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20 April 2018

The Eye of Sauron is Real

No discussion of surveillance capitalism is complete without a mention of Peter Thiel’s data mining/analysis corporation Palantir. I suspect he wanted to call it “Sauron”, but somebody took him aside and told him that was too obvious. If you think Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are bad, you have no idea how creepy Silicon Valley can get.

Ceiling Cat is watching you masturbate from his office at Palantir.

26 January 2018

The Informed Consent of the Governed

This is some dialogue I will eventually work into one of my Starbreaker novels. Morgan and his friends know the truth about the Phoenix Society, and eventually decide that the secret must be revealed so that everybody governed by it can give informed consent.

08 March 2016

SMBC Explains Why Office Life Sucks

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal posted a comic yesterday that pretty much explains why office life in modern America sucks balls. Not to mention big floppy donkey dicks.

Basically, this is why we can’t have nice things. We’re still stuck on the notion that it’s good to work, so we should force people to do so by threatening them with poverty if they don’t.

But we could make a better world for ourselves. We have the technology. We could create a sustainable economy where people aren’t working (or pretending to work) for 8-12 hours a day just to “earn a living”.

Why should any of us have to “earn a living”, anyway? Because the Bible said so? Screw the Bible. Screw the rich, too; they need us more than we need them. Who’s going to buy all the shit that gets made and keep the long con of capitalism going?

It won’t be the rich. It won’t be the robots with which they’re replacing us workers, either. So the rich have two choices: basic income, or being treated to a rousing chorus of “Up Against the Wall, Motherfucker!” when everybody else realizes that the people in charge are the real enemy.

We can use the tune to “Uncle Fucker” (NSFW). 🙂