Labels: Asked and badly answered
Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have discovered the identity of the inhibitor, a protein called Sp5, and deciphered the dialogue between these two antagonistic activities, which helps maintain a single-headed adult body and organize an appropriate regenerative response. Published in the journal Nature Communications, their study points out that this mechanism has been conserved throughout evolution, both in Hydra and in humans. Sp5 could therefore be an excellent candidate to be tested as an inhibitor of human tumors in which the activator pathway is the motor of proliferation.Unusual because the authors are working entirely within the Grand Blueprint model. They don't bother with "random mutations" or "increasing complexity"; they simply start with the assumption that a gene is a function, and all functions are present in the initial blueprint. Some phyla use some functions, some individuals use some functions. = = = = = Now the not yet jumped. Winston Ewert, writing in Mind Matters, briefly discusses the threat to human skills from AI. He misses the point because he's thinking in terms of GDP and Dow, not skills.
The true concern that the media coverage implies is that resources will not be allocated well, that almost all of them will end up in the hands of a few owners of automated factories while unskilled workers will end up starving. Many believe that the free market is simply incapable of adapting to that level of automation. But what is the free market? What makes it free? Certainly not that the price of everything is zero! Rather, it is free in the sense of liberty. The market is made up of many different institutions, both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations including banks, insurers, manufacturers, agriculture businesses, charities, unions, etc. The freedom of the market is the freedom to choose whether to be part of any of these institutions and to what extent. Even a social instrument that seems as fundamental as money could be avoided by bartering or living in a commune.First, he totally fails to grasp that modern Sorosian economics is NOT a market at all, let alone a free market. It's a black hole, designed to suck all resources into NYC banks and kill all non-NYC humans. It's not based on production or skills, it's based on sucking and killing.
Each of these institutions was invented to address a flaw in a free economy. Trade is much easier with money than with barter. Insurance allows us to pool risks and thereby reduce the damage caused by unlikely but expensive mishaps. Unions enable employees working together to bargain more equally with their socially powerful employer. All of these institutions were invented and then adopted by a free market because they proved useful.Again he's starting from the Darwin assumption of random mutation and natural selection. Nature doesn't work that way, and an economy doesn't work that way. All of these institutions arose from SKILLS which are part of the inherent human genome, created at the beginning and gradually diminishing since. Each can be seen in alternate forms among other animals and plants. Exchanging symbolic tokens is a constant activity of the nervous system, and more visibly used by birds and mammals in courtship and hive-control activities. Insurance is just an elaborate version of the family or clan, which developed FROM normal clan behavior via Mutual Benefit Associations. Unions also developed from the same origin. These institutions weren't adopted by free choice, they are automatic parts of organized society. They grow in different ways within different environments, just as a tree grows in different ways depending on climate and wind. Ewert concludes with pure Darwin:
If humans are free to experiment with new institutions, I believe we will find an excellent solution. However, there is a great danger that those who benefit from the status quo will use their influence to prevent the adoption of new institutions. Further, others will attempt to force institutions they think best on other people, leading to great suffering. The great danger we face is the danger of not being free enough to adapt to new and changing circumstances.Again, there are no new institutions. Natural Law tells us what we have to do. If we are working with God, we have no freedom. We have a GOD-ASSIGNED DUTY to use our skills to the utmost for good purposes. This duty is explicit in Sharia, implicit in some traditional Catholic viewpoints. "Those who benefit from the status quo" are using their skills to the utmost for satanic aggressive purposes. They are destroying life, destroying beauty, and especially destroying REAL VALUE. We must counter them by using our skills to make more life, more beauty, more value. We can make use of existing institutions like unions in our self-defense, and we could also retrobuild Mutual Benefit Associations in their earlier form before they degenerated into commercial insurance companies.
Among the proposals featured in the paper were a fuel tax hike from 2023 onward, an end to tax breaks for diesel cars, electric and hybrid vehicle quotas, and a 130 kmh (80 mph) speed limit on freeways — which is the norm in other EU countries.Fuel tax? Fine. End tax breaks? Fine. EV quotas? Fine. Time for riots. Time for the Brown Vest Movement. Time for the Second Reichstag Fire (carbon-neutral, of course). Krautists are perfectly rigid machines. They MUST drive at precisely 387.32165219 kM/h, with the kM referenced daily to SI atomic-scale standards and all speedometers calibrated daily. All vehicles must maintain an exact spacing of 17.743198 m, with a permissible error bar of 0.00000000046 nm. If Krautists are not allowed to drive at precisely 387.32165219 kM/h, they will explode. Just like the movie about the bus.... ...which incidentally confirms previous item about modern cars and '50s buses.
In a brief statement, it said: "Buzzfeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterisation of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate." The statement did not say which parts of the BuzzFeed report were inaccurate. It is extremely rare for Mr Mueller's office to issue such a statement. The special counsel is investigating ALLEGED Russian interference in the US presidential election and whether Trump campaign figures were complicit - a claim repeatedly denied by Mr Trump.ALLEGED Russian interference is perfectly unprecedented. Until now, all stories by all media took the """"""fact"""""" of RUSSIAN_MEDDLING as more certain than existence. RUSSIAN_MEDDLING was the flattest of all flat assertions. You don't need to say the universe allegedly exists, so you don't need to qualify or explain RUSSIAN_MEDDLING. Why the change? No mystery. For media demons, "truth" depends solely and strictly and exclusively on WHO SAID IT. The Clinton Mob is the SOLE DETERMINER OF LAWS AND TRUTH in USA. Nothing exists unless the Clinton mob says it exists. Mueller is the Clinton mob. Mueller says this story is false. This story is false.
Labels: Natural law = Soviet law
According to a Reuters report about the meeting - which the White House confirmed did indeed happen, though it refused to comment on the details - the president is preparing to revive his push for a 13-year infrastructure spending spree, and whether to include details about the broad strokes during Trump's State of the Union address later this month. The plan is expected to focus on revitalizing US airports, highways, railroads and other essential infrastructure.Nastyass vileass filthyass fagass egregiousass ROY-COHN-ASS motherfucker. You had TWO FUCKING YEARS with BOTH HOUSES CONTROLLED BY YOUR REPOOFLICAN EUNUCH LIFE PARTNERS. During those TWO FUCKING YEARS you just SAT ON YOUR GERM-FREE NASTY FAKE ASS and did EXACTLY NO FUCKING THING. Now that you're perfectly safe from responsibility, now that you're effectively retired, you're free to make TOTALLY MEANINGLESS IDIOT FUCKING NOISE without the slightest chance of getting any fucking shit done. Here is the ONLY FACT that remains in our utterly fucked fake beyond fake beyond fake loony beyond loony beyond loony "location", which may at one time in the distant prehistoric past have posed as a "nation". This is the only fact, the only truth.
The researchers found that the tectorial membrane's structure "looked like a solid but behaved like a liquid," Freeman says -- which makes sense since it is composed mostly of liquid. "What we're finding is that the tectorial membrane is less solid than we thought." The key finding, which he says the team hadn't anticipated, was that "for middle frequencies, the structure moves as a liquid, but for high and low frequencies, it only behaves as a solid."= = = = = Here's an overview of the cochlea driven by the eardrum through the three ossicle bones. The circle on left indicates the location of the cross-section in the next two animations. First a cross-section showing the tectorial membrane acting like a solid (green) at higher frequencies. Each of the outer hair cells (yellow) pokes into the tectorial surface, and the tectorial surface moves the hair back and forth rigidly. Now a cross-section showing the tectorial membrane acting more squishy or gelly (blue) at medium speech-range frequencies. Each outer hair cell is driven fluidly, allowing it to slip back and forth and resonate more freely. = = = = = Note that each OHC has a fantastic inner mechanism (not part of this research) that strengthens its own response when a frequency is unfamiliar. Overall, the cochlea separates frequencies by place, thanks to the gradients of stiffness and mass and size. Hair cells nearest the input respond to lower frequencies, and hair cells toward the small tight center of the spiral respond to higher frequencies. This tip-link mechanism helps with adaptation to steady sounds. The longest hair is driven directly by the tectorial membrane, and the shorter hairs are controlled by the tip-link. When a signal at this hair's preferred frequency is new, the tip-links pull the secondary hairs along to emphasize the input to the cell itself. As this frequency continues, the tip-links gradually slide out of the little gate in the longer hair, so the secondary hairs are no longer joining in. After this signal stops, the longer hair reels in and tightens up the tip-link so it can emphasize the next new appearance of its preferred frequency. I dare you to figure out how this mechanism arose "randomly" through mutation. Just try. = = = = = Later pure speculation and stupid guessing: The gel action would seem unnecessary, since each OHC is already narrowly focused on one frequency by the basic structure of the cochlea. I wonder if the gelness is externally modulated? Gelness depends on hydration. When the cochlea is getting less water overall, speech frequencies are less emphasized, so you're more responsive to ambient sounds. Survival mode? Or is the hydration controlled intentionally by other parts of the nervous system for other purposes?
Labels: Grand Blueprint
La differenza non è più tra destra e sinistra ma tra chi pensa agli elettori e chi alle élite e alla finanza. Ci ritroviamo intrappolati nel pensiero unico, che ha un disegno dietro. Il mercato impone le leggi e tutto il resto. Prenda l'Europa: ce l’hanno raccontata come un’idea meravigliosa, ma quella che viviamo esiste solo attorno all’Euro, che ci ha impoveriti. Siamo in austerity - continua - abbiamo un tasso di disoccupazione altissimo, 5 milioni di poveri. E mi dite che bloccare l’immigrazione è di destra? È sacrosanto. Savona sogna un’Europa che agisca davvero come uno Stato unico. Per prima cosa dovrebbero permetterci di decidere davvero chi ci rappresenta lì. Il Parlamento europeo non conta nulla e la Commissione decide al di sopra dei popoli sovrani. Se stare in Europa significa accettare regole che ammazzano l’economia, non vale la pena. Ci trattano da sorellastra.She has choice words for Bergoglio, again with intellectual and theological depth:
Sarebbe bello che il Papa si esprimesse anche su altre situazioni, oltre che sui migranti. Ci sono rimasta male quando ha detto 'meglio atei e buoni, che cristiani e odiatori'. Per un cristiano, Cristo è fondamentale e il posto in cui lo incontri è la Chiesa e anche se sei un cattolico tiepido incontrare Cristo in quella eucaristia è la cosa più preziosa. Bisogna distinguere buoni e buonisti: i cattolici devono essere buoni, ma devono difendere i propri figli.Can you imagine any US/UK celebrity saying those things? For that matter, can you imagine any US/UK celebrity showing evidence of THOUGHT in ANY direction? = = = = = Later: Well, there is one counterexample. Azealea Banks shows considerable intellectual and moral depth in her analysis of Elon. She's vastly smarter than all the superIQ hedge fund execs and bankers and tech gurus who are STILL fully snookered by Elon. Can't resist: Banks is smarter than banks. Banks are dumber than Banks.
A U.S. federal narcotics agent known for his expensive tastes and high-profile drug seizures has been implicated in a multimillion-dollar money-laundering conspiracy that involved the very cartel criminals he was charged with fighting in Colombia.Why the surprise? This is the EXACT OPPOSITE of news. Everyone knows that DEA and FBI and ATF are crime factories. These agencies COMMIT CRIMES AND CREATE CRIMINALS. That's their ENTIRE SOLE SOLITARY UNIQUE PURPOSE. Everyone knows this. If a DEA or FBI or ATF agent ever FAILED to commit crimes, or even more bizarrely unimaginable, actually CAUGHT a criminal who wasn't first cultivated by the same agency, that would be news. Since that's PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE, we don't really need to worry about it. The headline tells us why this agent had to be singled out for "news". Known for expensive tastes means he was susceptible to blackmail that could force him to leak inside info. Mobs punish snitches.
Juventutem ("youth" in Latin), an international federation of young people who attend and promote the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, has chapters around the world. "We are a group of Catholic young adults who seek to implement Summorum Pontificum in the Archdiocese of Washington," Juventutem's Washington, DC chapter explains. "We love the traditional Roman liturgy and seek to share it with the Church and the world. Come pray with us!" .... Pope[sic] Francis criticized the "rigidity" of young people who are attached to the Traditional Latin Mass. "I always try to understand what's behind people who are too young to have experienced the pre-conciliar liturgy and yet still they want it," the pontiff[sic] said. "Sometimes I found myself confronted with a very strict person, with an attitude of rigidity. And I ask myself: Why so much rigidity? Dig, dig, this rigidity always hides something, insecurity or even something else. Rigidity is defensive. True love is not rigid."It's always helpful when Satan speaks on a subject. He lets us know which end is good. In this case it was already obvious. The Latin-loving youngsters are magnetized by the PERMANENT force field of Natural Law. They are repelled from the Satanic chaos of SorosBergoglio, attracted to PERMANENT AND MEANINGFUL STRUCTURE. Why is Latin more suitable than modern languages to pull you into permanence? For the same reason that Bach is better than Hillsong, the same reason that the Mass and Rosary are better than Mindfulness. PERMANENT AND MEANINGFUL STRUCTURE. The rule is repeated in other religions. Eastern Orthodox uses Old Slavonic in its services. Hindus use Sanskrit. Muslims use classical Arabic. Serious Protestants prefer King James. Those differences aren't nearly as stark as Latin vs modern English, but they are always in the same direction. In simple terms, more God means more grammar. In technical linguistic terms, tradition goes toward 'synthetic' and modernity goes toward 'isolating'. Modernity is more efficient for damn sure. Measured by Shannon information, you can transfer the same message in a much shorter utterance when you skip the 'redundant' suffixes of Latin. English is unquestionably better for everyday business. Those 'redundant' suffixes serve a more important formative purpose. Just as a trellis provides a guide and a reinforcement for a tomato vine, the synthetic morphs provide a training force and a supporting force for verbal thinking. When you cling to the immobile orthogonality of the trellis, you can still flex to face the sun, but you can't be torn apart by the wind. = = = = = END REPRINT.
Labels: things worth doing
What if, long before Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo, the Neanderthals were humanity’s first artists? At any rate, this is the hypothesis raised by new dating of Spanish rock paintings published in February 2018 in the journal Science (link is external),indicating that the hands and animals depicted on the walls of three caves date back 65,000 years. This would mean that they were painted 25,000 years before the arrival of the first Homo sapiens in the Iberian peninsula.If you follow Darwin, this bigotry is inevitable. Darwin postulated gradually increasing complexity, so of course WE are the top of the stack because we come AFTER the Okies. Hey dude, this is 2019. Get with it. We know now that Global Warming is real, that males are toxic, that gender is unreal, that Robert Mueller is the highest source of moral judgments, that Soros is God and Hillary is his Prophetess. Get with the pogrom or take one for the team. If you face facts about genes, you see that the genome started with EVERYTHING and gradually lost different pieces for each species and individual. From this angle, Neanderthal art isn't a puzzle. We still have the genetic capacity to make artistic representations, so our ancestors also had the capacity. Probably more of it. But this author is asking a more detailed and interesting question. Since these cave paintings show talent plus skill, the painter must have spent time developing his skill.
In fact, what determines artists’ status is the position they hold in society. “The term ‘artist’ refers to a socio-professional category of specialists whose social identity stems from the production of graphic or visual art,” Bourdier adds. However, for both the Neanderthals and Homo sapiens of the Upper Palaeolithic (35,000 to 10,000 years ago), there is almost no trace of these social identities.Translating the jargon, he seems to mean that the hillbillies knew how to delegate and divide tasks, allowing people to exchange their specialized labor for other specialized labor. Bubba didn't leave us any organizational spreadsheets, so we don't know if the artist had an assigned role. Again the Grand Blueprint answers the question without any written evidence. All colonies and hives, from bacterial biofilms to coral reefs to beehives to elephants to humans, have divided labor and assigned tasks. Neanderthals didn't come before bacterial biofilms, so OF COURSE they had division of labor. Probably better than ours. A more important question is why modern humans insist on SPEEDING UP the natural degradation of genetic complexity by rigidly assuming that our current monstrous genocidal psychotic deanimation is the highest and best stage of culture. We are rapidly breaking down all borders and boundaries, including the boundaries between jobs and social roles. We are killing massive segments of the population, based SPECIFICALLY on skills. When "everybody can be anything", everybody is nothing.
A possible plant organ that could relay the airborne acoustic signal into a response is the flower itself, especially in flowers with “bowl” shape. If this is the case, we expect that part of the flower (or the entire flower) would vibrate physically in response to the airborne sound of a potential pollinator. We further predict that nectar sugar concentration would increase in response to the sound.The researchers used all sorts of tricks to isolate the sensor and check the frequency response. The hypothesis was verified. A sound similar to the wingbeats of a plant's preferred pollinator causes a temporary sweetening of the nectar. The sweetening takes a few minutes to develop, so the first bee might not receive the signal. But the first bee is often a scout, so the sugar trap is fresh just in time for the mass of bees who respond to the scout. The next step in research is to find the mechanism. If the petals are the tympanic membrane, where is the cochlea? More likely the petals ARE the cochlea, directly transducing pressure change. I discussed this parallel in my earlier piece on Chamovitz, but at that time the basic question about airborne sound hadn't been answered. I was thinking in terms of acoustic response by roots and stems. Now that the petals are known to be the sensors, the parallel is blatantly clear. The cochlea is a logarithmic spiral because frequencies are sensed logarithmically. Many flowers are also log spirals. How about the opposite parallel? Do animals sweeten their pheromones on hearing the voice of the preferred mating type? A preferred sound certainly creates a whole-body pleasure via the vagus nerve and parasympathetic system. The vagus controls many secretions in the skin and gut, and also picks up olfactory signals from incoming pheromones. So this is highly likely but not yet determined. = = = = = Later astonished thought: The delayed sweetness is truly remarkable. It shows that the plant's intelligence is ANTICIPATING a future event and STRATEGIZING to match the beehive's strategy. Other plant responses are much faster and simpler. The snapdragon bops the bee on the head to knock it down into the pollen, and the clover ticks each floret out of the way after it's been consumed.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.