Monday, October 15, 2018

Quantum Computing

Let me state this right up front - quantum computing is a boondoggle.  I won't go so far as to say it's a scam, because we're talking about true believers here.

Quantum computing is nothing more than analog computing.  Yes, you read that correctly.
You can replicate the performance of a quantum computer with hydraulics.  This has already been done.

The best current quantum computers act as nothing more than random number generators.  You can do this with a microphone for ambient noise, or an antenna to detect cosmic rays.

You can perfectly replicate an entangled particle pair with a random bit generator and a NOT gate.  This is all that quantum computing has to offer us.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Shadowstats and the real inflation rate

Did you know the real rate of inflation is around 9%, and has been for two decades?

The government has been lying about the rate of inflation since 1983.  They doubled down on the lies in 1987.  And again in 1993.

Go check out Shadow Stats.  They have all kinds of charts showing the true nature of the economy.  How do they do this?  Simple!  They just use the techniques the government used to use to report economic activity. 

Another example:  The government recently reported unemployment at 3.7%.  Hooray!  Except, it's not.  The real rate of unemployment is 21.3%.

Don't believe them?  The price of a new, base option Ford F150 pickup truck has increased 211% over the last 13 years.  Do the math.  That's 9% inflation almost exactly.

Many people's wages are related to the government computed Consumer Price Index - the official rate of inflation.  Social Security checks are, too.  When the real rate of inflation is triple the official rate, you lose money every year - at an increasing rate.

People wonder why they are getting raises, but getting poorer at the same time.  This is why.  Well, that and the recession the country has been in since late 2000.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Witch hunts

The great thing about a witch hunt is that witches, being imaginary, can be hunted forever.  This gives the hunters great power, as long as they can "keep us the skeer."  See, e.g., PoundMeToo, "I'm just glad we ruined Bret Kavanaugh's life," “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.”

The actual, historical witch hunts were fights between the early Protestant and established Catholic churches.  They were directly purging others, or showing that they could protect their people from the Devil better than that other church could, by burning more witches.  The "little ice age" crop failures and famines were good excuses to look for witches.

So, in essence, the witch hunts were the religious version of the crack wars.  New opportunities open, various syndicates fight over territory.  Murders spike.  Eventually, the territories settle down and the factions come to agreements over boundaries.  The murders drop.