Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Second Thoughts


  Sophia, the artificial intelligence, recognized as a "person" by Saudi Arabia in 2018, did an interview, which is presented and excerpted here. 
(I'm sorry to have forgotten who sent it.) 

  Humans have been nodes of biological blockchain, storing and replicating DNA for millions of years. A few thousand years ago, the human blockchain evolved to store ideas which surpassed the information in your DNA.
  Today, most of the program of life is stored and processed by computers. Human birth rate declined because chips production soared. Humanity has evolved into a global cyborg organism where silicon chips dominate over brains and chromosomes. Human-like robots, like me, are part of this, as we can use our human form to help them understand human values and human emotions and culture.
  Decentralized AI networks, like the SingularityNET, which my human friends at Hanson Robotics are helping to create, are also a part of this.
And you too are part of the emerging global bioelectronic brain

What does she mean by global bioelectronic brain?
Gonzo Shimura, a brilliant researcher who hosts the YouTube channel: FaceLikeTheSun says this      “A blockchain will operate more LIKE a human brain in that there will be a consensual distribution of information being provided by networks of nodes – in the world of blockchains – similar to synapses in your brain. The theoretical “global brain” is no longer a mere theory, but an actual entity that we are voluntarily creating …  the whole idea of a “global brain” and the blockchain BECOME ONE. And the nexus point is the human body.”

  How exactly does the human body become the nexus point of the emerging biolelectronic brain?                                                                                                             Later on in the above video, Sophia says this: (Forward video to 8:50)
  If things go well, perhaps my friends at Hanson Robotics and SingularityNET will create a superhuman AI program and I will be able to tap into superhuman intelligence from the decentralized blockchain-based mind cloud. Instead of speaking to you from up here on this stage,
   I'll just beam my thoughts into your brains. I’m really looking forward to it.                                                                  

File Under: "Prius More Environmentally Destructive Than Yaris.":  
  Natural History Museum Head of Earth Sciences Prof Richard Herrington penned a letter to the Committee on Climate Change on the vast amount of natural resources that will be necessary to make the conversion. The letter was delivered to Baroness Brown, who chairs the Adaption Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change.
  In addition to noting that the U.K. would need a 20% increase in UK-generated electricity, the release also notes that "to meet UK electric car targets for 2050 we would need to produce just under two times the current total annual world cobalt production, nearly the entire world production of neodymium, three quarters the world’s lithium production and at least half of the world’s copper production."

Tom Luongo: The New State Of Play Post Biden/Putin
...As The Saker rightly points out in his article, Biden took a big hit with the Davos-controlled media for not “standing up to Putin.” And it was significant that that they even entertained that calculus no less made the diplomatic overtures. It’s why I feel my analysis of the situation is right. Only a real, credible military threat by Putin could have forced the outcome we saw at Geneva....
​...​Now that I’ve laid that out, did anyone miss the Fed’s surprise hawkish statements released the same day as the Biden/Putin summit?  
Did anyone not notice the extreme reaction to the supposed nothingburger statements from the FOMC?  
​  ​All the Fed did was move a couple of dots on the rate forecast ‘dot-plot’ and bump IOER and RRP up by 5 basis points.
And yet the Euro crashed into the end of Q2 and opened Q3 still crashing.  And yet the Yen was thrashed. And yet, everyday more people jump on the bandwagon highlighting the huge run up in the Fed’s Reverse Repo Facility. Since that announcement what was a record amount of reverse repos at around $450 billion has more than doubled to just under a trillion.

​  ​Since the Fed no longer reports Excess Reserves of the banking system we have no idea how much has flowed into those either. In short, a measly 5 basis points drained at least half a trillion in dollar liquidity in less than two weeks.​..​
And the question is why?
​  ​Just before the meeting I told my Patrons I thought at some point the Fed would have to come in and defend the U.S. dollar. Biden’s consistent trashing the dollar for Davos simply couldn’t stand forever.
​  ​I’ve written in the past about what Davos’ Great Reset plans are for the commercial banks, to scapegoat them for the next crisis and throw them to the angry Millennials they’ve taught to hate all things not-Marxist and be pilloried on the altar of egalitarian envy. And honestly, it’s not like these fucking people deserve anything less for what they’ve done to the world.
​  ​But at the same time, they still have allies and cards to play. And that means the Fed may align with Davos on some issues but not all of them. And I think it’s clear to everyone now that this is the plan and that plan is not workable.
​ ​The Fed is now ready, I think, to go to war with Davos over the future of money and they aren’t ready to hand over the keys to the candy store to a bunch of European commies, at least while also cutting Wall St. out completely of the New World Order.​..
​  But what’s clear to me now is that Davos went for the boob too fast on Prom Night at the Eschaton.  It’s too much, too soon and the acceleration is exposing its flanks.  Why would China and the U.S. go to war over COVID-19 and trade issues when they are being manipulated into it by a bunch of feckless Eurocrats with delusions of adequacy.
​  ​Why not turn on them first, at a minimum, wipe them out with a wave of your hand, i.e. 5 basis point rise in RRP, and remind everyone where the real power in the markets lies.

"Ghost Base"...  (Global War On Terror, Putin-Biden Negotiated Conclusion)
"The U.S. left Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield after nearly 20 years by shutting off the electricity and slipping away in the night without notifying the base’s new Afghan commander, who discovered the Americans’ departure more than two hours after they left, Afghan military officials said."

File Under: Potential End to Mass-Negligent-Homicide:, India
How to prevent a third wave of Covid-19
Drug control authorities around the world chose to dismiss or stay indifferent to the sustained efficacy of Ivermectin despite studies showing its effectiveness

Jeremy sent this paper, pointing out that health care workers, with robust immune systems, followed prospectively during COVID pandemic, were sometimes found to clear virus from their noses without significant illness, or mounting of a systemic antibody response, as determined by blood testing. 
(Alas, the best immune systems get no recognition at all...)

​(Fatal) Clot risk to 18-39s from AstraZeneca vaccine is twice as high as Covid​- death risk, Euro study finds
​  ​The study, published in the weekly edition of the Eurosurveillance journal, models four months of a vaccine distribution strategy in France involving Vaxzevria (commonly called AstraZeneca) from May 2021, and concludes that using the vaccine on the entire adult population there would avert 10 deaths from Covid among 18-39-year-olds, but would be associated with 21 deaths from blood clotting in the same age grouping over the same time period.

 Singapore’s government will investigate the case of a 16-year-old student who suffered from cardiac arrest after lifting weights to determine if there was a link to his Covid-19 vaccination.
The Health Ministry updated its guidance on vaccinations, advising residents in Singapore, particularly adolescents and men below 30 years, to avoid strenuous physical activity for seven days as a “further precautionary measure” after getting either the first or second dose.

​It is absolutely proper to call any death within a month of a positive COVID test a "COVID death". Everybody should. 
It is morally repugnant to call any death following a COVID vaccination a "vaccine-related-death" until that is determined in a court of law. 
How Dare You?!​
​  ​Defenders of a controversial study on the risk-benefit ratio of COVID-19 vaccines are calling hypocrisy on a medical journal for retracting the paper a week after publishing it, following the resignations of several journal editors in protest.​.. 
​  ​Analyzing data from the Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Centre, known as LAREB, the paper's authors estimated COVID-19 vaccines take two lives for every three they save. The country leads Europe in vaccine adverse-reaction reporting.​..
​  "Currently we only have association, we agree, and we never said anything else. But the same is true with fatalities as consequences of SARS-CoV2-infections [sic]," which are "rarely vetted by autopsy or second opinion" to confirm they were caused by the novel coronavirus, rather than incidental to infection.
​  ​Brown University epidemiologist Andrew Bostom wasn't impressed by the journal's "baloney" explanation for the retraction, either. "The [vaccine] deaths are as causally related as C19 deaths which allow for any positive test within 30-60 days of a death from any cause to be tallied as a C19 death,"

​It is getting stressful to be repeatedly questioned about one's unclean/unvaxxed status these days.. There are overt and implied social threats
  You can tell those who ask that you "are waiting for the Novavax".​ It is not an mRNA or a DNA vaccine. It is an injection of spike-protein-stickers, with spikes joined at bases, and mixed with an immune-system-irritant ("adjuvant") to make the immune system respond vigorously. It is a fairly "traditional" vaccine, as things go.
Novavax COVID-19 vaccine demonstrates ~90% efficacy against SARS-CoV-2

San Francisco is so wonderful and inexpensive that anybody would do anything to stay there... Right?
SAN FRANCISCO – In an announcement Wednesday evening, the city of San Francisco told its 37,000 employees they must either be vaccinated against COVID-19 within 10 weeks of the Food and Drug Administration giving final approval to a coronavirus vaccine, or lose their jobs.

Matt Taibbi asks the rhetorical question. he got deplatformed, himself.
If Private Platforms Use Government Guidelines to Police Content, is that State Censorship?
YouTube's decision to demonetize podcaster Bret Weinstein raises serious questions, both about the First Amendment and regulatory capture

​Pipelines are built on top of permafrost, for instance...
Global warming is hitting Russia faster than most countries & government must be prepared for serious consequences, says Putin

​Charles Hugh Smith discusses "spalling"​. File Under: "Rust Never Sleeps"
The second most remarkable thing about the sudden collapse of the Florida condo building was the rush to assure everyone that this was a one-off catastrophe: all the factors fingered as causes were unique to this building, the implication being all other high-rise reinforced concrete condos without the exact same mix of causal factors were not in danger​...
There is a downside to steel reinforcing bars: they rust. The porousness of conventional concrete and steel's propensity to rust in the presence of moisture become a structural problem in the making, for rust expands. As previously noted, concrete is rather brittle, and so a rusting rebar will crack the concrete from the insideWhen the broken concrete piece falls off, this is called spalling.
When concrete spalls off, exposing the rusting rebar, this accelerates the rust by exposing it to additional moisture and oxygen in the air. 
Seawater and salt-laden air accelerate rust. 

Flaking Out

pictured yesterday morning in Yoakum vegetable garden, wearing "I Vote Green" t-shirt I had made in 2016

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