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Biden Appointing Judges Faster Than Trump

Biden is appointing judges faster than Trump, and most everyone else—for now @ Brookings Institute Blog.

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British Race Violence
Severe class inequalities persist, and while it’s probably unrealistic to expect a society with which everyone can be satisfied, by European standards the British class system is still particularly pernicious. It’s not that racism has disappeared from the UK since the 1980s, but without a doubt the resistance of black and Asian communities during the decade of my birth produced very significant reforms that have changed the way my generation experiences and understands ‘race’. The gollywogs and banana skins are no longer a daily feature of black life here and neither is the Special Patrol Group, the notoriously abusive policing unit that gave almost all of the older men in my life a bloody good hiding, more than once. Though police brutality of course continues, few would deny things are far better in this respect than thirty years ago, for now at least. The physical battles fought by our parents’ generation have meant that ‘nigger hunting’ and ‘Paki bashing’ are far less common than they once were too.
Submitted by: UK

British Schizo Soul
Britain has two competing traditions – one rooted in ideas of freedom, equality and democracy, and another that sees these words as mere rhetoric to be trotted out at will and violated whenever it serves the Machiavellian purposes of power preservation. This is how the UK can have the largest of the demonstrations against the invasion of Iraq and yet still have a government that entirely ignored its population on an issue with such globe-shifting implications.
Submitted by: UK

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Culture: Comic Books / Literature
"Comic book movies are very popular. And small wonder. They are accessible and enticing. Like literary McDonalds. Culturally KFC."
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Deepstate: American Pravda
American Pravda: the Power of Organized Crime @ UNZ LINK.
Submitted by: Deepstate

Definitions: woke
Woke is seeing society's power dynamics in terms of critical race-gender theory identity. Straight white males at the top, gestalt queer black trans female at the bottom. Woke deliberately uses the wrong tense, a condescension to ape perceived 'street' grammar of black Americans.
Submitted by: Definitions

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Economics: Free Market Free Political Civil Authorities
If you're a believer in market capitalism efficiently sorting winners and losers by who's best at making money - who's best at winning the most ubiquitous competitive game in the world - therefore also who's best at their job - the same should apply to politics and civil authorities; all positions of value in society.
Submitted by: Politics

Eugene B Meyer - Federalist Society CEO

Eugene B. Meyer President and CEO, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

Submitted by: Human

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Fixation on Minor Airplane Carbon Emissions
Aviation emissions are a complete misdirection when it comes to battling climate change and human-origin carbon footprint. Headline articles railing against plane travel propagate to divert attention away from the industries with significantly larger footprint but, because regulating could be government/business policy TODAY, status quo enablers work to keep public pressure away from pushing legislative action to curb their profitable pollution.
Submitted by: Environmentalism

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History: First Command of George Washington General
First command of George Washington was to kick out the blacks from the American army. In fact POC mostly fought on the British side for fear of slavery.
Submitted by: History

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Infowars: Whole Foods
Classist? I'm no Whole Foods shill! There's no bargain in the food industry. Every dime saved at checkout is extracted multiple times in the supply chain. Source any Trader Joe/Aldi/Walmart/Lidl product. Trace it to the producer. It'll become clear why it's so cheap in store. You could say: "What do I care about supply chains or distant food producers? Just give me the savings." This is your prerogative. But our willful 'not my problem' approach to market consequences - who pays, writ large - is devouring the planet and has corrupted industrial agrifood; which means degraded products on shelves.
Submitted by: Infowars

Ivermectin Incentives
Ivermectin in clinical hands is a safe proven globally available antiviral. There's no medically or ethically sound reason to aggressively persecute and restrict use; or censor even discussion between experts. It makes no sense. It has nothing to do with getting vaccinated. The only concrete reason for the official crackdown on every aspect of non-vaccine responses is that vaccine emergency use requires no other treatments to be available. It's naive to think there wouldn't be regulatory capture when so much money is at stake. As a sidebar, the lack of AstraZeneca vaccine authorization in the USA - the non-profit vax - because it'd decrease Pfizer/Moderna revenue, is another smoking gun. What other reason to exclude it? The consistency of profit over patient is too comprehensive.
Submitted by: Coronavirus

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Language: Figures of speech matter
Figures of speech are important. Because they're a target for subversion. "Science created this virus." Nature created it. Science is simply a toolkit for understanding reality in a way that communicates reproducible explanations. That's all. Science isn't evil. Scientists facilitating evil can't be a reason for everyone to terminate questions; or defer to superstition intuition.
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Media: David Sinclair / Health Entrepreneurs
It's a pity David Sinclair has financial interests in consumer health product selling, like Inside Tracker. Money is a dirty motivator, beyond a certain point. Monetizing health is a recipe for grift on a trillion dollar scale; and an engine for wealth defining longevity not worth or need. All we are saying is give peace a change. Epigenome - differentiated cells - cells are the CD (DNA) and the reader/writer (Epigenome). It's the reader/writer that degrades not just the CD. What did Sinclair say about memory backup? Where is that? How can there be epigenetic memory?? Look into the mouse eye growing back. Child chronology? Why do most of the genetic combinations create tumors?
Submitted by: Media

Media: WSJ Titans of Industry Jewish Philanthropy
Titans of Industry Join Forces To Work for Jewish Philanthropy @ WSJ ARTICLE behind paywall.
Submitted by: Media

Missing Context
"Missing context" is the fact-checker euphemism for "this claim is correct but we don't want anyone screencapping this as ammo."
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Neuroscience: Consciousness Thought
Consciousness persistence, chemical balance matters but if chemistry from moment A to A+1 changes little, the spell isn't broken. Sudden changes to general brainchemistry will break it, though if state is thereafter consistent, spell reasserts. It's only strong a associated memories that are parsed against current brainchemistry. If the memories  evoke contradictory chemistry, it'll feel wrong, artificial, unabsorbing. Orgasm makes a paradigm shift in brainchemistry, hence buyer's remorse (!)? Drugs and alcohol can do the same, hence in part the allure.
Submitted by: Neuroscience

Note: suckers v risk taker competence
Giving money to the most competent risk-takers best positioned, best at exploiting advantaged position etc: it isn't necessary so bad. Infrastructure project billed at 10x cost, massive profit for the business getting the money. Ideally the infrastructure gets built too. Recipient takes a riskb but if he's judicious discreet enough he won't be exposed/punished so the risk pays off. Payment is funded by the millions of docile disorganized suckers working shit jobs for shit money.
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OffGuardian: The Propaganda War (And How to Fight It)
OFF-GUARDIAN ARTICLE Simply engaging in a "better" strategy of reality propaganda is NOT going to improve daily life, nor will it be effective push back against the mass media conditioning program of the past 15+ months. If anything, picking out another set of symbols marks out the segregation according to the bullsh1t rules of the govt-oligarchy. It plays into their hands. Propaganda reality dies in lived nuance. Apartheid is eroded by exposing the irrelevance of the terms of segregation; by ignoring it, by disdaining its orthodoxies - as infantile, disingenuous caricature. Go about your daily life without any of the symbols of conformism or rebellion. Force the world into a human to human dynamic, and confront only when confronted. Face to face. I know it doesn't counterpoint the anger felt (justifiably) about the whole coronavirus debacle like the sledgehammer red triangle badge but the symbol is a conceit, compounding the problem for the sake of performative rebellion. It's far more effective to dismiss both the propaganda reality and the compelled behaviour; and react to the drone-policing if/when it happens.
Submitted by: Infowars

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Perspective: Environmentalism v Plane Travel
Plane travel cross-pollinates individuals at an unprecedented scale. This cross-pollination turns foreign to familiar, which is the most effective rebuttal to fascists weaponizing xenophobia through fear into "us against them" Untermensch thinking. Attacking plane travel for the small impact on the planet's pollution is both a bad loss leader and a recipe for populations hostile to more and more nationalities perceived as 'other'. The temptation to fixate on planets and airports is a natural one, for an environmentalist, but it's short-sighted and ultimately counterproductive. Human society isn't better when it's atomized.
Submitted by: Perspective

Politics: How can democracy be subverted back to to serving the people?
But, when democracy is subverted by universal suffrage itself, isn't the problem for opposition the establishing of credible long-term roots, i.e. visible markers to attract and channel energy of activists, supporters and capable individuals, to build an enduring multi-term base?
Submitted by: Politics

Politics: Duopoly Weakpoints
Folks, it's all down to the public consent - the votes. I know that sounds stating the obvious but it really is that simple. If every subscriber of just one of a dozen independent current affairs shows took informed voter choices as a real-life must-act imperative, and acted on a personal level to turn individual voter apathy into an individual simply voting in his/her best interests, it'd change the dynamics of power in America. The entire political map would change over the course of a single Presidential term.
Submitted by: Politics

Politics: Nina Turner and Jim Clyburn - Evangelical Voter Energy
The only way to beat big money big name establishment inertia is ground level, door to door, face to face, personal connection with voters. It takes a lot of people to make this work. CHANGE CAN'T MESSAGE EN MASSE - 17% turnout should be a headline. (It'd be interesting to look deeper into Clyburn/Turner preacher-inspired rhetoric - as Nina used in the megachurch on the Sunday before primary. I've no doubt it's effective in its way... But 17% turnout sure suggests it's not hitting everyone. In 2021, could it have become alienating i.e. a vote losing campaign strategy?) See @ VIDEO. And @ VIDEO.
Submitted by: Politics

Politics: Duopoly Polarized Bases
Duopoly base locked in stability, fierce fight over a few percentage swing bc keeping out third party maximum important. This is good policy BUT hasa weakness if there's a coherent bloc in that few percent - defining result, leveraging power.
Submitted by: Politics

Politics: Breaking Points - Reigning In Big Tech
DC teaming up against Big Tech isn't good for the average American. They won't break up the mega corporations. They won't extract fair taxes. There'll be no antitrust. What DC wants is control. Of information. Of messaging. Propaganda. Orthodoxy. Censorship. People data. People tracking. As Mcluhan said decades ago: the medium is the message. In 2021 this means Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, Twitter etc. They get profit; from you. DC gets power; over you.
Submitted by: Politics

Principles of Virtue
Virtue ethics teaches: An action is only right if it is an action that a virtuous person would carry out in the same circumstances. A virtuous person is a person who acts virtuously. A person acts virtuously if they "possess and live the virtues" A virtue is a moral characteristic that a person needs to live well.
Submitted by: Ethics

Psychology: Relational Frame Theory

Relational Frame Theory @ ARTICLE SERIES on newharbinger.com

Submitted by: Psychology

Public Discourse About Racism
public discourse about racism is still as childish and supine as it ever was. Where we do discuss race in public, we have been trained to see racism – if we see it at all – as an issue of interpersonal morality. Good people are not racist, only bad people are. This neat binary is a great way of avoiding any real discussion at all. But without the structural violence of unequal treatment before the law and in education, and a history of racial exploitation by states, simple acts of personal prejudice would have significantly less meaning. In short, we are trained to recognise the kinds of racism that tend to be engaged in by poorer people.
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Real Estate: Daily Mail - Million Pound Postal Codes
10 new postal codes join the millionaire club @ https://mol.im/a/9922931 This is silly estate agent clickbait. Most of London's properties (freeholds) are cut up into flats. Imagine a street lined with 20 stucco-fronted Edwardian townhouses, £4 million average house price. £80 million of real estate. Rich enough to be in this millionaire club. Then imagine the same street, exact same 20 buildings, with 8 period conversions in each, £700K average flat price. £112 million of real estate. Not rich enough to be in the millionaire's club.
Submitted by: Real Estate Daily Mail

Rich Racism v Poor Racism
The kinds of racism still engaged in by the wealthy and the powerful – such as the theft of entire regions’ resources under a thinly veiled update of ‘the white man’s burden’ (basically ‘the savages can’t govern themselves’), or profiteering from a racially unjust legal and prison system – are far more egregious and damaging. Yet these forms of racism are given far less attention than racism as simple name-calling. All said and done, the idea of racial hierarchy and the attendant philosophy of innate white superiority were not invented by poor people, and while we are not excusing the central role that everyday racism has played in upholding racial hierarchies in the UK and elsewhere, our critique should not rest there.
Submitted by: UK

Roboticist Rodney Brooks Predictions For The Future (2018-)

Roboticist MIT Emeritus Rodney Brooks predictions for 30-50 years into the future @ PERSONAL BLOG category. See also MIT directory entry and ROBUST.AI team page.

Submitted by: Future

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Social Media Waste
Every second on Twitter is a waste of time. Most are too engrossed to see, swept along arguing over the latest clickbait. I am worse, though. I know social media is corrosive. I am ALWAYS aware there is better things I could be doing. But I am too lazy or feckless to bother. O well.
Submitted by: Social Media Waste

Society: Dehumanizing Confirmation Bias
Everyone you meet, meet fresh not as a group or a demographic or a generation. Generalizing is to dehumanize, racist or prejudiced bigoted fucked up. Confirmation bias made manifest. Path of social least resistance. Dropsybrain. Fuck that!
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Thomas Chatterton Williams Twitter: Customer Service v Quality of Care

Thomas Chatterton Williams Tweet about French stores hours. "I've lived in France too and sympathize with your frustration at this kind of 'inexcusable' inconvenience. Initially, it affirms preconceptions: typical European "siesta-brain"- bad service, bad business. But then reflect on quality of product, quality of life, quality of care."

Submitted by: Twitter

Twin Towers
Two means tolerance, one means division.
Submitted by: Metaphors

Twitter Thread: The Days of Full Covid Coverage Are Over (21-Sept-2021)

Christopher Rowland (@PostRowland on Twitter): The Days of full Covid-19 Coverage Are Over (21-Sept-2021) @ "The days of full covid coverage are over. Insurers are restoring deductibles and copays, leaving patients with big bills" on twitter.com social media.

Submitted by: Twitter Thread: Covid-19

Twitter: Afghanistan @RespectIsVital
Twitter feed from Afghanistan @RespectIsVital via THREAD.
Submitted by: Twitter Feed

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Virtue Ethics versus Principles Ethics
Virtue ethics is based on the consequences of actions, whereas principle-based ethics is based on character traits. Virtue ethics is based on set of rules, whereas principle-based ethics is based on consequences of actions.
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White Ethnic Bigotry
While ethnic bigotry has been around for millennia and probably affects every known human community to some degree, the invention, or at least codification, of ‘race’ was an eighteenth and nineteenth century pan-Euro-American project, in which British intellectuals played a central role. Britain also had a pioneering role in making white supremacy a temporary political reality via its racialised global empire, yet to publicly discuss racism, much less have the gall to accurately name white supremacy as a strong current in Britain’s history, is to be greeted with odium by some who claim to study that history, but it seems would rather be left to uncritically celebrate it in peace.
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Zing: At A Charmless Person
"You've got the charisma of a ghost."
Submitted by: Zing


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