Cops Need More Rights Than You, Citizen - Pope Hat
Baltimore Riots as Altruistic Punishment - Interfluidity
On ISIS and Their Puppet Masters - Sic Semper Tyrannis
State Complicity and 43 Dead Students in Mexico - Ryan Deveraux - Part 2
"The American elite is not composed of representative men whose conduct and character constitute models for American imitation and aspiration. There is no set of men with whom members of the mass public can rightfully and gladly identify. In this fundamental sense, America is indeed without leaders. Yet such is the nature of the mass public’s morally cynical and politically unspecified distrust that it is readily drained off without real political effect. That this is so, after the men and events of the last thirty years, is further proof of the extreme difficulty of finding and of using in America today the political means of sanity for morally sane objectives.
America - a conservative country without any conservative ideology-appears now before the world a naked and arbitrary power, as, in the name of realism, its men of decision enforce their often crackpot definitions upon world reality. The second-rate mind is in command of the ponderously spoken platitude. In the liberal rhetoric, vagueness, and in the conservative mood, irrationality, are raised to principle. Public relations and the official secret, the trivializing campaign and the terrible fact clumsily accomplished, are replacing the reasoned debate of political ideas in the privately incorporated economy, the military ascendancy, and the political vacuum of modern America.
The men of the higher circles are not representative men; their high position is not a result of moral virtue; their fabulous success is not firmly connected with meritorious ability. Those who sit in the seats of the high and the mighty are selected and formed by the means of power, the sources of wealth, the mechanics of celebrity, which prevail in their society. They are not men selected and formed by a civil service that is linked with the world of knowledge and sensibility. They are not men shaped by nationally responsible parties that debate openly and clearly the issues this nation now so unintelligently confronts. They are not men held in responsible check by a plurality of voluntary associations which connect debating publics with the pinnacles of decision. Commanders of power unequaled in human history, they have succeeded within the American system of organized irresponsibility."
C. Wright Mills
Blame Instructions, Not Machines - Rajiv Sethi
Eight Alternatives to the Turing Test - George Dvorsky
Systems Theory vs. Standard Model of Intelligence - David Krakauer
Navinder Sarao Did Not Cause The Flash Crash - Streetwise Professor
Anarchy is a Scale Independent Position - Human Iterations
Alexandr Dugin: "Maoism is Too Modern for Me" - 4PT
On The Great Filter & Existential Griefers - Charlie Stross
Safe Spaces, And the Mote in America's Eye - Popehat
"All normal countries ruthlessly punish treason and traitors, and these terms are often expansively defined in the aftermath of a bitter war. Perhaps in a topsy-turvy Monty Python world, wartime traitors would be given medals, feted at the White House, and become national heroes, but any real-life country that allowed such insanity would surely be set on the road to oblivion. If Tokyo Rose’s wartime record had launched her on a successful American political career and nearly gave her the presidency, we would know for a fact that some cruel enemy had spiked our national water supply with LSD.
The political rise of Sen. John McCain leads me to suspect that in the 1970s some cruel enemy had spiked our national water supply with LSD."
Ron Unz, American Pravda: When Tokyo Rose Ran For President
The Economics of Electricity Grid Defection - RMI
The End of Asymmetric Information - Tabarrok & Cowen
The Saudis Fear Peak Demand, Not Peak Oil - Bloomberg
Peter Thiel on the Future of Legal Technology - Blake Masters