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Comment author: CellBioGuy 28 October 2014 11:21:19PM *  -1 points [-]

I, for one, love that guy's blog.

Comment author: knb 29 October 2014 12:53:59AM 0 points [-]

Because you're a connoisseur of insipid name-calling and delirious political grandstanding on non-political issues?

Comment author: advancedatheist 28 October 2014 05:27:13AM *  4 points [-]

Dale Carrico mocks Musk:


Of course, Elon Musk has built real companies which make real stuff. Even The Atlantic magazine admits that:


Musk's accomplishments don't necessarily make him an expert on the demonology of AI's. But his track record suggests that he has a better informed and organized way of thinking about the potentials of technology than Carrico's.

Comment author: knb 28 October 2014 05:44:23AM *  6 points [-]

Why even link to such a stupid and insubstantial article? (I'm referring to the first one of course).

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Comment author: ChristianKl 26 October 2014 06:18:04PM 1 point [-]

I think you underrate the complexity of carbon taxes. Measuring emissions isn't trivial. Various offsetting schemes can also get complex.

Comment author: knb 26 October 2014 08:26:44PM *  1 point [-]

The complexity of emissions taxes is orders of magnitude lower compared to current US legislation.

Comment author: knb 26 October 2014 09:41:01AM 32 points [-]

We did it. Mission accomplished.

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Comment author: ChristianKl 25 October 2014 02:48:24PM 1 point [-]

I'm not against "big government" as long as it isn't wasteful or overly complex.

Does that basically mean Singapore is okay, but the US isn't? Otherwise what's your idea of not overly complex big government?

Comment author: knb 26 October 2014 05:02:09AM *  2 points [-]

For example, with regard to energy policy, I wouldn't be opposed to the government establishing a large carbon tax. A large carbon tax would be "big government" in the sense that it would have a large economic effect relative to laissez-faire. But it would be simple and therefore would have little overhead. It would be easy for voters to understand, easy for economists to evaluate, and easy for companies to make decisions about without having to hire extra bureaucrats and lawyers to ensure compliance. Ensuring compliance with complex regulations is a deadweight loss.

Comment author: ChristianKl 25 October 2014 01:51:11PM -2 points [-]

I find it historically exceptional that the United States doesn't use its military dominance to rule or extract tribute from rich but relatively weak nations such as Canada, Japan, and much of Western Europe.

The US runs a very big trading surplus. It gets vastly more goods from other countries than it ships to other countries. Of course that technically isn't called "tribute" but it comes down to the same thing. More goods for US citizens.

Comment author: knb 26 October 2014 04:39:53AM 1 point [-]

The US trade deficit is not "tribute," the idea is absurd. The trade deficit is not "you give us goods, we give you nothing," it is financed by a combination of sales of US based capital to foreigners (American real estate is especially popular) and Americans going into debt with foreigners. (As Edward Conard pointed out, the two amount to the same thing.) Since these debts are paid back, with interest there is no way it could be interpreted as tribute.

Comment author: knb 25 October 2014 05:40:36AM 4 points [-]

I seem to be one of the tiny number of people on LW who are conservative but not a "neo-reactionary." I'm socially conservative in the sense that I think the classical virtues are real virtues--I would like to live in a society that supports the classical virtues in its people.

I don't fit into ordinary US-conservatism on most levels. I'm very anti-interventionist and I think the US has had a profoundly destructive role in the world since the cold war era began. I'm not against "big government" as long as it isn't wasteful or overly complex. I'm also a transhumanist, but I don't really think transhumanism is inherently anti-conservative.

Comment author: knb 24 October 2014 04:41:52AM *  1 point [-]

Vitamin D3, aniracetam, creatine monohydrate, fish oil, modafinil (as needed), and caffeine (as needed). And melatonin 30 minutes before bed.

ETA: I used to take green tea capsules but I noticed they absolutely killed my appetite.

Comment author: Furcas 16 October 2014 02:21:04PM 2 points [-]

A while ago Louie Helm recommended buying Darkcoins. After he did the price of a darkcoin went up to more than 10$, but now it's down to 2$. Is it still a good idea to buy darkcoins, that is, is their price likely to go back up?

Comment author: knb 16 October 2014 11:58:35PM 1 point [-]

Honestly I doubt cryptocurrencies are any better than a random walk (unless you have some special foreknowledge of some extra attention the currency is about to get.)

Comment author: ChristianKl 12 October 2014 05:30:34PM -1 points [-]

Given the conspiracy theory post last month, this takes a bit more intellectual effort to dismiss.

Now suppose that a travel ban blocked 80% of sick people trying to fly here from Liberia. We’d have 80% fewer cases in US citizens: and that would be a good thing. Really it would.

This is just wrong. There no reason to assume that every possible case of Ebola in the US comes from somebody who fly to the US from Liberia. Other countries will be less likely to share information with the CDC so the risk coming from other countries and other epidemics rises.

Comment author: knb 14 October 2014 10:35:27AM 0 points [-]

Given the conspiracy theory post last month, this takes a bit more intellectual effort to dismiss.

That thread really illustrated LW's problem with understanding texts that are non-literal. I thought Cochran's "conspiracy" post was really funny--I especially enjoyed the allusion to Elvis being "The King" in Cochran's scenario.

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