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The decrees of civilization:

The exalted and enduring crown
The throne of kingship
The exalted sceptre
The royal insignia
The exalted shrine
Lasting ladyship
"Divine lady" (a priestly office)
Ishib (a priestly office)
Lumah (a priestly office)
Guda (a priestly office)
Descent into the nether world
Ascent from the nether world

Dougal Dixon stole paintings from Wayne Barlowe for a more mediocre product. What do you call it when a thief steals an item and uses it suboptimally?

@doctorow What about some disciplines like law which bridge the two?

@machado @rustyswarf I think distrust of geoengineering stems back to Blue and Red tribe distrust of engineers in general

Japanese-Congolese children
"As a result, a number of Japanese miners fathered children with native Congolese women. However, most of the mixed-race infants resulting from these unions died, soon after birth. Multiple testimonies of local people suggest that the infants were poisoned by a Japanese lead physician and nurse working at the local mining hospital. Subsequently, the circumstances would have brought the miners shame as most of them already had families back in their native Japan"

@nindokag They should make it into something like the Up Series.

@nindokag People even relate to characters from El Goonish shive, a comic about genderbending aliens. These characters don't have much complexity, but have a few idealized features that stand out, so kids with little experience drift towards them. They're pretty much bad for everyone.

@allison People don't want to put in the effort to learn because they assume that the subject doesn't matter or is the only one that does.
This essay argues against mapping as a means of control and propaganda by the state, but veers off into anti-neoliberal rhetoric of capital as puppetmaster.

I find that I've been leaning on other people way too much. My mom is going to work and will be employed soon, although she's still looking for a job. In the past, I both resented her control and influence over certain areas of my life and pleaded with her when I felt that I could not make it without her as someone to listen to my deepest fears and secrets. This pattern also extended to other people as well. Now, I must learn to deal with people on other terms or not deal with people at all.

@vgr @Elmkast What if you misidentify yourself and pretend to be "conservative" when you're really exploratory?

@kureshii Scott Alexander wrote a pretty good story on the implications of the Generator. As it stands, _authoritarian_ states benefit because they can create surrealistic propaganda of Trump telling [insert country here] to go itself or of fleets of tanks, planes and boats that don't exist to boost national pride. On the other hand, democracies which rely on consensus truth instead of revealed truth are disturbed because they rely on(BS) consensus as opposed to outright lies directed from above

@Elmkast Perhaps these small daily habits counterbalance your desire for change enough that your change feels exhilirating and not disorienting

@vgr Maybe goods need to collect dust in order to ensure that we perceive them as being truly made using effort instead of just being magical toys that appear whenever we call for them. This goes into 'appreciating the maker' even if the maker is a large company which manufactured the item using CAD or whatever.

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