Swipe Right

30 10 2019

St. Louis

Red Pill Dump Truck alert.

There will be a lot of women who download and use this app.

Not to find out which men to avoid, but to find out which men to date.

For much the same reason that death row inmates get a lot of love letters.

Think it through.





Mea Never Culpa

25 10 2019

State College, Pennsylvania

This news has gotten a lot of interest in the sector.

My reaction to it doesn’t have that much to do with picking apart its individual pieces and then reacting to them in a deep dive sort of way.  Instead, I’m looking at this news from a really big picture top of the mountain way.

It has been the case, over and over and over again, for about three generations, that we get initial “research” that “just so happens” (cough cough) to support domestic policy deep state establishmentarian narratives and proposals, and of course, boom, they get what they want, off to the races.  And then years later, when the initial research is shown to be somewhere between deceptive at best and a total fraud at worst, the only news is just that.  The policies enacted on the backs of the fraud research aren’t reversed, and the fraudsters aren’t punished, and miss me with spouting the rare exception to this generality, because all that does is prove the rule.

Housing and race is really susceptible to this two card monty.  Even more so school busing and desegregation;  Remember in Brown v Board, an obviously boo sheet study about black girls playing with the “wrong” dolls was the major evidence that provoked a kritarchially-ordained revolution.

That’s all that’s going on with this research out of Penn State.

“Oops, we were wrong.”  But it doesn’t matter;  The original wrong research back then was the pseudo-academic justification for what the greater American establishment in cahoots with the rising Silicon Valley establishment wanted to do, which was hard or soft deplatforming of those with different opinions.  And, like in all the other instances, today’s “Mea Culpa” corrective research won’t mean that they will repair the damage they did, much less quit doing more damage.  To wit:  The research mentions Red Ice’s YouTube channel….and Red Ice’s main channel got deleted just last week.

“Our fault” isn’t really, it’s the Howard Jones Doctrine.

One good thing I can point out about this research is that at least, unlike the montage that is presented as the leading image in the Wired story, you know, trying to mash together Prager, Shapiro, Peterson and Spencer, (one of these things is not like the other), the actual research didn’t do that.  It had five different categories:  Sane liberals, Skeptics, Normiecons, Alt-Lite, Alt-Right, and generally defined those terms fairly correctly.





International Translation Day

1 10 2019

Cologne

That was yesterday.

What I learned on International Translation Day is something I’ve known for a very long time, which is, not to trust machine translation.

One of the many news articles I read yesterday, was about several teenagers from Duisburg (hint) busting into a computer store in Cologne to steal some stuff, and then when the cops made them, they hit the gas and it was off to the races.  I first read it in German, translating it in my own mind, as well as my steadily improving German will allow me.  Then I fed it into Google Translate to see if there is anything I missed.

Turns out it was Google Translate that missed.

Here’s how it translated one of the paragraphs:

After that, at a speed of up to 200 kilometers per hour, the teenagers had fled across several highways from the police until they were put into food.

“Until they were put into food.”

So as the cops were chasing them, some person or entity grabbed them and threw them into a real big super giant strawberry shortcake.

Let’s see if anyone else can get it, because even if I had not read the original article, I would have gotten the problem right away, just based on an unstated context clue.

Quite a few weeks ago, I encountered the same thing.  That story was about a young man of Arab or Middle Eastern appearance who got into a big group fistfight at the central train station in Dortmund, involving vibrant youths.  I encountered a mystery word that GT translated to “black driver” to describe him.  But he wasn’t black, and he didn’t drive to Dortmund, he took the train, as the article stated.  So I texted my German tutor slash girlfriend, and she explained that the mystery word, “Schwarzefahrer,” whose parts literally translate to black (“Schwarz…”) and then either driver, rider, traveler, (“Fahrer”), actually contextually translates to “fare dodger,” as in public transit.  (Which slyly plays into the “disparate impact” matter of not enforcing fare dodging laws in the United States because zomg blacks and Latinos).  Which also means the young vibrant man dodged the fare on top of going there to participate in a mass brawl.

It’s why human beings will always be better at some jobs.

 





Google’s Conceit

24 06 2019

Mountain View, California

My problem with the O’Keefe docdump and expose on the Goolag:

It’s Google’s conceit.

People are still eating the rotten dog food that tech swayed 2016, because the false notion that tech swayed 2012 wasn’t adequately refuted in terms of full public understanding.

Whatever happens in 2020, presuming there’s a 2020 in the way we think there will be, will have nothing to with Google, Facebook or Twitter, or any such.  I predict that whatever happens 2020 will happen because of the same old fashioned time honored political factors that caused the binary outcome in 2016, 2012, the dog catcher election Podunkville in 1937, and everything in between.

I suppose what it’s going to take is for Google et al. to “crack down” as hard as they think they can, Trump wins anyway, then people finally figure out that tech doesn’t matter that much.





Attention Debt

8 04 2019

James Allsup’s latest video serves as a segue for my own similar story.

When I was a high school sophomore, our sophomore English teacher did an experiment on us that he later said had done on previous classes and planned to continue doing on future classes, (and then warned us not to spoil it for the classes behind us).

After a plausible break in his speaking, he sat down at his desk, said nothing, and folded his hands. Inevitably, after some number of seconds passed, we started grumbling and talking. IIRC, the first noise from us was around thirty seconds after he got into his sitting still position.

Of course it was an experiment, and by now, you should probably figure that the moral of the story was how quickly popular media of the time, movies and TV, switched and jumped scenes, thereby conditioning our brains to expect pretty instant gratification.

Mind you, my high school sophomore year was 1992-1993, so this was pre-internet (in terms of ubiquitous use and high household penetration rate) by a few years. I just turned 42. James Allsup by comparison is 23, Wikipedia has his DOB at September 7, 1995, (boy, does that make me feel old, that was after I started college), which means the internet has been there all his life.

At our high school class’s twentieth reunion, just about four years ago, (boy, does that make me feel old), the teacher who did that experiment was there, but he had retired several years before. He told us that he continued to do the experiment all the way up to his retirement year, and one thing he starkly noticed is that the trend line over time was that with every passing year and with each new class, the number of seconds it would take for the noise to start after he got into his sitting still position decreased.

I imagine it has only gotten worse since then, especially considering what Allsup said here, that this is the YouTube age.





Which One Walks

12 12 2018

San Bruno, California

This also explains YT’s channel deletions, video deletions and video crazyaunting.  It’s all to pander to the big advertising accounts.

The fact that the 2018 Rewind video is on track to be the most disliked and downvoted YT video ever won’t matter a hill of beans to YT, Google or anyone.  Because we have the down button, the advertisers have money.  Guess which one walks and which one talks.





Who? Why?

24 11 2018

Washington, D.C.

The lines of official reasoning presented here ring somewhere north of hollow and south of shallow, considering other well known things happening:

The U.S. government has initiated an extraordinary outreach campaign to foreign allies, trying to persuade wireless and internet providers in these countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co., according to people familiar with the situation.

Huawei?  Who?  Why?

American officials have briefed their government counterparts and telecom executives in friendly countries where Huawei equipment is already in wide use, including Germany, Italy and Japan, about what they see as cybersecurity risks, these people said.

Huawei EU is based in Brussels, and Huawei has a German liaison office, mentioned in this article, just up the road in Düsseldorf.

Germany?  Italy?  Does anybody remember Echelon?  That’s where the United States of America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing, spied on Airbus.

One U.S. concern centers on the use of Chinese telecom equipment in countries that host American military bases, according to people familiar with the matter. The Defense Department has its own satellites and telecom network for especially sensitive communications, but most traffic at many military installations travels through commercial networks.

Concern about Chinese telecom equipment?  Got it.  Concern about Chinese immigration?  Crickets.  Disconcerting, especially since a “Chinese national or Chinese-American busted for military or corporate espionage back to Beijing” is a once a month or so story.

The international effort extends the battle lines of a U.S. campaign to keep Huawei electronics out of the U.S. Some officials see the initiative as part of a broader technological Cold War between U.S.-led allies and China for control of a world that is increasingly digitally connected—and thus increasingly vulnerable to surveillance and malfeasance.

It’s got to do with something else, but I’ll get to that after I refute a bunch of smoke and hot air.

U.S. officials say they worry about the prospect of Chinese telecom-equipment makers spying on or disabling connections to an exponentially growing universe of things, including components of manufacturing plants.

To put it another way, the American Empire is now officially worried about deplatforming.  A lot of people reading these words are calling their offices.

A core focus of the briefings is Beijing’s ability to force Chinese corporations to comply with government requests from government authorities, a U.S. official said.

Pot kettle black, perhaps?  I remember something about the FBI wanting to crack the iPhone’s encryption in order to make a case against a kiddie diddler.

Still, there is a big hitch to U.S. efforts to curb Huawei overseas: The company is already popular among carriers in allied countries, including some of America’s closest military partners. Some major carriers in these places say Huawei offers the most products and often customizes them to fit a carrier’s needs. They also cite lower costs and high quality.

Getting warmer.

In an effort to narrow that advantage in some countries, Washington is considering ways to increase funding from various U.S. government sources to subsidize the purchase and use of non-Chinese equipment, according to people familiar with the matter. Countries buying Chinese telecommunications equipment would be ineligible for such subsidies.

Getting red hot.

U.S. officials have briefed counterparts in Germany, which has signaled a new wariness toward Huawei, according to people familiar with the matter.

That’s what got me interested again in this serial news, even though I’ve been aware of it for a minute, and have had the same opinion all along, because this was news in the German media over the last few days.  Huawei Germany, being based here in The Region, the Region’s media have also made hay of it.

Enough deep diving.  Time for me to lay it all out for you.

We’re supposed to hate Who-Why and X-Vowel-Vowel-Vowel-Vowel-Vowel and ZTE for doing what Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple already do.  Europe is supposed to look sideways at China for information espionage, at the behest of a government that committed information espionage against Europe to help Boeing get an edge on Airbus.  We’re supposed to be worried about potential Beijing deplatforming when FB, Twitter, Instagram, YT, PayPal and all the cool social media kids actually do deplatforming in a yuge bigly way.  And like I wrote above, what use is it to worry about Chinese tech on American military bases when there are already many Chinese eyeballs there?  Then there’s the matter that a significant percentage of the “good guys'” physical equipment is made in China proper, yet nobody seems to be worried about the Chinese government prodding Foxconn to slip a little sumtin’ sumtin’ ET phone home to Beijing inside those iWhatevers.

This is nothing more than the American Empire issuing an imperial decree to all imperial subjects, vassals and protectorates to use hardware made by a company based in either the American Empire proper, or in one of its subjects, vassals or protectorates.  After all, spending money with Huawei, Xiaomi or ZTE means that some money that can’t possibly be turned around as tribute to the American Empire, i.e. purchase orders to Boeing.

This will be on the test.

Powerology class dismissed.