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15 Apr
When you feel anger, you will want to say whatever it is you think will inflict the maximum amount of psychological damage upon the person you are angry with.

This is a serious problem...particularly if you are good at reading individual's psychologies and manipulating language.
If you are a person of average intelligence and average cunning, you are not particularly good at reading individual's psychologies and manipulating language,

the probability you can inflict unspeakable psychological pain upon people with your words alone, is zero.
If you are extremely intelligent and cunning, you are very good at reading individual's psychologies and manipulating language,

you can definitely inflict unspeakable psychological pain upon people with your words alone, with zero time to prepare in advance.

Be careful...
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15 Apr
If you want people to perceive that you are credible, that you are a trustworthy source of information, someone who is competent,

be cold and detached.

No anger, no fear, no happiness, no sadness.
If you want people to perceive you are honest, sound calm; no nervousness or fear.

Be cold and detached.
If you want people to fear you, be cold and detached.

No anger, no hatred, no fear, no happiness, no sadness.

Ice Cold Indifference
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14 Apr
Asset Prices

Represent Zero Sum War

Between The Rich And The Poor

It is in the best interest of The Rich for Asset Prices to be as high as possible, since The Rich own assets.

It is in the best interest of The Poor for Asset Prices to be as low as possible, so they can buy them at an affordable price.
Housing Prices are an obvious example of this.

If Housing Prices double over night,

that is good for The Rich (since they own lots of Housing),

and it is terrible for The Poor (since they will have to pay higher rent....higher rent payments go to The Rich).
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13 Apr
Overton Window = the limited range of ideas one can express without being at risk of being ostracized, or fired from their jobs, or imprisoned or executed

Every time and place (society) has an 'Overton Window'; free speech has never existed and it never will.
In every society, there are ideas, opinions, and even *facts* outside the current Overton Window.

It is always the case that there are important things that are true, that are outside the current Overton Window.

In the words of Illimitable Man, "Reality Is Not Politically Correct."
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9 Apr
Nothing makes me suspect that a man is psychologically weak faster, than self proclaimed declarations of how strong he is.
I have known men who are exceptionally psychologically strong.

These are men who have been in war-zones, gotten shot, watched their friends die, and lived to tell about it.

ZERO of them walk around making proclamations of how strong or tough they are.
I have dealt with plenty of narcissistic/sociopathic men.

I have also dealt with combat veterans.

There is almost zero overlap in their personalities.

The former group endlessly makes self proclaimed declarations of their strength and greatness.

The latter group never does.
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9 Apr
"Osama bin Laden is far less reprehensible...than Trump." -Sam Harris

People have intentionally, and unintentionally, misrepresented what this quote means.

Harris was making the point that Bin Laden was an ideologue who delusionally believed he was making the world a better place, while Trump is motivated purely by *selfish desire for power*; nothing more...
Trump never believed he was making the world a better place; it's purely selfish personal interest.
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9 Apr

The Recipe For Success
There is a recipe for Success.

To be clear, 'Success' means

-Getting Rich (High Net Worth/Income)
-Attaining High Status In The Macro Dominance Hierarchy
-Seizing Power


The recipe is *not* optimistic; it mostly boils down to being born into the correct circumstances.
1: Be Born In A 1st World Country (Hopefully In The 20th/21st Century)
2: Be Born Into A Wealthy Family
3: Be Born With The Genetics To Have A High IQ
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9 Apr
Donald Trump displayed every warning sign of being a narcissistic man who is ludicrously egotistical, and who has poor impulse control; precisely the sort of human who cannot be trusted to make good decisions about complicated problems that come with high stress levels.

The fact that many otherwise intelligent people looked at Trump and said

"This is the sort of man we can trust to make good decisions, about incredibly complicated problems, that come with very high stress levels"

is horrifying.
There are many intelligent investment bankers in America who supported Donald Trump.

This was shocking.

If I walked into a job interview, to get hired as an associate to serve under these investment bankers, and I appeared to be half as impulsive as Trump...they would reject me
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9 Apr
I don't care whether immigrants are legal or illegal.

I care about whether they are productive or unproductive.

Import Productive Immigrants

Deport Unproductive Immigrants
IQ is a proxy for productivity.

Generally speaking, high IQ people are economically valuable, while low IQ people are economically useless.
"CM, there are lots of unproductive native born citizens."

Good point.

Deport Them Too
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8 Apr
The Wealth Inequality In America

Is Not Sustainable

More Intense Inequality Causes More Violence

Every Society Has A FINITE Degree Of Inequality

That It Can Tolerate

Before Getting Ripped Apart By Violence

America Is Dangerously Close To Hitting This Point
Unlike 99.9% of humans, I am not an ideologue.

I don't care about ideology or 'principles'.


Consequentialism is the correct ideology.
Some degree of wealth redistribution IS NECESSARRY to prevent the inequality in America from becoming so intense that it rips our society apart.

Raise Taxes On The Rich (raise capital gains taxes)

Give Free Stuff To The Poor (universal basic income)
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8 Apr
Elites used to think they need to conceal the evil they do, so that the masses do not guillotine them.

Now, they know they can get away with almost anything, in public, and suffer no consequences for it.
With MK Ultra, the CIA tortured innocent people, to see which methods of torture were most effective. This happened from 1953 - 1973

Since 1975 it has been public knowledge that The CIA (American Government) did this.

Does anyone care?


99.9% of Americans have no clue that this ever happened.
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8 Apr
"I am a man who is physically unattractive. How can I succeed in the modern dating market."

You cannot.

You are doomed.

That's the bad news.

The good news...

There is a Solution.

Become good looking.

Your physical attractiveness is VERY CHANGEABLE
Moderate Options For Improving Your Looks:
-Hit The Gym
-Update Your Wardrobe (get your sister to advise you on this)

Extreme Options:

-TRT (injecting testosterone will give you a deeper voice, and change your facial structure to make it more masculine...more attractive to women)

-Plastic Surgergy (make your face good looking)
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8 Apr
Machiavellians are individuals capable of doing what Psychologists wish they could do; read people's personalities accurately, read social situations accurately, read body language and vocal tonality accurately, regulate thei rown body language and vocal tonality, charm people...
...persuade people, sell lies convincingly.

IM said this, but I cannot find the exact quote.
Psychology is like Mathematics; it is theoretical.

Machiavellianism is like Engineering; it is practical; it's about real world application.

Engineering is the real world application of Mathematics.

Machiavellianism is the real world application of Psychology.
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8 Apr
A piece of wisdom being valuable, is not contingent on people understanding it, or being receptive to it.

Society imprisoned Galileo (1633) for saying that
The Earth Revolves Around The Sun
Society fired and career blacklisted James Damore (Google's Ideological Echo Chamber, 2017), because he said that Men And Women Are Different
The only group of people that has consistently been outraged by the CM Writings is...Leftwing Westerners who had their minds captured by Blank Slate Theory Egalitarianism (Cultural Marxism).

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8 Apr
Sadly, my own observations at university corroborate this narrative.
Agreeablness and Income correlate negative.

You read that correctly; Compassion and Wealth correlate negatively.

Selifsh, cruel, disagreeable people make more money than selfless, compassionate, agreeable people.

The relationship IS CAUSAL, it's not just correlation.

Disagreeable people get paid more money for the same jobs, than agreeable people, because they negotiate more aggressively when it comes to salary.
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6 Apr
Never engage in conflict or escalate conflict, when you have nothing to gain by doing so.

This sounds obvious, yet many people escalate conflict even when they have nothing to gain by doing so, because their ego compels them to.
Conflict always comes with COST (it will cost your time/energy, your most precious resource).
Conflict always comes with RISK (it can cause people to dislike you making it more difficult to get their cooperation in the future, it can cause damage to your reputation, it can motivate others to harm you, in the extreme it can motivate others to kill you).
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4 Apr
The Easiest Time To Sieze Power

Is After A Collapse

After An Established Order Collapses

There Will Be A Power Vacuum

A New Regime Will Inevitably Sieze Power

Be Part Of That New Regime
Every society has 'Elites'.

In every society, power is pareto distributed; a minority of people wield all the political power, have almost all the wealth, and have high status. Most people are powerless, poor and low status.
Revolution does not change this fact.

What revolution does do, is change who the 'Elites; are.

Before revolution, there are Elites, after revolution, there are Elites, but those 2 groups of Elites are not the same people.
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4 Apr

How Bankers Operate

Disclaimer: This is insider information. Dear SEC, if you want to sue me, good luck.
For purposes of this thread, 'Banker' refers to people in the financial industry who manufacture debt securities.

Mortgage Bankers -> Mortgage Backed Securities
Commercial Bankers -> Commercial Loans
Investment Bankers -> Bonds/Debt Issuances
Bankers are not stupid.

They know very well that some significant percentage of the debt securities they manufacture will go bad.

They also know, that the debt securities they manufacture are *not all equally likely to go bad*.
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4 Apr
Wisdom lays in knowing what you do know, and what you do not know.

The fool thinks he knows everything.

When you encounter a topic you know little or nothing about, it is almost always the case that the best option is to defer judgment to someone else who knows more about the topic.

Using myself as an example, there are some topics where I have deep expertise, some where I have superficial understanding, and some where I am completely ignorant.
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4 Apr
Corporate Office Politics Is Not A Game

It Is Bloody Warefare

Where You Have To Maintain The Pretense

That You And Your Enemies Are All On The Same Team
Essay 19, Office Politics
Essay 19, Office Politics
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4 Apr
Wealth/Status/Power, how rich or poor a person is at age 30, and age 50, is determined by multiple factors.

Factors Include:
-Intelligence (IQ)
-Cunning ('People Skills')
-Energy/Industriousness (Work Ethic)
-Physical Attractiveness (Halo Effect)
-Stress Tolerance

High Stress Tolerance = Low Neuroticism

Capacity For Ruthlessness = Low Agreeableness
The point?

A person having a high amount of wealth does not tell you anything about them, with certainty.

Wealth (or a lack of it) is driven by multiple different factors.

Also, DO NOT THINK that just because you're smart, you'll end up rich. Other things matter too.
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