A social media star, 18 years old girl, career suicide, because “it's all a lie”
she's got half a million followers, on various social websites. And, 1 post she can earn some $1400.
the following video, shows some of her paid posts.
There's a blog, titled 《Why It's OK to Block Ads》. See:
〔Why It's OK to Block Ads By James Williams. @ http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2015/10/why-its-ok-to-block-ads/〕
What a idiotic article.
I spent 30 min to write a comment, and decided it's not worth posting to. Why? then it's the same old to-ban-or-not-to-ban thing, and i event spent time to check their comment policy. And, in the end, i don't get candy except helping the idiotic essay's popularity.
Here's my comment, scathing as intended.
I concur on the correctness of your opinion, that the advertising industry spend millions to exploit psychology. Almost every big commercially run website, is designed to max ads, down to color and font choice.
But, the way they are, is because our behavior made it so. Facebook et al don't have a paid version because nobody would pay. As simple as that.
One big chuck of opinion on this issue is that “Info Should be Free.”, “Best things are free, look at air.”. But, your opinion isn't this.
I couldn't tell in a minute what site is this. Your essay, nary a citation or scientific research, and seems just a opinion piece, yet this site seems to be associated with University of Oxford? So, am i right that my attention just got robbed by a university? And what does university want? Not my money, but my intelluctual attention?
In one minute i couldn't find out who you are. Are you a professor in the area of ethics/philosophy? or student? So, one of the design flaw of this seemingly academic website/university/blog, is failing to clearly identify authors.
Now, back to ads. So, you are saying, it's ok to block ads because the industry exploit people's psychology. In fact, it's a moral obligation to block ads!!! Then, by the same token, it's ok to not pay tax because a tax system is broken? By not paying taxes, i let my government know that something's wrong?
In modern society, lots things are broken. Are we supposed to just get angry and become HULK?
I was thinking, i couldn't find a merit in this essay, and that i just wasted half-an-hour reading and commenting about it. But wait! It got us thinking, communicating, thanks to, ads!
DMCA takedown notice of Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction 2004 photo
Cults ＆ Religion (new index)
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
The Wolf of Wall Street
Jonathan G. Lebed (born September 29, 1984) is an American stock trader prosecuted by the SEC at age 15 for stock manipulation.
Lebed was the first minor prosecuted by the SEC. Between September 1999 and February 2000, Lebed made hundreds of thousands of dollars from the computer in his bedroom in Cedar Grove, New Jersey by posting in Internet chat rooms and on message boards encouraging people to buy penny stocks he already owned, thus, according to the SEC, artificially raising the price of the stock. Between September 1999 and February 2000, his smallest one-day gain was $12,000 while his biggest was $74,000. The SEC, under Arthur Levitt, prosecuted him. In 2001, Lebed and the SEC negotiated an out-of-court settlement in which Lebed forfeited $285,000 in profit and interest he had made on 11 trades without admitting any wrongdoing — allowing him to keep close to half a million dollars.
Jordan Ross Belfort (/ˈbɛlfɔːrt/; born July 9, 1962) is an American author, motivational speaker, and former stockbroker who pleaded guilty to fraud and related crimes in connection with stock market manipulation and running a boiler room as part of a penny stock scam. Belfort spent 22 months in prison as part of an agreement under which he gave testimony against numerous partners and subordinates in his fraud scheme. He published a memoir, The Wolf of Wall Street, which was adapted into a film, released in 2013. It was directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013 film)
Gamer SWATTED Phenomenon (on its own page)
The True Believer: Thoughts On The Nature Of Mass Movements
YoungBloodZ ♪《Damn》 🎶
eye balls burning, entire body limp as puppet, pain in head and everywhere. Crawling for water. Lie wasted. Slept for 24 hours.
Christian Televangelist Robert Tilton Fraud Scandal
80 million dollars a year, donation, tax free.
most donors are women above 50, in USA bible belt.
Robert Gibson Tilton (born June 7, 1946) is an American televangelist of the prosperity gospel widely known for his infomercial-styled religious television program Success-N-Life, which at its peak in 1991 aired in all 235 American TV markets (daily in the majority of them), brought in nearly $80 million per year, and was described as “the fastest growing television ministry in America.”
search on youtube for “Robert Tilton”, you'll find lots.
never, ever, read a story shared on social networks.
I read one today, because the title is intriguing. But after 3 hours total spent on the subject (which, includes, 50% post-reading fact check), i'd say i rather wasted 3 hours.
yes, that includes you, my friends, who post stuff linking to news reports sites etc.
i like to say a few things about my habit, although i've said them before.
i never follow a link on social network. I used to never click a plus or thumbs up on social networks. But that gave way. But anyway, society is shaped by idiots following streamed news from social networks. Lots articles have written about this… it's quite interesting, even some hardcore geeks, ⁖ in the programing circle, who are typically aggressively “Open Source” or “Free Software”, also read or links to trash.
…ok but what am i saying? what should one read? well… i used to say just read wikipedia, but even that i'm not sure i can endorse today. Ok, here's one thing i'm sure about: read only text books, nothing but that. The text books college students or graduate students read. Yes, those.
well, but in any case, i don't think am convincing, nor have i actually tried to be, or gave reasons. Because, actually, i know, it'll basically have 0 effect.
actually am thinking not posting this… but oh well.
ok, let me give another shot. Don't read stuff from online stream. Instead, if there's a person, site, blog, you like, bookmark, and painfully and manually seek it daily.
and, when you read online articles, set off 50% of that reading time for fact checking, author background checking. Even if, that article touched you. Especially that.
The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think
there's a book on drug war. Essentially saying that, addiction is mostly caused by lack of human connection, such as loneliness, not by some chemistry. And, thus, implying the million dollars drug war of all sorts, including cig, is futile.
there's a online article about it:
〔The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think By Johann Hari. @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936.html〕
I read it, because of its fascinating title, wow, “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered”. And, the article is so touching, seems true.
but my skeptical mind can't stop trying to find some basis.
indeed, the author Johann Hari, has a questionable past. Johann Hari
Chasing the Scream
Drug War, is idiotic. But the book, is probably trash.
there's a ad going around on YouTube, about how you can be rich, with Lamborghini, and 1k books. Just Google “Tai Lopez scam” or “the youtube just bought this new Lamborghini guy”.
The story of Fat Francis
〔Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery” By Jon Schwarz. @ https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/30/jimmy-carter-u-s-oligarchy-unlimited-political-bribery/〕
Eyes Wide Shut Screenshots
Sam Harris vs Bruce Schneier https://www.schneier.com/essays/archives/2012/05/to_profile_or_not_to.html
Sam Harris vs Noam Chomsky http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/the-limits-of-discourse
〔XKEYSCORE: NSA's Google for the World's Private Communications By Morgan Marquis-Boire, Glenn Greenwald, And Micah Lee. @ https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/01/nsas-google-worlds-private-communications/〕
Reading Notes on 《Intimate Behavior》 (repost)
Third World Blind
Derinkuyu underground city
AIDS/HIV World Map (updated)
China Air Pollution Map
Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary
In April 2015, the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company, an underground safe deposit facility in London's Hatton Garden area was burgled. The burglary occurred during a period in which both the Easter Bank Holiday and Passover coincided. The police first announced that the facility had been burgled on 7 April, and reports based on CCTV footage state that the attack on the facility commenced on April 2. The theft is being investigated by the Flying Squad, a branch of the Specialist, Organised ＆ Economic Crime Command within London's Metropolitan Police Service.
The total stolen may have a value of up to £200m.
Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary
《Tomorrow Belongs to Me》 Cabaret Screenshots
Nelson Mandela on USA (on its own page)
What Happened to Jennycam?
what happened to Jennycam?
She just withdrawn, and no internet presence.
Voice interview in 2014. 〔#5 Jennicam The internet's first real celebrity. By Gimletmedia.Com. @ http://gimletmedia.com/episode/5-the-jennicam/〕
Moulin Rouge, C'est Féerie 🎶 (minor update)
#humanity #art Apocalypse Now, chopper attack scene, and meaning the 《Ride of the Valkyries》
2013 Russian Meteor Event 📺 (repost)
Censorship: Illustrated Guide to ESRB (repost)
Mickey Mouse Copyright Nation: on Copyright and Its Duration (repost)
the Glorification of Female with Limblessness (updated)
Las Vegas Travelog: Caesars Palace (major reformat)
Psychology of the Internet
Milk, Tits, Caryatids
imagine of a scenario of society, such that everything anybody do is public info, to the extend possible. What would such a society be like? how would human behavior change, if any.
94 Photos of Iraq War, page 1 hits reddit. Updated.
Vexillology of World Cup 2006
Christianity, Islam as Violent Cults
(oldie) Prussian Blue ♪《Victory Day》 🎶.
Curse of knowledge
The curse of knowledge is a cognitive bias that leads better-informed parties to find it extremely difficult to think about problems from the perspective of lesser-informed parties. The effect was first described in print by the economists Colin Camerer, George Loewenstein and Martin Weber, though they give original credit for suggesting the term to Robin Hogarth.
From these origins, economists Camerer, Loewenstein, and Weber first applied the curse of knowledge phenomenon to economics, in order to explain why and how the assumption that better informed agents can accurately anticipate the judgments of lesser informed agents is not inherently true, as well as to support the finding that sales agents who are better informed about their products may, in fact, be at a disadvantage against other, less-informed agents when selling their products. This is said to be because better informed agents fail to ignore the privileged knowledge that they possess, thus “cursed” and unable to sell their products at a value that more naïve agents would deem acceptable.
Curse of knowledge
If you’re incompetent, you can’t know you’re incompetent. […] the skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is. —David Dunning
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude. Conversely, highly skilled individuals tend to underestimate their relative competence, erroneously assuming that tasks which are easy for them are also easy for others.
in social and leadership situations, stupid + confident ≻ smart + unsure
Population Under the Firmament
National Geographic Paints a Pretty Picture (repost)
what is water boarding?
what is water boarding?
it's a torturing method.
you bind the man on a table, put cloth over his face. Pour water on it. sounds mild. The effect is controlled drowning.
the word “water boarding” is new. A euphemism. The method dates to at least 1950.
here's a description from CIA:
In this procedure, the individual is bound securely to an inclined bench, which is approximately four feet by seven feet. The individual's feet are generally elevated. A cloth is placed over the forehead and eyes. Water is then applied to the cloth in a controlled manner. As this is done, the cloth is lowered until it covers both the nose and mouth. Once the cloth is saturated and completely covers the mouth and nose, air flow is slightly restricted for 20 to 40 seconds due to the presence of the cloth… During those 20 to 40 seconds, water is continuously applied from a height of twelve to twenty-four inches. After this period, the cloth is lifted, and the individual is allowed to breathe unimpeded for three or four full breaths… The procedure may then be repeated. The water is usually applied from a canteen cup or small watering can with a spout… You have… informed
you can find more info and references in Wikipedia
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a friend recommended:
Vice is a print magazine and website focused on arts, culture, and news topics. Founded in 1994 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the magazine later expanded into Vice Media, which consists of divisions including the magazine and website, a film production company, a record label, and a publishing imprint. As of October 2014, the magazine's Chief Creative Officer is Eddy Moretti, Andrew Creighton is President, the editor-in-chief is Rocco Castoro and documentary filmmaker Andy Capper is the Global Editor. As of October 2014, 29 Vice bureaus exist on every continent except Africa and Antarctica.
The editors have championed the “Immersionist” school of journalism, regarded as a DIY antithesis to the methods practiced by mainstream news outlets, and the monthly publication is frequently focused on a single theme.
〔Noam Chomsky: Julian Assange deserves applause By Noam Chomsky. @ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/interviews/Noam-Chomsky-Julian-Assange-deserves-applause/articleshow/15621507.cms〕
today's Veteran's day. Apropos: Bonus Army eviction. Li Ao on Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989
〔Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems By Julian Assange. @ http://www.newsweek.com/assange-google-not-what-it-seems-279447〕
ebola in US: don't touch. don't touch anything touched. If touch, die in 10 days. Ebola virus disease in the United States
I ain't that nigga trying to holla cause I want some head. I'm that nigga trying to holla cause I want some bread.
50 Cent ♪《PIMP》 Rap Song 🎶
1932, USA. What should government do when riot gets big? run tank, or risk revolution? Li Ao on Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989
social network happy meal
social network is such that, when u post strong opinions, u alienate friends. So, posts become happy meals. Would u like to super size it?
i sure alienate lots friends, online or otherwise. One post on puzzy sks politics then boom, half of followers of great white male goody2shoes's gone. One screech about Abrahamic religions fk, boom, half's gone. Then, there's the white male programers “zen ＆ tao ＆ yoga ＆ meditation will save the world” fks. Boom. gone. One nasty about python, and boom, all python loving supporters are wavering. And, there's the Common Lisp fkhds, refusing to die. And, there's FSF and Open Source lying-thru-the-teeth fkheads, human freedom by day, 4chan ＆ pirating by night.
Ferguson Riot Twitter Fight: Amnesty international vs CSIS
xah rumination extempore = psychological pathology
while i was doing my usual 《xah rumination extempore》, now and then i go out of my way to validate my validity, just to be sure i'm made of steel underneath. 'tis then, i discovered, rumination is actually a psychological pathology! OMFG, erudition has its costs.
Rumination is the compulsively focused attention on the symptoms of one's distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions. Rumination is similar to worry except rumination focuses on bad feelings and experiences from the past, whereas worry is concerned with potential bad events in the future. Both rumination and worry are associated with anxiety and other negative emotional states.
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