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Bernardo de La Paz

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Member since: Fri Jul 16, 2004, 11:36 PM
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Canadian who lived for many years in Northern California and left a bit of my heart there.

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Outlaws threaten judges. Incarcerate outlaws. Remove them from the streets and social media. . . nt

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:59 PM (1 replies)

We are so close to a bright progressive future but egoistic jerks like DeSatanis & Putin in the way

Not to forget Big Money that won't pay the poor and middle class decent wages.

So close to embracing diversity and plurality and PLURality for such a more powerful dynamic civilization.

It's coming.

The question is how many tragedies have to happen while reactionary forces fight losing rearguard actions, like the Perjurous Three on the Court. They thought birth slavery would save America. In time they will be reversed, like slavery was reversed after the Dred Scott decision.

Although Taney and several other justices hoped the decision would permanently settle the slavery controversy, which was increasingly dividing the American public, the decision's effect was the opposite.[9] Taney's majority opinion suited the slaveholding states, but was intensely decried in all the other states.[4] The decision inflamed the national debate over slavery and deepened the divide that led ultimately to the American Civil War.

In 1865, after the Union's victory, the Court's ruling in Dred Scott was superseded by the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, and the Fourteenth Amendment, whose first section guaranteed citizenship for "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof".


The Dred Scott decision failed monumentally. The point was driven home in 2008 when Obama won the Presidency.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Wed Jun 29, 2022, 06:11 AM (0 replies)

Hmm, I'm thinking say "birth forcer"


A woman prevented by force of law from an abortion is a birther (mother) who was forced: a "forced birther".

Boebert wants to prevent abortions by law (not by social engineering because that would mean actually helping people).

Boebert wants to force births, in other people (the hypocrite). She wants to be a forcer (creating the force by voting legislation) and leave the enforcement up to law enforcement officers. She is a "birth forcer" and a "birth enforcer", the latter via proxies.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Wed Jun 15, 2022, 02:27 PM (1 replies)

I too believe "The evolution of culture, society, and humanity is simply inexorable."


It is logical and highly effective and very peaceful. It works in so many wonderful ways.

Just like high intelligence is an emergent feature that resulted from perfecting bipedal locomotion, a burgeoning diverse culture is a logical emergence. The more creativity and intelligence are rewarded in society (and they are), the more diversity in all its manifestations is allowed and flourishes.

It particularly irks the tRump base that they realize they are losing and they don't get why. They are not Moses parting the water for a return to the promised land. They are idiots drowning because they went jet skiing without a life jacket.

If they won't or can't get on board with inevitable reality, leave them in our dust. Full rights and access to services, but not much interaction. Let them become like Amish, like some sect but stuck in the 1950s. Not much else we can do.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sun Jun 12, 2022, 06:11 AM (1 replies)

A possible outline of indigenous oral tradition research inspired by the article

The article at the end makes a case for using indigenous oral traditions, to apply "indigenous science" to archaeology.

So I looked up "indigenous science" on the internet, admittedly in a skimming cursory way via three links:
https://theconversation.com/how-indigenous-knowledge-advances-modern-science-and-technology-89351
https://www.macleans.ca/society/how-western-science-is-finally-catching-up-to-indigenous-knowledge/
https://eos.org/articles/keeping-indigenous-science-knowledge-out-of-a-colonial-mold

The firehawks discussed in the second article got me to think of how indigenous knowledge differs from "scientific" knowledge. I realized that it is the difference between qualitative data and quantitative data, respectively. The existence of firehawks is qualitative indigenous knowledge passed down over time. "Science" would find it qualitatively, given enough time to collect large quantities of detailed data. But it didn't find (yet) what indigenous people knew.

How does indigenous culture arrive at knowledge? In some ways, the same way as "science" does: large quantities of detailed data. Indigenous culture does not tabulate it to arrive at conclusions as quickly as science does, but both cultures sift large quantities of data. Indigenous people do it over long periods of time, but only data that accords with reality survives the test of time.

Just how significant a role do firehawks play in quantity and severity of fires is yet to be determined and that would be a job for science, to collect enough data to compare sized of effects.

But indigenous culture knew (knows) where to look.

Which brings me to the oral traditions, especially as relating to legends and history. There is a huge store of sifted data in those traditions. Sifted, because they have been hammered into durable shape over time by the traditions.

If modern techniques of data analysis and data science were used in a research effort, many correlations could be made and facts about "pre-" history retrieved. I would call it "oralnomics" in analogy to genomics. That is a term I just created and search engine shows it is not a word in use anywhere.

For example, if it were to be found correlations in series of legends from different groups mentioning a cleft in hills in stories involving adultery among the gods, then there would be a point of departure for research into mentions of landscape features. There may have been some key event in one main culture transiting to the Americas, from which many tribes and groups descended. This is clearly a crudely fabricated example, but I am sure that interesting facts could be uncovered.

Genomics is essentially data science: bioinformatics. It includes tremendous string matching and organizing (strings of DNA codons) and correlating that with research data, such as crop yields and disease survival (at a crude level; actual research is much more sophisticated).

So, gather together masses of indigenous stories from all over the world, from hundreds and thousands of groups, and apply big data science to it and discover many "oralnomes".

This is how to bridge the gap between indigenous knowledge (qualitative) and science (quantitative). Science finds stuff but more like feeling around for things in the dark ("unknown unknowns". Indigenous knowledge provides some light and pathfinding.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sun May 29, 2022, 12:08 PM (0 replies)

All who traffic in it, use it as a basis for political power,


https://twitter.com/DanRather/status/1525840987213271040

Dan [email protected]

Hate kills. Over and over again. All who traffic in it, stoke it, normalize it, use it as a basis for political power, and make money off of it should be denounced, discredited, defunded, and voted out of office. Corporate sponsors bear a special responsibility.


Denounced
Discredited
Defunded
Voted out

Please.

And it is correct to shine spotlights on corporate sponsors.

Reference "Replacement Theory". Much loved by losers who can't compete on level playing fields.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon May 16, 2022, 05:44 AM (23 replies)

Three questions for MAGAts raising laptop issue. (four in total)


1) Would it be worse if it were 2 billion dollars instead of 2 million?

"Yes".

2) Would it be worse if it weren't a private citizen, but instead a government official?

"Yup".

3) Would it be worse if the older family member was president and not Vice President?

"For sure!".

then drop them with

4) So Jared Kushner's and tRump's deal was much much worse, right?

"What are you talking about?"

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sun Apr 17, 2022, 10:39 AM (5 replies)

Easy for me to say, but if that happens grab the hand and run with it. Let the perp explain


Easy for me to say, but perhaps best to make a spectacle right then and there to put a stop to it and shine a spotlight on the perpetrator. Probably also a groomer.

Easy for me to say because it would also attract withering attention on the person (almost always a woman) who was victimized and took action. However, at a dining event like that it is unlikely that any explanation by the asshole would make any kind of sense. If the privileged idiot is dragged by their hand out on the floor, their story would not be believed. "I was sitting eating my dinner and she grabbed my hand and threw me to the ground for no reason at all!"

Failing being able to grab the hand or being unable to defensively retaliate with a slap or something, calling it out then and there, making a huge angry shout and stink would have the effect of forcing shitty dicks back into the shadows. With the ensuing publicity, others may come forward. A hand up a skirt at dinner is unlikely to be the first time it was tried.

Easy for me to say and I have strong sympathy for those who remain silent or only speak up years later. It is so shocking that it is paralyzing in the event and in memory.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Apr 16, 2022, 04:34 PM (1 replies)

Absolutely failing. Both-sides-ism is bad enough, but unbalanced both-sides-ism is worse


When tRump did awful things, the media knocked him, but only so much and not enough. The net effect was normalizing tRumpism to some extent.

When Biden accomplishes good things, the media knock him, but too much. The net effect is engendering upset and unjustified outrage.

tRump goes to 11 on bad crap, media response is at level 5.
Biden has a few level 3 blips, media response is against him at level 5.

That is unbalanced.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sun Apr 10, 2022, 11:06 AM (5 replies)

{musical notes} Where have all the christians gone? {musical notes}


Where have all the christians gone, long time passing?
Where have all the christians gone, long time ago?
Where have all the christians gone?
Republicans have picked them, everyone.
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?


Where have all the Republicans gone, long time passing?
...
Gone for Russia, everyone.


Where have all the Russians gone, long time passing?
...
Soldiering to Ukraine, everyone


Where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing?
...
Gone to graveyards, everyone.


Where have all the graveyards gone, long time passing?
...
Gone to SunFlowers, everyone.



Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Apr 9, 2022, 06:18 AM (1 replies)
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