Tuesday, June 28, 2016
  Zero Problems returns

For a couple of years Erdogan was acting confused, perhaps under the pressure of Syrian migrants. He abandoned his previous Zero Problems policy. Now he seems to have recovered. Productive negotiations with both Israel and Russia.

The latter is especially important. Europe is failing, and Europe has never been Turkey's friend. Russia is on the upswing, and Russia can be Turkey's friend. I don't know why Erdogan went off his path, but it's GOOD that he's back.

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Monday, June 27, 2016
  Beaufort scale for empires

Convective thought....

I've been placing Brexit alongside other empire-breaking moments like Sarajevo 1914 or Gandhi 1948 or Hungary's border opening in 1990.

No, it's not the same. Those empires had grown, matured, spoiled, run their course. They were full of rot and bark beetles, ripe for toppling, and it didn't take much of a wind to crash them.

EU is an empire of similar size and power but it's a NEW empire. EU was SOLELY a trade zone until 1992. At that point the imperial trappings started to grow, but it's only in the last ten years that EU has been BEHAVING like an empire.

Measuring indirectly, Brexit must be a stronger wind than the abovementioned breakers. It toppled a fresh active growing empire.

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  Shibbomyth

Polistra likes to collect linguistic shibboleths.

RULE: Any time you see a headline or title in the form There is no X or X is a myth you can be 100% certain that the author belongs to X or is contained in X.

There is no Republican Establishment = I am part of the Republican Establishment

There is no Wall Street Elite = I am part of the Wall Street Elite

Tribal control of the media is a myth = I am part of the tribe that controls the media

Scientific consensus is a myth = I am a market-maker for the scientific consensus


A new one today.

The myth of the catty woman by Sheryl Sandberg

Nuff said.

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  Antichrist vs Ohm

The latest tl;dr ramble from the Antichrist:
I will repeat what I said on my first trip. I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally. One can condemn, but not for theological reasons, but for reasons of political behavior...Certain manifestations are a bit too offensive for others, no? ... But these are things that have nothing to do with the problem. The problem is a person that has a condition, that has good will and who seeks God, who are we to judge? And we must accompany them well...this is what the catechism says, a clear catechism. Then there are traditions in some countries, in some cultures that have a different mentality on this problem. I think that the Church must not only ask forgiveness – like that “Marxist Cardinal” said (laughs) – must not only ask forgiveness to the gay person who is offended. But she must ask forgiveness to the poor too, to women who are exploited, to children who are exploited for labor. She must ask forgiveness for having blessed so many weapons. The Church must ask forgiveness for not behaving many times – when I say the Church, I mean Christians! The Church is holy, we are sinners! – Christians must ask forgiveness for having not accompanied so many choices, so many families...I remember from my childhood the culture in Buenos Aires, the closed Catholic culture. I go over there, eh! A divorced family couldn’t enter the house, and I’m speaking of 80 years ago. The culture has changed, thanks be to God. Christians must ask forgiveness for many things, not just these. Forgiveness, not just apologies. Forgive, Lord. It’s a word that many times we forget. Now I’m a pastor and I’m giving a sermon. No, this is true, many times. Many times … but the priest who is a master and not a father, the priest who beats and not the priest who embraces, forgives and consoles. But there are many. There are many hospital chaplains, prison chaplains, many saints. But these ones aren’t seen. Because holiness is modest, it’s hidden. Instead it’s a little bit of blatant shamelessness, it’s blatant and you see so many organizations of good people and people who aren’t as good and people who … because you give a purse that’s a little big and look at you from the other side like the international powers with three genocides. We Christians – priests, bishops – we have done this. But also we Christians have Teresa of Calcutta and many Teresa of Calcuttas. We have many servants in Africa, many laity, many holy marriages. The wheat and the weeds. And so Jesus says that the Kingdom … we must not be scandalized for being like this. We must pray so that the Lord makes these weeds end and there is more grain. But this is the life of the Church. We can’t put limits. All of us are saints, because all of us have the Holy Spirit. But we are all sinners, me first of all! Alright. I don’t know if I have replied.
I'm not going to grab the obvious bait. Nothing new to say there. We already know what this monster is. Instead, I'll take him at his word that he's just being a pastor. He talks about prisoners, so let's focus there.

Do prisoners need or want a pastor who doesn't judge, a pastor who CAN'T PUT LIMITS, a pastor who takes all sides of an issue at once? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Professional criminals can't stand wiffling and waffling. They respect a man who holds his GROUND, who provides a fixed REFERENCE POINT. Criminals have an extremely strict moral code, which agrees with the Old Testament moral code in most ways. The only real disagreement is on Thou Shalt Not Steal. Everything else is Leviticus, even unto A CORRECT UNDERSTANDING of Thou Shalt Not Murder. A robber doesn't kill randomly; he kills in self-defense to halt people who interfere with his Stealing.

If you can get a pro criminal to reverse the polarity of his Stealing battery, the rest will fall into place. But his system cannot allow an open-ckt input for random noise, which is exactly what Francine is trying to provide. All wires must connect logically and firmly, and all neutrals must be spiked to the earth of Natural Law with #00 copper rods.



This is why Islam is spreading in prison, why Islam does a better job of reforming than Christianity. Islam is a tight coherent structure, solidly grounded.

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Graphic sidenote 1: This ckt doesn't actually make sense. I just slapped it together to look firmly closed and sort of symmetrical.

Graphic sidenote 2: What's that tool in Antichrist's hand? Can't quite remember what it's called....

Graphic sidenote 3: I really like the idea of soldering iron as symbol of reconnection. It works for me.

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  "Scientists", innovative and creative and disruptive as usual

Anti-Nature has a few vignettes showing how "British" "scientists" react to Brexit. Drably predictable. "Scientists" love tyranny and corruption and rigid orthodoxy and falsehood, which means they love EU.

Listing the reactions:

Terrifying, depressing, grieving, devastating, heartbroken, disappointing, concerned, catastrophe, shocked, disappointed, harsh, unworkable.

Or in more direct terms,

I LOVE MONEY. I HATE FACTS. GIMME TRILLIONS SO I CAN OBLITERATE THE UNIVERSE! I DESERVE TRILLIONS. I AM GREEDY. YOU TAKE MONEY AWAY. WAAAAAAH! MINE! MINE! MINE! ALL MINE! GIVE BACK MONEY! MINE! ME! ME! ME! MEEEEEEEEE!

One of the commenters breaks out of the tantrum and says something a bit more rational but flat wrong:

I am also concerned about the impact on the free movement of labour and the restriction on the skills base if the UK turns inwards.

Got it backwards, fuckhead. When labor moves freely, skills atrophy. Each country specializes and loses most of its skills. Graybill, asshole.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016
  No, that's not discrimination, fuckhead.

Article in MIT Tech Review starts to make a good point but misses it by a thousand miles.

Talking about the Facebook selection bias, the author says that some kinds of bias are unavoidably baked into the code, so it doesn't matter how you use it. True of some types of bias (eg misuse of stats), but none of her examples fit the point.

First she claims...

One area of potential bias comes from the fact that so many of the programmers creating these programs, especially machine-learning experts, are male.

Machine-learning types are Nietzscheans who see themselves as GOD, fully authorized to exterminate all Negative Externalities (IQ<200). This bias shows up in the code of autonomous vehicles, which are specifically designed to exterminate the slow and poor and old. But this is not male vs female, this is psychotic vs normal. The author doesn't give any examples of male vs female, so we have to conclude that the author is an anti-male bigot.

Then...

Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney looked at the Google AdSense ads that came up during searches of names associated with white babies (Geoffrey, Jill, Emma) and names associated with black babies (DeShawn, Darnell, Jermaine). She found that ads containing the word “arrest” were shown next to more than 80 percent of “black” name searches but fewer than 30 percent of “white” name searches.

Sounds about right. If black parents would stop giving their kids black names, the problem would disappear. When you identify yourself right up front and publicly by race, advertisers will naturally hit you with ads that are likely to fit your needs.

Rehashing a point I've already beaten to death: Before 1968 black people didn't have black names. Here's the first few columns of two pages from the 1940 Enid census again. Each page is entirely one race. See if you can tell which is which before you right-click the names of the JPG files. I've copied out the names into text to make the task even easier. (Skipped a couple names that I couldn't decipher.)



Florence, Cache, Eugene, Charles, Bertha, Opal, Robert, Shelley, Pearlie, Carrie, Amy, John, Ida, John, Lillie, Edith, William, Lawrence, Clarence, Johnnie, Teddie, Lorenzo, Annie, Geneva, Jay, Florence, Mariah, Lona, Alonzo, Clarence, Inez, Webster, Laura, Reginald, W.B.



John, Berniece, Roy, Mary, Bobby, Freida, Patricia, Elmer, Ida, Cloyd, Geneva, Billy, Lon, Susie, Billy, Edith, James, Madge, Joe Ann, Jerry, LeRoy, William, Etta, Ina, George, Mary, Henry, George, Lillian, Willie, Charles, Orville, Ernest, Emma, Delores, Ramona, Ernest Jr, William.

There's no way an algorithm could sort those names AS names. If the algorithm also knew the Zip code, it might be able to make a better guess; but even in mostly segregated 1940 you'd really need LOCAL knowledge of which blocks were black.

In other words, the example given by the author is NOT discrimination by algorithm. It is simply an accurate use of FACTS. It is SCIENCE.
 
  Meta-headline

Excellent NYTimes headline:

European Leaders Tell a Dazed Britain to Get Going on ‘Brexit’

Dazed. Perfect word.

Meta: The FACT that the British elite were dazed, stunned, gobsmacked, sucker-punched by the result is the COMPLETE AND DEFINITIVE EXPLANATION of the result itself.

The elite and media had lost all contact with the nation they misruled. They were governing an imaginary nation that existed only in their alien heads. Cameron knew that he was safe in calling a referendum because the voices in his head were purely pro-EU. He never heard the voices of any actual British people.

The referendum came out Leave because the people were TERMINALLY TIRED of watching the ACTUAL nation turn to shit while the IMAGINARY nation got richer and richer and richer.

Same in US and most of EU, except that US won't get a referendum. We get a fake "election" which will be Rectified by the Electoral College or the Supreme Demons if it comes out wrong.

 
  Super-weird dream

I worked for the Bridge-Throwing Agency. Our mission was to find heretics and throw them off the bridge into the river. This wasn't easy because, like any good agency, we had to Comply with all sorts of Regulations about Bridge Safety and Humane Treatment and Email Preservation and especially Environmental Protection of the rivers where we threw the heretics. Despite all these tiresome Obstacles we were Passionate Around Our Mission.

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As usual I'm impressed by the cleverness of my dream-scripter. As usual I wish to hell it would work in waketime when I need a little cleverness. But where did this come from?

Best guess: I had been thinking (pointlessly) about my past jobs... Was there a way I could have stayed in one job for 50 years? After paging through the actual jobs, the answer is No, because none of those employers lasted. Some went out of business, some were LBO'd. In more recent years the research contracts I worked on were limited in length. Even if I had been more steady, the jobs themselves wouldn't have held up.

Among relatives and friends, a few managed to hold one job for a lifetime. Those jobs were government jobs or Bell Tel jobs. Nothing else. Among all businesses, only Bell was loyal to its loyal employees.

The dream-scripter might have started with that realization, might have been trying to illustrate the problems with a gummint job. Maybe.

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  Chi-Nah

Was rereading a book on Soviet autos, which includes a chapter on Chinese autos following Soviet designs, which were following American designs. The author is an expert on cars but not so strong on language-related shit. He simply follows his sources on transliteration. The names of cars (Hong Qi) are modern, and Beijing is modern, but for some reason Shang-Hai is not modern.

The contrast made me think... we've skipped the hyphens in Chinese place names for a long time. We were writing both Peiping and Shanghai consistently in the 1930s. Google's ngram thing shows that Shang-Hai disappeared suddenly in WW1, which is rather strange. Did we consider China to be German? Checking... No. China wasn't really involved, but it was nominally on our side, along with Japan.



BUT: We continued using hyphens in personal names much longer. Even now, in the modern Pinyin transliteration, we often write Mao Ze-dong.

None of those hyphens make any sense. The hyphens aren't there in Chinese, and the names aren't considered to be compounds. The only difference is that China doesn't borrow foreign names, so the meaning of each syllable is always present in the background. English happily borrows foreign words, so most of our names aren't separable.... but we also use compounds with retained meanings, and separate words. Running along US24 east of Manhattan (borrowed Injun), we find St George (separate), Wamego (borrowed Injun), Belvue (compound with retained meaning), St Marys (separate), and Rossville (compound with retained meaning). We don't put hyphens in any of them.

Were we using hyphens for Chinese to indicate that each ideogram represented one syllable? Maybe, but we also used hyphens to separate the syllables of Injun names that had never been written in any form, as in this passage from an Osage story:
"Place this earth on your foreheads when you offer up your prayers and you will excite the compassion of Wah-Kon-Dah, the Great Spirit’, the crawfish told them. From this time on, the Little Ones rubbed this earth on their foreheads when they prayed to Wah-Kon-Dah at dawn, and in their ceremonies and vision quests; it was symbolic of their humility.
If we write Wah-Kon-Dah, we might as well write Fore-Head and Craw-Fish and Sym-Bol-Ic. In both languages Syll-Ah-Bulls are syllables.

Only possible conclusion: The hyphen thing was our way of indicating "This is a primitive language. These people can't master multisyllabic words."

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Sidenote on the ngram: The word frequency of Shanghai moved up and down in the 30s and 40s then held steady from 1945 to the present. In reality: from 1930 to 1980, China was basically meaningless to Americans. It was a strategic tool for diplomats and generals but normal Americans had no reason to think or talk about it. After 1980, China became our factory. It's a tool for traitorous corporations to steal American jobs. We talk about it all the time. The ngram seems backwards.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016
  Nature works 2

Following on previous item about Brexit showing the superiority of Parliament. The British system also works to reject poor leaders on the opposition side.

Corbyn is also running into trouble for failing to win his side ... which was the SAME as Cameron's side ... Shouldn't that immediately tell you what's wrong?
The Labour leader is facing a no confidence vote over his "lacklustre" campaign for a remain vote. He vowed to fight off any leadership challenges, and told one activist who heckled him as he attended a Pride march in London: "I did all I could."
Attended a homosexual march. Self-explanatory sentence if you know the obvious facts.

Obvious facts: Brexit succeeded BECAUSE Labour voters got out and voted. Labour voters made the difference. REAL Labour voters. Union men. Working men. Former coal miners. Former steel workers. Men who had good jobs before globalization. And in Britain, globalization mainly means EU.

Corbyn has NOTHING to do with those union men. He has EVERYTHING to do with Globalism and Gaia and Die-Versity and Trans Things and Homosexual Pride. His utterances on economics are jumbled and confused. Conservatives accuse him of being Marxist, but he's got Marx all wrong, just as Bernie does.

Here's a couple paragraphs from the 1977 SOVIET Constitution.
The state exercises control over the measure of labour and of consumption in accordance with the principle of socialism: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his work". It fixes the rate of taxation on taxable income.

Socially useful work and its results determine a person's status in society. By combining material and moral incentives and encouraging innovation and a creative attitude to work, the state helps transform labour into the prime vital need of every Soviet citizen.
To each according to his WORK, not his NEEDS or ves GENDER FLUID.

Doesn't sound like Freestuff. Doesn't sound like Homosexual Pride or Die-Versity. Sounds just like Graybill. Sounds like the proper and correct CIVILIZED damping of natural inequality. Status in society is determined by the results of your work, not by your attractiveness or the precious metals in your name.

Labour voters in England and Populist voters elsewhere remember a time when our system approached that ideal without having it in the Constitution. We know it's possible because it HAPPENED. Things that HAPPEN are possible by definition.

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Sidenote: It's fun to watch the Express changing its headline and picture as more and more Labor MPs pull out of Corbyn's shadow cabinet. Since he doesn't have the sense to resign, the party is seceding from him. Especially wonderful since the mutiny is a contest to see who can be most ANTI-LABOUR. Corbyn wasn't ANTI-LABOUR enough for his assistants, so they're trying to kick him out and find an even more ANTI-LABOUR leader for Labour.

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  Natural works

A meta-thought.

The Brexit process, ALL OF IT, shows why Britain's parliamentary system works VASTLY better than the US mess, and shows yet again why 1776 was a giant mistake.

This would still be true if the referendum had favored Remain. I'm talking SYSTEM, not results.

NONE OF IT could happen here. Our dysgovernment would never agree to a national referendum on anything. We've never had a national referendum, and our Presidential "elections" are systematically corrupt. The Electoral College has no purpose but corruption.

The aftermath of Brexit continues to show Parliament's superiority. Prime Ministers are temporary outgrowths of Parliament. When a PM fucks up, his own party will usually fire him and bring up the next man in line, WITHOUT HAVING TO WAIT EIGHT YEARS until the next fake "election". If his own party is slow in firing him, the opposition will call a vote of No Confidence which requires a new election, and a change of national direction, SOON. The mechanism steers out of a skid.

In this case Cameron understood that his reputation was on the line, and when the people voted against his intentions on Brexit, he immediately offered his resignation with proper transition time. If he had tried to stay, his party or the opposition would have fired him. Because he knows the consequences, he picked the cleanest way of quitting. He won't be PM again, but he still has a good future in politics. Leaders are rewarded for doing the right thing.

Parliament is an old and NATURAL system, developed through centuries of ADAPTATION. Therefore it's still the most ADAPTABLE of all systems, the most responsive to negative feedback.

Our system was based on a wildly insane set of false theories about "equality", and stopped adapting in 1803 when the Supreme Demons eliminated Congress. Since then it has grown crazier and crazier, with exactly two semi-lucid intervals forced by undeservedly great leaders FDR and Ike.

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  Idiocy

Idiocy from DW:

"...Britain was better off in the EU because we could have a say in what regulations were made...."

STOP AND THINK, IDIOT.

In the first place Britain DIDN'T have a say. In the second place, EU regulations WON'T MATTER when you're out of the EU.

And then you dare to call the Leavers "uninformed" and "unintelligent".

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Unfortunately there's also delusion if not idiocy on the other side:

From the Von types:
While secession of American states is often dismissed as absurd, there are few reasons to believe that a state like Texas - to name just one example - could not immediately transition from state to nation-state.
You're missing the only thing that matters. Raw force. Brussels doesn't have nukes. DC does have nukes. DC has repeatedly shown an instant readiness to use all necessary force to squash every hint of secession. Unless a coalition of states containing missile sites can QUICKLY take over all the missile sites, there's no point in thinking about secession.
 
Friday, June 24, 2016
  Not nostalgia

Idiot Ryan likes to accuse populists of 'nostalgia' because we remember how things ACTUALLY WORKED for many years and we don't see why it can't work that way again. This isn't nostalgia, it's logic.

Ryan's own form of nostalgia is just weird. Today he's proposing simplified taxes yet again, doing the old postcard routine yet again.

This is not logic or even real nostalgia. He's remembering an idea that

(1) Won't happen because tax reform ALWAYS means more complexity.

(2) Was never necessary because most wage-earners use 1040EZ, as simple as a postcard. IRS will fill it in for you if you want. Can't get any easier!

(3) Is even more unnecessary NOW because even fairly complex tax forms are easy with computer helpers like TurboTax.

Ryan does show proper nostalgia on a different level. He's drifting in pleasant memories of Shit Repooflicans Like To Chant. Enough of this modern BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI. Let's get back to the good old days when we chanted ZERO TAX ZERO TAX ZERO TAX.

Both magic incantations are equally irrelevant and incomprehensible and delusional, but ZERO TAX apparently has a sweet taste in Ryan's calvarium.

Aside from my usual silliness, the real problem here is the consistent Repooflican hatred of the GOOD FUNCTIONAL parts of government and love of the EVIL parts of gov't. Repoofs mock IRS, Post Office, SS and Agriculture, which are FUNCTIONAL and normal parts. They expand POINTLESS AGGRESSIVE WARS and DHS and FBI, which are the EVIL parts.
 
  No, it's a bad comparison

Few days ago I compared Soros to Dillinger.

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Soros is telling Britain:

My 60 years of experience tells me the pound will plummet, along with your living standards. The only winners will be speculators.

In other words:

The last time you pulled away from My Empire, I robbed you blind. I will also rob you blind this time.

I was thinking that this blame-the-victim shit is a lot like the commies blaming Trump for the commie demonstrators who attacked Trump supporters. Trump instigated those violent thugs by existing.

Then I realized ... No, it's not A LOT LIKE, it's THE SAME FUCKING THING, because those anti-Trump thugs WERE WORKING DIRECTLY FOR GEORGE SOROS.

We wouldn't let John Dillinger blame the bank tellers for allowing him to rob them.



Why do we allow Soros ... Oh. Yes. Dillinger wasn't Master Race. Soros is. When you are Master Race, everything you say is logical, true and mandatory by definition.


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Now that Soros has stolen a few trillion and laughed about it, I see the comparison was poor. Unlike my cartoon, Dillinger was NOT a lone gunman. He stormed a bank with a dozen subthugs, taking out all guards and cops along the way. Everyone understood that resistance was suicide.

Soros, like the rest of his Tribe, doesn't use guns. What's more, he doesn't rob small-town banks and ordinary citizens; he robs BIG traders and investors by manipulating transactions. These BIG traders and investors must know that they are being swindled by Soros or by an agent acting for Soros. No guns are involved, nobody can get killed. So: WHY DON'T THEY REFUSE TO BE MANIPULATED? With billions at stake you could afford serious investigation and publicity to block Soros's actions and frontrun his blackmail. Why don't they permanently lock out all of Soros's tentacles? I don't get it.

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  Always fun

Fun to watch all the INDIVIDUALISTIC NONCONFORMIST CREATIVE INNOVATIVE RADICAL REVOLUTIONARY DISRUPTIVE YOU CAN'T JUDGE ME artist types mourning the loss of total tyranny and total censorship and total uniformity, desperately trying to maintain the STATUS QUO.

Stop and think. If tyranny and censorship and uniformity are CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT to your existence, you are not a non-conformist. You are a goose-stepping totalitarian. If you need above all to maintain the STATUS QUO, you are a REACTIONARY, not a radical.

If you are genuinely creative, you should want a world with more VARIED AND INDEPENDENT places, so that you can find a place where your own set of skills will be comfortable and supported.

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  Revenge of the constructive



This map from Politico.eu shows the Graybillian reason for Brexit, at least within England and Wales. I don't understand what's driving Scotland, so I won't try to say anything about it.

Graybill's Law: Globalism forces each country to focus on just ONE skill, and forces all economic activity into ONE location and ONE type of business.

Before EU, England had a wide range of skills. Coal, wool, textiles, banking, steel, electronics.

After EU, only banking prospered. All other skills were forced to shut down.

Politico's map shows this beautifully. The parts of England that were accustomed to MAKING things are angry that their skills and utility are no longer wanted. The banking zone around London, accustomed to TAKING things, is happy with globalism.

Constructive vs destructive. Globalism favors the destructive and starves the constructive.

Fortunately the constructive parts of England haven't been entirely starved yet.

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  ENGLAND IS FREE!



ENGLAND IS FREE!

When I went to bed last night, BBC was cheerful and chipper as the Empire seemed to be winning.

When I woke up this morning and turned on BBC again, the announcers were deeply depressed. Can it be true?

YES!

Cameron is resigning. GOOD.

Markets are screaming. GOOD.

EU bureaucrats are sternly lecturing the "infantile" Brits. GOOD.

The BIG POINT: Bullies can be broken. One firm resistance is enough to melt a monster. It will take time, but the EU monster will melt.
 
Thursday, June 23, 2016
  Bye, England.///EDIT: NO! NO! NO! HELLO, ENGLAND!

CANCEL THE TEXT BELOW! I've never been so happy to be proved wrong.

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Well, so much for Brexit.

EU has learned that assassination works. More assassinations to come. More invasions and rapes and murders by Dreamer migrants. More empire. More tyranny. More genocide. More killing the poor to enrich Goldman.

Krauts learned that the third time is the charm. Kaiser Bill tried to smash England and failed. Adolf tried and failed. Merkel tried and succeeded without using massive force. One shot was enough this time.



The only good part is that truth will be DRAMATICALLY visible now. The Goldman shark will no longer hide its teeth.

 
  Upscaled a bit

Latest pic from KSHS: A Watkins Products salesman around 1900. Looks tired and dusty. Usually a picture of a Man And His Ride will show pride of ownership. Hand on fender, hand on back of horse. Not here. Just tired.



These narrow one-man buggies were popular with peddlers and postmen and aptronymic postladies but have dropped into obscurity. Rarely seen in advertisements or paintings from the era. The horsey version of a business coupe. Note the complex harness, with reins passing through holes in the dashboard.

Watkins Products is still around, still in the same basic line of business, considerably less tired and dusty now.
 
  This is dumb.

Every year Spokane holds Gangfest, a peculiar rite of sanctimonious suicidal Die-Versitarians who invite a bunch of gangsters to town to shoot hoops and honkies. Every year the gangsters shoot a bunch of hoops. Some years they fail to shoot any honkies. Not very successful in that department.

This year the city is running a dumb publicity campaign:
Everyone is a Pedestrian!

Spokane County, WA—Hoopfest activities will draw pedestrians to downtown Spokane. Spokane County has seen an increase in pedestrian deaths and serious injury collisions, 24 pedestrian fatalities and 123 pedestrian serious injuries from 2010 through 2014. Most pedestrian crashes occur during clear weather, from the hours of 3:00pm to 9:00pm and with a pedestrian in the roadway.

Pedestrians should use the sidewalks were available and cross only at intersections or marked crosswalks. Make eye contact with the drivers etc etc
Good specific advice, I guess.

As a serious long-term pedestrian, I resent the We Are All Pedestrians shit.

We are NOT all pedestrians. Most people never walk on the street or sidewalk. They walk from their kitchen to the garage, drive to work or mall, then walk from their parking place to the store or office. When they intend to Obtain Exercise, they drive to an Officially Designated Exercise Location like the Centennial Trail or a Gymnasium, then Officially Exercise for a specified period, then drive home.

Real pedestrians don't need the advice. Long experience has taught us what works and what doesn't work.

If the advice is new to you, then by definition you are not a Pedestrian. You are a Driver. That's why you need the advice.

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  APOLITICAL?

BBC notes a decision by linguists:
But this was no banner-waving activist, and the crowd in this instance was made up of members of the 127-year-old American Dialect Society. “We need to accept ‘they’, and we need to do it now,” came the linguist’s cry, and at that moment an otherwise apolitical event took on an unexpected edge.
APOLITICAL?

Academics are NEVER apolitical. Here's what BBC considers APOLITICAL:
The Society was meeting in Washington DC to decide on its Word of the Year for 2015. Of all the possible candidates – which included ‘ghost’, ‘ammosexual’ and ‘Thanks, Obama’ – its final choice was an apparently straightforward pronoun. On the face of it, ‘they’ is hardly trailblazing. But what is controversial is the acceptance of a new way of using it. The Society’s website explains that “’They’ was recognised by the society for its emerging use as a pronoun to refer to a known person, often as a conscious choice by a person rejecting the traditional gender binary of ‘he’ and ‘she’.”
Thanks, Obama. Apolitical. Nuff said.

The real problem, of course, is that BBC and academics don't see this as a contradiction. In their alien mind-like substances, total abject adherence to this week's Correct Line as defined by the party traditionally representing the Left (Labour, Democrat) is apolitical. In linguistic terms, unmarked. Failing to sing the current song of Labour or Democrat is political and heretical and


Recognizing they as a singular common-gender pronoun would NOT have been political 50 years ago. The usage was already advancing NATURALLY to replace clumsy formations like he or she. By recognizing they right now, and making specific reference to bizarre science-denier delusions like "non-binary", the decision becomes intensely political.

One quoted expert gets the principle right while missing basic facts about the history of English:
Sally McConnell-Ginet, Professor Emeritus in linguistics at Cornell University [says] “We’re much less likely to accept a new form like that than to just allow ‘they’ to expand its scope a bit so that you can freely use it to talk about specific individuals – and that is happening more and more.”

She points to one example that indicates we could embrace ‘they’ as a singular pronoun. “There is a parallel in the history of English. We used to have ‘you’ contrasting with ‘thee’ and ‘thou’, and now we happily use ‘you’. We say ‘you go to the store’, not ‘you goes to the store’ – even if addressing a single individual, we still use the plural verb form,” she says. “People don’t seem to be upset about that – why can’t we do the same with ‘they’? Just let it expand to do this job.”
Correct about natural evolution, incorrect about you and thou. In fact ye was nominative plural and you was accusative plural, contrasting with thou (nom sing) and thee (acc sing).

In table form,

.... Sing Plur
Nom Thou Ye
Acc Thee You

The reversed rhymes of this pattern probably contributed to the eventual conflation of all four forms into you.

Sally Hyphen-Hyphen really should know better.

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  Vaguely connected

Vaguely connected to previous item about persistence of spirit....

I've been listening to EWTN for a loooooong time, first on SW then on AM, and more recently reading their NCR website.

Their powerful founder Mother Angelica had been 'out of commission', incapable of giving orders, for several years after a stroke, and finally died a couple months ago.

While Angelica was alive though mute, EWTN was trying to resist Antichrist. There are obvious limits for any major Roman organization; can't rile up the bishops too much; but within those limits, EWTN was correctly reporting Antichrist's heresies and tyrannies.

IMMEDIATELY after Angelica's body died, EWTN gave up the fight. Now they're defending and loving Antichrist just like CNN or NPR or Fox. The website's format also changed. Previously each day had included a 'roundup' of real Catholic comments from various bloggers. After Angelica's physical death, the 'roundup' disappeared, indicating that they no longer wanted to be responsible for quoting Christians.
 
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  Heard it before somewhere

New Scientist has a brief article on an INTERESTING development.

Researchers were worried about transplanted organs developing cancer despite seeming 'clean' at the time of transplant. They checked to see what kind of gene activity persists in a dead organism. Killed a bunch of mice by wringing their necks, then extracted genetic material at intervals for 48 hours.

Most of their findings make sense in terms of an orderly shutdown and cleanup procedure, and their original question was answered. Genes that create inflammation and cancer were upregulated (switched on) after death, and stayed on for varying periods, doing what genes do, synthesizing proteins.

The surprising part: A whole bunch of genes that normally act during EMBRYONIC DEVELOPMENT also switched on and started work, and these genes seemed to be peaking at 48 hours.

The researchers didn't try to guess what these genes are doing.

Reasonable guess: Maybe they're a vestigial remnant of an earlier system in which organisms regenerate after two or three days?

Sounds familiar somehow.... regenerate ... three days ... old system for regeneration no longer operating .... new system is just plain death ... Seems like I've heard this before, but can't quite place it.

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  What's the biggest vehicle?

Seems to be a recent trend toward an unconventional arrangement of wheels. The stupid Segway and its stupid descendant the Hoverboard have two wheels located transversely. All previous two-wheeled vehicles had the two wheels spaced axially.

But wait! These stupid toys are NOT the first vehicle arranged this way. In fact the LARGEST of all wheeled vehicles has this arrangement. What is it?

The irrigator.



Aerial maps of southwest Kansas show the work of these vehicles, creating a mysterious radial landscape or a carton of assorted PacMans, depending on scale of interpretation. The bigger circles on this map are a half mile in diameter, which means the irrigator vehicle is a quarter mile long. Beats all other vehicles, even those giant mine excavators.

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Randomly semi-related: A 1922 British discussion of applying electricity to farming included this wonderfully elegant idea to simplify the heartache of plowing:



Note the 500-volt temporary overhead line and the transformer lorry. The plow itself was pulled back and forth between two slow-moving trucks that moved forward once per row, like a giant typewriter.

Vastly more convenient and safe than a tractor or horses. With a tractor or horses, you have to avoid hooking up your temporary overhead 500-volt line to the main HV line, and you have to avoid buying and using a transformer lorry, and you have to avoid stringing up a 100-yard cable between your two winding wagons because you already avoided buying two winding wagons, and you avoid the freedom from contour plowing, which means you also avoid the thrilling excitement of a field that blows away in every windstorm. Tractors and horses also avoid paying the representative of the Electrical Supply Authority to make the hookup, and avoid paying the four men who supervise and synchronize the various cables and winding wagons. All of that avoidance of equipment and labor is costly!

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Hey! I'm starting to think like an economist. What's next? Appreciating NIRP? Nope.
 
  Must be something serious........

Chaka Fattah was convicted of nonsensical "ethics" charges for doing what all politicians do. Jailed for breathing. Normally Repooflicans get ethicuted. When a D gets ethicuted, he must have done something SERIOUS to offend the masters.

All politicians, if they want to succeed, are forced to break campaign finance rules. Finance rules exist so the masters can prosecute any successful politician who commits heresy. The charges are automatically there, waiting for the detonator.

What was Fattah's heresy? I don't know. I hadn't noticed him before.

Going through his Wiki bio ....

Strong emphasis on education. He created several Federal scholarship programs, which look unremarkable and not especially meaningful. Might have even helped a few youngsters. No heresy there.

He's the ranking D on the House committee that funds the Department of Dysjustice. Since the Dept of Dysjustice is prosecuting him on "ethics", maybe he failed to raise their funding? But even the ranking D on a House committee can't unilaterally cut funding if everyone else wants it.

Aha! Here it is.
Fattah states that his priority is ensuring that small and medium businesses have the tools they need to prosper in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. He is the lead Democrat responsible for funding the Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. In his role on the Appropriations Committee, Fattah has advocated to $128 million in funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program that assists small and mid-sized manufacturers create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money.
Maximum sin, maximum heresy. Making a move that TROLL Trump would approve, a Federal project that might HELP NORMAL PEOPLE. DON'T FEED THE TROLLS! See what happens when you take money that might have gone to Jamie Dimon's bonus and redirect it to (trigger warning for delicate ears) m*n*f*c**ring? The horrible word is even dirty after I bowdlerized it for you. I apologize.

NO!!!! EVEN WORSE!!!!.......
Fattah is considered a “true champion” of the co-op movement by the American Co-op Association. In May 2013, Fattah introduced the Creating Jobs through Cooperatives Act (HR 2437). This legislation will provide means to catalyze cooperative development, provide tools to entrepreneurs to bring cooperative to their communities, partner with financial institutions to provide grants a loans to developing businesses, offer technical training and professional development.
Coops are a TERRORIST BLOW directed at the very foundations of Goldman[pbuh] capitalism, which is of course the TRUE AND ONLY capitalism. Goldman[pbuh] is the only God, and Goldman[pbuh] is his prophet.

Okay, now I see why Fattah is a sworn enemy of all that's good. Who knows what TERRORIST harm he might have done if allowed to continue? We're unquestionably better off with him in prison. Sing along with me: WHAT'S GOOD FOR JAMIE DIMON[pbuh] IS GOOD FOR AMERICA.

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