In my recent deconstructions of the work of Jordan Peterson, it was mentioned to me that he is a Jungian.
My immediate thought was "ohhhh, that explains a Lot!"

For those who don't know, Jungianism is a theory of the mind based on the work of Carl Jung. A prominent part of it is the belief in "the collective unconscious": patterns of thought he imagined people share merely by virtue of living in the same culture.

This is a particularly easy position for me to challenge, as I seem to be a living, breathing counter-example, growing up in the West but having very little affinity for a lot of the assumptions of its prevailing culture.

I know this because I run role playing campaigns. That pretty much requires me to be a writer, as I have to produce a new adventure for every session (which has been as often as once a week). To the extent these are original (which has gotten higher throughout the years), I get a handy body of work that lets me See how my imagination works.

And it's not too much like my fellows. My characters, for example, protagonists and otherwise, are not so much like those I see in the culture around me. The gods in my worlds are generally not cribbed from the typical sources of western fiction.

SO, *I* am not a Jungian, and have reason to dispute the universality of the theory's application. But I have an additional, theoretical objection to the belief system.

Many Jungians allow their belief in a collective unconscious to amplify to the point where they think 'people just sort of Know stuff' - absent any source for that knowledge.
For example, Dr. Peterson infamously presented the notion that ancient peoples just sort of Knew about DNA - just because of the commonality of art with a motif of entwined double spirals. He did this despite the pretty obviously parsimonious alternative hypothesis that they had all seen snakes mating.

My problem with this expanded notion of a "collective unconscious" is that it flies in the face of Empiricism, which is the primary legacy of The Enlightenment. Empiricism tells us that human knowledge comes from Observation, and was a necessary condition for nearly all the improvements in the human condition since then. As I am wont to repeat, absent empiricism, we would all be back to taking orders from the Pope.

Jungianism's departure from Empiricism is especially galling, as the broader field of psychology within which it resides has struggled to be taken seriously as a science for a long time, and so Jungian casual embrace of anti-empirical core concepts is something of an embarrassment.

Or Should be. But Dr. Peterson is a media darling just now, and his principled challenge of weirdos has overshadowed the flawed Jungian bases he proceeds from.
Seems we shall have to wait another generation for this particular bad idea to die out.


This conversation got started on Gab, but the character limit there is too low to finish it there, so here is my objection.

Preface: I actually Like some of Aydin's work, but this is just too much.

Exposition: At 10:14 of This vid
Aydin begins an objection to ephebophilia.
She did not make up that word. It only recently came into common use, as people try to split finer and finer hairs about the definition(s) of attraction to people who are not fully adult.
This is perfectly reasonable. Having romantic feelings toward a 17 year old are not the same as having those same feelings for a 7 year old.

At 13:07, she correctly defines ephebophilia as sexual attraction by adults toward older teenagers.

Prior to that ( c. 11:30) she lists some characteristics of adolescent thinking, including "Personal Fabling", and "the experience of the Imaginary Audience . . . that everyone is watching Me . . ."
She then presents this as a disqualification of their capacity for an equal relationship with some one not in that age group.

To make such a claim, in a culture where adults of all ages are rouTinely encouraged to imagine themselves to develop a personal relationship with an omnipotent Sky Fairy, who is aware of, and judges, their every action, is the height of disingenuity. By such logic, one should not date a theist, lest their immature world view place them at a disadvantage in their relationship.
(and that does not even touch on the assumption that chronological adults all shed these notions 'on time')

Further, most cultures have made a point of marriage prior to age 20 for females (and frequently to older men). Such a broad adoption of such a standard cannot be laid at the door of specific cultural bias - it must be a cultural response to biology.
By defending a barrier to such, Aydin appears to have picked up the weapons of her opponents, defending her personal preferences in the face of biological fact.

I think this was unworthy of her.

ANIME SEASON - First Impressions

Last season brought us the opening run of "Golden Kamuy", and that's a Tough act to follow.

The best one so far is "Angolmois", which is a semi-historical retelling of the repelling of the Mongol invasion of Japan (which gave us the legend of the "Kamikazi", among other things).

The writers have opted for a sort of a "Dirty Dozen" military setting, with a group of condemned prisoners sent as a forlorn hope to bolster the local defense of the Mongol fleet's first stop, the island of Tsushima. Only two eps in, you can already see the typical Japanese team assembling - the disgraced, but skilled and terribly practical samurai, the barbaric bruiser, the little guy who can see in the dark, the feisty princess, etc.

Also promising is "Sirius the Jaeger", about globe-trotting vampire hunters in the 1930's, tracking their prey to the remote island nation of Nippon . . .
It's a trifle tropey, but not in a heavy handed way so far, and the action scenes are well animated.

Honorable mention goes to "Banana Fish", a weird bit of Yaoi that kept me interested for two whole eps just based purely on its 'Thousand and One Nights'-esque pacing.


I mostly use DuckDuckGo, for privacy (and principle) - try to use it exclusively. BUT I find there are certain kinds of searches where Google still has a significant edge.

1) Image searches. Google almost always has a notable edge.

2) Science. And not just outright scholarly research publications - even 'pop' science seems to be poorly indexed for presentation by the Duck.
Alfred Mayer's "Many Directions of Time" slideshow wasn't coming up on the Duck At ALL, until I personally contacted the Duckmasters and asked them pointedly if they were intentionally censoring the work.

3) And of all things, Menus!
I was trying to find a local purveyor of sloppy joes this week, and that's no mean feat, in a region more renowned for barbecued pork than any kind of beef. The Duck only gave me One usable result, which turned out to be an unreliable source (one day a week, and then only when they didn't feel like preempting it for some other promotion).
Tried on Google - and was Instantly presented with links to Restaurant Guru, which showed me several other options, - and provided me a menu of one of them, so I not only knew it was standard fare, but the price (of it, and everything else) as well!

I retain hope that these are just growing pains, and that may look forward to someday not needing google for even these niche searches.

This is REport, not SUPport - No Agenda here -

If the recently released analysis of male & female brains appearing identical is accurate . . .

. . .then that means the observed behavioral differences are due to sex hormones imposing significant changes of function of the Same neural Architecture.

That's a pretty big deal.

(The above is an example of a Post that s frustratingly just a hair too large to fit on Gab)

One of the things I like about Gab's "Pro" upgrade is that is a quiet recognition of what I predicted last year: The advertising-funded model of social media is doomed, fee for service is the only one that can hope to survive.

That means an end to the Youtube model (ad-supported - AND yet to turn a profit) and the Facebook model (sell your data to corps to target advertising) .

If it were any cheaper or the character limit any larger, I would jump in heartbeat.

Gab's default character limit is 300, But, if you upgrade to "Pro", it goes up to 3K.

That costs $6/month.



My mother was an English teacher, and familiarity with her specialty was Not optional in that house, so I have generally had a leg up on my fellows as far as vocabulary goes.
But every now and then . . .

Today, I learned a new word.

In my defense, it is not only obscure, but has apparently been ported over from French.

The word is "complotist".
I have seen it defined as 'believing that most of the troubles facing society are the work of a specific minority, usually operating at least partially in secret, and there is a need to point their actions out.'

I have seen this contracted down to just "Conspiracy theorist".

Given how quickly society evolves, and how slowly our brains do, imagining any social maladaption would tend to be restricted to a some specific minority (absent some sort of actual invasion, like happened in Europe lately) strikes me as delusional.
The notion that only some 'Other' could disrupt an otherwise smoothly functioning society is to ignore the example of John Dillinger, Clyde Barrow, Jesse James, and any number of other lilly white disruptors with thoroughly Protestant backgrounds.
Heck, domestic drunk drivers kill more Americans than MS-13 could Dream of doing!

I'm all in favor of border control, but lets stick to Actual justifications for it.


After 9 months of relatively harmonious co-existence, our landlord got us out of bed one morning with a phone call.
He proceeded to go back on a promise he made when I moved in, demanding I mow down all the stands of clover we were nurturing on behalf of the local bee population.

When I pointed out that this was contrary to his word, he responded with an ultimatum, to cut it, or he would hire someone to do it.
I know from hard experience that any such hireling would massacre all my other plantings, and in essence negate the entire point of moving to the Consulate to this address.

I thought about that for about an hour, then called him back, and demanded to be released from the lease.
He acceded at once. I suspect he was frightened about what havoc I might wreak on his precious capital if he tried to hold me here.

So farewell to my hardy heirloom tomato, and the parsley I entrusted to the ground. Farewell to my long sought Dusty Millers, and the fortuitous holly that sprouted by the corner gutter spout.
It was a nice dream, but now I see a pattern emerging, that low-end landlords in this area cannot be trusted.


I may have complained too loud - "embed" function seems to be partially disabled today.

Still comes up as an option, but if you click on it while on some posts, you get a blank field in the "copy the code below" field.

This happened when I tried it with Nepfag's "women walked in front" post.


I have a co-worker, from a 'shit hole' country, a young bachelor who revels in the freedoms availed to him here - specifically, his ability to get away with public flirting with young women, and get away with it.

His main avenue for this is "wolf whistling", directed a a particular young woman.
The object of his affections is not to my taste, But I find his blunt persistence, in the face of her manifest revulsion, kind of annoying.
(Arguably, this is envy: He is feeling free to break rules I learned not to decades ago)

What to do?

Here's what.
His whistles are always deniable - the object of his affections is Present, but so are lots of other people, as well as other things he might claim to be expressing surprise at with a whistle (as some people do).

I turn this around on him.

Whenever he whistle, and I am one of the witnesses, I pitch my voice just So, to match the resonant frequencies of the space (as anyone with any stage experience knows how to do), and declaim, "I told you, I'm Not going to date you!"

Since homosexuality is Harram, and his shit hole culture is highly sensitive to shame, And other members of that cultures are usually present, this annoys him significantly.

I don't want my account to be one of those where some minutae is reported daily, but this might be interesting.


I had planned on returning from my gaming day trip to Nashville in plenty of time to hit the gym.
And I had high hopes for that gym trip: The last time I spent a day driving, and then hit the gym, I did Far better than usual.

I further stacked the deck by having some iCed coffee at lunch, and loading up on sweet carbs (stopping at a Cinnabons stall in a convenience tore in Lebanon).

But I tend to be optimistic about travel times, and this was no exception - various distractions got me home an hour later than planned.

That would still have been plenty early enough for a trip to the gym, but when I checked my accounts, I got into an online dispute with a former ally on, and I felt the need to present sources, etc. . . . and the neXt thing I knew, it was 2 AM. Really too late.

The sun, and my neighbor chatting with family on our shared front porch, woke me up at 9 AM. While I had some errands to run, I was up so early that I realized that I could actually hit the gym Then, beFore breakfast, without messing up any of my daily obligations.
Of course, I could not expEct my performance to be at the optimal level I (thought I) had so carefully prepared the previous day, but I had missed several days, and felt the need for a "make up"

I did some caLlisthencis, and a light dumbbell work out, at home to warm up, and then set off for the gym.
One further complication: Forgot to don my breatheright strip.

Long story short, I hit the enTirety of my current goal, jogging 4.8 mph up a 4.8º slope for 20 minutes.

Together with earlier experiences, it seems that a lot of the things I imagine as helpful for my performance in these endurance trials are either largely irrelevant, or at least pale in effect to being rested, properly warmed up, and hungry.

Epilogue: After the run, I started having pretty strong leg cramps when I got back to my car. A nutritious breakfast, and a hot shower, helped a but, but it took a few hour of mild activity for me to forget about them.


Just got back from miniatures gaming in Nashville.
Only got one game in, but it was a nail-biter!

I was playing "D3H2", a version of Hordes of the Things 2.0 updated with elements from DBA 3.0

I was using a fantasy version of my Moslem Conquest of North Africa army (just adding an element of wolves).

My opponents brought Picts, with a Hero.

I ended up defending, and placed a small fort (which I built myself) in a small hill in front of his lines. The last time I had threatened to do that, he had threatened to just avoid it, which was fine with me. But this time, he went straight for it, and overwhelmed the puny Psiloi garrison before I could relieve them.
And then some light horse I sent out ahea to help got wiped out.

Shortly thereafter, he ensconced an archer unit in the fort, and proceeded to snipe at my forces in that area of the table the rest of the game.

One of ther reasons I use the Moslems is that, being a history buff, I feel the need to emulate their historical style of impetuous attack, and swift retreats. This is very much contrary to my own preference for a careful positional approach, which makes the exercise mentally refreshing.

SO at this point, I started flinging my infantry at them . . . and then pulling back whenever I had the pips to do so. Things looked bad, as the Hero was anchoring his line, and just too tough to crack.

An attempt to send allied Moorish cavalry 'round his other flank saw that unit wiped out, as well.

My allied Moorish infantry chased off his light horse - but his Hero stood firm.

Eventually I got a break when his general and one of my spear units stumbled into one another in the bad going on the slopes of that little hill the fort was on. Both our formations disrupted by the terrain, the general died in the ensuing chaos.
That made all his maneuver twice as hard, which put me back in the game.

But net attrition to that point was heavily in his favor, as was position, and eventually, that archer unit in the fort killed one cavalry unit too many, and I lost.

Now I get to wait a month before I can do it again.

FINALLY found some Dusty Millers for the Consular grounds.
(reminder: Walmart, Home Despot, and Loewe's were out)
Found them at an open air plant sales lot. $2!
One in the ground already. by the front porch. The rest can wait.

HAVE to share this with Someone . . .


The Kekistani Treasury being in the state it is, we felt it might be a god idea to obtain some employment, the better to defray Consular operating expenses.
So we got a job at a fast-food chain.
Long story short, job is not near as bad as we feared it might be, and the food is *waayyy* better than we expected, so it's a good fit.
(As in, being invited to do overtime)

One of the people we see there is a junior maintenance man we'll call Bert. I say "junior", but he is already in his late 40's. He is a tall man, and has the easygoing approach that a lot of large, older southern men have - he doesn't get challenged much, and such challenges as he may expect to get, he has learned he has reason to expect he can handle.

Today I was apologizing for not being available to help unload the delivery truck (as I am preparing for an early start for a day trip to Nashville on my day off tomorrow), and he inquired what I was going to Nashville for.
I told him I was going to the monthly get together of Nashville's historical gaming society.
"Oh, yeah? You use the miniatures?"
Could'a knocked me over with a feather - here is this nigh stereotypical middle aged southern man, in a 'mechanical' job, in a town with next to no gaming going on, and he knows about historical miniatures.

(excuse me . . . something in my eye)

Moments like this restore a bit of my faith in Tennesseans.

One of the firms Special Prosecutor Mueller got an Indictment for is:
1) Offering to defend itself, In court,
2) Exercising its defendants right of 'discovery' (to see all the Feds evidence),
3) Exercising its right to a speedy trial.

I guaranTee you this is Not what Mueller had in mind.
Or is prepared for.

Add in the friction he is getting from the presiding judge in his Manafort case, and things are starting to look pretty grim for Mueller.

Annnd Gab seems to be down tonight.

Meanwhile, this instance chugs along merrily.
I retract earlier comments about relative reliability.

LEARN from My Mistakes -
DON'T Let This Happen to You!

A minor landscaping tragedy -
Mowing at sunset, exhausted in the failing light, I got disoriented for a moment, and mowed down one of our buttercups.

Ah,well there Will be more.

@Siedge or anybody else, really.

Our old hp deskjet printer finally developed a persistent feed fault that has resisted all my efforts to fix.
I know from hard experience that getting it fixed by a pro will likely cost more than a new one.

I also know from even harder experience that not all hardware will 'play nice' with the drivers in my version of Linux (Ubuntu 16.04 LTS).

I Really Don't want to shell out $$ for a new printer, and have it not work.

Has anyone Any advice on what cheap printers I should consider, for basic functions, in this situation?
All serious responses appreciated.

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