Reflecting on Iran’s Recent Protests

Iran’s anti governmental protest enters its fourth day. People follow with mixed feelings, hope and worry. Few points and opinions for the western audience that the mass media may not highlight:

1. Technically, this time around things didn’t even start in the capital. They took off in few smaller cities across the country and spread to some big cities and then reached the capital. This points to different dynamics that could make the uprisings more difficulto control for the government. More than 30 cities have been involved. This is unprecedented.

2. Iran has reportedly repealed some net neutrality (restoring its freedom as some put it!) by reportedly discriminating against massaging apps that are used to mobilize populations. If protests spread further, they may shut down the whole network as they did before. In comparison to 2009 uprisings the Internet penetration rate has nearly doubled reaching above 80%.

3. During the first couple of days the hardliners tried to seize the protests and view them as economic disatisfaction of the masses to use it against the reformist government. That however backfired and slogans targeted the regime as a whole. This will intensify if the revolutionary guard (under the supreme leader) enters the scene; so far only the police forces have been in charge of controling the crowd with limited casualties.

4. Protesters as usual protest economic pressures and also demand social and political freedom. Economic pressures are partly due to neoliberal policies of the reformist government and the power it has given to the banks. This plus some typical-range curroption and mismanagement is not unique to Iran. Iran’s economy, however, suffers from few other elements:

The country has grown several political mafias in the past 40 years from cartels under the rule of the Islamic revolutionary guard and many other theocratic organizations. On top of these, the economic sanctions that were supposed to be relieved after the Iran Deal, still keep pressuring people. Needless to say that US under Trump resisted the agreement illegally, although Europe did its part after Iran showed its commitment to the nuclear deal.

5. Now Trump’s administration backed by the war machine is trying to harvest the fruits of this economic pressure their own way. His message [although in pure syntax and without a context] was heart-warming (The world is watching, we are supporting the people of Iran, they differ from the government, bla) in reality was only worrying, given where it came from!

The truth is, the majority of the people in Iran are tired of its theocracy, though a majority of those – hopefully – have some historic memory on what has happened to other places that US offered a hand of support; Iraq, Lybia, Afaghanistan, Yemen and Syria, directly or indirectly. So it seems they will pass this time too. Plus no one should be fooled that Trump’s administration has a slightest care for this thing called human rights, in any part of the world.

This is a political excuse to use against the geopolitical adversaries, and never against the temporary allies. And in itself is a hypocratic and psychopathic measure.

6. Along those lines, Fox News is shamelessly repeating that Obama lost a golden opportunity in 2009 to interfere or else the Iranian regime would not be in place. I wonder what kind of people watch this show. What’s their level of intellect, their fact-base or their empathy level, to buy this rhetoric, still in 2017? One of these three at least shall be questioned for any houshold who gets their news and analysis from such sources.

Had Obama meddled in 2009, [a quick look at other countries where they meddled show that] not only the theocrats in Tehran wouldn’t be in place right now, but lots of buildings and roads, infrastructure and universities and historic monuments and probably some half a million people wouldn’t also be there. Thus, Obama did the right thing not to seize that *opportunity* to wage war against a complex and misunderstood country. And did it wrong with any other country that it did meddle with, including Syria and Lybia. It’s that simple. And it’s mind-blowing that a large fraction of the American public watch this rhetoric on channels like Fox and don’t call it bullshit to change the channel immediately! This is about time for Americans (and with respect to the trends, soon the rest of the west) to understand how short-minded and manipulative these rhetorics are and to stop seeing themselves as the saviors of the world. Especially America that needs to deal with its own rigged politics before exporting a democracy that is running out at home.

7. War is a lose-lose game. That is, the end of all hopes. And the war machine does not miss any opportunity to wage another war. The west must not repeat its mistake this time around, when US adiministration will come to team up to get allies to participate in another war. We must be very clear that it is not an option.

War is lose-lose game for the whole planet, including the western voters who keep voting for war-friendly politics, not paying enough attention to the fact that much of their issues come from those counter-productive policies. Only few will win in a war: Right wing politicians, such as the Republican Party and the sentaros who will use it to distract the public while looting them. Hardliners, Mullahs and right-wings in Tehran who will probably get more powerful if they won’t be overthrown, as they did it before in the 80s. Even if they are rid of, other perhaps new radical groups and brands such as ISIS who will norture from a post-war ecology. And not to mention, of course the weapon industry and their shareholders. These groups combined mke a very tiny fraction of the world population. They are the winners of the next war and every one else will lose. Generations will be hurt and that pain – as usual – will NOT stay within the borders of the affected country. Its shockwaves does spread through immigration, economic difficulties, disease and a lot of other mysterious ways that Karma works. So do not get hopeful when you see another country in war cast on your TV. Right in that moment you are participating in it, and Karma works in mysterious ways!

8. Social and political freedom is a win-win game. It’s time for theocrats in Tehran to let go of their repressive measures and let the people breath. They sure know policies such as compulsory hijab, or the organizations that keep an otherwise democratic code from functioning democratically, do not come from their faith in some ideology. These are just symbolic signs to show who has the power, or some institutions to presever it. And similar to the collapse of soviets, they aren’t working for them anymore and if they try to keep those elements, they may lose it all.

So it’s about time for the Iranian government to allow genuine and radical reforms – socially and even politically – not as a passive response to the political unrest, but as proactive measures for the future events that will sure come their way even if they manage this one. In fact this might be one of their last chances to do so. The moment people know a different reality is imaginable they will not tolarate theb current fourty-years backwards politics of isolation. We are hopeful and we wish that somehow without any other foreign intrusion, the Iranian people manage to mobilize peacefully to align their demands, and confront their local dominators in large numbers to show that enough is enough. Let’s see how the future unfolds. But a large political shift, like a referendum should be within reach.

And as a usual princinple, screw the dominator!

Peace and love

Complex Coin!

I just thought of an algebraic suggestion to extend the domain of traditional money with the use of crypto currency.

How about we make a new currency: ComplexCoin! Its value would be like a combination of a major FIAT currency as the real value (💶) and a major crypto coin (👾) as the imaginary value. (Don’t get offended if you are a crypto enthusiast; There’s nothing more real about real numbers compared to the imaginary ones. Afterall these are concpets that mathematicians use to model and conomists can follow too.)

To use the ComplexCoin (i-Coin?) we need to make new pricing models in especial online or brick and mortar stores that sell stuff at complex prices. The pricing is stable because it shall be regulated to depend only on the complex cost of producing or acquiring the goods, and not the volatile exchange rate between the two types of currencies.

So if you have an A+Bi amount of cash in your bank account and you want to buy an item at the complex price of a+bi your account will be charged so you are left with (A-a)i+(B-b) i-Coins. As simple as that.

What matters is that the price of the goods are set by the manufacturer/distributer based only upon the complex cost of the items, all the way from mining and production to wholesale and retail.

This is meant to keep the rates more stable to help adopting cryptocurrencies in our daily lives, so it is important that at the event of purchase the exchange between the real and imaginary values shouldn’t be permitted. Of course people can in their digital bank accounts exchange between the two currencies if exchange rates are unstable.

For example, if an apple (🍎) cost a farmer 1£ and 1 Ripple they typically sell it to the wholesalers with a certain profit(say 100% would make it 2£ and 2Ripples). But even if 1 Ripple is 1£ at the time of purchase, the terminal can not charge 4£, or 4 Ripples, altough they are equal at the time of the transaction.

There can be exceptions where the terminals charges you one of the currencies when the buyer runs out of the other one, for the transaction to go through after prompting.

Also when a transaction fee is applied (purchasing abroad or cashing out at ATM), it can be charged not as a percentage of the magnitude (as it is already the case for our real-axis FIAT currencies), but instead as an angular rotation that will be profitable for the cash terminal, based on the current exchange rate between the two axes.

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There may be a lot of problems and challanges for this to work obviously, but it was worth sharing. At worst, think of it as yet another coin, which creates its niche to stand out by the use of a mathematical concept instead of breeding kitties!

I just wonder if people are going to buy shares in a bank that issues this token, would that be an ICO? IPO? (i-CO or ICPO?)

My flight is taking off now and no Internet on-board this time. I shared my idea. Share your opinions here!

Dream: Ticking Bombs of Ancient Wisdom

Finally, the Sci-Fi dream of two nights ago. As promised here, the tried topic for lucid dreaming was about the wild ways we could possibly encounter aliens.

Here’s the outcome, to be drafted in linear terms, in three eposides:

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Finally, the promissed Sci-Fi dream of two nights ago. The tried topic for lucid dreaming was about the wild ways we could possibly encounter aliens.

Here’s the outcome, to be drafted in linear terms, in three eposides:

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Episode one, Ancient Intelligence: 👽

There were aliens long before us. They were very intelligent. Too intelligent for their own good, like us, but even more. They were like what we could be in a thousand years, however still not immune from the existential threats caused by their own progress.

Their expeditions kept imposing frequent threats upon their safety, and their knowledge could only marginally solve them. Plus they had used up their planet, so they wanted to go for the stars. For that they had also started to spread seeds of life in to the vast darkness of the galaxy, hoping that one day one of them hits a livable planet and contaminate it with life.

This charitable cosmic initiative was still a humble investment by our ancient grandparents: First it would take billions of years for those life forms to create a discent biosphere. Then once any of these life forms could reach an intelligent level, it would not be immuned from a self-distruction that seems to be the natural course of evolution. Because of such prognosis they were working to make better plans and manifacture more resilient seeds of life.

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Episode two, Edible Knowledge: 💊📕

These aliens survived long enough to know how to hack life. Their bodies were customizable and could transform, their age and faith and habits were out of their own choice and above all they had this organic technology that allowed them to learn new knowledge by eating stuff; a library for a spoon of whatever knowledge they wanted to learn and store!

Among those edible flash memories, there were even more flexible variations compatible with some other potential life forms that could have evolved out of those pollinating seeds. And the aliens wanted to preserve their legacy and save their civilization, but if not that, they new they can stand a chance to save their future descendent life forms from doing similar mistakes.

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Episode three, ticking bombs: 💣☄

Fast forward… Their civilization was long gone. But in a cold corner of their solar system, in danger of solar flares and cosmic hazards, there were these space stations rotating silently with thousands of ticking bombs in them. They would go off once in a million years according to the plan to hopefully end up landing on a now-matured life form to give them the edible wisdom of survival, showed long ago to successfully transfer the knowledge to most imaginable life forms of this family, lab-tested and scientifically proven!

May be this time we could survive and go interstellar…

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PS. This was obviously influenced by Terence’s Food of the Gods and any originality must go to his machine elves and their ecology of souls. 🍄 What was new to me was the third episode, especially the sad punchline that reminded me of the detached scene of Gravity. There was no scenes of dildosphere!!

Not alone, but we’re lonely

Aliens probably exist. But they didn’t make our pyramids. And they didn’t negotiate with our governments. That’s just a childish scenario.

It’s reasonable to believe in extraterrestials. They are likely to exist, given the vastness of the universe, and given us. So we are probably not alone, but our companions are perhaps not so hangable either.

Aliens, at the time of us encountering them, could be inconceivably different from us. In their size and time constants, intelligence, capabilities, goals and morals. So the cosmic pluralism that makes us unlikely to be alone, makes us even less likely to have friends.

The most realistic scenarios of us and aliens encountering each other has got to be the wildest ones. Not like we both go to space and we then meet and exchange ideas. Or they come find our planet and throw a pyramid at it and leave, then millenia later return with fancier UFOs to negotiate with our government.

We have probably not met aliens yet, not conventionally, recently, and in equal terms at least. And they have probably not encountered us. But if they already have, it must have been a long time ago, and perhaps in ways less imaginable to our day to day minds.

So this was a preperation for what I am going to dream about tonight. In what ways we may have encountered aliens! There may be episodes or scenes of dildosphere too. Will let you know how it goes.

Good night!


1. The end of bio-diversity: Perhaps a while before but certainly after the agricultural revolution, we humans as one of the many species dominated the earth and killed off or domesticated all the other species. We redefined the earth’s gene pool according to our own genetic code. A hundred thousand years ago it would be impossible to guess which of these animals [who populated the earth and if any] would eventually get out of balance and dominate the earth like we did. It turned out to be us who killed the planet’s bio-diversity and instead created a cultural diversity based around our own species.

2. The end of cultural diversity: The cultural diversity did not last long either and after the industrial revolution one of these many cultural codes killed the rest or tamed them to dominate the civilization. Industrial capitalism eradicated all the other cultures and life styles, or largely made them adapt to become yet another implementation of consumerist culture. A thousand years ago it would be difficult to guess what kind of cultural code will dominate the earth, but consumer capitalism turned out to kill the rest of the cultural pluralism and instead created a diversity of consumer goods and products.

3. The end of product diversity: Will the product diversity of today last for ever? Now it’s very difficult to guess what branch of these product groups will eradicate all the other goods to take over the scene in decades to come. But we can always speculate and my blind guess is dildo!

My prediction for the faith of the humanity is that we will swim in an ecosystem of dildos and AIs who serve them, and any other product you see today around yourself will seize to exist, or will be taken out of its traditional “wild” usage – including eggplants and joysticks – and shall serve the amazingly diversified dildosphere from pole to pole! 🕹🐛🌂🍼🏑🍆

Now should we not be pro-active, to preserve the pluralism of our beloved dildosphere? Share if you agree that shafts are shafts, no matter their color, frequency, size or curvature!

Wars and Crashes

Few powerful humans can decide a war, but no one can predict a market crash.

Few hours before any bloody conflict there are people on earth who know hell is about to break loose, and they can as well stop it.

Market bubbles are inflated by humans, but their crash is really hard to see. Even few hours before a market crash no body can see it coming, and if they do it’s a point where it has become certainly out of control. Out of everyone’s control.

And when a financial bubble is about to burst, what can take the public attention away from it?

A war!

“That was my point”

I think those gun owners who compare mass shooting to rape have a valid point.

The main reason behind mass shooting is not guns or victims, religion or the second amendment, is the individual who abuses them, the mass shooter.

The main reason behind rape is not human penis, provocative clothing or rape regulations. Is the rapist.

But of course confiscating all guns from a city will reduce mass shootings. And cutting off everyone’s penis will certainly put an end to the rape problem forever.

One of them just seems a little easier than the other. So it may not be a crazy idea after all.

To cut off everyone’s penis!


I just collected my impulsive status updates on social media during the last year. Here they are, sparks of wisdom humbly left for the humanity!

On Existence:

• Things that don’t exist, exist outside existence.

• Non-existence is non-existent.

• If I existed I would probably be an atheist.

• Our world has this amazing property that we can describe things that don’t exist. Don’t take it for granted.

• Best status updates get the least number of likes, since they’re never written.

On Empathy:

• We don’t believe in Karma, since it doesn’t “exist”. But groups, cultures or species who didn’t believe in Karma, went extinct. Now that is, precisely, Karma.

• “There is no cold. Only absence of heat.” There is no psychopathy. Only absence of empathy.

• “Always forget. But never forgive!” – a forgotten unforgiven dude

• Behind every hill there is an uncanny valley.

• Think, before you act: Transcend, before you scale.

On Truth:

• I can spot patterns in data like very few can. The issue… I find patterns in nothingness, like no one can.

• There are many alphabetical combos with absolutely no meaning. There are also lots of concepts which don’t yet have a name. It’s no shortage of either, we just need an app to connect them. #UberForWords

• Everyone knows that common sense is a reliable source for the truth. Everyone is wrong.

• If the majority believe in something, does it make that thing more valid? Or less valid?

• Can you bring up a particular truthful belief, that the majority of the human society agrees with it? Something that you can confidently claim that the majority of your species – finally – got it totally right. Anything less trivial than “The earth is not flat” is accepted!

On Society and Politics:
I think if I were an American I would – most likely – be already in the streets revolting today oppising the TaxScamBill! Most likely like 99.9%, because chances are that I would be in the 0.1% richest which makes it stupid to oppose it.

• Can America not have a president for four years? Our high school didn’t have a principal for a year and that turned out to be the year with the best results.

• Everyone is unique in their own special way. Stop being like everyone. Stop being unique.

• Radicalism is being a misfit. There’s nothing wrong with radicalism. What’s wrong is in which direction we choose to grow away from the mainstream.

• Mass media journalist goes to Wall Street asking experts: Is Wall Street business model fraud? Makes you wanna go to KFC asking “chicken experts”: Is your fast food chicken-friendly? – Sure ut is. I’ve had KFC for years. It’s awesome!

• Have you noticed that right after you pay for something, it becomes free??

• Sometimes I avoid products that are advertised, seeing a part of my money goes to the ad, and not the product itself. I save that money and pay it to myself later, for self-advertising the alternative product. That’s my secret side job, self-advertiser, with quite some income.

• I understand that they don’t make the weekend longer, like eight days or ten days. Cause that has some mathematical limits.
But why don’t they make it like five or six days?? What’s the excuse for that?

• We should try to see the positive in everything, and at least the positive thing about our society is that it is more forward-thinking and progressive than tomorrow!

On Life:

• If we come from creationists, why are there still creationists?

• Which species you think will survive the end of the world?

• We are not made to understand the world, or to enjoy it. We are made to survive it. Strangely enough, we understand it a tiny bit, and enjoy it, but will never survive it.

• Do mosquito know what’s going on in the air they swims through, with all the radio frequencies and control signals humans transmit? Would mosquitos and humans have any idea if super intelligent beings run technologies parallel to their lives? Should we ask mosquitos?

• What if perception and action converge in small scales? Things observe their observer. And affect what is trying to affect them a little earlier.

• If copying the info of life was possible, say 3D printing it remotely with some form of radiation, wouldn’t it be much faster way to colonize distant planets instead of phisically travelling to them with our luggage? Astrobiology at the speed of light.

• Aliens in the southern part of the galaxy have tgus weird accent the way they typically send those cosmic rays.

• It’s important to understand that aliens are not alien to themselves, to their wife and children and to the waiters at their local pub.

• Do we have anything that moves, while doing photosynthesis?
Why on earth do we not if they do?

On Astronomy:

• Happy first day of spring, vernal equinox, and all other types of equinox “whethever” they occur. (* wherever and whenever in spacetime.)

• Did you know that Solar eclipses are typically darker at nights and less harmful to stare at when they don’t happen during the day? Did you know that looking at eclipse is even more dangerous when the Moon that blocks the sun is a full moon? Just look up “solar eclipse by full moon at night”.

You matter!

This made me confess that, honestly, it’s been a while since I accepted (or forced myself to believe) that – just like you – I am being watched.

Not only by some unknown pairs of eyes sitting at NSA envying Snowden for his courage, but also by my grand children – already! – having fun in an extrapolated virtual reality of my life in data-archeological musuems of the future (if my boring practices interests any of them at all).

That’s why I find myself at ease assuming that we are at different simulations at the same time. The human park owner of the future, the alien simulator, God and the big brother are all staring at you.

This at least shows that you matter to someone.