Posts Tagged ‘World’

Chaos Patch (#101)

(open thread + links)

NRx orthodoxy (also relevant). Sanguine on NIO. Retribution. Broken world syndrome. Why WN fails. Citadel on philosemitism. Leftism and Christianity. ‘Neoreaction’ on TV. The ADL’s Alt-Right primer. The weekly round.

War clouds thicken over Syria (also relevant). Transition in Vietnam (some commentary). Swedish suicide (and Finland‘s). Collapse spiral in Greece, and — still more — in Venezuela. Blaming you-know-who in Malaysia. Winning by losing. Grim analyses. Stay out of civil wars. A defense of the Gray Zone. Ethnic violence is war.

Missing inflation and abundant oil. The fourth revolution. Inefficient financial markets. Perverse effects.

Antonin Scalia, a writer for the law (as even his enemies admit). An opportunity for the Left? Pollack comments. Douthat at the NYT.

Mainstream Left and Right on the tightrope. No exit. An Indian view of political asymmetry (also). When anarchists attack. Communist defectors. Send him to church. Millennial retardation and psychosis (related).

Trumpenführer panic report — fash forward edition. Trump intensifies. Subtle hints of desperation. “Trumpism is … the endgame of a process that has been going on for a half-century: America’s divestment of its historic national identity.” Populism rising, everywhere. America can survive.

Apocalypse Corner — locked-in-a-burning-box version. Doom loop (relevant). “We’re all going to suffer.”

Twitter’s algorithmic timeline and untrusted safety council, plus shadow banning, censorship, and other partisan excesses. (More.) The padded cell option. Chaos tweet of the week. Methodical lies.

Crime-fact express. DNA letters. Canine ‘IQ’. Sexual difference. A black bitter clinger.

Zika people. Leftist ants. Tentaclysm (plus).

Open access. Gravity makes waves (plus 1, 2, 3, 4). Mega-mirrors. Moore no more? Two decades of computer pwnage. Viral heritage. Time-travel hazard.

The complex beauty of virtue ethics. Cheating and self-reinforcement. Defectors from the Left. Going big on Bosch.

February 14, 2016admin 39 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#100)

(Open thread + links)

“Asymmetric warfare only works when the weaker party has political protection.” Cosmic evolution. Compressed exit. Closet cleaning (1, 2). On loudmouths. Power. Signals (also). Libertarianism on a knife edge. Defending Roosh (1, 2). The weekly round.

The wisdom of Davos. Taleb on Modi. Europe’s tech failure. State of emergency. White flight in Germany. Europe through Chinese eyes. Blame the EU (for this). Saudi pain. Venezuela alone.

Capitalism in the crosshairs. The triad of fear. Dirty pools. Time-horizons. Left-wing capitalism. The New Economics of Oil. Give gold a chance. Arms races and regulation. LinkedIn crashes (plus context).

Jacksonians are missed. Private governance made modernity. The house divided. Against primitivism.

Trumpenführer panic report — the coarsening. Huffpo helpfully reminds its readers “Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and bully …” The Brooks denial deepens. The realist candidate (in this case, at least). Nobel Prize material? A Carlylean take. Unstumpable.

Buchanan vs Williamson. Against decadence. Angry Americans. A Cruz primer. Economic determinism.

Jihad in Europe (1, 2, 3). A modest suggestion. Molyneux and Watson soothe your concerns (video). Hmmm. “Sorry, what was the question again?”

Dawkins disinvited. The war on comments (1, 2). Educational implosion (plus 1, 2, 3). Facebook and Twitter struggle to keep focused (also). Twitter and NRx. Gnon knows what’s happening at GitHub. The Left is embarrassing itself. Unsettled science.

Canalization. Dangerous young men. On Jones’ IQ Paradox. … race (1, 2). Segregation is good again. HBD and democracy.

Thoughts on the Reformation.

Apocalypse Corner — The meaning of collapse. Death spiral. The deluges to come.

AI can’t be stopped (video). A fusion breakthrough in Germany (see also)? Submarine date centers. Israeli cyber-security. Crypto-sabotage. A bitcoin-powered browser. Deep learning on a chip. AI and Google search (also relevant). The world’s biggest robot. A visual guide to asteroid mining.

Alexander on Superforecasting (1, 2). Flashlight philosophy. Cultural preparation for posthumanity. Sanskrit and the elements.

February 7, 2016admin 87 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#99)

(Open thread + links)

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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Quote note (#213)

Bolivarian Socialism has made a truly crucial contribution to Marxist-Leninist-Guevara-Penn-Chávez Thought — the idea of food-line rationing:

Venezuela’s government has tried to deny economic reality with price and currency controls. The idea was that it could stop inflation without having to stop printing money by telling businesses what they were allowed to charge, and then giving them dollars on cheap enough terms that they could actually afford to sell at those prices. The problem with that idea is that it’s not profitable for unsubsidized companies to stock their shelves, and not profitable enough for subsidized ones to do so either when they can just sell their dollars in the black market instead of using them to import things. That’s left Venezuela’s supermarkets without enough food, its breweries without enough hops to make beer, and its factories without enough pulp to produce toilet paper. The only thing Venezuela is well-supplied with are lines.

Although the government has even started rationing those, kicking people out of line based on the last digit of their national ID card.

The genius of that. You think anyone should just be allowed to stand in a food-line, bourgeois imperialism-style? The Revolution has moved beyond such reactionary ideas.

(The Gnon-bliss XS receives from this regime is hard to communicate without wandering into tentacle-porn.)

January 30, 2016admin 48 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#98)

(Open thread + links)

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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The Islamic Vortex (Note-8)

Yuletide comedy supplement:

The four core elements of Obama’s Syria policy remain intact today: an insistence that Assad must go; that no anti-IS coalition with Russia is possible; that Turkey is a steadfast ally in the war against terrorism; and that there really are significant moderate opposition forces for the US to support.

(The entire essay is a valuable American Proxy Civil-War primer.)

December 23, 2015admin 4 Comments »
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The Islamic Vortex (Note-7)

Robin Wright (in The New Yorker) expresses the frustrations of a modern Jacobin about as straightforwardly as one could hope:

What seems to have been lost in the past five years is American strategic support for the Arab Spring’s aspirations — and for the innumerable other Bouazizis still struggling for rights and justice and jobs. One of Obama’s boldest decisions, in 2011, was to abandon longstanding U.S. support for Arab despots, personified in President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt ruthlessly for thirty years. For the first time, Washington opted for the unknowns of potential democracy over the guarantees of autocratic stability in the Arab world.

A speaker for HRW is even clearer about the ideological lineage at stake (and it isn’t anything coming out of the Middle East):

Each local crisis has been complicated by regional players who have intervened to block a new Arab order. “It’s no longer about what Egyptians want. Or what the Syrian people want,” Whitson, of Human Rights Watch, explained. “It’s so much broader and wider — and more complicated than during the French Revolution. Now a revolutionary doesn’t just fight the bureaucrats in the capital but bureaucrats thousands of miles away. There are so many horses in the game who have the resources and power to dictate or sway the outcome. It’s a much more difficult battle.” […] Speaking of the idealistic protesters of five years ago, Whitson said, “Sometimes it makes you wonder if they ever had a chance.” Yet she remains sanguine about the future. “The fight is not over,” she told me. “Because it can’t be over. The aspirations that inspired the spark over a seven-dollar bribe are universal, and we know it. As long as governments deny people basic justice and dignity, people will rise up.”

Yes, “rise up” [*facepalm*]. If there’s any distinction at all between (subjective) ‘caring’ and (objective) raw evil it’s getting ever harder to discern. The bleeding-out of universalistic Cathedral evangelism in the Middle East has been an event of far greater consequence than anyone is yet able to acknowledge.

December 17, 2015admin 16 Comments »
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Missing him already

Mencius Moldbug did the conceptual spadework needed to ignite NRx as an Internet discussion, but it was Barack Obama who put the world to the torch under the banshee cry “Neoreaction!” OK, that wasn’t his exact word, but the basic point isn’t seriously controversial. By slapping an explicit Cathedral clownface onto a faculty-lounge leftist superpower policy suite, destined to pan-dimensional failure, he utterly bankrupted mainstream global progressivism. The smug incompetence was insufferable, and — crucially — so complacent that it let the academic-media inner workings show. Even the saddest tools could see the thing now, and while many still supported it ardently, it kind of disgusted them. There was clearly no point at all trying to compromise with these people. “Those neoreactionary types don’t, maybe we should be listening to them?” (Plenty of toxicity comes out of that, but there’s no need to rake over it again right now — it’s something I talk about all the time.)

Victor Davis Hanson is an irredeemable Neocon, but he understands this stuff. His portrait of Obama is almost excruciatingly persuasive. Core point: “Insidiously and inadvertently, Barack Obama is alienating the people and moving the country to the right. If he keeps it up, by 2017 it will be a reactionary nation.”

Here’s the dark heart of the piece (quoted at a length that risks IP violation):

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December 9, 2015admin 42 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#91)

(Open thread + links)

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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