The Singularity concept is beginning to spread beyond the community of techies consisting mostly of people involved with the development of machine intelligence. (see the Singularity Signposts section in RR) A reader sent me this interesting little video of a young intellectual who is writing a book on ‘robots will steal your job’.
Another reader points us to news that Greeks are jumping their ship of state for shores greener than the dry husk their socialist country has become before it catches fire and consumes the last vestige of hope that some of their citizens still retain. The suicide rate in Greece has sky-rocketed. Running out of other people’s money is always really painful – a notion our own Left firmly rejects. The Greek exodus is currently directed toward Canada and Australia which have big Greek ethnic communities. (more here)
The dirtbags in the administration have been working hand in glove with the dirtbags in the lamestream. It turns out that over $21B of ‘stimulus money’ and loan guarantees have gone to a slew of green companies that have direct conflict of interest connections with members of the White House staff. Among them is a former Obama campaign worker and venture capitalist who has a direct financial interest in betting on these government picked winners which somehow become losers as soon as they run out of the last government handout. It turns out that the lamestream has known about it and been silent on the story for almost a full year before someone finally told Fox News.
Yesterday the White House budget director slid into something that must have looked like third base from a distance. Jeff Zients told a House committee that the mandated purchase of insurance coverage under Obamacare was NOT a tax on the people, but simply an imposed fee. This would bring the adjudication of its legality under the Constitution’s commerce clause and make its survival dicey. But what’s more embarrassing is that the other side of the WH braintrust realized this long ago, and is arguing in the Supreme Court that the mandated purchase of insurance IS a tax. This brings it under the broader tax prerogatives of government and is easier to defend. I wonder if Obama will now look for new budget director, or is this kind of administration stupidity just par for the course which they know is beyond the ken of their constituents?
The personal share of national debt for each American has risen from $35K, when Obama took office, to $50K today. If Obama’s budget is passed, it will climb to over $80K per person in the next decade. And these liars are daily claiming to be cutting spending.
Al Gore’s latest sermon from the manmade global warming pulpit now is that ‘capitalism is unsustainable’. He hasn’t spelled out Plan B yet, but you can bet the farm (before they take it anyway) that it will make achieving Agenda21 (q.v.) just a stepping stone to his brave new world.
Dai Meagher and I attended last Tuesday’s Board of Supes meeting and took the mike on some matters of the county’s budget which was being discussed as an agenda item. I thought that the points we voiced were made in a cordial, exploratory, and conducive manner. I understand that they were not received that way by some members of the Board, and an interesting exception to our remarks was taken and entered into the record by one of the supervisors. More to be said about that I suppose.
EU commissioner Daniel Hannan speaks at CPAC2012. Great speaker with a message worth a lengthy ponder.