Friday, September 22, 2017
  That's why.

After looking (yet again) at the literally infinite superiority of analog models of intelligence, I had to ask: Why did Western** researchers abandon analog for digital a LONG time ago? At the time when they made the switch, analog modeling was moving ahead rapidly and digital was not obviously destined to succeed.

And then I saw the answer. It's an answer I've been giving often, but didn't associate it with the development of machine learning.

Digital is hackable. It's possible to insert or modify code via temporary connections or via radio. NSA and CIA are experts at changing code AND blinding the other parts of the system to the change.

Analog is NOT transparently hackable. To change the way a transistor or tube circuit works, you have to physically alter something. Desolder a component and replace it with another; or change the setting of a pot. A physical intruder should be catchable, at least in retrospect. If the system is carefully documented and measured, you can tell when something has been replaced or tweaked.

You could create a temporary change in function by magnetically coupling to an inductive part of the ckt, or by introducing a fake light or sound to fool the 'eyes' and 'ears', but such a change wouldn't last through a system reset.

NSA/CIA/GCHQ and their contractors Google, Apple, Facebook, etc, are paying billions for digital AI because they want total hackpower. They realized early on that analog systems would WORK TOO WELL and would be EXTREMELY HARD TO HACK from a distance.

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**Russian researchers continued working with analog for at least two decades. For sure they were smarter and more creative than Westerners, but maybe they had a specific goal in mind. Russian military equipment also remained tube and analog after Western went solid-state and digital. In that case the reason was openly stated and well known: Tube and analog electronics in planes and tanks is less susceptible to attack by inductive transients as well as hacking. As always Russia is DEFENSIVE and USA STRONG is AGGRESSIVE.

DEFENSIVE = analog and mechanical and tube. Physical reality is defensive.

AGGRESSIVE = software. Theory is aggressive.

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  Not really the same

One life universal that the 1969 analog modelers DIDN'T include was sleep.

Is sleep universal? Much more universal than foraging but I don't think it's 100%. This article on jellyfish seems a bit stretchy to me:
Researchers observed that the rate at which Cassiopea jellyfish pulsed their bell decreased by one-third at night, and the animals were much slower to respond to external stimuli such as food or movement during that time. When deprived of their night-time rest, the jellies were less active the next day. ...When they dropped food in the tank at night, Cassiopea responded to its treat by returning to a daytime pattern of activity.
Slower to respond? Not really sleep, just a habitual modulation of activity to fit the presence of food. Saving energy.
Lastly, when the team forced Cassiopea to pull an all-nighter by keeping it awake with repeated pulses of water, they found a 17% drop in activity the following day.
Waterboarding! Waterboarding! Where are the Animal Nights Activists when we need them?

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
  New? Uncheck. Useful? Uncheck. Accurate? Uncheck.

If you're going to spend money on a project, you normally want to be sure it's new, useful, and accurate.

Here's a project guaranteed to miss all of those goals:
Leading neuroscientists are joining forces to study the brain — in much the same way that physicists team up in mega-projects to hunt for new particles.

The International Brain Lab (IBL), launched on 19 September, combines 21 of the foremost neuroscience laboratories in the United States and Europe into a giant collaboration that will develop theories of how the brain works by focusing on a single behaviour shared by all animals: foraging.
So much for the ACCURATE. Foraging is NOT shared by all animals. It's certainly common among our familiar furry and feathered friends. Chordates, mollusks, insects. But it's NOT common in many phyla that live on the ocean floor, waving tentacles and filtering food. No intelligence needed for filter-feeding. Even among the smart set, some types have chosen filtering. Clams, barnacles, tunicates, sperm whales. Whales are plenty smart, but some of them don't bother to forage. Just cruise along with your mouth open and let the filter do the work.
The pilot effort is an attempt to shake up cellular neuroscience, conventionally done by individual labs studying the role of a limited number of brain circuits during simple behaviours. The ‘virtual’ IBL lab will instead ask how a mouse brain, in its entirety, generates complex behaviours in constantly changing environments that mirror natural conditions.
Is this new? Well, I guess you could say that simulating only a tiny fraction of what SOME animals do, and getting it incurably wrong, is new. Yes.

All of this has been done before, VASTLY better and VASTLY more precise and complete.

Why better? Because the earlier efforts were ANALOG.

The real system is ANALOG, with INFINITE layers of excitation, inhibition, feedback upon feedback upon feedback, delta detection, delta-squared detection, delta-cubed detection, smoothing, integration, memory, and above all PURPOSE.

LIFE IS PURPOSE.


You can do all of those things with a few components when the components are REAL AND ANALOG. Everything is simultaneous in an analog system.

You can't even properly simulate one feedback loop with software, because the software is always operating in STEPS OF TIME and STEPS OF VALUE. Nothing is simultaneous.

Here's a purely wonderful series of articles in British Practical Electronics mag, all by G.C. Brown, laying out a project that was actually built in a mechanical 'animal', and showing the reader how to build the same 'animal'. Typical of the period, it was a ground-dwelling wheeled critter, an ancestor of today's Roomba.

Just listing some of the topics to give a sense of the TOTAL coverage:

11/68 intro, conditioned reflex, cutting out distraction

12/68 Excitation/inhibition/feedback, memory, delta, touch sensor, light sensor, avoidance. (Also includes the Stock Game that I mentioned earlier, which is a separate example of an analog 'learning' ckt.)

2/69 SELF-RECOGNITION with a ckt to do it, mutual recognition, auditory perception

3/69 Building the animal, work and reward!!!



There's your PURPOSE.


Each of these articles includes a wonderfully clear and precise and ACCURATE description of how real animals perform the specified function; a block diagram of how to simulate it, and an ACTUAL BUILDABLE CIRCUIT that does the function. Each of the actual circuits has around 10 transistors and 20 R and C passive components. The final result is complex, but it's no worse than something like an oscilloscope.

These articles could be used to develop a lab course in REAL neurology and REAL social science. The ckts would need to be kit-ified** using breadboarding systems like Snap Circuits. Teamwork and discussion could lead to understanding both neurology and philosophy, far more accurately than academic software or academic "philosophy".


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**Kits: Needless to say, Kit #10 would be a module that causes the machine to extend its front sensor repeatedly and beep randomly when a button on the dorsal side is pushed.

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  Why are all curators alike?

Somebody on some website was complaining about the "new" and "unprecedented" partisanship of librarians. Following my perpetually constant form, I posted my perpetually constant comment that prudish and partisan librarians are perpetually constant. Nothing new about the current trend, nothing new about me saying nothing is new. Metaconstant.

Even so, writing my standard comment raised a nonstandard question.

Regular public librarians censor books and facts that question globalism.

Google is a corrupt librarian serving as an advertising agency. Thus you'd think that Google's style of partisan prudery would be commercially driven.

A commercial librarian should censor books and facts that question the interests of its paying sponsors. (Pre-modern newspapers did behave this way.)

But no. In fact Google behaves just like the public librarians. It censors facts and searches that question globalism.

Question: Why don't we have ANY archivists or historians or librarians or journalists or museum curators on the OTHER side?

Why do ALL jobs classified as 'curating' serve Goldman and Soros? I don't see the necessary connection. Seems like you could have an innate talent and desire to curate stuff without being a loyal globalist slave, but it never happens.

Selection by education doesn't answer the question because Google's archivists weren't trained in university Departments of Library Science.

Who is censoring the censors?

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
  Jailoleth

How do you know which side of a "debate" is good?



"Scientists" jail you for questioning "science".

Astrologers don't jail you for questioning astrology.



Non-smokers jail you for smoking in the wrong place, which is pretty much every place.

Smokers don't jail you for not smoking.



Bankers jail you for using cash.

Goldbugs don't jail you for using debit cards.



Globalists bomb you for questioning the Empire.

Localists don't bomb you for being a globalist.



The non-jailing and non-bombing and non-interventionist side of each debate is good. The jailing side is bad. Jailoleth.

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Footnote for clarity: This isn't meant to be a universal rule. Obviously some punishments for harmful ACTIONS are necessary. I'm only talking about these particular divisions, where one side wants to control your BELIEFS AND ATTITUDES and the other doesn't.

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  Golden ground

I made a basically valid analogy in previous post about the BRICS abandonment of the dollar, moving to a gold-based currency system.

Gold is a ground point, a universally agreed zero origin.

Central banks are a fake ground, based on a fake "value" created from nothing. Because the number can be moved any time the Tribe wants to move it, all other nations must constantly adjust their own economies to Ben and Janet's momentary whims.

Let's see if I can stretch this analogy to the breaking point as usual.

Start here:

A properly functional and independent national economy has a natural floor and ceiling of total activity, based on population and skills and resources. The natural floor and ceiling move in a natural way when those three variables change. When skills and production methods improve, more real value is created, so the money supply naturally increases, and the unit of currency remains basically constant.

When the unit of currency is forcibly hardwired to Ben and Janet, the natural feedback loop is busted. B and J can alter the exchange rate at any time without any change in the country's internal skills and resources. If the country wants to continue exporting, something else has to give way.

Because B and J know exactly what they're doing, the adjustment in other countries always ends up serving the interests of B and J. Sometimes the adjustment means total devotion to sweatshop labor, sometimes total devotion to oil production, sometimes total shutdown. The crime varies but the crime is always destructive.

Graybill.

Using a universally agreed standard like gold SNATCHES POWER AWAY FROM BEN AND JANET. Each small country can make its own internal and external arrangements without worrying about an aggressive external shift in the methods of communicating and transacting.

Gold isn't the currency, it's the GROUND POINT for commerce.

Commerce on solid gold ground:




Commerce with the Tribe standard:



The same effect occurs inside the country ruled by B and J, except that the exchange rate is not the primary twister and turner. Instead the dizzying shake-n-bake comes from interest rates, regulations and litigation, all fully owned and forced by the same Tribe that forces exchange rates externally.

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  Resurgent bad, surgent good. Why?

Euro commentators are screeching about the 'resurgence' of AfD, a party that is tired of wartime guilt.

How come we never screech about the 'surgence' of similar attitudes in Japan? No 'resurgence' needed because Japan has constantly refused to apologize for its pre-1945 activities. In the last two years there has been a very slight symbolic 'desurgence' as Jap prime ministers verbally apologized to Korea. But no reparations, and no apologies to the rest of Asia.

Japan's slaughter was TEN TIMES LARGER AND TEN TIMES LONGER than Germany's slaughter. Japan was killing and raping pretty much everything east of Persia. Parts of Russia, most of China, all of Indochina, all of Korea, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia, Phillipines.... everything east of Persia. And they were doing this from 1895 to 1945. Fifty years.

Germany's slaughter was confined to France and Poland and parts of Russia, and lasted only 5 years.

Despite this hundredfold multiple in spatiotemporal extent, all of Japan's political parties have been unrepentant since 1945. And we've never complained.

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  Missing the point as usual

Via ZH as usual:
“One year after inviting Putin to the Clinton Foundation event, she approved the sale of 20% of America’s uranium capacity to Russia,” Conservative Review noted. “Shortly thereafter, donors connected to the company that was sold to Russia contributed $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation.”

These newly released emails simply prove what most already knew – Hillary Clinton’s collusion with Russia is far deeper than Donald Trump’s.
True but not the main point. The main point is that BOTH Hillary and Trump BETRAYED Russia. Both gave hints and promises of ordinary cooperation, then made war against Russia.

Standard procedure for USA STRONG, consistent since 1917.

Betray all allies. Break all treaties. Demand obedience then kill the victim after he obeys.

We are pure evil. We are pure sin. We are pure crime. We need to be removed from the Earth.

Patience. Natural JUSTICE is taking care of things.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
  Se-lu 12, UN edition

Article by Wayne Madsen, repub'd in ZH, discusses retribalizing. Not a new subject, and Madsen doesn't add anything new. The best insight comes from a point he missed......
The world is “going tribal” and there is little the governing globalists and elites can do about it. They brought this situation upon themselves with their aloofness and ignorance. The UN General Assembly will soon welcome 193-member state leaders to its plenary session in New York. The UN may do well to plan for future sessions at which 300 or more member-state leaders, from Åland to Zanzibar and Baltistan to Mthwakazi, converge on New York.
First, it's not aloofness and ignorance, it's infinite evil.

Second, the UN has always been a main tool of US imperialism. The non-globalist side made a mistake by thinking they could take it over in the '60s. They made a louder noise that way, but they didn't succeed in slowing down USA STRONG.

You can't solve a problem inside a problem. You have to get out of the problem to solve it.

Normally the GETTING OUT is just a necessary preLUde to the soLUtion, LOOsening your mind so you can see all the internal and external connections.

In the case of an organization controlled by one evil power, the GETTING OUT part is the soLUtion all by itself. The evil power requires ALL countries to be part of the UN. When the UN includes only about 1/3 of the world, it won't be worth the trouble and it will fade. It won't go away, of course. Parkinson requires it to find a new mission and continue increasing its budget and workforce. But its new mission won't be ABLE to infect the entire world because most of the world won't be connected by treaties. The new UN won't be automatically entitled to send blue-helmeted cholera carriers and war igniters to any chosen destination.

This auto-breakup is already visible in the realm of banking and trade, where the counter-empire is setting up COMPETING organizations. The counterforces are building their own clearing system for transactions, and their own GOLD-BASED standard for their own currencies.

Returning to the gold standard is crucial and smart. Without a physical basis for comparison, the Empire can set all values with one control knob because the Empire's own currency is the only basis. There's nothing intrinsically magic about gold, but it's universally and traditionally understood as a GROUND POINT.

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Monday, September 18, 2017
  Rain.


Finally. After 80 dry days. Welcome change. I hope this doesn't herald the start of 80 wet days. Probably does. We can't escape from Rex.
 
  Non-interventionist profits

We haven't always been hopelessly crazy.

Our current infinite looniness echoes our condition exactly 100 years ago. In 1917 all of our media and schools and churches were squawking the same verbatim overmodulated globalist evil, aimed at Germany. Anyone who questioned the squawk was jailed. The only difference is the target, though our ACTIONS in 1918 indicate that our infinitely evil dysgovernment was primarily interested in working WITH Germany to obliterate Russia. We had to get the Krauts under control first.

Between 1920 and 1933 we gradually RECOVERED from our hopeless idiocy. I still don't know how this happened. Most of Wilson's globalist bureaucracy was dismantled, violating Parkinson's Law which requires bureaucracies to grow exponentially after their mission is done. We turned inward and spent all of our energy on an idiotic bubble. When we reached the end of that bottle, we FINALLY acquired sanity, and remained sane from 3/4/33 to 4/12/45. Sanity had enough inertia to remain in control for a year or so, until Globalists got reorganized and grabbed all the levers again.

Lately I've been pointing out examples of NON-INTERVENTIONIST thinking and writing and media from our brief lucid interval, in the hope that something will lead to a rediscovery of the cure.

Example 1.
Example 2.
Example 3.
Example 4.

I've also pointed often to the intentional cultivation of SHORTWAVE bands on radios during the lucid interval, meant to help ordinary Americans understand the world. NOT CONQUER THE WORLD, UNDERSTAND THE WORLD.

Here's a beautiful new example of the nexus. Non-intervention was PROFITABLE.

From a 1934 GE brochure boosting the advantages of radios with a shortwave band:

Germany:


Italy:


Russia:


Note the OBJECTIVE LANGUAGE and the EMPATHETIC UNDERSTANDING that other people had different ways of doing things. Our job was not to delete heresy but to appreciate variety, and GE wanted to MAKE MONEY from this appreciation.

Now our corporations, especially including GE, are no longer in business to make money; their sole goal is to obliterate the universe.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017
  Wrong decision

RT belatedly notes the death of Stanislav Petrov, the man who substituted human judgment for idiot machines and literally saved the whole world from destruction. He died in May but nobody noticed until last week.

Nobody noticed until last week.

Nobody noticed until last week.

Nobody noticed until last week.




RT also notes that demon Kevin Costner made several million dollars from a movie about Petrov, and then

The actor sent Petrov $500 as a “thank you” for making the right decision.

The actor sent Petrov $500 as a “thank you” for making the right decision.

The actor sent Petrov $500 as a “thank you” for making the right decision.

The actor sent Petrov $500 as a “thank you” for making the right decision.

The actor sent Petrov $500 as a “thank you” for making the right decision.

Not 500 billion, not 500 million, not 500 thousand. 500 dollars.




No, he made the wrong decision. The right decision then and now is to obliterate USA. Maybe Kim will do it for us.

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  Speech latitude

Via ZH, this map of states that have passed useless "laws" attempting to stop campus censorship:



The latitude of latitude immediately stands out. It's the Mason-Dixon line.

Hits me right close to home, because this is pretty much the 'spread pattern' of my father's ancestors. Came to US around 1700, settled in Virginia. Expanded into Tennessee, then into Southern Missoura, then into Okla and Kansas. Since 1920 the spread has been a little broader, but many of the far-flung spreaders ultimately returned to home base in Okla.

As I will probably do next year. The restoring force is gaining as alien hyperlunatic insanity and mindless violence continue to fester in Spokane.

This set of genes never passed through Arkansas on the way to Okla and Kansas, and never spread back into Ark later on. I don't know why Ark never attracted us, but the map matches the reality.

Why did they track the Mason-Dixon line? Because they were Southern by culture but not slaveholders. They couldn't stand Yankee shitheads, but didn't have much affinity with the slaveholding South either.

This 'dielectric zone' could explain the modern insistence on free speech as well. When you live on the line, you're accustomed to hearing and talking with both sides whether you like them or not.
 
  Smart business, nearly extinct

AVG automatically renewed its annual subscription payment, with this little blurb in the email:
Your subscription price is a change to the original 69.99 USD shown in the shopping cart during your initial purchase. With continual threats to security and safety online it’s important to stay one step ahead and safeguarding your online protection and privacy is vital. With AVG you have award winning protection and this increased investment goes towards continually improving our detection rates. We are constantly looking into new and more sophisticated ways to block malware and prevent hackers. From artificial intelligence to more advanced real time analysis, we consistently catch around 120 million incidents every single day to help you stay protected.
When everyone else is jumping on the hate-hoax bandwagon, using RUSSIAN_HACKING and NAZI_HONKY_KKK_TRUMP_HITLER and ALT-RIGHT_HETS and CLIMATE_CHANGE as boogeypersons to scare you shitless, AVG simply states the facts in a neutral way.

Stating the facts neutrally USED TO BE the normal way of doing business for any big outfit that WANTED TO HAVE CUSTOMERS. Big corporations USED TO WANT CUSTOMERS. Now most of them don't. The goal of most corporations is to EXTERMINATE THEIR OWN CUSTOMERS, because EXTERMINATION raises share value.

AVG is a welcome old-fashioned exception to this bizarre evil trend.

AVG has been providing good service for several years. Since I switched from Norton and McAfee, no viruses at all. And in exchange for the good service they want my money.

I don't know how long AVG can hold onto this obsolete mode of pre-Soros capitalism, but I'm HAPPY that they are still holding, and I'm HAPPY to pay them for both the service and the neutrality.

Later: I was curious to see why AVG is sane. I thought it was privately owned, but in fact it's a stock company listed on NASDAQ. Location is the explanation. AVG has always been in Prague, safely distant from the NYC and Silicon Valley brain diseases.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017
  No wonder

An interesting bit of analog modeling and simulation from British Practical Electronics in 1968. A homemade board game simulating stock trading.





Part of the description, edited plus [comments]:

In the game, monetary gains and losses are simulated by changes in charge on capacitors. These charges are checked through the game so each player can keep track of his 'potentials' and 'capacities'. [heh.] Each player makes intelligent transactions on 11 different commodities, the prices of which are constantly changing under the control of dice throws. [Could have automated the dice as well, using a pair of Zeners on opposite inputs of a diff amp, with the output constantly pulling and pushing on one cap. Hit the switch to pick up the present value.]

The object is to build up your cash (potential on 'cash' cap) and transfer it at intervals to the 'bank' cap until your accumulated balance reaches the arbitrary max, at which point that player is declared the winner.


The game clearly required steady nerves, which were common in 1968 as illustrated by the player in the foreground. More smoke, less snowflakes.

The text gives a complicated set of rules, meant to be implemented by the dealer. Dice selected which commodity was to be priced, and other throws caused 'bank raids' or 'tax audits'.

The most realistic part is that each player is attempting to pull down the share value of the selected commodity. Sucking electrons from the commodity. Each transaction necessarily wastes some of the charge as well, turning to heat in a resistor.

After playing this game you'd understand physically that stock trading is a purely parasitic operation which doesn't add any value to the world.

No wonder it never went commercial.

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Later: I was puzzling over the basic point. Is there any game that isn't essentially destructive, a game that teaches you to create order? Turning the chaos of inorganic death into the beauty of life? Trying to do it in a semi-serious way would require way too much ability and time, would end up more like a county fair or a science fair than a board game. Judging your shapely squash or prize pig or shiny solder work. Not suitable. Ball games are neutral, just pushing a round thing from one place to another. Card games? Here I got a shock. Poker takes the random result of shuffling, turns it into an ordered pattern. Poker makes life. (Some other card games do the same, but not pure gambles like blackjack.)

Could you transfer that into an analog game in the spirit of the above stock game? Each player has five RC oscillators mixed into his headphones. Each osc is tuned manually by a pot and ALSO tuned forcibly by a FET in series with the pot. Dealer has control of the gates of all FETS. At the start of each hand, dealer hits a button that sets all the FETs to random R values, so that each player suddenly hears a horrible five-part dissonance. Players have to adjust the five pots to create harmony within a short time interval, say 10 seconds. Dealer then asks each player to switch his harmony to speaker. Show your chords. You didn't create harmony? You're out. Repeat until only one harmony remains.

Basically poker for the blind, innit?

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  Seeing from outside

When you're not owned by one particular narrative, you SHARPLY notice people who are owned.

The iPhone narrative owns everyone who owns an iPhone. This automatic assumption is universal. Typified by a comment in a ZH article on Apple surveillance:

And if you say that you don't own a phone...or have a non GSM phone...either your a liar or live in a mud hut. It is the way it is.

No. I've never owned or even TOUCHED a cellphone, smart or dumb.



This is my only phone. Note that it lives next to a hi-tech computer, not next to a dung-burning stove.

It's possible to be modern without being totally contained inside Elon's superbrain. You can't cut off all control, but you can LIMIT the control.

Note also the retronym in the above comment. "A phone" means a smartphone updated to the latest version as of the latest femtosecond. The retronym process only extends as far as a "non GSM phone", which must mean a smartphone that hasn't been updated to the latest femtosecond. Phones that are connected by wires are beyond conception and thus beyond retronym.

Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meanings and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods.
 
  Two explanations

The Gaians are all atwitter over the return of hurricanes. When Bush was in charge, hurricanes tormented the Gulf Coast. Then all was Nirvana during the heavenly reign of Our Lord And Saviour Obama, who dried up the seas through his Holy Godly will. Now that evil Trump is in charge, hurricanes are back with a Gaian vengeance.

Firstest and mostest, this narrative conveniently skips Sandy.

But even if we include Sandy, there's still a pretty clear statistical pattern.

We can immediately dismiss the natural behavior of Nature as an explanation for the natural behavior of Nature. Everyone knows that Nature is the biggest and worst of all Science Deniers. Everything Nature does runs DIRECTLY AND VIOLENTLY CONTRARY to the published and peer-reviewed LAWS of Consensus Science.

We have to look for real peer-reviewed consensus explanations. Here are two:

1. Carbon Dioxide is an intelligent being. It's smarter than humans, because humans haven't yet figured out how to steer hurricanes toward chosen targets. Since CO2 is intelligent, we need to give it RIGHTS. We need to cherish and protect every breath exhaled by every animal on The Planet. We must protect CO2 from poachers such as Carbon Sequestration and Pollution Control and Renewable Energy. We need to create special breeding farms for CO2, burning massive quantities of coal and wood without generating any actual energy.

2. Maybe humans are smarter than we think. Maybe Deepstate has actually figured out how to control hurricanes. After all, seeding clouds for rain has always worked fairly well. Deepstate did quite a bit of research on weaponizing seeding, while carefully concealing the fact that seeding works. Maybe the chemtrail theorists are onto something. Their focus is probably wrong, but the notion that Deepstate CAN control weather is not far-fetched at all. If Deepstate COULD control weather, this pattern is exactly what it would choose to create.

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Later: I was just crudely attempting a Swift modest proposal, but in fact there's a REAL and PROPERLY ENVIRONMENTAL reason to give up carbon sequestration and stop treating CO2 as a pollutant. Real fact: Fossil fuels are renewable. Plants decay anaerobically into coal and petroleum and methane. We burn those fuels releasing CO2. Plants eat the CO2 and turn it into organic material, which decays anaerobically into coal and petroleum and methane. We burn those fuels etc. Full circle. Renewable.

When we try to pull CO2 out of the circle, we are turning RENEWABLE fuels into NON-RENEWABLE fuels. We are destroying Nature.

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