What the Hell is Going on in the World LINKS 01/27/18


 

BILLIONAIRES

Elon Musk is making $600 flamethrowers.

Elon Musk flamethrower


 

CHAOS AND ORDER

Quillette interviews Jordan Peterson. An excerpt:

Q: How do I go about meditating on my shadow?

A: I think you consult your resentment. I think you can do it in the normal confines of your life. There are things that confront you, that disappoint you, frustrate you and cause you grief, and make you resentful and bitter and angry. So the first thing you have to do is notice that that is the case. That is the first step, just notice. Well, then you think: “This goddamn lousy planet is stacked against me!” Its something like that and then you might think: “Well…OK, whose fault is it? And what would I like to do with the people whose fault it is?” Well, that would lead you down some dark pathways if you are willing to go there, and all you have to do is watch your fantasies to some degree because you will have very nasty fantasies. Because if you’re in the middle of an argument with even your wife, who you hypothetically love, or your brother or your father, and you have a real argument if you watch your spontaneous fantasies… You think, where do those go? One of the things Jung would say is: “let them go.” You’re angry, you have a fantasy, don’t suppress it, let it manifest itself fully and you’ll be quite shocked at where it goes.

Those kids who shot up the Columbine High School, that’s what they did.


 

RUSSIA

Peter HitchensIs there really a Russian threat to Britain?

Beware of this stuff. History shows that those who pick fights with Russia are seldom glad that they have done so, once the combat is over.


 

SLAVERY 

Fatma Naib on the rise of slavery in Libya:

The first time they tortured me they asked me to pay. I said I don’t have the money, my father is dead and I only have my mother. They asked me if I had relatives in Europe, to which I said no.

They were not pleased, so they hanged me upside down and beat me everywhere and electrocuted me. They called my mother while I was being tortured so she could hear my screams.


 

SOUND

Some of our ability to process sound is psychological:

If people can see the tops of trucks over [a highway sound barrier wall] they say it’s noisier, something people in the field call “psycho-coustics,” explained Bruce Rymer, a senior engineer at the California Department of Transportation. Just by ensuring a wall breaks that line of sight, “we achieve a reduction of 5 decibels,” said Mariano Berrios, environmental programs coordinator at FDOT.

 

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