Monday, January 6, 2020

Learn To Code rational and the march towards the abyss

Well, the propaganda centre has had quite the month, hasn't it? From two stolen logos to staffers calling themselves "journalists" to get interviews (now where do we often see this tactic deployed?), it's a disaster. Ironically it now puts the government in the awkward position of having to defend the propaganda centre meant to "defend" the energy industry (which should be pretty obvious by now given the ridiculousness of the articles being used that it's geared towards the base, not intended to convince anyone of an opposing viewpoint).

Of course, with an army of #okboomer UCP political hacks running the show of which you can be damn sure there nay be a web developer or graphic designer amongst them, what was anyone really expecting? I can pretty well bet Jason Kenney didn't give a fuck, because the reality is this propaganda centre is designed to speak to the base in Alberta anyway. To comfort them, make them think the government is doing "something", as everything goes downhill.

Good. They need to be kept under fire - like I said in my last post - it's a major fear and a weakness. The NDP has seized on the propaganda centre, which is smart of them to do, and in response the press secretariat of the online UCP gestapo was out in full force today defending the propaganda centre.

That's progress. You know your propaganda centre sucks when you're forced to defend it's very existence.

And the UCP needs it's existence, to show footing in the "war" they're selling to their base, the wars they need for legitimacy. Without a war room, all they have is their shitty lawsuit that is bound to be rejected. Then what? The war room is the evidence they're fighting the "war".

Alberta oil production

No amount of pipelines, production, or war rooms will be bringing those jobs back. Labour was always their biggest expense and thus getting rid of it the goal. You can't have it both ways oil workers, either you're a "conservative capitalist" or you're not and if you're not and you support a state-run propaganda centre you're a fucking corporate socialist. If you are then, it sucks ,but you were nothing more than "dead weight" or "overpaid" as is the typical nonsense levied at the public service. If the bottom line matters so much to you then tough shit, guess what? You didn't make the bottom line! There's nothing more to it than that, and everyone - especially the UCP cult leaders - knows it's true. Everyone except the gullible cult followers that is.

This is why I've decided to create the Learn To Code video series despite my aversion to making videos. Aside from my analysis of political and economic trends I feel I needed to provide something constructive, something useful you can take and do that's independent to yourself. It's why I like software: I can work for someone, I can contract, I can build components, join teams, or publish something on my own. Out of every industry I've looked at it is the most versatile best paid industry you can be in and demand for developers can only go up as automation takes over. And with how cheap Arduino, RaspPi, and other micro controllers are becoming do it yourself at home automation, 3d printing, and the like outside the NSA spynet will also become important, devices like drones etc as the economic austerity war climate protests sweeping the world come closer and closer to home.

At what point of devastation to the global infinite growth system will you leave your home and protest? I'm not trying to shame you, I'm actually suggesting deciding what that line is now, and write it down and put it somewhere. Check our state of affairs against that criteria every so often, the media can be very convincing, in convincing you to lower the bar.

We're seeing this with the absolutely absurd assassination of Qassem Suleimani, where the U.S. apparently doesn't even try anymore to make a reasonable claim. Now it's just some vague “imminent attack”. Which I suppose yes the U.S. may certainly consider a peace conference it's not invited to an "attack", if you look at it from an imperial supremacy point of view. But they're not even trying anymore to make up convincing stories. "We have to prepare, we have to be ready, and we took a bad guy off the battlefield.". That's what you get now, "bad guy". The US again rained death from above on a foreign country that is pretty fucking pissed about it, but you know.. they're "the good guys".

How does it feel to be treated like you're a fucking 5 year old? I'm getting tired of it, aren't you?

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Richard Fantin is a self-taught software developer who has mostly throughout his career focused on financial applications and high frequency trading. He currently works for CenturyLink

Nazayh Zanidean is a Project Coordinator for a mid-sized construction contractor in Calgary, Alberta. He enjoys writing as a hobby on topics that include foreign policy, international human rights, security and systemic media bias.

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