Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are stupider.Submitted by: Ancient Greek Philosopher
plebs Submitted by: plebs
Did MS spell checker recently alter the word plebs to plebES? #NoteToSelf
PLEBS used to be ubiquitous but now PLEBES is creeping into the vernacular of swathES:nerd_face: of non-academic US middle class. This demographic is also starting to actually say "pleeb" instead of "plebb". WTF? Merriam-Webster Screenshot as posted on Twitter.
Henceforth it will be the task of this Sacred Congregation not only to examine carefully the books denounced to it, to prohibit them if necessary, and to grant permission for reading forbidden books, but also to supervise, ex officio, books that are being published, and to pass sentence on such as deserve to be prohibited.Submitted by: Italian Pope (1835-1914)
polyanna Submitted by: metaphor
Typically, an excessively or blindly optimistic person, per the Pollyanna principle which is the basis of polyanna syndrome in modern psychotherapy. Originally "Polyanna" comes from the 1913 novel Pollyanna by American author Eleanor H. Porter, making "Pollyanna" a byword for someone who – like the title character – has an unfailingly optimistic outlook through practical "look for the glad in the difficulty and sorrow". Nowadays the word has devolved into simply excessive almost unrealistic (blind) optimism.
Protocol Submitted by: 101blockchains.com
Protocol refers to a set of rules defined for the exchange and transmission of data. In blockchain, protocol refers to the rules that define how the actions should be performed across a network. READ MORE
Paul Ryan Submitted by: Paul Ryan | Evercore
The former House speaker Paul Ryan is reportedly preparing to launch a special purpose acquisition company, The Wall Street Journal reports. The investment fund is aiming to raise $300 million in an I.P.O., with Mr. Ryan, who left Congress last year, as chairman. He’s not the only famous face joining the SPAC boom. Figures from financiers like Bill Ackman, Dan Loeb and Michael Klein to the famed baseball executive Billy Beane have launched versions of these “blank check” investment vehicles. They have been buoyed by strong equity markets and private companies’ desire to sidestep the traditionally laborious I.P.O. process by merging with these funds, assuming their stock listings.
This SPAC is notable for its Republican ties. In addition to Mr. Ryan’s involvement, the fund’s sponsor is Solamere Capital, an investment firm run by a son of Senator Mitt Romney, who picked Mr. Ryan as his running mate in his 2012 presidential bid. But its financial adviser has strong Democratic leanings. Mr. Ryan’s SPAC is being underwritten by Evercore, whose founder and senior chairman is Roger Altman, who served in the Carter and Clinton administrations and is a major fund-raiser for Joe Biden.
Evercore has been strengthening its SPAC expertise, hiring Neil Shah, a specialist in these funds, from Citi last year. The bank has also emphasized its capital-markets business of late: Executives told analysts last month that the firm was coming off its “strongest period ever in equity underwriting.”
At very least, a leader should be able to tell right from wrong... and sadly, too often in this world, 'nice guys finish last.'Submitted by: Ancient Greek Philosopher
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honour, and lovers of gain.Submitted by: Ancient Greek Philosopher
Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed by the masses.Submitted by: Ancient Greek Philosopher
P J O'Rourke
The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.
Palantir: Is Palantir Powering the NSA's PRISM? (7-Jun-2013)
NSA Scandal: Is Palantir Powering the NSA's PRISM? (7-Jun-2013) @ ibtimes.com International Business Times website. Whoever the fuck they are. IBT Media based in NYC, owns Newsweek through a sister company (same shareholders). Dodgy money-laundering and other typical loose money play.
Pascal RobertSubmitted by: militant socialist blogger Patrician Privilege - Suckers And Scammers
Patrician privilege talking on unpredictable countries: if you have a hundred good meetings with a guy and build trust etc, then JUST ONCE violently fuck him in the arse then wonder why he doesn't trust you though you make sure to be polite respectful and generous next 100 encounters, you're an idiot!https://youtu.be/vwcr6O0LvWIDescribing the adhoc beliefs of the daft people going off to join isis, if you're dismissing Chomsky alongside conspiracy theories you're wilfully dodging the common BROKEN FAITH social contract that needs to come before running off to chase Allah in Iraq and Syria. The better question is whether the neoliberal project of creating a credential smart class monopoly, without fucking the world up, causing the plebs to revolt or the rich bigots to sabotage, has inevitable rebels running to religion because they're not on the inside and know it; perceive the bullshit fed to the masses and can't not be in the masses too.Are these guys like Stewart legit or talking shit when they say they're bewildered how few can impact many? I mean that's how every fucking country's rulers rule. See Hume re few governed by manyEmphasizing the noble not the atrocities. Like media whitewashing drone murder while lauding the constitutions sanctity? Cunt double standardsMiddle East: Kurdistan in Iraq drawing borders around oil field.Why cite ISIS recruiting as a problem alongside complaining about islamification at home, surely less Allah devotees is a win win ??Submitted by: 12th Grade
Patrick J BuchananSubmitted by: Patrick J Buchanan Paul Craig Roberts
Most newspapers are part of huge conglomerates, and the policy that comes down is that you don't rock any boats. You can't make the government upset because the value of the company is the broadcast licenses, and the government will not renew them, and we can't make our corporate owners mad because they will fire us, and we can't make the advertisers mad or they will pull their advertising. So the media can't say anything that will upset the power structure. And that's what has happened to the press.
Life is like a poker game and any time you look around the table and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you.Submitted by: American Actor
In fact, because of this deep desire for peace, the ruling class leaders of this land, from 1945 on, stepped up the hysteria and propaganda to drive into American minds the false notion that danger threatened them from the East.
Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people. To know how to be free is not given equally to all men and all nations.Submitted by: French Writer
It would take a while before the postmodern Narcissus perceived the ruins of society behind the emptiness of his mirror.Submitted by: Belgian Psychologist (1955-)
This is the secret of propaganda: To totally saturate the person, whom the propaganda wants to lay hold of, with the ideas of the propaganda, without him even noticing that he is being saturated.Submitted by: Austrian-American Psychologist (1921-2007)
Peddling of Financial SecrecySubmitted by: sheerpost.com Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Submitted by: 101blockchains.com
Peer to Peer or P2P refers to a model of interaction between actors involved in a transaction without any external intermediary. READ MORE
Performance Politics: Democratic Party Perspective: Environmentalism v Plane Travel
Plane travel cross-pollinates individuals at an unprecedented scale. This cross-pollination turns foreign to familiar, which is the most effective rebuttal to fascists weaponizing xenophobia through fear into "us against them" Untermensch thinking. Attacking plane travel for the small impact on the planet's pollution is both a bad loss leader and a recipe for populations hostile to more and more nationalities perceived as 'other'. The temptation to fixate on planets and airports is a natural one, for an environmentalist, but it's short-sighted and ultimately counterproductive. Human society isn't better when it's atomized.Submitted by: Perspective
Peter Kropotkin Submitted by: 1842-1921
Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin (9-Dec-1842 to 8-Feb-1921) was a Russian anarchist, socialist, revolutionary, economist, sociologist, historian, zoologist, political scientist, human geographer and philosopher who advocated anarcho-communism. He was also an activist, essayist, researcher and writer.
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Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.Submitted by: English Actor
Plutocracy: United Kingdom Order of Peerage Preference Submitted by: Plutocracy
British Titles and Orders of Precedence @ LINK
Plutocracy: BlackRock Invests Fossil Fuels While Pretending Climate CredentialsSubmitted by: Plutocracy Plutocracy: BlackRock, Vanguard, State StreetSubmitted by: Plutocracy Politics: Labour Party UKSubmitted by: Politics Politics: Conservative Party UKSubmitted by: Politics Politics: Breaking Points - Reigning In Big Tech
DC teaming up against Big Tech isn't good for the average American. They won't break up the mega corporations. They won't extract fair taxes. There'll be no antitrust. What DC wants is control. Of information. Of messaging. Propaganda. Orthodoxy. Censorship. People data. People tracking. As Mcluhan said decades ago: the medium is the message. In 2021 this means Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, Twitter etc. They get profit; from you. DC gets power; over you.Submitted by: Politics
Politics: Nina Turner and Jim Clyburn - Evangelical Voter Energy Submitted by: Politics
The only way to beat big money big name establishment inertia is ground level, door to door, face to face, personal connection with voters. It takes a lot of people to make this work. CHANGE CAN'T MESSAGE EN MASSE - 17% turnout should be a headline.(It'd be interesting to look deeper into Clyburn/Turner preacher-inspired rhetoric - as Nina used in the megachurch on the Sunday before primary. I've no doubt it's effective in its way... But 17% turnout sure suggests it's not hitting everyone. In 2021, could it have become alienating i.e. a vote losing campaign strategy?)See @ VIDEO
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Politics: Duopoly Weakpoints
Folks, it's all down to the public consent - the votes. I know that sounds stating the obvious but it really is that simple.If every subscriber of just one of a dozen independent current affairs shows took informed voter choices as a real-life must-act imperative, and acted on a personal level to turn individual voter apathy into an individual simply voting in his/her best interests, it'd change the dynamics of power in America.The entire political map would change over the course of a single Presidential term.Submitted by: Politics
Politics: How can democracy be subverted back to to serving the people?
But, when democracy is subverted by universal suffrage itself, isn't the problem for opposition the establishing of credible long-term roots, i.e. visible markers to attract and channel energy of activists, supporters and capable individuals, to build an enduring multi-term base?Submitted by: Politics
Politics: Duopoly Polarized Bases
Duopoly base locked in stability, fierce fight over a few percentage swing bc keeping out third party maximum important. This is good policy BUT hasa weakness if there's a coherent bloc in that few percent - defining result, leveraging power.Submitted by: Politics
Prince Philip (1)
When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife.Submitted by: British Aristocrat (1921-2021)
Prince Philip (2)
People think there's a rigid class system here, but dukes have been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans.Submitted by: British Aristocrat (1921-2021)
Prince Philip (3)
It's a pleasure to be in a country that isn't ruled by its people.Submitted by: British Aristocrat (1921-2021)
Prince Philip (4)
I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist. I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus.Submitted by: British Aristocrat (1921-2021)
Prince Philip (5)
The conservation of nature, the proper care for the human environment and a general concern for the long-term future of the whole of our planet are absolutely vital if future generations are to have a chance to enjoy their existence on this earth.Submitted by: British Aristocrat (1921-2021)
Prince Philip (6)
I've never been noticeably reticent about talking on subjects about which I know nothing.Submitted by: British Aristocrat (1921-2021)
Prince Philip (7)
Human population growth is probably the single most serious long-term threat to survival. We're in for a major disaster if it isn't curbed...We have no option. If it isn't controlled voluntarily, it will be controlled involuntarily by an increase in disease, starvation and war.Submitted by: British Aristocrat (1921-2021)
Prince Philip (8)
There are always twenty excellent reasons for doing nothing for every one reason for starting anything-especially if it has never been done before.Submitted by: British Aristocrat (1921-2021)
Prince Philip (9)
During the Blitz, a lot of shops had their windows blown in and put up notices saying, 'More open than usual'. I now declare this place more open than usual.Submitted by: British Aristocrat (1921-2021)
Principles of Virtue
Virtue ethics teaches:An action is only right if it is an action that a virtuous person would carry out in the same circumstances.A virtuous person is a person who acts virtuously.A person acts virtuously if they "possess and live the virtues"A virtue is a moral characteristic that a person needs to live well.Submitted by: Ethics
Prison Industrial Complex
Biden. Trump. Rogan debate? Bias? Impartial?We're lucky. We freely opine in public spaces.Americans: 5% of world's population, 25% of global prisoners.Black Americans: 7% behind bars, 8% can't vote.There's more black Americans incarcerated today than slaves emancipated in 1862.Submitted by: Prison Industrial Complex
Private Blockchain Submitted by: 101blockchains.com
A private blockchain is a closed network where authorized participants are controlled by a single entity. It limits the individuals who can participate in the consensus of the blockchain network. There is a verification process for the new participants to authorize them for participation. READ MORE
A token or currency that is issued by a private firm or individual. Private currency has limitations to use within a network of that firm or individual who issued it.
Private key is one of the significant components in the public/private key pair and is suitable for asymmetric encryption and decryption.
Private Key Infrastructure
PKI or Private Key Infrastructure refers to a collection of rules and policies for managing identification through public-key encryption associated with a network.
Privilege Walk Submitted by: identity politics
The Privilege Walk or Power Shuffle is a diversity-training workshop activity. Participants stand together on a line, then each steps forward or backwards in response to a series of statements such as: “If you’re a white male, take one step forward. If you were ever made uncomfortable by a joke about your ethnicity, gender, appearance, or sexual orientation, take one step back.” At the end participants find themselves arrayed along a continuum of “privilege.” Thus sorted, discussion ensues.
Christian Parenti on the Privilege Walk: "The Privilege Walk relies on a methodological individualism that assumes macro-level social phenomena have micro-level causes and solutions. This fixation on individual choice and personal attitudes reproduces the epistemological fallacies of neoclassical economics and most of right-leaning social science."
"We dig deep into important issues, shining a light on abuses of power and betrayals of public trust — and we stick with those issues as long as it takes to hold power to account."Corporate-centrist bullshit spigot archetype: good articles on political hypocrisy, grift, systemic exploitation unless the content risks too much criticism of Democratic Party establishment or amplifies grassroots movements pushing for real change e.g. strikes, protests.Bullshit Spigot Rating: D+Submitted by: propublica.org
Professional Expert: neo-aristocracy led by elite citizens
Herbert Croly, the author of the seminal work The Promise of American Life and later a founder of the New Republic, openly advocated for a sort of neo-aristocratic order led by “exceptional” citizens, and left-wing critics ranging from Thorstein Veblen to R. H. Tawney imagined capitalism tamed by professional expertise.Submitted by: Progressive Class
Professional: Consensus As Faith
One final consequence of the ideology of professionalism is the liberal class’s obsessive pining for consensus.This obsession, so peculiar and yet so typical of our times, arises from professionals’ well-known disgust with partisanship and their faith in what they take to be apolitical solutions.34 If only they could bring Washington’s best people together, they believe, they could enact their common-knowledge program. THE ANSWER WOULD BE KNOWN, SHARED AND UNIMPEACHABLE.Submitted by: Progressive Class
Professional Finance: Experts Unquestioned
For old-school regulators, I am told, undue financial complexity was an indicator of likely fraud. But for the liberal class, it is the opposite: an indicator of sophistication. Complexity is admirable in its own right. The difference in interpretation carries enormous consequences: Did Wall Street commit epic fraud, or are they highly advanced professionals who fell victim to epic misfortune?Submitted by: Progressive Class
Profession: Obedient Thinkers Trained To Orthodoxy
In Disciplined Minds, an important description of the work-life of professionals, the physicist Jeff Schmidt tells us that “ideological discipline is the master key to the professions.” Despite the favorite Sixties slogan, professionals do not question authority; their job is to apply it. This is the very nature of their work and the object of their training, according to Schmidt; by his definition, professionals are “obedient thinkers” who “implement their employers’ attitudes” and carefully internalize the reigning doctrine of their discipline, whatever it happens to be.Submitted by: Progressive Class
Professional: Education as Panacea Submitted by: Progressive Class
To the liberal class, every big economic problem is really an education problem, a failure by the losers to learn the right skills and get the credentials everyone knows you’ll need in the society of the future. Take inequality. The real problem, many liberals believe, is that not enough poor people get a chance to go to college and join the professional-managerial elite.
"If there is an income divide in America it is over education," wrote Democratic media strategist Bill Knapp in the Washington Post in 2012, "and this makes sense: People who are better educated should make more money."
"What I fundamentally believe—and what the president believes," Arne Duncan, Obama’s secretary of education, told a reporter in 2012, "is that the only way to end poverty is through education."
"The best way by far to improve economic opportunity and to reduce inequality is to increase the educational attainment and skills of American workers," declared Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to the graduating class at Harvard in 2008, a group much perturbed by inequality.
Thomas Friedman, Obama’s other favourite newspaper columnist, comes back to the subject again and again. "The biggest issue in the world today is growth, and, in this information age, improving educational outcomes for more young people is now the most important lever for increasing economic growth and narrowing income inequality," he wrote in 2012. "In other words, education is now the key to sustainable power."
Professionals: Chris Hedges Death of the Liberal Class
Chris Hedges Death of the Liberal Class: "The areas in which the left has made the most significant progress —gay rights, inclusion of women in higher education, the end of de jure racial discrimination—are the battles it has fought or is fighting in favor of making the meritocracy more meritocratic. The areas in which it has suffered its worst defeats—collective action to provide universal public goods, mitigating rising income inequality—are those that fall outside the meritocracy’s purview."Submitted by: Progressive Class
Professional Migration Republican to Democrat, Liberal to New Labour
According to the sociologists Jeff Manza and Clem Brooks, professionals went from being the most Republican social formation in the country in the 1950s to being the most Democratic by the mid-Nineties.Submitted by: Progressive Class
Professional to Predator - 1971 to today
Today we live in a world of predatory bankers, predatory educators, even predatory health care providers, all of them out for themselves. The corruption of the professions is a grand story in its own right.Submitted by: Progressive Class
Professional Merit Perceives Inequality As Natural
Inequality does not contradict, defy, or even inconvenience the logic of professionalism. On the contrary, inequality is essential to it.Professionals, after all, are life’s officer corps. They give the orders; they write the prescriptions. Status is essential to professionalism; according to sociologist Larson, achieving a more exalted level in life’s hierarchy is "the most central dimension of the professionalization project."What she means is that inequality is what it’s all about.Submitted by: Progressive Class
Progressive Internecine: TruthdigSubmitted by: Truthdig Proof-of-Liquidity
Proof of Liquidity is a cryptographic assertion method by third-party auditor for verifying that an actor holds a specific number of resources.
PoS refers to a consensus mechanism that ensures that the ability to produce a block must be proportional to the amount of native cryptocurrency held by the actor.
Proof-of-Work Submitted by: 101blockchains.com
PoW refers to a consensus mechanism that encourages actors to solve computationally difficult problems for developing the ability to produce the next block in a blockchain. READ MORE
Propaganda Language: Military Budget = 'Defense Budget'? Psychedelics Pharmacology: Microdosing GuideSubmitted by: Pharmacology Psychology: Relational Frame TheorySubmitted by: Psychology Psychology: Myers-Briggs Test II Submitted by: Psychology
Open Extended Jungian Type Scales 1.2, an alternative to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator @ LINK
Public Blockchain Submitted by: 101blockchains.com
A public blockchain is a globally open network, such that, anyone can participate in the transactions, in the execution of consensus protocol, and in the maintenance of shared ledger. READ MORE
Public Discourse About Racism
public discourse about racism is still as childish and supine as it ever was. Where we do discuss race in public, we have been trained to see racism – if we see it at all – as an issue of interpersonal morality. Good people are not racist, only bad people are. This neat binary is a great way of avoiding any real discussion at all. But without the structural violence of unequal treatment before the law and in education, and a history of racial exploitation by states, simple acts of personal prejudice would have significantly less meaning. In short, we are trained to recognise the kinds of racism that tend to be engaged in by poorer people.Submitted by: UK
A specific type of cryptographic equation or collection of parameters corresponding to a related private key is known as public key. Public key is helpful for decrypting a message encrypted symmetrically by leveraging the related private key.
Public Policy and Effectiveness and Durability of Natural and Vaccine Immunity against SARS-CoV-2 Effectiveness and durability of protection against future SARS-CoV-2 infection conferred by COVID-19 vaccination and previous infection; findings from the UK SIREN prospective cohort study of healthcare workers March 2020 to September 2021 (1-Dec-2021)Submitted by: Coronavirus Public Health Policy
Exemplar study, both useful data, reasonable conclusions and also propaganda by what's left unstudied and unsaid. Like a hundred other similar studies, it concludes efficacy of vaccine boost plus natural immunity results in better longer lasting immunity than double vaccination alone and natural immunity alone... But this conclusion is burying the question of interrogating the real value of the vaccine immune response in direct comparison to naturally acquired immunity. It is important to highlight this comparison because government enforced mandates are ignoring natural immunity in favour of vaccine passports, forcing those with prior infection to be vaccinated or else submit to expensive testing (if this option is even available). The policy makes no sense as a public health (pandemic minimisation) measure but, if the goal is selling more vaccine, public health is subordinated to profit. Examining these studies in more detail reveals the vaccination is short-lived (3-6 months) and less effective than natural immunity, though an argument could be made for vaccination plus natural immunity as the highest level of protection from current variants of SARS-CoV-2. In light of this, government policies like "Vaccine Or Test" risk prolonging the pandemic - because vaccine efficacy wanes, testing by PCR reveals past/current Covid-19 infection after 2-3 days but not the more important infectiousness (viral shedding) phase like the antigen test picks up in 15 minutes. The only explanations for these policies persisting after over a year into vaccine proliferation are incompetence or profiteering. Neither breed confidence in the vaccine hesitant. Misdirected mandates and lockdown of unvaccinated are therefore criminal abuse of government power.
PubPeer - Online Journal Club Publications Conversations Submitted by: Biochemistry
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