Why wind turbines are useless
Solid windstorm today. Still have power here, but probably will lose it before the storm's over. Trying to keep my mind busy.....
Wunderground's radar plus windflag display.
No doubt where the warm front is! Warmer temps = more wind.
3 PM: still have power! Praying hard.
Labels: Carbon Cult, Metrology
Why is that so annoying? Oh.
KXLY has started using a little three-note upstroke chime as a segue between pieces of the newscast. Sounds like B3, E4, F#4, with an echo note after each main note. It's less stale than the Fox asthma segue,
which most broadcasters have copied in various ways. But it strikes something SCARY in my mind. Why?
Aha. Last year when I was working hard for the annoying NYC publisher, I had to spend an hour each week on a pointless conference call. After I called the number and got into the hold chain, their phone system played a dumb repetitive piece of music. At random intervals the music was interrupted by this very same three-note chime,
to indicate that the call was being picked up. Gave me a little squirt of adrenaline every time. But it didn't actually mean anything. It was just part of the music.
Article at NPR
is discussing an increasing suspicion that consciousness is not just the product of specific parts of the brain. It's more diffuse, including at least the whole nervous system and possibly a LOT more. Makes sense. The more we learn about plant intelligence and gut biomes and the Grand Blueprint, the more uncomfortable we become with the standard division between Humans and Everything Else.
Unfortunately the author doesn't make a readable argument. He says:
"Put simply, for a conscious organism, there is 'something it is like' to be that organism." It's worth noting that this characterization of what it is for an organism to be conscious — that there is something that it is like to be that organism — was first advanced in the 70s by the philosopher Thomas Nagel.
WTF? There is something that it is like to be that organism?
The sentence doesn't even parse properly. By my best guess, it's not a statement about the organism itself; it's only declaring that we can draw analogies to some other organism. Says nothing at all about consciousness, let alone the location of awareness.
Reminds me of the usual translations of Anselm:
"God is that than which nothing greater can be conceived"
"Act only on that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law."
Maybe there's some sense or meaning behind these statements, but the formulation makes them indecipherable.
Labels: Grand Blueprint, Smarty-plants
Kerry, heard just now on BBC:
"... we need to do more to hit them at the core ... and obviously we need to do more at borders, to control the movement of people."
Hear that? The first time a modern USA STRONG leader has acknowledged the importance of borders.
He also listed the attacks in Egypt, Beirut, Ankara and Paris on the same level, thus acknowledging for the first time that #RussianLivesMatter.
Maybe we're getting somewhere.
Kerry has placed himself on the same side of the argument as all the R-team governors who are vainly complaining against forced Fed invasion. He's opposing the D-team governors who are eagerly slaughtering
the citizens they were hired to protect.
Until quite recently Kerry was a simple team player. He enlisted in the Vietnam War when it was run by D and protested when it was run by R. The rest of his career was the same. D war good, R war bad.
In the last two years he's been a more sophisticated figure, capable of working with opposite-team players like Putin to achieve real national objectives. He shouts the usual D nonsense through his everpresent megaphone, then quietly negotiates.
They were right. I apologize.
Following on previous item.
After the Paris attack, which mattered a whole lot more than the Russian airliner attack or the similar Beirut attack because France shares our hypersatanic religion instead of our ethnicity,
we're seeing a renewal of the same shit we saw in 2001.......
This is a WAR OF IDEAS, therefore we need MORE INTERNAL SECURITY and MORE GUN CONTROL and MORE INTERNAL SPIES.
I'm seriously retarded. Just now figured this out.
A war of ideas IS thought control. Same thing. Exact identity.
Nations that make wars for territory or resources generally end up imposing some level of internal tyranny, but it's not based on THOUGHTS. In WW2 we impounded some Japs and Wops and Krauts BECAUSE OF THEIR NATIONAL ORIGIN, not because of their ideas. These were recent immigrants who showed some ACTUAL SIGNS of participating in sabotage.
When you erase ethnicity from your categories, YOU HAVE TO MONITOR THOUGHTS. No two ways around it.
Now we have a truly unprecedented array of thought-monitoring mechanisms, including direct brain-reading for the first time in history. Every tyrant's wet dream and every schizy's nightmare.
The schizies and 666ers were right. I apologize for calling them crazy. They were the sane ones.
Labels: Asked and answered, defensible spaces
Why is France so important?
Why do we pretend to have a strong connection to France? KHQ tried hard and finally found someone in Spokane
with French connections.
We paid very little attention to the Russian plane that was brought down by the very same ISIS a couple weeks ago, with a somewhat larger death toll. Didn't bother to find any local connections, even though 10% of Spokane is recent emigrants from Russia, Ukraine, and Bosnia. You could find 10,000 people here with an immediate Russian connection. One on every block. Nope, didn't bother.
Russia is Christian, so it's our enemy even while we're quietly acknowledging that Putin is doing the right thing in Syria even while we're LOUDLY SHRIEKING that Russia is evil even while we're maintaining harsh sanctions against the only fucking country in the world that is actually doing some fucking GOOD.
I understand why we don't pay attention to the million deaths in Iraq and Syria and Libya. We're doing the murders there, and the people being murdered are mainly Muslims. Our Prophet Netanyahu gives the orders, we obey. It's our job.
Aside from all that, the first question remains. Very few Americans have French ancestry. France helped to finance 1776 but it's been a thorn in our flesh most of the time. Not exactly an enemy but never a helper. We have stronger connections with most other Euro countries.
This neat interactive graph
shows major countries of origin for each decade since 1960. Italy and Germany and USSR/Russia are big slices of the pie in every decade, but France is never big enough to get out of 'Other'.
Solved the puzzle in next item.
Labels: Asked and answered
Didn't need experiments
Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns
Biologists have long puzzled over why neurons have thousands of synapses. Now neuroscientists have shown they are crucial not just for recognizing patterns but for learning the sequence in which they appear.
Why were you puzzled? Dendrites have different lengths and go to different spots on the skin or retina or whatever. Therefore some patterns of touch or light will reach threshold and fire the axon of this particular neuron. Other patterns won't push enough dendrites to trigger. Others will be affected by decay times and refractory periods within the longer dendrites.
Tack on another basic fact, that junctions which get used often tend to strengthen while junctions that don't get much 'current' tend to fade, and you've got a trainable pattern recognizer for very small patterns. Follow this up through the layers of condensation, and you have different responses to different patterns.
All of that is pretty much obvious from "reading the schematic." The system that truly needs more research and experimentation is the active feedback from center to periphery. This has been seen but not fully understood in the cochlea, and is just now being seen in the retina. Central control sends signals to elements in the cochlea that are more like muscles than nerves, and these elements seem to physically alter the configuration of the cochlea.
Come on, dudes. Fight the right enemy
Listening to a discussion between a couple of theologian types on EWTN. Good dudes, clearly on God's side, not followers of Antichrist Francine. Complaining about Modern Yoots...
"Reductionism and materialism are running rampant... If I can't see it with my eyes it didn't happen ... Only science counts .... Anything that isn't comprehended by science doesn't exist...."
Sorry, boys. You're in the wrong century. At least you didn't cite the equally obsolete "relativism",
so maybe you're learning SOMETHING.
Dammit, if you're going to argue on God's side, you need to understand Satan's CURRENT war, not his 1890 war!
Reductionist materialism was standard among American leftists from 1890 to 1968. It disappeared FAST after Madame Mao's influence took over.
Modern yoots are TOTALLY anti-physical and anti-materialist. Everything in their nasty little calvariums is explicitly contrary to observed facts. EVERY FUCKING THING.
Yoots believe in: (1) Hate crime incidents (2) Date "rape" (3) Institutional racism (4) Race is a construct (5) All humans are alike (6) Evolution (7) Global Warming (8) Endangered Species (9) GMO BAD MKAY (10) Gender is a construct.
These idiocies fall into four categories.
1,2,3,4 are total violations of observed facts but not within the realm of academic "science".
5 is the only one of these lies that was shared by the old pre-Mao leftists. Moderns still maintain it, even though all the rest of their shit contradicts it. Everything else implies voluntary variability
, which is equally nonsensical.
6,7,8,9 are within the "science" curriculum. They are false but not AUTOMATICALLY AND IMMEDIATELY wrong. You have to know some actual facts, see historical graphs, and apply logic to catch the falseness. And to be fair, the yoots may turn out to be right that GMO BAD MKAY. So far GMO looks clean, but health effects can be long delayed.
10 Trans is unique,
and trans could be the breaking point for the handful of yoots who are still capable of some slight reasoning. The falseness of Trans is NOT ARGUABLE. You don't need background, graphs, or logic. Every atheist biology book will tell you that the sex chromosomes are in every cell and can't be altered by operations or hormones or magic words. Trans is AUTOMATICALLY AND IMMEDIATELY WRONG, no matter what source you consult.
Why is this important? Because young fuckheads WILL encounter this simple fact in biology class. They WILL have to answer questions on tests. One or two of them may possibly stop and think for a brief moment.....
Wait! I know you can switch any time you want, just by saying the magic words. That's a fact. Everyone knows it. But this book says the opposite! The TA is not a raving neanderthal fundy or a primitive 7th century Islamofascist or a Rethuglican Koch Koch Koch Koch Koch Koch. She seems to be a cool normal fuckhead like me. Why isn't she correcting the obviously wrong book? Hmm.
Sidenote: 4 Race is a construct
is equally false but much harder to see. Race is permanent but not binary, and the usual categories are partly meaningful and partly arbitrary. Almost everyone is a mix of various ethnicities, and the legal or cultural categories often shift to include or exclude your mix. Nevertheless, your own
ethnic mix was set in stone when the sperm entered the egg. You can't do what Dolezal claimed to do.
Labels: 20th century Dark Age, Carbon Cult, Ethics
Language update for ungrateful monsters
Professor Polistra doesn't normally have visitors in the classroom, but this time she makes an exception.
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... means Russia.
This WashPost article
cites several possible reasons why ISIS might have been froggy enough to attack Paris. The main theme:
"On Saturday, a theory began circulating about why ISIS attacked Paris: Since the Islamic State's drive to gain and hold territory in Syria has suffered setbacks lately, perhaps the group was lashing out to kill people far beyond its borders to compensate."
Any mentions of Putin or Russia in the article? Nope.
Russia is saving our evil ass, and we can't even MENTION them let alone THANK them. Prof P tries to remedy this atrocious ingratitude in her small symbolic way.
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Idiots are wondering
why Baltimore has a whole fucking lot more homicides this year. After listing a dozen bizarre delusional non-reasons, the article AMAZINGLY TACKS ON THE FUCKING TRUTH as a footnote!
"Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey last month said that murder rates were soaring in many cities partly because police were holding back from aggressive tactics, fearful of being video recorded and accused of brutality."
Truth gets into print! Rare event, worth celebrating, just as Comey is worth celebrating.
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... means Invasion.
"The fragile comeback of wolves to Oregon is deepening a cultural divide over how much protection they need. With 81 adult gray wolves now calling Oregon home, wildlife officials last week recommended taking them off the state's list of protected animals. They'll vote on the recommendation on Monday."
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... means 'caused by'.
From idiot Cameron's "demands" to EU, which are not actually demands because he won't do anything if the "demands" aren't met.....
"The challenges facing the European Union have not diminished, they have grown. Migration flows across Europe, the rise of Isil and the spread of parties of protest across Europe need a response...."
All of those challenges 'facing' EU were DIRECTLY AND TOTALLY CREATED by EU. They aren't meteors that suddenly smashed into the landscape.
This is exactly like the tired idiocy "died while battling alcohol". No, you didn't battle alcohol. You surrendered. You chose to drink. If you had been battling, you would have stopped drinking long before you died.
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Another word for "protecting our own people from invasion." At some time in the obscure geological past, "protecting our own people from invasion" was called Government
for some obscure arcane reason. We are much smarter now. Protecting our own people from invasion is Shameful
and Not American
and Not who we are.
Our own Dear Leader provided these new and authoritative definitions.
Who am I to judge?
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as pronounced by good old BBC
in an obit on Helmut Schmidt.
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From an article
about Satan University's "International Day Of Tolerance":
“It's about excepting and embracing everyone,” said Keisha Hood, who works at the Unity Multicultural Education Center and is a second year nursing student at Gonzaga. “It's symbolic with the stuff happening with Paris and Mizzou. Honestly, it's just so important to come together as a school and to make a statement and reminder.
Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh ... spoke of the important role tolerance plays in the world: “By being human, each individual reserves to them-self a fundamental set of human rights,” he said.
is precisely the right word. Die-Versity is precisely about excepting the Unpersons and embracing the Coooooooooooooool persons.
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... means "more obvious than 2 + 2 = 4."
Groundbreaking research establishes the astonishing unimaginable fact that 2 + 2 is a sequence of three symbols: a number, then a symbol made up of a vertical line and a horizontal line, then a number. Who could possibly have guessed? I'm gobsmacked! Fantastic new discovery!
Being born into privilege can pay dividends throughout life, according to ground-breaking new research ... A study by academics at the London School of Economics found that people from working class families are not only less likely to secure jobs in high-status occupations in the first place, but will earn thousands of pounds a year less when they get there.
Labels: Language update, Гром победы
Now I understand
I used to wonder why Japan kept on fighting and fighting and fighting as we burned and bombed more and more of their cities. Only the A-bomb stopped them. Those two little bombs didn't create much more damage than plain old fire in Japan's rice-paper cities, but the absolute newness, and the potential for vastly greater destruction, was finally enough for the Jap government. (Japan was developing its own A-bombs,
so they knew the possibilities.)
Japan had been BRUTALLY raping and smashing huge areas of Asia and Siberia for 40 years. After Pearl Harbor, it finally got a competent response. Even after our response had been mounting for 4 years, the Japs didn't understand. In fact the Japs STILL don't understand. They still haven't figured out that THEY WERE THE AGGRESSORS.
Now I understand the attitude. We see the same attitude all over the New Axis. It's good old STRONG.
I shared the attitude myself until 2007, when I retardedly began to perceive reality.
The attacks were “committed by a terrorist army, the Islamic State group, a jihadist army, against France, against the values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are: A free country that means something to the whole planet,” French President Francois Hollande said earlier Saturday. France “will be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group” and “will act by all means anywhere, inside or outside the country,” he added.
Every disaster makes us MORE GRIMLY DETERMINED TO REPEAT THE DISASTER. We never learn any proper lessons, never run a negative feedback loop as LIVING THINGS normally do. Instead we only run positive feedback
like a disease. More infection creates more inflammation creates more infection.
The same unimaginable shit about OUR VALUES and OUR FREEDOMS is heard everywhere in the Axis. No opposition voices are permitted. This is more egregious than the Jap version of STRONG. They didn't have delusions about OUR FREEDOMS; they were only defending OUR VALUES as embodied in the Emperor.
We've been BRUTALLY raping and smashing huge areas of Asia and Africa for 25 years. Now we're finally getting a response from the rapees and smashees, and we DON'T UNDERSTAND. We haven't figured out that WE ARE THE AGGRESSORS. We continue to blame the response on the "primitive" religious beliefs
of normal sane moral humans, or (beyond beyond beyond beyond beyond insane!) CLIMATE CHANGE.
I guess we'll have to wait for an A-bomb or something equally surprising. When a population has ceased using its nervous system for normal learning, the only learning is natural selection.
Still pissing around with maps, still another Manhattan mystery. Semi-solved, or at least semi-guessed. Most likely wrong, but I'm having fun so fuck it.
Here's what I remember from the early '60s when I was driving around town a lot: The SE corner of town was the City Dump. Its boundaries were rather indefinite, fading down into the river on the east and slopping over to 4th or 5th on the west. The city map indicated a little road called Temple Lane, heading south from the west end of the City Dump. I tried to find it once, and remember the image clearly. Temple Lane went south for a few blocks and ENDED at a big old brick mansion. The mansion was wildly out of place in this abandoned area, accessible only through the Dump. Looked haunted.
Later my memory was oddly verified by a novel that used this haunted 'mansion at the end of the world' as its location. At the climax of the novel, the river flooded and tore the horrible mansion off, with considerable screaming and so on.
This '40 map doesn't show Temple Lane. I'm sure it was there, though maybe not named. The map does show where the real end of town was; I've highlighted those lines with blue, and added Temple in orange.
Now back to the present.
Top view by Bing. The south end of town was completely redone in 1970. A levee was built and Pottawatomie Av, formerly just a theory, became an active industrial and commercial street. There's Temple Lane, and there's the mansion.
Front view by Googlestreet, driving on Pott Av. Perspective drastically lengthened by Google; the previous map shows the driveway is about 100 feet long. Unquestionably the same mansion I saw in 1965 and the same mansion shown on the 1885 map
, though it's been renovated with an added porch. An old brick mansion is highly unusual around Manhattan; nearly all the surviving old stuff is limestone.
But Temple Lane runs off to the side
of the mansion, not down toward it. Here's a side view of the mansion FROM Temple Lane, with an old wellhouse or something in the foreground.
Temple Lane goes on and on through the old floodplain of Hunters Island, past farmland with a few rural houses that date from the '20s or so. You'd never know this was a mile from downtown! Clearly not haunted, but not eagerly sought by developers either. Manhattan has grown TREMENDOUSLY in the opposite direction, not at all to the south. Maybe floodplain rules prevent development because this is beyond the levee line.
Two hypotheses. I've built a stupid BlinkyGif with the current top view, then Hyp 1 added in orange, then Hyp 2 in violet. Bear in mind that Pott Av and all the industrial stuff wasn't there.
Hypothesis 1: (orange) The mansion's long driveway must have been a whole lot longer before 1970, because it had to reach all the way to Riley Lane (blue). Possibly the driveway was treated as an extension of 5th St. At that time Riley Lane wasn't named; it was just the 'drivable version' of Pottawatomie. I would have been driving on Riley Lane. I would have seen the two-block driveway and assumed that was Temple Lane. The real Temple Lane, perhaps just an unmarked set of ruts, was there but I didn't notice it.
Hypothesis 2: (violet) Maybe the driveway and Temple weren't separate intersections. Because the east end of Riley Lane was pretty much the end of Manhattan, maybe the mansion's driveway led to the mansion then branched off to Temple Lane. Unlikely.
Labels: new toy
More consistency by Antichrist
Antichrist Francine is, by definition, the Chief Confuser. That's what Antichrist does.... but sometimes she manages to be consistent.
Earlier she had stated firmly and solidly
that the Allies should not have defended themselves against Hitler and Tojo. Europe and Russia and America should have laid down and died when ordered to do so by Hitler and Tojo. Self-defense is the worst thing in the world
in Catholic minds.
Now she's making the exact same point
in the current war.
When asked if this is part of the “piecemeal Third World War” the Holy Father has mentioned many times before, Pope Francis said “this is a piece of it,” adding “there is no religious or human justification for it.”
No justification for responding to attacks. We are slaughtering MILLIONS of Muslims in Syria, Iraq and Libya. Muslims MUST NOT defend themselves against the modern Axis of EU/US/UK. When EU/US/UK bombs your country down to bedrock, you are required to TAKE IT. Just die quietly. Don't respond.
Perfect consistency. No confusion at all when it's time to support pure evil.
Labels: defensible spaces
NYC Straub gets even weirder
Latest from KXLY
, which is pretty good at following up stories sometimes....
Sources say Straub cursed at Cotton in department head meetings even though Cotton was doing a good job getting the department's public information efforts heading in the right direction. Those sources wondered how a young woman could quickly be promoted to a director's position where she had more authority than police captains. Those veteran officers felt they knew the answer when one of them was inadvertently sent a message Straub sent to Cotton......
Read the rest. It's simply bizarre.
The only valid conclusion is that Straub is flatout loony. Not violently loony in the way I typically use the word, as in the genocidal psychosis
of an insane collapsing imperialist empire. Just fucking GONE. All out of sane juice.
Straub isn't nearly old enough for his looniness to be senility or stroke. I have to assume he's been this way for a long time, which is why previous police departments allowed him to spend more time with his nonexistent family.
This isn't a criticism of Straub. He didn't intend
to damage a city, he's just not all there. If he hadn't been placed in a position of power, his non-compos-ness wouldn't have mattered much.
Parallel to Dolezal. Dolezal has been a criminal for a long time, and his/her/its criminality was on the public record
at the time when Bloomberg's best bitchboy Condon picked him/her/it for a police Ombuds commission. His/her/its criminality wouldn't have been a city problem if BBB Condon hadn't hired him/her/it.
This is purely the fault of Bloomberg's best bitchboy Condon, who specifically hired and supported both Dolezal and Straub. Condon threw away good advice from insiders and consultants. He wanted
Dolezal and Straub for some reason.
Without BBB Condon, both of these problematic people would have remained someone else's problem; they wouldn't have been able to damage Spokane.
Thanks, Ralph 18
SHUTTING BORDERS? UNTHINKABLE! UNACCEPTABLE! INTOLERABLE! SCHENGEN ÜBER ALLES! SCHENGEN ÜBER ALLES! SCHENGEN ÜBER ALLES!
Hmm. Is it possible that the dark heart of the EU is finally LEARNING something? Nah. After a couple days they'll return to Welcoming And Loving The Dear Unfortunates And Then Passing Them Along To England Which Has Better Welfare Benefits. Invade and invite. Invade and invite. Invade and invite.
Nevertheless, let it be recorded for posterity: France had at least one day
of sanity before the final curtain dropped.
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... France Says It’s ‘Essential’ To Fight Global Warming In Wake Of Paris Terror Attacks
Toldja so. One day of momentary semi-sanity. Back to genocidal psychopathic all-consuming civilization-smashing "normal" again.
Labels: Asked and answered
Mr Sun is happy
Amid the spiraling hyperlooniness of Federal crimes and rackets, plain old public schools are starting to move in several good directions. Nothing dramatic or political about this Chicago project
but it's BIG.
But for years, CPS officials considered school garden produce too dangerous to serve in cafeterias. Then, quietly in 2013, the district decided to reconsider the policy and launched a program called “Eat What You Grow.”
Today, more than 80 schools have gone through safety training to allow students and faculty to bring produce into the classroom and even work it into lunchroom food.
Drew Thomas, the school garden coordinator for CPS, sees the program as a powerful tool to connect kids to healthful foods. “We recognize the research that has demonstrated the value of a farm-to-school approach to nutrition education,” he said. “And our school gardens are kind of the pillars of that program.”
80 schools = a LOT of kids are getting regularly exposed to sanity-inducing activities and intelligence-raising microbes
and life-giving SUNLIGHT.
Nature wants us to work in the soil.
The picture with the article shows all the kids wearing food-handling gloves like Taco Bell employees. Probably required by regs but not a good idea. Those gloves won't
protect your hands from thorns but they will
protect your hands from the good bacteria. Wear serious leather gloves or no gloves.
Labels: Grand Blueprint
Why which way?
Reading latest Collectible Auto mag. Feature on '47 cars predictably includes the joke supposedly told by "wags" (always that word) about the beautiful Studie. "Which way is it going?" I listen to a lot of radio comedy from those years and I've never
heard the joke from radio "wags", but let that go. We'll assume somebody said it.
The article explains, as always, that the rounded back window on the Starlight coupe led to the remark. Nonsense. Wraparound windshields didn't happen until '55, so a rounded window wasn't an indicator of frontness in '47. The explanation had to be something else.
Was it the three-box shape? Could be, but coupes had ALWAYS been three-box cars. Sedans were in the middle of reshaping toward three-box in '47. Before '39, sedans had been two-box, with the passenger compartment extending at full height all the way to the rear. Now sedans are finally returning to two-box, which is obviously better for a family car.
But why did Studie's SPECIFIC rendition of the three-box coupe lead to directional puzzlement?
Finally figured it out.
Start from the idea that a car is a horse, as I explained here.
The three-box coupe has the same parts as a horse with rider.
We expect a beast of burden to have certain shapes. The head is a wedge-shape with nearly vertical axis. The rump is a quarter-cylinder with transverse axis.
From 1920 until 1946, coupes and roadsters satisfied these expectations. The head was a wedge, vertical or slanting slightly backwards. The rump was a quarter-cylinder with transverse axis.
I apologize for pulling a clumsy trick in the next picture! I couldn't find any Poser-suitable models of the '47-49 Studie, so I used pictures to suggest the pattern.
Here's a model of the airplane-nose '50 which makes the same point, though both ends have departed from pure wedginess.
The point is: In '47-49, Studie had wedge shapes, head shapes,
on both ends. This was an absolute first, except for a very few custom "boattail" sports cars. All other '47 cars, even the halfway radical Kaiser, stayed with conventional rumps.
After '49 these conventions broke down entirely. Some fronts became rumps,
some grew tits,
and then the Edsel
..... But mostly, all three boxes became literal rectangular boxes, losing the horse pattern altogether.
Labels: Grand Blueprint
No, that's not the racket.
Earlier I made the fairly obvious point
that we don't have TV or radio shows warning us of rackets and scams now, because the entire economy is rackets and scams.
Tonight while watching this 1952 Racket Squad episode
I came to a deeper realization.
Most of the economy ISN'T a racket as such.
A successful scam is complicated. Lots of staging and scripting and acting. Layers of deception that can be impenetrable. Inheritances that don't exist, oil wells that don't exist, companies and patents that don't exist. In this episode a large amount of real money moves around, appearing to the sucker as legit transactions while never truly leaving the control of the scammers. At the end, the real money rejoins the scammers, PLUS a large amount of the sucker's money.
Our economy is NOT sophisticated. When you look up the OBJECTIVE definition of things like QE or options or derivatives or shorts or HFT, you can see with brutal clarity that they are pure theft. The transaction is based on things that don't exist; lots of money moves around; at the end you lose and Goldman wins. But nothing is hidden. When Bugsy started QE, he TOLD US openly and directly that he was doing it to pump up the stock market, and that's exactly what happened.
ZIRP is the simplest of all. You put money in the bank. You have an expectation, an implicit contract, based on NINE HUNDRED FUCKING YEARS OF BANKING, that the bank will pay you a little bit of interest on your savings. Goldman steals the interest. You have no recourse. There are no competing banks, no alternatives, no banks operating outside the crime syndicate. All banks steal your interest. Nothing hidden, nothing mysterious. Goldman wins, you lose.
NOT A RACKET because you have NO EXCUSE for being deceived. The entire robbery is OUT IN THE OPEN. It succeeds because Goldman owns the government and the "laws". It doesn't matter if you understand. You lose and Goldman wins. That is all.
But other aspects of USA STRONG do qualify as rackets. Consider the world of "hate crimes" and "date rapes" and "terrorism" and Dolezal. These are based on "events" that did not occur at all, or "events" that are intentionally staged, or actions like "transing" that cannot possibly exist; but everyone tells the same fake story about the "events" and "transitions". Or consider Big Science. Based on pseudotheories and pseudothings like Climate Change and evolution and dark matter and parallel universes that DO NOT EXIST, but everyone tells the same fake story about the "theories" and "universes".
All of these rackets involve a lot of work and drama. A lot of real money is sloshing around. In the end you lose your money or your education or your mind or your soul or your life, and you DON'T KNOW HOW IT HAPPENED.
That's a racket.
Labels: Carbon Cult, the broken circle
Since I'm pissing around with maps today, here's a Manhattan oddity.
Found a nice 1885 townsite map contained in a PDF found here.
The full map is too large to display on this page, so I stored it here.
One nice thing about the map is that it shows buildings.
Not immediately obvious because it's not sharp, probably scanned and resized into the original PDF; but the blobs along Poyntz are clearly the correct shapes for business blocks, and blobs are scattered elsewhere in the patterns I'd expect for houses in that era. The oldest neighborhoods have more blobs. Note the house circled in blue at bottom. More about it later.
Another nice thing about the map: It shows where both the Kaw and the Blue ran before the 1903 flood. Both courses changed drastically. On this piece of the map you can see the Kaw pushing up toward the SW corner of town, then turning and running along the SE. The Blue ran directly along the E side. After 1903, the Kaw moved south, letting Wildcat Creek take the former riverbed along the S side. This formed Hunter's Island, which wasn't exactly an island. The Blue moved about a mile east, leaving a floodplain that wasn't settled until 1970 or so.
But what I'm really noticing on this map is Eliza Street, circled in red. Eliza soon became El Paso, and soon acquired a railroad down its middle just as Riley St already had. After 1900,
El Paso and Riley were nominally streets but actually railroads. Only El Paso had houses and sidewalks facing the railroad; Riley had houses that more honestly faced the drivable alleys. Now I know why El Paso had those strangely faced houses! It began as a real drivable street with a different name.
It's possible that Eliza was simply a mapmaker error, like Rustic St
in Spokane. All the other horizontal streets are named after locations or 'founders', with the partial exception of Poyntz, named after Col John Poyntz, a relative of one of the early land-sellers, thus probably an investor.
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A really loooooooooooooose chain of thought, reaching an interesting question....
1. Been having tooth/gum trouble this week. Before I added tomatoes to my diet three years ago, gum trouble was nearly constant. After tomatoes, it's rare. This little infection lasted only a couple of days, but it was still no fun.
2. Why did it take so long for humans to figure out that tomatoes are both yummy and necessary? The conventional story is that Euros believed tomatoes were poison, and didn't start eating them until about 300 years ago when explorers brought them back from South America.
3. Much earlier I'd wondered about this
from the standpoint of neural templates. I had a STRONG HUNGER for tomatoes even though I hadn't been eating them. This makes sense. We didn't rely on culture and books to teach us about correct diet until quite recently, and no other animal relies on culture or teaching. Every living thing, INCLUDING HUMANS, innately knows what's good, and tries to find what's good.
4. Well then, was the tomato really a recent arrival to the Eastern Hemisphere?
5. HELL NO. The fucking Babylonians
used tomatoes extensively. Mediterranean people never stopped eating tomatoes.
6. Large parts of Babylonian knowledge and culture passed down to Northern Euros through various channels, and Northern traders and travelers certainly would have encountered tomatoes in Greece or Mesopotamia. Tomato plants grow easily in every climate; not exclusively tropical like bananas or coffee.
7. So what the fuck happened? How did Euros forget the tomato? Or did they? Was the 'poison' myth nothing more than propaganda inculcated by a conqueror to weaken the Northerners? Or inculcated by a king to insure that his own soldiers were stronger than the people? Or was there never a 'poison' myth at all? Was the STORY ABOUT the 'poison' myth propaganda for some unknown purpose?
Labels: Grand Blueprint
Even more fun
Following on earlier fun.
Thought I'd try a tricky one. The Soviet mapmakers got the big Spokane in Wash right. (Спокан) What would they do with the little Spokane in Mo?
1. They got it even more right! Споукейн = Spokain. (Even more because оу fits the English long o better than Russian о by itself.)
2. I thought I'd caught the mapmaker using the old tradition of г for English h, as in Gmmmm! or Gollivud. Голлоуей must be Halloway, right? Wrong. It's not on the modern Google map at all, but the town was in fact Galloway.
3. Probably wrong but not for sure. The transliterator used French Буа-д'арк for Bois d'Arc. Missourans might
pronounce it that way, but I doubt it. The tree is normally Боудак (Bodock) in that part of the country. [Later check: Both of us were wrong. According to Wiki,
the locals pronounce it Bodark.]
4. The mapmaker consistently used the newer and more accurate х for English h, as in Хайлендвил for Highlandville.
Pretty firm conclusion now: The Midwestern mapmakers were using better sources than the Wash mapmakers. Probably human sources.
Labels: new toy
More fun with Soviet maps
Following on yesterday's fun.
By a nice happenstance, local TV KREM featured a dumb song
produced by some Idaho radio station, designed to teach the insider pronunciation of Idaho cities.
So let's check those Russian maps against these correct pronunciations.
set for Idaho is more complete and more close-up than the Kan and Okla sets. It includes a couple of notations that look intriguingly military, like this circle around Steens Mountain
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Now the cities:
I've numbered them here and on the maps.
1. Boise: Should be Бойси. Outsiders say Бойзи. Map has Бойзе, which is just dumb.
2. Kuna: Should be Кьюна, map is correct.
1a. Compare with Boise City in Okla, Бойзе Сити on the map. Okies pronounce it Бойзи, not Бойси. Nobody pronounces it Бойзе.
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3. Buhl: Should be Бьюл, map is right. (Not sure why this was in the song; it's not hard.)
4. Filer: Again not a hard name. Should be Файлер by the usual trans conv, map is right.
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5. Shoshone: Should be Шошон, map has Шошони, the outsider version. (Sidenote: It's interesting that Americans have a 'standard' way of dealing with names that look Injun to us. We automatically pronounce the final e in such names, even though regular English spelling would leave it silent. In this case the final e follows regular English, but we don't like it.)
3a. This map also includes Buhl, which is wrong on this map! Бул. Maybe it is hard after all.
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6. Moscow: Correct is Москоу. Map gets it exactly right. Maybe Russian dictionaries pay special attention to this name for some mysterious reason. Incidentally, Idahoans pronounce the Moscow in Russia as Москaу to distinguish it from the local Москоу.
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7. Coeur d'Alene: Outsiders get both the pron and spelling wrong, and the mapmaker outdid the outsiders. Should be Кор-д'алэйн, map has Кер-д'ален. Probably using Rus trans for French, not Rus trans for English.
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8. Kamiah: Should be Камиай or maybe Кемиай. Map has Камиа, outsider version.
9. Weippe: Should be Уиайп, strong stress on first syllable. Map has Уэйпп, more or less phonetic.
Labels: new toy
Fun with Soviet maps
Was reading about
an archive of highly detailed old Soviet maps of America.
Some of these are available commercially, though only a scattered and incomplete set. Couldn't resist buying some familiar areas from Mapstor.com.
These maps are old but accurate. Looks to me like they're from the early '50s. Interesting variation in transliteration, indicating that some areas were based on personal observation (ie spies) and some by reading American atlases and dictionaries.
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The area around Менхеттан shows the Big Blue undammed (circled in red). Tuttle Creek Reservoir was built in '56. The little towns like Randolph, Garrison and Stockdale are still there on this map, not drowned yet. Most pronunciations on this map are by actual listeners. Some of the town names are NOT obvious to a stranger, like Wamego and Wabaunsee (circled in green). Those are correct, given the usual transliteration conventions. But Lee-o-nardvill (circled in violet) should have been easy!
[I get a tickle out of reading these names aloud with full Russian trills and palatals.]
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The Спокан map is less accurate on names. Спокан itself is right (ie not Спокэйн) but Country Homes is oddly wrong, even by the dictionary. Just below Cowntry Homes is the VA Hospital (circled in red) with buildings. In general military facilities and major industries are shown in detail. Note that I-90 wasn't built yet, and also the Greenwood Tunnel
(circled in green, indicated as 'tun') is present on the map. This tunnel was eliminated in 1970.
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The transliterator for Oklahoma was GOOD but a little sloppy. He not only got the local oddities mostly
right, he also moved away from the standard conventions to get a close rendering of real American pron. I couldn't downscale this picture without losing stuff, so it overflows.
The date on this one is puzzling. It does show the tiny Kegelman Field near the Salt Plains, but doesn't show the giant Vance AFB near Enid. Both were established in WW2. Have to assume the missing Vance is an oversight. Everything else fits the same early '50s pattern as the Kansas map.
I've numbered some notables. 1. Meno, correct local, not predictable. 2. Hokomis should be Waukomis. Oops. 3. Bison, just right. Didn't try to put the o in. 4. Lucien, interesting use of the soft sign, but I think (not entirely sure of old memory) it's actually pronounced luSEEN. 5. Kremlin. No problem there! 6. White Eagle, just right, no unnecessary vowels. Also, part of the Arkansas river is on this map but the labels aren't quite in the frame. It's spelled Арканзас all along its length, and the state is also Арканзас. This Kansas version of the name was not well known in dictionaries; a normal American dictionary would lead a Russian to write Аркэнсо for the river and the state. Makes me think they had a spy in Kansas.
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More fun next day.
Labels: new toy
Probably a bad observation about holidays.
Factual part: In recent decades
there's an increasingly sharp divide between Real Holidays that everyone observes, vs Unreal Holidays that only SOME government offices observe. Some of this division is leftist crap, like the erasing of Columbus. Most of it comes from the loss of work-leisure balance. 50 years ago most people worked reliable 8-hour shifts, 5 days or 6 days a week, with reliable holidays and vacations. Now those who are lucky enough to work are expected to be on duty all the time.
Dubious part: I'm noticing a contrary trend locally in the last two or three years.
Previously, only the Realest of the Real, like Xmas and Thanksgiving, cleared out traffic. I could walk in the middle of any street on Xmas, but the Lesser Holidays looked about the same as regular workdays. Now even the Unreals like Veterans are sparsely trafficked.
If this is a valid observation, it could mean that the remaining employees in this part of town are mainly working for government.
Climate change ate my homework
Little Slovenia is building a fence.
Walls work. Boundaries work. Skin works. Bark works. Cell membranes work.
Anyone who claims that walls are crazy should be skinned alive with a cheese grater so his internal organs can "lovingly welcome" viruses and fungi and bacteria and rats and Dreamer worms.
In the NYTimes article on Slovenia we find this:
Meanwhile, European and African leaders converged on Malta for talks aimed at speeding the return of migrants who do not qualify for asylum and to address longer-term issues like poverty, climate change and conflict, which are forcing people to leave.
What's missing in that list? The ACTUAL FUCKING CAUSE is missing. The current massive migration is specifically caused by EU/US/UK wars to obliterate all countries that insult Our Prophet Netanyahu. That's the relevant VARIABLE. Instead, they blame poverty (a constant) and "Climate Change" (a bizarre myth) and conflict (a constant).
Infinite chutzpah. Monsters. Monsters. Monsters.
Labels: Carbon Cult
Waste of time
There's a whole pile of writing and talking about the newly found essay by Shelley. Sounds deep and wise, so I decided to read it.
The actual essay is here.
Not deep, not wise. Pretty much "War's bad, mkay?" except that the syntax is all fucked up so it says "Bad m'war is kay?" Someone named BURDETT (all caps) seems to be advertised as the proper alternative to M'Bad Is Kaywar. Whoever BURDETT (all caps) was, he didn't end M'is Kay Warbad.
If you want to read deep and wise from that era, read Swift. He got everything right, and all of his wisdom is still PRECISELY AND LITERALLY APPLICABLE today. No metaphors needed. The same people are still doing the same things.
Later thought: I'm genuinely surprised that Swift hasn't been totally banned. Way too much truth. It's hard to search this on Google because a newer Swift pretty much saturates everything, but the real Swift doesn't seem to be a prime target for libraries or schools.