too clever/meta games

http://epsilontheory.com/too-clever-by-half/

i kinda liked this article. it made me think about what games, day-to-day and meta, that we might be playing.

the meta, to me, for living things, is playing for the chance to throw some genetic material out into time and space. if you play and win on a day-to-day basis, you might get to do that.  the meta does, however, set the stage for everything else.

i think that the day-to-day stuff is the only game that counts. you have to win that first, in order to play another day. the meta, always, invariably, takes care of itself. there are too many variables, too many unknowns to account for. the rules of the meta game are not within our purview.

the author seems to think the denizens of fairfield ct. are setting the rules of the meta game, they’re not. they’ve got a game going on, but it’s a game of their own. in a meta sense, no better or worse than the coyote’s.  the coyotes may still come out on top, by not even trying, and by sticking to the only game they know. they may be throwing genes out into time and space long after humans have left the playing field.

something like that.

Silk Roads

 

Why were five U.S. soldiers killed by a B-1 Bomber in Afghanistan?
A classified report blames human error for the deadliest friendly fire incident of the Afghan War involving U.S. soldiers. Soldiers who were there say that’s wrong

 

How we entered the age of the strongman
Liberals have consistently misread the present – and their complacency is pushing us into a new authoritarian era.
by John Gray
May 2018

 

A NEW SILK ROAD
China is investing billions in building pathways to Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East.
Photographs By Davide Monteleone

 

Khorgos, Kazakhstan – October 2017. A freight train arriving from China just left the Khorgos dry port to cross all Kazakhstan to reach Europe. Kazakhstan is a crucial country for the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, and the Khorgos dry port is quickly becoming the China west gate for land import and export.

 

Tuesday,   May 29, 2018

White House confirms tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods The White House confirmed Tuesday that it will be going forward with the implementation of heavy tariffs on Chinese imports next month following weeks of concern that doing so might spark a trade war. Some $50 billion in imported goods will be subject to the 25 percent tariff, with a finalized list of goods expected by June 15. The U.S. also plans to restrict China’s access to American technology, with the administration citing national security concerns. Trade negotiations between the nations are ongoing, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying the trade war was “on hold” less than two weeks ago. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will travel to China to continue talks in early June. Source: The New York Times, CNN Money

Top North Korean official to visit New York High-level talks between the United States and North Korea continue Tuesday, with senior Pyongyang official Kim Yong Chol en route to New York City, President Trump confirmed. Kim will be the most senior North Korean official to visit the U.S. since 2000, following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s two trips to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un this year. American diplomats in South Korea are also believed to be meeting with their North Korean counterparts on Tuesday, and on Monday a North Korean delegation reportedly arrived in Singapore, possibly to continue preparations for a summit Trump withdrew from last week. South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Kim Jong Un over the weekend to push for the meeting to resume. Source: The Associated Press, CNN

Hurricane Maria death toll reportedly 70 times higher than official count More than 4,500 people are believed to have been killed in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria last year, more than 70 times the official death count of 64, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine reported Tuesday. That estimate would make the hurricane far deadlier than Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when 1,833 people died. Deaths that count towards a total death toll include directly related events, like “flying debris,” as well as deaths “caused by unsafe or unhealthy conditions resulting in injury, illness, or loss of necessary medical services.” Puerto Rican deaths went underreported because hurricane-related casualties are required to be confirmed by the island’s Institute of Forensic Sciences, and indirect deaths often aren’t properly represented on official death certificates. Source: The New England Journal of Medicine

Palestinian militants in Gaza fire dozens of mortars at Israel in the heaviest such barrage in years. The Israeli Air Force responds with airstrikes on militant positions. (BBC)

The studio behind battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) sues Epic Games for allegedly copying their game, with Fortnite Battle Royale, which is currently the most played video game in the world. (BBC)

 

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Two WYFF journalists, Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer, are killed after a tree crushes their car as they covered the storm in North Carolina. (BBC)

Bashar al-Assad’s government of Syria recognises the disputed territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states, “in an appreciation of [their] supportive positions towards the terrorist aggression against Syria”. Georgia severs relations with Syria in response. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Right-wing British activist Tommy Robinson was sentenced to 13 months in prison for contempt of court within five hours after being arrested outside Leeds Crown Court on 25 May. A ban on reporting his sentence is lifted today following a legal challenge by journalists. (The Mirror)

 

 

Monday,  May 28, 2018

Mariusz Błaszczak, Poland’s Minister of Defence, says that he recently talked with United States officials in Washington D.C. about a permanent stationing in Poland of thousands of US troops as a deterrent against Russia. (AP via Business Insider)

Austria’s coalition government unveils plans to cut benefit payments for immigrants, including refugees, in a move aimed at deterring new arrivals. (BBC)

The Golden State Warriors advance to the NBA Finals and will play the Cleveland Cavaliers for the fourth straight year. (Cleveland.com)

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05.24.2018

Fishy Business

This mendacious exercise in manufacturing paranoia seeks to divert the public’s attention from the actual matter at hand, which is whether the highest higher-ups in the FBI will hand over documents to congressional committees who demanded them, as they are entitled to do by the constitution. Trump’s lawyers and General Kelly “dropped by” to remind the FBI officials that the president, as chief officer of the executive branch, has instructed the FBI mandarins to comply. In other words, the Newspaper of Record endeavors to distort the record of events. That’s disgraceful enough, but they are also abetting what appears more and more to be a case of mutiny with overtones of sedition.

How an Alexa speaker recorded and shared a private conversation

 

BLACK WRITER SETS ODDS ON WHEN TRUMP WILL FINALLY SAY THE “N-WORD”

But sometimes, much to the dismay of black people who make everything about being black, non-blacks don’t always have the time or interest to persecute them.

Thursday,  May 24,  2018

The NFL announces a new policy regarding kneeling for the anthem, requiring any players on the sidelines to stand. Thus, players will now be allowed to remain in the locker room while the Star-Spangled Banner is played, fining players who refuse to stand on the sidelines. (The Baltimore Sun)

Federal judge bars Trump from blocking Twitter users A federal district court judge in New York has ruled that it is unconstitutional for President Trump to block users on Twitter. The president’s Twitter feed was ruled to be a “public forum,” and by blocking users, he is in violation of the First Amendment. Part of the decision came down to the fact that when Trump blocks a user, they are no longer able to reply to his tweets, Reuters reports. “Once it is a public forum, you can’t shut somebody up because you don’t like what they’re saying,” argued U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald earlier this year. The lawsuit was filed by the Knight First Amendment Institute and Columbia University and a handful of Twitter users. Source: Reuters, Knight First Amendment Institute

North Korea slams Pence’s ‘ignorant’ comments, threatens scrap summit North Korea is again threatening to not attend a summit next month with President Trump, with the country’s vice minister of foreign affairs blasting Vice President Mike Pence for his “ignorant” comments comparing North Korea to Libya. Choe Son Hui said North Korea will “neither beg the U.S. for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us.” During a Fox News interview Monday, Pence said it would be a “mistake” for North Korea to “play” Trump, and Washington could return to the “Libya model.” Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi agreed to give up his nuclear weapons in 2004, and he was overthrown and killed in 2011, after a U.S.-European intervention. Source: The Associated Press

Democrats, John Kelly, will now attend classified FBI informant briefing Only two members of Congress — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif) and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) — will be at a noon Justice Department briefing on Thursday about an FBI informant who contacted members of President Trump’s campaign in 2016. But after protests from Democrats and some Republicans, there will be a second briefing at 2 p.m. with the Gang of 8 — the top Senate and House leaders and intelligence committee members from both parties — plus Gowdy. Despite a previous assurance that none of Trump’s aides would attend, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will be at both briefings. The briefing will be conducted by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Director of Intelligence Dan Coats. Source: Politico, The Associated Press

Dutch investigators conclude Russian army downed MH17 Dutch investigators have concluded that a Russian anti-aircraft missile brigade is responsible for shooting down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane over eastern Ukraine in 2014. The disaster resulted in the deaths of all 298 people on board. Russia has repeatedly denied involvement in shooting down MH17, and has used its veto power at the United Nations to block an international tribunal over the incident. Dutch investigators say they are convinced Russia is behind the attack because they managed to identify a specific BUK missile system that was used, which was traced to a brigade based in Kursk, in western Russia. MH17 had been traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down. Source: BBC, The Guardian

CHI-COMS HERD MUSLIMS INTO CAMPS, FORCE THEM TO EAT PORK

A story that has largely been suppressed in the West due to the fact that our media mandarins shy away from depicting communists as humanity-squashing slave-masters is the fact that over the past year or so, Chinese authorities in the nation’s Xinjiang region have rounded up countless Muslims—at press time we weren’t able to do a head count, but estimates vary from a few thousand to a hundred thousand to over a million, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all—and sent them to communist indoctrination camps.

It is there that they are whipped and beaten and starved and tortured and “made to eat pork and drink alcohol,” which, as all students of Islam know, pisses Allah off somethin’ fierce.

 

Wednesday,  May 23,  2018

Iran sets seven conditions to stay in the JCPOA Iran deal after the U.S. withdrew. One of these conditions is that European banks should safeguard trade with Iran. (Al-Arabiya)

Iranian truck owners and drivers start striking in seven provinces to protest poor working conditions. (VOA) (The Washington Post)

The United States issues a health alert in China, following a government employee reporting “abnormal sensations of sound and pressure”, one in a range of physical symptoms, from late 2017 through to April 2018. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the State Department is moving medical teams into place in Guangzhou, adding that the incident was “entirely consistent” with reported “sonic attacks” in Cuba in 2016 and 2017. (CNN)

The Pentagon announces that it has “disinvited” China from this year’s biennial Rim of the Pacific naval exercise, after China announced in January that it had accepted the United States’ invitation. (Politico)

The European Commission recommends to remove France from the excessive deficit procedure which it entered in 2009. (Deutsche Welle)

The Turkish Central Bank raises its “late liquidity window” rate from 13.5% to 16.5% in a move to counter the slide of the Turkish lira over the last three weeks. Other rates are left unchanged. (Bloomberg)

Italian President Sergio Mattarella accepts Giuseppe Conte as Prime Minister. Conte is now going to form his government, supported by the Five Star Movement and League. (BBC)

 

Tuesday,   May 22, 2018

Syrian government forces declare Damascus and its surroundings “completely safe” for the first time since 2011, after taking Yarmouk Camp and Hajar al-Aswad from ISIL. (CBS News)

Israel announces it is the first country to use the new F-35 Lightning II fighter jet in combat operations. (BBC News)

At least 16 people are killed and 38 wounded in Kandahar, Afghanistan, by the accidental detonation of a container of explosives while security forces were attempting to dispose of it. (Al Jazeera)

U.S. President Donald Trump states there is a “very substantial chance” that the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next month may not occur. (BBC News)

The Chinese Finance Ministry announces it will cut import duties on passenger vehicles from 25% to 15% starting on July 1, just days after China and the U.S. agreed to a ceasefire in their recent trade hostilities. (CNN)

Police in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India, kill nine people who protested against Vedanta Resources’ copper smelter operation, alleging that it is a major source of pollution and a risk to fisheries. State Minister D. Jayakumar says that it was “unavoidable” that the people were shot. National Congress opposition leader Rahul Gandhi calls the killings “state sponsored terrorism”. (Reuters)

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Illegitimi non carborundum

Can We Call It a Coup Now?
MIKE WHITNEYMAY 20, 2018 • 3,300 WORDS

This is not a Dems vs Republicans issue, at least, it shouldn’t be. It’s about the unelected cabal that operates behind the cloak of partisan politics to exert its stranglehold on political power. As comedian George Carlin said, “The parties exist to make you think you have a choice. But you have no choice. You have owners, and they own everything.” Russiagate was merely the paper-thin pretext this secretive group settled on to launch its attack on the candidate who was never supposed to win the election.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/us/politics/mark-penn-clinton-aide-mueller-investigation.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Tuesday,   May 22, 2018

Trump meets with DOJ officials to expand probe into FBI informant President Trump on Monday met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and asked the Justice Department to expand its investigation to “include any irregularities with the FBI’s or Justice Department’s tactics concerning the Trump campaign.” On Sunday, Trump initiated an inquiry into a report that an American academic working as an FBI informant met with several members of his 2016 campaign in the early days of the agency’s investigation into Russian election meddling. Trump demanded that the Justice Department look into whether Obama administration officials coordinated surveillance of his campaign for political reasons. Reports on the matter said there was no evidence the informant was embedded in the Trump campaign, as Trump suggested. Source: The Washington Post

Syrian government regains full control of Damascus for 1st time since 2011 The Syrian military said Monday that after fighting for a month, it has captured an area of southern Damascus from the Islamic State, and the capital is now, for the first time since the country’s civil war began in 2011, under full government control. They were able to take back the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk and the Hajar al-Aswad district, and will now focus on the territory held by rebels in southern Syria. A monitoring group said that 1,600 people, including hundreds of ISIS militants, left southern Damascus on Saturday and Sunday, and went toward the eastern desert after agreeing to a deal with the Syrian government. Source: The Associated Press

Monday,  May 21, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. will impose the “the strongest sanctions in history” on Iran if it does not meet various demands, including ending its nuclear program and leaving the Syrian Civil War. (Reuters)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejects Pompeo’s demands, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif accuses the U.S. of repeating past mistakes. (Al Jazeera)

Sony agrees to a $2.3 billion deal where they will buy a controlling interest in EMI Music Publishing. The deal will mean that Sony would indirectly own 90% of the record label and its two million songs. (BBC)

Paraguay opens its embassy in Jerusalem, making Paraguay the third country, after the United States and Guatemala, to transfer its diplomatic mission in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (AP via Politico)

The U.S. Supreme Court votes 5–4 to allow companies to enforce contracts which bar employees from entering class action lawsuits. (The Washington Postvia Concord Monitor)

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dooryard

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https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45480/when-lilacs-last-in-the-dooryard-bloomdIMG_1109

this is the view from my dooryard. it always make me think of that old walt whitman poem about lillacs blooming in his dooryard, cause that’s what happens to me. that’s a picture of my lillacs, above.

in this picture,  just above,  you can see the gang of two, and a single hen. this is where it all happens: murder, mayhem, sex, rape, repast. this is what i wake up to.  this where me and the dog take our first piss of the morning.  this is where the gang of two do their “best” work.

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the dog.

another small word on chicken sex, their mating rituals. there is nothing there that we, humans, might consider to be a ritual. but whatever it is, it seems to work just fine for them, the chickens. who am i, or any of us, to judge?  but, it’s not like a rooster “courts” a hen in some fashion. it’s not disney sex. it’s kinda what we, in our rarefied atmosphere, might call primal.

in the dooryard, where i might throw down some cracked corn, and where me and the dog take our morning, respective, piss, the chickens eat and have sex.

it kinda goes like this: a rooster spots a hen that’s not paying attention. she’s engrossed in her cracked corn. so he jumps on her. grabs her by the neck, of course. he pins hers down and begins to rub his ass, vigorously, against hers’. the mechanics of this were explained elsewhere. anyhow, of course, she protests this violation, also in a vigorous manner, until she realizes the futility of her situation, and acquiesces. chttp://www.dictionary.com/browse/acquiesce .  she’s stuck, head down, ass up. this is where the gang of two steps in, where they do their best work.

more, some other time…

gang of two

“All energy is of a sexual nature, not mainly, but exclusively, and when the animal is no longer good for reproducing, it is absolutely no longer good for anything.”
michel Houellebecq

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first there were six. now there are two. the gang of two.

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this is a tough post. i could go on and on. i could divide it into several posts. or, i could, and will, strive for brevity.

the gang (of two) arrived with four other brothers (six total), and two sisters. a definite imbalance right from the start. that had to be corrected, even without other factors that come into play. correction. other factors being: the brothers were sexually precocious; they harassed hens way before the hens were ready for it; they were loud, crowing from before dawn till after dusk; generally aggressive obnoxious chickens, kinda like most people. something had to be done. chickens, i’m allowed to kill. people, not so much.  much is wrong in the world. i can’t fix everything.

so, anyhoo, i decide to kill five of the six. i will  leave one to pass on his fucked up genes.

the (a) fateful morning, a morning like any other, comes to pass. i have all the chickens locked in the chicken house. i have an assistant at ready ( my daughter). i have to kill them, all except one. but, with all that being said, and much more being unsaid, they are beautiful. but, like everything, they must die. i will decide. i am god. i must kill them all, except one.

one has to remember, these are not drug addicts on street corner, desiring death, needing death, deserving a painful death (like we all do).  no, i paid good money for these fucking chickens. they deserve life. i want my money’s worth. they need to fuck hens. but today, or someday, they will die.

too much. to be continued…

chicken sex

If life is an illusion it’s a pretty painful one.
Michel Houellebecq

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so, something i have to explain to many people, chickens don’t have genitals,
per se. they, both males and females, have a general purpose opening called a vent or rectum. just before the rectum is a thing called a cloaca. in the cloaca shit and piss are mixed into a single mass that we refer to as chicken shit. chicken shit is good fertilizer. pigs and dogs love to eat it. they must know something that humans and cats are blind to. of course, cats are carnivores, an obviously superior life form. i often times have to explain these facts to people also.

but i digress, eggs, which everything on earth loves to eat, except maybe some ridiculous herbivores (pigs love eggs, so do dogs, humans, and even cats. everything loves eggs. they are delicious. they might be called a perfect food, of sorts.), come out of the hen’s rectum. sperm comes out of the rooster’s rectum.

here’s a picture. not exactly accurate, but close enough.

Anatomy-of-a-Chicken

so, how does sperm get introduced to the ovaries? the chickens rub their asses (not exactly “asses”, but close enough) together. more accurately, the rooster rubs his ass on the chicken’s, while the chicken kind of lays there and hopes for the best, which is all part of another story.

anyway, rubbing asses together is kinda nice, depending on the circumstance, and hygiene, of course.