It’s March, 2018, and, in case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a war on, and the Bad Guys are losing it.

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

George Orwell, from “1984”, 1949


 

 

November 7, 2017 – To Save Lives, Deploy Self-Driving Cars As Soon As You Can | WIRED

March 6, 2018 – Rage against the machine: self-driving cars attacked by angry Californians

March 19, 2018 – Video shows self-driving car made no attempt to save pedestrian’s life

 

 

 

July 2013 – How Junk Food Can End Obesity – The Atlantic

February 28, 2018 – Ultra-processed foods linked to cancer risk – CNN – CNN.com

 

 

 

 

December 17, 2017 – Teen Depression, Suicide Linked To Time Spent On Phones, Social Media

January 11, 2018 – US alcohol consumption drops for a second consecutive year

January 25, 2018 – Teen drug use at ‘all-time lows’

 February 7, 2018 – U.S. life expectancy drops again due to drugs, alcohol, suicide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 12, 2017 – Forrester Predicts That AI-enabled Automation Will Eliminate 9% of US jobs in 2018

January 29, 2018 – Don’t Be Fooled By Sci-Fi Stories — A.I. For Good Is On The Rise

January 31, 2018 – The Human Backlash Against AI is Coming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s a war on, in case you hadn’t noticed. It’s socially impolite to mention it, and even-more socially-incorrect to raise a finger of resistance within it. Yet it exists, and it rages, and here, at the end of the Age, the Bad Guys are losing it.

After, well, maybe a hundred years of real traction, the fuck-you modern way of thinking and living is crumbling to dust and blowing away.

You’re supposed to consume weaponized food and beverages, and consume technology, and buy everything you’re told, when you are told. You’re supposed to consume pharmaceutical drugs to manipulate your physical state.

Stop farming. Don’t cook your own food. Make sure there’s a computer in everything you own, including your stove, and your car, and your refrigerator, and of course your stereo system.

Buy a phone that will cost you a lot of money, forever, and will make you want to kill yourself.

How shiny was the brass ring of our fucked up, suicidal, eternally-tech-addicted future to our Dark and about-to-be-former Master’s? As shiny as the champagne-gold case of the OMG next-generation iPhone used to be.

We’re done with it, we’re turning the corner:

January 5, 2018 – Put those phones down in 2018

January 8, 2018 – Trends For 2018: The Upside-Down, Tech Reckoning, Time’s Up

January 27, 2018 – Mobile phone addiction? It’s time to take back control

 January 31, 2018 – The Human Backlash Against AI is Coming

 March 4, 2018 – Will 2018 be the year of the neo-luddite? | Technology | The Guardian

The great, epochal positive changes that are taking place are behavioral, and they are environmental. So they’re in everything.

And, logically and necessarily, additional and currently-unforseen positive changes will be coming forward out of them, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, like that.

The completely-sociopathic One-Percenters who have controlled things on this planet all the way back to Babylon, and before are going to be found out and deposed via rising awareness, and everything’s going to get a lot better very quickly, for everyone, except for them.

Please consider sending them highest Love energy as you read this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2013 – How Junk Food Can End Obesity – The Atlantic

Demonizing processed food may be dooming many to obesity and disease. Could embracing the drive-thru make us all healthier?

 

May 15, 2014 – Tracking The Rising Backlash Against Sugar | CommonHealth – WBUR

 

April 19, 2017 – Pepsi vs Coca-Cola: U.S. Soda Sales Decline For 12th Consecutive Quarter

Diet sodas sold by Coca-Cola and PepsiCo posted steep volume declines in 2016, dragging down demand for the total carbonated soft drink category as consumers buy more bottled waters and other healthier beverages.

 

November 7, 2017 – To Save Lives, Deploy Self-Driving Cars As Soon As You Can | WIRED

 

November 12, 2017 – Forrester Predicts That AI-enabled Automation Will Eliminate 9% of US jobs in 2018

 

December 17, 2017 – Teen Depression, Suicide Linked To Time Spent On Phones, Social Media

 

December 25, 2017 – Smartwatch use continues to decline, eMarketer says – Business Insider

The coming year looks even more dismal for wearables.

 

January 3, 2018 – U.S. Vinyl Album Sales Hit Nielsen Music-Era Record High in 2017

Once again, yearly vinyl album sales have hit another Nielsen Music-era record high, as the configuration sold 14.32 million (up 9 percent) in 2017. That’s up from the previous one-year high, registered in 2016 with 13.1 million.

2017 marks the 12th straight year of growth in vinyl album sales. The format continues to increase in sales as more new and classic albums are issued on vinyl, promotion from retailers like Amazon, Urban Outfitters and Barnes & Noble, as well as annual vinyl-oriented celebrations like Record Store Day.

Vinyl LP sales represented 8.5 percent of all album sales in 2017 – up from 6.5 percent for the configuration’s share in 2016. Further, LP sales were 14 percent of all physical album sales in 2017 (a Nielsen-era record share for the format) – up from 11 percent in 2016.

 

January 4, 2018 – Vinyl sales at a 12 year high in the United States – The Vinyl Factory

 

January 4, 2018 – Why 2018 is a make-or-break year for pharma – MarketWatch

 

January 5, 2018 – Put those phones down in 2018

The New Year is here and as always, people have resolutions to guide them through the year. Whether they abide by their resolutions is besides the point. What is important is the determination and willingness to change for the better.

 

January 8, 2018 – Trends For 2018: The Upside-Down, Tech Reckoning, Time’s Up

 

January 11, 2018 – Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Declined 2 Percent in 4Q17 …

 

January 11, 2018 – US alcohol consumption drops for a second consecutive year – The Drinks Business

 

January 12, 2018 – IDC: PC shipments down for 6th year, but the market is stabilizing

 

January 24, 2018 – Australia’s biggest retailers to cease sales of dangerous pesticide

Australia’s two biggest retailers have vowed to stop stocking a pesticide which has been linked to killing bee populations.

 

January 25, 2018 – Teen drug use at ‘all-time lows’

 

January 27, 2018 – Mobile phone addiction? It’s time to take back control | Technology …

That, and the fact that even my 10-year-old son had started telling me to put my phone down when he caught me not paying attention. I’m not alone. When Deloitte surveyed 4,150 British adults in 2017 about their mobile habits, 38% said they thought they were using their smartphone too much.

 

January 29, 2018 – …Don’t Be Fooled By Sci-Fi Stories — A.I. For Good Is On The Rise 

 Carnegie Mellon University is teaching a new class, titled “A.I. for Social Good.” Is 2018 the year we all start using artificial intelligence to do good in the world?

 

January 31, 2018 – The Human Backlash Against AI is Coming

 

February 3, 2018 – Nostalgia, novelty drive vinyl’s comeback

 

February 5, 2018 – IDC: Tablet shipments decline for 13th straight quarter, Amazon

The tablet market has now declined year-over-year for 13 quarters straight. Q4 2017 saw a 7.9 percent year-over-year decline: 49.6 million units shipped worldwide, compared to 53.8 million units in the same quarter last year.

 

February 7, 2018 – U.S. life expectancy drops again due to drugs, alcohol, suicide

 

February 12, 2018 – Why Can’t I Put My Smartphone Down? Here’s The Science

If the Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov were alive today, what would he say about smartphones? He might not think of them as phones at all, but instead as remarkable tools for understanding how technology can manipulate our brains

 

February 13, 2018 – Biotech, Medical Device & Pharma Layoffs | BioSpace

Purdue Pharma Cuts More Than Half of U.S. Sales Staff Amid Opioid Crisis.

 

February 16, 2018 – Reversing Course, Diet Pepsi Goes All-In on Aspartame | CMO

 

February 22, 2018 – Worldwide smartphone shipments DOWN for first time ever

 

February 23, 2018 – Making his phone dumber was the smartest thing he ever did

One morning in the fall of 2008, I interviewed an MIT professor named Sherry Turkle at a cafe on Newbury Street. Turkle is a well-known scholar on the intersection of humans and technology, and we spent much of the conversation talking not about her past research but about her newest obsession, the small device she kept turning over in her hand. It was an iPhone 3G, which she and millions of other people had just acquired.

The 3G was the second iPhone model, but the first with the all-important GPS, and its arrival was the moment smartphones seemed to go from rare to everywhere.

Turkle was raving about it, and her curious mind was asking all sorts of questions about the impact it might have. But there was no question in her mind that I had to get one. She insisted.

So I got an iPhone. Its impact on my life was immediate. Just a few days later, I had a vivid experience that revealed how quickly I had become attached to it. I was walking down the street when I got caught in a downpour, so I stopped under an awning, reached for my new iPhone, and began furiously flipping through the apps with a strange frustration, as if I was expecting the phone to have some sort of solution for the rain. Was I looking for an umbrella app?

Very quickly, we as a society learned that the smartphone was capable of making us do dumb things. Within three years, Turkle had written a book titled “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.” The cover featured photos of people walking through the world with their heads down in their phones.

Step one was to get on the scale, to get a starting point, so I began using an app called Moment that tracks how much you use your smartphone. It also tracks your “pickups” — the number of times you activate the screen.

My numbers were horrifying. I was averaging about 5½ hours a day — one day it was close to 9 — and about 80 pickups, which is about once every 10 minutes I’m awake.

 

February 25, 2018 – Connelly: Amazon pays $1.2M ‘penalty’ for selling illegal pesticides

 

February 27, 2018 – Lobbying Group for Processed Food Industry Teeters on Brink of Extinction — Will Its Science Propaganda Arm Follow Suit?

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the largest and most powerful lobbying group for the processed food industry, is disintegrating; 50 of its members have now left

Companies that have separated from the GMA include Campbell Soup, Nestlé, Dean Foods, Mars, Tyson Foods, Unilever, Hershey, Cargill, Kraft and DuPont. Join the GMA boycott to finish the job and end the GMA

Several of GMA’s leadership have resigned, including its government relations, global strategies and health and nutrition policy executives. GMA president and CEO Pamela Bailey has announced she intends to retire later this year, after nearly a decade at the helm

Mars Inc. is also severing ties with the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) — the propaganda arm of the GMA that helps create and promote science that supports members’ interests — saying, “We do not want to be involved in advocacy-led studies that so often, and mostly for the right reasons, have been criticized”

 

February 28, 2018 – Ultra-processed foods linked to cancer risk – CNN – CNN.com

Researchers found that a 10% increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet was associated with a significant increase of greater than 10% in risks for overall cancer and breast cancer.

 

March 1, 2018 – Best Buy will close 250 phone-focused stores in the US – Engadget

 

March 2, 2018 – Dumb phone’ for calls and texts offers smartphone detox

Many smartphone users would admit they are addicted, whether they catch themselves looking at their phone every five minutes, checking for notifications or mindlessly scrolling Instagram.

Which is why a crowdfunding campaign is calling on people to “go light” with a new, minimalist smartphone. The Light Phone 2 strips out the “hyperconnectivity” of a regular smartphone, and, unlike the many dumb-phones available, it keeps a stylish look too.

 

March 4, 2018 – Will 2018 be the year of the neo-luddite? | Technology | The Guardian

 

March 5, 2018 – Phone Etiquette Rules The World Needs Right Now | Bon Appetit

Something has got to change in the way we bring phones to the dinner table. We talked to two etiquette experts about how to have a phone-free dinner.

 

March 6, 2018 – Rage against the machine: self-driving cars attacked by angry Californians

Local residents are hitting back at their new robot neighbors – literally – as reports detail assaults on driverless cars

 

March 19, 2017 – Video shows self-driving car made no attempt to save pedestrian’s life

 

March 19, 2018 – Facebook and Other Tech Companies Drag Down Stock Markets

Stocks tumbled on Monday, dragged down by shares of technology companies, which until recently had propelled the nine-year bull market ever higher. Facebook was at the heart of the sell-off.

 

March 19, 2018 – Self-driving Uber kills Arizona woman in first fatal crash involving pedestrian

The 2017 Volvo SUV was traveling at roughly 40 miles an hour, and it did not appear that the car slowed down as it approached the woman, said Tempe sergeant Ronald Elcock.

Police identified the victim as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg and said she was walking outside of the crosswalk with a bicycle when she was hit at around 10pm on Sunday. Images from the scene showed a damaged bike. The 2017 Volvo SUV was traveling at roughly 40 miles an hour, and it did not appear that the car slowed down as it approached the woman, said Tempe sergeant Ronald Elcock.

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