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Incels - Unregulated Markets

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-van-attack-driver-profile-alek-minassian-1.4632435

So more is developing on the Toronto van mass murder. I just read a whole lot of it last night. I found out about a new 'social movement' called 'incels.' I was aware of the term as a kind of insult, but I didn't know it was an actual movement. As if someone would actually identify themselves as an incel. The other famous mass murder incel case is that of Elliot Rodget.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/california-shootings-elliot-rodger-confirmed-as-suspected-gunman-1.2653072

What is an Incel? Incel basically standards for involuntary-celebate. They're basically a group who can't get sex/women and who think it is society's problem for failing to provide for them.

I didn't even know this group exists. I had heard of MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way). I suppose in my mind, I could at least identify many men who voluntarily opt out of the traditional relationships/…

Does Religion Cause Violence?

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I guess I will tackle this question today as Toronto has suffered a possible Terrorist attack.
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/04/23/van-strikes-as-many-as-10-pedestrians-at-yonge-and-finch.html

Was it a religious terrorist? We don't know yet. Maybe it's a white nationalist or bullied style of person.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-city-mosque-shooting-bisonnette-sentencing-1.4621689

The way I like to look at it now is as follows.
Religion just creates another source of grievances you otherwise might not have

Palestine Example The best example I can think is my own history. I grew up Muslim. Yet I have never been to Palestine. Heck, I didn't meet a Palestinian until University. Yet, for most of my life, I was heavily pro-Palestine and Anti-Israel. Religion had given me a massive grievance that occupied my mind state that I otherwise would not have had. Heck, there were times in my life I envisioned myself and dreamt of being an Islamic holy warrior who …

How to think about group differences?

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I've just seen a lot in the media lately on how do we handle group differences in society? It doesn't matter what the groups are. Women vs Men. Europeans vs Africans. Asians vs Latins...

Here's a few of the conversations I've seen lately.
https://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/how-science-got-women-wronghttps://samharris.org/podcasts/123-identity-honesty/http://www.organizingcreativity.com/2015/07/statistically-significant-group-differences-vs-individual-fairness/
There is little doubt that most group differences are likely going to show both genetic and environmental factors. So I will address both sources differently and how I like to view it.

Genetic Differences  There is no doubt that varying groups have genetic differences. If you can look at someone and identifying what group they're in... that's probably a genetic differences. Men have a penis. Woman have a vagina. The genes are different. There is do doubt if you do studies on grou…

Have we Progressed?

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I caught TVO last night and they were essentially discussing progress? At a high level, are we living in the best of times, and how accurate are people's perceptions of that?

https://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/the-best-of-times
https://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/the-paradox-of-progress


TODO: insert youtube links

Pinker There were some interesting points made by all the guests. I'm not going to critique the facts of progress in any capacity simply because I haven't done the numbers myself and I really don't have a clue. I'll take the facts as accurate. The first video with Pinker I think suffers from a material nature. That is to say, Pinker largely discusses how life has improved in a material sense. Amount of wars, amount of poverty... This is of course not to be dismissed, but there is little discussion of the non-material world, except to dismiss it. For example, when discussing income inequality, he states that i…

My Political History

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This post is just more of a personal journey of my political history. I'll probably get some of my age ranges wrong just because I'm bad with time, but I figure it will be a good exercise regardless.

Socialist - Early years ( 0 - 12 ) I was born into a fairly left-wing family, so I'd say for my early years I was very much a socialist. Being born in South Africa under Apartheid as a minority gave me a pretty early introduction to the idea of the oppressor vs oppressed. I was pretty much into big good government and would definitely say I was a leftist. When we moved to Canada, I'd say I was very much NDP/Liberal.

Socialist Disillusioned - Teens (13-19)  I was in my early teens when I first became disillusioned with socialism. One event in particular really stayed with me. It was During Bob Rae's term as premier of Ontario. Rae was a leftist politician. Ontario was in pretty bad fiscal shape. Rae came up with a pretty good way of containing spending. He brought in &…

Tupac - Ego Threat Language

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I was watching this old youtube interview of Tupac.



This little section caught my mind state. It starts around 02:12.

To me it's like it is my sensitive side that um that likes to blow up the hard my reputation can stop a confrontation before it happens I'm fine you know I'm saying I know how it is day-to-day it's a constant man ego check going on industry in this world so part of that is just like you know that's my that's my resume ...As far as people they want me when they first see me to humble myself they want me to be like this and do it just because they're scared of me but I don't feel like that's my job to humble myself to show you that I'm not a threat I'm not a threat unless your threat to me you know I'm saying so when people say when you meet pac he's different than they hear because when somebody one-on-one anybody one-on-one I believe honestly that I can talk I believe that I have the abili…

HTTP and TCP are reliable?

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Been a while since I wrote a tech related article, but I ran into this recently. My Ps4 bricked for some reason and I had to replace the hard-drive. Everything went smooth, until I had to load the ps4 firmware onto the hard-drive. It was a big download, around 1 GB. I kept downloading it and it kept saying it was corrupt. Very weird.

Eventually, I started to verify the download, I found that while the file size was the same from the various download, the MD5 checksum was not.

What is a checksum? Well I guess I should explain what a checksum is. Basically a checksum is a way to verify if some data transported correctly. I'll give a trivial example here.

Suppose we are trying to send the following set of numbers from Bob to Alice

1 3 7 9 0 10 12 15 How does Alice verify that the right numbers were sent? This is where a checksum comes in. Let's create a silly checksum. The value of the checksum will be the addition of all the numbers. In this case, it would be: 1 + 3 + 7 + 9 + 0 …