Friday, April 20, 2018

Dim Party sues Dumpsters, Russia and Wikileaks

For conspiring to disrupt the 2016 election. This should be good. There is no pardon for a civil lawsuit, and it will bring out facts in evidence that were withheld in the Repug House Committee. Recall the DNC settled a similar suit against Nixon's Watergate scandal for $750,000. Note Dump himself is not named in the suit, but the following are: Dump Jr., Kushner, Manafort, Papadopoulos, Stone and Gates.

"The complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, alleges that top Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and help Trump by hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Party and disseminating stolen material found there."

Dennett is partly wrong

Continuing this post, Dennett does indeed accept human consciousness as the most advanced comprehension on earth. I think he’s more talking about some of the illusions we create ‘about’ consciousness like privileged access. And of course all the woo woo metaphysical stuff. I’m all for aligning (what he calls) my manifest image with the scientific image.

Another point he makes in From Bacteria to Bach and Back is that there is no special area of the brain for consciousness, that it just uses all of the other, specialized modular areas in the same ways. The neuroscience research I’ve been providing indeed shows cross-brain networks (like the global neural network) that are used in conscious but not in non-conscious operations. Same for some specific aspects of consciousness that highlight certain other networks not used in that way elsewhere.

Fact checking Pox Views lies about Comey and Mueller

Cooper does a good job at proving that what Lewendowski, Dershowitz and Hannity said about Comey and Mueller are outright and provable lies. Cooper provides the facts, something to which Pox and its viewers are obviously immune.

Towards a cognitive neuroscience of self-awareness

By Lou et al., Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 83, December 2017, pp. 765 - 73. The abstract:

"Self-awareness is a pivotal component of conscious experience. It is correlated with a paralimbic network of medial prefrontal/anterior cingulate and medial parietal/posterior cingulate cortical 'hubs' and associated regions.

"Electromagnetic and transmitter manipulation have demonstrated that the network is not an epiphenomenon but instrumental in generation of self-awareness. Thus, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) targeting the hubs impedes different aspects of self-awareness with a latency of 160 ms. The network is linked by ∼40 Hz oscillations and regulated by dopamine.

"The oscillations are generated by rhythmic GABA-ergic inhibitory activity in interneurons with an extraordinarily high metabolic rate. The hubs are richly endowed with interneurons and therefore highly vulnerable to disturbed energy supply. Consequently, deficient paralimbic activity and self-awareness are characteristic features of many disorders with impaired oxygen homeostasis. Such disorders may therefore be treated unconventionally by targeting interneuron function."

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Lakoff: Dump's dangerous metaphor

From Lakoff:

"Trump's presidency is increasingly defined by a dangerous metaphor: 'The President is the Nation.' He truly believes it's the job of the American people, and their government, to serve his interests.
He's got it backwards, and his mentality is more suited to a dictatorship than a presidency. In our democracy, we have a government of, by, and for the people. We pledge allegiance to our nation, not to the personal and financial interests of the person in the White House.We cover this critical issue, and also discuss what the Cambridge Analytica scandal says about conservative attempts to weaponize cognitive science, in Episode 7 of FrameLab. Click here to listen."

Colbert: Skeletons in the Cabinet

In this installment Colbert exposes Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke, loyal lieutenants in the Dump Crime Cabinet.

Cohen as Hannity's lawyer is Hillary's fault

Of course.

Dump's blatant, obvious message to Manafort

The King of the Dump Crime family obstructing justice yet again.

Corporate Dims in CA try to water down net neutrality Bill

Corporate Dims (yes, Dims instead of Dems) are at it again, sucking up to the ISPs in their attempt to thwart the California net neutrality Bill (SB 822). The Bill would not only reinstate the net neutrality rules taken away by Dump's FCC but institute further consumer protections. But corporate Dims and being bought off to water down the Bill with provisions right out of the ISP playbook.  Senator Scott Wiener (CA 11th district) wrote the IPS-friendly propaganda that the originators of the Bill are strongly criticizing. Contact him and the members of Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications if you reside in their districts to keep the original Bill as is without the suggested ISP amendments. Members of that Committee: 

Senator Ben Hueso (Chair)
Senator Mike Morrell (Vice Chair)
Senator Steven Bradford
Senator Anthony Cannella
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Senator Jerry Hill
Senator Mike McGuire
Senator Nancy Skinner
Senator Henry I. Stern
Senator Andy Vidak
Senator Scott D. Wiener

Colbert on Cohen flipping on Dump

He starts with the Dump/Un meeting but comes around to it (3:25).