From David Gelles, ‘In Elon Musk’s World, Brakes Are for Cars, Not C.E.O.s’, in the New York Times [the home of conspiracy theories these days!]

At 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 18, three robots in the paint shop at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., started malfunctioning. The incident forced a production halt on the Model 3, the key to the company’s future. Made aware of the stoppage, Mr. Must went to the factory and worked into the night. The problem was resolved, but Tesla reached a troubling conclusion: The robos had been infected with malware in an act of industrial sabotage. And though they could not prove it and did not level any specific allegations, executives suspected they knew the culprit: a rogue employee working at the behest of short-sellers.


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Douglas Murray

Found on twitter – can’t find the quotation on-line:

I cannot think of a time when more people have lost their minds….I am a minimalist in my expectations for this era. I think our main job is not to be driven mad.

I completely agree.

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Claire Lehmann on Conflict Theory

A great talk by Claire Lehmann, held at Sydney’s Centre for Independent Studies, on the Conflict Theory and Mistake Theory interpretations of social and political disagreements and conflict.

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Alexis de Tocqueville on Tyranny in Democracies

He saw the current craze for censorship and social ostracism in action all those years ago.

From Democracy in America:

Tyranny in democratic republics does not proceed in the same way, however. It ignores the body and goes straight for the soul. The master no longer says: You will think as I do or die. He says: You are free not to think as I do. You may keep your life, your property, and everything else. But from this day forth you shall be as a stranger among us. You will retain your civic privileges, but they will be of no use to you. For if you seek the votes of your fellow citizens, they will withhold them, and if you seek only their esteem, they will feign to refuse even that. You will remain among men, but you will forfeit your rights to humanity. When you approach your fellow creatures, they will shun you as one who is impure. And even those who believe in your innocence will abandon you, lest they, too, be shunned in turn. Go in peace, I will not take your life, but the life I leave you with is worse than death.

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Fascinating and Terrifying

From Peter Turchin.

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I wasn’t expecting this


Hey @StebbingHeuer,

Donald J. Trump followed you.

Could it be so? It seems so unlikely.

But if true, then – thank you, Mr President.

I will have to start paying attention to my GAB account.



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Heinlein Quotation

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as ‘bad luck’.

[Though note that I can’t find the source of the quotation.]

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Not noticing what isn’t there: the CIA and Congressional oversight

Again, from Seymour Hersh’s article on the killing of bin Laden:

The retired official told me that the CIA leadership had become experts in derailing serious threats from Congress: ‘They create something that is horrible but not that bad. Give them something that sounds terrible. “Oh my God, we were shoving food up a prisoner’s ass!” Meanwhile, they’re not telling the committee about murders, other war crimes, and secret prisons like we still have in Diego Garcia. The goal also was to stall it as long as possible, which they did.’

Too easy!

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Shooting the messenger: Seymour Hersh on Barack Obama

From an interview Hersh gave to the London Review of Books in May 2015:

He’s edgy. Much more edgy than people think. He’s somebody you don’t go to with bad news. Example: his great piece of jurisdiction was Obamacare, and everybody on his staff knew the computers weren’t working, and nobody told him.

And from a Hersh piece in the London Review of Books, April 2014, on the complicated relationship between the United States, Turkey and the Syrian rebels:

The post-attack intelligence on Turkey did not make its way to the White House. ‘Nobody wants to talk about all this,’ the former intelligence official told me. ‘There is great reluctance to contradict the president, although no all-source intelligence community analysis supported his leap to convict.’

Not the best way to run an executive office.

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False Dichotomy & Question Begging LOL

At least the mass leftist-establishment derangement of the past week is occasionally producing chuckles.

This tweet from Kurt Eichenwald is hilarious:

Bottom line: You either support the patriots in our intelligence community and law enforcement who work endlessly for our national security, and all of the intelligence agencies of our allies, or you support Putin. You’re eihter a patriot, a traitor or an idiot. Choose.

Look at the falseness of that False Dichotomy.

Look at the beggingness of the Question Begging.

Behold the purity of the leftist, rampant in moral arbitration and righteous indignation.


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