A theory about when Hitler trumps Stalin

Posted in Politics on June 14, 2018 by brenatevi

I have seen the question asked, “why don’t people (normally referring to the “left”) talk about the Stalinist Purges?” I’ve asked myself that question too, not out of besmirching the “left” (the implication being that they were fine with Stalin killing millions of people because he’s on “their” side,) but because it genuinely confused me. How could anyone be ok with millions of people dying?

So I went looking for answers. But on the first article (written by a Russian no less) I already have a theory which can be distilled like so: American troops saw the effects, and took pictures no less, of the impact of the Holocaust, but we have no such pictures of the Stalinist Purges, since the idea of a Soviet Free Press is basically impossible. Or to distill it even further, people have a hard time believing what they don’t see.

Yes, this last point is debatable, since people are frequently desperate to believe in conspiracy theory and other bullshit. I think that is because there is too much information now, and people’s mental filters are shit, so they latch on to anything that confirms what they think they know and discard everything else. (See confirmation bias.) Now that I think about it, this could be happening here too. Those on the left, with no pictures, disbelieve it happened. Although, to be completely honest, pictures don’t always help. See the movie, Devil Came on HorsebackThe Devil Came on Horseback –
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0912580/, where Arabs, looking at pictures of the genocide, still asked for proof of genocide. Or Holocaust deniers.

Still, I think in terms of mainstream acceptance, the chance of you seeing pictures of the Holocaust are infinitely greater than you seeing pictures of the Purges. Throw in the fact that you might know someone that liberated the camps, or even known a survivor, the Holocaust is on much firmer conceptual footing for Americans.

I have some other theories about the factors that led to the almost burying of the Purges, but I have more reading to do before I feel comfortable talking about them.

Brilliant stupidity

Posted in Uncategorized on April 3, 2017 by brenatevi

Something that amazes me everyday is how clever humans are, even during our most mind-numbingly stupid moments. Wait a moment — ESPECIALLY during our moments of idiotic brilliance. I see these moments on occasion during my job as a security professional, and the lengths people will go to do something dumb just astounds me. They will take pain-staking steps to go out of their way to get their pcs infected. If something doesn’t work, they will keep trying, even though what they are opening up is actually a boat load of pain. Doesn’t matter that they shouldn’t be expecting a packing notification for a package to their work email, THEY WERE EXPECTING A PACKAGE! ! !  And by gum, they are going to open that packing notification if it’s the last thing they do.  
It has a sort of terrifying beauty, watching people work their hardest to harm themselves out of idiotic determination. And the worst part? These aren’t stupid people. They are you and me (and yes, I’m including myself in this, because here’s a secret: I’m not immune.)  Even the most intelligent person is vulnerable to the phishing bag of tricks, even if you are more than slightly paranoid, because they are very good at what they do. At their best, they know how to short cut the decision making process we all depend on, and it takes a highly developed discernment to even have a chance against them. And even then, it’s just a chance. If they catch you at the wrong moment, with the right tools, you too can be one those determined idiots.

I need to think happy thoughts

Posted in Fuck this shit, Politics, Truth on March 13, 2016 by brenatevi

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/03/11/three-reasons-political-polarization-is-here-to-stay/

After a certain point, I just need to come to terms with the fact that our nation is falling apart, and is not going to get better any time soon. It isn’t in our leaders’ best interest to have a functional nation, because if our nation works, then how can they blame the other party for how fucked up our nation is? So instead they keep the nation fucked up, preying on ignorant people’s fear and anger over how our nation is fucked up, and riding that to power.

The real tragedy in all of this is that Congress is painting itself into a corner with this gridlock; by refusing to do any work, people are increasingly going to see Congress as irrelevant, and they are going expect the President to take action, sidelining them even further. The endgame here is the American Empire. Congratulations America!

 

Thanks Republicans for nothing

Posted in Fuck this shit, Politics, Truth on March 12, 2016 by brenatevi

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/03/12/cruz-kasich-and-rubio-rebuke-trump-for-campaign-chaos-but-say-the-left-and-the-media-also-share-blame/

I have lots of words about the hypocritical stance Republicans are taking. Blaming liberals for the hatred aimed at Trump? It would be laughable if it wasn’t so fucking tragic. They laid the groundwork for this by standing by and nodding as he spewed out tons of hatred. They refused to condemn him even as he fomented hatred. They did nothing as he told his supporters to abuse people that disagreed with him.

As for the media? If every Republican had stood on the stage and condemned Trump for his actions, then the media would have had to pay attention, but instead they hoped to take advantage of the anger, hoping to ride his coattails to the White House. And now we are where we are, and finally they woke the fuck up to the oncoming train wreck that is Donald Trump. Thanks a whole fucking lot Republicans. You are about to reap what you sow, and the United States is going to pay.

On change

Posted in Uncategorized on September 7, 2015 by brenatevi

You want to know why Donald Trump, with his woman hating, racist, bombastic talk, is leading some polls? Because there is a substantial number of Americans that are afraid of change. All of the symbols that they have depended on are being torn down, and there is exactly shit they can do about it. Whether it’s marriage, the flag of a failed nation, meaningless demographics, or the perception of our heroes, they are all being ripped down. And that scares people because we NEED symbols to keep us together. How else do you explain people willing to go to jail because of their beliefs, or willing to deny the fact that there is a problem with police, despite the inarguable evidence that has come out over the past year that cops have been acting badly (a moment for Freddie Gray.)

The sad part about this is that there is exactly nothing we can do to assuage their fear, because the changes are coming, Hell or high water. The only hope I have is that things don’t get too much worse before they get better.

Here’s Ben Folds singing.

Everything was fine syndrome

Posted in Uncategorized on July 3, 2015 by brenatevi

The mistaken belief that the past is better than the present, due to ignorance of how fucked up the past really was. Quite often accompanied by the belief that people are getting dumber, despite evidence that shows that our ancestors on average were capable of greater feats of stupidity than today.

Ways to piss off creationists

Posted in Uncategorized on June 2, 2015 by brenatevi

“You know that by believing that the bible is the literal word of God you are engaging in idolatry?”

“If disease and death started when Adam and Eve ate the Apple, what did viruses and bacteria do before that?”

“If God wanted Adam and Eve to live in paradise, why did He make the Tree of Life in the first place? And left it unguarded? And watch the whole Fall from Grace happen without protecting His children?”

“Free will is useless without knowledge. Unless you understand that what you are doing is wrong. Would you throw a three year old out of your house for disobeying you?”

“If God is omniscient, how come He didn’t know where Adam and Eve were hiding? Or what happened to Able?”

“Believing that the earth was made 6,000 years ago would require that God be a liar. How else do you explain the Hawaiian islands, and other volcanic islands? How do you explain the speed of light and supernova; if those stars were closer they would probably kill us. Or how about distant galaxies? Or cosmic rays? I could keep going, but if you don’t have an answer for those, the rest will just be compound interest for your ignorance.”