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Asian Style Glazed Pork Steak and Stir Fry Veggies
2019-08-21 21:13 UTC by Richard Nikoley


Here you go.

Breakfast Fried Rice: Filipino Inspired Sinangag
2019-08-21 19:44 UTC by Richard Nikoley


Here you go.

Chip Beef on Toast (“SOS” aka “Shit on a Shingle”)
2019-08-21 19:39 UTC by Richard Nikoley


Here you go.

Arnold, California: Lot Clearning, Burning, and Good Food
2019-08-21 19:14 UTC by Richard Nikoley


Here you go. Tons of stuff.

Deflation In Everything with Josh Gonzalez
2019-08-21 19:08 UTC by Richard Nikoley


Here you go.

Jalapeño Three Ways: Burger, Sauce, and Roasted
2019-08-21 01:01 UTC by Richard Nikoley


Here it is.

Pan Sautéed Pork Steak with Creamy Tarragon Sauce
2019-08-19 02:32 UTC by Richard Nikoley


Here you go.

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-08-18
2019-08-18 04:00 UTC

  1. MONEY: Fiat vs. Bitcoin – The New World of Cryptocurrency
  2. Points as to Independence
  3. Discussions 2: Brandon Hayes and Joel Davis – Ideology, Limits, Agency, Libertarianism, and Propertarianism
  4. Facebook Hates That Arab Children Growing Up To Yearn to Kill Americans is on the Wane
  5. Discussions 3: Dr. Gerard Casey and Oliver Westcott – Philosophy, Law, Morality, and Tolerance

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-08-11
2019-08-11 04:00 UTC

  1. MONEY: Fiat vs. Bitcoin – The New World of Cryptocurrency
  2. Points as to Independence
  3. A Conversation About Everything With Moritz Bierling and Andy Curzon
  4. Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act
  5. Discussions 2: Brandon Hayes and Joel Davis – Ideology, Limits, Agency, Libertarianism, and Propertarianism

MONEY: Fiat vs. Bitcoin – The New World of Cryptocurrency
2019-08-10 17:35 UTC by Richard Nikoley


My full talk at The 21 Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Also, here’s an after talk interview where I give a bunch of How-To information.

I’ve just returned from This year’s 21 Convention in Warsaw, Poland where I gave a talk for the 4th time. It was a fantastic experience and I’ll be posting a write up on that soon.

In the meantime, the next 21C will be in Orlando for the their main of three events this year, October 24 – 27, 2019. There is still some early bird pricing going on. You can find out all about it here.

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-08-04
2019-08-04 04:00 UTC

  1. Patience
  2. A Conversation About Everything With Moritz Bierling and Andy Curzon
  3. Facebook Hates That Arab Children Growing Up To Yearn to Kill Americans is on the Wane
  4. Points as to Independence
  5. Discussions 2: Brandon Hayes and Joel Davis – Ideology, Limits, Agency, Libertarianism, and Propertarianism

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-07-28
2019-07-28 04:00 UTC

  1. Discussions 3: Dr. Gerard Casey and Oliver Westcott – Philosophy, Law, Morality, and Tolerance
  2. Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act
  3. Points as to Independence
  4. A Conversation About Everything With Moritz Bierling and Andy Curzon
  5. Facebook Hates That Arab Children Growing Up To Yearn to Kill Americans is on the Wane

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-07-21
2019-07-21 04:00 UTC

  1. Speaking Gig Warsaw and Trekking Gig Alpujarras, Spain
  2. The Discussions Series With Andy Curzon Now With Audio-Only Option
  3. Discussions 3: Dr. Gerard Casey and Oliver Westcott – Philosophy, Law, Morality, and Tolerance
  4. Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act
  5. Points as to Independence

Speaking Gig Warsaw and Trekking Gig Alpujarras, Spain
2019-07-15 23:18 UTC by Richard Nikoley


I’m about 19 hours from departure from home. 26 hours from departure from San Fran International (SFO).

I leave Arnold, CA at about 10:30am tomorrow morning. It goes like this:

  • Arnold –> Burlingame parking (10:30am – 1:00pm)
  • Burlingame –> SFO (half hour)
  • Depart SFO at 4:20pm (British Airways)
  • After 10 hours and 30 minutes, arrive at 11:00am on the 17th at Heathrow in London—lamenting that it looks nothing like the films from the 70s.
  • Wait a couple of hours and connect with British pilots again, to Warsaw, arriving at a gentlemanly hour: 5:30pm on the 17th.
  • Take an Uber to the downtown hotel for the 21 Conference.

Then I spend five nights there, 17-21, the conference is 18-21, and I’m speaking 19 or 20.

Monday, the 22nd, I depart:

  • Warsaw –> Madrid (10:50am – 2:45pm)
  • I have to hump the eff out of this, from terminal 4 to terminal 2 in an hour
  • Madrid –> Malaga (3:50pm – 5:00pm)

And then, my Navy Officer friend since 1987—as I was a 7th Fleet staff officer on Blue Ridge—picks me up in Malaga. He’s been a resident of Spain for about 15 years now and I’ve not seen him since when he flew out from the east coast to west coast for my wedding in 2001.

Here’s how it goes from there. It’s about 100km over about 6 days, about 65-ish miles. Very gentlemanly, though by day 3, I expect I’ll be hurting a bit. Paul treks all over the world in a 60L backpack and has done so for many years. What a planning tour guide.

The regional temperatures are very reasonable. It’s at some altitude, perhaps 1,200 meters on average (close to how I live, at 4k feet). So mid-80s in the day, 70s in the evening, 60s or 50s at night. Perfect.

W. Alpujarras (GR7) Itinerary

  • Válor – Yegen (5.5 km)
  • Yegen – Mecina Bombarón (7.2 km)
  • Mecina Bombarón – Bérchules (6.0 km)
  • Bérchules – Cádiar (5.3 km)
  • Cádiar – Juviles (9.6 km)
  • Juviles – Trevélez (9.0 km)
  • Trevélez – Busquístar (14 km)
  • Busquístar – Pórtugos (2.2 km)
  • Pórtugos – Pitres (3.2 km)
  • Pitres – Capileira (7 km) 
  • Capileira – Bubion (3 km)
  • Bubión – Pampaneira (1.5 km)
  • Pampaneira – Soportújar (7.6 km)
  • Soportújar – Cañar (8.2 km)
  • Cañar – Lanjarón – (7.9 km) 

MONDAY 22 JULY: Airport to Lanjaron

  • 5PM  Pick up Rick Malaga Airport
  • 5.30-7PM  Drive to Lanjarón: A7 to A44 to A348
  • Ask in hotel about long-term parking; packed lunch; reserve 27 July
  • Hotel: Oyo Hotel, Av. Alpujarra 42 (PAID)

TUESDAY 23 JULY: Válor to Bérchules (18.7 km)

  • Buy lunch to go.
  • 10:00 Depart Lanjaron bus station for Valor.  Be there 10 min prior.
  • 12:00 Arrive Valor.  Lunch on bus.
  • Válor – Yegen (5.5 km)  See Brenan house.
  • Yegen – Mecina Bombarón (7.2 km)
  • Mecina Bombarón – Bérchules (6.0 km)
  • Hotel: Los Berchules, Carretera de Granada, 20

WEDNESDAY 24 JULY: Bérchules to Trevélez (23.9 km)

  • Bérchules – Cádiar (5.3 km)
  • Cádiar – Juviles (9.6 km)
  • Juviles – Trevélez (9.0 km)
  • Hotel: La Fragua II, Posadas 4 (w/resto)

THURSDAY 25 JULY: Trevélez to Pitres (19.4 km)

  • Trevélez – Busquístar (14 km)
  • Busquístar – Pórtugos (2.2 km)
  • Pórtugos – Pitres (3.2 km)
  • Hotel: Fuente Capilerilla (C/Fuente Escarda 5) or San Roque (Paseo Maritimo 57-59)

FRIDAY 26 JULY: Pitres to Pampaneira (11.5 km)

  • Pitres – Capileira (7 km – *Detour off GR7*)
  • Capileira – Bubion (3 km *Back to GR7*)
  • Bubión – Pampaneira (1.5 km)
  • Hotel: Estrella de las Nieves (Huertos 21) or Hostal Pampaneira (Av. de la Alpujarra 1)
  • If Capileira: Hostal Poqueira, C/ Doctor Castilla 11

SATURDAY 27 JULY: Pampaneira to Lanjarón (23.7 km)

  • Pampaneira – Soportújar (7.6 km)
  • Soportújar – Cañar (8.2 km)
  • Cañar – Lanjarón – (7.9 km)

SUNDAY 28 JULY: Malaga Old Town

  • 1.30PM Rick flies to Madrid
  • OR, We see Malaga and overnight in the Old Town.

On that last, still “up in the air” whether I fly from Malaga to Madrid Sunday afternoon (28th) to catch my noon:30 Monday (29th) flight on Iberia back to San Fran, arriving 4:20pm, exact time I departed the 16th. I could just dump the flight and take a 7:00am train up on the 29th. It will depend, based on how I feel after a week on the trek.

I plan to do nightly postings about stuff, if I feel up to it.

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-07-14
2019-07-14 04:00 UTC

  1. Discussions 3: Dr. Gerard Casey and Oliver Westcott – Philosophy, Law, Morality, and Tolerance
  2. Discussions 2: Brandon Hayes and Joel Davis – Ideology, Limits, Agency, Libertarianism, and Propertarianism
  3. Points as to Independence
  4. Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act
  5. A Conversation About Everything With Moritz Bierling and Andy Curzon

The Discussions Series With Andy Curzon Now With Audio-Only Option
2019-07-13 22:13 UTC by Richard Nikoley


My co-host, Andy Curzon, and I are having quite a good time at this Discussions series of video interviews. Just scroll down the blog to find them.

We’ve done four of them so far, on a weekly basis. After the first, we decided to try our hand at a series, so the first three are formally “in the can.” The last one, just yesterday. For me, collaborating on what guests to bring on, what topics to discuss, and then having to brush up on them…it’s half the fun.

I’m using my old podcast hosing account at SoundCloud for hosting the audio.

You can also subscribe to the feed via the iTunes Store (or search ‘free the animal). As it stands right now, the ones I uploaded to SoundCloud today aren’t showing up, but if you subscribe and refresh the feed, they should show up (worked for me).

While I think that watching the video and interaction between the guests—where I have the cool tools to shift between single speaker view and all three or four of us, some folks’ lives are such that it’s more accessible to listen by car, bus, train, and plane.

So there you have it.

Discussions 3: Dr. Gerard Casey and Oliver Westcott – Philosophy, Law, Morality, and Tolerance
2019-07-12 17:48 UTC by Richard Nikoley


Andy Curzon and I are at it again, this time co-hosting Dr. Gerard Casey and Oliver Westcott.

About Dr. Casey:

He holds law degrees from the University of London and UCD as well as a primary degree in philosophy from University College Cork, an MA and PhD from the University of Notre Dame and the higher doctorate, DLitt, from the National University of Ireland. He was formerly Assistant Professor at The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), 1983-1986 and Adjunct Professor at the Pontifical Institute in Washington D.C., 1984-86. He was a member of the School of Philosophy in University College Dublin (UCD) (Head from 2001–2006) from 1986 until he retired in December 2015. He is a Fellow of Mises UK and an Associated Scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.

Oliver Westcott is a UK libertarian occasionally involved in networking and grass roots activism, who has been following the various literature and schools of libertarian thought for a decade.

Discussion Outline:

  1. Gerard and Oliver’s philosophical journey
  2. Brehon Law (old Irish Law) and assorted derivatives (the meaty part of the discussion)
  3. Morality as an emergent property and its relation to emergent law or law discovery
  4. Gerard’s newest book: ZAP: Free Speech and Tolerance in the light of the Zero Aggression Principle
  5. Tolerance / Intolerance
  6. What’s everyone working on at the moment?

Books Mentioned during the discussion:

Gerard Casey’s talk on Law in Disorder: https://youtu.be/h9ycXaefvJw

            

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-07-07
2019-07-07 04:00 UTC

  1. Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act
  2. Points as to Independence
  3. A Discussion About Truth, Honesty, Limitations, Success Frames, and Agency with Andy Curzon and Noah Revoy
  4. Discussions 2: Brandon Hayes and Joel Davis – Ideology, Limits, Agency, Libertarianism, and Propertarianism
  5. Facebook Hates That Arab Children Growing Up To Yearn to Kill Americans is on the Wane

Discussions 2: Brandon Hayes and Joel Davis – Ideology, Limits, Agency, Libertarianism, and Propertarianism
2019-07-06 17:09 UTC by Richard Nikoley


Co-host Andy Curzon and I are making a regular gig of this. This is the second formal, Discussions 1 to be found right here: DISCUSSIONS 1: TRUTH, HONESTY, LIMITATIONS, SUCCESS FRAMES, AND AGENCY WITH ANDY CURZON AND NOAH REVOY

For this one, Andy and I have Brandon Hayes and Joel Davis. As always, one or two smart folks and we’re discussing interesting things. Yes, we’re going to get some chicks on, too. Tech, now, affords us the ability to have these discussions wherever. I’m in the Sierra mountains, Andy is in London, Brandon in Massachusetts, and Joel rings in from Sydney, Australia. And it all comes together…the only drawback being that I had to get up at 5am and it was about 1am for Joel.

Rough Outline (which we don’t really follow all that closely….damn):

  1. Dog training
  2. How we frame single issues (macro ‘world views’ to micro ‘opinions on a single topic’)
  3. Framing things (all the way along the macro-micro spectrum) as something with both uses, and limits

Spend more time considering the limits of your preferred biases, and more time considering the uses of your dislikes.

Examples:

Macro

a) Transcending ideological frames
b) the postmodern problemization of meaning

Micro

a) things considered as having perils (limits) and necessity (uses)
i) cynicism
ii) feeling closer to those who share our values
iii) feeling closer to those who share our opinions

  1. Libertarian thought as a frame and limitations (and uses) of it
  2. Propertarianism as a frame and limitations (and uses) of it
            

Points as to Independence
2019-07-04 21:55 UTC by Richard Nikoley


This is America’s founding document, not the US Constitution.

It constitutes, to this day, the greatest leap forward for pro-civilization in the history of mankind.

The Declaration of Independence

Have you a real inkling of what you celebrate? Truly? Do you have a deep understanding of the critical essentials in the context of the times? Do you? Or, is it just beer, BBQ, and fireworks? Examine your own fortitude.

In an appropriately named resource, AMERICAN GREATNESS, published this piece right on time.

The Lessons of the Declaration of Independence

A fabulous article, in the highest traditions of fabulosity.

The eternal and universal principles used to craft an argument for severing ties with the British and laying the foundation for a new nation were successful in 1776, but their relevance did not end once America became an independent nation, as Lincoln recognized. The principles used as justification and explanation speak to all, as much today as they did 243 years ago. The Declaration is a measure that serves as a reference point, regardless of the time or of a particular set of circumstances. That we are created equal is not dependent upon our being American, or male or female, or our economic condition. It is a universal truth. That we have inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is not dependent upon the government that is in power.

That we have the right to alter our government if it becomes destructive of these rights is as true today as it was in 1776. That government is intended to secure our rights and derives its just powers from the consent of the governed reminds us that the foundation of the sovereignty of the people requires participation and vigilance. Consent is given on an ongoing basis and the judgment of whether the government is securing the rights of American citizens or thwarting them is a constant exercise. The words and themes of the Declaration have remained at the heart of American discourse because they provide a guide that is timeless.”

You should also check out the freed slave, Frederick Douglass’ most graceful eloquence, expounded upon in the piece.

…Then, something pops up, in comments, from a Japanese intellectual who I first encountered in 1991. I’ll just copypasta:

So this must be shared, a comment on one of my posts this morning . I take such things as obligations.

Back in 1991 I first read something this Jap dude, Yasuhiko Genku Kimura wrote and was astounded. It’s interesting to me how someone approaching a second language is so etymological about it.

If you’ve been watching our video discussions, Andy and I are very keen to have a discussion with Yasuhiko sometime soon.

~~~

The Declaration of Independence is the greatest manifesto of freedom and independence ever written. It is philosophical as well as it is political. The “Independence” in The Declaration has two meanings: (1) the independence, sovereignty, and freedom of the individual human being (from all forms of tyranny); (2) the independence of the American colonies (later the United States) from the British monarchy.

A research into the U.S. history and founding documents has led me to the studies done by several researchers and authors, which posit that Thomas Paine, the author of Common Sense (January 10, 1776), was the actual author of the original draft of The Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), which Thomas Jefferson and four others (in the Committee of Five) edited and revised to draw the final version.

Thomas Paine was an undistinguished Englishman when he came to America in October of 1774 at age 37 upon the recommendation of Benjamin Franklin. Yet, within 15 months of his arrival in the new continent, freed from the bound of the British class society, Paine published Common Sense on January 10, 1776, which remains to be the greatest bestseller of all times. It sold 500,000 copies within six months (and more people read it or heard it being read) when the total American population was only three million, which number, relative to today’s U.S. population, is equivalent of 50 million copies!

Before Common Sense, and thus before Thomas Paine, none of the Founders—not Washington, not Franklin, not Jefferson, not Adams, none, except perhaps Samuel Adams for a personal, not an ideological reason— was expressly for independence (the majority opinion and sentiment of the American colonists were overwhelmingly for a reconciliation with the British government). 

After Common Sense, which cogently argued for independence with both reason and passion, all the Founders and a significant percentage of the American population (estimated to be about one third) became convinced that independence was the only moral and rational way for them. (Other one third remained neutral and another one third remained loyal to the British king.)

Then, as Rose Wilder Lane states in The Discovery of Freedom (1943), “Jefferson asked Paine to write a draft of The Declaration of Independence,” which Paine did. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams hand-copied the draft (Adams, it is evident, more faithfully). Thomas Jefferson, mainly, as well as the Committee of Five (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston), did the editing (and editing out) and the revisions on Jefferson’s handwritten copy, which was presented to the Congress and became the final version with everyone’s signature officially on July 4, 1776 (actually July 2, 1776). All of those who signed The Declaration (56 individuals) courageously risked their lives and many indeed suffered severe consequences..

John Adam’s handwritten copy of the draft has been kept as it was written, which is 99 plus percent identical in wording with Jefferson’s copy but with distinct marks of Paine’s writing style (e.g., Paine grew up in a strict Quaker family and Quakers used to capitalize the first letter of important pronouns, which rule Paine faithfully maintained all his life). Also, when you compare the styles of writing of Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and The Declaration, as well as their ways of expressing ideas in writing and in deed, Paine’s authorship of the original draft becomes increasingly clearer.

Further, the “Slavery Clause” in the original draft was completely erased in the final version. This is one of the most unmistakable proofs of Paine’s authorship of the original. Jefferson remained throughout his life a slave owner. Not only Jefferson but also several other signers of The Declaration were wealthy slave owners, and Jefferson should have known that none of them would ever sign The Declaration with the Slavery Clause in it, and knowing this he would not have written and included it in the original. 

(Thomas Paine was an original abolitionist, and actually helped abolish slavery and emancipate slaves in Pennsylvania in the 1780s.) 

Long before this discovery, I had always felt the closest affinity to and the profoundest admiration for Thomas Paine amongst all of the Founders all of whom I highly respect. Thomas Paine and his epochal contributions remain relatively unknown, and often misunderstood or underappreciated by those who know (about) him and his work, because he was the victim of negative campaigns against him fraught with dishonest fabrications and prevarications.

Thomas Paine was a man of humble origin, unlike Thomas Jefferson and many other Founders and Framers. He was a foreigner, undistinguished in his own country prior to his coming to America and writing of Common Sense. He was a genius philosopher and an inspired writer who combined passion with impeccable logic and rationality. 

While Paine was a brilliant political philosopher or even strategist, he was never a politician. He never compromised his philosophical principles for expediency. He was devoted to the idea and vision of freedom and independence, but never sought after power or fame. On subjects that mattered to him, he was outspoken with logic and passion, and never feigned humility or modesty. 

The most devastating were, however, (1) the unfortunate misunderstanding that took place between Washington and Paine during the time Paine was in jail in France (waiting for a guillotine) and shortly after he was released; and (2) his visionary work The Age of Reason (which I started to write while in the French jail to complete before his “certain” death) was too ahead of his time and was universally condemned by the religious Americans.

Thus, he never gained popularity as a person and became a target of negative publicity and rumor, while deeply respected by those relative few who really knew him.

            

Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act
2019-07-03 00:47 UTC by Richard Nikoley


I just read Senator Josh Hawley’s bill. It’s not very long (11 pages of double-spaced large font).

Issues in very brief

It concerns Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934 wherein a distinction is made between publishers and platforms. Publishers are legally liable for all content published (libel, slander, etc.); whereas, platform providers are immune (you can’t sue the phone company because someone calls you and threatens your life—assault).

Internet Big tech companies are acting like publishers through politically motivated moderation, politically motivated censorship, politically motivated banning, and politically—and often financially—motivated de-platforming, but are immune from damage done to individuals (slander reputation for racism, misogyny, “hate speech,” etc.), businesses (financial damage through political and social libel and slander they allow, but not counter-views in defense).

This also does wide-scale damage to the public commons at large: through filtering out political ideas that ought to receive a public hearing and scrutiny in an open society; but also, meddling with the political process, now, with the astoundingly shocking Project Veritas revelations about Google, caught on video actively seeking to influence meddle, rig, and hack elections through actual algorithm-based, leftist bias search results on a platform that warrants that its results are not biased.

“Don’t be evil.” (Google’s original motto in its code of conduct, dropped in 2015)

Summary of what the Bill does from Hawley’s office

  • Removes automatic immunity under Section 230 from big tech companies
  • Gives big tech companies the ability to earn immunity through external audits
    • Big tech companies would have to prove to the FTC by clear and convincing evidence that their algorithms and content-removal practices are politically neutral
    • The FTC could not certify big tech companies for immunity except by a supermajority vote
    • Big tech companies would be responsible for the cost of conducting audits
    • Big tech companies would have to reapply for immunity every two years
  • Preserves existing immunity for small and medium-sized companies
    • The bill applies only to companies with more than 30 million active monthly users in the U.S., more than 300 million active monthly users worldwide, or who have more than $500 million in global annual revenue

I think it could be simpler

No more have your cake and eat it too.

Be a publisher with liability for all you publish, and of course, maintain iron grip control as all big media outlets do with their teams of editors and lawyers. I agree with this. They publish, then they get to control every jot & tittle of what’s published, for their own good. They have no obligation to provide a voice for anyone, no obligation to respect the 1st Amendment, etc.

But if you want to be a platform and enjoy immunity from all the legal liability that goes with publishing—especially when you’re very big and there are lots of moving parts and left-hand-right-hand dynamics—then you have to be a platform. You don’t get to have it both ways.

Ideally, these Big tech like Google, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook ought to be just like the Wild Wild West Internet itself, while providing various tools, features, and user experience in exchange for the content creation of users and a captive audience for advertising revenue.

To accomplish that should be easy

Any Big tech that’s claiming platform status has to respect the entirety of the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution, provided they do any business with the federal government in terms of contracts, grants, significant other relationships, etc.

So that’s the kicker. And, they would be liable for allegations of violating civil rights (i.e., the US Bill of Rights in its entirety…just like the Feds have to do).

If they don’t do business with the feds, they have the choice of acting in the same way as those who do; or, if they don’t, be small enough nobody cares…or, play it very safe in the true spirit of the thing.

A couple of Standard Objections

The first, most obvious: da porn, da hitler, da children. All the platforms have tons and tons of controls about what you see, who sees your stuff, who you are connected with, blocking, filtering, and on and on (really, rendering all this censorship stuff superfluous…except considering the political goals of Big tech). It renders the old saying “just change the channel” ridiculous. It’s now a channel nob with hundreds of functions and features.

So, just shut up, lazy asses, and do your own job. Protect your own sensitivities and your children, and so on.

The second is that of foreign countries, particularly the EU wankers that love to push American tech companies around and get them to fly over, hat in hand.

It ought to be American policy that all American Internet publishers and platforms are immune from international regulation in any respect to the extent they do not have a physical presence in that country. That may be the case—I don’t know—but then why do these companies stupidly have offices and server farms in these countries?

It should be easy enough to divest all of that and then it’s on EU, et al to police its own citizens, just like China does.

            

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-06-30
2019-06-30 04:00 UTC

  1. Facebook Hates That Arab Children Growing Up To Yearn to Kill Americans is on the Wane
  2. Can I Please Have a Desirable Woman As a Stalker?
  3. A Conversation About Everything With Moritz Bierling and Andy Curzon
  4. A Discussion About Truth, Honesty, Limitations, Success Frames, and Agency with Andy Curzon and Noah Revoy
  5. The History and Cancer of Feminism, Live Tomorrow

Discussions 1: Truth, Honesty, Limitations, Success Frames, and Agency with Andy Curzon and Noah Revoy
2019-06-28 18:44 UTC by Richard Nikoley


Here I go again with my informal series of unscripted, serendipitous conversations and discussions with very smart, interesting people. Andy Curzon put the outline together 30 minutes before start time and we only arranged to do this yesterday afternoon.

I’m in the Sierras in California, Andy is in London, England, and Noah is near Lisbon, Portugal (where we’re chewing on arranging a conference next year).

Outline:

  1. Truth vs. honesty; the yardstick for an opinion is honesty, not truth
  2. Integrating limitations (first: test them, then accept them, then integrate them)
  3. Frames for success given IQ, conscientiousness, and neuroticism limitations
    1. active listening;
    2. life as training one’s conscience;
    3. honing mastery;
    4. avoid pitfalls such as seeing everything through one frame (ideology) or falling into nihilism;
    5. step back from current affairs and see them as both news, and ideological battlegrounds;
    6. trusting people in a more sophisticated manner;
  4. Close talking of a final frame for success as bringing people together….suggest idea of a conference in Portugal.

Notes:

Andy references my Ancestral Health Symposium talk on Social Epistemology: https://vimeo.com/54314333

Noah Revoy’s site for relationship coaching: https://www.smv4k.com

            

Facebook Hates That Arab Children Growing Up To Yearn to Kill Americans is on the Wane
2019-06-23 22:25 UTC by Richard Nikoley


UPDATE: After about a week of the ban, Facebook reversed it’s decision and unblocked me. It’s the first time in all 17 temporary bans.

This, my 17th Facebook ban, happened within a literal 10 seconds of sharing this meme. So, obviously computer algorithm (Artificial “Intelligence”). But what’s telling is that I searched around and can find it posted many places elsewhere.

It reminds me of this, where I actually detailed it: Facebook’s Flagrant Bias In Temporary Blocking. In other words, it’s not so much that the material violates “community standards” (Who’s community?) insomuch as YOU violate community standards (again, who’s community?…I seem to have a good number of friends and followers on my personal account, blog page, and three different groups…Richard Nikoley is a community unto and in himself).

It’s gobsmacking how stupid and dumbass Facebook is. I have better experiences at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Here’s what I posted, banned for the 17th time in ten seconds.

Let’s juxtapose. Here’s three image memes I shared within the last week or so. No problem.

In terms of the last one, Desmond, I wrote:

How does this not violate Facebook’s community standards over child pornography and pedophilia?

How come there are no prosecutions of the people prostituting this boy, which is precisely what it is.

Child prostitution.

But, it’s a boy, so doesn’t matter, right? All LOLs.

I understand full well that this sort of post falls on deaf ears for pretty much all Facebook users, including 95% plus percent of my friends and follows.

They do not care, nor do I expect them to. So long as they get the values they want from Facebook, they won’t really care if photos like that are being taken next door. This is the double edged sword of business enterprise.

It’s the best of us and the worst of us, all in one package. Yin and Yang.

Sadly, almost nobody will share this on Facebook. There is almost no righteous courage in the world, anymore, which is the whole point of these targeted and random blocks. It might earn their first ban of 24 hours and starve them of cat videos.

Costs too much. Better not risk it.

            

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-06-23
2019-06-23 04:00 UTC

  1. A Conversation About Everything With Moritz Bierling and Andy Curzon
  2. The History and Cancer of Feminism, Live Tomorrow
  3. My Sierra Mountain Home is Listed For Sale
  4. A talk-to-interview with Moritz Bierling of Existential Ventures
  5. Speaking Engagement 21 Convention Warsaw, Poland

A Conversation About Everything With Moritz Bierling and Andy Curzon
2019-06-22 03:42 UTC by Richard Nikoley


I had a previous conversation with Moritz. The other night, I clicked the FB messenger video button at 2:30am my time and Andy and I video chatted for an hour. He knows Moritz as well.

Andy suggested we do a three-way. Thing is, it was quite serendipitous and we put it together inside of an hour and then just went for a free for all, and free flow streaming of consciousness.

We’re three dudes that range in age from 26 – 58. We’re all very smart. IQ ranges 133 – 172.

It might bore you. But I believe it’s of some interest to all of us to perhaps create something like a weekly series of this, but to tighten it up (discipline) and take up a topic at a time to show how very smart, rather apolitical, non-fairy tale people sort out complex issues.

            

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-06-16
2019-06-16 04:00 UTC

  1. A talk-to-interview with Moritz Bierling of Existential Ventures
  2. My Sierra Mountain Home is Listed For Sale
  3. The History and Cancer of Feminism, Live Tomorrow
  4. Speaking Engagement 21 Convention Warsaw, Poland
  5. Nick Stumphauzer: How To Kill 14 People Without Saying a Word

A talk-to-interview with Moritz Bierling of Existential Ventures
2019-06-13 19:40 UTC by Richard Nikoley


Moritz and I are friends and in the midst of a Facebook Messenger chat, we got on video to continue and after a few minutes, he hit record and this is the result.

I’m sorry for my long-winded introduction. I was recapping what we’d already been speaking of. Please overlook that and stick around for what he has to say. It’s a whirlwind of a one hour and 42 minute conversation that covers the gamut of computer networks, distributed systems, the cloud, networks, and crypto block chains; and now, holochains. We even talk about drugging kids: the prepubescent boys get psych meds and the post-pubescent girls get birth control.

Who is Moritz? Beyond being a 26-year old from Hamburg, Germany, a world traveling entrepreneur who dropped out of college twice, there’s this.

The Existential Ventures WTF.

Introduction to Holochain, A Post-Blockchain Crypto Technology

Moritz Bierling is the owner and principal of Existential Ventures, a consultancy helping visionary founders catalyze their projects through strategy, storytelling, and technology. Currently, he works primarily with Holo and Holochain, two sister projects that aim to deliver on the promises the blockchain technology promised but cannot keep. In his work with learning community Exosphere, he has organized a number of educational programs (e.g. the world’s first Ethereum training course), authored a Primer on the emerging discipline of Alternate Reality Design, and now advises the organization as Senior Strategist. His work has appeared in a number of blockchain-related and libertarian media outlets such as CoinTelegraph, The Freeman’s Perspective, Bitcoin.com and the School Sucks Project. Having dropped out of university twice by age 21, his path has taken him from the most abstract heights of philosophy to the pragmatic truths of an action-oriented life, the bridge between these two extremes being the focus of his current research and communication efforts. In his most recent work, he researched and presented on the use of memes in the formation of culture and the political struggle. Moritz lives in Kyiv, Ukraine.

  1. Quaker community
  2. Building homes
    1. Containers
  3. Building systems
    1. Didn’t want partners
    2. Didn’t want capital
  4. Internet
    1. Membranes
    2. Trolls
    3. Politics
    4. BBS
    5. Free Association
    6. Digital, memetic Tribes
    7. WISP
    8. Off-Grid Stack
  5. Magician / All
    1. Order
      1. Structure
        1. Follower
        2. Ruler
      2. Division
        1. Warrior
        2. Scientist
    2. Chaos
      1. Freedom
        1. Trickster
        2. Explorer
      2. Connection
        1. Artist
        2. Lover
  6. Aperspectival Consciousness
  7. Cosmology
    1. Earth is the center
    2. Sun is the center
  8. Indo-European relationship to the word
    1. Selection pressure from an unforgiving environment
  9. Environmental and social pressures
  10. ADHD & the pill
  11. Abdication of responsibility
    1. Taking risks
      1. Productive
      2. Reproductive
  12. Shared reference sets
    1. Encoding
      1. Databases
      2. Holochain
            

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-06-09
2019-06-09 04:00 UTC

  1. My Sierra Mountain Home is Listed For Sale
  2. The History and Cancer of Feminism, Live Tomorrow
  3. Speaking Engagement 21 Convention Warsaw, Poland
  4. Podcast: Noah Revoy on Male and Female Agency and What to Avoid in Your Relationships
  5. Becoming The Ideal Man

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-06-02
2019-06-02 04:00 UTC

  1. The History and Cancer of Feminism, Live Tomorrow
  2. My Sierra Mountain Home is Listed For Sale
  3. Speaking Engagement 21 Convention Warsaw, Poland
  4. Nick Stumphauzer: How To Kill 14 People Without Saying a Word
  5. Becoming The Ideal Man

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-05-26
2019-05-26 04:00 UTC

  1. The History and Cancer of Feminism, Live Tomorrow
  2. My Sierra Mountain Home is Listed For Sale
  3. Speaking Engagement 21 Convention Warsaw, Poland
  4. Podcast: Make Women Great Again – #MWGA – with Anthony Johnson
  5. Life Update: Richard Visits Beatrice and Doggies

The History and Cancer of Feminism, Live Stream
2019-05-23 00:46 UTC by Richard Nikoley


It’s live with me.

I’ll be doing a LIVE YouTube with Anthony Paul Johnson, Thursday, 24 May at 10 AM Pacific.

He’s the proprietor of 21 Sudios and the 22 Convention, at which I’ve been a speaker three times, since 2011.

This time is in Warsaw, Poland, 18-21 July, 2019.

My presentation will be about the history and cancer of feminism and we’ll be talking about that, red pill, and a bunch of other stuff.

You’ll want to tune in. Anthony and I had a 45 min phone con earlier today and it was so great we agreed it needed to be shared with the world in advance of the Mansplaining Event of the Century. Poland, July 2018.

            

Weekly Top Posts: 2019-05-19
2019-05-19 04:00 UTC

  1. Speaking Engagement 21 Convention Warsaw, Poland
  2. My Sierra Mountain Home is Listed For Sale
  3. Nick Stumphauzer: How To Kill 14 People Without Saying a Word
  4. Podcast: Siim Land: Bad Keto Diet Advice with Richard Nikoley
  5. Becoming The Ideal Man

Speaking Engagement 21 Convention Warsaw, Poland
2019-05-14 22:42 UTC by Richard Nikoley


For the fourth time I’m going back. I simply couldn’t resist Anthony Johnson’s invitation once I saw the promotional video. And, plus, it’s Warsaw, Poland.

See for yourself. Two minutes of fun and excitement. I’ll be speaking on the History and Cancer of Feminism.

It’s being held for four days, July 19-21, 2019. If you are interested in attending, click here. Special pricing is still available for a limited time.

Here’s a clue as to why perhaps Poland is such a great venue for this. Another minute of your time to listen to Dominik Tarczyński nail it.

            

 

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