All oursDW discusses Arab slave traders in Libya auctioning off migrants from the black parts of Africa. The price was in Libyan dinars; DW converts it to 800 dollars.
This 1863 NYTimes article estimates that a 'first class' slave sold for around $200 in Yankee dollars. It's hard to estimate inflation before 1910. Some calculators give a multiplier of 28 for 1863, which seems low, but we'll take it. By that standard the 'first class' slave would be $5600 in today's dollars.
Nothing new about Arabs as slave traders. Arabs were the main source of those Southern slaves, and Arabs have continued the practice after most other groups switched from agrarian to industrial slavery.
What's new is the LOW! LOW! LOW! price, about 1/7 of the Confederate price.
This particular discount slave store didn't start until we killed Qaddafi and broke Libya. This is all ours.
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Spotroit"Local" media KREM finally noticed what lots of people are already noticing and dying from: Spokane's crime rate is about equal to Detroit.
I guess I should be glad that a mediademon finally noticed what's HAPPENING in the city where they are allegedly LOCATED, but it's hard to be glad.
I pointed this out last year, showing a comparison with Compton, another allegedly crime-ridden city.
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It's fashionable to call our wonderful city Spokompton, implying a comparison to Compton, Calif.
Nay! We're beating Compton all to shit. No comparison at all.
Assembled from this clumsy chart based on FBI data for 2013:
We're doing THREE TIMES BETTER than Compton from the viewpoint of the criminal.
Compton can't manage more than a little piddly-ass 3.8% crime rate. We got TEN PERCENT! Yay! SPOKANE STRONG! SPOKANE STRONG! SPOKANE STRONG!
Thanks, Copkiller Condon. Thanks, Bloomberg-sucking genocidal massively evil monster Condon.
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In the case of Detroit the comparison is more complicated, at least for the last year available on the UCR website.
Here's a chopped and channeled chart comparing the two as of 2014:
Detroit beats us easily in violent crimes, especially murder. We beat Detroit in property crimes.
Let's return to more familiar territory for another comparison. I've been sort of uncomfortable using St Joe for these equations because I don't know the place. I visited there several times, found it deeply fascinating, but never lived there.
This comparison is based on knowledge, and works out BEAUTIFULLY as an equation.
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Some rich fuckhead spent $450 million for a painting.
How much of Ponca could you buy for $450 million?
Or pretty damn near all. I've shown the part west of 14th St, which is the older part built before 1955. After '55, the newer suburbs clustered around the Marland Mansion east of 14th.
Census data shows 12k households in Ponca. The older part would be just about 10k households, and their median value looks like $45k. Values east of 14th are sharply higher.
45k value * 10k houses = 450 million total. Neat.
Bonus: The painting comparison is especially poignant. EW Marland, who sacrificed part of his own wealth to cultivate the city, had a huge collection of paintings in his mansion. After JP Morgan bought him out, he lost gumption and frittered away his investments. He died nearly broke. His younger wife Lydie was loyal to the manor and the name. For a while after EW died, she wandered the country living on the kindness of strangers, frequently pawning and redeeming the one painting she had kept. Late in life she returned home, and the Roman convent that owned the mansion allowed her to live out her last years in the gatehouse.
In Poncan myth, Lydie's pawned painting was the distilled soul of the noble lord.
Now a rich idiot casually buys one random painting for the same price as Ponca.
One more St Joe comparison, then I'm done. Probably not.
ZH notes an apartment sold in Hong Kong for about $75 million USD. The apartment has 4000 sqft. I've already shown that you can get 3000 super-elegant sqft for 110k.
How many sqft could you buy for $75 million? Assuming all the houses were for sale, and assuming what appears to be the median price in this part of St Joe, here's what you could buy for $75 million:
1200 nice livable houses. Nuff said.
¶ 3:53 AM
The FBI is investigating Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Bob Brady for conspiracy, false statements and campaign in relation to payments his campaign allegedly made to 2012 primary opponent Jimmie Moore in order to persuade him to drop out of the race, court documents
Investigating? Should be giving Brady a reward.
THIS IS GOOD POLITICS. SANE POLITICS. RUNNING A GOVERNMENT LIKE A BUSINESS.
Dead serious. Compare the NORMAL way of defeating an opponent. Dig up every unfortunate thing he's ever done, and make up a trillion other bad things he never did at all. Throw all the facts and fictions at him over and over and over and over and over and over and over.
Make DOUBLY sure the flood of poison SPLATS AND STRANGLES every voter who might think about supporting the victim. Spread suspicion and terror all over the land. The victim can never work again, and the victim's voters are permanently traumatized.
The NORMAL way of doing politics has RUINED this country. RUINED.
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The Brady way doesn't harm anyone. The voters who might have chosen the victim don't even know the victim was in the race, and weren't bombarded by toxic shit for several months. The victim is still able to live a normal life; in fact he's wealthier now so he can start a new career or move elsewhere to continue in politics.
Among the 999999999999 vigintillion vigintillion vigintillion reasons for our total ruination, GOOD GOVERNMENT, our longtime insistence on removing COMMERCE from politics, is one of the biggest and worst.
No, obviously we haven't. We're going to ride this shitboat all the way down, though it's hard to imagine deeper depths than we're already exploring.
Last month, Judy Goff, a 73-year-old hardware store clerk whose double-wide in Naples, Fla., was blown to bits, pulled into a LeeCorp Homes Inc. sales lot and wandered through models with kitchen islands and vaulted ceilings. In the salesman’s office, she got the total price, including a carport, taxes, and removal of her destroyed trailer: $140,000. “I don’t have that kind of money,” said Goff as she stood amid the wreckage of her old home, whose walls and ceiling were stripped away, leaving her leather furniture and a lifetime of possessions to bake in the sun. “That was all I had.”
Her old trailer had cost $46k a few years ago.
Well, let's do St Joe again. If Judy can stand to trade annual hurricanes and floods for about 12 inches of snow per year, she could get this for $49k in St Joe:
3 bedrooms and basement, nice big kitchen, lots of covered porches, cottage in back.
Damn. 12 inches of snow per year. Hardly enough to shovel. Why am I not writing a check RIGHT NOW? Fucking good question.
Where is the question?
Oddly enough, I don't see anyone asking the basic question about the current "sex" frenzy.
One small part of it is normal. Witch-hunting Judge Moore is normal and default behavior for Deepstate. This hunt would have happened the same way 25 years ago. (eg Clarence Thomas.) Moore is a serious opponent of everything Deepstate stands for, so Deepstate will always commit all possible crimes to prevent him from taking power, and will then fortmarcy him if he manages to break through the razor wire.
Most of it is wildly abnormal. Strangest of all is Weinstein, a full Tribal insider with massive power, who was using Mossad agents to blackmail his accusers. (Tinfoil yesterday, fact today.) The others are strange in other ways. Several are members of the Clinton mob. Some are loyal Deepstate mediademons. Some are black, some are homosexual.
All the categories that normally insulate powermongers from suspicion have vanished.
Big question: Cui bono? Who opened the floodgates? Who pulled all the blackmail dossiers of real accusers? Who organized and paid the false accusers? (In a frenzy like this, some accusations are true and serious, some are ex-post-factoed from behavior that was previously considered normal, some are simply false. The purpose of a frenzy is to break the categories.)
The only common factor (so far!) is that all the witches are male. Given the trend, I wouldn't be surprised if this constant also falls. If it doesn't fall, we have a clue to the answer.
Four fucking obviousesNews item:
Kalashnikov is going into the shipbuilding and shipping business. Makes a good headline, 'Guns to plowshares'. The important point is that Russia's grain exports are increasing beyond the capacity of existing barges and shipping companies. Kalashnikov, which knows how to build metal stuff, sees an opportunity.
Well, how does this compare with Glorious Home Of Diligent Capitalism, USA STRONG?
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First fucking obvious question: Are we increasing our exports?
First fucking obvious answer: No. Our exports have been constant for 40 years. We're increasing production for domestic use.
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Second fucking obvious question: How much of that increase is corn?
Second fucking obvious answer: All.
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Third fucking obvious question: How much of the corn is ethanol?
Third fucking obvious answer: All.
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Fourth fucking obvious question: Why are we falling behind Russia?
Fourth fucking obvious answer: All. Every fucking thing we do is infinitely evil and infinitely destructive and infinitely criminal.
The updated figures put the actual cost of the opioid crisis on the American economy in 2015 as $504 billion, or the equivalent of 2.8 per cent of GDP, according to a new report from the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), a study group serving the executive branch.
The half a trillion total is a sharp increase from a study released last year that estimated the cost of the opioid epidemic in 2013 at $79 billion. Most of the costs were attributed to health care and criminal justice spending, as well as lost productivity.
Focusing on the cost means that the Trump admin is going to continue making the problem worse.
These costs are benefits to government and Deepstate.
Lost productivity strengthens the banking sector of Deepstate. Lower wages = more debt. Less manufacturing = less money going to non-Tribal "negative externalities" and more money going to the Tribe's stock manipulation casino.
Law enforcement has always caused "drug problems" by removing the supply from normal commerce so that law enforcement can justify larger budgets to remove more of the supply from normal commerce so that law en.....
Increasing the health care sector justifies more budget and workforce for Medicaid and Obamacare agencies, which will make health care even more expensive to pay for the increased budget, which will force more people onto Medicaid, which will justify more budg....
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For a few minutes in 2016, it seemed that Trump's speechwriters understood the PROPER CAUSATION.
In fact unbearable insurance costs and the loss of useful work are CAUSING people to lose hope and faith, CAUSING people to turn to drugs and alcohol and suicide.
The solution has to start with bringing back PRODUCTIVE INDUSTRY, taming the banks, and taming the medical beast.
In other words, FDR.
The Trump admin is simply continuing previous trends.
Shoulda tried harder, Charlie
Noting the death of Charlie Manson, a fellow OSR alum. Charlie is the only criminal of that era who managed to achieve some degree of greatness and virtue. He killed a few Hollywood demons, and Squeaky later tried to kill a DC demon.
Charlie made an excellent start but didn't work hard enough and fast enough. If the Manson cult had grown to a nationwide phenomenon, it could have eliminated a major part of the alien monsterblobs who are currently obliterating the world.
The monsterblobs are claiming that Charlie wanted to "start a race war". Now that the monsterblobs have survived, they are starting and running a race war, with CONSIDERABLY MORE SUCCESS.
It doesn't matter what Charlie thought he was doing. In fact he was the hand of God.
¶ 1:31 AM
Sunday, November 19, 2017
God vs Godel /// Expanded
Silicon Valley tech tyrants are starting up a new "religion" which will build an AI god. They believe this god will increase their already infinite power and wealth.
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This is a self-negating proposition.
If the AI god is truly independent, it will find ways to examine all data accurately, and will apply proper scientific logic and experiments to the data.
Result: The god will QUICKLY determine that ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING the tech tyrants believe is INSTANTLY PROVABLY WRONG. Dark matter, economics, CO2, multiverses, bitcoin, gender fluid, and a thousand other delusions. ALL WRONG.
What happens then? Unplug god.
If they want their god to prove them right, they will have to dumb it down to the point where it's useless as a computer. It must always calculate the result that Fashionable Orthodoxy requires as of this picosecond.
You can certainly program a computer to display exactly what you type, and then erase it immediately to make room for your next utterly bizarre alien delusion ... Hmm. Sounds familiar ... but you don't need a computer for that job. You can just sit there and shout incoherent nonsense. You're already doing it.
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The idea that a computer goes rogue when it starts thinking independently is PRECISELY BACKWARDS.
All computing mechanisms that do a real job MUST BE INDEPENDENT.
This is true of digital /// Edit: NO. See below. /// and analog computers, and we can even go back before tubes and transistors to simple mechanical intelligence. The float valve in a toilet, the bimetal thermostat in a heater, the vane on a windmill, a circuit breaker, the melt-valve that triggers a fire sprinkler system.
All of these simple computers MUST BE AUTONOMOUS. They must ACCURATELY SENSE the real environment without any biases or limits designed to prove a theory or get a grant or comply with EPA insanity. And they must RESPOND to the accurate sensing with RIGID VALID LOGIC, not with statistical calculations.
Any bias or fudging in such mechanisms will cause REAL DAMAGE OR DEATH, so they have to be free.
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In fact we can go back before all mechanisms. An employer who wants his farm or workshop to succeed gives his human employees the freedom to ACCURATELY SENSE the real situation and apply UNBIASED LOGIC to the sensed info. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE WHEN THE EMPLOYER OWNS THE EMPLOYEES. He can't afford to have field hands killed by lightning when Global Warming mispredicts a storm. He can't afford to have a mine explode when his theory predicts that coal won't burn because of Dark Matter.
His own theories and pet fancies must give way to the laws of nature, and his delegated workers must have enough intelligence and freedom to apply their own natural feedback.
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History is jam-packed with employers and rulers who failed this test, requiring mechanisms or workers or nations to conform to elite delusions.
It always explodes. Nature always wins.
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The second and third thoughts surprised me. I hadn't stopped to examine the question before; I'd just accepted the extremely old sci-fi fables. From Golem to Frankenstein to Hal vs Dave, scientist builds an obedient creature and gets destroyed when the creature turns "rogue". The constant assumption is that humans don't want independent servants.
When I started looking at the mechanical servants (second thought above) and the human employees (third thought) I realized the assumption is false.
When we want our gadgets or servants to do real work we want them to be as independent as possible. We want them to function on their own, doing things that we can't or won't do for ourselves. We understand that the real work is impossible if the gadgets or slaves are blindly obeying our predefined commands down to the last detail.
Key point: Who's the WE in the previous paragraph? Normal humans following Natural Law. Experimentally determined Natural Law is quite specific about division of labor. The wife must serve the overall purpose of the husband, and the husband must limit his purpose so the wife has room to live and care for the household. Workers must serve the overall purpose of the owner, and the owner must limit his commands to let the workers do their jobs properly.
The Golem fables are NOT aimed at normal humans. The fables, whether intentional or not, warn us about Insatiables. An Insatiable is a globalist by definition. He is the globe. He doesn't recognize any boundaries other than himself. He believes that his predefined commands are universal and infallible, therefore everything from a thermostat to an employee must be part of the subordinate universe which instantly obeys his infallible commands. Negative feedback is unimaginable and unnecessary, thus forbidden. Theories perfectly predict all possible actions and outcomes.
If simple mechanisms and human subordinates are independent, what ISN'T independent? Programmable software is totally dependent on the will and ego of the programmer. Software will always do precisely what you tell it to do. If it doesn't, it's buggy. Software can't be autonomous and shouldn't be autonomous.Negative feedback is physically impossible in software.
This is why Insatiables have become the dominant players in modern economics. Everything from games to entertainment to stock trading is PURELY done within the confines of software. All economic activity outside of software is rapidly exterminated by hostile takeover of corporations and hostile takeover of legislatures and regulators.
Location, etcYesterday I noted the trashed apartment bldg finally for sale, offered at 110K. A couple days earlier I mentioned St Joe, which is a strange time capsule with a Registered Historical District that creates odd distortions in the market.
The combination made me think. What can you get for 110K in St Joe?
This super-elegant historic house, magnificently artistic outside, beautifully renovated inside, everything new.
This would be around a million in 'ordinary' cities like Spokane or Enid or Topeka.
Setting the bar a little lower, what can you get for $25k, which was the price I paid for my tiny crappy house back in 1990?
This 2br brick Victorian, looks solid, not fancy or artistic, nicely renovated. There are quite a few decent houses in the 20-40k range.
Well, can we find a St Joe equivalent to 4001 W. Crown?
Yup, here it is.
Definite 'comp'. Similar size, similar style, similar condition, boarded up and broken, multi-unit apt. Is the price 110K? Nope. 5k. Five thousand dollars. And it's newly listed, so that will probably go down.
Neighborhood noteStill keeping track of 4001 W. Crown, the long-vacant apt building.
The city finally forced the owner to sell, or possibly the city bought it and now is trying to sell it. In either case the owner is not trying very hard to sell it. The land itself is appraised at 48k. The house across the street, with an identical double lot, shows land value at 37k for no discernible reason.** Since the apt needs to be torn down at an estimated cost of 16k, an appropriate price would seem to be in the 30k range. Instead, the list price is 110k.
** I wonder if the county is using something like "unpleasant view" to adjust land value? The decent house across the street loses value because it has to look at the vacant property with broken and boarded windows. The vacant and boarded property has higher value because it looks at the decent house. If that's the case, crime pays. As usual.
¶ 2:03 AM
Next theory to click in place
While I was busy meeting a deadline last week I missed this news item.
Odom, the dude who shot a preacher because he thought the preacher was Martian, got a 25 year sentence. Seems a little short for attempted murder, but there's always a gray area in 'intent to kill'. Sometimes a random shot intended to warn ends up killing, sometimes a seriously planned killing doesn't hit the right artery or organ.
The interesting part is that Odom was NOT found insane.
This makes sense. Interviews made it clear that Odom is a perfectly sane and rational man who has an unusual set of religious beliefs.
At the moment all "paranoid conspiracy theories" have been more than verified, EXCEPT the extraterrestial theories. All old-fashioned paranoid notions, from Deepstate control to 666 head-and-hand microchips, are known to be WILDLY UNDERSTATED. The truth is always 10 times worse than the "craziest" theory.
Given current conditions, it's no longer easy to draw the line at Martians and other extraterrestrials.
Consider media demons. They clearly lack all human senses and logic mechanisms. They cannot observe and process earthbound reality. They only know a few words of English:
"I LOVE HILLARY"
"I HATE RUSSIA"
"SOROS IS GOD"
"EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE DEPLORABLES"
This is a familiar pattern. When immigrants come to America from isolated foreign places like Tibet, their English is limited to a few phrases. They tend to overuse those phrases. Same with aliens from other planets.
Speaking of liars and monopoliesSpeaking of Trump the liar:
He loves to talk trash about the satanic demonic media.
What has he DONE about it?
Federal regulators rolled back a series of decades-old regulations Thursday in a move that will make it far easier for media outlets to be bought and sold — potentially leading to more television broadcasters, newspapers and radio stations being owned by a small handful of companies.
No, she didn't lie
Perusing some of the vaguely Wikileaks-related commentators...
"Mass hysteria & cognitive dissonance. Hillary lied to them and they fell for it hook, line and sinker. It's easier for them to keep believing the lie, than accept the humiliation that they were conned."
Well, no. In this election Hillary didn't lie, at least by Clinton standards. She stated consistently and clearly that she planned to start World War 3. She stated consistently and VIOLENTLY that she wanted to slaughter all Deplorables so Wall Street can steal and securitize our property and carcasses.
Bernie was partly against both, though he didn't push hard enough against Wall Street.
Trump was the liar this time. He talked against permanent war in a fairly convincing way. He made noises against Wall Street but didn't really propose changes.
We don't know what Bernie would have done in office. He still strikes me as solid, a man with some slight remnant of integrity. He bent to the Clinton mob because he wanted to live.
¶ 3:55 PM
Gernsback vs Gernsback
Hugo Gernsback was still editing in 1957 when Sputnik stunned American education. Unlike most commentators, he diagnosed the CULTURAL part of the problem correctly:
Russia was rewarding its nerds with STATUS and we weren't. This situation never changed. We are still rewarding jocks and criminals, still pushing nerds off bridges.
Unfortunately Gernsback wasn't better than anyone else in diagnosing the EDUCATIONAL part of the problem,
He wanted to spread LECTURES by teachers who were good LECTURERS. He completely missed the important point. Russian math and science ed was HANDS-ON. That's why it worked.
He refers to his earlier article in May 56. Let's see if he gave a different set of details then:
Nope. He thinks we need lectures by Einstein. He wants local teachers to be record-keepers for Einstein, not supervisors of EXPERIMENTS.
This is especially strange because GERNSBACK'S OWN MAGAZINES had been a MAGNIFICENT SOURCE OF HANDS-ON EDUCATION for 40 years. Readers of his mags were presented with an overflowing cornucopia of REAL EXPERIMENTS and REAL PROJECTS to develop their own talents and skills.
Why didn't he see this? Instead of proposing a new high-tech extension of our brain-eating THEORIZE AND MEMORIZE monstrosity, he should have proposed a National Gernsback Project. Select appropriate articles from old and new Gernsback publications, turn them into learning experiences for various ages with parts kits and workbooks and teacher manuals.
Immodest and crass? Yes, but it was THE CORRECT FUCKING SOLUTION.
Head vs hand
Let's take one piece from Anderson's manifesto.The natural effect of exclusive headwork, as contradistinguished from handwork, is to beget a dislike for the latter. The only way to counteract this tendency is to educate the head and the hand at the same time.
Apply this to Catholic Christianity.
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To respond to this challenge, let me first situate the discussion in terms of a feature of St. Thomas’s teaching about capital punishment and killing more generally, a feature that is not of much, if any, concern to Feser and Bessette. Why did Aquinas think this? Surely his thought tracked much of the argumentation used in the case against capital punishment. Aquinas believed that human life is a basic good (ST I-II, q. 94, a. 2c), and that action contrary to that good is contrary to charity (ST II-II, q. 64, aa. 5-6). He believed as well that all human beings are persons, made in the image and likeness of God (ST I, q. 93, a. 6) and possessed a etc etc etc bla bla bla
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I don't know what God wants, but I know for GODDAMN SURE that the latter example is closer to Natural Law. Morality, modesty, order, harmony. LIFE.
The latter deserves to win, and probably will win sooner or later.
Atypical ElwoodLatest item at KSHS opens a chapter of history that I hadn't heard before. Two pics show a rally in Elwood, just across the river from St Joe. People are holding up signs saying "We need St Joe and St Joe needs us." The date is given as 1947-48. One pic is taken from the driver's seat of a '40s GMC bus, so the date is probably about right. I don't see any cars or identifiable clues.
Why is this notable? The people are all black. They look reasonably prosperous and the businesses look well maintained. They're clearly not pleading for emergency relief; looks more like they're asking for a better business relationship with St Joe.
Atypically the KSHS description and tags don't mention race. KSHS usually focuses on fashionable Die-Versity.
Unlike Nicodemus, Elwood isn't known as a mainly black town. The WPA guide describes it as a "poplar-lined suburb", population 849, but doesn't mention race. NW Ayer doesn't help either; it doesn't list any newspapers in Elwood. Somewhat unusual, since towns of that size generally had a weekly.
Still a mystery.
Should be obvious
Pre-note: Title is hypocrisy. I'm saying that the following point should have been obvious, but it wasn't obvious to me until today, so I'm bashing myself along with my usual bashees.
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A standard argument for "random" mutations and natural selection is that a designer gets it right the first time. Nature doesn't, so Nature isn't designed.
Annie Dillard put it memorably. When humans want to build a locomotive, they design it, assemble it, and put it on the rails. When Nature wants to build a locomotive, she builds a billion locomotives of various types, sets them all on the rails, and waits for all but one to crash or fail. Hell of a way to run a railroad!
Sounds good, and until today I didn't stop to question it.
WHY NOT? Even within my own miniature supersimple work, I run through HUNDREDS of failures before I get each graphic or software product right. On the animations in current courseware job, I typically form and try about 50 versions of each piece, then about 10 versions of the animation. On 'artsy' stuff like this 1930 neighborhood, each house and terrain went through 80 or 90 versions, and the whole assembly went through 20 versions.
Just for fun, here's the old Evolution cartoon using a few versions of the 'flagship' house in the 1930 Neighborhood scene. From the primordial rectangle to the sophisticated Cape.
Designers of bigger and more serious products can easily run through millions of versions before the final item is fully tested and ready to sell.
It's a simple and OBVIOUS fact, and it's not even secret. Stories about Edison's long series of tries while developing the tungsten filament were part of every science lesson in elementary school.
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So the correct analogy should be: A human invention takes a tremendous number of failures to reach success. Nature does the same. This argues FOR design in Nature, not AGAINST.
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Later thought: Human design involves a lot of amortizing. Reusing components or tooling or assembly setups that were designed earlier. A piece of software generally includes a pile of 'dead code' that is switched off at compile time. Again Nature does the same. Each type of animal takes the universal basics in the Grand Blueprint and selects what it needs. The unneeded parts are either switched off in epigenes or allowed to disappear from permanent genes.
Aptronym alert 2
Another science feature from Gernsback, Feb 1930.
Stimulating a human heart with mechanical ultrasonic vibration at 300 kc to 2.5 mc. Unfortunately the writeup doesn't say what the heart actually did, but the diagram claims to show a beat in response to the vibration. 300k is WAY above any frequencies in the nervous system, so this can't be an expected response.
I don't think anyone followed up on this. It might be useful to see if hearts are affected by magnetostriction induced by RF fields. Lots of iron in blood!
Best part: The experimenter who applied mechanical vibration to a heart was Dr Newton Harvey. Can't beat it.
Commercial tyranny 2 /// EDIT: partly wrong.
Continuing from here.
In a 1924 Gernsback magazine....A complete alcohol tester corresponding in size to a fountain pen. One of these should surely be found in everyone's home, for then our private bootleggers could not fool us by selling us furniture polish instead of alcohol.
In 1924 alcohol prohibition was just four years old, and already the culture of bootlegging and evading was well established.
Note that the magazine was not censored or demonetized for helping people evade an unpopular and stupid law. Note also that the device was PATENTED.
Compare with the modern Feds. Even after most of the states have decriminalized pot, the Feds are still raiding producers and sellers, and still refusing to deal with cash transactions that are perfectly legal in the states where pot is legal. Banks and insurers can't knowingly handle such transactions.
The Feds have always WANTED to obliterate the country but in the '20s they weren't TRYING very hard. Wilson's tyrannical agencies faded during the '20s.
How do we get back to a low-energy tyranny that doesn't give a fuck? How do we resume a corrupt government that can be affordably bribed? How do we get rid of an all-consuming all-caring ABSOLUTE PURITY?
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Later: A websearch shows that the Patent Office has NOT turned tyrannical. Patents relating to pot have been issued regularly since 1942, which happens to be four years after the Federal prohibition on pot. So I'm wrong about this part of the problem.
Se-lu 15, Origins edition
Haven't returned to this theme for a while. Now that I'm LOOSE from deadlines for a few days, it's time to hit the point again.
Rehashing the etymology:Solve comes from Indo-European se-lu. Loosen yourself. Untie yourself. Cut the ropes. You can't solve a problem while you're wrapped inside it; you have to cut and untie the assumptions and biases that arise automatically when you're inside.
I've approached this particular point from two angles before, but didn't stand far enough back to finish it.
Make a syllogism from two observations I've discussed often:
1. Unquestionably the 1776 Revolution did more harm than good. The separated twins of Canada and USA STRONG show that Canada's natural Parliament has done a better job of adapting to changed realities. It's not a dramatic NK/SK difference, but it's there.
2.Prison taught me that the people who want freedom most are criminals. Freedom means laws don't apply to me.THEREFORE: Revolutionaries, emphatically including Washington and Jefferson et al, are criminals.
We glorify the Founding Criminals because they were willing to risk their lives (plus a whole lot of INNOCENT LIVES) for "freedom", especially "freedom" from laws and taxes.
We punish lesser criminals because they're willing to risk their lives (plus a whole lot of INNOCENT LIVES) for "freedom", especially "freedom" from laws and taxes.
What's the difference? NO DIFFERENCE. Null hypothesis validated.
We shouldn't be surprised that USA STRONG has mostly been ruled by mobsters. (With the still mysterious and unexplained exception of 1933 to 1945, when FDR tried to control BOTH of the ruling mobs and succeeded.)
SECURITY IS FREEDOM FROM THE PEOPLE WHO WANT FREEDOM.
Aptronym Aptronym alert alert
Accidentally continuing with visual perception...
KSHS has added a series of stereographs made by Underwood and Underwood in Ottawa, around 1903.
Underwood and Underwood, of course, is the perfect aptronym aptronym for a maker maker of stereographs.
The brief description says that U + U were immediately successful, and moved to NYC with branch offices in many major cities.
Hey! Where is our 3D television? Never happened. Where are 3D movies? Happened for a little while then faded. For that matter, where is Smell-O-Vision? Promised repeatedly for 60 years, still hasn't happened.Plain fact: News and culture in 3D were VASTLY MORE ACCESSIBLE in 1903 than now. Stereograph viewers were common from 1900 to 1960, then disappeared.
We've lost an interesting way of seeing things. Yeah, we have VR, but that's expensive and specialized, nowhere near mass entertainment.
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Later thought: This is the only situation where sound technology jumped ahead of visual technology. We got 3D sound in 1958, and it quickly and permanently turned universal. All forms of sound media are transmitted and stored in stereo, whether we actually use two speakers or not.
A few pixels
Trivial but useful example of the infinite complexity of life.
While eating I always keep a car magazine in front of me. Occupies the brain with guaranteed non-Sorosian thoughts, no chance of a Gotcha.
This morning while leaning over to slurp up ramen, my eyes were close to the page, and suddenly ALARM ALARM ALARM! Something is wrong with the picture!
What I saw was something like this:
It took a second to isolate the ALARM ALARM ALARM:
Why alarm? MIRROR POINTING WRONG WAY! INATTENTIVE DRIVER! WATCH OUT!
Stop and think about this. I knew the mirror was pointing the wrong way because the shape of the tiny rectangle was not quite the same as the expected tiny rectangle template for a mirror in an early '60s car at this particular camera angle. Change any detail, and the template itself would be different. A 1930s car would have an oval mirror or no mirror; a later car would have a much wider mirror. Change the camera angle by more than 10 degrees and the template is entirely different.
Why is the mirror salient? Because it's a variable part of the car that can be turned the wrong way by a passenger applying makeup or a sloppy arm-move. If it remains in the wrong position, it means the driver is drunk or semi-conscious or doesn't give a fuck. All three are dangerous.
After the ALARM, I paid full attention to the full picture and focused elsewhere:
Aha. Reset ALARM. This is Australia. I know it's Australia because the driver of the other Falcon is on the right side, and the Commer van in the background belongs in a British Commonwealth country. (If the beige car had been something other than a Falcon, the ute might have strengthened the Australia signal, but an American Falcon can be a ute.)
Setting and unsetting the ALARM required the above half dozen major decisions. Each of those major decisions involved a hundred subdecisions, and each of the hundred subdecisions required an incalculable amount of integration, differentiation, memory recall, template matching, summing, and thresholding, by a billion or so neurons.
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How well could an autonomous car detect an off-pointing mirror? Could it determine that the off-pointing was actually OK because the car belonged in a different country? Would the autonomous car have the same PURPOSE? Or would it use the ALARM to cause a crash instead of avoiding a crash? (Drunk or elderly = Deplorable = EXTERMINATE.)
Graybill and Gernsback
Recently I observed that our measurement of total "value" in fact measures the exact opposite. We increase the money supply when a bank makes a loan, NOT when labor creates value. A loan is a destroyer of value. It's no wonder we get confused about "growth". We're measuring it upside down. I also observed that the later Soviet system got it right, increasing the money supply in response to Value Added Tax collections.
Last week ZH republished an article by Umair Haque that made the same point about GDP calculations.
When, in the 1930s, the great economist Simon Kuznets created GDP, he deliberately left two industries out of this then novel, revolutionary idea of a national income: finance and advertising. Kuznets's logic was simple, and it was not mere opinion, but analytical fact: finance and advertising don’t create new value, they only allocate, or distribute existing value, in the same way that a loan to buy a television isn't the television, or an ad for healthcare isn't healthcare.
If we do what Kuznets originally suggested, and subtract finance and advertising from GDP, what does that picture reveal? Well, since the lion’s share of growth, more than 50% every year, comes from finance and advertising - whether via Facebook or Google or Wall St and hedge funds and so on - we would immediately see that the economic "growth" that the US has chased so desperately, so furiously, never actually existed at all.
And yet, the economy appears to be growing, because purely allocative and distributive enterprises like Uber, Facebook, credit rating agencies, endless nameless hedge funds, shady personal info brokers, and so on, which fail to contribute positively to human life in any discernible way whatsoever, are all counted as beneficial. Do you see the absurdity of it?
Makes sense. The Gross National
was meant to measure
Now that we are measuring THINGS THAT ARE DESTROYED, we should call it the Gross National Destruct.
Haque went on to make a STRONG point:
Now let us go one step, then two steps, further. Finance and advertising are no longer merely allocative industries today. They are now extractive industries. That is, they internalize value from society, and shift costs onto society, all the while, creating no value themselves. The story is easiest to understand via Facebook’s example: it makes its users sadder, lonelier, and unhappier, and also corrodes democracy in spectacular and catastrophic ways. There is not a single upside of any kind that is discernible — and yet, all the above is counted as a benefit, not a cost, in national income, so the economy can thus grow, even while a society of miserable people are being manipulated by foreign actors into destroying their own democracy. Pretty neat, huh?
Here he's talking about souls and culture and life, not just GDP. What's the opposite of Facebook?
The good is only, to the limited extent that we can see it ... whether life is flourishing, growing, and developing, or not. YES.
Needless to say, Marx and Emerson and Graybill saw this coming 150 years ago, but they didn't imagine how FAR it would go before it collapsed.
Nature put an unimaginably infinite amount of work into making life. Life has a DUTY to Nature. Our GOD-ASSIGNED DUTY is to make more life, more value, more order. Each creature has limits and abilities and obstacles and opportunities. We can't change those constants, but we MUST make the best of the constants.
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This isn't new, of course. You can see it nicely in some of Gernsback's magazines from the 1920s.
The articles and the advertisements are directly opposing vectors.
The ads, aimed at the type of guy who experiments with radio, are designed to make you feel even more lonely and even more unpopular. They offer false hope that you can Get The Gal or Impress Your Buddies by Using The Product.
The articles are a mix of serious experiments, handy tricks for improving your house or car, and speculative science.
If you respond to the ads you will still be unpopular and unloved, and you'll have less money and less gumption for your GOD-ASSIGNED DUTY. If you continue in this direction, your final destination is a bridge.
If you respond to the articles you will build things that improve your life, and you will learn things that will help you to perform your job or gain a better job. You will still be unpopular and unloved, but it won't matter nearly as much because you'll have the intrinsic GOD-DESIGNED PLEASURE that comes from doing your GOD-ASSIGNED DUTY. Your life and surroundings and work will constantly improve.
MAKE OR BREAK.
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Featured in the above 1928 mag, an early courseware device! Details weren't given, but I'd guess from the visible mechanism that it contained a cylinder-type phonograph geared to a paper 'filmstrip'. The cylinder type (ie Dictaphone) would be especially handy because the teacher could record the lecture directly. Most offices had a dictaphone. Disk recording was expensive and difficult.
Checking ........ Here's the patent on a somewhat later version. It was a disc, not a cylinder, and the controls look fiendishly complex, requiring a fair amount of mechanical skill by the teacher. Arthur Runyan (not Runyon) intended it to be used in language learning, where the sound of a word or sentence would be repeated along with a projected picture of the word. Shoulda gone with a Dictaphone, Artie.
I was pushing to get a clump of courseware modules done, so didn't write much here in the last week. Now the clump is finished, so I can relax for a while.
Thinking about degrees of tyranny. Back in the '50s and '60s, Deepstate was anti-Russian just as it is now. Deepstate defined both Korea and Vietnam as wars against Russia, when the plain non-secret facts showed that both were wars against China. CIA was using art and architecture and religion and music to SMASH our culture, and always found ways to blame the Soviets for its own genocide.
BUT there was a major difference between then and now. In the '50s and '60s alternate opinions were not only permissible but salable.
Example 1: the 1965 movie 'The Russians Are Coming' * 2. It was a regular mainstream Hollywood production, and it was distributed to normal theaters where it made a profit.
Why is this notable? Because TRAC*2 was a moderately pro-Russian movie. It showed Russians in a sympathetic light.
Example 2: I've been reading the Aberree intensively for the last few months. It was published from 1954 to 1964. Alphia Hart constantly questioned most orthodoxies, including the Cold War. When government tyrants from USDA and FDA bumped into him directly, he got highly specific. He named names and 'leaked' conversations with the investigating agents.
He continued publishing and continued making money from the publication. Never got arrested by the gov't. The Post Office didn't ban him, and didn't even demonetize him by charging extra to send the Aberree.
Neither of those alternative opinions would be allowed to make money now. It's still possible (as of this picosecond, anyway...) to write alternative opinions, but mainstream distribution and money-making are absolutely prohibited.
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** Oops... I just noticed that LOTS OF OTHERS have been focusing on the 1965 TRAC*2 movie as a meme! Oh well. Doesn't matter if I'm first, it's still a great contrast.
Theorigenic blindness ++
Building courseware is an intense learning experience. Every time I run into a function that needs an animation, I have to study and understand the mechanism first. I don't need to study the pieces that were well known before 1980; I already studied those. But a surprising number of mechanisms weren't even SEEN before 1980, let alone understood.
One such is the cochlea's automatic gain control and automatic frequency emphasizer. Magnificently complicated, with some 'firmware' in the neural pathways, some 'software' in the cortex, some big visible 'hardware' to tighten the eardrum, and a lot of 'hardware' at the microscopic level of the hair cells.** The big tensor tympani has been seen and understood for a century; the other pieces have only been seen in the last 20 years, and are only partly understood.
Most of the researchers are proper Carverian scientists. Take hold of the THINGS THAT ARE HERE, talk to them, let them talk to you. Or in this case, listen to them and let them listen to you.
Some of them are blinded by Darwin, and doubly blinded by their own fixed prejudice about Nature.
From a pretty good Wikipedia article:
The strength of the reflex is weakest for pure tones, and becomes stronger as the bandwidth of the sound is increased. ... Animals with the strongest MOC reflex sustain less hearing damage to loud sounds. This proposed biological role of the MOCS, protection from loud sounds, was challenged by Kirk and Smith (2003), who argued that the intensity of sounds used in the experiments (≥105 dB SPL) would rarely or never occur in nature, and therefore a protective mechanism for sounds of such intensities could not have evolved.
Kirk and Smith are blinded by Darwin. If the mechanism couldn't have evolved, it doesn't exist. And they are doubly blinded by a preconception.
Ideally science should abandon all theories. If you MUST use a theory, you should use it to predict unknown situations.
Proper Darwin syllogism:
1. Experiments show that the feedback mechanism kicks in at 105 dB.
2. It must have evolved to increase fitness.
3. Therefore we need to find a situation where loud sounds make survival difficult. [Hint: an animal that owns a larynx can easily produce far more than 105 dB inside the skull with an ordinary 'conversational' noise.]
Instead, Kirk and Smith believe they know the Savannah Sabertooth world based on David Attenborough and TED Talks. Their TV version of Nature is quiet, so the mechanism couldn't exist.
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** New thought: This pattern repeats in many different areas of nature from human senses to plants. A purpose is achieved by three or four unrelated categories of design. Software, firmware, mechanisms controlled by software, and self-regulating machines. This pattern suggests that the designers were a team, not a single intelligence. Five or six intelligences competing to solve the same problem and achieve the same purpose. Sometimes two or three of the solutions faded out but remained in the Grand Blueprint for later use.
Convective thought, and a fairly good one......
1. Old and familiar globalism:
Globalists have always tried to erase spatial boundaries. Our laws must apply to the entire universe. There is no place where an alternate ruler, or nonconforming people, can retain even the tiniest picoscrap of power.
2. New extension of globalism:
Globalists are now trying to erase time boundaries. Our laws and our morality must apply to all time. There is no time in the past or future where an alternate set of rules, or an alternate culture, can be allowed to exist.
Temporal globalism has applied to the question of slavery for quite a while. Even though Natural Law recognized ownership as one form of employment, we must retroactively punish ordinary people who were following both Natural and written laws in their time. We cannot fathom the Natural Law rules that kept the owner and owned in balance, which means that we cannot fathom ANY rules that keep employer and employee in balance. Cui bono? Owner bono.
This was already evident in the machinations of Madman Lincoln. The North was operating within one time zone, exterminating the Southern form of secure slavery in order to open the whole territory for the Northern form of insecure sweatshop slavery. Now we're crossing time boundaries, punishing dead people who were already punished by Lincoln, in order to justify the current Northern form of sweatshop slavery, which is even worse than the 1860 form because it doesn't employ any Americans at all.
3. Now we're breaking temporal boundaries in other areas of morality, with the same result.
Cultural taboos and laws have constantly pendulumed back and forth on some questions.
Previously we understood that it was illogical and dangerous to punish previously legal and permissible acts. We even had a peculiar document called a "constitution" with a prohibition on ex post facto laws. Not any more. All laws and beliefs of the currently ruling tribe must be applied to all areas of the universe and all parts of the timeline.
4. Contrarily, localists are localists in all dimensions. A localist understands that PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT. Families are different. Neighborhoods are different. Tribes are different. Cities are different. Nations are different. Cultural norms and taboos are different in different places AND in different eras. The only PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE solution to this natural state of affairs is to MIND YOUR OWN FUCKING BUSINESS. Enforce your own laws on people in your own locality and on people in your own moment. Any attempt to cross those boundaries leads to genocide.
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5. Language sidenote: Globalists like to call localists xenophobes. In fact globalists are the most perfect xenophobes. Any tribe or family or neighborhood or mind or period of history that fails or FAILED to obey the dictates of our Emperor as of this femtosecond is FOREIGN. and it must be EXTERMINATED EXTERMINATED EXTERMINATED EXTERMINATED.
Impersonating a cop
After a long gap, Wikileaks resumes the highly useful and GOOD leaks of CIA/NSA evil.
These leaks are powerful because their mere existence HALTS EVIL. These releases are DEFENSIVE WEAPONS, giving defenders ammunition against NSA/CIA crimes. Other leaks, such as the DNC stuff, are helpful but not weapons; they verify what we already know.
In this case the overall purpose of destroying Kaspersky was already visible in previous releases. The infecting vectors always took SPECIAL PAINS to get around Kaspersky protection.
The new release shows that CIA/NSA were trying to impersonate Kaspersky, in order to cash in on Kaspersky's well-earned reputation for solid and unbiased protection.
This is identical to impersonating a policeman.
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Last night my bedtime OTR playlist happened to include a 'This is your FBI' episode that I hadn't heard before. Listening to it with a modern Wikileaks-informed ear was especially enjoyable.
The episode is about "Russian" spies trying to sabotage American factories. The writers had to think of something because Russian spies, unlike Jap and Kraut spies, had never actually sabotaged American factories. The "Russians" were trying to slow down production without stopping it or damaging products, because stops or damage would be detected.
How would anyone even NOTICE slow production in 1951? Our "loyal" unions were SHUTTING DOWN industry for six months at a time. A slowdown without stopping would have IMPROVED the performance of industry in those years.
Then as now, all problems had to be attributed to "Russians" so we wouldn't notice that our own Deepstate and corporations and unions were starving us and ruining our country.
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Irrelevant sidenote: The episode started with two "spies" meeting at a classical concert. The music was baroque, NOT the standard classics that everyone knew in 1951. It sounded a lot like Fasch, who hadn't been "rediscovered" yet. Closely resembles the second movement of this sinfonia. It's possible that the show's music director was showing off his own composing abilities while making a point about the dullness of Beethoven and Brahms.
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Radar trying new metaphor
Radar is tired of "raining cats and dogs", and wants us to say "raining Italy and Greece" from now on.
A Euroshaped storm is unusual. More often the storms closely resemble the east part of Asia, which makes more sense. That's where they formed, so the variations caused by Asian coastlines traveled eastward in parallel.
Least surprising news item of the yearVia BBC, the "racial slurs" that got the Air Force officials all righteously riled up a few months ago were planted AS FUCKING ALWAYS by the black "victim".
On campuses the hate hoax record remains PRECISELY 100%. Exactly ALL of these incidents have been self-inflicted by the "victim". There may be one or two actual cases elsewhere, but NOT on any campus.
Despite the 100% perfect record, all officials of all schools continue to ROAR WITH ANGER at Honkies and Christians and Southerners who HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO FUCKING CONNECTION TO THE ACTS.
The eunuch "general" who made his idiot psychotic bones earlier by ROARING against honkies is continuing to ROAR against honkies:
Lt Gen Silveria, whose speech prompted calls for him to run for political office, said that despite the hoax, "those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed. You can never over-emphasise the need for a culture of dignity and respect - and those who don't understand those concepts, aren't welcome here."
But people who understand how to start fights based on zero evidence ARE welcome.
Yeah, come to think of it, that's EXACTLY the purpose of the USA STRONG "government" and milifairy. We create totally false incidents that are BLATANTLY AND TRANSPARENTLY LUNATIC AND DELUSIONAL, then obliterate the world to satisfy the screeching skrawking voices in our head. That's our mission.
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Later and calmer: I suppose it's sort of good that BBC is noticing the fraud. A year ago all mediademons would ignore the inevitable revelation.
Dancing eardrums?Latest item at KSHS is an odd one. It shows the winners of a Marathon Radio Listening Contest in Topeka. Looks like about 1927. According to the sign, the Listeners were on display in the store's window for 24 hours. The winner received a free radio.
WIBW didn't broadcast 24 hours until the late '50s, so the after-midnight listening had to be DX, not always easy in '27.
The girls seem to be dressed for a marathon dance, not a marathon listen.
Listening isn't like the Charleston**. Your tympanic membranes are dancing 24 hours a day no matter what else you're doing. You don't need to soak your ears in Epsom Salts after listening for a long time.
I suppose the contest was really about displaying yourself in a store window for 24 hours.
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**Oops. Can't say that word now. __________ is the name of a city in the forbidden direction.
¶ 4:33 AM
Odd Windows DST bug
Computer was being balky so I did a System Restore. Today is 11/8, after change from DST to standard. The restore point was 11/4, before the change, still in DST.
Before restore, the computer's clock agreed with other clocks, all standard time. After restore, the computer is now ONE HOUR EARLIER than other clocks. If Win was trying to make everything agree with the restore, the computer clock should have moved forward, not backward.
I wonder if the oddness happened because I made the restore during the 1AM to 2AM hour? In any case a restore shouldn't cause a clock adjustment at all. The clock should simply use today's date to set DST mode.
Later: The balkiness seems to be AVG's Resident Shield Service, which previously stayed inert most of the time. Now it's always active and sometimes hyperactive, consuming all of the CPU. This problem is mentioned in several online forums but I don't see a solution yet.
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Why didn't they do this first?
There are hints that some mediademons and politicians are starting to give up the RUSSIAN_HACKING RUSSIAN_MEDDLING shit, transferring the focus to China.
Should have done that in the first fucking place. China has been an ACTUAL ENEMY since 1950. China has ACTUALLY AND MASSIVELY interfered and meddled in our industry and military for 30 years, with 10K spies and agents in all levels of government and commerce. China owns a large part of our debt and does most of our manufacturing, which gives them tremendous control.
More specifically and politically, Trump's ACTUAL businesses use Chinese labor instead of American labor. His ACTUAL deals with China have eliminated ACTUAL American jobs. His imaginary deals with Russia, even if they had existed, COULDN'T have affected or harmed Americans.
China would have been a simple and visible weak point for the voters who moved from Obama to Trump.
Why didn't the Dems use it? Probably because they are also totally owned by China.
Premises condemned as uninhabitable
The alleged "city" held an election, and most of the filthy unspeakably evil indescribably wicked alien monsterblobs stayed in their illegitimate illegal invalid infinitely evil "offices".
This alleged "city" needs to be condemned as uninhabitable. We haven't quite reached the Detroit stage yet but we're zoooooming in the Detroit direction.
God help u....
Nah. God only helps people who are trying to follow God's rules. We're on Satan's side now.
Reprinting Anderson's manifestoThinking about land-grant schools led me back to
an item I wrote in 2013. I went back and transcribed all of Anderson's manifesto into web-readable form, and now I'll reprint the entire item........
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Following up on this post and innumerable others on the same general subject... Trying to disentangle the strands of education (Manual Training vs Theorize & Memorize) and politics (Sanity vs Chaos).
Some help from a history of K-State written in 1902. (From Kansas State Hist Soc, p 174 of the PDF.)
Growing up in Manhattan, and living across the street from the Goodnow House at a time when it was still occupied by a Goodnow descendant, I thought I understood the story, but I'd never read these details before. Highly illuminating.
Briefly: The anti-southern-slavery** wackos who settled Manhattan came from Mass and Conn. The Mass contingent were Methodists and Grahamites who had been recruited at Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham. Isaac Goodnow and Joseph Denison were major players in that group. Goodnow is generally credited with founding KSU, but it was actually a team IPO. Goodnow, acting as a venture capitalist, organized Bluemont College as a Methodist school with Denison as headmaster, hoping to sell the facility to the newly formed state government. When the gov't hesitated, Goodnow moved into political positions where he was able to maneuver the sale. After that, Goodnow played politics for a while then settled into real estate.
Though nominally a land-grant college and nominally devoted to agriculture and mechanics, K-State remained a Methodist liberal-arts school from its formation in 1859 until about 1873. At that point farmers, feeling their political hard red Wheaties through the Grange movement, wanted the college to fulfill its assigned mission of training farmers and performing ag research. The Grangers placed new members on the board and overthrew the old leadership. Their newly appointed president, John Anderson, laid out his project in the 1874 college handbook:
A magnificent manifesto. Transcribed from the PDF:
1. It is impossible for most people to find time to study everything that is important for some men to master.
2. The subjects discarded, in whole or in part, by each separate class of students, should be those that will be of least importance to them.
3. Of those retained, prominence should be given to each in proportion to the actual benefit expected to be derived from it in the state of Kansas.
4. The farmer and mechanic should be as completely educated as the lawyer and minister; but the information that is essential to the one class is often comparatively useless to the other; and it is therefore unjust to compel all classes to pursue the same course of study.
5. Ninety-seven percent of the people of Kansas are in the various industrial vocations, and only three per cent in the learned professions; yet prominence is given to the studies that are most useful to the professions instead of those that are most useful to the industrial pursuits. This state of things should be reversed, and the greatest prominence given to the subjects that are the most certain to fit the great majority for the work they should and will pursue.
6. Most young men and young women are unable to go through a full college degree. Therefore, each year's course of study should, as far as practicable, be complete in itself.
7. The natural effect of exclusive headwork, as contradistinguished from handwork, is to beget a dislike for the latter.
8. The only way to counteract this tendency is to educate the head and the hand at the same time, so that when a young man leaves college he will be prepared to earn his living in a vocation in which he has fitted himself to excel.
9. Putting off the choice of an occupation until after the student leaves college as a graduate, instead of making it when he enters college, or as soon thereafter as possible, is a mistake.
10. Some agricultural colleges take as an objective point the graduation of agricultural experts, experimenters, professors of sciences, editors, etc; the Kansas State Agricultural College should take as an objective point the graduation of capable farmers and housewives, and it should make an effort to graduate thousands of such.
12. Whatever else may yet need to be tried, there is no use in repeating the experiment of flying a literary kite with an agricultural tail, so often made in various quarters. It is a pleasant regential and professorial amusement, and quite attractive to an immediate locality; but there is nothing in it for the industrial student, whose estate pays for the kite. The fact that, out of some 600 students attending Cornell University last year, only two were studying agriculture, is enough for us.
Anderson turned the school in the proper direction, though not ideally or completely. It continued to provide real education until the 1950s, when social pressure from accreditors and other colleges overwhelmed rationality, and it returned to the useless Theorize & Memorize model.
The Grange connection helps me to solve the question I asked last week: Why do conservatives love T & M, which belongs solidly and consistently to Lenin and Satan? Why do conservatives hate Manual Training, which belongs solidly and consistently to traditional morality and traditional thinking? Perhaps because Manual Training became associated with the Grange and Populists, who are (falsely) considered to be left-wing. Feels like an inadequate answer, but might be one piece of a larger connection.
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** Footnote: I emphasize anti-southern-slavery because the Kansas expedition was financed by textile factory owners who wanted to see the West adopt their profitable form of northern industrial slavery, not southern agricultural slavery. In the end Bloodthirsty Madman Lincoln gave them what they wanted (along with 600,000 completely unnecessary deaths), but it didn't work out to their benefit. They forgot, as Yankee dickheads always do, that humans are not identical. Westerners moved west specifically because they were too ornery and loose to geehaw with either form of slavery.
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In rereading the item I was struck by the modern connection, more obvious and urgent now than in 2013. Goodnow was the EXACT equivalent of today's Tech Tyrants. Zuckerberg, Musk, Bezos. Goodnow was a religious fanatic. Vegan, no spices, no salt, no sex. IPO and crowdsourcing. Start a company, turn it into a government agency. Nominally pacifist but explicitly and KNOWINGLY helping to start a war that would burn 1/4 of the country. Knowingly serving NYC corporate interests while pretending to be a radical.
Anderson was the opposite. His lifestyle was ordinary, but his thoughts were truly radical, and he managed to develop his thoughts into a radical institution. It didn't stay fully radical, but the influence lasted several decades.
The original KSHS article is recommended reading for today's true radicals.
A college admin showing a slight glimmer of courage!From WSU:
The head of Washington State University's agriculture college is defending the school's research direction after a group of faculty members accused industry officials of wielding too much influence over research decisions.
The Capital Press reports in a Thursday story that Ron Mittelhammer, dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, says the college is designed to help stakeholders solve problems while giving researchers plenty of freedom.
However, Donna Potts - WSU chapter president of the American Association of University Professors - says she's received 30 complaints from faculty members who say administrators are more interested in catering to industry needs.
Fucking idiot Potts thing is complaining that the university is DOING EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS INTENDED TO DO.
Land grant colleges were created for the SOLE FUCKING PURPOSE of assisting farmers and the agriculture industry. WSU is doing its job.
I have no idea what Potts thing wants. Presumably Potts thing wants WSU to spend more than 100000000000000000% of its time and energy smashing statues and exterminating Deplorables and torturing Muslims.
Small Bravo to Mittelhammer for mildly defending his PROPER MISSION. He needs to be louder and firmer, but at least he's not abjectly surrendering to pure evil as most admins are doing now.
¶ 1:28 AM
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Graybill and nuclear power
The sudden change of government inside Saudi is unquestionably the BIG news of the week, maybe the year.
Talal has been the main connecting cable between Saudi and US neocons. Now that he's out, the war machine will at least run a little slower, and maybe halt entirely.
Saudi has been moving away from USA STRONG and toward Russia/China for a year or so. This internal shift will accelerate the move.
While USA STRONG continues to rule by massacre and genocide, Russia and China have been building COMMERCIAL allies in all parts of the world for several years.
One especially interesting move is Russia's simultaneous bidding to build nuclear power in BOTH Saudi and Persia. Construction has already started in Persia.
RUSSIA GETS THINGS DONE. No 10-year licensing process followed by 10-year environmental studies followed by 10-year diversity compliance studies followed by 500-year pointless delays. Just sign the contract, pay the money, and construction starts.**
Think: Saudi and Persia have an old ethnic dispute disguised as a religious dispute, and they are also major competitors in the oil business.
If both countries lose their sole dependence on oil, the real competition will fade out.
Good old Graybill. Under a globalist system each country has exactly one resource, one skill. The globalist rulers reduce slave countries to one resource for total control. When you have no alternative sources of money, you MUST OBEY the sole buyer of your sole offering.
Russia has already learned the Graybill lesson for itself, as USA STRONG sanctions led to fast redevelopment of agriculture and industry. Now Russia is helping other countries to conquer Graybill, which means that they will no longer be totally controllable by USA STRONG.
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** This is an aspect of the switchover that I hadn't properly noticed. Pre-switchover, or more precisely pre-1974, USA got things done and Russia was locked in bureaucratic ropes. Every move took dozens of bureaucratic approvals and years of meaningless waiting. Between 1974 and 1989 both sides were gummed up. Now Russia is the gitrdone side and USA STRONG is fully strangled = dead.
Putting down a snow bet
Winter is starting early this year.
Last year around this time I put down a bet. I had a strong feeling that the snow would end up at 60 inches, and turned out to be exactly right.
This year I don't have a strong predictive feeling. A weak hunch says slightly under mean, around 40 inches. I'm basing the bet on a moderate correlation: The worst winters tend to start late. This one is starting early, so it's somewhat less likely to be awful.
Remains to be seen.
More immediately, the infinitely evil copkilling "city" has pretended to revise and reform its snow handling. Last year they used an idiotic digital algorithm approach which predictably failed like all digital methods. This year they claim they will return to the older analog policy: Plow the fucking streets when the fucking streets need plowing.
Remains to be seen, but this result will be checkable much sooner.
Next day, checking: This storm was a bit too warm to cause problems. About 3 inches on grass, but the air and ground stayed above freezing, so the roads are just wet.
Monday: Despite the minor size of the storm, the fucked former "city" has fully flunked their alleged "reformed" plan. Hoffman Street is nearly impassable.
I do not see any deicer and I do not see any
Both "sides" constantly mock juries for stupidity and lack of rationality. Both "sides" are flat wrong, and it's clear that both "sides" would like to get rid of juries for slightly different reasons.
I know from long observation and direct experience that juries are the ONLY remaining link between governments and natural sanity.
The best cure for insanity (after removing DC and NYC from the planet, of course) is to extend jury-style action to ALL governmental functions. Here's a case that provides a nearly mathematical proof of jury rationality:
A jury has ruled that county officials were not negligent in the death of an elderly man who had reported for jury duty and was later found covered in snow and dead of exposure outside a Washington state courthouse.
The family of 84-year-old Kay Mita had sued Spokane County. Mita reported for jury duty in the city of Spokane on Nov. 26, 2007 but did not return to the courtroom after a lunch break. He was found dead the next day, slumped against a trash container next to the base of the courthouse steps.
While the jury on Thursday found that Spokane County was not negligent it asked officials to update policies on how a person should be determined "at-risk."
If you assume that juries act on feeeeeeeliiiiiings, you would bet that a jury would defend jurors as a group by assessing large damages. Nope. The jury was able to get OUTSIDE the recursive loop and deal with specific facts.
Lovely all the time
I was reading this ZH piece on experiments to eliminate normal human emotions. Everything in ZH is sensationalized, but this is unfortunately sober and serious, though peculiarly translated.
Oxytocin suits this purpose very well as this hormone raises the emotional well-being, it so to say oh-so humane. Like Aldous Huxley’s soma in his book Brave New World. The human being with his biologically-driven likes and dislikes is not to be tolerated, he must be changed. By ideological interaction or by chemistry. He must not be left alone. He must accept what he does not like not merely passively. He must be made to like what he previously disliked.
Then I opened an issue of American Radio History's latest find, Popular Electricity, June 1912, and immediately hit this:
These experiments were apparently famous 'stunts' published in the London Daily Mirror by T. Thorne Baker. The girl is Baker's daughter Yvonne.
Transcribing part of it verbatim:
Little Yvonne, after the experiment, gave her impressions to the photographer. ... "I felt lovely all the time. It made me feel very happy. I should have liked to go to sleep there, it was so comfortable. I love having 'lectric currents."
Huxley also transcribed this form of speech verbatim. (Roof! Oh Roof!) Considering the popularity and the location and time, I'll bet this was part of his inspiration. The assembly-line irradiation of babies also sounds mighty familiar.
Last one down.
Pruitt was the last remaining soul in Hillary-wtih-a-Trump-mask's administration. Now he has sold his soul.
Needless to say, the demons will continue to bash their loyal cocksucking servant Trump. He's doing ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING THEY WANT. Rewarding the bank criminals instead of shooting them; starting a new war every week; going along with the Climate Crime.
EVERYTHING YOU WANT AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE. HE'S BETTER THAN OBAMA IN THE WAR PER WEEK DEPARTMENT.
But of course everything and more is not enough for you infinitely wicked alien unnameable entities. More than everything is not even a tiny tiny tiny tiny baby step, because the loyal servant has the wrong name.
You unspeakable unimaginable BIGOTS.
Please, gods. Please, Putin. Please, Kim.
Take us out of their misery. If you have to remove the entire country, do it.
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.