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The master class: Trump’s practice of surprise and Shannon’s theory of communication

Trump’s practice of surprise and Shannon’s theory of communication

The Donald has been until now a master of running the establishment media’s agenda, whatever else you may like to say about him.

His press conference last night was a master class.  His comments about Charlottesville drove the establishment media into a nearly uncontrollable rage, for a very specific reason.  In the master class, his set of remarks about black mask/antifa was a “dog whistle” to the establishment media, a slug of un-dodge-able information that The Donald masterfully inserted into the broad communication channel known as “the national conversation.”

Information in the channel…

Information in the channel points us to the mathematical theory of communication, Claude Shannon’s most famous theory from his days at Bell Labs.  Shannon’s theory begins with the idea of information as a countable substance, as quantifiable as the volume of water in a pitcher or the number of apples growing on an apple tree.

For the basic quantity of information, some scientists use the term surprisal, and that is a nice term for informal conversation.  In colloquial terms, information is surprise.

The amount of surprise you experience depends on who is at the other end of the communication channel.  You, the observer, receive some amount of surprise from a sender, a source.  Are you talking to an honest mensch or a crooked gambler looking for a sucker?  In terms of throwing dice, is the source a pair of fair dice or a pair of crooked dice?

unfair dice

This pair of dice is going to come up 7’s frequently.

If the honest mensch is on the line, you are going to hear a random array of results: “The first roll is 3.   OK, the next roll came up snake eyes.  Let’s see: it’s a 7.  Next roll 8…”  And so on for the honest mensch.

The crooked gambler has his dice set up to come up 7’s at least 25% of the time, on average.  So, his first four transmissions down the phone line to you might be: “First roll, 3!  Come on, baby, next roll, 7!  OK, shoes for the baby…. LUCKY 7!  Let’s try another roll, come on: another 7!  We are on a lucky roll, man, but it can’t last.”  At which point, he asks you to increase your bet.

But if you are smart, you hang up the phone on the crooked gambler.  You hang up the phone, because there is no surprise in what he says.  Low surprise, low information.  (A completely fixed pair of dice, all fives and all twos, would be zero surprise, and Claude Shannon would say that the source bears zero information.)

The crooked gambler’s dice are going to come up 7 most of the time, just like some establishment news channels like CNN have recently been all Russia collusion, all the time.  Now, however, the blow up in Charlottesville permits them a new spiel, all white supremacy, all the time.

Thus CNN becomes Johnny One Note.

Johnny One Note is also known as Jack of No Surprises.

Jack of No Surprises is Jackie Zero, for zero information.

The rage of establishment media yesterday came from The Donald pushing information about black mask/antifa into their low information channel.  He did not back down.  Johnny One Note did cry a few tears of rage, like any 4-year old in a tantrum, but then they had to accommodate it.

In the master class, The Donald surprised Johnny One Note into exploring the octaves, using more of his channel’s capacity.  CNN et al. do have the capacity for a lot of information, if they choose to use it wisely.  There is a lot going on in the world they could be transmitting. more than just collusion and Charlottesville and other symbols of partisan rage.  CNN et al. have a job to do, and we civilians have to learn more about all of the imbecilic criminal neo-Nazi types in Charlottesville and what they tried to do there, so that we be vigilant for those who would corrupt or destroy our freedom here in the USA. CNN, get to it!

Judy Garland sings “Johnny One Note”

 

Three questions “they” should ask Hillary Clinton.

Here are three questions it would be great to ask Hillary Clinton.

  1. Do you agree never to do a Friday afternoon document dump?
  2. Will you guarantee that you’ll appoint a nonpartisan, apolitical Commissioner of Internal Revenue?
  3. Will you agree to appoint an independent, forensic IT professional to  guarantee the documentary integrity of all your emails?

It would be nice to see her torch her own campaign by weasel-wording these questions.

Unlike the living answer to Hillary’s dictum — “What difference at this point does it make?” — President Barack “Test Signal” Obama, voting present most of the time, no matter how dangerous it gets at Fardu دو  or Zahedan, and unlike someone with a clear conscience, Hillary, who represents the past and is so polarizing, calculating, disingenuous, insincere, ambitious, overconfident, secretive, who considers herself inevitable and entitled to the White House and who will do anything to win, though out of touch, will not be able to handle these questions.  Even refusing to answer will not help.

Happiness

Lots to think about, especially in times of trouble.

Dimwit juror B37 — I didn’t really mean all that nice stuff I said about my George

Now the dimwit juror B37 backtracks.George Zimmerman juror thanks CNN for chance to vent
By Hal Boedeker
Staff writer
12:04 p.m. EDT, July 17, 2013

Juror B-37 in the George Zimmerman trial isn’t talking anymore after a much-discussed interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

She issued a statement Wednesday to CNN saying that she was thankful “for the opportunity to vent some of the anguish which has been in me since the trial began.”

But she said there will be no more interviews…

She said there is no book deal at the time, and a relationship with the agent “ceased the moment I realized what had been occurring in the world during the weeks of my sequestration.

Yeah, and ceased and desisted this time for sure after she realized what a jerk she looked like in the media spotlight.

B37, please stick to the truth, and stay away now, as you say you want to do. You have already done a lot of damage — do not make it any worse.

Waclav Havel’s greengrocer — Experts: Obama’s plan to predict future leakers unproven, unlikely to work | McClatchy

Experts: Obama’s plan to predict future leakers unproven, unlikely to work | McClatchy.

By Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor | McClatchy Washington Bureau Eric Feldman, a former inspector general of the National Reconnaissance Office, the super-secret agency that oversees U.S. spy satellites, expressed concern that relying on workers to report colleagues’ suspicious behaviors to security officials could create "a repressive kind of culture."

"The answer to it is not to have a Stasi-like response," said Feldman, referring to the feared secret police of communist East Germany. "You’ve removed that firewall between employees seeking help and the threat that any employee who seeks help could be immediately retaliated against by this insider threat office."

In my view, the real intent of Obama Insider Threat is to turn us against each other, just like the Soviets did so effectively in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and other nations behind the Iron Curtain. That being the case, it would be good to remember what Waclav Havel wrote about the greengrocer in his essay, "The power of the powerless," and the grengrocer’s method for coping with the monstrous engine of Soviet-style government:

This system serves people only to the extent necessary to ensure that people will serve it. Anything beyond this, that is to say, anything which leads people to overstep their predetermined roles is regarded by the system as an attack upon itself.

replaces old Workers of the WOrld Unite

Government safety sticker v.2.Obama

Obama will use against supporters of Israel — Experts: Obama’s plan to predict future leakers unproven, unlikely to work | McClatchy

Experts: Obama’s plan to predict future leakers unproven, unlikely to work | McClatchy.

By Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor | McClatchy Washington Bureau ..an FBI insider threat detection guide warns private security personnel and managers to watch for “a desire to help the ‘underdog’ or a particular cause,” a “James Bond Wannabe” and a “divided loyalty: allegiance to another person or company or to a country besides the United States.

Now we get to the nitty gritty. I expect this part of Obama’s Enemies List to operate only against anybody who supports Israel. "You’ve been pre-selected."

Feel safer yet?israeli-american-flag1

Go ahead and have those TPS reports for us — Experts: Obama’s plan to predict future leakers unproven, unlikely to work | McClatchy

Lumbergh needs those Insider Threat TPS reports

So, Peter, what’s happening? Aahh, now, are you going to go ahead and have those Insider Threat TPS reports for us this afternoon?

Experts: Obama’s plan to predict future leakers unproven, unlikely to work | McClatchy.

By Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor | McClatchy Washington Bureau “If you normally print 20 documents a week, well, what happens if the next week or the following week you have to print 50 documents or 100 documents? That could be at variance from your normal activity that could be identified and might be investigated,” said Randy Trzeciak, acting manager of the Computer Emergency Response Team Insider Threat Center at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.

It’s incredible. These nimrods in the White House think they’ll catch spies by monitoring PC LOAD LETTER and overproducing Insider Threat TPS reports!

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