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  1. Comment on Steven Donziger has been under house arrest for over 580 days, awaiting trial on a misdemeanor charge. It’s all, he says, because he beat a multinational energy corporation in court. in ~enviro

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    Will Menacker interviewing Steven for Chapo Trap House is worth a listen. Truly shocking and grim capitalist corruption.

    Will Menacker interviewing Steven for Chapo Trap House is worth a listen. Truly shocking and grim capitalist corruption.

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  2. Comment on Jack Dorsey: Bids reach $2.5m for Twitter co-founder's first post in ~tech

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    What's the case against the idea that this kind of thing is incredibly dumb? The multi-million dollar valuations of art pieces and other collectables is already pretty dubious on a utilitarian...

    What's the case against the idea that this kind of thing is incredibly dumb?

    The multi-million dollar valuations of art pieces and other collectables is already pretty dubious on a utilitarian view, and once you get into online media, which is literally just information, the whole thing appears farcical to me.

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  3. Comment on What books do you think every eighteen year old should read? in ~books

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    Understanding Power by Noam Chomsky. Read it at 19 and it’s still the most important book I’ve ever read 10 years and 100+ books later. Given that your niece is only 18 and thus has a shot at...

    Understanding Power by Noam Chomsky. Read it at 19 and it’s still the most important book I’ve ever read 10 years and 100+ books later.

    Given that your niece is only 18 and thus has a shot at seeing the very end of the century, another great “welcome to the real world” book would be The Inhabitable Earth. She is part of the Climate Change generation and will almost certainly live to see the terribleness that people have warned is coming at the tail end of this century.

    9 votes
  4. Comment on Same Energy, a visual search engine in ~tech

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    It really shines in the 'image + text' queries I think. If you take the Gargoyles image query and add "lion" text query to it, you can push the engine to find you Gargoyles only of lions:...

    It really shines in the 'image + text' queries I think. If you take the Gargoyles image query and add "lion" text query to it, you can push the engine to find you Gargoyles only of lions: https://same.energy/search?i=CoBRf&q=lion

    You also get plenty of results that aren't at all Gargoyles, but I think the technique is still impressively good.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Silicon Valley’s Safe Space: Slate Star Codex was a window into the psyche of many tech leaders building our collective future. Then it disappeared. in ~tech

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    I've since read the whole article not just the quotes and I loved the take. Pretty much exactly who I feel about the situation.

    I've since read the whole article not just the quotes and I loved the take. Pretty much exactly who I feel about the situation.

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  6. Comment on Silicon Valley’s Safe Space: Slate Star Codex was a window into the psyche of many tech leaders building our collective future. Then it disappeared. in ~tech

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    Yeah that seems likely for at least some of them. Though given Scott Alexander's recent article that included the 'outburst' about public schooling, is he even trying to be a rationalist?

    They're just readers, and often fans.

    Yeah that seems likely for at least some of them. Though given Scott Alexander's recent article that included the 'outburst' about public schooling, is he even trying to be a rationalist?

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Silicon Valley’s Safe Space: Slate Star Codex was a window into the psyche of many tech leaders building our collective future. Then it disappeared. in ~tech

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    The first sentence of what you quoted sums up the most embarrassing part of this whole situation. There were so many rationalist pro-SSC comments absolutely seething at The New Tork Times because...

    The first sentence of what you quoted sums up the most embarrassing part of this whole situation. There were so many rationalist pro-SSC comments absolutely seething at The New Tork Times because they ran one bad article giving light criticism about a bunch of privileged rich people. It was a reaction totally blown out of proportion.

    Their bluster reminded me of my own teenage ranty behaviour about Islam when I was into Sam Harris. Embarrassing behaviour for people who think themselves rational, and I’m so glad I’ve grown up past furiously commenting when my favourite RationalMan gets braced. Now I just get ranty about climate change and animal rights.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Rush Limbaugh dead at 70 in ~news

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    Imagine being called “one of the worst Americans to ever pollute this nation” and deserving it. See ya Rush, may you rest in eternal disgrace.

    Imagine being called “one of the worst Americans to ever pollute this nation” and deserving it.

    See ya Rush, may you rest in eternal disgrace.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Book Review: The Cult Of Smart in ~humanities

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    I can fully appreciate that school can be like a prison, but Scott going off at Marxists like De Boer for the reality that modern USA public schools are shitty is pretty off-putting and...

    I can fully appreciate that school can be like a prison, but Scott going off at Marxists like De Boer for the reality that modern USA public schools are shitty is pretty off-putting and unhelpfully antagonistic.

    Leftists have provided wonderfully radical visions of public education that are so far from being prison you’d be more on the mark pointing at an cinnamon bun and calling it a shovel.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Book Review: The Cult Of Smart in ~humanities

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    Fair. Should’ve been a reply but got lazy after missing the small reply button on my mobile a couple of times. The “post comment button is like 10 times the size 😄.

    Fair. Should’ve been a reply but got lazy after missing the small reply button on my mobile a couple of times. The “post comment button is like 10 times the size 😄.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Book Review: The Cult Of Smart in ~humanities

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    “Child prison” sounds like an idiot libertarian take on public schooling that focuses on one obvious restriction of freedom imposed by truancy rules and ignores all the other freedoms it produces...

    “Child prison” sounds like an idiot libertarian take on public schooling that focuses on one obvious restriction of freedom imposed by truancy rules and ignores all the other freedoms it produces that are far more valuable to a society.

    (I have not read the review)

    Edit: I have now read the review. In multiple ways this review is pretty good, and in multiple ways it’s pretty bad. That’s not exactly an unusual reaction for me to have with this guy’s writing.

    I think this review is better than his review of Klein’s book, but maybe that’s mostly because I’m very familiar with Klein’s work and not familiar with De Boer’s.

    The pretty good stuff is the level of detail and background research. The pretty bad stuff is the needless (deliberate) misunderstanding of socialists like De Boer. If you’re able to parse through research papers, why are you letting yourself down by getting confused about basic ideas like meritocracy and public goods?

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Billionaires see VR as a way to avoid radical social change in ~humanities

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    This is classic technocratic thinking. It's not totally wrong, but if you're ignoring the part social justice movements and other forms of political activism played in improving the world you're...

    “That’s how the world gets better, by building technologies and distributing them to people so that they have something better than they would have had if that didn’t exist,”

    This is classic technocratic thinking. It's not totally wrong, but if you're ignoring the part social justice movements and other forms of political activism played in improving the world you're being dumb.

    Technology may have played a part in civil rights, women's suffrage, and the 40 hours work week, but to suggest that it was the major player instead of the human activists? Nah, I'm pretty skeptical.

    The promise of VR is to make the world you wanted. It is not possible, on Earth, to give everyone all that they would want.

    I know it's the Rogan podcast, but why are our technological leaders allowed to be this lazy? VR only provides what people want if your manipulate them into wanting very specific things that can be simulated.

    13 votes
  13. Comment on Parler CEO John Matze says he was terminated by the company's board, which is controlled by investor Rebekah Mercer in ~tech

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    Rebekah Mercer should be the poster child for a 100% inheritance tax. A totally poisonous person who is only capable of damaging society, but who is as an heiress massively empowered to enact harm.

    Rebekah Mercer should be the poster child for a 100% inheritance tax. A totally poisonous person who is only capable of damaging society, but who is as an heiress massively empowered to enact harm.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Nike's new FlyEase Go shoes snap right onto your feet in ~sports

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    Cool design, and looks potentially quite functional. No way in hell that I'd wear them, but think other people will be able to incorporate them into great outfits.

    Cool design, and looks potentially quite functional. No way in hell that I'd wear them, but think other people will be able to incorporate them into great outfits.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Why you should stop reading news in ~life

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    Not all books are history books. Some books provide fundamental theories for reasoning about reality regardless of time period. I think you need "both" in the sense that you need 9 hours of good...

    While it's good to have history to understand what's going on in the world, only having the history is not going to work either, you need both.

    Not all books are history books. Some books provide fundamental theories for reasoning about reality regardless of time period.

    I think you need "both" in the sense that you need 9 hours of good book reading to 1 hour of reading the newspapers. If you've read enough books you can parse current affairs very quickly and realise that 95% of what's in the newspaper is total bullshit or cotton candy ephemera.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Let's talk about communism and the left in ~humanities

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    That's a great way of putting it.

    "you will live at the same conditions you forced the lowest ring of the society you ruled live?"

    That's a great way of putting it.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Thoughts on the difficulties of content moderation, and implications for decentralised communities in ~tech

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    Solid analysis of the problem area. Kleppmann correctly emphasises the a lack of democracy is the main problem. Merely not adopting a sneering antagonism towards the humanities makes him possibly...

    Solid analysis of the problem area. Kleppmann correctly emphasises the a lack of democracy is the main problem.

    I realise that my proposals are probably naive and smack of “computer scientist finally discovers why the humanities are important”

    Merely not adopting a sneering antagonism towards the humanities makes him possibly above average compared with the denizens of Hackernews.com.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on An article of impeachment has been passed. Donald Trump is the first President of the United States to be impeached twice. in ~news

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    Exactly.

    Exactly.

    Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit: There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect...

    3 votes
  19. Comment on An article of impeachment has been passed. Donald Trump is the first President of the United States to be impeached twice. in ~news

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    Which implies that the "Peace" is Dr King's "Negative Peace", which is the absence of conflict. He calls "Positive Peace" the presence of justice.

    Which implies that the "Peace" is Dr King's "Negative Peace", which is the absence of conflict. He calls "Positive Peace" the presence of justice.

    8 votes
  20. Comment on An article of impeachment has been passed. Donald Trump is the first President of the United States to be impeached twice. in ~news

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    If you're hoping they'll no longer be able to use "Law and Order" rhetoric to motivate their base, I've got bad news for you. "Law and Order" people never actually cared about law and never cared...

    The party of "law and order" is no more.

    If you're hoping they'll no longer be able to use "Law and Order" rhetoric to motivate their base, I've got bad news for you. "Law and Order" people never actually cared about law and never cared about order. That's been known for decades even in mainstream liberal circles.

    17 votes