In the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up Department” by Mitch Santell
At the Stanford shopping center in Palo Alto, California, there is a new sheriff in town – and it’s an egg-shaped robot.
Outside Tiffany & Co, an unfortunate man holding a baby finds himself in the robot’s path. It bears down on him, a little jerkily, like a giant Roomba.
The man dodges but the robot’s software is already trying to avoid him, so they end up on a collision course.
“I’ve seen Terminator,” the man says, half to himself and half to the amused crowd, “and that is some Skynet-ass shit.”
The idea of a robot security guard was born after the shooting at Sandy Hookelementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Stacy Dean Stephens, a former Dallas police officer who sits on the board of the not-for-profit International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), found out in a board meeting that if the police had reached the scene just 60 seconds earlier they could have saved at least 12 more lives than they were able to.
The powers that be in Hollywood are cringing at the fact that a true conservative may end up serving on the Supreme Court and he won’t vote to Impeach President Trump so guess what?
America wins again.
In case you forgot who Randy, here he is in Independence Day!
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Reflections On A World That Has Gone Pear Shaped by Mitch Santell
The only way to survive the Democratic Party is to #WalkAway. Why do I say this? I was a Democrat from the age of 18 until the age of 60 when I decided that America needed to act like America again.
Here is my take on the #WalkAway Movement. You have thousands and thousands of Americans who decided that America could not take another four years of the USA acting like the Weimar Republic where anything goes.
Many will initially join the Republican party, long-term none of these people may even stay with the Republican party. What most people still don’t get is that President Trump is not a real Republican. He is an entrepreneur that ran as a Republican to blow the other side out of the water.
There is a massive blowback from the Obama years. To many of you who worshiped the ground that Obama walked on, you have to look further and take your research more seriously to realize that America is a “Constitutional Republic.”
What other country do you know of that exists to pursue Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?
The most sinister thing that happened under Obama was the Lisbon Treaty signed in 2007 that shifted power throughout Europe. There were many who fought long and hard against this Treaty.
The Lisbon Treaty was signed anyway, and it was then something known as Article 50 that started the journey towards Brexit just as Trump was pushing to stop the TPP (The Transpacific Partnership Agreement).
Hollywood is paying for the hell that they created. Hollywood is not on the right side of history. When I saw that “Trump’s Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame Destroyed With Pickaxe,” I knew that the blowback and hatred toward our President are the worst that I have ever experienced.
Donald J. Trump is the closest thing to Ross Perot that we will ever have in office so be grateful.
Ross Perot like Donald Trump did not mince words.
Ross Perot said “NAFTA” would create a “Giant Sucking Sound” in America with massive job losses to Mexico. This clip from 1992 is 2 minutes and 35 seconds long and worth reviewing again.
Hollywood’s Dirty Secret
The tinsel town that we know as Hollywood must continue to spin their lies about what is going on behind the curtain and the casting couch. It was crucial that Hollywood Executive’s like John Lasseter leave because if they did not, then the ultimate truth would come out.
WTF? Can you believe what this woman is saying? Wake Up!
Here is my final comment on this posting (12 Seconds):
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through…all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”
Comments on iPhone Cloning of Humanity by Mitch Santell
The change is very subtle but you notice it still the same. What is it? The darting of eyes in the supermarket here in America as patrons (we call them guests), decide if they should pass you on the left or on the right.
The reason that most people don’t know is that the level of wireless wi-fi and radiation coming off portable smartphone devices, plus the cloning off of your thinking skills is enough to take for one person.
In atomization, the subcultural mode’s local communities cannot hold together, because they no longer deliver adequate meaning. The subcultural solution to the problems of self and society—intermediate-scale subsocieties that buffer individuals from national institutions—failed.
Instead, society moves onto global interactive media. Internet social networks support larger, geographically dispersed virtual communities. You no longer need to be in the happening place to get access to a genre or scene. You may not know the gender, race, or nationality of some of your closest friends. It is wonderful to find people who share your nearly-unique interests—but can online relationships replace in-person ones? Can electronic communities provide the same benefits as local ones?
The vestiges of systematic social organization are crumbling. As culture and society atomize, it becomes impossible to maintain a coherent ideology. Religions decohere into vague “spirituality,” and political isms give way to bizarre, transient, reality-impaired online movements. Decontextualized, contradictory, intensely-proclaimed religious and political “beliefs” displace legacy systems of meaning. These are not beliefs in an ordinary sense, but advertisements of personal qualities and tribal identification. The atomized mode generates paranoia, because without the systematic mode’s “therefores,” its structure of justification, there are no memetic defenses against bad ideas.
Technology divides us more than anything else. The more I read and observe, the more I am convinced of this.
Dystopia is everywhere. No longer just a narrative form in the vein of 1984 or Soylent Green, the very word is seeping into our daily news and culture, invoked as readily in the pubs of London as the checkpoints of Gaza. Far from “an imagined … society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic,” dystopia is now used to describe Facebook, Brexit, biometric data, militancy, antibiotic resistance, and HQ Trivia.
A 2017 article in the Nation summed up a great deal of liberal feelings about the current political climate: “With the election of an uber-narcissist incapable of distinguishing between fact and fantasy, all the dystopian nightmares that had gathered like storm clouds on the horizon—nuclear war, climate change, a clash of civilizations—suddenly moved overhead.”
Of course, the Western political and economic upheavals of the past few years are about as dystopian as a party balloon next to the reality of life in, say, North Korea, whose government sums up the rights of its citizens with a simple phrase—“One for all and all for one”—better known in the West for a book that is probably not discussed much in Pyongyang. Like Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany before it, the totalitarian oppression of the DPRK feels so remote that it becomes almost pantomime. The hysterical weeping of party officials at the death of Kim Jong-il and the assassination of Kim Jong-un’s defector brother, with the killers allegedly told it was part of a “prank” show, feel closer to fiction than fact—stories to be marvelled at, rather than profound human truths. Propaganda and history collide, blurring the lines between fiction and reality; as these lines move, so does our cultural understanding of dystopia.
Throughout my time on this Earth, I have enjoyed watching the shift in technology. Always an early adapter, I’ll admit that my iPhone 7Plus is my very first iPhone just because I didn’t want to become an iPhone Zombie. These days I keep my iPhone 7Plus handy, but it’s Messenger and FaceTime that keep me sane on my iMac using a full keyboard.
Steven Soderbergh is onto something with his statement that he would only shoot on an iPhone. Here is the official trailer for Unsane:
If you have ever doubted that you could make a full-length feature film on an iPhone, think again, it can be done.