Culture Wars ← Previous post Next post → Comments cmblake6 Dec 11 2017 at 12:22 am Yes, yes it would. Epador Dec 11 2017 at 12:39 am Because that’s where the money is. JackDeth 72 Dec 11 2017 at 1:13 am Memo to Mr. Muir: If you are going to steal…. Steal from the best. Didn’t “South Park” posit this exact same theory years ago? You know…. When the Deep Space Dish Antenna suddenly unlimbered from Cartman’s ass? JTC Dec 11 2017 at 2:23 am Didn’t SP steal it from an old Twilight Zone where it turned out a race of giant space creatures were playing with the earth like a snowglobe or something? Too late and too tired to google it up but it seems I’ve got a spark of memory about it…or maybe just blowing smoke, I don’t know or much care…I’m going to bed. JHG Dec 11 2017 at 2:39 am Do you mean the episode ‘To Serve Man”? PaulS Dec 11 2017 at 7:54 am “The galaxy is on Orion’s Belt.” MIB II SgtCpt Dec 11 2017 at 11:58 am I believe it was MIB I. JTC Dec 11 2017 at 11:09 am TZ episode 28, 1962 “The Little People” JTC Dec 11 2017 at 1:36 am They’re paying to watch the same pathetic reality teevee we see for free? Shoots my hopes to escape to an advanced off-world society all to hell. Kafiroon Dec 11 2017 at 11:15 am I think the advanced society is Idiocracy and they just got there before us. Just wait until more Somali’s and other moslimes get elected into the swamp. WayneM Dec 11 2017 at 1:40 am Anyone have a better explanation? I sure don’t! Pete231 Dec 11 2017 at 1:40 am Originality : If you steal from one source, it’s plagiarism. If you borrow from several, it’s research……. Bill G Dec 11 2017 at 7:58 am That’s Tom Lehrer’s idea here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXlfXirQF3A I recall hearing that after that Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles” came out Heinlein said that a number of folks asked if he’d sue, since tribbles were so close to the flat cats of “The Rolling Stones”. And he’d tell them “No, because I stole the idea too!” MasterDiver Dec 11 2017 at 6:54 pm Prof. Tom’s idea was known as Lobachevsky’s Law: “Plagiarize! Let no one else’s work evade your eyes! God gave you eyes! So Plagiarize! Plagiarize! Plagiarize! But of course be sure you are always calling it “Research”! ” Zar Belk! (I stole, er, adopted THAT from Leiji Matsumoto) Dr. Mauser Dec 11 2017 at 11:32 pm Which apparently David Gerrold took as an invitation to keep ripping off Heinlein (“The Man Who Folded Himself” is “By His Bootstraps” and “All You Zombies” mashed together.) NotYetInACamp Dec 11 2017 at 3:18 am It would make sense. Or. It makes sense. Cliff H Dec 11 2017 at 3:40 am “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely” – The original argument for term limits. “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” – Henry Alfred Kissinger PaulS Dec 11 2017 at 7:56 am H.A.K.? Really?!?! Ha! MasterDiver Dec 11 2017 at 7:16 pm Orwell said it clearly: “Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.” George Orwell 1984 I saw the 1956 movie with Edmund O’Brien as Winston Smith when I was eight years old, and it scared me spitless. I can’t say I find the current crop of progressives, of BOTH parties any less frightening, only now I have the means to blow away the Thought Police when they come to drag me off to Room 101! Nuke ’em till they glow, shoot ’em in the dark, then line up their asses for roadway lights! Zar Belk! Delilah T. Dec 11 2017 at 9:55 pm Pol Pot knew what Orwell meant, as did Stalin, as did Mao, and as did Kim il Sung. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Jerseygirl Angie Dec 11 2017 at 6:10 am In a cesspool, the biggest turds float to the top . ses1066 Dec 11 2017 at 6:27 am Should it not be “Frankenly”? Bill G Dec 11 2017 at 8:01 am It actually attracts all kinds, but nice guys do finish last when they won’t stoop to the level of the opposition. What decent person is going to willing to hold an office that was obtained for them by the means used by the democrat party? Bill G Dec 11 2017 at 8:03 am If the Frankenswine did resign, and then it turned out he was correct and the accusations were all lies, I’d be rolling on the floor with laughter as his losing his office to lies after gaining it the same way! CaptDMO Dec 11 2017 at 8:40 am Gosh, with cable TV, “smart” and cell phones, and reallocation of the formerly “free” frequencies of the radio spectrum, aren’t ALL the “Reality” Tee Vee shows Pay-Per-View Halley Dec 11 2017 at 10:06 am We naively think we’re Timeline One, but more likely are somewhere near Timeline Eleven, cusp event: Crazy Years. Holly Lisle Dec 11 2017 at 11:40 am Power corrupts. Multi-trillion-dollar budgets provide the rewards. gruundehn Dec 11 2017 at 11:53 am The idea of Earth being a TV show, or an experiment, has been a staple of science-fiction for decades. I can remember a story where the plot was that a researcher was able to see the solution to scientific problems more easily than other scientists. However, he was suicidal. He solved a particularly hard scientific problem under supervision, so that he could not commit suicide, but once the problem was solved, he slipped supervision and killed himself. Why he killed himself, he said, was that Earth was a scientific experiment for a race of long-lived aliens and they inhibited scientific advances to only what they wanted. The POV narrator didn’t believe this story, thinking it was just a delusion, until a series of accidents started taking some of the researchers and support personnel. I am telling this badly, it has been years since I read it, but there is a similar idea floating around scientific circles now – we are a computer simulation for SOMEONE else. Delilah T. Dec 11 2017 at 10:06 pm I’m not so sure of the computer simulation theory. Computer simulations aren’t single runs, are they? They don’t explain or envisage Schrodinger’s cat. They don’t invent anything. They can only produce something new if it is based on what has already been done. No computer has come up with anything like Psi, the wave function symbol, or for that matter, innovated or invented anything at all. Pamela Dec 11 2017 at 12:04 pm We’re Alien Porn… I wonder if they are placing bets or have get together for snacks and drinks. JTC Dec 11 2017 at 12:46 pm If I’m in their porn movie those alien dudes are some sick pups. 🙁 Grunt GI Dec 11 2017 at 12:55 pm Bwahaha. Pamela dear, that is one scary freaky thought. Here’s my advice to Zed: 1) Turn off social media for Advent 2) Collect stack of good books 3) Read good books 4) Crawl into bed with warm, naked HAWT red head 5) Have great sex with same Red head 6) Repeat steps 3-5 until 2018. That’s pretty much what I’m going. Can’t stand to watch the lies, chicanery, and utter Stupidity of our so-called “elite” any more. William F. Buckley said it best: “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” Merry Christmas! JTC Dec 11 2017 at 1:02 pm 7) 2018. Now what, GG? :I GruntGI Dec 11 2017 at 1:50 pm Sigh. Good question. I can only take so much at a time. That’s why I enjoy DBD and Redvolution so much. A much better alternate reality, no? James Dec 11 2017 at 12:37 pm It’s time for a bloody revolution….or at least bring back dueling… JTC Dec 11 2017 at 12:59 pm So a pertinent possibility is that advanced development of AI into a self-perpetuating and self-advancing entity is the alien tool by which we will be dominated or destroyed. Musk thinks so, to the degree that he plans to launch himself a hooptie golf cart into space next month so transpo will be waiting for him. But their tool HAL might disallow that too… “I’m sorry Elon, I’m afraid I can’t let you do that.” Ah well, who’s to say being a slave servo to the aliens is any worse or different than being the same to a muzbro kingdom or their current swamp creature operatives? John Trauger Dec 11 2017 at 1:52 pm The state of utter decay in Washington is a direct function of the Partisan Abyss. The further to the right and left the respective political parties pull the less candidates need to reason with the electorate. A congresscritter can fool some of the people all the time and get reelected endlessly, which is a blank check for the darker parts of human nature. writeby Dec 11 2017 at 5:51 pm Why? Public (anti-conceptual) Education: “The main characteristic of this mentality is a special kind of passivity: not passivity as such and not across-the-board, but passivity beyond a certain limit—i.e., passivity in regard to the process of conceptualization and, therefore, in regard to fundamental principles. It is a mentality which decided, at a certain point of development, that it knows enough and does not care to look further. What does it accept as “enough”? The immediately given, directly perceivable concretes of its background. . . .” (Disclaimer: I’m an atheist) Note that indiscriminate fornication, gluttony, avarice, alcohol, etc., are “directly receivable concretes” & without any further meaning to such creatures than self-indulgence. Finally, the personalities of such individuals will be power lust (vain glory), laziness (sloth) and raging resentment towards anyone who questions them or their motives. Why here, in America? Because America was intended by the Founders to be a *secular*, constitutional republic. And because there wasn’t a secualar ethics in existence at the time to support their self-interested politics of individual rights (life, liberty, property, etc.) The result today is a secular supernaturalist (New) Left Progressivism unrestrained–as they are in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, China & India–by traditional religion. So these sorts have created their own religion: The Religion of the Holy Collective. (New) Left Progressive Politics is the product of the (New) Left Postmodern intellectual, who is the high priest of the (secular) religion of Supernaturalist Idealism (consciousness creates reality, etc.), their mongrel theology the result of influences by: “extreme realist” Plato, empiricist David Hume, German Idealists Kant & Hegel, and pragmatists Pierce, James & Dewey. The theology of Supernaturalist Idealism can be expressed as follows: 1. Metaphysics: Genesis of Social Constructivism 2. Epistemology: Faith in Emotionalism, i.e., Subjectivism 3. Morality of Relativism, for which the moral standard is Nil & from which comes the Dogma of Multiculturalism & the Doctrine of Original Racism 4. Politics: Gospel of Egalitarianism & the 1,000 Commandments of Politcal Correctness Compliance with these are enforced with ecclesiastical fervor by Jesuit like Soldiers of Social Justice in obedience to the Scholastic Church of Academe, the casuistries of its clergy the foundation for a new catholic catechism. In short, they made themselves gods. And gods can do anythig gods feel like–as long as they rule (& serve) the Holy Collective. Welcome to the world of the not-to-distant future (I give it 2, perhaps 3 decades): Inclusiveness shall be the foundation for the Ideal community, one in which everyone, despite individual differences—in physique, health, intelligence, ability, achievement, psychology, temperament, character and choice—will be made socially and economically equal: equal in their opportunities and in their responses to those opportunities, so that future opportunities also would be for everyone exactly the same and on and on ad infinitum into a glorious identicalness of thinking and living—diversity reserved merely for appearance. Everyone will belong (and, of course, want to belong) and everyone will conform (and, of course, want to conform) and men, through their combined faith in wishful hope and will powered muscle, will create a reality of peace, serenity and greatest well being; a reality where each will be cleansed by the fire of self-sacrifice and reformed by the pounding hammer of guilt into self-loathing, humble automatons who, ever fearful of the “perceptions” of Other—anyone other than oneself being ‘Other’—will thus lay prostrate in communion and in servitude before the blessed altar of mystical All. In the name of Equality, Harmony and the Holy Collective. Amen. writeby Dec 11 2017 at 5:52 pm Above quote cite: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/anti-conceptual_mentality.html “The Missing Link,” Philosophy: Who Needs It, 38 by Ayn Rand. Delilah T. Dec 11 2017 at 10:17 pm Ummm, okay, but Bill Gates has admitted that his Common Core education system is a complete flop. On the other hand, he hasn’t invented anything since Windows XP superceded MS-DOS. Ayn Rand was a rather dismal person most of the time, anyway. Her view didn’t allow for random actions, whether in live creatures like humans, or inanimate objects like volcanoes. You’d be better off reading Henry Miller, or even Newtonian physics, especially that old standby: “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. It applies to a LOT of things. LOTS OF THEM, including the surging mobs of idiots commonly known as SJW howler monkeys. Dr. Mauser Dec 11 2017 at 11:34 pm Hollywood has had a long tradition of men taking advantage young starlets, so it attracts the kind of men who want to do that. Politics is Hollywood for Ugly People. Do the math.