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A Few Links this Sunday Morning


  • It’s my opinion that if you have a bunch of garbage followers on twitter (you know who you are, brocialist-attractors) there’s probably a decent chance that you yourself are garbage. Similarly, if you’re someone like Trump who has the support of racists, it’s likely that you yourself are–at the very least–garbage.
  • Damien Walter read some of the Rabid Puppy Hugo Award entries and found them, well, let’s say, lacking. John C. Wright, ladies and gentlemen: “Rhadamanthus said, ‘There is a tension between the need for unity and the need for individuality created by the limitations of the rational universe. Chaos theory produces sufficient variation in events, that no one stratagem maximises win-loss ratios. Then again, classical causality mechanics forces sufficient uniformity upon events, that uniform solutions to precedented problems is required. The paradox is that the number or the degree of innovation and variation among win-loss ratios is itself subject to win-loss ratio analysis.” I’m not sure if he actually conveyed any information there besides “I (presumably) know this stuff.” Seriously, that is really really really awful writing. But that shouldn’t surprise me because his columns are soul-crushingly awful, too.
  • Trolls are terrible. News at 11.
  • “Enjoying something lots of other people like is uncool,” area man says. Speaking of which…who here is watching “Stranger Things?”
  • Lance Mannion on Trump and economic anxiety. Lance was challenged by one of my twitter followers. He asked–in short–why it was important to make Trump’s supporters so difficult to empathize with. I didn’t butt into the conversation, but if I had I would have said there are limits to my empathy. For instance, I have a hard time empathizing with people who are nakedly racist, misogynistic, homophobic and xenophobic (which so many Trump supporters are). And I would also say that my empathy begins and end with this: I vote for and support leadership and policies I know will benefit these assholes…even if they don’t know it. I feel that’s where my obligation to these people ends.
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