SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. An interesting article on A.I. Soldiers is profiled today.
A former Army Green Beret has been charged with the murder of an Afghan terrorist. The heart of the issue is that the terrorist planted a bomb that killed numerous people including two U.S. Marines. He was captured and held, but had to be released because prosecutors could not find enough evidence to charge him with the crime. Major Mathes Golsteyn tracked the suspect down after his release from U.S. custody and shot him. As much as it pains me to say it, I believe the charges are appropriate given the evidence that I know. What sets us apart from savages is the adherance to the “rule of law”.
Had the suspect been killed during the initial capture, I think things would have been different, but to track him down and kill him after a lawful release, no matter how painful that release was, was wrong. War sometimes frustrates those in the military and in every war there are those who cross the lines of humanity and do the wrong thing. It is my personal believe that we must conduct ourselves as men of integrity even during the atrocities of war. My heart breaks for those who have reached the point where they have difficulty understanding that. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Stupid is as Stupid Does
In a nearly unbelievable fit of stupidity, a new New Jersey law proves the words of Forrest Gump to be true. New Jersey’s law limits all firearms magazines to no more than 10 rounds of capacity. The problem, other than the obvious one at face value, is that there is no exception for law enforcement. It would appear that all duty firearms of law enforcement officers in New Jersey contain more than 10 rounds of ammunition. In one fell swoop, idiot lawmakers have made it so that an off-duty police officer is denied the ability to carry his duty weapon without becoming a criminal.
They can’t even have those weapons at home unless they leave the
high capacity standard capacity magazines at work. The law even applies to those officers that are “on-call” meaning that an officer must show up at his place of work to retrieve his magazines before responding to an incident.
Autopilot Government Spending
A reasonable person might think that government spending would be fairly easy to get under control. If you don’t have the money, just don’t authorize the spending bill. That is, after all, how our personal finances work. You can only load your credit card up with debt before they cut you off if your spending exceeds your income. But according to this article sent in by reader G.G., nearly 86% of all spending is basically on autopilot. Past spending bills have been written in such a way as to guarantee future spending levels without requiring a yearly authorization from Congress. That means that entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, medicaid and welfare are provided with permanent appropriations and spending levels are set automatically. Additional, there appear to be a myriad of other ways that agencies can spend money they don’t have without seeking Congressional approval.
Reader G.P. sent in this interesting article on the future of A.I. soldiers. The article suggests that A.I. could become so advanced that they could develop their own moral code to violently defy orders, according to one A.I. expert. There is obviously a level of drama that is being pushed her to make a point, but the danger appears to be real. I don’t think the heart of the issue is that A.I. will create a “moral code” as we understand it. I believe the danger is that there is no such thing as right or wrong to a computer algorithm. The obvious answer is to keep a human in the decision making loop, but the drawback there is the response time of the human.
A computer can make real-time battle decisions much faster than a human can. Do we really believe that a government who has pledged to keep a human in the loop at all times will adhere to that pledge when they are on the loosing end of a war? I think not.
Martyr Without a Cause
With the recent revelations about our youth preferring socialist/Marxist types of government it seems that all is lost at times. The constant influx of immigrants into the country that refuse to adopt to America and instead bring whatever nightmare they fled with them to this country doesn’t help the situation. Reader T.J. sent in this very good article on how that process has been working. The article gives a set of 13 principles that practically all patriots can agree on, yet with which nearly all socialist/Marxist types will not understand. As the article states: “Nations are made of these principles…Nations are disbanded for violations of these principles. The least we can do is preserve [them]”.
There is an article in The New York Times that profiles one of the latest trends in high fashion clothing. Bear in mind that this is a world that bears little resemblance to reality as you read this article. Even those who can afford the absurd clothing often worn at these runway events know that this isn’t something that you would wear in the real world. I think of it as cosplay for the rich. The trend this year theme is “Apocalypse”. Orange jumpsuits, face masks, tactical vests and more adorn these “war-core” fashions. After you’ve picked yourself off the floor (from laughing so hard), read the article to the end. James Wesley, Rawles is quoted there and his quote is in the correct context.
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