I just watched Eminem’s new video for his song “Rap God.” The song is ok (I do like the album overall) but I actually liked the video a lot; it included various 80′s references (Max Headroom) and some comic references. Here it is below for those interested.
But then I watched a video by Mark Dice. For those that don’t know, he does those videos where he asks the hoi polloi to sign fake petitions for things like post birth abortion and Vladimir Lenin to take over for Obama. I applaud him for showing us how stupid and gullible the typical mouthbreather really is. Sometimes he can’t even keep a straight face when dealing with the average American, i.e. moron.
He posted this video regarding “Rap God.” He obviously doesn’t like Eminem’s music which is fair and then goes into the satanic/illuminati messages and ideas regarding technological singularity/transhumanism (the combining of the human body with technology).
Eminem is talking about being a “Rap God” and he is portrayed as doing this by being hooked up to hard drives and uploading everything to his brain. I guess so he can have a better vocabulary to rhyme with. To be the god of Rap doesn’t seem to be all that important in really, personally I would much rather roll like Poseidon and rule the Sea.
The human brain is not much different than a computer with a hard drive, processors etc. How can the limitations of the human brain and body be exceeded? We use computers and the internet on a daily basis (I am using it to write this right now) but that interaction has physical limitations. What if we were directly connected to said machines? One of the best way to look into the future regarding science and technology is to look at science fiction. Much of what will become reality tomorrow was an idea that was fiction today.
I think of beings such as the “Observers” in Fringe who were actually humans who could experience time in a non-liner fashion due to their enhancements. Even though they have god-like abilities, they still wreck their planet (a future Earth) and become tyrants in the present day/near future. They travel back in the hopes of survival and building a new world in the past. But they are cold, oppressive, murderous and bald (they have a lot in common with politicians) because their calculations/models tell them this is the way to survive. One of the main characters, Peter, obtains a piece of their tech and has it implanted in himself. His abilities increase but his humanity, morality and judgement start disappear.
There is also Robocop who is what many think of when picturing a cyborg. A human consciousness within a robot. Here the brain is enhanced and limited at the same time. The enhancements include interfacing with computers directly and all the data they can provide along with the physical strength and speed of a robot. The limits were to disregard the human’s morality and judgment so they could simply follow orders like a good Nazi soldier. In the original the human part of the being must override the robotic part to overcome his government/criminal/corporate owners (doesn’t sound too far fetched IMO).
Blade Runner, Terminator, Almost Human all deal with robots/androids that are self-aware and beg the question of what makes someone human. Is it our bodies stuffed full of diet soda and McShits or is it our consciousness that makes us people?
All these examples play into the tug of war between technological enhancements vs our humanity. An important limitation of machines is that they only know what they are told. One thing that needs to be made clear would be that in regards to transhumanism one would not know everything, they would simply have access to all that is known. The unknown would still be invisible until it is discovered. The creative human mind is what allows the unknown to enter the realm of the known.
Would technological advancements actually require us to be less “human”? I’m not so sure.
I pose the question, would you meld yourself with technology. I can’t say definitively whether I would or wouldn’t if given the opportunity.
When I picture what it could be I want to envision a utopian possibility designed by Ray Kurzweil himself but instead I picture this as a more likely outcome…
A demon horse with laser eyes…
Rosenberg with some great insight, history is written by the victors for the suckers.
History is Written for the Suckers
Wealth was deposited and kept in temples; in treasuries, where safety was afforded by the will of the gods.
I’ve actually studied ancient Mesopotamia, and I don’t for a minute believe that the guys who looted their local farmers believed it was protected by the gods. If they did, they wouldn’t have kept it in the most secure building in their kingdom, surrounded by thick walls and isolated from approach!
That line – that five thousand year old line – was created for the suckers, the people who gave the thugs their money but wanted to feel noble about it. And it’s still working! The ruler is automatically afforded every benefit of the doubt, at all times and in all ways.
History – at 3000 BC and even now – is written for the suckers: the people who maintain that eternal benefit of the doubt.
A Day at the British Museum
Let me explain how this works:
Several years ago, as I was completing a book on history called Production Versus Plunder, I visited the British Museum in London. There were some particular artifacts I wanted to see again, and I wanted to walk around and consider all the museum’s pieces of history: to see if there was anything important that I had overlooked or misrepresented.
On the second floor, where the most ancient artifacts are displayed, I found a sign entitled The First Cities. The text on this sign expressed the definitive mythology of ancient history, as it is now taught worldwide. It read:
This required organization and administration… With expansion came social differentiation and the development of an appropriate bureaucratic infrastructure, required to initiate and oversee the necessary public building programs.
This text was written for suckers, and it is simply false. Among other things, organization followed the creation of civilization, and public building programs came long, long after. (We covered a massive refutation of this sign in FMP #37.)
Signs like this on museum walls are written to justify the rulership of their place and time, to make it seem like the ultimate and inevitable end of human development. (Museums are nearly always suck-ups to their local ruler.)
I Could Go On
I have stories about other museums (and others about textbooks), but they’re not important just now. What is important is this base fact: The history you learned through approved channels was mainly propaganda. Its purpose was to hold you as a docile, obedient cog in their machine… a sucker.
I’ll close with two relevant quotes. The first from journalist H. L. Mencken:
The plain fact is that education is itself a form of propaganda – a deliberate scheme to outfit the pupil, not with the capacity to weigh ideas, but with a simple appetite for gulping ideas ready-made. The aim is to make ‘good’ citizens, which is to say, docile and uninquisitive citizens.
And another from educator John Taylor Gatto:
The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions.
Remember that no one – no person, no group – is entitled to a permanent benefit of the doubt. That is mere servility, and it is inappropriate for any thinking being.
The younger generations are getting fleeced by the politicians the most at the moment. This article does a good job of explaining how/why the ACA socializes the costs so young healthy peoples’ premiums go up so the geezers’ can come down in a simple manner. People in their 20′s are going to be taking it on the chin.
But at the same time, many of the young people supported and voted in favor of this (other than the groups supporting RP) and supported Obozo. They are going to learn the hard way what many of us knew all along; it’s now time for them to chomp down on the shit-sandwich they ordered with a side of chips.
This is the same group paying for SS knowing they won’t receive any of the “benefits”, can’t find a good job, are saddled with student loan debt, possess a worthless degree and might still be living with their parents. My question is whether or not this is what will push the youth into revolt and kickstart the truly violent portion of this 4th Turning?
How Obama is soaking the young
Contingencies, the magazine of the actuarial profession, recently looked at how the Affordable Care Act would affect various age cohorts. According to their study, premiums for younger, healthier individuals may well spike by more than 40 percent.
A little-known provision in the law, called the Adjusted Community Rating, all but guaranteed it would turn out this way.
Here is an oversimplified — but fair — illustration of what this provision means: Let’s say a 70-year-old man pays $800 a month for health insurance, and his 25-year-old neighbor pays $100. Collectively, an insurance company gets $900 to insure them both.
But according to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance premiums must fall within a ratio of 3:1 for adults. So assuming the insurance company still seeks to collect $900 a month to cover both neighbors, the older man would now pay just $675, while his younger neighbor would be charged $225.
If you’re 70, this is a much better deal. But if you’re the 25-year-old, you’re now saddled with paying $125 more a month. That is $125 a month less that a young person can invest in a home or education or… whatever.
(A caveat: Assuming someone can get through the enrollment process, ObamaCare does provide subsidies to help many younger, healthier consumers pay for coverage. But in many cases, the subsidies will not be big enough to offset ObamaCare’s cost increases — and many consumers will not be eligible for subsidies in the first place. For example, a family of four making around $80,000 would not be eligible for subsidies.)
Now, you might say this is simply what civilized societies do, and young people should just suck it up. That’s a completely coherent argument to make if you have a liberal worldview. But ask yourself this: Was it sold to young people that way? Is this fair to them?
Health care isn’t the only example of how the young are being fleeced. If being targeted by ObamaCare and enduring high unemployment rates aren’t enough of a challenge for young people just starting out in life, the debt burden should add an additional level of concern.
It’s not just that young people will have to pay more — it’s that they are doing so to make up for the excesses of the baby boomers. As a Wall Street Journal column recently noted, “While today’s 65-year-olds will receive on average net lifetime benefits of $327,400, children born now will suffer net lifetime losses of $420,600 as they struggle to pay the bills of aging Americans.”
What we are witnessing today is a historic inter-generational transfer of wealth. Past generations could expect a better life, but today’s youth are picking up the tab for the baby boomers. What’s more, it is the policies of the man they held up as a hero that are inflaming the problem.
Young people are easy marks. They don’t have big lobbies like the AARP. And despite being helpful to Obama, they are still generally taken for granted by politicians. Even worse, the assumption is that they are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party — a designation that means young people can be taken for granted (by Democrats) or written off (by Republicans).
Maybe young people still haven’t noticed, or don’t really care — at least not enough to change their voting habits. Maybe they are too interested in political issues like immigration reform or gay marriage to worry about their economic future. Or maybe as long as there’s bread and circuses (beer and pizza, as my college professor used to say), they’ll be fine. But I suspect some day in their 30s when they are trying to get ahead and raise a family, many of them will have buyer’s remorse.
Of course, it may not take that long. There is one more irony to discuss. And that is, if healthy young people don’t sign up for ObamaCare — if they don’t “fall in line” — the whole system could come crashing down. The success of the Affordable Care Act is premised on healthy young people signing up. But what if they don’t? What if the glitchy websites prevent them? Or what if they just make a calculated decision to pay the fine (“tax” as John Roberts would have you believe)?
It may be that banking on young people really was fraught with danger. You live by the sword, you die by the sword. Now that would be ironic.
I grew up in Northeast PA near the border of New Jersey. PA is far from perfect but I am always grateful when I think back to the fact that my parents decided to not live in that cesspool shithole New Jersey. Now I live in South Central PA which forces me to be somewhat close to the state of Maryland and I have a similar feeling. Maryland has a lot in common with NJ; a coastline to visit (if one likes that sort of thing), super high taxes, shitty drivers, clogged highways, and highly restrictive gun-laws and scumbag politicians that hate when mundanes protect themseves.
The situation Matt Pinkerton is in is regrettable but his actions were necessary and absolutely justified, regardless what the craptacular state of Maryland thinks about it.
Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
Shoot First or Call 9-1-1: What Would You Do If Someone Kicked In Your Door?
November 9th, 2013
In the wee hours of the morning on September 13th, Air Force Sgt. Matt Pinkerton and his wife were entertaining guests at their home when an acquaintance of Mrs. Pinkerton’s came knocking.
It was 2 AM. After being told to leave by Matt Pinkerton, who closed the door, Kendall Green decided that he’d kick it in and force his way into the home.
Matt Pinkerton, having armed himself with his Glock17 9mm prior to approaching the door, then proceeded to discharge two rounds into Green.
Green was subsequently killed in an obvious act of self defense.
But the story didn’t end there, as it should have.
The district attorney’s office has now filed second degree murder charges against Sgt. Pinkerton.
You may be asking yourself under what pretext?
According to the DA, Pinkerton exhibited “bizarre behavior” by grabbing his weapon when an unexpected knock came to his door at 2AM that morning. And, because he failed to call 9-1-1 between the time Green kicked in his door and rushed him, he has now been charged with murder by the state.
Mike Pinkerton, one of the guests and brother of Matt, recalls the incident via Bullets First:
“He (Green) kept coming forward so Matt fired. He rocked backwards and took another step forward at which time Matt took his second shot. He stumbled backwards and fell out the door onto the porch.”
“When the shots were fired Jessica called 911. Matt spoke to the operator; he removed the clip from his gun and the bullet in the chamber. Police arrived within five minutes.”
So what did Matt do wrong when a crazed man broke in his front door at 2am and was after his wife? To me, nothing.
Yet according to the state of Maryland, Matt should have called 911 first and waited for the police.
That isn’t some glib, pro gun caricature of the how when seconds count cops are minutes away. This is the reason he is being charged with murder. It doesn’t help that on top of the lack of a Castle Doctrine Statute the Assistant State’s Attorney, Glen Neubauer, is an rabid anti gunner himself.
Besides maintaining the ridiculous notion that calling 911 while a crazed intruder just smashed his way into your house is the only legal option, Neubauer also claims that even the act of grabbing the gun in the first place is “bizarre behavior in itself.”
Read the full report at Bullets First
As an important note, Mrs. Pinkerton was in no way involved with Kendall Green and a long list of evidence suggests they were merely friends, until Green decided he wanted more out of the relationship, at which point Mrs. Pinkerton ended their interactions.
Thus, it should be obvious that Kendall Green was likely demonstrating irrational emotional and mental behavior the morning he kicked down her door and entered her home.
The Pinkertons have set up a Facebook page in an effort to bring awareness to Matt’s plight against an overzealous District Attorney, who himself is a staunch supporter of anti-gun laws.
Through no fault of his own, Matt Pinkerton is now facing the real possibility of being imprisoned for doing what any self respecting, individually responsible person would do – defending himself, his wife, his guests and his home.
His legal expenses have already exceeded $25,000, plus an additional $25,000 so that Sgt. Pinkerton could be released on bond while awaiting his trial. The family was forced to take out loans in order to make these payments.
So, not only is the State now threatening the freedom of a man who defended those he loved, they are impoverishing him and his family for no other reason than to make a political statement.
The Pinkertons have received an overwhelming show of support since making their story public, with thousands flocking to their Facebook page. Matt Pinkerton was compelled to respond to his many supporters directly:
The monetary support is simply amazing! While I appreciate it, I don’t want anyone to overextend themselves. I am still working, and still getting paid. I received word that the GiveForward effort was reported. They shut it down when they learned it was not medically related. That said, they are cutting a check, IN THE AMOUNT OF $12,453!!!, give or take 20 bucks or so. Words can’t express my appreciation. I was standing guard at the gate when my wife texted me that our friend, Erica, set up the donation page. It’s a blessing to have so many supporters! From what I have been told, the reps at GiveForward suggested to Erica another site. I have since learned she has set something else up…or so I believe she has given the mass amount of emails I am receiving about PayPal donations/
I hate accepting money from anyone! I wouldn’t even allow my parents to purchase my first vehicle at the age of 16. However, I understand there are some that still want to help.
I have a LOT I would like to say. However, as you all likely know and understand, my lawyer would suggest I not. When this is all said and done, regardless of the outcome, I will share my story.
It is a travesty that Sergeant Matt Pinkerton has been put into this position.
The majority of people with any common sense at all know the answer to the question: What Would You Do If Someone Kicked Your Door In?
Matt had to make an immediate determination about how to respond to an intruder who had just kicked in his door, had made the decision to target him directly, and was making his way towards him.
He had mere seconds to decide, because 10 – 15 feet is not much ground to cover when someone is racing towards you with violence on their mind.
The last thing on Matt’s mind was whether he should call 9-1-1 at the particular moment in time.
We often say it’s better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.
This is a real life representation of the adage.
If you’d like to lend your support to Matt Pinkerton and his family, their friends have set up a crowd funding page to help with his defense.
(Pictured: Matt Pinkerton with his sons)