Earth Hour: tonight 8:30pm

However, it’s okay to leave your life-support, emergency room equipment, HVAC, computer, fridge, elevator, internet, burglar alarm, TV, phone, microwave/range, gun-room alarm, water & gas pumps, traffic lights, etc. on, so reckon it’s still not quiiite like NorK.

It’s also Human Achievement Hour.
Lights on, here, boss.

If socialists took over the Sahara Desert…

…in a generation, there’d be a shortage of sand*


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More
Even more
Cuban medical mission to Venezuela scam
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* Friedman, Buckley, and others with variations thereof

and you wanna be a victim, why?!??

ToDaZeD things that ain’t a’gonna work

Culture; being defined as, the way we do things around here.

American culture has changed “with the times” — “the times” not necessarily being the wisest of arbiters.

In honor cultures, men maintain their honor by responding to insults, slights, and violations of rights by self-help violence.

yanno, duels and canings on the floor of the Senate… Also the “hard-look” culture of the street gang.

“Cultures of honor tend to arise in places where legal authority is weak or non-existent, and where a reputation for toughness is perhaps the only effective deterrent against predation or attack,”

To the degree that one is perceived as strong, one decreases the likelihood of attack on one’s family, possessions and business because it is known harm with be met with harm. Elaborate structures of social ritual and manners developed to avoid violence where harm [or perceived harm] was not intentional.

During the 19th century, most Western societies began the moral transition toward dignity cultures in which all citizens are legally endowed with equal rights. Dignity does not depend upon reputation but exists as unalienable rights that do not depend on what other people think of one’s bravery. Having a thick skin and shrugging off slights become virtues because they help maintain social peace. The aphorism that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is practically the motto of dignity cultures.

Not sure about that phrase “moral transition”…

And quibble with the idea that Dignity does not depend upon reputation; it very much depends on reputation for honesty, fairness, and decency, just depending less on reputation for the ability to kick arse.

Slights are met with slights: “why would I bother noticing what you think of me?” is rather dismissive.

“As progress is made toward a more equal and humane society, it takes a smaller and smaller offense to trigger a high level of outrage. The goalposts shift, allowing participants to maintain a constant level of anger and constant level of perceived victimization.”

How is that “progress”? …well, progress toward anything positive? How is that even useful, beneficial, desirable, or …well, sane?

This is nothing less than demoralizing and polarizing.

Not to mention pointless and destructive. And – from time to time – just plain goofy.

It’s sort of like a particularly prickly and testy ‘honor culture’ with resolution sought from some ‘authoritarian’ third party instead of the skills of the individuals involved. And, of course, any ‘authoritarian’ third party must resort to written rules that his decision be thought ‘fair’ to all. Which means all human behavior must be codified. Which will work about as well as a Socialist/Communist Managed Economy; which is to say, not at all.

Alexis de Tocqueville [Democracy in America (1835) ] prophesied that democracy would generate an “immense and tutelary power” whose authority is “absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood.”

One of the remnants of an Honor [or Dignity] Culture is the abject horror of being thought a Victim; that is, one who has no agency. Might as well be thought a child with freshly-full pants. It was shameful to be unable to feed or defend oneself — more so to be unable to feed or defend one’s family, or other dependents.

Now the lure of the Freebie seems to have replaced parts of agency, but those being fed by others are those most likely to find value in Honor Culture [gangs, jails, etc]. Fights about ‘he disrespected me’, ‘he hurt one of mine’, recall the ancient tribal/feudal cultures. Compensation? Something to do?

hm… must be something innate in Human Nature that isn’t accounted for by those Ivory Tower types promoting the Victim Culture. Maybe there is an Invisible Hand ?

I wonder is it possible to shame someone out of being a Victim? Time will tell as the college Snowflakes™ emerge into the real world. …or as much of the real world as they can tolerate.

Give me a ping…

…one ping only, please


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A Russian bank has reported to U.S. authorities that mysterious communications resumed recently between one of its computers and an email server tied to President Trump’s business empire, and it has developed evidence the new activity may be the work of a hacker trying to create a political hoax ….

Alfa wants U.S. authorities to help unmask a computer inside the United States that it believes has been used to launch cyberattacks spoofing the appearance of a backdoor communication channel between Moscow and America’s 45th president, according to a source directly familiar with the bank’s request.

The bank believes “these malicious attacks are designed to create the false impression that Alfa Bank has a secretive relationship with the Trump Organization,” ….

Alfa Bank has insisted since media stories began appearing last fall about the computer communications — known as Domain Name Server lookups — that it has never had a relationship to Trump or any of his companies and that any computer connections between the two parties’ computers were innocuous. The resumption of the computer pings started last month, and Alfa’s cybersecurity experts traced evidence that the activity was actually being spoofed — or hacked –through a third party from a masked computer address inside the [US.]

[T]he spoofing attempt is equivalent to someone in the U.S. sending an empty envelope to the Trump Towers but putting on the envelope a return address in Russia, causing the Trump server to falsely return the communication back to Moscow.

[A]llegations last fall became so widespread — eventually appearing in media reports from Slate, CNN and The New York Times — that the FBI briefly investigated them. Agents concluded there was no evidence from the pings of a nefarious relationship ….

[O]ne of the scientists who raised media concerns about the Trump-Russia connections was … an Indiana University researcher who made 22 donations totaling more than $1,500 to Hillary Clinton last year. She told Circa that her political donations had no bearing on her concerns about the data gathered by a loose group of colleagues who legitimately believed the connections should be investigated. [story]

“Legitimately believed”

Now, whooo d’ya suppose did that? Hmmm?

Alt cultural ref

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(What? Nope, no idea whether it’s legit or not, but I waaant to believe. Mainly, I just wanted to do a riff on the “ping” thing.)

OTOH…

poly ticks

Rule of law

Rule 1: Never ask a question you don’t know the answer to


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They (D)s even tried to pull the ol’ Anita Hill ploy on him.

*meheh*

Also this from over ta Holger’s.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

…”If a student feels hurt or offended by another student’s comment, the hurt student can say ‘ouch,’” the university said. “In acknowledgment, the student who made the hurtful comment says ‘oops.’”…

Make Euthanasia Great Again

When bioethicist and oncologist Ezekiel Emanuel met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday, the session revealed publicly what has been happening privately for months: A trusted ally of former President Barack Obama and chief architect of (OBAMACARE) is trying to help steer how Republicans take it apart.

Monday’s meeting was Emanuel’s third in-person conversation on health policy with Trump since the November election. According to one person familiar with the session, who spoke on condition of anonymity about the private discussion, it took place in the Oval Office and lasted about 40 minutes. Among the others also attending were Vice President Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and the White House National Economic Council director, Gary Cohn.

So Rahmbo’s brother and key Obamacare architect is now advising President Not Hillary on TrumpyDumpyCare. Hey, maybe he can bring back Jonathan Gruber, while he’s at it.

 

 

“Repeal.”

 

 

I don’t always say “I told you so.”  But when I do… well, you know.

Stay in denial, my friends.

Previously on KisP:

today’s new horror

I’ve changed my mind.
Trump’s election didn’t make the SJWs insane.
Their inherent insanity just became more manifest.

What’s missing?
Unibrow? Mustache? Warts? No, it’s…

…Warner Bros. released the new trailer for Wonder Woman, and most problematically, the Amazonian warrior princess played by Gal Gadot did not have any armpit hair.

Twitter exploded at the revelation, claiming women of the fictional matriarchy Themyscira would probably not shave their armpits.

Many woke, intersectional journalists were also angered by the lack of gross armpit hair. [story]

…and she’s an Israeli.
[insert Jewish-princess joke here]

(What? Yeah, reckon fantasy super-heroines aren’t, like, you know, real enough or sumpthin’.)

Extra Credit:
Notice anything, uhm, ironic about this commentator (not that there’s anything wrong with that)?

She persisted


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