Democracy

Democracy could now make decisions directly by the people because of the internet and communications. If todays technology existed when politics emerged democracy would be very different, no elections. We don’t really need presidents or elected representatives to vote on our behalf anymore, through technology decisions could be made by the people. With devices such as hand phones, computers and fingerprint authentication, we could do this today. In the past the US was a symbol of democracy, ruled through elections by the people. The media, now called fake news, once checked the US government against fact and public opinion. Indeed Trump is changing democracy but the system of election was designed a long time ago, before technology, and should now be brought into the 21st century, we don’t need presidents. Collective rule through technology may save the species from extinction so serious is global warming.

Democratically we should take action against global warming with our vote and use the internet to keep it on people’s minds rather than accept the media focus us on things like Trump or sport… Go hawks. News on TV often has articles on what’s trending in social media, Twitter and Facebook etc. We have a voice if we want.

Brexit

Russia tried to influence the US election through cyber warfare. By using social media, Hillary’s emails, hacking etc, Russia tried getting into the minds of Americans voters. This is denied by Trump who also denigrates NATO even though these partner countries lost soldiers defending US interests. While denying Russia influenced his own election he attempts to influence UK voters by speaking to the Sun newspaper critical of Theresa May and her Brexit strategy. He calls Angela Merkel a puppet of Russia because Germany is building a pipeline to get some energy. Then there is North Korean, Iran, Global Warming etc. Like Russia he attempts to influence a country, the minds of the people, and probably uses the internet too. The US has also admitted trying to influence foreign election results. And according to the UN, the richest country in the world has human poverty issues. The UN reports that the wealth gap is big in the US, other issues are health, education, prison population, racism, immigration… It seems the ideals of democracy have now failed there, Trump?

Immigration

Immigration has become the main issue for Trump. The first thing to remember Donald is population growth. In my life it’s gone from less than 4 billion to now more than 8. Soon enough there won’t be enough land for all in adequate places with the necessary services. Also humans want to survive persecution. “America First” should now become “Humanity First”. Immigration and global warming are big issues facing humanity right now. Perhaps as leader of the free world you must also be humanitarian. Indeed pretty soon we will need solutions to these problems. I think global warming the most pressing but that will solve immigration, there won’t be humans anymore.

Fake News

The thing that makes humans special is thought. There is an assumption that human thought often looks for truth, actually human thought is mostly interested in experience and not underlying truth, except for facts. Fact versus belief, or opinion. For facts there is the obvious, science tells us about the atom and Mars is a planet of our solar system. Also during my education I understood that there were such thoughts as right and wrong, good, bad, difference and subjective thought. Indeed we humans become assimilated to the common when using our minds and considering ideas. There is an obvious mental path for us to follow, a sensibility. Is there a right or wrong way to think? This is fake news. As a thinking being I often wonder where to aim my thought, what to consider and whether my thought is accurate. What logic I’m using. I wonder about my mental processing and if it’s fit for purpose. Sometimes I think with simple binary logic, up versus down, left or right, good or evil, etc. Perhaps it’s illogical to speak of consciousness in this way with too much detail, maybe thought is always merely best fit. In the west we believe in absolute truth. But there is no absolutely correct mode of thinking, thought is just another human approximation of reality. The TV news just now appealed to “what’s right” presuming there is an absolute truth, a “what’s right”. Indeed the human mind is shaped by the times we live in and not by our absolute truths. We have created a very muddled world of opinion. A human academic might laugh at me and say of course there is such a concept as absolute truth, it is right not to kill. Yes it does seem to me that there are absolute truths but they are very human and not absolute. Thought exists in individual and collective consciousness, the collective is now becoming more substantial through technology. Artificial intelligence provides us an opportunity to deeply consider thought’s laws and the mental processing that occurs in consciousness. Political thought seems most malleable when considering today’s Trump and Russia. The US believe there are absolutes truths like individual freedom, Russia thinks people are just trying to live their lives through struggle. The long and short of this post is “you are what you think” although some people say “you are what you do”. I don’t intimately trust my thoughts but am aware I think. It is true that I exist, I do, another thought. And what thoughts lead Assad to use chemical weapons in Syria against his own people? The CNN news now tells me this but these ideas should be checked against fake news, opinion or fact. I actually think news services perpetuate the state of play by always stating current opinion between facts. Maybe we’ll get past all this fact versus opinion when we evolve. Maybe we’ll transcend thought.

 

Influence

News services like CNN and BBC are concerned about social media. Facebook helped to elect Trump these news services suggest because Facebook sold private data to communicate with and influence voters. Apparently another company called “Caimbridge Analytica” was involved. This opinion might be considered fake news, only fact if they provide evidence for changed votes. The fact is Hillary had 3 million more votes than Trump who won because of the college voting system. We should always remember that people can be influenced by anyone but must decide for themselves when voting. There are people trying to influence you everywhere, in the City Square or on the Bourke Street Mall (Melbourne Australia), and beggars, all manner of interests trying to get your attention. Are we suggesting people shouldn’t go to public places? I regard Facebook as just that. Globally through technology Facebook is a public place where I can interact with the people I know anywhere in the world. Indeed like all public places social media can be used to influence if you want to listen. People should take responsibility for their decisions and not blame social media. Personally I think there is some value in the likes of Google, Twitter, Facebook, WordPress etc, we have taken communication to the next level. They are now saying on CNN that Facebook privacy was abused. Perhaps but I have always regarded anything on the internet as public and am careful not to put things online that I think I don’t want to share. Things that I don’t want anybody else to see. For me the internet is where I can keep in touch with people, and see fake news and sometimes facts. For example what’s the distance to Mars? How’s your day wifey?

Facts

So much for fake news, Trump is taking alternative facts the next level. There is news today of an unconfirmed meeting with the president of Canada (unconfirmed because they don’t know if the meeting happened, he said it did) where Trump makes the false claim of a trade deficit with Canada. I suspect the real problem for the most powerful man in the world is senility, they ought to test his mental fitness. For such an unwitting person soon to have a meeting about nuclear weapons with North Korea is quite dangerous. Not to mention global warming, that’s extremely dangerous. Climate change is an enormous threat to our species, we face extinction.

Guns

As reported on CNN, Amnesty International is presently saying a big threat to human rights is the United States of America. I never thought I’d see the day that the US made their list of concerns. America’s answer to the US gun problem is more guns, give guns to teachers and good people? They should simply ban guns like most other countries. The reason there are so many gun killings in America, I think the figure is 90% of such crimes globally, is because of the laws. In Australia it’s a point of interest where the gun came from in any such crime, nobody has easy access to guns there. I’m quite sure these shootings would occur globally if the world had easy access to guns. We all go off the rails occasionally but such shootings only occur in America where they have the right to bear arms. Guns are designed to kill, people or animals, for death. The only protection they offer is against another gun, to kill that bearer. Gun control might also make more difficult the other ever increasing cause of death, suicide.