September 19, 2009
In this excellent TED presentation PW Singer talks of military robots and the future of war, being depersonalised by the massive growth in robotic military hardware being employed in the Iraqi war. Perhaps the motivation of GW Bush to go to war was in part to satisfy battlefield testing of a great deal of new technology that the military industrial empire of America was sitting on. Perhaps it was his motivation when early in his presidency, before 9/11 he absolved American’s from war crimes in the theatre of modern war he wanted never to be considered for conviction at the world court.
By introducing mechanical toys and sophisticated robotics into the theatre of war, the forced imitation by the perceived enemy will mean that a condition of mutually assured destruction will also inevitably be reached, the “warning” sounded in the ridiculous “terminator” concept of machines having the logic to notice its masters were the real problem is not the future I see, it is more a wasteland of horrific pollution and scrap metal jungles that inevitably deadlock as attrition sets in.
September 13, 2009
The Iraqi man who was jailed for throwing shoes at George Bush, after 9 months spent paying for his protest, is being released.
It is farcical to observe how the “free world” respected the right of the man to protest at the already naked emperor of GW Bush’s presidency. 9 months prison for pointing out the war criminal in the room.
September 5, 2009
Unemployment is climbing and is rather bound to get worse. The 2 huge banking bailouts followed by the “Main Street” relief aimed at troubled mortgages will not solve the problem. By bailing out the banking industry, that had become a bit of a ponzi scheme attempting to leverage itself to heaven, the gold bricks have been left in place. The rescue of Ma and Pa Mortgages is well and good, but the future payments are still going to be a problem.