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“...draconian gun control will become the norm throughout the world within the next 2-3 decades, even in the US. Cheap drones and machine learning basically guarantee that.”

unz.com/akarlin/effective-terr

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@kureshii @riga also worth keeping in mind: via negativa. Acts of omission before acts of commission. (Reduce sugar before taking supplements, for example.)

What’s your favourite newsletter? The one that makes you think or laugh most?

Right now I am subscribed to Warren Ellis’, and I just re-upped to Ribbonfarm and also signed up for Restricted Frequency.

Looking for two or three more.

@octesian @riga agreed m, but I’d avoid melatonin sups. I don’t trust such a simple addition to innocuous effects on such a complex system (the body and mind).

@riga go back to basics: handle sleep, manage stress, don’t eat shit. If that doesn’t work, enhance the degree of stillness and motion that you regularly experience (ex: meditate and go for a swim/run/walk). I get anxiety/depression etc and that’s what worked (is working) for me. Prioritising ONE specific project also helps :)

“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.

Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.

Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.

@machado people PLANNING for plastic surgery and prostitutes and to forever present a perfect front? I know I have issues with insecurity etc but that is bonkers. Seems like a black hole for mental energy.

@machado I was tempted to respond with 😈👹 but then I realised that most people that are in the 0.0000001% probably go out of their way to have babies. Suspect the real danger comes from middle status people with power but no incentive to initiate a “dynasty”.

@machado pretty sure there’s some study somewhere which confirms this above the anecdotal level—people without kids have no vested interest in the future beyond their own timeline so turn out to be more likely to mess things up for future generations.

I finally have Slack. Any good groups etc that people are a part of, enjoy, and are open to newbies?

@vgr they work so well on social media because of the networked element, but unsure how to recreate that on your own platform without defaulting into a hierarchically organised wiki...

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