Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Red Flags Everywhere Because Humans are Not Rational

 

I am a student of history and philosophy. Grounded in these traditions I have concluded that although individual people and small groups are capable of reason, too often other impulses drive human behavior.

I believe that the capacity to be reasonable in the best Enlightenment understanding of that concept, depends upon enabling social/economic circumstances that temper other impulses that derive from desperation, fear, anxiety, anger, greed, thanatos, etc.

Unfortunately we are now in a time when enabling social/economic circumstances are fracturing and the institutional supports for reasonableness foundering. 

The red flags are everywhere. They are particularly scary when the flags are produced by large institutional actors.

STATE VIOLENCE?

China reportedly "evacuated" 20,000 people from 12 villages and is concentrating them into quarantine facilities described by internees as unclean and unacceptable:

Emptied villages. Locked campuses. How China battles a COVID-19 resurgence https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-01-13/emptied-villages-locked-campuses-how-china-battles-a-covid-19-resurgence

Why is China CONCENTRATING people? My guess is that a nasty strain may have evolved that China wants to eradicate entirely. What is going to happen to those 20,000 concentrated people?

Bad things happen when people are concentrated. It is clear that the Covid-19 virus thrives in concentrated conditions such as prisons and mink farms and slaughter houses. China is scared. It is not rational to concentrate people to control a highly contagious disease.

E484K is a mutation first identified in South Africa that is believed to pose special risks because it increases potential for "antibody escape." There are other genetic changes that are noteworthy.

Viruses typically make evolutionary trade-offs in favor of transmission over lethality but what if SARS-CoV-2 isn't bound by that evolutionary trade-off?

The viral hazard is increasing but human behavior is deteriorating and not just in China.

MOB VIOLENCE

It was painful to watch the rioters deface the US Capitol building in their collective delusion that their destructive mini-assault mattered. Their rag-tag symbolic assault won't change the extant power relations, but will encourage and legitimize yet more state surveillance and, ultimately, repression.

Rioting Americans are not rational but it seems that plagues and plague measures have historically produced this type of collective insanity.

Moreover, many of today's demonstrators across the political spectrum have been essentially dispossessed

The social and economic conditions for reasonableness have been destroyed and escalating crises have operated like structural adjustments transferring wealth and power from the many to the few as I have documented across my academic scholarship.

HOPE?

The world is awash with red flags. How increasingly irrational institutions and individuals are going to manage these fractures I do not know. I can only hope.



5 comments:

  1. They are planning to storm Washington DC with guns on Jan 20 with Trump's FEMA and the oath keeper cops helping them across the country They used FEMA, ice AND DHS in Portland. A main boogaloo boy has confirmed that. On several booger boi websites. Juan Cole talks about that in his article on oped news. The boogaloo boys accelerationists descending on Washington before January 20. We have already seen police complicit with the coup in Washington allow them to come in. Juan cole talks about it RECENT STATEMENT BY DONALD DONALD TRUMP TO USE FEMA FOR ANOTHER COUP WhiteHouse.gov STATEMENTS & RELEASES President Donald J. Trump Approves District of Columbia Emergency Declaration Issued on: January 11, 2021 Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the District of Columbia and ordered Federal assistance to supplement the District's response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the 59th Presidential Inauguration from January 11 to January 24, 2021. The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding. TED RALLS PREDICTIONS, THAT HAVE BEEN ONGOING FOR 3 MONTHS HAVE ALL COME TRUE The Coup I Predicted Has Begun January 6, 2021 "My regular readers know that I've been concerned about an attempt by outgoing president Donald Trump to stay in office via a violent coup. The coup attempt is underway and cannot be considered behind us until Biden is sworn in. Democrats have cornered Trump. He is fighting for his life."

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  2. https://mobile.twitter.com/harikunzru/status/1349849542112538624

    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/13/cori-bush-booed-house-gop-denouncing-white-supremacy

    Trump and his ilk were not populists.u lying progaganda sak.of.shit. they turned everything to crap they touched genocided, he lusts to.use a nuke.like.the.evil shit from.nukepuke.does.. he ruined the economy the people the environment. How can an.evil thing like u.live w itself
    You really are a lying evil hippocritical sak of shit racist majia nadesan and wn accessory to murder a pox on you

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  3. MICIMATT (Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think Tank) complex.


    Biden is a lapdog for wallstreet the mic and, the warmongers. As of now, he is stalling help for mericans over a measly 400dollars. He will continue nato and austerity. He will continue, trillions for war and nuclear bombs. He will find small nuclear reactors for battlefields and America. Biden will do this, until there are a few more reactor meltdowns in America like santa Susana and three mile island.. Biden will continue the neoliberal ecoconmic policies, where everyone is starving to death worse than they are now.

    There will a major uprising where dispossessed people join forces. Biden is a moderate deatheater of the Trump ilk. 

    The trumpsters are all nuts
    As the pandemic cripples America, Donald Trump orders funding for military Small Nuclear Reactors in space
    In America and on the battlefield. Complete insanity.
    www.defensenews.com

    Trump and pompeo want to nuke Iran with a tactical weapon. It would gurentee a full nuclear war w Russia.
    Trump has deregulated all reactor and nuclear waste supervision, in America. We are on a time like for nother nuclear reactor meltdown in America, soon.

    Trump and his buddies are all nihilistic dogs, inbreds, nihilistic psychopaths , brain damaged deatheaters but Biden is an enabler to the mic

    MICIMATT (Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think Tank) complex.


    THEY ARE ALL PSYCHOTIC AND  OR PSYCHOPATHICALLY *DELUDED IN SOME WAY
    Trump is a complete lunatic liar, fraud and psychotic criminal. Centrist democrats follow the neoliberal,-fascist, war vriminal, father Patriot act author and, king of carceration jojo biden.


    Trump's core enablers and followers are mostly rich psychos. Same for Biden. Twiddldee and twiddledum. Biden might not start a nuclear war so quickly ,tho biden caused a civil war, in Ukraine .


    The fake yeoman Trump followers, are mostly coddled, rich killers. Murderous cosplay pusseys and bloody cowards. They will committ more useless murder and mayhem. Mad dogs.
    All of these turds are at their evolutionary endpoint for viability. Like the easter islanders the hapsburgs  the moorlocks, Germany's Nazis, certain over-inbred hillbilly populations, of Siberia and the Appalachians. The mutated fruit flies from the 1930s radiation experiments.  Most MAGAists that went to DC, are simply coddled vindictive-deatheaters like Stephen paddock .
    Gamblers and vindictive people who want to screw over the world, for no better reason, than their own selfishness

    When things collapse, reactors blow, all things will burn, like the the western USA, that was on fire last summer.
    All the billionaires behind Biden care about is their money

    The billionaires can keep their illusions of power and comfort for the time being.. They got their ass sukers back in power, with Biden.

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  4. The Mercer's and robinson funded tump. They both love nuclear. Biden has a big mess to clean up, if he will.  Both the Mercer's and art Robinson are behind Trump. art Robinson says,  that sprinkling nuclear waste over cities will make people immune to radiation. The Mercer's think a nuclear war is winnable.

    MICIMATT (Military Industrial Congressional Intelligence Media Academia Think Tank) complex.


    Biden is a lapdog for wallstreet the mic and, the warmongers. As of now, he is stalling help for mericans over a measly 400dollars. He will continue nato and austerity. He will continue, trillions for war and nuclear bombs. He will find small nuclear reactors for battlefields and America. Biden will do this, until there are a few more reactor meltdowns  in America like santa Susana and three mile island..  Biden will continue the neoliberal ecoconmic policies, just where everyone is starving to death, worse than they are now.

    There will be a major uprising, where dispossessed people join forces. Biden is a moderate deatheater, of the Trump ilk. 

    The trumpsters are all nuts
    As the pandemic cripples America, Donald Trump orders funding for military Small Nuclear Reactors in space
    In America and on the battlefield. Complete insanity.
    www.defensenews.com

    Trump and pompeo want to nuke Iran with a tactical weapon. It would guarentee a full nuclear war w Russia.
    Trump has deregulated all reactor and nuclear waste supervision, in America. We are on a time line for another nuclear reactor meltdown in America, soon.

    Trump and his buddies are all nihilistic dogs, inbreds, nihilistic psychopaths , brain damaged deatheaters but, Biden is an enabler to the
    MICIMATT


    THEY ARE ALL PSYCHOTIC AND  OR PSYCHOPATHICALLY *DELUDED IN SOME WAY
    Trump is  a complete lunatic liar, fraud and psychotic criminal. Centrist democrats follow the neoliberal-fascist, war criminal, father Patriot act author and, king of incarceration, jojo biden.


    Trump's core enablers and followers are mostly  rich psychos. Same for Biden but bidens, Hollywood centists are more polite. Twiddledee and twiddledum. Biden might not start a nuclear war so quickly, thogh biden caused a civil war, in Ukraine .


    The fake yeoman Trump  followers, are mostly coddled, rich killers.  Murderous cosplay fratboys and bloody cowards.  They will commit more useless murder and  mayhem. Mad dogs.
    All of these things, are at their evolutionary endpoint for viability. Like the easter islanders the hapsburgs  the moorlocks, Germany's Nazis, certain over-inbred hillbilly populations, of Siberia and the Appalachians. The mutated fruit flies, from the 1930s radiation experiments.  Most MAGAists that went to DC, are simply coddled vindictive-deatheaters like Stephen paddock .
    Gamblers and vindictive people who want to screw over the world, for no better reason, than their own selfishness

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  5. When things collapse, reactors blow, all things will burn, like the the western USA, that was on fire last summer.
    All the billionaires behind Biden care about is their money

    The billionaires can keep their illusions of power and comfort for the time being.. They got their boot-lickers back in power, with Biden.

    First a comment on military smrs – then the enthusiastic article about them
    spikedpsycho169, 18 Jan 21, Small reactors on a battlefield where the enemy now has suicide drones, rpg’s and homemade rockets. What could possibly go wrong.? Other than electricity, reactors have little use on a field of combat. Some advocate the production of liquid fuels using in situ resources like ammonia, methanol, etc made using ambient materials like air/water. That requires temperatures above 600-800 degrees celsius, Which no reactor currently operates. 
    ***
    Reactors for powering non-combat or heavily defended bases is one thing. Building one for a FOB or MASH is prohibitively expensive and should the base be overrun or abandoned, how do you take it with you. A running reactor would irradiate it’s environment EVERYwhere it went. the ml-1 reactor needed 1000 feet exclusion zone; and That’s why commercial plants have these..
    FROM NUCLEAR-NEWS.NET

    https://nuclear-news.net/2021/01/19/first-a-comment-on-military-smrs-then-the-enthusiastic-article-about-them/

    White House Accelerates Development Of Mini Nuclear Reactors For Space And The Battlefield

    The order looks to accelerate and integrate the development of highly mobile nuclear reactors for space and the terrestrial battlefield.   BY BRETT TINGLEY JANUARY 16, 2021

    President Trump issued an Executive Order on January 12 that aims to promote small, modular nuclear reactors for defense and space exploration applications. According to a press statement issued by the White House, the order will “further revitalize the United States nuclear energy sector, reinvigorate America’s space exploration program, and produce diverse energy options for national defense needs.”

    The order instructs NASA’s administrator to prepare a report within 180 days that will define NASA’s requirements and foreseeable issues for developing a nuclear energy system for human and robotic exploratory missions through 2040. The order also calls for a “Common Technology Roadmap” between NASA and the Departments of Energy, Defense, Commerce, and State for implementing new reactor technologies. The full text of the Executive Order can be read at WhiteHouse.gov ………

    Section 4 of the Executive Order goes into further detail about the DoD’s energy needs, and outlines the role the Department of Defense will play in this new initiative to develop mobile nuclear reactors …….

    The Executive Order also outlines a Common Technology Roadmap that “describes potential development programs and that coordinates, to the extent practicable, terrestrial-based advanced nuclear reactor and space-based nuclear power and propulsion efforts” between the Departments of Energy, Defense, Commerce, State, and NASA. This roadmap will also require “assessments of foreign nations’ space nuclear power and propulsion technological capabilities.” Naturally, one of the most pressing concerns with any nuclear technology is national security, and thus the order also instructs the DoD to work together with NASA and other agencies to identify security issues associated with any potential space-based nuclear systems.

    With this new Executive Order, the White House seeks to propel the United States to the forefront of all of the work being conducted in compact reactor research. While the wording in the statement focuses more on space exploration, the Department of Defense’s involvement is highly important. Since space

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