"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country." (Edward Bernays, Propaganda)
June 11, 2020
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June 11, 2020
"Forget the "crime rate." The "crime rate" figures cited by government officials are based on the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) system, which has several serious flaws. To name only a few: First, the UCR only measures reported crime. Second, since the system is not independently audited there are no meaningful controls over how police departments use their crime data. Police officers can and do "unfound" crimes, meaning they decide that no crime occurred. They also "downgrade" crimes — for e...
June 16, 2020
Or another way to think of it is, "who is the competition for?" Ignore the dangling participle Seasteading and spacefaring are proposed as means by which the human species can better sustain its growth and perhaps even mitigate its impact on the ecosystem. However the concern is that, while this is a true argument, it isn't a guiding principle for the legislation cropping up around the technology which makes these futures possible. Specifically the concern is that the ultra-rich will use these...