Archive for September, 2013

Civilization and The Entropy Law: Nothing Lasts Forever

September 30, 2013

Civilization and The Entropy Law: Nothing Lasts Forever

The following are several telling quotes from the book, Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail,  by William Opuls.

This is a very important book for citizens of our American Great Civilization to understand and act upon.


When coal is burned to produce electricity, only about 35 percent of the energy in the coal is converted into electrical energy. The rest becomes waste heat, various gases (such as carbon dioxide), various chemicals (such as sulfuric acid), particulates, and ash. And even the electricity dissipates into the environment as waste heat once it had done its work. From the physicist’s point of view, the books are balanced—there is just as much matter and energy in the overall system as before—but what remains is significantly lower in quality. The upshot is that for every unit of good that man creates using this particular technology, he  manufactures two units of bad and even the good is ephemeral.”

Kindle location 514-520


“technological improvements actually increase thermodynamic costs. Take the substitution of the automobile for the horse. To make a horse requires a modest investment in pasture, water, and fodder for he two to three years it takes from conception until the horse can work. But to make a car requires not only many direct inputs—steel, copper fuel, water, chemicals, and so forth—but also many indirect ones such as a factory and labor force as well as the matter and energy needed to sustain them. To use a technical term, the “embodied energy” in the car is many times that in the horse. In addition, the thermodynamic cost of operating the car is greater. A horse needs only a modicum of hay, water and oats procured locally without to much difficulty. But the auto requires oil wells, refineries, tankers, gasoline stations, mechanics shops, and so on—that is, a myriad of direct inputs that are difficult and expensive to procure, as well as a host of indirect costs. So the substitution of auto for horse may have brought many advantages, but at a heavy thermodynamic price.”

Kindle Location 531-541


Civilization is trapped in a thermodynamic vicious circle from which escape is well nigh impossible. The greater a civilization becomes, the more the citizens produce and consume—but the more they produce and consume, the larger the increase in entropy. The longer economic development continues, the more depletion, decay, degradation, and disorder accumulate in the system as a whole, even if it brings a host of  short-term benefits. Depending on a variety of factors—the quantity and quality of available resources, the degree of technological and managerial skill, and so forth—the process can continue for some time but not indefinitely. At some point, just as in the ecological realm, a civilization exhausts its thermodynamic “credit” and begins to implode.”

Kindle Location 617-623


While nothing lasts forever, it would be good if humankind could learn to extend the ride. To do so would require a gigantic exercise in self-control and sacrifice for long-term gain and good.

Short of the occurrence of some science-based technological miracle, there is little reason for optimism.

VTM, 9/29/13

P.S. Another important corollary of the Entropy Law is something that I call Social Entropy. On the bright side, it would seem that there are things that a civilization could to control social entropy. Please see below:

A Message From Crosby, Still, Nash and Young To America: “Teach Your Children”

September 28, 2013

A Message From Crosby, Still, Nash and Young To America: “Teach Your Children”

I missed the fact that I recently went over the 1000 mark on my blogs to  So today I am celebrating this benchmark.

I will continue to try to stimulate thinking about what it takes for our great culture to live long and well.

There are so many things that must be done to reverse our current failing trends. But, high on the list is skillfully teaching our children the essentials of the good life. First and foremost America must teach moral conduct, intellectual honesty and vigor, respect and kindness for all people, and a love of our own history and culture. We can debate this matter, but I judge that it is critical that our children be taught reverence for a power greater than their own and all of humankind.

America must also teach its children the loyalty and courage necessary to defend our way of life against all who seek to destroy us…even those of ourselves who now are so dedicated.

Fail at these things and America will certainly also fail.

I get a lump in my throat every time I hear this rendition of “Teach Your Children”.

This marvelous musical message is sent to us from the 1960’s, the very decade during which many judge that America began to fail at teaching its children the things needed for its survival.

Please enjoy and take to heart Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s message to all of us.

“Teach Your Children”.

VTM, 9/28/13

Random Black Attacks On Whites

September 27, 2013

Random Black Attacks On Whites

During the summer of 2012, I became aware of random individual and mob attacks upon white men, women, and even families. There was little discussion of this in the news media. I was astonished.

While searching The Blaze web site, I was found several such recent attacks by blacks against whites. Again, there was little, if any, mention of these attacks against whites on normal news sites or programs. The following is one example:

I then did a search on Google for Random Black Attacks on Whites. The results were startling.

Suspecting that my search might be biased in some way. I did a search on Google for Random White Attacks on Whites.  Surprisingly, in spite  of my new title targeting white attacks on blacks, the results were almost identical.

I then Googled “White on Black Hate Crimes”. Please do this and see what you get.

Now try,  “Whites Attack Blacks”. All of what you have observed raises some very grave concerns.

The following is a Judge Judy discussion on the disparity between white on black crime and black on white crime. This presentation appears to me to be grounded in historical fact and it is balanced by a bright black man’s counter arguments.

I hope you will watch this short debate and reach your own conclusions on this matter.

VTM, 9/27/13

P.S. After this truthful and data-based analysis, I expect to be slandered in predictable ways.  For a more complete explanation of my position on the “racist” rant that liberals and race-baiters go on each time someone discusses the realities of race, please see my earlier blog below, “Speaking As A Racist ‘Slimeball’, etc.

A medal of Honor Soldier Speaks: Please listen

September 26, 2013

A Medal of Honor Soldier Speaks: Please Listen

We go about our daily lives of under-appreciated ease and relative privilege with little thought for the countless others who have suffered and died, so we may live in comfort.

Please take a few minutes to watch this video 

Bend Over: Here Comes Obamacare!

September 25, 2013

Bend Over: Here Comes Obamacare!

I can only hope that my fears are not justified.

VTM, 9/25/13

When Robert Told Me About Doomsday

September 24, 2013

When Robert Told Me About Doomsday

I remember siting on the back steps of my parents second story apartment, when I was around seven years old. I was sitting with my slightly older friend, Robert. It was then that he told me something that was, at that time in my life, stunning and inconceivable.

Robert told me that the world would end someday. He called it Doomsday.

I could not believe it.

Mom told me it was true, but I did not have to worry because it would not happen for a very long time.

Do you remember the day that you learned that the earth and everything you knew about would come to an end?

Seven decades later, I have come to understand that indeed, nothing stays the same and nothing lasts forever.  Steady states in nature are an illusion, and so it is with you and me and all living and inanimate things.

Scientists tell us that our world is not likely to end for a very long time. However, they also warn us of Meteors that could strike us with devastating results. Although there is no real security in life, we naturally tend to not worry about frightening events that are very improbable or that will not likely occur within our own life-spans

It is easy to suppress, purposefully “forget”, not-think-about, or overlook such uncomfortable information and that is exactly what I did until I was approximately 35 years old.

Then, I began to think about something just as fearsome to me and much more likely to occur in the nearer future. It was not the world’s doomsday. It was America’s Doomsday.

While teaching psychology at the college level and working in my private practice, I was confronted with a reality just as shocking as the one that Robert confronted me with when I was a child.

This time It was my stunning observation that the culture that I had grown-up in and loved was in rapid decline and heading toward the dust bin of history.

At first I was skeptical. My training in science alerted me to the fact that in my private practice I was interacting with an unrepresentative sample of our population. After all, so-called normal and happy people do not seek psychological treatment. Unless, of course, they are in a relationship with someone (children, spouses, or lovers, etc., who are not so normal and happy—-which is often the case).

Sadly, a few hours in a university library confirmed that the rates of population bad and emotionally troubled behaviors had doubled and some even tripled over the past several decades. Also, my study of our various economic trends clearly foreshadowed the great economic problems we now suffer. At that time (circa 1985) no one could conceive of our current 17 trillion-dollar deficit.

It was not difficult to see some of the reasons why this had happened. The Laws of psychology  embodied within this nation’s changing political/cultural metacontingencies  (governmental rule changes of rewards and punishments) clearly predicted the population behavioral changes that were unfolding before my eyes.

As I began to write and speak about The Psychology of America’s Decline, very few people accepted this reality and my data-based analyses. I should not have been surprised.

As with the world’s doomsday, people naturally suppress other fearful events that they feel will not happen in their life-times and also ones over-which they feel they have no control. To compound the problem, each generation perceives their cultural experiences as normal and few think about and understand the dramatic changes in their culture over times beyond their own.

History suggests that great societies approximately 250 years before they decline.

In his important book, Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail, author William Ophuls writes the following:


The process is insidious. Limits constrict by degrees. Decay creeps in unnoticed. It is only late in the game—usually too late to do much about it—that those living become aware of a gradual and imperceptible transformation that has rendered the civilization increasingly tired, depleted, impoverished, vulnerable, and ineffectual.” (Kindle Location, 153)


“At last comes the implosion, as the ‘stupendous fabric’ of an overstretched, hollowed-out, and corrupt civilization yields ‘to the pressure of its own weight’. A barbarian invasion, a terrible plague, a devastating drought, a calamitous war, or some similar disaster is usually only the precipitation factor—-the final push that causes the structure to topple. ‘A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within,’ said Will Durant.” (Kindle Location, 167-173)


Once upon a time Robert told Tommy. Now Tommy is telling you.

Wake-Up America!

VTM, 9/14/13

P.S. for a more in-depth understanding of the metacontingencies that are destroying America, simply type that term into my search box and click return.

So much for Global Warming and The End Of Polar Bears!

September 22, 2013

So much for Global Warming and The End Of Polar Bears!

Many years ago, I was enjoying a gab-fest with some university colleagues at a party.

When the topic of weather came up, I mentioned the global warming phenomenon and was promptly chastised by a physicist for accepting this unproven idea about our world without very sold supporting data.

It appeared then, as it does now, that a psychologist’s understanding of such complex matters is insufficient. Of course, the same could be said for many other physical scientists.

Where is Al Gore—— (when we don’t need him)?

VTM, 9/22/13

Please Go Here To Defund “Obamacare”

September 20, 2013

Please Go Here To Defund “Obamacare”

I have expressed my concerns about Obamacare in past blogs. Write Obamacare in my search box and click return to see these blogs.

Then go to these sites and vote there. Freedomworks gives you the phone numbers of your representatives and asks you to call them.

Please do what you can.

VTM, 9/21/13



Will Liberals Let Us Institutionalize The Dangerously Mentally Ill? No.

September 20, 2013

Will Liberals Let Us Institutionalize The Dangerously Mentally Ill?   No.

Well, there has been another mass killing at a school and it makes me want to vomit.

The following is a republication on this horrifying topic. I published it on my blog on 9/20/13, 10/2/15, and now 2/19/18.

Why publish the same article three times? First, not everyone read the my articles on mass shootings when it has been published in the past. Second, I can’t really think of anything new to say about these murderous events that I have not already said!

Please consider the following: It is meant to address all such shootings; past, present and, so sadly, ones yet to come.


I do not know if this guy was a Islamic Terrorist, or a severely mentally ill man on the loose. Someone has reported that he had ties to a white supremacist group, though the logical connection from there to this shooting is yet unexplained.

Whatever is the case, of course Obama immediately blamed guns. It is essential for him to do so because a comprehensive and intelligent analysis of the many real and interacting causes of America’s tragic decline into behavioral chaos will go straight to his own liberal/progressive ideology. An ideology that has steady grown in America over the past decades and has culminated in his own Presidential Marxist regime, as well as our current bloated, ineffectual and corrupted system of government.

The result of this spiritual/political/psychological/sociological spiral of death is  modern America: A stunningly diminished and grotesque shadow of its former self.

If you have read my other blogs on America’s decline, you will know exactly what I am referring to. There are now over 1200 (currently nearly 1700) of my articles. Please enter any search term: Mass Murder, America’s Decline, Socialists, Progressives, etc., and see the truth, as best I can know it. My search box is on the upper right side of this page.

God’s Blessings to you and your loved ones. Please vote and remonstrate with your political  representatives accordingly.

Now, please see my blog, originally published on 9/20/13, below.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 10/2/15, now 2/19/18


As a psychologist, with over 40 years of experience, I endorse Ann Coulter’s article below. She speaks the truth on this issue.

Please search my site for former blogs on the “mentally Ill”. simply enter that term in the search box to the upper right and click return.

Thanks to Joe Grunert for forwarding  Ann Coulter’s article to me. Please take time to read it.

VTM, 9/20/13 

There’s been another mass shooting by a crazy person, and liberals still refuse to consider institutionalizing the dangerous mentally ill.   The man who shot up the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Aaron Alexis, heard voices speaking to him through the walls. He thought people were following him. He believed microwave ovens were sending vibrations through his body. There are also reports that Alexis believed the Obamacare exchanges were ready to go.  

Anyone see any bright red flags of paranoid schizophrenia? (Either that, or Obama’s NSA is way better than we thought!)   But Alexis couldn’t be institutionalized because the left has officially certified the mentally ill as “victims,” and once you’re a victim, all that matters is that you not be “stigmatized.”

But here’s the problem: Coddling the mentally ill isn’t even helping the mentally ill. Ask the sisters of crazy homeless woman “Billie Boggs” how grateful they were to the ACLU for keeping Boggs living on the streets of New York City. Ask the parents of Aaron Alexis, James Holmes (Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooter), Jared Loughner (Tucson, Ariz., mall shooter) or Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech shooter) how happy they are that their sons weren’t institutionalized.  

Tellingly, throughout the last three decades, the overall homicide rate has been in free fall, thanks to Republican crime policies, from 10 per 100,000 in 1980 to 4 per 100,000 today. (You might even call them “common sense” crime policies.) But the number of mass shootings has skyrocketed from 4 per year, between 1900 and 1970, to 29 per year since then.   Something seems to have gone horribly wrong right around 1970. What could it be? Was it the introduction of bell-bottoms?  

That date happens to correlate precisely with when the country began throwing the mentally ill out of institutions in 1969. Your memory of there not being as many mass murders a few decades ago is correct. Your memory of there not being as many homeless people a few decades ago is also correct.   But liberals won’t allow the dangerous mentally ill to be committed to institutions against their will. (The threat of commitment is very persuasive in getting disturbed individuals to take their medicine.) Something in liberals’ genetic makeup compels them to attack civilization, for example, by defending the right of dangerous psychotics to refuse treatment and then representing them in court after they commit murder.  Liberals won’t even agree to take the most basic steps to prevent psychotics from purchasing guns — yes, GUNS! — because to allow the release of mental health information would be “stigmatizing.” We’re not talking about anorexic girls here. We just need shrinks to tell us if potential gun purchasers are paranoid schizophrenics.  

The disastrous consequences of the deinstitutionalization movement is described in E. Fuller Torrey’s book, “The Insanity Offense: How America’s Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens.” Torrey’s book reads like a compendium of America’s most heinous murders since the early ’70s — all of which could have been stopped with involuntary commitment laws, and none of which could have been stopped even with a complete gun ban.   Here are a few:   — “Mary Maloney had decapitated her infant daughter and year-old son. Her husband had tried to have her psychiatrically hospitalized prior to the crime, but she had not met the (legal) criteria for dangerousness.” — “Charles Soper had killed his wife, three children, and himself two weeks after being discharged from Camarillo State Hospital because he failed to qualify as ‘imminently dangerous.'” — “In April 1973… Edmund Kemper (who had been released from a mental hospital a few years earlier when the deinstitutionalization act became law) had been arrested after he bludgeoned his mother to death, then strangled her friend who came to visit. Kemper was also charged with the murders of six female hitchhikers.” Kemper had originally been institutionalized after murdering his grandparents at age 15 because “he tired of their company.”  

In 1972 and 1973, paranoid schizophrenic Herb Mullin went on a killing spree in California that left 13 dead, including a 72-year-old World War I veteran, a college coed, four teenaged campers and a mother with her two little boys, murdered as they played with marbles.   Mullin killed his victims with a baseball bat, knives, his fists, as well as with guns. How’s your “high-capacity” magazine ban going to stop that, Democrats? How would piling on yet more gun control laws have helped the priest whom Herb Mullin beat, kicked and stabbed to death?   What about the elderly boarders that Dorothea Puente — diagnosed with schizophrenia — poisoned and buried in her backyard?   What additional gun restrictions would have helped the group of bicyclists Linda Scates intentionally drove her car into because voices were telling her to “kill the demons”?  

In the decades since the deinstitutionalization movement began, more and more people kept being killed as a result of that movement — including the deinstitutionalized themselves. According to Torrey, between 1970 and 2004, the mentally ill were responsible for at least 4,700 murders in California.   Increasing government spending on mental health programs is not going to stop the mentally ill from committing murder. Like liberals, these are people too sick even to know they need help. As Herschel Hardin, whose son was schizophrenic, wrote in the Vancouver Sun: “If you think you are Jesus Christ or an avenging angel, you are not likely to agree that you need to go to the hospital.”   Liberals will pretend to have missed the news that the Washington Navy Yard shooter was a paranoid schizophrenic. They refuse to acknowledge that the mass murder problem — as well as the homeless problem — only began after crazy people were thrown out of institutions in the 1970s. They tell us crapping in your pants on a New York City sidewalk is a “civil right.” They say that haranguing passersby on the street about your persecution by various movie stars is a form of “free speech.”   Only after a mass murder committed by a psychotic with a firearm do liberals spring to life and suggest a solution: Take away everyone’s guns.   Taking guns away from the mentally stable only makes us less safe: Even psychotics know enough to keep choosing “Gun-Free Zones” for their mass murders.

If Americans are serious about preventing massacres like the ones at the Washington Navy Yard, Newtown, Tucson, Aurora and Virginia Tech, it’s time to review our civil commitment laws.  

After this latest shooting, will the left finally let us do something about the dangerously mentally ill?


“The Democratic Party Has Adopted Our Platform”: Socializing America

September 18, 2013

The Democratic Party Has Adopted Our Platform”: Socializing America

MOST of the American people do not remember the communist party of America ever having a candidate in the presidential elections and most Americans didn’t notice when they stopped having a candidate.

Like many things floating around the internet, the proceeding quote is of an uncertain origin. However, its message is absolutely true.
All one need do is look at the recent evolution of the American Socioculture to validate my assertion. Whether you are a republican, or a libertarian…if you are in contact with reality, you must agree that America is increasingly a socialized political State.
If you are a so-called progressive, a communist or a liberal democrat, it is not likely that you will agree, because it will blow your cover. You being scurrilously dedicated to a systematic incremental
surreptitious transformation of our Nation to socialist system.
For an interesting history of this valid, but misattributed truth, see Snopes below
For further validation of this nefarious, but successful strategy for defeating traditional America, simply do a search on my blog. Enter “Antonio Gramsci” in the search box to the upper right and press return. Perhaps there you will find the true origin of this communist ploy.
Thanks to Vic Palenske for reminding us about this occult socialization strategy to transform America!
VTM, 9/16/13

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