Category: History & Culture

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The world in twenty years

Interesting one via haiku – some examples from the Mercedes CEO:

– Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

– Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.

– In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.

– So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.

– Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.… More here ...


Around 2007, fellow blogger Ellee Seymour asked me, “Do you volunteer, James?” and behind that was the notion of pressure to, as she did and all people who “give back” should according to her.

Call it an English tradition or a conservative one or even middle-England but there has long been a feeling of obligation among the English of “a type” to “give back”. Thus Bandaid concerts, save the world and all that but also the great poppy rip-off when one firm made a mint from wooden poppies some years back … and so it goes on.

According to the letter of the law, no one MUST pay and yet volunteering and charity are two major character traits in the English, to the point that charities are huge business and as we’ve sadly found out, often involve fatcats on huge salaries and a whole admin infrastructure with people taking a cut of the charitable donation.… More here ...

Chin-stroking thoughts about the Donald today

Ken Craggs:

I believe there is a strong possibility that Donald Trump is being set-up by the Rothschild’s to be remembered in history as an abomination who triggered the most catastrophic war in human history. Trump is being given all the room he needs to present himself as an unstable, unpredictable, maverick president who gets up in the early hours of the morning to tweet whatever happens to be on his mind.

Most of the pieces are already in place for Donald Trump to be set-up. We’ve had the “fire and fury” as well as the “locked and loaded” comments from Trump regarding the US-North Korea nuclear standoff.  If a nuclear explosion was to happen somewhere in North Korea, the media would go into overdrive and Trump would get the blame.

The Economist, which is Rothschild owned, described Donald Trump last week as “politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office”.

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Part two: meanwhile, in Hobbiton

Andrew Allison writes for the Freedom Association:

Once again Islamist terrorism strikes Europe – this time in the shape of two attacks in Spain. I am sure all our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. I will say no more other than to refer you to this article I wrote after the atrocity in Manchester in May this year. The more we bury our heads in the sand, the more we fail to confront head-on this barbarous evil.

Someone who doesn’t have her head buried in the sand is Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham. For those of you who don’t know, Sarah Champion wrote an article for The Sun recently with these opening words:

“Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls. There. I said it. Does that make me a racist? Or am I just prepared to call out this horrifying problem for what it is?”

Last week she was forced to resign from her position in the Shadow Cabinet.More here ...

Part one: the blissful world of Hobbiton

In Lord of the Rings, as everyone not residing on the Planet Zog for the last two decades knows, there is a sleepy town of Hobbiton which blissfully goes on with its living and petty squabbling but one resident goes travelling and pokes an Orc or two out there in the yonder, which brings the attention of nasty elements to the town and the rest is history.

Unbeknowns to residents, their peaceful existence is largely due to Strider and his fellow rangers who patrol the outer rim of the area and deal with potential threats, as the Royal Navy supposedly does with us.

Part one here is about this blissfulness and utter unpreparedness for attack.

The Thermomix

In short, the machine takes away all the guesswork, and the labor, and the careful management; all you have to do is enjoy the results. My particular favorite is something my household calls “onion jam”: onions caramelized in bacon fat and just a tiny bit of sugar.

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End of the world today

Hope you’ve prepared for it:

Of course, we don’t get the eclipse in the UK but nevertheless, it’s enough for Nibiru to zap us all out around 18:00 onwards BST because if America gets it, then the world also gets it – that’s an article of faith in America:

However, some maintain it’s September 23rd, not today:

It can’t be both and it’s clear what’s going on here. The Americans will end today and we’ll end September 23rd – simple.… More here ...