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The Intemperate Masses: Our Common Virus

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The current biological weapon of the Coronavirus that is thought to have actually begun when a biosafety level 4 virus, BSL- 4 was "smuggled" out a World Health Organization, WHO lab in Winnipeg, Canada, to a WHO laboratory in Wuhan, China, the country's the largest factory conglomerate city of 11 million people, represents just another iteration of the financial predation virus, via offensive germ warfare, that has been inflicting the universe of banking, finance, healthcare and medicine since US banking and financial deregulation was forced upon us.

The recent Iowa caucus voting snafu, is an outgrowth of a computer virus that shrouds the immediate results in an impenetrable black box, in a cravenly designed software program that provides no open source coding, in the hope of preserving the integrity of the electoral college system from the intemperate masses.

The other universe where viruses exist is the man made world of computers, networks, data and software programming. Viruses were not discovered in this realm, rather they were invented and programmed. It was Robert Morris, Jr., a student at Cornell University in 1988 that first invented a computer virus that later came to be known as the Internet worm. A computer uses us as its laboratory for making copies of itself, just as it does in biology, frequently leaving a mess behind. All known computer viruses are man made, which is to be expected, since computers were designed to minimize mutations, or corruption of data.a

The idea of computers and artificial intelligence gives humans the cover to avoid accountability by duping themselves to think that computer networks and software programming can take on more of our own responsibility. Algorithms don't represent emotion or meaning, but only statistics and correlations. The servers that drive are sadistic narcissists. They are systems of genocide and disintegration of our society. The algorithm, for example in the electronic patient record system programmed by Practice Fusion software, prescribed deadly opiates as first choice patient pharmaceutical recommendations. This represents the algorithmic virus, at its most evil; genocide as a business model.

Through hyper-financialized economic models throughout the world, we now have a system of death and destruction, via a worthless US fiat currency, operated by algorithmic annihilation from opiates to mortgage backed securities and financial derivatives.

The military's cryptic use of CIA, Stratfor, MI6, Mossad, and Saudi sponsored Al Qaeda sleeper cell civilian terror attacks, spending billions of dollars arming Islamist militants to spread militant Wahhabism and proxy wars across the Muslim world, and killing drone technology, in their murderous management of mayhem, in pursuit of resource acquisition and oil and gas pipeline politics, is another supposed innocent and inanimate trap door of falling back into thinking of people as components and a central computer and the virus of programmed algorithms that it amorally spews, as being the only point of view for defining efficiency and testing efficacy.

The servers that drive the network of algorithmic bots have no clue where value comes from. It is impossible for the proprietary algorithms that manipulate high frequency trading to incorporate information about the real world, because there is no time for that information to get into the feedback loop. Digital information is just people in disguise. In this way, digital modernity represents a sort of gentle masked blackmail. Once we become accustomed to having an information service, our cognitive styles and capacities become shaped by the availability of that service.

Today, the monster of algorithmic programming and monster data, the evil progeny of ENIAC, the first computer developed by the military in 1944, that has vomited up inanimate human interaction and the amoral, unconscionable killing virus of drone technology, acts as mankind's agent of immorality. With no visible "boots on the ground," the US doesn't care where its targets are hiding, in the Hindu Kush caves, the villages of the Fertile Crescent, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, or the Baghdad airport. The virus of the inanimate actions of joy-stick jockey soldiers in Nevada, blithely operate the all-seeing eyes of Predator, Reaper or Global Hawk, the aptly named killer drones that don't care. These opaque, amoral, illegal terrorist killing military machines are operated devoid of any moral clarity. They have divorced themselves from the demon virus of immoral algorithmic programming.

If John Maynard Keynes, the great and prescient demand-side economist had seen the emergence of such machines as ENIAC, and its viruses, and its eventual computational power, he would have known his mission was doomed. He would have seen that judgement would become overwhelmed by efficiency. Keynes had once said, that "judgment is to capitalism, what the secret police are to a fascist and totalitarian state. Without judgement," he stated, "you will have financial anarchy or worse."

Keynes likened the virus of financial anarchy that the computer's progeny would produce, to what happened in the 14th century, when the Black Plague came off a boat in Venice, as a virus from a germ no bigger than a pinhead in the blood of an Asian black rat that had burrowed into the grain sacks of a Genoese ship, with half of its crew either dead or dying. The rat found another rat to bite, and another rat, and then a person. People were ignorant of what microbes, germs, and viruses were, and the science study of microbiology did not exist. And so it went. Within ten years, a third of Europe was gone.

Today, we face many daunting issues, and we carry in our hands the electromagnetic force fields of our ubiquitous i-phones, and the dystopia data and entertainment vortex, that consume peoples' instead of improving it, that is driven by the malignant virus of algorithms developed and programmed solely for corporate profit, the virus of financial anarchy that Keynes warned us of. This is really a virus of the mind, a malignant thought virus of the lie of 40 years of supply-side economics and financial deregulation, that has spread rapidly throughout the world population, widening inequality, destroying and killing people in its wake.

The greatest enemy of the truth is very often, not the lie; deliberate, contrived and dishonest; but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Belief in the virus of lies, allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

The viruses of artificial intelligence and the programmed algorithmic driven computer digital network, have become like the concealed killer, the Colt 45 of Old West, the immoral modern-day eviscerator, when technology overtakes truth.

The preconditions for revolution in the English, French, Russian, and American Revolutions were a discontent, a virus, that affected nearly all social classes, that included economic grievances on the part of most all enterprising groups that understood that their opportunity for advancing in the world were very limited by the disease and the vile virus of selfish political machinations. They understand all too well, the learned axiom, that "a society of sheep, begets a government of wolves." The sense of entrapment and despair, combine with unfulfilled expectations, as a catalyst to the crisis, a catalyst to strategic action and civil disobedience.

Today, the key component of revolution, the gap between what people want, and expect, and what we get, as we witness daily, continues to be brazenly played out by the virus of indifference. It is in this discovery, in this understanding, and knowledge, that "we the people," the intemperate masses, as our Founding Fathers, all of the wealthy propertied class, termed us when they created their royal protection of the Electoral College, will never have what we expect, lies our revolutionary fodder, our enduring duty to resist, create, educate, organize, strategize, and fight to oppose, the global Insurrection against banker occupation, GIABO!

"Those who make peaceful evolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable." JFK.

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I am a retired investment executive. I am a progressive activist and novelist. My novel THE FIND is due to be published this summer by Waterside Productions of California. I am working on my second novel, THE (more...)

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