Jach's personal blog

(Largely containing a mind-dump to myselves: past, present, and future)
Current favorite quote: "Supposedly smart people are weirdly ignorant of Bayes' Rule." William B Vogt, 2010

Laughing Powers

I've wondered how much it amuses those in power, the small acts the rest of us do. People preach non-violence, or violence as a last resort, and the powers snort and continue their wars. People preach full-blown unrestricted capitalism expecting money-makers to be virtuous, and the powers snort and continue to exploit and cheat. People preach against government regulation, and the powers appear to be on their side, but really they want regulation that they propose to raise the barrier to entry in the markets they control. All throughout history, people have used the government to maintain their positions of power. Then those of us who preach against the existence of government at all are branded crazies.

Without intelligence enhancement, I can't readily see a way out of this mess humanity has itself in. I don't trust us with nanotechnology one bit; we've already shown ourselves irresponsible with much lesser technology. I'm not all that keen on having humans that just think faster, either. No, a new intelligence is needed, one without the human errors built into it, to help us all see flaws even the best of us have overlooked.

Though perhaps some of these issues are simply in Gandhi Stage Two. "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Though for some I know it's not even past stage one. People continue ignoring anti-aging, anti-death information. Humans are disgusting sometimes.

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Chaos is good?

Americans have no idea what it's like to be "terrorized". It'd be interesting if attacks actually escalated. I realize that the "terrorist" plan has so far worked; that is, getting the US and world economy to suffer, as well as lowering our image and letting our government enslave us. It'd be interesting if more violent attacks toward civilians were around, and even more so if those attackers were white or at least "non-Muslim", since that's what "terrorist" is equated to now...

What would be the common attitude if a heavy Christian conservative assassinated Obama?

In France, the government is fairly afraid of its people, since its people are no strangers to rioting, revolution, and other violent acts. Perhaps were humans less capable of being civilized, I would renounce non-violence as impractical and a waste of time and advocate constant terror on the government: fortunately we're not that horrible. "There have been tyrants and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Always."

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