Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    "it seems very improbable" ... "they seem very unlikely." You have the habit of assigning estimated probabilities to beliefs. That's a major step up from the baseline of mostly-uncritical belief. Needs to be mainstreamed. Re your comment about delusion, this...
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    You mean like yoga breathing exercises? No, more than that. Basically it's moving the attention around your body[1], and becoming fully aware of where many of your body parts are. It could be that other (mind) relaxation techniques have a...
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    Wonder whether this subtle (to humans) change in the smell of the local environment can also account for some folks' dowsing abilities. As LAvery notes, human olfaction is better than humans generally believe. I suspect dowsing[2] "works" because one's awareness...
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    This one, about rain's effect on Swiss voters, is interesting. Long though. Rain, Emotions and Voting for the Status Quo (November 2016) This study provides the first real-world evidence on the relationship between emotions and preferences for the status quo....
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    Hmm ... interesting. Wonder which Party ordered this? Cui bono and Science!!! and an assumption that US and UK behavior re bad weather and voting are similar, and an assumption that storm calling exists, suggest that Conservative sorcerers or their...
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    Changing storm-calling from being real to being fictional doesn't strike me as a "subtle aspect of our physics". (If you disagree, please give an example of a "subtle" change to physics as we currently understand it that would make storm-calling...
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    Basically if the Authorities want to know who you voted for they can find out with a bit of effort. Does this happen in practice? Perhaps part of the question is whether there are UK laws to keep such invasions...
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    Point being is that he discusses precog actually being hypercognition, based on data you didn't realize you'd observed. That's certainly an effect, that I've observed many many instances of personally. Once one finds such hidden signals, seeing them reliably in...
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    Just to be clear, here's some alarming recent science about the effects of measles infection: How measles wipes out the body's immune memory - Study details the mechanism and scope of measles-induced immune amnesia in the wake of infection (October...
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    So... how are *your* liberal views on free speech handling that? Anti-vaxxers are murderers, and most of their victims are children. They're not as evil as propagandists who promote global heating denial, though. If I were in an area where...
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    What I mainly wanted was the catastrophic coverage. I can handle any ordinary healthcare bill. Yeah. For non-US people, and especially for UK people voting shortly (if the Conservatives win, expect to see some analogue of what's in the rest...
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    If it's storm calling specifically, I can't, because it was too long ago, and I haven't read that sort of travelogue or needed to use the information since. The last time (a few threads ago) you mentioned this, I didn't...
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    It's art. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landover_Baptist_Church I've been (as a background task) trying to better understand the American christian fundamentalist world and more important, its relationships to political power. Bringing up arguments like these (with a "serious" voice) in chats with pastors and...
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    Jeff Bezos has set loose the Washington Post to harry El Cheeto Grande, much to my enjoyment. Not that I'm a fan of Bezos himself of Big River's business and personnel policies, but as a true multi-billionaire, he shrugs off...
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    What they're REALLY talking about is MIDDLE INCOME. Given the report after report over the last few years, that a medical bill or other emergency costing $400 or $1000 would bankrupt most of the people mislabled "middle class", Wrote this...
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    You can see where this is going: if the technology existed for rapid enlightenment via a combination of FMRI, TMS, and psychedelics in the appropriate setting, it might be possible to help people achieve enlightenment, not in five years as...
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    A hold-my-beer contest between Americans and UK people is never a good idea. I am amused (been for a while about this, reasons) at this latest round. Trump, addressing troops in Afghanistan: “A thing called space. You know about that...
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    That wikipedia article on Priti Patel links this: Indian-origin MP takes BBC's ‘Modi coverage’ complaint to UK ministry (Jun 22, 2014) working to excise the remaining impartiality from the BBC in 2014. To which I quote (bold mine): The political...
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    Brief Americana interlude. Trump posted a photo of himself Photoshopped to look like Rocky Balboa, and hoo boy (Michelle Mark, 2019/11/27) I am amused. (If it were a Rocky IV photo, I'd be both amused and irritated.) BoJo would never...
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    So, the question then becomes: who gains from such a result? One easy answer is the (commercial) media, and for that matter any "industries" that profit off of political strife. As you suggest, this may not be sufficiently explanatory....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    While looking at this from several days ago (via charlie's twitter, warning autoplay video): Harry Dunn: Foreign secretary Dominic Raab defends decision to seek legal costs from grieving family - Parents' spokesperson claims Tory minister is 'lying to the nation'...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Nathan Robinson is consistently annoying to me, not sure why. (LAvery did the shorter at 627) Quote: "Warren loves to antagonize the super-rich – but her campaign seems suspiciously designed to stave off revolution" Well, yes. Warren is overtly attempting...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    You wake up to find your fairy godmother has overachieved: To me one of the most interesting parts of this scenario is that the subject has woken up with a solid existence proof of magic (at least fairy godmother magic)...
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    Actually, this is probably worthless advice, because I'm not so sure how well the Gray Man Camouflage stunt actually works for the super-rich. That may be testimony for how well it does work, but it may be that having the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Excellent piece on total capture of regulators by Boeing in the US, making the rounds. The Case Against Boeing - Since Samya Stumo’s death in a 737 MAX crash, her parents and her great-uncle, Ralph Nader, have devoted themselves to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    BTW, did anyone else here get mysteriously subscribed to Narendra Modi's official government Hindu nationalism newsletter today? (2019/11/11) [0] Not a fan[1], more of a Lord Shiva type myself. Did have some amusement today looking at lists of divine weapons,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    There was that observatory in New Mexico the FBI closed… That solar observatory shutdown[0] was necessary to prevent panic!!! They were concerned that it had captured the transit of a large alien spacecraft[2] and had to be ready to scrub...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    It's possible that it takes two nutters. There has been flux and uncertainty related to outsider knowledge of nuclear command and control in Pakistan since they developed weapons. This piece is about tactical nuclear weapons but I one hopes that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    What sleepingroutine is trying to do to you is called "false moral equivalence". Don't fall for it, force him to stay on point. I'm quite aware of the techniques; been watching the details of their deployment here with interest. My...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    This caught my eye: Not to talk about Russian-language media projects, generously funded by runaway Russian oligarchs, Ukrainian oligarchs and other actors of "free will" like terrorists, minorities and mentally unstable. Bold mine. A holdover attitude from the Soviet Union...
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