I might as well put here these bits of wisdom and wonder I come across. Some are a few days old, but they are all relatively recent and obviously relevant… for some reason.
Broadcasters told to stop perving on female surfers, Newsweek, 13.03.2018
While a number of female surfers normally wear shorts during their heats, others opt for bikini bottoms and the organization wants to ensure attention is directed away from the surfers’ backsides.
According to the report, women who surf wearing shorts will feature larger on screen than those wearing bikinis and all camera operators have been instructed to “exercise discretion” while shooting the women’s heats.
Close shots of female surfer’s backsides… I didn’t know I could miss so much something I didn’t know it even existed.
As a funny aside, if I google “women surfers,” the first four links are variations of “The hottest girls in surfing,” so we can see the Internet has its priorities straight. Here’s an example of the kind of problematic picture the surfing federation frowns upon (by the way, I know it’s the reason you are reading this post.)
2. The New York Times (18-03-2018), still clearly not obsessed with Trump
3. According to the Daily Mirror, which is always an impeccable source of news and not prone to hyperbole or anything, rich people are paying money to be murdered.
Silicon Valley billionaire, 32, pays company $10,000 to KILL him and preserve his brain then upload it to a computer. 15.03.2018
A Silicon Valley billionaire is paying $10,000 to be killed so that his brain can be preserved in the hope that it will one day be uploaded to a computer so he can live on digitally forever.
Nectome’s storage service is not for sale yet and there is still no evidence that memories remain, or can be extricated from dead tissue.
4. Speaking of quality journalism and computer soteriology:
AI God Will ask Human Beings to Sacrifice Their Bodies and Upload Consciousness to Cloud, Infowars (obviously) 15.03.2018
Alex Jones breaks down the Globalists’ technocratic future where an artificial intelligence God asks human beings to sacrifice their carbon bodies and have their mind uploaded onto a digital cloud.
A worthy quote from the video:
7:24 “And they take the weakest followers, they make them think it’s cool; they gave it media attention, for people to be soy boys, transhumanists and all of this. This is why they start with the trans, not about a man becoming a woman, but about trans period [?] into the robots.”
I think someone has been playing Deus Ex too much (which is never a bad thing, though.)
It’s no longer a crime in Utah to let your kids play outside alone, Fox13now.com 16.03.2018
SALT LAKE CITY – It’s no longer a crime in Utah to allow your children to play outside unsupervised, or walk home alone from school
Governor Gary Herbert signed Senate Bill 65 into law on Friday. Dubbed the “Free Range Kids” bill, Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, modified Utah’s child neglect law to remove the threat of prosecution.
“Free range kids” is a pushback on “helicopter parents” and the concept that children are constantly in danger. Even though Utah’s Division of Child and Family Services had said it never went after parents for it, Sen. Fillmore said he had heard from some who were worried.
6. The BBC recently made a TV drama about the Trojan War, with a cast that includes a black Aquiles and a black Zeus because… I don’t know. A shrewd writer from The Sun slyly comments on its falling audience.
ANNOYED WITH TROY
Troy: Fall of a City flops as just 1.6m tune in to BBC’s 16million bonkbuster, The Sun. 12.03.2018
Viewers branded the episode “boring beyond belief” and “ridiculous” despite featuring an inter-racial threesome between Achilles, Patroclus and Briseis.
I see what you did there.
7. Susan Wojcicki, YouTube’s CEO talks about YT’s function, compares it to a library, then says strange things.
SUSAN WOJCICKI ON YOUTUBE’S FIGHT AGAINST MISINFORMATION, Wired. 15.03.2018
And one of the things that I’ve actually been thinking about recently is that we’re really more like a library in many ways, because of the sheer amount of video that we have, and the ability for people to learn and to look up any kind of information, learn about it.
OK, that’s cool.
But I think what this year has really taught me is how important it is for us to be able to get that right—to be able to deliver the right information to people at the right time.
That’s uh, that’s not what libraries do, especially because:
My grandmother was actually a librarian—Jane Wojcicki—she was a librarian at the Library of Congress during the Cold War. She headed the Slavic department. And I can’t imagine it was an easy time to figure out what books you actually hold during the Cold War in the Slavic department.
I’m quite sure it was easy because The Library of Congress is the legal deposit of anything published in the United States. It doesn’t matter if the information is accurate or not, a library like the Library of Congress doesn’t… Oh, crap:
[Wojcicki’s interviewer]: So that’s very pro-free speech, maximize the amount of information available. But a lot of the tension around YouTube is when it is fed inaccurate information. So more the equivalent of a library that has a book that has something false in it. Let’s talk a little about misinformation and how you think about that. When the freedom to express something comes in conflict with the desire to have your readers, your viewers, accurately informed.
SW: This has been a year of fake news and misinformation and we have seen the importance of delivering information to our users accurately.
Oh, well, as long as they don’t use the same AI that will ask us to kill ourselves…
So one of the things that we want to announce today that’s new that will be coming in the next couple of weeks is that when there are videos around something that’s a conspiracy—and we’re using a list of well-known internet conspiracies from Wikipedia—that we will show as a companion unit next to the video information from Wikipedia for this event.
8. The Pope talks about Heaven in a new book, says strange things and compares it to ice cream or something (I didn’t really get it)
What is heaven? Reflections by Pope Frances, Fox News, 18.03.2018
In his new book, Our Father: Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer, Pope Francis offers unprecedented insight into some of Jesus’s most profound words. In this excerpt from the book, the Pope unpacks the line “who art in heaven.”
“Heaven” means the greatness of God, his omnipotence. He is the first, he is great, and he is the one who has made us. “Heaven” represents the immensity of his power, of his love, of his beauty.
That sounds odd, but go on.
You must, I must, we must say “Our Father, who art in heaven,” but not with a sense of humiliation. I am reminded of a time when I was five or six years old, and they operated on my throat to take out my tonsils.
At that time, they performed this procedure without anesthesia. The doctor would show you the ice cream you would get afterward, then they put something into your mouth to keep it open, and then the nurse held you. You could not close your mouth. The doctor, then, with a pair of scissors took out both of your tonsils. Moments later, they gave you the ice cream and that was it.
After the operation, I could not speak because of the pain, and my dad called a taxi and we went home. Once we arrived at home, Dad paid the driver and I was shocked: Why does Dad pay this man? As soon as I was able to talk, two days later, I asked him, “Why did you pay that man with the car?” He explained to me that it was a taxi. “But wait, wasn’t the car yours?” I asked him. You see, at the time, I thought my dad owned all the cars in the city!
The memory of this childhood experience with a father who teaches and explains, especially when we are experiencing pain, gives us an idea of our relationship with God, his greatness but also his closeness. God is a God of glory, but he walks with you and when it is necessary, he even gives you ice cream…
Wait, wasn’t the doctor the one who gave him the ice cream? I’m really confused.
I’m not theololgian, but I wouldn’t describe this as “unprecedented insight” into the Lord’s Prayer. I hope it’s just a mistranslation.