Quick links (#27)

Recent illiberal signals from Beijing have been upsetting foreign observers, with the Internet (+) and the universities receiving highly-public spankings (and there’s a song). There does seem plenty to clean up. In other news, Dagong thinks we’re all going to starve in the dark.

Himalayan intrigues. The new Hinduism. Set-back for Modi in Delhi.

Ukraine and proxy war. The Middle East is beyond meddling. Patterns of conflict (video). Europe’s Syriza cage fight.

Scott Sumner’s moment (1, 2, 3). (A last huzzah for macro-management before more radical alternatives arrive onstream?) Net-neutrality pushback. Quicksilver. Proprietary cities.

(Soft) AI is here. Facebook in the workplace, and the grave. Twitter and its limits. Subsumption of DNA into the technosphere continues.

Popping the big bang.

Gibson on Neuromancer. Remembering A Canticle for Leibowitz. The great acceleration. Nietzsche and the Engine of Politics. Corey Robin on Nietzsche and Hayek, round two. Hayles on posthumanism. Jaynes in the stack. Against the cloud. Operation Delirium. Death trips are back. A Swiss mess. Double doom.

AAF 2015. Autonomy and automation. The dark side of capitalism. Bitnation. Font archaeology.

Some recent sounds from Biothanatos and Dark Matter.

Oddities (1, 2).

For the UF gossip column: “Serial killer Charles Manson’s supposed budding romance with a woman 53 years his junior has been allegedly exposed as a money-making scheme. […] According to journalist Daniel Simone, 27-year old Afton Elaine Burton, now known as Star, was hoping that she would gain possession of Manson’s corpse through marriage so she and a couple of friends could put it on display in a glass case in LA.”

3 thoughts on “Quick links (#27)

  1. Manson’s newest muse only wanted him for his body – literally? I liked that she wanted it for “display.”

    In a better world his comeuppance would read like the hagiographies of early Catholic saints in Chosun, “Executed with display on the Han River Sands.”

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