Favorite Rejects 2022-12-04
The structure of the trolley problem is: Do you do something moral intuitions say is "bad" for the greater good? But per Fried, the inherent assumption is "we are dealing with one‐off cases in which the outcomes of available course of action are known with certainty ex ante”
Fwiw, I don’t think you were doing PR for the world’s richest man. I think you jumped at an opportunity to dress up a bunch of banal bullshit in a sensational way for money and subscribers can’t say I wouldn’t have the done the same! Doesn’t make the story explosive tho
Looking forward to going through all the tweets complaining about “PR for the richest man on earth,” and seeing how many of them have run stories for anonymous sources at the FBI, CIA, the Pentagon, White House, etc. https://t.co/l0uzwofqPT
Matt Taibbi @mtaibbi
Where each state's largest immigrant population was born, from 1850 (usually Germany & Ireland) to 2013 (usually Mexico) pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015…
What really stuck out to me about this article was use of the word "fratricidal" to describe a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan. Bro, the CCP doesn't see you as their brothers, they see you as the alternative civilizational model that could bring them down.
Russia is especially vicious and genocidal toward Ukraine not *in spite* of the similarity and close historical ties between Ukraine and Russia, but *because* of those ties. China will be the same with Taiwan.
Conflict doesn't happen because of deep fundamental difference. It happens because of similarity. The most savage competition is competition for a niche. And "leader of Slavic civilization" is a niche, just like "leader of Chinese-speaking civilization" is a niche.
Basically the NYT's coverage of politics devours a lot of its other beats. Elon's management of Twitter is a very interesting politics story, a somewhat interesting business story, and a not-very-interesting tech story. ChatGPT is just the opposite.
The NYT still has 0 mentions of ChatGPT, which is basically all tech has been talking about for the last few days. Instead, 3 out of the top 4 articles in its tech section are about Elon and Twitter - mostly negative, of course. https://t.co/wbDVDeo2pm
Flo Crivello @Altimor