"Code Read," Joel Warner, July 4
My God! Paradise is paved over and the databases of the technocrats are merging! How could anything be worse?
Regarding Aaron Clauset's flirtation with mathematics: If it were pure, it could be harmless or a thing of beauty, depending on his inspiration — but in the negative, it could be a Big Brother means of control, breeding an authoritarian state. I don't trust Clauset, as he is a member of a class of technocrats in white coats who have done so much harm in creating our materialistic way of life (read: DDT, GMO, Agent Orange, Monsanto).
How could anybody be so out of touch with humanity as those acquiring statistical databases seem to imply? Whose demographic do they benefit? That of the wealthy and soulless, profit-driven corporates, whose databases are merging and whose scheming is lending to the technocratic plutocracy that we are fast coming to resemble — or will those terabytes of statistics be used elsewhere, and to what means, in our so-called (read: NSA) open society?
Clauset's brain on the side of the corporates could just as well be immersed in a jar of electrolyte medium with connections to super-computing, for all the organic personality he seems to exhibit.
I've never understood why we need to have a terrorism museum in the middle of Denver. One of my favorite Westword pieces was when the CELL changed its name from The CELL: The Center for Empowered Living and Learning to The CELL: The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab a few years ago, and you came up with these alternative titles:
Completely Enraging Left-wing Liberals
Contrived Engine of Like-minded Loons
Cops, Eagle Scouts Lording over Liberties
Choking Everyone's Liberty to Laugh
Creepy Enigmatic Looney Land
Calling Elway for Long-winded Lectures
Computer-Enhanced Logical Loopholes
Curating Explosives Like they're Leonardos
Cultivating Enemies for Lasting Loathing
Crusade? Everybody Let's Look into it
Creative Endeavor by Large defense-contractor Lobbyists
Cretins Enjoy Losing Liberties
Cranial Enemas for Ludicrous Libertarians
Crazy Elderly Lurkers Live
Crappy Entertainment for Lame Losers
You saved the best for last. Thanks for the Aaron Clauset story, and for your continuing coverage.
"Foiled Again!," Lori Midson, July 11
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