Moving pieces.  Whether it’s a chessboard, monopoly, Texas Hold-Em Poker…there’s just a ton of “moving data” in the news today, so we will approach things as though back in the boardroom trying to keep a meeting on track with an agenda…

We should mention the Fed is being channeled as lowering rates, 2PM tomorrow afternoon for the announcement.  Our cynical view is  Trump and the Fed are over-reaching since periodic recessions are how business cycles work our their resets.  Cycles assert, anyway.  Only the withdrawal from a free money addiction is usally worse and more painful the longer we feed the addiction.  Pass me another gallon of ink, would you?

The allergic reaction to free money is a hive called “National Debt” which is getting wholly out of hand.  Remember directed economies like Russia. Zimbabwe, and Venezuela didn’t end well on the planned economy, made-up money protocol.

One born every minute, though.


Drones

As we’ve been telling you, they are becoming more of a problem almost daily.  Since the drone attack on Saudi oil infrastructure, the press as gone just nuts in coverage of them as an “issue.”

Few solutions, though.  Fortunately, it’s simple to fix:  Make private ownership of drones (and FAA exemption from licensing of pilots) illegal for any drone capable of lifting more than 8-ounces and make the drone no-fly zones the same size as surrounding airport airspace.  In major cities, ban private drone operation over 100 feet above local highest terrain elements.  And ban all drone use, except commercial, licensed drones and pilots,  inside controlled airspace.  That would be 30-miles (at the Mode-C transponder veil line around big cities) while around small airports it would be five miles.

As any pilot will tell you, a drone can bring down an aircraft, so tougher measures are needed than what’s on the books now.  Giving the government control of high-flying drones, especially those with greater-than bomb weight lift capacity, say 8 ounces, is a no-brainer, too.  (Spoken as a pilot, but someone who also enjoys remote controlled vehicles.)  Can the hand-wringing stop, now, please?


NY Times – the Democrat Daily?

We have on many occasions pointed out radical left-leaning content of the NY Times when it comes to political coverage.  Yet they really outdid themselves in seems like another desperate left-wing attack on a  balanced US Supreme Count.  Even the AP reports “NY Times faces questions over Kavanaugh story…

To be sure, some departments of the Times don’t read like Directives from the Commissariat.  The NY Times Dealbook and Business sections are still worth reading, for example.  But the radicalism in the body of the paper (Trump-hating, leftist spew and often on flimsy sources, and white-shaming) has become tiring.

Take, just for example, the Times coverage of “8 Years of Trump Tax Returns Are Subpoenaed by Manhattan D.A.”   Key is this:

“The subpoena opens a new front in a wide-ranging effort to obtain copies of the president’s tax returns, which Mr. Trump initially said he would make public during the 2016 campaign but has since refused to disclose.”

What isn’t mentioned is that when discussing his IRS dealings, Trump has generally included a caveat that elease of his his tax data will come after all open audit questions have been resolved and the returns are “closed” by IRS.  Somehow, that didn’t get mentioned.

Since income taxes are a  U.S. federal matter, we expect a courthouse boondoggle as a local (Manhattan D.A.) attempts to wrest open items from the I.R.S.  Except, of course, it won’t stop the New York democrat machine (and it’s daily) from trying.  And who knows, with court benches still packed with Obama and Clinton appointees, no telling where this will go.

The dems (and by extension you know who) seem to think NYC is the center of the universe.  But, until the Republic falls, federal rules should Trump the locals, so to speak.


Speaking of Weaponized Courts

Did you see where a “Federal judge tosses lawsuit over Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate group labels“?

In making the decision, the judge decided not to let a jury hear the case and that SHE saw the case as libel being “shoe-horned” into a Racketing Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) case.  This kind of decision is where “ruling from the bench” goes bad.

By doing so, the judge prevents a trial on the merits and effectively sheilds the Southern Poverty Law Center from libel.  As you know, the SPLC has successfully monetized hate-labeling.

Protecting the SPLC is precisely what we’d expect from an Obama-appointee, which (try to feign surprise here) is what U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson happens to be.


The Climate Scam

Latest from Axios worth a read here:  “NYC says 1.1M students can skip school for climate strike protest.”  This, despite a growing body of evidence that the climate models in play have very little predictive value (NY should have washed out Wall St. with rising waters long-ago, after all…).  Instead, kids are being programmed by NY school radicals to believe with can write checks and take days off to fix climate issues.

Not so fast:  As any thinking adult knows, especially our Peoplenomics subscribers who’ve been reading about the economic-environmental paradox as chapters of my book “The 100-year Toaster” have been rolling out, the problem is a lot more complicated than the looney left lets on.  Fix the environment wrong and the global economy implodes and the Digital Dark Ages are here.

Which is where things head anyway just as soon as robots seize work.  Which they will since no one will have the balls to implement our “income tax on robotics work product” anyway.  Digital Dark Ages will just arrive slower.

Meanwhile, NYC kids shouldn’t get time off for brainwashing and their parents ought to get their shit together, too, and learn to think deeper and alarmist spew.  Try getting their  children educated, not programmed.


Possible Pandemic

As though the odds of an Ebola carrier getting on a jet and killing civilization by going to a huge mobile high-density population center  with a hemorrhagic fever isn’t enough of a worry, this morning’s log-on-that-fire is about how an “Explosion rips through Russian lab housing smallpox, Ebola and plague.

Even if that’s contained….


Will the Lights Stay On?

Not the biggest story in conventional media, but pay deep and serious to how a “Blackout hits 4 nations in Central America, affects millions.”

Mainly Honduras, but touching four nations in all, repeat after me:  “Is this is grid-hack and is it a warm-up for similar attacks on U.S. infrastructure?”


Test-to-Speech (TTS) Test

As you may know, we operate a non-commercial website that
“collects breaking news” over at https://computationalfuture.com.   The site now reads the news, too.  You can hear it.

If you go there today, click the “Listen” button and hear the news headlines, updated every 15-minutes.  While it doesn’t work with Microsoft Edge, the workaround is to play the news using Internet Explorer or other browsers (like Firefox).

I’m thinking about incorporating “click to play voice” on the UrbanSurvival, as well.  Except:  To do it right (so you can download an .MP3 seamlessly for later pod-play) will mean writing another monthly check.

So, my question to you is:  Would more people visit UrbanSurvival if we included voice?  Would you (in one of your lucid moments) download and play an auto-podcast mp3 of Urban rather than reading?

Just an idea.   Eventually, ComputationalFuture becomes a Peoplenomics subscribers only site.  But for now, we’re eyeing things to see what would be the best blend of good customer service on the one hand and return on investment (of time and money) on the other.  I look at ROI and hate check-writing.

Also, if you’d like to keep up on UrbanSurvival posts, the sign-up for our daily emails is now open again.  Right column or somewhere down the ways on phones.

Trying to manage (“right-size”) this…  My main focus is Peoplenomics.  And writing books.

TTS-SVIR Adventures

There are plenty of stories in my past about text-to-speech and speaker-independent-voice recognition. (SVIR)

When I was younger, mine was the first voice to ever be digitized saying those most-hated words “ Please hold.  I have an important call for this number…”

This was at a then-small company in Redmond, Washington circa 1986.  That company evolved first into Digital Systems International and remnants became a huge company in call management: Avaya.

Being around the databases, the programmers, and understanding the templatizing of voice and all that, I have a much different view of both privacy  (there is none, but more in Peoplenomics tomorrow) and also the uses of A.I.

When dealing with “speech” and computers, the learning never stops.  In fact, I got a profound lesson in Amazon speech as Elaine was returning to bed after getting up for a “rest stop” down the hall at 00:38 AM.

As she was returning, being the loving husband, I wanted to turn on a soft light for her.  All I had to do was say the word “Alexa” and the blue “listening light” went on.  Useful as a night light when Ure over 70 as we both are.

Elaine, not amused with my “blue light special” said something about seeing better in the dark without the light .

Someone misunderstood:  Alexa didn’t hear the word “dark” correctly and thought Elaine has said “Bark.”

That’s when we discovered the command “Alexa: Bark

Not knowing that, I’d already started reaching for one of my 9-milimeter “bedside companions” when I figured it out.  There was no dog outside barking…

“Well, I’ll be damned.  Let’s see if she can meow.  ‘Alexa, meow…'”

Well, not only did Alexa meow on command, but if you meow back she will keep going.  We did this for a while and got a good laugh about it.  Again, funny when you’re in your 70’s.

To let another cat out, just say Meow…”

Until, that is, Alexa decides that the hook is deeply-set enough to pitch you an audio add-on.

“Are you interested in buying additional cat sounds?”  Alexa then tells me about the Box of Cats add-in…

Now, you know that one of the tenets of this website is that everything is a business model and it’s all over the spectrum.  From the Trump organization to the SPLC to national governments…everything is a business model.

But, until early this morning – even knowing Everything’s a Business Model – I would never have believed that there was a business model that included buying assorted digitized cat meows at one-o’clock in the morning.

Yet, there was the offer.  Evidence that there are too many people in the world.  Result? Ever more bizarre and unique selling propositions as the world attempts to “make up an economy” at break-neck speed as humans try to outrun its eventual agar dish problems.

“Alex, say good night…”

“Good night, sleep tight….”.

Write when you beam up,

george@ure.net

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