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Everything You Need To Know About the 2016 Election

 

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Top 5 Republicans The group includes two Hispanics, one African-American, a woman, and one intellectually-disabled American (and longtime Democratic donor). That’s pretty diverse!

 

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That’s five old white people (average age: 66.6*) one of whom happens to be a woman. Not very diverse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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@Valin. Notice the Yin/Yang & r/K in the blog header @ bottom, below.

 

This is the site, via The Feral Irishman:

http://www.anonymousconservative.com/blog/donald-trumps-latest-amygdala-hijack/

 

A brief description of r/K:

 

What are r and K?

 

r and K come from evolutionary ecology, where they describe two fundamental psychologies seen in nature, designed to adapt an organism to either a glut or a shortage.


Rabbits are r-strategists, designed to exploit free resources, like fields of grass. The five psychological traits inherent to the r-strategy are docility/conflict-avoidance, promiscuity/non-monogamy, single-mom'ing, early sexualization of young, and no loyalty to a competitive in-group. All help this glut-exploiting psychology to out-reproduce everyone else.

 

Wolves are K-strategists, designed for when resources are too limited for everyone to survive. The five traits of a K-strategist are competitiveness/ aggressiveness/protectiveness, competitive mate monopolization/ monogamy, high-investment two-parent rearing, only mating when mature, and high loyalty to one's competitive in-group. All these traits either help you win, or produce fitter offspring, so they will win.

 

Our political battle is one between a glut-exploiting reproductive strategy of rabbits and a shortage-surviving reproductive strategy of wolves. All of politics and much of history are r vs K.

 

Now the Post Title:

 

Donald Trump’s Latest Amygdala Hijack

 

“She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions,” Trump said in a CNN interview. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. In my opinion, she was off base.”

 

On Saturday morning, Trump’s campaign released a statement claiming he said “whatever,” as opposed to “wherever,” and was referring to Kelly’s nose.

 

I have to think this was planned, and if so, it was brilliant. He released a deniable dogwhistle, triggered the SJW’s, and then when they rose to take the bait, he labeled them “deviant,” thereby out-grouping them as socially inferior – for getting triggered over nothing.

 

Trump’s campaign is almost like a giant cognitive training session trying to fix the nation’s SJWs. Trump triggers them, makes them feel inferior for getting triggered so they will experience aversive stimulus, then he repeats it.

 

Eventually, if repeated often enough, this would train the triggerable – that getting triggered, and letting it be known they were triggered, will only elicit aversive stimulus and humiliation, and thus the path of least aversive stimulus is to keep their mouths shut. Over time they would actually build amygdala suppression pathways designed to suppress the urge to get triggered.

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When you realize this is all a show, it makes Donald’s skill and genius at playing the crowd all the more impressive. If it were absolutely certain he had a deep, unwavering reverence for small government conservatism, there would be no doubt in my mind he would be the next Reagan.

 

As it is, it would appear we are going to find out for certain, and I think that is a good thing, if for no better reason than his effect on the debate and the nation’s tolerance for minor irritations.

 

 

 

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@SrWoodchuck

 

Here's the thing. I don't think he has a campaign plan/strategy other than to keep his name in the media. For him this is a giant ego stroke. People are trying to read too much into his "campaign". This morning I read sometime in the next couple of day...weeks (?) he'll put out his plan for saving the nation.

 

r and K, is an interesting way of looking at campaigns. Never heard of it before. (one of the many many many many things I've not heard of).

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The Week in Pictures: Meltdown Edition

Steven Hayward

August 15, 2015

 

One story I haven’t had time to chase down sufficiently is that the Obama “Clean Power Plan” is unfriendly to nuclear power, which shows that the reign of environmental correctness out of the 1970s is still with us. Out here in CA, a recent re-licensing hearing for the last remaining nuclear power plant in the state, Diablo Canyon, turned into the usual clown show. But if Diablo Canyon is shut down, greenhouse gas emissions in California will certainly go up as Diablo’s baseload power can only really be replaced by natural gas turbines, or with coal-fired power bought from out of state. More on this later, perhaps, but it seems like a metaphor for all the other political meltdowns under way at the moment, especially Hillary’s. And meanwhile, the Trump show keeps doing great box office.

 

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The Red Pill Revolution

http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=5215#pq=cu23lP

 

I’ve been fond of the red pill-blue pill formulation to describe what is happening with non-liberals in America. It’s popular with the hobbits of the Dark Enlightenment so I never use the terminology, but it is a good way to describe what is happening. It’s not disillusionment. That’s just a precursor to a healthy cynicism. What we’re seeing today is more of an awakening, where people suddenly confront a truth they used to think was nonsense.

 

It’s popular to compare the Trump surge with the Perot surge, blaming it on populist anger, which is another way of saying the losers are making a racket. That’s the George Will and Charles Krapphammer view of things. Both have been ranting and raving about this on Fox for a few months now. That’s an easy temptation and even easier when you get paid to mail in bite sized commentary for an hour each night. As Buchanan used to say, they have gone native.

 

Anyway, the thing people forget about Perot is he started as a third party guy, even though he had a special hatred of Bush. His campaign was never a fight within the GOP. That fight happened with the Buchanan challenge of Bush in the primary. Trump is starting as a Republican and while not making his campaign about challenging the GOP power structure, that’s how people are responding to it. If Trump were running as a third party candidate right now, no one would care.

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I think the biggest difference here is the role of the media. The primaries were over by the time Perot started talking about a run. It was the summer of 1992 when he became a story and started building a campaign. The press filled the summer promoting Perot because they wanted an interesting story. He was treated like a rock star, just about living on CNN. Eventually, Perot’s nuttiness was the better story and the press started making sport of him.

 

In contrast, the media has been hostile to Trump from the start. The Conservative media has been a mix of mocking, insulting and incredulous. This column by George Will is revelatory:

 

He is an affront to anyone devoted to the project William F. Buckley began six decades ago with the founding in 1955 of the National Review — making conservatism intellectually respectable and politically palatable. Buckley’s legacy is being betrayed by invertebrate conservatives now saying that although Trump “goes too far,” he has “tapped into something,” and therefore. . . .

 

Will starts out by asserting that conservatism was not always “intellectually respectable and politically palatable” and then he calls anyone not scandalized by Trump a subhuman. At least he did not demand they be shoved into ovens. He later goes on to say that a political party has a duty to defend its borders. This from a man who is an open borders fanatic. If you are a normal person who considers themselves a patriotic conservative, how can you not root for Trump over a man calling you a scumbag?

 

This where the red pill – blue pill concept comes in. Fox and the conservative media have been walking around thinking they are the authentic tribunes of the people. They truly thought they would be heroes to the cause by taking out Trump in the debate. Instead of their viewers throwing rotten cabbages at Trump, they were chucking them at Fox.

 

Watching these folks, it’s clear they are off-balance and they don’t know what’s happening to them.

 

Unlike the Perot phenomenon, the Trump wave is as much about the general disgust with Conservative Inc. and the mainstream media as it is about populist outrage. A lot of people have started to figure out that Fox is there to move product and sell GOP Inc. to the gullible people on the Right. These are people who signed onto the Tea Party, but have been radicalized by the GOP’s efforts to marginalize them.

 

The reformer wants to save things. The revolutionary wants to destroy. Perot was leading a reform movement. Trump is leading a revolution, whether he knows it or not. Maybe that’s why guys like George Will are suddenly incontinent over Trump. Maybe they sense the danger. It’s hard to know, but the antics of guys like Erick Erickson are just throwing logs on the fire. Once you take the red pill, you cannot untake it so things will never be the same now that revolution is in the air.

 

 

Via iOTWReports

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Talking about Carly Fiorina at TOS

 

Q: “What does she really bring to the table?”

 

A: What does DT? Other than a big mouth I mean.

 

Reply

 

$10 billion dollars, one of the biggest microphones in the world, four decades of promotional & publicity experience, his own planes and helicopters, bodyguards, professional staff, the attention of the whole world....

 

 

 

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The Red Pill Revolution

http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=5215#pq=cu23lP

 

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Unlike the Perot phenomenon, the Trump wave is as much about the general disgust with Conservative Inc. and the mainstream media as it is about populist outrage. A lot of people have started to figure out that Fox is there to move product and sell GOP Inc. to the gullible people on the Right. These are people who signed onto the Tea Party, but have been radicalized by the GOP’s efforts to marginalize them.

 

The reformer wants to save things. The revolutionary wants to destroy. Perot was leading a reform movement. Trump is leading a revolution, whether he knows it or not. Maybe that’s why guys like George Will are suddenly incontinent over Trump. Maybe they sense the danger. It’s hard to know, but the antics of guys like Erick Erickson are just throwing logs on the fire. Once you take the red pill, you cannot untake it so things will never be the same now that revolution is in the air.

 

 

Via iOTWReports

 

Thanks, some interesting points made in that oped.

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From The New Yorker.....Need I say more?

The Weight of the World

Can Christiana Figueres persuade humanity to save itself?
Elizabeth Kolbert

 

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or U.N.F.C.C.C., has by now been ratified by a hundred and ninety-five countries, which, depending on how you count, represents either all the countries in the world or all the countries and then some. Every year, the treaty stipulates, the signatories have to hold a meeting—a gathering that’s known as a COP, short for Conference of the Parties. The third COP produced the Kyoto Protocol, which, in turn, gave rise to another mandatory gathering, a MOP, or Meeting of the Parties. The seventeenth COP, which coincided with the seventh MOP, took place in South Africa. There it was decided that the work of previous COPs and MOPs had been inadequate, and a new group was formed—the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, usually referred to as the A.D.P. The A.D.P. subsequently split into A.D.P.-1 and A.D.P.-2, each of which held meetings of its own. The purpose of the U.N.F.C.C.C. and of the many negotiating sessions and working groups and protocols it has spun off over the years is to prevent “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” In climate circles, this is usually shortened to D.A.I. In plain English, it means global collapse.

 

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“I’m very comfortable with the word ‘revolution,’ ” Figueres told me. “In my experience, revolutions have been very positive.”

 

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To understand how the fate of the planet came to be entrusted to a corps of mostly anonymous, mid-level diplomats, you have to go back to the nineteen-eighties, when the world confronted its first atmospheric crisis. That crisis, the so-called ozone hole, was the product of chemicals known as chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs. When they were invented, in the nineteen-twenties, CFCs were hailed as miracle compounds—safe alternatives to the toxic gases used as early refrigerants. Lots of additional uses were found for CFCs before it was discovered that the chemicals had the nasty effect of breaking down stratospheric ozone, which protects the earth from ultraviolet radiation. (F. Sherwood Rowland, a chemist who shared a Nobel Prize for this discovery, once reportedly came home from his lab and told his wife, “The work is going well, but it looks like it might be the end of the world.”) A global treaty—the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer—was signed in 1985 and sent to the U.S. Senate by President Ronald Reagan, who called for its “expeditious ratification.” This broadly worded “framework” was soon followed by the Montreal Protocol, which called for drastic cuts in CFC usage.

 

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And On....And On....And On....

 

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Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison made his sons return their undeserved trophies. Obama, while polishing his Nobel Peace Prize, asked "Why?"

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@RealJamesWoods "Madame President, Iran just launched nuclear weapons. What do we do??!!"

 

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@RealJamesWoods "Madame President, Iran just launched nuclear weapons. What do we do??!!"

 

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That's going to end up being another one of those classic photos.

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