Friday, February 22, 2019
  Better comparison

The Tesla skeptics constantly equate Tesla with Theranos.

Bad comparison.

Theranos was pure fraud from the start. The blood testing machine was NOT INTENDED TO WORK. It was only meant to enrich and empower Holmes. She used the machine to establish a cult.

Some of Elon's companies are pure frauds, like the tunnel and the AI shit. But his cars and rockets are real products, manufactured in real quantities and used as cars and rockets.

Elon's cars and rockets are deceptively priced and deceptively described. Several features are pure vaporware, and both products are distinctly inferior to their competitors. Cult worship and governmental support create the high price. Without the added COOOOOLNESS, the cars and rockets wouldn't sell at all.

I've been searching for a better comparison and finally found it. Not a perfect match but better than Theranos.

Brüel & Kjær.


As I continue binge-reading old electronics mags, I'm feeling guilty about helping to ruin American industry. Some of these mags focus heavily on acoustics, with plenty of pictures and articles about acoustics labs and speech labs. Since I worked much of my life in such labs, I pay close attention to these articles.

The labs shown in the magazines always used GenRad instrumentation, made in Boston by a company with close ties to MIT and Bolt Beranek. This makes sense. GR made all the tools you need for those labs, and the tools were designed to work together.

In 20 years of work at three universities, I never used any GR equipment; can't even remember seeing any GR stuff. Everything was Brüel & Kjær, made in Denmark.

Brüel & Kjær equipment was notoriously fragile, designed to fail. Their sound-level meters had capacitor mics energized by a 200 volt charge. When used in high humidity they quickly and permanently zapped. Pennsylvania always has high humidity, so the BK equipment in the Penn State acoustics lab was permanently fried.

Atrocious design.

I don't know if GR equipment was better overall because I never used or repaired it, but it's clear that GR sound level meters of similar vintage were more convenient in form:

Note that the weighting control is part of the main box on the GR meter. The BK had a "detachable" module for weighting and filtering, but in practice you always needed the "detachable" module. So the BK meter was long and unwieldy and wiggly, with scratchy plugs between the modules, and the fried mic wasn't pivotable.

Looking at the schematic, the GenRad was designed to take several different types of mic including dynamic, piezo and condenser. You could pick to suit your conditions.

Every component in Brüel & Kjær was peculiar and unique, so every repair required ordering parts from Denmark. The GR schematic shows several specific-value resistors, but the tubes and transistors are standard. Ordering the specific Rs from Boston would have been a lot faster and more convenient than ordering from Denmark. No international customs, no exchange rates.

Given all of those practical considerations, why was Brüel & Kjær the ONLY CONCEIVABLE equipment? Why was there no GenRad?

If I had known there was a better alternative, I could have influenced purchasing decisions toward GR. But I didn't know, so I didn't influence.

It had to be the natural academic preference for COOL foreign stuff. I shared that attitude for many years, which is why I drove fragile and literally fry-able VW deathtraps instead of sturdy Ramblers. Same comparison. The Rambler American was similar in size and gas economy to a Beetle, but much more convenient and resilient and SAFE and comfortable. Parts were easier to order.

Practicality doesn't count when COOOLness is at stake. Brüel & Kjær had COOL ümlæuts and WEIRD kj combinations, while GenRad only had dull generic English words. General. Radio. Rambler. American.

I'm deeply sorry.

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Later note: GenRad's 1961 brochure shows that the BK humidity problem was well known, and GR was specifically answering it with their products:
Its characteristics approach those of condenser microphones classed as laboratory standards. Unlike condenser microphones, however, the ceramic unit does not require a special preamp with a high dc polarizing voltage supply, and its impedance is an order of magnitude lower, so that leakage due to high humidity is less of a problem.
So there was NO EXCUSE for using BK in a place like Pennsylvania.


Close comparison in three ways.

1. Inferior product made popular by COOOOLNESS and government usage.

2. Brittle, hard to repair, hard to get parts.

3. Completely useless in the "wrong" kind of weather.

I mentioned VW in the reprint. VW would be a more familiar comparison, but it only fits (1) coolness and (3) weather. VW had a large network of dealers with competent mechanics, so it doesn't fit (2).
Thursday, February 21, 2019
  Where have all the ulcers gone?

In radio and TV shows before 1970, businessmen always complained about their ulcers. It wasn't just on TV. When I was a kid I heard adults talking about ulcers in the same way. An ulcer was a status symbol as well as a disease. It was an indication that you had arrived in the world of business. An ulcer was the male equivalent of a mink coat. The ulcer owner made a big show of drinking milk in between martinis.

Later, of course, it turned out that ulcers were secondarily related to stress but primarily caused by Helicobacter pylori.

I haven't heard ANYTHING about ulcers since that discovery. Not in media, not on "science" websites. The subject has completely disappeared.

Have ulcers disappeared? Skimming online, the answer seems to be negative. Some British articles say ulcers are actually increasing.

Conclusion: Bacteria aren't a good status symbol.


  Fact-processing dream

In waketime I've been participating in a neighborhood forum at, and I've seen the picture of heavy demand and low supply for skilled trades.

Tonight's dream was a typical conference-table scene among colleagues, probably turning the online conversations into a physical form. After much discussion about causes and effects, I admitted to the others: "Okay, I admit it. The jobs are there."

So I'll repeat the admission in waketime. Okay, I admit it. The jobs are there.

This is a major change of opinion!

Here in Spokane as of this year, there's a genuine shortage of skilled workers. This isn't true in many places, but it's true here and now.

The problem is on the training end, not the demand end. Community colleges are doing somewhat better, but public schools are still totally missing the boat, still preparing kids for Harvard instead of life.

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Sidenote: The change of opinion might be easier because I'm in work mode again. Previous courseware assignment ended in October, and I took a break for a couple of months. I knew what the next assignment would be, so I started on it in December. The new project began officially in early Feb. I'm always saner and smoother when PAID work is underway, even though it's just barely paid.


  Turning point?

Up till now, ALL ALL ALL ALL ALL "hate" "crimes" "reported" in the "news" were self-imposed fakes and frauds. ZERO exceptions.

Actual race-motivated crimes are common. They're STRICTLY AND SOLELY within the gang world. Gangs are ethnic enclaves, and gangs OFTEN use racial insults when attacking or tagging other gangs. These ACTUAL race-based attacks are NEVER reported.

Now, for the FIRST FIRST FIRST FIRST FIRST TIME IN FUCKING HISTORY, the Smollett "hate" hoax is being REPORTED as a hate hoax almost from the start, and even better, the black police chief is CALLING OUT the Smollett criminal fraudster in the harshest possible way.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  AMLO at el bato

AMLO is doing a whole bunch of sane and useful and MASSIVELY GOOD things for Mexico, and doing them FAST.

Along with the obviously good, he's also promoting an expansion of baseball in Mexico. He has made two or three speeches on the subject. In this brief clip he takes a turn at bat, makes a mighty swing, and fouls.

Unlike most USA politicians, AMLO doesn't pretend to be anything other than a politician. His job is politics and he's not ashamed to perform poorly in other jobs.

But I doubt that he's promoting baseball as an indirect way of saying "do your own job well." The purpose is still inscrutable.
  Not so surprising

UncommonDescent catches a neuro development that I hadn't noticed.
The operation of the nervous system has been typically viewed as an intermediary between actively sensing the environment and then actively producing a response. This framework unfortunately ignores the propensity of the brain to generate its own patterned and synchronized activity in the absence of any active input or output.

A major pattern in this regard is the slow oscillation, a rhythm that appears across vast expanses of the forebrain and which entrains other local patterns of population activity. The functional relevance of this input- and output-decoupled slow network rhythm remains a mystery, but one that will probably be solved by an elucidation of both the cellular and the inter-cellular mechanisms giving rise to it in the first place.

What is particularly compelling is that the activity could be not only modulated, but also eliminated or even regenerated by imposed electrical fields. Most shockingly, this activity could be transmitted from one side of a surgically severed slice to the other when the two cut edges were simply placed in close proximity.
Shouldn't have been surprising.

On the receiving end, neurologists have been influencing brain function with magnetic fields since 1840. Magnetic therapy was used and respected until 1920 when the pill-pushers redefined all previous cures as "quackery". The tinfoil stayed on until 1980, when magnetic fields were "newly" discovered and actively used again.

On the sending end, radio fish have a transmitting antenna containing ordinary neurons arranged and configured to match the impedance of the muddy water around the fish. The field from this antenna carries at least several feet and probably more. The fish uses the field for radar and also for two-way communication with nearby fish.

So wave-based communication inside one brain is pretty much guaranteed. It's far LESS surprising or demanding than the ways Nature already uses electric fields.


  More life

The "conservatives" who claim to be working for "family values" should read Putin's new SOTU speech carefully. He's valuing the family in extremely specific and concrete ways.** His goal is to pull out of the demographic death spiral that has already crashed most of Europe and the Orient.

I'm fond of repeating: Life is an infinitely valuable gift. Our god-assigned duty in response to the gift is to MAKE more life, more beauty, more value.

Up to now Putin has been focusing on more value, with solid results. This year he's going for more life.

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Later: Perusing various websites, looks like the "conservatives" are focusing entirely on Putin's "threat" of new hypersonic airplanes. Wrong focus. We are suiciding ourselves by smashing work and value and life. Russia's hypersonic weapons aren't going to attack us. They're only an attempt to CONTAIN our maniacal psychopathic omnicide while we finish suiciding.

Graphic sidenote: Previously I'd shown USA STRONG as a musclebound headless weightlifter. I think a meth-addled sword-swinging zombie is more appropriate now. We're noisily dead. Lots of motion and energy, no work done, no order created. We are North Chorea.

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** Putin's incentives for larger families are in fact a near-verbatim restoration of Soviet incentives. See this 1959 Robert Myers article, on p 6 of the PDF. Putin is a GENUINE conservative, or more precisely preservative.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  Sacralizing work

A long time ago I noted this picture....

....of Hungarian workers in the Tungsram tube factory. Adopting technology WITHOUT losing culture.

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Found in BW Retro twitter...

Helen of Many Glacier Hotel, 1925.

Headdress = headset. Helen has turned her work tool into a symbol of her skills and power, using the images of her culture.

God's work.

The modern tech-tyrants from Elon to Zuckerberg specifically use tech as a weapon to OBLITERATE culture. Changing the world means killing the world.


Monday, February 18, 2019
  Where's Det Sgt Snow?

In wintry places Detective Snow is a great helper to human cops, almost as good as a K9. Stupid criminals leave perfect tracks. Stupider criminals slip on the ice and faceplant. After the cop finishes laughing, he can cuff the unconscious idiot.

Det Snow also does off-duty private security work for people who want to spot peeping toms or sneak thieves or squatters.

How come Det Snow never appears in cop shows or stories?

I absorb a lot of old radio and TV cop shows. The straightforward good vs evil is a helpful vaccine against the multi-layered brain-dissolving confusion of modern demonic media.

I can think of only one episode where Det Snow is shown at work, and even there he's not the main problem-solver.

TV is understandable. TV is filmed in LA where it never snows. But that's no excuse for radio.


  Best column of the year

CH Smith hits the nail on the head. Best expression of the Gouvernour Morris spirit concording with Natural Law.


  It's Roy all the way down

Most modern "movements" are Steadystate stings intended to fail. Steadystate runs "both" sides of important issues, intending to produce chaos and destruction.

Roy Cohn was the best puppetmaster with the best record of destroying the sides he penetrated. Joe McCarthy, Birchers, Trump. All designed to make "right" wingers fail. Roy's record is perfect.

Green New Deal is the latest effort. It can't possibly succeed. When it fails, it will force us to adopt MMT to eliminate all real value.

What if earlier movements were also intended to fail, or simply intended to create chaos?

The agitators for "rights" in the 1700s were the same species of demonic alien monster as modern "leftist" activists. Their agenda of "rights" and "equality" was perfect nonsense. All sane people at that time knew that people are different. Sane people also knew that government works best when it runs on the basis of inherent duties, not "rights".

The course of antihuman events ran differently in US and France. Both started with chaos, then the US chaos settled quickly into a system that served NYC bankers, which was undoubtedly the original goal. Later sub-revolutions served to reinforce and extend NYC power. We're still there with Trump and Gaia and MMT all working for NYC. The French setup ran out of control for 20 years while the branches of the revolution engaged in mutual head-chopping. After all the heads had rolled, France settled back into normal neocon imperialism. Still there.

Farther back, the Jesus cult smells a lot like a Roy Cohn setup. Jesus posed as an enemy of the Roman imperialists and the Jewish high priests. His advice to his followers was just as crazy and self-destructive as the "equality" crap of the Endarkenment. His movement failed initially, then persisted underground for a few centuries until it re-emerged as the power vector of the imperial bureaucracy. The Roman branch is still there, still serving and emulating Caligula. (=Soros in modern currency.)

The miracle of the Jesus cult is that later rebellions FROM the cult, like Islam and LDS, genuinely escaped from the original Steadystate motive and returned to Natural Law.

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  Skill-estate three ways

I mentioned AMLO's use of skill-based socialism in previous item.

What do I mean? Here's the concept expressed three ways.

First and most perfectly, in sharia law:
The Almighty has created this world as a trial and test for man; every person has therefore been made to depend on others for his living. No one in this world can live independently as regards his needs and requirements. A person of the highest rank turns to the most ordinary to fulfill them. In other words, every single person has an important role to play, without which this world cannot continue.

This role depends upon his abilities, intelligence and inclinations as well as upon his means and resources, which vary from person to person. In fact, it is because of this variation that a society comes into being. Consequently, laborers and workers, artisans and craftsmen, tillers and peasants are as indispensable as scholars and thinkers, savants and sages, leaders and rulers. Every individual is an integral component of the society and contributes to its formation according to his abilities.

By creating various classes of people, the Almighty is testing whether the big and the small, the high and the low create a society based on co-operation and respect or create disorder in the world by disregarding the role each person has been ordained to play.

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Second, in the 1977 Soviet constitution:
The state exercises control over the measure of labour and of consumption in accordance with the principle of socialism: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his work". It fixes the rate of taxation on taxable income.

Socially useful work and its results determine a person's status in society. By combining material and moral incentives and encouraging innovation and a creative attitude to work, the state helps transform labour into the prime vital need of every Soviet citizen.

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Third, in FDR's fireside chat on Sept 6, 1936.
I have, however, used the argument in relation only to a small area -- it holds good in its effect on the nation as a whole. Every state in the drought area is now doing and always will do business with every state outside it.

The very existence of the men and women working in the clothing factories of New York, making clothes worn by farmers and their families; of the workers in the steel mills in Pittsburgh, in the automobile factories of Detroit, and in the harvester factories of Illinois, depend upon the farmers' ability to purchase the commodities they produce. In the same way it is the purchasing power of the workers in these factories in the cities that enables them and their wives and children to eat more beef, more pork, more wheat, more corn, more fruit and more dairy products, and to buy more clothing made from cotton, wool and leather. In a physical and a property sense, as well as in a spiritual sense, we are members one of another.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Well, not necessarily greater because the goals and purposes are identical. But AMLO is getting there faster, partly because FDR already performed the lengthy experiments. AMLO has learned from history, which is an incomprehensible and illegal act in Sorosian lands.

This video starts with a promo for Sembrando Vida (Sowing Life), an agency set up to assist SMALL farmers. The promo DOESN'T mention global warming even by reference or implication. It's not about Gaia, it's about LIVING HUMAN BEINGS.

Compare with this Okie-centered account of FDR's efforts in the same direction.

AMLO is using old-fashioned SKILL-BASED socialism, just as FDR did. The purpose of Sembrando Vida is not to throw money at people, but to help them develop and maintain their inherited CULTURE and SKILLS.

Continued in next item.

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  Still watching Gabbard

When a politician with a SOLID record of consistent non-intervention goes public, she's worth watching. (She's easy on the eyes, which makes the watching more pleasant.)

So far I haven't heard any deal-breakers, but haven't heard anything fully reassuring.

On the good side, she doesn't grovel and apologize to neocons. She speaks the truth directly and flatly.

On the dubious side, she focuses too much on legalities like treaties and UN resolutions, and hasn't specified CONCRETE action to break the neocon stranglehold. Legalities are useless when the enemy owns the courts and the bureaucracy. The only way to conquer a bureaucracy is by subversion. Blackmail and dirty tricks and plain old disobedience. Ignore them until they get too pesky, then pull a dossier and feed it to Twitter.

I've been fooled too many times by fake "populists", so my filters are tuned broadly and strongly....

....but I'm still tuned to the frequency, still listening.
  More Anti-do

Following on Do vs Anti-Do...

I'm NOT envious of India. Modi has some populist flavor, but he's an incompetent faker like Trump, and his government is devoted to NONDOING just like Trump's government.

He's celebrating India's first SEMI-high-speed train.
India’s first locally built semi high-speed train broke down early on Saturday on its way back to New Delhi from Varanasi in northern Uttar Pradesh, a day after its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Vande Bharat Express can run up to a maximum speed of 160 km/hour.

“There seems to be disruption [possibly due to] cattle run over. It wasn’t a scheduled commercial run,” Reuters partner ANI said in a tweet citing the railways ministry.
The train looks like it was built from leftover pickup campers.

160 Km/h is 100 mph in real numbers. Trains have been running 100 easily since the 1890s. American rural interurbans routinely ran 80 and occasionally reached 100. That's not even SEMI-high-speed, it's just RAILROAD speed, or at least it was until we smashed our own passenger railroad system.

Disruption due to cattle run over? I don't see a cowcatcher on the... Oh, that's right. Can't have a cowcatcher in India. Have to stop and wait, days if necessary, for the holy cows to move on their own.

This is Anti-Do in the same way as our "endangered" "species" toxin. Define some random thing as holy, then STOP ALL NORMAL ACTIVITY to "protect" the holy thing, so the holy thing can invade your cities and eat you.

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Credit where due: Modi has taken a true non-interventionist position toward Venezuela. This also makes objective sense for India's trade interests. Venezuela sells oil and gold. India needs oil and LOVES gold.
  Thanks Ralph 481, barbed metaphor edition

This picture is from a story about a fire in Elon's Fremont factory.

Notice something? The barbs on the barbed wire have been dropping rust on the pipe below. Security is melting security.

Since I'm in an Emersonian mood this morning, I'll make an unfair but valid connection.**
The universe is represented in every one of its particles. Each new form repeats not only the main character of the type, but part by part all the details, all the aims, furtherances, hindrances, energies, and whole system of every other.
Elon's whole system ignores centuries of experience and arrogantly assumes that Lord Elon Knows Everything. Carmakers have been experimenting with manufacturing methods and materials since Emerson's time, and have reached an optimum. Elon tossed it all in the trash and started fresh. Now all of those experiments are being unnecessarily repeated, with his cultist customers as willing guinea pigs and sacrificial lambs.

The same aims and hindrances apply to every layer and scale of his enterprise, including the choice of fencing materials.


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** Footnote: The comparison is unfair because the fence was most likely built by GM, the original occupant of the plant. But it's still a valid symbol.


  Thanks Ralph 480, utter perfection edition

Via RT:

Klimatführerin Merkel, the current LEADER of the "climate" holocaust. is blaming RUSSIAN_MEDDLING for her own work.
Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert was left to do some urgent damage control after the chancellor appeared to pin the blame for schoolchildren-led environmental protests across Europe on the long arm of Moscow.

“In Germany now, children are protesting for climate protection,” she said. While conceding that it was “a really important issue,” Merkel appeared to cast doubt on its grassroot origins.

“But you can’t imagine that all German children, after years, and without any outside influence, suddenly hit on the idea that they have to take part in this process,” she said.

The "climate" holocausters have been using children as a weapon for MANY years. As leader of the holocaust, Merkel certainly knows the strategy of the Merkeljugend.

Here's the Emersonian justice part: By blaming RUSSIAN_MEDDLING for her own work, she casts doubt on her own work among her fellow demons.
Punishment is a fruit that unsuspected ripens within the flower of the pleasure which concealed it. Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end pre-exists the means.
Thanks, Ralph!

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
  Do vs Antido

I'm jealous.

Other countries are getting COMPETENT leaders who DO SHIT for their people. The envy moves close to home with AMLO in Mexico. AMLO = FDR.

This video shows the PROGRESS on the interurban railroad system he started two months ago.

Meanwhile, our leaders are ANTI-DO. Everything that happens in this utterly fucked country is EXPLICITLY DESIGNED TO HALT ALL ACTION AND LIFE. Our wars are designed to eliminate resources that compete with Saudi. Our "economy" is designed to suck the life from real business and industry, leaving only the pure numerical manipulation of the NYC Tribe. Our "culture" is designed to obliterate all thinking, logic, facts, love, and life, leaving only GOD EMPEROR SOROS ruling over a universe of inanimate machines.

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  Axon first again

This new research on neurons fits neatly with something I noticed last year.

This article focuses on the role of the terminal at the end of an axon. Most of the time this terminal is a lot like an output terminal in a circuit, sending electrochemical signals to nearby dendrite inputs that lead to other neurons.

Previously it was assumed that the dendrite inputs did the wandering and searching to find an axon that provided the chemicals they wanted.
The greatest surprises came from auditing the neuron's growth cones -- the outermost tips of the axonal tentacles, which develop into the signaling synapses. This portion contained much of the molecular machinery of an independent cell, including proteins involved in growth, metabolism, signaling and more.

This finding, Macklis says, challenges the dogma that the nucleus and cell body are the control centers of the neuron. Instead, it proposes a more intricate web of decision-making and the existence of semi-independent units far from central command.

"What our results suggest is that growth cones are capable of taking in information from the outside world, making signaling decisions locally, and functioning semi-autonomously without the cell body," he said. "It's a whole new way of thinking about neurons."
So the axon terminal is ALSO deciding which way to grow, which dendrites are suitable receptacles for its signals.

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Last year I noticed:

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Linked via RCS, an interesting speculation about brain development.
In the developing brain, the subplate sits below the cortical plate, a precursor to the cortex. During some stages of development, the subplate is the largest layer of the brain—making its ultimate disappearance all the more confounding.

“The understanding about the subplate was that it expands and then the cells of the subplate just die out. But we hypothesized: What if these subplate cells are not dying? What if they’re just moving to a different level of the cortex—becoming part of the cortex?” says Brivanlou.
The researchers tried to duplicate the situation in vitro, and found that the subplate cells didn't die. They migrated outward after they had performed their main function of generating lots of other neurons.

For clarity: the idea of migration is astonishing, and NOT part of conventional wisdom, but it is well-known in serious neurology. This research isn't claiming to discover the migration, only trying to see what happens after the migration.

Here's the migration as currently understood. The subplate forms from the brainstem. It first builds the radial glia (the tracks) extending to the outer rim of the brain (the cortex). Then the subplate generates a few billion fresh neurons, each equipped to ride the tracks. These neurons ride to the frontier where they claim their homesteads.

Previously it was believed that the subplate simply faded out after building the rails and sending the trains. This new finding indicates that the subplate's cells hop on the tracks and join the migration. Do they still have a special leadership role in the new territory?

The article includes a little video of the (in vitro) subplate neurons migrating in open territory without rails. They wander in various directions, but all are traveling axon-first, perhaps showing that each neuron is seeking an appropriate destination for its signals rather than an appropriate source as you might assume. In other words, each neuron knows its PURPOSE, its intended JOB, rather than its desired CONSUMPTION.

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The current article shows that axons are purposeful seekers from a static neuron, like plant roots seeking nutrition. Last year's article showed axons as purposeful seekers on a moving neuron, like free-swimming animals seeking nutrition.

Both modes are amazing, and the combination is doubly amazing.

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** Stupid footnote: Early paleontologists guessed that dinosaurs had butt brains. Extremely long spinal axons need many seconds to transfer signals, and dinos had an expanded area in their vertebrae around the hip. The two facts implied an independent sub-brain. Later paleontologists dismissed the idea. Now that we see the axon terminal as an independent decision center, the old idea turns out to be right after all. There wasn't necessarily a visible sub-brain, but the terminals of the axons were serving as a sub-brain.

*** Not-so-stupid footnote: When we cut off a dog's tail for the sake of fashion, we aren't simply eliminating "useless" length from the spinal axons. We are excising the reflector brains at the end of the axons.



  Uncle Tom's Macula

It seems surpassingly odd that cars are valued primarily on one peculiar Newtonian variable.

Linear acceleration.

Uncle Tom McCahill gave us the standard measurement for linear acceleration, the 0-60 time.

Obviously there is a minimum baseline for car value, plus some other minor factors like perceived quality and visual drama. But the McCahill is what counts most. As McCahill approaches zero, price approaches infinity.

Price = BASE + (2K * COOL) + (5K * DRAMA) + (100K * (1/MAC) )

This formula holds true from Duesenberg to Tesla.

Must admit I've NEVER understood this variable. When I was driving regularly, my absolute consistent goal was to minimize acceleration, minimize wear, and maximize economy. I rarely exceeded 45 MPH, so 0-60 wouldn't have been a usable measurement even if I'd wanted to achieve it.

For the vast majority of car buyers, the McCahill is what counts. The McCahill is mediated by one tiny sub-organ within the inner ear.

Here's one cochlea. The loopy things are the semicircular canals, which measure linear and rotational acceleration in all directions. Linear forward-backward accleration is mainly handled by the macula of the posterior canal, pointed by the arrow.

Movements of the body and head cause inverse movements of the fluid in the canals, as the fluid inertially tries to remain static. Inside the macula, a few miniature pebbles (otoliths) are embedded in a sort of gel, which drives some specialized hair cells.

As the body jerks backward and forward under the influence of linear acceleration, the heavy otoliths slop forward and backward, creating a signal in the hair cells.

So the value of a car is determined by a microscopic pebble-filled gel sloshing a few hairs around.

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Sidenote: Hair-cell gel was a popular product for the designer of sensory circuits. See this new finding of gel as modulator in the auditory part of the cochlea, and gel as radio receiver in radio fish.


  Ex post facto everything

A quick thought on metrology.

Our media demons use many tactics to dissolve our brains.

One fairly new tactic is ex post facto judgments and measurements.

Behavior that was normal and legal in earlier eras is now pulled forward through a time warp and treated as immediate current behavior, and punished by current laws and norms.

Diseases and economic variables are constantly re-defined, and we use the change in definition to create a fake variable. The criterion for "Autism" changes every month, and the "number of autistic children" increases every month. We consider this to be a growing epidemic, without ever acknowledging that the definition is changing. The criterion for unemployment has changed several times. If we still used the same definition that we used in the '30s, our current unemployment would be about the same as the '30s. We changed the standard so we have "low" unemployment, even though 1/4 of the working population is out of work.

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Functional cultures, functional legal systems, and proper scientific procedure, all prohibit retroactive judgments and measurements. Each standard must be permanent. You're not allowed to switch standards in midstream, whether you're using the switch to de-normalize old normal events or normalize new abnormal events.

The reason for the prohibition is obvious in science and economics. Why do we measure or sense anything? To provide negative feedback and error correction. As we attempt to achieve a purpose or reach a destination, our senses and measuring tools tell us which way to steer and how fast to move. When the measuring tool changes constantly, the feedback is false. We are directed to steer AWAY from the real goal.

In legal and cultural systems the reason is the same but less obvious. When you want people to behave according to a specified standard, people need to KNOW what the standard is. Ordinary people want to conform, want to be approved and rewarded. When people are able to aim toward a KNOWN AND CONSISTENT goal, and feel rewarded for getting there, enforcers can relax and watch for the few abnormal folks who don't respond automatically.

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Ex post facto rules and definitions are part of Room 101. Constantly changing goals BREAK DOWN internal rationality, leaving the victim with NO INTERNAL STANDARD. Steadystate is then able to treat the victim as a lifeless passive machine.

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  Just figured it out

Going through some old web bookmarks, trying to find a half-remembered source, I bumped into New Samizdat, one of RT's propaganda branches. Looking at it again, I remembered why I had tried it once then abandoned it. New Samizdat is PURE SOROS.

RT and Sputnik are mostly Soros with occasional recognition of the value of populism. New Samizdat is 100% IDENTICAL to all US media. It's the exact opposite of real Samizdat.

I've been puzzled by this for a long time. I'd figured out half of the answer. Finally got the whole answer.

What is the purpose of Soros and Bezos and Zuckerberg? Their purpose is to DESTROY WESTERN CIVILIZATION. Obliterate religion, science, facts, logic, truth, love, and life. Nothing remains in the universe but the Emperor.

What is the purpose of external propaganda? To WEAKEN THE ENEMY.

Russia has ALWAYS recognized this basic fact, because Russians are REALISTIC. Russians have never suffered from weird delusions about "democracy" and "human rights". Stalin used the same "leftist" activists who were also serving our Steadystate, because Stalin and Steadystate had the same concrete goal.

New thought: Stalin and Steadystate had different REASONS for the goal, different ulterior motives.

Stalin understood that a strong USA, allied with a strong Germany, will always attack Russia. He wanted to keep us weak to protect Russia from our natural aggressive imperial mass-murdering psychosis.

Steadystate wants to obliterate civilization because Steadystate is sadistic. Steadystate jacks off to holocausts. Torturing Christians and Muslims is the ultimate orgasm for Steadystate.

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

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