What’s Chinese Government doing for its citizens?

When 6 out of 20 killed at El Paso Texas shooting were Mexican citizens, the Mexico government decided to take action in US justice system to protect its citizens.

How come the Chinese government never had the spine to stand up for its citizens? Defamation. Libel. Discrimination. Wage discrimination. Anti-competitive policies. So many things being done to the Chinese citizens of America.

I mean not that Chinese Americans are very organized or litigious, but how come China doesn’t care about its citizens like Mexicans do?

This is along many other great mysteries of our time that makes us all take pause and wonder…

Indian Dominating Tech

Interesting to see a Korean Man suing Intel for illegally unfair preferential treatment towards hiring and managing Indian employees.(mercury news article)The article is quick to point out his age at 45. I once consulted a silicone valley lawyer who told me that workplace unfairness is not actionable until one reaches 40, at which point age discrimination is most accessible discrimination to sue about. “Before that, they can do anything they want,” she said during the $450/hr meeting. (Ehem, if you are reading this, the rest of our conversation is still privileged and I wish it kept private)

This is not news. I have in my collection the names and reporting hierarchy of several very large silicone valley companies. There do exist these large clumps of all-Indian groups. There are also many all-Chinese groups, Russian, French, Belgian, …(there are hundreds of countries that have originated very successful people in America) Sometimes they come to be due to acquisition. Other times the arise from the “natural” process of head-hunt/interview/offer/negotiate/acceptance.

The hard working part of Indian immigrants is hard to argue against. Consider some luminaries such as Adobe, Google, Microsoft, MasterCard and Nokia CEO’s Narayen, Pichai, Nadella, Banga and Suri respectively. (And many more such as Nooyi) they don’t get where they are by discriminating against other minorities and giving Indian employees months of extra vacation time. If anything, you’d almost expect they work their place-of-origin mates harder to achieve the excellence😇. There is a secret sauce in their success that is well beyond my imagination. There are of course many super-human-beings from other countries that we have observed… but that the Indian people produce so many successes is definitely awesome!

Anyways, back to the lawsuit. There might be merit in the suit, but it isn’t really a class action lawsuit. The problem being the discriminated class will include white people who also did not receive, for example, cultural holiday vacations that all Indians share in partaking. And it would appear that as a majority class(another one being an American, or male, or elite/American schooling) cannot be protected by discrimination laws–they only protect minorities in protected class against actions of non-minority people. AFAIK.

It is also inconvenient, for example there are Chinese people lead companies (NVIDIA, AMD, Citadel, zoom, etc, etc…) that can celebrate half a month worth of lunar new year, or Jewish-lead companies with their holiday schedules. The success of this case may just ruin everyone’s holidays.

Admittedly though, Chinese people are a multinational race that have a great deal of shared culture but also diverse holidays. Apparently the people of China(those that are from PRC), celebrates national day (their 7/4) for a whole week in October. For the uninitiated, this event apparently has become a economic boon for the world as Chinese people there leave work for a whole week to celebrate their own economic success by the expenditure of their disposable wealth. Stocks, that you can buy in America, skyrockets due to the annual geometric growth of sales during that week… But that same holiday is probably not celebrated in Taiwan, another Chinese-lead country🥱 from where Chinese-American originate. Chinese people might lose extra holidays if extra liberties are not allowed on all culturally significant days.

America is a place where the declared value is that people are to be treated as equally as possible ignoring place of origin. We value diversity and inclusion. We want to make it all work so everyone is happy here. We want everyone to bring their joy and celebrations along with skill, knowledge, talent, culture and heritage here to share with us as we share ours with them. It is up to us to make it all work.

It is quite civilized to go to court instead of mass killings or mass (and secret) wars of race-based retaliations. Let’s see what happens, but this is exciting development either way!

😇In the cut-throat economic competition of silicone valley technology companies, one would almost expect it to be more like the baby sea monsters from 2021 Disney movie Luca, where huge heaping boat of lives from their place-of-origin were sacrificed to ingratiate the human being hosts. 😱

🥱for many practical purposes dispute great deal of squabbling over its nationhood.

That nationalistic threat

Days after I pondered the meaning of nationalistic threat, Trump tells a number of colored Members of Congress to go back to where they came from on twitter.

Then, Peter Thiel says google acted treasonously by working with Chinese Communist Intelligence But refusing to work with American Military. Recalling my own dislike for the way Thiel runs his perv carrel known as Palantir–a company that was found to discriminate against Asian job applicants–my own Culturally incompatible citizen of USA included.

(Full disclosure, I own a portion of Palantir for money making purposes. Damn it, let’s just say it. Racist make damn good money in America, one just can’t help oneself but to enter into this kind of political existential hedge. If I fail to achieve my American dream as a lawful citizen due to effect of racism, at least my bank account is being padded by the racists’ success. God bless America!!)

Anyways.

I too have felt Google have been very eccentric. Everything from the way it’s smartphones underwhelming performs to how Google Calendar selectively send reminders to the timing of Gmail “unsending” emails that you thought you sent at work… none of these makes any sense! The lack of digital integrity is mind boggling! The evidence suggests to me that it is a wide open platform for pervs from anywhere and everywhere to frolic.

Which brings me to conclude that Thiel may not be as anti-google as he sounds. I mean, look, politicking is politicking, but the holes(and AI) are there for all pervs to use, not just the Chinese Communist Party. This is like saying the water company is in cahoots with Chinese a Communists collaborator because they supplied water to all Chinese spies. And Thiel is calling for less water to be made.

Maybe this is just his sneaky little way to reshape tech landscape and try to reduce pervs activities–well reduce pervs activities outside of his perv company.

Trump, oh dear mr. president, I feel your pain.(Think Ducky’s conversations from NCIS) All these foreigner immigrants with such different views on how things should work–or rather how Trump should not work–this really sucks.

We should really modulate immigration. Integrate everyone better before they have the right to fight about how Trump is allowed to live his life and how he tweets his thoughts. But we should get there not by curtailing the rights of citizens. We should reach social stability not by shutting people up. Even kings have to treat their subjects properly or else he risks being beheaded in most gruesome ways–and by that I don’t mean violence against Trump the person. I am worried about the swing of tide the other way where one day American citizen may once again be second class resident to new immigrants to America. That day, I might have to wait tables to serve strangely named goo to some highly paid aliens who are prized by our society mostly for their nonasexual preference–an act where a quorum of participants must be from different continents or planets and all have different genders. Think about it! Can you see me running around at ripe old age of 190… “would you like some fries with goo? How about I supersizes that poo for you? ”

That IMHO is the kind of poverty we citizens are headed for if these extremist nationalist pursuits continue this way.

Can’t we all just get along?!

Interference

Been reading about Havana Syndrome. Honestly, the existence of this technology does not surprise me too much.

One year, I flew to China from SFO. I too experienced this thing where I felt aural pressure and a “silent sound” that kept on getting louder and louder. It’s like that feeling you have in the classroom, where a sound somehow just pushes your eye lids down and down and head down lower and lower, and you are like completely lucid, except the head and eye lid cannot lift.

Then a darkness follows.

Except on this plane flying, they had problem with the equipment, so it pushed me down for a while but let up, and I woke up after 10 seconds and remembered that experience. The crew realized that the system is not quite right, so they recalibrated it, and turned it on again at higher gain. But since I still remembered what happens half a minute ago, I lifted my eye lids and head with my hands. I didn’t fall asleep this time. They discovered that I was keeping my self awake, so they turned it off, and I woke up immediately.

After recalibrating, they tried again and just left it on at high. After a while–on the order of maybe 60 seconds, my arm kind of gave out too. I fell asleep.

Then abruptly, I woke up. I think the calibration is finally complete. That pressure on my ear was gone, I felt as refreshed as ever. It seems the pre-flight check list is done because the plane began to taxi just after I woke up.

Mid-flight, I saw my seat neighbor bow his head down on the seat back in front of him in Islamic prayer.

That finally makes sense.

The technology is not new, but it must be new to Cubans and Chinese. Perhaps a secret group of humans always had access to this technology to knock people out remotely. Maybe that group of humans were Americans.(because it’s kind of hard to imagine that Chinese or Cuban were doing this for Americans secretly on my flight) Well, I am convinced of it for sure.

But even believing that the American Embassy staff and I and concocting these experiences in our heads, one has to think–what if some one has a black pool of money and resources and actually made such a thing? Would they dispossess me the use of mental faculties in order to ensure that they can calibrate a sure way to disable the Muslim sitting next to me?

This is the kind of knowledge that drives some people to think about morality and safety of technologies. This is the kind of power that scares intelligent people into giving money away to ensure that no individual or small group of individuals can have too awesome a power–irrespective of their ethical principles.

This doesn’t stop me from dreaming about creation of disruptive technologies. But with all these sound waves flowing through the air, maybe that truly disruptive technologies will not materialize in our life time.

the next Martin Luther King jr. may have a different dream… he might dream that a person is assessed by his living behavior and not by his DNAs… Maybe he will dream about a world where everyone retains their faculties to think awake no matter his belief or proximity to other beliefs.

Let freedom reign!

Let’s all be free at last!

Ps if you wonder, I’m writing this possibly in repetition of several other posts because I am about to embark on a trip involving flight on another airplane out of SFO. I am having vivid memories recalling that particularly harrowing departure from SFO. I mean I suppose I should be grateful for the safety this technology provided us. But I’d really rather not experience that technology again if possible?

I can do dystopian too

I was commenting to my Chinese national wife that her compadres on their beloved WeChat are a bunch of nationalized professional scam artist posting beautiful pictures of lives in the new and advanced China, and another clique that post every ill imaginable to man, from fake drug to fake news to… why don’t these Chinese people stand up for their human rights in addition to their national pride as a best-in-class country? Why don’t the Chinese people spend more time participating in their own democracy and minding the prosperity of all that’s under the heavens?!

But then I realized–digital social media indoctrination is the de facto means of propaganda for all governments in the world. This is the type of control mechanism that every government, every despot, has dreamed about. It was invented in America, but is adopted by the whole world. There are always two groups: the big bold beautiful people flaunting their happiness and successes, and the suffering who offer to share their hatred of something.

The utopia of internet where we are open and share bandwidth relying on every device to act fairly has been hijacked to perform mind controlling deeds of the oppressively rich and powerful to enslave the minds and hearts and eyeballs of the poor and helpless.

This isn’t fiction or outlook, it has already happened! We needn’t wait for realistic VR/AR devices, our brains have already been trained to want to consume these two types of information. There is an addiction to the flipping of pleasure and pain when exposed to this content, and somehow it is addictive.l eve on this tiny mobile phone screen.

What shall we do? Will humanity survive? How can it?

What is Reasonable Nationalism?

I’ve been reading my own blog post on Nationalistic Threat.

So what walls and integration scheme seem reasonable?

At some level one would like the following to be satisfied to grant residency beyond one year of time.

  • Basic mastery of a language of this country.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of our political system and our laws.
  • Explicitly express support for our political system and laws.
  • Rigorous training and certification in basic skills of our society: safe driving and internet usage, voting and protesting, consumer rights, how American capitalism works, basic numeracy and scientific knowledge to understand statistics and methodology used by our legal system, some history on evolution of government to America, basics of healthy and sanitary life style.
  • Demonstrate an employable skill or highly probably addition to the country.
  • Minors need to be under supervision of a Citizen.

(It is acceptable that new residents are required to achieve or exceed a standard more stringent than citizens and previously admitted residents)

The one year of time is a grace period for integration. If they do not integrate, then they will he asked to leave. New immigration should be regulated by

  • The country’s social economic needs sets the rate to admit expressed as immigrants per day.
  • Selection should be at random among all applicants in the system at the time of selection irrespective of any characteristics or history of selection.
  • Asylum and talent admissions can be made but are not exception to residency requirements.

I will declare that I don’t know if this is the way to create a better America in line with its great founding and history so far. And some of it sound like authoritarian state indoctrination. But it solves some problems. At least, I will feel some sense of safety while driving on the road knowing that all drivers has gone through a fairly rigorous training in safe driving. At least I will know that efforts have been taken to help new immigrants to try to change the country in civil ways that they do not resort to weapons and violence. Every resident knowing how our capitalism works will help to promote the efficiency of our markets and fungibility of laborers.

Lastly, foremost feature amongst all, the process to admit new immigrants should not discriminate! For or against any reason or race or place of origin or in-born characteristics, the chance of admission should be complete unbiased!!

P.s. the proposal looks like the rejection sampling algorithm. While it is inefficient, it is guaranteed to select an absolutely unbiased sample from all people that satisfies residency rules. I challenge the reader to propose the use of another more efficient algorithm that can sample from entire humanity in a fair way and still satisfy a list of criterions to require for residency. In the sampling framework one is reminded of sampling unit. In this case we can actually sample on families. This is the case because there are the infirm that our great country cares for. They should come as a part of a caring family.

P.p.s. Sigh, it would appear my original entry have been deleted from this blog. It seems I had watched an episode of Madam Secretary in which several formal American Secretaries of State Cameoed and all stated into the camera that there is a nationalistic threat in the world, that nationalism was a big problem today. Obviously, in retrospect, when the high suit nationalist is now out of the office, and that the white nationalists have been explained to the public, these sentiments about that particular flavor of nationalism do seem completely reasonable. But at the time, I had questioned why they were using the specific words (quite bare without additional modification) “nationalism is a danger to the world”. My concern was that nationalism was a cause for which social order can be enforced and protected. Nationalism is a source of pride that promotes very health competition. Nationalism has even essential in the advancement of our civilization. Why would any one challenge the existence of nationalism, like why don’t we just question money while we’re at it?

Ah, okay, but we are with cryptocurrency. But still, give me a replacement for nationalism, it’s not like they simply declare that fiat currency is bad, instead a new alternative is proposed. What was the replacement for nationalism in these segments?

Anyways, a lot of good-meaninged people, just whirling around the maelstrom of 21st century politics, I suppose.

Additionally in retrospect, these proposals may need further explanation. It isn’t that we don’t care about all humans and al creatures alive or dead big or small. It’s just that I do not believe in an omnibenevolence is a goal of our government. It is no more appropriate to demand the federal government to take care of the worlds infirm than for me to ask my iphone to predict tomorrow’s weather. It is just physically not efficient, based on our current understanding of the world, for them to do these things. Sure the iphone can call out to a cloud and ask for the weather, but we do bot think the White House has a direct line to the almighty in the clouds… I don’t think so, maybe he and the founding fathers thought so., but I do not believe this. The government is a man made machine that works. We may aspire to attain insane heights as we reach for the clouds with the machine, but better we keep our heads at ground level and be effective in our daily lives. It doesn’t make sense to take everyone who wants to come. We have never done that, despite our declarations and poetries, and immigration can’t be a goal, it is only a means to some end–that end not presently omnibenevolence imho.

Does that put things into perspective?

A stab at politicking

I was born in the PRC of the 1970’s and it shows. My solution to everything seems to be to control all variables. Recall that I suggested trading software should be like professional car races where the trader bots are limited by their flops. Another thought along the same line of political campaign contributions.

It seems there are a lot of thoughts on how to do campaign financing right. Roughly, the political candidate with the most money has the most resources to influence citizens to cast the vote for them. So the political office is won before the election at the fund raising stage.

Political Action Committees of all flavors are the vehicles to which money donation can be made towards a certain cause–indubitably a political candidate.

Why not restrict the media in which political campaigns can spend their money? Supposing that candidates are only allowed to champagne by SMS limit of 160 characters. That seems to drastically alter the competition to the most important stuff rather than fancy presentations that do more to misdirect than inform.

Okay, perhaps SMS limit is a little extreme, but consider the perhaps limiting the AD impressions and prime-time minutes of TV, in a way that the candidates can not drown out another party by spending money to buy out all the campaign media opportunities.

A second way is to semantically limit the content. During a video, the number of letters, words, and numbers displayed on screen can be limited. The number of objects, simultaneous sounds, animation, and images of opponents.

By setting these kinds of limits, one can possibly effect a more issue-centric and content-centric political campaign process.

More simply, it removes the influence of money.

More idealistically, the hope is to engage in better politics by honestly focusing on our intelligent humanity.

These SIP thoughts partially inspired by Netflix’s Designated Survivor season 3. Halfway through, will issue FAMX rating of 1.3X for the front half of the show.

The FAMX Media Rating Scale ∈[0, ∞)

It seems I’ve begun to use a scale to represent how much a story or a show is enjoyable. The rough idea is that if I were listening to a podcast story, how fast would I listen to it? If the show is largely content free or uninteresting, I may speed through it at 2X or 3X speed. If a show is packed with information, or emotional content that I may wish to linger upon, then I slow it down to 1X, and some cases, the shows run so fast, like Star Trek Discovery, or Hamilton biography, that I may have to rewatch or re-listen to large portions of it, the average speed slows down to below one–0.5X for example if I watched an episode twice. 0.1X if I had to review a formula or chart 10 times.

There are those moments, where I would freeze a frame or stop reading mid-sentence in thought, agony or enjoyment, until biological reasons stops me. In these situations, the content merit a near 0.

And everyone has experienced content that you cannot finish fast enough, those cases we have a large FAMX rating.

I hope this blog has been at most “FAMX 1X” or simply “1 FAMX”

Hope these explanation helps.