Wednesday, November 7, 2018

US population profiled by the Kochs

I heard on NPR that the Koch brothers' organizations have developed profiles of approximately 200 million US citizens.  Given a population of around 320 million with about 75 million under age 18, that nets out to 200/245 adults!

Dave Winer on the election

I have followed Dave's writings for decades.  I think this year is his best.
Here is his reaction to the election, which I could not agree with more.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

a good evening moment

Listening to WQXR's Q2 radio channel and reading a great collection of short stories you should check out - life is good (notwithstanding the Big Picture)
"He had always been friendly but it seemed that he hated to be awakened by drum solos."

King Crimson 2017

stochastic violence

Someone who wishes to remain anonymous wrote:

I learned a terrible new word this week, "stochastic," as in stochastic violence. Look it up. It's the use of propaganda and incitement that creates a probability of violence without knowing the specifics of how or where it will occur. It's not really random, though the randomness of specific targets is part of the terror. It strikes me as related to the fascists' long use of a "strategy of tension," to increase societal fear and violence and then exert more control. Combined with the easy access to weapons for the X% of the population that is unhinged -- it's bad and it cannot be unintentional.

I heard about "stochastic terrorism" on Pacifica radio this week in an interview about the rise in hate violence. Apparently, it's a known social science phenomenon. The quantity of violence is predictable while the where, when and how is not. A fascist strategist like Steve Bannon would know its usefulness.