Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

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What you would expect from a den of snakes.

Column: This is what happens when you take Ayn Rand seriously

An outspoken advocate of free-market economics and fan of the novelist Ayn Rand, he created the model because he expected the invisible hand of the market to drive better results. If the company’s leaders were told to act selfishly, he argued, they would run their divisions in a rational manner, boosting overall performance.

Instead, the divisions turned against each other — and Sears and Kmart, the overarching brands, suffered. Interviews with more than 40 former executives, many of whom sat at the highest levels of the company, paint a picture of a business that’s ravaged by infighting as its divisions battle over fewer resources.

It got crazy. Executives started undermining other units because they knew their bonuses were tied to individual unit performance. They began to focus solely on the economic performance of their unit at the expense of the overall Sears brand. One unit, Kenmore, started selling the products of other companies and placed them more prominently than Sears’ own products. Units competed for ad space in Sears’ circulars…Units were no longer incentivized to make sacrifices, like offering discounts, to get shoppers into the store.

 

The same outcome is headed to America at large.

 

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One might argue that arguments are competitions. Hey. I just did.

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Galt’s Gulch Chile self-immolates as a Ponzi scheme. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch.
Libertarian ‘Utopia’ Styled After Ayn Rand Book Spectacularly Falls Apart Almost Immediately

Every promotional YouTube video made to entice suckers freedom-lovers has been taken down. The GGC website comes back with an error message. Ken Johnson is in the wind.

It’s almost as if basing a community around people who hate other people and don’t want to have to pay for any services that don’t directly and concretely benefit themselves is inherently unstable. Who would have thought?

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A smarmy atheist video on logic and philosophy…

 

There’s a lot of jargon and specialized language employed, and so it is somewhat instructive.

Atheists have blind spots as well and an irrational militancy lately that likens them to the preachers they target.  In this case it’s evident that the guy favors a false dichotomy, either the Christian myth or his beloved atheism.  This is a false choice, clearly, as one can be agnostic: and admit they don’t know what the status of God is.

This, to me, is the only truly honest position.  There is much in the universe we do not know, and this sophomoric blustering approach employed by the beret-wearing atheistas is more about ego than truth in my opinion.  It’s fun to smack down religious lunatics, I suppose, but don’t become the evil you purport to vanquish.

  • Agnosticism is the view that the truth values of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, as well as other religious and metaphysical claims—are unknown or unknowable.
    -Wikipedia

“He who believes he knows what he does not know is sick in mind.”
-Zen Buddhist Proverb

 

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NY Review of Books:

The Persisting Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema

Martin Scorcese

“Young people need to understand that not all images are there to be consumed like fast food and then forgotten–we need to educate them to understand the difference between moving images that engage their humanity and their intelligence, and moving images that are just selling them something.”

“You see the world through your own time–which means that some values disappear, and some values come into closer focus. Same film, same images, but in the case of a great film the power–a timeless power that really can’t be articulated–is there even when the context has completely changed.”

NYTIMES, Peter Ludlow  piece, which was recommended by Dr. Peter Dale Scott (Facebook):

Bank of America approached the Department of Justice over concerns about information that WikiLeaks had about it. The Department of Justice in turn referred Bank of America to the lobbying firm Hunton and Willliams, which in turn connected the bank with a group of information security firms collectively known as Team Themis.

Team Themis (a group that included HBGary and the private intelligence and security firms Palantir Technologies, Berico Technologies and Endgame Systems) was effectively brought in to find a way to undermine the credibility of WikiLeaks and the journalist Glenn Greenwald (who recently broke the story of Edward Snowden’s leak of the N.S.A.’s Prism program), because of Greenwald’s support for WikiLeaks. Specifically, the plan called for actions to “sabotage or discredit the opposing organization” including a plan to submit fake documents and then call out the error. As for Greenwald, it was argued that he would cave “if pushed” because he would “choose professional preservation over cause.” That evidently wasn’t the case.

Team Themis also developed a proposal for the Chamber of Commerce to undermine the credibility of one of its critics, a group called Chamber Watch. The proposal called for first creating a “false document, perhaps highlighting periodical financial information,” giving it to a progressive group opposing the Chamber, and then subsequently exposing the document as a fake to “prove that U.S. Chamber Watch cannot be trusted with information and/or tell the truth.”

(A photocopy of the proposal can be found here.)

In addition, the group proposed creating a “fake insider persona” to infiltrate Chamber Watch. They would “create two fake insider personas, using one as leverage to discredit the other while confirming the legitimacy of the second.”
Psyops need not be conducted by nation states; they can be undertaken by anyone with the capabilities and the incentive to conduct them.

The hack also revealed evidence that Team Themis was developing a “persona management” system — a program, developed at the specific request of the United States Air Force, that allowed one user to control multiple online identities (“sock puppets”) for commenting in social media spaces, thus giving the appearance of grass roots support.

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The Yes Men also get a mention in private intelligence contractor STRATFOR’s hacked emails.


The Yes Men impersonate DOW CHEMICAL spokesmen
and apologize for Bhopal mass killing on the BBC

Stratfor also had a broad-ranging public relations campaign. The e-mails revealed numerous media companies on its payroll. While one motivation for the partnerships was presumably to have sources of intelligence, Stratfor worked hard to have soap boxes from which to project its interests.

I will definitely be seeing this.  More here.

http://youtu.be/b-rnFLnu2jg

 

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