Inflation/Deflation Debate with Bob
Consider that there is a larger goal which we would do well to discuss. This larger goal is to increase the
efficiency of everything in order to avoid the problem we now have of $16 Trillion in debt and over $200
Trillion in unfunded liabilities. What are we to do? Many of these unfunded liabilities are implied by the
woman I ran into last week.
Pat is an executive at Abbott Laboratories and she is looking forward to being vested in a few years.
She is counting down the days until she is vested and can retire to a life which is unproductive.
So, tell me, Bob, how does Pat's attitude not deserve scanning and eliminating? Such an attitude does
not lead to creativity, productivity or efficiency. Humans like Pat require a three-car garage attached to
a large home in the suburbs. How does all of this shuffling around advance society compared to a
While most humans are not paying much attention, let us examine what has been happening "in the
First, please note that there is a web site which documents twice a year the top 500 supercomputers in
the world. Currently www.top500.org will tell you that Japan has the fastest supercomputer in the world
coming in at an impressive 10.5 Petaflops. What that list doesn't tell you is that when a pharmaceutical
house needed a supercomputer recently, it simply rented one from Amazon.com. Consider how much
computer power Amazon has which sits idle during the night-time hours. Consider also that Virtual
Machine Software allows you to run just about any software on any computer system. If that Pharma
house could rent a portion of Amazon's cloud for $1200 per hour and if that total cloud computer is now
#42 on the list of the top 500 Supercomputers in the world, you might notice that something is changing
here. Please consider that these cloud computer systems owned by Microsoft, Google, Apple, EMC,
IBM and Amazon are now being listed in the top500 supercomputer list.
What is happening here? What is really happening? Well, the kind of work that Pat does is becoming
less valuable and so is Pat. The kind of work that Cloud Computers are doing is becoming more
valuable as time goes on and simultaneously the cost of such computers is coming down. The cost of a
human brain is 20% of the energy consumed by that human. The cost of the electricity to power cloud
computers is becoming larger than the cost of the computers themselves. HP, for example, is starting to
offer computer servers which use ARM processors and Atom low-power chips from Intel. Called Project
Moonshot, the HP initiative uses a Redstone platform which will house over 2800 servers in a single
rack. They note that this will be a 94% reduction in size. Does the "over 2800 servers" ring a bell? It
should because the IBM Watson computer uses only 2880 server CPUs. Watson currently is housed in
8 racks. Compare this to the Japanese record-setter which uses over 700,000 high wattage Spark
computer chips, all in one spot in Japan. Is such a computer an obsolete concept now that Amazon
offers their computer time for rent? Note that a number of startups make a venture proposal which
simply calls out the renting of Amazon's servers rather than the investing in purchasing their own.
Amazon's servers are all organized and also distributed all over the globe. To learn more, Google:
Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), the backbone of Amazon Web Services.
In the near future, the IBM Watson Doctor will be housed in a single rack and will be affordable to any
doctor who wants to take on a partner. By the way, that partner will be able to remember the records
and history of all of the doctor's patients. The Watson Doctor will be able to recognize spoken language
and can get practice recognizing the patients by serving as an answering and appointment making
Recently Norma K. was diagnosed with cancer. She was told to go to a cardiologist and get a
qualification for having a heart strong enough to go through surgery. Norma and her husband Vince told
me for one-half hour how they got the run-around by a disorganized medical system. They finally gave
up and Norma's sister called the Mayo clinic and she went there for the rest of her needed medical
attention. Everything came out fine except that the only sufficiently organized hospital-doctor practice is
apparently in Rochester Minn. Do you think that a Watson computer will be able to organize such a
medical-system mess? David Ferucci gave a speech at the Singularity Summit and convinced me that
he and his team see a clear path to doing precisely that. He did the Watson Jeopardy in 4 years and is
allowing himself 5 years to accomplish the Watson Doctor project. Adding to my suspicion that he will
succeed is the fact that all of the management at IBM is quite impressed by what he did with
Watson-Jeopardy and is fully backing his next effort.
So, the hospital which is now being "run" by administrators like the above mentioned Pat (who is
spending more time on thinking about retirement than doing her job) will be run by a computer system in
a few years or else it will go out of business.
To the original point of guns. Think of the direction that things are going. The US is attacking Iran using
the banking system. The police are attacking people by ceasing their vehicles. It used to be because of
drugs. In recent years, the Police in Mundelein ceased a man's car because his son was driving it
without a license. They couldn't get clear title to it very quickly so they simply left the man's license
plates on the car as they used it for drug raids, etc. The police also drove it on the tollways and the
original owner got the fines for not paying the tolls racked up by police. And you think that all you need
is a gun??? Soon they will put a freeze on someone's bank account rather than arresting them. Your
401(k), IRA and Roth IRA information is sent to the US Congress each year to remind them that "all that
money is out there and can be seized by an act of Congress."
So, for people like me, I am not so concerned with guns as I am with Democrats that think it is okay to
take money from "the rich" as long as it doesn't include rich congressmen.
Add to the "do I feel stressed" the question, "do I feel lazy?" and "Do I count the days until I get to retire?"
On Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 6:09 AM, Bob Russell <email@example.com> wrote:
Ah, were only life so simple.
Q.: Why is it so important to take away weapons from
Q.: Why is it presumed 'safe' to have robotic systems
to 'protect' citizens from all life cycle conditions?
Q.: Just who is prescribing the conditions of performance
for those militarized robotic systems?
Q.: Will this have the same transparency of performance
as do the privately issued voting systems
that do not provide a printed record of any given voter's
instructions to the counters?
Conceal Carry - IMPORTANT
I didn't have this happen, but then I wasn't at a V.A. doctors office. A friend did run into a little of this
when he had to visit a doctor other than his regular doctor when his doctor was on vacation. One of the
questions on the form he had to fill out was: Do you have any guns in your house?? His answer was
"None of your damn business!!" So it is out there! It is either an insurance issue or government
intervention. Either way, it is out there and the second the government gets into your medical records
(as they want to under Obama care) it will become a major issue and will ultimately result in lock and
Please pass this on to all the other retired guys and gun owners...Thanks
From a Vietnam Vet and retired Police Officer:
I had a doctor's appointment at the local V.A. clinic yesterday and
found out something very interesting that I would like to pass along.
While going through triage before seeing the doctor, I was asked at the end of the exam, three
1. Did I feel stressed?
2. Did I feel threatened?
3. Did I feel like doing harm to someone?
The nurse then informed me, that if I had answered yes to any of the questions,
I would have lost my concealed carry permit as it would have gone into my medical records
and the VA would have reported it to Homeland Security.
Looks like they are going after the vets first.
Other gun people like retired law enforcement will probably be next.
Then when they go after the civilians, what argument will they have?
Be forewarned and be aware.
The Obama administration has gone on record as considering veterans and gun owners potential
Whether you are a gun owner veteran or not, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED !
If you know veterans and gun owners, please pass this on to them.
Be very cautious about what you say and to whom.
Your medical records are all in the hands of the federal government.
Obamacare did that to us.
I have heard similar reports to this one.Liberty and Freedom,LT