A few reminders for those who have become so learned that they've gotten stupid about the most basic things.
A linear function does not need to describe a "straight line". It simply means that it's variable or variables are constrained by at least one constant. Non-linear functions are (generally speaking) not constrained by a constant, but still subject to the extremity of inputs. Regardless, it remains clear that all functions will moderate (become more controllable, more predictable) the more that extreme inputs are removed. (And further clarification for the stupid, high school geometry *is* high school math.)
Triangulation is the effort to identify two points on the given line by taking a position that is not directly between those points. In political terms, it means staking a different position between the points of extreme, not on the line between them, in an attempt to draw one linear point towards the center. Those who subscribe to triangulation as a net bad are truly engaging in straight line thinking. They're being stupid. One can triangulate by taking a point outside the linear boundaries of Democrats and Republicans to pull the median volume of the triangle to the right or the left. The right has been very successful at that, using shock doctrine to accomplish the effort of pulling the popular will further to the right. The deeply stupid scream "nuance" while thinking in terms of straight lines and blaming anyone who wants to move the triangle's volume in a favorable direction for not just wizarding such a miracle up. A reminder. Triangulation can take place outside the boundaries of the set extremes on the run of the triangle such that the volume moves leftward. That's what many on the left are screaming for, but don't understand how they're shooting themselves in the foot by replacing movement with magical quantum leap. Yes, if "we organize" this magical jump to personal satisfaction could happen .... And monkeys could fly out of my butt. What organizing can do is move the volume of the triangle in a favored direction. The Tea Party is committed to doing that, and that's why they will support Mitt Romney, even though they hate him.
Vacuums (discretely) do not exist in a vacuum. If you remove all the air from a bottle inside a chamber filled with chlorine gas, it will not magically fill with liberal fairy dust. If you uncork that bottle, it will fill with toxic gas, and it will do so in such a hurry, it's likely to break the bottle. Removing Obama, Bauchus and Tester will not open the way for progressive heroes who will save us. It will allow in Romney, Gingrich, Rehberg. The vacuum will be replaced with toxic representation. The deeply stupid think that somehow, some way, this will lead to 'organizing' that takes control of our governance. I'd certainly appreciate it if even one of these so-called smart folk could explain how we're supposed to get to self-governance from that point, especially since they've rejected the idea of violence (which for the record, I have not.)
Finally, it is the ultimate of stupid to rely on chaos theory when you've already bought into Illuminati conspiracy. Politics is chaos, if you actually wish to ignore the variables that make you uncomfortable and focus on those you prefer. It is the height of stupidity to claim that politics is chaos when you've spent years insulting others because they don't understand how controlled politics actually is. To claim that the rich choose our candidates and manipulate our representation and yet it's all CHAOS is truly and deeply stupid. Pick one, Mark, because only the stupid think both can be real. Either way, my post still holds true. Defeat the extreme and you're closer to getting what you want (or didn't you think that chaos was describable by math as well? Sorry kitten, it is.)
Finally, I appreciate Tokarski affording me another 'Wanda' moment. I'm glad for him that he was born a white male American and never had to want beyond his desire to be 'different'. I'm happy that he continues to read people smarter than himself, and pigeonhole them into his particular delusion, his mythology. This gives me many laughs.
Otto: Apes don't read philosophy!
Wanda: Yes, they do, Otto. They just don't understand it.
Update: Shorter Tokarski response: I don't really know what he's talking about so I'll just denegrate it now, and insult the reader's intelligence later.