Bruce covers The Clash

I see Bruce Springsteen is on tour performing “The River,” and, since it’s a Springsteen concert, practically everything he’s ever done. It’s always interesting to see what covers he performs in concert, because had he not been Springsteen, he would definitely had the greatest cover band of all time.

And it’s great to see him do covers of my other favorite band, The Clash.

Like when he did this in London:

And then I saw he did another Clash cover in Florida:

So that covers the “London Calling” album. Can he do anything from the “Sandinista” album? (“Police on My Back” would be great.)

Elon Musk says we’re living in a simulation

For those of you who don’t know:

Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, engineer and inventor.

He is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com which merged with PayPal of Confinity. As of June 2016, he has an estimated net worth of US$12.7 billion, making him the 83rd wealthiest person in the world.

Musk has stated that the goals of SolarCity, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. His goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the “risk of human extinction” by “making life multiplanetary” by setting up a human colony on Mars.

In addition to his primary business pursuits, he has also envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jetaircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet.

Now, let’s think about this simulation.

Because isn’t that what Musk is saying?

OK, here’s where I see the flaw. If this is a simulation, it makes no sense to have suffering or death. Since it’s a program, all of that is a simple matter of coding. Remove that part of the program, and everyone is in paradise. What would be wrong with that?

Now if the programmers tens of thousands of years from now designing this simulation surrounding us are including death and suffering as part of the program, then they’re just being assholes, playing God because it amuses them. And based on some of the news stories we see each day, the programmers are sick and twisted assholes.

And this takes Musk’s simulation theory out of the realm of science and into the philosophy of religion: The programmer of the future is an all seeing and all knowing being deciding who gets pain and joy, poverty and wealth, weakness and power, and death and life.

If simulation theory is your religion, it’s no different than Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Scientology or any other belief structure based on a higher being who determines your fate.

For some people, that provides a solace, but it also creates conditions where no one is responsible for their actions because everything has already been determined.

And, isn’t this whole discussion just one of those “first world” problems, anyway?

In the real world, a mother trying to feed her starving baby in Appalachia, or a father moving his family from a war zone to a safe country has no time to be reassured that their suffering or the danger around them is just a simulation.

It’s reality, and reality sucks for a lot of people.

(While I’m writing this, a character in “The Sims” is wondering, “Is this just a simulation?” …

And the Sims programmer has included anxiety and death in the program. it turns out that today’s programmers are being sick and twisted assholes. Like the ones in the future?)

The orange Julius Caesar has no balls

It must be true, because it’s written on the plaque with the statue. Or using the vernacular that the Trumbicile regurgitates to the red shirts at his rallies: Some people say he’s got no balls, I don’t know if it’s true, but his fingers are tiny.

And while we’re thinking of fascists with a lack of testicularity, here’s a song to sing along to:

America’s export to Nazis everywhere

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Maybe Nazis fly it because they’re fully committed to states rights?

Here’s a list of other reasons from Historymaniacmegan’s post “Worst Excuses for Keeping a Confederate Flag“:

  1. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of Southern heritage and pride.
  2. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of freedom and states’ rights.
  3. My ancestors fought under that flag.
  4. Even if it is racist, the meaning of words and symbols is relative to the individual.
  5. Taking down the Confederate Flag will rewrite history.
  6. Even if it is racist, meanings of words and symbols can change over time.
  7. Just because I keep a Confederate Flag doesn’t mean I’m racist.
  8. The Confederate Flag has nothing to do with racism.
  9. The Confederate Flag doesn’t represent hate and violence.
  10. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of the proud, distinctive heritage and gentility of the Old South.
  11. The cry to take the Confederate Flag down is unjustified.
  12. If the Confederate Flag was used as a national flag, then how could it represent slavery and racism?
  13. The Confederate Flag is a quaint historical artifact and a memorial to those who’ve fought gallantly and bravely (even in a service of a cause no longer considered virtuous).
  14. Slavery and racism wasn’t just limited to the Old South.
  15. But slavery existed in America long before the Confederate Flag.
  16. But the Confederate Flag is on the state flag of Mississippi.
  17. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of resistance against an oppressive authority.
  18. But you see many black people with a Confederate Flag. So how can it be racist?
  19. But various Southern Rock groups used the Confederate Flag like Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  20. The Civil War’s been over for 150 years so why waste our time over arguing about the Confederate Flag?

Those are the excuses, but go to the post for see full explanations on why they’re lame excuses. One image though really sums the matter up:

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