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No. 19882
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I wasn't sure were to post this as it didn't really fit into the today or documentary thread so I just started my own.
I've seen a fair few people post blogs on somewhat unrelated threads, and I thought it was a good idea if people just posted on this thread instead of unrelated threads.
Anyway, here is an interesting blogpost about environmental hypocrisy: https://www.ecosophia.net/the-flight-from-nature

Before anyone responds:
>Ecological Spirituality
I agree that 90% of the site is stupid shit but sometimes the literal resident autist Mr. Greer gives pretty scathing critiques of so-called modern "environmentalists".
No. 19887
That's a great idea for a thread! I have a whole bunch of blogs I want to plug but I don't want to dump them all at once so I'll take my time.

Greer is great, and iirc I already read this piece as well. I really like his prose, it's very lucid. He's also a pretty good talker, so check out this podcast he did recently if you're interested in him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_VXLZPmJiM
But I think he is too stuck in his topics and tends to regurgitate this narrative of The Long Descent and peak oil ad nauseam. Still, he's definitely the most likable and realistic, even if not intellectually as sharp and radical, of the AnPrim types.
No. 19888 Kontra
>Interesting Blogposts, Blogs
>90% of the site is stupid shit

(User was banned for this post)

No. 19889
http://www.anus.com/ - Right-wing fuck it all spirituality

https://njwildberger.com/ - Some high IQ asperger doing his take on mathematics

https://www.kuketz-blog.de/ - german IT stuff
No. 19890 Kontra
"Interesting Blogposts" includes interesting blogposts within otherwise boring or stupid blogs.
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Oh that's where I saw that phrase. m8, if you have to say "[political stance] spirituality" it's going to be super shit. The phrase structure itself pretty much is already telling you that the only thing that matters to the person is the politics with the spirituality/religion being an afterthought, which is almost always super cringy and dumb shilling.

A good rule of thumb is that your spirituality should inform your political views not the other way around. It goes into the values hierarchy. Considering that spirituality and religion are supposed to answer life's most important questions and generally being a code of conduct, it goes without saying that if there is ever a conflict between The Party and your religious views, your religion should always come first. I mean could you imagine some scenario like well Jesus said X but Margaret Thatcher said Y, and we do not want to offend almighty Thatcher.

Furthermore I think if you actually have to resort to trying to cook up some kind of fake ass spirituality to buttress your political views that it makes an even weaker argument because you're inherently saying you don't believe your political views have any inherent moral or ethical merits of their own and would be easily trumped by religious views.

All that being stated:
>Call your group ANUS
>use retarded bydlo American Nazi imagery
>proclaim yourself "American Nihilist Underground Society"
>this http://web.archive.org/web/20110217160156/http://www.anus.com/zine/db
In general it looks like some sort of a troll group. I've never heard it mentioned anywhere else and doesn't seem to even pretend to be any sort of a legitimate spirituality. It sounds like at best a really unfunny more pretentious version of GNAA or something.
No. 19950
While I wouldn't call them humorless, ANUS was dead serious about politics and especially music. For awhile, it was one of the first English-language websites that intellectualized Extreme Metal of all sorts. Twas kindergarten for neophyte Metalheads of all ages. The website's base has continued over here:

In retrospect, much of that site's content is cringeworthy, but I wouldn't have been made aware of Extreme Metal fundamentals were it not for the reviews of such albums over there.

Perhaps the biggest and most controversial thesis at that collective is the idea that Heavy Metal is the natural continuation of Classical music applied to Rock'n'Roll's arrangements. My own feelings on the Metal / Blues / Classical argumentum ad fedora that ANUSites always bring up are somewhat ambivalent. On the one hand, I think the shift away from Rock and Blues that Extreme Metal (especially chromatically-based Thrash, Black and Death Metal) represents is self-evident and inarguable, and at least for my own tastes remains one of those genres' most attractive elements.

However, the idea that there is some clearly obvious Classical or Neoclassical influence in Death mMtal or Black Metal is a load of bullshit. I think this particular pillar of the ANUS catechism---that Extreme Metal is a natural extension of Classical---derives from confused and muddled thinking, along with their well-documented desire (emotional need?) to over-intellectualize the creative processes of young musically-inclined youths.

I think it's also worth pointing out that the typical ANUSite embraces social and political atavism. They have emotionally and intellectually primed themselves to fetishize the past. Perhaps imagining that Metal's recent heritage lies in Mozart and Beethoven stems in part from that habit.

In short: Extreme Metal's move away from Blues and Rock didn't represent a move back towards Classical or a re-imagining of Classical music for the modern world; it represented a wholly novel concept.
No. 19951 Kontra
Hmm, this link should work. Polite kontra:
No. 19994
blog of an Irish neuroscientist who specializes in the genetics of brain development

No. 20023
>A channel devoted to the history of political thought in the spirit of sharing, not perfection:

While not really a blog per se, this website is just a collection of her videos about political philosophy (some early videos has her lecturing students).
She has never flat out said what her political leanings are, but from the people she's covered I think that she is a type of early communitarian.
No. 20059
* https://slatestarcodex.com/
>Blog by Scott Alexander, a psychiatrist who writes on psychology, philosophy, politics etc.
Probably one of the more famous bloggers, his writing is very lucid and he's much lauded in the so-called "rationalist" circles

Highlight post: https://slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/30/meditations-on-moloch/

* https://meaningness.com/
>Blog by David Chapman, an ex-AI researcher turned Buddhist who writes on epistemology, meaning systems, science etc.
The site consits of a work-in-progress book where he elaborates his worldview and a so-called metablog where he has written on somewhat separate topics. The "book" is definitely worth getting into in it's own right though frustratingly there are still major sections that are unfinished and it's unsure whether they will ever be.

Highlight post: https://meaningness.com/metablog/stem-fluidity-bridge

* https://www.ribbonfarm.com/
>Blog by Venkatesh Rao, a consultant who writes on software, politics, business etc.
His biggest hit is the below post series on the power dynamics and politics inside offices analyzed through the series "The Office". It's now 10 years old but at the time I read it a few years ago (without even having seen "The Office") it blew my mind and helped me go from basically NEET to office loser pro.

Highlight post (series): https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2009/10/07/the-gervais-principle-or-the-office-according-to-the-office/

Looks interesting, incidentally I've just been meaning to get a bit into Isaiah Berlin
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I don’t actually read this blog, I just thought of sharing with you some statistics about higher education failures in the US. I doubt that the situation in Western Europe is different from America. Getting a higher education and applying the knowledge for the benefit of society or even yourself is a good goal, but it's mindblowing how many people in the end don't get the jobs requiring their degrees.

I would say that the student who spent years at the university and in the end couldn't get a job related to his education is no different from welfare queen, because all these years of study he was only a burden and consumed goods without producing any real value. Now the idea of universal free higher education doesn't seem good to me, the state should encourage young adults to learn useful skills, not produce leeches without marketable skills.
No. 20525
>the state should encourage young adults to learn useful skills, not produce leeches without marketable skills.

Being capable of handling sizeable projects is a useful skill and higher education builds such core skills into the heart of the curriculum. I think you're just forgetting that western economies are currently pretty fucked up.
No. 20528
>Now the idea of universal free higher education doesn't seem good to me, the state should encourage young adults to learn useful skills, not produce leeches without marketable skills.

I believe the theory is that, even if you produce a greater volume of useless people, you will also generate more useful people by providing universal free higher education.
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> I think you're just forgetting that western economies are currently pretty fucked up.
>says Britain to Ukraine

When I was in school they already were turning into nothing more than indoctrination centers. I am chiefly opposed to universal higher ed at taxpayer expense because the system as it currently stands might as well be charging people $300,000 to learn about Xenu. Whether the student or the taxpayer pays that is irrelevant. Without reforming the system and still teaching people there's 64 genders I'm opposed to it.
No. 20530
I think this is somewhat relevant.
Not sure how applicable to real life their simulation is, but it seems to conclude that welfare, although inefficient, is the only way towards meritocracy.

When you have a set of random values, the only way to get the ones you need is to iterate through all of them. Makes sense to me, at least theoretically.

Now, the quality of education offered in institutions, and the validity of the whole concept of institutionalized social mobility is another issue entirely.
No. 20533
It won't get fixed and I'll tell you why it's not going to get fixed. America is a really shitty late Capitalist dystopia that runs on nepotism. Nowhere near Oriental style nepotism the Russians and Chinese are known for, but it's still pretty bad. We just had a case where a bunch of wealthy parents simply tried buying admissions for their kids, which was shocking mainly because of their laziness when we already basically have ways to legally do this it's just they tried to bribe admissions directly https://www.usatoday.com/amp/3261279002

The main reason to send your kids to school is hoping they make friends with children of other well to do families which is basically the same style of trying to make sure your kids are friends with oligarchs as Russia does.

Meanwhile all the rest of us are expected to do shittier and shittier things. The number of people with college degrees working as waitresses is astounding. They've put additional hoops in like unpaid internships, where you're expected to work totally for free for 6 months to a year for some oligarch right after graduating with massive loan debt and somehow supporting yourself in Hope's that your 6 month voluntary slave labor turns into a paying job at some point.

These are some sorts of things that are broken and aren't getting fixed. It runs just close enough to meritocracy to keep people from openly revolting and still defending the system stubbornly and giving free work and tons of money that filters up to the oligarch class. Those who are wealthy and well connected are pretty much immune to the consequences of their actions. No matter how retarded and how big of an asshole you are, you and your kids are safe at the top. Lower down one minor mistake or accident outside your control can cost you your home and your freedom.

So yes, theres a "luck" factor in the same way there's a luck at the casino factor. The house establishment always wins in the end and the odds are massively stacked against you. The problem is the power structure is so locked and people are so trained not to think critically about anything that they keep voting for billionaire oligarchs expecting this or that oligarch or friend of the oligarchs to save them. It's probably a subconscious function of expecting if they kiss someone's ass by voting for them maybe some day they'll get the job or a pay raise, when reality is you're either already chosen or a friend of theirs.
No. 20694
Ritual nature of verbal aggression (based on German websites krautchan.net and ernstchan.com) The article deals with such linguistic phenomenon as the ritual nature of speech aggression, which is an antagonistic verbal behavior that does not offend the addressee. In computer communication the ritual nature is verbalized by various language means – abbreviations, jargons and memetic expressions. Key words: speech aggression, verbal aggression, squabble, sounding, flaming
No. 20704
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I used deepl to translate this into english. It's an interesting article, and it was kind of funny to see someone explaining imageboard humor.
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MIT Press has a podcast where you have 30min talks about published books or articles.

Since there is a big publishing of arts, media, and cultural studies books, it's a good source for me, but they also have other topics. I listened to a talk on 19th century restaurants and their menus in the US during the times of the civil war.

Three others I will probably listen tonight, one of them was in my reading list, or still is after I listened to the podcast.



>In this episode, author Ryan Milner talks to Chris Gondak about the rise of the internet meme, and the five logics that factor into the foundation, growth, and success of a meme.



>Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, who has studied both systems design and English literature, is Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She is the author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics and Programmed Visions: Software and Memory, both published by the MIT Press.



>In this episode Chris Gondek interviews Ed Finn, author of the new book What Algorithms Want. Tune in for an interesting discussion on algorithm disconnect revolving around things humans regularly use, like Siri. And listen in for a definition of the phrase "culture machines".
No. 24950
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Kali Tribune: A blog by a Croatian very much inspired by René Guénon:

-About Nostalgia and Weltschmerz:

-About the Yugoslav Wars:

-About Words and Time (audio):

I think that the German Ernst who shared Jacobite Mag might like this blog.

Thank you for linking Meaningness; I really enjoyed the "A bridge to meta-rationality vs. civilizational collapse" blogpost.
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>Hesiod's Corner:

Mission Statement

Welcome to Hesiod’s Corner! We are living in interesting and exciting times, but that seems to always be a truism. If you stumbled upon Hesiod’s Corner by looking for Hesiod—the famous 8th century B.C.E. Greek poet, then you might already have a good inkling at what is going to be contained here. If not, I hope you find this little slice of the internet informative and engaging—and perhaps you’ll grow in an appreciation for intellectual endeavors and activity, especially philosophy.

What will the content at Hesiod’s Corner be covering? Philosophy, mostly, also theology and broader subjects in the humanities and—from time to time—sociology, economics, and other subjects of the social sciences. But it all branches out. As all good philosophy students know, philosophy is cornerstone of both the social sciences and humanities and even the modern sciences (natural philosophy). From pure philosophy, we will also be looking all things related: philosophy of history (historiography), political philosophy, history of philosophical thought, theology and religion, the history of ideas, history, anthropology, and the canonical “great texts” of philosophy and literature. In other words, we shall explore Athens, Jerusalem, and everything in between!

From within the pages here, you will find the “deep thought” that is excluded from textbooks and horrendous misappropriation and misleading statements especially on internet encyclopedias. Contained in these pages will be the subject matter of discussion of philosophy, theology, and political theory at graduate levels, not the bully pulpit of the Washington Post, New York Times, Washington Times, Fox News, CNN, or MSNBC which continue to peddle the plebeianization of public consciousness.


-Analysis and commentary of different philosophers and their works, from Plato to Giorgio Agamben (read what you like, they're all quite good)

-Some analysis of Carl Schmitt's philosophy (I recently read these as I was in interested in Leo Strauss but haven't yet read Schmitt)
No. 26207
Interesting Article:
The Transhumanist movement when taken to its extreme resembles a religion:

>The motto of the church, created by Faloon and a business partner, Saul Kent, in 2013, is “Aging and death can be optional.” It bills itself as a transhumanist religion (one of its patron “saints” is the science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke).
>Of course, no one can say if the treatments will really extend your life. That remains a matter of faith. “As a member,” says a pitch for Faloon’s Life Extension Buyers Club, “you belong to an elite group of forward-thinking individuals who have a clear vision of the marvels that will exist in that wonderful world of the future.”
No. 26348
i just pick pieces of something interesting and store it into my brain

i don't follow anything special except some random generic bullshit i mean when you read something like some obscure """"tech"""" sites or news or forums or something
No. 26349
btw this is interesting but its just teh classic autism

i read it from time to time when i feel down
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The popular online identification of the Joker character with the incel subculture precedes Joaquin Phoenix’s depiction of him—most notably (to me at least) in the “Gang Weed” meme, the origin of the “Gamers Rise Up” and “We Live in a Society” mantras. But whereas the previous Joker incarnations only obliquely relate to the incel—that is, they only really become “incel” when the Gang Weed meme appropriates them, but otherwise are simply witty, violent gangsters—the Phoenix interpretation leans in to this popular online imagining of the character, embracing the “inceldom” of the Joker by way of Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.

Joker fits the character study of Arthur Fleck into the plot structure of a superhero-origin-story. Thus the seemingly “formulaic” plot structure was a point of derision for a number of less-impressed critics, but this misses the point. “I literally described to Joaquin at one point […] like, ‘Look at this as a way to sneak a real movie in the studio system under the guise of a comic book film.’ It wasn’t, ‘We want to glorify this behavior.’ It was literally like, ‘Let’s make a real movie with a real budget and we’ll call it f–ing Joker.’ That’s what it was,” Todd Phillips told The Wrap. But the restrictions of the superhero-origin-story plot formula is precisely what makes “sneaking in” the “real,” the traumatic Real, movie possible, the real that’s so real it must be repressed, the real that must be avoided at all costs. The artificiality of the superhero-origin-story form tolerates this Real, it makes possible this movie in which Oedipus is overthrown, the “Beta Uprising” triumphs—because the comic book superhero-origin formula here demands only one essential characteristic: that by the end of it all, the Joker becomes who he is. The incel loser has to lose; it would be obscene to make a film that glorifies Elliot Rodger, his spree killing and his death. But that’s not the case here. Here the incel is a superhero, a superhero that cannot die.

This is one of the film’s most interesting tricks. Is Arthur Fleck of Joker actually “The Joker” of the Batman comics? Is it possible for the gangster kingpin to emerge from this character study of an imbecile so fundamentally unable to engage with the world, the language, the society around him? In interviews Phillips alluded to the possibility that Fleck is just an inspiration for “The Joker,” not the supposedly “real” one that fights the Batman (sic: the fake, comic-book cliche one). I think the consequence of this ambiguity means that we are not to understand this film as being about “The Joker” at all, but rather as a film about the incels, but one depicting the incels in such a way that it could not have been made without the framing of the Joker’s origin. Only this framing makes it possible to present the incel hero as a proletarian hero, his revolt against the family becomes a revolt against the ruling class of the entire polis, the battlefield on which he is to eventually fight his aristocratic nemesis until the end of time.

The ultimate question for critics is this: where does the “incel hero” end and the “proletarian hero” begin? The film’s fear-mongering hype was based mainly on how it was perceived that it would opt for the former, and in doing so would be dangerous, irresponsible, nihilistic, even fascist. It would inspire those hateful, ugly incels to harass women on the internet and commit mass shootings. But when the movie finally came out to wide release many leftist critics saw the elements of class struggle in the narrative and concluded that it wasn’t really about incels after all. In The Guardian, Micah Uetricht writes, “what I was witnessing on-screen bore little resemblance to the ode to angry, young, white, “incel” men that I had heard so much about in media coverage of Joker leading up to its release. Instead, we got a fairly straightforward condemnation of American austerity: how it leaves the vulnerable to suffer without the resources they need, and the horrific consequences for the rest of society that can result.”

Coming to this rosy leftist interpretation requires a focus on some of the secondary elements of the film at the expense of overlooking the essential traumatic Real of the incel Oedipal drama. It must repress all awareness of the fundamental antagonisms in family life and sexual development to fit its broader left-liberal worldview. Uetricht points to a scene in the film where Arthur meets with a black female social worker who provides him with his medication. When budget cuts axe the social program, the social worker expresses a class solidarity against the common enemy, represented by Thomas Wayne: “They don’t give a shit about people like you, Arthur … And they don’t give a shit about people like me either.” From this exchange Uetricht confidently declares: “It is those budget cuts that drive Arthur deeper into madness.”

It is clear why Uetricht would identify this as the pivotal scene in the film. If the central problem is one of the administrative services of the social democratic welfare state, the solution is as simple as reallocating funding. The problem can be solved by voting for the right people. And it can be done without necessarily resorting to the sort of orgiastic violence that the film descends into. The moral of the story is that we should vote for Bernie Sanders.


Mike Crumplar is a writer and editor living in Washington, DC.
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I don't follow the blog, but stumbled across this particular entry:

Am I Legally Required To Show My Receipt To A Walmart Greeter?

>Shopkeeper’s Privilege is a common law designed to protect retailers from theft. It allows retailers to detain suspected shoplifters.
>Shopkeeper’s Privilege only applies to suspected shoplifters, so the merchant must have probable cause that the customer has shoplifted.
>Receipt checks are voluntary and if you’re not in the mood for one, it’s within your rights to be on your merry way.
>Conclusion: Should You Show Your Receipt? Probably. Listen, is it worth shitting all over a 75 year old retiree making minimum wage just so you can exercise your rights as an American?

Further reading if interested is the attached pdf: Big-Box Bullies Bust Benign Buyer Behavior: Wal-Mart, Get Your Hands Off My Receipt!, which gives the legal arguments against recipt checks, as well as a crtique of Wal-mart's market power and its effect on social behavior.

What I found interesting about this subject is how benign it seems, but when stepping back it becomes clear that you, as a customer, are being cowed into 'voluntarily' submitting to a seach of your personal property. If, ten feet out the door, a stranger asked to paw through my bags I would say no. But with the Wal-mart vest as a symbol of authority, I say yes. Why? Social conditioning. We go-along-to-get-along rather than risking a scene at the door. Another, much older(2007), post on another blog deals with a man who refused a check at Circuit City. It's a longer story, but the police arrive, incorrectly side with the shopkeeper, and proceed to arrest the customer for not showing the officer his driver's license(he was not in his car, and was not required to do so). So refusing a receipt check is legally permissible, but it is still taking a risk that the police might not know the law.

Papers Please: Arrested At Circuit City
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The Real Class War
>Since 2000, the combination of stagnation, widening inequality, and the increasing cost of maintaining elite status has arguably had a more pronounced impact on the professional elite than on the working class, which was already largely marginalized by that point. Elites outside of the very top found themselves falling further behind their supposed cultural peers, without being able to look forward to rapid­ly rising incomes for themselves.
>This underappreciated reality at least partially explains one of the apparent puzzles of American politics in recent years: namely, that members of the elite often seem far more radical than the working class, both in their candidate choices and overall outlook. Although better off than the working class, lower-level elites appear to be experiencing far more intense status anxiety.

While not the meatiest in data, I find the argument to be both original and hard to discount. In fact, it surprises me how little you see of the political actions and motivations of the upper class which is below direct oligarchical influence. Perhaps because this socioeconomic grouping is less politically united than others, somewhat related >>20533 .
No. 36901
>is it worth it
If I'm in a rush yes and it isn't about them but about Walmart. Now that I know this I'm not going to bother and I was only humoring the guy because I could tell he was new. Honestly it had never even occurred to me that what they're doing would have legal backing. I haven't stolen so why should I care? If I'm in a pissy mood they can call the cops then idgaf. Honestly I'm baffled people actually had it even occur to them this is some legally enforceable thing.
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>Listen, is it worth shitting all over a 75 year old retiree making minimum wage just so you can exercise your rights as an American?
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I really don't like causing problems for other peasants but it gets to a point where it's entirely the fault of the faggot corporation and them figuring well either you shut up and take it or they can stick other peasants in the firing line in which case it doesnt affect them, besides which if you are not legally compelled to do so I doubt there's much of anything affecting the people doing it unless Walmart has some faggot quota about how many receipts you scanned, in which case it's probably a trainee badgering people.

Like if I work a job where I actually legally am compelled to ID people who look thirty or younger (which used to just be alcohol but apparently Trump just raised the minimum age from 18 to 21 to purchase anything tobacco related including cigarettes, vapes, and nicotine cessation kits so I'm guessing it gets treated the same as buying beer now) there's a certain limit to how much of a cunt about it you have to be. Someone who's new probably has it drilled into their head about IDing everyone not old men even if you know the person but seriously who's going to ID a 28 year old who buys cigarettes at your store every single day, every single time? There's a certain point at which in any job you get used to it and quickly realize where following the regulation to the letter is just a cuntish thing to do to people, and generally speaking you can tell. Like with a person who's of age to buy beer you can generally tell instantly who is and isn't, and funnily enough one of the big things at any bar is you practically don't have to bother IDing anyone who's visibly excited to whip out their ID who comes in with a group of people because you can tell it's a 21 year old getting to use their ID for the first time. Likewise at Walmart if it's a frazzled looking mom with her three kids and arms full of groceries and you actually bother to stop that person it's just a completely cuntish thing to do, at which point the only reason to do so is either because you're in training or just being a cunt to that person for some reason.

Also fun fact stores legally can't detain you. I'm pretty sure that every single store you can shoplift and then just bolt to the front door and they can't grab you, or even if they could there's fuckall they can do about it once you're in the parking lot and in either case you're probably not unlikely to have some other customer trip you. Well, unless it's at Walmart. Odds of other customers secretly cheering you on are probably much higher there. I know I personally would think you're a dickhead in most places but I'd be actively rooting for you to not get caught if it's a Walmart.

Oh, and regarding retail, the other thing you should probably realize is in most places they can't do a thing about it unless they saw you steal. This is because most stores are too afraid to falsely accuse someone of stealing, and rightfully so because even hinting at treating customers like thieves is going to piss them off. At one point CVS made my life a hassle and I never bought my thing from there again because of it, and likewise before I can clearly remember walking in to a bank in a friendly mood and seeing that height measurement next to the door the first time and it instantly pissed me off and made me not want to deal with them until realizing it was common practice but it still subtly pisses me off. The last thing you want to do is piss off your customers enough they simply don't go there. The problem with Walmart is they have a concrete business plan of moving into a neighborhood and systematically bankrupting every single store there until you can only shop at Walmart, thus forcing us to deal with those cocksuckers. To this day I wish for nothing but smallpox and botulism poisoning on the Waltons and the entirety of their upper management.

Oh and lastly, that asking for receipts to scan is just a deterrent. It won't do anything about shoplifters. There's nothing stopping you from going in and stealing something then paying for something else for example. That like many other things is more a psychological trick to get people to think twice about it.

They do treat people like shit though. Chronically under staffed, treat people like shit you know what they did on Thanksgiving? They ordered everyone in without holiday pay and then offered them a 10% discount on food. I can't remember if they did the same thing to them on Christmas day but I do know you don't make holiday pay on Christmas eve which they also had to work.

Fuck I hope people rip off Walmart. I hope someone steals felony amounts of shit from the tonight and a Walmart truck gets t boned and has another hundred grand worth of merchandise destroyed too.
No. 36911
>I find the argument to be both original and hard to discount.
Agreed; The wealthy have been sliding further and further to the political left, but I had never before seen the motivation properly examined. The author's argument is brilliant, as he simply assumes they, like every other economic class, act out of self-interest.
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I've been reading about Ki-sho-Ten-ketsu, which is a four part narrative form commonly used in manga. There are a lot of blogs and such which explain the concept, but this one was especially helpful.
The four parts defined:
Ki - Introduction
Shō - Development
Ten - Twist (complication)
Ketsu - Conclusion (reconciliation)

Seems simple enough, but to understand how it differs from the "three act" story structure you need to focus on synthesis. The first two parts establish a situation, the third part introduces a new element, and the forth act brings the previous parts together into a coherant story.
In contrast, the "three act structure" would include: setup, conflict, and resolution. It may have twists, but doesn't necessarily have the sythesis, which reconciles that twist to reveal the full picture to a reader.


This post was good as well, as it included an explanation of the reaction each step should elicit from the reader. As shown in pic 3, the twist should create anticipation, so that the reader will need to see how it ends:
<Reader’s reaction>
Intro – Oh, so this is how a story begins.
Development – So this is how the story will go on…
Twist – Oh the Climax Whaaat? Oh my what’s gonna happen?
Conclusion – Aha! So that’s how it is. Haha that was fun!
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very interesting article. It pretty much articulates my thoughts. I identify more on the left btw.

Have a random article i saved a while ago from FT
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from kohlzine #14
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No. 37307 Kontra
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I think it's a legit article.

t. did not read nonetheless
No. 37314

What's the matter, to many letters?
No. 37315 Kontra
Perhaps I'm not interested in the topic at all?
No. 37316
Perhaps. But why waste posts and sage a good thread?
No. 37318 Kontra

You directed your words to me, so I answer, common thing I guess. No need to bump a conversation that is based on a question that intends to provoke the EC/Kohl opposition. I don't sage the whole thread by doing so btw.
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An interesting project, and the author clearly put a lot of work into it. The only thing missing is a summary chart showing each new letter along with it's common sound eqivalent.
For anyone interested, the attached pdf is a copy of the first article which this one references.

On topic blog, with numerous constructed alphabets which were created for fictional languages. Some are simply English with alternate symbols in place of each letter, but others, like Klingon, are more elaborate:

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An interesting summary of the conflict between romanticism and liberalism up to the 21st century:
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An interesting story behind the first animated version of The Hobbit.

>In 1964, before anyone but a few obscure Brit kids ever heard of it, Bill[Snyder] handed me a faded little 1937 children's book named, The Hobbit. He recognized it was a great story, and he obtained the film rights to it and the other works by a fusty old English philologist, named John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Snyder's rights extended to June 30, 1966... He set me to the task of making The Hobbit into a feature-length animated movie.
>In January 1966, Snyder asked Zdenka and me to come to America to do a presentation to 20th Century-Fox.... By the time we arrived in New York, however, Snyder had already blown the deal by asking 20th for too much money. Tolkien's name hadn't yet reached them either.
>Months later, when I was back in Prague working on some other filler projects, Snyder managed to get a phone call through to Zdenka's office... He had a preposterous order for me: Make a one-reel version of The Hobbit, and bring it to New York within 30 days!
>What had happened was that in the meantime, the Tolkien craze had exploded, and the value of the film rights reached outer space. Suddenly Bill had the possibility of getting a huge profit without having to finance and produce a feature film at all.
>Not only had the Tolkien estate lawyers given Snyder the rights for peanuts, but in their ignorance of film terminology, they had left a hundred-thousand-dollar loop-hole in the contract: It merely stated that in order to hold his option for The Lord of The Rings, Snyder had to "produce a full-color motion picture version" of The Hobbit by June 30, 1966. Please note: It did not say it had to be an animated movie, and it did not say how long the film had to be!
>We actually managed to get it shot and out of the lab in time... I arrived with the rough answer print on June 29th. Snyder had already booked a small projection room in midtown Manhattan. After a quick test screening -- and Snyder was duly impressed -- I ran downstairs and stopped people on the sidewalk, asking them if they would like to see a preview of a new animated film, for only 10¢ admission. I handed each willing customer a dime, which they handed back. After the screening, the few, puzzled audience members were asked to sign a paper stating that on this day of June 31, 1966, they had paid admission to see the full-color animated film, The Hobbit.
>Thus Snyder's film rights to the entire J.R.R. Tolkien library were legally extended, and he was immediately able to sell them back for nearly $100,000.

Hobbit-alized: The First Attempt At Animating The Hobbit

In "A Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien", a researcher determined that the year this film was released was likely 1967, and not 1966. It just goes to show that when writing, you even have to fact-check your own life :D.

>The film was unknown to Tolkien fans until 2012, when Deitch posted on his blog about the film's history. He posted that the film was produced and released in 1966, but subsequent document discoveries confirmed that the date was 1967


tldr: to retain the film rights to The Lord of the Rings, film producer Bill Snyder needed to complete a motion picture version of The Hobbit by a set date.

The Film:
The HOBBIT 1966
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A nice little essay on the aesthetic of TikTok in comparison to instragram and also twitter. Having spent time on various compilations on Youtube coming from US Tiktokers of different corners of TikTok famous tiktokers, outsiders, alternative etc for months a mix of intentional brain rot/ idle time for brain and cultural analysis, I really must say it nails some aspects very well. TikTok really is a place for the youth in comparison to instagram or twitter. There is a reason why it is so popular, and it's not just the infinite scroll feed of short videos. I oftentimes felt too old watching content about school or some unfunny teen humor, but ofc I'm still young enough to relate as well.

>Instagram sticks largely to cities or touristic vistas. Alternatively, TikTok shows us corners of the world not popularly depicted—the taupe walls of Middle America, the insides of mid-size vehicles, and the indistinguishable landscape of the common North American backyard.
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TikTok, Twitch, Music and modern Video games were my "It will happen to you" moment. I can't even relate to internet memes anymore.
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Yes, ofc. Twitch is a riddle to me, a younger friend of mine uses it now and it was so odd to see this platform for the first time. I've seen oi from far away as that game streaming platform, but the whole culture it breeds is foreign to me. Yet interesting as phenomenon, ofc :DDD
Popular music and games of today are not really my interest, because of tiktok I get a few seconds of new popular music sometimes.
Some meme humor is also behind my age, I got memes by younger people and I was like "whats so funny"? and the answer was random referntiality, no meaning just referntial to something people know. My impression, but that could eb analyzed as well.

The video I attached is emblematic for the youthness and banal teenage life that is all over TikTok, yet I had to grin, because I know this feel, I know this even today when I let slip a chance because I'm still quite an Ernst. And the way she puts an ironic, sober "feel" in her movement and facial expression is just nice to see. It reminds me of those Daria/Jane Lane teens, the world is disappointing, absurd, boring, a hoax in happy faces, but you/they are still (rather carefree) teenager.
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Im glad to see they still have their distinct subcultures, i hope thats a trend that will always continue.
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>[...] “What intellectual life?” will be the immediate response of many readers, since virtually the only Chinese intellectuals who appear in Western media accounts are dissidents who wind up imprisoned, exiled, or otherwise marginalized. China’s authoritarian government does indeed punish dissent, and we should condemn such behavior in no uncertain terms. At the same time, the idea that Chinese intellectual life consists only of dissent and repression is woefully incomplete and inaccurate.

Interesting article giving some perspecitve on the scope of intellectual freedom™ in China. I remember there were some heated discussions about Chinese censorship, propaganda etc. here a while ago, and it seems to present a pretty balanced view.
No. 60479
>offers a synthesis according to which Marxism is no longer about class struggle but rather about self-cultivation and the pursuit of perfection, tying the entire package to Xi Jinping Thought.

keke, would be an interesting read.
Thanks for sharing.

The authors page seems promising as well!
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Why does this sound so much like by-the-bootstraps, self made man Objectivism? Although I guess to be fair if you're on food stamps and working one of those pop two ibuprofen before work physically mentally or emotionally draining jobs it probably becomes impossible to pursue that after a certain while.
No. 60523
There was another good article on China in palladium in 2019, but I can't find it now. However I like the palladium approach to things, despite being a liberal magazine. They seem to bring a fresh air.
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>The authors page seems promising as well!
Yeah, I'm subscribed to his newsletter but the texts are often a bit too specific for me

>There was another good article on China in palladium in 2019
They have many other good ones, e.g.:
Recent one on the shift from more laissez-faire 90s/00s to the more recent conservative shift and strengthening of the party by Xi, as seen through the lens of availability/popularity of Ketamine: https://palladiummag.com/2021/06/23/ketamine-and-the-return-of-the-party-state/
A Xinjiang travel report (probably the least biased one I read fwiw): https://palladiummag.com/2018/11/29/a-week-in-xinjiangs-absolute-surveillance-state/
No. 60543
I know the ketamine article, but had forgotten it was Palladium. Anyway, this is the one I was refering to: https://palladiummag.com/2020/02/05/jiang-shigongs-vision-of-a-new-chinese-world-order/
February 2020, not 2019.
No. 60890
Bruce Schneier on blockchain. People who praise crypto currency won't understand it but others might find it enlightening.
No. 60893
Thanks. I realise that I don't give Schneier enough credit; this article shows that he is damn good at deconstructing complexity and putting it together in a neat and concise manner.
Also, I am of one opinion with him here and while reading strongly felt like reading a narration of my own thoughts on cryptocurrencies from the past few years.
No. 60956
Yea. I consider Schneier one of those you should listen to becaues you might learn something.

Cryptocurrency was interesting in the beginning. Then I always imagined it to be like a digital hawala system or something. But then exchanges turned up and then asic miners and mining rigs and then everyone had their own special kind of currency that was sort of but not quite like the others. Turns out it is more like digital tulips and the only ones who make money are the ones selling the planters and watering system.
No. 64742

Recent banger article. Imo the view of Wang is too idealized. Media-savvy people in china mostly have read Wang Huning already back in 2012 and the general opinion is that his academic publications are mediocre. Only after capital attack did his travelogue become mythified and himself hailed as a prophet of some sort. Author also perhaps deliberately overstates Wang's role in decision making. He is more like a secretary true to its name, writing down chairman's thoughts on paper in a formal style.

Palladium's china contents are way more factual and informative than mainstream english media. But I still find it strange here and there. Interestingly, palladium is probably also funded by peter thiel, like >>64736
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>Imo the view of Wang is too idealized.
>Author also perhaps deliberately overstates Wang's role in decision making.
Ultimately it's journalism, so it seeks to be engaging. You might see how China's internals politics function better than us, but to most of the world the CPC is like a black box with a Xi Jinping sticker on it that occasionally blurts out policy at random intervals via the People's Daily.
So while it's shedding light on the Party's power dynamics, which is new to most people, it also seeks to make it enticing by making the Rasputin and the Suslov comparison and showing Wang as a grandmaster of political chess.
It's kind of romantic, really.

2bh most people either see the CPC as either a comically incompetent group who have their days numbered, or as literal magicians who see into the future while only using 1% of their available cognitive power. Portraying Wang as a great predictor of the January 6th fuels the latter narrative.
No. 64767
Yeah it's about romanticization. Now Wang is the prester john of conservative catholics, posadist alien on earth for tankies, as well as hindutva's rajguru. Those who want to rationalize china's success probably read xi's book and realized xi is no theorist. They need a smart one in cpc so they manufactured wang huning.

>that pic
孔子曰:「微管仲,吾其被髮左衽矣。」 lol
No. 64776
>palladium is probably also funded by peter thiel
Interesting. Is this just your educated guess or was this officially mentioned more or less?
No. 64780
>Now Wang is the prester john of conservative catholics, posadist alien on earth for tankies, as well as hindutva's rajguru.
That sums it up about right. I encountered every single type of person you've mentioned online so far. (Plus the unapoligetic nazies who think China is practising National Socialism.)
(It's very strange how China is sort of a messiah for so many groups for so many reasons, but also the greatest evil for the exact same reasons.)

I applied everything I learned to do this, but I'm not sure I get it.
>Confucius Said: If not for Guan Zhong, our hair would reach to our shoulders, and our robes would be leftward.
Is it just poking fun at Xi's robes being to the left, or is my power level too low to get this for now?
Btw it's an Indian newspaper's illustration.
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Been interested in this as well since I've heard the claim as well but while it would probably align ideologically so that it would make sense, it's kinda hard to find anything concrete.

They definitely did some podcasts/intreviews with Thiel-adjacent people, and one of the (former) co-founders previously worked for a Thiel-funded social science "startup"/think tank called Leverage: https://splinternews.com/leaked-emails-show-how-white-nationalists-have-infiltra-1837681245
Although he ofc claims that "Palladium has no relationship with Leverage."

Tbh I never really cared much for their more theory-leaning stuff, mainly just liked the articles on China by Dylan Levi-King and some other contributors.

t. Ernst who also posted their articles previously
No. 64811
You got it right. I was mocking the artist's inaccuracy in depicting hanfu. The quote is from the Analects. Confucius regards 被髮左衽 (被 is the same as 披 here) as characteristics of "barbarians" in contrast to 束髮右衽 of civilized 華夏. Xi here neither binds his hair nor wears the right clothes, a total barbarian by confucius' standard.

I wrote it down from memory. Now that you have asked, I can't find any solid evidence either. But as >>64781 pointed out, Thiel's fingerprints are all over this. Tbh I only mentioned thiel because I happened to have just posted another thiel media

>Dylan Levi-King
Skimmed some of his pieces, apparently he is the one who introduced those schizo ideologies on chinese internet to the west. Never would have thought all the esoteric shitposts could end up with an english name.
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An article on bioreactor aka lab meat and why it makes sense, even though it won't magically solve all problems we currently face with food consumption and the attached industry.
I liked the short historic part on the industrialization of farms, farms as factories since the early 20th century.
No. 65182
I recently found this one, I really like the way that Woods guy writes, and he also gives really good advice for writers, check it out

No. 65782
What do you write about?
No. 65956
erotic stories hehehe
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After the algorithmic stablecoin UST imploded last week (now $.09), more eyes have turned to Tether(USDT). Unlike UST, USDT is supposed to be backed with fiat and equivalent assets. The problem is they are not publicly audited. So, do they have the fiat to handle a mass redemption by users should that be necessary? Maybe, maybe not. Article from October 2021 gives a good rundown of the coin and the characters behind its creation.


>The strange thing is that, at least for now, most participants in the crypto market, including some very large and sophisticated operators, don’t seem to care about any of the risks. Just last month, traders bought $3 billion in new Tethers, presumably sending billions of perfectly good U.S. dollars to the Inspector Gadget co-creator’s Bahamian bank in exchange for digital tokens conjured by the Mighty Ducks guy and run by executives who are targets of a U.S. criminal investigation.

Anyone Seen Tether’s Billions?
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