Monday, December 04, 2023
Sunday, December 03, 2023
In reading The Cradle's piece regarding how the US is supplying Israel with serious ordinance while at the same time urging Israel to spare civilians while carpet bombing Gaza, the notion of Orwell, Doublethink and Newspeak comes to mind without question.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on 2 December urged Israel to protect civilians during its campaign against Hamas in Gaza, even as the US military continues to send 2,000-pound bombs and artillery to the Israeli army for use in the densely populated and besieged enclave.
“The lesson is that you can only win in urban warfare by protecting civilians,” Austin stressed. “If you drive [Gaza’s civilians] into the arms of the enemy, you replace a tactical victory with a strategic defeat.”
But just one thing, it takes money, right?
programme in the film Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Saturday, December 02, 2023
Actually hate to see him go. :)
Well, the saga of the esteemed George Santos has ended with his expulsion from congress, only the 6th who have achieved this "honored" distinction, which says volumes about just how craven this institution truly is. If one was a fly on a wall, able to see the inherent corruption of those bought and paid for "representatives" who supposedly represent us, one would soon find out Santos lacked the brains and guile to hide the monies given to him by the real owners of the country so eloquently voiced by the late great George Carlin.
Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., leaves the Capitol after being expelled from the House of Representatives, Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, in Washington. The House has voted to expel Santos following a critical ethics report on his conduct that included converting campaign donations for his own use, making him just the sixth member in the chamber’s history to be ousted by his colleagues. Expulsion requires support from two-third of the House.
Needless to say, he'll be on TV as he's now a celebrity where there's no such thing as bad PR. :)
Herbivorous rats, you know, the beautiful white tailed deer of Bambi fame, are hardy and hungry to the max, Living in Fairfield county, yours truly knows what happens when any animal proliferates beyond reason in terms of habitat loss, something now happening on Santa Catalina Island, an environment unique in terms of the native species that have lived there for thousands of years.
Time to cull the herd if you want to save the habitat, right?
Friday, December 01, 2023
Carpet bombing Gaza, designed to eliminate Hamas, will not work. It didn't work in Algeria, Nam, Iraq or Afghanistan as indigenous fighters don't have to win, just outlast. IMHO, Israel is entering into an existential crisis of their own making, something bound to happen when 800,000 Palestinians were driven out of Palestine in 1948 by Begin and significant others in an ethnic cleansing operation the Palestinians call the NAKBA. People driven off their land never forget, something the Israelis are beginning to find out in no uncertain terms as the Palestinians will not give up, no matter what the cost may be.
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Addendum: Yet another take on Mr. K. Well worth reading IMHO.
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
The era of financialization, globalization and digitization is giving way to an era in which materials will dominate the global economic, social and political orders. Life will revolve around obtaining the basics of life rather than around marketing to consumers with discretionary income/credit to spend.The material world is ruled by physics, chemistry and cost, not finance or politics. Humanity has already consumed / depleted the cheap, easy-to-get resources, from coal and oil to topsoil, wild fisheries and fresh water aquifers. The net result is that all resources will cost more to extract, process and transport, and these systemically higher costs manifest as inflation / loss of purchasing power: it will take more units of labor / money to buy the essentials of life, leaving fewer units of money for discretionary spending in the consumer economy and fewer units available to support additional debt.
Monday, November 27, 2023
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Hamlet. Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?
Polonius. By th’ mass, and ‘tis like a camel indeed.
Hamlet. Methinks it is like a weasel.
Polonius. It is back’d like a weasel.
Hamlet. Or like a whale.
Polonius. Very like a whale.
Seems Shakespeare was indirectly channeling AI, news and social media where people talk to their choir, believing almost anything as long as it aligns with one’s world view ... which brings up the notion of Deepfakes as they’re Everywhere. Just go to almost any site and see nonsense, usually in full color, residing on the right hand side or on the bottom of the web page, saying something patently ridiculous regarding a celebrity, news event or “scientific” fact, accompanied with a clickable AI graphic showing said tidbit to be “true”. One of the usuals is a huge beast found on a beach near you.
The Idea Dynamo
A 1923 cartoon by H.T. Webster captioned
"In the year 2023 when all our work is done by electricity.”
machine learning, and linguistics expertise
Instead of building the next GPT or image maker DALL-E, Sutskever tells me his new priority is to figure out how to stop an artificial superintelligence (a hypothetical future technology he sees coming with the foresight of a true believer) from going rogue.
60 Minutes | Geoffrey Hinton/Godfather of AI & former Google Fellow