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11 Jun
The Soviet method of propaganda seems to have been by far their greatest achievement.

It's astounding to see how "their truth" still reverberates and shapes worldviews to this very day, many years after its original goal has ceased to be achievable
the double-layer of concealment, in which propaganda is hidden in a veneer of truth-seeking without explicitly supporting the side that produced it, the concealment of its telos, seems to give it a magical life of its own
"yes this was all a total fabrication to support the furtherance of soviet interests, and there is no longer any official team aside from theirs, but isn't it true though that the US was the single greatest cause of global instability in the 20th century"
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11 Jun
I am hoping my writing brings more love and peace into the world, and I hope it does it without activism
I want to give the reader what certain, special books have given me at times - solace and peace and a mending of the spirit

not explicitly - for the explicit attempt to create solace and peace usually destroys it


through coming together, through reconciliation
sometimes I think about how Seinfeld answered, when asked "what do you seek from an audience," "their sublimation"
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10 Jun
I have never played a soulsborne game I found fun or that held my interest for more than an hour, and I've tried several
I am happy for those who are into them that their big new experience has a date
Aesthetically I don't really get it either - these are not particularly good looking games and never have been, in my opinion. Art direction is grim and dark and monstrous. Characters seem fairly standard, cookie cutter?
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10 Jun
Hark, new, from me!

In my humble opinion, the writing I'm currently doing for my glorious Summer of Substack is some of the most interesting I've ever done.

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The Torah appears to view itself as a special sort of wisdom, which is hard to comprehend on several grounds.

This essay attempts to pinpoint the exact nature of the difference, as a basis for further exploration along the line between different forms of wisdom.
Before you can talk about the vague, somewhat illusory "Torah/Science" tension, it helps to understand whether Torah is something that cannot in principle be reduced to science.
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10 Jun
alright grabbing a cup of tea then time for Loki
Strong aperture science vibes
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9 Jun
wanna hear a story that starts happy, becomes depressing, but might be about to turn happy again?
there are some people who actually think the orange car looks nicer than the yellow car in the 4th picture. they are called "people who need an optometrist"
for the record the original datsun still looks best, and I think you can still by them in somewhat decent states of repair*

*may be a death trap
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9 Jun
"the humanities are important because they teach critical thinking" is the way STEM students who don't know they're STEM students describe their fields
the reason you can't justify the humanities is because they are fundentally unjustifiable -

You study a poem or a play because they're true, and they're true because the human soul knows them to be true
they are "those wisdoms that would be hierarchically closer to platonic truth would platonic truth exist"

they are the arch that still stands without the keystone

they are truncated vectors pointing at a truth long lost
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20 May
For the newcomers - a lot of the same people who after 9/11 could totally see Bin Laden's point about the US empire are today passionate supporters of Hamas; all that's changed is Israel's total reduction to US "colonialism"
They were always OK with cold-blooded murder in other words, they just need to make sure the victims are Oppressors
And yes, they are often the same people who define themselves as "antifascist" nazi punchers, even though they make Hitler's justification for him

The world is a crazy place
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20 May
if I'm not mistaken, landed nations simply don't go into collective national exile and return to sovereignty in their land over 1000 years later except (1) fantasy novels (2) the Jews recently
in this sense, many comparisons to other nations and peoples are going to fail, because the case is very unusual

comparisons failing is not seen as useful for scoring points however so this tends to be glossed over
for example, comparisons tend to view the Jewish nation as if it is formed in 1948, or the return of Jews to Israel as a mere ethnic shift, or the state as a pure manifestation of modern zionism or the eternal Jewish hope of return as person/religious but not national

all false
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19 May
not having an opinion on a matter is often perfectly moral
the dividing line between needing to have an opinion and not needing to have an opinion runs not between things in the news and things not in the news but between things over which you truly have control and things over which you have no control
news cycle totalitarianism, a subset of ideological totalitarianism, in which all things are said to be the causes of all things, and thus you are held morally culpable for anything that happens in the universe, the only saving grace being the things of which you remain ignorant
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19 May
Just a reminder that prior to the global pandemic, antisemitic attacks in the US were becoming commonplace, and unfortunately this has a good chance of returning
Some Jews spent the Trump years convincing themselves that he was responsible for the domestic antisemitism on both sides of the dialectic

I hope I'm wrong and they're right, but don't count on it
I'm sure it'll be "but Netanyahu remains" then "but white supremacy remains" and then "but capitalism remains" for one side, and "but Ilhan Omar remains", "but the Democrats remain", "but BLM remains" for the other, and surely the true causes of jew hatred will be thus uprooted
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10 Mar
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Tikkun Olam is the "repairing of the world."

It has a whole history in Judaism. My goal here is not the scholarly investigation of that history. My goal is to explain why the concept's common contemporary interpretation is utterly incompatible with the traditional one(s).
Now, I could just say: the traditional interpretation terminates in nothing more and nothing less than the Jews keeping G-d's Torah and performing His commandments, and the new one terminates in much more and much less.

This should be enough, but it isn't. So - natural law.
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9 Mar
Q: What does G-d say on the 5th day?
A: "Fiat ducks!"
you're welcome, no need to thank me, you're welcome
(What does G-d say when he's late for the theater? Fiat tux!)
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9 Mar
for those who don't know Garth Nix is my childhood's master fantasy writer, his books are compulsively readable for adults, and the Old Kingdom is his masterpiece, and I will read any prequels or sequels he deigns to give us
Nix creates a fully 3D, fascinating, scary world while needing 1000 less pages than the other Fantasy writers. Efficient, beautiful, full of light and shade and detail, and the images stick with you forever
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9 Mar
your opinion doesn't energy to me one bit, I don't have the matter to argue
those who mind don't energy and those who energy don't mind
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9 Mar
I'm not (yet) convinced by any particular part of this characterization, but it IS a very new thing that I have little understanding of, so - food for thought
look, can an animated gif be fine art? I see no definite reason why not

should fine art be placed on a market and sought after for beauty and rarity? I see no definite reason why not

is the NFT introducing *Artificial Scarcity* or reducing *Artificial Abundance*? who knows
is the environmentalist angle a desperate floundering for a reason to hate something that encourages people to sell things rather than do them for free and foment revolution? I see no definite reason why not
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9 Mar
One of these days have to do a thread or something on Tikkun Olam instead of biting down on a walking stick every time someone perverts it on Twitter
not only why Tikkun Olam is not traditionally social justice (nor a central principle of Judaism) but why Tikkun Olam is in principle precluded from being social justice
The real sin here in my opinion, what really offends my sensibilities, is the sheer disrespect for Jews of previous generations. I know eating the old is now such a core philosophy it doesn't even need to be stated, but to then steal our ancestors priorities and redefine them
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8 Mar
Is having a narrow life a bad thing?
This question is unanswerable, I will find a better one
We all experience a narrowing of possibilities down to a final actuality on this earth achieved at the moment of death

A deep and abiding fomo is one of the anxieties at the core of the human condition because no one gets everything, no one gets even .00001% of everything
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8 Mar
The costs and benefits of socialized medicine is a large topic, but I don't think the patient vs. customer dichotomy is the sought slam-dunk
Despite endless attempts to spin it to the contrary, at base the US customer is incredibly powerful - not just collectively, but even individually.

There have been cases recently when parents could not, no matter the amount of money raised, extricate their children from the NHS
That is, they wanted to continue care, the NHS said "you're a patient, not a customer" and decided in its ultimate authority to pull the plug

At that moment, at least, the advantages of being a customer cannot be overstated
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8 Mar

My opinion of this track only ever increases, I find.
Improves, that is. Hur dur
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7 Mar
I'm not trying to make you agree with me the words are just so you have something to pull me out of the water by
not everything the hand does is who I am but I try to make sure it's attached, at elast
I'm not trying to get you to agree with the idea, I'm trying to get you to agree with me the same way the idea does
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