Well-Kept Gardens Die By Pacifism – LessWrong 2.0

Good online communities die primarily by refusing to defend themselves.

Somewhere in the vastness of the Internet, it is happening even now.  It was once a well-kept garden of intelligent discussion, where knowledgeable and interested folk came, attracted by the high quality of speech they saw ongoing.  But into this garden comes a fool, and the level of discussion drops a little—or more than a little, if the fool is very prolific in their posting.  (It is worse if the fool is just articulate enough that the former inhabitants of the garden feel obliged to respond, and correct misapprehensions—for then the fool dominates conversations.)

So the garden is tainted now, and it is less fun to play in; the old inhabitants, already invested there, will stay, but they are that much less likely to attract new blood.  Or if there are new members, their quality also has gone down.

Then another fool joins, and the two fools begin talking to each other, and at that point some of the old members, those with the highest standards and the best opportunities elsewhere, leave…

 

Source: Well-Kept Gardens Die By Pacifism – LessWrong 2.0

Salisbury novichok attack: GRU chief in ‘ill health’ after Putin confrontation | Daily Mail Online

Russian documents including and facial recognition experts have been used to confirm that Alexander Petrov is actually Dr Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a trained military doctor in the GRU intelligence services.

Bungling Dr Mishkin even used his own birth date and first names of his parents as part of his undercover identity as Alexander Petrov, and registered his home address as Khoroshevskoe Shosse 76B in Moscow – the headquarters of Putin’s elite military intelligence services.

Dr Mishkin was born in northern European Russia and graduated from the elite Military Medical Academies.

Source: Salisbury novichok attack: GRU chief in ‘ill health’ after Putin confrontation | Daily Mail Online

Independence Day 2 review: A cynical love song to China

Here, the most cynical moments in an already hugely cynical film involve vigorous kowtowing towards the People’s Republic. Angelababy (a star in Hong Kong) is unceremoniously presented to one of the film’s bland top guns as something close to a love interest. Later on, during one of his trademark worldwide annihilations, Emmerich moves from another blasting of Tower Bridge to a levelling of some blameless Chinese city.

Roland makes bad films, but he is no fool. It is only a few weeks since the even worse Warcraft broke records in China.

Anyway, even Gainsbourg’s delightful oddball delivery can’t save the film from descent into incoherent mulch. After 90 minutes of being prodded, the mysterious ball eventually decides to tell us everything in perfect English.Is it from the Planet Tellnotshow? How much money will this dreadful film make? Will the sequels go on forever? Look to the east, puny humans.

Source: Independence Day 2 review: A cynical love song to China

Haribo Gold-Bears Gummy Candy copycat recipe | The Food Hacker

Citric acid is an important ingredient in gummy candies to help wake up the flavor. Sour gummies use citric acid in the candy syrup and on the surface of the candy, but we need just a little here for the syrup. The acid also serves as a preservative and as something called an “interfering agent.” That brings us to the corn syrup. You won’t find corn syrup in most homemade gummy recipes, and that’s too bad, because without it you get this…

Source: Haribo Gold-Bears Gummy Candy copycat recipe | The Food Hacker

candy – Problem with gummy-bears being too much like jelly – Seasoned Advice

have been struggling with this for a while now, and I have finally made a batch that is JUST like store bought! It is a little more complicated and will require you to heat the sugar to 240 F (soft-ball stage)

1st part 1 Cup Sugar 3 Tbsp Water 3/4 Cup Corn Syrup

2nd part 1/2 cup water 7 packets (46 grams) Gelatin (I used knox) 14 grams fruit pectin

3rd part 1 1/4 tsp Citric powder 2 tsp water Flavor, Color

Mix 1st part in pot, begin heating this to 240 degrees Fahrenheit (soft-ball stage) while you prepare the 2nd part

In another pot, prepare 2nd part

Add the water sprinkle gelatin over the top, evenly and allow the gelatin to absorb the water. After 5-10 minutes begin heating the pot with the gelatin, not exceeding 170 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring until the gelatin is all melted and the liquid is smooth. Slowly add fruit pectin to the gelatin mixture, stirring.

Once the sugar-syrup mix reaches 240 degrees, remove from heat and allow to cool down to about 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Slowly pour the sugar-syrup over the gelatin-pectin, stirring to remove bubbles Add 3rd part, stirring until smooth. (do not wait too long to pour into molds!)

Let sit in refrigerator until they are as tough as you want, but mine were a great consistency in about an hour or so! Enjoy!

Source: candy – Problem with gummy-bears being too much like jelly – Seasoned Advice

Army’s sleeping technique that will get you to sleep in two minutes | Metro News

Relax the muscles in your face, including your tongue, jaw and the muscles around your eyes.

Drop your shoulders as low as they’ll go before relaxing your upper and lower arm on one side, and then the other.

Breathe out, relax your chest and then, finally, relax your legs, starting with your thighs and moving to your lower legs.

Once you’ve relaxed your body for ten seconds, you must attempt to clear your mind of all thoughts.

There are three methods that may help with this – according to the book Relax and Win: Championship Performance.

1. Picture yourself lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but blue sky above you

2. Picture yourself snuggled in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room

3. Repeat the words ‘don’t think, don’t think, don’t think’ in your mind for ten seconds

Source: Army’s sleeping technique that will get you to sleep in two minutes | Metro News

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