Monday

1. Faux concern versus real concern

http://charltonteaching.blogspot.com/2019/12/promiscuous-abstract-altruism-why-does.html

Why would the mass media be so keen on everybody, everywhere, being in a continual state of fake involvement in the miseries of others?

But my point here is that it is clearly Very Important to those who control the mass media that most people most of the time, ought to be fascinated-by, and involved-in, these empathy-inducing news items. And ‘ought’ is the correct word; because those who express uninterest, or who are not convincing in their heart-felt ‘concern ‘ for the alleged griefs of alleged persons thousands of miles distance will be judged (especially by women) to be monsters of stony-hearted selfishness…

2.  Level of understanding concerning

https://emerj.com/ai-sector-overviews/everyday-examples-of-ai/

We distinguish between AI and machine learning (ML) throughout this article when appropriate. At Emerj, we’ve developed concrete definitions of both artificial intelligence and machine learning based on a panel of expert feedback. To simplify the discussion, think of AI as the broader goal of autonomous machine intelligence, and machine learning as the specific scientific methods currently in vogue for building AI. All machine learning is AI, but not all AI is machine learning.

3. 3D printed village in Mexico

https://www.dwell.com/article/3d-printed-village-icon-new-story-tabasco-mexico-b76d0150

4.  Chuckles corrects a misconception

https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/12/13/the-revenge-of-democracy/

“that democracy remains the greatest corrective to elitism and tyranny that mankind has ever invented.”

No it does not.  Neil McCaughan:

“I would just like to thank those people who made this all possible – Steve Coogan, Lily Allen, Paloma Faith, Dog-Strangler Heseltine, David Schneider, Hugh Grant, James Corden, John Major, Emma Thompson, and the Doom Goblin. Boris Johnson couldn’t have done it without you virtue-signalling dimwits.”

5. Some interesting ones here

https://dailytimewaster.blogspot.com/2019/12/blog-post_13.html

[H/T Chuckles and haiku]

4 comments for “Monday

  1. Mark in Mayenne
    December 16, 2019 at 06:12

    Faux concern? They just want us to understand how much better off we are, so that when things get worse……

    • December 16, 2019 at 09:11

      2020 will be interesting.

  2. james wilson
    December 16, 2019 at 07:35

    Charles Mackay (he of Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds)-

    A corrupt monarchy or despotism may last for a long time without fatal results to the body politic. The people may be virtuous though the government is vicious; but a corrupt republic is tainted in its blood, and bears the seeds of death in every pulse.

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