Monday, August 31, 2015
  Three illegitimate things

School starts this morning, but it may stop a few days later. The union thugs are preparing to strike for more money.

There's a good argument for more money. School days are 30 minutes longer now (which is a stupid and pointless change), so teachers should be paid more. For some reason the thugs aren't using that sensible and understandable argument; instead they're hitting the public with incomprehensible junk about Appropriated Reserve Funds that should be used differently. Another unpersuasive argument is that "support staff" like ACHIEVEMENT GAP MONITORS should be paid more.

Nope, ACHIEVEMENT GAP MONITORS shouldn't exist at all. They exist as a way of defending the genocidal Marxist Lie that All Humans Are Identical Passive Grains Of Sand.

If the thugs would simply admit the plain ordinary SCIENTIFIC FACT that

they wouldn't need ACHIEVEMENT GAP MONITORS.

So. We have three totally illegitimate things happening at once.

(1) The nine criminals illegitimately posing as the "State Supreme Court" illegally ordered the legislature to pay the thugs more.

(2) The thugs aren't satisfied with the illegal increase, so they're going to illegally strike for an even larger illegal increase.

(3) The thugs are justifying the illegal strike by the need to pay more to maintain their SCIENCE DENIALISM.
 
  Like a Grand Re-Opening, I guess.

I'm purely puzzled by the news that Obama is going to officially name Mt McKinley to Mt Denali. That happened 20 years ago. Maybe it didn't get recorded on some official document, but the mountain and the park have been Denali on maps for a LONG time.

Aside from the redundancy, I'm still wondering why some things MUST have Injun names while other things CANNOT have Injun names. Mountains, golf courses, islands, and parks MUST be Injun. Ball teams and commercial products CANNOT be Injun.

Golf is an honor, baseball is an obscenity?

A mountain is an honor, a car is an obscenity?

I fucking dare you to find a logical reason for this ratshit.
 
  Power defends power

Berezow at RCS pulls together some quotes from "theologians" that conveniently favor Big Science in its current form. Unsurprising. Berezow always defends Big Science.

Two of the quotes strike me as particularly noxious.

"No doubt those who really founded modern science were usually those whose love of truth exceeded their love of power."
--C.S. Lewis (The Abolition of Man)

Nope. Nobody in science "loves truth". Many working scientists are deeply fascinated by the pursuit itself; fascinated by atoms or octopuses or curing disease. That's not the same thing as truth, and the structure of academia doesn't select for truth. It selects for currently fashionable theories. "Founders" by definition love power. Anyone who tries to set up a new discipline or department is trying to push the old fogeys out of power. Not always bad. In some cases the old fogeys are wrong and deserve to be pushed out. This is exactly how truth happens. Occasionally and accidentally as a side-effect of power.

"Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes."
--Pope John Paul II (Letter to Director of the Vatican Observatory)

I won't argue with the cans. These purifications could happen in some ideal world. They never actually happen in THIS world. Science as a public force considers ALL religions except Gaia to be errors because non-Gaian religions compete for the attention and money of politicians. Genuine religion does try to oppose the idolatries of science (eg evolution, Global Warming, economics, "social" "science", quantum shit), but religion as a public force is fully aligned with those idolatries. The public agents of Protestant and Catholic churches ferociously support those idolatries, with occasional reservations about certain details of economics. Public religion works WITH public science to accelerate the evils caused by those idolatries, and to oppose genuine religion.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015
  An alternate explanation

Like everyone else, I've been trying to figure out what Antipope Francine is trying to do.

(1) If you're thinking in Godly terms as described in the Old and New Testaments, there's no doubt that she's a traitor to God and a representative of Satan.

(2) Some evidence indicates that she's not trying much of anything; maybe she's just too dumb to carry out intellectual tasks like planning.

(3) Maybe there's an alternate secular explanation. I make no claim of truth or validity for this narrative. It's consistent with human nature, and that's all.

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Going back about 10 years ... Benny XVI tried to organize the Church Militant against both secularism and Islam. Unfortunately he found that Stalin was right.

If you're going to be Militant you need Divisions. Against the militant parts of Islam, you need actual guns and bombs working for you. Without a connection to actual force, you're just going to generate piles of martyrs for no advantage. Against secularism, you need protection from the blackmailing fairies of the Curia. He didn't have that either.

So Benny, a hugely intelligent man, backed off. Hold em or fold em.

In this narrative Bergoglio, an unintelligent power-loving man, saw what happened to BXVI. He wanted to be a Pope with power so he could be powerful. He decided to realign the Church to agree with the holders of power in EU/US/UK. This has a nice side-effect of slowing down the Curia fairies, because the Pope is now on their side.

Presto! A Pope with Divisions! No need to use them for any religious purpose. Power is sufficient to a power-loving man.
 
  New track, same acceleration toward Hell

Well, no doubt now about Satan's next step. I knew it wasn't going to be polygamy, but I wasn't quick enough to spot the sudden acceleration toward euthanasia.

Wesley Smith points out that Colorado's proposed euthanasia law gets rid of all the old unenlightened restrictions.

No need to be terminally ill. If you want to die, you can force a doctor to kill you. It's that simple and direct.

Coloradans do not currently have the liberty to pursue happiness by obtaining a medical professional's assistance in achieving a peaceful death thru the administration of oral or intravenous drugs. The people of Colorado hereby proclaim that mentally competent adult residents of Colorado are Sovereign in the matter of personal medical decisions and have the liberty at life's end to set the time and tone of their own deaths, asking permission of no person or organization.​
Catch that?

Liberty is death.

Happiness is death.

I have no idea what Liberty means, but Happiness is well defined.

All the old wisdom tells us, and everyone who lives long enough realizes: Happiness (or Satisfaction or Contentment) is available to anyone in any condition. It's all about setting your expectations properly and noticing the positive departures from expectations.

Defining happiness as death CLOSES OFF this process of adjustment and appreciation. It OPENS the path for doctors or parents or "support groups" to administer the prescription of Happiness when a youngster only needs an Expectation Adjustment, or an experience of completing a useful project, or maybe just a little tiny scrap of motherfucking RESPECT.

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  RAIN



One odd non-barking dog ... normally when we get rain after a period of dry dusty weather, lots of power transformers pop. Water + dust = arcing path between terminals. This rain comes after TWO MONTHS of EXTREME DUST and GREASY WOODSMOKE. It's been raining for two hours now, and no popped xfmrs yet. Maybe yesterday's wind cleaned the xfmrs.

Later: Spoke too soon. Or non-barked too soon. After another hour of rain, there are about 7 popped xfmrs and pole fires. Nothing abnormal after all. Oddly, these pops caused a LOT more actual outages in Spokane than yesterday's wind. Seems like a solution should be available. Mounting the xfmr upside down, with terminals on bottom, would solve rain, dust and squirrels all at once. Indent the bottom so rain and dust can't flow there under any circumstances.

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  YAAAAAAYYYY! for real this time.

Today, FINALLY, some ACTUAL RAIN on the fiery areas!


 
  What local media?

During yesterday's storm, the Spokane-News facebook page posted this belated (as usual) Official Warning from the Weather Bureau:





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CHECK LOCAL MEDIA? WHAT FUCKING LOCAL MEDIA?

Spokane DOES NOT HAVE local media, EXCEPT for the Spokane-News facebook page. TV and radio pay no attention to actual events. TV is too busy obeying Our Lord And Prophet Alphonse Sharpton Junior's Holy Cop-Killing Instructions. Radio stations run on autopilot except during Morning Zoo Time on weekdays. Anything that happens outside of Morning Zoo Time does not exist. You can't even find out what fucking TIME it is from radio, as I realized during the last prolonged power outage. Everything is designed to Go National, which means you can't mention time or weather or facts.

Thanks again to Spokane-News for being THE LOCAL MEDIA.
 
Saturday, August 29, 2015
  Deer likes my yard

I saw this deer early this morning along Wellesley. He was casually munching someone's marigolds. After the storm he decided to settle in my yard. He seemed to be looking toward the kitchen window even before I caught his eye; maybe he liked the smell of my vegy chili. He's not getting any of it.

Two views from different windows. This dude is LARGE, almost horse-size. I don't feel like messing with him, so he can sleep there if he wants.


Tried calling Animal Control, but they don't deal with non-domestic animals, and the department that does is closed.

5:30: He got up and sauntered elsewhere.

Observation based on an N of 2: Deer seem to be remarkably streetwise and humanwise. They figure out how cars move and how humans behave, and they aren't constantly surprised by predictable behavior. In this respect they are on the same IQ level as dogs, and way above cats and climate "scientists", who are unable to process sequences. The orange cat I've mentioned and pictured often has wandered around the neighborhood for 5 years, sees me daily, and hangs out in my yard almost daily. You'd think he would recognize me as a non-threatening and non-interesting item, the way neighborhood dogs do after a few days of acquaintance. Nope. Cats always look at you with complete alien puzzlement. "What is this strange vertical object? I've never seen one before! What will it do? I need to be ready for anything!" I've concluded that cats survive solely because of their unique athletic abilities, not because of their brainpower.

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Correction after some googling: This is clearly a mule deer, and the absence of antlers probably marks it as female. So I apologize for calling her a him. I know less about ruminants than they know about me!

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  Merkel, Obama, Ebola

Merkel is HELPING the criminal migrants to move into Germany, and VIOLENTLY SUPPRESSING all attempts by normal Germans to resist the invasion.

Obama is HELPING the criminal "Dreamers" to move into USA STRONG, and VIOLENTLY SUPPRESSING all attempts by normal Americans to resist the invasion.

This is absolutely bizarre.

Animals have skin. The job of skin is to let in good stuff like air and water and keep out bad stuff. Larger things (food) must enter through specific ports. Any virus that gets past the skin is killed by an unbelievably complex system of organs and cells.

Nations have fences. The job of a fence is to let in good stuff like air and water and keep out bad stuff. Larger things (freight and humans) must enter through specific ports. Any criminal that gets past the skin is killed or at least pushed back out; any contraband freight that gets through the skin is destroyed or pushed back out.

Borders are necessary for life. When you break the cell walls or skin or bark or fence, the cell or animal or tree or nation dies.

EU/US/UK governments have been treasonously breaking the cell wall to invite the invaders for a long time. Merkel and Obama are adding a new element, SUPPRESSING the normal immune response. This is how Ebola behaves.

XENOPHOBIA IS LIFE. "WELCOMING" IS DEATH.

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Friday, August 28, 2015
  YAAAAAAYYYY! /// Edit: Shit.

Look at this!!!!!!!



RAIN just where it's needed most!

MORE, MORE MORE!!!!!!!

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Later: It looks like we'll finally get some solid rain on Sunday, but we have to get through a big wind on Saturday first. The big wind could ignite and explode lots of new fires. Shit.

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Update Sat aft: Seems to be mostly done. Wasn't terrible. Pretty much the usual summer-to-fall transition storm, an hour of 35G45 type wind. A few trees and poles down, no massive damage.



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Lewiston got the real shit. A half hour of 60-70!



Serious trouble there.
 
  Fantastically stupid idea

This sort of shit keeps popping up over and over with slight variations. A whole lot of work by well-meaning people, with exactly zero result.
He envisions a movement where funds are raised to build slightly larger homes — from 200 to 800 square feet — that would still be considered part of the tiny-home market and provide an option below the lowest rungs of market rent, which is soaring. In the first quarter of 2015, the average monthly rent in the Nashville area stood at $975, according to Colliers market report. Such housing would fill the gaps between such high-cost rental spaces and the low-income units, like those subsidized by Section 8, for which there are often long waits.

But for now, Carr continues to work with homeless organizations and local faith-based communities to identify land for micro villages. Green Street, he hopes, is just the first; and it has room, Carr said, to expand to a total of 25 micro homes. So the effort continues. "We'd love to pepper this yard with houses," said Tripp Hunt, the church's attorney.

... Those people will move in this weekend, continuing to use the other amenities provided by the church like restrooms and showers, but it is not meant to be a permanent placement.

... Living in a small house with four walls and a roof, which is a good way for the homeless to sample apartment-style living as they work toward new independence.


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What's wrong?

1. The homeless are not involved in BUILDING the homes. They're still jobless, still feeling useless and charitized, still outside the circle of dignity.

2. If you're going to spend $7500 for a portable home, buy a used travel trailer instead. It's completely livable, self-contained and wonderfully well-designed. In every town there are hundreds of travel trailers sitting in driveways, never traveling. A church could run a campaign to buy them and pay the homeless dudes to spruce them up.

3. A "community of microhomes" in a yard with communal kitchen and bathroom is exactly the same as a tent camp. You're not "sampling apartment-style living". Apartments are typically LARGER than houses for the same rent, not 6 feet wide.
 
  OPT 5

Following on earlier observations of things that have 'regularized' with age.....

Several superstitious Rules of Inversitude formerly dominated my life.

(1) If you want to find X, you need to catch Nature off guard by looking for Y.

(2) If you're ready for a weather event, it won't happen. If you're unprepared, it will happen.

(3) A day that starts badly will end well. A day that starts well will end badly.

(4) When looking for one item in an unmarked stack like a shelf of magazines or a pile of CD's in envelopes, the one you want will always be the LAST one you could possibly pick up. It doesn't matter which direction you search, where you start, or how you cut the deck. The desired object is the LAST.

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With age, all of these rules except (4) have disappeared.

(1): Not sure why it faded. Maybe I've simply lowered my expectations to the point where I'm not seeking much.

(2): Easy to explain. Now that I have money, time and experience, I'm always 'ready enough' for bad weather and power outages. I've controlled all the hazards that I can afford to control.

(3): Direct result of switching to Old Peoples Time, sleeping from 8PM to 2AM. Now I always wake up in a good mood. Some days go bad, most remain good, but there's no negative correlation involved because wakeup is a constant.

(4): Still holds true. I could probably eliminate it by setting up filing systems, but the problem doesn't happen often enough to make the labor worthwhile.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
  Ashley Mobius?

It's genuinely surprising, and maybe a leeeeetle bit reassuring, that the Ashley Madison hack has caused so much trouble for the hackees. Adultery hasn't been officially punished for 100 years, and has been thoroughly normal for 50 years. Even among famous fuckheads, you'll never see anyone exposed for adultery.

It does get punished indirectly in divorces, especially when big money is available for the wife to steal, but never directly.

Most likely the divorce-money connection is why we're seeing so much ass-covering.

Or maybe: Now that most sins have been normalized, Natural Law is sneaking around the unguarded side of Satan's fort to de-normalize an old exhausted sin that Satan thought he could safely leave for dead.

In less mystical terms ... People know that they can be ruined, jailed or killed for saying the wrong thing about the latest sins, the sins that have been Officially Required by the Black-Robed Inquisitors. The same Inquisitors haven't made any rulings or decisions on adultery in more than a century, so it may be permissible to say bad things about cheaters.
 
  Extreme? Yup.

I had the strong impression that July and Aug were sort of warmer than usual, while June was extreme. My impressions can be faulty, but this time NCDC verifies it with a BANG.

Aug isn't done yet, so here's July compared to the last century or so of Julys:



Yup, warm but not record-breaking. I suspect Aug will be closer to normal.

And here's JUNE!@!$&@^%%$#%!



Even more dramatic because it comes after two decades of resolutely nonextreme Junes. There's your forest fires in one graph. Add in Mary Verner, an emergency manager who is KNOWN to be incompetent in emergencies, and you've got a guaranteed total disaster.
 
  Last bastion?

Convective thought: Plain old public schools may be the last bastion of localism.

Two different news items show a strong crossgrained stubbornness and a resistance to national or global "solutions".

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(1) Murdoch's attempt to break into Innovative And Disruptive ed tech with big money fails.

My first thought was "No duh. Idiot union thugs won't allow Murdoch in because KKK BUSHITLER NAZI SEXIST RACIST HOMOPHOBE CLIMATEDENIALIST TRANSPHOBE, even though Murdoch is actually 10 times more Commie and 100 times more Green than any union thug." Nope. The facts aren't nearly that simple. There was some political shit in NY, mainly because Murdoch had hired former NY school official Joel Klein to head the project. Even there it wasn't really R vs D. Klein is firmly D but earned the hatred of union thugs by trying to reform the schools. In other states Murdoch's people arrogantly assumed they could Innovate And Disrupt existing business relationships. Didn't work. School boards were happy with existing publishers and didn't see any reason to switch.

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(2) Chicago parents are staging a hunger strike to keep their neighborhood school open. Jesse Jackson is getting involved, yet again the dispute isn't racial or partisan. Everyone on both sides is both D and black.

By objective standards the school deserves to be closed. Its last graduating class had only 13 kids. But the neighborhood likes its school and wants to keep it open.


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(3) Semi-related... Spokane's first public charter school has started, several days before the regular public system. The school's agenda is suspiciously leftist and internationalist, but the classroom itself is old-fashioned. The short video shows serious kids working hard, using nothing but #2 pencils and paper. No technology or distraction in the room at all, nobody peeking at iPhones or Innovating And Disrupting. Only one thing in the classroom was different from the room where I started school in 1955: markers on whiteboard instead of chalk on slate. And that's a definite improvement. (Old tech isn't better just because it's old. SIMPLE tech is always better, and markers are better SIMPLE tech than chalk.)
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
  No such thing as part-time rigging.

A couple years ago commentators were talking mainly about oil prices. Some said the upward moves were rigged and the downstrokes were natural. Others said the downs were rigged and the ups were natural.

Now we're hearing the same thing about stock bubbles. "The Fed has lost control!" or "PBOC has lost control!"

Nonsense.

If you know a game is rigged for even one second, you know by induction that it's ALWAYS rigged.

Let's say you're driving on a smooth interstate. You turn on cruise control and take your foot off the gas. Whoops, now you need to exit into city streets. You turn off cruise control and resume direct foot action.

This does NOT mean you "lost control" during the times when cruise was on. You were fully in control the whole time. You chose when to turn cruise on and off, based on your judgment of where you wanted to go. You're rigging the drive to suit your purposes. Cruise control is part of the rig.

Same with the central banks. We know that they're rigging the upstrokes with QE and ZIRP. That's a plain and admitted fact. No secret. Now we have the appearance of "natural" markets for ... what, about three minutes at a time? Between the halts and circuit breakers?

It's all rigged. The drop isn't a "loss" or a "failure", it's designed to benefit someone massively. The only question is who.
 
  It's damn hard

Will the earth stop rotating counterclockwise?

Will pigeons stop pooping on statues?

Will ham operators stop being square?

Will gardeners stop hating squirrels?

Will fire stop being hot?

Will journalists stop aiding and abetting Sharpton's race war now that the effects have hit home?

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It's damn hard to find good rhetorical constants now that the Pope is no longer Catholic and apple pie is a gluten-infested poison and motherhood is an unimaginable sin. You have to invent some clunky misfit metaphors that don't resonate well. I think I finally hit the mark with the last one.
 
  Constants and variables, Ductape and foil

Last year I noticed the dramatic difference that metal siding makes in a fire situation. And the opposite difference for vinyl siding. A house with vinyl siding will ignite from a little warmth. Breathe on it and you've got a fire. Wood or beaverboard takes a real flame to ignite. Metal won't ignite at all.

The US Forest Service noticed it a long time ago. Since 1980 they've been protecting 'historic' buildings like log cabins and old fire towers by wrapping them in heavy-duty aluminum foil, fastened with ductape. Smart and cheap. It looks dumb but it works.

Big question: WHY IN THE HOLY HELL DON'T WE REQUIRE ALL HOUSES TO HAVE METAL SIDING? Or stone or brick? It's an extremely old lesson, but we still haven't learned it.

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  Why landau?

I've been puzzling over the long-lasting landau theme on cars.

It began with a direct copy of the elegant carriage style:


An open driver's compartment, a closed mid-section, and an openable rear.

Then it disappeared for a long time, except for a few peculiar DeSoto taxis.

Finally it returned in archetypal form on the original Ford Crown Victoria:


Since then it hasn't gone away. Rambler picked it up just after Ford:


'Personal sport coupes' of the '70s are landaus, and often used the name:


Station wagons and SUVs can be landau-ish:


Utes and Rancheros are landaus with the back roof lowered:


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I finally light-bulbed the correct explanation today when reading an article about the good but ill-fated AMC Pacer. The Pacer was a strange thingamajig that didn't quite look like a car, but nevertheless hit the landau theme HARD, especially in two-tone:


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The strangeness lit the light bulb.

You have to start by asking What Is A Car?

Cars began life as buggies, from 1895 to 1905. Literal horseless carriages:


Briefly and weirdly, cars became carriages with a horse out front:


Since 1910, a car is a horse. It has four legs, two eyes, a mouth, a head, a body, and a tail. From 1920 to 1940 the impression was strong:


After 1940 cars started to dehorsify. The friendly ruminant eyes moved down onto the face and became predator eyes, then lost all semblance of eyeness:


Something was missing. Cars were no longer horsy enough. So we had to add:


a saddle!

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Humans have been riding ruminants (yak, ox, donkey, horse, car) for as long as we've had the other pieces of organized civilization. (Fire, business and beer.) That's enough time to imprint the epigenes. Or from the other end, the fact that these pieces have always been part of humanity tells us that they're part of our original design. We need to cook and trade and ferment and ride. Those are the defining purposes of the human species.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
  Beautiful science writing!

Article on a 'rediscovery' of a species of nautilus.

The subject could have been dull, but author Devin Coldewey makes it exciting. Haven't heard of the author before; now I'll start watching for more.

Last two paragraphs:
The nautilus is also a living fossil. Animals extremely similar to today's nautiluses can be found as far as 500 million years back into the fossil record. That means they saw the dinosaurs come and go without missing a beat — but overfishing and disappearing niches may put an end to that long history.

"As it stands now, nautilus mining could cause nautiluses to go extinct," Ward said. He isn't optimistic about upcoming talks to classify the nautilus as a protected animal, either. But nautiluses didn't survive two mass extinctions and half a billion years of sharp-toothed competition by being pushovers.
Gets two major points exactly right, points that science writers nearly always fuck up.

(1) If a creature has lasted through many changes of climate and chemistry, it's going to continue. The fact that it's still here tells us that it's adaptable.

(2) Overfishing and overhunting are the actual causes of extinction. We may crowd out subpopulations with urban sprawl, but that doesn't have a long-term effect on the whole species because the critters can usually move elsewhere. If we shoot or net a critical mass, they can't move elsewhere.
 
  Well, I guess that makes it OK.

I accidentally listened to this grotesquely awful 1950 radio play last night. Produced by NY Dept of Ed. Unbelievably atrocious, the worst sort of 'educational' presentation. Horrible writing, horrible acting, maximum intensity preachiness and screechiness at every moment. Like a Murphy Brown episode scored as Chinese opera.

It's about an obscure event in early NYC history, the 'Flushing Remonstrance'. Back in 1657, some Quakers moved into Flushing from Massachusetts. Governor Stuyvesant saw this as a threat to his authority and outlawed 'secret meetings' of religious groups. Local authorities in Flushing, already tired of Manhattan arrogance, sent an official petition (remonstrance) which pissed off Stuyvesant even more. He jailed several of them, and ultimately the colony's supervisors in Holland interceded to restore some degree of religious tolerance.

It's clear that the NY Dept of Ed was not really talking about Quakers in 1950. It was talking about Jews.

Well. Now that Jews have been in full control of NYC for many decades, how is religious freedom faring in the boroughs?

The Dept of Ed's nightmare came true! Jews ARE being persecuted now. But it's not QUITE how the 1950 Dept of Ed predicted. Religious Jews are being persecuted BY THE DEPT OF ED, at the behest of the super-rich secular Jews. And in this case the 'remonstrance' is FOR the persecution, not against.

These schools have been operating for a very long time," said Weber, one of 52 former students, parents or former teachers who signed a letter requesting the investigation into 39 yeshivas. "They have kind of perfected their method for pulling the wool over the eyes of authorities."

The investigation itself is shrouded in secrecy. The names of the specific yeshivas that are being targeted have not been released because of fears of retaliation. And aside from Weber and Moster, who agreed to speak out, the names of those who called for the probe have also not been publicly released.

What is known is that 38 of the 39 yeshivas are in Brooklyn, the center of the city's Hasidic community.
What are the yeshivas doing wrong? Why do they need to be secretly investigated? They're teaching actual Jewish doctrine instead of the established Gaian/Satanic doctrine of the elites. Moses and Abraham instead of Michael Mann and Michael Bloomberg.

Well, at least the location is different. Brooklyn, not Queens.
 
  What's the opposite

What's the exact opposite of a flat LCD monitor?

This.

Damn! Imagine the velocity of those electrons. I wouldn't want to sit in front of that screen!
 
  War on drugs ----> war on pugs?

A new trend. Probably exaggerated, but if it spreads it will force governments to make a truly hard decision.
He said: "These puppy dealers have given up drug dealing and cigarette importing because there's as much money to be made and considerably less risk.

"The big dealers are making between £25,000 and £30,000 a week. I've seen evidence that some gangs are selling 800 puppies over a six-month period, for between £500 and £1,000 a dog."

There are also fears animals smuggled into Britain could bring diseases, such as rabies - which has been absent in the UK for many years due to strict quarantine rules. Paula Boyden, of the Dogs Trust charity, said: "The implications are huge — for consumers who are being duped and the puppies that suffer horribly, plus the risk of disease that is kicking at our shores."
Just as with slavery, the "rights" activists are forgetting the consequences of commerce and ownership. Smugglers want to sell the dogs for a high price, so they can't injure or sicken the dogs. Nobody will buy a starved or rabid dog for $1000.

Better question: How will the War On Drugs types handle this?

Some drugs are unquestionably harmful, especially the uppers. Meth and coke will kill you FAST. Other drugs like heroin and pot are a mixed bag. They help some people get through life, and when properly controlled aren't instantly deadly. Because the harmful drugs are so dramatically bad, it was possible for Anslinger and his successors to generalize.

Can't use the same logic about dogs. Having a dog is nearly always helpful. Dogs often save lives directly, and make your life longer and better indirectly.

Movies and shows like "Terrier Madness" or "Spaniels: Pit of Despair" or "The Corgi Fiends" or "Breaking Basset" aren't likely to stir up the requisite horror.
 
  Trumpoleth

It's interesting to watch mediasatans responding to the Trump phenomenon. Most of them totally fail, sticking with their usual indescribable evil and insanity beyond insanity beyond insanity beyond insanity beyond insanity beyond insanity beyond insanity beyond insanity. But a few are managing to pick up a little bit of reality, despite all their infinitely evil instincts and genocidal training.

Surprisingly the NYTimes DOES get it. Normally NYTimes leads the way in stupidity, but their reporter actually LISTENED to real Trump supporters, REALIZED that not all of them were KKK Saddam Hitler, and even more amazingly UNDERSTOOD why they appreciate Trump's agenda.

Not quite so surprisingly, Politico also gets it. Covering a Jeb rally near the Mexican border, the reporter found nobody happy with Jeb and lots of people wanting Trump. He LISTENED and UNDERSTOOD.

Unsurprisingly, BBC got halfway there, and then suddenly fell back into standard criminal genocidal stupidity AFTER listening to real people.
But The Donald has tapped into a deep well of anger about Washington, distrust of conventional politicians, and fear about the future. His poll lead seems incredibly durable. As Republicans know, the Democratic party won the popular vote in five out of the last six presidential elections. If the Republicans are going to win this time, they need a Hispanic strategy and a strategy for women. The question is whether either of those can be viable if the Donald show continues much longer.
Popular vote doesn't exist, fuckhead. It's all about a few hundred voters in two or three states. You don't need millions, you need THE RIGHT DOZEN. And "Hispanic strategy and wyymmyynnseses strategy" are EXACTLY what the voters are pukingly shittingly disgusted with. (Incidentally, Mr BBC, Hispanic isn't correct any more. It's "Latina/o" now.)

Even Mexicans and women are dead tired of the fagass Repoof "strategies", as NYTimes and Politico explicitly realized but BBC couldn't fathom.
 

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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.

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