Sunday, March 20, 2016

Irreni Solutions vs Please leave a message at the tone...

Hi! Happy Sunday!

Today's Presidential campaign is a missed phone call.

"Bzzzz. Bzzzz. Bzzzz. We're sorry, the person you have tried to reach
is not available at this time, please a message at the beep..."

Solutions. Lots of solutions. We want solutions, nay we demand
solutions. But no one is picking up the line. All we are doing is
leaving messages.

Irreni World Scale has solutions, lots of solutions. But, before we
can embark on finding those solutions then we first have to understand the
problem. And we don't understand the problem we are facing today. And that
is why we are all so dumbfounded.

So, bear with me here dear reader as I walk you through this.

Since this country was founded we have relied on a party system. The
nexus, the heartbeat, the very life blood of a party is its
ideology. A party platform represents the kind of country we want and how
we get there described in one over-arching ideology.

When, dear reader, was the last time you heard either party debate in
the public with full vim and vigor their ideology to be put to legislation?

When? Like never. Ever.

Ideology is dead. Door nail dead. Beyond Zombie apocalypse dead. And
that is why our system is broken. The powers that be, our political
parties are looking down at a political brown-paper bag with the bottom tore out from a weight that the bag can't hold. The world has grown to complex for party ideology.

Ideology being dead is not just a loss of party platform. It is also a
loss of party cohesion. If there is no platform then there is no need
for party members to support each other. Why do you need your party members? It is not like there is any agreed upon legislation to be enacted.

And so it is today that all of the Presidential candidates are
candidates without party; candidates without party platforms; candidates
without group support working together for a common cause.

Ideology is dead. We have come full circle, a circle of 1776
beginning, and have now regressed back to where our politics are now beholden to the the whims and egos of a single leader. Oh sure the President is not exactly a king, but without a party to answer too, a party platform as a common objective for all party members to aspire too, the President is as capricious and whimsical as a king.

What I find surprising today is that Hillary Clinton could very well be the
first woman President, and yet since ideology is dead and political
parties mean nothing other than organized corruption then the other
women such as Nancy Pelosi, Barbra Boxer and Diane Feinstein are not
exited about and actively supporting a possible first woman President
candidate. Truly remarkable.

That, dear reader, says it all about just how dead ideology is and by
extension political parties are. The first woman President is flying
solo without the support of other women in her party, so much so there is no
hint, no whiff, of other women around Hillary. Not even Elisabeth Warren.

How did we get here?

First, you have to realize that ideology has always been in American
politics and religion and ideology go hand-in-hand. No one today is interested in taking on religion; except Irreni, of course.

If ideology goes then so does religion. Religion can no longer be an
ideological force in government. First and foremost because the age of
ideology is over.

We are now in a new age, an age of innovation.

It says so right there in the name of this blog: [I]nnovation [R]eplaces [R]evolution, [E]ngineering [N]ot [I]deology.

Our common solution, our common goal that we must work towards is to
bootstrap political innovation. Political and technical innovation
have a common trait in that they are feats of engineering. Political ideology
represents a collection of ideals that adhere to an overarching
ideology. Political innovation solves problems independently. For
example, the innovations required to solve global warming are not part
of some over-arching ideology that also includes solving health care. Ideology cannot scale, the world is too complex. The time for innovation is at hand.

The political class today is stuck on ideology. They cannot see past
ideology. Who wants to take on religion? Who wants to take on Social
Security? Who wants to take on capitalism?

The only person who is going to see us through this, the only person
who is going to pick up the phone is looking us back in the mirror.

We must begin the hard work of turning our political ship around before we go even further in the past politically than 1776.  That
means slowly revamping our entire political system from the ground
up. We need to acknowledge the ideology has run its course and that we now need new political systems that support and implement political
innovation, political engineering. And that is what Irreni World Scale
is all about.

It is not going to be easy. But anything worth doing never
is. Tomorrow, as you look out at the political landscape and realize
the political parties are dead, empty husks of graft,  then realize our
politics are not picking up. Our politics is never going to pick up the
phone. All we will be able to do is leave a message for our future selves.

The challenge for us is to pick up our messages and run with it.

Irreni World Scale is a beginning. Let's do this, together.

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!













Sunday, March 13, 2016

Irreni Solutions vs The Scale of Donald Trump

Hi! Happy Sunday!

Irreni World Scale is about political solutions and not political punditry.

The first solution is a calming reminder of Trump's influence:

  1. Trump as President can easily be removed from office when both parties are against him. Paul Ryan will be the next President if Trump is elected.
  2. Claims made without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.
    Gallons upon gallons of hyperbolic words are being written about why Trump and perceived Trump terror. However, this is a reminder that the science of culture and understanding human behavior on large scales in the millions is poorly understood where it exists at all. Everyone is just making stuff up. 
This scale of Donald Trump post then is simply a reminder that if two-thirds of Congress is against him then Trump can easily be removed from office. The scale of Donald Trump is also a reminder that the science of people analyzing Trump's behavior and the millions of people reacting to that behavior is almost non-existent. Our scientific understanding of human nature at the scale of millions is almost none. Therefore, take all the hyperbole analyzing Trump with a YUGE grain of salt.

Irreni World Scale is about the concept of scale. Scale is something I think about every day as a computer scientist. Everyday I work with differing degrees of scale. One of the things that becomes increasingly apparent when working with scale is that different degrees of scale require different solutions. Those differing solutions of scale are never discussed in politics today.

Another solution that I would to put forth is perspective: we humans are lousy at thinking in scale but we now live in a world of scale.

The United States today has 300 million people. I live in the State of California that has 30 million people. As humans we typically fail at thinking in scale at these large numbers. Once we realize the entire world has seven billion people we throw our hands up? Aggggh!

To this end I would like to point out something about Donald Trump that has not gotten any press: human foibles in perspective of scale.

Trump during this week's Republican debate in Florida made a claim that eliminating fraud and abuse in Medicare and particularly in prescription drugs would save 100s billions of dollars. The moderators pointed out government analysis showed that such eliminating of corruption and fraud would mostly likely only eliminate 3 billion dollars. Trumps response was to keep repeating his claim. This was a frustration of scale.

People see in Trump a reflection of frustration within themselves in the 21st Century of high tech and high scale. Trump's entire campaign is built on a scale platform: build a wall between Mexico and the US and have Mexico pay for it. Critics have pointed out two facts that undermine Trump's platform of scale. First, 40% of illegals in the US came here by airplane. Second, net immigration with Mexico has been zero for years now.

So, net immigration has been zero and 40% of illegal Mexicans came here by plane and yet Trump and his followers want a wall. If people are really determined to get here then Mexicans have shown they know how to tunnel and they can also come by boat. Yet Trump and his followers want a wall. A wall is a solution of scale that people can relate too.

Trump reflects a certain populace that feels frustrated with scale and powerless to do anything. False hope, it seems, is better than a complete nothing of not understanding scale.

Can you blame Trump and his followers? Every day people lose more control over their jobs and their lives due to necessities of scale. Whether it is the food supply, housing prices, water supply, climate change or gasoline prices scale impacts our lives everyday and we do not understand it.

Trump is giving people a false sense of scale hope. Build a wall. Make a good deal. Eliminate fraud and abuse.

Irreni World Scale has solutions for helping people cope with everyday scale. The primary vehicle is new social groups of 30 people, call them tribes. These tribes are intended to be scientifically formulated to provide the 30 people with a cross-section of experience, expertise, dependency and perspective. These tribes are anti-tribes with respect to the violent, isolated historical notion of tribes being homogeneous in make up of belief and culture.  Irreni tribes are not permanent but ever changing as people change and their needs change.

Are Irreni tribes the answer? We don't know. The plan is based on our very best understanding of human nature today, the best we can scientifically come up. However, Irreni is a system of multiple scientific experiments running in parallel and tribes is one such experiment. Successes are to be expanded, failures are recorded.

Irreni World Scale is about scale. The genesis of the Trump movement is scale: build a wall. The fundamental problem is we humans do not have minds that think in scale and building a wall is something we understand, even if we know it is not effective.

The political answer today is not to build a wall, but to rebuild our social groups from the ground up, groups that are designed and engineered to scale. The political answer is Irreni World Scale.

Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!
















Irreni Solutions: Anti-Theism = Feminism

Hi! Happy Sunday!

Irreni is not about political punditry. Irreni is about political solutions. Today's political solution is:

Anti-theism is Feminism

There were a couple of political moments that came up this week that motivated today's post.  One was a feminist video that popped up on Huffington Post and the other moment was Hillary Clinton's answer in the Democratic debate as to what she prayed for.

In this blog post I'm going to expose advertising as an easy punching bag for feminists and then redirect religion as the harder but better punching bag.

First up is this video of treating women as objects I encountered on the Huffington Post:

#IStandUp Against the Harm Caused By Objectification of Women in Advertising

In computer science we have a rule, called Amdahl's law. Amdahl's law simply stated says, "Optimizing 90% of 10% is only optimizing 9% overall". There is rule of thumb in software engineering based one Amdahl's law: make the common case fast. This video violates Amdahl's law, the target only represents a small fraction of how women are being objectified.

The problem I have with the #IStandUp campaign is not the objective, but the easy, convenient target. Why pick on the advertising industry? They represent only a really tiny sliver of how women are objectified.  Who is the big player? Religion.

But I get it. Being an anti-theist and denouncing religion for the tyranny, oppression and systemic objectification of women means fighting a real battle. Who is going to defend advertising? Advertising agencies are an easy target. Everyone has disdain for them. However, that's not real courage. Real courage is going after the biggest reason of women being objectified:  religion.

I became an atheist and anti-theist when I was 14, 1976, two-hundred years after the founding of this country. In that year I decided no power can be a planet killer and be good. To me the story of Noah's Ark is a story of the most heinous, evil power ever put to fiction, especially because that power goes on to claim the ultimate mantle of good when having done the ultimate evil. No wonder the Bible has warnings for people not to be deceived by a devil claiming to be good, their god does evil. 

As I embarked on being an anti-theist I started reading women writing on feminism. Turns out that back in the 1970s the feminists were onto the root cause of female objectification. The root of all female oppression was patriarchy established by religion. Women were property to be bartered and given away. The menstrual cycle was considered evil dirty. I could go on. The point is that women made the first anti-theist arguments I started formally reading in my teenage years.

Women became not only atheists, but anti-theists as part of the feminist movement. God the Father was out.

All of this brings me to Hillary Clinton. If Hillary Clinton truly were a feminist then she would be an anti-theist and anti-patriarchy.

Hillary during this week's Democratic debate was asked by a member of the audience, "What do you pray for, who do you pray for?" Hillary gave a really no-nothing answer. So I thought I would give the answer for Hillary on her behalf, that is if she were truly a feminist.

My do-over on Hillary's response:

"I stand before you today as feminist, a strong feminist who believes that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men. Further I believe that there has been nothing more oppressive, objectifying and terrifying for women than religion, and specifically the patriarchy established by religion. Therefore, today I am coming out not only as an atheist, but an anti-theist who strongly opposes religion because religion since its inception has been the largest influence in history of oppressing and objectifying women. If you are a women and you pray then you are participating in a system that has oppressed women for thousands of years. Enough, I say. I hope you join me in standing up for women's rights and in doing so equally oppose the systemic patriarchy of most every religion of any significance that exists on planet Earth today."

Of course Hillary didn't say this. Hillary truly believes herself to be a Christian and would never say this. However, the fact remains one cannot be a feminist and also be religious.

Apologists for religion today try and silence us anti-theists by theorizing that even if the stories of religion are not true then it should not matter because overall religion has been benefited humanity. Poppycock. I always liked that word, Poppycock. Too bad it never made it in the popular vernacular state-side.

Poppycock. There are so many areas where religion has enacted the most vile, evil and wicked of treatment of people as is humanly possible. One such wickednes is treating women like property and second-class citizens whose main value is baby-factories. Another area where religion has been totally evil is religion's treatment of homosexuals. Thomas Jefferson wrote of the United State's engaging in slavery, "Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever." Yes, and if there were a god that created this universe then the treatment of homosexuals by religion would also be a justice that cannot sleep forever. If I believed there was a god then the very first myth story would be the slaying and infinite torture of the Christian god for the systemic persecution of women, slaves and homosexuals. The only entity that deserves an infinite hell of torture is the very Christian god who created it and deservedly so for the oppression of women, commanding slaves obey their masters and ordering the stoning of homosexuals.

Sadly, since the 1970s the movement of women to obtain equal rights by opposing patriarchy religion has faded away.

But there was one champion that I am aware of who did make public appearances promoting anti-theism as the optimal form of promoting women. That person was Christopher Hitchens.

Christopher Hitchens before he died wrote books on anti-theism and as part of his book tours would regularly debate Christian apologists. Christopher was often asked that if he would actively oppose religion legally. He always answered no. Hitchens was a strident secularist. Hitchens believed freedom of religion is must in any society. Hitchens, like myself, also believed trying to outlaw religion is analogous to outlawing ignorance and stupidity: it can't be done. However, Christopher went on to say the best way to eliminate religion was to not to oppose religion directly, but indirectly by  educating women. Science via statistics has shown that everywhere women are educated then women prosper, the world prospers, birth rates go down and religiosity goes down. Yes, one proven way to diminish religion is to empower women that then undermines the patriarchy required by religion. Hooray!

So, Hillary Clinton. So, women in general. Are you a feminist willing to take on religion? If so than the very best effort to promote a healthy culture for women is not videos opposing advertising objectifying women, but rather efforts worldwide to educate all women. Science has shown the educating women works.


Demand Irreni World Scale!

Anti-theism is feminism!  

Think disruption!

Empathy for all!

Moral relativity: think it, breath it!

Prove it or lose it!

Conversations equal consensus! 

Welcome to the 21st century!

Scale your empathy, scale the world! 

Find your tribe!

Be sexy people!

The future is coming! 

Innovate at a rapid pace!

Slow speed ahead!

Well come! and well met!