The 12 Zeros

❝ To better understand the politics and culture of an unfamiliar country, track the promises its politicians make. We learned this week that rising Japanese political star Yuriko Koike will not represent her party in elections on October 22, but her newly minted “Party of Hope” wants to win as many as possible of the 465 seats in Japan’s lower house of parliament. What is the party offering? Here are the “12 zeros.”

❝ 1. Zero nuclear power (Fukushima lives)
2. Zero corporate coverups (a problem in nearly every country)
3. Zero corporate political donations (many Americans are nodding)
4. Zero children waiting for places in day care (sounds progressive)
5. Zero “passive smoking” (is that “second-hand smoke” or some hipster thing we don’t know about?)
6. Zero packed commuter trains (yes, we’ve seen those photos)
7. Zero putting down of unwanted pets (a humane society)
8. Zero food loss (social justice meets efficiency)
9. Zero violation of labor laws (standing up for the salary-man… and woman)
10. Zero hay fever (wait…what?)
11. Zero disabled and elderly people unable to access transportation (Amen)
12. Zero power poles (an aesthetic thing or environmentalism?)

Keep in mind that Koike is Tokyo governor.

From the semi-weekly newsletter, SIGNAL, from the EurAsia Group. Yes, they can get too cute for their own good. Something I’ve responded to directly.

The most egregious point being #12 which is meaningful and useful. Unless you live somewhere where storms are only a bit windy and never contain much rain or snow. Buried cables have worked fine for decades and save lots of money and even more down time. As long as they are installed up to spec.

Puerto Rico would probably have all their power, etc., restored by now if they had buried cables.

When ignorant peasants vote to kill their children…

Over and over again, fools who think flags and fake presidents will bring them the riches and power reserved only for those who actually own America…get what history reserves for those who believe in patriotism over peace, slogans instead of the steady march of science and technology, peasant ideology over knowledge, collaborating with political thugs who twist and bend life into death.

Mr. Robot returns

❝ “They’re having their way with us—they packaged our fight into product, turned our descent into intellectual property, televised a revolution with commercial breaks, refurbished the facts than upped the price, lobotomized us into their VR horror show,” Elliot opines in one of his signature monologue while images of Antifa and Nazis, climate change and Brexit montage-on by.

❝ What if instead of fighting back we cave, give away our privacy for security, exchange dignity for safety, trade in revolution for oppression? What if we choose weakness over strength?” he continues, his dialogue now spliced with audio of Donald Trump uttering “these are not the people that made our country great, these are people destroying our country” during some campaign event.

❝ This is what they wanted all along: for us to buy in on our worst selves, and I just made it easier for them. I didn’t start a revolution, I just made us docile enough for the slaughtering.”

Nice to have an old friend back. To share the darkness.

Most of the review is stable and printable and includes beaucoup spoilers if you waited like me for your streaming service to offer up the premiere On Demand. But, wander down to the end of the article for other interesting stuff.