Toby Zidle

Dallas, TX, United States

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Toby Zidle
Posted over 1 year ago
What is the bond that holds a community together? If woven properly, how can this common bond positively change the world?
Do you really feel that the Patriot Act is compatible with freedom of speech in light of (1) the well-publicized government tracking of reporters' phone calls and (2) "Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form"? http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57595529-38/feds-tell-web-firms-to-turn-over-user-account-passwords/
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Toby Zidle
Posted over 1 year ago
I propose a world with our "work" or "jobs" based around education and machines/robotics doing our actual work.
I don't approach this from the philosophical side, but from the practical, looking at the past rather than hypothesizing about the future, and that gives me big problems with Dalton Beebe's proposal. "People have been scared of robotics taking over their "jobs" in the past and present but should this really scare us? In my eyes, this means we are on the verge of evolving from our working system. This would free people from their jobs and allow them to concentrate on what is more important not only for them but for the whole human race. .... Soon we will have the technology to apply robotics to many or even most jobs that we think we "have" to do." We've already had robotic technology for more than a generation in some industries. In the auto industry, thousands of jobs have been replaced by technology. Let's say that in a different way: Thousands of workers have lost their jobs. Have they then been able to "concentrate on what is more important not only for them but for the whole human race"? No, it's taken all their energy just to stay one step above poverty and, with structural long-term unemployment, they are losing that race. Consider the retail industry. When was the last time you went into a store (other than an Apple store) and found it well enough staffed to offer any semblance of basic customer service? Why is that? E-commerce doesn't require much human labor other than the few who work in highly automated distribution centers. Where have these displaced retail personnel gone to? Not to focus on "what's good for the whole human race"; that's for sure. Many have become underemployed part-time workers - greeters at a local Wal-Mart or working at a fast food shop. Try to tell them, by the way, that money is a fake system. Are they to live by love alone? Why has governmental belt-tightening around the world led to economic hardship for most citizens? Because money is NOT fake. It's an essential to growth of individual independence.
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Toby Zidle
Posted over 2 years ago
Leslie Dodson: Don't misrepresent Africa
Most likely what is written by Africans themselves is tainted -- by an overt agenda, be it politics or be it profit. The Africans starving in refugee camps have no skill for reporting or even for writing, should they even be literate. Those who can report, blog, or tweet are often on one side or the other of political posturing, hardly impartial. Often they represent the governments, when opponents are censored. They may represent oppressive militarists. They may be propagandists for commercial interests. They may send e-mails offering millions from fallen corrupt regimes. They may be biased African journalists, for whom their subjects are all white or all black (in a non-racial sense, of course). Journalists dedicated to the ethics on non-biased reporting, such as Leslie Dodson may be the absolute best we can hope to get, even if she is not African. I don't think your point, James, considers the total reality of reporting in Africa and those Africans who are unable to report. It does not mesh with the agendas in play in Africa today by Africans themselves.