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Meditations on Moloch https://slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/30/meditations-on-moloch/ Game Theory as a Dark Art https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/A2Qam9Bd9xpbb2wLQ/game-theory-as-a-dark-art (the comment thread) The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-worst-mistake-in-the-history-of-the-human-race Fun Theory https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/4o3zwgofFPLutkqvd/the-uses-of-fun-theory https://psmag.com/social-justice/substance-abuse-label-reject-77416 Things I Learned By Spending Five Thousand Years In An Alternate Universe Raising the Sanity Waterline https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/XqmjdBKa4ZaXJtNmf/raising-the-sanity-waterline Affective Death Spiral https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/XrzQW69HpidzvBxGr/affective-death-spirals Avoiding Happy Death Spirals https://www.lesswrong.com/s/M3TJ2fTCzoQq66NBJ/p/hwi8JQjspnMWyWs4g (but notice the problem with Bacon) How to Seem and … Continue reading Some links

A view of transmeds, tucutes, gender critics, queer leftists, cultish practices, and it not being that hard to just respect people

Between my spending a lot of time in queer spaces, the shitshow in professional philosophy, and, at this point, just popular discourse, I decided to try to understand the positions different groups who concern themselves with transness. Primarily I’m looking for the positions held and the arguments and evidence for those positions. Seconardily I’m looking for the practical concerns and sociological features of the groups, … Continue reading A view of transmeds, tucutes, gender critics, queer leftists, cultish practices, and it not being that hard to just respect people

Brick-and-mortar stores are complaining that online stores not having to charge sales taxes is unfair; they’re right, what an occasion to end sales taxes!

Though it’s a state government leading the charge, the good justification for changing the law isn’t the one in the state’s interest. I see two complaints here: The state government wants more revenue. Online sales generally lower the amount of in-state sales, so the sales tax revenue is reduced. Physical retailers have to charge more than online retailers because of the sales tax boosting their … Continue reading Brick-and-mortar stores are complaining that online stores not having to charge sales taxes is unfair; they’re right, what an occasion to end sales taxes!