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Sentences (#13)

More of a substantive than a stylistic entry, but the high-impact sarcasm jolt wins it a place here:

if indeed it was the Obama administration’s brilliant ploy to kickRussia – and by geopolitical affiliation, China – out of a monetary transaction mechanism that is controlled and supervised by the US and force the two biggest challengers to US global dominance into their own (or joint) payment system, then well, congratulations: it succeeded.

The geostrategic grand mal seizure fully lives up to the hype.

March 10, 2015admin 7 Comments »
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Sentences (#11)

Alrenous (here):

Interpret America as damage and route around it.

March 2, 2015admin 8 Comments »
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Sentences (#9)

Elon Musk: “At this rate, the only thing that will be left will be robots …”

— Less a perfected sentence than an excuse to share the video. Musk earned his sentence-crafting chops last year, with this:

February 14, 2015admin 30 Comments »
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Sentences (#8)

Jacob Applebaum quoted from Citizen Four. (The movie — on Edward Snowden — is highly recommended.)

All those things we used to call ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ we now call ‘privacy’ — and we’re also told that privacy no longer exists.

(Masses of Deep State material to follow up in this flick.)

February 7, 2015admin 3 Comments »
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Sentences (#7)

An aphoristic gem from ‘Rasputin‘ (buried somewhere in here):

Moldbug isn’t a Neoreactionary in the same way that Christ wasn’t a Christian.

January 31, 2015admin 21 Comments »
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Sentences (#6)

From a dear friend, whose anonymity I would protect with my life. On the phenomenon of fertility panic among late 30s (early 40s!) childless professional women in the West:

This is an educated person with a PhD, they know better than some teenager in the middle ages.


January 29, 2015admin 48 Comments »
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Sentences (#5)

Half a sentence this time, from Charles Hugh-Smith. It’s rare for me to agree with anything quite this much:

… deflation is the natural result of a competitive economy experiencing productivity gains.

(He continues: “isn’t this the ideal environment for innovation, enterprise and consumers? Yes, it is.”)

According to the Outside in definition, deflation is the basic signature of capitalism. It’s the politically-undirected (i.e. spontaneous) distribution of positive externalities from sound economic order. Inflation — or mere deflation-suppression — is the unambiguous signal that something very different is going on.

ADDED: Related.

January 13, 2015admin 73 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#4)

This surely deserves immortalization:

January 5, 2015admin 16 Comments »
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Sentences (#4)

This exquisite Scott Alexander sentence probably bends my rules in various directions (but January is going to be a tangled (or dynamically unstable) month in any case):

It seems neither uncommon nor unexpected that if you charge a group with eliminating an evil that’s really hard to eliminate, they usually end up mildly tweaking the evil into a form that benefits them, then devoting most of their energy to punishing people who complain.

(The whole — long — post is a masterpiece of Scott Alexanderness. Read it alongside Ligotti, and the cross-echoes are notable. Extreme liberals are horroristic maniacs who haven’t yet given up for good.)

January 2, 2015admin 49 Comments »
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Sentences (#3)

The protagonist of Thomas Ligotti’s My Work is Not Yet Done dreams of revenge, possessed by “constantly recycled scenarios in which Domino had his day”:

And that day was soaked in bathtubs of blood, a day of judgment overseen by a never-setting sun that burned madly red against a black sky.


January 1, 2015admin 3 Comments »
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