Slashdot’s Leftist Hatefest

Chapter 26,” by King Solomon, Proverbs, http://bible.gospelcom.net/passage/?book_id=24&chapte….

TSA Violated Privacy Act,” by CowboyNeal, Slashdot, 23 July 2005, http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/07/23/1339252&a….

Terror Is as Terror Does,” by Doc Ruby, Slashdot, 23 July 2005, http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=156799&cid=13….

Brilliant Strategy,” by Anonymous Coward, Slashdot, 23 July 2005, http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=156799&cid=13….

This makes me mad…,” by tdaxp, Slashdot, 23 July 2005, http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=156799&cid=13144940.

it pains me…” by Anonymous Coward, Slashdot, 23 July 2005, http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=156799&cid=13145286.

Recently, Slashdot had an article on possible wrongdoing by the Transportation Safety Administration

pin_gween writes “Remember when the TSA said they wanted info on travelers last year? They said they were only using names to test new software. Apparently, they lied. The Guardian has an AP wire about a Congressional report on the TSA. From the article: ‘The agency actually took 43,000 names of passengers and used about 200,000 variations of those names – who turned out to be real people who may not have flown that month, the GAO said. A TSA contractor collected 100 million records on those names.’ They also ‘published a second notice indicating that it would do the things it had earlier said it wouldn’t do.’ A TSA spokesman said the info will be destroyed when the test is over. My question — will the test actually end?”

Serious indeed. However, most comments where like this was, which was labeled “5, Insightful” — the highest possible rating on Slashdot

The TSA will, of course, lie whenever possible. Because they have no accountability. And lying gives them power. Not just “to take over the world”, but to do a lousy job. To be lazy, incompetent, and still get paid.

Really, it’s completely obvious that, except for the Qaeda and the Taliban, that slogan about “the post-9/11 world” everyone on TV chants, “everything changed”, is total BS. Nothing changed, except the ability to scare people into submission went off the charts. People who wanted war in Iraq, no matter what, got their war. People who wanted giant defense budgets got them. People who wanted to discard habeas corpus protections got rid of them. People who wanted Republicans to control all the branches of government got them. People who wanted an excuse for a broken economy, to cover up offshoring, inadequate education, failed confidence from Enron, WorldCom, ArthurAndersen, and a generation of Wall Street snake oil salesmen, got their excuse. People who wanted tax shirking got it. People who wanted racial profiling and massive privacy invasion got it. People who wanted government handouts to their welfare states, at the cost of $trillions in debt, got all that. And all the oil profiteers got $60:barrel oil, which costs little more to extract and sell than when it was $25. And of course they got federal tax credits for buying SUVs that get <15MPG, rather than 50MPG alternative energy vehicles.

But only if you embraced terror: became a terrorist. People who didn’t, like the Democrats, didn’t get what they wanted

And the following is rated “4, Funny

I’m so sick and tired of all the stupid libertarians/liberals here always misunderestimating the President, whose only goal is to keep us all safe from harm.

Terrorists hate America because they hate our freedom, right? By taking away Americans’ freedom, you effectively remove the terrorist threat. Take that Osama Hussein!

My comment was “0, Flamebait” — the lowest possible rating

 

This makes me mad… almost as mad as the fact that Muslim terrorists use passenger jets to crash into tall buildings and kill thousands of people .

I do not like the TSA’s deception/incompetence/whatever. But please put this story in perspective. Evil terrorists want to kill us. TSA was created to try to thwart them. If the TSA is erring on the side of caution, it’s too bad they are making mistakes. But if those mistakes stop evil murderers from blowing things up with jets with my family on them, I’m not going to be too upset.

To put it in comparison, this reply is rated higher than that:

 

But if those mistakes stop evil murderers from blowing things up with jets with my family on them, I’m not going to be too upset.

But what if they don’t ? What if they just serve to increase government control over its citizens instead, while doing little about terrorism ?

Do you blindly trust a government that is, by and large, corporation- and church-controlled ? Actually – do you honestly believe that this is about terrorism ?

Well, watching a once grand community be swarmed by anti-American Leftists, at least I can take comfort in the cool, coherent, easy-to-understand words of the Bible

 

Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you will be like him yourself.

Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes

 

Darn it!!!

SecretWarriors Walk Without Rhythm, Won’t Attract the Worm

Weapon of Choice, by Fatboy Slim, Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, 7 November 2000, http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2005/07/22/lyrics-for-weapon-of-choice-by-fatboy-slim.html.

Rhythm,” The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, 2004, http://www.answers.com/rhythm&r=67.

Interesting, Dan,” by Curtis Gale Weeks, tdaxp, 21 July 2005, http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2005/07/20/dreaming-5th-generation-war.html#c177495.

tdaxp pays more attention to music lyrics than most of the blogs in my blogroll. But perhaps others should pay more too. As observers of the world, musicians

  • Are creative horizontal thinkers, and help the listener smash the boundaries of intellectual domains
  • focus on love, jealousy, lust, and other forms of struggle
  • rely heavily on fingerspitzengefuhl — fingertip feelings — and so their creative work is relatively unencumbered of the philosophical baggage of more rational thinkers

These thoughts hit me as I listened to Weapon of Choice, surely one of the most frightening songs of recent years.

Take just one verse:

 

Walk without rhythm, it won’t attract the worm
Walk without rhythm, and it won’t attract the worm
Walk without rhythm, and it won’t attract the worm
if you walk without rhythm, you’ll never learn

 

Hint: it’s not about Dune.

Remember how human mind’s decision cycle, or the “Observe-Orient-Decide-Act (OODA) Loop,” is shown by first that the individual gives a flow of action to the outside world, and the outside world gives the individual a flow of information.

The same basic scheme holds if the individual is a fighter

We can break of the action and information into “friendly” and “hurtful.” Hurtful action is when the fighter attacks something in the world, and hurtful information would be when part of the world hurts the fighter.

In SecretWar, or 5GW, the fighter tries to hurt without being hurt — at all. If the world knows the SecretWarrior exists, she has already lost. 5th Generation War allows very weak fighters to attack, because the world does not know about them. If the world knew about a 5GWarrior she could be eliminated easily.

A 5GW action/information loop would look like:

Or for clarity:

But of course if parts of the world know they are being attacked, they will try to fight back.

In a comment on this blog, Curtis Gale Weeks of Phatic Communion suggested how a fighter could avoid acting on the world in a way that would trigger hurtful information

 

I was thinking more along the lines of a scenario in which multiple, seemingly unrelated events hurt one nation (or a group of nations) repeatedly, as if “the hand of God” were behind those events: say, one major terrorist act, one major financial crises, one upsurge in bird-flu, one natural disaster, one powergrid failure, and a case of a targeting error in some ongoing conflict (killing many innocents), over the period of 9 or 15 months.

Successive acts would not necessarily be all of the same nature, thus further blurring the threads that might lead back to a single agent.

 

And what is the word for actions that seem to be of repeated related events — of one nature — to coherent movement?

Rhythm

 

(rÄ­TH’em) pronunciation
1. Movement or variation characterized by the regular recurrence or alternation of different quantities or conditions: the rhythm of the tides.

7. Procedure or routine characterized by regularly recurring elements, activities, or factors: the rhythm of civilization; the rhythm of the lengthy negotiations.

 

So to win the SecretWarrior must walk without rhythm to avoid the worm of hurtful information.

To survive, the 5GWarrior must keep her innocence of hurtful knowledge.

To expose the double entendre of Weapon of Choice: the SecretWarrior must not be fucked by the world, ever.

Victory through virginity.

Easy, Safe, and Legal Abortion in South Dakota

Probe continues into death of child in car,” by Naomi Schemm, Rapid City Journal, 18 July 2005, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2005/07/19/news/local/news05.txt.

Roe v. Wade isn’t very relevant when you can just fry ’em

An investigation is continuing into the death of Jesse Templeton, a 13-month-old Pierre boy, who died Friday afternoon after being left unattended in a closed vehicle in rural Stanley County, according to a news release.

The Stanley County State’s Attorney’s office may consider potential manslaughter, child-neglect or other charges after the conclusion of the investigation by the sheriff’s office and the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, according to a news release.

The infant was discovered about 4:15 p.m. in a car outside his father’s office building near Oahe Dam, according to the news release from State’s Attorney Tom Maher. The toddler was transported to St. Mary’s Healthcare Center but could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to the news release, preliminary investigation indicates he died from heat exposure, but the county coroner has requested a forensic autopsy.

Isburg Funeral Home in Pierre is responsible for the arrangements, and the service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 21. The family has requested that no obituary for the boy be released to the Rapid City Journal.

Besides the convenience of a multi-year “send it back” trial period for births, the story does have another lesson

In most traditional cultures, infanticide is not just a “choice” but it is not “murder” either. Infanticide, a category of killing from roughly the sixth to twelfth month after conception, is rarely a respected choice but rarely murder.

But twenty-one months after start of life? That might be a different story…

Conservatives Discover the SysAdmin

Roberts as Establishment Conservative,” by Ken Blanchard, South Dakota Politics, 23 July 2005, http://southdakotapolitics.blogs.com/south_dakota_politics/2005/week29/index.html#a0005693556.

Dr. Thomas PM Barnett has noted that victory requires two “teams” — a Leviathan to “win the war” and a System Administrator to “win the peace.” The Leviathan penetrates, isolates, and subdues the opposition, while the SysAdmin reorients and reharmonizes the society to bring stability and peace.

If you place the two forces on a chart, with the vertical axis “up and down part” being force, and the horizontal axis “across part” being time, the Leviathan / SysAdmin split would look like

medium_leviathan_sysadmin_force_levels_md.jpg
Leviathan pacts force into a much shorter length of time.
The Leviathan’s force is more Intense, while the SysAdmin’s force is more lasting

If a movement doesn’t have both a Leviathan and SysAdmin, it can’t win the war. The US Military is the greatest Leviathan in the world, but because of its weak SysAdmin ability Iraq is a struggle.

The Leviathan / SysAdmin split is useful for things other than war. I have blogged before how Jesus and Paul gave Christianity a Leviathan and a System Administrator strong enough to convert the Roman Empire. Now comes clear evidence that contemporary American Conservatives (“neoconservatives and theoconservatives“) are are building a SysAdmin like they built a Leviathan decades ago

 

From the conservative side a defense of the Robert’s nomination has emerged that is somewhat novel, and surely worth thinking about. This from David Brooks in the New York Times (hat tip to RealClear Politics):

 

Roberts nomination, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. . . . I love thee because John G. Roberts is the face of today’s governing conservatism. Conservatives who came of age in the 1960’s did so in an intensely ideological time when it was arduous to be on the right. People from that generation are more likely to have a dissident mentality, to want to storm the ramparts of the liberal establishment, to wade in to vanquish their foes in the war of ideas.

But John Roberts didn’t enter Harvard until the fall of 1973. He missed all that sturm und drang, so he lacks, his former colleagues say, the outsider/dissident mentality. By the time he came of age, it was easier for a conservative to be comfortable in mainstream institutions, without feeling embattled or spoiling for a fight.

 

The argument here is that it takes one kind of conservative to take power (consider Newt Gingrich) and another to effectively govern. Roberts, Brooks thinks, is of the latter sort. And such men are necessary if the conservative position in politics is to be sustaine

 

Need more convincing?

 

And then there is William Kristol’s piece from the Weekly Standard:

 

IT TAKES AN INSURRECTION TO change a country. It takes an establishment to govern one. Conservatives want both to change and to govern America. Thus we need our dissatisfied, troublemaking, occasionally splenetic, sometimes raffish anti-establishmentarians. After all, without brave resistance and bold insurrection on the part of conservatives, liberal orthodoxy and institutions would still dominate American life.

But insurrection isn’t enough. At some point, the radicals need assistance, support, and reinforcement from establishment conservatives–individuals ill-suited to insurrection but well-suited to rising through the institutions and moving them gradually but meaningfully in a conservative direction. Thus, we need our sober, calm, and respectable establishmentarians. Conservatives also need to be able to put together majorities–in public opinion, in Congress, and on the courts. The conservative tent therefore has to be a big one. As a Supreme Court justice, John Roberts will be an important (and, we trust, happy) camper in that tent.