Sunday, October 25, 2020
  Nope, definitely not a cult leader.

I was suspicious that Jordan Peterson was running a cult.

Headline at UnHerd:

Jordan Peterson Returns From The Desert

Nah, not a cult leader. No need to worry.

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  Conditioned?

From the article on casino tricks that I linked in previous item:
We have been socially conditioned into believing that bright lights and noises indicate something of importance, that flashing colors are a hallmark of success and that shine and sparkle are a stand-in for beauty and wealth. The casino machines constantly light up and flash, never content to stay at a single luminosity, always progressing and giving you the impression that winning is constant and all around you.
Any time I see socially conditioned, bright lights and noises light up in my mind. Nearly always, socially conditioned really means innate and inherent.

This may be a partial exception. Taking it apart:

Shine and sparkle are innate for sure. Birds use shiny rocks as mating advertisements, and humans have done the same with gold and gems forever. Females enjoy receiving sparkly things from males, and males want to acquire sparkly things so they can trade them for sex.

Never constant is basic neurology. Regardless of the purpose, fast variation is the best way to hold attention.

Bright lights and noise as a sign of importance and wealth isn't obviously innate, and may be learned or conditioned... or may even be a wrong assumption. Real wealth is subtle. Wealthy people don't advertise their wealth. Restaurants and clubs that want to create an atmosphere of prosperity are quiet and dim.

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Saturday, October 24, 2020
  Reprint on why Trump was hired

I was stupidly wondering why Trump keeps both Fauci and Atlas on staff, both spewing "opposite" "sides" of the holocaust. A leader who wanted to DO something would pick one "side" and run with it.

Presidents have power over the executive branch by definition. Presidents can fire or silence any bureaucrat. Even when "laws" make firing slightly inconvenient, there's always a way to keep a bureaucrat quiet. Trump is a Grand Master of blackmail, trained by Supreme Master Roy Cohn, so he knows all the tricks. Obviously he doesn't want to fire or silence these bureaucrats.

Then I remembered that I had figured this out a year ago.

At that time I was wondering more generally why Trump was hired by Deepstate...........

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I'm always looking at things through the lens of skills. Let's try Trump.

What are his proven job skills?

His two careers are (1) Owning casinos (2) Producing reality TV shows.

What is the common skill, the point of intersection, in those careers?

Rigging a fake conflict or battle to keep the suckers coming back week after week.

With casinos, the conflict is Sucker vs Dealer or Sucker vs Slot. The casino tries to rig the frequency and sequencing of wins and losses to keep the sucker hungry for revenge.

With reality TV, the conflict is between two of the actors. Snooki vs Jwoww. The producer tries to rig the wins and losses to keep the viewer hungry for the next episode. Standard cliffhanger technique.

How does this apply to politics? Easy. Trump wants to keep the suckers coming back to vote for R in congressional "elections", and to re-elect Trump in 2020. So he creates a huge pile of fake conflicts and battles between Trump and MSM, between Trump and Fed, between China and the Dow, and on and on. None of these are real because Trump never actually fights, never gives a real order, never changes any laws. The only purpose is to create attributable "victories" just in time for the next election, and "defeats" that will leave the suckers hungry for revenge against MSM or Dems or China or Russia or Persia or Venezuela or Cuba or etc.

Specifically, the current "trade war" with China is a way to rig the Dow roulette wheel. The Fed's rigging wires have passed their elastic limit. The daily back-and-forth with China is a more effective and immediate wire. The Dow is the most important reality show for Trump's REAL establishment Repooflican base, not his FAKE populist base.

In the casino or the studio, nothing really happens except that the owner and the producer get rich. The dealers don't care if you win or lose, and the actors don't even know what they're saying. It's just a script.

Politics is different. The dealers and actors don't care, but lots of innocent civilians are ruined and killed by REAL PROBLEMS THAT REMAIN UNSOLVED and REAL WARS THAT REMAIN UNSTOPPED while the wheel spins and spins and spins.

Leaders with real political skills CAN solve problems. In USA STRONG there's zero chance that anyone ever WILL solve problems regardless of skills; but we're seeing real solutions in a growing number of countries where lifetime politicians use their skills and talents to FIX SHIT.


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Rereading the above, I might make one change: I said that casinos and reality TV have no external effects, while politics kills people. Not fully true. Casinos are halfway like politics, making the suckers poor to enrich the owner. Poor isn't as bad as dead, but it is a real external effect.

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  Heroic in practice

In the early stages of the holocaust, the president of Tanzania did a HEROIC act. He rejected the entire premise of the holocaust with an ACTUAL SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENT.

I got curious to see if he was practicing what he preached. Some leaders (eg Abbott of Texas) sound brave but abjectly surrender to the holocaust.

No surrender in Tanzania!

Random Youtube clips make it clear.

This remarkably wise young dude shows lots of street scenes, store scenes, and even a crowded bus. No masks, no distancing, no fear, no panic. Strictly normal.

Constants and variables: Tanzania's normalcy ISN'T just generalized African looseness. Judging from random samples, some African countries are TOTALLY Mascoid, up to the insane standards of Boris or Newsom or Inslee.

Best of all is this 'makeup girl'. She's a little more careful about showing faces because she's often criticizing other makeup artists and wants to avoid libel; but all the people who accidentally get into the picture are unmasked.

Here she's discussing immunity while doing her eyebrows. She gets everything right, and explains it in a clear and ALIVE way.



BEAUTY AND SCIENCE.

Excellent teaching. Even Euros might be able to understand it from her explanation... No, we wouldn't. We can't learn.

Superbravo for Tanzania and its president Magufuli. A man of Islam and science leading a country of Islam and science and BEAUTY.

Later thought: I could subtitle this item "Why Africa is going to survive while EU/US/UK commit total national suicide."

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Detail footnote after looking it up: Unsurprisingly, Tanzania's ruling CCM party is solidly socialist and originally Soviet, directly descending from founder Nyerere. In the last decade CCM has been moving toward controlled capitalism, resulting in solid growth of income. All land and major industries are still state-owned. So Tanzania fits neatly with the fully free northern countries of Sweden and Belarus, and the (at least officially) free Turkmenistan and Uruguay. Three Soviet descendants, two Socialists.

BUT: The system doesn't explain everything. Several of the Soviet-descended or socialist countries have gone total Mascoid, including South Africa and Russia. There's something special about the fully free countries. Most likely it's just the character and personality of the leader. Freedom requires socialism plus a gutsy leader who is deeply devoted to SERVING his people.

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  Raking record

Just for my own purposes, since I've been keeping the record here for many years. 10/24 first roof raking of the winter. Unusual Oct storm, about 7 inches wet and heavy.

Last winter was easy, with only two rakings needed, both in January. Total snow for year was average, but it was distributed in smaller storms with space between, so didn't accumulate much and didn't need much raking.

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Friday, October 23, 2020
  Lodge meets Lodge

This item is really an extension of the Lodge precipitator. I'll repeat part of the earlier item and tack on the new.

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Electrostatic precipitators were under active development in 1886. Lodge and his associates built a practical precipitator, and tried it in a lead smelter. The precipitator reduced the dust and fumes "remarkably".

Lead is one of the few REAL pollutants. The EPA acted first to halt lead pollution, which is the ONLY good thing they did.

I've seen the effects of lead pollution. Several of my engineer uncles worked for American Metals, which had a smelter in Blackwell. We visited them occasionally, and the results of REAL pollution were dramatically obvious. The part of town downwind from the smelter was BARREN AND GRAY. Plants refused to grow there. Most adults had serious lung problems and died young. After EPA forced the plant to shut down, Blackwell was green again.

Big point: Pollution control for lead was AVAILABLE in 1886, and was developed and perfected over the years. Effective precipitators on smelters were common in 1920. American Metals didn't bother. Pinching pennies was more important than live workers. American Metals deserved to be shut down.

After 1975, EPA's real mission was finished, and EPA should have been shut down instead of switching to the "carbon" genocide. Unfortunately there's no meta-agency to shut down agencies that create problems instead of solving problems. Calling Trinity House, the permanent enemy of Parkinson!

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Lodge and associates built several versions of the precipitator. The small version was meant mainly for demonstrations. Before turning on the charge, smoke from an oil lamp flowed freely through the chamber.



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With charge applied from a static machine or induction coil, the smoke was ionized and precipitated.



Positive ions deposited on the negatively charged comb, and negative ions deposited on the positive comb.



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Lodge's sons, who ran the Lodge Fume Deposit Company profitably for many years, also tried to control weather with static charge. This miniature experiment was successful, but they quickly gave up attempts to apply the same technique to parts of a city. One 'active lightning rod' on a building managed to clear out a few cubic feet around it. There was no way to multiply the effect enough to clear a house, let alone a neighborhood.

This bell jar was similar to the one above, except that the positive charge is a single point in the middle and negative charge is on the metal base. The bell jar contained water vapor similar to a London fog.



When charge was applied, the water vapor COHERED in radial patterns, following the electrostatic lines of force.



The real thing:



This coherer-like behavior was the interesting part. Coherers are a basic and general type of device, with a range of uses that have only been partly explored.

Effective weather control tends to work by reactance, not resistance or blunt counterforce. Trees break wind into vortices. Hail cannons shoot vortices into the cloud mass to induce larger vortices that suck in the energy. If a coherer-like effect could create charged 'nuclei' for pollution, it could possibly agglomerate and precipitate large masses of smoke and smog.

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  Unexpected conclusion

Previous item led me surprisingly to an unexpected conclusion that I hadn't written or read before.

Science is simply a form of entertainment, and we should treat it as entertainment.

We should fund it the same way we fund sports or museums or orchestras or 'serious' theater, via season ticket holders.

Big media is NOT entertainment and doesn't fall into this category. Big Media is toxic Deepstate propaganda, organized and funded by government just like Big Science.

Some science is still funded by ticket holders who expect to be educated as part of the entertainment. Farm associations sponsoring research on wheat are similar to museum or orchestra ticket holders.

But real science, like real music, is only secondarily educational. My focus on tardigrades this week helped me to grasp this point. Even if we were still capable of learning, we probably wouldn't learn much by watching tardigrades. They're just fascinating in a dozen ways. The more you learn, the more you get fascinated. You're not watching for the sake of learning, you're learning for the sake of watching.

Partial reprint from a couple years ago:

Entertainment applies for sure to all the 'intelligent' critters from octopuses to mammals. When we're not in immediate survival mode, we love to watch stuff happening. Entertainment merges smoothly into education. Watching somebody else catch a caterpillar or hammer a nail isn't especially interesting; but when the catch misses or the hammer hits a thumb, it becomes entertainment AND education. Smart design, connecting pleasure to learning.

Failure and frustration are EXACTLY the moments when learning can happen. Experiential education, when done properly, creates intentional moments of frustration as doors for learning. Watching entertainment is waiting for failure. When we see a racecar crashing or an outfielder missing the catch or an actor jumbling up a word, we laugh cruelly and start thinking about how the process SHOULD have been done. Learning starts with the rhythm of harsh laughter.

Science as conventionally performed ELIMINATES these moments of failure. Experiments that fail to support the grantor's delusional theory are discarded. Methods and data are dishonestly shaped and manipulated to reinforce orthodoxy and agreement, thus completely evading every opportunity for harsh laughter/learning.

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When we're not in immediate survival mode leads to another conclusion. Psychopaths in general, and Deepstate in particular, THRIVE on forcing victims into immediate survival mode. Rules change every minute. Urgent emergency piles on urgent emergency piles on urgent emergency. Learning is impossible when psychopaths are in charge. Learning requires enough stability to distinguish constants from variables. If you never get a chance to create a baseline of normalcy and success, you can't tell the difference between success and failure.

Learning also requires enough leisure to stand back and watch entertainment. Since 1975, and even more since 1990, USA has been totally paralyzed by Deepstate. We work desperately and UNSTEADILY to pay our debts, and we constantly wait for the next jackboot STOMP. Unsurprisingly we haven't been learning anything. If this seems like a dubious correlation, think about the Middle Ages in Europe when psychopathic aristocrats ruled exactly like modern Deepstate.

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  Settled vs Emerging again

Via UD, this paper reports on newly discovered salivary glands in the nasopharynx.

The glands were first noticed with MRI-type tech, then verified with minicam endoscopes in several hundred people, and found in two cadavers as well.

Okay. New stuff is always being found. This is proper science. Look about you, take hold of the things that are here.

New tech shouldn't have been necessary. Cadavers have been dissected and mapped for 2000 years in great detail. Pre-minicam endoscopes using mirrors should have spotted these glands.

If something this obvious has been right there in plain sight, never spotted by ordinary doctors looking up noses with mirrors, and never spotted by anatomists over thousands of years, why should we trust and obey anything?

If the new details overturn the old settled knowledge, then the old knowledge wasn't worth obeying. If the new details don't matter much, then the new details aren't worth obeying.

SETTLED and EMERGING are both fakes. As usual with Deepstate actions, the real question is deeper than the point we're arguing about.

The real question isn't about the validity of scientific findings, it's about the OBEYING.

Science was never meant to be tyranny. Science was meant to be ENTERTAINMENT, and we should treat it as such. Science should be crowdfunded by season ticket holders who enjoy watching the drama. Science should NOT be funded and weaponized by governments.

The USEFUL parts of science are still funded by season ticket holders. Auto makers pay universities to improve the performance of suspension systems. Farm associations pay universities to develop new varieties of wheat or fruit. Rich dudes pay researchers to look for extraterrestrial signals. The ticket holders aren't required to obey the results of the study, and they don't arrest ordinary citizens who disobey the results. They just watch and learn.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020
  Early snowbirds

From a Gernsback magazine in 1921...



Nice motor home. Seems to be based on a TT truck, which didn't have much power; but they obviously managed to get around. The RV included a miniaturized printshop, which supposedly earned enough money to keep things going.

Wonder what happened to them? Presumably they settled down later, but all three of them looked happy.

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  Y no talkie?

Yet another example of inventors favoring sight over sound.

Recording sound on paper or film, generally using needles or mirrors on diaphragms, came well before Edison's cylinder, but those visible recordings were only useful for scientific analysis. There was no way to play them back**. Edison's device could record or play, and didn't even need separate recorder and player.

Photographic record-play had to wait for the selenium cell, which was already in experimental use at the same time as Edison, but wasn't commercial until 1900.



Here's a 1901 effort at record-play, using a selenium cell. The author draws a parallel to motion pictures, but DOESN'T realize that the two forms of recording could be done in parallel on the same piece of film.

The author does mention one advantage that isn't obvious. Developing the film wasn't necessary, because the negative already has the variations in negated form. Unlike pictures, waves sound the same either way. So a film recording could be played immediately without the need for expensive and messy developing. Developing was only needed if you wanted to print many copies for distribution.

Talkies began with a phonograph cylinder and a silent projector running at the same time. Laying the sound track and vision track on one film didn't happen until 1925.

It would have been possible in 1900, and probably even in 1895, simultaneous with the development of the movie itself.

One important delaying factor was amplification. Supplying sound to a theater required tube amplifiers, which didn't start until 1910. Even so, the first movie "theaters" were peep shows for one watcher, and those could have used a selenium cell with headphones.

A selenium cell is just a wide-ranging variable resistor. (2k bright to 100k dark by my measure) When placed in series with typical 3k earphones, it would give a wide range of current through the phones, not needing amplification. The Optophone worked that way.

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** A playback method might have been possible using existing technology. If the needle was writing the wave with sticky ink on a metal surface, you could then etch the metal, leaving the sticky area elevated. The elevated wave could then be replayed with a similar needle and diaphragm. Of course this would never have been necessary. As I've pointed out, Edison's wax cylinder would have been technically easy in 1500 AD, and technically possible in 300 BC. Technology wasn't the limit. PURPOSE was the limit. Nobody wanted to record and play sound.
 
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
  Y no lead dress?

In reading about early experiments from the era of Marconi and Lodge, I'm constantly struck by the outright sloppiness of the rigs. There's no regard for lead dress or preventing trips and falls. Wires wiggle and coil randomly in hopeless tangles.

These weren't homebrew tinkerers. These were well-funded and well-organized scientists. They had teams with division of labor. They could afford to cut proper lengths and tie things together. Nylon zipties hadn't been invented, but string was available, and the telegraph industry had developed a wide variety of tying and lacing methods.

Here's an especially egregious example:



Magnetic therapy for headaches and pain, in a SWISS sanitarium. The Swiss are fanatics about neatness and order. Why didn't the obsession apply here?

Compare with the lead dress in the target device:



Nothing tangled, nothing out of place. Everything bundled neatly in coaxial cables and conduits.

Lead dress is especially important with high voltages and high currents, and in situations like this where you want to know how the magnetic field is formed and resonating.

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  Plus c'est, but not quite

Is media bias new?

Fuck no.

But there is one difference. From Broadcasting Magazine, Aug 1964.
A request for public opinion on "prejudicial expressions" in CBS newscasts was voiced July 20 by Rex G. Howell, owner of KREX, Grand Junction, Colo., in a TV editorial. Mr. Howell, whose stations are CBS affiliates, said he had been registering protests with the network "for many months" over newscasts which "constituted opinion-making rather than reporting of factual news." He said: "We protested the snide manner in which Eric Sevareid interviewed Senator Goldwater, and the side comments frequently voiced by Walter Cronkite which seemed to convey the impression of extreme hostility toward the Arizona senator."

"We fervently wish," Mr. Howell said, "that Mr. Schorr and some of his other liberal colleagues would practice greater regard for the basic principles of fairness in journalism." The editorial quoted Mr. Howell's telegram to CBS President Frank Stanton. In it Mr. Howell said: "It is a source of great personal sorrow that the ideological differences between certain network personnel and the Republican nominee for the presidency has led to such unfortunate exchanges as to reflect upon our dedication to the principles of the fairness doctrine and our own sense of journalistic responsibility."
The one real difference: Howell headed a local station. Now no local station would complain. Everyone is on the same side. There are only ponents and pluponents, no opponents.

Another difference, at least in formalistic terms, is that Howell had the LAW on his side. CBS was violating the fairness doctrine and forcing local stations to participate in the violation.

Howell pointedly FOLLOWED the law by finding a local Democrat to give a counter-editorial after his own editorial.

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Later: I looked to see if Sevareid vs Goldwater was available on Youtube. The specific interview wasn't there, but the search led to an even more perfect example of pluponents.

CBS recently ran an 'archive' feature from the '64 election, with a clip of Sevareid discussing media bias.

Headline:

Think media bias is a new issue? Think again: Here's a 1964 special hosted by CBS News correspondent Eric Sevareid, who speaks of "an ugly boil of hostility towards the press."

Media bias as defined by the media has NOT changed. As seen by CBS then and now, media bias means "an ugly boil of hostility toward the press" and nothing else. Deplorables are zits.

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On a vastly more positive note, here's a 1975 interview of Howell by a Grand Junction oral history project. A fascinating big picture of radio from a thoughtful and objective man who was there at the start. He mentions one 'backwater' that I haven't read about: In the '20s the wire services like UP and AP refused to deal with the upstart radio industry. So a group of broadcasters formed their own coop news service, strictly by CW. When one station had a scoop, or read something important in their local newspaper, they sent the item to the other stations. Most early stations were founded by hams, so Morse was universal and natural. It would also have been semi-secret, not easy for casual listeners to intercept.

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Personal: I mentioned Barry a few days ago, now he turns up again. It's odd that I still think of Barry on first-name terms. I supported him in '64, even though I was an ignorant young leftist then. Now that I'm a slightly less ignorant old populist, I still have positive feelings about him, though he would count as a tech-monster Libertarian in modern terms. In '64 he was probably serving as a pluponent provocateur, helping LBJ to steer the reluctant Dems into total war without feeling like warmongers. "We're not pro-war like those horrible Goldwater zits! We were reluctantly forced into total war by Tonkin Gulf."

Why do I still look at Barry in a positive light? Probably the ham radio thing, a SKILL-based guild that runs deeper than ideology.

NOW I SEE: And why have the modern monsters been wiping out SKILLS since 1975? Specifically because SKILL runs deeper than ethnicity or ideology. When people work together, using shared SKILLS on an absorbing project, ideology and race don't matter nearly as much. Now that all SKILLS have been offshored or obliterated, we have nothing but ethnicity and ideology, which are incurably and intentionally divisive. This also applies to schools, which led the way in eliminating all SKILL-based projects and job training. It's not surprising that schools have also led the way in ethnic and ideological division.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
  Tardigrade kick

I've been on a tardigrade kick this week. Focusing on organizations and people and critters who find ways to survive periods of droughts and storms and witch hunts and lunacy. Tardigrades have found the ideal physical solution. No other animal comes close.

All of this thinking ultimately converges back to Trinity House, the defender of true beacons and true science, which has lasted 500 years without losing its original PURPOSE. How did they do it? How can we replicate?

Tardigrades show us a dramatically different way of dealing with life, a different way of accomplishing the same PURPOSES.

They resemble insects and vertebrates in one way. They have a distinct and fairly complex brain, and a pair of bilateral nerve cords running in parallel, tied by crossover bridges at intervals. Insect nerve systems look about the same, and vertebrates are the same except that we've bundled the parallel left and right cords inside one spinal conduit.

Aside from the nervous system, tardigrades are ENTIRELY different. They have six or eight "limbs", but the limbs aren't built with jointed bones and muscles. Insects and vertebrates have chains of joints with agonist vs antagonist muscle pairs for each joint. Tardigrades just have protrusions, pretty much pseudopods.



BUT: Those jointless and muscleless pods move the same way as vertebrate limbs. They paddle and walk and kick in a structured and synchronized and PURPOSEFUL way. The claws on the ends serve to dig and grab, just like insect or vertebrate claws.

LIFE IS PURPOSE.

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Poser model released at ShareCG.

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Monday, October 19, 2020
  Watching a flip

A few months ago I noted that the sudden flip from medicine to murder marked the end of CONSENSUS SCIENCE, which had been the basis for the "global warming" genocide. The new "virus" holocaust needs to obliterate all existing knowledge FAST, so it has switched from CONSENSUS SCIENCE to EMERGING SCIENCE.

Now we see the switchers cramming a theoretical "foundation" under the switch. Cited by Evolution News, a new statistical paper brands consensus with Castro.

The branding is a bit odd, since many academics have positive feelings toward Castro for the wrong reasons. I'm sure the branding will quickly improve, morphing to Putin and Trump as the models for consensus.

The switch also puts the "carbon" genocide in an uncomfortable position, but this conflict won't be as hard to resolve. The "carbon" theory of "global warming" was never ACTUALLY settled science in the same way that gravity and inductance are settled science. It was always an EMERGING theory designed to satisfy the murderous needs of psychopaths. Now that Oceania is at peace with EMERGING science and at war with CONSENSUS science, "carbon" can be treated more honestly.

Later, a clearer Shared Lie thought about this question.

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  Non-explaining arrogance 2

Still thinking about the switchover to non-explaining mode, the discursive style of egomaniacs and psychopaths and chaos generators.

The switchover in politics was marked by Bush Senior. The switchover in radio was around the same time, and equally sharp.

Lately I've been listening to the 1940 series Can You Imagine That at bedtime. The announcer Lindsay McHarrie was a careful and courteous explainer and empathizer.

Syndicated short programs had a standard form: Teaser intro, go to quiet music so the local station could insert ads, then return for the main program. At end, outro with more quiet music to allow more ads. McHarrie always explained each step. After the intro, he said something like "Now your local announcer will speak to you for about a minute and a half." At the end he said "Now I'll return you to the good care of your local announcer." He respected the listener and respected YOUR local announcer. (Also, local announcers may have felt obliged to show a bit more care after the compliment with an implied promise.)

What was the switchover point?

The switchover was named Rush. Rush never explained, never thanked, never gave credit. Every stage in the program happened ABRUPTLY and UNEXPECTEDLY. The monologue ended unpredictably, the first call jumped in without a moment's pause. You never knew if the current paragraph was meant to be parody or serious, which made it easy to memoryhole a mistake by post-dating it as parody.

Rush made a STRONG POINT of insisting that he was doing the program all by himself with no assistants, which was a flat lie. When co-hosts took over during his vacations or illnesses, he never thanked them. They were privileged to be his replacement, and that was payment and thanks enough.

When he discussed the LOCAL announcers who had paved the way for his career, he dismissed them as tiny meaningless losers.

This was a PERSONAL INSULT. He was talking about MY UNCLE, who had spent 20 years building a format and an audience, until the station abruptly fired him and hired Rush, who stole the format.

Normal humans express some degree of respect for the people who were CRUSHED by the onward juggernaut of a new force. The respect may be fake, but it's still the courteous thing to do. Standing on the shoulders of giants.

Psychopaths don't need to respect meat objects, because all meat objects must be KILLED and will be KILLED.

 
  Atwater's backwater

An odd backwater of radio, closely related to courseware.

Radio and TV have always tried to serve classroom education. Several stations based at colleges started early, with K-State among the first. These efforts** didn't last long; commercial stations and networks actually did a better and more permanent job, because FCC required them to do a good job. Syndicated programs did the best job of all, creating experiences and teamwork with a purpose.

Here's a side of educational radio I hadn't noticed before. A few companies, notably Atwater Kent, made specialized equipment for school listening.









The switchboard is most interesting, but the book doesn't describe it beyond the caption. I suppose it just connects a speaker in each classroom to the central receiver.

The large consoles had a standard Atwater Kent radio plus a phonograph plus some kind of switchboard and PA system. Each console involved fine custom woodwork, so this product line couldn't have been a 'cash cow' for Atwater.

Atwater Kent was a BIG company that specialized in mass-producing one standard radio in a variety of cabinets. It failed immediately after 1929 because it hadn't devoted much attention to other ways of using its skills and factory. If it had put more attention into sidelines like school equipment (a government job!) it might have survived on a smaller scale. The history of US electronics has a single arrow, pointing steadily toward government jobs. Every currently successful company is making military equipment or running Deepstate surveillance. All consumer products were offshored to Japan in the '60s, then later to China.

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** College-based stations were mainly designed to train the college students in the techniques of broadcasting. So they preferred to focus on the more typical parts of broadcasting like drama and news and music.

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  How did they last so long?

Seems like we should be able to learn something from organizations that last a long time, like Trinity House. How do they withstand the pressures of Parkinson? How do they maintain their PURPOSE for hundreds of years?

Nearly all of the longest continuous businesses are in Japan. Many of them are essentially monasteries, so they don't quite count as businesses. But the non-religious ones have also managed to survive, some operated by the same family for 1000 years.

Was Japan's economic structure equally constant? A quick look at some older books on Japanese banking answers HELL NO. Banking was just as tempestuous and unstable as US banking from 1700 to 1930 when the books were written. Central banks were started and abandoned. Currency schemes were started and abandoned. Often a single businessman (like JP Morgan) was effectively the national treasury. Before 1900 most business was still feudal in structure, not commercial in the modern sense.

The most dramatic event happened in 1868 when the shogun abdicated, cleaned out his desk, and cleaned out the treasury.

The government then had to start from scratch, so it confiscated huge amounts from the biggest businesses.

Not stable.

Payment of interest wasn't a typical practice until 1890, so the Jap abandonment of interest in 2000 wasn't really a break with long tradition.

Japan is simply a different species. The people don't do anything to stay healthy. They live to 100. The businesses don't do anything to stay stable. They live to 1000. Different species.

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Sunday, October 18, 2020
  Another feature

Another 'non-functional' feature in many of God's designs is cross-species communication.

This study starts with an annoying sentence but is mainly sympathetic and objective.
After months of technology-based communication enforced by COVID-19, many of us are missing a "live" human voice. But we're not the only ones -- a new study reveals that cows also prefer a face-to-face chat. The research, published in Frontiers in Psychology, discovers that cows are actually more relaxed when spoken to directly by a live human, rather than when listening to a recorded voice via a loudspeaker.
Annoying: Malign misattribution. The poor little virus, if it even exists, didn't cause ANY of this shit. ALL of this shit was invented and enforced by demonic psychopaths running governments and "medical" holocaust chambers. The purpose of this shit is to give demonic pleasure to the psychopaths.

With that out of the way, the basic finding is unsurprising to people who have been around dogs and cats. All cats and most dogs simply ignore electronic channels. Noise from a machine is irrelevant. A few dogs have the unusual ability to extrapolate the voice on a telephone or speaker to an actual human who isn't present.

It's not clear what's missing. Maybe just the visible presence, or maybe a more complete sense signature of a live human involving smell and brain waves.

Again the interesting question is why God created the facilities for communication between species that don't interact in nature. You can see a straightforward purpose in the multisensory channels between bees and flowers. Both sides get material benefits from the interaction. But cows, dogs, cats, and humans aren't normally found in the same place, and don't have any natural commensal or symbiotic connection.

Later thought: Humans would be better off if we adopted the cat view of machines. Noise from a TV or radio machine is irrelevant, even if it sounds like a human and looks like a human.

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  Non-random question

Tardigrades seem to be a 'proof of concept' design for an entirely different form of life. Animals that form long-lasting seeds like plants.

Many successful forms of life seem to have been designed by competing teams with alternate ideas.

All animals and plants exhibit beauty in form or behavior, totally unnecessary for mere reproduction.

When you see competing teams and 'entertainment' in a design, you can be sure it wasn't just for the designer's amusement. It was aimed to satisfy a customer, or aimed to appeal to potential customers. Major studios like Loewy and Pininfarina are always creating displays and exhibits to pull in new work.

Question: Who were God's customers?

Obviously the studio we call God wasn't just working for its own amusement. It was trying to serve some highly demanding customers, and trying to advertise for new customers. Who were they? What did they specify?

The older cultures who had multiple gods with different personalities, interacting with various types of subgods, were probably a lot closer to reality than the more recent monotheistic setups. Monotheism is created by imperial globalists, and reinforces globalism in a deadly positive feedback loop.

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  Wouldn't it be nice?

Tardigrades are astonishing critters. They can tolerate all sorts of horrible conditions with several different forms of 'seeding'. They have distinct cysting strategies for vacuum, drought, heat and cold.



Wouldn't it be nice if humans could 'seed up' at will? When the world is taken over by demonic psychopaths, we could go into suspended animation in hidden places.

Only the psychopaths would be visible and moving. The billionaires and governors and mayors and presidents and Public Death Officers would have no visible victims except other psychopaths. They would quickly kill each other, and then the humans could de-cyst and resume normal life.

[Graphic footnote: I was surprised that no tardigrade models were available in the usual Poser places (Daz, Rendo, ShareCG). So I made one. Released at ShareCG.]

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  Random Quora irritation

In Quora discussions (and lots of other web places) a constant theme is ALL AMERICANS CARRY GUNS.

Foreigners warn other foreigners against visiting America because they've seen every American totin and shootin.

Where do they SEE these guns?

I've lived most of my life in gun-totin parts of America, usually lived in 'shady' neighborhoods and sometimes worked in allegedly gun-totin occupations like construction.

In 50 years of adult life I have seen a gun exactly ONCE. I was clerking at a motel in Enid, definitely a totin place by reputation. A guest left his pistol under the pillow when he checked out, and asked me to fetch it for him before the room was cleaned and re-rented. Even in that [pillow]case, I wouldn't have SEEN the gun if I hadn't been asked to find it.

I'm sure many of the people around me have been carrying, but never openly.

Where do the visitors SEE guns? It's a complete puzzle, or else a complete lie.

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  Reminded me

An episode of Can You Imagine That reminded me of a point I brought out earlier which really deserves repetition.

The episode featured a windfall scam performed in France in the late 1800s. A peasant girl was found to be the surprise heir of an American millionaire. Her claim was verified when a couple of Americans appeared and started fighting her in court over the bequest. The court fight lasted for 20 years, and during those 20 years the peasant girl lived like royalty, charging everything to the "guaranteed" will. Of course the whole thing was complete fiction. The millionaire didn't exist and the counterclaimants were part of the rig.

Fake "sides" are a constant part of frauds, and not always money-based frauds.

Your rights are in danger! The other party is fighting in court to eliminate your rights! Pay us to help defend your rights!

Sound familiar?

Deepstate has perfected the art of symmetrical swindles, giving everyone a fake "inheritance" or "right" to defend from fake claimants.

None of these inheritances or "rights" actually exist. "Rights" are not given by God. You can't find anything about this bequest in God's will and testament, neither the old will and testament or the new. God's will only mentions DUTIES, not "rights".

Reality exists. Our duty is to observe reality as well as we can, always trying to calibrate our senses to avoid unnecessary bias.

It doesn't matter if an Expert happens to agree with reality. Usually but not always, you can discount the Expert because he will also be claiming some known lies as truths. (AP, false flag)

Even if Side 1 agrees fully with reality, it's still irrelevant. Even if Side 2 disagrees fully with reality, it's still irrelevant.

Both sides are simply characters in a script, and the script is always designed to steal our SKILLS and TALENTS and SOULS while enriching the monsters who write the script.

Only reality counts.

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  AL-history

Title isn't a typo.

Following up on this random observation a few weeks ago.

I was looking yet again at what various auto companies "should" have done to stave off failure in the '50s. I decided that Hudson probably didn't have any available options because it wasn't producing anything except sedans.

Studie had heavy trucks. Nash had Kelvinator appliances. Packard had aircraft. Willys had its own unique types of vehicles, so it returned to its own niche after sedans failed to sell. Crosley was basically an appliance company, so it returned to its day job of appliances. Kaiser was basically an aluminum company...

Wait. Aluminum.

Why didn't Kaiser use its own unique SKILLS? A mostly aluminum car would be a major selling point in rusty areas, and it would be lighter and more economical for the same size and room.

In the peculiar postwar situation, suppliers of material and parts were overstressed with demand while still trying to reconvert factories and workers to civilian needs. Kaiser famously resorted to black-market "expediters" to find steel and parts because the suppliers understandably wanted to serve their existing customers first.

Kaiser wouldn't have needed those tricks for aluminum because Kaiser WAS the supplier. No unnecessary shortages, no profit paid to others. Kaiser had its own metallurgists who knew how to create alloys for specific purposes, and knew how to manipulate and bend aluminum.

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Saturday, October 17, 2020
  Speaking of atrophy....

Mentioned atrophied senses at the end of previous item.

I've always understood the use it or lose it principle in an intellectual way. I didn't understand it in a direct experimental way until two years ago.

I was having lots of trouble with vestibular crap. Frequent dizzy spells, occasional spins. Being naturally anxious and hypochondriacal, I sought advice and solace in a Facebook group. After a while I realized that these people were medicalized. They were spending their entire life in various clinics and therapy offices, constantly getting "treatments" that never really helped. I didn't want to end up that way.

I decided to try an experiment. Waiting for the bus was an especially difficult time. Walking was easy, but standing in one place without support wasn't easy on the bad days. I had been standing next to the bus bench and holding on tight.

I tried NOT holding. Every time the impulse to put out a hand occurred, I resisted. Quickly the unsteadiness receded. The internal senses, which had been conditioned to laze around, started working again, and they worked properly.

Use it or lose it. Don't let the senses and muscles get lazy, even if lazy seems better. It's not better.

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  A non-divisive issue!

The Federalist has found an issue that DOESN'T divide on party lines or gender lines or racial lines or any lines at all.

In response to Trump's totally fake "proposed" "executive" "order", which hasn't actually happened and won't happen and wouldn't change anything if it did happen, the Harris Poll conducted a survey.

Across all conceivable divides and boundaries, EVERYONE prefers traditional over modern architecture by a solid and constant 70 to 30 margin.

The survey was able to get honest answers because it didn't mention Trump. It just showed paired pictures of actual Federal buildings in both styles, and asked which you prefer.

The only people who like modernist architecture are modernist architects and the government agencies that hire modernist architects. Therefore, government agencies will continue hiring modernist architects to build horrible and useless buildings.

Still, it's genuinely interesting to find a question that hasn't yet been used by "both" "sides" to create the standard divisions. I'm sure "both" "sides" will get in gear now to form up the usual war.

... Come to think of it, The Federalist just DID get in gear, associating normal architecture with Orange Witch Powder. Your turn, D "side"!

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  Non-explaining arrogance isn't new

The non-explaining Expert is more common now but NOT new. Here's a beautiful example from the pivotal year of 1906.

The SF earthquake was followed quickly by a highly unusual spell of rain, which made even more trouble for the miserable people who were temporarily sheltering in parks and plazas.

From American Inventor p199 of PDF.
As a consequence of these unusual conditions, Prof. O. A. Leuschner, the astronomer in charge of the observatory at the University of California, received many requests for information upon the subject of the connection between earthquakes and the weather. To all these requests he made the short and simple answer: "Earthquakes are never influenced by the weather, nor do they affect weather conditions in any way."

A curious fact about the rainstorm was that the wind accompanying it came from the north, whereas storms in California almost invariably are brought on by a strong southeasterly or southwesterly wind. One of the amateur weather observers at Berkeley, the seat of the University of California, says that during a period of many years he has never known heavy rain associated with a northerly wind. Prof Leuschner, however, while not undertaking to explain the phenomenon and admitting that our knowledge of earthquakes is slight, declares that "wind and rain and other weather phenomena cannot possibly be considered as under the influence of seismic phenomena."
Note the arrogant dismissive tone of Leuschner, who was flatass wrong. The fast pressure change in a storm CAN trigger a quake that's ready to rumble, and the huge electrical discharges produced by quakes CAN trigger or move storms. Both facts were already known in 1906. Geologists are still declaring that earthquakes can't possibly be related to anything.

The job of an expert is to connect things that are disconnected, and disconnect things that are connected. Break all facts, obliterate all logic.

Note also the healthy skeptical attitude of the American Inventor writers.
 
  Cruel prank

Convective conjunction while listening to Spiked's tiresome pointless defense of "free speech".

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Fact 1: Paid media never does what the defenders claim. Paid media never exposes Deepstate's crimes, never even opposes tyranny. Simple math. You can't get enough money and regulatory permission and litigation protection to run a media outlet unless you follow the rules and fashions of the people who control the money and "laws".

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Fact 2: The only reliable way to get a proper sense of reality is through your own senses and muscles. Unmediated perception can be distorted by your own biases and templates, but it's VASTLY more clear and truthful than anything you hear from any media, whether paid or independent.

Carver.
Look about you.
Take hold of the things that are here.
Talk to them.
Let them talk to you.


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Conjunction: Constitutions and "rights" are frauds. Hoaxes. Stings. Honeytraps. Cruel pranks.

Constitutions fool you into thinking that you can rely on the paid media for information. The more you rely on paid media, the more your internal senses and muscles ATROPHY.

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Friday, October 16, 2020
  McAfee still frustrating

I hadn't been reading McAfee for quite a while. He is one of the few HARDASS REALISTS in the world, but he was spending too much time pushing the bitcoin scam. He didn't bother to pretend it was real. Sucker Filter right out in the open. Still, it got boring.

I checked his Twitter today, and found more refreshing HARDASS REALISM, along with more annoying unrealism.

He's in jail in Spain for tax evasion. His descriptions of jail life are REALISTIC. But his attempt to pose as a martyr fails. He's rich. He can pay taxes if he wants to. Tax evasion makes the enemy's job too easy.

Assange is parallel. He could have avoided much of his trouble by being TRULY OPEN, and by obeying the conditions placed on his exile by Ecuador. Instead, he tried to play Deepstate games with "sources and methods", and tried to evade the rules that were keeping him alive. Deepstate always wins at Deepstate games. I still can't tell if he's an AP or just stupid. In either case I don't have patience for any of this.

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  Switched leadership mode

This isn't exactly new, but it's a strong trend in recent years. I observed it in the '90s, then didn't really think about it until the recent flip by WHO. Suddenly, with no warning, WHO flipped from forcing lockdowns to recommending against lockdowns. They didn't give a reason for either decision, and none of the media conspirators bothered to ask for a reason. Everyone is part of the conspiracy.

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Basic point: How do you tell the difference between a trustworthy leader and a Deepstate demon? One way is explanation.

A leader who wants to rule with consent starts by serving the people, and then always explains his actions. This is a standard rule for good parents, good teachers, and good salesmen. If you need to give commands, or you expect people to follow your suggestions, you need to show humility and service, and you need to explain first before commanding.

Successful politicians in previous times used this rule. FDR demonstrated his service to ordinary people on the first day in office by closing down and cleaning up the banks. After that, he spent huge amounts of time and effort explaining what he wanted, via the Fireside Chats. Ordinary Americans saw that FDR was working for them, and they understood what he wanted from them. They complied willingly, and fought a hard and deadly war voluntarily.

After FDR the pattern faded, but wasn't fully reversed until Bush Senior. He switched to a mode of mysterious executive orders popping out of nowhere, containing mysterious commands that weren't related to any publicly visible needs. After Bush Senior, all presidents have continued in this mode. Even Congress isn't allowed to read the laws or know the reason for the laws. Congress simply passes the laws without argument.

Why did Congress comply without explanation or justification? Blackmail.

Deepstate is fueled and wired by vicious extortion and blackmail.

In today's world we can see the sharp distinction between US/UK rulers and non-Sorosians like Putin and Lukashenko. Non-Sorosians serve first, then explain fully, then command. They have the consent of their people.

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  Fish in a barrel

This stinking pile of rotten toxic schizophrenic wordsalad appeared in the "social" "science" area of Eurekalert.
The increasing threat of foreign interference in elections has driven six nations to take similar approaches to combat this pervasive threat. A review of the details to their responses brings out valuable differences and insights. ...

“The United States experienced significant interference in our 2016 presidential election and Russia seems just as active in their efforts to influence our presidential election this year. We have much to learn from the experiences of other nations that have attempted to address this growing problem,” states Election Law Journal Editor-in-Chief David Canon, University of Wisconsin.
In the first fucking place, real science starts with CONSTANTS AND VARIABLES. CONSTANTS AND VARIABLES. FUCKING CONSTANTS AND FUCKING VARIABLES. Real science asks if an entity called "election" is a variable. When this "election" entity happens, does it cause anything in the real world to change? The answer is a firm and consistent NO. Null hypothesis perfectly valid.

After that, there's no reason to discuss this empty entity called "election".

In the second fucking place, if you're fucking stupid enough to skip the first fucking step, the rest of this shit doesn't even follow from AVAILABLE FUCKING DATA. Facebook and Twitter have both stated firmly and NUMERICALLY that Russian advertising was a barely measurable subpercentage of all advertising, and very little of the Russian advertising was actually related to candidates.

FB and Twitter are certainly not aligned with Orange Man Witch Powder, so they would have no reason to underrate the Russian influence. Their natural bias would run the other way, but they were refreshingly honest about this set of facts.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020
  I'm being unfair

Following from previous item.... Just realized. When I describe the "virus" as branding, or describe political crap as branding, I'm being unfair to actual brands.

In real business, a brand goes deeper than a name or a label. A brand is associated with particular feelings and experiences. When you have a good brand running, you don't want to spoil it by SWITCHING the feelings and experiences. You understand that your loyal customers are unique, and you don't really care if EVERYONE appreciates your brand. Customers buy your brand because they like it, which means they like the product itself plus the service experience. They don't buy the product because they want something else. People who want something else are buying other brands.

In real business, a company that switches the experience or degrades the product loses its loyal customers and doesn't gain new ones, because the people who want something else already use other brands.

These new political and scientific brands have no constant connections to products or services or agendas or beliefs or purposes. Over the last 50 years, the D and R political brands have traded belief sets several times. Their loyal CULT MEMBERS instantly follow every Github switch in philosophy and purpose, because CULT MEMBERS are not customers. They aren't buying the product to get good transportation or a good shave or good shoes or good repair service. They're sticking with the CULT because they're phaselocked. Membership is the only purpose, and switching is the CRITERION for membership. Sucker filter. Cult members are EXPLICITLY selected by their ability to adhere instantly and ferociously to a RAPIDLY SHIFTING and INCOMPREHENSIBLY CRAZY narrative.

In earlier eras political parties were real brands that provided real products to unique sets of customers. Supporting D gave the factory worker more winks and nods from police, and more government jobs. Supporting R gave the banker more winks and nods from auditors, and better access to government funds. Each brand had its own services and its own customers.

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  Possible but unlikely

Not gonna call this AI point-missing, though it's sort of halfway there.
Have you ever looked desperately for something—your passport perhaps—and then found, half an hour later, that it was right in front of you all the time? Inconspicuous but not really invisible? “Hiding in plain sight,” as the saying goes. It happens to everyone. We wonder why we didn’t find it before.
Now some researchers think they've found the reason, in an occasional form of resonance in the brain.

Seems unlikely. It might be possible to prove the correlation by experiment, but that still wouldn't explain why these particular resonances occur. It just kicks the purpose back by a notch.

The pattern is well known and well described. It's not just happening to find the hiding object. In this pattern you find the object when you're looking for something else. The pattern was called McGumper's Law. Poe mentioned it in the Imp of the Perverse. It was also discussed in some popular books about Zen, though I don't think it's really the basis of Zen.

Think of it as separate modes, separate mental spaces.

You've been looking for the passport for an hour, staying in the same focus, with the same parts of the brain activated. Then you forget about it and later start looking for your keys. You're now comparing reality with a different template, one that has keys in the foreground. The passport's interaction with the search template is different, so sometimes (not always!) it has a better chance of being seen.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020
  Amazing service

Another Census Bureau article by Commerford Martin, another interesting insight.

In 1907, discussing how farmers use telephones.
If a horse falls sick or a valuable cow is in danger, a veterinarian is called and is at the farm in half the time needed before the days of the telephone. If a farm machine breaks down, by the aid of the telephone and the trolley express, or, in case of small parts, the rural free delivery, the broken part can be obtained in a few hours and work go on as before. In some parts of the country where horse stealing has been more or less prevalent, the rural telephone has come very near to putting an end to this form of theft, because a man who has lost his horse immediately telephones to the central exchange, which notifies all of the farmers in the district to look out for such a horse.
Trolley express? Did interurbans serve farm areas well enough to provide freight delivery?



Yes. The interurban network connected most small towns in 1907, but Trolley Express was something special. Trolley Express trucks could use the trolley wires when in town, recharging their batteries while running, then drive away from the wires in the country and run on the charge.
On the social side of life the telephone on the farm plays an important part. In many parts of the country at a certain prearranged signal, such as two long rings, everyone on the farm lines goes to the telephones, and when central is assured that practically everybody is on the line it reads out any important matters of general news which may have come in during the day, and also gives out the weather report. It is, indeed, very common for the weather report, as soon as received, perhaps about 10 in the morning, to be repeated to all the subscribers on farm lines.

From a social standpoint this practice, by which the farmers, many of them separated by considerable distances from their neighbors and from the nearest towns, are kept in touch with the everyday happenings of the world, is of incalculable benefit. In this way throughout large stretches of the country the farmer is better informed as to the events of the day than the busy city resident whose reading of the morning paper consists of a glance at the headlines over his coffee.
Interactive social media. Better than broadcast, better than Facebook. The rural phone operator was providing vastly more service than any modern AI system. She knew the customers, knew when to switch into 'broadcast' mode, knew what information the customers needed.

Telephone service was expensive, but it was worth it. Unfortunately it remained overly expensive in later decades, after the service aspect was gone.

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  They never learn

American Radio Library has added a section for a radio trade journal that lasted only a few years around 1960.

Their brief description says it all succinctly:
Radio industry trade magazine which attempted to focus only on radio when other magazines were adding content about television. Apparently ceased publication following October-November 1961 edition.
The radio industry and the auto industry made the same mistake around 1958. Both decided to stop selling to adults and start selling to yoots. Radio shifted from drama and soap operas** and serious music and serious commentary to all Rock And Roll all the time. The auto industry (except Nash) stopped making practical economical durable cars and shifted to LOOOOOOOOOOOW LOOOOOOOOOOOONG POOOOOOOOOOOOOOWERFUL dick prostheses. Cars no longer carried a family, they simply did 0-60 in 0 seconds.

This short-lived trade journal shows the failure in its pages. The marketing side of radio was paying NO attention to the needs of working men and housewives who had been enjoying soap operas and other dramas, along with a mix of serious and pop music. All drama and serious music and intelligent discussion was gone by 1961. Nothing but Rock Rock Rock Around The Clock.

Adults still wanted to use radio as a pleasant background and distraction for work and chores, but adults were no longer COOL.

Adults still wanted a practical car that would last a long time and carry them from point A to point B in comfort, but adults were no longer COOL.

Maximum noise and maximum acceleration were COOL, so all advertisers and industries created noise and acceleration.

And then both industries were SHOCKED SHOCKED SHOCKED to find that they were going bankrupt. They had rejected the loyal customers who liked their products and HAD MONEY TO PAY for their products. Both industries went whoring after COOL people who were by definition disloyal and rebellious and didn't have much money.

Now the media and sports industries are SHOCKED SHOCKED SHOCKED yet again to find that PUNCHING loyal customers in the face REPEATEDLY, and attracting disloyal rebellious COOL people without money, is not the ideal way to make money.

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** Irrelevant footnote: Soap operas weren't just for women. I can think of two specific counterexamples. Both were after the loss of radio soap opera, but both were using the TV as radio, not looking at the picture. Mr Bishop, the principal of Manhattan High, had a TV in his office and always turned it on for the soaps. Once Mr Ohm, the physics teacher, borrowed the TV so the class could watch a rocket launch. Mr Bishop came in and reclaimed the TV. He couldn't miss his stories. And much later, my favorite barber in Enid always listened to soaps while he worked. So I suspect the habit was more widespread than you might think. Most workplaces would allow radio but not TV for EXTREMELY GOOD REASONS. If soaps had continued on radio, they would have continued to reach a wider audience.
 
  I learned something!

Looking for old info on coherers, ran into a US Census publication from the magic year of 1906. The Census bureau wrote a splendidly informative article on the present condition of electricity and electronics, getting everything right and describing everything with crystal clarity. As expected, the publication also included lots of tables and maps of employment, sales, etc.

Another section described an industry I'd never heard of!

The Shoddy Industry.
There is, perhaps, no article produced in manufacture, no article used in manufacture, and no article in common use, that bears a reputation more undeserved than does shoddy. Its very name is a synonym for pretense and fraud. To the popular mind goods containing shoddy are not merely destitute of wearing quality, but are suggestive of the unwholesome secondhand clothing shop, and inspire one with apprehension lest the fabric should communicate loathsome disease to the wearer of apparel in which there is this substance of ill repute. All this is unwarranted by the facts, as all are aware who understand the shoddy process, the method of making use of shoddy, and the benefits which the use of it confers upon the user. It is not the case, as is too commonly supposed, that a garment — or the cloth which is made into a garment — is or can be composed wholly of shoddy. New wool or animal hair is always the basis of the yarn and a certain amount of shoddy is mixed with it on the card.
Substance of ill repute is a brilliant phrase for an important insight. Our entire nation is now devoted to wiping out substances of ill repute. Witch powders and the witches who spread witch powders.

Now we only know the ill repute of Shoddy, and never realize we're insulting a whole branch of industry that employed ordinary people making useful products in an EFFICIENT way, RECYCLING resources that otherwise would have been trashed.

In 1906 government experts were engaged in telling the truth CLEARLY, and more importantly they saw their job as DEFENDING honest productive work. They provided VALUABLE INFORMATION in the sense that you could LEARN SOMETHING NEW AND USEFUL by reading their articles.

Now government experts tell nothing but vicious lies, and they see their job as DESTROYING honest work and STEALING honest labor and KILLING honest workers. Experts provide negative information. When you read the spewings of experts, real data is RIPPED out of your brain and replaced by demonic monsters.

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Credit footnote: The section on electricity was written by Expert Special Agent Commerford Martin, and Shoddy was written by Expert Special Agent Edward Stanwood.

Non-barking footnote: Martin's article dives into full and clear detail about every imaginable type of electrical equipment, from telephones to coherers to industrial motors to cookstoves. How they're made, how they could be made better, how they affect the people who make and use them. But Martin DOESN'T mention the one device that was developed IN THE CENSUS BUREAU in 1890, a device that had already been used BY THE CENSUS BUREAU for 16 years to tabulate data, including the data in Martin's article. This device had already spread beyond the Census, spawning a moderate-sized industry by 1906. Apparently this one device didn't seem especially important at the time!

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  Thanks Ralph 136, double negative edition

A lesson from previous crazy times when inquisitors and witch hunters were in total control.

When NOBODY is doing the right thing, you have to look for good results from bad actions. Emerson.

The statue-pullers and rioters are doing a lot of damage to property, but they're also weakening some of the foundations of globalism. The wokeites are weakening the power of theories in academia, which is a purely good thing. Math that serves "social justice" is annoying, but it's a lot closer to Real World Math than the existing paradigm of math serving only the abstract mathematicians.

Here's an example I hadn't heard of before.
It is the work of a music theorist to identify the building blocks of music, such as melody, harmony, and rhythm, and to reveal their organizational principles. As teachers, we seek to illuminate the mysteries behind how great works of art are composed, so others might use those tools to find their own artistic voices. As analysts, we look for patterns in music and seek to interpret their meanings for a fuller, more nuanced understanding of musical works.

Both identity and politics have played major roles in musical expression throughout history, but “identity politics” in the music theory field today is not about revealing how they are communicated in the music. Instead, it has become a belief that there is a fixed amount of intellectual space in the music theory world, and that fixed space has too many white males in it. It is a belief that the only way to achieve equity in music theory is to silence not just “problematic” voices but to diminish entire “problematic” modes of thinking. This is a false and immoral belief.
Music theory has never helped anyone to "find their own artistic voices". The only way to find your voice is to USE it, ideally with guidance from an experienced trainer. Music theory, like ALL THEORY, has corrupted art and science. If the woke version of music theory eliminates the funding for this totally useless fake "discipline", it will do some good in a double-negative way.

EXPERIENCE SURVIVES. THEORY KILLS.

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  First vaguely allegedly "firm" action by a "court"

The Michigan supreme "court" has finally given an allegedly FIRM ruling to Demon Whitmer, ORDERING her to stop the holocaust IMMEDIATELY.

So far every single alleged counterforce has completely failed to act. Didn't even try, didn't even make tiny inaudible whispers of disapproval. "Courts" and "legislatures" have completely joined the holocaust. Everyone is on Satan's side, in the usual Robust Debate form. All discussions are auctions to bid up the killcount. All pluponents, no opponents.

This is the first nominal "opposition" by a "court" that would normally be obeyed by governors in a sane world.

It will be slightly interesting to see how Demon Whitmer will circumvent the "ruling". She doesn't need to do anything about it, since the supreme "court" can't order the National Guard to execute her. She just needs to continue killing and killing and killing and killing and orgasming and orgasming and orgasming. This is the best time in history for psychopaths.

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Oct 14 update: Here's the workaround. Demon Whitmer handed off the rules to the state OSHA, thus forcing the "court" process to start over again. Nazi holocausters like to maintain a veneer of "legality", though it's really not needed.

There's only one cure for a psychopath.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
  More normal life, more envy

Lukashenko touring farms and food processing plants.



Needless to say, everyone is normal. No Chinese distancing, no murder masks. Belarus tractors make a cameo appearance. As usual the older folks seem to appreciate his presence more than the youngsters.

Lukashenko says roughly: If we had people of this quality in Minsk, the country would be in better shape.

Minsk is where the Sorosian demons are attempting Anschluss, trying to bring Belarus into the holocaust. So far they're not gaining any meaningful progress.

A comparison struck me. Belarus is about the same size and population as the state of Washington. Can you imagine Mad Bomber Inslee touring farms? Can you imagine farmers appreciating his presence? Can you imagine him saying "If only we had more people like this in Seattle, we'd be okay."

I can imagine Culp saying it, and in fact he does say similar things.
 
  Good test question for design vs evolution

Wasting time on Quora again. Most questions are idiotic partisan shit. Occasionally there's a thoughtful one.

How is it possible that there are so many medicinal and generally helpful plants for humans and animals to use? Why are there so many?

It's true that many plants are good food and good medicine. We've neglected a lot of the good medicine, which older cultures understood in detail.

It's also true that animals, including humans, have a specialized hunger for the foods that are good. We've diverted this hunger into processed and manufactured foods, but it's still there after you break some of the commercially induced habits.

What's not obvious at all is the reason. Neither evolution nor design works as an explanation. Some animals are EXTREMELY specific about their ONE necessary food source. Others, including humans, have a wider variety of needs and more flexibility.

Evolution should make all animals fairly adaptable, if not universally adaptable. Design should make all animals precisely synced with their food source. Reality is far more varied.

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  Why was recharging so late?

Another 'path not taken' question. Why did it take so long for rechargeable batteries to become common in ordinary devices?

The first practical batteries were refillable wet cells. They could be recharged, but typically weren't, because the batteries were invented before practical generators were available and LONG before mains power was available. They would provide a reliable voltage until the electrolyte was reacted out. The electrolyte could then be drained and refreshed without replacing the entire battery.



Dry cells weren't commercially available until 1890 or so. Early tube radios could use both kinds. Philco made these attractive wet batteries, remarkably similar in form to those 1840 Leclanche cells:



Wet cells disappeared fast, and portable or farm radios used only dry cells from 1930 on. Most radios switched to mains power. Cars, of course, have always used wet batteries.

Many portable radios had dual-mode AC or battery, and one portable radio was advertised as recharging its own dry cells.



Recharging carbon-zinc dry cells was sort of halfway possible. Rechargers were available. I owned one in the '60s. Recharging only worked a few times and degraded the battery fast, so it really wasn't worth the trouble. You gained a few days of extra use.

Why didn't Philco improve the nickel-iron wet cell to make it more practical for portable devices like power tools? Recharging didn't really take off until the lithium dry cell came along.

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Correction: I've been calling those early wet batteries Leclanche. There were several named types of wet cell, notably Daniell. Leclanche was the first of the dry carbon-zinc cells.
 
Monday, October 12, 2020
  A real scientist/politician

Modern fuckheads demand more "scientists" as politicians. What they mean by "scientist", of course, is a satanic demon devoted to obliterating the universe.

Were there any REAL scientists in politics, back when science meant exploring and observing reality? The most obvious example was Ben Franklin, who sold his print shop to devote his life to experimenting with electricity.

After Franklin, not much. Here's one semi-pro scientist: James Hartness, elected governor of Vermont exactly 100 years ago.

His telescope was featured in one of Gernsback's publications in 1921.



A diagram view:



The telescope was designed to maintain outside air temperature in the barrel, while letting Hartness live and work in comfort. Clever way to avoid thermal waves and inversions in the air.

[The observatory is still there and is maintained as a museum.]

Hartness gained wealth as head of Jones and Lamson Machine Works. He was a prolific inventor and patenter, who enjoyed both astronomy and aviation. As governor he pushed to advance Vermont's industries.

What did Hartness think about the role of education?
There is no special background of education needed to undertake an intelligent study of astronomy in a human way; merely a capacity to appreciate and to make comparisons between things of tremendous magnitude and things that matter little. I was talking of astronomy to a young man whom I met on a train recently. I tried to make clear to him its wonderful interest and its thrilling possibilities, even for a layman. He listened to me, then said: “Well, if that's astronomy, they fooled me badly when I was studying it in school! My book on astronomy had a lot of funny diagrams, and hazy pictures of stars with long names and some problems in spherical trigonometry. I hated it!" Many schools approach the teaching of astronomy from the wrong direction. Looking at a picture of a star bears about the same relation to seeing the star itself through a telescope as looking at a friend's picture bears to having the friend beside you, talking to you.
Sounds familiar.

Look about you.
Take hold of the things that are here.
Talk to them.
Let them talk to you.

Did Hartness implement this attitude in Vermont's schools? Probably not. Brief accounts emphasize his push for industries and don't mention education.

After Hartness, maybe you could count Barry Goldwater, another rich semi-pro who loved technology; but Barry didn't invent and develop scientific instruments.


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The idea of counting Goldwater led sideways to another counting. Barry was unquestionably Jewish, but he's never counted as Jewish. He was nominally Episcopal, but clearly thought of himself as a Jew and often called himself Jewish. This list of Jewish presidential candidates skips him while including other ambiguous nominals. It describes Marianne Williamson as "raised in a Jewish family".

One overall pattern stands out in that list. Before 1946, religion and ethnicity didn't matter as much. There were several Jewish governors of Western states before 1946, none after. There were also several Hispanic and Native governors and senators, who are never counted in today's lists. Charles Curtis, a Kansa chief, was Vice President. He's memoryholed. The same goes for disability. See FDR. Black scientists? See Carver, for Christ's sake. Black business owners and doctors and teachers? Vastly more common before 1946.

The modern diversitarians create divisions and prejudices and obstacles by forcing people to FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS on the divisions. This is their sole purpose. Diversitarians EMPHATICALLY DO NOT WANT to advance opportunities for their special groups. They want to create chaos and war.

Later addition: Magufuli, president of Tanzania and THE ONLY PRO-SCIENCE LEADER IN THE WHOLE FUCKING WORLD, also started out as a professional scientist. He was trained as a chemist, then worked as a chemist for 10 years before turning to politics. When the satanists want scientists in politics, they emphatically and diametrically DO NOT WANT real scientists like Magufuli who use REAL SCIENCE to precisely disprove and falsify the fake "science" of the holocaust.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020
  Vaguely interesting but irrelevant

The World Health Organization now agrees with real science, after 9 months of agreeing with psychopaths.
Dr David Nabarro, the WHO's Special Envoy on Covid-19, tells Andrew Neil: 'We really do appeal to all world leaders: stop using lockdown as your primary control method'.
Will this change anything? No. The demons used WHO as the weapon of "science" when WHO agreed with the demons. Now that WHO disagrees with the demons, they will find another "science" weapon.

Youtube and Facebook will continue censoring "skeptics" who disagree with WHO, even though WHO now disagrees with WHO. (There isn't any serious censorship anyway. Fake issue. Real info is easily available for people who want to read it. The problem is that the demonic rulers don't read or use information.)

From the fucking start, the actual numbers published by WHO and CDC have always agreed with reality and disagreed with WHO and CDC's actions and recommendations. From the fucking start, the published data has shown with perfect clarity that the deaths attributed to the "virus" were not added deaths. People who were already dying might choose to die of this "virus" instead of something else. It's a brand preference, nothing more. People who are not already dying have zero risk from this "virus", if in fact there is a "virus".

The existence of the "virus" is arguable, but the NONexistence of an epidemic has never been in the slightest doubt. Observed reality and the published numbers have always agreed that this is NOT an epidemic.

Now the official recommendations of WHO finally agree with WHO's numbers, after millions of lives have been permanently ruined by WHO's recommendations. Millions will continue to die, because demons don't use facts. Demons will simply ignore the recommendation, as they have ignored everything else except their own burning need to destroy the universe.

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And just a repeated reminder: After 9 months of holocaust, we STILL DON'T KNOW ANYTHING AT ALL about the blackmail threats, or the channels and methods that synchronized all the demons on March 1 (lockdowns) and June 23 (murder masks). A couple of accidental hot-mic moments have revealed the precisely synchronized ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS of the demons, but not the communication channels or the carrots and sticks. The organizations that promised to open the secrets turned out to be fakers.

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A few days later: WHO is doubling down on real science, publishing and endorsing Ioannidis. Simultaneously, most of Europe is going into hyperholocaust mode, shutting everything down in direct contradiction to the alleged new "attitude" of WHO. The only possible explanation is that WHO is being flipped into an Official Orange Witch Enemy Counterauthority, and some other organization, not yet evident, will quickly take over as Sole Sacred Authority. There's no way a demon like WHO could simply decide to follow reality.

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  Bekesy was right as usual

Via Eurekalert, a "new" "discovery" of something that Bekesy already discovered.
Rayleigh waves are created by impact between objects and are commonly thought to travel only along surfaces. The team discovered that, when it comes to touch, the waves also travel through layers of skin and bone and are picked up by the body's touch receptor cells.

Using mathematical modelling of these touch receptors the researchers showed how the receptors were located at depths that allowed them to respond to Rayleigh waves. The interaction of these receptors with the Rayleigh waves will vary across species, but the ratio of receptor depth vs wavelength remains the same, enabling the universal law to be defined.
Why would you assume that mechanical waves travel only on surfaces? When the substance is elastic, waves can travel through its interior. Skin and muscles are elastic. Tsunamis travel on the surface of oceans because water is not elastic.

The wavelength relationship also should have been unsurprising. Tonotopic 'harps' and 'keyboards' are universal in vision and hearing. Each relevant wavelength has its own set of receptors and analyzers.

Still, it's good to see actual verification of Bekesy, yet again. Bekesy experimented with all the senses. Most research has always focused on vision, with some attention to hearing. Touch and smell are rarely explored, and the 'extra' senses for magnetic and static fields aren't even recognized.


The accompanying video is EXCELLENT. Professionally made, with clear narration and a good mix of real scenes and animations. Most research of this type includes a raw video of the experiment or phenomenon, which is interesting for neurology nerds like me. This is the first time I've seen a professional production aimed at ordinary people.
 
  Reprint on Anticipation

I was going to link this 2017 item in the previous rant about stories and anticipation and purpose. Instead, I'll reprint it.

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Deutsche Welle, normally more Soros than Soros, has a remarkably objective article on Wilders and populism. Objective except for this.....
The number of asylum seekers to the Netherlands dropped by nearly a half last year to about 30,000, in part due to an EU refugee deal with Turkey and the closure of the Balkan route used by migrants to reach Europe.

The latest influx of migrants - mainly from the Middle East and Africa - accounts for only a small fraction of the non-Western population in the country. This suggests that the backlash against immigration is not only about new arrivals.
This is a constant misunderstanding, even by good objective analysts. Common in discussions of regular crime, now appearing again in migrant crime. Analysts assume that people who are currently besieged by a problem must be the most strongly opposed to the problem. Life doesn't work that way.

Who wants the harshest punishments for criminals? Who wants the biggest walls against migrants?

Not people who have never been exposed to crime. If you've always lived in good neighborhoods or had private security services, you don't know what criminals are.

Not people who live in permanently crime-ridden neighborhoods. They've given up.

Harshites are people who ESCAPED from bad neighborhoods, and now see their blessed escape zone turning bad. People who used to be involved in crime and got out.

Life is all about anticipation. Life is about the future. Everything we do and think and feel involves a HUGE helping of anticipation. We understand speech and writing, and we appreciate music, because we're forming templates several phrases ahead of the speaker. We walk and drive by anticipation of future steps and streets. We reproduce and work and plan and save because we are looking at the future for ourselves or our descendants.

If you've never experienced X you can't anticipate X, so you can't spot the initial signs of X creeping into your life. If you've always been flooded with X, anticipation is pointless. You can't see a life without X.

Comrade O'Brien and his followers, and the Innovative Disrupters of the tech-tyrant world, are killers. Anticipation depends on a PERMANENT or at least slowly-changing baseline. When the cultural baseline is constant, we have infinitely detailed templates for every aspect of life, enabling us to get along on sparse perception and minimal conscious thought. We have space and energy for more interesting thoughts or pursuits. When Soros and Bezos yank the ground from under us 100 times in every step, we have to devote ALL our energy and perception to basic survival.

Permanent morality and slow-changing technology are like a savings account. Sorosian picosecond change is like hopeless debt. Needless to say, Soros hasn't missed this analogy; eliminating savings and burning cash are major parts of his omnicide project.

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