Casual Commentary and Observations by Mitch Santell
From what I have observed over the past 100 days at Apple makes me scratch my head. I’ve been a hardcore Apple user since 1984 spending thousands and thousands of dollars buying Apple products early in their life cycle.
My MacBook Air was purchased in 2014 and works great. I’ve had to recently replace the electric cord (Replacement Cost 55. dollars) and a brand new battery with installation (Cost 165.00 dollars).
So as hot and sexy as the revised MacBook Air is for 2019, I think I’ll just stick with my current MacBook Air for another year because if it ain’t broke, don’t worry about it.
The reason that Apple is in trouble is that I predict that thousands of faithful Apple users are going to do what I just did. What was that? Simply fix or make adjustments to your current Mac and keeping your money in your pocket. The same is true of the iPhone. If you have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 that works, why trade up?
Apple has basically abandoned and/or lobotomized much of its software in not providing meaningful feature upgrades in years; iTunes is a joke, iWork has had minimal updates (e.g., still cannot do basic word processing functions like table of authorities, line numbering, custom paragraph numbers, etc.), Aperture is dead, Back-to-Mac is dead, Airport Utility was lobotomized, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
A Unique Video from a Truther in Southern California by Mitch Santell
The internet of things is a real thing and while it is fun to be connected, has it gone too far?
Technology is not a neutral tool. There are thousands of engineers working behind the scenes to make their company’s products persuasive and to keep users coming back.
Millennials check their phone about 150 times a day, according to Harris. People are always refreshing their social media accounts to see how many new likes their posts received. It’s a reward system similar to what happens when we pull a slot machine lever. “Even when we’re aware that we’re being manipulated, it doesn’t change the fact that the design is still appealing to us,” Harris said. “It’s based on how our psychology works.”
Never in human history has something been able to constantly project images directly to our eyes, he said, adding that if those images depict our friends having fun without us, it can damage our self-esteem. The AI algorithms behind such apps are designed to prioritize the best pictures posted—which over time can change the physiology of our brain and cause anxiety or depression.
There’s a few interesting things raised by this warrant. The investigators believe that Alexa may have captured audio of the attack itself and uploaded it to Amazon servers, which means that Alexa would have been listening despite the “wake word” not being spoken. This would go against how Amazon tells us the device functions. The investigators may be hoping that Alexa may have incidentally heard something that sounds like the wake word, and recorded audio based off of that. This has happened before.
They are also asking for a list of all devices that connected to the speaker during the time period in question. This means that Amazon is collecting information on everyone that visits your home and when based on their mobile devices that they bring along with them.
These new developments only add to the pile of issues that come with placing internet-connected microphones in your house. There’s the obvious problems like the security of the device, a hacked Alexa can listen to everything you say and do. And deeper problems like being unable to figure out what the speaker is collecting. The device can easily listen and record based on specific marketing or “national security” phrases and wait to upload the information until the next wake word is spoken. You can cram low quality audio in surprisingly small spaces, and because all communication with home servers is encrypted, you can’t know what information is actually being transmitted. A great example is Google Android sending GPS information to Google even while GPS was explicitly disabled.
The mess that is ever increasing at the USA Mexico border is not very fun to watch but for so many of us we watched as Germany, France, and many other countries were flooded with thousands daily from the middle east.
As a person who has empathy and sympathy for other people, I can understand why people around the world want a better life.
The challenge is that here in America we are struggling too and while the unemployment rate is low we still have to do what we can to bring every dollar home.
It has often been said that “those who don’t remember their history are doomed to repeat it,” that is not actually accurate. The real line is: “Those who do not study their history are doomed to repeat it!”
The number of people who read my blog, I don’t worry about. What I do worry about is are there others around the world who are picking up my posts.
The answer is yes. This is a map of my blog from today.
Here we are near the end of 2018 and I simply cannot believe how fast this year went. Over the past few days I have been in dialogue and open discussions with my team about 2019. As I always say, “A Dream Is A Goal With A Deadline.”
This morning I saw this post from one my favorite bloggers. What was the topic? How to make your blog the best it can be in 2019.
Reflections on the thoughts in my brain by Mitch Santell
This is a subject that has fascinated me for years. Many times when I have a thought I will simply pause and ask: “Is this my thought or was it planted in my brain?”
Here is something that Brian Tew had to say about mind control:
Never follow a set pattern of conduct. Always change your behavior every day at a moments notice. Do this when you’re quickly (not slowly) on the move as it is more difficult for their remote neural system to monitor your thoughts while you’re in rapid motion.
If you decide to go to the grocery store go to the convenience store instead. Change it up everyday but don’t do the same things over and over as that establishes a set pattern of conduct.
Remember they are trying to alter your daily motives and emotional perceptions.
The remote neural monitoring system is designed to provoke you emotionally so they can generate response statistics which the system will use to determine how to interpret and link descriptions with data captured about your memory references. That is why they are constantly trying to keep you talking, or constantly stopping you and asking for directions, etc.
So always ignore prolonged random encounters with people you don’t know. You’re not being rude. Just refusing to allow them to manipulate you.
Once they have consistent statistics the system will use previous ‘choice references’ and inject them into your subconscious thought during normal activity which is also referred to as ‘impulse injections’ to convince you that the response was your own and influence you to complete or describe the reference by making the appropriate verbalizing or performing a related action, which is known as ‘Verification’. You can fight and/or control this if you learn to defeat these memory attacks by learning to read active memory.
Once they see what you respond to emotionally, or intellectually, they will fabricate ‘conversational’ or ‘situational’ scenarios (Street Theater) based on events or topics they know will capture your attention.
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Like so many of us who are die hard Apple fans, we sometimes think that Apple in 2018 is Apple of 2008. Well, it is not. The most recent little secret that I discovered when I wanted to treat my wife to one of her favorite films from when she was a kid.
We simply purchased Lost Horizon at the iTunes store. We immediately started streaming the movie and it looked fine.
This morning I decided that I would download the movie to my Mac Mini so that we would not have to wait for Apple to “authorize” our purchase so we could stream it.
Guess what? I could download the film but because I use a less expensive Dell Monitor, I couldn’t play the film after I downloaded it. The film will still stream but not download.
My response to all this? It makes me not want to purchase movies any more through Apple, Inc.
Sorry Steve Jobs, I think I’ll be going elsewhere to buy my films bro.
The biggest innovations from Apple in 2019 likely won’t be its devices. Instead, it’ll be the services that run on them.
iPhone sales just aren’t soaring like they used to, and it’s getting harder to make smartphones flashier each year. Apple’s ability to woo users increasingly may come from the software and services — like Apple Music and the upcoming Apple video service — we use on those devices.
“Given the momentum that we’re seeing across the board, we feel great about our current services,” Cook said during the company’s earnings call in July. “But obviously we’re also thrilled about our pipeline that have some new services in it as well.”
Apple in the coming years may look very different from the company in the past decade, when it got about two-thirds of its revenue from its smartphone lineup.
The ability to Think, to live Zen, and to use discernment is something that the majority of humanity cherishes in my view. Don’t allow the A.I. of social media systems to ruin your real interactions with the real world. This blog post from Joel Latto may help.
I’m an information addict, no doubt, but then again isn’t that the case for the most of us these days? The thing is that unlike (unfortunately) most of us, whenever I find something especially interesting/intriguing online, I dig deep and go for the original source – behind the scenes, so to say, in order to see what really is under the polished end-product, which is fed to the masses.
The Internet has indeed made the creating, consuming, sharing and searching for information easier than ever before, but it has not done so without consequences. The openness of the Internet has lots of debatable downsides, ranging from cyber terrorism to illegalized peer networks, but although many of those regularly gain flashy headlines, I’m writing about an issue that is often ignored: the quality and the worthiness of the data itself.
Jim is a real hero of mine. He has a fertile mind and has a real sense of the challenges facing our world. As you hear his story, his perspectives and his unique point of view, I think you will find it as fascinating as I did when I met Jim on Skype back in 2012.
First, I’ll place the article Jim wrote here. Second, I have put my interview with Jim Kirwann below the article. Mr. Kirwann is brilliant and may the conversation inspire you as much as it did me! Happy Friday dear readers and followers and I wish for you what you wish for yourself.
If you invest a few minutes to listen to this interview from 2015, you will understand why Donald J. Trump is sitting in the White House. ~ Mitch Santell
If we choose to dance with the Universe then we must learn how to Question Everything, and how to stop living the lies that others have designed for us to suffer with. We will all die at some point; but between birth and death there are literally millions of opportunities to use the gifts that we all came with; not just to improve our lives but to leave something beyond our fragile footprints in the ever shifting sands of time.
Far too many people, in the old USA simply ceased to grow after highs School. Look around you. How many are just living out a continuance of their high school-lives: Fascinations, sports, maybe still wanting to be jocks or frat-boys or sorority girls-but for so many, how much has really changed? High School was supposed to provide a basis on which we could each build a real and individual life with choices and challenges unending?
When I was senior in high school, my majority had already been declared, I was a legal adult with my own apartment; however I had a legal problem that precluded me from attending college. I had football and academic scholarships, but I could not go. After the last class had been held with the College recruiters that had come to tempt potential recruits for their particular schools, this hard-as-nails nun shut the door on them and said to us:
‘You know you don’t really need to go to college, unless you’re planning to specialize in something very complex like being a surgeon or a lawyer. You don’t really need to go to college because all of you already know ‘how to learn what you need to know.’ And your are each smart enough to do that for yourselves.
So why not just design your own lives, create your own career for yourselves and then you will have begun to live an authentic life. After all, these last few years you have each come to understand compound thoughts and you’ve been monitoring critical thinking in most of the work you’ve done just to get to graduation. I think that what you’ve come to understand here is related to how to find and enjoy-the-hell out of life itself. Most people don’t NEED College, they never have and they never will. And since most will spend our lives being students anyway; why complicate it and hold yourselves back by spending a full third of your life as a formal-student when you could already be living a real life, just after you pick up your diploma here?’
I tried to use what that nun said, from then on. So when I was appointed to the Air Force Academy in 1959 by the then Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Senator Robert S. ‘Bob’ Kerr of Oklahoma: I thought about it, and checked out the contract. After I discovered that I would need to “give” the military 22 years just to become a pilot, I declined the appointment.
From that day forward I began to try and live life on my own terms, and by and large I have never really looked back. I’ve also been very lucky, so I cannot say that this is anything that I actually did alone. Most of my high school friends went the other way, beginning with college. Most of those I stayed in touch with are brain-dead now; locked into all the lies and the continual denials that haunt their every decision, but of course some are happy as well. Each of us, in some way, chose early on what we wanted our lives to be. And now because of this global situation those choices, of necessity, have come up for re-examination. In some ways these choices and the results of those choices seem so very far away from our collective youth; and yet to many those yesterday’s seem like only an eye blink away.
Life & Death have changed me over these many years; just as it has changed millions of others. This has happened so often that it is impossible to know how this all happened. The trials, the failures and the passions that each of these bits and pieces played in what has led me to this point, were mostly unexpected. But looking back there were many very critical changes in the course of my flawed but almost never boring life, that I simply wanted to have and to experience.
I would wish this joy for others, except that real-experience like freedom cannot be given away to anyone else; because it must be lived if it is to be real. All of whatever your life has been or would be, must be lived minute by minute and day by day and choice by choice!
Death comes to all of us, at some point, but it is not death that we need to fear; rather it is the wasting of the life we were given to do something with, that actually matters. Life is always out there waiting to embrace us whenever we have the guts to risk everything just to dance with universe once more. That can only happen after we have learned to trust both ourselves and the universe which is represented by this LIFE that can be the most challenging part of what our individual lives have always been about. However for those that never chose to leave their teenage years, I can feel nothing; because they are still laboring to AVOID every opportunity to use their gifts for anything except their own myopic selves. For far too many the MOTTO of their lives can be summed up this way: “Instant gratification takes too long”!
For those that have adopted this point of view ‘life’ has been reduced to one long shopping spree in a world without content or convictions and where neither ‘joy’ nor ‘pleasure’ are able to find any place to exist. For most of those that chose this path their lives are just a loop of continuous “roles” which they play at fulfilling in the unseen-movie they wrote and directed and are now starring in. This problem looks a lot like Facebook and all those mini-websites that feature them and all their favorite things: millions if not billions of pages but without a real script or any real challenges: Mostly it’s just reports sort of like postcards from the edge of their own private oblivion. Given these conditions it becomes very hard to detect the ‘life’ beneath the posturing. It is really beyond sad that so many failed to pick up their personal torches that could have helped them to choose life over safety, living over artificial-security and freedom over slavery. So now when the choice of resistance over UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER is waiting in the wings for our decisions: This becomes very difficult for way too many.
Life, just like Freedom is not free. It makes demands on all of us and what we each decide can make all the difference in the world. If we choose not to fight for the freedom that was your birthright, then while you might still be able to breathe and eat and sleep, for all intents and purposes you are dead already. And as for your so-called life, that can be nothing but dead-birds and broken glass as far as the eye can see, and your life will be consumed by the ashes of the fires you will have enabled by failing not just yourselves but the wider world of which we are all a part; as well!
The book of life is ours to write and edit as well as to review and live for ourselves. It is available to each of us according to our choices. It is this “right” that the STATE has STOLEN from each and every one of us. No part of our lives still belongs to us: Because inside every word, every deed, and every thought there is this foreign-agent who is always present.The STATE has taken charge of REALITY and that now rules over everything we must now do according to their dictates-and this is no longer in doubt.
It’s time to fight, but how to do that when you’ve spent your life avoiding the inconvenient truths that now clutter-up your every thought? Still the day may yet come, but only if and when we finally decide to “question everything” AGAIN!