Proved something else
an IgNobelish experiment proving a completely useless and unnecessary point.
Can you break one rod of dry spaghetti into exactly two pieces? Apparently it's very difficult. The free ends after the first break still have plenty of momentum, and now they're free to overshoot and vibrate, which causes more breakage down the line. (Human analogy left as exercise for reader.)
Why useless? Nobody breaks one spaghetto.
Real cooks break a bundle, which always breaks cleanly. Each stick is constrained by its neighbors, so there's no overshoot or resonance. (Human analogy left as exercise for reader.)
The more interesting (but still obvious) proof relates to the experimenters,
not the experiment.
1. "So Heisser built a mechanical fracture device to controllably twist and bend sticks of spaghetti."
2. "In parallel, Patil began to develop a mathematical model to explain how twisting can snap a stick in two."
Heisser builds the machine, Patil builds the math.
WMDs prove the opposite
Back in 2008 when I was STARTING to open my mind but hadn't gone all the way because I hadn't unplugged the TV, I wrote this piece
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is a three-minute segment of a CBS news program in 1951. Ed Murrow took bits and pieces from Robert Taft and Harry Truman, the probable candidates in '52, and created a "debate" on our role in the world. Taft was the last major candidate who believed in supporting America's direct interests. Of course he didn't get the nomination in '52, and we haven't had a real nationalist since then.
Today the parties have more or less reversed, though both sides have become blurry and squishy. In general the Bush-McCain side wants us to intervene everywhere all the time, while the Obama side wants us to intervene almost everywhere for a slightly different, and perhaps slightly smaller, set of reasons.
"Either we have to assume that the Russians are not
going to attack Western Europe, or we have to assume that they are. If they are not
going to attack, then our buildup is unnecessary. If they are planning an attack, why should they bother to wait three years while we build up a great army to oppose them? They would attack now."
Thinking in terms of modern Russia or Persia, we have to remember that these countries know how to play chess. If we are doing something that makes emotional sense but doesn't make strict military sense, perhaps we should ask whether the opponent has led us into this move. If we are spending our military into bankruptcy for a purpose that looks good but is strictly unachievable (eg a Young Democracy In The Broader Middle East) perhaps this is exactly what Russia wants us to do.
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I won't reprint the whole thing because I was still making some lethally stupid media-driven assumptions about Islam, which I couldn't shake off until I unplugged the TV in 2010. I was also falsely assuming that Russia was a real enemy.
The Taft argument is still powerful. When TV and politicians fearmonger about a "threat" posed by an "enemy", you have to ask why the threat hasn't been implemented yet.
I was thinking about this in connection with "cyberthreats" and EMP. "Cyberthreats" are pretty much this decade's rerun of EMP, which was a popular "threat" in the 80s and 90s. Some people are still convinced that Russia, or other Current Enemy, is getting ready to set off a small nuke in the air.
EMP and its relative the 'dirty nuke' have always been achievable. There's more than enough enriched uranium outside of official channels to make these weapons.
EMP has been possible and achievable for many decades but it HASN'T BEEN USED. In fact it hasn't even been THREATENED.
The same goes for "cyberthreats". Hacking is certainly a weapon, and it's certainly achievable. Lots of small criminals use identity theft and blackmail tricks. Some of those criminals are in Russia, some in US, most in third-world countries. But the only nation-level
cyberhacks have been made by NSA. First against Russian oil refineries in the '80s, later against Persia's uranium factories.
Taft conclusion: There are no enemies who want to use these weapons.
The "enemies" are false-flag hobgoblins constfucted by the crappy magicians of Deepstate.
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** Constfucted: Beautiful accidental portmanteau word! I won't correct the typo.
Labels: Constfucts and variables
Answered and answered and answered
These three headlines at RT fit together nicely.
1. We hate Persia because it's religious. Persia is HORRIBLE because it requires women to dress modestly. Therefore we must BOMB PERSIA DOWN TO BEDROCK.
2. We must require women to dress modestly! We must KILL any organization or pageant that allows immodest dress!
3. We hate Russia because it's Christian. We must STRIP DOWN all "Russian" "meddlers" to utterly destroy their HORRIBLE insistence on modesty and morality and self-defense.
Answered and answered and answered.
What's the question?
HOW FUCKING CRAZY AND EVIL ARE WE?
Labels: Answered and answered and answered, infinite infinite infinite infinite evil, infinite infinite infinite infinite lunacy
Dreamtime vs waketime again
Another fine example of dreamtime vs waketime imagination, as mentioned earlier.
This was an episode of Blackstone Magic Detective, a low quality series I've been using at bedtime for the last month or two. I've established a consistent setting for each episode. Tonight I woke up immediately after a dream, so I could see the transition from dreamtime location and script to the familiar standard representation.
In the actual episode,
a crowd is gathered on a bridge anxiously waiting for Blackstone to perform an underwater escape trick. A truck with a crane is lowering him down toward the water inside a "sealed" box. His assistant Rhoda is exciting the crowd with a description of the unavoidable drowning if Blackstone can't escape. The bridge in my wakemind is a standard location I use for all bridge scenes in books or radio shows. (Efficiency over creativity!)
In the dream, the crowd was gathered inside a concrete building in the OKC Zoo, anxiously waiting for news of an escaped elephant who might break in and trample us at any moment. Rhoda was an annoying female TV journalist who was using a payphone to call her station (Channel 70), exciting the viewers with a description of the mayhem that an elephant could cause.
Waketime = efficient amortization of prebuilt set modules. Same procedure I use in programming and graphics.
Dreamtime = instant and total originality in location and script.
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Clearly two pieces of the actual sound filtered through to the dreamworld. The idea of escaping, and Rhoda exciting the crowd. After you add elephants to the two pieces, the rest is a consistent and well-formed narrative. But where did elephants come from? Nothing in the current playlist suggests elephants or zoos, and I hadn't been thinking about those subjects.
Where did Channel 70 come from? OKC's channels in the analog era were 4, 5, 9, 13, 25. I know them as well as I know any set of numbers. 70 would never have been a "news" station. The UHF band above 63 was short-range and used largely for quasi-closed-circuit systems like school district lecture channels.
Labels: Alternate universe
are idiots who "oppose" an evil by doing even more of the evil.
Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, both 29, last year quit their office jobs in Washington, DC, to embark on the journey. Austin, a vegan who worked for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Geoghegan, a vegetarian who worked in the Georgetown University admissions office, decided that they're were wasting their lives working.
"I’ve grown tired of spending the best hours of my day in front of a glowing rectangle, of coloring the best years of my life in swaths of grey and beige,” Austin wrote on his blog before he quit. “I’ve missed too many sunsets while my back was turned. Too many thunderstorms went unwatched, too many gentle breezes unnoticed.”
“People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil. I don’t buy it," he continued. "Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own... By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind.”
However, Austin and Geoghegan's dream trip came to a tragic and gruesome end when they got to Tajikistan, a country with a known terrorist threat and in close proximity to a terrorist presence in northern Afghanistan. They were riding their bikes through the country on July 29 when a car rammed them, according to CBS News. Five men got out of the car and stabbed the couple to death along with two other cyclists, one from Switzerland and the other from the Netherlands.
Stabbing is a fairly active instantiation of a "make-believe concept". Maybe evil isn't just a construct? Nah.
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Darwin Award is the first and most obvious response to these idiots, but their problem goes deeper.
Escaping from the digital world of screens, "swaths of grey and beige", is a rational desire. Lots of people do it right. These idiots missed the PURPOSE of escaping from digitality. Digitality is UNREAL. When you escape from UNREALITY, you should be moving into REALITY. You shouldn't be escaping into an even more extreme computer-based FANTASY.
When you escape from digital you are entering the ANALOG world. You should adjust your attitudes and expectations to appreciate and manipulate the ANALOG world.
Labels: From rights to duties, Pluponents
Dodge Airflow trucks are fairly well known but still mysterious. From 1934 to 1940, Chrysler made about 300 of these. All were special orders for fleets, all were tankers. Some for gasoline, some for beer or milk. They came in several sizes and the styling was entirely
different from regular Dodge trucks. Why did Chrysler, the master of uniformity and interchangeability, decide to spend massive amounts of design and tooling money for such a low-volume item? I haven't read a good explanation.
Now this, from a 1939 Billboard issue:
Note that these are "1935, 1936, 1937 models." Not just a one-off. Was this GM's attempted answer to the Airflow truck? It seems to borrow a lot of the styling. The internal projection screen on the "hydraulic raised roof" is even more astonishing. A drive-in screen for a drive-in theater!
Later: This design was predictive. If you look only at the lower light-colored 'fenders' piece, you've got a '49 Buick.
Labels: Alternate universe
Constants and variables 103, five little words edition
It's fun to watch the Romans "looking" for "solutions" to their thousand-year-old vices and sins, pretending that they just now "discovered" the problem.
Don't you think it's just a tad late? And given that you've had a thousand years ... really more like 1500 years ... to examine the problem, couldn't you at least locate the source of the problem?
Constants and variables point to the answer.
Other major religions don't have this particular problem. Among all the religions, many are too alien to form a comparison, but we can take the New Testament as a constant to form a narrower group.
Eastern Orthodox doesn't have the problem. Lutherans and other Protestants don't have the problem. Islam, branching off from the Eastern church and adding more prophecies, doesn't have the problem. LDS, branching from Protestants and adding more prophecies, doesn't have the problem.
Well, what's the variable? It's not quite binary, more like trinary. Here it is:
A man of one wife.
When Paul made this recommendation for church leaders, he was placing constraints in two directions. In the upward direction, he meant that a leader shouldn't be a man of great wealth and status, because polygamy was a privilege of wealth. In the downward direction, he meant that a leader should have ONE LOYAL WIFE and a normal household.
Rome has broken BOTH sides of the constraint. Priests and bishops have always been rich and powerful and wicked, and the Church has rewritten the Gospels to justify it. Prosperity Gospel all the way.
The lower constraint, one vs zero, is more important.
Basic fact of ALL life, from protozoa to plants to priests.
When a necessary item is abundant and available, we don't have a strong desire for it. We don't go to extraordinary lengths to acquire it. When a necessary item is absent, we develop a strong desire and take all sorts of steps, without normal limits, to acquire it.
This applies to food, air, water, security, status, and sex.
When a man has ONE LOYAL WIFE who is willing to give sex at appropriate times, his desire for the necessary item is controllable. He can sublimate the desire into caring and providing and nest-building.
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The Eastern branch never departed from Paul's rule, and never acquired this particular problem. The Lutheran and Protestant branches SAW the problem and RETURNED to Paul. Islam and LDS sprang from non-Roman traditions and thus got it right without trying.
Practically speaking, the only REAL solution at this extremely late date is to disband the Roman evil entirely. You can't possibly undo 1500 years of perfect total absolute wickedness and atrocity.
Labels: Constants and Variables
How long did it take?
I was wondering how long it would take for Satan's media to blame Populists for the bridge collapse in Italy.
Answer: about 24 hours.
The anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) faced scrutiny Wednesday because in 2013 its Genoa activists had opposed a planned road bypass. A provincial study by M5S had referred to the "fairytale (favoletta) of an imminent collapse of the Morandi Bridge."
As always, heretic witches are capable of time travel.
In 2013 Five Star was a minor irritant, a clownish parody of politics, nowhere near the circles of power. Nevertheless, Five Star's 2013 comment blew up the bridge this week.
In the real world, infrastructure failure is one of the problems that ordinary people SEE AND UNDERSTAND, and it's one of the main drivers for Populism everywhere. In the real world, Five Star and Lega won the election BECAUSE the existing powers were letting the roads and bridges decay along with everything else. In the real world, the new government hasn't had time to START fixing infrastructure, let alone to COMPLETE the task.
Labels: Asked and answered
The good part, maybe
Speaking of "independent" media....
More than 300 news outlets are launching a campaign on Thursday to counter President Donald Trump's attacks and promote a free press.
Every media outlet in the country is intentionally conspiring to print the same anti-Trump editorial today.
This proves the importance of a "free" and "independent" media carrying an infinite variety of diverse opinions.
This firmly disproves Trump's obviously fake claim that the media are conspiring against him.
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The good part, I guess: The media are so far beyond all imaginable boundaries of sanity, rationality, and humanity that they can't even see what they're doing.
Alternative view: They DO know what they're doing. This fits perfectly into the corporate pattern
of intentionally driving away your own customers. The media were leaders in this trend, repelling and disgusting their own readers for 30 years. Share value rises when you get rid of Negative Externalities like customers, products, employees, stores and factories.
Third view: Sucker filter.
When you offer nothing but an overmodulated SCREEEEECH instead of information and entertainment, you know that your readers and viewers are perfect addicts, perfect slaves. Their brains have already been rotted away, leaving only a crude radio-control receiver.
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Later: I wasn't trying to prove a point by offering three alternate views in a comment about the ONE AND ONLY PERMISSIBLE VIEWPOINT. But I did prove a point, didn't I?
Point: Alternate views are always available and always worth considering. Even a worthless senile coot like me can come up with three different opinions, each backed by some degree of evidence, in a few minutes.
Here we go with the "hiker" again.
Shit. We're playing the usual wargame with a "hiker" spy.
This time the "hiker" spy is a "pastor" spy who was CORRECTLY
arrested by Turkey for spying BECAUSE HE IS A SPY.
Every time we focus personally on one "hiker" spy who is "unjustly" held captive by a country, we're preparing to bomb the country down to bedrock.
When the captor is an unorganized gang of pirates or revolutionaries, the captive may well be an innocent tourist. (Like the Darwin Award fuckheads who were killed in Tajikistan while proving that "evil is just a construct.") But when the captor is a major sophisticated nation like Turkey, there's a damn good reason for the capture. Sophisticated nations don't grab innocent bystanders for monetary ransom.
Fortunately, it looks like Erdogan has finally settled on the correct path after a year of stupid wiggling. He's moving DECISIVELY into the Russia-China economic sphere, and clamping down on speculators. Ideally all speculators should be tortured for a quadrillion years or the end of the universe, whichever comes last, but it's a lot cheaper to simply control them if possible.
Labels: infinite infinite infinite infinite evil
Hart knew it was unfair
"Conservatives" are bitching and moaning about the "unfair" treatment they get from Youtube and Facebook. It's unfair but it's HISTORICALLY NORMAL. I wrote this comment at a "conservative" site:
If you want to be a powerful independent voice, you need your own separate platform. This was true in the era of printing presses and still true now. The only difference is that we have forgotten the truth!
An editor who wanted to counter the establishment paper didn't expect to rent the big paper's presses and Linotypes. He knew that renting would limit his freedom. He bought his own press and equipment.
He certainly didn't expect the big paper to PAY him for using their press. Modern "independents" are disappointed when Youtube stops PAYING them for using Youtube's equipment. This is just silly.
The Aberree is an excellent example. In 1954 Alphia Hart wanted to edit a periodical to counter the Hubbard cult and discuss related subjects in the 'spiritualist' camp. He knew in advance that he wouldn't be able to rent the services of the Enid News-n-Eagle or Cromwell Press. He knew they wouldn't touch the subject. Partly because it was uncool, mostly because Hubbard sued anyone who questioned his cult. No business wants to stand in front of a bulldozer. So Hart bought a mimeograph, rented a storefront, and got up and running. He later upgraded his equipment after he was making a bit of money. He was then able to make more money by printing and mailing material for other
The plight of "independent" publishers is the same today, except that they're spoiled. They didn't start with their own platforms. Instead they took the fake "free" services provided by the Deepstate drug dealers. Now that they're hooked on "free" Youtube, they're neutered.
Even the "independents" who chose to pay rent are in trouble. Gab.ai is renting servers from Microsoft, and is about to get kicked out. As I predicted.
Labels: #DeplorableLivesMatter, Aberree
Latest item at KSHS
is another lost railroad depot.
It's described as a depot at Menoken, which is now more or less subsumed within Topeka. Menoken Road is the exact western boundary of Topeka, and Googlemaps indicates the name at a blank location just west of there on 24. The UP railroad still runs through the location, with a number of small structures scattered along the track.
This picture is artistically
interesting. It's not a photo of the depot. It seems to be a black and white photo made in 1931, of a watercolor painting of the depot. I'm guessing that the watercolor started with a tracing or projection of a photo, because there are some exact lines and some imagined lines. The imagined shadings are especially interesting. The painter clearly knew the place. He showed the stationmaster casually leaning in the doorway waiting for the next train, and he suggested windowshades in the various rooms. You can 'see' the interior better than you could from a direct photograph.
In other words, the artist caught the soul and life
of the place in a way that no photograph could.
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I'm thinking about this for a specific reason. I got enamored of those little depots and decided to make some digital models, to keep busy between the hurryups and the waits in courseware debug. I've made three models, and I'm NOT happy with the soul and life
of the third one. My model ended up with more normal proportions of doors and walls and windows, completely losing the uniqueness of the original.
Here's the original:
It has the same T-shape as most middle-size depots,
but reduced to an absolute minimum size. It's CUTE.
Here's my model so far:
The proportions are more normal, more appropriate for a bungalow. The minimality
is lost, and with it the cuteness.
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Later: I've pulled the proportions closer to the original, but it still doesn't hit the mark for some reason.
Time to move forward, make some other pieces for the set, and then return to this one.
Labels: defensible times
Best title 0.5
Things worth doing and how to do ... HALF of them.
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For a national government, the THINGS WORTH DOING are:
Serve the interests of your own people. Defend them from invaders.
Erdogan is frustrating. He does a magnificent job of DEFENDING his people from Sorosian invaders. He has jailed and removed more Sorosians than all the other God-side leaders combined.
But he fails utterly on the other half of THINGS WORTH DOING, the economic side. He had a chance to do the right thing by allowing interest rates to go up. Removing price controls is ALWAYS the right thing, and in this particular case even the economists were recommending a rate rise. He blew it by ordering his central bank to do the SOROSIAN THING, holding rates down.
Eliminating savings and boosting loans is the economic BLACK HEART of Sorosism and Goldmanism. Infinite debt and zero savings is the standard and imperative operating mode of demonic economies. Eliminate all investment in production, eliminate all self-defense by small business and individuals. Total blackmail by banks, total abstraction and counterfeiting by Goldman.
The god-side economies are low in debt and high in savings, and allow rates to move more or less naturally to keep this bias. Erdogan had the chance to apply this rule but chose the Soros side in economics.
I would love to sympathize with him for his powerful defense action, but I can't sympathize with his self-destructive stupidity on the econ side.
Labels: Nonzero problems, Sorosia, things worth doing, Turkey
Exception to incompetence
In yesterday's piece
on Deepstate's lost magic, I wrote:
Our spy agencies USED to be masters of multi-layered trickery. Their magic art was so well-developed that they could let the suckers see PART of the trick to conceal the real trick.
Later thought: There's one GIANT exception to this loss. Bitcoin is a massively successful trick in every sense of the word. Tech cultists organized to serve NSA, worshipping a hat full of NOTHING. Bitcoin is NOTHING.
Ordinary money, even in the digital era, retains the natural function of exchanging portable PHYSICAL tokens for real work and real products. Real money has always involved a layer of abstraction and trust (reconciliation of ledgers between banks) and a layer of physical tokens (checks and currency). Bitcoin removed the physical layer entirely, and removed the basic function of exchanging value for labor and products. You can't get paid in Bitcoin, and you can't use it to buy a hamburger. You can't store it reliably because there is NO PAPER and NO METAL involved.
Nevertheless the self-bamboozled cultists are FEROCIOUSLY convinced that their delusional anti-money is MORE REAL than ordinary money, and will spew gallons of Tourette juice at anyone who claims otherwise.
This magnificent trick works AFTER an open and full confession of the trickery. The "founder", who is also non-physical, is an avatar named Satoshi. When you look at Satoshi's official cover story, you see several OBVIOUS clues to a CIA connection. If you know anything about that part of the world, you are immediately warned to stay away.
Sucker filter, as always. Just like the classic Nigerian email, packed full of obvious fakery. If you can detect the fakery, the scammer doesn't want to waste time cultivating your cultish belief. If you can't see it, you're a prime prospect.
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A stage magician benefits from his work in a simple direct way, by receiving ticket money or sponsorship money. He doesn't expect the audience to go out and perform evil deeds for him.
A cult-master magician receives ticket money from the audience, and also gets FREE LABOR from the enslaved cultists who obey his commands. NSA gets FREE LABOR directly from the "miners" who are solving difficult crypto math, and gets ticket money indirectly in the form of information on all transactions in the Bitcoin system. NSA can then use the info to penetrate or cultivate various forms of criminal and radical activities, "justifying" an increased budget and workforce.
While "conservatives" defeat their own purpose by pushing ever farther
into pure and useless theory, the theorists seem to be showing a tiny hint of rebellion, a first tentative move back toward actual science.
Abraham Loeb writing in SciAm,
and amazingly getting published....
The experience of subjecting a theoretical conjecture to an experimental test is humbling. If the conjecture turns out to be wrong, it must be adjusted. Becoming a physicist brings with it the privilege of retaining your childhood curiosity throughout your adult life. There is no need to pretend you know more than you actually do, and you can admit mistakes if proven wrong by experience, just like a child who is seeking to learn about the world. Doing pure theory without worrying about experimental verification actually deprives one from the pleasure of learning something new about nature.
EXACTLY. Pure theory deprives you of the PLEASURE of learning something new. I might add the pleasure of learning something TRUE.
The feedback from experimental data is essential. At its foundation, physics is a dialogue with nature, not a monologue as some theorists would prefer to believe.
Whether he knows it or not, he's quoting Carver!
LOOK ABOUT YOU.
TAKE HOLD OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HERE.
TALK TO THEM.
LET THEM TALK TO YOU.
Labels: Carver, Experiential education
Best title 10
Things worth doing and how to do them.
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Deception in Nature is well-known. In love and war, everything in Nature deceives the adversary. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. As I noted recently,
God is so confident in his art that he can SHOW the craft of magic without losing the power of deception.
Deception in human love and war is equally well-known. From Maskelyne
to Maybelline to Maseratis, we try all sorts of tricks to win. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.
Our spy agencies USED to be masters of multi-layered trickery. Their magic art was so well-developed that they could let the suckers see PART of the trick to conceal the real trick. CIA agents guiding the actions of "extremist" groups openly described themselves as "former CIA". We thought we were being watched when in fact we were being commanded.
CIA has lost its art, grown so fat and arrogant that it no longer KNOWS what the enemy is doing. It only knows what Rachel Maddow says the enemy is doing. Wikileaks finished off the job by puncturing the counter-hack balloon, but by this time Vault 7 really wasn't needed.
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What's the ultimate trick? NO TRICK AT ALL.
When you're confident that your opponent is infinitely stupid and hyperinfinitely self-bamboozling, you can simply do the right thing
openly and brazenly. You can win the support of your own people by defending their lives and advancing their interests. Your infinitely stupid opponent will think you're pulling a series of convoluted deceptions, and your infinitely stupid opponent will rip himself to pieces in futile attempts to oppose and defend against your HACKING and MEDDLING and INTERFERENCE which simply and truly and plainly and factually DO NOT EXIST.
All of these horrible-sounding MALIGN BEHAVIORS are complete delusions developed within the hopelessly demented anti-brain of media and Deepstate.
This is Putin's secret. With KGB background, he knows how our Deepstate works. He realized that we had made ourselves helpless and totally vulnerable to an attack by COMPETENCE. We can see it right out in plain sight, and still utterly fail to comprehend it.
We have NO FUCKING IDEA how competent leaders act. We had EXACTLY ONE competent leader from 1933 to 1945, but our infinitely self-bamboozling media and Deepstate have befuddled our ability to see those years accurately.
Now that Putin has set the model, other leaders are following the same pattern, first in ex-Soviet countries like Hungary and Czechia, and now in Italy.
Serve the interests of your own people. Defend them from invaders.
Works every time, and the brain-twisted infinitely delusional Deepstates of US and UK will exhaust their own resources with "counter-dis-information" nonsense that only wastes money and bandwidth.
You can't fight COMPETENCE and CONFIDENCE with trickery.
Labels: defensible spaces, defensible times, things worth doing
Misc morning stuff
1. In the grocery store this morning: A lean old country boy ... basically a Stetson on a stick ... and his lean old country girl ... long red pleated hair, long white pleated skirt. No variable gender here. Strictly binary. A bonded pair, inseparably linked, almost conjoined, moving together in every step. Checkout clerk casually asks them "How's your day going?" Man answers: "Wellsir, we're alive and we're standing on our own two feet. That's the best kind of day."
Amen, Brother Stetson. Amen.
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2. In the digital and consumer world, green objects are vanishing. Looking at the icons in the browser and on my desktop, 80% of everything is red or orange, and the rest is blue, with only ONE exception. The cartoonish snake for Python on the desktop is green. Looking at objects in my kitchen, pots and pans and food containers and appliances, I can only spot ONE green object. The liquid in the Palmolive dish detergent. Everything else is white or black or red or orange. Looking at traffic on a webcam, 90% of cars are silver or black, 10% are bright red. Once in every 15 minutes a green car shows up, and it stands out dramatically.
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3. An odd decussation in the secular mind. Evolutionists always think of the brain as a computer, and steadfastly reject all notions that the brain could have been designed by a mysterious undefinable spiritual force. What are computers? Machines designed by an intelligence. What is Randomness? A mysterious undefinable spiritual force. Decussation.
DB Cooper Jr
Well, now we know
what happened to DB Cooper! He survived and had a son.
Most of the commentators are missing the BIG point here. Everyone is saying that things are different since 9/11, with instant response by fighter jets.
NO, things are NOT different. The FIRST thing that was SUPPOSED to change was better control over WHO GETS INTO THE COCKPIT. Obviously the FIRST thing didn't change because the whole fucking TSA/DHS ratshit is "security theater" intended for ONE SINGLE SOLE SOLITARY PURPOSE. It's meant to demoralize and disarm and depress Americans. PERIOD. It's not meant to prevent anything except confidence and self-defense by Americans. PERIOD.
Labels: Answered better than asked, defensible spaces
Is the whole thing a total fraud?
In between bursts of work on courseware (good old hurry up and wait) I'm enjoying the weird spectacle of the Elon Cult. Elon gets crazier and crazier, doing everything possible to ruin his company plus MANY things that nobody ever considered possible. Innovative Disruptive Ruination. All of his ruinous actions raise share "value".
Loony beyond loony beyond loony.
Under all of this hyperbonkersness, there's one basic question that the rational commentators
aren't asking. Is Tesla actually PRODUCING ANYTHING AT ALL?
Supposedly Tesla has produced a total of 360K cars in 5 years, most of them within the last year or two.
360K cars should be visible. That's about one for each thousand Americans, so in a city the size of Spokane you'd expect about 300 of them. All are nearly new, so you'd expect them to be driven regularly.
I've never seen one of the recent models. About 8 years ago I saw one of the original roadsters in a 'collector car cruise' situation. Since then nothing. This year I've seen a '41 Studebaker
and a '53 Canadian Cheviac
but no Teslas. Both of those brands ceased manufacture 52 years ago, and the Cheviacs were never sold on this side of the border. Yet they're more common in my experience than Teslas.
Do Teslas exist?
If so, they're certainly not on the road. Maybe the cultish buyers were deluded into thinking that a plug-in electric would be a usable car, and then got hit by plain old reality? Maybe all the Teslas are sitting in garages waiting for the Gaian Rapture? Meanwhile, the '41 Studie and the '53 Cheviac are daily drivers.
Labels: Asked and unanswered, Carbon Cult
Now that's unique!
Door-to-door selling is almost obsolete. I get an actual salesman about once a year, not counting political campaigners. This morning there was a knock at the door, and I opened to see a fairly young woman. Since we had a primary this week, I assumed politics and got ready to shut the door fast, but the assumption was wrong. She's cold-calling to develop customers for her new office of a well-known and reputable investment company. After hearing the brief spiel, I turned her down far more politely than I would have done to a politician.
Have to give her tremendous kudos (1) for opening an office in this lower-middlish part of town (2) for WALKING instead of emailing (3) for seeking business in this neighborhood. It's gutsy.
But maybe (3) is smart after all. Despite appearances, I do have a fair amount of investable money and would be a logical prospect. (Actually it's because
of appearances. I have savings because I chose not to buy a car and a big house.) More importantly, the neighborhood has a couple hundred old folks who are even better prospects.
Argentina holds firm
Argentina's parliament considered a bill that would have legalized abortion, but turned it down.
Good. Argentina is mainly Catholic but has always been strongly influenced by Kraut secularists who aim to overturn Natural Law. It's good to see that the Natural Law forces are still in control.
BBC shows contrasting pictures of pro-life and pro-death campaigners. The pro-lifers are cheering, the pro-deathers are weeping. Though obviously a narrow sample, the pictures nicely illustrate the ethnic correlation. The pro-lifers look like original American tribes, and the pro-deathers are Euro tribes.
I'm tempted to place Argentina on God's side on the map of Sorosia, but this isn't enough evidence yet. I'll watch more closely.
Missing the point but hitting it anyway
Hypnopedia, or the ability to learn during sleep, was popularized in the '60s, with for example the dystopia Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, in which individuals are conditioned to their future tasks during sleep. This concept has been progressively abandoned due to a lack of reliable scientific evidence supporting in-sleep learning abilities.
It was popular well before the '60s. As soon as recorded sound and radio became practical, sleep learning was tried and explored. Gernsback loved the idea.
Huxley was writing in 1938, not 1968.
It was also popular in the '40s.
Reluctantly back to the article.....
A study published this August 6 in the journal Scientific Reports by researchers from the ULB Neuroscience Institute (UNI) shows that while our brain is able to continue perceiving sounds during sleep like at wake, the ability to group these sounds according to their organization in a sequence is only present at wakefulness, and completely disappears during sleep.
Based on experience, this isn't quite incorrect but it misses the point. The ability to create a structure DOESN'T disappear.
I wrote a few years ago:
I always run a playlist of old-time radio shows during sleeptime. Usually I'm awake for the first 30-minute show, then fade out during the next one. Most of these shows are thoroughly familiar, but I try to keep a fresh episode at the start to snatch my brain away from whatever idiot stuff I was worrying about in the day.
Several times I've dropped off during a familiar episode, then popped back up for unknown reasons. This in/out process enabled me to note the scenery and characters generated by the mind in both modes.
In wake mode, familiar episodes always repeat the location and characters that I 'built' the first time I heard the episode; and obviously use the story that was in the script.
I dropped down into sleep while 'in' the familiar location. In early sleep the ear circuit is still connected, so I was hearing at least part of the dialog. The in-sleep version of the location and characters and story was ENTIRELY DIFFERENT from the familiar waking version. The dream-generator instantly wrote its own houses and terrain, its own characters, and its own STORY LINE, to fit the words that were filtering inward. Needless to say, all of these were considerably more interesting and original than the waking version.
Thoroughly familiar sound was reaching consciousness in dreamworld, and the dream scripter was creating a fresh structure around the sound instead of using the familiar waketime structure.
In the context of sleep learning, the judgment
reached by the article is still valid. The goal of sleep learning is to organize the info in a way that can be retained and reused in waketime. You can't reuse the dreamtime structure, so for this purpose
it doesn't exist.
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** Footnote: Ralph Slater, the hypnotist mentioned in the picture, had his own radio show. Only one episode
is online. The "hypnotism" is highly dubious; mainly the show paid ordinary people to humiliate themselves in public.
Labels: Alternate universe, Answered better than asked
It's not force
ZH is weeweed up
about Congressional plans to "force" Facebook to monitor all communication and silence all heretics.
Force? This is simply telling Facebook to perform its known and stated business model. Facebook's business model is espionage and sabotage. It knows everything about everybody and uses the knowledge to exterminate Deplorables.
The recent "investigations" followed the same pattern. US and UK governments were NOT investigating Facebook for tyranny. They were investigating Facebook's FAILURE to impose 100% absolute tyranny. FB accidentally allowed some of its espionage data to be used by a company that might have a remote connection to non-Soros groups. Zuckerberg promised that he would never again make the mistake of allowing heretics to have data.
Forcing Zuckerberg to obliterate the world is like forcing termites to eat wood, or forcing turtles to grow shells, or forcing dogs to wag tails and rescue people. You don't need to force behavior that's automatic and natural.
Labels: infinite infinite infinite infinite evil
Variables and variables
An interesting and unheard argument against time travel
by Caleb Scharf.
Scharf points out: If you want to move around in time, you need to solve a simpler problem BEFORE you can deal with the contradictions of time itself. First you have to know WHERE you'll land. Since every point on earth is constantly rotating and moving in an infinite number of cycles and patterns, even a one-day trip requires billions of miles of impossible-to-predict movement.
Sci-fi never** tries to handle this question, instead tacitly assuming that you can 'pin' the Tardis to a specific place, like pegging a tent to the ground.
When you look more closely at pegging, it gets tricky. A house stays in one place by electrostatic attractions and repulsions between the trillions of atoms of its foundation and the trillions of atoms in the nearby soil. Those atoms and electrons change places constantly, but the change is slow enough that the attractions and repulsions can readjust. When atom #123456734512 reacts chemically and loses its bond, millions of nearby atoms are still holding steady.
This numerical overwhelming would fail when you slide around in time. After a month or so, the atoms of the ground under the Tardis have all changed and moved***, and they no longer have any relationship with the atoms of the Tardis. You could set it down again, but now you're not pegging. You're back in Scharf's unpredictable movement scenario.
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**Sci-fi writers do sometimes worry about the location. What if a house is built on the spot before you land, or the spot is now underwater, or the planet has been sucked into a black hole? But they don't try to analyze the essential problem with 'pegging'.
***And this isn't even mentioning the BIG FAST moves caused by bacteria, earthworms, frost, moisture, plant roots, gophers and insects.
We hate their freedoms
Why did hatred for Russia resume with full force after Putin took over? The immediate cause is economic, parallel with our hatred after the 1917 revolution.
Yeltsin was the loyal servant of Goldman and Soros. Putin declared independence from Goldman and Soros, just as Lenin declared independence from the western bankers in 1917.
This economic change doesn't explain the MURDEROUS FRENZY that infests ALL leaders of ALL institutions and governments and churches and schools and corporations.
Cultural divisions are more important than economic independence.
a beautiful icon for the cultural division:
Kommersant .... quoted the chief gynecologist and obstetrician of the Far East region of Primorye, Yevgeniya Shutka, as saying that all local medical institutions were taking part in the nationwide campaign called “Give Me Life” conducted by the “Foundation of Socio-Cultural Initiatives” NGO chaired by Svetlana Medvedeva, the wife of Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev. The doctor told reporters that the Primorye Region participates in the campaign for the fifth time and added that similar temporary moratoriums on abortions had been earlier announced in many other regions of the country.
Pulling it out of RT's somewhat tangled prose:
1. The PM's wife has a pet NGO. So far no difference. Our presidential wives also have pet NGOs.
2. Medvedeva's pet NGO is an anti-abortion NGO. Oops! Big difference!
3. Her NGO has been running an annual WEEK WITHOUT ABORTIONS campaign. CRIMETHINK! CRIMETHINK!
4. Many hospitals and doctors and entire provinces are PARTICIPATING in the week without abortions. STRICTLY ILLEGAL. PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE. ALIEN. MARTIAN. BEYOND UNTHINKABLE.
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Putting it simply, Russia is generally on God's side. Russians are aligned with Natural Law. Russian hospitals are legally FREE to refuse abortions.
We are firmly and ferociously on Satan's side.
That's why we hate Russia.
Labels: Sorosia, switchover
Apple has completely removed five of Infowars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps under their hate speech guidelines, reports BuzzFeed News - including the daily Alex Jones podcast and the show "War Room" - in "one of the largest enforcement actions intended to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date."
Jones smells like an AP. He starts with vaguely populist ideas and streeeeeetches them into specific threats against ORDINARY PEOPLE who are not Deepstate leaders. Like all APs, his purpose is to make a heretical idea sound horrible and illegal. He is NOT on God's side, and frankly God's side is better off after an AP is silent.
The scary part is the phrase enforcement actions intended to curb conspiratorial news.
are legalistic words.
Before this year, expressing an opinion was NOT defined as a conspiracy
. Mueller created the definition on his own, without any sort of legislation or even black-robed demon "law".
I saw it coming
immediately when it happened in February.
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Well, Deepstate has finally crossed ALL the lines into outright open full frank total complete absolute tyranny. No more subtlety.
The indictment accuses the defendants of "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump...and disparaging Hillary Clinton."
Supporting the wrong candidate and disparaging the Empress is a crime.
That's all. No more. Country way past done and fucked and gone. Done. Kaput. Outta here. Pulled from the shelf. Deleted.
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Now the "law" that Mueller "wrote" is being applied. Rest assured it won't stop with Jones. The whole point of an Agent Provocateur is to "justify" a response from the agencies who pay the AP, aimed at ALL the heretics, not just the AP. Jones has started this ball rolling, and it will never stop.
Labels: infinite infinite infinite infinite evil
Y no modularity?
In a healthy arrangement, modularity is often generated by rebellious offspring.
A hive or pack or tribe that is badly managed will push out rebels who then try to start their own hive or pack or tribe. When the rebels succeed, the badly managed original has serious competition and must either improve its management or die.
Later the same thing happened in the corporate world. Billy Durant's bad management of GM spawned rebellious managers who departed and founded Chrysler and Nash. Henry Ford's stiff management caused the Dodge Brothers to leave and start their own company. In electronics, Fairchild's bad management spawned the rest of Silicon Valley.
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This basic spawning process seems to have stopped.
Elon is a lot like Billy Durant. He's been managing badly for 15 years, losing money every year, focusing on his own distractions instead of production. Nobody has departed and started a competitor to SpaceX or Tesla.
Amazon is killing its workers and killing the entire economy, but nobody has departed and started a competitor.
Why? Best guess is the Share Value lunacy. Billy was all about Share Value, which is exactly why he was kicked out of GM, then recaptured it by manipulating Share Value, then got kicked out again. In that era the corporate boards were focused on PROFIT, an alarm that instantly flashes red when management favors manipulation over production. Now the boards and regulators are focused solely on Share Value, which means that bad management is the SOLE PURPOSE OF CORPORATIONS. Nobody has a problem with bad management, so nobody leaves.
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Later thought: Small and privately-held companies still operate the old way, with profit as a goal. They still focus on products and customers, which means they still fail if badly managed. It's an odd disconnect between two parts of the same supposedly "capitalist" system, and raises the same question on a larger scale. Why is there no competition between the two competing versions of "capitalism"? Why don't we hear executives on the old-fashioned side bashing the new version and advertising the virtues of non-stock ownership? This comparison was fairly common
in earlier eras when the distinction wasn't nearly as sharp.
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Weird update next day: Well, I got exactly what I was wishing for, but it came from an utterly insane source. Elon, in the middle of his bizarre and technically illegal tweetfest about LBOing his company, said: "This is especially true for a company like Tesla that has a long-term, forward-looking mission. SpaceX is a perfect example: it is far more operationally efficient, and that is largely due to the fact that it is privately held." Nuff said, or something.
Labels: defensible times, metametrology
Duterte, another leader on God's side, is taking a uniquely NON-IMPERIALIST action right now.
He's signing a law that gives MORE AUTONOMY to Mindanao, which is the Muslim part of the Philippines. With a local government more responsive to local culture, conflict and resistance should decrease. Not guaranteed, but likely. It's an EXPERIMENT worth trying.
Sorosian leaders constantly increase CENTRAL power, creating conflict by enforcing one set of rigid and absolute rules on all cultures and religions. The conflict "justifies" more centralization, which causes more conflict, which "justifies" etc. PARKINSON.
God loves modularity. God designed infinite modularity into every piece and parcel of life. Human organizations and machines work best when they find a correct
level of modularity. Healthy organizations are always experimenting to find the current correct
level. Global variables
are lethal in programming, in biology, and in government.
Labels: defensible spaces, Grand Blueprint
It's not just the migrants
by Edward Pentin.
Bergoglio and the bishops publicly
hate the new Italian government because it opposes migration. Priests love migrants for obvious reasons.
Pentin cites Italian newspapers who think there's a deeper motive pertaining to long-standing corrupt arrangements between the Vatican and the Italian government.
Cambi alleges Salvini has in his hands a “dossier” containing evidence of financial corruption in the Church, primarily linked to APSA, the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, the body responsible for administering Vatican assets and real estate, as well as details of some 200 clerical pedophile cases currently pending trial.
The Vatican manages “investment vehicles” of 6 billion euros and according to the Council of Europe, in 2012 alone APSA handled some 680 million euros. Whatever the exact figures, Italians — especially a burgeoning number of supporters of the ruling coalition government — are in no mood to let themselves be lectured to by Church leaders who allow such corruption to continue at their own expense. Nor do they like the fact that the Pope and Italian Church leaders are constantly urging the country to accept more migrants but are taking none themselves into Vatican City.
In other words, the Vatican mob is a classic and comprehensive mob. Sex trafficking, money laundering, tax havens, blackmail.
is not an exaggeration. Polls show 70% support for the crackdown on migrants.
As I tiresomely repeat, a government that DOES ITS DUTY will be supported by the people. This is the 'secret ingredient' that our Experts and media refuse to let us see. They continue to toss around terms like Authoritarian and Fascist for the anti-Soros forces, but the correct term for a government with 70% support is Democracy.
Labels: defensible spaces, From rights to duties
Constants and variables 102, Horriblegraph edition
I've had a week-long lull in work before the final flood of debug requirements slams into my inbox. After that's done, the whole project is done, so I'm starting to think about the next project and other side stuff. I've learned that a day without SOME kind of productive work is EXTREMELY UNHEALTHY. I don't need the money, but I definitely need the work.
Filled in this week by retrying a dumb project I had started before the year of courseware.
Goal: Build a phonograph from Tinkertoys.
SIXTY FUCKING YEARS AGO I had built not only a working phonograph but a semi-working record changer. Can I do it again?
Yes, sort of. The device works pretty well. The front shaft has a crank, and it drives the turntable through a rubber band. The rubber band does a good job of 'soft power', cushioning the pulses of the hand. The needle and cone setup works the same way as before.
What's the variable? The record. SIXTY FUCKING YEARS AGO I was using old 78s with wide grooves, and the sound was usable and clear if not hi-fi. This time I found a Soviet-era 78 on Ebay, which has the same fine grooves as modern 33s. So the sound is just barely recognizable as music.
Here's a brief horrible sample.
You were warned.
With a few more years of work, this could approach the fidelity of Edison's first Mary Had A Little Lamb.
Nevertheless, I'm having FUN and I'm MAKING THINGS. Fuck everything else.
Labels: Constants and Variables, defensible spaces, Make or break, Patient things
Constants and variables 101, Biblegraph edition
to episodes of Blackstone Magic Detective at bedtime. Each episode is a very short adventure followed by instructions for a parlor trick you can do at home. This episode
has a 'lie detector' trick. While the magician isn't looking, pick up a coin in one hand and hold it to your forehead for a moment. Then be sure that both hands are gripping the same way, and place both fists down on the table. How does the magician know which one has the coin? The hand that was up by the forehead is comparatively pale.
Trying the up-down with my own hands, it works easily in bright light. The difference is hard to see in typical 'living-room' light.
Makes me wonder. Was the trick inspired by the original
polygraph? One hand up in the air, the other flat on the bible. The bible is just a distractor. The differential
enables the watcher to eliminate the baseline. Deplorable hands were permanently dirty, so changes in blood pressure would be fairly hard to detect. But if one hand is up and the other is down, the down hand will be getting comparatively
redder, and the arteries comparatively
more prominent, when stress increases. This wouldn't work with the degenerate version of the oath (I do or I will) but a long session of questions would give enough time for a careful observer to spot the difference.
Labels: Constants and Variables, Metrology
Se-lu 27, cafeteria sunporch edition
For no apparent reason (maybe just long sleep and cool weather) I was reminded of the complex architecture of Manhattan Junior High. I discussed it here a long time ago.
Today another odd aspect of the building zapped into the remains of my senile brain.
In the West wing, which had originally been the HS, the cafeteria and library were adjacent. The cafeteria was a big open room with a separate exit to the outside. The library was elevated
above the regular floor by three steps, which meant that you had to open the door from the hall and climb a little inset stairway to the rather elegant wooden floor of the library. The wall between the library and cafeteria was not solid; it was mostly openable casement windows, again fairly elegant like a 1920s sunporch.
At the time I was desperately trying to survive gym class and bullying, so I didn't stop to wonder about architectural oddities. Now I have the leisure to think about it.
Libraries have a heavier
floor load than classrooms, so an elevated and nicely carpentered floor should be exactly wrong. Libraries need quiet, so the openable sunporch wall into the noisy and smelly cafeteria is also exactly wrong.
The cafeteria was originally the auditorium
for the high school, and the library was originally the stage.
The height and dimensions are just right. The sunporch windows must have been a sort of folding wall to allow separation when needed.
When the East and West wings were joined, the middle part included a much larger and more formal auditorium and gym, so the small version was no longer needed.
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Note after looking at the diagram in earlier entry: The external cafeteria shown on the diagram was built in '62, between my 8th and 9th grade years. The internal cafeteria described above was then turned into a study hall, which probably made the library quieter. All of this was basically pointless because students rarely got a chance to USE the library. You had to acquire a special pass from the teacher, which almost never happened.
Puppets all around
APs versus APs. Both dangling from Deepstate strings. One set is called "Patriot Prayer Puppets", other side is called "Antifa Puppets".
The script says Antifa wins, so Antifa wins.
The lower-level participants are unaware of the scripting. They believe they're "moving the world" or some such shit. The only thing they're doing is strengthening Deepstate. Deepstate uses CONFLICT to justify more spying, more tyranny, more extermination. Parkinson, Parkinson, Parkinson. PAY ATTENTION.
At this moment the Antifa participants are accidentally more honest, since they are OPENLY defending CIA, NSA, Goldman, and Military. They doublethink that they are "resisting" something or other by openly supporting CIA, NSA, Goldman, and Military. Perhaps one or two of them will realize the doubleness and give up, but I doubt it.
If you want to "change the world", there's absolutely no ACTIVE way to do it. The best you can do is AVOID strengthening Deepstate. All you can do is STAY THE FUCK AWAY from these atrocious fake puppet shows. Don't invite "controversial" speakers,
don't join protests, don't join movements. Speak the truth when possible, do your duty.
Labels: From rights to duties
Silver alert!! Oops, not quite.......
Two elderly German men escaped the confines of their nursing home on Friday. The nursing home alerted police after the gentlemen were found to be missing from the center.
Police then found the aging metalheads at 3 a.m. at Wacken Open Air, the world’s biggest heavy metal festival.
The men were reluctant to leave the four-day festival so police escorted them home with the help of a taxi and a patrol car.
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Wonder if Led Zeppelin ever thought they'd become Lawrence Welk?
WE ARE THE MASTERS OF THE SOYBEAN UNIVERSE!
Why do so many 'independent' people still cling to out-of-date worldviews? Why do they still tell us that the situation MIGHT get worse IF we don't do the right thing?
In fact we never did the right thing, the situation ALREADY GOT WORSE many years ago, and there's no IF.
Typical is a ZH comment on Turkey's eastward move:
Trump needs to pull finger. The 2016 bungled CIA coup was Obama's doing, but if Trump doesn't fix things, the most strategically important region of the world will drift into Russia's and China's circle of influence.
Imagine a Russian, Chinese, Iranian and Turkish alliance. Goodbye western world.
No need to imagine. It already happened. Turkey is now inside the Silk Road alliance. It's not as firm as the rest because Erdogan is wiggly. He always tries to have it both ways. Nevertheless we've lost all of those countries and we won't get them back. We've even lost Israel and Saudi, our major clients. Both are buying weapons and nuke plants from Russia.
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I think the underlying bad assumption is: "Those foreigners CAN'T leave. They need us. We're indispensable. We're EXCEPTIONAL."
This was true in 1989 when we smashed Russia to satisfy Soros, and still true in 1999 when Soros agent Yeltsin was holocausting 6 million Russians to satisfy our psychotic bloodlust. It stopped being true in 2000 when Putin declared independence from Soros and USA.
Simple fact: We no longer have ANYTHING that any country needs.
They can buy EVERYTHING elsewhere, with better conditions and less murder.
Some countries have turned self-sufficient under the torture of our sanctions.
Others have turned toward China because China is a CAPITALIST country. Our dealings with Africa always involved military war and cultural war. We gave billions to the corrupt leaders of African countries in exchange for their nominal support. Our "aid" came with all sorts of "human" "rights" requirements, forcing Africans to violate Natural Law. We organized rebellions and armed both sides.
China just deals with local farmers and businesses on a strictly CAPITALIST level. China invests in their enterprises, offers TECHNICAL aid, and expects to buy their products in return. China doesn't force Africans to declare allegiance to LGBTQQ2A or "global warming".
What do we have that other countries can't get EASILY elsewhere? Soybeans. That's all.
Labels: From rights to duties
Best title 9
Things worth doing and how to do them.
Hitting this topic again from a slightly different historical angle.
The biggest THING WORTH DOING is breaking up globalist empires and monopolies and restoring normal modular life, with boundaries and cooperation and competition.
HOW to do it?
I've discussed three cases when the breakup actually happened, but the HOW in each case is partly or fully mysterious.
1. After WW1, Wilson's globalist mechanisms went away quickly.
This violates Parkinson's Laws. How did it happen? Was there a concerted effort to counteract the natural tendency of bureaucracies to grow and create new problems? If not, why did these agencies fade instead of growing?
2. After the boom of the '20s, FDR managed
to break up the globalist monopoly of the banks. In this case the mechanisms (laws and regulations) are visible, but we don't know WHY the laws were allowed to happen. Did FDR use blackmail effectively? If so, we need to learn his methods.
3. Happening right now: Italy.
Conte and Salvini and the Lega/5S coalition have INSTANTLY switched the direction of the entire government. Before the election Italy was meekly obeying Soros and Juncker. Now the entire government is working to PROTECT ITALIANS from Soros and Juncker. Why was this turnaround allowed? Again we could learn from the methods.
Labels: defensible spaces, defensible times, things worth doing
Box depot with story
Latest item at KSHS
is a simple photo jampacked with 'writable' narrative. It's one of those little box depots
serving as a whistlestop for Tecumseh, just east of Topeka.
A magnificent locomotive has pulled to a stop to pick up a man who looks like the local banker heading off to a convention. His suitcases are stacked in front, and he has casually parked his '41 Caddy Series 61 coupe in the field next to the track.
All four objects ... box depot, locomotive, smalltown banker, Caddy ... are now vanished and valuable. At the time of the picture all four were just ordinary stuff.
Later thought: The Caddy might have steered my imagination toward banker. The man doesn't really look starched enough for a banker. Maybe a store manager.
Labels: defensible times
Thanks, Ralph 469
Antichrist Bergoglio is confusing and demoralizing Christians again,
which is Antichrist's job. Shouldn't be surprising. This particular confusion seems to be more perplexing than some of his previous satanizations.
Rome has always misread the Commandments to serve its own evil ends. For 1000 years
Rome has been "justifying" the vices and wealth of its priests and bishops by retrofitting their vices into the Gospels.
Misreading "thou shalt not murder" is fully in character, and it's not surprising that Bergoglio has now welded the misread into the Catechism.
But down to basics: Is the misread valid advice? Is capital punishment as currently applied
a bad idea? Yes, but not quite in the way Bergoglio and previous bishops mean it.
Fact: The death penalty works properly when applied INSTANTLY, or damn near instantly. It deters other criminals who see the IMMEDIATE AND CERTAIN connection between a criminal act and a dead criminal.
In earlier eras we applied it damn near instantly, with trials a few days after the crime and execution a few days after the trial. Our totally insane "court" system has gradually allowed the connection to dissolve, so that in practice a "death sentence" means a life sentence with first-class accommodations and a lifetime subsidized career for several lawyers.
In compensation for this failure, police have found it necessary to apply the death sentence IMMEDIATELY AND IRREVERSIBLY. No appeal, no escape, no lawyers. They are more likely to kill a criminal IN THE ACT now than previously.
This is how capital punishment should work. IMMEDIATELY. We pushed justice out of the system, and justice found its way back in.
Labels: #bluelivesmatter, Emersonian justice
Thought on sanctions
This has undoubtedly been said before, but I haven't read it...
In earlier times our blockades were direct, instructing our own companies and people to avoid dealing with the "bad" country. Cuba was a classic example. Before Castro, Cuba was practically a US state. We had constant trade and travel, importing sugar and exporting gangsters and crime. Castro kicked out the gangsters, so we blockaded the sugar. Our own sugar industry suffered. This was a proper DIRECT blockade.
Our modern sanctions are always indirect. We never blockade a country that we actually trade with. Russia and US have never been active trade partners, before or during or after the Soviet era. Our exports are the same, so there was never a good reason for trade. We never had significant trade with Persia, though we did have a lot of technical and military cooperation before we stirred up the 1979 revolution. We never had trade with North Korea, except for the bombs we exported in 1950 to destroy the country.
These recent sanctions don't affect USA STRONG corporations. All the pressure and all the punishment goes to Europe and China. We are EXTORTING Europe into doing our dirty work for us.
Europe has decided that it no longer wants to be our hitman. If we want to destroy innocent countries for no reason except the evil voices in our own monstrous head, we'll have to do it on our own.
Labels: infinite infinite infinite infinite lunacy, switchover
Let's get hot and snowy and beat each other with birch twigs!
Via Science Daily:
Sauna bathing cures all ills!
The research team led by scientists from the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Eastern Finland, and the University of Bristol conducted a comprehensive literature review on the effects of Finnish sauna baths on health outcomes. Finnish sauna bathing is characterized by exposure to high environmental temperature (80 degrees C-100 degrees C) for a brief period.
Findings from this comprehensive literature review also suggest that the health benefits of sauna bathing are linked to the effects of sauna on circulatory, respiratory, cardiovascular, and immune functions. Regular sauna bathing stabilizes the autonomic nervous system, reduces blood pressure, inflammation, oxidative stress, circulation of bad cholesterol, arterial stiffness, and vascular resistance. Moreover, sauna bathing contributes to beneficial levels of circulating hormones and other cardiovascular markers.
Sounds wonderful! Think I'll build a backyard sauna and get all healthy and shit! Do I have a spare $10k
laying around? Can I afford the lawyer to plead for a zoning variance? Can I afford the extra fire insurance
and liability insurance? Doesn't matter! I'll take out a loan to get this wonderful set of health benefits!
Oops, I didn't read the rest of the study. Better go on, just for completeness.....
The physiological responses produced by an ordinary sauna bath correspond to those produced by moderate- or high-intensity physical activity such as walking.
Jesus. Why didn't you say that in the first place? This is a case where the classic null hypothesis would have provided a better writeup and a better headline.
Saunas have tremendous health benefits if you're rich and can't walk.
Since I'm poor and walk two miles a day, I didn't need to waste time reading this shit.
A cofounder of the Leave EU pro-Brexit group voluntarily took a lie detector test
to verify that he isn't RUSSIAN_MEDDLING RUSSIAN_HACKING RUSSIAN_INTERFERENCE RUSSIAN_MALIGN_BEHAVIOR. He passed easily. Leave EU dares the Remainer crowd to use polygraph tests on their CLAIMS that Brexit is RUSSIAN_MEDDLING etc. Do they really believe this crap, or do they know it's crap?
Two examples of Experts not listening to themselves.
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1. Article in Antiscientific Antiamerican
arguing that 'loss aversion' is not a meaningful force in economic behavior.
The author lists many instances of computerized game-theory "studies" which show that avoiding a loss doesn't matter more than achieving a gain in computerized games played by psych majors.
From this set of non-correlations he concludes that loss aversion isn't important.
He then says:
To be sure it is true that big financial losses can be more impactful than big financial gains, but this is not a cognitive bias that requires a loss aversion explanation, but perfectly rational behavior. If losing $10,000 means giving up the roof over your head whereas gaining $10,000 means going on an extra vacation, it is perfectly rational to be more concerned with the loss than the gain.
In other words, a REAL LIFE loss is unquestionably more influential than a REAL LIFE gain; but this doesn't matter because REAL LIFE has no connection with science. Science is solely about computer games.
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2. RT article on Spain's reversion to pure Sorosian.
The new leaders of Rajoy's non-Soros party, which was defeated last month by pure Soros, are justifiably complaining. The Sorosians have a perfectly "logical" answer to the complaints:
Now, the new Popular Party leader, who replaced Mariano Rajoy only a fortnight ago, has hit out at the current Spanish government, who are seen to be a soft touch on migration. Casado stated that Spain can't "absorb millions of Africans who want to come to Europe," according to the Times, adding that "it is not possible that there are papers for all" who came to Spain on board the rescue boat.
The Spanish government hit back at Casado's statement, with a spokeswoman saying Casado's suggestion that taking in the 'Aquarius' means arrivals will increase is "false."
Perfect Sorosian logic. We are increasing arrivals, therefore arrivals are not increasing.