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Stereotypes IV

Folk Wisdom is a thing:

February 29, 2016admin 14 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#103)

(Open thread + links)

What is Neoreaction? (Snarl.) The bargain. The way out is forward. Death by Utopianism. Lifeboat ethics (also). Distributed blind conspiracy. Institutional capture. A failed fitness test. Social media as a model of collapse. Quite a bit more persuasion needed. New(ish) blog of the week. The weekly round.

Evil is conserved. Ingroups and outgroups. Zizek, rightist. Leftism for little children. Embrace the collapse (video). “Perhaps more dramatically than any other voting block, un­married women — comprising as they do other liberal-voting groups including young women and women of color — lean left. Way left.” Could millennials turn to the dark side? The outgroup are conspiracy nuts. Post-racial morality (on steroids). The progressive Hitler.

Saudi oil economics, and military challenges (1, 2). Realism on Syria (plus some relevant nervousness). Jinnah’s dead dreams. Ruinous modernity. Xi Jinping tightens the media leash. Chinese migration sanity. Lessons from Venezuela. SA in crisis. Rolling migration catastrophe in Europe. The backlash is the real problem (Hollande agrees). Dissent spreads (1, 2). Camp of the Saints tours (1, 2). The meaning of Rotherham. Morbid delusions. Nazi cult tourist destination.

Brexit chatter heats up (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). Historical timeline here. The best-case outcome.

“The bottom line is simple. The great wave of commodity and industrial deflation now sweeping through the world economy is the bastard offspring of the debt binge that was enabled by the central banks over the last two decades. Yet they now pretend that this massive headwind to growth originated in some exogenous force that must be counted with even more of the same monetary intrusion.” Keynesian error. Cash suppression. Oil glut hurts pirates. Robot job-hunting.

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), with additional fingerpointing. About that nuclear business. Uh oh (+), plus. Violent rhetoric. Why? The GOP is broken, seriously. Neocons flee. Game theory for the GOPe (note 1, 2). The torture. Trump the monster, miracle, and new Charlemagne (also bad for the Jews). The democratic comedy. Unhinged media (exhibit). Preference cascade. Revenge all around. The China angle. On to higher things? End of an era.

Twitter’s war against the right (plus, also). The troll tamers. The Ace strategy.

Garett Jones talks to Stefan Molyneux (video). Pygmies just became a little awkward. Mainstream HBD against ‘pathological altruism’. The canceled Derb speech. Diversity and its discontents. The case for blind hiring. Ferguson effect. Warped reality. Love is overrated. Only obeying orders. Updated oaths.

“Tech product cycles are mutually reinforcing interactions between platforms and applications. New platforms enable new applications, which in turn make the new platforms more valuable, creating a positive feedback loop. Smaller, offshoot tech cycles happen all the time, but every once in a while — historically, about every 10 to 15 years — major new cycles begin that completely reshape the computing landscape.” Latest steps in robotics. The real promise of VR. Dopaminergic headphones. Tech politics, subterfuge, and insecurity.

The cosmic web. A big rip timeframe. A Fermi Paradox for the multiverse. Serpentization on Enceladus. Secret sentience.

Apocalypse Corner. On AI panic (and some relevant PR). A New Doomsday Argument.
22nd century blues. Hyperbolic Joy.

Schizoid psychiatry. Inconvenient worlds. Zero stroke. A numerical oddity. The absence of sense.

February 28, 2016admin 54 Comments »
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Sentences (#45)

Opening an outstanding post by Joshua M. Brown:

The only way to save the economy is to crash it.

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February 27, 2016admin 14 Comments »
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Quote note (#225)

Fairly sure this isn’t intended to be funny:

… if emissions were to continue at a high rate over the next few decades, the ocean could rise as much as three or four feet by 2100. […] Experts say the situation would then grow far worse in the 22nd century and beyond …

February 26, 2016admin 6 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#51)


(Quality trolling (with added ‘meta’))

February 26, 2016admin 6 Comments »
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Quote note (#224)

This needs to be up here as a reference point:

… [L]et’s admit it: Globalization does not automatically benefit France. […] Globalization develops according to principles that correspond neither to French tradition nor to French culture. These principles include the ultraliberal market economy, mistrust of the state, individualism removed from the republican tradition, the inevitable reinforcement of the universal and “indispensable” role of the United States, common law, the English language, Anglo-Saxon norms, and Protestant — more than Catholic — concepts.
— Hubert Védrine, February 9, 2002.

NRx is not French (all confusions apart).

February 25, 2016admin 20 Comments »
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Quote note (#223)

Hard to see how this could have been better played:

Just to be clear, I don’t believe that Hillary Clinton, the Illuminati, or the Military-Industrial Complex killed Scalia. I think he died of natural causes. […] I also think Scalia had a great sense of humor and a quick mind. So my hypothesis is that in his final seconds of life, realizing he would not survive, he thought it would be hilarious to put a pillow over his head and make it look like a political murder.

February 24, 2016admin 10 Comments »
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Virtual Media

It’s rare for an image to become iconic so quickly:

VR-Zuck

There’s a Rorschach Blot element to it, with everyone seeing what they’re expecting to. The source adds some context. The folks buried in the matrix are journalists. (Everyone knows who the other guy is.)

The picture was everywhere on social media, almost immediately. Zuck isn’t really looking at anyone (he’s staring forward into his own — eminently practical — dreams). The journalists are looking at what he’s showing them, and only that. We’re looking at them, asymmetrically (through social media). In other words, we’re seeing a new media system interring an old one inside itself. The press is being buried alive, in front of our eyes, and we’re (typically) trying not to laugh alongside Zuck too conspicuously, because the idea of that makes us nervous — perhaps even slightly nauseous. Everyone knows something real is happening, precisely because of its near-parodic virtuality. When people look back at this, it’s the obvious bizarre novelty of it — to us — that will look comical.

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February 23, 2016admin 37 Comments »
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Brexit

Brexit00

Making the case for Brexit water-tight:

If the English vote to leave the EU, the Scots will vote to leave the UK. There will then be no Britain. Meanwhile, the shock of Brexit to a continent already staggering under many crises could spell the beginning of the end of the European Union.

ADDED: It’s a trend.

February 22, 2016admin 53 Comments »
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Quote note (#222)

The ironical road from feminism to Islam:

Some commentators like to point out that many of the most passionate and bravest defenders of the West are women, citing Italian writer Oriana Fallaci and others as examples. But women like Ms. Fallaci, brave as they might be, are not representative of all Western women. If you look closely, you will notice that, on average, Western women are actually more supportive of Multiculturalism and massive immigration than are Western men. […] … surprise, you didn’t enter a feminist Nirvana, but paved the way for an unfolding Islamic hell.

Give feminist ideology a voice in security policy, and the gates are thrown open. The evo-psych behind this is dark, but compelling.

It’s past time to move it from the ‘provocative speculations’ to the ‘hard cold facts’ folder.

February 22, 2016admin 10 Comments »
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