Interview 1336 - New World Next Year 2018 with James Evan Pilato

12/21/201776 Comments

Welcome to New World Next Week – the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This year:

Corbett Report’s 2017 Story: The Robots Keep Rising
The Robot That Knows When You're Lying: Scientists Create An AI That Can Detect Deception In The Courtroom

DARE: Deception Analysis and Reasoning Engine

Deception Detection in Videos (PDF)

GitHub: Deception Detection in Videos

Runner Up Story
Meet The First-Ever Robot Citizen — A Humanoid Named Sophia That Once Said It Would ‘Destroy Humans’

Honourable Mention
Top Ten Conspiracy Theories That Turned FACT in 2017

Media Monarchy’s 2017 Story: Reefer Madness
Election 2017: Legalization Candidates and Measures Win Big

Legal Marijuana Sales Will Hit $10 Billion in 2017

Colorado's 2017 Marijuana Sales Reach $1 Billion In Just Eight Months

West Virginia Industrial Hemp Takes Root

Corbett Report’s 2018 Trend: Weaponized Social Media
Sean Parker Unloads On Facebook “Exploiting" Human Psychology

Media Monarchy’s 2018 Trend: The Maker Culture Will Become Pop Culture
Trading Desk Jobs For Corn Cobs

Trading Coal Mines For Beehives

America: 2018

World Currency In 2018 As Predictively-Programmed By The Economist

NWNW Flashback: New World Next Year – 2017 (Dec. 22, 2016)

NWNW Flashback: New World Next Year – 2016 (Dec. 17, 2015)

NWNW Flashback: New World Next Year – 2015 (Dec. 18, 2014)

NWNW Flashback: New World Next Year – 2014 (Dec. 19, 2013)

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  1. micarcr says:

    On Dec16th the NYTimes ran Glowing Auras and Black Money:the Pentagons Mysterious UFO Program,, this along with a said video of a UFO encounter with f/18 pilots ! Should your years biggest story not have been this. The Dept of Defence apparently has just told everyone their here ! Now What?

    • john.o says:

      Extra-terrestrial realities aside, most seasoned UFO researchers I know believe that most UFO/gov stuff is either part of mind control experiments, or experimentation with the idea of hoaxing an alien invasion so that the UN/NWO can unite us against a common enemy.

      My hunch, these stories are 1/2 news distraction, 1/2 alien invasion prep, = 100% mind control.

      Search Bill Cooper and UFO. He was exposed to and figured this game out, more or less, a long time ago.)

      (I am a San Francisco “liberal,” by the way, who loves Bill, so don’t let any of that right wing militia stuff scare you, in case it does. Bill Cooper was flawed like all of us, but a 100% genuine human being who cared about every person on the planet.)

  2. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Sharp Dressed Dudes !!

    As the Texas ZZ Top boys sing…
    “Sharp Dressed Man”

    • john.o says:

      James is looking fairly natty, in a debate club sort of way, but Pilato could use some help in the tie-tying dept.

      Anarchism in Portland OR is like that, though.

  3. VoiceOfArabi says:

    Hello Gents… Merry Christmas to you and family…

    You Gents are looking great in those white shirts and ties, very professional…..

    I do have one question however… Are you two wearing any pants, or just in underwear 🙂 🙂 … with the current fake news status, we need you to stand up and prove it. 🙂 🙂

    Have a Merry Holiday everyone whatever you believe in.

  4. HomeRemedySupply says:

    – Cannabis CBD and Opioids and Homeopathic Remedies –
    So, this morning my wife (ex-wife), (who is approaching 70), takes her CBD oil (to control Vertigo attacks) prior to heading out to the Alternative Doctor for an IV of Ozone or Vitamins. A problem with the CBD oils is the cost. If she used it the way she needs to, it could easily run her $400 a month.
    She, like me, are not into “recreational” mind altering substances. We did that back in the 60’s and 70’s. Rarely will we drink alcohol.

    My wife often is under stress, because her 27 year old grandson is an opioid addict. For 10 bucks he can get a fix. Once a very sharp intelligent guy, his brain is fried. He is mentally challenged; can not focus, rarely completing actions to their follow-thru end. He has wrecked 6 cars so far in life and now no longer drives (Thank God).

    The grandson says he has been clean since July. But addicts lie well full of PR. My wife is paying for a drug test. Not a namby-pamby urine test, but something more thorough which includes a hair test.

    The lady at the Lab Test facility says that 90% of the folks which she tests come up positive!
    She also made mention of the Holidays (the Lab’s busiest season). She pointed out that there are a lot of drivers out there and lots of “celebrations” and “time off”. Just in regular life, I am cautious of other drivers, because I notice that generally people can’t focus well when driving. They often daydream or phone chat or are non-empathetic to their surrounding drivers and environ.

    James Corbett had this alarming news about HOMEPATHIC REMEDIES and the FDA.
    No one has ever died from Homeopathic Remedies. If one knew how they are made, they would laugh at the absurdity.

    • john.o says:

      The ever alert Truthstream Media, on the move to first ban and then patent the active ingredients in KRATOM, a safe herb used for, among other things, quitting opiates.

      IMO this is the story that could really get people to see the “war on drugs” by our federal drug dealers for what it is! Listen to this fact-filled video and push it, folks!

      (Thanks Melissa and Aaron for all you do. Can’t wait to see the new film.)

      • mkey says:

        I find it interesting (not) how their channel still isn’t “verified” even if they have well over a quarter million subscriber. The “verified” status should be awarded at 100k subs, but there are obviously exceptions.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Just a “rough layman rendition example” of how to make a homeopathic remedy
      Get 30 one gallon jugs of distilled water.
      Get some herb or other substance (such as quartz).
      Put the herb in the 1st jug and shake it 100 times.

      Take ¼ teaspoon from the first jug and put it into the 2nd jug. Shake it 100 times.
      Take ¼ teaspoon from the 2nd jug and put it into the 3rd jug. Shake it 100 times.
      Take ¼ teaspoon from the 3rd jug and put it into the 4th jug. Shake it 100 times.
      Do this routine all the way through jug number 30. Now, you have your homeopathic solution. Take one drop of the solution and put it on a sugar cube.
      Take the sugar cube if you have symptoms of a cold or flu or baby cutting teeth or whatever.
      Oscillococcinum by Boiron is excellent for flu symptoms. I once had a customer buy over $250 worth when it was on sale.

      Homeopathic Remedies actually ‘never’ expire. Ignore the expiration date. Throw it away when the package rots.
      Homeopathic Remedies will not adversely affect any other medication which a person is taking. So, it is okay to take it with other medications.
      Homeopathic Remedies are “specific”. If it is the correct remedy for the symptoms, then the symptoms will attenuate. If it doesn’t help, then it is probably not the correct remedy.
      Once when I was trying a business venture, I went to an “Organic Gardening Trade Show”, where wholesalers and manufacturers represented their products to us retailers.
      One booth had Homeopathic Remedies for plants. The guy had been a consultant for California Vineyards. The ladies at the booth enticed me over. They opened a bottle of grape juice and poured me a small glass. I tasted it. Then they sprayed a short mist of a homeopathic remedy over the same closed bottle. They poured me a small glass. It tasted sweeter. Then they took a different homeopathic remedy and sprayed a short mist way above my glass which still had some grape juice in it. Now, I again sampled my half full glass and the grape juice went back to its fruity, less sweet original flavor. I was amazed.

      I bought some of the homeopathic sprays and took it home. I tried the grape juice routine on everyone I knew. Many people noticed the taste change. Some folks did not.
      From the same booth, after the booth ladies told me a few anecdotes, I also bought a homeopathic spray which was supposed to help make the wife horny. It sure didn’t work on my wife. Ice cream and chocolate work better.

  5. NES says:

    In regard the opioid vs. medical marijuana (MM) discussion—Links below.

    This month the University New Mexico led a research trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico to follow a study going into human clinical trials which has suddenly appeared in the pharmaceutical industry news. Specifically, the study targets chronic pain and comes from Veritas Pharma, Inc. “The study will utilize CTL-X, the Veritas ‘proprietary’ cannabis cultivar bred specifically to target pain.” If all goes well, chronic pain patients who are the vast majority of legal opioid users will be able to purchase a newly engineered drug/pill to target pain rather than using currently prescribed opioids. On its face this is a good thing for pain suffers. I applaud the use of MM, myself. There are benefits beyond simple pain control. However, the mechanism here is the same ol’ thing. Although the distribution avenues have not yet been addressed, I would assume that no State legalization program would be required for this drug to be distributed under an M.D.’s care when it’s ready for market-soon.

    As we know, it takes many years for a drug company to arrive at human clinical trials in researching a new drug. Yet, the opioid “crisis” has only recently come to the fore in the MSM with teeth and claws born for opioid eradication. Right on time; isn’t that interesting? You can’t make this shit up. The pharmaceutical industry plans, researches, engineers and profits from all change in drug use today just as Rockefeller killed homeopathy to infiltrate, control and make big profits from manipulating medical attitudes and medicine distribution through his pharmaceuticals. It appears the big boys are going to use those patents they’ve so tightly held for decades. But what of the control mechanisms to come for MM? Opium poppies used to be grown in the household medicine garden for home use. Opium poppies are illegal in the West today, but pharmaceuticals produced from them are not.

    The outrage seen in the MSM about opioid use leading to higher death percentages, IMO, is just a tool to move people to demand solutions which are already waiting in the wings. Will this also be a profit-centered Rockefeller-type move that continues to assert control over the populace through MM? I don’t know how this will shake out but it’s something to watch. Even so, it seems to me to be a different dance to the same ol’ tune.

    • john.o says:

      It’s anecdotal, but I have known about the relationship between cannabis availability and other addictions since I was a young stoner in Southern California in the 1960s. Most of the interesting kids were experimenting and it was usually a very positive (if sometimes youthfully stupid) scene.

      In those days nobody grew it in this country in any volume. It was grown entirely outdoors as a Fall seasonal crop (all cheery Sativa!) out of Mexico. Few dealers were capitalized and forward looking enough to stash any for later in the year, so, by summer, it was very expensive or more often almost impossible to get.

      Nixon closed the border with Mexico in September of 69, just before they harvested. Cannabis disappeared from the streets completely. Many, many kids started doing heroin and speed, inhaling “freaky frost” (you don’t want to know), getting addicted to prescription drugs (usually stolen from parents first, then from other places later) and getting drunk (very uncool among the “hip” before 69 – “heads” and “juicers” did not mix!)

      A number of my friends died from heroin, speed and alcohol addiction begun exactly in the Fall of 1969. Some within a few years, others (I heard later) after long struggles. Many who didn’t die, didn’t exactly LIVE after that either.

      Oh and amazingly, all of the sudden, Thai sticks smuggled in by the military started showing up. Later there was hashish from Afghanistan.

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        Very interesting john. I did not know about the seasonal growth of pot. That explains a lot.
        I remember the era and the trends (such as Thai sticks).

        In Texas, I lived in a small town with the World’s Largest Primary Helicopter training base. Vietnam was in full swing, so we had our share of imported heroin.

  6. weilunion says:

    Here is my New Years resolution for the drug companies,

    1. I resolve to use more and more of your products as the material conditions of life continue to crumble and the psychic depression and hopelessness rage on;
    2. I resolve to remain passive and medicated while the neo-liberal criminals and corrupt corporate courtiers make hamburger out of life;
    3. I resolve to pay 50% of my remaining income on health care and legal drugs;
    4. I promise to sit idly by while CEO’s of major drug companies derive huge profits from angst and despair;
    5. I promise to continue my consumption of fast fried foods, in an effort to increase profit balance sheets and put me on the road to diabetes and eventual heart attack.

    I do this not for myself, but I do it for the captains of the drug industry who fight for the bottom feeders and the bottom line.

    It is for this, I hope to be remembered.

  7. macburns says:

    Does anyone else think that the Saudi AI Robot is of a technology that is 30 or so years old? Really, doesn’t she look primitive? We know they can do better than this. My thoughts, although I have no proof, is that transhumans are here and are not so easily detectable.

    • manbearpig says:

      Your remark, macburns, about the primitive aspect of advertised AI reflects a reaction I had as well within the context of the Future Investment Iniative; that the sophia robot is the only entity meant to resemble a woman that would look more human in a head-to-toe burka veil (an arguably dehumanizing garment).

      Also the robot they called ava in the movie ex machina was full of visible gears and wires and unfinished looking.

      Designed to irritate folks like a painting on a wall that’s slightly askew would? To make people subconsciously demand quick progress, to pique the “I could to do a lot better” in AI inclined engineers.

      Perhaps If they’d introduced a perfect looking AI right off the bat, the world would have convulsively rejected it due to the “Uncanny Valley” phenomenon?

      So they introduce it gradually, from machine form, to human form, to get people on board for its quick make-over and massive invasion?

      Maybe also so people will subscribe to the quick adoption of Transhumanist technology such as Musk’s neural lace?

      If AI humanoids are imperceptibly among us as you suggest, then I’d wager their skin is human skin grown in laboratories and somehow irrigated with life-sustaining nutrients as I can’t imagine that flexible moving skin could be that easy to simulate…along with voices that require vocal cords and lips and tongues and teeth and saliva etc…and odors… and sudden laughing and teasing and sadness and doubt and especially idiosyncratic behavior born of conscience and ego conflict…

      not as easy as all that to pass yourself off as human I think…

      But maybe the most dangerous form of AI won’t have such aspirations for human allure and THAT may already exist… your fridge might turn out to be far more superior in “intelligence” than you…it’s the fridge that’ll take over the world…?

      Maybe the easiest way to create an AI humanoid is to rob genuine human beings of their mind, their natural tastes tendencies, their conscience etc. through mental and physical poisoning, mind control etc…also done fairly gradually so people don’t catch on until it’s too late…

      My feeling is that this AI in femalish form is a red herring for something much more massive happening in the world…can’t put my finger on what it is though…

      • manbearpig says:


      • john.o says:

        Worth repeating:

        “Maybe the easiest way to create an AI humanoid is to rob genuine human beings of their mind, their natural tastes tendencies, their conscience etc. through mental and physical poisoning, mind control etc…also done fairly gradually so people don’t catch on until it’s too late…”

        As to macburns supposition, obviously I don’t know what is up their sleeves, but I will say this: in all my experience with technology and computers, nothing ever works better in reality than marketing says it works in the marketing collateral. Someone, I forget who unfortunately, called AI “vaporware.” Now, selling vaporware, to my shame, is something I have experience in. (I was naive not dishonest, but still…)

        So, I do not know, but that’s what this looks like to me mostly – a vaporware campaign.

        All technology can be weaponized, so I AM afraid of the more powerful computational technologies (which is ALL AI is so far) but only because it will be a weapon in the hands of the oldest transhumanist monster on the planet: the collectivized, dehumanized, artificial human being.

      • Corbett says:

        “it’s the fridge that’ll take over the world…?”

        Obligatory reference to Byron the immortal lightbulb:

        (From Gravity’s Rainbow if you’re interested)

        • generalbottlewasher says:

          J.C.. That is the strangest writing since David Foster Wallace passed away. Creep me out. Im never turning on another light bulb every. Got a flashlight that won’t creep the bejesus out of me next time I need to light something up. Your well runs deep.

          • john.o says:

            Not just strange, but a pack of lies, general!

            I am not unfamiliar with hashish, and have, at weak selfish moments, engaged prostitutes (to my shame). I also use light bulbs, occasionally, and, yes, it could be that Byron and I know each other.

            But I have never been to Hamburg, or the the “Reeperbahn,” and have never engaged a prostitute there. Most importantly, I am no bulb’s bottom, certainly not that puny little 40 watt nobody’s.

            I challenge this literary pretender to prove otherwise. It just goes to show, one must always fact check, even on the Corbett Report.

        • manbearpig says:

          As the Hamsterwheel screeches to a pseudo-stop groan
          Textbooks and voices spin an echoey drone
          Until dusk dropped like lead on this fading year
          Then on popped a light, in Can descent cheer !

          Oh yes , Corbetteer !
          T’was Conspiracy cheer !
          Esteemed Corbetteer !
          Its meaning shone clear !

          From the Tungsten-filled crackle of a hero by Pynchon
          Came a flickering nudge, towards the truth ever inchin’,
          In this poor perverse bulb, who had rallied in vain 
          We must re-ignite hope, and snuff out his insane

          Reversal to slowly become what he hates,
          the orgasmic scorn of his family and mates,
          Over years of despair the Bulb finally fell
          Losing sight that the vilain was the Phoebus Cartel!

          Oh yes, Corbetteer,
          Stockholm syndrome here,
          Esteemed Corbetteer,
          Shed Cassandra’s tear.

          Talk is cheap ! Take action ! Build your own ! cried M.Clare,
          And never cease trying to become aware
          « That there are other frequencies in the visible band »
          as Byron proclaimed, that Phoebus had banned.

          But we mortal bulbs burning bright in the light
          of the immortal crazed tale that this Pynchon did write,
          We can show the example and reveal the latex
          and the lowly designs of this robotic sex.

          Oh yes Corbetteer,
          Humans are Dear !
          Esteemed Corbetteer,
          We must Persevere !

          Oh dear Corbetteer !
          Your Mind, it is clear
          Esteemed Corbetteer
          Is the final Frontier !

          Hear hear ! Corbetteer
          Walk in Beauty this year,
          To you, Byron’s Best !
          Shine on bright and Sincere !

          and keep bringing your light

          • john.o says:

            puer patrimonium
            mundo dubitando
            quo est pandemonium
            diabolico et dando
            intuens in caelum ubi stella fixitur


            (silencio profundo)

            EGO REX!
            EGO CHRISTUS!

            (riso et clamanto)

            vocat pater TANDEM TANDEM TANDEM!
            tandem ECCE HOMO

            • john.o says:

              riso = risu

            • manbearpig says:

              If I were superstitious I would say:

              “Et nunc mater rediit

              et sophia Non est nomen eius


              “The water bearer arrives in time to quench the floundering fish.”

              But I’m not superstitious.

              Though I know others are.


              omnia est homo

              homo est omnia

              pater est mater

              mater est pater

              We’ll work it out individually and together.

              Start strobing! and others will join!

              and Be well.

      • manbearpig says:

        Once upon a time, Mr. Kitchen connect was listening to a conversation…

        as a chilling time warp experience I thought I’d put this here;

        just belatedly heard about this 2019 must-have from a student:

        “A hidden microphone in Mr. Kitchen Connect, the connected Food processor sold by Lidl German discount supermarket chain

        The Mr. Kitchen Connect, which consumers are furiously snapping up, is equipped with a microphone. Without the buyers knowing about it.
        Published on June 13, 2019 at 3:35 pm – Updated on June 13, 2019 at 7:17 pm

        At no time is the buyer notified. And yet, the Monsieur Cuisine Connect appliance, that’s been marketed in France by the LidL discount supermarket chain since June 3rd, is equipped with a microphone. This connected kitchen appliance, a low-cost food processor made in China, was a huge success at its launch, with scenes of crowds at store openings. The specialized site Numerama revealed on Thursday June 13, based on the investigation by two Frenchmen, Alexis Viguié and Adrien Albisetti, the existence of a microphone in this food processor.

        This information was confirmed by Michel Biero, purchasing director of Lidl France, on BFM-TV. “When the developers launched Monsieur Cuisine, it was planned that the device would be controlled by voice and possibly by Alexa, Amazon’s artificial intelligence system. At this stage, this functionality is not offered by the appliance. The microphone is “totally inactive” and it is impossible for Lidl to activate it remotely, Biero explained.

        However, Biero did not rule out the possibility of offering this feature, pointing out that if the brand decided to implement voice command, users would have to give their prior consent. Especially since the device seems to have been designed with this feature in mind: the microphone is fully functional and placed against a small hole drilled in the surface of the device’s plastic shell.

        A device poorly protected against piracy
        Furthermore, as Numerama reveals, the device’s operation is based on a tablet equipped with an older version of the Android operating system, whose latest security update dates back to October 2017, which Lidl confirms. However, any connected device must be updated regularly: each of these security “patches” protects it against potential hackers.

        The microphone may be disabled, but the security of the tablet is not guaranteed. Hackers could, for example, exploit its vulnerabilities to activate the microphone and listen in on the conversations of the device’s owners…”

        (as translated by deepl)

        pinchin’ pynchon…

    • generalbottlewasher says:

      Hey Macburns, Dr.Steven Greer says the M.I.C.has developed the trans-human alein hybrid. Used alot in the abduction scenario. I believe he has said they would used smaller sized airman in disguise than developed the Bio-robotic alien later. Claims Perez De Quasar was abducted by some when H.W.Bush wanted to divulge the UFO stuff. Crazy kinda but who knows what the undisclosed black M.I.C. have made.
      Dr.Greer has alot to say about it.

  8. André says:

    “First of all this has nothing to do with artificial intelligence.” (04:54)

    I must correct you, James: classification algorithms were some of the very first applications of AI. Being AI doesn’t mean passing Turing’s test; it simply means it’s an algorithm that ‘learns’ from its mistakes. Using a simple statistical regression to predict future temperatures from past temperatures, while continuously recalibrating it as time goes by comparing predictions with actual temperatures, is AI. Might not be the smartest AI, but it’s AI nonetheless. It’s a far cry from singularity AI, but chatbots are built over the same idea (only with different statistical tools).

    • I agree with you, and there’s one more piece of false reasoning, out of lack of knowledge what exactly is neural network training and KDD ( ).

      The very reason why KDD was invented is that there’s a lot of cases where no single general rule applies, but out of multiple clues and indicators from data that for a human mind is insignificant, a KDD process may discover a specific more or less generalized rule.

      Raising eyebrows that James was poking at was just a piece of PR material that was also simplified beyond measure for readers that will never get into such details as neural network training algorithms.

      So yes, that would be infinitely stupid if “raising eyebrows” universally meant “a lie” but no software that is built as a KDD/artificial neural network system would ever formulate that rule.

      If the one that is being discussed does that – then this is:
      1) not KDD
      2) not AI of any kind
      3) total waste of taxpayer’s money

  9. m.clare says:

    Thank you, James & James (and those who make comments here), for providing evidence that humanity is not yet doomed…. not yet a completely brainwashed, drugged, drooling, zombie herd.

    Talk is cheap. Take action. Build your own shit and take care of the ones you love.

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year…Happy-Whatever-Tradition-Tickles-Your-Fancy.

  10. okgardener says:

    Cryptocurrencies can either free us or enslave us depending on which one. If we choose a decentralized, open source, immutable, censor resistant cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin then it could improve our world and completely disrupt the large, corrupt banking system. On the other hand if we choose a cryptocurrency lacking some or most of those properties then the central banks will take control and use it against us.

  11. scpat says:

    Eric Schmidt is stepping down as the executive chairman of Alphabet

    Schmidt says, “The Alphabet structure is working well, and Google and the Other Bets are thriving. In recent years, I’ve been spending a lot of my time on science and technology issues, and philanthropy, and I plan to expand that work.”

    In the past several years, Schmidt has become increasingly involved in philanthropy through his own family foundation, which just launched a $25 million science fellowship, as well as Rise of the Rest, which invests in startups in middle America, and the Alliance for Southern California Innovation. He also serves as a board member of the Broad Institute, which focuses on medicine and disease prevention.
    In his new role, he’ll likely advise the company’s urban development arm, Sidewalk Labs, its deep learning efforts, and its healthcare spin-offs, Verily and Calico.

  12. holmesmd2 says:

    Excellent report by a fine group of gentlemen. I humbly, and tardily, would like to add one dimension to one aspect of your analysis. This, I believe, lurks at the fringes of the legalization metamorphosis we’re seeing unfold:

    How are we gonna replace all those docile marijuana-convicted felons in the for-profit prisons?

    When I say “we”, obviously, I mean “they”: How are THEY gonna fill those for-profit beds? I don’t think we got to where we are because the prison industry is a docile group of inmates, in contrast to the weed offenders they are so fond of incarcerating. On the contrary, more like the sex-predators, murderers, and other assorted violent criminals, they are driven toward their own goals, and that’s what makes them hard to predict (and in the case of the felons) incarcerate. In fact, violent criminals are much more “useful” to their “system” on the outside, and much easier to “manage”.

    So…are we going to see the prison population drop precipitously as marijuana becomes more acceptable? Or, which as I suspect, are the brains in the prison industry going to find new avenues for arrest, conviction and incarceration (and PROFIT$) to uncover equally docile inmates to replace the huge numbers of soon to be released / pardoned marijuana offenders? I have to believe these paths are already well mapped, of not populated by those in prison power. What do you think?

    By now some might assume that I have the answers…I don’t. This is just food for thought reflection and study. Maybe I can do some of that work, but not right now. I just thought I’d plant the seed and see if anything grows.

    Thanks, you guys, BTW for the incredible work you do. The world would suffer without you, and has reaped much because of you. Thank you both.

    • mkey says:

      If I had to take a stab at it, I’d say the petrochemical industry is stronger than the industrial prison complex so the latter can sod it.

      However, the bar for “crimes” punishable by prison sentence can always be set lower. And, fact of the matter is, some of these corporations have nice contracts which stipulate prison proprietors are due for a compensation from the local community, if said community fails to keep prison occupancy to optimal levels. The last time I looked at it, only some cities were paying the fines instead of producing more “criminals.”

      I think it’s going to work out OK for them.

    • john.o says:

      I missed this, but it’s a great question, holmesmd2! Thanks! I often ask an even more direct one about unemployment and taxation.

      In the large urban area in which I live, 3-4 mill peeps, the size of the non-medical street cannabis market is easily $2B. Right now, that flows through a very diverse street market but one of its main branches is a non-violent, quite respectable, black-market (and very often black skinned) middle-class sales guy/gal, who is helping grandma and putting kids through school, buying local goods and services, often enough tithing at church and paying very little federal and state tax – one of their main benefits to the community.

      Some of the lower outer reaches of this network may see the inside of a jail cell when young, and the upper inner reaches may get caught growing or smuggling, or in gang violence protecting those operations, but the savvy mid-level sales guy/gal almost never goes to prison.

      Cocaine, Meth, Opiates, the crime that pays for them and the violence to control the markets feed the prisons just fine.

      That entire cannabis “black market” goes “white” at Midnight Dec. 31, 2017. I am wary of unemployment and economic shockwaves, so I am in the midst of doing a story interviewing these guys on the streets and in the parks and underground delivery networks of Oakland and San Francisco as the change happens.

      The market adapts. The street market will instantly be all about price, taxes and, I think, as things develop, keeping the government and the corporations out of the cannabis DNA, while still providing a range of options competitive with the corporate supply chains.

      Still the potential exists for “laying off” thousands of high-paid black-market worker-entrepreneurs, replacing them with low-paid taxed wage slaves, and pulling a half of billion dollars out of the local economy and into the state’s coffers, where it will no doubt be spent partly on locking us up à la Agenda 21, and locking down cannabis and all critical DNA with corporate patents.

      I am very interested in anybody’s take on this. Particularly if you are experiencing the California shift or a similar shift elsewhere.

      ps: unregulated, UN-TAXED growers and distributors will increasingly be a persecuted criminal class:

      my daddy grew green bud
      his daddy did too
      we ain’t paid no reefer tax
      sumthin we ain’t never gonna do
      we just lay here by the juniper
      while the moon is bright
      or watch them plants a growin
      underneath full spectrum light

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        John O,
        Fascinating. I find all this extremely interesting (the CBD and Blackmarket /underground, etc.). I want to read your story after the interviews.

        Back in the early 1980’s I roadsided selling designer-type jeans (design on back pocket) for $10 pair on the street corners of Black neighborhoods often very close to the projects or ghetto areas. I would set up 12 to 24 eight foot banquet tables and place stacks of jeans on tables. This was during the Jordache back-pocket designer jean craze. I traveled to different cities seeking out the low income Black neighborhoods…Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Memphis, St Louis, Kansas City, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Nebraska, etc.

        My jeans were imports, but to avoid the 50 cent duty for having a design on a back pocket, the jeans were shipped without pockets and then sewn on domestically. In the 1980’s, the U.S. clothing manufacturing/wholesale industry was prolific and gigantically robust. It is a shame that many thousands of people and independent businesses lost their income as a result of new laws over time.

        White people don’t really stop to buy things on a street corner, especially jeans. So, I stayed away from White neighborhoods. I had long blonde hair and green eyes — so I stood out in a Black neighborhood. In the Black neighborhood it was extremely common, almost cultural, to buy things on a street corner or in parking lots. A very common sight was to see someone pull up with their car, open the trunk and sell “hot goods”. I even caught a thief one time selling my jeans a few miles away in this manner. Culturally, also, “word of mouth” was how news traveled and so this helped my sales.

        I sold tons and tons of jeans during this time. I remember sticking one week’s of cash sales from St Louis in a Fed Express envelope ($10,000) and sending it overnight to my partner/supplier back in Dallas because his cash flow was in a pinch. (By the way, he is now a multi-millionaire.)

        This was a very adventurous period of my life full of many anecdotes (such as bribing the Louisiana Parish Sheriff or the occasional near-death experiences or a real Hobo’s past stories or the Tax Man coming to collect his due in person on a Sunday or “open carry” with a pistol in my pants and a Bulldog-looking guy standing keeping watch with an unloaded shotgun on the back of my truck.)
        Some anecdotes on jeans further down on this roadside thread…

      • holmesmd2 says:


        Looks like amid all the other BS going on with Russia, Trump and the FBI….et al….maybe yesterday was the perfect “cover” for Sessions’ latest:


        WT Heck??

        So the real questions aren’t “Why did he do this?” or “Who Benefits?”

        BUT: WHY NOW?????

        COULD IT BE?????:

        Sessions REALLY IS preparing to resign, and this is one bit of UNFINISHED BUSINESS FOR HIM and his PALS in the PRISON BUSINESS?

        Let us pray over this one.

        Thanks for everyone else’s thoughts. I appreciate this community more than any of you can appreciate (maybe).

  13. mik says:

    Thanks for another great episode. James, I do agree in general lines with your exposé of daily-fail article. But this time I’m missing precise cuts, I got the feeling that you are a bit depreciating the importance of “AI revolution” and also would like to suggest you, to re-think using the word Algorithm, because it can be misleading.

    Let’s stay by mainstream definition of AI, in my words something like: AI is technology that is using neural networks, machine learning.
    There are some links to sources in my previous commentary.

    Neural networks are not an algorithm, although they can be simulated on a standard computer architecture that on the other hand needs some algorithm to be use useful. But they are just simulated, not run, they are an abstract object in algorithmic environment. Far better environment for neural networks is array of FPGA chips, where neural networks run directly on hardware, while programs/algorithms might just be simulated (in some best case).

    Neural networks are paradigm shift in computing. Solutions to some particular problems, in a sense of algorithm, are no longer needed. There is a tool with some learning capability (neural networks), tools that are used for training (feeding in data, adjusting parameters) and data, primarily labeled data, data with meaning attached. Solution is built by data the rest is support. Programmers just take care for environment where the solution is built.

    So, by definition above, daily-fail’s AI is most probably an example of AI (image & audio recognition). It might be fake or with overstated accuracy. It certainly isn’t the greatest achievement in AI.
    In my opinion High Frequency Trade is. This shit could not operate without AI, because of loads of data full of nonsense, but still some profit is made and probably more important, crash is prevented. Artificial neural networks are learned faster to support Nonsense, human neural networks adjustments need some time. Bending reality.

    Certainly, dissecting crappy article is not very invigorating …what about this one:

    The Greater Good – Mind Field S2 (Ep 1)

    Youtube scientist Michael Vsauce solved the Trolley problem for few instances by the means of Greater good (without defining one). And by the way pimping autonomous vehicles and AI.
    Even real life trolley problem experiment was conducted in a scientific fashion that found out majority of people freeze under the burden of terrible decision.

    I’m interested in how would Michael solve the following trolley problem:
    Young billionaire retard vs. middle-aged drunker, bad health, probable syphilis.

    For those who were tempted to dispose of the latter one…. He could have been Beethoven.

  14. mik says:

    “Mainstream culture ate conspiracy culture”

    an example: RT comedy show Redacted tonight

    The Hidden Truth About Christmas

    Otherwise, RT is pimping: climate change, terrorism to some extent,…

  15. VoltaicDude says:

    “Garbage in, garbage out.” – thank you James.

    Too much confusion on the difference between simplistic usages of algorithmic tools (which can often, when used by intelligent humans, be very useful) with AI.

    Another thing: when do politicians/judges/the police/corporate TV pundits NOT lie? Watch the tables being turned in the long run – however, that is in no way meant to suggest that the new technocratic fascism is OK in any way, now or ever.

    And yep James, looks like sexual scandals may be here to stay for a while.

    However, this year of normalizing sexual scandals as a means to promoting civil rights for gender and sexuality discrimination is to what “greater” agenda?

    Is it a means to deliver R2P to “backwards” counties with drones and bombs?

    Is it a means to deliver us from Mockingbird operatives like Charlie Rose with Christiane Amanpour?

    Is it a bloodbath meant to intimidate public figures who might not tow the line just so, or have spent-down their marketing value, or every citizen that has a libido and private life (which is of course totally on file now that the panoptic surveillance state is in place with a totally naïve public that has no clue how the criminal police state actually works)?

  16. VoltaicDude says:

    “Bud and Breakfast” – that’s funny! Would that be “all day”?

    The “Opioid Crisis” is “so loud” one can’t hear the Opium Crisis anymore, but last I heard “Afghanistan” is still up and running a “healthy” profit (tax-free) – even after the Obama administration’s lame-ass biggest fines ever on those bankster institutions that are of course also still up and running stronger than ever.

    2018? – since Trump is the Messiah, I predict Armageddon.

    Real things/abstract expansiveness – nice classic tension.

    Low-tech can in its way also be sophisticated, so long as it is not pursued with purist limitations (at one time “books” were pretty high-tech innovations).

    Thank you and many, many more to both of you and your great work.

  17. asavetmd says:

    There are various stories related to Eurasian Integration and Eurasian Rail Links that you haven’t mentioned. In addition, the crude oil futures denominated in yuan, Eurasian Rail links, Belt&Road expansion and much more that Pepe has been talking about will be the main stories. The Battle of Eurasia is the Main story and potential for WWIII will be the main story of 2018.

  18. john.o says:

    all along the watchtower
    princes kept the view
    while all the women came and went
    barefoot servants too
    outside in the distance
    a wild cat did growl
    two riders were approaching
    the wind began to howl
    —b dylan

    • manbearpig says:

      Some New Year’s neophyte doggerel for Mr.O:

      Hanging heavy in the heat
      Silent flashes from afar
      lit up the waning night
      electrifying the guitar

      « There’s just no way outa here »
      squeaked the hacker to the pawn
      « some decades hence, it came and went »
      « So what’s breaking in that dawn ? »

      what’s breaking in that dawn…?

      A muted grumble shook the pawn
      A man who never knew
      as he struggled for an answer
      the rumble grew and grew

      it slouches with no body
      it captures with no string
      it slithers to your deepest bowels
      and you don’t feel a thing

      it permeates the air you breath
      and deep inside your head
      the ringing slides right down your spine
      its siren’s singing bled

      and bleeds into your veins
      seizing senses it’s aware
      a single eye, both far and nigh
      a beast that’s everywhere

      and nowhere,
      everywhere and nowhere…

      has broken in that dawn…

      The joker was assimilated
      diamonds, rust and handsome
      the thief was just eliminated
      in his blastfamous anthem

      red light floods the horizon
      echoing through time and space
      a warning rising with the Gorgon
      do not look upon her face !

      Do not look upon her face…

      ringing out on the horizon

      Do not look upon her face…

      the hacker heaving to the other

      “Do not look upon her face…!”


      Happy New Year Mr. O!

      I think there’s a second part though…

      • manbearpig says:

        Lousy poetry Part 2:

        The figures huddled sweltering
        face down in creeping light
        A final raging riff removed
        the sweat of sultry night

        in the deafening pulse
        of the silence that ensued
        blossomed velvet beams and breezes
        gentle morning was imbued

        with joyful promise and a pardon
        for the whole human race
        « you can all stay in the garden
        but you must look upon her face »

        came the whisper through the garden
        « yes, you must look upon her face… »

        The panicked hacker eyed the pawn
        who in the throes of hesitation
        rubbed his eyes and clenched his teeth
        fearing imminent damnation

        in a kamikaze fever
        and to the hacker’s anguished cry
        the pawn embracing all creation
        stared straight into the Gorgon’s eye

        to the hacker’s anguished cry
        he stared into the Gorgon’s eye

        in tense shuddering elation
        his darkest dreams had blindly shone
        for his instant gratification
        the pawn turned instantly to stone !

        in the glittering living garden
        his meddle melted into stone…

        As the reader may imagine
        the conclusion was forgone
        Sadly, pawn after pliant pawn
        was seduced by the Gorgon

        She took on many different forms
        and went by many names
        VR, AI, Facebook Snapchat
        MMORP games

        In the echo of an Amazon,
        was another Google home
        throughout the library of Babel,
        endless links the pawns would roam

        When the last pawn was finally gone
        Another statue on the shelf
        « There must be some way outa here »
        said the Hacker to himself…

        “though not in stone, I’m all alone”
        said the Hacker to himself
        “there must be some way outa here”
        thought the Hacker to himself…

        Happy New Year all and may your hamster wheel be well oiled!

        • mkey says:

          I found writing poetry to be an excruciating process so I find attempts at it from yourself and john nothing short of heroic.

        • john.o says:

          i’m speechless! though,
          i do salute the Rhyming Scamster
          who NAILS the pin
          around which spins
          the Happiest of Hamsters!

          a very rhymful, alliterative CHEESY new year!

          —john o.

          p.s. – i must warn, there are moments where your doggerel verges over into “real poetry” – nothing wrong with that AT ALL, – it has its place, BUT respectability, and too much nuance, are always a danger, too, so i was glad to see, even in your particular continental situation, you were not afraid to re-insert the American Cheese and push to new heights of Doggerelism! (and btw, your continental situation is not hopeless, search: “Jean-Thierry Boisseau.”)

          • john.o says:

            Vœux avant l’heure… promis, ça ira mieux demain !

            Demain sera un autre jour
            Dit-on, quand hier le fut autant.
            Qu’en sera-t-il de notre amour
            Jusques au prochain jour de l’an ?

            Nous aurons des joies indicibles
            Mais aussi des peines cachées
            Et que nos cœurs, paupières baissées,
            Cèleront aux vôtres sensibles.

            Nous ferons mine d’être heureux
            Car c’est la loi, quoi qu’on y fasse.
            Pour un instant être joyeux,
            On peut, à moins qu’on ne se lasse…

            Nous rejouerons donc à tue-tête
            La ronde qu’on apprit enfant,
            Demain encore, crierons la fête
            Vive le vent, vive le vent !

            • manbearpig says:

              Que vous jouissez, Monsieur, d’un aplomb impressionnant!
              Ayant au bout des doigts des références si charmants !
              Ce Boisseau serait, en effet, un antidote très éfficace
              à la mélancholie continentale on ne peut plus tenace !

              De cette délicate attention vous me voyez tout ému
              et cette tyrannie d’une joie forcée est la vérité toute nue !
              De plus vous étiez si sensible à mon maladroit hommage
              à cet aliment risible qu’est l’American fromage !

              L’avenir reste un mystère, on ne peut se prononcer
              Mais un peu de rime anti-déprime me paraît plus que très sensée !
              La guérison pour trop de raison et un malheureux excès
              d’une sacré bile qui fait très style, Vive le Doggerel Français !

              et Re-Bonne Année, mais pas trop gaie!
              -un Manbearpig époustouflé!

              • john.o says:

                avec plaisir!
                (ça veut dire:

                ON RIME !
                comme la merde s’exprime)

              • manbearpig says:

                « Comme la merde s’exprime », dit John O.
                en guise de préciser
                Que la merde, cette chose si parfumée
                est tout autant sous-estimée !

                Un nouveau monde scatologique
                va inextricablement de pair
                avec cette matière organique
                mélangée au Doggerel prépubère !

                Vive la diarrhée bien prononcée!
                Libérez les fèces articulées !
                Les excréments peuvent être raffinés
                quand la crotte est si bien façonnée !

                Sing along !

                Yea ! Vive la diarrhée bien prononcée!
                Libérez les fèces articulées !
                Le caca peut être si raffiné
                quand la crotte est si bien façonnéeeeeee !

                One more time!

                Vive la diarrhée bien prononcée!
                Libérez les fèces articulées !
                Les excréments peuvent être raffinés
                quand la crotte est si bien façonnéeeeeee !

                Boy, this IS a promising year!!


              • manbearpig says:

                uh, pardon my French…

              • manbearpig says:

                crotte. Proofreading!

                Ayant au bout des doigts des ARTISTES si charmants !
                CONTRE la mélancolie tenace et…

                nah, I’ll stop beating a dead doggerel…

                the suppository for existential constipation…

              • john.o says:

                Caca, merde, crotte, excrément, diarrhée?
                Monsieur! Je veux
                te rappeler:
                je n’ suis qu’un bouseux,
                qui n’a pas de vocabulaire!

                Cher Monsieur, mais, quelle soit la matière!
                mélangée au Doggerel prépubère
                me parait toujours du Grand Mystère!

              • manbearpig says:

                Cher Monsieur O :

                Je salue votre savoir faire
                de manier les mots.
                Avec ou sans vocabulaire
                vos vers sont toujours beaux!

                Toutefois, permettez-moi
                de vous souffler donc ceci:
                un « je ne sais quoi », un peu courtois
                même pour les facéties !

                C’est un plaisir, n’est-ce pas?
                quand je vous vois, vous
                quand même, un inconnu.

                Je vouvoie même avec respect
                et vouvoiement ambigu.

                Je vous vois, une voix d’Auguste
                pleine de sous-entendus!

                Je vouvoie même un pédagogue
                qui serait votre dû.

                Je vous vois une voix qui porte,
                Une voix très attendue.

                Mais même si j’ai pas votre voix
                Je peux pas être « tu » !!

                quoique… après tout…

              • manbearpig says:

                Il manque le “CE” dans “ce qui serait votre dû”…

                si on oublie les pronoms démonstratifs c’est sûr on y comprend rien…

                Translation of what I wrote:

                “I vouvoie pedagogues who would be your due”

                rather than what I intended to write:

                “I vouvoie pedagogues Which would be your due” (to BE a pedagogue and not to vouvoie them -that’s understandable in the context – a problem of proximity interpretation I think…)

                anyhow, I sort of enjoyed the double-entendre in

                “Je ne peux pas être “tu”…

                now, guess what time it is…

                (makes me think of this lovely song by a couple of lovely harmonious ladies from NY then California because of the refrain (starting at one minute into the song).


                Anyhow we’re out of “reply”s so I have the last word.

              • john.o says:

                dites vous

                Cher Monsieur, depuis que Cromwell a tué le roi
                nous n’avons pas eu à faire ce choix
                je m’excuse, Monsieur – autodidacte, je vis loin !
                jamais je n’ai compris ce vocabulaire
                et maintenant, seuls les Français prennent tant de soin
                à discuter d’une telle matière

            • manbearpig says:

              « …et maintenant, seuls les Français prennent tant de soin
              à discuter d’une telle manière… »

              A oui ! Ze very vanté French Exception datant de leur Révolution!?
              Qui affecte ou pas leur Elocution ?

              Mais, Monsieur, il me semble que les Slovènes
              se donnent aussi un peu de peine !
              Et j’ai entendu qu’il y a protocol
              chez beaucoup d’espagnols !
              Et vexons pas les italiens,
              sans oublier les coréens !
              Apparamment les japonais sont plus nuancé
              que les néerlandais mais,
              dire que les français sont stigmatisé par autant de soin
              infligerait aux allemands un certain chagrin !
              Il parait aussi que les chinois
              sont obligés de faire leur choix  
              entre different forms de « vous » et « tu »!
              Mais basta ! Assez débattu !
              Pourtant la liste ne s’arrête pas là ! Oh no !
              mais moi, si ! je vais faire dodo…

              ciao bello!

              • john.o says:

                Monsieur, je n’ai pas dit « manière »
                parlé partout ! Mais, au Fromage Américain,
                j’ai fait le jeu de mots – j’ai dit « matière »
                le sujet intime, d’un parfum certain

                Toutefois, vous parlez la vérité :
                Tout le monde parle si, et vive la France !
                Mais d’après moi, sauvage, quand il s’agit de merde
                Monsieur, il n’y a pas de différence

              • manbearpig says:

                Mon dieu ! Monsieur !

                De cette matière la question encore se pose !?
                Je pensais qu’on était passé à autre chose !
                Je me suis dit de ce « t » «hmmm, le sens m’échappe… »
                J’étais sûr que c’était une faute de frappe !

                Ma foi, Monsieur ! Ne faisons point de fromage !
                (qu’il soit pasteurisé ou d’un très bon lait cru)
                En effet ! Oui ! Ce serait vraiment dommage
                de se quitter comme ça sur ce malentendu !

                Je suis très confiant que l’on peut être d’accord
                sur le fait qu’on a fait vraiment tout ce qu’on a pu
                avec cette belle « matière » un peu hardcore
                ce sujet si intime et pourtant répandu !

                Alors, fermons ce parenthèse un peu fou,
                répétant que la merde c’est la merde partout!
                Consommée même avec du fromage ‘ricain
                c’est vraiment dégoûtant, même en alexandrin !

              • john.o says:

                Ce sujet intime, Monsieur, oui, oui, oui !
                RIP. Moi aussi ! S’il vous plait, c’est fini !

                (sauf que je dois VOUS rappeler
                une fois de plus, je suis un fou
                qui manque français, peux pas taper
                mais si je dois j’aime bien aussi frapper
                quand les bons mots sont utilisés

                souvenez-VOUS, par-dessus tout J’AIME RIMER
                parce que rien de la merde jamais
                fou que je sois, ne va m’échapper)

              • john.o says:

                ok ok ok –
                qui manque DE français!

              • manbearpig says:

                “DE français”, En effet!
                Chapeau Monsieur! Vous faites des progrès!
                Au plaisir!

        • manbearpig says:

          mettle DAMMIT!! METTLE! I’d even verified the spelling and everything and then I go and type it wrong!!

          “His mettle melted into stone” – a deliberate (albeit mediocre) alliterative effect Down the Drain due to careless typing…

          anyhow, I’ll try not to lose too much sleep over this…Even if it IS ULTRA IMPORTANT!!

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