What are all you people doing here?

The Pearly Gates (Wieskirche Gates)
Wieskirche Gates
"What are all you people doing here?" said God as he stood barring the Pearly Gates.

"Why didn't you save us?" said the multitudes before him.

God replied...

"I sent you my son so you'd learn the nobility of self sacrifice. You didn't.

"I sent you Ebola so you'd learn compassion for those you feared. You didn't.

"I sent you AIDS so you'd learn humility that such things could happen to those you loved. You didn't.

"I sent you terrorism so you'd learn that oppression by the few will always be overthrown by the many. You didn't.

"I sent you climate change so you'd learn to wisely recycle your waste lest nature do it for you... most harshly. You didn't.

"I sent you these things and many more, that your souls might be saved."

"So. Can we go in now?" a man asked.

God replied, "What do you think?"

"How extreme isolation warps the mind"

How extreme isolation warps the mind
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Michael Bond, 14 May 2014, www.BBC.com

My own theory goes something like this...

All that we perceive is the result of our imagination.

All raw sensory input is interpreted by our imagination.

If there is little or no sensory input, such as while sleeping or in extreme isolation, our imagination proceeds to rummage around through our memories for "input" to re-interpret.

This extrapolating and recombining and juxtapositioning is the process by which we solve problems and think creatively. The process by which we "imagine."

Economics 101: Something from nothing

Keynesian money multiplier effects

I've learned that my post back in January 2014 (below) was greatly inaccurate though the result is still essentially the same. -- docsalvage, June 2014
See the Wikipedia article...

Money Supply - Fractional Reserve Banking - example

On Income Inequality ...

On Income Inequality: A French Economist Vs. An American Capitalist
by MARILYN GEEWAX, May 11, 2014 5:40 AM ET
Strangely enough, I think they're both right... In the same way each of the proverbial blind-men is right in their description of the elephant they only know by touch.

The healthiest possible economy occurs when 100% of the population feels maximum incentive to risk innovation in the pursuit of happiness (i.e. success).

Because the motivaters of the 1% are mostly in opposition to those of the 99%, maximum prosperity can only be achieved at some point of equilibrium between them. We've been WAY out of equilibrium for about 10-20 years.

Change of address for robertcwatson@yahoo.com

Yahoo has chosen to become agressive in its competition with Gmail.

I've been paying $19.99/yr for Yahoo Mail Plus so the Yahoo mail would be imported to Gmail via POP3. Recently Yahoo added DMARC policies in response to the Heartbleed panic which have broken that functionality. They've made no attempt to contact their users or help with problems.

Their page stated that the normal free email now included POP3 forwarding so I cancelled Yahoo Mail Plus. I now find that that was a mistake that Yahoo will not fix.

I've found no resolution other than now paying Yahoo $49.99/yr for their newly named but no new capability, "Ad-Free Service".

Thus, please direct all future email to me at robertcwatson1@gmail .com

Good Riddance to Yahoo

HeartBleed - Not So Fast?

--- CAUTION -- Blasphemy Warning --

I've been programming computers since 1981 and run several in my "home lab." I haven't done anything yet in response to Heartbleed.

Recommendations based on my experience...

Windows Systems -- Watch the tech news for a week or two after patches/upgrades are released to see if they work and don't screw other things up. Then apply and watch for another week to be sure your systems are running okay and give the big services more time to insure they have everything reliably fixed. Then change passwords.

Mac Systems -- Do whatever Apple says to do. It's usually right.

Android Systems -- Most software is automatically updated so nothing to do. Wait a few weeks to change passwords.

Linux Systems --Many systems are using older, unaffected versions of OpenSSL so nothing to do. If you have affected systems and they're running servers, patch/upgrade OpenSSL and related software even though there might be problems. People are depending on you. If you're running as anything else, keep watching tech news for reliability of OpenSSL and related patches/upgrades. Patch/upgrade when everything is stable.

If you don't have "a system" for assigning passwords, this might be a good time to develop one. Change passwords when all the major services you use are fixed. It does no good, and even exposes you more, to change your password and then connect to an unupgraded system.