Who knows~?

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The thing is (re: Axel and I in comments) …

The `scientific` explanation for what a human is, just doesn’t work.
It is not really-so-much `a bad explanation` … it just isn’t any sort of explanation at all.

I don’t want to have the first guess as to what this means … but, that `we the humans` live in some sort of `matrix` is a more reasonable explanation of what we are.

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Bloomberg
Post-Fed Calm in Treasuries Masks a Raging Bulls-Bears Debate

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A comment at Coppola

I’m afraid you still don’t get it – being right about the economics (and I would dispute that you are, but lets assume for the purposes of argument that you are) does not trump democracy. If Brexit is going to be an economic disaster then we will have to find out the hard way, otherwise we can chuck any pretence of democracy in the bin and just tell people ‘Look, you can have a vote every few years about whether the bins are collected weekly or fortnightly, but you can never really change anything fundamental about how the nation is run, because we clever people have already decided the best course of action and you’re all too stupid to understand we’re right, so thats what you’re getting, like it or lump it’ That at least would be honest.

For example in 1945 the country voted for (or rather about 47% of the country voted for) socialism. For the Common Ownership of the Means of Production, a massive step change in how the economy of the nation was to be organised. Now I’m sure there were people who opposed this policy with righteous (and ultimately correct) fervour, however that did not give them the right to tell all the people who had voted Labour that they were wrong about socialism, that it would not prove to be the Land of Milk and Honey they were promised, and indeed would eventually prove to be far inferior to free market capitalism at creating wealth for all. Or demand that those votes be ignored because of the manifest stupidity of those who made them. No, we had to find that out the hard way ourselves, because thats what democracy means.

Its very alluring, the idea that ‘I know best what the country needs, so ignore the votes of of the idiot masses and listen to MEEEE!!!’ but if you have an ounce of historical perspective you can see where it leads.

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FT
Strong growth for top Chinese investments in UK

The most-favoured sector for Chinese acquisitions in the UK is property, accounting for 44 per cent of the value of deals announced between 2012 and the end of the first half of 2016.

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Quote from the last druggy link

Scientists have learned far more about the causes of addiction than many people realize. In his book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Dr. Gabor Maté writes about the importance of childhood development in the formation of addiction. Children who experience too much stress at an early age, especially those who face early disruption of care or childhood trauma, do not properly develop opioid receptors in their brains. The effects last into adulthood, when these patients begin to fixate on the chemical rewards for any behavior from shopping to heroin injection. Many do not choose innocent fixations — among adolescent substance abusers, three in four experienced at least one childhood trauma. Far from being the result of any innate failings, their addictive behavior is the result of their experiences and the environments in which they were brought up.

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Neurotoxins

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Here I am going to talk `kinda scientific`.

The way I look at science, is that it is good … that is, it is right.
The way I look at `science` is that it is not explained very well.
This is for two main reasons –
1. Science is `coming from ignorance` so has to use `old shit` to explain the `new shit`.
2. Words are better-than-nothing, but very soon become `overstretched`.

The word-of-the-day is … `neurotoxin`.

The way into this is … red hot chilli peppers

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In The Beginning …

A protobrain has the possibility for being in different `neuronal shapes`.

For our start … we are going to say that something exterior sends in signals that make for a `triangle` neuronal shape (in one area of the protobrain).

((the easy way of continuing is to go straight to `output` but I think that too simplistic))

At the same time as the appearance of the externally caused `triangle` … another part of the brain assumes a `triangle` shape.
The result of these two things being the same, at the same time, causes an `output`.

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Okay … let’s go straight to the chilli peppers.

What I have-to-say now is … `just go with me a little on this, eh~?`.

The thing is about `neurotoxins` (scientific-like) is that they `damage` the brain.
This is `inconvenient science for me at this stage … so, I will say that they don’t (except when they are `abused`).

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The interesting thing about neurotoxins, is that they don’t actually damage anything. They just carry a message that something is being damaged.

If you burn yourself … the neurotoxin messenger will inform the brain of the injury (the neurotoxin does not go to the brain and start kicking-the-shit out of it).

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What we have is … a brain in various states.

If you throw some red hot bits of metal in your mouth … that will change the state of the brain.
If you throw some Carolina Reaper chilli in your mouth … that will change the sate of the brain (into a similar state to the metal example).

In neither example is the brain `damaged`.

The metal is damaging the mouth, but the chilli is not … the brain does not know the difference (because the brain never knows anything).

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Which comes first~?

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Another one in the drugs-and-the-modern-man series.

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Little gets

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Economists are pretty `wired`. They get a buzz out of all-sorts of run-of-the-mill basic living situations.

They get all-sorts of gets … like `Modigliani-Miller` gets on occasions, or the more daily `supply and demand` tingle.

Added to the basic `gets` of their economic-life, they add in the swirling `re-gets` as they replay the moment where they `got` the `get`.

Life must be `quite a buzz` being a `superior economist`.

Life is full of examples of what I am talking about. It could be said that life is what I am talking about.

Imagine you are at an ice-skating competition … and you can spot-the-difference between a `triple-toe-loop` and a `triple salchow` … that is big buzz (and potential re-buzz) material.

Knowing what dichotomy means.

Spotting a Ford Focus.

Boiling a kettle.

… all buzzable.

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God Bless America.

Building big (and up) again –

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Medium
Why Banking Leverage Requirements Are Not Enough

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Canada
CBCNews
102 people died from drug overdoses in B.C. last month

New numbers from the BC Coroners Service show that 102 people in the province died of a suspected overdose in February.

That’s an average of more than 3.6 overdoses every day, which is just below the average in January. In that month, 117 people died of overdoses, but the month is three days longer.

Both numbers show a decline from December, which saw a record-breaking 142 overdose-related deaths.

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Not the baby … but the guy behind, on his mobile, giving someone directions …

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Dichotomy

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Note that you got a buzz from knowing (roughly) what the title of this post means.

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We come to a dichotomy … a `T` junction type thing.

If I is to get me jollies … and me jollies I is going to get … at what shall I point me jolly-getting-gun~?

The choice is –

1. Out.
2. In.

I can do me meditation and big-up-me-ego on making for long-internal-zeros (In) (meditation)

Or …

I can play CandyCrush on me phone.

The thing about CandyCrush, is that it can be taken-away from me, whereas strong meditative technique is mine for life.

But, in this world, there will always be a thousand replacements for CandyCrush … and learning to meditate is a pain-in-the-arse.

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I remember reading (a good few moons ago) that solitary-confinement is a killer for Western people, but there are other peoples for whom it would be paradise.

The thing is … `there is nothing to get`.

On a slightly different angle. Alexandr Solzhenitsyn wrote `Gulag` when doing time across the chain. He `kept his mind` active, by being able to recite the whole book word-for-word. That was him `keeping his gets together`.

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Medium
This is a link to `another` America on drugs article.
I am pushing these, to show that the modern brain is programmed to want a lot of stimulus.
Given just a bit of hope, it will normally make-up enough silly-shit to keep its act together.
But, let those `hope levels` drop and the people will `go wild external` for their jollies.

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Playing tennis is obvious to get what a `get` is.

Being `in the zone` is `getting your gets` but not internally amplifying them … just yet.

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Getting

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So … the way I am seeing me, is that I get the bulk of my automatically dosed internal chemical stimulations via what, from the exterior, would be seem to be `getting` classical references.
I acknowledge the receipt of quantities of common-reference `gets` … but am pretty sure the classical ones have much more punch.

I think it possible, that the brian runs on `gets`.
Automatically dosed internal chemical stimulations for each `get`.

The child has a major `get` when visual mommy coalesces into a singular concept … and will get minor `gets` every time the concept is subsequently evoked.

Life becomes `getting` (and re-getting).

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TGE has a capital grumble

Banks have many ways to raise capital in functioning markets, and even in relatively dysfunctional markets. Even in 2007, if memory serves me right (there was a Bloomberg.com article on this I can’t find right now, I welcome a source), banks raised something like a trillion dollars of new equity, in order to cover losses in their asset positions. When buyers come and take over a bank, that is an equity injection. Lehman itself was poised to be bought in this way, until UK regulators nixed the deal. Banks can reduce dividend payments, which increases the value of equity, or big payouts to senior employees. If banks aren’t lending, in a functional regulatory market (not ours) new banks can IPO and take over their business. In two weeks, in the middle of a crisis? Maybe not. In five years?

I bet bankers really love using the word `capital` (big buzz) … because they know it just totally fucks with people’s heads.

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Jacobin
New Zealand’s Neoliberal Drift
In New Zealand, neoliberal reforms have widened inequality and undermined the country’s self-image as an egalitarian paradise.

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