Thinking about trains and snow
With the right design, high-speed trains shouldn't be stopped by snow. If you build the entire line as a low trestle instead of a grade, the snow will drop through the ties. Three or four feet above ground should do in most places. This would also prevent collisions with livestock, and make it easier to run roads and pedestrian crossings under the track.
I thought I had seen pictures of this design on the old 1910-era interurbans, but can't find any online. Luckily Polistra came through with a demonstration:
Why I listen to NPR, part 4Excellent piece this morning on the long-running Dioxin controversy. NPR gives the history of Times Beach and notes that the ecoterrorist organization "EPA" is now planning to treat the rest of the country like Times Beach. Anywhere they find even a single molecule of Dioxin, we must evacuate the population, dig up all the earth, and incinerate everything to eliminate the single molecule.
Uniquely, NPR gives close attention to the deep problem with the EPA mindset, namely linear extrapolation. Nature simply isn't linear, and any attempt to treat it as linear leads to genocide.
Allah and Gaia are closely related. Purist thinking, whether Islamic or EPA, always involves a superstition about a substance. If a large quantity of something is problematic, then any quantity of this substance is bad. Zero tolerance, literally and metaphorically.
Islam says: Alcohol in large doses causes all sorts of problems, so we must not consume even a single molecule of alcohol. EPA says: Dioxin in large doses causes acne, so we must tear up the world to destroy even a single molecule of Dioxin.
Nature doesn't work this way. Nature has considerable tolerance, literally and metaphorically.
Here Polistra is giving Happystar a sigmoid ride. When the input to the system (represented by Polistra's back and forth sliding) increases linearly, the system's response (Happystar's height) moves up very slowly until it reaches a lower threshold point, then increases quickly until it reaches an upper threshold.
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The stupid linear tendency is not new at all. In the Laputa chapter of Gulliver's Travels, Swift described the linear extrapolators of 1720, who sound exactly like the elites of today even though computers hadn't been invented yet. They have never worked with any sort of mechanism, never used a tool, never rocked a cradle. Their sole experience is with arithmetic, which forces their minds into a linear mold:
What I chiefly admired, and thought altogether unaccountable, was the strong disposition I observed in them towards news and politics, perpetually inquiring into public affairs, giving their judgments in matters of state, and passionately disputing every inch of a party opinion.
These people are under continual disquietudes, never enjoying a minute's peace of mind; and their disturbances proceed from causes which very little affect the rest of mortals. Their apprehensions arise from several changes they dread in the celestial bodies: for instance, that the earth, by the continual approaches of the sun towards it, must, in course of time, be absorbed, or swallowed up; that the face of the sun, will, by degrees, be encrusted with its own effluvia, and give no more light to the world; that the earth very narrowly escaped a brush from the tail of the last comet, which would have infallibly reduced it to ashes; and that the next, which they have calculated for one-and-thirty years hence, will probably destroy us.
For if, in its perihelion, it should approach within a certain degree of the sun (as by their calculations they have reason to dread) it will receive a degree of heat ten thousand times more intense than that of red hot glowing iron, and in its absence from the sun, carry a blazing tail ten hundred thousand and fourteen miles long, through which, if the earth should pass at the distance of one hundred thousand miles from the nucleus, or main body of the comet, it must in its passage be set on fire, and reduced to ashes: that the sun, daily spending its rays without any nutriment to supply them, will at last be wholly consumed and annihilated; which must be attended with the destruction of this earth, and of all the planets that receive their light from it.
Especially enjoy "ten hundred thousand and fourteen miles", which strongly resembles the mathematics of the Carbon Cult. Pick a number, any number, as long as it sounds big, scary and precise. Use this number to generate panic.
¶ 7:52 AM
Back to normal for IBC
Islamic Broadcasting Corporation, known before 1989 as BBC, has now returned to normal Muslim programming after ever so briefly allowing a Christian to defend Christianity. This morning IBC licks the cunt of Imam Rauf's wife, in a feature celebrating the loss of American resistance to the Ground Zero Cordoba Victory Mosque.
Imam Rauf's wife cites the fine Islamic example of Imam Bloomberg of NYC: "We got support from Mayor Bloomberg because he understands discrimination. When his father wanted to buy a house, he had to do it through his lawyer."
You egregious monster, discrimination and war are NOT THE SAME GODDAMN THING.
Discriminating against Jews because they're annoyingly superior and selfish is a bad idea, though certainly tempting.
Discriminating against Arab savages BECAUSE ARAB SAVAGES MADE WAR AGAINST US AND KILLED 3000 OF US is an excellent idea. The best form of discrimination against Arab savages would be to remove them from the face of the Earth, but that ain't gonna happen.
¶ 4:48 AM
Monday, December 27, 2010
This blog gets about 3 or 4 hits per day on average. Most of them are either looking for "explanatory sentence" or looking for the video game named after a period of confinement related to disease. I'm not going to write the word Q**r**t*n*. I went through considerable trouble to remove it from the text, yet the hits keep coming from the past through Google's cache.
Sort of like the legendary DX Skip phenomenon. ... Well, I thought I could find a story about that strangeness online, but no go, so here it is. ... Back in the 1960s, electronics mags occasionally featured reports from known and reliable ham operators, about receiving signals that had apparently circled around in the ionosphere for several years. The one I remember was a Houston TV station that closed permanently in 1956, then was unquestionably received for a few minutes in 1962. Possible explanation: those particular years featured historically high sunspot levels, which intensified the ionosphere to a degree that hasn't been repeated.
Anyway, today a mysterious and plaintive search string appeared:
"terrible pain in the upper right side of my eggstocks.what can it be?need urgent help"
Running the search myself, I can see the combination of words (in Aug 2005) that accidentally matched some of the search pattern, but it's obviously not connected to the meaning of the search.
I do hope the searcher found help for her eggstocks pain. (Is eggstocks a bad translation of uterus? There's a Swiss mountain named Eggstock, but that can't be it.)
¶ 5:10 AM
The Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Rev Michael Scott-Joynt, warned that the death of “religious literacy” among those who made and administered the law had created an imbalance in the way in which those with faith were treated compared to sexual minorities. ...
Bishop Scott-Joynt told the BBC’s World This Weekend: "The problem is that there is a really quite widespread perception among Christians that there is growing up something of an imbalance in the legal position with regard to the freedom of Christians and people of other faiths to pursue the calling of their faith in public life, in public service.
Probably for the first time in our history there is a widespread lack of religious literacy among those who one way and another hold power and influence, whether it’s Parliament or the media or even, dare I say it, in the judiciary.
... There are increasingly professions where it could be difficult for people who are devoted believers to work in certain of the public services, indeed in Parliament.
Anybody who is part of the religious community believes that you don’t just hold views, you live them. Manifesting your faith is part of having it and not part of some optional bolt-on."
I'm sure he will be quickly replaced by some Communist bullbitch who "represents Anglican values" more accurately, but for this one shining moment a Christian official has spoken in favor of Christianity.
¶ 4:33 PM
Saturday, December 25, 2010
BBC interviewer Owen Bennett-Jones ran a 'year-end compilation' of his best stuff this morning. Several of the pieces dealt with the same subject, and Bennett-Jones showed his Commie colors magnificently.
Piece 1: Interview with an old British Jew who had fought against Mosley's fascists in post-WW2 London, and later moved to Israel. Bennett-Jones VIOLENTLY on the side of the old Jew, VIOLENTLY against the fascists.
Piece 2: Interview with current mayor of Jerusalem. Bennett-Jones VIOLENTLY against Israel's need to maintain its own territory, VIOLENTLY in favor of Arab vermin taking Jerusalem.
Piece 3: Interview with Tony Blair, who had just published a book on the need to stay firm against Islam. Bennett-Jones VIOLENTLY against Blair, VIOLENTLY in favor of letting Islam have the world.
Piece 4: Interview with Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who made lots of noise about his desire to make the first eentsy-weentsy symbolic gesture of resistance against Islam since 9/11, but finally chickened out. Bennett-Jones clearly wanted to pop Jones upside the face, barely restrained himself.
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In the mind of Owen Bennett-Jones:
When European fascists beat up Jews, that's horrible, and any Christian who helps the Jews is wonderful.
When Islamic fascists kill Jews, that's wonderful, and any Christian who helps the Jews is horrible.
Inconsistent? Nah. Consistently Stalinist. In WW2, the German fascists were Stalin's enemy. Now the Islamic fascists are Stalin's ally, so the BBC follows the Correct Line without even noticing the inconsistency. BBC's consistent enemy in all cases is Christianity; the Jews are just a tool, to be used from whichever angle helps to KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL Christianity.
¶ 5:49 AM
Been a pretty good year in general, except for atrocious weather. Thinking strongly now about returning to Okla in the spring. Okla has its own atrocious weather, but as the world grows colder in the next 30 years the Spokane version of atrocious will get worse, while the Okla version of atrocious will get weaker.
Three Mile Island was a landmark in government and media insanity. Our current pathology began there.
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Pretty good definition of sanity: When inconsequential things happen, you more or less ignore them. When consequential things happen, you change the situation to prevent them from recurring.
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Examples of sane response on the human level:
(1) A mosquito bite happens. You scratch it, maybe cuss a little, then try to ignore it so it won't get inflamed.
(2) A heart attack happens. You endure surgery or medicine to recover, then you change your lifestyle in big ways to prevent another attack. Quit smoking, quit drinking, find a less stressful occupation.
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Examples of insane response on the human level:
(3) A mosquito bite happens. You rush to the Mayo Clinic, order thousands of tests and X-rays to rule out leprosy, Lyme disease, malaria, blood poisoning, psoriasis, hair cancer, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. You never go outside again, and soon die from anxiety and lack of sunshine and exercise.
(4) A heart attack happens. You keep on smoking and drinking, work even harder, and die fast.
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Now think about TMI. Nationally speaking it was a mosquito bite. It damaged one structure, but didn't kill or injure anyone and didn't release any radiation.
The sane response, and the normal American response until that time: Run full speed ahead with nuclear power. We've seen now that our technology can survive the WORST possible set of events. Thus we know for sure that we're on the right track. Keep it up, and develop this clean non-polluting efficient technology to the max.
But for the first time, we didn't respond sanely. Under careful Soviet guidance, we chose (3), the hypochondriac response.
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And now every national response is insane.
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Two examples of hypochondria (over-reaction to tiny event):
(a) When one kid makes up an impossible and bizarre story about his daycare teacher, we keep all our kids inside forever after so they can be much easier targets for the real molesters (stepfathers and boyfriends).
(b) When one oil well busts a pipe, leaking slightly more oil than the natural seepage, we shut off all drilling forever after so irresponsible countries with shitty engineering can move into our territory and steal our oil.
[The Global Warming crime is the most insane example of all, but doesn't quite fit this pattern because it's a suicidal over-response to precisely nothing. There was no triggering event at all. The weather does what it's always done, so we kill Western Civilization.]
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Two examples of the opposite (non-reaction to huge event):
(c) Arabian warriors kill 3000 Americans. The sane (FDR) response would be to surgically remove Arabia from the face of the earth. The modern (Bushobama) response: we continue drinking Arabian oil, work even harder than before to please Arabia. Make war against two of Arabia's competitors, stop our own oil production to let Arabia have all the profit.
(d) Gambling at the Jew casino in NYC leads us to national bankruptcy. The sane (FDR) response would be to change the laws to prohibit such gambling, and confiscate the ill-gotten gains of the Jew Mafia. The modern (Bushobama) response: Continue gambling. Change laws to make gambling at the Jew casino a little easier, change laws to make saving and thrift much harder, reward the Jew Mafia with a pure gift of trillions and trillions and trillions and trillions of dollars.
¶ 5:10 PM
If any nation on this old unfortunate world is worth fighting for, South Korea is it. The last Saving Remnant of Christianity, now that America and Europe have enthusiastically and abjectly surrendered to the twin antichrists of Gaia and Allah.
On tonight's news they're discussing, yet again, the ever-new threat of home-grown terrorists.
Expert said: "It wasn't that long ago, when we talked about a terrorist, we were talking about someone trained in a cave overseas."
Yes, you were talking that way, but no successful terrorists have ever been trained that way.
The 9/11 boys were trained in Germany and Florida and Oklahoma.
Shortly thereafter, you experts began talking about the "potential new" threat of homegrown terrorists, which would "soon replace" the caveman type. And after 10 years you're still talking about the "potential new" threat, which is in fact the only threat.
All successful terrorists have been trained (or self-trained) in America or Europe. The only thing that comes from those "cave" countries is money and Islamic ideology.
If you really believe this crap about the need to remove "failed states", you're only fooling yourselves. I don't think you really believe it. You keep saying it, and the media keeps replaying it year after year, to justify our endless pointless warlike operations in those "cave" countries.
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Later: No, I take it back. There was one Islamic jihadi who was trained in those "cave" countries. Terry Nichols, born in Michigan and trained in the Philippines.
¶ 5:45 PM
McAfee isn't stopping "HDD Rescue" trojan
Twice in the last few days, my computer has caught the "HDD Rescue" trojan. This is a serious one, which nearly paralyzes all normal operations while flashing nasty-looking error messages. Seems to have been caught from two different innocent websites.
I've been using and paying for McAfee for several years, with good enough results until this.
"Stopzilla" does catch and remove HDD Rescue. Worked both times.
It's fairly expensive but I don't mind paying for something that really works. I do object to paying for McAfee, which doesn't work!
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Update March 2011: I removed and quit paying for McAfee shortly after the above. Stopzilla continues to function perfectly, and it has much less overhead. McAfee added 3 minutes to every startup and shutdown, and forced the computer to a halt for 5 or 6 minutes every day with updates, most of which required a reboot to take effect. Stopzilla doesn't do any of that crap. It updates about twice a week, quietly and quickly, and adds only 30 seconds to startup and shutdown.
¶ 4:42 PM
RT gets the banksters
Among the major online news sources, Russia Today is the most reliable. They handle the Wall Street scams, from Global Banking to Global Warming, with accuracy and humor.
But what's the zero state for smell? We have a whole universe of terms for aroma, but no way to describe non-aromatic-ness. There is an obscure technical word anosmic, but it refers to a person without a sense of smell, not the absence of scent.
And how about touch? A small set of words for various kinds of touch: feathery, brush, pinprick, pinch; but no word for the lack of pressure.
¶ 4:03 AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Why I listen to NPR, part 3Fascinating feature this morning on A.G. Gaston, a black businessman in Alabama who started with funeral homes and expanded to run lots of other businesses. Never heard of him before.
Gaston worked successfully to desegregate white businesses, using his tremendous financial power to steer them toward hiring more blacks. When the Communists under Comrade M.L. King Boulevard invaded Alabama in 1963, Gaston didn't like it; he reluctantly worked with Comrade M.L. King Boulevard to avoid the worst of the violence.
Now, of course, it's much harder for black businessmen to succeed.
And this was the whole purpose of Comrade M.L. King Boulevard. Blacks were the first tool of the grand Leninist gambit; later it was implemented on women, then on disabled people, and most recently on homosexuals in the military.
Always the same sequence:
(1) Define the Victim class and the Oppressor class.
(2) Propagandize both to believe that everyone is identical, so any failures must be caused by Oppression, not innate differences.
(3) Forcibly mix the Victim class into the Oppressor class in such a way that the innate characteristics of the Victims will cause inevitable failure.
(4) Achieve Goal: Increased poverty and dependence on government among the Victim class, increased resentment among the Oppressor class.
(5) Rectify all schoolbooks and media to divide history at the "Landmark Human Rights Legislation" for each Victim Class. The Victim Class must be seen as destitute and powerless before its respective Landmark, rich and liberated after its Landmark. Liquidate any hapless Crimethinker who continues to write the Unrectified (i.e. factual) version of history.
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This is the first time I've heard the 'decapitalization' of blacks discussed on mainstream media. Kudos to NPR for opening the subject.
The trend is dramatically obvious from reading the WPA Guides written in the '30s: every city and town with a black population had large numbers of black-owned businesses, catering largely to blacks.
Or you can get the same picture by listening to Amos and Andy. Contrary to the Standard Rectified Myth, A&A was not about stereotypical lazy criminal Ebonics speakers. It was about the black middle class in the '30s. Most of its dialog is smarter and more literate than the comedies about Irish or Jewish folks in that period.
Now we have comparatively few blacks running their own businesses. They're either on welfare, involved in crime, working for government, or running corrupt NGOs.
Leninist goal consummated, thanks to Comrade Boulevard.
¶ 6:31 AM
Another reporter dream
This morning's dream was a highly detailed story. I was working for an artsy-craftsy magazine based in San Francisco, doing an "immersion" report on an Alaskan village where isolation had developed a separate culture. The villagers were using leftovers of American technology in ways that functioned without electricity or fuel, like a mix of Amish and Cuban adaptations.
These fine-grained details didn't come from anything I've been reading or thinking. All the villagers had names and personalities; some of them went along with my pretense of participation, some didn't. Even their horses had names!
My previous reporter dream back in April was more puzzling because it was simply not my dream at all. In that one my thoughts belonged to someone like Rod Dreher. In this morning's sequence I was working for a Dreher-ish employer but thinking my own thoughts.
¶ 5:09 AM
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Well, isn't that special.
Both flanks of the Soros Army of Utter Destruction gained huge victories this week.
The Republican flank of the Soros Army ... whose marching song is "Zero Taxes, Infinite Spending" ... got what they wanted. Zero new inflow, infinite new outflow.
Oh boy! No more budget, just Chinese IOUs from stem to stern.
The Democrat flank of the Soros Army of Destruction ... whose marching song is the old Dylan favorite "Everyone Must Get Gay" ... got what they wanted.
Oh boy! No more military, just fairies from, uh, stem to stern!
The right flank kills our economy. The left flank kills our military and our culture. Total victory for Soros is not far off!!!
¶ 1:14 PM
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Gregoire the realist
Wash gov Gregoire has guts. Faced with the unbreakable need to cut spending, she's made some extremely hard choices.
Eliminate the Basic Health program
Consolidate and eliminate many state agencies
Cut food stamps drastically
Stop automatic rises in pensions
Cut deep in education:
— About $1.1 billion would be saved by not paying for two voter-backed education initiatives for class size reduction and teacher pay.
— Another $1 billion would be saved by cutting college scholarship programs and outreach to future college students from underserved communities.
— The lack of investment in education reform would save an estimated $600 million.
— Another $99.5 million would be saved by suspending annual bonuses for National Board-certified teachers.
— State support for higher education would be cut by $344.7 million, but most of those losses would be offset by major tuition increases and scholarship money.
Slashing education is especially gutsy for a Democrat politician, unless you think in terms of the dog-bowl rule. By that rule, only a Dem politician can cut education.
Polistra's law of dog-bowls: Politicians are like two dogs with two food bowls, or two babies with two toys. Each party only wants the voters and lobbyists in the other party's bowl. Repooflicans get no money from lawyers, but they want money from lawyers, so they never try tort reform. Repooflicans get no votes from blacks and Mexicans, but they want votes from blacks and Mexicans, so they suck up to blacks and Mexicans while neglecting whites.
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Aside from speculation about motive, Gregoire's cuts will be good in the long run.
Less education money will lead to better education.
The state cuts will ripple downward, and local schools will have to make their own hard choices. At some point they will run out of teachers to fire, and they will grudgingly have to cut one or two administrators because there won't be any alternative. Some districts may even decide to disobey Federal mandates because Federal mandates cost more than they bring in. And when that decision happens, education will finally begin to improve.
More broadly, the state will now be in a better position to attract business because its regulators will be weaker and less able to squash any sign of incipient life.
But this won't last long unless the underlying Nazi environmental laws are repealed. As soon as the moment of maximum crisis has passed, the fascist bureaucrats will resume their tumorous multiplication and resume sucking the state's blood.
¶ 7:17 AM
Nixon the realist
Yesterday's release of old Nixon tapes seems to have a particular purpose. Considering which remarks have been emphasized, I'd guess the purpose is to make neocons dislike Nixon.
These quotes show him as a perfect realist. He understood the characteristics of various ethnic groups accurately. I can't judge whether he got the part about Italians right, because I haven't known enough Italians to form a valid impression. But his judgments about blacks and Jews are spot on. Would blacks be ready for prime time in 50 years? Nope. Since 1960 we've seen that nobody of African ancestry has successfully run a country, a state or a city. Not once. Failure, violence, and unimaginably filthy corruption every goddamn time.
Neocons are ferociously devoted to the Leninist lie of perfect equality, so this bit of plain reality should cause them to lose respect for old Dick.
And Nixon's wisdom in ignoring Russia's treatment of Jews also runs wildly against the neocon mindset. Though the modern neocon mindset was largely written by Jews, who are understandably insulted, that's not really the problem. The neocon mindset runs deeper, starting with Woodrow Wilson.
The conflict arises because Wilsonians are utopian busybodies who think America should use its military power to enforce the egalitarian lie everywhere in the world. They openly declare that we are fighting in Afghanistan because Afghanistan doesn't let women go to college!
That's nanny-state utopianism at its worst, and we now see that Nixon wasn't having any of it. If the Russians wanted to treat some of THEIR OWN PEOPLE badly, that was none of our damn business. Our business is to treat OUR OWN PEOPLE well, not to spend all our money on useless and pointless "reform" of other countries, which does nothing for their "oppressed" minorities. It only makes the other countries more likely to attack us.
Bravo, old Dickie! Wish we'd known you better.
¶ 3:27 AM
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Boehner is a sad drunk.
Isn't it obvious? He doesn't have "emotional problems", he's just a weepy wino. Listen to his articulation.
¶ 1:12 PM
He said it to the heart surgeon just before the anesthetic took hold. The operation was unsuccessful, which Holbrooke probably foresaw.
And how is the Islamic Occupation Government of DC honoring his last words?
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Mr Holbrooke's presence would be greatly missed.
Adm Mullen said that Mr Holbrooke helped draw up write and "deeply believed in" the war strategy. "That we have been making steady progress in this war is due in no small measure to Richard's tireless efforts and dedication. I know he would want our work to continue unabated. And I know we will all feel his bully presence in the room as we do so."
No, you fucking treasonous Orwellian idiots. He specifically wouldn't want your work to continue unabated. He said in plain and simple words, his LAST WORDS, that he wanted your work to STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP.
"STOP" IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF "CONTINUE UNABATED", YOU MONSTROUS MURDEROUS ORWELLIAN TYRANTS.
¶ 11:31 AM
Toward the end of this rape tape, Rauf (perhaps in the throes of orgasm) accidentally leads me to an important point.
He utters the standard American leftist line that Sheikh Osama was developed by CIA as a weapon against the Soviet Empire, and later turned against America.
This is essentially true, but I previously considered it irrelevant. All wars involve switches of alliance and loyalty; in every war we fight some nations who were on our side in earlier times, and some nations who end up on our side in later times. It's neither nice nor consistent but it's a plain fact of human nature, and you can't use it to call one particular war invalid. [This particular war is invalid, but for a completely different set of reasons.]
Hearing the point now, and thinking about some of Sheikh Osama's own writings, I come to a new conclusion. This standard line leads to an understanding of Osama's motives: he is just consistently anti-Communist. Before 1989 he worked against the Soviet mindset, which was then centered in Russia. After 1989 he is still working against the Soviet mindset, which is now centered in America.
¶ 5:57 AM
Friday, December 10, 2010
Another job for dogs?
Do dogs have a sense for electromagnetic fields?
SEATTLE - After at least two incidents involving faulty wires on light poles, one which caused the death of of a dog on Queen Anne Hill, Seattle City Light is changing the way light poles are inspected and adding more inspections across the city.
On Thanksgiving Day a dog stepped on a cover plate on a Queen Anne sidewalk and was fatally shocked. That plate had come in contact with a frayed wire which was not grounded. A second incident happened this week in West Seattle. That dog did not receive a shock, but acted strangely around the light pole, prompting the dog's owner to call it in. SCL says that pole had the same problem as the one on Queen Anne.
Is this how "seizure dogs" detect the coming of a brainstorm? More interestingly, it it how they read our emotions?
Physically speaking, it's unquestionably possible. A nearby alternating field does affect the flow of charge in any nervous system. Humans can learn to detect the field. After years of working on electronic stuff, I can feel a field when my hand is very close to the object, but not from a distance. Dogs apparently know how to use this sense without any training, and as usual their sense is vastly more efficient than ours.
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Later: An old memory. I learned about ground faults in light poles at an early age. Was playing with neighbor Randy. His parents had one of those ornamental yard lights, wired into the house's 110, with an electric eye that turned it on at dark. Randy decided to find out if the light would turn on when he covered the electric eye. He held the pole and reached up toward the photocell, then he stiffened and yelled, with both hands tight on the pole. He made me understand that the electricity was cramping his muscles, so I got behind him and tried to pull his hands off. Immediately I formed a parallel circuit to ground, and my hands were now helplessly vise-gripped on his wrists.
We both yelled, and luckily Randy's father came out of the house and knew exactly what to do. Using closed fists, he sharply knocked Randy's hands away from the pole, which took both of us out of the circuit.
Since this was 1959, America was ruled by common sense, not lawyers or the Homeland Security Gestapo. Nobody went to the hospital out of an abundance of caution, nobody evacuated the whole neighborhood out of an abundance of caution, nobody locked down the nearby school out of an abundance of caution, and nobody slammed Randy's dad in jail for using necessary force to save our foolish lives.
We simply learned an important lesson in a memorable way.
¶ 6:16 AM
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Why I listen to NPR, part 2
In a brief item on the Cancun meeting of the criminal conspiracy this morning:
"...once it became clear that there would be no overarching deal to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that have been linked to global warming."
A rare and welcome example of FACTUAL phrasing, and evidence of careful thinking by the reporter.
The standard mindless media phrasing would take the official lie as a plain fact with no need for qualification: "gases that cause global warming."
¶ 7:09 AM
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Continuing a theme
Reprinting an entry from January:
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What was the Big Theme of the previous decade?
This was the decade when little dogs pulled back the curtains on all sorts of crooked Wizards, the decade when vigilantes punctured the balloons and bubbles of the pompous Professionals, showing the latter as complete miserable frauds, charlatans and criminals.
Like any good story, the Toto theme began with a bang, went on to develop details, and ended with a fine climax.
It began with 9/11, which was a dual example of Toto-ism. The 19 Arabs showed that a handful of men armed with pocket knives could defeat the military might of the "greatest power on Earth". All of the facilities we'd been building over the years, all the trillions of dollars that went into NORAD and radar and jets and so on, all for naught. And then one of the Arab weapons was stopped by counter-vigilantes, without any help at all from the government.
Through most of the decade, professional journalists were brought down by bloggers, professional scientists were corrected by amateur statisticians. Newspapers are deservedly dying, dishonestly earned reputations are in shreds.
The absurdity of federal immigration policy, cheerfully supported by both political parties for their own reasons, was exposed by the Minutemen who decided to do the job of patrolling the border honestly.
In 2008, the vast mortgage bubble was punctured by a few people demanding their money. These don't quite fit the pattern because they were very big dogs ... but they were certainly a handful of players, demonstrating that there were no "fundamentals" in the economy at all, let alone "sound fundamentals". We still don't know what really happened there; for some reason bloggers haven't been able to pull back the curtains on the Wall Street Mafia. So this is an unfinished puncture, and the Mafia continues to build new bubbles with the full collaboration of the Goldman Sachs division called "US Government".
Early in 2009, infanticide specialist George Tiller was taken out by a vigilante, after killing thousands of kids, violating state and federal laws with no punishment for more than 30 years.
Finally, at the very end of 2009 we had the mass murder by Nidal Hasan and the near-repeat of 9/11 by Abdul bin Underpants (again stopped by a brave counter-vigilante), showing that the vast military power of this unfortunate land still hasn't learned one fucking thing. Or is still faithfully collaborating with the enemy, take your pick. Underbomber was such a blatant failure that even the professional "journalists" are starting to ask the right questions.
Best of all we had the whistle-blower in the British Climate Gang, who finally forced the professional "journalists" and the courts to pay attention to the largest crime in history. This has dropped under the radar for now, but under the surface legal actions are starting to grind: the Carbon Cult witch doctors are receiving court orders to hand over their records, and predatory lawyers are looking for more whistle-blowers so they can profit from a federal grant-fraud reward program. The latter, though distasteful, may be the most effective way to bring down this gang of megathieves and genocidists.
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And now we have Assange, the absolute ultimate whistle-blower to end all whistles. Proving yet again that sclerotic old hyper-centralized empires, functioning solely on raw power with no competence and no consent from their people, can be brought to a screeching halt by a few determined and resourceful people.
This is a point that Americans almost uniquely grasped in the long-distant past; it was the precise theme of the 1776 Revolutionaries, and the engineering diagram of the long-abandoned Constitution.
¶ 5:07 PM
Australia gets it right
Australia's government is mounting a solid defense of their own citizen, Julian Assange. This is exactly what a government should do, and it's also firmly within the old Anglo-Saxon tradition of free speech. As Polistra already said, Assange has simply taken over the job of the press from our "media", who have utterly abandoned the job.
Assange is telling the public what's happening, a concept most newspapermen used to understand and support. Under the post-1988 Soviet regime in the West, telling the public what's happening is Crimethink.
Australia is a positive exception to another current pattern: it has managed to avoid the current "recession" better than anyone else. How? Easy. They never UNlearned the lessons of 1929. Through the '90s, US, UK and much of Europe let Goldman Sachs change national laws for its own grotesque enrichment and evil amusement. Canada and Australia didn't let this happen, so they haven't crashed.
¶ 4:30 AM
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's president promised Tuesday to transform five islands that lie along the tense maritime border with North Korea into "military fortresses" impervious to the kind of deadly attack the rival neighbor launched last month.
This is how a national government is supposed to work.
Protecting its OWN people, not some OTHER goddamn people.
Can't really call it spying
Big hullaballoo in Britain about an old lefty Member of Parliament who hired a series of young Russian honeytraps as "assistants". MP Hancock is a senior member of various defense committees, and the "assistants" have taken full advantage of his access to information.
Brit media describe Katia Zatuliveter, the latest honeytrap, as a spy or sleeper.
Nope. She's neither a spy nor a sleeper.
Spies are clandestine. Their real identity is unknown to the subjects of their spying, and they take careful steps to conceal their activities, because exposure could be deadly.
This honeytrap didn't need to be clandestine. English-speaking countries are so totally confused and senile, so collaborated and collapsed, that we no longer understand the difference between inside and outside. We no longer understand nations and borders.
Consider the old idea of adverse possession or finders keepers. When a piece of property has been abandoned for a long time, the law considers it to be common or public. Anyone who claims it and maintains it will be allowed to possess it.
The governments of US and UK have been abandoned by their original owners for 21 years, which means that honeytrap Zatuliveter isn't really trespassing in any significant way. She's just strolling around in an unclaimed wilderness, picking up interesting things and sending them home.
¶ 4:24 AM
Michael Mandelbaum, professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, says:
"China is certainly becoming richer and will become more powerful and will become more influential in East Asia, but I don’t see China becoming a global power or assuming the kind of global responsibilities that the U.S. bears anytime soon. I believe the kinds of military interventions that the U.S. has conducted over the last two decades — in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan — are going to be discontinued. Because those military interventions, although initiated under two administrations for differing reasons, they all landed us with the expensive, difficult and frustrating task of nation building."
Administration officials keep saying they need to invest in countries like Afghanistan to make sure they don’t fail and become breeding grounds for terrorists. Mandelbaum argues the U.S. just can’t afford it.
"It's just too expensive. I don’t think we can do nation building on the cheap, and, in fact, there’s some question of whether we can do it at all."
First sensible advice from an "expert" in recent memory.
The discovery of what is apparently an entirely new form of life -- a bacteria based on toxic arsenic rather than phosphorus, one of the six building blocks of all life on Earth -- has set the scientific world abuzz, prompting White House inquiries to NASA and threatening to upend longstanding beliefs about biology.
But some say the announcement also signals an end to religious faith, or at least the beginning of the end, because it implies that life can spring forth unexpectedly on Earth or even on other planets, and in unexpected forms -- developments that seem to run counter to literal readings of biblical creation accounts.
Huh? In the first place, this bacterium isn't a "new form of life" at all. It's just an unexpected adaptation, an unexpected ability to switch to a different chemical pattern.
Plenty of animals can switch their chemistry, including several kinds of fish and arthropods that trade the water in their cells for ethylene-style antifreeze to survive cold and dry periods. Fish are vastly more complex than bacteria, so the new discovery is not all that dramatic.
In the second place, how does a new discovery of an unexpected complexity in life work against religion? No sacred scripture says anything about the specifics of carbon-based chemistry. Genesis talks (literally or figuratively, you choose!) about life being created from dirt or dust. It doesn't give the exact elemental composition of the dust, nor does it say "arsenic-free dust". If the dust is meant to be typical of Earth's composition, it would contain some arsenic, which is a fairly common element.
In general, each discovery of increased complexity makes it harder to assume uncaused randomness and easier to assume an intelligent creator, though I doubt we'll ever reach a conclusive proof by this path.
¶ 6:56 AM
Friday, December 03, 2010
Probably a good thing
Turning the Army and Marines into fairies will be a terrible thing for the Army and Marines, but probably a good thing for the world.
We haven't used our military to defend America since August 8, 1945. We've only used it to consume money and create pointless destruction and anger in foreign countries with absolutely no connection to our interests.
Since we already have lawyers supervising every bullet, and lawyers prosecuting any soldier who dares to do his job properly, we are already mired in multi-layered absurdity and treason.
Fairy-izing the military will just add one more layer of absurdity and treason.
It will become even more obvious to any rational observer that our military ( as currently designed and deployed ) serves American interests in the same way that crystal meth serves American interests, the same way that casinos serve American interests, the same way that Wall Street serves American interests.
If this move leads to a sort of passive mutiny, with existing real soldiers leaving the service and potential real soldiers no longer joining, it may finally force the hand of some future president ... Nah, that's silly. We aren't going to have any American presidents. All candidates will be required to swear the Oath Of Disloyalty, as McCain and Obama did.
¶ 5:43 AM
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Assange of Wikileaks is simply doing the job that journalists used to do.
He's telling the public what's happening.
Thus it's no surprise to find modern "journalists" allied with modern governments against him. Modern "journalists" would never think of telling the public about actual events. They don't even know what a fact is.
Their sole job is to serve Lenin.
In this decade, serving Lenin means three things:
(1) Celebrate homosexuality (aka "human rights").
(2) Celebrate Wall Street, which is now a Leninist institution. The "Global Warming" scam is a subset of this goal, but when it switches to the "Biodiversity" scam, the servants of Lenin will seamlessly follow.
(3) Celebrate "free trade" and various global institutions like WTO and UN.
Details change from time to time, but the overarching goal always remains the same: SMASH CIVILIZATION.
¶ 6:01 AM
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.