Reverse the saying
Rehashing the Shared Lie:
Deepstate always wants us to argue about meaningless details. Names and numbers. Divide and conquer, even within the individual. Cognitive Dissonance and Room 101 keep our brains internally divided and incapable of asking proper questions.
The cure for Deepstate is to stand back, ignore the details, avoid taking either of the assigned "sides" in Deepstate's puppet show, and simply do our duty. Make more life, more value, more beauty. We don't have a duty to ask bigger questions, but the bigger questions are at least possible
when we ignore the details.
The devil is in the details
validly describes the 80/20 structure of completed jobs.
The details are in the devil
tells us how to handle a shared lie
or a flat assertion.
On the other side, we could use more details, or simply more concrete realism, from people who claim to be working against the shared lie. Tulsi asks the right questions, but she's not just a blogger. She's interviewing for an executive job, and she doesn't seem to understand the job. We could use more 80/20. We could use a broad sense of what she will work on first. As I've mentioned before, we have three Users Guides for breaking Deepstate. Harding, FDR, Ike. From an outside view we can see that each of them subdued Deepstate and enforced non-intervention. As a current member of Congress and the military, Tulsi has access to better information. She could have assigned staff to analyze the methods that ACTUALLY WORKED in the past, and develop a broad plan of action.
Labels: Shared Lie
Morales wins again
Speaking of defending a country's own people....
Evo Morales just won re-election.
Not really surprising. He broke Graybill's Law. Bolivia had been one of our captive cocaine colonies. Evo decided to develop Bolivia's HONEST skills instead of CIA's criminal skills. He nationalized the mineral industry and used its profits to build infrastructure and services for his people. Bolivia's economy is thriving and growing, on its own terms for its own people.
Evo and AMLO are similar. Both of them talk like Gaians and act like FDR.
Deepstate doesn't like breakaways, especially when they succeed. Will Bolivia be next, now that we screwed up the coup in Venezuela?
More personal question: I wonder how it feels to live in a country where the government is trying to improve the lives of ordinary people?
I wouldn't know. I was born in USA after 1946, so I've always lived in a country where the government ruins and mocks and slaughters ordinary people. The water in the fishbowl is cyanide.
Labels: 2/3, skill-estate
A little late for Pronoun Day but still appropriate
“Our administration’s been very clear,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told The Jerusalem Post in an exclusive Friday interview, published on Sunday. “Israel has the fundamental right to engage in activity that ensures the security of its people. It’s at the very core of what nation-states not only have the right to do, but an obligation to do.”
Does Russia have the fundamental right to defend its people? No. Does Venezuela have the fundamental right to defend its people? No. Does Cuba have the fundamental right to defend its people? No. Do Persia and Syria have the fundamental right to defend their people against ISRAEL? FUCK NO.
Well then, what does Pompeo mean? Like the old Soviet joke,
the secret is in the referent of the pronoun. "The security of its people" does NOT mean "the security of each nation's OWN people." "The security of its people" means "The security of ISRAEL'S people." Thus every nation-state has the right and obligation to defend ISRAEL'S people, not its own people. Perfectly logical.
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Fussy grammar sidenote: This particular joke wouldn't actually work in Russian, which has a commonly used 'self' pronoun.
The sentence would be "Israel has the fundamental right to defend itself's people." Applied to other countries, the other countries would also be defending self's
people, not ambiguous its
Labels: infinite infinite infinite infinite infinite infinite infinite INFINITE INFINITE INFINITE INFINITE INFINITE INFINITE INFINITE lunacy, Language update
I try to ignore the "political" soap opera as much as possible. Occasionally I notice a tiny deviation from Official Orthodoxy that may indicate a larger crack coming.
BBC covers the Tulsi vs Hillary feud
with a slightly non-standard tone. It sounds like BBC is getting tired of Hillary's endless false accusations. They quote some of the antiwar types who were previously ignored.
Constants and Variables 141, big mistake edition
Boeing is stupid in exactly the same way that Tesla is stupid. Both are making real-world machines using a software-world mindset. Both assume that the real laws of Newtonian physics are just arbitrary Social Constructs which can be overcome by the Will Of Software.
Both are major players in Share Value. Boeing is a big part of the Dow, and Tesla is a big part of NASDAQ. Both are focused primarily on satisfying NYC investors. Keeping customers alive is not even secondary; more like thousandary on the list of priorities.
Tesla has vast armies of religiously motivated trolls who instantly smash all truth and logic.
There are no pro-Boeing trolls.
At most there are establishment types who defend Boeing's stupid explanations as authoritative, but they don't throw feces at the antis.
Boeing's big mistake is its failure to develop a cult. Even though it claims to be a "tech company", it's not a religion.
Labels: Constants and Variables, Deadthink
Why are books bound horizontally?
Why are books horizontal?
The rule seems to be:
Writable things are up-down (with some exceptions).
Readable things are left-right, at least in the world of paper.
There's absolutely no advantage to the left-right arrangement of pages for writing or reading. Up-down has all the advantages in both modes.
Think of a legal pad or a drawing pad. Up-down. You flip the pages over
and out of the way when done with each page. You can lay it flat on a table or clipboard, and your hand (left OR right) can write consistently across the flat surface.
Think of a hardback book. Left-right. You flip the pages leftward, and the used page is always trying to spring back, so you have to hold it. Worst of all, your eyes have to deal with an inconsistent distance and inconsistent angle and inconsistent glare, which is opposite on the left and right pages.
When the paper is flat, the eyes and brain have a simpler task.
History doesn't seem to justify the left-right arrangement. We first wrote on clay tablets, which are not bound in either direction. Then we used scrolls, which are continuous up-down. Sometime in the Middle Ages, scribes started binding pages left-right, and the habit continued through the print era.
Computers developed from an up-down tradition.
Typewriters scrolled the paper vertically. Teletypes, starting around 1910, used a continuous roll to avoid constant manual paper insertion. Computers began by using existing teletypes as output, then developed various forms of printers, still with a continuous scroll. CRT monitors started as direct copies of the teletype output,
with printed lines scrolling upward just like a roll of paper.
In the web era, a looser range of shapes and formats are possible, but the scroll continues to dominate. The preferred vertical aspect of iPhones forces vertical scrolling.
Despite the total dominance of vertical pages in digital, and in writable paper media, readable paper continues left-right.
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Did we ever have up-down hardbound books? Yes, but only in a peculiar niche.
The textbooks we used in typing class in high school were up-down.
When closed, the book laid flat like any other, except that its aspect ratio was inverted.
The front cover had an extra 'hinge' so that it could flop over the stand fully, and the pages were sewn instead of glued into a wide and flexible spine so they could flop easily.
The only disadvantage of this setup is that you couldn't have printing on the back of each page, but the longer aspect ratio meant that each page contained the same number of lines as two normal pages.
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Graphic sidenote: Polistra is typing on an early piano-style telegraph sender.
Labels: Alternate universe, Morsenet of Things
Asked and De-answered
Another asked-answered combo from RealClearScience.
Had to make up a new tag for this one.
If you say that "evolution" tells you something, you have just proved that you are NOT intelligent life. Only an irrational blind follower of idiotic fashion uses "evolution" as a guide for "thinking".
Even if "evolution" could tell us anything, there's no way it could prove that Life Form X is the only intelligent life form, or that Planet A is the only location capable of developing intelligence. Those claims are classic religious
claims, and not even rational or provable within the bounds of mature theology.
So the mere phrasing of this statement pre-empts and prohibits all intelligent answers, both secular and sacred.
A shining example of NewThink.
Labels: Asked and De-answered, Natural law = Sharia law
Slime mold or Disney? /// EDIT: Slime mold.
Reuters has a tantalizingly brief news item
about a new life form exhibited by the Paris Zoo. The description and video closely fit slime mold, except for the number of "sexes" or reproduction categories.
Checking France24, I see a headline for the same item:
but clicking the headline simply leads to the main website of Disney Films.
Zoos don't normally exhibit fungus-like organisms. Zoos exhibit big semi-familiar animals.
Is this a hack or a misdescribed slime mold or a genuinely new find?
Later: France24 fixed the link
which now provides better info. It is in fact a type of slime mold.
Slime mold is unquestionably one of the weirdest and least understood life forms, but not a brand new discovery.
Labels: Answered and answered, Asked and unanswered
He's not that stupid.
The latest Irons podcast
features McAfee. Mac is making some really STUPID arguments for Bitcoin. He's not that stupid. He wants to make the suckers stupid.
His biggest argument is the old "decentralized ledger" which "can't be stopped by governments".
Raw ratshit. Bitcoin is NSA. It exists because it's useful to NSA. If it ever stops being useful, it will stop existing.
Irons isn't making a strong enough counterargument. He's arguing for gold against Bitcoin. That's not the choice. The choice is paper currency against Bitcoin. Paper currency has none of the problems. When your web connection fails, or you forget your password, or the power is out because of a windstorm, you can still spend paper. You can also spend paper without NSA tracking the transaction, while NSA tracks EVERY Bitcoin transaction.
This is tiresome.
All of these fake arguments have been definitively debunked for at least six fucking years.
Mac also makes a really dumb supply/demand argument for the value of Bitcoin. He says that the total number of "coins" is firmly limited. Untrue. Debt ceilings and credit limits ALWAYS push up when approached. He also says that about 20% of the "coins" already mined have been lost due to failed computers or lost passwords. (Which destroys his other argument, but let it go.) Because the supply is necessarily decreasing, the price must go up. Here he's acknowledging that Bitcoin is a collectible like vintage wine, not a currency. Unfortunately, collectibles don't necessarily go up when they grow rare. The demand side is equally important and much less predictable. Sometimes people lose interest in baseball cards or '64 Mustangs or Banksy paintings. Fashion is fickle. There's no real collector demand for Bitcoin in the first fucking place, so assuming it will be constant is crazy.
Even in his own department he's making a stupid argument. He says antivirus doesn't do anything. Maybe HIS antivirus doesn't, but AVG works perfectly against hackers damaging or locking up the computer. It doesn't stop NSA, but that's not the fucking purpose. I gave up on McAfee antivirus many years ago because in fact it DIDN'T stop viruses, it only stopped my computer. AVG stays out of the way and halts malware.
Ping! That's the key. Everything Mac does, from his "antivirus" to his "coins", is a total brazen open transparent fraud. Everything is designed to harm the sucker and enrich Mac. He doesn't bother to hide it. The ultimate infinite Sucker Filter.
Labels: Sucker Filter
Ought to be charged with plagiarism
This proposal for genocide
by the climate holocausters isn't especially original. It's an academic proposal for Newspeak, EXACTLY AS ORWELL DESCRIBED IT.
According to the Gaians, we need Newthink and Newspeak to break up our natural pattern recognition skills so the Gaian priestesses can implant Correct Thoughts every microsecond via Github.
Orwell's estate would have a clear cause for an infringement action in a sane world.
Labels: Carbon Cult, infinite infinite infinite infinite infinite infinite infinite INFINITE INFINITE INFINITE INFINITE INFINITE INFINITE INFINITE lunacy
JUSTICE! BY GOD! FINALLY!
THE BEST FUCKING THING THAT HAPPENED IN MANY FUCKING YEARS. HUMANS HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF GAIAN HOLOCAUSTERS IN LONDON, AND DRAGGED THE HOLOCAUSTERS OFF THE TOP OF A SUBWAY TRAIN.
JUSTICE! JUSTICE! JUSTICE!
One thing that stands out in the videos of this JUSTICE is the total absence of police. The Gaian holocausters announced their violent sabotage in advance. It wasn't a surprise. The police ignored it because they're too busy arresting and jailing normal people for using the wrong pronoun.
And later, needless to say, the police are arresting the justicers and lionizing the holocausters. I'm sure the UK dysgovernment will reinstate the death penalty for the justicers, and reinstate official sainthood for the holocausters.
Meaningless suggestion: Nov 5 is Guy Fawkes Day. Oct 17 should become Gaia Fucked Day.
Labels: Carbon Cult, EXTREME SUPREME ABSOLUTE DEFINITIVE FINAL Emersonian justice
Emoji d'or, troll d'or
Latest item at KSHS is wild,
and their writer seems to have been impressed by the wildness.
How did a French coin weight from the late 1700s come to be deposited at a late 19th- early 20th-century archeological site in Smith County? One side of the coin weight depicts the coin it represents, a French Louis D'or from 1785 to 1792. The reverse of the coin weight depicts a hand of Antwerp, indicating it was used in Antwerp, Belgium, markets. Understanding how and when artifacts came to be deposited at a site and what an artifact's association is with other artifacts at a site are questions archeologists ask in order learn how people are interacting with their landscapes. In the case of this small French coin weight, the answer is still being sought.
In modern terms the coin weight would be described as UI/UX with automatic localization. There's no wording, just the image of the coin on one side and the hand (fingers up, palm forward) on the other. Anyone involved in commerce would know what it meant, where it was used, and what it weighed.
Hand of Antwerp? Huh? Not explained by KSHS, but it's even wilder:
The most wonderful cities in the world are founded upon a myth, and Antwerp is no exception. Legend has it that, to cross the Scheldt River, you first had to pay a toll to a fearsome giant, named Druon Antigoon. Whenever sailors on the Scheldt river refused to pay the toll to the giant, he punished them by cutting off their hand. A Roman soldier named Silvius Brabo slayed the giant, cut off its hand, and tossed it into the Scheldt River. Given that the Dutch for "hand thrown" is "hand werpen", the city’s name was born. So, the "hand" has become the symbol of Antwerp and it is looked upon like an official shield of Antwerp. There are excellent cookies and different types of chocolates in the shape of a hand.
Druon Antigoon. Wonderful name for a giant troll. Even better, the coin weight looks just like a chocolate cookie. (Unfortunately it's a square cookie, so I can't use d'Oreo in the title.)
Labels: Metrology, Patient things
Aphid Day 2019
I wondered if the aphids were going to miss their chance this year. At that point it looked like there wasn't another warmish day coming.
Nope, they didn't miss. This afternoon, 3PM 10/16, we hit 66 by my thermometer, and the aphids are just now massively swarming.
No chance of another 60, at least by Weather.com predictions:
So here we go after all!
[This is the tenth time I've noted it here. Aphid Day in 2010 was the first of Oct,
in 2011 it was the end of Oct,
in 2012 the first of Oct,
in 2013 the last part of Oct,
in 2014 (with an actual picture) the end of Sept,
in 2015 end of Sept,
in 2016 end of Sept,
in 2017 near end of Oct,
in 2018 around mid Oct,
and now in 2019 around mid Oct.
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Every year in Spokane the end of summer is marked by the swarming of tiny white-winged flies.
Insects don't waste much time in adulthood; lots of bugs live several years as larvae and only a few days as adults.
These flies take it to an extreme. Adults are minimally equipped to get in the air and reproduce. They don't have as much brain power as other flies, nor do they have hard shells. Instead of flying purposefully, they drift with the wind like seeds, and die as soon as they bump into anything even at near-zero drifting speed. Result: for a couple of days, your face and clothes are covered with semi-liquid insects.
Despite their lack of navigation, they must have some kind of superior instinct or 'community intelligence', because picking the last warm day
is much harder than picking the first warm day
of spring. Termites and ants don't need to calculate their swarming day; they only need a simple neuron to detect when temperature rises past a certain threshold, plus an emitted pheromone to trigger the avalanche.
But how do these flies determine that today is not just warm, but the last warmth
for their generation? They must be sensing something besides temperature.
At any rate, they serve as a reliable sign for us, even if our supercomputers can't match their calculations.
Polistra has put it into folk-wisdom
format:White flies swarming, no more warming.
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[Artistic note: the swarm in the animation turned out nicely, but Polistra's head looks steroid-swollen and South-Park-ish for unknown reasons. Maybe she's allergic to the bugs.]
[Technical note: According to some sources
, these bugs are smoky-winged ash aphids, Prociphilus americanus
What is Tulsi up to?
The question gets stronger every day. She started out as the torch-bearer for the MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE, war vs peace, intervention vs minding our own fucking business.
Now she's focusing
on a vague and meaningless question of "fitness". It's not age that matters, it's "fitness", whatever the fuck that means.
Age does matter. I'm 69, and I know how the body and mind start to decline. Many other wrinklies have expressed the same experience-based judgment. We see Biden struggling with words, Bernie having a heart attack, Hillary falling more than walking. Some old folks are still going strong at 80, but most aren't, and our political examples are in the latter category.
Beyond that, Tulsi still hasn't specified what she will DO
to suppress or break the war machine. She hasn't spilled any beans from the classified briefings she gets in Congress, hasn't offered any solutions to the problems that she accurately describes.
Dammit, WHAT WILL YOU DO?
We had three Presidents who DID SOMETHING about war and Deepstate. Harding, FDR, and Eisenhower. We don't have public information on HOW those three managed to subdue Deepstate and GET SHIT DONE, but a member of Congress would have access to the information. A serious and sincere non-interventionist would be finding and reading those three Users Manuals, and figuring out how to apply the methods to the current hyperlunatic monstrosity.
We also have a very recent partial
example. Obama obeyed Deepstate during his first term, letting Hillary start a new war every week. In his second term he fired Hillary and took a couple of hesitant steps away from universal permanent war, loosening the blockades of Persia and Cuba. Obama wasn't explicitly punished, but Hillary took revenge by installing Trump, who promptly resumed universal permanent war.
At this point the best conclusion is that Tulsi is just another Pied Piper like Trump, an attractive trapper who gathers up peace-loving people and neuters them, absorbs their energy in nothingness. Like what mucus does to bacteria,
except that Tulsi is prettier than snot.
A perfect example of Carver's rules.
researchers decided to LOOK ABOUT THEM and TAKE HOLD OF THE SNOT THAT IS HERE. When they removed their theory goggles and started looking closely, they found that plain old mucus is a Master Counterspy.
Obviously mucus protects surfaces from dust and microbes and acids, just by being a gooey film. But wait, there's a whole lot more!
A new study from MIT reveals that glycans -- branched sugar molecules found in mucus -- are responsible for most of this microbe-taming. There are hundreds of different glycans in mucus, and the MIT team discovered that these molecules can prevent bacteria from communicating with each other and forming infectious biofilms, effectively rendering them harmless.
"What we have in mucus is a therapeutic gold mine," says Katharina Ribbeck, the Mark Hyman, Jr. Career Development Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT. "These glycans have biological functions that are very broad and sophisticated. They have the ability to regulate how microbes behave and really tune their identity."
Ribbeck thought they might play a major role in the microbe-disarming activity she had previously seen from mucus. To explore that possibility, she isolated glycans and exposed them to Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Upon exposure to mucin glycans, the bacteria underwent broad shifts in behavior that rendered them less harmful to the host. For example, they no longer produced toxins, attached to or killed host cells, or expressed genes essential for bacterial communication.
Nature beats us to the punch every time, in ways that we haven't even BEGUN to explore. Life is infinitely amazing, and we owe a duty to its creator.
On a more prosaic level, this new knowledge leads to new guidance. For instance, think twice before using mouthwash. Clearing out the goo feels good, but the goo is doing much more to control bacteria than the mouthwash.
Labels: Carver, Grand Blueprint
What's the Italian word for Berwick-upon-Tweed?
A highly interesting feature
on a little exclave
caught between Switzerland and Italy. Campione d’Italia was handed back and forth by princes and bishops in the Middle Ages, and later ended up as a haven for spies of all sorts. Why did the spies like it?
A casino was first set up in Campione in 1917, designed as a way to listen in on foreign diplomats cutting loose there. Its status as a quasi-neutral playground prompted the OSS, the CIA’s precursor, to set up a base there briefly.
I've been noticing the role of casinos
as a power base for a long time, and I've also discussed the ties
between casino-owning ethnic gangs and Deepstate.
But I hadn't thought about the intentional USE of a casino as a trap for spies. It makes sense, and it completes the circle.
Bloomberg is reporting on Campione because of a new exclavian
back-and-forth. The casino went bankrupt a few years ago, so the town is in economic trouble. The new post-Salvini government in Italy is going all in for Soros and EU, leaving no stone unturned in its murderous efforts to destroy all vestiges of Italy. Thus the new government wants to eliminate some traditional exemptions that had given Campione an economic advantage. Campione's leaders believe that neutral Switzerland would do a better job of maintaining its unique in-between status. Switzerland apparently likes the idea, so it's not just talk.
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Stupid sidenote: Given these connections, I'm surprised Buckley never wrote a spy novel titled The Well-Tempered Exclavier.
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Geographical sidenote: A little googlestreeting shows that Campione is built on a sharp hillside with lots of switchbacks in its streets. Sort of like a high-class version of Logan, WV.
With casino money:
Without casino money:
Casinos are evil, but if my small town faced that choice, I'd fight to keep the casino.
Labels: defensible spaces, Sorosia
In the latest O'Keefe videos focused on CNN, we see CNN executive Christian Sierra sprawled arrogantly on a sofa, hands behind head, feet up.
He's spilling the beans, but in fact he seems to have LESS beans than outsiders do.
He states the obvious fact that media demons cover shootings in elite locations and ignore shootings in black neighborhoods.
But Sierra thinks the purpose of this bias is simply racist. Black victims don't matter.
He's missing the point entirely. The purpose of the bias is to create a climate of "terror" based on "white supremacists", ie Deplorables.
The bias is based on the shooter, not the victims. If the shooter is black, nothing to see here. If the shooter is white, we got a story.
The same principle applies to "hate" crimes and "hate" speech. In all cases the content or behavior is not the variable. The speaker or actor is the variable. If the speech or crime comes from a Deplorable, it's "hate" speech or "hate" crime. If not, no story. Media is all about WHO, not WHAT.
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Later: This series of videos is sort of reassuring on the basic human level. The hidden reporter is showing us that LOTS of CNN employees, both technical and on-camera, are disgusted with the total loss of objectivity. CNN was always Democrat, like 100% of media including Fox, but back in the '90s CNN occasionally allowed a fact to slip through the filters. Now the censorship is total and personal
. It's not broadly Democrat as before. Everything serves Hillary.
Bad, by satan
Via the Bush family website Politico,
several "conservative" and Repooflican pundits have met with Zuck. All of them accepted Zuck's NDA requirement, and all are obeying Zuck's NDA and remaining silent.
Knowledge is Power.
In earlier centuries priests had power and privilege because they heard confessions. The modern Weblords have even more power because they operate a much more complete confessional. Zuck has direct access to the private lives of everyone, and politicians know it.
God's rule is simple in a situation like this. The only reason to meet with Satan is to spill the beans. Opening the confessional and breaking the seal decreases Satan's blackmail power. By accepting Zuck's terms and conditions these "conservatives" have become an integral part of Satan's team.
It's possible that Zuck is making genuine compromises toward a more objective policy, but we can't know that unless you tell us EVERYTHING. When you allowed Zuck to be the sole provider of information, your meeting was totally pointless. Satan retains ALL the knowledge and ALL the power.
Good, by god.
The first open acknowledgment that we're ACTUALLY ending a war and ACTUALLY moving troops out.
A stunning development in the key northern Syrian city of Manbij — the Pentagon has confirmed a planned handover to Russian military forces is underway amid a Turkish military assault on the region. This also hours after President Trump tweeted that Assad "wants naturally to protect the Kurds" and that the problem should be left to local powers.
Late Monday the main US base in Manbij was filmed empty of US forces, and American convoys were also spotted hastily pulling out of the city as Syrian national forces entered
Blogger Trump sometimes makes noises about ending a war and sometimes makes noises about starting new wars. Blogger Trump is not in charge, so his noises are meaningless. This confirmation from the military is meaningful.
This means that our real
bosses in Israel and Saudi are losing force. Bibi is in a parliamentary stalemate, and MbS is moving cautiously toward the Russian side. Without clear guidance from both bosses, we no longer have a clear reason to destroy Syria.