March 26, 2017Posted by on
I was really surprised to find out that many modern artists sing songs dedicated to their mother — at least modern artists to me. I belong to the rock-n-roll generation although that’s not where my taste in popular music lies. I listen regularly to online radio station in Cleveland Ohio called WKHR. Perhaps it was the influence of a childhood being raised during WWII that made what is now called The Great American Song Book my favourite source of popular music. Read more of this post
March 25, 2017Posted by on
This week on Facebook: Is a kind of interlude which, to my mind, is not divorced from my previous posts. The Deep State is a term I am familiar with and a recent article reminded me of it. Regarding the recently elected President of the USA, Bill Bonner wrote in Money Week, There are many moving parts in the Deep State. Trump can try to pit one against another but he needs broad support in Congress. It is said that he has a Republican majority in the House and the Senate ready to do his bidding. This is not true. What he has — is a pack of clever self seeking politicians sharpening their long knives. Read more of this post
March 18, 2017Posted by on
This week on Facebook: Were I a conspiracy theorist I could be drawn to the notion that Free Trade agreements are a means of ensuring hegemony over a democratic electorate and expanding the global authority of totalitarian regimes. Increasingly these agreements intend to penalise nation states where productivity, or lack of it, are not subsidised by the visible hand of a state’s public administration. Read more of this post
March 12, 2017Posted by on
- What sci-fi film connects the protagonist with Donald Duck?
- The protagonist in 1 became the antagonist nicknamed ‘Long Hair’ who killed rancher Wil Anderson in which film?
- What is the connection between the film at 1 and the American Revolution?
- Name the films where the actor playing Wil Anderson  died on screen?
March 11, 2017Posted by on
This week on Facebook: It is very difficult to draw any conclusions from my incursion into the world of robotics and AI other than (perhaps) it being an inevitable step in human evolution. Inevitable in the sense that — regardless of the political motivations — there is a global scramble for economic growth and global economic hegemony. There are many scenarios that can be speculated on regarding any outcome to this scramble and naturally I would look for an analogy in the history of humankind, at the moment being drawn to the European revolutions of 1846, something I touched on in The Patriot. The inevitable outcome of any trade war in this scramble for global dominance in economic growth being military war. Read more of this post
March 5, 2017Posted by on
Having posted a piece about Robby the robot and the film Forbidden Planet a series of connections occurred to me. Creating a quiz on-line where the answer can be found by searching the internet is difficult. Word quizzes can vary in their extremes from the really easy the most tortuous, like the ‘Round Britain Quiz’. The questions where of the ‘you-know-the answer-or-you-don’t, such as those on UK Gameshows.com, rarely apply when there is access to the internet. Read more of this post
March 5, 2017Posted by on
Having searched for an amusing take on robots from comic strips that I am familiar with I eventually opted for a film made over 60 years ago, The Forbidden Planet. I have seen the film and it has as much to do with Shakespeare as Freud. Robbie the robot was probably the most iconic character and star in the film which was loosely based on The Tempest and had Anne Francis playing a delightful Miranda, renamed and achieving cult status as Altaira. However, in 1956 it was the notion that Robbie the robot could instantly manufacture anything to order, clothes, machine parts, food and much more, which caught my imagination. Read more of this post
March 4, 2017Posted by on
This week on Facebook: I have been led to Robotics and Artificial Intelligence [AI], something that I briefly touched on in 2012 when I posted Is it bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a bid! Robotics and AI are more than an adjunct to last month’s Facebook posts about global growth in which Malthus and Bartlett figured predominantly. I posited that they were considered a Cassandra, predicting disasters that never materialised and we seem to live in a world where being labelled a Cassandra is now rather passé. Perhaps its because predictions of a bleak future for the human race abound but are ignored in the political drive for economic growth that has become the overriding factor subsuming all other considerations. This urge for economic growth may well be a driving force in the ever increasing use of robotics and AI, something that radically alters the theories propounded by Malthus and Bartlett. Read more of this post
February 25, 2017Posted by on
This week on Facebook: I keep getting economic reports that any money I may hold is in danger and that those who want to take it from are my government. That my government should seek innovative means of creating inflation is hardly a surprise, the government’s (apparent) wish dispense with money altogether and make all fiat money digital is news. Although digital money is not new concept and in todays economy is synonymous with debt, the trail blazed by a digital money economy will be complex. Not in the least — I believe — because it will lead to greater debt having to be borne by the taxpayer. In a world scramble for economic growth any public administration where all money is digital in form will find it easier to devalue their currency in a sleight of hand inflation, especially when engaged in a currency war to promote economic growth. Read more of this post
February 18, 2017Posted by on
This week on Facebook: Am I a rabid follower of Malthus obsessed with an ever growing global population and a believer in Bartlett concerned about the consequences of ignoring the mathematical exponential function? I would like to think not, but I do suggest that a correlation between Malthus and Bartlett could be found the horse manure problem of the late nineteenth century driven by needs and wants of growing economies. Read more of this post