The Future of AI

As AI progresses companies will be able to have lower skilled employees successfully pull off work that required much more expensive skilled workers. This will allow companies to reduce their overall payroll, making the rich and poor richer and the middle class poorer.

This prediction is based on personal experience of technology impacts on my co-workers during my 40+ year career and the one fixed rule of capitalism. The rule is best expressed by the mom on Malcolm in the Middle, Lois Nolastname.

Lois: “I’ll tell you what they’re going to pay you, they’re going to pay you what all jobs pay, less than you’re worth and just enough to keep you crawling back for more.”

Totally Misleading Headline

EE Times Headline: Automotive Industry Looks Beyond EVs for Decarbonization

A more accurate headline: Chevron, Ferrari & McLaren are looking at alternatives to batteries.

I suppose other fossil fuel companies and super car manufacturers are doing the same. However listening to those super car companies about anything related to climate change is like paying attention to the flea on its back instead of the lion that is pouncing on you. And listening to fossil fuel companies who are the overwhelming cause of the global climate crisis is like listening to the advice of an abusive partner.

Always remember, if humanity had never dug up fossil fuels and released their carbon we would not have this climate crisis now, period.

This is Sad

Been there done that, although I’m lucky that I haven’t had to do it in many decades.

Medical care is one of those things Americans skimp on when money is tight, the Federal Reserve noted. Among the types of medical care Americans put off, dental care was the most skipped, with 21 percent of American adults saying they put off dentist visits last year. That was followed by 16 percent of adults saying they skipped seeing a doctor or specialist. Ten percent said they didn’t fill prescription medication, 10 percent said they skipped follow-up care, and another 10 percent said they skipped mental health care.

More and more Americans are skipping medical care due to money woes | Ars Technica

RIP Capron Pond?

This morning I read about the problem at Capron Pond in Smithfield RI. I’d visited via the Stillwater Scenic Trail back in 2018 and took this picture of the dam.

After examining historical satellite imagery of the watershed in Google Earth Desktop, I’m not sure the pond will survive in it’s traditional form. I say traditional because this is a mill pond so it hasn’t been a natural habitat since 1895 1.

The historical imagery shows pretty clearly that this tiny section of the Woonasquatucket River has changed levels many times from droughts and floods. So I think it’s unlikely anyone will be able to make a persuasive argument from an environmental perspective that the dams’ gate must be fixed.

Many dams are opened up, or removed, every year in the Blackstone River watershed to stop or prevent damage to property, or reduce dam maintenance costs. I felt very bad when the beaver dam in the Dark Swamp was taken out and many species lost their habitat, like is now happening at Capron Pond.

There are a few ways I see this ending with a traditional level of water being maintained in Capron Pond. The first and fastest is if the current dam owner decides it’s in their best interest to raise the water level. The next fastest way is for the residents who border the pond to buy the dam and take over the maintenance. An option that could take many years to implement is convincing the town of Smithfield to buy the dam for recreational and historical purposes.

I wish the best of luck to the residents as they try to work out this issue.

  1. Historic and Architectural Resources of Smithfield, Rhode Island , page 37, Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission

Valley Breeze Articel: Resident at Capron Pond seeks help with failed dam control door

Crazy Man Takes Advantage of Lax State Environmental Protection/Enforcement

Only the craziest of people truly believe that Southern New Englanders will need to grow their own food to survive in the next 50 years.

Brady this week reasserted his right to cut trees on his own property, saying he remains committed to the idea of creating a farm here that will produce food during a difficult future where there will be a great need for people to grow their own.

Trees keep coming down; developer insists he’s creating a farm | News |

Tucker Carlson Admits He’s a Racist

Here’s the quote, emphasis mine.

Anyone who is still a fan of his should now openly admit their racism, or at least their support of racist assholes. There are NOT good people on both side like Trump claims. All neo-Nazis, neo-confederates, KKK members and members of bigoted hate groups, are very bad people period.

A couple of weeks ago, I was watching video of people fighting on the street in Washington. A group of Trump guys surrounded an Antifa kid and started pounding the living shit out of him. It was three against one, at least. Jumping a guy like that is dishonorable obviously. It’s not how white men fight.

Tucker Carlson had to go because his racist text cost Rupert Murdoch money – Media Nation