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Zero/Negative Sum Gain Gaming – Bane of Society

11 Sep
Zero/Negative Sum Gain Gaming – Bane of Society

Fifi

2017 September 10
I should be working on something else.
But I came here, to my favorite haunt, despite the fervor of the annual festival on the street, to work on some business.
A casual acquaintance asks why I push the dog away; it causes me to launch into a quiet little talk about, “no”, I actually like dogs; it’s the dog ‘owners’ I frequently have disagreements with. You aren’t allowed to smoke on this back patio, since a new aggressive law came into affect; so you can’t smoke within 9 metres of the door. Without discussing the merits of the law, I can say that most people respect this law. It is also against the law to have dogs in a restaurant, which this place is technically classified, but there is no end to grief for the staff here, when this is mentioned to a ‘patron’ who is so special, and their dog(s) is so special, that … well, they don’t think it should apply to them; furthermore, “…it is a stupid law, made by stupid people, and I won’t come here again, and I’ll tell all of my (dog owning) friends NEVER to ever come here, if you don’t let my Fifi stay with me while I’m getting a coffee…”., blah, blah, blah!

She says, “well, we all have our problems”, suggesting I have a problem.
It’s negative sum gain gaming”, I say. I’m just against that, where somebody, or some group, takes privileges that are controlled, for the greater betterment of all, at cost to all of the people who respect obeying the control, because it is for the betterment of all, BUT THEY END UP PAYING ANYWAYS! Just so the bitch can bring her Fifi, and all of the other bitches who ‘get exception(s)’, while the other people ‘toe the line’.

Dogs in society, cities specifically, are a good example.
In addition to occasionally ‘stepping in it’ literally, everyone, knowing this will likely eventually happen, have to self-repress themselves, conduct themselves with a bit less abandon and carefreeness, so that they don’t ‘step in it’. Even if 100% of dog owners cleaned up after their pets 100% of the time (never going to happen), there are a large number of other ‘unpleasantnesses’, one might say, i.e. things that make one’s quality of life lower, associated with dogs in the city; economists call these ‘negative externalities’, and they could be dogs barking (loudly) through the night, or even in the day, dogs aggressively snarling, biting, and otherwise terrorizing random, faultless passersby, etc. There was a cold winter a few years ago (rare these days, but that’s another story), I remember when the thaw came, a ghastly vapour came up from a large (aren’t they all, these days) ‘leash-free’ area in the valley. Without being certain, I find it difficult to believe that it was benign. What about the people who ‘walk’ their dog in the school yards? In my municipal jurisdiction, ALL school areas have prohibitions against dogs; all of them! But if it is open, ‘they will come’; not only will they come, but they will take care of the business, which was the only reason, for which they came, namely, pissing and shitting their dogs. It is difficult to imagine that these activities do NOT increase the health risks of the grounds where the children play.
I’m not even going to approach how the cost born to the city for maintenance, solely for dog-ownership ‘negative externalities’, are shared equally, whether you own a dog or not.
Why should the people who do NOT own a dog have to share in the financial costs, on top of everything else, just so a entitled minority (admittedly a large minority), can get their… ‘benefits’ from their dog ‘ownership’?
Is that fair?
I don’t think it is.
Even in the extremely remote possibility that the total benefits accrued by the dog owners was equal to the ‘costs’ direct, i.e. tax $$$s, and negative externalities, it would still be a zero sum gain.
And zero sum gain sucks too!
Why?
Because it is effectively a transfer of benefits from one groups, in the form of tax dollars and impacts to quality of life, both without any offsetting benefit, to another group, who theoretically gain benefit from having a dog. It should be noted that in many cases, the dog owners have the same costs in tax dollars and negative overall impacts to their quality of life, as those who don’t have a dog. But one must assume that the dog owner is willing to bear these costs for the sake of having the benefits derived from having the dog.
They accept occasionally stepping in shit, (sometimes) cleaning up their dog’s shit, going for walks, paying more taxes, etc., again, assumably because they are ‘good’ with the trade-off.
Zero sum gain gaming is breaking the rules and earning stolen benefits from the rest of the people who don’t cheat!
That’s what it is, ‘cheating’.
One of the problems is, if everyone does it, then there are no benefits to be derived from it, just an incremental loss of overall benefits to everybody, a systemic lowering of quality of life to all, which like many, many human endeavours, results in an environmental degradation, which, in and of itself, is negative sum gain gaming.

No I love dogs, they never negative sum gain game me.
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Get Over the Political Left to Right Divide

3 Sep

Get Over the Political Left to Right Divide        2017 September 3rd

It is definitely time to leave the old political characterizations of “Left” and “Right” behind.

While one must be careful endorsing any large organizational entities, Wiki has an entry forLeft-Right political spectrum“.

While there may (?!) have been usefulness of this kind of binary differentiation in political discussions, these days, all it does is artificially fosters divisions within the 99%, further enabling the 0.1% to retain control above the inane din below.

If you were to boil down the actual differences between these supposed ideologies, you might find, as I did, that ‘the left’ purports to in inherent, intrinsic level of responsibility, while ‘the right’  seems to support an attitude that if you paid for it, your responsibility is complete.  Of course this is great simplification of the supposed spectrum (you could just as easily read ‘rectum‘), try it out for a while, and see what you think.

The only real true divide in society is the top 0.1%-1% and the 99%, and this, of course, is in and of itself, a spectrum.  But there is a significant difference between competing factions in the top 0.1% and everybody else, their defacto ‘jobs’ are maintaining the status quo for wealth/power divisions, in which they reign, versus the 99%, who are trying to make the most of what (little) they get.

The artificial political divide maintained for the elite 0.1%, by their top 0.9% toadies is wearing thin after Charlottesville, and the Hillary Clinton Democratic National Committee cheat to win the Democrat nomination, then having been exposed by a leak, creating a full onslaught of fake Russia involvement news.

So the two groups are: a. those that work towards maintaining their unreasonable control of power and wealth, and b. those that would like for a more equitable distribution of power and wealth, which needless to say, would comparatively favour them.  There is a group c. the bottom 9/10ths of the top 1% (approximately) who vary across a range of i. being grateful for their existing level of wealth power, in the service of their masters in the top 0.1%, and willing to do whatever it takes to not slip into the bottom 99%, and ii. desiring to be in the top 0.1% and willing to do whatever it takes to get there.

 

Recommendation:

If you are in the 99%, better to let go of the left v. right divide and focus on addressing the dysfunctional distribution of wealth/power.   The other differences between people in the 99% are less relevant until a better distribution of wealth/power is achieved.

The God(s) Must Be Crazy!

20 Jun

The God(s) Must Be Crazy

2017 June 20

Anyone still believing in the primacy of a mystical, superstitious, utterly unproovable by any objective means, are the real crazies.
I can’t hope to equal the excellent treatment of religion Yuval Harari gives it, in his fantastic book, Sapiens“: p.210:  … all social orders and hierarchies are imagined, they are all fragile, and the larger the society, the more fragile it is. The crucial historical role of religion has been to give superhuman legitimacy to these fragile structures. …
… two distinct criteria:
1. Religions hold that there is a superhuman order, which is not the product of human whims or agreements. …
2. Based on this superhuman order, religion establishes norms and values that it considers binding. …
p. 228 The Worship of Man:…if we take into consideration natural-law religions, then modernity turns out to be an age of intense religious fervour, unparalleled missionary efforts, and the bloodiest wars of religion in history.  The modern age has witnessed the rise of new natural-law religions, such as liberalism, Communism, capitalism, nationalism, and Nazism.  These creeds do not like to be called religions, and refer to themselves as ideologies.  But this is just a semantic exercise.  If a religion is a system of human norms and values that is founded on belief in a superhuman order, then Soviet Communism was no less a religion than Islam.  …
p. 195 It’s for your own good:…  Evolution has made Homo sapiens. like other social mammals, a xenophobic creature.  Sapiens instinctively divide humanity into two parts, ‘we’ and ‘they’.  We are people like you and me, who share our language, religion and customs.  We are all responsible for each other, but not responsible for them.  We were always distinct from them, we owe them nothing.  We don’t want to see any of them in our territory, and we don’t care an iota what happens in their territory.  They are barely even human. …
p. 242 Blind Clio:… Ever more scholars see cultures as a kind of mental infection or parasite, with humans as its unwitting host.  Organic parasites, such as viruses, live inside the body of their host.  They multiply and spread from one host to the other, feeding off their hosts, weakening them, and sometimes killing them.  As long as the hosts live long enough to pass along the parasite, it cares little about the condition of its host.  In just this fashion, cultural ideas live inside the minds of humans.  They multiply and spread from one host to another, occasionally weakening the host and sometimes even killing them. – can compel a human to dedicate his or her life to spreading that idea, even at the price of death.  The human dies, but the idea spreads.   ….  … Successful cultures are those that excel in reproducing their memes, irrespective of the costs and benefits to their human hosts.  …  Similar arguments are common in the social sciences, under the aegis of game theory. Game theory explains how in multi-player systems, views  and behaviour patterns that harm all players nevertheless manage to take root and spread. …”
p. 236 The Worship of Man: “… in all frankness, how long can we maintain the wall separating the department of biology from the departments of law and political science?

I would like to refer to my first entry in this blog, “the sun in the sky” in which I suggest that where I suggest like everybody alive (who isn’t an alien)  that all of the molecules in my body (well, almost all of them) come from the sun, and eventually, very likely, all of my molecules will go back into that fascinating transmuter of matter, the sun.

I should also like to remind the reader how I suggest that modern multinational corporations match scientific tests for life, in the blog “the Corporate Entity – you’re trained to NOT think of it as alive“. 

It now occurs to me that our sun also satisfies these tests!

Reminds me of “Living on the sand” by Colter Wall.  I love that song!

When I listen to it, it in turn reminds me of Dean Cassady in Wayward, keeps on waking up on the sand in Chapter 10. Stranger.

Love the planet, reject religion or make reverence for the planet the cornerstone of your religion.

Our 1st World Western Slaveries

19 May

Respect and peace for Chris Cornell (1964-2017), too short a time.

 

Our 1st World Western Slaveries – 2017 May 19th
modified from a comment at The Saker – Saudi America, by Jimmie Moglia

The USA, like western Europe and the Anzac and Canada, are slaveries, using (primarily) financial control mechanisms to utterly disempower (the spell-checker gives me the option of “disembowel”, interestingly appropriate) the 99%+.

Not even the bottom end of the top 1% can afford housing in Toronto,

(or Vancouver, or Sydney (AU), or Auckland (NZ), etc., etc., etc….)
I originally read this in a recent article at the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the national broadcaster in Canada), which I can no longer find, but found at: Global News , Huffington Canada , the Globe and Mail

New found perception management capability may not be thoroughly understood
We can notice, those paying attention, anyhow, the escalation of bullshit by the mainstream media, especially since 9/11, and the rapid growth into a mushroom cloud-like expansion into (what seems to me) obviously ridiculous story lines, covering the many gross hypocrisies of the conduct of the various agencies of governance against the ‘accepted’ public myth (agreed to lies).
While compelling the citizens to adopt the most powerful surveillance and perception management systems of known human history i.e. smartphones, the greedy, socio-pathic competing factions of the top 0.1% have become giddy and flippant in the use of these tools, and the pervasive self-censorship by political correctness, to quell dissent at the waking level of consciousness, I believe that a backdoor is being left unguarded, as the brutal waking consciousness manipulations create such a huge gulf between the waking consciousness and the sub-waking consciousness levels of our homo sapiens cognitive composites that the resultant extreme form of cognitive dissonance, is creating a rift that they themselves are already exploiting (for what else? more power/money).
But this door is getting larger and more vulnerable by the day, as the extreme use of media manipulations are inserted into the fragile waking-conscious minds of the people, like a junkie death-spiral.
The Western Deep Empire cabal, as referred to variously is just another part of the blaring hypocrisies, being foisted upon those, unlike many in this community, who haven’t even seen past the first thin film of facade, feckless victims.

The question is, what can be done to liberate the minds of the majority, which will likely be required to depose the slave-masters?

This is what the fine minds here could be spending energy on, to change it!