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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 –, 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.

I need to think happy thoughts

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

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

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.

Why do people ignore/forget the past?

Posted in My Addictions, Politics, Uncategorized with tags on April 8, 2014 by brenatevi

There’s a popular fiction in government that they can control events. It’s been shown time and again that the harder governments try to control things, the more likely that events are going to spiral out of control. Russia right now is trying to ride the tiger that is nationalism, and they are going to discover that is a very, very difficult beast to get off of.

If you don’t believe me, I will give you the example to end all examples: World War I. It was nationalistic fervor that triggered that bloody pointless war that has reverberated for almost century. Yet, no one ever remembers the insanity that lead up to that horrific period of time. It’s either that, or people think that they are immune to the march of history. I’m not sure which is worse.

A post where I lose my train of thought about Russians

Posted in Miscellaneous rant, Phone rant, Politics, Russian Front with tags , , on March 23, 2014 by brenatevi article about ethnic boundaries.
While I agree with a lot of points in the article above, the writer misses the point of what Putin is doing: it has nothing to do with race, language, or religion. And honestly, we’ll never get everyone to sit down and draw more sane and humanitarian borders that reunite any of these tribes, for the same reason: they don’t give two shits for anyone but their own tribe.

So why does Putin go through these motions if he doesn’t really care? Ego. Actually, ego is why people follow him despite the fact that he is obviously a titanic asshole. He shows that he can be a savior to an entire people, and he makes the people he’s “saving” feel more important. Never mind the fact that other people that aren’t part of the Russian tribe want no part of this charade. Remember how I said it had nothing to do race, religion, or language? Well, in hindsight, I guess it does, but only as an excuse to feel important. Actually, this entire post might be rubbish, but that’s ok; I’ve written posts even worse than this.

It’s tab cleaning time!

Posted in Fuck this shit, Miscellaneous rant, Politics on March 17, 2014 by brenatevi

Yeah, I’ve been accumulating tabs for a while, gathering link upon link showing that while Obama might not be Hitler, he is a complete hypocrite. Seriously, for a man that promised to shut down the spying, he has done exactly the opposite. I’m not sure if he’s stupid, evil, incompetent, or just bloody arrogant. My guess is the latter, where his shit doesn’t stink, and everyone around him has no incentive to disagree. It seriously makes me want to weep for our future. So with that out of the way, let the linkage commence, before my tablet kills Chrome for bogartting RAM:

And we want to trust these jokers with ALL of our data –

Yes, let’s drop malware that can be repurposed and make the Internet less secure –

Not security related, but proof that getting rid of these assholes is going to take a whole lotta work-

Great, the Government is taking part in the PC zombie apocalypse –

Hell, everyone is surveilling you right now –

I have nothing clever to say about this one –

So yeah, the CIA is trying to dictate what happens during an investigation against them –

Hey, what do you know? My opinion has risen from the dead!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on October 13, 2011 by brenatevi

Before I start this rant, I need to remind people that I am not the biggest fan of Obama. I think that he was oversold, and tried to do way too much, and his followers had an unrealistic expectation about what an American President can do. (a semi-related aside: What in the hell is up with “We’re going to take back Washington?” From whom? If you tell me the other party, I’ll go Aaron Burr on your ass. And for who are you taking it back for?  For me? Who thinks I want it back in the first place? You all can keep it.)

OK, with that said, I think Hank Williams Jr. made an ass out f himself when he compared Obama to Hitler, and I think ESPN is correct for wanting nothing to do with him anymore. Something that bugs me about this is people have been abusing the phrase “My First Amendment Rights” way too often lately. The First Amendment only has to do with the GOVERNMENT trying to shut you up, not a private entity like ESPN. This isn’t the first time that I’ve heard about this, and unfortunately won’t be the last. Why can’t people see that you have every right to be an insufferable asshole, but everyone else has the right to either ignore you (my favorite tactic) or completely disavow you (“Look, you are being an asshole. Everyone shout down the asshole!”) I’m not a big fan of this tactic; it brings attention to someone that really doesn’t need it. Paying attention to assholes like that just feeds the trolls. Of course, there are the ones we should be paying attention to, like anyone that seriously wants to do some damage… Yeah, it’s a bit tricky. But honestly, I’d rather the assholes be as noisy as possible, so that way I know where to shoot when they become dangerous.

But that’s just me. And my attitude might change if the asshole tugs on the wrong strings…