Cunningham's Law: "The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question; it's to post the wrong answer."

There are two kinds of rudeness: accidental and intentional.

We've all been accidentally rude. I don't know about you, but there are times I've been intentionally rude. In my defense, I've always felt bad about it afterwards. Even tried to make amends.

But there are a LOT of people out there who outright CELEBRATE intentional rudeness. This bothers me because doing it for the LULZ leads to escalation and tit-for-tat.

And before long you've got 2021 USA culture wars…

The thing about putting your trust in science and rationality? The results are good, but not perfect. Right MOST of the time, but not ALL the time.

The thing about putting your trust in political movements and things you hear about on the Internet? The results are dismal at best, because people lie, cheat, and are simply wrong MOST of the time.

So, why is it that people use science's failures as an excuse to distrust science, but continue to believe lying assholes and idiots?

Hanlon's Razor is a handy way to remind ourselves not everything terrible is a conspiracy or an intentional act of evil.

> R.J. Hanlon: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

That said? There's no reason to separate stupidity and malice as unrelated attributes and, indeed, many (most?) malignant people are actually quite stupid.

> The most influential work of political in the last 50 years, briefly explained.

(On John Rawls' A Theory of Justice.)

> … the difference principle provided a distinct way to argue against growing inequality in liberal, non-Marxist language. The problem wasn’t wealth and the existence of a capitalist class, per se. The problem was that this growing inequality provided no benefit, and indeed inflicted harm, on society’s least fortunate.

If art and music are the avatars of culture – what would be the images and songs of a world without violence?

Individual people may be quite intelligent. But any group of people will exhibit less intelligence than the stupidest among them.

Which explains everything from religion to fashion to politics…

What if there was a secret, invite-only, discussion board accessible only via an IP address and a mTLS certificate.

And it STILL had rules and moderation, because without them all online discussions devolve into useless crap…

> The Strange New Trend That’s Enraging Hiring Managers.

This goes right to one of my favorite personal aphorisms:

> You know that thing you hate people doing to you and yet you do that same thing to other people? Don’t do that, unless you like being a hypocrite.

Politics, Populism 

Found this simple-truism in a reply to a reply about Populism to this orangesite post:

> [api] … Here's a good rule of thumb: if you are angry at someone about a condition such as high costs or unemployment, ask yourself if the people you are angry at have the power to act as decision makers in control of any of the decisions that led to that condition. If the answer is "no" you are angry at the wrong people.

> The Unbelievable Grimness of HermanCainAward, the Subreddit That Celebrates Anti-Vaxxer Deaths. This is not a forum that attempts to change minds. It’s much darker.

It's one of those things I would never look at and, frankly, wish didn't exist – but of which the fact it exists does not surprise me one tiny little bit.

People can be MEAN. Especially to idiots who brought something on themselves…

> Say Goodbye to Your Manager. The pandemic has exposed a fundamental weakness in the system.

Imagine, if you will, an inversion of the common order. High-performing people paid more to keep doing the same job instead of being promoted into jobs they aren't good at; managers as low-paid support personell who exist only to make life easier for the worker-bees.

> The Drug War’s Deepest Failure: Making Users the Enemy.

I'm convinced the last fifty years of drug policy in the USA (and worldwide, mostly) was not only a horrible failure, but doomed to be a horrible failure because it failed to acknowledge WHAT DRUGS ACTUALLY ARE.

I'm not just talking about the hypocrisy of cigar-smoking, hard-drinking legislators criminalizing SOME DRUGS. Or lumping in low-harm drugs like marijuana in with opiates.


Frankly, considering the fact human beings are involved in every step of the process, it's amazing society and government work at all.

> The Brain Doesn’t Think the Way You Think It Does. Familiar categories of mental functions such as perception, memory and attention reflect our experience of ourselves, but they are misleading about how the brain works. More revealing approaches are emerging.

There's a VERY interesting discussion about infrastructure, how much governments should be involved, and the role of human rights in this orangesite post. Even if you never read TFA.

> Human Rights Are Not a Bug –

My main takeaway is: there are tradeoffs and some of those tradeoffs appear in the form of government involvement to ensure human rights – yet grant the government MORE power to trample human rights.

It involves the , so it's complex…

> Patterns in confusing explanations.

NOTE: Pattern #13 'What without Why' describes the reason I believe command line utilities should provide a '--explain' argument to expand on the results of '--help'.

More support for my theory human consciousness is powered by narrative.

> This is why we can't remember our early childhood memories.

> [Edsger W. Dijkstra] “Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.”

Optimism requires the certainty of ignorance. It cannot be sustained when you grasp the true extent of a problem.

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