Archive for October, 2016

Quote note (#296)

From Cixin Liu’s latest (and perhaps greatest), p.129:

When the deterrent is the complete destruction of the deterrer and the deteree, the system is said to be in a state of ultimate deterrence. […] Compared to other types of deterrence, ultimate deterrence is distinguished by the fact that, should deterrence fail, carrying out the threat would be of no benefit to the deterrer. [..] Thus, the key to the success of ultimate deterrence is the belief by the deteree that the threat will almost certainly be carried out if the deteree thwart’s the deterrer’s goals …

Hence the drive to mechanization of commitments. Trust evo-psych and cultural tradition passes the torch to game-competent machines.

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October 23, 2016admin 10 Comments »
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The Islamic Vortex (Note-11)

Could the escalating Sunni-Shia War (intensified by the fracking revolution) take out Saudi Arabia?

(Cold Western indifference would be nice.)

October 22, 2016admin 16 Comments »
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Sentences (#77)

Nick Rowe on the economics of immigration:

“Total Factor Productivity” is not some geological feature like the Canadian shield. There has to be a reason why some countries are rich and other countries are basket cases, and unless you are lucky enough to find yourselves sitting on great reservoirs of oil that someone else will pay you to pump out of the ground, that reason seems to have something to do with social/economic institutions, and social/economic institutions seem to have something to do with people.

(If you want to be a format purist, treat the second sentence as the target, and the first as the lead-in — the emphasis has been juggled to help.)

(Via.)

October 21, 2016admin 61 Comments »
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Quote note (#295)

A committed Clinton supporter (really) outlines the bright prospects for her administration:

… The rest is just a blur. There was so much violence in so many places across the country. […] Then the stock market crashed. Trillions of dollars were lost, mutual funds tanked, and Occupy Wall Street was instantly revived — in New York City, most spectacularly (the day after the crash, 75,000 people effectively shut down the city south of Chambers Street), but also in other cities and on college campuses across the country. […] The violence escalated from there over the following weeks. And then came martial law. …

(“The State of our Union is Strong.”)

October 20, 2016admin 54 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#95)

They have to know what this looks like, but they can’t help themselves.

October 19, 2016admin 30 Comments »
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Quote note (#294)

West:

I’m rather inclined to believe that neither the UK or the EU will necessarily be around as this century matures, and it won’t be the economic or emotional catastrophe people imagine. Sad though it would be to see ane end of ane auld sang, Scotland would do fine as an independent nation. They gave the world Adam Smith, after all.

(The whole article is a sanity-packed delight.)

October 18, 2016admin 41 Comments »
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Sentences (#76)

Andrew Sullivan:

You are where your attention is.

(Among much else of interest in an excellent contrarian essay I’ve only just got around to.)

October 17, 2016admin 28 Comments »
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Quote note (#293)

Saletan:

Trump isn’t Hitler. But in 1922, Hitler wasn’t Hitler, either.

This card is on fire, but might as well play it anyway.

October 16, 2016admin 49 Comments »
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Moron bites (#15)

Decolonize your mind.

October 15, 2016admin 79 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#94)

It’s a clear sign of how seriously Radical Islam is taken by the foreign policy establishments of civilized states. Roughly, it’s treated as a biological weapon, to be used against real adversaries (you know, those who are not mere hill people). That’s not going to change much anytime soon, however much one might want it to.

October 14, 2016admin 60 Comments »
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