telling it like it is… on The Malarkey Scale

 
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15 April 2017 09:44
 

One of the buzz-phrases that been around since the beginning of this trump-malarkey is ‘he tells it like it is’.

It is a very interesting thing to say. Those of us who aren’t saying it are wondering what exactly it is that he is telling it like. We expect to find facts, reality, truthfulness and clarity as the basic ingredients of any practice called ‘telling it like it is’.

For example, many of us know the double-slit experiment from reading Gary Zukov’s Dancing Wu Li Masters. Gosh, that was a lot of FUN. When Lawrence Krauss explained the experiment to The Boss in a recent podcast, that was a clear example of telling it like it is. We trust the professor as a well-informed authority on the matter of photon activities in general.

What are all these other folks talking about? What does telling it like it is mean to them? Check out this actual imaginary conversation with a malarkey-supporter at a recent malarkey-rally…

“If he isn’t telling facts, how is he telling it like it is?”

“They’re facts while he tells them.”

“When he stops, what happens to his so-called fact? Does it stop to?”

“Only if we let them. He starts the truth and tosses it out to us and we, together, do our best to see that it never hits the ground.”

“But that’s what the rest of us do with giant balloon-balls at concerts. It’s just a bag of gas. How can you believe in a factual claim that cannot be demonstrated?”

“Look around. It is being demonstrated right now. Just listen…”

“He’s saying something about Gandhi’s funeral being nothing compared to his inaugural crowd.”

“So? Were you there? He was there, I’ll bet.”

“How is the truth being demonstrated here?”

“You can feel the truth here. When he says something I like, I can feel its truth. It’s like I’m tickled all over by invisible bunnies.”

“It’s true because it tickles?”

“I’ll concede that I might feel a bit stupid and unsure believing it if I were at home and alone. But here, we all have the same feeling and it magnifies it for everyone. The truth becomes a magnificent energizing sensation. Our truth will kick your butt.”


We have one side that wants to report facts for enlightenment and another side that wants to conjure them for empowerment. How does one conjure a fact? By telling it like it is. The secret is in the ‘it’. The it does not refer to reality or the physical world at all. It refers to brain activity. To tell it like it is means to deliver a message in a manner that caters to the way some people use their brains and their perception.

This is a useful way to understand political positions that seem impossible to understand. Differences in politics are too often ascribed to philosophical positions or personal values. Traditionally, disagreements over politics are perceived as one position being smarter than another and hence one combatant being stupider than the other. While I do not discount the role stupidity plays in politics, it cannot be a universal explanation tempting as that might be.

Nobody picks the stupid side, so how is it that so many end up on it?

Since no one is choosing to be stupid, our political differences really reside in our preferences in brain mechanics. As in, how we prefer to use our brains. There is a way another person can use their brain that makes your politics appear to be stupid. That might be easily or eagerly accepted but it points to a painful truth. It is the way we use our brains that makes other people’s politics appear to be stupid.

It would not be too great a stretch to call political stupidity an Optical Illusion because it concerns how we look at things. As long as we keep seeing stupidity, our disagreements will lead to conflict and warfare. We’ve all seen how quickly a malarkey-driven administration can stir up both.

Instead of buying ammo on line, we might consider how brain mechanics might be creating the illusions that divide us. The primary illusion being that we are all using the same brain mechanics and getting wildly different results. Accepting that illusion means other results are stupid, evil or the product of a lesser lifeform or worse, the instrument of a rival god-form. All of these views can ease the reality of squeezing the trigger. When the time comes.

It is easy to spot brain mechanics in action. Just invite someone to tell it like it is. Normally, this is a horrible idea that is best avoided but Science beckons. The task does not require paying any attention to content. All the tasker has to do is count the steps that lead to working it out and getting to a satisfied feeling of having ‘told it like it is’. It can be done with one hand.

By step, I mean a unit of logic… a connection of reasoning… one thing meaning something to something else that follows. One of the steps will be the last or final stop where the illusive ‘like it is’ has been delivered. That’s where we stop counting.

For example, if the sample produced is “the cosmos and all its issues are black and white because digital information is 1’s and 0’s”, then we can count two steps. The cosmos having issues is a murky step but it counts as 1. Connecting it to binary code makes it two. Ignore the content, dizziness may result. The point is, the invisible bunny has tickled and like it is has been told in two step. So, it rates a 2 on the Malarkey Scale.

See? This is easy. Most malarkey does not exceed 3 on the scale, which looks like this:

[ Edited: 22 April 2017 18:18 by Nhoj Morley]
 
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15 April 2017 09:46
 

The Malarkey Scale-

1- Junior bench-warmer and donation-base
2- Radio-inspired activist and combat-conversationalist
3- Fountain of Wisdom and ready for the Big Chair
4- Skeptic
5- Over-thinking fence-sitter
6 and over- The opposing side

Anyone who takes any position on anything will rate somewhere on the Malarkey Scale. A point will be reached where like it is has been told. Usually, it is when the bunny tickles and the clues are plain in tone, and posture.

The Malarkey Scale will become even more useful in identifying future encounters with artificial intelligences. Run the ‘tell it like it is’ experiment. An AI will always rate at or near infinity on the scale. They never feel the tickling of the bunny.

 
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15 April 2017 12:08
 

That was awesome. I really hope the word malarkey makes a comeback.

 
 
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17 April 2017 12:12
 
Jb8989 - 15 April 2017 12:08 PM

That was awesome. I really hope the word malarkey makes a comeback.

Since the election I’ve been trying to figure out why 63 million Americans voted for Trump.  I thought, surely they could see the malarkey steaming off of him . . . I mean, to the point where it would have been dangerous to light a match.  It has dawned on me slowly that they didn’t vote for him by ignoring the stench of malarkey, they voted for him because of the malarkey.  He is a cult leader.  They love malarkey. 

I can’t find it right now, but recently I saw a magazine photo of a young woman at one of Trump’s rallies looking up at him reverently with moist shining eyes.  Maybe that’s when I had my revelation.  Cult leaders can do no wrong.  Even when ‘the cool aid’ comes out, his blond acolyte in the red cap will sip hers with moist shining eyes.  Heaven awaits!

demagogue 2 :    a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power -  (Webster)

 
 
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unsmoked - 17 April 2017 12:12 PM
Jb8989 - 15 April 2017 12:08 PM

That was awesome. I really hope the word malarkey makes a comeback.

Since the election I’ve been trying to figure out why 63 million Americans voted for Trump.  I thought, surely they could see the malarkey steaming off of him . . . I mean, to the point where it would have been dangerous to light a match.  It has dawned on me slowly that they didn’t vote for him by ignoring the stench of malarkey, they voted for him because of the malarkey.  He is a cult leader.  They love malarkey. 

I can’t find it right now, but recently I saw a magazine photo of a young woman at one of Trump’s rallies looking up at him reverently with moist shining eyes.  Maybe that’s when I had my revelation.  Cult leaders can do no wrong.  Even when ‘the cool aid’ comes out, his blond acolyte in the red cap will sip hers with moist shining eyes.  Heaven awaits!

demagogue 2 :    a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power -  (Webster)

You actually brought the word back for me!

 
 
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19 April 2017 00:09
 

Would excess bunkum lead to a complete malarkey!?

 
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MARTIN_UK - 19 April 2017 12:09 AM

Would excess bunkum lead to a complete malarkey!?

  Yes.  Like Trump and professional wrestling.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMKFIHRpe7I  I’m really surprised this scene wasn’t repeated at one of his debates.