Friday, January 06, 2012

The Next World Today

Looking Out

So much hope for the future, yet a lot of maybe, and not much more than promises.  I have seen a lot of really cool stuff, and lots that looks like it will make a difference, but will it really.  The second big question, will politics get in the way.

2012, it is the end of the world as we know it?  I really hope so, because we really need to move on.  Here are some things I am looking for, simple stupid things mostly, but let us see if this can be done, and we will move on from there.

Portable printer, a nice laser printer, doesn’t have to be color, but it needs to print a full 8.5x11 or at least A4 piece of paper, regular paper, since we can not seem to get beyond paper.  I have seen some alright portable scanners, but I can scan a document with my phone, so that is moot, printers is what we need.  If we can get a portable mono chrome laser printer to be about the size of the portable scanners that would do it.  Not likely, not enough demand, and that would suit me fine, but get rid of the paper trail then, enough said there.

Transportation, another big subject, and should be given its own document, but I am going to treat it here a bit, as there are some easy things to hit right now that can be expanded later.  People transport; if we are dead set on individual transport, fine, make it small, make it electric, and make it safe.  This is a good start, the C1 from Lit motors, is a good start.  I like it, it would be good for most people in today’s world, and would do a lot to cut the traffic flow in the cities.  Not so much a solution to cargo, but we have had the solution to that, and we haven’t used it, yet, maybe this year aye.  The only problem with the Maglev is that it is being more focused on passenger traffic, when it is more a cargo solution.  Yes it would be good for transport of people over longer distances, but lets get the cargo solution solved first, people still have viable solutions.  We are still dealing with an infrastructure issue here, hard to run a world on electricity when there are no electricity filling stations.  The design and set up of the maglev network would cure some of that, as the same tech used for that could also be used to work for passenger vehicles.  This develops a different life style though, and that will be handled a little later.  Well I do not want to spend to much time here, we have a ways to go, to get to the place I can see, but we are definitely on the right track, in some places.

The next logical step is to eliminate the need to go places, as much.  To reduce the need for people to be in offices to do jobs that could be as easily done from the comfort of their own homes, in less time, and with greater productivity.  Eliminate the need for the commute, and you eliminate the need for the traffic solutions.  A slow moving train.  What is a slow moving train, well it is a concept.  The new mall if you will.  A new way of things being delivered, that eliminates the need for people to go to the store, as the stores come to them.  The new city.  Built on a basis that people live in the city for two basic reasons, one that is where the work is, and that is where the life is.  That is fine, that is great, but the design is about 1000 years old, and hardly ecological or economical.  Cities could be built in the round, and in layers of slow moving wheels that provide each person with the ability to move from place to place without personal transportation.  Eliminate the paper work and that increases the whole thing 10 times, as there would be nothing but networks to consider.  Energy from the sun, the only renewable resource, at least as far as I know.  Housing for several hundred billion, built in commerce, and security, all around a central plaza where there would be a tower of life.  I can not draw or I could show you the city, but you will have to imagine it.  I will go into detail later, but this is where we need to head, or we are out of our minds.

What about food, billions of people need billions of metric tons of food, right.  Well sort of, but not really.  On an individual scale we need less than we think, and mostly we eat because we are suffering from other issues of the mind.  Reduce the stress and other issues, and we will automatically reduce the issues that cause the illnesses and other issues that plague the world.

Okay now this Utopian world is looking rather ugly politically speaking.  Who lives, who dies, we have all seen the movies, or read the books, this requires population controls.  Why yes it does.  It requires people to be realistic, and understand that they are not islands in society but part of a bigger society, and with that comes responsibility.  Yes it would require people to understand that they have to control their baser emotions and not go about having twenty children.  Anyone want to volunteer to live here now.  The truth is getting worse by the minute, and you haven’t even seen the darker side.

I guess this is as far as I am going to go now, as there is a lot yet to learn, and some hard lessons yet to be taught to people, but I hope it will come as no surprise to people when they are metered out in the near future.  Me I will sit back and watch as what happens, happens.  Why?  Because I have seen what could be, what might be, and may even be, and there are some ugly issues that need to be dealt with, and some parts that some people will not like.  There is a wonderful world ahead for some people, but who will that be.  I most likely will be dead by then, so I don’t really care.  I  believe that my clan will carry on in my wake, but I can not say one way or the other.  I think they will not too, as I have seen both, and it will depend on their desires, which is sad to imagine.  In the shadows and darkness of the future, there are possibles and variations that most would not like to contemplate.  I have.  I have looked into that darkness and seen that what most people would fear to think about.

When I was fourteen I re-created the world, and somehow I think that slipped out, as I see most of it unfolding before me now.  It was not a perfect world, it was a world of light for some, and deepest darkness for others.  Then as I got older I realized that in the shadows of what I saw there was more than I realized then.  And that is for another time.  This has gone on to long, and it is about to end, are you ready.

Sleep Well

Thursday, January 05, 2012

SOPA what of it? Really!

Okay people, here we go, so much has been said about this bill, it has so to speak crossed my desk, so I will look at it and herein begin to understand it, it that is possible.  Most of what is presented is out of context and furthermore, it is derived from the CRS Summary, which is a summary of the bill.  At some point I may take the text to hand, but for now, let us start with this.

1st. Requires online service providers, Internet search engines, payment network providers, and Internet advertising services, upon receiving a copy of a court order relating to an AG action, to carry out certain preventative measures including withholding services from an infringing site or preventing users located in the United States from accessing the infringing site. Requires payment network providers and Internet advertising services, upon receiving a copy of such an order relating to a right holder's action, to carry out similar preventative measures.

For the most part, the language they use here is not the language of the bill I am certain, not nearly as confusticating as it would normally be.  That aside, the highlighted text is debatable, as it may infringe on freedom of information act, but that does not necessarily mean they won't try to get it through as written, as the HOR wouldn't mind getting rid of the FOIA anyways.  As it pertains to the commercial concerns as they are referred in specific, or in general, they are already in this position if the AG provides an order to cease they must comply as well as provide information pertaining to who the site or domain is registered to if that information is available, so that is nothing new.  Where the difference here is, will they enforce this bill any more than they have others of the same type.  What seems also different is that they are stating that they will directly infringe on the individuals right to have access to information, legal or not.

It is akin to having access to alcohol, when not of age of consent, although you can get access, they can only prosecute those that provided the alcohol, not the minor who has it.  However they can to a degree remove access to that substance, as it is a substance, not information.  Maybe I should have used the example of porn.  If a minor gets access to porn, such as a copy of Penthouse, then they can not process the minor for the porn.  They can remove the porn from the minor (confiscate the actual items, or hard drives) but they can not prosecute the minor for having the porn.  However they can go after the parents, or other adult for allowing access to the porn in the first place.  If they can find the person that gave the minor access.  If the minor acted on their own, and the proper controls were not in place to prevent this, they can not really do anything, but remove the porn and hope that through this action and the threat to prosecute the parents for neglect (would be a tough case to make) would prevent the minor from obtaining more porn in the future.  Or at least until they were the age of consent for porn, or alcohol, or whatever else was the issue.  If they can actually prove that the parents or other adult provided access to these items, then they can prosecute the adult for corruption of a minor, among other such things, provided it is worth the effort of the state.

The cold hard truth to it is that they can't really do anything at all about it, just as they can't really do anything about a minor that gets access to Penthouse, short of locking up all the adults, or removing all the porn, neither of which is a solution.  The reality is, as much as the AG's office might like to think they can effect the network, they do not have the slightest idea how it works, and as they close the mains on the network, other ad-hoc networks will begin to rise, and soon they will have no access to the network, and then what will they do, remove all the computers, cell phones, electricity, and oh yea they will also have to remove all the technicians that know how to build such items, as well as suppliers of all the parts.  It is a deeper hole than I think they realize.  The US government does not understand the Internet or networking any better than most users, so they take shot gun shots at something they can't easily figure out.  A shot across the bow, but that is all, for now.

2nd. Provides immunity from liability for service providers, payment network providers, Internet advertising services, advertisers, Internet search engines, domain name registries, or domain name registrars that take actions required by this Act or otherwise voluntarily block access to or end financial affiliation with such sites.

So who polices this, and who sets the standards?  Is it self policed, or by some agency, or by the organizations that have the greatest stake in it?  This is a slippery slope they are headed down.  Not that I think they care, and or know this, but this is something to worry about, because I would like to know who is in charge of this, as that could be extended to very many areas.

3rd. Permits such entities to stop or refuse services to certain sites that endanger public health by distributing prescription medication that is adulterated, misbranded, or without a valid prescription.

This is already within their power, as there is no mandate by any function of government or state that says a provided has to provide access to any particular customer, and they can set their own policy.  The Internet and all the services connected to it are not public services, they are private, so this is just unnecessary legislation, which should not be surprising.  It does most likely open a channel for cash to flow in the form of subsidies and other such incentives to be in compliance with other orders of this bill. 

4th. Expands the offense of criminal copyright infringement to include public performances of: (1) copyrighted work by digital transmission, and (2) work intended for commercial dissemination by making it available on a computer network. Expands the criminal offenses of trafficking in inherently dangerous goods or services to include: (1) counterfeit drugs; and (2) goods or services falsely identified as meeting military standards or intended for use in a national security, law enforcement, or critical infrastructure application.

I don't think I can even address this one, it will require me to look into the actual text of the bill to decipher what they are saying here, because as it worded here, it basically states that if the AG or other agency, or organization, it does not specify even if it can not be an individual, wants to shut down a site, they can, but more so, they don't stop at sites, they go on to infer that it will prosecute the people as well, even those that use the site.  Drugs are already illegal, or at least those that are regulated or other wise legislated, and if you obtain them through the web, it is the same as if you obtained them on the street, so it is in that respect unnecessary, however that is not what this statement says.  It says it expands the criminal offences of trafficking, to some very dubious areas, and is especially dangerous as it opens the door to prosecuting people who buy items such as are identified, but it doesn't have to be exactly these items it could be any that are like them.  Special attention should be paid to the second ruling, as it specifically targets militias and other such groups who often own, purchase and sell items that are marketed in this manor.  Furthermore, from my understanding of such laws, it already is illegal to falsely advertise, I think we have the FTC to deal with that, but they may not be effective in this situation.  I will need to read the text to really figure this one out, but certainly watch it, for this could be very easily construed.  Public performance of copyrighted works is already illegal, so that is moot, just smoke to the second part.

5th. Increases the penalties for: (1) specified trade secret offenses intended to benefit a foreign government, instrumentality, or agent; and (2) various other intellectual property offenses as amended by this Act.

Various other intellectual property offenses as amended by this act.  You can't be serious.  What the hell is various other intellectual property.  Can you say thought.  That's right folks don't touch that dial, because this line alone is one of the most nefarious pieces of ambiguous open ended legislation I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot.  At any time as they deem fit, they can just amend to this act that all intellectual property is under this act, and unless you have a firm definition of what constitutes intellectual property, what we are talking about here is thought itself.  Not just thought, but emotion, as that can as easily be determined to be the by-product of thought, and if thought is an intellectual property, well so is emotion.  Think about it, not to hard, you will most likely be arrested for it, there are no original thoughts, everyone thinks of the same shit, time and time again.  What if they are able to trademark or otherwise assign the thought "I would like a glass of soda"  not only is soda already an intellectual property, but the thought that you would "like" some could also be thought of as intellectual property, of someone, and if that someone can think it first, and trademark it, well you know where that goes.

Immediately after thinking about this; stop thinking.

That right, they have opened the box, now the consequences are dire, for them I fear, as they do not know the true power of mind think, and mass think.  They, the government, the globalist, who ever you want to consider, are in for a whole new world, this I believe, but I do not think they know even the weight of what they have just said.  If this does not bother you, good, you will have no issues in the future either because you are already brain dead.

The rest is just money loop holes and places to place friends so they can enact more on a global scale, but that is all moot to the rest.  The full text review will be forth coming, this I "think" and believe, provided they do not find me before I do.

Sleep Well... if you can.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Year 2011, Look Back

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Well first I will start with death, since it is the place that seems to be of most interest to most people.  Some well known people died this year, but that is true with every year, so I am not going to post a bunch of names, there are tons of list on the web that do that.  This year we all know about the loss of Apple’s bigger than life leader Steve Jobs.  We also should mention that there were many other pioneers of the computing industry that also past.  Wired provides a decent list of them, although it seems to be missing something, and it has some errors in content, it is a list just the same.  To me the really weird part is that I am almost their age, and wonder, is it the computer that has taken their lives this way.

Well before I go down that rabbit hole, let me move on to other things that happened, and what is significant to 2011.  A lot personally has happened to me this year.  We lost the farm on one side of Mexico, was buying another property when we stumbled into the one we are currently on, and still very little seems to have changed.  We trimmed the farm to a bare minimum, and now we have only a few goats and three chickens.  The chicken losses were strange, as they did not fit any natural loss, but that remains to be seen.  We also got our farm number from the USDA, so we are now in the USDA database, we’ll see where that leads.  Otherwise the farm has just moved slowly along, and plans have not really changed much, just been reconsidered and time tables re-arranged.

I got out of and then back into the IT field service work, and as of November 2011, I have really just let it slide away.  As the light faded on 2011 in December I picked up the pen you might say again, and decided to actually publish some of the few hundred pieces of writing I had done in the prior 35 years.  The trouble is I have lost most of the actual written pieces, so I am doing this mostly out of memory, a bit tricky to say the least.

Well enough about me, how about others?  Arleta got a new set of teeth, of which I am certainly happy about, not so much that she has teeth, but that she no longer is living with the threat of the infection that her old teeth were producing.  We are not out of the woods yet with that, but at least out of the deep forest, the rest is cake.  Mary went back to college to get her Master’s degree, hope that works out, but there is a long road there, and we will have to see.  Arleta and I were provided with special presents this year, in the way of two grand children.  Arleta’s daughter Kayleigh already had a child, but because of a row between her and her daughter we do not see her or her children.  Arleta’s third child, her second son, Brandon had a child, and they live just down the road from us, so we get to see her quite often, which is a blessing.  Arleta’s first child, Jon, had a child a while after and we have seen him a couple of times.  There is still a lot of problems in that whole mess, and I am not certain that will ever sort itself out, but if there is still life in me, I may someday do something, but it might not help at all.  We are not exactly the model for the modern family, but who is.

I want to note that I have paid a bit of attention to things that have been happening with the family over the years.  My family is so distant mostly that I don’t even know them any more.  This to me is not an issue, except it points to a bigger issue I have seen.  To many broken homes, to many disconnected families, and isolation not just of space, but of time as well.  When I was younger and growing up, my mother held the family together, and they were not given an option.  When a holiday came, the family gathered at my mother’s table, and there was no discussion.  Very often for the really big holidays even many of the cousins came, and we had so many visitors on these days that it was a gathering of community as well.  I remember a few Christmases back, well long back, where all the neighbors dropped by, the neighbors from town even, the Weavers, the Cowans, the Red Heads, the Mooseburgers, the Blounts, the Goulds, the Holdens, and the list is so extensive that I can’t even remember all of them.  The fire chief at the time came out with a few of his top officers and my mother gave them some coffee, and I think a donation, but mostly they talked a while over coffee, and they had some of the cookies my mother had made, she used to make hundreds of cookies, and then they went on their way.  I don’t know if they stopped at other houses along the way, most likely, but unlikely they stayed at those places like they did my mother’s place.  She was known by, and knew everyone.  There were many stories, and some of them will be told someday I am pretty sure.  One that should be known is and I will jot down here now, for a moment, is that when my mother had the 200th anniversary of the house in which we lived in, as our home was one of the original homes on the Panghborn hops plantation, people came from everywhere.  She did not get along all the time with everyone, but in certain times, she put things like that aside and picked it back up when the gathering was over.  When my mother died, all that stopped, not right away, but within a few short years, as the family forgot what family was apparently.

This is an indication of what has been the systematic destruction of a lifestyle that this culture has forsaken in the pursuit of individual gain.  Our desire for the “dream” job, and “dream” home, and “dream” life, has put us to sleep.  When I grew up we did not have everything, I didn’t really notice all that much, some things here and there, but for the most part I knew one thing we did have, at least early in life, we had community.  It wasn’t just about the immediate family, but the extended family, and the extended community as a whole.  This has been sold in the pursuit of stuff that has no meaning, and will be thrown away before it is even used well.  There used to be a saying for things that we used to give to others who might not have had as much stuff as we did, it was “well used”.  What this meant was something that was most likely quite old, but still had a lot of use left in it.  Now the term used is enough to describe something that is past its usable stage.  There are no generations, just people, each one a singular container of itself.  Self contained, and not any better than the stuff they can display.  People do not get this because we have lounged in the wallow of stuff for to long, this has lulled us to sleep.  What a shame we do not know what we have lost until it is already too late.

What makes all this nostalgic crap important is that 2011 was the year of final destruction.  It is so palatable now that unless you are the walking dead, you should at least feel the ripples that run through the air.

The economic collapse has not quite fully hit everyone.  In 2009 it started to rear its head, in 2010 we were distracted by the banking swindle and housing debacle.  In 2011 the grinding down of what remained has been put into full motion.  Unlike most people, I do not attribute this to some group, although there are many that had at least a finger tip into it, I know what it is, it is you and me.  That’s right I put it squarely on the plates of those that avoid the issue, it comes down to us, the people, of this nation, of this world.  We have caused our own condition, so accept the responsibility and move on with it.  Oh what am I saying, that can’t be it, you all are still in the finger pointing stage.  Well if you have to have someone to blame, although it is childish and immature to go around blaming things for our own problems, I will give you the answer.  Look in the mirror, and point your fingers there, for there is where the blame if there is any should be put, on yourselves.  You continued and still continue to go about your pointless lives, working your meaningless jobs, or not as the case may be, living your meaningless lives, buying worthless junk from organizations that laugh at your ignorance, and then you sometimes wonder what is happening, but only after you have lost your house, your jobs, your cars, and now are seeking assistance from a government that was never anything but what it is, a machine of the industry that created it.  Nothing has changed.  The rich have always been richer, the poor always poorer, and you have only thought yourselves well off because you have credit, which is really debt, which is a prison more secure than any max unit has ever been.

I have seen the signs these years, and wondered, would any one else notice.  Did you notice in the 1940’s when the farms were sold out, no, how about in the 1980’s when they were blatantly forced to sell to the agricultural machine, no did not notice that then either.  Do you notice now?  Most likely not, your food comes from the stores, and as long as there are stores, why do we need farms.  Exactly, precisely, and I am support that view completely, it absolves you all of your responsibility and creates a need in the future for real farms, but by then you will all be living in your walled in city states, and eating synthetic food churned out by the state.  Long ago I watched as we built houses that had no more quality in them than a shack built of sticks, and thought wow people are really that ignorant.  I came to realize that people would do whatever it takes to obtain the “American dream” including going to sleep.  I grew up in the computer age, with some thoughts of being part of that grand vision.  I wanted once to work for JPL, but that didn’t happen, and for good reason, I do not regret a moment of that loss.

I failed to be educated.  I failed to be brought into the fold of society, and this has created a situation in my life that this year I have seen as being very important.  As you all are wondering what will 2012 bring, I am aware of the circumstances and conditions of the state of the global union, and know that what is coming will be fine, for most people will notice very little difference.

Change is on its way, 2011 has indicated this.  There were many changes.  Great innovations, most of them as yet unknown.  We identified the God particle, do you know the implications of that?  Most likely not, and I won’t take away from you that ignorance.  We developed nano machines that can do amazing things, and this is yet to even be announced.  It won’t be, because they are already in use, free to roam the digital landscape.  We have Google to thank for digitizing the information of the world, they haven’t completed that objective, but are well underway, and in the meantime here are some really cool toys for you to play with.  I like Google a lot, use their stuff all the time, and know what I am doing, do you know what is happening to what you give them, most likely not.  MySpace finally was given the burial that it deserved in 2011, although I pronounced it dead about three months before it was ever tweeted.  Twitter however is not dead, much to many people’s surprise, nor will it be for a while, as it still serves a purpose, even if many people have moved on, still there are those that use it for their news feed, like most of the daily news papers and blogs.  FaceBook is still looking for a buyer, hopefully before everyone on there realizes that it isn’t a social community, and that you can’t really connect through digital wires.  What about Google+, another fine product from Google, where is that headed, after a string of attempts at social sites, G+ has maybe found the answer.  Maybe, but it still is distances in copper.  Without the networks, there are no connections, hmm, what will we do then, watch another inane episode of “Dancing with the Stars”?  Oh, yea can’t do that without an operating electrical grid.  We watch this idiotic shit on TV not because it is all that is on TV, but because we keep watching it, and buying the crap they advertise.  You only have yourselves to blame for the quality of the content you demand.

Now do not get to testy about this little foray into the techno babble rap, I am a product of that as well, I was up until recently one of those people that made this crap possible.  I still fix computers, and on occasion I still look at these people and wonder, how is it that you consider yourselves sophisticated when something like packet switching seems to befuddle you completely.  Your lives in bits and pieces, wrote a poem about that once, no one got it, well did not expect that they would, I wrote it in 1984, a lifetime ago, before the Internet was even a word that was known by anyone that did not have a pocket protector and thick rimmed glasses.  You get the point though, I have been in this shit to my eye balls, and yet it has never really changed me, how is that.

Well that is not all that has been amazing this last year.  Oh no, there have been some really stunning things.  Riots around the world, well sort of, just not where they needed to be.  And late last August there was a movement of a sort, when a bunch of people got together to protest the fat cats on Wall Street, like that hasn’t been done before.  Early in October as I watched this Occupy movement try to expand, I provided them with a suggestion, as I did not want to get too close to the situation, for several reasons, and so far they have not seemed to take up that banner any better than the other two hundred points of distention that have come from the poor organization that plaques the movement.  I didn’t think they would, take up the just stop buying the crap, and learn to live locally thing anyway, so I did not give it much thought.  It has been one of those years, you know, where I have sat back, observed, commented on a few things, and let it go, not interested in the result, because I have my own gardens to attend.

I have taken note, and calculated some things.  I have noticed that on the fronts for the most part, everything seems quite quiet, just skirmishes, and forays, no real movements in any major way.  I keep a keen eye on the Presidential race, although I have my suspicion that it is an exercise in civil futility, and the runners in this race all appear to be running in the wrong direction.  The issues are so far removed from what is important, it amazes me that people even bother with listening to these talking heads any more.  Jobs, oh that is a lark, jobs are created when the economy can support them, and credit is available.  That is so much bull shit it makes me want to use ROTFLOL, whatever that is.  Language has taken a shot, with texting and net-speak now entering into general use, I dare say that newspeak is not far behind it.  As the idiot that I am, I still continue to write the same way I always have, with far to many whole words.  We hardly lack jobs, what we lack is the work we used to know, when you could earn a wage that was way over what it was worth, and live like you were better off than you really were.  Believe me when I say this, if the correction hasn’t hit you yet, it will, sooner than you would like.  There never has been, and never will be a middle class, but you will all find that out soon enough I am sure.

Some things didn’t happen that I thought might happen in 2011.  Fuel prices remained relatively stable, although they did employ the raise and lower tactic that they have used since the early 70’s with great success I might add.  I think that will cease to be their tactic in 2012, but it is uncertain, as I can not see the pattern for this, it seems that the big oil companies are still pulling reserves out so it may be a bit before the ripples of this one are felt.  However I will provide this bit of profound pontification, when the diesel stops running, so does everything we know today.

Late in the year some interesting things occurred.  North Korea lost their great leader, replaced quickly by his son, I think this will bring in a new aspect to that house.  Russia has been slowly closing their doors, letting less and less out, so that will be noticed soon I am certain, but where is yet to be determined.  Despite all the fret and worry, China has no political or economic power, they are mostly dependant on exports, their people won’t buy the stuff they make, and they are not making the kind of stuff that will help them get away from that.  This has been a good year for China though, at least on paper, they have given a good front to things, acting the big eastern brother, and that has changed the way they are seen on the scene for many people.  Foolish as we are to want to believe that this nation will ever be anything other than what it always has been.  The communist movement in China is no different than the way things have always been done, but with a slick exotic name, for marketing purposes.  I have yet to see a communist nation, lots of nations that claim that fame, but none that have enacted it.  Did they even read Karl Marx, or was it Groucho Marx, either way, they both believed the same thing.

Now the middle east, oh that is a mess isn’t it.  Lots of turmoil there, like there has not been for about 6500 years.  I heard a little more about tar sands in Canada, but right now pure sweet crude is still flowing from the sands of Babylon, and the lands of the kings, so I don’t think there is much to come of this yet, until the water issue comes to the surface.  You know you can’t drink oil, well you can, but it is not very healthy.  The Hebrews are still trying to kill the Canaanites, and that continues on and on and on, as they say children never learn.  I don’t know this god or gods they speak of, but let us face this, you can not win peace, it just has to happen, but first you have to stop fighting over sand boxes and play grounds.  Not likely this year either, it is a tireless trial, and really not one worth spending any more effort on.  Ah but we will, China will, Russia will, all because of some things that really do not matter, or do they.  I know some things about the middle east most people do not, but I think that is best for now, it will be made perfectly clear I think soon enough, and best it come from your neighbor than from me.

Now I do not know if this is evident to any one that got through the first grade in the average public education system of about 90% of the known world, but we do only live on a single globe.  A spinning ball of mass, made mostly of water, with little spits of land which most likely will get smaller.  So this ridiculous fear of a one world government is so pathetic, it really just makes me wonder, what part of the circus did you get stuck at.  We have bathed this planet in blood for so long over borders that do not physically exist, that it makes one wonder, is any one at all really thinking past their dicks.  I say dicks, and mean it, because for the most part it is really vested in the male species of the human animal.  Not that woman are off the hook, they have started more fights than a few, and not for any better reasons.  It all comes down to a simple view, we have yet to release our beliefs of blood and circuses, no matter how civilized we pretend we are, the truth is far from the illusion.  So what of a one world government, isn’t it time we started to consider that we need centralized government that represents all people of the world, rather than individual nations.  Well do not get your hopes up, that is not what is coming, but on the other hand, it is not what we wanted, or have ever wanted, for that matter.  The truth is we want a benevolent monarch, never had one, but that is the idea.

From the ground perspective it doesn’t matter to peasants who rules, only the rules of the rulers that rule the land matters, and only then when the changes are such that it changes the lives of the majority of those that continue to live beneath their rules.  One thing the human animal does not really like is change, or at least broad sweeping changes, little ones don’t really have much effect on their short pathetic lives.  The rulers get this, or least some have often enough, that they are able to effect things on a global scale through minor changes in things that would ordinarily seem insignificant.  The trouble is there are too many of these game changers.  Over a few millennium they have formed a few alliances, but those have not held very well, and this has caused certain amount of others to think there are opportunities that really do not exist.  Be that as it may, I think this will start to sort itself out in the near future, but I can’t really say if it is this year, it certainly wasn’t 2011.  That said, 2011 showed some signs of the corrections.  The economy is no longer in the hands of the people who would like to control it.  Believe it or not, the global economy is not failing because of something the banks or any other organization is doing or did.  No the global economy is failing because it was built on something that is also failing, trust.  Trust in each other, trust in our leaders, and mistrust, the sister to trust, which also played a major role in this debacle.

2011 was a lull year, nothing special, just tiny ripples.  Lots of stuff that might be important, but hard to attach to anything specific.  It was not really devastating, although there was a continued trending down, over all.  There were some really nice things, Google came to the forefront with some really cool stuff, that is now beginning to be part of the digital landscape.  Microsoft sort of coasted not quite sure what to make of what is happening.  Apple had a good year, but nothing to really write home about, except the Steve Jobs thing.  Fortunately for Apple Steve knew he was going out, so I can bet he did what he does so well, and gave instruction which should at least hold for another year or so.  He left no legacy though, no child to take the helm for him, and that is part and parcel of the problems with the tech industry, it is not generational.  That is an indication of many things, no generations.  Nothing last past the sparkle and shine of the light, in the shadows it fades and ceases to be noticed.  There are no continuous lines, just points, and when those points wink out, that’s it, gone forever.  Steve Jobs will be remembered for his achievements with packaging little things and making them available to many people, but his star I am afraid is already fading, and it will not be long before it is so dim that unless you are one of those that hold the torch still for the Apple, even though it no longer is special in any way, it will be just another fading light in the field of the technocratic galaxy.

Well I feel I have missed a lot, but that is part of 2011.  How much did we miss, while we were tweeting our network, and playing FaceBook games.  How much did we miss while we were watching celebrity chefs cook, while we ate pre-packaged foods.  How much did we miss, while we were working two jobs to hang onto our second car and four bedroom house for a family of two kids who are now older than you realized.  How much did we miss as parents were blinking out, some turning to the digital world where they can be young again, others being packed off to newer and better facilities of death.  How much did we miss, that is the year in review, 2011, we missed a lot, but the biggest fear I have for 2012, is that it does not matter how much we missed, but that we do not miss it all that much.