Monday, February 22, 2016
  Therefore, But, Therefore

Trying to parse the odd dispute between Applesatan and FBI.

The question is being "debated" on technical grounds, which is stupid. There's no tech problem at all. Applesatan designed the iPhone, so Applesatan knows how to open and decrypt the iPhone. NSA also knows how to do it. Perhaps FBI doesn't have enough tech staff to do the job on its own, but it can call on NSA.

There is also some "debate" about privacy, but that's not even worth discussing. If you use an iPhone or use the Web, you have surrendered ALL of your privacy. Eliminating privacy is the sole purpose of iPhones and the Web.

THEREFORE: That's not the problem. What is the problem?

The Coooool Ones have a peculiar conflict about Islam.

They innately oppose Islam because it is civilized. Therefore ISIS, which is the enforcement branch of civilization, is especially hated.

BUT: Applesatan also hates Repooflicans and normal Americans for wanting to DISINVITE Muslims who might be part of ISIS. Applesatan's ferocious lethal gut-level hatred of Repoofs and normal Americans is vastly older and deeper than its ideological dislike of Islam. Trump wants to disinvite some Muslims, so Coooool Ones are obliged to defend Islam.

These two hatreds are contradictory, which is normal for Coooool Ones. Doublethink is the Cooooolest of the Cooooool.

THEREFORE: That's not the problem either, because it's a Cognitive Dissonance tangle. What is the problem?

HYPOTHESIS: FBI has lost its coolness. Until this year, FBI's most serious target was white Christians. Kill Whitey was FBI's motto. You never saw even one black face on the 10 Most Wanted posters. All honkies, mainly southern Christian honkies.

New director Comey has confused the picture. He dared to speak truth about black criminals, and he has shown patience toward white Christians. Instead of instantly bombing the Oregon occupiers down to bedrock, FBI waited for them to make a bad move, then properly responded to the bad move.

FBI is no longer Coooool in Applesatan's eyes.

CONCLUSION: I don't know if this is the answer, but at least it's not trivial or Doublethink. It's an actual observable change that runs in the correct direction at the correct time.
 


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