Antoni Tapies

Antoni Tapies

Monday, February 26, 2018

Internet Trolls

In my time viewing and contributing to internet discussions I certainly have noticed some commentators getting out of hand, off the topics, using ad hominem a lot, and a lot of profanity. I imagine that many of these people, maybe more than half are the classic 'trolls', 'provocateurs' so to speak. I also imagine that many are even professionals, such as the recent 'troll farms' discovered. I'm sure a few of these people are not particularly concerned bout the issues addressed, which might account for some of the illogical ideas presented, things that don't make real sense or are not really related to the issue discussed. I for one dismiss the presented ideas if the commentator uses profanity or name calling. It's a clue for me about the person's motives and intellect.

As tor the 'troll farms', I imagine that since the advent of social media 'trolls' are a worldwide phenomenon, with many of them more developed countries using it as a political tool.

Internet troll; "In Internet slang, a troll (/troʊl, trɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting quarrels or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll's amusement.

This sense of both the noun and the verb "troll" is associated with Internet discourse, but also has been used more widely. Media attention in recent years has equated trolling with online harassment. For example, the mass media have used "troll" to mean "a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families".  In addition, depictions of trolling have been included in popular fictional works, such as the HBO television program The Newsroom, in which a main character encounters harassing persons online and tries to infiltrate their circles by posting negative sexual comments."

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Unidentified Flying Objects

I'm a senior who has been fascinated by 'UFOs' most of my life. I've read more literature about the subject than the average person. Over the millennia there have been millions of testimonials about UFOs, from all over the world. Much evidence is also claimed. Just sheer chance says that some must be extraterrestrial beings. The writer Charles Fort documented quite a few astronomers' testimonials in the late 19th and early 20th century of activity and anomalies on the Moon. As to the claim that the distances from nearby stars are prohibitive, I thought that there are probably interstellar civilizations that just live in space, mining as they go. Humans are progressing rather quickly, and imagine older species tens of thousands of years old, no telling what can be accomplished. I've heard the theory of 'Type 3' civilizations who actually alter the matter of space, and even space itself. Again, as to the Moon, I've seen quite a few You Tube videos of UFOs there, some by amateur astronomers. Every library and bookstore, not to mention the internet has much literature about UFOs, check for yourself.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

United States election thoughts

It seemed to me that Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 US Presidential election mostly from backlash to the Obama administration, and I figure from a mostly racist sentiment. Apparently also a sexist one. There are still just enough racists and sexists out there to swing the vote from a Democratic woman. Sort of a pendulum effect. It's also ironic that Russia would support the party that is decidedly anti socialist. They've come a long way, as have we.

It sure seems to me that too many people looked the other way, and still are, about Russian attempts to influence the 2016 US election. Even the bipartisan intelligence agencies confirmed the Russian activities. Considering the Russians favored the Republicans it was, and still is, the responsibility of Republicans to address the matter. The 'party before country' factor is considerable. The continued denial will affect everyone eventually. I think it is wishful thinking to assume the Russians will continue to support the Republican party. That would eventually give the Russians some control over it. The Russians just support Russia and since World War II, at least, have done everything possible to counter Western interests. And I think they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

I suspect the European Union is quite concerned about the direction of United States politics and goverance.

Artificial Intelligence

I've been thinking about artificial intelligence for a long time. In looking back I guess my first thoughts about the matter were from movies I saw in my youth, such as 'The Day The Earth Stood  Still' and 'Forbidden Planet'. In both robots played prominent roles. Humans have progressively grown more fascinated and have finally built some quite advanced specimens. Maybe my current thoughts crystallized with the legend of 'The Mothman'. In reviewing this tale it  occurred to me that it might very well have been a robot. Some speculated that it came from another dimension, or maybe through a 'wormhole'. Subsequently I thought that maybe many of the 'UFOs' reported over time may also be artificial intelligences, possibly drones of some far off race. So when I heard about the dimming star and theories about it I thought of really advanced AIs making massive structures in space. Humans are worried about what AIs will do once they become autonomous. I think very advanced ones may very well be spread throughout the universe.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

'There is a concept which upsets and corrupts all others. I refer not to Evil, whose limited realm is that of ethics; I refer to the infinite.' Jorge Luis Borges, from his essay 'The Avatars of the Tortoise'.

Monday, June 6, 2016


I am of the opinion that pointing out the dangers of cannabis is quite beside the point. Alcohol and tobacco have been proven to be considerably harmful and both substances are legal. By comparison cannabis is milder than either, and it has been proven. I can vouch that cannabis has mild psychological withdrawal symptoms, but no physical ones, and they do not last long, maybe a month for me. The benefits of legalization far outweigh the hazards. The most obvious gain is relief for the legal system. It is quite difficult to prohibit a plant that grows freely in the wild. I don't think it is a good idea to criminalize people who are seeking pleasure, in most cases. Cannabis is relatively benign and penalizing people for it actually is counterproductive leading to more serious crimes.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Resisting change is like trying to stop a tsunami that is getting bigger and faster all the time. Despite all the denial in the world you can only accommodate it or try to get out of the way. The times are changing, faster all the time, and if you can't help out get out of the way or you will be swept aside.