“What you expected: computer simulations of the world to see what our ancestors 100 million years ago looked like
What you got: Computer simulations of the world so employers can minmax their applicants for maximum profit beforehand”
“A fundamental law of Democracy… any elected body will fob off any decision that is hard to someone unaccountable to the electorate.”
““I mean you’re older than me so I probably dont need to tell you but society is not as degenerate as the movies/shows portray. Or at least its not as degenerate in that specific regard”
Hollywood films are degenerate because that’s the kind of lifestyle people affiliated with showbiz live, and they project that on normie society”
“It’s literally true [under these rules] that you could cut down the Amazon, turn it into parking lot, ship those trees to Europe, and Europe would count it as as greenhouse gas reduction.”
“At 4%, Britain’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level since 1975. So why are wages stagnant?”
“Wow what a mystery”
“Because every time there’s any upward pressure on wages, people call it a “labour shortage” and so we need to bring in more people”
“Job applications be like
Would you be willing to die for us? Please tick your answer below
▫️No, I hate this company
Are you willing to postpone your death to come into work?
▫️Yes, I love to work
▫️No, I’m lazy and stupid“
“Basic Progressive tenet:
accuracy is morally wrong”
“Cooperation can be taught and learned. Invention, not so much.”
“Starcraft is a game that with fairly little complexity has impressive amount of depth to it. The problem is that this depth is hidden behind a massive barrier of execution. It simply doesn’t matter much what kind of decisions you make as if you can’t build all your workers and hit all your timings. As a result, the game is a great strategy game for those 100-1000 at the top, for the rest of us it’s a rhythm game.”
“A victory that gains nothing is hollow and should be avoided. A defeat that gains advantage, while bitter, is choice.”
“No nuanced and thoughtful words survive first contact with a person of average intelligence.”
“Nothing is pre-determined and if your choices are inevitable it is only from a hypothetical outside perspective that doesn’t exist.”
“The error is conflating fatalism (your decisions don’t matter) with determinism (the world is stable).
But all this is is a diversion: the point is that the entire misunderstanding is encoded in the four words “free will vs. determinism”. Anyone who knows what these four words mean, with no additional context, instantly understands the (false) dichotomy. Much like the seed of a Conway’s Life scenario, these four words generate a complex universe of discourse, in this case founded upon an error. When you propagate the meme, you have about enough bandwidth for its name. We don’t actually share ideas, we share seeds of models.
Sacred scriptures are full of model seeds. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory” is about as big as a model seed gets. Notice: simple, unequivocal. “Go ye therefore into all the world”. “it is by grace you have been saved”.
It takes about 4 model seeds to build a self-propagating memeplex that can cohere with itself over time.
Consider how a single model seed can reshape a social landscape. “Gender is a social construct” You don’t need to understand anything about social constructionism to instantly grasp this idea. A supporting fact like “wearing dresses isn’t innate to female biology” is all it takes. Whatever nuance academicians might intend with it, it will brook exactly none. The virile version of this idea is simple and above all UNEQUIVOCAL. “socially constructed” = determined by convention = mutable = contingent, not necessary => anyone can have whatever gender they want. […] The special power of “gender is socially constructed” is that it provokes the equally midwitted counter-position, “gender is innate”, which is inevitably a losing stance; it’s less true and and even less interesting. Norm inversion ensues.
A truthful model is more like: gender and sex are a feedback loop between social performance and biological tendency. Masculine and feminine archetypes are not all good, but the good ones are aspirational, and require work on the part of a man or woman to achieve them. Gender IS performative but rather than being an excuse to reject it, this is grounds to strive towards it, to perfect it, for a man to become an idealized man, and a woman to become an idealized woman, the consummation of their biology, rather than the negation.
But this requires nuance, and ideological battles are fought in the realm of the realman, where ideas are comprehended by people close to the mean of intelligence, in great shambling throngs.
In this arena, ideas must be unequivocal. Whatever a phrase means when no one is around to explain it, that is what it means “in the real world”.””
“Ultimately, responsibility can’t genuinely be passed to someone else. Everyone is responsible for the leader they choose.”
“>scroll down comments section on report about Article 13
>”sorry kid but just because its digital doesn’t mean laws don’t apply”
>”the internet is not supposed to be some lawless anarchy”
>”the web is not the wild west ok”
This is half the fucking comments on there. I HAVE to believe that these are shills or something. Do these people WANT to be shiteaters? Do they WANT to be fucking slaves? Are there this many retarded boomer subhumans who WANT to be subjugated??”
“3000 people did not die in the two huricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000…”
“This is one the ways you win debates: people come around to your side and they say they never changed their minds, and it wasn’t because of you.”
“In its heyday, Gawker had impact because they were sociopathic, they were bullying, and people didn’t see it yet. That’s the devastating kind. If you’re trying to bully someone and everyone says right away, “You’re a bully”, you might still be able to bully, but you’re not gonna be that effective. If you’re gonna bully people and say “This is just the internet, this is tech, this is the future”, you’re gonna have carte blanche. So Gawker had many years to destroy people, in a way that has gotten much less effective.”
““There’s a link, a pretty deep link, between the question of science and technological progress and the health of our representative democracy.”
i think the easiest step would be to go from here to how democracy is a bad idea and how it only works when the pie is getting bigger (and when it isn’t bigger, you need “libertarianism”, or more generally, great founders who form monopolies to do whatever they want)
but it’s probably important to note he got to this idea from flying cars. again back to the importance or unimportance of having “the” right idea.”
“115s don’t listen to me regardless, so I have no opinion”
“Address the problem, not the symptom. Drug use is an indicator of underlying pathology. Don’t smash the indicator light.”
“You don’t want to define yourself in a way that’s derivative. Something of somewhere is often nothing of nowhere.”
“What acceptance and denial have in common is they’re both modes of thinking that stop you from doing anything.”
“Let me just imagine with you that you’re suddenly in the White House.”
“It’s not gonna happen.”
“Let’s just imagine.”
“I’ve always thought fictional thought experiments are very treacherous things though.”
“Let’s just say-”
“Does it means I’m kissing babies all day long, or does it mean that I’m dictator?? How far can we play this thought experiment?”
“Communication is hard because anyone can lie at any time. The only way to be certain of honesty is to make the communicator pay a high price as a costly signal of authenticity.”
“a decentralized conspiracy in which everyone defects against decency and morality in order to become holier than their neighbor”
“Stalin thought the Nuremberg trials were a farce. And actually told the allies to simply shoot the germans and be done with it and not tarnish the image of the courts.”
“The unit cost of an 8mm mauser cartridge was drastically lower than the cost to produce sufficient quantities of poison gas to kill an adult human. It was also far more logistically complex to dispose of bodies that way instead of just killing them at the mass grave instead of having laborers manually remove 100+ corpses from a cramped shower house and then burn them all with coal that Germany didnt have to spare.
All the killing was supposed to have taken place between 43 and 45 when Germany was losing tanks too quickly but they were totally diverting coke from heavy steel industry to cremate corpses that would do as well to fill a hole.”
“All proclamations of science should be treated as fiction until they have been actualized as engineering. At the very least, don’t give them authority they haven’t demonstrated.”
“Freedom is meaningless without a goal. Undirected freedom is just slavery to your base impulses.”
“Many people e.g. @akarlin88 look at the numbers and the stats and project that China will dominate the world in n years.
That will never happen. China may be rich. But never *that* rich. And will never be able to dominate others.
The reason is quite simple. The Chinese government can’t keep the level of control over its citizens it wants to keep if their citizens have power outside the country. See how China is stopping its companies from investing abroad in order to canalize everything to BRI. BRI which is, of course, not working, because people are politically forced to join it. There’s no profit incentive, hence nothing gets done. It’s… socialism! Who knew, China is socialist. Socialism can’t dominate the world.
Does the US *government* dominate the world? No. US companies dominate the world. And parts of USG, the Pentagon by its side, and the State Department/NGO networks run parallel empires which hate each other. Thats the only way to expand abroad. By privatizing the effort. Britain didn’t conquer India. The East India Company did. Because there was money there. China won’t tolerate that. China would execute a Robert Clive.
China runs influence operations abroad not through NGOs trying to strike personal glory, but w the Communist Party United Front Department. Which is why they suck and its external propaganda apparatus ends up using people like @zepplarouche, goddamned Lyndon Larouche’s wife.
Again, this is *a good thing*. China obsesses over control because without that sort of control, it would split in a dozen countries. It’s not easy to control that territory with that many people.
But you can’t be Communist, rich and imperialist. Gotta choose two.”
“people have different reasons for washing their hands after they leave the bathroom
considering their reason for doing complex things is borderline insane”
“Congress is especially culpable this time, because by suspending the shadowban, Jack admits that what he is doing is wrong and shameful.”
“Compression algorithms like ZIP and PNG operate by eliminating redundant bits. The compressed artifact contains only “unique” bits in the information-theoretic sense. “Redundant” bits are removed. If humanity were compressed, how many bits of you would make it?”
“If you only consume mass things you will only have mass thoughts. This is what originally drew me to the rationalists in the vein of Scott Alexander, who spend endless ours filling their cognitive toolbox with useful gadgets and then build a house that looks like everyone else’s”
“One of the things that makes America great is the energy, ingenuity and risk taking of immigrants. With GDP growth going above 4% several times during Obama’s tenure as well as now, it’s clear immigration doesn’t hurt our economy, immigration helps our economy.”
“And, so my fellow Americans, ask not what The Economy can do for you, ask what you can do for The Economy.”
““I want a household run on biblical principles”
*constantly argues with husband and undermines his authority*”
“yeah that’s nonsense. You can’t have a *truly* traditional household in a dildoistic society because the externalities don’t allow for it to be a stable thing. You can try to emulate it but it all breaks down if the interaction gets to the “man having to lay down the law” part, because all it needs is for the trad-thot to complain to a friend or family member or coworker one time and you immediately have the whole social system coming down against you rather than having your back as it would have in the old days”
“>Western gay character
>not allowed to have obvious flaws, must be a role model, devs afraid to make them characters first and gay second
>Japanese gay character
>is allowed to be over the top and ridiculous, be the punchline, be part of the joke, be in on the joke, or most importantly, not have their sexuality be a defining characteristic to them.
>not getting why Japan does them better despite being a massive faggot himself”
“For a hundred years, there’s been a conspiracy of plutocrats against ordinary people.
Number one: In 1945 corporations paid 50 percent of federal taxes. Now they pay about 5 percent. Number two: In 1900 90 percent of Americans were self-employed; now it’s about two percent.
It’s called consolidation. Strengthen governments and corporations, weaken individuals. With taxes, this can be done imperceptibly over time.
The entire executive branch is hand-picked. Nineteen of the last twenty-three U.S. presidents have been members of the Trilateral Commission. The Trilateral Commission is financed by the Rockefellers and the Rotschilds.
Do you ever ask what it’s for? The surveillance, the police, the shoot-on-sight laws? Is that freedom?
Ever wonder why big car companies pay two percent tax while the guys on the assembly line pay forty?
Corporations are so big you don’t even know who you’re working for. That’s terror. Terror built into the system.”
“After explaining the effort Blizzard is putting in to tackle poor in-game behaviour, Kaplan once again appealed to the community to “take a deep look inward”. He went on to explain the team is spending “a tremendous amount of time and resources punishing people” rather than working on new game content such as maps, heroes, and animated shorts.”
“Doesn’t Jeff know how game dev works? The guys doing the content and animated shorts aren’t the ones doing GM work and banning people
I love how he blames the community for being slow on updates”
“They’re acting like Overwatch invented banter and so it’s their duty to stop it.
Have they got any information anywhere that correlates less banter with spending more money?
I worked on APB, it was dogshit but people bought premium weapons to curbstomp people talking shit to them.”
“its a scapegoat theyre using to explain away the dwindling playerbase to shareholders/executives
if its their fault for being legendarily horrible at design and balance decisions, heads are fuckin rolling
but if instead its the communitys fault for being meanies, then jobs are saved, nobodys getting fired
of course in the long term this means that the game is going to continue to suck anus up until a point where it becomes very obvious that its not the “toxic” thats keeping people away from the game, but this team of people doesnt contain a single person even close to intelligent enough to stop them from doing the braindead retarded things they do with every update, so you cant really expect them to think that far ahead”
“modern western multiplayers games like Overwatch and LoL are nothing more than social engineering tools developed by china/israel to defenestrate Western men, rendering them defenseless when the deep state gives the go for the china/israel alliance to invade and genocide White people.”
“>It takes resources to ban people
Why not just add support custom servers then? So the community can moderate itself???????????????”
“And share the revenue? Oy vey”
“It’s just a scapegoat instead of saying “We simply do not care about this old game anymore””
“blizzard is a company that wants complete control over everything. in fact, most companies are like that. valve is the opposite”
“Because non-Blizzard servers could allow people to use skins without paying for $500 of lootboxes to unlock it, you stupid goyim”
“Because these neodevs aren’t about doing what’s logical or what would please everybody. They want full control of the types of people playing their game and want to ban everyone else. If they did custom servers they’d probably feel like they’re enabling sexism, racism, elitism, etc.”
“If the shitheads are forced to leave, how come there are still toxic players left?”
“>He doesn’t get it
The moment Overwatch stops having a “toxic community” issue is the moment the devs have to be held responsible for their game failing to meet the eSports status Blizzard was promised, so it’s in their best interest to continuously broaden the definition of “toxic” to always have more people to blame.
Like how feminism now claims literally everything is sexist.”
“>Someone was mean to me in Fortnite!
>So shoot them.
>Someone was mean to me in Overwatch!
>Oh my dear lord, you poor child. Let me ban their account and contact their employer. This will not stand. Social justice WILL be achieved, here.
>But the person mean to me was one of your friends.
>Then enjoy your ban.”
“One of the most infuriating things about liberals is they seem to love saying that we need to be UNITED, but those evil Republicans are being divisive. But if you ask them, “okay, then does unity mean we compromise and we get some of the things we want?” And start naming some potential examples, they freak out and say “No, you need to stop being divisive.”
Apparently “unity” means shutting up and accepting whatever Democrats want to shove down your throat.”
“Here in Europe, if an intersection is signalised, it really means something, and it is a symbol of authority. In America, meh.”
“The dominant narrative holds that the Great Depression was a uniquely horrible event, consisting of economic collapse and human suffering on a scale far beyond anything in contemporary experience. I suspect this may be substantially exaggerated, and the Depression may have been much less bad than is popularly supposed—say, not much worse than the 2008 depression and its aftermath, relative to what came before. (This is still very bad.)
There is a motive for such an exaggeration. The tale of the New Deal vanquishing the Great Depression and preventing its recurrence is a key piece of the founding mythology of the contemporary American regime. This story justifies not only the welfare state, but also the Federal Reserve and other financial regulations, all of which are vital to the current system. The worse the Great Depression was, the stronger these justifications become; as such, champions of the status quo would benefit from painting the Great Depression as a unique horror, for the same reasons that they benefit from painting the Nazis as a unique horror. (The Nazis, while horrible, were not unique.) Of course, the presence of this motive does not prove deception, but it does make me suspicious.”
“There’s a telling incident during the initial skirmishes between the Lannisters and the Tullys, before Robert dies and the conflict breaks out into open warfare. A Tully village is sacked by soldiers disguised as bandits. We learn of this from Eddard Stark’s perspective, when the survivors approach the throne to appeal for justice. This is a pivotal step forward in the plot, but also a striking illustration of how the society is functioning: the peasants believe they can appeal to the king and receive justice. Under the reign of an Aerys or a Joffrey, such an appeal would be unlikely to occur and less likely to be granted. Under Robert, however, their faith is not misplaced. Eddard, acting in Robert’s stead, dispatches soldiers to stop the raiders.”
“However, Robert has a crippling flaw as a leader: he is paying little or no attention to his succession. This leads directly to the civil wars which break out immediately after his death. In a kingdom like Robert’s, where many powerful actors are held together only by the will and skill of a single monarch, that monarch is obviously a massive vulnerability. A good king has two options: either ensure that there is a successor who will take over and continue managing the system, or else restructure the society so that a single powerful leader is less necessary. These methods both have their pros and cons, but Robert does neither. On the one hand, he leaves the position of king as central and powerful as it was when his reign began. On the other hand, he neglects his presumptive heir, making no effort to ensure that Joffrey has the skills or temperament to be a good king, and also neglects the political problems surrounding the succession (in particular, the tensions with Robert’s disaffected brothers and their claims to the throne).
This is why, as soon as Robert is dead, the entire system flies apart and an era of bloody civil war begins.”
“It’s really something how normal social awkwardness has become essentially criminalized. I wrote long ago about how “cringe culture” was breeding conformity. It also evolves what this guy hates/makes fun of- atomized & radicalized antisocial males.”
“Introducing women into spaces (university, discussion groups, etc) is a soft form of social control. I think this is what is behind the global feminism push – creates the conditions for ossifying power structures.”
“>”my deadline is 4PM”
>no statement of what timezone 4PM is referring to
>if it’s the same timezone then response time is under 3 hours
this sheds new light on the “could not be reached for comment” line that’s always used.”
“But… everyone makes mistakes. Besides, no one knows when they’re going to make a mistake in advance. I think it’s better to keep pushing on in spite of one’s mistakes rather than do nothing out of fear of failure.”
“For households where the highest wage earner is under 35 years old, the ideal age for someone who is not necessarily college material but nonetheless has the work ethic and the entrepreneurial spirit to step up and start a business, the median net worth (excluding home equity) in 2009 was $2,003. Let me say that again. Take over half the families where the primary breadwinner is 35 years old or less, add up their investments and savings and then subtract their debts, and they have less than $2k. In other words, they are only $498,000 short of being able to start a Dunkin Donuts.”
“The first thing they [the store owner] are forced to do is to erect the 200 foot tall sign that probably costs $200,000, because travelers at highway speeds will only be on the bridge for a few seconds, and if Waffle House doesn’t entice them to exit by then, they’ve lost their business. Next, because their entire customer base arrives by motor vehicle, they must pave every square yard of their site not occupied by their building for parking to accommodate their customers’ cars (the semis must park on the street.) So is there any shadow of doubt why poor Waffle House has such ugly buildings? Of course not! They’ve completely blown their budget on the sign and the parking lot!
Contrast that with this shop on Nantucket. The man in this picture (who happens to be renowned New Urbanist Mike Watkins) arrived on foot to this storefront, and is standing less than ten feet from the sign, which was probably procured for something much closer to $200 than $200,000. Because this store doesn’t have to operate at a wide extent to attract customers, they’re able to spend their money on other things… like being able to afford high rent in a nice building on Nantucket. Which place would you rather be?”
“does anyone know what starting a business means anymore?
the lemonade stand permits have gotten to stereotype status but it’s not too far off the mark. when you stop people from doing things at the smallest steps where they viscerally understand what’s going on, make them doubt their instincts and experience, the seed is destroyed and they’ll never figure out the rest. lemonade stand permits (public health issue) and forbidding bets on card games (gambling is illegal) has a clear and obvious result: people think starting a business has nothing to do with finding what people want and how to get it to them, and everything to do with following unknown rules from unknown unassailable authorities that may clamp down at any time.
these days “starting a business” means something to do with have a public personality, and being on youtube, instagram, twitch, and/or patreon. because there are no antiterrorism or antihate or whatever laws that sweep across the internet for people.
“>”It all started the day we left nature behind. We filled our homes with lovely things and all the stuff we wanted. Our homes became places you would never want to leave.”
HOLY SHIT TALK ABOUT THE MOST FUCKING WRONG YOU COULD POSSIBLY GET
OH YEAH OUTSIDE IN THE ASPHALT WORLD WHERE NO ONE CAN GO ANYWHERE ON FOOT, IT’S SO GREAT, LET ME JUST STAND OUTSIDE “IN NATURE”, WHERE THE LAND IS BLACK AND GREY, WITH MAYBE SOME PLANTS HERE AND THERE EUPHEMISTICALLY CALLED “PARKS”, AND BREATHE IN ALL THE SHIT CARS SPEW OUT WHILE ENJOYING THE CONSTANT ROAR OF THEM ROLLING PAST AT SPEEDS THAT WILL KILL ANYONE AT A TOUCH IF YOU SO MUCH AS STEP AN INCH OUTSIDE THE ONE-PERSON WIDE UNPROTECTED STRIPS YOU STILL HAVE RIGHT-OF-WAY ON. NO, NEVERMIND THAT THIS IS MORE RESTRICTING AND DANGEROUS THAN FACING PREDATORS IN NATURE. YOU CAN FIGHT OR RUN FROM A BOAR IN A JUNGLE. YOU CAN’T FIGHT OR RUN FROM A CAR ON A SIDEWALK. NO! FORGET ALL THAT! JUST BE GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE AND BE AT AWE AT HOW NATURE IS SO AMAZING!
LET’S NOT TALK ABOUT HOW WE GOT HERE AT ALL EITHER, INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND HOW THE ELITE FORCED EVERYONE OFF THE FARMS AND THEN REWROTE HISTORY AND CALLED IT THE “INVISIBLE HAND”. LET’S NOT DISCUSS WHETHER THIS MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN A GOOD IDEA, OR EVEN JUST NOTE THAT THE HISTORY OF THE EXISTENCE AND FORMS OF CITIES AND HOW THEY RELATE TO HUMAN FORM AND USE, THE ACTUAL “OUTSIDE” AND NOT “””NATURE”””, MAY POTENTIALLY BE NOTEWORTHY. OH NO. IT’S ALL BECAUSE OUR HOMES HAVE BEEN FILLED WITH TOO MANY LOVELY THINGS. IT’S BECAUSE OF PORN AND VIDEOGAMES AND BOOKS AND ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING. LET’S JUST WALK OUTSIDE (AND THEN GO NOWHERE), AND BREATHE IN.
>”How this story ends is up to you.”
GO FUCK YOURSELF.”
“In my opinion, if you take anything a proggie says seriously, you lose. They don’t mean it. Their goal is precisely to make people think they do mean it, not to make people think it’s true. Virtue signalling is the ur-example.”
“Leftists may claim that their activisim is motivated by compassion or by moral principles, and moral princciple does play a role for the leftist of the oversocialized type. But compassion and moral principle cannot be the main motives for leftist activisim. Hostility is too prominent a component of leftist behavior; so is the drive for power. Moreover, much elftist behavior is not rationally calculated to be of benefit to the people whom the leftists claim to be trying to help. For example, if one believes that affirmative action is good for black people, does it make sense to demand affirmative action in hostile or dogmatic terms? Obviously it would be more productive to take a diplomatic and conciliatory approach that would make at least verbal and symbolic concessions to white people who think that affirmative action discriminates against them. But leftist activists do not take such an approach because it would not satisfy their emotional needs. Helping black people is not their real goal. Instead, race problems serve as an excuse for them to express their own hostility and frustrated need for power. In doing so they actually harm black people, because the activists’ hostile attitude toward the white majority tends to intensify race hatred.”
“It is a she vs a he and he is dead. She will win.”
“Now I’m not saying we should pick on him because he’s a retard.
I’m just saying we shouldn’t anger him. Because tard strength is a sight to behold.”
“I’m not fucking five years old, mate. You guys have this habit of running around, “Can you prove it? Can you prove it? Can you give me proof?”. We’re adults. Okay? We don’t need this shit spelled out in black and white to be able to see what’s going on plainly to be able to fucking interpret the event.”
“Amazing. Amazing. I love the way you think that Louie doesn’t have a mind of his own, and that I puppeteer him. You know, I advise everyone against interacting with you and dealing with you. And not just you, but the community of which you are a part.”
“‘I don’t puppeteer my capos. I just tell them not to engage you.’ That’s adorable. Seems like a bit of a mild contradiction.”
“And I can actually just explain to you what’s happened. And that’s it. And I know you’re sitting there, like “b-b-but” No. No, Jim. No questions, no answers, this is how it is, because I have no reason to lie to you.”
“Can you imagine the fucking ego on a person to say, “Don’t question me, don’t ask me anything, don’t you dare question what I tell you. It has come from me, the beacon of fucking truth in the world. The truth-speaker: Carl, the King of Honesty. You need to go learn some shit before you come play with me, because I only speak pure unfiltered delicious spring-fresh truth.””