Rigaur94 Community in Berlin. Holding The Line.
TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN ORIGINAL Despite the seemingly tumultuous events of the past two weeks, we have not heard much from us. But we were by no means inactive. In the last few days we have been laying new power lines with many skilled friends, exchanging old doors for fireproof ones, repairing, plastering, exchanging structural knowledge, eating […]
Dear Journalists. Dear Commentariat. Dear Somebody.
The best independent journalists and academics – plus many non-professional commentators – have done a great job of laying bare the reality of corrupted government, institutions captured by corporate power, compromised disingenuous politicians, mainstream media selling fearporn at such a scale it is atomizing society at large… all important revelations, all necessary parts of exposing […]
Human Freedom. Quotes. Contrarian Perspective.
“Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom.” – Herbert Spencer WTF? Totalitarian countries encourage cult of the personality around leaders like Hitler, Stalin, North Korea’s Kims, blah. Despite there being no freedom in those countries, there’s plenty of devotees to the leader, hero-worshipping him as if he’s superhuman. The hero-worship is […]
Wide Weird World. Kingdom, States, United
“Her beauty is beyond compare with emerald eyes and auburn hair, the botox’d and mammographized Jolene.” I was doing a deep dive on NFTs, reading a blog about economics and how crypto could threaten (or become weaponized by) corporate oligarchy yadda yadda. Familiar subject but the guy had it all broken down into a […]
Art. Commerce. NFTs. Shards. Boredom.
Cryptocurrency has a lot of potential. Blockchain is wonderful. Functionality. Making the bullshit bureaucracy of life simpler, faster, less of a waste of time. More of that, please! Non-Fungible Tokens. Shards of NFTs. Buyers clubs. Art marketplaces. Modern art. Store of value. Corporate lobby displays. Boardroom vault collections. Generate publicity, buzz, art gallery zeitgeist attracting […]
Conspiracy Theories. Narcissists. Where’s The Love?
All these conspiracy theories, fueled and amplified be – apparently – narcissist disorder. Fine. “Making Sense of Conspiracy Theorists as the World Gets More Bizarre” – Jon Ronson (The Guardian, 11th April 2021) Why’s there no heightened visibility for the other side of this conspiracy of them against us? That would be some distillation of […]
Nostalgia in Britain. Bringing The Past To Life.
How satisfying it is to see — at last — Britain doubling down on the full fat, non-metric vision of Brexit we were promised in the 2016 referendum. The flames in Belfast may look like cars set ablaze by rival gang violence, but you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. In the bigger picture, […]
Nation Stories of Oligarchy. Global Elites of Plutocracy.
Development of the modern democracy allowed the formation of organization like political parties. Paradoxically, any such organization, when growing in size, also grows in complexity. And inevitably with this growth gradually become less and less democratic. This process is immanent, objective, and does not depend of quality of leaders or nature of the organization. Several […]
Minimum Wage 1860 to 2020: $0 (Slavery) to $15 (Servitude).
The American Civil War (1861-1864) was the bloodiest conflict on American soil, in history. It was a comprehensive victory for the federalized North over the confederated South, an end to de facto states rights – except in wedge issues that don’t impact big picture economics. Bibble. FOOTNOTES
Human Brain: Divided Hemispheres. Distinct Function.
The brain is divided into two distinct hemispheres, linked by the corpus callosum, a complex broad band of midbrain synapse-neuronal connections. By default, there’s an observable separation of left-brain right-brain frontline role in human thinking, though given the complexity of the neuro-synaptic networking both sides are involved in processing, parsing and pro-action in every possible […]
Anglosphere Cultural Divorce
The population of the United States is five times that of the United Kingdom. No surprise therefore that the two countries media output tends to see American output pushing the envelope on big budget Hollywood blockbusters and seasons of highly produced television shows while Britain has been a source of more nuanced, less common denominator […]
Weather Myths. Antisocial Mithers.
Whether the Weather Whatever the Weather… Before I’d travelled much as an adult, I had an impression of much of the world’s big cities. As a family we’d lived in a few different countries, so firsthand experience had confused me as to the stereotypes often being wrong. But what baffles me the most is how […]
Oligarchy. Meritocracy to Aristocracy.
The mere growth of organization changes organizational dynamics and requires new method of governance. That creates a need for “management professionals” who devote all their time to solving organizational problems. Those people no matter how idealistic in the beginning by the weight of their position and acquired power gradually start abusing it detaching from the […]
Weekend. BST 2021. Stock Market Discord.
Earnings, valuation and rampant speculation have all played a role in the extraordinary bull market that began a year ago this week. The latest combination of the three has a troubling reliance on the speculative element. A broad framework for thinking about stocks can be derived from the late economist Hyman Minsky’s three stages of […]
Rich. Man’s. World.
Jackson Pollock, the abstract “what is this random crap” painter, wasn’t as abstract as his dealer’s cultivated auteur reputation. Check this: Back in the 1920s, world-renowned writer Aldous Huxley summarised his visit to Hearst Castle – guided through the unparalleled collection of priceless art, sculpture and unique historical artifacts filling the home of the world’s […]
Amazon Alabama Unions. Socialism?
“Capitalists have the tendency to move toward those countries in which there is plenty of labor available and at which labor is reasonable. And by the fact that they bring capital into these countries, they bring about a trend toward higher wage rates.” – Ludwig von Mises Bad Faith Podcast @ https://twitter.com/badfaithpod $ https://www.patreon.com/badfaithpodcast […]
Epidemiology. Psilocybin. Microdosing.
Three Basic Epidemiologies: The only answer out of the oppression or chaos is the comprehensive education of everyone in the capacity to understand three core principles. They have to increase their first person, second person and third person epidemiology. Their third person epidemics is the easiest philosophy of science, formal logic, their ability to actually […]
Risk Perspective. Covid-19 Vaccinations. Side Effects.
AstraZeneca have been far more clumsy and overly misleading than Pfizer/Moderna in their public/media handling. But at $20-$30 higher cost per dose for the Pfizer/Moderna jabs it should be no surprise they’ve got better publicists. It’s a shame that financial (economic) data becomes more revealing of vaccine reality, in the real world, than genuine biomedical […]
Identity As Political Strategy
“For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – JFK […]
Bicameralism. Antisemitism. Humanity Test.
The metaphor is based on the idea of lateralization of brain function although each half of a normal human brain is constantly communicating with the other through the corpus callosum. The metaphor is not meant to imply that the two halves of the bicameral brain were “cut off” from each other but that the bicameral […]
Religion. Islam. Imperialism.
Islam v Judeo-Christianity: the defence of the scripture isn’t germane. Qur’an may indeed be far more peace-loving and earnest in its “decide for yourself, think as an individual” than the bible, but the proof of the pudding has to be in the eating. What are the Islamic countries giving to the world? Is the failure […]