Thursday, January 28, 2021

A bad night

 I watched a movie called Shoplifters.  It's a Japanese movie that Western film snobs apparently decided to like, because they imagine it fits in with their mindset.  The movie is about this group of petty criminals that act like a family- created mostly by an old lady that doesn't want to die alone, so she has sort of collected these people around her.  They seem generally nice to each other- in group morality working very well.

Anyway, there's a 'father' and 'son' team that usually does the actual shoplifting- and they end up bringing home an abused and neglected young girl.  Things are much better for her with this crazy little crew than from where she came.  In fact there's this one part where they try to take her back home, but they hear her parents fighting and hear how she is unwanted.  So, despite the danger, they keep her.

And obviously, things fall apart for these people.  The high point is a trip to the beach.  And there's the girl's character arc trajectory- she blossoms with these people, and seems to become stronger, perhaps even better able to handle the inevitable return to her mom, who wasn't the worst, at least.  It would have been more comforting had they established the father was well and truly out of the picture by that time.

It's a good movie, but a depressing movie, and I have noticed leftists seem to like depressing movies.  But I think they also liked this movie because they thought they saw in it an extension of the whole 'love who you love' type of sentiment.  I think some sentiment towards the idea that the family you choose is more important than blood was actually written on the dvd case. 

It's part of the plot that it becomes generally known that this girl is missing, Her parents are being questioned by the police, and the people she's are trying to figure out what to do, and in the process, she actively chooses to change her name and appearance, to play a role in this fake family.  One of the characters suggests that perhaps the bond is stronger when you choose your family.

They probably got the Palm d'or for that.  Never mind the consequences clearly played out on screen.  One could argue a character or two got what they wanted, perhaps what they needed.  But this faux family is inexorably erased as events unfold, though I supposed after everybody gets out of jail or whatever, maybe they could have a reunion.

But the night was young, and I have podcasts to listen to, so I listened to this

In which Robb relates an experience at the park, where in a 50ish lady explains to him she's raising her grandchildren because, apparently, there's a very bad trend happening.  I don't know how widespread it is, but there are people who are just dumping their kids, and not necessarily on the grandparents either- this particular grandparent had to get her grandchildren out of the clutches of the foster care system.  

This was a bit too much for me, especially after watching the movie.   I felt quite emotionally devastated.

I am the oldest of six, probably spent more time with a child in my arms than most during my childhood, and pretty much always thought I would get married and have kids, excepting that brief time I thought maybe I should be a priest.

None of this happened.  I am alone and have been for quite some time.  And it feels like I collect behaviors and/or ideas that will likely just perpetuate that situation.  

But somewhere inside that me is still there.  If it is necessary to get in touch with myself, lets just say I'd prefer more constructive ways of doing so than having such a night as I did last night.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Right to Dynasty

The bureaucracy has tainted both the words and the thing, since any sort of dynastic legacy made now is likely due to a particular family's capacity to work the existing system.  And the words- what a mess they've made of rights as any sort of meaningful thing, and how successful they have been in demonizing anyone that might want a dynasty.

Additionally, I doubt the ancients would necessarily agree with a right to dynasty.  Indeed, those who already had a dynasty, would no doubt use whatever power or political means necessary to keep themselves at the top.  I wonder if it was as bad as now though, since those seeking to improve their families' lot in life could, if they were successful, marry into the local aristocracy.  

A dynasty- a functioning intergenerational estate, which would include businesses and necessitate good administrative qualities- is really the only sign the rest of us in this world have as a clue that someone might make a good leader.  It is not something that provides 100% proof, and obviously many myths have been made about families wherein the 3rd or 4th generation ends up destroying whatever their ancestors made- though a lot of the examples of this comes from the post-bureaucratic age, when people are miseducated and the bureaucracies themselves are likely to notice your estate and think of it as a nice large pile of assets to steal.

Destroying humanity's dynastic impulse means they've largely successfully destroyed examples of good governance, or at least hidden them.  Additionally, we are continually encouraged to use whatever wealth we might build up for ourselves, to focus on short term consumptive goals.  Our house, our family, our lineage- it once made up a large part of this thing we called identity.  What is identity now?  Often a self-destructive delusion.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Vocabulary is a clue too.

It occurred to me that there are things I definitely did not know before, but I do know.

Gain of function.
PCR cycles.

Obviously, not an exhaustive list, but an illustrative one because these are things that show up in scientific literature and relate to a certain current event.

Is there any evidence that the worshippers of 'SCIENCE!" ever increase their vocabulary?  

Of course, they do seem to make up new words or take old words and given them new meaning.  

Herd Immunity.

Also a non-exhaustive list.  They've done this so much we could even list things like love and hate.  

But it's an interesting thing to note- an expansive vocabulary almost accidentally achieved via an attempt to understand the world, and a willingness to read some of this stuff that could be called science-

Versus a shrinking vocabulary further obfuscated by intentionally attempting to change the language to take away the ability to point out clear errors in thinking.  We must have 'progress' after all, regardless of how absolutely unlike progress it seems.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Censorship As A Growth Problem

 I have various interests, many of which lead me to think about appropriate growth.  Cities, communities, and the less and less interesting world of evangelism, where it's obvious those still ardent harbor the same attitudes to growth that helped the 2008 mortgage crisis limp into existence.  Growth is the never ending clarion call for many organizations, especially governments, because they can theoretically grow their way out of all the problems they are causing us.  

But too much growth, too fast, and you find yourself in bad situations.  An algae bloom is a sudden explosion of growth, but it quickly dies back.  It's not good for us, and it isn't good for the algae.

We can look at this social media censorship problem in two ways- one is that they basically lied to us and they were intending to do this kind of thing all along- in which case they should have been more honest.  By being more honest they would have grown more slowly, only adding people aligned to their politics and/or having some of us non-aligned people join under a clearer understanding of how the game was going to be played there.

There's some evidence this isn't the case, since, as they began designing algorithms, they realized conflict generates more interaction and keeps us on their websites for much longer than when we see the stuff we agree with.  They kind of need us there, to make the vegan socialist wine drinking cat ladies pound on their keyboards all through the night.

So, the second way to look at it is that as they grew too fast in their attempt to be a platform, a bunch of people not of their culture walked into their domain and took over the place-  The difference between some sort of sustainable immigration and invasion.  With some sort of workable immigration policy, people come in more slowly and learn the culture at a human pace, which usually means a much slower pace, with a lot of  people already inculcated into the culture to serve as role models.  This is not the sort of thing people do well with a few lectures, or direct knowledge transfer; you need a lot of time and a massive number of interactions to so that the new guy slowly forms the habits of the culture. 

Invasion means the original culture is vanquished.  The newcomers set new cultural norms.

But in either case, excessive growth is the problem (for the company) and these exercises in censorship is a symptom.  This symptom is a problem for everybody else, and may eventually be a problem for the company- since it will probably lead to legal troubles.  

This leads me to wonder about the health of the companies that seem so dominant now, and the current business model of sacrificing profit to achieve market share.  

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Rorschach President

 The President's recent illness and recovery, not to mention his actions, are a sort of Rorschach test.  There's a very easy delineation too- either you are mostly still human, or you've crammed whatever humanity you have left into the cog shaped space the bureaucracy has made for you, and you go absolutely crazy because President Trump acts like a human president and not like a cog president.

Trump seems to be mostly human.  He says he had to do whatever it is he did- either the supposed risks he took that resulted infection, or the aggressive treatment with not yet approved drugs- because he has to lead.  This is the same human impulse that had kings and generals in antiquity leading from the front on the battlefield.  There is a human hierarchy, a natural one.

But there is also this bureaucratic hierarchy.  Now, obviously, modern war is much different from ancient war, so some of the reasons for not leading from the front anymore seem quite logical.  But there's also that aspect of the bureaucratic machine- where in we are all cogs, or gears, or whatever, of the machine, but some parts of the machine are more vital for the machine to run than others.  And the machine is what's most important.

Those who have completely adopted bureaucrat morality are those who are going nuts right now.  

And I see a non-trivial number of non-mainstream people doing it, in addition to all the usual suspects.  

I see this as a disqualification because, if you think/support the bureaucracy, you will -de facto- fail.  It is broken, it lives by theft, and -under the cover of various ideologies- it has killed immense numbers of people.  We need to start down a long road of discovering the natural human hierarchy.  

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Stealing The Wrong Answers: Chinese Policies Seem Too Focused On The Past

 The Myth of the Twentieth Century guys mentioned near the end of the podcast a story about a group of Chinese nationals coming over to America and making extensive efforts to steal seed and perhaps map out corn fields in the Midwest.

I think this is, as has often been the case, another example of China fighting an old fight.  

Certainly, genetically alter crops are a sort of innovation, but we already have plenty of evidence that our over-dependence on them- and on corn, soy beans, etc...  is not good.

Government interference in agriculture keeps us stuck on a path we've been on since the World wars, yet all indications point to a need to end heavily monocropping and move into restoring biomes.  The genetically altered, heavily subsidized crops are ultimately a dead end.  We can certainly reach parity in production, and probably increase over all production with a larger number of crops- and the North American grasslands can produce a massive amount of beef and other ruminant animals.  Plenty of food, and we get to repair our ecosystems too.

Now, maybe China is studying this to help it become a dead end faster.  It wouldn't make much sense for them to attack our food supply though- we have been the bread basket for Communists since there were Communists.  The Chinese communists seem to have figured out how not to do some of the dumbest things various commies have done, but it's still a huge country with a lot of mouth to feed.  It is most likely these surveys of Midwestern farms are an attempt to copy, not destroy.  They still have enough disruptions in their own food supply for them to want American supplies available.

This is like spending a lot of time and energy trying to figure out how to make the old VHS videotapes while there's plenty of better tech lying around.  

Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Public Health Travesty

    Perhaps the time has finally come for them to stop it with the pandemic nonsense.  They just touted that various steroids help with COVID-19. They showcase Dexamethasone, which I had seen mentioned earlier in a Japanese youtube video.  I still don't know enough Japanese to be able to find it again, but the point is, clearly some folks knew about it earlier.

And there is another video I will not be able to find- a doctor talking about budensonide- he got banned by various social media sites- but basically, when people came to him he asked himself what would he usually prescribe for these respiratory symptoms, and thus gave them budensonide.

Now, after hearing this I went and dug into one of my cabinets.  At some point- maybe 10yrs or so ago, I had some sort of respiratory thing going on.  I was given two medications by a doctor- Ventolin and Pulmicort.  Pulmicort turns out to be a brand name for this budensonide.  It came in a weird deliver system because it is fine powder you inhale, so the product is shaped like a bullet with a dial at one end so you get the right measured amount and then suck this stuff into your lungs.  I didn't like this idea very much.  I was much more comfortable with the Ventolin.

So this budensonide sat in my cabinet for years and is probably no good anymore.

Why do I mention all this?

If we had zero press on this virus more people would be alive, because doctors would have stuck to what they know.  But since we had the sky is falling pandemic nonsense, most doctors followed CDC guidelines, which is to do nothing until someone needs hospitalization.  Now, these previous protocols did regularly treat coronaviruses, because that's a large family of viruses, not just one single monster nobody knows anything about.  

But they emphasized testing, and emphasized staying home and isolating from anyone for 14 days.  And if you got bad enough, they emphasized those damn ventilators, which increased your risk of dying dramatically.  It may be great news they are finally admitting we have treatments, but it's absolutely horrible when you realize we would have been better off if no one knew anything about this disease.

Public health fails again.