Monday, October 05, 2015
  Two wrong approaches

A satan posing subversively as a "Baptist" rolls out the snark carpet to stretch a valid point into nonsense:
More Christians should refrain from providing services. Every Christian has a responsibility to follow biblical laws even when it makes no sense. More Christians could be on the front page if they took the rules as seriously as Kim does. Here are stories for which we should not have to wait:

Christian bakers — some of whom already refuse to make cakes for gay couples — should refuse to make cakes for fat people: “The glutton shall come to poverty” (Proverbs 23:21).
He then lists a bunch more refusals along the same line.

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Another approach is less snarky but equally wrong, treating Kim Davis as a 'conscientious objector'. Nope, doesn't work. CO is a narrow category, functioning ONLY in situations where citizens are FORCED to do immoral things. In earlier times the gov't made special provisions for coooooooooool religions like Quakers to serve as medics or do war factory work instead of pulling triggers.

If your moral code forbids all killing, you're not allowed to stay in the Army and refuse to shoot. Davis is trying to do something like that, except that she wasn't DRAFTED into the job of county clerk so she's not a CO. She chose to do the job and went to the trouble of running for election to get the job. Now that the job has changed, it's no longer the job she chose to do. The only moral choice is to quit, requiring Satan to locate new targets. Staying in the job makes Satan's work entirely too easy. She is now a fully ranged and located target. (Alinsky. Freeze, personalize, destroy.)

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If we're going to talk about Natural Law, we need to consider three separate types of human employment as understood by Natural Law.

(1) Serf
(2) Government official
(3) Independent artisan or trader

Natural law, in Deuteronomy or in the Koran, specifies the duties and limits of each category.

Serfs are required to obey their master or employer. If they can't, tough shit.

Government officials are required to operate within the chain of authority. If they can't, they should quit.

Independent artisans CAN refuse service for moral reasons ... or ANY reason. Economics tends to steer an artisan away from really stupid or broad refusals. Muslim artisans (eg cab drivers) do in fact refuse service in many of the ways listed by the above satan, and they seem to get along well enough. For some reason the current USA STRONG gov't isn't interested in persecuting them. Maybe its taste for Muslim blood is fully satisfied by killing millions of Muslims in Iraq and Syria, while its thirst for Christian blood is still unsatisfied.

The sharia version of Natural Law includes specific balancing obligations, which are not clear or explicit in Leviticus. Owned people (employees, wives, children) must obey, but owners (employers, husbands, parents) must restrain their impulses so obedience is not immoral. Government officials must stay in the chain, but the top officials must never issue immoral orders.


Sunday, October 04, 2015
  New symbols don't last?

Dumb convective thought.

The standard computer keyboard, and the conventions of digital writing, have brought several punctuation marks into common use.

@ and # are most obvious. Oddly, both were essentially obsolete, a vestige of quaint business usage along with pr, ea, bbl, the long-d ditto, or "Yrs of the 14th ult to hand". @ was starting to disappear from typewriters in the '70s, and nobody missed it.

Others were math symbols that moved into language. Less-than and Greater-than weren't on any keyboards at all, not even on early keypunches. Now we commonly use both in their math sense or by slight extension to mean Worse or Better. But why didn't the proper symbols for <= and >= and != get on the keyboard or into ASCII?

Square brackets have always been at home in writing and remain so. Curly brackets had been a fairly obscure convention of formula-writing and set theory until C adopted them as markers. They're on the keyboard but still haven't found a literary purpose.

Only two symbols are truly new in the PC era, and both are already fading. \ and |, backslash and pipe. Both were used heavily in DOS command lines and batching, which have now disappeared. Neither has become popular in writing, neither has found a home in metaphor. I sometimes use \ to indicate a downward intonation, but that's highly specialized. In programming | is bitwise OR, a rarely needed action. Logical OR, ||, has become especially common and powerful in Javascript. It's beginning to invade normal language.

I suspect we will soon drop \ from keyboards and replace | by a single-keystroke ||.

It would be NICE to bring + and * down into a non-shifted position while we're rearranging things, but that's obviously too much to ask. Speed and accuracy are unacceptable goals.

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Addendum: I was surprised that no examples of the long-d ditto appear online. It was a very common trick for several centuries, not only in ledgers but in all sorts of tabulated lists. Maybe there's a proper name that would yield better search results, but I doubt it. As a 'public service' to remedy this lack, I've crudely assembled an example from a printed ledger in an old bookkeeping magazine.

Here's the printed version. Note the repetitive "do for ditto in the description column.

A more common practice in a handwritten ledger was to pull the ascender part of the d down across the rows. This was still common in the '70s. Not a good representation because it's part hand and part printed, but maybe it gets the idea across.

The same magazine included two irresistibly awful ads.

First this one, which might be less than ideally effective today, unless 'effective' is defined as 'instant jail and worldwide riots'.

And finally this one.

While you're helplessly sliding backward to a point where your output will inevitably miss the mark, to put it mildly ... you can dream about moons with hands emerging from the water to mock you.

CHRIST ALMIGHTY! WHAT IN THE HOLY FUCK WERE THEY THINKING? OR SMOKING? OR SNORTING? (Dead serious: Both of these ads look like LSD. Wonder if there was ergot in the bread back then.)


  How to recognize an AP

When an adviser tells people to commit suicide, either individually or as a group, you should consider that the adviser is working for the enemy, either knowingly or effectively.

Imagine you are tasked with writing a letter of encouragement and exhortation to Christians in distress. Your readers occupy the margins of society; they are maligned and falsely accused. Some of them face imprisonment, and a few have been martyred. The government is cracking down on any religious expression seen as subversive, and the Christians are prime targets. Meanwhile, the rest of society approves of the reigning authorities’ coercive methods of persecution.

How would you strengthen believers in that situation?

Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires that war against you… (1 Peter 2:11)
The author goes on to advise "holiness", whatever the fuck that is.

Shit. It's true that you can't physically fight in this situation, unless and until you have superior firepower. A coalition of at least 40 states that took control of the missiles within them could fight the Feds. Nothing less will work. Since most governors have been thoroughly neutered, this will not happen.

But "holiness", whatever the fuck that means, isn't enough to preserve your integrity. Kim Davis is proving that daily. She believes that "holiness" will help her to convert the millions of satans with millions of weapons and trillions of dollars and thousands of TV stations and thousands of schools and thousands of churches who run her government office and sign her paycheck.

Nope. She is serving Satan actively by continuing to play idiot "holiness" games. She is providing a firm handle for the enemy to grab. If she had quietly disappeared, the enemy would have to work MUCH harder, would have to develop new targets instead of shooting easily at a fully ranged and located target. Classic Alinsky. Freeze, personalize, destroy.

When people have INFINITE POWER they have ABSOLUTELY NO NEED to be converted.

"Working in the system" = system will mash you.

Bombs, bucks, blackmail. We don't have enough bombs, but we can control our bucks and our labor. We can keep our talents and time away from the satans. When I first wrote those three B's I didn't think the third one was likely, but the Planned Parenthood tapes blessedly proved me wrong. In fact some very smart Christians were already working hard on the third B, and it's having an effect on corporate donors, leveraging some big Bucks.


Saturday, October 03, 2015
  Sacred math, secular math 2

Following from this piece on Sacred and Secular Math.

This thought was specifically triggered by my comparison of a supposedly 'starving' prison diet placed in a 4x6 inch plate, vs my normal 8" diameter bowl. At first I made a dumb error, figuring the bowl's area as pi x diameter, which gave the same value as the 4x6 rectangle. Quickly realized that pi x D is circumference. If my bowl was a cylinder, and if I filled it all the way, my meal would certainly beat the prison meal; but the actual volume probably comes out the same because the bowl is a flattened paraboloid, not a cylinder.

This error was TOO EASY. Why?

It's sacred vs secular. Our official math doesn't serve the purposes of real-life work and play.

Nearly everything in ordinary cooking is round, not rect. In the kitchen we judge volume and area by cylinders, cone frustums, hemispheres and paraboloids.

Only a very few things are rectangular. Some cake pans and roasting pans. Fresh food is mainly sphere-like or egg-like as it goes into the pan.

Just for fun, here's a geometrical recipe for my daily chili-like substance. I've written an earlier version of this recipe, but I've tanh'd it since then into an asymptotically yummy form. At least in theory, the latest form is also respectful of smarty-plants. Everything in it comes from the separable fruits and flowers that plants intend to give us. No squares, no roots.

1. Start with an inch of water in a cylinder.

2. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of precooked barley spheres from a cone-frustum. (Note that a heaping T is an egg shape.)

3. Add 3 egg shapes of kidney-bean spheroids from a cylinder. (I don't actually use the spoon for this; I just pour out about 1/3 of the cylinder.)

4. Cut up a hemisphere of tomato and a one-inch cylinder of zucchini on a ceramic circle.

Tip: If you make the tomato pieces close to equilateral triangles, they will retain their skin while cooking. If you cut them into long narrow strips as for a sandwich, the skin will curl up and separate.

5. Use hot water to thaw about this much broccoli spheres and cauliflower spheres in a paraboloid.

6. Add salt and chili powder from cylinders.

Tip: the best way to shake from this particular cylinder is nearly upright, shaking sideways. If you try to hold it upside down, you end up blocking the circular holes with damp powder.

7. Low boil for about 5 minutes.

8. Add an amorphous glob of tomato paste from a cylinder. I also add some water to make the result a little more 'soupy', attempting to approximate the original inspiration for this chili.

9. Turn down heat, let simmer for about 10 minutes with a couple of stirs.

10. Result: Two paraboloids of pure yum. I could probably fit it all in one paraboloid, but splitting it makes me eat slower and also avoids possible spills.... though I've carried this paraboloid back and forth from the kitchen rectangle to the living rectangle for 25 years = approx. 30000 times, with no spills YET.

All of these things are spherical or cylindrical. Our visual perception, tactile feel, and muscle weight sensors work together nicely with these shapes. If you assume that we began as tree dwellers mainly eating fruit and nuts, it makes sense to assume we're designed for spheres and cylinders.

Nothing in nature is rectangular or cubic. Absolutely nothing. Yet all of our area and volume measurements are squares and cubes. Square and cube units are appropriate for houses, but not much else.

There SHOULD be a solution to this sacred/secular problem. I don't have it!

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  Would I get the same?

Antimedia blog provides an extensive list of the top donors to the presidential "candidates". There's clearly something BIG missing in this picture.

These amounts are PIDDLY by corporate standards. Pocket lint in the pocket of pocket lint. I could match nearly any of them if I felt that I could count on a specific return.

The top 5 Jeb contributors:
 Goldman Sachs ($161,100)
 Neuberger Berman LLC ($65,800)
 Bank of America ($43,750)
 Citigroup Inc ($41,500)
 Tenet Healthcare ($35,900)

I couldn't quite beat Goldman, but I could beat the others.

The top 10 Bernie contributors:
 Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union $105,000
 Teamsters Union $93,700
 National Education Assn $89,242
 United Auto Workers $79,750
 United Food & Commercial Workers Union $72,500
 Communications Workers of America $68,000
 Laborers Union $64,000
 Carpenters & Joiners Union $62,000
 National Assn of Letter Carriers $61,000
 American Assn for Justice $60,500

Again I couldn't quite beat the Machinists, but I could outdo the Teamsters and the Teacher Thugs.

Would I get the same results as the Teacher Thugs for my money? Of course not. I wouldn't get shit because I'm not a thug. The Teacher Thugs get EVERYTHING whether they contribute or not, because they are thugs. They are pure criminals who constantly use actual violence and force to accomplish their ends. Therefore they accomplish their ends.

What I want from any candidate is physically impossible. I want sanity. I want JUST ONE CORRECT ACTION. I don't even care WHICH correct action. JUST FUCKING ONE. Even if I could somehow contribute 999 quadrillion quintillion hundred vigintillion dozen gigateradollars, I wouldn't get ONE CORRECT ACTION.

Clearly these amounts are just advertising, just a way to print the organization's name in lists like this.

Always trying to highlight GOOD science....

Article in Atlantic covers an interesting comparison. Young Americans in the '70s and '80s stayed slimmer than modern youngsters, EVEN WITH the same diet and exercise.
There’s a meme aimed at Millennial catharsis called “Old Economy Steve.” It’s a series of pictures of a late-70s teenager, who presumably is now a middle-aged man, that mocks some of the messages Millennials say they hear from older generations—and shows why they’re deeply janky. Old Economy Steve graduates and gets a job right away. Old Economy Steve “worked his way through college” because tuition was $400. And so forth.

We can now add another one to that list: Old Economy Steve ate at McDonald’s almost every day, and he still somehow had a 32-inch waist. A study published recently in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice found that it’s harder for adults today to maintain the same weight as those 20 to 30 years ago did, even at the same levels of food intake and exercise.
OES isn't just Millennial catharsis. It's flatout true. The jobs, the cheap college, the 32-inch waist. I was there. I did all of those things. Before the era of bankster dictators, Mexican "Dreamers" and all-consuming share value, American employers provided actual useful work for actual American humans, and exchanged mysterious objects called "money" for the work. It really happened.

The author suggests one highly plausible hypothesis for the weight difference: Gut biome has changed.

A less plausible hypothesis comes to my mind, based on a very recent and wildly interesting new discovery.

New discovery: Mitochondria constantly communicate via ELECTRICAL SIGNALS.

What's the relevant variable? Vastly more intense radio field now, thanks to cellphones, computers and digital TVs. This subject has some dubious** advocates, but there's no doubt that the ambient RF field, in the freqs that penetrate tissue, is considerably denser now than in 1970. This technical article describes the change.

If mitochondria are being 'jammed', cells will handle energy differently.

Some support for this idea: It's not just humans. Lab rats, whose diet and exercise are strictly controlled and recorded, are also getting fatter. Same for other mammals in urban areas, though we don't have strict data for them. This set of facts fits the RF/mitochondria idea and doesn't fit the gut biome idea. The mix of gut bacteria is wildly variable among individuals, let alone species. Mitochondria are pretty much the same in all cells.

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**Footnote on dubious advocates: Most seem to be focusing on powerlines. Wrong culprit three ways. (1) 60 cycles is way too slow to resonate with atoms, molecules or tissue. It simply passes through. (2) Powerlines are quickly going underground. We have far less overhead wires now than before. (3) The highest-voltage lines are changing to DC now that hefty solid-state inverters are practical. DC uses the cross-section of a wire more efficiently. Edison wins after all.

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  Fake point, real point

KREM gave a long sanctimonious explanation of why they're no longer showing the face of school shooters. Avoiding glory, etc, etc, bla bla bla. No Ginger.

Doesn't matter, fuckheads. You're still WALLOWING in the story. You're still focusing on the victims.

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Meanwhile, another KREM story shows the real PURPOSE of the gov't and media in orchestrating and publicizing a constant barrage of violent incidents:
Authorities at Spokane's Chinese lantern festival have strengthened security measures in the wake of the Roseburg college shooting.

The massacre in Roseburg, Ore. took the lives of nine Umpqua Community College students on Thursday. Security in Spokane worked all day Friday to strengthen their presence.

From Friday on, all attendees will have their bags checked upon entry. Festival organizers hired a professional security firm to handle safety inside the event. Security guards with Riverfront Park have also been added to create a bigger general security force.
Note the accidentally perfect cause-effect statement in the second paragraph. An unrelated incident in a town 500 miles away requires us to stop normal life here.

When you see powerful people doing the same thing over and over with the same RESULT, you know the RESULT is wanted. No fucking mystery.


  Law vs chickenshit

Nice comparison of two state officials and two decisions.

(1) Mo governor Jay Nixon, who has been CORRECTLY AND JUSTLY using the actual death sentence in sufficient numbers to make an impression on pro criminals, decided to commute a death sentence, NOT because Satan ordered him to, but because he decided BASED ON EVIDENCE that the case shouldn't have been a capital murder.

This is LAW. This is JUSTICE.

(2) Okla chickenshit Mary Fallin, taking Satan's Rod Of Instruction up the ass, canceled all upcoming executions

because of a mixup with lethal injection drugs.


Grounds for instant impeachment. Or worse if worse existed.


Friday, October 02, 2015
  Right answer after all

A postmodern supersatan spews a blob of toxic filth while asking why so many Americans claim Cherokee ancestry. After the usual spewing of the usual poison, postmodern satan amazingly hits the simple correct answer.

Cherokees are superior. Compared to the other tribes in Okla, they're smarter, richer, better-looking and more successful. (And I'm definitely including my Scots-Irish Appalachian tribe in "other tribes".)

Even among blacks, the former slaves of Cherokees are superior to the former slaves of Appalachians. Not clear why; maybe the Cherokees were more selective buyers in the slave market.
  Now it starts.

Well, now the Pogrom has started in earnest. Christians shot for being Christians. The dude was clearly around the bend, ready to kill for some purpose. He chose the most popular purpose, responding to massive universal one-sided pressure by media and government. Like Breivik, he was a tool of media and government.

Will the media figure this out? Yes, they already have. That's why they keep wallowing in these events over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.

We need to get rid of the Santayana "not learning from history" crap, and the alleged Einstein "definition of insanity" crap. Do Ockham instead. When you see powerful people repeating the same action with the same result, there is only one logical conclusion. The result is wanted.


Thursday, October 01, 2015
  Costly tickets

Even though everybody knows a "shutdown" will not happen, the idiot Repooflicans continue to create Broadway theatrics about a "shutdown". Like their role-models on actual Broadway, this fake Broadway is tremendously expensive.

Example. FCC is a genuinely useful agency, basically the Zoning Commission and Parking Enforcement for radio spectrum. Like most useful agencies it's understaffed and underbudgeted. Still, it had to spend extra money and time preparing a Plan For Orderly Shutdown in case the Broadway accidentally turned to reality.

All agencies, useful or evil, large or small, prepare similar documents every year.

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Semi-relevant sidenote on usual topic: Parkinson observed that agencies and organizations keep increasing their budgets and workforces regardless of usefulness, which isn't quite true. He came close to the above observation about FCC in his discussion of fancy buildings; but he didn't really connect the two points.

I wonder if the transition from useful-and-small to useless-and-bloated is an addiction process. When humans lose something important like a wife or a job, they often start drinking or drugging in an attempt to bring back the sense of completeness. It doesn't work, but it seems to bring a hint or a promise of restoration, so the habit increases. Is this an organizational equivalent? After your original mission is done or obsolete, do you miss the sense of utility and value? Do you try to restore it by guzzling money and employees?
  More nonsense about FDR

The Nation is running a big article on a New New Deal. It's hard to tell what they're actually proposing because the article is a jumble of podcasts, hard-to-read light gray fonts, and poetry. But before they fall into the jumble, they misuse FDR. Polistra has to defend the reality of FDR, so here goes....
 When Franklin Roosevelt first conjured a “new deal” for American workers, he was still a candidate. It was June 1932; Roosevelt was accepting the nomination of the Democratic Party. The state of the union was dire. Just as these days we’re shifting to digital, gig-based, flexible work, Roosevelt was witnessing the collapse of the agricultural economy and its replacement by organized industrial work.
Both of the supposed 'shifts' are wrong.

(1) These days we're NOT shifting to digital gig-based flexible work. A small group of knowledge workers are experiencing that shift, as a brief transitional stage before the corporations outsource the work to India or to pure software. This is not a trend. What we are really shifting toward is WalMart and McDonalds. The hugely valuable MyBudget360 blog has been steadily documenting this ACTUAL trend.

(2) FDR wasn't witnessing a sudden shift from agriculture to industry, and his actions were emphatically not designed for such a shift. Ag had been fading, and industry growing, since 1830. The slow fade of ag still continues today, now accompanied by the ferocious murderous scorched-earth destruction of industry by Goldman. What FDR handled was the COLLAPSE OF A BUBBLE IN AGRICULTURE that had begun with Wilson's vast expansion of government food purchases for WW1. And the more obvious collapse of a bubble in stock-driven business, which started after the ag bubble. FDR worked primarily to RESTORE real-value agriculture and secondarily to RESTORE real-value business.

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Yesterday: "We didn't start the war in Syria. We didn't train ISIS. CIA is not involved."

Today: "Russian airstrikes hit CIA-trained rebels, says McCain"

How dare those Russianaggressions interfere with the CIA-trained rebels! We haven't been training or funding those CIA-trained rebels, so the Russianaggressions shouldn't interfere!

Sarc off: Thank God Russia, AND Persia, finally got involved. It wasn't clear at the start, but it's clear now, that the only way to end the war is to restore Assad, and it will require a period of massive force to do that.

We DID NOT want to end the war. Under orders from Prophet Netanyahu, we were doing our fucking damndest to make the war last forever.

We are the Axis, Russia is the Allies.
  Qommon Qore Quandary for satans

A group of Unpersons is filing an Unlawsuit against Common Core. This will place the black-robed satans in a deep quandary.

When Unpersons open their Unmouths and Unspeak Unwords in any form at all, the obviously correct response is to call out Delta Force and slaughter the Unpersons, along with all their relatives and ancestors, yea unto the Seventh Times Seventh Generation.

But in this case the Unsuit agrees precisely with the goals and needs of Our Lord And Saviour The Union Thug Mafia. Though the Union Thug Mafia is not filing the suit, a judgment to shut down Common Core will deeply please Our Lord and Saviour, and in return Our Lord And Saviour will reward us richly.

What to do? What to do?
  Technically correct idiocy

Idiot headline: Wimps are stronger than bodybuilders

This is like those stupid 'Believe It Or Not' statements. There are only 44 states! The world is not round! A tomato isn't a vegetable! Pluto isn't a planet!
The surprising thing, however, was that a gram of muscle from bodybuilders produced less force than that from non-bodybuilders, and it thus seems that the 'muscle quality' is less in bodybuilders. It appears that excessive muscle growth may have detrimental effects on the quality of the muscle, and one may well be better off with normal-sized muscles than with metabolically expensive large muscles.

Bodybuilders are only strong because they have so much muscle mass - enough to compensate for the weakness of each gram, the research suggests.
In other fucking words, bodybuilders are stronger than wimps.

It's dead simple. If A can beat the shit out of B, A is stronger than B.

That's why bodybuilders do what they do. They want to be A, because that's how you get girls.

The quality of each cell is completely insignificant. It's true that bodybuilders tend to die sooner than people who get sufficient normal exercise, but that doesn't matter when you have all the girls.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
  Asked and answered, Duplex Creme Edition

ZeroHedge gets it right on purpose.

And then UK Telegraph, in its usual atrociously sloppy way, accidentally gets it right.

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This is an important day. Marks the END of US sole superpower infinite evil monstrosity, and the definite RETURN of a two-sided world with LIMITS TO POWER.

Good old Ralph.

"This law writes the laws of cities and nations. It will not be balked of its end in the smallest iota. It is in vain to build or plot or combine against it. Things refuse to be mismanaged long. Though no checks to a new evil appear [at first], the checks exist and will appear."

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  Why didn't I turn greaser 2

Woke up from an interestingly reversed dream.

When I was young and idiotic, I HATED college but felt that college was expected for the expected jobs. All through the 70s I was working full time and trying to finish college either full or part time. Some semesters were successful, others crashed. Finally pulled together a ragged set of credits in 1979 and got the job that needed the credential. Never used even ONE fact or skill from any of the classes, but the credential itself helped for a while.

My dream-generator has remained stuck in the 70s, using characters and locations and feelings from those years. This morning the generator finally turned off 70s mode, solidly and explicitly.

In this dream I was in college again (as usual in dreams) and in the process of pulling away and dropping out (as usual). I made one last effort to create a big project necessary for a class that I hated.

Suddenly the dream generator cut in with a voice-over. "Now hold on. I'm 65 years old. I'm done with working. I don't need any credentials, so I don't need to plan this stupid project. Stop this."

And it stopped. I walked away "cleanly" without any of the miserable old dropout feelings.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
  The better mousetrap: Jawz brand.

After two autumns with no sign of mice, I've got at least one mouse this fall. (I know there's no such thing as one mouse, but I want to be optimistic.)

I tried the old Victor traps. Got a snap, but the mouse managed to pull free.

Decided to try the newer Jawz brand. Just now got a solid kill.

The Jawz trap has an immediately obvious advantage: You can set it without losing a finger. Place on a solid surface, push the handle down with both thumbs, get thumbs out of the way. No need for lightning reflexes.

The Victor really requires three hands to set safely. I don't have three hands, so I get it right about half the time. Also it's so damn sensitive that you sometimes trip it when putting it down. Because it's so risky I hesitate to use it, and handle it with heavy gloves and pliers. A weapon that you hesitate to use is not a good weapon.

Now I know that the Jawz has one more advantage: Solid kill. The Victor's wood base is always trying to flip and pull away at the same time that the wire comes down. Not enough inertia in the base. Result is a miss or an escapable tail grab too often. The Jawz clearly stayed in the same position and grabbed the middle of the mouse.

Later thought: The improved safety AND the improved kill both arise from one basic change in geometry, which could have been done two centuries ago but wasn't done for some reason. On Victor the wire pivots 180 degrees; on Jawz the jaw part pivots about 100 degrees. The shorter arc separates the trap between kill side and safe side. Your fingers stay on the safe side. It also means that the jaw moves almost entirely downward, versus the Victor's up-sideways-down travel. Effective kill action starts immediately, without going through the moves that can flip or pull the base. Clearly the Jawz designer put plenty of thought into inertia and centers of gravity.

Parallel to the distinction between Strowger and Bell dials. On Strowger your finger goes mostly downward on all digits, which is an easier and less error-prone move.

On Bell rotaries your finger has to pull up then sideways then down for the higher digits, which was always tricky and often made the phone itself jump and slide.

Superior ergonomics gave way to superior monopoly power. I can't tell if a similar yield happened with Victor.

Later: Aha. Wiki article shows the parallel. The first practical home mousetrap, patented by James Keep in 1879, looks EXACTLY like a metal version of Jawz. So the better design came first here, just as with the phone dial.


  Better prescription

Idiot headline:

Two-drug combination helps older adults with depression

Oh boy! Double the addiction, double the fun! Double the withdrawal bounceback, double the profits!

Nastyass fuckers.

I've got a better two-drug prescription.

#1: Put your right foot out.
#2: Put your left foot out.
Hocipocium fac bd.

Admittedly this is more like гоки-поки than hocipocium, but Polistra felt the need for a salute to Putin. His total defeat of USA STRONG craziness in the UN is cause for celebration. Even some of USA STRONG media are reluctantly starting to understand Putin's logic about Syria. A real cure for senior depression!


  Obvious causation

Again OTR leads to a, shall we say interesting, modern fact.

This 1946 episode of TIYFBI is the only episode located near Spokane. A pair of criminals escape from Walla Walla and hide out in the woods somewhere east of Tekoa. The escapees carjack a pair of teenagers and take them along as hostages. Finally the hiding place is found with help from the Forest Service's fire lookout towers, because one of the hostages was smart enough to send a smoky SOS with the cabin's fireplace. Yeah, okay, unlikely and contrived. But anything with Morse is my kind of story!

Got me thinking: In the forest GLOBAL WARMINGS of the last several years, I haven't heard even one mention of those GLOBAL WARMING lookout towers helping to spot a GLOBAL WARMING. But I HAVE heard about the Forest Service taking steps to preserve historical GLOBAL WARMING lookouts when GLOBAL WARMING is about to overtake them.

After a bit of googling, the UNSURPRISING FACT emerges.

Story on KING 5 last year:
Fire lookout towers have helped crews fight wildfires for decades, but they are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Efforts are currently underway to help save the structures, and one man from Everett is making it his mission drum up support. Craig Willis has hiked to all of Washington's remaining fire lookout towers. "It takes people to places they might otherwise ignore," said Willis.

There are 93 lookout towers left in the Evergreen State. At one point, there were roughly 800.

Technology allows crews to fight fires in a different way today. Although some of the lookouts are still used, most are falling apart, have been destroyed by Mother Nature or dismantled under government order.

Yes indeed, technology allows crews to fight GLOBAL WARMING in a different way today. From a long Wiki article,
From the 1960s through the 1990s the towers took a back seat to new technology, aircraft, and improvements in radios. The promise of space satellite fire detection and modern cell phones tried to compete with the remaining fire lookout towers, but in several environments, the technology failed. Fires detected from space are already too large to make accurate assessments for control. Cell phones in wilderness areas still suffer from lack of signal.

Different way of fighting = wait till the GLOBAL WARMING burns a few towns and kills a few honkies.

Well, that explains why we're having more explosive GLOBAL WARMINGS in the last decade. GLOBAL WARMING is burning everything, so the Forest Service has to spend extra money protecting the few remaining history towers before they're all burned up by the GLOBAL WARMINGS. Because the Forest Service is wasting money on history towers, it can't afford to actually FIGHT the GLOBAL WARMINGS.

I'm sure that's the only possible causation sequence. Any causation sequence on ANY SUBJECT that does not start and end with GLOBAL WARMING is obviously illogical and impossible.

= = = = =

Sarc off: But this doesn't explain the US vs Canada difference that I noted earlier. On a map of fire coverage, the US/Can border showed up SHARPLY. South of the border fires were exploding. North, fires were starting but remaining small. One fire literally stopped at the border. Our genocidal insistence on eliminating ALL SELF-DEFENSE METHODS wasn't unique. Canada was tearing down lookout towers at the same rate. So this sharp gradient wasn't created by a difference in lookouts.

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