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the central problem of nuclear weapons that the cuban missile crisis revealed was the loss of central control over the firing of the weapons, the soviets were so scared of what might happen in cuba they kept all their russian territory based missiles stood down to send an unmistakable message to the americans
this problem is what drives current policies and the problem with iran getting nuclear weapons is their lack of central control over them
modern china has some interesting characteristics, the recreation and obliteration of the past
the restoration of the qianlong emperor’s retirement lodge
the qianlong emperor governed when ‘ the dream of red mansions ’ was written and he was a patron of giuseppe castiglione
cetainly a time of the flowering of chinese culture
the problem with fighting in a war is death is too random
religion is a conversion of the true strangeness of infinity into the dull moronacy of mediocracy
religion is the conversion of the true strangeness of infinity into the dull moronacy of mediocracy
stalin’s problem wasn’t just his brutality, but that it was co-joined to a religious adherence to an economic philosophy so contrary to millennia of human experience as to what works that “ brutality ” as a platonic (plutonic!) ideal was allowed to “ flower ”
so much of human “ disaster ” can be attributed to its running roughshod over areas that are strange to its ways and thinking
theresa may is not margaret thatcher, a failed image
there is some mythologizing of vladimir lenin as “ saintly ” and it all went wrong after him, but he was not a nice person
murder is the origin of socialism
honestly, the american public education system is just turning out a very low reading age, they are taught to dislike anything intelligent or “ stretches ” them
i don’t know why the japanese are so obsessed with reliving world war 2 in their entertainment and unfortunately with real life disasters like fukushima
a society in distinct need of cartharsis
monoculture is a disease
i never realised the battle of gaza was so destructive to the british, the incompetent generalmanship was the background to lawrence of arabia’s efforts
you can see the seeds of disaster of two world wars here, a maelstrom gathering strength, militarism, an insane social hierarchy and the stupidity of crowds
is the public school system in the u.s.a. self destructing ?
a reddit post
“ A few things to consider about public versus private schools
You cannot control for the parenting received by the other children. Public school batches together peacefully-raised children with children who are physically and verbally abused. This is the source of most bullying: abused children are “ paying forward ” their abuse onto more peaceful kids. Even worse, if your kid defends him/herself, they are punished equally due to stupid SJW disciplinary policies.
Unless you get into a magnet school, the quality is pretty meh. Class curriculum is calibrated to the mean of the IQ curve. If your kid is smarter than average, then they are bored and miserable. This is even worse if your child is a boy, as boys don't do well with the dominant “ sit still and shut up ” model
Neo-Liberal/SJW/radical egalitarian ideas are baked into the curriculum at this point. Here is a quote taken directly from the AP English Language guidelines:
The assigned Reading facilitates informed citizenship and thus increases students' capacity to enter into consequential conversations with others about meaningful issues.
Rather than, say, training English skills, the education establishment sees it as their JOB to train the next generation of Social Justice Footsoldiers... oh, sorry — “ facilitate informed citizenship ” according to their own definition of “ informed ”
This all happened within the past 10 years; the neo-Marxist politicization of school is accelerating. If your child is young, like under 12, do you think this trend is going to magically reverse as they move towards high school ?
Please take this seriously : I worked in education for six years, and quit in disgust over what I was seeing. In America, unlike Europe, you still retain the freedom to opt-out... for now. I highly, highly suggest you use that freedom ”
“ in both rats and humans, the cannabis affected many different sperm genes involved in two different pathways
ed. think of pathways as another set of instructions, this time for regulating various bodily functions
one is important for organs to reach full size , and one plays a role in cancer and suppressing tumors ”
the odd thing is , japan had the most advanced nuclear bomb program at the start of the war, if they had joined forces with the germans, together they could have well developed one at the same time as the americans, but instead, the opportunity was only minimally resourced and the navy instead built huge inappropriate warships and submarines
japan had and still has a deep cultural problem of seniority overriding competence at the highest levels
anders breivik was seeking to impose his view of how the world should be rather than change his thinking
this is such a human thing
the reason for our constantly trying to impose on the world is that the minimal degree it can be imposed upon still has an orders of magnitude better energy benefit than structural change in ourselves
mental illness and international politics can be defined by their total inability to garner any energy benefit from structural neurological change
hitler wasn’t personally cruel, gentle even, he just had these ideas others implemented for him
throughout history there have been women rulers, they were really good at the mechanisms of power, rulers don’t rule for your benefit but their own
that they stay in power is due to some compromises made for the general public benefit
basically hitler and the nazis rose to power because they forcibly took a license to rob then destroy the most productive part of the population, they had always lost the war before they even started
hitler was more of a mixed bag than the way he is painted today
fukushima is illustrative of why the japanese lost world war two, incompetence at the highest levels
napoléon was a victor by virtue of running a meritocracy, only he couldn’t quite pick 100% and villneuve was one and it doomed him, the french and spanish failure at trafalgar was the long term loss of the control of continental europe
a very interesting series on the napoléonic wars
napoléon was off his rocker fighting the battle of waterloo, he was well outnumbered and then crazily moved into a situation where he could be exposed to two armies on two flanks
one of the miracles of the roman empire was the way it encompassed different language groups in relative harmony
its the culture that must have been the cement
nazism was a product of a combination of technologies that permitted a huge concentration of power in the hands of one man or a small group
the flawed decision making that resulted from this was to the detriment of everyone
the technogy “ flux ” today has the permissive empowerment of dissent that will not permit the empowerment of doctrines like nazism again
islam, is quite simply, a social control theology designed to keep the reins tight on subjected populations
the problem the catholic church has, is its so much rubbish why would you be a priest except you have some hidden agenda
we all know what the hidden agenda is !
the american world war two effort was incredibly intelligent, from the outset of the war, even though they were not yet at war they were gearing up for war production and actually the efficiency of this was faciliated by not being at war yet
george c. marshall is one of the unsung heroes of world war 2 !
bismark can have never anticipated the disasters to follow his successful work in unifying germany
his work was used by idiots to their supposed advantage
he gave them good advice they always ignored
‘ english speaking countries will act together in war ’
i really take an historical view, people don’t understand how life and institutions work without being knowledgeable about history
any army is so many clones
marxism denies the role of competence in the accumulation of wealth and its proposal that fiat can replace it is as wrong a call as you can get
no horror story can match medieval torture and no dystopia can match stalin’s rule
nicholas the second would have to be the most useless person possible to have become czar , 99% of the population of russia would have done a much better job than him
well, i suppose history is full of incompetent rulers whose failures lead to disaster
though theoretically the succession was hereditary, there was always a lot of wiggle room as to who actually gained the reins of power and its an interesting question as to why an obvious incompetent was never challenged ?
it must have been that the system despite its obvious flaws peaked in the degree of social control, an unfortunate example the bolsheviks were to follow with their own cruel twists
technology had delivered a degree of quietude as to who was actually czar to a degree nicholas’s predecessors can have only marvelled at and an ominous rumbling heralding the twentieth centuries many great governmental failures where the madness of various insane social control tableaus triumphed over common sense
basically the rise of nazi germany and communisim was due to technology creating an opportunity for extreme social control to prosper at the expense of a more hard edged rationalism
today with the internet things have changed again with strong technological biases against any ideological/theological social control and local and international poltics are slowly following suit
strong fragmented polticial groupings within what used to be socially controlled homogenity is now the order of the day, a trend which can only be expected to accelerate
heidegger was a better historian than philosopher , this view of technologically driven social shapes of governement is his
not everyone is a bastard
christianity predated st. paul and interestingly, islam may be descended from that early christianity
religion is gaslighting on a cultural scale
stalin and lennin were social philosophers, they picked the one that works least and had to embark on a campaign of wholesale murder to enforce it
the moment you take the pressure off, things spring back to what they were, at least to the extent possible
there’s a lot of crazy sides to the holocaust, one of which is the damage done to germany’s middle class ensured it could never win the war and another is judaism still survives, yet such an event definitively invalidates the religion in its own terms
history teaches scepticism about social attitudes and politics, i’m with thomas hobbes !
history teaches scepticism about social attitudes and politics
the strangeness of being kim jong-un
he is caught in a cleft stick, for military strength and survival of the country, he and others of the ruling clique need to open up the country economically
but to do so will mean a loss of control that will hold them accountable for their what are in effect war crimes against their own populus
they can’t “ denuclearise ” because their primary purpose is to hold off the chinese who are a more likely invader than south korea !
we are in for changes in a long running drama about why stalinism doesn’t work !
i think cocaine is everywhere now, its epidemic !
war in the congo, this shakes you up !
its like vietnam, the ground cover reduces the effectiveness of air strikes so local militias are hugely empowered against the state !
in the ambush at the end the insurgents targeted the colonel specifically, how did they know ?
nothing justifies dying on a battlefield in your prime, this is why state supported religions create fictious systems of justification, from ancient egypt to isis
one of winston churchill’s astutest moves was to nix any assassination attempts on hitler, perhaps because of the lesson of his own disasterous interference in the admiralty at the beginning of the war
both stalin and churchill learnt the lesson of not interfering too greatly in the armed services operations, hitler never did dooming german efforts !
interestingly, churchill was a power user of propaganda !
stalin couldn’t kill his mother or his daughter. he half killed one of his sons, everybody else was fair game
surreal , another the death of stalin !
the chinese communist party had its origins in the boxer rebellion and now the new emperor ( 2018 — xi jinping ) has been annointed !
working class or peasant rebellions are always doomed through a lack of intelligent leadership !
a lot of one’s concerns are effete compared to the reality in syria
what dreary stupid people
upper class england
history makes sense of the world in ways contemporary views can never touch
neo nazis know nothing of history
i think why the underlying problem of north korea having nuclear weapons is the intense focus and instability of decision making at the senior level due to the kim personality cult !
basically north korea will have to change its system of government and that of course is being strenuously resisted !
over centralization of power was also behind the fiascos of the german and russian war efforts in world war II, though stalin eventually conceded his ineptitude and let the generals run the war !
basically north korea’s development of potentially effective ballistic nuclear weapons is re-igniting the korean war and you can’t pretend its not happening !
hmm . . it was no wonder archimedes was killed , the romans wanted vengance !
his artillery engines and grappling hooks made what should have been a pushover into a nightmare !
interestingly archimedes seemed to understand “ defense in depth ” !
the interesting thing about carl von clausewitz is he was basically a failure as a military man, his one big success in perusading the prussians to abandon the french grande armée and join the russian - german legion was more of a diplomatic coup
but his insights on war were born of defeat and failure which is really the truest base for understanding, the insight that springs from success is limited !
failure follows success as night follows day !
samurai culture is just some nonsense about “ honour ” used to justify mindless banditry and “ thieves culture ” !
the nazis, for a goup so keen on white supremacy didn’t see any contradiction apparently for the second time in embarking on a war so depleting of these races finest !
the glaring deficiency in the german invasion of russia was the lack of a four engined long range bomber which mean the germans were unable to target russian factories in the urals
they didn’t need better tanks, indeed the later models were ill suited because of their high maintenance needs and were difficult to service
if they didn’t quickly conquer they were doomed !
learning an unnecessary extra or second language fucks people up !
the internet has turned acting into a volunteer profession, the rash of denunciations of sexual coercion by film directors at the moment (2017/18) is really about there not being enough money or work to keep the lid on !
acting has gone the way of book writing and publishing and photography, all entirely “ volunteer ” activities now !
the theoretical and historical origins of ISIS ?
“ ibn taymiyyah, a noted theologian of his times, developed his blatantly racist concept of takfir : that is to say inferior muslims against whom jihad was permissible, precisely in response to mongol muslims ”
contemporary politics only appears significant because people have no notion of history
one interesting and unintended side effect of the nuremberg race laws was the removal of jews from the wehrmacht resulted in a subtle lack of effective strategic thinking at all levels to the point where any infantryman was a better strategist than what actually happened !
to be fair to adolf, operation barbarossa could have possibly succeeded if they had marched rapidly and directly on just moscow while soviet tank production was still low !
even in the very early stages, german troop losses were too high to be sustained !
the writing was on the wall within days of the start of the invasion !
a measure of the intelligence of iosif was that he had nikolai varfolomeev arrested only after he had handed in his draft to the publisher of his famous ‘ the evolution of operational art ’ , foundational for russian strategy in world war II !
he was arrested within days of handing it in and later died in prison in 1941 !
hmm, a stalin parody
the startling resembance of north korea to george orwell’s novel 1984 is rarely mentioned in media, presumably because of the lack of public familiarity with the book ?
at its extreme is the public execution in 2013 of eleven musicians who were tied to the nozzles of anti-aircraft guns and blown apart for making a pornographic video !
“ The escapee then recalled how the guns were fired one by one, saying : The musicians just disappeared each time the guns were fired into them
Their bodies were blown to bits, totally destroyed, blood and bits flying everywhere
Afterwards, Hee Yeon said tanks moved in and ran over the pieces of the victims’ bodies
She added : The tracks of the tanks were run over the remains and blood repeatedly, over and over again and made to grind the remains, to smash them into the ground until there was nothing left ”
i think the unstoppable immigration in the u.s.a. has made unskilled labour almost worthless !
the anti-rascist confessional meme sweeping through certain sections of american society is just the trauma of the collapse of the white middle class and them getting used to the new poverty
if you are going to say what world war 2 was about, it was the tension between the nazi decimation of its middle classes that ensured its defeat and the victory by more rational parties
while russia had decimated its army leadership and the middle class had long been gone, stalin made a decision after successive disasters from his own decision making to leave the control of the war to his generals, a strategy that basically worked though they had very heavy losses
the monarchy is a british middle class fetish !
kamikaze, each one was the death of a young man while the old ones still lived
reddit seems to be unduly composed of the insane and retarded, how do you get that ?
well this graph shows how
in any population .1% are going to be off the wall crazy, on reddit a tenth of a percent post 12% of the comments, so you can see what happens !
it applies particularly to message boards and the net, but perhaps also to politics, small populations of crazy by vociferous and disproportionate input form incredible real world biases !
hitler was the atomic bomb that blew up in germany !
history opens one’s eyes as to the reality of politics !
politics is like some mania of the present but historical studies give perspective !
both kim jong-un and his father kim jong-il could see the problems with the way things were going, but decided to continue the same way anyway !
in fact kim jong-un is creating a situation favouring the west at the expense of china and all the west can do is lie low and see the way things break !
in terms of blackmail by far the largest population within their medium range ballistic missile reach is china !
an interesting read
my mother and her siblings and mother were evacuated from auckland because of an expected japanese invasion (my grandfather was fighting in the western desert campaign, it ruined his health) and a woman who was a family friend had been interned in a camp as a child by the japanese
its not an abstract issue “ down under ”
i was really shocked having done zen in a hakuun yasutani lineage to see his ultra nationalism, it really opened my eyes as to people in zen being toxic and clueless !
oddly about 15 years ago i met a guy here who spent the war in changi prison , his only comment was a bit mysterious, ‘ you really only learn about people when you work alongside them ’ !
i had a japanese friend shimpi at primary school in auckland (it was anglican and i was boarding, king’s school actually) , his father was there on business, i remember going to their home once, i fiddled with the shrine they had in the house and couldn’t put it back the way i found it ! : o)
the class bully was getting a bit out of hand hitting people, so shimpi and i waylaid him and gave him a good trashing . . he never touched us again !
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yeah bayoneting pregnant women, the nanking massacre, the thai-burma railway, the zen clergy supported all that, thank-god the imperial navy underfunded their nuclear bomb program or things would have turned out very differently ! !
its like heidegger being as bad as hitler, he and zen provided the supporting ideology for the war, they should all have been hanged !
what was one of the largest mistakes in history ?
the hanging and exile of the decembrists, russia lost its moderate road and we all know what happened !
religion is just endless useless and wrong minded meta !
i would go so far as to say d. t. suzuki was a war criminal, once you start promoting the glory of death for the cause of “ the greater imperial japan ” then all else that happens follows !
the japanese management of the war at its top levels was cryingly incompetent, power centralized on idiots, same issues with their invasion of china !
not funding their nuclear bomb program even though it was quite advanced, missing the US aircraft carriers at pearl harbour when they were what really mattered, getting their own carrier fleet sunk by keeping them all together (go marshal admiral yamamoto) , huge resources put into building complete waste of time giant submarines and the failure to integrate china in a productive way into their empire . .
and unbelievably both yamamoto and the emperor (who had a very significant active role) thinking they would ultimately lose the war
there is a cultural problem with overdominant hierarchies and power concentration, same issue with fukushima !
you don’t see it in the old ch’an and its there in spades in western zen coming from japanese lineages, just straight militarism really !
most politicians seem to have a degree of borderline personality disorder !
also a lot of wars seem to be entirely pointless, large countries taking on stupid causes that really need quite different resolutions, like afghanistan needs political solutions, not some stupid endless tribal conflict with major powers just getting enmeshed in tribal stuff !
anybody in the armed services kills people one way or another, some direct, others indirectly !
the real danger of warfare today is IEDs and the concussion
there is a huge need for post traumatic stress counsellors/therapists which is basically due to concussive brain damage which because of IEDs is at world war one levels where they used to get all sorts of explosive shit dropped on them in the confined space of the trenches !
an interesting thing about hitler is the allies deliberately didn’t attempt to assassinate him because they valued his leadership incompetence as debilitating to the german/nazi war effort and they weren’t wrong
by killing reinhard heydrich who was devastatingly competent, they showed they could get their man if they wanted to !
my comment in reply to the classic hiroshima photo with the bombed out exhibition hall building dome (suprisingly designed by the czech architect jan letzel)
just be thankful the japanese spent all their dough on useless giant submarines and gave very little funding to their surprisingly advanced atomic bomb program
if at the start of the war they and the germans had united and given adequate priority to their atomic weapons programs, history would have been changed so much all of us wouldn’t exist
both germany and japan were hobbled by extreme concentration of power and always doomed by the incompetence of their leaders !
“ Nationalist socialism has its own merits ”
yes it killed as many of its own people as others !
its unbelievable what people promote these days !
the way the nazi genocide of the jews disrupted the german and occupied countries middle classes always meant the war was lost for them
the independence struggle of india was relatively benign, but all the violence was in the partition which in hindsight given today’s world might not have been such a bad idea !
the basic thing the net has done is fragment the mass markets
so while everybody is guaranteed an audience (even me!) the markets are smaller and less economic and depending on the size don’t support any (or may permit) a limited overhead
translation : you have to do everything yourself and i must say i have learnt a lot about editing over the years !
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one thing that is obvious about international politics is the impossibility of creating limited nice solutions !
the millennials are an entitled generation
its a strategy born or developmentally acquired in plentitude
why waste energy when the world will deliver all/what you want to your doorstep
the problem arises /problems arise when what you need (or want!) is not delivered