Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Looking For Meaning in a World of Chaos

Today, in the Moment

image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' There are times in each of our lives when we suddenly have a need to search for something greater than ourselves--greater than our daily rituals, our daily work, our daily play, our daily thoughts. When was the last time you felt this need, this compulsion, this drive to look deeper into that which you suddenly see as
important but distant?

As I've grown older, I've stopped looking. Perhaps it's because I've been so busy developing new skill-sets, expanding an old business I started in the mid 1990's, or perhaps because I'd simply lost that "spark" for the Unknown. Whatever the reason, that came to an end this morning when I visited Vimeo and watched a video called Today.

Perhaps part of the cause of this sudden awakening is the delivery system, the platform on which the producer created this 8 minute, 26 second video. Perhaps it's the flashing of photos at the rate of one per second. Perhaps it was the producer, the photographer, talking about the impetus he experienced while creating his photo website. Perhaps it was all of the above, but no matter what it was, it now is.

No matter, I now pass the baton to you to decide...

TODAY from m ss ng p eces on Vimeo.


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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Trump derangement syndrome

Woman Repeatedly Stabs Herself Because
She’s ‘Tired of Trump Being President’
image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' When I first saw this headline in my email, I really couldn't believe it was real.

I'm sure that the Left would simply blame it on Trump, but as I read the article, I began to recognize a possible source of this craziness, which has been dubbed by some as "Trump derangement syndrome."

"Last year, therapists indicated a rise in what they unofficially diagnosed as 'Trump Anxiety Disorder.' In a 2017 essay, clinical psychologist Jennifer Panning – who is credited with originally coining the term – described the symptoms of 'Trump Anxiety disorder' as worrying about the state of the country, feeling helpless and out of control, and spending too much time on social media" (Source: http://bit.ly/2Kwh0Nm).

Here's the thing, if I were to go into a movie theater and scream "FIRE!!" when there isn't any fire, and if there were a stampede of people with some of them injured or killed in the process, would I not be charged for that offense? We all know that the popular press (AKA: "propaganda press") is off the rails with hate in their hearts for Trump and the "reporting" they do day in and day out against him is driving people insane. Look around...

In my opinion, there must come a point where we call a spade a spade and we arrest "news journalists" who use their positions in the "propaganda press" to incite these kinds of bad behaviors. This is NOT what "Freedom of Speech" is suppose to be about. If anyone else did this, outside of such a news organization, they'd be arrested.

It's time for a real change...


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Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Dangers of an Out of Control Artificial Intelligence

How long will it take AI to become the Singularity
that so many experts fear?
image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' The development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the modern world we live in is both exciting and frightening, all at the same time. On the one hand we can easily see the prospect of great things derived by AI implementation while on the other we see the dangers that lie in a developing machine intelligence that will essentially be allowed to move in whatever direction it may go. And herein
lies the challenge, 'how can man control that direction?'

If you follow the issues that swirl around AI, you're aware of the negative press regarding its use in the future. If you follow Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, his expose's concerning AI is anything but encouraging. In fact, it's downright shocking and yet reasonable when you sit down and consider the details.

The inherent problem lies in the fact that the computer is superior to us. They are purely logical and completely emotional. They think fast, in certain circumstances it is difficult to completely destroy. Artificial Intelligence Elon Musk If they decide that people are no longer allowed to survive by perception, they will have many options available (in particular they have access to military equipment). (http://bit.ly/2UCBlWC)

Here's the biggest fact and the most difficult for most people to wrap their minds around: AI will be given the ability to learn entirely on its own. This means AI will have total and unequivocal control over the direction that its programming goes. Mankind will not have a say in the ultimate programming of these AI's, and so this programming will take an infinite number of directions, and each AI will be different in the result because of the variation of experiences that each one will have.

Now, at some point, AI developers will plug all of their AI devices into a single AI-based depository on the Cloud, which will effectively combine all of these AI products experiences and conclusive outcomes into a single flow of Intelligence. The outcome of all of this self programming is an ultimate rewrite of the very language that is used. In a words, human programmers will be at a loss as to what is going on simply because they won't understand a single word of the developing AI programming code.

Are you getting any of this?

If you're not listening well to me, perhaps Elon Musk will open your mind to the dangers of an out of control AI (the language of the narrator is horrible at times, for which I apologize. But the video is worth the watch):

In Conclusion, let's hope AI developers can find a way to control the potential Frankenstein that they're creating.

Allan Colombo


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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Why I'm Sooo Political and Unafraid

Those in business are often reluctant to speak politics in public.
image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' I'm in business, although I'm retired. I have no problem talking politics, and haven't had a problem with it for over 20 some years now. And yet so many people in business refuse to talk politics in public spaces because it might hurt their reputation, their business,
or both. Why is it that I'm unafraid to do it and they are?

Well, the obvious answer is just as I've stated, it will hurt their reputation or their ability to do business with certain folks who may not see eye to eye. As to why I'm unafraid, let me tell you a brief story to support the premise I've just given and then I'll tell you why I may not be afraid.

A number of years ago I was approached by a head hunter concerning an operation managers position with SA Comunale, based in Ohio. When I failed to pass muster, I asked the recruiter what happened. His reply was, "The owner says your politics is wrong."

Obviously the owner did his homework and he knew I am a Conservative. He must obviously be a Liberal. Because of the difference, he made an unfair decision not to hire me. I would have been good for his business, and I would have given him 110 percent despite our political differences. His loss...

Despite my loss, I continue to speak out against the Socialistic, Leftist agenda, which is to convert America from a Capitalist form of government economics to that of Socialism.

Frankly, it shocks me when anyone who owns a business in this great nation supports the Left and its Socialistic, Communistic ideology. If the Left is ever successful in making this conversion, eventually all means of production will belong to the State. You would think that business owners, like SA Comunale, or any other, would understand that, but I don't think they do.

I'm Actually a Liberal

Let me share a secret with you... I'm actually a Liberal, too!

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you might think that this is untrue, but the fact of the matter is, I am a Liberal at heart, and it's the heart that defines a true Liberal. You see, the Left has found a way to exploit

one of the most defining characteristics of a Liberal, and that is their giant heart. The Left pulls at their heart strings and unknowing Liberals respond by supporting the Left's agenda. Not I any longer.

You can call me a rehabilitated Liberal.

I began my conversion in the early 1990s, in 1992 to be exact, when presidential hopeful, Bill Clinton, gave a speech in Chicago where I and my family lived at the time. Clinton said that if he and Gore were elected, they'd "eliminate the Constitution, it was a radical experiment that outlived its time." I told my wife, "He's a Comrade," and I believe to this very day that he is a Communist in disguise. That's why the allegation of Russian collusion between Trump and Russia, which was first publicly made by Bill Clinton's wife, was so funny at the time.

Well, when we got home, I read the US Constitution and it knocked my socks off. I told Noreen that I felt that I'd been duped all those years ago as a young kid who had become a Communist by virtue of shortwave radio (Radio Moscow for one). I began sending letters to Moscow at the age of 14. Well, that very evening, I switched sides and became a full bore Capitalist.

Why I'm Unafraid

I speak out about the dangers of Socialism/Communism because if we don't stop this movement, if we lose our Capitalistic form
of economic government, we'll end up losing our businesses. We'll become slaves of the State, and if you doubt me, do some research. Look to Venezuela and other nations that had lost to the SAME Socialist/Communist Left. Nothing good ever comes out of Socialism. Nothing.

So if you're a business owner, you had better speak up now, before you lose your bread and butter to a form of government that you've never been subject to. Once you fall under the bus, it's not likely you'll have a second chance to decide to switch back to our beloved Capitalism. The smooth ride will be over, once and for all, and from there the ride will become bumpy at best.

If you disagree or agree, I'd love to hear from you. You can comment below or you can send me an email: blogger@tpromo.com.

Al Colombo


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Monday, March 25, 2019

Some Insights Into Who I Am, Really

Do any of us truly know who we are? I think not.
But here's some additional info on who Al Colombo is.

image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' My name is Al Colombo and I'm officially a trade journalist and copywriter in the physical security and life safety markets. This WebLog, however, has very little to do with security.

What it has more to do with is a hidden life led right under the noses of many professional colleagues, some of which may have suspected that there was something different about me but could never quite put a finger on it.

I did, however, reveal myself to a select few along the way. Those individuals definitely knew there was something different. Many of them were converted into believers while others probably shook their heads and never looked back. Either way, I'm good, as I've come to realize that this stuff is not for everyone. Some of us simply prefer to live our lives oblivious to the details. Not I! I need to know as it's in my nature.

Because you'll learn enough about me by way of my writings on this blog, I'll proceed by telling you about my public life. I own a digital promotional company based in Ohio called Thunder Promotions (TpromoCom). I've owned and operated it in parallel with my writing career since 1995. One of my passions is website design, and it will continue to be into the future.

As a writer, I began writing technical copy for technical magazines in 1986 and I've been writing in print and online publications ever since. I officially retired in 2015, and now I work full time on my own business.

To read the rest of the story, I've included the above plus some additional personal information. For those of you who have known me for years, this additional information will actually fill in a few gaps where it comes to specific incidents in my life where I seemed to have foreknowledge.

For others whom I have counseled as a close friend (as you have I), it will explain the reason why you often tell others things like, "he's always been ahead of the curve," or "he's been right 90 percent of the time," where it came to my insights regarding the path you should take. I'll leave it at that, but part 3 of the OBE story is yet to come. I will write when the time is right.

--Al Colombo


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