Democracy dies in darkness.
— This magnificent prophecy now stands just below the masthead of The Washington Post.
… provide resources from space, to grow businesses in space … (DSI)
Democracy is slow-motion fascism.
Attending the #HRx flotation comes this gem:
Eric Raymond on the spontaneous response to Silicon Valleys SJWs:
Shut up and show us the code.
You want to make a point about women or minorities in hacker culture? OK, where is your commit history? What open source have you hacked on? Where are your Arduino and Thingiverse designs? Are you running any development projects yourself? What do you bring us that isn’t monkey screaming? Why should we care what you think?
And if the answer is “Justice!”, then our reply has to be this: The code is its own justice. No compiler or network stack or 3-D printer gives a crap about the shape of your genitals or the color of your skin, and hackers as a culture don’t either.
Close to the core of the tech-comm mind-set, no? (Via.)
Succinct perfection from Fernandez:
The only socialist form of self-correction is apparently collapse.
ADDED: Glenn Reynolds being silly — “[Mancur] Olson wrote that — as with the German and Japanese booms after World War II — it takes a major calamity, such as a war or a revolution, to cut through that web and allow economic growth to take off again. I’ve argued in the past that massive democratic change — a ‘wave’ election — might accomplish the same end.”
ADDED: Collapse candidate No.1
Nothing lasts forever
Stolen immediately from T-Zip, this kind of crypto-nihilistic word game has an archaic classical pedigree, is (weakly) anticipated in the Odyssey, became an obsession among the Elizabethans, and contributed the engine of Heideggerian fundamental ontology. It still guides the Outside in reading of Milton, and no doubt much else besides. It hides a gnostic-skeptical metaphysics within a commonplace resignation. Zero, time, and camouflage are bonded in chaos. Make of it what you will …
ADDED: “The Austrian theory of the business cycle has never been a radical premise. It only stipulates that any workaround of the natural cycle of economic growth must come with ensuing costs. It’s a simple law: you can’t get something for nothing. A majority of economists believe the opposite. In other words, they believe in magic.”
Separation is Creation
(The imperative version is Split!)
A little background: