Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  Zuhlsdorf GETS IT.

Zuhlsdorf, one of the sparse saving remnant of actual Christians in the papist world, always shows a solid understanding of Natural Law. He also understands how language really works, which is even sparser.

Now he's climbing onto the analog bandwagon, showing a DEEP AND ACCURATE understanding of the true purpose of NSA's web.
Also, we talked about this new thing that is on the horizon, Dat Project, distributed architecture technology. IPFS. I am really intrigued by this. This is a decentralized web. Imagine if you will a time when truly Catholic things – or truth at all – is less and less tolerated. Right now, if the registry people – DNS – turn the key on your site, your site is gone. No one can find you.

By analogy, think about how Bitcoin is sort of out there, spread around, decentralized. I’m not saying that Bitcoin is great. The tech idea behind it is really interesting.

By another analogy, I’ve long thought that Catholic entities should have ham radio operators against the time that they might have to stay in touch with each other DX, etc.
Amen, Brother Z. Bitcoin is just another fake "independence" but shortwave is real. Shortwave has always been the last resort for truly decentralized samizdat. The tyrants can certainly shut down an operator by arresting or killing him, but they CAN'T shut down the communication. There is no central node that passes through NSA.



There's always an alternate skip path.

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Monday, July 30, 2018
  CHEVIAC!

Walking back from the store just now, an old car grabbed my attention. From the side it was a '53 Chevy four-door. Rare but not shocking. As it passed I saw the Silver Streaks and the fancied-up taillights.

CHEVIAC!

Back in the '60s I saw quite a few Canadian specials in Ohio. When I moved here in '90 I expected to see more, since Spokane is close to BC and has a lot of tourist and business traffic with Canada. Expectation was unsatisfied until right now!

(Strictly speaking it's a "Pontiac Laurentian", not a Cheviac. But it's still a Cheviac.)

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Okay, can't resist.

Hey there Captain, do you see? There is a Chev in striped pajamas!

No that's not what it is at all. That's a vehicle people call a PontiacLaurentian.

I see. But it still looks like a Chev in striped pajamas... To me.


Personal sidenote: I found myself singing this stupid song out loud. While doing it, I realized that I used to sing and hum all the time. When listening to baroque music I was always humming one of the parts. I still listen to music daily, but I haven't hummed harmony in at least 10 years. Should resume the habit. Good for the larynx, good for the brain.

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  Crime pays

Political and economic talkers of "both" sides are constantly pushing the Gig Economy. Everyone should be an entrepreneur! Quit the ratrace and start your own business!

Well, it's good advice if your business is crime. It's terrible advice if you're trying to be honest.

In Britain now, the failure rate for crime is only 9%.

Typically the failure rate for new entrepreneurs is about 70%.

Turning it around:

A career in crime has a 9 in 10 chance of success.

An honest career has a 3 in 10 chance of success.

The most serious crime is committed by those advisors. They know EXACTLY what they're doing. They're advising good honest smart people to WORK FOR FREE.

They're selling the best people into debt slavery. Not proper agrarian slavery where the slaves could count on lifetime support. More like the modern migrant system where the victim pays his life savings to the smuggler and then works to an early death with no reward.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018
  Legalistic rules

The Weather Bureau has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for today and tomorrow, predicting 98 or so both days.



Social media are getting weeweed up as usual. But is this really an emergency?

Two weeks ago we had two 96s in a row, and we somehow survived without an Excessive Heat Warning.



Broader perspective: The last three summers were hotter than normal, with LOTS of 90s and 100s. We survived those. This summer is strictly normal, mostly 80s, some 70s, some 90s, a couple near-100s. The 90s and 100s are hard on people who live in modern houses without AC, but 98 isn't any harder than 96.

The Weather Bureau has to operate by rules, and they do a damned good job of applying the rules to reality. I'm NOT complaining about their performance! I'm questioning the rules. Legalistic rules for weather make it hard to keep things in perspective. Most of the REAL emergencies don't get warnings. Now we get a warning for a slight increment above a non-warned situation.

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  Just cute

Not relevant, just hopelessly cute.



A 1940 Crosley open-front panel truck, equipped for radio service. Crosley, of course, had been making radios for a long time, so the double branding was a nice touch. Unfortunately the girl (Beatrice Blaxton) didn't come with the package. She was just photographed with the truck for advertisements.

I don't think this open-front model has been seen in articles about the prewar Crosley. It doesn't look familiar.

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  God is like Blackstone

Lately I've been listening to the Blackstone Magic Detective series at bedtime. Like most syndicated radio serials, the plots and characters are low-quality. You can't do much with 10 minutes of drama. The best part is the last five minutes, when Blackstone (played by Edwin Jerome) gives the 'secret' of a small trick. These are parlor magic rather than stage magic, simple enough that anyone can perform them with practice.

Real magicians have enough confidence in their ART that they openly confess the deceptive nature of their CRAFT. When the ART is good enough, you're still fooled and amazed even after you KNOW that the trick is done with hidden gadgetry or concealed motions. It's still magic.

Crappy magicians (eg cult leaders) insist that their trickery is really magic. It's beyond the understanding of mere mortals. Only the Prophet owns the Secret Knowledge. You must obey and pay the Prophet to partake of the Secret Knowledge.

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UncommonDescent often makes this point:

It’s worth keeping in mind that, however else Darwinism functions, it functions pretty much as a form of magic where the origin of vast, interlocking complex structures are concerned.

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Darwinists are crappy magicians. Cult leaders. They insist that the universe was made in unknowable ways by their cheap god, Lord Random. Even after you prove repeatedly that a structure or organ or behavior must have been designed, must be a physical gadget built in advance to create the desired effect, they insist that it's purely spiritual, purely Random.

God is more like Blackstone. God has enough confidence in the ART of life that he reveals the GADGETRY of life openly and consistently. We can see the gadgetry of an 'irreducibly complex' situation like the electric interaction of bees and flowers. We see how it works, and we are still amazed and dumbfounded that it exists.


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Saturday, July 28, 2018
  There's a better argument

The Imaginative Conservative often publishes essays on real music, ranging from academic analysis of the score to discussion of the physical and neurological effects of music. One recent example of the latter, Deep Listening by Borstlap, gets EVERYTHING right, from the subjective feel to the objective facts of neurology.

Today's essay on Beethoven's 9th by Emina Melonic is a defense of Beethoven against one obscure critic.

The obscure critic attacks the last, choral movement of the symphony—which sets Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” — claiming that the libretto is essentially a political message and that “calls to world brotherhood” can often times result in tyranny. As much as he hates the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth, Mr. Terauds is not really that much impressed with the rest of the symphony either, especially since Hitler apparently liked it too.

Melonic responds with a personal experience of discovering the 9th while living in a refugee camp resulting from our 1990 Yugoslavian wars.
Any music that has transcended its time (and this is especially true of most classical music) has also succeeded in reaching the innermost crevices of the human soul. For whatever reason, Mr. Terauds’ weak commentary completely leaves out Beethoven’s impact on the individual human being. We rarely listen to music collectively, except of course, when we go to a concert. But for the most part, people experience music alone. For each individual, Beethoven may mean something different, and it may take him on a path toward a particular memory.
Yes, but this isn't the strongest defense of Beethoven. There's an intrinsic defense. Beethoven himself understood that the romance of revolution always leads to tyranny. He saw it in the same way and the same time as Gouvernour Morris. Beethoven originally dedicated the Eroica to romantic revolutionary Napoleon, then removed the dedication when he saw that Napoleon was just another megalomaniac empire builder.

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Friday, July 27, 2018
  Gold seal of approval

Antichrist Bergoglio and his bitchboy Spadaro are predictably calling Salvini a devil because Salvini wants to protect Italian POOR PEOPLE from Bergoglio's army of invading migrants.

When the Antichrist calls you a devil, it's a pretty good indication that you're on God's side.

Salvini didn't start this fight; he didn't say anything at all about the Church. He just works to protect ordinary Italians from the marauding forces of Soros. The Church has been on the marauding side for 1000 years.

Duterte, another leader on God's side, has unwisely started a fight with the Church by telling the truth about the Church. His people are the most serious Catholics in the world, so he may end up losing the consent of his people.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018
  Speaking of living fossils!!!!!

WOW.

Literal living fossils!

Two worms that have been frozen in permafrost for up to 42,000 years have come back to life, and are now considered the oldest living animals on the planet, in what is being described as a major scientific breakthrough.

The ancient nematodes (aka roundworms) are “moving and eating” again for the first time since the Pleistocene age, after coming back to life in Petri dishes, according to a new study by a team of Russian scientists in collaboration with Princeton University.


Yes, this is a MAJOR SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGH. No doubt about it. Nematodes are simple, but they're full-fledged multicellular animals with all the usual equipment. Nervous system, digestive system, muscles, gonads.

Unlike tardigrades, nematodes aren't specially designed to tolerate dehydration and freezing. They don't switch their chemistry to antifreeze.

The implications are TREMENDOUS.


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  What Ike meant

I've noted before that the first step in offshoring US industry happened around 1958. We allowed Japan to take over the transistorized side of electronics.

This allowance didn't seem to be intentional and wasn't driven by the financial side of the economy, which wasn't dominant at that time.

I was looking through some 1957-58 periodicals at American Radio History, especially the trade journal called simply Electronics, which covered trends and tendencies in the whole industry. There's no single piece of evidence but a picture emerges from changes of emphasis. Electronics manufacturing was growing in some states and holding steady in others. Growth was specifically motivated by military and space research sites. New inventions were primarily going for military purposes, not for consumer use.

This emphasis was unusual for peacetime. It was clear that the major manufacturers were losing interest in the ordinary consumer end of the market and putting all their chips into the security of cost-plus contracts.

This is what Ike was talking about.

The Japs saw an opportunity and grabbed it. They started out with simple pocket-sized AM receivers and later expanded into television and hi-fi. The pocket radios faced no competition because US manufacturers were focusing their solid-state work on rockets and military computers. TV and stereo went up against US tube-based products which were still strong sellers, but by that time the Japs had mastered the art of building with transistors.

None of this wartime activity was necessary. Russia has NEVER ATTACKED US, never fired ONE FUCKING BULLET or sent ONE FUCKING BOMBER or flown ONE FUCKING JETLINER into skyscrapers. Only our Valued Fucking Allies like Japan and Saudi have attacked us. Our response to attacks is total surrender. Our response to a peaceful neutral Russia is invasion and destruction of our OWN economy as well as Russia.

WE ARE HOPELESSLY INSANE BEYOND INSANE BEYOND INSANE BEYOND INSANE BEYOND INSANE.

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  Where have all the Angletons gone?

I'd been wondering why CIA and NSA have lost their competence in recent years. The Reality Winner thing illustrates the problem. Reality Winner was hired as an Intelligence Analyst, and was paid for watching MSNBC until Reality Winner made the mistake of revealing that Reality Winner was paid for watching MSNBC. At that point CIA prosecuted Reality Winner. The mob always punishes snitches, not hitmen.

Clearly this is the norm now. In previous decades Intelligence Analysts were seriously smart and strategically shrewd. They found obscure foreign sources, translated them and tried to understand them in proper context. They were able to get into the mindset of a foreigner and predict his actions. Now CIA can't understand anything except FUCK TRUMP FUCK TRUMP FUCK TRUMP FUCK TRUMP.

Why can't they hire smart people?

Now we know.

Via Wolfstreet:
There is another astounding number in the earnings report: “Headcount” at the end of June was 30,275 – “an increase of 47% year-over-year,” it said. Let that sink in for a moment.

Facebook is a hiring-machine – and throws large amounts of money at this issue. In April, it disclosed that the median income of its employees in 2017 was $240,430.
The COMPETENT spies and SERIOUSLY PSYCHOPATHIC tyrants are working for CIA's subcontractors Facebook and Google. Much higher pay, much better status than working directly for CIA.

 
  Leutz, BRICS

There's an important difference between 'living fossils' and cantilevers.



Viewing technologies or organizations on a timeline. Various ideas start, gain some traction, then fail.

A living fossil is an old technology or old organization that carries on with some degree of success while everything around it changes. I've made a point of celebrating Willys, a company that carried the best of 1933 automotive features through many decades, and finally gained major success. The old setup turned out to be correct.

The British Parliament is another old tech that still functions better than the rigid "modern" tyrannies invented in France and USA STRONG. The best living fossil of all is Natural Law.

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Cantilevers are technologies or organizations that dangle dangerously over the cliff of new developments, without any meaningful value. In this case the new has replaced the old for good reasons, but the old continues moving forward without any support and ends up hanging over the edge like Wile E. Coyote.

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An example in radio. From 1910 to 1923** home radios were modular. You had to buy and connect an antenna, a power supply, a tuner, a detector, two or three amplifier stages, and a speaker. Great for amateurs and experimenters, but wildly impractical for ordinary listeners.



After 1923, manufacturers quickly found ways to mount everything in one cabinet. Here's a high-class 1929 radio with ten tubes.



But Leutz thought modularity was still the best way to go, and proved it with this high-class 1929 ten-tube radio:



Oops. Unsurprisingly Leutz failed.

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In the fast-moving development of the non-Sorosian world, an early organization got cantilevered, left behind by superior developments but still hanging over the edge. BRICS was going to be the counterforce to NATO and EU.

Oops.

Russia and China are still the main foundation of the anti-Soros world, but Brazil and India and South Africa are no longer part of the setup. India continues playing both sides against the middle with reasonable success. Brazil is strongly self-sufficient and doesn't really need trading partners. South Africa decided to abandon prosperity and follow the fine example of its neighbor Zimbabwe instead.

Even though BRICS has been replaced by the Silk Road concept, Putin is attending a 10th anniversary commemoration of BRICS in South Africa today. I suppose he's recognizing the pioneering idea, not the misplaced reality.

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** Why is 1923 an inflection point from experimentation to a real business? Because the government allocated distinct frequencies for stations in 1923. Before that, all stations were nominally operating on one frequency. Sort of like switching from a massive fleamarket, with every trader shouting his wares, to separate storefronts for each business.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  Not gonna use 'Best Title' for this, but........

Perhaps by accident, Trump is finally doing ONE of the things worth doing. After two years of pointless noise and surrender to Deepstate, he's finally imposing TARIFFS on China and EU. The bullies, shocked to find real resistance after 30 years of easy wins, are making plenty of noise, but in the end they are yielding ground. Both EU and China are making concessions.

In both cases the real enemy is USA STRONG corporate traitors who GAVE AWAY our economy to foreigners. Trump isn't acting against them directly, but they are feeling the pain indirectly. Zuckerberg lost an important deal with China, and then lost a noticeable amount of share value, which is the only thing that counts in the world of traitors.
 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  Best title 8

Things worth doing and how to do them.


As I jealously watch sane countries GETTING SHIT DONE, I'm trying to figure out HOW their leaders do it. There's no point in "learning" from this, because USA STRONG is utterly incapable of learning. I'm just curious. I like to see how stuff works.

Putin and Orban had a natural advantage. Russia and Hungary retained parts of the Soviet structure, especially state-owned capitalism which unquestionably GETS SHIT DONE, and a tradition of low debt and high savings, which keeps bankers out of the loop. A competent leader who serves his OWN people can move the bureaucracy and the state-owned companies in the right direction. Putin and Orban are HIGHLY competent and consistent. They know the THINGS WORTH DOING.

Erdogan in Turkey started without the Soviet advantage. He faced a huge entrenched Deepstate fully owned by Soros, and he had to take DRASTIC measures to get rid of Deepstate. Now that the massive troops of Deepstate are out of office and partly in jail, he will be able to move more easily. Unfortunately he doesn't have a consistent grasp on the THINGS WORTH DOING. His central bank is trying to turn the economy away from Goldman debtism by allowing interest rates to move naturally. Erdogan wants to keep rates low for "growth" in the stock market. He's wrong. Deepstate loves debt and uses debt as a blackmail tool. Low rates induce more debt and less saving, which means more blackmail and less autonomy for individuals and business and the nation.

Salvini is a puzzle. He has a brilliantly clear understanding of the THINGS WORTH DOING, and he is able to DO THEM quickly and firmly. Italy doesn't have a Soviet structure or a low-debt tradition. Italian governments have been paralyzed and ineffective and debt-ridden for many decades. Until the Lega and 5Star coalition took power, Italy was meekly and abjectly obeying EU directives, which would SEEM to imply a Deepstate that worships Soros.

What changed? When Salvini orders the bureaucracy and military to serve Italian interests, why do they obey? Is the Italian Deepstate simply giving Salvini lots of rope and waiting for the right moment to yank him down? Were the bureaucrats secretly loyal to their own country? Are they happy to be moving in the right direction after many years of serving Krauts? I can't IMAGINE bureaucrats who are loyal to their own people, but it could be true.

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  Decreased knowledge

Another case of "social" "science" spending money and time to "prove" a perfectly obvious fact, and then SUBTRACTING from common knowledge by supplying a dubious conclusion.

Perfectly obvious part:
Sanford and her colleagues instructed the owners of 34 dogs to either give distressed cries or to hum while sitting behind a see-through closed door. Sixteen of these dogs were registered therapy dogs. The researchers watched what the dogs did, and also measured their heart rate variability to see how they physically reacted to the situation. In another part of the experiment, the researchers examined how these same dogs gazed at their owners to measure the strength of their relationship.

Dogs that heard distress calls were no more likely to open a door than dogs that heard someone humming. However, they opened the door much faster if their owner was crying.
Duh.

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Subtracted knowledge part:
Based on their physiological and behavioral responses, dogs who opened the door were, in fact, less stressed than they were during baseline measurements, indicating that those who could suppress their own distress were the ones who could jump into action.

The study therefore provides evidence that dogs not only feel empathy towards people, but in some cases also act on this empathy. This happens especially when they are able to suppress their own feelings of distress and can focus on those of the human involved.
We don't know what the dogs are thinking, but we do know what humans are thinking in similar situations.

In fact the decreased stress DOESN'T come from suppressing our own feelings. That would RAMP UP the physical stress!

The decrease in heart rate comes from accomplishing the task. We get anxious when we hear or see trouble, or less dramatically when we see a problem that needs to be solved. After we've done what we can about the trouble, we're less stressed. The accelerating hormone has done its job, so it shuts off.

 
  Se-lu 26, pff-qff edition

A tech oddity.

As I'm running through debug phase on courseware, I'm finding and fixing lots of little text errors as expected. Missing periods, inconsistent bolds, repeated words.

Only one non-textual problem remained, which seemed stubbornly unsolvable until I LOOSENED MY MIND.

The problem was narrow and highly specific. One animation, out of a couple hundred, refused to show up in one specific situation. This animation ran properly in all the usual browsers when the module was 'barefoot'. But when the module was running inside ScormCloud displayed through Firefox, the images didn't show. IE and Chrome behaved properly in ScormCloud.

I compared the animation with others. By linear thinking it seemed to be extreme in two ways: (1) It has more images than most of the others (2) its timestep is longer than most of the others. But neither of those variables was at the end of the line; a few other animations were longer and slower, and worked properly. I tried cutting some of the frames, and tried shortening the timestep. Nothing worked.

Could the filenames be a problem? ScormCloud is highly case-sensitive. All filenames must be purely LC. But that wasn't the problem here.

The filenames were aff-eff01.jpg ... aff-eff30.jpg, because the animation is about afferent vs efferent nerves.

Too long? Other animations have much longer names. Hyphen? Most of the animations have hyphens.

Well, is there something peculiar about the name itself? Nah. Can't be.

SE-LU.

When you reach "can't be", you have to LOOSEN YOURSELF and assume that it can be.

Tried changing the names from aff-eff*.jpg to pff-qff*.jpg.

BINGO! It works!

Because pff-qff is meaningless and looks vaguely dirty, I changed to a more meaningful word. Still good.

Why does Firefox refuse to display an image named aff-eff01.jpg, when running in ScormCloud?

Is aff-eff a reserved test word of some kind, left over from FF's development? The FFs in the name are suggestive.

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Another accidental realization that may be more useful: These modules have been through a year of development, and the text parts have been read repeatedly while I was mainly working on the animations.

The text normally appears on one 'page' while the animation appears on the facing 'page', in blocks about the same size as this blog column. During this final phase, for reasons too obscure to explain, I've had to do the proofreading on the raw HTML. In the HTML as viewed in a programmer's editor, each text page is one LONG line. So the proofreading is more like a ticker-tape than a page.



Scanning is purely left-to-right, with no downward movement and no switchbacks of the eyes. This ticker-tape mode is a VASTLY more effective way of detecting small errors like repeated words and missing periods. The errors weren't seen in dozens of page-style reads, but they stand out instantly in ticker-tape view.

The problem with page mode isn't entirely surprising; proofreaders have known about this for a long time. But the ticker-tape solution is new.

On the next project I'll do all the proofing in ticker-tape mode from the start!

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  Bannon is an AP

Fact 1:

Steve Bannon plans to build a right-wing populist think tank in Europe. German lawmakers called the plans by the former adviser to the US president to influence the 2019 European elections "a frontal attack on the EU."

Fact 2:

The anti-EU forces are ALREADY getting together in a natural way, forming ad hoc alliances and coalitions to fight Soros. Several countries have already switched sides officially, based on STRONG election results.

Conclusion:

Bannon is an Agent Provocateur working for Soros. Following in a long tradition from Joe McCarthy to Sheikh Osama to Trump, his job is to make heretics look maximally horrible.

APs are cultivated when heresy is becoming widespread for GODDAMN GOOD REASONS. APs are charismatic leaders who pull the heretics into crazy positions that VERIFY the preplanted preconceptions about the heretics.

REMEMBER!!!!! Trump is Roy Cohn's protege! This is the only thing you need to know about Trump. All else follows from this one fact.

A week later, Bannon's AP work is already reaping a reward. Via ZH, a petition "asking" the UK government to prevent Bannon from entering is gathering support. Needless to say, the UK government will happily obey this petition, because it makes Leavers look horrible.

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Monday, July 23, 2018
  When the Post Office was Google

Another peek into an unadvertised corner of history. Via American Radio History as always, a 1926 trade journal for phonograph retailers.

Headline: Let Post Office check your mailing list.



The Post Office was a full-service communications portal in those days. Along with delivering mail TWICE A DAY, it included a bank with savings and checking accounts. Here we have a sort of AdSense function, taking advantage of the neighborhood knowledge of postmen. You could ask the PO to update your mailing list to reflect the actual occupants of addresses.

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By 1970 our PO had abandoned its central role. The bank was gone, the clerks were replaced by computers, and the goal of serving business was gone. In some Euro countries the PO moved the other way, becoming the coordinator for ALL communication. So it became the manufacturer of the systems as well as the carrier of information.




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  Recipe for life

Sorosian leaders at all levels, city, national, corporate, religious, spin out into wilder and weirder and more genocidal lunacy beyond lunacy beyond lunacy, evil beyond evil beyond evil.

Meanwhile, Salvini continues to push forward RELENTLESSLY with words and actions to DEFEND HIS OWN PEOPLE.

His words are inspiring and refreshing, but the words wouldn't mean much without the equally inspiring actions.

Latest words:

In alcuni “circoli intellettuali” si stupiscono del consenso della Lega, quasi fosse "regalato". La ricetta è semplice BUONSENSO: uscire dai “salotti”, girare nelle piazze, ascoltare, lavorare, FARE.

Loosely translated:

In certain "intellectual circles" they are stunned by the support of the Lega, as if it were a "given", a mysterious force of nature. The recipe is simple COMMON SENSE: get out of the "salons", get into the streets, listen, work, DO.

That's not only a recipe for political success, it's a recipe for life.

Get out of the salons. Get into the streets.


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Sunday, July 22, 2018
  New crossover

Normal thinking is constrained and paced by an infinite number of feedback loops. Normal decisions weigh the benefits of two or three choices and pick the one that seems most beneficial, given available knowledge and available emotions. When the decision is made and acted on, the mind drops the subject and moves on to other decisions.

The mind of a Sorosian is in a constant seizure mode.



Sorosians simply repeat one action or phrase over and over. Each Sorosian has two or three different seizures available, and each is reliably and predictably triggered by a highly refined detection of 0.000000000000000000001% heterodoxy in the relevant subject.



Right now the SUPERdominant seizure is BOMB_RUSSIA. EVERY available source of opinion and "news" emits nothing but BOMB_RUSSIA.

A seizure has no negative feedback, no countervailing force. When running, it takes over all other subjects. Even subjects that normally have their own triggerable subseizures are shorted out and subsumed in a dominant seizure.

Today's example:

Colombia peace deal brings new threat to country's rainforest
A historic peace treaty which brought an end to half a century of violence has led to mass deforestation in Colombia, scientists have warned.

During the civil war, an ecologically significant region of Colombia, which researchers have named the Andes-Amazon 'biodiversity bridge' was a dangerous 'no go' area because it was controlled by FARC soldiers.
A normal sane adult looking at this situation would immediately decide that peace, the LACK OF MURDER, is far more important than a forest. If you have to give up a forest to save thousands of human lives, let it happen. Don't complain.

Not a Sorosian. Even though the Colombia peace treaty had no connection to Russia, it's PEACE. Peace is RUSSIAN_INTERFERENCE RUSSIAN_MEDDLING RUSSIAN_HACKING. Peace is bad. Therefore we must focus on the BAD parts of peace and do everything necessary to resume WAR.

Everyone knows war is good for the environment. Look at Vietnam and Laos and Syria and Iraq. Paradises of Biodiversity and Carbon Sequestration thanks to the blessings and benefits of war.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018
  Why do you have to spoil it?

Via Eurekalert, a hugely interesting finding. As always the finding is spoiled by placing it at the service of Deepstate's "global warming" racket.

The article associates science with crime immediately at the start:
An international team led by the Freiburg plant biologist Prof. Dr. Thomas Laux has shown that mother plants guide the development of their embryos using the hormone auxin. In the future, this result might help breeders grow plants that are more resilient in the face of environmental challenges.
A little plain science in the middle:
In seed-bearing plants such as grains, the embryos develop in unison with the surrounding tissue of the mother plant.

Laux and colleagues therefore posited that there must be a form of communication between the mother plant and the embryo that guides the early stages of development after fertilization.

... The hormone auxin accumulates in the area of the seed in which the embryo is connected to the maternal tissue. Auxin is used by plants to control a variety processes ranging from organ development to defence against pathogenic microbes. ... Embryo development is disturbed when the production of auxin by the maternal cells is blocked. However, artificial activation of auxin biosynthesis in the embryo cells, which are normally unable to produce this hormone in early stages of development, allowed the embryos to develop normally without a maternal auxin supply.
This use of auxin doesn't really justify the claim of maternal influence, but it shows that signaling does occur. It's a safe bet that plenty of epigenetic shaping is underway during the development, with many chemical and electrical signals actively transferring the maternal decisions.

The article closes by singing the required hymns of abject loyalty to the globalist mob:
This finding could also contribute to the optimization of biotechnological plant propagation. "Plants could be bred faster and more efficiently so that they can adapt to unfavourable environmental conditions and climate change, for example", Laux explains.


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Interesting gedankenexperiment: What if UNCOOL governments and UNCOOL foundations, associated with populism, started to pour huge amounts of money into research? So much money that even the COOLEST scientists would start gravitating toward the grants? To get these grants you would need to show that your research will help SMALL businesses, LOCAL governments, and MORAL people to cut loose from Deepstate. You couldn't connect your research with any Deepstate criminal rackets.

In other words, you would have to do science the Carver way, for Carver's purposes.

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  Good effect, wrong cause

Via ScienceDaily:
The research... looked at the relationship between exposure to RF-EMF from wireless communication devices and memory performance in adolescents.

The study found that cumulative RF-EMF brain exposure from mobile phone use over one year may have a negative effect on the development of figural memory performance in adolescents, confirming prior results published in 2015. Figural memory is mainly located in the right brain hemisphere and association with RF-EMF was more pronounced in adolescents using the mobile phone on the right side of the head.
Good correlation. I think they may be missing something. They're talking about "absorption" of RF, as in microwave ovens, which isn't likely to create this specific problem. If we're dealing with cancer, absorption is relevant.

This is more of a dynamic effect, likely caused by jamming or re-syncing the brain's internal signals. The RF from the cell phone's transmitter isn't going to do that. Audio-frequency magnetic impulses, rectified from the CPU's activities, have a better chance of creating this effect.
 
Thursday, July 19, 2018
  Constants and variables 100, Lassie edition

Another non-informational piece of "information".
Current research indicates that people's earliest memories date from around three to three-and-a-half years of age. However, the study from researchers at City, University of London, the University of Bradford and Nottingham Trent University found that 38.6 per cent of a survey of 6,641 people claimed to have memories from two or younger, with 893 people claiming memories from one or younger. This was particularly prevalent among middle-aged and older adults.


Not surprising. Many of my earliest "memories" are clearly based on stories heard from parents.

There are two distinct categories.

1. Images that are known to be derived from heard stories.

2. Images that seem to be real memories.

I can do a constants/variables on two closely associated incidents. According to stories, our family had a cocker spaniel named Sam when I was about 2 years old. I don't have any memories, real or fake, of Sam himself, but I have two images of incidents involving Sam.

1. Sam saved my life when I wandered away from home and got stuck in a drainage ditch. Sam ran back home and led my mother to me. I have an image of the location, but I know that the image is invented in the same way as an image based on a story in a book. It has NOT been registered as a memory.

2. Sam was killed by eating poisoned meat. I have a supposed "memory" of searching for the meat in a Safeway parking lot. This incident is firmly registered as an actual live memory.

Neither incident has any chance of being an actual memory, and the temporal nearness of (1) helps to discount the "reality" of (2). Nevertheless, (2) still registers as "real".

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  Classic Parkinson

Via Westmonster:
Crime outcomes in England and Wales: 48% of offences are carried out without a suspect even being identified.

Proportion of crimes resulting in a suspect being charged/summonsed has dropped from 11% to 9%. in a year. That's the lowest detection rate since a new system was introduced in 2015, when it was 15%.
Only half of all crimes reach the point of identifying a suspect, and only 9% lead to charging a suspect. Unsurprisingly, the actual crime rate went up 30% in the same period.

The Parkinson part: The "new system" reduced the charging rate from 15 to 9 in three years.

As usual, bureaucracies "solve" a problem by increasing it. "New systems" are meant to increase overall crime by decreasing the punishment. As crime gets worse, legislatures allocate more budget for more "new systems" to do a better job of solving the problem. And the "new systems" do a better job from the bureaucracy's viewpoint! More money, more workforce, less work. Win-win!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE 3

Via ZH: Frisco is starting to register non-citizens to vote in local elections. Predictably, Repooflicans are cussing and Dems are cheering.

Both parties are due for a surprise.

First, there's no way to increase the number of D votes in Frisco. PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE. Frisco is already more than 100% D. Out of every 100 votes, 400,000 are D.

Second, ALL recent immigrants come from countries that are INFINITELY more civilized than Frisco. Most come from Muslim or Catholic cultures that are grounded in Natural Law. Places where a husband is MALE and IN CHARGE, places where a wife is FEMALE and OBEDIENT. Places where everyone is expected to work, places where 'welfare' is not a concept.

The only exception, the only country that matches Frisco in demonic chaos, is Sweden, but I doubt that we have any recent immigrants from Sweden.

The new immigrants won't vote Repoof, because that's PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE in Frisco, but they will tend to vote against local politicians and referendums that violate Natural Law, which is ALL local politicians and referendums.

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  Unusual piece of the parallel universe

The Soviet parallel universe is famous in the realms of cars and radios, but it also functioned in other fields.

Basic rule: Good stuff disappears fast in the US environment of Innovative Disruption (aka Obliteration of Skills and Civilization) but carries on in sane countries.

Here's an unexpected example. Many years ago Polistra focused on this gadget:


= = = = = START REPRINT:



Polistra demonstrates an invention from Morse's era. Seems like an idea that could be brought back. Moses Farmer's thermo-electric battery dates from the 1860's. It was basically a layer-cake of copper-nickel alloy ("german silver") and zinc-antimony alloy, with insulating layers of mica. The cake was hollow in the center, allowing a chimney to heat every layer evenly. When heated by coal or methane, it generated a significant amount of power: enough to run a small silver-plating plant, according to contemporary writeups.

Doesn't seem to be the usual millivolt-making thermocouple. It's more like a wet cell in its chemistry.

Could be useful in situations where heat is already present, as co-generation. With propane, it could be an emergency source of both heat and electricity. Might work with a solar boiler to provide steady power?

= = = = =

Artistic note for Poser types: The digital model (and the bulb and lots of other stuff) are on my ShareCG page.

= = = = = END REPRINT.

Idly windowshopping on Ebay for 'soviet radio', this thing came up:



Clearly the same gadget. Presumably designed for off-the-grid places like Arctic oil camps or collective farms.

The Ebay writeup says this was specifically designed to work with the Rodina-47 radio, which was a battery-powered table model with LW, MW, and SW bands, made through the late '40s and early '50s. The back-view picture of the radio shows the same four-wire cable leading out of the case. So this generator would have provided separate 2V filament and 120V plate sources. It's unusual to find SW bands on Soviet radios in the early '50s; most urban apartments were simply hardwired to the official Party Muzak. Remote farms and camps must have been granted special privileges. мужик > музак.

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  Sight you don't see often....

Sometimes the mod who controls the Everett TweakerCam turns the camera to catch something non-tweakish. This morning he caught a sight you don't see often:



Planes on a train! The latest in intermodal transport. Zooming along at 15 mph.

Later: Dream Free caught the action.
 
  30-second proof

Via Eurekalert, a rare study on diet that actually PROVES causation. The researchers started with an accidental observation. Bipolar folks often reported eating lots of beef jerky and similar high-nitrate processed meat just before a manic episode that caused hospitalization. The researchers explored available data and found a pretty decent correlation.

So far nothing special. Just the usual interesting but dubious correlation. THEN they tried adding nitrates to the diet of rats, and the rats promptly displayed hyperactivity similar to mania. Now we've got CAUSATION.

Well, let's check. Googled "Elon Musk diet", found the Elon Musk Training Diet.
As he explained to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in an episode of Tyson's StarTalk Radio podcast, "So I was like, 'Oh, okay. If I can live for a dollar a day — at least from a food cost standpoint — it's pretty easy to earn $30 dollars in a month, so I'll probably be ok."

He passed his own test, living mainly off hot dogs and oranges for 30 days.
Bingo.

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Later thought: Mixed causation is also possible. Hot dogs aren't a typical low-budget food choice, and beef jerky isn't an especially common snack. Do manics prefer nitrate-rich meat because it increases their mania? The decision wouldn't have to be conscious.
 
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  Back to 1938

Well, now that I've had a brief few minutes of hope shattered by horrible reality, I'll return to focusing on the SANE parts of the world, and the SANE parts of America's timeline.

1938 to 1941 was the peak of sanity. FDR had brought Wall Street under HARSH control for the first and only time. Experts were realistic and humble. Deepstate was itching to resume power, but couldn't fight a President who knew the THINGS WORTH DOING AND HOW TO DO THEM. When the leader knows the THINGS WORTH DOING AND HOW TO DO THEM, the people of THIS country will defend the leader from opposition.

Corporations were proud of their products and employees, and considered separation from Wall Street to be a selling point.

Example from the magnificent American Radio History library as usual: A 1938 booklet published for internal use by Philco dealers. Philco was advising its salesmen on the best sales pitches.



Proud of being a NON-STOCK company!



Proud of using real wood built by craftsmen, proud of NO Innovative Disruption.

I can verify this claim precisely. Through the '60s and '70s I owned three 1938 Philcos like this one:



Used them daily. Excellent shortwave reception, beautiful room-filling sound, beautiful wood. All were over 30 years old, none of them failed. I just left them behind in my stupid hippie moves.

Philco wanted its salesmen to emphasize the angled dials, which were easy to use from a standing position:



Note the intentional appeal to OLDER customers. No focusing on the 18-34 demographic.

Here's some good general advice for salesmen. Note emphasis on FACT, NOT THEORY. Experience is more valuable than book-learning. You won't find that in any advice today. Note also that customers were assumed to be women. Philco understood that women make the choices in the average home. Fact, not theory.



Later emphasis on the same point:



The daughter will gravitate to you. But ... but ... but ... this wasn't 2018! This was before Betty Friedan allowed womxn to handle money! Can't be! CRIMETHINK! CRIMETHINK! No! No! I'm meltinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng

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  Well, that didn't last long 3

In the previous post I expressed cautious and tentative hope that Trump might have started to DO THE THINGS WORTH DOING. Now I'm relieved that the brief non-demonic fakery was gone, and the good old familiar Hillary In An Orange Wig is back.

Via ZH:
But more importantly, and as some expected, Trump appears to have folded, saying that he misspoke yesterday and that his past comment on US intel needs clarification, he said that he now "accepts the intelligence conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election."
Back to normal. No hope, no sanity, no adults, no relief from pure monstrous infinite evil on this side of the world.

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  Best title 7 ??? /// EDIT: Nope. Should have known better.

Original version:

= = = = = = THINGS WORTH DOING AND HOW TO DO THEM = = = = = =


Variant for today:

= = = = = = THINGS WORTH DOING ... AND HAS HE DONE THEM ? ? ? ? ? ?

After two years of betrayals and disgusting failures, I've given up hope that Trump is ever going to do the right thing.

BUT: The 99999999999999999999 dB SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH coming from ALL Repooflicans and ALL Democrats and ALL media demons makes me wonder. Has he actually turned away from war and toward peace? Has he started to justify his existence?

Looking at the brief accounts of the summit with Putin, it looks like Trump managed to SAY all the right things and none of the wrong things. This is the first time since the scampaign that he has actually SAID sane things.

Remains to be seen whether he will be allowed to DO any of the right things before Deepstate assassinates him. They are OPENLY planning the assassination now, and OPENLY gathering recruits to do the shooting.

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  Y no rename?

Stupid convective thought.

Many serious Christians make a point of avoiding Christmas and Halloween because both are leftovers of pagan holidays.

Why don't they have their own names for days and months?

All of the days in English are Teutonic or Roman pagan gods. The sun-god, the moon-god, Tiw, Wotan, Thor, Freya, and Saturn.

The first six months are Roman pagan gods and festivals, followed by two Roman emperors, followed by secular numbers.

There are lots of saints and martyrs and prophets in any denomination, and it wouldn't be hard to associate them with days or months.
 
  Do "experts" have brains?

No.

Headline:

SF State researcher explores how information enters our brains

We may have less control over our thoughts than previously assumed


WHO EVER ASSUMED THAT WE DO HAVE CONTROL?

Nobody I can think of. From Augustine to Freud and beyond, all competent thinkers assumed the exact opposite. In fact, most of those thinkers FAMOUSLY worried and prayed and worked to get MORE control over their conscious thoughts, because they KNEW that we have VERY LITTLE control over our conscious thoughts.

Well, what did this expert actually "find"?

"The data support the view that, when one is performing a desired action, conscious thoughts about alternative plans still occupy the mind, often insuppressibly," said Morsella.

EVERYONE KNOWS THIS. IT'S NOT NEWS OR INFORMATION IN ANY SENSE AT ALL.

In this case I shouldn't be blaming the "expert"; the real problem is the administrators and journal editors and accreditation agencies who continue to accept and reward this utterly pointless drivel.

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Monday, July 16, 2018
  Not enough Ockham

A common failing among "independent" writers is a tendency to seek complex explanations.

From Finian Cunningham, who is generally a pretty good independent:
Over the past two years there have been increasing reports of supposed “sonic injuries” among US diplomats. First in Cuba and more recently in China. Controversial implications are that the US officials may have been maliciously targeted by a “sonic weapon” in host countries. However, a more likely explanation is that the alleged victims are the result of US attempts to create “super spies”.

... It is known that the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is investigating brain stimulation devices to greatly enhance learning ability in subjects.

DARPA, as recently as last year, reported the successful use of trans-cranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) devices to boost the cognitive skills among experimental monkeys.
There's no reason to go that far. DARPA is undoubtedly doing those experiments, but you don't need to connect the two things.

With the Skripal hate hoax, all the "independents" start with the assumption that some kind of poison existed and was used by somebody. The "independents" then try to erode the credibility of Deepstate's blaming Russia by pointing out that Novichoks are made by many other countries, etc.

There's NO REASON for those details. The only thing we know for sure is that the Skripals, who are EMPLOYEES OF MI6, were SEEN by non-insiders looking drunk or unconscious. The rest of the "facts" come directly from Deepstate. Therefore we don't need any details. The simplest and best explanation is that MI6 told its EMPLOYEES to go to a specific place at a specific time and act unconscious. The rest is stagecraft.

With the "sonic attack" hate hoax we also have to start with what we KNOW. The only thing we KNOW is that Deepstate is saying a bunch of stuff about "sonic attacks" on its own EMPLOYEES. Therefore we don't NEED to hypothesize that a PHYSICAL EVENT happened. The only thing that happened is LIES.

When all sources of "information" are EMPLOYEES OF SPY AGENCIES, the only thing you need to assume is that Deepstate wants us to believe a bunch of ratshit.

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  Paging Dr Darwin!

You asked for it:
"Lava Ocean Tours Big Island lava boat tours are an exciting way to experience the molten hot lava entering the sea. See, Hear & Feel the heat from your front-row seat on board one of our world class catamarans,” it said on its website.
You got it!
A 'lava bomb', a flying chunk of molten rock, hit an ocean tour boat near the Big Island of Hawaii, puncturing the vessel's roof and injuring the people on board. At least 22 people were injured when the lava hit the boat, which carried 52 people in total. One of the tourists' injuries were classed as severe. Ten people were treated on-the-spot when the boat arrived back to Wailoa Harbor, while the rest were sent to hospital.
Nuff said.

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  No inflation?

Now that I've got a lull in work, decided to check grocery inflation. Back in 2014 I made a list of my standard items. I compared them with the same items on today's Safeway receipt. Each 2018 item is 1.4 times the earlier price, which means 40% inflation over 4 years. This factors out to 9% per year.

The DC and NYC "experts" are still wondering why we don't have inflation. The prices paid by "experts" haven't gone up, by trivial definition. "Experts" get everything for free, just for being who they are. Infinite income, infinite status, zero expense, zero tax.

For normal humans who PAY FOR STUFF, the average of normal expenses is well over 9%. My Medicare B payment to Group Health has gone up from $50 in 2015 (first year I hit 65) to $110 now. That's 30% per year.

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  Atypically, not enough hype and buzz!

Just calling attention to an EXTREMELY interesting bit of research. The important point is sort of hidden by the headline.

Via Eurekalert:
Kaoru Inokuchi and colleagues show that reducing neurogenesis in rats impairs recovery of learning capacity while promoting neurogenesis through physical activity on a running wheel increased hippocampal capacity. This finding implies that neurogenesis, which can be reduced by stress and aging, underlies the brain's capacity for new memories. The study may also explain why exercise is especially important for patients with memory disorders such as Alzheimer's disease as well as for healthy people to help maintain memory as they age.
The headline emphasizes Alzheimers, but the finding is much bigger.

EXERCISE GENERATES NEW NEURONS.

This deserves to be a major part of all discussions and education about health. Conventional wisdom, even among scientifically literate people, still holds that the brain stops producing neurons in adulthood. "It's all downhill after 21."

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  'Brave' still completely useless

A year ago I tried the alleged "browser" called Brave. I wanted it to be good because I sympathized with Eich. Unfortunately Brave was completely useless. Wouldn't do any of the things that I expect from a browser, and blocked popups without any way to unblock.

This morning I'm trying to resolve one remaining fussy little error in courseware. One animation (out of several hundred) fails to show in FF, but runs fine in IE. So far I can't see the problem. Everything in the code looks the same as all the other animations that run properly in both browsers. Obviously something must be different, but it's not reaching my attention yet. (Sidenote: This is unusual... normally when there's a difference between FF and IE, the failure happens in IE.)

I decided to give Brave another try. Sometimes an extra variable helps to spot the problem. Surely they must have fixed some of their giant bugs.

Nope. Brave is still completely useless.

The ScormCloud LMS platform always runs lessons in a new window, which Brave sees as a Naughty Popup. You don't get the option of accepting popups. You're just locked out.

THERE IS NO WAY TO TURN OFF THIS BUG.

Looked through lots of online discussions, and all of them agree. There is no way to allow popups, even for ordinary WORK applications.

Why do they continue developing a "browser" that can't be used?

I guess it's the same thing as Tesla, a "car" that can't be driven, or Bitcoin, a "currency" that can't be spent, or Windows 10, an "operating system" that prevents you from operating your computer. Stock fraud.
 
Sunday, July 15, 2018
  Done with work

Done!

The latest courseware project is done and submitted, exactly on deadline. Been scrambling hard for the last few months. Now I can come up for breath. There's still a month of backandforthing on debug, but the MARK is now placed.

I haven't used Polistra and Happystar in any new pictures for many months; no graphics energy left after making serious models and animations. For the moment, just reusing an old 'work-done' picture as a promise to P and H and friends.


 
Saturday, July 14, 2018
  No it's not a fallacy.

Stupid article on the sunk cost "fallacy".
The behavior of people who remain committed to a choice, even when it is clear that an alternate choice would be a better option, has been a perplexing phenomenon to psychologists and economists. For example, people will continue to wait in the slow line at a grocery store, stick out an unhealthy relationship, or refuse to abandon an expensive, wasteful project -- all because such individuals have already invested time, effort, or money. This well-known cognitive phenomenon termed the "sunk cost fallacy" has long been considered a problem unique to humans. New research has discovered that humans are not the only species that share these economically irrational flaws.
It's not a fallacy, and it's not an irrational decision. In all of the given examples, experience leads an adult to predict the results of switching lines or relationships or projects.

In grocery lines, the shortest line is usually short because other people have SEEN that the line is locked up by an intransigent customer or a credit-card problem.

In relationships, an outside observer is applying his own preferences to the people involved. Maybe you wouldn't stay there, but you're not the one who is making the decision. The insiders are usually making a rational choice.

In projects the decision is more often clearly irrational, but a failed project ALWAYS increases skills and knowledge. The ideas developed in a failed project are transferred into a new and successful project.

Experienced adults generally know when a switch is UNQUESTIONABLY better, and generally make a GOOD ENOUGH decision given the AVAILABLE knowledge. AVAILABLE is the keyword.

Better question: Why are these researchers STUCK on a line of thinking that is obviously fallacious?

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Friday, July 13, 2018
  More salient now

Before 1980 serious alcoholism was nearly universal. When I was a kid, half of the families I knew were dead drunk, including many of my relatives. I learned from their experience and turned the other way at a crucial point. Maybe I would have "accomplished" more with the benefit of lubrication, but I would have died at 45.

It's clear from history that American industry would have done a LOT better in those decades if the executives had been conscious. There were lots of other problems, including coziness with unions and regulators, but you can't SEE the other problems when your brain is pickled.

Given the comparative rarity now, falling-down drunks are more salient.



Both of the major mob leaders are falling-down drunks. They don't even bother to hide it. Both of them make absurd excuses like "pneumonia" and "sciatica", but anyone who has been around drunks can recognize the problem.

These two brain-damaged lushes inspire absolute loyalty in the Sorosian lands. Deepstate's most effective witch-hunters are among the crowds who blindly follow Hillary and Juncker.



Where's #metoo when you need them? Fuck. #metoo is just another way of slaughtering the unpopular and empowering the popular.

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  Constants and variables 99, breed temperament edition

Again,

= = = THINGS WORTH DOING AND HOW TO DO THEM. = = =

Constant: Salvini continues to HOLD FIRM on all of the THINGS WORTH DOING. He joins the two other FIRM adults in Europe, Orban and Putin.

Variable: Salvini's HOW TO DO THEM is new and unique. He seems to be hugely enjoying his duties.

In dog terms, Salvini is a Labrador, Orban is a Rottweiler, and Putin is a dachshund.

All three breeds are serious dogs who know the THINGS WORTH DOING and never hesitate when duty calls. But their normal temperaments are entirely different. Salvini the lab is smiling all the time. Orban the Rottweiler is grimly determined. Putin the dachshund is quiet and thoughtful.

Three HOWS, same populist DUTY. Protect and preserve the PEOPLE of your OWN country. In Salvini's words, Difendere i frutti della nostra terra significa difendere il lavoro, la tradizione, la salute dei nostri figli.

Come to think of it, that's also a dog's idea of DUTY.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018
  Speaking of Frost again...

Following loosely on this.

The Spokane Weather Bureau hasn't posted any nice gentle poems lately, but today they're having nerdish pun-fun with Roman numbers. It's clever and cute. It also shows an unsung advantage of Arabic numbers. The Y-axis is in Arabic, and the literal columns for temperatures are Roman. The Arabic representation grows wider with increasing value. You need more digits for 100 than 90. The Roman representation is completely random. The lowest temperature needs 7 digits and the highest needs 2 digits.

Later: They missed the best pun. It's a graph of temple-ature.
 
  Quantum globalism

From May's fake "exit" plan:
More notably, the White Paper revealed that May has accepted that the UK's banks will need to leave the European banking union. Instead, she's set her sights on "regulatory equivalence" agreements with the EU that have applied to countries outside the trading bloc.
In other words, we won't follow EU rules. Instead, we will have our own perfectly independent rules that happen, by pure random coincidence, to be verbatim copies of the EU rules.

Quantum entanglement applied to politics.

Not surprising. All the frauds of Big Science, from digitalism to quantumism to globalwarmingism to "social" "science" to economics, are branches of globalism. All Big Scientists collaborate with the political side of globalism and work intensely with the spy agencies and activists and bankers who form the Globalist Tripod.

This is the first visible instance of collaboration in the other direction.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE 2

I'm terminally tired of fake "reformers" pretending to "hold government accountable" for various evils.

Email from Judicial Watch:

HOLD HILLARY CLINTON ACCOUNTABLE

Hillary Clinton thinks she got away scot free with breaking the law.
But, at Judicial Watch, we believe nobody is above the law…not even Hillary Clinton…
And we believe you don’t either!



Hillary IS the law. When the mob owns EVERYTHING there is NO law outside the mob.

You're expecting mob-owned "judges" and mob-owned bureaucrats to prosecute their owner. PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE. The mob never punishes its capo or its hitmen. It punishes snitches, aka leakers.

The mob kills people who threaten it. Even if we counterfactually assume that honest non-owned judges might exist in some alternate universe, those mythical creatures would be human. They would want to stay alive, and they would want their families to stay alive. They will NEVER rule against the mob.

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  30-second disproof

An author displays a total lack of memory and knowledge of his own academic field:
An important aspect of the study's findings for Jäncke is that they reflect the great developments made in the field in recent years: "Just 30 years ago we thought that the human brain had few or no individual characteristics. Personal identification through brain anatomical characteristics was unimaginable." In the meantime magnetic resonance imaging has got much better, as has the software used to evaluate digitalized brain scans -- Jäncke says it is thanks to this progress that we now know better.
Ratshit. The individuality of brains has been known pretty much forever.

30 seconds in Googlebooks finds this 1919 textbook on 'Brightness and Dullness in Children'. At page 90 of the PDF:
Bolton believes that differences in the intelligence of normal individuals are due to variation in the same cortical features as those by which feeble-mindedness is so clearly shown. “As a final remark,” he writes, “I would add that there is reason to believe that this physical basis of the cerebral functions . . . exhibits equally important though less extensive variations in the cases of presumably normal individuals; and thus indicates the likelihood of a structural origin for individual differences in mental endowment.”"


If "we" thought that brains were identical, it was because "we" were rigidly orthodox adherents of fashionable bizarre delusions that were mandatory in academia after WW2. (Good old 1946.) Some parts of "we" have recovered from this form of dementia, though the recovered folks are still viewed with suspicion in academia.

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  Tribalism? A little late

Some commentators are just catching up to the resurgence of tribalism.

I think they're a couple years behind the curve, which is certainly better than most commentators who are 40 years behind the curve.

Tribalism is still strong in the Sorosian lands, but it's being phased out and replaced by pure personal loyalty to Lord of Lords Soros and his Prophetess Empress Hillary.

Example: Greenwald visited Russia last week on a 'goodwill tour' similar to the old cultural exchanges of the '60s. Greenwald was universally bashed by the #resistance department of Deepstate.

A few years ago, when tribalism was ascendant, Greenwald's PURE tribal membership would have insulated him from all criticism. He's (1) Jewish by ethnicity (2) openly and cheerfully homosexual by preference (3) firmly Leftist in ideology (4) journalist by trade. Aristocratic in all the ways that count.

Now his 4-way perfect tribal credentials don't save him. By visiting Russia and saying non-negative things about Russia, he has offended the Cult of Prophetess Empress Hillary. He is Unperson.

Later thought: Openly and cheerfully may be part of the problem. Greenwald is non-invasive and non-imperialist about ALL of his caste qualities. These are just parts of his life. You're not supposed to treat your identities so casually and loosely; you're supposed to use every one of your caste cards as a FEROCIOUS WEAPON against heretics.
 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  Speaking of....

Speaking of industrious and resourceful and realistic, the Everett Tweakers are working together to build a sort of house from available materials. Well, two of them are working together. The one on the right is shouting at invisible opponents.



Note the pergola built from leftover fencing and a packing piece, and the tent which seems to be holding its own in a stiff wind.

Since the city comes through and cleans up the place two or three times a week, these structures will be gone in a day or so.

Again, this is what happens when you remove civilized purposes from life. People still work intelligently toward a goal, even knowing that the goal will only last a day.

We can't stop being purposeful. Deepstate can steal everything else, but can't steal PURPOSE.

LIFE IS PURPOSE.

= = = = =

Later thought: By Deepstate standards the dude on the right is sane and the two housebuilders are crazy. Dude on right is shouting incoherent noises at nonexistent enemies. He's BRILLIANTLY QUALIFIED to serve as a journalist or senator or congressman or CIA chief or Federal "judge".

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  Cultural appropriation squared... or squawed

I used to** remember sin/cos/tan by the famous image of Big Chief Soh-Cah-Toa, sitting Injun style next to his triangular tipi.

Filipinos use the same mnemonic, but apparently without the cartoon.



This would drive a Sorosian crazy with cognitive dissonance. The Pinoys are guilty of Cultural Appropriation in two steps ... but Pinoys are also Indigenouses Firsts Nationses Peopleses ... but Pinoys are Christian ... but their leader is a horrible TRUMP PUTIN NAZI KKK HITLER TRUMP TRUMP ... but the same leader hates Christians ... but ... but ...

At least this teacher isn't using the equivalent Pythagoras joke about the sons of the squaws on the other two hides. In this video anyway.

**Since I started working with computer graphics, I don't need the memory trick. After applying the rules in all sorts of real PHYSICAL situations, the three ratios are built-in functions of my mind.

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  PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE

Our experts and heroes and "scientists" are people who have never lived in reality.

Beautiful example: Elon just flew over to Thailand and spent a couple days trying to convince the rescuers to use his special "submarine".

It's PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE. The submarine is a rigid tube about 8 feet long. It would work in the open water of a lake, but CAVES AREN'T BUILT LIKE THAT. Caves have irregular squirmy passages that you have to slither through flexibly. Caves do NOT have smooth tubes like Elon's idiotic Hyperloop. Elon only proved that he's never been in a cave. Even worse, he proved that he's too arrogant and psychopathic to bother with GOOGLING a cave.

Fortunately for the trapped kids, Thais are immensely industrious and resourceful and REALISTIC people. They know what caves are. They know how the world works. Fortunately for Elon, Thais are also polite. They didn't spank his delusional ass and send him home crying.

All of the "solutions" proposed by our experts, and by "both" "sides" in various Deepstate-sponsored bilateral protest movements, are PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE. 100% of our goals are ABSOLUTELY UNACHIEVABLE.

This is not accidental. An unachievable goal, coupled with the delusion that it's possible, is the heart of addiction. Must try harder! Must have more budget! Must have more power! Must have more protests! If we can only get enough money and power and emotion, by god we'll get there!

No you won't. Your goals are PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE.

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Sunday, July 08, 2018
  Best title 6

= = = = = = THINGS WORTH DOING AND HOW TO DO THEM = = = = = =

The LAST thing worth doing: SAVE YOUR OWN SOUL.

How to do it: When you have a position of authority, you can try to influence the path of the government or corporation toward God. But when you see that sanity and normalcy are PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE, your DUTY is to GET THE FUCK OUT.

Earlier I formed the impression that Davis is a sane adult among the hyperinfantile hypersatanic hyperloony alien monsterblobs of USA and UK. Now he has proved it by GETTING THE FUCK OUT after a long and futile attempt to do what's worth doing.

Most of the alleged adults in US and UK turned out to be vile fakers, who willingly and enthusiastically serve Satan after a brief moment of pretending.

The only MAN in the US government is Tom Price, who SAVED HIS OWN SOUL by getting out of DC before the infection could set in. All the others have turned out to be serpents.

Later: Genuine surprise! Boris, the scaliest of the serpents, has also saved what little remains of his microsoul! This is getting INTERESTING.

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  Best title 5


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According to the decree 18,632 people, including nearly 9,000 police officers, 6,000 members of the military, 199 academics from universities across the country as well as hundreds of ordinary teachers were sacked. Their passports will be cancelled, according to the decree published in the Official Gazette early on Sunday.

Turkish authorities had already dismissed around 160,000 government workers since the failed military intervention SOROS COUP, of whom more than 50,000 have been formally charged and kept in jail during their trials.

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  MLK, tripods, natural selection

One of the writers at NakedCapitalism referred to an unfamiliar quote from MLK.

Found in full form here.
Yet with his basic thesis I would concur. Our economic system is going through a radical change, and certainly this change is needed. I would certainly welcome the day to come when there will be a nationalization of industry.

Let us continue to hope, work, and pray that in the future we will live to see a warless world, a better distribution of wealth, and a brotherhood that transcends race or color. This is the gospel that I will preach to the world."
I was impressed by the LOGIC of the sequence.

Warless world ---> Better distribution ---> Brotherhood.

Peace is necessary for a better distribution of BOTH WEALTH AND STATUS, and a better distribution of BOTH WEALTH AND STATUS is necessary before you can have brotherhood.

The Soviet system, especially after Stalin's death, tried to accomplish all three goals and partly succeeded. State-owned capitalism makes room for civilization. Capitalism controlled by NYC inevitably turns into monopoly by the most ruthless psychopaths and death for ordinary men. Neither destiny is automatic, but the tendencies are strong.

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New thought: The globalist tripod creates an incurably war-loving world by preferential selection.

Start with the pre-globalist setup which was once called Civilization. A civilized system, typified by Sharia and Soviet, leaves room for ordinary non-warlike people to have jobs and status. Males are valued as providers and makers, not as giant muscle-bound hulks.

The globalist tripod is (1) Predatory monopolistic financialism (2) Die-Versity activism (3) Spy agencies.

Only the first two are directly involved in this process; the spy agencies are coordinators. Die-Versity, especially feminism. breaks the civilized division of labor. Men are not allowed to be providers, and women are not allowed to seek out makers. Result: Raw simian tendencies return to the forefront. Females go for big muscle-bound all-conquering ruthless hulks. Predatory capitalism works in the same direction, even more strongly. Manufacturing jobs are moved overseas. The only permitted path toward wealth and status is by stealing and killing, whether in the drug business on the streets or the stock business on Wall Street.

We've had at least three generations of the Globalist setup now, and we're seeing the result of selective mating. The upper-status parts of the culture are ferociously warlike, invading and smashing businesses and countries with equal bloodthirsty frenzy.

Pre-industrial wars involved hand-to-hand combat. with kings and generals actually leading the charge. This automatically leveled out the balance. War was like a fever, preferentially wiping out the most violent end of the population and leaving the civilizable types. After a war, civilization had a chance to regenerate.

This may still work among the hand-to-hand fighters in Afghanistan and Iraq and Libya and Ukraine and Syria and Yemen, but they are not the generals and kings who started the war. Now the war-starters are safely across the ocean in DC and NYC and London, getting richer and more predatory with every war.

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Saturday, July 07, 2018
  Non-orthogonal Nature

Convective thought.

Nature uses magnetic and static fields and ion currents ALMOST universally, but there are some exceptions. Why?

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Static fields are used for internal communication EVERYWHERE. Inside a cell, between cells, in the nervous system, inside muscles, EVERYWHERE.

Static fields are used for external communication more narrowly, but one of the narrow uses is common. Plants communicate with pollinating insects by fields, telling the bugs which flowers are ready for pollination and which are used up. Mud-dwelling fish use static fields for radio communication, in FM Stereo.

Static sensors are part of the communication systems in above paragraph, and more broadly used by just about everything to detect nearby objects. (Even dull humans use the hairs on our arms for this purpose!)

Static fields are used directly for motion in two ways, one of which is nearly universal. Cells drive their flagella with a synchronous motor, using phased variation of static fields. Spiders alter their charge to move away from walls and toward plants when hanging from a silk fiber.

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Ion currents are also EVERYWHERE for internal communication. The nervous system is all about ion currents.

Bacteria use ion currents to communicate via miniature wires, and some plants send currents through fungal wires.

Ion currents are sensory as part of the wire systems above.

Ion currents are NOT used for motion as such. Currents are a vital part of muscle action, but the current isn't what moves the animal.

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Magnetic fields are used by EVERYONE for sensing 3d position, but NOT used for the other purposes. It's possible that bees use magnetic motion for communication in their waggle dance, but this doesn't seem to be established.

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Static field Ion current Magnetic field
Internal communication Yes Yes 0
External communication Yes Yes 0
Sensory Yes Yes Yes
Motor Yes 0 0


Seems like an oddly non-orthogonal chart. Nature normally uses all resources to the max. Empty spots in a chart should invite closer observation to see if those spots are actually full. For instance, I'll bet somebody ejects a stream of ions like a reaction rocket engine. We haven't spotted it because we aren't looking for it.

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Friday, July 06, 2018
  Speaking of 1920 poets

Idiot article in ZH:

In a move straight out of the Soviet Union handbook, PG&E has warned they may cut electrical power to some California residents during “extreme weather” to help prevent wildfires.

In the first fucking place, this is NOT the conventional idea of Soviet procedure. Conventional wisdom said that the Soviets kept industry running regardless of environmental consequences. This idea was basically true. American industry was usually more careful about avoiding pollution, fires, etc.

Since I've been exposing these conventional ideas about USSR, I tried the usual procedure on this one. I found a 1962 book on the Soviet power grid, which turned out to be HUGELY more interesting for its authorship than its information.

It didn't tell me anything surprising about the Soviet electric grid. Conventional wisdom was right. Stalin started from scratch in 1922 and forced everything (including farmers) to lay down and die for the sake of rapid electrification and industrialization.

The book included a neat overlay map giving a clear sense of Russian climate zones compared to North America;



But the best part was the authors. The book was written after a US Govt delegation made a FRIENDLY VISIT to Russia. Unthinkable concept now, as a Congressional delegation learned this week.

I was talking yesterday about modern vs ancient businessmen and poets.

This picture of the delegation is a timely gift:



Transcribed caption:

The delegation departing from Friendship Airport. 1. Secretary of the Interior Udall, 2. James K. Carr, 3. Joseph C. Swidler, 4. Howard Morgan, 5. Lee C. White, 6. Orren Beaty, 7. Floyd E. Dominy, 8. Charles F. Luce, 9. Maj. Gen. R. G. Macdonnell, 10. T. W. Mermel, 11. Fred Chambers, 12. Curtis W. Kamman, 13. Paul E. Shaad, 14. James F. McNulty.

Under a separate exchange program departing at the same time were: 15. Robert Frost, 16. Frederick Adams, 17. Franklin C. Reeves.


Most of these men were politically active Democrats, and they were making a point of seeking objective facts about Russia in a FRIENDLY way, even while the Deepstates on both sides were making warlike moves.

Best of all, there's ROBERT FROST, a poet who made beauty, a poet who celebrated the virtue of FENCES. Frost was taking part in a "separate exchange program", sharing the plane. Note that Udall is subtly supporting the 88-year-old Frost, who died four months after this picture.

All of these people were GETTING ALONG WITH EACH OTHER, and trying to GET ALONG WITH THE RUSSKIES.

Can we learn? No. We are brainless zombies.


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Footnote: Here's an article that covers Frost's participation in this trip, and here's a poem Frost wrote after the trip. Seems sort of pointless; the title is much sharper than the poem. He should have simply published the title!


Footnote 2: I'll bet university "English" departments are busily burning Frost's TRUMP HITLER KKK ALT-RIGHT PUTIN CRIMETHINK.

Checking: Yup, sure enough. Googling "frost fences problematic" finds several attempts to Rectify Frost's own meaning into a Correct meaning. But these items were in 2012, before Trump was the devil incarnate since the beginning of time, and before we were always at war with Eurasia since the beginning of time. I don't see any refs to Frost in the current No Borders frenzy. I hope I haven't enabled them by pointing out the Russia connection.

Later thought: Why haven't the pro-Deepstate "resistance" rejuvenated Reagan? "Tear down this wall, Mr Gorbachev!" Reagan hated Russia and hated walls. Ideal role model for Antifa!

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  Salvini's league of leagues

Salvini is pouring out ideas at an Elonic pace. Worries me a bit. He started out with SOLID ACTION, and it would be better if he'd let his ACTIONS speak before his words.

One of his ideas is unquestionably important. The sane nations and sane movements within insane nations need to coordinate their efforts more strongly. At least they need to share information and avoid ideological squabbles.

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As I keep track of the fronts in the Soros war, a pattern clearly emerges. Soros NOTICES countries that move from neutral to green, and quickly FLIPS them to lavender if possible. It's easier with small countries for obvious financial reasons. He ESPECIALLY tries to flip small footholds in the middle of major God areas.



In the last year, Macedonia and Armenia and Spain and Ecuador moved closer to God through elections or protests. Satan flipped them to FIRM Satanic. England seems to fit the same pattern, though I'm no longer sure that the God-move was ever genuine.

Macedonia and Armenia are unimportant countries in the big picture, but they're strategically located centers of infection. Macedonia in the middle of the hardline God-group in eastern Europe, Armenia next to Persia and Turkey and Russia.

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The God side needs to have an equally smart strategy. Floss out these centers of infection before they can solidify. Try to grow the healthy tissue.

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Thursday, July 05, 2018
  Well, that didn't take long 2

Pruitt is gone. The idiot article describes him as "embroiled in scandal". NO, you grotesque filthy twats. He was embroiled in trying, weakly and lamely, to do one or two THINGS WORTH DOING.

Because he was actually trying to do THINGS WORTH DOING, the media superdemons "caught" him in horrible scandalous crimes like miscalculating an expense voucher or traveling in government planes, which is what a Cabinet Secretary is SUPPOSED TO DO unless he belongs to the wrong party.

Classic ethicution. Whenever you see "ethics" charges, you know Deepstate is removing a weak heretic. (Strong and effective heretics never get anywhere near DC in the first place.)

That's the last heretic. Hillary in an orange wig now has a PERFECTLY PURE administration from top to bottom.

Infinitely incalculably wicked monsters.

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  Well, that didn't take long

The map of Sorosia is changing fast in both directions.

Another verification of a long-standing suspicion.

I had marked England as green because HM Government seemed AT FIRST to be moving effectively toward Brexit. As the process dragged on for centuries, I found it harder and harder to justify the green, but still didn't have any firm evidence of fakery.

Now we've got it.

The Chairman of the anti-Brexit group financially backed by George Soros has just expressed his support for Theresa May.

Nuff said.

So the Sorosia map now shows:

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  Constants and variables 98, poets and peasants edition

Article in Collectible Auto, Dec 2015, tells the story of Walter Chrysler taking over Maxwell, first turning it into a better car, then leveraging it into his own brand. WPC was working as a Turnaround Man for bankers, and he was advising both Willys and Maxwell. Willys was overextended by unwise mergers but had a good car. [And STILL has a good car 96 years later!] Maxwell didn't have a good car. WPC stole engineers from Willys and set them to work on Maxwell, then took over the company.

In other words, WPC made his money the old-fashioned way, by hard work and lots of theft.

At the end of the article WPC is quoted:

There is in manufacturing a creative joy that only poets are supposed to know.

This doesn't sound like the usual press agent or ghostwriter product, so I'm going to assume it's a genuinely heartfelt quote. It's damn close to poetry.

The first part is VASTLY more important now than in the '20s. Men are meant to make things. A man who can make things and see them to completion is happy**. A man who can't make things because all the factories have moved to Bangladesh is not happy. He may jump off a bridge or he may turn to crime.

Make or break.

But the latter part is wrong now, and I'm not sure it was valid then. Only poets are supposed to experience the joy of creation? Certainly false now. The purpose of a poet is to drive readers to suicide and then commit suicide. Death all around, no joy at all.

Most paid poets in the '20s were on God's side, making more beauty and value, enriching the lives of readers. Did they experience a special joy? Seems likely, but impossible to prove.

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**Personal sidenote: I'm a man, so I'm meant to make things. This morning I reached completion on the current courseware project (pending some mopup stuff like indexing and grouping for LMS) so I'm HAPPY this morning.

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