Monthly Archives: February 2018

Theories about the relatively higher incidence of sanctioned-against sexual improprieties (or worse) in First Nations communities

1) Being essentially forced (for practical purposes) to live in single family dwellings with private rooms as being in a situation which traditional mores and practices (e.g., as upheld in many ways by family and community) would not have been … Continue reading

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Once freedom of mind is lost, it will be difficult to regain

Via Project Syndicate: It takes significant effort to assert and defend what John Stuart Mill called the freedom of mind. And there is a real chance that, once lost, those who grow up in the digital age – in which … Continue reading

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How to build things up, by alternations between vanity-focused thinking and its supposed opposite

Stoke paranoias about personal reputation to the maximum extent, while promoting notional motivation about achieving the greater good as the cause for entertaining or welcoming such paranoias. In the meantime, seek any possible means to use knowledge of such paranoias for coercive means, … Continue reading

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Digital technologies will not help with municipal governance challenges unless we make it so

One vision of what “smart cities” will become, via The Atlantic: The “bad part of town” will be full of algorithms that shuffle you straight from high-school detention into the prison system. The rich part of town will get mirror-glassed … Continue reading

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Technology is not neutral

NYT quote of the day: “Technology is not neutral. The choices that get made in building technology then have social ramifications.” They also published an article on the same day which indicates some potentially positive effects of electric pulses to … Continue reading

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Reporting illegal and/or unethical behaviours is not the same thing as participating in orchestrated (and/or automated) lynch mobs

Being in personal possession of actionable information regarding unethical and/or illegal activities and being the type of person who is fairly likely to follow through on that in most practically sensible situations (at times referred to as a ‘tattle tale’ … Continue reading

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Types of reasons to do nothing

Ex 1: Problems are not problems. If people put on a big show of being some sort of racial supremacist (as contrasted with respect for one’s self and/or others), therefore one should not worry about doing anything about it, because … Continue reading

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Unhealthy states of mind for teen social circles

If you do not actively participate in presupposing that any male may be a rapist and thus be pre-deserving of interrogation, it will be correct to try to socially castrate and/or otherwise destroy your life. In the meantime, it is … Continue reading

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Theresa May speaks out against abuse in public life as a threat to democracy

Via The Guardian, Theresa May speaks out against abuse in public life as a threat to democracy: “While there is much to celebrate, I worry that our public debate today is coarsening. That for some it is becoming harder to … Continue reading

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Permutations and combinations of speech to evade monitoring is dumb

Trying to circumvent governmental analysis of speech communications by partial and progressive modulation of sub-syllable parts of language, specifically for the purpose of saying things which must be said but in a manner intended to fool computer analysis of speech, … Continue reading

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