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US to continue it's role as the Taliban's air force ๐Ÿ”— 1630341910  

Attacking Daesh Khorasan, which is likely just pashtun tribes that don't play ball.

Israel gives Biden the cold shoulder ๐Ÿ”— 1630341612  

Not shocking, they know the only serious opposition to the Israelis comes from the Jewish left in America.

Ramaphosa reins in the spooks ๐Ÿ”— 1630341401  

Interesting that they were weak enough to get clapped. What comes next will be interesting to say the least.

On AI, Data Hoarding and Privacy ๐Ÿ”— 1630340131  

This is, by the way, the dirty secret of the machine learning movement: almost everything produced by ML could have been produced, more cheaply, using a very dumb heuristic you coded up by hand, because mostly the ML is trained by feeding it examples of what humans did while following a very dumb heuristic. There's no magic here. If you use ML to teach a computer how to sort through resumes, it will recommend you interview people with male, white-sounding names, because it turns out that's what your HR department already does. If you ask it what video a person like you wants to see next, it will recommend some political propaganda crap, because 50% of the time 90% of the people do watch that next, because they can't help themselves, and that's a pretty good success rate.
Pretty much. AI is just a mirror, and the twerps just don't like what they see.
The brilliant bit here is that each of the trackers has a bit of data about you, but not all of it, because not every tracker is on every web site. But on the other hand, cross-referencing individuals between trackers is kinda hard, because none of them wants to give away their secret sauce. So each ad seller tries their best to cross-reference the data from all the tracker data they buy, but it mostly doesn't work. Let's say there are 25 trackers each tracking a million users, probably with a ton of overlap. In a sane world we'd guess that there are, at most, a few million distinct users. But in an insane world where you can't prove if there's an overlap, it could be as many as 25 million distinct users! The more tracker data your ad network buys, the more information you have! Probably! And that means better targeting! Maybe! And so you should buy ads from our network instead of the other network with less data! I guess!

None of this works. They are still trying to sell me car insurance for my subway ride.
Recommendation engines are highly context dependent. I don't read news with the idea I'm gonna buy shit. I do watch videos with the idea I may watch more.
When I heard this was also when I learned the word "satisficing," which essentially means searching through sludge not for the best option, but for a good enough option. Nowadays Netflix isn't about finding the best movie, it's about satisficing. If it has the choice between an award-winning movie that you 80% might like or 20% might hate, and a mainstream movie that's 0% special but you 99% won't hate, it will recommend the second one every time. Outliers are bad for business.
Yet again reiterating that AI can't do better than recommend what we already empirically are shown to like. It's such a mirror we don't realize it later in the same article.

How managers screw up Auftragstrategik ๐Ÿ”— 1630338878  

Make it feel like Taylorism by having missions other than making money by doing less work or making better products

Taibbi on the wars ๐Ÿ”— 1630338751  

under the influence of captured parties and the militaryโ€™s ubiquitous and extravagantly funded public relations apparatus, America has itself redefined the โ€œnature of war.โ€ Armed conflict has gone from being an occasional unpleasant political necessity to the core product line of the American corporation. Wars are what we make, and like blue jeans or Louisville Sluggers, we build them to last, with Afghanistan the prime example.
Whooooa, like I-Raq! Built Ford Tough

Antifa Thugs acting about how one would expect ๐Ÿ”— 1629995792  

Taibbi rightly has a moment of forbidden noticing about the matter.

IDF looking to get the USA into an Iran war ๐Ÿ”— 1629994693  

Well, that's one way to try to keep the USA "in theatre"

Total Afghan war cost: 2.3 Trillion ๐Ÿ”— 1629925684  

Flushed right down the commode. Just think how much good that could have done in the form of taxes not needing to be paid.

OnlyFans negotiates end to ChokePointing ๐Ÿ”— 1629902380  

Thots off death watch

Nasrallah: Afghanistan pullout proves what every Jihadi has said about the USA ๐Ÿ”—
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Just like in Iraq, US bungling continues to provide endless moral authority to fellows like Nasrallah. This will prove even more fatal to the US agenda than the (now) very real possibility of an Iran friendly nation existing between Iran and Pakistan. I don't think the USA realizes how quickly the rest of the Middle East might realize that it is the right time to kick out the Americans and their quisling regimes, much like the Afghanis did. Saudi and Israel should probably cease their warmongering activities and focus on diplomacy.

Scott Horton interviews Eric Margolis on next steps in Afghanistan ๐Ÿ”— 1629765123  

The next NATO move is likely to side with the Taliban in an attempt to make a muja menace against china (Uyghurs) and Russia (Uzbeks).

Next steps for the Taliban ๐Ÿ”— 1629741196  

Quickly building ties with their neighbors and deflecting NATO excuses for "humanitarian intervention".

Debunking Elite revisionism about them falling for OBL's gambit ๐Ÿ”— 1629649206  

As always excellent work by Scott Horton

How the lizard people took over america's war ๐Ÿ”— 1629514353  

Twenty years. All that exists of this century. As I have written elsewhere, the war was a total failure, by any measure, perhaps the great failure of our age, the nexus of all the malignant forces precipitating American declineโ€”End of History delusions, failed leadership, the ascendant Human Rights NGO complex, public-private self-dealingโ€”venal, arrogant, brain-dead, sclerotic, unaccountable in every aspect. We will likely learn nothing from this catastrophe. Our leadership class will not be chastened by it. They will not reconsider their magical thinking. They will simply redirect it elsewhere. Probably at home. There is already talk of forgetting the terrorists in Afghanistan so we can fight the terrorists on our own soil.

In case there is any doubt, they are referring to you and me. They are referring to anyone who doubts their mandate to rule over us. What comes next will likely be far worse than what preceded it, if equally deranged. And though the architects of this failed war might not take any lessons from Afghanistan, we can. The Pashtun persevered because they had the will to do so. Because they had God on their side.

Hold the line. Call their bluff. They will blink first. The weaker hand always does.

Requiem for the 'stan ๐Ÿ”— 1629495902  

Great essay by a veteran. In'shallah the fall of the capital will be the next thing the empire brings home.

Magnetic fields at a distance ๐Ÿ”— 1629493943  

Interesting implications for the SPARC reactor.

Interesting interview on the consequences of the CRA ๐Ÿ”— 1629301958  

Another doctrine, which was invented by a combination of the courts and executive agencies, is disparate impact. So if you give standardized tests, Grigg vs. Duke Power Company, this was a case early after the Civil Rights Act. It said if you give an IQ test and it has a disparate impact between groupsโ€ฆ you can still use it but itโ€™s a little complicated, it has to be related to the work, but it becomes harder. Everything you do that has a racial disparate impact, and by the way everything in the world has a racial disparate impact, if you find something that doesnโ€™t Iโ€™ll be surprised, they can come after you for it either through the government directly coming after you or through people suing you.
And people wonder why corporate doesn't have real measurable performance metrics, and nobody's responsible for anything. It might result in "forbidden noticing" and thus be unlawful.
It says you canโ€™t discriminate in government and you canโ€™t discriminate in private business. And most people at the time thought that basically meant you couldnโ€™t put up a sign that says no black people. Even the gender thing they say was added as a joke actually. Somebody was trying to kill the bill, they didnโ€™t want the racial equality parts. They said, โ€œit would be so absurd to have a society where you didnโ€™t discriminate based on sexโ€ so they put sex in there hoping to kill the bill. And it ended up passing.
Many such cases
The fact that it was vague and there were potentially substantial penalties sort of put business on edge. You needed a full-time bureaucratic class to interpret the laws and what was going on.

So the DEI industry is derived off of the rise of human resources. So you know, the way people see woke institutions today, โ€œwell theyโ€™re just deciding to be woke, thereโ€™s just a class of people deciding to take the leftwing issue on anything related to race and gender,โ€ and some of that is obviously right. But youโ€™re ignoring that basically legally youโ€™re only allowed to be on one side of the culture wars.
This means half of the population is essentially unemployable in corporate because wrongthink. Surely destroying all small business won't have radicalizing consequences by forcing these people into corporate???

Inertial confinement appears to work ๐Ÿ”—
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The extreme difficulty with which the fuel is built is the most concerning aspect with regard to its prospects for commercialization. Others have valid concerns.

The Afghan war is finally over ๐Ÿ”—
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The hulking edifice of lies finally collapsed in a mostly bloodless takeover. I pray the rest of the empire goes the same way soon.

BONUS: Another take on the hit this has on USA's mandate of heaven. I'm considerably sanguine on the subject, considering even the fiasco of Vietnam only took 12 years to overcome until it was back to the SN:AFU.

The west's cultural revolution is over ๐Ÿ”— 1628917309  

Bingo, we have a winner. It's $SUCCESSOR_IDEOLOGY deciding to do what all dominant ideologies do, e.g. PURGE THE HERETIC!

Locklin on the Lockdown ๐Ÿ”—
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Great, and hilarious.
My theory has always been that lung borne viral ailments will basically do what they please, and humans are helpless before them. So far it looks like I am correct.
Having also actually payed attention in biology class this was my initial assessment and I've also seen no reason to revise it.

Cannabidiol useful against the 'Rona ๐Ÿ”— 1628692423  

SMOKE WEED EVERYDAY ๐Ÿ˜Ž

The Internet's core innovation ๐Ÿ”— 1628623284  

Monetizing people's need to be heard, and have a sense of belonging to a community. It's digital frat houses filled with bought friends everywhere.

New blog post ๐Ÿ”—
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On why DC can't do anything but have tupac holograms fiddle while rome burns

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