MIKE JOHNSON IS AN IDIOT

And Congress is hopelessly braindead.

I was rather amazed that no one from the trusty press corps that covers the House of Representatives questioned Mike Johnson when he announced the release of all the footage from the January 6th attack on the Capital. Johnson said, “We have to blur some of the faces of persons who participated in the events of that day because we don’t want them to be retaliated against and to be charged by the DOJ.” Why didn’t anyone raise their hand and ask Mickey straight up, “Why would you be protecting them?”

Well, it didn’t take long for Johnson, staunch Christian Nationalist and Trump supporter, to walk back his original statement with this softening, “They will blur faces because they don’t want “to cause insurrectionists any more ‘concerns and problems’ than they’ve already faced.” Really? Those poor insurrectionists!

Reading my morning newspaper here in Venice, Florida, I see that our state’s right-wing, overzealous legislators want to introduce House Bill 757 to change the defamation laws to allow a lawsuit if content was made or modified by artificial intelligence. Well, the bill isn’t fleshed out yet, but wouldn’t that mean I could sue Mike Johnson and the US House of Representatives for using technology to alter footage that is part of an ongoing investigation?

I just shook my head when reading that after months of editing the footage only 0.4% has been processed. With respect to technology, Mike Johnson and most other members of Congress are braindead. Johnson had no idea how long it would take to alter the original footage, re-render and release it. Most of those idiots in power don’t understand that AI is just Google on steroids, and should those assholes regulate the shit out of it they really will put the USA behind all other nations. Of course, the EU will be even worse, leaving China, Russia, Iran and other bad actors to use the technology against us.

Much like declaring that abstinence will cure teenage pregnancies, attempts to put a fence around technological advancements will only make them grow faster. And while all those representatives are looking down at their iPhones every day asking Siri for help, they have no idea they are using AI. When they ask Alexa to turn on the lights in their homes or lock their doors, they are using AI.

Rather than spending time regulating automobile self-driving technologies which kill people, our leaders are too busy gaining brownie points with their uneducated, cult-like bases who think we are being spied on. WAKE THE FUCK UP JERKOFFS! We are being spied on not by AI but by major tech companies who then sell the data to any person or entity who wants it. Once the data is out there it will never be safe. Any effort to pass mandatory laws about computer security will only rouse those lobbyists who make millions convincing Congress to stay away.

Mark Zuckerberg (Meta), Elon Musk (X), Tim Cook (Apple) and Sundar Pichai (Google) know the stupidity of our elected officials. Even with counsel from doctors of computer science, our lawmakers would be ineffective making moves to keep us developing and innovating without creating more damage. Look at Rand Paul, he’s an eye doctor who couldn’t see the truth even if it was painted on the inside of his cornea.

In the early days of the internet, our government tried to protect those who owned and distributed music. Even though we all want artists to profit from their creative endeavors, the draconian DMCA laws imposed such high entry fees that the only surviving players — Microsoft, Apple and Google — are the same conglomerates the government is now trying to control. America loves winners and we go out of our way to make them. Then, when they become too big, we start to feel oppressed or cheated.

No one sees the conflict of Virtual Reality vs. Misinformation. One gives a false sense of reality while the other gives a false sense of paranoia. If we all fear AI so much, maybe we should unplug our phones and computers and return to our old-fashioned, manual ways. That will never happen, of course. We are now addicted to the false sense of “being on top of things.” The political divide has produced only greater fear, not more awareness.

Mike Johnson not only believes the 2020 election might have been rigged, but also thinks same-gender relationships are what brought Rome down and will eventually end our civilization. This idiot wants to save every zygote, morula and blastocyst and will never acknowledge the biggest cause of climate change, which will actually lead to our demise: Lack of population control. Johnson’s far less than a useful idiot, he’s just a plain American moron.

Before we let the uninformed tell us what to do, let’s at least take the time to weigh the pros and cons of our new technology. When you claim the release of 44-thousand hours of footage is producing transparency, the alteration of same is simply destroying evidence and toying with the judicial system. When you hide faces, you are NOT being transparent.

Some Idiot

As someone who has spent years working with video, I know that even a staff of hundreds of video editors would need two to three years to complete the Mike Johnson project. But hey, Mickey, if you had designed an AI platform to do the work you could have achieved the goal in days, not years. You are a fool, and if I had the money, I would sue you to release the unedited footage. But then, I am sure you would claim I am the problem.

Mike Johnson is just a religious zealot sycophant with no redeeming value. Maybe we should blur his face every time he’s on TV!

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ACADEMIC ANEMIA

Presidents & Bad Poker Players

I consider myself reasonably intelligent, although I am extremely cognizant of the fact there’s much I don’t know. Lately, lots of libertarians and liberals are claiming that the America’s university system is broken. Rather than blaming the kids for being immature and unreasonable, this is the age of attacking the institution.

From a very early age, I communicated using my mother tongue and words to clearly and succinctly transmit my meaning. Yes, I had some wonderful teachers along the way, some of them during my three years in college. I left college early not to “drop-out,” but to take a job that paid a handsome salary. I was in school to learn things that would help me get a job, but here I was being offered the exact profession I wanted. Why did I need college when my new employer was ABC, the American Broadcasting Company?

Outspoken TV host Bill Maher has been on a crusade to convince young people to stay away from college. He claims upper education has been poisoned and soiled by the “woke.” This comes from a gentleman who has a BA from Cornell, an Ivy League school. I am sure when the founders of Cornell established the institution in 1865, they saw it as doing “God’s work” to educate the privileged.

The act of college presidents being called before Congress to testify about how they were handling hate speech, tropes and antisemitism was remarkable on several levels. First, many top universities are private institutions, and although they get research funds from taxpayers they are NOT government (state) schools. Next, the idea of Republican Elise Stefanik of New York thinking she has any credibility to question these highly paid executives of private schools is far-fetched, at best. What Ms. Stefanik did was clearly unconstitutional and oxymoronic. It’s worth mentioning that Elise believes the 2020 election was rigged.

What really made me fall out of my chair was the university leaders’ responses to the questions. Jesus Christ, was there no preparation by these highly educated leaders? Why didn’t they sit down with their well-paid legacy lawyers to design official pronouncements on the matter? Even a baby poker player can buff better than these obvious titular heads. If they cannot clearly state college policies and the actions being taken, then why are they holding uppermost jobs at these amazing universities?

Most uneducated, cult-like followers of Fox News and Donald Trump probably believe our schools are attempting to brainwash their students into being liberal, devil-worshipping zombies. That’s far from the truth, but then no one really wants the truth anymore. They just want to shellac their misconceptions with a thick layer of “we’re right and you’re wrong so go fuck yourselves.”

Who are the colleges and universities hiring to run their institutions? I live in Florida where colleges have been firing smart people and replacing them with semi-literate political appointees. The first thing the new guy does is spend millions of taxpayer dollars on football teams, new buildings and getting rid of great professors who teach critical thinking. I get quite fracked watching this happening in our society.

Nick Saban

Just like any institution, a university is only as good as the people who administer and teach there. But there is another issue with our colleges, they are spending billions of dollars on programs that have nothing to do with education. When they find a good football coach, they reward them. Nick Saban, the football czar at Alabama, has an annual salary of $1,105,000. However, the head coach also makes a “talent fee.” For 2022 and 2023, that stipend is $9,595,000. I am sure he produces the best, just ask the NFL. Maybe this gives talented athletes a chance to be millionaires, but wait, we were talking about unruly kids and genocide.

I was certainly unreasonable back in my college days. Along with a bunch of fellow hippy students, we demanded an end to the Vietnam War. I was aware that the president of my school had no power to stop the war, but he did finally acknowledge it was better to close the school for a day rather than call in the National Guard to shoot us. I am not making this up.

Protesting babies and women being killed on both sides does not automatically equate to a pro-genocide agenda. It seems we are willing to do anything to protect a fetus inside of woman who might not be ready to birth a human, but we certainly don’t seem to flinch when we drop heavy armaments on hospitals and hostage centers killing unknown numbers of babies and children. The “free” Arab press outlets claim, “Israel has dropped 18,000 tons of bombs on Gaza.” This probable fact doesn’t mean I am against Israel, but it was an act of a radical terrorist group posing as a political party called Hamas who attacked Israel. Any political party that engages in violence should be outlawed, just as the Nazi party is forbidden in Germany. No matter how liberal you are, you need to research and learn the history of a place before you psychologically vomit on others.

If this was a different time and space, the United Nations would step in and draw new borders to give the Palestinians their own country. Then if another terror attack was planned in, supported by and launched from that independent state, Israel could declare war and do just what they are doing now.

A better question for all these smart-ass college presidents would be, “What would you do to solve the crisis?” That phrase “paralysis by analysis” comes to mind, and that is not what you need when you are playing poker with a politician. The hearings seemed like a waste of talent to me, so no “talent fee” for any of them. The next leaders will continue to be faced with the same campus crises, and “free speech” has nothing to do with it. University leaders need to declare their positions in clear and precise ways.

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