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Graydon

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Only definitive test for COVID-19 is to get tested (twice, by different mechanisms if you can swing that); lots of asymptomatic cases with damage. Persistent tiredness can be lots of stuff -- none of the causes of former days have...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The link worketh not, Greg. But! it's not new to suggest COVID-19 affects cognition; https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422(20)30221-0/fulltext is a recent survey article about "neurological manifestations". The “bradykinin hypothesis” (see https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2020/09/08/bradykinin-and-the-coronavirus for a summary) even provides a plausible mechanism for how you might...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Pretty sure it doesn't. The point is not the burned cities and the stack of corpses; the point is no surviving writings. God will worry no more than usual about knowing His own....
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    Least sufficient means; I doubt that's actual genocide. Might be no more than lots of green jobs and suppressing segregated education. (On the grim side, agriculture's going to fail. I don't think many have managed to think about the associated...
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    It has nothing to do with anything material; it's an attempt to find the Words of Inescapable Shame so they can create and reinforce the social hierarchy they think exists, or ought to exist, and undo the unbearable circumstances of...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    It looks weirdly like his wives could be a succession of handlers, though. With a bit of a post-communist gap. Trump, or perhaps more accurately the Trump enterprise, has laundered significant money; Donny is a useful idiot, but the amounts...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Break the cultural transmission of white supremacy with a thoroughness comparable to the fate of the Cathars. That's step one....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    It's been (for me, off in the moody corners) the year of two Warren Zevon songs; Veracruz ("I heard Woodrow Wilson's guns...") and Mohammed's Radio ("In walked the village idiot and his face was all aglow...") Those are from 1978...
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    Arguably too plausible for a spy thriller. (and, as I know you know, way too nice; the actual motivation for most of the outsourcing is to pursue policies the USG officially doesn't have, starting with white supremacy and the accompanying...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Got it - your not willing to acknowledge it as such but everything you are saying is ideological purity is more important than winning. Perhaps I'm not interested in the reductive binary? Especially when it's false to fact? Years of...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    A government to do what? Politics is supposed to be the art of the possible; if the possible doesn't include the prospect of survival for a majority of the electorate, one gets something that isn't politics. Not going there --...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    "winning" has to have a context to be useful. If you define "winning" as "political control, as long as you change nothing important", that's not obviously worth having. (We're in a time of mass extinction and immense peril we could...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    There are public videos out there of ERII arriving at Balmoral and the whole in-residence ceremony, pony-mascot, pipers, the works. I would not want to be the Scottish politician who proposed that the first monarch of the newly recognised Kingdom...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Note I said available, not exists. Whatever the treatment is will need to exist in units of $COURSE_OF_TREATMENT x several billion, and it'll need to be available in that quantity every year for awhile. And it's inherently medical, so clean...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Let's see.... Doctors are the wrong unit of provision; ~provinces are the wrong unit of control; the notion of a GP is completely whack at present levels of medical knowledge; discontinuous is an actively harmful idea with medical care; medical...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Herd immunity wasn't a bad idea Herd immunity has never happened without a vaccine, even for diseases like smallpox or measles where you get it once and if you live you never get it again. There is absolutely no basis...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Small steps can really help reduce spread to more manageable levels That would be "unfortunately not"; viruses disdain philosophy and preference. We can all spend a couple-three-five years being seriously careful until effective treatment of some kind is available, or...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Apparently though the subsidy market has been deeply skewed in the past decade and the old subsidy card scheme no longer helps, so fees are all over the place. You can't effectively ration health care with money. At all. Ever....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Indeed not; the Mammonites want all the money. The value of money arises from exchange; if you had all the money, it would be worthless. But before the system collapses, the Mammonites have greater relative social standing than would otherwise...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    but when it was clear that it saved money, they just closed their eyes and we still have to pay. If you admit the logic -- that the goal is to minimise costs to society as a whole, and that...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    it does make one wonder what the governments are attempting They're Mammonites. Someone is getting something for which they could not personally pay. This is a major sin. It must not be allowed. That's all. It's not complicated. Throw in...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    It will be interesting to see if there is given that it was all outdoors and no opportunities to later congregate in bars and restaurants. They didn't all walk, and the whole TTC has closed-cycle air conditioning. At ~30 C,...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Also masks are only of use if you are close to other people. Which is why you wear one before setting foot out of the house, and it stays on until you return. Other people will do what you don't...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Absolutely true. I don't figure it's any of our jobs to be managing Charlie's risks, though....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    If getting some N95 masks would help with the anxiety associated with going outside, we should maybe help find some for him. I figure Charlie -- numerate, medical background, knowledgeable about local conditions, etc. -- is making appropriate decisions. In...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Indeed, I think we'd all be happy to pitch in for a decent supply of proper masks if that will help. Masks only help if everyone else is wearing them. They don't help you. (Look at the full medical PPE!...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    You can't get off a local maximum without loss. So, in geography terms, if you're on the peak of a hill and want to be on the peak of a higher hill, you can't continuously increase your elevation; you have...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    It would need to be a pretty big one, really. The curse is only lifted in sight of the burning, so the on a hill part is important. You distribute the wicker men so the burning's visible over the whole...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I'd invoke the idea that the purpose of the system is what it does. Distracting from the real problems is the objective; there's no way to address the real problems and keep "bring hither the money" capitalism, everyone in the...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    We don't have a general social construct of incompetence by reason of deficiency of imagination, but we should. There's a certain personal history in which you've never been responsible for anything in the functional, operant sense that makes the captain...
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