A Few Good Books

A Few Good Books

John C Wright recently reviewed The Hidden Truth by Hans Schantz, describing it as "part alternate history, part coming-of-age story, and part techno-thriller, peppered with wry observations about the nature of people, politics and power as seen through the eyes of a youth learning a hard lesson about the evils men hide."He is entirely correct.I found the first book engaging enough to go ahead and buy the second and third while I was on what, at the time, started as a vacation of sorts, and ended with a very difficult time in my life almost precisely one year…

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9/11

9/11

Oddly, this year, I am not so much saddened, as grim.Yes, a tragedy occurred this day, two decades ago, and yes, many have forgotten. Yes, the memory has been systematically scrubbed, so that we cannot as easily find the images of the buildings collapsing, or the jets striking the building caught in realtime that I saw broadcast that very day. And yes, there paper americans, born here or elsewhere, who tell us it's really our fault. In a way, it is, but not for the reasons usually given by the cowards and cosmopolitan, educated elite who don't want to…

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Those Evil Algorithms

Those Evil Algorithms

I've written before how it's "unexpected" that AI (and body cams), intended to be fair and impartial, suddenly are "racist" and "sexist". Now it's the turn of algorithms intended to make justice more impartial. Per wired, the subheader: "A 2011 Kentucky law requires judges to consult an algorithm when deciding whether defendants must post cash bail. More whites were allowed to go home, but not blacks."Further in: Kentucky lawmakers thought requiring that judges consult an algorithm when deciding whether to hold a defendant in jail before trial would make the state‚Äôs justice system cheaper and fairer by setting…

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Hating People

Hating People

One thing I've often observed of the left is that to a greater degree than average, they really hate people. Across the board. The good little book-and-wine club mom with the fridge magnet "jokes" about how awful it is to raise kids and talks of children as a burden by default is but a milder example of the butch-haired woman who openly talks about wanting to kill men. Her choice, regardless of the consequeces to the life she carries with her, or to the mental health of her kids down the road. Even leaving aside abortion, or the ease with…

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