Archive for June, 2014

Uncritical thinking, an American plague.

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

 

We have a damn problem in this country. Apparently, it spans all ethnic, economic and social groups. It’s a very irksome problem and many times it leaves me wishing to pull my hair out.

 

America suffers from a plague of “uncritical thinking.”

 

Americans lack the piercing and focused ability to think clearly and critically. It makes my life hell.

 

Critical thinking is that (rare) ability to assiduously examine and deconstruct external data in a rational and emotionless manner. Critical thinking requires that you brush aside preconceived notions and dive into a chain of cognition with a cleared mind that is devoid of motives and opinions, hates and likes. Critical thinking requires that you transform your mind, for the exercise at hand, into an impartial laboratory of scrutiny. You don’t allow your opinions and prejudices to tarnish or influence your interpretation of the data before you.

 

Americans are notorious puppets to their ideologies and it is this attachment to ethereal belief systems which draws them into a quagmire of erratic thought and illogical thinking.

 

Is critical thinking a facet of intelligence? Perhaps, but not necessarily so. Some very intelligent people use their mental prowess merely to argue their own rehashed notions while failing to note that their thought process has been skewed by emotion and personal beliefs. In fact, intelligent people might be more prone to uncritical thinking because they have such an inordinate amount of trust in their intelligence.

 

Still, one expects uncritical thinking from certain segments of society, from certain economic and racial groups.

 

The archetypal uncritical thinker is that Black woman we all love and chide dearly as she has become a rather ubiquitous meme of the day. Michelle Dowery, the “Obama phone lady” who was filmed during the 2012 Presidential election ranting about the free phones Barack was going to give all the poor and disadvantaged Americans (who, of course, had more pressing problems than owning stupid cell phones).

 

 

Obama phone

 

 

For the sake of all that is rational and self-preserving, I have declined to link the infamous video here (you can find it yourself). The photo should hint at this atrocity well enough that you can understand the visual embodiment of uncritical thinking. We can all nod in measured condescension.

 

Dowery is ground zero of uncritical thinking, what with all her quasi-superstitious rejoice in Barack, the ghetto demigod.

 

But this kind of thinking is equally rampant across all America. Dowery represents an extreme example of uncritical thinking; in the span and full palette of uncritical thinking that coats the pulse of American society, Americans are distributed quite widely in representative amounts of uncritical thinking.

 

For instance, on my Facebook wall, I saw a Washington Post link appear on something called the “Conservative Tribune’s” timeline which reported on the Republican lawsuit against Barack Obama as a possible prelude to impeachment…”testing the waters,” so to speak.

 

 

 

FB Obama exchange _ 1

 

 

 

 

Personally, I think the Republicans would be wiser if they just allowed Barack to serve out his tainted term and all the attendant dissembling of his (and the Democrat’s) legacy. He will do more self-damage in office than out. If impeached, he will serve some martyr-like banishment which will put him out of our misery and minds. There is no strategic virtue to lancing the boil that is the Obama Presidency. The Republicans should let the boil swell and erupt in a shit storm of bad policy and crumbling legitimacy which will pave the way to an easy Republican Oval ascension in 2016.

 

But impeachment of Obama is a pet fetish of many Conservatives now that they got the taste of a little Clintonian impeachment, but the victim is not Barack Obama.

 

The victim is critical thinking.

 

In the comment stream following this wall post, I saw a woman named “Kay” allege some ridiculous bullshit that hardened uncritical thinking Conservatives eat up like a tasty Obamian morsel.

 

 

FB Obama exchange

 

 

 

Kay quotes an apocryphal interview Obama gave Meet The Press in 2008. A critical thinker will read the quote, and though they may not like Obama and even agree he should be impeached, will still suspect it is dubious, at best. Common sense and clarity of mind will quickly tell the critical thinker that the quote is so outlandish, especially coming from the mouth of a President, that its veracity must be questioned harshly. A visit to Snopes will attest to the farcical nature of that anti-Obama anecdote which Kay pulled out of her ass. I followed up with the admonition that a movement must practice critical thinking if it’s to be taken seriously.

 

Critical thinking is raped and polluted by people across the ideological spectrum. They’d rather hear nonsense that bolsters their pet opinions and motives to such a degree that they no longer think critically. It’s religion and superstition, this lack of thinking and willing belief in garbage as long as it’s their garbage.

 

It’s an American plague.

 

 

First-world female affliction: Mass Media-Induced Real Estate Hysteria

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

I like to leave my dash cam rolling while I’m parked. Sometimes I find the footage/filmed “entertainment” far more interesting than the stuff I capture during the ho-hum drive in LA’s harsh and tiresome streets.

Recently, while parked on one of the blissfully quiet and uncrowded streets in Pacific Grove (a quaint, wind-swept coastal town neighboring Monterey up north), I let the dash cam roll in my parked car while we strolled and drank coffee in the small business district.

Upon reviewing my footage, I found a brief scene which brought a familiar glimpse of an occurrence I thought only I experienced. Turns out, there is another guy out there who finds himself contending with the same dynamic which I shall call “mass media-induced real estate hysteria (MMIREH),” a condition known to primarily occur in women. Symptoms include rabid attention and fixation with all matters of single family unit domiciles in the areas of selling, buying, renovating, furnishing, etc.

The modern civilized woman loves houses. She loves everything to do with houses. The subject of houses consumes her and she will drop everything in order to sate this consumerist fixation. People blame brown minorities for the 2008 housing bubble, but the real culprits were women. Women, massive consumers of the Cult of HGTV, drew bumbling men into the economic spiderweb pit of monetary over-extension in order to calm the selfish hunger of their siren wives seeking to keep pace with the rat race to mortgage-fed debt.

Frequently, the two of us will be walking along and suddenly she will dart from me in the direction of a random bank of cased property listings seen outside most real estate offices. Time halts as do all mundane matters of life and death. She has no intention of really buying anything, especially those jewels that straddle well past the 7-digit mark. But she just needs to look and ruminate over piles of concrete/stucco/iron as if this is a modern-day crucifix of soulful redemption. Spellbound, she studies the listings wile I idle nearby. So it was with great relief and relish that I noted I am not the only guy in the world who is plagued with a wife/girlfriend battling a severe bout of MMIREH.

What is a man to do in such a situation? What is his best approach to dealing with MMIREH?

The guy in this video chose to merely continue standing in place while his afflicted female partner studied some random listings she really had no interest in, apparently. He stood in place while performing a strange stiff-legged sway. I thought it was kinda childish.

Personally, I usually accompany the female and listen to her compulsive observations regarding said property (or properties) and sometimes, I even pay attention or look at the detailed description. It’s a bonding time for us. A communion in which adulation of the untouchable is pronounced in dubious ooohs and aaaahs of envy. I can certainly think of worse fates. This dude should just learn to love the bomb and stand by his girl’s side despite the implicit boredom which square footage and bathroom counts may incite.

Sure beats that weird stilt walk he deferred to petulantly.

Rectify, the greatest show on TV, points out the decaying state of feature cinema and a new elevated cerebral nature of television.

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

I’ve been preoccupied, and thus missed last week’s Season Two opener of Rectify.

The juxtapositions and parting paths of a fateful life teased to brittle embers continued without qualms!

The greatest show on television in generations is back. A Faulknerian descent to glory and beyond.

Welcome back, Rectify!

I rarely speak in such overblown terms about entertainment media, but this show cements the fact that excellence and thought is now produced for our living rooms, not for the theaters (unless mindless spectacle, talking animals, and rote heroics are pleasing to you).

Daniel Holden’s initial statement to the press, upon his release from false imprisonment (or was it?) in the show’s first episode last season exemplifies the soul of this magnificent show.

Hello. I’m not sure what to make of this drastic change of course in my life. I’m certainly not against it.

Over the past two decades I have developed a strict routine which I followed religiously. You might say a way of living and thinking, or not thinking, as was often the point of, well…the point.

Now this way of being didn’t encourage the contemplation that a day like today could ever occur, or a tomorrow like tomorrow would be before me, now.

I had convinced myself that that kind of optimism served no useful purpose in the world where I existed.

Obviously this radical belief system was flawed, and was ironically, a kind of a fantasy itself.

At the least, I feel that those specific coping skills were best suited to the life there, behind me. I doubt they will serve me so well for the life in front of me.

So I will need to seriously reconsider my worldview.”

And so must we all, each day we wake up.

Each glorious debarkation of life and fresh ascendance is fraught with inner evolutionary tumult.

Amber Gomes plays the part of civilized modern woman but how much you wanna bet she’s intrigued by the bad boy felon?

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Jeremy Meeks, a 30-year-old career criminal from California’s armpit, Stockton, was arrested during a police sweep on Wednesday for weapons charges. He was charged with 6 felony counts and the Stockton PD posted his mugshot on their Facebook page in spite of themselves.

Meeks felon

A bad boy with looks like these is chick crack.

No future?
No work?
Criminal rap sheet?
Chiseled masculine movie star looks?

Yeah, of course looks go a long way for both sexes. Nothing scientific to see here. But women are not only titillated by rugged good looks; their intrigue and attraction is amplified when the subject also happens to be a dangerous, amoral rake who snubs Beta laws. As in these very honest Facebook comments quoted in the story:

Meeks’ police mugshot generated 10,914 likes and 2,400 comments from Wednesday night to Thursday morning, many from women claiming to admire his looks.

“Hottttttt,” Melissa Stiles wrote.

“Omg come to mama,” Nicole Seba Lorena Elena commented.

“Holy [heck] i would arrest him too..hottest bad boy I’ve seen,” Ellie Abbey wrote.

“He can kidnap me anyday… Hold me against my will lol,” Jessica Gutierrez commented.

“Why is he breaking the law when he should be making millions modeling! Wowzas,” Tanya H. Thomas said.

Now are these women smart or discerning or classy? Who knows, and really, who cares. It doesn’t matter worrying about it. Guys who fixate on the troublesome tendency of women to ignore their steadfast value systems will lose their minds and maybe go on shooting sprees. Get over it, dudes. The point is that these women are being publicly honest. Unlike Amber Gomes:

“$900,000 in bail and 6 felonies. You ladies are desperate,” Amber Gomes wrote.

Some women act classy, ambitious, intelligent, and sophisticated, but they usually talk out both sides of their mouth when it comes to what they say about men. These type of women work hard at portraying images of preachy propriety. Ghetto, prole women, on the other hand, simply and shamelessly reveal an unfiltered stream of carnal desire that has no regard for manners or genteel sensitivities.

NYC (aka, be Blahsio), what on Earth is your problem? Striving for Zero mph speed limits and the plague of Civil Interventionists.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Man, I thought California was a meddling, hypersensitive nanny, but you put us to shame.

Bill to Reduce Speed Limit to 25 M.P.H. Gains Favor

A proposal to lower the New York City speed limit to 25 miles per hour cleared a critical hurdle on Tuesday, as a bill in the State Senate won the support of the de Blasio administration and some, though not all, traffic safety advocates.

If passed before the legislative session ends this week, the bill, introduced late Monday by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, and companion legislation in the State Assembly would deliver perhaps the most significant change yet under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic deaths in the city by 2024.

Mercifully snipped…

Of course, this ignores the fact that traffic deaths could be eliminated completely if speed limits were reduced to Zero.

Does anyone who has driven on the Big Apple streets believe a 25 mph speed limit will put a stop to traffic deaths?

A speed limit of Zero, however, would eliminate traffic deaths, noise pollution, air pollution, decrease our dependence on foreign oil. It’s a win win. I’m sure we can all find a way to get there…

In fact, I further propose that all childbearing should be illegal. If enacted, we would no longer have accidents or deaths in a few generations. It will be happy, worry-free world which is all the worry warts seem to lust after, and besides, it would fall in line with the existing breeding habits of all the sensibile elitist civil interventionists who would celebrate this nonsense.