Sentences (#40)

How to gauge the prevailing ideology. In stark contrast to ritualized witch-hunting of rightists (examples given) …

It’s hard to think of a situation where holding left-wing beliefs, no matter how left wing they are, would get someone removed from an an organization that is not itself expressly right-wing.

(Feel free to take that as a challenge. Reference here.)

February 6, 2016admin 22 Comments »
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Jesus!

It’s come to this:

What if someone told you that you were the reincarnation of Jesus, and that it was your destiny to save the world from political and economic destruction? […] Jack Cohen had his whole future before him. Just nineteen years old, he was a gifted athlete, a genius scholar, and a mixed martial arts prodigy, capable of leaving his mark in any number of ways. But his world turns suddenly upside down when a mesmerizing domme, Mary McDonald, enters his life and insists that he is Jesus 2.0 — and that it is his mission to wage spiritual and political warfare on the establishment of Washington, D.C. Beautiful, clever, yet dangerous, Mary also tells Jack that she was chosen from above to lead him to his mission. Though he tries to resist, Jack finds himself thrust into a journey of sexual, spiritual and political awakening that will forever alter his life… and change the course of the world. […] A blend of Atlas Shrugged, Fifty Shades of Gray and The Shack, mixed together with a megadose of PEDs, Kill Jesus is a wild, page-turning ride that will open your mind to a new way of thinking, while shattering any notions of a pacifist or puritanical Messiah.

Readers love it. One comments (“Surprising Book”):

I was surprised that I couldn’t put this book down. It was a combo of an eastern philosophy version of Conversations with God, UFC fighting, mommy/daddy porn, and Austrian economics mixed into one. The only thing I would change if I could was a little less of Ayn Rand but that’s just my taste. …

(Via.)

February 5, 2016admin 12 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#48)

I don’t think the diagnosis is seriously questionable at this point. The question is: What to do about it?

ADDED: “Despite the reassuring words that the ‘European way’ is sound and will prevail, both the rampant jihad and the mounting protests from the core of Europe point to the same thing and have the same cause: Europe is rotting and dying.”

February 4, 2016admin 60 Comments »
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Quote note (#216)

How to understand Trump’s core constituency:

The white working class and evangelicals know that ‘political correctness’ is not just about ‘treating people with respect’ as some suppose, but is a whip to keep them in line, a calculated means of stigmatizing certain viewpoints, excluding challenges to liberal orthodoxies from public conversation, and imposing a set of tendentious ideological values upon the public in a manner that precludes serious contestation. Rather than appeal for a more respectful and open civil society, political correctness takes meddlesome, officious, and censorious measures to stigmatize or root out speech that it finds objectionable, often resorting to force and authority over persuasion where possible.

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February 3, 2016admin 54 Comments »
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Quote note (#215)

I’m not saying the election was rigged. I have no evidence of such a thing, and I’m sure the good people of Iowa are honest and competent. […] But just for fun, watch me build my case for a rigged election.

Since a lot of enraged Trumpenproletarians* are going to be talking about this, I should add some minimal local framing. This blog is:
(a) Loftily detached from Trump enthusiasm, and
(b) Unable to morally discriminate between fixed democracy, and ‘clean’ democracy. (Though, perhaps, the latter is ultimately slightly less depraved.)
Still, this story is already out there, and it isn’t unimportant at the level of popcorn-positive political disintegration, regardless of the final — and probably irrecoverable — facts.

* See this (+) persuasive introduction to early 21st century American class war. (Plus.)

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February 3, 2016admin 32 Comments »
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Sentences (#39)

Brett Stevens succinctly distances himself from the delusion of democratic salvation:

If I could, I’d elect Barack Obama for another term.

(XS is so there.)

February 2, 2016admin 36 Comments »
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Moron bites (#9)

Richard Dawkins collides with the Zeitgeist. A comment thread mash-up:

Why does he do it? I don’t get it. … Dawkins doesn’t realize he’s been infected by a mind-virus. … He’s just a petty little shitlord who pretends to have standards and principles, but actually has none. … “Meltdown” doesn’t seem to cover it anymore. … I’m embarrassed to have any of Dawkins books on my shelf now. … Sweet zombie Jesus. … If anyone cared to bother, it would make a fun blog post to compare and contrast the wit & wisdom of Richard Dawkins and James Watson. I don’t know if they ever met, but they have so much in common … Dawkins is now the Trump of atheism … I bought “Ancestors Tale” after I got over the fremdschämen “Dear Muslima” has caused, but Dawkins says something embarassing since then on such a regular basis, that I might not be able to read that book ever. I used to enjoy his science books, but now I cannot get over a bad taste in my mouth whenever I see his name. … I’ve got his books and videos – I think I’ll give them away … So Dawkins now behaves like Marine Le Pen? … When Dawkins was at the height of his fame as an anti-religious campaigner, he was quite unfairly portrayed by many religious commentators as an angry agitator who raged away without showing any real insight into the subject. And now, here we are. … either Richard Dawkins has a layperson’s knowledge of evolution, all the way back when he was publishing scientific papers on the subject, or he never thought critically about the subject because he wanted to believe it. He wanted those sexist results to be true, and had no problems shutting out people who tried to set him straight. … So PZ, think you might remove Richard Dawkins links from the sidebar here? … He’s now siding with actual fascists. Totes rational the man. …

Science!

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February 1, 2016admin 134 Comments »
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Quote note (#214)

The intolerable clarity of Sailer at work:

… the concept of “Europeanism” upon which the EU was founded — that Europeans should be more neighborly to their fellow Europeans than to non-Europeans — is increasingly unmentionable in polite society because it’s seen as racist. For example, during the peak of adulation for Merkel before reality set in, she was widely praised for personifying European values by de-Europeanizing Europe.

How would one even begin to argue with anything said here? There’s a lot in this short passage, but nothing that isn’t obviously true, to everyone, which accounts — perhaps — for the fact that it is nevertheless almost unthinkably controversial.

It would be a relief to see Merkel awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to the ruin of Europe. If not honest — or anything close — it would at least attain meta-honesty, by defining ‘peace’ explicitly as the suppression of truth.

February 1, 2016admin 8 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#99)

(Open thread + links)

Call it the Deep Right? Tick war. Salami tactics. Mises and fascism. Ethnomasochism. Questions of organization. Economic links. Reflections on the Alt-Right (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Something new. The weekly round.

The Hell that is Pakistan. Trapped by the Saudis. The chaos to come. America’s opportunity. China troubles (1, 2, 3), and related. Commercialization of hard security. The demographic dimension. Skyscraper index in space and time. Tax crisis? “Democracy …”

Shale 2.0. “A new mall hasn’t been built in the US since 2006.” Against ‘welfare for all’. A dead cowboy. The F-35 catastrophe. Radical tech-deflation. Shadow power. Hyperthyroidism in American politics.

Trumpenführer panic report — confusion and mad, terrified shrieking (1, 2, 3, 4 (see)). Riding the pendulum. Conservative breakdown (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Acceptance (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). “On 4chan’s My Little Pony board … support for Trump is unanimous …” (and other lunacy). Fox left in the lurch (1, 2, 3).

Cologne after-shocks (1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6) and other related outrages. Assimilation failed. Honesty about Islam and homosexuality. Islamization of America.

The Duck versus Twitter (1, 2, 3, 4), also notable. Facebook and moral universalism. Dawkins disinvitation. The SJW mind. Blacklist.

Coates on the take, in context. Whitening of the Left (UK version). The Ferguson effect.

Human achievement database online (see also). Brightened by diversity. Thompson on Hive Mind. Intelligence and longevity. Where civilization breaks down. American Eugenics 1.0. Ridley on The Selfish Gene. A sermon on scientism. Science is annoying.

Apocalypse Corner. Preparation time. It’s on. AngloAmerican angles. The world economy is toast. America Alone (10 years on), and The Clash of Civilizations (20 years on).

Go is gone (1, 2, 3). Yudkowsky sounds the alarm. Some skepticism from the AI Guild, and from Go types. AI is our friend. Clarifications. Memristors hit the mainstream media. Retail automation. Notes on the blocksize limit (also 1, 2). DIY neurotronics. Distributed ‘democracy‘.

Climate obstreperousness from Spencer and Briggs.

Elusive space. Fungi in space. Water on Pluto.

Personal productivity heuristics. Tim Powers speaks.

January 31, 2016admin 32 Comments »
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Quote note (#213)

Bolivarian Socialism has made a truly crucial contribution to Marxist-Leninist-Guevara-Penn-Chávez Thought — the idea of food-line rationing:

Venezuela’s government has tried to deny economic reality with price and currency controls. The idea was that it could stop inflation without having to stop printing money by telling businesses what they were allowed to charge, and then giving them dollars on cheap enough terms that they could actually afford to sell at those prices. The problem with that idea is that it’s not profitable for unsubsidized companies to stock their shelves, and not profitable enough for subsidized ones to do so either when they can just sell their dollars in the black market instead of using them to import things. That’s left Venezuela’s supermarkets without enough food, its breweries without enough hops to make beer, and its factories without enough pulp to produce toilet paper. The only thing Venezuela is well-supplied with are lines.

Although the government has even started rationing those, kicking people out of line based on the last digit of their national ID card.

The genius of that. You think anyone should just be allowed to stand in a food-line, bourgeois imperialism-style? The Revolution has moved beyond such reactionary ideas.

(The Gnon-bliss XS receives from this regime is hard to communicate without wandering into tentacle-porn.)

January 30, 2016admin 48 Comments »
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