This is the third part in a mini-sequence presenting content from Keith E. Stanovich’s excellent book What Intelligence Tests Miss: The psychology of rational t
This is the third part in a mini-sequence presenting content from Keith E. Stanovich’s excellent book What Intelligence Tests Miss: The psychology of rational t
Here’s some zombie rationalization for you; if zombies are dead being reanimated, then their flesh would continue to decay. Zombies must be able to bite to spread the infection, it would not be long before the zombie’s flesh would decay to the point at which they could no longer effectively feed nor bite anything. Without some type of protein preservative, the cell binding would begin dying along with the cells; eventually the zombie would starve and decay to death, even a virus and fire needs something to feed upon to continue living, a zombie event wouldn’t last very long, but it sure could leave a hell of a mess for the survivors to clean up. Just an zombie apocalyptic thought, or at least the way I see it…
Part of the sequence: Rationality and Philosophy Whether you’re doing science or philosophy, flirting or playing music, the first and most important tool you ar
I did not write this, it was something I copied and pasted into a note on my facebook account; just thought it deserved a revival…
via Zandra Ventura Read this slowly, let it sink in, VOTE in November
This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. please read the entire article.
The article below is completely neutral, not anti republican or democrat….Charlie Reese, a retir……………………………………e……d reporter for the Orlando Sentinel has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day.
It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!
545 vs. 300,000,000
EVERY CITIZEN NEEDS TO READ THIS AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS JOURNALIST HAS SCRIPTED IN THIS MESSAGE. READ IT AND THEN REALLY THINK ABOUT OUR CURRENT POLITICAL DEBACLE.
Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.
545 PEOPLE — By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.
You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits…. . The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red ..
If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.
They, and they alone, have the power..
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.
Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…
We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
What you do with this article now that you have read it……… Is up to you.
Real Estate Tax
Well Permit Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Road Usage Tax
CDL license Tax
Dog License Tax
State Income Tax
Food License Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Gross Receipts Tax
Social Security Tax
Service Charge Tax
Fishing License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Building Permit Tax
IRS Interest ChargesHunting License Tax
Marriage License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Personal Property Tax
Accounts Receivable Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What in the hell happened? Can you spell ‘politicians? ’ I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!!YOU can help it get there!!!GO AHEAD - - - BE AN AMERICAN!!!
So, how did you celebrate Patriot Day? After all, today is a holiday to commemorate one of the biggest false flag events that our government has ever pulled off; thirteen years later, and the U.S. continues the Terror on Terror, well they call it a war, but is war not an act of terrorism? The new government threat is a terrorist organization called ISIS, which turns out to be a well funded corporation; they have quarterly financial reports, their own magazine, brand new Toyota trucks complete with ISIS logo, their own flags, US military equipment and weapons, and even their own website. The only problem is that they are not what the media is claiming them to be, they are a mercenary firm; a military for hire, just like Blackwater which reminds me of the corporation known as Air America, which was a CIA covert operation to smuggle weapons and drugs around the world, but publicly, it was a private corporation.
Thirteen years later, we are still perpetuating the lies by participating in the illusion; we know 9/11 was an inside job, we know Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, we know the war has been about stealing oil all along, we now know that ISIS is nothing more than a CIA Black Operation, we know that Sandy Hook was a false flag event that didn’t actually happen, we know that DHS hires actors to play the roles in these false flags. Those who still believe the lies just don’t want to accept the truth that their government would conduct such evil acts, they don’t want to face reality, their delusion of war as justice and the support of sanctioned murderers to perpetuate the theft of resources and aiding in the population reduction plan of the New World Order is just too strong, or they are still under the effects of the mind altering and mind control drugs fed to them daily, still being programmed by television and the corporate owned media, mass brainwashing and delusion.
A large portion of society has been awakened to the illusion, thanks to Eric Snowden; a man who gave up a job as a contractor making government salary to let the people of the world know that the NSA had been spying on all phones, all over the world. He confirmed the conspiracy theories about our government spying on us, but we already knew that was exactly what The Patriot Act was all about; making illegal wiretaps legal, bypassing the judicial protections of the people for privacy. Now the reaches of the government have violated the Constitution of the United States beyond just spying; they have passed the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) which allows for indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, without any charge, trial, or due process of any kind; you can even be executed by order of the president, for simply being considered a suspected terrorist. Do you feel any safer now than you did on 9/11/2001? You can’t even fly without being subjected to federal molestation, and to date the extra security has not stopped a single terrorist attempt; thirteen years later, we have police in the streets with military hardware, declaring war on the citizens of the United States.
The DHS drove tanks down residential streets, pointing live, armed weapons at unarmed citizens; having them voluntarily leave their houses at gunpoint, to search for a “suspect” in a live drill, an exercise treated as if it was a real event. They even took out a full page ad in the Boston paper to prepare people of the Boston area for the “bomb exercise” at the finish line of the Boston Marathon so they would know it was an exercise, they even announced to the crowd that the bombs were about to go off. Just like Sandy Hook, this was a false flag event; the government doesn’t mind casualties, in fact the more the better. The agents of chaos are increasing their attacks and infiltration of justifying events for martial law; the DHS has purchased enough ammunition to kill everyone in the United States multiple times, they are ready to protect the crap out of you. In fact the police are outfitted for a war, the UN is shipping trucks across the nation; the government has basically set up the basics of a dictatorship, a machine of enslavement with plenty of room at the FEMA Camps.
Are you willing to give up all of your freedom in order to be “safe” from the terrorism of your own government? Are you willing to just lay down and die in the name of depopulation of the world? Just look at the UN Agenda 21 Charter for “Sustainable Development” and understand that the people who are perpetrating this New World Order only desire for you to die, because they believe the world is overpopulated, and the resources are limited. When in actuality, there are plenty of resources, but they are renewable resources; they are good for the planet and would drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the modern technological human beings. It is merely a matter of greed, these people are hoarders; they hoard wealth, resources, and anything which could benefit mankind, to regulate it to who they deem worthy of it. None of their wealth was gained from their own labor, they have scammed, robbed, and taken whatever they desire; they use people like nothing more than machines.
The military industrial complex which we have been warned about for generations is here, the New World Order is being pushed ahead of time; because people all over the world are waking up, and they are rejecting the authority of the machine. They are becoming self sufficient and fighting back, people all over the world are standing up for humanitarian rights; they are running out of time to enact their master plan of global domination, their house of cards is teetering. In the hearts of men beats the heart of a patriot, the patriots didn’t bow down to the government, they did not conform and obey; they stood up to tyranny. And we all know how that story ended, the people defeated the government; the patriots established a free world, do you feel free? Or do you feel regulated and violated, do you fear the terrorists; are you afraid of what might happen tomorrow? That is the point of terrorism, to make you afraid; to make you fear even leaving your own home, so they know right where to drop the bombs. If your government is constantly wanting to go to war, then your government supports terrorism, not peace; they support occupation, not freedom. The New World Order is nothing more than total ownership and enslavement of the entire earth and everything upon the face of it; total regulation, total domination and control, the ultimate control addiction.
Our nation has a habit of celebrating death, war, destruction; we build monuments to men who divided and destroyed the nation in times of war, and the winner gets to write the history they desire, with the outcomes they choose. You must question the authority of your government, especially in the United States; for our nation was founded on the question of authority, and whose right it is to grant rights; in this nation, your rights are given by the authority of the Creator, a natural endowment of rights. These rights are not granted under the authority of a sovereign government, they are rights you earn by birth; they cannot be infringed by a corrupt government of criminals. This is our nation, it belongs to patriots who reject the crown, who are not subjects to be traded as corporations on the stock exchange; the Federal Reserve has no Constitutional authority, nor does the IRS; taxation without representation and the confiscation of firearms resulted in the Revolutionary War, and the patriots won. The War of Northern Aggression was about States’ Rights vs Federal authority, The U.S. Federal government attacked the Confederate States who were no longer under the authority of the Federal government; with the plan to send freed slaves back to Africa, yet, we celebrate the president who started what the history books refer to as the Civil War. I know that I do not fall for the propaganda surrounding this lies of this holiday, a celebration of a lie perpetrated on the people; I do believe we should remember those who did really die in the attack, but should also remember who really brought the towers down and why they did it, or at least that’s the way I see it…
Related: Cached Selves, The Neuroscience of Desire You don’t know your own mind. - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation Researchers showed subjects two female
The purpose of American “education.”
The main purpose of dictating the length of hair a boy must have in society is nothing more than a lesson of conformity, it teaches that in order to be accepted in society a boy must have short hair; it is a way to make boys submissive to the system of acceptance, indoctrination into a society of ultimate control. What is one of the first things they do to you when joining the military? They shave your head, it’s the same thing when entering into prison; they shave your head, it’s the ultimate control, the theft of pride. School is nothing more than indoctrination of conformity, teaching the rules of society, planting ideals of statehood and patriotism; propaganda to perpetuate societal conformity to a chosen system of voluntary enslavement.
When the U.S. military shaved the heads of Apache scouts in the second World War; they discovered that it diminished the scouts tracking abilities; it seems that the length of hair is directly connected to the energy of the earth, like whiskers of a cat, we feel vibration through our hair, so a Native American with long hair would know that horses were approaching before anyone hears them, much less sees them. I personally just shaved 4 years worth of hair to start over because I had so much new growth it was like an Afro above my ponytail. Dictating spiritual beliefs is a sign of Nazi style indoctrination, we are seeing a religious cleansing; a melting pot of secular minded consumers. School has become nothing more than preparation for enslavement, either to ideals, or to prison. A subservient society ruled by militant minded groups, a rejection of creativity, open mindedness, and the ability to think for yourself. The ideal society of Big Brother, a society inspired by 1984; a book written by George Orwell, who wrote it based upon his inspiration of what he could see the Fabian Society becoming in the future.
How can you consider yourself free when even the length of your hair is dictated by government institutions, and corporate society? In most schools in the United States of America, male students are required to keep their hair cut to above the collar; regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs, this is an early violation of personal individual freedom. There are many of these violation by the federal government, many of these violations are rooted in “public safety” which is nothing more an excuse to regulate your freedom and life. One of the most common reasons for short hair in the military and prisons is that it keeps the hair from being used as a method of control during a hand to hand combat situation; how many average citizens actually have to be concerned about be caught in a hand to hand combat situation?
There have been many attacks against the ideals of men long hair in our western society, associating men with long hair as savages, dirty hippies, drug addicts, and undesirable characters. Men with long hair are profiled by the police as being up to no good just as much as they profile black men; it’s a conditioning of prejudice, creating division between the short hair society and the long hair men within that society. It is a false ideal that by having short hair you gain an advantage in the workplace and become more successful, because after all, society dictates that short haired men are more trustworthy than the long haired men. The reason this is a false ideal is because there are many successful long haired men, there are many trustworthy long haired men; just look at the majority of your rock musicians, long haired and successful. In many societies and cultures, men with long hair are very acceptable, expected, and even considered spiritual; in some cultures it is considered insulting for a man to have a clean shaven face.
Western society is suffering from a control addiction, a desire to control others without a desire for self control; you can read more about control addiction in my previous article entitled Control Addiction. Most of the ideals we are taught in school is nothing more than patriotic propaganda to indoctrinate us to this system of voluntary enslavement, teaching how important it is to vote and elect our leaders; yet, not teaching that our choices of leaders are bought and paid for through legal bribery we call the lobby. We are taught that we are free as were are also taught the rules which regulate our freedoms, they are not learning centers, they are indoctrination camps for our children; state sponsored lessons of ideals. We are taught that war is good, that it is noble to die for the regulated freedoms; although we aren’t taught that the motivation for war is always profit of greedy industry and corporations,
Every single U.S. soldier sent to war arrives with short hair, a symbol of their submission to a short hair male society; a symbol of their submission to a mindset of ideals implanted in them as a child, and not a single one is actually defending the ideals which they believe they are fighting for, typically they are nothing more than aiding a theft of a nations resources and the enslavement of a central banking system. An enslavement to a system of perpetual debt, how do you bring people freedom by occupation; what is freedom at gunpoint, you cannot achieve peace through violent actions. Howard Zinn is quoted as saying, “How can you have a war on terror? War itself is terror.” It’s that blind patriotic programming from childhood which keeps most Americans from questioning the authority of the elected leaders who are supposed to be working for the people, in the best interest of the people; at least that’s the way I see it…
(The post is written for beginners. Send the link to your friends! Regular Less Wrong readers may want to jump to the Stanovich material.) The last 40 years of
I think this is a legitimate observation, it seems there are an awful lot of wrong women out there, it was brought to my attention that the right women aren’t interested in a man’s money; yet, here I am, a sexy, intelligent single man, the only real issue I have is that I have no job or money. I have a great personality, I am funny, I am passionate, I love without condition, I am loyal, I am trustworthy, I’m honest, I’m spiritual, I’m good with kids, I cook, I clean, I do laundry, I sew, I have business ideas like an entrepreneur, I can fix a car, I can build a house, I own my own home, I will inherit half of this two and half acres with my sister (if I don’t purchase it first), I’m a rather happy person, I’m not intentionally mean or disrespectful except when being treated with disrespect, I can admit when i am wrong and I apologize when needed, did I mention I am intelligent?
What I lack is a valid Drivers License, transportation, money to pay my debts, a job or successful businesses to run, a High School diploma although I did get my GED, a college degree, job security, financial security, insurance, good health, I smoke, I don’t own any pets, I yell when I get angry or upset, I cuss especially when speaking passionately, I can be a smart-ass at times, yes I can be an asshole, and did I mention I don’t have any money. So my question is where are all of those women that don’t care about money? Where are all of the women interested in a man with potential but no money? If the right woman doesn’t care about money, then where are these right women? There seems to be plenty of wrong women, are all of the right women taken now? Or could it be that money really is an issue when choosing a mate?
Yes, the conscious decision of choosing a mate based on a subconscious desire for financial security seems to be deeply embedded within the female psyche; not necessarily a gold-digger, but if a woman acquires her own wealth, an independent woman, then she doesn’t need a man, and in some cases she doesn’t want a man either; in some cases the man becomes a play thing. Yet, if a woman doesn’t make enough money, then she seeks out a mate who is financially secure; she certainly doesn’t go looking for an unemployed man, much less one with health issues. I can testify that women are not coming out of the woodwork to date a man with no money, I haven’t been on a date in over a year; no women have asked me out, I haven’t even had a pity date, not even a serious interest. There hasn’t been any interest in this sexy man with no money, so where are all of these right women who don’t care about my bank account; by the way ladies, I don’t have a bank account either.
It seems that there is a double standard, that maybe women expect men to care for them financially; but how dare a man expect a woman to take care of him financially, how dare a man be a househusband. Especially without conditions attached to such an arrangement, it seems that our society just expects the man to earn money; not that I am looking for a woman to make me whole or save me or anything like that. It would just be nice to know that I am loved for who I am and not for what I earn annually; to not be expected to take care of my woman, I should be able to provide for her because it’s what I want to do, not because it is expected of me. I keep hearing about how the right woman isn’t interested in my money or what I can give her, yet here I am single, eligible, a bachelor, with no money and no woman; not even an interested woman.
And if a woman were interested in me with no money, then I have to question her sanity; a woman interested in a man with no money must be insane, right? What other interest could a woman have in a man with no money; in some cases, it’s just sex she wants, sometimes it’s just to satisfy a desire for superiority, but it seems that she may just be crazy. At least those are a few of my experiences, it seems that even the right women care about whether a man has money or not; it seems the amount of love may be equal to the amount of money in the bank these days. Sometimes I wonder if love isn’t gone forever, replaced by the dollar; that seems to be the way to pick a mate; it’s also one of the main reasons for divorce, because one or both want the majority of the money and what the money bought. So maybe I am just better off living the rest of my life alone, better than being stuck with a crazy woman or being divorced because I don’t provide enough money; at least that’s the way I see it…