Friday, March 28, 2014

Ultraculture | Wake Up & Stay Free

Ultraculture | Wake Up and Stay Free: "NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is one of the world’s most prevalent methods of mind control, used by everyone from sales callers to politicians to media pundits, and it’s nasty to the core. Here’s ten ways to make sure nobody uses it on you… ever."
Interesting, and I don't argue with the basic idea here. Always beware of manipulations, always. While some of NLP is useful for the so-called "new age" self actualizing work that some of us happily use for our own work, this is a chilling article that gives us background into the mind control realm of NLP.

It is pretty interesting that one of the founders of NLP, John Grinder, was once:

"Grinder was at the time an associate professor in linguistics at the university (he had previously served as a Captain in the US Special Forces and in the intelligence community, …"
And this photo of Richard Brander, another founder of NLP, in black with red tie. NLP via clothing choice. Screams devil/satan/mafia/don/mad genius. Brander, accused murderer, free, and still runs NLP workshops:

NLP co-founder john Brander (source wiki commons)

So, ten pointers from the author on how to avoid having someone dump NLP all over your fanny. Personally, I can think of several on-going examples in my own life where people, whether or not they are intentionally using NLP or aware of such a thing, do their best to manipulate using similar methods.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

DARPA Quote of the Day

 "By seeking out scalable approaches for dynamically controlling the electromagnetic spectrum or distributed cooperative efforts to achieving air dominance, DARPA can help reduce the cost of future systems." News Article: DARPA’s Role to ‘Change What’s Possible,’ Director Says:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pussy Riot Members Attacked

Real he-men attack two members of Pussy Riot; the irony of the fact they were wearing anti-Nazi symbols does not escape:

Russia: Pussy Riot suffer burns and head injuries after being attacked at McDonalds | euronews, world news: The men, who were wearing St George ribbons which commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, used pepper spray and poured rubbish and green antiseptic over them. [italics mine]

This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried To Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School

Bad news, and shame on Scholoastic. Good news, and thank you to all who worked to change Scholastic's propaganda attempts.

This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried To Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School: While developing activities on coal and the climate crisis in 2011 for Rethinking Schools magazine, I ran across a curriculum,The United States of Energy, from Scholastic, the venerable education publisher.
It was a colorful series of lessons, aimed at fourth-graders, which explored the various sources for energy in the United States. The material on coal discussed its many “advantages.” But when I looked for discussion of the disadvantages … nothing.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bitcoin CEO found dead

Another death, no doubt to be labeled "suicide":

First Meta CEO found dead in Singapore: Autumn Radtke, the 28-year-old CEO of an upstart bitcoin exchange, died last week under mysterious circumstances at her home in Singapore.

The U.S.-born head of First Meta was found dead by police on Feb. 28, with the cause of death yet to be determined. In a statement on its website, First Meta said the company "was shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke."

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the company's director and nonexecutive chairman, Douglas Abrams, said the exact cause of Radtke's death was "still under investigation."

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Just World Theory of Economics

Chris Hedges | Suffering? Well, You Deserve It discusses the "just - world theory" of economics. Just world theory is not just the idea that the wealthy or those with property deserve for whatever reasons (in fact, the article says, it isn't questioned how one acquired their money, it just is) but, and this is the crucial thing to get, those who are poor deserve to be poor. Quoting from the article:

Clinging to the old neoclassical model could . . .  erode and perhaps destroy social cohesion and require the state to engage in greater forms of coercion. [italics mine]
Look at the actions of cities across the United States towards the homeless. Instead of true help, laws are made, on a daily basis, to further ensure that the homeless, despite age, gender or state of health, are vilified. This includes those that would help the homeless, in many cases. Being homeless is a crime; illegal to camp, sleep, "loiter," give food, money or blankets to the homeless, panhandle, etc. None of these laws help anyone, only punish.

People are jailed for not paying bills. This is illegal yet it not only continues, the number of people jailed for being poor has increased.

People go without needed medical care; this is nothing new and yet even with the promise of Obama care things remain dicey for many. This includes me, and I have had the blessing of fairly good health insurance through my employment. It costs me a lot of money each month however, as any health insurance does. Even so, I cannot afford the procedures pushed at me from health care providers. Fortunately, they are not life threatening issues but for many, such is not the case.

Many employers do not offer paid sick leave, and this is another way economics punishes the poor. Call in sick, often you're fired. If you're not fired, you're not paid. So you go in sick, which makes you sicker. And then you get others sick.

It's also nothing new that if you can't afford legal advice, you're screwed.

And so it goes, the list is endless.

Something I've noticed, (on the local level as well as nationally) is the attitude that the sick, the homeless, the "not us" demonstrate terrifyingly punitive responses to these issues. From incredible naivety, such as the letter writer to the local paper who insisted employers wouldn't punish good employees for calling in sick, to the sheer heartless suggestions the homeless should be shipped out of town, the reaction is to punish or ignore, not help without judgement.

Just-world economics in practice isn't new, and that's what makes this so godamned sad. That in this age we accept this as natural and even ethical --  as many a Christian subscribes to this philosophy (mangling the whole "give a man a fish … teach him to fish" *Biblical meme) should be an embarrassment.

* That quote about "giving a man a fish…" is not a Biblical story, it is a Chinese proverb.