Saturday, March 17, 2018

And So Many Contradictions, And Actions At Cross Purposes, In Between

Because Consumers Of Spectacle Don't Want It Based On Reality

They want it market based because the market knows how to deliver the best in fantasy spectacle. You know, the one that's going to vibrate you the best when the VR version finally gets perfected. And lordy how you are going to crave getting vibrated like that.

Assuming, of course, that the ever more crazy way things are beginning to circulate now (or not circulate at all any more) don't kill you first; because there are more storms raging here than are covered on the Weather Channel.


Seven years after the war began, the horrific images and videos being posted online from Syria show no sign of stopping. But is anyone still paying attention?

This From People Who Were Celebrating The Leaks on Clinton When It Suited Them,

And who still leak when it suits them.

And the Gods only know what our de facto ex President has already leaked to the Russians (beyond what he's been caught doing just by stupidity) because he is, after all, Putin's Money Bitch.

And make no mistake. All these people around him, those already pleading guilty, and the rest acting so guilty, and the ex President finding it all but impossible to criticize anything Putin does; even when its assassinating people on foreign soil. All of this makes it as plain as that phoney hair of his. Any fool can see it now, and our ex President is beginning to realize this now, and is accordingly more desperate.

Just wait. What time is going to tell here is not going to be pretty at all. And the really sad thing is that fool with the phoney hair is probably going to enjoy every minute of it; whether he goes down or not.

McCabe: Trump wants to destroy me to stop Mueller probe

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

So Many Things The Market Can't Do

What will it move you to do?

What will it move you to value?

As we spectate, numbly,  consumers only, of spectacle, as the world, and all life, dies out all around us.

The walkout these kids did is, and should be, truly inspiring. It shows us what can be done with taking direct, peaceful, action. Action we better all be contemplating very soon or there'll be nothing left truly worth moving.

Unless you are really into counting your bits as coins, from an environmentally controlled bunker. Alone.

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[Post Note: Will we be moved to value doing the things we should be doing to avert disaster? Or is it always going to be a case of seeing it through the lens of "but who's money will you be spending to make it happen?" It would be very sad indeed if that is as far as we get in how we chose to see what is important, and what is not. J.V.]

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Insane Juxtaposition Of So Many Disconnects

If you look at this selection of Digg articles (which I make no apologies for as it comes from my bias as a humanist and crazy dreamer) you really have to wonder about how we are ever to gain consensus about what is going on for both us as a nation, but also for humanity in general. For me it just boggles the mind.

In one sense we have it better than ever, so why are we so miserable (just because actual meaning is so hard to find). In another labor markets have changed unbelievably, but why haven't labor laws done so for better wages (because gosh, if we could just change a law then it would all be ok, right?). Then, in another, the planet, as we used to know it as a viable, living habitat, is in deep shit, and sinking fast. And lastly, one more prominent site on the web has been found to be pumping out BS science by the electro amplified pipe load. So what, actually, do we know?

If you, as an information consumer, wanting a deeper understanding of the world you live in, so as to have a chance to make good decisions, both personal, and public, were to be given a constant diet of such insanely divergent points of reference that, in its total gestalt of ongoing effect, where to be as suggestive of a kind of collective schizophrenia as this ought to suggest, what do you think would be the overall result?

Oh. Of course. The insane world we actually have now, but can't actually perceive correctly (in any kind of integrated, holistic way). Well... That explains a lot, or would if people could stop doing the crazy churn of what has become of "business as usual." Because we're all so caught up in the crazy, just trying to get by, as it were, that we're all on a kind of automatic pilot, doing what we've always done because nothing else has a chance to click in for a better chance to provide active, real time, cognitive control.

Doesn't bode well for anything good to come of it that I can see. That's all I can say. You are the ones making the big choices now, though. If you do not wake up soon there will be nothing to wake up to.

[Change Note: I didn't put the links in like I normally do because seeing this kind of disconnect continue, as an ongoing tide, or current, you might say, tends to have an effect on one. I just needed a while to walk it off. J.V.]

Saturday, March 10, 2018

BlockChain Technology Doesn't Have To Be Used For Money

I have posted on this before, but I think it's worth putting at least one more stab into seeing if my alternative use for blockchain technology is worth further consideration by those in the business who a are lot smarter network people than I ever pretended to be. No biggie if it isn't mind you.

About the only thing more stupid than using bitcoins for money is thinking you need money in the first place to make a society go. And of course nothing could be further from the truth.

What you do need to make a society go is the free flow of information so that you can have an informed electorate; assuming, naturally, that Democracy is still a goal. Turn information into money, however, and you get a very bad situation indeed. And because the electrification of experience retrieval does exactly that you can readily see a big reason why we are in trouble now. Compounded, unfortunately, by the fact that information is also a way you can utilize to control folks (redefining things to your benefit, and preformming questions so that there are only the answers you want to be available as possible responses, so you also tend to get a very significant, possible, corrupting factor put into the very exercise of trying to have social intercourse at all, so that the process of compromise can begin. And that, as we have seen in the manipulation of posts by foreign actors is, in and of itself, a lot of extra bad.

If one were to look at conversations about various topics, whether the conversations occur on commercially provided social interaction sites, or via more formal public, government sponsored discussions sites, one way to consider the process is that it is, in fact, just topic transactions to a topic thread. Why couldn't some application of this form of transaction linkages to a secure store of overall topic state, with the various public and private keys, and a dedicated network of independent checking servers to do the group verification thing; why couldn't that be applied to important public conversations?

Not to say it would be necessarily easy mind you. Or that it wouldn't take a lot of extra network effort and support, but if it could be done mighten it provide a means to validate an individual making a topic content change, as opposed to some bot algorithm running on multiple compromised processors?

Just a thought.

Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous

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