Category Archives: Political science

This is my strongest field and I had an excellent opportunity to hone my ability to reason in this field from some very knowledgeable thinkers at one of the top international schools in the field (U of T). Either I’m a good researcher, can effectively write and argue BS, have some capacity to original intuitions, or some combination of all three. As far as I’m concerned, nothing is truly apolitcal or amoral the moment it enters the public sphere. Still, I’ll limit use of the tag for domestic and international political issues, involving institutions and/or people at the level of villages and the international community and perhaps occasionally for more abstract stuff in political theory.

Do everything in a regulated manner or they will figure you out

Everyone does things in their own sort of way. This enables to observe, mine data on, predict psychology and attempt to manipulate them using observed habits, patterns, preferences, dislikes, etc. In order to evade such efforts to model the behaviour, … Continue reading

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” ‘Shitpost’ is the word that best describes the internet in 2017″

” ‘Shitpost’ is the word that best describes the internet in 2017″ …the American Dialect Society selects a single word or phrase that best represents the mood and interests of online discussions in the previous year. … shitpost: Posting of … Continue reading

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Reasons not to use neural activity to directly power a calculator

The fact that the brain is not encrypted and that there would be huge risks of hacking for basically any neurally-directed activity (from electromagnetic interference and/or direct stimulation of the brain) could be an important concern for having a calculator … Continue reading

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Population-level on-call informal army to be enlisted in psychological operations against any individual

Jeff Rense, in opening the June 2017 discussion of how to define “Gang stalking” (a term that Eric Karlstrom resists in favour of more accurate terms which identify roles of criminal factions operating within certain parts of the state): “Dozens … Continue reading

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2006 study by US military on direct and indirect manipulation via blogs

As early as 2006, the US military was specifically considering ways to use or manipulate blogs. An official report on the question can be accessed via an article at Wired. Among other things, the report suggests that “Hiring a block … Continue reading

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Proportional representation is not unstable. It would be “too stable” unless designed otherwise

Under proportional representation, government would be more stable and better represent different groups. At present, a small change in electoral results can lead to a 100% shift in power. This inherently leads to many inefficiencies as one government starts something, … Continue reading

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Fixations on trade balance (e.g., balance with each partner) is especially dumb for the country of the main international reserve currency

Active management of trade policy to have equal imports/exports on each trade account with trading partners (or even the aggregate trade account) tends to lead to bad economic policy that is mostly politically motivated (e.g., getting contracts for friends). The … Continue reading

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The level of freedom that people in 2037 will have if we do nothing

Non-standard-issue thinking processes to be blocked, while purporting assistance in the form of enforcing to think in a regulated manner at the level of how you do your arithmetic. A library of approved thought, and the immediate shutting down of … Continue reading

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How to help a project go forward

In order to ensure that a project can progress in a satisfactory manner, first sabotage any efforts which are inconsistent with nano-management according to one’s specific objectives which valuate other participant’s views or interests at precisely zero except to the … Continue reading

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Ideal features of an effective police state

1) All citizens believe any accusation about any one (except about benevolent leaders). 2) Any appearance of being downtrodden is evidence of deserving to be downtrodden. 3) Any criticism of the state or injustice is to be presented as evidence … Continue reading

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