OUR INSANELY GREAT AWAKENING

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THE LAST JEDI SHREWS

“I traveled to the south. The ancient rabbi appeared to me, voice heavy with the sands of time. He made me see. Same as Kabalah Dave but for you it’s free. God guides us on our journey but careful with those feet.”

Odds and ends at the work week’s completion.

Facebook is threatening to have its users determine the veracity of the news sources they read, which is the absolute worst possible method except for literally any other method.

In America, black and brown commit radically disproportionate more violent crime than white, which everyone knows, but almost no one is comfortable thinking about, and certainly not discussing. The inerrant outcome of this, having the data but not liking it or what it might mean, likewise shows up in our algorithms.

More than a half-century ago, the science fiction writer Philip K. Dick imagined a world in which a “precrime” agency made that possible. Today, a handful of tools promise to help nudge society in that direction.

But a new study out this week suggests that at least one such forecasting algorithm, used in some American courts, is no better than untrained humans.

Star Wars The Last Jedi did a disservice to women. The men were always taking action. The women were always there to say no, not yet, maybe later. Ugh. Even if the women were right, they were no fun — and in movies, action and fun is everything.

As I predicted long ago, wealthy, established Silicon Valley giants are calcifying America’s innovative, highly disruptive ecology — likely deliberately — with their insistence on incorporating non-relevant factors such as “diversity” across the industry.

Nothing great was ever built because of diversity. Not our Constitution, not the iPhone, not aspirin, not television, not the Internet, not any great book you’ve ever read, not any great painting you’ve ever witnessed.

In California, the blogosphere has been full of chatter about the inequity of life. Some of this, especially for women, is true and for certain individuals their day of reckoning has been long overdue. But many of the soul-sapping discussions seem like unwarranted distractions. In recent months, there have been complaints about the political sensibilities of speakers invited to address a corporate audience; debates over the appropriate length of paternity leave or work-life balances; and grumbling about the need for a space for musical jam sessions. These seem like the concerns of a society that is becoming unhinged.

These topics are absent in China’s technology companies, where the pace of work is furious.

Hollywood is stupid.

From HBO comes a teaser trailer for an upcoming adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, a film that went in today production a year before the 2016 election–that is, before things in America took a turn for the worse and the weird.

Fahrenheit 451 is one of the most wrong science fiction works ever that is still taken serious. Books banned? Made unavailable? Stupid. For $50 or less, anyone can have a magical tablet which can download and store and make instantly available literally thousands upon thousands of great books, most free, thousands more available for under a dollar.

But small minds take comfort in false truths.

They hope to make you believe they are beacons of truth, honor, ready to fight, to sacrifice, against all bad — but only when the bad is make believe and there is zero real pain from the struggle. Weak.

I believe the Trump economic pillars—slash regs, cut taxes, fair trade deals, secure borders, and promote individual entrepreneurship—will initiate massive sustained economic growth over the next 5-10 years, at least. Invest now. In yourself. In America.

THE SEVENTH HOUSE

“When the moon is in the Seventh House and Jupiter aligns with Mars then peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars. This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius”

You fear believing in God.

You have been taught this is wrong, small, limiting, dumb, intolerant.

Free yourself of these false teachings.

I know you will.

An insanely great awakening is upon us — an embrace of God proceeding from our embrace of technology. Atheists are on the wrong side of history. Just as we outsourced our labor to the machines, now we are outsourcing our thinking, our calculating, our rational tasks. As a consequence, we are becoming more spiritual, more creative, and yes, more irrational, free to explore all our thoughts, impulses, desires, fears, hopes, aggressions.

Belief in magic, religion, in spirituality and God will accelerate and deepen because of, not despite of, the rise of big data, machines, robotics, electronics, computing and artificial intelligences. We become what our machines cannot. We go where our machines do not dare. Faith is our future. Spirituality is our expression. God, our salvation.

As we alter our bodies, our minds, upend society, reconstruct awareness and deconstruct all that came before, including markets, capitalism, value, power, wealth, influence and experience, there is a right path forward.

We just don’t know what it is.

Despite all our data, our computing, our connectedness.

These may be making us more lost.

The past is rapidly becoming more unknowable to us than the future. We are like Adam and Eve, better suited for what’s to come than for what’s come before us.

We will seek out God.

We are eager to know.

The world is soon unlike all that was.

No home, new modes of work, play, crafting, interaction, and the connection of all places and things to all people will lead millions, maybe billions, to forever wander the land, seeking friendships, seeking answers, a willful freeing of their mind and liberation from place forever altering our culture, and filling their emptiness by replenishing the spirit.

Nothing is how it’s supposed to be, it’s all not working. We have never been more empowered, more capable, more angry, more empty, and we sense, the fear and revulsion and excitement of it always on display, that the very idea of human, of person, of self may soon vanish forever. With our god-like powers, we have made pursuit of God necessary.

Some will find temporary solace in idol worship, idle pursuits.

The New Age of Astrology

In a stressful, data-driven era, many young people find comfort and insight in the zodiac—even if they don’t exactly believe in it.

Until you are ready to embrace the truth you will lurch into comfortable lies, sex, screens, the zodiac.

In 2013, when Sandhya was 32 years old, she downloaded the Astrology Zone app, looking for a road map. She felt lonely, and unappreciated at her nonprofit job in Washington, D.C., and she was going out drinking four or five times a week. “I was in the cycle of constantly being out, trying to escape,” she says.

False faith is your start, it will not be your finish.

God is in your future

TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY

“The Devil went down to Georgia,
He was looking for a soul to steal
He was in a bind, ’cause he was way behind,
He was willing to make a deal”

Apple, whose coterie of skinned knee sycophant cheerleader bloggers have insisted pays every penny of tax it owes is about to pay $38,000,000,000 to the US Treasury.

It’s a start.

Do not back down. Keep this pressure on. Values equal profits. Let’s make this so for the biggest most profitable corporation in the world. We value companies that pay their fair share of taxes, who keep jobs in America — and who absolutely do not outsource manufacturing of the world’s most profitable product to an anti-democratic country that outlaws anonymity and freedom on the web.

Apple is bringing billions from its cash horde back into the US and this is good, but not nearly enough. America — American consumers — must stop subsidizing the rest of the world with our money and innovation.

As part of its first step toward making good to the country that birthed it, Apple says it will also build a second headquarters here, likely in Austin, Texas. Apple says it will also boost funding to advanced manufacturing in the US — a meager $5 billion.

Not enough.

Stop handing over precious IP to China.

Stop using American consumers as product beta testers — who pay full price.

Build American manufacturing.

We must demand better from Apple — just as we should all corporations.

Also: we must demand of ourselves to be better than only consumers.

SHITHOLE

“He could have turned sugar into cocaine.”

Shithole

Cunt

Faggot

Redneck

Nigger

Bitch

Cocksucker

Pussy

Tits

Trans

Genes

Death

Dick

Privilege

Masculine

White

Credit card

Kill

Jesus

Trump

Depression

Ugly

Autistic

Competitor

Patriot

Witchcraft

Conform

Constitution

Blockchain

Competency

Unemployment

Judgment

Candy

Grandmother Lil

Okay, Alexa, those are all the words you’re not allowed to use when my little girl asks you a question.

LITERALLY I CAN’T

“Oh my God. Shut the fuck up.”

Welcome, children, I know you are all eager to take this, your final exam after twelve long years of state-enforced, parent-required, union-run, 20th century-modelled education. Please, still still, quietly, disconnect from all devices, you may not access any videos or data sources, no search engines or spreadsheets, no archived information or virtual reality training enhancements. That is not how we do things at school!

Brian! I am talking. Stop your fidgeting!

Good.

Now, to ensure you are ready for adulthood, I will call on each of you to answer a series of questions. Please, answer each to the fullest of your abilities.

Deena, you first!

The following is a list of 1,000 great books representing the very best of our culture. Name all those you have read.

None? Really? Ok.

Describe the structure of America’s government?

You can’t?

Recite the first amendment.

Yes, let’s skip that one.

Can you explain compound interest?

Agreed, that is too hard.

Have you ever balanced a checkbook?

No, I suppose you haven’t.

Here is a basic geometry question, a trigonometry problem, and an algebraic riddle. Solve.

Yes, you did get them all wrong, dear.

Recite a line from Shakespeare.

To be or not — close enough!

Give me an example of a depreciating asset.

Depreciating asset.

Depreciating.

Asset.

Name 3 presidents.

Yes, we’ll accept two.

Here is an internal combustion engine with two basic problems. Fix them.

Fine, that was too hard.

Connect this common API with this popular app.

Yes, that was also too hard, I’ll give you that.

Spell “debilitate.”

No, just one ‘a’ I’m afraid.

No, not there.

No, not there, either.

D-e-b-i-l-i-t-a-t-e.

Agreed, spelling isn’t terribly important. We should probably remove that question from the test.

Why did America enter World War 1?

Agreed, that was over 100 years ago, let me change the question.

Why did America enter World War 2?

Nazis? Yes, we’ll accept that.

Here is a number set. Calculate for us the mean, median and mode.

No, wait. That’s obviously too difficult. Question withdrawn.

That’s everything we have for you, Deena. Congratulations, you passed! The future welcomes you.

CONSUMPTION NOW!

“Farmer is a happy crook. Jesus hates him every day. Cause Jesus gave and farmer took.” 

You no longer need to work on Maggie’s farm. Near-global, all-digital, easily accessible platforms bring the world to you.

With little effort, minimal costs, and a few keystrokes, you are everywhere, and everyone who connects with you becomes a walking, talking, image-making proponent of your brand, every customer a positive ripple in the commercial marketing zeitgeist — remember, this requires near nothing from you — you are fully realized, able to launch a business, sell your wares, instantly satisfy wants, needs and fulfillments inside a dizzying partly-physical, slightly virtual planet-spanning logistical ecosystem.

It is glorious.

Technology should enable us, extend us, liberate us, maximize our talents, our skills, our commitment.

But I remain uneasy.

Logan Paul is a very popular “YouTube star” with millions of viewers — literally, despite the fact that you never heard of him. His various antics are watched by millions mostly on small screens, smartphones, tablets, laptops. He earns a great deal of money through YouTube advertisements.

Until now.

Many people were upset by how they viewed Mr. Paul’s response to recently “finding” a dead body.

These people, certain their righteousness was more right than others, took to the same semi-global platforms to howl their outrage. Google promptly marginalized Mr. Paul’s YouTube channel.

Which is fully their right, in America, in the early 21st century, given that it is their platform.

Except, there aren’t very many of these wondrous platforms. Maybe there can’t be?

If you can’t express your thoughts on Twitter, or promote your wares on Facebook, or upload your video to YouTube, that low-barrier, low-cost, giant-digital mart gets really small really fast.

Should we allow this?

Three companies — Google, Facebook, Twitter — all headquartered in one small area of one state in the United States can, anytime they wish, marginalize any business, any talent, any idea, any voice.

That’s far too much power.

For now, I am not suggesting we seek government redress. But, we must keep vigilant.

But wait. There’s more.

Let’s imagine a world where Google, Facebook and Twitter — and nearby Apple, which makes the world’s most popular smartphone, the prime entryway to our global bazaar, which is made in a democratically-opposed nation — all always do the right thing.

They are tolerant of voices and ideas and the many ways these are expressed.

No fears, everyone hop aboard!

Now what?

Everyone’s able to buy and sell and market and collect in this glorious grand parade of digitalized commerce.

But shouldn’t there be more?

Or different?

Check out my Amazon e-store!

Use the brand code from my Instagram feed!

Click on the App Store link on my blog!

All well and good, true enough. But it’s just stuff and money, honestly.

I deeply appreciate the always-learning, never-sleeping, constantly-iterating, desperately-challenging consensual hallucination that is capitalism. I do. It has extended our lives, broadened our minds, liberated our days.

But all we’re doing with these blessings is consuming.

That seems like a major failure on our part — not something we can blame on technology or capitalism or even small minds.

Rather, fear.

Let’s stop being afraid.

Let’s build what comes next to be better than who we are now.

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