Wouldn’t it Be Nice

The Trump Rule

Congressional Reform Act of 2017

  1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.
  2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
  3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
  4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
  5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
  6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
  7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 7/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message. It’s time!

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

Uh…no. Life is not that simple. 

In theory, just like the term limits promise from candidates in the early Nineties, it’s a good idea. In reality, mankind is at best corruptible and at worst corrupt. Therefore, our politicians get to Washington and change their behavior to server THEIR interests rather than the people’s interests.

Bottom line: it just doesn’t matter what we try to do. Even if we drain the swamp, enough of the new crop of politicians will be corrupted and we’ll be right back to where we started. The brilliant historian Martin Armstrong has studied all cultures from the beginning of recorded history. He has discovered – and shown – that any form of government becomes wholly corrupt within two years due to human nature and the politicians and the state become self-serving.

Taxes go up until the people revolt or the economy crumbles. In the very early days, leaders would form large armies and invade neighboring countries to plunder them for their money and bounty in order to survive. But eventually the economy and the form of government, regardless of what it was, crashed and burned, and the cycle would repeat itself.

Sad but true…

Martin Armstrong believes the only true solution is to change the form of government every two years…before the swamp creatures have time to move the furniture in and establish permanent residence.

— The Liberator

Yes, The Left is This Sick

The Coming Civil War

Yet Another Form of Liberal Subterfuge

The Almighty Algorithm – “fake news” and other consequences of Google, Amazon and Facebook’s relentless focus on quantity over quality

Editor’s note: These remarks were delivered by the chief executive officer of News Corporation, Robert Thomson, during London Tech Week on June 14, 2017.

We are here to pay homage to the almighty algorithm.  Algorithmic alchemy is redefining our commercial and social experiences, turning base matter into noble metals. But like the alchemists of old, algorithms are also a charlatan’s charter, allowing claims of pure science when human intervention is clearly doctoring results to suit either commercial imperatives or political agendas.

And there is the enduring contradiction between the claimed sophistication of, say, Google’s ability to target audiences and track tastes for advertisers, and its inability to identify the tasteless, the terroristic, the perverted and the pirated. As the over-alliterative title to this short address suggests, it is profit before provenance and probity. And for journalists, it is penury.

This séance with science is particularly poignant during one of our periodic phases of fascination with AI, artificial intelligence.  When is artificial intelligence merely the artifice of intelligence?  The most telling recent sign of cerebral superiority was Google’s machine-minded triumph in the board game Go over a Chinese grand master.  Chinese call the game weiqi, Japanese call it Go. And so we should turn to the sage Japanese author, Yasunari Kawabata, who presciently wrote The Master of Go sixty-six years ago.  He wrote, ”From the Way of Go, the beauty of Japan and the Orient had fled…One conducted the battle only to win, and there was no margin for remembering the dignity and the fragrance of Go as an art.”

Fragrance or odor aside, it would certainly serve humanity if the same effort, the same IT ingenuity was applied to protecting intellectual property and identifying vile videos before they have the opportunity to corrupt and to radicalize.

Acronyms are almost as alluring as alliteration, and so investors are currently focused on FANG:  Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google, or FAANG – the extra A of course is for Apple.  For the sake of this discussion we will concentrate on a different acronym, GAF:  Google Amazon and Facebook.  To be fair to the F, we are involved in an advanced discussion with Facebook about the creation of a subscription mechanic that would benefit news organizations and journalists – perhaps generating enough revenue for the industry so that journalists do not become a modern mendicant order.

Anyway, Mark Twain suggested that while facts are stubborn things, statistics are pliable, so I would rather focus on statistics that are viable rather than pliable.

For example, an independent assessment found that in 25,000 random Google searches, ads for Google products appeared in the top slot 91 percent of the time.  Fascinatingly, all 1,000 searches for laptops started with an ad for Chromebook…a cool 100 percent of the time – lo and behold, after the results became public, and the embarrassment became palpable, the Google ads occupied 19 percent of the top slots.

What does that tell us about the manipulability, the pliability of algorithms?  Clearly they can get any result that they want – and if we here were tweaking the knobs, palpating the parameters, we would fix a prominence that clearly takes advantage of our absolute dominance in search, but is not so obviously outrageous that snooping researchers will rumble us too easily. That is the art of the algorithm.

Anti-trust is an amusing term….you would imagine that we are all absolutely for trust, but actually the European Commission’s admirable prowess is in anti-trust. There is certainly a problem with trust in the digital world.  But in this age, utterly dominated by content distributors – the duopoly – at the expense of content creators – news organizations like ours – it is fair to say that the World Wide Web has not evolved in the manner that most civilized individuals had hoped, say, 15 years ago.  The distortions of distribution have contributed to polarization.  The obvious e-enlightenment – whether connecting with old friends or checking symptoms online (sometimes to the annoyance of our doctors) – those extraordinary moments of individual insight have been overshadowed by darker trends….trends entirely avoidable if the digital distributors were socially responsible.

For example, being diligent about blocking extremist content, whether neo-fascist or Islamist – sometimes one in the same – and not allowing those sites to generate revenue from advertising, to the understandable frustration of advertisers.  And how about cherishing provenance to ensure that the flow of high quality content is not diminished, but enhanced?

The latter problem is writ large in smallish type with the Google snippet….the elevation of the prosaic to the pedestal of profundity. It is a technique that speaks to a more sinister problem, censorship.  The California consensus, the Silicon Valley sensibility, determines which sites receive more or less prominence. Regardless of your political persuasion, the subjectivity of a supposedly objective platform should be of concern…

And then we have “fake news.”  The fake has been real for thousands of years, but the flawed underpinning of the contemporary internet, the stress on quantity, that is links and clicks, has naturally meant that the fake has proliferated, more for commercial than political reasons, but with social consequences.

There is a hierarchy of content – some news stories are more meaningful than others, some are better sourced than others – but in a horizontal world, the flat earth ethos of distribution companies, qualitative distinctions are diminished and the incentive to fabricate the fake rises exponentially.  That will not change until Facebook, who are confronting the issue, and Google, who are not, recognize the relative value of premium content.

In fact, Google literally punishes the premium…First Click Free is a prison sentence for premium sites – the first click may be free, but the second click is fatal.  Instead of giving readers a choice and a chance to access premium content, Google banishes that content from search results.

And so, at The Wall Street Journal – by any and all standards a high quality newspaper, one which invests many, many millions of dollars in international coverage, coverage that is clearly important at a time of alienation in nations – The Wall Street Journal has been punished by Google. Earlier this year, the Journal limited access to First Click Free and, by May, there was a 94 per cent – that is 94 percent – plunge in referrals from Google News.  Naturally, we are providing that statistic, the 94 percent fall, that evidence, to the European Commission, which is rightly investigating Google’s blatant abuse of its search monopoly.

And speaking of algorithmic angst – what of Amazon? The A of GAF?  Remember those early days of the artisanal Amazon, the feisty company that loved books and had empathy with readers of books?

Instead of making books appear, Amazon now also makes entire publishing houses disappear. I don’t mean to speak well or fondly of competitors, given that HarperCollins is part of News Corporation, but one certainly felt much sympathy for Hachette, which was in dispute with Amazon over commissions, and so its books vanished from the site.  It was Amazon’s Hachette hatchet job.  Shipment times were delayed, searches for Hachette authors were redirected to works of other publishers, etc., etc.

That is the wonder of an awesome, almighty algorithm – a tweak here and a tug there and you no longer exist, you are non-person or a non-company. And this was done by the same Amazon that now has – and here are some stats – 83 percent of ebook sales in the US, 90 percent of online print sales, and 99 percent of digital audio sales.  Now that is a majestic monopoly.

Which brings us to Alexa, Amazon’s digital diva, she who must be obeyed. The reassuring, charming, seductive Alexa has a seriously split personality – the soothing voice of the user interface, but, towards content creators, the shrill tones of the co-opter.  Will voice be another articulation of the skim economy turned scam economy?

Alexa, can we trust you?  Alexa, will you suborn our creativity, spurn our friendship and scorn our naïveté?  Alexa?  Alexa?

Robert Thomson is chief executive officer of News Corporation.

Liberals will cheat to win. It’s in their DNA. – The Liberator

The Climate Crisis Hoax

The central lie is that we are experiencing a known human-caused climate crisis, a claim based on speculative theories, contrived data and totally unproven modeling predictions. And the evidence? Much is revealed by politically corrupted processes and agenda-driven report conclusions rendered by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which are trumpeted in the media as authoritative gospel.

S. Fred Singer, former director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service and University of Virginia professor emeritus commented about these sorry circumstances in the foreword of my book, stating in part:

“Many would place the beginning of the global warming hoax on the Senate testimony delivered by James Hansen of NASA [director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies] during the summer of 1988. More than anything else, this exhibition of hyped alarm triggered my active skepticism about the man-made global warming scare. This skepticism was amplified when I acted as reviewer of the first three IPCC reports, in 1990, 1996, and 2001. Increasingly claims were made for which there was no evidence; in some cases the ‘evidence’ was clearly manufactured. For example, the 1966 report used selective data and doctored graphs. It also featured changes in the text that were made after the scientists had approved it and before it was printed.”

Click HERE for the rest of the piece…

Liberals will lie to further their agenda, and the global warming/climate change hoax is perhaps the biggest lie they’ve ever told. – The Liberator

Keith Olbermann Calls for ‘Immediate Arrest of Jared Kushner’

No, really…he’s not nuts. Really…

By Pam Key

Wednesday on his GQ Magazine web show, liberal commentator Keith Olbermann called for the “immediate arrest” of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Referencing a Washington Post report on alleged communications between Kushner and Russians, Olbermann said, “I call for the immediate arrest of Jared Kushner. If he should not be suspected of money laundering, racketeering, and influence peddling, then he should be suspected of obstruction of justice and espionage and possibly worse. There is no other option that can be reasonably entertained.”

Keith Olbermann is the poster boy for liberal lunacy and intolerance. That intense gaze, the pursed lips, the permanent scowl. He and Kathy Griffin should get a room. – The Liberator

CNN’s Kathy Griffin and the Face of Tolerant Democrats

By Melissa Mackenzie

The American Spectator

“Kathy Griffin should be thanked for making the covert, overt. Her image beautifully reveals the truth of the ideology espoused on the Left: submit or die.”

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Kathy Griffin did us all a huge favor by demonstrating in the starkest, most graphic, terms the self-righteous contempt – even hatred – the Left has for opposing views. – The Liberator