Hallucinating

Or Scott Adams is a genius.

Finding this (or something similar) became important after quickly skimming through an article titled Al Franken: The Obvious Setup and Liberals Took the Bait recommended by an acquaintance. Why quickly? Well, the first paragraph is the tell:

With all of the sleazy, disgusting and lurid sexual problems that seem to be a part of the Republican official’s way of life, it was only a matter of time before there was a lash back against a Democrat. This is not to say that there aren’t any liberals that are never part of this mix, it’s just that the overtly religious doctrine that conservatives follow does lend to repressed sexual conditions.

Yikes. And that’s when an inspiration percolated up. The author and the recommend-er are nuts. No, actually they’re hallucinating – the topic of that first link above.

This brings me to the anti-Trump protests. The protesters look as though they are protesting Trump, but they are not. They are locked in an imaginary world and battling their own hallucinations of the future. Here’s the setup that triggered them.

1. They believe they are smart and well-informed.

2. Their good judgement told them Trump is OBVIOUSLY the next Hitler, or something similarly bad.

3. Half of the voters of the United States – including a lot of smart people – voted Trump into office anyway.

Those “facts” can’t be reconciled in the minds of the anti-Trumpers. Mentally, something has to give. That’s where cognitive dissonance comes in.

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So how do you explain-away Trump’s election if you think you are smart and you think you are well-informed and you think Trump is OBVIOUSLY a monster?

You solve for that incongruity by hallucinating – literally – that Trump supporters KNOW Trump is a monster and they PREFER the monster. In this hallucination, the KKK is not a nutty fringe group but rather a symbol of how all Trump supporters must feel.

In another post, Scott examines various hallucinations of the left (and includes a warning or sorts to the right). He also mentions, to his credit, that the hallucination theory needs to be combined with the realization that some people are simply cynical political tricksters (see, for example, Harry Reid is proud he lied about Mitt Romney’s taxes).

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Fetch the Tumbrels

Cathy Young tweets a concern of the black humor variety:

Does anyone feel like the sexual revolution has finally hit the “Reign of Terror” stage

Not sure about this… after finding this, I now know that yes, we are in the RoT.

Never ever flirt with a woman. All flirting is now sexual harassment. All compliments are sexual harassment. Everything is sexual harassment (against women).

/sarcasm off

PS. And anyone (mal)educated by the US education system of the last 20, 30 years has no idea of what this Reign of Terror thing refers to.

Update (20171124): Bookworm has an extremely interesting and well-written post titled The Sexual “Reign of Terror”: How we got here and where we’re going that explains that RoT thing for the youngin’s. At the end of the comments (as of this writing) is a doozy from David Foster (from Chicago Boyz…I thought I recognized that name):

Someone in an aviation magazine observed that ‘if you do anything with your airplane that is not consistent with the Pilot’s Operating Handbook, then you are a test pilot.”

For a society, the “Pilot’s Operating Handbook” is comprised of the generally-accepted traditions, expectations, and assumptions, as well as the explicit rules and laws.

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My, How Diets Have Changed

From a link on Instapundit to a new book with the title, The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and 5 Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain Confidence.

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Two Sets of Rules

From a Nolte tweet, the pitch

Shouldn’t we hold our side to a standard? What’s the point of beating the left if we have to abandon our basic values?

and it’s hit.

Because it is called unilateral disarmament, emotional blackmail, playing by and losing to two sets of rules designed to conquer and rule over us.

Open your eyes to a bigger moral world.

Outta the park.

The “bigger moral world” notion is explained a few tweets later:

If you want to live in a country with NO MORALITY, keep handing victories to the MSM and left because of YOUR morality.

That is what I mean by a bigger moral world to protect by avoiding unilateral disarmament.

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Uh-oh, They’re On to Us

From a retweet and commment by Instapundit:

It seems increasingly clear that Trump’s job is to incite an endless succession of personal & cultural feuds to draw the spotlight while exec agencies & GOP Congress advance an undiluted agenda of tax cuts for top, deregulation for business & spending cuts for lower income

More cowbell.

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You actually can’t make up for lost sleep

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to understand how important it is to get sufficient sleep. I assume that some people can do with less and some need more, but I need, in general, eight hours.

For example, it may only be me, but I’ve noticed that just before I get a cold, flu, or just a sort of under-the-weather thing, I sleep less well than normal As if the first thing the germs do is prevent a good night’s sleep, so the body is weakened and can’t prevent the infection.

Anyway, Instapundit has a link to an article about one of the myths of sleep. A quote (of another quote):

Sleep is not like the bank. You can’t accumulate a debt and pay it off at a later point in time. If I were to deprive you of sleep an entire night, and then in a subsequent night give you all the sleep you want, you never get back all that you’ve lost. You will sleep longer, but you will never achieve that full eight-hour repayment. The brain has no capacity to get back that lost sleep…

And one of the things the article confirms is that

what I’ve since come to learn is that all of these supposedly time-consuming self-help behaviors we hear about?—?such as getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, meditating, stretching and taking frequent walking breaks throughout the work day?—?are actually time-saving behaviors.

It’s a quality vs. quantity calculation. Self-care activities might cut into your work time, but practicing them ensures you’ll be sharper and more productive during the hours you do spend working.

I can’t speak to the efficacy of meditation, stretching, or walking breaks at work, but I’ve found that getting enough sleep is important.

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Decimated

From a post at Samizdata, a brief quote from Walter Williams:

The undeniable truth is that neither slavery nor Jim Crow nor the harshest racism has decimated the black family the way the welfare state has.

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Bonkers

Well stated:

Not sure the cool kids realise how much of Trump’s support arises because he has all the right enemies & Trump turns them entirely bonkers

Some of the follow-up comments are good too.

And I liked this one too:

I wake up every morning happy that Hillary Clinton is not president.

Update (20171101): I could do a new post, but what the heck, this from Instapundit is just a continuation of the above. There a couple, three links to follow, but this quote from the post is nice even if it’s from the crunchy-conservative, Rod Dreher:

This mentality exemplified by Madeleine Leader has a lot to do with why, at the end of the day, I’ll end up voting Republican out of pure self-protection, and to protect the job prospects of my children, especially my sons. Good job, Democrats. You are telling straight white people that they are second-class citizens who don’t deserve fairness. You’ll continue to find self-hating liberal whites who are willing to accept this garbage, but many more aren’t falling for it — and know what kind of world Democrats are preparing for them when and if they take power again.

Really kinda lays things out when Dreher gets it. Vox notices Dreher’s predicament.

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Another Sowell Quote

From the Larry Elder Twitter feed:

You cannot subsidize irresponsibility and expect people to become more responsible.

Larry Elder, the Sage of South Central, is credited by Dave Rubin in this interview as as finally removing the blinders from his leftist eyes.

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Algebra, geometry perpetuate white privilege

From Instapundit:

“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White,” Gutierrez argued.

Gutierrez also worries that algebra and geometry perpetuate privilege, fretting that “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”

Math also helps actively perpetuate white privilege too, since the way our economy places a premium on math skills gives math a form of “unearned privilege” for math professors, who are disproportionately white.

“Are we really that smart just because we do mathematics?” she asks, further wondering why math professors get more research grants than “social studies or English” professors.

Like I quoted here before, I don’t want to be racist, but they make it so hard.

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