## Friday, July 31, 2015

### Ray Kurzweil's How To Create a Mind

I've been reading Ray Kurzweil's newest book from 2012.  I know I am not a distinguished reviewer, but I've worked in the same field and I have some overlapping experience.

I don't write extensive reviews because in the end it is down to the reader to judge and you are the one with the least experience on the subject matter. You will either take my word for it or you won't. If I am to make an impression I will do so by making a few short sharp points. To make a longer point I may as well write my own book.

I will make a three point complaint.

The first point is that the title of the book demonstrates he did not deliver an honest and complete description of a mind.  His title contains three disingenuities at the same time. He does not describe how to make a complete mind. He does not describe the one secret of human thought. He does not know the secret of a human mind, his title seems to be a publishing exaggeration for sales.  In the book once you've read it you would notice he claims to predict when a human mind - ready computer system will act consciously. He is basing it on extrapolating his known computing elements. He is estimating we will be at a complete mind when we reach enough pattern recognizers. I will go into my complaints in greater detail below.  Suffice to say that his claims are not proven.

## Sunday, July 12, 2015

### Death to Israel is a Nazi sentiment

One of these was Nazi propaganda.
The other was a cheap copy from Saudi Arabia.

Should anyone take propaganda advice  from the Nazis? What does this say of Islamic propaganda? What does this say of anyone that secretly or openly supports Nazi ideals?

It's ironic that had Nazi Germany defeated the Allies and went on to conquer Europe and Africa, you can be sure Aryan dominance would have eradicated Arabs in due course. By eradicate I mean round them up and ship them to empty gas chambers for an extermination so beyond the worst ISIS death camp just like all the inferior races under Nazi doctrine. Turning their skin into lamp shades and stealing their gold teeth.  ISIS has no idea how amateur they are compared  to Nazis savagery yet comparable in beliefs about Jews.

The ideology may be different but fascism is fascism and we shouldn't hide from evil.

### Radical Islamists should be exported to the caliphate

The caliphate has provided the west with a unique opportunity to export all radical Islam adherents unto the caliphate.

If they are brave enough to take up arms for Islam then they should be allowed to fulfill that desire. That is the definition of freedom. They should be free to live in a state they want. Since these values are incompatible with freedom from religion then they should be sent to the caliphate so they can live the way they want and we are free from their religious dogma.

We should not be stopping them from going, we should stop them from returning.

Any Islamic extremist caught advocating, plotting, conducting terror in the west should be transported to the caliphate border and dropped off. If that is what they believe then that is where they should live.

### Egomaniac and a decentralized information dissemination network

When you are trying to create and operate a global free  information disestablishmentarian exchange network furled by brave whistle blowers and run by anonymous volunteers it pays to not be an egomaniac.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange

Otherwise your sociopathy tends to get in the way of the good you are trying to do.

### Greece should get graduated debt relief

The two polar outcomes of debt forgiveness and contract default are neither painless nor productive for society.

Instead a middle path should be taken.   Greece should be given a graduated decrease in debt load.

Example. Greece pays back 10 % debt in a year then the amount is decreased by 15 to 20 %. Over time it decreases by more so long as they keep paying the amount is accelerated to zero.  It's not the full amount and it's not zero.

In this way Greeks feel they can pay down debt and not lose hope.  And creditors get more from Greece than default and collapse of the economy that is needed to generate money.

## Thursday, July 9, 2015

### Meaning versus Value

People should spend the most amount of time understanding the definitions of words.

People should spend the least amount of time understanding the meaning of words.

One brings understanding, the other reduces confusion. A world armed with more knowledge and less misinterpretation will be happier and calmer.

## Tuesday, July 7, 2015

### Clinton coronation

Hillary Clinton doesn't want to win an election, she wants to be acclaimed by default.  She doesn't want to defeat opponents fair and square. She doesn't want to answer pointed questions and admit where she has done poorly. She doesn't want to explain her bad decisions, her conflict of interests, her immoral dealing with other nations, her debts to foreign donors.

She expects the people to be lied to and accept her anyways.  This belief is the hallmark of a royal coronation.

## Sunday, July 5, 2015

### Pay your kids for good marks

If you want young kids to associate good marks performance with academics then you need to reward them in the way a capitalist society rewards anyone.

I pay my kids for every A and every improved mark as if its an A and depending on ability modify the A scale for each kid's ability. So a weaker student can still get rewarded and link performance with benefit.

## Friday, July 3, 2015

### The Greek PM is smart and desperate over Euro bailout

The Greek PM Tsirpas is caught between creditors and a hard place. It's obvious the IMF and ECB are playing hardball negotiations to avoid more European nations defaulting on loans.  That's what's really going on. They aren't afraid of Grexit. They are afraid of a knock-on effect of other nations defaulting given Greece got a good deal or wasn't forced to pay off debt. So Europe is making an example of Greece.  Too many European nations have tried to balance their books on other nations in the EU. That is the practice the ECB, EU, and IMF are trying to punish so that fewer local politicians try to steal from the rest of the union.

Consider that the EU wants to expand into central Europe and those nations might try the same thing as Ireland, Greece, and so on given their economies are weak as well. The EU is balancing on a knife edge when it comes to finances.

It's ironic that Germany started two world wars and yet was given a repayment scheme that they could afford and pay back; which they did last decade if I recall. Greece has started no war, bailed out Germany in the past,  and while they were stupid with money they are being asked to accept a payment scheme that can't possibly work.

This is the larger reality. Greece is never getting a good deal.

So the PM is stuck between his people and creditors.

Instead of asking his people on bailout terms he is asking them the better question: do you want to stay in Europe or not?

Because if the Greek people want to stay in Europe, then they must accept what their European creditors want. So if they vote yes then they can't turn around and refuse to accept all the cuts and reforms that are expected can they? Then PM Tsirpas can impose harsh policies and the people must accept them since they voted to stay in.

But if they don't want to be part of Europe, then the Greeks must face all the problems of sovereignty and going it alone. Then PM Tsirpas is forcing the Greek people to accept that and deal with all the problems of a new currency and

## Wednesday, July 1, 2015

### Does America deserve Donald Trump?

With all the news and attention turning to Donald Trump, I wonder aloud does America really want what he has to offer?

For those that have followed my America: schizophrenic empire series of posts, you might not see the connection between Trump for President and America policy overseas.  Or domestic policy.

The facts as I see them are; one, Donald Trump embodies all that is wrong with America in one single person, he is arrogant, petty, brash, anti-intellectual, overconfident and underpowered, vane, narcissistic, cheap, greedy, deluded, and also better than everyone else at "the military".  He doesn't care about other countries unless he can steal their resources or bomb the hell out of them. He is the 1% that treat the rest of society like refuse and exploit every benefit that high priced lawyers can provide. He was given his first fortune and for some reason people still trust him with money.  He is an absurdity within an enigma.

He may wear his beliefs on his sleeve but don't worry he'll get a maid to clean that right up.

But he also embodies what  a large frustrated poorly educated and easily lead portion of the American people aspire to be.  They want to be like him, they want his wealth and they want his problems.  They want America to swagger around and cause problems.  They want to start wars, they hate socialists yet take from the government.

People thought George Bush II was a fluke.  He is no fluke.  Donald Trump is George Bush III with all the sneakiness and without the charisma.  He's what George Bush I wanted as a son.

Two, if the people elect Trump then they deserve every last nightmare he will bring down upon them.

From Obama to Trump would demonstrate complete my argument that America is the schizophrenic empire.
http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/01/politics/donald-trump-supporters-new-hampshire/