Thursday, November 16, 2017

Crash Report


After a computer crash last week, I posted about my travails with Windows System 10 and how I managed to reload the OS after stumbling around and losing years worth of data. I hate System 10 because so much is going on in the background and the whole kit and kaboodle is beamed out into the "cloud" where any NSA employee can dial me up and check out my web surfing habits.

What's a paranoid geek to do? Install a new OS. And that's what I did.

I wanted to go with Linux because it is secure and relatively virus-free. I speak Unix so it was a no-brainer until I realized Microsoft Word does not run on Linux (at least, not very well). I use MS Word and I have to have it. After a little research, I settled on System 8.1. The install itself was not as simple as might be expected. I had to purchase the OS Product Key and then download the OS and installer to a thumb drive. Once there, I re-booted from the thumb drive and started the installer. Once things got going with the install, it went smoothly except that the installer did not give me a choice to create separate partitions for the OS and any Recovery operations. I considered stopping the install at that point, backing out, and then creating the partitions manually but did not. Why? Because I had been working on it all week by then and the partitions weren't absolutely necessary...

After the install was complete, I began adjusting settings, installing applications (like MS Word, Dreamweaver, etc.), and downloading updates. The next morning, I discovered 183 new updates which had been applied overnight. The updates are still coming in, by the way. I think I am over 200 now and that's probably the extent of it.

The new system, Windows 8.1, works great. It's fast, stable, and everything I do is not shared with the CIA (unless I want it to be shared.). Windows 10 puts your business on the street and makes it available to those who believe a great beehive would be the height of human evolution. Windows 8.1 was designed as an interim system on the way to System 10 and will be supported by Microsoft until 2023. That's long enough for me. When the smart network is rolled out, attached terminals will be further slaved to the matrix, er, the net. I choose to control and monitor my connection. How about you? Do you love your smartphone so much that you turn a blind eye to the total lack of privacy? Hmm?



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

When You Think About It...


...it's really kind of crazy:

The world’s richest 1% own half the world’s wealth.
(and make decisions for the rest of us)

Monday, November 13, 2017

MC For Sale


This is my 2006 Triumph America. Well, it's pictures from the catalog but mine looks just like it minus the pad seat on the rear fender (I removed it.). The bike only has 6500 miles and it spends more time in the garage than it does on the road.

In an effort to accelerate my four-wheel vehicle search and gather cash for my ultimate purchase, I have decided to offer up the motorcycle in exchange for a very fair amount of cash money. No checks, no promises of payment, no trades unless it's heavily in my favor, no modifications, all deals final, and original motorcycle User's Guide included. What a deal, right? Except you gotta bring cash.

I wish I could say this is the bike I rode all the way down to Panama, but it's not. I've never been to Panama. I am the original owner and I want you to have this motorcycle. You will look smart sitting atop its sleek and powerful design. You will be transformed into a manly man as you hang on to a silver streak while the wind tosses your hair in pure freedom.

I'm not kidding. The machine is for sale. Leave message in comments or email at northtexasdrifter@hush.com.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Throw The Jew Down The Well



This sort of goes along with the previous post and no,
I am not advocating throwing Jews down wells.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Clap Your Hands!



If you're crazy and you know it, clap your hands.

I have come to the very real conclusion that most people have lost their minds. Maybe the earth passed through an area of intense gamma rays and it did something to the collective consciousness, or maybe most everyone is finally on one drug or another and incapable of rubbing two coherent thoughts together, or maybe ground pollution has settled in our drinking water turning us all into paranoid swamp things. Whatever the cause, pretty much everybody I know has strayed from the path of rationality out into the fields of delirium.

The general public seems incapable of thinking for themselves anymore although practically everyone insists their way is the correct way. Highly-paid, programmed government workers populate city hall and collect their perqs as if they deserve the special treatment they get by working for a corrupt and dysfunctional system. The rest of us can only cower and cast our eyes down while asking for a driver's license application.

They're crazy. All of them. The media is right on this one. We have a national crisis over our mental health. Think about this: in Texas, thousands of these nutjobs have a license to carry a firearm. Heck, I'll bet it's the same in Oklahoma, or Wyoming (but not Connecticutt). Now, I'm not anti-gun (yet) but what's more scary than a triggered crazy person? I'll tell you: a crazy triggered person with a gun, that's what.

But this is not an anti-gun rant. It's an anti-crazy person rant.

I don't think crazy people should be allowed to vote. I've even got a problem with them standing in line in front of me at McDonald's. You don't know what they'll do from one moment to the next and personally, I don't want to get shot. Maybe they should have their own drive-thru lane. The Crazy Lane.

Anyway, pretty much everyone has gone completely off their rocker(s) as far as I can tell. I don't know whether it's something in the air or in the water but it's an epidemic, just like on The Walking Dead.

I'll give 'em one thing, though. As scary as they are, they sure are entertaining. Also, slow walkers make for easy targets.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nothin' Left To Lose


"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

My Dell XPS 8500 main-frame locked up and died last week and I ended up losing the OS, years of documents and artwork, as well as my home entertainment system (I listen to music and stream MMA, sometimes movies), and the worthless collection of metal and silicone is also my main research tool. It's a big deal.

The lost manuscripts can be retrieved from my distributors. Some artwork too.

All the high dollar programs are gone -- literally thousands of dollars' worth and yet I can replace these as well, so I am not pulling out my hair.

All my back-up and recovery procedures failed. I actually bought and installed recovery software that further scrambled the system and deleted volumes instead of repairing and replacing.

I reloaded the system only to have Microsoft reject the old product ID numbers. What the...? I know, if something can go wrong, it will, and it did. After a frantic two days, System 10 is reinstalled and working. So, I am computing again but Microsoft will not "activate" my re-installed OS which means I cannot download and install system updates.

Oh, by the way, System 10 was the culprit. I hate System 10. I hate the push into cloud computing. Plus, I am not crazy about Bill Gates. He's ugly and he never offered me a job. I really don't care for Zuckerberg either but that's another story.

Since Microsoft refuses to verify my product ID, I must purchase a new key and apply it to a re-installed OS. Here we go again. I figure now is my chance to get away from System 10 and fall back to an earlier, more stable OS. But which way to go? I'm leaning towards Windows 8.1 but Windows 7 is a strong contender too. If any of my faithful or not so faithful readers would care to voice their opinions on which Microsoft OS I should revert to, I'd love to hear your opinion.

In other news...

The world certainly seems to be on fire and headed towards destruction, doesn't it? Common sense, traditional values, true fairness, liberty and justice -- it's all gone so quit trying to make excuses for our government and our leaders. They are totally corrupt and the truth is, we will never know exactly how much damage they have done to society at large and the human race.

What we think we know is based on lies and misinformation. That's the way the global big shots want it; keep us in the dark like mushrooms in a warehouse. Feed us drugs and alcohol and manufactured food that is not really food (Soylent Green is people!) and then broadcast every approved perversion you can think of in the name of entertainment!

Do you really want to be a part of the madness?

Nationwide elections yesterday appear to be rigged (again). Nothing is as it seems these days.

Don't worry, she's acting. It was a drill.
A quick word concerning all these mass shootings. You don't still think they are random, do you? One effect I have noticed is that my redneck neighbors (yes, the same ones who threatened me bodily harm) are now wearing long-sleeve shirts with the shirttails hanging out. If you don't know what that means, it means they have pistols stuffed in the back of their pants. Not a big deal until you consider how fucking stupid and angry these rednecks are. They're looking for an excuse to pull out those guns. Pull a gun on me at your own risk.

Can't we all just get along? Apparently not.

Sales for Xylanthia by Thomas C. Stone are unfortunately lagging. That's a shame because The Xylanthian Chronicles -- the three books that make up the trilogy -- are pretty dang good entertainment, if I don't say so myself. Here is the beginning of the first book:

[Taken fm Xylanthia Chap 1]

"They say the older you get, the faster time flies. Of course, it just seems that way. To Mackenzie, it was as though life had just begun: a dream job, a move to the city, training sessions, new friends. Within a week, home and hearth was far away and insignificant. She didn't miss it at all.

There was good reason for the easy adaptation. Like the other initiates, Mac was given a neuro treatment that smoothed out the rough places in her memories. The procedure was part of the program for all "traveling" company initiates. "Traveling" being an insider's reference to the class of Braithwaite employees volunteering for deep space operations.

It was Mac's life ambition to travel to other worlds. Trained in chemistry and biophysics and laboratory procedures, she proudly called herself a scientist; a junior scientist, to be sure, but a woman of science, rationale, and reason. Her parents, never once thinking their daughter would actually be hired by one of the mega-corps, encouraged her dreams and their support was revealed in Mac's good marks in school and, other than one small incident, a sparkling conduct record.

To their utter consternation, Mac was selected by Braithwaite from the yearly field of recruits. Everyone wanted to work for one of the mega-corps and why not? A job with one of the big boys and one was set for life. Which was fine, but Mac wanted to travel off-planet, which meant Faster-Than-Light travel over long distances. Neither of Mac's parents were physicists but they knew if Mac went "out there," by the time she returned they would likely be dead and gone. They would never see their daughter again.

Mac loved her parents but in all honesty, they were victims of modern society and had divorced, re-married, divorced again until the whole idea of family came to be a hassle. Early on, Mac knew she could leave it all behind.

Her neuro-scan revealed nuances about Mac's psychology and provided a map for enhancement. Space voyagers had to be calm, steady, and physically fit. Removing traumatic memory helped to attain the desired state of mind. Afterwards, Mac felt wonderful, but she could no longer remember what her brother looked like. She had a relationship with a boy her first year in college, but she could not remember his face either or his name. The neurologists also took away the memory of a broken arm from falling out of a tree when Mac was six. Things like that. The memories turned out to be just like her thoughts of home: she did not miss them at all.

She loved the city but an accelerated training schedule called for her transfer to one of the great orbital platforms where she trained and attended classes. She was told she was selected specifically to support the survey mission to Sirius, to a moon in orbit around the great gas giant Xylanthia where her talents as a bio-surveyor were required. Turns out the place was crazy with wildlife.

The mission was already established and needed more personnel to help catalog all the new species. And so it was to be Mac and another young woman, Tyra Yasmin, who would be put into suspended animation and sent the six light years to the binary system via a fully automated starship.

Tyra's background was similar to Mac's. She was a new company employee and the rumor mill claimed she was brilliant and destined for big things. Tyra made Mac uncomfortable on the shuttle ride into orbit by staring so long that Mac finally asked, “Can I help you?”

Tyra shook her head, said no, and turned away.

Well, thought Mac, women were like that. We size up one another according to strengths and weaknesses. Tyra was fit, larger than Mac, and had a brilliant resume. It was likely she was looking to become the dominant female on this trip. Mac sighed. There’s one in every crowd."

[end of sample]

If you'd like to read more -- and I hope you do -- go here and purchase the ebook. You can thank me later. And thanks for reading!

Monday, November 6, 2017



This Guy Sez...



Is It A Setup?


Another shooting incident in a small Texas town at a Baptist church. Some guy, rumored to be associated with Antifa, opened up on a small congregation with a Ruger AR and killed or injured practically everybody there. Now, I haven't seen any blood yet and they say the victims have been moved to hospitals all over the area so it may be difficult to get a solid background on these people. I say this only because previous mass shootings (Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, Santa Barbara, et al) appear to be bogus set-ups put on like coordinated stageplays by no one other than our own authorities! Well, I don't know if this one is the same but so far I have no reason to believe otherwise.

Why do these nuts always kill themselves at the end? That's another part of the narrative I question. By the way, if you're not questioning all these shootings by now, I would guess there is something wrong with your thought process.

Powerful global organizations want to create civil war in the US. We're really already there and saying conspiracies don't exist will not save you.

Speaking of conspiracies, my main computer crashed last week halting operations here at the Drifter. When I went to check my backups I discovered partials, so guess what? I lost much of my data including old manuscripts (I can get those back from distributor copies), book covers, graphics files, notes, and I finally had to admit System 10 and lousy associated software conspired to make me look foolish.

I lost the first pages of my latest manuscript but I can re-create what I had written. Not the end of the world. I needed to wipe that drive and reinstall anyway as it was full of malware from all the sketchy sites I visit.

Moving on, you're probably wondering just who can you trust among your friends, the government, yes and maybe even your own family. I can't answer that; however, if you have built yourself a good base within your spirit and your own ability to use logic and common sense, you'll see through the lies. Good luck and may the force be with you.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017



Entrainment


Brainwave entrainment, also referred to as brainwave synchronization and neural entrainment, refers to the capacity of the brain to naturally synchronize its brainwave frequencies with the rhythm of periodic external stimuli, most commonly auditory, visual, or tactile. Brainwave entrainment technologies are used to induce various brain states, such as relaxation or sleep, by creating stimuli that occur at regular, periodic intervals to mimic electrical cycles of the brain during the desired states, thereby "training" the brain to consciously alter states. Recurrent acoustic frequencies, flickering lights, or tactile vibrations are the most common examples of stimuli applied to generate different sensory responses.

The fluctuating frequency of oscillations generated by the synchronous activity of cortical neurons, measurable with an electroencephalogram (EEG), via electrodes attached to the scalp, are conveniently categorized into general bands, in order of decreasing frequency, measured in Hertz (HZ) as follows:

Gamma, 30 to 50 Hz
Beta, 14 to 30 Hz
Alpha, 8 to 14 Hz
Theta, 4 to 8 Hz
Delta, 0.1 to 4 Hz

In addition, three further wave forms are often delineated in electroencephalographic studies:

Mu, 8 to 12 Hz
Sigma (sleep spindle), 12 to 14 Hz
Sensorimotor rhythm (SMR), 12.5 to 15.5 Hz

It was Berger who first described the frequency bands Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta.

Electroencephalography (EEG) has been most widely used in the study of neural activity generated by large groups of neurons, known as neural ensembles, including investigations of the changes that occur in electroencephalographic profiles during cycles of sleep and wakefulness. EEG signals change dramatically during sleep and show a transition from faster frequencies to increasingly slower frequencies, indicating a relationship between the frequency of neural oscillations and cognitive states including awareness and consciousness.


Entrainment is a term originally derived from complex systems theory, and denotes the way that two or more independent, autonomous oscillators with differing rhythms or frequencies, when situated in a context and at a proximity where they can interact for long enough, influence each other mutually, to a degree dependent on coupling force, such that they adjust until both oscillate with the same frequency. Examples include the mechanical entrainment or cyclic synchronization of two electric clothes dryers placed in close proximity, and the biological entrainment evident in the synchronized illumination of fireflies.

Entrainment is a concept first identified by the Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens in 1665 who discovered the phenomenon during an experiment with pendulum clocks: He set them each in motion and found that when he returned the next day, the sway of their pendulums had all synchronized.

Such entrainment occurs because small amounts of energy are transferred between the two systems when they are out of phase in such a way as to produce negative feedback. As they assume a more stable phase relationship, the amount of energy gradually reduces to zero, with systems of greater frequency slowing down, and the other speeding up.

Subsequently, the term 'entrainment' has been used to describe a shared tendency of many physical and biological systems to synchronize their periodicity and rhythm through interaction. This tendency has been identified as specifically pertinent to the study of sound and music generally, and acoustic rhythms specifically. The most ubiquitous and familiar examples of neuromotor entrainment to acoustic stimuli is observable in spontaneous foot or finger tapping to the rhythmic beat of a song.

Exogenous rhythmic entrainment, which occurs outside the body, has been identified and documented for a variety of human activities, which include the way people adjust the rhythm of their speech patterns to those of the subject with whom they communicate, and the rhythmic unison of an audience clapping.

Even among groups of strangers, the rate of breathing, locomotive and subtle expressive motor movements, and rhythmic speech patterns have been observed to synchronize and entrain, in response to an auditory stimuli, such as a piece of music with a consistent rhythm. Furthermore, motor synchronization to repetitive tactile stimuli occurs in animals, including cats and monkeys as well as humans, with accompanying shifts in electroencephalogram (EEG) readings.

Examples of endogenous entrainment, which occurs within the body, include the synchronizing of human circadian sleep-wake cycles to the 24-hour cycle of light and dark and the synchronization of a heartbeat to a cardiac pacemaker.

Brainwaves, or neural oscillations, share the fundamental constituents with acoustic and optical waves, including frequency, amplitude and periodicity. Consequently, Huygens' discovery precipitated inquiry into whether or not the synchronous electrical activity of cortical neural ensembles might not only alter in response to external acoustic or optical stimuli but also entrain or synchronize their frequency to that of a specific stimulus.

Brainwave entrainment is a colloquialism for such 'neural entrainment', which is a term used to denote the way in which the aggregate frequency of oscillations produced by the synchronous electrical activity in ensembles of cortical neurons can adjust to synchronize with the periodic vibration of an external stimuli, such as a sustained acoustic frequency perceived as pitch, a regularly repeating pattern of intermittent sounds, perceived as rhythm, or of a regularly rhythmically intermittent flashing light.

If I passed this test, so can you.
Changes in neural oscillations, demonstrable through electro-encephalogram (EEG) measurements, are precipitated by listening to music, which can modulate autonomic arousal ergotropically and trophotropically, increasing and decreasing arousal respectively. Musical auditory stimulation has also been demonstrated to improve immune function, facilitate relaxation, improve mood, and contribute to the alleviation of stress. These findings have contributed to the development of neurologic music therapy, which uses music and song as an active and receptive intervention, to contribute to the treatment and management of disorders characterized by impairment to parts of the brain and central nervous system, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's disease, and autism.

Meanwhile, the therapeutic benefits of listening to sound and music is a well-established principle upon which the practice of receptive music therapy is founded. The term 'receptive music therapy' denotes a process by which patients or participants listen to music with specific intent to therapeutically benefit; and is a term used by therapists to distinguish it from 'active music therapy' by which patients or participants engage in producing vocal or instrumental music. Receptive music therapy is an effective adjunctive intervention suitable for treating a range of physical and mental conditions.

The Frequency Following Response (FFR), also referred to as Frequency Following Potential (FFP), is a specific response to hearing sound and music, by which neural oscillations adjust their frequency to match the rhythm of auditory stimuli. The use of sound with intent to influence cortical brainwave frequency is called auditory driving, by which frequency of neural oscillation is 'driven' to entrain with that of the rhythm of a sound source.

Human subjects rarely hear frequencies below 20 Hz, which is exactly the range of Delta, Theta, Alpha, and low to mid Beta brainwaves. Among the methods by which some investigations have sought to overcome this problem is to measure electroencephalogram (EEG) readings of a subject while he or she listens to binaural beats.

A binaural beat is an auditory illusion perceived when two different pure-tone sine waves, both with frequencies lower than 1500 Hz, with less than a 40 Hz difference between them, are presented to a listener dichotically, that is one through each ear. For example, if a 530 Hz pure tone is presented to a subject's right ear, while a 520 Hz pure tone is presented to the subject's left ear, the listener will perceive the auditory illusion of a third tone, in addition to the two pure-tones presented to each ear. The third sound is called a binaural beat, and in this example would have a perceived pitch correlating to a frequency of 10 Hz, that being the difference between the 530 Hz and 520 Hz pure tones presented to each ear.

Binaural-beat perception originates in the inferior colliculus of the midbrain and the superior olivary complex of the brainstem, where auditory signals from each ear are integrated and precipitate electrical impulses along neural pathways through the reticular formation up the midbrain to the thalamus, auditory cortex, and other cortical regions. Listening to binaural beats has been shown to precipitate auditory driving by which ensembles of cortical neurons entrain their frequencies to that of the binaural beat, with associated changes in self-reported subjective experience of emotional and cognitive state. It is however possible that the real cause of the observed changes is the headphones, rather than the sound itself, as demonstrated in 2002 during a University of Virginia presentation at the Society for Psychophysiologial Research. It was shown that EEG changes did not occur when the standard electromagnetic headphones were replaced by air conduction headphones, which were connected to a remote transducer by rubber tubes. This suggests that the basis for the entrainment effects is electromagnetic rather than acoustical.

Monday, October 30, 2017

An American Tune



"American Tune"

Many's the time I've been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and I've often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
But I'm all right, I'm all right
I'm just weary to my bones
Still, you don't expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home

And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
I don't have a friend who feels at ease
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
or driven to its knees
But it's all right, it's all right
For we've lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road we're traveling on
I wonder what's gone wrong
I can't help it, I wonder what's gone wrong

And I dreamed I was dying
I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
Smiled reassuringly
And I dreamed I was flying
And high up above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age's most uncertain hour
and sing an American tune
But it's all right, it's all right
You can't be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day
And I'm trying to get some rest
That's all, I'm trying to get some rest

Witch-hunt


Hey, you! You know what a witch-hunt is? A witch-hunt is an attempt to find and punish a particular group of people who are being blamed for something, often simply because of their opinions and not because they have actually done anything wrong. This sort of strategy is often seen in politics and is used to discredit the opposite party.

President Trump's campaign manager was indicted by Robert Mueller, a partisan investigator from the Democrat Party. The sold-out media will now erupt in a orgasmic display of outrage and I-told-you-so's even without providing any evidence. It's like Pelosi, Waters, and other Demos said, they will do anything and everything to hurt Donald Trump and/or the Trump administration even if it comes down to lying and cheating. After all, they are sooo good at it.

Who are the real criminals here?

A witch-hunt is used to uncover disloyalty, subversive political activity, etc., usually conducted with much publicity and often relying upon inconclusive evidence and capitalizing on public fear of unpopular opinions. The real criminals are those who would take away your liberty. The Democratic Party, Antifa, BLM, The American Communist Party -- the list goes on and on these days -- these are the actual 21st century American gangsters.

Remember, in America you can get all the justice money can buy.

Also in big news this morning, Kevin Spacey finally admitted to being gay. That was news? Tell us something we don't already know.

Friday, October 27, 2017

New Movies Not So Good


I read reports that Hollywood is losing money on its movies these days which is not surprising because most everything I've seen lately really sucks. I mean, come on, they're making movies with stories that center on political correctness instead of real-world problems. Oh well, what can you expect when women and children and globalists seem to be running the show?

One of the bad movies I viewed was Bladerunner 2045. It was a continuation from the earlier classic sci-fi movie Bladerunner featuring the directorial work of Ridley Scott and the acting chops of none other than Harrison Ford.

Now, Harrison Ford has always bored me with his long, painful expressions of confusion and/or physical pain. Never been a fan, but this latest movie drops him to new lows. The movie was hokey with cheap effects that were supposed to harken back to the earlier Bladerunner's SPFX. Well, it didn't work and the lousy acting couldn't save the film.

Ordinarily, I would write up a sizeable review and justify my opinion but I simply see this movie as a waste of your time and your hard-earned money. You might want to read a book instead.

Hollywood is really letting us down these days. It's not about entertainment anymore (if it ever was), it's about politics and propaganda.

Edit: Geostorm is another made-for-morons sci-fi movie come lately that will insult your intelligence and waste yet more time and money. One way out of this desert of non-entertainment is to find a good book. I happen to have one for you. It's called Xylanthia and for a fraction of the price of a movie ticket you can purchase and download a wonderful ebook by yours truly. Proceeds go to my new vehicle fund. That's right, the old truck needs to be replaced, so please avoid lousy movies and buy my books. Thanks!

Thursday, October 26, 2017


"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."
- Lewis Carroll

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Calculated Lies


There are calculated lies in this world that are used to deceive and mislead. Lying is not a theory of human behavior; it's a condition. Most people do it because they don't want to be found doing something embarrassing (internet porn/masturbation, stealing someone else's property, making one seem more important or smarter than they really are, and on and on it goes.). How about you? What makes you lie?

Entire governments lie to their citizens -- it's been going on for thousands of years, it's nothing new. They want us to go along with whatever cockamamie plan they come up with plus they want us to pay for it. So they set us up by lying to us.

Speaking of big whoppers, did you notice the news about the Vegas shooting has suddenly gone silent? This is the government colluding with the media. The public needs to know the truth but it will never happen. Nope, instead, the message is that in the USA you might get shot at a country-western concert by a millionaire sniper from the 32nd floor. There's lots of other examples of fake news but I'm not going through the list here. I will say that all that public stuff you're getting so upset about is fiction. If you saw it on television, you should know it was theater, all arranged for the camera and the show to convince you that you need to be protected from millionaires with "assault weapons." What a load of crap, but you and millions of others bought it anyway. Putz.

The American citizenry is being led along a merry trail of deceit and failure so we will eventually agree to give up more freedom as well as surrendering an entire culture, what used to be known as the American culture -- a melting pot of ideas and genetic disorders...

No, you say, they couldn't pull off such enormous conspiracies because there are too many witnesses, too many moving parts. You are so wrong. Conspiracies abound in modern-day America from mass shootings to hacked databases to communist-controlled newspaper outlets to high-rise buildings imploding from within and turning to dust before our very eyes. That super technology we've been hearing about? It's here already and it's being used to deceive not just America but the entire world.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Bard


"Now, as I understand it, the bards were feared. They were respected, but more than that they were feared. If you were just some magician, if you'd pissed off some witch, then what's she gonna do, she's gonna put a curse on you, and what's gonna happen? Your hens are gonna lay funny, your milk's gonna go sour, maybe one of your kids is gonna get a hare-lip or something like that — no big deal. You piss off a bard, and forget about putting a curse on you, he might put a satire on you. And if he was a skillful bard, he puts a satire on you, it destroys you in the eyes of your community, it shows you up as ridiculous, lame, pathetic, worthless, in the eyes of your community, in the eyes of your family, in the eyes of your children, in the eyes of yourself, and if it's a particularly good bard, and he's written a particularly good satire then, three hundred years after you're dead, people are still gonna be laughing at what a twat you were." -- Alan Moore

Thursday, October 19, 2017



News From The Front


Victory over ISIS, what a load of crap. The US government, along with the cooperation of both the Saudis and the Israelis, created ISIS in the first place, then armed them and even directed them where to cause trouble. It's a CIA thing and you don't have to be a genius to figure it out.

George Orwell had it right -- create perpetual war by faking it. Put some guys in the desert with cameras and have them act like they're beheading American captives. Nothing like a good beheading to stir up the rednecks in Texas.

After all the mileage we got out of Al Qaeada and ISIS after 9/11, Donald Trump has decided to shut down that particular fake war. After all, who needs fake war when you've got fake shootings from Santa Barbara to Sandy Hook. Oh, the Syrian civil war will continue because it's really all about oil and banking and not immigration or religion or even human rights as the globalist power brokers would have you believe.

What Mosul looks like after a fake war.
Well, for what it's worth, it sounds as if the fake war against ISIS may be winding down or perhaps just going into hiatus until that particular scapegoat is needed again. It wasn't a real war anyway but we can declare ourselves the victors and keep on searching for the real perpetrators of 9/11. I think they're likely hiding out in Washington, Tel Aviv, and Riyahd.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Freedom is not a gift from the government
although they would like you to believe it is.

-- Arai the Bedoran

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

AI Consciousness


Can all our human-based problems be offset by a mere net gain in intelligence? In other words, is smarter always better?

Make no mistake about it, sophisticated AI is under development. For all we know, it may already be here, based on arrays of computers in some well-funded, well-protected lab somewhere. Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and others have warned of the rise of “superintelligent” machines: AIs that can out-think the smartest humans in every domain, including common sense reasoning and social skills. Superintelligence could destroy us, they caution. In contrast, Ray Kurzweil, a Google director of engineering, predicts a technological utopia that will bring about the end of disease, poverty, and resource scarcity. I hope Ray is right.

Whether sophisticated AI turns out to be friend or foe, eventually we must come to grips with the possibility that as we move further into the 21st century, the greatest intelligence on the planet may be silicon-based.

And so we have to ask ourselves: could these vastly smarter beings have conscious experiences — does it feel a certain way to be them? When we experience the warm hues of a sunrise, or hear the scream of an espresso machine, there is a felt quality to our mental lives. We are conscious.

A superintelligent AI could solve problems that even the brightest humans are unable to solve, but being made of a different substrate (silicon), would it have conscious experience? Could it feel the burning of curiosity, or the pangs of grief?

If silicon cannot be the basis for consciousness, then superintelligent machines — machines that may outmode us or even supplant us — may exhibit superior intelligence, but they will lack inner experience. Further, just as the breathtaking android in Ex Machina convinced Caleb that she was in love with him, so too, a clever AI may behave as if it is conscious. Yet, is it merely pretending to be conscious?

In an extreme, horrifying case, humans upload their brains, or slowly replace the parts of their brains underlying consciousness with silicon chips, and in the end, only non-human animals remain to experience the world. This would be an unfathomable loss. Even the slightest chance that this could happen should give us reason to think carefully about AI consciousness.

Philosopher David Chalmers has posed “the hard problem of consciousness,” asking: why does all this information processing need to feel a certain way to us, from the inside? The problem of AI consciousness is not just Chalmers’ hard problem applied to the case of AI, though. For the hard problem of consciousness assumes that we are conscious. After all, each of us can tell from introspection that we are now conscious. It asks: why we are we conscious? Why does all our information processing feel a certain way from the inside?

In contrast, the problem of AI consciousness asks whether AI, being silicon-based, is even capable of consciousness. It does not presuppose that AI is conscious — that is the question. These are different problems, but they are both problems that science alone cannot answer.

I used to view the problem of AI consciousness as having an easy solution. Cognitive science holds that the brain is an information-processing system and that all mental functions are computations. Given this, it would seem that AIs can be conscious, for AIs have the same kind of minds as we do: computational ones. Just as a text message and a voice message can convey the same information, so too, both brains and sophisticated AIs can be conscious.

I suspect the issue is more complex, however. It is an open question whether consciousness simply goes hand-in-hand with sophisticated computation for two reasons.

First, a superintelligent AI may bypass consciousness altogether. In humans, consciousness is correlated with novel learning tasks that require concentration, and when a thought is under the spotlight of our attention, it is processed in a slow, sequential manner. Only a very small percentage of our mental processing is conscious at any given time. A superintelligence would surpass expert-level knowledge in every domain, with rapid-fire computations ranging over vast databases that could encompass the entire internet. It may not need the very mental faculties that are associated with conscious experience in humans. Consciousness could be outmoded.

Second, consciousness may be limited to carbon substrates only. Carbon molecules form stronger, more stable chemical bonds than silicon, which allows carbon to form an extraordinary number of compounds, and unlike silicon, carbon has the capacity to more easily form double bonds. This difference has important implications in the field of astrobiology, because it is for this reason that carbon, and not silicon, is said to be well-suited for the development of life throughout the universe.

If the chemical differences between carbon and silicon impact life itself, we should not rule out the possibility that these chemical differences also impact whether silicon gives rise to consciousness, even if they do not hinder silicon’s ability to process information in a superior manner.


These two considerations suggest that we should regard the problem of AI consciousness as an open question. Of course, from an ethical standpoint, it is best to assume that a sophisticated AI may be conscious. For any mistake could wrongly influence the debate over whether they might be worthy of special ethical consideration as sentient beings. As the films Ex Machina and I, Robot illustrate, any failure to be charitable to AI may come back to haunt us, as they may treat us as we treated them.

Indeed, future AIs, should they ever wax philosophical, may pose a “problem of carbon-based consciousness” about us, asking if biological, carbon-based beings have the right substrate for experience. After all, how could AI ever be certain that we are conscious?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Es Fantastico, No?


Take any natural number, reverse its digits to form a new number, and add the two:

    871
 + 178
  1049

In most cases, repeating this procedure eventually yields a palindrome:

    1049
 + 9401
  10450

   10450
+ 05401
    15851
 
Es fantastico, no? With 196, perversely, it does not — or, at least, it hasn’t in computer trials, which have repeated the process until producing numbers 300 million digits long.

What is it about 196?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

All-Inclusive Scouts Of America


Life can come at ya pretty fast.
The Boy Scouts of America have decided to admit girls into their organization. The BSA has gone co-ed. I suppose now they'll have to change the name. Maybe call it simply the Scouts (the Young Scouts?)? Or perhaps go for a whole new feel and go for something today! Something now! Like, The Equality Corps, or, American Pioneers. How about Comrades in Khakis? How about the American Rainbow Coalition (ARC)?

About a hundred years ago when I was in Scouts, we met at a local Baptist church on Thursday evenings. At the start of the meeting we said the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scouts' Pledge, and the Lord's Prayer. There were more than a few nerds among us but nobody bragged about being gay or how awful it was we didn't include girls. Nobody pointed out we were reciting a Christian prayer either.

We went camping once in a while and I think we picked up trash alongside the highway as a community project. We went on snipe hunts and hiked for merit badges. I only made it to Second-Class Scout because the TV networks moved The Twilight Zone to Thursday evenings and it was either miss the BSA meeting or miss The Twilight Zone. Thus ended my career in the Scouts.

But we didn't have girls in the Scouts back then. If we had, I might still be a Scout.

I have not seen any official uniforms for female Scouts but here are a few examples of what we may have in store. Of course, she may be old news but Madonna set the pace a few years back with a snappy Cub Scout look. Madonna still does concerts in Europe but I don't know who goes to them. They're probably free concerts. Do her musicians dress in matching BSA uniforms as well?

Here is another suggestion about new uniforms and what can be done without a needle and thread. That bare midriff is hot and sure to drive the boys wild! I foresee a whole new volume of behavior rules for the BSA as well as new uniforms.

We must view these changes to American culture as progress. These are great days, ladies and gentlemen, when we can look over the American landscape and see neither men nor women, but rather equal, non-sexual biological entities training to do their part in a glorious new chapter of American history. Exciting, isn't it?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Truth Is...


...everybody has an opinion and that opinion usually presents an advantage for the person expressing that opinion. Truth is tricky when you have no base and everything is relative.

Why is Oprah Winfrey relied upon for the truth? Because she is rich and has a bully platform to espouse her beliefs? Maybe. One thing is for sure -- people feel sorry for her because she played a slave in the movies.

The thing is, if you know the truth about something, you have to lie or mislead to keep others from knowing. What does that make you?

Let me ask a question: do you always tell the truth? Could you, if you were challenged to do so? If not, what does that say about you and your life thus far? Do you think you know what the truth is (like Oprah)? If so, please share in the comments section below.

Marilyn Manson is a scary dude and admits he has no clue. Is he a nihilist? I've no idea, I've never met him. Marilyn says everything is a lie. Au contraire, MM, an illusion, perhaps, but not necessarily a lie. There's a lot of anger in that guy -- probably because he recognizes he has been lied to.

 Now, I don't know who Jane Rogers (to the left) is but I found the meme on the net and thought I'd post it to show the utter confusion it conveys.  She says the truth is what people want. See, I don't think that is a true statement. People don't want the truth. Instead, they want a long stem rose and a box of chocolates. And Jesus was a liar... uh, where does that come from?

Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh says it just doesn't matter anymore. The rules have been smashed and life has become a chaotic struggle pursuant to economic and social collapse. Maybe he's right and Oprah is wrong. Maybe it's the end of the world precisely for the reason that the truth about anything is obfuscated these days so that it can be re-packaged and sold to a dumb-downed populace.

Truth has become a casualty before the 21st century culture wars. Students in college study basket-weaving and community-organizing; forget about math and science, that's boring. Basically, what higher education does for students these days is to teach them to argue against common sense. Insert a big shout-out to our progressive educators in the US -- you've done an extraordinarily poor job of teaching our children and now we're all paying for it.

Additionally, most people think the opinions of Oprah, Marilyn, Jane, and others mean something but they don't and it would be best to remember that. There is truth out there despite what those without truth insist on telling the rest of us.

Remote Neural Monitoring


Remote Neural Monitoring is a form of functional neuroimaging, claimed to have been developed by the National Security Agency(NSA), that is capable of extracting EEG data from the human brain at a distance with no contacts or electrodes required. It is further claimed that the NSA has the capability to decode this data to extract subvocalizations, visual and auditory data. In effect, it allows access to a person's thoughts without their knowledge or permission. It has been alleged that various organizations have been using Remote Neural Monitoring on US and other citizens for surveillance and harassment purposes.

Remote Neural Monitoring has its roots in the infamous MKULTRA project of the 1950s which, although focusing on drugs for mind control, also included neurological research into "radiation" (non-ionizing EMF) and bioelectric research and development. The earliest non-classified references to this type of technology appear in a 1976 patent by R.G. Malech Patent #3951134 “Apparatus and method for remotely monitoring and altering brain waves” USPTO granted 4/20/76. The patent describes a technique using the transmission of 100 and 210 MHz signals to the brain yielding a 110 MHz signal which is modulated by the brain waves and can be detected by a receiver for further processing.

In the early 1980s it is claimed that the NSA began extensive use of Remote Neural Monitoring. Much of what is known about it stems from evidence presented as part of a 1992 court case brought by former NSA employee John St.Claire Akwei against the NSA. It describes an extensive array of advanced technology and resources dedicated to remotely monitoring hundreds of thousands of people in the US and abroad. Capabilities include access to an individual's subvocalizations as well as images from the visual cortex and sounds from the auditory cortex.

While use of this technology by organizations like the NSA is difficult to validate, recent advances in non-classified areas are already demonstrating what is possible:

Subvocal recognition using attached electrodes has already been achieved by NASA. BCIs for gaming consoles from companies like NeuroSky perform primitive "thought reading" in that they can be controlled with a helmet on the player's head, where the player can execute a few commands just by thinking about them. Ambient has demonstrated a motorized wheelchair that is controlled by thought.

A brain-computer interface (BCI), sometimes called a direct neural interface or a brain-machine interface, is a direct communication pathway between a human or animal brain (or brain cell culture) and an external device.

What's next, you might ask? Pre-crime arrests by a Justice Department whose brain scans pick up criminal plots hatched by citizens? Well, maybe. Can you imagine highly-trained TSA agents checking you and your luggage at the airport and asking if you really need that much dandruff shampoo? In any case, if they read my mind, I'm sure they'll be disappointed to find very little there.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Diocletian


Why is it easier to believe that Stephen Paddock, the alleged gunman in the Las Vegas shooting, had gone crazy rather than being a participant in a broader conspiracy? Why? Because the media guides our thoughts in that direction, that's why.

1. Present a Problem
2. Watch the Reaction
3. Present a Pre-Planned Solution

The Roman Emperor Diocletian came to power in 284 AD. He was an army general with a repressive disdain of his 'subjects.' Diocletian ran his government as a general runs an army, giving orders and expecting them to be carried out. He believed that only severe restrictions on personal freedoms could bring order to the empire. By 301 AD, after the conclusion of conflicts with the Germans and the Sassanids, Diocletian needed a new enemy to justify his tyrannical form of government. At the same time, the Emperor declared the economy to be in crisis and implemented astronomical taxation increases. Amongst the people there surfaced a gradual unrest towards Diocletian's economic policy. The Emperor needed a new enemy to regain the support of his pseudo-slaves. After the earlier successful persecution of the Manichaeans, Diocletian slowly turned his head in the direction of the Christians, and his thumb was pointing down. This, despite the fact that he had largely ignored them for the past 15 years. Across the empire, Christians made up around ten percent of the population -- their number having doubled in about fifty years. Two kings had been converted: the king of Osroene in north eastern Mesopotamia and the king of Armenia. Christians were serving in Rome's armies, and they were working as civil servants in local government or in lowly positions on the imperial staff. Diocletian could see his scapegoat.

In the autumn of 302 AD Diocletian visited Antioch in Syria for an official engagement. Prior to this of course, there had to take place the customary Pagan sacrifice. But you see this time there was a problem. As the bloodletting ritual began, there came the vocal denouncements of the on looking Christians. Many made cross signs to ward off the evil influence of the sacrifice. Prominent amongst these brave dissenters was a Christian named Romanus. Diocletian fumed. "In the first, while Diocletian was sacrificing in public, the chief interpreter of the victims' organs reported that he could not read the future in them because of the hostile influence of Christians standing around. Diocletian burst into a rage, insisting that all in his court should offer sacrifice, and sent out orders to his army to follow suit." (Ramsey MacMullen, Constantine, p.24).

Brave Christians vehemently decried blood-curdling Pagan sacrifices made in the name of the god of Jupiter, to whom Diocletian proclaimed himself the earthly representative of Rome.

This provided Diocletian with the perfect opportunity to launch his persecution and Romanus had his tongue cut off and languished in agony for over a year after in jail. Meanwhile, the Emperor demanded the Christians sacrifice to the gods of the state or face execution. Many refused and further retreated underground in the hope of avoiding the manic dictates of this mad general.

Diocletian's vice-emperor, Galerius, didn't have a hard time in persuading him that if a Palace were just to burn down, Diocletian could really accelerate his crusade against the Christians. Just by coincidence, twice within sixteen days toward the end of February, Diocletian's palace in Nicomedia burned. The Christians were immediately blamed.

The Emperor needed a crisis to put the purge of the Christians into overdrive. This was accomplished when he had his guards set fire to his own palace in Nicomedia on two different occasions at the end of February, 303 AD. A crushing set of edicts then followed as the Christians were blamed for the blaze.

A monumental crackdown then occurred as Diocletian issued four edicts against the Christians. Christian assemblies were forbidden. Bibles were confiscated and burned, and churches were destroyed. Christians were torn limb from limb in the arena, the animals goaded on by a mindless population who had accepted at face value the guilt of the Christians. Others were imprisoned and offered release if they appeased the Emperor's sick Pagan blood lust and made one sacrifice. The majority refused, yet Diocletian wanted disunity within the Christian ranks and so had some marked down as having made a sacrifice, even though they didn't.

Christians were torn limb from limb in the arena. The watching audience found this acceptable now that the empire had declared them to be the equivalent of 21st century 'terrorists.'

The purges slowly and intermittently dragged on into the year 305, but by now the Christians had become too numerous across the empire to be wiped out. Despot Diocletian retired through illness in 305 AD. The vice-emperor in the east, Galerius, began a joint rule of the empire with the vice-emperor in Rome and the west: Constantius. Constantius died in battle in 306 AD and his son, Constantine, succeeded him. The thousands of Christians butchered by Diocletian in the purge had not died in vain. Constantine was to change the world by becoming the first Christian emperor.

In conclusion, elites create enemies to re-order society in their own tyrannical image. They do so by committing acts of terrorism against their own property and institutions, and then they place blame. The only difference in the 21st century is that these selected "enemies of the state" are more believable because they have been created, financed, and empowered by the elite!

"Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it."
— George Santayana.