Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Thanks to Roy Moore and Donald Trump, American evangelists should know that it ain't just other countries, Putin Russia, North Korea, Syria, ISIS, for examples, that have a demonic possession problem, and thanks to Moore and Trump, Americans should be looking at what's going on in other countries, such as India

After pondering the low number of daily page views at this website, and the infrequent reader comments I receive, and a conversation the other night with my good Key West friend Tom Milone, in which I said, for me, Key West has become redundant, I woke up yesterday morning thinking I would report and comment on what interested me, for a change, hoping the angels who run me would not beat me up too bad for striking out on my own. Also, I didn't see anything in yesterday's local news that I felt like addressing, again.
Several times lately, my homeless vodka addict prophet girlfriend, Kari Dangler, called me to say she was getting premonitions and seeing in her dreams that something terrible was about to happen in Alabama. I myself had a dream that a train and all its cars left the tracks and fell into a ravine. I also dreamt of an dear elder friend, whom I am convinced was in the CIA, under cover. In the past, we had agreed that the train was going to jump the tracks in America, and only when was the question? In the dream, I told him that it had taken more words in the past, and I am glad I can say it in a few words today.

This morning, I listened to a radio report of interviews of Alabama Republican voters. One woman said she's voting for Roy Moore, because he's the lesser of evils. That is, he's not a Democrat. News of a poll in which 70 percent of Alabama Republicans asked, said the sex charges against Moore are false. 

Back in mid-November, President Trump's daughter, Ivanka, one of his advisers, was quoted:

“There is a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” Trump told the AP. “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation, and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.” 

I wonder how Ivanka feels about this below?

If I backed Roy Moore, my daughters, their husbands and their children would disown me. Same, if I backed Donald Trump. And I wouldn't blame them.

Trump calls Roy Moore to offer his endorsement

Updated 2:03 PM ET, Mon December 4, 2017

I told a lifelong Republican friend in Starbucks last night, that Alabama evangelists backing Moore is an example of mass demonic possession, similar to what was seen in Hitler's Germany. Likewise, American envangelists backing President Trump. 

The lifelong Republican is a born-again Christian. He did not vote for Trump. He does not like Moore. 

I told him, Trump IS the Republican Party, because it made him its candidate. Just like Hillary Clinton IS the Democratic Party, because it made her its candidate. 

The lifelong Republican said, if the Democrats had run Vice President Joe Bidden, they would have won. 

I said, the Democrats would have won if they had run anyone but Hillary. The Democrats elected Trump when they ran Hillary, whom I like as much as I like Trump. America got what it deserved. It's hilarious. Not in America, but overseas. People overseas look at America and ask, has America gone crazy? Yep.

Meanwhile, a version of this horizons-expanding column below is in today's Key West Citizen. I read it early this morning, then fell back to sleep, then dreamed I was telling people about Kali, who is the  Hindu goddess of destruction and resurrection. Kinda a female Jesus. My trailing thoughts follow this article.

Forget Trump and Discover the World

The rich and the poor alike participate in India’s digital identity system.CreditNarinder Nanu/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Mumbai, INDIA — In a recent MSNBC interview I described President Trump as a “brain-eating disease.”

I did so because his indecent behavior, and nonstop outrageous tweets and actions, force you as a commentator into a terrible choice: either ignore it all and risk normalizing Trump’s excesses or write about him constantly and risk not having the time to learn and report about the big trends now reshaping the world — trends that one day will surprise your readers and leave them asking, “Why didn’t I know this?”

To inoculate myself against Trump eating my brain, I occasionally get as far away as I can. This time it was to India, where I learned a ton that I didn’t know: I found India trying to leapfrog out of poverty and catch up to China by engaging in a rapid digitization of its entire economy and power grid.

Yes, while our president has been busy playing golf, tweeting about LaVar Ball and pushing an anything-that-will-pass tax plan, China has been busy creating a cashless society, where people can pay for so many things now with just a swipe of their cellphones — including donations to beggars — or even buy stuff at vending machines with just facial recognition, and India is trying to follow suit.

These are big trends, and in a world where data is the new oil, China and India are each creating giant pools of digitized data that their innovators are using to write all kinds of interoperable applications — for cheap new forms of education, medical insurance, entertainment, banking and finance.

I was blown away by one big change in India in particular. In 2009, my friend Nandan Nilekani, the tech entrepreneur, led a team of experts that helped the then-Congress Party-led government launch a national digital identity system, known as Aadhaar (Hindi for “base”).

Every Indian, rich or poor, goes into a field office, has fingerprints and irises scanned into a biometric database and then linked to the individual’s 12-digit ID number with basic identifiers: name, address, date of birth and sex. When the Congress Party left office in 2014, and Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party took over, Modi continued and impressively energized the Aadhaar project, bringing it today to 1.18 billion users, out of a population of about 1.3 billion.

In a country where many poor people lacked any form of ID, like a birth certificate or a driver’s license, this has been a revolution, because they can now open a bank account and get government aid sent directly to them — rather than having bureaucrats, bankers or postal workers skim off 30 percent each year through the mail — and then link their bank account to their mobile phones, from which they can buy, sell, transfer money and receive payments digitally anytime anywhere.

The digital network platforms that have broken the one-billion-plus user mark — like Facebook, Google and WhatsApp — all came out of the private sector. Aadhaar, noted the Harvard Business Review, is the only non-U.S. platform “to have broken the one-billion-user threshold and the only such system to have been developed by the public sector.” It also has the distinction of “having reached one billion users the fastest.”

When the British laid railroads in India it led to the more efficient extraction of natural resources. Now the Indian government, through the combination of a trusted unique ID platform — tied to cellphones and mobile bank accounts — is creating a kind of digital railroad enabling the more efficient empowerment of human resources.

“It’s transforming the lives of ordinary people,” explained Alok Kshirsagar, a McKinsey partner based in Mumbai. “Millions are already benefiting from digital payments and credit. There are already more than 30 percent productivity gains when digital capabilities are used in agriculture, transportation and manufacturing. We are in the early stages of a transformation that could generate as much as $1 trillion in economic value over the next seven to 10 years.”

Now any Indian farmer can just go to one of 250,000 government community centers — each with a computer, Wi-Fi and a local entrepreneur who manages it — log into a government digital services website with the farmer’s unique ID and instantly print out a birth certificate or land records needed for transactions.

An Indian friend told me: “My driver has two bank accounts, and he has given one debit card to his wife and another to his son. And now he tells me he puts X amount of his salary into one account and Y into another, using his cellphone, so his wife is empowered and not asking her mother-in-law for money, because she has her own debit card, and the son, who is off in school training to be a doctor, can be independent.”

Nilekani and his wife, Rohini, have built a foundation, EkStep, to create mobile education apps to help parents, teachers and students — armed only with cellphones — to learn faster, using these new digital networks. As Shankar Maruwada, an EkStep co-founder and its C.E.O., explained: Unlike, say Facebook, whose business model is to “retain your attention,” EkStep, Aadhaar and other such “societal platforms” are designed to “restore your agency,” particularly to the poor.

The West got economically rich “before it got data rich,” added Pramod Varma, EKStep’s chief technology officer. “So when data came along, it just became a better way to sell you things. They could target you better; you became a better customer for them. But in a country like India, where per-capita income is $2,000, today you can get data rich before you get economically rich. And if you empower people with their data, they can use their data to get better loans, get better skills, and build a digital repository that captures their skills to get better salaries.”

Similar innovations are going on in energy, explained Mahesh Kolli, president of Greenko, India’s largest renewable power provider. Theft of electricity from state-owned distribution companies amounted to some 20 percent of their output, as people strung wires to siphon from the grid, or the companies couldn’t identify users.

Now the government “can link my unique ID to my electricity bill” and then directly and digitally connect my government subsidy, if I am poor, to that electric bill, said Kolli. Greenko just built the largest solar project in the world — a 3,000-acre field of Chinese-made solar panels generating 800 megawatts powering over 600,000 homes in Andhra Pradesh. Two more such fields are on the way up, all connecting to the national grid.

Oh, and by the way, for those of you who want to preserve coal jobs, this 800-megawatt solar farm “was built with over 5,000 skilled and semiskilled workers,” said Kolli. “We believe the renewable energy sector will create over one million new generation jobs to meet the 175-gigawatt target set by Prime Minister Modi.”

Greenko builds these plants, he added, “in five months using Chinese panels and European inverter-grid integration technologies made in India.” (Notice the absence of U.S. technology in that loop.) Greenko is also making huge strides in battery technology to store solar energy, so it can be used when the sun is not shining, and the company is now in the midst of building the first grid-connected battery storage system integrated with its solar farms.

“No new coal or gas power plants are being built in India today,” he added, “not because of regulations, but because solar, wind, hydro are all now able to compete with coal plants without subsidies.”

Bottom line, the Indian energy economy is rapidly transitioning to a “decarbonized, digitized and decentralized” system, said Kolli, enabling better quality of life while meeting big energy needs — without the government having to deal with all the protests that come with building coal- or gas-fired plants.

So while we’ve been following Trump’s tweets about bringing back “beautiful coal,” India built a billion-user ID network bigger than Twitter and giant solar power plants that are cheaper than coal.

That’s what you missed — and that’s just one country. Are you tired of winning yet?

My thoughts:

I imagine many Americans would view the India ID network as Big Brother, the New World Order, the Illuminati, ETs, the Devil. Taking over humanity. Such technology can be used in that way. And, it can be used to help people and their countries. As opposed to what war does to people and their countries.

I imagine not too many Americans, especially evangelists, are capable of seeing something bigger and far more sinister is taking over America - that it ain't just other countries, Putin Russia, North Korea, Syria, ISIS, for other examples, that have a demonic possession problem.

Perhaps demonic possession is the fewer words I told my former under cover CIA friend in my dream, summed up America.



  1. Two things on your page counts, Sloan.
    First, do you count how many people receive the email? The post generally can be read without going to the link
    Second, your former url, goodmorningkeywest, was more likely to attract the curious than your current self-effacing moniker.
    I am glad you will continue to write whatever the numbers say. In this case, I am on the side of your commanding angels.

  2. Thanks, Rick. About 200 people receive the email blast containing each day's post. I figure maybe 20 of those people might read it each day. Over the years, the numbers at goodmorningkeywest.com steadily grew, until they were running 2,000-4,000 page views a day. Yesterday, there were 81 page views at afoolsworknneverends. Not too far back, I was getting maybe 200 page views a day, on average. The angels keep pushing me to write and publish it, I keep doing it.

    Talked with Bill Hunter at last night's city commission meeting. He said he definitely is looking at running against Republican county commissioner George Neugent next year. Bill said he, too, is a Republican and, if he files, he will be in the District 2 Republican primary next year. He said two new candidates already have filed. One is Republican. The other is Non-Affiliated, which closed the Republican primary to only registered Republican voters. I think if a Democrat files for next year, that, too, closes the Republican primary.