Constants and constants
It's always informative to see which topics required no explanation in an earlier era.
These two items from a 1954 issue of Aberree:
1. It was common knowledge that we were fighting CHINA, not RUSSIA, in Korea. The number of rounds was interesting and salient, the fact that we were fighting CHINA was uninteresting and constant. This common knowledge has been memoryholed by our forced delusion that we were fighting Russia in both Korea and Vietnam.
2. The Army used scrip for some purpose. Paying soldiers? Commissary, like prison? The fact was considered constant, and the unattractive ladies pictured on the scrip were var.... No, they were constant as well. See Susan B Anthony and Sacajawea. Or better, unsee them.
Ebay answers the question. The scrip was technically called Military Payment Certificates, MPC, and was used to pay soldiers serving in some foreign countries from 1946 to 1973. The MPC replaced an earlier use of regular dollars with special overstamps. (I remember those ... my father brought some home from his Navy service.) Both of the special currencies were intended to prevent soldiers from playing black-market games, because plain dollars were often highly valued in war-torn countries with unstable economies.
Mark. Laws are illegal. End of nation.
The black-robed demons have been vulturing around this nation-ending statement. Now one of the demons has made it official.
Enforcing the law is illegal.
Unless, of course, you are a Globalist enforcing a law that enriches and empowers Globalists and genocides Deplorables. Then disobeying the law is illegal.
That's all. End of nation. EON.
Why EON? See indirect proof.
Hauled in the wrong direction
A couple of profs are being hauled over the coals for speaking truth in unfortunate ways. Both deserve hauling for the WAY they spoke the truth and their obvious GOALS in speaking the truth, but that doesn't negate the fact that a fact is a fact is a fact.
Laura Weinrib of Chicago is being hauled for saying:
"The ACLU's free speech stance should be about social justice, not 'timeless' principles"
Actually it would be nice if ACLU was about any kind of justice, social or otherwise. ACLU has always been about empowering and enriching Deepstate. Nothing more, nothing else. Its founders explicitly stated that it would occasionally support causes which don't look like normal Deepstate, to hide its basic purpose. Weinrib is simply saying what everyone has always known.
Ken Storey of Florida is being hauled for saying that Houston deserves a hurricane because Texas votes Repooflican. He's offbase in his location, but in fact Houston is being CORRECTLY punished for its long history of laissez-faire zoning and planning policies. Many Repooflicans have spilled floods of ink praising the "invisible hand" that made Houston the most floodable city in America.
The current government in Houston, like EVERY city govt, is Michael Bloomberg, who agrees with the Repoofs on letting corporations slaughter Deplorables but disagrees with Repoofs on verbiage about guns and abortion. Thus the current govt has spent more energy defending Planned Parenthood than the pre-Bloomberg corporatocracy, but still hasn't done shit about planning or zoning.
Floods are the only natural disaster that can be prevented ALMOST entirely by good planning. Even with this super-extreme 50 inch rain event, Houston is only PARTLY flooded. The parts built on high ground with good drainage got plenty wet but didn't flood.
ExcisingA thoughtful article on Iconoclasm stirred up a continuation of my pointless ramblings on order and chaos.
Start with LIFE IS PURPOSE and LIFE IS ORDER.
Organisms and organizations and businesses and agencies and governments have a naturally limited life. Tanh curves.Reviewing the tanh:= = = = = START REPRINT:
....The activists EXPect their actions to be EXPonential. They assume more action will lead to more results, to more action, to more results, more action....
EXP always fails. EXP is pure myth, pure math. You can do EXP in an equation or a computer simulation. Now that our "economy" is entirely run in a computer simulation, EXP provides infinitely increasing "riches" for the Chosen. But Nature never does EXP, even when you think you're forcing her to do EXP. At best Nature does TANH; often Nature tells you to fuck off, or kills you. Even when you get to repeat your idiocy for a while, sooner or later it fails.
= = = = = END REPRINT.
Parkinson's Law is an unnatural attempt to turn tanh into exp, turn negative feedback into positive.
The organization's original PURPOSE has decayed. Normally the organization should fade out smoothly and let other agencies or churches or businesses use the labor and money that it's consuming.
Instead, the business or agency tries to go exponential by running a bubble or waging a War On. The bubble is carefully calculated to make fake demand and fake price feed each other in an unending upward spiral. The War On is carefully calculated to make the "problem" worse, so the organization desperately needs to MULTIPLY ITS EFFORTS to make the problem evener worser. War On Poverty, War On Drugs, War On Terror, War On Inequality. All the same. Turn tanh to exp.
When an organization has metastasized into a Parkinsonian tumor, the only cure is Iconoclasm. Rip the agency or business out by the roots. Shut'n'shoot.
Thus it's not unusual that we have Parkinson and Iconoclasm dominating the scene. The trouble is that Iconoclasts are disorderly by definition since their PURPOSE is disorder. Their impulse is rational and necessary, part of Nature's fuckoff, but they're tearing down meaningless statues and slogans instead of excising tumors.
Ideally there should be a way to switch exp back to tanh. As I've noted before, USA STRONG managed to do it after Wilson's War On. Nearly all of Wilson's massive agencies quietly and smoothly faded instead of turning into tumors. The only exception is the Bureau of Instigation, which continues to generate Current Fake Enemy so it can make War On Current Fake Enemy.
For a couple of months the media demons continued to punish Trump even after he had already submitted to Deepstate's demands. Now they've finally decided that the submission is permanent, so the whole RUSSIAN_MEDDLING toxin has disappeared, and even criticism of Trump has disappeared.
I've turned off all the demonic media, mainly to save my soul and secondarily to remove a few clicks from their click-input. (Avoiding radio doesn't affect their clicks anyway.)
This morning, armed with solid sleep, I finally felt strong enough to look at a couple of the demon media that had been 100% RUSSIAN_AGGRESSION. The local CNN Demonic News outlet, KXLY, has only one Trump headline, questioning whether his desire to obliterate North Korea is firm enough. It's a normal headline for an R president. (Our Lord And Saviour Obama got away with failing to obliterate NK because he was Our Lord And Saviour.) This is the same sort of criticism that the demons would direct toward a marginally acceptable Repooflican like Romney.
BBC has two Trump headlines. Trump: it's time for tax reform and Trump: Texas can handle anything. First is neutral, second is positive.
What caused the switch? I guess we'll never know until it gets leaked by someone like O'Keefe.
It would be helpful to understand what drives demonic decisions, so we can predict the next frenzy...
Well, no, it wouldn't. Attempting to understand demonthought could lead to accepting demonthought. The only thing we need to know about a demon is DON'T WATCH AND DON'T LISTEN.
¶ 1:12 AM
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Bigger dumb thought about value creationYesterday I observed that we count money backwards. We treat a destruction of value (a loan) as an increase in the money supply, and we completely ignore real increases of value.
Generalize. In ALL areas Deepstate counts destruction of order as increase.
Wildly dyslogical theories are counted as positive "contributions to knowledge", while simple statements of simple observable obvious transparent plain actual factual FACTS are treated as EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE.
Chaotic "art" and "music" are subsidized and high-priced. Orderly art and music are not censored YET, but get no subsidies or awards.
Violation of experimentally determined natural law is counted as positive.
Refusing to enforce written legislation is "rule of law" according to the black-robed demons, and enforcing written legislation is "lawlessness".
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It's easy to measure deltas of order vs chaos in physical objects like houses and paintings, or semiphysical 'performances' like software and music. Harder with non-physical things like language and logic?
No, it's not harder.
Some of these are one-sided scales with increases and decreases along one vector; others have opposing vectors with a net resultant.
Language? Two-sided. Making a new and useful word, or a new and useful phrase, is an increase of order and value. Silencing useful words, or swamping useful words with intentionally misleading words, is destruction of value.
Facts? Two-sided. Making a new and valid observation via senses or instruments is an increase of order and value. Silencing a valid fact, or swamping a valid fact with invalid facts, is destruction of value.
Logic? One-sided, I think. Using valid logic to manufacture a new thought-product from the raw materials of facts is an increase of order and value. Using invalid logic or false facts to manufacture a defective thought-product is a decrease. Wildly dyslogical theories, as abovementioned, are decreases but not the same thing as swampings.
Status? Two-sided but less direct than the others. A functional civilization grants status (and thus marriage) to producers of real value. Sharia and Soviet systems were explicit on this point. Modern western satanizations grant status (and thus marriage) to destroyers. Scammers, skimmers, scum.
Maybe they're all two-sided after all. Need more ponderation on Logic.
Aberreel to reelArticle at RealClear credits one NYC bookstore for maintaining and spreading 'alternative' religions. Says that without this one bookstore, most of the country would have no occult coverage at all.
Outside of the eastern cities, though, there were only ever small pockets of professional occultists. Indiana, for example, had eight mediums in the small Northern towns of Elkhart, Mishawaka, South Bend, and LaPorte, plus a “spirit room” run by a former U.S. Congressman. In other places, though, occult belief was nearly impossible to find. The whole state of Minnesota had only one professional medium. Kentucky also had only one. There were none in the new state of Kansas.
Well, it wasn't like that. Looking through the Aberree, especially the ads in the last few pages of each issue, gives a different picture. All sorts of occult publishers and speakers and 'mediums' were actively competing for the market. Alphia Hart began as an alternative Hubbardist but got most of his ads and most of his contributed articles from old-fashioned occultists. His editorials took a cautious attitude toward the mix, separating harmful and helpful practitioners. He praised writers and mediums who were trying to help people survive, and bashed those who were trying to exert power over clients.
Why was the RCL writer unable to find much documentation of spiritualism in the Midwest? Partly from the universal bias of librarians. Fashionable views get into libraries, unfashionable views are memoryholed. But there's a second factor related to mediums. Hart reported on all sorts of activities: conferences, books, competing magazines, and TAPES. In 1954 when tape machines were rare, reel-to-reel audiotape was already the DOMINANT medium for mediums. Even if libraries didn't automatically reject the material, tapes would be unreferenceable.
And a note from semi-direct experience: Grandma was always into occult stuff. When she lived in Ponca in the '20s, she was getting regular 'readings' from a medium named Mrs Early. So the mediums were there whether NYC heard about them or not.
And the lion shall lay down etcThe latest item at KSHS is a nice dose of feelgood.
A picture postcard advertising Cozy Corner Poultry Farms in Erie. Date is given as '30s.
Sidenote: The rabbit's face looks more 'horsey' than rabbits I've seen recently. Not surprising because rabbits are genetically closer to horses than to rodents or carnivores. Have domestic rabbits been bred for flatter faces in recent decades?
Se-lu 9, me-lu edition 3
Working through the next chapter for courseware.
Looking for subjects in the text that deserve an animation, making the animation, checking result.
1. Need Spinal arc (new) ... done.
2. Need golgi and spindle (old, revise) ... done.
3. Cochlea (old, revise) ... done.
4. Haircell closeup (new) ... done.
5. Nociceptors (new) ... done.
6. Retina? Not worth animating. Not much visible action there.
HOLD IT. NOT MUCH VISIBLE ACTION IN THE RETINA? LIGHT ISN'T VISIBLE?
Found the tight spot and loosened it.
I'm so thoroughly locked into sound and mechanical motion that light just doesn't register as a subject worth thinking about.
Jacob Coleman flew from Seattle to Spokane on Monday with the intention of starting a new semester at Gonzaga University. Coleman told deputies he was denied entry into the university and he became angry and even began to have homicidal thoughts.
Coleman said he then hailed a cab from the Spokane Airport and asked to be taken to a fictitious friend's house in the east part of Bonner County, Idaho. Coleman said as they drove his thoughts became increasingly homicidal and he asked the cab driver to stop at a store in Ponderay. Coleman went into the store and bought a knife.
Deputies say Coleman then asked the driver, identified as 22-year-old Gagandeep Singh of Spokane Valley, to drive east to a nonexistent destination. Deputies say when it became apparent that Coleman didn't have a legitimate destination or friend in north Idaho, Singh stopped the cab near the intersection of Spokane St. and E. Railroad Avenue in the city of Kootenai. Deputies says Coleman then took out the knife he bought and stabbed Singh.
Premeditated and ABSOLUTELY EVIL. Needs more than death.
Most murders are part of a lifestyle. If you're in a gang you expect to kill or be killed. If you habitually hang around bars at closing time, you enjoy trouble and expect trouble.
This cab driver wasn't participating in anything, and he wasn't even a remotely appropriate target for the insane rage of the killer.
One part of the story is clearly missing. Why did Gonzaga turn him down after he showed up? Normally a rejection happens much earlier, by mail. If Gonzaga realized he was talking about crime, why didn't they call the cops right then?
Later: News says that Gonzaga had no record of Coleman's application. So the best guess is that the whole thing resulted from Coleman's delusions.
¶ 11:20 AM
Dumb thought about value creation
While feebly attempting to "think" about REAL VALUE vs FAKE VALUE in banking, I noticed a basic fact. So far I can't find any mention of this basic fact in online discussions of the subject, but the word combinations are probably not hitting the right texts or something. I'm sure it's well known.
Basic problem: When money creation happens automatically at the moment of making a LOAN, people who are attempting to run their lives and businesses by thrift, without borrowing, are completely ignored. We don't count as part of the economy.
The money supply EXPLICITLY EXCLUDES REAL VALUE.
REAL VALUE comes from REAL LABOR. Turning raw materials and components into a useful product, or cultivating crops and livestock, or arranging and advertising products for easier purchase.
Money creation at the point of lending doesn't even begin to recognize any of these activities.
A business that makes or sells things WITHOUT BORROWING FIRST is not recognized as creating value.
Every loan, whether it goes toward real production or gambling or stock manipulation, is recognized as creating value.
The current system treats DESTROYED VALUE as an increase, and completely ignores CREATED VALUE. Perfectly backwards.
This is so basic that I'm SURE somebody has spotted it. Maybe sharia economists? Maybe Marx? I don't feel like wading through Das Kapital to find out.
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Later: It appears, eg this article, that modern sharia banks don't create money differently, but do try to prohibit loans that serve speculation. Might achieve the same goal, but doesn't hit the basic problem.
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Laterer: Aha. Unsurprisingly, the Soviet system GOT IT RIGHT. From this clearly written article:
First, as explained below, [Gosbank] had no discretion over the quantity of money. Its money-creation activity like its credit activity was entirely passive, arising as a byproduct of the production plan.
[Explained below:] When farm delivered its milk output, it would obtain a document from the cheese factory verifying that the latter had received its milk input. The document was then turned over to Gosbank, which credited the farm's account according to the value of the milk delivered, and debited the cheese factory's account by the same value.
Likewise, after the cheese was produced and shipped to the State food store, the cheese factory obtained a document verifying its delivery of cheese. Again, the document was turned over to Gosbank, which this time credited the cheese factory's account and debited the store's account. Finally, when households purchased the cheese with cash, the State store deposited its cash receipts with Gosbank and was given a credit of equal value.
With this simple example, we can see how every transfer of physical output from one location to another, and every bit of value added in production, was mirrored by an associated financial transfer through Gosbank.
I still don't know if Marx designed it this way, but this was the reality.
Continued and expanded here.
Where are the non-interventionist flags?
A couple days ago I tossed in a techy sidenote on UNARY VARIABLES, just as a random pointless pun:
ANTI-WAR is the key. Left and right, liberal and conservative, had some meaning in earlier centuries, but since 1946 there is only one variable. Globalist vs non-globalist. In other words, Graybill's law is recursive. It not only narrows skills and resources down to one skill and one resource, it eliminates all laws except Graybill and all variables except globalism, which is a unary variable. Globalism has only one value, T. Any country or person or organization that attempts to set Globalism to F immediately ceases to exist.
It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought — that is, a thought diverging from the principles of Ingsoc — should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words. Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meanings and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods.
Orwell wasn't a tech nerd, so he assumed that the job could be done by dictionaries. It's not that simple, and now that the job is well underway we can see that it's not being done by dictionaries.
Earlier branches of Die-Versitarians also assumed that dictionaries would do the job, merging waiter and waitress to waitperson, changing busboy and usher to busperson and ushperson. It didn't work, and those words have faded out except in hopelessly demonic places like NYC.
Vocabulary doesn't control thinking. When you look at a variety of languages, you see a strong NEGATIVE correlation between gendered words and gendered culture. People who are firmly grounded in the facts of Nature and Natural Law (eg Indonesians and Persians) USUALLY have a language that doesn't represent gender in its forms and words, often lacking separate pronouns for He and She. People who are totally wacked-out delusional (eg Scandinavians) USUALLY have a language that forces every single word about people into male and female forms. The latter lunatics try to remove their forms, but the removal is both unnecessary and useless. Unnecessary because they already lost their minds WHILE using specific gender forms. If they stopped to think about that, they would realize that the forms are NOT the driving variable, so neutral forms are useless.
[I'll return to unary grammar later.]
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The modern Newspeakers understand that SYMBOLS ARE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN WORDS, because symbols short-circuit the logical modules of the brain.
When I see a house displaying a Rainbow flag I get irked. This is, of course, the purpose of displaying the flag. Heretics know that government at all levels is Rainbow and will defend the Rainbow. Heretics know that any attempt to display the opposite will be met with lethal force.
Aha! But what is the opposite?
There isn't an opposite. That's the point.
If the Rainbow irks you, you cannot display a countersymbol because COUNTERSYMBOLS DO NOT EXIST. You cannot respond at the level of symbols and speech, therefore "freedom of speech" is a NULL variable, a pointer that points nowhere. You either have to swallow your irkitude or express it violently. The latter is what the Persons Of Spectrality WANT you to do, so the only SURVIVABLE rebellion is to ignore the whole thing and MAKE SOMETHING USEFUL. Increasing the order of the universe is the best answer to a symbol that increases chaos.
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If I wanted to get subtle, I'd display a non-interventionist flag. Subtlety is lost on Persons Of Spectrality, so I won't waste the effort.
Non-interventionist flags were fairly common before Globalism became the unary variable in 1946.
For instance, I could display Okla's flag,
which was described thusly:
Oklahoma's state flag portrays an Osage warrior's circular buskin shield from which hang several eagle feathers.
Across the shield is the Indian's calumet or pipe of peace, crossed with the white man's symbol of peace, the olive branch. On the flag are small crosses, the Indian's graphic sign for stars, indicating lofty ideals or purposeful high endeavors. The background of the flag is a field of blue, the Oklahoma sky, signifying loyalty and devotion. But the predominant symbols are the calumet and olive branch. These override the shield, the symbol of war, and speak of a predominant love of peace by the united peoples.
Almost every word in this paragraph is
OSAGE = CULTURAL APPROPRIATION! EAGLE = ENDANGERED SPECIES! PIPE = TOBACCO! WHITE MAN = UNTHINKABLE! CROSSES = UNTHINKABLE! etc
The crimiest part of all is LOVE OF PEACE BY THE UNITED PEOPLES.
A non-interventionist flag, signifying an attempt to work together.
When you look at real Okla history, the modern shit is even MORE wrong than you might think. The Osage had been the imperial power in the middle part of the continent for a few centuries. Their empire was brought down by other tribes BEFORE the Euros invaded that part of the country, and the Osage were pushed down into a small area BEFORE the Euro tribe started pushing the other tribes around. Since 1889 the dominant power in Okla has been the Cherokee, expert slaveowners who brought their slaves with them on the Trail of Tears. When the Hillbilly tribe (who were NOT slaveowners) moved in from Tennessee, the Cherokee remained dominant because they're smarter than the Hillbilly.
So the use of the Osage shield was a peace offering by both the Cherokee and the Hillbilly. It wasn't a highly successful gesture because the Osage, a warrior culture, never fully assimilated to the farm culture of the Cherokee and Hillbilly; but nevertheless it was a peace offering symbolizing a peace offering.
Where are the non-interventionist gods?
Retreating from modern toxic radio to the non-interventionist 30s as usual, I heard an account of the 'Battle of the Eclipse' on good old Strange.
In 585 BC the Medes (exactly modern Kurds) and the Lydians (part of modern Turks) were having an all-out war**. A total eclipse struck. Each side consulted its priests and gods. Both gods saw the eclipse as a sign of defeat and recommended negotiating for peace. Both sides obeyed their gods and stopped fighting.
This leads to two questions, one for history and one for me.
For history: Where are the modern non-interventionist gods? Jehovah is confused. Some of his denominations are all for war, a few are total pacifists. Rome has a theory of "just war" but always ignores it when it threatens Empire. The Hindu and Buddhist priests talk a lot about peace, but both groups are currently making aggressive war against Allah. Like Rome, Allah speaks of "just war" but blesses aggression.
For me: This exposes a contradiction in my recent ramblings, and pushes me toward one side. Sometimes I say that SHOW YOUR WORK is a universal rule. Sometimes I advocate preserving and guarding the experience-based knowledge of a craft or skill.
The action of the priests in this battle tends to support the latter.
I don't buy the standard notion that "primitive" people were unaware of eclipses. Cultural learning, generally recorded and preserved by the priestly class, includes the patterns of seasonal events like eclipses. So I'd assume that the priests on both sides knew what was happening but didn't tell the kings and generals. The priests saw an opportunity to end a costly and pointless war. Maybe they collaborated or maybe they were just equally sensible.
If everyone had known how to predict an eclipse, the SKILL of the priests would be dissipated and wasted. Because the SKILL was preserved and contained, the priests could spend it to achieve an immensely valuable peace. Huge return on investment.
Conclusion: Transparency is usually a good policy, but when transparency wastes skill-estate it's bad.
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**Footnote: This sentence doesn't really need a date, does it? You could write it as a trivial constant function:
One of the third-string "biz talk" shows struck me as remarkably idiotic and empty. I had the impression that the show consisted largely of one sound effect, the boxing ring. This morning I decided to log it minute by minute in old SWL style, to check my impression. Probably should have started at the top of an hour, but this is when I happened to start, and this is all I could stand.
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2:23 boxing ring clang clang clang raaaaah
2:24 boxing ring clang clang clang raaaaah
2:25 football music
2:26 olympic music
2:27 unidentified rock music with hosts laughing hysterically
2:28 montage from Reefer Madness with hosts laughing hysterically
2:29 boxing ring clang clang clang raaaaah
2:30 boxing ring clang clang clang raaaaah
2:31-34 ads that repeat the same 800 number 800 times
2:35 heavy metal theme noise
2:36 heavy metal theme noise
2:37 no sfx, just hysterical laughter
2:38 no sfx, just talking
2:39 boxing ring clang clang clang raaaaah
2:40 boxing ring clang clang clang raaaaah, boxing ring clang clang clang raaaaah
2:41 no sfx, just talking
2:44 no sfx, just hysterical laughter
2:45 boxing ring clang clang clang raaaaah
2:46-51 ads that repeat the same 800 number 800 times
2:52 heavy metal theme noise plus bonus loud belching
2:53 boxing ring clang clang clang raaaaah, boxing ring clang clang clang raaaaah
2:54 discussing the finer points of Oreos and emojis
2:55 discussing the finer points of Oreos and emojis
2:56 olympic music plus hysterical laughter
2:57 olympic music plus hysterical laughter
2:58 boxing ring clang clang clang raaaaah
2:59 boxing ring clang clang clang raaaaah
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Not quite exclusively boxing-ring but pretty damn close. In 37 minutes, 12 hits on the clang clang. Exactly 4 minutes of talking with no music or sfx. As far as I could tell, NONE of the talking was about business or IPOs or investment opportunities. Despite this, the show was preceded by the usual audio fine print about "not intended as investment advice".... Come to think of it, the fine print was exactly literally correct.
What's the purpose of this barrage of vapidity? Only one possible explanation. This was government surplus. Produced under a CIA contract for torture Muzak, declassified and released because of excess efficiency. The test subjects went into permanent convulsions and were unable to spill their knowledge.
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Well, what about the first-class "biz talk" shows? Nationally known programs that make actual recommendations, so that the fine print is appropriately sneaky? Their hourly output is much more sophisticated and refined, much less repetitive.
For any hour of the day, the top-notch money-talk programs run as follows:
xx:00 Buy AMZN!!!
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¶ 3:08 AM
Se-lu 8, T-bone editionAn article in Arse Technica is UNIQUE among all Arse Technica articles. It doesn't blame Global Warming for a problem and it doesn't blame Trump for a problem. It blames plain old information overload.
Each of the collisions this year happened under widely different circumstances, though they have one major thing in common: all of them (the Russian collision included) happened in some of the most congested waters in the world. And unlike naval ships, many of the other vessels traveling through those waters have minimal bridge crews, limited communications, and a lot less maneuverability. Even when merchant ships are in the wrong, navigationally speaking, Navy ships generally are in a better position to maneuver out of the way and can't depend on the other ships to follow the rules of the road.
Watch standers aboard modern warships may have more technology to help them, but they still face a daunting task when they enter high-traffic areas as treacherous as the Strait of Gibraltar—or the Strait of Malacca, the approaches to the Bosporus and Dardanelles, and the approaches to Tokyo Bay. In each, hundreds of other vessels may be visible to the naked eye or on the radar scope. The resulting sea of data points can overwhelm even an experienced bridge crew regardless of how good their technology is.
Okay. What's the correct response?
Break out of the Parkinsonian pattern of CLAMP CLAMP CLAMP MORE MORE MORE.
Parkinson says: Must have MORE technology and MORE ships and MORE action to resolve the problem of TOO MANY ships and TOO MUCH action.
STOP AND THINK.
If we're too crowded to avoid monthly collisions, we're ALSO too crowded to do anything meaningful in wartime. If we decide to attack at point B, we can't get from point A to point B without crashing first. Therefore our presence is TOTALLY FUTILE from a logistical viewpoint, even without asking the vastly more important question of overall purpose and strategy.
LOOSEN YOURSELF. KNOW WHEN TO FUCKING QUIT.
Surprising endurance: Manual typewriters are still common in Burma and India. Big offices and corporations have gone digital like everywhere else, but typists are active as street vendors.
Typing never moved out of the office in the West, so when corporations went electronic all typewriters disappeared.
The announcer doesn't say it, but you can see that the street typists are not mainly doing secretary work; they're serving as informal lawyers and informal bureaucrats. Helping the customer to navigate through forms and legalities. Another job that can't happen here. (Notaries and Justices of the Peace used to serve a similar function, but have been regulated out of existence.)
Wrong defendantNice little verification of the poker/sucker rule, or my variant on the rule as abovementioned.
ZH overstated the court case... the judge hasn't ruled yet, so there's no conclusion yet.
Even so, the judge clearly and SANELY agrees with the DNC's surprisingly factual statement that all games are rigged. If you're not the rulemaker, don't play the game. Make your own effort outside the game.
Bernie KNEW the DNC was hardwired for Hillary, so Bernie was defrauding his supporters by trying to run inside the system.
His support was so massive and enthusiastic that he COULD have run outside the party as a write-in. It would have been mechanically difficult in some states, but if he had started early enough it could have worked.
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This piece of the plaintiff's argument struck me as crucial:
What we were taught is pure toxic ratshit. What we hear from the culture and media is murderous rotgut. Everyone who has ACTUALLY participated in politics knows that primaries are rigged. This year's DNC stood out by comparison because the RNC side, for reasons that still need investigation, was NOT totally rigged. RNC mysteriously allowed votes for the wrong candidate to count.
Who really needs to be sued? The schools and the media, for presenting a LETHALLY fraudulent and HYPERFALSE picture of politics, which is PERFECTLY WRONG ON EVERY SINGLE DETAIL AND FACT AND CONNECTION AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE.
When you know how a machine works**, you know how to defeat it or avoid it or unplug it. When you have a bizarrely delusional notion of how a machine works, you'll get crushed and Cuisinarted by the machine.
We pay a trillion dollars each year to the "school" system for the privilege of being forcibly injected with poison.
You wanna talk about cigarettes as a "product that kills when used as specified"? Cigs are harmful for sure, but nowhere near as PERFECTLY MURDEROUS as American education and media.
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** For clarity: I don't mean that you need to know the inner gears or circuits or legalities. You need to know the machine's black-box behavior. How it responds to various situations. For a car, you don't need to understand torque converters or MacPherson struts; you do need to know where a car can drive, how sharply it can turn, how quickly it can accelerate, how soon it can stop. If you think a car is like a human in those measurements, you'll get squashed.
Constants and variables 80ZH features a map of all the countries USA STRONG has invaded through all of our history. It's incomplete and somewhat partisan, but it basically covers the important ones. It seems to be confused on the defensive side. It includes Germany, which we invaded defensively, but skips France and Japan, which we also invaded defensively.
Atypically but accurately, the map includes both Russia and China.
One commenter showed ignorance:
This map is bullshit. America has never invaded Russia or China.
Many commenters corrected him on Russia, accurately citing the 1918 War of Intervention. But they didn't correct him fully on China. They cited the Boxer Rebellion in 1898 but not our invasion and occupation of China during and after WW2. At that time China was nominally an ally, so we were NOT responding to an attack. We were trying to strengthen Chiang against Mao, just as we had tried to strengthen the Mensheviks in Russia.
Both failed. Even though ordinary Americans didn't know about these invasions, ordinary Chinese and Russians did know and didn't appreciate foreign intervention. Ordinary people moved toward the non-foreign side, which is completely understandable if you're not blinded by globalist evangelical fervor.
Our book-knowledge, our schools and media and history, omit BOTH of those occupations. They are thoroughly memoryholed.
I didn't know about the Russian invasion until I bumped into it sideways in an old Signal Corps publication. After that I started looking and found more info, but still not much.
I knew about the China invasion because of family experience. My dad's WW2 service was part of the Chinese occupation, and a distant relative was involved at a higher level in our failed attempt to counter Mao and retake the mainland. Dad talked about both of those involvements, so I always knew about them and assumed everybody else knew. Obviously they didn't.
Which brings us back to a deeply wise comment by another ZHer a few weeks ago:Anything worthwhile is not in a book. Anything worthwhile is common knowledge.
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Persnickety sidenote: Though I know what the writer meant, the word common isn't quite on the mark. When common knowledge comes solely from books and media, it's still wrong. Better phrasing would be Anything worthwhile comes from personal experience. Direct sensory input, processed rationally. Common knowledge (culture, folk tales, family stories) occupies an intermediate level. More trustworthy than books and media, but still needs checking against personal observation and logic.
Assange still doesn't get itAssange twitter:
"Left infatuation with online censorship has now led to pervasive on online censorship of the left. I warned you."
He links an article on the 'World Socialist' website which DOES get it. Even after reading and linking the article, Assange misses the point.
Google is manipulating its Internet searches to restrict p
ublic awareness of and access to socialist, anti-war and left-wing websites. The World Socialist Web Site (www.wsws.org) has been massively targeted and is the most affected by your censorship protocols. Referrals to the WSWS from Google have fallen by nearly 70 percent since April of this year.
ANTI-WAR is the key. Left and right, liberal and conservative, had some meaning in earlier centuries, but since 1946 there is only one** variable. Globalist vs non-globalist.
The globalist tripod: Banks, Intel agencies, and leftist groups.
All official "parties", and all politicians who are allowed to take office, are globalist. All work for the benefit of Five Eyes. All work for finance. All work for monopolistic corporations.
Most of the official "parties" and politicians have a leftist branding, but the branding is irrelevant.
I'm not familiar with this World Socialist party. I don't need familiarity.
Google has told me which side WS is on.
Google wants to eliminate WS from its library and advertising mechanism, so WS is anti-globalist.
It's not a backfire as Assange thinks. The old First They Came For routine doesn't wash. Deepstate doesn't destroy every group, it only destroys groups that oppose Deepstate. Deepstate doesn't care if you defend the "rights" of a brand you dislike, because "rights" do not exist.
**Only one variable: In other words, Graybill's law is recursive. It not only narrows skills and resources down to one skill and one resource, it eliminates all laws except Graybill and all variables except globalism, which is a unary variable. Globalism has only one value, T. Any country or person or organization that attempts to set Globalism to F immediately ceases to exist.
The guy who runs Spokane News tries to offer 'open questions' now and then. He asked for opinions on tonight's Sport Event. Who will win the game or whatever it is?
Most of the answers are correct. "Who Gives A Flying Fuck?" or "ESPN".
Got me thinking. How far down do you have to go to find a fight or game or election or choice that ISN'T completely rigged?
The cats yowling and hissing in the front yard right now are unrigged. The crows arguing over who saw the walnut first are unrigged.
Every human fight or battle or protest is rigged. There's always one side that controls the rules, one side that can decide who wins regardless of the physical or verbal outcome. If you're not on that side you know it. Your only survivable choice is to stay home. Don't RSVP the invitation to JOIN the fight.
More importantly the best thing you can do FOR YOUR SIDE is to refuse the invitation, because the rulemaking side will use your presence as a pretext to slaughter people on your side who DID refuse the invitation.
Manweller's rule. Real elections are only allowed when they don't matter.
Later: Another tiresome 1969 comparison. Hippies used to quote the slogan "What if they gave a war and nobody came?" It was a good slogan. Now the hippies are making the war so they don't use the slogan. It's still a good slogan.
¶ 3:28 PM
Facebook hires Liz Spayd to "improve transparency".
Good move. Now you need to hire Al Gore to improve your understanding of scientific objectivity. Hire Martin Shkreli to improve your understanding of economic inequality. Hire Josef Goebbels to improve your balance on subjects of genocide. Hire Richard Dawkins to improve your understanding of Islam.
On a metalevel, the ACT of hiring Spayd is remarkably transparent. It leaves no doubt at all that Facebook is absolutely committed to exponentially increasing evil and murder and chaos, with no desire for any moderation or obstacles.
Se-lu 7, me-lu edition 2
Lately I've been "listening" to the Broadcastify stream of EMS and police calls. More interesting than music, more genuine than any of the scripted fake news or fake talk shows.
There's a clear circadian pattern in the calls. At this time of day (3AM) most of the action is real police work caused by alcohol. Bar fights, domestics, DUI crashes. Nearer midday, most of the action is hypochondria. "Unknown sickness" or "chest pains" or "abdominal pains".
Why do I say hypochondria with such certainty? Real pains happen at all times of day or night. Hypochondria happens when you've been awake and simmering in your own problem-soup for a while.
I made a couple of those hypochondriac calls back in the '90s. "Heart attacks" that turned out to be panic attacks. After the second one I realized that the EMS stuff was HUGELY expensive and inconvenient and embarrassing, so I decided to stop having panic attacks.
The process of stopping required some experimentation. It's not just a cognitive decision; there's a "muscular" action inside the skull, like releasing a spasm or cramp. I don't know which muscles are involved. Maybe artery constrictors, maybe something unfamiliar to existing anatomy. After you get the knack, it's easy.
Se-lu. Loosen yourself, solve the problem.
A halfway positive development: Sane people who joined the Trump team are FINALLY saving their souls and getting out. Bannon seems determined to set up a countermovement, possibly a party. He has the platform via Breitbart to make it happen, and the intellectual coherence and force to make it happen properly.
Among the other originally sane humans, Sessions has sold his soul to Deepstate. I didn't think that was likely, but it's happened. Price at HHS is still there and still holding his soul, probably because HHS is outside the main demonic flood surge. Pruitt at EPA has done better. He's quietly moving regulations in the right direction.
¶ 1:43 AM
Headline: Trump pardons Arpaio.
Nice little symbolic microgesture. But you should have done the right thing FIRST, you miserable weak-ass lame-ass eunuch-ass Deepstate bitch.
You should have done THE SAME THING EVERY PRESIDENT DOES. You should have instantly removed all demonic Federal persecutors and replaced them with non-demonic lawyers. Since the latter description is a null set, just leave the posts null.
If you really meant to accomplish ANY FUCKING THING AT ALL, you should have gone the next step, removing the entire Federal black-robed demon system and leaving it vacant. You could have saved the country from further obliteration.
But no. You had to prove that you were even more Bushy than Bush, even more Clintony than Clinton, even more loyal to CIA than any previous president.
Infinitely evil Soros-sucking fagbitch.
¶ 1:20 AM
Talk like CIA, listen like idiotVia ZH as usual, headline:
Your Bitcoin is NOT Anonymous: IRS Moves To Track Bitcoiners With New Chain Analysis Tools
Toldja so from the fucking start, useful idiots. From 2013:
It's always fun to watch the 'paranoids' failing to be paranoid when it counts. Consider the popularity of Bitcoin among Randian and hi-tech types.
They believe it's an honest medium of exchange. Nope, it's just another bubble. Proper currency, whether metal or paper, represents the value of labor in a somewhat stable way. Any currency that can zoom up in value in response to news is not proper currency. Somebody is making big money from the zoom, and it's probably the same somebody who started Bitcoin.
They believe it's 'untraceable'. Nope. Very simple test: If Bitcoin were untraceable, drug smugglers would use it. But they don't. Mafias have huge resources and deep connections, and mafias are completely unsentimental. In any subject they find interesting, mafias operate on the basis of observed solid facts. You can trust their opinion far more than you can trust the opinion of columnists and TV personalities; and in this case mafias prefer good old green rectangles. Admittedly green rectangles are traceable to some extent, but a private exchange of paper leaves vastly less evidence than anything running through the Web. When you run a transaction through the Web, you're running it directly through the NSA. That's fact, not paranoia.
Talk like clock, talk like dice
Lately I've been noticing that the dream-scripter seems to have its own world and its own knowledge base. Its outlook on life is Insatiable and extrovert, and it knows a persistent set of people and places that I've never seen.
This morning the scripter tried to prove that it knows my life. A dream located in a place vaguely resembling Spokane, in a winter like last winter with two feet of unwalkable mountainous ice everywhere. The scripter even included a bus.
But the imposture failed when the scripter tried to offer me some technical assistance. The technical assistance was aimed to help a day-trading gambler, not a thrifty Natural Law Populist who prays daily for a 500 megaton cataclysm to remove NYC and all of its demonic appurtenances from the earth.
Advice: "All you need to trade successfully is a clock and a pair of dice. The clock gives you a link to the regular periodic part of the universe, and the dice give you a link to the random side. You can't use a computer random generator because it's just as periodic as the clock."
It's an interesting piece of advice to be sure. And there's no way it could have been a direct audio input from my bedtime OTR playlist; I know all of those shows, and none of them come anywhere near that subject.
But it's advice to the wrong sucker.
Sorry, scripter, close but too much cigar.
Talk like notebook, talk like Injun
A conversation in a dream this morning led to a connection.
Few months ago I pointed out an item at Engrish.com that struck me as hopelessly funny. It's a school notebook from Korea, with this English on the front:
"She said hi to me without compunction. Hi, Clara, how was your trip to the coast?"
The sentence is unexceptional, but wildly out of place on the cover of a notebook.
Finally figured out why this is so ticklish.
I talk that way in dreams. Speak without compunction, call people by name, say things like "Well, Margaret, what do you think of this?"
In real life I figured out LOOOOOONG AGO that nobody listens to a zero-status Deplorable, so I don't waste words that won't be heard or acknowledged. Talk like Injun. Yup. Nope. Mmp.
The dream-scripter is an extrovert Insatiable that somehow got stuck inside an introvert Deplorable, and isn't happy about the job placement.
From a 1935 episode of the best radio show ever:
It is the year 1281. Kublai Khan the Mongol emperor, ruler of the mysterious East, holds an audience with the nobility of China.
[sfx: Gongs and fanfare.]
Preceded by 300 nobles in scarlet and gold, Kublai Khan enters the long hall, takes his place on the vast throne studded with emeralds.
Kublai Khan: My loyal subjects! I have a proclamation to make! Seven years ago I sent a fleet of ships to the island of Japan. The gods of war were not favorable to us, and our fleet was destroyed by storm.
Now the time has arrived for China to assert her power for all time against Japan. Japan defies us, defies the greatest empire in the world. The time has come to prove that no nation can defy Kublai Khan.
Therefore I have ordered the building of an armada of 3500 ships. I have ordered the recruitment of 100,000 men. In six months the ships will sail for Japan.
This time the gods of war smile upon us. We will not fail.
The commander of the fleet, the noble Jing Sung, prays before the altar of the war god Zenga.
Commander: Almighty Zenga! Make the sails of our ships strong against the wind. Make the souls of our sailors like those of the tiger. Make our hearts like that of the elephant and our courage like the wild boar of the jungle. Do this for us, Zenga! Do this for us.
[sfx winds increasing, ship creaking]
Commander: Noble Khan! It grows warmer! The sea is very rough! What does this portend?
Khan: Last night the moon filled the sky with blood. This morning the birds do not follow the ship. Now even the sky grows dark. But I have gained strength from Zenga!
This time we cannot fail!
Commander: Come out on deck! The devil winds are singing in my ears!
Khan: Very well, I will come.
[sfx wind howling and screaming]
Commander: Look! The wind has torn the sail in half! Quick! Cut down the sail! Tell the fleet to head for shore! The storm will tear us to pieces!
Khan: Zenga, Zenga, hear me! hear the voice of your loyal soul! Zenga hear me! You told the soothsayers it was right for us to come here! Zenga, do not forsake the men of Kublai Khan! We have offered you sacrifices, O Zenga!
[sfx total destruction]
Announcer: And thus it was that Japan was saved from the all-powerful Mongols, who never tried to conquer Japan again. 3500 ships and 100,000 men were destroyed.
Strange as it seems, a typhoon on July 18, 1281, saved Japan from destruction by Kublai Khan.
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The tale is obviously obsolete. Nothing remotely similar could happen now.
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It is the year 2017. Neo Khan the USA STRONG emperor, ruler of the mysterious West, holds an audience with the nobility of En Wai-see.
[sfx: Gongs and Village People singing YMCA.]
Preceded by 300 nobles in scarlet and gold, Neo Khan enters the long hall, takes his place on the vast throne studded with emeralds.
Neo Khan: My loyal subjects! I have a proclamation to make! Twenty-seven years ago I sent a fleet of cyberwarriors to the nation of Russia. The gods of war were not favorable to us, and our cyberwarriors were destroyed.
Now the time has arrived for USA STRONG to assert her power for all time against Russia. Russia defies us, defies the greatest empire in the world. The time has come to prove that no nation can defy Neo Khan.
Therefore I have ordered the building of an armada of 3500 bots. I have ordered the recruitment of 100,000 transcoders. In six months the bots will attack Russia.
This time the gods of war smile upon us. We will not fail.
The commander of the bots, the noble Jhan Mak-kein, prays before the altar of the war god Tesla.
[sfx 110 baud modem]
Commander: Almighty Tesla! Make the beacons of our bots strong against the Kaspersky. Make the souls of our coders like those of the endangered tiger. Make our hearts like that of the endangered elephant and our courage like the endangered wild boar of the precious vulnerable endangered rain forest. Do this for us, Tesla! Do this for us.
[sfx 110 baud modem shifts to 2400 baud, chips creaking]
Commander: Noble Khan! The planet grows warmer! The web is very rough! What does this portend?
Khan: Last night the RUSSIAN_HACKERS filled the sky with MEDDLING. This morning the bots do not follow the chip. Now even the sky grows dark. The court jester looks at the dark sun with naked eyes and the nobles and courtiers laugh in derision. But I have gained strength from Tesla!
This time we cannot fail!
Commander: Come out on deck! The devil bauds are singing in my ears!
Khan: Very well, I will come.
[sfx modem increasing to 48KB, 70MB, 110GB. Howling and screaming!]
Commander: Look! An undetected merchant chip has torn the motherboard in half! Quick! Unplug the motherboard and plug it in again! Tell the bots to head for Node Zero! The RUSSIAN_INTERFERENCE will tear us to bits!
Khan: Tesla, Tesla, hear me! Hear the voice of your loyal soul! You told the Innovative Disrupters it was right for us to come here! Tesla, do not forsake the trans-persons of Neo Khan! We have offered you 40,000 Deplorables as burnt sacrifices, O Tesla!
[sfx total destruction]
Announcer: And thus it was that Russia was saved from the all-powerful five-eyed Khans, who never tried to conquer Russia again. 3500 bots and 100,000 transcoders were destroyed.
Strange as it seems, a botstorm on August 21, 2017, saved Russia from destruction by Neo Khan.
German word for Insatiable
Saw this picture at Spokane News. An old Lincoln draped over the top of a guard rail after a wild chase. The driver bailed and ran, and the K9 caught him.
Driver's name is Wegleitner. I crudely translated that as road-conductor, but it turns out that Leitner has a much more specific meaning than Leiter. According to a genealogy website, Leitner means "dude who lives on top of a hill", and Wegleitner is "dude who lives on a road at the top of a hill." Perfect.
Urban Dictionary claims that Leitner has an even more precise connotation. I've never heard the word used in English, so it's possible that some of this is parody:
Leitner: meaning one who lives on the hill in German, Leitners are usually found in rich towns in big houses. Those lucky enough to befriend them know that they are caring, loyal, and just all-around amazing. They are natural leaders and will not back down from a challenge. Will destroy those who have the courage, or stupidity, to challenge them. Have women (the guys), and men (the girls) falling all over them.
On the dot. Insatiables as seen by other Insatiables. Bonus for Sailerish observation that Insatiables live on hilltops.
When I was writing the satirical piece on eliminating all streets with South in their name, I looked at a 1940 map of Ponca to see if there was a quick way to illustrate the point. Decided it wasn't worth the trouble, but then got an unexpected bonus:
Did Ponca go the other way? Rename North Ave to Overbrook? Further examination showed that North wasn't the specific target. The city planners were just normalizing the grid so that each latitude and longitude had one street name. Developers had chosen their own names for streets, and it's easier to get around when you can count on one name per latitude. This works best with numbered streets, or alphabetical or presidential names, but it still helps with non-sequential names. When you see Overbrook, you know you're between Summit and Roosevelt.
Whoops! The same planners DIDN'T extend the Roosevelt name to cover Greenwood.
You can see how Overbrook was pulled over to normalize North, Illegible, and Edison; but Roosevelt wasn't pulled over to normalize Greenwood. Both names remain today.
Still doesn't indicate a pattern. If the Overbrook pull indicated a desire to wipe Yankee crap from the map, the planners should have pulled Greenwood to erase Roosevelt, and they shouldn't have extended Albany to cover Illegible.
More likely the planners were retaining names of streets that were already settled, and renaming new or sparse streets. Simply minimizing inconvenience.
¶ 12:06 AM
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Been a LOT of low-flying helicopters over this part of town in the last two or three weeks. No major wildfires near Spokane, so they're not doing splash duty. Preparing and drilling for Operation Slam-Dunk to slay the basket?
Snowflakes that shit on my nose and eyelashes
ZH features the latest snowflake idiocy. A Korean-origin announcer named Robert Lee was pulled from a Virginia sport game because people might think he's a long-dead Confederate General.
What will ESPN do when it comes time to hold their annual year-long celebration of Stonewall, the 1969 event that turned ordinary homosexuals living ordinary lives into lethal weapons for the Left?
Will they have to rename it to Rock Fence? Oops, fences are TROLL TRUMP HITLER. For that matter, Stonewall was already hopelessly profane by association with NIXON TROLL TRUMP HITLER.
If you want to get technical and linguisty, Koreans who use Lee as the English spelling aren't really named Lee at all. The actual Korean name is just ee, sometimes pronounced as Yee. The L is typically added because EE or I is confusing in English.
The logical end of this idiocy is total si.....
SILENCE IS VIOLENCE!
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Later idenote: Hit! I jut realized the tremendou tak awaiting all nowflake. We need to rip up 1/4 of all the treet in UA TRONG becaue 1/4 of all the treet begin with the obcene and unpeakable word OUTH. And after we finih that job, we mut eliminate the letter _ from the language ENTIRELY becaue the letter _ remind people of the unpeakable direction on the compa. Then we mut rewrite all GP oftware o the GP never direct people to drive _____ward. Needle to ay, I have already fulfilled the requirement of directional purity in thi idenote. No inconitency or herey i permiible!!!!!
Phae 2: Intruction to the Godde Gaia. The following are Afe And Correct Nowflake:
You mut intantly ceae production of Oldthink Unafe Nowflake. From now on all nowtorm mut conit olely of Newthink Afe Nowflake. Thi will alo olve Climate Change, becaue it i obviou that the _____ part of any object i warm. Licing off the hot _____ ide, leaving only the cool North ide, will top Warming in it track.
Se-lu 6, HP edition
My cheap HP 'all-in-one' printer started giving a Print Cartridge Error message. At first it halted after printing a few lines, then it wouldn't print at all. Persisted for several days.
Tried all the online hints, which are basically the standard Unplug and Plug In Again. Unplug the power, unplug the USB, unplug the cartridges. Replaced both cartridges with new. None of it helped.
Time for se-lu. LOOSEN YOURSELF.
Instead of sticking with the usual, I started piddling around, doing things that couldn't possibly have any connection to the problem. The little useless touch-screen on the front of the printer has some arrows and a red X and an OK. I tapped all of them randomly for a few minutes.
Presto. Tried to print, and it worked. Tried several more pages, still good.
Se-lu = so-lu-tus = solution.
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Best guess: The memory in the printer's onboard CPU must have been stuck in some kind of improper mode which couldn't be changed via software commands. The manual controls loosened the stuck bits.
Maduro's elevator pitch while the elevator plummets
Maduro is making a last-ditch effort to defend his regime. Sounds like he's attempting to form ties with BRICS, and hoping to keep his people with him when USA STRONG attacks, as it surely will. Now that Trump is fully and enthusiastically owned by Deepstate, nothing can stop the obliteration machine.
Russia hasn't been friendly to Maduro, and doesn't seem impressed by the speech.
Maduro makes a few strong points:
Venezuela has never attacked or invaded anyone. Narrowly true. Venezuela has been disputing the eastern border with Guyana for 200 years, but the dispute never expanded into a real war. Similarly with the western border with Colombia.
His regime has followed the rules of "democracy". Mostly true, and overall better than USA STRONG's commitment to "democracy". Maduro holds elections and allows most of the results to stand.
Now he wants to expand the economy to include more than oil. This point is deeply annoying. As I've discussed before, Chavez and Maduro have run the country into the ground by Graybill's Law.
Venezuela has a tremendous variety of natural resources. Minerals, valuable crops like coffee and cocoa, valuable and unique types of wood, and oil. Previous governments were more self-sufficient, developing all the resources and all the skills needed to make value from the resources. When you make lots of different things, nobody can pin you down.
Chavez and Maduro got lazy and chummy with Exxon, letting everything else decline. When you let a globalist corporation run things, you're trapped. The corporation can smash you any time it wants, and Exxon has done just that.
It may be too late to follow Brazil's example of self-sufficiency.
Even so, the speech is a noble effort. Maduro is pleading humbly for forgiveness.
Will he pull away from globalism and become a fit ally for the independent side? Based on long habits of dependence, it's not likely, but I wouldn't blame the people for giving him a chance.
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Relevant footnote: Looking again at the source of info on Venezuela's exports in earlier decades. Here's coffee in 1898:
V was second after Brazil. More appropriate comparison, V was producing three times as much as similar-sized Colombia.
Now current rankings:
V is now 26th instead of 2nd, and is now producing 1/27 of Colombia instead of 3 times Colombia. That's an 81-fold reduction. Couldn't ask for a better illustration of Graybill.
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Irrelevant metrology footnote: In the same book, a peculiar usage in the section on climate:
DEGREES AND MINUTES OF TEMPERATURE! Clearly an inappropriate transfer from angles. It's doubly out of place in the tyrannically decimal metric system. The writer uses the minutes casually, so it must have been a common habit. /// Later: No, those aren't even proper minutes. If you're going to use minutes and seconds, you can't have 67 minutes. The author or typesetter must have been misusing the minute mark to represent decimals.
Another table lists the length of rivers in kilometers and the drainage area in square leagues. Equally inappropriate.
Aberree and CIA, sort of
A letter in the Nov 1955 Aberree mentions something written in another para-Hubbard journal:
Relevant text: The vague reference to a 'person or persons unknown' feeding insanity-producing drugs, especially that tidbit of the psychiatrist of 'russian origin'...
Since this is a vague reference to a vague reference, it's hard to place in context, but the date and flavor lead me to think that rumors of MKULTRA were circulating in offbeat parts of the culture. MKULTRA was going strong in late '55. The 'russian origin' strengthens the CIA connection since CIA has ALWAYS attributed its demonic evil to 'russian origin'.
I still get emails from Repooflicans because I supported the party from '96 to '06. This email from Chris Vance, former head eunuch of the Wash State Eunuch Repoofs, is a new form of nullity, a new form of politics based on delusion:
There has been a mountain of words written in recent years — and particularly since the 2016 election — about the dysfunctional state of U.S. politics. All the data shows voters are fed up with both parties, Donald Trump and the status quo. I haven’t been alone in speculating that some new third force must inevitably emerge.
Well, I am here to report that it already has.
The Centrist Project invited me to attend its first “Pioneers Summit,” held last weekend in Philadelphia. This is a Political Action Committee focused on winning elections ....
Already lost me. Centrist is meaningless, and there's no point in winning elections unless you're going to DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. But I kept reading...
I was one of roughly 50 people in attendance. There were nationally known media figures such as William Kristol of the Weekly Standard, Michael Smerconish of CNN, Joe Avlon of the Daily Beast and Matthew Dowd of ABC News. There were a handful of top-flight political professionals, both former Republicans and former Democrats. There was a cadre of major donors who clearly had the capacity to give and raise significant money. We heard from one of the leading organizers of Emmanuel Macron’s victorious independent campaign in France.
Kristol, Smerconish, MACRON?????
Jesus. These are not "independents", they're perfectly standard traditional globalist neocons. They're Repoofs and Democrats. Bush and Clinton.
We already have FOUR neocon globalist parties. Repoof, Dem, Libertarian, Green. The latter two pretended to be "independent" and then officially endorsed Hillary.
We don't need a FIFTH neocon globalist party, and we don't need a THIRD fake "independent" Clinton organization.
As mentioned many times, here's what we need:
Radical NYCectomy, radical DCectomy. Nothing less will do.
¶ 11:38 PM
Politics of nullity
Continuing from previous.
Last year fashionable idiots replaced their Facebook icons with rainbow shit, in honor of trans nonsense. This year fashionable idiots are replacing their Facebook icons with a No-Swastika thing, to oppose fake "neo-Nazis", who were built by the same Sorosian forces that are building the symbolizers.
In other words the fashionable idiots have switched from FAVORING a non-existent thing to OPPOSING a non-existent thing.
There's nothing wrong with being a fan of a fictional character or thing. You can represent yourself as a fan of Betty Boop or Doctor Who or Downton Abbey. Those fandoms may get intense but everyone understands the subject is fictional.
This is different. These fans are creating ACTUAL TYRANNY and ruining ACTUAL LIVES with their support and opposition of nonexistent entities. They are ganging up on people who prefer reality, and governments are cultivating and assisting the gang warfare.
Oh. Sudden realization. This has become a religious dispute, not a political dispute. Catholic vs Protestant, Sunni vs Shia, Calvinist vs Arminian.
Well, no. That's not right. Those older religious disputes are between two groups that ACTUALLY FOLLOW different versions of the scriptures.
In this new dispute the warmakers are targeting and persecuting people who are BELIEVED to be against trans or BELIEVED to be for neo-Nazis, even though the targets have no connection at all with the fictional items. "Silence is violence." Your lack of opinion on the subject convicts you.
It's like Catholics fighting Hindus because they think the Hindus are Protestants, or Shia fighting Buddhists because they think the Buddhists are Sunni.
It's CRIMINALLY INSANE. That's all.
(Pretty sure I made this same point before in a different context, but it's not worth trying to find the earlier version.)
¶ 3:19 PM
For the first time ever, I'm using the tired cliche literally!
Right now is the 'peak' of the eclipse here. Nothing dramatic, just looks sort of hazy, which is common in wildfire season. If I hadn't been reading about it, I wouldn't think anything was unusual.
I've been keeping my ears open in case dogs or squirrels or birds are talking about it. Not a peep or a chirp or a bark or a b'gawk. Dogs barked at the mailman to verify their existence, but otherwise quiet.
Graybill and transportation
Reviewing Graybill's Law:The people of Free-Trade countries are therefore driven into the few occupations which are left, by reason of the destruction of their formerly more varied pursuits. Hence those diversified talents with which men are endowed are not developed but remain latent and unused, an incalculable detriment to the prosperity of their respective countries.
I've applied this to currencies and resources.
It also applies to modes of transportation. When a city or country is self-sufficient and self-contained, it develops a WIDE VARIETY of everything. Skills, resources, ways of getting around, newspapers, anything you name. Having a wide variety of transportation and services makes it possible to KEEP a wide variety of people employed and paid, which makes it possible to KEEP a wide variety of transportation and services running.
When globalism CLAMPS down, each city and country is required to perform exactly ONE service or provide exactly ONE resource. Everything CLAMPS down to serve the ONE purpose.
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Small towns always built more than one way of getting around. Streets for horses and cars, streetcar tracks, and sidewalks. Even the TINIEST towns had sidewalks.
Let's look at Coyville, a town that hasn't changed much since its non-globalist founding.
Original town, 1886:
Current map, 2017:
I see one new block at the NE corner, otherwise the same.
Coyville wasn't quite large enough for a newspaper. Its population peaked at 232 in 1920. The minimum to sustain a weekly was around 400. Nearby Fall River, at 383, did have a paper:
Googlestreet's view of the "center" of Coyville:
And a typical busy boulevard elsewhere:
Except for Main (Decatur), which is a county road, the streets haven't been paved or maintained. Most of them are a single pair of wheel ruts. But the sidewalks abide.
Admittedly this is a little unfair. Coyville is in SE Kansas, an area that doesn't get serious snow or serious cold. No frost-heave, not much ice, no evil pine roots. So sidewalks have a decent chance of survival.
Still, this is a universal pattern in small towns everywhere. Some blocks never got houses or pavement, and most blocks have lost their houses and pavement. Sidewalks abide.
Politics of negativity, literally"Story" in "local" fake news on a standard Sorosian protest at WSU. As usual the faculty are pushing the idiot infantile students toward even more infantile idiocy instead of trying** to teach adult sanity to the students.
One poster says "Silence is violence".
An adult teacher could use this for all sorts of lessons.
First and most obvious: The student is now fully committed to the worst form of totalitarianism. Robespierre, Stalin, Kim. No metaphor, no analogy. Already there.
Every action by the heretic is evidence of heresy. Even total lack of action is evidence of heresy. There is no guidance or training or justice. We know who the Wrong People are, and we will use every breath and every word and every lack of breath and every lack of words as evidence of their Wrongness. Anything you say and anything you don't say and anything you do and anything you don't do will be used against you.
Second: Judging people on their mere existence, regardless of actions, is PREJUDICE and bigotry BY EXACT FUCKING DEFINITION.
Third: A lesson in logic. If you think "Silence is violence" can be used rationally to judge and train correct behavior, you need to stop and think about what you're measuring. Baselines and deltas. If you're punishing NOT-X, how do you know which X the heretic is negating?
WHICH SILENCE are you punishing? When the heretic keeps his mouth shut, how do you know he's being silent ABOUT your favorite topic of this millisecond? Maybe he's not quite up on the latest trends in idiocy. Maybe he's silent about your favorite topic of the previous millisecond, which you are now protesting against, in which case he's actually with you by default. Maybe he's silent about the poor food in the dorm cafeteria. Maybe he's failing to condemn the annoying teacher who gave him a C instead of a B. Maybe he's deaf, you horrible ableist. Maybe he's silent about your tyranny. Maybe he's silent because you've given him NO ROOM FOR ANY ACTION AT ALL.
The soap-opera of Cable Fake News prepared the ground for this form of tyranny. Every conversation on Cable Fake News is about "Failing to Condemn" or "Refusing to avoid condemning" or "Not avoiding the topic of your opponent's failure to condemn the lack of condemnation", etc, instead of real action.
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** Footnote... Since I've been paralleling this shit with 1969 shit, I need to do the same here. This is THE ONE SITUATION where 1969 was unquestionably different. In '69 the faculty were NOT inciting the hippies. They were TRYING to calm us down. The advice didn't click immediately, but left a memory trace that I later used as a ground point when I lost the buzz of radicalism. As in "Hmm. What did the prof mean by that? Oh. Now I see what he meant."
Se-lu 5 /// and /// Thanks, Ralph 468
A secondary thought spawned from yesterday's ramblings on jury service.
The primary thought was: Juries are the ONLY government function that still works properly in engineering terms, because juries are the ONLY functioning feedback mechanism. Thus juries are the ONLY piece of government that I'll work to assist and preserve.
There's a secondary reason for preservation as well. Se-lu. The county uniquely understands that the best way to solve the jury call problem is to LOOSEN THE CLAMPS and let the right people select themselves.
The natural tendency of modern governments is CLAMP CLAMP CLAMP. Every problem must be solved by TIGHTENING THE SCREWS. It's a one-way ratchet** like a giant Zip-tie or a giant cable comealong.
The normal way to solve the jury problem is to declare War On Skippers. Require 100.00000% compliance AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE. All skippers and all people who THINK of skipping and all people who THINK ABOUT THINKING ABOUT skipping must immediately be hauled off to jail without a trial, jury or otherwise, and serve an irreducible maximum sentence, after which they must be watched forever like sex predators. This is the only way to guarantee PERPETUAL EXPONENTIAL INCREASE in the budget and workforce and POWER of the jury system.
Instead, the county solves the problem by loosening. Make it clear that jury service is a duty, don't advertise that there's no penalty, and treat the people who do respond with RESPECT. Result: Minimum expense, no resistance, the appropriate people self-select and voluntarily return when called again, even after they've learned there's no penalty. Repeat customers are the best measure of success.
I've heard ancient tales claiming that most of USA STRONG's government used to work this way. I don't know if those stories are believable, but I know that this one piece in this one place DOES follow se-lu, so it's doubly worth assisting and preserving.
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Intel agencies formerly worked in a looser way as well. In the 50s and 60s CIA exerted its chaotizing influence indirectly and implicitly by quietly subsidizing avant-garde "artists" and "musicians" and "architects" who seemed to be experts at ruining culture. This setup worked nicely. Chaos grew at an appropriate rate WITHOUT GENERATING RESISTANCE.
Now the CLAMP CLAMP CLAMP tendency is breaking the hold of CIA over the culture. Instead of passively encouraging chaos and ugliness and mayhem, CIA's Soros division funds "two" "sides" of violent revolutionaries to smash up everything. People are starting to SEE what's happening, and starting to RESIST passively by refusing to join either "side".
Simultaneously a brand-new tendency toward PRISSINESS is breaking CIA's formerly complete hold on knowledge. In the 50s and 60s CIA had agents and wiretaps on every group that seemed promisingly destructive. Their goal was to KNOW EVERYTHING without being known, to avoid creating alternative channels.
Now the PRISSY tendency drives CIA's Google and Paypal branches to cut off connections to groups with the wrong tone. Like the classic sniffy feminist bluenose, CIA says "Hmph. I'm sure I don't know any of the vulgar types to whom you have reference. I only know persons with whom one can have a proper and delicate conversation."
Cutting off communication and banking is a VISIBLE act which SHOWS you who is part of Five Eyes and who is not. Organizations that remain connected are Five Eyes. This VISIBILITY will inevitably create ALTERNATIVE CHANNELS for communication and banking. Nothing mysterious about this. Prohibition always generates smuggling.
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**Footnote: One-way ratchet = cogwheel rigidity. Parkinson's Law = Parkinson's Disease. Lack of inhibitory feedback results in permanent spasm.
Exception to two rules
One of those jury duty scams is going around lately. Letters or phone calls that seem legit, telling you to pay a big fine to the scammer because you skipped jury duty.
"Local" fake news media were warning people about it, but not giving the information you REALLY need to counter it.
I thought about leaving a comment on the fake news story to add the appropriate knowledge, then decided against it.
This fits nicely into one big rule, and is an exception to two others.
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Fits nicely: Real experience is the only source of knowledge. The notion of jury duty given by "education" and mediasatans is almost entirely wrong. The basic visual image is okay: You sit there during the trial and you deliberate afterwards. All the rest is wrong.
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Exception 1: The best rule about scams is:You can't cheat a man who checks carefully before responding to a threat or an offer. In this case you can't find out the facts by checking, so the rule doesn't work.
What's the important fact that you can't check? In this county (not necessarily elsewhere) there is no penalty at all for skipping the call. Only 40% of people who get the letter show up for service, and the cost of trying to fine or jail all the skippers would drown the court system. The 40% who do show up are the RIGHT 40% by self-selection, so everything works out. If everyone knew in advance that there's no penalty, the system would stop working.
I know this fact because I've been called three times, heard the intro lecture three times, ended up in the actual box once.
[Sidenote: You might doubt the scam because you don't remember getting a summons, but you can't really check that part either. Maybe you got the letter and accidentally tossed it as junk. Aside from your own errors, the post office is getting sloppier every day. Some neighborhoods are completely without mail service because the carrier doesn't like one of the residents.]
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Exception 2: Normally I'm all for SHOWING YOUR WORK, but I'll make an exception in this case. I won't provide the missing information.
Why? As a result of the experience I know one other thing: Juries are the ONLY REMAINING PIECE OF GOVERNMENT AT ALL LEVELS THAT STILL WORKS. The only way a normal citizen can provide CONCRETE AND CONSEQUENTIAL FEEDBACK to the system. Everything else is fully fucked. "Elections" are worse than meaningless. Calling your "representative" just puts you on a blacklist. Sending money to a candidate is a total waste. Expressing opinions in public will ruin you or kill you. Only juries still function in a small way, and that small function is even more precious because it's the ONLY THING LEFT.
Since I'm doing this.........
Since I'm into contrary crap this morning....
We have reached a new peak (I won't say endpoint, because Satan knows no endpoints or asymptotes) in contrariness.
For a long time "Darwinians" have been violently and resolutely ignorant of genetics, and "non-Darwinians" have affirmed the facts of genetics.
You can see this contrariness nicely in Google vs Damore. Google claims to be "scientific" because it ferociously and murderously rejects all scientific facts, while Damore is seen as "superstitious science denier" because he calmly and moderately accepts scientific facts.
The latest mess about the tiny and mostly fake faction of "neo-Nazis" takes the genetic contradiction to a new peak.
The "anti-fascists" are clearly and unconflictedly opposed to every aspect of Natural Law, while the "neo-Nazis", if they exist, are clearly and unconflictedly in favor of traditional culture and Natural Law.
If you favor Natural Law, you should favor Africans and Muslims above all, and you should want to exterminate Scandinavians. Africans and Muslims have never moved away from traditional family rules and morality. Scandinavians turned tradition upside down 100 years ago and have continually raised the bar on bizarre suicidal evil since then.
So the neo-Nazis SHOULD admire and obey Africans and Muslims, and the Diversitarians SHOULD hate Muslims and admire the blondest of the blonds.
Hmm. This doesn't QUITE describe the actual preferences of these two groups.
Super-silly-ous suitThis lawsuit, as cited in ZH, is not only silly but counterproductive. It says that Poland Spring Water is "not spring water" because it comes from a well that contains "groundwater".
Absolutely no difference. Every spring and every aquifer and every well is groundwater. It all comes from rain, filters through soil, reaches a layer where it stops and pools in gravel or rocks.
There's a real difference between well water and river water. River water hasn't been filtered. It contains immediate and fresh bird poop, fish poop, and human poop.
Most city water systems are drawn from wells, which means they're just as "springy" as the imaginary "pure spring".
The only thing that matters is the impurities. Some wells contain minerals that make the water pleasantly tasty and effervescent. Other wells just taste bad. Other wells and aquifers are pretty nearly pure.
By setting up a costly legal precedent on the false distinction of "spring" and "ground", this lawsuit distracts from the slightly important distinction of tap water vs well water. When bottled water is simply taken from the city system, it's probably cleaner than "pure spring" water, thus you might want to pay more for it... if you're stupid enough to fall for the whole bottling fraud in the first place.
¶ 10:05 AM
Along the same lines as previous item....
Conventional wisdom says big dumb dinosaurs died out because little smart mammals outwitted them.
Dinosaurs didn't die out. They saw the trend, became little and smart to compete successfully with mammals.
Who's smarter, the adapter or the non-adapter?
¶ 5:10 AM
I doubt it
Lots of writers are earning their clickbait pay today by writing about the eclipse. Science vs superstition, bash ignorant Deplorable Denier TRUMPHITLER, all the usual ratshit.
Basic point: When an event is regular and periodic, nobody gives it occult significance. Nervous systems adapt to short periodicity (<= one year) without any trouble. A culture with a good hive brain adapts to longer periodicities. Eclipses fall into the same range as droughts and floods, with periods near a decade. Well within the realm of cultural learning. Million-year periodicities like magnetic field reversals or ice ages are not naturally learnable.
I doubt that most "primitive" people were surprised by eclipses. "Primitive" people had strong cultural memories. Modern "advanced enlightened tolerant" people, intentionally deprived of cultural learning by TV and "education", are far more likely to be surprised, and far more likely to attribute occult significance. That's the whole point of "education". Wipe common sense, make us totally vulnerable to the Official Answer given by TV.
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Later: What about astrology? Turning regularity into occult? Partly yes, mostly no. Modern astrologers don't talk like prophets or preachers. They talk more like engineers. Adjusting your behavior to fit today's combination of quadratures and oppositions is the same as adjusting your spark timing to 5 degrees before TDC on cylinder #2. You can predict the effects of the quadratures BECAUSE they're running on the solar crankshaft, and you can optimize your power stroke accordingly.
¶ 3:32 AM
A more precise thoughtEarlier I placed cults and bubbles in the same category. Inaccurate. Somewhat more refined thought:
A cult always has ONE highly visible leader, who is the required object of religious and sexual desire. A cult always evangelizes to gather more power and money and sex for the leader.
Not all bubbles are cults. Real estate bubbles have no leaders, no personality at all. Earlier bubbles in railroads or automobiles or tulips were often spawned and planned by identifiable leaders like JP Morgan or Billy Durant, but Morgan and Durant were NOT the object of intense admiration and obedience. Nobody tried to live and dress like JP.
The modern tech industry is a group of cults. Its leaders (Jobs, Musk, Zuckerberg, Bezos) are worshipped personally, and their sayings and styles are copied and ferociously defended by the members. Jobs is still worshipped after death, like other historical cult leaders. Evangelism is explicit and organized. Tech generates bubbles, but it isn't primarily a bubble.
Se-lu 4, Soviet edition
In making "improved" versions of Volney's meter, I found that some of my "improvements" led to failure. Turns out that the odd-looking stuff in Volney's ckt wasn't an error, it was an elegant and efficient use of real components. More about that later, after I do more experiments and learn more.
Trying to figure out some of the elegant tricks, I ran into a different form of elegance. I've often talked about superior Soviet science education, using REAL EXPERIENCE with REAL NATURAL PHENOMENA. The Soviet form of Cybernetics followed the same path, letting Nature do part of the design instead of shoehorning Nature into fashionable idiot theories.
This 1967 publication by our Air Force is part of a regular series of reviews, covering and translating Russian technical developments and patents. We obviously didn't learn anything from the reviews because we're incapable of learning.
Two of the items in this PDF are beautifully Natural.
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(1) A co-generator for three-phase AC, designed to be inserted into a turbulent gas flow. This would recapture energy from a large smokestack or engine exhaust.
In other words, it's a cochlea.
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(2) A simple analog-to-digital converter with a pulse-rate output.
In other words, it's a neuron with pulse repetition rate output, like a hair cell or a gamma stretch sensor.
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Language sidenote: The USAF translator who wrote this document wasn't named. He truly deserves major credit. Name in lights. We don't have the original Russian, but it's a safe bet that the original was stilted and stiff because it was written by engineers. This document is the BEST technical writing I've ever seen. I've read and written a lot of technical descriptions, and nothing remotely approaches the readability and clarity of this work.
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.