#16321
when I'm in too much pain to do anything other than lie in bed I like to listen to genre fiction audiobooks

steve brust writes pretty good fantasy-noir. i got the first couple of his Taltos fantasy series, though I hear it gets a little up its own ass later. he's a huge trot but afaik not a particularly obnoxious one (china mieville is personally offensive to me)

also in that vein if you like urban fantasy but think jim butcher is a hack, Mike Carey's Felix Castor series is good gritty fun. he's the guy who wrote The Girl with All the Gifts lmao

for old school stuff I really enjoy Zelazny, something about the flow of his writing is really enjoyable for me. the original Amber series is a classic.
#16322
i came here just now to mention zelanzy . i read the amber series long ago and have been meaning to revisit them with the more critical eyes i have now
#16323
Robin Hobb is a bit of a miserable slog to be honest. She really enjoys torturing her main character in every way possible.

Although speaking of misery, I quite like the R Scott Bakker books. Very reactionary in many respects, even by the standards of fantasy (misognyny abounds). Although it's also one of the few series that doesn't at all glamourise in any way so some sort of mythical past. But the first trilogy is very well done. Main hero/villain is a sociopathic Nietzchian superman and the setting is basically the crusades. Oh and there are aliens

If also second Malazan, which was really onto something for the first 6 books or so. Just skip the first book outright, you don't need it




#16324
i always try to muddle through the first malazan book and just find it too boring. will try reading from the second. and yeah, jim butcher is terrible, reads like airport novel material

#16325
found a weird blog that's like Dark David Wong

http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/30/i-can-tolerate-anything-except-the-outgroup/

apparently its by the guy who wrote this basic book on rationalism i once read as a 14 year old and was impressed by
#16326
i was recently referred to the same blog . the article i got sent to was a poorly executed rationale on the necessity of liberals policing left discourse to make sure the author is not unduly associated with actual leftism, which took a number of problematic detours en route
#16327
Re: the OP: http://www.rarityguide.com/forums/pokemon-center/4676-name-rater-eterna-city-refuses-change-my-duskulls-name-help.html
#16328

Caesura109 posted:

found a weird blog

http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/30/i-can-tolerate-anything-except-the-outgroup/



https://rhizzone.net/articles/article-review-book-review-manufacturing-consent/

Scott Alexander over at the popular blog Slate Star Codex is an interesting case study in classical liberalism; nowhere else will you find someone who better exemplifies the phenomenon of skirting within microns of the event horizon of Getting It before screaming "Nooooo" and zooming off in some other direction; nor will you find many who choose a crazier direction in which to flee.



#16329
I thought I remembered the SSC poltroon coming up here once before
#16330
the longer the zzone exists the lower the chances of any given blogger avoiding the black mark of liberalism
#16331
I increasingly lean on that goatstein metaphor of Actual Leftism as a point of no return from which you cannot escape once you've actually hit it, because the more people I meet who claim to have once been leftists (the trot-neocon pipeline, hippies who voted for reagan, university activism tourists) the more I build conviction that those people never, ever, ever actually "got it."
#16332
I listened to the War nerd podcast on yemen and checked out the guest's book, Destroying Yemen by Isa Blumi.
#16333

shriekingviolet posted:

I increasingly lean on that goatstein metaphor of Actual Leftism as a point of no return from which you cannot escape once you've actually hit it, because the more people I meet who claim to have once been leftists (the trot-neocon pipeline, hippies who voted for reagan, university activism tourists) the more I build conviction that those people never, ever, ever actually "got it."



for sure it's like- we have parasite classes on us, they're as real as tapeworms. it's significant on a species-level. how could anybody unlearn a thing like that? deer don't have a couple deer claiming to own the forest, demanding tribute, or a permanent class of deer-thieves, it's just our dumb asses. unlearning class consciousness would be like unlearning that rocks are hard.

edit okay for meta-content: i don't really know how to express this. when i started reading political theory seriously, maybe, 5 years ago, coming off a news-addiction, i had an unconscious belief that there was a canon, which we study, absorb, and someday be done with. like a foot race: a long, multi-year marathon, but there was a finish, and that at the finish line, i'd meet with the other runners, and we'd all talk about the race. that was a naivety, how there's a path and a finish, and a qualification to speak. this is how school's set up, so maybe it was a programmed assumption. study is a marathon, but all there is is pace, and the finish line is death. at a book a week, you get maybe 2000 till death -- and who reads a book a week? there's a pace of study, the route's improvised, and there's a continuous conversation, to reproduce what your eyes read, out your mouth to other ears. now i look to where i want to be, intellectually, and i'm just as far from that horizon as when i started, but i'm trying to keep up the pace, cuz there isn't much of an alternative. stoked to talk around people who've been at it longer than me and probably figured this out a while ago, how it's a team sport, and the rules to it.

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#16334
imo plenty of them probably just go back to being liberals for the same reason they did most of the stuff they did in life, because they think being a pitiable worm with no personality or convictions will somehow make them sexier
#16335
Hell,
#16336
i started Cyclonopedia
#16337
i should finish that sometime.
#16338
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/11/turkey-first-communist-grocery-chain.html
#16339
https://www.propublica.org/article/an-atomwaffen-member-sketched-a-map-to-take-the-neo-nazis-down-what-path-officials-took-is-a-mystery

While Arthurs was taken to the county jail on homicide charges, police and FBI agents released Russell, who claimed that he used the explosives to power model rockets. An officer even drove Russell back to the murder scene so he could retrieve his car.

What happened next could well have been a disaster. Within hours, Russell acquired an AR-15-style assault rifle and a bolt-action hunting rifle. He loaded homemade body armor and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition into his car, and set off for the Florida Keys with another Atomwaffen member.



wow who would've guessed. This is the second Atomwaffen article I've read recently (I think the other was by Der Spiegel that was just run through google translate) and it's crazy (read: entirely predictable) that we haven't been hearing more about this in the Press.

During his interrogation, Devon Arthurs had not only warned of Atomwaffen’s violent ambitions, but said repeatedly that the organization had attracted U.S. military personnel as members and was aiming to recruit more.

#16340
all they need now is to pose as radical leftists when they do their terror attacks and we can just call them Stupid Gladio
#16341
What happened to narco news? Havent read a good piece by them in years

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#16342

Petrol posted:

all they need now is to pose as radical leftists when they do their terror attacks and we can just call them Stupid Gladio



imo next to none of them could manage that, because them knowing their success depended on people misreading their politics even after they died would deprive them of the neurotic fantasy fuel they need to pull the trigger.

"revolutionary" action on the contemporary Western far right is magical-thinking-powered, non-materialist and fantasy-based when it's not instigated by the state directly or run through a state-funded arm like the Azov Wicca circle. it's pretty much always ego-driven adventurism, and when it actually provokes anything it tends to be 1) the result of a planned (or poorly planned) operation by police or 2) the stopped clock principle. those guys all have the idea, probably fueled by mania or drugs in the moment, that they're going to do something in real life that will turn out like a movie, or like the great-man version of history they half-remember from grade school or intro college courses, and racial holy war will commence, and as put-upon, self-pitying individuals they'll get broken out of prison or something and become sex gods or at least worshiped martyrs. it's a demented, withered imitation of Marxist revolutionary enthusiasm, where the revolutionary class isn't even replaced with "white people", but with the far-right extremists themselves as fantastical super-knighthoods of like a few dozen people at most, where next to none of them will actually do anything. it's also why the ones who will are so easily folded into dirty tricks by the state, because they have no other constituency except the frustrated guys around them they're trying to impress.

the easiest way for most Western states to play Gladio-style games domestically today might be through their existing industry of entrapping fringe anarchists, since they have the same no-other-constituency and fantastical-thinking problems, with the obstacle there probably being that most anarchists do not know how to shoot or handle explosives because unlike former Troops they weren't taught how to be terrorists by the U.S. government.

#16343
i wonder if the bitcoin crash has had any effect on far-right funding/organisation . probably
#16344
having known a couple niche orgs that begrudgingly funded themselves now and then with completely ethical and wholly legitimate bitcoin transactions, i'm gonna say definitely
#16345
i've been seeing this study passed around lately as evidence that discrimination is gone in america

congratulations everyone, we did it!
#16346
rip
#16347

Synergy posted:

i've been seeing this study passed around lately as evidence that discrimination is gone in america

congratulations everyone, we did it!



Couple of comments on that:

This is a resume audit paper, so they send out the same resume to a bunch of employers with the names varied to suggest the race of the applicant; differences in call back rates are used to measure discrimination. The point of the paper is to decompose "taste-based discrimination" (intrinsic bias against black qua black, etc.) from "statistical discrimination" (impassive economic robot has no ill will against you, but infers from your name that your turnover rate is 20% higher and declines to interview you). To this end, they use names that they claim are uncorrelated with socioeconomic status (SES), to eliminate "blacks are poor" statistical discrimination. Decoupling statistical and taste-based discrimination is the holy grail of the economics discrimination literature, and is interesting from an academic perspective, but is irrelevant to the degree of actual discrimination. Whether you're denied a job based on personal hatred or bloodless calculus makes little difference to your paycheck. The most charitable interpretation of this paper is that employers don't toss resumes based on taste, but may or may not do so based on SES signals.

It doesn't even show that, though, because in order to avoid SES signals, they exclude names that are "stereotypically african american", since these are correlated with poverty. That leaves them with names like "Ryan Washington" and "Ryan Jefferson" for black men, for example. It's not at all clear to me that the first pass reader of these resumes will even identify those names as black. In fact, those are the only two names they use for black men. They only use one given name and two surnames per category (black, white, hispanic), which means if those names are weak signals of ethnicity, they'll get small differences in callbacks across groups--exactly what they found--and they'll have no way to tell whether this is a problem or not since they have no strong signals as points of comparison.


The paper published in a crap journal--applied economics letters (10 year discounted recursive impact factor of 0.04 vs about 4.0 for a top journal), which gives you an idea of how seriously even economists take the result.

#16348
excellent slapdown, mon AME
#16349
Should I read cyclonopedia
#16350
no. live it
#16351
Be the cyclonopedia you want to see in the world.
#16352

dimashq posted:

Should I read cyclonopedia


its a cool and fun read if you're into that kind of thing

#16353
Cyclonopedia and 1000 Plateaus are the core texts to understand the first few years of this site, but the thing is, if you read one of them first & then the other, you turn into impper, but if you read them in the opposite order, you turn into Sam Kriss, and no one knows which is which since they both died.
#16354
the One Weird Trick to avoid a miserable fate is to Do read cyclonopedia because it's about (obfuscated) organizing anti-imperialist resistance against the contemporary american warmachine and to Don't read deleuze because it's about (obfuscated) huffing your own farts reenacting may 68 in your memory palace forever
#16355
The exact opposite of both statements is also true though... the solution is to read William Shatner's Star Trek Memories and then Star Trek Movie Memories also by William Shatner with co-writer Chris Kreski.
#16356
According to William Shatner the fake God in Star Trek V was going to have rock monster minions and they kept cutting the budget on him until it was just one rock monster, and then they took the last rock monster away and the movie became bad.
#16357
i read 1000 plateaus in a previous pre-forums, pre-politically-conscious life, as a dumb early 20s cross disciplinary theory student, and enjoyed it even though it was obviously mostly nonsense, because i was having fun at the time cherry-picking theorists to support essays about things like rave culture and the classic film Deep Blue Sea. a good background for appreciating the inky-dark playfulness of Cyclonopedia, which is obviously the much better book
#16358
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#16359
the name of this Web site is tHE r H i z z o n E by the way... just pointing that out, no relation to anything here...
#16360
i can be your angle but with 1000 plateaus and cyclonopedia on the left side and the right side is a bunch of smashed up low res screenshots of L.A. Beast