Posts Tagged ‘World’

Sentences (#68)

The Economist, on “The New Political Divide”:

Mr Trump has sucked confidence out of global institutions as his casinos suck cash out of punters’ pockets.

There’s a lot going on in this sentence (much of it valuably suggestive).

XS is beginning to think that, due to the exceptional coherence of its evil, The Economist makes a better representative of Cathedralism even than the New York Times.

(Back to SH HQ within two days — so dormancy ending.)

August 2, 2016admin 48 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#74)

Continue Reading

July 16, 2016admin 27 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#122)

(Open thread + links)
Still deterritorialized and distracted edition.

Future things (1, 2). Struggle sessions. The riddle of RF. Nationalism and security. The weekly round, plus outliers.

Separation of Church and State has failed. The musical way to die. Breaking point. In defense of equilibrium. Free association (or else). Rights, gifts, and migration (via). Rage wave. European attitudes to Muslims (darkening).

The EU rift. Death by robot.

Trumpenführer panic report. Belated ethno-politics.

Philosophy and biochemical order. Systems. Words on the brain. A warning for wireheads. “Anthro-pessimism” and robot apocalypse. Pokemon Go Apocalypse.

[more later]

July 12, 2016admin 36 Comments »
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Quote note (#267)

Back to basics:

Are there countries with low average scores that tear up the technological track? Mostly not – generally, fairly high average IQ seems to be a prerequisite for creativity in science and mathematics. Necessary, although not sufficient: bad choices (Communism), having the world kick you in the crotch (Mongols), or toxic intellectual fads can all make smart peoples unproductive. […] The exceptions, such as they are, seem to be a result of strong population substructure. India has a low average IQ, but there are distinct subpopulations (castes) that apparently have much higher IQ – although I’d love to see some decent studies on this. With numbers. …

(Via (via))

July 11, 2016admin 15 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#121)

(Open thread + links)
Scrappy out-of-Shanghai-HQ edition.

Neocameral meditations. “Why I am not a Neocameralist.” “When men vote you get the free market, when women vote you get socialism.” The weekly round, plus outliers.

Faux cosmopolitanism. Reactionary royalism reaches the center-left. The democratic agony (1, 2, 3, 4). “I think when many Leftists realize that we as nationalists are the true socialists, the true anti-globalists and the true anti-capitalists I believe they will come to our side.” Repatriation without tears (plus, baby steps).

Brexit reflections (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), and background. The coming cascade (1, 2, 3, 4). “I love the EU.”

The unmentionable war. Crisis in an age of (political) dimness. Round two in Austria (1, 2). Keystone sailors.

Diversity training doesn’t work. The next Gawker will be darker. Tarzan cannot be redeemed.

The days of human combat pilots are numbered. Digital vandalism. Hybrid VR.

Parasite pressure. The search for alien refrigeration.

Gödel’s legacy. Unending ‘iron harvest’ on the Somme. War on drugs.

[More later.]

July 5, 2016admin 58 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#119)

(Open thread + links)

The envy engine. Invisible communism. Capitalism plus. “Explain yourselves”. The weekly round, plus outliers.

Dim torture. Academic decay. Still re-echoing (1, 2, 3). The underside of Zootopia. Candles.

Orlando fall-out (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and beyond (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Migrant costs. Hungry Venezuelans. Political upset in Italy. Brexit theater, and the English. Why not (also) Texit? Disintegration.

Trumpenführer panic report (1). Advantages of outsiderness. Trump and American ethnicity (1, 2). Dubious dog-whistles. “The rise of Yiannopoulos can help to explain the rise of Donald Trump.” Popcorn bonus.

Park MacDougald on Thiel (plus references 1, 2). Clickbait disruption.

Race on campus, parts 1, 2, 3. Ashkenazi genetics. Why is suicide rare?

Over-heated climate models. Extinct meteorites. The uncharted solar system. Neanderthal genetic gunk. The resilience of teleology.

Castillo on Urbit. DAO crash (1, 2, 3, 4). “… software is eating the software companies that are eating the world.” 21 Inc. Bitcoin computer. Satoshi Nakamoto murk. Tomorrow’s bank tellers. Algorithmic common sense. China’s supercomputers (plus). A durable Web. The Age of Em video conversation (1, 2). Sticking numbers on the simulation argument.

Houellebecq speaks.

June 21, 2016admin 69 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#118)

(Open thread + links)

The American experiment, conservative insight, and formalism. Confused conservatives. Church and State. Border security (an SF story). Ideological mechanics. Basics of balance. Wrecked names. Responses to the Cowen “neo-reaction” post by Nydwracu, Anti-Gnostic, and VD (with much resonance). The weekly round, plus outliers.

Buried crimes of the Left. Race on campus. The incoherence of Liberal Democracy. America is broken. Defenses of militant atheism, and of mutualism. Jihad denial. Thiel unleashed. Parenthetical remarks (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Alt-Right rhetoric. Evola and fascism.

Madness in France. Brexit panic spreads (1, 2, 3, 4). The Australian (immigration) model. Swiss still sensible. Venezuela still screwed. State of the jihad, pre-Orlando (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Islamic ruin in Bangladesh. Oh Canada. The Shenzhen model. Technological de-globalization. “… we are witnessing the end of one era of world history and the dawn of another.”

Trumpenführer panic report. Media fail (1, 2, 3). High-brow Trumpism (an epic troll?). The stupid party. Sad people.

Gawker fun. SV TV. Information suppression.

String-theory by elimination. Evolution of consciousness. Thoughts on the Fermi Paradox. Strange star. The geography of schizophrenia. EQ is BS.

21 Computer goes open-source. Google’s quantum ambitions. Radio disintermediation. An AI movie. China’s deep plans.

The Antikythera Mechanism. Lost cities of Cambodia. Hanson’s AOE book meta-reviews (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

June 14, 2016admin 23 Comments »
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Quote note (#256)

Robert Kaplan on The Coming Anarchy (February, 1994), in prophetic mode:

West Africa is becoming the symbol of worldwide demographic, environmental, and societal stress, in which criminal anarchy emerges as the real ‘strategic’ danger. Disease, overpopulation, unprovoked crime, scarcity of resources, refugee migrations, the increasing erosion of nation-states and international borders, and the empowerment of private armies, security firms, and international drug cartels are now most tellingly demonstrated through a West African prism. West Africa provides an appropriate introduction to the issues, often extremely unpleasant to discuss, that will soon confront our civilization. To remap the political earth the way it will be a few decades hence — as I intend to do in this article — I find I must begin with West Africa. …

Holds up well from the XS PoV.

(Used as a promotion device for the latest Outsideness NCR&P course, actually beginning next Sunday (although it currently seems a little demotically-challenged)). Does this seem like pan-handling? Guess it is, edgy 2016 Internet-economy style.

As anticipated, the Chaos Patch shift to Tuesday’s looks unavoidable. Sometimes Chaos bites back.

June 5, 2016admin 30 Comments »
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Order

Sometimes it still seems to work.

Order00

June 2, 2016admin 7 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#114)

(Open thread + links (Vietnam distracted edition))

Neoreaction, the overview. Jungle law. Crushed in the culture wars (viz). Tiger rider. View from the (thoughtful) left. Breitbart raises bristles. The weekly round, plus outliers.

The world is going to Schiff (video). What is Marxism? The Committee to Abolish Outer Space (communist). Morality and nihilism. Sociologists are hacks. Uber upsets the right left people.

Duerte Harry (some background). Oil crisis round-up (Saudi, Venezuela (plus), Nigeria). 9/11 reverberations. Stubborn Suu Kyi. China’s demographic bust. Geopolitical tragedy (video).

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3). Trump enthusiasm in China and India. Libertarians (plus) and neoconservatives crumble. Butlergate (or something). Comedy of errors (not unconnected). Principled conservatives. Opposition woes (and illusions).

Facebook Cathedralizes in public (1, 2). How to get banned from Twitter. Social media is breaking everything up. Media diplomacy fail.

Race realism in the UK (full). The stereotype factory. Model minority muddle.

Connecting the gene-IQ dots (noted). What Eysenck and Gottfredson share.

Motivated epigenetics. Missing mitochondria. Sub-basement of the monkey trap.

Illegal primes.

May 15, 2016admin 47 Comments »
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