Reaching critical mass: does being the first to implement a big data solution guarantee a monopoly?

We hear it all the time: break up Facebook, Google, Twitter, et al. because they have an information “monopoly”. Add the manipulation of their algorithms to serve the ideological agenda of their management, shadowbanning and censoring search results for example, the more reason to break them up for abusing their “monopoly”.

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Communities work, Communism does not — Part 4: that wasn’t real Communism!

According to Wikipedia, the Economic Calculation Problem as coined by Austrian economist Von Mises states:

[…] pricing systems in socialist economies were necessarily deficient because if a public entity owned all the means of production, no rational prices could be obtained for capital goods as they were merely internal transfers of goo

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Communities work, Communism does not — Part 3: Where nobody knows your name

Sometimes you wanna go..

Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
The troubles are all the same.
You wanna be where everybody knows your name

The famous theme song of Cheers under today’s identity politics obsessed terms can be renamed to “nobody knows your name” (or don̵… Read more

Communities work, Communism does not — Part 2: fear replaces trust

Yesterday’s article, I concluded with the observation that Communism (and socialism to a lesser degree) rely on lethal force as their primary motivator:

How exactly does one plan to move the Communist game theory optimum to one of maximum work yielding infinitesimal individual gain, from one that rewards laziness? It should be easy to see how “le

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Communities work, Communism does not

Pun intended.

Communist sympathizers and supporters in western society who have lived a life of relative comfort under a non-Communist system have little to no knowledge of how regimes led by Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot and countless others come about, constantly coming up with rationalizations for their support of an ideology that never worked and will never … Read more

When it comes to talking, you should give Trump some credit

Scott Adams, Dilbert cartoonist, calls him a “master persuader”.

Perhaps it’s time to give credit to the fashionably unlikable president and acknowledge that Trump knows how to talk. It’s probably also time for most hardcore partisans, whether they are for or against Trump, to start looking at issues pragmatically rather tha… Read more

Facebook’s AI to detect wrong-think is a magnification of human stupidity

In my article on big data mining that describes what fuels a lot of big tech’s AI algorithms that smaller tech firms generally don’t rely on, I made the case that heavily crowdsourced AI are subject to exploitation and manipulation.

If you tell a neural network that 2 + 2 = 5 enough times, then sure enough that AI will start regurgitating nonsensic… Read more

SHOW YOUR WORK! Part 2: Canadian government, stop passing legislation without proof of necessity

As a follow-up to yesterday’s article, let’s shift focus to the debt-spending tactics of the federal government, whose nefarious end goals are the same as the Ontario provincial government, but are much more transparent.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is a little less careful with his words as the ulterior motive behind their so-called R… Read more

SHOW YOUR WORK! Ontario government, stop passing legislation without proof of necessity

In academic level math courses, provided they are unencumbered by postmodern thought, you are generally given credit even when you don’t arrive at the right answer, but you showed your work to demonstrate a correct logical thought process for most of the way.

You would have earned partial credit because the answer was logically consistent up to a poi… Read more

Propaganda journalism and misused prepositions: unnecessarily suggesting strong correlations

Stock market falls 10% as Trump suggests trade tariffs.

Gold stocks rise on rumours of Federal Reserve looking to inject more stimulus into the economy.

Oil tumbles around escalating tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

BitCoin falls 20% amid Korea talk about cryptocurrency regulation.

Do these headlines sound familiar? Mainly becau… Read more