More rambling on analog vs digital, inspired by the atrocious performance of Spokane's "city" dysgovernment this winter.
Instead of responding to the actual condition of the streets, Copkiller Condon responds to a numerical algorithm. When X inches are officially piled up and Y inches are scheduled to fall, start Phase 1 Plow Event. When 2X inches are on the ground and 2Y inches are scheduled, start Phase 2 Plow Event.
Nature doesn't work that way. If you don't DIRECTLY SENSE when the snow is starting to harden and mountainize, you end up with nearly unplowable streets that take 2X hours and 3X trucks to handle. And if you fail to use
you need 4X as much plowing and 6X as much useless EPA-approved "deicer". When used numerically the plows act like Zambonis, polishing the ice to a perfect sparkle, and the "deicer" adds greasiness to the polished ice.
I suppose Copkiller Condon feels constrained by regulations and litigations. In the modern Sorosian setup, you don't feel safe unless your performance is enumerable down to the 3rd decimal place. BUT the previous mayor broke out of those limits and altered her habits to match Nature. Verner somehow relearned the value of
to prevent Zambonication. Sand is PATIENT. It sits there for weeks, directly providing traction and absorbing solar heat to melt ice. No chemical reaction, so it doesn't get tired.
Copkiller Condon doesn't care about safety or convenience for flyover Spokane. His filthy little Bloomberg-loving carpetbagger heart is still in New York.
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Analog thinking corresponds closely to Common Law. Digital thinking corresponds to Chosen Law. Copkiller Condon lives in an atmosphere of Chosen Law.
Let's show the difference visually. I rigged up a simple relaxation oscillator using a 555 chip. Relaxation oscillators are common in Nature, driving heartbeats and circadian cycles.
On the left is my newly acquired old Triplett analog meter; on the right my Chinese digital meter.
The analog meter lets you see the ACTION. Charge builds up, reaches a threshold, then gets discharged down to zero, like a neuron or a toilet.
The digital meter doesn't tell you anything about the action. It's just a bunch of numbers. You can see 17.57 appearing often, which is probably the maximum charge. But the PATTERN is completely missing.
Natural law responds to OBSERVED ACTIONS AND TENDENCIES, and treats them PROPORTIONALLY TO BASELINES. Juries can watch the needle on the defendant's life. Juries understand the difference between permanent criminals and normal humans, and punish accordingly.
Chosen law responds to PRECISE NUMBERS and PRECISE WORDS. If the law specifies that Grand Theft begins at $100, a thief can steal $99.99 with no problem. If the law specifies that "adult" begins at 18, a murder committed at age 17.99 goes free and unrecorded.
Economists are totally useless because they don't follow the needle. They ignore baselines and proportions and medians, using only data that can be jammed into a closed-form equation. They analyze the data using time-free stats, a jumble of numbers like the digital meter.
Running your life by precise language or precise digits pulls you away from common sense and common law.
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