a thoughtful web.
Share good ideas and conversation.   Login or Take a Tour!
kleinbl00's profile

x 1327

following: 22
followed tags: 80
followed domains: 8
badges given: 308 of 319
hubskier for: 3305 days

recent comments, posts, and shares:
kleinbl00  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Do not get arrested challenge 2020

The Model T was introduced in 1908. Seat belts became law in 1968.

Asbestos was first mined in 2400BC, known to kill miners in 100AD, recognized as toxic by the US government in 1918, linked to cancer in 1934 and was finally under attempted ban in 1989. Which was, of course, overturned in 1991.

DDT was introduced in the 1940s, was killing birds in the '50s, made Silent Spring in 1962 and wasn't banned until 1972.

Historically speaking we have always lived in an era of open and almost unopposed oligarchy but no matter how jaded your viewpoint on humanity, you have to recognize that most large oligarchs and corporations don't go out of their way to fuck people over. They rarely go out of their way to help people, either but dumb shit like "wow barcodes are so easy to read you can pick one off of an Instagram post" is a political failure, not an economic one.

Let's put the PC clone as the Model T in this analogy. Here's where our digital savvy is right now:

If instead you put the model T at the introduction of social networks, we're here:

And yes, that is a model T, which sold with little modification from 1908 to 1927.

This gets better when government regulation clamps down HARDER than any historic analogy because we're in such uncharted territory that we don't even know what to protect ourselves from. Which, I think we both agree, is unlikely. But hey - let's pretend you're a UX coder at a 500-person firm making APIs for travel agencies. Security is not your bag, and shouldn't be. You're likely going to grab all the information you're given and put it somewhere so that others can use it. Security? They're going to make sure that they aren't giving up any information that hasn't already been given up. And the ticketing barcode? That's FAA, TSA, and Interpol-approved. The problem is, at the time the regulations came through there wasn't an attractive nuisance making people post their personal info online for made-up internet points. And the problem is, the government has been doing a bang-up job of publicizing "you are not your barcode" so that we don't mutter "Orwell" under our breaths every third minute.

Cockups before conspiracy, laddie. Cockups before conspiracy.

kleinbl00  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

I would love to know the rest of that poem.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New Maps Show a transformed United States

Fuck dude I know four people on my show who are buying property in Bellingham.

We are of like minds.

So much of politics these days belongs to those shouting at the top of their lungs that the other is to blame. It's such a useful strategy that you make friends into others just to keep the pyres burning.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Nine years

    I was living alone in a cottage in a tiny fishing village on the Tasmanian east coast, spending my hours writing a novel that would never be published.

Fuck me this sounds idyllic rn

"Hey pretend you're friends for a few weeks I've got an election coming up"

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New Maps Show a transformed United States

So the problem is, the most reasonable thing to do is to move. But you're talking about 160 million people. And the selfish thing to do is move before everyone else. And squat on the land that's about to be valuable. People are already getting itchy in Alberta because the farmland is being snatched up by foreign speculators. meanwhile, "we used to farm in Kansas but now we're trying to farm in South Dakota" is the Dust Bowl II and that much population on the move is called a refugee crisis. As with most things, it will happen slowly, then all at once, and there will be tension. Syrian Civil War tension? Probably not? But if Texas is going to be Saudi Arabia in 30 years it's gonna fuck shit up royally.

The issue, which uhsguy is also glossing over, is that it's not about whether or not you should move. The issue is that half of the goddamn country is wondering the same thing. And as with most events involving large numbers of people, 95% of them will do it in an orderly, calm and calculated fashion but 5% will fuck it up badly for the rest of the country.

Every city I've been in, there's a thriving community of happy, healthy, white people of means who bailed on New Orleans after Katrina. I mean, I hired one. Meanwhile there's a desperately poor core of minorities who couldn't afford to bail on New Orleans... yet.

Friends of mine bought their dream home. It's three miles up a dirt road in the Santa Fe National Forest. You need 4x4 to get in and out when it snows. And they can't buy insurance. Literally no one will sell them insurance because statistically speaking, it will burn to the ground in the next 15 years. Period.

They got a great deal.

I follow a house on Redfin. It got eaten by a landslide. It's oceanfront. For a while? It was sold as a "fixer-upper." Then for a while? It was sold "as is." Talkin' a red-tagged uninhabitable structure with a 50-foot cliff above it that has a demonstrated proclivity to fall on the house.

It sold two months ago. Someone got a great deal. All it took was two years and a massive influx of stupid money for strivers to buy a deathtrap that will never be permitted.

There's an arc within Nomadland of this lady who lost her job at 50 and works Amazon warehouses as a migrant worker while living out of her Chevy Astro and at 58, she makes a downpayment on an acre of desert half an hour outside of Gadsden, AZ. No power, no water, but it's her own private idaho and boy howdy at 58 she's going to homestead the Sulphur Valley.

And even Jessica Bruder - who spent 18 months tooling around with itinerant hopelessness - presents this as a happy ending. Not as a "here's how this mummified corpse came to rest here" cautionary tale.

Yes. Moving to Canada is the most reasonable thing to do. And the most reasonable will do it now, the less reasonable will do it later, the unreasonable will do it too late and the reasonless will dream of a time they could have done it. And everyone will be fucked, including the Canadians.

kleinbl00  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New Maps Show a transformed United States

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New Maps Show a transformed United States

Link related

    What I found was a nation on the cusp of a great transformation. Across the United States, some 162 million people — nearly 1 in 2 — will most likely experience a decline in the quality of their environment, namely more heat and less water. For 93 million of them, the changes could be particularly severe, and by 2070, our analysis suggests, if carbon emissions rise at extreme levels, at least 4 million Americans could find themselves living at the fringe, in places decidedly outside the ideal niche for human life.
kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Everything we don't know about sex and babies in space

It's a spectacular book. I recommend it utterly without reservation. Not only does it cover sex in space, it also covers eating in space, pooping in space, peeing in space, sweating in space, sleeping in space, exercising in space, fighting in space and working in space. And it is quintessentially Mary Roach. The whole book is basically "let's get over being embarrassed about this and discuss three grown men spending a week in a self-contained environment smaller than a VW Beetle and discuss what that looks like from a human level."

This raises insights that that you wouldn't get otherwise: Americans took forever to put women in space because figuring out how they might pee was too much to handle. Russians put women in space pretty much immediately because they weigh less. Americans have a tradition of a steak breakfast before a launch because it's high protein and therefore low waste. Russians have a tradition of an enema. Americans have a tradition of exhaustive personality profiles and joint training. Russians have a tradition of fistfights. At one point she profiles a mission specialist who explains that he's been training for 20 years on the off-chance that he actually gets to turn a wrench in a space suit for 20 minutes.

Sex actually occupies very little space in the book because, as Roach explores at length, it's a giant taboo that NASA refuses to address. She lists all the stuff that we simply haven't bothered researching because it's so taboo, and then spends a good chapter seeking out a mythical porn shot on the vomit comet (and concludes it never happened). She balances this out with the thunderous amount of effort NASA spends just keeping their magic space toilet working, and exactly why it almost never does.

If you're at all interested I wholeheartedly recommend reading it. It's super-engaging and contains preposterous amounts of little-known, barely-published information about human physiology that actually matters on earth (80% of your poop is e.coli, if you don't shower you reach "maximum funk" about 3 weeks in and plateau off, etc).

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Literally watching my fellow Americans defend Genocide.

'k go ahead and blame the forced sterilization of Uyghurs on Christianity real quick

Trump's voter base gives exactly zero fucks about the RNC. After all, they tried "please god vote for anyone but Trump".

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Literally watching my fellow Americans defend Genocide.

Forced sterilization has a fine secular tradition. You can be evil while thinking you're good without Jesus whispering in your ear.

"Racism", "a fundamental disrespect for human rights" and "devout Christianity" have some overlap on the Venn diagram. You could probably even tease out a correlation.

But it's not the maxim you think it is.

I can explain that. I can probably even find graphs. Hang on a sec. This is relevant:

This is relevant:

This is relevant

I haven't seen refinance approval rates yet, but anecdotally they're in the shitter. And somewhere I've got (I've put up here) a graph showing that the bottom two deciles put their stimulus in the bank or towards debt, the top two deciles put their stimulus in the bank or towards debt, and the middle deciles put their money in equities.

It works like this: if you're poor, you don't own a house. You "own" a car with a shitty rate and you could lose it at any minute. If you're getting extra money, the economic data indicates that you're doing everything you can to get rid of the ball and chain around your neck because contrary to liberal thinking, you aren't a fucking moron you're just poor. So while there's an eviction moratorium on missing rent, there's nothing keeping the bank from repossessing your car and then when the eviction moratorium is fuckin' over you won't even have a Nissan to sleep in. So you pay down the car.

This was one of my favorite knock-on effects of the recession: Washington Mutual was one of the principal lobbyists to tighten bankruptcy rules. Which meant all of Washington Mutual's customers were stuck in predatory credit card rates. Which gave them a choice of which bills to pay and if they didn't pay the credit card, they'd end up with a lien, not a bankruptcy proceeding. So they stopped paying their Washington Mutual mortgage. Bye bye Washington Mutual.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: QAnon is a Nazi Cult, Rebranded

A quibble: Nazism is one of the worst, if not the worst expressions of antisemitism but that doesn't make all forms of antisemitism Nazism. Protocols is a Russian text. The Russians had been slaughtering Jews for a hundred years by the time it was published. Continental Europe wasn't blameless, nor was England. Which, really, is just part of a trend that gets grimmer the more you look at it.

All Nazis are antisemitic, but not all antisemites are Nazis. QAnon may have started out as a parody based on a leftist Italian novel but as with all conspiracy theories, it ends up being the Jews all along.

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What color IS the "wine-dark sea", Homer?

Yeah everyone does without recognizing that the Iliad and Odyssey were verbally transmitted 'round the campfire 2700 years ago and that they originated with a legendary poet who was reputed to be sightless.

A thousand years from now, if we're lucky, people will be arguing about what bandersnatches were and whether "frumious" is an indication of the plasticity of language since everyone else uses the word "furious".

Look up "blue in ancient greek." Here's the top link from Wikipedia:

    The Greek word for dark blue, kyaneos, could also mean dark green, violet, black or brown. The ancient Greek word for a light blue, glaukos, also could mean light green, grey, or yellow. The Greeks imported indigo dye from India, calling it indikon.

Here's the second link from Business Insider:

    No one could see the colour blue until modern times ...

So okay, They had a specific word for "dark blue" because they paid money for it but since the word we know about for "dark blue" actually just means "dark" clearly the fuckin' greeks couldn't see blue, a blind man thinks wine must have been!

These discussions are never about the way "perception and language play off each other" they're about the fact that we don't know something for 100% fact 2700 years ago so obviously the ancient greeks are fuckin' ancient colorblind aliens.


The Sumerians (5,000 years ago) mined lapis. नील is Sanskrit for "blue." So either the Greeks forgot and the Romans remembered or this is archetypal ancient aliens shit.

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Oracle wins TikTok deal

And more importantly, shaping behavior.

The algorithm driving TikTok is, largely, "things that benefit China."

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Oracle wins TikTok deal

Yeah so not exactly?

    Oracle is set to be announced as TikTok’s “trusted tech partner” in the U.S., and the deal is likely not to be structured as an outright sale, the people said.

Larry Ellison will pay some nominal fee in order to be the face of TikTok so that the Chuds can claim a win

    On Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed that his office received a bid proposal from Oracle for TikTok’s operations over the weekend and said that the Treasury-led Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. would review it this week.

On Monday, Mnuchin jawboned Ellison to get him to say he'd spent money bearding TikTok

    “From our standpoint, we’ll need to make sure that the code is, one, secure, Americans’ data is secure, that the phones are secure and we’ll be looking to have discussions with Oracle over the next few days with our technical teams.”

Despite the fact that all technology and all patents remain in China

    Mr. Mnuchin also said the Oracle deal includes a commitment to establish TikTok as a global company headquartered in the U.S., which he said would mean 20,000 new jobs.

Kinda how Carrier "committed" to not shutting down that plant, and how Foxconn "committed" to opening a factory in Wisconsin

    Two people familiar with the Oracle deal said it was more appropriate to call it a partnership, rather than an acquisition, suggesting that there wasn’t an exchange of significant assets.

Larry Ellison agreed to throw money at ByteDance so that the orange man could pretend he accomplished something before his deadline made it immediately obvious that he had not

    While China’s recently announced trade restrictions made acquiring TikTok’s algorithm tricky, Microsoft remained committed to acquiring the app’s powerful suggestion algorithms, said a person familiar with the matter. Without outright purchase of the algorithms, Microsoft wouldn’t be able to follow through with its stated commitment to national security issues.

While Microsoft made a good-faith effort to buy a foreign company under duress, the foreign company told them to piss up a rope, according to a person familiar with the matter.