Black Mirror - Nosedive
|Social Credit System|
The Social Credit System is a proposed Chinese government initiative for developing a national reputation system.
- It has been reported to be intended to assign a "social credit" rating to every citizen based on government data regarding their economic and social status.
- Xinhuanet has reported that the plan for the system focuses on credit in four areas, including:
• Administrative affairs • Social behavior
• Commercial activities • The judicial system
As of September 2016, this system does not yet exist, and very little firm information is available about how this system might work in practice. Some reports have stated that the ratings may use information gathered from Chinese citizens' online behavior.
- The episode Nosedive of the TV series Black Mirror explores some of the negative implications of a system like the Social Credit System.
|Tribute to bank guy in Brussels||From: Zero Hedge|
Zero Hedge is my go-to website for current events, news and information.
In addition to all the great information being presented at ZH, there are many equally informative comments made by ZH readers along with each blog post.
Also of interest is the comings and goings of the various members of the Zero Hedge commenting community. Some of the best commenters have seemed to disappear.
One such 'person' went by the name, bank guy in Brussels.
After reading a few more recent comments about bank guy, and upon a subsequent search for recent posts at ZH in which his name was mentioned in the comments, I began to think about making this page.
I'll use the remaing tabs of this introduction to go into more detail, and digress into a few other topics related to Zero Hedge.
I've begun at the end.
The last comment by bank guy in Brussels was in late October 2013.
|July through October – 2013||as of Jan. 25 2015|
A complete list of 500+ links to ZH posts with bank guy in Brussels' comments is under the Links tab below (click READ MORE…).
All other tabs below are blank.
Click READ MORE… to access bank guy in Brussels comments.
The site says its mission is five fold:
- to widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public.
- to skeptically examine and, where necessary, attack the flaccid institution that financial journalism has become.
- to liberate oppressed knowledge.
- to provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint.
- to facilitate information's unending quest for freedom.
|Gaian Corps ♦ Conscientious Objector Project|
Welcome to the Gaian Corps — Conscientious Objector Project
In 1970, in response to the Vietnam War, I applied for and was eventually granted CO From: Wikipedia
A conscientious objector (CO) is an "individual who has claimed
the right to refuse to perform military service" on the grounds of
freedom of thought, conscience, and/or religion. status by the U.S. Selective Service System From: Wikipedia
The Selective Service System is an independent agency of
the United States government that maintains information
on those potentially subject to military conscription.
Most male U.S. citizens and male immigrant non-citizens
between the ages of 18 and 25 are required by law
to have registered within 30 days of their 18th birthday.
In 2008, I moved to Angeles City with a vague sense that maybe I could make a difference, and in some way contribute to making a better world.
In the intervening six years, the vague sense of wanting to help has developed and been refined into the follwoing goal:
Technically, the phrase "conscientious objector" is used in the context
of performing compulsory military service.
| Conscience defined
Conscience is defined as:
1. a person's moral sense of right and wrong, viewed as acting as a guide to one's behaviour.
Other definitions of Conscience include:
Conscientious objector here is used in a wider sense:
■ The conscientious objection to unethical behavior.
■ More specifically, a conscientious objection to unplanned pregnancy/childbirth.
|How To Deprogram Your Own Mind From: Orange Papers|
Recognize that programming is everywhere,
and it isn't all bad.
Your programming started with your parents teaching
you things, and both consciously and unconsciously
programming you with all of their beliefs and attitudes.
■ That is not necessarily bad — it is usually good.
You are better off for having had parents who
cared about you and wanted to teach you.
■ But unfortunately, you also inherited all of their
misinformation, superstitions, mistakes, and
irrational and untrue beliefs.
And you also inherited your "culture", which includes all of the false, irrational, and wrong beliefs
of your entire society.
■ And you are left with the job of figuring out which of those beliefs are good and true, and
which are stupid and crazy.
And you are always vulnerable to pressure from your peer group, which will always try to make you conform to their beliefs, standards, and behavior, even if your friends are not even really aware of the fact that they are doing it.
|The Ultimate Act of Freedom From: ZeroHedge by Cognitive Dissonance|
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? I ask not because I require an answer, but rather because I desire to ask better questions both of myself and of the world around me. Asking a question that seems to compel the questioner to chase his or her tail is not as pointless as it may seem if the query can be redirected to challenge ‘common’ knowledge or long standing beliefs.
So let me try again with a different question. Which came first, the sociopathic leadership or the seriously dysfunctional populace? I suspect the answer is both and neither.