The Prodigal Prince: Richard Roberts and the Decline of the Oral Roberts Dynasty

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Any relation to Anal Roberts?

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Kiera Feldman | This Land Press | September 2014 | 34 minutes (8,559 words)

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Mitt and Bain

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Just a few words to say that I am with the workers of America and I truly believe that the 1% are attempting to destroy the middle class and turn them into slaves for the giant corporations. Every year middle class wages decrease while CEO profits increase, leaving workers with less security than they have ever had and guaranteeing slave laborers for the grinder.
Mitt and Bain, along with the Koch brothers are having their lackeys work overtime to ensure that a strong 1% are able to jet set around the world at your expense. Now I don’t absolve the Demoncrats in all of this, so Dems don’t feel left out! You fucking bastards hide behind altruism while the Republicans just don’t give a shit, but the true skeptics can see the truth. Both sides are just a bunch of corporate shills that funnel middle class dollars into billionaire pockets and we just sit back and let it happen.
The writing is on the wall and everyone seems to be illiterate and the privileged are laughing all the way to the bank,  fuck yeah!! Wake up and smell the fucking coffee people! Are you so afraid of losing your own piece of the pie that you could give a shit about your fellow workers? When the proverbial chickens come home to roost, you too will be left alone and outside in the cold with nothing but slave wages and no chance of anything better. Bondage to the company store is near and it starts and ends with apathy. 

Hard choices to make, (or just ignore ).

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(CNN) — Authorities in Mississippi are holding a father of five in the deaths of his children, ages 1 to 8, the state’s Department of Public Safety said Tuesday evening.
“The seriousness of this violent crime is unconscionable,” said Albert Santa Cruz, Mississippi’s public safety commissioner.
Timothy Jones Jr., 32, is being held in Smith County on child endangerment charges and is awaiting extradition to South Carolina for prosecution.

Timothy Jones Jr., 32, had custody of his five children, ages 1 to 8.
The children, reported missing from South Carolina last week, were found dead in Alabama on Tuesday, authorities said.
Their remains were discovered off a dirt road in Wilcox County, said Sgt. Steve Jarrett of the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Jones led law enforcement to the crime scene, Jarrett said. No other details were immediately available about how the children died.
A multi-state search for the children and their father involved the FBI and state law enforcement agencies. It was launched after the mother told Lexington County, South Carolina, sheriff’s investigators on September 3 that she has been unable to contact her former husband.
“Neighbors told deputies that the children’s father said he was moving with his children from his home near Lexington to another state,” said Lexington Sheriff Lewis McCarty.
Jones and the children’s mother were divorced. They shared custody of the children, according to the Lexington County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s office.
On Saturday, Jones was taken into custody in Mississippi on suspicion of driving under the influence. When his SUV was towed, authorities found evidence of a crime, the state’s Department of Public Safety said.
A check of the National Criminal Information Center found he was wanted in South Carolina.

-Yet another example of the fine work done by Social Services and the neighbors involved. The weak-kneed idiot neighbors sit by as the kids are being abused and do nothing, and Social Services is nowhere to be found, as usual for a bunch of useless assholes, (I have more stories about social workers than the GOP has lies, so please hold the sentiments about hard working over burdened CPS workers, I was one of those kids that they let slip thru obvious cracks). It makes me sick that social workers are rewarded for the number of families that they keep together at the expense of the children involved. If a child is taken from a useless drug addict, KEEP them away from the useless drug addict, don’t place the kid back with a newly recovering idiot that has demonstrated flagrant disregard for the life that they brought into the world! 

I understand the mentality of the addict, but the needs of the child trump the needs of the irresponsible parent and you will find no PC coddling here that you usually find with the ultra left set. I don’t give a rats ass about anyone but the innocent child here, the parent can take the Morning After pill before thinking that a baby will fit into her busy partying schedule. 

What I find funny is that when there are a few billion more mouths to feed on this planet then the feel-good people with be overridden on their bullshit and the choices of how to deal with overpopulation will be removed from their hands and placed in the government’s. No amount of pablum puked forth will stop the decisions made, because by this time it will be too late and starvation will be widespread. In other words, the consequences of inaction will certainly be worse than can be imagined. We seem to have too many freedoms and so every flophouse idiot who wants to feel loved can go ahead and bring a child into this world to later murder, and get the compassion card from the idiot liberal social worker who wants to heal the world without any tough decisive action.

What happened in the above story was totally preventable and a tragic consequence of the failings of our system. If a great number of people need to be retrained to understand how to exist in society, then maybe the answer doesn’t lie in just fucking caring them to death, or loving the fuck out of them, maybe it exists in forcing them to comply, ever thought of that? It’s certainly NOT a solution that the liberals would choose, and not one conservatives even CARE about, but us moderate, free thinking, skeptical critical thinkers are gravitating to more hands-on effective solutions that just might take away a drug addict/criminal/slacker’s Constitutional rights for awhile. They will probably thank you in the long run for helping to solve their problem in a year instead of twenty, and probably save hundreds of thousands of children from death! Do you get sick of hearing the tragic stories of murdered children? Then get off of your asses and make some tough choices!  

Getting back to GAWD isn’t gonna help either, prayer is as good as doing absolutely nothing. If the god Yaweh exists, then HE is a criminal bastard who should be BLAMED and not revered for HIS incredible incompetence. The lack of evidence suggests, nay proves, that we are in this alone and need to deal with this problem ourselves. The clergy has been almost as useles as Social Services, and the conservatives that mostly compose it only care about stealing everyone’s piece of the money pie. Good ‘ol fashioned critical logical thought is the only thing that is going to produce results. 

A.I

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Nick Bostrom: What would happen if machines surpassed human intellect?
Bostrom: By 2050 we may have a 50/50 chance of achieving human-level A.I.
He says We want an A.I. that is safe and ethical, but it could get beyond our control
Bostrom: Superintelligent machines could present major existential risks to humans
Editor’s note: Nick Bostrom is professor and director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University. He is the author of “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” (OUP). The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN) — Machines have surpassed humans in physical strength, speed and stamina. What would happen if machines surpassed human intellect as well? The question is not just hypothetical; we need to start taking this possibility seriously.
Most people might scoff at the prospect of machines outsmarting humanity. After all, even though today’s artificial intelligence can beat humans within narrow domains (such as chess or trivia games), machine brains are still extremely rudimentary in general intelligence.
Machines currently lack the flexible learning and reasoning ability that enables an average human to master any of thousands of different occupations, as well as all the tasks of daily life. In particular, while computers are useful accessories to scientists, they are very, very far from doing the interesting parts of the research themselves.

Nick Bostrom
But this could change. We know that evolutionary processes can produce human-level general intelligence, because they have already done so at least once in Earth’s history. How quickly engineers achieve a similar feat is still an open question.
By 2050 we may, according to a recent survey of leading artificial intelligence researchers, have a 50/50 chance of achieving human-level machine intelligence (defined here as “one that can carry out most human professions at least as well as a typical human”).
Even a cursory glance at technological development reveals multiple paths that could lead to human-level machine intelligence in this century. One likely path would be to continue studying the general properties of the human brain to decipher the computational structures it uses to generate intelligent behavior. Another path would be the more mathematical “top-down” approach. And if somehow all the other approaches don’t work, scientists might simply brute-force the evolutionary process on computers.
Google buys into artificial intelligence Recycling with artificial intelligence Could robots take over Earth?
Regardless of when and how we get there, the consequences of reaching human-level machine intelligence are profound, because human-level machine intelligence is not the final destination. Machine intelligence would reach a recursive tipping point after which the design and improvement of such intelligence would no longer be in human hands.
The next stop from human level intelligence, just a short distance farther along the tracks, is machine superintelligence. The train might not even decelerate at Humanville Station: It is likely instead to swoosh right past.
This brings us to what I think may well be the most important task of our time. If there will eventually be an “intelligence explosion,” how exactly can we set up the initial conditions so as to achieve an outcome that is survivable and beneficial to existing persons?
In “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies,” I focus on the dynamics of an intelligence explosion; what will happen if and when we gain the ability to create machine superintelligence? This topic is largely ignored and poorly funded. But we must keep at it: How could we engineer a controlled detonation that would protect human values from being overwritten by the arbitrary values of a misbegotten artificial superintelligence?
The picture that emerges from this work is fascinating and disconcerting. It looks like there are major existential risks associated with the creation of entities of greater-than-human intelligence. A superintelligence wouldn’t even need to start with a physical embodiment to be catastrophically dangerous. Major engineering projects and financial transactions on Earth are mediated by digital communication networks that would be at the mercy of an artificial superintelligence.

Placing an online order for an innocent-looking set of advanced blueprints or fooling its creators into thinking it is benign could be an initial step, followed by the possibility of permanently altering the global biosphere to pursue its preferences.
The control problem—how to engineer a superintelligence to be safe and human-friendly—appears to be very difficult. It should be solvable in principle, but in practice it may not be solved in time for when the solution is needed. The difficulty is compounded by the need to get it right on the first try. An unfriendly superintelligence would not permit a mulligan. Remember HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey”? Let’s try to avoid that.
If we could solve the technical problem of constructing a motivation system that we can load with some terminal goal of our choosing, a further question remains: Which goal would we give the superintelligent A.I.? Much would hinge on that choice. In some scenarios, the first superintelligence becomes extremely powerful and shapes the entire future according to its preferences.
We want an A.I. that is safe, beneficial and ethical, but we don’t know exactly what that entails. Some may think we have already arrived upon full moral enlightenment, but is is far more likely that we still have blind spots. Our predecessors certainly had plenty — in the practice of slavery and human sacrifice, or the condoning of manifold forms of brutality and oppression that would outrage the modern conscience. It would be a grave mistake to think we have reached our moral apogee, and thus lock our present-day ethics into such powerful machines.
In this sense, we have philosophy with a deadline. Our wisdom must precede our technology, and that which we value in life must be carefully articulated—or rather, it must be pointed to with the right mathematics—if it is to be the seed from which our intelligent creations grow.

-This actually does need to be addressed due to human greed and laziness. People will sign off on this if it saves them money and if it makes life easier. Let me tell you, I love my smart phone but am very aware that ‘The Man’ knows my every move because of it and because of my computer. I have just given up the protest because the computer makes my life easier. 

Tell me, what the fuck do you people actually think that a sentient machine will do to an inferior being that it considers irrelevant? Read up on the process of logical thought taken to extremely literal standards and you have a machine that would not give a second thought to our extinction! 

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Sister Arrested For Making Bomb Threat

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Funny that this scumbag’s siblings do not stray far from what they were taught by those psychopaths that called themselves parents. I remember when the mother of these walking shit piles lamented about how the police killed her terrorist asshole son “cruelly.” The way the real story goes is that the other miscreant retard ran the first mental midget over with his fucking SUV. Classic!

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NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s sister has been accused of threatening to bomb a New York City woman and has been arrested.

Police say Ailina Tsarnaeva made the threat via telephone Monday and turned herself in Wednesday. She’s charged with aggravated harassment.

Police say the North Bergen, New Jersey, resident is due in court Sept. 30.

Tsarnaeva has been required to check in with Massachusetts probation officers since last October after prosecutors say she didn’t cooperate with a counterfeiting investigation. Her lawyer in that case hasn’t returned a message seeking comment. A working home phone number for her can’t be found.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged in the April 2013 marathon explosions, which killed three people. He has pleaded not guilty. His brother died after a gunbattle with police.

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