Monday, June 19, 2017

Patreon Page Update

The following is a little update that I just posted on My Patreon Page:
Hi everyone. Since I’ve been fairly quiet on the channel for the last couple of weeks I thought I’d give you a little update before I kick things into full gear again.

I just finished another school year, and like most years my students needed my full attention. As you probably know I’m fairly critical of our education system, I actually consider it to be horrendous, but the kids do try their best to navigate this system and for me the least I can do is try my best to get them through this initiation process.

As for what’s coming up. I have a few things lined up and a lot of open topics that require further exploration. A lot more on much of those in the future, but right now there is one thing I would like to give you a heads-up on and one thing I would like to get your input for.

First, when I put this Patreon page together and asked for your help I mentioned that at some point we would start live video chats where we could talk about almost anything you would like. I think I would like to get that started this summer, hopefully in August. My question to you is, which platform would you like to use? Initially I was thinking about keeping things on YouTube but I would rather try another service. I know Patreon just recently did an update but I don’t think they’ve added live video hosting yet.

One reason I would like to keep this off YouTube is that I want to make sure that for your support you will have my full attention, i.e., this is for you, my Patreon supporters only. The other reason is that since YouTube has pretty hardcore censors, and since almost any topic will be open for discussion, I want to make sure that my channel doesn’t build up too many strikes with the YouTube gatekeepers. In my opinion, it is their platform and they have the right to control what businesses use their services and what the discourse will be, but I would like to offer more. So, any ideas or suggestions where we could do this?

As for what will be coming up in the near future. A lot more math, comic books, food and ASMR as usual, of course. The topic that I will be starting out with though will be a little discussion on economics which will directly kick us into a set of videos I have lined up on how percentages work (ASMR Math). I’ll explain what the rhyme and reason will be for these videos during the introduction to the economics video, but basically I just want to share my perspective on the economy, economics, where we are coming from, where we are heading and how we can prepare for what is in store. This will be a direct follow-up to my little political rant I did a few months ago and should provide a nice background for what we will be doing in the percentages discussion for ASMR Math.

Apologies for the long wall of text, but thought I’d give a little update and ask to see where and how everyone would like to hold these live chats. Aside from that, I’m going to take a couple of days to recoup from the end of the school year rush. I’ll be back soon in full force soon.

Thank you for your support.

Peace,

chycho

Saturday, March 18, 2017

For the Age of the Information Wars, Some Pertinent Quotes Regarding the Future of Humanity: Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, John F. Kennedy, William Thurston, Jacob Appelbaum, and Assata Shakur



We’re in the midst of a war on information. This war is being conducted on multiple fronts; to control the flow of public discourse on social networks, to control the flow of information on the Internet, to centralize power and continue the flow of disinformation by mainstream media (2, 3), to control public education and continue the indoctrination of the youth (2), to dismiss evidence and defund scientific research, and to acquire all private information for all peoples of all nations and consolidate that information into the data bases of centralized governments (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Below you will find some pertinent quotes regarding this war - the war that will decide the future of humanity. We should heed the warnings given and implement the solutions provided.



I. Stephen Hawking on Democracy


“If we accept that we cannot prevent science and technology from changing our world, we can at least try to ensure that the changes they make are in the right directions. In a democratic society, this means that the public needs to have a basic understanding of science, so that it can make informed decisions and not leave them in the hands of experts.” - Stephen Hawking, ‘Black Holes and Baby Universes’, p.28, Speech given in Oviedo, Spain, 1989.


II. Carl Sagan on Personal Responsibility


“We live in an age based on science and technology with formidable technological powers… and if we don’t understand it, by ‘we’ I mean we the general public… then who is making all the decisions about science and technology that are going to determine what type of future our children live in, just some members of congress? But there is no more than a handful of members of congress with any background in science at all… and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power, sooner or later, is going to blow-up in our faces.”

“And the second reason that I’m worried about this is that science is more than a body of knowledge. It’s a way of thinking; a way of skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility. If we are not able to ask skeptical questions to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then we are up for grabs for the next charlatan, political, or religious who comes ambling along.”

“It’s a thing that Jefferson laid great stress on. It wasn’t enough he said to enshrine some rights in a constitution or a bill of rights, the people had to be educated and they had to practice their skepticism and their education otherwise we don’t run the government, the government runs us.” - Carl Sagan, 1996.

Carl Sagan and Government_ Charlie Rose.wmv



III. Isaac Asimov on Ignorance


"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'” - Isaac Asimov, Column in Newsweek (21 January 1980).


IV. John F. Kennedy on Information and Secrecy


“As a wise man once said, ‘An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.’ We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors, and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.

“Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed, and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment, the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution, not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply give the public what it wants, but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate, and sometimes even anger public opinion.

“This means greater coverage and analysis of international news, for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security.”

“And so it is to the printing press, to the recorder of man's deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news, that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be, free and independent.” - John F. Kennedy, 1961.

JFK's 1961 Speech to the Media



V. William Thurston on the Language of Mathematics


“We mathematicians need to put far greater effort into communicating mathematical ideas. To accomplish this, we need to pay much more attention to communicating not just our definitions, theorems, and proofs, but also our ways of thinking. We need to appreciate the value of different ways of thinking about the same mathematical structure. We need to focus far more energy on understanding and explaining the basic mental infrastructure of mathematics — with consequently less energy on the most recent results. This entails developing mathematical language that is effective for the radical purpose of conveying ideas to people who don’t already know them. … What we [mathematicians] are producing is human understanding. We have many different ways to understand and many different processes that contribute to our understanding.” William Thurston, On proof and progress in mathematics, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.) 30 (1994), 161–177


VI. Jacob Appelbaum on Privacy by Design and the Power of Mathematics


“Privacy by policy is where someone says, ‘I promise I won’t log any data about you.’ Okay, how do you guys feel about that promise?…

“Privacy by design is where that data is never produced in the first place. So every time you see a system and it says, ‘I need your name, I need your social security number, I need that stuff’, that is a system where they start to implement privacy by policy, almost always….

“They promise they won’t disclose all this data, that’s policy protection. Policies are weak. Policies at a company are always over-written by the law and government policy. But no, I love to say this phrase because I think it’s fantastic; no amount of violence will ever solve a math problem.

“They may torture that guy into giving up his passphrase, but you can’t take an encrypted message and shoot it with a machinegun, and have it decrypt itself. And that sounds totally obvious, but think about that, that means when you use strong mathematics that I can hardly comprehend, when you use that kind of strong mathematics and someone sees an encrypted message, the violence of the state is not actually so useful anymore.” - Jacob Appelbaum, 2012.

Jacob Appelbaum (Part 1/2) Digital Anti-Repression Workshop - April 26 2012



VII. Assata Shakur on Freedom


“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.” - Assata Shakur, 1973(?).



Related WikiLeaks Information:
  • WikiLeaks' Vault 7 "Year Zero": CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

  • WikiLeaks' CIA Organizational Chart

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  • Anomalies, Prisons, and Geophysics: How Governments Use Data and How to Stop Them

  • Why the U.S. Government has such a hard-on for Edward Snowden

  • The Surveillance State Killed BlackBerry, and the Same Fate Awaits Other Tech Giants

  • How to Protect Ourselves on Social Networks and from Data Collection Systems of Governments and Corporations

  • For the Age of the Information Wars, Some Pertinent Quotes Regarding the Future of Humanity: Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, John F. Kennedy, William Thurston, Jacob Appelbaum, and Assata Shakur