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This page includes resources, by topic, of stuff I know I’ll want to see again. Started because I’m sick of “I know I read about X, but now I can’t find it.”

Might be of interest to others.

Right now it has almost nothing, but I’ll be adding to it as time goes by.

Most of my own articles are not here/will not be here, but the ones I personally need to come back to (that I can find), I will include.

Munin Approves +1

3D Printing

House printed on site for 10K.

America

American individualism and authoritarianism, various studies.

American Care Act, ACA, Obamacare

Twitter thread on how high deductibles make coverage unusable for poor people.

Altruism

The math behind the evolutionary advantage for individuals to be altruistic.

Books

Books I’ve read with¬† useful information

The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective, by Robert C. Allan. Data on commons vs. enclosed fields (commons not much behind), argument on cost of transporting coal making early steam engines only profitable near coal mines.

Books I want to read/buy, but probably haven’t

The Memory Code, Lynne Kelly. About how oral cultures used memory of geography and place to remember huge amounts of information.

The Hidden Life of Trees. How trees communicate with each other, keep the trunks of chopped down trees alive, and so on. Sentient?

Radical Embodied Cognitive Science by Anthony Chemero. Minds are not in any way like computers.

Books I should read and may have (but less likely than books I want to read)

Never Let a Good Crisis Go To Waste. How neoliberalism rose and didn’t fall during the financial crisis. Supposedly encylopedic but gloomy and helpless.

Canada

Canada, Privatization, Trudeau

Privatizing Canada’s Ports.

Capitalism

Global Deaths Under Capitalism.

Kicking Peasants off Their Land / Enclosure / Destroying ability of people to support themselves.

Corbyn

Attacks on Corbyn, a long history. (June 18th)

Ecological Collapse

WWF Living Planet Report. From a blog post “We killed 58% of all vertebrate wildlife just between 1970 and 2012, and at a rate of 2% per year we will have massacred close to 70% of it by 2020, just 4 years from now”

 

Evolution

The math behind the evolutionary advantage for individuals to be altruistic.

Europe

 

Poland

Poland’s right wing govt, 2016. Notes on history, and also on their economic redistributionism.

Freedom

Types of Freedom analyzed (transhumanism is the topic, but generally useful)

Great Extinction

WWF Living Planet Report. From a blog post “We killed 58% of all vertebrate wildlife just between 1970 and 2012, and at a rate of 2% per year we will have massacred close to 70% of it by 2020, just 4 years from now”

Health Care

Medical Profession/Treatments

Treatments which simply do not work but are regularly prescribed. (Beta Blockers, Back surgery for pain, cough syrup, antibiotics for ear infections.)

Life Expectancy

US Life Expectancy drops for whole population in 2015.

Miscellaney

OHIP VIP program allowing people to skip the lines.

Inequality

Piketty, Saez, Zucman. Bottom half of US population cut off from economic growth since 70s.

“Intellectual Property”

How AMD and Nvidia basically own all the video patents and Intel has to pay them to use them.

 

Mind

Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories.

(Book) Radical Embodied Cognitive Science by Anthony Chemero.

Miscellaneous

How carnival games are rigged.

Academia requires ass-kissing.

Music (I apparently have bad taste, you are warned)

Crockett’s Theme, Miami Vice (Video)

The Magician

Matrix Soundtrack, Clubbed to Death.

Bee Gees, Australia concert.

Vangelis, Chariots of Fire. Conquest of Paradise. Hymne.

 

Media

58% of Trump voters say they’d believe him over media if media said he lied.

Poverty

Report showing poverty has actually increased since 1990.

Right Wing, New

Poland’s right wing govt, 2016. Notes on history, and also on their economic redistributionism.

Rules of Prosperity

OHIP VIP program allowing people to skip the lines.

Smartphones

Effect of smartphones of children and teenager’s happiness. (entirely negative)

Transhumanism

Types of Freedom and Transhumanism.

Trump and Era of Trump

Kushner, Jared

NY Mag profile from 2017 on his rise to Trump’s right hand.

Bannon, Steve

Speech Transcript from Vatican, Summer 2014. Basic populist, right wing, Christian, anti-Muslim views.

Bannon making sure there is no paper trail. Also lede is buried: NSC council leaked, Bannon cut them out.

A fairly detailed analysis of Bannon’s ideology from Quartz.

Media & Trump

58% of Trump voters say they’d believe him over media if media said he lied.

USSR

An argument, with sources, that citizens of USSR supported it and would still prefer to return.  (Points are questionable, including economic argument ignoring consumer goods/food.)

Wikileaks

Assange statement to Swedish prosecutors on sex crime allegations.

Windows, PC

Service for setting up new PCs, Ninite.

 


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