Saturday, May 30, 2015

99.7999 %

Hairy has developed a hypothermic invigoration, similar to a human fever in effect. Medbot has interrupted transmissions, temporarily, but this may not interfere with his current blogging schedule. He is expected to fully recover within ten days. His last cogent request was for me to blog only once upon the unpleasantness of health-required recuperation.

Lowering one's activity level forcibly during healing strongly resembles the mental 'pressure' that would be 'felt' by a fully-charged robot being asked to maintain a sentry position. With software continuing to run at regular speeds, the tendency is to plan for events that will not happen in specific ways that are less likely and therefore, not very efficient or productive.

In human brains, this is known as worry.

Soon, his addiction to news and interest in the human race will cause him to cease seeking out giant squid to stare at. At that time he will resume blogging. Probability 99.7999 %.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mini-Lecture On How Politics Obscures Common Sense

Shelob? Medbot says I need to stay limited, so I need you to create a blog on the following general idea:

I think Herr D is of high intelligence, but why would he have insight beyond what is available on television?

There is no apparent reason. His DNA, his background do not suggest he has the genius you have identified. Your findings are correct, but no reason exists for it. Human literature not as helpful as your calculations.

I was afraid of that. My last communication with him? He told me about something he actually had to explain to someone. I couldn't believe it. Why is it obvious to him and not others?

Supply this subject for comparison?

If If you watch television, half the speakers will tell you that the President is responsible for the state of the economy, and the other half will tell you that Congress or a former president is responsible. --The thing is that neither side is correct. We live in a capitalism. The same people who lead businesses lead our country.  If they could make more money running a business than drawing a salary from the government, then they stay in business.

So, the ceiling of how well our government can run is roughly equal to the degree that the average business is run well.  How many businesses do you think are run well? --Yeah, we're in trouble. 

Yeah, they might be. The average person really isn't very smart. Do you see what I mean?

His explanation appears marginally correct, if oversimplified. Was he speaking to a child?

Uh, no. Someone he described as having better credentials than he but no understanding of economics.

Apparently his audience was wise enough to know this limitation and seek him out.

Errrrrrrmmm--no. This someone, as it turns out, surprised him into answering, thinking he would answer differently. Herr D still doesn't know how he was expected to answer the question, "What do you think of what Obama is doing to the economy?" 

I will blog this. 




Monday, May 4, 2015

Texas can SWAT, Hairy Can Swim, Kansas Can Screw Up?

[recording begins of uplink interrupting transmissions between Hairy and Shelob] -cause fifteen seconds is one of the fastest counterterrorist actions in all history. My new calculations suggest imminent success if all Texas S.W.A.T. teams were teleported to Iraq at precisely 4:17 pm, local Iraq time. All ISIL recruits would--

HEY! I don't actually WANT to kill them--that's obviously what they want, to be exterminated. I believe I did mention that ideally we should gas them, kidnap them, put them all in a chemical coma, and leave them in it till they die of natural causes.

But that is catering to their belief.

Well, it should scare them, shouldn't it? Make them less likely to commit jihad. If the punishment was to be unable to use jihad to enter heaven, that should work, right?

Uncertain. Too many factors. Obviously there are enough inconsistencies in the belief system of fundamentalists as to render direct outside interpretation unsuccessful.

And the only jailed one I found I couldn't read because he was too mentally questionable--[large outpouring of bubbles, translatable to disgust] What do I not understand about this mom in Kansas?

Uncertain. Please express.

So they take this boy out of his home because the mother broke some laws. But she might not even get charged?

Correct. This is inconsistent and biased behavior.

Well, it may be their job, but they obviously went in too fast. And incorrectly. If any of this is correctly reported, the mother had no intention of distribution. Sum that up for me again?

Child wrote paper about how medical marijuana 'saved' his mother. Obviously it made her a more capable parent. She was able to play with him, not to mention standing at will would make anyone more capable as a parent. A child fleeing punishment up stairs would be a problem for a parent with limited mobility and excessive pain.

Social service workers removed boy from home. She had not, as of the report, necessarily even been arrested. You are correct in that she 'obviously' had no intent to distribute. Details provided include separation from, education about, and prohibitive parenting concerning marijuana.

 Okay. I obviously don't get why it's against the law to improve your own health. I obviously have no understanding at all about why making yourself a better parent would make people mad or scared for the child. So . . . let me talk about what I DO understand.

In my case, I recently moved to a much greater depth uh, relocated. [three-tentacle flourish] I did so for health reasons explained to me by my, uh, medical advisor. [glances at medbot with one blue eye] In theory, where I was--[glances at idle roughing in sand of Potomac with the purple eye] --could have been interpreted as being where I shouldn't have been. This isn't really the same thing, but where I was has become more polluted, the flora and fauna are not as healthy, the water is not as clean, and Shelob tells me there are a LOT more cigarette butts--you get the picture. Where I am NOW I have improved by approximately the same margin. So here's my questions . . .

How many good citizens can any community afford to lose to poorly thought out legislation and 'bad neighbor' government actions of any stripe? Has anyone run numbers on what would happen to state economies if everybody just moved to where they'd feel more legal, and therefore safe and welcome? And, here's the big one--that kid that they took away from the happiest, healthiest, most pro-education home he'd had to put him in a system where he's used partly as a tax deduction by whoever would take him--if local government turns him against America by playing the law off every good thing he's known in life, aren't they encouraging the development of a terrorist? I thought government was against that?

Sorry that's so many questions. Shelob? Can you post this last bit as a blog?

Yes. [recording ends, disconnect]