Operator Speaking by Zachary Constantine

God Wants You Dead: Nanny State

2012-03-16 10:07:11 // The Operator

As long as       continues to be a problem, the Agency might continue to exist. If the problem of       grows or is perceived to grow, the Agency will receive more funding, and more employees (perhaps more friends and relatives) can be hired. With more employees comes more sub organization, and pay bumps for the new department heads (those same early employees).

So the main job of the Agency is most definitely not solving the problem, but rather scaring everyone into believing that the problem is worse than ever. On the other hand, the Agency can not be seen to be losing the battle, or it might be replaced by some other agency, so it must seem to be always winning the battle. Also, we have new departments all fighting the same way to survive and grow. Eventually there will be sub-departments, and so on.

The final product is an organization that spends its time and money showboating and scaring you, always claiming to be winning the war on       while at the same time claiming that the problem is also somehow worse than ever. They are forever claiming to need more resources from us in order to fight this horrible problem, and ever reminding us what a horrible problem it still is.

The message from your government is a fairly constant one:

“You are in more danger than ever as we continue to make you even safer!”

- God Wants You Dead
by Sean Hastings and Paul Rosenberg

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War Lord

2012-03-15 20:14:51 // The Operator

Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

- Matthew 10:34

Who would Jesus kill first?

Question Not Lest Ye Be Shot

[Remix of Mala Fide, via who killed bambi?]

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Famous Last Words

2012-03-15 12:27:25 // The Operator

I let the transhuman AI out of the box.

- David McFadzean

See Eliezer Yudkowsky’s The AI-Box Experiment for the rules of engagement.

He said he wanted to play a game of chess, I just had to let him out so he could play.

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2012-03-14 20:03:20 // The Operator
CTHULHU FTAGHN! (XKCD #1029: Necronomicon Remix)

[Remix of Drawing Stars]

… and a corresponding Venn diagram which applies to far more than the relatively-benign subject of summoning elder gods:

Venn diagram: Intersection of Religion and Reality

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When a problem comes along…

2012-03-07 06:26:32 // The Operator

The title of the exhibition points to a pre-Christian legend that says that the Achaemenid King and Egyptian Pharaoh Xerxes had the strait at Hellespont punished with 300 lashes, after bridges that had been built on his order were destroyed by a storm shortly after construction.

Julius von Bismarck took up this anger allegorically for his new series of works. From October to December 2011 he went on a journey through Switzerland, South America and the United States armed with a whip.

- Julius von Bismarck

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Insomnia: Inchoate Delusion, Regression

2012-03-07 04:03:06 // The Operator

SCENE: afternoon, 38F low humidity [exhalation visible in air] red flags [waving, wind from E at 2 knots] nearby park/monument [?] partially cloudy [RAIN CLOUDS in distance] murder of crows periodically visible at treeline

CHARACTER: “… checked again, found thirty or thirty-one birds …” [from context it is clear term is jargon, not referring to the crows]

NARRATOR: As he said this it brought to mind an upstart punk band, called themselves “Aspiring Vomit” – before the front man died of a heroin overdose.

CHARACTER: “What are you talking about?”

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Josh: “i’m the robot in the red mittens”

2012-03-06 13:05:41 // The Operator

You, sir – you win the game.

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TED Talks: Earth is Full

2012-03-02 11:54:58 // The Operator

[via Kieran]

Why are these grave likelihoods considered beyond the pale for a polite conversation?

Is mass panic and confusion intended?

Is there an agenda waiting in the wings?

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Music Video: “Colony Collapse” by Filastine

2012-03-02 04:13:39 // The Operator

[via Kieran]

filastine.com for more of the same.

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The Ultimate Victory

2012-02-27 20:33:57 // The Operator
Can someone shut this guy up?

They’re after hearts and minds – but they’ll settle for your silence.

There once was a comedian named Bill Hicks who was able to find humor in situations like this one. Bill would want you to Stop the NDAA, and, if he were still around, he’d probably say so.

… then he’d joke about how convenient petitions are when you need a list of names for hunting down dissenters.

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