Drivetime Prop – Military Neurotechnology, Ferguson Anniversary, Gun Control, Facebook Offers MSM Millions (2019.08.09)

Responsible use of military neurotechnology, gun control, red flag laws, universal background checks, P.T. Barnum and Politics, assault weapons ban, Floridian steals gun during orgy, Ferguson anniversary, Brookings says “there are not two sides”, Facebook offers msm millions to collude, FBI wants data dragnet on Facebook.

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Drivetime Prop – Strategy of Tension, Battlefield Surveillance at Home, Dems Call for Emergency Session 2019.08.08

Dems want McConnel to call an emergency session of the senate to pass gun control. Strategy of Tension unleashed. Battledfield surveillance comes to your town.

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Ep. 166 – Cannibalism on Facebook & New Bill Supports Big Tech & MSM Collusion

Ep. 166 – Cannibalism on Facebook & New Bill Supports Big Tech & MSM Collusion

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Ep.157 – A Peculiar Story of Search & Rescue and Who Are “They?” Part II

Ep. 157 – A Peculiar Story of Search & Rescue and Who Are “They?” Part II

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Republicans Lobby for Basic Income Payment & Carbon Tax

This article was originally published on February 11, 2017, but since the out-of-nowhere candidate Andrew Yang is bringing this “message” to the fore, I thought it would be good to remind readers that advocates of centralized power on both sides of the aisle advocate this–they are united in this–you have been warned! (This is part of our continuing efforts to restore posts brutalized by our purge by wordpress.)

 

There is a certain elegance to the notion of the basic income payment. Of course, I hate it anyway. The idea is that people who can afford to pay taxes pay taxes and every single person gets a check from the government for basic necessities.

Let’s put it into numbers. Let’s say the governments of this country spend $5 trillion in redistributing wealth.

I consider much of defense spending redistributing wealth from the taxpayer to the corporations. The US spends as much on so-called defense as the rest of the world combined–that is not necessary for defense in “peacetime.” Let’s say a necessary amount would be as much as our ten biggest “enemies” combined. Also, I’m counting everything from public education to social security as wealth redistribution–after all, if you pay into your 401k or send your kids to private school, you’re paying your own way in this stuff and through your taxes you’re paying someone else’s way too.

If you took that roughly five trillion dollars and split it among the three hundred million plus people in this country, every single man, woman and child would get a check for $15,000 every year in round numbers. If every single person got that, presumably they could manage to pay for their own schooling and their own retirement and such. As it is now, the top half who pay the taxes don’t get anything, so the bottom half could actually get $30,000 at current spending levels – surely that’s enough for a child to pay for school or an elderly person to live on?

I always used this math as a way to point out that revenue is not the problem – we have enough tax money to put every single person into the middle class–upper middle class even! Yet we use it so inefficiently that “the poor you will always have with you.”

From a purely pragmatic perspective, all other things equal, redistributing wealth like this instead of through government-provided services, mandates and subsidies, would take all the bureaucratic inefficiency, room for cronyistic abuse, and hyperinflation in targeted industries (like education and healthcare), out of the equation. The basic income is highly efficient as a way to redistribute wealth and maximizes people’s utility by allowing them to make choices on how they spend their money, so maybe it’s understandable that prominent Republicans are lobbying President Trump for a toe in the door for the basic income payment by suggesting a carbon tax that would pay for it.

From the Basic Income Earth Network:

US: Prominent Republicans call for carbon tax and dividend

A group of prominent US Republicans has now issued a call for a carbon tax and dividend, which they present as a “free market” solution to climate change.

The Climate Leadership Council (CLC) includes, among others, two former Secretaries of State (James Baker III and George Shultz), a former Secretary of the Treasury (Henry Paulson Jr), and two former Chairmen of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (Martin Feldstein and Greg Mankiw).

The CLC’s proposal, laid out and defended in “The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends” (February 2017), describes its dividend proposal as follows:

“All the proceeds from this carbon tax would be returned to the American people on an equal and quarterly basis via dividend checks, direct deposits or contributions to their individual retirement accounts. In the example above [a carbon tax beginning at $40 per ton and increasing over time], a family of four would receive approximately $2,000 in carbon dividend payments in the first year. This amount would grow over time as the carbon tax rate increases, creating a positive feedback loop: the more the climate is protected, the greater the individual dividend payments to all Americans. The Social Security Administration should administer this program, with eligibility for dividends based on a valid social security number.”

Still, I hate the idea! Not only do I hate the idea of redistributing wealth–an inherently violent action that steals from and if necessary kills or incarcerates otherwise innocent people (Taxation is Theft!), but I also hate the idea that individuals would have to go hat-in-hand to the government for the basic necessities of life.

But this isn’t the first I’ve seen of this (even on the right). It’s been getting an increasing amount of press lately. Here are some examples…

A Guaranteed Income for Every American
Replacing the welfare state with an annual grant is the best way to cope with a radically changing U.S. jobs market—and to revitalize America’s civic culture
By Charles Murray

I think that a UBI is our only hope to deal with a coming labor market unlike any in human history and that it represents our best hope to revitalize American civil society.

Murray brings up a good point – the labor market is increasingly dysfunctional, but in my opinion that has more to do with subsidizing capital over labor with either directly or indirectly government-funded research coupled with labor laws that allow the existence of labor shortages and unemployment (not to mention an inorganic level of immigration) simultaneously. Murray’s suggestion, however, accommodates these injustices and inefficiencies rather than remedies them and serves the hierarchy by creating dependency. But the real kicker is that of course welfare wouldn’t stop there because people make bad decisions and end up in a pitiable state even when they start out with sufficient funds for an austere but adequate life–and those people would have to have their food, shelter and healthcare taken care of just like they are now!

Don’t worry quite yet though. As with all socialist programs, America is unlikely to lead the way. Basic income is getting attention around the world and will likely be tried elsewhere first.

India Considers Fighting Poverty With a Universal Basic Income
Annual economic survey looks at possibility of replacing messy welfare programs with a stipend paid to every Indian

India is looking at a radical idea for reducing poverty: free money for everyone—no strings attached.

France’s Last Socialist Standing
The party seems not to have learned the lesson that humbled François Hollande.

France’s Socialists chose former Education Minister Benoît Hamon as their standard bearer in this spring’s presidential election, and if nothing else they deserve points for consistency. Mr. Hamon is offering a platform similar to the one that wrecked the popularity of failed departing President François Hollande. What’s French for “more cowbell”?

Mr. Hamon, who took nearly 60% of the vote in Sunday’s run-off primary, defeated incumbent Prime Minister Manuel Valls, and the contrast between the two could hardly have been starker. Mr. Valls has been the economic reform champion in Mr. Hollande’s beleaguered administration, pushing through labor-law liberalization and other measures over the objections of Socialists in the National Assembly.

By contrast, Mr. Hamon served up a platform of Socialist shibboleths, including a universal basic income, a 32-hour work week and a tax on robots. Polls suggest Mr. Hamon can’t win a general election and may not even break 10%. But at least he’s authentic.

But maybe not quite yet…
Switzerland’s voters reject basic income plan

Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for all.

Final results from Sunday’s referendum showed that nearly 77% opposed the plan, with only 23% backing it.

The proposal had called for adults to be paid an unconditional monthly income, whether they worked or not.

The supporters camp had suggested a monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs (£1,755; $2,555) for adults and also SFr625 for each child.

The amounts reflected the high cost of living in Switzerland. It is not clear how the plan would have affected people on higher salaries.

The supporters had also argued that since work was increasingly automated, fewer jobs were available for workers.
Switzerland is the first country to hold such a vote.

If at first you don’t succeed….

Deep Tech

Deep Tech: A Conversation with Cory

Here is my first attempt at launching a non-celebrity guest interview series where I pick the brains of people I find interesting but you’ve probably never heard of! Enjoy!

Here’s the article we referred to in the conversation – it’s not about Deep Tech but it is deep!
Fox News Operates Like an Intelligence Agency
Here’s a step down the road of understanding the roots of google.
https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e
Here’s some of the stuff I’ve done on uber:
https://monicaperezshow.com/2016/02/23/uber-alles/
https://monicaperezshow.com/2016/08/25/uber-up-to-something/
https://monicaperezshow.com/2018/04/04/i-call-bs-the-shortage-of-truckers-is-a-result-of-deliberate-policy/

I Call BS! The Shortage of Truckers is a Result of Deliberate Policy!

truckNowhere in this article does it mention the systematic policy attack on truckers. Extreme restrictions on truckers’ flexibility over when to drive has crushed productivity–rising wages or line-hauls won’t make up for having to spend more hours idle for every delivery. Demand for truckers is going up not only as demand for transportation has increased but also as each trucker is forced to be less productive, an effect that compounds the shortage of drivers by causing truckers who can’t make a living to exit  the industry resulting in even fewer trucker-hours to meet rising demand.
I have seen the momentum toward autonomous trucking accelerating past that for passenger cars since the company Otto was created by some well-connected tech folks to retrofit existing trucks with self-driving technology–that’s a sign of a short timeline IMO.
This WSJ article is portraying the undersupply of truckers as an unfortunate market failure–watch out for future articles that build on this underlying false assumption to argue that we have no choice but to adapt infrastructure to self-driving trucks in a hurry.
Of course, those who pay the freight will love such a subsidy allowing them to switch to a government-subsidized technology rather than compensate for government-implemented productivity crushing policies with higher wages. My guess is they are all in this together. Similarly, the uber-lyft model does not work without self-driving technology. Billions upon billions of dollars have been pumped into these businesses for years by very smart people–surely they know driverless is coming despite the tremendous cost and disruption it will visit upon taxpayers and laborers alike.
Maybe I’m wrong, but the way this article deliberately ignores the real problem with declining trucker supply makes me wonder, Why even write the article? Obviously, there’s some agenda at work. We will see what it is. #WTWOF

Trucking Companies Are Struggling to Attract Drivers to the Big-Rig Life
The U.S. freight market is speeding ahead, but recruiting new truck drivers to meet demand is proving harder to rev up

Not the first time the Journal fawns over a totalitarian dictatorship: "Authoritarianism Is China's Edge in AI"

Time and time again, I have seen The Wall Street Journal explain that the reason Russia and China are so together and are such a big threat to us is that they have the luxury of being totalitarian dictatorships that can get ‘er done without the fussy inconvenience of individual liberty or consensual government. Well, the Journal is at it again, but this time they are behind the times…the CIA’s InQTel venture capital firm is ALL OVER AI! (Who’s the authoritarian dictatorship now, huh?)
Here’s the article from yesterday’s Journal that triggered me…the title in the print edition was merely, Authoritarianism Is China’s Edge in AI–but they really spoonfeed it to you right up top on-line which included an in-your-face subtitle:
China’s Authoritarian State Has an Edge in Artificial Intelligence Development
A wealthy repressive state can press ahead with tech innovation unimpeded by privacy concerns

Beijing is bankrolling a big effort in AI, in part, to keep better track of homegrown individuals it considers criminals and dissidents, and to intimidate would-be opponents. That work involves fundamental research in image recognition, data collection and sorting that could have commercial spinoffs in the software used to run complex systems. A city with millions of self-driving cars, for instance, would need data analysis and the ability to recognize, say, that a ball bouncing across the street might be followed by a child chasing it.
“What gives China an edge is there is more of a sense of urgency,” says Paul Triolo, a technology research manager at Eurasia Group.

There’s for sure a sense of urgency here, but with that flare for democracy our media and government like to deliver it with. From easing us into a driverless world with DoD-generated technology and local governments mysteriously allowing tech-driven ride hailing services to destroy the taxi industry even in cities where gypsy cabs have been trying and failing for decades to do that very thing, to the next big story–an inexplicable rise in automobile deaths followed by shrill and panicked calls for zero tolerance for same. Urgency is building. And on top of it all, the infrastructure plan Obama could not get done, Trump will deliver, rest assured. #ItWillTakeARepublican. And finally, it’s all crap because InQTel is positively steaming ahead with AI, surveillance tech, etc., just like the vaunted Chinese Authoritarian State, so spare me, please.

Among the most innovative—and threatening—of the Chinese research involves surveillance. The Wall Street Journal has detailed how Beijing has turned its western Xinjiang region into a warren of facial scanners to track millions of Uighur minorities. Police there use hand-held devices to search smartphones for encrypted chat apps. A new twist: mobile facial-recognition units mounted on eyeglasses that police use to search crowds for fugitives, among other uses.
Artificial intelligence works by the collection of vast amounts of data used to “train” computer software to recognize patterns and reach conclusions, precisely the kind of skills needed to track a small number of dissidents among a sea of Chinese faces.
“A repressive state can be an engine of innovation,” says Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a tech policy center.

Oh, wow! I never thought of it like that! Repression is good. Yes, I get it now!
(Sorry, I actually don’t like sarcasm, but like I said, they’re triggering me!)
Seriously though, I have documented the Journal‘s coverage of the Chinese Police State and it scares me–they always throw in how much safer those people will be, in a “just sayin'” kind of way. (Don’t believe me? Reread the first line I quote from this article above.) But the facial recognition police goggles are a new one and sadly validate my prediction that the push for cop cams here are really for this purpose–facial recognition to be used at political events–not for the #MeTooers and the Pussy Hats but for those who try mightily to defend our foundational and inherent liberties.

AI may be different, say U.S. technology researchers. China’s AI effort is being joined by globally competitive internet powerhouses including Tencent Holdings Ltd. , which is focused on medical imaging, and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. , which wants to help create smart cities that use sensors, cameras and computers to manage traffic. So far, the government is following their lead in technology development, AI researchers say, whatever the goals laid out in the government plan.

This smart cities thing is coming down–just read the latest from the World Economic Forum (the Davos people), or check out the Strong Cities Initiative or any other UN project aimed to bring localities into direct connection with the world government they are openly working toward–preferably a repressive authoritarian one, sounds like.

Chinese researchers may not have political freedom, they say, but they have the economic freedom to chart their own course. And the Chinese government doesn’t throw up roadblocks to the technology on the grounds of privacy, as occurs in the West.
“Freedom is very important,” says [Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Erik] Brynjolfsson. “But there is more freedom in China to do startups than most people realize.”…
[S]ays Loren Graham, an emeritus MIT science historian….“Can a country like China with lots of money combine repression, creativity and economic success based on that creativity? If the answer is yes, then we will have to rethink everything.”

I guess the message is, freedom is all in how you define it. Maybe for Messrs. Brynjolfsson and Graham, startup macht frei.

The Doctor Is In [your house all the time watching you]! #ReadMyTwips #ICYMI

 

 

 

Ep. 83 – Why Facebook Suddenly "Cares" About Children & Democracy


Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Twitter, and Google have been in the news lately acknowledging how damaging their technology is to children and to democracy. Do the admissions made by the tech giants reflect a genuine concern about the impact their products have on society, or are they merely teeing up a pre-planned solution that will result in the government taking control of social media and ultimately the entire Internet? Episode originally aired on WSB 750 Atlanta on January 20th, 2017.
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