The odd thing about it.......
This is purely delicious.
It was hailed as Britain’s first “green” island and a glimpse of what the future could hold for the rest of the country. But when the inhabitants of the remote Scottish island of Eigg put their faith in the wind and rain to provide all their electricity they did not reckon for one thing – mild weather.Schadenfreude time!
Now the 95 residents are being asked not to use kettles, toasters or other kitchen appliances after uncharacteristically mild weather caused a critical shortage of power.
Weeks of what passes for heatwave conditions in the Inner Hebrides have caused water levels to drop uncharacteristically low, cutting off the island’s hydroelectricity supply.
The normally powerful Atlantic gusts in the tiny island south of Skye have also reduced to a pleasant breeze leaving the island’s wind turbines idle for hours on end.
As a result, the community-owned power company has placed the island on “red alert” and issued notices effectively rationing electricity.
It has had to revert to using old-fashioned diesel power to run a backup generator to keep the lights on.
Think about this for a moment: Gaians define the problem as an unstoppable rise
in temperatures, a dramatic change for the worse
in all sorts of weather conditions. "Global Warming" will make the earth hotter, colder, dryer, wetter, windier, calmer, stormier, nicer, all because of our Toxic Sins, our Profane Exhalations.
Yet their technological solutions fail because they assume this year's conditions will continue forever without any change at all.
Rephrasing: Warmists say our problem is a climate that's changing really really really fast, unprecedentedly unprecedentedly unprecedentedly fast. So they "solve" the problem with devices that only work when climate stays the same.
Old-fashioned solutions don't depend on weather. That's exactly why they were invented, dammit!
Coal, diesel, uranium: all provide power regardless of wind, rain, sun or temperature.
Doesn't make a lick of sense.
From the available info, these agents weren't looking for "sensitive information" at all, so they're not spies (not competent spies anyway!)
They weren't even Agents of Influence in the classic sense, because the Soviet influence now runs in the opposite direction. The Soviet takeover of America was completed in 1989, and America is now the center and wellspring of Soviet ideology. Russia has turned back toward old-fashioned authoritarian/nationalist rule, without much of an ideology.
Two hypotheses that might make sense:
(1) Catching these folks was a form of blackmail, either punishing Medvedev for not going along with Obama, or trying to push Medvedev into doing something he doesn't want to do.
(2) Medvedev wanted these incompetent leftovers to stop operating,
so he told Obama that it's OK to pull the string on them now. Perhaps this also provided a convenient distraction against some Russian domestic story.
If the Feds really
wanted to pick up some spies, there are several thousand
Chinese spies working in government and industry, hardly bothering to hide.
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Update 6/30: We're getting a little more "information".
One of these suspects does sound like a proper Agent of Influence:
defendant Vicky Pelaez worked as a both a print and television journalist for decades. She had risen to become a columnist for the prominent New York Spanish-language newspaper, El Diario/La Prensa.
In her column, she voiced strong criticism of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America in weekly pieces.
Gerson Borrero, a former editor in chief of El Diario, described Pelaez as soft-spoken but forceful in her opinions and stridently ideological. She stood out too, because she liked to wear traditional Peruvian garb to the office.
Okay, that's the A of I type ... but why would the Russians pay
her, why take all the trouble of running a clandestine operation, when 100% of American journalists are already doing this job without any payment or hassle?
Nope, these particular sleepers weren't meant
to be doing real work. They're low-hanging fruit, for a purpose that's not yet clear. Possibly their "capture" was designed to keep our incompetent FBI occupied with busy-work while more serious actions happen elsewhere.
The Senate is going through its usual pointless parade of artificial simulated debate-like substance before automatically approving Comrade Kagan for the Supremes.
The main Brand-D talking point this morning says Comrade Kagan is "in the mainstream of American legal thought."
Unfortunately this is perfectly accurate, though the desired impression
of the phrase is wildly false.
The "mainstream" of legal thought is now hard-line radical lesbian, hard-line Mussolini Subjectivist, violently opposed to every word, letter, comma, period and semicolon of the written Constitution. Kagan is comfortably centered in this bloody Maoist/Fascist river, bobbing cheerfully along in this Red Tide.
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Another Supreme-related story: today's decision that the 2nd Amendment applies to everyone. This shouldn't have needed a court decision, because the Amendment is perfectly clear as written. The 1st Amendment begins with "Congress shall make no law", thus it applies solely to the Federal gov't. The 2nd Amendment says "the right to bear arms ... shall not be abridged", thus it applies to all layers of gov't. That's easy, and doesn't require any fancy footwork about the 14th Amendment supposedly extending only some guarantees to the states. There is nothing in the 14th about modifying other amendments, hence it does not modify other amendments. See how simple it is when you KNOW HOW TO READ?
But the reaction to this decision is more interesting. Cities with gun bans are gearing up for new ways to circumvent the court
and keep their gun bans. Mayors are saying
that they need to continue the ban in order to protect their citizens from gun violence. And here's the problem. Chicago and DC have bureaus of crime statistics, so their mayors know goddamn well that Chicago and DC are at the top of the murder list, with the least
protected citizens in the US. Therefore they know goddamn well that their gun bans cause maximal gunfire by criminals, no matter how loudly they proclaim the idiotic opposite. Thus we can conclude, by Polistra's Law of Inferred Intent,
that the rhetoric about "protecting citizens" is transparently false, and that the mayors of Chicago and DC are simply gangsters who want their gangster associates to maintain their monopoly on violence. Inescapable logic.
How, What, Who
Three types of knowledge: How, What, Who.
All three types are necessary, and everyone uses all three types all the time, but the dominant
type strongly influences the form and the success of a culture.
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How-ism is based on skills, on knowing the way. How to build, how to cook, how to repair, how to keep people happy, how to keep them under control. How-knowledge comes directly from the senses, tempered and conditioned by comparison and proportion, with a constant awareness of feedback and cycles. (Does this work better? How can I tell when it's better? When does it repeat?) How-knowledge can be passed with no words at all
from mother to daughter, father to son, master to apprentice.
What-ism is based on facts, on knowing the data. What-knowledge requires language, symbols and formulas. You can acquire what-knowledge by reading or listening.
Who-ism is based on identity and quotation. Who-knowledge requires a strong sense of status, an up-to-date reading of comparative authority, and a tape-recorder mind. If the high-status person says "2+2=5" and wears Prada, we must say "2+2=5" and wear Prada. If the low-status person says "2+2=4" and wears J.C. Penney, we must mock "2+2=4" and discard everything with a J.C. Penney label.
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In basic neurological terms, How belongs to both genders, What belongs to the male-type brain, and Who belongs to the female-type brain. [Caveat: this raw gender correlation is dramatically obvious in simple-minded people but somewhat submerged by other capabilities and shapings in smarter types.]
In chronological terms (again loose and overlapping!), America was dominated by How until WW2, by What from WW2 through 1990, and by Who since 1990.
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The high point of How-ism in America was the era of invention from 1840 to 1920. Morse, Bell, Edison, Carver, Ford: all were How-ites, developing a vision based on a set of skills, and knowing how to turn the vision into a real device or method with some assistance from What-ish data and numbers. Ford was probably the purest Howite, since his best inventions were methods and social structures, not devices.
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The high point of What-ism was clearly the Apollo moon shot, though Apollo 13 was famously saved by the ductape of How. And the final wild spin-out of What-ism is the recent stock market crime. I've been listening to the Congressional hearings and I'm struck by the total absence of any proportion, any comparison, any sense of cycles, even any curiosity among the conspirators. The investigators (especially the magnificent How-ite Elizabeth Warren) constantly ask questions like "Didn't you stop to think?" or "Didn't you wonder why this was happening?" or "Didn't you ask what's wrong with this picture?" And the Wall Street Mafiosi on the other side of the table simply DO NOT COMPUTE the questions. Their answers are synthetic and nakedly numerical: "Value Goal Credit Default Swap Senior Tranche ... Calculating ... Eight Three Dot Six." Obviously these biped enumeration modules were not programmed for pattern recognition or comparison or wonderment, except for "Which action brings me more money?"
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Verbal Who-ism is the mark of the Royalist, the Catholic, the Communist. If the current King/Pope/Premier says "X", I know "X" is true and I will defend it to the death. If the Pretender to the Throne says "X", I know "X" is false and I will fight against it with all my energy. In most cases "X" is the same thing, which means the Who-ist defends and opposes the same idea at different times.
Visual Who-ism is the mark of the Paparazzi. A photographer who gets the right candid shot of Britney Spears can receive half a million dollars for one click of the shutter. Why is this one image so valuable? Because lots of people want to see Britney Spears. Why do lots of people want to see Britney Spears, when better-looking women can be seen on the streets of any city? Because "news" sources, working together with Britney's agents, have stirred up the buzz. This circular process makes a lot of money for a few people but contributes absolutely nothing to the progress of civilization. In fact, by monopolizing media channels that might otherwise carry a wider variety of entertainment and info, it displaces What and drives civilization backwards.
Who displaces both How and What on the verbal level. You can see this in any web forum. In Who-land, observation is illegal.
You're not allowed to examine nature or events and draw a rational inductive
conclusion. You're only allowed to quote a credentialed authority
who belongs to Team A or Team B. If your quote is precisely accurate, the authority's own team will cheer and the opposing team will boo. If your quote is inaccurate or (horror of horrors!!!!) you cite nothing more than plain reality, you're out of the arena. Banned for life.
Newsreaders before 1990 were free to say something like "It appears
that the protesters are trying to push back the police." You won't hear that today. Instead, you hear "Some say
that the protesters etc." Everything must be a quotation or a citation, and the Team Membership of the citation must be clear. When a sentence starts with "Critics say..." you know the rest of the sentence will be the heretical view, the racist/sexist/homophobic/Halliburtonist view that you're required to mock and disdain.
Finally, when you apply Who to an area of life that should be treated exclusively with How and What, you get the Global Warming Conspiracy. For many millenia the How-ites have observed and understood the ups and downs of Earthly seasons by watching plants, animals, sun and moon. Around 1700 the Whatians made it possible to measure temperature reliably and record the numbers for future generations, thus helping us to understand the longer cycles,
the hyper-seasons of the world. Since 1988 science has been replaced by money, power and peer review, the essence of Who. Any data that disagrees with Commissars Maurice Strong and James Hansen is Undata. It does not exist, and those who continue to use it are Unpersons, subject to Liquidation at any moment.
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Sunday night, watching the oldies on WGN.... realize that 'Newhart' forms a perfect fable of How, What, Who. The show was made in the late '80s, the moment when Who was getting ready to kill off How and What. Old George the handyman is barely literate but knows how to fix anything, and functions perfectly in the small town's intricate social structure because it hasn't changed for generations. Middle-aged Dick the hotel owner writes books about home repair
, functions well in New York literary circles, and always wrong-foots in local matters because he follows written rules. Young Stephanie the maid is an impossibly spoiled rich girl whose thoughts never stray from Status, Fashion and Her Own Perfect Beauty. Stephanie's boyfriend Michael is a TV producer, chafing at his low-status position in this Vermont backwater, literally whoring himself out to gain favor with Real Celebrities. Oddly enough, though the show was written by and for the What generation, old Howite George usually comes out ahead.
News item this morning:
The parents of a New Jersey man accused of trying to join a terrorist group say they believe the FBI fueled the behavior that led to his arrest.
Mahmood and Nadia Alessa told The Record newspaper their 20-year-old son, Mohamed, had been monitored by the FBI since age 16 and was encouraged by an undercover agent to act like a terrorist.
Mohamed Alessa and 24-year-old Carlos Almonte were arrested June 5 as they prepared to board planes to Egypt. Authorities say they planned to travel to Somalia to seek terror training.
The parents are probably right. FBI no longer tries to find or catch serious and effective jihadis. Instead, it cultivates young would-be jihadis, then arrests them at a carefully scripted moment. It's all about the incubation, all about total control of the situation.
Free-range or wild jihadis don't need any cultivation; they simply finish the job. Even when they appear on various watchlists, the FBI doesn't notice them because they're not part of the sting, not part of the feedlot operation.
FBI's method is understandable in a historical context. As Madame Polisztra narrated
some time ago, old J. Edgar had great success using the incubator method with Commie groups. By 1970, would-be subversives could never be sure that their fellow conspirators were real; anyone might be an agent.
Incubation was sufficient to keep Commies under control. Proof: After J. Edgar died, the Soviets in Congress ordered FBI to cease bothering their fellow Leninists, and now Leninism (more precisely the Gramsci branch) owns this unfortunate land.
But it's not enough
with jihadis. They are more deeply committed to straight destruction, less willing to play cute little subversive games.
Bring back the draft!
Andy McCarthy writes
a highly illuminating piece in NRO this morning. He reveals one of those agreed-on lies: that Gen McChrystal is a hard-charging pro-American Patton type. As usual both "sides" view the lie from different angles: Brand-R says Obama is a traitor for firing "Patton", and Brand-D says Obama is a hero for firing "Patton".
McCarthy shows the truth:
I got in some hot water here last year for arguing that Gen. McChrystal, for all his undeniable valor, is a progressive big-thinker who has been conducting a sociology experiment in Islamic nation-building. It's a flawed experiment that assumes Afghan Muslims will side with us — i.e., the Westerners their clerical authorities tell them are infidel invaders and occupiers — against their fellow Afghan Muslims.
Nothing in the ensuing months changes my mind. To the contrary, what I've seen lately indicates that, while our troops are imperiled under strait-jacketing rules of engagement imposed by Gen. McChrystal to avoid offending Afghans, Christian missionaries have been suspended for preaching (proselytism for any belief-system other than Islam is illegal in Afghanistan). I've seen Asia News's report that Afghan converts to Christianity have been sentenced to death for apostasy. All this, moreover, is happening under the new constitution we helped write, which (as the State Department bragged in 2004) enshrines sharia as Afghanistan's fundamental law. That is, the Afghan Muslim population our troops are fighting and dying to protect has institutionalized the persecution of other populations (when the said Muslims are not otherwise busy killing each other).
In other words, McChrystal is objectively an enemy agent, loyally serving the purposes of enemy agent Bush who appointed him, and enemy agent Obama who promoted him.
[I must confess, with considerable shame, that I bought the lie as well; since the whole Afghan campaign is an utterly pointless consumption of American resources, I hadn't been paying any attention to the details and missed McCarthy's earlier exposé.]
When the whole military is totally penetrated, infiltrated and collaborated by the enemy, there's really no salvation for the country.
And this is why recent Presidents enjoy the all-volunteer force. Our current crop of self-selected soldiers are natural warriors, from families with a long heritage of police and military work. They are innately comfortable with hierarchy and teamwork, which makes them malleable to any distortion. They may not like a completely pointless mission with utterly nonsensical rules of engagement, but they won't desert or mutiny in large numbers, and they won't talk out of school.
As long as the enemy-serving wars remain fairly limited in size, enemy-serving Presidents can continue to run them forever.
A conscript Army is much
less malleable. Draftees, arriving from a wide variety of American backgrounds, fought ferociously in our only necessary war (WW2) because they understood that their lives and families were truly on the line. But they will not
sacrifice everything for a Vietnam or an Afghanistan, because they understand that the war is pointless at best, national suicide at worst. Perfectly rational results: evasion, desertion, active or passive mutiny, and fragging. This provides a feedback loop that even the government can understand.
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Bit later: Here's more truth, even more indigestible to the talkers on both "sides".
From London Telegraph:
Petraeus is to re-examine [McChrystal's] "courageous restraint" policy which some soldiers believe has prevented them from defending themselves.
"There will be no change in overall policy but all aspects of tactics and implementation will be looked at afresh," a Pentagon official told The Daily Telegraph. "The issue of 'courageous restraint' is a controversial one on the ground and there may be ways it can be modified." .... Changes to allow soldiers more flexibility in using lethal force are likely to be welcomed by both American and British troops.
In short, Obama has grown tired of McChrystal's Gandhian ahimsa
, and is opening the door for a more rational use of force. We won't hear this from the American "media", because it doesn't fit the rigid template of either "side".
So that's why the Borodin.........
In the old Soviet times, you could tell when something bad was happening in the Politburo ... a dead leader, an internal coup, whatever ... because Radio Moscow would cease regular programming and play only dark heavy music. I called it the Borodin Effect.
I've been sensing a Borodin in American media lately; too much focus on the greasy fucking pelicans, too much bubbling of the BP aquarium. Even by the anti-journalism rules of CNN and Fox, the BP story has continued way beyond any element of novelty.
Here's a likely candidate for the Politburo problems: Gore accused of sexual attack.
Wish I could say "Told you so!" but I can't. This one caught me off guard. Gore is a criminal monstrosity, but I truly couldn't picture his insane violent impulses running anywhere near the sexual realm. He struck me as the classic puritan with all
sexuality channeled into genocide, gluttony, greed and raw power.
Bless those tabloids. They carry a fair amount of celebrity nonsense, but they're the only remaining source for real news, for events that Tass and Pravda completely refuse to mention.
The big one coming?
Significant earthquake in Quebec, caused damage in Toronto, felt through New England, felt strongly as far south as Wheeling, W. Va.
A truly scary note from Wheeling:
The Wheeling Fire Department was sent to the Mull Center in downtown Wheeling due to people feeling the building shake just before 2 p.m. [Same time as the Quebec quake.]
Assistant Fire Chief, Tony Campbell, said they actually have been investigating shaking buildings since roughly 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Does this indicate a very long fault getting ready to break? I don't recall a similar case of 'pre-shocks' felt two hundred miles from the epicenter of a 5.5, which is in the moderate range.
Book-learning doesn't explain bike-learning
Yet another team of researchers
has tried to reduce bicycles to mathematics, and they've failed.
The complex equation, which takes into account inertia, gyroscopic and centrifugal forces as well as gravity, has 31 numbers and symbols and nine sets of brackets.
The formula boils down to: Inertia forces + gyroscopic forces + the effects of gravity and centrifugal forces = the leaning of the body and the torque applied to the handlebars of a bike.
Nope. If the torque applied to the handlebars is a major factor, they've missed the point entirely.
Bicycle riders know ... and many earlier researchers have agreed ... that the handlebars are insignificant. When coasting on level ground you can skip them entirely. You need them as an anchor when you're pedalling hard, but applying torque to the bars is exactly the wrong way to ride, and an excellent way to crash. The only time you use the bars in a sort of 'torquish' way is to damp an incipient shimmy. And in that situation you're not twisting the bars, you're only pushing harder on both sides to stop an externally generated wobble.
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Another article on the subject gives the equation, but without saying what any of the terms mean:
This leads to another of Prof Polistra's Peeves: the complete lack of 'narrative' in public coverage of math. You can see this dramatically in almost any Wiki article on a math-related subject. The formula is always shown in terse notation with lots of strange brackets and Greek letters, instead of a form that can be checked by non-insiders. There's no excuse for this in modern times. Greek letters and subscripts were convenient when math was all pencil-and-paper, but they're extremely inconvenient and error-prone in the computer world. Far better to express a formula in pseudocode form with meaningful variables, so a scientifically literate reader (who isn't among the half-dozen specialists who know the equation!) can copy and paste, transpose it into his favorite programming language, and check it out or use it for practical purposes.
Another self-created "hate crime"
Count on it.
Comrade Dolezal has pulled this same trick once before,
and "investigators were unable to solve the crime." Mmmm-hmmm.
Later: Turns out this particular fraud is nothing more than a fund-raising trick for Comrade Dolezal's local branch of the monstrous SPLC racket.
Comrade Dolezal need not fear exposure, because police forces everywhere are also branches of SPLC.
This trick is a Stalinist version of those has-been celebrities who get involved in fights to generate more paparazzi activity.
Small victory for common sense #3
The video of a Seattle cop punching a black girl after she pushed him is all over TV today. We know the inevitable and automatic next steps: Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and the Anti-Civilization Lawyers Union will arrive in Seattle with an army of lawyers. ACLU will sue the cop down to bedrock, followed by a riot, followed by more cops fired and imprisoned for daring to stop the riot. This will follow as naturally as sunset follows sunrise, as naturally as gravi ...
But wait! That isn't the next step! None of those natural and inevitable things happened! Instead, the girl who pushed the cop has APOLOGIZED PERSONALLY TO THE COP!
Genuinely and absolutely unprecedented.
What does this mean? I know for goddamn sure that white people are homicidally tired of the inevitable shit, ferociously tired of Jesse Jackson, ACLU and riots.
Could black people be equally tired of crime, riots and Jesse? Remains to be seen, but this is an interesting and hopeful sign.
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.
IPSE QUOD DIXIT.
Polistra has been wondering for several years
why the Repooflican Party consists solely of prissy-ass prancing-ass mincing-ass sissy-ass fag-ass bitch-ass fairy-ass amorphodites.
Somebody else has finally noticed this. About fucking time.
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Later: Aside from the weird Repooflican deviance, there's something deeply wrong with 99% of modern mayors and governors. In earlier times, most officials understood the basic rule of bureaucracy: It's easier to get forgiveness than permission. When something needed to be done for their people
, they went ahead and did it. This no longer happens... or more precisely, rule-breaking only happens when the goal is to harm
Officials are willing to disobey or circumvent national rules when they need to serve the enemy, but not when they need to protect their own citizens. Example in Spokane: Just after 9/11, the treasonous City Librarian declared openly that she would not follow the Patriot Act, that she would not report any Arab vermin who seemed to be looking for bomb-making instructions. The council and mayor are fine with this. They didn't fire the traitor or defund the library. But when the terrorist organization EPA required the city to spend $200 million on sewage treatment, supposedly to lower the percentage of phosphorus in the river by a small fraction, the council and mayor happily went along with this monstrous shakedown. They happily spent money we don't have, for the sole purpose of consuming our property and weakening our businesses. And the city causes several unnecessary deaths each winter by using ineffective liquid de-icer on the streets, because the genocidal EPA fanatics have declared that salt and sand are Profane Materials.
Hmm. On further thought, the apparent inconsistency yields a deeper consistency. It's not that officials know how to break rules in some cases but don't know how to break rules in other cases. Instead, they are operating under one single high-level rule: Do whatever is necessary to harm our own citizens.
If that means circumventing Federal rules, fine; if it means obeying Federal rules, fine.
In short, cities and states are completely aligned with all terroristic demands,
whether the terrorists are Allah-worshipping vermin or Gaia-worshipping vermin**. Mayors and governors (with the noble exception of Jan Brewer) are firmly and permanently on the side of the enemy.
**Allah-worshipping terrorists and Gaia-worshipping terrorists are closely allied. Sheikh Osama tells us:
[Americans] have destroyed nature with your industrial waste and gases, more than any other nation in history. Despite this, you refuse to sign the Kyoto agreement so that you can secure the profit of your greedy companies and industries.
.... From 'Letter to the Americans', Oct 6, 2002.
Another small victory for common sense
Despite the best efforts of asshole lawyers to persecute the innocent and free the guilty, juries still manage to find and declare truth quite often.
A Spokane jury found a former civilian survival instructor at Fairchild Air Force Base not guilty of rape and assault today.
Michael W. Fassbender, 32, smiled as the jury read the verdict. He left the court without comment.
The jury deliberated about three hours today before finding Fassbender not guilty of three counts of first-degree rape and one count of second-degree assault with sexual motivation. The potential penalty could have been up to life in prison.
After the decision, a smiling Fassbender asked [defense attorney] Phelps if he was free to go and promptly left with friends and family.
“It was consensual,” Phelps said. “She ultimately admitted that she put her hands up in the air and allowed her shirt to be pulled off. Is that consent? All of this conduct was indicative of willing” participation.
“Calling this a rape doesn’t make it a rape,” he said.
This whole "date rape" concept was built by the delightfully deceased Comrade Betty Fried[m]an and the unfortunately not-yet-deceased Catharine MacKinnon. The concept worked for a few years, but juries in most places have grown weary of the feminist war against civilization. Even if they don't understand the Gramscian dialectical purpose of "date rape" laws, they do know what rape is, and they do know that a situation like this one (though certainly uncomfortable) is not rape.
Oklahoma shows the way (again)
Oklahoma is poised to become the first state in the nation to ban state judges from relying on Islamic law known as Sharia when deciding cases.
The ban is a cornerstone of a "Save our State" amendment to the Oklahoma constitution that was recently approved by the Legislature.
The amendment -- which also would forbid judges from using international laws as a basis for decisions -- will now be put before Oklahoma's voters in November. Approval is expected.
Oklahoma has few Muslims – only 30,000 out of a population of 3.7 million. The prospect of sharia being applied there seems remote. But a chief architect of the measure, Republican State Rep. Rex Duncan, calls the proposed ban a necessary "preemptive strike" against Islamic law coming to the state.
Bravo for Duncan. The prospect may be numerically
remote, but Oklahoma's Mohammedans are important and well-established, which gives them more influence than their numbers might indicate.
How did they get there? OU's petroleum curriculum
(started in 1958) attracted vermin from Arab countries and people from Persia, and some of them stayed. Khomeini's 1978 revolution brought a new surge, as Westernized Persians sought refuge in Okla with their already-settled family and friends. Those Persians, with families still suffering under Khomeini's successors, are unlikely to favor sharia, but the Arab vermin will. Count on it. Remember, those Arab vermin in OKC and Norman were responsible for training jihadis like McVeigh and Moussaoui.
Legal experts contacted by ABC News said they did not know of one instance of a judge in the U.S. invoking sharia in rendering a decision.
"Cases of first impression are rare," said Jim Cohen, a professor at the Fordham University School of Law in New York City, adding, "I have never heard of a case" involving sharia.
Cohen added that he questions whether the proposed amendment would pass constitutional muster.
"Our federal system and our state system is in part governed by the concept of separation of powers. It's far from clear that the Oklahoma legislature can restrict what a separate branch of government can consider in terms of doing its job – in this case, deciding cases," he said.
Comrade Cohen certainly understands the modern court system. In Primitive Repressive Racist Homophobic Sexist Bigoilist Halliburtonist pre-Soviet cultures, legislatures wrote peculiar old-fashioned texts called "laws", which restricted how a court could decide cases. Under Modern Historically Inevitable Freedom-Loving Progressivism, each judge is a supreme and absolute emperor with total Liberty, never restricted or tied down by quaint risible Victorian concepts like "laws". If a judge's hormone imbalance informs her that today is an excellent day to impose sharia on the country, she is absolutely free to impose sharia on the country, and nobody will dare to stand against her.
"I think this is a political statement against Muslims and, inferentially, in support of United States values," Cohen said.
Got that right, Comrade Cohen. And I can see the eye-rolling sneer on your contemptuous face when you say "United States values", as opposed to your Progressive "New York values".
One small victory for common sense
Polistra has been following
the Gaian Church's attempt to have the Giant White Spitting Lily-Scented Palouse Earthworm listed as an Endangered Species. If this worm were listed, agriculture in the Palouse region (which is highly profitable) would be extinct.
Amazingly, a Federal court has decisively denied
the Gaian petition, after several layers of appeal.
Evidence regarding the population of the giant Palouse earthworm is limited and inconclusive. The petition failed to identify a single well-designed study determining the current or historical population and range of the earthworm. The Service reasonably concluded that the petition failed to demonstrate a threat to the giant Palouse earthworm from agricultural and residential development of the Palouse bioregion or from exotic earthworms.
The Gaians are starting over, and I'm sure they'll succeed in shutting down this part of the country soon. It's just a matter of catching the proper black-robed saboteur in the right mood.
But for the moment, Palouse wheat farmers are safe from the depredations of the government-sponsored terrorist organization EPA.
When even NS can see the problem.........
When New Superstitionist magazine
, the house organ of the Gaia Church, criticizes an environmental effort, you know for damn
sure it's ridiculous.
Brown pelicans dripping with oil are quickly becoming the poster children of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As oil slicks continue to lap at the pelicans' breeding grounds in coastal Louisiana, armies of wildlife rehabilitators are frantically trying to catch and scrub the contaminated birds clean. What does it all mean for the long-term survival of the species – just months after they were taken off the US endangered species list?
The species as a whole isn't about to go extinct as a result of the oil spill: as 400,000 out of a total global population of 650,000 live in Peru. Roughly 60 per cent of the subspecies Pelecanus occidentalis carolinensis breed along the Gulf coast, where many nest on the barrier islands off Louisiana that have already been exposed to oil.
As usual, the Endangered Species Crime is based on bizarrely false pseudo-science. It's not about species at all; it's about local subpopulations.
How does nature work? More precisely, how does evolution work? Populations that can't adapt to local conditions die off, allowing more adaptable critters to move in. This is Darwin 101. Thus the whole point of the Endangered Species Crime is to rape Darwin, to fuck Nature over, to turn evolution backwards, to artificially maintain the non-adaptive populations so that life gets more out of balance every year.
Do the cleaned birds stand a chance of survival or should they be killed humanely?
The International Bird Research Rescue Center, one of two organisations heading up the treatment of oiled birds in the Gulf, claims that 50 to 80 per cent of the birds treated survive [to the point of release.]
The survival rate following release is more difficult to determine and is subject to controversy. The biologist Silvia Gaus recently called for oiled birds to be killed humanely, claiming 99 per cent of released animals die within days or a few weeks due to stress or kidney and liver damage from ingesting oil.
There's the standard PETA line. All Holy Sacred Sacramental Spiritual Birds who have been Desecrated by any contact with Evil Satanic Humans must be put down.
They must not be allowed to continue in their Profaned Condition.
Finally the clincher:
What are the costs of the rehabilitation programme, and who foots the bill?
Figures from the clean-up of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill put the cost at $15,000 per marine bird for a total of 627 birds released. This covers building rehabilitation centres, staff and helicopters and private boats. The cost of caring for wildlife after recent oil spills has amounted to roughly 1 per cent of the total clean-up costs.
The article didn't get around to answering "who pays", but we know anyway. We pay.
Assuming typical inflation since '89, each Sacramentally Re-Virginated Holy Bird costs about $25k now.
Twenty-five thousand dollars for one pelican. Now $25k may seem paltry to the elites who spend that much for one glass of wine, but I can live comfortably for two years on $25k.
We're exchanging two years of human life for a possible
extension of one goddamn bird's life.
It's all about esthetics, all about celebrity. One photograph of a Beautiful Person like Lindsay Lohan costs 50 years of human life.
Saving one Beautiful Bird costs 2 years of human life. Meanwhile, we continue to slaughter billions of Non-Beautiful Chickens.
Klaatu runs for Senate
In an otherwise humdrum article on the candidates filing for office this year, my eyes were snagged by two names:
U.S Senate: Paul Akers, Republican; Charles Allen, Democratic; Will Baker, Reform, Bob Burr, Democratic; William Chovill, Republican; Clint Didier, Republican; Goodspaceguy, Democratic; Norma Gruber, Republican; Mike Latimer, Republican; Schalk Leonard, no party; James Mercer, no party; Mike the Mover, Democratic; Patty Murray, Democratic; Dino Rossi, Republican; Mohammad Said, Centrist
This may be the first case of an online "handle" used as an official name for a candidate. I looked him up, and he's a perfect stereotype
of the sci-fi philosophy. Seems to be serious.
From his official Voter Statement:
With help from NASA, let’s start the seeds of several small and growing orbital space colonies in orbit around Earth, around the Moon, and around Mars. With all the money we have already spent on our space programs, we should already have these growing, orbital space colonies. Unfortunately, much of our space money has been wasted. It is as if our leaders have not been educated in orbital space colonization. The waste and destruction of taxpayers’ space property show a lack of understanding of space colonization.
Also, we should replace war on our Spaceship Earth with world-wide free trade. It doesn’t make sense to bomb world-wide customers and suppliers. World peace and education and employment should also be our big goals.
Because some workers want more leisure, government should lead by creating many flexible employment programs, such as the three day and four day work week options.
Let’s establish a head tax to slow the population explosion (the cause of many problems) on our Spaceship Earth. A head tax would be more pleasant than the old, cruel methods of population control, such as starvation, disease, and war.
Lately I'd been thinking about this innocent-sounding but essentially bloodthirsty sci-fi philosophy, which began after WW2 when the world was justifiably tired of all forms of war, and then peaked around 1960 with considerable help from the Soviet agents in the book and movie industries. Since then it's evolved into Gaia-worship, with a different emphasis but the same goal of reducing Western Civilization to ashes.
In the 1950 Klaatu edition, the aliens get tired of watching Earthlings kill each other, so they invade the planet and kill all Earthlings except the Enlightened Few who think like Goodspaceguy.
In the 1975-2010 Gaia edition, the Planet herself gets tired of watching Earthlings breathe, so she turns up her thermostat and bakes all Earthlings. No Chosen Few in this story, but the Enlightened Ones semiconsciously believe they will be spared anyway.
The writers and developers of these new apocalyptic cults really should be paying royalties to Moses and Calvin, who wrote the original texts.
Still, it's pleasantly nostalgic to read Goodspaceguy's fairy tale; his utopian vision is gentler than Klaatu or Gaia, closer to 1890ish writers like Edward Bellamy and G.B. Shaw.
(Mike the Mover
is the absolute opposite of Goodspaceguy, but considerably less literary and, I suspect, less serious.)
More good news from Europe
As the English-speaking countries uncontrollably roar down the chute into the double Hell of Gaia and Allah, with England pulling the train,
other parts of the West are rapidly turning around. Yesterday's election in Holland
marks another awakening, another turn toward the light, another desperate yank on the steering wheel by an enraged populace, another mixed metaphor. :)
An anxious Europe has tilted farther to the right after Dutch election results released yesterday indicated a stronger-than-expected showing for anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders.
His Freedom Party came third with 24 seats, up from nine, in the 150-seat parliament.
Mark Rutte's [VVD Party], promising a severe austerity program to tame a swollen deficit, finished first by the slightest of margins, getting 31 seats, compared to the Labour Party's 30 seats.
The Christian Democratic Party tumbled to fourth place, winning 21 seats, compared to 41 in the 2006 election.
That forced the resignation of party leader and former prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende, whose government fell earlier this year after he failed to get support to keep combat troops in Afghanistan.
Rutte will try to form a coalition with Wilders for a solidly Populist government, but commentators seem to think this coalition won't work out.
Heroic Rockefeller? What's that title doing here?
Would Jennings Bryan have admired John D. Rockefeller Senior? Of course not!
Then why is Polistra admiring John D. Rockefeller IV? And why did Happystar morph into Happycoal for the occasion?Here's why:
I rise today to lend my support to Senator Murkowski’s Resolution of Disapproval for one simple but enormously important reason: because I believe we must send a strong and urgent message that the fate of our economy, our manufacturing industries, and our workers should never be placed solely in the hands of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
I have long maintained that the Congress, the elected voice of the people – and not the unelected EPA – must decide major economic and energy policy. It is our job – because we represent the people of this country. We are accountable to them.
And there are no greater or more closely intertwined economic and energy issues that we face today than climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and the challenge and need for clean, safe, reliable, domestic energy.
I have and will continue to spend a great deal of time and focus thinking about – and, more importantly, listening about – these issues. Listening first and always to West Virginians, and to my colleagues, to outside experts, to environmental advocates and industry representatives.
I am not here to deny or bicker fruitlessly about the science, as some would suggest. I care deeply about this earth and about the fundamental human commitment – the higher calling we all have -- to be its steward. Greenhouse gas emissions are not healthy for the earth or her people and we must take significant action to reduce them. We must develop and deploy clean energy. Period.
But EPA regulation is not the answer. EPA has little or no authority to address economic needs, no ability to incentivize and deploy new technologies, no obligation to protect the hardworking people of West Virginia and the nation.
Their jobs matter. Their lives matter. And any regulatory solution that creates more problems than it fixes, and causes more harm than good, in the real lives of real people, is no solution at all – or at least not one I’ll be any part of.
My EPA delay bill is another strong action – one that I believe can win the support of most stakeholders -- to ensure major energy and economic policy are set by Congress, and I will continue to press for action on it.
I also support legislative action this year to prevent any future catastrophe like the Gulf oil spill (which is to my mind a very separate issue), and I support legislation to advance new clean energy technologies.
West Virginia is poised to lead a major part of the effort on clean technology because we know energy – we know coal and natural gas and CCS, like few others know it.
The fact is that we in West Virginia know and embrace what too many others either don’t understand or don’t want to see -- which is that our nation is dependent on coal for more than 50 percent of its electricity today.
And even if the country achieves maximum success for all the new ideas on the table for new green energy, our American quality of life – and the rapid rise of energy needs around the globe -- will drive the same or greater need for coal for many generations to come. Coal mining is hard, dangerous, and very proud work. It turns the lights on all across America.
Well, "denying" the science is not fruitless. When all the "advanced" nations of the world are trying to kill their own economies and their own people in the name of a blatantly transparently violently false theory, the first step should be to get rid of the blatantly transparently violently false theory. Until the genosuicidal pseudoscience is absolutely revoked, abjured, recanted and deleted, the tyrants will continue to use it as justification for their Final Solution.
Murkowski also exhibited the same shit-faced cowardice, saying the science is not the point.
Think of a member of the German Reichstag in 1937, trying to oppose the goals of the National Socialists while simultaneously granting that the eugenic "science" of Herr Professor Doktor Alfred Rosenberg was completely valid, that Jews and Slavs were incurably inferior and dangerous. You can't have it both ways. You can't support the diagnosis and oppose the cure. If you won't argue against the theory that Jews and Slavs are dangerous, then you can't honestly argue against Hitler's elimination of Jews and Slavs. And if you won't argue against the theory that CO2 is dangerous, then you can't honestly argue against Atmungsführerin Lisa Jackson's elimination of CO2.
Despite that failure on the moral level, Rockefeller is nobly serving his own people and his country on the pragmatic-politics level.
His passionate focus on serving his people
comes across much better in the actual speech
than in the transcript. Serving the people of his own state
is the highest duty of a legislator, a rarely observed duty in these times of mindless party robots.
It's all even more clear now.
Reprinting what Polistra said a few days ago:
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As I said
at the start of this oil-well fraud:
British Petroleum (BP) which owns the exploded well, is one of the main supporters of the "Global Warming" crime. They would clearly rather make money by trading carbon credit derivatives than by the dirty and dangerous work of providing energy to serve human prosperity.
Now we find out
that BP's chairman Hayward cashed in a large part of his stock holdings shortly before the explosion.
And we also know more details
about BP's long-term support of the Global Warming crime.
This is the payoff of the scam. BP gets to leave the energy business, the occupation government in Washington gets to close down the energy business. The Chinese
and the Arabs get to take over the territory and economies of the collapsed former Western countries. Western collaborators like Bush The Father, Bush The Son, Clinton, Obama, McCain, Gordon Brown and David Cameron presumably get money and glory for their decades of genosuicide, treason and destruction.
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End reprint from June 5.
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Today (June 10) we hear from Fox News that China is thinking about buying BP, now that its stock has "mysteriously" dropped to a bargain-basement price.
This wraps it up in a nice neat package with a red ribbon: (1) Blow a well. (2) Insure that all the known solutions for an oil spill are prohibited. Instead use only techniques that are guaranteed to fail. (3) Switch on the Hundred Flowers Propaganda Factories (Fox, CNN, MSNBC) to generate a relentless criminally fraudulent panic that kills all business around the Caribbean even before the layer of non-lethal goo is visible from the coast. (4) Send Comrade Anderson Cooper, Homosexual Hero of Stalin, down to commiserate with the business owners who have lost their business because of the panic generated by Comrade Anderson Cooper. [This isn't really a step in the process, but it's such a remarkable example of chutzpah that I had to record it.] (5) Switch on the Shanghai hackers/day-traders to pull the price down. (6) Buy cheap.
No need to wonder
It's been obvious for years that British Petroleum was solidly on the side of the Carbon Cult, and I've been operating on the assumption that they were simply following normal corporate procedure. Modern corporations hate business. They hate all the dirt and trouble involved with honestly making things
, so they try with all their might to get out of honest business and into criminal endeavors like Ponzi schemes and derivatives.
Still, I've been somewhat puzzled in this specific case, because it seems that BP was making very good profits in the business of producing actual physical petroleum. The criminal endeavor of Carbon Credits might be easier and less prone to lawsuits, but at the moment it's nowhere near as profitable.
Now we know the rest of the story,
and it makes more sense than the pure-profit explanation.
During the time when BP was aggressively "going green", lavishly funding the Carbon Cult, its chairman was Lord Browne of Madingley .....
Lord Browne, who resigned as BP chairman in 2007 after being caught lying to a court about his relationship with Canadian boyfriend Jeff Chevalier, is renowned for cultivating senior politicians.
Same old story. The Left loves to blackmail "conservative" politicians who are secret homosexuals, and the "conservative" parties continue to oblige the Left by choosing lots of secret homosexuals who are easy to blackmail.
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Sidenote: Why do homosexual politicians have to choose boyfriends with such cliché names? Jeff Chevalier? Not quite as bad as Beau Breedlove, the boyfriend of Portland's gayor Sam Adams ... but still, you'd think upper-class types would go for a bit more subtlety. After all, heterosexual politicians don't get caught with girlfriends like Bambi Bazooms or Sugar Silvercups.
Rasmussen GETS it.
In this clip
pollster Scott Rasmussen gives a long and thoughtful lecture about the collapse of America. He gets it right, while nearly all politicians and commentators are getting it wrong.
Rasmussen says Americans have been losing trust in the government in Washington since 1963, and the Goldman Sachs armed robbery of the entire treasury in 2008 (commonly known as TARP) was the absolute last straw for the majority of Americans.
DC no longer has the consent of the governed,
and there's no obvious way to regain the consent.
Strong words, and derived objectively from his own polling over the years.
Rasmussen thinks one possible way to regain our confidence would be to run a genuine referendum on some important questions. Congress could propose a Social Security reform package and let the people's direct vote determine the result.
Pretty good idea, but ain't gonna happen. DC doesn't want or need the consent of the governed. For Goldman Sachs, the people of this alien and distant land called America are nothing but poison.
Sleeping through Grease
Polistra repeats this scene
with a slight variation.
Interesting, isn't it?
Dead birds coated with grease are HEARTBREAKING in some contexts.
Dead birds coated with grease are YUMMY in other contexts.
Listen here, rich assholes: If you eat the billions of YUMMY dead birds coated with grease, you're not entitled to bitch and moan and beat your breast about the handful of HEARTBREAKING dead birds coated with grease.
It's all about hippy-ass prissy-ass esthetics
. Nothing less, nothing more.
You want wind and solar (which are net consumers of power, not producers) but you don't want the windmills anywhere near your precious-ass beaches. Your Lamborghinis and your 600-horsepower Maybach Saloons and your 300-room mansions waste far more oil than this one well, but you'd never in a billion years ride a bus.
Fucking monsters. Kill them all. Time for a revolution. 100 Megatons on DC, 100 Megatons on NY.
It's all clear now
As I said at the start of this oil-well fraud:
British Petroleum (BP) which owns the exploded well, is one of the main supporters of the "Global Warming" crime. They would clearly rather make money by trading carbon credit derivatives than by the dirty and dangerous work of providing energy to serve human prosperity.
Now we find out
that BP's chairman Hayward cashed in a large part of his stock holdings shortly before the explosion.
And we also know more details about BP's long-term support of the Global Warming crime.
This is the payoff of the scam. BP gets to leave the energy business, the occupation government in Washington gets to close down the energy business. The Chinese and the Arabs get to take over the territory and economies of the collapsed former Western countries. Western collaborators like Bush The Father, Bush The Son, Clinton, Obama, McCain, Gordon Brown and David Cameron presumably get money and glory for their decades of genocide, treason and destruction.
Surprise, surprise. Swine flu was a fraud.
finds that World Health Organization was in the pay of vaccine makers when it declared the Mexican H1N1 flu to be "pandemic".TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS.
Back in the fight!
Polistra has been negative about Israel recently, after understanding two things:
(1) Our "alliance" has always been one-way. We've been pouring money and military goodies into Israel for decades and they've done nothing for us. Worse, our "alliance" has forced us to make moves against our own interests. (2) Under Olmert, Israel wasn't even defending itself. It was allowing the Arab enemy to gain territory without any hindrance. Thus Israel was nothing more than a money pit, with no value in the current war.
Under Netanyahu (again) Israel has recaptured its balls! Shooting up the Convoy of Hollywood Fuckheads
was a dramatic move, and perfectly proper by the normal rules of self-defense. Bonus: the dead pro-Arab Commies apparently include one Nobel Peace Prize winner, i.e. one Officially Certified Gold-Plated Enemy of Humanity.
Bravo! Now that the government in America has officially finished
its unconditional surrender to the Arabs, it's sort of nice to know that somebody is still fighting.
Polistra salutes Israel, recovered friend of the West, and Happystar morphs into Happymogen for the occasion:
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Update 6/2: Bravo again. Netanyahu isn't backing down. "This isn't a love boat, this is a hate boat. These aren't peace activists, these are violent supporters of terrorism." Exactly.