“The irony would be that this is actually really insulting to women and their secondary sex characteristics in general. Hey they those things that physically sets you apart from men? They’re evil!”
“The even more ironic thing is that it’s pushed by the sort of people who consider body shaming to be the worst thing imaginable”
“If you really ask yourself, would you be so sure? If you had the choice, “I can live with no responsibility whatsoever, the price I pay is that nothing matters”, or I can reverse it, and “Everything matters, but I have to take the responsibility associated with that”. It’s not so obvious to me that people would take the meaningful path.”
“Women don’t handle competitive environments graciously. Everything will always degrade into “Bitch Bitch Slut Hoe”. What cracks me up is when it comes to insulting men, women equate men to women as an insult. Because they know they’re the lesser gender.”
“The end can’t affect the beginning, that’s the rule of time, right, “What happens now can’t affect what happened to you ten years ago”, even though it actually can; you reinterpret things and then they’re not the same, but whatever, we won’t get into that…”
“Some of you have had lifeguard training: How do you approach someone who’s drowning and panicking?
“I’ll save you, but that doesn’t mean you get to drown me while I’m doing it”. If it’s you drown or both of us drown, it’s you drown. And that’s wisdom. That’s not cruelty.”
“If you teach history or literature […] If you approach those subjects and share this with the kids, that what we’re after is not a good story, or memorizing details from Jane Austen for the test, we’re after a theory of human nature. Anyone who’s written a book that lasts more than their own time has spent years closely observing people in interaction, and the trace left behind is an insight that you might spend a lifetime and never have. That’s what we’re after: a theory of human nature, drawn from history, philosophy, or literature, or law, or the greatest trove that’s unexamined is theology.”
“You’re going to find that the ordinary unit of meaning in the english language is three hard stresses long, or sometimes four, but often it’s two, three, or four. As you enter the realm of intellect and have more to say, or more nuances to say, you need larger units of meaning. Five, that’s iambic pentameter, even six, that’s hexameter, the greeks used seven, septameter, and you’ll feel that by reading and memorizing some of this poetry, you’ll have the models built into your head to shift back and forth according to your audience.
Shakespeare, to the ignorant, writes iambic pentameter lines, and one of the reasons you don’t even want to look at Shakespeare is all the lines seem to be pretty much the same length. I’m gonna teach you something he knew four centuries ago: it looks like they’re all the same length, but there’s a breath pause in this speech after two hard beats, the next breath’s pause is twelve before you’ve delivered your meaning, three, four, there’s this inner jazz at work underneath this regular pattern. You can learn to do that after someone exposes the secret to you, that’s half the game, and the other half of the game is simply building the models into yourself so you don’t have to think.
We used an exercise that immediately turned horribly dull writers into at least moderately interesting writers, and it’s totally mathematical […] Write 1 to 20 on twenty pieces of paper, put them in some sort of container, then list what you’ve drawn out at random, now you’re going home, and you’re gonna write a paper on X subject, and if 1 is the first number that came out, the first sentence will be 1 word long or 1 word long, and if the second one is 20 it’ll be 20 long. […] Now they had the kind of jazz that readers aren’t completely conscious of but they’ll record as, “something’s interesting about it”, even if he’s writing about a milk separator.
And you as a filmmaker remember Eisenstein’s film of the peasants watching milk being separated on a Russian farm in the 1920s. Why is it so awfully interesting? Because he understood things, that the eye is looking at the movement of light around the screen, it’s looking at entrances and exits.
Thirteen year old kids from Harlem can master these secrets just as well as twenty-five year old Harvard students can. And then they become preternaturally sophisticated.”
“The New York Times announced on the front page about three weeks before the Ed Koch – David Dinkins election of, let me say 1980, somewhere around there, that Dinkins was hopelessly behind by 17 points.
I had a black kid in the class come up and ask me why the city was so prejudiced, and I said why do you say that, he said look at this, and I say why do you believe that’s true? Maybe that’s to get you not to go and vote, I don’t know. But I do know that it says here in small print that they only interviewed 300 people. And there’s 8 million of us. I said, there’s 120 people in my 5 classes, if each one of you do 20 interviews, and we do it according to the way you get a random distribution, and that’s easy enough to find out, well we can have a many times larger sample.
So that happened. We gathered the data. We processed it. And we discovered, about a week after the Times said he was hopelessly behind, that he was actually ahead by a fraction of 1 point. That’s quite a skew.
The election came, he won in the closest race in New York history.
But notice that a random group of 120 thirteen-year olds had produced more accurate information. The math and the statistical processing is hardly daunting for a fifth grader. So why aren’t the 70 million captive schoolchildren involved in, if nothing else, data-gathering?
There must be a reason they’re not used that way, nor do they hear about statistical sampling until they’re in college.”
“Intensive and narrow scientific training will guarantee that you never make a scientific breakthrough.”
“Habit is the enormous flywheel of society, its most precious agent. It alone saves the children a fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor. It alone prevents the most repulsive jobs from being deserted. It holds the minor in his darkness, it prevents the different social strata from mixing.”
“These are the six purposes:
1. The Adjustive Function. Schools are to establish fixed habits of reaction to authority.
That’s their MAIN purpose: habits of reaction to authority. That’s why school authorities don’t tear their hair out when someone exposes that the atomic bomb wasn’t dropped on Korea, as a history book in 1990s printed by Scott Foresman distributed said, and why each of these books has hundreds of substantitve errors. Learning ISN’T the reason the texts are distributed.
Now, here comes the wonderful insight that being able to analyze the detail will give you:
How can you establish whether somebody has successfully developed this automatic action?
People have a proclivity when they’re given sensible orders, to follow them. That’s not what they want to reach. The only way you can measure this is to give stupid orders and people automatically follow them anyways.
Have you ever wondered why some of the foolish things schools do are allowed to continue?
2. The Integrating Function. But it’s easier to understand if you call it The Conformity Function.
It’s to make children as alike as possible, the gifted children, the stupid children, as alike as possible, because market research uses statistical sampling, and it only works if people react generally the same way.
3. The Directive Function.
School is to diagnose your proper social role and then to log the evidence, here’s where you are in the grade pyramid, so that future people won’t allow you to escape that compartment.
4. The Differentiating Function.
Once you’ve diagnosed kids in this layer, you do not want them to learn anything that the higher layers are learning, so you teach just as far as the requirements of that layer.
5 and 6 are the creepiest of them all.
5. The Selective Function.
What that means is what Darwin meant by natural selection. You’re assessing the breeding quality of each individual kid. You’re doing it structurally, because schoolteachers don’t know this is happening, and you’re trying to use ways to prevent the poorer stuff from breeding, and those ways are hanging labels, humiliating labels around their neck, encouraging the shallowness of thinking. […]
The Selective Function is what Darwin meant by “the favored races”, the idea is to consciously improve the breeding stock. Schools are meant to tag the unfit with their inferiority by poor grades, remedial placement, humiliation, so that their peers will accept them as inferior. And the good breeding stock among the females will reject them as possible partners.
6 has a fancy Roman name.
6. The Propaedeutic Function.
As early as Roman big-time thinkers, it was understood that to continue a social form required some people being trained that they were the custodians of this. So some small fraction of the kids are being readied to take over the project.”
“What happened? Decline happened. The anime industry is in tatters. People are drawing for USD10k a year. Innovation dies when there’s no money, everyone plays it safe, which in this case means lame girl anime for perverts.”
“This mental habit of separating ‘democratic dissent’ and ‘violent terrorism,’ which the Robert Spencers of the world vainly attempt to invoke, and the Noam Chomskys successfully invoke, is one of the most curious psychological tics of the deranged 20th century. Of course its raison d’etre, as a psychological-warfare device, is to forestall the realization that leftist movements achieve power through violence, then demand pacifism of the subjugated.”
“How the hell can anyone look at this and not becoming either profoundly bored or exhausted”
“Clover was introduced in Japan by the Dutch as packing material for fragile cargo. The Japanese called it “White packing herb” (シロツメクサ), in reference to its white flowers.”
“British officials believed that depending on telegraph lines that passed through non-British territory posed a security risk, as lines could be cut and messages could be interrupted during wartime. They sought the creation of a worldwide network within the empire, which became known as the All Red Line, and conversely prepared strategies to quickly interrupt enemy communications. Britain’s very first action after declaring war on Germany in World War I was to have the cable ship Alert (not the CS Telconia as frequently reported) cut the five cables linking Germany with France, Spain and the Azores, and through them, North America.”
“In 1911 the Committee on Imperial Defence stated in a report that the All Red Line was complete. The network had so many redundancies that 49 cuts would be needed to isolate the United Kingdom; 15 for Canada; and 5 for South Africa. Many colonies such as South Africa and India also had many land lines. Britain also possessed the majority of the world’s underwater-telegraph deployment and repair equipment and expertise, and a monopoly of the gutta-percha insulation for underwater lines. The 1911 report stated that the Imperial Wireless Chain should only be a “valuable reserve” to the All Red Line, because enemies could interrupt or intercept radio messages. Despite its great cost the telegraph network succeeded in its purpose; British communications remained uninterrupted during the First World War, while Britain quickly succeeded in cutting Germany’s worldwide network.”
“History is much more interesting than fiction when it comes to technology, probably because fiction is written by civilians whose experience is primarily with the civilian market which seems to embrace a change all at once, or because the author designed everything to be similar enough except for the one visible quirk due to simple-is-good design philosophy.
“Steampunk” has nothing on underwater telegraph cables existing long before submarines and airmail, or state-of-the-art supersonic stealth jets literally leaking fuel on the runway then flying and taking pictures from 15 miles up by film, or turreted tanks being accompanied by a largely horse-pulled supply line.”
“I’m a fucking happy guy. I’m doing fucking great. When I shitpost and angerpost, I’m having a good time. It’s my sense of humor, but people act like that isn’t the case when they want to snipe at you. No, I’m not fuckin Plato or Zarathustra, but my efforts are real and I have made a difference by telling people the truth.
The fact that I push for what I care about means that I haven’t given up on this world. I have a family and I want the world to be a better place for their sake and beyond. I know it’s hard to imagine anything beyond the pleasure center for some. These snipers are the people who have given up on the world and sneer at you for caring about anything. They want to steer you back to the plantation because they themselves have given up and they want their friends to follow naturally.
They want to insult you and show how you aren’t perfect and that not being perfect somehow makes you incorrect. Nobody is perfect, yet we have civilization because the truth was perpetuated to some degree. Some of us are forced to carry that torch through the ages. Had they been in a prehistoric tribe, they would have kicked the barley out of the ground.
They’ll see some dudes acting autistic about the truth and rather than accept that some people are just that way and to focus on the better people and the words themselves, they deny the truth because it’s an issue of social acceptance to them. They never cared, because they weren’t willing to put their foot down for the sake of the truth when the pressure rose against them and say this far, no farther.
They pull the same as the left trying to psychoanalyze you for displaying and communicating facts and concern about real things which have real meaning to the future of humanity FOR-EVER. They’re crabs in the bucket.
I’m always working on something other than this shit, and so is everybody I know. They say “why can’t you focus on your own life” when in reality, they can’t focus on more than that. When they’re forced to put forth effort, they lose their will for the bigger picture. They’re mentally too busy sanding down the edges of the piece of the puzzle that makes up their lives so they can fit neatly inside of it rather than seeing the glue on the frame.
I truly loved these people when they were good people who had a fire raging in their bellies. These people now have a deep hatred for those who prefer a trend towards perfection—People who want to create life and want to see it bloom and flourish into a glorious future that our progeny can look back on with pride. I pray that one day they will find that power inside themselves again.”
“The Nuremburg Trial was probably one of the biggest and most long lasting diplomatic disasters throughout history.
I think people vastly underestimate the lasting damage that this trial has done for the entire geopolitical world ever since. It’s not just the immediate post-WW2 era, but every war since then has been made worse and every geopolitical crisis dragged out because the governments of the countries know that if they are ever brought down they will be executed and made a joke of in these phony victors trials, whereas before WW2 governments could more reliably try to make “deals”, since they could assume that even if the other side stabbed them in the back it still would be only a political loss for them, not an existential matter of life and death for them personally.
Think about how much easier diplomacy for example with North Korea would be if the ruling class of the country wouldn’t have to worry about wether they will be sodomized with a bayonet like Gadaffi did or rot away the rest of their lives in prison if they get rid of their nukes.”
“Amazon’s request for proposals for its new headquarters location was not drawn up to reveal the company’s decision criteria. It was drawn up to solicit the maximum number of credible incentive packages… The whole point of this exercise is to improve the company’s bargaining position for the location it wants.
[…] Consider, for example, the recent case of General Electric’s relocation to Boston. The after the fact statements of the company’s CFO make it abundantly clear that GE was strongly attracted to Boston by the region’s urban amenities and the culture of innovation — attributes that could hardly be replicated at any price in most alternative locations.”
“That’s basically what hugh jackman did for wolverine. He’d drink fuck tons of water and eat plain chicken and greens, and lift constantly, then he would stop drinking water two days before the shoot and he’d be cut as fuck.”
“What strikes me most about open-plan offices is that they’re so incredibly retro. Huge office spaces with desks beside one another were all the rage in the mid-20th century.
The idea then, as now, was to allow management to tell–at a glance–who was working and who was not. And a big room crammed with people is less expensive than private offices.
The only difference now is that modern workspaces have computers rather than typewriters and are tricked out in egregious biz-blab about “collaboration” and “self-organizing teams.”
Look, the entire point of the internet, email, social media, video conferencing, messaging, and groupware is to allow people to work together without being in the same room.
So why this weird fetish about having everyone together in the same physical space — especially since cramming everyone together creates a noisy environment that is difficult to work in and offers an easy excuse to hold yet another agenda-less meeting?”
“Such delusional thinking is more understandable when we realize the mercantile caste of society has been ascendant since at least the French Revolution. The obsession with equality that we take for granted is connected to the bourgeois attitude that the customer is always right and two men with the same amount of money in their outstretched palms are effectively the same, to be treated the same. This attitude informs the obsession of the modern world with being popular and inoffensive above all else. This attitude is so ingrained we run even our personal relationships like businesses. […]
We see a great example when alt-lite personalities discuss the alt-right as a “brand.” They cannot yet understand anything other than the mass market. Why would they? The business of America is business. The attitudes of the marketplace have dominated the culture of the USA and the entire West for centuries.”
“Genius is talent exercised with courage.”
“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push it.”
“If a person tells me he has been to the worst places I have no reason to judge him; but if he tells me it was his superior wisdom that enabled him to go there, then I know he is a fraud.”
“When finally, sometimes after a prolonged arduous effort, his answers came forth, his statement stood before us like a newly created piece of art or a divine revelation. Not that he asserted his views dogmatically … But the impression he made on us was as if insight came to him as through divine inspiration, so that we could not help feeling that any sober rational comment of analysis of it would be a profanation.”
“Day 2 of serving dogs. Are you ready?!”
“That attitude won’t make things easier for yourself.”
“It’s like being a gynecologist. After a while you stop seeing boobs and vaginas. Instead, all you see are ISSUES you must fix.”
“But I still don’t see why I should be the one doing it.”
“For starters, they don’t take me too seriously.”
“Understandable. I don’t take you too seriously either.”
“I-I wasn’t sleeping! My eyes were open!”
“You went to college, right? You know that having your eyes open means nothing.”
“We live in an era where PR is the first and only word in anything. You can sell the shittiest of stuff and people will buiy it if you’re the apple of their eyes. But make one fucking mistake and it’s OVER for you. You’re suddenly a criminal to them. No chance of appeal. Gods forbit if they ever catch something you said out of context.”
“That’s the silence of somebody who just heard something stupid. Stupid enough to warrant the speech they’ve prepared just for occasions like this.”
“What can you say about me, then?”
“Let’s see… hmm…
You’re very, very, VERY sexually frustrated. It’s not the act itself, but rather that your partners can’t seem to satisfy you on a deeper level. There’s an even deeper frustration. Something happened that’s blocking you. Maybe there’s someone who you know won’t return your feelings. Maybe you were hurt in the past. Thus, your demeanor is that of someone who feels like life is playing tricks on her. Like a dog whose owner never really throws the ball.”
“Oh boy, did I actually hit the nail on the head? I was making this stuff up on the fly! All of that was just rubbish I say because it’s right 80% of the time.”
“I’m not sure how legal that is.”
“People believe it is and I’ve yet to be troubled by a lawyer.”
“I find it weird that a lot of D.Va’s taunt lines would get you reported if you actually typed them out in chat.”
“Yeah it’s a bit odd that they’re aware that bantz are a part of online gaming culture, have a character based on online gaming culture, but ban anyone trying to participate in it themselves.”
“Genghis Khan also learned from this. The obvious benefit is that people don’t feel oppressed and rebel and you get more stability and taxes. But if we look at the empires, they were all about infrastructure and cracked down hardest on unethical or criminals which threatened trade. Except the Persians left things better than when they got there generally. It’s like when people whine about African colonialism and we respond that they were given modern amenities without violence in most places and allowed to work and learn. Obviously the Africans threw it away. Anyway, it was all evolution. Much like Japan becoming a world power to avoid being destroyed, Persia awakened that sense in the west and along with its philosophy and ideals (which are totally understated) gave them the spark and codes to create their own empires. Greeks were intelligent as shit, and so it worked out, unlike Africans.”
“Instead of saving time, inventions like email “revved up the treadmill of life to ten times its former speed and made our days more anxious and agitated.”“
“heaven is drowning in a literal ocean of korean women”
“Many leftists push for affirmative action, for moving black people into high-prestige jobs, for improved education in black schools and more money for such schools; the way of life of the black “underclass” they regard as a social disgrace. They want to integrate the black man into the system, make him a business executive, a lawyer, a scientist just like upper-middle-class white people. The leftists will reply that the last thing they want is to make the black man into a copy of the white man; instead, they want to preserve African American culture. But in what does this preservation of African American culture consist? It can hardly consist in anything more than eating black-style food, listening to black-style music, wearing black-style clothing and going to a black-style church or mosque. In other words, it can express itself only in superficial matters. In all ESSENTIAL respects most leftists of the oversocialized type want to make the black man conform to white, middle-class ideals. They want to make him study technical subjects, become an executive or scientist, spend his life climbing the status ladder to prove that black people are as good as white. They want to make black fathers “Responsible,’ they want black gangs to become nonviolent, etc. But these are exactly the values of the industrial-technological system. The system couldn’t care less what kind of music a man listens to, what kind of clothes he wears or what religion he believes in as long as he studies in school, holds a respectable job, climbs the status ladder, is a “responsible” parent, is nonviolent and so forth. In effect, however much he may deny it, the oversocialized leftist wants to integrate the black man into the system and make him adopt its values.”
“Though they are especially noticeable in the left, they are widespread in our society. And today’s society tries to socialize us to a greater extent than any previous society. We are even told by experts how to eat, how to exercise, how to make love, how to raise our kids and so forth.”
“Consider the hypothetical case of a man who can have anything he wants just by wishing for it. Such a man has power, but he will develop serious psychological problems. At first he will have a lot of fun, but by and by he will become acutely bored and demoralized. Eventually he may become clinically depressed. History shows that leisured aristocracies tend to become decadent. This is not true of fighting aristocracies that have to struggle to maintain their power. But leisured, secure aristocracies that have no need to exert themselves usually become bored, hedonistic and demoralized, even though they have power. This shows that power is not enough. One must have goals toward which to exercise one’s power. […]
Nonattainment of important goals results in death if the goals are physical necessities, and in frustration if non-attainment of the goals is compatible with survival. Consistent failure to attain goals throughout life results in defeatism, low self-esteem or depression.
Thus, in order to avoid serious psychological problems, a human being needs goals whose attainment requires effort, and he must have a reasonable rate of success in attaining his goals.”
“In modern industrial society only minimal effort is necessary to satisfy one’s physical needs. It is enough to go through a training program to acquire some petty technical skill, then come to work on time and exert the very modest effort needed to hold a job. The only requirements are a moderate amount of intelligence and, most of all, simple OBEDIENCE. If one has those, society takes care of one from cradle to grave.”
“Many people who pursue surrogate activities will say that they get far more fulfillment from these activities than they do from the “mundane” business of satisfying their biological needs, but that is because in our society the effort needed to satisfy the biological needs has been reduced to triviality. More importantly, in our society people do not satisfy their biological needs AUTONOMOUSLY but by functioning as parts of an immense social machine. In contrast, people generally have a great deal of autonomy in pursuing their surrogate activities.”
“It may be objected that primitive man is physically less secure than modern man, as is shown by his shorter life expectancy; hence modern man suffers from less, not more than the amount of insecurity that is normal for human beings. But psychological security does not closely correspond with physical security. What makes us FEEL secure is not so much objective security as a sense of confidence in our ability to take care of ourselves. Primitive man, threatened by a fierce animal or by hunger, can fight in self-defense or travel in search of food. He has no certainty of success in these efforts, but he is by no means helpless against the things that threaten him. The modern individual on the other hand is threatened by many things against which he is helpless: nuclear accidents, carcinogens in food, environmental pollution, war increasing taxes, invasion of his privacy by large organizations, national social or economic phenomena that may disrupt his way of life.
It is true that primitive man is powerless against some of the things that threaten him; disease for example. But he can accept the risk of disease stoically. It is part of the nature of things, it is no one’s fault, unless it is the fault of some imaginary, impersonal demon. But threats to the modern individual tend to be MAN-MADE. They are not the results of chance but are IMPOSED on him by other persons whose decisions he, as an individual, is unable to influence. Consequently he feels frustrated, humiliated and angry.”
“It is not the primitive man, who has used his body daily for practical purposes, who fears the deterioration of age, but the modern man, who has never had a practice use for his body beyond walking from his car to his house.”
“>not even denying he plays weeb waifu dating simulators>trying to feel superior to anyone”
“If he said he didn’t, your response would have been to berate him for pretending to not play weeb games.”
“The CIA even sabotaged a planned series of documentaries about their predecessor, the OSS, by having assets at CBS develop a rival production to muscle the smaller studio out of the market. Once this was achieved, the Agency pulled the plug on the CBS series too, ensuring that the activities of the OSS remained safe from public scrutiny.”
“The system does not and cannot exist to satisfy human needs. Instead, it is human behavior that has to be modified to fit the needs of the system. […] Of course the system does satisfy many human needs, but generally speaking it does this only to the extent that it is to the advantage of the system to do it. It is the needs of the system that are paramount, not those of the human being. For example, the system provides people with food because the system couldn’t function if everyone starved; it attends to peoples’ psychological needs whenever it can CONVENIENTLY do so, because it couldn’t function if too many people became depressed or rebellious. But the system, for good, solid, practical reasons, must exert constant pressure on people to mold their behavior to the needs of the system. Too much waste accumulating? The government, the media, the educational system, environmentalists, everyone inundates us with a mass of propaganda about recycling. Need more technical personnel? A chorus of voices exhorts kids to study science. No one stops to ask whether it is inhumane to force adolescents to spend the bulk of their time studying subjects most of them hate. When skilled workers are put out of a job by technical advances and have to undergo “retraining,” no one asks whether it is humiliating for them to be pushed around in this way. It is simply taken for granted that everyone must bow to technical necessity, and for good reason: If human needs were put before technical necessity there would be economic problems, unemployment, shortages or worse. The concept of “mental health” in our society is defined largely by the extent to which an individual behaves in accord with the needs of the system and does so without showing signs of stress.”
“If you think that big government interferes with your life too much NOW, just wait till the government starts regulating the genetic constitution of your children. Such regulation will inevitably follow the introduction of genetic engineering of human beings, because the consequences of unregulated genetic engineering would be disastrous. […] The only code of ethics that would truly protect freedom would be one that prohibited ANY genetic engineering of human beings, and you can be sure that no such code will ever be applied in a technological society.”
“Imagine the case of two neighbors, each of whom at the outset owns the same amount of land, but one of whom is more powerful than the other. The powerful one demands a piece of the other’s land. The weak one refuses. The powerful one says, “OK, let’s compromise. Give me half of what I asked.” The weak one has little choice but to give in. Some time later the powerful neighbor demands another piece of land, again there is a compromise, and so forth. By forcing a long series of compromises on the weaker man, the powerful one eventually gets all of his land.”
“A walking man formerly could go where he pleased, go at his own pace without observing any traffic regulations, and was independent of technological support-systems. When motor vehicles were introduced they appeared to increase man’s freedom. They took no freedom away from the walking man, no one had to have an automobile if he didn’t want one, and anyone who did choose to buy an automobile could travel much faster and farther than a walking man. But the introduction of motorized transport soon changed society in such a way as to restrict greatly man’s freedom of locomotion. When automobiles became numerous, it became necessary to regulate their use extensively. In a car, especially in densely populated areas, one cannot just go where one likes at one’s own pace; one’s movement is governed by the flow of traffic and by various traffic laws. One is tied down by various obligations: license requirements, driver test, renewing registration, insurance, maintenance required for safety, monthly payments on purchase price. Moreover, the use of motorized transport is no longer optional. Since the introduction of motorized transport the arrangement of our cities has changed in such a way that the majority of people no longer live within walking distance of their employment, shopping areas and recreational opportunities, so that they HAVE TO depend on the automobile for transportation. Or else they must use public transportation, in which case they have even less control over their own movement than when driving a car. Even the walker’s freedom is now greatly restricted. In the city he continually has to stop to wait for traffic lights that are designed mainly to serve auto traffic. In the country, motor traffic makes it dangerous and unpleasant to walk along the highway.
(Note this important point that we have just illustrated with the case of motorized transport: When a new item of technology is introduced as an option that an individual can accept or not as he choices, it does not necessarily REMAIN optional. In many cases the new technology changes society in such a way that people eventually find themselves FORCED to use it.)”
“Most of these educators, government officials and law officers believe in freedom, privacy and constitutional rights, but when these conflict with their work, they usually feel their work is more important.”
“What stopped me from going into medical school was realizing that it wasn’t going to be like “work hard in school -> work hard in college -> work hard in med school -> work hard in internship -> now your’re a doctor and living the good life”. it’s actually “work hard in school -> work hard in college -> work hard in med school -> work hard in internship -> work hard forever because it never gets any easier until you retire at 55 with your mind and body destroyed by stress”
A lifetime of hard work just begets more hard work.”
“before when i was in school, all i did was play dota all the time with my friends. it was fun to spend time with them – dota was just the excuse to hang out. i guess games have never been all that important to me.”
“>don’t go to college
>become a wage slave
>go to college for years
>still become a wage slave”
“why is owning a house – especially at such a young age – so important? i don’t understand. it’s apparently important enough to decide whether you’ve failed as a human. even getting a total shit house that may not even be viable for where you work is worth it just to check that box?
i don’t see having a near-insurmountable loan to a bank that you’ll pay off for the next 30+ years before you even actually own the space you sleep in as an attractive option, especially so early.
the house meme is stupid”
“american culture worships independence. it’s not economically viable for a majority of people anymore (same with retirement) and the dissonance causes a lot of pain. you see it in this very thread”
“the critical error of moderate right wingers is responding to the substance of the argument
it’s not about the argument
it’s about designating targets”
“Corporate writing is also deliberately slow. This is because 95 percent of corporate writing exists to tell people why actions adverse to their interests have been taken. Good news is delivered verbally. Bad news is delivered in writing using templates of boring, cover-your-ass prose that unfolds slowly.”
“Your Manichaeism is showing. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. If you don’t want your kids to see it, only let your kids watch Netflix on the “For Kids” setting. If someone is too unintelligent to figure out how to set their Netflix app up before mindlessly handing it to their kid, it’s no big deal. IQ is heritable and so the kid was probably fucked regardless.”
“Ah, the old categorization technique. You’re being an elitist that believes that people with lower intelligence, because they have lower intelligence, shouldn’t be put to better use than letting them continually fall off and hurt the rest of us along with themselves. This is exactly why we need national socialism. The kids don’t need to be fucked just because they are low IQ, unless you feel they’re deserving of a bad life.
[…] Libertarianism died years ago when everybody realized it was the same post-modernistic trash that the left promotes. While the culture-makers control things, the libertarians demand it continue. They’re riding you into battle against European civilization.”
“Citizen America allowed modern capitalism to flourish, but its culture was pre-capitalistic. Inspired by the Greeks and Romans, it held that public life was the highest virtue. For an aside, the insult idiot comes from the Greeks: it meant “private person” and referred to one whose concerns were solely commercial or parochial. Most philosophers and public figures, in the 18th century, believed that a person whose interests were solely mercantile deserved to live with the lower classes, no matter how rich he became. Poets and philosophers and statesmen, they felt, ought to outrank men of commerce. That is one thing that was good about that time: there was an esteem for intellectuals that has largely disappeared.”
“A fundamental problem with working for money follows. If your work has objective, legible value, someone will out-compete you at a cheaper price. Even if the low-price competition is unsustainable (dumping) it does not matter. The naive young person who burns out will be replaced, and so will the impoverished country that becomes less-impoverished as work moves to it, but there will always be one on offer, somewhere, to the employer. On the other hand, if the work is intangible (which is not to say that it’s not valuable) then one is reliant on a matrix of cultural, social, and generational support, skills, and infrastructure. What does it take to get paid for intangible work? Sales. Most people do not enjoy selling. In fact, they hate it, especially when it is their own work they must sell. Most people would rather take standard office jobs for reliable mediocre pay than put up with the constant humiliation, volatility, interpersonal rejection, and sheer chaos of having to sell themselves on a day-by-day basis.
[…] Management became the most coveted job, and it’s easy to see why. In commodity labor, it’s obvious if someone is bad at the job. If one person drills 20 holes per hour and another drills 15, the latter will be fired first. With management, the people who know if a manager is bad cannot say so, for fear of being fired themselves. The manager can always fall back on superior educational pedigree and higher social position. One-on-one, he has higher credibility and can use this to amass even more credibility. Eventually, we reached a state where the major leagues of management, called “executives”, not only take extreme salaries, but can transfer easily from one part of the economy to another. Getting fired, for an executive, is a paid vacation and a better next job. Sales and especially management have gained ground, and labor has lost it.”
“The “sharing economy” is a reinvention of what the early 20th century called “hobos”: itinerant workers taking what work they could.”
“Not only the Great Depression, but the Second World War and the flirtations with extremism all over the world, all convinced the American elite to slow down and be happy with what it had. They elected to get richer somewhat slower than others in society. Noblesse oblige. Inequality went down, but so did their risk of imminent overthrow. Perhaps not knowing it as thus, they chose graceful relative decline as their survival strategy. It worked. They were plenty rich, throughout the 1950s and ’60s. They never stopped getting richer; they just slowed their pace and let everyone else catch up.
A CEO in the late 1970s made about $500,000 per year. His source of pride wasn’t his income but his stewardship of the company he ran. Even if it meant a personal cost to him, he’d do what he could to keep his people employed and happy. Companies invested in their people. There was a large middle class. If you were unemployed, you could call about a job at 10:30, interview over lunch with the CEO, and be hired by 2:00. What happened? Why did this country throw it all away?
Upper-class people who remembered the tumultuous 1930s and ’40s recognized that social stability and cultural advancement were more important than personal enrichment. Their kids didn’t.”
“I really didn’t want to turn on NPR by talking to you.”
“Rejection is a fate worse than death – in death, your value remains, what work you have done has finished its drive towards the telos. Rejection is a complete negation of existence, your ego shatters, everything about you is utterly destroyed and only a small sliver of a man remains.
Attractive women are more horrifying than death itself”
“Businesses were bought for pennies. Debt was meaningless to the people who orchestrated this. They had the illusion of wealth and the printing presses on hand as if they were cheating in a game. That is precisely what it must have felt like. The overwhelming power of having the world under your thumb. The nearest thing to a god on earth. They crashed, bought, centralized, inflated, and repeated this process over and over again through different means over the years.
America is full of hardy people who instead of fighting the demon, will try to outrun it. They’ve been outrunning it for over a hundred years. But we have reached a point where there is no longer a frontier, and where there are no more easy roads to travel. The people, whether they realize it or not, are feeling the fatigue of this system. They will have their small victories in legislation here and there. They could pass a universal basic income, or universal healthcare, or universal education, but they will never pass laws to remove the incentives in which the whole of the economy could be wiped out overnight.”
“Listen to some successful executive or even a research scientist at Google talk about his career. He’s not going to talk war. He’s going to talk about the highlights… and if there are lowlights, they’ll be presented in an anodyne “haha, glad we got out of that” way that doesn’t embarrass anyone.”
“Here’s an example: “John went downstairs after getting out of bed and waking up.” Logically, there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s not an incorrect sentence, but its reverse chronology is jarring to the reader. It doesn’t paint an image, because its order of presentation goes the wrong way. It reminds the reader that she’s reading writing– most likely, an amateur’s writing.”
“One of the worst things that people do, to avoid repeated words, is replace “said” with synonyms. “He exclaimed.” “She blurted out.” “He screamed.” “She spoke angrily.” It injects melodrama and it fails in an important literary dimension: proportion. Here’s the thing about the boring, worn-out old “said”. It’s almost invisible. That’s what we want. The reader should be able to focus on what is being said and who is saying it. How it is said should be obvious from the context. You want the reader to forget that he’s reading words (“exclaimed”) and to focus on the action.”
“We need to get fucking good at politics so we have time and resources to spend on the things we actually care about”
“From a techie perspective, this is a guy who not just survived his own murder, but came out far stronger. This is an attractive narrative anywhere. Four thousand years ago, if you survived your own death in battle, you could start a religion. ”
“Why did I delete the old blog posts? Because fuck the tech industry, that’s why. We don’t defend each other; we turn our backs on each other, and we kick anyone who is down. I can’t count the number of people I’ve seen viciously attacked by their peers for no reason. Worst of all, unethical behaviors by technology executives are defended by their subordinates at every turn. We certainly don’t stand up for what is right. And those who fight to make the industry better, like I have, seem to get the worst of it. So why fight for it at all? Why fight for the cultural integrity of this industry, when it clearly doesn’t want to be fought-for?”
“(When the market softens, salaries will tumble. Why? Because we failed to organize around our interests and protect ourselves, that’s fucking why.)”
“Telling the truth has its consequences, but if a person as skilled and independently credible as I am chooses not to speak up, then who will? I’m privileged in that I can expose the truth and still be employable. Not everyone can.”
“Publishing is a bit more tolerant of moderate weirdos. If you can get 1% of the world to love your book, no publisher will turn you down.”
“Microsoft grew up during the 1980s and 1990s, when the growth in personal computers was so dramatic that every year there were more new computers sold than the entire installed base. That meant that if you made a product that only worked on new computers, within a year or two it could take over the world even if nobody switched to your product. That was one of the reasons Word and Excel displaced WordPerfect and Lotus so thoroughly: Microsoft just waited for the next big wave of hardware upgrades and sold Windows, Word and Excel to corporations buying their next round of desktop computers (in some cases their first round). So in many ways Microsoft never needed to learn how to get an installed base to switch from product N to product N+1.”
“To a large extent, software engineering is a field full of ambiguity and complexity, and that makes compensation hard. So incentives tend to fail or backfire.”
“A visual picture is sub-linear in terms of the expectation of a reader’s effort as a function of how much is presented. A painting might have had hundreds of hours of effort put into it, but the goal is for the average viewer to think, “Yeah, that looks nice.” The clouds and the mountains and the tiny details matter, but no one expects the viewer to check out every one. That probably has something to do with ostensibility: you can show “100 times more painting” (whatever that means) and the viewer doesn’t have to do 100 times more work.
On the other hand, software is super-linear. A 100-line program is more than twice as complex as a 50-line program. Actually, the 100-line program has the potential to be way more than twice as complex. There are problems where the amount of effort required to understand a computational object grows more than exponentially as a function of its size and complexity. (It gets worse than that, in fact.) Reasoning about arbitrary software code is mathematically impossible.”
“The cryptic nature of code is a source of pain for programmers, because it denies us the chance to prove ourselves without demanding additional work of those who might evaluate what we produce. Programmers’ immediate bosses rarely know who their best programmers are. Opinions of peers and clients carry some signal, but the only way to judge a programmer is to read the work, and the super-linear scaling of software system complexity makes that extremely difficult. Many of the complaints of programmers about their industry come from being introverts an industry where observable final quality (e.g. website performance, lack of errors) is objective, but where the quality question around a specific artifact is so hard to evaluate that, in practice, it’s never done at an individual level. Therefore, personal attribution of responsibility for (often, brutally objective) events comes down to social skills. Programmers hate that. The cryptic nature of what we do doesn’t make us geniuses and wizards. It puts us at a social disadvantage.”
“What about text? Is a novel sub-linear or super-linear? Or is it exactly linear?
Readers want and expect to expend linear effort. It’s quite possible to shove more-than-linear effort into prose, by creating layers of context that require looking back and even forward through the text. It’s not what they want, though, because they want to forget that they’re reading text at all.
[…] Text is linear. The act of reading is linear, unless we expect readers to continually look back for context, and that’s not being a very kind writer. […]
Writers aren’t as bad off as programmers in this regard, but are worse off than visual artists. Musical or visual talent is obvious in a way that literary talent isn’t. You can size up a painting quickly, but you have to actually read a novel (a 3- to 24-hour investment) to know if it’s any good. Sometimes, it’s not obvious whether the writer did a good job until the whole thing has been read.“