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Thoughts On Stallman Drama

I find it’s often the case that behind instances of mass-stupidity there is great “intelligence” at work.

For example, why would a mob call Stallman (of all people) “racist”, “sexist”, “transphobic” and a “pedophile”? I could be wrong, but AFAICT he is none of those things, and the mob provided no supporting evidence.

I’m not denying the claims that Stallman might have clumsily attempted to date younger women, or that once he absent-mindedly ate something off of his foot during a lecture, or that people claim he pointed and shouted (in jest) "A GIRL!" during a male-dominated conference. You've probably done odd things too if you've lived long enough. None of those past behaviors seem to warrant (to me) the massive outcry and demand for his ostracization and ouster from the board of the FSF. And it's been categorically debunked by multiple people that he ever, in any way, defended Jeffrey Epstein. He very clearly called for him to be punished and imprisoned.

It’s interesting t

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PoW vs PoS - Environment and Security

In questions sprouted from this thread: https://twitter.com/taoeffect/status/1151941939157012480

I copy them here into this gist in the hopes that it will serve others and so that in the future I have something I can link people to. My thanks to @Jehan for the opportunity to put my thoughts on this subject into a somewhat easier-to-read medium.

I've always had trouble understanding the narrative that the owners of huge semiconductor factories and power plants are somehow morally superior to people who hold PoS tokens.

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Belief Confirmation/Perseverance: "Never Talk about Religion, Sex, or Politics"

Belief confirmation (or belief perseverance) is a kind of confirmation bias.

Let's look at how this works with people who have taken Never Talk about Religion, Sex, or Politics to heart (a saying that has some truth to it, but is also misunderstood by some to apply to literally all situations).

  1. Person A hears, "Never Talk about Religion, Sex, or Politics", gets a superficial understanding about what the phrase means, and decides to follow this advice.
  2. They avoid having conversations about religion, sex, and politics, and thus never having their views challenged, become fairly ignorant about all of these subjects.
  3. Any time they do catch themselves having a conversation about any of these subjects, they are ridiculed because of their myopi
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On Short Labels

Whether it's because of websites like Twitter, with its limit on character counts, or whether it's something else, the use of short labels is astonishingly common online, in both tweets and headlines.

What do I mean by "short label"? Things like:

  • Democrats
  • Republicans
  • Liberals
  • Conservatives
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Why 9/11 Justice Takes Time

There are different reasons for different people.

Category: Fooled Celebrities

The 9/11 false flag fooled quite a large number of people. One could say it fooled several countries (thanks to centralized ownership of mass media).

  1. If you took the early consensus stance as a celebrity (meaning, like most, you were fooled), it becomes very difficult for you to say anything on the topic of 9/11, simply because it's a point of embarassment and guilt.
  2. If you have a large following and use it to go against the mythmaker-narrative, you may become a target for harassament.
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