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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:
>Druids
>Ecological Spirituality
>Magic
>Astrology
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".
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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.
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No. 19888 Kontra
>>19882
>Interesting Blogposts, Blogs
>90% of the site is stupid shit
>Interesting

(User was banned for this post)

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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
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No. 19890 Kontra
>>19888
"Interesting Blogposts" includes interesting blogposts within otherwise boring or stupid blogs.
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No. 19947
>>19889
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.
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No. 19950
>>19947
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:
https://deathmetal.org

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.
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No. 19951 Kontra
>>19950
Hmm, this link should work. Polite kontra:
http://deathmetal.org
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No. 19994
blog of an Irish neuroscientist who specializes in the genetics of brain development

http://www.wiringthebrain.com/
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No. 20023
>A channel devoted to the history of political thought in the spirit of sharing, not perfection:
https://politicalphilosophy.video.blog/

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.
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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/

>>20023
Looks interesting, incidentally I've just been meaning to get a bit into Isaiah Berlin
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No. 20520
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https://conversableeconomist.blogspot.com/2019/03/alternatives-to-four-year-college-track.html

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.
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No. 20525
>>20520
>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.
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No. 20528
>>20520
>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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No. 20529
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>>20525
> I think you're just forgetting that western economies are currently pretty fucked up.
>says Britain to Ukraine

>>20528
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.
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No. 20530
>>20528
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/the-role-of-luck-in-life-success-is-far-greater-than-we-realized/
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.
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No. 20533
>>20530
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.
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No. 20694
https://cyberleninka.ru/article/v/ritualizovannost-rechevoy-agressii-na-materiale-nemetskoyazychnyh-saytov-krautchan-net-i-ernstchan-com
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
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No. 20704
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>>20694
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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No. 22344
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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.

1.

https://mitpress.podbean.com/e/meme-spreading/

>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.

2.

https://mitpress.podbean.com/e/becoming-our-devices/

>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.

3.

https://mitpress.podbean.com/e/the-serendipity-of-semiautonomous-systems/

>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".
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No. 24950
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Kali Tribune: A blog by a Croatian very much inspired by René Guénon:

-About Nostalgia and Weltschmerz:
http://en.kalitribune.com/penultimate-times-blues-nostalgia-as-a-disclosure-of-truth/

-About the Yugoslav Wars:
http://en.kalitribune.com/poverty-of-alternative-media-nazi-punks-and-heavenly-peoples/

-About Words and Time (audio):
http://en.kalitribune.com/words-and-time/

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

>>20059
Thank you for linking Meaningness; I really enjoyed the "A bridge to meta-rationality vs. civilizational collapse" blogpost.
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No. 25205
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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.

Writings:

-Analysis and commentary of different philosophers and their works, from Plato to Giorgio Agamben (read what you like, they're all quite good)
https://hesiodscorner.wordpress.com/great-philosophers/

-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)
https://hesiodscorner.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/carl-schmitt-on-sovereignty/
https://hesiodscorner.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/carl-schmitts-critique-of-liberalism/
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No. 26207
Interesting Article:
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614078/transhumanists-live-forever/?utm_source=pocket-newtab
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.”
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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
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No. 26349
btw this is interesting but its just teh classic autism
https://www.railwaygazette.com/

i read it from time to time when i feel down
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No. 30269
Bump
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No. 30305
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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.

https://jacobitemag.com/2019/10/12/jokers-trick/

Mike Crumplar is a writer and editor living in Washington, DC.