- By raw coincidence from – here is this line from McSweeney’s – specifically regarding prayers to end war and murder
Mudslides, freak lightning storms, untreatable illnesses–those are God problems. But YOU killing each other with killing machines YOU created to kill each other seems like a YOU problem. Go do something about it! But, hey, that’s just this God’s opinion.
As Hoffer put it – we walk between the devil and the dragon.
- My favorite SMBC so far – sort of related to my “Let’s Kill Hitler” book idea.
- One of Tyler Cowen’s better posts – regarding Moore’s Law and Social Media – some nuggets
Manipulable people can be reached with a greater flood of information, so over time as data on them accumulate, they become more manipulable.
It is often easier to manipulate smart people than stupid people, because the latter may be oblivious to a greater set of cues and clues.
There is a performative dimension that renders both sides more rigid and dishonest.
The socially sensitive, very smart people will become the most despairing, the most manipulated, and the most angry. The socially insensitive will either jump ship into the camp of the socially sensitive, or they will cultivate new methods of detachment, with or without Stoicism. Straussianism will compete with Stoicism.
Social sensitivity is the nugget of wisdom – that seems like more of a spectrum disorder (to use the parlance of our time)
From this episode of The Atlanta Podcast
Jail is for people you’re scared of, not people you’re mad at
From dot net rocks (regarding interuptions and software project management)
You have to stop yanking the flower out of the ground to see how the roots are growing.
From Kevin Williamson – one of my recent favorite pundits:
Congress can use a little less self-importance and a little more self-respect.
From her Wikipedia Entry
Despite her prominence among the young musicians of the 1960s and 1970s, and her writing of “Woodstock” (where she was prevented from performing because her manager thought it was more advantageous to appear on The Dick Cavett Show), she did not align herself with the era’s protest movements or its cultural manifestations. She has said that the parents of the boomers were unhappy, and “out of it came this liberated, spoiled, selfish generation into the costume ball of free love, free sex, free music, free, free, free, free we’re so free. And Woodstock was the culmination of it.” But “I was not a part of that,” she explained in an interview
Identities strike again I suppose. Making one’s costless opinions (on Climate Change, Trump, the Vietnam War in this case) of primary importance is perplexing, particularly when I do it. Granted people do talk a lot about parenting, work, etc (i.e stuff they actually do every day) the opinions are useful proxies for something I suppose.
From this documentary about Leonard Cohen
Poetry is not an occupation, but a verdict.
It’s odd – his relationship with the material world seems perfect, i.e. something to be consumed, not pursued or desired. The concepts aren’t diametrically opposed, but it does change the outlook.
He is a very good example of going through life as a tourist, like Hoffer, which I suppose is why I’m drawn to him.
Judge lest ye be judged
Which is putting it strongly. The amount of time and effort put into posturing in the comment section is remarkable, and the more identifiable someone is, seemingly the more posturing.
From my own post all the way back in 2006
Better a third-rate fireman than a first rate arsonist.
From the Sam Harris podcast
If he can’t grope it, or put gold letters on it, it doesn’t exist.
From Ammon Hennacy via Utah
Judge: You really think you’re going to change the world that way?
Hennacy: Maybe not, but it sure as hell isn’t going to change me!