Best title 2Following on previous item:Things a girl can do and make, and how to do them.
Here we have a more traditional approach than the 1914 books mentioned before. This girl is doing the cooking and laundry.
The HOW part is non-traditional; she's not holding the hammer as recommended by the Beard books.
But she GETS THE JOB DONE.
LIFE IS PURPOSE.
Best book title EVER
I was trying to relocate more info on those little box depots. I had seen them before in streetcar journals from around 1910 when I was finding info for graphics projects. Wandering through googlebooks, found a 1914 book on Shelters, Shacks and Shanties which turned out to be more interesting than the depot plans. This is a book of instructions for boys, written by Dan Beard. It starts simple and gets EXTREMELY complicated, mixing construction and anthropology.
The middle part of the table of contents tells the tale:
At the end of this book is an advertisement for other books by the Beard family. The wife and daughter co-authored several similar books for girls. One of them has THE BEST TITLE OF ALL:
Things worth doing and how to do them.
I couldn't find this book among the open stacks of Googlebooks, but a similar book by the same authors is available:
What a Girl can Make and Do.
Well, since this is 1914, we can assume that a girl can make babies and do laundry. Right?
In fairness, the book also includes plenty of makings and doings related to food and clothing.
Oops, I lied. Still making things.
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THINGS WORTH DOING AND HOW TO DO THEM.
As with Carver's perfect definition of science, this is the perfect definition of education. Or should be. Unfortunately USA STRONG education began to depart from this ideal immediately after 1914, and now teaches the exact opposite. Equivalent modern title:
People who do things worth doing and how to slaughter them.
Can see it coming from a parsec awayHeadline:
Shit. Now NASA is going to spend billions of dollars to turn the Quarter-Pounder-with-Cheesy Way into the Gluten-Free Cholesterol-Free Vegan Almond Soy Milk-substitute-y Way.
Sort of following on this.
KSHS has been adding a batch of pix taken by Howard Killam, mainly during the '50s. All are centered on railroads. Some are familiar full-service depots. Those pix aren't unique; the big architected depots have been photographed often, and many of them have been restored. They're definitely not lost.
Killam's unique contribution is lonely box depots and shed depots, like this one at Rock Creek:
These little buildings obviously weren't meant for passengers and freight; they don't have lights or plumbing. Most are nowhere near a road, so they couldn't be flag-stops for an occasional farmer. They're solely for railroad workers to get out of the weather when waiting for the next train or service vehicle. (This type looks to be about 15x15, which is big enough to live in. I wonder if some of them were repurposed as houses?)
Because they're only accessible by rail, Killam must have been a railroad employee.... And sure enough he was. From a railfan forum:
I remember Howard Killam. He was a member of the Topeka chapter of the NRHS. He was a Carman at the Topeka Shops in the 70's when I worked there as a Carman also. He was still living when I left for Middle Div. engine service in early '79.
He lived from 1918 to 1993, and his photos were given to the KU Museum by his widow. KU's listing says the photos occupy 26 boxes and 22 feet of shelf space! That's a massive historical record of places that would otherwise disappear from all memory.
Flatoleth 3Following on the theme of treating a lie as a flat background assumption.
TechDirt is somewhat unusual among tech-monster websites. TechDirt is occasionally capable of objectivity, sometimes acknowledges that D and R are interchangeable pieces.
Not this time.
Reality Winner Takes Plea Deal, Will Serve Five Years For Letting The Public Know About Russian Election Interference
The article is lamenting the "atrocity" of treating REALITY_WINNER as a spy. The "fact" of RUSSIAN_INTERFERENCE is automatic background, not needing explanation or emotion.
In fact REALITY_WINNER didn't "let the public know" about RUSSIAN_INTERFERENCE because (1) the public already "knew", and (2) RUSSIAN_INTERFERENCE does not exist.
You can't reveal secret facts about a myth.
A myth is the opposite of a secret, the opposite of a fact. It's a fabricated fiction that EVERYONE "knows".
The textual material released by REALITY_WINNER was nothing more than a copy-paste of the myth as narrated by MSNBC. The only real crime is copyright infringement. Rachel Maddow could sue REALITY_WINNER, but won't for obvious reasons.
CIA is actually angry at REALITY_WINNER because he/she revealed the ACTUAL SECRET FACT that "intelligence analysts" spend their days watching and transcribing Rachel Maddow, who in turn takes orders from CIA.
REALITY_WINNER clearly didn't understand that his/her daily work process was secret, because he/she had never encountered anything other than looped repetitions of fashionable lies.
Why would you want that?
Screencap from the Everett TweakerCam.
The people aren't the interesting focal point this time.
WTF IS MILK ALLERGEN AND WHY WOULD A STORE WANT TO SELL IT?
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A bit later, the TweakerCam answered its own question. A dude knocked on the top of a trash can, dramatically flung off the lid, pulled out a styrofoam cup containing the leftovers of a milkshake, soliloquized the cup for a minute in Alas Poor Yorick style, then used the spoon to eat the day-old milkshake.
If you could inject this dude with Milk Allergen, he'd still Yorick the milkshake but wouldn't be tempted to eat it. From Yorick to Yuck in one second.
I love it when the brain, normally as secretive as CIA, accidentally leaks one of its methods. This happens fairly often in dreams, especially in the peculiar transient condition between dream and sudden waking.
Here's a rare moment in full wakedom.
On this morning's walk I was taking advantage of the rhythm to work on software problems as usual. Rhythm seems to sync out the unnecessary thoughts and leave the workspace free for productive solving. As I passed one familiar house my eye caught something salient, glanced over, and immediately dismissed the salient item.
Oh yeah, that's just the good old rocks.
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WAIT. STOP. STAND STILL AND LOOK.
It wasn't just the good old standard rocks which I had "always seen", it was a huge pile of boulders in a front yard. A car-size pile of furniture-size boulders. Not an ordinary sight, not a familiar sight.
The nonchalant just the rocks was parallel to a dream habit. The dream scripter creates a new situation that has never been seen before, and instantly mirrors it backwards into a long chain of repeated "memories", each seemingly independent. This event is just #43 in a long chain of similar and highly ordinary events.
Now I've caught the same stack-stuffing action in wakeworld. The peculiar sight was instantly jammed into a Permanent And Familiar slot, and the necessary documentation to verify its familiarity was instantly generated.
Just like CIA generating a cover identity with a lifetime of fake credentials.
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Later for clarity: This is not the same as deja vu. In deja vu you focus on the currently perceived thing or event with a strong feeling that you've been here before. In this instance the perceived thing was instantly removed from focus "because" it was a known and familiar part of the landscape. I could see the mind creating the familiarity.
And an earlier mention of the phenomenon in dreams and its use by Deepstate.
¶ 8:16 AM
1500, 500Another horrible Spanish restoration of a medieval painting? No, it's not horrible.
The earlier restoration
was horrible because it wasn't even a painting of the same subject. It was a painting of a strange blob, accompanied by colors and brushstrokes that sort of resembled medieval colors.
The new one
is not a restoration at all, and it doesn't try to copy the faded colors of the worn-out original. Instead, it's a new painting of the original subject, and it captures all the important features of the subject with respect and reverence. Same expression, same clothing, same mood. The colors and brushstrokes are modern because the painter is modern.
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The 1975 Leata is like the bad monkey-Jesus. The Leata was a homemade car. Its subject matter was super-compact efficiency, not high-powered luxury. If it hadn't tried to copy the surface brushstrokes of the '41 Continental, it would have been more honest on its own terms.
The new Fiat 500 is a new painting of the original subject, which was super-compact efficiency. The new is even more efficient than the old, and it captures the original expression and mood with modern materials.
An economist gets it, NOT as usual
Looking at the RCS headline on this article, I automatically assumed it would be the usual stewpot of delusions and reverse causations, because articles by "social" """scientists""" are always like that.
Bitcoin's Price Strongly Linked to Social Media
Nope. I was wrong.
These authors are firmly grounded in reality. They don't assume that Bitcoin is a currency that moves naturally in response to natural supply and demand. They assume ACCURATELY that Bitcoin is a scam to benefit its founders.
In other words: comments and tweets from very active users did not move Bitcoin's price much at all. Rather, the silent majority -- infrequent users who took the time to comment on the cryptocurrency's prospects -- moved prices more, as much as ten times more, when they posted positive comments. "They are the ones investors watch."
The frontrunning investors know that the loud bots are cultists because the frontrunning investors are running the cult. They wait to see if their bots are persuading non-cultists. When a non-cultist decides to buy, the frontrunners know that their influence has moved some serious money.
¶ 12:43 AM
GetReligion gets it as always
While the Papist and Repooflican websites are cheering over the empty fake meaningless futile pseudo"victory" in the latest cakes and flowers case, GetReligion hits the truth out of the park.
Living just east of Seattle as I do, I’m betting the Washington Supreme Court will make exactly the same decision they did before, then lob the case back onto the U.S. Supreme Court’s side.
On the fucking dot. The local Supreme Demons are HARDASS demons, on a long demonic roll, with NO obstacles in their path. They know that the DC blackrobes are weak and divided, with a few delicate effete mincing squealing Repooflican eunuchs who will always roll over and submit to the butch dominatrices.
Satan has TOTAL control on this side of the world. There are NO "favorable" "decisions" by ANY part of the dysgovernment.
More fake surpriseZH wants us to get weeweed up about a Facebook patent for subliminal triggers. Supposedly FB would insert ultrasonic audio codes in TV ads, which would cause your iPhone to turn on and start monitoring you.
After all these years, why do we still think these activities require special triggers or "laws" or "warrants" or "permission"?
The only permission is EXISTENCE.
NSA has ALWAYS monitored EVERYTHING that CAN be monitored. If there is a PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE method to spy on X, NSA is spying all the time on X. If there is no PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE way to monitor X, then NSA is not monitoring X; instead, NSA is working feverishly to develop a way to monitor X. Such as the web. Such as iPhones. Such as web-connected thermostats.
If you have a web-connected device with a microphone, it is monitoring you all the time. It doesn't need special signals. The fact that the device is always ready to respond to your commands TELLS YOU that the device is listening all the time. This is BASIC LOGIC. If it wasn't listening all the time, you'd need to flip an actual switch before speaking your commands.
¶ 3:14 PM
As part of this mission, the EPA has considered a plan to put climate science up for public debate. This “Red Team, Blue Team” exercise would have pitted scientists against people who do not like them in order to cast doubt on the consensus that human activities are warming the planet. I am completely on board with this, as long as the Blue Team also gets private jets and enormous security details. We will, however, take a pass on the used Trump Hotel mattresses.
I’m kidding, of course. In fact, as a general rule, I refuse to debate basic science in public. There are two reasons for this: first, I’m a terrible debater and would almost certainly lose. The skills necessary to be a good scientist (coding, caring about things like “moist static energy”, drinking massive amounts of coffee) aren’t necessarily the same skills that will convince an audience in a debate format.
I won't belabor the obvious. No need to beat a putrid stinking genocidally toxic dead horse. (I deeply apologize to actual dead horses, and to the maggots, rats, bacteria, fungi, and ants that inhabit them, for this invidious comparison.)
There's a more subtle and more important point in Marvel's fake "humble" admission that she's a terrible debater.
When you have reality on your side, and you understand reality in your mind and muscles, you don't NEED to be a good debater.
Good teachers and good salesmen have always known this.
When your viewpoint agrees with reality, you don't even need to TALK. You can just let the listeners experiment with reality or observe the facts directly.When your product is truly better than the competition, you don't even need to SELL. You can just let the customer try the product.
If you have to TALK or SELL, you are admitting that your theory or product is inferior.
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2. From a Deutsche Welle feature on Kraut disagreements over migration:
In the audience is Juliana Meyer. She coordinates scores of volunteers from Cottbus who help migrants fit in. Meyer scoffs at the city's moratorium on refugees, saying that it has prevented "only around 30" people from moving there.
"The biggest problem is that people don't talk to one another enough and don't debate things properly with objective arguments and issues we all care about," Meyer tells DW. But when asked if she'd sit down with the AfD, she says no. For her the party, whose leaders flirt with taboo racist language, is too closely associated with "misanthropic and xenophobic" positions to be a legitimate discussion partner.
People don't debate things properly. Will you debate things properly? OF COURSE NOT. The other side is ILLEGITIMATE.
In fairness, DW is pointing out the absurdity, not contributing to it. In recent months DW is genuinely aiming toward objectivity. Their articles on Orban vs Soros are admirably objective.
Marvel and Meyer give us perfect examples of the modern Robust Debate, an auction where competing Inquisitors bid up the violence against Heretics.
Tents?Elon continues to disobey EVERY lesson of industrial production. He's finding out that physical reality won't let you get away with delusional theories, even if cultist investors will.
What gives manufacturing experts pause about Tesla’s tent is that it was pitched to shelter an assembly line cobbled together with scraps lying around the brick-and-mortar plant.
Tents? The last time we heard about tents in connection with auto production was during the desperate attempt to get VW up and running in bombed-out Germany.
Before that, a more relevant example. John North Willys started as a supersalesman, not a car guy. In 1910 he was selling Overlands, and the factory couldn't supply anywhere near the number of cars his customers wanted. He visited the plant to investigate the bottleneck, and found the factory was a sloppy conglomeration of tents and sheds, with workmen wandering around doing miscellaneous stuff when they felt like it. He took over the company and turned it into a serious factory. The rest is EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL history. Willys is now #3 among American brands, just behind Ford and Chevy.
“We had this crazy, complex network of conveyor belts,” Musk told CBS This Morning in April. “And it was not working, so we got rid of that whole thing.”
Conveyor belts are not a Disruptive Innovation. They were perfected in 1880.
Elon's overall modus operandi is to pick up a century-old invention, call it new, and fuck it up so badly that nobody will ever want to use it again. He is a de-inventor.
Elon is now at the Overland stage. He needs a JN Willys or an Alfred Sloan to move in and take over. Unfortunately there's no indication that he'll allow it, and the shareholders are hypnotized cultists who know even less about reality than Elon does.
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Numerical sidenote: Where does Tesla fit on the sales chart? Last among 11 American brands. Year-to-date numbers from one webpage:
How common are Teslas on the ground? In recent years I've seen exactly the same number of Studebakers and Teslas. One each. About 5 years ago I saw a Tesla roadster in a Saturday collector car cruise situation. This month I saw a '41 Studie Champion driving to work.
¶ 5:07 PM
Axon firstLinked via RCS, an interesting speculation about brain development.
In the developing brain, the subplate sits below the cortical plate, a precursor to the cortex. During some stages of development, the subplate is the largest layer of the brain—making its ultimate disappearance all the more confounding.
“The understanding about the subplate was that it expands and then the cells of the subplate just die out. But we hypothesized: What if these subplate cells are not dying? What if they’re just moving to a different level of the cortex—becoming part of the cortex?” says Brivanlou.
The researchers tried to duplicate the situation in vitro, and found that the subplate cells didn't die. They migrated outward after they had performed their main function of generating lots of other neurons.
For clarity: the idea of migration is astonishing, and NOT part of conventional wisdom, but it is well-known in serious neurology. This research isn't claiming to discover the migration, only trying to see what happens after the migration.
Here's the migration as currently understood. The subplate forms from the brainstem. It first builds the radial glia (the tracks) extending to the outer rim of the brain (the cortex). Then the subplate generates a few billion fresh neurons, each equipped to ride the tracks. These neurons ride to the frontier where they claim their homesteads.
Previously it was believed that the subplate simply faded out after building the rails and sending the trains. This new finding indicates that the subplate's cells hop on the tracks and join the migration. Do they still have a special leadership role in the new territory?
The article includes a little video of the (in vitro) subplate neurons migrating in open territory without rails. They wander in various directions, but all are traveling axon-first, perhaps showing that each neuron is seeking an appropriate destination for its signals rather than an appropriate source as you might assume**. In other words, each neuron knows its PURPOSE, its intended JOB, rather than its desired CONSUMPTION.
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** Later: Why is this a default assumption? I had to stop and think about it. When animals wander around, and when plant roots explore the soil, both are putting their sensors first. They're looking for food. These neurons are NOT leading with their sensing end (dendrites). Instead, they're pushing the purpose end (axon) out front.
Later 2: How do the neurons wander? In the video they don't seem to be waving or whipping their axons. Are the dendrites acting as fins? Cilia on the sides of the soma? Prestin in the cell walls? Rocket reaction like squids? Magnetic or electrostatic gradients? The latter wouid be a direct use of a neuron's primary skill.
Polistra and friends offer a GIANT salute to Italy, which is FIRMLY AND FEROCIOUSLY resisting the Sorosian demons. No compromise, no half-measures, no wink and nod. All parts of the Italian government are working together to SEND BACK all Sorosian invaders.
Tech timelineLatest item at KSHS is a useful reminder of the technology timeline. It's an interior shot of a UP railroad office in Quinter, way out west on the high plains, dated 1912.
Which came first? Railroads were there because this is a railroad office. Photography was there because the picture is a photograph. Telephone is clearly visible in the left foreground. Telegraph is in the background in a sounding box. Typewriter next to the telegraph. Electric power? Nope. Oil lamps, no outlets, no switches.
We tend to think that 'tech stuff' is powered by electricity, so electric power must have come first, providing the foundation for all the other inventions. Makes sense, but it didn't happen that way. Telegraph and telephone had complete national networks of wiring by 1890. Electric power started in a few places around 1890, but wasn't fully national until 1940. (Thanks, FDR, as always.)
Question: Electric power came to most cities via the streetcar system, aided by amortizing poles and right-of-way. Why didn't Bell get there first, since it had a complete distribution system already in place? In fact Bell was already generating and distributing power to its customers. The phone line carried 48 volts DC with limited current. Bell had right-of-way and poles in residential neighborhoods and junction boxes on most houses. Add bigger wires to the poles, add isolation transformers for the AC component to phones.
Dr. Tom Baden ... said: "By measuring the activity of thousands of neurons in the live animal while presenting visual stimuli, we established that different parts of their retinas, looking at different parts of the visual world, do different things. This multi-faceted view makes perfect sense for zebrafish as that's how colour is distributed in their natural habitat. In their natural visual world, most colour information is on the ground and the horizon but above them the objects of most interest are dark silhouettes, so colour vision here is rather pointless."
The study found that zebrafish, who during larval and juvenile life stages live mostly in shallow, low current pockets on the sides of streams and rice paddies, only seem to use their colour vision repertoire for looking down and along the horizon, use colour-blind circuits for looking straight up and extremely sensitive ultraviolet vision for looking forward and upwards.
Not as special as it might seem. Humans don't have different circuits for different frequencies in vision, but we DO have such a separation by frequency in hearing. Low-frequency rumbles, mid-frequency speech sounds, and high-frequency screeches, have distinct mechanical resonators and distinct hair cells in the cochlea, and use distinct processing centers in the brain.
¶ 12:32 AM
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Deepstate is incalculably wicked AND incalculably brainless. The brainless part is a blessing in some backhanded way, since it means Deepstate doesn't know how to slaughter ALL Deplorables effectively and efficiently.
Bill Maher, the host of HBO's long-running late night talk show "Real Time", took a few minutes out of his show Friday night to respond to the backlash to a segment from last week's show where he voiced his hope that the US economy takes a nosedive into recession in the relatively near future, because - as Maher argued - a recession is the only thing that will help get rid of Trump by "eroding his popularity."
YOU UNSPEAKABLE IDIOT. WE ALREADY HAVE A DEPRESSION, WHICH HAS BEEN CONSTANT IN MANY PLACES FOR 30 FUCKING YEARS. THAT'S EXACTLY WHY TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN WAS POPULAR.
I suppose Maher, who is purebred Tribal, is thinking solely in Tribal terms. The Tribe is enjoying a LONG glorious ecstatic economic orgasm, and Trump's real actions (as opposed to Trump's fake scampaign) have CONTINUED AND EXPANDED the alien Tribal orgasm at the expense of humans.
Repeating this graph:
This is the Dow (blue line) along with homelessness (gray blob) in NYC. The Tribe gets rich by slaughtering humans. The Dow is literally built on a pile of human carcasses.
Vestigial?UD is discussing the extinction of the "Junk DNA" concept. (The "junk" turned out to be the most important part of the genome.)
“It seemed like a waste of this real estate in our genome — and in our cells — to have these elements and not have them there for any particular purpose,” Ramalho-Santos says. “So we just asked a very simple question: Could they be doing something that’s actually beneficial?”
In fact all of the allegedly "vestigial" organs, at all scales, have turned out to be useful and important. The appendix holds the starter culture for gut bacteria. Tonsils and adenoids were routinely removed, but finally a serious study finds that overall health is worse without them.
This is directly parallel to Natural Law, which modern "scientific" types also consider vestigial.
In fact Natural Law is the experimental record from hundreds of generations who tried all sorts of behavioral patterns. The patterns that SURVIVED are recorded as being God's laws. It doesn't matter if you give God the byline or not. The EXPERIMENTS have been done and the DATA is there for us to use.
As usual the Darwinists explicitly and specifically REFUSE to listen to the results of NATURAL SELECTION, because it disagrees with their monstrous psychopathic delusions.
Some organs and some laws may be less important in some situations, but those highly refined situations are temporary. If you remove the organs and laws, you are thereby forcing your survival to depend solely on the highly refined infrastructure and civilization.
Come to think of it, that's the whole fucking point. Parkinson as fucking always.
Secularists understand that their purposes are crossgrained with survival, so they encourage us to abandon the natural organs and behaviors that DEFEND us against natural threats. We must be totally addicted to Modern Medicine and Modern Tyranny for our survival.
Dreams getting silly
Dream in this afternoon's nap.
I was re-evaluating the theme song of the Monkees, which goes like this:
Hey hey we're the Monkees,
We're comin to your town,
We love foolin and failin,
Or just messin around.
Hmm, I pondered. This would indeed be an ideal theme song for Experimentalists in our War of Rebellion against the Theorists.
Well, that's not how the song goes. I looked it up.We may be comin to your town is the last line, but the other stuff isn't there at all. In fact the song's message is that the Monkees are hard-working Type A workaholic entertainers who never fail and have no time for messin around.
Still, the Experimentalists could use a theme song. Not this one.
Literary sidenote: We may be comin to your town is a peculiarly legalistic line for a rock song. Presages the audio fine print of modern infomercials. None of the statements or advice given in the foregoing textual material should be considered as statements or advice. These lyrics may not be suitable for everyone. Consult your percussionist before listening.
McAfee's hate hoax
McAfee claims that his enemies have poisoned him, and shows dramatic pictures of himself all tubed up in a hospital bed.
1. If real gang-style enemies want to kill you, they kill you. Bang. You're dead. Job done.
2. McAfee has more than enough money and tech savvy to set up a scene like this.
Conclusion: This is a hate hoax, similar to the "nooses" and "graffiti" planted by publicity-seeking "victims" with Die-Verse ethnicities and gendricities.
Unlike the usual "nooses" and "graffiti", this is a highly sophisticated hate hoax, on the same level as the Skripal hoax. In fact it's a copy of the Skripal hoax.
Poisoning is easy to fake because it doesn't show physical alterations. You don't need special makeup or camera tricks; you just act unconscious or drunk, as the Skripals did.
Come on, Mac. Be original. If you want to hold onto your Most Interesting Man In The World persona, you've got to outfake the drab trite bureaucrats of MI6.
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Later, cui bono? Maybe this: McAfee made a solemn bet that he would eat his dick if Bitcoin didn't reach 1 million by the end of 2020. Now that the Bitcoin fraud is clearly deflating, he needs to prevent the decision point on the bet. So his "doctors" will "order" a strict vegan diet to "recover" from the "poison". Gluten-free, GMO-free, meat-free, dick-free.
¶ 8:29 AM
Where's Ogden Nash when you need him?
Email from Judicial Watch:
Little is as unnerving as trouble with the IRS, especially if you haven’t done anything wrong. That happened repeatedly during the Obama administration, as his IRS enthusiastically targeted conservative groups.
We’re now understanding why the Congress didn’t do much of anything about it.
We just released internal IRS documents revealing that Sen. John McCain’s Former Staff Director and Chief Counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations, Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.” President Trump, presumably unaware of these new facts, appointed Kerner as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.
Of course the participation of Infinite Traitor McCain is unsurprising and normal. He belongs in the same part of Hell as Tom Paine and Lincoln and Roy Cohn and Trump. Servants of Wall Street, total betrayers and obliterators who gain a reputation as "mavericks" or "independents" or "protectors" of "individual" "liberty" and of course "rights".
But the rest has a parodic flavor, somewhere between Dr Seuss and Kafka.
Kerner urged Lerner, who ordered Merner, who instructed Nerner, who delegated Perner to order Querner...Special Counsel for the Office of Special Counsel.
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Literary footnote: I was thinking of the recursive loop "We supply watchwatchmen to watch watchmen you want watched." Tried to look it up, turns out to be Thurber, not Nash.
Listening to the chickens in a neighboring yard. One is saying a long series of buk buk buk buk bgawk buk buk buk buk buk buk bgawk buk buk bgawk.... without a break.
The buks are in perfect rhythm but the number of buks between bgawks is NOT constant.
Is the chicken sending a message coded with Pulse Count Modulation?
Neurons do it.Frogs do it. Why not chickens?
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Or in other words:
Why did the chicken peck the code?
To talk to the chickens across the road.
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Graphic sidenote: The animation has exactly three different frames. Head down - key down, head up - key up, and one accidental head up - key down. There are no intermediate positions. The head and key simply alternate between up and down. But when you watch it, you "see" a gradual transition between the ups and downs, because your muscles know that real life works that way. I think the accidental headup/keydown frame helps to bring in physical reality by breaking the rigid alternation. You "see" that the key sometimes sticks, perhaps due to unoiled pivot points. For an old CW ham, there's a much more emotional response. The key is carrying too much current, and it's trying to arc-weld the contacts. I want to jump into the frame and protect the chicken from shock, then revise the circuit to insert a relay between the spark-gap and the key.
Only YOU can prevent.... Oh, never mind.
¶ 5:09 AM
Oddly pragmatic dream about Soros this morning. Not dark or demonic.
I was making a presentation about why science is corrupt, why universities are corrupt. Soros was sitting among other people around the conference table, perhaps getting ready to make his presentation. As I discussed tenure, football, and other university corruptions, I magically caused Soros's mouth to become the word MONEY. I said "There. See? This is why colleges supported by Soros always win. He puts his money where his mouth is."
Sidenote: I don't know why these conference table presentations are so common in my dreams. They weren't common AT ALL in reality. Maybe a dozen in my whole life, 3 in recent decades.
Strong and fresh idea
There are VERY FEW new ideas in current discourse.
Here's a strong and fresh idea from Eric Zuesse. I've never thought of it before, and I've never heard it from other nationalists or anti-interventionists.
Both President Trump and former President Obama are commonly said in America’s ‘news’ media to be or to have been “ceding Syria to Russia” or “ceding Syria to Russia and Iran,” or similar allegations. They imply that ‘we’ own (or have some right to control) Syria. That’s not only a lie; it is a very evil and harmful one, dangerously goading the US President to go even more...
This is one of those constantly repeated flat assertions, treated as background information like gravity that doesn't need to be restated.
In simple fact we can't 'cede' a country that wasn't ours to begin with.
These accusations were common in two earlier circumstances, with the same warlike purpose.
Around 1920 "investigators" were asking who lost Russia. Around 1950 "investigators" were asking who lost China.
Again we couldn't lose something unless we owned it. Asking the question CREATES the unstated assumption of ownership.
In all three eras the answer is the same, but the question first needs to be recast as a HOW instead of a WHO, and the assumption of ownership has to be stripped out.
Better formulation: How did we turn Russia and China and Syria from friends to enemies?
Broad answer: We turned them to enemies by DEFINING them as enemies.
Specific answer: We turned them to enemies by attempting to change their regimes.
The first two cases aren't familiar because we've wiped them from our history. From 1918 to 1920 we invaded and occupied Russia in an effort to help the Mensheviks. Result: Russians saw the Mensheviks as foreign invaders and favored the Bolsheviks. From 1946 to 1949 we tried to help Chiang's forces in China. Result: The Chinese saw Chiang as a foreign invader and favored Mao.
Zuesse's idea clarifies these commonalities. Our attempt to change another country's regime is an ASSERTION OF OWNERSHIP. It's like walking into a stranger's house and replacing his furniture with your furniture, or removing his kids and replacing them with your kids. The stranger correctly believes you're trying to assert ownership, and rejects everything connected with your bizarre illegal behavior.
Can't make it upFührerin Merkel is proposing a new solution to the migrant problem.
Buy Albania and turn the country into a prison camp for migrants!
Genius! Innovative Disruptive! Perfectly in line with the noblest and best Kraut traditions of high-quality prison camps! Nobody does it better! Adolf's ghost is smiling and laughing and cheering! Heil Merkel! Heil Merkel!
Okay, Darwinists. "Evolve" this one.Article with nice pictures on a horse's ability to detect whether humans are faking a facial expression.
Horses were shown a picture of a happy facial expression or an angry facial expression on a screen, and they then heard a pre-recorded human voice -- praising or scolding -- from a speaker behind the screen. Horses received both the congruent condition, in which the emotional values of facial expression and voice tone were matched, and the incongruent condition, in which they were not.
Results of the experiment showed that horses responded to voices 1.6 to 2.0 times faster in the incongruent condition than in the congruent condition regardless of familiarity of the person. In addition, the horses looked to the speaker 1.4 times longer in the incongruent condition than in the congruent condition when the person was familiar. These results suggest that horses integrate human facial expressions and voice tones to perceive human emotions, therefore an expectancy violation occurred when horses heard a human voice whose emotional value was not congruent with the human facial expression.
Humans obviously need this ability for other humans, and horses obviously need refined detection for other horses. It's plausible that this ability within a species could have evolved. There was plenty of time and plenty of motivation.
BUT 1: Human voices and emotional stress indicators are NOTHING like horse voices. Human faces are entirely different from horse faces, both in basic skull shape and in use of muscles to indicate emotion.
BUT 2: Horses and humans have been working together for only 6000 years in a few places, and 1000 years in most places. Nowhere near enough time to "evolve" a special template for human voices and human face forms.
THEREFORE: "Evolution" can't begin to explain this. Only a pre-existing broad system of communication, possibly electromagnetic between brains, with intelligent adjustment for the languages of unfamiliar species.
In fairness, the broad system is not universal. Dogs, horses and cats have all been domestic with humans for a very long time. Dogs and humans understand each other well, including detection of tricks. Horses and humans have a similar level of understanding. But cats and humans have very little mutual comprehension. Both sides misread the other constantly.
When asked whether he felt like he might get "tainted" by remaining in the Trump administration, Comey said that although there was potential for that, "I thought that was my duty."
"The nature of the president actually increased my commitment to stay in my role and serve and protect the FBI and the American people," Comey said.
"I knew it was going to be hard. I knew there were going to be all kinds of difficult situations, but I thought what a coward I would be to walk away from that when I'm supposed to be leading an organization that's, by spirit and culture, independent."
In other words, the FBI's duty is crime and treason and mass murder. Ever since its founding 100 years ago, FBI's sole mission is to EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE anyone who shows the slightest signs of sanity or normalcy or goodness, including Presidents who even PRETEND for a moment to be serving America. Only absolute infinite infinite infinite infinite evil is permitted.
Satan is rarely shy. He always announces his purposes clearly and openly.
Still trying to find a proper replacement for a Just Right soup bowl that I carelessly broke a few months ago. Ordered some items from JCPenney. They might do the job. Worth a try. But they're still not Just Right. I may have to commission a stoneware bowl from a potter on Etsy.
The box from Penneys:
Okay. So how should you open it? Sandpaper? Gunshots? Throw rocks at it? Burn the cardboard with Elon's flamethrower?
Or do they mean that you should open it with sound waves from a precisely tuned piano? White keys only? (Racism! Racism! Deprivileging Keys Of Colour!)
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Irrelevant footnote on burning: Last night I was pondering the "needle in a haystack" cliche. Needles are made of iron. Just tape a magnet on a long stick and start poking around. Click! Got it. Or if you don't have a magnet, you could burn the haystack to expose the needle. Either way it's not an impossible task if you really WANT the needle.
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Moments after Angela Merkel received a 2-week ultimatum to resolve Germany's increasingly contentious refugee issue which could culminate with Merkel resignation, Donald Trump decided to capitalize on Merkel's misfortune, and in a tweet claimed that "the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!"
Jesus. Fucking idiot.
Now all Krauts will UNITE behind Merkel.
This is why Putin is successful and Trump is a grotesque failure. In fact this is a long-lasting difference between Russian and American behavior.
Russians (and sane adults everywhere) KNOW WHEN TO SHUT UP. When your enemy is falling apart ON THEIR OWN, you don't NEED to do or say anything. Just keep doing your duty, keep fulfilling your own purpose. Watch and enjoy the enemy's failure. Anything you say or do will give the enemy a reason to stick together.
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Footnote: This entry is mainly a REMINDER to myself. I noticed some neocon asshole defending "rights" against duties with a pile of false arguments. I got all weeweed up in typical Web Mode and prepared to BLAST him as they say in clickbait. And then the sane adult took over. Do your duty, fulfill your purpose, let the idiots show their colors.
Constants and variables 94, pills vs chills edition
Just calling attention to an ELEGANT use of constants and variables in this article on the importance of fever.
The article starts with a dubious reading of history:
Until a few decades ago, fevers were thought to be an unavoidable but unpleasant side effect of illness. But modern research suggests that most fevers are actually integral to effective immune responses.
I don't think the concept is new. Conventional wisdom has always seen a fever as the body's attempt to evict the pathogen by making the internal environment uncomfortable for the pathogen. The idea that you must relieve the fever is quite recent, and arguably driven by the pharmaceutical industry in cahoots with pill-pushing MDs.
Here's the beautiful and elegant part:
The evolutionary importance of the fever was first examined by comparing fevers to other dangerous spikes in temperature. Writing in American Zoologist, physiologist Matthew Kluger notes that responses to increased body temperature are different when the cause is a fever compared to, say, exercising in the heat. When our body temperature rises in response to an infection, we take actions consistent with trying to warm up even more: shivering, huddling under blankets. When hyperthermic, we sweat, feel the urge to drink cool water, and make every effort to cool down. In other words, when we’re sick, our bodies try their best to be hot.
Kluger is observing what REAL ORGANISMS do in response to heat from two separate causes. He grasps the variable of PURPOSE in our natural responses. We're not just a bimetal thermostat. The signal from our thermosensors is combined with some (not yet understood) sense input from the immune system.
Heat + immune activity = goal of preserving heat.
Heat + muscle activity = goal of shedding heat.
Manweller vs Einstein
Okay, the title is stretchy, but I think there's a point to be made.
A lot of political "debate" is based on mechanistic assumptions. Groups are treated as soulless automatons, like Einstein's fashionable preconceptions about China.
Supposedly "immigrant hordes" are brought in solely to insure D victory. "47% largesse" is given solely to insure D victory. Felons are allowed to vote to insure D victory.
It never works that way.
I disproved the 47% largesse crap easily.
The immigrant horde crap isn't quite as obvious, but it's fairly clear that new immigrants don't vote, and second-generation immigrants follow local tendencies because they have the same needs as the older locals. No automatons in this group.
Prison? Most prisoners are black, so they are automatically D. The mechanistic assumption is correct at that level. BUT pro criminals of all colors weren't voters before they were arrested, and still aren't voters afterward. Pro criminals have a FAR MORE REALISTIC view of life. They understand that force solves problems. They see that the stageplay of "voting" never makes a difference. So it doesn't matter if they're allowed to vote or not. They're too smart to waste time on frivolity.
Pro criminals understand Manweller's rule. Elections only count when they verify the decisions made by force. Real decisions are made before and above the decorative ceremony of elections.
The same basic point applies to all expansions of the voting population, from women to 18-year-olds to disputes about requiring ID. It doesn't matter who is ALLOWED or ENCOURAGED to vote. ACTUAL voters behave the same no matter how you configure the ALLOWANCE.
¶ 2:00 AM
Friday, June 15, 2018
More Soviet surprisesRT mentions
a new Russian law raising the age for Social Security. Here in wonderful USA STRONG we're
raising the age from 65 to 70. Russia is raising the age FROM 60 for men and 55 for women
TO 65 for men and TO 63 for women, gradually over the next 10 years.
Surprised me. Turns out that the 60m/55w age has been in place since 1930, longer than our
system with its 65 limit. Our original Townsend Plan was meant to start at 60, but by the time it was written up it was "compromised".
Found an excellent brief account of pensions and similar services. Better than
the 1968 Dept of Commerce document I've been using, which was a good source on banking and profits but not useful on these subjects.
This PDF is a brief 1959 article by Robert Myers in a trade journal for actuaries. Myers goes into heavy detail on stuff that actuaries find interesting, but also gives a clear and concise description of savings, insurance and medical care.
Myers felt the need to pre-defend his findings against our idiotic pre-conceptions about Communism, which haven't changed one fucking bit since 1959.
Most people in the United States and Canada do not realize that the Soviet Union has an effective social security system. Undoubtedly, this position is subconsciously based on the feeling that the small concern shown by the Soviet government for the rights of individuals extends to aged and disabled persons, who can no longer be productive. This would also seem to be in accordance with the Communist principle, "He who does not work, neither shall he eat."
Actually, the USSR has a very broad social security system that bears many resemblances to such programs in other countries. The Soviet Constitution provides for social insurance protection. Individuals on this side of the Iron Curtain, after learning of the existence of the Soviet social security system, might well expect the benefits to be flat amounts in accordance with the Communist principle, "From each according to his ability; to each according to his need." However, benefits under the Soviet system vary with earnings. Still another misconception that might arise is that the entire economic security of the Soviet citizen is provided by governmental programs. Although this is true to a very considerable extent, rather surprisingly it is by no means completely the case.
The Soviet Union has more than 50,000 savings banks. About 43 million people have accounts of an average size of 1,850 rubles. (about 185 dollars at that time, which means about $1600 in today's dollars!) Interest is paid at the rate of 2% for short-term deposits and 3% for deposits of 1 year or more. Since there are no personal checking accounts in the Soviet Union, it would seem that most of the savings in these institutions are for short-term purposes.
Life and accident insurance:
A single government-owned insurance company operates in most ways like insurance companies in other countries. This company sells not only life and accident insurance, but also casualty and fire insurance.
Policies are sold and serviced by an agency force of about 40,000. Each agent has an exclusive geographic territory and is remunerated by commissions that vary from 6% to 20% depending on the type of insurance. The earnings of the agents appear to be relatively good, since they are about 50% higher than the average wage in industry and commerce.
It appears that about 10 million persons are insured for life and accident, with the average life policy being about 5000 rubles. and the average "accident only" policy about 10,000 rubles. Considering the Soviet philosophy, the amount of individual insurance in force seems relatively large.
Almost complete medical care is available for all persons in the Soviet Union under a system of government-operated clinics and hospitals with salaried doctors. The only direct costs to individuals are partial charges for inexpensive medicines and similar items. There is a small amount of private practice of medicine by salaried doctors during their off-duty hours. This is used primarily by higher paid patients to avoid long waits at the clinics for minor ailments.
Here's a chart of the pension age system. Note the distinction between ordinary, hard, and dangerous work, and also note the special provision for mothers of large families. Women were expected to work, and child care was provided free.
Overall this illustrates yet again the distinction between the Natural Law system of employment versus the Yankee system. The Natural Law system, which Yankees call "slavery", provides lifetime security in exchange for a restricted range of income. The Yankee system, which Yankees call "rights", makes no provision at all for security. If you are a New Yorker you get vast rewards. If not, you have the "right" to die and nobody will give a fuck.
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Footnote: While I was looking up other sources to be sure Myers was right, I repeatedly noticed that the old structures are still there. The state insurance company Gosstrakh is still running, and the pension system and medical system haven't changed much. In other words, Russia has preserved the GOOD PARTS of the Soviet system while releasing total state control. In my previous discussion, I saw that the Soviet system was in fact capitalist and profit-based. The most successful parts of modern Russia, like Rosneft and Rosatom, are still mostly state-owned and capitalist and profit-based.
CONCLUSION: State-owned and state-planned profit-based capitalism WORKS BETTER than our current share value system. Central planning vs "free" planning is no longer a variable. Our corporations are centrally planned by a few oligarchs (Bezos, Zuckerberg, Buffett, Bloomberg) so we can't claim "the invisible hand". There are only a few perfectly visible and perfectly bloody hands.
It shouldn't be surprising that central planning by government to serve the nation works better than central planning to serve a few psychotic alien lunatic monstrous genocidal demons.
Spain’s new center-left government unveiled a series of measures Friday to “put people's rights first” in migration policies, AP reported. The new cabinet took the first steps toward extending public health care to foreigners without residence permits, Education Minister Isabel Celaa said, adding that the government would have a decree ready in six weeks. The government also planned to assess how to remove – “without losing any security” – the barbed wire capping the border fences of Ceuta and Melilla, the two Spanish enclaves in North Africa.
Rajoy had been cautiously pro-Spain and pro-God. Sanchez is reversing the field AND MORE.
This deserves more than my usual purple area on the map of Sorosia.
Spain IS Satan.
Speaking of memory....
Speaking of trauma and memory:
Back in Sept 2016 I was resuming my morning walk, carefully and minimally, the day after hernia surgery. I was still in pain and slightly anesthetized, so I didn't trust my brain. I saw a miraculous sight, one of the cars I'd always been hoping to see. A 1939 Champion two-door, light tan in color. I had seen a few of the big prewar Studies when I was a kid, but never a Champion. This one was just sitting in the driveway of a house that perfectly matched 1939.
Given the circumstances, I wasn't sure of the validity. Hallucination? Good omen? Bad omen? Or just real?
This morning the reality was verified. Saw the same car on the road, driving to work like all the modern cars. Sounds like a modern V8 under the hood, not a prewar six.
Here's a factory picture of the Champ two-door, along with another dreamy element that unfortunately wasn't part of my sightings.
Correction after looking at more pictures: The car I'm seeing has long vertical taillights, which means it's a '41. The '39 and '40 had short vertical taillights, and the '42 (like nearly all '42 American cars) had horizontal rectangles.
Se-lu 25, soulless automaton edition
One of Einstein's soulless herd-like automaton Orientals shows us his herd-like soulless automaton nature.
Problem: Got a motorcycle. Need to deliver a big rack thing. You're a herd-like automaton. What do you do? Obviously you surrender to the herd and automatonically sit down on the ground in great stench and filth, doing nothing. Einstein said it, so it must be right.
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In reality, you tie a side-trailer onto the motorcycle, then tie the rack thing onto the side-trailer, then tie on some shopping bags for overwidth warning, then put a couple of helmets on the side-trailer to satisfy legalities, then start up the bike and deliver the big rack thing. Problem solved, job done.
It couldn't happen in Einstein's Krautland and it couldn't happen in modern America, because Krautmericans are ACTUALLY herd-like automatons blindly obeying all rules and regulations. We are physically incapable of LOOSENING our souls.
(Incidentally, all of the abovementioned tying took about three minutes. This dude clearly has plenty of experience in improvised delivery.)
In the field of treating traumatic memories there has been a long-debated question of whether fear attenuation involves the suppression of the original memory trace of fear by a new memory trace of safety or the rewriting of the original fear trace towards safety. Part of the debate has to do with the fact that we still don't understand exactly how neurons store memories in general. Although they don't exclude suppression, the findings from this study show for the first time the importance of rewriting in treating traumatic memories.
Using a fear-training exercise that produces long-lasting traumatic memories, the scientists first identified the subpopulation of neurons in the dentate gyrus that are involved in storing long-term traumatic memories.
The mice then underwent fear-reducing training, which resembles exposure-based therapy in humans -- the most efficient form of trauma therapy in humans today. Surprisingly, when the researchers looked again into the brain of the mice, some of the neurons active at recalling the traumatic memories were still active when the animals no longer showed fear. Importantly, the less the mice were scared, the more cells became reactivated.
In other words, re-conditioning a memory away from panic doesn't mean getting rid of the memory. It means drowning out the panic waves with new comfort waves, which must be more intense than the original panic waves.
The conditioning specifically affects one area in the dentate gyrus:
Finally, when the researchers enhanced the excitability of these recall neurons during the therapeutic intervention, they found that the mice showed improved fear reduction. Thus, they concluded that attenuating remote fear memories depends on the continued activity of the neurons they identified in the dentate gyrus.
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The hippocampus is the 'hemstitch' at the bottom edge of the temporal lobe, seen here:
This picture is dominated by the light blue arch of the fornix, which crosslinks the hippocampus into other parts of the cortex.
A closeup of the connection point where the fornix merges into the hippocampus shows that the dentate gyrus is a crucial 'modulator' for the connection.
So it's not surprising to find the dentate gyrus controlling associations, but the swamping or drowning-out effect is new and meaningful. It shows why one form of therapy works, and SHOULD cause "social" "scientists" to refine the effective therapy and abandon other forms of therapy. It won't, of course.
¶ 12:25 AM
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Fucking asked and fucking answered
At the top of the world, Randians are cheering:
Why the decrease?
Answered by the bottom of the world:
See? Even the homeless have fine cloth napkins. No problem.
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The Randians might ask next: Well, why don't those homeless folks just get up off their asses and buy a house?
Zillow answers this one. The green X is where these folks are.
Theorist as alwaysHeadline on BBC:Einstein's travel diaries reveal physicist's racism
I read the article expecting to find the standard crap, as in James Watson or James Damore. Simple factual statements, based on accurate observation of reality, must be defined as "racist" and "sexist".
Nope, I was wrong. Einstein's comments were NOT factual.
He also describes his time in Colombo in Ceylon, writing of the people: "They live in great filth and considerable stench down on the ground, do little, and need little."
... He describes Chinese children as "spiritless and obtuse", and calls it "a pity if these Chinese supplant all other races". In other entries he calls China "a peculiar herd-like nation," and "more like automatons than people", claiming there is "little difference" between Chinese men and women, and questioning how the men are "incapable of defending themselves" from female "fatal attraction".
This is pure prejudice. Einstein was parroting fashionable preconceptions, not observing reality.
Later, after getting a job with Deepstate, he parroted Deepstate's fashionable preconceptions:
...described racism as "a disease of white people" in a 1946 speech at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
Good old 1946.
All of this is perfectly consistent. Einstein's mind was totally filled with fashionable delusions, which are called "theories" in the world of science. He never paid the slightest attention to plain old reality.
What would Roosevelt do?
As always, the real question is not what WOULD but what DID. FDR faced the same problems we face now, and he handled them correctly. We do the opposite every fucking time.
Someone in the Trump admin pretended to do the right thing for a moment:
Last year, Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed a plan for subsidizing coal and nuclear plants for providing base load generation—that is, round-the-clock power, but the plan was rejected by the utility regulators who said they will study the national grid’s resilience to supply interruptions. Many grid operators said they are already factoring in everything that has to do with their grid’s resilience to disruptions.
Meanwhile, coal and nuclear plants are shutting down as they can no longer compete with cheap natural gas and can barely compete with subsidized renewables. Two months ago, utility FirstEnergy approached the Department of Energy directly with a request for what would have been a bailout package for its coal and nuclear subsidiaries, but just days after this, the parent announced the bankruptcy of the two units.
FDR faced two similar problems.
First, farmers were failing because of disorganized unregulated competition. His admin recognized (1) farmers are a crucial BASELOAD for the entire economy, (2) farming isn't an occupation you can jump into and hope to succeed. FDR subsidized good farmers and discouraged upstarts.
Second, industry and commerce were unable to expand because of patchy electricity and water utilities. FDR built dams and power plants and water systems to enable further growth.
Above all, FDR didn't let entrenched bureaucrats conspire with bankers to stop his efforts. He fired bureaucrats and closed banks.
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Coal and nuclear are parallel to farms, but the parallel isn't really necessary. A nuke plant relies on a long trail of experience and engineering, and runs steadily with very little input. Nuke plants here in USA STRONG can no longer be built AT ALL because the government has ALLOWED envirodemons and lawyerdemons to block construction forever. In sane countries a nuke plant only takes about two years to build, as Russia is profitably proving in MANY sane countries.
Natural gas is much easier to build, mainly because the regulators have decided to ALLOW it. A gas plant needs constant input via pipelines or tankers, which are much more susceptible to interruption and price variation.
"Renewables" are a fraud. Nothing more, nothing less. As always, our dysgovernment SUBSIDIZES CRIME and SLAUGHTERS honest useful industries.
No, we don't need more "scientific" literacy.Article about a hi-tech IPO that supposedly preserves your mind by preserving the neurons and synapses of your brain at a snapshot moment. Immortality! Oh boy! My favorite!
Article ends with:
The solution to the dangers of hype, experts say, is a more scientifically literate public and less clickbait-driven journalism. Until then, it seems that companies like Nectome will continue to enjoy at least 15 minutes of fame.
Fuck. I'm scientifically literate enough to see the IPO is bullshit.
Memory is dynamic, not static. Memory is more like a song than a CD.
LOTS of people are equally or far more literate, and LOTS of us could have told them it's bullshit.
Why do we need MORE literate people when MILLIONS of currently literate people are TOTALLY FUCKING POWERLESS? Why bother with literacy when nobody will FUCKING LISTEN?
On the other side, this IPO "partnered with well-known MIT neurologist Edward Boyden." Why is Boyden still working and still well-known? He proved that he is either illiterate or corrupt.
Literate and UNCOOL people get no respect. Corrupt and COOL "scientists" get all the rewards.
Crime pays MAGNIFICENTLY. Cheaters win EVERYTHING. Honesty is SUICIDE.
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Footnote for clarity: Scientific literacy isn't even the main variable in most tech frauds. It wouldn't help with Theranos because there's no scientific or technical reason why Holmes's machine couldn't work. Holmes had to be exposed by internal whistleblowers who realized that she wasn't trying to build the promised machine. She was just setting up a vast array of magic tricks and stagecraft to manipulate share value.
What's the secret?Pepe Escobar points out the contrast between the G7 or G6+1 or G8-56 or G321.5/2Pi or whatever meeting, and the simultaneous meeting of SCO, the economic organization of God's side.
The G7 or whatever meeting is a cacophonous nursery filled with psychotic retarded alien infants, and the SCO meeting is grownups dealing sanely with serious questions. Making new agreements to build the Silk Road facilities, bringing in Mongolia and Persia cautiously, preparing the ground for a unified Korea.
What's missing in all of these discussions? India. In fact India always manages to stay out of the spotlight. Its population is equal to China now, and will beat China next year because China's one-child policy flattened the curve. The biggest country in the world makes less news than Ecuador.
India has maintained strategic flexibility ever since independence, constantly fighting Pakistan over worthless Kashmir but not taking part in the big battles. East and West have always tried to lock India into taking a side, but India has always refused, and has never paid a price for refusing.
What's the secret?
¶ 8:06 AM
Speaking of "global warming"
This warming is chilling us! Oops, I mean killing us! Obviously these temperatures must be Fake News generated by RUSSIAN_INTERFERENCE_BOTS.
In fairness, May was unusually warm. Now June is unusually cool. This year is pretty much normal, which is a relief after two consistently abnormal years.
From an extremely different era 4ZH notes, with fake surprise, that public suicides lead more people to think of suicide.
This was perfectly well known in earlier times.
A 1947 episode of Nick Carter deals with a suicide racket. Prominent rich widows are suiciding at an alarming rate.
Carter's police contact calls in Carter to help investigate.
Lt Mathison: You know as well as I do, NIck, that suicides run in waves.
Nick: I know, I know. But seems like there's too much coincidence here.
It turns out that the 'coincidence' is cultivated by a fake swami who gains the trust of the widows then blackmails them into suicide. He sees the imminent disaster in his crystal ball and promises to prevent it through spiritual control for $100k. Some of the widows spontaneously suicide after thinking their life is over. Most pay for spiritual protection. If the victim refuses to pay, the swami's non-spiritual assistants accomplish the suicide Fort Marcy style to encourage the others.
Because some of the suicides are genuine the cops have trouble finding the pattern. Of course Master Detective Carter figures it out.
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Makes me wonder. Most of our suicides are NOT disguised homicides, but most of them ARE cultivated by Satanic media with full knowledge and intention. In this case it's not blackmail, it's just good old Parkinson.
Media companies, especially social media, are misery miners. Evil is their raw material. They need to discover new veins of evil to continue ratcheting up the shock value and grabbing more eyeballs.
Deleting common knowledge is a necessary part of the mining. When people are GROUNDED by knowledge of natural tendencies and natural cycles, they are immune to fake surprise. Modern rackets like "global warming" and "terrorism" and "economics" depend on deleting the traditional understanding of natural law, human logic, and natural cycles. Every problem must be specifically blamed on Official Enemy so we can increase our budget to "solve" the problem of Official Enemy by creating more Official Enemies so we can increase our budget to "solve" the problem of etc.
Facebook is a special case. Along with the normal Parkinson, it has an overarching PURPOSE for its mining and processing, stated frequently and openly by Satan Zuckerberg. "We want to increase the connectedness of the world." In other words, we want more global control, more uniformity of thought. How do you get there? As with any assembly line, there's a production stage and a quality control stage. Production injects uniform globalist thoughts and turns out finished globalists. QC catches faulty items and tosses them back in the furnace.
Spain declares for SatanA few days ago I added Italy to God's side and took Spain away, but left Spain blank for the time being. Now Spain has FIRMLY moved to Satan's side in a direct response to Italy's God move. Spain volunteered to take the migrants that Italy refused.
So the map of Sorosia is firmed up again:
I've also reversed my earlier positive view of recent changes in Armenia. I had thought the new government there was turning away from Satan, but the Voice of Satan itself is cheering the new government. Can't argue with the beast!
Next day: FUCK.
The Italian government has already surrendered to the Sorosians. When the migrant ship refused to turn toward Spain because the ship had run out of food, Italy blinked.
There was an easy alternate solution. Send helicopters out to resupply the migrant ship so it can’t claim starvation and lack of fuel. Italy could have done this with its own military, or contracted with private firms.
Now Soros knows that Italy is an easy pushover. The rebellion is finished after just two days.
CORRECTION: Italy ended up doing the right thing after all. Spain is taking the migrants. So the score still stands at Italy moves toward God, Spain moves toward Satan. I need to be more patient with Italy, which always flutters around before settling into a decision.
Appropriate words, horrible graphics
Commercial art has improved tremendously in the last 50 years.
From a 1948 trade journal aimed at NYC advertisers. The appeal for good old WIBW makes sense, resonating with NYC's automatic contempt and lethal hatred for humans. But the graphic leaves a LOT to be desired. Icky! Doesn't look like any recognizable form of corn; just looks like a horrible parasitic infection of the ear canal.
¶ 7:44 AM
Trust the experts! Obey the professionals!
For a hundred years doctors ROUTINELY removed tonsils and adenoids at the least sign of trouble, or even without signs of trouble. They claimed to be preventing future disease. Were they?
Removing tonsils and adenoids in childhood increases the long-term risk of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases, according to researchers who have examined -- for the first time -- the long-term effects of the operations.
No. They were creating future disease.
If we really want to train "responsible citizens" we should train them to understand Parkinson's Laws and corollaries. Organizations exist to increase their own budgets and power.
DistractionBBC article on concentration vs creativity doesn't offer anything new. The author concludes that tight focus is useful sometimes and distraction is useful sometimes. Duh.
The article leads with a picture of Graham Bell wearing headphones connected to a Westinghouse electronic thingamajig. (Why not a Bell or Western Electric thingamajig?) He's also holding a pipe, which is a more important aid to creativity, though the article can't say it.
My first thought was that the electronic thingamajig must be an audiometer, but it doesn't look familiar in that context. I don't remember any Westinghouse audiometers. Looks more like a radio, and sure enough it is.
It's an Aeriola, made by RCA and rebranded by Westinghouse.
While I was googling for "Westinghouse audiometer", Google showed how distraction can help with focus:
Okay, okay, I get the hint. Enough screwing around. Time to get back to programming! Later: The refocus paid off. I went back and solved the slippery SCORM LMS problem that had been itching me for a couple of days.
Sidenote: The item including the Hollerith pic does mention Westinghouse, but doesn't get close to audiometers. Presumably Google's associative memory classifies this entire blog as related to audiology, which is a pretty good judgment. I ramble ignorantly about politics and religion and farting Martians, but I generally fall back to home territory in acoustics and phonetics and neurology.
¶ 8:26 AM
Is this introvert vs extrovert?
For some reason I was going over some STUPID things I've said in the past. Each time I knew it was stupid and awkward as soon as the sentence started to come out of my mouth, but it was too late to stop.
None of these stupid things were said in writing or by email. When writing I'm always able to pre-check the output and avoid unnecessary harshness or clumsiness. (Harshness is sometimes necessary.)
This pairing is the exact opposite of the standard complaint about Modern Times. Supposedly the quickness of email makes it too easy to write things that you wouldn't say in person.
I think this might be a basic difference between extroverts and introverts. Most articles in paid magazines and websites are written by extroverts, so their observations about social concerns become the Only Narrative.
Introverts are always straining, always at the edge of our competence, when speaking face to face. So it makes sense that we sometimes run beyond the edge of social competence in that situation.
Putting it another way, social situations are painful for introverts. An animal in pain tends to hiss and growl and snap.
¶ 12:13 AM
Saturday, June 09, 2018
Four technologies fighting for survival
Via American Radio History as always, an interesting collision of four technologies. Seen in Radio Retailing magazine in 1950.
Tape was brand new. Home disc recording was moderately popular but never dominant. Wire recording was incurably messy. And non-electric windup phonographs were still in the game.
Why did reel-to-reel tape become the sole recording medium? It had the same messiness as wire until cassettes came along. (Cassettes were already developed in 1950 but didn't take over until 1965.) Why didn't Dictaphone cylinders, the direct descendant of Edison's original invention, move into home use? They were much easier to use than tape or wire, and less expensive than disks. The cylinder or loop was common in offices from 1910 to 1960.
Among these four, the Recordette was definitely best value for the price. You got an ordinary phonograph AND a recorder AND a radio, all working together with a mode switch. You also got a closable case and a neat compartment for records and a place to fasten the microphone if you weren't going to hold it. The windup had a similar case and compartment, plus a clip for the crank, plus a cute miniature vault for spare needles.
I'm a sucker for hidden compartments and places to keep spares and tools. Love it. Modern equipment has abandoned the tradition. Computers don't have a pocket for USB drives or a place to hang the mouse. You have to find or make your own storage.
[Multiply these prices by 10 to get modern numbers.]
Pays to be prepared 2
Another instructional video from the Everett TweakerCam.
This fellow is showing us how to palpate a street with a bucket. He spent several minutes in the middle of the street, bravely enduring heavy rain and traffic, to demonstrate correct tapping techniques, both rhythmic and non-rhythmic. Finally he moved onto the curb where he sat down in a puddle and raised the intensity of the tutorial, demonstrating the two-hand technique, the one-hand technique, the throwing the bucket technique, the kicking the bucket technique, and finally using the bucket to palpate his own head for calibration.
Gotta be prepared for every eventuality! You never know when a Bucketized Street Palpator job will open up!
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In a more serious vein: Yesterday the cam caught the most miserable man in the universe. He's not one of the regulars, and clearly not from this part of the country. NYC or Philly type. Looks EXACTLY like Jack Palance. I'd guess he was a traveling salesman who got knocked down by gambling. He was still dressed for sales and golf, with a jaunty blue fedora, giving the impression that he had finished 18 rounds and then slid all the way down onto Skid Row without stopping. He sat on the curb, drinking beer and occasionally smoking something that wasn't tobacco. The smoke made him even more miserable. I've never seen a more MISERABLE person in my life, and I've been around a fair bit of misery. I'm hoping one of the regular TweakerCam aggregators shows the sequence. Maybe somebody who knows him will see it.
Later: Dream Free got the bucket action and the Palance action. The regular livestream chatters give names to every character in the scene, including the trash cans and rats. Dream Free named the miserable man 'Lenny', showing that his NYCness is universally obvious.
Self-dividing unificationZH reprints a treacherous Sorosian dickhead recommending wider use of LSD to advance globalism.
Large parts of the world are being polarized at a rate rarely seen before, helped in no small measure by social media ‘filter bubbles’ and algorithms that divide people sharply along the lines of nationality or ideology, their underlying human connections rendered increasingly irrelevant. Perhaps such deep hatred and suspicion of the other was always there, but now it has taken center stage and is being used as a potent election strategy by populist and hyper-nationalist leaders the world over. Like herds of cattle, large numbers of people are being programmed and deployed as pawns for a larger agenda.
Therefore, perhaps real change begins with rewiring our perceptual framework. Psychedelic substances have been ingested sacramentally by indigenous cultures to achieve this goal since the dawn of time, and now they’re being validated by the scientific and medical communities. The shifts in consciousness that can be brought about by psychedelics can help in dissolving the man-made boundaries or fear of the other that are implanted in our collective psyche.
The first paragraph is true. Elites always rule by dividing. That's called POLITICS. Modern elites have vastly better cleavers. Every form of discontent is divided into plus and minus sides, and the pluses and minuses are organized via Facebook to pursue IMPOSSIBLE GOALS. Impossible goals guarantee addiction and perpetual increase of fervor and frenzy. Gotta try harder! Try harder!
The second paragraph is false and sneaky. This dickhead is telling us that using acid will lead us to peace and flowers and love. Wrong. Anyone who has actually USED acid knows that it leads to powerful paranoia.
Therefore: This dickhead is just another agent provocateur, mobilizing forces to work toward a SPECIFICALLY IMPOSSIBLE GOAL. The harder you try for peace and love, the more paranoid you get. Gotta try harder! Harder!
There's nothing wrong with SANE paranoia, based on experience and observation. When you know how a process works, or when you know how one type of human behaves, you know what to expect from the process or type. Sane paranoia requires leaving a little room for exceptions, because there are occasional exceptions. But when you see the unmistakable signature of a tyrannical trick, you can't leave any room at all.
NATURE IS BOUNDARIES. LIFE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES IS DEATH.
GetReligion gets it again
As usual GetReligion manages to present a complex situation clearly and objectively.
A "transgender" student wants to be called by a new name, and the teacher refuses for religious reasons. Does the teacher have a justifiable case?
In this specific instance, no.
The problem with "transgender" nonsense starts with the parents and the doctors who agree to permanently alter a kid because of a momentary feeling. We wouldn't allow this for other feelings, so we shouldn't allow it for this particular feeling.
By the time the kid reached the teacher, the damage had been done.
There are plenty of ordinary situations where a kid wants or needs to be called by a new name. Adoption. Remarriage by the mother. Merged families sometimes end up with two Jasons or two Emmas, so one of them needs to change. Sometimes the original name just doesn't work. Example: My father was named after Warren Harding. Two years later Harding was disgraced so his parents gave him a different name but didn't bother to legally change it.
A teacher couldn't justify sticking with the name given at birth in those cases, so he can't justify it here.
Obviously the parents are bullying the teacher, pushing the "transgender" nonsense to generate a lawsuit, just as the parents already bullied the kid into having surgery to satisfy their political monstrosity. But that still doesn't justify the teacher's refusal.
This is entirely different from the butcher/baker/candlestickmaker situation, where the bullies are forcing the craftsman to make an object that explicitly advocates a belief he doesn't share, or an object that is prohibited by his religion.
Here the action of saying a name wouldn't be a problem without the bullying reason attached, so the teacher can't justify refusing the action.
If the new name was "I-believe-in-Satan", the case would be closer to parallel. The name itself would be forcing the teacher to declare a belief he doesn't share.
¶ 9:27 AM
Not the same Frontenac, not the same Continental
The latest Collectible Auto mag has a genuine oddity in its Car Spotter section.
Caption says it's a Frontenac, the Canadian version of the 1933 Continental.
Obviously not the same Frontenac that was the Canadian version of the Falcon, and obviously not Lincoln's Continental.
This Continental was part of the Norman DeVaux mini-empire. DeVaux was something of a scavenger in the automotive ecosystem. When Billy Durant's last company failed, DeVaux picked up the tooling and modified it, using his own name for the car. This lasted for two years, and when DeVaux failed, Continental Motors picked up the company instead of getting paid for its engines. Continental then produced the car under its own name for a year or two. DeVaux went on to scavenge Cord's body for the Hupp Skylark and Graham Hollywood, another brief and pointless venture.
The Wiki article on Continental mentions the Canadian branch but doesn't link to any meaningful explanation.
Continental Motors was the main supplier of engines to most of the 'independents' and occasionally to the Big Three. Continental is still around, making engines and parts for aircraft. Needless to say, it's now owned by the Chinese government.
The Canadian version is the same body as the American, but has a different front clip. Just like the later Canadian versions of Big Three cars.
Seems odd for such a small operation to take the trouble of branching out to Canada, and especially odd to spend money on tooling up alternate body parts!
Nauert's comment about D-Day representing our "strong relationship" with Krauts is brainless, but the direction of its idiocy shows a deeper problem.
The plain fact of history is that USA STRONG and Krautland are permanent same-sex spouses. We have brief squabbles, but even DURING the squabbles we're still working together.
Nauert is part of the establishment that always looks to Germany for guidance and role models, Any event or fact that contradicts the ONLY POSSIBLE NARRATIVE must be fitted into the narrative.
Pays to be prepared!
A couple of caps from the Everett TweakerCam:
Casper the Friendly Tweaker!
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At first I thought this was the classic hobo suitcase, a bag on a stick over the shoulder. I'm not convinced anyone actually used those, but they were always seen in cartoons. On closer examination of the frames, I think she's just carrying a tree branch with leaves. Gotta be prepared for any situation!
Two items in today's "news" are supposed to generate outrage. In fact the items aren't outrageous in themselves. Both represent the top end of a spectrum, and in both cases the top end is permanent and normal. What's outrageous is that the BOTTOM end of the spectrum no longer exists. The top end was supposed to be meaningful as a GOAL or PURPOSE. Now that the starting point of the spectrum, the baseline, is gone, the top-end phenomenon continues running wild, absorbing more and more resources for no PURPOSE.
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1. We're supposed to be outraged by a single parking spot in Hong Kong selling for $400K and then reselling for $760K a few months later.
2. We're supposed to be outraged because the Miss America pageant has given up on being a beauty pageant.
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In both cases the specific action is not outrageous.
1. Rich fuckheads have always traded in artificial scarcity. Diamonds, collector cars, exclusive real estate. Items that have value because they're defined as having value. This activity doesn't really bother or interfere with normal people.
The problem is at the other end of the scale. Before 2008, interest on savings provided an on-ramp for young folks or poor folks to get into the game. You could put away a few dollars per week and end up with 400K later in life. Now that compound interest is extinct, there's no way for poor folks to build up wealth. The entrance gate is closed.
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2. Pageants have been losing their importance for 30 years, for reasons that have nothing to do with feminist fuckheads. Just like exclusive parking, pageants are a game for top-level thoroughbreds. It's a hereditary aristocracy that can't be entered by an outsider. Like pro athletes, each Miss pretends to represent a location, but none of them are really from their "hometowns".
In the early years of the Miss, any girl who thought she might have a chance could jump in and give it a try. The pageants provided an on-ramp into acting and modeling for outsiders. Because the system was truly modular, there were local off-ramps as well. Miss Spokane or Miss Topeka could move into local TV journalism.
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.