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Taking a week off from this blog so that I can read books and take naps. Will be back on January 2 if the world doesn’t blow up first (fifty-fifty at this point).

Be well.

Darren

This week, the President-Elect began to make good on his promise to arrest foreigners who’ve crossed our borders to do work Americans could have done.

 

  • Angus Deaton considers the role opioids have played in our political turbulence.
  • Brad DeLong drops truth bombs about our economic system.
  • Gillian Tett wonders if machines will complement rather than replace workers.
  • Eric Eyre investigates Big Pharma profiteering on pain in West Virginia.
  • Big Pharma aims to export America’s opioid crisis all over the world.
  • Louis Harris was the most famous American pollster of the twentieth century.

 

10 search-engine keyphrases bringing traffic to Afflictor this week:

  1. faith healer oral roberts
  2. super agent irving “swifty” lazar
  3. bob guccione’s later years
  4. plato’s retreat commercial
  5. dana weems gary hart scandal
  6. ty cobb on tv game show
  7. rudi gernreich futuristic fashions
  8. lincoln watching booth act in a play
  9. life in america in 1815 was dirty, smelly, laborious
  10. michael lewis’ new book

This week, Donald Trump embarrassed himself with an unfortunate spelling error, so he decided on a course of self-improvement.

I have to learn to spell better before America figures out I’m an imbecile. Maybe Professor Walnuts, Larry King’s educated monkey, can help me. He knows words good.

Lesson one. Type this: “The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain.”

Starting me with a toughie, Walnuts.

Somebody please shoot me in the head.

Can do.

Wow, monkey brains all over the Lincoln Bedroom. Who’s gonna clean this shit up?

I’ll do it.

I’m choosing someone else, Mitt.

I was honored just to be considered for Secretary of Monkey Brain Mop-Up.

 

  • The NYT explored the so-called “alt-right” movement, a.k.a. KKK 2.0.
  • Stewart Brand talks the ramifications of San Francisco’s 1966 Trips Festival.
  • David Grinspoon explains why planets are likely to be either lush or dead.
  • Read two smart if diametrically opposed pieces on automation.
  • Old Print Article: Clarence Darrow believes free will an “Absurd Idea.” (1931)

 

10 search-engine keyphrases bringing traffic to Afflictor this week:

  1. virtual reality dining simulated food experience
  2. richard dawkins answering questions about religion
  3. american government and religion
  4. pretty boy floyd funeral
  5. yuval harari the idea of free will is under threat
  6. bruno hauptmann’s executioner
  7. bobby fischer i don’t want anything artificial in my head
  8. dendrochronology tree rings
  9. don king old boxing promoter
  10. ali marciano computer boxing

This week, the President-Elect grew furious when the CIA accused Russia of helping him win the election. Then things got even dicier.

Chello.

Vlad, this is Don. The CIA found out about the election hacking. We have to be very careful or we’ll both be hanged for treason.

No, I’m Russian, I’ll be fine. I’m going to go hug a koala bear now.

Oh, that’s right. I’ll be executed alone.

 

  • Michael Lewis chats about his new book and Trump’s shocking ascent.
  • Sue Halpern warns that data may not know us as well as we think.
  • Tyler Cowen defends the libertarian wet dream of seasteading.
This week, Donald Trump caused an international incident when he phoned Taiwan, but things quickly escalated from there.

This week, Donald Trump caused an international incident when he impetuously phoned Taiwan, but things quickly escalated from there.

Being President makes me so hungry. I’ll order some Chinese.

Ill try this number for Xi Jinpings. Sounds like a good joint.

Let me try this number for Xi Jinping’s. Sounds like a good joint.

Hello, this is President Xi

Hello, this is President Xi Jinping.

Listen, sweetheart, Im gonna need beef fried rice, pork lo mein, moo shu shrimp and lots of noodles. and dont be stingy with the MSG. Chop chop.

Listen, sweetheart, I’m gonna need beef fried rice, pork lo mein, moo shu shrimp and a bucket of noodles, And don’t be stingy with the MSG.

Is my crank being yanked.

Is my crank being yanked?

Chop chop, Sulu.

Chop chop, Sulu.

Good thin I have a microwave in case the food gets here cold. but I dont want to walk all the way over to the kitchen counter. Hey, Flynn, Im gonna need you to nuke the Chinese later.

Good thing I have a microwave in case the food is cold when it gets here, but I don’t want to heat it up it myself. Hey, Flynn, I’m gonna need you to nuke the Chinese.

Yes, sir, nuke the Chinese , sir.

Yes, sir, nuke the Chinese, sir.

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  • Kazuo Ishiguro fears biotech advances may imperil liberal democracy.
  • Leah Remini conducted a Reddit AMA about her former cult, Scientology.
  • Former union leader Andy Stern believes Universal Basic Income is needed.

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Robots seem to have been capable of offering rudimentary salutations to Madison Square Garden conventioneers more than eight decades ago, but a Broadway speech and Q&A in the Roaring Twenties by a robot named Eric may not have been entirely legit. The bucket of bolts could certainly gesture and nod, but his “voice” may have come from an offstage confederate via remote wireless, though no such possibility was entertained in a report about the unusual stage debut in the January 20, 1929 Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The story:

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Will be back tomorrow. — Darren

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10 search-engine keyphrases bringing traffic to Afflictor this week:

  1. julian assange helping trump win why
  2. first computerized election coverage
  3. edward luce interview david petraeus
  4. benjamin franklin anti-vaccination
  5. walter kirn article on surveillance
  6. sculptor hendrik christian andersen and mussolini
  7. sweden doing away with cash
  8. robot teaching assistant
  9. k tel founder philip kives
  10. saul bass interview
This week, Peter Thiel called Gawker a "singularly sociopathic bully," which is also an apt description for the Presidential candidate he supports.

This week, Peter Thiel called Gawker a “singularly sociopathic bully,” which is also an apt description of the Presidential candidate he supports.

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  • Long before Comey tried to tip the election, the media created Emailgate.
  • Transhumanist Presidential nominee Zoltan Istvan did a Reddit AMA.
  • Odious “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli is still treating life like a zero-sum game.
  • Data will impact transportation and privacy in America in the near-term future.
  • It’s confusing to analyze the Internet Age economy and automation’s impact.
  • Mars settlers would be significantly altered in short order by their new home.
  • Technology start-ups aim to disrupt the end-of-life industry with Death 2.0.
  • Death is coming earlier to a surprising number of Americans.

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10 search-engine keyphrases bringing traffic to Afflictor this week:

  1. marvin minsky he was our yoda
  2. is robert mercer a racist?
  3. eldridge cleaver penis pants
  4. jesse ventura conspiracy theory
  5. new ted kaczynski book
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  9. xiao dong evidence for a limit to human lifespan
  10. the stone-age tasaday hoax 1971
This week, Anthony Weiner sexted yet another lady.

This week, Anthony Weiner sexted yet another lady.

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  • Donald Trump’s political aspirations are one flush from disappearing down the vortex, but the stench will linger.
  • Utopia is no longer a goal of U.S. communities outside of Silicon Valley.
  • President Obama’s embrace of Silicon Valley is both good and bad.
  • Paul Mason thinks information technology had a unique impact on capitalism.
  • Charlie Brooker talks the challenge of being a satirist in an extreme era.
  • Future crime may involve AI stealing the voices and faces of the unsuspecting.

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"I am looking for a real vampire."
Someone saying he represents BuzzFeed thinks I’m a “Human Vampire,” but I’ve never claimed to be human! From today’s Afflictor inbox:

Buzzfeed searching for Human Vampires – A new DocuFollow! Want in??? Email NOW! 

COSTAS NICOLAS 2:23 PM (6 HOURS AGO)

My name is Costas Nicolas and im a casting coordinator at Buzzfeed. Im currently casting a new series for buzzfeed where we follow a person throughout 24 hours of their lives.  

The premise would be that our host is completely fish out of water with no judgement. She is not there to form an opinion, nor to belittle anyone. Im looking for people who do live in Los Angeles but I am open to other states if the person is ideal.
 
This series is being developed to garner understanding without prejudice as we really want to get to hear someones story.

Let me know if you want to set up a time to chat that suits your timeframe!

Does this interest you at all???

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10 search-engine keyphrases bringing traffic to Afflictor this week:

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  10. can a lunar colony be profitable?
Those week, President Obama told Donald Trump to stop whining.

This week, President Obama told Donald Trump to stop whining about the election.

Such a nasty woman!

Such a nasty woman!

Who, me?

Who, me?

 

  • Steve Schmidt talks the aftermath of Donald Trump, the Worst American.™
  • Texas, as we’ve long known it, may not be America’s future or even its own.
  • Yuval Harari sees utter fecklessness to governments in a high-tech age.
  • Pedro Domingos discusses ultimate learning machines, robot babies, etc.

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10 search-engine keyphrases bringing traffic to Afflictor this week:

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  3. you can fit the entire u.s. population in texas
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  5. michael crichton predictions about the future
  6. nixon phone call astronauts on the moon
  7. gloria steinem profile in spiegel
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  9. richar dawkins recent reddit ask me anything
  10. people who see imaginary gangs of stalkers
This week, Donald Trump demanded that he and Hillary Clinton both take a drug test before the next debate, a suggestion which was readily adopted.

This week, Donald Trump demanded he and Hillary Clinton take a drug test before the next debate, a suggestion which was readily adopted.

Drop trou and go to town, Butterbean.

Drop trou and go to town, Butterbean.

I'm a classy man, and I'll only take a leak in a champagne flute.

I’m a classy man, and I’ll only take a leak in a champagne flute.

Go for it, Butterbean.

You done, Beefsteak Charlie? Now give me the sample.

All that urinating made me thirsty. I need some ginger ale.

Wait a minute. All that urinating made me thirsty. I need some ginger ale first.

You just drank you own whiz.

You just drank you own whiz, Doctor IQ.

Refill, Donald?

Don't mind if I do.

Don’t mind if I do.

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  • Silicon Valley’s life-as-a-computer-simulation groupthink is troubling.
  • Tyler Cowen says driverless and drones may spark a suburban renaissance.
  • China leads the world in early adoption of Virtual Reality. Why?
  • Paul Mason encourages a re-embrace of the Geneva Conventions.

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10 search-engine keyphrases bringing traffic to Afflictor this week:

  1. peter thiel and gawker
  2. the religion of technology
  3. lucian truscott iv writer
  4. evidence for a limit to human lifespan
  5. steven dubner discussing immortality
  6. gene wilder young frankenstein
  7. designer micropig pets
  8. claudine wife of andy williams
  9. hugh hefner paul snider
  10. post-humans and space travel
This week, Donald Trump, who was caught having made disturbing "grab them by the pussy" remarks, went to desperate lengths to demonstrate he still has female supporters.

This week, after the revelation of his disturbing “grab them by the pussy” remarks, Donald Trump went to desperate lengths to convince people he still has female supporters.

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  • Graydon Carter considers Donald Trump in this Baba Booey of an election.
  • Michael Che of SNL thinks Trump isn’t a racist ignoramus. That is wrong.
  • Gary Hart, who may have reversed the Reagan Revolution, talks the election.
  • David Letterman didn’t address Trump’s bigotry when he had the chance.
  • Margaret Atwood and Richard Dawkins consider our future, if we have one.
  • Elon Musk thinks disseminating knowledge about AI will make the world safer.
  • George Plimpton’s participatory sports journalism is reconsidered.
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This week, Donald Trump was trounced at the first Presidential debate. He quickly blamed the microphone, and he was right.

Technicians set up the stage for the Sept. 26 presidential debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Apparently the technician, a fatso with a sex tape, forgot to…

This week, Donald Trump bombed at the first debate despite working with one of the best

completely turn off his volume.

 

  • Edward Luce looks at the U.S. Presidential race, a sort of Reality TV show.
  • Freeman Dyson writes of Space Race 2.0 and a biotech version of Noah’s Ark.
  • Ryan Avent discusses the future of work in a highly automated world.
  • Zume Pizzeria is using robots rather than humans to prepare pies.
  • Many think the world is going to hell when data says the opposite is true. Why?
  • It’s possible the Digital Age will necessitate a new New Deal

From the November 7, 1886 Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

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10 search-engine keyphrases bringing traffic to Afflictor this week:

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  2. snl devo
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  4. jacqueline susann on what’s my line?
  5. henry miller big sur
  6. arnold schwarzenegger posing in museum
  7. milton berle and richard pryor fight on tv
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This week, we learned that if you're a new SNL cast member who's made racist tweets, you're in trouble, but if you're a...

This week, we learned that if you’re a new Saturday Night Live cast member who’s made racist tweets, you’re in trouble, but if you’re a…

...racist Presidential candidate you get to host the show.

…far more racist Presidential candidate, you get to host the show.

 

  • Crowdsourcing driverless-car ethics may leave many dissatisfied
  • Richard Hollingham wonders if all extraterrestrials might be AI.

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10 search-engine keyphrases bringing traffic to Afflictor this week:

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  2. the jesus people documentary 1972
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