"All that matters is this: for everyone who gets purged for a slight infraction, there are dozens who learn from this example never to stand up to the ideology, dozens who learn that they can attack with impunity if they use the ideology to do it..."


Being "closed minded" is rarely a personality trait, and is usually a cultural trait. Some cultures demand that individual thinking be placed on the altar of sacrifice in exchange for acceptance and inclusion.

"The Restaurant of Order Mistakes" hires people with Dementia in Japan. Fascinating how (American?) people hate it from both sides: disgust at elevating incompetence, outrage that victims are made a spectacle. (see comments). spoon-tamago.com/2017/06/05/th

"A Hegelian solution is quite simple though — to incentivize the production and distribution as the definition of wealth, rather than it being the result of a transaction. Capitalists see production as being easy, but distribution as being hard. Socialists see distribution as being easy, but production as being hard. This is the grievance both sides have with each other, and here is how to fix it." hackernoon.com/wealth-a-new-er

I'm a lot healthier in Utah than in Illinois. I've had far fewer colds, flus, weird skin diseases (like HFMD) per year. I'm averaging about 1 per year in Utah, and about 4 per year in Illinois.

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Another conversation tends to go like this:

"Put your pants on"
"you can't go outside with no pants on"
"because... other parents will judge me"

and there we have it, the real reason for about 75% of everything we do as parents.

Companies need users, and then they need revenue; this leads to classic bait-and-switch SaaS model that undermines user privacy, user-product alignment, and other issues. Shareware was a financial model that seemed to preserve trust and alignment over the long run. Are there any other models that work/worked?

If religious sects were Word documents, they would follow the form: JesusChrist__FINAL_FINALFINAL_1820FINAL_1967FINAL_ABSOLUTEFINAL_ABSOLUTEFINAL2.doc

Hence the longstanding perception that government has failed us in America.

When western society secularized god to form governments, we tacitly created the expectation that government ought to care about individuals, like god did. "Success," then, for a western government is a government perceived to care about and love you, individually.

TIL "parley" is "formally a discussion between enemies regarding the terms of a truce." Adds a twist to the ongoing role of a "parliament."

The role of government is to make win/win a generally more appealing tactic than win/lose.

In what ways do the left and right political wings NEED each other?

For example: the right needs the left as a common enemy so the Christian factions don't turn on each other. The left needs the right as a common enemy so the SJWs don't turn on each other.

Are there other ways in which they need each other?

Does anyone have experience with Manyverse (SSB)? Seems like a candidate for first "good" local-first social network. Hoping for passionate thumbs up or knowledgeable dissent.

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BTW if anyone in the bay area is interested, the semi-annual Internet Identity Workshop is happening tomorrow (Tuesday thru Thursday) at the Computer History Museum. "All roads lead to identity." Some smart people there.

Any system that requires two people facing each other to go online to transact is not sufficiently decentralized.

Ok, I think I need to crack open holochain and actually understand it. Many roads keep leading me here.

I can't decide if I find it more discouraging or ironic that tavern.com, "a distributed, anonymous, unblockable network designed to ensure that no one is silenced, censored, or cut off from the rest of the world" has gone gently into that good night.

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