Forced Ranting
I think the Nobel Prize really changed Hayek

eltigrechico:

 Before the Prize: Hayek’s descent into despondency

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He’s fairly new to being a public intellectual and he’s a little disheartened by the state of discourse

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He’s getting more worried. He can’t believe a lot of what he’s been dealing with for the past couple decades. He’s considering ending it all.

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Shortly before the Nobel. He’s fucking done. He doesn’t care at all anymore. His face says “Proffer whatever dumbass harebrained theory you want to throw at me, I’ve heard it all.”

Hayek After the Nobel Prize:

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That’s a shit eating grin if I’ve ever seen one. He’s got his shiny award and his fuck you Prize money and he’s damn proud

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Where Hayek once met constructivism and scientism with frustration and despair, now near the end of his life he has learned to laugh at the hubris of his intellectual opponents. Besides, serfdom won’t be his problem.

basedheisenberg:

thedoomreport:

governmentname:

thedoomreport:

Wish my fellow Burgerclapistani would care about freedom as much as the good people in Hong Kong do. 

CIA is paying them not to revolt, instead of the reverse in HK

You think it’s CIA? That’s why I was trying to find the publisher origins for FireChat. According to PoL, they had a negligible user base before the demonstrations. 

I often wonder if we’re ever going to see a genuine revolt. 

Prior to the eventual market correction, likely not.

What is a “genuine revolt”? One without foreign meddling? Good luck — there has never been such a thing. The American Revolution was supported by the French, and the Russian Revolution was encouraged by Germany. .

$2 trillion

That’s the gap between what the 25 largest public pensions in America are promising and what they can actually pay.

Basically, America’s public pensions are totally and utterly screwed

(via micdotcom)

The headline:
"The Government Trusted Your Pension with Hedge Funds, and Now You’re Screwed"

The reality:

"Despite the robust investment returns since 2004, annual growth in unfunded pension liabilities has outstripped these returns," Moody’s said. "This growth is due to inadequate pension contributions, stemming from a variety of actuarial and funding practices, as well as the sheer growth of pension liabilities as benefit accruals accelerate with the passage of time, salary increases and additional years of service."

craiganthonywells:

So why instead of both parties having them, NO parties have them.

How did that work out for the Japanese during the Tokugawa Shogunate?

craiganthonywells:

So why instead of both parties having them, NO parties have them.

How did that work out for the Japanese during the Tokugawa Shogunate?

The Fight Against ISIS, Explained. (source: Zerohedge)

The Fight Against ISIS, Explained. (source: Zerohedge)

communismkills:

http://thefederalist.com/2014/09/15/did-neil-degrasse-tyson-just-try-to-justify-blatant-quote-fabrication/

So I have some thoughts on this.

While it is true that the divider between half of the data is the median, not the mean, if you’re going to standardize your data and put it in to a normal distribution for any purpose of analysis, the mean and median will be the same thing, meaning half will be above and half will be below as definition.

So I am not quite sure if he was wrong there. Maybe schools are on a perfect bell curve when taking standardized scores in to account as your measurement. Makes sense. Schools do use standardized test scores to decide how the school and students are doing.

This is what troubles me about quite a bit of recent “science”….it begins with an assumption that the real probability distribution is the “normal” distribution. Upon what do they base that assumption? And if that assumption is false, so are any results they may achieve, and so are their “confidence” levels.

Or maybe my ignorance of statistics is showing. I’d be happy to hear any explanations of it.

elizaboudicca:

Fun fact: that’s probably bullshit.
Also, bad TD. Bad muzzle discipline. Just… bad.

Fun Fact: That kid is wearing a Spanish Guardia Civil uniform, complete with tricornio hat.

elizaboudicca:

Fun fact: that’s probably bullshit.

Also, bad TD. Bad muzzle discipline. Just… bad.

Fun Fact: That kid is wearing a Spanish Guardia Civil uniform, complete with tricornio hat.

armedplatypus:

modern-day-prometheus:

xxxtheherpfreakxxx:

modern-day-prometheus:

armedplatypus:

laylashnake:

manateelover926:

@kdbugg14 killed a copperhead at Work today!!! #breaktime #snakekiller #copperhead #snakes #followme #scary

What a stupid cunt you are

Wow, fuck you! That snake was harmless! God damn, don’t kill snakes.

Hey guys idk if you know what a copperhead is but uh, they kill people, dogs, cats , they’re dangerous and while I’m not condoning hunting them because it’s not their fault that they’re a venomous predator you can’t possibly just let it roam around your workplace. What if it had hurt someone? Me and mine over a poisonous snake. And I’ll never apologize for that thought process

Apparently YOU dont know what a copperhead is, dipshit. This is a corn snake!! Not a copperhead! 100% fucking harmless. And it doesnt matter whether its venomous or not! 90% of venomous snake bites (in america at least) happen because of dumbasses trying to kill the snake while its minding its own fucking business. Snakes arent out to get you. Or your cat. Or your dog. If stupid fucking people took proper care of their pets and didnt let their cats and dogs wander freely, venomous snakes wouldnt be a threat to household pets at all. There is no excuse to kill a snake in this manner and OP is fucking disgusting for doing so. Especially not because it happens to be somewhere near you. Fuck everyone who kills snakes (and other animals) just because they are afraid. Snakes are fucking harmless, especially if you leave them the fuck alone. “You and yours” would be completely fucking fine if you just left the poor animal alone and let it go about its fucking day. It wants rodents. Not you. It wants you to stay the fuck away from it just as much as you want it to stay away from you. Also, cool fact, copperheads (if this were what the snake actually was) are VENOMOUS not POISONOUS. Learn what the words you use mean before you use them.

, an estimated 20,000 human deaths occur each year from snakebites, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, though with the unreported incidents the total may be as high as 94,000.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_snake_bites_in_the_United_States
with an average of 1 a year in the US…. Get the fuck out of here with that misleading bullshit.

Fact: There are no copperheads in Africa.

armedplatypus:

modern-day-prometheus:

xxxtheherpfreakxxx:

modern-day-prometheus:

armedplatypus:

laylashnake:

manateelover926:

@kdbugg14 killed a copperhead at Work today!!! #breaktime #snakekiller #copperhead #snakes #followme #scary

What a stupid cunt you are

Wow, fuck you! That snake was harmless! God damn, don’t kill snakes.

Hey guys idk if you know what a copperhead is but uh, they kill people, dogs, cats , they’re dangerous and while I’m not condoning hunting them because it’s not their fault that they’re a venomous predator you can’t possibly just let it roam around your workplace. What if it had hurt someone? Me and mine over a poisonous snake. And I’ll never apologize for that thought process

Apparently YOU dont know what a copperhead is, dipshit. This is a corn snake!! Not a copperhead! 100% fucking harmless. And it doesnt matter whether its venomous or not! 90% of venomous snake bites (in america at least) happen because of dumbasses trying to kill the snake while its minding its own fucking business. Snakes arent out to get you. Or your cat. Or your dog. If stupid fucking people took proper care of their pets and didnt let their cats and dogs wander freely, venomous snakes wouldnt be a threat to household pets at all. There is no excuse to kill a snake in this manner and OP is fucking disgusting for doing so. Especially not because it happens to be somewhere near you. Fuck everyone who kills snakes (and other animals) just because they are afraid. Snakes are fucking harmless, especially if you leave them the fuck alone. “You and yours” would be completely fucking fine if you just left the poor animal alone and let it go about its fucking day. It wants rodents. Not you. It wants you to stay the fuck away from it just as much as you want it to stay away from you. Also, cool fact, copperheads (if this were what the snake actually was) are VENOMOUS not POISONOUS. Learn what the words you use mean before you use them.

, an estimated 20,000 human deaths occur each year from snakebites, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, though with the unreported incidents the total may be as high as 94,000.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_snake_bites_in_the_United_States
with an average of 1 a year in the US…. Get the fuck out of here with that misleading bullshit.

Fact: There are no copperheads in Africa.

No I'm Pakistani I can't prove it bc I don't want to reveal who I am. It is a race thing though, Europeans are more intelligent because of their genetics so they can subsequently form better cultures. It's pretty easy to see. I just wish I were born European so badly, lol.
Anonymous

rossjm:

proudgayconservative:

No they aren’t.

You are a moron and that’s not a racial thing, that’s just a “you were clearly dropped on your head as an infant” thing. 

By your logic, I am of European descent so I am smarter than you so you should shut up and listen to me. 

I’ve been called a ‘self hating gay’ before, but this is actual racism against yourself in practice. Good job there. 

I had a similar message a few months ago. I think it’s a liberal troll trying to bait conservatives into saying something racist, so they can then turn around and say 'hey everyone, look at this racist conservative.' It’s pretty much a liberal troll pretending to be a self-hating Pakistani person, trying to trick conservatives into agreeing with their self-hate, in an attempt to confirm their delusional belief that all conservatives are evil white supremacists Nazis.

Yep, I had the same troll earlier this summer.

Misleading Statistics: The Case of Luxembourg

postnationalism:

#geopolitics http://bit.ly/1r8Ps0l #worldpeace #reddit #postnationalism

ordnungsokonomik:

2014 and the spurdo spärde meme is still going strong. It’s probably because it’s so strange and inaccessible to most people on the internet that it will take a while before it reaches the point where everyone uses it and therefore everyone gets tired of it. Memes seem to follow simple phases:

Conception → Obscure → Over time exponentially more people have heard of it → Knowledge of the meme approaches a carrying capacity

All the while the meme becomes more tiresome the less exclusive it becomes and so less of the early users continue using it.

I wonder if the use of memes follows a Hubbert curve since so many things in nature follow a logistic pattern. Have we reached peak spurdo spärde? The Club of Rome should produce a report called The Limits to Memes warning us that our memetic resources are being depleted rapidly. In a few years the internet will be a memeless husk with bands of mercenaries roaming the internet to acquire the last remnants of not-yet-overused memes. Even spurdo spärde does not have unlimited memetic potential. Why didn’t you listen?

Have we reached Peak Meme?

stay-in-reality-liberals:

americas-liberty:

elpatron56:

superrmermaids:

So you’re telling me that i can’t wear spaghetti straps but this shit is dress code?

Some kid was threatened with suspension for wearing a Marines shirt and another for chewing a pop-tart into a gun shape.
Don’t create a problem where there isn’t one.

Spaghetti straps aren’t a Constitutionally guaranteed right… the right to bear arms is. Also, if he doesn’t actually have a gun, why are you afraid of a shirt?

Definitely more professional in comparison to spaghetti straps, and all the other crap they advocate for.

it may be more “modest”, but it is definitely not more professional.

stay-in-reality-liberals:

americas-liberty:

elpatron56:

superrmermaids:

So you’re telling me that i can’t wear spaghetti straps but this shit is dress code?

Some kid was threatened with suspension for wearing a Marines shirt and another for chewing a pop-tart into a gun shape.

Don’t create a problem where there isn’t one.

Spaghetti straps aren’t a Constitutionally guaranteed right… the right to bear arms is. Also, if he doesn’t actually have a gun, why are you afraid of a shirt?

Definitely more professional in comparison to spaghetti straps, and all the other crap they advocate for.

it may be more “modest”, but it is definitely not more professional.

jaehaerys1:

ponnukaka:

shinycroissants:

“I remember when I was doing “Rent” and I was too thin, and I was doing that on purpose because I’m dying, I’m a HIV+ drug addict. I remember having to eat raw food and doing all this work to make sure I could stay thin… And I remember everyone asking me when I was doing press for the movie, “what did you do to get so thin? You looked great!” and I’m like, “I looked emaciated.” It’s a form of violence in the way that we look at women and how we expect them to look and be, for… what’s sake? No…

I love her so much, you guys.

It’s enough to say that obsessing over not being thin enough is unhealthy. This itself is a perfectly legitimate issue. But can we please stop spinning everything feminists don’t like into a “violence against women” campaign?
Not only does it dilute the word and the struggles actual victims of violence have gone through, but it ignores the self-image problems men go through as well (men have actually been found to be *more* self-conscious and critical of their bodies than women, but don’t tell that to feminists) and it removes women’s agency in a condescending, elitist way as if to imply women can’t think for themselves and be held accountable for their own decisions. Nope, everything is “society’s” fault for not treating women like responsible individuals capable of making their own choices.
If feminists truly want gender equality, why do they always back out as soon as it becomes inconvenient? This is how you know feminists don’t actually care about equality. They assume “equality” simply means “more fun privileges that those dumb patriarchal men have and we don’t” while ignoring all the responsibilities and obligations that come with it. Just like how little kids want to grow up and do “cool adult things” while ignoring all the stress and responsibility like paying bills, taxes, dealing with the government, etc.
Feminists have a very utopian and glamorized view of equality. They usually only care about equality for the fun, high paying, and respected jobs and never for low paying, hard labor jobs which they are more than happy to leave to “privileged male scum.” If we ever got close to real equality, and not just for business and stem sectors, I’m willing to bet most of these spoiled first world feminists would be begging to come back to today’s “evil patriarchy.”

Did she really just say that being complimented is a form of violence?

jaehaerys1:

ponnukaka:

shinycroissants:

“I remember when I was doing “Rent” and I was too thin, and I was doing that on purpose because I’m dying, I’m a HIV+ drug addict. I remember having to eat raw food and doing all this work to make sure I could stay thin… And I remember everyone asking me when I was doing press for the movie, “what did you do to get so thin? You looked great!” and I’m like, “I looked emaciated.” It’s a form of violence in the way that we look at women and how we expect them to look and be, for… what’s sake? No…

I love her so much, you guys.

It’s enough to say that obsessing over not being thin enough is unhealthy. This itself is a perfectly legitimate issue. But can we please stop spinning everything feminists don’t like into a “violence against women” campaign?

Not only does it dilute the word and the struggles actual victims of violence have gone through, but it ignores the self-image problems men go through as well (men have actually been found to be *more* self-conscious and critical of their bodies than women, but don’t tell that to feminists) and it removes women’s agency in a condescending, elitist way as if to imply women can’t think for themselves and be held accountable for their own decisions. Nope, everything is “society’s” fault for not treating women like responsible individuals capable of making their own choices.

If feminists truly want gender equality, why do they always back out as soon as it becomes inconvenient? This is how you know feminists don’t actually care about equality. They assume “equality” simply means “more fun privileges that those dumb patriarchal men have and we don’t” while ignoring all the responsibilities and obligations that come with it. Just like how little kids want to grow up and do “cool adult things” while ignoring all the stress and responsibility like paying bills, taxes, dealing with the government, etc.

Feminists have a very utopian and glamorized view of equality. They usually only care about equality for the fun, high paying, and respected jobs and never for low paying, hard labor jobs which they are more than happy to leave to “privileged male scum.” If we ever got close to real equality, and not just for business and stem sectors, I’m willing to bet most of these spoiled first world feminists would be begging to come back to today’s “evil patriarchy.”

Did she really just say that being complimented is a form of violence?

tokillthedragon:

gayzionist:

oglaighnaheireann:

Gaza graffiti on the Free Derry wall

You do realise the Palestinians wouldn’t hesitate to oppress the Irish and force them to convert to Islam if they had the chance, right? lmao

And how exactly is it genocide if the Gazan population rises by 2.9% every year? In a genocide, the population goes down. But Gaza has the 13th highest annual population growth rate in the world.

"Genocide" is applicable to the British-created famine in Ireland under the Corn Laws, though.

tokillthedragon:

gayzionist:

oglaighnaheireann:

Gaza graffiti on the Free Derry wall

You do realise the Palestinians wouldn’t hesitate to oppress the Irish and force them to convert to Islam if they had the chance, right? lmao

And how exactly is it genocide if the Gazan population rises by 2.9% every year? In a genocide, the population goes down. But Gaza has the 13th highest annual population growth rate in the world.

"Genocide" is applicable to the British-created famine in Ireland under the Corn Laws, though.

communismkills:


neurosciencestuff:

Deconstructing the placebo response: Why does it work in treating depression?
In the past three decades, the power of placebos has gone through the roof in treating major depressive disorder. In clinical trials for treating depression over that period of time, researchers have reported significant increases in patient’s response rates to placebos — the simple sugar pills given to patients who think that it may be actual medication.
New research conducted by UCLA psychiatrists helps explain how placebos can have such a powerful effect on depression.
“In short,” said Andrew Leuchter, the study’s first author and a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, “if you think a pill is going to work, it probably will.”
The UCLA researchers examined three forms of treatment. One was supportive care in which a therapist assessed the patient’s risk and symptoms, and provided emotional support and encouragement but refrained from providing solutions to the patient’s issues that might result in specific therapeutic effects. The other two treatments provided the same type of therapy, but patients also received either medication or placebos.
The researchers found that treatment that incorporating either type of pill — real medication or placebo — yielded better outcomes than supportive care alone. Further, the success of the placebo treatment was closely correlated to people’s expectations before they began treatment. Those who believed that medication was likely to help them were much more likely to respond to placebos. Their belief in the effectiveness of medication was not related to the likelihood of benefitting from medication, however.
“Our study indicates that belief in ‘the power of the pill’ uniquely drives the placebo response, while medications are likely to work regardless of patients’ belief in their effectiveness,” Leuchter said.
The study appears in the current online edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry.
At the beginning and end of the study, patients were asked to complete the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, giving researchers a quantitative assessment of how their depression levels changed during treatment. Those who received antidepressant medication and supportive care improved an average of 46 percent, patients who received placebos and supportive care improved an average of 36 percent, and those who received supportive care alone improved an average of just 5 percent.
“Interestingly, while we found that medication was more effective than placebo, the difference was modest,” Leuchter said.
The researchers also found that people who received supportive care alone were more likely to discontinue treatment early than those who received pills.
People with major depressive disorder have a persistent low mood, low self-esteem and a loss of pleasure in things they once enjoyed. The disorder can be disabling, and it can affect a person’s family, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits, and overall health.
In the double-blind study, 88 people ages 18 to 65 who had been diagnosed with depression were given eight weeks of treatment. Twenty received supportive care alone, 29 received a placebo with supportive care and 39 received actual medication with supportive care.
The researchers measured the patients’ expectations for how effective they thought medication and general treatment would be, as well as their impressions of the strength of their relationship with the supportive care provider.
“These results suggest a unique role for people’s expectations about their medication in engendering a placebo response,” Leuchter said. “Higher expectations of medication effectiveness predicted an improvement in placebo-treated subjects, and it’s important to note that people’s expectations about how effective a medication may be were already formed before they entered the trial.”
Leuchter said the research indicates that factors such as direct-to-consumer advertising may be shaping peoples’ attitudes about medication. “It may not be an accident that placebo response rates have soared at the same time the pharmaceutical companies are spending $10 billion a year on consumer advertising.”
(Image credit: © Chris Lamphear)

This is really important, because it says that lifestyle changes, and general life outlooks, can even impact actual mental disorders.
Basically, if you think positively, you’ll become positive. You’ll reinforce it and create new neural connections.


Yep. Ending depression is really about breaking the cycle of negative thoughts — either by removing the negative stimuli, or, more preferably, by changing your mental responses to those stimuli. If you think a pill will help you do that, then it will — regardless of what is in it.

communismkills:

neurosciencestuff:

Deconstructing the placebo response: Why does it work in treating depression?

In the past three decades, the power of placebos has gone through the roof in treating major depressive disorder. In clinical trials for treating depression over that period of time, researchers have reported significant increases in patient’s response rates to placebos — the simple sugar pills given to patients who think that it may be actual medication.

New research conducted by UCLA psychiatrists helps explain how placebos can have such a powerful effect on depression.

“In short,” said Andrew Leuchter, the study’s first author and a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, “if you think a pill is going to work, it probably will.”

The UCLA researchers examined three forms of treatment. One was supportive care in which a therapist assessed the patient’s risk and symptoms, and provided emotional support and encouragement but refrained from providing solutions to the patient’s issues that might result in specific therapeutic effects. The other two treatments provided the same type of therapy, but patients also received either medication or placebos.

The researchers found that treatment that incorporating either type of pill — real medication or placebo — yielded better outcomes than supportive care alone. Further, the success of the placebo treatment was closely correlated to people’s expectations before they began treatment. Those who believed that medication was likely to help them were much more likely to respond to placebos. Their belief in the effectiveness of medication was not related to the likelihood of benefitting from medication, however.

“Our study indicates that belief in ‘the power of the pill’ uniquely drives the placebo response, while medications are likely to work regardless of patients’ belief in their effectiveness,” Leuchter said.

The study appears in the current online edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry.

At the beginning and end of the study, patients were asked to complete the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, giving researchers a quantitative assessment of how their depression levels changed during treatment. Those who received antidepressant medication and supportive care improved an average of 46 percent, patients who received placebos and supportive care improved an average of 36 percent, and those who received supportive care alone improved an average of just 5 percent.

“Interestingly, while we found that medication was more effective than placebo, the difference was modest,” Leuchter said.

The researchers also found that people who received supportive care alone were more likely to discontinue treatment early than those who received pills.

People with major depressive disorder have a persistent low mood, low self-esteem and a loss of pleasure in things they once enjoyed. The disorder can be disabling, and it can affect a person’s family, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits, and overall health.

In the double-blind study, 88 people ages 18 to 65 who had been diagnosed with depression were given eight weeks of treatment. Twenty received supportive care alone, 29 received a placebo with supportive care and 39 received actual medication with supportive care.

The researchers measured the patients’ expectations for how effective they thought medication and general treatment would be, as well as their impressions of the strength of their relationship with the supportive care provider.

“These results suggest a unique role for people’s expectations about their medication in engendering a placebo response,” Leuchter said. “Higher expectations of medication effectiveness predicted an improvement in placebo-treated subjects, and it’s important to note that people’s expectations about how effective a medication may be were already formed before they entered the trial.”

Leuchter said the research indicates that factors such as direct-to-consumer advertising may be shaping peoples’ attitudes about medication. “It may not be an accident that placebo response rates have soared at the same time the pharmaceutical companies are spending $10 billion a year on consumer advertising.”

(Image credit: © Chris Lamphear)

This is really important, because it says that lifestyle changes, and general life outlooks, can even impact actual mental disorders.

Basically, if you think positively, you’ll become positive. You’ll reinforce it and create new neural connections.

Yep. Ending depression is really about breaking the cycle of negative thoughts — either by removing the negative stimuli, or, more preferably, by changing your mental responses to those stimuli. If you think a pill will help you do that, then it will — regardless of what is in it.