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2021.11.24 11:08

Geopol: What use are peaceful protests?!?

A little over half the population in the (loosely defined) West currently feel unrepresented by their governments, particularly in the context of draconian and laughably ineffective (if the stated purpose is to be believed…) COVID measures, universal media shenanigans and election troubles.

In a video I did a few months ago I explained how the mutual capacity for violence is the root of negotiation, how negotiation begets cooperation, how cooperation signals become trust signals, how that leads to the emergence of society and culture, and over the long term how this phenomenon impacts the development of intelligence and empathy.

In the philosophical context of the discussion about negotiation being an emergent, natural phenomenon I have been asked how should one interpret the role and utility of peaceful protests. This particular question has popped up a lot over the last two years in various forms, but particularly over the last week it has become a theme of its own so I’ve decided to do a video on the subject (actually two: a short take and an extended take).

Below are both the short and long takes, with links to them on Odysee, Rumble and BitChute — just pick whichever one you have the most comfort with (or have an account on — “don’t forget to like and subscribe!” — ugh… I do tire of that but I suppose it actually does work as a mental plant in the mind of the viewer… I mean, you’re thinking of liking and subscribing if you happened to read that and now you can’t not think about it because I’m going on and on here so…).

Short Version

Odysee: https://odysee.com/@zxq9:f/WhatUseArePeacefulProtests-Short:1?r=HV8mieUt7aHk53iace8Dk9XC4U2McgYR

Rumble: https://rumble.com/vpphf1-what-use-are-peaceful-protests-long-version.html

BitChute: https://www.bitchute.com/video/mvondO6BgQtI/

Long Version

Odysee: https://odysee.com/@zxq9:f/WhatUseArePeacefulProtests-Long:0?r=HV8mieUt7aHk53iace8Dk9XC4U2McgYR

Rumble: https://rumble.com/vpphw9-what-use-are-peaceful-protests-short-version.html

BitChute: https://www.bitchute.com/video/nXljfmtce9f6/

2021.10.30 12:09

Nonsensical Surveys

Filed under: Science & Tech,Society — Tags: , , , , — zxq9 @ 12:09

At the bottom of some mystery fear porn article on MSN about it being such a puzzle that Japan is doing fine despite no mandates, no lockdowns, no shutdowns, etc. this survey appeared asking readers how they felt about about Japan’s “handling” of the situation:

This is ridiculous as there is no option for “This question is stupid because there was no meaningful ‘handling’ to be done” — which was basically what the article was all about (oh, but they made sure to totally mischaracterize the vaccination program here quite thoroughly — ivermectin is the main recommendation and several types of the vaccines have been banned for safety reasons, which isn’t at all how they portray the situation in the article, same with masks). The people who handled COVID the best so far have been the Amish.

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