Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Sticks and Stones


The Creature King of the Ultra MAGAs



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Quotable Quote



By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he’s been bought ten times over. —Gore Vidal



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Headlines

 


Biden’s recipe for the midterms: Less honey, more vinegar

China’s economic data disappoint in April as COVID controls weigh

Twitter alleges Elon Musk broke NDA over discussions on fake accounts

Russia loses ‘third of forces’ in Ukraine …

Sen. van Hollen says he suffered stroke

Every U.S. home has a wildfire score. Some areas see a 20% jump in risk

Russian oligarch recorded saying Putin suffering from blood cancer

NATO assures Ukraine open-ended military support

Pennsylvania Senate candidate Fetterman hospitalized with stroke

Finland, Sweden set to apply to join NATO, a historic move for traditionally neutral countries

One killed in Laguna Woods [Taiwanese congregation] church shooting —  suspect detained

Navy hush-hush after secret moat’s unexplained sinking …


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Monday, May 16, 2022

Obvious Truth



Pilgrim, at some point the population of gullible wealthy greenie virtue signalers will begin to dry up. This is when Elon Musk will turn his attention away from Tesla. Perhaps he already has with his intended purchase of Twitter?



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Cotton Candy



My grandfather had a term for cotton candy. it was “gap and get nothing.” This aphorism might be applied to the “active user” statistic supplied by Twitter to its advertisers … advertisers who pay Twitter good money based on these numbers.


Twitter has stated in government filings that the percentage of bots in its active user population is less than 5%. But Elon Musk has suspended his offer to purchase this company until he gets a better handle on what this real number is. Speculation in the business media is that the real number might be north of 90%! Wow!


Imagine what a Twitter advertiser must feel about this possible swindle! American lawyers should be salivating over the potential litigation hurricane that is in the offering just over this company … let alone if this grift has become customary among the other social media ilk?


Afterward: And Musk’s takeover price for Twitter may end up quite a bit lower?



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More Cute Animals


 



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Fractured Definition

 


Bumpkin— a sheet of toilet paper for a rube



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Headlines


Abortion rights backers rally across U.S. over post-Roe future

Elon Musk wants to know how many fake accounts Twitter has, but experts say his approach is wrong

Pelosi and other top Democrats to be subpoenaed if Republicans take House

Claim: Coup to remove ‘cancer stricken’ Putin underway …

Drug counterfitters are profiting at the expense of patients’ health

Amazon’s Bezos criticizes Biden over inflation tweet

‘2,000 Mules’ is biggest political documentary in decade

Horror: At least 10 dead in mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket …

Russians withdraw from Ukraine’s Kharkiv, batter East

McConnell leads Senate delegation to meet with Zelensky in Ukraine

It took the Biden administration 6 months of research to come up with the term ‘Ultra MAGA’

Pence to headline GA rally for Kemp in new break with MAGA …


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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Artificial intelligence

  


Artificial intelligence is an attempt to automate thinking like robots attempt to automate manual labor. — Fletcher


I found the above video on The Feral Irishman blog … and its one phrase, “outsourcing thinking” got me musing again about artificial intelligence (that ubiquitous AI that everyone anticipates). Anyhow, watch this video … maybe a few times like I have … and then come back for some of my own pontificating on the subject.

What you ask are my credentials to write on this subject? Well, in the early 1990s I founded a company, Occam Research,  to develop and market a product, MUSE (Machine-User Symbiotic Environment),  an attempt at a natural language//database/spreadsheet product that tried to ease the burden of data analysis for the unsophisticated computer user … dancing around the edges of AI. 

The company failed … not because the product wasn’t impressive … but because we had a poor business model … and because the product offered more analytic power than most users really wanted. In other words, they were not hot on outsourcing their thinking … even if it’s wrong.

Pilgrim, to me the expectations for AI  are far too optimistic and uncertainm. The human brain can short circuit very long and nebulous inductive decision trees deductively and generally with better results.

This may be because hammer-and-tongs AI programmers run out of patience coding for never-ending conditionals. And deductive logic is difficult to replicate in AI except through impossibly huge data bases of actual human experience which are difficult to collect and organize. And I suspect this fact is motivating Elon Musk’s goal of connecting a computer to the human mind.

As testament to this conclusion reference the continued failures of driverless cars and online searches.

Even IBM’s successful Big Blue computer chess expert derived much of its success from a huge database of past human chess games … which provided the deductive piece of this gaming puzzle.

Bottom line: If AI really ever occurs, this blogger thinks it may be many many years hence.


Afterward: another thought … the natural language component of AI depends a lot on Chomsky-like transformational rules … which, as we have seen of late with our playing around with pronoun agreements … can change in the blink of a woke eye.



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Obvious Truth



Social media has turned the world into a “Ready Fire! Aim” squad of sometime pundits. — Fletcher


Afterward: Perhaps this is why Elon Mush wants an Edit feature on Twitter?



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Evolving Epigram



To err is human. To forgive, impossible! (Except for felons.)



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Headlines

 


Bitcoin’s crashing. The Biden administration wants to keep it out of your 401(k)

Strategist says stock market may become a ‘meat grinder of forlorn  hope’ for dip buyers

House panel kicks off investigation into baby formula shortage

Week of the crypto losers … Perfect storm of fear and panic …

DeSantis appeals judge’s ruling blocking his redistricting map

Elon Musk can’t just walk away from Twitter deal by paying $1 billion breakup fee

Gas prices in Joe Biden’s America hit yet another record high

Stocks suffer longest losing streak since 2001 …

Income-targeted student loan forgiveness invites a ‘train wreck’

India bans wheat exports with immediate effect

Zuckerberg used a tax-exempt foundation to help Biden fix the 2020 election

Update: MAGA targets Barnette … Trump scrambles to hold off Oz challanger …


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Saturday, May 14, 2022

“Scientific” Hokum

 

Why the color red?

Pilgrim, please follow my restated logic:


At this moment in time across my home town, the temperature could easily vary by two degrees … due to cloud cover differences, different elevations, different tree canopies and different breezes.

And that’s just for this one moment … imagine the even wider temperature range over an entire day!

Now extrapolate this  still wider error range across my entire state for an entire month!

Across the entireUnited States for a season!!

The entire world for a yea!!! And knowing this huge measurement range, confidently stated to a fraction of a degree difference!

This is scientific hokum!! Pilgrim, please disregard this touted number  … one year to the next it always seems to go up … as impossible political propaganda !


Afterward: In statistics there is a way of establishing the accuracy of a number. It’s called the “standard error.” It provides the reader with how wide a ranger of results could lie around the published number within which the reproducible answer could expected to be found … the narrower the better.


Have you ever seen the standard error published with any of the global warming numbers?


After afterward: The above logic also applies even to the more scientific satellite temperature measurements. However, that said, this process seems to suggest global cooling, not warming! See: Powerline blog post



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Powerline Pic





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Carnac



The Answer: The price of Bitcoin, the availability of baby formula, Bill Clinton’s trousers


The Question: What three things went down very rapidly?



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Suggestion



In order to reduce the anonymous trolling on the social media, perhaps the use of blockchain technology might be used to trace libelous posts and comments back to their sources?



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Headlines

 


GOP launches Operation Stop Barnette

Cryptocurrency Luna crashes to $0 as UST falls further from dollar peg; Bitcoin rebounds 8%

Rand Paul bucks swift passage of $40B Ukrainian aid package

Wholesale inflation hits 11% …

11 dead, 31 rescued after boat capsizes near Puerto Rico

Powell says he can’t guarantee a ‘soft landing’ as the Fed looks to control inflation

Inflation resulted in a 2.6% wage cut for most Americans in April

Ban on ‘excessive’ gas prices heading for House vote …

Fed’s Powell secures a second term as inflation rages

Russia investing ‘significant effort’ in eastern offensive; Zelensky says Russian defeat is obvious

Biden approval underwater as nearly 80% of registered voters say country is on wrong track

Prosecutors pursue Trump’s handling of classified materials …


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Friday, May 13, 2022

2,000 Mules



Dinesh D’Sousa has helped pull back the curtain on the voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election … using forensic cell phone evidence to show how ballot harvesting was orchestrated in five critical states which swung the election.


See: Conservative Treehouse Post. Read and watch before going on, please.


Now Pilgrim, I have not watched the full video … but have been frequently thwarted by Big Tech censoring it when I tried to do so. However, I do know pretty much what it said … and have a nagging question:


Why can’t some legal authority, maybe in a lawsuit if necessary, depose a number of these 2,000 mules … we know who they are through their cellphones … and find out, under oath, exactly where they got all the ballots that they put in the numerous drop boxes? How they were recruited? Who trained and paid them? And do they believe that they were performing voter fraud to elect Biden? For a hint of results, see: Powerline blog post.


Perhaps this is what Bill Barr might have caused before he claimed that there was no evidence of election malfeasance?


Simple…  no?


By the bye, I welcome comments from any of you Pilgrims who have watched D’Sousa’s video.



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Woodsterman Pic

 



Wish I had though of that …



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CNBC Pic

 


The first image of the black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy …

Afterward — see: Wikipedia entry.



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Headlines

 


How the ‘most conservative governor in North Carolina history’ became a RINO

Bitcoin plunges below $27,000, erases 2021 gains as crypto sell-off intensifies

Libs lose again: Senate fails to pass bill guaranteeing abortion access nationwide

Tesla stock slide raises doubts about Musk Twitter buy …

Murphy renews efforts to expand access to abortions in New Jersey

Russia warns NATO of ‘catastrophic’ conflict; Ukraine counterattack near Kharkiv continues

Senator Kennedy blasts Biden: ‘Nothing is built, nothing is back, nothing is better’

El-Erin’s: USA nearing ‘cost of-living crisis’ …

‘The great MAGA king’: Biden sharpens midterm attacks

Apple is no longer the world’s most valuable company [Aramco is]

Judge withdraws contempt order against Trump, with conditions

Rumors swirl Xi will step down …


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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Juxtaposition


Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

New Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre


To Democrats, it mostly comes down to the number of woke boxes checked … in both cases 3 — black, gay and female. But Chicago’s mayor wins with one more box, a Native American last name. (Although a hyphenated French last name helps.)


See: Powerline comment.


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Apt Analogy



The cryptocurrency market trading is a bloody disaster. But Pilgrim, a 2009 -style financial rescue … bailing out bankrupt crypto investors would be doubling down on stupidity. — Fletcher



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Our Degenerates



Pilgrim, I’ve been hanging out around here for a good long time … and I firmly believe that the vast majority of Americans are good, honest, hardworking people. But I have also noticed that the density of loyal patriots decreases the further up one moves in politics, business, entertainment, sports and, yes, even religion. Disturbing!


And another observation … maybe it’s because I’m paying closer attention to things in my dotage … but the number of these good people seems to have decreased in the last so-many years. As we have gotten more prosperous, we  have seemed to be shedding morality, particularly among these elite groups.


I only wish I could offer some reasons for this slide into darkness, but to do so would be sophistry … so I won’t.


I can only lament with a heavy heart … and hope our better angels will guide our country back to a higher purpose.



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Obvious Truth



Change for change’s sake is not always the best of ideas. — Fletcher



(Wouldn’t it be a hoot to rub Biden’s nose in his Build Back Better BS?)




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Obvious Truth

 

Pelosi and Pencilneck

The Jan 6 panel is the perfect distillate of the arrogance and perfidy of those who deem themselves our unaccountable rulers. — Fletcher



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Headlines



Alioto’s draft opinion overturning Roe is still the only one circulating inside Supreme Court

 Controversial  stablecoin UST— which is pegged to the dollar — plummets below 50 cents

Joe Biden blames ‘Putin’s gas tax’ as gas prices jump to all-time high

Coinbase warns bankruptcy could wipe out user funds …

‘Stop being so doom and gloom’: Democrats launch $15m effort to ‘blue shift Florida’

Adjustable-rate mortgage surges to 14-year high as homeowners try to afford this pricey Spring market

House that wouldn’t fund Trump’s border wall approves $40 billion for Ukraine

Consumer debt sets record …

European Union plans to help Ukraine’s food exports dodge Black Sea blockade

Big Oil braces for shareholder revolt over climate plans in proxy voting season

The mob comes for Alito

Colorado snowpack melting at ‘rediculous rate’ …


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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Quotable Quote

 


Joe Biden is a bit of an enigma … being a China booster wrapped in brazen corruption. — Fletcher


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Quotable Quote

 


Donald Trump is a bit of an enigma … being an effective America-first patriot often wrapped in an egotistical blowhard . — Fletcher



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Obvious Truth

 


Come on Pilgrim … the Biden administration can’t be that stupid! They have to know that increasing regulations, destroying the American energy sector, a government spending spree, insisting on a green agenda and run-away inflation will punish the American middle class … and benefit their donor class enormously.


They obviously know who butters the right side of their  bread.


And the American people are slowly beginning to catch onto this malevolence … in my humble opinion, too slowly.



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Quotable Quote



A quotable quote should display an obvious truth or an evolving epigram through a juxtaposition or an apt analogy … or sometimes even a fractured definition. But it should never be made under an pseudonym. — Fletcher



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Apt Analogy



The United States is like the benign big brother to this gaggle of EU children … who, when they neglect to do their chores, rely on Uncle Sam to fill in. —- Fletcher



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Headlines

 


History circles back: Marcos Jr. wins Phillipines presidency

Housing supply is finally improving, as high prices and rising rates weigh on sales

Biden’s options are ‘extremely limited’ if Roe is overturned

Netflix -71% year to date … Snap —50% Uber -48% Facebook -42% Amazon -37% Disney -32% Tesla -34% Google -22%

50-50 chance that Earth will hit key warming mark before 2026

Tech giants lost more than $1 trillion in value in the last three trading days

White House finally condemns threats against Supreme Court justices

Bitcoin battered … 40% of investors underwater … crypto fad fades …

U.S. charges  political rival in Haiti president’s killing

Russia still faces a high chance of default, despite payment

Biden’s small business budget makes no mention of inflation, requests millions for ‘climate crisis’

Warhol’s Marilyn sells for $196 million …


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