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Outage Inquest: Majority of outages not due to weather πŸ”— 1614357950  

Of Texas’ power generators that were not operational during the storm, Magness said the freeze was responsible 42% of the failures. A lack of fuel and equipment damage unrelated to the weather also contributed, but Magness said that for 38% of the plant outages, the problem remains unclear.
Just in time inventory + price control shortages = plants off for no reason.

Why did they adopt this clearly lunatic strategy of JIT inventory? Because they know contract law is toothless against them, and they'll never pay the price for violating their SLAs.

New blog post πŸ”— 1614235505  

On bitcoin and our current financial situation.

Bill Gates: talking his own book πŸ”— 1614195237  

Essentially what's going on with all political activism at a high level. It's 1000% corrupt grifting from bottom to top.

Air force admits the F-35 is a turkey πŸ”— 1614195033  

Gib new plane plox. Self licking ice cream cone

Unreal Engine has automated making online avatars πŸ”— 1614194925  

I had a feeling the vTuber future being brought to everyone was closer than anyone imagined.

All talking heads and pols will now be Eliza Kassan and John Henry Eden henceforth.

More on the Navy's recent extraordinary patents πŸ”— 1614194724  

Given the inventor has been sidelined, one suspects they were extraordinary flops.

35 trillion and counting: Accounting adjustments at pentagram πŸ”— 1614194443  

Good enough for government work

Wolf on Bitcoin πŸ”— 1614189187  

Hype is the fundamentals (for all currencies!). I figured out things were a game of musical chairs pump and dump when I realized this grew out of the 07-08 gold speculations. It's the same pyramid scheme as back then (which is why gold has never retraced it's old gains).

Vertical Farming: Insanely Expensive πŸ”— 1613749256  

Lulz, people actually thought this would work?

Yarvin on SSC & the rationalists πŸ”— 1613528508  

Every rationalist is a disappointed lover. The rationalist becomes a rationalist because he has one simple dream: he wants the world to be ruled by reason. This dream always lets him down and always will.

It’s easy to fault the rationalists for the semiotic arrogance of their self-selected label. As if no one in history had ever thought of being rational! This is uber cringe.
These clowns always have no conception of the sins/virtues and how they just so happen to line up on emotion/reason. It's always the same old fight by the clueless.
The disappointed lover keeps being disappointed. And he keeps coming back: like the dolphin, he enjoys his rest in motion. The dissident is trying to get out of Plato’s cave. The rationalist is trying to furnish it. Tough when the trees are so drippy, and the sun is so weakβ€”the upholstery gets moldy so fast…

Late in any empire, there is an air of dismal futility to all these efforts at reform. Since talking about what should be done is a pastime, a profession, a pretense that will never cease before they stop having Super Bowls, the discourse continues. Everyone really knows the real answer: nothing can be done. Nothing will be done.

Libs get conned doubly by the Lincoln project πŸ”— 1613524741  

Doubly so because the woke BS is just a right wing conspiracy conning them into not paying attention to the wars and the vortex of corruption.

USA/Israel/Saudi/UAE end blockade of Qatar πŸ”— 1613140685  

Seems they started playing ball and joined "team Persia haters"

Feds using baseband processors to hack signal πŸ”— 1613083040  

Remember: every phone has a black box.

SSC on Ezra Klein's "Why we're polarized" πŸ”— 1612921515  

Klein's core thesis is that it's all because the Dixiecrats flipped R in the 70s, and the answer is to disenfranchise the republicans forever.

Of course, being in the Yank matrix, SSC can't see what's staring himself in the face, even though he has a hint by alluding to WTF happened in 1971?

The reality is that the dixiecrats wouldn't have made their devils' bargain with the party of lincoln had the Yanks not decided to just print money to the moon so that they could do literally everything they wanted and ignore all others. Yanno, kinda like the yanks did back during reconstruction.

It really is that simple to fix the country. Just stop believing Yank lies. Or, wait until they blow up in their faces again.

On Legible expertise πŸ”— 1612839895  

SSC thinks prediction markets are the answer we need for Full Communism Now(TM). He fails to realize it will fail for the same reason; participants optimize for success. You get more of what you reward, less of what you punish.

Greenwald gigadunks on Clubhouse Infiltrators πŸ”— 1612839812  


Protecting capital during wartime πŸ”— 1612839752  

When you realize the implications for crypto you'll be more bullish than you ever thought possible

WaPo: Only now reporting on what ZH reported last year πŸ”— 1612803429  

Sounds about right

Dems floating bill to send $250 check a month per child πŸ”— 1612799505  

Some serious bread and circus action right there. Yearly costs are almost as bad as our current yearly war costs. Since we can't even afford the wars "as-is", all this means is more inflation and debt (accelerating the time table for bankruptcy or hyperinflation).

Sultan the Gorilla πŸ”— 1612799185  

Neat story of early 1900s England life

The "woke" perspective on the dog pound πŸ”— 1612557158  


EU: Plaxicoed on Vaccine, goes to beg Russians for more, diplomat insults Lavrov instead πŸ”— 1612554162  


An alternative perspective on Taiwan πŸ”— 1612551228  

Author suspects an anschluss will be the end scenario, just because the locals aren't enthusiastic enough about their local tyrants. Probably correct; modern militaries are in a box as nobody intelligent enough to be an effective fighter is patriotic anymore. That leaves fighting for ones' family or plunder (the former is being actively undermined by the government, and the latter expressly prohibited).

In short, the mechanics that made mass mobilization work have collapsed for the westernized (read: feminized) countries. This will make them international "sick men" who can do practically nothing about encroachment once their peer competitors such as China reach similar levels of capitalization.

The Thirty Tyrants πŸ”— 1612455840  

This month's "must read". This will breathe new life into the conservatives.
What seems clear is that Biden’s inauguration marks the hegemony of an American oligarchy that sees its relationship with China as a shield and sword against their own countrymen. Like Athens’ Thirty Tyrants, they are not simply contemptuous of a political system that recognizes the natural rights of all its citizens that are endowed by our creator; they despise in particular the notion that those they rule have the same rights they do. Witness their newfound respect for the idea that speech should only be free for the enlightened few who know how to use it properly. Like Critias and the pro-Sparta faction, the new American oligarchy believes that democracy’s failures are proof of their own exclusive right to powerβ€”and they are happy to rule in partnership with a foreign power that will help them destroy their own countrymen.

What does history teach us about this moment? The bad news is that the Thirty Tyrants exiled notable Athenian democrats and confiscated their property while murdering an estimated 5% of the Athenian population. The good news is that their rule lasted less than a year.
I suspect things will get far, far bloodier.

The origins of couching sentences in "I Feel" πŸ”— 1612453767  

Part and parcel of our "let's never take responsibility for anything" emotional ninny culture

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