Dave and HAL remembered or was 2001 a Space Odyssey prophetic?

07/10/2010 at 6:43 am (Human Behavior, Personal Opinion, Technology) (, , , )

When does technology become evil?  I think technology (computers, smartphones, iPads, the internet, etc.) only becomes evil when we, as a society) believe we can’t function without it, or it replaces actual human contact (social intercourse).  In some (maybe many) ways the current generation might have crossed that line.  I guess we’ll have to see if our society, over time,  stagnates and dies, or continues to grow and evolve.  I not sure which will happen.  But I am afraid for our kids.

On the other hand, a product of that technological revolution, are miniature electronic tags, that are implanted under the person’s skin.  What with the ever increasing amount kidnapping of woman and children for the purposes of human trafficking and the increasing number of human predators out there stalking, and torturing, our children, tagging our kids sounds like a really good thing.  At least we can find their bodies once the bad people are done with them.

All of this may sound cynical, and I guess it is, but regardless, technology, and our increasing dependence on it, is both good and evil.  We, as humans, must strive to keep our humanity, and positive human interactions, in the face of the dehumanization of our society by our own dependence on technology.  Computers have no conscience.  Only humans have a conscience (or at least we’re suppose to have).  We, as a sentient species, must choose whether or not we wish our interactions with other human being (and other species, for that matter) are warm and friendly, or cold and brutal.  Something to think about, while you’re reading this blog over the internet on you desktop, notebook, or netbook computer.  Enjoy your day.

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Just How Deep Does This Rabbit Hole Go??

07/06/2010 at 10:02 am (Personal Opinion, Politics) (, )

Here’s one of the really big problems, it would seem that there are no longer restrictions on exorbitant interest rates, in the neighborhood of 30% – 50%.  Look what’s happening to mortgage, credit and charge card, and auto finance rates.  They’re no longer tied to the Overnight or Bank Rate.  So the Bank rate is 0.5%, and it just rose to that level 2 months ago.  Mortgage rates are hovering between 8% and 15% and have been steadily rising since late last fall.  We have at least one more wave of economic downturn (sometime in the next 3 – 9 months) accompanied by more unemployment.  People with jobs, especially in the States are buying houses on foreclosure, because the mortgage rates are still reasonable, even at 8% they figure they can either fix ’em and flip ’em or keep 4 or 5 as income properties.  Many of the entrepreneurs are new arrivals, relatively speaking.  By the summer of 2011, I predict mortgage rates in the neighborhood of 20% – 30%.  The first wave of foreclosures effectively eliminated the minorities (Blacks and Hispanics) from the home ownership market (Thank you Mr. Bush for fucking the black man and woman).  The next wave will leave only rich white folks in the credit markets…just what Bushie and his friends wanted at the beginning of all of this in the summer of 2008.  And the same things going to happen here.  The controls on interest rates are gone.  Thank you Jimmy Flaherty, Neo-Nazi extraordinaire.

Another Really BIG problem, maybe the biggest, Wages are NOT rising anywhere near as fast as Prices.  And for those of us on a very fixed income, rapidly rising costs such as groceries and fuel (which causes grocery, and all other, prices to escalate, as well) is painful, at best.  Without price controls in place, the governments are signalling that they really don’t  give a damn about those of us at the lowest end of the economic food-chain (and that would include the working poor, which pretty much includes just about anyone with kids, making less than about $125,000/year).  So, I challenge ALL governments in the western world (you know who you are, you where all in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada last weekend) to do something about price controls, before the poor wind up panhandling on your street, just to stay alive.  Leaders, you must remember, we are not poor because we want to be, we’re poor because we are unable to earn a decent living.  It just hit me, we, the poor, should all go into politics, then we’d earn an obscene amount of money every year, and we wouldn’t have to worry about having any necessary skills!  Mr. Harper, Mr. Flaherty think about it, the poor you so easily ignore, might suddenly be sitting across from you in Parliament.  Neat, huh?

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The Bears are Armed Enuf! So, are you a sheep, or what?

07/05/2010 at 1:00 pm (Personal Opinion, Politics) ()

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_supreme_court_guns

The above news item from Yahoo! News annoyed me, so I felt obliged to comment.  I guess the whole country’s forgotten their high school Civics classes (assuming they still teach Civics in high school), the 2nd Amendment to the U. S. Constitution is about the maintaining of a militia system rather than the standing army (which we have today), and not, in fact, about the right to bear arms. The section regarding the bearing of arms is related only to the needs of a militia system. In a militia system, the participants must supply their own weapons and ammunition, uniforms, etc. Today the DOD supplies weapons, ammunition, uniforms, and all other required goods and services to ALL soldiers, they need not supply their own. Meaning because the militia system no longer exists, and therefore the right to bear arms no longer exists! Everybody should actually read the 2nd Amendment sometime, rather than take someone else’s opinion on the subject, think for yourself! I realize the existing Supreme Court is afraid of the gun lobby when it comes to making correct rulings regarding gun control, everybody needs to retire someday.   This is my, and many other legal scholars’, interpretation of the 2nd amendment.

Before you decide that you disagree with me, read the wording contained in the actual text of the amendment, think about those words, and then decide what you believe.  At least then, you’ll be thinking for yourself, and not being a sheep, and following whatever the special interests groups tell you is the truth.  Always remember, a well-read populace is dangerous populace, politicians (and their puppeteers) prefer us as sheep…unthinking sheep, who do and think what they’re told.  Do you want to be a sheep, or what?  Just my thought for Independence Day.

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Lady Liberty & the Island Ellis

07/02/2010 at 7:08 am (Personal Opinion, Politics) ()

http://cnn.com/video/?/video/politics/2010/07/01/bts.obama.immigration.cnn

I just saw this item on the CNN site.  All I can say (besides thanks Dana Bash and cnn.com) is, finally a President with vision and an understanding of what America is about.  And this is why I love President Barak Obama.  The ideas seem to be cogent and well thought out (a President who actually thinks AND can tell the truth, amaaaaaaaaaazin’), not to mention fitting with the true spirit of America.  Those opposed, need to realize that America is the bright shining beacon of hope for a great many people around the world, and therefore they will keep coming no matter what.  And those who are here, are already contributing to America, rather than being a threat, for the most part.  I believe that anyone who wants to contribute to America must be allowed to.  Just a thought.  I hope that the Right (often the wrong) Wing will finally realize that without a friendly immigration policy, their ancestors would never have been able to come here, and therefore they wouldn’t be taking up space in Congress trying to prove how patriotically American they are.  Please, think about it.

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