Archive for the ‘Chaos’ Category

Chaos Patch (#99)

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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 33 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#98)

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The XS antibody. Genocide spirals. Bad government. Conflict prompts. Against the commons. Following orders. Massive squalls of Alt-Right discussion almost everywhere, including this (+) and this from Brett Stevens, a loose trilogy from Free Northener (1, 2, 3), an Alfred Clark introduction, Citadel and SoBL commentary, a Roosh piece. Not sure whether enthusiasm for Second Wave Fascism counts (why not?). A defense of identitarianism. The weekly round.

Western resilience. Silent trade. All-devouring democracy. The 0.000001%. The Celtic Enlightenment. Dutch exceptionalism. Fragmented anxieties. Capitalism stole our ice age.

We still have Venezuelan Bolivarian Socialism to kick around. The Midwest laid waste. Fissile nations. ICANN going international.

Cologne fall out is still glowing hot (1, 2, 3). Exodus (explained).

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2). NRO @ work (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). The Sam Francis connection. Related lunacy (plus). Libertarian comment from North and Paul.
Popcorn bonus (1, 2).

Parents > parenting. Delicate concerns about the public IQ ‘debate’ (via). Designer babies. Asperger‘s nazism. A brief tour of racial madness (1, 2, 3). Out of left field (comment). Drama awards. Schooled.

Liberal agony (1, 2). Mind-control issues at Facebook (1, 2, 3), Twitter (1, 2), and elsewhere (1, 2, 3).

Apocalypse corner (1, 2, 3, 4). Radioactive headline of the week. Shorting the near-future (relevant). Narrative sequence. Soros speaks. ZH does it best (1, 2, 3). “Unlike the Great Depression, social crisis will eventually eclipse economic crisis in the U.S. That is to say, our society today is so unequipped to deal with a financial collapse that the event will inevitably trigger cultural upheaval and violent internal conflict. In the 1930s, nearly 50% of the American population was rural. Farmers made up 21% of the labor force. Today, only 20% of the population is rural. Less than 2% work in farming and agriculture. That’s a rather dramatic shift from a more independent and knowledgeable land-utilizing society to a far more helpless and hapless consumer-based system.”

Causes and Consequences of the Protestant Reformation.

The Gate of Gnon. Diminishing returns. Affective heuristics. Prediction is hard. The Plato code. Satanic psy-ops. Weird Wild Wests. 13 Hours review.

DARPA neuro-electronics. VR memories.

An early-filter theory. Quantum time tangles. 2^74,207,281 –1. A-life obstacles. Traps that count.

January 24, 2016admin 20 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#97)

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ACIDS. Hyperborean NRx. Limits of fascism, and nationalism. In defense of deontology. Journalism today. The weekly round.

Sell everything. The China bubble (related Marxist take). How low can oil go? Epocalypse (also). Western Spring (related). A fable for our times. The fury. Cthulhu dreaming. Thoughts on the deep state. Democracy in question. Charlie don’t surf.

The Sunni/Shia line up. Jihad in Istanbul, Jakarta, and Ouagadougou.

Who needs cash? How to make money better. Bitcoin and security. Event horizon.

More to come. The liberal agony (1, 2), and the other thing (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Tightrope walking. Taharrush. Feminism in crisis (plus, and related). The Swedish angle (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Lie back and think of multiculturalism. Comedy hour.

An epic (loose) trilogy from Feser on Islam and Western religion (1, 2, 3). Other Catholic responses (1, 2).

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Bonus Cruz popcorn. Nuclear popcorn.

SJW target of the week. Milo was warned (plus anecdotal fluff). Twitter and free speech. The Enlightenment in ruins. Adolf is back.

Why IQ matters. Hamiltonian bees. A colorful character. A CRISPR walk-through. Genes and brains ((cautious) Steve Hsu video interview). Tesla crime-think. The welfare trait. Liberated infidelity. The liberal war on science (remember). Smoking and schizophrenia.

Galactic dark ages. Space (and 2016 stuff). Colonizing the galaxy will be hard. Difficult numbers.

How England was undone.

Time to short Penn.

Tech acceleration made simple. Split futures. The year to come in quantum computing.

Wikipedia, an appreciation. Lessons of The Illiad. On Stephenson’s Anathem, and Gibson’s ‘Agrippa’. Closing of the childhood frontier.

“A common bias among the smart is to overestimate how smart everyone else is.”

January 17, 2016admin 37 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#96)

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On facts and truth. Herds (viz). The schizoid empire. A Russian refuge. Soft power (plus outrage). The r/K social super-cycle (succinct version). Defection problems. Lessons of osmosis. An Amerika link-squirt (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). The weekly round.

A few 2015-16 reflections (1, 2) and predictions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Aping ideology (viz). PC and the Turing test. Back-to-back political spectrum warpage. Constitutional code. Philosophers of the 21st century. Property puzzles. The JQ gets weird.

British exodus. The House of Saud is built on sand (1, 2, 3). The Chinese debt monster. End of the deflationary epoch? Scared liberals.

Trumpenführer panic report (‘It’s happening!’ ‘Noooo!’). Mixed messages on Trump and the GOP establishment. Scream samples (1, 2, 3, 4). Listen to your laughter.

2016 starts with a gang bang (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). Cover-up and denial (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Who could have guessed? Cologne, biorealism, and religion. Video nasties (1, 2). Global rape culture. Reflections on Submission (1, 2). Gasoline on the fire.

” … the further modernity moves away from C7th Arabia (in every dimension, social and technological) the greater the tension with Islam-derived moral sensibilities and framings. Hence modernity creates a deep problem for Islam in a way that has no equivalent for any other civilisation. Hence the temper tantrum with serious homicidal edge that Islam is having with modernity.”

Catfishing and media cluelessness. Into the dream world. Medieval black magic. Please, stop screaming.

What twitter wants (but also, plus). Bones of the cloud. Ex Machina, the program. Matrix mutterings.

An image of everything. The edge of extinction. Into the anthropocene. Hybrid solutions.

January 10, 2016admin 69 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#95)

Last and most radically-degenerated Yule Chaos Patch. Back in Shanghai a couple of hours ago, with no idea at all what is happening in the world or (roughly equivalently) on the Internet. Feel free to fill in any of the most absurd gaps.

Here are a couple of very recent discussion points: Refragmentation. The advantages of repressive state religion.

January 3, 2016admin 36 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#94)

(Ultimate smoking vacant chaos version.)

Might groggily try to poke some bits and pieces in here later …

On copying. Correction.

December 27, 2015admin 23 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#93)

(Open thread + sparse links) — Hazy edition

Weimerica weekly (1, 2, 3 …) Prophetic elites. The weekly round.

What money is made of.

Trumpenführer panic update (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). Citadel on Trump. The Trump rabbit hole.

Islam’s Protestant future? Lethal piety. “The message I took from the novel Submission is that it is already too late. Western civilization has lost its core beliefs, and its will to survive. It is over. Fact or fiction? I think we are about to find out.” Waiting for God-0. Random news points (1, 2).

Academic decay.

Pinker’s questionable bet.

Leftist chaos.

Graphic PKD religious chaos. Age of CRISPR. Art and compression.

The Go challenge. Synth-bio in space. Behind the face of facebook.

John Conway interviewed (pdf). Groups.

December 20, 2015admin 41 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#92)

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Tech-decay. Unregimented order. Hold the genocide. Men stuff. The weekly round.

Oil zombies, plus $20 a barrel? The transhumanist candidate.

Calamity for the Left in Venezuela (comedy version). Saudi didn’t do anything wrong (it’s just unlucky). Japanese at work. The nationalist surge in France (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), and Germany. Sweden on the brink. A blitz-tour of future chaos. Resurgent nationalism against the Internet (also, and).

Trumpenführer panic update (going hyperbolic): “Are Republicans and Democrats finally uniting against Donald Trump’s racist fascism?” Straight-up Trump-Fascism howling and analysis (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). Running the numbers (and more). Ridiculous, or not? He’s a hate machine. Family values (video). “Asked about what prompted the statement, Trump said simply, ‘death.'” The broken Overton Window. Molyneux and Whittle on the case (video). What a guy! Plus, more chaos (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). The Left Accelerationist argument for Trump.

Terror and politicization. Post-ISIS super-jihad. Yes, there’s a problem. The WMD angle. Oops. Under the rock. Narrative collapse. The case for cultural profiling. “New horrors are likely ahead — that will continue America’s turn to the right.” A return to borders (1, 2, 3). Islam breaks the Left. Obama’s on it.

Media in crisis (see also). Hiding the decline.

Classical mastery.

Nostalgia for apartheid. Roots of black resentment. The real lesson of Clock Boy. “The Antiracism religion, then, has clergy, creed, and also even a conception of Original Sin.” In black and white. East and West (comment).

Hive Mind reviewed (plus notes, and see also). SEK III. Try capitalism (or not).

Stoicism 101. Harrowed by Hollywood. Recruiter. Confused (but fun).

Tech trends. Buying in to the nightmare. Shockley (Part 1).

Science is dead and what’s left is raw power.”

Tegmark reviewed. “Bullets are magic.” ISS on the chopping block. Pluto video. Dark fire. 4D celestial mechanics. Quantum indeterminacy. Quantum hell. Beyond the End. Flaky (but fun).

December 13, 2015admin 27 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#91)

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A Christian approach to genocide (and comment). A call to sobriety. Cultural fragility. The enablers. Psychology of losing (plus tweaked social typology). The political case for Plato. The weekly round.

A puppet in Germany. Social chaos in Venezuela. Those subversive Saudis (plus OPEC is dead, see also). Heading into Cold War II. Colonialism II. Fear a world without growth (plus nightmare fuel). Misreading the Great Depression. Hobbes is back. Siberia’s Chinese future.

“The greater freedom for private governance provided by liberal states allows for adaptive flexibility in solving public problems in ways that promote peace and prosperity, and consequently liberal states will outcompete illiberal states through cultural group selection, which includes competition in war.”

Trumpenführer panic update (1, 2, 3). Brown scare. Joseph McCarthy did nothing wrong. Latest star of the Le Pen dynasty. ‘Liberals’ today. Pure ideology. Default settings.

The kebabed canary in the coal mine. A tale of two civilizational civil wars (1, 2, 3, 4), plus video.

Some CRISPR backstory (and thought points). International Summit on Human Gene Editing, official statement. Conformist intelligence. Idiocracy in France. Neuronal factors determining high intelligence. The AA generation. African demographics. Assisted jewdar.

Intolerance wins. The value of stereotypes. Gregory Hood on Ayn Rand. The whig history of science. English is odd. Doomsday decoded. The mortal tedium of A.J. Ayer. Occidental asemic writing (also).

The off-planet frontier (and its enemies). The future of drones. The Hyperloop race. Techno-metaphysics. IoT infographic.

Full-spectrum Climate Apocalypse (1, 2, 3).

December 6, 2015admin 29 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#90)

(Open thread + links)

Collectivism vs capitalism (plus). Versions of antipolitics. Another Nithgrim parable. “NRx“.
The weekly round.

World War III (or ‘Cerberus‘). Over-extended? Turkey shoot. On the Kurds (1, 2). Saudi swingers (also). Belgian waffle. If Schengen goes, the Euro follows. Sweden, economics, and ethnicity. Stasis in China. Vibrancy-deprived Japan (see also). Argentina flips. East-Anglian global hegemony. England‘s ISIS. Laugh at Corbyn while you still can (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Nothing new, but faster.

Mapped terror. What ISIS wants (also). Coldness. Dabiq online. More Islamania (1, 2, )

Go forth and multiply (or not). The demographic key to stagnation.

A Trumpenführer panic selection (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Coddling the underclass. Culture matters. Leftist lunacy watch (1, 2, 3, 4). Heterodox academy.

Freeman Dyson on books. Superforecasters (Quillette is great). Delicate feelings. Lucretius among the ruins. Interview with a ‘resilience guru’.

Life as information. Spreading darkness. Darwinian religion. A second breath for antibiotics? “… we test the prediction that selection will disproportionally remove neutral variation in species with large population sizes.”

A taxonomy of machine intelligence start-ups. Electrobotany. Teaching robots to rebel. Tech made simple. Phobos with a reason. Terraforming titan.

Charlie Rose interviews Lee Kuan Yew (Oct 2009).

November 29, 2015admin 29 Comments »
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