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The Neuroscience of Perception.

I've been interested in the neuroscience of consciousness lately, and ran across this article and video --

What in the world is consciousness?

Part of my interest is driven by the clear example of mass hysteria on the part of Trump supporters -- how in the hell do they really believe the crap they believe?

Well, the answer is -- they are hallucinating it. And those hallucinations are guided in part by their media consumption.

'Fake news' is indeed the enemy of the American people. Fox News is a foreign-owned news outlet answerable to no American that dominates our markets. And guess what?

It's being used to destroy the United States.

I offer up the basic principles of Star Trek on this night.

-- Wealth is meaningless
-- Power is only for focus
-- Everyone is welcome
-- We have to grow up
-- We belong in the stars
-- Sometimes we have to fight (and die) for these principles.

Live Long and Prosper, Mighty Democratic Underground.


And here we are in our New Reality. Enjoy!

At this point, would it surprise anyone to find out that Joseph McCarthy took money from Russia?

He destroyed a lot of good people, sowed distrust and chaos, damaged the credibility of the U.S. throughout the world. Sound familiar? In the end he was ony stopped by the last decent Republican on planet Earth, Dwight David Eisenhower.

These days you can drag a fifty-ruble note through any Republican social club and find somebody willing to do anything or say anything, anything at all. It's become clear that conservatism is purely situational power politics -- there is no ideology, no plan, no philosophy -- just cash-hungry operatives far and wide.

I think it might have always been this way, and reading Tony Judt's 'Postwar' has really clued me in to the oft-used tactics of Russian intelligence -- divide the left, co-opt the right, and drive the chaos in such a way that a vulnerable nation falls to pieces and even perhaps into the Russian pocket, Jagshemash!

Russian leadership has done this since 1917 because they have been the quintessentially insecure nation, generally powerless and far more focused on machismo and maintaining a stagnant and inefficient social order than they are on learning how to do anything real. They talk a big game but suffer from brain-drain and dominance culture, so they have to cheat. It's just a fact of history.

I'm starting to wonder if McCarthy's antics weren't designed to throw everyone off the scent. The liberals and artists that might have had a passing dalliance with the Communists weren't capable of treason because they possessed a conscience; conservatives and libertarians, however -- whatever it takes, whatever they have to say, as long as someone pays for the champagne. That's now a Fact.

The best part is, they come cheap. Just like the discredited right-wing parties of the fourties and fifties in Eastern Europe, their expensive tastes and repressed sexual urges and utter lack of a moral compass make them perfect prey for a well-thought-out Ratfcking strategy. Mitch McConnell only cost them 2.5 million -- and look at the damage he's done. In the end his actions will probably kill more Americans than a twenty million dollar warhead would have, without blowback, without Mutually Assured Destruction, without the radiation drift.

War On The Cheap, using old-timey intelligence techniques honed in the Baltic States and Ukraine -- talk about your Asymmetrical Judo. A few hundred million bought them a herd of 'christian patriots', and a big stick to stir the muck with. In fact, everything's covered in muck now. Great Success.

Joseph McCarthy, a Russian operative? Maybe, maybe not.

Fits the profile, though. Like a goddamned glove.

On days like these I remember the Battling Bastards of Bastogne, and Gen. McAuliffe's answer.

Seige of Bastogne

It was on the 22nd of December that General von Lüttwitz submitted the following demand for surrender to his American counterpart commanding the American forces in Bastogne, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe:

To the U.S.A. Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne.

The fortune of war is changing. This time the U.S.A. forces in and near Bastogne have been encircled by strong German armored units. More German armored units have crossed the river Our near Ortheuville, have taken Marche and reached St. Hubert by passing through Hompre-Sibret-Tillet. Libramont is in German hands.

There is only one possibility to save the encircled U.S.A. troops from total annihilation: that is the honourable surrender of the encircled town. In order to think it over a term of two hours will be granted beginning with the presentation of this note.

If this proposal should be rejected one German Artillery Corps and six heavy A. A. Battalions are ready to annihilate the U.S.A. troops in and near Bastogne. The order for firing will be given immediately after this two hours term.

All the serious civilian losses caused by this artillery fire would not correspond with the well-known American humanity.

The German Commander.

Shortly thereafter, McAuliffe sent the following communication to von Lüttwitz in response to the German demand:

To the German Commander.


The American Commander

We're Americans. We will never give up, never say die, never compromise with the forces of Fascism.

The Republicans have chosen to walk down a dark, dark road, and it seems for the moment they have won a minor victory.

They'll lose the war, I promise you. History is clear -- fascism fails, democracy prevails.

To the GOP: NUTS!

And may you rot in hell, you goddamned cruel-hearted traitorous gangraping baby-caging KGB-loving Nazi motherfuckers.

It's worth noting that, win or lose, Judge Boof has lost.

Other attorneys will roll their eyes at him behind his back. His summer social list is going to shrink down to Odd Nazi. His children will have to fight this fight all their lives as deep inside them they begin to know the truth of their father. His wife -- we'll see how long that lasts.

He's been revealed. No pretense of dignity nor expensive black robe can ever cover him over again. He will be forever, win or lose, Judge Gangrapist, Judge Blackout, Justice Criminal Liar. Until his death any court he serves in will be suspect and all decisions questionable and arguably baseless.

Who cares what he feels? I do. I want his life to turn to ashes in his mouth, I want him to crash and burn and have an arc like fucking Jonah but without the happy ending. I want every dark soul who helped this human spider to forever be inflicted with the weight of his crimes, because he more than Dr. Ford has proven that he's likely guilty of all he's accused of and far more. I believe this man to be a serial rapist, perhaps reformed although we can't know because he hides everything and his culture approves of hiding crimes.

It can never be enough as long as justice is denied his victims. But it is a small, cold pleasure I take in this dark week that his prize has been dipped in shit, win or lose.

He's burning tonight. Oh, not with the kind of feelings an innocent man feels -- helpless, overwhelmed, lost. He's burning with pure rage because there will be no respect paid to him from any sane human being for the rest of his life. His past is dead, his dream is dead and this time even the alcohol won't help.

Never enough. But some small pleasure.

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