The establishment hasn't learned one basic lesson from the Trump/Sanders insurgency.
People will tolerate problems when we feel the authorities are treating us like grownups. For 50 years the establishment has been treating us like children who mustn't be worried by reality.
Two examples of non-learning:
Obama starts selling weapons to Vietnam and claims this is just a random coincidence, just something that popped into his mind like a sudden craving for ice cream. It has nothing to do with China.
Zuckerberg changes his news-gathering practice to reduce bias, and claims this is just random. There wasn't any bias, so we don't need to do anything. Therefore we're fixing the non-existent non-problem for no reason at all.
In both cases the ACTUAL CHANGE makes simple commercial sense.
If Vietnam is building up its army, we might as well get some of the business.
If Facebook reduces its pro-Satan bias, it will make more money.
Why do you need to pretend you're NOT DOING THE RIGHT THING? Why do you need to pretend you're crazy or senile? You're not fooling ANYONE.
Convective thought after the previous two items.
What do grants do for science? What does globalism do for industry? What does oil do for a country? What does WalMart do for a city? What does QE do to a financial system? What does Federal money do for schools?
When there is ONE highest source of money, or ONE lowest-cost supplier, all of your energy goes into satisfying the ONE. All other skills and moral codes fade away.
In most cases this exclusive focus is UNNECESSARY because OTHER sources or sinks are available, at least for a while. But the ONE is so big, so overpowering, that solitary resistance is usually impossible.
On globalization, a sane ("far-right") government can help its industries to resist the ONE by imposing tariffs or closing borders. On science, a sane (non-existent) university could make special efforts to find nonconformist grant money.
Sharia, though it never worked properly, was meant to solve this problem. The Soviet system actually did solve the problem
after Stalin died. Both of these systems focused on maintaining a wide variety of skills and businesses.
and labor unions were a specific solution. Each skill or ethnic group pooled part of its output to maintain a counterforce, a BULLY who was ready and willing to exert ACTUAL PHYSICAL FORCE against the single-point sources and sinks. Most of the unions have now caved to the giant bullies of corporatism, especially after the government shorted out the Glass-Steagall Resistor that had formerly limited the financial source.
Carver would love this
Carver defined science:
Look about you. Take hold of the things that are here. Let them talk to you.
Botanists at UW did exactly that.
They LOOKED at some poplar trees that are growing strongly on bare rocks with no nutrients. Where are the trees getting their nutrients? From bacteria around the roots, like clover? Then the botanists literally TOOK HOLD of the branches.
They LET THEM TALK by running experiments. Some of the cut branches were sterilized, some not. Some were exposed to lots of nitrogen, some not. The unsterilized branches picked up nitrogen and grew, the sterilized ones didn't.
Turns out the poplars are storing bacteria in their branches just as clover and alfalfa store bacteria in their roots.
Conclusion is straight out of Carver:
One of the next great challenges will be maximizing food and biomass production in a sustainable way. Tailoring of the microbiome of plants can increase growth with reduced inputs [of external fertilizer].
This is an experiment that COULD have been done in Carver's time, or even in Darwin's time. No genetic sequencing involved. It wasn't done because NOBODY BOTHERED TO LOOK. Botanists were blinded by theory until recently.
Hooray for open eyes!
Labels: Grand Blueprint, Smarty-plants
Constants and variables 41
are attributing Venezuela's failure to Socialism.
Nope. Wrong variable. It's just good old oil. The resource curse.
When you focus a country on one abundant resource and abandon all others, you guarantee failure. The sola petrolea
doctrine is necessary for Arabia because Arabia doesn't produce anything else; but it was entirely wrong for Venezuela.
How did Venezuela make money before oil? A look at agricultural exports in 1904 (p. 178 of this PDF
) shows an astonishingly rich variety of high-value crops:
Venezuela produces annually about 1,000,000 bags of coffee, and present statistics place her in the second rank among coffee-growing countries. ... The annual production of cacao is about 8000 tons. Total production of corn about 60,000 tons...
Wheat, indigo, coconuts, sugar, rubber and tobacco were all major exports. The book lists 145 TYPES of 'ornamental woods', from Acapro to Zapatero, all produced in various quantities. A wide variety of gums and resins, fibers, oils, and medicinal plants.
When did all of those profitable resources disappear? Around 1922,
under Juan Vicente Gomez who was a standard Latin American dictator. Not a socialist. A pure Randian capitalist who ran the country efficiently and ruthlessly to maximize his own personal riches.
It was the blowout of the Barroso No. 2 well in Cabimas in 1922 that marked the beginning of Venezuela's modern history as a major producer. This discovery captured the attention of the nation and the world. Soon dozens of foreign companies acquired vast tracts of territory in the hope of striking it rich, and by 1928 Venezuela became the world's leading oil exporter. Oil ended Venezuela's relative anonymity in the eyes of world powers, making it a linchpin of an ever-expanding international oil industry and a new consideration in global policymaking. Venezuela's oil production became a major factor in policy making in Washington before the Second World War.
Not Marx. Rand. Plus a little Graybill as well. Oil locked Venezuela into the embrace of globalism, where its government and economy were monopolized by US refiners. Globalism always narrows down the local range of skills and resources. The colonial master sees you as a supplier of one product or service, and maximizes that one product.
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Sidenote: Scanning through those 145 ornamental woods showed a remarkable amount of learning and skill among Venezuela's carpenters and cabinetmakers. Nearly all had a specific use. Most have Injun names; one obvious Spanish name caught my eye.
BORRACHO. (Piscidia erythrina) A light wood which resists the attacks of insects on account of a poisonous substance contained in the sap. It is used for ordinary cabinetwork.
Sounds highly useful, but why drunk? Looked up the Latin name, found that it's commonly known as fishfuddle
in English. The poisonous substance is rotenone, definitely a good insecticide.... and those Injuns used the wood to 'sedate' fish for easy catching. Thus fishfuddle, and presumably thus borracho. Seems like it would still be a good export. There's a market for naturally insecticidal wood!
Common headline today:
Austria: Is Europe set to elect its first far-right leader since WWII?
Classic case of Orwellian retroactive redefinition. In modern EU terms, far-right means "Leading your own country for the benefit of its own people." Non-far-right means "Obeying Imperial Brussels absolutely."
In fact MOST European leaders since WWII have been far-right. Churchill, deGaulle, Adenauer. All led their own countries to benefit their own people. All controlled immigration and trade, all used their armies for their own purposes, not to increase Goldman's share value. Ultra-ultra-ultra-far-far-far-far-right-wingnut-wingnut-wingnut-Nazi-Hitler-Hitler-Hitler.
Brussels didn't become an Empire until Germany reunified. Since then, the Kraut leader has used the Brussels mechanism to run the Fourth Reich. Since then, normal sane people have been slaughtered.
It might go off
One of the standard stupid cliches in old cops-n-robbers shows:
"Put down that gun! It might go off!"
The writers obviously thought this was a clever way to tell the listeners that a gun has just been pulled, but it's a fantastically stupid thing to say. When the other guy has the gun, you're not in a position to give orders. Giving orders in a condescending way is likely to make the other guy even more pissed. Implying that the other guy doesn't know what he's doing will make him prove that he does.
The establishment forces in this year's election are constantly treating the outsiders with condescension. "Put down that vote! It might go off!"
Some of them have learned, or have been told by their bosses, that condescension is not wise. They haven't changed their attitude because they can't. So they switch to other subjects.
One who remains wildly contemptuous is Harsanyi, who generally condescends for federalist.com, but moved up to WaPo for this contemptuous snort.
If you have no clue what the hell is going on, you also have a civic duty to avoid subjecting the rest of us to your ignorance. Unfortunately, we can’t trust you.
While shoveling radioactive snot at normal Americans, Harsanyi reveals his own abysmal ignorance:
In another study, by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, we learned that only 36 percent could name all three branches of the U.S. government. Only 62 percent knew that the U.S. Supreme Court was tasked with determining the constitutionality of legislation.
Those "only 62 percent" are wrong. The Supreme Court is NOT tasked with determining constitutionality. It's only tasked with handling disputes between the states, or disputes involving a foreign government. Period.
Interpreting laws is a "task" that the Supremes stole for themselves in 1803, which immediately INVALIDATED THE ENTIRE CONSTITUTION.
When one party to a contract decides on its own to alter the terms of the contract, the contract is invalid. If you hire me to write five programs for $500, and I then infect your computer with five viruses and charge you $25 million to remove the viruses, you're entitled to tear up the contract. This is exactly what the Supremes did in 1803. They performed a duty that was EXCLUDED BY THEIR CONTRACT.
So the correct answer to all of Harsanyi's questions is "We do not have a Constitution. We have criminal tyrants who can do whatever they want, which is demonstrated perfectly by all of their actions since 1803."
I'm not ignorant, Harsanyi. You are. Put down that computer, it's making the world stupid.
Labels: Language update
Wanna see a HAT?
is a picture of a
Parkinson and Parliament
Stressed out from storms and lack of sleep. Convective and probably defective thought:
Parkinson says: In normal organizations the CEO keeps two or three assistants who compete to take his job when he retires. This competition provides both training and selection.
The parliamentary system resonates with this natural arrangement. The prime minister rises through the ranks in Parliament, reaching an office like Whip. In that position he gets consulted and effectively mentored by the current PM. (If the current PM is of the other party, the mentoring is negative, but it's still learning by watching.)
Result: You can switch to the other brand and get a pretested leadership team, ready to run.
The 1776 system never worked right. The single VP wasn't meant to be the assistant and successor; he was only meant to be an emergency substitute. It's no wonder we've had atrocious governance with two or three exceptions.
Our arrangement means that switching to the other brand always brings a wasted (and sometimes dangerous) period of OJT for the president, thus pretty much negating the benefits of switching. The outsider can't get anything done unless he relies on the permanent bureaucracy. They always blackmail and sabotage all efforts toward real change. If the new brand had his own Top Thousand Bureaucrats ready to plug-n-play, the permanent insiders wouldn't be permanent any more.
We really need to delete 1776 and return to Parliament.
One hour of torrential rain!
And needless to say, the idiot EAS gives a warning just now, at the same moment when the rain finally stops.
Next day: A weather bureau spotter in this neighborhood measured 1.15 inches in that hour, and 2.24 in the 24-hr period.
Copkiller Condon's Pit Of Horror
got filled up to the top but not QUITE overflowing. This time I didn't have to picture it. Someone else did.
And: This part of town was missed by the last few major rainstorms. I was starting to feel smug. Thanks, Ralph!
Labels: Carbon Cult, Emersonian justice
Real world dyslogic
Still thinking about the dyslogic and dysphilosophy
and dysEVERYTHING of THE GUIDANCE.
Polistra has been thinking for a long time about Real World Math.
Practical math problems nearly always mix discrete CHOICES or THRESHOLDS with analog NUMBERS. You can see this most clearly in income tax calculations. Multiply line 3 by .95; if this is greater than line 7a, put 43% of line 13 on line 27 and subtract the smaller of line 32 and half of line 19b.
Math SHOULD be able to handle things like this in a formula, but it can't. Nearly all real-world situations work this way, because this is how our brain works. Elections, tournament brackets, income tax, payroll, shopping, cooking. All involve a mix of discrete binary decisions and analog math, sequenced in such a way that the analog and binary parts can't be 'factored out'. You have to run the procedure completely, in the correct order.
You can handle these situations well enough in a program, but modern computers don't make it easy to get into program mode. [Oddly enough, the earliest IBM PCs and TRS80s and Applesatan IIs made this type of calculation easy. As soon as the computer was on, you were in Basic, where you could immediately do real-world math.]
= = = = =
Okay, then, how about Real World Logic? THE GUIDANCE
breaks the boundaries of simple symbolic logic, just as it breaks all other boundaries.
In plain logic or digital gates you have four simple functions:
AND, OR, XOR, IMPLIES.
Each has a perfectly defined truth table. When you evaluate x AND y, the result or output is TRUE when BOTH x AND y are TRUE. The output is FALSE for the other three possibilities.
What is the truth function of THE GUIDANCE?
PREVENT THE DETERMINATION OF TRUTH.
As long as the circuit or program or organism remains uncertain and confused, everything is fine. Any attempt by the circuit or program or organism to settle on TRUE or FALSE immediately BURNS UP THE CIRCUIT. Shuts down the computer. Kills or imprisons the human organism.
This requires monitoring the output of every circuit, which is typical in a tyranny. Applesatan has generously provided this monitoring by addicting everyone to constant texting and selfies. A tyrant's dream. Turning humans into squid, with all thoughts visible on a handy screen.
The PREVENT TRUTH function can't be placed into symbolic logic for Gödelish reasons, but it can be shown in a program. It would look something like this in Python:
PossibleStates= [0.0, 0.05, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25, 0.30, 0.35, 0.40, 0.45,
0.50, 0.55, 0.60, 0.65, 0.70, 0.75, 0.80, 0.85, 0.90, 0.95, 1.00]
def OrganismAnd(in1, in2):
if (in1==F) and (in2==F): return F
elif (in1==T) and (in2==F): return F
elif (in1==F) and (in2==T): return F
elif (in1==T) and (in2==T): return T
else: return None
# end function
# Main Loop
output = OrganismAnd(in1,in2)
if output == T:
print in1,in2,"shutdown" # os.system.shutdown()
elif output == F:
print in1,in2,"shutdown" # os.system.shutdown()
print in1,in2,"Okay" # keep going
# end while
This program has one neuron-like function, labeled 'Organism AND'. This simulates an AND-gate neuron that can distinguish uncertainty from certainty. When both of its inputs are exactly FALSE it says FALSE. When one is TRUE and the other is FALSE, it says FALSE. When both are exactly TRUE it says TRUE. Those outputs are standard AND responses. The function also handles uncertainty. When either input is between TRUE and FALSE, it gives an uncertain answer. ('None' in Python is the NULL value.)
The main loop below the function simply feeds the Organism a set of random inputs, simulating the various experiences of life. I've restricted the 'variety' of these random inputs to 20 steps from FALSE to TRUE so it reaches a conclusion in a satisfyingly short amount of time. (About one second for each run.)
When the main loop gets an indefinite response from the Organism, it keeps going. No problem. When it gets a definite TRUE or FALSE from the organism, it shuts down.
Note that this little program doesn't REALLY shutdown the computer; it just ends its own life. But you could decomment those lines.
Labels: Natural law = Sharia law
Where are the philosophers?
Polistra asked this question before
in a broader context. Time to ask it again in a highly specific case.
is a violation of all laws of truth and logic and morality at all levels. At the deepest level it's a violation of epistemology.
How do we know things? By examining them and applying our experience. Some complicated things require more instrumentation like voltmeters or microscopes; at that point epistemology morphs into metrology, but it's the same process. Our experience, our pattern recognition abilities, our language, turn the raw perception into a statement or assertion.
Let's take a schoolgirl trying to pee in a school restroom. Suddenly the stall door pops open and a teenage boy appears.
Normal observation: This is a boy, and he wants to do bad things. Normal statement or assertion: I need to get the hell out of here and scream for help.
This observation is now EXPLICITLY FORBIDDEN BY THE GUIDANCE.
The girl doesn't know if the thing facing her has declared itself to be a Trans thing or not. If the thing has stated verbally
that it is a Trans Thing, its presence in the restroom is UNPUNISHABLE
and her attempt to complain about the thing's presence is ILLEGAL.
What's more, the girl is NOT ALLOWED TO ASK ANYONE
whether the thing is a boy or a girl or a Trans or a XRY6ON9HF. All channels of observation and knowledge are OFFICIALLY CLOSED.
Where have all the philosophers gone? Gone to COOLNESS every one. They know one thing firmly from their own observation and experience: Truth doesn't get grants. Only absolute rigid adherence to Party Doctrine gets grants.
Labels: defensible spaces, Metrology
Take the bumbus!
brings back 'floaters'.
The city of Portland on Thursday bought its first bus ticket for a homeless man who wanted to leave town. "Homeward Bound," the city-funded program designed to bus the city’s homeless out of town, officially began Thursday. At least 40 homeless people want to leave Portland, and it's only day one. Officials in charge have been fielding calls and taking sign-ups since March.
Dillon Hendershot, 18, was ready to go at 5 p.m. Thursday. “I can't be homeless the rest of my life,” he said. “It breaks you down.” Hendershoot held his $82 bus ticket to Spokane with an iron grip. Friends ditched the New Mexico native in Portland last week, mid-road trip.
Note the positive tone. Naturally the vacuum-brained journalists don't know that the 'floater' is an old concept. If they knew, they would be ROARING AND SPEWING ABOUT JIM CROW AND KKK AND KKK AND KKK AND KKK AND HOLOCAUSTS AND NAZIS AND HONKIES AND CHRISTIANS AND TROLLS AND TRUMP AND TRUMP AND TRUMP AND TRUMP AND TRUMP AND TRUMP and other maximally evil boogeymen that zip and zap and ziggle through the perfect vacuum in their teensy-weensy calvaria.
Note also how the hope of an improved life in Spokane changed the tense of Dillon's surname from past to present. This opens a whole new horizon in self-define. Currently we allow trans things to define their own pronouns, and slam non-trans unpersons into the gulag for failing to use the define pronoun. Why not your own tense? "My gender is Optimist. My pronouns are Wow (nominative singular); Awesome (genitive singular); Amazing (dative singular); and Schweet! (accusative singular). Awesome tense will have been Future Perfect!!!!!"
Labels: Language update
Better than MRI
The best time to examine the "thinking" of tyrants is when
they don't even know what they're revealing:
“My worst fears about Bernie's lack of temperament and character are being realized,” added a New Hampshire Democrat. “He's not a team player, and he's not a Democrat.”
Lack of temperament and character = HERETIC. TROLL. BUFFOON. Not one of us. Not our values.
Perfectly programmed robots have temperament and character.
Live humans lack temperament and character.
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Closely related: Hillary says Trump is 'unqualified' for the Presidency. Okay, this means that Hillary is 'qualified'. Let's see if we can quantify qualified.
Hillary's achievements while Sec of State:
> Started 3 wars, continued 2 wars.
> Deaths in those wars during her time in office:
Iraq (2009-2012) 20k
Afghan (2009-2012) 10k
So. We have yet another amendment
to the constitutional requirements for a president. The part about 'natural born' is gone; the part about 'over 35' is still valid; the part about 'must reside for 14 years' is gone; the part about 'must be from different state than VP' is gone.
Now Hillary has added 'Must kill at least 265,000 foreigners in totally unnecessary and evil wars' to the remaining 'over 35' rule.
Trump is definitely unqualified. He's well over 35, but he hasn't killed anyone
yet. He has only provided jobs and housing and comfort and entertainment for millions in many countries. To be sure, comfort and entertainment aren't the most profound aspects of human endeavor; still, they're not in the same category as premeditated genocide.
Take the mailbus!
Another KSHS picture.
Description: F.J. Henderson had a contract to deliver the United States mail on the Syracuse-Johnson-Elkhart mail route from 1913-1920. In this photograph, Henderson stands next to the model "T" Ford he used to deliver the mail in 1916.
Mr Henderson's T is a wonderful mix of pieces, nicely carpentered together to carry both mail and passengers.
The 'bed' is probably homemade. The passenger part is clearly from a center-door sedan:
Well, no. I can't find any centerdoor from any brand that has the same shape and structure.
The cab is equally unpinnable. Truck cabs were generally aftermarket. Many cabs had an oval 'opera window', but I can't find an exact equivalent online or in books. Here's a 1917 panel truck, more typical of mail trucks. Short oval.
And here's a screencap from a Lawless Years episode. Long oval but entirely different door.
Best guess, then: The whole thing was Henderson's design, using pieces from Ts and houses and horse-powered coaches to make a unique mailbus.
Obviously you couldn't carry passengers in a mailtruck now. Regulations and liability.
What happened to Public Health?
The bathroom trannie tyranny is a direct violation of all Public Health principles.
The first rule of Public Health:
Don't make everyone less safe to satisfy the tastes of a small group.
Don't eliminate vaccines because some people have a delusion about vaccines.
Don't eliminate seatbelts because some people find them uncomfortable.
Don't eliminate clean water because some people have delusions about fluorine.
Don't eliminate doctors because some religions don't like to use doctors.
Sometimes we go too far in the correct direction. Seatbelts should be available in all cars but we shouldn't force people to use them. But most of these rules leave room for the exceptions.
The bathroom rule makes actual females LESS SAFE in order to satisfy the tastes of DELUSIONAL people.
Labels: defensible spaces
Polistra likes to celebrate World Metrology Day.
This year's theme is dead easy. Theranos.
Perfect case of bad metrology on all levels.
(1) The device itself was meant to provide meaningful readings from a smaller sample of blood than previous methods. It didn't work.
(2) Testing revealed that the device didn't work. These measurements of validity were trashed.
(3) Trashing or altering records is a flashing idiot light. When you see it, you should stop everything and repair or junk the vehicle. The culture of NDAs in the tech world disconnected the flashing light. Nobody wanted to ruin their career chances by reporting the problem.
If the stages of calibration, measurement and recording had been done properly, the whole mess would have collapsed many years ago without affecting any patients. Now we have an unknown number of bad diagnoses leading to bad treatments. Possibly a million.
The only measurement that mattered, as fucking usual, was SHARE VALUE.
Though it's hard to tell from outside, I suspect the ALIVENESS of real doctors avoided most deaths. Real doctors and nurses, no matter how distracted and overworked by bad technology, try to retain a direct and intuitive picture of the patient's condition.
Labels: Danbo, Metrology
Who is he trying to fool?
Obama requires overtime pay for a wide range of employees.
Obvious and inevitable results:
(1) More immigration and outsourcing. India doesn't have this rule. Result: more dotheads working, less Americans working.
(2) More 1099s. Romneycare already exerts a tremendous pressure in this direction, and the overtime rule will pull even harder in the same direction.
The big corporations who ordered up this product from Obama know what they're getting. Share value.
Employees who have been displaced by outsourcing or 1099'd into poverty also know what they're getting. Raped.
After 30 years of steady murder by DC, how can ANYONE be fooled by this destructive shit?
Labels: Asked and unanswered
Constants and variables 40
Watching the D establishment spew venom
at Bernie in the same way that the R establishment spews on Trump. Remarkable similarity.
The one big difference, the one variable that requires some explanation:
At the start of this campaign it was a safe assumption that both establishments would pull out all the stops
and break all the rules
to protect their Crowned Heirs, Jeb and Hillary.
Both elites did pull out all the stops, but the R establishment DID NOT CHANGE ANY RULES to halt Trump. The Ds are now showing their bloody teeth as they break all the rules to stop Bernie.
Why did the Repooflicans fail to change rules? What weakness allowed them to give actual voters
a moment of influence?
= = = = =
The emergence of "surprise" outsiders as the favorites in both R and D shouldn't have been a surprise. Both establishments have been focusing on donors instead of voters for 30 years. They have worked ASTONISHINGLY HARD to eliminate all live voters from elections, leaving only the mechanical Rbots and Dbots.
Unfortunately they didn't eliminate voting itself, so smart and live outsiders were able to appeal to live voters. Bernie and Trump are ALIVE.
An outsider needs more than life to get a real movement going. The SUBJECT that Trump and Sanders use was also an inevitable result of the Rbot/Dbot strategy. All politicians must obey Goldman. Goldman wants to kill the non-Chosen and infinitely enrich the Chosen. Both parties have accomplished Goldman's assignment with magnificent success.
Directly analogous to share value vs profit.
Before 1980 parties were doing normal business, competing for customers with improved products. Feedback worked to keep them focused on the customers. Now the customers have been eliminated. Only the share value matters. The parties are competing to increase Goldman's commission. From a Goldman's eye view, live voters do not exist at all, and the Rbots and Dbots are just a production expense that needs to be minimized for max share value.
This still doesn't answer why the R party slipped up in its sacred duty to Goldman. I'm sure there will be literal Hell to pay for this error.
Labels: Asked and unanswered
Oh, yes, the monetary geniuses who peddle the 2% inflation gospel claim we are all in it together. That is, prices, wages, profits, rents and even indexed social benefits allegedly all march upwards at 2% per year, and, save for minor leads and lags in timing, no one is financially worse for the wear.
C’mon. That’s rank poppycock. The truth is, savers get killed and borrowers get windfalls; the wages of upper-end workers keep-up, while the purchasing power of paychecks lower down the ladder shrinks continuously; social security recipients get recompense, private pensioners get shafted.
Interesting word. When I decided to take SS at age 62, I was trying to get moral revenge for the Chosen theft of all interest on savings. I didn't think of it in simple math terms as a "recompense." Does it work out?
Quick figuring: Yes! Start with the inflation-adjusted total of all my income, and then take 15% of it to represent my SS "account". Add my real savings which I'm getting ZERO INTEREST on. This sum represents my total savings through both channels. Assume that a normal pre-Chosen-theft return on an annuity would be about 6%. And sure enough, my annual SS is within a few hundred dollars of that 6% return.
This is purely coincidental since the SS would be the same if my personal savings had been zero or a million; but it's still nice in an Emersonian sense.
Labels: Emersonian justice, TMI
The last border
A thought has been floating around in what remains of my mind. I approached it here
but didn't quite pin it down. Finally pinned it down.
Several years ago I noted
a profound saying in one episode of Fibber. It didn't sound like the usual writers; sounded more like Jim Jordan was sending a personal message to someone. Leaving aside the dialect, he said:
You don't want to ruin tradition. When a natural rule leaves the realm of tradition, it has to be written as law. When it's written as law, you can go to jail for breaking it; and when it's written as law it can be repealed.
Good advice, except that laws are no longer repealed.
The Trans phenomenon belongs to the same category but infinitely worse.
Tradition leaves room for internal confusion and ambiguity. The traditional structure of BORDERS AND BOUNDARIES sets up spheres of increasing size. Inside your mind you can do anything at all. Inside your house you can do anything that doesn't ruin other houses. Inside your city you can do anything that doesn't ruin other cities. Inside your nation you can do anything that doesn't bomb other nations.
We've blown up ALL those boundaries now.
The Trans thing breaks through the boundary of the individual body in a brand-new way.
Young people are often confused and ambiguous. They act out these confusions in play. Pretend to be a fireman, pretend to be a man, pretend to be God. As long as these expressions are detachable (toys, costumes, etc) they do no harm. After enough experience through play or school or work, you figure shit out. You become more definite and certain about important things, and learn to ignore stuff that doesn't matter.
We have decided that one particular INTERNAL confusion MUST be turned into an EXTERNAL AND PERMANENT ALTERATION in the body. Parents who believe that their child is confused, or simply decide to confuse the child, pay for surgery to add or subtract pieces. This addition or subtraction is permanent. The confusion or belief is no longer internal.
Everyone notices it, and everyone alters their behavior accordingly, which then reinforces the belief.
This is truly new and unprecedented, or more precisely CONSIDERING THIS TO BE SANE AND NORMAL
is new and unprecedented. In sane times, a person who removed his hands or head or eyes or ear was considered crazy. A parent who removed or added pieces to a child was considered a vicious sadist.
In fact those parents are still vicious sadists. We define
them otherwise because we are beyond beyond beyond beyond beyond beyond beyond insane.
Labels: defensible spaces
First they mock you then they copy you
The old saying doesn't quite work now ..... the truth is more like "they copy you and continue mocking you".... but nevertheless it's happening.
We continue to slam EVIL PROTECTIONISM and XENOPHOBIC BUFFOON TRUMP for the CRIME of proposing a 45% tariff on China,
and at the same time we impose a 500% tariff on China.
Good old doublethink.
Labels: Loughnerian Logic