Monday, September 23, 2013

On My Careless Linkage of Obama and Manson

First of all, about that last post -- I must apologize for implicitly linking Charles Manson to President Obama. An inexcusable lapse of judgment.

Rather, the link is much more explicit than I had realized. You might say there's just one degree of separation between the two, in the form of Obama's Chicago buddy and all around ghostrotter, Bill Ayers.

Guinn points out that in 1969, many on the left instinctively sympathized with Manson's anti-establishment credentials, and that the most radical among them "took it a step further; the presumed guilt of Charlie and his followers made him admirable."

No way. That's just another right-wing HateFact, isn't it?

Well, at a December 1969 meeting of the Weather Underground, Ayers' bitter half, Bernardine Dohrn, was unstinting in her praise of the Manson family:

Dig it! First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them. They even stuck a fork into the victim's stomach. Wild!

These lovely friends of Obama, Ayers and Dohrn, "probably had the most authority within the Weatherman." Thus, their tasteful salute became "four fingers held up into the air to signify the fork jammed into Leno LaBianca's abdomen" (ibid.).

Stay classy, Bill!

There's no point in refighting the battles of 2008, and besides, if Leno LaBianca had lived to see it, does anyone doubt that Obama's tireless work to jam socialized medicine down our throats "would have brought comfort to her in her old age"?

That's what you call even Steven on the left. We're all familiar with Joseph Stalin's omelette recipe, which begins with appropriating the power to break eggs and ends with no breakfast for you. Way it is.

Speaking of HateFacts, here is a helpful piece on how the left dupes its useful LoFo idiots into supporting its illiberal agenda. It is impossible to understand the left -- or Obama -- without the key of cultural Marxism.

Returning to our main theme of information theory, "the key issue in economics is not aligning incentives with some putative public good but aligning knowledge with power." The free market does this spontaneously.

In contrast, the state not only aligns power and ignorance (of which it is ignorant), but is then shielded from the consequences. Power corrupts what is supposed to be a low entropy carrier -- the state -- with noise. Obamacare, for example, has to be the noisiest legislation in the history of the country.

"From the perspective of information theory, regulation is mainly an effort to replace knowledge with power" (Gilder).

But the most complete regulation can never overcome its "epistemic futility," i.e., Hayek's knowledge barrier. Regulation is of course necessary, but it "should be a low-entropy carrier" rather than a high-entropy barrier to commerce, as is Obamacare.

Remember, for the left, politics is, and can only be, about power, if only because it lacks the information necessary to govern rationally. It is certainly not about universal truths, or ordered liberty, or human nature, or natural law, or limited government, or classical soulcraft.

But real effective power is always the result of a pneumasynthesis of natural resources with supernatural ones, i.e., with human intelligence and creativity. Power minus information pretty much = the left.

Thus, for example, in 2009, Obama-Reid-Pelosi "turned up the power to compensate for the lack of information. The most readily available lever of power was federal spending."

In short, "seeking to ordain outcomes from the demand side, the blind side, without information and by dint of dumb money, politicians sought to control investment by brute spending" (ibid.).

But "federal spending based on borrowing from banks that is loaned at 0-percent interest from the Federal Reserve is the epitome of dumb money" -- i.e. Stupid Power -- and "devoid of information and deadly to the real assets of the nation." Rather, "all the relevant information is on the supply side."

But this is unacceptable to the Mansonoid left, since these evil supply-side piggies are precisely the ones who need to be brought down and punished in the liberal Helter Skelter of class warfare.


Blogger Open Trench said...

Obama is commander in chief of our armed forces. His job is dangerous. He is a soldier. He is the top officer of the USMC.

The job of POTUS is no cakewalk. Where is your respect due any person who takes it on?

I don't get you.

You villification of him has reached ridiculous proportions and I urge you to desist at once.

Go ahead and erase the comment, but remember I am your friend and I am not lying: Something seems to be wrong with you.

9/23/2013 08:58:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

You're right. I have no terrorist friends at all.

9/23/2013 09:04:00 AM  
Blogger Open Trench said...

Obama is commander in chief of our armed forces. His job is dangerous. He is a soldier. He is the top officer of the USMC.

The job of POTUS is no cakewalk. Where is your respect due any person who takes it on?

I don't get you.

You villification of him has reached ridiculous proportions and I urge you to desist at once.

Go ahead and erase the comment, but remember I am your friend and I am not lying: Something seems to be wrong with you.

9/23/2013 09:04:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

I rarely release people from the cult, but you are hereby freed of your obligation to post here.

9/23/2013 09:07:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Re. the Ted Kennedy piece, just wow. Pretending for a moment that Mary Jo had survived, I can't help thinking that her association with good old Ted could not possibly, in any way, have brought her comfort given his personal proclivities. An STD, perhaps, or maybe some serious long term emotional trauma, but not comfort.

9/23/2013 09:14:00 AM  
Blogger Open Trench said...

Bob, you are one of the best and brightest spirit writers on the net and have so much to give to the world, and it saddens me that you have chosen to submerge your mind in disdain of the president. I find this a tragic waste.

I want to continue to read the blog (as often it is hopeful and bright). As I have stated my case I will now do my best to desist from commenting and please do block or erase any or all of my ridiculousness; I don't care.

I meant what I said about being your friend; it is one-sided but there you have it.

9/23/2013 09:18:00 AM  
Blogger ted said...

"If a way to the better there be, it lies in taking a full look at the worst." ~ Thomas Hardy


9/23/2013 09:20:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Speaking of terrorist sympathizers, at Ace's members of the party of "no hate" publicly wish death on those who disagree with them. Yet again. I think that's the third or fourth of these types of comments I've seen just since this weekend. One suspects they would have been all too happy to share a fork-fingered salute with Bernardine Dorhn.

9/23/2013 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

At Zombie's, a demonstration of noise in service of power.

9/23/2013 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie Godwin said...

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9/23/2013 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie Godwin said...

Trench: There is a difference between having respect for the office of POTUS and respect for the man himself -- who happens to be harming our country. Did/do you also criticize those who demonized an undeserving George W. Bush?

And I don't think anyone will ever confuse Obama with an actual soldier LOL!

If you don't get Bob, then you haven't been paying attention. Bob is the original WYSIWYG.
General off-topic comment: We have a new Dane! Eddie Munster (he came with the name and it seems to work). We got him from rescue and think he's about 2 years old. 122 pounds but needs to be at least 140. He's very tall...all legs right now. I'll try to take a good picture of him in case Bob wants to post it. He is almost all black, so it's hard to take a picture that does him justice. We got him Saturday. Just had to share! He's really gentle and seems to be coming out of his shell a little already.

9/23/2013 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Very cool - I bet he's gorgeous!

9/23/2013 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Magister said...

Eddie Munster LOL perfect

I have relatives placed highly in the US Navy. They were appalled when Obama was elected and said he wouldn't have passed a security clearance otherwise, given his ghastly connections. The irony smells.

Obama and his whole crew are rotten. There are rotten people in the GOP, too, but that hardly excuses.

So Obama wanted "a more multi-polar world," and now he has it. The world now has more chaos and bloodshed. Cui bono? The Political Elite, which now presents itself as Lightbringer and Savior to us, the benighted masses.

Rotten! Rotten! Rotten!

9/23/2013 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger JP said...

The Fed is busy poofing money into existence on a regular and continuous basis, so it goes beyond the 0% issue.

At this point I have no idea the extent of non-knowledge has been pumped into the economy.

I'm fairly certain that the Fed has no idea what it is doing, but it really likes to do things, so things it does.

9/23/2013 01:39:00 PM  
Blogger Open Trench said...

Hi Leslie:

I did in fact clash with some of my left leaning buddies on the subject of George Bush.

George Bush was fearless. I never doubted he was a fine man and a great president. He met great challenges and served the nation well, and he had true warrior spirit.

Once a shoe was thrown at President Bush during a speech. He ducked it casually, with a smile.

That shoe could easiy have contained a bomb. He never flinched. That is courage.

The office molds whoever is in it, and its dignity permeates them. They meld. I believe Obama is no exception. To disagree with his policies is one thing, but to associate him with murderers is uncalled for...he is no position to rebut the charges because he has no time.

Your husband's charges against the president are actually charges against the American people. We the people elected him, and we the people are responsible for backing our president within reason. And the nation is prospering; it is obvious to anyone with eyes.

At the very least your husband is laying a charge of mass stupidity on millions. I rebut this charge strenuosly as unfounded, and furthermore an improper use of your husband's legitimate authority as a de-facto preacher.

Hundreds if not thousands of impressionable internet readers are imbibing this unreasonable assault on our collective dignity.

And you buy in? Really?

9/23/2013 03:03:00 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I just had a long spirited debate on facebook, over a portion of this post, that I put up as a status. 57 comments! Thank you, Bob.

9/23/2013 05:06:00 PM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...

""From the perspective of information theory, regulation is mainly an effort to replace knowledge with power" (Gilder)."

I like that so much, I've been saying it for years.

'course... you have too... but... there ya go.

9/23/2013 07:26:00 PM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...

mopin' stench said "..nd it saddens me that you have chosen to submerge your mind in disdain of the president. I fi..."

Lol, so typically bassackwards of you to think that disdain for the man, prompts the the assessment of his every action, rather than the other way around.

Here's essentially the same judgment, from one of my posts, ref'ing one of Gagdad's posts...

"...Economics pervades your entire life, supporting a policy that is unaware of the true source of wealth, your mind and soul and their relation to truth and its unfolding in reality, will be incomplete and false. Error and lies obscure and truth and will force progress downwards in an ever accelerating tragedyectory as power less and less diluted with truth, drives your progress. As Gagdad Bob noted in a recent posting on One Cosmos :

"For when truth is denied, raw power fills the vacuum, destroying love and everything else in its wake."

Power is something that always will break its bounds unless held tightly in place, and it takes strong convictions, truths, principles to keep it in control. Power when allowed to drive, will point its path closest to the ground. Whenever lofty motives are mixed with contradictory lower ones, it is the lower one that will win out in the end, they weaken your conceptual grip - the wider lines forced out by the inner details no longer integrated with understanding and conviction.

... from 2006. That's long before Obama was in office, and before we ever heard of him.

Howizadt possible?

The judgment came first, Obama just convicts himself of it - as do you.

9/23/2013 07:48:00 PM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...

And now for something completely different"Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality...":

"The revelation that particle interactions, the most basic events in nature, may be consequences of geometry significantly advances a decades-long effort to reformulate quantum field theory, the body of laws describing elementary particles and their interactions. Interactions that were previously calculated with mathematical formulas thousands of terms long can now be described by computing the volume of the corresponding jewel-like “amplituhedron,” which yields an equivalent one-term expression.

“The degree of efficiency is mind-boggling,” said Jacob Bourjaily, a theoretical physicist at Harvard University and one of the researchers who developed the new idea. “You can easily do, on paper, computations that were infeasible even with a computer before.”"

I don't know much about it yet, but I love the idea of qualitative Geometry shoving that upstart quantitative math a bit out of the limelight.

But... that's just me.

9/23/2013 08:04:00 PM  

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