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Among the Disrupted – NYTimes.com

This is the end…I might also recommend the beginning at the link below – thick reading but worthy.

Aside from issues of life and death, there is no more urgent task for
American intellectuals and writers than to think critically about the salience,
even the tyranny, of technology in individual and collective life. All revolutions
exaggerate, and the digital revolution is no different. We are still in the middle
of the great transformation, but it is not too early to begin to expose the
exaggerations, and to sort out the continuities from the discontinuities. The
burden of proof falls on the revolutionaries, and their success in the
marketplace is not sufficient proof. Presumptions of obsolescence, which are
often nothing more than the marketing techniques of corporate behemoths,
need to be scrupulously examined. By now we are familiar enough with the
magnitude of the changes in all the spheres of our existence to move beyond
the futuristic rhapsodies that characterize much of the literature on the
subject. We can no longer roll over and celebrate and shop. Every phone in
every pocket contains a “picture of ourselves,” and we must ascertain what that
picture is and whether we should wish to resist it. Here is a humanist
proposition for the age of Google: The processing of information is not the
highest aim to which the human spirit can aspire, and neither is
competitiveness in a global economy. The character of our society cannot be
determined by engineers.
“Our very mastery seems to escape our mastery,” Michel Serres has
anxiously remarked. “How can we dominate our domination? how can we
master our own mastery?” Every technology is used before it is completely
understood. There is always a lag between an innovation and the apprehension
of its consequences. We are living in that lag, and it is a right time to keep our
heads and reflect. We have much to gain and much to lose. In the media, for
example, the general inebriation about the multiplicity of platforms has
distracted many people from the scruple that questions of quality on the new
platforms should be no different from questions of quality on the old
platforms. Otherwise a quantitative expansion will result in a qualitative
contraction. The new devices do not in themselves authorize a revision of the
standards of evidence and argument and style that we championed in the old
devices. (What a voluptuous device paper is!) Such revisions may be made on1/8/2015 Among the Disrupted ­ NYTimes.com
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other grounds — out of commercial ambition, for example? but there is
nothing innovative about pandering for the sake of a profit. The decision to
prefer the requirements of commerce to the requirements of culture cannot be
exonerated by the thrills of the digital revolution.
And therein lies a consoling irony of our situation. The machines may be
more neutral about their uses than the propagandists and the advertisers want
us to believe. We can leave aside the ideology of digitality and its aggressions,
and regard the devices as simply new means for old ends. Tradition “travels”
in many ways. It has already flourished in many technologies — but only when
its flourishing has been the objective. I will give an example from the
humanities. The day is approaching when the dream of the democratization of
knowledge — Borges’s fantasy of “the total library” — will be realized. Soon all
the collections in all the libraries and all the archives in the world will be
available to everyone with a screen. Who would not welcome such a vast
enfranchisement? But universal accessibility is not the end of the story, it is
the beginning. The humanistic methods that were practiced before
digitalization will be even more urgent after digitalization, because we will
need help in navigating the unprecedented welter. Searches for keywords will
not provide contexts for keywords. Patterns that are revealed by searches will
not identify their own causes and reasons. The new order will not relieve us of
the old burdens, and the old pleasures, of erudition and interpretation.
Is all this — is humanism — sentimental? But sentimentality is not always
a counterfeit emotion. Sometimes sentiment is warranted by reality. The
persistence of humanism through the centuries, in the face of formidable
intellectual and social obstacles, has been owed to the truth of its
representations of our complexly beating hearts, and to the guidance that it
has offered, in its variegated and conflicting versions, for a soulful and
sensitive existence. There is nothing soft about the quest for a significant life.
And a complacent humanist is a humanist who has not read his books closely,
since they teach disquiet and difficulty. In a society rife with theories and
practices that flatten and shrink and chill the human subject, the humanist is
the dissenter. Never mind the platforms. Our solemn responsibility is for the1/8/2015 Among the Disrupted ­ NYTimes.com
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Leon Wieseltier is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and the author of
A version of this article appears in print on January 18, 2015, on page BR1 of the Sunday Book
Review with the headline: Among the Disrupted.

Among the Disrupted – NYTimes.com.

Marriott plans to block personal wifi hotspots – Boing Boing

Marriott is fighting for its right to block personal or mobile Wi-Fi hotspots—and claims that it’s for our own good.

The hotel chain and some others have a petition before the FCC to amend or clarify the rules that cover interference for unlicensed spectrum bands. They hope to gain the right to use network-management tools to quash Wi-Fi networks on their premises that they don’t approve of. In its view, this is necessary to ensure customer security and to protect children.

The petition, filed in August and strewn with technical mistakes, has received a number of formally filed comments from large organizations in recent weeks. If Marriott’s petition were to succeed, we’d likely see hotels that charge guests and convention centers that charge exhibitors flipping switches to shut down any Wi-Fi not operated by the venue. The American hotel industry’s trade group is a co-filer of the petition, and Hilton submitted a comment in support: this isn’t just Marriott talking.

But there are big guns in opposition, including Google, Microsoft, and the cell industry’s trade group, the CTIA. Even Cisco’s “support” of the Marriott petition seeks to minimize the extent to which a rule clarification would affect most users.

Earlier in 2014, the FCC fined Marriott for jamming the Wi-Fi networks of guests, exhibitors, and others at the Gaylord Opryland resort in Nashville. The hotel chain agreed to pay the FCC $600,000 in fines and create a compliance plan, with regularly filed updates, for all its properties.

via Marriott plans to block personal wifi hotspots – Boing Boing.

Old Mexico lives on | The Economist

old mexico
On February 2nd 1848, following a short and one-sided war, Mexico agreed to cede more than half its territory to the United States. An area covering most of present-day Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, plus parts of several other states, was handed over to gringolandia. The rebellious state of Tejas, which had declared its independence from Mexico in 1836, was recognised as American soil too. But a century and a half later, communities have proved more durable than borders. The counties with the highest concentration of Mexicans (as defined by ethnicity, rather than citizenship) overlap closely with the area that belonged to Mexico before the great gringo land-grab of 1848. Some are recent arrivals; others trace their roots to long before the map was redrawn. They didn’t jump the border—it jumped them.

via Old Mexico lives on | The Economist.

The Occult Rocket Scientist Who Conjured Spirits with L. Ron Hubbard | Motherboard

parsonsThe Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the world leader in space exploration. JPL scientists have put robots on Mars, sent probes into interstellar space, and collected dust from the tails of comets. But what if the real purpose behind its mission was something darker?What if the lab was less interested in exploring outer space than the depths of the void? What if its researchers huddled around their computer screens in search of paranormal entities or dark gods crawling clear of the event horizons of nearby black holes?Of course, that’s not the case. JPL is not part of some Joss Whedon-esque occult-industrial complex. It does not mingle science with the supernatural. Yet one of its founders did."Slain Scientist Priest in Black Magic Cult" read one headline after the death of John Whiteside Parsons on June 17, 1952.“John W Parsons, handsome 37 year old rocket scientist killed Tuesday in a chemical explosion, was one of the founders of a weird semi-religious cult that flourished here about 10 years ago," read a report.The rhetoric got more lavish as the days went by.Read more: The Hell Portal Where NASA’s Rocket King Hung Out With L. Ron“Often an enigma to his friends [he] actually led two lives….In one he probed deep into the scientific fields of speed and sound and stratosphere—and in another he sought the cosmos which man has strived throughout the ages to attain; to weld science and philosophy and religion into a Utopian existence," wrote one paper.Soon the newspapers were at fever pitch with talk of “sexual perversion," “black robes," “sacred fire," and “intellectual necromancy.” At the heart of every story was one simple question: Who the hell was this guy?It’s hard to find as weird and tragic a tale in the annals of science as that of John Whiteside Parsons. Born 100 years ago, Parsons seemed devoted to reconciling opposites, smashing together the technical and the spiritual, the white lab coat and the black robe, fact and fiction, science and magic.

via The Occult Rocket Scientist Who Conjured Spirits with L. Ron Hubbard | Motherboard.

Isagenix, A New Year, A New Me, Maybe a New You?

I have a good friend who is visiting the United States from abroad right now – she messaged me the other day “Oh my god! I can’t believe how big the portions are, how greasy the food is, and that there is caramel and whipped cream on top of the coffees!” Yeah, this is the USA. We should maybe change it to the Obese States of America or at least the Chunky States of America or maybe the United States of Fattynes. I’m no stranger to her observations, as you no doubt read in my last post. Yesterday I completed a 10 day cleansing fast where I lost a total of 21 lbs and 2 inches from my waist – almost certainly some of that will come back now that I’m no longer fasting – but I still find myself 15-20 lbs above my ideal weight for my height. So I’m moving forward with the gym and Isagneix.

My birthday is pretty soon and my combination Christmas/Birthday present to myself is a gym membership which I intend to use. The truth is, I sometimes find myself wondering what to do when I’m not sitting behind the counter at Reedsport Antiques and the gym provides me an option in this little town that doesn’t have much going on – it feels like the right decision at the right time. I’ve tried working out at home, but let’s face it – there are some nearly insurmountable challenges there – and workouts shouldn’t be interrupted every ten minutes with jars that can’t be opened, requests for My Little Pony, or other enjoyable but distracting household events.

I’m not stopping there though – since getting back to the USA my body has felt – in a word – old. I’ve had aches and pains and creaks and I’ve been tired – frankly I think it has been from processing too much food and carrying all the resulting weight around – 30-35 pounds in a year and a half – so lately I’ve been walking around with a 35 pound pack on my belly shoulders neck back cheeks and other parts – I believe that can wear you the f… out. So, I’m changing my diet too. I like to eat and my own portions have gotten larger and larger as we’ve been here – let’s face it – a 25 year old can get away with eating half a pizza (4-5 slices) but in reality 2 slices is more than enough for a normal person. I don’t need a 6-inch sandwich, a bag of chips, and a cookie plus a drink. Half of that without the cookie or without the drink is PLENTY of calories. In fact, those kind of meals aren’t even what I want to eat in the first place most of the time. My body craves salads and roasted or barbecued meats. Okay, as I think about it lots of other things sound good too – but that’s where control comes in. Like not eating for the 10-day fast control allows you to savor the things you really want, to enjoy the things you have.

At the conclusion of my fast, I knew that I needed to keep going – so I signed up for the gym membership and am waiting for the approval today. I also signed up for a 30 day weight loss program called Isagenix so I can shed the additional 15-20 lbs I want to get rid of and change my eating habits to adopt a more healthy lifestyle so I don’t regain all that 35-40 lbs and lose all of my hard work. Isagenix is more than just a weight loss program – it’s a program dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and changing the way that we live – and it’s potentially a way to make money in a place where it seems everyone I see is dealing with the issue of obesity. I was introduced to Isagenix by my sister who lost 15 lbs and has completely rebooted her metabolism and energy levels – in a period of two months she literally looks ten years younger without any sort of plastic surgery or artificial treatments. People who have known her for years stop her and ask “What in the world have you been doing? You look great.” I asked her the same thing and she told me. Then, at the end of my fast, I asked her how I could do the same thing.

I”m excited about it. All of the research I’ve done makes me even more excited. These are healthy products that get results. I’ll keep you updated about my results.