5/17/17 – 5/18/17….

Why so much contemporary art disgusts me. http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/reviews/the-road-to-the-venice-biennale-is-paved-with-good-intentions/?utm_source=daily_may17_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email_daily&utm_source=The+Art+Newspaper+Newsletters&utm_campaign=b8b302ad42-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c459f924d0-b8b302ad42-60919593

Well, thank God! https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/what-the-digital-resistance-movement-might-look-like

Good stuff: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-how-did-russiagate-start-w482262

Riding over to Manhattan today, in a sic-and-span car supplied by Juno (the service I use because every driver I’ve spoken with says that Juno treats them much better than Uber), we jolt from pothole to pothole, the Brooklyn Bridge and FDR Drive are held up by repair crews, and it occurs to me that this is all attributable to one ongoing feature of our system of governance at  every level:  a total lack of infrastructure maintenance. I’m speaking of maintenance of both our physical and our moral infrastructure. Neither sphere is worth much political capital. The money and perks are all tied into new stuff, because new stuff is what gets a politician elected and reelected. . And what that suggests to me is that the only way for this country to get out of the mess it has evolved into is to impose strict term limits at every level of governance. Starting at the top: two four-year terms for the President as at the present, but then the fun starts: a single six-year term for Senators, three three-year terms for the House. And emulate this right down the line. Albany is a hive of crooks because our state legislators get elected and stay elected. If it was up and out after four years, things would get better. Bloomberg had three terms – twelve years – to hand the city over the the real estate and tourism promoters. A single six-year term limit for mayors might well have saved the day. To impose term limits country-wide from the top down will either at the outset or at the conclusion require a Constitutional amendment – but I think it might have a shot.

Cowardly draft-dodger hangs tough: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/us/politics/trump-saying-he-is-treated-unfairly-signals-a-fight.html?emc=edit_ne_20170517&nl=evening-briefing&nlid=2476992&te=1

Roger Ailes has died. Sad news about a bad guy. Can’t helping paraphrasing the great line from Macbeth:  “He should have died heretofore. ..”

Interesting. http://time.com/4783932/inside-russia-social-media-war-america/ OK: but what I don’t understand is why the good guys don’t hack back, identifying the same subgroups and offering a pitch that points  out that the targets’ chains are being jerked by KGB, FRS or whoever. For instance (and I quote): The vast openness and anonymity of social media has cleared a dangerous new route for antidemocratic forces. “Using these technologies, it is possible to undermine democratic government, and it’s becoming easier every day,” says Rand Waltzman of the Rand Corp., who ran a major Pentagon research program to understand the propaganda threats posed by social media technology. How come the quote can’t read “Using these technologies it is possible to support democratic government…”  ? Here’s my guess: it’s in the nature of technocracy to present itself as ideology free, and to concentrate on how  something gets transmitted rather that what  is being transmitted. Here’s the aforesaid Waltzman’ s CV:

Rand Waltzman is acting chief technology officer (Washington, DC) stationed in the SEI’s Arlington, VA, office. He is also SEI associate director of research and is part of the management team responsible for the SEI’s internally funded research program. Before joining the SEI in 2015, Waltzman was a program manager for five years at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington. At DARPA he originated, secured funding for, and managed the Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales (ADAMS) program in the area of insider threat detection and the Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program. Prior to his work at DARPA, Waltzman was chief scientist for the Distributed Systems Lab at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories in Cherry Hill, NJ, where he provided technical leadership for R&D in the broad areas of advanced software development and physical simulation and modeling. Before that he spent more than 16 years at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, as an associate professor of computer science, where he developed and implemented innovative techniques in artificial intelligence applied to decision support, entertainment, and human-machine communication through machine-guided, goal-directed conversational dialogs.

Waltzman earned a PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park; a master of science in applied mathematics from the University of Washington; and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Probably never took a philosophy course, or one in political science, or art history, or history, or Marxism and its discontents. To such people, if it ain’t algorithmicable, it just ain’t. Period.

Just click through. Then stay off the roads. And we think the LIE is the worst! https://weather.com/travel/commuter-conditions/news/world-cities-worst-traffic-ranked-top-20