Lies and Consequences - Game Theory and Decision Trees

Lies and Consequences - Game Theory and Decision Trees

One thing that's clear in a lot of cases involving violence is that a lot of people are ust idiots. This isn't even about the willingness to believe the narrative of "peaceful" protesters even as buildings burn down and businesses are looted, or the willingness to buy the manufactured set-up because the picture of the cop striking (back at) the (totally peaceful, man) protester is not a set-up at all. There are a lot of people who think stupid shit; take "why do they have to aim for the chest," or "can't they just wound him?" as common examples. Take…

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Lies and Consequences - (Only the) Black Lives (Who's Death We Can Blame on Racism) Matter (When We Can Cynically Wave the Bloody Shirt to Advance Communism).

Lies and Consequences - (Only the) Black Lives (Who's Death We Can Blame on Racism) Matter (When We Can Cynically Wave the Bloody Shirt to Advance Communism).

Three things you'll have troubles convincing normies, especially anyone who still thinks Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown are innocent victims of racism, because that was the media narrative from all the "balanced" news outlets like CNN: Antifa exists and isn't just a fringe bunch of protestors but chronically uses personal and property violence. Yes, even after they took over Soymalia, built a wall, gunned up, and want ID/paperwork. BLM is a commie front that isn't about the black men who's deaths they wave like a bloody shirt. Their founding myth and purpose are lies. The name itself is morally…

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Marketplace of Pretty Lies

Marketplace of Pretty Lies

Maybe not everyone is looking for the best ideas, and instead will buy the ones that make them feel good. I know I've covered this before, but it bears repeating. There are several assumptions inherent to capital "L" libertarianism that simply do not hold up under scrutiny and history, and inevitably result in its failure. If you've paid attention over at Eric Raymond's blog, you'll also see a display that only recently shocked a libertarian-oriented economist in a debate because, at least on the academic-economic side of things, they had not considered the free movement of people on…

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Odds 'N' Ends

Odds 'N' Ends

Antifragility First - in an excellent article on Trump as the "leverage" president, The Z Man makes the following observation: That’s the thing with understanding Trump, something a brilliant observer pointed out three years ago. Trump operates like a famous real estate developer. He is always looking to leverage his assets in order to take advantage of whatever opportunities that may present themselves in the future. In the case of the Kavanaugh hearing, his best play was to stand aside and let Mitch McConnell handle it. If the nomination failed, Trump had a card to play against…

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Anatomy of a Press Hit

Anatomy of a Press Hit

Above is a more one-sided than usual piece in terms of the internal content, but the headline is reflective of what even “mainstream” news organizations are publishing. The short story is that in Portland, a group named Patriot Prayer scheduled a march. They had a permit for the march, had spoken to police, knew Antifa would be out to get them. Per the statement published via their facebook page, the police had assured them Antifa would be kept away. In Portland… Yeah, right. Alongside the marchers was also a chapter of the “Proud Boys” – designated as a “hate group” by…

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