Scales

From a widely cited defense of the Black Lives Matter synthetic meme at Reddit:

… societally, we don’t pay as much attention to certain people’s deaths as we do to others. So, currently, we don’t treat all lives as though they matter equally.

Two points:
(1) Some lives (and deaths) do matter far more than others, obviously. Everyone knows this, when they’re not high, even if they usually feel compelled to lie about it. (Some lives, indeed, characterized by criminality and parasitism, are worth less than nothing — and even considerably less.) Only bizarre religious ideas could lead anybody to think the opposite.
(2) Western societies are very rapidly losing the ability to make sane calls on the point, as exceptional productivity loses its capacity to inspire attention, and the merely piteous usurps its central cultural position.

In the absence of adaptive sensibilities, life insurance premiums — or some equivalent expression of undemonstrative, practical value-processing — will have to serve as a default.

September 3, 2015admin 24 Comments »
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  • Lucian of Samosata Says:

    “In the absence of adaptive sensibilities, life insurance premiums — or some equivalent expression of undemonstrative, practical value-processing — will have to serve as a default.”

    If only. The actual outcome of the Victim Olympics is more likely to be an attempt to re-orient whose deaths we are supposedly meant to pay more attention to.

    Somebody should start a AAA hashtag: #blacklivesmattermore

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    Alrenous Reply:

    #NonBlackLIvesDon’tMatterUnlessYou’rePostingPositivelyAboutHowNonBlackLivesDon’tMatter,IGuess,ALIttle.

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    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    Snappy, self-referential and just a little bit snarky, I love it. I want the tumblristas working day and night on this. I don’t care how many hot pockets it takes to motivate them, this needs to be done.

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    Xoth Reply:

    #onlyblacklivesmatter

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    Posted on September 3rd, 2015 at 7:50 am Reply | Quote
  • Dark Psy-Ops Says:

    Breaking down the progressive psychosis is not that difficult ‘post’-NRx: ‘Democratic government’ (Cathedral) is the earthly representative of Father’s Justice In Heaven. Father dutifully loves all his children (including every whore’s abortion) equally and fairly, and therefore, being omnipotent, will ensure equality and fairness of outcome… “But hang on?” The astute progressive thinks. “If Father is like THAT, and Earthly Democracy is… well … not THAT at least, then …”

    …well, another reddit thread, another grand apology for the Nuked Butcher’s Yard. When Malthus wants to make men mad he first gives them luxury, but Gnon will send a Black Swan from nowhere.

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    Dark Psy-Ops Reply:

    The traditional role is father as breadwinner, and it has Gnon’s stamped seal of approval. Progressivism could be understood as a radically hostile reform of religious traditional patriarchy and, not quite self-consciously, the culminating logic of immaculate conception as applied to that ancient tradition. The son now says to his father, like a sophist to his teacher of sophistics, ‘if I am your son, and you have raised me as yourself, then I am now a father, and not a son, and hence you are no father of mine’ and then, a little more ostentatiously, he says ‘My Father who art in Heaven” then whispers “who did make mine own a cuck”. … Is Christ not indeed Oedipus ‘updated’ as a time-travel narrative, where the son cuckolds the father by impregnating his own mother as the Father he will become, and has always been? But what could give rise to this potent delirium that caused to betray a father that is held and loved for another that is but the projection of a disastrous ideal? How was the spirit deformed under that disharmony, of a son who was his own father in spite of himself? These and similar questions – urgent, pressing, even very exciting – are just a few of those being raised by Quantum Christologists even as we speak …

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    Dark Psy-Ops Reply:

    Only infrequently could he tell if a shadow was cast about his old man, or whether his old man’s shadow was cast upon the shadows themselves. “Does he have a shadow? Can a shadow have a shadow? Even the smallest pebble casts a shadow.” This did not reassure him. He chose another angle of attack. “What is a shadow anyway? Only a contingent darkness. A shadow is daytime darkness, but Old Night consumes all shadows in its blackness.” This reassured him for a moment or two, in the way such things can. He pressed on, “to spend forever in the night so as never to cast a shadow? Appealing but impracticable.” He paused, and seemed to collect himself serenely, but soon his eye had begun to twitch, and in an outburst he exclaimed, “but who can cast shadows all the livelong day and then never at night and manage to live with it!” He felt suddenly irate against all rationale whatsoever, and could taste thick globules of anger in his throat, which he swallowed back regretfully, and sat again in silence. That too, did not last. Calmly now, he began to mumble a phrase, not knowing what it was, until the words began to emerge with the rhythm, and before he knew it he was chanting, “there is one time of day when no shadows are cast, and day becomes as night in its obliteration of the dark, so night swallows day and all the shadows that it casts, and day another shadow casts upon the dark”. ….

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  • Dark Psy-Ops Says:

    I prefer @BiasOfEstimator’s satiric “All Matters Live”.

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    Posted on September 3rd, 2015 at 10:15 am Reply | Quote
  • Dark Psy-Ops Says:

    The best part is where the redditors, who, previously critical of BLM as being insufficiently universalist, are now utterly persuaded upon the explicit addition of the ‘too’, and happily accept that it has been ‘implicit’ the whole time. It’s a disarming thing to watch the final twitch of semi-autonomous intellect finally succumb to full zombie-cannibal mode holiness spiral.

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  • Scales | Reaction Times Says:

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    Posted on September 3rd, 2015 at 10:34 am Reply | Quote
  • xheimlichkeit Says:

    “Chiseled into a side of Stone Mountain, the carving of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson spans three acres and is the largest high-relief sculpture in the world — even larger than Mount Rushmore.

    The Atlanta NAACP called this month for the carving’s removal along with dozens of Confederate monuments on government property around the state. Atlanta’s city council this week urged Gov. Nathan Deal to study additions of famous Georgians such as Martin Luther King Jr. to the Stone Mountain carving.” #whitehistorymatters

    http://m.onlineathens.com/mobile/2015-07-25/removal-confederate-carving-stone-mountain-seen-unlikely#article=6887058556E8B91721444EE89EECD6E0E123

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  • Joseph sans Brothers Says:

    So, by “bizarre religious ideas” you evidently mean ANY religious idea whatsoever, as Western religious traditions (before 1500) are unanimous on the notion that money is not the highest value. Which Socrates affirms as well.

    Oh, and by the way, your logic is once again completely self-nullifying. Any given rap star, for example, both believes that black lives matter, and is a hell of a lot richer than Nick Land. Therefore, according to your own criterion, their opinion is OBJECTIVELY more valuable than yours.

    You are merely taking the most banal bourgeois valorization of self-interest and trying to glitz it up as some kind of dangerously subversive “belief in reality.” A rhetorical tactic that countless scribblers in the past few centuries have engaged in. Nothing new under the sun.

    No need to censure me, Admin. I’ll be off now, and leave the Nrxers to toddle around in their sub-intellectual drivel as before. Ta.

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    admin Reply:

    Missing the point as always, probably deliberately, in order to avoid getting caught up in a defense of the central embarrassing dogma of universal equality.

    Also (but separable) the only reason you so blithely dismiss the possibility that an entertainer with African-ancestry and exceptional talent, which is being put to effective commercial use, might — therefore — have a high social value reflected in economic terms, is some psychological problem on your side.

    (My own objective social value is very tenuously positive, according to rough market indicators. That seems plausible. I’m not deluded enough to confuse myself with Satoshi Nakamoto or Elon Musk. The kids will do better.)

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    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    “An entertainer with African-ancestry and exceptional talent”

    Weird. That was in the blurb for a blue film I watched last night.

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    Dark Psy-Ops Reply:

    Some of the greatest rap artists never quit their day job:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jY5TRfNi7Y

    Serengeti is still spitting dank UG classics:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4NYDx0z10k

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    Chris B Reply:

    Some black guy rhyming about hitting on hoes? Talent? Burn it. Consumer market value does not = truth. It equals whatever bullshit the consumer has been brainwashed into desiring.

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    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    Excuse me, who ‘brainwashed’ me into liking MoonMan, the undisputed GOAT rapper?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F6gXn_bARo

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    Dark Psy-Ops Reply:

    Ok… what about this? (it’s still within the tradition of ‘black guys hitting on hoes’):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noFS4_oEakI

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    admin Reply:

    We can’t agree on ‘the truth’™ and never will, so that gets us nowhere. If you can’t advance a functional selection mechanism, then the only thing left is shouting — which doesn’t help remotely.

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    Scharlach Reply:

    I don’t recall “money,” as such, being referenced at all in the original post. Sometimes reading between the lines, however, is indeed a good way to uncover one’s own obsessions. You must see robber barons everywhere!

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  • vxxc2014 Says:

    @Admin,

    Hope you’re checking out Dilbert this week.

    http://dilbert.com/

    Lots of singularity humor.

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  • vxxc2014 Says:

    As to the subject at hand – #BLM and the actual point of BLM: we are moving from Mao’s stage I of war into Stage II of increasing US Police assassinations.

    This is simply a classic terrorist campaign with BLM and other Leftist NGO/movements as the political Frontmen.

    In UK terms BLM is acting as Sinn Fein with *seemingly* random agitated Black Thugs acting as the terrorists shooting policemen from ambush.

    You may continue to indulge in various philosophical musings about the subject along with the commentators, but it’s just a terrorist campaign.

    Phase I of course is mostly indoctrination and justification for the move into overt campaigns of violence.

    We are moving into Phase 2 of violence struggle.

    In purely terms of Black anti-police terrorism it will probably just be more -much more- of what we’ve seen so far, they were never able to move past this level of violence 40 years ago and so far can’t now.

    You may indulge in HBD now if you like. These are losers of a frankly net loser group that is sure.

    *seemingly* – in point of fact DOJ Civil Rights Division is providing not only Top Cover and the WH itself is blessing and indeed orchestrating the Political Front activity [As in Frontmen] and justification but also applying it’s own pressure against many local police depts to submit to DOJ control, the formal acceptance of which is DOJ Supervision and Letter of Consent.

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    michael Reply:

    when you add in the real estate hud plans and the AA acceleration whats really going on is they are handing the reigns of power over decades early soon all cops will be minority and all criminals white. This may be a blunder. they are bound to overreach while we still own all the guns and the fighting age men. while im not too impressed with what passes for men these days im also not too worried about a military police state run by minorities.

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  • SVErshov Says:

    in Madagaskar they have some other way to re-etablish sanity. all it takes just to provide a prove that people’s current calls are insane. Villagers in Madagaskar have almost ritualistic habbit of stealing zeboos (cows) from each others, and complain to government. then government send army to restore the order. And it was restored indeed, after army killed all of them. obviously to have political will you have be in sound mind yourself. it will work even with low IQ.

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