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  1. About: Objective Contrarian news
    1. Content
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  2. Textmind Q&A | distinguishing persints
  3. textmind Q&A | class notes
  4. I know the secret to the quiet mind but wish I’d never learned it (theatlantic.com) | HN | TBI ended monologue | HN@throaway | brain illness stupified | Doctors 90% incompetent
  5. Textmind Q&A | templates deprecated for ramblog
  6. Textmind Q&A
  7. Textmind Q&A
  8. textmind Q&A
  9. Americans Are Pretty Skeptical That Hard Work Will Pay Off (theatlantic.com) | HN | lower classes must work harder, treated worse
  10. Hiding sex differences: not a myth | emilkirkegaard.dk | IQ tests balanced to eliminate sex differences, yet still can't
  11. From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of Chinese Communism, by Tony Saich | must read
  12. follow.it | converts RSS to email
  13. Is education no longer the ‘great equalizer’? (nytimes.com) | HN | successful entrepreneurs invested social capital
  14. lab-leak mainstream discourse "disappointing" | conflated with racist attitude | HN@dpbriggs | I rebut | lab leak not racist | Communist dictatorship | USA provoked
  15. BrainstormWFO | no successors until Treefactor!
  16. lab leak not racist | CCP is Communist | no ethics | HN@piokoch
  17. Is a Mask That Covers the Mouth and Nose Free from Undesirable Side Effects in Everyday Use and Free of Potential Hazards? | study | good summary of bad side effects | use neck gaiter
  18. Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss | book summary
  19. any politicians against FBI/CIA | HN@DevKoala | me: | Donald Trump
  20. China warns US to ‘sever all military ties’ with Taiwan or face ‘war’ amid tensions.
  21. how to export from Org to Gmail
  22. Textmind Q&A
  23. [Lude Express] Japan’s Minister Says Necessary to “Wake Up” to Protect Taiwan | gnews
  24. Taliban retakes Afghanistan as USA retreats | the-sun.com

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Textmind Q&A | distinguishing persints

liblung — Today at 12:33 AM
What's the role of the persints in the subdirectories? Besides storing things that fit badly it's not clear when these are used as opposed to the main 3-Persinter.

same role, just limited to the path scope
[2021-06-18 Fri 00:35]

liblung — Today at 12:41 AM
But if it's the same role, why not use the big Persinter? Having a lot of persints seems like it would increase search latency by "oh wait, I might have also put it in that persint or this persint".

because the big persinter doesn't contain that scope
big persinter tries to avoid duplicating scopes of other bins
also, if something is important enough to go in the big persinter, then it doesn't go in a little one.
grand searches cascade downward, so anything in the big persinter will be found first.
[2021-06-18 Fri 00:46]

liblung — Today at 12:52 AM
In essence, the sub-persints are "important but not THAT important"?

Oh, so persints have the same form of information as the bin they are in plus "important / doesn't fit", and the major persint doesn't conform to any except "IMPORTANT / doesn't fit".

Yes. Small persints also avoid duplicating scopes of sibling bins.
[2021-06-18 Fri 09:07]

textmind Q&A | class notes

liblung — Today at 2:45 AM
One particular difficulty of the atomization process would seem to be taking class notes. Atomizing it into individual ideas? Sorting all that out? Uh oh. This might not be the right tool, of course, though then I don't know what the replacement suggested is.

it's just work. the final product might be anki
why duplicate effort though? lots of others have done the same thing.
[2021-06-19 Sat 04:34]

I know the secret to the quiet mind but wish I’d never learned it (theatlantic.com) | HN | TBI ended monologue | HN@throaway | brain illness stupified | Doctors 90% incompetent

I know the secret to the quiet mind but wish I’d never learned it (theatlantic.com)
181 points by danso 6 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 139 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27554686

throwaway205826 5 hours ago [–]

A few years ago I got some kind of brain illness. Doctors were unable to come up with a strong diagnosis, which is apparently quite common for such cases.
One of the effects of the illness was that I essentially became stupid. I couldn’t focus on anything (even trivial activities like watching television), I couldn’t compose emails, I would get disoriented easily. It was absolutely terrifying not knowing whether or not my mind would come back. At the time, I would have preferred having a disease like cancer because at least I would know what I’m dealing with. Eventually I did start to get better. Like the author, I think I’m probably not quite back to who I was before getting sick.
A couple things I learned from my interaction with the medical system - 1. Like any other industry, 90% of medical “experts” are totally incompetent. 2. The state of diagnostics is pretty abysmal. So much of medicine is completely nonscientific guesswork. Most doctors aren’t even aware of the latest diagnostic developments in their own fields. Think about the people you know who learned Java in college and then never learned another programming language; chances are, your doctor is that kind of person.

[2021-06-19 Sat 10:44]

Textmind Q&A | templates deprecated for ramblog

Templates are fine, I just don't like them in the ramblog, because incoming data rarely conforms neatly. I'd rather fill in a template as a second step, than pollute the ramblog with misleading info.

If there's some consistently-formatted datastream for work, then it probably shouldn't be mixed into the ramblog at all, but kept in a separate file, suitable for machine processing.
[2021-06-19 Sat 20:50]

Textmind Q&A

liblung — Today at 3:25 AM
Could you clarify? Does this mean, yes, atomize, it's just work possibly (in this usage) outboxing to anki? Then where does duplicate effort / others have done the same thing fit in?

One needn't atomize lecture notes finer than class and day. They can be treated as Pubmind articles and compiled into a book. Or simply collected in a Textmind directory. Only decompose them if helpful.

One should probably take idiosyncratic notes and also grab canonical copies of class notes, flash card decks, etc.
[2021-06-20 Sun 07:02]

Textmind Q&A

liblung — Today at 1:20 AM
What's confusing me at present is what situations would merit placing information into a subpersint, as opposed to a normal persint. I get that they have different scopes, but I have difficulty moving this out of the abstract. Do you put any information that has a strong name attached into 7-Name/1-Persint, for example?

Cyberthal — Today at 2:19 AM
nah just meta info on how the 7-name dir works

[2021-06-23 Wed 02:20]

textmind Q&A

liblung — Today at 3:17 AM
Then what do you use the sub-persints for in 6-Object, 7-Name/2-Flat, 7-Name/3-Hier/1-Individuals, and 9-Background? (And 8-Action?)

tree structure commentary for all
6-object: purchasing
7-Name/3-Hier/1-Individuals: important or multi-category individuals
9-Background: alternative tree structure, for interdisciplinary. Important info.
8-Action: same.

Don't create a 1-persint dir if you don't need it. Learn sorting best practices inductively and evolutionarily. Info is filed correctly when it flourishes in its niche. Learn by feel.
[2021-06-23 Wed 09:11]

Americans Are Pretty Skeptical That Hard Work Will Pay Off (theatlantic.com) | HN | lower classes must work harder, treated worse

Americans Are Pretty Skeptical That Hard Work Will Pay Off (theatlantic.com)
115 points by paulpauper 17 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 149 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27594718

namelessoracle 12 hours ago [–]

My experience is that i had to work harder the lower my position in life was.
The way I was treated, the physical, emotional, and mental toil i suffered were worse at minimum wage jobs than any job i had in IT. The bottom tier of IT has a much worst experience as well compared to development and systems engineering jobs.
It makes me wonder about these people who went to college, then straight into a six figure job out of college claiming to understand how the world works. I can't help but raise my eyebrow at anybody making economic claims and claims about what people should do who have never tried to make rent making below 30k a year in a major American city.

handrous 11 hours ago [–]

Fussell calls this out in his Class. A marker of his lower- and mid-Prole and, to some extent, his Middle, classes, are that they're far more highly-surveilled and have much higher expectations for hard work and being on time and things like that than his Upper-Middle (and certainly his Upper).
Lower- and Mid-Prole: piss tests; written up for being five minutes late because there was a car wreck blocking traffic; doctor's note(!) required for a sick day; one week(!) of paid vacation per year.
Upper-middle: Microdosing or just, you know, straight up using illegal drugs with some frequency, possibly openly; "Car broke down, I'm just going to work from home (or take the day off, depending on how upper-middle we're talking) since I can't be in until noon, now, anyway"; "Mental health" days (that may be more "middle", actually—upper-middle may not have any need for the equivocation to placate others, nor ego-driven need to excuse not feeling like working with something quasi-medical); "I think I'll take my sabbatical this year".
(I'd say programmers mostly aren't, class-wise, upper-middle in Fussell's system, purely—they're a broad mix of upper-prole, middle [lots of middle], and upper-middle, according to the class privileges they enjoy and the norms that tend to be instilled in or brought to the table by programmers, and the mix of those varies a lot by industry and region)

[2021-06-23 Wed 15:10]

Hiding sex differences: not a myth | emilkirkegaard.dk | IQ tests balanced to eliminate sex differences, yet still can't

Clear Language, [] Hiding sex differences: not a myth
https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/2021/06/hiding-sex-differences-not-a-myth/

IQ test writers remove items that yield sex differences, but men still have higher mean on composite scores.
[2021-06-23 Wed 15:30]

From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of Chinese Communism, by Tony Saich | must read

China is still wrestling with how to rule over a diverse, ethnically mixed population that does not necessarily accept the dominance of the Han or the
CCP narrative. The challenge for the CCP is that ethnic minorities constitute only about 10 percent of the total population but inhabit 60 percent of the
land mass, much of which is in sensitive border areas (the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Tibet
Autonomous Region, and Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region). The national language is a recent construct and has priority in schools over the local
languages. About 30 percent of the population speaks a language at home other than the national language.

That is from the new and “must read” From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of Chinese Communism, by Tony Saich. Keep in mind that the CCP is the
most important institution in the world today — have you ever read a book on it?

https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2021/06/china-fact-of-the-day-65.html
[2021-06-24 Thu 21:44]

follow.it | converts RSS to email

https://follow.it/
looks cool
follows news feeds for you
converts to email.
[2021-06-25 Fri 00:42]

Is education no longer the ‘great equalizer’? (nytimes.com) | HN | successful entrepreneurs invested social capital

Is education no longer the ‘great equalizer’? (nytimes.com)
166 points by gumby 1 day ago | hide | past | favorite | 487 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27603039

aroundtown 18 hours ago [–]

It was only a way to move up into and through the middle class. It was never a ticket to any place else. The reason is simple, lack of opportunity. Sometimes opportunity is money, privilege, or luck. Sometimes it's being at the right place at the right time, befriending the right person at a party, or working together on a group project.

Every entrepreneur that I have known has come has some sort of privilege to get them where they are. One, not only had moderately wealthy parents, but those parents raised him inside of a successful store. From a young age he was taught how to make a venture work, he had a fall back if he failed, and he had people to call if he needed advice. Because of the opportunities they had in life, they believe that it was all hard work and intelligence that got them there.

My best friend from grade school was very wealthy. My friend has had more opportunities in life, just because their parents could float them while they took unpaid internships, complete graduate school, and buy them a nice big house so they could settle down and start a family.

If you want a 'great equalizer' you have to provide opportunity to those that don't have it. You have to check your privilege at the door and consider for a moment that some people don't have it as good as you. You have to give people a chance to prove themselves.

Even in the US and in Tech, if you were raised or live outside of a major metro, you are at a significant disadvantage to those who had the luck to living in one. If we want to fix this, we have to prioritize giving more opportunities to those who don't have them.

[2021-06-25 Fri 01:18]

lab-leak mainstream discourse "disappointing" | conflated with racist attitude | HN@dpbriggs | I rebut | lab leak not racist | Communist dictatorship | USA provoked

dpbriggs 17 hours ago [–]

Anyone else here incredibly disappointed in the discourse around the lab-leak hypothesis?
I'm not even talking about the truth of it. Instead the way the discussion has occurred and changed over time. In the earliest days it seemed implausible but possible, to suddenly fringe and impossible, then recently to something that could occur.
At some point there was this weird, almost intentional, conflation of the idea the virus could have escaped in some way related to the labs in Wuhan with some sort of nationalist, uneducated caricature blaming the Chinese.
Worse still is the weird apologia, or cope, around the topic in these threads. People recognize the political reality, and it's easy to get distracted in threads tossing links around. But we still see weird arguments like:

  • Oh there was nothing wrong with it, but most people were using it to be xenophobic or racist (QED).
  • There was never anything really against the idea, but instead new evidence came out!
  • Some flunky 'Bayesian' argument clearly proving one way or the other.

There's probably merit to each point above, but is that really satisfactory in light of how discourse was shaped? It actually feel likes gas-lighting. I don't track every comment, every article, and every casual conversation I have. But it has changed, the media has softened, the hostile atmosphere of the last four years is dissipating.
Before anyone starts screaming for sources - this is just some free-form thoughts on the subject. I'm a regular Joe. My contribution to this topic is hoping someone more qualified is able to look deeply enough into it. I'm also terminally online, and have read several hundred comments every day over this pandemic, and observed general trends.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27609919#27612921

At some point there was this weird, almost intentional, conflation of the idea the virus could have escaped in some way related to the labs in Wuhan with some sort of nationalist, uneducated caricature blaming the Chinese.

I doubt anyone has argued that the CCP deliberately spread COVID19 to the world because it is Chinese. Taiwan and Hong Kong are also Chinese, and would be primary targets of such an attack. Who dislikes the Taiwanese?

The presumptive reason for an aggressive "unprovoked" WMD use would be because China is a Communist dictatorship. Those have an aggressive track record, to put it mildly.

I say "unprovoked" in quotes because CCP media will gladly list many provocations, and aren't they the ones whose opinion counts when inquiring as to motive?

If there's something Chinese about this, it might be the unconventional warfare aspect, from the culture that gave us Sun Tzu.

Maybe the real racists are those who assume that Chinese Communists would not attack a stronger opponent in an indirect and clandestine manner. Isn't that projecting one's value system onto another?

Since WWII, the USA has strong-armed the world into accepting the USD as reserve currency, permitting the US oligarchy to "tax" them by creating new USD ex nihilo via financial wizardry. Armed robbery, even when state-sponsored, often inspires armed resistance. Don't go crying, "He hit me for no reason!" when you're holding his lunch money.

Apparently you can't say this, since I always get downvoted when I do. I have yet to hear an answer.

posted
[2021-06-25 Fri 03:26]

BrainstormWFO | no successors until Treefactor!

Whangdoodle — Today at 5:30 AM
@Cyberthal What predecessors to treefactor after BrainstormWFO?

none, remarkably
[2021-06-25 Fri 12:48]

lab leak not racist | CCP is Communist | no ethics | HN@piokoch

Scientist finds early virus sequences that had been mysteriously deleted (nytimes.com)
326 points by gumby 1 day ago | hide | past | favorite | 331 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27609919

piokoch 21 hours ago [–]

Why blaming Wuhan lab leak is "nationalistic" or "caricature". China is a communistic country, it cannot care less about anything besides standard communistic agenda, gathering more power, winning more influence, spreading "revolution". Was crashing freedom in Hong Kong necessary? Is Urguys and Christians persecution needed? Did they care that their rocket debris might fall of the sky on some large India city and kill 5 million people? Do they care about factories that dump wastes directly to rivers and thanks to that they are cheap? And so on.
There is a great book by Kissinger about China that explains a way of thinking Chinese rulers have. That was stroked me most was a chapter about early conflict between US and China (in Mao times). US were trying to frighten Chinese rulers with nuclear weapon, but Chinese answer was that even if US strike them that way and kill 300 million people, there is still 700 millions alive.
If you look on Covid from that perspective, the mess in some lab in Wuhan sounds very plausible. For Europe/US it is a big problem, for China it is a big opportunity.
In Europe/US there is a lot of regulation concerning research (ethical, security) that just don't exist in China. We don't know what they do in terms of genetic modifications, cloning, bacteriology, etc. The fun fact is that western companies are eagerly investing in such research in China as they are cheaper and they don't need to care about boring stuff like ethics.
We should be scared.

[2021-06-25 Fri 13:17]

Is a Mask That Covers the Mouth and Nose Free from Undesirable Side Effects in Everyday Use and Free of Potential Hazards? | study | good summary of bad side effects | use neck gaiter

Is a Mask That Covers the Mouth and Nose Free from Undesirable Side Effects in Everyday Use and Free of Potential Hazards?
https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/8/4344

Good summary of side effects of bad masks.
Masks work, AND they have negative side effects (because they work!)
Use a neck gaiter instead.
[2021-06-26 Sat 16:27]

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss | book summary

REDACTED

https://www.samuelthomasdavies.com/book-summaries/business/never-split-the-difference/
[2021-06-26 Sat 16:46]

any politicians against FBI/CIA | HN@DevKoala | me: | Donald Trump

DevKoala 10 hours ago [–]

Is there any way to vote against the current way the FBI/CIA operates? They are straight up coercing witnesses with fake testimonies to get a man prison, whose only crime was sharing the truth about the shameful inner workings of our American government.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27646170

A politician in conflict with the FBI and CIA?

Someone who makes comments such as "Deep State Department," "drain the Swamp," and "witchhunt"?

I'm having Trumble thinkinp of one. I Don't know aldbody offhand.

He would have to be backed by the US military to have a realistic shot against such powerful factions of the US oligarchy. Who's popular with the military?
[2021-06-27 Sun 16:28]

China warns US to ‘sever all military ties’ with Taiwan or face ‘war’ amid tensions.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1454780/china-us-taiwan-taipei-military-relationship-independence-war-tensions-ont

how to export from Org to Gmail

one option is to export to ASCII and attach as txt file.
it won't work in the body due to Gmail line break reformatting

here's how to avoid the line break reformatting:

https://emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/20562/how-to-make-the-org-mode-exported-table-aligned-in-gmail
https://markdown-here.com/get.html
Markdown Here works on Chrome, but not Safari

export to markdown. then should look good in Gmail.
[2021-06-29 Tue 21:48]

Textmind Q&A

Discord@liblung> How do synoptic notes about a particular topic (bin) interact with the rest of its content? I recall inquiring when a directory would contain something other than inbox.org, and that seems like a particular useful case. Otherwise, though a bit far-out, it seems like synoptic notes could form a layer over the actual atoms in that particular bin.

Ideally, it shouldn't interact with the rest of the bin. Hidden dependencies are bad. If elements interact, put them in one heading or document.

I don't distinguish synoptic notes from other kinds. I often write them in 1rambling when I'm refreshing myself on a topic. They get processed as usual. The delayed processing is beneficial as my understanding of the topic may evolve during the session.

As for where to file them, they may wind up in a persint, or a well-titled Org document.

Discord@liblung> For the money section in 4-time, do you just have a chronological list of expidentures, or something else?

Yes, that's the raw receipt log, an important archive. Any further processing should not destroy the original.

Raw receipts should be extracted during daily 1rambling processing.
[2021-06-29 Tue 12:52]

[Lude Express] Japan’s Minister Says Necessary to “Wake Up” to Protect Taiwan | gnews

REDACTED

https://gnews.org/1359830/
[2021-06-30 Wed 12:55]

Taliban retakes Afghanistan as USA retreats | the-sun.com

The Taliban have seized control of a third of Afghanistan as they continue to accelerate their blitz offensive while the US continues to withdraw their forces.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/3158760/taliban-seizes-afghanistan-blitz-offensive-us-20-year-war/

lol.
[2021-06-30 Wed 13:18]

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