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Sunday Thoughts: Our New God, Artificial Intelligence?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing how we interact with everything, from food to healthcare, travel, and also religion. A recent BBC report proclaimed that experts say major global faiths are discussing their relationship with AI, and some are starting to incorporate this technology into their worship. Robot priests can recite prayers, deliver sermons, and even comfort those experiencing a spiritual crisis. Check out the BBC video below.

For sure technology is changing many things in our lives, but could it replace humans or even God? Still, others might say that AI is a mere marketing scam. It is just a high-speed complicated machine that does a lot of “things.” It is not really a conscious entity and can’t think like us humans, much less a God. One supposes that it is all in your definition of AI. Wikipedia has AI as “intelligence demonstrated by machines, as opposed to the natural intelligence displayed by animals including humans.” With that definition, your desktop calculator is AI.

But when machines start having powers that exceed our abilities of ourselves, it takes on AI, or God-like powers, that go well beyond our ability to control it, we start to wonder. Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert and author of Win Bigly (2017), in 2018, offered a curious analysis of where AI in politics is taking us: Adams worries that Donald Trump will be the “Last Human President” and that politics will be dominated by AI algorithms in the future (see more here).

“I’ve actually worried that Trump might be the last human president, and I mean that literally, in the sense that the algorithms and the social media companies will be able to control the thoughts and the feelings and the attitudes, and even the social policy preferences of the public to such a degree that the politicians will just have to do whatever the public is saying.

It’s pretty hard to be a president and do something that 70% of the public doesn’t want you to do. It’s very unusual. So the presidents will be captive to the public. As they are, except the public will not be independently thinking and they won’t be led by the presidents and vice-versa.

… In all likelihood, there is no human being at any of these companies, no single human, who understands how the algorithm works. And that means humans aren’t in charge anymore. It means the algorithm is going to do what it is going to do. And we can maybe say, if you change this variable, I’m pretty sure something will happen at this end.

But it is not a one-variable situation. There are many variables. It’s sort of like climate change; modeling it is insanely hard. So I think that complexity will mask the fact that the algorithms will start running the show with a little bit of correction from humans.”

But a complex algorithm is not a conscious entity, is it? In Scott Adam’s ideas, we are just being managed by machines we have already created. But what is consciousness? Again turning toward Wikipedia wisdom, it says, “at its simplest, is sentience or awareness of internal and external existence.” Hardly helpful, is it?

How do we know a machine is self-aware? A light turns on when we pass its motion detector? Remember IBM’s Watson – quite the headline story in its day. A supposed AI program to master a board game including advances in techniques for search algorithms and evaluation functions that proved machines could be smarter than mere mortals.

There have been other recent claims of AI. The European Patent Office recently turned down an application for a patent because it was created by artificial intelligence. By law, inventors need to be actual people – sad day for AI robots. Aside from this legal issue, the innovation was produced by what is called generative adversarial networks. As an example, consider a machine that is supposed to create a new picture of a person.

The first part is the generator, which produces new images starting from a random distribution of pixels. The second part is the discriminator, which tells the generator how close it came to actually producing a real-looking picture.

How does the discriminator know what a human looks like? Well, you feed it many examples of pictures of a real person before you start the task. Based on the feedback of the discriminator, the generator improves its algorithm and suggests a new picture. This process goes on and on until the discriminator decides that the pictures look close enough to the picture examples it has learned. But again, this is yet just another complex machine that is useful for humans to invent.

So what is “true” AI? One thought on AI is whether an entity (animal or machine) can innovate. AI systems need to be capable of imagination. Today AI cannot produce anything that is beyond what they are triggered or trained to do. Fundamentally, innovation is often based on needs we didn’t even know we had – imagination.

Merriam Webster defines imagination as the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality. This almost sounds metaphysical – not of this world. Ut oh … here we go down the religion rabbit hole in another Sunday Thoughts.

Many religions have professed that man is a special species of planet Earth, possessing a metaphysical soul – unlike the animals who do not. Obviously, evolutionists believe everything comes from the natural world, and somehow man merely evolved with these innovative skills, unlike other animals, though they may claim certain animals have minimal imagination skills.

The soul Biblically is sometimes referred to as the “Spirit in Man,” not to be confused with the “Holy Spirit” or “Spirit of God.” Suggesting yes, we are mortal, but there is some spirit or metaphysical aspect to being human. Consider these references.

Job 32:8: “But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.” A conscious within the brain?

Ecclesiastes 12:7: “And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” Let’s not even get into near-death experiences – but here are some natural world explanations. For the more curious, check the video below.

Many scientists tell us that the main difference between humans and apes is the brain size and the number of neurons in the brain – in other words, the difference is of the natural world and NOT metaphysical. We soon may be able to test for this in the lab and potentially debunk the “Spirit in Man” Biblical idea of a metaphysical human soul.

Though a highly unethical experiment, what if we could genetically construct a brain that is larger with these additional neurons? Would one be able to create a new organism that has a consciousness and that is innovative just like, or heaven forbid even greater than humans? Chinese scientists have already started putting human brain genes in monkeys – see here.

We wonder which Scott Adams would fear more, social media algorithms controlling our politics, or Frankenstein monsters created out of some Chinese lab. The point is, we soon may be able to prove whether “true” AI can be created in a software program or a genetic engineering lab. Or will it remain elusive? Give your thoughts in the comment section below – do you believe in a human metaphysical soul?

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Traits of Psychopathic Leftist Globalists – Creating, Then Using Crisis to Transform the World to Their Will

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There is an adage used in psychiatry used as an attempt to explain psychopathic behavior – personality traits in layman’s terms. It goes something like this, “one who shoots you then proceeds to move you from where you fell, laying in your pool of blood, so as to not to ruin their oriental carpet,” is displaying psychopathic-like traits.

So let us lay down some markers.

The public uses pop psychology terms such as psychopath and sociopath interchangeably when both are terms of personality types that exhibit antisocial personality disorder. The DSM-5 defines antisocial personality as someone who has three or more of the following traits:

Regularly breaks or flouts the law or society rules.
Constantly lies and deceives others and manipulates outcomes.
Is impulsive and doesn’t plan ahead.
Can be prone to fighting and aggressiveness, and emotionally abusive.
Has little regard for the safety of others or conscience.
Irresponsible, can’t meet financial obligations.
Doesn’t feel remorse or guilt.

So what is the difference between the two labels? Generally, a sociopath emerges from an environmental factor, as in nature vs. nurture. It is what the person is subjected to that forms the personality. A psychopath is likely a genetic predisposition. This is not to say that psychopaths may not also suffer from some sort of childhood trauma. Contrary to popular belief, a psychopath or sociopath is not necessarily physically violent but always displays abusive emotional patterns.

Deceit and manipulation are central features of both personality traits. Both have a pervasive pattern of disregard for the safety and rights of others and a complete lack of empathy. A distinguishing difference is that psychopaths present as charming, almost intoxicating, and are highly more manipulative. They are high functioning, well-educated, or self-taught, and can lead to successful careers or what appears to be a semblance of normal life and will avoid the risk of overtly criminal behaviors.

Sociopaths are more socially isolated, erratic, rage prone, and impulsive. Personal attachments are difficult, but usually, they have that one person they hold up on a pedestal as worthy of feelings towards, even if in a delusional way. A psychopath, in general, has a string of failed relationships and is described as emotionally detached from others. The words artificial, shallow, pathological liar is often associated with psychopaths. People are seen as pawns to be used to forward the psychopath’s goals, and they rarely feel guilt regarding any of their behaviors.

Psychopathy is deemed the more dangerous disorder of the two because they experience such a lack of empathy or remorse connected to their actions. They possess a strong ability to dissociate from their actions, and the suffering and pain they cause others are meaningless to them if their goals are met. A sociopath can exhibit a conscience while a psychopath does not.

Now that we have a basis for understanding terminology, shall we apply it? The Right Wire Report is not in the business nor qualified for diagnosing persons with mental disorders. However, identifying the traits seen in others, like elected Politicians, Academia, Entertainment, Corporate Elites, Globalists, and Media, are fair game. Many of the aforementioned exhibit traits associated with psychopathic traits. Both the Progressive leftists ( both right and left) and Legacy Media are particularly adept at utilizing crisis events, you’ve heard the phrase often, ‘never let a crisis go to waste.” They do so seemingly with no regard for consequences or empathy for victims of their legislative policy agendas.

There was the Russia Russia hoax, the Ukrainian impeachment sham, the Jan 6 insurrection sham, the Covid crisis, the election integrity issue, and everything in between – all dependent on manipulation and deceit. In each instance, those flaunting the deception polarized and targeted the objective victims of such schemes using language that labels and ridicules, and attempts to dehumanize. President Trump, his administration, those in his orbit, and supporters are assigned as evildoers, incompetent, ignorant, criminally negligent, white supremacists, insurrectionists, and an existential threat to democracy.

A hybrid, political party/media complex work as a single celled organism to censor and propagandize information to wield optimum control over what citizens know and do not know. Big -Tech facilitates the indoctrination of the masses with no remorse, rather a sense of duty and moral authority. The virtue signaling choir crushes all dissent, and the hybrid showers praise on the entire dysfunctional infected loop. Here are just a few highlighted examples:

The removal of the President of the United States off social platforms.
The censoring of Hunter Biden’s Laptop story before the election.
The burying the facts about election irregularities and fraud in the 2020 election.
The cherry picking the facts  when reporting on the Jan.6, DC Riots.
The total black out of any dissenting voices about Covid or Covid vaccines, including medical and scientific voices.

The COVID-19 crisis revealed the most disturbing psychopathic traits of all as we watched them lie, distort, manipulate facts to weaponize this crisis against President Trump and now former President Trump, his administration, the Republicans, and the American people. And they did so while charmingly smiling declaring the “experts” and they knew what was best for you. After using the unprecedented crisis, forming the very conditions that drove panic and hysteria related to COVID-19, and demanding the actions that blew a striving economy apart, they now assign blame on their political opponents.

They declared they had the saving grace solutions. Psychopathic-like, their mass projections provided the cover for the specific goals they wished to meet. As explained before – there is no inquiry to ask who shot the victim lying on the carpet anymore! The victim gets no voice at all and is used as a prop as they march forward displaying the “ends justify the means attitude” psychopaths are known for. 

Right Wire Report previously wrote about this devious power grab unfolding, which you can read here.

Suffice to say, the recognizable traits of psychopathic-like thinking can also be seen here as you listen to their unabashed plans to use the crisis to change our country fundamentally. Take note of a complicit media that enables the deceit in the following video:

SUPERCUT!

Dems: Coronavirus an Opportunity to Create Socialist Utopia pic.twitter.com/V5YSi3XeaK

— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 4, 2020

This brings us to their latest sting – The Ukraine – Russia war. Setting aside the reality that the Ukrainian people are displaced , suffering, and many are dying in a war zone. Parts of Ukraine have been a war zone for the last eight years. The players, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States, governments share in causation through specific actions to date. The US State Dept. has been instrumental in controlling Kyiv since the 2014 political coup their hands were all over. And the CIA has been more than just meddling in the Donbas conflict on the ground inside Ukraine for years. The “end justifies the means crowd” knowingly only pump the propaganda narratives on all sides of the equation, and an ignorant public falls in line to support WW3! Regime change and a prolonged proxy war is America’s government course, and saving Ukrainian lives by facilitating a cease fire negotiation is not. Oh , and this movie comes complete with Hollywood direction and lighting , rock stars, and an action hero Churchill-type, Zelensky for public consumption. World leaders, rock stars , and Globalists are dropping by to chat in a hot war zone- but pay no attention to “Oz” behind the curtain?

And just who is “Oz?” Well, I assure you that entities that constitute “Oz” are all members of The Great Reset Cabal aka the World Economic Forum.

These creatures make no bones about it – Covid was a crisis of opportunity, and so is Ukraine, see here. Prince Charles, one of the premier Great Reset Globalists, stated in November 2021 speaking at COP26:

“Covid-19 pandemic had “shown us just how devastating a global, cross border threat can be. Climate change and biodiversity loss are no different,” he said. “In fact, they pose an even greater existential threat to the extent that we have to put ourselves on what might be called a war-like footing.

The scale and scope of the threat we face call for a global systems level solution based on radically transforming our current fossil fuel based economy to one that is genuinely renewable and sustainable.”

Before the Ukraine – Russia War ,Prince Charles, Klaus Schwab, and the Great Reset globalists were calling for a new Marshall-like Plan. The strategy and goal are to create broad centralized governance, usher in transhumanism and the 4th Industrial Revolution, create a new economic system dependent on a digital footprint, and erase sovereign nations. They do not even hide the agenda.

The Right Wire Report Podcast has addressed in-depth this subject matter see here, here, and here.

How do you create a new world order? You must destroy the old. The world has been set in perpetual crisis mode one after another. And in every rock in a hard place moment , leftist emerge to take advantage of the situation. The supply chain issue , the energy crisis, the border crisis, the instability of global governments’ crisis, are all on cue. As if conjured up by those moving game pieces around a geopolitical board. You didn’t think the elites, leaders, or central banks would fess up and go on the hook for the theft and destruction they have unleashed for decades – did you? Nope. Diversion, projection, and chaos are in order. Oh, and there is that pesky little depopulation issue they are all very concerned about:

CLUB OF ROME… Depopulation “I hope it can occur in a civil way”… pic.twitter.com/rBgVXgAQ03

— Pelham (@Resist_05) May 10, 2022

This economic global collapse is not a recession. It is an artificially imposed result of politicians using a health crisis to destroy capitalism as we know it and now a proxy war to crush final sovereignty resistance. What do you do when the voters of many nations consistently reject your agendas to usher in universal health care , international law, open borders, and the rest? You corrupt the voting systems, place your people into power, money launder citizen funds into the Great Reset Agenda, crush civil liberties, control media, utilize political persecution ,and cease power grabs through crisis to expand central government. You take it by force! No conscience, remorse, or regret.

Then you offer the suffering hobbled masses crumbs, and they kiss your robes for doing so.

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Chart of the Day: Oil Prices Are Actually Significantly Higher Than You Think

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The Oil market is projecting a false sense of stability when it comes to energy inflation. Instead, the real economy is suffering a much stronger price shock than it appears because fuel prices are rising much faster than crude Oil itself. Crude Oil has risen about 13% since the start of the Russian-Ukraine conflict, but the produced products (gasoline up 33%, diesel up 69%, and jet fuel up 137%) have risen much higher. See this in the chart below and learn more here.

Crude Oil is trading at around $110 a barrel – expensive but not extortionate. The bad news is that inflation in producing crude Oil products in normal times would mean crude Oil would be between $150 and $275 a barrel. See this same effect in the recent price charts of crude Oil and subsequent Oil products in the chart below and learn more here.

What’s changed? Refining margins have exploded. And that means energy inflation is far stronger than it appears.

Oil refineries are complex machines capable of processing multiple streams of crude into dozens of different petroleum products. The industry measures refining margins using a rough calculation called the “3-2-1 crack spread”: for every three barrels of WTI crude oil the refinery processes, it makes two barrels of gasoline and one barrel of distillate fuel like diesel and jet fuel.

From 1985 to 2021, the crack spread averaged about $10.50 a barrel. More recently, the crack spread has edged higher, but the crack spread rarely surpassed $30. Recently, however, the margin jumped to a record high of nearly $55. Crack margins for diesel and other petroleum products surged much higher. See this in the chart below.

Here are four reasons some have given for the explosion in refining margins.

Demand, particularly for diesel,  has rebounded strongly, depleting global inventories.
The US and its allies have tapped their strategic petroleum reserves to cap the rally in crude Oil prices but don’t affect the Oil products pricing.
Refining capacity has declined where it matters for the market now, and the plants that are operating are struggling to process enough crude to satisfy the demand for fuel.
Sanctions and unilateral embargos on Russian oil.

As of April 2021, the US had 18.1 million barrels per day of petroleum refining capacity. US refining capacity had reached a record high of nearly 19.0 million barrels per day as of January 1, 2020, but several refineries have closed since then, resulting in a capacity decline of 4.5 percent.

While the US has been shuttering refineries, China has invested in them. In fact, for most of 2020, China’s refineries processed more crude than U.S. refineries. In April 2020, more crude oil was being refined in China’s refineries than in U.S. refineries for the first time on record, and the trend continued for all remaining months in 2020 except for July and August. See this in the chart below and learn more here.

So these crack spreads could remain high and may even go higher. The US is simply not investing in Oil, whether it be in exploration or in Oil products production. Hence, higher prices are to come. Why, you may ask?

It’s part of the New Green Deal … we are saving the planet. China? They don’t seem so concerned about saving the planet, do they?

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Chart of the Day: Mysterious Hepatitis Outbreak in Children – Covid Fallout?

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BBC – Nearly 300 probable cases of children with severe hepatitis have been detected in 20 countries worldwide, with some in South East Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

Health officials around the world are investigating a mysterious increase in cases of this liver condition which was first spotted in the UK. A common virus called adenovirus, which has rebounded after the pandemic, could be causing the surge. One death has been reported by the WHO.

As of 1 May, it said most cases of young children with hepatitis had been detected in Europe with small numbers also reported in the Americas, Western Pacific, and Southeast Asia. The first cases of this unusual hepatitis were spotted in Scotland in children under the age of 10. More than 140 cases are now being investigated in the UK. See below for a global view of where these cases have been found and learn more here.

In the US, Ohio reports seven cases of mysterious hepatitis in children as young as 18 months – with one youngster requiring a liver transplant, taking US total to 40 with one death in Wisconsin. See this in the graphic below and learn more here.

Symptoms

What are the symptoms in children? A classic symptom of hepatitis is jaundice, or yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes, which has been seen in many of the affected children, according to the WHO. Many of the children also experienced gastrointestinal symptoms, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. Most cases did not have a fever, WHO officials said.

Other symptoms of hepatitis can include fatigue, loss of appetite, dark urine, light-colored stools, and joint pain, according to the CDC. Seventeen of the affected children have required liver transplants and at least one has died, according to the WHO. Below is a quick infographic and learn more here.

Cause unknown

Webmd – With the current batch of hepatitis cases in children, researchers are working on a theory that the cause is adenovirus, which commonly circulates each spring through fall.

None of the usual viral culprits – hepatitis A, B, C, and E – have been found infecting the children in the current outbreak. Instead, doctors have found one type of adenovirus, type 41, in about half of the worldwide cases.

Stat News – Many armchair epidemiologists on Twitter feel Covid infection, current or previous, could explain the hepatitis and seem to feel the idea has gotten short shrift, though that is still very much on the list of working hypotheses listed in a UKHSA report. Some think that perhaps a previous infection triggered the inflammatory condition known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children or MIS-C.

Still another theory is that the public health measures employed over the past couple of years to reduce spread of Covid-19 may have set up some children to have more severe illness when they contracted a bug that might previously have been innocuous. Masking, online schooling, and social distancing have dramatically reduced transmission of viruses that cause colds or influenza.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to investigate cases of acute hepatitis with unknown causes among children and released new clinical details about some of the cases on Friday. You can find a summary of their finding here.

Do note that the data and information on this outbreak are evolving. But given all the media spin by government and health officials during the Covid “pandemic” one must be careful to come to any conclusions. With the mysteriousness of the outbreak and all the Covid misinformation, conspiracy theories would be easy to hatch.

Incidental cases, Covid fallout, or another “pandemic” on the horizon?

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