Listen to a reading of this article (reading by Tim Foley): Too much interesting stuff happening in the life of the empire to cover in just one article today, so we're doing a three-in-one wrap-up. McCaul says war over Taiwan will be about controlling microchips — err, I mean, democracy and freedom.
McCaul thinks that going to war with China is going to make all those Chinese Engineers and Scientists suddenly forget how to add? Way back in 2017, China was graduating 2x the number graduating in the USA. Such arrogance and stupidity go hand in hand. How is it that we allow such clowns to be our Congressional Representatives? Well, we know the answer. The Oligarchy bought them. The Oligarchy are criminals. We allow criminals to control out lives.
If this were a Western, the "Magnificent Seven" would come riding in about how. Of course, they too were criminals. Makes it a tough choice to know what to do.
1) Will somebody inform McCaul that to make the chips Taiwan imports sand, from the mainland. They probably import Palladium from Russia too. Oh, and the PRC Navy has just demonstrated that it can blockade Taiwan at the drop of a hat.
2) The contents of the leaks are already known and not that important. I've published an article with 17 sources (of which 1 is the MSM) if you wish to know the relevant contents and the implications of the leak. Hint: somebody, probably at the Pentagon does not like where the "spring offensive" is going to lead.
3) Adding autonomous robots to the NYPD is the latest phase of the violence of empire coming home to roost in the USA's states' police forces. Ladies, now next to that can of mace you'll need a couple of strong electro-magnets.
I like this news round up feature. Maybe it can become more regular?
Humanity is in a race between the awakening of our consciousness on one hand and the plunge toward armageddon and dystopia on the other. I hope we can wake up and turn this thing around before we're locked in to this sinking ship for good.
Great article. Robots are another step toward dehumanisation. Fantastic summary. I hope we do something before it’s too late to!
In response to the last line, it’s already over. The ship is taking on water much faster than most people realize.
Democracy has just become the world's most transparent code word for GAE hegemony.
I really liked the sentence: "The real danger is that these robots will be fully controlled by humans, and humans have a long track record of oppressing and abusing other humans."
Too often I've read arguments where we ought to just go back and live like the Amish, and reject advances in technology, because of the possible dangers. And I've always felt this staple argument against technology is surface level. For starters, you're simply not going to stop the advance of technology knowing human nature. But also what gets left out of the equation - there is unquestionably huge - humane benefits in many technological advances, that have alleviated suffering or made the quality of life for humans better.
The problem is not the "robots" per se, or the advances of human technology - the problem is the "humans" themselves controlling the technology. What is needed is humane choices directing technological advances, where technology is used to benefit the human species and other species on the planet. But that's just it - if technology is only viewed as a way to make more profits for corporations - without any compensation for all the jobs being lost - or not replacing the current system with a system where all of us benefit - or if technology is used to exploit and oppress the populace, so that a few minority obscenely wealthy people - like in the Hunger Games - get to live in an unimaginable utopia, while the masses suffer - then you got a major human disaster on your hands. But it isn't the technology itself that is the problem, it is human psychology and the psychology of unchecked greed and exploitation that is leading the planet (and many Western countries) right now into a death spiral.
For 3500 yrs, the tactic has been working to bring military/ police from elsewhere to do your dirty work. No ties, no conscience. Robots are the ultimate 'from elsewhere.'
Well, controlling microchips is about democracy - isn't it? Isn't it? You mean, there might be another kind of democracy?
From the article: ""Fox News has agreed, along with other news organizations, not to publish the leaked highly classified documents which were discovered last week."" That sent a chill down my spine. Dark days, indeed. But hey, an armed robot will soon relieve me of my worries...by killing me. So, there's that.
Expect more and more, until the Empire is finally stopped, whether as a result of a sharp military defeat or economic collapse, or both.
With regard to the “leaked” Pentagon docs, I will remain skeptical of their source and purpose. I would like to think there is a noble insider turned whistleblower who is heroically trying to provide facts that prove the Ukrainians have already lost the war and that peace talks—not another pointless counter-offensive—is the only rational and humane path forward. But let’s face it, the odds of anyone with that kind of security clearance having an ounce of empathy or humanity is vanishingly small.
It seems most likely that this is a controlled release (especially because it was first reported in the U.S. by the New York Times, which only reports what is in the interest of the American intel community). I suspect that leadership inside the intel community smells a rat (or mole), so one key purpose of the “leak” will be an immediate crackdown on any American or ally who holds a security clearance. This effort will employ “FBI investigations” to create fear to enforce discipline among the rank-and-file, but more importantly to identify and purge suspected potential legitimate whistleblowers and other undesirables (including any suspected Russian and Chinese moles). If this speculation is correct, expect the story to be placed on the back burner while FBI investigators begin to wreak terror internally by systematically targeting and pursuing internal “Russian and Chinese sympathizers”. Such internal purges are a hallmark of late-stage empires in rapid decline. This will not only affect the intel community, but the military as well, and may especially be aimed at politicians who, like Macron, are publicly questioning U.S. domination of European vassal states.
The apologists for Empire should look at this Laotian song celebrating the Belt and Road and the high speed rail connection between Laos and China. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVXnIzLYQ1I
Recall Laos was the most bombed country by the US & CIA during the Vietnam War. No wonder the Laos refused to participate in sanctions against Russia and has close relations with China. People of the Majority have longer historic memories than the mutts who run the US Empire. As the song goes "Linked Hands, Linked Hearts" between Laos and China - any wonder given the US approach to the Majority World - bomb and pauperize populations.
You "can't just dismiss" slippery slope arguments, period.
Texts that classify these arguments among the fallacies of inductive logic are mistaken.
A slippery slope argument is a claim that a chain of causal connections exists, and as Caitlin notes, causal chains do often exist. A slippery slope argument must be addressed by raising doubt that one or more events in the causal chain are likely to follow from the situations that precede them.
Cop-bots! If I was an evil genius running things, I’d make sure to make it very unattractive to become a police officer. I’d have my media agents promote every instance of possible police brutality. I’d promote the idea that all cops are racist and trigger happy. My operatives would organize riots and looting to raise demand for law enforcement, while the public screams for less. Cops will quit or retire and nobody would want a career as a policeman. Then it’s too easy to form my cop-bot army. No chance for human morality to get in the way of my tyranny
I really appreciate that your Substack allows for 'listening' by clicking 'online' rather than listening from the app via mobile phone. I refuse to add more apps to my mobile; just turning on the mobile data to install everything required starts a headache. I do enjoy your posts, especially via audio, and apologize that I can't do a paid subscription yet... crazy, limited income right now.