Posts Tagged ‘government’

I’m blogging this as I watch it.

Very nice to mix up the audience.  Changing seats changes dynamics.  Some might clap when they wouldn’t.  Others might not yell when they did last time.

“Sets our nation apart” is a tired concept.  From who?  From what?  being different doesn’t matter.  are we better?   better how?

Challenges that are decades in the making…  now that’s a concept!

Globalization… oh, wow.   folks who are now just recognizing this need to catch up!

Rules have been changed in the middle of the game… YES people.  that’s how it is.  There is no ruleset that stays the same… goodness.

Education… MATH BABY.   yeah, how many times have I heard “I don’t do math” in this country. A lot.  Learn it.  you need it.

Discourage vs. Challenge…. bingo.

Founded for the sake of an idea.  hmmm… don’t just memorize equations… what do you think of the world….  how many people watching this REALLY understand this???

Why outbuild the world?  Why?   what about doing it because it’s cool and a great strategy… we don’t need to “win the future”

Nation of Google and Facebook… oy!   that is a stretch…

I wanna see all this talk turn into action.  Sputnik moment?   R and D?   You need more than government to invest.   I just don’t see this generation of people doing R and D.  It’s a generation lacking imagination.   Facebook was not imagination.  it was a Hot or Not picture rating service.   And how has it REALLY changed things like the invention of the internet, the car, the plane, the lightbulb.  Maybe I’m romanticizing these inventions.

nearly half of jobs will require education that goes beyond high school!  yikes!

(was having a side conversation… so missed a lines)

Love focus on EDUCATION.    that’s what I care about.

goodness… border stuff.  get over it people.  yer forebears all jumped the fence.  get over it.

This is definitely a centrist speech.

I do like the Simplify Tax Code.

why promote only American jobs?  I just don’t get that.

concerns about health care law?  ya think!

Does he have this memorized!?

deficit… boring.

safe-havens.   nuclear weapons.  all this is big talk.   we’re not shaping a world that favors peace.  that makes no sense with the above sentiments about “make america the best”…. puhlease.   we defend our turf.  just own up to it.

Overall dynamic was much much better.  Far less “you lie” and standing Os.

only an hour.


i’m kinda bored to be honest.

but that’s ok.


yer take?


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I do not tow a political party line. I avoid posting political rants on a blog. However, the primary election here in California is really driving me bonkers.

Many of the candidates are trying to sell citizens that the solution to California’s problems is to run more like a business. The commercials claim we need results and efficiency…

yes, AND… we need transparency, leadership and citizen engagement. Businesses do not necessarily embody, inspire or guarantee those and neither do most government entities.

Stop selling a tag line, start leading.

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Data once was a signature, a number on a driver’s license or even a newspaper subscription. Now it is much more but less of what you are used to accounting for. Digital information is today recorded by all manner of sensors you are not aware of and don’t see the consequences of. The new reality is data ‘Reality Mining’.

From phones, GPS units, RFID tags in office ID badges, texting, scans of your car through toll booths, credit card activity at ATMs, stores, gas stations, phone call tower identity, sensors are capturing your behavior in a digital form. Coupled with arguably suspect ‘secure’ anything digital including health information, income statements and Web surfing time, place and duration, the data organization and mining has birthed the emerging field of “collective intelligence”. Welcome.

All that digital information is going to servers and reformatted in data bases are as viral as anything you and a person with a lot of letters after their name can even imagine. And we are adolescents in this development.

A thick web refers to what our ubiquitous use of the web has brought us worldwide; data, tetra-terabytes of it daily. Collective intelligence practitioners acknowledge that their tools will create a sci-fi future on a level Big Brother on cocaine could not have dreamed of. In fact that is, the ‘thing’ about what is going on; we have no idea how we, our families, company, city, nation are going to be impacted as this approach to information finds every nook and cranny of everyone’s life. Stopping it is not an option.

Collective intelligence will make it possible, not probable, for insurance companies, employers, pharmaceutical companies to use data to covertly identify people with an identified gene, profile, affliction, etc., and deny them insurance coverage, employment or bank loans. They can also use it to snuff out an epidemic just as covertly. I wonder where the value of this will be positioned? The government through their budgeting selections can assist law enforcement agencies to identify opposition member’s behavior by tracking scanning, tracing public and private social networks (our old friend the Patriot Act has morphed while we worried about our 401K and “the wars”).

“Pernicious” means exceedingly harmful. Pernicious implies irreparable harm done through evil or insidious corrupting or undermining <the claim is that pornography has a pernicious effect on society>

Now, today, we have and are using the capability to assess a person’s behavior with reality mining of data and then interpret that profile without monitoring him or her directly, talking to him or her, or “knowing’ them. Does Kroger care if you are in a bad mood when you scan your value card? Is the East TX toll reader interested in your reasons for being there mid afternoon? Does Macy’s want you to buy only brand X and not brand Y at the same price? They all care about your behavior, not your feelings and emotions, and intentions and, and, and…

It is a mashup! People and organizations interacting with one another through multimedia digital means will never be less than it is today; it will always be more. Those interactions dynamically leave traces of that ‘behavior’. This allows scientists, the Mafia or over zealous investigative reporters, for example, and anyone with the technology access to the databases to study and learn about the behavior of those traced without the knowledge or consent of the people and groups being scanned. Techniques like that are thought to infringe on the individuals and groups being traced for commercial benefit of those that have that technology over the individuals, groups of individuals and commercial entities that don’t have that technology.

What’s more, if you or your group doesn’t want to be scanned, traced or digitally followed, you have little to say in the matter. Take the instance of “opting out” that’s put forth as a counter measure today for not being a target for spyware, spam and behavioral marketing… “Opting out” is another way some companies validate a cautious web user. For some it means that a different level of secrecy is needed for those that understand counter-control methods. If you want to be removed from lists you have the following troubles (WHICH ARE ALSO TRUE OF REALITY MINING AND COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE EFFORTS);

  1. You don’t know where your data is; multiple servers, entities, in the “cloud”
  2. Once in the web, your data is not a ‘thing’ it is a “byt-pat”, a partial byte sequence and a partial pattern
  3. You don’t know who owns it legally
  4. You can’t catch up to it and kill it
  5. Your intimidation by technology is being used against you
  6. You have no counter-control outside the boarders of your country
  7. Your hope is that it isn’t true of you and your data
  8. Arguments favoring scanning and autonomous tracing are wrapped in virtuous rationales

a. fighting disease: SARS, flu, etc

b. fighting terrorists: real and imagined

c. helping the sick and elderly

d. child safety: fear reduction

The reality of reality mining is that your data collected by all of these methods are like a thought you had last night when watching TV: you can’t get at it now, you can’t know exactly where it is located in your head, and once you get it back after going through some mental gymnastics it is not the same as it was when you first had it.

Every day privacy becomes more of a myth than it was even last weekend during the USC game when the water company could tell – they have the data – when the half time occurred due to a drop in the water levels in an eight minute period. We expect that the water will be there and it was. We expect that no one was watching but what “watching” means is changing. It is changing really fast and in ways no one at MIT, Bureau of the Budget and Management or the Justice Department can predict or control. The steaks for success are high. Kroger is working on it.

Are you ready for a wild ride on a roller coaster in the dark without handrails? That is what’s coming here.

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Come-on people…it is gut-check time!!! You want a republic to be proud of? Now’s the time to find you spine.

We got the government we worked to get. Right, none of us worked hard enough and this is what laziness has wrought.   We didn’t mind when it was someone else’s dollar. Enron was a joke. Now we are all in the same financial concentration camp.

  • Bills, in one form or another, assigning $700 billion to Paulson are on the table or will be…

  • Henry Paulson, is the Secretary of the Treasury; a Cabinet position, fifth in line to succession as President.

  • He and the other people who 3 months ago said the economic fundamentals of the nation were sound are now in the triage room trying to keep the economy alive. Our economy…

Before succumbing to fear’s faux response, the watermark of the major arguments for everything for the last 7 years, we, not Congress, should re-read Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution; our Constitution.

“All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in Congress of the United State, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives”

The congress has abdicated essential legislative powers in the last 24 years to the executive branch making this bail out not only ill conceived and anti-market driven but above the law. Supplanting the rule of law – laws written by the elected representatives now abdicating their responsibility to leave for legislative recess – with the rules of the executive branch places another jewel in the imperial presidency.

This is about information and misinformation, subjects addressed here without much coddling or political correctness. Right now the putzes in Washington want you to decide without information.

First of all, legislative control of public funds is not a discretionary matter for our government. It is not as Commander and Chief of the Treasury that the President or a Supreme Court Judge gets to ramble on down to Wall St. in an exercise to control the flow of capital through the veins of American Capitalism.

In a free market the impact isn’t always positive. There is always a risk of malfeasance as well as determined but unpredictable events robbing the speculators and the institutional investors of their goals.

When new programs are reviewed be they healthcare or tax treatments we get no where. The Congress stifles discussion and leadership.

Subject Matter Congressional Response

Social Welfare Reform:

“…just a payoff to lazy cheats!”

Socialized Healthcare Reform:

“…just another liberal giveaway scam…”

Socialized Capitalism

Thank God!


You can’t tell the difference between the parties any more. None of them can tell themselves apart from the people they ridicule across the isle or across the sea.

The enormous range of intricacies including our financial services under siege is of our Congressional making. Financial services are interesting because they are THE bridge between the private and public sectors that were shunned by congressional oversight and lack of cohunes to make the tough decisions for two decades.

If you abdicate getting involved and allow this bailout, which program might you consider more seriously in the future? Healthcare, earthquake relief, atomic weapons for Texas…? Find you spine!

As George Will has stated, “these are micro problems, although quite huge, pale next to the macro problem…”

And what are those you ask?

o Retirement of 78 million baby boomers in roughly the last 9 months

o Aging population with medical needs that can’t be met

o Transition to a welfare state requiring more economic growth, not collapse

o Lower revenues for everyone moving from a manufacturing to service entity

Today’s crisis will require our governments to print large amounts of capital further devaluating the dollar here and in the world market – at an accelerating rate that has been dropping for almost 6 years.

o That money is being allocated based on a non-existing economic plan

o That money being controlled by people who didn’t do the job they were hired by Congress to do in their Cabinet positions.

o That money is being allocated on non-economic considerations

o That money allocation is not subject to review by Congress just like we are being asked to forfeit the right to do in governments hast today

Either way, we are all going to suffer for past bad business entanglements that our government put in the hands of the very people who are now telling us that $700 billion will make the problems go away.

I don’t believe it.

What’s more, are subsequent generations willing to sign up to pay for rippling cost acceleration generated by a predatory role of the state in allocating financial resources without consequences that even Congress walked away from?

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I am reminded of an experiment done by a teacher, Jane Elliot, with her 32 3rd grade school students in 1968. Mrs. Elliot came to class one day and announced students were to be divided based on eye color. First, the brown-eyed group was given preference and regarded as “superior” based on their eye color, with the other group repeatedly being considered inferior in intelligence and learning ability as well as having fewer privileges and less recess. On the second day of the experiment, Mrs. Elliot said she was mistaken and it was the blue-eyed group that was superior in every way. Thus, the values, bias’ and attitudes of the groups were completely reversed with blue-eyed students being regarded as superior and the brown-eyed being seen as inferior in every way.

Elliott gave tests to both groups on each day of the experiment. The students scored very low on the day they were racially “inferior” and very high on the day they were considered racially “superior.”

Other results:

  • When expectations are set to do well and show improvement, people do. When those expectations are lacking, performance and the experiences are thwarted in a variety of ways.
  • When we believe “the others” are inferior, we treat them that way independent of the ridiculousness of the basis provided.
  • When we believe we are superior we treat others with discounted value showing that how we believe the world can have powerful effects on how things turn out.
  • It is justifiable to treat someone poorly if you are told they are ‘evil’. When the reverse conditions are used, the superior group who was previously the ‘evil’ group, has an additional set of emotions that contribute to their poor treatment of others.

It is dangerous carnival that the bigotry, meanness, triviality and lack of value toward others can be institutionalized publicly every four years in America by two governing bodies when the country is rudderless of government leadership and when programs de jour are punctuated with felony indictments, earmarks, corporate handouts and loss of constitutional rights perpetuated by both groups.

Certainly have come a long way in those 40 years!

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