Lazy or Innovative?
Oh, the joys of being a cynical old newsman. You get to watch as the public gets wrapped around the axles of history; believing it matters.
As someone who’s been on “the Quest” for better than 50-years, what never fails to impress are two key facts of Life: First being that History if Pre-Ordained. But, not totally. Which is the Second point: Even though pre-ordination is real, so is Individual Free Will.
Car’s going down the road. Driver not paying attention. Truck pulls out. Not being present mentally, collision occurs. Let’s call that version 1 of the Many-Worlds-Interpretation (MWI) in quantum mechanics.
Car’s going down the road. Driver is well-rested, coffee buzz on. 325 millisecond reaction speed of a 22 year old. Truck pulls out. Only this time so close that the accident in unavoidable even if the driver had 200 ms. reactions. That’s version 2 of the MWI.
Notice how in both cases: Free will was different but the outcome was the same?
Because there are just things that have to happen because ALL of Future rests on them.
It’s just going around – deep in the emotional Fog of News we are largely unable to appreciate the Almighty Gracefulness of the Grand Design. But, that’s how it works – here and everywhere in the Universe. Take it, or leave it. Bound Future, Illusion of Choice. Because it really, really, doesn’t matter at the most profound levels of existence whether you like it – or not.
As you can tell, I have been deep into my commute lately between “woke” life (a term being actively perverted by stooge people to distract from the Dream Realms that are beginning to leak over into waking states a bit more) and Life in The Realms. More on the Peoplenomics side tomorrow. We’ll just offer here that “Life as a Simulation” ain’t far off the mark. Reality hints we’re more like biologically-based, autonomous sensor packages, than we’d care to admit.
Chase Emotions OR Facts, Then?
Um…this is hard. Depends what your agenda is in life.
Let’s suppose (with more tomorrow) that I’m not keen on burning personal energy – spirit-energy stuff – on dead-end emotions.
Were this the case, we could run some tools against major news sites and look at today this way:
With this pass through (shared Reality, USA) we can isolate in on:
- Britain, EU strike pessimistic tone in post-Brexit trade talks. But it doesn’t matter more than a butterfly wing in East Texas.
- Game of Rooms at the White House. Irritated by loss, Trump hunkers down at the White House and avoids talk of future in one room, while in another? Vice President Mike Pence to receive COVID-19 vaccine at White House Friday.
- And on the third story? Race – like gender – has become this “do-nothing country’s” latest media-hype industry. Ergo, when we see stories like Exclusive: for Years, the Pentagon Sits on Racial Discrimination Survey Data, or ‘Racial disparities do still exist’: Data shows inequalities in homebuying for people of color, we shake our collective heads.
People are people – nothing more or less, regardless of packaging. That some focus more on Money results in being able to afford bigger homes. Yet that pisses off lazy whiners who, in turn, set up radical chants of “oppression” and whatever. Any pretext to steal. Now we’re deep into the quagmire of money-making emotions.
To rip-off of a WWF positioning statement: “When the Feelings stop, the Monetizing stops.
No chance of that, at least today. Except here.
…through the data:
OK: DNI assessment of foreign interference WAS due today, but Intel types are sizing up their careers, alternative job plans, and what would “Buyed ‘Em” do if the report was scrupulously data-based?
Intel community assessment delayed amid dispute over whether China sought to influence 2020 election.” That fact there’s delay screams “Yes, of course!” The debate is over soft-peddling the “right narrative.”
Not much of a Friday.
Hack Attack? Serious!
Trusted sources have evolved two views of the US Nuclear secrets hack. First view from .mil conbtributor warhammer, a long-time “brother of the oak leaf cluster” with a heaping helping of cyber at his command:
“While it remains to be seen if the National Nuclear Security Administration was indeed successfully hacked, what the sensationalized media isn’t saying is that if hacking actually occurred, it was on the UNCLAS side. While not trivial due to user data and workplace relationships possibly being compromised or confirmed, no info harmful to the nation or the nuclear deterrent forces can be accessed.
UPDATE: reading between the lines in this article reinforces that the compromise was on the UNCLAS network side. Personal, org and ‘connectivity’ info was likely disclosed.
Recall the Office of Personnel Management hack several years back? That was an UNCLAS network, yet thousands of active and former government personnel had personal info stolen, yours truly included. We all now have free lifetime credit monitoring from that security debacle.
The big score for the OPM hacker was access to thousands of security investigation Standard Form-86’s (SF-86), which has one’s entire academic, work and relationship history embedded, to include type of relationship, names, addresses, plus passport #, international travel location & dates, and more. That hack hit the jackpot..
What about that massive OPM hack back in Sep 2015 under Obama (and his creepy old VP)? [sound of crickets chirping]=”
My consigliere’s view is even more worrisome.
He happens to “know people” (as well-connected attorneys will, now and then). Among his sphere is one of the government officials in the double-digit GS cloud in charge of significant DoD-IT.
He was not impressed. Let me paraphrase. “Don’t get me wrong: the guy is smart and has all the “right papers” and all. BUT he’s not even in the ballgame with even mid-range hackers. It has comes down to Government hiring checkboxes instead of high-end computing talent. The better hackers are capable of “composing who symphonies of hacking code and playing them against US.”
Yep. The Goverment on our side hires people with digital analogs to “advanced degrees in ethnomusicology” but who can’t even write a useable 30-second radio jingle. THEN can’t figure out why symphonies we don’t understand are being played against our nuclear (and recently financial) assets.
“Assume they know EVERYTHING now…every asset and maybe codes…”
Just f*cking great. Just in time for Taiwan. Look surprised.
Radioactive Balance Sheet, Anyone?
The U.S. Current Account is just out:
“The U.S. current account deficit widened by $17.2 billion, or 10.6 percent, to $178.5 billion in the third quarter of 2020, according to statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The revised second quarter deficit was $161.4 billion. The third quarter deficit was 3.4 percent of current dollar gross domestic product, up from 3.3 percent in the second quarter.
This look like MAGA to you, or more “big developer borrowing mentality?”
Meantime, the Fed’s paper-hanging in the weekly H.6 Money Stocks report look like
In our simplistic and childlike view, when you have paper inflation of (pick one) 53.2% or 25.1%, things like Housing and Groceries will go up. Wages will not move as fast. And as a result, we will be forced into shorter columns next year as we ramp up gardening to make up “the gap.” (Is he kidding?)
Meanwhile, take the M1 from 3-years ago when Bitcoin hit $19,000 and change and discount the purchasing power of money out and you’ll see that Bitcoin surging past $20,000 is still a “constant dollar Elliott wave 2.” Or, not.
Still, looks to us like there’s enough phony-money to justify BTC at $30,000 FRN-wipes. Real estate ought to go up similar amounts, too.
Which is what marginally hyperinflationary depressions are all about.
They’re hard to see when you’re in ’em – which is why normalcy bias is still rampant and people believe in foolishness at every turn.
Meantime, stocks were about flat on this quad witching day as we saw stories like Futures Fly To All-Time High On Quad Witching Day sail by… Everyone’s desperate to be prescient in a world full of blind.
News, Some Useful
This is unthinkable in the U.S. where being a “public figure” means you basically loose many of your rights to privacy. But over in kneeler land Meghan Markle, Prince Harry win case over news agency to not publish photos of them or son Archie.
Joe losing it? Or something more? Joe Biden says he has “great confidence” in Hunter. So either Joe’s got sway with the Swamp OR he’s lost his grip on Reality more than we feared…
And the Swamp is still jacking us all around on the Stimulus. NY Times rolling with Markets Waver as Lawmakers Clash Over Stimulus Deal: Live Updates but somehow they avoid calling it a circle-jerk. Even clown posse would be refreshing. But no, can’t be critical of The Squid, Peloser, or Schammer. Might bust up the delusion that a super hero is about to emerge.
Which would be a fricken Marvel.
Stand by for demagogues.
Feline Climate Change?
On the brighter side, maybe there is climate change after all. Assistant junior editor (and copy cat) Zeus has now taken into sleeping in the shower off the master bath.
Time to head over to the house and ask His Mouse-ness if he’d mind if I borrow HIS shower for a while. Like Rodney Dangerfield used to say “ I can’t get no respect…”
Except at mealtimes. (When it’s like negotiating with China. Both want it all and then some…)
Write when you get rich,