"No True Socialism"

"No True Socialism"

One failing that I won't ditch an otherwise honest historian for is that of "No True Socialism" - especially when it comes to accepting the big lie that Nazi Germany was really "right wing". Which brings me to Indy Neidell, of The Great War, World War II, and Sabaton History channels on Youtube. Overall, it rests on several theses I've heard over and over again. Among them are that there is a "third way", that the Socialism was "just in name" much like the "democratic" part of East Germany's name was, and that of course, from the European view, Nationalism…

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Hatred of Boundaries and the Death of Meaning

Hatred of Boundaries and the Death of Meaning

This one had been bouncing around a while, but the following article caused me to finally say something about it: The term “at-risk youth” was commonly used in both penal and education codes in California – until now. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 that officially wiped the phrase from the state’s language. The phrase will now be replaced by “at-promise youth.” Assemblymember Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles), who penned the passed legislation, says the measure will change the negative connotation that comes along with the “at-risk” label. “I learned that words matter – and…

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Time Out

Time Out

While I may suddenly end up with some internet access and the time/inclination to write/post, I'm out of pocket most of this weekend and spending some time off. God bless.…

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Cults, Cats, and McDojos

Cults, Cats, and McDojos

Cataline draws some interesting parallels between how both the move Cats, and McDojos, share culthood. Actually he’s right, this is how a cult does operate. And it’s pretty much what the character of Victoria went through. Invitation to a non-threatening event. Love Bombing. Dangling “the Prize” in front of you Extracting an Agreement that you want “the Prize”. Shutting down dissent by threatening to remove the prize. Establishment of Guilt Carrot/Stick Control of Identity Of course, most organizations that are recruiting do something similar to one degree or another. But most aren’t trying to create a…

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More Noise

More Noise

The post from the other day on Nightwish's new single, in concert with my other recent post on personal "brands", has stayed on my mind. Apparently, there's a significant contingent of Nightwish fans that are "WTF" and not quit sure they like it, or will come to like it. I can see that. Not my concern. A lot of people have seen the first layer - the strong criticism of social media. What keeps pulling my attention is how the name and symbolic elements encompass far more than that. First - the video, more than the song itself, takes a…

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Golden Rule of the Jungle

Golden Rule of the Jungle

Adam Piggot wrote an excellent writeup on why Duterte is so popular in the Phillipenes. Peter Grant added some excellent commentary. From Adam: I was speaking to one of the Filipinos in a private conversation when he brought up the subject of his president. He was most fulsome in his praise. Under Duterte the streets are now safe. His kids can happily play on the streets. Business is going well, and particularly without the criminal element extorting money from small family concerns. The man was so enthusiastic that I decided to ask a few other of the Filipino crew what…

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Noise

Noise

Like Peter Grant, I have something of a love-hate relationship with Nightwish. I love their music, but the themes they touch on at times... eh. That said, it looks like it's time for a new album, and a new single has been released: Noise. Before we go there, a segue: If you want to skip the video, it's a discussion of how every public space is utterly polluted by sound - and not even beauty in music, but horrid stuff meant to be ignored and fill the silence until nothing is left, not even room for thought. Twenty One Pilots…

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Brands are Shallow

Brands are Shallow

One expression I have come to loathe is "building your brand", and variants thereof, such as "personal brand." Fuck you. The term you are looking for is reputation. Even in its original context, a brand is: A brand (or marque for car model) is a name, term, design, symbol or other feature that distinguishes one seller's product from those of others.[4] Brands are used in business, marketing, and advertising. Initially, livestock branding was adopted to differentiate one person's cattle from another's by means of a distinctive symbol burned into the animal's skin with a hot branding iron.In short,…

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