Mar 25

Comments Closed Forever

I was recently considering re-enabling commenting on my blog here. With the new FOSTA law, any user-generated content is potentially dangerous so I will not ever allow comments again.

Anyone who believes the bill had anything to do with sex trafficking or will help that in any way is simply delusional. But don’t believe me — believe the US Department of Justice.

No less than the U.S. Department of Justice has urged against passing FOSTA, calling it unconstitutional and saying that it would make prosecuting sex traffickers harder.

Of course, Facebook and Google love this law because onerous regulation is a competitive moat and favors those with deep pockets. I’d urge anyone who has comments active on their blogs to close those as they are now potentially a source of direct harm to you legally and financially.

With Net Neutrality destroyed, and with FOSTA, the internet as we knew it is now gone, never to return. It was inevitable but it is still sad.

Mar 24

Gotta Have

“Our faith is faith in someone else’s faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.”

-William James, “The Will to Believe”

Mar 24

A Very Rough Diamond

Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel should’ve actually been called Germs, Christianity, Culture, and Economics. Christianity was the vital cultural technology that allowed such a violent and comprehensive imperial expansion, and economic ideas and technologies (also heavily influenced by Christianity) provided the engine thereof.

There can be non-experts in a field who write a book that is perspicacious and breaks new ground. Alas, Diamond’s book is not one of those. It is anthropologically unsound, ashistorical, and ignores the most important elements in favor of relatively-unimportant ones (guns, steel).

Diamond went the long, stupid way ’round to “prove” the genetic non-superiority of European populations. The whole idea of genetic superiority is already prima facie idiotic, so why all the “being colossally wrong” was necessary, I haven’t any idea.

It’s not that all of Diamond’s ideas are wrong, or even bad. It’s that history is far, far more contingent than Diamond gives credit for, and if events had turned a little differently, Diamond would’ve been able to find post hoc reasons for why they occurred, too.

Mar 24

Cambridge

Just to be clear: nothing that Cambridge Analytica did was illegal. It is Facebook SOP.

Why people care so much when this has been happening for a decade, I haven’t any idea. Maybe it’ll result in positive change, but I somehow doubt it. If you don’t understand the problem what hope is there for fixing it?

Mar 23

PS

I do not use Craigslist Personals, though I did meet one woman on the site many years ago, but I told you so.

So the 99.9% of legitimate users will be harmed so we can also hurt sex workers? Sounds great.

I can’t believe all the idiocy¬† of those (including many, many people on the Left) who supported this censorship bill.

Mar 23

Sigrid II

Can we have more Sigrid? Hell yes we can!

I like how obviously enthused Corden was about her performance, as she was great. Would love to see her live.

Mar 23

Tent

The first ten on today’s playlist:

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That Rosie Flores cover of my favorite Merle Haggard song is fucking fantastic, ya’ll.

Mar 23

Sigrid

Fun:

She has more personality and charisma than most small countries. And she reminds me of someone I knew a long time ago.

Mar 23

Sociality

I don’t fit in any social group. Partly because I don’t want to, partly because I am a huge introvert, and partly because in general the more I get to know someone, the less I like them.

This is only not true of a few people, and they know who they are.

I think often that I want a larger social group, but the simple fact is that I couldn’t tolerate it in reality.

Mar 22

Wolfgangplank

About immigration, liberals are fucking idiots.

Simply telling people that immigration is great and if they don’t like it they are evil racists is not even the worst of it.

What is the worst is insisting that immigration will not have consequences and that it “should not.” If the consequences are that people will be more distrustful, more likely to elect fascists, Nazis or similar people, and become less likely to do sane and sensible things — this is all still a consequence of immigration.

Unlike a whole lot of liberals, and perhaps the majority of them, I care about what happens in the real world and not in my damnn fantasyland.

I was done with conservative fantasyland a long time ago. Now, I’m done with the liberal version, too.

No path so I will create the path.