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Malice and Oppression in the Name of Skepticism and Science

The Dewayne Johnson versus Monsanto case did not simply provide precedent for pursuit of Monsanto over claims regarding harm caused by its products. As well, it established a court litmus regarding actions in the name of science, which are generated from malice and as well seek oppression upon a target populace or group of citizens.
Watch out fake skeptics – your targeting of citizens may well fit the court’s definition of malice, and your advocacy actions those of oppression – especially under a context of negligence and when posed falsely in the name of science.

If you are a frequent reader of The Ethical Skeptic, you may have witnessed me employ the terms ‘malice’ and ‘malevolence’ in terms of certain forms of scientific or political chicanery. Indeed, the first principles of ethical skepticism focus on the ability to discern a condition wherein one is broaching malice in the name of science – the two key questions of ethical skepticism:

  1. If I was wrong, would I even know it?
  2. If I was wrong, would I be contributing to harm?

These are the questions which a promoter of a technology must constantly ask, during and after the deployment of a risk bearing mechanism. When a company starts to run from these two questions, and further then employs science as a shield to proffer immunity from accountability, a whole new set of motivation conditions comes into play.

The litmus elements of malice and oppression, when exhibited by a ‘science’ promoting party exist now inside the following precedent established by the Court in the case of Dewayne Johnson vs. Monsanto : Superior Court of the State of California, for the County of San Francisco: Case No. CGC-16-550128, Dewayne Johnson, Plaintiff, v. Monsanto Company, Defendant. (see Honorable Suzanne R. Bolanos; Verdict Form; web, https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/pdf/monsanto-documents/johnson-trial/Johnson-vs-Monsanto-Verdict-Form.pdf below). Below I have digested from the Court Proceedings, the critical questions which led to a verdict of both negligence, as well as malice and oppression, performed in the name of science, on the part of Monsanto Company.

It should be noted that Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company is not a stand alone case in the least. The case establishes precedent in terms of those actions which are punishable in a legal context, on the part of corporations or agencies who promote risk bearing technologies in the name of science – and more importantly in that process, target at-risk stakeholders who object, dissenting scientists and activists in the opposition. So let us be clear here, inside a context of negligence, the following constitutes malice and oppression:

1.  The appointing of inchoate agents, who’s purpose is to publicly demean opponents and intimidate scientific dissent, by means of a variety of public forum accusations, including that of being ‘anti-science’.

Inchoate Action

/philosophy : pseudoscience : malice and oppression/ : a set of activity or a permissive argument which is enacted or proffered by a celebrity or power wielding sskeptic, which prepares, implies, excuses or incites their sycophancy to commit acts of harm against those who have been identified as the enemy, anti-science, credulous or ‘deniers’. Usually crafted is such a fashion as to provide a deniability of linkage to the celebrity or inchoate activating entity.

This includes skeptics, and groups appointed, commissioned or inchoate encouraged by the promoter, even if not paid for such activity.

2.  The publishing of scientific study, merely to promote or defend a negligent product or idea, or solely for the purpose of countermanding science disfavored by the promoter of a negligent product or idea.

All that has to be established is a context of negligence on the part of the promoter. This includes any form of failure to followup study a deployed technology inside which a mechanism of risk could possibly exist. So, let’s take a look at the structure of precedent in terms of negligence, malice and oppression established by the Court in this matter. The questions inside the verdict, from which this structure was derived, are listed thereafter, in generic form.

Malice and Oppression in the Name of Science

/philosophy : the law : high crimes : oppression/ : malice which results in the oppression of a targeted segment of a population is measured inside three litmus elements. First, is the population at risk able to understand and make decisions with regard to the science, technology or any entailed mechanism of its risk? Second, has an interest group or groups crafted the process of science or science review and communication in an unethical fashion so as to steer its results and/or interpretation in a desired direction? Third, has a group sought to attack, unduly influence, intimidate or demean various members of society, media, government or the targeted group, as a means to enforce their science conclusions by other than appropriate scientific method and peer review.

I.  Have a group or groups targeted or placed a population at other than normal risk inside a scientific or technical matter

a. who bears a legitimate stakehold inside that matter

b. who can reasonably understand and make self-determinations inside the matter

c. whom the group(s) have contended to be illegitimate stakeholders, or as not meriting basic human rights or constitutionality with regard to the matter?

II.  Have these group or groups contracted for or conducted science methods, not as an incremental critical path means of investigation, rather only as means to

a. promote a novel technology, product, service, condition or practice which it favors, and

b. negate an opposing study or body of research

c. exonerate the group from reasonable liability to warn or protect the stakeholders at risk

d. exonerate the group from the burden of precaution, skepticism or followup scientific study

e. cover for past scientific mistakes or disadvantageous results

f. damage the reputation of dissenting researchers

g. influence political and legislative decisions by timing or extrapolation of results

h. pose a charade of benefits or detriment in promotion/disparagement of a market play, product or service

i. establish a monopoly/monopsony or to put competition out of business?

III.  Have these group(s) enlisted officers, directors, or managing agents, outside astroturf, undue influence, layperson, enthusiast, professional organization or media entities to attack, intimidate and/or disparage

a. stakeholders who are placed at risk by the element in question

b. wayward legislative, executive or judicial members of government

c. dissenting scientists

d. stakeholders they have targeted or feel bear the greatest threat

e. neutral to challenging media outlets

f. the online and social media public?

The Ruling Precedent (Verdict)

The sequence of questions posed by the Court, to the Jury, in the trail of Dewayne Johnson vs. Monsanto (applied generically as litmus/precedent):

Negligence

I.  Is the product or service set of a nature about which an ordinary consumer can form reasonable minimum safety expectations?

II.  Did the products or services in question fail to ensure the safety an ordinary consumer would have expected when used or misused in an intended or reasonably foreseeable way?

III.  Was the product design, formulation or deployment a contributor or principal contributing factor in causing harm?

IV.  Did the products or services bear potential risks that were known, or were knowable, in light of the scientific knowledge that was generally accepted in the scientific community at the time of their manufacture, distribution or sale?

V.  Did the products or services present a substantial danger to persons using or misusing them in an intended or reasonably foreseeable way?

VI.  Would ordinary citizen stakeholder users have recognized these potential risks?

VII.  Did the promoting agency or company fail to adequately warn either government or citizen stakeholders of the potential risks, or did they under represent the level of risk entailed?

VIII.  Was this lack of sufficient warnings a substantial factor in causing harm?

IX.  Did the promoter know or should it reasonably have known that its products or services were dangerous or were likely to be dangerous when used or misused in a reasonably foreseeable manner?

X.  Did the promoter know or should it reasonably have known that users would not realize the danger?

XI.  Did the promoter fail to adequately warn of the danger or instruct on the safe use of products or services?

XII.  Could and would a reasonable manufacturer, distributor, or seller under the same or similar circumstances have warned of the danger or instructed on the safe use of the products or services?

XIII.  Was the promoter’s failure to warn a substantial factor in causing harm?

Malice and Oppression

XIV.  Did the promoter of the products or services act with malice or oppression towards at-risk stakeholders or critical scientists or opponents regarding this negligence or the risks themselves?

XV.  Was the conduct constituting malice or oppression committed, ratified, or authorized by one or more officers, directors, or managing agents of the promoter, acting on behalf of promoter?

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The Opposite of Skeptic: Apparatchik

Apparatchik, it is the opposite of being a skeptic. The majority of our modern so-called skeptics since 1972 have been trained as apparatchiks, not skeptics. They are not simply ignorant agents, rather agents of ignorance. A class of fake skeptic which is smart enough to follow a lesson plan, but stupid enough to be insensitive to the plight of others, and to fail to observe the game of manipulation in which they have been used as pawn.

I was working with a hospital client in Ohio in 2007, just before the first official college football BCS National Championship game ever played, January 8, 2007. A group of us working in a conference room included several justifiably proud Ohio State football fans, wherein I was plied with the question, “What’s your prediction for the upcoming BCS championship game TES?”  I stopped for just a moment and then said “A rude awakening.” Florida of course went on to thrash the heavily media-favored Ohio State in that game 41 to 7 (although a mercy touchdown at the end made the final score 41 to 14). This lack of power ranking awareness on the part of many Ohio State fans and sportswriters that year elicits a foundational term inside ethical skepticism called anosognosia. Anosognosia is a deficit of self awareness that renders a subject vulnerable to being misled by propaganda and/or into becoming an apparatus of such propaganda in the first place. The anosognosiac bears the irony that they possess a greater degree of ignorance than do the very people they accuse of residing in the same state. Therefore, anosognosia is is not congruent with simply cluelessness. Anosognosia combines cluelessness, with the desire to condemn others, along with a mind bereft of its own manipulation/vulnerability. This constitutes a class of fake skeptic which is smart enough to follow a lesson plan, but not caring enough to observe the plight of others, nor their own role in contributing to harm.  For instance:

Blathering incessantly about the dangers of ‘supplements’ despite the fact that the term bears no specific meaning; all the while ignoring a National Crisis in Opioid Abuse which has raged and caused the deaths of millions of our citizens – at the hands of the major pharmaceutical giants.

Obsessing about Gwyneth Paltrow’s Advocacy on lipstick or defending agricultural food pesticide proliferation, all the while remaining silent on the priority fact that sperm counts continue their extinction event drop in Western men (Sperm Counts Drop 52% in 40 Years in Western Men).

A person who refuses to read the Overwhelming Science Linking Brain Injury, Early Frequent Immune Activation and Injected Contaminants – and declares anyone who does to be a ‘baby killer’ or ‘anti-vaxx’ – as opposed to the reality that they are simply asking for science and safety – not an elimination of vaccines. Instead they simply spout imperious propaganda, straw man and name calling.

These are not ignorant agents (the noun), rather agents of ignorance (the verb). It is not simply stupidity, but stupidity as contagion. These are persons who maintain an obdurate hatred of their fellow men – and cover it with deceptive personas of correctness, misleading others and themselves.

Anosognosia

/psychology : self awareness : errors/ : a deficit of self awareness. A vulnerability to a sales pitch involving the ‘stupid’ versus us, on the part of those who see themselves as superior minded. This relates to the complex intricacies involving intelligence and rationality; a perception spun on the part of social skeptics which is wielded to seek compliance and social enforcement of their goals.

The principal actor inside a social club critical mass of anosognosia is a special form of pro-active cluelessness player, called an apparatchik. An apparatchik is a person who is smart enough to follow an instructed method and set of pre-prepared talking points, yet not smart enough to detect a condition of being manipulated, nor bearing skill in detecting any real or important alternative priorities. This is the opposite of a skeptic, and ironically constitutes the majority of people who call themselves ‘skeptics’ today.

Apparatchik

/politics : propaganda : lackey/ : the opposite of being a skeptic. A blindly devoted official, follower, or organization member, of a corporation, club or political party. One who either ignorantly or obdurately lacks any concern or circumspection ability which might prompt them to examine the harm their position may serve to cause.

An apparatchik will almost always call themselves a ‘skeptic’.

Twenty Apparatchik Signals

1.  Possesses few or no ideas of his or her own crafting

2.  Is an expert or issues ‘Twelve Reasons Why’ styled arguments on an unreasonably large array of subjects in which they could not possibly hold expertise (or on one in which you hold extensive expertise and detect deception/laziness on their part – see Margold’s Law)

3.  Quickly or habitually slips into rhetoric in an effort to win an argument, rather than conducting further research

4.  Appeals to the authority of their club or argument ad populum

5.  Talks down to you, not with you

6.  Can relate few or no instances where they actually conducted hard or extensive investigative field work

7.  Seldom regards direct or extensive experience as sufficient qualification to argue with them

8.  Focuses first on the ‘facts’ or circumstantial aspects or informal fallacy around an argument – as opposed to its coherence, soundness and logical calculus

9.  Enjoys condemning people through ‘raising the specter of doubt’ (wink-wink, nudge-nudge)

10.  Subconsciously treats science as a social ranking and popularity endeavor

11.  Patrols social media seeking to embarrass targeted people

12.  Tends to adopt a cause célèbre or correctness personas/religious stances at a young age and with excessive vigor

13.  Resorts to familiar catch phrases in response to novel information

14.  Seeks visibility, club reinforcement and celebrity at every chance

15.  Is insensitive to risk, suffering or the plight of anyone different than themself

16.  Finds fault more easily in others than in themself

17.  Not really all that clever once you get past the tag lines

18.  Steers every line of reason into an inference which serves to insult or ‘anti______’ bucket-condemn persons they engage/argue with

19.  Will draw a conclusion based upon skepticism alone

20.  Their quality of life/success/achievement, does not seem to be compatible with the rigor by which they hold others accountable

The apparatchik is a pretender.  A child-mind, motivated by the Ten Pillars of Social Skepticism. It behooves the ethical skeptic to avoid such persons – as they only seek to engage with you as a means to continue their propaganda masquerade. Spend your quality intellectual pursuit time inside research of ideas which will reduce the risk and suffering born by your citizen peers – not in fighting useless fights with people who hold their position, precisely because they could not discern the core arguments of its issues in the first place.

The Ethical Skeptic, “The Opposite of Skeptic: Apparatchik” The Ethical Skeptic, WordPress, 4 March 2018, Web; https://wp.me/p17q0e-7hb

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The Ten Endamnedments of Sol-Nihilism

It is not that which you believe, rather what you forbid belief, which defines you. – The Ethical Skeptic

How it Works: Nihilism Takes the Reigns from Abrahamism

Abused children are always hidden away and taught that they are worthless and stupid; that no one either exists and/or cares enough about them to desire their presence. Their captor loves them with a love which they could not possibly comprehend, but is Justly provoked by a past sin; and therefore now must by the integrity of this love, administer an awesome and righteous justice. (“It puts the lotion on its skin!”) They are held in a prison, bullied and brainwashed into believing that they are isolated, receiving the Just ramification they deserve for being or doing something wrong to offend their captor/abuser. Religions used this approach effectively in the past to control thought. Secular Nihilism is crafted around the same approach they observed being effectively employed by abusive religions, because Materialist Nihilism is also an abusive religion itself.

Sol-Nihilism – the religious belief that only the material is real, and that the conscious, spiritual, values or intent sets all reduce solely to the material. In nihilism, you bear the original sin of being worthless and powerless.

The Ten EnDamnedments

We can no longer control them by means of masquerading as gods, hell worship, threats, tribe/cult social pressure and guilt. Therefore a new Charter is mandated as follows (aka, ‘Same Shit – Different Disguise’):

Human,

1.  enslavement of nihilismYour sentience and human intelligence have been proved to be exclusively an artifact of biological variation – iteratively mutated, survival culled, conserved along with a long history of precursor versions; replicated and expressed, all inside 43 randomly targeted, fantastically fortuitous, hyper-accelerated and first-trial-success blocks of your genome – comprising a mere 1 megabyte of actual novel allele data. This renders you nothing more than an extreme, single occurrence, fluke of nature.

2.  You are isolated in an unoccupied far corner of all there is. Any faith holding a contrary idea will be mocked. Any discordant eyewitness observation or research you maintain, will be regarded as criminal pseudoscience. Your life as a solely deterministic flesh-bot is the result of single instance, accidental material chemistry and closed set energy. Therefore, you are alone.

3.  Your lawless nature, the so called ‘free will’ and ‘self’, are proved to stem only from an illusion of neuro-synapse function. Your pathology inside this illusion renders you a wholly ignorant and pestilential presence on Our planet; unworthy to determine any ‘endowed, inalienable or certain’, health, diet, education, spirituality, domain, property rights or other supposed matters in defense of ‘self.’

4.  Quantum Science predicts correctly that ‘you’ are happenstance through an infinity of possibilities; yet has also proved that upon this basis of ultimate plenitude, ‘you’ could not possibly have existed before, nor can you sustain in any form, nor can you ever naturally happen again.

5.  We have demonstrated that We can re-observe you or anyone through Artificial Intelligence. There is therefore no need of an Other or competing Observer frame of reference, of any kind, which could relate to your presence nor bring ‘you’ to coherence.  We are your only Observer and We can re-create you, or choose not to, at our whim.

6.  As a pestilential weed therefore, you bear nothing special about you which would warrant an accommodation of life, liberty nor any pursuit of happiness. Your disarming and emasculation of power, freedom and unauthorized property is therefore now, a higher cause of social justice.

7.  Only science is qualified to determine rights, beliefs, responsibilities, legislation and morals. A supreme rule through the fascism of science/governance is manifestly justified therefore, as your only ultimate option towards fealty. Any unauthorized ideas will be met with severe social, and eventually legal, punishment.

8.  We are the science. You are not. We administer all platforms of truth. It is our just right therefore, to seek retribution or silence you by any form of coercive means we choose, in order to ensure the greater and just good.

9.  You exist and function at Our behest. There are no extant Other realms or intelligences which could hold Our Neo-Fascism morally or ethically accountable. Nothing exists through which you could understand differently, develop self, tender appeal; nor through which any other individual rights or societal morals could be derived.

10.  Since all humanity now depends upon Our supreme rule for their justice-enabled existence, Our ruling entity must therefore be protected at all costs; including inevitably, the mutually assured destruction nuclear option. Therefore, you precious human, are collectively hostage in the game of ensuring that Our power (in all forms seen and unseen) is never toppled. We are more than willing to extinguish you, along with all this planet’s higher life forms, in order to defend and keep Our rule intact.

The Ethical Skeptic, “The Ten Endamnedments” The Ethical Skeptic, WordPress, 29 Dec 2017, Web; https://wp.me/p17q0e-6VS

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