Monday, September 19, 2016

Tree before clouds in sky

Nature - the ultimate cathedral.
Step outside, be a celebrant and experience 
the living blessing of infinite creative fractal joy.
In the patterns and flow found nested there rests the wisdom of being.
It's not only a branch, it's not a simple cloud,
it's not just a star, it's not merely a raindrop,
it's something else altogether.
There is no name for it.
There is only the experience.
To know it for real is to know love -
and oneself.  

It's all in the way one looks at it.
Branches over Sky Clouds

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Sky Show in Cuenca is always amazing.

Sky in South Cuenca

Sky in South Cuenca

Cuenca Western Sky

Cuenca Sky Southwest

Cuenca Rainbow

Sun and Clouds

Are Empires Ever Safe?
The question is worth asking. What's the best way to protect an empire?
I mean, if you're going to have an empire, you might as well do it right. Who wants to repeat that Roman fiasco (for the history-challenged, that's The Roman Empire - not the firing of Buffalo Bill's offensive coordinator Greg Roman -- plus, for those out there who sexted during history class and now get your world knowledge from Ozzy and Jack's World Detour - a prime example of a History Channel educational offering - I don't suggest reading any farther: there's no pop-up visuals so what's the friggin' point? It's like what Bill Hicks said: “Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye”).

But hey, if you seriously believe you need 900 military bases in 153 countries to protect your right to play Pokeman Go, post the latest pics of your short-hair pretty kitty to Instagram, compete at Walmart's Black Friday sales events, accumulate another dozen virtual Facebook friends, or watch 500 channels of Direct TV from the cushy confines of your person-cave - then managing how you secure your American Dream Empire is worth some CPU cycles - at least on your backup device.

So - you can Google on it all day. There's a ton of information out there. But even if you go to all the trouble of having your iPhone AI App read it all for you and produce a 30-second video summation - when you finally view it (probably while watching re-runs of Transparent), the CGI from Google's DeepMind might be too intense to make much sense of it, at least during those perky commercial breaks featuring Beyonce grinding with the latest cola. Never mind, they say you can't trust what you read on the internet anyway. I read that online somewhere. But it had five stars and a lot of thumbs-up. So there.

The funny thing is, the world is getting really funny. I mean fucking hilarious. Have you noticed? I sincerely hope I survive all the conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns produced by the Dark Intelligence Web (hey Langley/Bluffdale trolls, you know who you are you pesky rascals - you've got everyone really nipping at each other over antagonistic bullshit, way to go with that 'split and subdue' or however it goes). Funny does it - I mean, this shit's getting too funny, if that's possible. Ever get to the point when you've laughed so much that you beg "No! No! No more!" as you gasp for air? That's the kind of hilarious we're at. I just hope I survive long enough to see the Colossal Cosmic Punchline that you just know is waiting for us at the end of this madness. I get a big hard-on smile just thinking about it.

For example, the American Dream Empire decided by corporate, banking, and bureaucratic consensus (that of, for, by the people thing got to be a drag) that the Empire needed a brand new weapon system. It really sounded nice, the way it was sold. This one weapon was going to protect the Empire from enemies foreign and domestic. Each branch of the Armed Services would get its own version of the one weapon. It was marketed as being at the lofty "5th Generational" level, which is tech-speak for world-class cutting-edge shit. This thing was so advanced, so glitzy, so techie, so stealthy, so bad-ass that the American Dream Empire could easily sell this thing to its allies. This was not just a weapon or a weapon system - this was a weapon program. Wow!

Of course, this weapon program would cost $1.5 Trillion. That's an estimate, expect cost overruns. But hey, it's a small price to pay to have the most god-awful shit-kickin' weapon reaching around the global conglomerate, ensuring peace and democracy for the Empire.

The price tag did bring out the whiny naysayers, as expected. Somewhere, someone whispered, "Is this good military strategy or just good economics for someone's profit?"  You've heard it before, no sense giving such tripe any space here. We won't give a platform to anyone who would jeopardize Homeland Security. We all want to be secure. The Empire needs to be secure. End of discussion.

The day finally came when the to-die-for weapon system came off the assembly line. Flags waved and security-sounding music blared in Dolby Digital Surround 7.1. The press eagerly jockeyed for the money shot, even though they had already received a glossy press packet from corporate marketers. The anticipation was too much...

And there it was -- an airplane.

Wait a minute. We were expecting some UFO technology or something. We're not going to beam up to the Enterprise? You're spending $1.5 Trillion on one plane? I mean, it's a nice plane, I guess, but give me the breakdown of how this thing costs so much. A guy leaning on the hangar door waved me over. He said matter-of-factly:

"Winslow Wheeler, a staff member at the Project On Government Oversight and a long-time critic of the F-35 program, reported that American taxpayers will pay between $148 million and $337 million per jet in 2015, depending on the model.

'A single Air Force F-35A costs a whopping $148 million. One Marine Corps F-35B costs an unbelievable $251 million. A lone Navy F-35C costs a mind-boggling $337 million. Average the three models together, and a 'generic' F-35 costs $178 million,' Wheeler wrote.

'It gets worse. These are just the production costs. Additional expenses for research, development, test and evaluation are not included,' he added."

F-35 Bed Down
The American Dream Empire Now Feels Safer

In the background, the patriotic music swelled and the "Mission Accomplished" banners flapped in the unleaded A-1 breeze. Reporters got the scoop that the Brits, Norwegians, and Italians were going to put their orders in - the Brits eventually to get 40 of the new birds. Fantastic! The Empire feels safer already. Several key stock prices just went up.

Only one problem. Now, I would expect the Ruskies to be behind this but no - to everyone's surprise, the problem comes from a British General. Right before he retired, General Richard Barrons submitted a 10-page memo to his superiors, just in case they'd like to read it. It was a parting gift, a take-it-or-leave-it view of things, from his experience.

How -- and why would a British General cause problems for the Empire's Homeland Security? Was he a mole? A double-agent? What was behind that explosive 10-page memo? A demonic agenda to weaken the free world? Why would he do such a thing? Just what did he say that caused massive anal leakage at the Pentagon?

The good general merely noted that it wouldn't be necessary for an enemy to engage the new super weapon to defeat it. All an enemy had to do was to identify the specially-trained pilots and then "know how to murder in their beds" all 40 pilots. The super-duper weapon was so sophisticated that only 40 pilots in all of the UK knew how to pilot them. Take out the pilots and the $1.5 Trillion dollar weapon program was de-facto defunct. The general noted in his memo that he saw an over-reliance on a small amount of expensive equipment. It wasn't good military strategy. But did anyone tell the good general it made for excellent business? No doubt he got a memo in return.

And when it rains, it pours. Not long after the General's memo got out, the awesome new weapon had to be grounded. The American Dream Empire announced the grounding of its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, just over a month after they were declared "combat ready." The decision affected the most expensive weapons system ever made. It was "due to the discovery of peeling and crumbling insulation in avionics cooling lines inside the fuel tanks," the Air Force said in a statement.

Oh, geez, can this get funnier? Oh yes it can (I'm gasping for air!)
Russia has just shown off its new drone design to hunt F-35's - their design is similar to the American Dream Empire's X-47B UCAV prototype (unmanned combat air vehicle).

Russia's UCAV Prototype

This follows on the heels of China's deployment of Divine Eagle 2, another F-35 hunter. This would be a joke if it wasn't so funny -- it sure looks like the future of military aviation is autonomous or pilotless/remotely-controlled craft that can fly in ways and at speeds that human pilots can't deal with. This kind of craft will also out-perform any military jet with a human pilot. Going pilotless is the big advantage for the future. Oh wait, I feel a new program coming on -- let's convert the F-35 to be pilotless. That'll only cost another $Trillion.  "Can you hear it ring / It makes you want to sing / It's such a beautiful thing, ka-ching!"

China's Divine Eagle 2

Chinese Soldiers Watch

The American Dream Empire has so many of its golden eggs in the F-35's basket, it can't just say never mind and do something else. Well, the Pentagon considered reversing the whole thing back in 2010 but, after heady analysis (and a few calls from top shareholders of Lockheed Martin), the F-35 program was deemed to be - wait for it - "too big to fail." That one really cracks me up - it can't get funnier. Well, at least, you have to give it to them, they have a cruel sense of irony. Either that or they expect most American Dreamers to have a short attention span.

The Empire is stuck with the super-duper weapon program for decades to come. It was sold as the silver bullet that would take care of security vampires until mid-century. Too bad the Russians and Chinese didn't get that memo. But I guarantee you, they have read the memo from General Richard Barrons. One way or another - by pilots assassinated in their beds, by Ruskie UCAV, or Chinese Divine Eagle - the vulnerabilities of the F-35 Goliath are laid bare. That is, if the manufacturing defects are overcome and any of them ever fly reliably.

It all reminds me of another hilarious episode in Empire egotism. Tell me if you've heard this one before. American Dream Empire goes half way around the globe to give people democracy. This entails 10 years of bombing, getting expensive helicopters shot down, and spraying a cocktail of chemicals to defoliate 5 million acres of forests and destroy 500,000 acres of cropland, among other things.

It was common practice in that "police action" to send very expensive fighter jets from even more expensive aircraft carriers to drop relatively expensive ordinance on the evil-doers. The financial risks of each mission were enormous, given the per capita income of the evil-doer's country. And yet, for the Empire, no financial sacrifice is too great to ensure democracy prevails and the American Dreamers have security. 

Only problem was, like British General Richard Barrons has warned about the F-35 program, over-reliance on a few expensive gadgets is not wise military strategy. Especially when the evil-doers have an effective, low-tech counter-move for your "5th Generation" ego.

After billions of dollars were spent by the Empire to eliminate bridges and roadways in enemy territory, the evil-doers quickly adjusted.

Viet Cong Bridge

Viet Cong Bridge

Viet Cong Bridge

Viet Cong Bridge

Viet Cong Hospital

So, if British Generals take time to note that over-reliance on massively-expensive weapon programs does not make good military sense - and the Empire's own military history bears out the wisdom of this, why would our great Empire Thinkers double-down on following the military-industrial complex's quarterly report? Does anyone really believe it's primarily about security? Maybe the security of someone's dividend check.

With that in mind, it's interesting to note that the American Dream Empire claims to have a population of 318 million (yeah, and I have a bridge in Brooklyn...).  Another way of looking at security, if they want to go the economic route, is to admit that a strong economy, an economy and debt/GDP ratio that's the envy of the world is also a Homeland Security program. 

What would happen if the Pentagon gave up one weapon - one plane - and instead, the Empire took the money they were going to spend on that one program - and divided it equally among all the population? Imagine the kind of productive stimulus would that be for business - all business, even small businesses. $4716.98 for everyone - to spend on things that "raises all boats."

$1.5 Trillion divided by 318 million
$1.5 Trillion sounds like a lot of money. But I guess the Empire is good for it. After all, it's taking in records amount of Federal tax. The cost of the F-35 program is less than half of what was collected in 2015:

2015 Fed Tax Receipts
Maybe the super-duper weapon system is a bargain - especially when the Empire's Homeland Security has been invoked to redeem it. If you think anything else, go ahead and float your ideas.
You'll just have to wait a while to get heard. 

Maybe even one trillion seconds.
That's 31,688 years. Holy shit, I guess a trillion is a lot.

The really funny thing is - the American Empire Dreamers will take a number
and queue up for that if they're told to do so for their security. 
It doesn't even have to come with fries.    

Saturday, September 17, 2016

You never know what's possible.
I left my sea kayaks behind in the States when I moved to Cuenca.
I had read in several places that kayaking the rivers of Cuenca was not possible.

Kayaking in Seattle

And now I discover photo-evidence to the contrary.
I need to order up a 20-ft. container to get those kayaks here pronto.
I want to see for myself where the Tomebamba goes. 

Of course, I'll have to wait for a good rain when the river runs high. Plus, the sea kayak won't be the best fit in the city. But once the river merges with the Amazon and meets up with the Atlantic, I'll be in my element. 
It's incredible - I have a direct sea route to the Atlantic in my back yard.

Who needs boring air tickets. For the real adventure, take the water route from Cuenca to Rio de Janeiro!

Rafting in Cuenca

Thursday, September 15, 2016

"Living Abroad - Should an Expat be worried about crime?"

A reasonable question. Every place in the world (that has people) has crime but some places have more than others. One wonders how likely it is that a person will be a victim of crime, especially if they travel and live in unfamiliar places with a different culture and language. 

For a lot of expats, it's a critical question to answer, if not the #1 question.  The thought of leaving the security of one's home environment to settle down thousands of miles away can seem daunting - and personal security is often a source of continual anxiety in deciding whether or not such a leap is advisable or even sensible. 

Of course, with reasonable precautions and common sense, Cuenca is a safe place to live for native Cuencanos as well as gringos. But how this crime question came up really has nothing to do with me -- it comes from a native Ecuadorian who is thinking of visiting and possibly living in the United States for a while. I gave him the sensible advice one would expect, given the similarities and differences between Ecuador and the United States.

Clown crime part one


Clown crime part two
Chicago Murder Website
Click here to follow details month-by-month

Yuba City Crime

Los Angeles Murder Website
Click here to read victim details

New York Crime

Twin Cities Crime

Texas Towns Unsafe

Miami Crime

Vegas Crime

San Jose Crime
Denver Crime

I got tired of reading U.S. newspapers. 
I went back to El Tiempo.
Beautiful Yunguilla Valley
Views taken on the way towards and near La Asuncion, 

just north of Highway E59 between Cuenca and Machala.

Woman Statue

Yunguilla Valley

Yunguilla Valley

Yunguilla Valley

Yunguilla Valley

Yunguilla Valley

Google Map of La Asuncion Location

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Conspiracy Theorists have "powered through" the self-perpetuating hubris of the Coincidence Theorists to demonstrate how the mainstream media are controlled talking-point mouthpieces for Establishment messages.

How can it be a free media when all the pundits read from the same script? 
Ever wonder who's writing today's "message" and why they want you to hear it so often? 
If you haven't, never mind - go back to the dreamlike matrix of presumed certainty offered by the current engineered memes. 

This is so obvious, it's funny. Watch and feel the Bern as the media, once again, jump the shark that so many are unable to see - even as it is biting them in the ass.
In the land of make-believe, repetition is truth.

Car passes street art

The Lexicon of Horn Honking in Cuenca

The art of horn honking is an under-appreciated means of communication. In some countries, like England or parts of the United States, honking the car horn is mostly a sign of discontent or road rage. As a result, in many neighborhoods it is done sparingly, out of courtesy, or because one is simply afraid of getting shot gangnam-style with a MAC-10 as rapid response. 

But regional variances exist. In the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., a new arrival remarked after driving around for several days without hearing a single horn honk, “I wondered if the cars that are sold here just didn’t have car horns in them.” Even protests in downtown Seattle are enforced to be overly polite. When "Occupy Seattle" protesters prompted cars to honk in support of their cause, some motorists were ticketed with a $144 fine.

In California, honking usually happens only to alert the other driver they're not paying attention to the road or they are about to cause a hazard for you. It's more like "Hey dude! I'm here, don't crash into me!" Not so in New York City, where road rage and horn honking is the accepted norm. In India, honking is also used very liberally - imagine a noisier, angrier New York City where everyone drives like a cab driver. 

In contrast, in Bangkok Thailand there's virtually no horn-honking. Despite Bangkok's traffic jams that last hours in dreadful heat and humidity, a honking horn is rarely heard since doing so is considered incredibly rude. In Vietnam, especially Hanoi, honking the horn just means "My vehicle is within 10 feet of your vehicle," and this is done for every other vehicle on the road. Car horns are used 40 times more in China than in Europe. They are used so much that in the central area in Shanghai, honking the horn can be illegal. Shanghai has punished over 28 hundred drivers for illegal honking the horn. While the rule may be understandable, distinguishing between legal and illegal honking is not clear. As a result, Shanghai drivers choose not to honk even if it is warranted, even to avoid an accident.

Of added interest is how car manufacturers struggle to find a balance with horn design. Even the most powerful car can see its image suffer if it has a wimpy car horn. No one wants a car whose horn sounds like something they'd hear on a moped or bicycle. Car manufacturers try to be good citizens and design cars that don't overly contribute to the traffic din while still giving the car owner a solid sound to communicate with. Horn design can get very regional. Manufacturers are acutely aware that horns aren't just used as a warning. They can serve as a friendly alert in traffic or a way to coax the kids out of the house for school. 

All of this makes horn design a fine science. In European countries, South Korea and Japan, horns are required to be at least 93 decibels. That's more than a lawnmower engine (90 db) but less than a loud motorcycle (95 db), according to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. U.S. car manufacturers don't have a minimum level for horn noise, but they try to keep it at 94 to 95 db because many models are exported to countries that might have that requirement. 

And the actual sound may be quirky or solidly blaring, but don't expect it to be pleasing. This too is by design, especially on larger cars and trucks - I guess owners of those vehicles demand discordance when they're communicating. The two-note horn in trucks and larger cars is a combination of the G and B notes on a keyboard. It's meant to be a dissonant sound not terribly pleasing to the ear. And yet, with the advent of onboard computers in cars, horns are becoming more sophisticated. In Europe, for example, newer horns don't just honk, they burp friendly staccato chirps or other gentle warnings at the press of a button.

With so much fuss around the world over the topic of horn honking, one wonders how it all got started. According to Edgar B. Schieldrop's The Highway, the car horn was initiated in 1649, when Nuremberg watchmaker John Hautzsch debuted a horseless carriage that propelled itself using the same mechanics that moved the hands of a watch. Creeping along at one mile an hour, Hautzsch's invention was frequently blocked by curious crowds. So he equipped the newfangled carriage with two ways of dispersing pedestrians: an ornamental dragon head to spit water at them, and angel-shaped horns to blare noise at them. Just think, if Hautzsch had favored the dragon head over the angel-shaped horns, Cuencanos would have had another device to propel water and foam at pedestrians during Carnival!

So, all of this is a long way of wondering why in beautiful Cuenca, in "the land of tranquilo" there should be any need for horn honking. To answer that, one must appreciate that honking is some parts of the world is a complex form of communication, not just an emotional outburst, as it is in those other places. 

In Cuenca, you honk your horn for any number of reasons - some of which, of course, are rooted in frustration but in practice, the act of honking is just as likely a benign, even playful or informational way of signalling an elaborate combination of intents. Just about anything can be said, and said with subtle nuance, with a Cuenca car horn.

For example, when in Cuenca, honk:

  • to acknowledge you like the street art you are zipping by
  • to show solidarity and support for the Tranvia construction workers
  • to signal a passing driver that you enjoy their honking
  • to appreciate smells of fresh-baked pan wafting from a panaderia
  • to give advance notice, as a courtesy, before you zoom through an intersection
  • to signal your favorite neighborhood that a city-wide festival is about to begin
  • to temporarily make a one-way street a two-way street
  • to alert fellow car passengers that a dog by the side of the road looks like their dog
  • to signal the owner of a parked car that they car alarm has gone off
  • to advertise the propane gas you have for sale from the back of your truck
  • to share the joy you've filled up on from a local party
  • to thank the strident traffic police official for controlling traffic with their whistle
  • to signal today's tenth trip through the most invigorating roundabout
  • definitely honk in playful response to someone honking at you - multiple beeps or a patterned response most appreciated (beep be be beep beep -- beep beep!)
  • honk and sing in rhythmic cadence with your favorite song on the radio
  • and of course, honk 'cause you're happy you made it home!

The final question is, once cars become fully driverless and the global safety councils and insurance agencies get strict laws passed against humans driving any type of vehicle, what will become of our favorite horns? 

Will we have to sit in the evenings watching YouTube videos of long-ago traffic jams to satisfy our honking fix? Will there be an app for playing a favorite selection of by-gone honks into our wireless earbuds while we walk to the store? Will VR headsets take us back to the good-ole-days when a person could enjoy rush hour in a honking zone? Or perhaps white-noise machines that cradle us to sleep will have to add the occasional honk to our slumber inducer so we don't have to attempt the awkward adjustment to silence. 

I shudder to think of such a world. Let's hope, for our sake, the driverless auto-Uberization of motor transport stays a long, long way off. Until then, enjoy the fact we can still zip around and Beep! to our heart's content.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fascist authoritarians got you down?

Smile and Frown
Be precious. Be resolute.
And try a little "fuck-it-ness."
Insect Drone
Insect Drones

A new transport vector for the Zika virus is about to roll off the production line.
May also be used to dispense annual schedule of mandatory vaccines.
Can also be militarized to incapacitate on battlefield.
Might be remote-controlled in swarms to end neighbor's noisy picnic. 
Cute pet models in designer colors on drawing board.
Powered by human blood - no batteries needed. 

Viruses by Years

Doggie Talk

"The idea that we are informed by the news media is a CONSPIRACY THEORY."

To claim anything different is a microaggression towards me and if pursued verbally or online is hate speech.
To differ in viewpoint from this accepted norm is bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic and deplorable and should be grounds for sending you to a re-education camp.
All such infractions will be reported to the authorities by the Online Collective Watch Group. 
This is a hate-free zone, a safe space dedicated to diversity, inclusiveness, tolerance, social justice, and accepted truth. No other stance will or should be tolerated!
For the sake of freedom and justice, this must be the way. 

"People have the illusion that all over the world, all the time, all kinds of fantastic things are happening. When in fact, over most of the world, most of the time, nothing is happening."  -David Brinkley  

“Today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups... So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.”
― Philip K. Dick

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark  

 “All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance.”
― Will Rogers

“If you believe that your thoughts originate inside your brain, do you also believe that television shows are made inside your television set?”
― Warren Ellis

 “I like to watch the news, because I don't like people very much and when you watch the news ... if you ever had an idea that people were really terrible, you could watch the news and know that you're right.”
― Frank Zappa

“The average TV commercial of sixty seconds has one hundred and twenty half-second clips in it, or one-third of a second. We bombard people with sensation. That substitutes for thinking.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“It's in our biology to trust what we see with our eyes. This makes living in a carefully edited, overproduced and photoshopped world very dangerous.”
― Brené Brown

“People reject what they do not understand because it makes them feel small. They would rather believe in some other reality, even if it is only an illusion, so long as it makes them feel bigger.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem 

“Seemingly minor yet persistent things penetrate the mind over time making it difficult to ever realize the impact; hence, though quite unfortunate, the most dangerous forms of corruption are those that are subtle and below the radar.”
― Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile  

“In an age in which the media broadcast countless pieces of foolishness, the educated man is defined not by what he knows, but by what he doesn't know.”
― Nicolás Gómez Dávila

“Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.”
― Lysander Spooner

“Dear Hunger Games :
Screw you for helping cowards pretend you have to be great with a bow to fight evil.
You don't need to be drafted into a monkey-infested jungle to fight evil.
You don't need your father's light sabre, or to be bitten by a radioactive spider.
You don't need to be stalked by a creepy ancient vampire who is basically a pedophile if you're younger than a redwood.
Screw you mainstream media for making it look like moral courage requires hair gel, thousands of sit ups and millions of dollars of fake ass CGI.
Moral courage is the gritty, scary and mostly anonymous process of challenging friends, co-workers and family on issues like spanking, taxation, debt, circumcision and war.
Moral courage is standing up to bullies when the audience is not cheering, but jeering. It is helping broken people out of abusive relationships, and promoting the inner peace of self knowledge in a shallow and empty pseudo-culture.
Moral courage does not ask for - or receive - permission or the praise of the masses. If the masses praise you, it is because you are helping distract them from their own moral cowardice and conformity. Those who provoke discomfort create change - no one else.
So forget your politics and vampires and magic wands and photon torpedoes. Forget passively waiting for the world to provoke and corner you into being virtuous. It never will.
Stop watching fictional courage and go live some; it is harder and better than anything you will ever see on a screen.
Let's make the world change the classification of courage from 'fantasy' to 'documentary.'
You know there are people in your life who are doing wrong. Go talk to them, and encourage them to pursue philosophy, self-knowledge and virtue.
Be your own hero; you are the One that your world has been waiting for.”
― Stefan Molyneux

"Is this the real life?  Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide - no escape from reality."

"The odds that we are in base reality are ONE in a Billion.
Either we are going to create simulations that are indistinguishable from reality, 
or civilization will seize to exist."  -Elon Musk

"And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.

Cuenca Street Art
Our future or our programmers?
VR and Zuckerberg

Friday, September 9, 2016

What's worth over 1,000,000,000,000,000 (Quadrillion) words?
Well, if a picture is worth a thousand words,
the pics taken this year are worth over a Quadrillion words.

Lots of photos

Which makes a good case for why some things are better left unsaid.  
So keep on uploading those pics. 

The only problem is - 
Moore's Law is about to hit a wall.