Today 40-year veteran, Robert Fitzwilson, warned, “The West went over the spending cliff decades ago.” He also states that “Those who want a fighting chance at surviving and prospering,” need to own physical gold and silver. Fitzwilson, who is founder of The Portola Group, wrote the following piece exclusively for King World News.
Below is Fitzwilson’s exclusive piece for KWN:
“The functioning of a computer is a beautiful thing when compared to our ever-changing world. It dutifully performs whatever task is required of it. There is no good or bad task to a computer, just tasks. A key part of the programmer’s job is to instruct the computer to do the good tasks as desired.
Another critical aspect is to anticipate every conceivable keystroke combination that could trigger a bad task that the computer would follow as instructed. Failure to allow such unintended keystroke combinations often would result in what used to be humorously called BSD, the “Blue Screen of Death”….
“If you were lucky, the dreaded BSD would only require a reboot of the computer. If not, the computer could perform an endless variety of unintended actions resulting in unpleasant consequences and chaos for the user. To programmers, it is called “spaghetti code”, and summed up as “pilot error”. The computer and the user went off the cliff together.
There were coders before computers. They were called law makers. In the beginning, the code was simple. We had Hammurabi’s Code, the Ten Commandments, the Roman 12 Tables. Genghis Khan created the first “Three Strikes” rule. There was no need for a fourth strike. The third was final. The rules were few in number and transparent to most.
The framers of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights created a work of art. Well versed in history, they employed a design that was simple and straightforward. It was the finest attempt in human history to create a system of rules that were few in number, transparent to all, and built upon the wisdom and mistakes of civilizations that had come before them. The Founders recognized that they could not predict the future, so they incorporated provisions for orderly changes when necessary. It was not perfect, but it was the best design humanity had ever put forward.