Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Christine Granville

Britain's Finest Female Spy

This lady risked her life so many times, solved problems by creating solutions, and many times acted as a catalyst to bring about, and in many cases, brilliant solutions to the problem of the Nazis during the second world war.

She died after the war in June 1952, murdered by someone she thought was her friend, it was totally unexpected. 

To be murdered by a friend during the peace. A feat her professional enemies, crack troops, double agents and the Gestapo tried to achieve and failed to do, every single time. 

She was at one time, at the top of the Gestapo most wanted list during World War 2.

Christine Granville O.B.E.,  George Medal and the Croix de Guerre, was the daughter of a Polish Count, Jerzy Skarbek. Her real name was Maria Krystyna Skarbek.

The amazing exploits of Prime Minister Winston Churchill's favourite spy is recounted by the British documentary series, Secret War, below.

It's not a stretch to speculate that Christine Granville would have survived the peace, as she survived the war, if her unique skills, courage and resilience had been harnessed and redirected after the conflict.

Most of those who worked for the Special Operations Executive, the group set up by Prime Minister Churchill to "set Europe ablaze," returned to what they were doing before the war. 

But not Christine.

Read More About Winston Churchill's Favourite Spy Christine Granville Here

She was in Ethiopia with her husband of just one year when the German army occupied her native Poland.

A truly liberated woman, who was well ahead of her time, she acquitted herself admirably on behalf of the British state by fighting the evil fascistic tyranny of Nazi Germany within the  major war theatres of Europe. 

She fought in Poland, escaped treachery in Hungary, and was one of the key operatives that worked behind enemy lines with the French resistance (the Maquis) to eventually liberate France from Hitler's goons.

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Christine Granville, I salute you. You fought for peace. Rest well.

Derek Soyemi

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Sunday, 15 December 2019

Cold War Spy

KGB Agent Aldrich Ames

Is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole at a Federal Correctional Institution in the United States of America for a most egregious crime, espionage.

Rick had CIA in his blood. His father had worked for the company as an analyst in Turkey. 

Rick joined up in 1962...

The job took him places. Mexico City, New York, Paris, Rome. 

His Russian was better than good, so he could hang out, mingle and hobnob with the Soviets assigned to the UN.

As Chief of Soviet Branch of the Counter-Intelligence Division for the CIA, his hobnobbing with Soviets wouldn't have seemed suspicious to colleagues.

Sometime in 1985, CIA officer Aldrich (Rick) Ames walked into a Soviet embassy with a massive amount of classified CIA documents under his coat for the KGB. 

A present, to show his good faith. 

He knew the documents would convince of his good intentions, trustworthiness and loyalty to the KGB, after they had been examined.

The reason?

Money, Greed and Vanity.

"I needed the money." He was becoming knee-deep in debt, he said. He also had a personal grouse that he wasn't being promoted fast enough. The one thing everyone agrees on though, and Rick has never denied, was Maria...

Ames met his second wife Maria del Rosario Casa, a Colombian, in Mexico City when he worked there.

Some people spy for ideology, patriotism, a cause, or just out of pure bloody-mindedness. Others for personal, psychological, economical and political reasons. 

Ames sold mens lives for his own convenience. "The men I sold... What happened to them also happened to me." He said, talking about the 'living death' of spending the rest of his life in prison.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

The 40th President

Of Uruguay

Jose Alberto "Pepe" Mujica Cordano was no ordinary president. 

When he was president, he didn't only talk the talk, he walked it as well. 

In a world that's full of frivolities, egotism and superficiality, this is one man humanity should be proud to look up to and emulate.

We are living at a time when people are inspired and even encouraged to chase wealth and power in what I read somewhere described as; "an almost sociopathic way." 

It should rather be a time to encourage each other to be rich in mind, body and spirit. A time when the needs of everyone should supersede the wants of the few.

Reggae legend Bob Marley's quote that "Some people are so poor all they have is money" puts former president Mujica's perspective and words into sharper focus.

Jose Mujica says the following...

"The way we live and our values are the expression of the society we live in. And we cling to that. It doesn't matter if I'm president (of Uruguay). I've thought about all this a lot.

I spent over ten years in a solitary confinement cell. I had the time. I spent seven years without opening a book. It left me time to think. This is what I discovered:

Either you're happy with very little, without overburdening yourself, because you have happiness inside, or you'll get nowhere.

I am not advocating poverty. I am advocating sobriety.

But we invented a consumer society which is continually seeking growth. When there's no growth, it's tragic. We invented a mountain of superfluous needs. You have to keep buying, (and) throwing away... It's our lives we are squandering. When I buy something, or when you buy it, we're not paying with money. We're paying with the time from our lives we had to spend to earn that money.

The difference is that you can't buy life... Life just goes by. And it's terrible to waste your life, losing your freedom."

(Taken from the documentary HUMAN)

 Jose Mujica: The Global Interview - BBC News  

If there were more leaders like this man on the planet, we would all have very little to worry about.

José Mujica, nicknamed Pepe Mujica, was President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015. 

A former Tupamaros freedom fighter in the 60s and the 70s, he was detained, like a hostage by the dictatorship between 1973 and 1985.

 He advocates a philosophy of life focused on sobriety: learn to live with what is necessary and fairest.

Jose Mujica: 'I earn more than I need'

Adios Amigos.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Better Than Einstein

Short Stories, Music News, Humour and anything else that comes to mind...

Unknown Author

At the conclusion of the sermon, the worshipers filed out of the sanctuary to greet the minister.

As one of them left, he shook the minister's hand, thanked him for the sermon and said, "Thanks for the message, Reverend. You know, you must be smarter than Einstein."

Beaming with pride, the minister said, "Why, thank you, brother!"

As the week went by, the minister began to think about the man's compliment. 

The more he thought, the more he became baffled as to why anyone would deem him smarter than Einstein. 

So he decided to ask the man the following Sunday.

The next Sunday he asked the parishioner if he remembered the previous Sunday's comment about the sermon. The parishioner replied that he did.

The minister asked: "Exactly what did you mean that I must be smarter than Einstein?"

The man replied, "Well, Reverend, they say that Einstein was so smart that only ten people in the entire world could understand him."

"But Reverend, no one can understand you."

Monday, 25 March 2019

The Dogon Tribe

And The Ancestors From Space

The Dogon people of Mali in West Africa have a Space history, and it's quite a compelling one too.

Located in the middle of the desert on the South East corner of Mali; "they seem to know things about astronomy which they shouldn't have been able to know," says Laird Scranton, an author.

Artist's View of sirius A and Sirius B
Scranton has authored a number of books two of which are; The Science of the Dogon (Decoding The African Mystery Tradition) and Sacred Symbols of the Dogon (The Key to Advanced Science in the Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs).

 Nobody knows where the Dogon got this incredible ancient knowledge from, except the Dogon themselves who have done a wonderful job of preserving their traditions for centuries. Since they have no written language, they put a high priority on the purity of the spoken language. 

They know facts about the Sirius star system without having access to modern telescopes and other equipment and speak about the second star which cannot be seen by the naked eye. The Dogon have called it the dark star for centuries long before it was discovered by astronomers in the middle of the 20th Century. 

They know the correct orbital period of the two stars, Sirius A and Sirius B.

Dogon priests say their cosmology describes how a tribal god Amma created matter. Their knowledge is so amazing in that they have linguistic definitions for the scientific concepts of the Atom, Proton/Electron Neutron, Fundamental Particles and the Four Spin Categories of Particles. They also know that Matter forms Membranes, the Calabi-Yau space, how Matter begins as waves and that it vibrates. They describe how matter is woven from threads, a modern scientific concept that describes matter as woven from strings.

Read also: The Museum of Unnatural History's post about "The Dogon, the Nommos and the Mystery of Sirius B"

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


Talking... About now and the future!

No more jokes Sofia, tell us what you really think.

So far every clip I've seen, Sofia has been bestowed and largely presented in or at a human level. People's perception cannot but be affected by this.

Sofia is not flesh and blood. That, she can never be... Notice how easy it was to assign this computer a gender identity. It's a sophisticated machine, a tool with it's bits of information stored in a cloud somewhere, while ours is stored in our heads.

Anyhow, enjoy the video...

Monday, 27 August 2018

The Laziest Writer

On The Planet

Is sitting up in his bed. His mind is in a turmoil, whirring in a hundred different directions all at once. He wants to start writing again... what can he post today that will bring some satisfaction that he is at least beginning to write again?

Maybe he'll write about the twat that loves to post crap on Twitter. It's an obvious truth that he doesn't like twats who post crap on when he suddenly gets a flash from the past. It's funny how the mind works that he can remember a time period thirty years before with absolute clarity. A time when things were so real while at the same time, things weren't exactly what they seemed. Hindsight isn't twenty twenty, hindsight is a bitch!

He needs an angle to be able to tell just one story from those days. In years, it was such a long time ago but in his head, those things seem like it was just yesterday. Should he do a first person narrative? Goodness No! It wouldn't work, the reader wouldn't understand. Who would understand those days anyway? Idea dismissed.

His mind returns, this time to another twit on twitter. The writer is most definitely stumped.

His mind cruises into auto roam and random musings. Why do the spoils always end up with the wrongest, dumbest and least qualified? What is it about losers who see themselves as winners who consequently end up dumbing the rest of us down? Why do we the public, the media and good old nice, uncle Joe end up holding these characters in such high esteem? Twits buying from twats who end up dazzling the rest of us with other people's money.

Time to forget about the collective delusion and concentrate on some real shit. There are a diverse range of subjects and topics he could actually write about. He's sure that there are at least five good books he could churn out within a relatively short time frame. Who needs research? Decades of living on the edge trumps any research he could do.

He really believes in the book project, but what he needs right now is stronger than the urge to write. He knows deep down that once he starts, he cannot stop until it's finished. That's a problem because he happens to be the laziest writer on the planet.

So his mind wanders back to the twat on twitter: The least serious leading a society of serious minded people. God help us all. 

Reflecting on current trends, he might just find a serious topic to think about, reflect on and possibly write a post on. But what are the chances that that too hasn't been covered by someone else. Not much can be expected from a lazy writer anyway. He's off the hook.

His mind strays back to the twat that tweets non-stop on Twitter.

Thursday, 1 February 2018



And Fake News

Are trending. So, "what is the difference between a hoax and fake news?" They both seemed very similar to me.

According to Wikipedia:

"A hoax is a falsehood deliberately fabricated to masquerade as the truth. It is distinguishable from errors in observation or judgement, rumours, urban legends, pseudosciences, and April Fools Day events that are passed along in good faith by believers or as jokes."

"Fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media. Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership, online sharing, and internet click revenue."

Similar eh?

Okay, here's one...

Hamza Bendelladj was never executed. It was a hoax many swallowed hook, line and sinker. The real story is at the bottom of this post.

Surprisingly, many people are still being hoodwinked according to comments I've read on some platforms recently.

GMA News Online actually punctured the hoax in March, 2013. It didn't seem to make a difference.

The facts were eventually reported by BBC News online on 21 April, 2016 after sentencing as follows:

"Computer hackers who created malware that stole about $100m (£70m) have been given long jail sentences in the US.
Russian Aleksandr Andreevich Panin has been sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in jail. His accomplice, Algerian Hamza Bendelladj will serve 15 years.
They created the SpyEye virus package that is believed to have infected more than 50 million computers.
The sophisticated malware could steal sensitive data or let hackers use infectedmachines to send spam"....Full Story here... US bank hackers get long jail term

Remember that lying liars always get found out, and...

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Will AI probably kill us all?

Less than fifty per cent think not...

At least not anytime soon anyway. 

A minority of researchers think the transition from Artificial General Intelligence to Artificial Super Intelligence will not happen for at least another one hundred years.

Current trends however show that the law of accelerating returns is very likely to radically slash that prediction. The one hundred years is more likely to be fifteen to twenty years.

At the moment, three of the most relevant individuals on the planet today are preaching caution when it comes to powerful machines.

Professor Stephen Hawkins states: "The rise of  powerful AI will either be the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity. 

Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates asks the question, "how can they not see what a huge challenge this is?"

Elon Musk Founder of Tesla thinks we should be extremely careful about this, while stating clearly that he is not against the advancement of AI.

Technologically, we have made huge leaps and bounds. Very far ahead than that of any other aspect of human endeavour. 

Boyinaband's video explains "the law of accelerating returns," below.

We have to be aware that once AI gets on to the internet, within a short space of time, it will know everything. 

And everything means, the accumulated knowledge of all humanity. It will also know about the habits and lifestyle of every living individual on the planet. 

Our thoughts, interactions, brilliance, foibles, stupidity, wars, poverty, strengths and weaknesses will all be apparent to it. 

AI is very likely to know us better than we know ourselves.

Confucius tells us: "The man who asks a question is a fool for only a minute. The man who doesn't ask, is a fool for life."

Very often, it seems that psychologically we're still in the seventeenth century whilst we're living technologically in the twenty first century.

I'll be a fool for a minute for the sake of tomorrow and ask, "will AI probably kill us all?


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Monday, 13 November 2017

Meet Sofia

The New Saudi Arabian Citizen...

She is the first non human that's now classified as an earthling. 

Sofia is an artificial intelligence robot and the first robot "citizen" on our planet.

I don't think anyone could have imagined that progress in Artificial Intelligence technology would develop as quickly as it has. 

It's here, and it has come with many human characteristics. 

The programming of artificial, self learning robots while we still have deadly conflict though,  is a worry...

We know about the killer drones that are already in use over battlefields all over the planet.

Many more have been developed or are in different stages of development that we know nothing about. What I would like to know about are the safeguards that are in place that these intelligent machines wouldn't turn on us human beings.

Everyone is excited.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking to a group of Russian students, called artificial intelligence "not only Russia's future, but the future of the whole of mankind... The one who becomes leader in this sphere will be ruler of the world. There are colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now."

The technology that the science fiction writer Isaac Asimov predicted 75 years ago, has arrived. Much more sophisticated and smarter than he imagined, and it's come 40 years early.

In Asimov's fiction novel "Runaround" there was a government Handbook of Robotics that included the following three rules:

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3. A robot can protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Oren Etzioni, PhD, author, and CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, has suggested an update for Isaac Asimov's three laws of Artificial Intelligence. Given the widespread media attention emanating from Elon Musk (and others) warning, that these updates might be worth reviewing.

Etzioni has suggested an update to Asimov's rules as follows:

1. An A.I. system must be subject to the full gamut of laws that also applies to it's human operator.

2. An A.I. system must clearly disclose that it's not human.

3. An A.I. system cannot retain or disclose confidential information without explicit approval from the source of that information.
Etzioni offered these updates and suggested to begin a discussion that would lead to a non-fictional Handbook of Robotics by the United Nations.

Elon Musk, together with deep mind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman and top specialists have called on the United Nations to ban the development, deployment and use of autonomous weapons within A.I. (Posted to the Robot Report and other sources.)

These warnings should be heeded.

Thinking about Tomorrow

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