or "Daemon World".... Maybe even "Cognitive Dissonance World" or "Personality Disorder World"..... actually, those last two really don't roll off the tongue right. =P
*another day in the WTFocalypse..... The Last Jubilee completion and WTFogeddon imminent.... so many "Occultist", folks into "Magick", "CypherPunk"/"Hacking", UFO/Alien "Truth", Conspiracy Theory, just totally proved inept when it came to them being delivered so much of what they claimed to have been looking for. June 1, 2017, an absurd "Covblehbleh" of a gem(atria) cypher (and part of the Cicada) was delivered globally (particul... show more
or "Daemon World".... Maybe even "Cognitive Dissonance World" or "Personality Disorder World"..... actually, those last two really don't roll off the tongue right. =P
*another day in the WTFocalypse..... The Last Jubilee completion and WTFogeddon imminent.... so many "Occultist", folks into "Magick", "CypherPunk"/"Hacking", UFO/Alien "Truth", Conspiracy Theory, just totally proved inept when it came to them being delivered so much of what they claimed to have been looking for. June 1, 2017, an absurd "Covblehbleh" of a gem(atria) cypher (and part of the Cicada) was delivered globally (particularly in 1st world segments of the world) and put on a silver plate what so many had long claimed to have been looking for, and yet to the tune of literal BILLIONS, people missed both what it actually was and it's meaning. Maybe it was or something..... So here we are, even as the assured global market actions proceeded to take their publicly (cypher) stated course including DOWs flashing to 666, even as ALL the national leaders proceeded to follow the dictates, even as the corp world proceeds to follow the dictates, even as retardObots were trotted on global media tours openly stating plans, as Google and Apple rolled out "The Selfish Ledger", and even after the Pope himself told people to read Testimony carefully, as it "".... still the mass herds obeyed and not only granted CONsent to the actions, but granted CONsent to not speak a word of what was right in front of their face in just about every direction and to detach their self from the raelity so that they might find comfort in the absurdities offered in the Spectacle of "normality". (kind of impressive considering everything and the kitchen sink plus Assguardia has been thrown into "normality" at this point.) WTFogeddon may be around the corner, but It's not too late you know. You can recognize. You can speak rather than remain silent. You can stop. You can change, at the least, your part in the script to the unscripted. Prophecies aren't given because they're final, they're given as a wake up call and a chance to change direction. Where you came from is gone, where you thought you were going to weren't never there, and where you are ain't no good unless you can get away from it. .*
“‘IMAGINE CAPTURING THIS MUCH CO2 EVERY DAY’: ‘ In image’ [the G–host] destroying this much life every day.” “‘IMAGINE CAPTURING THIS MUCH CO2 EVERY HOUR’: ‘ In image’ [the G–host] e–verified Horus destroying this much life.”
part 2 "It would seem racial discrimination is harmful in one simple way By preventing everyone equal access to the opportunity to be truly exceptional It limits the total potential of the human species."
post originally made on 5.31.2017 A ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF INITIAL WRITING…
made a couple updates to the original post over the past couple days that some may find significant. Last updates regard economic related happenings over the month of May 2018.
Quick summary of original post: The Cryptocurrency sphere has proven to have held numerous points of vulnerability exploited over the course of at least 2013-2018. The current global nation state markets also proved to have held numerous points of vulnerability that were exploited and/or continue to be exploited into current. Collectively, the effects have led to a centrally controlled and administered form of global eco-politics (“technocracy”) not only independent of global nation states, but to which global n... show more
post originally made on 5.31.2017 A ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF INITIAL WRITING…
made a couple updates to the original post over the past couple days that some may find significant. Last updates regard economic related happenings over the month of May 2018.
Quick summary of original post: The Cryptocurrency sphere has proven to have held numerous points of vulnerability exploited over the course of at least 2013-2018. The current global nation state markets also proved to have held numerous points of vulnerability that were exploited and/or continue to be exploited into current. Collectively, the effects have led to a centrally controlled and administered form of global eco-politics (“technocracy”) not only independent of global nation states, but to which global nation states and their collective populations are subservient. Numerous points of market vulnerabilities and review of exploitation with some of the resulting effects are covered.
Quick summary of May updates: Vitarik Butrin, a co-founder of the Ethereum blockchain/cryptoc publicly questions if central bank models and parties such as the Rothschild are now redunant. Morgan Stanley announces “A.I.” will be used to calm important clients in event of major economic change. Google debuts “Duplex A.I.” and publicly demos it making calls and accomplishing various tasks while posing as human well enough to fool those interacting with it. Apple (via their subsidiary name of “The Verge”) releases a “Google leak” on Youtube (owned by Google). In the video Google proposes/outlines a functional architecture of a new global eco-politico order driven by “A.I.” based behavioural analytics, behavioural modification (“behavioural sequencing”), with mention also to gene sequencing. Google confirms the authenticity of the video. The “Blockchainist Papers” are released proposing a break from the U.S.A. to begin in Nevada for a new country that functions on a blockchain (and arguably “smart city”) basis managed by “A.I.” The cross planetary expansion is proposed.
People like Buterin really really bother me..... They just constantly lie and mislead without blinking an eye..... But just to publicly answer Buterin's comment here, the answer is NO. That "NO" issues from the observable basis that market handling was turned over to HFT and other algos (aka "A.I." aka "Advanced Idiots"). Simply given the speed at which the "Advanced Idiots" perform actions alone, there's no "normal" human alive that knows exactly what they are doing at any given time or why they're doing it. However, it should be noted what sectors facilitated and oversaw the Advanced Idiots being put into place to begin with. (see also:... show more
People like Buterin really really bother me..... They just constantly lie and mislead without blinking an eye..... But just to publicly answer Buterin's comment here, the answer is NO. That "NO" issues from the observable basis that market handling was turned over to HFT and other algos (aka "A.I." aka "Advanced Idiots"). Simply given the speed at which the "Advanced Idiots" perform actions alone, there's no "normal" human alive that knows exactly what they are doing at any given time or why they're doing it. However, it should be noted what sectors facilitated and oversaw the Advanced Idiots being put into place to begin with. (see also: Everything you need to see the United Nation)
Beyond this simplistic answer, the following questions "illuminate" (pun intended) the architecture of what Vitalik is addressing in further detail: A. What/Whom is the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance? B. What involvement has the Bank Of England, Central Bank Of Russia, and Peoples Bank Of China had with Ethereum? With the Bitcoin and Ethereum "spin off" known as Qtum? C. Given the observable power requirements for the highest volume CryptoC's, what economic sector(s) has the means of being able to afford and sustain (up to current) such generation? D. I'll just leave this here..... Google Selfish Ledger
Buterin, I'm 99.9999% sure is every bit of aware of these issues (and more) as I am, and yet on a global lying, manipulate, and control tour he's been anyway. I will give a small nod to Buterin on this post, for while I don't know his total reasoning for making it, I'm fairly confident he made this posts as a public "hint" (dare I say "minor reveal") to public on the nature of both how global monetary economics has changed in handling and it's psychological control basis. The fact he's doing this on the heels of Google's "Selfish Ledger (aka 'blockchain')" I suspect is not coincidental at all.
An object is Fractal when it has the property that the structure of its constituent parts reflect the structure of the whole and at various scales. The classic example would be a tree, where a branch of the tree held upright is as the whole tree, and even a leaf of a tree has in its veins a tree like branching structure. Thus a Fractal object is said to be self similar. Another property of Fractal objects is Nesting, i.e. the smaller constituents that make up the whole object and that reflect the structure of the whole object, are themselves contained within it. But then these smaller copies of the whole, themselves contain even smaller copies reflecting itself and the whole; and so on and so forth potentially ad infinitum.
We have in the above diagram 4 examples of Fractal objects that have the property of self similarity, in that the organization of the constituents parts that make up the object reflect that of the whole and overall object. The two in the top row and one in the bottom left of the diagram are idealized mathematical fractal objects derived from the perfect solids i.e. Tetrahedron, Cube and Dodecahedron. The fractal object at the bottom right of the diagram is an actual existent vegetable that is the genetic cross between the Cauliflower and Brocolli called Romanesco Broccoli or Roman Cauliflower.
We propose that the organization of the brain is also Fractal not just in structure but also in process. So that what we conceptualize for the whole brain in terms of structure and functioning, we may likewise infer and conceptualize the same with regard to the brains constituent parts. That is there should be a way of looking at the brain which shows that the Neuron(i.e. brain cell) is as the Neuron complex(i.e. Cortical Cell Column), is as the Neuron Macrocomplex(e.g. Cortical Patch); and so on for the entire brain. And just in terms of arrangement but also in terms of functioning.
And we find that this is so. For these levels of brain description we find tree like structure of branching inwards towards a nexes and a corresponding branching outwards from it. Just like the roots, trunk and branches of the sort tree you'd find in a forest. And at all levels of description we find a looping back process of recurrent connection where the branching outwards from the nexus feeds back unto the branching inwards to the same. But also in terms of process and functioning we discover self similarity. So for instance, at all levels of description we discover in the brain a process of competition, i.e. synapses compete, neurons compete, cortical columns compete with one another, and then ideas, perceptions and moods also compete. Another Fractal process of the brain is one of linking up and coming togetherness. Synapses link up along a stretch of dendrite, neurons link up through Synaptic connections, Cortical columns links up and then ideas and representations also link up in space and are chained together in time.
The above diagram shows the fractal structure of the cerebral cortex which along with its wiring, makes up most of the mass the human brain. Diagram 1 depicts a pyramidal neuron, the main neuron type of the cerebral cortex and shows its tree like branching structure and a recurrent feedback projection. Diagram 2 depicts a cortical column into which several thousand pyramidal neurons are clustered to form the basic representational unit of the cerebral cortex. Diagram 3 depicts a Columnar Complex made up of many Cortical Columns and diagram 4 depicts 7 interconnected cortical patches, which are themselves sheet like structures consisting of a flat arrangement of many Columnar Complexes densely packed side by side. At all these levels of description we see a basic pattern of branching in, branching out and looping back. So that in this way the brain is organized fractally. This line of reasoning and way of looking at things can also be used with regard the entire brain and all its main information processing constituent structures.
We further propose that this Fractal structuring of the brain and self similar way of conceptualizing its organization and functioning, derives from a recursive generative process which is a property of many Fractal structures. This recursive process starts from a seed or atom of recursion, and through it all brain structure emerges. Furthermore we also propose that all brain functioning and the process of mind is really a continuation of this same recursive process. So that the process by which brains come into being i.e. Ontogenesis or Neurogenesis on the one hand and the process of brain functioning or mechanics of mind on the other; are really expressions of a common underlying process and really exist on a continuum. We have had for years a reason to suspect that this Atom of Recursion or Seed of Brain and Mind may potentially exist, because all biological forms derive from the recursive bifurcating process of cell divisioning starting from the fertilized egg. We believe that the process of the brain and process of thought can be conceptualized as a continuation of this process of ontogenesis and also neurogenesis, i.e. the production of physical substrate of mind.
Taking things further, it is the belief of the Author that there is something quite fundamental about what is happening in the brain and the process of mind. For we believe the Fractal of Brain Structure and Brain Process is perfectly reflected in the Fractal of the Organization of the Universe and the Fractal of Cosmic process. So therefore we should be able to perfect extrapolate from the brain into Society, the World, the Galaxy and on to the entire Universe. And likewise we should be able to interpolate from the Universe, the World and Society into the structure and process of the brain. In fact this correspondence between what is happening in a brains and minds on the one hand and what is happening externally in the world and Universe on the other is something that is suggesting but a lot of existing ideas about the brain, artificial intelligence and cosmology. For instance a way in which contemporary research into brain functioning and Artificial Intelligence is correct is in the idea that evolutionary processes are happening in the brain. This is reflected in approaches such as Genetic Algorithms, Neural Darwinism, Memes etc. Also it has been suggested by one physicist that perhaps there should exist a connection between Epistemology i.e. the study of knowledge and Cosmology.
We believe that by understanding the brain we also understand the Universe and vice versa. So that indeed 'As is the Macrocosm so is the Microcosm' and 'As is the Human Mind so is the Cosmic Mind.' Modern Science has started to find very appealing the idea that the Universe exists as information. What the understanding we are proposing allows us to see is that this information of the Universe is structured as knowledge and that this knowledge is structured as a Cosmic Tree.
All of this understanding ultimately allows us to answer conclusively the question concerning the Nature of Consciousness. And show that the reason why contemporary Philosophers and Neuroscientists haven't been able to find the answer to the problem of Consciousness, is that they've been asking the wrong question all along. For the working assumption has been Materialism or the Ontology position in Philosopher that existence is physical and consists of matter. And that therefore Consciousness reduces to the physical brain and the material Universe. The Truth is that it doesn't. It's the other way round. i.e. that it is the Ontological position in Philosophy called Idealism or the idea that existence is really Consciousness that is the truth. What the Fractal Brain architecture and the reducing of Cosmic Structure to this same Fractal conception allows us to do is to reduce all existence to a Single Consciousness. This approachworks together with the idea that the physical Universe is illusory and that what is behind the illusion is mathematical or platonic existence. So for example the Universe can thought to exist in the same way that the mathematical fractal object called the Mandelbrot set 'exists' i.e. platonic and transcendentally. But what is actually manifest and 'real' is subjective experience or Consciousness of being in the illusory physical Universe. Because the Universe is a Fractal structure that is of the same nature as the brain and are continuous with each other, then the Consciousness of our brains can be reasonably supposed to be of the same nature as the Consciousness that would correspond to equivalent structures of the Universe at various scales i.e. Planetary, Galactic and Cosmic. And so we can therefore put forth the truly astonishing hypothesis that a single Unitary, Undivided and Indivisible Consciousness passes through all these equivalent Fractal structures in a single chain of transmigration. Thereby living out all experiences of the lives of all the living entities existing within the Universe from its beginning to end. One subjective experience at a time, one day at a time, one life at a time. And that this singular all encompassing consciousness may be called God. So the Fractal Brain idea takes us to the truly stunning revelation that the Mystery of Consciousness and the Mystery of God are one and the same. That is the idea that everyone is God, the common belief that is found in all the Esoteric traditions of all the worlds major religions, i.e. Gnosticism in Christianity, Kabballah in Judaism, Sufism in Islam, Tantra in Hindusim etc.
In the theory of the brain that is to come is the key not just to Artificial Intelligence and the Technological Singularity, but also the means by which Science will be reconciled with Spirituality and the true Religion will be resurrected. The revelation of this theory and beginning of this process will occur in London 2012.
The above diagram is meant to show the correspondences between on the one hand various aspects of the Brain Theory, listed in the left most column, and on the other hand, related Scientific and Mystical/Spiritual ideas. It shows that key mystical/spiritual ideas found especially in Esoteric Religion are also inherent aspects of the brain theory, so that the brain theory is the means by which these ancient ideas can make a return and be accepted by mainstream society. This interesting correspondence makes perfect sense when we understand that the mystery of Consciousness and the mystery of God are one and the same. Then we should expect the brain, it's structures and processes, to reflect something of the Divine. This diagram tabulates some of the ways that this is indeed the case. Even more controversially, by including various ideas or facets from Science in this table, we are trying to suggest and give support for the idea that the structure and workings of the Brain are very special and fundamental, in that they contain the microcosmic representation of the structure and workings of the Universe. That is, the brain theory is also a theory of everything outside of the brain, i.e. society, the World, and the entire Universe. So that not only can we interpolate aspects of the world into the brain, for example some prominent neuroscientists suggest that the process of evolution is happening in the dynamics of the brain; but also that we can fully extrapolate from the brain to gain an understanding of the processes, structure and purpose of the Universe i.e. life. The brain is therefore like a Rosetta Stone which fully reflects the overall structure and process of the Universe. To understand the brain is also to understand the Universe. In recent years, Scientist have started to see the fabric of the Universe in terms of information. The next step is to understand that the informational universe is structured as knowledge and that the structure of this knowledge of the Universe is the Cosmic Tree. The process of the Universe i.e. Life, is also Epistemology or the process of knowledge, the brain theory will show how this is the case. Indeed the Microcosm reflects the Macrocosm, and the microcosm of brain reflects the macrocosm of the entire Universe.
The Nature Of Reality
The great Ontological riddle concerning what is the true Nature of Reality is solved by the ultimate truth that a persons real identity is God. Together with some recent discoveries from the world of mathematics, namely the Mandelbrot set, we can finally make the case for Idealism or the idea that all existence is consciousness.
In this section we discuss what is the nature of reality. Essentially what we'll be doing is showing how it is that Idealism or the idea that existence is really subjective, can work in practice. Or to put it another way I am going to show how it is that all existence is really consciousness.
This point of view stands in opposition against the alternative and more widely held view concerning the nature of reality which is called Materialism. This is the belief that existence consists of physical matter. It supposes a material reality and a physical universe upon which the subjective world of consciousness is based. The belief in Materialism is presently the dominant view of reality in the World today. However there are good reasons to suppose that the idea of Materialism may be inherently flawed. These reasons derive from lines of inquiry within philosophy and also some results obtained from the field of quantum physics within science, which studies the sub-atomic basis of material existence. For instance, some of the greatest philosophers of all time namely Descartes, Berkeley and Kant have all come to the same conclusion that we can never have certain knowledge of the physical World and that we can only really know the subjective world i.e. our consciousness. Therefore the idea of Materialism is flawed from the outset, for it tries to reduce something that we do have certain knowledge of, namely our conscious subjective states, into something we can never really know with any certainty as being truly existent, i.e. the physical world. Moving along to the world of science, one of the great physicists of the 20th century namely John Wheeler, who worked with Albert Einstein, summed up what quantum mechanics was telling us about the nature of reality in one sentence, he said 'There's no out there, out there.' This statement is meant to suggest that our belief in an external and independently existing physical reality is one which is being undermined by results from quantum physics.
So having outlined some of the problems inherent with idea of Materialism, what I'll do here is to take Idealism as our starting assumption and show how it is that existence is really consciousness. In so doing we'll be describing an alternative view of reality that also provides answers to some of the biggest puzzles in science and philosophy today. It is also a way of looking at the nature of existence that confirms what the founders of the World's great religions and the great mystics have been telling us all along. That indeed there is an existence above and beyond the physical and temporal. Also that it is this higher super reality which generates the appearance of an external world and the illusion we call physical reality. I shall explain how this illusion works so that it can clearly be seen that indeed all existence is consciousness and furthermore that all consciousness is really one consciousness. This one consciousness can rightly be called God, the ultimate source and ground of all being. So even though this section is called 'The nature of reality', it can just as easily be called 'The nature of God'. This is because God is the ground of all reality, and all the reality that we perceive and are aware of, is really a series of manifestations of the ultimate reality that is God. When we consider reality in its completeness then inevitably we arrive at the divine. Total reality is God and to truly understand the nature of reality as we know it is also to understand the nature of God.
Idealism or the idea that the nature of existence is really consciousness, has always had its adherents throughout the course of human history. However all the while, the trouble with the idea of Idealism has been that it has been impossible to argue convincingly and compelling the case for it. The reason why this is so is because in the past, the difficulty with the idea of Idealism has been how to explain the nature of the material world. It's all very well to say that all existence is really subjective or is made up of consciousness, but the problem then is to provide an explanation for the objective world and the external physical universe. In response to this question, in the past, the only answer that Idealists have been able to come up with is to say that the physical world of matter is somehow illusory without any further explanation of why the illusion of physical reality is so convincing. Obviously there is 'something' behind the appearance of the external physical world, but there has been an explanatory gap as to what this 'something' is. However the situation has changed and this has been brought about by a recent discovery in mathematics and also an invention from the world of computer science. What these discoveries or inventions give us are the necessary conceptual stepping stones and metaphors, which enable us to finally explain the truth behind Idealism. They provide us with insight into what is behind the exquisite beauty, detail and complexity that we find in the universe and also allow us to grasp the role of consciousness in the overall scheme of things.
So what are these new additions to humankind's knowledge that better allow us to understand the nature of existence. The first of these is the discovery of fractal mathematics and in particular the Mandelbrot set. The second is the invention and widespread use of virtual reality computer environments. I discuss both of these things in turn and relate how they enable use to understand the nature of reality and the relationship between consciousness and the external physical world.
The Mandelbrot Set
The first of our discoveries which helps us to understand the nature of reality was discovered in the 1970s by a mathematician named Benoit Mandelbrot. His discovery called the Mandelbrot set is a mathematical object which though succinctly described by a formula which fits onto one line, none the less contains within it an infinity of complexity, pattern and beauty. Here is a picture of the entire Mandelbrot set...
And this is the mathematical formula which describes the Mandelbrot set...
Though this may not at first seem all that remarkable, we really come to understand the significance and majesty of the Mandelbrot set when we realize that we can magnify small portions of the Mandelbrot set to reveal ever more complexity and pattern ad infinitum. That is, if we imagine that we had a special magnifying glass that allowed us to keep looking deeper and deeper into the Mandelbrot set at higher and higher resolutions without limit, then there never comes a point when the emerging novelty and complexity of pattern, comes to an end. We can keep zooming into the Mandelbrot set forever to reveal ever more elaborate form and intricate design. It truly contains within it an endless universe of variety, structure and exquisite detail. Here are some more pictures of small portions of the Mandelbrot set which have been zoomed into...
These pictures of the Mandelbrot set give us an idea of its beauty and intricacy. It is important to point out that there is nothing random in the process by which these pictures are generated. The pictures shown are unvarying aspects of the Mandelbrot set and would come up the same whenever the Mandelbrot mathematical formula, shown earlier, is programmed into a digital computer. It is like an endlessly detailed map or graph which is made up of a never ending array of infinitely myriad inter-locking geometric shapes and patterns. The Mandelbrot set is a mathematical object of stunning beauty and awe inspiring depth. In fact its depth is limitless and indeed infinite.
Now, the question I would like to ask the reader is this. Was the Mandelbrot set discovered or was it invented? That is, did Dr Benoit Mandelbrot come across something that already existed or did he create and define the Mandelbrot set? The answer surely has to be that he discovered the Mandelbrot set. There is no way that Dr Mandelbrot could have mapped out and conceived the infinity of detail and pattern that is contained in the mathematical object bearing his name. Therefore he must have discovered it. The question then is this. Before Dr Mandelbrot discovered the Mandelbrot set, where did it exist? We may just as well equally ask, before the beautifully intricate patterns are rendered onto a VDU screen, by a computer programmed with the an algorithm calculating the Mandelbrot set, where do these patterns exist?
The answer to this question lies in the understanding of a notion known as mathematical or Platonic existence. And it is this idea which also allows us to answer a question posed earlier. We have already put forward the proposition of Idealism which supposes that existence is really consciousness. The problem then is to explain what is behind the illusion of the physical universe. If existence is not material then from where does all the form, pattern and complexity that is in the physical universe arise? Here is where the notion of mathematical or Platonic existence comes in. The proposition here concerning the nature of the physical universe and physical existence is that it is one and the same as the nature of Platonic or mathematical existence. Put another way, the illusory material world only really exists in the same way that the Mandelbrot exists. And in the same way that a digital computer is required to manifest the patterns inherent within the Mandelbrot set, so it is that consciousness is necessary to manifest the objects intrinsic to the physical Universe. Furthermore, in the same way that there is a mathematical formula which describes the Mandelbrot set in its entirety, so it is that there is a mathematical formula which describes the physical Universe down to its every last detail. And so the physical Universe is really a mathematical object in the same way that the Mandelbrot set is.
A brief history of the mathematical Universe
If we trace the history of the relationship between the world of mathematics and abstract ideas on the one hand and the so called 'real world' on the other, then we find an interesting interplay which lends support to the idea that the real nature of the physical Universe is mathematical. Also we start to see that all through history some of the greatest thinkers of all time noted a deep relationship between the physical world and the world of mathematical ideas. We may start by examining the history of the idea of Platonic existence.
Platonic existence is named after the fabled ancient greek philosopher and genius Plato. It was Plato who postulated the existence of perfect 'forms' that existed in a transcendent and immutable realm outside of space and time. So that even though in this physical reality we see all the myriad transient manifestations of existence from horses, people, cats and dogs to stars, mountains and clouds; what Plato was saying is that there exist perfect archetypes of all these things which act as eternal templates to which the transient manifestations conform. And it is these archetypes which exist transcendentally in what is known as the Platonic realm.
The idea of Plato's forms is related to an older idea associated with another great philosopher sage of antiquity called Pythagoras and it was he who asserted that 'The Universe is a number'. He saw a mathematical order behind the Universe that he believed could be uncovered through the intellect and reason. One of his discoveries was the mathematical relationship between musical notes that are harmonic with one another, though he is best known for his Pythagoras theorem which is taught in elementary high school mathematics. There is also an interesting side to him which is not taught in school. He was also a mystic and is believed to have introduced the esoteric mystery traditions into greek civilization having learnt of their secrets in ancient Egypt. In his own life time he was revered as a god man by the members of a religious sect which grew around him. Apart from the idea of the mathematical universe, the many doctrines he taught included reincarnation and vegetarianism. His influence on ancient greek philosophy was immense and he was even the man who is believed to have coined the word philosophy. Plato who is mentioned earlier is himself sometimes referred to as a Pythagorean, which is testimony to the impact of the thinking of Pythagoras.
Going forwards in time now to 17th century England, the great physicist and natural philosopher Isaac Newton once remarked that 'God is a mathematician'. It was Newton who first formulated the laws of gravity and motion using a formal mathematical framework, that he himself also had a great part in developing. In a few succinct mathematical equations he was able to encapsulate and derive all the knowledge about the physical universe that had existed before him. He was able to develop a mathematical system that could not only explain but also predict the motion of planets and other objects within the universe of matter. Thus he observed what Plato and Pythagoras had also envisaged centuries before, that is he saw a transcendent order that existed in the natural world. And in a manner similar to his illustrious forerunners, he also discovered that this hidden pattern or regularity was captured perfectly using the language and concepts of mathematics. This is what led him to proclaim that 'God is a mathematician'.
In more modern times this great puzzle which has to do with the relationship between mathematics and physical reality has remained. Since the time of Newton, a great plethora of 'proven' theories about almost every aspect of the physical Universe have come into being. From Einstein's theory of general relativity to quantum mechanics, and from the theory of thermodynamics to the theories of particle physics. Without exception all these theories are expressed in the language of mathematics. It seems that mathematics has an incredible almost magical ability to capture the essence of how the physical world works. There seems to be a very intimate and close connection between the world of abstract mathematics and the world of matter, energy, space and time, which we observe and inhabit. The nobel prize winning physicist Eugene Wigner summed up the situation in his quoted statement where he talked about ' The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences'. What he meant was that not only are all physical laws expressed neatly and succinctly using mathematics but also that mathematical ideas, developed completely separately from the world of physics, seem to fit hand in glove as descriptions of the physical world. That is mathematical ideas pursued for their intrinsic beauty and internal consistency, without any consideration regarding any relationship they may have with physical reality, become the perfect basis for the formulation of physical laws. And so in this way modern scientists have also discovered this amazing relationship that exists between mathematics and the physical world, in a way similar to what the likes of Plato, Pythagoras and Newton had also done in the past.
From our survey of the past it would seem that the idea being put forward, that the nature of physical existence is the same as the nature of existence of mathematical objects such as the Mandelbrot set, has in a sense always been in the background. The idea has been alluded to all through the history of science and further supported by more recent lines of thought which suggest that the most fundamental substrate of the material universe is not matter and energy but is rather information. I believe that this currently fashionable trend in science is a useful stepping stone in helping people to understand and accept the idea that the nature of the existence of the physical Universe is ultimately mathematical. That is, it doesn't really exist and that it is consciousness that is the real nature of existence.
Consciousness, the mathematical universe & virtual reality
We'll be discussing here how the existence of computer virtual reality simulated environments provides for us a metaphor for understanding the relationship between the mathematical Universe and consciousness. We have already put forward the idea that the physical Universe that is 'out there', is really a mathematical object that has no real existence. That is it only exists Platonically or mathematically in the same way that the Mandelbrot set exists, which was also described earlier. The next step is then to elaborate upon the relationship between this seemingly real but illusory mathematical physical Universe, and the actually existent subject world of conscious states. Here is where the phenomena of computer virtual reality systems provides for us a ready stepping stone to aid in our understanding of the relationship between the subjective and the objective.
Virtual reality simulations have existed for several decades. In them the objects and dynamics of the 'real' world are modelled in order to allow a computer to animate and create a visual and auditory simulation of the real world. This visual and auditory replica of external reality would then be projected onto some sort of screen and the sound output using loud speakers. In this way a human may feel that he or she is immersed in and is a part of this virtual world so created. So for instance, some of the first virtual reality simulations were used to train pilots to fly various types of aircraft. So in this case the things modelled would include, clouds, the ground including mountains, roads, rivers, airports etc. and also the plane itself would become a part of the simulation. Thus the physical characteristics and performance details of the aircraft would be a part of the virtual reality simulation. More recently virtual reality simulations have been used to create life like game environments where the player may wander in and around buildings and various kinds of simulated terrain, with the objective of shooting things and/or finding some goal. The most advanced virtual reality simulations are getting extremely life like almost to the point of being photo-realistic. Perhaps sometime in the not too distant future, it may be difficult to tell the difference between a virtual reality simulation and real life.
Anyway the point is this, though the virtual reality simulation may seem real, it is only modelled using a database of mathematical data which is used to represent mathematical objects such as polygons, lines and points. So it doesn't really have existence in the physical sense. But then what we have been demonstrating earlier is the notion that the physical Universe itself only exists in the same way that mathematical objects exist. So in the same way that the virtual reality simulation only exists as a mathematical construct and is made visually manifest on a computer VDU screen; so it is that the physical Universe only exists as a mathematical object and is made manifest as states of consciousness. The difference being that in the latter case, the virtual reality simulator is the equation which describes the entire Universe; and the equivalent to the VDU screen is the substance of consciousness or what philosophers would call qualia. So in the same way a computer virtual reality simulator instructs how the colours or pixels on a computer VDU screen should arrange themselves to create the impression of a virtual world, so it is that God uses the equation which describes the mathematical object called the physical Universe to create the impression that we are people living out our lives here on this planet Earth existing within the wider Cosmos.
So the equation which describes the entire physical Universe works together with consciousness to create the existence of things. Consciousness needs the mathematical Universe to create the details and content of our subjective states, at the same time the mathematical universe needs consciousness to make itself manifest. Thus the objective and the subject are seen as two sides of the same coin, an eternal duality that may be called God. This idea will be explored a little later but next we shall be exploring the relationship between all the seemingly separate conscious entities that exist within the Universe. Indeed we shall demonstrate how all consciousness reduces to one consciousness.
How is everything one consciousness?
This sub-section asks 'how is everything one consciousness?', which is really the same as asking 'how does the ontological position of Idealism really work?" or 'how is everything consciousness?'. The answer to these questions and the solution to the problem of showing how it is that everything is consciousness is to demonstrate how it is that everything is one consciousness.
In the physical universe from its beginning to its eventual demise, there have existed and will exist an astronomical number of life forms and we may reasonably suppose that a certain ratio of these life forms will experience internal subjective states, i.e. that they will have consciousness. Now, one of the problems with showing how Idealism can work is that, if you abandon the physical universe as the basis for consciousness or deny that the subjective world arises from the world of matter, then how do you account for consciousness. Also how do you define the relationship between all the conscious beings that exist having done away with the physical world of energy/matter and space/time as the substrate of existence?
The answer to this conundrum is to be found if we take consciousness as the starting point. In fact we take one single indivisible consciousness as the starting point. The next step is that we then propose that all the separate and individual conscious beings that will ever exist in the physical universe are really different stages in the evolution and continual unfolding of the one consciousness that we have already postulated. Therefore this one consciousness, in a sequential manner, encompasses all the seemingly differentiated conscious beings which are really manifestations of this one consciousness. This proposal is related to an idea that two of the greatest thinkers of recent times, namely Richard Feynman the renowned Nobel prize winning physicist and the mathematician Roger Penrose who worked with Stephen Hawking, have both considered seriously. This is the idea that every electron that exists in the physical Universe is really the same electron. It is thought to be able to manifest in a way that makes it seem as if it is at all places at one once through exploiting the phenomenon of quantum tunneling, therefore appearing as a myriad multitude of different electrons.
However with regard to our idea of a single all pervading consciousness, the difference here is that this one consciousness is not appearing at all places in the Universe at the same time. The reason for this is that because we are demonstrating that everything is consciousness, then we are rejecting the idea that the physical Universe is the basis for existence. In doing so we are not only denying the actual existence of matter and energy, we are also denying the actual existence of space and time. That is we are saying that matter, energy and also space and time only exist in the same way that mathematical objects exist. This was explained earlier. Therefore it doesn't make sense to say that the one consciousness is existing at many different places at the same time, because we no longer have space and time as meaningful references to places and moments where consciousness is thought to be manifesting. For we are no longer pre-supposing that consciousness is arising out of a physical substrate, i.e. brains, that are located in certain points in space and time. What we do have as our fundamental assumption is one consciousness. And our starting point becomes the assumption of subjective existence and subjective time, which is the same as the experience of the one consciousness and its evolving stream of subjective experiences.
This one consciousness that then is the central assumption that we use to account for all the myriad seemingly separate conscious entities that are inhabitants of the mathematical object called the physical universe, which you the reader, I the writer and all the other beings on planet Earth are examples of. All these separate entities and seemingly separate consciousnesses are really one consciousness by being the sequential expressions of the one consciousness. Put another way, it is that the one undivided indivisible consciousness that is God is able to be all the separate consciousnesses by being each one of them, one at a time. A metaphor to help the reader visualize this concept is if we imagine every life form that has existed and will ever exist in the physical Universe, as a pearl. This will of course add up to a lot of separate pearls. If we then imagine that this multitude of pearls as being strung out on a single continuous cosmic thread then we get a variety of the 'Great chain of being'. So along this thread will be expressed all the life forms in the Universe. This thread then demonstrates the relationship between all the seemingly separate consciousnesses. That is, they are all different points along the conscious stream of the one consciousness. Put another way it is to say that the relationship between the conscious entities that exist on planet Earth, including all human beings, is that we are each others subjective past and subjective future. So that if we suppose that we are walking down the street and looking around at the people around us then we are really looking at our past and future lives.
We have thus described the way in which the ontological position of Idealism, i.e. the view that existence is really consciousness as opposed to being matter, is the true nature of existence. We have done this by showing what is the actual nature of physical existence, i.e. that it is mathematical, and also by showing that all consciousness is really one consciousness. It is the belief of the Author that this one all encompassing consciousness may rightly and properly be called 'God'. If we examine the holy scriptures of the World's great religions then we discover support for this idea. Essentially what I am saying is that what philosophers and scientists call the mystery of the nature of consciousness, and what theologians call the mystery of the nature of God; are one and the same. They are really two mysteries that are the same mystery, and two puzzles which are really different aspects of the same puzzle. We will examine this idea further.
We are one, though not merely of one flesh but truly of one soul
It is almost inevitable that the ideas just presented will seem extremely unfamiliar and counter-intuitive. However if we examine key metaphysical assertions made concerning the nature of God in the World's great religions we do find an amazing correspondence to the idea of an all encompassing singular consciousness just described. For instance it is an almost universal theme that God is immanent within us all. So we have the idea of the 'Christ within' in Christianity, the 'Krishna within' in Hinduism, Allah who 'closer than your jugular vein' in Islam, the Buddha within etc. At the same time we also discover the idea that we and God really exist as an inseparable unity. Also it is a central tenet of Judaism, Christianity and Islam this idea that God is one. In fact the greatest commandment in Judaism and Christianity begins 'The Lord your God, the Lord is one'. This idea of God's essential unity is also found in Hinduism where in the Bhagavad Gita the 'super soul' or 'over soul' which is God within us, is described thus, ' [it]appears divided but has never divided and is always situated as one'.
Furthermore this idea of unity and oneness is also used to describe our true relationship with one another. So we find this passage in the Koran, 'Your destruction and your resurrection is but that of a single soul'. In the Bible we have the idea of our underlying unity so expressed, 'There is neither Jew nor Greek , slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus[i.e. God].' If we refer back to our idea of a one all encompassing consciousness that we are all different manifestations of, then the idea of the unity of God and the idea of the essential unity of all living things, are then clearly seen to be expressions of the same truth. And that truth is the idea that everyone is God.
When we also consider the idea reincarnation which is an important and significant feature of all the World's great faith traditions, as is demonstrated on another section of this website called 'The truth about eternal life'; then this would correspond with our idea of a single undivided all encompassing consciousness which sequentially expresses every seemingly individual consciousness, one at a time. In this manner each separate conscious entity is therefore really different stages of the life cycle of a single cosmic entity, i.e. God. We see then that the idea of everyone being God and the idea of reincarnation, really go hand in hand. When we consider that the idea that 'Everyone is God is the truth behind all World religion', taken together with the notion that the idea of reincarnation is also a universal truth behind all the World's great faith traditions; then this would give strong confirmation to our idea of a single all encompassing and all reducing consciousness, which transmigrates through each and every living conscious entity in the Universe. This one consciousness that is God having the whole of eternity to experience infinity one embodied consciousness at a time. Therefore the universal truths behind World religion would correspond perfectly to our proposal for explaining the nature of reality, making the case for the ontological position of Idealism and showing that all existence is consciousness.
Summing up and Conclusion
To sum up then, what we have described in this section is an account of how the ontological position of Idealism or the belief that existence is really consciousness is the true nature of things. Using recent discoveries from the field of mathematics and computer science we have constructed a picture of what is behind the illusion of physical reality and have put forward an idea concerning the nature of the physical Universe. Which is that the phyical Universe only really exists Platonically or mathematically, i.e. that the material world only exists in the same way that mathematical objects such as the Mandelbrot set exist. Then using the modern phenomenon of computer virtual reality simulations as a metaphor we described the relationship between the mathematically existent physical Universe and consciousness. We have also shown how all existence reduces to a single undivided and indivisible consciousness.
Finally we explored the direct parallels that exist between the picture of the nature of reality that we have presented and ideas from religion and the world of mysticism. We highlighted the correspondence between ideas concerning the nature of reality and ideas concerning the nature of God suggesting that the two are inextricably linked. Essentially we elaborated upon the idea that the mystery of the nature of consciousness and mystery of the nature of God are one and the same thing.
The conclusion then and what all of this is really saying is this... We normally arrive at the assumption that we are existing as a person associated with a physical body gazing out upon a vast impersonal physical Universe that exists outside of us. However the truth is that we are God gazing through the eyes of a person reflecting upon ourselves, that is the Universe, that is God. We live through God but God also lives through us, experiencing eternity one moment at a time, one day at a time, one life at a time. So that in the same way that as mortal human beings we sleep and awaken to a new day, so it is that as God we die and awaken to a new life, eternally. Living in creation, living out the lives of the creatures and sustaining the created. This is the nature of God, this is the nature of reality.
IN MATHLANDIA..... Two recent articles follow bellow. The first regarding a study in relation to the "median" U.S. population's ability to afford sustainable living. The second article regards what can be shown of central bank QE programs initiated to prop global economies back up post the 2008 housing bubble crash. Collectively, it is here suggested that while the later article provides a glimpse into "cause", that it's former article offers glimpse into "effect".
These quotes, both taken from the authors of the article's, possibly sum up the "cause" and "effect" (glimpses) best.
"So long as monetization continues, the impacts will be enriching the minority with significantly higher asset valuations and rental income while impoverishing the vast majority as costs rise significantly faster than most incomes." - Chris Hamilton
"United Way has done a study on a group of Americans they call ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The study found that this group does not make the money needed “to survive in the modern economy.... Between families living below the poverty line due to unemployment or disability and ALICEs, the study discovered that 43% of Americans were struggling to cover basic necessities like rent and food.” - Daisy Luther
There is a selection of past entries at the bottom of this post to supplement these two articles. -A. A23P
You know all those reports about how lots of Americans can’t afford a $1000 surprise expense like a medical bill or a car repair? Well, forget additional expenses. It turns out that nearly half of the families in America are struggling to pay for food and rent. And that means that the economic collapse isn’t just “coming.” It’s HERE.
United Way has done a study on a group of Americans they call ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The study found that this group does not make the money needed “to survive in the modern economy.”
ALICE is your child care worker, your parent on Social Security, the cashier at your supermarket, the gas attendant, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk. ALICE cannot always pay the bills, has little or nothing in savings, and is forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge.
ALICE is a hardworking member of the community who is employed yet does not earn enough to afford the basic necessities of life.
ALICE earns above the federal poverty level but does not earn enough to afford a bare-bones household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and healthcare.
Between families living below the poverty line due to unemployment or disability and ALICEs, the study discovered that 43% of Americans were struggling to cover basic necessities like rent and food. Where are families struggling the most?
Some states have more families living in ALICE levels than others. The 3 states with the most families barely surviving paycheck to paycheck are California, New Mexico, and Hawaii. Each of these states saw 49% of families struggling. North Dakota had the lowest ALICE percentage with 32%. You can check how your state fares right here. Despite the lowest unemployment rate since 2000, families all over the country are barely getting by.
While many families are still doing okay, the specter of poverty looms over many of us. Many of us know that we’re one personal financial catastrophe away from disaster. I wrote recently about my own family’s struggle with a large medical bill.
Obviously, I’m not telling you about our financial saga to make myself look bad. I’m telling you because I want you to know that no matter how much you try to do everything right, financial problems can happen to anyone, at any time. Whether you have $100 in the bank or $100,000 in the bank, something can happen that wipes out your emergency fund just like it did mine. This doesn’t mean that you failed financially – it means that circumstances can affect you, just like they do everyone else, no matter how careful you are. Before my daughter’s illness, I was doing everything “right.” I had enough money in my emergency fund to carry me through 3 lean months I had numerous credit cards with zero balances My only debt was my car My kids are going to school without student loans I opted out of health insurance because it was more financially practical to pay cash (and I still agree with that decision) Everything was great. Until it wasn’t.
This is a story that probably rings true to more and more familiar to a growing number of families every week.
While my income hasn’t dropped – it’s grown – I am still struggling to pay off those bills and recover. I’ve taken on a significant amount of extra work to get things back under control, and still, I worry it won’t be enough.
There are similar stories in the UK (where the taxpayers can still fund a 45 million dollar wedding but poor families can’t afford to eat every day), Argentina, and Cyprus.
Jose wrote for us about the warning signs that the collapse of Venezuela was approaching and they’re eerily familiar. Food rationing began, the cost of medical care became prohibitive, the health insurance system began to fail, and people began to make difficult choices about rent versus food.
I don’t know how it could be any more clear than the fact that nearly half of the American population is also making that decision each month. What’s the answer?
While the United Way hopes to boost the minimum wage, I don’t feel that is the answer because it will drive businesses to let employees go when they can’t afford to pay them. We have seen this happen in fast food establishments in which humans are on their way to being replaced by self-service kiosks and burger-flipping robots.
I believe the only answer is to begin to produce more than we consume. Currently, Americans are like a horde of locusts, working at jobs that produce nothing, but consuming rabidly the imports that feed us, clothe us, and entertain us. We’re looking at economic tariffs on imports that may increase their price up to 40% and our own exports will be subject to tariffs in return.
If you find yourself in a tough spot, these tips from The Cheapskate’s Guide to the Galaxy may help.
Audit your situation. See where all your money is going, see how much debt you’re in, and see what the most immediate ramifications will be.
Take care of the most important things first. In most situations, keeping your home paid for (rent or mortgage), paying utilities, and making your auto and insurance payments should come first. Take care of the things that will have the most immediate ramifications first.
You may have to make some late payments on less vital things. If so, communicate with those to whom you owe money and try to make arrangements. This may affect your credit, but by communicating with them, you can keep damage to a minimum.
Cut your expenses. When you audit your situation, you may find some places that you can slash your regular expenses. Don’t hesitate to reduce services that are unnecessary or to whittle down your monthly obligations. (More ideas here)
Put a little money back into your emergency fund as soon as possible. This may sound counterintuitive but having a bit of money for minor emergencies means that you won’t need to rely on credit cards for these things, putting you even further in the hole.
Pay off your debts. Use the snowball method to attack your debts. Start paying these off AFTER you pay for the things I recommended in step 2.
Use the things you have on hand. Delay a trip to the store for as long as possible by planning a menu using the food in your pantry and freezer. (Think about the stockpile challenge we did and use those strategies. Get some ideas for meals from your stockpile in this article) Use the shampoo, soap, and personal hygiene products that you have already instead of buying new products.
Raise extra money. This may come from selling things you don’t need, taking on some extra work, or by creating a product or service to sell. However you do this, use the extra revenue wisely to get out of debt and to rebuild your emergency fund. There are more ideas for making money quickly in this issue.
And to harden yourself against the collapse that will only get worse, make these changes to help your family survive.
What can you store?” is not the right question to ask.
“What can you make?” – that’s the right question.
Your focus has to be on long-term sustainability, frugality, and self-reliance. Don’t get me wrong – a stockpile is sensible and an essential course of action. It should definitely be part of your preparedness plan.
However, you need to also be ready for the time when the supplies in your well-stocked pantry are no longer available. You need to be able to meet as many of your own needs as possible or you’ll end up being one of those people wearing dirty clothes because you can’t find laundry soap or going hungry because you can’t find any food at the stores – or can’t afford it if you can find it. You need to be ready for the end of a consumer-driven lifestyle, because quite frankly, there may soon come a day when there are no consumer goods to be had. Here are some ways to work on your
Here are some ways to work on your self-reliance:
Looking for the thrifty answer using things you have on hand, instead of purchasing a solution to every problem
Fixing things that are broken instead of replacing them
Eating simple food you prepare from scratch
Producing as much of your own food as possible
Learning to forage
Using “old-fashioned” alternatives for disposable things like diapers, wipes, feminine hygiene supplies, paper towels, and the like
Learning to make cleaning supplies and soaps, especially from accessible supplies (like vinegar, ash, and foraged natural ingredients)
Learning to make pantry basics like vinegar, sourdough, and cultured dairy products
Learning to preserve your harvests to see you through the lean days of winter
Providing your own services like heat, garbage disposal, and water
Learning about natural remedies from accessible sources
Learning to protect your family and property
It’s only by reducing your need for the things sold in stores that you can exempt yourself from the chaos and desperation that will erupt when everyone realizes that an economic collapse has occurred.
The story goes that quantitative easing was instituted to "bridge" the financial and economic systems across a "rough patch". Via QE, the Federal Reserve conjured new "money" into existence (if we did this, its called forgery...not QE) & exchanged this new "money" to the largest banks for US Treasury bonds and financial assets (Mortgage backed securities). Banks were left flush with cash, the Fed holding $4.5 trillion in Treasury's and MBS. The suggested goal of this exercise was that QE would lower interest rates and this would settle the economic system and subsequently boost asset valuations.
How'd it work out? As far as asset prices, generally they have soared 300% to 400% but the part about lowering interest rates...not so much. The chart below shows the Federal Reserve holdings of over 5yr to 10yr US Treasury debt versus the yield on the 10yr Treasury. The Fed increased its holdings of 5 to 10yr US debt from $100 billion in early 2009 to nearly $900 billion by early 2013...and then lowered it back to just $290 billion currently. And the correlation on the 10 year yields...essentially zero.
#1 - January 2009 Fed held $97 B 5+ to 10 year US Treasury debt vs. 10 year debt yielding 2.36%
#2 - January '09 to March '10 Fed adds $120 billion, yields rise 160 basis points...wrong
#3 - March '10 to June '12 Fed adds $500 billion, yields fall 250 basis points...right
#4 - June '12 to May '13 Fed adds $160 billion, yields rise 23 basis points...wrong
#5 - May '13 to October '13 Fed ceases adding but maintains peak holdings of $890 billion, yields rise 122 basis points...wrong
#6 - October '13 to July '16 Fed rolls off $440 billion, yields fall 161 basis points to a modern day record low of 1.37%. This is so contrary to the rationale offered by the Fed to initiate QE...wrong
#7 - July '16 to May '18 Fed rolls off $160 billion, yields rise 174 basis points...right Which is to say, there seems to have been no correlation or even a negative correlation of the Fed conjuring nearly $4 trillion with which to buy (and sell) unprecedented quantities of Treasury's (particularly the 5 to 10 year variety), and the direction of interest rates.
In fact, the lowest rates seen on the 10 year were while the Fed was systematically rolling off $450 billion in 5 to 10 year debt in mid 2016! Which leaves a very uncomfortable question...is the Fed filled with the dumbest smart people in America who just haven't seemed to realize this...or did they have a different goal all along?
QE did have massive impacts, just not where it was "supposed to". If the Fed's goal to was transfer power and wealth to an ever shrinking cohort, seems the Fed has achieved its goal. My best guess of what QE was all about and who benefitted and continues to benefit...HERE and HERE.
As long as we are discussing the Fed, might as well take a look at the balance sheet. Last week the Fed reduced its total balance sheet by $20 billion and the total reduction is about 2.8% since official "normalization" began. But the real story continues to be the how. Fed Treasury holdings fell by $8 billion last week in a convoluted process of rolling off $31 billion of 1yr to 10yr Treasury's while buying $10 billion in 10+ year debt and $12 billion in less than 1 year short term holdings.
As the chart below details, the Fed holdings of over 5yr to 10yr Treasury holdings continues declining, now down a massive 68% from peak holdings.
While the holdings of over 10 year Treasury's is down less than 6% from peak holdings and essentially unchanged since normalization began.
The change in the short term holdings is fascinating, the Fed fully round tripping, "normalizing" the short end to what it held pre-GFC (as of '07). Since Operation Twist ended, the Fed has been on a tear purchasing over $400 billion of short term debt. The massive short end bid coupled with the huge roll-off of 10yr debt should have been pushing the short end rates considerably higher and middle down...perhaps pushing toward an inverted yield curve?!?
The trend of fast shrinking 1 to 10 year Fed holdings, significant buying and growth in holdings of less than 1 year, and maintaining nearly all long bonds.
A quick aside, showing the Fed Treasury holdings versus the 10yr minus 2yr spread.
Finally, just to round out the picture, last week the Fed's holdings of MBS was essentially unchanged while the Fed has sold just 2% of its MBS since peak holdings.
Finally, just to round out the picture, last week the Fed's holdings of MBS was essentially unchanged while the Fed has sold just 2% of its MBS since peak holdings.
But interestingly, while the Fed has rolled off $60 billion in over 10yr MBS, it has simultaneously purchased $30 billion in 5 to 10yr holdings...for a net total decrease of $30 billion since peak holdings.
For the longest, would seem to me most folks in the world have functioned on the basis of [url=http://web.archive.org/web/20180130131531/http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/dialectic.htm]Hegelian dialectics[/url]... That is to say dualist choices of dilemma... “good” or “evil”, “choose lesser of two evils”, and/or often paired with expectations of “now that you have ‘some’ knowledge, suspend any need for ‘understanding’ and just give ‘faith’ in this external whatever that granted you some knowledge” (in other words, a promotion toward bot... show more
or possibly also aka "Why The F Not Theory?"
just for thought
For the longest, would seem to me most folks in the world have functioned on the basis of [url=http://web.archive.org/web/20180130131531/http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/dialectic.htm]Hegelian dialectics[/url]... That is to say dualist choices of dilemma... “good” or “evil”, “choose lesser of two evils”, and/or often paired with expectations of “now that you have ‘some’ knowledge, suspend any need for ‘understanding’ and just give ‘faith’ in this external whatever that granted you some knowledge” (in other words, a promotion toward both superstition and faith in some third party king alien presidential scientist cult of personality god thing whatever). It is here theorized that the split between these "good" or "evil" dilemma mindsets resulted in a sum of "Evily good" results and where we globally stand in the current.....some would argue this was purposely done by elites, some would say it came by chance draw, some would say it's actually what folks want, but I would argue, "If in a bunch of Evily good, and Evily good sucks? WHO THE FU CARES WHO'S FAULT IT IS! GET ON WITH THE GETTIN OUT OF THE EVILY GOOD!"
So opposing Hegelian dialects per the Evily good results, I’d lean toward “probably” the only good dilemma is when the dilemma is one of “If I put time toward one excellence it may negate chance to experience another excellence.” Basically, as opposed to a “win”/“lose” dilemma, there’s a “win”/“win”. “Do I take time to play around on flying skateboards with the gang or jam out on this new nifty synthesizer with the band?” could serve as a generic EXCELLENT dilemma in my case. “Do we kick it having good times together while preparing food for the homeless or while building tiny homes for the homeless?” is also an Excellent dilemma I've been faced with in the past.
At this point it's assumed clear to the reader that most the whole darn world has entered into some bizarO nonsensical, notably as so many “fundamentals” of supposed truth have been ripped out from under the carpet. Try reasonin this "normality" out for example
Subsequently, I personally see no real reason to bother risking the NEGATIVE outcome dilemma’s of Hegelian dialectics any further… “Be Excellent To Each Other no fear party on & DO NOT OBEY” As it looks like the sum of all those “lesser of two evils” and similar choices turned out to not much of a good Set of choices at all… I mean, less one consider a Fuckushima that's now contaminated over 2/3rds of the ocean, completely rigged markets, a White House Jersey Shore edition, and a Hollywood and global politics meets the TMZ sex scandal show extravaganza sensible direction.... (meh, remarkably, the absurdity shows no signs of letting up from this view point either) so maybe, just maybe consider holding out for when the “dilemma” (if it can even be called that) is actually a choice between excellent and excellent. You win, the others win, everybody wins and everyone can combine the wins for some total unimaginable WTF of wins.
OH, BUT WHAT IF THERE IS NO CLEAR PROOF TO "WIN"? WELL HOW BOUT THEN SO WHAT? Personally, I'd say probably best to consider "unknown uknowns" as better options than "personally learned or observed recollections of history that yield 'sucky outcome likely'". That seems to be part of what goes along with excellent anyway, no one quite totally saw the excellent coming, so when it came, IT WAS EXCELLENTLY EXCITING. I'll never forget seeing , it was AMAZING! But ya know, watching others do it since, while cool, was never quite the same as that first surprise of EXCELLENT! I even more so love that about jamming/improving with other artists, we have no real idea of what's coming.... Seems there's always some surprise to when MOST EXCELLENT happens. Some amount of "they said Excellent couldn't be done..." or "No one ever thought it possible...." and then EXCELLENT happens! There's a certain amount of daring that goes into achieving Excellent. A certain amount of defiance to "the experts" (which we'll return to "experts" here shortly). Plus anyway, when surrounded by a globe of nonsensical morans bent on
good chance that ones closest idea of a "Utopia" just might have to start with their self. Plus at least that way, they can run with an honestly true excuse of "Hey, I took no part in these shenanigans, not pointin any fingers, jus sayin ya actually truly can completely and totally blame some else for once." lot of people tend to love pointin fingers these days, anywhere but at self, it seems. Pointin no fingers n just folks given an honest "I don know what ya talkin about, I was off over here tryna be excellent n had no part in such shenanigans" may be a nice change of pace n tempo.
So in moments like these, when so much "supposed" truth of the world has been flipped on it's head, when so much HIStory has been proven false, may be it's a good moment to change course, and when some part of you is going “wait, something feels funny about this course I'm on, I don’t understand, and no one's bringing me to understand”, consider that a sign you may have entered into the Hegelian dialectic and rather than “choose” within the very construct that's brought us all into whatever this WTF of global historical nonsense shite is, maybe just ignore that Set of choices… like seriously, DO NOTHING, walk past it, ignore it, presume lack of promoting the action won't yield any worse results than carrying through with the action, whatever. Consider maybe, just maybe, there’s actually a “Be Excellent” choice that’s being overlooked and hold out for it because, eh, "why the fu not?"
Now, perhaps something else to consider in this age of "WTF bullocks".... It seems the devil tends to be in the details… That is, whole lot of devilOPments seemed to come out of unnecessarily over complicating stuff. May be grant some partiality to the idea that the first sign of a great teacher isn't some academic degree out WTF academia, but instead the ability to explain the most complex of things to a 5 year old simply and to the extent they can demonstrably repeat observable results (may be consider any confusions on the kids part a show of how inept the teacher was). May be worth also considering that Truth tends to be direct and not in need of a bunch of complicated whatevers. Western law stands as a great example of what I mean here… Lot of people went to law school for “higher” education, lot of those even got PHds, and it all lead to pages upon pages upon pages of laws with legal declarations of things like: “Pizza is a vegetable and you can have a conversation with a currency note.” (seriously, both are U.S. laws..... as is IBM and Walmart being biological homo-sapiens. talk about some serious WTF?) All that education and all those details just to reach obvious nonsense. Expert level nonsense at that..... and there's plenty of obvious expert level nonsense to go around these days.
With so many “fundamentals” of supposed truth and HIStory now obviously wiped off the table for anyone that cares to bother looking in nearly any direction, rather than pretending everything is remotely normal or that ones favorite Set of cult of personality has it ALL remotely figured out, maybe, just may be, NOW is as good a time as any to drop superstitious faiths, look to recognize Hegelian dialectic dilemmas, and where such appear (or even "feel" likely), just not even bother with them beyond pointing them out as possible light grenades.
Just an idea… just food for thought… nothing but silly theory on how to may be get on to some excellent.... but admittedly, i’m just an idiot noise architect/musician lookin out for some be excellent.... at very best I know a whole lot ABOUT VERY LITTLE; Set as a great General go to for likely nonsense my opinion is also admittedly biased and also probably not fair so by all means, I myself highly suggest
Panasonic’s Grand Plan for a Futuristic Smart City is Taking Shape
In Brief In 2016, Panasonic partnered with Denver, Colorado to build the world's second smart city. It's expected to be a decade-long project, but recent steps to apply tech to the city's road systems demonstrate that progress is being made. Denver’s Smart City
The Denver smart city project is part of... show more
Panasonic’s Grand Plan for a Futuristic Smart City is Taking Shape
In Brief In 2016, Panasonic partnered with Denver, Colorado to build the world's second smart city. It's expected to be a decade-long project, but recent steps to apply tech to the city's road systems demonstrate that progress is being made. Denver’s Smart City
Since the partnership, the future smart city has been fitted with WiFi, security cameras, environmental sensors, interactive kiosks, and a microgrid that can power the entire area for 72 hours in the event of a power outage. More recently, attention has been turned to the city’s roads. Smart Roads
This year has even more in store for Denver’s smart city. Panasonic — in collaboration with French self-driving bus developer EasyMile — will introduce an autonomous shuttle that will connect the city’s rail station to bus routes on Denver’s Tower Road.
Concept image of Denver’s completed smart city. Image Credit: Panasonic
While much progress is being made, it’ll still be some time before Denver’s smart city is completed. The one built in Japan was an eight-year endeavor, and work on Denver’s isn’t expected to finish until 2026.
While the CityNOW project has seemingly been successful so far, there’s no telling what could transpire over the next several years, such as the idea failing to expand to other states due to politics. But, if the red tape can be cut through, Denver’s smart city could stand as a shining example of how science and technology can improve daily life for all people.
Panasonic is building a 'smart city' in Colorado with high-tech highways, autonomous vehicles, and free WiFi
Jan. 12, 2018, 11:00 AM
A rendering of Panasonic's smart city infrastructure outside Denver, Colorado.
The electronics company Panasonic is building "smart city" infrastructure in a remote area near the Denver airport.
The project, called CityNow, is laying the groundwork for high-tech highways and autonomous vehicles in the city, according to the mayor's office. Panasonic may be best known for consumer electronics, but it has started moving into high-tech urban design in recent years.
The company is now building "smart city" infrastructure near Denver, Colorado, with the goal of turning the area into a "smart city" by 2026. The initiative is part of a larger Panasonic program Panasonic called CityNow. Although the definition of a "smart city" varies depending on who you ask, the term typically describes a metro area that prioritizes the use of technology in its infrastructure.
On a 400-acre swath of empty land near the Denver Airport, the company has installed free WiFi, LED street lights, pollution sensors, a solar-powered microgrid, and security cameras.
With the help of the new microgrid (which partially relies on solar power), the district can be powered for 72 hours in the event of an outage, Jarrett Wendt, EVP of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions, told PC Mag.
Panasonic is preparing the area for autonomous vehicles, too. In spring 2018, a self-driving shuttle will connect a light rail station to bus routes throughout the Denver area.
In late 2017, the company and city partnered with the US Department of Transportation on a $72 million autonomous vehicle project, also part of CityNow. In coming years, on a 15-mile stretch of a highway, Denver and Panasonic hope to deploy a high-tech system called Road X that would "talk" to self-driving cars. For instance, it would provide navigation recommendations (based on real-time traffic patterns) and create "virtual guardrails" that would alert drivers when they veer out of their lanes.
Emily Silverman, a program manager for the City of Denver, told Business Insider that her team believes the technology will improve residents' lives. For example, since city officials will be able to remotely control the LED streetlights, they hope to increase public safety while minimizing light pollution and energy usage.
"The city’s population growing by 15,000 residents annually. While this is great for economic development, it also means that Denver faces challenges like traffic congestion, air quality issues, and affordable housing shortages," Silverman said. "We needed to think about how we plan to address these challenges while maintaining Denver's character."
Panasonic plans to share all the data it collects with the city via an open API. If successful in the Denver area, the company may launch CityNow in other American cities.
This is Panasonic's first rollout of CityNow in the US, but in 2015, the company completed work on the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, 30 miles west of Tokyo. According to Wired, Panasonic hooked up 1,000 new residences to a solar-powered smart grid, which monitors energy usage in real time. To accommodate electricity demands, the company also built a solar farm south of the city and 440 yards of solar cells along a highway.
Cities across the US are embarking on similar projects, in which officials and private companies tap all kinds of data — from pollution levels to commute patterns — to improve the functionality of the urban landscape. In 2014, New York Coty partnered with Sidewalk Labs (the urban innovation unit of Google parent company Alphabet) to replace phone booths with public Wifi kiosks in Manhattan. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania launched a fleet of Uber autonomous vehicles in 2016.
At a press conference at CES 2017, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said the changes are laying the foundation for a smart city there.
"We’re going to continue to evolve. Those opportunities are going to continue to evolve," he said. "And we look forward to our solar panels, our solar grid. That’s awesome stuff, but it’s just the beginning."
TheShadowBrokers Monthly Dump Service - June 2017 Below is a copy of the last public message from The ShadowBrokers regarding a public offering of exploit tools for sale. Before showing the actual message itself, I’d like to offer comment on some of it’s contents as well as the time we now live, and in the process, hopefully make clear a widespread conspiracy that is no longer hidden. I’ll note, far more than a Snowden, a Wikileaks, or any s... show more
TheShadowBrokers Monthly Dump Service - June 2017 Below is a copy of the last public message from The ShadowBrokers regarding a public offering of exploit tools for sale. Before showing the actual message itself, I’d like to offer comment on some of it’s contents as well as the time we now live, and in the process, hopefully make clear a widespread conspiracy that is no longer hidden. I’ll note, far more than a Snowden, a Wikileaks, or any single party I’ve ever seen, I commend The ShadowBrokers in doing well to make the truth obvious. Of their current statement, there is portion that I feel is especially worthy of note:
“Zcash is having connections to USG (DARPA, DOD, John Hopkins) and Israel. Why USG is ‘sponsoring’ privacy version of bitcoin? Who the fuck is knowing? In defense, TOR is originally being by similar parties. TheShadowBrokers not fully trusting TOR either. Maybe USG is needing to be sending money outside from banking systems? If USG is hacking and watching banking systems (SWIFT) then adversaries is also hacking and watching banking systems. Maybe is for sending money to deep cover foreign assets? Maybe is being trojan horse with cryptographic flaw or weakness only NSA can exploit? Maybe is not being for money? Maybe is being for Zk-SNARKs research? Maybe fuck it, lets be finding out.” -The ShadowBrokers
At this juncture there are a number of CryptoCurrencies that, as I described in the past (see direct following link), are “hacked”. https://joindiaspora.com/posts/3157863 Without going into detail, what is ultimately meant by “hacked” is that they resolve into a fairly centralized control. Centralized control leading to the potential for the market to be artificially manipulated. BitCoin suffers from this issue, Ethereum suffers from the issue, Zcash suffers from this issue, among a number of others. What is interesting is that many of the central actors, which I’ll give credit to ShadowBrokers for alluding to, behind the centralization efforts have a strange tendency of not only remaining fairly persistent, but seem to carry a strange interest in avoiding their own native State and otherwise public legal systems.
These persistent actors, while inclusive of State government agencies and businesses, are not in and of themselves any given particular State or Corp…but rather a globally interwoven collection of MultiNational Corps, States, Financial Centers, religious centers, and else.
So for example, as can be seen with both the "hacking" tools released by ShadowBrokers and what’s been shown in Wikileaks Vault7, the tools persistently target Microsoft systems like no other. As I’d attempted to help explain and show back in 2012, https://joindiaspora.com/posts/1799228, Microsoft had KNOWINGLY modified Skype code and began intercepting Skype communications shortly after purchasing Skype for $8.5 billion in 2011. As can be seen in the (afore linked) post, it’s originally linked contents were removed through threat of DMCA (and to literally abolish the entire joindiaspora.com domain) if the link to a torrent of the modified Skype source code were not taken down. (a link to the torrent is not being offered again for these reasons) Shortly after this incident there was also a leak published by Die Ziet regarding the Intel chipset and TPM. http://www.zeit.de/digital/datenschutz/2013-08/trusted-computing-microsoft-windows-8-nsa Finally, there were the Snowden leaks and their regards to the PRISM program which not only re-confirmed trojan propagation by Microsoft via Skype, but provided additional overview on extent of the greater surveillance network and also additional actors involved. Including but not limited to Corp actors such as Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Facebook, Intel, Hewlett Packard, among else. State actors such as the (USA) NSA, (UK) GHCQ, (GR) BND, (ISR) Unit 8200/Mossad, among else also were all involved in working partnership. Implicitly, there are private individuals such as Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page and Serge, Mark Zuckerberg, among many others that become what may be viewed as knowledgeable and witting colluding actors.
At this juncture in time, I would say that the leak of all leaks wasn’t a leak at all, but a collection of publicly published reports regarding the 2017 markets by none other than Goldman Sachs. As perhaps everyone knows, the U.S. stock market has seen all time record highs in 2017, and with the end of April the first quarter could be viewed. The S&P 500 showed some very peculiar things, and as noted, this amounted to what I felt very well may be considered the leak of all leaks…GLOBALLY. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/just-these-five-companies-account-28-sps-2017-returns In short, what could be viewed of the first quarter record setting S&P returns was that the top 10 companies of the year (thus far) accounted for 40% of the total gains. Further, that of the top 5 in the bracket, 28% of total gains were accounted for. Let me say that again, 10 companies, out of 500, accounted for 40% of the total market gains. To make just the tip of the iceberg of what this means clear, it means that on average, of the remaining 490 companies in the S&P, there was an average contribution of %.122 to the market. In short, when we view the average company in the S&P we are shown basically total market stagnation and that what had been hailed as “all time market highs”, was in reality, what (I’m fairly sure) may be the largest market crash in recorded history. The market was crashing and there existed a very limited few multi-national Corp monopolies that were gobbling up all the assets. NOTHING HIDDEN ABOUT IT. A globally rigged market. NOTHING HIDDEN ABOUT IT. When we view who the top 5 companies in the S&P are, we find some familiar names… Alphabet/Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and (a bit to my surprise) Phillip Morris.
Key actors behind facilitating a global intelligence network surface once again… this time, in the guise of leading market actors in a rigged market. Is there any reason for surprise?
I try to stress"Architecture" over things like “WHO” here. The ShadowBrokers, have done much to help publicly expose architecture by putting what had been publicly hidden means and methods out into the open. In doing so, they bypassed a very very centrally controlled GLOBAL media (as made obvious by the fact that a mere 8 people account for 50% of global assets among else) and granted the public the ability to openly view and judge the truth of “news” for themselves.
I will once more stress “Architecture” over “Who”, as while certain facets of the modern “Architecture of Empire” may now be openly clear, while various witting participants of the Empire may now be openly clear, the Empire itself largely bases itself on “encryption”. That is to say, it keeps many of it’s details obscured and in the dark. Monetarily/Public Asset value holdings of 8 people (and more) may be readily identified, but it’s not as if those 8 people are the ones behind the creation and destruction of global currencies. I’ve found that when one begins digging into such pathways, while certain institutions may be seen, (Central banks, Bank Of International Settlements, etc.), the true actors behind those institutions very quickly tend to go dark and areas of finance are but one of the areas that quickly go dark. Further, if matters of “who” are addressed without addressing matters of “how” their actions were achieved, the vulnerability to the social/individual dynamic remains in place for future exploit. It all becomes just a matter of when another adversary decides to exploit the vulnerability. Thus, it’s often understanding and fixing the “how”, not the “who”…nor even necessarily the “why”, that is the matter worthy of focus.
Through revelations that can now be seen by focusing on architecture, matters of this or that State political matter will hopefully properly show their illusions. Many of the global economic illusions can also be exposed as well. Remember that markets are globally tied, the nature of multi-national corporations, that the NSA works with Unit 8200 works with German BND works with Google works with Microsoft works with Facebook works with China, and so on and so forth. Remember, as shown in CIA leaked tools, Western intelligence spoofs attacks to look like Russia (and you can give a good guess that Russian intelligence does their own similar spoofs). Remember that when 8 people hold 50% of GLOBAL market assets that such holding make bank claims of “too big too fail” look minuscule by comparison and that ANY world leader that portrays total economic sovereignty under such monopoly is at best inherently deeply misinformed and at worst wittingly lying and in collusion with such monopoly.
Why would the USG be working outside it’s own publicly official currencies indeed Shadow Brokers
As I have been prone to saying as of late, “There is no more conspiracy, everything is now out in the open. Now there is only our individual choice.” (depending on the collective choice made, within not even a year, the VERY near future will be very very well, or we will head to something very very VERY bad. It is perhaps safe to presume, even if for those not aware of the choice they are now making, those that CONsent to the conspiracy are not going to like where it is immediately headed.)
Be excellent to each other, even when m00000st difficult, no fear, party on, and DO NOT OBEY! ♥ : )
TheShadowBrokers Monthly Dump Service – June 2017 1 day ago theshadowbrokers57 in shadowbrokers
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Welcome to TheShadowBrokers Monthly Dump Service – June 2017
Q: How do I subscribe and get the next theshadowbrokers’ dump (June 2017)?
#1 - Between 06/01/2017 and 06/30/2017 send 100 ZEC (Zcash) to this z_address:
#2 – Include a “delivery email address” in the “encrypted memo field” when sending Zcash payment
#3 – If #1 and #2 then a confirmation email will be sent to the “delivery email address” provided
#4 – Between 07/01/2017 and 07/17/2017 a “mass email” will be send to the “delivery email address” of all “confirmed subscribers” (#1, #2, #3)
#5 – The “mass email” will contain a link and a password for the June 2017 dump
Q: What is ZEC or Zcash?
Be looking it up. Zcash is making claiming bitcoin + privacy. TheShadowBrokers is not making endorsements of Zcash. Theoretically only party seeing payment info is theshadowbrokers and theshadowbrokers only seeing amount and encrypted memo field, no sending address.
Q: Is Zcash safe and reliable?
Fuck no! If you caring about loosing $20k+ Euro then not being for you. Monthly dump is being for high rollers, hackers, security companies, OEMs, and governments. Playing “the game” is involving risks. Zcash is having connections to USG (DARPA, DOD, John Hopkins) and Israel. Why USG is “sponsoring” privacy version of bitcoin? Who the fuck is knowing? In defense, TOR is originally being by similar parties. TheShadowBrokers not fully trusting TOR either. Maybe USG is needing to be sending money outside from banking systems? If USG is hacking and watching banking systems (SWIFT) then adversaries is also hacking and watching banking systems. Maybe is for sending money to deep cover foreign assets? Maybe is being trojan horse with cryptographic flaw or weakness only NSA can exploit? Maybe is not being for money? Maybe is being for Zk-SNARKs research? Maybe fuck it, lets be finding out. This month theshadowbrokers using Zcash. If being not good, then maybe theshadowbrokers doing different for July?
Q: What is going to be in the next dump?
TheShadowBrokers is not deciding yet. Something of value to someone. See theshadowbrokers’ previous posts. The time for “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours first” is being over. Peoples is seeing what happenings when theshadowbrokers is showing theshadowbrokers’ first. This is being wrong question. Question to be asking “Can my organization afford not to be first to get access to theshadowbrokers dumps?”
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UNDERSTANDING ARCHITECTURE… BECAUSE IT’S NOT ALWAYS THE WHO, BUT THE HOW THAT IS IMPORTANT and lets put the politics to rest, politics is dead, put the glasses on and see the global conspiracy TheShadowBrokers Monthly Dump Service – June 2017 (https://steemit.com/shadowbrokers/@theshadowbrokers/theshadowbrokers-monthly-dump-service-june-2017) Below is a copy of the last public message from The Shadow Brokers regarding a public offering of exploit tools for sale. Before showing the actual message itself, I’d like to offer comment on some of it’s contents as well as the time we now live in…and in the process, hopefully make clear a widespread conspiracy that is no longer hidden. I’ll note, far more than a Snowden, a Wikileaks, or any single party I’ve ever seen, I commend The Shadow Brokers in doing well to make the truth obvious. Of their current statement, there is portion that I feel is especially worthy of note: “Zcash is having connections to USG (DARPA, DOD, John Hopkins) and Is...