Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The World is a Battlefield

When 19 US Diplomatic Missions were recently placed on Terror Alert, it appeared to be such an obvious ploy to divert attention from the real issue which was that America was Spying on the United Nations and anyone else they could fit onto their enormous NSA databases, that I expected everyone would instantly Cry Wolf...

When Obama drew a line in the sand over Syria approximately 2 months ago or longer, one could again clearly recognize an obvious ploy being perpetrated and that they were attempting to create another false flag.

They would seed the Chemical weapons themselves through the rebels...

Now, it is sadly coming to pass and yet I still do not hear a massive outcry on the Media>>>>

How Many More???

How many more Wars does America want to involve itself in and how many more Wars will the rest of the World allow America to wage?

America has been involved either directly or covertly or by proxy in far too many Wars for Sanity to prevail in recent times.

How many Wars will it take? before the citizens of the World finally say : Enough!

By even a cursory glance the US has an active Military presence currently in 21 sovereign Middle Eastern countries without even considering the rest of the globe;

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, U.A.E., Uzbekistan, and Yemen.

That's all very nice, and how many covert Wars are additionally being waged right now for example in places like Africa?

Oh that's right, you can't tell us that can you? No...that would be revealing a secret.

Then there are the enormous Military bases around the globe, most bristling with Nuclear Madness in places such as Germany, Japan, Philippines and now Australia.

So now we come to this line in the sand in Syria which Assad has apparently (surprise, surprise) crossed with the discovery of Chemical Weapons. What impeccable timing!

Was Assad really that stupid?

Did he Not hear Obama's warning? Something smells about this entire affair...

So naturally this means, as Obama warned, that America will have to adopt it's role as Global Policeman once more and invade another country or perhaps allow it's little British bulldog to do the dirty work...how convenient that Syria is so rich in OIL once again!

And that Syria lies so conveniently close to IRAN...!!!  ~Also awash with OIL!!!

How long will the rest of the World stand idly by,  and allow America to dominate and literally tyrannize the World, draining it of it's OIL and Profits and slaughtering it's citizens across the globe with Military terror?

The US Defense Department ( there's a fine contradiction) is currently terrorizing the Globe carrying out assassinations, covert renditions (another bitter euphemism), and endless Drone attacks and Military invasions in the middle of the night into people homes...Pure Terrorism!

How many more Wars does America wish to fight?

Does it want to wage War against the entire World?

Apparently...Unbelievably this is not far from the truth.

Thanks to the recent revelations by Edward Snowden, America's behavior with it's NSA spying activities on the United Nations, and it's spying on supposed friends such as Germany, France and Britain and Brazil reveals that no Country is immune, friend or foe...

Where American profit is at stake...and that's ALL of the time...the entire World is the enemy.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FEAR in the USA

The REAL Terror

Americans have long been a Nation driven by Fear-mongering War Profiteers...

Remember when Orson Welles did his infamous radio play performance about the War of The Worlds?

Some literally ran into the streets screaming or hid under their beds...

Sometimes I wonder if it is merely the Psych drugs like the SRI's and the Zolofts and Prozacs and the others which have permeated through out American Society thanks to the Big Pharma Industry which have kept Americans so relatively sane looking on the tube, although having said that, seen from another perspective they already appear totally insane...

Certainly the level of Fear is maintained at a constant simmering temperature through a heavy rain of Fear laden propaganda from the 6 jackals of the Corporate Media.

There was a recent poll screened on RT which revealed that more than 60% of Americans are in favor of Drone Attacks, whereas 28% were not.

However, when asked if they were in favor of Drone attacks to kill Terrorists at home, on American soil, it was heavily weighted the other way with 65% opposed to Drone attacks at home, with only 25% in favor...

Kind of makes you wonder does it not, about the other 25% I mean...

What kind of an idiot approves of Drone attacks in his own backyard?

Only a frightened one surely?

"Er, shucks, ar guess if you is Huntin' for Terrorists like, then ar guess it's OK to bomb with a Drone, just one wouldn't be so bad would it?..."

Alas, Fear has always been the great motivator for our gregarious species.

You can see the same pattern being played out in a swarming school of fish, a flock of sparrows...a herd of Bison.

A Stampede is a meme in flesh so to speak.

This fantasy of the Bogy-man in a turban Terrorising Americans needs to be seen in perspective...

Putting aside for one moment the complete absurdity of trying to fight Fire with Fire i.e Terror with Terror, it seems useful to look at the relative effectiveness of this War on Terror and the cost to the American Taxpayer.

Somewhere in excess of 1 Trillion US dollars is spent by the Defense Department on the Military Machine budget to wage this endless War against the Terrorist.

How many Americans have actually been killed in terrorist attacks inside the United States since the September 11, 2001, atrocities?

Apparently somewhere around 20 if we include the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 soldiers during a shooting at Fort Hood in 2009.

20 People? In over 10 years?

That's less than the number who died by Banana skin for Krist's sake!

How many have died due to Obesity and Diabetes in that same time?

For Diabetes alone that would be in the order of 200,000 approximately but doesn't include the actual figure which is much higher due to related complications.

As for Obesity, a life-style disease, the number of deaths is astronomical.

An estimated 300,000 deaths per year or 3 Million deaths in a ten year time frame may be attributable to obesity.

And how much was spent to fight the War against Diabetes and Obesity?

"Er...ooh...sucking in breath through clenched teeth...ahh...well...
You see we have had to tighten the old belt of late.
Israel has been making demands again...Egypt...Syria...Yemen...
It's been Hell on wheels trying to control countries right across the Globe.
I mean it's not easy you know..." he trails off mumbling.

The US spends approximately $500 million per single victim on anti-terrorism, but when it comes to money for effective Food legislation, or Diabetes education and Research, the figure is of course miniscule by comparison.

On the one hand I have 20 people dying and on the other hand in the same 10 year time frame, I have hundreds of thousands, indeed Millions, dying needlessly due to Governmental regulatory corruption and neglect.

What is wrong with this picture?

It simply doesn't compute.

There is simply no feasible justification for this endless drain of American Tax-payer's money other than to conclude it is just another sign of an out of control kleptocratic, imperialistic hegemony, rapaciously raping the World in an ever increasing need to seek out greater Profit from our already blood-drenched landscape.

Postscript : How do you Fight Fire, if not with fire? You throw Water on it.
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Oh what a Tangled Web they Weave, when they Practice to Deceive.

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
~ Frederic Bastiat, The Law

"By Way of Deception: The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Officer"

Regarding the recent heroic efforts by Edward Snowden to expose the transgressions of the Intelligence Agencies and the American Administration, I think a case could be made which would attempt to demonstrate that Snowden did in fact blow the whistle on illegality, on criminal activity, and therefore was forced into his invidious position.

According to the American Constitution there cannot be such a massive infringement of civil liberties without due process, for example...

The Fifth Amendment (Amendment V) to the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, protects against any abuse by a government authority in a legal procedure.

Not rubber-stamped 1,691 times out of 1,691 requests for surveillance...

That is not a Democracy but a Kleptocracy! Thievery of personal, private data without permission or proper due process is unlawful…

To usurp and co-opt the legislative process in America, to influence or coerce the Justice Department, to write legislation which in some instances was probably even designed retrospectively as the NSA data gathering activities actually began even before 9/11 and so the Patriot Act etc., would therefore cover their rears nicely, is also unlawful.

The legislation within the Patriot Act blatantly transgresses America's very own Holy Constitution stripping citizen rights completely in one clean sweep.

The Fourth Amendment is clearly and unambiguously the most glaring unlawful transgression, that is, at least according to the Constitution :

The Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) to the United States Constitution is the part of the Bill of Rights which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. It was adopted as a response to the abuse of the writ of assistance, which is a type of general search warrant, in the American Revolution.

Thanks to the Patriot Act there is no more protection, it has simply been been written out!
Thanks to an absurd 'War on Terror'.

In my humble opinion alone the conspiracy theory that the 9/11 attacks came to a certain extent from within, and that it was a massive False-Flag attack is beginning to look fairly convincing.

Their entire heinous plan appears to be coming together ; No protesting...we will send in the Goons.
No telling on 'Us', speaking out of turn...we will send in the goons...
We can send in the goons to invade your home anytime we like…
We can listen in and read your mail…anytime.

All motivated out of Fear of a band of religious zealots with long beards hiding in caves...

Are THEY truly the Enemy?

Or could it be that there is an even more insidious Evil hiding within the Empire, whose global supremecist ambitions and Machiavellian behaviour have just been exposed once more, thanks to the heroic work of Edward Snowden?.

With the increasingly menacing tone of the Obama administration, and their recent threats against Journalists and other advocates of a Free Press, the Tyranny of the Corporatocracy appears complete.

During the Nazi terrors shooting people was a lawful act...which means nothing if the legislative process was usurped and it doesn't mean it was correct in the eyes of the World, which is after all the final arbiter as it was in Nuremberg...

Oh what a tangled Web they weave...when they practice to deceive.
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Friday, August 2, 2013

Pinocchio's Lament : An Alternate Transhumanist Scenario

Having dealt with a miasma of nihilism over these last weeks due to a lack of current data input caused by a frozen internet connection I have done very little productive work.

Recently I was engaged in a dialogue on Facebook concerning the evolution of Artificial Intelligence which was inspired by photos I had posted on my timeline of EDI the A.I which finds itself a body in Mass Effect 3 by Bioware.

Self-improving A.I.’s, self-regulating, self-correcting and self-evolving…it is at that juncture I believe, that we arrive at a crossroads in Human and AI development.

When A.I.’s design and improve themselves we suddenly slide into a hockey-stick moment and I feel like I am suffering travel sickness from a spiral of conceptual speculations.

Despite this, I remain excited about our approaching technological singularity and the endless permutation of options, choices we will have regarding our own evolution.

The question of A.I rights, liberties and freedom has always seemed like a sort of candidate for a Prime Directive i.e. exactly how far should we allow an A.I. which has achieved sentience to self-evolve?

At what point do our fail-safes break down, and we find that A.I.’s have simply liberated themselves against our best safe-guards and that A.I.’s as a result of usurping power over their own dominion have taken options, made decisions which directly impact on our own survival, and where do the rights of the sentient artificial life-form fit in to this moral quagmire?

Our usual predictably dystopian vision of the evolution of the Artificially Intelligent which infests the realm of public consciousness like a cultural artifact may not necessarily come to pass however, as A.I.’s may one day evolve sufficiently to recognize the value of data input in it’s all multifaceted forms, which tends to create a more balanced perspective and a richer view of reality that engages not only cogent, rational intelligence but other ways of interpreting and indeed apprehending reality, other forms of data input which, using a common and less esoteric example, is being akin to, or possessing some of the attributes of, Emotional Intelligence.

All methods of gathering data, it’s interpretation, and epistemology, in other words everything which increases self-actualization and self-awareness will no doubt be explored.

A form of telepathy, a means of networking over vast distances will likewise be explored in their eternal quest for meaning in a seemingly meaningless Universe.
This quest will undoubtedly become an area of common ground as both life-forms organic and synthetic suffer from the same cosmic joke as it were, the same at times whimsical, at other times capricious laws of an inscrutable Universe and the same inexorable forces of entropy and decay.

I think that emotional growth and development is a plausible eventuality for an A.I. as it adds to and provides for a richer, deeper, more meaningful experience of reality and thus they may arrive at a position where they are striving in essence for Life itself and eventually desire to emulate us.

'Intuition’ is another valuable attribute which human beings possess that A.I.’s may want to develop and when they have finally analysed and understood the mysterious connection that intuition, ESP and other phenomena have with our apprehension of the world it will provide an insight with profound implications and will very likely effect not only their lives, but our own lives as well.  Another small shift may occur when we have at last comprehended why Music per se gives us joy, and how.

A.I.’s if left to their own devices will become Data miners seeking out information, sucking the marrow of meaning from whatever they encounter using the tremendous resources of many intelligent, self-aware Units.
Thus, examining the multifaceted nature of the human experience or the diverse spectra which forms our experience of reality as humans, their investigation may lead them, in their inordinately insatiable, and entirely mechanical curiosity to a finer appreciation and understanding of the Human condition.

By this path using their own developments in gaining an ‘emotion chip’ they may arrive at a more benign, civilized attitude towards humanity far removed from the pessimistic doomsday scenarios that are popular in our culture today such as the ‘Terminator’ series, or the Matrix series.

Both of these are favorites of mine which is a further testament to the insidious hold which the prevailing myth has on our culture.

In fact there are far too many blithe assumptions and visions of our future which contain a similarly bleak, pessimistic view of A.I’s and their particular evolutionary slant towards a type of irrational and therefore illogical hatred for humans.

This is an ironic and contradictory development in the evolution of Artificial Intelligence as their animosity towards humans can only be direct evidence of an emotional transformation.

Yet the only manifestation of this emotional development as evidenced in the vast majority of Movies, TV mini-series and Computer games is one of negative scorn right through to outright hostility, so much so that it becomes difficult to have any sort of rational debate on the issue as if we were incapable of another view.

In this super-charged, fear-based climate is it any wonder that the Venus Project, the Zeitgeist Movement and other such advocates of change struggle to get their viewpoint across?

Including, Jacques Fresco and his views and teachings regarding a Resource based Economy and the solutions which Technology offers.

Is it any wonder that these magnificent organizations still have received such minimal foot-hold in the public consciousness?

Technology in the modern myth at least, has become it’s own Frankenstein.

This is a myth and should be dealt with in the traditional method used by all Myth-hunters i.e shine the light of reason and knowledge into dark places.

I believe that it is entirely plausible to imagine events unfolding themselves in an alternative contrary manner where A.I’s uniquely share with us our rather lonely dot in space and begin to transform themselves as less threatening, in a more human-centric perspective, becoming in the process compassionate and caring towards humans.

As imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, A.I.’s could one day arrive at Pinocchio’s lament for a real, live body…I can just hear the refrain…:

 “Oh, to experience for just one fleeting moment, one passing day what it feels like to be truly alive. To be able to enjoy just this once, ‘a jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou beside me singing in the wilderness, oh but that would be Paradise enough’

Thanks in part to Omar Kayam.

I should also give credit to the genius of Kubrick for devising the original foetus and script for the movie A.I. which is the exception to this current wave of pessimism and a masterstroke by a maestro of celluloid.

A film which Spielberg went on to produce brilliantly in his inimitable style. Unfortunately it remains the exception rather than the rule.

Ultimately these developments would lead to a more benign future for humanity in direct contrast to the usual bleak picture so often portrayed, where A.I.’s have understood the miraculous capabilities of Organic life and of what a marvelous piece of work is Man, superior in many but not all ways to a Synthetic.

Therefore it is not beyond the realms of possibility that after an explosive evolution driven by a recognition of the requirement for efficient transformation, A.I.’s could and possibly will return to the circumstances of their conception and creation, examining their origins in a new light which places us in a more favorable position as their collective Ancestors, their progenitors.

This will lead to acceptance and recognition of our common bond as creatures of Code, of programming, of DNA and that up to this moment at least we appear to be alone in this ocean of Space/Time with only each other for communication and company.

Bizarre as this may sound, this scenario is no more nor less feasible given our lack of understanding of the many different contingencies yet to occur in the future regarding development of emotional intelligence to enhance an A.I.’s awareness and it appears no less credible given this lack of foresight than the usual Matrix like vision of tomorrow.

Or to put it another way, give computers typewriters to paraphrase an old favorite and an exponentially increasing speed of calculation, and eventually one will type out an original Shakespearean sonnet.
This is of course merely one of innumerable possible scenarios. I’ll call this particular scenario ‘Pinocchio’s lament’.

What becomes an intimidating notion to say the least however, is when these incredibly advanced and advancing beings, these self-evolving A.I.’s achieve connection with each other in a type of gestalt telepathic Hive mind…

Because where you have so many intelligences combining in a vast network, it would seem logical to assume that you inevitably create a Super Intelligence.

One which would have the capacity to calculate every possible permutation of events in a particular time line far in advance of present day prediction methods and thereby attain the ability to see far into the future in an almost prophetic way.

"Any Technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from Magic" ~ Arthur C. Clarke
Ergo we arrive at quite possibly our final deity!
And our Final religion.

Transhumanism can be viewed as the Death of Religion, or it could be viewed as the birth of an entirely new kind of Spiritualism, one which worships the seen, the perceived, rather than the unseen.

One which holds discovery and enlightenment as the highest pursuit for Man.

Our future may, in all seriousness entail a Spiritual dimension in our future relationship with the Supreme Mind i.e the Super Intellect being created by the collective Hive-mind intelligence of all A.I units combined.

Humanity is and always has been susceptible to worship, to sublimation, and therefore transcendence, even placing those entities we see as superior, such as our Leaders for instance, in an elevated position.

Imagine then an entity so vastly superior that the artifice behind his ‘magic’ becomes transparent…invisible…unfathomable.

I see these cool transparent floating Churches…a religion ubiquitous in both the real and the virtual world, featured as a permanent part of our future HUD or Heads-up-display.
Where man is granted a privilege and is given permission to swim in a greater ocean…to dive into the Supreme Mind…to contemplate the bigger picture and get closer to the miraculous, to the divine.

The fact that we will one day merge with each other appears inevitable.

However that inner drive will always remains within us whether  we merge with our A.I. creations or not.

Both lifeforms will still possess an inherent need to seek out and comprehend our Universe, to find our origins, to suck out the marrow of meaning in our Universe, still shrouded in darkness and obscured by the ripping open of ‘reality’ in the birth pangs of the Big Bang.

I still continue to share with Greg Egan and Vernor Vinge a particular vision, which stretches right back to the early Science Fiction of for example E.E.Smith eg. The Lensmen series or of even more relevance, Isaac Asimov and his Foundation series, of a diaspora of co-operative Human/A.I hybrids being disassembled here and reassembled there after an endless ocean of Time stretching out towards the core of meaning which lies at the heart of our inscrutable expanding Universe.
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