Baltimore Loot Crew

The hashtag #BALTIMORELOOTCREW was originally used for African American looters to post pictures about their weaponry, cop killing, and loot. They used Molotov Cocktails, hand guns, rocket launchers, and even some automatic rifles:

Quote: DIS MA PROBLEM SOLVA

Quote: DIS MA PROBLEM SOLVA

Some looters tweeted about how many cops they had just killed. One that I know of, claimed to have started a fire in a police car while the cop was still inside.

Residents of Baltimore strutting on a police car.

Residents of Baltimore strutting on a police car.

One tweeter killed and looted an officer only to find Nazi literature:

A copy of Mein Kampf found on the person of a Baltimore Police officer.

A copy of Mein Kampf found on the person of a Baltimore Police officer.

But police weren’t the only ones with interesting artifacts. One looter found a jar of teeth and was trying to sell it for $50:

Jar of Human Teeth

Jar of Human Teeth

It sort of begs the question: Where did that jar of teeth come from? And whose mouths are they from?

What interested me the most is that the looters referred to all white people as racists and crackers—a term originally connoting a slave handler with a whip. And while they were busy putting down all white “devils”, the police were busy arresting anyone who looked suspicious while black.

And the looters never seemed to notice that the curfew was an opportunity for the police and national guard to set up posts all over the city:

National Guard in Baltimore

National Guard in Baltimore

I found it rather funny that the soldiers always face in one direction—allowing anyone to sneak up behind them. And they have those huge cars with armor which would buckle in a hot fire.

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What do we do about the governmental lobbyists?

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It’s nice that we know that the country is not working for most of us, but what action can we take? We need to fund an organization that will lobby the congresses in a direction that maintains our standard of living. We should get the money to pay for it from the lowest classes of our society. They might not be able to give a lot at first, but the plan is for them to be taxed less and to have their wages supplemented by the U.S. government. For more on supplementing their income, see my post: Enhanced Capitalism.

Why We Should NOT Let Billionaires Run Our Government

So we are all labelled consumers. It’s not a nice-sounding word. It sounds rather like a virus gobbling up the Earth’s resources. But assuming that we use renewable energy such as wind and solar, it’s not bad at all. The problem is that several billionaires have invested their money in coal and oil, and they don’t want to become poor even if it means the death of all humanity. As bad as that sounds, there is another problem with letting billionaires run our governments. One day soon, they may no longer need the American people as consumers. That means that all of the “luxuries” that you now own may be beyond your means. You don’t really need those televisions, cars, tools, heaters, nice homes, sound systems, etc. We live in a global economy, and the billionaires don’t really need to have consumers in this country due to globalization. In fact, if they can manage to make robots that take all of our jobs, then they don’t really need us at all. All they need to make products is a market, which they can get overseas, and some engineers, which does not even scratch the surface of the number of people that are in this country that need jobs. You might think that you could just go onto unemployment if you did not have a job, but as long as you have the same billionaires actually paying government officials to pass laws for them in state and federal governments, you won’t likely run into much in the way of unemployment benefits. You might think that no one would be so heartless as to let hundreds of millions of people fall into crippling poverty, but you would be wrong. There have been multiple times when large swaths of the public were dehumanized. Think back to when we had African American slaves. Think back to the Holocaust in Europe. You are in no way guaranteed that those in power will care about you at all.

Work For 25¢ Per Hour to Get Rich.

gold-coins-kickstarterI know. It sounds ridiculous, but it would make you more productive; and it might even make you rich.

Here’s how it works: You should convince everyone in your own neighborhood to work for each other for 25¢ per hour, since you don’t want to be the only one working for such a low wage.

They will resist the notion, because they believe that their own hard work, and especially their own smart work, should return more pay. Prices in most places are ridiculously inflated. So minimum wage barely allows you to survive. But if all of your neighbors pitched in, the rewards would be huge. For example, if someone in your neighborhood could fix computers, and if you only paid 25¢ per hour to get yours fixed, then you could save hundreds. You would only need to pay full price for parts.

It would make a huge difference in professional coaching or in teaching transferable skills (example: teaching thinking skills or how to use computers). It could be like going to college except without the huge fees.

It would also be possible to seek advice from think tanks. Think tanks are usually only affordable for the superrich, but they could be extremely cheap, allowing for common use.

A Robotic Labor Force

Robots may soon take over a majority of human labor. How should we respond?

We will compete for jobs against robots using our present business model. Robots are consistently taking over menial labor. Robots are already taking over most factory jobs. They will probably start to take over the service jobs next.

In business now, a large majority of workers do menial labor almost to the exclusion of thinking. There are far more menial tasks to be completed than there are cognitive tasks, but I’m not sure exactly why.

Since most people work at jobs that will soon be taken by robots, the human workers need to find another way contribute to society. These contributions will require thinking and wise decisions. Only a thinking, purposeful human will be suited for the future of robotics.

We need to start training people for independent thought rather than schooling them into being good employees. From a young age we send our children to school where they learn how to be drones with a magnificent memory power which is only sufficient for reacting to assignments and the obvious. They need to be innovative, and they need to figure out how to manage robots and computers. They need to become entrepreneurs.

We need to convert our schools into organizations which will prepare our children for the new reality. The schools shall nurture creativity. They shall teach children to question and to figure out what to do and think rather than following the curriculum. They shall teach them to manage businesses rather than working for them.

Also humans will need to be prepared to take over jobs from robots in case they malfunction or try to overcome us. This requires thinking and skill. Thinking helps to figure out what you should do, and skill allows you to do it without robots. Most humans can do something new a few times and master the task; they don’t need to do it several times in most cases, since ideally robots will be doing it for them.

The Current Top 20 Most Popular TED Talks

TED is awesome. You can always find something that you are interested in.

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8506166674_27b6649d38_b As 2013 draws to a close, TED is deeply humbled to have posted 1600+ talks , each representing an idea worth spreading. So which ideas have had the most widespread impact? Below, a look at the 20 most-watched talks as of December 2013. These viewership numbers include all the platforms we track: TED.com, YouTube, iTunes, embed and download, Hulu and more.

Some fascinating things to notice on this list, if you’d like to compare and contrast it to the most popular talks in 2012, and to the list we shared back in 2011: Amy Cuddy, Susan Cain, David Blaine and Pamela Meyer are all newcomers to the list, with Cuddy’s talk storming to spot #5 thanks to you sharing it. Meanwhile, Brene Brown’s talk has doubled in its number of views since 2012, with Simon Sinek and Mary Roach’s talks coming close to that line. And finally, Ken…

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Do We Have To Be Offended By Everything

The Belle Jar

You are a smart person and you pride yourself on your critical thinking abilities and general good taste.

You read or hear or watch something and find yourself smiling, nodding in agreement, maybe even laughing out loud. This, whatever this happens to be, is genius. Whoever created it somehow articulated exactly what you’ve been thinking but have never been able to put into words. Nothing has ever been more perfect.

You share what you’ve just read, heard or watched with your friends, expecting that they’ll be just as blown away by the insight and hilarity as you were. And some people do get it, so you high five to celebrate your mutual intelligence and awesomeness. But then a few of your friends start to voice misgivings, and then someone comes right out and says it:

This isn’t cool.

Here’s the thing – you’re not a bad person. In fact, you…

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How To Undermine A Rape Victim 101

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Trigger warning for talk of rape 

Preface the victim’s open letter about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father with a statement saying that he deserves the presumption of innocence. Always approach situations like this with the thought that the victim might be lying; remind yourself and others that the burden of proof is on her.

Insist on referring to the victim as the rapist’s “adopted daughter,” as if that mitigates what he has done. Using subtle language cues like this, imply that though it might be rape, it’s not really incest because the the rapist is not the victim’s biological father. Pretend that adoptive parents somehow feel differently about their children than biological parents do.

Like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, insist on your ability to differentiate between an artist and their art. As a spokesperson for the organization said, “The…

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