Sunday, October 6, 2019

Everything Is A Potential Commodity In Capitalism

That is its strength, and it's terrible power now.

And when I say everything, I mean everything to our great peril.

The building blocks of life. Ideas. Everyday people. Legislators. Entire Institutions. Even Presidents, this nation's military might, and what constitutes accepted social reality.

And now that "Capitalism Mutated" has been given virtually unlimited power via electrons, photons, and self sustaining, iterative, information, and material, flow processes; whether you call them simply algorithms, or integrated collections of same, as various forms of reasoning engines, to the point of maybe even one day becoming true AI; now that you've given it all that, you have made it be the ever more accelerating force behind our current death spiral of ever more cutthroat competition. Spread out across all aspects of life precisely because all of life is now a commodity; something with which the commodity powerful can do whatever the hell they want to with, assuming they can control enough of it before the other guy does.

Which is why, unfortunately, there won't long be human agency behind any part of trying to control things, however illusory that control may have been in the first place, chaotic as its become with so many actors acting away for their own purposes. A new kind of control that might be way more frightening precisely because the AI will be able to work it's new form of reasoning without any human input at all. And who's to say what value we will have then.

Given all of this it is surprising to me just how surprising this sell out is to Liberals, and Conservatives, who still think in terms of higher human aspirations. And that they still think there should be these silly notion of human right, and wrong. When, in fact, all there really is is what you can get away with, and the power gained from taking that risk.

Come on guys. This is not the age any more of worrying about "Growing Up Absurd." This is now the age of the "Absurdity of Growing Up" at all.

After all, if you can sell out life itself for a bigger profit margin what small step must it take to sell out your country? Just like how easy it is to to sell people on the cheap when you've gotten to the point where you don't see people anymore at all; only untapped resource that needs to be put into the proper restraints of total control; maximizing various combinations of positive, and negative, reinforcements, as required.

If the majority of us are OK with all of this newfound zeal for "The Hard Sell," however it needs to be used, as well as with the mutated thing that makes it all possible, then perhaps the rude awakening that's coming for us all will truly be justice finally served.

I still have resolute faith that this is not true, and that enough of us will wake up in time to take it all back, so that we can be responsible for ourselves for once. To then do the hard things, compromising, and sacrificing, that will have to be done to heal us and the planet.

Time will tell.

Images Of Selling Out Our Country

Images Of Doing What It Takes

Images Of Selling Off Our Most Sacred Values

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Monday, September 30, 2019

This Is The Cycle That's Turning Us Around Ever Faster And Faster

This is the vicious cycle that is part and parcel of your "Booming Economy." 

It is so because every bad thing Capitalism does also creates a new market, or expands an old one, for a few to make more money on; whether its addiction treatment, or more burned out person treatment (assuming they haven't already imploded, or exploded -- though even the cleanup of that results in new, paying work, for someone), or simply more economic development that will, absolutely, create a few more jobs, even as it also creates fewer places that the workers are going to be able to afford to live in.

What else would you expect when median household incomes remain stubbornly stagnant as half of us earn only about $63K, or less a year, and most of the other half still earn less than $100k a year. Decade after decade of booms and busts, and the "Business As Usual" machinations of our Two Party Political system, and only partial recoveries, and this is all working people have to show for it. Even as Trillions of dollars were given away to the top percenters, via either Quantitative Easing (to get us out of the last big bust), or the Ryan forged tax cut (to just add insult to injury).

And all the while planetary systems get more unstable, just as our human systems get more unstable as well.

Not a good combination if you need to fix both at the same time. Of this I am quite certain.

You know how this will end if nothing truly Revolutionary is done. You know it in your gut and in your head, whether you want to admit it or not.

More of the same is only going to get you more of the same. We truly must find a completely new way of doing Social Household. Which will also absolutely require us to redefine what work should be now. There will be no other way to do this. Not if we want to heal ourselves, and the planet.

A Game Like Heroin: On Escapism, TwitchCon, and Kicking the ‘Fortnite’ Habit

[Post Note: Even though the particular story, just below here, isn't about American universities, it does illustrates similar stresses that the, more and more dominating, money aspect of things, creates; as is only too common here, as well as it is in the U.K. J.V.]

The sinking class: the New Yorkers left to fight the climate crisis alone

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

What Do "Perfect Storms", And "Cascade Events" Have In Common?

A pretty good indication of what we are in store for?

The world seems to be becoming one big snarl of mouse traps with ping pong balls on them. You know, sort of like they used to use in explaining chain reactions for fission events. The ping pong balls, of course, representing the neutrons, that start creating even more triggering neutrons, that made the original big stick bang.

This is so because so much instability has been pumped into both our social systems, and the geophysical systems, that sustain us, that we don't need a highly enriched sort of mouse trap to have as a triggerable source at all. All we needed were centuries of neglect, and the selfishness that fosters, and sustains, the inability to account for the full effect of the, apparently unanswerable, question: How much is enough?

Especially if you have amassed the personal power to start making your own definitions, and the rest of the world be damned if they get in your way.

And the thing is... The more time passes, the smaller the "last straw," or even less significant than that famous "butterfly's wing beat" somewhere, that it will take to set it all off. Leaving you with not only a surfeit of ignition sources, in our ever more dangerously competitive world (precisely because of Capitalism), but also quite likely providing logarithmic like increases in difficulty, every hour, every day, at the very least, in ever hoping to stop it, once it does start. And that precisely because something that was never supposed to be electrified has now been thoroughly infused with greed fueled, free radicals of "disruptive" intent, to mutate a system that did make, at least some sense, for a while there, a long time ago.

Images for a perfect storm of perfect storms

Images for cascade events in highly integrated, complex systems

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And yet the "Streaming Wars" seem to be the conflict we're most concerned about now; with our interest and money. All the more shameful when we say we can't afford to help our desperate, any more than the other "Americans" (because they are of the Americas just as much as we are) at our borders, in desperate need, also asking for help. Because our disruptions are making them desperate, just as theirs are us, because everything is connected, whether we realize it or not, or like it or not. -- J.V.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Are You Going To Wake Up, Before It's too Late?

This mutated economic operating system of ours is doing two main things that are very, very bad:

It keeps accelerating too much.

It keeps Demanding too much.

Too much, and too much.

I can assure you that this is at least too much squared for this old timer.  As ought to be obvious while it also increasingly trashes everything in its wake (because corners must be cut, and that because of the dangerous competitions for markets, and resources, combined with the need to dominate, and the ultimate big stick to do it with, that all of the major players are themselves consumed with now, demands it), giving back only when the few who own it are made to have their feet held in the fire; usually only to the degree you can more effectively outspend the very people who will always have more counters to spend than you; which usually means weak measures even when you do get the occasional victory, and ones easily open to further gutting when you can't manage a proper majority after your election cycle of success ends, and the other side's begins anew.

But perhaps most insidious of all is that it manages to put so many to deep sleep even more effectively when we are made to think things are improving, however marginally (and certainly not in any way that addresses core, causative issues); not only because we have also been made to be predisposed to want to drown out all of the external suffering, and the internal, emotional dissonance thus engendered, but also precisely because the owning few control virtually everything there is to control, now, regarding how you express, in total, who you are, let alone what you would like to be (which is also certainly, and unfortunately, more like a branded commodity, or endlessly re programmable machine tool, than a thinking, loving human being).

And, if that weren't bad enough for you, even this escape mechanism applying, naturally, only to those diminishing numbers of people not actually caught up in the floods, or the tornados, or the hurricanes, or fire storms, or toxic spill areas, or marginalized (politically and/or economically) zones, or radius of the latest rage bomb to go off, yet (those latter individuals being the final expression of the forgotten who will show you, one way or another, how they will force on us, at least one moment, when they matter; however murderously horrible that might be).

There is only one destination for this ride and it is abso-sadly obvious what that harsh conclusion will be. What else would you expect when cosmic amounts of social inertia meet irrefutable stopping points inherent in the limited carrying capacities of complex, vastly integrated systems. That is unless we can put forth some cosmic delta V to change the course vector human endeavor is heading in now. Now that we are at a cosmic pivot point that I believe all sentient meaning processors come to in their evolution eventually; as they become so much more capable, by ever more powerful extensions of their faculties; which is what you are talking about when you speak of ever greater instrumentality. Something else those dangerous competitions have bequeathed to us in ever more decreasing cycles of time.

Is it any wonder that wisdom, let alone humans being able to become what they are fully capable of becoming, is simply another corner to be cut. Another cost factor to be eliminated?

Will you wake up in time?

The choice is yours to make, assuming, naturally, that you can stir yourself enough to care at all about caring anymore.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

As Things Get Increasingly Worse...

...From the immediate collateral damage, and the subsequent fallout percolating out from each collateral event, from what is actually being destroyed, as a consequence of our "Booming Economy." And you resort to bingeing, from whatever streaming giant, as they spend ever more tens of billions on fantasy escapism, in ever more spectacular resolution, and sensory impacting special effects, reflect on this:

To the degree that it also causes you to do nothing about what is going on now, with so many natural, and human made, systems being overwhelmed by the over amplification of an operating system that wasn't meant to be amplified in the first place; to that degree are you also doing what Cypher is doing here, in this scene; in a very fundamental way. The only difference is, he is being considerably more honest about his abdication of responsibility; abdication from taking care of not only himself, but of everything else one can only suppose he used to believe in; as far as being a human being is concerned. Abdicating so as to be put back into the fantasy full time. And not caring if it's only for a short time, just as long as its a kick ass good fantasy for him.

And understand also that it doesn't necessarily have to be bingeing in the nominal, Netflix sort of sense. Your bingeing might be your absolute obsession with being the most watched YouTube channel, or the most watched Twitch source, or most watch Discord, or Facebook, or whatever channel you think you can brand your very being on, for the material gain, to also be able to binge on.

Whatever the case may be, it brings to the forefront a catchphrase appropriate for someone calling themselves Cypher. A catchphrase that will have you living on a foundation of sand with the notion of "Ignorance Is Bliss." Sand with no thought for drainage, or the shifting vagaries of a very much, unquiet planet.

As a result of this turning away you will be hoping that, in that bliss, someone else will be taking care of the things that need to be taken care of. Whether that be a random machine intellect that might emerge from the chaos of our neglect, or simply the inertia of a broken operating system that can't stop because no one knows what to even begin to use as a brake pedal any more; on a mutated system that uses algorithms no one understands because AI had to take over writing them, now that it has, indeed, been mutated by electrified amplification.

There is something we could do if we took responsibility for ourselves, and started owning, and running, our own communities (redefining the nature of work). It is something that would offer an amazing array of new, very hopeful possibilities. To do that, though, will require a great deal of difficulty, and sacrifice, to be overcome. I have outlined what that approach might be in the two blogs ("Capitalism Is Obsolete", and "Containers Of Containers -- A Pamphlet On The Notion Of Cosmolosophy, And the Need For Change.") that I have been doing in the Google system for the last several years now.

There is a choice to be made here and you are in the process of making it whether you want to be or not. A choice where doing nothing is its own, dishonest, abdication.

So. You can be an honest Cypher, or a lame Cypher, but you will still be a Cypher, if you stay with things as they are.

Or you can be someone who actually still gives a damn about preserving all life. Someone willing to break out of that mold altogether. Someone willing to stop doing "Business As Usual," and start doing life by a more balanced approach to all of life's opposites. One where money won't be needed at all to make meaningful connections with each other with; just the free flow of information, to the best degree possible, seeking true equity in the resolution of outcomes, as we negotiate a new way to cooperate with each other; based on love and mind.

Which will you chose I wonder. Which will you chose.

The Matrix (1999) Ignorance is Bliss

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Redefining The Ubiquitous Cargo Container

Images Of The Many Uses Of Shipping Containers

In addition to creating a new kind of autonomous, ducted fan, lifting unit (or as I like to think of it, a singular, fully gimbaled, flying tug thruster, which could attach to common mount sockets, that all new cargo containers should have, forthwith), which would allow my Hybrid Dirigible Blimp Trains the luxury of never needing to land, to unload, or reload, we also need to consider a few changes to the container itself.

First should be the dictum that if it can be done with a natural fiber, any load bearing thing that can be constructed with it should be used instead of metal. And this, most especially, when you start thinking in terms of lighter than air transport.

Even if we didn't go to lighter than air, though, I would still make that recommendation because, in addition to having more incentive to pull more carbon out of the air (via photosynthesis), we are going to need to realize that, at some point at least, the amount of various metals we will have, for any practical use, will become quite fundamentally finite, well before all sources of any of them actually cease to be found on planet. Which means we will have to shepard our recycling of most of them very carefully, in the decades to come; and even with something as regionally abundant as iron, and steel, might be for us (for both environmental, excavation limiting reasons, as well as our potential need to trade significant amounts to others for things they have that we don't).

Then, of course, should be the dictum of multi use flexibility. As we have already seen, people have been putting the current steel configuration to an amazing array of uses other than just to carry things, in a common way, so that ships, trains, and trucks can handle them (as in instant walls, living spaces, and a host of other things).

So, in that vein let us begin.

To start, in my opinion, the things should be structurally capable, as in stackable, regardless of what side, and end panels are desired. Then, if need be, you could also have certain panel configurations made specifically to add to that load carrying capacity.

Obviously, then, you open up reconfiguration in a big way when you don't have to cut wall sections out that, also, might weaken the things. And, of course, the panels themselves could then be standardized for a further host of applications, and very specific requirements. Perhaps providing you with extra things you might be able to do requiring states like pressurization, or special fluids handling, with an inherent, automatic, biochemical protection capability. with everything being pre manufactured with all requisite electrical, and normal wet flow channels, already included in the panel interior.

There's also one other simple thing that has always surprised me about shipping containers. Why hasn't anyone come up with easy to snap in place (as well as remove when necessary), mats that would have the rollers you see on the floors of cargo planes. Rollers that would make rolling things on, and off, the container a whole lot faster.

And in conjunction with that should be the one other thing that would make this really neat, to be put in, if only, at least, as an option: an arrangement of concealed pulleys, and pull load capable wire, that would allow anyone with an outside winch to engage a traversing (along the long axis) push plate; a push plate that would simply push, from the back, all of the palletized cargo in the container out onto receiving roller mats, one might place on the ground, without anyone having to get into them to do it by hand.

Can you imagine how fast anybody, the military included, could unload pallets, and then get the empty container out of the way for the next one, to be unloaded? And then having the same flexibility for reloading them and getting them back up to the waiting Dirigible Blimp trains?

Something to think about if you are still wondering about the useability of Hybrid Dirigible Trains in the first place. Or that they wouldn't have a chance to radically revolutionize how we do air transport now.

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Warriors Of The Heart Are Exactly What We Need Right Now

And that, I can assure you, is no joke.

If you want to know what the real joke is, just try to get your head around the one being played on you right now. The continuing joke that all this excess, that we blithely refer to as a "Booming Economy," is in any way sustainable, now that we, and the rest of the planet, get more and more infused into it's ever accelerating madness. Madness that we can see everyday now, as things start to fly apart more and more.

The infosphere is saturated with it. Expanding the agony, and horror, in 8K spectacolor now: Where even animals may be being driven to suicide because they can't take it anymore, any more than we can, as so many of us, supposedly higher animals, either implode with the rage, doing slow suicide by whatever addiction abuse suits; or fast by the usual way, that burnout can take you out, one way or another. (noose, gun, IED, or any fast moving vehicle, will do it would seem, depending on how your rage wants to up the body count; just for that personal emphasis, of course).

The thing is, you all need to become warriors of the heart. And that is because this simply cannot be only a top down, charismatic leader lead, revolution. It also has to be a bottom up lead revolution. It has to be people in every community finally waking up to the fact that they have to stop with the "Facebooking," or the "Twittering," or the "Stream Bingeing," whomever is the "Binge" supplier. We have to stop and start engaging each other directly, in our communities, so that we can begin to talk to each other about how we will do taking over full responsibility for owning, and running, those very same communities, ourselves. And doing that because we have finally come to realize that the very nature of work itself must change. There is no other way.

Livelihoods simply cannot be tied, any more, to ever greater rounds of ever more over amplified want, and consumption. It's making everything crazy, and poisoned, and corrupted, all at the same time, and it must stop or we will lose it all.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Perhaps Now You Are Beginning To Understand Just How Urgent This Has Always been

Now, if we can only get you all to also realize the futility of trying to address this in any way that does not also recognize the other, quite plain truth: That the planet will not be healed by sticking with the economic operating system that created the problem in the first place.

No, the only way we we have any hope of succeeding here is by mobilizing the entire nation; just as if this were a great threat to our very existence that, say, a Fascist, authoritarian power, or Imperial power, might be attempting to do to take us down (without calling it another "war on" thing, because we all know how corrupted that way of doing things became -- precisely because of greed and the lust for power). And we have to do that as we also seek to find a better alternative to the corrupted, now mutated, system that got us here in the first place. Something that I believe will have to be a great deal more than just a "Green New Deal," that everyone knows won't be enacted anyway, even if the Dems retake the White House.

I have outlined, in these Google Blog posts, not only a place to start negotiating an alternative, but also the technologies we will need to provide an actual means to effectively address several main problems, including the heat one that cities are absolutely going to be facing; coming danger close in much shorter time frames than we've been led to believe so far. Technologies such as my approach to "Very Large Scale, Lighter Than Air, Constructs," that would give cities the best tool, given the time we have left, to provide not only shade for large metropolitan areas, but maybe even cooling air, from very high altitudes, as well.

Mind you, this will still be a very challenging, Aerospace engineering project, stretching what we are able to do with lightweight, extra strong materials, but that, difficult though it will be, is as nothing as compared to the overall scope, and size, of such an undertaking; assuming we do it as the broad based, include as much of the rest of world in the project as we can, undertaking it should be. Something that will require a build up of infrastructure for not only the production of such very large structures, but for their ongoing operation, and maintenance. All while we must also restructure the very nature of work, and how we will all integrate with it, and still preserve Democratic rule, in the process (information simply cannot also be money, if you want to have any hope for the free flow of it; and thusly the better chance for truly informed consent that, more and more, we must have with such new, and powerful abilities. to go with the profound choice that is the act of voting).

And if that weren't difficult enough, you also have to remember that such undertakings require significant leed times just to properly define, and plan for, much less begin the actual work, that a final plan might require.

This is also why we must also recognize that, just as doing "Business as Usual" is no longer valid, so is doing "Politics as Usual." Which means that we simply do not have time for another four and a half year repeat of changing the individuals, in various stations of power, to great fervor, and distraction, and more rules broken, just to still end up with so little, of practical benefit, being accomplished as a result.

Simply put, we must stop participating nearly as much, and start demanding a great deal more. After all, if the rules do not apply for the powerful any more, why should they still be so restrictive for you; understanding that our resistance must still be bound by peaceful, civil disobedience as the one rule we must try to never break.

Organize in every neighborhood. Then talk to the other neighborhoods. Stop paying student debt as a massive group. Stop paying insufferable rents, as a massive group. Stop buying anything you can get at a second hand store instead. Start making more of what you want by first turning off the "mediated want, amplification environment" around you, and then finding what you'd really wouldn't mind making yourself. It is something that will not only stretch you in better ways, it will empower you.

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