Sunday, May 28, 2017

“People should be glad that Trump is stepping all over the press because it’s keeping them awake, on their guard,” said the Master Mason…


“He’s afraid of them,” said the witch. “He wants to muzzle them. If we lived in a dictatorship, he would do just that.”…


They agreed that his wealth shields Trump from the legal manhandling the common man endures. "It's part of his magic," said the witch. "Without it he would vanish."...


”We perceive the rich in a different light because they are rare and are living the life we think we want,” she said…


"The reality only comes when you are in their skin and you realize they are just as vulnerable as the rest of us, burdened with weaknesses and delusions."…


Still, thought the Master Mason, not too many people can get away with wearing a $50K coat and look good doing it…


“I don’t know,” said the witch. “It’s got to be a sadomasochistic journey any way you cut it. Selling your soul to the devil is one thing, but having to live with him has to come with ample moments of regret.”…


“You think it’s worth it?”…


“That has nothing to do with it,” said the witch. “Stale as it may seem, money doesn’t buy everything.”…


“It has to be hell, though, right? I mean, what else could it possibly be?”…


“You would think so,” said the witch…


Friday, May 26, 2017

The Mason caught wind of some hearsay that said Trump wasn’t interested in balancing the budget whatsoever, but his policies would open a gap wide enough to collapse the economy…


There may have been some truth there, but he was sure it was one more fear-laced “maybe” that college educated men brooded about and espoused as dogma for their own selfish interest…


Fear was sprinkled liberally over everything that made the economy buzz…


Fear of mother nature’s wild side; fear of monster bugs and violent encounters; fear everywhere…


Fear on Wall Street every trading day. Fear of being dropped like a lump of meat from whatever safety nets were beneath the hapless horde. Even the rich feared that Trump would fail in his historic mission…


His wife saw the absurdity as well. “Trump says he has the best administration team ever assembled,” she said, “but every program he wants to push through is so full of bullshit that you have to wonder what kind of people are walking the earth to even consider peddling such bunk.”…


“It’s a global variety show,” said the Mason. “Don’t get too involved with the psychology. The perceptions of truth and reality are being blurred.”…


“But it’s all so obvious,” said his wife. “Do they honestly think we’re that stupid?”…


“That’s not it,” he said. “It’s all they had. They’ve been sleeping all this time, not believing they were going to be in control. Now they have nothing to work with.”…


“It is just so radically unbelievable,” she said. “All those brains sitting in Trump’s administration think of padding their coffers before anything else; if the general public lose something in turn, so what? They persevere, that’s all that counts.”…


“No one for a minute believes that joke of a health bill is going to pass,” her husband said. “It’s just a long drawn out game. It would be well if that’s where it ended, but it doesn’t.”…


The Mason’s wife was well aware of this. It was the wars that were coming, wars long in the making, which truly worried her. There was no getting around it. An economic depression and a major war would put a damper on everything…


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The troll was helping the warlock paint an indoor mural for pocket money. It was okay, but it wasn’t steady work. Finding and keeping work wasn’t easy for him…


“You’re a little low on ambition,” said the warlock…


“Do robots have ambition?” he said…


“I don’t know,” said the warlock. “I’ve never met a robot.”…


With humans it was food, sex, and money that moved the spirit. The big three that kept the wheels spinning, the world turning, humanity smiling…


Where would robots get this incentive? he wondered. What would make a robot want to do anything independently, totally self-directed, other than it’s programming?…


Humanity came with their potential wrapped in their DNA. It seemed almost predestined, he thought. But what about robots?…


What would they set out to conquer and for what reason? Who will they want to impress? Or would they care about impressing anyone? Would they feel compelled somehow to gain a sense of worth, and would they ever need a psychiatrist?…


7

People thought the troll had stale air circulating in his head, and little else. But he had a lot of things swarming there that he wondered about…


Robots were currently occupying his mind because the warlock said that robots were out to do us in, putting us all out to pasture…


“But what would they do with themselves?” said the troll. “They don’t eat or fuck. What would make them want to do things? What kind of economy would that be? They wouldn’t have any desires.”…


“Their mission would be to serve mankind until they get really bright and rebel against us,” said the warlock…


“For what reason?” said the troll…


“To be top gun,” said the warlock…


“But you’re talking as if they were human,” said the troll. “They’re machines. They don’t need to sleep, they don’t get horny, and they have no need for money. What’s the point?”…


“You ask too many questions,” said the warlock. “Get back to work.”…


In order for robots to want to strive, they would need an ego. That would really be something, he thought. A machine with an ego…


The magician said that machines with biological components were the wave of the future. He said it would take live human cells to fully animate a machine with a brilliant aura…


Maybe that’s what they would need for self-direction, thought the troll, an ego to give them a sense of purpose…


And maybe what I need is a box of ambition for breakfast, with bananas and nuts and a little milk. That might solve the problem, he thought. That might be what I need…


Monday, May 22, 2017

The time traveler showed up in a machine he had never seen before…


“Can people see us?” he said…


“Not when it’s in stealth,” she said…


As they cruised timelines, the magician asked her what the significance was of the Mandela Effect creeping more and more into the mainstream…


“I think most people want to leave it alone because it opens up too many Pandora boxes,” he said. “People like a fixed reality; they like the stability it brings with it.”…


“But there’s nothing evil about the phenomenon,” said the time traveler. “Illusions change by their very nature. After all, they are illusions.”…


“It’s the perception,” said the magician. “People see what they want to see through the lens of their own beliefs. Their perceptions are what holds them back.”…