The Vanishing US Retail Sector Is Ready To Add Relics To The Decay Of Urban Manufacturing While The Frack Patch Enters Expiration. All That Remains Is Michael Hudson's Parasitically Described Finance, Insurance And Real Estate Sectors-Technology For Technology Sake Companies Serving The Security State.
Menacing A Nuclear Armed North Korea With Sanctions Is Not The Same As Bombing An Unarmed Iraq Although It Does Highlight The Long Trail Of Chaos That Has Wended Its Way From Iraq To Northern Africa To Europe Across Asia To The Pacific
At any rate, the record of the species ____ Sapiens shows a luxurious growth of aggression which, in my opinion, was made possible by the change of the oral instinct in animals to the oral drive of man. Man kills and destroys beyond the necessity of self-preservation because, for one thing, he has at his disposal an abundance of oral energy that is by no means bound to the incorporation of food.-Kurt Eissler-The Fall Of Man
Trump needs more than fire and fury to defeat US opioid addiction AUGUST 11, 2017 by: Edward Luce in Washington
He may have been going off-script about North Korea, but Donald Trump’s declaration of war on opioids this week came with the foreknowledge of his advisers. Instead of threatening “fire and fury”, as he did on North Korea, Mr Trump proclaimed a national emergency to defeat America’s galloping drug epidemic.
Last year an estimated 60,000 Americans died from drug overdoses — more than the total US death toll in the Vietnam war, which lasted more than a decade. Opioids are now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. This year’s toll looks set to be higher. continued- ft
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Japan upgrades North Korea threat level by: Leo Lewis in Tokyo
Japan has upgraded its official warning on North Korea, saying that the threat had entered a “new stage” and that the regime may have already acquired the ability to miniaturise nuclear weapons.
Japan’s annual defence white paper — a hefty document that also highlights China’s “attempts at changing the status quo by coercion” — said that the threat posed by Pyongyang had been reassessed after two nuclear tests and more than 20 test-firings of ballistic missiles since last year’s report.
“It is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturisation of nuclear weapons and has acquired nuclear warheads,” said the white paper.
In its overview of Japan’s defence priorities, the white paper described the security environment as increasingly severe, with “destabilising factors becoming more tangible and acute”-continued ft
Robot behaviour is creeping beyond our control AI experts are urging deeper understanding of machine decision-making AUGUST 2, 2017 by: Anjana Ahuja
If I were to approach you brandishing a cattle prod, you might at first be amused. But, if I continued my advance with a fixed maniacal grin, you would probably retreat in shock, bewilderment and anger. As electrode meets flesh, I would expect a violent recoil plus expletives.
Given a particular input, one can often predict how a person will respond. That is not the case for the most intelligent machines in our midst. The creators of AlphaGo — a computer program built by Google’s DeepMind that decisively beat the world’s finest human player of the board game Go — admitted they could not have divined its winning moves. This unpredictability, also seen in the Facebook chatbots that were shut down after developing their own language, has stirred disquiet in the field of artificial intelligence.
As we head into the age of autonomous systems, when we abdicate more decision-making to AI, technologists are urging deeper understanding of the mysterious zone between input and output. At a conference held at Surrey University last month, a team of coders from Bath University presented a paper revealing how even “designers have difficulty decoding the behaviour of their own robots simply by observing them”. continued ft