If you get results
I was thinking about the economics of the Aberree operation.
The masthead looked like this in every issue:
Subscription $2 a year. Circulation according to NW Ayer was 11k. So the gross income was around $22k plus a little from advertising. The major expenses would be postage on the magazines and rental on the downtown shop. Call those $2000 a year. Offset film, plates, and paper, probably another thousand. Replacing equipment, unknown; Hart wrote about upgrading his press and camera fairly often. Safe bet that they were clearing $15k before taxes. In those years $6k supported a family decently, $15k was enough to buy a new house and new car. So the Harts had a pretty good thing going.
The advertising rate caught my attention. $1 a column inch if you get results, double if you don't.
Wait! Isn't that backwards? Isn't effective advertising worth more? Shouldn't you be charging more for advertising that works?
First of all the publisher wouldn't KNOW if the advertiser was getting results. They didn't use blind boxes or similar methods that flowed through the magazine.
Well, what was Hart doing? He was encouraging the advertisers to be smart, gradienting them toward writing effective ads. He was helping them to improve their own business.
The EU should act “within days” if new sanctions the US plans to impose on Russia prove to be damaging to Europe’s trade ties with Moscow, an internal memo seen by the media says. Retaliatory measures may include limiting US jurisdiction over EU companies.
How did this happen?
1. Obama placed sanctions on Russia because we're infinitely evil and omnicidally suicidally loony.
2. Russia responded to the sanctions SANELY by increasing its own internal skills and independence. Graybill's Law.
3. Europe quickly realized that the sanctions were hurting Europe more than Russia. But Europe didn't protest because it's physically impossible to insult Our Lord And Saviour Obama.
4. When the infallible image of Our Lord And Saviour Obama was replaced by the HITLER image of TROLL FUCKTARD HITLER KKK NAZI HITLER TRUMPTARD HITLER COMMIE NAZI TROLL RUSSIANAGGRESSION KKK HITLER RUSSIANHACKING NAZI RUSSIANMEDDLING SATAN HITLER KKK, the actual Trump not only continued the sanctions but expanded them.
5. Europe Is now free to bash RUSSIANCOLLUSION TRUMP for making war against Russia.
Underneath all the wildly counterlogical hyperlunacy, plain old Natural Law is taking hold. Europe has money and needs oil and gas. Russia has oil and gas and needs money. Nature hates monopolies. Nature loves honest commerce.
Net result: The politicians and media who built the image of HITLERTRUMP to expand their power are finding that the actual HillaryTrump is destroying their power and breaking up their empire by continuing Obama's policies, which is what they told us HITLERTRUMP would do by disobeying Obama's policies.
Why would they want it?
While the unnameable DC things continue to roar at lightspeed beyond all previously known bounds of evil and insanity and stupidity, the alternate media are trying to catch a more honest picture of "interference" with our "elections".
Over the past few months, the story of the Awan brothers has been largely ignored by mainstream media. However, the brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are at the center of a criminal investigation by U.S. Capital Hill Police. The Awan brothers were Pakistani IT specialists, whom worked for more than 30 house and senate democrats, as well as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The substantial scandal has raised questions about who may have been passed data which the Awans had access to, given Pakistan’s history of collaborating with a number of foreign countries who have demonstrated past willingness to influence U.S. politics.
Okay. This is based on facts and evidence, unlike the RUSSIANHACKING ratshit which is totally delusional beyond delusional beyond delusional. This is actual journalism.
But there's a deeper and simpler question that neither side is asking.
WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT THIS DATA?
Foreigners have a realistic view of USA STRONG. Most countries understand Deepstate without any prompting because their media and schools never imposed bizarre delusions about "democracy" and "individual" "liberty" and "freedom". They understand from the getgo that government does what it wants to do unless bribed or blackmailed or shot.
This data is unnecessary for bribery. The Clinton mafia has plenty of openly available windows for bribe service, and other politicians have their own "foundations" and PACs. It might conceivably help in blackmail, but the Clinton mafia has a long openly available record of terminating blackmailers. No need for extra data there. You know what will happen if you try blackmail.
Data about the internal workings of one party is meaningless and useless for "influencing" "elections" because "elections" do not exist. The only way to alter the outcome of a predetermined mechanism is to eliminate DC from the earth. (Please, God, DO IT!)
A foreign government that wanted to take such a drastic step wouldn't need this type of data. GPS would suffice to guide the missiles or bombs.
¶ 11:50 PM
Constants and variables 79, Aberree vs Me edition
Alphia Hart constantly recommended examining your own ideas, but he didn't always succeed in examining his own. Along with a preponderance of powerfully original and unique thoughts, he sometimes let out a standard "liberal" thought, as in this 1957 editorial....
In this case the expectors were right and Hart was wrong. Professional criminals CAN be expected to commit more crimes. At that time medical and actuarial statistics were good predictors because the profits of insurers and hospitals depended on good prediction. Now, of course, the profit motive no longer exists and sanity is LONG gone from penal policy, so stats are no longer reliable.
Hart didn't seem to have much contact with the shady end of society (which may explain why my social circle didn't overlap his!) so he wouldn't have a lot of experience with pro criminals.
He did have direct experience with the A-bomb. He did his WW2 service as a journalist for the Air Force, writing training films and press releases. He was one of the few journalists who directly witnessed and photographed the Bikini atomic test.
Thus his thoughts about bombs are informed by experience:
My experience vs idiocy record runs exactly backwards. I had early and direct experience with professional criminals, but no experience of bombs or war. So I was able to embrace globalist wars with enthusiasm until I unplugged the TV and started thinking; but I was never susceptible to globalist lies about prison and criminals.
Less delicately: When you've had criminals up your ass, you develop immunity to globalist lies about criminals. When you've had A-bombs up your ass, you develop immunity to globalist lies about bombs.
SKILLS DON'T LIE.
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Hart's theory about synchronous hate influencing weather was fanciful at the time, but three separate developments in knowledge and technology make it more plausible now.
1. Neurology is getting a better picture of how the brain works. It's not digital and it's not separate filing cabinets. Nothing is static, everything is flowing. Think of one million people watching Miss Anderson Cooper screeching up RUSSIANAGGRESSION RUSSIANMEDDLING RUSSIANHACKING. Inside each of those one million viewers, one billion** synapses are firing off transient electrical impulses in synchrony.
2. Since 1957 TV has grown infinitely more expert at synchronizing with brain patterns. The six-second rhythm phase-locks large portions of your brain to the visual and audial input.
3. Meteorology and bacteriology are converging on one BIG AND CONSEQUENTIAL set of facts. Bacteria shape clouds and ocean currents, and bacteria respond to electromagnetic fields.
You don't need metaphysics or 'butterfly-chaos' stuff. You've got an evil intentionally phase-locked driving force mechanically leveraging 10^15 synapses in perfect synchrony, and you've got uncountable numbers of bacteria capable of sensing a massive electromagnetic field. The connection isn't definite but it's damned plausible.
**Footnote: The number of synapses moved by a large emotion in one brain is probably in the trillions, not billions; but these numbers are flatout incalculable in any case.
Marmot? /// EDIT: Marmot.
Peeked out the door for a moment and saw a mysterious critter crossing the road. About the size of a cat but heftier... shape and gait more like a little bear. Not a skunk. Maybe raccoon but didn't have stripes. Solid brown with a big curled tail. Marmot? I know they live around this area, and I've seen them near the river but never up close. Online pictures of marmots look more squirrely and less beary than this fellow.
Later: Googling "Spokane marmot" tuned in more beary pictures. Looks just like this dude. So this is a Spokane marmot, not a Generic marmot.
For the Republicans a soapbox-car government is ideal because it looks awful, which persuades the voters that government is a bad thing. And then, even when a problem comes up that can only be solved by government, the people are ready to believe the claim that it should be left to the tender mercies of the stock market or the robber barons. So the government can't take over or even regulate in some areas where it's the only practical solution.
BUT measuring the size of government BY ITSELF doesn't tell you anything. Nature gives us a more precise answer. Like all natural measurements, you have to take the BASELINE into account, and you need to measure a RATIO.
In this case the RATIO is obvious. Size of government / Size of territory.
Repooflicans and Democrats agree that the territory is the entire world. They don't argue about this point, so we forget it's there. With the whole world in the denominator, the size of the government doesn't matter much.
Nature shows the importance of the denominator.
A small dog patrolling a HUGE territory with NO fences has no time to get acquainted. He can only run back and forth barking all the time. He bites anyone and anything that gets close. This is USA STRONG, regardless of the color and appearance of the "president".
A big dog patrolling a SMALL territory with GOOD fences can relax. He knows everyone who belongs around here, so he tolerates their oddities. He has time to enjoy life, enough spare energy to tolerate visitors until he picks up a signal from the family that a visitor is unwanted. This is Orban.
If you shrink the territory by dividing it into county-size pieces, a small government can be plenty strong enough to handle things.
Another automotive semi-dreamEvery now and then I'll pass through an instantaneous semi-dream on the way down to full sleep. The semi-dream is so weird or contradictory that it snaps me back to awakeness.
This afternoon: I was hiding inside the upholstered front seat of a 1941 Chrysler New Yorker 'Highlander Edition'. I was cautiously peeking upward through the seams between sections of the plaid broadcloth, while my pursuers were
HUH? WHERE IN THE FUCK DID THAT COME FROM???
I'm constantly amazed at the dream scripter's ability to assemble a richly detailed story line in a few milliseconds.
¶ 3:06 PM
Aberree vs Albert
An editorial from the Aberree, September 1961, at the height of Cold War 1. I've chopped and channeled the page into one long column for the best compromise between crowding and legibility.
Sadistic Doom Merchants of Disaster
The only difference between then and now is the officially required "climate" disaster. Cooling then, warming now. Otherwise everything is the same.
Note especially Hart's constant emphasis on the "creative creature", which also comes through in his attitude toward copyrights.
Copyrighting everything you write is a confession that you have little faith in your ability to continue producing salable stuff -- and that there may come a time when you'll have to fall back on your own, protected material to make a living. When we can't produce new copy for The ABERREE, The ABERREE ceases to exist, because we're certain no one wants to read what we said yesterday and today tomorrow.
It's a Natural Law attitude. He felt that copyrights were a form of hoarding, both implying and impelling a fear that your MAKEFORCE will run dry. Sharia law follows the same path, discouraging hoarding of money and ability. Our purpose in life is to MAKE something useful and distribute it to others. Hoarding (beyond prudence) leads us to lose our MAKEFORCE.
Why the fuck not?
Somebody in the Trump circus finally made a CORRECT move in hiring Scaramucci.
Executives are supposed to have a record of success, and Scaramucci is the ONLY man who has succeeded at the ONLY thing we need to be doing.
He pushed the media into a corner. His lawsuit forced CNN to fire some demons.
Government by lawsuit? Why the fuck not? It's exactly how the Soros side works.
Here's what SHOULD HAPPEN: Devote most of the federal budget to hiring ALL THE LAWYERS in the country, and set them loose to bring a SUPERFLOOD of cases in ALL THE FEDERAL DEMONROOMS. Every black-robed demon and all of their demon clerks and demon paralegals should be overwhelmed by ONE NEW SUIT PER SECOND. 86,400 suits per day. Each suit should be crafted to require several years of pleadings and depositions, and all should be aimed directly at the media, individually and corporately.
Properly speaking, Congress should have eliminated the black-robed demons a long long long time ago. They have been demonic since 1803, creating pure crime and infinite evil with every nasty filthy hypercriminal "decision". Since Congress is too fucking stupid to do anything at all, the FLOOD solution is the best available option.
Even more properly, all three groups deserve a FAR worse fate. Until we get our Duterte, total justice ain't gonna happen. In the meantime, keeping all three groups 100% captively occupied on HARMLESS tasks is partial justice.
Figured it out.
I've figured out why the Aberree and the Harts resonate so deeply.
Partly it's the Enid connection as abovementioned. They mention places and people that I knew.
Mostly it's a Deplorables vs Insatiables thing. Alphia Hart had direct experience with the most Insatiable people on earth at the time, and had enough self-confidence and gumption to come out of it unharmed. His magazine constantly tried to inspire other Deplorables toward the same gumption. The magazine could have been named How To Gumpt.
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Irrelevant language sidenote: Gumption is fake Latin, probably coined sometime around 1720. There are two ways to backform a verb from real Latin nouns in -mption. Exempt from exemption, assume from assumption. Gume sounds like beans and alfalfa, so gumpt is the better choice.
Still thinking about Alphia Hart, who seems to have been a truly Emersonian figure. He wasn't immune to fakery and balderdash; he joined the Hubbardites willingly and worked with Hubbard directly for a while. When he realized the damage Hubbard was doing, he pulled out and devoted his life to exposing it.
These documents were gathered by inventor Volney Mathison as part of his dispute with LRon Hubbard, who stole Mathison's meter and claimed it as his own.
The meter is described and schematic'd in US Pat 2684670. (Number mistyped by Volney in the docs.) It's an interesting gadget, essentially a lie detector with one added feature. The electronic part is just a sensitive ohmmeter; the added feature is contained in the electrodes themselves.
Here I've redrawn the ckt in more conventional order. The first two tubes are a diff amp measuring the voltage across the electrodes, which are biased by the voltage divider on the left. The third tube is just a diode protecting the meter from reverse voltage.
Note wire 28 connecting the electrodes.
The skin-contacting electrodes 26 may be made of woven metallic fabric formed into the approximate shape of natural sponges and having characteristics of resiliency and compressibility.
In other words, the electrodes behave something like carbon microphones, decreasing resistance when you squeeze them. So the meter is detecting stress two ways. Skin resistance drops when you sweat, and electrode resistance drops when you squeeze. A useful device for forensics or bio-feedback training. Hubbard grabbed it and built a "religion" around it. Mathison was NOT happy with this, and Hart shared Mathison's dislike.
A 1963 letter from Hart to Mathison:
Note especially the FBI's vector. They became interested when Hubbard offered anti-Communist help to JFK.
Good old FBI. Consistent forever. Lady Edgar was expected to disapprove of Communism, so shehe did what was expected; but heshe HATED real anti-Communists with a bright lavender passion and did everything possible to slow them down.
Same now, with a different Current Enemy. FBI is expected to work against RadicalIslamicTerrorism, so they make gestures in that direction. But when any Deplorable dares to get seriously Christian, the bombs and snipers start firing.
This word/action disconnect was obvious here immediately after 9/11. The media riled us up against RadicalIslamicTerrorism, but the literal concrete barriers went up around the Federal Courthouse. Federal Courthouses were NOT threatened by RadicalIslamicTerrorism.
What's the underlying constant? Sting. AP. In the '50s the "Communists" were a branch of CIA/FBI. In the 2000s the "RadicalIslamicTerrorists" are a branch of CIA/FBI. You can't expect FBI to seriously oppose one of its own departments.
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Electronic sidenote 1: Not clear why Volney used a triode with grid tied to plate as the meter protector. A plain diode tube would be cheaper, and solid-state diodes were commercially available in '51. It looks like he originally meant the tube as a cathode follower, then realized he needed the diodeness more than the bufferness?
Electronic sidenote 2: It would be interesting to take the diff amp all the way. Bring the connector 28 back to ground, eliminate the diode, and use a two-way meter. This would read the left-right difference in stress and squeeze.
Two obvious typos(1) After Obama fired Hillary, he was cautiously and gingerly trying to bring the neocons under control. He managed to stop the neocon warmaking against Persia and Cuba.
Trump, who allegedly campaigned on Less War And More Jobs, is making More War and Less Jobs. While the neocons continue to blast and bash him for a few fake words, he's serving the warmongers better than Obama did. He's already restored the warmaking against Persia and now he's adding more wars. So far he hasn't fully undone Cuba. Not sure why. Forgetfulness most likely.
Latest stupidity, via ZH: Sanctions on Venezuela because we think their government is stupid. In this case we may be right. It's fucking hard to beat USA STRONG in the stupid department, but Venezuela has done it.
From the article:
The goal of the sanctions is to prevent the Nicolas Maduro government from having things its way at a July 30 election for a Constituent Assembly that, the U.S. administration believes, would serve to cement Maduro’s power and turn Venezuela into a “full dictatorship.”
Obvious typo. Stuff accidentally inserted into the middle of the sentence. Correct sentence is:
The goal of the sanctions is to cement Maduro’s power and turn Venezuela into a “full dictatorship.”
That's what sanctions do. Sanctions give bad rulers a FACTUAL AND BELIEVABLE cause for their problems, and a reason to stay in power.
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(2) Now that the fake news about Alien McCain's "eye surgery" has turned out to be inoperative, the media monsters are putting out another obvious typo.
McCain has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
McCain has been diagnosed as an aggressive form of cancer.
¶ 1:23 AM
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Looking through another volume of the NW Ayer newspaper almanacs. This one is 1962. Checked Enid and found an unexpected aberree/ation!
Aberree? Metaphysical? 11k circulation? Huh? Enid and Metaphysical don't go together.
Turns out to be even more interesting. There's a tribute site for Aberree. From the intro:
The Aberree was a 'zine, or newletter, published from 1954 through 1965. The editor, Alphia Hart, and the publisher, Agnes Hart, put out ten issues a year.
The Aberree started out as "the non-serious voice of Scientology" and ultimately encompassed all kinds of spiritual and self-help interests, from psychic phenomena and UFOs to improving eyesight.
The Aberree shows that convention and uniformity weren't the whole story of the 50s, by a long shot. It also shows that Scientology, which has grown famous for its attempts to silence dissent and criticism, was trying to squelch debate 50 years ago ... with similarly ineffective tactics.
Looks like the Harts suffered real harm from the slings and arrows of Hubbard. In '62 they worked from a little storefront at 207 N. Wash on the respectable side of downtown, but they lived out by the cemetery on N. Monroe, a couple blocks from a house I rented briefly in '72 when I was dead broke. Zillow and Googlestreet agree that the Monroe address is currently a vacant lot, but a closeup look via Googlestreet shows a house with the correct address on the front. It would have rented for $20 in '62. A house and a vacant lot at the same time! Still metaphysical after all these years! In any case, a decade of lawsuits must have impoverished the Harts.
Unexpectedly, the magazine wasn't a mimeographed newsletter. It was professionally done, with excellent art on the cover. Offset ... I don't think Cromwell was doing offset then, and Cromwell wouldn't have touched the work anyway. Cromwell would have considered Hart to be An Eccentric And Disreputable Operator With Whom The Cromwell Establishment Shall Have Nothing To Do.
Maybe the Harts did their own printing, plus some side jobs? Or maybe they used Daugherty, who was definitely a metaphysical printer? I can't find any advertising of the former, nor any mention of the latter.
A few paragraphs from their 'Globicides' column in 1954:
Three Arkansas men have formed a corporation -- called the Planet Mars Development Corp. -- to subdivide and sell land if and when that planet is reached. In the ABERREE last month, our Martian correspondent said: "kyst b yg k lm zx't, exerp. tg. mnyt plxmvhy stkr plzth."
It took 20 U.S. military officers 20 days to burn 35 million dollars in obsolete military money in an incinerator recently. But they'll learn: two officers in the Pentagon can "burn up" 10 times that in real money in 20 seconds.
Did I write that? Might as well.
And another piece:
The book alleges that Russia went ahead of the U.S. in atomic research in 1953 because of political squabbles, and much of the blame is laid at the door of Dr. Philip Oppenheimer, who helped to father the A-bomb. This could be true, in which case no nation is safe, and the next war will be won with the first blast, and a world of radioactive desert, so often pictured by science fiction writers, will be a reality.
Then, too, there is the possibility that the charge is false, and merely a motivator for continued research into bigger and better death-dealing weapons.
Did I write that? Might as well.
Reincarnation? Who knows.
Later: It appears that Alphia had been a photographer for the Daily Oklahoman from 1936 to 1940. I can't tell for sure if it's the same man, but the name is rare and the locations and dates and occupations fit together nicely. Hard to imagine two separate Alphia Harts both in Okla and both working in journalism. His work is archived at Okla Hist Soc. ... And the assumption is verified by this page of the Aberree. This page verifies that they did their own printing.
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Sidenote 1: It makes me itchy to think that I lived in Enid for 10 years while the Harts were (probably) still alive and kicking, drove past their house often, yet never heard of them or knew them. I was SOCIAL in those days, knowing a wide range of people, and my circle should have overlapped the Hart circle. But it didn't. Maybe they faded or died before 1970?
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Sidenote 2: The Hart niche was partly refilled by Glenn Hauser, who has been writing and taping a SWL report since the '70s. He moved to Enid around 1980, taking advantage of an oil bust to pick up a nice big house. Enid is prime SW territory, optimally positioned to catch skip from Europe and Asia and South America. Like the Harts, Glenn has his own unique worldview and his own unique vocabulary.
Conclusion: Enid is also prime Unique Worldview territory.
Sort of a statistical puzzle.
The Weather Bureau does a poor job of predicting long all-day rain or snow events, which were common this winter and spring. They miss by many hours, sometimes miss entirely.
But they always do an excellent job with convective 'popup' events. Last night they predicted that the Spokane area would be affected by scattered T-storms from 2 to 5 AM. At the time of the prediction, nothing was showing on radar. At 2:11 the first little burst of rain; several more little bursts and a few lightning strokes; all done and moved out at 4:35. Just like they said!
Intuitively it seems like prediction should work the opposite way. All-day events should be easier to get right, and convection should be tricky.
Even more sanity! Bravo Elon!
Never thought I'd say BRAVO ELON, but I have to be consistent on FACTS, not PERSONALITIES.
For once Elon is PRECISELY AND POWERFULLY CORRECT.
Musk explained that he believes schools aren't doing enough to help children grasp why they're learning each subject.
"You just sort of get dumped into math. Why are you learning that? It seems like, 'Why am I being asked to do these strange problems?'" Musk said. "Our brain has evolved to discard information that it thinks has irrelevance."
Musk suggested learning be focused around solving a specific problem, such as building a satellite or taking apart an engine. Then students will encounter and master subjects such as math and physics on the path to solving their problem. Understanding how to use a wrench or screwdriver will have a clear purpose.
ON. THE. DOT. His examples are too techy and male; the projects should include cooking and sewing and gardening and such; but otherwise ON THE DOT.
Good teachers have been trying to pull USA STRONG education in this direction for 150 years. USA STRONG education never budges. Math remains purposeless and abstract, and "science" is just memorizing false "facts".
The big point: Books and teachers can lie, but SKILLS DON'T LIE. When you develop a skill, you are FORCED to learn the truth because you are learning directly from Nature. When you are simply reading the lies of official "scientists", expressed in the usual firm and flat and authoritative tone, you have no way of knowing that the "scientists" are lying. When you deal directly with Nature, you get the truth and you BECOME the truth.
Musk has supreme credentials. Techtyrants and "journalists" and governments obey him blindly. Will they obey his wishes on this? As with yesterday's similarly credentialed surprising sanity, the answer is NO. Some things are so SACRED that even advice from a top-status genetic aristocrat can't change them.
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Later thought: Trump's mouth has also read a speech along the same lines, favoring apprenticeship. Trump has the power to make these things happen, but IN FACT Trump's Education Department is pushing in the opposite direction. Common Core was the last best chance to make these things happen. The union thugs hate Common Core EVEN THOUGH it was proposed by Obama. Some things are sacred. Repoofs hate Common Core BECAUSE it was proposed by Obama. Repoofs don't matter, but union thugs have real power. Common Core will fade and die.
Hadn't stopped to ask this......
1. Ever since 1990, USA STRONG has been destroying and chaotizing every country that displeases Israel.
2. Ever since 1990, USA STRONG has been destroying and chaotizing every country that displeases Saudi.
Both of the above statements are true, because Saudi and Israel want to destroy the exact same list of countries.
Sometimes I've blamed Saudi, sometimes I've blamed Israel, but I never stopped to ask the basic question:
WHY are those two lists identical?
Saudi and Israel would seem to have totally separate REASONS for wanting to destroy a country.
Supposedly Saudi is acting on the Sunni/Shia difference, which is really an ethnic difference.
Supposedly Israel "feels threatened" by the countries on the list, so it wants to eliminate them as threats.
When the result is the same, you have to wonder if the two apparent motivations are really one.
But what is it?
In the end it doesn't matter, because we shouldn't be working for ANY other country. We shouldn't be starting wars for ANY reason.
The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted to Duterte on Monday is the culmination of a rocky 20-year peace process between the government of the predominantly Christian Philippines and the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). It aims to turn predominantly Muslim parts
Predominantly is an extreme understatement. Filipinos are FEROCIOUSLY religious.
Think about those satellite maps showing North Korea as black while the rest of the "developed" world is bright......
What if God has a satellite showing him the brightness of faith across the globe?
¶ 6:29 AM
Decades of scholarship suggest that fundamental science is most effective in contributing to social goals when it is pursued in the context of practical problem solving. .... The history of modern innovations such as vaccines, aircraft or the Internet mostly shows ... that important contributions of basic science are grounded in ‘use-inspired’ research, not in leaving scientists to their own devices.
After 20 years of trying to promote this idea, I am no longer surprised that scientists are reluctant to accept it. In advancing beliefs that support their political interests, scientists are simply acting like a special interest group, no different from dairy farmers or chief executives.
But the myth of the miracle machine harms science and society because it shields scientists from accountability, governance and being responsive to human needs. A major reason that pervasive problems such as poor quality publications, hyper-competition and hype have been allowed to fester is the miracle-machine ideology: give us money, leave us alone and we’ll solve the world’s problems.
I suppose I should modestly say that Sarewitz is making the same points I've been making for 20 years but doing it vastly better. Well, he's not doing it better or worse. The difference is that Sarewitz has the credentials to get his sanity published in Unnature, while I don't have any credentials.
Credentials or not, will his article have any influence? No. He's trying to teach a toxic pile of unteachable death-loving alien omnicidists. They have built an unbreakable structure of power and money around their infinite evil. Government, foundations, accrediting agencies, "journalists", Nobel and other awards, all reinforce the same infinite evil.
Perfect contrast to Duterte's sanity. Duterte is able to IMPOSE sanity on his country because he has both legalistic and practical power. He holds the office of President, and he has demonstrated repeatedly that he will personally shoot criminals and crazies. In a world of criminals and crazies, that's the only way to get anything done.
"Money Value Transfer Services" are the salvation for sanity. Essentially the same thing as scrip. These services are REAL banks running the old-fashioned way, within an ethnic trust network or a local trust network, OUTSIDE of the official lunacy network. The REAL banker handles verbal or written drafts and deposits up to the limits of his present assets and liabilities; at regular intervals the bankers in the network reconcile and clear transactions. If the limits are observed and clearing is done properly, very little official currency changes hands. These REAL banking systems can continue to operate even after official cash is gone, just as scrip operated during a period when official cash was unavailable.
... led to another thought.
Hawala or scrip is the economic implementation of a principle that's painfully familiar and even trivial in other areas.
Decentralizing works ONLY when the modules or units share a common ground.
A trust network holds up ONLY when the units are built with a shared purpose. Ideally each unit should be physically incapable of harming the network.
When you can count on the units to follow the same rule in the same situation, you don't need a heavy controller sending commands to the units, and you don't need a lot of communication between the units.
When the modules have different grounds or different limits or different operating systems, you need a strong central controller, and even then the overall system will be inefficient. Most energy will be chewed up in the contradictory and redundant operations of the bureaucratic control system.
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In electronics the common ground is literal, and the modules may also need to agree on limits of output voltage and input impedance, or may need to be sync'd to a common phase. It's easy to design modules that are physically incapable of violating the limits.
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In law and morality, the common ground is a shared immersion in the same system of commandments and taboos. Natural Law works best because Natural Law was scientifically settled by 50k years of experimentation. Other systems and charters and constitutions are generally designed to violate Natural Law, so they don't hold up. (Our insane constitution held up for only 16 years, 1787 to 1803.)
Chaotizers understand this principle better than anyone. After you eliminate the common operating system, the common understanding of reality, the units will DEMAND a strong controller.
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With hawala or scrip, the separate bankers share a common PURPOSE of helping the ethnic group or township. A banker isn't quite physically incapable of breaking trust, but he knows that the group or township will physically break his legs if he goes wrong, so he remains trustworthy.
Hawala has both sticks and carrots. The banker earns a small fee on each transaction. The American scrip system didn't last long enough to grow carrots, but a fee structure would undoubtedly evolve given more time and experience.
While the infinitely evil West collapses and avalanches and landslides and implodes into insanity beyond all imaginable imaginations of demonic satanic monstrosity, Duterte shows us a remarkable example of SANITY.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday to fast-track new legislation for autonomy in the country's most volatile region, advancing a protracted process to end decades of rebellion and thwart rising Islamist militancy.
The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted to Duterte on Monday is the culmination of a rocky 20-year peace process between the government of the predominantly Christian Philippines and the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
It aims to turn predominantly Muslim parts of the southern island of Mindanao into an autonomous region with its own executive, legislature and fiscal powers.
DECENTRALIZE. If areas disagree in important ways, DECOUPLE them to the necessary degree, so they can work together on areas of harmony.
Duterte isn't quite the SANEST leader in the world; Orban of Hungary probably stays at #1. But this move takes Duterte up the scale.
Teach us, Orban. Teach us, Duterte.
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Afterthought for clarity: This purpose for decentralizing seemed at first to clash with the purpose I was describing in next entry...Decentralized modules work best when they share a common purpose. It's not a contradiction. Duterte is separating the Muslim group of communities from the Christian group of communities, so that the communities within each group can form their own trust network. Trying to mesh both groups into one network led to constant conflict requiring heavy government action.
shockedshockedshockedLinked from ZH:
EU report finds that criminals are sane. Unfortunately the finding is in the context of an insane drive to get rid of cash.
The report analyzes all sorts of money transfer mechanisms, from regular banks to prepaid debit cards to currency exchange to "Money Value Transfer Services" to Bitcoin. The finding is consistent: Sane people prefer paper cash for sane reasons.
Therefore EU must eliminate cash, because disease vectors for sanity are UNACCEPTABLE INTOLERABLE ALL OPTIONS ON THE TABLE.
As for the tech-tyrant claims of anonymity with Bitcoin:
Few investigations have been conducted on virtual currencies which seem to be rarely used by criminal organisations. While they may have a high intent to use due to VCs characteristics (anonymity in particular), the level of capability is lower due to high technology required.
No, idiots. Organized crime and organized political groups are not short on tech ability. They are short on lunacy. They are onto your evil game. They understand what techfans do not understand: Virtual currency (Bitcoin) runs directly through NSA. Every transaction can be seen by every government. Encryption may conceal the amount of a transaction, but it doesn't conceal the source and destination of the transaction. Traffic analysis can always locate the participants in a transaction.
Why bother with the risk when paper is vastly more CERTAIN, faster, and less risky? It's an easy decision. Paper doesn't fail when one branch of an Autist Club decides to split from another branch of an Autist Club. Paper doesn't fail when a server goes down. Paper doesn't take several minutes to complete a transaction. Paper doesn't go directly through NSA.
Clearly the techboys are unteachable. In this andmanyotherissues, their decisions run directly contrary to TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE.
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Sidenote 1: Max Keiser, the loudest and earliest booster of Bitcoin, has been sliding quickly into every standard Sorosian doctrine. A year ago he was about 50% Soros, now he's 100. He agrees with the globalists on everything, while still maintaining a facial expression and voice tone of "rebellion". Max used to explain and expose frauds like NSA front-running and the stock-trader's preference for chaos. Now he only exposes TRUMPHITLER and MAYHITLER and BREXITHITLER.
Sidenote 2: "Money Value Transfer Services" are the salvation for sanity. Essentially the same thing as scrip. These services are REAL banks running the old-fashioned way, within an ethnic trust network or a local trust network, OUTSIDE of the official lunacy network. The REAL banker handles verbal or written drafts and deposits up to the limits of his present assets and liabilities; at regular intervals the bankers in the network reconcile and clear transactions. If the limits are observed and clearing is done properly, very little official currency changes hands. These REAL banking systems can continue to operate even after official cash is gone, just as scrip operated during a period when official cash was unavailable. I expanded this point into a full entry.
Sidenote 2.1: Looking through the Wikipedia article on Hawala linked above. Interesting historical connections to French and Italian law, showing that Arab traders were teaching Euros about real value a thousand years ago. But the Wikipedia articles on 'informal banking' never mention the American and Irish scrip systems. Seems like an odd omission.
Rare and precious
Straightforward statements of simple facts are vanishingly rare. You can still find direct truth in comboxes, if you're willing to sift out the standard partisan nonsense. (Everything is Obummer's fault, or everything is Trumphitler's fault.) That's why comboxes are quickly disappearing.
Truth in a paid article is a precious gem, worth collecting and cherishing. Here's one from a non-serious article by MK Ham in The Federalist:
GIF stands for “graphic interchange format,” a file type created in 1987 by a man who pronounces it incorrectly.
Yes. ON THE DOT. No cautious hedging or "some believe" or "critics suggest" or "with all due respect". Just truth.
Totally uncorrelatedZH showed this chart from OECD:
ZH took some unwarranted conclusions. Note that the poll was done in 2016, before Trump was in office and before Modi crashed cash in India.
The INSTANTLY DRAMATIC aspect of the chart is that it DOESN'T CORRELATE WITH ANYTHING MEANINGFUL.
Big nations at both ends. Small nations at both ends. Rich and poor scattered. Ethnic purity scattered. "Authoritarian" (sane) at both ends. "Democracy" (infinitely bonkers and unimaginably evil beyond evil) at both ends. Genuinely competent scattered. Genuinely incompetent scattered.
Either the poll is based on a totally bad question and totally useless sampling, or it's detecting a basic long-standing cultural habit in each country, immune to all objective facts.
A bit later, after closer look: No, it's not total. One of those pairs is one-way correlated. The two countries typically called "authoritarian", Russia and Turkey, are at the top in confidence. "Democracies" are scattered. Maybe we could lear.... No.
¶ 1:25 AM
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Shouldn't be surprised
I was curious to see if Trump's alleged "add one, subtract two" rule for Federal regulations was having any effect.
Compared the Federal Register for this Monday versus the same week a year ago. (7/17/2017 vs 7/18/2016.) I didn't feel like reading the whole 150 pages of each, but a quick scan shows little difference in quantity and detail. No retractions or deletions in this Monday.
Instead, we see the Dept of Ag creating an entire new subdepartment to handle Trump's executive order on reducing regulations.
A department of redundant departments department.
The new department will be tasked with developing regulations for reducing regulations, taking public comments on the regulations for reducing regulations, and analyzing public comments on the regulations for reducing regulations.
Parkinson to the Parkinson'th power.
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The only way to reduce bureaucracy:
No, that's hopelessly inadequate. Correct solution:
When I have 2
Another perfect use for the old binary name principle. Story told about irate head chef:
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Head chef yells at dishwasher. "Hey Nigger! Where's my salad plates?"
Dishwasher answers: "My name ain't Nigger. My name is Leroy."
Head chef: "When I have dishes you are Leroy. When I do not have dishes you are Nigger."
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Today's application: The radio news, discussing Trump's small adjustment to Romneycare, quoted Susan Collins of Maine instead of Prophet McCain. I knew something was wrong, because the ONLY member of Congress who speaks on the radio is Prophet McCain. Was something wrong with Prophet McCain?
Yes. Prophet McCain is having brain surgery. But the radio doesn't tell us that Prophet McCain has something wrong with his brain, because it's too obvious for words. Oooooops, I mean because Prophets do not have problems with the brain by definition. Instead, the radio says that Prophet McCain had EYE SURGERY. This is the official line.
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So the binary:
When you have Saudi you are Eye Surgery. When you do not have Saudi you are Brain Surgery.
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We could assume that the media reports are strictly accurate. In that case, Prophet McCain is a mutant alien species with its "Left Eye" located where humans have a brain. This would also explain Prophet McCain's peculiar thought processes.
Update 7/19: Unsurprisingly the fake news was doubly fake. Now it's announced that Prophet McCain has "brain cancer". If the fakers had any sense of logic, they'd have to retract their previous lies, but of course logic is extinct.
Dead serious: I'm praying hard for a long and painful death. This monster has killed several million people, starting with his Vietnam treason and continuing through 40 years of warmongering. Die, alien, die. Slowly and with maximum suffering.
Purely internalINTERNAL MEMO.
Subject: Look here, Scripter. I've switched to WORK MODE, and I've unsurprisingly rediscovered that life is better in work mode. More confidence, more gumption, more sense of usefulness.
STOP handing me stupid leftover dreams from the '60s when I was totally out of work mode, totally lost in depression and Deplorability. It requires a half hour to toss away the old clouds and bring back the confidence. It's bad enough to have actual Insatiables spitting on us Deplorables.
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Subject: Thanks for your prompt response to yesterday's memo. In fact you went beyond the suggestion, with a positive-toned dream reminding me of a software fix that I need to take care of. A perfect work-mode dream! Appreciated!
Running true to demonic form
Few days ago I discussed the innate Underminer personality, fanatically devoted to chaos, destruction, sabotage and spying. I was comparing car design with architecture and art and music. CIA has been chaotizing the latter three realms since its inception, and blaming Russia. I concluded that it doesn't really matter if the Underminer is working for CIA; it's still working for Satan.
Nice quick verification today:
Pope[sic] Francis on Friday sent a message to an international congress on “Care for Our Common Home” in the context of large cities, reminding participants that caring for the environment ultimately means having responsibility for our fellow man.
“We see an indifference to our common home and, unfortunately, to so many tragedies and needs that hit our brothers and sisters. This passivity demonstrates the ‘loss of that sense of responsibility for our fellow men, on which all civil society is founded’ (Laudato Si, 25).”
Hey, EWTN! You forgot the APOSTROPHE on Laudato Si'. Gaia' is watching. She has already added 3.49 eternities' to your Purgatory'.
Pope[sic] Francis sent his letter, dated June 12, to participants at an international congress about his 2015 environmental encyclical Laudato Si and the challenges of urban life.
The July 13-15 congress, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was organized by the foundation “Antoni Gaudi
Nuff said. My job is done.
Antichrist Bergoglio doesn't miss a trick. He sees that God's restorers of order, led by prophetic voices like Kalb and Schall, are pulling against chaos in liturgy, culture, art and architecture. Proper service to Gaia requires constant vigilance.
¶ 7:57 AM
Why does he believe in "law"?
Assange continually cites chapter and verse of "international law" in his attempt to sway his persecutors. It obviously doesn't work, but he keeps doing it.
This is a two-way problem, a good news/bad news deal.
Good news or good side: Assange's absolute devotion to pure principle is what makes Wikileaks tremendously valuable. People gradually learn that WL does NOT take sides, it only tries to gather and publish VALID information. Some of that info will displease each side, some will please each side. WL doesn't give a fuck about pleasing or displeasing.
(Gradually = it took me two years to figure it out!)
Bad news or bad side: "International law" never existed. Even ordinary "Law" no longer exists. Only bullets, blackmail and bucks exist. "International law" was invented specifically as a tool for war winners to punish countries they want to punish. Sometimes the latter category happens to include the countries that lost the war, but that's only a random coincidence. Desire to punish is the criterion. Assange doesn't seem to understand this.
He needlessly offended Ecuador, his guardian, with personal comments on Twitter, violating an earlier pledge. (Isn't that a "law"?) Fortunately the new leader of Ecuador sees prestige value in keeping Assange, but the pressure from USA STRONG is unrelenting. You shouldn't give Ecuador an extra reason to stop fighting.
¶ 12:17 AM
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Lady bouncerBillboard magazine in 1936 mentioned a Girl Bouncer:
Reminded me that Ripley had featured her in the same year. Here's a brief segment with Ripley interviewing Lois. Later in the show he staged a Battle Of Strength between Lois and a lady blacksmith and an older lady boxer. The latter won.
Okay, is Lois on Youtube?
Lois is shown training with Primo Carnera, and then doing a staged bounce in the NYC nightclub. The bouncee is a New Yorker. Crybully asshole. Wonderful to see the big old Texas gal hauling the NYC asshole OUT.
Hmm. This might make a CNN meme. I'm not gonna do it, but it's tempting.
When I first started rethinking the Cold War in 2010 I didn't have many facts. I was going by a 1944 book that looked at Eastern Europe objectively. As always my guesses were insufficiently paranoid... to put it EXTREMELY mildly.
A newly available radio series offers a possible answer. War Telescope, now available at OtrCat.com, was a series of 15-minute programs on NBC, aired weekly through the war years, hosted by Elmer Peterson and Morgan Beatty. All of the segments provide a mix of insight into wartime life and speculation about the coming peace. Many of these insights have been lost in current thinking.
"A European View of the War", aired 2/26/44, may contain the answer to the Stalin puzzle. It focuses on the diplomatic community in Europe, who considered America to be an unstable and unreliable ally. [Robert Parker's 1944 book echoes these concerns.] Our military had saved Europe's ass in WW1 and WW2, but before and between the wars our government had failed to form an intelligent and coherent foreign policy. Would we hold steady after this war, helping the other Allies to conclusively and decisively punish Germany? Or would our financiers and industrialists fall back to their natural preference for Germany, carrying Congress with them as they had done in the 1930s?
From this angle it's easy to see why Stalin wanted to have a firm hand on American policy, wanted to insure that the United Nations Organization served Russia more than America. From this angle, letting America return to normal meant letting Germany return to power. It wasn't mainly about Communism; it was mainly about Russian and European national interest.
Now that I've seenmorefacts, the explanation is simpler. America and Germany are ALWAYS trying to obliterate Russia. Sometimes we take turns, sometimes we work together. Stalin was simply and fully correct.
Constants and variables 78, Real friends edition
American Radio History, the best 'library' site on the web, has recently added several years of the NW Ayer almanacs of newspapers. So far they have 1881, 1884, 1920, 1939, 1952 and 1962. The Ayer guides were aimed at national advertisers who wanted to place ads in non-NYC papers, so they gave brief descriptions of cities and papers.
1880 and 1920 aren't tremendously different. Some small towns faded, but cities with population between 500 and 1k still had one weekly paper, and cities between 1k and 10k typically had one or two weeklies and one daily.
The weeklies had a circulation around 1000. They were able to make a profit and continue operation for 40 years on 1000 copies per week. Could any sort of business survive at that level now? Not on your overregulated overlitigated life.
Ayer also gave the political affiliation of each paper, which was honestly stated in those days. In 1880 Kansas most papers were Republican and some were Greenback (populist). In 1920 half were listed as Independent and half Republican, with some Progressive (populist).
Overall the bigger cities were losing the D/R/P distinction on papers in 1920, while small towns were still well-defined. By 1939 nearly all papers were "Independent".
The 1920 edition includes this map showing some boundaries I'd never seen before. The red lines were the proposed postwar boundaries. The final result wasn't nearly as extreme.
The Axis in WW1 was Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey (Ottoman). Russia was among the allies until the Revolution, when it became a Special Case, invaded and occupied by BOTH Allied and Axis countries. (US, UK, Japan, and Czechoslovakia.) We may have been tussling over trivia like Europe, but by God we worked together on the BIG THINGS.
Who was punished most by the proposed boundaries? Turkey lost its western third to Greece and its eastern third to Armenia. Russia lost Ukraine (sounds familiar), and Lithuania became larger than Germany. The other Baltics, Livonia (Latvia) and Estonia and Courland (?) also grew into major countries eating up part of Russia. Austria-Hungary lost nothing at all, except that it was divided into three countries. Germany, the major warmaker, lost a little slice of the Saar industrial area.
The map shows who our REAL friends were then, and the alignment still holds now. Germany is our BEST FRIEND even though it frequently kills us. Russia is a SERIOUS ENEMY even though it has never invaded or attacked us. We hate Russia because we hate Russia. Turkey is a SERIOUS ENEMY because we hate Turkey.
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Looked up Courland. Another eye-opener. Courland was a German-speaking region of Latvia. When Russia, distracted by revolution, lost control of Latvia, Courland joined up with Germany in March 1918.
Germany was still fighting Russia in 1920 for control of Baltic areas. Finally in late 1920 the Krauts gave up and Latvia (independent) got Courland back.
So I should amend the above. It wasn't just Czech forces who were joining the Allies to occupy and grab pieces of Russia. It was KRAUT forces, before and after Armistice. Now we know for sure which side USA STRONG was on. We're always with Germany, always the Axis.
Let's repeat that one fact.
GERMANY WAS STILL INVADING RUSSIA TWO YEARS AFTER THE ARMISTICE WHEN GERMANY SUPPOSEDLY "SURRENDERED". WE WERE HELPING GERMANY TO INVADE RUSSIA TWO YEARS AFTER THE ARMISTICE.
Why the exception?
Speaking of O'Keefe, I'm beginning to wonder. He has certainly exposed the monster inside the media Dalek. He's been doing it for several years. Why is he still alive and unprosecuted?
Dozens of people who tried to expose the Clinton machine are dead. Nothing can ever harm the Clinton machine because everyone knows that the machine kills its enemies.
Assange and Snowden are under serious death threats and managed to acquire protection in sane countries, but have no chance of returning to normal life.
Daleiden is constantly prosecuted by demons in several different states. So far the prosecutions have been damped down by sane state judges, but some of the charges are still hanging over his head.
Why is O'Keefe an exception to the rule?
It’s generally assumed that NATO member nations are going to import their weapons from NATO arms dealers, which pretty much always means the United States, with a few small deals for Britain and France. Turkey however, is going a different way on air defense, signing a deal to buy a $2.5 billion S-400 system from Russia.
The deal means Turkey’s new air defense system won’t be compatible with the rest of the alliance for the purposes of integration, though the S-400 is widely considered among the most advanced in the world. Russia will directly provide two S-400 batteries on the deal, and will also produce two more batteries within Turkey in the future.
This is more concrete and permanent than Erdogan's verbal mood swings. Our empire is inspired by neocon lunatics and maintained in Congress by defense contractors. Switching away from US defense contractors is a serious declaration of independence, just as switching away from British merchants was a big part of the US declaration.
Most interesting is the "local content" section of the contract. Russia never moved away from REAL VALUE ECONOMICS. Providing jobs and skills for Turks is another form of defense and alliance.
The Soviet system was all about REAL VALUE, and despite the efforts of Soros and Jeffrey Sachs in the '90s, Russia maintained REAL VALUE economics and REAL VALUE culture. That's why we hate it.
Allah? Who's she?
The latest Wikileaks release of CIA malware is just another fake networking trick, but there's one piece that deserves attention.
This isn't just an example for the manual; this is the actual password to initialize the system. Tells us for certain who Current Enemy was in 2013, before the Russia frenzy heated up.
More importantly, it tells us that CIA didn't employ any actual Muslims. A real Muslim would instantly recognize the blasphemy and either protest or quit.
Traditionally intel outfits have taken great pains to hire and keep people who UNDERSTAND the Current Enemy. CIA has clearly given up the tradition. Total bubbly isolation. Only Sorosian minds need apply.
"Reality Winner" showed the same problem wrt the new Current Enemy. He or she or it was completely unable to UNDERSTAND the motives of Russian propaganda. He or she or it believed CNN/FOX/MSNBC/NYT without the slightest doubt. CNN/FOX/MSNBC/NYT told us that Russia wanted Trump. If "Reality Winner" had READ OR WATCHED Russian outlets for even one hour, he or she or it would have seen that RT and Sputnik were pro-Bernie. Intelligence analysts are supposed to READ AND UNDERSTAND the other side, not blindly believe what CNN says.
Now, thanks to O'Keefe, we know that even CNN employees didn't believe what CNN said! Only CIA believed it.
¶ 5:03 PM
Turning a corner?
For the first time in MANY years an Associated Press article tells the truth in two normally all-false areas.
Illinois lawmakers who recently ended the longest fiscal standoff of any state since the Great Depression are counting on an ironic strategy to dig out of mountains of debt: borrowing even more money. It's an unorthodox approach considering deficit spending largely created the mess and Illinois' worst-in-the-nation credit rating makes borrowing inordinately expensive. However, supporters say it's the best way to begin to erase $14.6 billion in overdue payments to vendors and service providers.
First, acknowledging that you can't get out of debt with debt. This runs contrary to all accepted Krugmanite and Randite "economics", and even more powerfully contrary to the official leftist MMT solution of exponentially hypermultiplying turbodebt.
It's typically advisable for governments to borrow for long-term construction projects only. But analysts say for Illinois, it's a sound way to get ahead of its crisis instead of letting it fester. "Illinois' problems are entirely a matter of politics and willingness," said Matt Fabian, a partner at Municipal Market Analytics. "The state has had the ability to fix its budget and remedy its long-term liability. It's just chosen not to for all these years."
Second, speaking negatively of a Holy State run by Holy Democrats, the political home of Our Lord And Savior Obama.
This isn't April 1, so I'll have to assume that AP is not writing satire. They're allowing TRUTH to leak through their filter for some strange reason.
A celebrity of some sort who uses the stage name Kid Rock is running for Senate. This will open new horizons in the stuffy world of Official Titles.
We've had plenty of politicians with changed names, usually because the original name was weird or hard to pronounce. Those pseudonyms were nyms. It's dramatically and grammatically different when the pseudonym is outside the realm of nyms.
The Honorable Mr Rock would be abbreviated on the nameplates used in committee hearings as Hon Rock.
What if celebrities with pseudonums like 50 Cent or Andre 3000 or E-40 run for office? Would E-40 be The Honorable Mr 40? Mr Minus Forty?
Best pseudonum of all is Cold 187um. (1) It's a pseudonumum. (2) It's a classical** pseudonumum with a Latin neuter nominative ending. Lawmakers need to know a few bits of misused and mispronounced Latin, so he'll fit right in. (3) The pseudonumum is based on a section of the California Criminal Code. Perfect name for a legislator! (4) It's a Self-Explanatory Pseudonumum! "Mr 187um, can you tell us what you will do in the Senate?" "Yo check my name dawg." And if he actually carries out his eponumumous promise, we'll all be better off.
** Strictly speaking the name should be Frigvm CLXXXVIIvm, but we'll tolerate the mixed mode for now.
Following on previous item.
At the moment it appears that Current Enemy is in a state of transition. Government is still killing Muslims and Arabs by the millions in other countries. Media is solely and strictly focused on Russia. Government has been making war against parts of the Russian Empire, but not yet directly against Russia. NATO forces have been pushing and taunting Russia ever since Putin removed Emperor Soros. Our war in Ukraine is a more direct advance of the Sorosian Restoration.
The one step we haven't taken yet is defining Russians as terrorists. We're approaching this goal indirectly as well, treating heretical media outlets as terrorist supporters. So far this is the usual Mafia business, with Connected media using "laws" as a weapon to eliminate competition from non-Connected media.
Normally the Eastasia/Eurasia flip happens INSTANTLY for maximum whiplash value. Tyrants are digital. It's unusual to have a gradual analog transition.
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There was a lot of this in the first year after 9/11. It's subsided since in USA STRONG, but seems to be returning in EU thanks to an intentional migrant invasion.
Here's a fairly trivial example in Spokane:
Shalisha Israel, 68, had been harassing the family for several weeks based on their race and nationality. They called 911 because Israel was banging on their door and kicking their cars in the parking lot yelling racist remarks, according to court records. Court records said they believe she was preventing them from going to their cars and she was upset about their driving and national origin. ... Cell phone video was taken of Israel yelling things like, “You guys drug dealers or something,” and “I think you might be terrorists! This is not your America! You are evil!”
Reading between the poorly written lines, I get the sense that this lady is an all-around yeller and shouter, but in this case she picked the wrong target. She picked Current Enemy = Protected Class.
The government and media boil us into a froth of hatred against Current Enemy. They tell us to watch for Terrorist Sabotage by Current Enemy. They tell us "See something, say something." And when we actually do say something, the government and media punish us for terrorism against Protected Class.
I don't know if there's a proper name for this technique. It's not quite the same thing as Comrade O'Brien's Room 101, which destroys our contact with facts. This method is meant to obliterate our sense of justice. Most people naturally WANT to help the government fight crime and sabotage. When the government turns us into criminals for expressing this desire, we lose the will to fight anything. Of course that's the real purpose. Efficient self-slaughter of Deplorables. Genocide by LBO.
The other end of this technique is more directly deadly. The government is directly killing Current Enemy by the millions in other countries, punishing Current Enemy for the crime of being defined as Current Enemy. When Current Enemy gets annoyed at the injustice of being attacked for no proper reason, Current Enemy goes to Europe and tries to fight back. In that situation Current Enemy = Protected Class, and the Euro Deplorables are punished when they complain about being raped and murdered by Protected Class.
Elegant symmetry of evil.
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Continued in next item.
Babylon Bee gets it RIGHT again
Lately BB has been running a series of 'explainers'. These pieces fulfill the purpose of a parable or fable. Give simple plain facts in a form that leads the reader to a surprising conclusion, which is obvious AFTER after you catch it.
They've done it again with the Trump/RUSSIANAGGRESSION mess. What should Christians know about this? Among the realistic outcomes, which one should Christians (and other sane people) be praying for? BINGO.
¶ 3:42 PM
Quickest way to lose a subscriber
I had been donating to a couple of artists through Patreon. This morning Patreon popped a message in favor of Net Neutrality, urging subscribers to "Tell Your Congressman" etc etc.
When I'm lurking for free, you can pop any kind of advertisement or message. Fair game.
When I'm paying for the service, you CANNOT command me to do something wrong. You CANNOT order me to oppose sense and sanity.
If you want to express your corporate feelings elsewhere, via Twitter or blogging or whatever, fine. When I'm FORCED TO SEE YOUR FEELINGS as a condition of doing business, not fine.
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Footnote for clarity: Net Neutrality isn't evil, it's just a foolish and counterproductive idea. Every utility charges heavy users more than light users. Electricity charges by the kilowatt, water by the gallon, gas by the cubic foot. Web service is no different. Heavy web usage requires larger cable, faster servers, etc. If you charge all users the same, you will end up charging light users MORE so you can charge heavy users LESS; or you will have to limit and throttle EVERYONE. In either case the SMALL users and POOR users will lose. Net neutrality was cooked up by the heavy users to give themselves even more advantage over the small users.
¶ 10:08 AM
A short BBC item on China's approach to Africa provided a useful window into Neocon Mind.
Newsreader was asking Senior China Correspondent why China imposes its dictatorship on African countries. Senior China Correspondent didn't bother to correct Newsreader but stated the facts in objective form. "When China gets involved with projects, it doesn't force the country to adopt democracy and Western values. China is agnostic."
In other words, making war to force a regime change is DEMOCRACY. Allowing a country to keep its own culture and government is DICTATORSHIP.
This is nothing new. Madman Lincoln established the principle in his Gettysburg insanity. His words promised that self-determination would never vanish from the earth, while he was burning down 1/4 of his own country and slaughtering 1/6 of his own people to guarantee that self-determination would
be attempted or contemplated again.
Pointless thought, stupid question... or maybe not.
We have a habit of applying words like creative and innovative to additions, not subtractions. New features, new shapes, new colors.
BUT many of the best inventions and improvements are subtractions and reversions. Getting rid of unnecessary features and parts, falling back to an earlier model that worked better.
Neither way is universally superior. Depends on circumstances. Still, we undoubtedly lose some of the subtractive type because we reward and publicize the additive type.
The additive bias doesn't matter much when it loses an improvement in software or washing machines or door-locks. It can be deadly when it ignores or dismisses a needed reversion in BIG systems like culture and law and religion and economics and currencies.
Random stuff about chaos
Thinking again about CIA's role in cultivating and spreading chaos in all realms, and blaming Russia every time.
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1. We know for sure that CIA was active in art and architecture and music. The Wikileaks archive is jammed full of CIA sponsorship of jazz and rock and Abstract Impressionist painting.
How about cars? What's the automotive equivalent of Corbusier or Picasso or Stockhausen? Leaving aside one-off customs and weird replicars, the easy answer is:
The '62 Dodge. Nothing else comes close. Every shape and element is perfectly WRONG, and all the wrong elements and shapes are mixed together in perfect DISSONANCE. Picasso on wheels.
Exner's original asymmetrical design was even Picassoer. Engineers managed to tone it down a bit, but the result is still repulsive.
Question: Was Virgil Exner CIA? Biographical articles show him as a habitual saboteur and spy in corporate terms. He preferred to do things the sneaky way, relished taking down competitors with underhanded tactics. He would have fitted in nicely.
I couldn't find his name in the Wikileaks material, which basically starts in the '70s. There are many mentions of Judith Exner, but she's definitely not related. Her name during her CIA/JFK period was Judith Campbell. She married a golfer named Exner in '75.
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2. What's the modern equivalent of boosting chaos through jazz? EASY answer. Hacking, as seen in the most recent Wikileaks exposures. The hacker personality is INTENSELY devoted to obliterating order and structure.
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3. In other words: CIA has always been a sheltered workshop for criminally insane demonic hypermonsters who are too crazy and too omnicidally destructive for insane asylums.
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Later thought: It doesn't matter if Exner was working for CIA. His purpose in life was the same. I'm really looking at a personality type here, not employment as an agent. The Underminer loves disorder and hates order. He loves to sabotage competitors in industry or government. CIA hires Underminers in all fields, and cheers Underminers who aren't working for the agency. PURPOSE IS ALL.
Top Ramen has succumbed to the censors. They changed the format of the printing on the package, and changed 'Oriental flavor' to 'Soy Sauce flavor'. Oddly, the words 'Soy Sauce' are in a fake Oriental font, which sort of defeats the PC.
Good brand practice forbids sudden change; when you switch a name you need to SameGreat the old name. I'm sure the SameGreat will disappear in a month or two.
Admittedly 'Oriental flavor' is meaningless. The Orient includes a whole bunch of different flavors, and soy is only one of them.
And the label is accurate; the food itself is SameGreat. I love the stuff. Add a little chili powder and a sliver of butter. Ooooooomami.
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I stopped listening to the state-level Repooflicans a LONG time ago. Inslee has been doing all sorts of ACTUALLY HORRIBLE THINGS. Serving Gaia and burning down forests; serving Soros and inviting migrants; suing Trump for continuing Obama policies which were just fine when Obama did them; ILLEGALLY making state treaties with foreign governments; suing Trump for LEGALLY making Federal treaties with foreign governments; and on and on.
The state Repoofs constantly send me emails about the latest horrible actions by the state government ... but they NEVER MENTION THE ACTUAL HORRIBLE THINGS. Repoofs are only interested in ZERO TAX ZERO TAX ZERO TAX ZERO TAX.
Well, here's an unquestionably horrible thing by Repoof standards, from the city of Seattle:
"We are here not to tax ordinary working people; we’re here to tax the rich," Seattle City ouncilmember Kshama Sawant said at the city council meeting. Under the ordinance, wealthy residents would pay a 2.25 percent tax on income in excess of $250,000 for individuals and in excess of $500,000 for married couples who file taxes jointly.
By the usual baseline, this should have caused at least three screechy emails per day from state Repoofs.
TAX IS EVIL! HATING THE MAKERS! CODDLING THE MOOCHERS! SOCIALISM! COMMUNISM! TIME FOR REVOLUTION!
But no. I'm not hearing anything from the Repoofs. They're asleep in the John Galt Memorial Call Center. Careful, little Randians, Mother Superior Ayn will spank!
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Later: Well, they lagged by a few hours, but they reached the usual destination after all!
While WE told the truth about the new income tax to the citizens of Seattle, leftist friends of the Democrats tried to drown out our opposition voice.
The Washington State Republican Party and NotMyTax.com call for the overtaxed citizens of Seattle, on behalf of all citizens of the state, to forcefully resist a new income tax passed by the Seattle City Council today. This law is unconstitutional, illegal, and against the voter’s will expressed nine(9) times at the ballot box and it deserves nothing less than civil disobedience –that is refusal to comply, file or pay.
They've got the COMMUNISM and the REVOLUTION, but amazingly they're still missing the Makers/Takers/47%/Largesse theme.
What if we took it seriously?
Since I switched back to work mode, my mind is considerably more focused. Activating the How-machine in one area tends to activate it fully. I've been able to solve several little problems around the house that were puzzling before. New ways of doing things.
Work mode also DEfocuses media shit. I thought I was already defocused ... TV gone for many years, radio off most of the time ... but there was still room for more sanity. Now I read websites glancingly and quickly, which brings extra side-effects.
Another peripheral read.Actual headline:Police investigating death at Al's Motel
I read: Police investigating death of Al's Motel
Convective thought: Progressives are always bitching about "corporate personhood." The concept as usually applied is worth bitching. The black-robed criminals use this notion selectively to favor monopolies and bankers. What if we applied the concept thoroughly and consistently?
We would investigate the murder or blackmail or rape of a company just as carefully as we investigate the murder or blackmail or rape of a human. LBOs would be treated as murder. Purchasing regulations to damage competitors would be treated as aggravated assault.
Corporate personhood COULD be a progressive concept.
That's not the problem.
Allegedly Donald Junior met with a "Russian" lawyer who promised damaging info about Hillary but didn't deliver.
Well then, the lawyer certainly wasn't working for the Russian government. She was some kind of fake**, either from DNC or from CIA. YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN SMART ENOUGH TO FIGURE THAT OUT.
The real problem here is not the continuing delusion of RUSSIANMEDDLING, it's fantastic stupidity by the Trump bunch.
You didn't NEED to get damaging info about Hillary from dubious sources, and the damaging info WOULDN'T HAVE HELPED. The media would have used it to damage you. As they're doing now. Why do Repooflican politicians STILL believe that the media is objective and neutral, after 60 fucking years of ABSOLUTE 100% EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY?
You hopeless idiots, you were winning because you offered a SPECIFIC PROMISE that you would DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. You promised LESS WAR AND MORE JOBS.
Hillary lost because she offered NOTHING BUT DAMAGING INFORMATION FROM DUBIOUS SOURCES. Solid Tourette insults 24/7.
Your promise turned out to be false, but that's not relevant to this issue. At that stage in the campaign you should have been concentrating fully on the PROMISE, and then you should have FULFILLED the promise afterward.
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** Later thought. If the lawyer was actually working for the Russian government, this means the Russian government was trying to SABOTAGE Trump, not help him. Making the son look suspicious, while not providing any useful information.
Few days later: Toldja so. Simple logic + empathy = correct answer every time.
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A couple of missed pointsZH features a NYTimes article on Russian journalism. ZH commenters took care of it nicely with two exceptions.
(1) The NYT, perfectly predictably, talked only to reporters who hate Putin. There are plenty of media who like Putin. That's the mark of a relatively open country. Twosidedness is impossible here. When the current president has R on his title, all reporters hate him. When the current president has D on his title, all reporters love him. I guess you could describe this as two-sided journalism, but it's really an alternation of two insane bigotries. At the moment the president has R on his title, so all reporters hate everything he does, even though 95% of what he does is precisely identical to the previous D president who was orgasmically loved.
(2) NYT totally missed this point:
He told me that, during the course of his reporting, he was struck by how technologically backward much of the Russian state’s security apparatus appeared—a nuance he said that he hasn’t often observed in American press coverage of the situation. Once, a source took Turovsky inside a cybersecurity facility run by the F.S.B., Russia’s main security service and the successor agency to the K.G.B. As he described it, “the F.S.B. officers had to give up their phones upon entering. There were no computers connected to the Internet—just one for each floor. To access it, they have to sign up in advance and get a key that was good for a certain amount of time.
This is not technologically backward. It's simply good security practice. Airgaps. Russian spies and armed forces have always been extremely cautious about adopting new technology for the sake of newness. Our government and corporations have made themselves totally vulnerable to all sorts of cyberattacks because we obey Elon Musk and Eric Schmidt. Elon and Eric tell us that it's COOL to connect everything to the web, so we obey.
Irrelevant language peeve: Aside from all politics and insanity, I can't read NYT because it insists on bizarre spelling conventions. It's not Eff Period Space Space Ess Period Space Space Bee Period Space Space. It's FSB, fuckheads. Standard acronym practice for 1. 0. 0. years. Who's technologically backward?
What's the purpose of having an empire?
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In earlier centuries part of the purpose was to control territory, so that a citizen of the Master Country was free to travel to the colonies.
This was still true in the '30s. Cuba was a former official colony and still a Mafia colony. Americans often traveled to Cuba. A comedy routine from Elvia Allman in the Komedy Kingdom:
What a wonderful thing travel bureaus are. You plan to take a short trip to Cuba, for instance. You go in for information about the broadening influence of travel, and before you know it you're not only being broadened, you're flattened. When you get back your suitcase is plastered with foreign labels. Your pockets are loaded with knick-knacks and your brain is full of undigested scenery. And the only place in the world you HAVEN'T seen is Cuba.
In fact Elvia could have picked ANY country as the intended destination. All countries were open to visits and open to mention and discussion.
How about the content of advertising?
An ad for sleazy carnival supplies in Billboard, mid 30s.
A modern sleazy advertiser would have to ask: Is Egypt among our VALUED ALLIES or is Egypt part of the AXIS OF EVIL? It's a VALUED ALLY when I write the ad, but it could easily be an AXIS OF EVIL by the time the ad is printed. Is Buddhism a SPONSOR OF TERRORISM or is Buddhism a PROTECTED CLASS? Let's check... as of right now, it's a PROTECTED CLASS but by the time the ad is printed Buddhism could be a SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. Better skip all references to foreign countries and religions.
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Shortwave listeners were accustomed to picking up all countries, and writing to major stations in all countries for QSLs and propaganda.
Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Turkey, USSR, Cuba. All available for listening and communication.
Not now. Iraq and Libya and Somalia are in total chaos because of our endless aggressive wars. USSR and Turkey are on the Index Expurgatorium. Listening to Russia can lead to real trouble. Cuba is in a dubious condition. Banned or open? Nobody knows. Better to avoid listening.
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Just how open was Russia from OUR side? (Careful sidenote: Of course these things were NOT open from the Russian side in the '30s. They were strictly official, and we understood that they were strictly official. THAT'S THE WHOLE FUCKING POINT. THAT'S WHY I USE THE TAG SWITCHOVER.)
An arctic expedition with US and Russian scientists helping each other.
A "quiet" visit by a Russian official to gather info about radio, which will lead to profit for American manufacturers and jobs for American workers. What's that called? FREE TRADE.
Modern "FREE TRADE" means that half of the world is closed to our manufacturers, and the other half is totally exploited by our manufacturers so they can starve American workers.
Headline at Big Pulpit:
I peripherally read this as
The Fonks of Montgombault sing Salve Regina
Huh? What's a fonk?
Why did this happen? Fontgombault is an unlikely French placename. You could have a place named after a fountain, but most places are named after a mountain. (Where's Dr Seuss when we need him?)
But the smaller caption might have been leading my semiconscious astray. According to the caption, it's Fontmontgault, a fountain AND a mountain.
What's the real name? Reading the full article, it is Fontgombault. [Isn't the Gumball Fountain on the Rock Candy Mountain?]
So the writer of headlines at BigPulpit made the same category-slip in a slightly different form.
Googlemap shows the township of Fontgombault, which seems to be mostly the monastery itself. The monastery has an attached city which is quite reasonably called The City. No room for confusion there.
Answering the question asked in previous item.How do you cure economic abstraction? I was making the point that MMT claims to cure abstraction by even worse abstraction, like curing crack addiction with flakka. Bitcoin is another reverse "cure", pulling economics even farther into the world of pure software. You need to cure abstraction by REDUCING abstraction, but you don't have to go all the way back to gold. In fact you SHOULDN'T go back to gold, because gold requires government approval and distribution.
You just need to keep the abstraction MINIMAL and LOCAL.
America discovered the cure ALL BY ITSELF, without government help, in 1933 when FDR closed the banks. As I've noted before, a system of SCRIP self-organized almost instantly.
Scrip was not exactly currency; it was more like pre-printed and pre-denominated checks. It was issued by city governments or major businesses or the Chamber of Commerce. All local businesses agreed to use it for paying workers and selling stuff. And it worked.
Populists missed the chance to grab onto Scrip and maintain it. They were still trapped in the pluponent idiocy of bimetallism.
Another decentralizer was Mutual Benefit Societies, universally active from 1870 to 1920 and still existing marginally. (See Christian Medishare.) These were nonprofit businesses that handled all insurance services from medical to property to burial, and often specialized in care for the elderly.
Still another was Fordist corporations. When you worked for NCR or Ford or Conoco, you had the same all-around service as an MBS.
Populists did help to create and spread MBS, and Fordism was the last big push of populism.
Both of these trends were displaced and scattered by the financialist boom of the 20s. (How? I dunno. Needs exploring.)
When the boom crashed, some Fordism remained but the MBS were gone. The government picked up the elderly side with SS, then the profit-making insurers picked up the medical side after WW2.
MMT = new bimetallism
I tried briefly to follow this article on MMT. Gave up quickly. It's EXTREMELY abstract and academic, full of name-droppings only familiar to members of the same subsubsubsubdiscipline, written by a creature whose academic title is longer than most articles. The commenters are equally abstract, clearly happy to find something that can absorb their hunger for extreme abstraction.
MMT, of course, is the classic PLUPONENT. It claims to oppose standard Keynes/Krugman economics, but in fact runs several light years beyond Krugman in the SAME DIRECTION. More debt, less employment, more control by central banks.
Like curing crack addiction with flakka.
The absorbing-hunger flavor of the comments got me thinking about Agents Provocateurs, and one phrase in particular got me thinking of Bryan. "I read Marx’s Capital over the winter and remember thinking that while much of it was as vital and inspiring as when it was written, the chapters on money smelled gold-buggy."
Yes. Marx was gold-buggy because Marx, like Mohammed, understood ACCURATELY that an economy must be based on REAL VALUE. LABOR VALUE. Marx and Mohammed are OPPONENTS of modern economics. Both would cure the disease of abstraction by getting rid of abstraction.
The 1890s Populists, at least the ones who became famous, were PLUPONENTS. They correctly diagnosed the problem of financialism and globalism, and proposed to cure it by weakening the gold standard. When this was finally tried by Nixon, the result was total victory for the bankers.
Both of these proposals are the same move, starting from different baselines. 1890 Populists wanted to break the gold standard "because" the bankers were straying from real value. 2017 MMT wants to break the connection of labor to value entirely "because" the bankers have strayed even farther from real value.
Realization: Pluponents are one type of Agent Provocateur. Let's look at four possible ways to handle opponents, treating each as a vector diagram.
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0. Allow opponents to live. Deepstate WILL NOT TOLERATE actual OPPONENTS who oppose its relentless forward motion. This picture is theoretical because it never happens.
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1. Instill chaos. Use music and art and drugs to destroy the organization of the opponent's culture. The opponents will then pull in all different directions = vector sum 0. If the chaos is effective enough, the opponents will lose all will to live. They will overdose and jump from bridges.
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2. Create irrelevant goals. Organize the opponents to pull on a disconnected rope. When JBS was too close to locating Deepstate, Roy Cohn turned the Birchers toward reasonable-sounding nonsense about Council on Foreign Relations, which was NOT the center of the problem. Chemtrails are a more recent irrelevant goal. Vector result for Deepstate = 0 because energy is not connected to the same system as Deepstate.
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3. Turn opponents into PLUPONENTS.. Best of all. If you can get the opponents to pull EVEN HARDER THAN YOU on your OWN ROPE, you've got free energy.
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.