Friday, July 22, 2016

And it's Friday again

This week has gone fast, but then I have been fixing again. The sociopath bitch which I had rented a house to moved out. When I rented it to her I did not realize she was a sociopath. Oh well, education costs money.

The third Thursday of the month is Secular Humanist meetup. A whole new bunch for me again, well only two that I recognized. There is a shortage of history as far as knowing how culture and religion developed. Sapiens. We evolved, and went through the cognitive revolution 70k years ago (tasted the fruit of knowledge). Each generation is a copy of the previous with small genetic changes and long epigenetic switches included. We went through the agricultural revolution, domestication of animals, development of transportation industry, trade systems, development of money and the bank systems, industrial revolution with coal and steam, and into the electrical era.  On to electronics, the communications to the information age. Now what?

Faith was needed for quick learning, the smart will learn understanding. Well now we are seeing the down side of faith based education, the reluctance, even fear, to apply reasoning, physics and mathematics to life. We need to return to reason based learning... scientific method... well sort of. Truth. there is what we know to be true by reason, what we believe to be true, what we are uncertain of, that which is likely false, and what we know to be false, even if it is impossible to prove false.

I am not going to allow myself to be drawn back into the religion myth and debate from there. I have abandoned those myths.  Others at the meetup have not yet abandoned the myth, but are struggling for footing within the myth. The foothold is just not there. To grow, we must abandon the myth, clean all the old myth thinking out, and rebuild from there. Each lurch forward, in a ratchet style, something like the under ice fish net dragger, is more like how we change our beliefs. Once we get set on a path, we may start moving quite quickly, on a line. It may be s struggle to not get drawn back into the old myths.

The Stoics claim virtue is the highest priority, the only good that is always good, by definition. It is those acts that we need to understand. The Stoics are the first positive thinker philosophy that there is a good record for. They had some useful and effective techniques for thought control, as well as reality checks and corrections. Oh well, in the end we die anyway.

Afraid of death; how did the world get along before we were born? 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

To Quote

George H. Smith
"It is not my purpose to convert people to atheism...but to demonstrate that the belief in God is irrational to the point of absurdity. If a person wishes to continue believing in a god, that is his prerogative, but he can no longer excuse his belief in the name of reason and moral necessity."


Lawrence Krauss
A belief in a god is just irrelevant to science. Science is how we understand reality.

Reality

Desire/instinct verse best rational behavior, like the eat/not eat of the epigenetic switched overeater, is a dilemma we face. It come down to choice. I no longer have the excuse of not understanding the real problem. To continue to eat as my instinct/desire demands is not rational behavior, yet the body wants what the body wants. I have studied this now, and understand, so I can no longer just eat until the desire leaves and claim to be rational.  Oh well.  Sugar and overeating sets the epigenetic switch, once in a lifetime.

We are driven forward at a cellular level. We do not have a choice but forward or die. The only meaning in life is what ever we paint on it; family, community, religion, business, education, knowledge, truth, what ever get you out of bed in the morning. We are just opportunistic organism living on a big rock. Meaning of/in life is a human construct. A concept, nothing more, and yet it gives satisfaction, contentment. Just because we can have a concept does not mean that it is real.  
 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Teresa May tells it like it is

"That means fighting against the burning injustice that if you are born poor you will die, on average, nine years earlier than others. If you are black you are treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you are white. If you are a white working-class boy you are less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university. If you are at a state school you are less likely to reach the top professions than if you are educated privately. If you are a woman you will earn less than a man. If you suffer from mental health problems, there is not enough help to hand. If you are young you will find it harder than ever before to own your own home.”

Class system has been around a long time. Hammurapi detailed the elite, the commoners, and the slaves, and then subclasses of females. The Romans captured and imprisoned, or converted to slaves all northers including the Slavs, where the word slaves is likely from.  The US had there black slaves, which were not considered human by the Catholic Church, hence suitable to enslave. The natives were not suitable for slaves for they would murder the owners when they got the chance.  They see nothing wrong with killing and suicide. Oh well. Now we live in the aftermath of all this. There need to be a plan, front and center, on what and how this is to work. There is none. We have depended on religion to teach people how to live, and the result has been; well, no classes except for the 1%, and the welfare poor.

We still have slaves, wage slaves, and sex slaves, and lack of opportunity slaves. Little has changed; we are led to slavery; we can leave and be poor... that is the choices. If we want anything, then we are slaves to the economy. Yet we claim to be free, it is our choice to work... or have less. But slavery is banned... in name only, oh well, in the end we all just die anyway.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

We are culture driven

Consider what we learn from family and where those lessons come from. I was taught mostly fear of police, but also do what they say because they carry guns. Father was raised in the time of the Black and Tans in Ireland. Thugs with clubs and guns. Mother was raised in the west with RCMP before they took on traffic. There was one RCMP to serve an area of several thousand square miles. Not much contact with them until late in life, long after I was gone. In adult life, avoiding contact with police was preferred.

Now consider the increased police presence we see today. I doubt if I go a day without seeing at least a police car. They are everywhere, and with a egotistical aggressive attitude on most of them. What is this telling our youth about them? They have the same attitude as the guards in the Stanford Prison Experiment. 

Consider the black culture in the US. What are they teaching for an attitude to the cops, which likely have the same egotistical aggressive attitude, on of escalating force until they achieve compliance. Attitude on one side or the other must change before the issues can be resolved. There is no obvious way to change other that that of the citizens. Citizens must obey else the trouble will continue. But the real problem is the attitude of the police all over, that they are right, always. There are laws that even thy must follow, and those need to be a bit tighter.

Baiting, forcing bad situations in traffic and then ticketing those who do not handle the situation correctly is one of those bait situations. Sitting at stop signs when they have clearance to go is just baiting or is distracted driving, if they are fiddling equipment. That is there culture. Ours must deal with their baiting. We may all need car cams also for our own protection. Until a open citizens revolt happens nothing is going to change. They have gone beyond safety, law and order and become a revenue generating industry here in Canada.

“If you do it, they’ll do it,” David S. Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Children’s Hospital Boston, said. “Young children are like ducklings, they want to do what their mothers [and fathers?] do.”

and so it begins.   

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Idiots

Never argue with an idiot. They will just drag you down to there level and beat you up with there experience. Never point out the error or limit in the argument with an Idiot, There is no win possible.

The internet has given everyone the ability to be heard in public, and some of the loud have big platforms.

To change society, we need a method of getting the message out, and a message that is workable. To make a huge course correction violent over through of the government is the only way, and are the conditions that bad? No. It needs tweaking, likely but what should be the tweak? In the US, the cops are shooting anyone who does anything that the skittish cops can construe as threatening. Oh well, in the end we all die anyway. It is the cops point of view that must be considered as they are the one with the guns, at least some of the time.

There are always loose lip radicals that can scream and say nothing useful. Oh well, idiots also die. It does not matter. Unless someone comes up with practical small changes, nothing will change. What is needed is a public information campaign to teach the public how to deal with armed police in a safe manner. It is the public that is at risk, and the silence is not helping in the US especially. 

Police use the principal of escalating force until success can be expected. You offer anything that could be considered deadly force and you get shot. It is that simple. Cops do not back down, especially scared skittish cops. Calgary, this guy is lucky to be alive. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/07/10/calgary-police-video-arrest_n_10915586.html 

Skittish Nervous Cops

Nervous Cops are everywhere now. Canada and the US. Nervous cops are dangerous for everybody. Nervous people carrying guns is just not good. Anything that can be perceived as the least bit threatening to the cop will likely get oneself shot. It is dangerous time we live in. And the danger is from scaring a skittish cop.

When a senior citizen at a setup traffic stop can make a cop put his hand on his gun, that cop is too skittish. Oh well, we all die in the end. 

So now it is on we citizens to not scare cops. Become silent, slow moving, do nothing until asked.... Describe the required movement first... take your time .... waste time... etc...

Friday, July 8, 2016

And the short answer is

Headline:

If China Is So Committed To Renewable Energy, Why Are So Many New Coal Plants Being Built?



http://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2016/07/08/if-china-is-so-committed-to-renewable-energy-why-are-so-many-new-coal-plants-being-built/#700bd56665f7

And the short answer is we are selling them our old plants. In some cases even paying them to dismantle, and remove the old plant. What a deal, a whole plant that they can have for taking. Labor is cheap in china, it is material that is expensive. So the cheapest plant can be repaired and away we go.

So Notely's losing plants doe little for the world as a whole, but puts cleaner technology at considerable cost in Alberta, while contributing to total pollution in China, or what other third world country that bought a old second world plant. Oh well, we all die in the end.  

Those plants are going to there for the next fifty years. That is the value of China's commitment to green house gasses. Only the depletion of coal will stop them.