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2021-06-17 | no bats in Wuhan market | Taiwan wardrums | Textmind Q&A | secular religiosity | Gibbon's Decline and Fall | Left Wing Authoritarianism | brain imaging ~ intelligence | performance log-normal | deflationary apocalypse | EMF rad

Table of Contents

  1. About: Objective Contrarian news
    1. Content
    2. Format
  2. no bats or pangolins sold in Wuhan before COVID19 outbreak
  3. Katyusha News Reference ——June 9, 2021 | gnews | march towards war over Taiwan continues
  4. Upon reflection, the | functionality overlap is a feature
  5. get 5k email subs before launching online course
  6. [Headline News] Kurt Campbell: U.S. Seeks Concerted Action to Ensure Peace in Taiwan Strait | gnews | summary of buildup
  7. As religious faith has declined, ideological intensity has risen (theatlantic.com) | HN
    1. HN@tonymet | secular world's religious tendencies
    2. apologetics narrow | secular not religious | HN@sidlls | I rebut
      1. I rebut
  8. Gibbon> The Cyropædia is vague and languid: the Anabasis circumstantial and animated. Such is the eternal difference between fiction and truth.
  9. Highlights from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire | fantasticanachronism.com | good to read once
  10. Book Review: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire | fantasticanachronism.com | great read
  11. Clarifying the Structure and Nature of Left-wing Authoritarianism | 2021 | devastating indictment
  12. “Linking Brain Biology to Intellectual Endowment: A Review on the Associations of Human Intelligence With Neuroimaging Data”, Dizaji et al 2021
  13. Gwern> “The Best And The Rest: Revisiting The Norm Of Normality Of Individual Performance”, O’Boyle & Aguinis 2012 (performance is log-normal)
  14. The Fedcoin experiment | "If there still are cows." | CYarvin | deflationary apocalypse
  15. answering Cyborganize questions
  16. Textmind Q&A cont
  17. Textmind Q&A | importing notes from obsolete PIM iterations
  18. EMF don't impact health | Scandinavian study | low rads hormetic | AC@Sam J
  19. Textmind Q&A | hybrid thinking described
  20. Textmind Q&A | insights and direction
  21. PLA warplanes enter Taiwan airspace after US drills in South China Sea | scmp
  22. REVEALED: 'Airbnb has secretive 'black box' team paying out $50 million a year to keep disaster stays out of press and gives staff blank checks to help rape victims and clean-up dismembered human remains' | dailymail.co.uk
  23. Taiwan heats up | carrier group nearby | record PLA flyovers
  24. Textmind Q&A

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no bats or pangolins sold in Wuhan before COVID19 outbreak

Coronavirus: Thousands of wild animals were sold at Wuhan markets in months before Covid-19 outbreak, new report finds
Findings by Chinese and British researchers highlight scale of trade in wild species and the poor conditions in which they were kept The animals on sale include species known to be susceptible to coronaviruses – such as civet cats, mink and raccoon dogs – but not bats or pangolins

Simone McCarthy Published: 11:00pm, 9 Jun, 2021 Updated: 1:00pm, 10 Jun, 2021
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3136674/thousands-wild-animals-were-sold-wuhan-markets-months-covid-19
[2021-06-11 Fri 08:28]

Katyusha News Reference ——June 9, 2021 | gnews | march towards war over Taiwan continues

Katyusha News Reference ——June 9, 2021
https://gnews.org/1312795/

The CCP military began new beach landing drills this week near the island nation of Taiwan just two days after a U.S. military transport plane landed in Taipei, carrying visiting U.S. Senators and delivering vaccines.

CCP’s military is engaged in a rapid nuclear buildup and Beijing’s refusal to hold arms talks with the United States may violate an international treaty, three House Republican leaders warned in a letter to President Biden.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga referred to Taiwan as a country, immediately drawing fire on June 10 from CCP, which regards the island as a renegade province.

March towards war continues.
[2021-06-11 Fri 09:17]

Upon reflection, the | functionality overlap is a feature

They can be manipulated as Org table cells for resequencing headlines

Plus what cyborg doesn't have a brain full of pipes? High bandwidth requires fat pipes. My pipes are so fat, I need a screen wider than my XL keyboard.

Re Heading pipes break speedbar:
Speedbar looks kinda cool but don't really need it. If I were working with many files simultaneously maybe. Whangdoodle has a dedicated monitor for it, which makes sense.
[2021-06-11 Fri 21:47]

get 5k email subs before launching online course

She launched multiple 6-figure courses

Lauren Valdez writes that she's helped launched multiple 6-figure courses, and gives three pieces of advice for launching your own 🚀

I can't emphasize the first enough: build an audience before building your course.

Lauren is especially bullish on building an audience in the form of an email list…

The critical breaking point is about 5,000 email subscribers. We worked with a creator who had never sold a single product to his audience with an email list of 6,000. He priced his first course at $1,000 and did a 6-figure launch on his first try. People don't see that he spent more than three years building up that audience by consistently creating valuable content.

– NDoherty
[2021-06-12 Sat 11:49]

[Headline News] Kurt Campbell: U.S. Seeks Concerted Action to Ensure Peace in Taiwan Strait | gnews | summary of buildup

[Headline News] Kurt Campbell: U.S. Seeks Concerted Action to Ensure Peace in Taiwan Strait
纽约香草山MOS0110 hours ago
Author: MOS Fitness Group — Ivy001

On June 9th, Kurt Campbell, White House coordinator for Indo-Pacific affairs, said in a conversation with Richard Fontaine, executive director of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), on National Security 2021 that as the world faces an epidemic and other challenges, the last thing people want is for the Taiwan Strait to be destabilized. The United States is seeking concerted action to ensure peace in the Taiwan Strait.

Meanwhile, Japanese media reported that after the U.S.-Japan summit issued a joint statement this April, military operations by the CCP’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to encroach on Taiwan have decreased significantly.

In response to the Taiwan issue, Campbell noted that the most important thing the United States can do is to adopt a comprehensive set of measures that seek to enhance deterrence and maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait so that the people of Taiwan can live and work in peace and security.

On May 4th, Defense News, a mainstream U.S. military media outlet, published an article entitled, “Eliminate Ambiguous Strategies on Taiwan or Risk Losing the U.S. in the Taiwan Strait.” Campbell also spoke on behalf of the White House at the time, saying, “It is in the best interest of the United States to maintain a ‘fuzzy strategy’ in the Taiwan Strait.” In just one month, Campbell’s judgment on the Taiwan Strait has changed so drastically, from a vague strategy to a competitive strategy that points at the CCP.

https://gnews.org/1317321/

Good summary of US alliance's Taiwan buildup.
[2021-06-13 Sun 09:58]

As religious faith has declined, ideological intensity has risen (theatlantic.com) | HN

As religious faith has declined, ideological intensity has risen (theatlantic.com)
391 points by ali92hm 7 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 399 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27473167

HN@tonymet | secular world's religious tendencies

tonymet 5 hours ago [–]

Becoming more religious has helped me identify religious tendencies in the secular world. Ideology doesn’t imply supernatural deities, and some worldly phenomenon can be elevated to a supernatural level. Secular belief contains rituals, origin stories, deities, saints, priesthood, blasphemy, vice & virtue just as religion does.
One aspect of religion I appreciate is that these aspects are well codified and debated – i.e. much more explicit.
In the secular world these aspects exist but they are implicit, making them difficult to debate and attack.
Few people understand that most religions e.g. Judaism and Christianity have an apologetic discipline – a deliberate arm open to debate.
The secular world would benefit from adopting more formal definitions of their belief system. I think that would reduce the conflict and neurosis that comes from engaging a nebulous system.
If you believe you are not religious, it just means that you don’t have the cognitive tools to recognize the secular ideology that you have adopted.

The word is Communism.

apologetics narrow | secular not religious | HN@sidlls | I rebut

sidlls 5 hours ago [–]

Few people understand that most religions e.g. Judaism and Christianity have an apologetic discipline – a deliberate arm open to debate.
The range of permissible debate is quite narrow in reality, and usually start from an assumption that the core tenets are more or less true.
If you believe you are not religious, it just means that you don’t have the cognitive tools to recognize the secular ideology that you have adopted.
You're basically defining all belief as religious belief. You're welcome to it, but it's not particularly useful or constructive. And suggesting those that don't have the belief haven't actually thought about it, or lack the tools to do so, is a bit antagonistic, really.

I rebut

The range of permissible debate is quite narrow in reality

What? Christian apologetics meets atheists, Satanists, Darwinists, whoever. I don't even know how restricting apologetics to a very narrow permissible debate would work, unless like the MSM one can control which opponent gets on the mic.

Christians enforce a narrow range of theological divergence acceptable as orthodox, but that is not apologetics.

You're basically defining all belief as religious belief

No he isn't. He's defining humans as religious, and observing that the absence of affiliation with a major organized religion doesn't change this.

I live in a Communist country in which the Party sometimes explicitly substitutes for a church. In the USA, congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, which means that naturally a state church will evolve that denies being a state church – both the "state" and "church" parts. Humans being both religious and hierarchical, it's often tricky to determine whether state is running church or vice versa. The ball is always under the other cup.

If you dare, I'm sure you can think of a few recently-invented blasphemies which if violated would result in censure of a progressively more official nature. Whoever can hunt witches, holds the pulpit, even if it comes with a press badge rather than a funny hat.

Remember to recycle.
[2021-06-13 Sun 13:00]

downvoted with no replies. Typical SV soyboys. [2021-06-13 Sun 22:55]

Gibbon> The Cyropædia is vague and languid: the Anabasis circumstantial and animated. Such is the eternal difference between fiction and truth.

Highlights from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire | fantasticanachronism.com | good to read once

Highlights from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
https://fantasticanachronism.com/2021/05/03/highlights-from-the-decline-and-fall-of-the-roman-empire/

Good reading.
[2021-06-13 Sun 16:58]

Book Review: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire | fantasticanachronism.com | great read

Book Review: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Apr 28, 2021 by Alvaro de Menard | 8.9k words | 37 min read9 comments

Contents

  1. General Remarks
  2. Style
  3. Christianity
  4. Causes

4.1. The Fall of the Roman Empire
4.2. Army
4.2.1. Praetorians & non-Italian soldiers
4.2.2. Army power
4.2.3. Civil wars
4.2.4. Constantine's army reforms
4.3. General Internal Decay
4.3.1. Decline in warlike nature of Romans
4.3.2. Farmers vs steppe pastoralists
4.3.3. Abdicating the responsibilities of freedom
4.3.4. Christianity

  1. Fin

When I begun my journey with Gibbon I knew two things: that he was one of the great stylists of the English language, and that he had a silly monocausal theory blaming Christianity for the fall of the Roman Empire.

Only one of those is true.

https://fantasticanachronism.com/2021/04/28/book-review-the-decline-and-fall-of-the-roman-empire/
[2021-06-13 Sun 17:32]

Great read.

Clarifying the Structure and Nature of Left-wing Authoritarianism | 2021 | devastating indictment

Clarifying the Structure and Nature of Left-wing Authoritarianism
2021

Authoritarianism has been the subject of scientific inquiry for nearly a century, yet the vast majority of authoritarianism research has focused on right-wing authoritarianism. In the present studies, we inves- tigate the nature, structure, and nomological network of left-wing authoritarianism (LWA), a construct famously known as “the Loch Ness Monster” of political psychology. We iteratively construct a meas- ure and data-driven conceptualization of LWA across six samples (N = 7,258) and conduct quantitative tests of LWA’s relations with over 60 authoritarianism-related variables. We find that LWA, right- wing authoritarianism, and social dominance orientation reflect a shared constellation of personality traits, cognitive features, beliefs, and motivational values that might be considered the “heart” of au- thoritarianism. Still, relative to right-wing authoritarians, left-wing authoritarians were lower in dog- matism and cognitive rigidity, higher in negative emotionality, and expressed stronger support for a political system with substantial centralized state control. Our results also indicate that LWA power- fully predicts behavioral aggression and is strongly correlated with participation in political violence. We conclude that a movement away from exclusively right-wing conceptualizations of authoritarian- ism may be required to illuminate authoritarianism’s central features, conceptual breadth, and psycho- logical appeal.

https://www.gwern.net/docs/sociology/2021-costello.pdf
[2021-06-13 Sun 17:35]

“Linking Brain Biology to Intellectual Endowment: A Review on the Associations of Human Intelligence With Neuroimaging Data”, Dizaji et al 2021

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8114859/

Gwern> “The Best And The Rest: Revisiting The Norm Of Normality Of Individual Performance”, O’Boyle & Aguinis 2012 (performance is log-normal)

The Fedcoin experiment | "If there still are cows." | CYarvin | deflationary apocalypse

The Fedcoin experiment
"If there still are cows."
https://graymirror.substack.com/p/the-fedcoin-experiment
[2021-06-13 Sun 18:03]

Replacing USD with BTC-esque Fedcoin abruptly would lead to deflationary apocalypse.

answering Cyborganize questions

Meaning: When composing something from atoms, you move the atoms / create synoptic notes to create that thing? Is this and/or, or am I misreading?

What's the context of the original quote? I may use '3dashboard to compose, but I'll merely copy or link atoms from 10-Bins, rather the unfile them. Or I may put the draft in persinter or another 10-Bins location, and merely link to it from '3dashboard.

Dashboard and 3-Persinter seem to duplicate the "elaborate on me" situation. Is this a delineation between "Finish me" and "Think about me more" with a priority on minimizing Dashboard complexity?

Neither implies "elaborate on me". '3dashboard complexity is risky because it will be missed by refiling passes through 10-Bins. So don't leave things in '3dashboard that you've forgotten are there.

'3dashboard exists for convenience. It helps you pick up where you left off. Picture a desktop underneath the dashboard. You're working, and you can easily glance up to get a sense of the day's agenda.

Persinter can sometimes be a secondary desktop for longer-term or oversize stuff. But it fulfills other roles too. In a mature Textmind, desktop overflow will be a small or nonexistent proportion of persinter's content.

Aren't those kinds of documents done with Pubmind?

What is the context of the quote? Pubmind is only for published documents that will migrate out of Textmind to some other git repo. Otherwise I write the document in Textmind, usually in Org mode.
[2021-06-15 Tue 10:23]

Textmind Q&A cont

liblung — Today at 11:02 AM

I miscommunicated the second question. Previously, you elaborated that 3-Persinter is a location in which things can be "elaborated before evaluated". This seems redundant, because Dashboard also serves as a location in which you can create documents in a similar fashion. I'm wondering if there's a spiritual difference between the two accounting for this (aside from the mention that Persinter can be used for overflow).

And that raises another question - is it legal to edit atoms (IE to elaborate on them) directly, or does that need to be noted in the ramblog? Is this done through directly writing in the log (possibly after Dashboard) and then refiling to the position in Persinter, or another way?

Ok. Yes, persinter is a good place to let something develop to the point that it is ripe for processing. If that sounds tautological, just wait till you've processed an underripe complex idea. You scattered it into tiny useless fragments, destroying the original significance, and then it mutated or developed, leaving you to either start over or go hunting its pieces. Frustrating. Better to leave it in persinter for a while instead.

'3dashboard offers the same benefit. It's for things you're actively working on, or planning to soon, and want to keep on your mind. It has limited space since it's one file, and outline cycling can get tedious.

'3dashboard is for tasks I'm doing or essays I'm writing. Persinter can hold any heading.

is it legal to edit atoms (IE to elaborate on them) directly, or does that need to be noted in the ramblog?

Legal and encouraged, because it reduces filing. That means the ramblog won't capture all text input into Textmind; this is unavoidable. Use git for a complete record, if it matters.

Make whatever notes are needed to ramblog. Usually I merely mention the topic I was working on.
[2021-06-15 Tue 11:18]

Textmind Q&A | importing notes from obsolete PIM iterations

What's the best method for importing older notes to be cut up through ramblog processing? I assume this wouldn't involve directly pasting into the ramblog, since that would present navigation issues.

just make it a task in '3dashboard
control the process from there
assuming you can't simply wing it

you might want to archive a copy and then process the other
you could archive it in 1-Mansort/1-Textmind/2-Linked/4-Time/1-me/Journal/1-Source by source type and year, for example.

I keep my pre-Textmind notes in 1-Mansort/1-Textmind/3-Non/Z-Deferred
Someday I'll import them.
[2021-06-15 Tue 14:46]

EMF don't impact health | Scandinavian study | low rads hormetic | AC@Sam J

Sam J. commented on News Briefs - 06/11/2021.

in response to :

re: magnetic effects I hate to go to literal tin foil hat territory but 5G uses phased array antennas to pinpoint the receivers because of the high frequencies and low power involved. Well it’s supposed to be low power but that depends on software and amplifier capacity. Yikes.

I’m not saying electromagnetic fields can not harm or influence you but I don’t think it’s something to PANIC about.

One of the northern European countries. I forgot which, I think was Sweden, Finland or Denmark who had total records on all citizens health. They mapped all the citizens, all the major power stations and the high power substations and then cross referenced to all health records in the country and found…nothing. Not a damn thing. NO deleterious effects.

Now obviously 50hz is not the same as the higher frequency of 5G but the field was many times greater.

The question is how resonant are humans to this frequency??? I don’t know the answer.

It may very well be that if this frequency is irritating it may cause a hormesis effect and make people healthier.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hormesis

A Chinese company that made sheet rock decided a good way to get rid of nuclear waste was to put in the Sheetrock and ship it to Taiwan. They put it in apartments and they eventually found out the whole building was radioactive far above normal levels. Turns out the health of these people was actually measurably better than everyone else because of the hormesis effect.

Solid facts.
[2021-06-16 Wed 00:32]

Textmind Q&A | hybrid thinking described

Textmind destroys intermediate daily processing stages. What's left is the original raw chronological "ramblog" in an archive, and a mindmap tree of atomic headings. 10-Bins is the directory structure for Textmind.

I used to think like a normal human, mostly in my head. After Textmind, I mostly think into my keyboard. To do anything serious and productive, I meld with that part of Textmind. It's like how a good programmer melds with his code, except there's a GTD-like algorithm that smooths difficulty spikes, so one rarely has to think "hard". Fingers do most of the work.

Fix a paragraph. Write a summary. Arrange a mindmap of summaries. Small easy keyboard actions build into cohesive intelligent OODA loop. I just wing it and it works.
[2021-06-16 Wed 00:53]

Textmind Q&A | insights and direction

What is the process by which Cyborganize creates insights? I've been working under the assumption that it is through a combination / comparison of comparable atoms, as well as the RIITR spaced repetition. Curious your view, though.

Insights occur as one does the Textmind algorithm. Most of the steps aren't so robotic that they're incapable of generating insight. When one works with smart thoughts, one gets more smart thoughts. Especially if the work is easy and creates a sense of progress. It's like getting ideas while taking a walk in nature.

For that matter, what exactly differentiates Cyborganize's "thinking"? I ascertain it being some kind of continual refiling > perfecting of the pathways to written knowledge?

The goal of Textmind isn't thought but performance. The goal isn't to perfect the meta-outline; that is impossible. Thinking differs from unaugmented because it is hybrid brain-computer and cybernetic.

It sounds like you're unsure what the ultimate goal should be. The purpose of life is to dissipate syntropy. A rain forest does so better than a desert. A Dyson sphere does so better than a solar panel. Climb the Kardashev scale.

One doesn't need a grand strategic direction as a Textmind user; that is a compulsion of the unaugmented brain, scrambling in the dark. Simply follow the Textmind algorithm. This will develop a strategic vision naturally, but gradually one will realize that it is superfluous to daily operation. Most decisions are obvious when info overwhelm is eliminated.
[2021-06-16 Wed 11:44]

PLA warplanes enter Taiwan airspace after US drills in South China Sea | scmp

PLA warplanes enter Taiwan airspace after US drills in South China Sea

Chinese air force sends 28 planes into air defence identification zone in what was seen as a warning to United States It came after US strike group held exercises in disputed waterway ahead of regional talks aimed at easing tensions

The show of force by China’s air force came after the US Navy sent a strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan to the South China Sea on Monday. Photo: HandoutThe show of force by China’s air force came after the US Navy sent a strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan to the South China Sea on Monday. Photo: Handout
The show of force by China’s air force came after the US Navy sent a strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan to the South China Sea on Monday.

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3137322/us-strike-group-south-china-sea-ahead-asean-defence-talks
[2021-06-16 Wed 12:57]

REVEALED: 'Airbnb has secretive 'black box' team paying out $50 million a year to keep disaster stays out of press and gives staff blank checks to help rape victims and clean-up dismembered human remains' | dailymail.co.uk

REVEALED: 'Airbnb has secretive 'black box' team paying out $50 million a year to keep disaster stays out of press and gives staff blank checks to help rape victims and clean-up dismembered human remains'
The secretive safety team - known as the 'black box' inside the firm - is made up of around 100 agents across cities including Dublin, Montreal and Singapore
Team members have the power to spend any amount tackling the worst crises at their rentals including sexual assaults, murders and deaths
They are tasked with providing support to guests and hosts and also working to keep the incidents out of the public eye
Nick Shapiro, ex-National Security Council adviser to Barack Obama and deputy chief of staff at the Central Intelligence Agency, worked as crisis manager
Shapiro, who has since left the role, told Bloomberg the crises facing the company reminded him of the White House Situation Room
A rape victim received a $7 million payout in exchange for agreeing not to 'imply responsibility or liability' on Airbnb or the host
The 2016 incident saw an alleged 'career criminal' use a duplicate key to enter a New York City rental and attack her at knifepoint
In 2018, Carla Stefaniak was murdered by a security guard at a Costa Rica Airbnb, while in 2019 five were shot dead at a mansion party in California
Airbnb has spent an estimated $50 million every year on crisis payouts

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9688361/Airbnb-secret-black-box-team-forks-50-million-year-settlements.html
[2021-06-16 Wed 13:14]

Cost of doing business.

Taiwan heats up | carrier group nearby | record PLA flyovers

ZeroHedge News [unread] USS Regan Strike Group Enters Heavily Disputed South China Sea 
ZeroHedge News [unread] China Sends Record 28 Fighter Jets Toward Taiwan After Telling NATO: 'We Won't Sit Back'

Heating up.
[2021-06-16 Wed 14:26]

Textmind Q&A

In what cases do you delete Textmind atoms?

When I'd rather delete it than continue to handle it.
[2021-06-17 Thu 09:54]

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