Author Archives: Simon Penner

About Simon Penner

Injecting compassion and humanity into political discussion. Disagreements welcome, but you must be kind and charitable.

[NT-3311] RCE in Christianity v1.0

You would have hated me as a child. I was raised in a very religious household. But I was also born with The Knack. Religion, and Christianity in particular, doesn’t much care for sperglords. They tend to ask all sorts … Continue reading

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Social Gentrification

Earlier this week a friend of mine was talking about nerd culture, and was surprised when I mentioned that I don’t like it. I avoid nerd culture and, despite being the exact target demographic, find it uncomfortable and unwelcoming. My … Continue reading

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Defcon Is Problematic

Defcon is hosted in a desert. This is exclusionary to people from cold regions, who cannot handle the heat. Defcon is in Las Vegas. This is exclusionary to people who have gambling problems. Defcon provides attendees with open bars. This … Continue reading

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You Come At The King, You’d Best Not Miss

Lambdaconf‘s got me thinking a lot about what the purpose of a conference is. I think people have a variety of reasons for attending. Some go to network, find jobs or employees. Some go to socialize; conferences are good Schelling … Continue reading

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Ghosts in Every Machine

There was a time when I was lucky enough to take a ride in a hot air balloon. Standing¬†above the world, you see things in a different light. Things that seemed random, chaotic, and mysterious display an ordering not obvious … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Tyrannies

In the midst of all this controversy over Mr. Yarvin, something has come up that I feel the need to talk about. One of the main points of the critics of Yarvin, of Lambdaconf, and of Status451’s actions is the … Continue reading

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The Incentives of Dynamic Systems

Sometimes it seems like the cold war never ended.   The western world is ostensibly a free-market democracy, and yet you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Corporations are universally reviled, sometimes with hilarious results. The socialist¬†running for US president … Continue reading

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