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The Laugh Track

Sacha Baron Cohen is angry. Angry at Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, and tech companies in general. Angry because Facebook and its competitors spread “hate, conspiracies, and lies.” He wants something to be done. Speaking at an Anti-Defamation League summit in New York City, Baron Cohen argued “There is such a thing as objective truth. Facts do ...

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Speedrunning Through The Language-Game

“Oh I was just PostShitting for laughs” EXactly. And that is why U forever languish in obscurity while i engage brands U could only dream of dril Picture this. You are scrolling through your feed one day and you suddenly see something so bizarre, abhorrent, and astonishing that you have a hard time believing it is real. How could an...

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No Worse Friend

Regardless of your view on President Obama’s leadership, Congressional troublemaking, and the increasingly vitriolic 2016 Presidential campaign, there is no question that today, in 2016, many of our allies feel concerned, and many of our enemies feel emboldened. We have a chance for a reset in January 2017, and we need to take advantage of that ...

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The Varieties Of The Technological Control Problem

[T]he Devil is conceived as playing a game with God for the soul of Job or the souls of mankind…But if the Devil is one of God’s creatures, the game…is a game between God and one of his creatures. Such a game seems at first sight a pitifully unequal contest. To play a game with an omnipotent, omniscient God is the act of a fool…Thus, if we do no...

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The Hierarchy Of Cringe

Cripples and lovely women are both tired of being looked at, they are weary of an existence that involves constantly being observed, they feel hemmed in; and they return the gaze by means of that very existence itself. The one who really looks is the one who wins. Yukio Mishima, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion The world is teemi...

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The Banality of Forever War

Why can’t America withdraw from the Middle East? President Obama wanted to “pivot to Asia” but so far this doesn’t seem to have happenedi quite the way he imagined. President Trump claims to find Middle Eastern conflicts distasteful, but launched military operations in Syria and came very close to hitting Iran after the downing of a spy drone. ...

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Don't Let Your Memes Be Dreams

China is mastering political propaganda on Instagram. Russian bots and trolls flood Twitter. All the while, influential voices lambaste the American non-response and call for action. What is to be done? For many, the answer is a renewed emphasis on various forms of ‘non-traditional’ warfare. Accordingly, it also means giving the shaft to core se...

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Design Sources

I was unhappy with my old site’s design, which used a prebuilt Cryogen theme. I was using Cryogen, a Clojure-based static site generator. It was ugly and unwieldy and I needed something different. At the same time, of course, I also was mindful of my own loathing for web design. I have enormous interest in technical topics but very little at all...

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