Among the more absurd man-in-the-middle applications

If someone who has been watching you for years can correctly guess what you take in your coffee, therefore if they suggest insider knowledge regarded the intended meaning of a communication that addresses a politically sensitive issue, their knowledge of what you take in your coffee stands as evidence of their all-knowingness.

Which means that whatever “they” say someone else meant was in fact the intended communication.

It’s one thing to try to brainwash or otherwise engage in thought reform by trying to establish various associations. But to place these manipulative associations on the hands of those who in fact are rather likely to actively NOT endorse the proposed manipulations, is an entirely different level of deviously programmed (?) manipulation geared towards thought reform.

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Lead Economist in the research department of the African Governance and Development Institute debunks for main anti-immigration arguments for EU

To start with, the fact that these four arguments against immigration can be easily debunked does not therefore imply that the debate is open and shut. The full article is here.

1) Loss of Christian values
2) Undermining liberal democratic institutions
3) Bringing terrorism
4) Burdening public budgets

1) Uh, Europeans have been leaving the church for a very long time. This has nothing to do with incoming immigrants. It’s a very long-term process, from two-thirds around 1900 to about a quarter today. I.e., long before Africans or Muslims were coming to Europe in numbers that could so much as a blink from demographers.

2) On the matter of women’s rights and treatment of minorities, a number of counterarguments can be presented which are not convincing, but easily apparent as relevant. “Show me the evidence” is central among them, and considering that precisely the backwards values that anti-immigrant argumentation raises are disproportionately common among the very same anti-immigrant peoples, well, a) prove it and b) they don’t want to because it draws attention to hypocrisy.

3) Terrorism. A datapoint of interest which cannot be pretended away is that perpetrators are almost always those who grew up in the EU, a) suggesting that more effective approaches to promote integration could have been used 20 or 50 years ago, and b) well, then, it’s not the immigrants.

(Personally, I prefer the approach of pointing out that slippery bathtubs are more dangerous in aggregate, but the psychology of sensationalized violence seems unwilling to moderate in the face of such rationality.)

4) An anti-immigrant propagandist may prefer to call out “wishful thinking” regarding economic upsides of immigration – this can simply be classed among the less abusive methods to deter consideration of the valuable contributions that immigrant population most typically deliver to the receiving economy. Economy, right? Because we’re talking about economics? If you want to talk culture and nation, etc., refer to issue #2.

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We say ‘guru’ because ‘charlatan’ is too long in the headline

We are using the word ‘guru’ only because ‘charlatan’ is too long to fit into a headline

– Peter Drucker, a business consultant, in reference to business consultants

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A simple reason that certain right-wing economic arguments fall apart before they begin

In a market system, a price signal transmits information about the costs of various inputs leading to a final output. It is presumed to be the main piece of information which enables market participants to coordinate efficiently. Not fine, but fine enough for many purposes.

But this logic would then suggest that differences between price will tell you if the one thing is worth more than the other.

This reasoning is false, because it is logically identical to assuming that consumer surplus is always zero. Consumer surplus is almost never zero. Therefore, the market signal that the one thing is worth more than the other collapses completely.

Price signals as allowing market participants to coordinate efficiently? Fine enopugh for many purposes. But as a basis to form ideologicla predispositions to the societal value of things? Piss poor.

Consumer surplus is not zero, and therefore price is a signal of only the costs, but not the benefits to society. Therefore, price only indicates a minimum bound on the value of a good, and cannot be relied upon as an indicator of value, even (especially) in relative terms.

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Women are three times as likely to be fired after misconduct in finance

Women are three times as likely to be fired after misconduct in finance, despite being much less likely to perpetrate any misconduct.

The authors suggest that “old boy club” sort of mentality prevents the market from capitalizing on the opportunity.  They recommend that consumers should demonstrate preference for female advisers as a result of this observed disequilbiria on the market.

More at, the blog of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago.

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The USA could build high speed rail between every city over a million, or buy 10,700 F35s per year, with the savings (!) from changing to universal public health care

Canada health care: 11% of GDP.
USA health care: 17% of GDP.

Canada average results: higher in almost all categories ( is an easily accessible source on this for a variety of indicators).

USA economy: $17.9 trillion.

Potential annual savings if the US adopts a system more like the Canadian one: $17.9 trillion * 6 percent = $1.07 trillion annually.

For $1.07 trillion annually, you could build high speed rail, for practical purposes much faster than planes for many routes due to evading TSA stupidity at the airport, between every American city over a population of one million.

Or buy 10,700 F35s per year. (Or if you do your own math instead of that provided by Lockheed Martin, plan on 1/5 as many to account for full life cycle costs.)

So … the ACA didn’t help that situation much. The proposed alternatives are worse.

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The cover up of the cover up. Dissemination of neurolinguistic programming stage presence tools as the cover up for classical conditioning being the mechanism when in fact neurotechnology was being used for brainwashing and societal control purposes

The coverup involved efforts to promote belief that classic conditioning was the mechanism involved in various mind control (and brainwashing) methods being applied widely in the pschological warfare situation some years previous. This was to cover up the fact of neurotchnologies being used, to delude people into thinking it was classical conditioning.

Then, by following through on insistence to use this classic conditioning, individuals could a) participate in the coverup, b) demonstrate their uniformed or deluded state, and c) demonstrate their willingness to follow through on demands (associated with threats) to perform these acts for purposes unrelated to covering up something, most especially relating to promoting “feel good emotions” while perpetrating abusive acts.

The cover up of this cover up is to progressively modulate these insisted upon motions (by combinations of “modelling” and “training” – or “psychological conditioning” if you will) in the direction of being useful in enforcing attention upon a speaker (or drawing attention of an interlocuter or any other nearby person), which is then to be regarded as “having presence” or some such thing.

In terms of the first cover up (classic conditioning tools to cover up the use of neurotechnology), example include pointing to genitals of young children while saying sexual words and making sexual motions all at the same time. Another was to always point in the direction of movement of an individual just as doing so would put the visual stimulus in their peripheral vision. The cover up of this cover up is now widely diffused in the form of reformed recollection which suggests that this was all about sharing stage presence lessons.

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Double unplus freedom promotion

I will help you prove your freedom by building multiple negative associations with everything you want to do.

In so doing, I can help you feel more free by not liking any of the things you want to do while you do them.

Get in.

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Luring the working poor to vote against their interest, episode #21038740321 (2017 Canada budget)

If you … take the bus … and when you get home you like to have a beer, well both of those things are going to cost you more
– Rona Ambrose, Party Leader, Conservative Party of Canada

Putting billions of additional federal dollars into municipal transit is not relevant to whether people who take the bus are well served by the existing government because the recent budget removed the tax credit (which was only available for monthly or weekly passes, generally used by full time workers and not part timers, etc.).

The hand that feeds gaveth more than it tooketh away, but where there are cheap political points to be scored, the Conservative Party of Canada is sure to be found nearby.

For the Conservatives to portray themselves as having serious concern for those who take the bus and drink a beer after work is quite ridiculous, considering that when looking at actual Conservative policies implemented in the previous decade, this demographic was second or third to last (excluding attention given to propaganda considerations), with those on direct social assistance and first nations being not only neglected but actively castigated in various dog whistle manners.

How many people do you know who take the bus to work often enough to get a monthly pass, and have a beer after work, but who were also part of the demographic targeted by tax credits for private instruction in music and sports, tax cuts weighted very heavily towards the wealthy (recall that low income individuals get GST back in the form of a tax credit cheque), etc.?

The statement by Rona Ambrose, current party leader of the Conservatives, saying that those who take the bus and drink a beer after work will be negatively affected by the budget, perfectly represents this pattern in recent decades where the working poor are targeted to vote against their interest.

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Pending case to judge whether sending strobing images to someone with epilepsy can land you in jail

I’ve long wondered what sorts of additional risks epilepsy sufferers may face. Specifically, the use of technologies tailored to their epilepsy to cause them special harm, for example at times that could cause special damage in their social lives or especially career.

I do not know the full scope of risks faced by epilepsy suffers in the age of proliferating neuroweapons, but this case is interesting on a few grounds.

1) The strobing image itself was deemed as a weapon on the basis of the INTENT to cause harm,

2) Not only that, due to the potential risks for an epilepsy sufferer, combined with the apparent knowledge of the perpetrator, the grand jury considered the weapon to have been a “deadly weapon”, thus making the perpetrator liable to as much as 10 years in prison.

More detail here.

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