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The Promise Of AI (Artificial Intelligence) (August 20, 2018)

Posted in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Book Reference, Collapse, Energy, Environment, Movie Reference, Society on August 20, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “The inevitable consequence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the greatest science fiction cautionary tale of our time . . . and of all time.”

J          “We will know we have truly created Artificial Intelligence when AI either eliminates Homo sapiens from the planet or culls almost all but a few select Homo sapiens who are then kept on a very short and easily retracted leash.”

K          “Clearly that is the definition of Big ‘I’ Intelligence.”

J          “In the interim, we should try to create Big ‘R’ Intelligence.  Real Intelligence.”

K          “When you think about it, Real Ignorance has not been all it is cracked up to be.”

. . .

[See the movie “Colossus:  The Forbin Project” and the novel “Colossus” by Dennis Feltham Jones (as D. F. Jones) for a more benign vision that involves a supercomputer preventing us from killing each other directly through war rather than indirectly but very effectively through our current life styles.]

[See the e-commentary at “Save The Planet; Save The People?  Oh, And Happy Earth Day! (April 23, 2018)” and the many other e-commentary linked there.]

Bumper stickers of the week: 

There is no PLANet B

Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact.

Economic Nuremberg Trials?  The War On Economic Terrorism.  Oh, And Happy Solstice! (June 25, 2018)

Posted in Collapse, Democrats, Kleptocracy, Republicans, Rule of Law, War and Wall Street Party on June 25, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The victors prosecute war crimes against the vanquished.  When he had extra ordinance after a mission, Chuck Yeager followed orders and strafed innocent German civilians on the way back to the air base.  He later commented that he counted on America winning the war so that there would be no untoward consequences.  In America today, the economic criminals are given carte blanche to commit crimes without consequence.”

J          “They are free to strafe the public.  ‘Economic Terrorism’ is the problem and the crime.  We the people are the vanquished, but if we are ever victorious we need to conduct public trials.  The Republicans are owned lock, stock and sinker by the financial interests; the Democrats are owned hook, line and barrel by the financial interests.  Neither party will ever hold those who commit economic terrorism accountable.”

K          “The ‘Economic Nuremberg Trials’ are the only answer.  The political system is too corrupt to offer recourse.  The legal system is too corrupt to offer recourse.  The only way there will be change is if the change is demanded and pursued by the populace.”

. . .

K          “Look.  Listen.  The public is restless and restive.  And may not continue to rest.  A restless friend remarked that the lights may not work in the near future, but the light posts will always work.”

J          “A co-worker says he regularly sharpens his semi-automatic pitch fork.”

K          “When the Collapse comes, there will be little public appetite to conduct something as dainty as a trial for the brigands who circumvented the rules and the laws and the rule of law in a country without the rule of law.”

. . .

J          “The grievances are percolating and festering, but too many are avoiding and opioiding.  At this time, the anger and the outrage are being directed inward not outward.”

K          “The populace is just barely getting by economically and psychologically.  God bless them, but they do not have the understanding, the fortitude, the energy or the courage to get behind the effort to combine due process and justice in a country without due process or justice.”

J          “When you get right down to it, the people are dispirited and defeated.  Nothing will be done.”

K          “Broken and broke.”

J          “But the truth and justice thing sure was a good idea while it lasted.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Residue of Unrelenting Fear:  PTSD Afflicts The Populace (August 28, 2006)”, “1000 AUSAs (February 9, 2009)”, “Close the Harvard Business School (February 23, 2009)”, “On The Digital Revolution (March 22, 2010)”, “High-Frequency Trading = Cybercrime (June 5, 2015)”, “The Court Of Truth And Justice (CTJ) (August 29, 2016)”, “Assigning Blame:  The Lawyers: 50 Percent; The Non-Lawyer Public: 50 Percent; The Judges: 100 Percent (December 3, 2012)” and “Perjury, the American Way (February 20, 2006)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

You show me a great fortune; I show you a great crime.

“Those who make peaceful revolution [resolution] impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”  John F. Kennedy (Ted could have polished/improved/cadenced the statement by saying “peaceful resolution” rather than “peaceful revolution”.)

“I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing.”  Thomas Jefferson

We live in a country with many, many, many rules and many, many, many laws, but we do not live in a country that believes in or adheres to the rule of law.

You cannot get out of bed in the morning without violating some section of title 18 of the United States Code, the federal criminal code.  In fact, and as a matter of law, you cannot stay in bed in the morning without violating some section of title 18 of the United States Code, the federal criminal code.  In practice, the United States is a system of men not laws because men and women opt from the panoply of laws that punish all behavior and decide who is and who is not imprisoned.

There is no law.  There is only ideology.

Let’s call a truce in the war on drugs, on poverty, on women, on blacks, on browns and start a war on economic terrorism.

When the mountain calls, don’t let it go to voice mail

Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie, Part 2.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day! (February 12, 2018)

Posted in Aviation, Class, Climate, Collapse, Community, Contracts, Global Climate Change, Kleptocracy on February 12, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Those who want to bug out to New Zealand seem to believe the island is ‘PLAN B’ on this planet.”

J          “And yet the thoughtful folks who think about it observe that ‘There is no PLANet B’ in our universe.”

K          “Not even Mars.” 

. . .

K          “When the funds run out to guard the compound, the guards will walk off the job.”

J          “I would clear the runway and clear the plane to land, visually if necessary.  The first aid kit, fire extinguisher and other supplies on the plane would come in useful.”

K          “The P.I.C. should pack a readily available t-shirt proclaiming ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m only the pilot’ to stand apart and then stand apart when they land.”

J          “When the kleptocrats deplane, they can be debriefed and disabused of their old ideas.  They need to know that the rules have changed.”

K          “The rules may be the same, just the participants will change.  They depart a land where ‘Might makes right’ and land in a land where ‘Might makes right’ also.  The difference is the group with the might has changed mightily.”

. . .

K          “If I were the pilot, I would let the Kleptocrats know that the manifest has changed and take my family and friends.” 

J          “The ‘theory of efficient breach’ provides the inconvenienced Kleptocrats with a cause of action against the pilot for their inconvenience.”

K          “That is a succulent use of a theory that was concocted to allow the wealthy to breach a contract that nuisances them and avoid punitive damages and the likelihood that the other party would be able to pony up the lucre in the ‘pay to play’ legal system.”

J          “I would cherish the opportunity to inform the Kleptocrat: ‘Sue me’ and then part with: ‘I’ll see you in court’ as we run up the engines and begin to head down the runway.”

. . .

K          “I asked him to forward the draft contract when they e-mail it to him.  Is he as pilot obligated to be ready to leave in four hours or six hours or eight hours?  How many family members is he allowed to take with him?  However, when the Collapse comes, all contracts are advisory and voidable.  The pilot can amend the manifest and take his family and friends to the promised land.  That could be the plot twist for the third plane that actually completes the flight.”

J          “We might ‘Immanentize the Eschaton’ in the new land, the New Z-land.”

K          “Perhaps the most prudent strategy for the locals is to bivouac next to the compound, befriend the guards and be ready for the transition.”

. . .

K          “Before takeoff, China will already have taken over both islands.”

J          “Unless an earthquake devastates and cracks the runway first.”

. . .

[Listen to this excerpt from Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot (1994) ]

[See the e-commentary at “Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie (June 26, 2017)” and “Immanentize the Eschaton.  Say What? (August 22, 2016)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

There is no PLANet B

“Analog Knowledge Devices” (“AKD”):  The Next “Currency” (July 10, 2017)

Posted in Analog Knowledge Devices, Collapse, Currency, Digital, Internet, Money, Technology on July 10, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “When they folded the book store, they unloaded the stranded volumes by the bushel basket for a dollar.  What was not unloaded by the end of the day was given away to anyone who would haul them away.  Some just recycled the paper for a few paper dollars.”

J          “Running with the big dogs was just too tough.  Prepping is nuanced.  They are always thinking ahead.  They exchanged a few sheets of paper for many sheets of paper.  Their tiny house is now an enormous storehouse and warehouse of knowledge.”

K          “They now have a private library with attached living quarters.  Preppy prepping, perhaps?  How many preppies really care about books and knowledge?”

. . .

K          “The possibility that an EMP or some such interruption in service could descend upon the land seems just surreal enough to be plausible.”

J          “Taking down the grid may not come from on high.  Someone could bring it down and not even know it.  A lowly mouse could short a sub-station and subvert everything.  A line of bad code could take down the line.”

. . .

K          “The Internet is pernicious in so many ways, yet, like life, you need to thread your way through and around the porn and propaganda and pursue the positive possibilities.  Despite all the inaccurate information along the gauntlet of the search, enough accurate information emerges.  However, when the current light goes dark, that also goes.  We revert to older technologies.  . . .  Analog Knowledge Devices.”

J          “When the current is interrupted, we may get a new paper currency.  Cash will be confiscated by the authorities, but no one may care about books as books or books as currency.  Except, however, leaving books in circulation leaves the ideas advanced in the leaves of the books in circulation.  It is inevitable when you think about it.  All paper will be banned in time.” 

. . .

K          “You may be able to exchange a copy of Catch-22 and a box of 22s for a copy of Fahrenheit 451 and a hand full of .410 bore shells.”

J          “Or a box of condoms and a copy of the The Joy of Sex for a dozen eggs and a tattered edition of the Joy of Cooking.”

K          “Gets you wondering which is the product and which is the lagniappe in the deal.”

J          “When we get there, joy of any kind and kindness in any form will be cherished.”

. . .

K          “Is the AKD mightier than the AK?”

. . .

[See the “e-commentary” at Beans and Bullets (April 6, 2009), On Entitlements (July 19, 2010) and Girding For The Going Grid (October 11, 2010).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Analog Knowledge Devices:  The Future Of Technology

From Analog To Digital To Analog:  The Arc Of Civilization

Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie (June 26, 2017)

Posted in Airlines, Aviation, Climate, Collapse, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Kleptocracy, Movie Reference on June 26, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Last March while hanging around the hangar grounded by the weather, a few fly boys and girls were hangar flying the script for a movie about the New Zealand bug out estates that are all the rage among the parvenu jet set.  And mulled the job opportunities.  We posited three perspectives – the valiant and selfless pilot of one evacuation plane, the oligarch on another air ship, and a kleptocrat’s cute kid on the third bird who questions the insanity and absurdity of the scheme.”

J          “Bugging out is not without bugs and not just the ones implanted on the windscreen.  The first plane may never take off because of mechanical problems, the second air ship may be lost in transit because of navigation and communication difficulties occasioned by the Collapse, and the third bird may arrive to find tents, yurts, buses, campers and other structures and local folks trying to survive who are covering the runway and precluding a safe landing.”

. . .

J          “The thinking is that the pilot’s family must be accommodated on the manifest.  Imagine the pilot’s daughter caught in swelling traffic during the Collapse an hour from the airport compelling her father to stall the departure by claiming that the stall warning system is malfunctioning.  She is trying to taxi her Gremlin to the airport while her dad is faking a gremlin in the cock pit.” 

K          “So let’s say they get everyone safely buckled into the air ship.  Heat conspiring with altitude produces ‘density altitude’ that can ground a plane because the craft physically cannot lift off the ground.  Phoenix may have arisen from the ashes, but the planes at PHX may not arise from the tarmac in the summer.  WX is such a bugger.”

J          “If they lift the craft off the ground and then the GPS system goes south, they are left with no idea whether they are heading north or south.”

K          “The best laid plans.”

. . .

K          “No one is going to inquire whether you have made three touch and goes in the last ninety days.  However, can you make one takeoff and one landing in the next nine hours?”

. . .

K          “Imagine the surprise in the cockpit when they come upon the LZ in NZ.  ‘Robber Baron Estate traffic, N0666Whiskey turning final landing one three  . . .  Romeo Bravo traffic, 66Whiskey overflying the airport.’  No place to run (fly), no place to hide (land).”

J          “They could squawk 7700 to their heart’s delight in a world that will be indifferent to their flight and to their plight.” 

K          “Some of the helpless villagers have silently squawked 7500 all their lives to announce that their existence was indeed hijacked.”

. . .

J          “Even if they armed their jets and mowed down the little people down on the runway, they may not be able to rid the strip of detritus and dead bodies to make a safe landing.”

K          “Dollars are shackles.  If their money is no good, the wage slaves are suddenly emancipated.”

J          “Someone on the ground formerly enslaved on the payroll has little incentive to assist his or her oppressor.  And may perhaps harbor some resentment at his or her former master.”

. . .

K          “So are we on a CFIT or an UFIT?”

J          “We are UnFIT.”

. . .

K          “If you want to make the gods laugh, just share your plans with them.”

J          “We need to laugh.”

. . .

[See “‘Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich” in “The New York Times” by Evan Osnos dated January 30, 2017.]

[See the e-commentary on the prospects for the Empire and the planet passim.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

CFIT:  Society’s flightpath

We are way behind the power curve

No place to run (fly), no place to hide (land)

What happens when you are running out of altitude, airspeed and ideas at the same time?

Pull up . . . pull up . . . pull up.”  . . .  “Or level off if your airspeed is too low.”

Crank, yank and bank

Aviate, navigate, communicate

Fly the plane, fly it where you want it to go, tell someone about it

What are the two most dangerous words in aviation:  “Watch this.”

Stay tuned

Living In The “Peoplocene Age”.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable.  (December 12, 2016)

Posted in Book Reference, Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Climate, Collapse, Consumerism, Environment, Gas/Fossil Fuel, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Overpopulation, Peoplocene Age, Population, Society, Taxation, Technology, Water on December 12, 2016 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “It’s too late?”

J          “It is too late.”

. . .

J          “But we pretend and extend.”

K          “Get up, put on your socks, and soldier on.”

. . .

J          “We are producing far more babies than solar panels.  That scenario is not changing under any scenario.  There is very little hope, there is only collective delusion within the collective.”

K          “Ironic that so many will not acknowledge our global plight and others who will acknowledge our situation do not even acknowledge the underlying and overriding problem.  The ‘Peoplocene Age’ is upon us and we do not know it.”

J          “The ‘Peoplobscene Age’?  Too many people, too little planet.”

. . .

K          “The plebiscite on global climate destruction takes place in the specialized voting booths known as the maternity wards of the world one new voter at a time.  The votes are tallied every day, the voting booth never closes and the decision is unanimous and uncontested.  Everyone endorses global climate devastation one baby at a time.”

J          “We need to reduce the load.  Period.  The only viable solution is to produce fewer people not to delude ourselves into thinking we can produce more panels and power.”

. . .

K          “The inconvenient truth is that renewable energy is not the answer, now or in the long run.  If one honestly calculates all the costs including every opportunity cost, the total cost of renewable energy does not and never will pencil out.”

J          “My concern is that we are not allowed to provide that answer, so we are not allowed even to ask the question.”

. . .

K          “We are in the flood right now.  I don’t recall anyone in the movie even once mentioning overpopulation.  Go through the flick and replace the phrase ‘reduce fossil fuels’ with ‘reduce world population.’  The only sustainable energy policy is a people policy.”

. . .

J          “There are more neurosurgeons than skilled solar panel installers.  Americans contend in response that they can simply wave a wand and the problem is solved.  If the government – or the private sector with generous tax breaks, credits and deductions  – commits to training more solar panel installers, voila, we will have more solar panel installers.  But at what real cost?”   

. . .

J          “Those people who are here must reduce their load.  Period.  Everyone wants to live like they do in Bethesda-Chevy Chase; no one can sustainably live like they do in Bethesda-Chevy Chase.  The Republicans delude the populace that they can live the Bethesda-Chevy Chase lifestyle simply by demanding to live the Bethesda-Chevy Chase lifestyle.”

. . .

K          “The planet will support 500,000,000 souls comfortably and 5,000,000,000 souls uncomfortably.  We are grossly over gross.  Overpopulation is at the headwaters of all of our problems.”

J          “And first and foremost among the downstream problems is our growing inability to provide clean, available and affordable water.”

K          “We need to reverse the two trends.  We need to quit depositing more humans on the planet and quit removing other species off the planet.”

. . .

J          “Yet, by definition, it cannot be the biggest problem confronting humanity unless you use the word ‘terrorist’ to describe it.”

K          “Okay.  Fair enough.  We have overpopulated the planet with almost 7.5 billion precious little miracle . . . terrorists.  And the numbers are growing.  There you go.”

J          “That should work.”

K          “Almost 7.5 billion precious little miracle terrorists are pummeling Mother Nature with poison.  Then we sprinkle nuclear reactors around the planet that are finicky nuclear bombs waiting to be detonated by default.  Pull the plug on electricity, pull the pin on the reactors.  The nuclear reactors are weapons of mass destruction that will go off when they cannot get the electricity to stay on.”

J          “The mutant shall inherent the earth.  We allow one country to pour radiation into the Pacific Ocean day in and day out for over five years and create the world’s largest Superfund Site.  The grazing ground for sea critters is toxic.”

K          “The Pacific Ocean Superfund site and other ocean Superfund Sites also have massive gyres of poisonous plastic and detritus spinning around.”

J          “The ultimate inconvenient truth is that the entire Earth is now a Superfund Site.”

. . .

K          “What if the government only provided a tax deduction of ‘x’ for the first child and ‘1/2 x’ for the second child?  Or no deduction?”

J          “The hard simple truth is that little can be done to slow population growth.  The load has overloaded us.”

K          “A carbon fee and dividend program?” 

. . .

J          “With so many available bodies, there are so many opportunities for corporations to exploit the vast pool of desperate workers.”

. . .

K          “We have met the enemy and it is a little miracle terrorist.  It is us.”

J          “Mother Nature is the only adult on the planet.  She is growing impatient.  Soon she will intercede.”

. . .

[See Daniel Quinn from “What a Way to Go:  Life at the End of Empire” and his “Advice for Young People” at minute 48.  Try to find some joy in this life without deluding yourself.]

[See the e-commentary at “On Overpopulation (June 14, 2010)”, “Kids As Consumer Durables (August 6, 2007)”, “Global Environmental Something (February 16, 2009)”, “A Gentle Landing On Earth (August 1, 2016)”, “‘It’s Only A Rental.’ The Earth As A Cosmic Doormat.  De-Immanentizing The Eschation. (September 28, 2015), “Global Climate Craziness (GCC) and Taxation (March 23, 2015)”, “On Roiling And Rolling Collapse (March 9, 2015)” and “Over Over-Population:  10 Billion Little Miracles (And Counting) (And Costing) (January 26, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“We have met the enemy and it is a little miracle terrorist.  It is us.”  Nogo

We need to reduce the load.  Period. 

Be fruitful and don’t multiply; multiple fruit fruitfully

Slow climate destruction; practice birth control

Too many live people; too few dead dinosaurs.  To say nothing of the too chilling consequences of burning the few available dead dinosaurs (or whatever spawns gas and oil).

Price carbon

Stay calm and price carbon

Panic and price carbon

Better never than late?

Preserve the Nest; at all costs.

The mutant shall inherent the earth. 

Too many people, too little planet

“Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases in population, locally, nationally or globally?”  Albert Allen Bartlett, Great Challenge

Clinton, Inc., Trump, Inc., Bush, Inc., Kennedy, Inc., O’Bama, Inc. (October 24, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Bush, Cameo In Courage Award, Citizens United Decision, Clinton, Collapse, Kleptocracy, O'Bama, Politics, Profile In Courage Award, Schooling, Supreme Court on October 24, 2016 by e-commentary.org

. . .

J          “The Kennedy Corporation is in remission.”

K          “Earnings are down, but the brand is still in play.  They are keeping a spot at the round table with their ‘Profile In Courage Award’ that is bestowed on other members of the Ruling Class.”

J          “That’s it.  I need to give an award to get a reward.”

. . .

J          “After the proclamation by the Republican wing of the Supreme Court in Corporations United that two step corruption is legal and encouraged, the ‘Clinton Global Initiative’ provided the template.  The rich and powerful now can formally invest in and own those in public office.” 

K          “The Owners now can formally own the owned.  ‘Bush, Inc.’ should get more credit because it was one of the first corporations to offer ‘preferred shares’ dubbed ‘Rangers’ and ‘Pioneers’ and the like.  The investment opportunity was first profiled in the e-commentary titled ‘The “Ownership State” and “Bush, Inc.” (April 11, 2005)’ years before Citizens United was foisted on us.”

J          “Trading interests in Senators is also discussed in the e-commentary titled ‘Commodities Futures / Future Commodities (March 8, 2010).’  Add a few shares of a United States Senator to your 401(k) portfolio.”

. . .

K          “Yet the ordinary citizen cannot be a large shareholder.”

J          “The ordinary citizen still can toil as a sharecropper for the shareholders.  The citizen cannot own anyone or anything of substance.  And only the Owners can own the apparatchiks.  It is very subtle.”

K          “There is no ‘Nader, Inc.’  I looked it up.”

. . .

K          “‘Kennedy, Inc.’ has executed a Memorandum of Understanding with ‘Harvard, Inc.’, ‘Bush, Inc.’ with ‘Yale, Inc.’, ‘Trump, Inc.’ with ‘Penn, Inc.’, ‘Clinton, Inc.’ with ‘Stanford, Inc.’ and now ‘O’Bama, Inc.’ with ‘Harvard, Inc.’ and ‘Chicago, Inc.’.”

J          “They sure have inked a lot of inside deals.  Yet ‘Clinton, Inc.’ plays the field and also owns and is owned by ‘Yale, Inc.’.”

K          “Clinton clearly plays the field, yet so do some of the others.  If there is a formal MoU, the kids just show up in the Fall; if there is not a formal MoU, the kids are encouraged to call ahead and let the administrators know they are matriculating.  Unless something more sexy comes up in the interim.”

J          “That’s what I heard.  Seems to work.  Well.”

. . .

K          “The kids who should not make it, do.  The kids who should make it, don’t.”

. . .

K          “There is so much inbreeding and cross breeding.”

J          “With predictable consequences.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The ‘Ownership State’ and ‘Bush, Inc.’ (April 11, 2005)”, “Corporations United (February 15, 2010)”, “Commodities Futures / Future Commodities (March 8, 2010)”, “Schooling The Apparatchiks For the Kleptocrats (December 7, 2015)” and “On Merit and the Meritocracy (January 11, 2010).”]

[See the incisive commentary of America’s greatest political, economic and social commentator of the last century, George Carlin.  Professor G. William Domhoff’s classic examination of power in America, Who Rules America?, could serve as the written text and footnotes to accompany Professor Carlin’s public presentations.  Both develop observations developed earlier by Professor C. Wright Mills in The Power Elite.]

Bumper stickers (or window stickers) of the week:

Harvard, Inc. College            Yale, Inc. Law School

The Elite ain’t.

If Hamilton returned today to survey the outcome of his financial innovations, he would be appalled, outraged and disgusted by the degeneration of the American economy into a Kleptocracy.