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Eric Margolis on the Gaza situation πŸ”— 1718118403  

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As hinted at by Eric in TFA, the divide between the largely austro-german heritage Jews who hew closely to principle versus the Jews of the pale of settlement who largely treat their orthodoxy as a religion of crime due to their "thou shalt go nuts when it comes to the goy" attitude is of the utmost importance. There's no conspiracy that the latter sharks swam towards blood and became the Rothschilds and Korshaks of the world; they were simply the smartest of the hoods. This line of argumentation is how you "attack the Jews from the torah", rather than just going Stormfront on their ass. Such is no better than the way the regime in Israel treats their Judean and Samarian captives; they likely could have peacefully converted most of them had they the the wisdom to try rather than treat them as goy to be ridden roughshod over.

DNC crosses the rubicon πŸ”— 1717172978  

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First time they've locked up a POTUS contender since Debs, and first time it's been done to the RNC. From here I presume the game will be DOJ filing in all 50 states to take him off the ballot. Hard to see how this doesn't clinch him either winning the election or people finally having the courage to call the regime totally illegitimate.

F-Troop's grisly strategy to enforce the "closing of the gun show loophole" πŸ”— 1716929945  

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Simply murder anyone with standing, so the ruling can't ever be challenged. No Man, No problem.

How the CIA took over social media πŸ”— 1716575114  

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Pretty much the same way that the mob took over union pension funds back in the day. Like the mob, I'm sure they aren't just using this to shape public opinion (union legbreakers at your local polling place), but to steal.

Some potential mischief with LLMs πŸ”— 1716492945  

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Once .gov first tasted the forbidden fruit of illegal surveillance, they never gave it up. Ever since the FIB's first illegal taps, this shit has just perpetually escalated until the point we are at now. Dragnet surveillance of practically every form of communication is the norm. The surveillance state dreams that they can use LLMs to read the firehose for them and finally make their East German wet dream real. The DoD can then use this to build CABAL from "Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun" and become a near-omniscient Murder, Inc.

LLM assisted Steganography and chaffing

Technology cannot only be used by the nefarious criminals riding herd on the monster. These tools can make them choke to death on their beloved firehose. Wiretaps will be worthless when not only can you make perfect AI reproductions of your, or anyone's voice, but you can have it spout nonsense 24 hours a day tying up multiple phone lines. Similarly, while meeting with people, you can play prerecorded nonsense, and actually communicate with pen and paper. The truly paranoid will only use synthesized voices, never allowing anyone but their family to know their speech.

One could do the same with digital appearances; a Vtuber morphing like in Michael Jackson's "Black or White" music video. The whole idea is that the only time you communicate anything in which .gov might have interest in, it could with reasonable doubt be said these are just 2 AIs spouting nonsense at each other in a loop like a "numbers station". Via use of TOTP, both parties could easily know which timespan to watch for the relevant message, with .gov powerless to know which is meaningful.

Robocalls to choke the monster

I'm sure there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth at someone who automates a system which is simply AIs calling each other and engaging in nonstop "terrorist chatter". Things on similar wavelengths to "discussing gambling on kiddie porn competitions to raise funds for self-driving IEDs to send to abortion clinics". In minecraft, mind you. While such behavior is entirely legal, I'm sure it'll raise some eyebrows over at Fort Meade.

Countermeasures such as SARs and other sanction by public-private partnershits should be expected when the feds prove less than amused by such artistry. Even phone calls will end up as heavily moderated as social media, as anyone who knows how to hit them where it hurts here will be quickly banned for life from communicating electronically. Perhaps this will finally put Ol' POTS out of its misery in favor of herding everyone onto more controlled mediums. Let's hope so.

US has no legal obligation to defend Japan πŸ”— 1715864633  

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Both the US and JP lie like rugs about this. It's useful to do so to fuel the inevitable betrayal narrative which will fuel re-militarization.

The birth of the neocons πŸ”— 1715863769  

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The Israel lobby and the war state had a baby. Listen to him talk to Scott about it here.

Note that many of these names also happen to be people connected to Sid Korshak -- it's also a mafia alliance.

New Caledonia once again in revolt πŸ”— 1715863600  

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Papuan savages ask once again "what about MY pillage?"

Afghan files leaker goes to the slammer πŸ”— 1715863527  

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Democracy and transparency, folks

Big Doin's in Ubangi-Shari πŸ”— 1715745598  

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Wagner rules the roost, but the CIA has sent in mercs to start beefing. Africa's warlord period continues.

Ukraine update: Russian offensive, western advisors πŸ”— 1715744328  

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Ukie defenses doing poorly on the Russian rather than the DPR/LPR front due to a combination of low manpower reserves and corruption preventing mining. NATO is responding by sending advisors and hoping they can hang on long enough for the somnolent president to get re-elected and send in the troops. This is on the heels of Germany reimposing conscription.

It's not looking good amigos.

The censorship net tightens πŸ”— 1715741614  

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The precedent set in the Mackey case eschews any limiting principle on how the law can be applied. Any β€œdisinformation” β€” that is, any untrue statement, even crude jokes, like jesting that Michelle Obama is a man, or that [insert politician] is really an alien lizard in a human skinsuit β€” so long as it might deter someone from voting, is a potential crime. Even the mild suggestion that voting is irrational, a belief long held by many mainstream political scientists, could count as a criminal act under this reading of Section 241. This broadening of scope is precisely the point.
I've told multiple people in my life why I consider voting to be not only irrational but immoral. I have likely posted as much multiple times upon this very site. Ever since the PATRIOT act, I knew this day would come. It's just a matter of time until libertarians and anarchists will not be tolerated by the state any longer. The edifice of lies the regime rests upon demands it.

Canada "Online Harms" bill: Life imprisonment for tourists engaging in ex-post facto thought crime πŸ”— 1715449065  

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Throws in soviet style snitch incentives. Their society will go straight to hell shortly.

AdVon, the AI grifters felching the corpses of the old media giants πŸ”— 1715448750  

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Sic transit

NATO: No "Boots on the ground" In Ukraine πŸ”— 1715272567  

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I've heard this lie before. Sure, it starts with a "no fly zone", but you inevitably get sucked in.

Scott A. Reviews Banania's book "origins of woke" πŸ”— 1714583083  

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I’m not really sure what to do here. How do you review a book that has a glaring omission, but also its author has written an essay called Here’s Why I Like Glaring Omissions And Think Everyone Should Have Them? Is it dishonest? Some sort of special super-meta-honesty? How many stars do you take off? Nothing in my previous history of book-reviewing has prepared me for this question.
Of course he's unprepared for reality, being a "rationalist/bayesian". They deny the implications of the Frame problem, which is their core error. I should write a blog post about this; it's why racism and all the concerns discussed are straight-up spooks. You might be able to walk a mile in another mans shoes, but you can't walk with his feet.

On archive.org's legal catastrophe πŸ”— 1714425274  

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An absolutely fascinating defense. "Someone else might not be able to commit this crime, so we should be allowed to do it" is one of the weirdest defences I have ever heard.
Hey, it worked for the TBTF banks...
"At bottom, [the Internet Archive’s] fair use defense rests on the notion that lawfully acquiring a copyrighted print book entitles the recipient to make an unauthorized copy and distribute it in place of the print book, so long as it does not simultaneously lend the print book. But no case or legal principle supports that notion. Every authority points the other direction."
Oops, guess your local library needs to burn their microfiche collection! Also, emulator enthusiasts up against the wall.

On the skunking of "nonplussed" πŸ”— 1714425090  

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Much of this Skunking occurs due to a lack of shared reading experiences. Once upon a time, most Anglos understood enough french to get the meaning of 'nonplussed', for the same reason we understood "a piece of work" to be a reference to Shakespeare's Hamlet. It is through reading the same books that we picked up on the same context clues leading to the same understanding of word meanings.

Metaphors, advanced vocab, jargon and turns of phrase are the linguistic equivalent of data compression. Usage of such is the primary difference between the sort of English you hear on TV (third grade or lower reading level) versus what is spoken by the literate.

Much of modern life actually relies on this implicitly. Without shared literary perspective, interpretation of the law becomes entirely arbitrary (see: sovcits). Many such cases.

True fluency requires a good degree of cultural assimilation. Some are disturbed by how this smuggles in a number of biases, but this is unavoidable. Every culture has to live somewhere and as such has its own set of "corn-pone opinions". When in Rome...

I'm not sure whether our ongoing revolution in communications technology is accelerating or arresting the rate of skunking. The world is increasingly adopting the English language and American norms while largely abandoning the literary heritage that built both. My gut instinct would be towards acceleration, but I am unsure anyone's seriously studied the topic.

ByteDance tells USG to pound sand πŸ”— 1714150932  

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Anyone paying attention knows the US won't take "yes" for an answer; like all other democracies, they aren't agreement capable. Showing weakness of any kind is just chum in the water to these sharks. Also, if they really have a bug up their ass about ya, they're just gonna go terminator on your ass and will not stop ever until you are dead. As such there is no rational reason for anyone to ever comply with US demands internationally. Make them pay for every inch with blood.

Gig worker surveillance firm: sends their data to JSOC, persecutes whistleblowers πŸ”— 1714075641  

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How much do you want to bet slack and discord are doing the exact same shit?

Net "Neutrality" is back πŸ”— 1714074699  

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Most of the commentariat is upset about this 360 head spinning (e.g. regime uncertainty). Look, if you haven't figured out democracies aren't "agreement capable" you simply aren't paying attention. The red man knew back then: white man speak with forked tongue. Welcome to the reservation.

Hosting: The KYC cometh πŸ”— 1714064659  

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D of Commerce wants anybody who runs code on behalf of others to make their customers do the full KYC anal probe. E.G. the entire hosting and "as a service" industry. "The government knowing my entire customer book couldn't possibly be used against me, right???" While this will catch guys who launder their shady bitcoin money into MRR for their SAAS from "ghost subscriptions", it'll impose crushing costs on the industry as a whole.

Noncompetes whacked πŸ”— 1713993122  

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Surprising, given the outright hostility to free association coming from every other organ of state. I'm sure there's some DEI dingbat out there pimping the idea that enserfing us is somehow worker protection.

Is medicine Effective? πŸ”— 1713992694  

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I always put it like this. If modern medicine did what it said on the tin, there wouldn't be "alternative medicine". The "closer to the truth" answer here isn't Scott's obviously cornpone opinion here, but this:

80% of medicine (mainstream or otherwise) is straight-up useless; this is because when it comes to conning the gullible & desperate, it's first-come, first-served. 80% of the other 20% will do nothing more than restore function or otherwise improve quality of life, rather than extend it. It's that tiny bit of remainder that will actually cause meaningful life extension, and these are the things that literally cost pennies.

E.G. what's important is not whiz-bang vaccines, but proper sanitation, NSAIDs, sterioids and the like. For a fraction of the cost, you get the majority of the benefit.

In short, diminishing returns on investment. No medicine this century is that much of an improvement on the "bessemer converter" level where it has obvious, large impacts on life expectancy. The ones that actually are tend to be treated as a heretic like Gallileo, as it inevitably is so effective because it upends the traditional understanding of bodily function. As such you should have very little hope for groundbreaking medical work to come out of corporate, given their witch hunting zeal.

How the EEOC built the nation's secret police πŸ”— 1713906362  

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In other words, you don’t have to shout slurs β€” if you criticize an employee’s performance, and the investigator thinks your criticism is unfair and that you are some flavor of bigot, that’s enough to justify a shakedown.

This means that virtually any interpersonal conflict in the workplace might cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and years of litigation β€” and employees in protected categories have massive incentives to generate or fabricate such conflicts.

This risk is existential for small and medium-sized businesses, which is one reason that labor-intensive businesses are dominated by massive conglomerates. You have to pay to play.

Conservative commentators love to characterize HR and DEI as β€œdead weight” patronage jobs, as if they were the product of bureaucratic bloat or laziness β€” but DEI mandarins aren’t lying when they say they perform a business-critical function.

If you are identified as a thought-criminal with respect to any legally-protected category, and your employer fails to discipline or terminate you, then any gender creature at the office can decide that you make them Feel Unsafe, and start building a case to put their hand in the company’s pocket.

Corporations don’t hire sprawling HR and DEI departments out of inertia, or because they’re afraid of popular pressure: they do it because they need an internal constituency that is as crazy as their craziest employee β€” that can keep the organization up to date with the latest progressive moral panic, and punish dissenting employees long before they generate a lawsuit. A DEI department is as practically necessary to the modern American corporation as Legal or Accounting.

It’s a brilliant workaround β€” it would, of course, be unconstitutional for the regular police to monitor your private communications and punish you for ideological crimes β€” but the EEOC built a $30B network of internal informants and political officers (twice the size and 3X the budget of the KGB at its peak) who are not accountable to the Constitution, and got your boss to pay for it.
This is why only glad-handing empty suits can get promoted at 100+ person firms, by the way. Frank criticism and Fuhren unter Der Hand (without which a firm can't function) cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. As such the modern firm limps along as a cripple.

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