The rest of the system
I bought this little solenoid from Jameco, thinking it might be useful in my attempt to redo the Phono-Faradic
device. It wasn't useful, and I ended up using a plain old loudspeaker for the vibration source. The experiment failed anyway ... or more accurately it worked too well and scared me shitless.
The solenoid is a puzzle. It clearly isn't meant to be free-standing, because it doesn't have a return spring or even a limit on the shaft. When energized, the shaft snaps into one position and doesn't vibrate as I wanted; when unpowered, the shaft is just free to move and free to fall out in one direction. Obviously it was meant to be part of a specific system, but I couldn't envision the system.
I tried using it as a simple electromagnet for a different project, but it didn't work that way either.
Finally figured out what the solenoid is FOR, and now I know why it doesn't want to help any of my projects!
Been thinking and writing a lot about rigged systems lately.
Most discussion of rigging, whether in oil markets or LIBOR or central banks or VW diesels, makes the peculiar assumption that the rigged-ness only happens when the rigger is "in control", and the system is honest or natural or free-market when the rig is off. This is nonsense.
After you know that a rig exists, you have to treat the entire system as a crime, because you DON'T KNOW that the rig is actually "off" at any moment. The only cure is to discard and rebuild
with complete separation from all sources of corruption.
I wanted to use roulette wheels as a physical example of the principle, but didn't know the details. I'd only seen and heard stuff about foot controls vs electric controls.
Detailed discussions are revealing. Foot control was basically a brake on the wheel, requiring considerable skill by the croupier. Earlier electric systems energized a magnet below preferred numbers, attracting the steel ball. Modern electric systems include little solenoids
under each number, powered by a digital radio-controlled module that rides completely inside the hub of the wheel. The real operator can be in an upstairs booth, or the system can be automatic so the croupier knows in advance which numbers are locked out (popped up) and which are preferred (unpopped) for this spin.
This solenoid is obviously one of those digital gaffs
. That's the system it belongs in. No wonder it doesn't like my projects!
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Current example of the once rigged = always rigged principle. Is al-Qaeda an American agent? We know that AQ was our gaff from 1980 through 1990. We built it as a brake on Russia's Afghan wheel. It appeared that AQ was acting against our interests from 1996 to 2006 or so. Since 2010 we've been explicitly arming and training AQ again, and now we're explicitly complaining that Russia is fighting against AQ. Only possible conclusion: It's always been our gaff, and it's always been aimed at Russia. During the times when it appeared to be "against us", we were releasing the pedal for our own purposes.
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Graphic sidenote: It's appropriate that the looping GIF has become the dominant animation form in the Age Of Infinite Perseveration, the Age Of Total Rig. No need for quaint unenlightened Neanderthal devices like plot, suspense, or surprise.
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