Economic Signal To Noise

The expression ‘signal to noise’ comes from the telecom and audio world. In the haydays of electronic transmission it was of course a battle to make it efficient as possible to transmit data, morse code in the beginning, over long disances. As you transmit a signal over a line (be it copper wire or making it bounce around our atmosphere) the signal slowely gets drowned out by thermal and other noise. The signal is a perturbation in the medium (so for example the local electron density in copper) but other factors also cause perturbations (heat moves electrons around and magnetic fields push them as well). At a certain point its no longer possible to distinguish a signal from the noise, and the signal is lost. Its like making waves with your hand in choppy water. You can see the waves you make expand from where your hand moves, up to a point where the choppyness of the water ‘swallows’ your signal.

You can find S/N ratings in many devices. We want to hear the radio signal clearly, we want to hear the voice on the phone clearly, we want to know our GPS position precisely and we want to identify possible enemies on the radar screen correctly. One of the important names in the history of humanity that few people know is that of Claude Shannon. He wrote a small book about information, his information theory, in which he originated the concept of a ‘Bit’ of information. The way he saw information transfer was a process of enabling the recieving end to make a choice between options. A message is transmitted without error if the receiving end can make the same choice as the orginator intended.

Say if I want you to say ‘Potato’ and I have to signal to you from 400 meter with my hands. If you never seen a potato or said the word potato or connected the two (you call a car a potato) then my position is pretty hopeless. Luckily we can share information beforehand. Now I can give you a little note that says if I hold up my right hand I mean potato, and if I don’t I mean something else. This seems trivial but of course that is sufficient, job done, case closed. This is me transmitting one bit of information, and that bit allows a choice between ‘potato’ and everything else. The only noise possible here would be fog or smoke or night without a moon making it impossible to see my hand.

We are used to transmitting a lot more over one ‘line’, for example the alphabet, audio, although these days much of all transmission is digital. The big advantage of digital transmission is that you can compress data and use compression ‘libaries’. The latter are like notes you send out. So the for example the JPEG image libary is a set of tiles, little pieces of image, that have a number and can be used to reconstruct an image. You can choose to do it 100% correct (so no loss of any pixel) or less. This is like letting someone rephare your message to make it more compact before it is send. This is what many people do to understand what other people say, they go ‘Oh, you mean to say xyz’, by which they translate what is said to language they better understand, but the translation can be biased. A capitalist will translate almost anything that is not capitalism to mean communism.

When we apply signal to noise to economics we find that the theory in principle has flaws, the foremost being that the economy only looks at what exists, in order to trade it for profit. It does not conserve resources or protect what lives or do anything to keep the situation fit for humans. But even if we where to fix that, we have humans testing and checking every economic activity (small shops, industry etc.) for their impact on humans, animals, the planet, we still have challenges.

In the economy the signal is opportunity to profit. Its not so much the profit itself. The signal changes something on the other end of the line. The words in the message change your behavior and anticipation of the future. If I was standing with my hand raised to signal potato to you all day, you only have to look once and you know ‘its potato’. The economy has profitable activities, it will do them until the situation changes, until there is a signal of some kind. You can work a man to death, but if he dies, that’s a clear signal you have to stop and find another man.

Luckily we have a less barbaric method of signalling in our economy, and that is our spending, or where money can be earned. Now if we have for example a farm that has employees, those employees can earn a living. It is the task of the farmer to pay their salaries. For the employees the signal is clear and their behavior is stabile (of course ignoring many possible influences from living a human life). Some signal does not get transmitted though, the farmer will perhaps hide financial problems and use his reserves to cover the cost of his employees, because he knows how hard it is to find them, or how being layed off will impact their lives. This is an exampe of ‘noise’ in the transmission of the signal. It prevents the employees from sensing that they should look elsewhere to secure their lifestyles.

In other places in the economy the noise can take other forms. For example you have a big chemical company that produces toxic chemicals that pollute the public waters (like Chemours in Dordrecht, Holland). Why does that company keep going? It did not recieve much if any signal in its economic ‘transmission lines’ (money flows)? This is indeed unlikely. This is a major problem of the world economy as a whole. The ‘transmission lines’ or money flows of many companies are totally isolated from the public. The public only sees the balance sheet and profit and loss etc. If the company is polluting, maybe some politician should complain and make a law to fight it? But that person has economic dependencies. In principle his economic signal is not directly dependent on the pollution, only on what the public thinks about it. Strangely the economic ‘signalling’ system does not tie into governance in a way that protects the population. This is an example of blocked transmission, no noise needed!

Of course the director of the polluting company can also have a signal with a lot of noise. To stay with the analogy, and moving into the realm of cryptography, the signal can not only be degraded by noise (which you first have to know is happening mind you), it can also be replaced, tampered with, faked, replayed to hid what is going on on the sending end of the line. How does this translated into economics? Well, you have people making a lot of money to keep things as they are. They may be at the head of an organization that has a governance task, but they get the same money no matter what happens. So where is the signal? No signal, no (possible) change. On the other side you can have a bonus system, which is designed to evoke behavior in order to recieve a signal (a bit of reverse psychology). Its a no cure no pay (so cheap) method of paying for what you want. It can however completely drown out the actual (especially human) relevant signal. Many scandals are with companies who’s leaders get bonusses and rewards even though they did an absolute shit job (literally now with the pullution of UK waterways by priviatized water companies)

Economics recognizes that our society is made up of many individuals that all have partial control over our environment, streets, factories, companies. The idea is to make them all cooperate to the benefit of all. The signals send between people and people and organizations etc. all seem to or pretend to serve that purpose. In reality we have some people and organizations that have quite a biased motivation, their economic signal is to extract money and control the amount of money we use to send the signals. These are the financial companies (don’t call them institutions, they are all privately owned!). We all know they are not like normal businesses. They pretend that the only way to transmit economic signals is with their money.

Another group of companies that is not quite fairly operating in our economic signalling system are energy companies, especially those where the energy originates, so oil, gas,coal and even solar and wind energy companies. Its not that they are intrinsically economically bad (of course fossil companies are ultimately devastating to our economies), it is that what they sell is money, which is confusing. You can buy a barrel of oil for $95 at the monent. Say its converted to gasoline, say its 158 liter. That is about 1000 km in a small car. You can drive a lot of Uber passengers over that distance. I guess you’d make at least $1000. This is called profit. How can that be? Because there is no way to turn that $1000 into anything usefull without more oil. I theory you could get 9 other people to drive Ubers and take 10% you’d be golden. But even if you have $100.000 eventually and you could not buy oil, suddenly that money would be worthless (unless you drive a Tesla but then you’d have to consider where the energy came from and at what cost). What this tells you is 1. There are more and less profitable things you can do with energy and 2. That profit is not worth much (zero) if you have no energy. You would have a strong ‘signal’ but it would be meaningless because it can not drive behavior, you need energy to have behavior.

So in the system we have the producers of the signal (Banks) and the behavior (Energy) and noise in the transmission (corruption, hoarding) and blindness of the signal to the plight of humans. You can clearly observe that banks and energy companies introduce noise and sabotage the economic signals to retain their control. This perspective of signal to noise may be helpfull to fix the way the economic system functions. Part of this can be by tuning the signal to reflect relevant factors. Another part can be to introduce signal in order to reflect the needs of our planet and humanity. The biggest challenge in this is to have a stable transmission system to begin with. You can see prices as part of the ‘note’ which explains the options the signal can have. If a car that is damanging to the environment, your health and future is cheaper than one that is not, your behavioral options will be distorted.

There are many ways in which economic signals get muddled, the media plays a role in it too. It is clear humans are not optimizing profit naturally, but lifestyle. The social aspect is way more imporant, and although it is recognized the conflict with the goals of banks is evident. This results in a constant barrage of marketing and lifestyle advertisement that create the wrong signal for humanity and even the individual. Is sitting in front of a laptop at Starbucks the highest attainable goal for a mid 20 woman? Or doing Yoga? While we all are supposed to work as hard as we can? Why do men spend so much on watches, in the hundreds of thousands on some tiny metal object. What does this solve rally? Are Rolexes really a good ‘investment’? How come if companies manage economic signals they are very precise about it, using performance indicators, quantifying everything, while in our lifestyles we are asked to ignore money when we spend it?

My suggestion would be to start looking at the noise and view it as a cost to society. Capitalism is not bad, it is the way to solve challenges as a community (share resources, that is the traditional meaning). Bank dominance and widespread noise (also called ‘hidden cost’) in our economic system is bad, and a true economists would talk about this!

Tesla Energie Distributie?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk heeft recent aangekondig dat terugleveren vanuit een Tesla auto (bidirectional charging) in de nabije toekomst mogelijk wordt. Het blijkt dat bij snelladen toch direct met de accu wordt gecommuniceerd (door het laad station) en dat dit het makkelijk maakt om stroom aan de auto te onttrekken, dwz om te ontladen richting het laadstation. Deze optie werd wel eerder voorgesteld maar was toen nog te complex.

Accus/batterijen worden intussen steeds goedkoper en lichter per kWh. Er zijn bedrijven die zeggen dat 950 km (of meer) aan range mogelijk is. Wat zou er voor opslag capaciteit in bv een Cybertruck kunnen als we die met accus zouden beladen? Als je de accu capaciteit van 229 Wh/kg neemt, en je neemt de ‘payload capacity’ van de CT die op 3500 pounds staat, dus 1587,573 kg, dan heb je een laadcapaciteit van ~363 kWh. Dit kan meer zijn, en kan zeker meer worden.

Aangezien een gemiddeld huishouden zeg max 4 kWh per dag gebruikt, in de winter wel meer, zijn met een keer rijden met een ‘geladen’ CT iig 30 huishoudens te bedienen (rekening houdend met kleine verliezen). Dit kan ook bij bv. graafwerkzaamheden van pas komen, aangezien je heel makkelijk batterijen van nieuwe electrische graafmachines kunt vervangen, meenemen om op te laten, terugbrengen. Batterij mobiliteit zal zeker een ding worden. Denk bv. aan een boer met een zonnecentrale die de landbouwwerktuigen van andere boeren oplaadt. Spaart meteen stikstof en een hoop geld voor diesel!

Als het Grid in NL achterloopt omdat Tennet express een ‘markt gedreven’ houding heeft aangenomen (aangezien het geprivatiseerd werd, wat achteraf een puur pro-fossiele berschermings stap was), dan kan het probleem van een onderontwikkeld grid misschien op deze manier worden opgelost. Er zijn enorm veel toepassingen voor stroom op locatie, dus er is ruimte voor innovatie en emissie besparingen. Welke festival organisator wil zijn festival nu niet met een (relatief) schone Cyberbatterij laten draaien?

A Roboeconomic Ranking

We are all very bussy, earning the money to pay our way through every day life. If we are we are quite stuck in terms of climate action and what we can do about the deteriorating climate and corrupt politics that keep us on a devastating course. What can we do about it.

We could create a company ranking where we rank all companies, which are groups of people trying to stay alive, from valuable to most worthless in terms of climate. The criteria should be clear.

Every company causes use of fossil fuels, its clear in their budget, when money is expended, it still usually means fossil fuel is burned somewhere. This is the direct negative impact. The company can of course help people displace fossil emissions, like Tesla, it helps people emit less overall. That is a positive impact. So for each company you can calculate the ranking based on these factors.

You can also actually reduce CO2 in the atmosphere, for a duration or for a long time. If you sink wood into the deep ocean you reduce the atmospheric access to that carbon, it can not be burned and cause CO2 or rot and cause Methane, that is a positive impact.

Every activity has an impact like that.


You are reading this off a computer or mobile screen. You probably spend at least an hour a day staring at screens, if you work then you stare at work, if you are out of work it turns out you also spend a lot of time staring at a screen, not moving, eating, getting unhealthy, but most of all, addicted.

If I check my daily diet of screen it involves these things :

  • Browsing Ebay for fun things to have (vintage watches)
  • Browsing X, I don’t use Facebook, but same difference
  • Browsing Youtube for fun videos, no Tiktok
  • Checking out insane designs on Pinterest, a great source for eyecandy
  • Playing online chess
  • Checking financial markets
  • Checking on jobs, freelance
  • Writing this blog that nobody reads
  • Checking on a dating site
  • Checking on [adult content]
  • Sending and reading What’s app messages
  • Reading some emails
  • I don’t game
  • Coding, trying new libraries in Python, AI, LLMs

All this takes a loot of time. It can consume a day easily. Only the last item is remotely usefull. I really waste my day by entertaining myself with bulk content (except the chess). Inpersonaly automatically served virtual reality, imagery that satisfies my brain. I am an internet addict.

Lets call screen addiction “ScreenCapture

The addiction is evident if the behavior to use internet is so automatic it happens. Then there’s this ‘just one more’ behavior, it locks me into my habit because it isolates me from the world.

I do get out to cycle and play basket ball, practice guitar. The basketbal is probably the most different from watching a screen. But I talk to nobody, I only chat online, make telephone calls to arrange things perhaps, I don’t talk when I buy stuff. I am screen captured. I am addicted. I need a garden or some workshop to build stuff.

I think I need to make options for what I do online, so that it is one of these things :

  • Learn something relevant for my base knowledge (AI ML Coding)
  • Chat with real people
  • Organize real experiences
  • Write in depth content for my own pleasure

Other than that my life will have to become more real. I don’t work, because I don’t believe any job today is good for the future of mankind. Even ‘green jobs’ are bad. I can’t understand how people waste their lives in harmfull jobs.

What is the best way to free more people from their screen? How are you faring in terms of percentage of time spend looking at a screen?

Project 3000

The long term damage of CO2 emissions is not well understood. Some say that even with lower CO2 the warmed oceans will keep the atmosphere warm for a long time, with the serious weather patterns we see today. The media wants people to think about the absolute short term, like a casino without clocks. “Why should I pay for xyz” because the banks have corrupted the entire society, you can’t survive without money or you have to be a recluse in Arizona. Banks own everything, the economy is a bank run system, and this system has no moral center, it merely uses politics to seek the limit of what people will tolerate.

The cathedral of Florence

So what now? The end of humanity? Not likely, we can build habitats and have solar and of course wind, live underground. Even if the oceans start belching H2S (swamp gas) which is toxic and corrosive, we can find technical solutions to deal with it. Not all of Earth died out during past climate cataclysms (The so called Great Dying was a warming event and the biggest extinction until now). After that disaster which saw a 12 degree temperature rise, animals from before, even oxygen breathing, and plants where left. Our ancestors survived that million year dead silence on Earth (the Dinosaurs came and went, our ancestors where small rodents then).

We need to take a different attitude vis a vis human survival, and we need a long term project, because it is going to take many centuries to fix this problem, to get back to a more temperate Earth. We live in a world economy now but soon it will be fragmented. Chaos will happen in many places. Indonesia saw 70% of its rice harvest fail, other countries already shut down all exports. People will starve and the people who won’t will be kept happy and distracted. This managed world where everyone stares at a screen or is a corporate drone or tows the economic line will simply desintegrate. Either that or it will (which I hope) be replaced by the Roboeconomy, one powered by renewables, wind, solar, batteries, EVS, in short what bank run USA politics is fighting, even the democrats!

We need a group of people that is working on something else, on real solutions, but with a long term perspective, and not a decade or some ‘economistic’ time frame but simply the aim to neutralize climate change by the year 3000. The tweet above send by me got 4 views, but its true, I calculated the oxygen would have run too low by now if the Egyptians had started to burn oil and continued to this day. But we can still see a lot of the egyptian archtecture, we have perfectly preserved artifacts that are 4000 years out. Doors, mechanisms. It is not strange to have a 1000 year plan (977 to be precise).

If you are project 3000 you try to help to halt CO2 emissons in any way, of course, but you also think about what structures we need, large scale, and thinking not in terms of money but in terms of effectiveness. Enormous catherdrals where build over centuries, not even usefull, but just to prove a point of the greatness of mankind. There was a design, a plan an objective and all the people involved contributed their lives and resources to it. We have it a loot easier. Solar energy is not difficult to harvest at all. We have electornics, robots, machines, chemistry. We only need to ensure it is applied to the problem.

What is needed is an organization who’s members are not trying to be rich and have nice offices, like you see with a lot of climate activists turned book writers, gala attendants not achieving much at all. We need people with an engineering mind, that can see how to make things right, that can overcome difficulies and who form an international network from which true carbon capture and eco restauration initiatives can come, and which does not seek public attention, does not advertise their success because it does not want to be know and be disturbed at first.

Eventually there will have to remain people that believe in our planet, in what it is now, and which will try to seek back the way to this paradise we are losing. Sounds a lot like many religions but of course some people in our history have had a fantastic life, just living wherever they where, having no more complex activity than shooting a deer or teaching at a school or being a farmer. It makes a lot of sense to create a priesthood, of people in the know that manage installations and keep those that have not had proper education out. This sounds science fiction, but what will the state of humanity be if the oil spigot closes and there’s no energy to maintain order and run the services that are the foundation of our economistic society ?

If people are really serious about climate action they should stop working for the system that causes it, but also start to prepare for the difficult road ahead. We need places that will be safe, where food will grow, water will be and the heat can’t kill. Its not in a major city or in a plain where everyone can come visit. Its not as part of an economy where ever item you make has to be sold, every ton of produce has to be consumed. Especially when you want to capture carbon you are generating a valuable resource.

Religious texts speak of a battle against dark angels, darkness being evil, the underworld full of fire and brimstone, sulfurous smoke from the land of the dead. We took the oil from under the Earth and it turned our planet in to hell (the effects are delayed, but this year was a good preview). We brought hell to the surface, and we need to put it back under the ground.

Project 3000 is a rather uninspiring name for the common goal of whomever is on board with this. It is our task to select those that are capable, to ensure continuity and to actually build carbon capture and eco restoration installations on a large scale outside the grasp of the economistic idiots that ruined our planet’s climate. I know its ambitions, waay to long term and crazy, but this is what we need. How are we going to keep it up for 977 years, which will be gone in a blip, just like the last century. Join this project. Spread the word.

Getting Unstuck

Our mind has a task, which is to keep us alive and not make mistakes that might kill us. This task is made difficult because of changing circumstances and our changing health and needs for food, shelter, intimacy, excitement. The society most of us (that read this anyhow) live in however is based on a model where needs are expected to be met by someone as long as there is profit in it. This means other people will start to mess with your life as soon as you express a need, or show behavior you have a need. Also before you have a need, some may want to induce a need in you (advertisement) or profit soley off your looking for a solution for your need (spiritual searchers), and of course some will try to help you while knowing there is no solution to your need (mid life crisis behavior).

In this reality, where we are basically fish in a bowl, where we give off many signals about our mental and physical state all the time, we are very likely to get stuck in some kind of exploitation trajectory or another. So as soon as you search ‘Guitar solo Pink Floyd’ you fall into a category ready to expend money on a whole lot of stuff you don’t need related to guitars, Pink Floyd etc. Pop culture was really monoculture, only limited in complexity to what radio and TV at the time could promote. You can be an outlier and like Bad Brains or Frank Zappa, but then again you are quite easy to characterize.

The more you show yourself the easier it is to be characterized and economically targeted

To be correct we should perhaps investigate the need to be unique for a moment. Why do we feel this need? It is one of the basic needs of a child, to develop into a sane person a child must have some sense of individuality. There are three other factors, won’t go into them here, but of course how can you even identify yourself if you have no unique trait? But on the other hand, why would you want to be unique? I guess I have to continue this line of questioning some other time.

This post is about getting stuck. The short of it is that the economy and profit seeking people want you to get stuck. Stuck in front of your TV preferably, so you can be programmed to take initiative in aquiring goods and services that the economy offers. Stuck online so you can also be enticed by advertisements to move and behave in certain ways you may or may not enjoy (nobody cares really, its all about profits).

On top of that your mind wants to get stuck, it is looking for habits that do not need to change, that satisfy you. I always think of the mind as a gardener, and your essence being a tiny plant that needs to be tended to by the mind. The mind runs around and thinks this and that, and what it thinks doesn’t matter at all as long as the plant is happy.This is why there are so many ways to live happy lives, even as a murderous tyrant you can be pretty happy. Its all good as long as the basic needs are met.

The problem with getting stuck really is the economy, the banks that force us all to seek profit and income. That has to come from someone else, and so we basically work to take money from each other all the time. The people that are stuck are easiest to get money from, and then I mean stuck in a way that is not super profitable. Incidently it is true, people can get stuck in a profitable life. But you can’t really call that stuck. Their minds can also close down all sources of change. Still they will get assurances and confirmation that they should be happy, which doesn’t happen to people getting stuck in lives that suck.

But again the problem is that if you get stuck in our modern economy you are destined to lose all your money and hence all your options to ever get unstuck. It is like quicksand or losing your mobility, and you are aging as well. The economy is waiting for you to become more needy and has an army of solutions for you that may or may not help you live a happy life stuck where you are (getting unstuck is not profitable!). You are a sitting duck being stuck in a life that may suck.

So how to get unstuck. What if you are on a raft in a river that will ultimately dump you into the ocean to become fish food. Going with the flow is a mantra that was designed to tell you ‘get stuck’. If getting stuck is so inevitale, when is it finally ok to get stuck? We all get stuck in the end anyhow, in a coffin or urn. First the question of uniqueness should be addressed, why should we really be unique? I would say we should be ouselves, not have someone define us.

The problem with people defining us is that its a form of bullying that makes many of us conform to the definition. allowing someone to define you is already a submissive interaction. ‘You’re my son’ is fine, but ‘You’re a communist’ is not. ‘Your a tapehead’ is not. There is a subtle difference between you wanting to identify with a group because its fun and it increases social coherence and someone else wanting to define you in order to decide how to get to your money or how to exclude you from resources (the inverse strategy of profit seeking).

Best strategy : Don’t define yourself. Don’t give others a means to simplify you. Be your name to them. Of course you can’t prevent others to define you, and there’s a seemingly artificial trend of making ‘self identification’ an issue to argue about. That is not going to get you unstuck.

Once you are over what you are, you can start to dream on your own, what do you love? What world do you want to see? What if there was nobody else (besides people you want to exist) what would you strive for. We forget that to achieve a goal requires to have a goal. Also research found that distracting oneself from thinking about one’s goals is the main reason they are not achieved.

Our economy wants to put you into a consumer segment and works really hard to get you into one of the funnels. ‘audiophile’ ‘gear head’ ‘trekkie’ ‘watch collector’. There are distractions everywhere, all the time, they intrude into your life to take hold of your thoughts and insult your soul into submission. “You don’t have a life until you are on this ski slope!” “You don’t have a life until you are dining with this lady!”. Well only if you have not worked hard enough to satisfy your soul yourself. That is what this is all about. About serving and freeing your soul.

A simple rule may help : If your behavior does not allow you to change your behavior you will become more stuck. If your behavior allows you to change your behavior you will become less stuck.

So if you are sedentary and lazy, you will become more stuck, because you will find physically moving around increasingly arduous and will not do it.

If you don’t read about other thoughts than yours you will get stuck and you will not have the thoughts needed to get unstuck or change your behavior. Your soul will be waiting for something to happen but you won’t understand it or listen to it, because it doesn’t have the words to tell you want it wants. Express your goals.

If you don’t explore you will miss out on changes that may help you become happier, you may live in an artificial bubble with repetitive events you have become accustomed to, like there are so many bubbles in media land, the people that sit watching presenters talk about whatever happens in a very posh voice. You parrot what is said to not draw attention and present a posh image too and then go on being stuck.

Some people just want to be reassured they have a decent life

If you want to get unstuck you have to somehow grab the banks of the river you are floating along. Something that is real and harsh and not in your bubble. A real other person or a real event you become part of. I don’t mean the bubble events designed to reinforce your bubble existence. If you are leftist go to a right wing gathering, if you are right wing you probably aren’t reading this. Go see things for yourself. Or apply your skills in new situations. Of course its natural and valid to strive for your personal goals. Then the purpose of getting unstuck is to once again make steps on the road to achieve them. Consider who you want to bring along, what you need to bring along. Stuff can get you seriously stuck. But maybe you find some item very inspiring if it reminds you of your goals.

It is good to find others that want to get unstuck, that have a similar dream or ambition and to be ware of profit seekers who really don’t have your interest at heart. Make priority lists, short ones, so you get unstuck from habits that really don’t move you forward. A rule “don’t sit still” or “require real world effects from time spend” filters out a lot of time wasted. Using the SMART criteria ( specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) are a tried and tested way to become more effective and efficient, just don’t use it to become the perfect econobot.

Being unhappy about your situation is not a good way to get unstuck. This is why we are presented with so many problems. They are a way to keep us in our seat and demotivated. It is hard for your mind to know what is you and what is the outside world. Because of this criminals can get away with murder as long as the can make you believe ‘we’ did it or it is ‘our’ problem. Be precise about what you are responsible for.

Blaming things for your fate is not thinking about how to improve it. Don’t.

Our mind really wants to accept responsibility for everything that happens (like children that always feel responsible for the arguments of their parents). Again, the key to achieving a goal is to think about it, to focus on it. You can’t focus on any personal goal if you are dealing with whatever happens or what you think sucks about your life. So make thinking about your goals something you want to do. This may require some mood improvement, because you may be reminded of things you have zero interest in by a feeling you seem to be stuck with. This is the biggest illusion, because you choose how you feel about things, not your body. If your feeling is terrible, simply do whatever you think is right for you anyway, even with a horrible feeling in your stomach. There is no resistance to your actions if it is only your mind that has to decide to take them, although it might seem like you are about to move a mountain. Your body and mind can create that illusion that keep you lazy on the couch while your life and dreams slip away. Don’t expect miracles, but be confident if you are doing even a simple thing that means you are no longer stuck that it is doable and you can do it.

I hope this helps.

The Importance of Defining a Path Towards Safety

All around the world people stuck in cities and livestyles are trying their hardest to ignore climate change. It gets hotter and hotter, things start to burn, the beach is unbearably hot. Wet bulb temperatures show being outside has become lethal and field workers die from heat exhaustion every day, the economy has to move forward, cashflow has to be maximized, banks have to be served (and customers of course whatever)

But if the choice is sweltering heat, possible heat death, no future and no improvement or concerted action (like increasing albedo!). If the only option is to stay on the plane as it barrels towards the ground, because the sales of the in flight snacks is making the stewardesses rich, this is a macabre and fatalistic fate. It is really because so few actually pay attention that they are not scared, angry or done with all the problems they face in life and simply quit. In short order in society is fragile and gets more fagile as we see more evidence of unaviodable suffering.

At some point the return on creating a perspective, that is a real one, not the greenwashing ‘if you separate your trash you’ll be fine’ type of perspective, will become positive. The economy in its cruel persistence can not continue to strangle the life out of our planet if we become aware of our impending doom, our actual fate, and how little we will get from those same institutions that now claim they are the cornerstones of civilization. It is all a bunch of lies.

The best informed, richest and most mercilessly destructive institutes, our Wall Street banks, our financers of clearcutting, eradicating, polluting and depleting, will have to define their path to some semblance of normalcy, no matter how it is achieved. If they don’t people will drop everything. Even if the world economy is crashed to lock people into their homes and a new virus is released (on top of the other suffering) people will simply start doing whatever the fuck they want.

Governments that now still hop and jump like Przewalski horses for the promise of a nice life and cushy future will lose fate in it, and the magic will stop working. Better a government that gets wise now, that wakes up now, of people that do not buy the nonsense, that can think standing on their own two feet that people dropping dead from the heat is not part of that ‘shining city upon the hill’, we must leave OZ and look behind the curtain, not be infantile but mature and willing to survive, to dare to want to survive, it sounds idiotic. Soon even the most horrible contributers to the climate calamity has to come up with a plan, a path, or people will walk away.

Humans? Meh!

A few years back the prognosis of our planet was dire, but we where all in this together. Eventually fossil would be gone, and renewables would take over, we would have more local autonomy, and this would break up the bank dominance and economism for good. This still holds, we are in the last few decades of bank domination. They hoard land, city space, lock people into jobs they don’t like, lock people out of access to resources that could be used, all to maximize their power.

But since AI and LLM entered the scene, and with the prospect of rapid advances in stacked circuits on silicon, permanent RAM memory, possible use of memristors and exploding production of GPU compute. It seems a real risk people who are mostly in the economistic matrix (so not the poor ones in third world countries, not North Koreans, not anyone without a bank account or education or job), will soon be fully captured. Fully known and programmed by their social media consumption or overinformed friends and relatives.

No money, no food, no land so no way to survive in modern China without complying. Stop thinking anything that does not help you be a good econobot, and help working your species towards extinction.

This means those people will be doing the economistic, anti climate bidding, but only as long as this is profitable for the relevant financial institutes, the people sponsoring the fossil fuel consumption you effect. They don’t want you to be energetically independent, like a real econobot you are to run for the right to destroy your planet, or you and your family will be degraded, you will lose your buddies. Most well off people are literally crawling into the dirt to show themselves to be fully on board with humanity destroying policies, its disgusting.

Now as a financial elite, who tries to keep the system clean from anyone that may want to remove it or replace it (against reality already, of course domination is not global or ubiquitous), there is no real care for any individual. That is the horror of poeple identifying with a system. Your individual life is not important, because the system has sensitivities that can only be addressed if we cut corners every now and then. Its an open debate what is more deadly, total anarchy or total fossil/banking order, oh wait, there is not, its total fossil/banking order that is boiling us alive today.

With the prosprect of androids and factores run by androids that make androids, and with those androids being fully capable of conversing with us and being directed by us or each other, we enter a new phase where the loss of human life, of human talent, can be seen als less than a tragedy by many. What does it matter if the guy keeping the garden is a robot, if I was driven to my villa by a robot, if the underground farm is run by a robot. Why do I need to use those super vulnerable needy and troublesome people to do that? We are seeing the horse to car, human to android transition and you are either organizing it or going to be a victim of it.

The above is a result of assuming the system protects itself, it has as its key driver two things : A predictable lifestyle for those that comply, and a social sphere where you can mature and be a decent yet of course deeply arrogant and near psychopathic male. To enter the fossil death cult is very fascist, it reeks of a logical purity and simplicity of model that matches the appeal of a racial superiority theory. You get nice offices, suits, cars, houses, nice people (fake expats) lots of opportunity to date women, a superior role in every enviroment, best hotels, good mortgage, pension, etc. But you have to sell as much oil as you can or make banks as important as humanly possible.

Why make people serve the elite if robots can do it?

You can really only beat that system with a competing system all run independently of both money and fossil energy with the same attractiveness and predictability. We need to create that ASAP. But as we have to try to get that done the fossil/banking system hopes to read your mind and program your behavior (through adds) and you may actually be trying hard to comply and perform as well, and of course will not reward those that do not want to help it. This ability I fear will move quicker than the one that provides the less destructive alternative.

It is really important to be aware of the alternative to banks and fossil, namely your own currencies and renewables. There are no massive renewable energy plants that emit their own currency yet, but they will exist. Why would energy generated where you live be traded away to remote places, and not be distributed to you (in the form of tokens) that people that need energy can buy? It is such a weird thing that say all the people that make Rotterdam work have no ownership of almost anything in the city besides their appartment, car, bike, fridge or for the lucky ones a debt on their house.

If humans do not want to be optimized away by a fossil/banking elite that gradually impoverishes everyone while making them comply so they can’t revolt, they need to get on owning whatever they really need as soon as possible. We can not allow debt to inhibit the use of land or buildings or roof space. This is not anarchy but more or less applying the oldest laws of civilization. Even in the first law books it was said that if a man did not work his land, but another man did (it was mostly men back then), after a while the second man owned the land. There wasn’t even talk of prohibiting the second man from working the land!

The clock is ticking. Compliance androids will be banging on your door soon. You will be asked to step outside and hail the neigborhood compliance bot that parades through your street, and he will look awesome augmented by your AR goggles (which you are required to wear outside, incided Ring keeps an eye on you).

42 Day EV Roadtrip Through Italy (part deux)

To Part Une (part one)

En route to Rome I noticed a big vulcanic crater on the map, it looked interesting. The Lago di Bracciano has lush green banks, the air is clean and was humid. It has both a tropical and otherworldly feel. Like on the banks of Lago di Como (in some places) you can see the world as if modernity hasn’t happened yet.

Lago di Bracciano

I contemplated cycling around it, but a runner that left the spot I parked at to walk a bit came back and my phone was empty. You can though run or cycle around it.

Italy can be quite tropical, euro jungle 😉
An attempt to photograph the houses on the rim in the morning haze..

The above was part of the ‘before Rome’ places I checked out, then Rome and then the below. Because I wanted to get to Napels I kinda moved on, stopping on the coast at Terracina, which wasn’t that special. The next location had been on my list for a while, a tourist attraction as its supposed to be the italian equivalent of Versailles : Caserta. The city itself is


Testing the dynamic range of the camera (ZV10E)

I think throughout the ages people have been impressed by big architecture, and it has been used to subdue people by subconsciously suggestig there are giants around. Caserta’s stairs and arches are the same, you feel like an ant crawling around the grounds..

Walking up tot he fountains

As tourist traps go this one is nice, you are out in the open, the air is clean, there’s things to see. The staired ponds have fish in them..


The driving had become pretty routineous, Napels was the part I never reached before (except by rail). Due to the break-in in Turin I wasn’t eager to be in the city itself, so I drove up the vulcano. There I discovered you need a ticket and book well ahead (a month preferably) or no access.

Emergency phone connection!

As you can see on the picture above there is a row of telephone poles that go right to the valley. I found it pretty comical, if not anachronistic (but you can love that). Imagine Vesuvius erupts, the carabinieri on watch nervously phones Napels “Sta scoppiando! (It is erupting!)” the reply is pretty dry “Yes, we can see that!”.

Sleeping near Vesuvius. I still look weird because I had an infection in one eye that made my eyelid droop, so was compensating, resulting in a ‘Blue steel’ look..

I found a pretty good parking spot with a nice view of the vulcano as well as the coast/Napels. I tried to avoid the city, but was interested in the mud baths. I drove down to a part of Napels called Baia, where you find Therme di Baia. There I discovered my bathing clothes where also robbed, and I dithered around. I decided to just enjoy the day on the beach there. I checked out Lago Miseno, a tiny lake with a narrow road by it. I am fascinated by all the vulcanic geology around Italy.

The road around Lago Miseno

At this point I was done with all the narrow and steep roads and navigating with a big EV camper so I decided to just drive to the place everyone wants to visit, the Amalfi coast, Positano..


The road to Positano is nice in the way it reveals an almost unreal coastline, with impossible steep rocky slopes and a clear sea below. The coastal road is of course winding and bussy with motorcycles busses and cars. I did manage to find a spot to park and spend the night.

Sunset near Positano

The actual town Positano has a beach you can descend towards via stairs through a maze of shops and restaurants. In front of the coast people with big yachts and tenders do their exclusive dance

A tender leaves Positano beach..

I guess the trick to these places is to arrange your transportation so it is seamless, then arrange your hotel so you are not close to a main road nor somewhere up in the mountains. Then you can go and enjoy it and enjoy the experience without hassle. Don’t dine at roadside restaurants..

Tourist traps rarely have atmosphere, but its a beautifull spot..
Breakfast near Positano

I had to look up and down for a place to park and in the end found one on the road. Didn’t get fined, everyone parks anywhere there. Next morning a modest breakfast. Had I know the final cost I could not have been more frugal.

This kind of places I love to discover, guess I Escher made an impression on me..

To not push my luck and because it was so bussy I did not stay near Positano, moved on further South. I was for some reason pretty exhausted maybe because of the heat or the driving..

Non functioning charging station

On the way I tried a charging station as shown above. It did not work properly. The owner of the gas station was yelling at me to stop trying and eventually ripped the cable from my hand. There was nothing to gain from protesting or going against it it seemed, he was probably right, but I like to find things out myself. I added a comment on my Chargemap app.

Lagonegro, Black Lake, but no lake in sight. Sprawling on the hills of South West Italy

I decided to check out the Great Arch Cave (Grotta del Saraceno) next, and managed to find a parking next to the path leading to it (you could not see it form the beach), but I was too tired.

Ah well, I got a beer near the Arch!

Out of Gas!

The next day the thing happened that was not supposed to happen ; I ran out of juice. Two factors played a role, first there where not a lot of DC charging locations near Diamante (where I was) and many AC locations did not exist. Second the AC charging mechanism of the Peugeot E-Expert had stopped working when it shut down in Porta Santo Stefano, and either the fuse was blown or something more serious was wrong. So as I was looking for a place to charge and found they where either occupied or didn’t exist, I ended up with zero km reserve..

One of the non-existent charging spots..

Lesson learned : Only go to charging locations if there is a picture on Chargemap

Some didn’t work, but I didn’t yet know why
Permamently occupied, can’t reach user.
I ended up at a hotel with Tesla destination charging ports, which should have worked.

I spend a night at a destination charging location, then a day trying to get the thing to charge but it just did not work. Contacting the lease company again they suggested to move the van to Diamante again (where you see the Senec car charging above) but by then I understood AC charging was just not working on the camper.

I had to find a DC charging spot. The one closest to my route was in Corso, so that was where I asked the guy to drive me. He wasn’t happy about it at all, “Too far, to difficult” because the road goes up into the hills. But in the end he agreed and when we where driving he was very happy to see all the green forests. We did blow a tire on the way guess the camper is unusually heavy because its electric.

Always be charging!

I don’t know what part of this I payed for in the end, that is another story. The DC charger worked and I knew I just needed to find a route with plenty of them, and charge early from now on. The problem was not so much stress but I was a bit disappointed in the inability of anyone to solve the charging problem. It meant I could not travel the route I planned because Albania and Montenegro

How am I going to pass through Montenegro or Albania if there are barely any DC chargers? Answer : NOT. Big bummer!

To be continued..

Craco Matera Gravina

Unward and upwards!

Monte Sant’Angelo

San Nicola Varano


Crossing Italy shows how difficult the terrain can be


The city has been almost completely restored..


Also a great place to visit..Cool reliquis in its church..



The best cycle route around a lake in Italy, 64 kms but half of it is on a special bike road (old road) and relatively low traffic. Beautifull views.

Canonica d’Adda

A beautifull river gorge with bike path..


Classic Milan


Student city with the ugliest (brickwork) cathedral..


Parking near Cafe Bellini, which has the best Pizza in the region 😉


Colmar is a bit of a tourist trap, but looks great for that reason


Sursee is a perfect place to pause, you can cycle, swim, have an expensive cappuccino
Charging at the competition’s dealership 😉


Cycling near Houffalize, lots of ups and downs, so good to train, a hotspot for cyclists.

@X and Mental Surveillance

We live in a world where fossil and banks fight for their dominance and have all the guns. You can easily identify people that they control by their debt load and finacial dependency. You can identify their stooges by their position regarding climate and renewable energy. A good fossil stooge prime minister or president will have two tests : 1. Is it good for banks, 2. Is it good for fossil. If either of them are no, whatever the proposal is won’t be supported.

We also live in a world now where big corporations can buy massive compute to run large language models (LLMs) and analyse any type of public communication you may want to put out there, tweets (x messages), facebook chat, updates, wechat, tiktok, youtube. It can all be read, listened to and analysed, no longer on keywords but on meaning. What are you actually talking about, what is your probable intent. It is only a matter of time until machines grade your compliance with the banking/fossil virtual reality (badly broken into by climate reality), or this is already the case.

Twitter or X as it is called now, may prove to be a powerfull tool in this mental surveillance. Academics that tweet will have to tow the pro fossil H2 agenda, will have to promote a ‘no way out’ world view because banks don’t want to allocate credit to activities that reduce their importance (renewable energy). The rudder of mass communications, the social media sphere is jerked hard by the fossil/banking interest, who are the only ones with the funds and the motivation.

And even @X is not non-profit anymore. It has also become an attention market. People that engage users are rewarded, just like on Youtube and other platforms. It runs counter to the original intent of Twitter, which is to just listen to tweets of others. LLMs are reading your tweets now, categorizing you from a compliant consumer to a dangerous terrorist according to what you share. This sounds reasonable to be doing, if its governments that want to stay secure, but it is private companies who can do this, to further their private interests.

You are also the guinee pig, if you are active on social media you can be observed, your response to algorithm changes can be measured, they can be tuned. With AI phrases can be inserted in video’s you watch in the voice of the speaker, so the more you expose yourself to this virtual world the more you can be controlled. The default control is to draw you in to consume more content, but it can be to make you buy stuff, to make you behave in certain ways. For sure the payed paranoid in every countrie’s security institutes, as well as those who serve corporations commercially, are exploring the boundaries of analyis and survailance.

I can say this has always been the case. Since telegraphy was a thing the NSA intercepted all communications, its not a secret. I had an uncle in the 80s that used the most modern computer (with a color monitor!) to datamine from databases that just came online. The owl, the guy that funded Trumps campaign (Mercer) got rich with his speech analysis models, not for nothing. Intelligence is valuable to all of us, because we all compete for money (which is dumb). @X is providing an excellent source of data, as it touts to be for free speech, when it comes to rancunous companies it is about free exposure.

And this doesn’t mean a SWAT team barges into your appertment or anything, it means things may just be harder for people deemed persona no grata. People like me maybe? What happens to all the left wing idealists, I see only economically compliant people in politics. This has been going on since people wanted it to happen, and that has been since the dawn of the fossil/banking alliance.

So really you should consider any social media channel as strictly politicaly correct territory. This in turn makes you part of the indoctrination team and free thought won’t be able to be shared, you won’t find the other minds with more sense of reality than the hyper consumer (eventually) and thus the medium will go stale and petrify, just like Chinese society under Xi’s more obvious surveillance. Just saying.

How to deal with this? Encrypted messages help. But @X has the ambition to become systemic, meaning part of the current fossil/banking system. If it does not comply we are in for some fireworks.

Of course Elon Musk and @X can also decide to become guardian of privacy, but then they have to extract themselves out of a lot of existing dependencies. This may be possible if @X can run from the SpaceX Starlink constellation talking to mobile phones directly. Until then, keep in mind your mind, person and intent is analysed from every word you share with the world.