Buzzfeed really lacks logic in essay about AI

December 19, 2017

Buzzfeed published an article that says Silicon Valley is afraid of AI because it is a projection of what those monstrous-sized Silicon Valley corporations already do.

But in their musing, they really got off the deep end to show their abysmal ignorance of how capitalism works… And ignorance of how crony capitalism works.

If they knew a bit of how economics really works, real world, it would help them. For when these screeds demand more regulation of capitalism, what they really miss is the elephant in the room. That is, humans in corporations and humans in government will always act as humans normally do. The difference is that it is only governments with a monopoly on power to force people the way it wants.

Corporations, in their “personality” as player in the economy, can only “beg” consumers to buy its products.

On the contrary, capitalism actively erodes this capacity in people by demanding that they replace their own judgment of what “good” means with “whatever the market decides.”


What a disconnection from reality. Who the heck does this author –oh, it’s Ted Chiang, science fiction writer– think is supposed to decide for everybody else ‘what “good” means’??! Him?

No consumers should be the ones that decide what’s good for them. Consumers are the best deciders of what is “good”, because what is “good”, can only be what is good for any given consumer individually of the end product of the capitalist production process.

Maybe Ted Chiang makes a decision on what he buys. Does he doubt his own judgment? Does he prefer a plutocracy making these decisions?

That practice was tried for decades in the now defunct Soviet Union, and Maoist China. It did not work. The entire Soviet manufacturing infrastructure had to be copied from American engineering specs. My manager at one employer, an accountant who had been the accountant for a Cuban collective farm, said the farm mechanic told him that the Russian truck (1960’s make) was identical in every way to a 1956 Ford pickup truck, and please pick up a 1956 Ford pickup repair manual on the trip to Havana.

In North Korea, one defector said her biggest problem in South Korea was “oh, so many choices!” She said there is only one brand of toilet paper in NK. In South Korea, she was shocked by the choices. In one of the first times using the bathroom after escaping NK was, she said, she hesitated to use the toilet paper because it was so pretty with the flowers on it, and it smelled so good.

That’s the difference between eliminated the evil free market (NK) versus letting the free market decide (SK). The free market is made up of people who decide what is good for them. Every person has his own idea of value. Exchanges are made (money for item A) because each side in a transaction sees an increase in the value of what he has post-exchange.

Describing corporations as machines does not magically convert them into machines either. Corporations are driven by people.

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My reply to a “parasite” argument for abortion

December 19, 2017

The woman (and the man, by the way) has all the rights to be free of aggression, AS LONG AS AND ONLY AS LONG AS those actions she CLAIMS are defenses of her own body and property, ARE IN REALITY as she perceives it.

In the non-rape scenario, neither she NOR THE MAN have any right to claim the Non-Aggression Principle as a basis for KILLING THE RESULTING BABY, a proper description of the act of prenatal infanticide.

She (and he) has no obligation to any other person except to those persons that by her (or his) actions has direct responsibility for having put that 3rd party (the baby) into such a situation as to be totally dependent on her (and I would say him).

The baby would not be totally, 100 percent dependent, if not for an action by the mother AND FATHER.

So they are BOTH liable for the nurture and care of the baby up and until the mother (or father) of the baby find another viable situation for the baby.

RAPE: In the case of rape, it is still an innocent party that arrived on your property through no fault of his own. In that case, the RAPIST is responsible 100 PERCENT for all the nurture and care that baby needs. And just as in the case of someone who was, for example, dumped on your property or stowed away on your private plane now discovered in your aircraft, and any action you take to evict the person would directly cause the death of the person, it’s still murder. In such a case of an adult, he would be liable for the cost and maybe double for the trouble.

In the case of the baby, though, complete dependence is just that, and the rapist would owe the baby all his needs, ALL of them. That would include ALL the mother’s needs until such time the baby grows a little and finds another home.

It stinks for a woman who wants to say Yes instead of No from her perspective if she thinks it’s okay to kill a baby if a baby “just happens”, but that is, after all, the purpose of the act, from the point of view of the biology of it.

Prenatal infanticide has no justification any more than the “baby ponds” of 19th century China or the bridges in Roman times where babies were thrown overboard. WIth today’s methods, it’s more like some of the ungodly paganized Jews condemned in the Bible that “fed” their babies to Molech, an idol made so that the mother would put the baby on a slat, and a “priest” would work the pulleys and gears that brought the baby into an orifice where the baby would fall into a fire.

By the way, the real criminal is as often as not a father or boyfriend that hates the idea of a daughter shaming the family, or the idea of child support, that coerce the mother to “lose the baby”. Theirs is the greater sin.

In these discussions I usually at some point share one of my favorite scriptures:

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.-_Isaiah 1:18

Orwellian Doublespeak: “Net Neutrality” is Anti-Neutrality

December 15, 2017

Google and Facebook and Twitter, all the CONTENT GIANTS, are the ones who are “strangling the Internet to death”, picking and choosing who gets browser clicks or how many eyeballs, and how much money content providers can make, and PICKING which contract providers can make money.

They control more than 90 percent of Internet ad dollars.

They are now acting as an arm of the government’s heavy hand on the balances of the First Amendment.

G-FB-T-plus, THEY are the monsters ALREADY killing the Internet’s promise as a forum where anybody can publish. And they do NOT want competition for either the dollars or for opposing viewpoints to theirs.

THAT’S WHY PEOPLE HAVEN’T HEARD THAT IT IS THE CONTROL FREAKS WHO WANT TO DECIDE WHO CAN SPEAK AND HOW MUCH ARE USING THEIR POWER TO EXPAND THEIR POWER.

The ISPs have played much more nicely, while those Content Censors have fooled everybody into looking the other way.

Pride cometh before a fall

December 13, 2017

There’s a new web article around, looks very academic, that purports to show by studies of aging that concludes thus:
Results The findings did not support the contention that “pride comes before a fall.”

It was linked from somewhere that said this debunks the old “saying that pride comes before a fall.”

That “saying” came from a book called the Bible. This is an example of why even still-unrepentant atheism proselytizer Richard Dawkins says “If you don’t know the King James Bible, you don’t know English”.

So maybe they didn’t know that. Signs of the times.

But then they actually apply a study to see if self-described “proud” people have a higher falling rate in old age.

Stop laughing, clean your keyboard, and continue reading when you’re ready.

Reminds me of another Biblical passage: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools”.

The web page says “No funding was provided to conduct this secondary analysis”. That begs another question, who paid for this guy’s room and board? I guess this is what an “honorary research fellow” does?

  1. D McMinn, honorary research fellow1,
  2. S J Fergusson, specialty registrar in general surgery2,
  3. M Daly, associate professor in behavioural science3

Author affiliations

  1. 1Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD, UK
  2. 2Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley PA2 9PN, UK
  3. 3Department of Management Work and Organisation, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK


Golly. They must be running out of creativity for research questions.

The Bible wins again. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” -Isaiah 8:20

Israel, the Zionists, and now

December 12, 2017

Well, I agree about the stupid arbitrary drawing of borders by Western powers, chiefly the Brits who pushed the Ottoman Turks back out of Arabia, and the UN after WWII.

The Brits after WWII got a “Palestine mandate” to supervise Palestine to independence. In the United Nations plan, history tells us, the UN partition plan that did indeed draw boundaries according to the geographically majority population in various areas in Palestine.

It looks kind of hodge-podgy, but here’s the map they drew, where the yellow represents the Arab-majority areas, and the orange represents the more Jewish population (easy enough to find in a search engine):
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/db/UN_Partition_Plan_For_Palestine_1947.svg

However, the Zionists were not satisfied with the map. They were already blowing up Hotel David in Jerusalem, and there were clashes between Arabs and Jews.

So using the money of rich patrons in Europe and the US, they got ahead of the game and declared “independence”, and violence broke out, and the Brits said “We’re outta here” and they got outta there. Mechamem Begin and the “Stern Gang” went on the attack. The Jewish-friendly town of Deir Yassin declared neutrality in the fight, but it had strategic geography, so militias from Begin’s gang massacred the town. I’ve read the Israeli official version of the fight for Deir Yassin and it is not convincing.

The result was as the Zionists intended. Arabs fled towns all around in fright, and cleared a lot of land for the Jewish militia. And the Zionists declared a homeland for Jews. A Brooklyn Hassidic or other Orthodox that condemns the very existence of Israel, can get a one-way ticket to Tel Aviv, and get instant citizenship based on his religion, and get better treatment than an Arab, Christian or Muslim, or Messianic Jew who was born and raised there.

The Zionists were secular socialists, they were not “observant” Jews, but recognized the political expediency of having the “ethnic cohesion” of a core of religious Jews.

In my opinion, nothing is going to work until the “United States” is out of the way, the Antichrist (or Beast) of Daniel 9:24-27 finally organizes a “covenant with many” for peace. The prophecies in Daniel read as though Israel will be invaded a few times until finally the Beast sets up in “the” temple in Jerusalem, a precursor to the war that culminates in the mother of all battles in the Megiddo Valley, aka Armageddon.

And the USA is not for long as a superpower. There have been Christian prophecies on this from the 1950s and 1960s, and then Austrian economists have said it cannot last as such a power, the dollar will drag it down. But I say it already a habitation of filth and evil, its cup running over as a formerly Christian nation as a culture, having abandoned God, as did Jeremiah of old.

Jerusalem is sacred to the Jews, sacred to the Muslims, sacred for Christians, and Jerusalem is the immovable object in any accord. It has broken down talks among the parties more than once.

God is in control, we must remember that, and keep our minds on the JOY of the Lord, and spread his good Word while it is yet day, for the night cometh when no man can work.

Broadband and Net Neutrality

December 9, 2017

Netflix spokes in Australia said Net Neutrality didn’t matter much. Google, Facebook, Twitter and Netflix don’t want broadband ISP’s to “control the Internet”, because THEY want to CONTINUE controlling the Internet as they do now, and make their “obscene profits” from the sale and use of personal information, like they already do.

Are the Big Search and Big Social companies like those pushing for INDIVIDUALS to control it? No. Google dumbs down search for what it doesn’t like, and personalizes my search.

I HATE HATE it that Google “personalizes” my search, and that so many so-called alternatives to Google are reduced to using Google results. They want to be the big Information Bullies. They don’t mind their dominant mastery of their market share. Net Neutrality helps entrench their advantage.

FCC already tells too many orders to cable companies. Telling them to transmit broadcast channels at reduced rates blah blah. They ALWAYS say it’s for the little guy. When they say they do this and that to help the poor, or to make things “fair”, reach for your wallet and hide.

Let the free market do her work. Better policies would encourage competition for providing Broadband services. AT&T is already competing in my neighborhood, against Comcast, with broadband speeds. Open up the infrastructure for laying competitive broadband grid, how about that?

Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;–Isaiah 10:1

That includes the blind leaders of the blind.

Elections in Honduras: The Left Riots, Loots, Burns At Losing in the Counting

December 2, 2017

The international press is totally mutilating the truth in its reporting out of Honduras about the elections held on Sunday this week, where the beast of Venezuela style socialism rears its ugly self again, after being rejected soundly by the nation in 2009.

A recap of events in 2009 in Honduras, and how this would be strong man little Chavez wanted his own dictatorship:
https://trutherator.wordpress.com/2009-honduras-recap-links-in-spanish/

In this next link you’ll find my blog post about how Allende and Zelaya are the real coup-mongers:
https://trutherator.wordpress.com/1540-2/

Another link about Mel Zelaya’s coup attempt:
https://trutherator.wordpress.com/fact-and-links-page-on-honduras-and-golpista-mel-zelayas-coup-detat/

And this one I wrote during the days after Zelaya was arrested:
https://trutherator.wordpress.com/zelaya-was/

Voters in Honduras went to their voting stations this past Sunday, November 26, 2017, to cast ballots for mayors, diputados (congressional representatives), and for president.

Juan Orlando Hernandez is the presidential candidate for the Partido Nacional (“Nationalist Party”). The main opposition candidate is sportscaster Salvador Nasralla, a candidate for the leftist “Alianza de Opposicion contra la Dictadura”, a candidate for the so-called “Partido Libre” and PINU. This “Alianza” should really be called the “Alliance to Impose Dictatorship”, because of the personality in the background, returning to the fray after Honduras rejected him because he rejected Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, aka Mel Zelaya. His official title in this confederacy of villains is “Coordinator”.

If Nasralla wins, then Zelaya wins.

Nasrallah signed an agreement with the International Observers who came for the election, as did Juan Orlando, to accept the results without protest the results as announced by the TSE.

But some three hours after signing the document, he renounced it. The word from Honduras (forget the international agencies) is that he did this without checking with Manuel Zelaya first. He hid in the background in the campaign while calling the shots. Zelaya didn’t like that at all, and three hours later he broke the agreement. And now yesterday, he called for street protests, knowing that he was unleashing an orgy of violence, and that’s exactly what is happening right now in Honduras, this day, Friday, December 1, 2017.

Part of the blame may fall on the TSE, but they have announced, and the European Union observer team also said in press conference, that they had to suspend the counting efforts because of the tear gas floating in from outside. The tear gas was used to disrupt the so-called Alliance supporters who were outside the TSE offices and trying to get in to disrupt the counting. And as an excuse he said it was because of the computer outage during the counting.

ZELAYA BACK, BUT WHO’S BEHIND HIM?

My wife was in high school with Manuel Zelaya, who is the figure she tells me pulls the strings on Nasralla. She told me her classmates regarded him as the dumb one in school. And when one teacher told the class anybody could be president in the country, Zelaya announced he was going to be president. The class roared in laughter. Before his arrest in 2009, while still president, many political observers thought Secretary of State Patricia Rodas was the mastermind of his presidency. Patricia Rodas did her college studies in Cuba.

What is lost in the noise is that the Alianza de Oposicion has representatives present for the counting.

Nasrallah led in early counting but the tide turned after a time, so it was easier for the leaders of this socialist alliance to send their gullible followers to the streets.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON NASRALLA:

During the campaign, one interviewer asked Nasralla about the brutal violent gangs Salvatrucha 13 and the 18 gang. He said he was not afraid of them, they were his “friends”. At some point, I’m told he said (publicly) that he would stop Juan Orlando’s construction of maximum security prisons to hold them, and would let them go to the streets.

Those gangs and their violence got much worse during the Zelaya presidency.

My wife has a friend, a poor friend, who lost a son to the gangs. A cousin as well. And the friend’s son was almost killed until her errant daughter (who was or is a friend of some sort with the gang leader at the time) intervened to protect him.

It seems to some extent, too, and certain times, these gangs learned to cool down a bit with honest working families. For awhile, they were running out of people that had anything. One family, friends with part of my stepchildren’s close circle of college friends,

The gangs collect what they call a “tax” from businesses in their territory. But sometimes their turfs “overlap”. We have a close friend of the family there that had a good small family store. She was already having to pay this “tax” to one gang, and then came another to collect. So now she has to pay this monthly extortion to TWO gangs. Very discretely, because if one gang finds out about the other one, they will murder her.

That’s one reason in reality, Juan Orlando is so popular among the productive sectors of the people, and a great number among the poor as well. One channel walked up one street and asked every person waiting on a bus which way they leaned, and it seemed like an even mix.

LATE BREAKING

The head of the delegation of observers from the United Nations, and the head of the group of observers from the European Union, are asking the Opposition (Nasralla-Zelaya) and their followers to cease from the violence in the streets, so they can continue counting the votes. They are waiting for the Opposition to return to the TSE counting area so they can continue, because the law says all parties should be present.

One man speaking for the Partido Nacional demands that Opposition return to the counting table, asking if they won the vote, then why are they not present to defend their interests?

So the official delegations from the OAS and the UN can see who are the disruptors, who are the cheaters.

So far, there has been a lot of burning and looting, and in San Pedro the looters cleared an entire department store of its merchandise, drugs, furniture, electric appliances, stoves, refrigerators, clothes, everything.

Blocking roads. They destroyed the toll booths on the road outside San Pedro to the main highway that leads to Tegucigalpa. In one town they set a very old church on fire. It was recorded by someone wailing that they had no shame.

They don’t want a fair vote, looks like they want power, and the poor fools sucked in by their demagoguery are willing to do the sacking the looting and the burning for them.

En Copan, one National Party leader denounced one of the leaders of Alianza who went into hiding because someone discovered that she had ordered their followers to burn down the police station for the town.

This a fake protest on the part of Nasralla and Zelaya, who simply want to take power, by riot and mayhem if they cannot win an honest vote.

Please say a prayer for Honduras tonight. (And tomorrow).

Did Jesus exist?

November 25, 2017

Atheist and agnostic historians with degrees who want to preserve a good reputation among their “peers” all agree that Jesus was a real-world person, the one referred to in the Gospels. Denying he existed is stupid.

Secular Roman historians referring to him, and growing in numbers so fast that Nero was able to blame them for the fires that consumed much of Rome. Gospels written within one generation of his death, burial and resurrection by disciples who all variously proved that they believed what they wrote in their accounts by virtue of their voluntary martyrdom as a witness to those beliefs. Psychologists and neuro-scientists discount the “mass hallucination” so-called hypothesis. Medical doctors testify that the “water and blood came out” is evidence of corporeal and clinical death on the cross.

Skeptics said the lack of any ancient reference to nails on a cross in Roman crucifixions meant the narrative was phony, until archaeologists dug up nails used in crucifixions. They denied the existence of the Assyrian Empire until an archaeologist dug up the entire capital city of the empire. One skeptic became an archaeologist to disprove the names and places in the book of Acts until he dug them all up. Simon Greanleaf, Dean of Harvard Law, was an atheist and denied the Resurrection until he took up a student’s challenge to apply his own rule to consider the evidence before concluding anything. The result was The Testimony of the Evangelists, by Simon Greanleaf, subtitled Why I am a Christian.

More Minority Women Are Buying Guns, but the AP Doesn’t Ask Why | Stacy On The Right

November 24, 2017

Here’s the link:
http://stacyontheright.com/more-minority-women-are-buying-guns/

More women are buying guns than ever before, so much so that media outlets have noticed and are attempting to get at the reasons for the uptick. But none of the stats on firearms purchases have alarmed leftists more than those surrounding black women.

Black women are buying guns, getting trained on them, and being really open about it. Just this week, the Associated Press profiled three such women, all of them black, and proudly boasting of newly acquired guns.

Why is this an issue? Black women are far more likely to live in neighborhoods plagued by higher than normal crime, and they suffer abuse and even death at the hands of a spouse more often than any other ethnic group, yet the AP finds it puzzling that they are buying guns?

Scholastics and Jesuits

November 23, 2017

The apologetics favoring rehabilitation of the Jesuits is a bit of misguided revisionism of history.

We now see the Jesuit order before our very eyes in 2017 ripping off its sheepskins and letting its wolfish fangs show against those who dare resist world government. Pretending that it had a different historical mission other than subject as many as possible to religious loyalty to the last-word rule of the Papacy is a misguided notion.

Ignatius de Loyola offered to bring the Protestants back under Papacy. It was more to recapture the Protestants than Muslims. They began happened as the Reformation was forming.

The Reformation was spiritually about restoring God to its rightful place above the Papacy. The Magna Carta also invoked God as the justification for pushing back against unjust decrees from the Monarchy.

Under Christianity, the rule of law means adhering to the Word of God, not the priest, king, or Pope, or pastor, or such. Clearly there is a hierarchy, as bionic mosquito points out, but the Bible is the articulation, and extension, of natural law for believers.

There may be some positives in the writings of many Jesuits, and certainly many of the deeds of some of them were godly and freedom-enhancing, but the Order as an institution instituted practices hidden from much of history by history’s oligarchs.

They have done all manner of atrocities in the name of the Church. The discovery of the Gunpowder Plot, whose intellectual author was a Jesuit priest, is a vindication of Protestant suspicions of Mary’s allies, and the Catholic plots to overthrow the throne to install the Catholics.

So now we get a Establishment Hollywood movie attempting to mask the Gunpowder Plot as an anarchist rebellion!

https://www.chick.com/articles/houstonletter.asp

We now see what the Jesuits are about when we research history as it was. A mixed bag at best, an espionage and Fifth Column at worst. Fraud, Machiavellian political machinations, disruptions, on it goes. These are not the fruits of either a libertarian influence, nor a freedom-loving spiritual organization. Using temporal and political powers to subjugate the masses is more along the lines of a socialist propaganda organ.

And lo and behold, the Jesuit Papacy has joined the socialist one-world order, and given its blessing. I do not believe that the Beast (aka Antichrist) of Revelation will be the Pope, but it is looking like this Jesuit Pope at the Vatican may well be ready to take the role of the False Prophet of Revelation 13 and give his blessing to the Beast.

Thank God there are a great many Catholics in libertarian and Austrian circles who seem prepared to denounce their Pope as the American Empire and its successor increase their attempts to take back control. Post St. Patrick’s Ireland, had its autonomous areas ruled by their own nobles, and the “monasteries” were actually voluntary cooperative communities of families sometimes with a female as leader. Romans had to

By their fruits ye shall know them. Where Roman Catholic institutions and culture predominate, these nations have fewer traditions of liberty. The markets most free flourished in the United States. It took the enemies of freedom a whole century longer to fool the Americans in Protestant USA into tolerating a central bank.

Literacy historically was much more prevalent in all Christendom as it spread around the world, but a majority of the population historically in Protestant -dominated nations than in Roman Catholic dominated nations. By their fruits ye shall know them.

Note and “disclaimer”: There have been some shining lights among the Roman Catholic faithful, scripture-quoting St. Francis as the best-known example, and many accusations in the popular mind against the Vatican are wrong. The Papacy and many of its people in Germany did save many Jews, as was recognized in Israel. (And Hitler was not Catholic, or Protestant either, but pagan). I’ve met many godly Catholics, received hospitality in housing of its orders, but also saw a man “more Catholic than the Pope” kidnap by force waving a gun, his adult son, whom we led to sanity using the Word. And felt the spiritual wickedness of a Jesuit priest blasting us because we had dared to share our faith with his small group of “disciples”.