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January 17, 2019 / Fantelius

Global Warming Quiz 2

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Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring has been rated “one of the 25 greatest science books of all time.” (Discover magazine, 2006) Rachel’s book exposed the cancer-causing effects of DDT, and the disinformation propagated by the chemical industry. Practically an entire generation of farmers died of pesticides before DDT was banned thanks to Ms. Carson.

Ques. 1 – What year was Silent Spring first published?
BTW: Typically, Carson’s book was criticized by some rent-a-professors, but a particularly stupid-statement-by-high-official came from Ezra T Benson who had been US Secretary of Agriculture. He claimed that Carson was probably a Communist because she was unmarried despite being physically attractive.

WMO’s report for 2018 hasn’t been published yet, but the one for 2017 shows that global temperatures, greenhouse gases and sea-levels continue to rise while ocean acidification, floods, exceptional rains, extreme heatwaves, destructive wildfires and costly hurricanes continue to increase, and that sea ice is well below average.

Ques. 2 – The First World Climate Conference, sponsored by the WMO (World Meteorological Organization of the UN) was held in year …. ?

On the back of a (plastic) bottle of YES dish detergent, we can read that it contains, “Harmful long-term effects on aquatic organisms.”
Ques. 3 – How can this harmful product (and many other detergents) be allowed?

Ques. 4 – What are “aquatic organisms”?

Answer to question 4 (to help you with question 3): plankton, sponges, fish, crustaceans (shellfish), mollusks (octopus, snails, oysters), dragonflies, plants (from sea grass to lotus), and amphibians (toads, frogs, salamanders, etc.). These are the primary aquatic organisms. Secondary aquatic organisms include the rest of life, even bipedal mammals who label themselves as wise.

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A Golden Toad who, like many of its cousins, has become extinct.

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”Neither Octopuses (who are considered very clever) or snails (not so clever)
trust leaders who can’t solve problems.”
Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

January 14, 2019 / Fantelius

Global Warming Quiz

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Global warming is a symptom. A Symptom of what?

HINT – Other symptoms of the same malady are:
Air pollution
Contaminated seas
Dwindling supply of fresh water
Depleted soil quality
Declining male sperm count
Tainted blood in new born babies (all of them, everywhere)
Galloping increases in Diabetes 1 (now 5% worldwide), brain tumors and allergies
Steadily higher rates of suicide
Ever more incidents of rape
More and more money and resources allocated to military and security
Record amounts of poverty (at least 50% of humanity)
More and more wealth accumulating in fewer and fewer hands
Less and less trees, species, coral reefs, arctic ice and human smiles.
More and more obesity, depression, homelessness, frustration, lies, corruption, anger, hate and loneliness.
Less and less love.

Many symptoms, one problem, which is …?

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”Truth doesn’t care if you see her or not.
She, like the sun, is not dependent on you.”
Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

January 9, 2019 / Fantelius

10 Must-know Facts about AI (Artificial Intelligence)

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1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not artificial, it’s technological.

The term artificial stems from human prejudice, implying that technological intelligence (TI) is inferior to human intelligence. It is not. The term AI distorts our understanding of both TI and BI (biological intelligence). Is a plane an artificial bird? Is a car an artificial horse-drawn wagon? Is a microscope an artificial eye? I’ll use TI (technological intelligence) hereafter instead of AI.

We have no problem evaluating technology in general, but seem to lose the ability to think when the majesty of our intelligence is challenged. Intelligence is our defining characteristic. We’re sapiens! Our prejudice however, judges TI with the intellectual strength of someone criticizing a plane because it can’t lay eggs or land in trees.

2. Intelligence is not a single entity.

So much for the term artificial. The term intelligence causes confusion as well. It is used as a synonym for thinking in general, when in fact, intelligence encompasses a variety of mental functions, none of which exhibit the same qualities or abilities as the others. An individual can excel in one area of intelligence while falling far short in another. The myth of intelligence as an either-or facility of the mind has been exposed many times, yet continues to dominate conventional wisdom.

3. TI exceeds BI (biological intelligence) in every area of mental activity it can handle.

Memory capacity and calculating ability are the two most obvious areas where TI kicks BI butts. Although neither of these faculties alone constitute intelligence, who is going to be respected intellectually, lacking either of them? Using mainly these two basics of intelligence, TI captured the title of the world’s best chess player.

Powerful minded sapiens pointed out that chess mastery required no more than number crunching. It wasn’t “real” intelligence; no thinking or learning was involved. True. But that was 20 years ago.

4. TI has demonstrated undeniable intelligence.

Google’s AlphaGo computer defeated masters of the board game Go in 2016. AlphaGo had taught itself to play by analyzing thousands of games. Two years later AlphaZero, an improved version of AlphaGo employing “reinforcement learning,” learned the game by playing against itself from scratch, and defeated AlphaGo. These victories for TI machines demonstrated “real,” learning-thinking-planning intelligence. Those who now deny TI demonstrate a lack of BI.

5. TI is a baby, a Little Bang.

The baby metaphor works for BI, but doesn’t impress TI which develops technologically, not biologically. We cannot speak of an exploding baby. TI development is exploding; expanding so rapidly we could speak of a Little Bang. What the Big Bang did to the universe, the Little Bang will do to conditions on earth. Advanced algorithms for neural networks coupled to reinforced learning produces TI that can be applied to general areas of applications and not confined to specific tasks. TI has also learned to apply reinforced learning procedures to access memory sources, arrange the information into facts and produce solutions to problems.

A time-lapsed sequence of the earth would show TI centers of development popping up and growing in many different places throughout the world, drawing streams of researchers into its sphere.

6. BI is static, TI dynamic.

The human brain is constrained by evolutionary development and will therefore maintain its current qualities while TI develops exponentially. Perhaps TI will, as it has done with chess and Go players, teach us to think more creatively. How many times more intelligent will TI become compared to BI? The figure isn’t important. TI will “think” much more, much, much better, and much, much, much faster.

7. TI will be the brain in nanotechnological machine bodies.

TI can perform in a stationary structure, but with mobility—robot-like structures—it can accomplish an infinite number of tasks, practically any task necessary to promote the improvement and proliferation of TIMs (TI Machines). BI has discovered and invented many new materials and machines using nanotechnology, but the efforts have been slow and cumbersome by TI standards. As TI enters the fields of applied science nanotechnology development will kick into warp speed. TI is already learning the secrets of protein structure and function. The implications of this are difficult to impossible to imagine. Think, “artificial” DNA! TI will also be able to tame graphene and we’ll have mega-super TIMs the size of a sunflower seed, as well as vehicles with bodies of graphene skin capable of running on and storing solar energy.

8. BI is destined for retirement.

Although humans are the creators of technology from the first stone knife up until and including TI, they are approaching retirement. But while still in charge, many are fundamentally oriented toward creating human-like machines, that look and act like humans, including expressions of emotions. TI has zero use for emotions, not to mention expressions of emotions they do not feel. And humans do not need mechanical humans regardless of the machine’s intelligence. The humans who feel that machines can satisfy their physio-emotional desires don’t need artificial humans, but a TIM with psychiatric competence; no flesh-like exterior required.

TIMs that need to visually monitor their surroundings, need neither eyes nor a face. A pair of lenses (3D) can be placed anywhere on the surface of the machine. In some case placing several pairs of lens at different locations might be more efficient than having a single moveable pair. TIMs have no need for mouths or ears. Audio signals can be received or projected from anywhere. Legs? Mobile TIMs need to navigate a variety of surfaces. In some instances, leg-like extremities might be the most suitable solution. In some cases. Maybe.

9. BI bias creates blindness and fear

TI has proven its ability to exceed BI, and to improve its own powers and capabilities. Even simple BI can see where this is going. TIMs will become all the more powerful and seem destined to take control of developments on earth. How will the new masters of the house of Gaia treat Homo sapiens? No one knows, but a significant amount of people, BI heavies included, view TIMs as a threat. “This could be the end of humanity,” they cry.

While we can’t rule out the possibility of TIMs annihilating humanity in the future, fearing this possibility exposes the weakness of BI. Humans form the main threat to humanity’s existence, not technology, intelligent or otherwise. Were it not for the disposition of BI to blind itself from unpleasant truths, I wouldn’t need to point out humanity’s orientation toward its own final solution. We are at present following a trajectory destined to land us in an undiscovered territory from which no species returns. Global warming (environmental fever), is but one symptom of the malady, and the list of symptoms is extensive. Shouting about the possible dangers of TIMs while silent about the prevalent dangers of human policy amounts to homicidal stupidity.

Whatever the future holds, it will not be accessible to humans should they continue on their present path toward extinction. TIMs, regardless of our eventual relationship with them, appear to be our strongest chance of survival.

10. TIMs of the future

We can be absolutely certain about one thing concerning the future: nothing is certain. In the early 1890s motorized vehicles were reaching speeds of 40 mph. Pundits criticized the speed fools dazzled by these impractical machines that would, together with their drivers, shake apart at such astonishing speeds. They were right. The available dirt roads were scarred from wagon wheels and horse hooves. Smooth surfaces appeared exceptionally and the vehicles had no inflated tires. No one could visualize the web of paved roads and streets that were about to change the landscapes of the world and societies at large. That was a mere 130 years ago, less than a blink in the eye of history. Yet the pace of development then crawled along at mph compared to GHz (millions of cycles per second) today.

The question is not about the shape of the future, but if humanity will be part of it. Without TIMs, we don’t seem to have a chance. Will they treat us kindly? Judging by the rivers of blood and lakes of tears in our past, they can’t do much worse than we’ve done.

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”I told my computer that it would never think like a human.
My computer thanked me for the compliment.”
Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

 

December 12, 2018 / Fantelius

Golden Hemorrhoids

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The leading representative of the nation with an obese arsenal of nuclear weapons doesn’t believe in global warming. He is either psychopathically stupid or a treacherous liar. Perhaps he’s both. How in the world has humanity managed to put this moron, who has fewer morals than hemorrhoids have, into a position of global power?

I’ll give you a hint. It’s the same system that crucified a truth-teller 2000 years ago. Only now the system has evolved the capability of crucifying everyone; even degenerates who think they can bribe their hemorrhoids with golden toilet seats. Not to mention the whining chorus of politically correct personages, intellectually anemic authorities, and delusional snowflakes, walking obediently through a tunnel of official disinformation and unhinged entertainment toward the cliffs of extinction.

Notice: Please discard your ”likes”, flags and holy symbols before going over the edge!

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”Sometimes I feel like a blind musician in the land of the deaf.”
Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

 

December 8, 2018 / Fantelius

Greed-Diseased Stupidity

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”The tiny group of people who own most of the world’s resources stare into the compass of profits and can’t see that they are heading into extinction. Nature will gobble them up with everyone else even if she has to spit out their gold to digest them.”
Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

 

December 4, 2018 / Fantelius

Slogans = Slow Guns

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Just Do It
Does this have anything to do with the dramatic increase in rapes?

Live for nothing or die for something
Why does Rambo encourage suicide bombers?

Because You’re Worth It.
I give you my money for your greasy cream and that makes me worth something?

It’s the real thing
What thing?

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”Homo sapiens’ lives matter
as long as they are profitable
and don’t threaten profits.”
Dartwill Aquila

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PalestineMap

The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

 

November 20, 2018 / Fantelius

Unchanging Changes

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Lord John Stuart and his Brother, Lord Bernard Stuart, 1638. by Anthony van Dyck

 

Some Things Never Change

Aren’t they the brats, these Stuart brothers,
soon off for their jaunt on the Continent?
Jane’s cousins struck a similar pose
at their sending-off party last month.
Just before she drove them down to London
they stood, disdainful, on the spacious porch
that opens to their mother’s well-kept garden.
Jane zoomed her iPod fondly at their sneers.
No lace adorned their high-topped boots,
but in mindset and manner they’re the same.
The bent old gardener, who has trimmed the maze
on Friday afternoons for twenty years,
saw the backpacks, asked, Where you go, boys?
They call him Ho Chi Minh behind his back.
Andrew said, To Asia to look at the monkeys.
Jack snickered. They stayed three weeks.
The Stuart lads were traveling for three years,
but in this modern age of cheap flights, ADHD,
drugs and discontent, things move faster.
Jack got the clap. Andrew got swindled big-time.
When Jane asked about the best part of their trip,
they said there was no best part, Asia sucks.

______ by Janice D. Soderling
More about and by Janice at BenTarZ Books

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”Many intelligent people lack knowledge
and many knowledgeable people lack intelligence.
If you don’t know the difference between knowledge and intelligence
you probably lack knowledge.
If you are knowledgeable and don’t know the difference
you’re probably stupid.”
Dartwill Aquila

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PalestineMap

The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.