July 1st, 2009

yellow_elephant

What if we were say five to 8 years in the future looking back...

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: I'm a Central Banker of Wealth and Taste... discusses responses to Sympathy for Greenspan.
Which is all about how to take on Greenspan in 2000 through 2004-ish....

Would it be bad form to cite:
I mean, four years ago, I would have been too ashamed to post such a prediction anywhere, even if I were anonymously trolling over at Red State. Times do indeed change.
[ cf How to make a ton of money ]
and openly wonder about predictive powers....
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Ugly Thots about MemeWar...

Yesterday I was talking to my favorite GodHatingAmericaBashingReadsSciFiAndScaresSmallChildrenWithCodingLanguageIssues. So of course this gets on about the MemeWar Trope in science fiction, that leads to the obligatory "and the memes become manifest as actual entities" to which the voices in someone's head note
The Meme Next Door
Since of course it so flows with mom, apple pie, and the memeWars....

But do I want a Meme to be dating my son?
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Sorta Says it alll....

Iraq, the unraveling (XIII): a faith-based war policy continues - now I can understand and empathise that in a reality space where we have Climate 'Study' By Non-Scientist At EPA Is Right's New Cause Celebre it is relatively easy to reframe a discussion into which ever is the CuddlyWuddlyFuzzyWuzzyFeelGooder moment...

Ok, so I get cranky that the faith based war, has not only cost money, it has cost the blood of american troops, simply so that their civilian handlers could keep on investing in the no-bid-contract economy..... And that clearly takes a great leap of faith to justify.

But I guess we shouldn't worry about such things, since, well, clearly we wouldn't want to go back to the dark days of pre-911 when facts were factual!
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Faith Based Defense Funding...

Oh dear, should have scrolled down to Book: Rumsfeld Didn't Cut Weapons Programs Because Of 'His Own Financial Situation'
Ok, earthlien maybe there is a critical need for americans to understand how 'that war stuff' works - so that they can step away from the myth that in D.C. there are these majikal experts who are going to know stuff about how war stuff gets done....

Maybe understanding that the Myths of WWII passed with the arrival of nuclear weapons, and that we would be in a land of asymetric warfare for a good long while. Since, clearly there is this problem about getting into the 'use it or lose it' position with one's nukes. But this is less problematic if one can just send in the 'plausibly deniable ones'....
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Which Zero and WHICH WikiPlagarisms...

Is Free Free offers a lovely write up about an author who points to all of the free things that help us spend on buying laptops, internet service, electricity, psychoTherapy, and 12-step programmes to cure our internet addictions. Then stumbles us into the rebuttal and the Horror of LA Times Soft-Pedals Wired Editor’s Plagiarism

We are So the electric kool-aid acid test Iran Fail Blarg Now... Since it is so hard to cite the wikiPedia correctly...

What if economics were a study about understanding how to add value to things.... Or was it about rationing the fear in marketable doses...
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got Smarters?

Better Socrates Satisfied? reminds us that Marx predicted the railroad would lead to the dictatorship of the proletariat, and we all know how that ended. There is that on going set of questions about how useful is 'education' as a part of the process of creating the appropriate democracy?

We all do agree that when the Military impeaches a failed leadership, that it brings the marvels of the global economy to the masses....
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Happy Birthday Neuromancer...

Neuromancer at 25: What It Got Right, What It Got Wrong - funny I found that chasing down Has China’s Green Dam Burst?...

Makes one wonder what is the influence of writing it down. And clearly can we protect innocent children from the HORRORS of people who cause CyberCrime by engaging in the apostasy of UnThink that is the central meme of SciFi, with it's failure to conform to the current isNeffOfBeing.

THINK OF THE CHIDREN!!!!

THE INNOCENT CHILDREN!!!!
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Is stopping the Torture State even on the agenda?

Are there more pressing issues that need to be addressed, like helping americans come to understand how and why they have no National Health Defense initiative to protect them from the vagaries of disease and accidents.

Or would this be a bad time to wonder how exactly we are going to work on preventing the next Massive Hedge Fund Hemorrhaging due to the mere folly of man, and man's blind religious commitment to the Voodoo Economics of the "Rational market will provide"?

Is the real problem that we have not replaced the canon courts, and the true faithing, that is allegedly required to make a mere rule of law work? That ultimately those who opposed the Godless United States Of America Constitution, as, well being godless, and without a National TrueReligious Arbitors Of God's OneTrueWay.... And that this is really the big problem....

Or is there a need to start by restoring the rule of law, then working along with all of these issues, until the illegal detention without right of trial or appeal, is no longer even an acceptable compromise with the devil! And in that state we no longer need to worry about the Torture State, since no person detained by the government would be flushed into some majikal space beyond the reach of the rule of Law....

Hum... what if there were a system by which the young were raised to know certain things, and not abandoned to the whim and vagaries of the market....
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Service lead to citizenship...

This meme is so, well, StarShipTrooper.
What I keep finding amusing is the number of neoCons who love the meme, but are never willing to live with the bouncing rubber ball that they are not the citizens that they so, well, admire.

There is also the problem that if we limit the notion of 'service' to merely armed forces, the failure rate gets seriously unpleasant.

What is the hardest part is that there are so many former american armed forces personnel who still remember a time when service in the american armed forces WAS connected to the idea, and ideal, that the american armed forces were a 'citizens military' - and not merely contract murderers of a welfare state....

The cool trick is to sound like one wants the american armed forces to be percieved in some patriotic and nationalistic mode, while at the same time, still happy about the fact that it too is still a part of the whole failed socialist system, and that those who volunteered, well, they knew what they were getting into, and that it is an extreme sport, and they have no leg to stand on, if they let that leg get blown off by an IMD...

So yes, sometimes cognitive dissonance is more important if it gets the short cut in the limbic system working well enough... You know, so that folks understand the importance of the correct Knee Jerk Reaction....
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how long lasting?

Hey kids, let us party like it were 1992, again. But this time, thank god, the Republicans in the state of California are going to show that the majik of the state's balanced budget ammendment has been the greatest wonder of majikal thinking since Prop-13 saved the state from the horrors of the state economy being tied to the tragedy of the American Dollar....

So yes, this time, finally, there will be a final solution.
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WarPresident Leads Troops To Massive Military Mission Accomplished!

Dollar Gains as China Says ‘Not Aware’ of Reserve Currency Talk
What else could explain this Sudden Obviously total military victory over the PinkoCommieChiCommRatBastardIslamoCryptoZionists in Peking but that the WarPresident has done what the mere civilian president was unwilling to do!!!!

Thank GOD! we have RoboBushCheneyParis!
They Shiney!!!
And Fashionably Fashionable!!!

And they know how to Crush The Unbelievers!!!