March 2016

Truth leakage

by Limbic on March 5, 2016

One of the links in a recent post examines US liberal’s attitude to Trump  (“Liberals look at Trump and populism, but see only their prejudices“) . The author identifies a wonderful bit of journalistic leakage from John Cassidy writing in the New Yorker:

The rest of his essay is the usual horse-race malarkey that fascinates journalists and hides the important issues that he opens with — such as this astonishing statement…

skeptical of … free trade, and military interventionism. … ending free trade, protecting Social Security, and providing basic health care.

Is Cassidy describing Trump or Sanders?

As Curtis “Mencius Moldbug” Yarvin observed in “An Open Letter to Open Minded Progressives“:

“Often, as with politician, journalists speak the truth in a fit of absent-mindedness, when their real concern is something else.

So true. I make it a sport now to pick up the accidental metadata of truth leakage from journalists. Another fun game is one suggested by Edward Snowdon…

See also:

The Murray Gell-Mann amnesia effect

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The natives are restless

by Limbic on March 5, 2016

As the political centre distorts under popular pressure from  left and right-wing populists, it is worth considering at least one factor in this story: The lies and guarded, PC speech of the elites (mostly “Bullshit” formal variety) makes political extremists look authoritative for stating obvious facts that mainstream political narratives have deemed unmentionable (although the old Overton Window is being disintermediated by the internet too, see Seth Godin’s tweetstorm via Stratechery.)

Venkatesh Rao explains it in “Be Slightly Evil“:

“We give people authority even when we don’t like them and are not afraid of them if they possess valuable information or skills.

There are many such “authority-earning” skills, but one of the most important is the ability to see reality as it really is, in minimally-deluded ways…[and] to see and convincingly frame realities in ways that turn matters of opinion into matters of fact.

Whilst elites are denying obvious problems and pandering to special interests, they are allowing skilled extremists to present themselves as the only ones who see reality as it is and therefore the only one competent to lead.

In addition, you have had 40 years of election cycles where the elites have been pandering to swing and minority voters, at the expense of the white working class. Now everyone is baffled that a nativist is wildly popular amongst, well, the natives.

Trump will fade, either the GOP establishment will engineer a pretext why he is disqualified or he will be assassinated or simply lose to Clinton, but he has unleashed political forces that will be very hard for the elites to contain. He has done a service to us all popping the bubble of PC Bullshit that makes politics so artificial and alienating. He has established that the PC over-engineered, scripted and memorised soundbite bullshit is now political liability, a badge of insincerity and duplicity.

The problem of course is that thoughtful politicians who weigh their carefully chosen words will be seen to be inauthentic bullshitters.

See more:

  • The Right struggles to understand Trump and populism – Fabius Maximus 
  • Liberals look at Trump and populism, but see only their prejudices – Fabius Maximus
  • The propagandists have won: What Fox News and the pornography revolution have in common – Salon

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The Data Miner

by LimbicNutrition Shorts on March 5, 2016

wolfliving:

*Wow, the Data Miner is an employee of tremendous value, he should be made CIO 

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Watch The World Age: 1960 – 2060 (Projection)

by LimbicNutrition Shorts on March 5, 2016

worldbank:

“Watch The World Age: 1960 – 2060 (Projection) “ via Aron Strandberg 

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