July 5th, 2012

Snobbery and Stimulus

This subject is only incidentally related to stimulus and recovery, but it is still related. I like to make connections between different fields of thought. In adolescent psychology, we learn about the history of education, since public education is the defining epoch of development in Western youth psychology. The labor rights movement prevented people from working children to the bone, and forced employers to hire men to do men's work, and pay them a man's wage. This resulted in a bunch of kids without jobs, so we had to do something with them. This "thing" became junior and/or senior high school. Essentially, higher-grade primary education was a warehousing project designed to keep kids in check while waiting to enter the working economy.
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Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.

Japan ironically blames everyone while decrying the tendency to blame everyone.

So we all know how the Fukushima disaster came about right? Cost-cutting, sloppy, negligent management. Well, that isn't the whole story you see. You see, as the report indicates:

"What must be admitted -- very painfully -- is that this was a disaster 'Made in Japan,' " the report said. "Its fundamental causes are to be found in the ingrained conventions of Japanese culture: our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to 'sticking with the program.'"

Not just incidental to the runaway chain reaction of neutron-induced fission events, but indeed the very fundamental cause of the meltdown was that everyone in Japan is too well behaved. That's right, the fundamental blame can be laid at the feet of every man, woman and child, near and far, involved or not. This isn't about bad operators so much as it is about how everyone else is to blame.

This is essentially how capitalism operates. I thought it quite amusing if however sickening. Much like the financial meltdown, nuclear meltdowns are now the proper responsibility and concern of every Tom, Dick and Harry who happens to be born however loosely affiliated with some power plant by dint of nationality or skin color. Well then, I guess then we should just accept this report and go with the program!

What is ironic is how the report relies upon the very same "problem" it points out: Japanese kids are too well-behaved! Damned if you do... damned if you don't!

This is the equivalent of watching your house burn down, and then ranting about the deleterious effects of rap music.
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Language row is shaking Ukraine

The European Cup is over and Ukraine is back to its usual shenanigans. Observing the topless Femen activists around the soccer final must've been a pretty fascinating sight (NSFW) for the many foreign tourists, granted, but I doubt many of them even knew what was it all about. "It's just boobs, c'mon!", an Italian fan responded when I tugged at their shoulder to ask what was going on. Duh... fuck'n Italians.

Now that I'm far away from Kiev, I hear there's been some other kind of rally over there. This time no boobs involved, sorry to disappoint. Just a group of guys in neat suits dashing up the steps of Parliament (Verkhovna Rada, as it's called in Ukraine). They must've attracted lots of stares too, because they were well known MPs, members of the opposition against the ruling Party of the Regions of president Viktor Yanukovich. They had just learned that a new law was being voted inside, behind their backs and without their knowledge. A law that they believe is designed to undermine the very foundation of statehood in Ukraine. Despite the exchanged fists and kicks in the Rada that've become such a regular sight, the law was still passed. And this will prompt a huge political crisis in Ukraine. Why?

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Whites-only Christian gathering in Alabama

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/05/12583500-whites-only-christian-gathering-riles-some-alabama-neighbors?lite

A three-day whites-only religious conference — which will conclude with a flaming cross — in Lamar County, Alabama, has some residents upset at the racist implications while the minister complains that his freedom of speech is being violated.

"Yes, we believe that the Europeans and their descendants are the chosen people of God," according to the website for Christian Identity Ministries, which is holding the event with Church of God’s Chosen. "We believe this, not because we think that the white race is superior, but because there is overwhelming proof in support of this belief. We do not back down from this belief, because we are certain."

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Some of the participants in the conference are Ku Klux Klan members, organizers said, though that was not a requirement.

"We don't have the facilities to accommodate other races, and we have nothing, not one bit of animosity, no racism whatsoever," Christian Identity Ministries Pastor William J. Collier told WIAT.


[chessdev]  Numerous times on this forum, it has been argued that actions that discriminate against people of color are not "racist" unless there is malice, animosity involved.  Meaning, one can "innocently" believe someone is a thief merely because that person is Black, and that wouldn't be racist because blinding anger wasnt present at the time..

Well here we have friggin **Identity Christians** who are actually arguing that they are not racist!!!  You get that!??!!  A straight-up hate group that advertises "whites only", BURNS CROSSES, and has KKK membership is claiming that to have "no racism whatsoever"...

Once that settles in your head, I wanted to use this article to show why so many people on this forum reject that notion and why the argument is silly to the core.  When a HATE GROUP can claim to not be racist...and they're saying the same thing some people on this forum have argued...  maybe those argument should be reconsidered?