July 2020 Favorites
The word racism is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything – and demanding evidence makes you a racist.
- Joe Rogan Experience #1309 – Naval Ravikant – Interesting interview with Naval Ravikant, entrepreneur and angel investor, recommended to me by a friend.
- Joe Rogan Experience #1228 – Bari Weiss and Joe Rogan Experience #1415 – Bari Weiss – Because of Bari Weiss resignation from her opinion column for The New York Times I watched both interviews with her.
- Joe Rogan Experience #1512 – Ben Shapiro
- Fake Woke Activism No One Asked For! | Andrew Schulz – I discovered Andrew Schulz, probably late as he has already 1,3 Mio. subscribers. A funny short commentary on political and social issues.
- Everything Is Cancelled! | Andrew Schulz
- Shaun King Is Canceling Jesus Christ! | Andrew Schulz
- The Foundations of Happiness – The second part of Will Schoder’s new documentary about Happiness.
- Why Motivation is a Myth – In his book club he analyzed Jeff Haden’s book about Motivation.
- The Most Successful Person in the World – TEDx talk by Jeff Haden about Motivation.
- What made the Ancient Egyptians Fat and Sick?
- Why Dubai’s Man-Made Islands Are Still Empty
- Everything is a Remix: Reality
- 3 Rules for Better Sleep
- 5 things he learned from his twenties
- This is how you get true job security.
- Dr. Jordan Peterson Explains 12 Rules for Life in 12 Minutes
- K-Pop: Globaler Hype und dunkle Abgründe 🇩🇪
- Wie wir uns mit Zahlen manipulieren lassen 🇩🇪
- Mars In 4K
- Why (Almost) Nobody Lives in China’s USD 161 Billion City
- The Seven People Who Can Turn Off the Internet
- How To Command Respect From Everyone Around You
- COVID-19 & Mask Myths Debunked!
- Dying from “overwork” – Japan’s toxic office culture
- TikTok – a Trojan Horse into China’s Dystopia
- The Dangers of Tribalism
- Deus Ex – Story Explanation and Analysis – Max Derrat explains why Deus Ex might be the most important game ever created.
- Finding Truth In Artificiality – Werner Herzog’s Family Romance, LLC
- The Island of Dr. Moreau – The Most Disastrous Movie Ever Made – A funny insight into the production of this movie that destroyed carriers and drove people insane.
- Watchmen (2009) - Was It Really That Bad?
- The Secret Genius of Dwight K. Schrute (The Office)
- What is 2:1 Aspect Ratio – Why David Fincher, Ari Aster, and More Directors are Switching to 18:9
- Ghost of Tsushima – State of Play
- The Beauty Of Full Metal Jacket
- Stoic Strategies For A Life Without Anger
- What is Populism? (Political Philosophy)
- Sun Tzu – The Art of War
- Imjin War – Rise of admiral Yi Sun-sin – Hansando 1592
- Real Ghost of Tsushima – Mongol Invasion of Japan – Matching with the release of the new PlayStation 4 game Ghosts of Tsushima this documentary explains the events of the Mongol Invasion of Japan.
- Earliest European Mention of Japan – Marco Polo Describes Mongol Invasion of ‘Chipangu’ (1281)
- Jordan Peterson Predicts The Riots
- Thomas Sowell: Show Me the Evidence – Super interesting introduction to Thomas Sowell, a black conservative intellectual and economist.
- A Message for Black Lives Matter – A good summary of the political organization BLM with excerpts of a recent interview with Thomas Sowell.
- Thomas Sowell on the Myths of Economic Inequality – A very interesting recent interview with Thomas Sowell
- We Are Watching Woke Politics Destroy Our Institutions – Interview with Michael Knowles on The Rubin Report.
- Anti-Racism Witch Trials & The Left Destroys America! – Interview with Ben Shapiro on The Rubin Report.
- Big Tech’s Election Meddling & The Woke Mob Comes For Liberals – Interview with Senator Ted Cruz on The Rubin Report.
- The Chinese Dictatorship Plan to continue Controlling the country
- Bhutan, the country of the Thunder Dragon
- Tibet: Why does China want to Keep It so Badly?
- North Korea: Is Kim Yo-Jong taking Control?
- The Problem with Fake News… and Wirecard
- China’s ambassador denies abuse of Uighurs in Xinjiang during Andrew Marr interview – Shocking drone images from China, where hundreds of Uighurs are getting loaded into trains to send them to “re-education camps”.
- Canadian professor signs open letter criticizing cancel culture – Steven Pinker on why he signed the letter in Harper’s Magazine that criticized cancel culture.
- Are the Police Targeting Unarmed Blacks? – Will Witt asking some black kids:
What do you think how many unarmed blacks were killed last year?
Dunno, I would say over 1000, 1400. Too many to count.😆
- Should We Defund the Police? – Will Witt and a former black cop ask people about defunding the police.
- The Book Club: 1984 by George Orwell with Dave Rubin
- 16 Fragen an Black Lives Matter 🇩🇪
- The Problem with Cancel Culture | Ayishat Akanbi
- John Cleese vs Extremism – John Cleese about extremism, as relevant today as at its creation.
- How Social Distancing Rules Are Created
- People That Wear a Mask in Their Car
- A Message to All Online Haters
- How Presidential Candidates Are Chosen
- What Gyms Are Like When They Re-Open
- How to Be a Woke White Person
- Uncle Roger Disgusted by this Egg Fried Rice Video (BBC Food)
- Thomas Bergersen – L’Appel Du Vide (from Humanity Chapter I) – New music video for Thomas Bergersen’s new album.
- Gabriel’s Oboe Live – Tina Guo, Cello (In Memory of Ennio Morricone)
- Super Mario Bros for 3 Cellos… and egg shaker
- Interstellar - Theme by Hans Zimmer (Cello Cover) – I discovered another fantastic Cellist who plays film music.
- Dark 3 – The last season of this brilliant TV show was mind-bending and came to a logical and beautiful ending. N
- The Blacklist 7 – An exciting season, unfortunately, cut short due to Corona. The last episode was partly animated to fill in the missing scenes. N
- Tales from the Loop 1 – A fantastic Sci-Fi TV show, inspired by the pictures of the artist Simon Stålenhag. It plays between the 1950s and 1980s in a small town that sits on top of a secret science base exploring the secrets of the universe. Not a lot of action, no gunfights or lasers, but a lot of poetic stories. P
- Hanna 2P
- Space Force 1 – This TV show was much funnier than the reviews would suggest. N
- Thomas Bergersen: L’Appel Du Vide – The new album Humanity – Chapter I has more beautiful songs.
- Poets of the Fall: Angel – Alexander Theatre Sessions
- Taylor Davis: Leaves from the Vine (From “Avatar: The Last Airbender”)
- Passenger: Queenstown
- Jewel, Lindsey Stirling: Grateful – String Sessions
- Illan Eshkeri, Shigeru Umebayashi: Ghost of Tsushima (Music from the Video Game)
- Naval – Recommended by a friend, the Podcast of Naval Ravikant, short meaningful episodes about finance, investment, innovation, and work.
- The Clearleft Podcast – A new podcast by Clearleft about Design.
- Indubio: Von brutalen Zahlen 🇩🇪 – Interessantes Gespräch mit Prof. Gunnar Heinsohn über Geschichte und Mathematik.
- Indubio: Mainstream der Unerbittlichkeit 🇩🇪
- America Exports Cancel Culture to the World
- A Letter on Justice and Open Debate – A letter signed by over 150 influential, political left persons against cancel culture.
- Yes, There Is Such a Thing as Cancel Culture
- I’m a Nobody. The Harper’s Letter was for Me.
- Are Calls for Open Debate Too Little Too Late?
- Don’t scar on the first cut
- Resignation Letter — Bari Weiss
- The Defenestration of Bari Weiss
- Intersectionality: A Cheaper Form of Virtue
- Remembering Cancel Culture’s 40-Year-Old Stepfather
- Understanding Totalitarianism
- Review: The End of Gender by Debra Soh
- Bild, Merkel and the culture wars: the inside story of Germany’s biggest tabloid
- Three basic facts Congress must understand about Big Tech
- Remote work is a platform
- Simon Stålenhag
- Picture Flower Vase
- Illustrator Shares Step-By-Step Process to Create a Realistic Drawing of an Octopus
- The Descendants: Photographer Drew Gardner Recreates Portraits of Historically Significant Figures
- Fran Velasco
- Plan B: A Concept Luxury Underground Bunker Perfect For The Pandemic
- Of Heroic Deeds and Hysterical Masses
- Japan’s New Kadokawa Culture Museum is Housed in an Angular, Granite Structure Designed by Kengo Kuma
- Ghost of Tsushima – The new PlayStation exclusive game is Sony’s fasted-selling game of all times. And rightly so. It is incredibly good! The story is exciting and feels like being in a movie or more accurately in all Samurai movies ever produced at once. It has epic battles, deadly duels, and quiet moments while reflecting with Haiku, praying at a Shinto or Buddhist temple or shrine or while taking a bath in one of the many Onsen. Stunningly beautiful landscapes with falling cherry-blossom or maple tree leaves, endless grasslands, long sandy coastlines, dusty swamplands, or green bamboo forests. Directly next to battlefields with burned corpses, or landscapes and villages burned by the Mongol hordes. You can play with Japanese audio track for the right feeling and even enable Kurosawa mode (black and white with 60s audio) or play with the funny (but useless) photo mode to create videos or photos. The soundtrack was written by Shigeru Umebayashi.
- Code Time is an open-source plugin for automatic programming metrics and time-tracking in your editor.
- Music Time for Spotify is a code editor plugin that discovers your most productive music to listen to while you code.
- mmhmm looks like a funny idea to enhance video conferences. The CEO of mmhmm gives a short beta preview.
- Testing Playground is a tool to test React Testing Library queries.
- iA Writer Style Check – My favorite text editor has now style check, a personal assistant that marks redundant words, clichés, and filler words as you type.
- Tabler Icons – Over 500 free, customizable SVG icons.
- Element – The decentralized, open-source chat tool Riot was renamed and landed a huge deal of 350,000 seats for the German education system. It runs on Matrix.
- Foam is a fantastic tool for personal knowledge management inspired by Roam Research, build on Visual Studio Code. It shows Wikilink backlinks and can show (with other extensions) the connection between notes.
This month was very political. We can see the Progressive Left and political correctness reaching the tolerable limit. There was the open letter, signed by 150 political-left people of influence, for example, Steven Pinker, Malcolm Gladwell, Jonathan Haidt, Bari Weiss, or Salman Rushdie, speaking out against cancel culture and the resignation of Bari Weiss from The New York Times, because of workplace harassment for her centrist opinion column. The politicization of the murder of George Floyd, the riots and autonomous zones that killed more Blacks in a weekend than the whole police killed unarmed Blacks in a year, made me listen to Thomas Sowell, an American economist and social theorist.
Sowell on culture as main driver for social problems as the result of a study that showed that black kids of in Germany stationed soldiers had no disadvantages to other kids:
Professor Flynn concluded that the reason … was that the offspring of black soldiers in Germanygrew up in a nation with no black subculture.
If we wanted to be serious about evidence, we might compare where blacks stood a hundred years after the end of slavery with where they stood after 30 years of liberal welfare state. In other words, we could compare hard evidence on ‘the legacy of slavery’ with hard evidence on the legacy of liberals.
Despite the grand myth that black economic progress began or accelerated with the passage of the Civil Rights laws and ‘War on Poverty’ programs of the 1960s … the fact is that the poverty rate among blacks fell from 87 percent in 1940 to 47 percent by 1960 … Over the next 20 years, the poverty rate among blacks fell another 18 percentage points … This was the continuation of a previous economic trend, but at a slower rate of progress, it was not some economic grand deliverance.
[M]ost black children were being raised in two-parent families in 1960. But thirty years after the liberal welfare state … the great majority of black children [were] being raised by – single parent[s].
[T]he poverty rate among black married couples has been less than 10 percent every year since 1994 … As far back as 1969, young black males whose homes included newspapers, magazines, and library cards … had similar incomes to … [those of] their white counterparts … [A]cademic outcomes show a pattern of disparities similar to the pattern of disparities in the amount of time devoted to schoolwork … Apparently … lifestyle choices have major consequences.
This is the age of complaining classes, whether they are lawyers, community activists, radical feminists, race hustlers, or other squeaking wheels looking for oil … No society ever thrived because it had a large and growing class of parasites living off those who produce.
Thomas Sowell is a huge opponent of Affirmative Action as his numbers prove that it harms the Black community since more than 50 years. Interesting is what two persons of the Supreme Court had to say to the topic:
I believe blacks can achieve in every avenue of American life without the meddling of university administrators … The Court … holds that racial discrimination in admissions should be given another 25 years … While I agree that in 25 years … [these] practices will be illegal, they are … illegal now.
I think it unnecessary to describe the Restorative Justice Handicapping System any further. I trust you find it thoroughly offensive, as I do. It, and the racist concept of restorative justice of which it is merely the concrete expression, is fundamentally contrary to the principles that govern, and should govern, our society. I owe no man anything, nor he me, because of the blood that flows in our veins.
One great tweet I saw was, ‘The left won the culture wars. Now they’re just driving around shooting survivors.
Naval Ravikant brought up interesting arguments against Socialism and the problem the universities have in the USA with the fields of The Humanities:
I think, really, Socialism comes from the heart, right? We all wanna be Socialists. Capitalism comes from the head because there are always cheaters in any system, and there is an incentive in any system. So, when you’re young, if you’re not Socialist, you have no heart, when you’re older and you’re not a capitalist you have no head, right? You haven’t thought it through. So, I understand where it comes from. I always like Nassim Taleb’s take on this:With my family, I’m a communist. With my close friends, I’m a socialist. At the state level of politics, I’m a Democrat. At higher levels, I’m a Republican, and at the federal levels, I’m a Libertarian.So, basically, the larger the group of people you have massed together, who have different interests, the less trust there is, the more cheating there is, the better the incentives have to be aligned, the better the system has to work, the more you are towards capitalism. The smaller the group you’re in, you’re in a Kibbutz, you are in a commune, you’re in your house, you’re in your tribe, by all means, be a Socialist. With my aunts, with my brother, with my cousins, with my uncles, my mom, my family … I’m a Socialist. That’s the right way to live a loving, happy, integrated life. But when you’re dealing with strangers, you wanna be a real Socialist? Great, open all your doors and windows tomorrow. Please, everybody, come and take what you want. See how that works out.
The universities got their credibility from the hard sciences. So, they got this from physics and math, computer science, and chemistry. Because these deliver real things: Manhattan Project, microprocessor, the space vehicle, and so on, the electric car. So, they gained this mental authority and legitimacy from the hard sciences. So, then come the social sciences kinda sneak in. You get economics, and micro-economics is a real discipline, real science, real math behind it. Logic, reason. And you got macro-economics which gets politicized a little bit more voodoo, and then you get social studies, and then you get gender studies … So, what happened is, because we took scientists to be the high priests of our new world, science itself got corrupted. And the social sciences, and you can tell they are fake sciences because they have the word science tacked on the end, have come in and highjacked the universities and become the new think tanks. Essentially, what you see going on today at the universities is a war between social sciences and physical sciences. And the crossover is biology. We can see the whole gender is a construct movement is attacking biology, evolution biology. Just like in the social sphere with the comedians. You can see the struggle going on at the universities. I would say physical sciences are essentially losing that war. … Physical sciences have the reality on their side … At the end of the day, your aircraft has to fly, your microprocessor has to compute. So there is only so far they can take it. But I see for example in biology this difficult thing where they have to say things that they know are not true, to keep their job. … Biology will suffer the most. Synthetic biology, for example, a lot of this will end up in China, because you won’t be able to map facts and reality and actions together.
I think wokeness has robbed many a people of compassion and replaced it with moral superiority. Compassing and empathy are paramount to any social movement and to any form of progress.
The way to defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away.
To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
There is no financial cost to the individual in intersectionality as commonly practiced. One can feel good by tweeting about historical slavery on a smartphone whose battery contains Cadmium mined by some of the world’s forty million current slaves, but it is not required either that one sacrifice one’s technology in solidarity with them, or seek to change their status, as previous generations of Christians did. Ironically, given the Marxist background of many of its adherents, intersectionality is that most capitalist of phenomena: a low-cost provider of moral self-worth.
A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.
It’s dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.
The best thing for being sad, replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blog,is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then – to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.
A sense of history is an antidote to self-pity and self-importance, of which there is much too much in our time. To a large degree, history is a lesson in proportions.