Entries by An Unnamed Baldnobber (219)


Post-Bomb Brutus

Murder has been forever a common theme on our little blue planet.  While historically, wholesale/global human carnage was not an existential species threat.....today it is!  Although we humans don't talk much about our common peril, we all know that TECH has brought us iphones, Crispr and a the real possibility of species annihilation.  We, of course, embrace the trade, rationalizing that all now known fatal techs, "bio-AI nuclear-climate",  need only be reconciled as probabilities, like plane crashes and ebola.  

I accepted that at some time/space scale, everything is lethal, but the IDW people keep inviting statistiics aficionados to prove up that for all of these mega-killers, the event probabilities are all 100% and that, for each, the low-risk time safety zones have past.  My favorite, is the Nick Balstrom "chiller scenario" that says that in any sizable population the human behavior diversity is always such that a few people would, if possible, choose to kill millions, or everyone.  Why, is not relevant.  We all know that if, to fabricate a Nuclear Bomb, required the same Tech Capacity as is required to make a Gasoline Engine, we would all now be dead. Particularly, this stealth-nuclear expression and the similar stealth-bio-pathogen expression seem most probabilistically troubling.  One can imagine that we are coming upon a culture where nuclear/bio DIY kits are available on racks at Walmart, designated as "re-purposed for sport venues".

Not to announce my melancholy, nor to undermine Nike optimism, but I'm thinking intercessory prayer.


I Call "Bullshit"....but

     A Quillette post today brought focus to what we all know, but casually overlook. Namely that our often personal opinions arise as a state of understanding based on dubious memory and therefore assesments that may be faulty.  We may be the victims of "historical amnesia" resulting from our "information overload culture".  It is prudent to remember, as the Quillette post put it:

"We have in the cacophony of the internet a vast machine for forgetting. One that is building a new society upon the shallow, shifting sands of Historical Amnesia."

     As such, we need think deep when our biases arise.  Are they responsive to the cumulative expression of an evolving self or they shallow inclinations reflecting "too much now"

     And further, if this isn't enough, we must guard against reacting to this conflict-laden "information overload", by escaping into an "apathy zone" where we call neither "cheers" nor "bullshit" at all.  Which is, of course, the state of engagement that the architects of power wish for we, the electorate.


Who Be the Duke Now.... qui tam

Duke University Agrees to Pay U.S. $112.5    Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Scientific Research Misconduct at Duke University


 "The allegations were originally brought in a lawsuit filed by Joseph Thomas, a former Duke employee, under the "qui tam", or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act, which permit private individuals to sue on behalf of the government and share in any recovery.  The Act permits the government to intervene in and take over the whistleblower’s suit, or, as in this case, for the whistleblower to pursue the action on the government’s behalf.  Mr. Thomas will receive $33,750,000 from the settlement."


      Perhaps in today's Trump illuminated moral climate, the Justice Department will compete with the IRS for Federal "revenue production".  If we Americans were to be inducted by Facebook to "qui tam" all of our employers, charities, churches and friends...we might well not need the IRS




Hopefully....Trump is a "Smart Parasite"

"It’s a smart parasite that does not kill its host."  I saw a blog comment recently that offered up a threat to the American elite.  The comment asked, rhetorically, of the hedge fund crowd, "who will protect the Hamptons when they come for you"?  This no doubt educated, provisioned and secure anti-elite com mentor followed with: 

       "When the regular folks have been desensitized and downtrodden enough that they are ready to commit atrocities as opposed to slow suicide, well I guess we’ll have to get going on a whole new crop of elite."

Regrets, I suspect that today's wannabe Marxists will do little more than blog and dream of appearing on MSNBC.  A more cynical comment in this same thread countered:

 "I could see it happen in, say Scotland, but not in this country. Americans will go to the homeless camps and the poor parts of town and slaughter those people for freedom and Jesus."

And when they do, we will talk and write about it with cultured pathos.  As a further com mentor in this same blog thread added:

"I am not sure the petite bourgeoisie of professionals who scorn the deplorables and embrace the empty rhetoric and personalities of “hope and change” as if they were objects of fashionable interior decor are much better."

It is increasingly apparent that when the sky really does fall, we "Chicken Littles" will pretty much get what we deserve!




Alexa.....please ask "Minhua Wu" for help!

     Because we Americans are so "exceptional". we get to make, and take credit for, and name all cool things like telephones and televisions and more recently "Voice Assistance Devices like Alexa.  I happened to click on the "Alexa Science Blog" today and noted page after page of technical posts related to machine learning, neural net experiments, etc.


     Not only were the first two entries from, what might have been a list of finalist in the National Spelling Bee, but, clicking through the pages, it was apparent that the rapidly evolving Alexa is being brought to every household in America by persons who most of our electorate want to silence.  I am not suggesting anthing sinister about "nationalism".  I do like a pure play, however.  If we  are so damn exceptional, we should be satisfied with a Voice Assist Device made by Billy Long, Sara Smith, and Jimmy Johnson and not insist on one brought to us by:

Hari Parthasarathi
Kenichi Kumatani
Yuan-yen Tai
Rahul Gupta
Minhua Wu
Ming Sun
Behnam Hedayatnia
Mike Rodehorst
Alessandro Moschitti
Anuj Goyal
Anish Acharya
Rasool Fakoor
Sanchit Agarwal

     Literally thes were exclusively the named contributors on "all" of the blog entries. Excepting, maintaining control of the world currency markets, (a Jewish thing),  we be outsourcing everything.  "Alexa... ask Rasool how I can pass that damn GED test."