August 12th, 2012

I'm not against war, I just think we should do more of it against ourselves.

Welcome to Prison America, an ongoing series.

While many have criticized our general foreign policy habits concerning the "Third World", I would like to concentrate on our own Third World. For yes, indeed, The United States of America does have a Third World. This world is run by brutes and tyrants, thugs, racists, fascists and oil barons. No, no I am not describing Saudi Arabia, I am describing Mississippi. I hate to bring such discordant disharmony to our peaceful and tranquil nation, but I can no more stay silent about this than I could about Libya.

If we do not declare war on Mississippi, we are moral hypocrites and cowards to boot.

Macing children... that's a bombing. Of course, this time, it really would be a War of Northern Aggression.
The Swallows have won!
  • mahnmut

Of Caster and Oscar

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18912902

So, Caster Semenya has taken the silver in 800m, whereas she could've easily taken the gold. If she wanted to. But maybe she didn't. The reason?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/five_ring_circus/2012/08/11/caster_semenya_2012_olympics_did_the_south_african_runner_lose_the_women_s_800_meters_on_purpose_.html

"Speculations are that she had pulled a badminton move and tanked the race. Why would someone intentionally perform below their standard in the biggest race in four years? One South African track and field observer suggested that it might be “scandal avoidance” - her 2009 triumph brought such unpleasant consequences that she’d just as soon avoid further scrutiny, and an Olympic silver medal brings considerably less attention than the gold."

I hate to say it, but that was the first thought that crossed my mind as I was watching the 800m women's final. I confess I'm guilty of having my own suspicions. And then, there's that too:

"In fact, Sports Illustrated’s David Epstein called it in a piece published days before the final: “If Semenya wins the gold, she is likely to be accused of having an unfair advantage. If she runs poorly, she is likely to be accused of sandbagging the race so as not to be accused of having an unfair advantage.”"

Damned if you do, damned if you don't, eh?

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orwells boot

hopefully I am not in violation of any of the rules. I have had occasion to ponder freedom, human behavior, stupidity, politics, etc. Among other things I have discovered that I am very unlike most humans. Visit wrongplanet.net to get an idea of this lack of similarity to most of you out there. I have many neurological deficiencies. One that I consider to be a plus is that I do not emote like many of you. The manmager of this area said to refrain from attacking the person, just their ideas. He does not realize that for the vast majority of humans, attacking their ideas / beliefs is the same as attacking them. I do not have this problem. This I have in common with the best of scientists. Scientists are wrong more often than they are right, and there is no appealing the udgment of the physical world / nature.

If someone does not like your ideas, you can go find "like minded people" This is not an option with nature.

Well, a few years ago, I posted 6000 word essay on the internet. In live journal in fact. Enter the two words orwells boot into any search engine and that essay will come back at the top of the list. Number 1. Maybe number 2, and sometimes 1 and 2 depending on the engine. For example both bing and yahoo have me listed 1 and 2. So, I figured that I had something to say. At the risk of sounding a bit arrogant, how many of you will come back at the top of any search?

My conclusion was kind of a downer. But the response and my own curiousity drove me to expand on my ideas, and they can be found here: http://xfoolnature.org/?p=10. This is a 35000 word article and growing. Figure on spending the better part of an 2 hours reading it, and that is without the links. You may find it worth while, since I think I have some ideas about addressing most of the problems we face from the physical world, and how to reduce the chances of being the victim of psychopaths.

I very much want to get constructive feedback. I believe that I have some new and constructive ideas to add to human discourse. At least they are ideas that I have not seen anywhere else.

Thanks in advance for your input.
3D

The sponsors' Olympics

These Olympic games were supposed to be the "greenest" so far. At least that is what the organisers promised...

"Participation is what matters!" The father of the Olympic movement, Pierre de Coubertin may have never said those words exactly, but they are considered one of the core Olympic principles today. "Sustainable development has always been at the core of the entire preparation of these Olympic games" - that was what the organisation committee of the London Olympics assured the public. But it turns out not exactly true.

Of course it is true that the Olympics turned the East End of London from a uncomely industrial area into a green Olympic park. 2 thousand trees and 300 thousand bushes were planted in the place of the old and abandoned factory buildings, 2 million tons of dead soil was processed and cleaned... The use of the sports facilities is guaranteed for years ahead, the organisers claim. And this prompted the chairman of the special Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, Shaun McCarthy to boast that "These Olympic games are undoubtedly the most sustainable in history". The claim is that the London Olympics are "greener" than Sydney, and much more "sustainable" than Barcelona. The latter becoming the most worn-out and misused term of the decade, I would say.

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Mic

Racism has no color

Is Usain Bolt Suffering From ‘White Woman Complex’?

You decide!



The world’s fastest man has been dating fashion designer Lubica Slovak for six months and the relationship is described as ‘very serious’.

Some of his loving compatriots were quite explicit in their judgments:

...‘Really now Usain! Some successful black men obviously suffer from a white woman complex. You too?’
...‘Another one of our men snatched.’
...‘Out of all the girls on this island you pick a snowbunny’
...‘These superstars will always disappoint if we depend on them to raise our racial identity.’

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