8/7/11

Google should be leading the world beyond the automobile

Google's Robot Car Crashes - The Daily Beast

Google defends itself because it says a human being was driving its vastly over-hyped robot car
Google should be leading the world beyond the automobile
The problem with Google is that its people are too rich to be aware of just how wrecked our society is
That wealth breeds a sense of omnipotence and arrogance
Of course people are delighted to get jobs there
But in the world Google cannot see
The world the rest of us live in
The view is different
The creation of a robot vehicle helps maintain our car oil fixation
Google should build a car free cyber city with integral ideas
And Google should revolutionize our mentally-impaired zoning
But instead it creates a robot car that wrecks because it requires a human driver
I am amazed at all this
When the best minds as the poet said
It is not even worth a howl
Just a shake of the head


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How Well Do Seniors Like The Computerizing of Cars?

Honda recalling 1.5 million vehicles to update software that controls automatic transmission - The Washington Post

I turned in my license recently
I was old enough to stop being on the road behind a wheel
And I was intimidated by all the buttons and other complexities I sensed on new models
I also dislike the over complexification and overloading of software programs and other computer functions in general
I just wonder how long this can go on
We have an entire generation of people who will soon be my age and who probably should be off the road
I think the Millennials are more inclined to my alienation than to ads that appeal to the rah rah car people
I think the the US has sold its soul to oil and sprawl and will reap the whirlwind
I see nothing but social wreckage
So when I hear ads that disgust me on TV with macho voices challenging me to be up to a Cadillac
I get into my hate and despise mode
If that is our culture I do not live here
And so far I can live with that choice
I am waiting for the scales to tip

China Should Mind Its own Business Its Future is Bleak

China demands U.S. 'live within its means' - latimes.com

I want to be very clear
By minding its own business I mean China's business decisions
The time will come when we do not do as much borrowing from China
As far as I can see China is emulating the United States
This is not good business
We have built up a culture and society that does not work
We have fallen prey to the big oil game
We have invested too much in cars
China is acting as though we are the Major Domo
China has cut back on its eco program
We have no alternative to continue with ours
All told I would suggest that China's business is no less shaky than ours



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This is not a report it's a sign

U.S. official: Killed forces were reinforcing troops in Afghanistan - CNN.com: "Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- In the single deadliest loss for U.S. troops since the Afghan war began in late 2001, 30 service members died early Saturday when a helicopter carrying them went down while they were reinforcing other troops, officials said."

S&P should retract its downgrade

S&P Downgrade: How the Ratings Agency Is Now Partnering With the Tea Party - The Daily Beast: "S&P Goes Tea Party
Math-challenged and politically driven, S&P’s Friday night credit demotion puts the ratings agency on par with the Tea Party. Zachary Karabell on why that’s dangerous."

If it does not retract it should join Scalia, Thomas and the Tea Party in the corner.

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