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“Believe Women?” Why? by The Elephant's Child

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In the wake of all the Leftist hysteria out there, the most intellectually wanting is the cry “believe women.” Sorry, I have been a woman my entire life, which is probably longer than yours. This is silly, and insulting. Women are ordinary human beings and have all the flaws and foibles that come with being human. There’s a lot of variety. Women lie, some profusely. Women can be brilliant and completely stupid. Highly educated and uneducated, beautiful and not so much.

Women have led nations as presidents and queens, been famous and obscure. Been sluts and sex-workers and robbers and murderers. There are things women do better than men, just because they are the female of the species, and the opposite is true of men. If some women felt uplifted because of the “women’s march,” other women were deeply embarrassed by it.

Thinking is done in language, and understanding, a result of thinking, is expressed in language, but, when we simply adapt and recite what has been expressed, we have committed neither thinking nor understanding.
………….Richard Mitchell: The Graves of Academe

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George Gilder On The Future of Computing by The Elephant's Child

Uncommon Knowledge, from the Hoover Institution. 9/24/18

Is blockchain the technology of the future? George Gilder, author of Life After Google, argues that bitcoin and blockchain technology is revolutionizing the Internet. He sits down with Peter Robinson to discuss technology, cloud computing, big data, and the growing role of blockchain in innovating new technologies.

Gilder argues that cloud computing, while it was the hot new technology ten years ago, has reached its limits as the physical limitations of big data storage centers maxes out. Improvements in parsing big data are incremental at this point, and it’s time for the next big technology to take its place. Gilder points to blockchain as the technology of the future, with its ability to prevent corruption and manipulation of transaction data and the infinite uses it could have in third world countries.

Gilder also discusses the history of technology, artificial intelligence, and the revolutionary bitcoin. He argues that artificial intelligence can never replace human intelligence and creativity and that in principle, it is impossible for machines to take over.

For the full transcript go to:
https://www.hoover.org/research/georg…



This Sums Up Public Office by The Elephant's Child

  George Lefoe, former commissioner at the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission, interviewed in the Los Angeles Times of Jan. 25, 1987, on his retirement and the seduction of public office:

…….I really missed the cards from engineers I never met, the wine and cheese from development companies I never heard of, and, especially, the honeybaked ham from, of all places, Forest Lawn (Cemetery), even though the company was never an applicant before the commission when I was there.
…….But because I missed them I think it was a good idea that I resigned. I do not think it wise to stay in public office too long a time.
…….My first Christmas as commissioner – when I received the ham – I tried to return it at once, though for the record, I did not, since no one at Forest Lawn seemed authorized to accept hams, apparently not even for burial. My guess is that no one of the many public servants who received the ham had ever tried to return it.
…….When I received another ham the next Christmas, I gave it to a worthy charity. The next year, some worthy friends were having a party so I gave it to them. The next year I had a party and we enjoyed the ham.
…….In the fifth year, about the tenth of December, I began wondering, where is my ham?




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