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The U.S. Government Has a Secret System for Stalling Patents
Newly released documents reveal that the office, tasked with evaluating and protecting the rights to intellectual property, has a covert system for delaying controversial or inconvenient patents. It’s a system that attorneys say, if abused, could function as a way to limit or stomp out emerging companies
usa  patent  corruption  shame 
8 days ago by orlin
Snowden Releases NSA Documents Showing Bitcoin Was "#1 Priority" - Bitcoin News
Edward Snowden has done it again. He's uncovered more NSA spying, but this time it hits home as the agency appears to have targeted bitcoiners.
nsa  bitcoin  tracking  leaks  snowden  crypto  terrorism  usa  blockchain  priorities  compare  data  privacy  shame  vpn 
15 days ago by orlin
YC Research
The first study of basic income in the United States.
basicincome  economics  usa  research  study  poverty  shame 
15 days ago by orlin
The Voluntary Life -- #0354: The True Believer
'This episode is a review of Eric Hoffer’s book The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements. Hoffer argued that all political and religious activists share the same motivations: Those who dedicate their lives to a cause are running from themselves. There are some interesting ideas in the book about the dark consequences that follow when you evade the responsibility for improving yourself and choose to act out your frustration on the world instead.' -- "'There is perhaps no more reliable indicator of a society's ripeness for a mass movement than the prevalence of boredom...When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored: The consciousness of a barren, meaningless existence is the main fountainhead of boredom. People who are not conscious of their individual separateness – as is the case of members of a compact tribe, church, party, etc. – are not accessible to boredom. Where people live autonomous lives and are not badly off, yet are without abilities or opportunities to creative work or useful action, there is no telling to what desperate and fantastic shifts they might resort in order to give meaning and purpose to their lives.'"
rkselectiontheory  decadence  faggotry  shame  envy  scapegoating  ideology  psychology  boredom  nihilism  Nietzsche  eschatology  vanguardism 
16 days ago by adamcrowe
Are Narcissists More Likely to Experience Impostor Syndrome? - Scientific American Blog Network
“In fact, those who report high levels of impostor syndrome aren't actually all that bothered when others hold extremely positive impressions of them, which is what you would expect if people actually feel like an "impostor".” 🤔
narcisissm  depression  impostersyndrome  shame  psychology  selfhandicapping  scientificamerican  suicidalideation  selfesteem 
25 days ago by danhon
Signaling, Shame, and Silence in Social Learning
We examine how a social stigma of seeking information can inhibit learning. Consider a Seeker of uncertain ability who can learn about a task from an Advisor. If higher-ability Seekers need information less, then a Seeker concerned about reputation may refrain from asking to avoid signaling low ability. Separately, low-ability individuals may feel inhibited even if their ability is known and there is nothing to signal, an effect we term shame. Signaling and shame constitute an overall stigma of seeking information. We distinguish between the constituent parts of stigma in a simple model and then perform an experiment with treatments designed to detect both effects.
learning  social  SocialSciences  shame  signaling 
27 days ago by csantos
Freedomain Radio -- #4217: One Night Last Stand - Call In Show - October 3rd 2018 (MP3)
"The one thing that's empirically true about a woman who has one night stands is that none of the men like her because if they liked her they'd try to make her their girlfriend. Or they like her but she doesn't like them. But if she doesn't like them why is she letting their penises into her body? That's why it's called the 'Walk of Shame' because you've just had sex with someone you don't like. That's what shameful about it: because you've conducted yourself in an intimate and bonding way with someone you despise or feel contempt for or indifferent towards. You've used someone or been used. ... If you have sex with unstable women they will bond with you. ... If she has unstable or problematic bonds it means that when she gets addicted to you she's *really* going to get addicted to you. And then you'll [think] 'Hmm. It's really claustrophobic. I think I need some space.' And then you know what she does? Maybe. Probably not, but maybe. She says: 'You know that time that I was drunk. I don't think I really wanted to have sex. But he seemed really insistent so... We had sex anyway. And now he's just throwing me aside like a used Kleenex. Well he has responsibilities. He better treat me well. Because I remember that time we had sex and I didn't really want to. And I could make one phone call and his life will be destroyed. So [he'd] better be nice to me.' Probably not but it happens. You know it and I know it. And you don't know her history."
psychology  attachment  shame  decadence  sexuality  StefanMolyneux 
4 weeks ago by adamcrowe
The myth of meritocracy: who really gets what they deserve? | News | The Guardian
His deeper point was that we also need to apply ourselves to something we do not yet quite know how to do: to eradicate contempt for those who are disfavoured by the ethic of effortful competition.
merit  economics  honor  shame 
4 weeks ago by stephenmo
You should be ashamed of yourself.

Don't take it from me. Take it from…
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4 weeks ago by userX
Breitbart -- Delingpole: Linehan Learns that SJWs ALWAYS Eat Their Own
'...The irony here is exquisite beyond measure: for Linehan to fall foul of the identity politics mob is a bit like Stalin being done for showing insufficient Socialist zeal or Genghis Khan being criticised for taking a kid gloves approach to rape and murder. -- Almost no celebrity on Twitter has enforced the values of identity politics, Social Justice, and political correctness more rigorously, implacably and, indeed, unpleasantly than Graham Linehan. But now, in the form of Stephanie Hayden — a transgender activist formerly known as Tony and Steven — Linehan has finally met his match. -- What I can’t quite decide is whether to gloat or come out hard in Linehan’s defence. -- ...what Linehan has somewhat belatedly realised is that identity politics is a race to the bottom: it’s a game in which professional victims compete to see who can demonstrate themselves to be the most oppressed groupuscule. Invariably, the winners in this game are the people who are the most batshit crazy. -- And for years, Linehan has been one of the celebrity world’s useful idiots — the Wankerati, as I call them — who has done most to stoke this bonfire of insanity. -- We are living in revolutionary times — not as bloody, yet, as the latter stages of the French Revolution, or as Stalin’s terror, but driven by the same destructive urge to make the world anew by rejecting all the logic, the hierarchy, the traditions, the commonsense that have gone before. -- What invariably happens in these revolutions is that the Robespierres and the Zinovievs — the people who imagined that their revolutionary zeal would protect them — end up on the guillotine or before the execution squad just as surely as all the class enemies they’ve been persecuting. -- Perhaps this will be a wake-up call to Linehan — and to SJW celebrities like Linehan. -- But somehow I doubt it.' -- It's victimhood all the way down
rkselectiontheory  decadence  faggotry  victimhood  shame  narcissism  fundamentalism  illiberalism 
5 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Breitbart -- Delingpole: No, Wellcome Collection, 'Womxn' Is Not a Real Word
'...If the trans rights movement were a zombie aimed at destroying Western Civilisation — and it is — then it wouldn’t be one of the stumbling, shambling ones you see on Walking Dead. It would be one of those zombies-on-speed you see haring over the walls of Jerusalem in World War Z. -- Which is to say no other identity politics movement has suborned our culture with such terrifying rapidity as trans rights. -- Read this excellent summary in the Spectator by James Kirkup to realise how dire things have become. "According to Michael Biggs, an Oxford University sociologist, the speed at which transgender rights advocates have advanced their cause is unprecedented in western history. In less than a decade, he suggests, the movement has embedded itself in public and corporate life and often succeeded in changing policy and practice without significant scrutiny or question." -- But how, exactly, did it embed itself in public and corporate life? -- Those familiar with Vox Day’s SJWs Always Lie or SJWs Always Double Down will know the modus operandi. Sooner or later, every institution gets “converged” by SJW values — usually enforced by entryists in one of its less relevant departments like Human Resources or Diversity or Sustainability. These people — often fresh from “Uni” where they have imbibed all the worst idiocies of post-modernism and neo-Marxist identity politics — make no contribution to the institution’s core business. But like a mutant parasite, they use their leverage within the company to take control and shift its agenda. -- ... As Brendan O’Neill argues here this is a very scary development: "The intervention of actual cops into differences over transgenderism captures how intensely censorious this movement has become. Not content with having ‘TERFs’ like Julie Bindel and Linda Bellos harassed out of public-speaking events, or with successfully invading or closing down 15 public meetings of trans-sceptics in recent months, or with carrying out at least six incidents of violence or intimidation against feminists who oppose changes to the Gender Recognition Act that would make it easier for men to claim to be women, now trans activists want the police to punish ‘transphobic’ (read: heretical) speech. -- Out of all the identitarian groups, trans activism is without question the most intolerant and the one most obsessed with linguistic policing. It wants to exercise total control over how people speak, and fundamentally think, about gender. But of course this tiny, strange movement cannot achieve this on its own. The truly worrying dynamic is the capitulation of so many cultural, political and social institutions to its Orwellian demands." -- Yet none of this would have happened if our institutions weren’t so pathetically willing to cave to the aggressive demands of a tiny minority of transgender activists who insist they have every right to be called “women” but whose violent, bullying machismo rather suggests that a transgender leopard can never easily change his spots.'
rkselectiontheory  decadence  faggotry  victimhood  shame  narcissism  transgenderism  illiberalism 
5 weeks ago by adamcrowe

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