Wednesday, November 25, 2020
  Reversed Parkinson process

Parkinson's all-powerful all-explaining Law says that organizations grow.

Organizations and agencies and academic disciplines usually start with a purpose in mind. In some cases the purpose is a serious attempt to solve a real problem; more often it's fake. After the organization is underway, it never quits. Often it makes the problem exponentially worse, to "justify" exponential increases in budget to continue un-"solving" the problem even worsererer. Sometimes it abandons the original goal and finds new goals, usually monetary or criminal.

I hadn't counted religion among the replacement purposes, and it's hard to think of examples.

Most active religions began as a fresh rebellion against an older religion that lost its sacred purpose and turned secular. When an old denomination faded into monetary transactions or crime, a new rebel group splintered off. Christ was rebelling against venal Judaism. Mohammed and Luther were both rebelling against massively evil Catholicism. Joseph Smith and Aimee Semple MacPherson were rebelling against aristocratic Protestants.

In the current century we finally have some clear examples of transitions from secular to religious. Most obviously, medicine and public health. Formerly secular, now a genocide cult.

Physics is a bit less distinct, but this article makes the transition wonderfully clear.
Is physics finished? The 21st century is often called the age of biology. Or artificial intelligence. Or any other emerging field. This relegates physics to the previous century — the golden days when the revolutions of relativity and quantum mechanics shook the world, and the discoveries of elementary particles led to a string of Nobel Prizes.

That brings us to the second argument. Recent advances in cosmology allow us to state, with a fair amount of certainty, that 95 percent of the universe is missing. These missing parts consist of dark matter and dark energy, both equally mysterious forms of new physics.
Secular physics is done. No more experimentation, no more tentative hypotheses. Only flat statements of required sacred faith in a NONEXISTENT AND IMAGINARY concept with no testable or measurable properties.

These missing parts consist of dark matter and dark energy.

I believe in one Dark Energy and in its blessed prophet Dark Matter.
 
  Value reflects killcount

Uncommon Descent reports that some of Darwin's handwritten notebooks are missing and presumed stolen from the British National Museum. The notebooks are "worth millions".

UD snarkily proposes that the books must have randomly mutated away from the museum, since an assumption of theft would imply PURPOSE.

I found the value more interesting. Would notebooks from Wheatstone or Ohm be equally valuable? I doubt it.

Among document collectors, valuation tends to reflect the aristocracy of the subject. Rarity is also a factor, but a rare document by a peasant, or a document connected to peasants, has no value.

For instance, a rare 1930 advertising brochure for Duesenberg is much more expensive than a rare 1930 brochure for Chevy. The product belongs to rich people, so everything related to the product has value.

When I was building a replica of Hubbard's E-Meter, I looked on Ebay for books by the inventor Volney Mathison. His books were up in the $500 range. Similar vaguely mystical self-help books by non-Hubbard authors were in the $10 range.

All books and documents related to Hubbard's cult are unduly expensive. Why? Because Hubbard's cultists are rich and important people.

The same rule applies to Darwin. His cultists are rich and important people. True from the start, because DarwinISM has always been a weapon used by the rich to kill the poor.

Value reflects killcount.
 
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
  Entertainment point-missing

Sticking with today's focus....

Quora randomly fed a discussion of a clever magic trick. Judging from the pictures, it's popular among street performers in India. The magician appears to be floating in air, using a fragile-looking stick to stay in one place. The discussers showed how the trick works. The stick isn't fragile; it's a steel column supporting a platform under the magician, and resting on an equally strong platform on the ground. The platforms and welds are hidden by "casually draped" rugs and robes.

Serious magic has always involved serious engineering.

One discusser, whose Quora credentials showed him to be a professional magician, was loudly berating the others for revealing the trick. How do you expect magicians to make money if you're going to spill our secrets?

Tell you what, dude, it's not up to the audience to keep your secrets. It's up to you. Competent magicians have ALWAYS revealed some of their own tricks. Competent magicians can produce amazement and wonderment ANYWAY.

That's the whole point of any entertainment or art.

The audience knows that a painting is just goo splashed on canvas, but a good painter can use the goo to create awe and mystery and revelation. The audience knows that an orchestra is just a bunch of wiggling strings and metal pipes, and a singer is just a bladder full of air creating a buzz between two flaps of skin and muscle. Despite that knowledge, a good musician can pull the audience out of horrible everyday life directly into Heaven.

Dude, if you think your main vocation is keeping secrets, you should be working for NSA or the Public Death Offices, not trying to entertain people. You're in the wrong job.

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  Good entertainment = good maintenance

In previous item,
The real engineers and architects of the first 1000 were not in Github mode. They built houses and cathedrals to last, because they understood technology was not going to improve soon. The scribes put artistry into their handwritten books, knowing that the books would be used and maintained for centuries. They tried to provide beauty and pleasure for the maintainers, to insure better and longer maintenance. Bookkeepers used indelible ink on heavy paper, and 'illuminated' their ledgers with similar artistry.
Providing beauty and treats for the maintainers is a lost art, but not lost for 1000 years. The practice was fairly common up to 1970 when the whole world of manufacturing and maintenance was hunted to extinction by Wall Street.

Some car makers tried to create a pleasant environment for mechanics. I experienced this sort of pleasure when working on Mercedes and Toyota in the '70s. When you got into the engine compartment, everything you needed for routine maintenance was easy to find, pleasant for the eyes and hands, and satisfying to complete. I never had this experience in a VW or American car.

RCA and Zenith unquestionably followed this rule with their radios in the '20s and '30s. Both brands were beautiful and entertaining outside and inside. The inside included all the info you needed, and often included specialized tools or spare parts.

I try to provide moments of pleasure and beauty in my courseware and graphics. A textbook, whether on paper or software, should include some art and entertainment. I don't know if anyone appreciates them, but I feel obligated to pay back the beauty of life and nature.

Later and better thought: Providing beauty and treats for the maintainers is NOT a lost art outside of human "civilization". Plants have been doing it for a billion years. Flowers and fruits are EXACTLY beauty and treats to insure maintenance.

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  Reprint from 2011

While looking for links on the medieval version of Prosperity Gospel, ran into this item from 2011, which happened to use the word prosperity.

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This feature in New Superstitionist runs through a new 'theory' that links public health to democracy.
[According to Randy Thornhill,] ... the nature of the political system that holds sway in a particular country - whether it is a repressive dictatorship or a liberal democracy - may be determined in large part by a single factor: the prevalence of infectious disease.
NS, to its credit, kicks down three dozen absurdities in this notion, but still misses the most basic problems.

First, Thornhill totally ignores race and ethnicity. When you open your eyes to the fact that PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT, you don't need this theory at all. Racial tendencies explain both the competence of government and the prevalence of disease. (I thought the whole point of Sociobiology was to pay attention to biological differences, but apparently that has gone away.)

Second, Thornhill assumes that voting is a good measure of 'democracy', and assumes that 'democracy' is a desirable condition. There is no evidence for either assumption. Every society has some form of election. Tribal elders meet to choose the new chief. Modern quantitative democracy is a tool to eliminate popular consent. When you have a 'mandate' generated by publicity, trickery and cheating, and reinforced by a totally uniform 'free press', you don't need to listen to the real voice of the people. When your power depends solely on remaining unshot by bullets or unpierced by arrows, you're more likely to listen.

Third, modern 'democracy' eliminates the firmness and courage needed to maintain public health. We could have controlled AIDS much faster, using time-tested public health techniques, if our 'democracy' hadn't surrendered to the rich and powerful homosexual lobby. Several old diseases (plague, TB, polio) are coming back because politicians want maximum immigration from primitive countries in order to gain new voters. Other old diseases are returning because our 'democracy' listens to the Vaccines Cause Autism pressure group. Malaria is returning because our 'democracy' respects the rich and powerful Gaian fanatics more than it respects life.

Here's the basic fact: A well-organized and well-disciplined country that has some regard for its own people will eradicate parasites and diseases, and will also increase its prosperity. After a country reaches a certain degree of comfort and prosperity, it often turns toward 'democracy', which destroys its discipline and prosperity and brings it back to the default Haitian level. 'Democracy' is neither a cause nor an effect of good public health, 'democracy' is a disease that eliminates public health.

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Well, they gave us plenty of warning, didn't they? I'd completely forgotten about this clear statement that DISEASE MUST STOP FREEDOM.

I got two things right: (1) We were already destroying normal public health procedures in 2011. We finished the job this year. (2) The governments that resisted the holocaust longest were the "authoritarians" that weren't using the fakery of "democracy". Tanzania and Belarus have strong leaders who are considered "undemocratic" by Soros and Bezos.

But I didn't get the main variable.

In 2011 I side-mentioned a government that has some regard for its own people. This turns out to be the MOST important thing, not just one factor. Ethnically centered discipline without regard is the worst combination. See Germany. The regard variable is easily visible inside the US, where all of the states have the same nominal system.

Summing up, the best combination seems to have three ingredients:

(1) The leader must be human, not a demon. Ideally he should want to serve the people. Even an uncaring rich playboy who simply wants to indulge his own pleasure is fine, as long as his own pleasure isn't mass murder.

(2) The leader must be strong enough, and have enough support from his bureaucrats and military, to resist Soros and Bezos.

(3) He must NEED a population that is alive and working and relatively contented. The best way to insure this NEED is to depend on taxes, not debt. The countries and states that resisted best have REAL business and depend on taxing REAL business. They don't depend on abstract finance, and aren't in a position to generate counterfeit money through software magic. A government that needs live people will keep them alive. A government that doesn't need live people will kill everybody.

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Monday, November 23, 2020
  The Y1K bug

In 1999 there was considerable hubbub over the Y2K bug in old programs, many of which were in COBOL. The language itself wasn't busted; its date functions have four digits. But the early mainframe programmers in the '60s and '70s had to make extremely careful use of limited memory space, so they formed the habit of using only the last two digits of dates in calculations.

Those old programmers were already operating in Github mode, assuming that everything would change and improve fast, so it wasn't necessary to think 40 years ahead. They didn't realize that their machines and their code would still be running steady in 2000, 2010, 2020, ad infinitum.

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The date bug in the real world was even weirder. The real odometer has four digits, but the leftmost wheel froze up. The odometer turned over from 1999 to 1000, not 2000 or 0000.



Now we're back in 1000, when inbred demonic imbeciles ruled a patchwork of duchies and fiefdoms, united by the crazed theology of the One Universal Church. We're before Ockham and Galileo and Jenner. Logic and experimentation and immunity haven't been discovered yet. Angels with A-bombs dance frenziedly on pinheads, multiplying beyond all necessity. Most of the world is permanently locked into an infinite supercrime with no exit.

We're back in 1000, when China and Arabia and the Mayan and African empires were WAY AHEAD of Europeans in thinking and medicine and math and engineering.

Even the specific problems that were going to be caused by the 0000 bug didn't turn out to be problems. Interest on savings was zeroed out in 1008, so long-term calculations on that side of the ledger are no longer needed. Interest on loans is being zeroed out in 1020, freeing bankers from all contractual obligations so they can simply dispossess the peasants at will.

The real engineers and architects of the first 1000 were not in Github mode. They built houses and cathedrals to last, because they understood technology was not going to improve soon. The scribes put artistry into their handwritten books, knowing that the books would be used and maintained for centuries. They tried to provide beauty and pleasure for the maintainers, to insure better and longer maintenance. Bookkeepers used indelible ink on heavy paper, and 'illuminated' their ledgers with similar artistry.

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  Themes echo more loudly in fog

Since I'm in Connecting Themes mode today:

Here's more from Tyndall's textbook on Sound, cited in previous item on Trinity House acoustical research at Lizard Point.

Tyndall was disproving the commonly held THEORY that fog absorbed sound because it absorbed light. This should have been obvious to any alert observer. You can hear all sorts of distant sounds in fog. Apparently it wasn't obvious to other scientists at the time.
During the exceedingly dense and dripping fog of January 22 I placed myself near the same railings and heard every stroke of the bell. On the same day an assistant at the end of the Serpentine, when the fog was densest, heard the Westminster bell striking loudly eleven. Towards evening this fog began to melt away, and at 6 o'clock I went to the end of the Serpentine to observe the effect of the optical clearing of the atmosphere upon the sound. Not one of the strokes reached me. At 9 o'clock and at 10 o'clock my able assistant Mr. COTTRELL was in the same position, and on both occasions failed to hear a single stroke of the bell. It was a case precisely similar to that of December 13, when the dissolution of the fog was accompanied by a decided acoustic thickening of the air.
Cottrell. Fog. Sounds familiar.... Yes. The same Cottrell later improved Lodge's precipitator to purify fog and smoke.

Did he have an epiphany about fog while working for Tyndall?

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  Fits a couple of themes

Movies and TV famously do an awful job of showing how real computers and real programmers work. Hackers type madly, see ACCESS DENIED on the screen in big flashing letters, then type some more and see ACCESS PERMITTED in big flashing letters.

The opposite happened in the mainframe era. Most movies and TV shows gave a solidly realistic close-up image of sorters and tape drives and card punches. They usually overrated the power of the computer, but the machines, and the way of working with the machines, were correctly viewed.

Stop to think: In the mainframe era very few people had actual experience with computers. Since 1980 everybody has actual experience with computers.

When nobody knew the reality, movie producers were free to make up anything they chose. But they didn't. After 1980, movies should have been restrained by common experience. But they weren't.

This 1960 movie is a good example of getting mainframes exactly right. It does an even better job with the dilemma of trusting the machine vs trusting the expert.

An arrogant expert working for an insurance company insists the computer must be wrong because it shows a pattern of deaths that is "impossible" by his theories. This is realistic.

Soon he looks more closely and realizes the machine was right, and then goes into detective mode to find who is behind the pattern, and possibly save the next victim. This is unrealistic by today's standards. It might have happened in 1960. (It also fits my recent theme of insurers saving lives to increase profit.)

Now we refuse to follow obvious simple DATA because the experts know the DATA is wrong. Bizarre delusional demonic theories and theologies are always correct, and they become even more undeniably correct when ALL the data contradicts them.
 
  Pearce gets it.

Among the sources I read, only two writers get everything right. No pulled punches, no false flags, no unnecessary assumptions.

Both understand that we're back in 1000 AD, with the Western world violently misruled by utterly insane perfectly evil inbred incestuous infantile imbecilic satanic demons. Both writers understand that "elections" and "laws" and "constitutions" are perfectly empty wordsalad.

One is Edward Curtin, who is uniformly dismal, offering no hope at all.

The other is Joseph Pearce, who tries to offer a more medieval version of duty.

In his latest article at Imaginative Conservative,
Empires come and go. Goliaths are slain. Or more often they kill themselves through their own inherent unsustainability. But they are always replaced with other empires and other Goliaths. The people are always trodden under the feet of the powerful. It has ever been thus. All that we need to do is resist evil by living virtuously. We can do this with every dollar we spend. We need to starve Goliath by spending our money, whenever possible, in a way that weakens the giant and does not nourish him. We need to know that every dollar is a vote and that we are casting these votes every day. We need to know that spending money is a moral act which makes the world a better or a worse place. In this way, we can be making the world a better place with every penny we spend. In this way, we can be helping to fight Goliath every day of our lives and loving our neighbours by doing so.
On the dot. Money does influence some parts of Goliath. The corporations who were supporting riots found quickly that their customers didn't like riots. They stopped supporting riots. So far I haven't seen any monetary feedback from supporting the "virus" holocaust, but that doesn't mean it can't happen.

I'd add, based on experience with psychopaths, that we also have a duty to avoid exciting the demon. Try to keep him bored and uninterested. He will still kill us all, but he won't do it quite as fast or dramatically.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020
  Trinity House at Lizard Point

Trinity House used the lighthouse at Lizard Point in Cornwall as its center for acoustical research.



Rayleigh and Tyndall and others built a variety of sirens and horns, and tested them under a variety of conditions.



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John Tyndall, in his 1880 textbook on acoustics, describes some of those experiments at both Foreland and Lizard Point.

The goal was to determine what kind of sound source penetrated various atmospheric formations best, in order to protect ships against reefs and grounding in fog. Tyndall discusses the peculiarities of air layers, especially inversions and interfaces between masses of different temperature or humidity. When the line from the sound to the listener is parallel to a boundary, the sound will be channeled to your ear. When the line is perpendicular, the sound is blocked.

Tyndall includes this letter from Professor RGH Kean in Virginia.
For the following account of the battle of Gain's Farm, I am indebted to the Rector of the University of Virginia:

March 19, 1874.

SIR, I have just read with great interest your lecture of January 16, on the acoustic transparency and opacity of the atmosphere. The remarkable observations you mention induce me to state to you a fact which I have occasionally mentioned, but always, where I am not well known, with the apprehension that my veracity would be questioned. It made a strong impression on me at the time, but was an insoluble mystery until your discourse gave me a possible solution.

On the afternoon of June 28, 1862, I rode, in company with General Randolph, then Secretary of War of the Confederate States, to Price's house, about nine miles from Richmond. The evening before, General Lee had begun his attack on McClellan's army, by crossing the Chickahominy about four miles above Price's, and driving in McClellan's right wing. The battle of Gain's Farm was fought the afternoon to which I refer.

The valley of Chickahominy is about one and a half miles wide from hilltop to hilltop. Price's is on one hilltop, that nearest to Richmond; Gain's Farm, just opposite, is on the other, reaching back in a plateau to Cold Harbour. Looking across the valley I saw a good deal of the battle, Lee's right resting in the valley, the Federal left wing the same. My line of vision was nearly in the line of the lines of battle. I saw the advanceof the Confederates, their repulse two or three times, and in the grey of the evening the final retreat of the Federal forces.

I distinctly saw the musket fire of both lines, the smoke, individual discharges, the flash of the guns. I saw batteries of artillery on both sides come into action and fire rapidly. Several field-batteries on each side were plainly in sight. Many more were hid by the timber which bounded the range of vision.

Yet looking for nearly two hours, from about 5 to 7 PM on a midsummer afternoon, at a battle in which at least 50,000 men were actually engaged, and doubtless at least 100 pieces of field-artillery, through an atmosphere optically as limpid as possible, not a single sound of the battle was audible to General Randolph and myself. I remarked it to him at the time as astonishing.

Between me and the battle was the deep broad valley of the Chickahominy, partly a swamp shaded from the declining sun by the hills and forest in the west (my side). Part of the valley on each side of the swamp was cleared; some in cultivation, some not. Here were conditions capable of providing several belts of air, varying in the amount of watery vapour (and probably in temperature), arranged like laminae at right angles to the acoustic waves as they came from the battlefield to me.
Several boundary layers of OBJECTIVITY were channeled in 1880 and blocked now.

1. Trinity House was basically a mutual insurance company, devoted to the safety of sailors and ships. It gained profit when ships sailed and landed safely. So it devoted huge resources to eliminating false beacons, and to developing the best ways of signaling danger to ships. Trinity supported optical research on lights, acoustical research on foghorns, and electronic research on ship-to-shore radio. Now insurers are no longer objective, even when partisanship ruins their own profits. They sacrifice all to serve DNC.

2. Kean was watching a battle where men were dying. The South won that particular battle, but by 1874 the NYC occupiers were fully engaged in pillaging and looting and raping the South, after burning it down and killing huge numbers of people. Nevertheless, he was able to separate science from genocide, carefully calibrating distances and swamps and forests. Now science IS genocide, and nothing can be published unless it advances NYC's pillaging and looting and raping.

3. Tyndall didn't mention the alleged "purposes" of Madman Lincoln's genocide and didn't automatically dismiss an entire section of the world as Unpersons. He simply found Kean's observations interesting enough to include.

4. Kean's letter must have come through the regular postal system. Transatlantic mail via steamship was efficient and fast in 1880, generally taking about one week. Unlike today's superfast and "free" web service, the postal system in 1880 didn't refuse to carry mail from Unplaces.

At that time science had NOTHING to do with political partisanship or geographical partisanship. Madman Lincoln's genocide was still running full speed, but neither Kean nor Tyndall let their emotions interfere with OBSERVATION.

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  This is stupid.

For some reason I'm highly discouraged today by the failure of discussion and debate and facts to have any influence on demons.

This discouragement is STUPID. I've known for a LONG time, probably since 1975, that discussion is meaningless. I noticed it when I was a student, then proved it when I was teaching.

Lectures don't teach. Working with reality in a systematic way teaches. Sometimes a discussion during the work can clarify the learning, but it's secondary.

Learning arises from encountering a specific piece of reality at a moment when you're open to it. Sometimes the openness comes from frustration, sometimes it just happens.

I shouldn't expect ANYTHING, facts or debates or experience, to influence demons. I've known this since 1969 when I shared a prison cell with a psychopath.

Maybe today is just a discouraged day, and I'm misattributing the overall mood to the failure.

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  Interesting development in Portugal

Via the British LockdownSceptics, a report from Portugal.

A national court has ruled narrowly against the use of tests and quarantines, only for the four plaintiffs. There's one possible precedent that could possibly be useful elsewhere, if courts mattered:
A medical diagnosis is a medical act that only a physician is legally qualified to undertake and for which such physician will be solely and entirely responsible. No other person or institution, including government agencies or the courts, has such an authority. It is not up to the Azores Regional Health Authority to declare someone ill, or a health hazard. Only a physician can do that. No one can be declared ill or a health hazard by decree or law, nor as the automatic, administrative consequence of the outcome of a laboratory test, no matter which.
If courts mattered, this would break the tyranny of the Public Death Officers, who have turned a criminally false diagnosis of a criminally mislabeled common cold into a capital crime, with no trial or witnesses. It's all guaranteed anonymous thanks to HIPAA.

Courts don't matter, so this won't make any difference. Demon governors have been instantly and easily ignoring much broader and stronger court orders in several states, WITH NO CONSEQUENCES.

The reporter has a more interesting observation about Portugal:
With Spain and Greece, Portugal is one of the few countries in the so-called West where enough people are still alive to know what a dictatorship looks like. Our numbers are dwindling, as you have to be at least 60 to have experienced the 1974 revolution in any meaningful manner. I was a teenager at the time, and I remember very well what daily life was like under censorship, massively lying mass media, police brutality, arbitrary detention in the name of the “national interest”, etc. — all those things that I hoped never again have to experience but that the current Covid climate has brought very, very vividly to the fore. Yet, it may well be exactly because of such things having happened in living memory that our Government has been less heavy-handed about the pandemic than most others in Europe. And, now to the point, maybe that’s also why our high courts have issued rulings of potentially devastating consequences for the current Covid narrative.


EXPERIENCE SURVIVES. THEORY KILLS.

However: This doesn't work for Germany, which lived through a much harsher tyranny, and in the East two different tyrannies in a row. Germany is ALWAYS ferociously tyrannical and NEVER learns from experience. Nothing to do with Fascism or Communism or any ism. It's just Kraut genes.
 
  Constants and variables 157

Skeptics continue to underestimate the DEMONIC nature of demons.
He was “taken aback” that reporters, during a press conference about COVID-19 Thanksgiving plans, asked him if he was going to follow his own lockdown orders — especially knowing that Pritzker’s wife violated the last lockdown by fleeing to their multimillion-dollar equestrian estate in Florida?

We would be fined for this, but these Democratic governors are exempt from coronavirus and lockdown concerns, apparently.
Governors and mayors are ALWAYS exempt from obeying the laws they make. That's a perpetual constant. The variable here relates to KNOWLEDGE, not ethics.

In this holocaust the demons KNOW that they can disobey the rules because they KNOW there is no risk. They're not bravely tolerating risk or brazenly disregarding risk. If they KNEW the "virus" was a real risk, they wouldn't be disobeying the rules that "protect" you from the "virus", even when nobody is watching. If they knew that the lockdowns and muzzles were really protective against a real virus, they would be distanced and muzzled all the time, even when nobody is watching.

In fact they know the whole thing is a hoax BECAUSE THEY INVENTED THE HOAX.

Demons don't want to die. They want to live forever, and they will. You don't live forever by brazenly disregarding real natural risks.

Here's a truth-table comparing demons with humans.

Species Want to die? Want to kill?
Humans No No
Demons No Yes


The difference between demons and humans is on the want to kill variable. Demons want to kill and have an UNQUENCHABLE BURNING NEED to obliterate everything. They invented this panic to give them a "reason" to kill everyone. And they're succeeding magnificently.

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Saturday, November 21, 2020
  From an extremely different era 14

Lindsay MacHarrie's Can you imagine that is broadly similar to Hix's Strange as it seems. MacHarrie didn't have a large staff, so he wasn't able to write and dramatize history and science on the same scale as Hix. MacHarrie did communicate the same courtesy and RESPECT for ordinary people, especially Southerners.

Can you imagine American media respecting Deplorables? It was common in the '30s.

In this episode, a historical anecdote demonstrates RESPECT for work and skill, also common in '30s media and extinct today.

Andrew Johnson was governor of Tennessee before he accidentally ended up as president. And before he went into politics he was a tailor. He was trained by involuntary servitude in chains, which wasn't unusual for poor whites. This form of slavery was still common in 1900.

While governor, Johnson received a gift of fireplace tools from a judge who had been a blacksmith. The judge had made the tools with his own hands on his own forge. So Johnson found out what size the judge wore, and made a suit for the judge with his own hands.

Pay for REAL value with REAL value. Emerson (who was writing at that time) would certainly understand.

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  Good advice, stupid reasons

Birzer at Imaginative Conservative recommends pulling away from social media and big tech as much as possible without losing function and employment. Unquestionably good and necessary advice. Every minute spent on social media is intended to create fear and depression. Even the writers and aggregators on the "good" side need clicks, and they create clicks by generating fear and panic. It's unavoidable.

Birzer goes badly astray when he tries to analyze the basis of the current tyranny. He properly rejects Orwell's pure state-centered dystopia, then improperly rejects Huxley's corporate dystopia and accepts Bradbury's idea that the tyranny comes from the masses.
Again, what matters so critically in these passages is that the tyranny comes from the demands of the Masses, not from the central government. In Bradbury’s understanding, the government might very well be wicked and evil, but it would always follow the lead of the Masses and become their tool, rather than the other way around.

Throughout his career, Bradbury spoke bravely and openly against “political correctness,” recognizing it for the evil and the tyranny it is. In 1953, it was against Joseph McCarthy. “Whether or not my ideas on censorship via the fire department will be old hat by this time next week, I dare not predict,” he wrote, but “when the wind is right, a faint odor of kerosene is exhaled from Senator McCarthy.”
NO. NO. NO. NO. NO.

Deepstate NEVER follows the masses. Deepstate tells the masses what to do and what to say and where to protest, then "follows" the protests that agree with Deepstate's desires. The "opposite" side of the protests, also generated by Deepstate, gives Deepstate a way to identify and exterminate dissidents and "terrorists".

This is extremely well-known by everyone who has been part of the protests at any time from 1968 to now. It was also true of the "anti-slavery" protesters in 1860.

McCarthy was NOT representing the masses. He was representing Roy Cohn, the deep dark heart of the blackmail branch of Deepstate. Trump was ALSO trained and created by the very same Roy Cohn with the very same flavor and purpose. If Bradbury didn't understand this, he was a fool who isn't worth following. More likely he did understand it and was part of the tyranny. If he had been an actual dissident, he couldn't have been published at all. The fact that he was published and got rich from his books, and his books were taught in schools, tells you ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW.

More subtly, some of Birzer's advice may also be flawed. The "alternative" media, if they're big enough to make a splash, are not alternative. They're just another way for Deepstate to identify "terrorists". They certainly don't do a better job of preserving privacy, as I verified with Parler. It's better to stick with the big names, use them sparingly and carefully, and avoid cellphones entirely. Small fish in big pond is just naturally harder to detect than big fish in small pond.

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Footnote: McCarthy was dangerous, but NOT for the standard reasons. His lists exposed Soviet spies and "unfairly" tarnished "noble liberals". CIA already knew the real spies and knew how to work with them to avoid KGB eruptions, and KGB knew how to work with our real spies to avoid CIA eruptions. Real spies are playing an old and well-ordered game that preserves peace when it works properly. Exposing some of the real spies meant that KGB would have to send new spies who weren't already known, thus costing CIA extra effort. But that wasn't the serious problem. McCarthy was mainly dangerous because those "noble liberals" were Deepstate's FAKE Soviet agents who were obliterating American culture and civilization while blaming the destruction on Russia. That's why he needed to be discredited and Unpersoned.

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Later thought: Generating fear and panic is universal among media on all "sides". The aggregators on the skeptic side often exaggerate the lockdowns, or make it sound like the lockdown is getting stricter when it's actually getting slightly looser. (Lockdowns should not exist AT ALL, but that doesn't justify misstating the changes.) Because the governments are trying to destroy truth and logic, skeptics should feel an obligation to get the facts RIGHT, not overstating or understating reality.

Why doesn't anyone try to get clicks by making you FEEL HAPPY AND CONFIDENT? Other types of business do. Food sells because it tastes good, not because it makes you feel sick. Cars sell because they make you feel masterful while driving, not because they make you feel weak and endangered. American media in previous decades included some fear-makers, but mainly sold empathy and confidence and respect and real education. Where did these motives go? Surely the same method would work now. People haven't changed, and our appetite for empathy is vastly larger now because NOBODY is trying to satisfy it.

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Friday, November 20, 2020
  Continuing from previous item....

The debt vs saving theme is also visible in Quora discussions about COBOL vs Java, C#, Haskell, Go, and all the other modern shit.

Over and over the tech-monsters slam COBOL as "technical debt" or "sunk cost fallacy". They see an UNBROKEN MACHINE as a debt that continues to cost you money.

Wrong. An old machine or an old set of designs or an old bank of code or an old set of skills has been tested and tried and revised and debugged by EXPERIENCE. It is an ASSET, not a debt. If you've kept up the maintenance, the cost is minimal and the return is steady.

Constant change is the worst kind of debt. Betting your life on the latest THEORY may pay off for you once in a while, but it will always pay off for the casino that rigs the game. IPOs rely on the gambler mentality, sucking the skills of programmers and designers without any ACTUAL PAY, keeping them working 24/7 in permanent anticipation of the BIG PAYOFF in stock options when the house finally loses.

The house never loses.

Now the same paradigm has been applied to medicine and public health. Medicine is an old machine, debugged by 2000 years of experience. Public health is an old set of code, debugged by 200 years of experience. The "virus" IPO throws all the experience away in mad pursuit of a THEORY that runs perfectly CONTRARY to all the experience and logic and science of 2000 years. Absolutely everything we're doing is the precise opposite of what WORKS.

EXPERIENCE SURVIVES. THEORY KILLS.

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Footnote: Sunk cost can be a fallacy. If you've been pouring your effort into a vain hope, trying to beat the house or trying to become popular and attractive and rich when you weren't born that way, you tend to keep doing it based on occasional ephemeral positive indications. The house loves to provide those occasional meaningless wins. Sunk cost is NOT a fallacy when you're putting effort toward a goal that agrees with Nature, a goal that can be achieved.

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  Worth reading

In recent months The Federalist has pretty much gone all in with Trump, doing the "stolen election" bit, after mocking DNC for doing the "stolen election" bit in 2016.

The simple fact is that you can't steal an election, just as you can't beat the casino with a System. The game has always been fully rigged. That's the purpose of the Electoral College, which was beloved by R and hated by D until this year, when the fake loves and hates will flip.

As the Blanc Brothers, founders of Monte Carlo, were fond of saying:

Que Rouge ou Noir sorte, c'est toujours Blanc qui gagne!

If you think you have a System, you're wrong. If you think the other "party" has a System, you're wrong. The house wants you to waste your time and money and life on fake beliefs. That's exactly how Blanc (ou Bezos) gagne.

Even so, occasionally The Federalist publishes an article worth reading. This article on debt vs saving is solid stuff with good historical perspective, not falling into any of the fake traps.

Continued in next item.

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  Inconclusive but interesting

A couple weeks ago Vintage.es had a short item about Ron Hubbard demonstrating that tomatoes 'scream' when they feel pain. He used his E-meter on a tomato and showed a change in resistance when the knife went through. Well, a change in resistance doesn't imply life. It's just the connected area becoming thinner.

This caught my attention because I had replicated the original E-meter and proved SCARILY that it was not just a meter.

I decided to see what happens with a tomato. I had disassembled the E-meter after the scary experiment, so I used a transistorized VOM (FET-VOM) instead, which is more or less the same ckt with much less applied current than the E-meter.

I gripped a wire with each of the meter's clips, then poked the wires into the ends of the tomato. Resistance was about 500k, and on the voltage scale a very small DC voltage showed, probably a battery effect from the metal electrodes in the acid tomato.

When I touched the tomato with the knife, nothing happened. As soon as I cut in, just a half-inch, the ohmmeter went wild, swinging back and forth ten times then stopping. After that, nothing more happened. I finished cutting all the way through, and predictably the resistance gradually increased to infinity as the contact surface decreased.



Later with a different tomato I tried checking voltage instead of resistance. Again nothing happened on touching with the knife, but a noticeable small voltage appeared during the cutting then went to zero when I stopped moving the knife.

There's something going on here beyond the obvious and predictable change in resistance, and the obvious battery action from dissimilar materials and acid. The tomato seems to be responding actively to the injury itself, not just to the separation.

Incidentally, this effect wouldn't have been visible with a digital VOM. Analog is VASTLY better for seeing things move. Digital is better for exact measurements of passive components.

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  Real educational radio

I've been observing that radio did a good job of education via some of the syndicated programs. The official education programs, featuring academic discussions between famous arrogant liberal "intellectuals", were shit.

Here are two unique examples of real classroom-style learning without a classroom atmosphere.

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The first was produced by Lindsay MacHarrie, the most courteous and respectful entertainer in history. Only a few episodes seem to be available online.

Guess What featured several seriously difficult brain exercises in each episode. 'Beheading' invited you to find a series of words with different meanings when beheaded, like Elate / late / ate. There were historical questions about which general fought which battle, including some highly obscure battles. I'm pretty good with words, but I only got about 80% right. There was also a list of sentences with "mispronounced" words, but in this case the quiz was only 20% right. 8 of the 10 "mispronounced" words were actually correct and normal by all rational dictionaries. Only the most extreme Grammarrhoids would consider them wrong. (For instance, the show claimed the first syllable of alternate should be like Albert.)

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The second example seems to have been broadcast only on AFRS, aimed solely at soldiers. Are you a genius? was hosted by Mel Blanc, the exact opposite of respectful and courteous. Again the questions were fairly difficult, punctuated by Blanc's usual characters like Porky Pig and the hiccuping man.

Ordinary quiz shows were far more common, and continued for many decades on TV. Ordinary quizzes had contestants who were trying to answer the questions, and the audience was nominally invited to match wits with the contestants, but not scored or evaluated.



These two shows were not ordinary quizzes. They were strictly between the host and the listener, a teaching and learning conversation with quantified self-scoring and self-evaluation.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
  Shouldn't be complaining

Ginn is complaining:

A single mistake of where a guy worked causes a regional shutdown. Don’t assume they checked their work. It’s not their incentive. The absurdity of 2020 continues to amaze us all.

True, but Ginn misses the important and NEW part. The government of South Australia ADMITTED THEIR ERROR AND CHANGED THEIR POLICY. They halted the lockdown.

This is a HISTORIC FIRST. Not just in the current holocaust, but in all the Five Eyes Deepstate lands for the last few decades.

Psychopaths never admit error and never relax their tyranny in response to facts. Death has no input and no feedback. Demons occasionally pull back some aspect of tyranny momentarily, in order to make the next total STOMP more painful and deadly. Pinball. Sucker punch.

The Aussie government has departed from Deepstate and demon norms, and is using NEGATIVE FEEDBACK, the basis of life and civilization. Admitting error is an essential part of hard-wired Natural Law morality. Dogs do it, and occasionally humans learn from dogs.

Will it continue? Of course not. Nevertheless this is UNPRECEDENTED behavior from a government in the Five Eyes Lands.

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  Not prophetic

Last year I was focusing on the mysterious lateness of stereo sound, or even telephones that use both ears.

In the early development of the telephone, inventors often gave sound to both ears:



but most of these wouldn't have been practical. This one would have required using both hands for the earpieces, leaving no hands free for writing or typing.

Here's a somewhat more practical invention, found in Gernsback's Science and Invention for Mar 1920.



Note how the handgrip fits into the candlestick stand.

This still wouldn't have worked well. It has no particular advantage over the 'European' combination of one mic and one earphone. Phone operators were already using a similar two-ears-plus-mic that stayed on the head, which is really the only practical way of including all three parts.

The last sentence is more interesting.

The phone is perfectly suited to both the automatic and the future wireless phone.

There was nothing 'prophetic' about this. Everyone assumed that portable wireless phones were coming soon.

Why didn't they come soon? The first few decades are obvious. Tubes, at least as they ultimately developed, were completely unsuitable for portable devices. If the audion had continued its original small low-voltage form, things might have been different. But it didn't. So portable phones had to wait for transistors.

BUT: Portable phones DIDN'T have to wait for microprocessors. They could have developed fully around 1960, with most of the computing power in the central servers. Why not? Infrastructure. Cell towers are a huge and widespread infrastructure in cities, which we don't generally notice. Corporations had to be motivated to make that huge investment. Where did the motivation come from? Deepstate. NSA.


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