The “war on…” can be won, here’s how. Excerpts from my interviews with nearly a dozen current and former U.S. officials and experts. (essay and also audiobook’d)
Thank you for visiting this list of what I had read and audiobook’d. The past and present will be gone soon and this is how to get it back.
Here’s the decision, cleaned up, without footnotes, almost all citations, appendixes, and with nonsubstantial edits for formatting and so as to be usable in its audio format
You be the judge.
Seneca warned us 2000 years ago about that politician you are telling people to vote for cos “they bring solutions”
There is that person who thinks they understand the consequences of highly complex interventions on human societies by introspection alone. Not only do they think they understand the consequences of alternative policy choices, but they’re so confident that their understanding is right and that its truth is so obvious that the only explanation for disagreement is evil intentions.
Climate change environmentalists often come bearing a Green New Deal.
The bundle presents itself most authoritatively in The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “scientific” recommendations”:
The Chinese govt has developed a SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM (shehui xinyong tixi) SCS provides rewards or punishments as feedback to citizens, based not just on the lawfulness, but also the morality of their actions, covering economic, social and political conduct.
…larger dogs and/or those that are scary or known for aggressiveness. Banning dogs breeds should include:German Shepherd…
“OK Google, give me a list of all of the Google employees who have joined the State dept and the Clinton foundation and Clinton Presidential Campaign and also include the employees of the State Dept and Clinton foundation that now work for Google.”
Sometimes the right thing to do is stay quiet when everyone else is wrong
A functional society is built on a store of publicly accessible information, its shared history, and that evolves over time.
But who is assigned write-privileges to this public ledger and how can they be trusted?
The Taxed Few are paying the most taxes, They don’t need to stay in NYC, Boston, L.A., San Francisco or Chicago. There migration to other locales, in other states, has just begun
…why the civil rights movement looms so large in the memory of the left and why they keep trying to find ways to relive it. Those were the glory days in which they managed to call the whole American system, including capitalism, into doubt. Hence their eagerness to drag race into every issue, particularly economic issues. As they see it, the invocation of race automatically confers moral authority on the left while draining it away from the right.
In the process, of course, they are not doing any favors to blacks or to the poor. Welfare programs that exist first, foremost and only for the purpose is to buy moral legitimacy for politicians on the left. Nobody ever inquired too closely about whether any of those programs actually worked. The nominal beneficiaries of government largesse were, as always, merely incidental to the wider political purposes of the program.
I just (re)read MLK, Letter from Birmingham Jail. Should you choose to also, here it is:
My Dear Fellow Clergymen:
While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.”
…customers will have to make compromises to accommodate technology This create opportunities for a premium service, Human Truck Drivers
Algorithms are gospel because we have made computers, in all their forms, our idols. Data becomes theology. It is a worship that binds its practitioners into faith that any kind of computational social change is pre-determined and inevitable. And therefore… resistance is futile.
…that America and other Western countries are devolving into a soft totalitarianism; a pleasure-loving and increasingly lonely populace surrenders their freedoms to radical ideologies, which maintain their hold through education and a steady stream of propaganda.
Credit reporting is the data that links surveillance, credit, democracy and national security questions. But, from the NSA to Facebook and down the corporate chain, we never have never figured out how to handle privacy and data, computerization and personal data has always been linked to the power to control citizens, not priv
Liberals read liberal columnists to be told liberal things, conservatives, conservative, feminists, feminist. All want to be assured that their vacuous and pernicious delusions are the bedrock of cosmic truth.
Statues are made of sand. Let them tumble down. Whoever was great once was not meant to last.
What sand dunes will be put atop the pedestal. Who is great today, who will be greater tomorrow and then washed away?
An easy guess is Obama, inoffensive and abounding in symbols, carve in some babbling rhetoric and that’s one up, thousands more to go.