It takes only two things to keep people in chains:
The ignorance of the oppressed
and the treachery of their leaders.
Let us introduce the subject of a “Dictator App” with excerpts from today’s Chicago Tribune:
President Donald Trump has called Sayfullo Saipov “the degenerate animal who killed, and so badly wounded, the wonderful people on the West Side,” demanded the death penalty in his case and raised the prospect of sending him to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
He also has exaggerated, repeatedly suggesting that Saipov brought in two dozen potentially “evil” family members. Under immigration rules, he would not have been able to bring in that number.
Trump conceded in a Thursday night interview that his statement might not be true.
Presidents, who have authority over the Department of Justice, typically stay silent on even the most egregious cases rather than offer statements that could complicate prosecutions or give ammunition to defense attorneys.
Trump has not followed suit.
Indeed, his tweeted insult at Saipov on Friday came amid a blast of criticism of the FBI and Justice Department, which he accused of dallying in prosecuting his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Trump offered no evidence of illegalities on Clinton’s part.
“At some point, the Justice Department, and the FBI must do what is right and proper,” Trump tweeted. “The American public deserves it!” On Thursday night, in a radio interview, Trump said he was “frustrated” that he could not officially order officials to prosecute Clinton.
Bob Corker of Tennessee, a Republican who has become a strong critic of Trump.
“President Trump’s pressuring of the Justice Department and FBI to pursue cases against his adversaries and calling for punishment before trials take place are totally inappropriate,” he said.
Now imagine that Trump knows everything you do, everywhere you go, everyone you meet, every day — and for whatever reason, he doesn’t like you.
So based on his minute-by-minute detailed knowledge of your entire life he orders the Justice Department, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation prosecute you.
Why? Because he can.
Not only that, but he blasts you in social media, and these comments are republished in newspapers, TV, and radio. Now the entire country hates you, especially the dolts who believe whatever Trump says.
Think about that, and then read this:
“Smart City” in China Uses AI to Track Every Movement of Citizens, Enforce Laws
By Timothy Revell
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Limited is aiding the Chinese police state in catching people who break the law, tracking criminals in real time in their new “smart city” of Hangzhou, home to 9 million people.
They are using video feeds and artificial intelligence, tracking things as petty as illegal parking in real time, putting the city under total surveillance.
Using hundreds of thousands of cameras located across the city and artificial intelligence, they were able to do a lot: for the people who control the city, not the residents.
However, the police state implications are the last thing to be mentioned by mainstream science articles covering the issue.
They are falling for it: because if you disregard the immorality of the Chinese government and its laws, and the danger of total surveillance, traffic congestion is allegedly down and other aspects of city life are allegedly more efficient now.
Total knowledge and total control is every dictator’s dream. When anyone disagrees with him, he will know, and be able to punish the “offender,” just as Trump wished to punish Barack Obama for . . . what? Not being a citizen?
And just as Trump wishes to punish Hillary Clinton for . . . what? Opposing him?
“The stated goal was to improve life in Hangzhou by letting artificial intelligence process this data and use it to control aspects of urban life.
The trial has been so successful that the company is now packaging the system for export to other places in China – and eventually the rest of the world.
Using AI to optimize Hangzhou has had many positive effects. Traffic congestion is down, road accidents are automatically detected and responded to faster, and illegal parking is tracked in real time.
If someone breaks the law, they too can be tracked throughout the city before being picked up by the police.”
In a world run by Donald Trump, what is the law? Answer: Whatever Trump says it is. Facts, no facts, it all makes no difference to Trump. He just blurts out opinions based on his mood at the moment or nothing at all.
Global warming? Hey, that’s just a “Chinese hoax.”
Women, who say Trump groped them? “They all are liars.”
The Trump University scam? It was a “great university.”
“I wasn’t in the army because I had a ‘heel spur.'”
“CHAIN MIGRATION must end now!” Trump tweeted. “Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE! This man that came in — or whatever you want to call him — brought in, with him, other people. And he was a point — he was the point of contact — the primary point of contact for — and this is preliminary — 23 people that came in, or potentially came in with him. And that’s not acceptable.”
Except 23 people didn’t come in and when FOX news host Laura Ingraham asked Trump about that figure, he hedged, “It’s what I heard, it’s what I gave. Whether it’s 23 or whether it’s two, as far as I’m concerned, it’s too much, OK?”
See, to Trump, facts never matter. The only thing that matters is how he feels at that moment.
Imagine what he could do with total knowledge of what everyone is doing and thinking.
Efficiency does not equal happiness. Life is not improved by efficiency, or even money necessarily. Human happiness cannot possibly be acquired at the expense of everything that a “smart city” would destroy.
The founder of the company creating this “city brain project” is certainly not subject to the same surveillance that the residents of Hangzhou are.
An executive from this corporation had the audacity to speak of privacy as if it was some trivial, silly thing that only paranoid people need.
“In China, people have less concern with privacy, which allows us to move faster,” said Xian-Sheng Hua, manager of artificial intelligence at Alibaba, speaking at World Summit AI recently.
A whole documentary was recently made about the technocratic future being constructed for the non-wealthy citizens of the world. This excerpt from it perfectly explains the dangers this article is trying to warn of.
The horrifying combination of a lying, immoral, dictator, together with a program that knows what you’re doing, what you’re saying, and what you’re thinking — that is the platform for the enslavement of you, your children and all of America.
And the Dictator App is not just coming “soon to your life,” as the title of this post says. It is here.
Trump is here. The program is here. The fools who support Trump are here. All the ingredients are here.
Welcome to Dystopia.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.
Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.
Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:
Ten Steps To Prosperity:
1. ELIMINATE FICA (Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA )
Although the article lists 10 reasons to eliminate FICA, there are two fundamental reasons:
*FICA is the most regressive tax in American history, widening the Gap by punishing the low and middle-income groups, while leaving the rich untouched, and
*The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, neither needs nor uses FICA to support Social Security and Medicare.
2. FEDERALLY FUNDED MEDICARE — PARTS A, B & D, PLUS LONG TERM CARE — FOR EVERYONE (H.R. 676, Medicare for All )
This article addresses the questions:
*Does the economy benefit when the rich can afford better health care than can the rest of Americans?
*Aside from improved health care, what are the other economic effects of “Medicare for everyone?”
*How much would it cost taxpayers?
*Who opposes it?”
3. PROVIDE A MONTHLY ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA (similar to Social Security for All) (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB (Economic Bonus)) Or institute a reverse income tax.
This article is the fifth in a series about direct financial assistance to Americans:
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Employer of Last Resort is a bad idea. Sunday, Jan 1 2012
MMT’s Job Guarantee (JG) — “Another crazy, rightwing, Austrian nutjob?” Thursday, Jan 12 2012
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee is like the EU’s euro: A beloved solution to the wrong problem. Tuesday, May 29 2012
“You can’t fire me. I’m on JG” Saturday, Jun 2 2012
Economic growth should include the “bottom” 99.9%, not just the .1%, the only question being, how best to accomplish that. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) favors giving everyone a job. Monetary Sovereignty (MS) favors giving everyone money. The five articles describe the pros and cons of each approach.
4. FREE EDUCATION (INCLUDING POST-GRAD) FOR EVERYONE Five reasons why we should eliminate school loans
Monetarily non-sovereign State and local governments, despite their limited finances, support grades K-12. That level of education may have been sufficient for a largely agrarian economy, but not for our currently more technical economy that demands greater numbers of highly educated workers.
Because state and local funding is so limited, grades K-12 receive short shrift, especially those schools whose populations come from the lowest economic groups. And college is too costly for most families.
An educated populace benefits a nation, and benefitting the nation is the purpose of the federal government, which has the unlimited ability to pay for K-16 and beyond.
5. SALARY FOR ATTENDING SCHOOL
Even were schooling to be completely free, many young people cannot attend, because they and their families cannot afford to support non-workers. In a foundering boat, everyone needs to bail, and no one can take time off for study.
If a young person’s “job” is to learn and be productive, he/she should be paid to do that job, especially since that job is one of America’s most important.
6. ELIMINATE FEDERAL TAXES ON BUSINESS
Businesses are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the federal government (the later having no use for those dollars). Any tax on businesses reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all business taxes reduce your personal income.
7. INCREASE THE STANDARD INCOME TAX DEDUCTION, ANNUALLY. (Refer to this.) Federal taxes punish taxpayers and harm the economy. The federal government has no need for those punishing and harmful tax dollars. There are several ways to reduce taxes, and we should evaluate and choose the most progressive approaches.
Cutting FICA and business taxes would be a good early step, as both dramatically affect the 99%. Annual increases in the standard income tax deduction, and a reverse income tax also would provide benefits from the bottom up. Both would narrow the Gap.
8. TAX THE VERY RICH (THE “.1%) MORE, WITH HIGHER PROGRESSIVE TAX RATES ON ALL FORMS OF INCOME. (TROPHIC CASCADE)
There was a time when I argued against increasing anyone’s federal taxes. After all, the federal government has no need for tax dollars, and all taxes reduce Gross Domestic Product, thereby negatively affecting the entire economy, including the 99.9%.
But I have come to realize that narrowing the Gap requires trimming the top. It simply would not be possible to provide the 99.9% with enough benefits to narrow the Gap in any meaningful way. Bill Gates reportedly owns $70 billion. To get to that level, he must have been earning $10 billion a year. Pick any acceptable Gap (1000 to 1?), and the lowest paid American would have to receive $10 million a year. Unreasonable.
9. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF ALL BANKS (Click The end of private banking and How should America decide “who-gets-money”?)
Banks have created all the dollars that exist. Even dollars created at the direction of the federal government, actually come into being when banks increase the numbers in checking accounts. This gives the banks enormous financial power, and as we all know, power corrupts — especially when multiplied by a profit motive.
Although the federal government also is powerful and corrupted, it does not suffer from a profit motive, the world’s most corrupting influence.
10. INCREASE FEDERAL SPENDING ON THE MYRIAD INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT AMERICA’S 99.9% (Federal agencies)Browse the agencies. See how many agencies benefit the lower- and middle-income/wealth/ power groups, by adding dollars to the economy and/or by actions more beneficial to the 99.9% than to the .1%.
Save this reference as your primer to current economics. Sadly, much of the material is not being taught in American schools, which is all the more reason for you to use it.
The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.