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Individualism sets us free: Part one

ACT party Human Rights Spokesman
Stephen Berry

Photo supplied to Whaleoil. ACT candidate Stephen Berry on the microphone. Whaleoil writer and editor of the Rightminds blog Dieuwe de Boer to the left

I will be in the audience at Jordan Peterson’s first show on Monday night. Over the second half of 2018, New Zealand experienced significant cultural debates about free speech. This was as a result of a series of visits by controversial speakers and Dr Don Brash having his permission to speak at Massey University withdrawn. At the time of writing this (Sunday), I’ve been somewhat surprised by the comparative calm.

Auckland Peace Action attacked Peterson’s visit through the media in a farcical press release which led to their humiliation during an interview by Sean Plunket the following day. Tamaki Anti-Fascist Action has run a barely-noticed poster campaign taking some of Professor Peterson’s quotes out of context to distort his message. This is a significantly smaller effort by the radical left than previously. Social media comment sections appear to be overwhelmingly positive in favour of Jordan Peterson. Has the political environment matured in the last six months or is the left pacing itself for what will be a longer campaign?

Jordan Peterson is a refreshing global phenomenon. His messages of personal responsibility, individualism and free speech are a welcome antidote to the self-victimising narrative peddled by the regressive left through universities, thuggish threats and even parliament.

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On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog

This original cartoon from 1993 unintentionally became a piece of Internet folklore. Steiner attached no profound meaning to the cartoon; it was just something he drew in the manner of a “make-up-a-caption” cartoon.

It seems that the modern incarnation of this is, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re AI.” (Artificial Intelligence.) Quote.

The creators of a revolutionary AI system that can write news stories and works of fiction – dubbed “deepfakes for text” – have taken the unusual step of not releasing their research publicly, for fear of potential misuse.

OpenAI, an nonprofit research company backed by Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, Sam Altman, and others, says its new AI model, called GPT2 is so good and the risk of malicious use so high that it is breaking from its normal practice of releasing the full research to the public in order to allow more time to discuss the ramifications of the technological breakthrough.

At its core, GPT2 is a text generator. The AI system is fed text, anything from a few words to a whole page, and asked to write the next few sentences based on its predictions of what should come next. The system is pushing the boundaries of what was thought possible, both in terms of the quality of the output, and the wide variety of potential uses.

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The left has stolen your sanity

Dr Jordan Peterson (Photos by Jonathan Castellino)

Want to get it back? Then stop despairing and start listening to people who might share your sensible viewpoints. The voice of reason is out there, but it struggles to be heard above dominating idiotic arguments.

Whaleoil moderater Nige is an avid listener of talk back radio and he noticed a common thread among callers following Sean Plunket’s interview with Dr Jordan B Peterson. He contacted me to point out that people feel alone and marginalised if they don’t buy into the changes happening around them.

People are not happy about some changes in society, and they feel powerless and overwhelmed, and so they are silent. Possibly they are the silent majority.  Quote

“Well I had no idea that other people felt this way.”

“I was starting to go mad thinking that there was no one out there who thought the same way that I did.” End of quote.

You have to hunt down people like Peterson, because our prevailing climate of political correctness shuts down sensible people before they can even open their mouths.

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Will Seymour rail against ‘womansplaining’ House of Travel ad?

All sizzle, no sausage!

On talkback radio on Sunday, we got to hear from Act leader David Seymour discussing the recent Kiwibuild bagging, social media ad from the National Party. You know the one, where the pretty ex-brunette has her Kiwibuild enthusiasm slightly adjusted by an informed bloke at a bbq.

There are times when Mr Seymour really should think before he speaks. Unfortunately his opinion of the frankly innocuous ad, was that it was sexist, and belonged in the 70’s.

Good grief man, get a grip. The people who vote for Act probably couldn’t care less about the ad. I would imagine a few of them were probably a bit gutted that they hadn’t thought to put out something as clever. And the voters you’re trying to get from those other parties probably just slide you down another notch on their like-ability scales and up another notch on their cringe scales.

But if that’s they way he really thinks, I expect Mr Seymour will cross to the dark side and join the hordes of screaming sculls that will no doubt be complaining about the awful, womansplaining, anti-white, sexist, racist, House of Travel ad that is currently screening on the tele.

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The Divine Green Pantheon. Photoshopped image credit: Pixy

Weaponized kids

The children’s crusade on its way to the Holy Land, 1212. (Credit: Bildagentur-Online/UIG via Getty Images)

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A regular column by John Black

In 1212, children, first in France and then in Germany, began defying their parents, leaving their farms and villages to join the ‘Children’s Crusade’. Under the sway of a charismatic young shepherd, Nicholas of Cologne, they had become inflamed with religious zeal and the mad aim of retaking the Holy Land from the Mohammedans. They marched to Genoa in Italy; Nicholas promising the waters would part Charlton Heston-like allowing them to walk across the Mediterranean. When they didn’t, Nicholas found serious questions being asked about his leadership. Like ‘what the hell does this spotty-faced booger-eater know?’

Well, they were kids.

Although known as the Children’s Crusade it was never sanctioned as a true crusade by Pope Innocent III. He did, however, tacitly support it by allowing the sprogs to take Crusader Vows – conscripting them into a suicidal god squad, ready to risk life and very small limbs for the return of Jesus’s hood.

They never made it to the Holy Land. Most gave up but some got to meet their Muslim adversaries – when they were sold as slaves in Tunisia.

History never repeats but it often echoes.

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