Saturday, April 16, 2011

Is This the Future? (Part 1)

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Truth beware: The Internet “Obamanator” is here
Internet web sites, pundits, bloggers, commentators beware, Obama's online rapid response team
Doug Hagmann & Joseph Hagmann
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Internet web sites, pundits, bloggers, commentators and denizens of the “alternative media” who are critical of Barack Hussein Obama beware, as you will now be “officially” in the crosshairs of the Obama White House. As part of his 2012 re-election campaign, the Obama administration this week created an “online rapid response team” tasked specifically with quashing any Internet articles and news critical of Obama.
This team is headed by Internet guru Jesse C. Lee, 31 of Tacoma Park, Maryland, who was named the “Director of Progressive Media & Online Response.” Unsurprisingly, this is the first administration in history to ever create such a position, and LEE is well suited to head the Ministry of Propaganda, err… the Progressive Media & Online Response team.
Displaying the hubris of an emperor rather than an elected official and possibly violating campaign finance by doing so, Obama brought the fight against Internet publications critical of his administration in-house. Previously, such efforts were performed and funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). With LEE’s hire inside of the White House Communications Department, the operation is now being officially funded by the American taxpayers.
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To launch his campaign against Obama detractors and negative reports, LEE has already created an official
White House Twitter account, featuring as his first tweet the image of “The Terminator” with the message “OK, turning on the White House Twitter machine that they issued me in 3…2…1…”
By design, the image sends a threatening message to anyone critical of the Obama administration and sends a signal that unfavorable reports about Obama and his reign will be dealt with much more aggressively.
As Americans, we know that the right to a free press and public opposition to the ruling powers is integral to our freedom. What message is this White House sending to those who aspire to engage in a healthy debate or discussion of issues by affixing the image of “The Terminator” to its official White House Twitter account? We’d say that tactic is much more consistent with the Orwellian theme of Newspeak and its enforcement, rather than one actually committed to the truth.
Welcome to “the digital age of Obama.”
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The Land of Empty, 2026 A.D.
Phyllis Spivey
June 29, 2006
NewsWithViews.com
http://www.newswithviews.com/Spivey/phyllis17.htm
The year is 2026. Well past middle age now, you still remember the life that was. Memory is a curse, you think, for it means endless grieving for the America that once meant freedom, hope, and plenty. Only 20 years ago you were part of a thriving middle class envied by the world. Despite encroaching globalism, your future seemed secure.
Today, your family hovers at poverty levels and there is no American middle class, just the corporate elite, an army of government operatives, the working and non-working poor -- and the gangs. An endless supply of migrants willing to work for less keeps wages starvation-low.
You speak Spanish now in public, as discrimination against English speakers often turns ugly, and it’s unwise to attract attention. Your grandchildren, even at home, speak the country’s new language and reprimand you when you slip into English, which is now associated with hate and intolerance. You worry about what your grandchildren are taught at the government schools but hold your tongue, as they might report you.
Thankfully, you’ve so far escaped the dreaded human settlements but, like other families, you, your adult
children and grandchildren live together. Massive housing shortages and economic necessity, but also personal safety, mandate multi-family living. The same kinds of knife-wielding, gun-toting gangs that once instigated drive-by shootings and forced cancellation of community events, now roam most neighborhood streets at will.
Appealing to the police is futile, since most either work for political bosses or drug lords which, in many areas, is the same thing. And, as light-skinned people are considered invaders and occupiers, the law is more threat than protection. There’s no relief from either the Constitution or the courts, the latter having dismantled the former, in the process shattering the concept of God-given unalienable rights as well.
You imagine conditions for today’s Christians are similar to those in China a few decades ago Most worship is private, occurring in the home, the churches having gradually been closed or commandeered by government agencies. The Gospel message is carried quietly, underground.
Surveillance cameras abound. Nevertheless, the government encourages people to spy on each other because, as the press constantly warns, fighting terrorism is everybody’s job. Since 2007, anyone crossing the old national borders has been required to accept tracking chips implanted under the skin, just as the VeriChip Company proposed in 2006. Then, the national – actually, international – identity cards were imposed on all citizens, but threats of terrorism only grew. Nor had Operation Gun Confiscation in 2009 reduced terrorism. It had simply put law abiding citizens at the mercy of terrorist gangs who suddenly possessed all the firepower.
Government at all levels has become hopelessly corrupt, the politicians and bureaucrats entrenched. Elections are still held – for the sake of our democracy, they say – but everyone knows that electronic results are changed with the click of a computer key whenever the bosses order it. Paper records long ago went the way of English-language ballots, outlawed by Mexican judges.
You’re certain the country is wallowing in depression, but the government insists the region is enjoying unprecedented prosperity. The dollar, once the world’s premier currency, was phased out in 2009 and a new currency – the Amero – phased in. It buys very little, but there’s very little to buy.
Unable to withstand the onslaught of millions of new dependents, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid collapsed several years ago, taking welfare systems and, finally, the whole economy with them.
You knew in 2006 that passage of the Bush-promoted McCain-Kennedy Immigration law would devastate the country and, according to all reliable polls, a big majority of your fellow Americans agreed. But, despite strong public opposition, a lame duck Congress called into session after the November elections, passed it into law.
Supporters claimed that 12 million illegal aliens resided in the U.S. and were good, hardworking people who didn’t deserve deportation. Never mind if they broke U.S. laws, used fraudulent documents and stole the identity of American citizens, they and their families must be offered a path to citizenship and all entitlements.
Further, advocates demanded, the U.S. must initiate a guest worker program, enabling additional "human capital" to enter the U.S. legally. Like illegal aliens, guest workers and their families could become permanent residents or citizens and babies born here would continue to get automatic citizenship.
Opponents cried foul, warning the scheme was nothing more than amnesty for foreign lawbreakers and would destroy the country. Secure the borders and kill the jobs magnet, they demanded, and worked for passage of competing legislation in the House of Representatives.
Then came that attention-grabbing report from Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation. Even after his calculations forced the Senate to reduce the guest worker program, Rector predicted the Bush-McCain-Kennedy plan would increase America’s population by 66 million to 120 million over 20 years.
Critics railed against Rector’s calculations, accusing him of inflating numbers and making false assumptions. In reality, Rector’s figures were abysmally low and his assumptions inadequate.
Rector based his projections on an illegal population of 10 million, when the number likely exceeded 25 million. (A Bear Stearns study had put the number of illegals at 20 million in 2005, and even that might have been conservative. Another year, and a huge flood of new illegals hoping for easy citizenship accounted for at least an additional five million).
Appropriately, Rector warned that the guest worker program was essentially an open border provision that would "allow an almost unlimited number of workers and dependents to enter the U.S. from anywhere in the world and become citizens." But he ignored effects of the open border provisions incorporated into hemispheric trade agreements, e.g., the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which by themselves would bring chaos.
Hugely significant: Rector’s analysis of the impacts of the Bush-McCain-Kennedy bill failed to consider the consequences of a new Hispanic voting bloc. It swept Hillary Clinton into the presidency in 2008. With a new Democrat-controlled Congress, she worked swiftly to remove all numerical limits on visas, guest worker programs, and hemispheric immigration in general.
Then, Hillary accomplished what the first Bush president and her husband had launched with NAFTA, and which was pushed forward by the second Bush president with the Central American Free Trade Agreement and the Security and Prosperity Partnership – the North American Community, stepping stone to a European-style union of the entire hemisphere.
After the merger of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., resulting in the continuous importation of crime, poverty, and disease, people stopped talking about the numbers. It was too late. Hillary had shown herself all too willing to use the sweeping police powers inherited from George W. Bush. The Patriot Act stifled all opposition.
By the end of President Schwarzenegger’s term, your America was a Third World jungle, devoid of all that had once made it the freest, most prosperous nation in the history of the world. Now, life is cheap, liberty a hopeless dream, and the pursuit of happiness a distant memory.
Painfully, you recall how, in 2006, concerned patriotic leaders asked for help. You were too busy to join a group or write a check. Contact your legislator? Too busy If only you – and other concerned Americans --had picked up the phone, called your congressional representative at 1(877)762-8762 and demanded: NO AMNESTY! NO GUEST WORKER PROGRAM! NO COMPROMISES!.
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Now You Can Have Your Own Therapist 24/7
September 1, 2040 - From today you have your own therapist available 24 hours a day, always there if you need someone to talk to, always in a good mood, and remembers every word you have ever said. This is the first automated therapist, with the best knowledge known to mankind on treatment and rehabilitation.
It has been debated for a long time, but with the blessing of major psychological associations, the developing of artificial intelligence, and automated speech (both to recognize to, and from), the government backed free automated therapist has opened her clinic. She has basically got all the knowledge there is about psychotherapy and the human mind, and can guide the patient through the same steps as a professional therapist. Everything the patient says gets calculated in a way to get the proper response, which she of course does as fast as any human.
The system is so advanced that in a blind test that involved 1,400 people no one could tell the difference between the automated therapist and a professional one after a 30 minute session. The therapist is not only prepared to handle basically all kind of questions, but can also tell if a person is lying in the way he talks, and can also ask the person to seek further help if necessary, and in what way.
To get in touch with your personal therapist, you just call the main number where she answers (you can choose if you want to talk to a woman or a man). Your therapist asks you how you are today and the session begins. Everything you say gets recorded so your therapist knows about you next time you call, and can then directly continue where you left off last time. All conversations are also anonymous recorded for the knowledge base of human behavior, for the therapist to develop.
Will this mean that traditional therapists should start looking for new jobs? Probably not. Humans do need humans, especially in times of need. Although the automated therapist has all the knowledge needed and the ability to adjust, she is not in three dimensions for real. In the future she might at least be in two dimensions since they are developing an animated version for a screen appearance.
Argument: Artificial intelligence will develop during year 2020-2030 and by then the computers are at the same level as the human brain. We can then communicate with automated people that understand what we say and can give a proper response. One way to use this could be for people who are in need of talking to someone, either as a friend or to guide in therapy.
Questions: Will it be possible to make a computer understand the human mind as a human does, or even better? What legal aspects would there be for a solution like the automated therapist? In what other way can artificial intelligence be used?
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The World in a Coin
Our Aim
The world in a coin. This is our vision, our hope. It is a necessity and a challenge. What seems an impossible dream becomes an inevitable historic, economic and social process. It is an event which is intertwined with the fate of human evolution.
A single currency becomes the premise for an increasingly global planet. A virtual currency capable of speaking a single, comprehensible language to foster humankind's innate desire to go farther, to surpass boundaries, and move towards true principles of peace, freedom, brotherhood and understanding beyond issues of race, political and religious beliefs and party interests.
We are presenting the peoples of nations, governments, institutions, intellectuals, ordinary people, pragmatists and idealists, scholars and, above all, young people - the real protagonists of the future - with a simple, ingenuous yet determined long-term vision for building an ideal bridge with tomorrow and interpreting a dream to transform into reality.
In this program, currency yet again assumes the principle goal which it has had since its invention centuries ago: to facilitate and codify human commercial and social exchange. And become a form of pure "communication" between different peoples - a communication of ideas, ideals, information and culture. This constitutes progress, development and well being.
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