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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Reddit user topd0g: In 1967, Guy Debord wrote his seminal work, The Society of the Spectacle[1] , in which he described how the majority of society has become alienated from their own lived experiences: "The spectacle is not a series of images but a social relation among people, mediated by images." Basically, in the modern day it has become possible to manufacture the narrative that the average person uses as a lens to interpret the going-ons of daily life. The manufacturing process is some combination of mass media, socialization, careful PR management, biases, etc. in different proportions. I contend that it is much more enlightening to understand Ferguson, Missouri through Debord's theory of Spectacle. read more


Saturday, September 27, 2014

perhaps nobody consciously intended to set the world on fire, but we're on guard for ebola-carrying islamists nonetheless.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The utter lack of interest in what possible legal authority Obama has to bomb Syria is telling indeed: Empires bomb who they want, when they want, for whatever reason (indeed, recall that Obama bombed Libya even after Congress explicitly voted against authorization to use force, and very few people seemed to mind that abject act of lawlessness; constitutional constraints are not for warriors and emperors)...

Continuously creating and strengthening enemies is a feature, not a bug. It is what justifies the ongoing greasing of the profitable and power-vesting machine of Endless War.


Monday, September 22, 2014

For sheer infantilisme – the French word captures it best – I dare readers to wade through the following claptrap without a snort of disbelief...

Most immediately shocking was the Obama fantasy world which Kerry, in his clod-hopping, schoolboy way, represented. Anyone who has studied Syria from afar, let alone those who go there, know that the fictional "moderate opposition" – supposedly deserters from the Syrian government army – does not exist.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Procter & Gamble Co. is getting back into a business it exited more than a decade ago -- making products for adults suffering from incontinence -- as it takes aim at the growing ranks of aging Americans. read more


Comments

let's reflect on, first of all, corky's immediate lashing-out in the form of #191. he lashes out with sexist, mysoginistic ad hominem in response to legitimate questioning of the democratic party.

(some progressive *snicker!*)

moving on:

"It was apropos the hysteria"

"Funny hysteria"

2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the 'How dare you!' gambit.

"You know, I never really knew why the general public referred to far lefties as "pants-wetters" until I found out here."

5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. This is also known as the primary 'attack the messenger' ploy, though other methods qualify as variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as 'kooks', 'right-wing', 'liberal', 'left-wing', 'terrorists', 'conspiracy buffs', 'radicals', 'militia', 'racists', 'religious fanatics', 'sexual deviates', and so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label, and you avoid dealing with issues.

"There are problems, lots of problems, and we pretty much know what to do about most of them; there are good progressive policy ideas for most of them."

12. Enigmas have no solution. Drawing upon the overall umbrella of events surrounding the crime and the multitude of players and events, paint the entire affair as too complex to solve. This causes those otherwise following the matter to begin to lose interest more quickly without having to address the actual issues.

"So, given their track record in such things, why should anyone listen to them now?"

4. Use a straw man. Find or create a seeming element of your opponent's argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation, or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which appears to debunk all the charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually avoiding discussion of the real issues.

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there's plenty more to dissect, and it's easy to pull apart in just a few minutes like I have.

keep this link in your back pocket for posters you continually encounter under a bridge, like corky:

Dailykos' Gentleperson's Guide to Forum Spies

the police are STILL out of control (I should know) ~ Frank Serpico

when the war comes home, you'd better bet someone's going to get pillaged!

"it was done on mice."

and?

there may be reasons to suspect the evidence that cannabinoids promote neurogenesis wouldn't be acceptable for an animal-to-human translational model.

However, I suspect this is a hollow criticism, since the neural mechanisms discussed above are common to humans and mice. that's also why so much of our understanding of the nervous system is based on animal (specifically rodent) translational models.

Anyway, let's hear about why the neurogenesis/cannabinoid finding is deficient.

"the effects of smoking marijuana use typically cause decreased activity in the posterior temporal lobes bilaterally"

#16 | Posted by AndreaMackris

more overuse of the stupid heuristic that, somehow, "more activity" in a given brain region is a good thing, while "decreased activity" is bad. it isn't just that simple.

local disinhibition can lead to a net excitation in a system, but if you only look at the first link in the chain then all you see is the decreased activity.

but, I'll play devil's advocate here: decreased posterior temporal lobe activity might predict memory deficit, since that structure has been implicated in memory retrieval (free text available at: the journal of neuroscience).

the evidence is nothing if not equivocal. one longitudinal study a little more than a year old suggests no relation between WM function and cannabis use.

the studies which get the most media attention purport to demonstrate grave risks of smoking pot. of such stories that've been posted here previously, I can't think of one that was properly (ie, longitudinally) designed in order to allow making the kinds of inferences people were wanting to make.

I *DO* remember, however, in one such recent article -- which provided evidence that early onset of pot smoking is associated with morphological changes in the amygdala and nucleus accumbens -- that at least the media, if not the author(s) themselves, were hyping up a memory deficit as well. I went and actually looked at the article, and there was no significant difference between smokers and abstainers on their working memory task -- only an unimpressive correlation if you look at the entire sample and don't split it into clinically relevant groups.

that's a great example of how you can twist and torture your analysis to fit a preconceived outcome, and the media runs with it because they don't know any better.

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