Friday, April 26, 2019
Steve Petranek gave a TedMidWest talk in May 2014 “8 Ways the World Could Suddenly End”.
The most important was an asteroid, sneaking up, undetected.
He warned that India and Pakistan alone could put the world into nuclear winter.
He warns that a Carrington-style solar storm event (near miss in July 2012) could disable the power grid for 20 years. He says buildings also need much more underground space.
He points out that one of the three substrains of the 1918 Spanish H1N1 influenza was 100% fatal, and this could happen again.
Monday, April 22, 2019
This is a pretty disturbing topic, but this 22-minute animated slide-show from Innuendo Studios deserves a watch. It is called “Endnote 2: White Fascism”.
The film takes the position that the top of the triangular pyramid in fascism is whoever wants to be in power because they were in power before. So the “in group” in a fascist system is defined by what it is not.
That explains the “one drop rule” for mixed race babies in the US, but it also explains the totally irrational idea that “Jews” are not white. In fact, in the Middle East, most people (Jews and Muslims alike) are and look Caucasian. But “white fascism” as the video explains, defines whiteness by what it is not, and that changes with time as the quest for power gets narrower.
The film does not get into the notion that one's personal tastes in an intimate partner need have political implications (the body fascism idea), even though white fascism condemns intermarriage. However some social justice warriors believe that personal body fascism leads to political fascism.
At the end, the film examines whether the Trump administration is fascist -- and is this a matter of intent?
I can remember this as a boy, that many of the terms being thrown around by my elders did add up as making logical or consistent sense.
You can have an effective conservative YouTube channel and discuss "conservative" ideas without sounding "fascist" by simply not attacking anyone or any other groups. Discuss the principles only, not the people. Stay away from "them" below "us", from the tribalism.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
“The Most Dangerous Stuff in the Universe – Strange Stars Explained” by Zurzgesagt for his “In a Nutshell” series.
The stuff is called “strangelets”, variations of elementary sub-particles that may form inside neutron stars. When neutron stars collide, these "strange quarks" might be released into the wild open space.
If a strangelet hit a planet, it might “infect” the planet which turns into grey goo, very much the way prion infections in the brain work. The whole Earth gets mad cow disease.
The Sun goes cold, too, if hit.
But it hasn’t happened in four billion years.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
"Why YouTube Banned Hunter Avallone": another conservative explains the bizarre (temporary) banning of a YouTuber with no community strikes
“Why YouTube Banned Hunter Avallone” by James Allsup, actually starts out as a video with some pleasant springtime nature scenery until lowering the book (like a typical nuclear war short film). Oh, the video owner may live in Texas and be waiting for a visit from a neighborhood bobcat. I’ve watched those videos before.
This time, the catastrophe is that a popular young conservative's YouTube channel was suddenly suspended by YouTube – that is Hunter Avallone’s – with no previous community guidelines strikes, on April 8.
It happened the day before a major hearing in the House on harmful content (see my main blog).
Hunter was able to get it restored about seven hours later.
YouTube had tried to claim that collectively it was “hate speech”. It is not, when judged by normal standards of civility. It is critical of how some people behave and questions some “axioms of non-choice” (the opposite of how mathematics really works). But the combative far Left is indeed moving the dial to protect its own ("intersectional") tribe(s) from any conceivable “stochastic” harm. This is a case of campus speech codes and ideas like trigger warnings and microaggressions entering big Tech content monitoring staffs.
Sunday, April 07, 2019
"The PewDiePie Pipeline": video from a self-characterized leftist source does make a case for taking "stochastic terrorism" seriously as an insidious online threat
I’m linking to the one hour film “The PewDiePie Pipeline” by “NonCompete”, with subtitle “How edgy humor leads to violence”.
The video, at about 18:00, defines “stochastic terrorism”, a term originating in the Left (main blog, April 1). He also quotes Thomas Ridgewell as to how gamers and entertainers (like PewDiePie) should take responsibility for younger or more impressionable viewers.
The second video that follows does not recommend content censorship, but does talk about “organizing” and “action” – yet here most of the action is counter-speech.
The first video contains footage from the Covington Kids incident in January and appears to misrepresent the facts. We know from other sources and other video (and expressed in some litigation) that the Covington high school students did NOT intend to harass Nathan Phillips.
Monday, April 01, 2019
ScotchOikos (apparently Zach Weissmueller from Reason) explains “The Libertarian to Alt-Right Pipleline”. For a YouTube video, this is a stunning, attention-grabbing and not uplifting title.
It’s rather disturbing, and the speaker, who says he is in his early twenties himself, first admits that people his age are sometimes malleable as to their future political views.
There are circumstances that can lead libertarians and Bannon-ists to support the same ideas, for different motives. He gives an example of Barry Goldwater’s candidacy against LBJ in 1964. (I remember the short documentary “The War Game”, seeing it in grad school before being drafted).
Given his own background, it is expected that he would discuss the way anti-Semitism mixes with anti-government ideology.
The also gets into the idea that non-white peoples today are more likely to believe in collectivism, so the “whites” need to organize themselves because individualists can easily be defeated by an organized, united “enemy”.
There is also simply the idea that persons may be forced into personal interactions with others that they do not want intimacy with, because they have grown up with a certain ideal favored by a more segregated past. Individualists may feel shame in being expected to demonstrate as part of an "oppressed group".