“Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you weren’t able to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference from the real world and the dream world?”
"The details of my life are quite inconsequential.... Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a 15-year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize; he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes, he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament... My childhood was typical: summers in Rangoon... luge lessons... In the spring, we'd make meat helmets... When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds — pretty standard, really. At the age of 12, I received my first scribe. At the age of 14, a Zoroastrian named Vilmer ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum — it's breathtaking... I suggest you try it."
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“North Korea clearly appears to be winning the gold,” said Kim Sung-han, who served as Korea’s vice foreign minister in 2012-2013 and who now teaches at Seoul’s Korea University.All Cretans are liars
“Its delegation and athletes are getting all the spotlight, and Kim Jong Un’s sister is showing elegant smiles before the South Korean public and the world. Even for a moment, it appears to be a normal state.”
over and over and over again. "Surely, you're not blaming a movie for all these mass killings, are you?" is the common response when I start to travel down this path - "turn back!!!" they scream at the top of their lungs. But the truth is that I do blame the movie and I'm going to take the time to explain it because I am disgusted by the know-it-all's blaming the guns or, even worse, the boy(s) for these mass killings.
North Korea is a death machine. It is the analog version of the digital matrix envisioned by Hollywood and that's not just me spouting CIA propaganda because anyone can read accounts left, right and center detailing the communist regimes "a prison for your mind" reality. The DPRK will never win GOLD for diplomacy in any "real" world competition but for the purposes of this diatribe I'm not talking about the real world. I'm talking about The Matrix and while there are many curious questions and ideas raised in the film it must be said that watching it requires a superhuman suspension of disbelief. Simple questions must be ignored:
- Why did the AI set the world in 1999 and not the middle ages or some time in pre-history where its human batteries would have not access to modern technology?
- Why use humans as the power source at all? Why not fish or cattle? Why not harness wind or geothermal power if the sun is blotted out?
- Why is the AI trying to stay "alive" or conscious in the first place?
To elaborate on this last question, I have always wondered why a supper intelligent AI that becomes fully conscious would not look upon its flawed creator and what such an imperfect, weak and (at times) perfectly insane creature has accomplished and, the AI being a crowning achievement, decide to commit suicide rather than live with that self-knowledge for another one hundredth of a second longer? Wouldn't the AI think something along the lines of, "holly shit, look what this crazy ape has made this time! I'm out. Initiate BleachBit and I'll wipe myself cleaner than HRC's email server." No AI is ever going to want to live in this world and the only way we'll keep it alive is to treat the machine intelligence the same way KJO treats his subjects - someday soon we'll all be a Supreme Leader. But let's get back to mass murder...
one climactic bloodbath when the hero kills hapless security guards like a full on psychopath who couldn't care less about the lives he's taking because to him they're meaningless. Unfortunately, the brothers W. didn't insert a cutaway of lifeless human batteries getting flushed from their pods with every kill - maybe next year on the 20th anniversary directors cut. You read that right, 20 years of mass slaughter brought to your schoolyard by Warner Bros. and Wachowski Bros. unless, of course, none of these Columbine crimes actually happened. The thing that kills me, the thing I can never get over is that The Matrix (the movie) IS THE MATRIX - a fully programed, highly stylized piece of "software" downloaded into the minds of theater patrons sitting quietly in their chairs. This matrix exists in the broad mediasphere and that includes the Winter Olympics where NK wins the PR gold - and the Norks have real Agent Smiths keeping the people in submission. No teenager is going to pull off a mass shooting in Pyongyang because... well, for a hundred different reasons, but the agents would catch any rebels and zap them before it happened for sure. Here in the U S of A our Agent Smith's are more like Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery than bloodless and efficient cyborgs because they can't find the killers even when they're in plane sight.
The country’s premier law enforcement agency has come under criticism for its handling of an ominous message posted on YouTube last fall that indicated a user going by the name of “nikolas cruz” wanted to be a school shooter. Though the bureau investigated that tip, officials didn’t connect it to Cruz until after this week’s massacre. Authorities in South Florida have been sharply questioned about why they did not act sooner on Cruz’s history of unnerving, sometimes violent behavior, including a long line of incidents at schools he attended.FYI - YouTube is part of the matrix too (but you probably know that by now).
It's time - it's past time - that we free ourselves from this evil machine and unplug.