10 Things I wish I’d known About Gaslighting – Shea Emma Fett – Medium
How political correctness works:

In stage 1, you know that they are being ridiculous, but you argue anyways . . . over things that shouldn’t be up for debate — your feelings, your opinions, your experience of the world. You argue because you need to be right, you need to be understood, or you need to get their approval. In stage 1, you still believe yourself, but you also unwittingly put that belief up for debate.

In stage 2, you consider your gaslighter’s point of view first and try desperately to get them to see your point of view as well. You continue to engage because you are afraid of what their perspective of you says about you. Winning the argument now has one objective — proving that you are still good, kind, and worthwhile.

In stage 3, when you are hurt, you first ask “what’s wrong with me?” You consider their point of view as normal. You start to lose your ability to make your own judgements. You become consumed with understanding them and seeing their perspective. You live with and obsess over every criticism, trying to solve it.
Cultural Appropriation Articles Have Made Us Less Open
Designers find it more efficient to riff on existing designs as a shortcut to creativity without citing references — that’s a problem with our production cycles and copyright law.
copyright  cultural-appropriation 
20 days ago
How China acquires ‘the crown jewels’ of U.S. technology - POLITICO
So IP ideology (e.g. under Clinton) wasn't some plot - it was just ideology and a lack of planning. Amazingly stupid.
copyright  patents 
27 days ago
Why Nashville Voters Rejected Public Transit | WIRED
Check out the comments. American discussion of transit is decades behind here.
cars  transit  us 
4 weeks ago
Links 5/13/18 | naked capitalism
From what I’ve gathered after years of trying to make myself enjoy romance novels (because they’re totally feminist, as the internet is eager to tell me), the genre has a death grip on the idea of the “alpha male.” That archetype has been dressed in different clothing in recent years, made to have moments of sensitivity or of apparently respectful behavior towards women; but if he isn’t, at bottom, capable of domination, aggression, and possessive protectiveness of his beloved, then he isn’t fit to star in a romance novel.
5 weeks ago
The 'white minority' illusion
It would appear that the "emerging Democratic majority" requires anti-white identity politics as its midwife. That would be inadvisable in civic terms even if demographic trends over the next half century favored non-whites more convincingly than they do. As it is, liberals risk actively antagonizing (and hence galvanizing against them) what will remain for some significant time to come the single-largest demographic group in the United States. There may be more foolish electoral strategies out there, but I'm hard-pressed to think of one.
5 weeks ago
I Don't Give a Damn about the First (Insert Identity Here) CEO or President ~ The Ghion Journal
My native land Ethiopia, and “Africa” as a whole, was shattered and plundered because foreign actors intervened and convinced us to focus on clan above humanity. Fixation on our differences superseded our commonalities; the price we paid for this imprudence is evident.
identity-politics  inequality 
5 weeks ago
Opinion | The Problem With ‘Feminist’ Men - The New York Times
what are strong women to do if even the men who seem like good feminists might be misogynists, too? With right-wing men who oppose women’s rights, what you see is what you get. With these bogus male feminists, it can be crazy-making — especially since women are so often taught to subsume our own doubts and even our own experiences if men tell us we’re interpreting things incorrectly.
5 weeks ago
Ironic Effects of Antiprejudice Messages: How Motivational Interventions Can Reduce (but Also Increase) Prejudice - Lisa Legault, Jennifer N. Gutsell, Michael Inzlicht, 2011
motivating people to reduce prejudice by emphasizing external control produced more explicit and implicit prejudice than did not intervening at all. Conversely, participants in whom autonomous motivation to regulate prejudice was induced displayed less explicit and implicit prejudice compared with no-treatment control participants.
political  correctness 
8 weeks ago
Artificial intelligence is writing fairy tales now, and humanity is doomed | EW.com
Roald Dahl’s 1953 short story “The Great Automatic Grammatizator,” in which an inventor realizes that the rules of grammar are fixed, and largely mathematical, and by imputing certain information, he’s able to build a machine that can spit out an award-winning novel in any genre in 15 minutes. The story ends with the world’s writers being forced to license their names to those who control the machine.
8 weeks ago
Companies have monopoly power over workers’ wages. That’s killing the economy. - Vox
Why copyright? Because it is a mechanism for rights-holder control over employee's employment options.
economics  inequality  copyright 
10 weeks ago
CNN Almost All Exxon Valdez Cleanup Crew Dead - YouTube
Is there any truth to it? NC comment:

"I went to that youtube link of a CNN report … … and I read the comments which include several from people who were directly involved in the cleanup and they say “BS” including one who knows several cleaners, all of them still living. The absence of any other publicity for these “deaths” or, as far as I know, any law suits here in the US of Lawyers adds to my skepticism."
10 weeks ago
How Civilizations Fall: A Theory of Catabolic Collapse - John Michael Greer
maximize energy investment in individual offspring even when this means that
offspring are few and the species fails to occupy all available niche spaces. Species
of the first type, or R-selected species, have specialized to flourish opportunistically
in disturbed environments, while those of the second type, or K-selected species,
have specialized to form stable biotic communities that change only with shifts in
the broader environment (Odum 1969)
economics  crisis  collapse 
10 weeks ago
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