Thursday, September 7, 2017

Soon All Major Economies Will Be Forced To Isolate Themselves From The World Wide Web...

...Just as I predicted in my work of fiction "The Light Of Creation" almost ten years ago when I first started writing it.

This will not, to put it mildly, be a good thing, for it will feed into an increasing desire for "Fortess XYZ," where XYZ will be whatever conglomerated power groups (whether they be single nations, or factions like Europe, or the Pacific rim, or even just groups of corporations) that develop now, and into the future. And in this, of course, will be the desire to control, feeding into the already identified need to control info, of how your people view the meaning of it all; working every more dutifully for the elegant, and careful, expression so as to make for a seamless internal reality. With the right meaning sets in mind, in fact, the idea might be made to seem the most natural thing imaginable. And after enough time, perhaps there won't be the ability to imagine anything else. And just imagine how good you could get at that if you could develop your own VR version of an internal web. Completely free of course because you want them on it without worrying about having to pay for it. In fact, this would be so valuable that you would even be willing to pay them a small stipend just to show them how much Big Brother loves them.

China's Internet Crackdown Is Another Step Toward 'Digital Totalitarian State.'

Feds Suspect Russians Behind Cyber Attacks On Power Plants.

Hackers Gain Direct Access To Us Power Grid Controls



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It Takes A Coordinated, Cooperating Community To Educate The Children Who Live There

Not some product you can buy from an obsolete marketing system. Especially when profit is the primary motivator of the "service" provider.


AN ELEMENTARY PROBLEM


Free-market boosters, including Betsy DeVos, promised that a radical expansion of charter schools would fix the stark inequalities in the state's education system. The results in the classrooms are far more complicated.






Sunday, September 3, 2017

What If America Did A Complete Inventory Of Itself?

I mean a complete inventory of everything it knew about making, and process, and materials, and the natural world, as well as all of the productive capacity it had. All of the plants, factories, labs, machine shops, necessary services facilities (like water, power, roads, information circuits, as well as physical facilities to deliver things like prepared food, healthcare, or justice by the rule of law, etc). What if we could collect all of that and then step back to consider:

Wow! This is a lot of capability. I bet this is way more than any of us ever dreamed of. If for no other reason than we've never had a chance to step back and consider it all before. Or what we could do with it if it was ours, as a working nation, to actually make full use of in the first place.  But now, of course, we're talking about what our people could do if they were truly allowed to govern themselves; be the managers, and the maintainers, and the consumers, as the daily routine of working community life.

With all of this ability. With all of this knowledge, if we started with a clean slate... Maybe a whole world of possibilities might leap out because we wouldn't have to start from any one preconceived notion. We could just play around with all of the possibilities that might pop out of very creative minds; even the seemingly outlandish ones, and see if something interesting might surprise us.

The biggest thing, though, right now is only partly concerned with what we end up changing to. Right now the more important part is to recognize that major league change is coming. The kind that requires a major league response.

Change is always coming, certainly, but we're facing a lot of change that will happen because of actions set in motion from the past. Our technological change has had consequences. And now we must deal with those consequences.

One aspect of tech change is that we are in a completely new operating environment as concerns our current handle on instrumentality (the ability to make, communicate, and perceive); made all the more damaging by the pace of change now that electricity mutates a very old operating system.

Another aspect of tech change is the fact that so much of the full cost, of consuming all of the things that we've consumed so far as factory motivated consumers, has not been paid. So, after so much carbon put into the air, and so many other poisons all about as well, the planet, as you might imagine, is not very happy about this, and is letting us know this in no uncertain terms.

So I assure you. And let this be buttressed by over 25 years of looking at various complex systems. I assure you that change is coming. You have the choice of trying to best manage how we'll face that change, or just sitting back and let things play out as they will with the systems we have. I gain (or lose -- in the interests of full disclosure) nothing no matter which choice you make, so it makes little material difference to me. I can say, however, as a died in the wool dreamer, that it breaks my heart we wouldn't at least try to do something different. As long as it has meaning in the balanced sense that "thoughtful, loving structure" is supposed to imply, what we eventually end up with is irrelevant right now. The first step is to acknowledge the need for change in the first place.

We take that step and then we can start taking stock of not only what we're made of, but what kind of spirit and will we can muster to find common ground, and compromise. I think the grand compromise between Libertarians and Progressives that I have outlined (from the "I Had a Daydream" post) is a good place to start. Maybe you can come up with a better one. Either way, we simply have to try.







And This Is Just The Beginning Of Severe Weather

They can't even afford to pay for what they've already poisoned us with, how do you think even more is going to fare.


THE WRATH OF HARVEY


The explosions and ensuing fire at the Arkema chemical plant early Thursday are just the latest in a wave of damage, disruptions, and pollution at industrial facilities along the Texas coast.




Saturday, September 2, 2017

Some Likely New Turbulence, For Those Who Need Air Carriers,

...is in store for those same folks usually stuck on the ground, amidst a lot of humiliation (what with the invasive security now, and the "the cattle should just be quiet as they enjoy this cheap seat" attitude of the airline managements; themselves still stuck on on the current hub and spoke system. Nothing more than another kind of "disruption" the hot shot entrepreneurs love to talk about.

As the linked video below indicates, very long range, direct, point to point, flights are on the horizon now that engine efficiency has gotten to the point it has. This means that a lot of places that depend on hub and spoke now may be in for a surprise once the major airlines simply start flying over the old hubs. Will they, or their various spoke airports, be able to remain viable? Or will they go the route of the once venerable public train, or bus stations, as they fade from glory, and begin to look like the last dregs of strip mall trash, just waiting for the property available signs to be put up.

And this might happen if my hybrid dirigible blimp trains take flight or not. Which will likely mean, if we don't do public air trian regional transport, even more communities around the nation, as well as the rest of the world, will be without the very necessary freedom of being able to vote with your feet. Something else, in a growing, list that too often can become just another factor in why things are becoming unstable; wherever that may be. And lest we forget it is instability that creates desperate people, who then end up doing desperate things. None of which is in our long term interests. Which is also why an enlightened view seeks to correct the situation before the desperation starts.

Why New Jets Could Destroy Airlines




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Takeover Took Place A While Ago

Now it's a question of whether they can lock it down or not.

And by they, I certainly do not mean any one fruitfully profitable company... Well... Not necessarily anyway.

What I mean is by augmented reality taking over; and in this case, unfortunately, it is a commercialized takeover, running the infosphere, and all of the channels getting amped up, by various ways of amping. And in this, equally unfortunately, is the great possibility that it will be fantasy, wielded at the behest of profit, that will drive the direction, and thus lack of balance, this takeover will proceed along. We've already been seeing some of the crazy that creates. And still they want to create more.

And they wonder why it cannot hold.

Augmented Reality Apps Will Change the Way You Use Your Phone








Sunday, August 27, 2017

Thinking And Feeling With Only Money Involved...

...Will Not Make Surviving Severe Weather Very Likely.

You know how this goes, because in that frame of reference the main things the folks who make our nation's biggest choices worry about is "whose bank account will it come from. How will this set back our profit picture this quarter, and how is this going to make things worse in Washington, because gods know, we're pissing money there like the humans were pissing lead in defense of Zion, and things are only getting worse."

Ordinarily, of course, everyday folks would be thinking of things like getting to people in immediate need. Moving those still in harm's way to safer ground. Tending to those already found, and moved; making sure they have not only what they need materially, but also, just by responding as a community, giving them what they need in the first steps of reassurance, and a sense of hope.

And then there would be the natural call to organize and figure out what to start fixing first. What to provide for short term shelter and support for the many who will undoubtedly be homeless. There would be further organizational efforts to find the necessary supply stocks, secure transportation for same, and then figure out how to start getting it in without that effort tripping all over itself, or allowing the logistics to trip up in process, direct action, response efforts.

If you step back and consider this for a while you begin to see how the money response, and the other response described below it, have their own, unique, application of the meaning spaces of Cosmolosophy. In my opinion, one is healthy, and should be continued, and one is not.

It is my belief, and you do have to recognize here that I am biased, but it is my belief that my plan to take us in a new direction would allow us to respond as I described for what ordinary folks would do. It's up to you to see if it makes the kind of balance of sense that Cosmolosophy tries to describe. I of course think it does but that's a dedicated dreamer talking. Just sayin.

Make no mistake, though. The choice is yours, if you are willing to organize to take it. And also in this, remember as well that not choosing is a choice as too, distinguished only by the lack of involvement it suggests.

Capitalism is broke. You cannot fix it. You must do something different. Time is not on our side.



See Also: 

Harvey Threatens to Tip Houston’s Working Poor Into Destitution





[Post Note: Ok. This time I'm not including a link on purpose. Don't think I need it here. The other times, of course, have been me just being the too focused on what I'm thinking, and feeling, to remember minor little details... Like the convenient links that might actually let you see what I want you to link to. Sorry about that guys. Will try to do better]

Friday, August 25, 2017

This Is Why Severe Weather And Economic Instability Go Hand in Hand.

This is also why Capitalism is not equipped to deal with a new reality of severe weather; because it's not just unstable markets (as in skill prices made even more problematic, among other commodities as depicted in the linked article below) that matter, but that someone has to pay someone else to do anything about either dealing with it beforehand, or after; and no one, it seems, in Capitalism, wants to pay for anything that might benefit another, at least in the kinds of sums we're talking about here.

Eddie Seal / Bloomberg via Getty Images file
Gas Prices Rise as Hurricane Harvey Catches Oil Companies by Surprise


See Also:
First Water, Then Red Ink: The Cost of Recovery When Most Are Uninsured

Harvey Hitting Motorists in the Pocketbook






Sunday, August 20, 2017

What Is A Journalist But A thoughtful Interpreter Of Events

In a way, obviously, as responsible citizens, we should all be such individuals. We should all try to be thoughtful interpreters of events because we are supposedly in possession of the power of the vote of the majority. Not so easy, though, when you already have a day job (that wants to cut you away from all of this outside stuff and focus on some, usually meaningless in the grand scheme of things, process to make somebody else a lot of profit), of course, and are pulled in a dozen directions at once every day to meet the responsibilities of that job, in addition to whatever things you still do to have a life, and still find time to catch up on events; and the real miracle, of course, is that many millions of us try to do just that, as much as we can in our spare time. Which is, naturally, why we have journalists around to help out; just like we keep other specialists around to help do not only what we will never have the time to do, but also do what we are not nearly so deeply trained to do; however that training was obtained.

The problem here, though, is that trying to keep tabs on things these days is fundamentally unique as a task area in commercial life now, which is, unfortunately, most of daily life for most Americans. And that uniqueness stems from the fact that "what's going on" is part of the total immersion environment that is the electric age of experience retrieval. And this is so because the many means to spread this saturation out are becoming actual parts of what we wear, what we carry every day, in every interaction we have, and what surround us in more and more of the places where we do the actual interacting. We might eventually even incorporate translative interface tech directly into our bodies so that a great deal of what we know will be via digitizations (by various means) of the things our biological sensors have been responsible for in the past (which may well put a hard to foresee strain on the current trifecta of meaning spaces we have now -- Physical meaning space. Mind meaning space. And body meaning space); perhaps even creating an altogether new meaning space all its own; a name for which I hope does not include the word "virtual;" and for reasons for which I honestly cannot, as yet, articulate properly enough). And the big part of the reason for this is so that this mammoth, commercial enterprise monster, we call an economy, can continue to sell to the same level that it is able to produce.

Another unique aspect of what these people face is the fact that what they are trying to get at, as well as what they are then trying to transmit, which we typically call information, is also, unfortunately, indistinguishable from money; because money and information are literally, and figuratively, the same thing (the result of the electrification of Capitalism). As such such, somebody, just as with the rest of us, has to be making a profit from their specialized task in delivering said, thoughtfully collected, and interpreted, new thing that might actually be critical to be aware of, information. And that means these people have to work a nearly impossible balancing act of trying to make, that thing that might actually be critical to know, be both true to its needed intent, but also be true, to whatever degree possible, to being a sellable commodity. No profit no message after all.

Then there's the other thing.

Yes, unfortunately, there is another thing.

More and more of what we are being made aware of is, in and of itself, making us crazy. And for numerous reasons.

1. There are complex problems that new events constantly remind us of, but for which, it now seems, a regular pattern of "nobody has any solutions for" has emerged; at least for which our established "deciders" can agree upon as pertains to who is going to pay for it.

2. Great need around the planet accelerates almost daily it seems. So much chaos exists in so many places that desperation forces civilians to risk even more peril as refugees, collecting here and there, and nobody knowing what to do with them, as the deprivation, and starvation continue to worsen.

3. So many belief systems, whose particulars in attitudes, behavioral norms, and perhaps even overall cultural/structural makeup, are offensive, in a wide variety of ways. So offensive, in fact, that many combinations automatically form where one sees the other as completely intolerable; so much so even to place violence against other belief groups into a part of their belief systems, at various times. And because we have the event collection, and dissemination systems we have; some of which have no qualms whatsoever as to how, high fidelity graphic, they may resort to in accomplishing that delivery; because of that we have this massive new matrix, of things we thus have a figurative sense of; of everything that might be offensive from others, seeming to be pushed into our faces; having, continuing the metaphor, our noses rubbed in the awful parts of frames of seeing things that obviously make no sense to us.

And that's just the first part of the "other thing."

The second part of the "other thing" is why those three items I just listed impact us so devastatingly. And that reason is that our new operating environment necessitates a very different kind of sense strategy for a sentient meaning processor. And this is, of course, where the theories of Marshall McLuhan come in.

He talked a lot about the differences between old oral cultures, and then the typographic, literary cultures that followed. The ways they literally saw and conceived of the world differently. Now, unfortunately, we have all types of possible sensibilities at play at the same time. Now you can be either in an extreme alignment with one or the other, or you can try to work a synthesis of several at the same time. As such, not surprisingly, I tried, originally, to create Cosmolosophy as a synthesis of Mind meaning space, and what I now think of as Body Meaning space, because that's where most of the feeling side of things comes from. That this also includes physical meaning space as well, was in the meaning system of Cosmolosophy by default, naturally, because this has been the point of whole endeavor; namely that this has been an exercise in understanding not only our place, but my place, in particular, in existence. Having a chance to articulate this in greater detail, though, is an integral part of how I understand more of what it is I'm feeling; giving me, then, even more opportunity to articulate in even more detail yet (and of course more things to feel).

In any case, though, the bottom line here is that the sensory strategy of the time when Capitalism was formed is not the one we have now. And one of the main upshots of this new sensory conglomeration is that it demands both deep connection, as well as deep texture to the meaning systems that would make deep connection a positive thing both in practical, and physical space terms, but also in the meaning spaces of the body; which, in my humble opinion, is where most of spirituality lies.

This means folks, whether you realize it or not, that those three problems I listed are going to affect you at the deepest levels precisely because you want to be connected into a meaningful way to respond to them. Because that's human nature now. That's the very nature that makes us appreciate nature in the first place. Also the human nature that wants real community, where everyone feels that they have a meaningful role to play in being a part of it. All of which, I hasten to point out, staying with Capitalism will not provide us with.

So the bottom line here might be that our journalists are the canaries in a very importing form of mining operation. A mining operation that, we as citizens should be more aware of, and directly involved in. And the thing we need to ask ourselves is this: If these tweeties stop tweeting; stop baring witness to the things that must be born witness to, and are getting burned out in the process, what is one to expect to happen to the rest of us? Nothing very good I can assure you.

Being a Journalist is Terrible for Your Mental Health










Friday, August 18, 2017

If Concentration Of Media Ownership Reaches Critical Mass...

...Do you seriously believe you would ever hear the full truth of it?

Do you seriously  believe that you would ever hear much of anything of the whole truth again in what's going on around you?

Think about it. If one group could stay on message by having majority control over most of the  means to deliver message, do you think they wouldn't use it? Seriously?

This is Sinclair, 'the most dangerous US company you've never heard of'







Thursday, August 17, 2017

Another Mainstay In The Fabric Of Community Life Is Pulled Apart

Simply because a skill can't be compensated the way it used to be. And it really doesn't matter how "objectively" necessary the particular skill in question is, or of how much training had to go into attaining it. The mere fact that it was part of the community; that it allowed significant segments of that community feel like they had meaningful purpose in regards to the ability of things in general to continue, that was the truly important part. And if a community had pride in itself; how it looked, how it presented itself to the rest of the world, it wouldn't matter if it was just sweeping streets, washing dishes, or cleaning public toilets, every job would have value and respect; precisely because of the pride and the sense of everybody working together as a team.

From my perspective this needs adjustment only in the sense that nobody should be forced to stay stuck in any one of the more difficult, or untasteful, types of "chores" that a community needs to get done on a daily basis. That we all should share at least some the hard part of doing daily life, even as we might want to gravitate to the, perhaps, more interesting tasks that have the higher profiles, and garner the most attention, because of various aspects of what they are, and what they deal with.

And further, that, as an ongoing commitment, the community just naturally accepts the ever present task of making everyone generally more capable; so that learning gets seamlessly integrated into daily life as well, and not just the sitting away for a while, in some learning factory, trying to absorb new sets of skill facts for a skill you'll probably unlearn only a few short quarters later anyway; abandoned because somebody else was made desperate enough, some place else, to do it a great deal more cheaply than the people in our community can and still have a living wage in the bargain.

The bottom line then is that there just has to be a better way to preserve community. A way that allows us to define work as simply our mix of "it takes an entire village." I think I have found it. And whether it actually is, or not, hardly matters. It is, at the very least, a place to start the discussion.


End of the checkout line: the looming crisis for American cashiers

Donald Trump is fixated on a vision of masculine, blue-collar employment. But the retail sector has long had a far greater impact on American employment – and checkout-line technology is putting it at risk




And If We Were All Involved In Running Our Own Communites...

...In the same sense of "it takes a whole village" to do a lot of important things (at least in terms of human need), maybe we'd have more structured opportunities to understand just how important compassion can be; for both the individual, and the greater community.

Just a thought.


ANIMAL COLLECTIVE


Why humpback whales rescue seals and why volunteering for beach cleanups improves your health.






He's An Idiot If He Thinks Declaring Economic War With China Is Going To Accomplishing Anything...

...Other than create more fault lines of crisis, dispute, and ramped up probabilities for the start of hostilities no one may be able to stuff back in that big bad box of "it's too late now."

One cannot help but wonder if, not being so ignorant of media studies, as they pertain to social development, and developing forms of economies (from people McLuhan, Innis, Boorstein etc), he might have a better sense of just how profound a change it can be when you start, say, with tablets, to keep track of things. Then move to scrolls (selecting arbitrarily here), then to the repeatable type of the printing press. And then to electrons, photons, total quantum states, and perhaps even gravity at some point, to store, retrieve, and utilize information, over both space and time. But these things do have great effect, and he would know that if he took the time to look into it.

The thing is, recognizing that big changes have occurred in how we perceive, and conceptualize things, now would give us the opportunity to not only find a better direction to go in, and a better way to organize ourselves to be in alignment with that direction, but the possibility as well that, as a part of going down that path, having a good portion of the assumptions that put us at odds with others in the first place, simply go away; or at least become a great deal easier to negotiate the, "tolerable for both sides," accommodations to allow us to work together for goals that I think will then become much easier to see as a common good for all parties.

This is, of course, why I'm trying to integrate a number of specific lines technological development; especially as they revolve around the creation of hydrogen as the main, renewable fuel of choice, for the planet, and the much more aggressive development of in-solar-system automation infrastructure. Setting it up at the get go as something that we will work to include every nation, and belief group to be part of; to the best practical degree that human ingenuity, and creativity, can manage, balancing our own needs within this effort, certainly, as we proceed.

It is a new operating environment. With new technology and new kinds of instrumentality. Try to get that through your heads. It absolutely demands a new way of doing things. We don't do this we will simply be indulging ourselves in falling back on old habits. Habits (horribly distorted now that a mutated operating system has had a chance to irradiate them for at least the past five decades) that have already amply demonstrated the fact that they just don't work anymore.

This is the way it is. The only question now is if the majority of you will either face the issue openly, and honestly, or if you will just go on distracting yourselves, ever so entertainingly no doubt, down a very ugly spiral of increasingly chaotic decline.

Steve Bannon Says U.S. in Economic War With China









Friday, August 11, 2017

Market Concentration May Have Provided Cheap For The Time Being Here...

...But everything changes eventually. And "cheap" is a relative term; especially when you usually don't know until years into the full life cycle of a system, what the true costs will end up to be.

And the more you resist holistic thinking the longer the time it can take for that true cost calculation to take place. As in, what good does it do to continually make things cheaper when, as demanded by cold considerations of cost, you either can't pay human workers very much for their labor at all, or you simply don't use them any more in the first place?

Thus, with everything else in life they have to pay for, and for which profit to somebody else is expected, discretionary spending is going to continue to spiral downward, because human skill as competitive commodity can't keep up.

Eventually, one supposes, the only hard copy output as commodity will be as items for the upper middle class, and the rich. The rest of us will be forced to make due with subsidized food concentrates, and VR. Which is, by the way, the basis of the dystopia my one work of fiction depicted in "The Light Of Creation."

In that story a bioelectric matrix, to do digital to nerve pulse translation, was developed that could be grafted to the spinal column, thus making it possible to do true plug in VR, only without having to plug anything in at all; accessed instead merely by laying on a properly configured bed, or reclined chair; and in this case that was limited very specifically to the one, completely free, VR internet that people got to join into, with unparalleled sensory fidelity. "America Net" it was called, and it was maintained, with a wide range of entertainments, and distractions, by one of the surviving corporate dynasties now ruling America. A net completely cut off from what was going on in the rest of the world of course, and how bad things had gotten there now that we were living "Fortress America" physically and informationally.

The point here, long term, being that this kind of concentration is quite unlikely to turn out well for the rest of us. Quite unlikely indeed.

JEFF BEZOS WILL CRUSH YOU


The implosion of the retail economy is a "silent crisis" sending shockwaves through the US economy. The culprit? Amazon.






You Have To Be Very Careful How Much You Allow Dreamers To Manage...

...The enterprises created to make their dreams happen (myself being no exception). This most especially so now in a mutated economic operating system. Also most especially when you try to turn a dreams into a money making commodity at all in the first place. But then that's just another part of why things have gotten as messed up as they have.

My fear here is that his dream filled expectations, and the harsh realities of commodities and markets, are going to collide and leave more than one community high and dry. And the larger problem we face, of course not address in the least


RED TAPE AND SLOW DRILLS


"We have no idea what we're doing" are not words that reassure city planners, let alone the folks elected to represent the people of Hawthorne, California.






Thursday, August 10, 2017

I Dig Digg, And You Should Too


THE RICH KEEP GETTING WAY RICHER


This chart captures the rise in inequality better than any other chart that I’ve seen.

In Capitalism If Money Can Be Made, It Will Be Made

Whether CVS did so here as alleged we will have to wait for a court to decide.

The larger problem a society faces with situations like this is a more fundamental one; especially for Capitalism. The problem you see is that to stay vigilant for such transgressions is also a cost factor. That this usually gets placed on government, who must then try to work that cost through via taxes, puts it into the same area of difficulty all such things have for a government. And of course it places such types of vigilance into easy reach of those who have had great success in depicting taxation as theft no matter if it is for a true public good or not. And they can do this even as they continue to claim that it is not Capitalism that has made efforts at publicly provided health care unsuccessful, but rather government waste.

That government can be wasteful is certainly no shocker, but that fact by itself is not why we do not have affordable health care. The bigger fact, it seems to me, is that there are just too many points of transaction, and interaction, within the vast multi dimensional matrix of transaction flow that is our economy, where profit gouging of one form or another can occur. And the thing is, any particular economic entity that didn't take the opportunity to take advantage of such opportunities, when presented with them, probably wouldn't last very long otherwise in the vast scheme of things; the simple logic being you have to do what you have to do to in order to survive, or what's the point in being in business in the first place? And of course for government to try and be vigilant against this across the boards creates an absurd picture of the armies of investigators, and accountants, and lawyers etc, who would have to be paid to keep them at it.

Just the oppressive flow of information required to feed this interactive beast, let alone the wages require by the direct participants, would represent forms creation processes, filling out processes, preservation processes, and retrieval requirements of staggering proportions. And at every turn, certainly, is another cost source.

This is another way of saying that the bigger problem truly is the system itself. And the fact that this system is now under the influence of the movement of electrons, as opposed to having things be manipulated only in terms of the movement of people. Several hundred years ago, seeing this primarily as the movement of people made perfect sense because other than the manipulation of a limited set of draft animals, fire, and taking what little advantage they could from the movement of water, there wasn't much else available for them to work knowledgeably with. But boy things have certainly changed now, haven't they.

This is the fundamental problem humanity is faced with now. It is a problem based on the fact that certain accumulations of change must be met by completely rethinking how a process is to be accomplished, and what the organizational parameters must now become to do that in the new realities a new situation must necessarily place you in. These are relationships that everybody in business, and government know already. Which of course makes it all the more perplexing why there is so much resistance to see this reality in this larger context.

And unfortunately the many clocks of ticking problems not addressed still wind inexorably down to the point where they will be ignored no longer. All because people seem to perversely enjoy ignoring the obvious, as things get crazier and crazier. That might be precisely because we're so entertainingly distracted these days, or it might simply be one of those quirks of madness sanity will never be able to figure out completely. In any case, though, sanity better wake up soon, or there won't be any sanity left to be woken at all.

CVS Charges More for Generic Drugs Paid for With Insurance, Lawsuit Claims






Wednesday, August 9, 2017

In The Age Of Electrified Facade What Else Would You Expect?

The real worry now is that this way of doing "representational government" will become institutionalized beyond our ability to demand otherwise.

The moral of this story is that a mutated economic operating system is bound to create mutations in the subsystems that operate within it. The question then becoming: What are you going to do about the larger problem then?


TWO LIES AND A TRUTH


President Trump is not the first president to be caught in lies. But the degree to which he has trafficked in falsehoods is raising questions about whether standards for veracity have eroded.





Monday, August 7, 2017

And How Will A Cost Based Economy Factor These New Charges Into A Competitive Pricing Structure?

By the only way open to them of course, get rid of the squishy, weak, and complaint prone wetware and go to properly mechanized software. Perhaps, then, the only make work jobs that might be left to us in the growing "barely habitable" zones will be hauling our own ice, from government distribution points, to the apartments that nobody else can stand to live in.

On the bright side, in all of that heat, is that the rents there will probably finally become affordable.


IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, WHAT'S NEXT?


Workers laboring outdoors in southern states are wrestling with the personal and political consequences of a worsening environment.