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Dave Cohen
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Denial is not just a river in Egypt.
Interests: evolution, energy, the economy, climate, astrobiology, music, paleontology, culture
Recent Activity
The crazies have been tearing down statues lately. They started with slaveholders, moved on to presidents, and now they're tearing down abolitionists who fought and sometimes died fighting slavery. Their next targets are Lincoln (freed the slaves) and Jesus (too white). All of this is being done in name of virtue and assumed moral superiority. Throughout human history, political evil always presents itself as virtuous and morally superior. If humans who are currently not so crazy could even understand this one simple thing, all would be made clear to them. These people, the ones who are willing to live and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
The fascists are still doing the things that fascists do. They will never stop until "normal" people stand up to them. These neo-fascists are like The Terminator. Listen. Understand. That Terminator is out there. It can't be reasoned with, it can't be bargained doesn't feel pity of remorse or fear...and it absolutely will not stop. Ever. Until you are dead. Tim knows this, but he doesn't think regular Americans will stand up to them (and neither do I). Because modern humans generally and Americans in particular are very well domesticated. Thus they are spineless, are abject cowards. Modern humans... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
Most of the people I watch on YouTube spend a lot of time calling out moral hypocrisy in those they are criticizing. Let's first try to define moral hypocrisy and then talk about how it relates to the current, urgent political crisis in the United States (here and here). Moral Hypocrisy — saying or doing something in one context and then saying or doing something else in another context which contradicts what was said or done in the first; in both contexts the thing said or done expresses a moral preference, but the two preferences expressed are incompatible. I trust... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
... a film in which 500 hundred years in the future America is run by low-grade morons, he got the timing all wrong. In reality, in 2006 that future was only 14 years away. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
Here's a follow-up to A Clear And Present Danger (June 10, 2020). In that post I included a Tucker Carlson video. Carlson, along with Tim Pool, are two mainstays opposing the fascist threat in the United States. Tim Pool has a report today talking about the escalating attempts to destroy Tucker Carlson (video below). This is a beautiful example of just the kind of threat I was talking about in yesterday's post. Disney, T-Mobile and others are pulling their advertising support for Tucker's nightly show, which is the most viewed show on TV cable news. As Tim notes, this is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
Think of this post as me doing you Americans a favor. You're welcome. I don't know what you think you know or what you do not know, but I am confident that the vast, vast majority of you don't know much. Now, I could provide reams of observation and analysis to back up everything I'm about to say, but there's no time or need for that. So let's cut to the chase. When I tell you things below, just take my word for it. I'll keep this short. There is a fascist infestation in America. When I say "fascist" I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
This is a lightly edited e-mail reply to a former reader who told me about Michael Moore's new documentary dissing Green Energy. Hi ___, I don't care anymore about "green energy". That was always bullshit anyway. The biosphere is still fucked, though it will be fucked a little more slowly due to the suicide of the United States and Europe in response to the pandemic. The economy here in America has basically collapsed. About 33.5 million people in the U.S. have filed for unemployment benefits in the last 7 weeks. That's much worse than what happened at the beginning of... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
I have always preferred the dance version. I'm sure millions upon millions of people are happier to be alive now than ever before! And by the way, when all this hysterical bullshit finally gets sorted out, the mortality rate from COVID-19 will likely turn out to be less than 0.6% when you strip away those who had pre-existing conditions, those walking around without symptoms, and so on. Not that anyone will acknowledge their previous cluelessness. Humans have always stumbled around in the dark because they do not and can not know themselves. And because of this all-too-human farce, our once... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
The grim news out of the White House today is that Dr. Fauci and therefore President Trump expect between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths in an unspecified time frame due to COVID-19 (aka., the Wuhan Flu, the Kung Flu, or the Chinese Virus). This number is based on a model. A model makes assumptions about (assigns values to) relevant variables X1, X2, ... , Xn, and plugs those variables into some equations to make a predictions about outcomes, in this case the estimated deaths which will be caused by the Kung Flu. Simplifying, those equations are the model. (For grisly details,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
I relent. I mean, everybody knows that humans behave admirably and with great restraint when confronted with extreme resource scarcity. They don't kill each other over toilet paper or egg rolls or anything like that. Everybody knows that humans confronted with multiple existential threats will just sit passively waiting to be saved or waiting to die, whichever comes first. Ask any evolutionary biologist — there's nothing to worry about here! I mean, what could go wrong? We didn't need global civilization anyway. I mean, c',mon — we're not animals, right? It'll be fine! With this exuberant C'ant Do Can Do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
Enlightened California Governor Gavin Newsome just ordered all state residents to sequester themselves until April 19th, which is 30 days from now. They can leave the house for food and drugs. That is, until they die of starvation well before that date in millions of cases because working people living paycheck to paycheck are no longer receiving a paycheck. These are working Americans. They've been fucked over by neo-liberal globalist elites for 40 years now! They don't have any god-damned savings. And I guarantee you families can easily starve to death well before the Federal Government manages to send them... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
By now you've probably heard the term — social distancing. In short, the call is for humans to isolate themselves from others to prevent an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases. What's the quickest way to drive a human crazy? Well, one of the fastest, most effective ways is to put them in solitary confinement. As I've stressed in the past, humans are social animals. With the exception of true introverts like me, humans thrive around other people. Humans get energy from social interactions. If those interactions are cut off, humans become angry. If they are helpless and thus can not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
Unless you're comatose, you know that the world is looking at a COVID-19 epidemic (coronavirus, Wuhan Flu, etc.). Over the last 2 weeks in the United States, having done too little too late to prepare for the inevitable arrival of the virus, the instinctual response has been as expected — total panic and overreaction. Most Americans (including me) are hunkered down "sheltering in place" or enduring forced unemployment. The most expert opinion I've found states that COVID-19 has at most a 0.6% mortality rate (here, after the 8:00 mark). The elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions are the most... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
I haven't said anything for a long while now and nobody reads here anyway. As far as I'm concerned, this post's title says it all. Perhaps you have heard of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS)? I'm guessing about 45% of those living in the U.S. have this awful disease for which there is no known cure, at least as long as Trump is in the White House. What is this disease? According to Wikipedia it is ... a term for criticism or negative reactions to United States President Donald Trump that are alleged to be irrational and have little regard towards... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at Decline of the Empire
Oh, happy day. Now it's time to crush pro-war globalist elites trying to subvert democracy in the United States. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
I've already given up on Homo sapiens but you almost certainly have not. If you still give a shit, if only to protect yourself and your family, you need to understand that if you want to keep what's left of our democracy and your constitutionally guaranteed rights, you will need to push back on what's going on in Washington in 2019. The elites who run this country are totally corrupt. They will sacrifice anything and anyone to get what they want. The worst of their political representatives is Democrat Adam Schiff of California's 28th district. He's been running the impeachment... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Were I to leave the house this morning, I would have a choice to make. I could go left or I could go right. As it turns out, this is no choice at all according to House speaker Nancy Pelosi because "I also pointed out to the President that I had concerns that all roads seem to lead to Putin..." All roads lead here ... ' In her role as speaker the house, Nancy Pelosi is third in line for the presidency of the United States. This makes her one of the most powerful people on Earth. In contemplating the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Today I have a question for you humans out there. First, watch Matt Christiansen's video below. OK, here's the question— Are we really going to let these very low awareness, unaccountable, unscrupulous Google assholes run a huge part of the internet? Right? I mean, they're dishonest, slippery, deceitful and unprincipled—the means apparently always justify the ends, but what exactly are the "ends" here? No doubt these unconsciously arrived at ends include more for them and less for everybody else, but I wonder how they rationalize/justify their disgraceful and immoral behavior. They're not saying and don't have to because Might Makes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
To my fellow Americans— Go back to my last post and click on the link underlying the text "sham impeachment bullshit." What will you see? That was a Tim Poll video. You can no longer watch it on YouTube. What was Tim's crime? He talked about the partisan political ties of the so-called "whistleblower" and named him. That Democrat political operative's name is Eric Ciaramella. Everything Tim discussed was already public knowledge. It was on the record. For example, Real Clear Politics had already written a story outing this "deep state" asshole. And now, according to our corporate and political... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Well, we're back to George Carlin again. His prescient observations have withstood the test of time (video at the end). That "big club" you ain't in consists of the elites who own and run this country. Ever since right-wing populist Donald Trump got elected through the electoral college, those elites have waged constant war on Trump and the Truth. These evil elites have waged war on ordinary working Americans through their "woke" minions on social media (especially Twitter). They are waging war on what's left of the Republic and Democracy right now with this sham impeachment bullshit. Make no mistake,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Perhaps you are concerned that the United States in turning into some 1984-like authoritarian/fascist/totalitarian state where (1) history is routinely rewritten and (2) current events are manipulated by the Powers That Be. Well, I'm here to ease your concerns. America is not turning into an Orwellian state; it already is one! But you probably don't care or you're completely unaware that this Orwellian thing is happening. OK, then. As the old song goes, Don't Worry, Be Happy. When they eventually come for you through the media or at your front door, if I'm still around, I'll just pretend it didn't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
In 2016 I missed my opportunity to vote for Donald Trump. I didn't vote. That was a mistake. But I didn't know then what I know now. Lots of water under the bridge since then. The Big Reveal. Mea Culpa. And if Trump were to do some really bad thing, something that would bring this evil world to a screeching halt, then good for him. Good job! But that's very unlikely. As the great comic Dave Chappelle said recently, the only way Trump has affected him was to give Chappelle a tax break. The good news is that I will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
What did Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweet? In a since-deleted tweet on Oct. 4, Morey shared an image with this slogan: "Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong." ( Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong 'We too love money more than freedom and democracy': Creators of 'South Park brutally mock NBA's China apology BEIJING – The creators of “South Park” have issued a mock apology to China after censors scrubbed their popular animation from the Chinese web. The tongue-in-cheek statement, skewering Beijing’s demands that Western brands conform to its world view, came with officials apparently annoyed about an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
George Monbiot opens the video below by talking about his occasional feelings of despair. After all, there is lots to be despairing about. The climate is rapidly transitioning to a hostile state, though it is happening far too slowly for humans to grasp what's going on. The world's top soil is disappearing, again rapidly on any time-scale longer than the human one. On the global scale, a relative handful of humans own most of the wealth and are accumulating even more wealth as I write this. George even talks about humans as storytelling animals. Ironically, the title of the video... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at Decline of the Empire