Monday, March 13, 2017
  Independent standards

Pretty much wandering here.

Still thinking about tech-tyrants vs hams. At the end of previous item I noted that hams were often Birchers in the '50s and '60s because hams (and SWLs) were able to observe the world from a wider perspective. When you can see how the world works, you want to find solutions. Later Roy Cohn performed trans surgery on JBS, turning it into a sting tool for Deepstate. Birchers who stuck around after the turnout were just like modern tech-tyrants, believing themselves to be "rebels" while actually working for Deepstate.

Question: How can you spot a false flag or a tricky sting or a bad theory?

Simple answer: You need a source of information that's INDEPENDENT AND SEPARATE from the discipline or organization that runs the theory or sting.

Hams and SWLs had such an INDEPENDENT source because they listened and communicated with other countries through a medium that was NOT owned by governments or Cohns.

In other fields the INDEPENDENCE works differently.

In religion and morality you need an UNMEDIATED reference to the experimental basis of Natural Law. Luther's point. Reading your own Bible frees you from the NSA of the priests. The Bible must be a printed book, not a cloud-based ebook. Ink on paper can't be changed without your knowledge.

In physical science you need to DO YOUR OWN EXPERIMENTS with natural phenomena. As I noted before, hands-on experiments in class are infinitely valuable. When you are dissecting your own frog or building your own circuit or baking your own bread, you are immune to lies by the teacher and textbook. Virtual experiments in software destroy this independence. Anything can happen in the virtual world. [Later note for clarity: I don't mean formal experiments with controls and constants and such; I'm only talking about intentional interactions with nature. Getting your hands and senses involved with physical reality.]

You can't trust an organization or government to maintain a standard or a reference. All organizations can be turned out. You have to own printed books or gain your own direct experience at some point in life.

Question that I can't answer: After you KNOW that an organization is fake or evil or sting-ish, what do you DO about it? You can avoid voluntary organizations like churches, but you can't avoid governments. You can try to inform others, but a turned-out organization will treat you as crazy. That's the whole purpose of the turnout. Cover opponents with tinfoil. Maybe the most practical and least FUTILE action is to encourage others to maintain their own sources. As I just did. It feels weak, but strong action is directly or indirectly suicidal.

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