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Elliot Temple on July 23, 2018

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https://www.aqr.com/Insights/Perspectives/Virtue-is-its-Own-Reward-Or-One-Mans-Ceiling-is-Another-Mans-Floor

About how virtue investing should/must generate lower returns.

> What happens when one group of investors, call them the virtuous, simply won’t own a segment of the market (the sin stocks)? Well, in economist terms the market still has to “clear.” In English, everything still gets owned by someone. So, clearly the group without such qualms, call them the sinners, have to own more than they otherwise would of the sin stocks. How does a market get anyone, perhaps particularly a sinner, to own more of something? Well it pays them! In this case through a higher expected return on the segment in question. This may be unpleasant but it is just math (like math could ever be unpleasant). In the absence of extra expected return the sinners would own X of the market segment in question. The only way to get them to own X+Y is to pay them something more. Now, assuming nothing else changed, how does the market assign this sinful segment a higher expected return? Well by according it a lower price. That is, if the virtuous decide they won’t own something, the sinners then have to, and they have to be induced to through getting a higher expected return than otherwise. This in turn is achieved through a lower than otherwise price.

Quibble: the sin stocks could stay at the same price while the virtue stocks have an inflated price.

> Put simply, if the virtuous are not raising the cost of capital to sinful projects, what are they doing? How are they actually affecting the world as they wish to? If the cost of capital isn’t also an expected return, what is it? This might be a painful reality to swallow for the virtuous. To get precisely what they want, which is less of the bad stuff occurring, they have to pay the sinful investors in the form of a higher expected return. 16 Importantly, this isn’t an accidental byproduct of ESG investing. It’s the only way all this really matters one drop to the central issue – how much bad stuff happens. If the discount rate used by sinful companies isn’t higher as a result of constraints on holding sinful stocks then there was no impact. And, if the discount rate on sin is now higher, the sinful investors make more going forward than otherwise.

There's also a good section, earlier on, about how you can't get an advantage by constraining your investing (b/c, if it's an advantage, the unconstrained investor will do the same thing). So it's ridiculous to claim virtue investing gives you equal or better returns. (That's true mathematically, but one could claim there is a market failure where most people aren't recognizing the long run advantages of virtuous companies, so investing in them gets you better returns compared to unconstrained investing combined with foresight errors. In other words, virtue investing is what *you* would do if you did unconstrained investing, but not what the *typical* person would do, because you're smarter than them.)

All these points are pretty much independent of whether you conflate virtue with leftism/environmentalism/SJWism (as "ESG" investing commonly does) or not.


Anonymous at 7:03 PM on July 23, 2018 | #10384 | reply | quote

https://youtu.be/20HDmRbYefw?t=5m14s

Obama, like many "leaders", has no real control over what he says publicly or what the leftist agenda is. In 2003, he tried saying we should do more to promote marriage in order to reduce gun violence. He got attacked from the left and shut up about it. He's a panderer and trend-follower.


Anonymous at 7:25 PM on July 23, 2018 | #10386 | reply | quote

Tucker: Washington not worried about male wage crisis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJVN_ReJD00

Yes there are flaws here (some of the concerns about automation in factories and self-driving cars, as a threat to male jobs). But there are important points here too.

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Tucker: Obama pushed idea that girls thrive when men fail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0wCBFNTVhk

Using facts, Tucker challenges anti-male sexism.

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Tucker: Why men need marriage, fathers at home

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgHzvUyb-Bw

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Tucker: Illegal immigrants, robots ganging up on men?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvQaByq5Mw4

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Tucker is trying to help America. Thanks, Tucker.


Anonymous at 7:38 PM on July 23, 2018 | #10387 | reply | quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EiyuZwPKFQ

Documentaries about Greece are generally nice. Most of this one is pretty good.

It has a huge inaccuracy, though. It presents all the Greeks including the Athenians as being equally bellicose, and presents Athens as starting the Peloponnesian War, abruptly, because Pericles wanted more power and glory for Athens. wtf?


Anonymous at 9:11 PM on July 23, 2018 | #10388 | reply | quote

People are so concerned with correlations and think that correlations speak for themselves. This is connected with induction, which basically says the data can speak for itself.

Inductivists and correlationists both make the same mistake of paying selective attention to some particular patterns/data/whatever, and some particular possible cause, without much thought to the infinitely many alternatives.

Another related issue is "the future (likely) will resemble the past". This inductivist motto is also a standard part of believing a correlation in the past will hold in the future. Actually, the future always resembles the past in some ways and differs from the past in other ways, and it takes thought (including explanations and criticisms) to figure out which are which.


curi at 9:16 PM on July 23, 2018 | #10389 | reply | quote

iPhone X vs. Macbook (12", not pro or air)

19% of the weight and 49% of the battery power (in terms of actual amount of energy is in the battery, unrelated to how much energy the device uses).

The iPhone X has a much higher battery-to-other-stuff ratio, despite being smaller (the smaller the device, the harder it is to make the CPU and other computer stuff be a small portion of the device).


Anonymous at 9:44 PM on July 23, 2018 | #10390 | reply | quote

https://vdare.com/articles/conservatism-inc-s-fawning-response-to-james-gunn-scandal-reveals-where-its-true-loyalties-lie

Some conservatives have double standards on what jokes they think should destroy people's career. The double standards are compatible with appeasing lefties


Anonymous at 5:19 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10391 | reply | quote

https://slickdeals.net/share/iphone_app/t/11856451

Good deal on widescreen monitor tho some ppl complain of flickering at higher hz


Anonymous at 5:43 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10392 | reply | quote

https://www.macrumors.com/2018/07/24/throttling-i9-macbook-pro-power-delivery-chip/

> A user posting on reddit and in the MacRumors forums has given a detailed account of their findings and attempts to circumvent the throttling previously discovered on the new MacBook Pro 15" models featuring the six-core i9 Intel CPUs.

> The user goes on to explain that one of the internal power limits set for the device may not be appropriate for the power draw of the CPU and identical to previous MacBook Pro models, causing the power delivery chip (known as a voltage regulation module, or VRM) to report an over power condition that forces the clock of the CPU down to scale back power. This sets up the same conditions to allow throttling to occur once again.

> These conditions may be presenting themselves due to the new six-core design of the i9 CPU featured here. While Intel increased the core count of the CPU, they did not increase the thermal design power (TDP), or the amount of dissipated power manufacturers should plan to have to cool for a proper CPU design. This is an issue because this number usually reflects normal usage, and does not account for turbo modes. It's also likely it can exceed the draw of previous four core CPUs given the similarity of clock speeds and process nodes they are featured on.

> A method for tuning this limit is provided in the post, but it requires executing a command manually or via script each time the computer boots, and would likely void the warranty if Apple technicians discovered it. Still, the user posts results of benchmarks showing successive runs with no throttling. Manufacturers will always quote likely reduced component lifetimes if used outside of their specifications, but the results appear stable, and there is no thermal throttling of the CPU, the original suspected cause of this issue.

> This fix will not address total system power draw becoming excessive, such as long sustained loads from the CPU and GPU, but it is possible Apple could issue a fix similar to the one outlined in the reddit post that is stable.

> As for whether this issue is related to the hardware design of the MacBook Pro, that is possible as well. While iFixit's complete teardown of the current 15-inch MacBook Pro is not yet available, the previous teardown reveals significant differences in the VRM chips that power the GPU and CPU of the device.

> GPU power components

> The GPU power components seen above are on the top side of the logic board near the GPU die, and thermal grease can be seen on the components, indicating that they interface with the heatsink in the device. This is in contrast to the same components for the CPU, which are featured on the rear side of the logic board with no thermal interface to the top of the package, as seen below.

> CPU power components

> Additionally, the publicly available data sheets for these parts indicate more differences that suggest their thermal profiles will be different. The International Rectifier part for the GPU features a lower thermal resistance, meaning it can better dissipate its heat to the surrounding areas (board, air, heatsink) than the Intersil part for the CPU. Additionally, it boasts a higher power efficiency, meaning it dissipates less power itself to deliver the same amount of power as the Intersil part.

> Along with the heatsink path provided for the IR parts, it's clear they will not be capable of driving the same amount of load in any sustained mode. This makes sense given GPUs can see high loads for longer periods, but this could be an area of improvement for future MacBook Pro models from Apple, especially since it has typically chosen GPUs with very similar thermal design power limits (TDPs) to the CPUs in its MacBook Pro line.


Anonymous at 7:49 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10393 | reply | quote

>https://slickdeals.net/share/iphone_app/t/11856451

> Good deal on widescreen monitor tho some ppl complain of flickering at higher hz

Good price but brightness on monitor is kinda low. Much lower than iMac 5k display


Anonymous at 8:11 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10394 | reply | quote

> https://vdare.com/articles/conservatism-inc-s-fawning-response-to-james-gunn-scandal-reveals-where-its-true-loyalties-lie

> Some conservatives have double standards on what jokes they think should destroy people's career. The double standards are compatible with appeasing lefties

Oh shit. So I'm reading along and it's like the Never Trumper attacked Roseanne but defends the leftist who wrote *much* nastier tweets. And SE Cupp too. OK, whatever. Awful people being awful.

Then next it's Ben Shapiro!

> Minicon Ben Shapiro, another opponent of Trump during the primaries, is also among Gunn defenders. Shapiro acknowledged Gunn’s tweets were “loathsome” but said “that doesn’t mean he should have lost his job at Disney”. [Should James Gunn have lost his job at Disney? Daily Wire, July 20, 2018]

> Roseanne, however, was different: “Roseanne played herself in the series, so when she made a new racist reference about Valerie Jarrett, her persona was inseparable from her character,” Shapiro wrote. “Roseanne was Roseanne.”

Crap, I thought Shapiro was better than *that*. No wonder he no longer works with David Horowitz and Truth Revolt.


Anonymous at 9:26 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10395 | reply | quote

https://daringfireball.net/linked/2018/07/24/iphone-x-resale-value

iPhone X resale value is 75-85% of the original price. It's 9 months old. Amazing!


Anonymous at 9:49 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10396 | reply | quote

Bounded and Unbounded Emotions

New article about changing bad emotions: https://elliottemple.com/essays/bounded-emotions


curi at 11:03 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10397 | reply | quote

Rational Essays Site Updates

https://elliottemple.com/essays

The sidebar got too full so I put the essay list on the home page (along with a newsletter signup underneath). I'm open to suggestions about a better site layout.


curi at 11:30 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10398 | reply | quote

I couldn't convince them of anything. But I was totally calm throughout as they attacked me. It felt awesome.


ff at 11:35 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10400 | reply | quote

Its funny how aggressive they get even if you agree with them on many issues. They want you to fully submit to them.


ff at 11:41 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10403 | reply | quote

#10399 When I hover my mouse of one of their names, info about them pops up. This is normal on twitter (not mobile). Example:

But it won't show up when I hover on Basileus. FF, is twitter screwing with your account? Also why aren't you following @curi42 ?


Anonymous at 11:43 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10404 | reply | quote

#10404 I follow some people using lists and bookmarks.


ff at 11:48 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10405 | reply | quote

#10404 The hover thing started working. I'd already tried on multiple pages and refreshing multiple times. But now it works. I don't get it.

https://twitter.com/SoiledSnowflake/status/1021813452984086530

> I am 100% sure that Basileus has been accused of rape... by the women he raped. It's the only explanation for his fevered worry.

What a nasty comment.

FF, your posts would be better with some quotes of good parts. Clicking that many links (and not really being sure what order stuff goes in or how it started) is confusing and unappealing. Plus the feminists are awful so I don't want to read through what they said, but a few quotes or a summary of what to learn from it could interest me.


Anonymous at 11:50 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10406 | reply | quote

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/22-of-us-population-does-not-speak-english-at-home

> Some 13.5 percent of the U.S. population -- 44 million -- is foreign born, the highest level ever, and many are not proficient in English, choosing to speak Spanish at home instead.

> A report from the Migration Policy Institute found that 22 percent of the U.S. population does not speak English at home.


Anonymous at 11:55 AM on July 24, 2018 | #10407 | reply | quote

The left is so nasty and hateful.


Anonymous at 12:01 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10408 | reply | quote

Image:


ff at 12:08 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10409 | reply | quote

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ff at 12:12 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10410 | reply | quote

ff at 12:12 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10411 | reply | quote

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ff at 12:14 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10412 | reply | quote

You don't need to write "Image:" in front of your images.

https://qz.com/980766/the-truth-about-false-rape-accusations/

> In every academic study, one of the most common kinds of false accuser is a teenage girl who tells her parents she was raped to avoid getting in trouble. Unwanted pregnancy is sometimes cited by such girls, but the reason can also be trivial; the phrase “missed curfew” shows up with disturbing frequency in these cases. As a rule, it’s the parents who insist on getting police involved. Two different studies have found that almost half of all false rape complaints are lodged by someone other than the alleged victim, usually a parent.

> Another kind of case which evaporates rapidly is that of a person who falsely reports a rape in the hope of getting needed medical care or psychiatric medication; in one study, six of the 55 reports classified as false by a police department in one year fit this description. Like the teens who missed their curfew, these false accusers have no interest in pursuing charges after the lie has served its purpose.

That's plausible. The article seems like feminist propaganda though. It downplays the frequency and consequences of false rape accusations.


Anonymous at 12:23 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10413 | reply | quote

How would FI members deal with these people?


FF at 12:31 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10414 | reply | quote

#10408 Great followups by @patio11

> How would FI members deal with these people?

Why deal with them?


Anonymous at 12:33 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10415 | reply | quote

#10415 Shouldn't people try to burst their bubble? They are thinking they are on the right side and destroying society.


ff at 12:41 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10416 | reply | quote

> #10415 Shouldn't people try to burst their bubble? They are thinking they are on the right side and destroying society.

there are better people to help first, who are more interested in learning/thinking/reasoning/truth. don't try to start with some of the most unreasonable people.


Anonymous at 12:47 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10417 | reply | quote

Why didn't Roark read philosophy? Why didn't he ask for criticism?

Why doesn't he do some of the things FI members do? Why is he too sure of everything?


FF at 12:59 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10418 | reply | quote

> there are better people to help first, who are more interested in learning/thinking/reasoning/truth. don't try to start with some of the most unreasonable people.

There must be something a person would say that you drive them towards the center. Make them reasonable.


FF at 1:02 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10419 | reply | quote

> there are better people to help first, who are more interested in learning/thinking/reasoning/truth. don't try to start with some of the most unreasonable people.

There must be something a person could say that would drive them towards the center. Make them reasonable.


ff at 1:02 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10420 | reply | quote

#10398 What about having broad headings on the side bar that unfold more specific headings beneath them when you click?


oh my god it's turpentine at 1:10 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10421 | reply | quote

#10421 I could do that. There are some downsides, like it involves hidden stuff and people suck at computers, and expanding stuff is an extra step, and once there are more articles it'd require article categories for them all to fit on one page.

I think I'll change "Home" to say "Essay list" or "Essays" so that's clearer.


curi at 1:38 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10422 | reply | quote

#10420 You're paying selective attention to people who are putting effort into not learning from you. 99% of people need to learn a ton. Try to help someone who wants to learn (yourself or others). If we could help the top 10% of people a lot, then there'd be way more people to help the other 90% later.


Anonymous at 1:40 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10423 | reply | quote

> Why didn't Roark read philosophy? Why didn't he ask for criticism?

> Why doesn't he do some of the things FI members do? Why is he too sure of everything?

Rand didn't know everything. The internet didn't exist. Who would Roark have asked for criticism and gotten good ideas from?

Maybe he read some philosophy but he was an architect not a philosopher.


Anonymous at 1:41 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10424 | reply | quote

Anonymous at 1:46 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10425 | reply | quote

that’s impossible, she went to rehab years ago. doesn’t rehab work??


Anonymous at 2:03 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10426 | reply | quote

SNL writer criticizes culture of intentionally unfunny comedy

http://thefederalist.com/2018/07/23/snl-writer-michael-che-criticizes-unfunny-comedy-culture/

Apparently people are making programs where they just eg talk about their being queer and getting raped and say it's stand up comedy


Anonymous at 2:51 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10427 | reply | quote

https://twitter.com/CaolanRob/status/1021767477552795648

Good video. Lauren Southern tries to talk to some protestors but they won't discuss, they just want to flame her. LS asks for evidence and what they come up with is that she disagrees with them (not joking).

Replying to the video, Count Dankula says:

> Imagine raising a child and showering it with affection, pouring your heart, soul and love into it's upbringing and wishing it all the best of luck in accomplishing great things.

> And then it grows up to be one of these window lickers.

Being an SJW is not a random event. It doesn't just happen to your kid due to bad luck. If you parented better, it won't happen.

Stop sending your kid to be indoctrinated at leftist schools – and forcing him to keep going when he doesn't like it – and making other massive parenting mistakes. Parents are usually responsible for their kids growing up to be awful people.

The occasional murderer, you can blame bad luck. Maybe 100,000 parents all raise their kids to have a 0.0001% chance to be a murderer and you parent just as well as them and get unlucky.

But if and a bunch of other parents raise your kid to have a 50+% chance to be an SJW in high school or college, you're a bad parent. That isn't bad luck, it's you raising a kid who is bad at thinking.

BTW if you live in a gang area, and you have a kid, and you don't have a plan for how to parent different so he doesn't become a gang banger, and he becomes a gang banger ... that's your fault.


curi at 3:41 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10428 | reply | quote

Trump proposes totally free trade with EU but is doubtful they'll take him up on it https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1021909900941815809?s=21


Anonymous at 5:19 PM on July 24, 2018 | #10429 | reply | quote

Professor marks student down for using "mankind", says word is sexist and only refers to men

https://youtu.be/kAxUDMy1oUw


Anonymous at 4:20 AM on July 25, 2018 | #10431 | reply | quote

https://www.meforum.org/articles/2018/exclusive-obama-administration-knowingly-funded-a

> the Obama administration approved a grant of $200,000 of taxpayer money to an al-Qaeda affiliate in Sudan — a decade after the U.S. Treasury designated it as a terrorist-financing organization. More stunningly, government officials specifically authorized the release of at least $115,000 of this grant even *after* learning that it was a designated terror organization.


Anonymous at 12:11 PM on July 25, 2018 | #10433 | reply | quote

Just noticed Roseanne is Rose + Anne.


Anonymous at 12:13 PM on July 25, 2018 | #10434 | reply | quote

Psychiatry is an absolute sham, an excuse to horrifically abuse children:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5992551/Barbara-OHare-opens-abuse-hands-Dr-Kenneth-Milner.html


Anonymous at 6:56 PM on July 25, 2018 | #10436 | reply | quote

Another great patio11 tweetstorm. This one is talking to his bank about buying US currency. https://twitter.com/patio11/status/1022321992312078336


Anonymous at 9:44 PM on July 25, 2018 | #10437 | reply | quote

Libs sometimes act as if the following were true: if there was ever any racist argument for a policy then the policy is bad.

But they are inconsistent.

Like there used to be racist arguments for favoring certain countries in immigration quotas so that's supposed to be bad.

But gun control had a racist element to it in US history but somehow isn't tainted as a policy..


Anonymous at 11:48 PM on July 25, 2018 | #10438 | reply | quote

Hoplite

http://www.magmafortress.com/p/hoplite.html

Hoplite (iOS, Android) is a great strategy game. It's designed well to make combat interesting. You choose some special powers and fight 4 types of enemy. You have limited ability to kill things at long range so you have to dodge around a lot and approach intelligently.

I played a bunch a few years ago. He improved the game balance and added new challenge levels. I think he generated thousands of them with software to make a random 3 levels + different set of special powers.

I got to very high level before using protection (can only take one damage per turn, IIRC) and longer range jump (4 instead of 2). he nerfed those hard (protection removed entirely, and the jump distance reduced to 3). he also nerfed the other protection ability i used, shielding bash.

the game balance is better and fairer now. here's my current idea about the best build for the regular game:

slash jump (1), agility (2), 5range beam (2+1+2), swift jump (3), mighty bash (1), reaction (1), bloodlust (2), energy (1) = 16 cost (2 hearts left).

you start with 3 hearts and get 15 shrines to pray at (= 18 points max). each one gives you either a heart or a power (and some powers subtract hearts, e.g. agility takes away 1 heart and also you're giving up a heart by choosing it instead of a heart, so the overall cost is 2).

it'd be nice to have 3 hearts and reduced shield bash cooldown. but i don't know what else to drop. i was using shielding bash before but i found mighty bash + reaction is better than shielding bash level 2, then i found 5range beam is better than level 1 of shielding bash.

the most optional stuff in my build is mighty bash and the mana talents. i think reaction is really necessary if you don't have shielding bash. in my current game right now i'm missing bloodlust so i have 4 hearts. it's hard to get the exact build you want cuz sometimes the shrine you need doesn't spawn. i've been doing alright but i think the extra 6 mana per kill would be good. i think it's significantly better than the +20 max energy.

i choose the slash jump talent thing over deep lunge b/c it makes a lot more leaps kill something. the way it works is you get one kill (often with beam) and then you do a leap that kills something, and then you use the free action from leaping to get a third kill to trigger agility to get another free action.

so it's like: beam, leap, free action, free action (the leap and first free action have to kill stuff). this is really powerful and lets you get some kills safely without getting hit, even when there are lots of ranged enemies. range 5 beam means you have as much range as the enemies, so if you shoot in a direction you're always safe from that direction instead of leaving one ranged guy who was out of range and can shoot back.

mighty bash makes you go back 2 squares from reaction with you do a bash. this is bad sometimes but often it helps you get to safety. i think it's good overall. and knocking bombs (or enemies) forward 2 squares is usually better than 1.

another big thing is you can leap to where ranged enemies can hit you and then beam them with the free action. without swift leap, you can't take the initiative to approach them. being able to take the initiative is really important. if you start a level by playing passive, it's risky. sometimes the ranged people will just point everywhere and you'll get in trouble. if you start clearing some guys out immediately before they all converge on you, then it's safer.


curi at 1:23 AM on July 26, 2018 | #10439 | reply | quote

Anonymous at 10:14 AM on July 26, 2018 | #10440 | reply | quote

Company already working on senescent cell clearance starts a spin-off targeting cancer https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2018/07/oncosenx-is-the-oisin-biotechnologies-spinoff-targeting-cancer/


Anonymous at 11:06 AM on July 26, 2018 | #10441 | reply | quote

#10441 Odds they save me? Assume I would die of old age at 90 and i'm currently 42.


Anonymous at 12:43 PM on July 26, 2018 | #10442 | reply | quote

Hopelite

> slash jump (1), agility (2), 5range beam (2+1+2), swift jump (3), mighty bash (1), reaction (1), bloodlust (2), energy (1) = 16 cost (2 hearts left).

I got this exact build this time (sometimes you get the wrong prayers – especially sometimes wizard beam isn't available on level 8 and then you just have to reset i guess. or try a build with the ability to teleport to your spear? i think recalling your spear to your hand and plant spear are awful, but teleporting has some potential. it's hard to kill of it without being able to lunge with no spear though).

I'm around level 40. I've been hit twice. One of them could have been avoided if i had shielding bash level 1. i forget what the other one was. i might have just done it for convenience. you can play more aggressively if you just take a hit, and you heal it when the level ends anyway. i've been avoiding getting hit just as a goal, but sometimes it's just easier to get hit once.

i think i only used greater energy once. i ran through the level aggressively. i probably could have done something else without it.

maybe instead of 20mana and mighty bash, it'd be better to have shielding base level one *and* reaction. reaction is good because the ranged guys generally try to aim at you, so standing still while bashing is bad, whereas moving often dodges stuff.

i'm not sure how bad it would be not to have mighty bash. mighty bash is sometimes bad.

another option is to play with one heart and give up the ability to let something hit you and heal it with the fleece. i think that'd be bad because i could never jump somewhere a bomb would hit me, and i seem to need to do that occasionally. (bombs are one of the bigger threats because they hit you after you jump before your free action, and they can cover a large area that's hard to jump away from).

maybe instead of shielding bash, you just drop +20 energy for a third heart (because the heart is cheaper, so you can keep mighty bash). then you can take an extra hit sometimes and earn it back later. it's sort of like shielding bash but you can only use it once (let something hit you on a level where you already took a hit) until you get a level with no damage to heal back up. running low on energy is rarely a problem with bloodlust. sometimes it is though. i just remembered there was one level where i almost got screwed, in addition to taking a damage (shielding bash would have prevented it), i also got really low on mana that level and had trouble getting kills. i believe a bomb killed an enemy and gave me 6 mana back to just barely let me get a jump back, but i might not have really needed it anymore at that point (i might have been safe already).

i use mana aggressively and i usually regen a ton and it's fine. also being able to use bash instead of retreat (due to shielding bash), or just take an extra hit, would sometimes let me regen extra mana. so i now think the +20 mana talent might be a mistake, and a third heart might actually be better (a third heart isn't amazing either, so this is a close call).

i need to keep going and see how much harder it gets and get more used to later levels. being able to fit shielding bash in would be good but i don't know what else i could drop besides maybe mighty bash. reaction could only be dropped if i got level 2 shielding bash. i guess 5th range isn't absolutely required, it's really nice though.


curi at 2:52 PM on July 26, 2018 | #10443 | reply | quote

skool sux

new vid. skool sux. clips and comments. https://youtu.be/JhIpW4H-3SQ


curi at 7:38 PM on July 26, 2018 | #10444 | reply | quote

Another example of how psychiatry thwarts the rule of law:

https://twitter.com/PamelaGeller/status/1022674700361654272

> Canada: “Mentally ill” Muslim found “not criminally responsible” for STABBING three soldiers in army recruiting centre, “ALLAH told me to do it”: He is allowed to return to his community. Sickening. http://dlvr.it/QcvsGV


Anonymous at 8:45 PM on July 26, 2018 | #10445 | reply | quote

Horowitz Freedom Center Newsletter writes:

> Congressman Keith Ellison — a good friend of Jew hating, anti-white Louis Farrakhan — is demanding Amazon ban the Freedom Center from selling our books and pamphlets.

jeez.

prominent dem politicians with no respect for the first amendment.


Anonymous at 8:56 PM on July 26, 2018 | #10446 | reply | quote

Breitbart News liked your Tweet

I particularly liked my tweet, too :)


curi at 9:12 AM on July 27, 2018 | #10447 | reply | quote

RIP free speech and Western values in Sydney.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqY4Z1fTrMc


Anonymous at 9:20 AM on July 27, 2018 | #10448 | reply | quote

HorowitzCenter and more are shadowbanned on twitter.

https://twitter.com/j_mallone/status/1022820066323251200


Anonymous at 10:35 AM on July 27, 2018 | #10449 | reply | quote

Constant Contact shuts down VDare account due to "white supremacy" https://twitter.com/vdare/status/1022910090121277440?s=21


Anonymous at 11:30 AM on July 27, 2018 | #10450 | reply | quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTAWaWMeB8c

Stefan Molyneux says "SCHOOL SUCKS". Decent video, especially the first few minutes. He goes off on some tangents and repeats some stuff later on.


Anonymous at 11:52 AM on July 27, 2018 | #10451 | reply | quote


Anonymous at 12:00 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10452 | reply | quote

"I swear by my life and my love it, that I am my brother's keeper, and he is mine"


Anonymous at 12:01 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10453 | reply | quote

> "I swear by my life and my love it, that I am my brother's keeper, and he is mine"

And I'll make him be mine, whether he likes it or not, and no matter what country he's from because I don't want the left to think I'm a racist.


Anonymous at 12:02 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10454 | reply | quote

> because I don't want the left to think I'm a racist.

Or even say it, dishonestly. Do they even think? Do they actually *think* their targets are racists? Can they meaningfully think such a thing given their unwillingness to think about what "racism" is?

These people call you a racist if you say you don't think racial groups (and other groups, e.g. refugees) should get special treatment.


Anonymous at 12:04 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10455 | reply | quote

brooooooooooooo I realised what your problem is.


Anonymous at 12:12 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10456 | reply | quote

It's that you lack the austrian spirit. Die Österreichische Geist.

This is the thing that prevents you from understanding Popper, Mises, Hayek and all those other people.

You just don't get it. You don't understand the culture it all came from.


Anonymous at 12:14 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10457 | reply | quote

#10457 What do I (who?) misunderstand about Popper or Mises?

With Hayek I presume you consider *disliking* him to be misunderstanding. But I like Mises and Popper, so I don't even know what you're talking about.

Maybe you're bad at communicating because you have the austrian spirit instead of the anglo English-speaking spirit.


Anonymous at 12:51 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10458 | reply | quote

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/07/culture-war-turns-expression-and-free-speech-into-weapon/

> In a culture-war world, it is inescapable that everything becomes a weapon.

Stupid opener. It's kinda like a tautology. In an X-world, X is inescapable.


Anonymous at 1:16 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10459 | reply | quote

kinda interesting article about a semi-right-winger and how he differs from the left he used to be more a part of.

https://areomagazine.com/2018/03/11/a-liberal-who-remembers/


Anonymous at 3:23 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10460 | reply | quote

I want to live in a world where 4.1% is shit. Why can't we have 10%?

Also a world where people don't make such a big deal out of GPD since, as is well know, it's a crappy, misleading, flawed stat. Use some better stats. Or if your only stats are terrible, don't use them and just admit you don't know.


Anonymous at 3:35 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10461 | reply | quote

> Why can't we have 10%?

Cuz of anti-capitalism.

Progress would certainly more than double if we had pretty pure capitalism and minimal government. 10% wouldn't even be that would. There's way more than a factor of 3 loss from the destructive policies we have now.


Anonymous at 3:37 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10462 | reply | quote


Anonymous at 3:55 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10463 | reply | quote

> WORCESTER, Mass. — A freshman tentatively raises her hand and takes the microphone. "I'm really scared to ask this," she begins. "When I, as a white female, listen to music that uses the N-word, and I'm in the car, or, especially when I'm with all white friends, is it OK to sing along?"

> The answer, from Sheree Marlowe, the new chief diversity officer at Clark University, is an unequivocal "no."

> The exchange was included in Marlowe's presentation to recently arriving first-year students focusing on subtle "microaggressions," part of a new campus vocabulary that also includes "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings."

https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2016/09/06/college-campuses-cautiously-train-freshmen-against-subtle-insults/


Anonymous at 4:59 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10464 | reply | quote

#10464 shut your mouth, shut your mind, and learn to obey


Anonymous at 5:03 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10465 | reply | quote

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/399278-trump-had-repeatedly-asked-aides-to-ban-reporters-before-cnn-incident

Trump sucks at tyranny; has to fight with staff to get even a single reporter banned from WH

To compare, here is some stuff about press relations under Obama:

https://twitter.com/almostjingo/status/1022297569337077765?s=21

read the thread there's a ton of examples


Anonymous at 5:27 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10466 | reply | quote

#10466 jeez i read a bunch. this is the worst one:

https://twitter.com/almostjingo/status/1022314561930579968


Anonymous at 5:33 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10467 | reply | quote

> Perhaps the buzziest money-loser of the year is MoviePass, which has upended the film industry by essentially giving away millions of free movie tickets. Until recently, MoviePass members could pay $9.95 for a monthly subscription that allowed them to watch up to one movie per day in theaters, with MoviePass paying the face value of the ticket on a preloaded debit card. Since the average cost of a movie ticket in the United States is around $9, going to just two movies per month resulted in a good deal for the customer, and a loss for the company. (MoviePass has started placing more restrictions on which films its customers can see, perhaps in an effort to trim costs.)

> MoviePass’s business model — which Slate described as “creatively lighting money aflame in order to subsidize the movie-going habits of some 3 million customers” — has turbocharged its growth. And the company maintains that it can make money by striking revenue-sharing deals with theater chains, or charging movie studios to advertise inside its app

Wtf kinda biz model is this

http://xoxohth.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978555&mc=99&forum_id=2#36064261


Anonymous at 5:34 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10468 | reply | quote

#10468 lol @ this xoxo comment. i don't think other ppl will appreciate it but i think you will:

> A cinema is attended


Anonymous at 5:36 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10469 | reply | quote

> #10468 lol @ this xoxo comment. i don't think other ppl will appreciate it but i think you will:

>> A cinema is attended

I forgot what this reference is about

Btw https://twitter.com/slickdeals/status/1023007651934945280?s=21


Anonymous at 5:54 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10470 | reply | quote

#10470 dumb, indirect, passive voice. like the username "A Jurisprudence is Performed"


Anonymous at 6:06 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10471 | reply | quote


Anonymous at 8:12 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10472 | reply | quote

Updated Twitter profile. One emoji per thing instead of two. Added MAGA.


curi at 9:29 PM on July 27, 2018 | #10473 | reply | quote

#10473 von Mises hated money.


Anonymous at 5:40 AM on July 28, 2018 | #10474 | reply | quote

#10474 no, he loved money. since you're being pedantic, you ought to remember the difference between money and paper money.

did you have a positive suggestion for a better emoji? there's no gold bar.


Anonymous at 8:22 AM on July 28, 2018 | #10475 | reply | quote


Anonymous at 8:35 AM on July 28, 2018 | #10476 | reply | quote

Standard, good red pill tips:

https://heartiste.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/the-male-sexuality-shaming-shit-test/

It's interesting how the guy with the newbie question says:

> I know the correct answer is

and then says the socially-normie totally-wrong blue pill answer.


Anonymous at 9:50 AM on July 28, 2018 | #10477 | reply | quote

#10463 Another indication twitter deleted a lot of bots, not MAGAs. They apparently deleted way more Obama followers than Trump followers:

https://twitter.com/JohnRLottJr/status/1023272920049758215

> Interesting that Obama had about 10xs more fake followers on Twitter than President Trump. Obama lost >3m followers while Trump lost 340K.


Anonymous at 11:27 AM on July 28, 2018 | #10478 | reply | quote

great behind the scenes content from the Overwatch League Finals:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzdB3zGgXh8

(has day 1 spoilers)


Anonymous at 12:35 PM on July 28, 2018 | #10479 | reply | quote


Anonymous at 6:23 PM on July 28, 2018 | #10487 | reply | quote

Lots of negative words are also used as positive words. They're still used as negative words, too. Examples:

Sick, nasty, bad, ridiculous, disgusting, crazy, insane.

Why?


Anonymous at 6:46 PM on July 28, 2018 | #10489 | reply | quote

Ugh. Well, as I've said before, he's on a 4 year clock (NOT 8 years). He really, really, really should have built a wall already. But the end of his term is the hard limit on reasonable patience.


Anonymous at 7:00 PM on July 28, 2018 | #10490 | reply | quote

#10476 Besides making up McDonalds food symptoms, people also do this:

See also, the history of "hysteria" (read Szasz books covering history, like Manu