The very revealing idiot lingo of warmism

Language shapes thought and thought shapes language.

Style of language is a reflection of intellect.

Sometimes simplifications are made for practicality, but often for mental convenience, and according to the principle mentioned, it serves to further dumb down the thought behind it.

And a lot of very telling idiot lingo can be found in the bigoted ‘warmism’ (here an example of practical simplification) agenda.

There is the “climate change denier” that implies the ideological enemies refuse to accept that climate change is a thing even though it is an inherent property of the climate to be always-changing. That is part of nature, of the dynamic, living system. And this of course also ties into the rhetorical switcharoo where “global warming” turned into “climate change” so that it becomes universally applicable to any type of change and thus has potential to be perpetuated indefinitely as well as allows to lump opposite phenomena into the same agenda. The core claim of warming effects has not changed.

Then there is the cringy shortening which already expressed quite clearly the dumbing down of the intellect: “climate denier”. A term that implies there are people who deny that climate even exists. “Climate” becomes the indiscriminate label and anyone who objects to anything carrying that label can be called a denier.

Then there is maybe the term most telling about the core problem behind the whole agenda: “harmful to the climate”. This is nonsensical because the climate is a concept, a measurement, a description of overall weather states on a large timescale. By definition you cannot harm the climate because whatever it is is what it is supposed to be. It cannot end. But when bigots use the term “climate denier”, you can see how that line of thought could be entertained by them. Like ‘they want to kill the climate’.

This is almost suitable as a koan: “What would the world be without climate?”

What is actually meant with all that idiot lingo but which warmists rarely want to talk about is something that ties into documented spreading trends of mental afflictions that take great issue and experience distress with change.
But even if we don’t want to examine it as such a clear-cut pathology, the psychology behind it is fear of change. Because of a general awareness and experience of this world’s societies overall running like crap, being under capitalist scarcity torment, people have no confidence that such a system can handle changes well without many people suffering and dying. And thus the mind goes into an extreme state, arbitrarily and self-servingly chooses the ‘current’ climate that our current crappy system is built on and managing, what we have grown accustomed to as ideal based on own preference and what we know, as the ‘healthy’ state of climate that needs to be preserved because it is ‘normal’. Of course then any weather extreme, whether hot or cold, will be condemned as abnormal and caused by that devil CO2. (And BTW, since CO2 is a typical product of industrial activity, it is of course irresistible for the politically green to demonize.)

I have even seen a weather ‘expert’ on TV talk about many areas where the weather this year has been “too cold” or “too hot”. In the same breath. It was simply all relativized to agriculture and with the climate label slapped on it and thereby, ironically, capitalist dictates defined climate policy. If only that wicked ‘excess’ CO2 wasn’t causing a mess everywhere, then there would be no dry summers or wet summers but only just-right summers. ‘Healthy’, ‘normal’ summers.

The warmism ideology actually furthers a crippling of our ability to improve the situation because it is waging war on change, which is nature. It is like the tree that gets uprooted in a storm while the leaves of grass bend gracefully and thereby prevail. And with that mentality it is iconically fascist-totalitarian. Only one rigid state of things tolerated and enforced.
If you removed all human CO2 generation and didn’t tell them, they would still panic over the end of the world, purely based on natural weather fluctuations.

Like so many crazy ideologies emerging from the USA’s society due to a profound problem at its root, this one is lusting for world domination and could never tolerate becoming obsolete. Just like capitalism.
And then it also makes perfect sense to see Extinction Rebellion jump on board with their supposed enemies, US-corporate-imperialists, and promote their propaganda lies against a socialist country (Bolivia), simply because it feeds into their eco-do-gooder image campaign that furthers their power. – Because it is all a power trip, multi-faceted, because by misanthropically condemning humankind’s actions, we are telling us what great power we have. And the more powerful the opponent, the more powerful oneself has to be, which is a wonderful justification for just about any deed committed in pursuit of it.

Capitalism IS what people describe as corruption. It is the iconic ideology of fear. And fear makes stupid. And stupidity leads to people acting against their own best interest for the profit of a few manipulators. It bribes with short-term profits for all, which is especially tempting for people of weak virtue in a state of existential worry.
Anyone and anything can be corrupted when fear is allowed to determine the course of actions. When the root motivation isn’t pure, when there isn’t constant humble devotion towards work to keep it pure. It has to be a constant function, integrated into the character. If you try to find a shortcut, that already is corruption, too.

Love lives abundance. First in the mind, then through action on the outside.
Corporate fascism and eco-fascism are a powerful team of Master Fear, because both see the salvation in preaching scarcity. Both glorify ever-greater efficiency of processes, i.e. managing a perceived/created state of not having enough.
You could say, this form of environmentalism is capitalism’s progressive youth movement. It is about as distant from true environmentalism as Bernie Sanders is from socialism. (But this point is another story about perpetuation of what the USA have always been.)

Shopping cart requirement – idiot-proof is always bad

Some supermarkets have implemented a rule that makes me as a smart, thoughtful person cringe. I went to one today that had implemented that rule that forces you to use a shopping cart – so that you keep distance to others!
This is one of those stupid-simplistic ideas that have potential to cause more harm than good.

Awareness of the COVID problem is widespread anyway. In other markets you can see people being thoughtful in their conduct anyway, but regardless of rule of not, people can still act in a stupid way.

Interacting with anything touched by many people is an issue and that made me turn around and not do business with said market. They offered some dispensers for gloves and disinfectant wipes, but you also have to interact with those, and the wipes might not be very effective. And even though in that case I could at least disinfect in my own thourough way, other people are likely less thorough and, as is so common in society, execute standard rituals that are expected from them and then believe they did enough. This is a tendency incentivized even more when a measure is mandatory.
And the coin slot of the shopping carts might be a problem zone. (Also, if you use physical money all high-level safety goes out the window anyway.) I wasn’t in the mood to do a detailed study, but my general behavior based on own thoughtfulness resisted a coersive measure to interact with something I do not need.

This is a frequent experience of mine: The pain of living in an idiot society, to say it bluntly. Whenever I can freely do things my way, it works well, because I think about what I do and focus on the outcome. But too often one is forced into idiocies like this. Rules that are designed to manage severe idiocy of the rabble are a really bad compromise, and smart people suffer from it.

This is probably in line with various other disinfection acts we can see in the world that very much look like only being done so governments can say they did something. Like disinfecting the pyramids of Gizeh, as if the burning sun and dry hot sand of the place gave the virus any chance. Or disinfecting a popular tourist site that has been closed for a while anyway and continues to do so, so any viral contamination there would be dead by now, or if there is interaction through animals and weather, would be restored quickly anyway.

There are also at least more thoughtful ways to implement the shopping cart system. Another supermarket had a cart ready at the entrance, no coin needed, and it is ready and thoroughly disinfected by an employee, including side railings and everything. But in that case I still wouldn’t trust it as much as my own process, if I was to do it, which I wouldn’t, because I don’t need a cart and naturally keep distance to people! (When I was there, apparently the employee was somewhere else, so it is not a rigidly enforced system, and that is good. It should be seen as a service provided for those who do not object. It was probably not driven by that stupid unreliable idea of forced distancing, but was a safer way to offer shopping carts for those who use them anyway.)

The safe-and-stupid way of steering the rabble instead of educating people into self-reliance is a constant issue that also leads to erosion of democracy. Even in such a crisis, governments try to avoid having to turn people into intelligent, self-reliant beings who can run society just fine without government meddling. Instead, early-on they were offered a buffet of pundit opinions, and then pestered with said questionable panic measures.

People Power cannot be avoided forever. But since it is the enemy of capitalism, there will be more suffering for humankind as long as capitalism dominates. Smart people (again) understood the inherent problems with it long ago. Others need a pandemic to see the obvious, in gross intensification.

This video’s message sounds great, but it is painfully naive/foolish

I’ll mostly write my Youtube comment here. It is important to not happily stumble into more of the same folly, and that video bothers me a lot. It’s like a bullshit indoctrination commercial for more of the same insanity. I guess that it was basically funded by Bill Gates speaks for itself.

0:59 Everything changed with the industrial revolution? LOL! Zero sum/positive sum is all in the mind and it never changed because the people with power were and are still craving more, more, MORE as always. And it’s still zero sum if there’s just a temporary growth, if the sum cannot grow indefinitely and sustainably. This is exactly the mind’s folly that keeps perpetuating the problems. The solution is not “positive sum”, but ‘doesnmattersum’. Transcending the thinking that creates the problem.
1:50 More of this BS, claiming the growth of prosperity is continuing today when we see violent conquest and mass theft of all kinds as a way of life for certain countries. (Also, I guess once someone dies, they fall out of the statistic of how many things people own, hah.)
3:03 And there we see that what’s called “positive sum world” is just a choice of what speed of change to label as such and what not. Again, it’s an attitude and perception thing. With the speed of change came more pressure by the limited ‘confines’ of this planet and more total power of greed, so guess what the bottom line is: same. No change to society if it’s all external. But back then we had the same problems, and since there were less people living on the planet, it was just as foolish and sick. Or did we forget the rule of monarchs in their lavish castles and the miserable poverty among the People? Without that crap you could go and call those times a positive sum world. But since we still have that crap today, I don’t see a distinction as valid.
Videos like this emerge from minds too enamoured by science and technology and not enough by spirituality. (And I don’t mean the label, the mass culture, I mean the looking inwards, the very personal, the part where you actually discover your own bullshit.)
4:30 Oh yeah of course, now the cancer cure clichée. – Billions of dollars have been flowing and are still flowing into developing new lucrative treatments while dodging the cures. Raising people’s financial power against cancer doesn’t drive cures, but treatments, unless the People stop being tools, which I don’t see happening because the masses are way too emotionally convenient and are sometimes rather willing to die than to give up a convenient belief that makes them sick.

Gist of the video: ‘We need more money for the existing system! More money for everybody will solve everything!’ – so frickin’ naive and insane. In part because it is imagining a reality that cannot even come to pass because of the very system that is being glorified in the video.

New Youtube interface yet another example of the growing madness

Youtube did it again. “Polymer” looks very much for mo’bile, and naturally, LESS space-optimized, no visual section distinctions, and less info in that more space used.

“Clean, fresh, new, going with the times”, these are words marketing people always use to describe beauty-less shit. Just recently I encountered exactly this with Störtebeker beer bottle labels. Boring white rectangular fields introduced where there was a parchment style before, less theme-appropriate beauty, and those words used, while proudly bragging about what an eye-catcher their unique bottle-surrounding label format allegedly is and how everybody loves their new design.

Youtube, too, now did the step we always see with the Grey Gentlemen taking over more of the world. The pleasant red gradients I see in my bookmark bar and tabs has turned into an eye-burning intense monochrome red and the website itself is stuff thrown into a sea of white.

As it is reported, ‘plenty of white space allows you to focus on a site’s content instead of its interface’. The idiocy! Suddenly visual helpers for distinguishing content sections and types, those white boxes on a gentle light gray background, are seen as DISTRACTIONS!

It is very depressing to see this deranged shit happen more and more wherever you look, especially in web design. Verschlimmbesserung everywhere.

UPDATE 2017-09-07: And the bits of genius keep coming. Now Youtube informed me I got early beta access to the new Community tab, which replaces the Discussions tab. So my first thought is: Review and maybe archive all the old Discussions content before it’s gone. Where can I do that if the new tab replaces it. And those eternal numbnuts point me to my comment history, as if that helps in any way. The comment history can’t even be searched, let alone filtered by date, and it’s definitely not useful for finding people’s more or less old comments on my Discussions tab and my responses to it.
Youtube – the 24/7 fucking joke
If they offered me a paid job to bring some brains into their conduct, I might see hope, but I’m smart enough to know the problem lies elsewhere, not in intellectual resources. At least not only.

De-Individualization (“the customer” vs. “the customers”)

You often hear it when businesspeople speak. “The customer” instead of “the customers” even when talking about the totality of them. That totality is treated like a single entity, as a type.
That is convenient, because it helps to generalize and to deny the individual interests and thus potentially causes thought patterns of dehumanization to creep into the mind.
It is a common thought pattern in the business world, because ideally the whole customer base is conformant, homogenous. That helps with maximization of efficiency and thus profit. Deviants are inconvenient for that, as is proven again and again not just in the business world, but anywhere where fear reigns, often fueled by big money.

Think about where else you usually find this rhetorical tool for mind (self-)conditioning:
“The Jew”
“The Negro”
“The foreigner”

Note the quite crucial, intentionally left out word “average”. (Which comes with its own set of problems somewhat related to this topic, but is not as severe as when left out altogether.)

Not a coincidence. Same thought pattern. If you saw a group of people as individuals, you’d have to accept the mental effort and practical inconvenience of allowing each individual their relevance.

Marketing has learned a lot from Hitler and such, and Hitler learned a lot from people before his time.

As I often point out: Thought shapes language and language shapes thought.
(That’s the whole point of applied rhetorics.)

National socialism – The only USA-compatible socialism?

America – greatest nation in the world. One of those powerful ideas on which the society of the USA still rests to a significant degree. Also quite telling when you realize “America” is not a nation, and not a country either. The hubris is right there, totally obvious. But that’s not the most interesting part.

Ron Paul follows the idea that the USA shouldn’t meddle in other countries’ affairs and try to dictate ideas onto them. That is based in humility, personal responsibility and a caring for others – not to screw them over, and that leading to more time being dedicated to care for internal problems so that everybody wins.
The thing is though that this easily insults those who still cling to that ego-boosting idea of being the greatest. The mindset that causes so many problems in the first place.

Now we have a somewhat different approach. Bernie Sanders is much more daring, one could think, by openly calling himself socialist. (Although Ron Paul’s approach might ultimately have been more socialist in spirit, without mentioning it.) How does he pull it off? By not putting blame and thus responsibility on people. His target demographic are people who see themselves as total victim of corporate greed and corruption. It’s a self-image all-too-willingly adopted by people. But this also puts Sanders into a champion position. And that’s the same maneuver that Obama pulled. People who saw themselves desperate and helpless (and innocent!) in the face of social struggles looking up to him as the one person who will fix things for them. Extra-convincing because he talks loudly and with fervor. And the hype train is moving yet another time. The fact that Sanders considers Russia a problem that needs to be contained (through crippling economic sanctions, what a novel idea) further underlines that rejection of responsibility for the external consequences (imperialism) of the same corporate greed and corruption he decries as the scourge of the own people.

And the historical parallels keep growing.
We need to pay attention to how this develops.

This could lead to a state where the USA’s foolish foreign policy will no longer be blamed for the suffering of the common people of the USA, but instead fortified by the justification that the (gloriously stolen) wealth is now distributed fairly. This is a situation that, if it cannot be avoided by the corpo-rats, would still work for them. If you THEN criticize their imperialist foreign policy, you will be considered opposing the functioning well-being of their nation, of every single person.

If Sanders becomes president, let’s hope he will do better than Hitler did, shall we?

Or maybe we should stop hoping and start making sure.
(Hope and hype is just one letter difference.)
P.S.: If Hillary Clinton becomes president, we at least have some nasty puns ready, hah.

Why do game designers do incredibly idiotic things?

You can watch my detailed video about it or read the summary below.

I recently got an SSD and only now realized the full magnitude to something that bothered me a while ago.

The game: The Witcher 3
This game featured plenty of eyebrow-furling things. Some of them got fixed later, but the really stupid stuff actually kept coming. I’ll only focus on one issue here though that has existed all the time since the game was released.

When you load a savegame, you get a simple 2D-animated sequence and a speaker recounts the story position at the time of the savestate. That animation looks a lot like scripted to eventually end in a loop state until the load process has finished.
When it does finish, for a brief moment a regular loading screen pops up, with a nice picture and a loading animation, which looks kinda sloppy, but shows that there actually is an alternative mode for this.

Well, here comes the kicker: To use one example, you watch a loading process where the speaker talks for 18 seconds and the whole process takes 43 seconds until the game has finished loading, with the animated sequence looping for the rest of the time.
Damn, this game has long load times!

No, actually not, it’s just trolling you by deliberately wasting your time. While the devs for some reason decided to later add subtitles to those sequences that you cannot turn off even if you want to because you’re not deaf and have seen that story bit plenty of times anyway, what they never did is AT LEAST add an info telling you when the loading process has finished and you can now enter the game if you press a key. That would be the MINIMUM. That could actually be an optional feature, but not really that important when the loading process isn’t of patience-testing length, which it wouldn’t be without this artificial delay.

Here is another minor example of bad design decisions: The game has super-beautiful graphics, but taking screenshots without UI requires (not-so-ideal) fan mods, while a low-budget indie game shows how it’s done.

Not resetting warranty period after RMA sends a bad message

Looking at implications is a thing I do a lot.

You know how it is common practice in some areas that if you return a defective product you either get a used one as replacement or even if you get a new one the original warranty period continues and is not reset?
This is common, yes, but it is also bad style. What the manufacturer is basically saying is this:

You are not buying a product. You are signing an open-ended usage contract with a minimum guaranteed length. We don’t think our product should be of proper quality and last at least x years, but that you are buying x years of product use. If we keep selling you crap, it is your problem that will haunt you to and beyond the eventual end of the contract. Don’t expect to have a useful product beyond the warranty period.

Why China’s information policy is less worrisome than the Wild West’s

The rogue always likes to divert attention from their malice by accusing others of what he himself does.
Western governments are always eager to condemn China for their policies in regards to information flow. The rogues are the Wild West.

China doesn’t hide it. It is totally open and admitted that they are censoring certain aspects of information flow and beyond. And not only does that openness hint at the nature of the thing, but they have some good reasons for it that would even weaken the condemnations of the Chinese government allegedly merely wanting to stay in power for power’s sake.

The USA are an empire, and the empire uses many different means to expand its influence. That is all a form of war. If no missiles fly, then computer viruses might go to work or people are rallied with lies to topple their democratic government. Just to name a few.
Another weapon of the empire is the spread of culture. And this is the openly stated reason for what the Chinese government does. They are aware that the USA will do whatever they can to slowly convert China, this to the paragon of capitalism huge delicious economy, into a vassal.
Any restrictive policies of China or any other more or less unadmitted enemy of the empire need to be seen in this context. And even this necessary defense reaction against covert aggression is being exploited by the empire and used as a weapon. For they know that if they practice such an onslaught, the people of the target country might eventually become dissatisfied due to the restrictions. And then the empire only needs to succeed in telling the people lies and divert attention away from the true motivations for such measures. Then the people would, in ignorance, fight that which tries to protect them from those very lies and culture of corruption.

Naturally this will not be a pretty process. But in all cases people need to understand the big picture. (And they need to understand that I’m not talking about flatscreen TVs here.)

Now look at what power China has. It is a strong country. They resist the imperialist pressure. But now look at North Korea. They are much less powerful, but are subject to the same pressure. If they didn’t have nukes, they’d be a ‘McDonald’s outpost’ now.

Don’t blame the small party in massively asymmetrical warfare. That’s the rogues’ game.

And now let’s compare China to the USA and its vassals: Daily propaganda, lies, distortions, deceptions, omissions. News media censoring itself, massively, covertly, while spreading the myth of openness and freedom. Again, the rogue keeps talking about that which they don’t feature. Constant repetition hammers it into people’s heads, and egoes are tickled with honeyed words and pleasant self-perceptions.

That is the mark of fascism.

And now traitor politicians try to enforce a free trade agreement (TTIP) with that fascist system while insulting the people who oppose it AND letting them pay for TTIP propaganda ads with their tax money. It is disgusting, and people swallow too much of this crap. Too afraid of repressions from their government. Another trait of a fascist country.
Just like the mafia can bully business owners into compliance, the government mafia, the great crime syndicate, has bullied people into submission. They might speak, they might act, but only when it is allowed to, not when it is right and should be allowed to.

Discretion – a dying art?

I found two things in one day that helped me allay worries about my donations request for what I do, have done, will be doing, my fledgling endeavors at self-fulfillment.

The first one is something that reminded me of the fact that there are people who upload shows on Piratebay and then advertise their frickin’ Facebook page and ask for follows! (That changes the whole thing quite a bit, just as it does when someone uses a pirated Photoshop not for testing/practice/private hobby but for profit. – As a for-profit brony media site was caught doing a while ago.)

I found a Youtube channel (through Youtube’s “related channels” advertising section) that has nothing but uploads of unaltered snippets of MLP episodes. (Thus no creative contribution whatsoever, merely providing of content.) And there I found a Patreon link where the channel owner was presenting the following case:
– He(or she) has got a job.
– That job no longer leaves time or motivation for uploading those snippets. (As if such isn’t the absolute minimum of effort possible.)
– Sadly(!) he also can’t monetize that copyrighted material because Hasbro does. (That implied intention made me go WTF.)

I don’t even know what word fits this mindset, but lack of discretion comes close. Such discretion enables that five can be called even sometimes and both sides get along if they can find an elegant compromise.
These extremes will contribute the most to (re)building the fear that makes businesses like Hasbro so protective – especially considering that said Youtube channel also uses a character name like a brand name, like an official representation.
(There’s a related thing where people just re-upload other people’s music to populate their channel and call themselves “music promoter”. Further audacity points if they have a disclaimer á la “Tell me if I should remove something ans I will” that signals they didn’t even check whether they are allowed to.)

Man! Apparently my standards were way too high, causing myself unnecessary worry, at least in comparison to some stuff that is going on in the open.

Well, and the second thing today that further solidified the message was this:

I recommend reading the whole thing including all comments, because it is a multi-faceted issue. But the critique is at least to some degree justified.

I guess I would have a sprawling career by now if I had approached things like that. Instead I’m dealing with a severe imbalance between what I am capable of and what I was able to put into motion. (And going the hard way towards making stuff happen.)

As for commentary on the Brown/Creber case, the whole document pretty much speaks for itself, but I’d like to point out again how that case is very much like Drawponies, showing how much of people’s moral outrage is actually fueled by personal agenda and how much that determins popularity. If other people (with a popular name, too – guess where it came from) in the same business feel stepped on their toes, they will tweet about it and the issue becomes big. But when it’s like in the case of The Living Tombstone and charity song collabs, one musician doesn’t want to badmouth another one in fear of becoming the target of the same critique, yet all restraint falls away when it’s about money and influence, about business.

Every crisis, every drama is a result of tensions and thus inherently justified to happen, as a means for finding better ways. This view is part of practicing acceptance of everything that emerges. Even if you fight something, it could still either mean you accept the experience or you resist.