The need for approval

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Facebook is a typical example of a society that has become obsessed with seeking validation of others.

356 BCE, Herostratus, a low born individual, burnt down the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. Herostratus arson was motivated by his desire to be remembered. Despite a law to ban all mention of his name, Herostratus is remembered whereas all those connected to the temple are obscured to memory.

In 2017 the majority of human society are obsessed with celebrity, social media such as Facebook promotes narcissism, an individual feels they are nothing unless others pay them attention. Many such individuals need to shock and be controversial, since only then people take notice of them. How many nobodies have been motivated to use guns in a massacre in order to be remembered like Herostratus? Ironically, the massacres are so common, even these individuals will become forgotten, another news story replaced by another massacre.

The need for the approval, attention and judgement of others creates a society of shallow, weak and needy people who will strive all their waking life for the crumbs of others attention.

One of the noble qualities of those in the Left Hand Path is they are their own master and authority, needing no external master to feel empowered by other’s approval and judgement. It is an unfortunate situation that most people only feel empowered if they are getting attention and approval from others, and will do whatever it takes to win it.

Here I love my obscurity, and care nothing for what others think of me. It is sad how society has become a shadow of needy narcissistic people.

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The global terminal cancer of hubris

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Hubris is the slayer of king and empire.

The rapid spread of hubristic stupidity like a horrible cancer across all levels of this globe fills me with dread for what the future will hold. Examples…

Catalan referendum

Regardless of the for or against arguments for separation from a nation state, a people in a democracy have a right to debate and vote upon their aspirations, but the government of Spain denies those people the right of referendum on Catalonia. Spain prefers to send in the police to crush the vote, turning off the internet, confiscating ballot boxes, firing rubber bullets at the voters leaving hundreds injured. Perhaps the Spanish government will stop this referendum, but their hubristic action as history shows will now strengthen the desire of a region to have their voice and leave Spain.

Trees in Sheffield

The Sheffield City Council outsourced maintenance of the city trees to international corporation Amey. With profit in mind the council and Amey have cut down thousands of healthy trees, using police, the courts and security guards to crush any local opposition. In a time when climate change is evidently a cause of serious concern, the cutting down trees and denying local people any say in their own community desire to keep those trees, goes against reason. Trees are a primary tool to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, and they take over a hundred years to grow. On all levels trees offer benefits to a healthy community, be it against flooding, offering quality oxygen, to giving shelter from rain and sun.

Trump and Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a territory of the USA, a large part of the population are homeless, without electricity or clean water, taking many months to restore. The population and their leaders quite rightly complain that Trump has failed to address their need in an effective manner, and the Trump response is to attack them rather than listen to their needs.

Google censorship

Whilst I recognise Google is a business and has a priority to address advertiser needs, the level of their censorship is apparently extreme. Google has gone so far as removed content they deem no longer advertiser friendly from their search engine listings, which now includes non-offensive videos from my friend Jeremy Crow on LHP philosophy. Google faces the possibility that if it cuts too much away from the bone, it will have nothing left worth linking advertising to, including driving away the potential users who would read that advertising.

Prime minister May and young people

The UK Prime minister May seeks to bribe young people into supporting her by restoring grants, eliminating or reducing tuition fees, and dealing with existing student debt. However, firstly young people are not so gullible, nor does a bland robot like May have much pulling power over Corbyn when it comes to youthful loyalties. Nor does it make economic sense to undo the present tuition fee position, since there is no money to pay for all this.

Conclusion

Hubristic stupidity has always existed, but at this moment, it has become too common and too widespread. With hubris comes disaster, and globally the situation looks dire.

Localism clashes with globalism in Catalonia

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The narrative of history reveals that once a major movement of people is manifested for change, it is difficult to suppress without heavy bloodshed.

On 1st October 2017 the people of Catalonia in Spain will participate in a referendum to split from Spain.  The government of Spain has taken action to crush the referendum by closing down websites, seizing ballot boxes, arresting officials and destroying anything promoting the referendum.

The situation in Catalonia echos the global paradigm where local people desire control over their community against centralist and globalist interests.  Many people, including myself, are disturbed that in a modern-day Europe the sort of tyrannical actions worthy of Franco or Hitler has emerged to crush supporters of localism and community in Spain.

The recent strong showing of the right in Germany that weakened the globalist champion Angela Merkel again manifests that people desire control over their own local affairs, and a rejection of globalism.

The efforts of Madrid to crush the desire of local people to vote on their own future is more likely to create a strong movement for independence, an insurgency, and even a civil war.

This writer is a strong supporter of localism and community, be it the people of Hampstead in London or Catalonia, and it is hoped the strength of a community will prove stronger than those forces that wage war against it.

The indifferent silence of a religion

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Fanatics such as David Myatt (Order of Nine Angles) who promote murder in the name of religion opens a choice for members of that religion, either to accept it as truth of what their religion is by their silence, or challenge it with alternative narratives.

Deeds rather than words marks out the integrity of a religion, so it is unfortunate to see a leading religion of Islam manifested as a vehicle and/or knife attack upon innocent men, women and children around the world by Muslims. The newspapers and internet media outlets now carry the face of a seven-year old boy, the latest death from Muslim lone wolf attacks on innocent people, his only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time in a city in Spain.

Of course, those who believe that their religion is all about finding a crowd of pedestrians and mowing them down in a car on behalf of God and the Prophet are a minority. Still, the greater crime is that a religion of a billion members is deafening in their silence and lack of activity to engage, educate and curb the fanatical ideas and deeds of a few. It is this silence, apathy and inertia by Muslims that speaks loudly of a religion that has lost its way, hijacked by a vocal minority who flood the internet with their ideas, and encourage the murder of women and children by whatever method is at hand in the name of their god and religion. The younger members of Islam, like all the young, access their ideas from the internet, and what is mainly available to those young minds is the twisted version of those such as Islamic State. The voices of moderation in Islam have seemed impotent in getting their message onto the internet, and seem to have divided rather than engaged the younger generations from the older.

I am proud of my religion, the Left Hand Path celebrates liberty, life and responsibility. When Order of Nine Angels promotes the LHP as a vehicle to harm and murder people, I challenged them. When outsiders said the LHP was about the rape, torture, killing and eating of children, I challenged those as well. I earned the hatred of the ONA and those that promoted SRA fictions such as Hampstead; my lone LHP voice did significant damage to both the ONA and those SRA promoting Satan Hunters at Hampstead.

If one lone voice in a LHP religion of less than half a million can make the difference, where are the voices in a religion of one billion? The murder of a seven-year old boy in Spain by a representative of a billion strong religion is a public relations disaster of epic proportions for Islam; does this event cause many to do something about this in Islam? The indifferent silence is the deed that measures the quality of that religion.

On so-called censorship by Google

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Those that play the victim card over Google censorship or being fired ignore that this is a business designed for profit, not altruism or charity. 

Google is a business, its principle income comes from advertisers.  Google is no charity, nor is it altruistic, people host or link their content with Google “free” on the basis that Google can use it and make money from it via advertising.  Like all businesses Google has a reputation and a profit to maintain, and reacts if advertisers or governments threaten to take actions that impacts its business.  Those that post fake news, or abuse the system, which ultimately impacts the Google business should be unsurprised that they are getting their content impacted by Google services.

 

Earlier this year a Satan Hunter who had a large following on his YouTube channel made hundreds of dollars of profit from advertising by posting fictions, images and personal details of abused children in Hampstead London.  This was one of the individuals who saw his monthly healthy revenue collapse to zero on his YouTube channel as a result of changes in Google advertising strategies.

Those making the most noise are people with opinions on different sides of the political spectrum who suddenly lost their income from advertising.  If I was an advertiser, I would be reluctant to have my brand associated with any political, religious or social tribal content.  It makes sense to reward and associate advertising with useful content that benefits people such as gardening or how to run a successful business.  Every person and their dog has an opinion, and most opinion is low quality, hateful crap that the internet drowns in.

In my view Google is moving in the right direction of working on quality content and eliminating the junk.

Those that play the victim card because they were fired from an entity funded by Google who they viciously criticised, reality-check, its business, this is how it works.  How dumb to expect the one that feeds them to continue to support them when they are punching it in the face.

I am highly hostile to Google, but I am even more hostile towards those pitiful self-entitled creatures playing their victim card over censorship and being fired by a business that they think must be altruistic and supportive of their worthless opinions.

Robots, AI and teaching

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The experts live in fantasy land if they ever think that AI machines can ever replace the emotional and social aspects teachers and schools bring to child learning. 

Yet again I see the experts proclaiming ignorant opinions and predictions over robots and artificial intelligence, this time they claim robotic AI will replace teachers of children. I call bullshit.

 

As anyone who has taught children in any capacity will know, children require an emotional and social context in order to learn, and robots cannot provide this.  The experts follow the same line of thought as those who cram hens into cages on industrial scale egg farms, treating children like cattle that can be force-fed information by machines without the need of indulging in the emotional and socialisation aspects of child development.

Most children learn best when they are in groups, through play and social interaction.  Children also learn faster when they are in oxytocin related emotional situations, for instance learning to read with a human rather than a machine.

The role that AI has in human caring or interactive roles is to do the administration so that the people can concentrate on the caring, teaching and emotional roles of their job, be it in nursing or education.  Too often the teacher is drowned in administration, something the AI can deal with instead.

My approach to AI is that the machines will support and enhance the role of the teacher rather than replace them.  I also see AI helping people to become human rather than enslaving and turning people into emotionless cogs in the industrial wheel.

On the question of data security

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There are simple ways to protect your computer data.

Game of Thrones has been plagued by a large number of incidents of theft of its data by hackers costing it millions of dollars in revenue.  With such huge investment and valuable intellectual property I am surprised that those behind Game of Thrones fail to employ simple security strategies.

The present obsession is to host data on third-party servers in the cloud, trusting those service providers will have strong integrity and security.  In addition, everyone wants all things connected 24/7 and they transfer data electronically down communication channels that everyone uses and can listen in on.

Russia has woken up to the reality that one good way to avoid theft of data is the use of typewriters.  The paper method means, that as longs it is stored away from fire, vermin and water, it is harder to steal and cannot be destroyed by electronic failure, malicious encryption or deletion.  Part of my own record keeping is paper-based.

I have valuable intellectual property and data.  Processes such as my accounting is done on systems I have coded.  It might be cheap and easy for hosting data on a cloud server, but control over that data is then lost, and anyone can potentially access it regardless of security.  I never use cloud servers.

A lot of the data of Game of Thrones could have been stored on computers with no internet access, which means I would have to have physical access to those computers to steal it.  It makes sense to have two computers or servers, one that never has access to the internet, so nobody can go steal, encrypt or use any exploit from a remote location to get at that valuable data.  Unfortunately there is always a way to get at data which is connected to the internet regardless of security.

Another issue the Game of Thrones people had been when data was communicated electronically to its many partners, that a third-party could intercept the data and then publish it, including entire episodes of the series.  With an episode so valuable as those in Game of Thrones, it is worth using a courier to transport the data from an US location to one in India, this way no data can be intercepted electronically.

Unfortunately society is fixated on paradigms where data must be stored electronically on the cloud, with access 24/7 and communicated electronically.  However, pen-paper; disconnection from the internet; moving data by courier; hosting data on own computers and servers is a valuable set of strategies that will make it harder to have that data stolen, misused or lost.