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45 definitions


1 / 45   actuarial table

a table or spreadsheet that shows the probability of a person at a certain age dying before their next birthday


2 / 45   baseless

propagandist print media inclusion to discredit something heterodox

3 / 45   bidirectional digital media

B.D.D.M. (as it is called) is a coverall term for social media but also academic non-local learning - popular during the coronavirus pandemic

4 / 45   blockchain

the blockchain is an append-only data structure composed of subunits called blocks - [blocks] are permanently ‘chained’ together - in practice, the blockchain is an immutable medium because it contains instructions in the form of computer code replicated across thousands of nodes much like DNA [is replicated] in cells
  • Emergent Bioanalogous Properties of Blockchain-based Distributed Systems
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    5 / 45   blockchain nodes

    nodes on the blockchain are important because rather than a central administrator maintaining a big computer server in one location (and controlling everything going in and out of it), the blockchain database is distributed as many identical encrypted copies across a large network of multiple computers - the nodes somewhat like cells which contain many identical copies of DNA


    6 / 45   cassandra

    The term originates in Greek mythology. Struck by the beauty of Cassandra, daughter of Priam, Apollo provided her with the gift of prophecy, but when Cassandra refused Apollo's romantic advances, he placed a curse ensuring that nobody would believe her warnings. Cassandra was left with the knowledge of future events, but could neither alter these events nor convince others of the validity of her predictions. In psychology the Cassandra metaphor applies to to individuals who experience physical and emotional suffering as a result of distressing personal perceptions, and who are disbelieved when they attempt to share the cause of their suffering with others.


    7 / 45   chicano

    Chicano (as an identity) came to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s as Mexican Americans asserted their own ethnic, political, and cultural identity while rejecting and resisting assimilation into systematic racism and stereotypes, colonialism, and the American plutocracy-state imperialism. Chicano identity was organized around seven objectives: unity, economy, education, institutions, self-defence, culture, and political liberation, in an effort to bridge regional and class divisions among people of Mexican (and latterly Latin American) descent

    8 / 45   contract research organization

    company that provides support to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries in the form of research services outsourced on a contract basis. A CRO may provide such services as biopharmaceutical development, biologic assay development, commercialisation, preclinical research, clinical research, clinical trials management, and pharmacovigilance.


    9 / 45   dasein

    Dasein (German loanword) that means "being there" or "presence" - often translated i"existence". Existentialist philosopher Martin Heidegger uses the expression Dasein to refer to the experience of being that is peculiar to human beings.

    10 / 45   data | datum

    Data is a mass noun, uncountable noun, or non-count noun is a noun with the syntactic property that any quantity of it is treated as an undifferentiated unit, rather than as something with discrete elements. Non-count nouns are distinguished from count nouns. Sand, family, etc.

    Recently data has been singled out for abuse. "Data is" has been inexplicably morphing into "data are" and the usual cunts absorb and proliferate this change as if Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.


    11 / 45   dormer

    A dormer is a roofed structure, often containing a window, that projects vertically beyond the plane of a pitched roof, and a dormer window (also called dormer) is a form of roof window

    12 / 45   Dunbar's number


    13 / 45   elite theory

    In political science and sociology, elite theory is a theory of the state that seeks to describe and explain power relationships in contemporary society. It posits that a small minority, consisting of members of the economic elite and policy-planning networks, holds the most power—and that this power is independent of democratic elections. Through positions in corporations or on corporate boards, and influence over policy-planning networks through financial support of foundations or positions with think tanks or policy-discussion groups, members of the "elite" exert significant power over corporate and government decisions. See What is an Elite Democracy? question on Quora re: popular conception


    14 / 45   establishment

    In essence, the Establishment is a dominant group or elite that controls a polity or an organisation, often an influential closed social group that selects its own members or an entrenched élite structure sharing social, economic and class bonds, often born and bred. In sociology jargon, the upper eschelons of a society is divided between insider and outsider. The Establishment is made up of insiders; far smaller than the outsiders numerically but also far more influential. The term in its modern sense was popularised by the British journalist Henry Fairlie writing in the London magazine The Spectator in 1955: "By the Establishment, I do not only mean the centres of official power—though they are certainly part of it—but rather the whole matrix of official and social relations within which power is exercised. The exercise of power in England cannot be understood unless it is recognised that it is exercised socially."


    15 / 45   excerpt

    A short extract from a continuous whole thing.

    16 / 45   exigent

    pressing; demanding e.g. "the exigent demands of her contemporaries' music took a toll on her voice"

    17 / 45   existentialism absurdism

    Sartre is tagged with Existentialism, Camus is tagged with Absurdism. Both too reductive but anyway: Existentialism vs Absurdism — Explanations and Key Differences of Each.



    18 / 45   force majeure

    unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract - irresistible compulsion or superior strength


    19 / 45   gleichgeschaltet

    Literally "synchronized" or brought into line and good order - synonymous with Nazification of extant institutions like universities and media outlets, bringing them into line with the National Socialist worldview


    20 / 45   haecceity

    A ‘haecceity’ (from the Latin, haecceitas, which translates literally as ‘thisness’) is a certain kind of property: a primitive, particular, nonqualitative property of an individual, i.e. the property of being a specific individual (or, perhaps, the property of being identical with a specific individual).


    21 / 45   incipient

    Just beginning: signs of incipient public frustration.


    22 / 45   jeremiah

    Modern usage based on the Hebrew biblical prophet Jeremiah who pronounced God's judgment upon the people of his time for their wickedness. The original Jeremiah was concerned especially with false and insincere worship and failure to trust Yahweh in national affairs. He denounced social injustices but not so much as some previous prophets, such as Amos and Micah @ University of Toronto on Judaism and Claude Mariottini Jeremiah Use of Metaphor articles.



    23 / 45   mechanism (marketing)

    people want something fast and without effort, like getting rich or getting thin. mechanism is the ever changing bullshit process sold to achieve the want. It's always changing as people get wise to a particular mechanism, new mechanisms are needed to profit from the want.

    24 / 45   missing context

    "Missing context" is the fact-checker euphemism for "this claim is correct but we don't want anyone screencapping this as ammo."

    25 / 45   mugwumps

    Mugwumps were Republican political activists in the USA opposed to political corruption, switching parties en masse (e.g. supporting Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in 1884) because of the Republican candidate's long association with plutocracy corruption


    26 / 45   no true Scotsman

    No true Scotsman (appeal to purity) is an informal fallacy in which one attempts to protect their universal generalisation from a falsifying counterexample by excluding the counterexample improperly. Rather than abandoning the falsified universal generalisation or providing evidence that would disqualify the falsifying counterexample, a slightly modified generalisation is constructed ad-hoc to definitionally exclude the undesirable specific case and counterexamples like it by appeal to rhetoric - emotionally charged but nonsubstantive purity platitudes - like "true, pure, genuine, authentic, real" etc. In short: an "ad hoc rescue" of a refuted generalization attempt.

    Simplified rendition of the fallacy:

    • Person A: "No Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge."
    • Person B: "But my uncle Angus is a Scotsman and he puts sugar on his porridge."
    • Person A: "But no true Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge."

    Appeal to purity is used here to protect/elevate a preferred group. "No true Scotsman would do XYZ" or "Only in Scotland would there be XYZ".


    27 / 45   nomenklatura

    originating in the Soviet Union, the nomenklatura describes the loosely interconnected social group that monopolises key administrative positions in a governing bureaucracy, running all spheres of national/civic activity (government, industry, agriculture, education etc) from positions conferred by the Communist Party or equivalent. The nomenklatura forms a de facto elite of public powers, a permanent credential class unaccountable to the public but wielding power over it, comparable to the Establishment in Western countries which controls both private and public powers (media, finance, trade, industry, the state, the universities, institutions).


    28 / 45   non-overlapping magisteria [NOMA]

    the philosophical worldview Non-Overlapping Magisteria places religion and science in separate domains of questioning ("magisteria") in order to avoid one contradicting the other. It's a justification for deep-rooted unchallenged cognitive dissonance - practical - for the sake of the religion and its benefits. The designation NOMA was popularised in the book Rock of Ages (1999) by Stephen Jay Gould.


    29 / 45   numinous

    Relating to religious belief.


    30 / 45   occluded

    Occluded refers to stopping something by closing up the way in or the line of sight; to obstruct (an opening, orifice, or passage) e.g. thick makeup can occlude the pores.

    31 / 45   omerta

    unspoken but absolute code of silence


    32 / 45   pareto principle

    33 / 45   plebs

    Did MS spell checker recently alter the word plebs to plebES? #NoteToSelf

    PLEBS used to be ubiquitous but now PLEBES is creeping into the vernacular of swathES:nerd_face: of non-academic US middle class. This demographic is also starting to actually say "pleeb" instead of "plebb". WTF? Merriam-Webster Screenshot as posted on Twitter.


    34 / 45   polyanna

    Typically, an excessively or blindly optimistic person, per the Pollyanna principle which is the basis of polyanna syndrome in modern psychotherapy. Originally "Polyanna" comes from the 1913 novel Pollyanna by American author Eleanor H. Porter, making "Pollyanna" a byword for someone who – like the title character – has an unfailingly optimistic outlook through practical "look for the glad in the difficulty and sorrow". Nowadays the word has devolved into simply excessive almost unrealistic (blind) optimism.


    35 / 45   Privilege Walk

    The Privilege Walk or Power Shuffle is a diversity-training workshop activity. Participants stand together on a line, then each steps forward or backwards in response to a series of statements such as: “If you’re a white male, take one step forward. If you were ever made uncomfortable by a joke about your ethnicity, gender, appearance, or sexual orientation, take one step back.” At the end participants find themselves arrayed along a continuum of “privilege.” Thus sorted, discussion ensues.

    Christian Parenti on the Privilege Walk"The Privilege Walk relies on a methodological individualism that assumes macro-level social phenomena have micro-level causes and solutions. This fixation on individual choice and personal attitudes reproduces the epistemological fallacies of neoclassical economics and most of right-leaning social science."



    36 / 45   ship of Theseus

    In the metaphysics of identity, the Ship of Theseus is a thought experiment that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The concept is one of the oldest in Western philosophy, having been discussed by Heraclitus and Plato by c. 500–400 BC, based on the 30-oar ship Theseus and the rescued sacrifices (youth of Athens) piloted back from King Minos' Crete to Athens, after having slain the minotaur.

    37 / 45   simony

    the buying or selling of ecclesiastical privileges, for example pardons or benefices

    38 / 45   stochastic

    Stochastic refers to the property of being well described by a random probability distribution - note: stochasticity and randomness are distinct in that the former refers to a modeling approach and the latter refers to phenomena itself, these two terms are often used as being synonyms - adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by conjecture; conjectural - involving or containing a random variable or process - conjectural; given to or partaking of conjecture

    39 / 45   swathe | swath

    Swathe and swath aren't synonyms - somehow the words have separated, with some Americans using "swath" and others using "swathe" - but they have different definitions and anyone who uses SWATH when they should say SWATHE is a cunt

    40 / 45   synaptopathy

    synaptopathy is a disease of the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nervous system relating to the dysfunction of synapses that can arise as a result of a mutation in a gene encoding a synaptic protein such as an ion channel, neurotransmitter receptor, or a protein involved in neurotransmitter release; or sometimes as a result of an autoantibody targeting a synaptic protein


    41 / 45   tabula rasa (blank slate)

    Formalised by philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) in n Essay Concerning Human Understanding, tabula rasa is the theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content (ideas) and therefore all knowledge (conceptual) comes from experience or perception - epistemological proponents of tabula rasa disagree with the doctrine of innatism, which holds that the mind is born already in possession of certain knowledge - instead preferring nuture over nature emphasis (without discounting nature exerting great influence over nurture) building on potentials that vary from person to person

    42 / 45   telos

    Telos is a term used by philosopher Aristotle to refer to the full potential or inherent purpose or objective of a person or thing, similar to the notion of an 'end goal' or 'raison d'être' - can be understood as the "supreme end of man's endeavour"

    43 / 45   thirteenth stroke of the clock

    thirteenth stroke of the clock or "thirteen strikes of the clock" is a phrase, saying, and proverb to indicate that the previous events or "strokes to the clock" must be called into question. This is illustrated in the fictional case of "Rex vs Haddock" in which a remark by one of the parties is compared to the thirteenth stroke of a clock: not only is this thirteenth strike itself discredited, but it casts a shade of doubt over all previous assertions


    44 / 45   vocal fry register

    The lowest vocal register and is produced through a loose glottal closure that permits air to bubble through slowly with a popping or rattling sound of a very low frequency as per Wikipedia definition


    45 / 45   zealot

    extremely enthusiastic advocate (follower) of a particular dognma - origin early 14c into English from "member of a militant 1st century Jewish sect which fiercely resisted the Romans in Palestine" (late Latin zelotes, from Greek zēlōtēs "one who is a zealous follower") with extended sense of "a fanatical enthusiast" first recorded 1630s (earlier mid-15c this sense was zelator)
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    11 psychoactive networks


    1 / 11   Albert Hofmann Foundation


    The purpose of the Albert Hofmann Foundation is to further the understanding and responsible application of psychedelic substances in the investigation of both individual and collective consciousness.


    2 / 11   Alexander Shulgin Research Institute


    The mission of the Alexander Shulgin Research Institute is to preserve and continue the work of seminal biochemist Sasha Shulgin, by performing basic biochemistry and neuroscience research; providing support services to toxicologists, emergency room doctors, attorneys, chemists, and other scientists and professionals; and conserving and disseminating 50 years of existing research.



    3 / 11   George Sarlo Foundation


    The Sarlo Foundation was started in 1992 by venture capitalist George Sarlo. It offers financial support for pioneers in mental health with a particular focus on addiction, early childhood trauma and education, and research with psilocybin, MDMA and other transformative medicines.



    4 / 11   Heffner Research Institute


    The Heffter Institute promotes research of the highest scientific quality with the classic hallucinogens and related compounds (sometimes called psychedelics) in order to contribute to a greater understanding of the mind leading to the improvement of the human condition, and to alleviate suffering.



    5 / 11   ICEERS


    The International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service (ICEERS) is a charity dedicated to 1) the integration of ayahuasca, iboga and other traditional plants as therapeutic tools in modern society, and 2) the preservation of the indigenous cultures that have been using these plant species since antiquity on their habitat and botanical resources.


    6 / 11   International Cannabinoid Research Society


    The ICRS is a non-political, non-religious organization dedicated to scientific research in all fields of the cannabinoids, ranging from biochemical, chemical and physiological studies of the endogenous cannabinoid system to studies of the abuse potential of recreational Cannabis.



    7 / 11   Magic Mushrooms: Microdosing

    8 / 11   MAPS


    Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.



    9 / 11   Open Society Foundations


    The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.



    10 / 11   River Styx Foundation


    The River Styx Foundation attempts to lessen human suffering caused by fear and misguided social policy while advocating for greater compassion, healing, and transformation in such areas as criminal justice and end-of-life care.



    11 / 11   Spiritualism: Sheldrake on The Death of New Atheism

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    15 thinkers

    1 / 15   Antonio Gramsci

    Antonio Francesco Gramsci (1891-1937) was an Italian Marxist philosopher, journalist, linguist, writer, and politician. He wrote on philosophy, political theory, sociology, history, and linguistics per Wikipedia entry.

    2 / 15   Arthur Schopenhauer

    Arthur Schopenhauer (22-Feb-1788 to 21-Sept-1860) was a German philosopher. He is best known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation (expanded in 1844), which characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind noumenal will. Building on the transcendental idealism of Immanuel Kant, Schopenhauer developed an atheistic metaphysical and ethical system that rejected the contemporaneous ideas of German idealism. He was among the first thinkers in Western philosophy to share and affirm significant tenets of Indian philosophy, such as asceticism, denial of the self, and the notion of the world-as-appearance. His work has been described as an exemplary manifestation of philosophical pessimism.

    Arthur Schopenhauer Wikipedia


    3 / 15   Confucius

    Confucius (551 to 479 BCE) was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period who was traditionally considered the paragon of Chinese sages. Widely considered one of the most important and influential individuals in Chinese history, Confucius's teachings and philosophy formed the basis of much of East Asian culture and society, and continue to remain influential across China and East Asia today. His philosophical teachings, called Confucianism, emphasised personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity.

    Confucius Wikipedia


    4 / 15   Daniel Dennett

    Daniel Dennett (born 28-Mar-1942) is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science.

    Daniel Dennett Wikipedia


    5 / 15   David Hume

    David Hume (7-May-1711 to 25-Aug-1776) was a Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, economist, librarian and essayist, who is best known today for his highly influential system of philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism. Beginning with A Treatise of Human Nature (1739–40), Hume strove to create a naturalistic science of man that examined the psychological basis of human nature. Hume argued against the existence of innate ideas, positing that all human knowledge derives solely from experience. This places him with Francis Bacon, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and George Berkeley as a British Empiricist.

    David Hume Wikipedia


    6 / 15   Eckhart Tolle

    Eckhart Tolle (born 16-Feb-1948) is a German-born pragma-philosopher, spiritual teacher and self-help author who resides in Canada. He is best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose.

    Eckhart Tolle Wikipedia


    7 / 15   Edmund Burke

    Edmund Burke (12-Jan-1729 to 9-Jul-1797) was a Irish statesman, economist, and philosopher. Born in Dublin, Burke served as a member of parliament (MP) between 1766 and 1794 in the House of Commons of Great Britain with the Whig Party after moving to London in 1750. Burke was a proponent of underpinning virtues with manners in society and of the importance of religious institutions for the moral stability and good of the state.[3] These views were expressed in his A Vindication of Natural Society. He criticised the actions of the British government towards the American colonies, including its taxation policies. Burke also supported the rights of the colonists to resist metropolitan authority, although he opposed the attempt to achieve independence. He is remembered for his support for Catholic emancipation, the impeachment of Warren Hastings from the East India Company, and his staunch opposition to the French Revolution.

    Edmund Burke Wikipedia


    8 / 15   Immanuel Kant

    Immanuel Kant (22-Apr-1724 to 12-Feb-1804) was a German philosopher and one of the central Enlightenment thinkers. Kant's comprehensive and systematic works in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics have made him one of the most influential figures in modern Western philosophy. In his doctrine of transcendental idealism, Kant argued that space and time are mere forms of intuition which structure all experience, and therefore that while things-in-themselves exist and contribute to experience, they are nonetheless distinct from the objects of experience. From this it follows that the objects of experience are mere appearances, and that the nature of things as they are in themselves is consequently unknowable to us. In an attempt to counter the skepticism he found in the writings of philosopher David Hume, he wrote the Critique of Pure Reason (1781/1787), one of his most well-known works. In it, he developed his theory of experience to answer the question of whether synthetic a priori knowledge is possible, which would in turn make it possible to determine the limits of metaphysical inquiry. Kant drew a parallel to the Copernican revolution in his proposal that the objects of the senses must conform to our spatial and temporal forms of intuition, and that we can consequently have a priori cognition of the objects of the senses.

    Immanuel Kant Wikipedia


    9 / 15   Jean-Paul Sartre

    Jean-Paul Sartre (21-Jun-1905 to 15-Apr-1980) was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism.

    Jean-Paul Sartre Wikipedia


    10 / 15   Karl Popper

    Karl Popper (28-Jul-1904 to 17-Sept-1994) was an Austrian-British philosopher, academic and social commentator. One of the 20th century's most influential philosophers of science, Popper is known for his rejection of the classical inductivist views on the scientific method in favour of empirical falsification. According to Popper, a theory in the empirical sciences can never be proven, but it can be falsified, meaning that it can (and should) be scrutinised with decisive experiments. Popper was opposed to the classical justificationist account of knowledge, which he replaced with critical rationalism, namely the first non-justificational philosophy of criticism in the history of philosophy. In political discourse, he is known for his vigorous defence of liberal democracy and the principles of social criticism that he believed made a flourishing open society possible. His political philosophy embraced ideas from major democratic political ideologies, including socialism/social democracy, libertarianism/classical liberalism and conservatism, and attempted to reconcile them.

    Karl Popper Wikipedia


    11 / 15   Nick Bostrum

    Swedish-born philosopher Nick Bostrom (10-Mar-1973) is an academic at the University of Oxford known for his work on existential risk, the anthropic principle, human enhancement ethics, superintelligence risks, and the reversal test. See nickbostrum.com home page.


    12 / 15   René Girard

    René Girard (1923—2015) was a mainstream French philosopher whose areas of thought defy classification, spanning a wide variety of typically delimited humanities disciplines: Literary Criticism, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Biblical Hermeneutics and Theology. Although he rarely calls himself a philosopher, many philosophical implications can be derived from his work. Girard’s work is above all concerned with Philosophical Anthropology (that is, ‘What is it to be human?’), and draws from many disciplinary perspectives. Over the years Girard developed a mimetic theory: human beings imitate each other, and this eventually gives rise to rivalries and violent conflicts. Such conflicts give rise to the scapegoat mechanism. Violence often follows. Girard's solution - like many French bourgeois - is ultimately, Christianity in the Des Essientes Catholic ideal. Girard’s lack of specific disciplinary affiliation slightly marginalises his work among contemporary academics. He's not regarded as part of the French philosophical pantheon like Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze, Lyotard, but his religiosity makes his work palatable to Christians and theologians ensuring a certain popularity in the lexicon of educated conservative discourse.

    13 / 15   Sam Harris

    American philosopher, neuroscientist, author, and podcast host Sam Harris (9-Apr-1967) work touches on a wide range of topics, including rationality, religion, ethics, free will, neuroscience, meditation, psychedelics, philosophy of mind, politics, terrorism, and artificial intelligence. Harris publishes the Waking Up app and hosts the Making Sense podcast.


    14 / 15   Simone de Beauvoir

    Simone de Beauvoir (9-Jan-1908 to 14-Apr-1986) was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, and even though she was not considered one at the time of her death,[5] she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.

    Simone de Beauvoir Wikipedia


    15 / 15   Thomas Paine

    Thomas Paine (9-Feb-1737 to 8-Jun-1809) was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. He authored Common Sense (1776) and The American Crisis (1776–1783), the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and helped inspire the colonists in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era ideals of transnational human rights.

    Thomas Paine Wikipedia

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    20 nomenklatura


    1 / 20   American Bankers

    David Solomon

  • D.J. who moonlights as a titan of Wall Street, David Solomon is a crossover media-finance bullshit artist. Under him, Goldman Sachs - the investment bank - has tried to shed its uptight image as a haven for besuited M.&A. bankers and chest-thumping traders. That effort now includes its own typeface. Meet Goldman Sans. The firm describes the font, which is free to download, as “approachable without being whimsical” and “neutral, with a wink.” It was created for Goldman Sachs by the British design firm Dalton Maag, with a mandate to create a typeface with just the right amount of personality for the 151-year-old bank.
  • It follows other efforts by Goldman to come across as cool, including relaxing its dress code, pitching itself as a tech company and collaborating with Apple on a credit card. The reaction from experts is, shall we say, mixed. They are on record saying that it suffered from “lack of courage,” was “missing life” and was the typographical equivalent of “a casual Friday.”
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    2 / 20   American Conservatives

    Paul Ryan

  • The former House speaker Paul Ryan is reportedly preparing to launch a special purpose acquisition company, The Wall Street Journal reports. The investment fund is aiming to raise $300 million in an I.P.O., with Mr. Ryan, who left Congress last year, as chairman. He’s not the only famous face joining the SPAC boom. Figures from financiers like Bill Ackman, Dan Loeb and Michael Klein to the famed baseball executive Billy Beane have launched versions of these “blank check” investment vehicles. They have been buoyed by strong equity markets and private companies’ desire to sidestep the traditionally laborious I.P.O. process by merging with these funds, assuming their stock listings.
  • This SPAC is notable for its Republican ties. In addition to Mr. Ryan’s involvement, the fund’s sponsor is Solamere Capital, an investment firm run by a son of Senator Mitt Romney, who picked Mr. Ryan as his running mate in his 2012 presidential bid. But its financial adviser has strong Democratic leanings. Mr. Ryan’s SPAC is being underwritten by Evercore, whose founder and senior chairman is Roger Altman, who served in the Carter and Clinton administrations and is a major fund-raiser for Joe Biden.
  • Evercore has been strengthening its SPAC expertise, hiring Neil Shah, a specialist in these funds, from Citi last year. The bank has also emphasized its capital-markets business of late: Executives told analysts last month that the firm was coming off its “strongest period ever in equity underwriting.”
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    3 / 20   American Medics

  • Jay Bhattacharya is an Indian-American professor of medicine at Stanford University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He directs Stanford's Center for Demography and Economics of Health and Aging. Much attacked by the public health kingpins after the Great Barrington Declaration in the early months of the Coronavirus pandemic. See Dr Bhattacharya Interview on YouTube. See Bhattacharya J[Author] - Academic Papers
  • John P Ioannidis is a Greek-American physician-scientist, writer and Stanford University professor who has made contributions to evidence-based medicine, epidemiology, and clinical research. Ioannidis studies scientific research itself, meta-research primarily in clinical medicine and the social sciences. Ioannidis is a co-signatory of the Great Barrington Declaration and a proven expert in honest complex meta-analysis. Recently much attacked by plutocrats in charge of US public health grift, as in Scientific American article 'The Ioannidis Affair'. See Ioannidis JP[Author] - Academic Paper Search Results
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    4 / 20   American Military-Neoliberals

    Stanley McChrystal

  • Four star American Army general and entrenched neoliberal character actor, Stanley A McChrystal was a prime mover in the enrichment detail of the Military Industrial Complex during the Obama Presidency. As is the norm, his retirement from the military led to a series of appointments in business and heading up various fronts for deep state interests. Corporate boards, consulting, speaking fees: How U.S. generals thrived after Afghanistan is a useful article on Stanley McChrystal exemplifying how ex-generals sell their battlefield experience in other arenas, from corporations to Covid-19 response grifting.
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    5 / 20   American Neocons

    William Kristol Robert Kagan Victoria Nuland (Kagan Family) (Kristol Family) (Bush Family) Hillary Clinton Madeleine Albright (all those other State Dept sociopaths)

    6 / 20   American Race: Black Elite


    7 / 20   Bilderberg Gerontocracy

    8 / 20   Bilderberg Group

    9 / 20   Black Moderates

    10 / 20   British Liberal Left Privilege


    11 / 20   Democratic Party Careerists

    Reid Hoffman

  • New Knowledge, Greylock Partners, Inflection AI, LinkedIn

  • Callin: Peter Thiel, Max Levchin, David Sacks, Luke Nosek (Paypal Mafia)

  • Pierre Omidyar

  • First Look Media | The Intercept

  • Breaking Points

  • Breaking Points' New "Network" Features Neo-Cons and Squad Apologists (Jun-2022)

  • Marianne Williamson @marwilliamson

  • "I have no problem calling myself a capitalist. It’s not capitalism per se but a virulent strain of capitalism that has corrupted our govt & highjacked America’s value system. Capitalism, like any public institution, should display ethics & moral consideration for people & planet."
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    12 / 20   Democratic Party Finance and Law

    13 / 20   Democratic Party Sheep-Herders

    Bernie Sanders

  • Bernie Out of the Closet: Sanders’ Longstanding Deal with the Democrats (22-Jul-2015)

  • Madeleine Grunwald

  • American professional political consultant and media advisor for the Democratic Party. Madeleine Grunwald (born 23-Jan-1957) is one of the few women at the top of the field, having elected numerous Senators and Governors and is the only woman in history to run the advertising for a successful presidential campaign (Bill Clinton’s).

  • David Sirota | Walter Bragman

  • From a Bogus Website to Bernie Sanders's Inner Circle (22-Mar-2019)
  • New Sanders air apologizes for role in race-baiting '99 website (22-Mar-2019)
  • Sirota: Tanden's past tweets were 'distraction' from other issues at hearing (12-Feb-2021)
  • The 2009 Financial Crisis Taught Us Hard Lessons. Have Democrats Learned Them? (28-Oct-2021)

  • Center for American Progress

  • IRS Silent on Nonprofit Center for American Progress' Coordination with the White House (8-Mar-2014)
  • The Role of Midwestern Housing Instability in the 2016 Election (29-Nov-2016)

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    14 / 20   Foreign Allies of US/NATO

    Illia Ponomarenko (Kyiv Independent)

  • @IAPonomarenko on Twitter | Latest Tweets from Illia Ponomarenko (@IAPonomarenko)
  • Defense reporter with The Kyiv Independent. War, weapons, beer & heavy metal. A village guy from Donbas in a crusade for something better. Kyiv, Ukraine. US/UK/NATO deep state funded.
  • The Kyiv Independent newspaper - propaganda cutout

  • Journalist: Illia Ponomarenko is the defense and security reporter at the Kyiv Independent. He has reported about the war in eastern Ukraine since the conflict’s earliest days. He covers national security issues, as well as military technologies, production, and defense reforms in Ukraine. Besides, he gets deployed to the war zone of Donbas with Ukrainian combat formations. He has also had deployments to Palestine and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as an embedded reporter with UN peacekeeping forces. Illia won the Alfred Friendly Press Partners fellowship and was selected to work as USA Today's guest reporter at the U.S. Department of Defense.
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    15 / 20   Independent Left Politicians

    16 / 20   Indian Businessmen

  • Yusuf Khwaja Hamied (born 25-Jul-1936) is an Indian scientist, billionaire businessman based in Mumbai and London. Hamied graduated Cambridge University 1957, earned his PhD in 1960 under the tutelage of Nobel Laureate Alexander Todd, then moved to India to become chairman of Cipla, a generic pharmaceuticals company founded by his father Khwaja Abdul Hamied in 1935. Hamied is a fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and the British Royal Academy. His career includes provision of generic drugs in defiance of oligopoly market abusing "Western" pharma, including ARV drugs saving millions of HIV+ lives from dying of AIDS.
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    17 / 20   Information Technologists

  • Alexis Ohanian - Yahoo Executive and Reddit Co-Founder
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    18 / 20   Nomenklatura Hotspots


    19 / 20   Oligarchy: American Donor Class

    The Koch Brothers

  • Founding Oligarch: The Koch Brothers (10-Oct-2019)
  • Daily Poster: Pete Buttigieg's Dark Money Donors (10-Jan-2022)
  • Robert Kadlec

  • Whitney Webb: Head of the Hydra: The Rise of Robert Kadlec (17-May-2020)
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    20 / 20   World Economic Forum Junior Leaders Alumni