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Monday, June 19, 2017

Mailvox: doomsayers

PA observes a familiar response:
The other day some doomsayer in the comments was huffing about how Infogalactic is “only” 1% different from Wikipedia and the features aren’t happening fast enough and blahblahblah. His line struck me as very familiar, but I couldn’t place it.

This morning I remembered:

“Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, ‘What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?’ Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, ‘Yes, what they are building — if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!’ ”
- Nehemiah 4:1-3

Yup, that was it. Keep building that wall, brother. It looks awfully good to me.
They doubt. They jeer. They try to demoralize. Meanwhile, we simply continue building the planetary knowledge core.

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43 Comments:

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable June 19, 2017 11:11 AM  

... and we keep linking to it. The tipping point will come.

Anonymous grey enlightenment June 19, 2017 11:11 AM  

SJWs and gammas are useless. all they have is snark and criticism. They cannot create

Anonymous KJ June 19, 2017 11:15 AM  

And a large ship is turned by a small rudder. The trend of the future is supported by small amounts of information changes in key places.

Anonymous Sam the Man June 19, 2017 11:35 AM  

Well said. There is no place for defeatism, simply because there is no alternative to winning. The left and their minions must be defeated.

Anonymous BBGKB June 19, 2017 11:55 AM  

Breaking news Car hits cop van in Paris
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40332532

Paris cordons off Champs Elysees after car hits police van
The driver, who had a weapon inside the car, was knocked unconscious and is seriously injured, French media report.

Police say the situation is now under control, and neither law enforcement officers nor civilians were injured.

Blogger Frenzy June 19, 2017 11:59 AM  

Amen! If everyone had given up when the going got tough, there would be no alt-right, there would be no alt-tech, and there would be no Trump president. I used to think it was hopeless, progressivism was inevitable; now I know that there is still hope as long as there is the will to fight and stand up for what you believe.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer June 19, 2017 12:04 PM  

One of the most important things you learn from reading the Bible is that humans are the same creatures now as they were then. Human nature doesn't change, technology simply facilitates its expression. I'm always amused by atheists who pontificate about buying into the notions of "illiterate desert nomads." Even if there wasn't a God, those "illiterate desert nomads" understood more about human nature than a spergy atheist ever will.

Anonymous fop June 19, 2017 12:10 PM  

Actually, 1% sounded like a huge achievement to me.

Blogger cavalier973 June 19, 2017 12:16 PM  

I still can't figure out how to change the perspective filters.

Blogger Rabbi B June 19, 2017 12:20 PM  

It's never the critic who counts. Ignore them. Stay in the arena. Never give up.

The predominate message of the Bible is to remain steadfast and immovable, come what may. It's those who persevere to the end, who run the race in such a way as to win, who fight the good fight, who keep the faith, the overcomers who are rewarded in the end.

The naysayers and the critics already have their reward.

Blogger Ransom Smith June 19, 2017 12:27 PM  

Actually, 1% sounded like a huge achievement to me.

1% is often the difference. What separates success from failure.

Infogalatic is the future. And will prove even more so as it grows and Wikipedia by extension declines.

Blogger Troy Lee Messer June 19, 2017 12:27 PM  

OT: ALITO shoots at sjw's in 1 of 2 unanimous 1st amendment SCOTUS cases.

Alito observed, boiled down to this: "The Government has an interest in preventing speech expressing ideas that offend." As Alito noted in response, "that idea strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express 'the thought that we hate.'"

Imho, the line "speech that demeans on the basis of...." is language one would find in some HR hate handbook. FTR, Alito is concurring here.




http://reason.com/blog/2017/06/19/in-major-free-speech-victory-scotus-rule

Blogger Troy Lee Messer June 19, 2017 12:31 PM  

Change your DNA 1%.

Blogger James June 19, 2017 12:37 PM  

My Constitutional mentor was a big fan of the book of Nehemiah. One of his favorite quotes in it was this one: Nehemiah 2:20

17 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.
19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?
20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.


Blogger Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus June 19, 2017 12:44 PM  

Any place where I would have linked to Wikipedia before, I now link to InfoGalactic.

Blogger Tiago Paolini June 19, 2017 12:49 PM  

Considering the amount of content on Wikipedia, even 1% of it is already a lot. Given enough time, I am sure that this number will grow even more.

Blogger Jon D. June 19, 2017 12:55 PM  

1% is a ridiculously large amount of content given this context. Means people are working overdrive. It's statisticians focusing on the wrong number like usual in naysaying. Its more akin to unemployment-- a shiftin a single percentage means boom or bust for the economy. Such it is with information.

Blogger Zaklog the Great June 19, 2017 12:57 PM  

Remember, the next time a churchian tells you borders are un-Christian, remind them there's an entire book of the Bible about how awesome building a wall is. Nehemiah for president!

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable June 19, 2017 1:01 PM  

1% is a ridiculously large amount of content given this context.

This is especially important if we consider that it is hardly Infogalactic's mission to replace every word of the forked Wikipedia content. It's only the untruths that absolutely need to be rewritten, and having compared a few pages, it seems to me they are tackling the worst offences first. Everything else the current editors are doing is added value.

Blogger VD June 19, 2017 1:13 PM  

I still can't figure out how to change the perspective filters.

Phase 2 isn't implemented yet.

Blogger John Williams June 19, 2017 1:20 PM  

Fascism:
Wikipedia says "Authoritative form of right wing government",
InfoGalactic says "Authoritative form of nationalistic government".
Only one word is different, but only a fool would argue the difference is small.

Blogger tuberman June 19, 2017 1:22 PM  

Excellent, keep up the good work. Love it!
Yes, the worst falsehoods first.

Blogger Basil Makedon June 19, 2017 2:22 PM  

I think the fact that someone is even attempting to do this to be enormously beneficial. Some competition will even improve wikipedia's dreadful product.

Why on earth would someone expect the content to be different only a few months in?

Not everything on wikipedia is false or corrupt, much of it is strictly factual and useful. Anything that touches remotely on politics/islam/marxism/sjw-ism/etc is hopeless, but in reality that is a relatively small amount of content.

Even if fully cleaned up, the delta between IG and wikipedia will be (I'd guessimate) no more than 5% for quite some time.

Blogger Lovekraft June 19, 2017 2:24 PM  

Those feeble criticisms are like wooden arrows fired at a battleship.

The deep money is where the power lies. International banking, charities, 'humanitarian' groups, United Nations etc.

Blogger Robert What? June 19, 2017 2:52 PM  

As others have observed, one percent different than WikiPedia is an enormous amount of information. Even a half a percent.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey June 19, 2017 3:09 PM  

@13 Troy Lee Messer
"Change your DNA 1%"

The difference between the human genome and that of a chimpanzee is 1.5-1.6% (measured at the level of single nucleotide polymorphisms).

Most people would call that a significant difference.

Blogger Bellguard June 19, 2017 3:35 PM  

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Blogger Bellguard June 19, 2017 3:38 PM  

@Lovekraft

Arrows will still do 1 damage to any unit.

Blogger Zaklog the Great June 19, 2017 3:49 PM  

@6 G.K. Chesterton is relevant here: "I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act."

Anonymous instasetting June 19, 2017 4:07 PM  

Merely have a duplicate run by Friends of Reality is a major win.

Keep up the good work.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club June 19, 2017 4:19 PM  

How much of a percentage do they want? It can't be 100% different, because even Wikipedia doesn't ignore all facts, and facts don't change.

Blogger newanubis June 19, 2017 5:22 PM  

1% of unfiltered information is preferable to 100% of censored.

If its not in Infogalactic, I would sleuth to the end of the Internet before clicking on that despicable Opposition Information behemoth.

Anonymous Causal Lurker June 19, 2017 6:19 PM  

We're supposed to be only 1% different DNA from chimps. Important difference, though. Fling your poo elsewhere, monkeyboy. I'll keep linking, using, maybe editing soon.

Blogger Matt June 19, 2017 7:41 PM  

Black Pills are for losers.

5 centuries! And they kicked their muslim asses out! Screw the naysayers

Blogger Matt June 19, 2017 7:41 PM  

Black Pills are for losers.

5 centuries! And they kicked their muslim asses out! Screw the naysayers

Anonymous andon June 19, 2017 8:42 PM  

8. Anonymous fop June 19, 2017 12:10 PM
Actually, 1% sounded like a huge achievement to me.


me too

Blogger tz June 20, 2017 12:32 AM  

Wormtongue. Unfortunately backed up with the power of Saruman.

Blogger tz June 20, 2017 12:38 AM  

@34 Black Pills are for Losers

The red and black pills are merely reflections of wisdom of CS Lewis when the Black Witch had a hypnotic fire and was strumming a hypnotic lute...

To quote Puddleglum, who was more a pessimist than anyone who would bother commenting:

“One word, Ma'am," he said, coming back from the fire; limping, because of the pain. "One word. All you've been saying is quite right, I shouldn't wonder. I'm a chap who always liked to know the worst and then put the best face I can on it. So I won't deny any of what you said. But there's one more thing to be said, even so. Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things-trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that's a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We're just babies making up a game, if you're right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That's why I'm going to stand by the play world. I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia. So, thanking you kindly for our supper, if these two gentlemen and the young lady are ready, we're leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland. Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that's a small loss if the world's as dull a place as you say.” 


I'm a Narnian on Aslan's side. AKA Alt-Right. And Aslan can sort things out at his next apperance.

Blogger tz June 20, 2017 12:39 AM  

Correction, Green Witch.

Blogger tz June 20, 2017 12:50 AM  

The Alt-Right Christan's imaginary Christendom is far more glorious than any secularist science fiction utopia, the proclamations of humans living in peace, the use of technology to work "miracles", the ascent of learning of knowledge is merely a child's pantomime.

I think this is why Molyneux is conflicted. Christians see the shining city, the embassy (think green zone in Iraq) of the Kingdom of God, present in the city of man, in all its terrible glory, but can't accept citizenship. Christians exist within this glory, even when they have to go out into the outer darkness to preach to gospel, or simply work. Yet their homes with their wives and children are within the embassy grounds. A shade of the world if it had not fallen because all within are redeemed. The incredible supernova of joy from the opened heaven linked to the territory taken from the devil.

The devil lies and cheats, but even with that has no actual power. If we just remember what Jesus did on the Cross and with his Glorious ressurection and ascension. We are the nuclear power fighting the savages.

Anonymous Dismal Farmer June 20, 2017 4:52 AM  

You need to seriously check yourself before you pretend to compare an online encyclopedia to the walls of the holy city.

If all upgrades to the Infogalactic project are made following some days of prayer and fasting, please do tell. Really to do so would be very much a good idea.

Not to detract at all from Infogalactic, which I use, but the prayer and fasting is probably of greater utility right now.

Blogger Anthony June 20, 2017 12:25 PM  

Sanballat could be a speechwriter for the Democrats.

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