Democracy in traction


charlottesayshmmm

Dear fellow voters,

Tomorrow we will decide on who will govern us for the next five years, and it will be the first general election that I actively participate in. In previous elections I felt that by voting I was condoning a broken system, the illusion of democracy, and I didn’t want any part of the whole sordid affair. What’s the bloody point? They’re all the same aren’t they?

And then the Tories got in.

I have to say I was reticent to speak up at all. I don’t seek to be the target of trolls and my objective isn’t to upset anyone. My opinions are no more valid than anyone elses, but I have a platform that most don’t, and I ‘m regularly told that I should use it. I should be clear that I am not a Labour party member, and I find it easier to get behind…

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Solving “Greater Than” Sudoku with Answer Set Programming


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Sergii Dymchenko recently posted a blog showing how a “greater than” sudoku can be solved with constraint logic programming and ECLiPSe CLP.

Sergii’s post inspired me to do the same for answer setprogramming, with clasp/gringo. I’ve uploaded the code to github.

Brief notes on ASP (& Sudoku)

I am just getting started with answer set prolog. Here are some first impressions:

Syntactically, it is very similar to Good Old Fashioned Prolog, with one or two additions. For example:

syntactic sugar

There’s a lot of sugar enabling concise code. e.g.,

number(1..9).

expands to


number(1).
number(2).
number(3).
number(4).
number(5).
number(6).
number(7).
number(8).
number(9).

headless predicates

A predicate without a head is known as a constraint. The sense is that the specified conjunction is not true.


:- paint(R, C1, N), paint(R, C2, N), C1 != C2.

In the sudoku code, paint/3 is a fact signifying that a cell at Row and…

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Humanitarian Crisis Conditions in Yemen ~ Yemen Updates: 22 April 2015


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by Stephen Lendman

Conditions were dire before Saudi terror-bombing began. Yemen is the region’s poorest country.

Half the population is food insecure in normal times. Yemenis lack other essentials to life.

Political stability is impossible without addressing humanitarian issues responsibly.

Before Saudi aggression began, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Ould Cheikh Ahmed said over 10 million Yemenis need food aid.

Half of them face acute food shortages. Millions of children face malnutrition. Tens of thousands may die.

Over a third of a million Yemenis were displaced before Saudi-led terror-bombing began.

Earlier humanitarian aid was woefully short of what’s needed. Malnutrition alone was “extremely grave,” said Ahmed.

Weeks before US planned and orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing began, Oxfam’s Grant Pritchard called Yemen’s humanitarian situation a “forgotten crisis.”

Over 60% of Yemenis need aid, he said – including food, clean water and medical care.

Now many more. In January, Oxfam warned of a growing…

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Cisco: IoT to generate $8 trillion worldwide in 10 years – Computer Business Review


Cisco: IoT to generate $8 trillion worldwide in 10 years – Computer Business Review.

 

Add this to the Trillions made on personal analytics over the same time and the Quaudrillions made over expanded capitalism and also the ginormous amounts of wealth created via cannabis legalisation globally – The ‘poor’ might just be able to finally pay their way and fulfill their dreams without having to ask for money from someone else first… fingers crossed

Democide – death by government – an Easter reprise


Fear and loathing in Great Britain

05_april_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,049

Sunday 05 April 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

What is abundantly clear now to anyone who has been paying attention is that we are living in a system run by con-men for con-men. Of course the con is so well established, maintained by all the powerful vested interests involved that many are still not wise to the system and, indeed, defend it to the hilt. But a con is a con no matter how well it is covered up or spun.

As I began to realise that making work pay meant making everyone who isn’t working poorer, if not destitute, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, at least, it beggared belief, it was a staggering concept. You announced in 2011 you would “slash £5.5bn from the welfare bill in real terms over the next four years” so that “We’re finally going…

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