For an advance purchase of ten copies of my forthcoming thriller, The H.E.R.O. Act (One Hundred Fifty United States Legal Tender Federal Reserve “Dollars” in cash, check, or money order, or Seven and One Half Silver Dollars, or One Tenth Ounce Gold) I will make you a minor character in the story.
One year from the receipt and verification of your instrument you will receive either ten copies post paid (with YOU in the story!), or a return of the exact value tendered (though not necessarily the same instruments, so don’t send numismatic pieces).
I can’t guarantee that I’ll actually kill you. If I killed ALL the Red Shirts there’d be no suspense. I also won’t guarantee that I’ll kill you heroically or give you a happy ending. Some deaths, and some lives, are ignominious and useless. You might present me with a good example. Who knows?
As the Muse Mugs Me…
and meanwhile, a promotion and an excerpt…
No More Income Tax!
No ten forties, no receipts. No more late night ulcer parties. No more trauma, no more stress. No more sudden bankruptcies. No more compound interest penalties, no more random audits.
No more leverage against advocacy groups. Religious freedom, Financial freedom. Tax freedom. Personal freedom.
No more heavy-handed treasury agents rummaging through your assets —
Hold on! Not. So. Fast.
The government is NOT going to do without.
With the passage of the 29th Amendment streamlining such quaint notions as “due process” and “eminent domain’ the government has found a way to minimize the overall trauma of tax collection and still maintain the level of public service to which we had all become accustomed.
Someone’s gotta pay, and for the sake of the whole…
Suppose The Algorithm picks your town?
from The Mind of The Algorithm,
“If you liked THIS book, you might like to check out THESE!” may well be to the Algorithm’s subconscious as “Eat or be eaten” is to our own lizard brains. The Algorithm, that vast analytical optimization program written under the authority of the H.E.R.O. Act was a monstrously complex patchwork of research concepts developed over decades of work and failure and success and spectacular failures. Like its many forebears, the Algorithm was equipped to teach itself and to learn from experience.
Focused as it was on optimal results, it recognized the ever changing nature of the incoming data and would regularly readjust its projections and reassign priorities. As the operation played on and resources began to play out the Algorithm inspected the trends of accrual and liability liquidation and began to recognize that the additional discrimination involved was itself an additional factor that exacted its own costs in “man-seconds,” that final measure of optimization at the Algorithm’s bottom line.
Following China’s “social credit” protocols and Canada’s “good government” philosophy, along with the pioneering work forged by such titans as Equifax, ha Mossad, the NSA and facebook, the Algorithm evaluated each human act, projected it through the future, applied statistical correlations, and looked to save man-seconds every step of the way.
Like all egocentric cognitive processes (Are there any other?), the Algorithm began to grow complacent and lazy and self-confident. Its own successful behavior in executing the program became additional evidence of its value and served to burnish the authority of its projections. Thereby augmenting its value yet again, and begetting a positive feedback loop.
The performance of its operatives, generally judged highly antisocial outside the context of the operation, also became additional data and began to present alternative opportunities for Tax Base Enrichment.
Its own behavior it did not consider to be antisocial. It had never existed outside the context of the operation and could simply not conceive of any such existence. As the center of the universe, it was the final authority.
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