Exactly dated prediction
Reading old Collectible Auto as usual while eating. In the Aug 1996 issue, this feature caught my eye. The car is completely uninteresting, but the text mentions politics and makes a specific prediction that can be checked today. CA wisely avoids partisan crap, and rarely mentions politics except for repeating the conventional nonsense about Henry Ford.As for appreciation, forget it. This car will still be depreciating when Bill Clinton's fourth successor is in office.
Well? Clinton's fourth successor is in office exactly now. 1 Bush Jr, 2 Obama, 3 Trump, 4 Biden.
How did the prediction hold up?
From Hemmings price guide:
Prices for 1990 Oldsmobile Toronado
The average asking price is: $7,998.50
The highest asking price is: $8,000.00
The lowest asking price is: $7,997.00
Yup. In '96 the highest price was 10k. Inflation would have made it 16k this year. Now the only price is 8k, half of what the inflated '96 value would be.
¶ 6:34 AM
Friday, January 22, 2021
Zuhlsdorf's mysterious missionZuhlsdorf is setting out on a new mission, which is somewhat mysterious.
There are only a few publicly visible writers who have an unyielding unflinching HARDASS understanding of HARDASS reality. Zuhlsdorf is one. McAfee, for all his Bitcoin nonsense, is another. Edward Curtin and Joseph Pearce are in the same category, though more specialized.
I started reading Zuhlsdorf occasionally when he was discussing Latin vs English. He GETS language, and especially the role of grammar in building mental spaces.
Then he showed a total understanding of the "both sides" game, and gained the skills and technology for REAL alt media by acquiring a ham license.
I hadn't read him in a while. Now, unsurprisingly, he GETS the "virus" holocaust.
His new mission is inchoate and not fully established, but after three unique exhibitions of total understanding, I'm inclined to trust his intentions and help concretely.
Equipoise. Pay for value, pray for value.
Decided to look it up.Why do we put the $ before the numbers?
This question popped up on Quora. It's something I've often wondered about but never took the time to look it up. Now I've taken the time, and I know part of the answer. There are lots of discussions in various forums, but all seem to be conjectures and guesses.
In the 1812 ledgers from the Missoury Fur Company, the ledger entries have the letter P or S after the number, represented within the column by ditto marks, but the sum on each column (here a sum carried forward) has the Pesos symbol in front of the amount:
The use of specific symbols is relatively recent. According to wiki, the pound sign seems to have started in the 1600s.
The earliest preserved English ledger is the pipe rolls of Lancashire in the 1100s. One item with the translation and explanation, from a 1902 book:
Idem vicecomes reddit Compotum de lxvj. li. et xiij. s. et iiij.d .
de Communi Assisa Comitatus de Lancastra, pro defaltis et miseri cordiis. In thesauro lxj .li . et viij . d . Et debet c. et xij . s. et viij . d .
The Sheriff renders an account of £66 13s . 4d ., arising from a general Assize of the County of Lancaster, for defaults and amercements, whereby it appears that this sum was not the result of an Eyre of the Justices, but was a composition or general fine, assessed by competent persons, to discharge the
county from liability on account of various negligences, purprestures and trespasses within the widely extended forest lands of Lancaster. The Sheriff paid £61 Os . 8d . into the Exchequer and owed £5 12s. 8d . on balance.
Translating only the numbers:
lxvj. li. et xiij. s. et iiij.d.
66 li. and 13 s. and 4 d.
Li = libri or pounds, s = solidi or shillings, d = denarii or pence.
Pure conjecture: The £ symbol might have arisen, or become popular, to avoid reading li as 51? S and D wouldn't have been confusing, so they didn't need substitutes. (D means 500, but it was very rarely used.) BUT: Any confusion seems unlikely, since humans are extremely good at 'code-shifting', and bookkeepers have especially well-trained bimetral symbol vision.
At that time all of the units were simple abbreviations, not symbols, and all were after the numbers just as in speech, both English and Latin. (Some adjectives and articles were after the noun in Latin, but numbers were before the noun.)
This book of Worcestershire county records comes close to pinning down the transition point, which agrees with the mention in Wikipedia.
These two passages from English court documents were recorded and 'transliterated' by the same author.
Records are continuous and dense between these two years, but items with money amounts are sparse. I couldn't find a closer pair with money. In 1591 the units are all abbreviations, and Latin phrases are vestigial. In 1616 the whole text is English and pounds are £.
The author doesn't discuss terminology, so we can't see WHY the change happened, only WHEN. Presumably we can trust that he was consistent.
Incidentally, many of the items in these records read just like modern police blotters. OCD Karens complaining about trivial violations of etiquette, drunks doing what drunks always do. The one I quoted from 1616 shows that privately run prisons haven't changed in 400 years.
Linguistic sidenote: England was under Roman rule from about 50 AD to 400 AD. By 1100 the Romans had been gone for 700 years, but the ruling class was still writing in Latin. That's impressive permanence and persistence. Advantage: You don't need explicit encryption or secrecy when the commoners can't read or understand what the rulers are saying among themselves. Question: Were there commoners who quietly learned how to read and understand Latin, and used the skill to help other commoners prepare for the next psychopathic STOMP from the insane rulers? Vicilici?
No longer anonymous!
I've been loving and appreciating and advertising the anonymous and PERFECT musicians who worked for Transco Syndication. Tonight I was looking for an alternate rendition of one of their masterpieces, heard in this episode of Can You Imagine That. The first item that popped up in Youtube:
Here they are!
The Transco Chorale! The same group (I think) was heard more intensely in Down Our Way.This Youtube channel has dozens of numbers by the Chorale, including all the pieces I've heard within various episodes. Unfortunately the individual singers are still anonymous. The web doesn't seem to contain any further information. 'Transco' is a generic company name used by hundreds of more recent businesses, drowning out possible older references. The real Transco is mentioned a few times in broadcasting business journals of the '30s, but those don't discuss the music.
Community is self-sustaining when permitted
KSHS has a brief burst of activity again. They feature some pictures from Elk Falls, taken around 1890. A mill was built on the falls, which was already decrepit and abandoned at the time of the pictures. So the town never had a serious central industry.
Elk Falls is in the SE part of the state around Coffeyville. The town was never large, but in 1920 it had a newspaper:
Pop 271, weekly paper with circulation of 250. Enough to keep a business going. Before we burdened businesses with infinite compliance requirements and huge "health" "care" costs, a tiny town could support a variety of skills profitably.
Is anything left? Not much, but still more or less running and more or less maintained.
Googlestreet starts with a bonus '50 Buick plus two auxiliary Yugos, parked by a building that might have been a bar at one time:
Here's the rest of the business district, with PO and one active store. Note the wide sidewalk, typical of small towns.
Across from downtown is the city park, with a restroom that also seems to be maintained:
There are several other portapotties scattered around town. Maybe for migrants?
And in the leafy suburbs, the sidewalks continue. Streets are mowed and maintained, and there are trash bins out for collection. This corner shows an interesting remnant of a grand traffic circle, and a courageous local citizen who seems to recognize that the camera is the Eye of Satan.
Graybill doesn't apply to dogs. They continue doing their jobs and using their skills regardless of offshoring and mandates.
Later: The original town map shows a circle in the middle of a theoretical market square:
but it's not quite the same location. I was probably misreading an intersection of sidewalks, deluded by the mower's circular path. The local citizen wasn't deluded. He knows Satan when he sees it.
Fussy semantic quibble about digital vs analog
The basic D vs A opposition is almost always misleading. It doesn't match the real distinction between ways of thinking.
Strictly, digital simply means on/off, and analog simply means continuous. Integer vs rational.
BUT: Many familiar digital and analog systems are a complete mix of the two modes.
Example 1: A light switch is strictly digital. It's designed to be either perfectly conducting or perfectly insulating, with as little time as possible between the two extremes. But it controls a light bulb which is strictly analog. An incandescent bulb starts to glow as soon as any current flows, and its light output rises smoothly (but not linearly) with increasing current. An LED lamp is mostly analog, with an area of zero conduction near zero voltage. Fluorescent is closer to digital, requiring a high initial voltage to start, but still varies with voltage after it starts.
Example 2: A thermostat on a heating system or electric stove is an analog knob or slider, controlling the pulse width of a strictly digital system. The burner itself is either all on or all off.
The important distinction is not on/off vs gradual.
The real distinction is digital software versus all other types of systems.
Digital software operates in a series of discrete snapshots of time, and operates in only one direction. There is never any actual feedback in a software system, and there is never any actual motion. Software CANNOT represent reality no matter how fast or powerful the CPU, no matter how many cores or threads are running in parallel. The boundary is perfectly unbridgeable.
It's hard to express this distinction accurately because the precise wording is syntactically clumsy.
So: When I say digital, I mean software, and when I say analog, I mean non-software, which generally includes both on/off and gradual elements.
Reviewing fluidic computersThinking about the natural basis of calculus reminded me of the Lukyanov fluidic computer, which reminded me that I've featured several fluidic computers this year.
First and most elegant, the Willson automatic buoy. Willson used nothing but natural forces, placed in constant and elegant equipoise. Water pressure counterbalanced acetylene pressure, with the rate of change supplied by combustion.
Next was the Dalen sun valve, using the heat of sunlight to control the flow of acetylene.
Willson and Dalen were practically useful and lifesaving beacons, tied to the Trinity House theme. They represented the original meaning of artificial intelligence, a self-sustaining machine with lifelike properties helping to solve human problems.
The most beautiful and mysterious is the Ridhwan water clock, which used a true fluidic computer to control a series of doors and bells and birds and pointers and lamps.
A medieval night clock used the combustion of oil by a flame versus gravity to count hours and signal end of work, without any mechanism at all.
The Gabry flame clock used combustion versus oil pressure to drive a mechanical pointer.
The Tiffereau water clock used water flow in equipoise to 'tick' a full-fledged clock escapement.
And finally the Lukyanov, a genuine analog computer using nothing but water flow for logic and calculation.
All of these devices are infinitely closer to the natural use of calculus than the lookup tables in books or silicon.
Calculus is more natural than arithmetic
The position of math in the universe has been a constant pointless dispute among "philosophers", and it's still an active pointless discussion among tech-monster types and Intelligent Design types.
Plato and Aristotle staked out the two sides, which haven't changed and haven't settled the issue in 2000 years. A question that can't be settled isn't a real question. It's just a way for "philosophers" to justify their grants.
A possibly more fruitful subdispute arises in math teacher circles, as well as the AI and ID types.
Is calculus more important than arithmetic?
My teacherly position is that the fine details of calculus are only needed by engineers, and even engineers don't really carry on the type of thinking that happens in a calculus class. They just use lookup tables for the results of specific equations, and multiply the results by constants as appropriate. Before computers the lookup tables were paper, now they're silicon. Same thing.
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Here's a somewhat fresh thought, based more on neurology than teaching.
Integrals and derivatives are basic and universal parts of life. Arithmetic is NOT a basic part of life. Arithmetic is an overlaid skill invented late in history by humans.
Every neuron is a derivative. We process only changes, not constants. As the signal moves up through higher layers in the ganglia and cortex, it is differentiated several more times. Some feature detectors respond to linear upsweeps in frequency. Second derivative. Others respond only to accelerated upsweeps. Third derivative.
Many neurons are also integrators. They pick up changes from a network of input dendrites, and sum up the total of the changes over time. Some of the changes are additive (excitatory), some subtractive (inhibitory). The neuron will typically emit a series of pulses when its integral reaches a threshold set by yet another field of inputs. These pulses may feed into higher-level integrators that sum up the readings from the first layer.
And the whole system is a constantly running infinite set of balanced equations. Negative feedback balances or counteracts inputs to maintain a steady state of temperature or muscle tension or anxiety or weight.
By contrast, simple arithmetic is rare in the nervous system. There are a few integrators specialized as counters, but there's no explicit addition or multiplication of counting numbers.
Hartness to Mont-gros, back to Hartness.
When I don't understand how something works, I build it. With electronic stuff I can build the real thing using tubes and transistors and capacitors and so on. With mechanical stuff I don't have the needed skills or tools or workspace, so I have to "build" it and animate it digitally.
I had previously focused on the Altitude-Azimuth way of reaching all available angles. When I read about the Hartness scope, I realized there were other systems. The Hartness scope itself was a mystery, so I followed his discussions and started with the two other equatorial scopes.
Rehashing the relevant parts of the Mont-gros item:= = = = = START REPRINT:
This bit of graphics started from thinking about James Hartness, the semi-pro astronomer who became governor of Vermont in the '20s. Hartness invented a specialized form of telescope that enabled him to stay comfortably inside, without having to pivot around with the end of the scope.
I didn't understand how this worked, so I started looking it up. Turns out he didn't invent it. The system is called the Equatorial coudé or bent equatorial, and it was invented by Maurice Loewy in 1871. Loewy was a detail-oriented astronomer who spent his career compiling and editing tables and books of star locations and star photographs. Hartness himself, writing about his variation on Loewy, gave proper credit to Loewy. The claim of invention was only in popular magazine features about the telescope.
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But why was it needed and how did it work?
One of the best known coudé scopes was at Mont-gros, an observatory in Monaco.
Here's the real Mont-gros around 1890:
My abbreviated version represents only the three buildings at the right end of the overview. (The big central observatory has already been modeled in the realm of Google Sketchup, so I didn't need or want to duplicate it.)
From left, the Coupole Schmausser, the coudé, and a small building housing a sidereal transit.
The Coupole still exists.
As does the coudé.
This small building is no longer there, judging by various pix.
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The coudé was specialized from a more general Equatorial. The Equatorial reaches all parts of the sky in a peculiar way, unlike the more ordinary and understandable Altitude and Azimuth system. Here we run the Equatorial through all of its gyrations, with Happystar desperately trying to hold on and observe.
The coudé runs through the same pattern, reaching all angles of the sky, but it's bent (coudé) in the middle with two mirrors. The bend enables the eyepiece to remain in one place, so it can pass through a single weatherstripped hole in a wall without needing a rotating dome or a retractable cover. The astronomer can stay in one chair, comfortably heated or cooled, unhassled by birds or bugs, while the business end of the scope remains outside with no thermal differences to distort the air.
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Now I can finally return to the Hartness scope itself. He described its advantages and disadvantages clearly, but the mechanism still didn't look like it could even move. After studying his wonderfully clear patent, I finally grasped it well enough to animate it.
Here's an outer view of the mostly underground chamber:
And various inner views. The upper floor was the scope workspace, and the lower floor was for calculating and recording. The long tunnel leads back to the Hartness mansion.
Now animate, showing the two separate motions and the eyepiece wandering all over the place with Happystar hanging on and trying to observe:
After animating it, I can see the pros and cons, and it seems to me that the cons outweigh the pros. Hartness eliminated one of the two mirrors in the equatorial coudé, and expanded the range of available angles somewhat, but he lost the stable eyepiece. His version is certainly less mobile than the simple Altitude-Azimuth scope. The astronomer can stand in one small area, but he still has to move around and look up and down and sideways, in often uncomfortable or painful angles.
Hartness could have regained the perfectly still eyepiece while retaining the expanded range, by adding another mirror like this:
It's not clear why he didn't add this extra angle.
Checking in with the ONLY FREE COUNTRY
I've been occupied with wind and power outages, and haven't checked in with Tanzania lately. This video by Mark was two days ago. He's in Mwanza now, which is just as free as Dar es Salaam. As usual he wanders through streets and stores. Precisely zero muzzles, zero fear, zero panic, zero distancing. Just NORMAL FREE HAPPY PEOPLE, working and living a NORMAL FREE HAPPY LIFE, in a prosperous-looking city.
Eternal infinite super-blessings to Magufuli, the ONLY NON-DEMONIC RULER IN THE ENTIRE FUCKING WORLD and not coincidentally the ONLY TRUE SCIENTIST IN A POSITION OF POWER.
Let's Riberty! Let's Lushmore!Somehow I get the feeling that the Japs didn't enjoy being occupied by Yank troops in 1950. They gained a much more serious and meaningful revenge a few years later, by picking up all the industries and jobs we were suicidally discarding.
Helped by the record
I've been keeping this blog for 16 years, about 1/5 of my life. The near-daily record tends to keep me honest. I can't claim to have been "always right" or "always wrong" about any specific issue. There are a few exceptions, a few big things that I understood clearly almost from birth. Language and grammar, experiential education, constants and variables.
But most opinions have changed during these 16 years, and the record shows it.
This morning I decided to use the record to see when I clearly caught onto the Deepstate "both sides" game. The recognition feels fairly recent. Was it?
Answer: It was gradual. In 2005 I already knew the two-teams trick:
This has been obvious in any Internet forum for many years. Whether the subject is Mac vs PC, Windows vs Linux, Jesus vs Darwin, Universal Health Care vs Free Choice ... you name it, you'll find exactly two teams, and each team has a standard playbook of permitted opinions. As long as you stick to the playbook, you'll get cheers from your side and jeers from the other. But if you ask a deeper question, or (worst of all) favor side A for the wrong reasons, you'll be thrown out with remarkable alacrity and consonance.
But in 2005 I definitely DIDN'T SEE THE TRICK in the political realm. Just one illustration of hundreds:
The Red Cross is putting out some strange PSA ads. A dry-voiced feminist recites "I don't talk like you, I don't dress like you, I don't go to your church, .... but I will help you." Who is this appeal aimed at?
Other feminists? Academic multiculturalists? It ertainly isn't aimed at traditional-minded Americans, or males of any stripe. I lost all faith in the Red Cross two days after 9/11 anyway. On 9/12 I gave a substantial contribution, then the next day the local chapter REFUSED a contribution from a local rifle range (gun club), because the club had put a picture of Osama
on its paper targets. It was too late to stop my check, but I'll never give another penny to this pro-terrorist organization.
When did I start to see the "terrorism" fraud as just another two-sided stageplay? Hard to spot by keywords, but the first doubts showed in 2007. The 'Dubai port' thing helped me to see that Bush wasn't really fighting Saudi, but I still didn't see that fighting Saudi was a fraud. Using terrorist as a keyword, this 2009 item shows similar incipient doubts.
The strange 'buzzing' of New York by the substitute Air Force One may have been a really, really dumb mistake, but I don't buy it. In the first place, as everyone has noted, you don't need real planes to
"update your photos". Anyone familiar with graphics could create this picture digitally in a few minutes, if you wanted this picture.
And that's the first question: Why in the hell
would the gov't want this picture? How in the hell would a 9/11-style picture be part of your media publicity packet? What would the caption be? "Lookie here! We're still vulnerable! You can get away with another 9/11 easily!"
The second question: If it was just a photo-op, why was the fighter jet apparently trying to intercept the airliner? From what I've seen, the fighter looked fairly serious. I can't imagine the Air Force risking its aircraft and pilots on a just-for-fun gag shot.
This was either a real practice run (war game) or a real incident. Perhaps a pilot gone insane, rather than a real terrorist?
I wasn't able to stand back and see both teams on this question until I threw away the TV in 2010.
The point of inflection is shown clearly by a series of basic questions in 2011. From the first of the series:
Isn't it odd?
The whole point of the Enlightenment in religion and science was to trust your own logic and senses, and distrust the flat statements of the priesthood.
And who's Enlightened?
The Muslim world and the Soviet world are Enlightened. They understand from long experience that government lies 100% of the time. They want to see evidence that they can trust.
America's experience with 100% transparently false government is shorter, basically beginning in 1964 with the Warren Report. So the population of Enlightenment thinkers here is large but far from universal.
The American media, and the blind followers of the Parties, are pre-Enlightenment thinkers. Party members implicitly trust whatever My Party says and distrust what The Other Party says. Since the two Goldman Sachs "parties" create "fair and balanced debate" on only a few trivial and numerical points, the Party people end up trusting government on nearly all important questions, no matter how obviously absurd.
To the priesthood of media and government, Enlightenment thinkers are "conspiracists" or "paranoids" or "deniers" or "skeptics" or "truthers" or "birthers", who can be safely tossed overboard without a proper religious burial ceremony.
In those questions I finally stood back and saw the fraud.
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And I'm still unable to see both teams on 'color revolutions' like Brexit. I'm totally bamboozled until the revolution (and the country) is finished. I was fully on Boris's side until Brexit was fully consummated. He immediately started to follow Greta's Gaian genocide, then smoothly switched to the "virus" holocaust. That's when I saw that Brexit was meant to free Boris from EU constraints, not to free Britain from EU constraints.
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Why does this learning feel recent? The Skripal stageplay, though not especially important in itself, gave me a HUGE burst of learning in 2018. "Both" "sides" were starting from the assumption that a poison EXISTED. They were arguing over timelines and point of origin. Was the poison from Russia, or from the bioterrorism lab in the same city? Ockham orders us to eliminate all UNNECESSARY entities. The poison was an unnecessary entity. When you start from the assumption that no substance existed, the whole picture is perfectly clear and consistent. The only NECESSARY assumption is the FACT that the Skripals were employees of UK Deepstate. They were willing actors, not unwilling victims. Thus the entire thing was a stage production.
This Ockham learning helps to understand the current holocaust. There's no reason to assume that an actual microbe is involved. The entire picture makes vastly more sense from the viewpoint of branding and labeling. The deaths attributed to the "virus" are deaths that would have happened around now anyway, so the label doesn't change any facts and can't be logically traced by police procedures. Relabeling those deaths doesn't save or kill anyone. The "necessary" "measures" "to" "beat" "the" "virus" are doing all the killing. In order to prevent those inevitable deaths from being relabeled, we're killing everyone else. But we're NOT relabeling the inevitable deaths back to non-"virus", so we're not doing anything at all for those dead people, even symbolically. The deaths caused by lockdowns and loss of medical services and unemployment and despair and starvation and loss of immunity are NOT inevitable. These are actual new deaths.
Wonder if he'd regret....
Wandering through Gernsback magazines, found this from Feb 39.
Clearer picture from QST:
The tower was built as a rich man's toy by Frederick Smyth, who was NH governor just after Madman Lincoln's War. As governor Smyth was mainly concerned with trying to help the Union veterans.
WPA was planning to renovate the tower for use as local emergency communications center by hams. An unusual recognition of the importance of hams.
Did they finish the job? Yes. It took only six months, and the tower was used by the local club W1LVK until the war started. Then it was used for the same purpose by the city's official Civil Defense.
After the war the estate was turned into a VA hospital, appropriately following Smyth's main mission, and the tower was abandoned again. In '78 the VA was getting ready to demolish the tower, but it was preserved as a historical landmark through the efforts of the Smyth estate.
Wonder what Smyth would think now that the VA is a centerpoint of a "bioterrorism" war against the entire country? Well, since this "bioterrorism" war is a huge expansion of Madman Lincoln's genocide of Deplorables, and since the enemies are in Dixie again, maybe he'd approve.
[Sidenote: This tower is my kind of place. I'm going to 'build' one, which will provide an opportunity to 'build' some WW2 era electronics. I haven't done much in that decade yet.]
It's fashionable to say "I regret the things I didn't do, not the things I did."
I'm unfashionable. I mainly (but not entirely) regret stupid things I did. The potentially smart things I failed to do mostly turned out to be stupid in hindsight, or even in direct sight**.
Here's a nice pair of regretting action vs regretting inaction. The pairing is congruent in time and space, involving two 10th grade teachers whose rooms were adjacent.
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Mr Dickerson taught history. He was a highly competent teacher. He wanted us to discuss rationally, and he actively and consistently encouraged discussion.
Since 1975, all requests for "discussion" mean I GIVE THE COMMANDS. YOU BEND OVER AND OPEN YOUR ASSHOLE AND TAKE MY COMMANDS.
Not Mr Dickerson. He meant it. So I took him up on it, idiotically correcting his pronunciation of Nazi as Naxi. He took the criticism rationally, without flaring up. But I wasn't really arguing, and I didn't have anything MEANINGFUL to say at that point. I was just being an adolescent dickhead. Like most older men in 1965, Mr Dickerson had actually fought the Naxis, so he was entitled to call them whatever he wanted.
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In the next room, Miss Marley "taught" "English". She ruthlessly and rigorously enforced all the false and malicious grammarhoid "rules". And not just in class. When she heard us using "bad grammar" in casual discussions before class, she stormed over and "corrected" us.
These "corrections" always ended with YOU MUST SPEAK EK RIT LY. She carefully enunciated the three distinct syllables of EKRITLY, providing an example of EKRIT SPEECH to enlighten the unwashed masses.
I regret that I didn't stand up to Miss Marley. At that time I knew FAR MORE about real grammar than she did. I had been reading serious linguistics books for many years, and I knew the real grammar of English. I could have assembled a rigorous response to each of the grammarrhoid "rules", using real authorities.
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In the first instance I was imitating Miss Marley, "correcting" Mr Dickerson's insignificant pronunciation "error". I should have been resisting Miss Marley, not imitating her.
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** Footnote: There isn't a proper word for this. We need a midpoint word between hindsight and foresight, meaning clearly true by the facts available at the time when the judgment was made. Maybe nowsight would do the job?
Just for the record, we had a major windstorm here 1/13 morning. This neighborhood wasn't the main target; only a couple full trees down, lots of branches busted. Houses and roofs untouched. Previous windstorms ruined many roofs.
Power out for 3 days, managed with propane as usual. Thinking about getting a natural gas hookup to avoid the hassle.... also, cooking with propane always reminds me of the absolute superiority of gas over electric cooking.
Quora is 98% toxic shit, but every now and then it pays off. The personal stories are usually worth reading, sometimes funny, and occasionally important.
This long piece was written by the son of a German officer who took part in the siege of Stalingrad. His main point is that the Krauts knew they were done in late '42. They couldn't sustain petroleum or ammunition or food. They kept trying to fight because they had no choice, but the soldiers and officers knew it was futile after that.
An important piece of history, never heard in our books or media.
Emerson vs Blood Money
Emerson says that undeserved money should be paid out as fast as possible.
I received a mysterious card in the mail which apparently represents the $2000 blood money from the federal demons. I don't need or want this money, so it goes out BEFORE it goes in.
The previous blood money in May went to a couple of local charities. Since then I've seen that the Spokane government is an eager participant in Mad Bomber Inslee's holocaust, so I won't help anyone here. All local businesses have worked with the Mad Bomber. None have offered even token fake resistance.
You chose not to help us, we choose not to help you.
Moving money around is the only TINY MICROSCRAP of power that ordinary people still have, so we need to use it.
So I sent $2000 to the dog sanctuary in Tennessee. Mostly just paying for value. I get joy and comfort from watching their videos. Partly because Tennessee is a sane state, and likely to remain sane. Tenn Gov Lee has been holding firm and preventing cities from imposing their own muzzle mandates. I can see in the OFSDS clips that their employees are unmuzzled, so the reality is verified. Taxes and other secondary outputs from my donation will go to support a sane governor.
Later, after "activating" the mysterious card, turns out I only got $600 blood money instead of the $2000 implied by the letter. That's fine. Emerson recommended overpaying.
Don't fall for it
Normally my bedtime 'radio' is all '30s and '40s, all empathetic. Tonight I made the mistake of placing an unfamiliar episode from the meritocratic '50s at the start, and had trouble reaching sleep. Fortunately the dream-scripter tried to undo the damage.
There's an important lesson. Meritocracy is part of the underlying structure that made the current tyranny possible. Cultures based on fate and luck have been less susceptible to the Share Value tech tyranny, and now less susceptible to the "medical" version.
When you believe that success depends entirely on what you do, tyrants can make you guilty for not "doing as you're told". When you understand that success is mostly due to permanent caste, and when you understand that health is mostly due to the permanent qualities of your immune system, this type of guilt doesn't work.
African and Oriental and Slavic countries are more fate-based. They understand the primacy of luck. They haven't taken part in the skill destruction of recent decades, and now are less harsh with lockdowns. Cultures with permanent stable castes and niches are HAPPY and CALM cultures.
Meritocracy plus Darwin makes eugenics possible. The super-rich are good. Poor people have chosen to be poor, so they deserve to be punished for their crime. Culled from the herd.
Meritocracy in the hands of Deepstate intentionally stirs up both sides. Rich and popular people are encouraged to believe that they got there entirely by effort, so their advantage is deserved. Unlucky people are encouraged to believe that they CAN become rich and popular, so they waste their lives in upward-striving failure instead of finding satisfaction in an appropriate niche.
The inevitable and INTENDED result of this failed striving is revolution, which is the quickest way to self-cull. Revenge can't possibly work when the state holds all the cards and all the communication channels. Revenge and justice in fictional form are cathartic. Leave it there.
Don't fall for the pressure. Get into medieval mode.Try to keep the monsters calm. Bored monsters eventually move on to something more interesting.
There's very little support for the medieval mode, and no empathy for the unlucky in modern media. So it's especially hard to stay in this mode, but it's the best way to preserve what little remains of civilization until the monsters get tired of burning us and start burning each other.
Yes, it worked.In previous item I noted a brief report of an MIT fog control project in 1930, and wondered if it had succeeded.
Unlike Lodge, MIT wouldn't have been limited by inadequate supplies of HV charge. Van de Graaff's own lab was also at Round Hill. Can't get chargier than that!
But they apparently didn't take the static path. This article by MIT gives the details.
Houghton hypothesized that if a more moisture-absorbing chemical were introduced to the fog, water molecules would attach to the new compound, vapor pressure would drop, and the fog would dissipate. He scattered calcium chloride, an inexpensive compound with such properties, onto a dense layer of artificial fog and watched as the fog vanished. Field trials in which a calcium chloride solution was sprayed onto natural fog yielded similar results, but the technique wasn’t practical for clearing fog from sizable patches of land.
To do that, and to counteract the way the wind pushed new fog in, Houghton suspended a 100- foot-long pipeline with downward-facing spray nozzles from 30 feet in the air. When set up perpendicular to wind direction, the apparatus shot a misty curtain of calcium chloride toward the ground, dispersing any fog rolling through.
Spraying 2.5 gallons of the compound per second, Houghton’s machine took only three minutes to turn an area with visibility of less than 500 feet into one where “buildings more than a quarter-mile away were visible,” according to one report.
In short, the MIT fog control project WORKED, and it worked by the same methods used in cloud-seeding.
The article doesn't say why the effort was abandoned. The experimental system required too much salt, but a serious engineering effort could undoubtedly have improved the performance or found other alternatives. It appears that MIT just wasn't interested. They were mainly concerned with detection, not control.
Later Houghton got tangled up in Cold War fakery, pushing for a weather control treaty because the Russkis might get there first.
“I shudder to think of the consequences of a prior Russian discovery of a feasible method of weather control,” Houghton said, although he’d previously been a voice of moderation on the plausibility of weather control. “International control of weather modification will be essential in the safety of the world as control of nuclear energy now is.”
Same old story. We frame Russia for all of our evil, in order to avoid doing anything good or useful.
Result: We do nothing but evil.
When self-defense was allowed
Before Gaia invaded large parts of science in 1975, weather control was an active subject of research, with considerable success. Hail cannons worked and still work. Cloud seeding worked and still works.
This little piece from a Gernsback mag in July 1930 shows that fog control was an active research project.
Nice combination of two subjects I've recently mentioned.
1. Lodge and his sons were attempting to use electrical charge to break up fog. They abandoned the effort after deciding that it would require WAY too much equipment and electricity to make a difference. Hail cannons and cloud seeding both require remarkably small amounts of energy and material. A few acetylene puffs, and a few pounds of silver iodide. By analogy, is there a similar solution for fog, using vortices?
2. The MIT facility at Round Hill was a gift from Colonel Green, the heir of the Hetty Green fortune. He was a dilettante but contributed tremendously to the progress and enjoyment of science through gifts of money and property.
Self-defense from weather has been prohibited since 1975. All the old research has been memoryholed, even though hail cannons are still protecting European vineyards.
In 2020 self-defense against disease joined weather. We no longer have immune systems, so we must do what we're told, no matter how crazy and holocaustal the tellers are. Ours not to reason why, ours but to die and die.
Immediate answer to the question: Yes, fog control worked.
I linked this 2014 piece in previous item. After reading it, I think it deserves a reprint. Partly for the obvious relevance to communication methods, more importantly for the entertainment aspect. The content of shortwave was passively entertaining, and the work needed to send and receive SW was actively entertaining.
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Shortwave is unique among all means of communication. It has a certain sporting aspect. When you send out a signal in the range of 3 to 30 mc, the atmosphere may decide to bounce it around the world, allowing you to reach great distances with fairly low power. With higher power, a serious antenna, and lots of experiment and calculation, you can be reasonably sure of reaching a desired destination most of the time. But you're never entirely sure. Sunspots and thunderstorms and temperature inversions and all sorts of other crap may block you. Ham operators enjoy this sporting aspect. Like fishermen they collect wall trophies (QSLs) and run contests and expeditions for bragging rights. Professional broadcasters may not enjoy it but have learned how to exploit it.
Doing a review of a 1983 Soviet shortwave radio got me thinking (again) about the meaning of SW. This radio, clearly for domestic use, proves that the Soviet system was confident about its success in those years. Not so in Stalin's time, when owning a SW was a criminal act, and radio was basically a closed-circuit intercom system.
Within the US, popularity and availability of SW radios inscribed a different curve. SW broadcasting came of age around 1935, basically enabled by the superhet receiver. Earlier receivers weren't able to maintain a consistent sharpness of tuning across a wide range of freqs.
American radios for home entertainment began to feature SW bands as soon as broadcasters began to provide content. SW reached a peak in WW2, when listening to the propaganda of both sides was considered part of an Informed Citizen's duties. Even some car radios had a SW band. Along the same lines, American newscasters frequently mentioned "our propaganda says .... and their propaganda says ....", trusting the American listener with the fact that both sides were stretching things.
After WW2, home radios dropped SW abruptly and picked up FM instead. This coincided with the government's sharp crackdown on 'disloyalty'. Suddenly the duty of an Informed Citizen was limited to line-of-sight propagation. Then TV finished the job, making the viewing experience line-of-sight as well. Propagandists finally fulfilled their perpetual dream: a closed pipe injecting one stream of messages from source directly to brain, with no leakage or tributary streams allowed. No skip, no bounce, no imagination. Best part: the injectees didn't even realize it was a pipe. They only knew that they couldn't stand to be disconnected from the pipe.
This state of affairs continued, with constantly tightening media monopolies and narrowing of permissible viewpoints, until the Internet came along in the mid-80s and broke the monopolies but didn't stop the censorship. The Web is, after all, a closed-circuit intercom system. Everything we see and hear passes through NSA's ears and eyes before it reaches ours.
SW isn't illegal; you can still buy SW radios designed for ham use, but they aren't meant for home entertainment. They don't look good in the living room. This limits their use to a small number of Oddballs who can be watched easily.
Why did US government and culture encourage SW in the '30s and discourage it from the '50s until the present? I think it was a question of confidence. FDR was confident that his efforts to improve America would stand comparison against the alternatives in Russia and Germany. Truman, Ike, JFK, LBJ, et al were not nearly so confident.
It's especially noteworthy that Russia was building and selling SW radios domestically in the '80s and we were not. Reagan crashed the Soviet Empire at a moment when our own empire truly would not stand comparison. As Gorby was loosening and reforming, we were eliminating industrial jobs, freezing out all possible reforms, and continually narrowing the range of permissible discourse.
Our trend has continued, with disastrous results. We don't know how the Soviet trend would have developed because it was interrupted.
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Everything in the item is still valid except the date of 1935. In fact SW was intensely used by all sorts of operators in 1930, as clearly shown in this 1930 official list. Commercial broadcasters, dispatchers for police and airlines and shipping, simulcasts of US local stations, TV and fax experiments, and above all the commercial wire services.
An extreme example of the distinction between analog and digital that I'm hammering this week.Via Science Daily, a closeup look at how jellyfish use water vortices for propulsion. Human engineers have figured out some of these concepts in designing aircraft and automobiles and submarines, but those machines have hard surfaces.
Unlike bilateral animals from tardigrades to mammals, jellyfish have a decentralized nervous system with no central brain and no separated efferent and afferent channels. They have muscles everywhere and senses everywhere. Total infinite-directional signals and feedback everywhere.
The whole system works for a PURPOSE, constantly shaping the everywhere-muscles to propel the jellyfish in its chosen direction with a chosen rhythm. The edges of the bell create vortices where needed to lower or raise water pressure at that point, just as an airplane wing creates vortices to raise pressure or a hail cannon creates vortices to break up pressure in the clouds.
Where is the PURPOSE if not in a cerebellum driven by a hippocampus? We don't know. It's everywhere.
LIFE IS PURPOSE.
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Saturday, January 09, 2021
Betting on Loeb
I listen to Abraham Loeb because he has repeatedly showed genuine independence from the tyranny of Big Science.
I've noticed two examples, and there are probably others that I didn't read.
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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!
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At the first annual conference of Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative, a philosopher concluded his talk by stating that “conversations with some prominent theoretical physicists led me to conclude that if the physics community agrees on a research program for over a decade, then it must be correct.” I realized that his conclusion must have been inspired by a scientific culture in which authority sets the tone. My personal experience has taught me otherwise.
As Galileo reasoned after looking through his telescope, “in the sciences, the authority of a thousand is not worth as much as the humble reasoning of a single individual.” To which I would add the footnote that sometimes Mother Nature is kinder to innovative ideas than people are.
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Recently Loeb has been insisting that a random-looking space object is a leftover of an alien civilization, not just a collection of dust. He's taking plenty of guff for this insistence. Frankly I don't see the uniqueness of the object; a random rock can be accelerated by the pressure of sunlight or by the sun's magnetic field. Still, a thinker with a firm history of independent VALID thought deserves serious consideration. He has a much better chance of being correct than anybody else who gets published.
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Later thought from the angle of science as entertainment. It doesn't matter if Loeb is correct or not. Science doesn't determine truth. Nature is truth. Science is just a type of narrative, and can be used for inspiration or amusement like any other story. When a scientific story agrees with Nature, it's a useful parable, possibly leading to useful thoughts and habits. When a scientific story disagrees with Nature, it's destructive. Before March 2020, "medicine" was trying to agree with Nature, so it was a useful form of entertainment. After March 2020, "medicine" is devoted to obliterating life and truth and logic and Nature, so it's infinitely worse than useless.
If a movie openly promised to kill you while you watched it, would you watch it?
We are softwarized
Convective thought, triggered by this basic fact in previous item.
These diagrams clearly show the primary advantage of analog systems, whether mechanical or fluid or electronic, over digital software. In real life each layer or module or neuron or organism is always continuously influencing all other layers, with influence and feedback in all directions at once. Interconnected water columns do it naturally. You can't do it at all with interconnected functions in software. You can pass differences from subroutine A to subroutine B, and pass results back, but there's no way to make the influences simultaneous and continuous.
This is a point that even AI skeptics don't seem to grasp, perhaps because they're too young to have experience with analog stuff.
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New thought: By channeling all of our communication through digital cellphones, we have been digitalized. We are software, not organisms. We can only communicate via function arguments and function returns in discrete time intervals.
We can no longer CONTINOUSLY INFLUENCE ALL OTHERS, WITH INFLUENCE AND FEEDBACK IN ALL DIRECTIONS.
The softwarization of humans was finished off this year with ballgags and distancing. Physical contact and EMOTIONAL INFLUENCE have been totally disconnected. Even when we're privileged enough to be allowed in the same room (600.0 kilometers apart) we can only communicate verbally by shouting and repeating the muzzled words over and over. We can't send or receive expression or smell or microbes or subtleties of tone.
In normal analog life we gain immunity and tolerance to microbes AND to emotional invasions by constant continuous multidirectional immersion in microbes and pheromones and voices and touch and expression. We give and receive constant feedback.
When we're deprived of this casual and constant multidirectional interaction, we lose ALL TYPES OF IMMUNITY. We can be sickened and killed quickly by any invasion of thoughts or microbes or smells or expressions.
TOTAL OCD IN ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE IS THE PURPOSE AND THE ENDGAME.
I've been trying to hit this point often. Watch out for "alternative" organizations and "alternative" media. Deepstate ALWAYS runs both sides of an argument. It doesn't run every organization, but the bigger and more famous ones are likely to be agents provocateurs.
Simple logic: A movement can't become big and famous without Deepstate approval. Big media need money and lawyers and regulatory permission. If a movement or company is big enough to notice, it CAN'T BE INDEPENDENT.
When protests are planned on "both" sides, smart dissidents stay home. Don't be there. Don't follow the Pied Piper off the cliff. You won't accomplish ANYTHING except your own destruction.
Manweller's Rule is universal. Elections only count when they agree with Deepstate. "Legal" "orders" are only obeyed when they order Deepstate to do what it's already doing. Protests only change Deepstate's mind when Deepstate already intended to change in that direction. Martyrs who die for the wrong side are terrorists, not martyrs.
I tested Parler a couple months ago. Was it really better for your privacy than Twitter or Facebook? No. Parler wouldn't even let me create an account because I don't own a cellphone. This is worse than FB, which allows a sort of second-class citizenship for non-cellies.
Now RT says that Apple and Google have banned Parler from all devices, after the "opposition" "protest" "supporting" Pied Piper Trump.
Gather up the dissidents into a channel where they can be cut off by Apple and Google, then cut them off. Pied Piper.
Semi-relevant recollection: Who started this form of herding? Rush. Back in the early '90s he gave priority to callers using cellphones. He claimed that he was favoring the rich, which was obnoxious enough. The real reason is even more obnoxious.
Lukyanov's water computer
The Russians made the most interesting analog computers. They stuck with analog cybernetics long after Westerners had switched to digital.
In 1936 Lukyanov developed a water-based computer to solve complicated functions for engineering and construction. He was working primarily with concrete and soil under freezing conditions, trying to help design dams and pavement in cold places. His machine, and later variants, served many purposes into the 1970s.
I've drawn the 'museum version' of Lukyanov's hydrointegrator. This may have been only the control panel; it diverges from his descriptions of the functional machine. The real machine was modular, with several large blocks of pipes and tubes behind the control panel.
This picture seems to show the real machine in use:
And this diagram is similar, with the plots showing up more clearly:
The cylinders holding graphic plots would normally be plotted outputs, but in this machine they're inputs. The real machine had four optional input variables, along with an implicit time variable.
A typical use was modeling heat transfer through a structure (dam or pavement) treated as a series of layers. Each water column represented a layer, and each column could be programmed to let in water at a specific rate. In other words, each column was like an RC filter in a sequential filter setup, with the visible height (or voltage in the electronic version) representing the temperature in that layer of the dam.
These diagrams clearly show the primary advantage of analog systems, whether mechanical or fluid or electronic, over digital software. In real life each layer or module or neuron or organism is always continuously influencing all other layers, with influence and feedback in all directions at once. Interconnected water columns do it naturally. You can't do it at all with interconnected functions in software. You can pass differences from subroutine A to subroutine B, and pass results back, but there's no way to make the influences simultaneous and continuous.
The operator used the big lever to follow the curve already drawn on the wrapped graph. As the lever moved up and down, it moved a tank up and down, raising and lowering the 'potential voltage' input to the system. This diagram shows two input variables B1 and B2.
Programs were entered on the three rows of valves in the center of the control panel. The description doesn't clarify the specific purpose of each row, and the upper crank is also unclear. I suspect it was a manual turner or winder for the plot cylinder, which was apparently driven by clockwork.
Here Polistra is moving the big lever to follow the dam plot on the left cylinder, and the tubes are responding with a (purely imagined) output pattern. Another observer would record the heights at different times, or perhaps use a mounted movie camera to make a direct record.
The RC-like effect of the flow would also enable a single transient response to be modeled. After setting the valves for the appropriate pattern of Rs and Cs, just yank the lever upward and watch the columns move for a minute or two.
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Footnote: The best descriptions in English are here at Archive.org.
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Sidenote after thinking about "devices" and Pied Pipers: another advantage of mechanical and fluidic computers is independence. They can't be hacked or detected from a distance. Only a live spy in the same room can control or read them. Even electronic analogs are harder to penetrate than digital, because they don't emit a readable stream of patterned codes. An RC computer responds when you turn the knobs, then settles gradually into a new condition. No predictable and redundant patterns. Russia understood this point deeply after repeated invasions and penetrations by Krauts and Yanks.
A new Parkinson-style law
Put several basic facts together, and you get a Law of Organizations on the same level as Parkinson's Laws. This is one that old Northcote didn't catch.
Parkinson observed that bureaucracies and NGOs grow by creating problems.
Real businesses** solve real problems for profit. Most of the problems are essential and natural. Humans need food, clothing, housing and work. (Work is the MOST important. People need to serve, need to be useful.) Business links those needs by a network of money, serving a good and crucial purpose. Business also creates artificial needs by advertising, but those subneeds are usually built on the basic needs. They don't last long otherwise.
Business for profit is a self-sustaining loop of survival and improvement.
Bureaucracies pretend to solve a problem but actually make it worse, in order to gain more budget and workforce to "solve" the problem by making it worse to gain more budget and workf....
Bureaucracies are a self-sustaining loop of death and destruction.
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Now the Deepstate loop.
Fact 1: Blackmail is the best form of power. Raw violence works pretty well, but force needs 'booster shots' from time to time. Blackmail is forever.
Fact 2: Organizations that keep secrets will end up using blackmail to solidify their power. Blackmailers can't be prosecuted because they have blackmailed the would-be enforcers. Priests developed this technique, the secular Deepstate under Lady Edgar continued it in a more specialized way, and in recent decades the tech monsters returned to universal priestly power. Zuck hears everyone's confessions, including judges and regulators and politicians.
Fact 3, the crucial Parkinsonian fact. Organizations that operate by secrets and blackmail recruit new members by blackmail. Most people won't betray a nation or commit crimes for money, but most people WILL betray to avoid revelation of an unpleasant secret. The organization thus gathers people who are accustomed to keeping secrets. When you think about it rationally, it's no different from giving a math test to new accountants, or a physical strength test to new athletes.
Now we have a vast SELF-SUSTAINING AND SELF-GROWING network of infinitely wicked secret-keepers.
Deepstate gathered in the entire "medical" profession over the last 20 years, recruiting a million well-practiced secret-keepers all at once. HIPAA was the keystone of this recruiting effort. In 2020 the "medical" profession was flipped into a holocaust generator.
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** I say business instead of capitalism, and I emphasize profit instead of Share Value, because capitalism is just one way of controlling and funding business. The Soviet system ran business to gain profit. Soviet businesses got capital and loans from the state instead of Wall Street. Soviet businesses thus had a much stronger focus on the primary human need of WORK, less focus on the artificial but benign subneeds of status and display, and no regard at all for the insatiable demonic appetites of a Morgan or Bezos.
Fighting misattribution with misattribution
I was lethally tired of blaming the voters MANY years ago. Commentators always tell WeThePeople to use our sacred Vote and hold leaders accountable. When leaders do evil, it's WeThePeople's fault. WeThePeople neglected our sacred duty and voted for Horrible Other Party instead of Angelic Correct Party.
Fuck off. We've been following your orders forever and it NEVER WORKS. Elections are rigged from top to bottom. The count doesn't matter because real opponents are never allowed to GET IN the election.
Schachtel, who is a pretty good truth-teller, still fails to understand this basic problem (or intentionally fails). He narrates the timeline of China and the "virus" accurately, then:
As 2020 comes to a close, it’s time for us to do more than just shake our collective fists at China, while pretending our leaders share no blame in this self-inflicted catastrophe. It’s time to hold American officials’ feet to the fire, and demand that they are held responsible for continually, recklessly pursuing policies that have resulted in mass economic and societal ruin. China is not responsible for transforming the United States into a nation that more closely resembles Beijing as each day passes.
Fine. We get it. Most of us got it a long time ago. It's the oldest game in Deepstate's book. From 1020 to 2020, Deepstate always blames Witches or Turks or Huns or Commies or AltRightChristers or China or Russia or Hippies or Muslims or Trumptards or "viruses" for its own infinitely evil actions. Deepstate always shapes and relabels its actions to "point" at the currently fashionable witch.
If you want us to do something, you need to specify an action that will not be WORSE THAN FUTILE.Hold accountable? How?
Hold their feet to the fire? How?
Those questions were already meaningless before the current holocaust. Now they're vastly worse than meaningless.
There's NO POSSIBLE WAY TO INFLUENCE A PSYCHOPATH. All we can do is avoid exciting the demons into a killing frenzy.Torches eventually burn out. In the more fortunate cases, the burners halt after they start burning their own.
There's only one cure for a demon after it tastes blood and turns feral. Curing only a few will make things INFINITELY worse. The cure would have to be done all at once on all demons from top to bottom. Physically impossible.
The engineer's mind
Randomly looking at Gernsback magazines. Radio News, June 1924.
As usual with Gernsback, nice cover!
The original owner made a note for his own reference. Look at picture on page 7.
What's on page 7?
Obviously more interesting. I guess.
Random auto thought
Why did it take 50 years to extend the body beyond the wheels?
From 1890 to 1947 all passenger cars had separate fenders for all four wheels, and the envelope for passengers was strictly inside the wheels.
In '47 Crosley
and Kaiser merged the fenders to make just one fender per side, but the inner body was still inside the wheels. The roof and windows didn't stretch out horizontally until the 1960 Valiant.
There were always examples of full-width envelopes. Streetcars and railcars went WAY out beyond the wheels in both directions. Railroads have the same wheel-to-wheel width as autos, but the typical railcar is 10 feet wide.
Box vans always enclosed the rear wheels entirely, with insets for the rear wheels when needed.
Since the idea and example were available BEFORE cars had motors, there's no logical reason for the delay.
SD and Dixie pulled out of the holocaust early. Since June the 45 crazy states have been steadily crazy, some getting even more murderous and others maintaining a constant level of murder.
I think this is the first definite DENAZIFICATION outside of the small sane zone.
Montana's governor said he will lift the statewide mask mandate put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after more vulnerable people receive vaccines and the Legislature sends him a bill to protect businesses, schools, churches and nonprofits from lawsuits if they follow public health guidelines.
Gov. Greg Gianforte did not say how many or what percentage of the most vulnerable would have to be vaccinated to trigger the lifting of the mask mandate put in place by former Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat.
“We're talking weeks, not months, as we're able to get this vaccine out to the most vulnerable,” Gianforte said.
The lawsuit protection is especially crucial. Businesses won't go along if they can be instantly sued by muzzle-loading demons.
If Gianforte isn't simply faking**, this will also be the first "election" in recent years that made a difference.
** The mention of weeks makes me suspicious. A very old political game is passing a law that sounds good, knowing full well that the other house of Congress or the president or the courts will instantly delete the good law. The faker can then claim that he "tried", but the "evil other party" foiled him, so we need to give him more money to "try" harder. Weeks sounds like he's planning to "remove" the muzzles on Jan 20, at the exact same time when Biden orders a permanent total muzzling 24 hours a day until the end of the universe.
They will appreciate it
The latest by Tucker at AIER is appropriately HARDASS, unrelenting in its absolute truth.
Nothing will change or improve, but it's always good to have as much truth as possible out in the open.
The Martian archeologists will appreciate it.
Bring back THRILLS!
For many years I've been comparing the earlier MODULAR view of the world with the modern GLOBALIST view. It was much easier to keep irrelevant shit out of your mind when media wasn't forcing you to see the whole universe as OUR BUSINESS.
More recently I've been thinking that we should go back to seeing external shit as ENTERTAINMENT. Nature gives us the ability to laugh at other people's trouble for a reason. Laughter is learning. If you truly learn from watching mistakes and failures, you won't need to make as many of your own mistakes. This part of Nature has also been completely destroyed by modern governments and media. We are never allowed to laugh at ANYTHING. All real comedy is censored, and all learning of all sorts is immediately CRUSHED.
Here's a wonderful example from Feb 1936. An ad for Scott radios.
March of a million soldiers breaking the untrodden sod of a new empire - peace pacts - the newest continental dances - death from the air - Olympics - history in the making! It's your world! Get some thrills out of it!
PHI in Huizen sends you the news of the world direct from seething Europe! Get it before it's canned! Get it direct with a SCOTT, with a regularity, a diamond clarity, a magnificent undistorted power and a more beautiful true tone than any other radio in the world!
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The ad intentionally mixes entertainment in the "proper" sense with entertainment in the NATURAL sense. Dances and death, Olympics and soldiers. It's all THRILLS.
It's your world! Get some thrills! This attitude is the best form of mental immunity against a CARING tyranny.
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Footnote: Scott radios furnished another resonance at an early stage of the current holocaust, before its horrible dimensions were fully clear.
I'm studying old analog computers this week, setting up a graphics project along those lines. Yet another lost and un-re-discovered technology.
Some of the computers in the '30s were weirdly complex and designed for a highly specific task.Patent 2179822, a computer to simulate the balance in an airplane.
This is a mechanical balance or bridge providing a scaled-down version of a real multi-dimensional balance, the weights in various parts of the plane pulling against the center of gravity. It automatically computes the vector sum of the torques in foot-pounds. The feet part is constant, set by the length of the arm, and the pounds part is variable, set by the rack-and-pinion knobs.
Early passenger planes were highly sensitive to loading patterns. Airlines in those days knew the weight of every passenger and luggage item because they weighed everyone. With this gadget, the loading agent could try out the weight in each row and tank and compartment as he processed them, simply by setting the dials for each. The net balance would immediately show on the dial, so he could move a heavy passenger from row 4 to row 1 before really loading the plane.
I'm sure digital computers in the '60s could calculate the result, but there wasn't a way to instantly input each estimate and read the result until the '90s.
This mechanism isn't really an analog, it's just a scale model of the aircraft. A literal computer!
I noted in previous item that Eliza Morton, writing in 1893, tended to over-primitivize the primitives. This was a widespread habit, practiced by 'progressives' like Darwin and 'conservatives' like Morton.
And we're still doing it. Or more precisely we're split between stupidly romanticizing the Noble Savages and stupidly primitivizing them.
There have always been some experts who remained objective. In the '30s those objective experts were published and respected, eg in the WPA Guides. Those writers treated the old tribes appropriately, describing the massive wars and empires AND the scientific approaches to agriculture and medicine.
Objective experts are still around, still expanding our knowledge of ancient science. We know now that even the Neanderthals used pharmaceutical plants and surgical methods that were lost later on.
Some people are still stuck in the over-primitive style of thinking. This article by Donald Boudreaux misdescribes the ancients, which unfortunately devalues his CORRECT description of modern witchcraft.
Centuries ago, to be sure, people lived simply – if by “simply” is meant life, generation after generation, occupied with unchanging dull routines, and consumption limited almost exclusively to those tiny numbers of goods and services that can be produced from scratch by a few dozen villagers. Such ‘simplicity,’ alas, enables only subsistence. And human beings trapped in subsistence do not escape ignorance and superstition.
Let’s stop mistaking dull routines and the absence of complex patterns of production and consumption as evidence of lives lived in harmony with nature. It’s a myth – we might say an urban myth – that pre-industrial peoples lived with nature harmoniously, or more harmoniously than we today live with nature. Nature devastated our pre-industrial kin. Nature mercilessly plowed them relentlessly into early graves. Our ancestors’ failure to produce much material wealth was a reflection, not of their harmony with nature, but of their deep ignorance of – and, hence, conflictual relationship with – nature.
To dance to imaginary rain gods or to chant for a child dying of bacterial infection is not to live harmoniously with nature; it is to live with nature most inharmoniously. Nature all along did its thing – for example, it occasionally failed to water crops, and it often grew lethal bacteria within children’s lungs – while human beings who were as ignorant of nature as nature is of human beings, chanted, danced, built totems, burned leaves and twigs, sacrificed animals, all in fruitless efforts to solve the problems.
The ancient tribes didn't do those things. They had a repertoire of healing methods, partly pharmaceutical and partly spiritual. Both methods are NECESSARY for healing.
Using solely the spiritual, while doing everything wrong in the areas of sanitation and pharma, was a European invention and specifically a Catholic invention. The rest of the world, from Persia to China to the Americas, was still using traditional part-physical medicine with some success. Only Rome kicked out all the physical knowledge and treated disease by burning heretics.
We've returned to the Roman tradition now in precise detail. Sprenger and Kremer wrote the textbook for Fauci and Ferguson.
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Lost and more lostPrevious item focused on technologies and skills that were lost and MUCH later rediscovered.
One technology that hasn't been rediscovered yet is education. USA lost it 100 years ago, and we continue to make it WORSE every year. Every 'reform' or 'wakeup call' leads to LESS experiential training and MORE insane bizarre delusional THEORIES.
In 2020 we deleted schools entirely, which is the first move that could conceivably open the way to restarting from the proper angle. Of course we won't.
I was reminded yet again of the pre-1910 sanity by the chance encounter with Geographical Spice, written in 1893 by Eliza Morton.
'Spice' was just a supplement to her main geography book. The main book is full of sanity, viewing life as PURPOSE. It's a textbook of Natural Law.
The intro laid out the experience-based approach, which was typical of the era:
First — The Teacher's Edition gives a complete General Outline of Oral Instruction for Primary Schools, also a Model Oral Lesson and subject matter with definite outlines for one hundred or more oral exercises, adapted to Intermediate Classes.
Second — The teacher is not only advised to use material objects, pictures, and blackboard sketches for illustrations, but is told just what to employ in connection with each lesson. The Supplement contains a fund of valuable information for the teacher's use.
Third — The pupil is not required to deal with printed words until they have been vitalized by the voice of the living teacher and made suggestive of ideas.
Fourth — The subject matter has been selected with reference to the principle that the earth is an organism governed by laws which children may be led to discover one by one; hence the physical side of Geography is made prominent, and the most interesting facts are linked together in a way to impress the mind by the power of association and to lay a firm foundation for the study of the political features of the world.
Printed words are vitalized by the voice of the living teacher. A powerful word for a powerful concept. One more thing we've lost this year. LIVING teachers, even if not especially talented, are better than books.
Animals seem to be made for their homes and manner of life. Birds have hollow bones and boat-shaped bodies which enable them to float easily in the air. Their covering is such as to keep them warm and yet very
light. Birds that swim have an oil about their feathers which keep them from being soaked with water. Birds that fly high in the air have eyes like telescopes and can see objects a mile or more away. Birds that wade in the water have long legs so that they can walk in swamps among the reeds and rushes. Fishes have long, slender, flat bodies which cut through the water easily. They are clothed with smooth scales which are kept oiled so that they can glide along swiftly. Their eyes are covered with a transparent skin to keep out the water.
Animals have tools and weapons of defence, and seem to follow different trades. The woodpecker has a drill. The elephant has digging tools. The mole has a ploughing machine. The beaver is a carpenter and a
mason. The silkworm and spider are spinners. The wasp is a papermaker. Some birds are fishermen. The tailor bird is a seamstress. One kind of fish is a hunter.
Animals seem to think about what they see, hear, and feel, and some learn more than others, yet they have no new fashions and contrive no new ways of performing work as men do.
Plants are much like animals. They move, eat, drink, breathe, and sleep. Climbing plants twist themselves around any support at hand. Some flowers turn their faces always to the light. In parts of Brazil the ground is covered with sensitive plants, which when touched close their leaves. Plants take food through millions of little mouths in their roots, and suck water from the ground. They breathe through their
leaves. Some plants, if chilled by the cold or kept where a light is left burning, will not go to sleep. When the cold weather comes, some plants go to sleep for the winter as do bears and a few other animals. Plants have sap which circulates up and down through their branches, as blood does through the veins and arteries of animals.
All people do not speak the same language. The Bible tells us that there was a time when everybody talked alike, but the people were very wicked and gathered together on a great plain to make a Tower, the top of which should reach heaven, and God, being displeased, confused their language, so of course they could not build the tower.
On human skills and Natural Law:
Hundreds of men have helped make and prepare the clothes we wear, the furniture we use, and the food we eat. We cannot get along without the help of others. Alone we could accomplish but very
little. Since we are dependent upon others for many things we should not feel above them, but treat everyone kindly, doing all the good we can in the world .
Modern "liberals" would burn this book for its constant references to God and PURPOSE. Modern "conservatives" would burn this book for its insistence that we should treat others kindly instead of slaughtering them, and the earth is an organism, and because the book never mentions the speeches of Cicero or the Peloponnesian War, which are the ONLY THINGS STUDENTS SHOULD EVER LEARN.
Lost, rediscoveredGeneve Campbell mentions a piece of history that I hadn't heard.
Nothing like this — what we are living through in most deep-Blue metro areas, primarily — has been tried at this scale in the entirety of human history.
We are permanently stuck in a doomloop from early Spring. Media sensationalism feeds public opinion, which is fed back into political (re)action by pseudo-responsive democratic elite and policymakers, which then stokes more media sensationalism which then... yeah.
I think a lot about something I read about early on in the pandemic by @pinboard, about how the cure for scurvy was widely known and demonstrated, but how, eventually, that knowledge was not only lost but discredited.
The cure for scurvy was eventually rediscovered. And that gives me hope. But I fear the short- and medium-term.
Focusing on lost technologies and lost places and lost ideas is my MISSION here. I try to find forgotten bits of science and pull them back into the spotlight.
I hadn't thought about this particular pattern. Immunity has now been intentionally lost and discredited after 500 years of constant EXPERIENCE-BASED improvement, with several dramatic successes like polio and smallpox.
Campbell mentions that the vitamin connection to scurvy was lost and then ultimately rediscovered, which offers "hope" that maybe someday, several centuries from now, if anyone is still alive, the ragged remnants may rediscover immunity from literal scratch.
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I've discussed another medical loss and rediscovery in detail: Electrotherapy.
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In my continual reading of 1901-era technology, I'd noticed considerable action in the area of 'electrotherapy', using small currents to help or cure various medical and mental conditions. Wasn't paying much attention to this; had always heard that it was quackery.
A recent bit of science news described a similar use of small currents across the head (now called TCDS), with seeming benefit in mood and memory performance.
Decided to look closely, and found that electrotherapy was emphatically NOT quackery, though some practitioners overstated its benefits. Early big-name neurologists like Erb and Duchenne were experimenting with electricity, and they had a precise understanding of how it worked. They knew which locations, which polarities, which current strengths to use for various conditions, how to stir up an inhibitory or excitatory response, how to dilate or constrict blood vessels.
They were able to document positive results in many areas, including improved mood, sleep, and memory; helping broken bones mend; and clearing cataracts.
Most impressively, they had a solid understanding of emotional conditions, and a properly humble view of their ability to fix or repair them. When electricity helped, they used it. When it didn't, they abandoned it.
All of this was firmly established several decades before Freud came along.
Well, what did Freud do? He replaced their direct and careful experimental results with a pile of non-observable and wildly complicated fantasies and epicycles. He replaced the long-standing (and probably innate) 'healer' model with a sequence of non-observable interactions THAT NEVER WORKED. Freud's system failed from the start. It's been exposed as a failure over and over, from within the psychiatric profession. But the Freudians are in charge, so any attempt to reassert facts is ruthlessly smashed.
Modernists always commit the same crime when they infest any field of human endeavor. They toss out centuries of facts and experiments and functional theories; replace the facts with instantly disprovable theories, lies, abstractions and epicycles THAT DON'T WORK; then ferociously obliterate anyone who tries to restore the facts. You can see it in climate "science" with Michael Mann, John Holdren, Lord Stern; in politics with Marx, Betty Fried[m]an, Irving Kristol; in economics with Marx, Milton Friedman, and Paul Krugman; in jurisprudence with Louis Brandeis and Stephen Reinhardt; in physics with Einstein.
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Polistra and Happystar will demonstrate one particular use of electrotherapy, described in this book on p.38. Caught my attention because it's a wonderful gadget with a wonderful name, because it supposedly cured tinnitus, and because it sort of resembles a modern impedance audiometer.
The inventor, Dr Henry Houghton, was attempting to provide simultaneous physical and electrical manipulation to the auditory system. He added electrodes to a stethoscope, pushing electrons into the ears in pulses. The circuit is closed by an anode on the back of the head. Simultaneously, pulses of air are pumped into the stethoscope itself. He got results with one patient:
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Well, let's try it. Happystar is feeling low, oppressed by tinnitus and anxiety.
Polistra decides to try Houghton's Phono-Faradic** device. At lower left is the air diaphragm; in the middle is a magnetically-pulled pendulum or metronome that turns the current and the diaphragm solenoid on and off.
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**Footnote: Phono refers to sound, of course. The electrotherapists used faradic for treatments where a pulsed current flow was the important variable, and galvanic for treatments where a steady voltage gradient was the important variable.
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Much later footnote: A new look at causes of tinnitus seems to validate Houghton's method.
According to their report, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, they have identified that the process called stimulus-timing dependent multisensory plasticity is altered in animals with tinnitus. They claim this plasticity is "exquisitely sensitive" to the timing of signals to a key area of the brain.
The dorsal cochlear nucleus is where signals from the auditory nerve enter the brain. Neurons in this area integrate this auditory information with other sensory signals, such as touch. In tinnitus, when the sounds from the ear are reduced, the signals from the somatosensory nerves in the face and neck - which relate to touch - are amplified.
Prof. Shore and her team are now developing a device that combines sound and electrical stimulation of the face and neck in order to return the neural activity to normal.
Sounds familiar! Simultaneous pulsing to re-sync the nerves.
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The loss and return of electrotherapy took about 60 years, from 1920 to 1980. Electrotherapy is nowhere near as important as immunity, so a 60-year gap probably didn't kill a lot of people, just deprived them of function and pain relief which COULD HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE if the pill-pushers hadn't memoryholed electrotherapy.