No, this isn’t empowerment -Yet

 


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The theory and practice of female empowerment doesn’t seem to have travelled far, at least, not yet. It’s still a word, not a fact. Having basic rights isn’t empowerment. Getting the odd, grudging bit of recognition of an issue isn’t empowerment. Not getting raped, abused, or harassed isn’t empowerment. Sprinkling a few women, out of billions of women, in better jobs isn’t empowerment.

 

 

Tokenism isn’t success. It’s certainly not empowerment, or empowering. It’s a dog biscuit. Arguing about equal pay, for example, which the law says you should have anyway, hasn’t yet resulted in that happening. Empowerment is about results, not talk.

Defining “empowerment”

Neo feminism may be better at raising issues than old feminism, but it’s downright lousy at delivering lethal punches. The scum are still around.  #metoo did get somewhere, but nowhere near far enough.

If you define empowerment as:

  • The power to achieve goals
  • Actual power to manage life problems
  • Actual power to take positive action
  • Standalone power to defend your rights
  • Actual power to deliver security and freedom from fear

…. How far has the empowerment come? Not very. The problems remain, in all their inglorious squalor. So-called men and their bizarre behaviours are still the lifetime obstacle course for women.

Ladies, as I’ve been saying for years, the glass ceiling is made of the same material as their jaws. They can’t take a punch. You’re dealing with a pack of inferior, talentless office boys that most other men see for what they are – Cowards, fools, nasty little bullying insects who need to be trodden on, not “debated with” as if they were anything but cockroaches.

Maybe you don’t see them the same way, due to the vast range of issues, but they’re not fighters. There’s a very old male joke about bullies getting married – “Finally found someone you could beat?” which pretty much covers the image of these misogynists with other men. We despise them, for so many good reasons.

The immortal Celts in EnglandMany of us guys are baffled that these uninvited insults to our gender brand are anti-female at all, let alone making an industry of being anti-female. We’re not anti-female. Why the hell would any real guy have some psychosis about oppressing women? Why would you beat up the one person who can stand the sight of you enough to marry you and have your kids? How much more of a friend could anyone be? It’s irrational, not to say downright insane.

We have nothing against women. We’ve never had any reason to be hostile to women. We all had mothers, sisters, girlfriends who are/were real friends, daughters, and associates as friends, lovers and long term partners. Even these misogynist filth know better than to risk certain death when it comes to a fight with other guys on these subjects.

Ways to empowerment

Allow me/us to offer a few suggestions:

  • Hit these bastards with anything and everything – Class actions in the workplace, whatever hits their bottom lines professionally and personally. Their money and status are sacred to them. (This is mainly because like good little clichés they simply do not know any other values. Their BS is literally who they are.) Threaten that, and it’s as good as a hard kick in the balls.
  • They’re weak and stupid – They fear personal risk of any kind. They couldn’t think their way out of a paper bag, let alone fight their way out. Any conflict will show a lot of weak points you can exploit. The weakest point will be the breaking point. You may not get the satisfaction of turning them in to hamburger with your fists, but you’ll see a shrivelled up little bastard or so falling to bits.
  • Their “business savvy” and social skills are as fake as their masculinity – They’re parrots, hiding behind anything they can find to make them look good in a group. Make them look stupid and incompetent in front of professional peers, and they’ll get nasty, but not if those peers tell them where to go, (which at some point they will) and particularly if anything requires them to stand up and make themselves targets for criticism.
  • They’re scared of their own methods – Fear is their weapon, but it works even better against them. Outmaneuver them, get them to fear any sort of personal consequences, real or imagined, and their own cowardice and genetic incompetence will do the rest. This is ad hominem in the most practical sense. Nothing more hilarious than a terrified bully, too, always good for some featherweight entertainment.
  • Their “friends” are as untrustworthy and weak as they are – These vermin always align with the stronger side in any conflict, so they’ll bail out and join the other side when things get difficult, particularly if they’re at risk. Don’t trust them, obviously, but they’ll cave in and get out of the way of the juggernaut if you push the right buttons.
  • They usually have long track records of mistakes – Get as nasty as you like about making these records of ridiculous behaviour visible, preferably through a third party. Just do a good job of it. Even a mountain can be undermined if it’s on shaky foundations.
  • Please, please, please – Do NOT descend to the level of “boys vs girls”. That’s for kindergarten, not adult life. It’s also a potential own goal. It gives easy cover to “men” who will try to use it as a negative against you. Other guys may feel threatened, or more likely, irritated by the “all men are monsters” sort of thing which wore itself out through overuse in the 80s. Being a human being standing up for your rights doesn’t need explaining, anyway. Also very much to the point; hard facts and real leverage do far more real damage than rhetoric which puts people in a position of having to take sides based on gender.

Male friends will be happy to support in practical ways. It’s the same as taking out the trash, in so many ways. More sanitary, more aesthetically pleasing, and so on.

You want to be empowered? You’re on the right basic track, so make sure you stay on track.

So get on with it!

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Dumb science – Weaponizing science against humanity


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2Is “Science” totally thoughtless? Or just very stupid? From the ongoing mass of research which might be used to oppress humanity, it seems so. Very little thought appears to go in to handing the means of oppression to anyone prepared to pay for it.

In China, the Surveillance Society already exists, in a particularly pernicious form which drags in friends, family and associates in to culpability for an individual’s behaviour. This tech didn’t exist a decade ago, nor did the processing power, but now it does, and it’s being used against a nation of over 1.5 billion people.

That hideous spectacle may be just a taste of what’s possible. The new “wonder”, decoding thought, could be a lot worse. This technology is being given to governments, corporations, and other life-destroying, unaccountable, imbecile groups. Imagine cults, nutcase religions and terrorists with mind reading technology. They could literally be able to oppress people simply for thinking.

Speaking of thinking – Did anyone ever wonder why this great interest in decoding thought? Let’s consider the usual wrong answers:

  • Psychological/psychiatric benefits – For whom? Not for the patients, obviously. You don’t stop having a psych problem simply because some machine can decode your thoughts.
  • Understanding the human mind – Since when has that ever made a difference? Understanding what? To do what with that understanding? It’s a bit like inventing a gun to see what happens. No good can come of it, because the method can never be good for whoever’s on the receiving end of it.

There is no way this technology can ever “benefit mankind”, when it’s simply intruding, doing nothing much of value of itself, and making thoughts accessible to third parties. Would you voluntarily tell just anyone what you’re thinking, at any given moment, let alone invent a technology to help people know what you’re thinking? Nor is there any clear limit to how much intrusion is possible. It’s the ultimate invasion of privacy, and it shouldn’t be allowed to exist at all.  Yet “Science” is trundling along on its tricycle, happily handing this tech over to anyone who wants it. People who couldn’t find a sunny day or be trusted with the contents of a urinal are supposed to be trusted with something so fundamental? If you do trust them, you’re morons, and not the good sort.

You, Science, are going to be responsible for what may well be the worst oppression in human history. The fact that most of the idiots who weaponized the technology will also be oppressed by it is small beer compared to the responsibility for creating these technologies.

Unthinking Science?

Didn’t know that, eh?

Does “Big Science” ever think about these things? Not noticeably. Consider the vast range of current risks and threats to privacy and personal freedoms “Science” has unleashed, unwittingly or otherwise:

Genetics: The issues of genetic disease as a risk factor, accessible to employers, and basically anyone who knows how to set up business to find this information. Who knows what sort of other genetic information can be used to disadvantage individuals? I could guess, and you should be able to, too. Let’s also not forget GMOs, crank stem cell science, etc., etc.

Surveillance: A truly maniacal type of relatively new science, now much more efficient, where tiny minds use advanced tech to monitor employees in bathrooms, but can’t stop massive amounts of data being lifted from governments and the military.

Automation: A type of science whereby the entire life model of humanity and global economics will be irrevocably altered. The theory is that automation releases people from drudgery. If there’s no way of earning a living however, it also throws perhaps billions of people in to poverty and probably more crime. Careers, education and personal wealth by default, may well become things of the past through this single line of research. What’s the point of getting an education if you can’t have a life?

Hacking: I don’t have much time for hackers since I managed to get in to some firewall-making company’s email using four characters through a search engine. To me, that’s way too easy. No mental challenge at all. How much easier could it get than that? The fact is, however, that hacking, which is also highly preventable, is also highly profitable. It’s an industry. Internet security, that contradiction in terms, isn’t doing the obvious A-B things to stop it. Corrupt, like all other security? Bet your plastic petunias. The working practice is that someone creates a problem, you build an entire industry about NOT solving it.

Pharmaceuticals: You could hardly leave out the world’s least responsible area of science, creating iffy quality drugs for sick people at incredible prices. Suicidal thoughts as a side effect? Whoever thought that up should be shot, and so should anyone who tolerates it. Yet, it’s “Science”, in its modern clown suit of mistakes and idiotic ramifications. This, you trust? Why?

Science is naïve? Maybe not, but… About managing spin

Arguably, Science is totally naïve in one way. Modern science isn’t necessarily a pretty environment. The bitching, the backbiting, the bullying, you name it; it’s like an office environment, and no better ethically in many ways. Any rat race is still a contest of rats, and if the rats have PhDs, it’s a very complex marathon.

Being naïve in this environment isn’t a good move. You can have your work stolen, and maybe your money, too, if you’ve got skin in the game. More likely, in fact almost certain, is that your work will be subverted to some whacko mindset of the more or less totally criminal culture in all areas of management now able to abuse technologies.

If you want to read about science and corruption, read this actual history of a true obscenity, created by massive corruption. This was over 50 years ago, and it's a lot worse now.

If you want to read about science and corruption, read this actual history of a true obscenity, created by massive corruption. This was over 50 years ago, and it’s a lot worse now.

OK, so how do you be a scientist and be sure you’re not naïve? It’s tricky. You need to manage the spin on any science you’re doing. That’s a true qualitative issue, but you have an advantage. You’re dealing with criminals, sycophants, and often the usual corporate psychopaths. Any form of information can be stolen or otherwise accessed by these vermin if it exists in an accessible form. The easier to interpret the information is, the less secure it can be. The “cat sat on the mat” form of science, spelling out everything, is particularly vulnerable. Any fool can interpret it accurately.

The more secure form is “puzzle” form, where only the real experts can put together all the elements in any research scenario and extrapolate correctly. Expertise is a strange thing. The only truly consistent thing about it is that experts on the higher levels are much more risk aware, and more able to withhold potentially dangerous information from the global nutcase environment.

Anything can be broken up in to hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of components. Think of it as SSL2000, any number of elements. Destructive practices can be derailed in the process. A very simple example – The new antidepressant, for instance, can be delivered without the unforgivable “suicidal thoughts” side effects, even if some moron wants to include a very dumb, dangerous psychoactive compound. The dangerous elements can be written out of the research very easily simply by quoting the usual performance of garbage of this kind. Nobody needs to know why, just dollar values, and that sort of crap doesn’t stack up too well on that basis, either.

Put it this way – Research and its effects are the responsibility of REAL science. What idiots can’t see, can’t interpret, and can’t act upon can’t be used against humanity. Just bear that in mind before you give yet another weapon to some herd of imbeciles.

 

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Living in the 21st century Stone Age


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The 21st century Stone Age is the regressive, backward mentality which is obstructing humanity. If you think you’re living in a primitive environment, you are. In future, perhaps the near future, this mismanaged, idiocy-addicted world will look like the medieval era, filthy, unsanitary, and full of things knowledge can cure and fix.

The problem is the constipated, consolidated dead weight of old thinking, combined with arguably the dumbest bastards in human history running nations and corporations. We could have Star Trek almost instantly without these deranged obscenities. From the Stone Age to “we have all our material needs” would be well worth doing, if only to kick humanity’s miserable history of deprivation in the face. It’s an interesting, if irritating, fact that just about everything the human conceptual dunghill collective unconscious has ever considered impossible has happened.

The 21st century Stone Age, however, isn’t just about ignorance. It’s active obstruction, in the hideous tradition of the past. The same idiot mindset has obstructed medicine, engineering, research, human rights, and pretty much everything else of value to humanity. Continue reading

1918-2018, or Why World War One is part of your life, too


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2World War One was the death of a prosperous, relatively happy world. If you read the biographies of people who fought in that war, you’ll see something very familiar  – The loss of a world of youth, and its replacement by a hideous world of ideologies and political insanities. Everyone who fought in that war resented it, and what it did to their lives in so many ways.

The sheer madness of World War One was a guide to the future in so many ways:

Ridiculous basis for a war: The Archduke who was shot and triggered the war was one of the progressives, trying to address the issues for which he was assassinated. It was a sad event, certainly, but not a good reason for an estimated 20 million deaths and four years of mass human misery. There was no reason for this war at all, on any rational basis. One authority comments that the most striking cause for the war was the sheer mediocrity of the people involved, office boys with no clue about warfare or its possibilities, or how to stop a war from happening.

Maniacal conduct of the war: Even those who assumed a war was inevitable never predicted the results. The sheer slaughter of World War One is still statistically as bad as later wars in terms of massacring combatants, usually to achieve absolutely nothing of military or political value. People were walking in to literal hails of machine gun and artillery fire, and they just kept doing it. Millions were killed, and many more maimed for life. The only people who benefited were the arms manufacturers. Everyone else lost.

The most vague political concepts of the war: By 1915, Europe and Russia were annihilating their soldiers at thousands per day, with no clear view of what was to be achieved except “victory”, at the price of an entire generation. Even the Vietnam War doesn’t quite reach this level of mindless obsession.

Social catastrophes: The Russian Revolution, the creation of a maimed and barely viable Germany, and the legacy of Britain’s horrendous war costs were the catalysts for a disgusting, politically corrupt future and the endless local wars of today.  1918 was the benchmark for political failures of all kinds, and the predecessor of “austerity”, that worldwide obscenity, in its first form.

Hijacking democracy: The rise of Fascism, Nazism and Communism date from 1918, too. Ultra-capitalism in the US the early “1%” and the Depression consolidated capitalism in the West as the so-called antithesis of the anti-democratic movements. In practice, capitalism enforced another form of anti-democracy, the hijacking of government by the big capitalists. The New Deal dealt only with the physical problems, not the venal, verminous mindsets which contaminate the world now.

Propaganda and disinformation: Fake news is nothing new. During and after World War One, it became a science, and the basis for Orwell’s 1984. By 1946, it was a standard tool of governments. Some people still fail to recognise that Big Brother is a stagnant, self-limiting, self-oppressing society, dedicated to preserving its owners, not the society.

Ideological warfare in war and peace: The ideologies which sprouted like diseases from World War One’s gigantic cemeteries were arguably worse than the war. These were the excuses for genocide, fire bombing, mass executions, and the vast human disasters in Europe and Asia. Even colonial genocides didn’t reach these industrial scales of mass murder.

Yes, World War One is your problem in 2018

If you’re one of those people who believes that nothing which happened before you were born is relevant to you, you’re very wrong. The map of human misery as it now exists was made in 1918. A war which never needed to happen at all caused it all.

There’s no reason to believe that so many prosperous countries would have torn each other, and themselves, to pieces and set the scene for the 20th century’s hideous “entertainments”. The Holocaust, the Great Depression, and the Cold War could never have happened without World War One.

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This book is all about fears. It includes a monster which learns how to bore people to death and the wonderful town of Pithcurdle, in which the coming of the dreaded Toothpaste Man is a cause for celebration.

Germany, a middle class country in normal times, could never have been the scene for Nazism without the Treaty of Versailles which sent it broke even before the Depression. Global colonialism would have come and gone on its own. Social changes and improvements for the poor were already happening in the West, and percolating to the East. Before World War One, there were no fanatics running nations. Even when the Russian and Chinese Revolutions first happened, they were led by moderates and academics, not fanatics and criminals.

Science couldn’t have been so easily diverted to military industrial uses, either. World War One turned basic technologies in to high value commercial assets. War, in effect, became truly profitable, and easy to distribute, worldwide. No prizes for seeing the modern parallels and their equally repulsive ramifications.

The same methods, the same stupidity and same basic mindsets are still in play. They’re like some sort of rotting corpse centre stage at a wedding which never quite happens. For some reason, these ugly bastard children of World War One are still calling the shots, a century later.

World War One As Part of Your Life? Yes. Lucky You.

Those who don’t learn from history are fools at best, traitors to humanity at worst. Look and learn. History is the greatest horror stories ever written, and you’re in it, whether you like it or not. NONE of the problems have been solved. If you don’t recognise history as a threat, you may well become history well before your time.

 

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The modern good guy


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2What IS a modern good guy? Incredibly unfashionable, for one thing. Guys are taught to be jerks, and all else follows. It’s as if being a jerk is an achievement. It isn’t, never was, and never will be, but that’s the role model guys are given, the nasty little jerk who makes money and is hated by just about everyone.

It’s a mediocre aspiration. Anyone can be a jerk. Anyone can be a hypocrite, a coward, a thief, a stooge, or a lackey getting a few extra bucks. There’s not really very much to achieve. The problem with being a jerk is that you can’t actually be a real person, or even pretend to be a human being. Animals can pretend to be friendly to get food, run away, steal, be part of a pack, or grovel for some patronising reward.

Not being a jerk, basics

Being a good guy can be purely a personal values issue, but more often it’s a mix of experience and thinking, too. The decision not to be a jerk comes from multiple areas:

  • Loathing jerks.
  • Disgust with jerks, jerk culture, and jerk behaviour
  • Experience of jerks
  • Some genuine personal ethical standards
  • Growing up; jerks are often permanently infantile

This can be tough for younger people, whose jerk recognition systems aren’t fully developed. Not surprisingly, younger people prefer not to think of their world as full of jerks and untrustworthy, sometimes very dangerous and expensive, jerk-based risks.

Younger people usually experience jerks as bullies. You’ll note that bullying is ALWAYS the same behaviour. Whether it’s an obnoxious kid in day care, or a CEO, the actual behaviour is identical. The early experience effectively starts the revulsion against jerks, but a few decades of it can become rather tiresome.

The good guy perspective

Good guys see the world diametrically opposite to the way jerks see it. Their aspirations are always positive. Good guys build, add value, and improve things for themselves and others, naturally, sometimes not even consciously. Jerks are always trying to do damage to someone. They never build or improve anything. If they do build, it’s at someone else’s expense, and risk.

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Good guys, ironically, aren’t “good on principle”. It’s a much deeper motif, based on some sort of sense of what’s good and what’s not. It simply doesn’t occur to good guys to think like jerks. Jerks have no idea what’s good, or why it should matter to them, and what’s not good seems natural to them, so jerk-dom is their default behaviour in all circumstances. There’s no real intersection between good guys and jerks.

The difficulties with being a good guy, however, are pretty demanding. Having a very different perspective on everything in Jerk World is hard work, requiring personal and emotional stamina and sometimes baffling depth within oneself:

  1. You have to stand on your own two feet. That makes you the inexcusable loner, the uncooperative non-team player (absurd, isn’t it?) or some sort of implied sociopath.
  2. You have to understand and define what you’re trying to achieve. That can be extremely difficult, and take years to really get a grip on what you’re trying to do, while you’re doing it.
  3. You have to disagree, sometimes often. Jerks can sit around fearlessly agreeing with themselves for years. Good guys can’t. They have to be honest, particularly with themselves, whatever the cost, because hypocrisy and lying is the basis of the difference between a jerk and a good guy. Those easy options for jerks are not available for good guys.
  4. You can’t take all your life cues from some damn TV show or movie. Jerks do, and it’s one of the reasons everything they do is so superficial. They’re just lousy actors, trying to look good, while being incapable of even understanding their role beyond the dog biscuit level. Real actors are believable; jerks make any role look ridiculous, usually very melodramatic and overstated to mindless levels.
  5. Nobody understands the good guy perspective on any level, and they will think you’re stupid, naïve, a dreamer, whatever. That doesn’t make doing things any easier. (Not that it matters to you, but you find yourself being a good guy with obstructive, pig-ignorant, useless jerks under foot everywhere.)
  6. Being a jerk is no longer an option. You may have to reinvent your entire life, if you grew up in Jerk World. You have to do the right thing, partly because it’s your normal reaction, and partly because the jerk option becomes so much more repulsive over time. That can be a problem, in Jerk World, because you’re no longer any kind of fit for that world.
  7. Your jerk-free social life has to be created. The society of jerks is no longer even slightly tolerable to you, as a working good guy. That raises a few social logistics issues. Jerks have the luxury of being able to associate with swarms of their own kind. They’re the fruit flies of society, passing nuisances with very limited roles, but always in spoiling any fruit they can find. Everyone in Fruit Fly City thinks being a jerk is better than sex. So you basically have to invent your own private society, somehow, in that environment.

Survival as a good guy

OK, so as a good guy, you put a certain self-imposed weight on yourself as a load to carry. The good news is that you do develop the strength to do it easily. The other news is that survival in Jerk World is the next hurdle.

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, AmazonIt’s not quite as difficult as it might seem. Jerks have no stamina. They defocus easily, and often. They can’t do step logic beyond A-B. A-F is too much for them.  They’re not really fighters, and won’t fight unless they’re a few thousand times bigger than what they’re fighting.

Jerks are very risk averse. Anything at all that looks like a risk will be studiously avoided. Be a risk to them, and they’ll avoid you. Any risk to their social status, in particular, will be considered far too dangerous, and they’ll leave you alone in droves. Any kind of defeat is real damage for jerks, too. They are extremely vulnerable to any perception of weakness by others, as most weaklings are. Make them look weak, and you’re killing them.

Jerk culture, however, is much harder to avoid. The pathological liar, the asshole supervisor, that nasty little object in the workplace, etc. are endemic. The best way to dodge this culture is to create your own, inaccessible, space. Anything involving intelligence, perception, or actual passion will do.

These things are incomprehensible to jerks. They’ll avoid the subjects, unless there’s some cliché so they can be loudmouth jerks, “asserting” themselves, which is their sole social ranking capability. If something you care about is under scrutiny, that can be a problem. To avoid the problem if a relevant subject comes up, ask them a question where their answer can only make them look stupid, even to other jerks. Their ignorance will do the work for you.  Problem solved.

You can, and will, move on from the local grotesqueries, anyway, in time. Jerks do come and go, if they never go fast enough. The trick is to disengage from the jerks, preferably ASAP, and keep your space separate from them.

It’s not easy being a good guy. There are no moral Brownie points for good guys. You don’t spend decades in self-congratulation, like the jerks, because that’s not how you see things. You do, however, get to be yourself and lead a meaningful, fulfilling life on your own terms. Those are things no jerk can ever do.

 

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Polarized peoples – A grim history


 

If polarization was a disease, it would be classified as a hereditary condition, with risk of death and severe psychological symptoms. Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2 There are very few, if any, cases of polarization ever being mitigated, let alone cured. Polarization is a disease for which humanity has never found an effective treatment.

Active polarization includes:

  • Civil wars
  • Persecution
  • Racism
  • Exclusionism, separating one group from a society
  • Psychopathic behaviour
  • Insane allegations
  • Denialism
  • Propaganda
  • Legislative actions against minority or disadvantaged groups
  • Corruption, ignoring rights of people
  • Active hate groups
  • Constant reiteration of hate dogma and prejudices

Polarization is spread by social groups, often using coercive means to ensure that a group sticks to the script in terms of expressions of polarization. The classic case of true polarization may include violent prejudice against people that polarized groups have never met, or ever had any interaction with. Continue reading

Are the rich insane?


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2When you live in a world based on bad management, you have to start wondering whether the culture of the Rich Insane has any possible basis in fact. You don’t have to be rich to be insane, but it certainly is much more convenient. The problem here is that being rich is becoming synonymous with being insane.

We all know the rich conspiracy theories. Nobody cares about them. Drivel is drivel, and that’s it. The simple fact is that rich people don’t need conspiracy theories. For example – The endless theories about the Rothschilds running the world; they did that 200 years ago, dominating European commerce and politics. Then they apparently got out of the habit. People that rich have better things to do than run the world and burden themselves with tedious politicians. Ditto the Rockefellers, etc etc.

Some rich people, however, apparently can’t get enough of politics, the last word in human insanity. The Koch brothers, some incomprehensible reason, wallowed in the absolute epitome of human mediocrity, the American Tea Party. Trump, who is by any standards a very low ranking billionaire, if that, has collected a rabble of evangelists, a cacophony of rednecks, and buffoonery of businessmen around him. It seems the rich don’t mind associating with scum, either.

Who you associate with says a lot about who you are. Like calls to like, scum calls to scum, and so on. You have to question the judgement, however, people who are running countries and corporations who associate with people like that.

Rich equals dumb, or just insane?

The old theory goes that mediocrities hire people even stupider than they are. Dumb hires dumber. Idiots hire morons. Criminals hire fall guys. This theory would explain the world rather nicely, if people weren’t paying so much money for it.

Of all people on Earth, the rich have the most to lose. Why would rich people want to live in a global sewer? Let alone a sewer full of diseases, nutcases, and “useful idiots”? They don’t need to do that. Can you be sane, and tolerate such utter stupidity?

This is a world made by bad calls:

  • World War I
  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Soviet communism
  • The Cultural Revolution
  • Colonialism
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Fundamentalism of all kinds
  • Criminal corporations
  • Gun violence
  • Poverty
  • Religious corruption
  • Scientific corruption
  • Polarising politics
  • Land mismanagement
  • Ecological mismanagement
  • Environmental mismanagement
  • Ocean mismanagement
  • Health mismanagement
  • Education mismanagement
  • Infrastructure mismanagement
  • Financial mismanagement
  • Breakdown of rule of law tolerated by politicians around the world

This is a virtual inventory of all the major human issues which are absolutely critical for the existence of a civilisation. The chronic, systematic mismanagement is effectively anti-humanity.

… And the rich are OK with that? The only people who actually have a say in anything, aren’t saying anything. At all. About anything.

There may be a clue – Some years ago, Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson group, made a video called The 1%. Johnson was astonished to find people reacting very badly to his questions, including his family.

One of his interviewees, in fact, even got disinherited, simply for talking to him. Not one of these people understood that the questions he was asking were exactly the questions his generation needs to ask.

If being rich is grounds for optimism, you need to read this. All is for the best in this best of all possible worlds, eh?

One thing that occurred to me was that these very rich people seem to be scared of something. What do multi-billionaires have to be scared of, you may well ask? Being a rich person can be very risky, but you can buy yourself some security. You don’t really have to put up with anything much when you’re that rich.

It doesn’t make a lot of sense that people who made their money out of making good calls can tolerate people making so many bad calls, particularly at their expense. Even the theory that you make money out of pharmaceuticals doesn’t help very much when most of your products are tangled up in lawsuits, many don’t work, and people simply can’t afford your products.

It’s lousy economics, and it’s worse business practice. Even in an ultra-materialistic (not to say totally vacuous) society, legal, personal and corporate suicide isn’t necessarily the best option. It cannot possibly be any kind of mystery to people who have direct access to any information they want that global mismanagement is now all that is happening.

Would you have to be insane to accept this situation? Yes. In clinical theory, anything which is anti-personal survival is irrational. Even if you happen to be one of the very naive people who believes in exterminating the poor and replacing them with artificial intelligence and robots, supporting a situation which guarantees your own extermination is not particularly intelligent.

Brave New World is about a stagnant,, class-based society which does nothing and goes nowhere. You may be an Alpha, but that’s compared to idiots.

It is well known that rich people are very much like junkies. They are basically money addicts, needing more to get a high every time. That’s not news. The best description of this phenomenon is something like “status masturbation”; it’s harmless among underachievers, but very dangerous among the very rich. It is a type of obsessive compulsive disorder, taken to extremes.

… Which is all very nice, but when it comes to destroying the planet and humanity, nobody has to put up with it. During the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution, the rich were immediately attacked, and effectively destroyed. There is absolutely nothing to prevent a similar outbreak, anywhere on Earth, anytime in future. It is quite impossible that the rich could be unaware of that situation, either. As it is, they are inevitable targets for extortion, blackmail, and any other hobbies that criminals might find interesting. If an entire society goes on the rampage, however, things could get a lot worse, very quickly.

Forms of insane

So why antagonise the entire human race? Arguably the only people on Earth hated more than politicians are rich people. The rich are seen as controlling the politicians, and therefore responsible for everything that goes wrong.

The fact that so many very rich people try to help doesn’t have much of an impact. Charity from the rich is seen as an obligation, not as a personal contribution. The rich as a class are seen as the problem, rather than role models or aspirational goals. Celebrity culture, the bargain bin discount version of being rich, is also an antagonistic image to most people. Flaunting wealth is a very good way of annoying people. People naturally want what they don’t have, and reminding them that they don’t have it is not a good move.

Is it insane to antagonise the entire human race? Probably. Showing off is very cute among very young kids, but among adults, it is considered very poor taste, actually offensive. Yet, with a sort of maniacal glee, it happens every single day of the week. At the same time, not one single attempt at solving any of the real human problems is made.

I was reading a thing in the New Yorker the other day about a public relations consultant who advised Margaret Thatcher. This job could be said to be very much like advising a house brick, yet the public relations consultant was full of admiration for Thatcher, and her non-existent ideals and achievements. I suppose that happens when you’re in public relations; you create the image, and then you have to believe in it.

The rich are creating an almost unbelievably negative image for themselves. No good can possibly come of it. I’m not saying that you could instantly make the rich popular with some sort of hand out or give away, but shutting up would be an extremely good idea. Supporting obviously incompetent political idiots is also something that can be stopped pretty easily. Worth a thought? Because doing nothing really would be insane.

 

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Read a few of my books and claim that they’re interesting. Nobody will believe you, they’ll think you’re a nut, and you can frolic to your heart’s content.

 

 

 

 

What’s “Left”?


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2From all the pablum about “lefties” coming from the right wing press, you’d think there actually was a “Left”. There isn’t. Being “left” of outright Nazism simply means you’re a member of the human race. You hedonist, you.

The “Left” of right wing mythology doesn’t even exist. Everything which refers to any social issue is called “socialism”, which merely reflects the appalling lack of education of those doing so. There is no “movement”, mainly because nobody ever thought it necessary to create one.

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About this so-called “Left” – See any wild-eyed proletariats running around talking about the 5 year plan and armed revolution? See any collective farms getting set up in Manhattan with fat, smug, commissars? How about glorious decisions to build a new tractor, ironically enough at the tractor factory?

That’s Left, old school, direct from 1917 to you and hasn’t had an original idea since. The old Left is gone, and good riddance. It completely ignored the gulags, the genocide, the Great Leap off a Cliff in China, etc., etc. It got lost in words and concepts it didn’t really understand.

Then there’s the ideologies called “Left”. A more pathetic collection of brain dead clichés you couldn’t wish to see. So you think people need health care, education, housing, etc., you revolutionary hero? Whaddya want, a medal for seeing the obvious? Just do it, you bloody clowns. Less verbiage, more results. Ideologies come and go; humanity needs more than verb candy.

Personal perspective on the Left

According to some of those political surveys, I’m a bit “left” of the Greens. That’s ironic, because I came from a background that makes the traditional conservatives of today look like raging libertarians, and my views haven’t changed much over the years I think that means that I don’t bother lugging around a lot of dogma and buzzwords. Not as though I care, of course, but it’s interesting to see these political definitions waddling around like self-important two year olds. I’ve now seen a few generations of this claptrap, and I think it’s time for a change.

I’ve watched the ha-ha Left since the 1970s. The first thing I learned was that like the Right, any new information is very unwelcome. The pack of ideological recitals I saw left no space for opinions of any kind, particularly not new ones.

The old Left, like the Right, seemed to glory in its own obsolescence. A few mouldy old clichés, and you were Ideologically Correct. Particularly if you had no idea what you were talking about. Reality and the old Left parted company before the Second World War. When Stalin arrived, the original Left, Marxism, and everything else died. The image of communism was its ghost, in so many ways.

Then came the counterculture. There WAS a real counterculture. It’s about as close to a real Left as Western civilization has ever achieved. Again, it was “left” because it was well outside the right wing spectrum, not because it had any real socialist credentials.

Free food, free shops, anti-violence, you name it; a lot of good ideas arrived and were put in to practice. These ideas were finally received by an audience which was actually interested. It couldn’t last, of course. The eternally idiotic mainstream media created an image of crime, disease and drugs, and suburbia, which is by nature terrified of everything, retreated to its eternal bunker of smug ignorance.

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, AmazonFor me, it proved a point – The middle class is the middle class. Try holding a revolution in a supermarket and see what happens. Not much. The middle class is quite happy to let things run on rails, as long as it doesn’t bother them. Genocide, pole to pole toxic waste, all is OK just so long as they don’t have to think about it or actually have a personal opinion, and they’re fine.

By the end of the Cold War, the “Left” had run out of sponsors and credibility. Most of it had never had any talent, aka real ideas, so the whole thing wound up in a sort of historical landfill. Nobody was ever “Left” in the brave new vacuum of No Think Politics.

For many years now, I and other writers have been referring to the old “Left” as “leftovers”. Stale, old, out of date, shallow, and more.

Consider:

  • Social programs are not “Left”. They’re a matter of social responsibility.
  • Human rights are not “Left”. They’re common sense, and some of the very little common sense which has ever intruded on human history.
  • Environmentalism is not “Left”. It’s good management. The old Left, in fact, is directly responsible for some of the most toxic landscapes on Earth.
  • Feminism is not “Left”. It’s proper acknowledgement of 51% of the human species. Case closed.
  • Health is not “Left”. It’s about survival. Need a map for that one?
  • Education is not “Left”. It’s about skills needed in a modern world.
  • Housing is not “Left”. It’s about human needs.
  • Social justice is not “Left”. It’s even part of the Pledge of Allegiance, “justice for all”. You’d think even the Right would get that.
  • Poverty is not “Left”. It’s humanity’s worst and oldest enemy. Destroy it.

The only thing “Left” about these things is that these are the issues the Right refuses to even acknowledge, let alone do anything about.

The Left, in effect, is being defined by the Right. That’s Left as it now is.

The Time for Being Polite about the “Left” is over

OK, that’s as polite as I’m going to be. The default Left is also being absolutely useless in terms of achievements.

About that list above:

  • Social programs: If the government won’t start them, you start them. Get off your damn arses.
  • Human rights: These can be enforced in the courts, and by active resistance to their abuse by any means available. Do it, don’t just talk about it.
  • Environmentalism: Start land repair, toxic waste removal, etc. There’s no law against them. Buy the land with your group chump change. Create safe havens for animals, plants, etc. Protect water sources, soils, and the biological structures of the local ecology. You can’t go far wrong.
  • Feminism: The more emphasis on merit, the more likely to succeed feminism will be. Don’t make it a mere quota system for some of the girls in better paying jobs, which is trivialising the rest of the whole idea of feminism.
  • Health: Set up clinics, set up supports, source better costs for those who need them. No talk at all about this, get the professionals to do it. Most will be only too happy to do so.
  • Education: Literacy is the difference between a social cripple and a human being. Illiteracy must go, and go for good if humanity intends to survive this total meltdown of global management. Teach, support teaching, whatever; get on with it.
  • Housing: You can now 3D print a whole house in a day or so. Get cracking.
  • Social justice: This is another right, in case anyone has forgotten. Enforce through pro bono law, enforce through practical living options. Just do it.
  • Poverty: Create a training, and launch system to get people out of poverty, and just apply it. Prosperity defeats poverty by creating the economic synergies required.

See any impossibilities in that little collection of basics? No? So why the hell is it taking so long to achieve anything? Talk is way too cheap, and it’s costing people their dignity and their chances of decent lives.

You can stick your endless self-righteous chatter up your arses. God knows, it may be the only use you ever find for your arse, given the total ideological constipation which NEVER translates in to action. It’s put up or shut up time, and no excuses are acceptable. To hell with politics, and its social diseases.

…And for god’s sake, no more crap about “empowerment”. You’re NOT empowered until you have personal power to manage your life. You’re on the wrong end of a social sewer. Fix that.

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Rewriting human life models for the future? It can be done.


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2Interesting notion, isn’t it? Think about it. How would you rewrite human life models? Bearing in mind that within 30 years the world, and human life, may be totally unrecognizable as lifestyles change completely.

No more “jobs”. Work on an independent basis. Multiple career streams. …In a world where uncertainty is now a tradition. If there is ever in history anything more half-ass than the way humanity currently approaches its own needs, I’ll be interested to hear about it. I also won’t believe it.

Consider a world where you have to basically repeat your parents’ lives to achieve the same basic things of survival and reproduction. This “contributes” to society, to social capital, etc.? It does nothing of the sort. It simply forces people to spend most of their time surviving, not achieving.

What’s wrong with a world where everybody can be hyper-achievers? The current model of human life is an obstacle course. It enables nothing much. I know one young couple who’ve been saving up for 5 years to get married. Millennials are finding themselves on the wrong end of the model, too. Forced in to an absurd, soon-to-be-extinct life models which will be no use at all to them in their 40s and 50s.

The fact is that the world no longer needs the life models of the past. Technology is effectively ending the whole industrial/post industrial way of life. Even services will no longer need to be provided by humans. In to this void of ideas hurries artificial intelligence, and the new wave of much more advanced techs like nano.

In the future, you can do literally anything, with no real need for the business and social structures we now have.  A job is a phone call, or the equivalent. Maybe some specialist work, or sales, or marketing. You can be productive in dozens of ways per day, and you are, because you’ve got a life, too.

The world of offices no longer needs to exist. It’s expensive.  Nobody needs them. Businesses save billions without hard structure premises. In a slightly more evolved version of current business models, everything you need is instantly available. A better option would be a world of instant spaces when required.  It doesn’t really matter where you work.

You can make as much money in a day as an independent operator as an office job can deliver in a year, too. The old life model doesn’t have a chance.

However…..

In a world where regressionism is a sort of excuse for everything, economic efficiency and innovations are the last thing you’d expect. People still use the old life models like old Barbie dolls or teddy bears. It’s a weird conformity to a get born/ school/ job/ family/ pick-a-disease model which is no real use to anyone. No reason; they just can’t visualize life any other way. The “modern” world is an old suburban cliché, and that’s that. You can die of banality any time you like, and that’s normal, too. How is this anything worth calling a “life”?

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, AmazonTo rewrite human life, you’ll need to lose this damn cultural baggage. Keep the old model, and nobody will be able to afford a life. Nor will there be anywhere to put people’s lives, because the resources to have those lives will be so hard to get. Resource management, particularly for food, water and basic infrastructure, is godawful, and getting worse.

The human effect of all this mismanagement will be pretty much as things are now, but on a gigantic scale. The capitalist system has effectively created the means of its own obsolescence. Even monetary systems, the sacred cows of fools for thousands of years, become meaningless if nobody has access to the money required to live.

It is possible to eliminate money and property problems completely. It’s not easy, and the concept is unfamiliar, but in a world where money has become inaccessible, it’ll be a very popular idea. (What follows below is a very simple version.)

That’s another part of human life that needs rewriting –  To make rights irremovable, and poverty impossible. Poverty is humanity’s worst, most persistent enemy, and it’s arriving in force, even in supposedly rich countries, generation by generation.

Paul Wallis books, sydney media jamThe old model is obviously breaking down, badly. The bleatings of politicians about revenue, costs, etc. don’t stand a moment’s scrutiny. The truth is that mismanagement is killing the future for the old model. It’s now totally discredited in terms of even relevance. Imagine paying taxes for services, not just political egos and their nasty, butt-ugly little friends. Everything to do with money, from basics to revenue, is now falling to bits, and like Humpty Dumpty, the mess can’t be put back together.

What worked in the 1950s won’t work in the 2050s. It doesn’t really work now. This is a totally different world. It’s a much worse world, thanks precisely to exactly that type of mismanagement.

The rewrite

The rewrite may be slow, unsure, and definitely unsteady. Mistakes will be made, because the unknown is hard to predict.

Consider this:

  • Aptitude based lives. You do what you’re good at. You’re more confident, highly productive, and pretty much independent.
  • Education on demand, for free. You can be trained from scratch in anything. (There’s literally nothing you can’t be trained to do.)The cost of your education is based on a percentage of your productivity, and the usual equation is that you produce far more than you would spend on education. Therefore it’s cheaper to train people for free, because of their productivity with more training.
  • (Note on funding: Educators and institutions are credited from a much broader, non-tax based, multi-planar type of highly efficient revenue. Society pays to train itself, which is awfully sweet of it. Since when are education and training NOT valuable?)
  • Automatic housing at all times. To hell with this obscene guessing game. You have a right to housing of a set standard, including communications, water, power, etc. It’s a measure of the idiocy of this society that this right doesn’t yet exist, and is so obviously necessary.
  • Right to safe, healthy, food. No ifs or buts. You can pick up $500 worth of food per week, at no cost to you. No toxic waste food, no hyper-metabolites, no low quality foods. Food manufacturers and retailers are still credited through the revenue model.
  • Automatic health care with 100% cover for all cases. Another right is the right to health care on any level. This ensures proper care, and eliminates the issue with millions of people in unacceptable states of health lingering on for years or decades due to inadequate care.
  • The right of aspiration. This is the “inventor’s dream”, where people have the right to pursue an aspiration, with full support in practical needs. Exactly what nobody can afford to do now, in fact. Imagine a world based on people’s aspirations, not their fears. It’d be very different. You can exercise your right to aspiration at any time.
  • The right to be yourself, free from harassment. Harassment is currently a global industry, whether it targets a group or an individual. You have the right to deem any intrusion in to your life as a form of harassment. Whether it’s bullying or victimization, it’s unacceptable. Nobody’s here for your approval, and you’re not here for theirs, either. You have the right to be yourself without any sort of harassment. You can seek redress in any practical form which eliminates harassment, and those harassing can be penalized accordingly.
  • The right to freedom from crime. Crime, like poverty, is a persistent human condition. Crime is a parasite, a necrosis, and a serial abuser of all types of human rights, as well as property rights. Any society in its right mind would systematically eliminate crime ASAP. The society eradicates crime, the proceeds of crime, and the methods of crime.
  • The right to a safe, healthy environment. This can be turned in to law quite easily. The safe, healthy environment would be pollution-free, with food, water and air all closely monitored for toxic materials.

Now notice one basic thing about all these ideas – There’s no ideology attached. This is just common sense. If anything, it’s tribal economics, just on a larger scale. These are the straightforward, reliable economics and social dynamics that came from the trees to space.

If you want a future, write a good backstory. You WILL need one.

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, Paul Wallis books

Male gender stereotypes – The Uber Crap Years


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The modern male gender stereotype is a mix of abuse, absurdity, and aberrations. The good ‘ol All Men Are Rapists, Idiots, Freudian Clichés,  Etc. thing is in full force.

Not that all men are saints, sane, or even regularly conscious, but I take issue with a few things here.

The Descent of Man as a male gender stereotype

In the last 50 years, the male gender stereotype has gone from a basically straitjacketed, immovable, two dimensional thing in an office to a sort of instant criminal, instant idiot, instant excuse. This really is from hero to zero. From the truly absurd “men are smarter than women, etc.” to “Duhhh…. What’s visualization, and can I bet on it?” post-relevance failed chimp in boring clothes didn’t take long.

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The theory of this book is that if you can afford to be lazy, you must be doing something right.

Now guys, here’s something you’ll really love! It’s Demolition Spreadsheet Derby! You can be a pretentious little prick in a shiny white shirt with your very own tie and everything! Prove you’re smarter and more important than your hair dryer! Show those burger crumbs on your desk who’s boss with your droning recitals of the banal, the superficial, and the howling obvious! Prove your mediocrity! You wonderful piece of crap, you! 

Talk about testosterone at work…Or in this example, in a coma. Why guys tolerate being treated like absolute morons on a second by second basis is debatable. The male media character is a series of facials, with close ups and lots of money and is dumber than any house brick – And if that doesn’t tell you something is very wrong, you’ve been asleep for a few decades.

It’s OK for guys to be ignorant, backward, timid, never face up to anything, and cringe from the cradle to the grave. According to the media, they turn in to Superman with a gun, and that solves everything. Right, morons? Most are too genetically gutless to even try to have their own opinions or to be actual people.

“Oooh, are we guys allowed to have opinions now, with approval from a peer group, a few thousand psychologists, and any number of chat shows?”

No, in practice. You’re allowed to be an illiterate, subservient, totally pointless redneck with substance abuse issues, and that’s about it.

Women are actually a lot better at spotting male problems and weaknesses than men. Guys are way too good at ignoring their weak spots. The Endless Nag (deeply appreciated as it isn’t) is right about quite a few things and goes a lot deeper than the stereotype, much more accurately.

Women simply don’t believe in the Uber Macho Executive Doormat Guy, for some reason, for example. They definitely don’t like the stereotypical Ape Guys or the Psycho Trash Brats, either, even if they keep having their kids for no known reason.

 

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