This is a Three Part Series:
The tech leaders have spoken and we are now barrelling down a path to a technodistopian future of AGI.
The US is going through an economic recession, the tech Industry has, up until now has seen the most of this effect. Every week a new FAANG company does layoffs in the thousands. While at the same time talks of an AI Boom have emerged and everyday a new capital raise of a new AI company hits the press and Twitterverse. Whether we pause for 6 months or continue development thereafter there is no question that we are going to be living in a very different world.
Most peoples assumptions on where we would see Large Language Models by now would have been challenged had they been asked pre-covid whether they would see a ChatGPT-like product accessible to them. Covid has become the barometer for time as it was a societal shift in our modern western world where we quickly labeled people "Essential". We went from low unemployment to high unemployment in a matter of weeks, people were let go, furloughed and some were forgotten by our capitalism.
Now that we are in the post Covid world we should examine what this means and discuss the next phase that we have entered.
The AI tech leaders are most interested in optimizing humanity capabilities. Capitalisms ever-increasing obsession with achieving success and winning at all costs has given rise to a unique combination of forces that are colliding. namely, the advanced developments of AI and the efficiency that it produces, our capitalist structure, and our human beliefs, ethical spectrums and way of life. AI allows companies and individuals alike to be more efficient, and competitive in their respective fields, but what is our plan when it becomes self-reliant?
When this occurs we will need a basic income. Initially, this should be delivered to those in the lowest bracket of income and wealth. Over time as automation affects more roles and workers, including knowledge works this should be expanded to anyone who is not able to work.
Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, U.S. wage growth accelerated, as weekly earnings jumped more than 7% in April and May of 2020 compared with the same months a year earlier. The gain got a boost from low inflation and fewer expenses, bolstering the finances of Americans who kept their jobs. But if you look back at the past 30 years, wages for the middle class have remained essentially stagnant. This juxtaposed with the fact that employee productivity has increased. The US has low unemployment currently, but historically changes to employment can change quickly via market conditions, heightened concerns of recession and more automation.
In addition to the federal and state aid, many cities and counties throughout the US have taken extra steps to address homelessness during the pandemic. For example, some local governments have provided direct housing assistance or supplemental funds for emergency shelters and homeless services. Other places allowed homeless individuals to access temporary lodging in hotels, motels, and other facilities. These efforts, along with the federal and state aid, have likely had an impact on sheltered homelessness during the pandemic. For example, research by the National Alliance to End Homelessness indicates that extra resources may be allowing people in shelters longer stays while they search for more permanent housing solutions.
However, the true impact of the pandemic on homelessness won’t be known until more data is collected and analyzed. The current research suggests that the homeless population may have temporarily declined due to increased resources, but it remains unclear how much of this decline will remain after the pandemic ends and some of those resources are withdrawn. To truly understand the impact of the pandemic on homelessness, more research and data is needed. In the meantime, it is important to continue providing resources to help those in need during these difficult times.
Despite the prosperity capitalism has brought to many, its legacy of neglect towards those most in need is nothing short of shameful. Homelessness and poverty are rampant in our society and minority groups are often left behind when it comes to access to resources and opportunities. The disenfanchised have been forgotten by a system that has only served some and ignored the rest. We must strive to create a society in which all people have access to the basic necessities of life and can enjoy its benefits without fear or discrimination. Only then will we be able to truly say that capitalism is working for everyone.
It is important to remember that homelessness does not only affect individuals and families living on the streets; even those with roofs over their heads can suffer from insecure housing situations due to lack of resources. It is imperative that we expand our definition of homelessness to ensure that all individuals have access to safe, secure housing—and that they have the resources they need to stay off the streets. This can include providing rental assistance, increasing access to affordable housing, and offering targeted job training and financial aid programs.
If you spent any time on twitter you would think that San Francisco was the homelessness capital of the world. Admittedly if all you do is spend your time in the Tenderloin your view of the Bay Area will be warped.
Tech VC's love to complain about the homelessness and violent crime of San Francisco but have a hard time understanding the data. Yes, San Francisco does have situations that are unsafe and crime exists but murder and homicide rates are not in the top 75 largest cities for crime.
Homelessness has risen in the Bay Area and poverty is a real problem that could be quickly alleviated if we created a wealth tax.
The middle class in the United States is facing an uphill battle when it comes to wages and inflation. The wage price spiral of the middle class has been a growing problem for years, while not keeping up with inflation. This means that even though many may be making more money than they did in previous years, their wages are not increasing at the same rate as the cost of living. This leaves them with less money to spend on essentials and pleasure items, causing an ever-increasing gap between the middle class and wealthy classes. This spiral can be seen in the rising costs of housing, education and health care. The situation has become even worse due to recent government policies that have weakened labor unions and loosened regulations on corporations. This has further shifted power away from the middle class and into the hands of those who can afford to pay higher wages.
The wage price spiral is a serious problem that needs to be addressed in order to help the middle class stay afloat. Raising minimum wage and strengthening labor laws are two ways that governments can help to ensure that the middle class is not left behind by inflation. Additionally, increasing taxes for those with high incomes can help redistribute wealth and create a more equitable society. Investing in education and job training programs can also help to support the middle class by giving them the skills necessary to compete in an ever-changing market.
While the Middle Class has been struggling the top 1% of households in the United States held 32.3% of the country's wealth, while the bottom 50% held 2.6%. Wealth for the last 30 years since Reagan took office and the rise of automation accelerated this increase. This level of wealth looks stark in major metropolitan cities like New York, LA, and San Francisco. The upper echelon of the society manage the mundane yet impactful parts of our payments, transportation and most importantly social discord via social media platforms.
AI will create more millionaires and billionaires than any time in history. We are living in a new guilded age where the power and influence lie in the very few hands.
As AI continues to evolve, we will likely see an even greater wealth concentration in a select few's hands. It is up to us to ensure that these individuals use their newfound wealth responsibly, and for the benefit of society as a whole.
The globe's 2,750 billionaires now control 3% of all wealth, up from 1% in 1995 — that makes them wealthier than half the planet, according to a new report from a group founded by economist Thomas Piketty
Whether you are a designer at Google or an Engineer at Meta or a Product Manager at Salesforce or an early stage company the goal or KPI (Key Performance Indicators), MVP (insert new buzz word) is to create solutions that deliver profit to the shareholders and or founders or executives. The company has a Board of Directors that are hand selected and that have voting control over who to hire and who is fired.
If you are a Product Designer at Google: You at some point will have to work with the developers to design solutions to save a team in the org more time. In some cases you will be explicitly told that it is to "Save some time for x number of workers so that the company doesn't need to hire as many people".
For the engineer or a designer at a large company, the goal is to save the company money while simultaneously hiring less people. The development of technologies and systems that are efficient, reliable and cost-effective are key elements in achieving this goal. Engineers must have an eye for detail and be able to identify potential problems before they become costly issues down the road. Additionally, engineers are expected to keep up with the latest trends in technology and be able to develop or modify systems that meet the company's needs. Automation and automation technologies play a major role in ensuring that tasks can be completed with fewer people, while also improving accuracy, speed and efficiency. By leveraging technology, engineers are able to improve processes and save time and money. In the end, being an engineer at a large company is not only about providing technical solutions and innovations; it's also about creating systems that can be implemented quickly, cost-effectively and with minimal personnel.
Capitalism, benefits workers in the short term but what happens when companies become so efficient that they no long require much if any human labor? What we keep on hearing is that technology will augment humans, but we already have seen examples where they replace them. One example of this is McDonald's new restaurant:
Ray Kroc wanted to build a restaurant system that would be famous for providing food of consistently high quality and uniform methods of preparation. Now Ray Kroc's vision has come full circle by producing the first fully automated resturant. Weather you call this a proof of concept or a Minimal Viable Product the key is viable. By taking workers out of the equation you elimnate the need for salaries, union rights, political and can create the perfect burger.
Groundbreaking AI technology is often associated with Silicon Valley giants like Google or Facebook, but in San Francisco a small 11-person team is also making a big impact. This self-funded company, based in the city's financial district, has developed an innovative text-to-image generation system that uses artificial intelligence to convert written descriptions into detailed photographs. With such a sophisticated system, the team has made it easier than ever to create visually stunning photos from written words alone. Their text-to-image generation technology is revolutionizing how businesses and individuals can communicate their ideas, making visual creation more accessible than ever before. By utilizing AI in a unique way, this San Francisco-based company is showing the world what is possible when a small team of dedicated individuals comes together to create something truly remarkable. With their text-to-image generation system, they are ushering in a new era of visual communication and inspiring others to think outside the box when it comes to creating content. Midjourney
Based on most updated LinkedIn data:
Midjourney: approximately 11 employees, self-funded to date
Open AI: approximately 700 employees, 11 billion raised to date
Stability AI: approximately 110 employees,
Hugging Face: approximately 110 employees
Anthropic: approximately 110 employees
Bastani's argument is compelling. He makes the case that with advances in technology, automation and AI, we have the potential to eliminate poverty and inequality. By doing so, he posits that we can create a utopian society where everyone has access to luxury goods and services such as flying cars and exotic vacations.
He argues that this is achievable through the judicious deployment of technology, and the proper approach to economic policies. He believes that a combination of universal basic income, free access to resources and services, and incentives for technological innovation can create a prosperous future where everyone’s needs are met.
Bastani's vision of Fully Automated Luxury Communism is an audacious one, but it is not without appeal. It has the potential to create a world where everyone can live in comfort and security, no matter what their background or circumstances. To achieve this utopia we need courage and imagination, but Bastani makes a persuasive case for why such a society might be possible - if only we make conditions more favourable for its emergence. His book offers an inspiring view of what the future could be, and a reminder that it is up to us to make it happen. With this in mind, let’s embrace the challenge and strive for a better tomorrow.
Research conducted by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has concluded that Federal Reserve rate hikes are likely to cause a recession. Jerome Powell and the Fed have been increasing rates which is a share 180 from the policies and actions during Covid. According to the research, when the Fed raises rates, it decreases loan availability and makes borrowing more expensive. This can lead to reduced business investment and slower economic growth, which can eventually trigger a recession.
The global recession of 2008-2009 marked a telling shift in the business landscape, ushering in an age of digital disruption and inspiring the success stories of many modern startups. Most notably, tech companies Uber and Airbnb grew rapidly during this period, utilizing innovative technology to revolutionize transportation, hospitality, and more. Through their groundbreaking models, these companies have become leading providers in their respective fields, a testament to the power of forward-thinking entrepreneurship. As we look ahead to our own uncertain economic future, it is no wonder that many are looking towards these examples of success as a source of hope and inspiration.
The recession also catalyzed other startups as well; companies such as Slack and Dropbox leaped to prominence as well, offering innovative solutions in their respective fields. With their success, many of these companies have gone on to become industry leaders and icons of modern technology. The legacy of startups that emerged from the recession is one of resilience and perseverance—a bright beacon for those seeking to make a mark in business during times of crisis.
Although this pursuit of success and optimization can be beneficial for both companies and individuals, it’s important to remember that it must always be balanced with other values such as fairness, compassion, empathy, ethics and sustainability. We must ensure that our quest for optimization does not come at the expense of human well-being or the environment. As AI technology continues to develop and capitalism continues to drive us towards higher levels of performance, we must remember to temper our ambitions with thoughtful consideration for these other values that are essential components of a healthy society.
It's only been 6 weeks since the Silicon Valley Bank collapse. The government swooped in to save the depositors of the bank which prevented a potentially catastrophic event for the startup community and potentially broader financial status. The impact to the start up community that SVB served was instrumental in the formation of new companies. By the government saving the depositors it set a precedence for saving the banks that have issues moving forward.
Since then we have seen the weakening of smaller regional banks and the decline of First Republic Bank, which may soon be in receivership.
The American consumer is feeling the pressure as credit card debt in the United States hits an all-time high. Barclays reports that its credit impairments have increased by 400% this quarter, indicating that many borrowers are unable to make payments on their outstanding debt. This comes at a time when inflation continues to stay high, further tightening the pressure for households.
* Popular sovereignty - This means that all political power comes from the people, who have the right to choose their leaders and change their governments. It also implies that no one person or group has absolute control over a nation's destiny.
* Separation of powers - The US Constitution divides the government into three branches—the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. This separation of powers ensures that no branch has too much power, thus protecting citizens from tyranny.
* Checks and balances - Related to the separation of powers is the system of checks and balances. This system allows each branch to restrain the power of the other two branches by being able to veto or overturn their actions.
* Individual rights - The US Constitution includes a bill of rights that protects certain individual liberties such as freedom of speech, press, assembly, petitioning for grievances. It also guarantees due process of law and equal protection under the law.
* Limited government - Through its system of separation of powers, checks and balances, and individual rights, the US Constitution also limits the power of government. This means that the government can only pass laws that are necessary and proper to fulfill its duties.
These basic tenants of the US Constitution have been used as a model for other modern constitutions around the world. They ensure balance in government and protect citizens from oppressive rule by guaranteeing certain fundamental rights. Additionally, they set limits on how much power any one branch can have, thus helping keep governments accountable to their people. With these core principles at its foundation, the United States has become a country known for protecting democracy and upholding justice. As such it continues to serve as an example to countries all over the world
Capitalism has driven us to create and pursue more efficient business models, leading to the creation of ever-increasing wealth accumulation. The past 30 years we have seen the stock market benefit shareholders, more millionaires and billionaires were created than ever before. while wages for most earners have decreased. Even with low unemployment wage growth has stalled.
Our own human nature is also a large contributing factor in this drive towards success and optimization - we have an instinctual desire to be competitive and achieve higher levels of success than those around us.
The idea of a 'boxing match' between Sam Altman and Elon Musk may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the two tech titans have had their share of disagreements and that has been crystilized recently. Sam Altman is the former president of Y Combinator, a well-known accelerator for startups, while Elon Musk is the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. Despite their differences, the two have a lot of respect for each other, as evidenced by Altman's recent remarks that Musk is "incredibly smart and visionary".
Italy is back using ChatGPT after a one month ban. Here are a list of countries that have banned ChatGPT:
North Korea, China, and Russia have all voiced their own suspicions about ChatGPT. North Korea believes that ChatGPT could be used by the U.S. to spread misinformation and propaganda, while China and Russia both believe that it is a tool for American surveillance activities in their countries. In response to these concerns, many of these countries have implemented their own regulations on ChatGPT or have outright banned its use within their borders
Content moderation of AI is similar to content moderation of social media platforms in that it involves the same process of reviewing and flagging potential problematic content. However, what makes AI different from other forms of content moderation is the need to consider how an algorithm might interact with a user or platform, as well as how it might interpret the data it is given. For example, if an AI algorithm is created to detect and flag offensive language, it must be carefully programmed to understand context in order to accurately assess what constitutes an inappropriate comment or action. Additionally, AI-based content moderation systems often require ongoing tuning and tweaking in order to ensure accuracy and reliability of results. This is because AI algorithms are prone to bias and mistakes, which can lead to false positives or negatives when moderating content. As such, it is important for organizations to closely monitor AI-based content moderation systems and adjust them as needed. Ultimately, proper implementation of content moderation of AI requires a thorough understanding of the technology being used as well as rigorous testing in order to ensure accuracy and effectiveness
The recent settlement ended a bitter two-year court battle between Fox and Dominion, which is one of the largest voting machine companies in the United States. The settlement was reached just hours before jury selection was scheduled to begin for a trial that would have featured testimony from some of Fox’s biggest stars.
The lawsuit is the latest case in a series of legal battles between Fox News and voting machine companies, with both sides accusing each other of defaming their respective businesses. Fox is still facing a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit from Smartmatic, another voting technology company. Fox Has agreed to a $787.5 million settlement with Dominion.
The settlement comes as U.S. Supreme Court has blocked attempts by some states to overturn President Joe Biden’s election victory and further underscores the need for election security measures that can protect against disinformation and foreign interference. Despite the settlement, many questions remain unanswered about Fox News’ role in spreading baseless claims of election fraud.
As part of the settlement terms, both sides agreed to dismiss all pending litigation and drop any other claims they may have had against each other. The agreement also includes a joint statement from Fox and Dominion in which both companies agree not to make false statements about each other in the future.
The settlement puts an end to a protracted legal dispute, but it is unlikely the last of its kind. As the threats facing elections continue to evolve, so too will the challenges faced by voting technology companies as they seek to protect democracy and prevent foreign interference.
In tandem with the settlement Fox News has essentially separated with their largest talent and most popular host Tucker Carlson.
The Dominion lawsuit is just representative of what he will be facing from fake AI news and political campaigns.
What is rooted in our obsession to race to the top, to win and optimize at all cost is everything human?
This month there has been debate over the advancement of AI, discussion around AGI and Automous GPT and similar projects.
AI is ubiquitous in almost all advanced industries.
This has not worked out well in past decades. Historically when jobs are lost only a small percentage get back. Many people become disenfranchised and can no longer find work in there field. New jobs are created but not at the same rate as job loss. New jobs also require new skills that can not always be easily learned.
Healthcare in the United States is overpriced and does not share the same level of care for everyone. AI will not solve all of healthcares problems. Policy must adapt and change.
The Meaningful Use Act of 2009, enacted by George W. Bush, has created a major shift in healthcare record documentation as it applies to payments from insurance companies. Care Team members are required to spend hours each week documenting patients detailed updates. Many of these updates are for patient, and some are for the care team. That being said the majority of documentation has been used by insurance companies that run a complex network of processes to keep a record of all billing, clinical action and product codes. This documentation and administrative burden has created an unbelievably expensive bill. Clinical note taking for billing purposes has become increasingly important and time-consuming for healthcare providers. This can be an immense burden on the provider’s resources and often results in incomplete or inaccurate information being documented.
Hiring a Lawyer is expensive.
In 2014 everyone was saying that you should be a Coder and that was going to be the answer to our ecomnomy
In 2020 the world experienced Covid
AI will create many new Billionaires and will have a few Trillionaires at this rate.
If we expect AI to transform our lives from law, to healthcare we should be open to rethinking everything we know about capitalism to
Born and raised in the US our future growing up in the 90’s idolized companies at scale.
The call for the regulation of AI companies is becoming increasingly louder as artificial intelligence continues to rapidly expand its influence in our lives. In a report from the World Economic Forum, it was argued that "AI-driven businesses may need to be regulated like public utilities." This statement has spurred a debate over whether regulating AI companies is necessary, or even possible.
Supporters of regulatory efforts argue that these companies have the potential to be incredibly powerful, and should therefore be subject to additional oversight and scrutiny. They also point out that many of these organizations are utilizing data generated by people without their knowledge or content, which could put personal information at risk. In addition, AI companies tend to operate in a very monopolistic fashion, creating a lack of competition in the market and thus fewer options for consumers.
On the other side of the debate, opponents argue that regulating AI companies could stifle innovation in the industry and decrease efficiency across the board. They also point to existing laws, such as GDPR regulations, which already guard against misuse of data and other potential abuses.
Ultimately, the decision to regulate AI companies like public utilities will have far-reaching implications for industry and society as a whole. It is important that those making this decision consider all sides of the argument carefully before making their final decision. Only then can we ensure that any regulations put in place are fair and effective while also allowing for continued innovation and growth within the industry.
Of course, one of the main issues to be considered is whether or not regulating artificial intelligence companies is even possible. The complexities of this technology make it difficult to create laws that govern it effectively and efficiently.
In addition, AI companies are often highly organized and operate across many jurisdictions. This makes it difficult for any one body to regulate them and ensure compliance across the board.
Ultimately, this is an issue that will require a great deal of research and discussion before any decisions can be made. If regulations are implemented, they must be carefully crafted and tailored to the specific needs of each AI company in order to be effective. Only then can we ensure that the interests of all parties – from consumers and data privacy to innovation and competition – are protected.
Only time will tell whether or not AI companies should be regulated like public utilities, but it is clear that this is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed. As artificial intelligence continues to expand its influence over
In the midst of this pandemic, an increasing number of people are becoming homeless and suffering from food insecurity due to job losses caused by lockdowns and other economic disruptions. At the same time, automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have made it easier for companies to replace human labor with machines, making millions more suffer from unemployment.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a vision of economic equality and the end of poverty, and he believed that a Universal Basic Income (UBI) could be an important tool in achieving this goal. He argued that UBI would provide financial security and give people freedom to pursue their dreams without worrying about their financial stability.
Proponents of UBI argue that it can help reduce poverty and inequality by providing everyone with a regular income, regardless of employment status. They emphasize that UBI is not meant to replace existing welfare programs or government aid but rather supplement them. It can also be used as an incentive for entrepreneurship, allowing people to take risks they wouldn’t otherwise consider if they didn’t have a basic income cushion.
Opponents of UBI argue that it would lead to increased government spending and higher taxes, while failing to address the underlying problems of poverty. They also point out that UBI could lead to a decrease in labor productivity if people become too comfortable relying on the income and no longer feel the need to work.
Despite these criticisms, UBI has gained traction in recent years as an idea worth exploring. It has been implemented in various forms around the world, with some countries experimenting with basic income programs as means of alleviating poverty and providing economic security for its citizens.
As automation continues to replace human labor, increasing numbers of people will be left without jobs and struggling to make ends meet. And when homelessness rises and food insecurity increases, a Universal Basic Income could be one of the most effective tools for addressing economic inequality and achieving Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of economic justice. Now is the time to seriously consider this concept as an option for protecting people in times of economic distress.
The idea of a universal basic income may seem radical today, but it was just as revolutionary when Dr. King proposed it several decades ago. We must take his vision seriously if we are to create a more equitable future for all. In this time of crisis, UBI could be an important tool in helping us build a better world where everyone is guaranteed financial security.
By providing everyone with a stable source of income, UBI has the potential to reduce poverty, create economic security, and give people more freedom to pursue their dreams. Now is the time to seriously consider this concept as a way of creating a more equitable future for all. With automation making jobs increasingly scarce and homelessness rising, Universal Basic Income could be an important tool in achieving Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of economic justice.
The idea of universal basic income may seem radical today but it was just as revolutionary when Dr. King proposed it several decades ago. We must take his vision seriously if we are to create lasting social change and provide everyone with financial security in times of crisis. By implementing UBI now, we can start building a better world where everyone is guaranteed an economic safety net.
Universal Basic Income is a tool to reduce poverty, inequality, and the uncertainty of life with automation taking over more jobs. It could be the key to unlocking a world of economic security and creating lasting social change. With MLK's vision as our guide, now is the time to seriously consider Universal Basic Income as one of the most effective tools for achieving Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of economic justice. For this reason, we must continue pushing for UBI in order to create a brighter future where everyone is guaranteed financial security.
Together, we can make Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision become reality by implementing Universal Basic Income and reducing poverty, inequality, and economic insecurity. The time to act is now, and with UBI we can create a more equitable future for all. Let's make MLK’s dream of economic justice a reality. By pushing for Universal Basic Income, we can help ensure that everyone has the financial security they need in times of crisis. It is up to us to work together and make this vision become a reality. We owe it to ourselves and future generations.
Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been proposed as an effective way to address poverty and inequality in modern society by providing citizens with a guaranteed income source regardless of employment status or other factors. Proponents argue that UBI could provide greater job security and financial stability
While plant based meat has been on the decline and Meat Consumption is on the incline we have some choices to make.
Do we continue to realy on factory farming and continued holocaust of animals when we do not need to realy on them for consumption?
Factory farming in the United States is a major contributor to animal cruelty, suffering, and death. It results in an estimated 10 billion animals that are slaughtered for food annually, with no regard for their welfare. Factory farming has been described as an "industrialized holocaust" due to its disregard for animal welfare and its negative impacts on the environment.
Factory farming is a system of raising animals for food in which the animals are kept in small cages or crates, with no access to fresh air, sunlight, or contact with other animals. This method of production is designed to maximize profits by producing the highest quantity of meat and dairy products at the lowest possible cost. Animals on factory farms can live in conditions of extreme overcrowding, lack of exercise, and poor nutrition. This can lead to painful health problems such as hoof and leg deformities, respiratory diseases, injuries from fighting between animals due to stress-induced aggression, and reproductive problems.
The environmental impacts of factory farming are also severe. The vast amount of waste produced by the animals is often disposed of in open lagoons or sprayed onto cropland, where it runs off into rivers and streams. This polluted runoff can contaminate drinking water sources with bacteria and chemicals that are harmful to humans as well as wildlife. Additionally, the intensive use of antibiotics on factory farms has caused bacteria in animals to become resistant to antibiotics over time, which could be passed on to humans via the food supply.
Factory farming is an unsustainable practice that has severe consequences for both animals and the environment, and it needs to be stopped. Consumers can choose animal-friendly options such as buying organic or free-range meat and dairy products, refusing to buy factory farmed eggs and poultry, and opting for plant-based proteins instead of animal proteins. By doing so, consumers can help reduce the demand for factory farmed products and create a kinder world for animals.
Consumer advocacy organizations are also working to reduce the suffering of animals in factory farms. These groups are pushing for stricter regulations against animal cruelty and advocating for alternative farming methods that respect the welfare of farmed animals. By supporting these organizations, we can help create a system of agriculture that is more humane and sustainable. Factory farming may seem like an unstoppable behemoth, but with enough public pressure and awareness, it can be brought to an end. We owe it to ourselves and our fellow creatures to take a stand against this industrialized holocaust. With collective action, we can make sure that all living beings are treated with dignity and respect.
Together, we can create a better tomorrow for animals and the planet. By choosing animal-friendly products, supporting animal advocacy organizations, and spreading awareness about factory farming, we can ensure a kinder future for all. We must work together to end the cruelty of factory farming and create an ethical food system that respects both animals and the environment. Only by doing so can we put an end to this industrialized holocaust.
Before I write that Bernie Sanders gave up his mission, I will acknowledge that the powers at be in Washington are ruthless. Bernie Sanders never wanted to be Ralph Nader.
Ralph Nader was a consumer activist who famously ran for president in 2000. He received 2.7% of the popular vote, but because he won votes primarily from traditionally Democratic states, many argued that his campaign diverted enough votes to allow George W. Bush to win the election.
This outcome caused much resentment among Democrats and Republicans alike. On the Democratic side, there was a strong feeling of betrayal because they felt that Nader had taken away their votes and cost them the election. Republicans on the other hand resented Nader's campaign because they thought he was trying to spoil their victory by stealing some of the conservative vote from Bush.
Since then, Ralph Nader has maintained his stance as an independent political figure and continues to advocate for consumer protection rights and improved government accountability. He remains unpopular with both parties for his role in the 2000 election, but is still respected for his tireless activism regarding corporate corruption and consumer rights. Although he will never be embraced by either party, his legacy as a powerful advocate for social change lives on.
In a recent interview with Chris Wallace, Bernie said the following
“Are you basically saying that once you get to $999 million, the government should confiscate all the rest?” - Chris Wallace, Bernie Sanders responded: “Yeah.”
“You may disagree with me, but I think people can make it on $999 million,” Sanders said. “I think that they can survive just fine.”
Bernie has been a continued advocate for unions, a strong wealth tax and a Medicare for All.
“I feel strongly that there’s way too much gatekeeping in music,” “Copyright sucks. Art is a conversation with everyone that’s come before us. Intertwining it with the ego is a modern concept. The music industry has been defined by lawyers, and that strangles creativity.”
“I think everything about copyright is problematic,” “There’s too much top down control. In the early days of TikTok there was a lot of weird music going viral, but now the gatekeeping stranglehold means less interesting stuff coming out.” - Grimes