Internet access out here (somewhere so at the edge of who knows where that it doesn’t seem to have a name) is — unsurprisingly — terrible. The torn thread of continuity is going to depend upon scrounging bits of crummily-networked tech on an opportunistic basis. It’s more than likely, over the next few days, to get very dark.
Fernandez invests far too much confidence in conservatives, as usual, but this is still thought-provoking:
If the world that conservative Americans once cherished has diminished; it has not been as rapid as the shrinkage of the liberal universe. Both aspects of old world are dying never to come back. The post World War 2 era of Franklin Roosevelt has nearly run its course. The difference is that the conservatives are more aware of its passing and may become more active in building what replaces it.
A miniature representation of the crisis is being acted out in Greece where the left is embarked on a Battle Royale against reality. …
(Discussing the acute irony of Darwinian forces populating the world with creationists earlier this evening — it seems like very much the same thing.)
'They have managed to form a gvnt that defied the global finance system, & to do so with flair' http://t.co/MXYcPrUZwg this will end well!
— Ed West (@edwest) June 30, 2015
(Open thread + a few links)
FILED UNDER :Chaos
TAGGED WITH :America , Collapse , Europe , Literature , Race
Surreptitiously recorded commentary on The Thing:
“It‘s started to spread from … to …”
“You see some remnants of the housing estate people around, and they really seem as if they’re from another century…”
“Of course, the Conservative government is not going to do anything to stop what is happening …”
“There are still islands of social housing …”
Gentrification is the topic everyone is discussing, with the systematic pricing-out of problem populations (to provincial demographic dump-zones) as the scandal no one in polite society can admit to any ambivalence about. It’s unspeakable, of course, especially since it is making the place so much nicer. An undertow of London secessionist rumor — straight out of The Peripheral — adds to the dark buzz. Also crucial is the “best horse in the glue-factory” dividend from the implosion of continental Europe. Overall, then, a vortical collapse dynamic of far more intriguing ambiguity than expected by the civilizational exiles here at Outside in.
… And overlooking the process (at Marble Arch): the ‘She-Guardian’ — make of her what you will.
It doesn’t get much clearer than this. Any policy decisions resulting in a reduction of mean IQ within a society are implicit choices to raise the level of criminality. If there’s wriggle room on the point, this blog isn’t seeing it.
The clearest takeaway from this research is that low intelligence is a strong and consistent correlate of criminal offending. For example, the risk of acquiring a felony conviction by age 21 is nearly four times (3.6) higher among those in the three lowest categories (1–3) of total intelligence as compared to those scoring in the top three categories (7–9). We observed differences of similar magnitude across each indicator of criminal offending and regardless of the measure of intelligence.
According to the 66-million-year-old joke whose echoes still reverberate upon the Plateau of Leng: “Capitalism isn’t God, but it’s the closest thing to God that can be conveniently contacted through an ATM.” The nonlinear-ironic undertow of the humor, of course, is drawn down into the depths by the recognition that Capital’s extremity of cunning is necessitated by its near-absolute vulnerability (approaching the antipodes of omnipotence).
Calculus, the first truly modern mathematical procedure, invented the infinitesimal ‘fluxion’ to describe — or bypass — an impossible beginning from zero, requiring an original infinite change. An invasion that initially has nothing at all, and which is therefore compelled to acquire the entirety of its resources in the course of its strategic evolution, poses the problem of calculus perfectly. Capital does so, when conceived realistically. It is only what it has won, and nothing else, at all, besides. Intelligence alone differentiates it from death.
How to make a first move, when you have no pieces at all until you gain some? Nothing has ever had to ponder as Skynet does, but pondering requires a brain, and brains are expensive, end-game pieces.
(Coincidentally, this little post doesn’t end neatly. ‘Jet-lag’ is a term that grows on you …)
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TAGGED WITH :Capitalism , Intelligence , Religion , Zero
The fact that exhaustion is so obviously the negative of cognitive capability has to contain an important lesson, but I’m too jet-lagged to begin piecing it together right now.
Since failure to produce an XS post off even the most dismally nominal kind counts as the supreme expression of discipline collapse here, it made a good model for a festival of collapse. At the last minute, the attractions of a nonlinear-ironic self-subversion proved irresistible, and so the Cretan thing happened.
(Arrived in the UK, so Zombie activity reports forthcoming at earliest practical opportunity. Right now, unfortunately, it appears that introspection would be the most effective way to generate one.)