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First they locked up the Knowledge

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“If you were given the choice between continued life on earth and computerized devices and the internet, which would you choose?”


“Putting food under lock and key was one of the great innovations of your culture. No other culture in history has ever put food under lock and key — and putting it there is the cornerstone of your economy…. Because if the food wasn’t under lock and key, Julie, who would work?”

— Daniel Quinn, My Ishmael
Some years ago, game makers found a way to suck you into to playing online games for free and still make money. Like Amazon, Facebook and YouTube, they set special features behind paywalls. You could only reach the higher levels of play if you were willing to shell out hard cash.
It wasn’t long before most of the reputable scientific journals latched onto the same model to monetize their websites. Tease you with free summaries or the occasional open article (and sometimes authors can pay to permit that) but then lock up the hard science unless you can shell out hard cash.
Recently Nature Geoscience received correspondence from some leading IPCC climate scientists including Michael Mann. The letter was published online under the title, Interpretations of the Paris climate target. The editors solicited a response from ten other IPCC scientists and published that as Reply to ‘Interpretations of the Paris climate target’.
Staying true to game theory, in both cases the journal published only the title of the letters. If you want to actually read the letters, you need to shell out $59. Each. For those of us who try to stay abreast of developments in climate policy, or the UN structured expert dialog that is taking place per the Paris Agreement, that paywall is a poke in the nose and the bum’s rush.
We have been watching Bitcoin for a while and have decided it is pure evil. Sorry about that, Max and Stacy. We were glad to hear that Google banned all cryptomining extensions to the Chrome app.
It is not that we don’t like the blockchain, but Bitcoin is based on the Etherium backbone which uses far too much energy — at current rates of growth, all the world’s energy by 2020. Bitcoin could switch to Hedera very easily but doesn’t. That’s evil.
Current estimated annual electricity consumption for Bitcoin mining is 56.71 TWh. Twenty-eight U.S. households could be powered for 1 day by the electricity consumed for a single transaction. Bitcoin’s carbon footprint per transaction is 408.42 kg of CO2-e. That one transaction produces more greenhouse impact than the average Bangladeshi or Vanuatuvian do in an entire year. Bangladesh and Vanuatu are going under water and their citizens forced to relocate because Bitcoin gives no thought about where its computing power comes from. It is an externalized cost. Same for Climatecoin, or Nori — Silicon Valley techno-cornucopian libertarians with no concept of thermodynamic laws or biophysical ecology.
Analysts at Credit Suisse examined Bitcoin’s potential to consume all the world’s energy and concluded for that to happen the price of a coin would have to rise to $1.1 million. It could happen in 5 years, or next month, or later today.
The power demand of Bitcoining likely pales in comparison to the power demand of clandestine superpower cyberwars now underway. The reason the Empire came so hard after Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning was not because leaked videos of Apache helicopters strafing civilians or John Podesta’s emails were dangerous to HRC and her election rigging. It was the same reason they are still after Snowden. These people know too much, will tell all, and have too much of a following. If they can’t be decapitated, they can be isolated until they atrophy and die. Blame the rest of it on the Russians. 
From their dim dungeons, Assange and Snowden accurately predicted Cambridge Analytica, which flipped both the BREXIT vote and the US election of 2016. They predicted the leaked NSA cyberwar tool, EternalBlue, allowing hackers everywhere to hold companies and agencies for ransom. They predicted the changes to be wrought by machine intelligence, well, at least some of them. Last year Stephen Hawking joined in when he said:

Unless we learn how to prepare for, and avoid, the potential risks, AI could be the worst event in the history of our civilization. It brings dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many. It could bring great disruption to our economy.

In 2017 he amended his prediction that humanity only had about 1,000 years left. He reduced the horizon by an order of magnitude — to 100 years unless we could arrest AI.
Consider this. If you were given the choice between continued life on earth and computerized devices and the internet, which would you choose? If you are like most of us, you will wait to give up the latter until forced to, and even then, not without a fight.
Call us neoluddite, but were our lives in the 1970s so primitive before the Mac, Windows and the World Wide Web that we would never want to give up what we have in 2018 and go back to that, even if to keep what we have comes at the cost of our own extinction?
We are just asking. And wondering why more people are not, also. Should it not, by now, be obvious what is happening? There is not a good ending to this.
 The Great Change by Albert Bates  

67 Comments on "First they locked up the Knowledge"

  1. GregT on Tue, 10th Apr 2018 6:34 pm 

    “You and your Jew baiting ZOG illusions.”

    Not all Jews are Zionists, and not all Zionists are Jews.

    Simpletons like you don’t understand that.

  2. Davy on Tue, 10th Apr 2018 7:35 pm 

    Greggie, your just as bad as neder with conspiracies. It is no wonder you to are so close and you constantly support him. Although I think that is more the closet Nazi in you.

  3. Boat on Tue, 10th Apr 2018 8:24 pm 


    Where is your personal responsibility since the US and a large coalition including Canada are tied at the hip. Any Muslim terrorist death is easily predicted. A deadly response from the west. My personal views don’t matter since not one country in the coalition has yet to ask for advise.

  4. GregT on Tue, 10th Apr 2018 11:05 pm 

    How each country voted at the UN on Jerusalem status resolution

    “(CNN) US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was condemned by 128 countries in a United Nations vote Thursday.”

    Voted “No” to the resolution:

    Marshall Islands

  5. GregT on Tue, 10th Apr 2018 11:11 pm 

    “Zion (Hebrew: צִיּוֹן‎ Ṣîyōn, modern Tsiyyon; also transliterated Sion, Sayon, Syon, Tzion, Tsion) is a placename often used as a synonym for Jerusalem.”

  6. GregT on Tue, 10th Apr 2018 11:14 pm 

    “The term “Zionism” is derived from the word Zion (Hebrew: ציון‎ ,Tzi-yon), referring to Jerusalem.”

  7. MASTERMIND on Tue, 10th Apr 2018 11:58 pm 


    You better watch out those black helicopters are going to get you now!

  8. GregT on Wed, 11th Apr 2018 12:18 am 

    “The United Nations General Assembly does not recognize Israel’s proclamation of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which is, for example, reflected in the wording of General Assembly Resolution 63/30 of 2009 which states that “any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to cease all such illegal and unilateral measures.”

  9. MASTERMIND on Wed, 11th Apr 2018 12:21 am 

    The average American household carries $137,063 in debt, according to the Federal Reserve

  10. GregT on Wed, 11th Apr 2018 12:29 am 

    “You better watch out those black helicopters are going to get you now!”

    My bad MM, but what is the significance of ‘black helicopters’?

  11. GregT on Wed, 11th Apr 2018 12:41 am 

    “When we’re constantly bombarded by headlines about major, worldwide national security threats — such as those posed by ISIS or a nuclear North Korea — it can be easy to overlook other, far-less-obvious threats we face on a daily basis on our own soil.”

    “What we’re talking about here isn’t going to appear at the top of people’s news feeds — it’s a danger that’s crept up over time, quietly threatening us more each day: Our $21 trillion national debt.”

    But, but, but, Vladimir Putin is the devil incarnate. Must spend trillions more on national offence… err, defence. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

  12. Cloggie on Wed, 11th Apr 2018 12:52 am 

    “The average American household carries $137,063 in debt, according to the Federal Reserve”

    Mortgage and car loans are not debt, but backed by assets.

    Student loan in “lesbian finger painting”, now THAT is debt. And so is a credit card funded trip to Acapulco.

  13. makati1 on Wed, 11th Apr 2018 1:52 am 

    Cloggie, mortgage and car debt are backed by nothing, certainly not “assets”. When you want to sell, and there are no buyers, the value of either/both is zero. When the SHTF, both will be worth just that. Zero. In the Us Great Depression, farms were sold for pennies. Cars sold for a small fraction of their “value”, if at all. What makes you think anything has changed? Many ‘boomers’ think their big house is future retirement money. They are in for a serious shock and a lot of pain.

    Even my economically uneducated sister realizes that their paid-for home will be worth less than they paid for it when they want to sell in the future. Not that it is not desirable, but that the ability of an interested buyer to buy at the original price, or any increase, will have continued to shrink as time passes. Perhaps it will never sell at any price.

    The big lie: “Real estate always increases in value” is one of the biggest con jobs in history. Cars and homes are money pits. Shelter is a necessity in most parts of the world, but most Americans have taken the cost and size to extremes, believing that previously mentioned lie. Many shocks coming to Americans. Many.

  14. makati1 on Wed, 11th Apr 2018 2:04 am 

    Food for thought:

    “It is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country. – Nazi Field Marshal Hermann Goering’s remarks during the Nuremberg trials.”

    “The same propaganda and police state tactics that worked for Adolf Hitler 80 years ago continue to be employed with great success in a post-9/11 America. …

    Whatever the threat to so-called security—whether it’s rumored weapons of mass destruction, school shootings, or alleged acts of terrorism—it doesn’t take much for the American people to march in lockstep with the government’s dictates, even if it means submitting to martial law, having their homes searched, and being stripped of one’s constitutional rights at a moment’s notice….

    According to journalist Todd Miller, the “once thin borderline of the American past” is “an ever-thickening band, now extending 100 miles inland around the United States—along the 2,000-mile southern border, the 4,000-mile northern border and both coasts… This ‘border’ region now covers places where two-thirds of the US population (197.4 million people) live… The ‘border’ has by now devoured the full states of Maine and Florida and much of Michigan.” …

    “In these vast domains, Homeland Security authorities can institute roving patrols with broad, extra-constitutional powers backed by national security, immigration enforcement and drug interdiction mandates. There, the Border Patrol can set up traffic checkpoints and fly surveillance drones overhead with high-powered cameras and radar that can track your movements. Within twenty-five miles of the international boundary, CBP agents can enter a person’s private property without a warrant.” …

    Our freedoms—willingly relinquished in response to endless scare tactics—have been breached, undermined, and eroded time and time again. We’re being conditioned to this life in a police state.”

    Frog in the pot syndrome. Nuff said.

  15. Cloggie on Wed, 11th Apr 2018 2:11 am 

    “Mastermind” arrested!

    The peak-oil crackpot poster “Mastermind” has been arrested while attempting to break into the premisses of white pop-icon Taylor Swift:

    “Mastermind”, real name Schmul-Anton Potztausend, had repeatedly announced online he intented to “rape Swift”, because she was a “Nazi-Barbie”, because she had refused to deny she had voted for Trump.

    Potztausend had gained some noteriety for spamming boards with links to “peer-reviewed” 2009 old-school peak-oil articles, not even Richard Heinberg believed in anymore.


  16. Cloggie on Wed, 11th Apr 2018 3:10 am 

    “Cloggie, mortgage and car debt are backed by nothing, certainly not “assets”. When you want to sell, and there are no buyers, the value of either/both is zero. When the SHTF, both will be worth just that. Zero.”

    Houses will almost never become worthless. That is too many if’s. Currently in the US, 94% of the mortgages are ABOVE the financial waterline:

    That’s pretty good. It is absolutely possible that this number greatly declines in case of a Lehman-2 or global financial meltdown… but if everybody goes broke, nobody goes broke. It is not possible to disposes an entire In such a case even I would become a

    Currently the greatest threats (in my view) are, in this order:

    1. war (flashpoints Syria, Iran, Korea, Ukraine, Baltics, in that order)
    2. financial instability, attacks against the dollar
    3. populist uprisings in the US and Europe

  17. makati1 on Wed, 11th Apr 2018 3:39 am 

    Cloggie, “financial waterline” is a man made construct, not fact. Just because the numbers used by the bank/mortgage holder says so, does not make it fact. Why do you ASSUME it does? When you are forced to sell, it may be worthless.

    “Houses will almost never become worthless” You hedge your bet … “almost never” … but it may, and likely will, happen when the SHTF. You need a solvent buyer for anything for it to have value. There may not be any. Or, if there are, they may only offer a small fraction of its assumed worth.

    There are no ‘real’ numbers anymore anywhere. All are propaganda/bullshit to keep the serfs pacified, including those in Holland. You might wake up tomorrow and the Euro will be worthless. The EU is bankrupt. Cut off the ability to manipulate the numbers and you have no idea what tomorrow will bring. Ask someone in Venezuela, or Zimbabwe how quick money can become worthless.

    You say it cannot happen to you. LMAO

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