Chaos Patch (#76)

(Open thread + links)

NIO on power (1, 2). Comments on Calvinism. Protective stupidity. Implosion, and Amerika’s enemies. Cryptic Nydwraccuracy. A Doolittle doormat. The weekly round.

Economic performance and regime legitimacy in China. Varieties of libertarianism. Vote with your feet. Death of the petrodollar.

A Bitcoin coup (more), and this economic overview is good. Mesh networks.

Provocative race fatigue. The Argentinization option. The pressure cooker. NYT losing its grip on the frame. A defense of stereotypes.

Families are unfair. Fierce farmers. Naomi Klein isn’t in it for the science (duh), also. Dangerous games (abstractly relevant). This theorization of intelligence seems strikingly important (but it’s daunting as hell). On overconfidence. Schizoanalysis at Buzzfeed.

The HPL disturbance (plus, Antarctic inspiration). When reading went quiet. Darwin under the aspect of eternity.

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  • Chaos Patch (#76) | Neoreactive Says:

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  • sobl Says:

    Does Liddel have any citation for his claim that 50% of inhabitants in some Argentinian provinces were African? You might be able to hear my laughtrr in China.

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    admin Reply:

    Argentina has 23 provinces (according to Wikipedia). I just assumed diversity — but it did seem odd.

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    admin Reply:

    Río Negro isn’t going to be the one that bails him out.

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    sobl Reply:

    Liddel read one unsourced line on Wikipedia and ran with it. The man is ignorant of the population explosion after their wars of independence due to immigration from Italy alone. Even good prog professor David Rock was hard pressed to find a way to smear Argentina with evil slaveholder labels so he gave up on it in his books.

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  • Artxell Knaphni Says:

    A sudden political reversal on the “tall white” planet, today, that saw domestic affairs displace popular support for the Earth war, left a renegade group behind on Earth, after all interstellar transport was withdrawn.
    Nick Land, leader of the group, has intensified his promotion of Elon Musk’s “Space-X” venture as a first step in returning home.

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  • Mark Citadel Says:

    Something tells me China may be anticipating something big… question is, are people listening or are they high on NASDAQ fumes to notice it plummeting. To think, the nations who make contingency plans could end up on top when the deck is reshuffled. Either that or all the cards end up on the floor in a smoking little pile.

    Thanks for the link, Nick.

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    michael Reply:

    1.2 quadrillion in credit default swaps ?
    the train they are building through Eurasia?
    The missing gold?
    western debt and inability to stop spending ?
    western civ maniacally destroying itself with the camp of the saints?
    The cathedrals inability to not distribute all new technology to enemies instantly?
    we are simply doing our utmost to destroy ourselves as fast as possible they must be staggered watching this stupidity?

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  • chris b Says:

    You know, the more I read on the calvinist thesis, the more I think it has been simplified post MM, and subsequent understanding has gone haywire. Natsocs confusing it as a replacement of Jews as the scheming agents of progresivism is a good example. In reality, calvin and Luther etc have little in common with progs, and their thoughts and ideas do not flow into progressivism directly.

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    michael Reply:

    well they saw themselves as returning to the true church overthrowing a decadent cathedral if you will and were pretty much all merchants or techno futurists until too raw a capitalism threatened their order then they pushed back against the younger generation but lost the ratchet began. prostent thinking on free will is much more monarchial than catholic thought per augustine aquinas.and more in line with HBD perhaps. Theres really no lesson in all history except one thing leads to the next.Anything else is oversimplification and bias.just the name reaction implies yet another cycle.I would get off the christianity seesaw its not going anywhere new.its all tied up in knots of supposition.who fucking cares how many angels can dance on the head of a pin or what motivates them there is no evil only instinct run amuck obsolete or out of sync with current projects. I watched the transition from a latin mass to kumbaya to the seminaries taken by marxist homosexuals and similar nonsense with the prots its a lost cause antithetical to any reasoned way forward yes some of histories greatest minds did a amazing job of justifying it but its was a dead end.

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    Brett Stevens Reply:

    In particular, Calvin and Luther both affirm a sense of innate ability and moral orientation.

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    michael Reply:

    a sense of, but a more circumspect sense than Catholics. They see gods omniscience implying preordination.this is the fork of modernity the catholics are less concerned with time space. Its all very interesting but its all in defense of a jewish heresy and the most left wing meme ever yet produced you can spin Christianity any way you like sooner or later someone reads about turning the other cheek, loving others as your self, understanding the unreality of reality and the reality of the kingdom of heaven only attainable through communism.how many empires have to be destroyed before you all understand this, its a cancer. And I say this is a very sentimental lapsed catholic not a virulent athiest.

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    Chris B Reply:

    Leddihn makes the point that the Reformation was a movement for more religion, not less. Our picture of it is filled with lies. So Luther and the like pushed for break from Cath order to a new one for more strict xtianity, but once the shift happened, the mechanisms put in place mutated.

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  • SVErshov Says:

    A Bitcoin coup (more)

    does no matter what developers will propose, it all will boil down to who control mining and it is controlled by Chines and now Ukrainian ( origin) Bitfury come back with his in house developed 11nm chip running 14% of hashing power.

    here is hash power shares per pool F2Pool 21% (China), AntPool 19% (China), BTC China 13% = 53 %

    plus 14% of BitFury

    https://blockchain.info/pools

    NO BODY CAN FORK THEM

    this people will decide which version of bitcoin QT to run and they are not stupid.

    Suppose some devs will try convince other pools to run alternative software. No body will agree, because if they do not getting 51% it means lose of everything for them.

    All these FUD spreading has one aim to bring BTC price down, that is the only way how they can damage miners who have to sale bitcoins to pay for electricity bills.

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    michael Reply:

    yeah but theres still a problem so its more like fork or go extinct , im too stupid to know if a fork in the best solution rather than starting over, but i cant see how eventually they all end up with same size problem, i wonder as an amateur if the block could be ignored from a certain point back but randomly sampled, or if a genisis pedigree was a silly ide and this needs to wait for quantum keys or something.

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    SVErshov Reply:

    it is easy to get confused, considering huge number of those who already confused writing about bitcoins, and very little of information which can explain for non gigs how it works in greater details. another favorite FUD topic – bitcoins can be hacked. yes, SHA2 cypher which is used for mining of bitcoins has known weakness. it is question of time when somebody will figure out how to exploit this weakness and mine a lot of bitcoins. Sounds scary, but it isnot, fork can be made and mining moved on SHA3.

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    michael Reply:

    thanks i trade btc a little so far so good mostly because buying a some really early on a hunch,then needing some cash near the top what blogs do you recommend on the topic

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  • ivvenalis Says:

    Re: Chinese MIRVs:

    While MIRVs do enhance first-strike capability, mostly just by increasing the number of warheads that can be lobbed at once, their real advantage is really in second-strike, since MIRVs act as a force multiplier on missiles which survive a first strike.

    I think the solid fuel capability is a bigger deal. Fueling ICBMs is pretty high-signature, using solid fuel greatly increases readiness.

    Anyway, MIRVs aren’t the most dangerous nuclear weapons. That distinction is probably a toss-up between demolition munitions (aka “briefcase nukes”, though they aren’t actually that small) and orbital delivery systems.

    Nuclear proliferation is a done deal anyway. It’s seventy year old tech. We might as well be trying to prevent people from building calculators. Right now it’s just regional powers who don’t want to become Saddam 2.0. Just wait until something demonstrates that no, some milquetoast liberal won’t actually Hiroshima a bunch of brown people on behalf of a third party.

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  • $1 Trillion in Capital Flight Rocks Markets | al fin next level Says:

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  • Brett Stevens Says:

    Thanks as always for the link and readership, in addition to these great articles linked which I’ll have to peruse later. In the meantime, a bit on the African-Argentine situation:

    By the late 18th century and early 19th century, black Africans were numerous in parts of Argentina, accounting for up to half the population in some provinces, including Santiago del Estero, Catamarca, Salta and Córdoba.

    http://www.ibtimes.com/blackout-how-argentina-eliminated-africans-its-history-conscience-1289381

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  • Kgaard Says:

    Good review of the new book about Musk. Kimball starts off as a skeptic but comes to like the guy despite himself. Much discussion of the govt subsidies issue.

    http://www.city-journal.org/2015/bc0823rk.html

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  • Ur-mail Says:

    As an extension of the topology of power article – the simple computer science is that a complete graph (flat, democratic hierarchy) of n vertices (people, entities) has O(n^2) edges while a tree (strict hierarchy with topmost individual, entity) has O(n-1). Trees are just more efficient. Navigating trees is similarly efficient. These types of structures likely evolved to be the way they are because they’re thermodynamically efficient compared to flat fully-connected forms of organization. One need only spend a few days in a “flat” hierarchy to see it doesn’t work as well.

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  • SVErshov Says:

    @michael best trading platform for new traders is cryptotrader.org you can rent trading bot there, or buy some bot and modify it, cryptotraders can host it for you. There is also free bots. Day trading does not make sense as you cant compete with bots. there is some very smart pro traders who works in bank etc, you will learn all a lot for $8 subscription, well wroth it. Thanasis was programmer in Greece CB, now I dont know. there is minus and plus to have smart people around in this business, plus you can learn a lot, minus you lost a lot of bitcoins. They can take all your earnings in a such a way that is seems absolutely impossible.

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    SVErshov Reply:

    sorry cryptotrader.org not .com

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  • Shenpen Says:

    The families are unfair article is shocking evil. The author essentialy aims to equalize opportunity DOWNVARD, i.e. every child should be as bad off as the worst off children. Where can such a mental disease come from? The only sort of ethical egalitarianism is the kind that would uplift the worse off and leave the good enough alone. How can any human being seriously think equality is so important that equalizing by destroying the best is a good idea?

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    Erebus Reply:

    The Cult of Equality is coming unhinged.

    Exhibit B: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/08/21/we-used-to-count-black-americans-as-35-of-a-person-instead-of-reparations-give-them-53-of-a-vote/

    That such things can be printed in the mainstream media is interesting, isn’t it?

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    B Reply:

    It’s remarkably retarded. Nobody even remembers that the 3/5 was to limit slaveholders’ power. Oh no: Everything is always a conspiracy against our designated poor dears.

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  • Mark Warburton Says:

    NIO is churning out these gems to supplement my reading of Jouvenel and Hoppe. Great stuff Chris!

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