Jail before crime, jail because of speech

In 1984, George Orwell coined the term thoughtcrime. In the short story “The Minority Report,” the science-fiction author Philip K. Dick gave us the concept of “precrime,” describing a society where would-be criminals were arrested before they could act. Now Canada is combining the concepts in a work of dystopian nonfiction: A bill making its way through Parliament would impose draconian criminal penalties on hate speech and curtail people’s liberty in order to stop future crimes they haven’t yet committed.

The Online Harms Act states that any person who advocates for or promotes genocide is “liable to imprisonment for life.” It defines lesser “hate crimes” as including online speech that is “likely to foment detestation or vilification” on the basis of race, religion, gender, or other protected categories. And if someone “fears” they may become a victim of a hate crime, they can go before a judge, who may summon the preemptively accused for a sort of precrime trial. If the judge finds “reasonable grounds” for the fear, the defendant must enter into “a recognizance.”

A recognizance is no mere promise to refrain from committing hate crimes. The judge may put the defendant under house arrest or electronic surveillance and order them to abstain from alcohol and drugs. Refusal to “enter the recognizance” for one year results in 12 months in prison.

Just countries do not punish mere speech with imprisonment, let alone life imprisonment. Just countries do not order people who have not committed and are not even accused of a crime to be confined to their home or tracked with an ankle bracelet. 

Transgender woman says she’s happy she kept her penis – ‘because she enjoys sex with women more’

Jolene Dawson says she’s had to come out to her parents for a third time after realising that she is a lesbian.

A transgender woman who spent thousands of pounds transforming her body has revealed the reason she’s kept her penis – because she prefers sex with women. Jolene Dawson says she’s had to come out to her parents for a third time after realising that she is a lesbian.

The first time she came out was as a teenager was as a gay man, the second as transgender. Her discovery comes after saying she dated one hundred men she met on Tinder and matching with more than a thousand potential partners.

But now she has said she “can’t wait” to start dating women. Australian Jolene says she spent more than £50,000 on four nose jobs, a boob job, jaw slimming and forehead fillers. The 21-year-old from the Gold Coast, told the Daily Mail: “I’m glad I’ve kept my penis now, that really helps.

“It all started four weeks ago when I started dating a couple and found myself enjoying the sex with the other woman more. “I realised I didn’t want to be a man, why would I want to be with one?” She’s updated her setting on the dating app, and says she can’t wait to find a woman. Jolene says she is also always “100% open” with people she meets.

So transgender ex-man with penis (so still man) likes women, like most men do? What’s wrong with the world?

Heresy

The constant churn of political correctness – or cancel culture or wokeness or intolerance or whatever we’re calling it – represents not just an over-the-top clampdown on speech, but a crisis of Enlightenment.

Every enlightened idea – science is real, race is not, women should have rights, freedom is good, reason is the best tool for making sense of our world – risks being crushed under the forever spinning wheel of correct thought.

Our curse is not just to bear witness to the intermittent silencing of controversial commentators, but to watch as liberty, objectivity, democracy, equality and the other great gains of the modern era are sacrificed one by one at the altar of new orthodoxies that pose, so falsely, as progressive thought.

We are living through a war on heresy. No stakes are being assembled for the burning of witches, sure. No pillories are being constructed so that we might throw tomatoes and insults at the eccentric and unorthodox. And yet, the atmosphere of the witch-hunt, the vibe of it, lives and breathes today as it did 500 years ago.
The new heretics are JK Rowling, gender-critical feminists, populists, climate-change ‘deniers’, people who bristle at the diktats issued by the learned as to how we should think and how we should speak. You won’t be set on fire, no, but your life will be, your career will be.

‘Heresy is the eternal dawn, the morning star, the glittering herald of the day. Heresy is the last and best thought. It is the perpetual New World, the unknown sea, toward which the brave all sail. It is the eternal horizon of progress. Heresy extends the hospitalities of the brain to a new thought. Heresy is a cradle; orthodoxy, a coffin.’

Heresy is the perpetual New World. There it is. The invitation to daring that heresy issues to us all. Rarely has the need of heresy been as great as it is right now. In this book you will find not just analysis of the suffocating orthodoxies of our right-thinking era, but also the furious inspirations of heretical thought.
They can cancel our speeches, our jobs, our respectability, sometimes even our rights, but they cannot cancel this – the freedom of every person to think and believe as he sees fit. Heresy always finds a way.

This message does not exist

It can only be discarded

I received an intriguing notification in the Microsoft Outlook 365 web interface:

This message can’t be saved because it no longer exists. It can only be discarded. Make sure you copy the contents of the message before you discard if you want to use them later.

I have some ontological questions.

* * *

This message can’t be saved because it no longer exists.

Sensible enough. Only messages that exist can be saved; an inexistent message cannot be saved. But what about that indexical, this?  This message does not exist. Huh.

* * *

It can only be discarded.

We soon learn that we can do more than refer to a message that does not exist: we may also discard it. A message must exist to be saved; but it may be discarded without such a constraint. In fact this is the only thing we may do with it; it can only be discarded.

Perhaps this can be justified. Let’s treat discard as the action of making an object cease to exist. Applying that action to an object that already does not exist can be considered a no-op. By contrast, any other action (save, say) requires the object to exist.

* * *

Make sure you copy the contents of the message before you discard if you want to use them later.

We learn a final affordance, which complicates the story. An inexistent message has contents, which may be copied – but only if the message has not yet been discarded.

This is troubling for our hypothesis that discarding an inexistent message is a no-op. A no-op from the perspective of its existence, perhaps – the message does not exist either before or after – but not, apparently, from the perspective of its contents. Undiscarded inexistent messages have contents that may be copied, while discarded inexistent messages do not.

The act of discarding a message that does not exist must therefore do one of two things. It may cause the message contents to also cease to exist. Alternately, it might not affect the existence but only the accessibility of message contents. Perhaps they continue to exist, but discarding the message (which already did not exist) causes the copy operation to cease being invokable on the message contents (even though they do continue to exist). The story of existence has many mysteries.

When your most passionate employees become quiet

After eight months of working in her new role as a senior associate, Sarah begins to notice a change within the organization, and it’s making her very uncomfortable. Now, if you know Sarah, she loves her job; she is the spark and energy of the room, going the extra mile and dedicated to ensuring that the company fulfills its purpose and achieve its vision. But something was changing, the leadership made significant changes within the organization without any input from staff, and this affected Sarah immensely.

She tried to offer her feedback, but no one took her seriously. As a result, the organizational culture was slowly shifting from one that was very inspirational and motivational to one that breeds toxicity. Sarah, sensing that the organization did not value her work again, became very disengaged; she kept her head under the radar while she looked for a new job, losing all enthusiasm for the job.

When passionate employees become quiet, according to Tim McClure, it usually sends a signal that the work environment has become very dysfunctional. Suspicion and insecurity clouds the culture and employees retreat into self-protection behavior patterns to protect themselves from the forces within the company. According to Jonathan Mills, the growing unease disables focus, breaks trust in leadership, and a wave of negative energy ripples through the entire organization with the same force that their previous positive energy induced. 

What are the causes? According to Mills, it may be any one of the following.

Breach of trust

Leadership integrity is paramount to maintaining relationships and keeping people focused and energized. Not living the company values and leading by example inevitably leads to distrust. 

Lack of leadership consistency

Fairness, consistently applied, leads to growing confidence among staff. Employees feel insecure when there is favoritism, nepotism, or irregular behavior on the part of leadership.

Being overlooked

Not being listened to, being ignored, or contribution not being recognized all lead to apathy. Energy gets sucked out of the system, and people lose heart.

Dishonesty

Leadership untruths breed distrust. Employees easily perceive dishonesty and hate any attempts at being conned.

Insufficient information and communication

Where managers withhold pertinent pieces of information for power purposes or fail to communicate adequately with employees, staff feel neglected and worthless.

Leadership selfishness

Big leadership bonuses with small pay increases for employees, benefits, and values being ‘customized’ to suit leadership desires, etc.

Lack of vision and purpose

 When leadership operates out of a vague sense of direction with little or no communication of an expected future state, people within the organization will eventually become very disengaged. 

 To prevent your most passionate employee from becoming quite, you need to look at the leadership of the organization as the first order of business because the problems usually start from there. Ask yourself these question 

 Has the company moved away from its purpose and vision? Is there open and honest communication to reinforce the company’s purpose, vision, and values. Or to ensure that the entire company is informed about any changes taking place.Have the leadership stay true the values of the company and leading by example; What about empathy? Does the leadership value empathy and recognize this as a critical aspect of their leadership. 

 When your most passionate employees become quiet, it’s a signal that something is out of alignment, and as the leader, this is something you must observe and act on immediately. People don’t lose their motivation and inspiration overnight; it’s always a combination of small and big things that creeps into the organization slowly and consistently over time.

When you have a team passionate, inspired, and motivated to help the company achieve it’s vision while fulfilling its purpose, you must do everything in your power to ensure that this team keeps this vibe. Otherwise, you run the risk of pushing away great talent while settling for mediocrity.

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The dominance game

Prestige and dominance behaviours are ‘underpinned by distinct psychological processes, behaviours and neurochemistry which were selected for distinct evolutionary pressures. We tend to hold ourselves differently when inhabited by each version of us: when in a dominant, second-self mode we take up more space, hold our arms away from our bodies, smile less often and maintain a downwards head tilt; when in a prestigious state we embody our status in subtler ways, expanding our chest, pushing our torso out, tilting our head upwards.
Studies show even children younger than 2 can differentiate between players using strategies of dominance and prestige.

Both work. Dominant and prestigious players alike have more influence over co-players. Dominant men, like prestigious men, have greater reproductive success. One meta-analysis of over thirty studies found dominance to be one of the most robust predictors of leader emergence, outperforming myriad others including conscientiousness and intelligence.

This is despite the fact that dominant-style leaders are usually less effective than the prestigious, being more likely to put their own interests before the group, less likely to seek advice and tending to respond to criticism with ego defensive aggression.
They’re also overbearing, like to publicly credit themselves with the success of the group, tease and humiliate subordinates and are manipulative, compared to prestigious leaders who are more likely to be self-deprecating, tell jokes and publicly attribute success to the team.

The critical difference between dominance and prestige is that we don’t give status freely to second-self players. Typically, dominant players take it from us. Psychologists describe dominance strategy as entailing the induction of fear, through intimidation and coercion, to attain or maintain rank and influence.

They rescinded my offer.

Sarah Brazier on LinkedIn

The story:

After Gong, I took some time to decide what I wanted to do. Sales transformed my life, and I knew I wanted to find an opportunity that would set me up for another 5+ year run selling at an amazing company.

I had a very specific check list of what I wanted, and finally, with some elbow grease, found that organization. It checked every box. I multi-threaded my way through their business, spent hours refining my final presentation, and, when I got the call immediately following my final round interview offering me a job, was ecstatic.

The hiring manager told me he was beyond impressed with what I’d presented. Said I was the best final round interview to date. Wanted to get me in next week, if possible. I said, “Great – sounds amazing, let’s figure out how to make this happen.”

Over the next few days, We agreed to a start date. We agreed to an OTE. We agreed to a signing bonus. We agreed to stock options.

One thing we did was schedule a call to speak with the recruiter around company benefits, and any additional questions I might have. And I did have questions. Because what I hadn’t mentioned to anyone for fear of jeopardizing the opportunity was that I was a lil’ bitty bit pregnant.

When I chatted with the recruiter next, I asked, casually, what their maternity leave policy was.

Two days later, I received a voicemail from the hiring manager. “The company is rescinding your offer,” followed by an email, “Hi Sarah, Just tried to get a hold of you live and left you a voicemail. I’m following up with an email to advise that the Company has decided to rescind its verbal offer of employment given on March 8th, 2024 and that offer is no longer open for acceptance. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Best,” and yes, that is a copy + paste of the email, and yes, they really did refer to their company as “the Company.” And no, I wasn’t applying to work for the CIA.

When I asked multiple people why, I was given the runaround. No one had a reason, just a, “Oh, sorry about that. I’ll get back to you.” When I shared with my inner circle what happened, they all came to the same conclusion: “It’s because you asked about maternity leave. They know.”

I talked to a lawyer. He thought I had a case, but the effort, the likelihood of winning, and the sheer hurt I was experiencing made me ultimately say, “no.” I was crushed. It was so unjust. So unfair. A whiff of pregnancy had made me “unfit” to sell.

Welcome, Sarah, to the world of corporate 2024, where employees are assets, not humans. Ah, and good luck with Dimmo! You did the right thing! Way to go, girl!!

The world has gone crazy

“All these things that are app based, it’s always, give your card details or give your address
give your phone number, give your this, they just get data, get data, get data from you.
So, you join and you have to set up a profile and you have to set up a password and I think this is in general, this is not related to Tesla, it’s just a general observation.

This is becoming really annoying with the modern world. I have 3 million profiles with 3 million different passwords for 3 million different things. Everything is a profile. I just want to charge my car. Why do you need my address? Why do you need my phone number?

And then people wonder why do we get so many of these stupid scam calls of people trying to fake sell me Bitcoin that I never bought. Had that the other day “oh you bought Bitcoin with us but you lost your….” Nonsense. I never bought anything. I just hung up. And then we wonder why we get that? Because we’re giving our phone number and our personal data everywhere, for everything.

I don’t see, I’m not being some sort of conspiracy theorist here, anti-establishmentarian whatever. This is just a normal human observation from a normal human. I’m not affiliated with anything, with any political movement, with any social. I stand for nothing. I just stand for the goodness between people. I stand for objectivity and rationality and I don’t stand for the fact that you need my data to charge a car. I want to buy some units of electricity, that’s all I want and for that I definitely prefer gas stations. You can come in, put a gun in, and you know it’s visible, where it is, the filling port of a car, you pay however you want to pay and you leave.

This is stupid.

I hate advertizing

People who know me know that i hate advertizing. Ads on websites, Ads on (paid) TV, Ads on Youtube, Ads in movies, Ads EVERYWHERE. Ads, ads, ads.

So i installed ad-blockers. Fuck the free internet. I hate ads. And then i found this article from 2023. So apparently i am not alone:

I block ads
I block ads in the browser.
I block ads at the DNS level.
I block analytics, metrics, reporting and diagnostic logging.
I block programmatic pleas to disable ad-blocking.
I block the ping attribute on URLs.
I block tracking beacons.
I strip UTM campaign tags.
I unshorten URLs.
I block the page visibility API.
I stop videos from autoplaying.
I block prompts to install your app.
I block all cookies that aren’t strictly required for your site to function.
I opt out of allowing apps to ask to track me.
I filter sponsored content out of the RSS feeds I follow.
I block email pixel trackers.
I provide a masked email address.
I unsubscribe from your mailing list (and block your address if I can’t).
I don’t answer the phone unless you’re in my contacts.
I block and report SMS messages.
I pay a company to wrangle data brokers.
I throw your physical mail in the recycling without opening it and unsubscribe from it when I can.
I block ads, and you should too.

Let the products sell themselves Fuck advertising. Psychological methods to sell should be destroyed.

15 minute cities (Aurora)

Good evening.

The restructuring of Canadian mayors and municipalities, under the offices of the United Nations, began in 1992. PM Roone signed Canada onto UN Agenda 21. Canada thus became a UN member nation state; 178 countries signed on, lured by the promise of big money to go green by 2000, including Canada. We’re being governed by the directions of the UN, G7, G20, World Economic Forum, and World Health Organization, to name a few. Every organization named is a foreign-based NGO, a non-governmental organization, and every member of all these organizations is unelected.

Parliamentary procedures for law changes weren’t followed. In 1994, a municipal primer was issued to all local towns, outlining how they were to restructure their governments. Though the municipal primer was a non-binding agreement, all towns adopted it. Our public officials, the mayor and counselors of that day, were partnered with a private corporation—the Corporation of the Town of Aurora. This corporation appointed a chief administrative officer who helped implement the global agenda instead of a local one. The International Council on Local and Environmental Issues (IICLEI) became the main source of consultation to push and fund the global agenda. We remind you that the World Economic Forum and the United Nations signed a strategic partnership framework in 2019 to jointly accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is the same World Economic Forum whose chairman, Klaus Schwab, famously declared, “You will own nothing and be happy.” This is the same Klaus Schwab who, referring to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, boasted, “We have penetrated more than half of his cabinet.” We would ask Mayor Maracus and the counselors, why should the citizens of Aurora bow down to the intrusive dictates of an unelected foreign entity? The fact is, we should not and we will not.

What, you ask, does any of this have to do with 15-Minute Smart Cities? Absolutely everything. Smart Cities stand for Surveillance, Monitoring, Analysis, Reporting, and Technology.

Technology news editor Patrick Wood, with 50 years of experience and expertise on technocracy, wrote that the 15-Minute City is a cover for a data collection bonanza for technocrats who design and operate them. Cities designed for maximum efficiency always reveal technocrat thinking, where efficiency itself is the goal. Maximum surveillance allows for maximum control to achieve even more efficiency. At its root, this mechanistic thinking is anti-human. The 15-Minute City narrative seeks to fool you in the guise of saving the planet, keeping you safe, and delivering convenience. It’s actually the gateway to digital IDs and CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currencies). CBDCs allow bankers and/or governments to freeze your bank account because you happen to peacefully and lawfully protest and express your disagreement with government policy.

Does anyone remember the trucker convoy in Ottawa on February 22, when the government of Canada invoked the Emergencies Act and froze the private bank accounts of law-abiding citizens? 15-Minute Cities are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Don’t believe the countless stories spewing forth from the 24/7 basis of the elitist-captured mainstream media, all claiming to have your best interest at heart. We have been burned too many times.

In reality, 24/7 surveillance through the Internet of Things inside your home, 5G, and LED street lights outside monitoring and tracking everything, implementation of exclusion zones and Geo-fencing to restrict movement and travel, ability to control habits through military-directed Energy Technologies, property and car ownership to be outlawed, evictions from farms and rural areas to gather people into cities, digital passports being promulgated by the UN World Economic Forum and the World Health Organization are in the final stages of planning and implementation. They are tied to a social credit score, which is determined by compliance to government directives. These passports control all access and all aspects of life. Digital currency is being implemented to end cash and monitor all your spending. Your digital currency will be turned off or on depending on your compliance score. UBI (Universal Basic Income) is a state-controlled allowance, forcing compliance by restricting access to food, money, services, and education. All of the above will enable climate lockdowns to be implemented easily, arbitrarily, and indefinitely.

The real agenda of 15-Minute Smart Cities is to monitor and control everyone and everything. In summary, in the coming days, Council will receive an electronic info packet containing the text of this delegation and other items. We, the citizens of Aurora, wish to enter into a meaningful, respectful dialogue with our elected members of Council on this complex, important issue. A key framework of that dialogue is a list of questions posed to Council. Can Council explicitly guarantee that citizens will remain free to travel as is their right under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Can Council guarantee not to restrict access to essential services—medical care, bank accounts, government pensions, utilities? Most importantly, we, the citizens of Aurora, need to have the conversation with Council about exiting their non-binding agreement with the private for-profit entity known as the Corporation of the Town of Aurora. We need to turn back the page to a simpler time when open, transparent municipal government serving its citizens and working in their best interests ruled the day. We are your equal partners on this journey.

Thank you.

Ministery of Truth

The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink.

The Ministry of Truth is the ministry of propaganda. As with the other ministries, the name Ministry of Truth is a deliberate misnomer because in reality it serves the opposite: it is responsible for any necessary falsification of historical events.

However, like the other ministries, the name is also apt because it decides what “truth” is. As well as administering “truth”, the ministry spreads a new language amongst the populace called “News”, in which, for example, “truth” in “News” is understood to mean statements like 2 + 2 = 5 when the situation warrants. In keeping with the concept of doublethink, the ministry is thus aptly named in that it creates/manufactures “truth” in the “News” sense of the word.

All in the name of clicks and control.

Mr. robot S1E10

Is any of it real?

I mean, look at this. Look at it! A world built on fantasy!

Synthetic emotions in the form of pills, psychological warfare in the form of advertising, mind-altering chemicals in the form of food, brainwashing seminars in the form of media, controlled isolated bubbles in the form of social networks.

Real? You want to talk about reality? We haven’t lived in anything remotely close to it since the turn of the century. We turned it off, took out the batteries, snacked on a bag of GMOs while we tossed the remnants in the ever-expanding dumpster of the human condition.

We live in branded houses trademarked by corporations built on bipolar numbers jumping up and down on digital displays, hypnotizing us into the biggest slumber mankind has ever seen. You have to dig pretty deep, kiddo, before you can find anything real.

We live in a kingdom of bullshit, a kingdom you’ve lived in for far too long. So don’t tell me about not being real. I’m no less real than the fucking beef patty.