von Clausewitz was mentioned and then he was shrouded (as in burial shroud) as a philosopher.

Let me be clear, “fairness” and “justice” are completely arbitrary terms. There is no objectivity to them. They are also terms that have been appropriated by the law advocates, mostly to prop up their own brutal alternative to Hobbesism. What is meant by justice is exacting some horrendous, arbitrary, and often excessive penalty for violating some law, which is itself totally arbitrary and made-up. The legal instrumentality is only cosmetically interested in the concerns of the citizenry but assume the mantle of providing them justice and fairness as a means of controlling that citizenry and thus assuring their own continuance.

The basic premise of law is fundamentally biased towards the organization. Back when we were hunter-gatherers in small organizations (25-50 folks,) this bias was balanced by the close human ties inherent to such a network. But in the context of civilization and nation-states, law is unbridled and tyrannical without balance or counter.

On which note, the whole idea of “just” war is itself biased and unbalanced. It is fundamentally based in religionist dogma. The idea of just war was developed when Christianity was becoming the christianist organization, and reflects that process. It also continues – and legitimizes? – the concept of religious freedom as freedom to persecute those who do not belong to your denomination/belief group. This not only puts a premium on organization but fully legitimizes slaughter and tyranny against everyone for merely believing differently.

Consider the justness of roasting Bruno.

Road Distemper

One Day. Back to gym. And my driving passage on Alabama 69 from Greater Metropolitan Arab to Scant City and back made me realize that the roadway was not the least bumpy or holey prior to the work being done on it at the behest of the Alibam Department of Transportation.

We are thus forced to confront that the most likely situation is that this road worn is nothing more than corporate welfare. Government misuse of monies. Pay back to political donors. Corruption in office. Theft by the Alibam Council of Thieves Legislature.

Calots! Attend!

Seven Day. Shabat ended yesterday at dusk, which is late this time of year with nasty temperature made worse by a pesky rain storm that seemed to have targeted Greater Metropolitan Arab. Probably because of the perfidy of the Arab Electron Uncooperative for their nasty switch flipping this week.

It was muggy this morning when I took my constitutional. Decidedly unrefreshing! But I did have occasion thereby to cogitate and most of that occasion was devoted to an antic of one of our elected mental defectives. Seems a congress critter asked a NASA limpet if there was a civilization on(planet) Mars millennia ago? [Link]

The NASA myrmidon answered in the negative but that could not dam the torrent. Some have decried the congress critter as whackadoodle, which he is, but not because of asking the question. Rather this is implicit to our form of governance.

I recently blotted a bit about how the more socialized an individual is, the less they know. Because those with limited intelligence are better suited to not knowing – as opposed to deliberate ignorance which is a long-time Amerikan individual goal – we may expect that those who socialize best are naturally the ones with the least intelligence which, in turn, makes them ideal for service in the congress since its members are selected solely for their socialization, prevarication, and greed skills.So far as I can tell, the only socially redeeming value of congress critters is their ability to ask questions like this.

And they do so rather too seldom. Especially when the welfare of the citizenry is the matter at hand.

It occurs that the founding fathers opted for representative democracy solely to assure that the number of damage doers would be as few as possible and as incompetent as possible. The unintended consequence was from forgetting that such people have a lot of greed. Indeed, greed has many forms which can include patriotism, religious fervor, and altruism. It’s part of being human.

So the question isn’t all that bad. We humans have a mental obsession with the possibility of some intelligent life on Mars. We like to claim this started with Lowell (sp?) and the canals, but the interest is recorded back to when Thucydides invented history (as a study, not the actual thing.) In so-called modern times – i.e., post the Battle of New Orleans as offered up in “The Birth of the Modern” – we have had numerous excursions on Martian existence, notably those of the Wells and Burroughs.

These all tend to be disappointing, having the same flaws as the congress critter’s question: Herbert George Wells’ story was an offset of human behavior, of the nature of conquest and empire, his Martians were just humans with extra technology and different physical form; Orson Wells’ martians were copies of Herbert’s but additionally flawed by the tempo dictated by modern entertainment; and lastly, Burroughs’ Martians, the most accurate as human imitations, with their rigorous denial of human rights, climate change, and even science, at least in the form of Darwinian Evolution, shoaled on the rocks of why do egg layers have mammary glands?

(Actually, I am told, humans, as we know them but never speak of in public schules, are neotenous egg layers. Our reproduction is identical to egg layers save the last step of neatly packaging the embryo in a box. This absence of containerization and externalization may be blamed as the root of the great human denial that is the vilification of abortion.)

This does not answer the question of why we are so broken and inept; so lacking in ability as to make incompetent an inadequate term. Perhaps the reason is that we did have alien help in assuming our self-proclaimed role as masters of Tellus. Another article [Link] advances that the only reason we beat the Neandertals into extinction was our alliance with dogs. This explains much, especially our darker side, given millennia of symbiosis that has strengthened our practices of cruelty, torture, denial, and irrationality. And probably hedonism?

It does occur, however, that there may be a positive side to this. Perhaps if we required every elected politician to have a service dog by their side at all times their greed and derivative evil would be buffered it not alleviated? Seems worth a try. 

Ode to Public Service

Sometimes I am so whelmed with joy and thankfulness for our public (?) organizations that I just have to dance and sing.

In a burst of their usual kindness, the Alibam Department of Transportation, which, so far as I can tell, transports nothing, an epitome of capitalist government instrumentality, has also stymied all transportation on Alabama Highway 68 from Scant City to downtown Arab. They have accomplished this with a mixture of technology ranging from orange plastic road barriers to the latest road destruction machinery.

Meanwhile, the Arab Electron Uncooperative, perhaps a tiny bit jealous of the Arab Water Unpumpers who have readopted their program of ruining children’s dentition, have been executing a truly thrilling program of powers flickers clearly designed to improve commerce in Greater Metropolitan Arab by systematically eliminating HVAC units, heavy appliances, and digital computers in Arab households. 

These two programs, along with the wise governance of our local conscript parents, most of whom are real-estate salespeople, has resulted in Greater Metropolitan Arab being named the second best city in Amerika for making its citizens’ lives miserable. They were edged out for first place by the city of Flint Michigan which has a wonderful program intended to totally depopulate the city. 

I firmly expect the Arab Conscript Parents to rise to the challenge and considerably reduce the city’s population by next year’s evaluation.

Social Stupidification

I was bleakly scanning the Scroll of Countenances this morning and noted that a colleague of a colleague, Magnetic Inductance Normal, (ass in orthogonal, not the bog-begotten misuse of the word as Modal,)  was announcing some exceptionally good score on one of those computerized vocabulary tests. He proclaimed that this was an exceptional occurrence since American “English” is not his milk tongue.

Actually, I find it not exceptional. My experience of many years as an observer and INTRO indicate that the more socially attuned an individual is, the less they know. In this instance, my colleague once removed may have been socially atuned to his childhood fellows but when it came to speakers of American “English”, less so and thereby unsure of which words were in “common” use. So he had to learn a whole bunch more than he would have if he had been born a speaker of American “English.”

This phenomenon is not limited to vocabulary. It applies across the board so that one may broadly offer than the more social an individual is, the less he/she knows. This is because all the individual needs to survive, almost all the time, is what one’s fellows know and so one obtains a social group race-for-the-bottom, the least effective common knowledge base.

This also tends to explain the abysmal ignorance, if not arrogance, of politicians.

Admittedly, that latter was telegraphed; it bubbled up to the surface of the mental lava rather rapidly, indicating exceptionally LOW density.

In effect, this is the blessing that those with poor social skills much struggle. They have no royal shortcut of close, asentient, friends who will co-define their rats’ warren existence. Instead, the INTROs and such are forced to learn to survive. In fact, the question bubbles of whether, if the INTROs had not invented agriculture and civilization, would humans be extinct today? The indications are good. And even better that as INTROs and NERDs are devalued and alienated, that humanity is on its way to a deferred disappearance.

But will the socially inept inherit the planet? Do we even want it, given the mess the EXTROs have made of it?

Why We’re Ignernt

Few people think they are stupid. It’s part of how humans are made. If we think we are stupid, we cower down and don’t try. Besides, Bogs, especially the Extros, are pretty well incapable of thinking that much. They’re like Schrodinger’s Cat if Schrodinger had died just after starting the experiment. If you can’t observe something, you can’t collapse the wave function.

But there is a special kind of stupid and it seems to be infesting our society. It’s the stupidity of ignorance – ignernce in Alibam speak. Basically this is a condition of being ignorant and happy with it. Knowledge is a bad thing because then we become aware of our own shortfallings and we can’t admit to that because it would mean that our society is flawed and even failing.

Part of that is the nature of our schules. One primary symptom is that we have ceased to pretend that the public schules have anything to do with education. All they are is a training camp for social serfs coupled with a lot of mumbo jumbo of educationalist delusions and careerism. All that is taught is obedience to Extro Bogism and how to maximize the educationalists’ pay checks. 

Hence I was a bit bemused by an article [Link] entitled “One in three physics teachers at England’s secondary schools don’t have a degree in their subject.” The clear implication is thet two-thirds of the people teaching physics in England’s public (as we would call them) schules have actual degrees in physics. 

But not here in Amerika. Here [Link] in Amerika we have half that fraction. Why? Well, simply because no one in authority has any interest in teaching Amerika’s children anything but obedience and therefore any physics is unimportant to their goals. Never mind all this rot about STEM Education. There isn’t much of the latter in our public schules today and the colleges are rotting away fast in their headlong rush to become factory profit centers. And STEM? Why bother? Amerikans are too lazy and stupid to learn STEM stuff and compete. Or at least that is what I get from the educationalists I am exposed to and even the students I sometimes interact with on college campuses.

Ain’t saying this is all of why we Amerikans are becoming a nation of pond scum, but it’s a big part.

Once more glad to be ORF.