Thursday, November 15, 2018
  Come on, you can do better

SciAm is trying to get out of the rigid shackles of orthodox fashion, trying to open up to valid philosophy and ACTUAL FACTS once in a while. I'm trying to give them kudos and credit for breaking out of the cage.

This essay on the experience of time does manage to avoid all the standard shackles. No global warming, no die-versity, no TRUMPHITLERKKKALTRIGHTGAB. But it's not good philosophy, and more to the point it skips some obvious empirical observations that could pin the philosophy to real science.
You may claim that, whereas the desert road scenario is static, lacking action, you actually did brush your teeth earlier. So time definitely flowed from then to now; or did it? All you have supporting belief that it did is your memory of having brushed your teeth, which you experience now. All you ever have is the present experiential snapshot. Even the notion of a previous or subsequent snapshot is—insofar as you can know from experience—merely a memory or expectation within the present snapshot. The flow from snapshot to snapshot is a story you tell yourself, irresistibly compelling as it may be. Neuroscience itself suggests that this flow is indeed a cognitive construct.
For some memories you may only have the memory itself as evidence. But for his specific example of toothbrushing you have an objective and replicable TIME-CONSTANT. A curve of discharge and charge. You know from experience that the taste of toothpaste declines over the first hour after brushing, and other tastes, including bacteria, increase over the first hour. If you've been MEASURING and CALIBRATING these tastes carefully, and if you KNOW THE BASELINE, you can tell with fair precision how many minutes have passed since the brushing.

Similar discharge and charge curves apply to other remembered events, such as exercise or eating or drinking alcohol. If you keep track of these events regularly, your internal senses tell you how much time has elapsed since the last instance. With addictive and habitual experiences like alcohol, you also know how much time will elapse before the next available instance, and this knowledge can help you to white-knuckle through the painful time before the next dose.

If an elephant-fish can use discharge and charge curves to find its prey and plan its day, why can't humans use time constants? Well, we do.


  Doesn't inspire confidence

When I look at the statcounter info for this blog, I'm accustomed to seeing 98% mechanical bots and 2% maybe actual readers.

Among the latest bot-type stuff is a "read" by is not just an unclaimed placeholder like most bot sources. It's maintained by W3C, the web standards people.

Almost every webpage contains several 'namespace' references to W3C. If their own system isn't safe from hacking, why should the rest of us even bother?

The answer, of course, is that the rest of us MUST bother. We MUST use good antivirus software BECAUSE the so-called security standards are the REAL hackers.


  NO. For the million(+1)th time, it's NOT NEW.

Another BRAND NEW Tesla idea.

Via Electrek, which is NOT a Tesla skeptic site. The Model 3 has doorhandles that have to be pushed with a thumb to pop out the part you can actually grab. This fails in cold weather.

Brand new? Nope, Chrysler tried the same trick in '56 and ran into the same problem. Chrysler switched to a direct pull-up handle in '57, and stayed with it for 50 years.

This is OBVIOUS when you think about it. A door needs a handle that is always pullable. When you can pull, you can break through ice or other stickiness. If the ice prevents you from reaching the handle, you're helpless. Tesla's "engineers" never think about anything.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This is the BEST piece of real science in a LONG TIME. Utterly amazing.

The experiments were done by Gottwald at Univ. of Bonn. Basic point: A peculiar elephant-nosed fish unsurprisingly called the elephant-fish uses its 'trunk' as Doppler radar to detect edible insects. Other fish use their electric fields as weapons and FM stereo two-way radio and radar, but the elephant-fish doesn't just detect echoes.

It distinguishes between uninteresting dead rocks and interesting insects by detecting the capacitive absorption and discharge from the object. A solid rock reflects charge without any dynamic alteration. A living thing has complicated capacitance in its various cavities and membranes, and some active response from its neurons. The echo is non-linear in specific ways.

These experimenters simulated rocks and bugs with actual resistors and actual capacitors. The fish ignored the resistors and tried to eat the capacitors!

Astonishing natural function, and even more astonishing insight and understanding by the researchers.

But the researchers picked an inadequate metaphor to explain the action. They used color vision as a metaphor, which doesn't capture the idea of depth perception caused by phase modification.

Let's see if I can get closer with a sound-based explanation.

The capacitive response reshapes the returned voltage field by initially absorbing and then reflecting in a complex way, as the tissues and neurons of the bug discharge or actively respond to the input pulse.

The reshaped echo has a different and dynamically varying spectral pattern, like the upsweeps and downsweeps that a bat detects, or the upsweeps and downsweeps of vowels that humans detect. In this case the sweeps are based on phase instead of frequency, which humans can't detect. So I've tried to simulate with fast sweeps of frequency.

In this animation the elephant-fish (played by old Five Eyes Opabinia) is sending pulses out and using its trunk to detect the echoes. I'm using sound instead of charge because humans can't detect charge intelligently. The live critter in the middle takes the echo and reshapes the spectrum, while the rocks simply return the original echo. I've tried to give you a sense of what the fish might 'hear'.

Well, as usual Firefox's idiot "security" theater prevents me from including the video, so I have to resort to a LESS SECURE method. Here's the short video for download. Just 20 seconds, but it gets the point across. You can hear how a spectrum-shifted response differs from an unchanged echo.


  You've got money. Use it.


EFF, Human Rights Watch, and Over 70 Civil Society Groups Ask Mark Zuckerberg to Provide All Users with Mechanism to Appeal Content Censorship on Facebook

This is an indirect indication that FB has expanded its censorship to globalist opinions. "Human rights" and "Civil Society" are exclusive Soros trademarks. These groups are Soros.

When Soros is pissed at FB, things will change. FB will return to its original method of burning only anti-global heretics.

Bigger point: All of these groups have LOTS OF MONEY AND INFLUENCE. The "conservatives" who have been complaining longer because FB has been censoring them longer ALSO have lots of money and influence.

Entirely aside from politics and censorship, FB is fading because advertisers are realizing that digital ads aren't cost-effective.

Given both of these factors, the discontent and the natural fade, there should be room for a strictly subscription-based alternative. A network that doesn't have to obey the wishes of Google and Amazon and Apple because it doesn't depend on their advertising for support. A network that has its own servers and its own lawyers and sleazy private investigators to keep the opposition and the bureaucrats at bay.

Since neither the Sorosians nor the "conservatives" have tried to create such a service, the conclusion is clear. Neither "side" really wants freedom. Both "sides" want to generate talking points. Nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  This would be a good place for a liturgy

Old Okie joke. When you're highly unimpressed with the food and service in a restaurant, somebody is bound to say "Hey, I've got an idea! This would be a great location for a restaurant!"

It's closely related to the dishwasher story, and also to Injun naming practices. Things should be named by their function, not by arbitrary assignment.

This place doesn't serve the function of a restaurant, so it must be something else. Still, we need a restaurant around here, and somebody ought to start one.

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Apply the old joke to churches. Humans have a deep and innate need for liturgy and religious ceremony. Every culture has priests who perform ceremonies.

The process is so deep that you can see priestly actions in the "random" motions generated by meth or Tourettes. Preaching, swinging a censer, swaying, holding up a communion cup, blessing.

Liturgy is part of the preset programming of the cerebellum.

So it's a damn shame that the liturgical churches have become cesspits of gross corruption. Of course it's nothing new; Rome has been maxed out on all scales of evil for 1000 years. The other liturgical churches aren't nearly as wicked, but they've still lost all connection and empathy with the people who NEED the liturgy. Instead they're violently serving Soros.

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Broader and sloppier thought: All major organizations in Sorosia have ceased performing their functions. Many have reversed their functions. National government is supposed to protect the borders, not bring in invaders. Banks are supposed to charge interest on loans and pay interest on savings. Corporations are supposed to make things or provide services, not print counterfeit money. Doctors are supposed to heal disease, not create disease. Intel agencies are supposed to spy on foreigners, not create terrorists. Journalists are supposed to report facts, not create wars and crimes.

Smaller organizations (local business, local police) are still doing what they were meant to do, but the failure of function is spreading downward FAST.

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  Lysenko's revenge continues

An excellent example of USEFUL science, and also a nice vindication of Lysenko. As always, real science advances by improved materials and techniques, not by theories.

The entire topic of epigenes was REdiscovered about 20 years ago when wise biologists ABANDONED their Mendelian theories and TOOK HOLD OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HERE. Now that this more accurate view of genes informs new observations, it continues to yield more useful TECHNIQUES, like this one:
This epigenetic reprogramming of soybean plants, the culmination of a decade-long study, was accomplished not by introducing any new genes but by changing how existing genes are expressed.

Researchers identified a gene they call MSH1 that exists in all plants, and when they down-regulate or turn off its expression, the plant becomes "convinced" it is encountering multiple stresses, even though it is growing under perfect conditions. The plant senses it is dealing with drought, extreme cold, heat and high light levels, etc., simultaneously, Mackenzie explained, so it amplifies the expression of gene networks to respond to those stimuli.

"Recently, by serendipity, we discovered that after we replace the MSH1 gene, the plant has a 'memory' of that stress -- and by memory I mean its growth features are very different from the plant we started with," she said. "And it will remember the stress generation after generation after generation, as long as we don't make any crosses and keep it in the same lineage."
This is exactly what Lysenko was trying to do. He had limited success because he didn't have gene-editing technology available. He wasn't able to control specific genes solely by selective breeding.






  NO. For the millionth time, it's NOT NEW.

A convective GRRRRR.

Listening to more Tesla discussions. Except for Spiegel, who gets it fully right, most of the skeptics are stuck in the belief that Elon is an "innovator". Just now heard one of the skeptics saying that Elon may be an awful manager, but he landed a rocket on a barge. Nobody else ever did that.


The Krauts were developing guided missiles with built-in TV cameras and computing capacity in their research facility at Peenemunde. These guided missiles could hit a barge-sized target. Fortunately the Russians defeated the Krauts before this technology could be used for actual bombardment.

Elon's ideas are all old. He tries to rebuild the old ideas WITHOUT the old manufacturing methods that actually WORK. His only innovation is new ways to develop religious zealotry and suck money from the believers.
  Bots not as hot as thot

Chris Irons (QTR) did an interesting long interview with Aaron Smith-Levin, one of the new generation of Hubbard survivors. Lots of juicy details about the newer form of Hubbardism, which is ALMOST as loony as US/EU elites. I didn't think that was possible. Hubbard has secret paramilitary bases, unknown to the ordinary members. Heretics are often banished to a distant base and never heard from again.

Irons has been doing research on Hubbard for a long time, from a general fascination with cultish behavior. Understanding cults helps to see through the hype of MLM and tech-monsters like Elon.

Smith-Levin was born into the cult and got out, which qualifies him to speak from experience. But he didn't seem to know much about the e-meter, treating it as pure 'magic' stagecraft. Neither of them seemed to know about the earlier Hubbard skeptics like Alphia Hart.

Might be useful to note in this connection that I experimented with the original e-meter circuit and found that it was an ACTIVE input to the nervous system, not just a passive indicator. Perhaps the newer digital versions are more meter-like with passive inputs, but the original would have been something like an electrical drug with dosage controlled by the 'auditor'. It was not just stagecraft.

Irons and Smith-Levin anticipated a heavy bot-like negative response to their Youtube interview, but so far it's not showing up. I see 14 likes / 2 dislikes, and the comments are the usual stock-trader stuff, not hardass cult action. (The hardass action nowadays comes in response to Tesla skeptics, not Hubbard skeptics.) When I ran the Aberree pieces last year, I also anticipated a storm of negative links, but again nothing happened.

Conclusion: Hubbardism still rigidly controls its members but it no longer exerts much power on the outer world.

Come to think of it, this same failed expectation applies to ALL advertised bots, such as "Russian" and "Persian" bots. Bots are simply the new version of the old '50s "subversives". The subversives who are advertised, the subversives we're warned about, are minor or nonexistent. The real bots and subversives are sponsored by Steadystate and NOT advertised.


Monday, November 12, 2018
  Neocon industrial policy

Convective thought:

Trump's approach to trade starts with a correct diagnosis of the numerical facts but misplaces the blame.

He blames Germany and China for being "unfair", and casts us as the helpless victim.

First part is true, but we got the bad end of those deals because our robber barons are getting rich from the bad end. We could have defended ourselves but we didn't.

Here's the truth: Every mature nation TRIES to gain an advantage in trade, so its own workers can have better pay and more useful work. Every mature nation must DEFEND itself against other nations who are trying to gain the advantage. When all sides are playing this way, the result tends to optimize specific advantages based on resources and skills.

Since 1975, USA has failed on both counts. We have NOT tried to help our own workers by seeking an advantage in trade. We have RUINED our own workers by LETTING China and Germany have the advantage.

The problem is not China and Germany, the problem is NYC. Our robber barons have abandoned production and switched to counterfeiting and stock manipulation.

Trump's answer is NOT proper industrial policy. Proper industrial policy, as implemented by FDR, first clamps down on NYC and then creates internal and external conditions favorable to PRODUCTION OF REAL VALUE.

Instead, Trump is giving even more privileges and freedom to NYC while making warlike noises with no real effect.

Neocon war, as defined neatly by Sailer, is INVITE AND INVADE. Invite foreign migrants and start meaningless wars to create more migrants. Trump has simply extended the neocon method to industrial policy.
  One of these things is just like the others

This article was published:

Social media use increases depression and loneliness, study finds

Nobody would publish these articles:

Car use increases mobility, study finds

Food use increases nutrition, study finds

Soap use increases cleanliness, study finds

Air use increases breathing, study finds

Why do they publish the first one?

Increasing depression is the SINGLE SOLE SOLITARY PURPOSE of social media. Increasing loneliness is THE BUSINESS MODEL of Facebook. This is NOT A MYSTERY OR A SECRET.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
  Done with Box Depots

In the unlikely event that anyone cares, here's the finished set at ShareCG.


  A new phrase

Pretty good convective thought, summing up a theme of the last few days.

Reviewing the theme:

Empires are built on transparently false theories, like "Aryan supremacy" and "equality" and "democracy" and "diversity".

Normal countries are built on experience. Natural Law is the recorded results of 10k years of experimentation. Normal humans learn which behaviors lead to survival. The surviving cultures and countries have given us the INFINITELY VALUABLE GIFT of wisdom and scriptures, God's lab logbook.

Finance and debt are built on the delusional theory of exponential increase.

Real-value economies are built on the EXPERIENCE of building and accumulating and maintaining skills and property and machinery across many generations.

New thought:

Steadystate DOES NOT COMPREHEND experience, so it has to insult and belittle experiential thought and learning. Steadystate calls experience-based facts "conspiracy theories" because everything must be a theory.

People who have REAL EXPERIENCE with the crimes of Steadystate KNOW how Steadystate is conspiring to smash civilization and obliterate the universe.

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Some statements about conspiracy are truly CONSPIRACY THEORIES because they are invented fictions. Most are invented by Steadystate via Agent Provocateur operations.

Other statements about conspiracy are CONSPIRACY EXPERIENCES because they are based on experience.

Example 1:

The conspiracy THEORIES about 9/11 always claim that jet fuel can't melt or soften steel, therefore the NYC buildings must have been imploded.

Anyone with EXPERIENCE of metal-work, and anyone who has seen the results of fires, knows that steel can be softened by a properly drafted fire with just about any fuel. Blacksmiths used to soften steel with wood and coal fires. Blowtorches used kerosene (jet fuel) until recently. There's no reason to doubt that the jet planes started the fires and softened the buildings.

Why does Steadystate want to cultivate this particular theory? To remove blame from Saudi.

Example 2:

I was occasionally involved in peace and anti-nuke movements in the '60s and '70s. The groups usually had one member who openly announced himself as "former CIA". Thus I know from EXPERIENCE that CIA is NOT stopped or obstructed by those meaningless little theories called "laws". When tech idiots eagerly participate in Bitcoin and various #resistance movements which are OPENLY AND BLATANTLY STARTED BY STEADYSTATE AND OPENLY AND BLATANTLY SERVING STEADYSTATE'S PURPOSES, I can only sadly observe their foolishness. I know FROM EXPERIENCE that they have been trained by Steadystate to #resist all inputs from experience and observation.

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  Unhappy 100th, Steadystate. May you burn in hell.

Armistice Day isn't exactly the start of Steadystate, but it's the best 'inflection point' approximation. US participation in WW1 was minor by comparison with earlier and later wars. The real significance of Armistice was the establishment of internal and external agencies of empire and tyranny and terror and crime. Many of the internal agencies faded after 1920, but the Bureau of Inquisition under Popess Edgar has grown constantly since then, always finding new varieties of heretics to burn.

One part of our active war effort didn't stop at 11/11. Our first invasion of Russia, working WITH the Axis powers, continued seamlessly across the date. We did finally give up, letting Japan continue and expand the occupation.

FDR managed to damp down some of Steadystate's fever. It roared back with redoubled strength in 1946. Since then we've been working WITH Germany again to invade and conquer Russia again. We succeeded partly and briefly in 1991.

Invading Russia never works, but we never learn. We're lethally addicted to the imperial delusion. We deserve to be destroyed.


  Just stop.

Stop pushing the weird bizarre myth that "elections" matter. They don't.

This latest idiocy is from the D brand, but the same idiocy comes just as often from the R brand. Always invoking "civics education" and "civic engagement" to create more idiots.

I suppose there is a connection to "civics education", but not in the way these idiots claim. After you've "voted" several times, you LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE that it's a meaningless ceremony.

You pick the candidates that your team commands you to pick. You watch those candidates after they take office. All politicians serve Steadystate after they're in office. Nothing ever changes. All policies move in the same direction forever.

So you give up on candidates and try marking Yes or No on referendums. After a few times you LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE that the referendums are equally meaningless. When a ref agrees with Steadystate, it is allowed to take effect. When a ref disagrees, it's overturned by the blackrobed demons. Nothing ever changes.

More precisely, nothing ever changes as a result of markings. Sometimes policies do change for internal reasons, but the reasons are never expressed publicly and never correlated with markings.

A good example is the change in forest management that I mentioned yesterday. The governor and other state officials have belonged to the D brand for many years, and the brand proportions in the legislature are also constant. Somebody quietly decided that it wasn't smart to burn half the state every summer, even though most of the burned people were Deplorable Unpersons. Maybe the fires were getting too close to the governor's own properties. I don't know the real reason, but I know that the markings on ballots were NOT the reason.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018
  Parkinson observation

The most famous Parkinson's Law is Work expands to fill the available time.

Unquestionably true, but I'd narrow it down to Work expands to fit the established routine.

Example: The latest courseware project effectively ended in early August, with a sparse QA finale that dragged on till the end of Oct. The QA kept me in work mode, always checking the inbox, but there was very little actual work during those months. I started the Box Depots Poser project to stay busy during that time.

I use the EXCELLENT Microsoft tool SyncToy to back up daily output to USB every day. The selected backups include both paid courseware and unpaid graphics output. SyncToy gives a detailed report of each backup.

During the year of full-time courseware, with no 'hobby' work at all, the backup pretty consistently handled 50 files per day, generally 30 new and 20 revised. After August, with all the work going into unpaid 'hobby' graphics, the backup pretty consistently handles 50 files per day, generally 30 new and 20 revised.

That's an established routine! No matter what kind of software work it is, I always handle 50 files per day.


  Constants and variables 112, Burn baby burn edition

Trump has turned out to be Hillary in an orange wig, but occasionally he still speaks the truth.
As the wildfires ravaging Northern and Southern California destroy billions of dollars worth of real estate, President Trump reminded the world in a Saturday morning tweet that global warming - which many (on the left in particular) have blamed for the fires - isn't the responsible for the fires. Rather, California's inept forest-management strategies have left the state vulnerable as drought-like conditions have transformed the state's densely packed forests into a bed of kindling, just waiting to be set off by a stray cigarette butt.

In a tweet that seems almost tailor-made to trigger the left, President Trump threatened to revoke the "billions that are given each year" to the state if California doesn't address the "gross mismanagement" of its forests and take more steps to mitigate the fires.
We have an immediate and meaningful controlled experiment proving the point. For several years Wash was also experiencing MASSIVE EXPLOSIVE wildfires because of EPA-approved universe-obliterating genocide techniques. The response to the fires was equally destructive. No warning, no watching, no preparation.

I observed that the state DNR (Destroyer of Natural Resources) was being managed by people who had ALREADY PROVED their SPECIFIC INCOMPETENCE in fire emergencies.

Some COOOL and influential people must have reached the same conclusion, because those incompetent managers were quietly replaced two years ago. Now we have more logging, more controlled burns, better watching.

This summer was perfectly dry and somewhat hotter than normal, which WOULD have given us another massive explosive disaster.

No disaster. Average wildfires this summer.


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Couple days later, headline about Calif wildfires:

California Utilities Implode, Lose A Third Of Their Value In 2 Days On Massive Fire Damages

Maybe this points to the real reason for the change. Avista has been trying to sell out. Negotiations with a large Quebec utility have been running for quite a while, and I don't think the deal is firm yet. If Avista had continued losing lines and poles, its SHARE VALUE might have decreased, which is of course the WORST THING IMAGINABLE IN ALL UNIVERSES. The state dysgovernment had to preserve SHARE VALUE, even if it meant letting some Deplorables remain unbarbecued.

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  NOT the standard shit!

For the sake of fairness, I should call attention to this EXTREMELY SANE essay by Abraham Loeb, which is ALSO in SciAm.

For 50 years SciAm exclusively served official orthodox universe-obliterating civilization-crushing tyranny. This year, for the first time in living memory, SciAm has been publishing a few essays advocating REAL SCIENCE. What's the purpose? Is this the classic Hundred Flowers AP trick? Publish the "other side" so you can identify and exterminate everyone who agrees with it?


  Bad science for a bad purpose

Standard shit from Anti-scientific American.
They are confined to windowless cells roughly the size of a king bed for 23 hours a day, with virtually no human contact except for brief interactions with prison guards. According to scientists speaking at the conference session, this type of social isolation and sensory deprivation can have traumatic effects on the brain, many of which may be irreversible. Neuroscientists, lawyers and activists such as King have teamed up with the goal of abolishing solitary confinement as cruel and unusual punishment.
In other words, "scientists" serve Soros because the NGOs that provide grants serve Soros.
Prolonged social isolation — feeling lonely, not just being alone — can exact severe physical, emotional and cognitive consequences. It is associated with a 26 percent increased risk of premature death, largely stemming from an out of control stress response that results in higher cortisol levels, increased blood pressure and inflammation. Feeling socially isolated also increases the risk of suicide. “We see solitary confinement as nothing less than a death penalty by social deprivation,” said Stephanie Cacioppo, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago, who was on the panel with King.
Causation failure. Outside the walls, unwilling isolation results from low status. Low status causes stress whether you're alone or not. No way to separate out real-life isolation from its default cause.
King has experienced lasting cognitive changes from his time in solitary confinement. His memory is impaired and he has lost his ability to navigate, both of which are signs of damage to the hippocampus. At one point he was unable to recognize faces, but that problem has passed. Cacioppo speculated that social areas of his brain that were not being used, like those involved in facial recognition, might have atrophied during his time in solitary.
Speculation is not science. You don't know King's initial condition and you can't do a controlled experiment, so you have NO FUCKING IDEA whether his currently claimed condition is (1) his normal condition, (2) caused by drugs and alcohol, (3) caused by aging, (4) caused by a degenerative disease, (5) caused by isolation, or (6) just plain faking. Sounds like (6) faking to me.
King said he survived the ordeal because he recognized that his case was “politicized,” and bigger than himself. He and many supporters believe the Angola Three were targeted and falsely convicted because they were members of the Black Panther party.
The Black Panthers were a GANG with a political facade. They were not dissidents. They committed lots of ordinary crimes just like any other GANG.

Here's the plain reality: Inside the walls there aren't many sticks and carrots available to control behavior. Some people are INCURABLY BAD. Solitary is an INDISPENSABLE tool because it REMOVES the incurables from the rest of the population. Solitary allows the trainable inmates to SURVIVE so they have a chance to be trained.

The ACLU and other Sorosians, like these "scientists", have been eliminating the more subtle sticks and carrots for 60 years. Most of the tools are already gone, and now Soros is trying hard to eliminate the

tool of all, which is USEFUL WORK.

Soros NGOs consider useful work in prison to be "slavery" because it's the only remaining REHABILITATION method. Soros DOES NOT WANT rehabilitation. Soros and his darling little pet "scientist" cocksuckers want well-trained and well-motivated criminals to be RELEASED so Soros can recruit them into his private army. This is a FACT.

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  Hamburger depot?

Latest item at KSHS is another small railroad building, but I'm NOT going to include this one in my digital models.

Santa Fe depot at Cushenbury, Calif. Looks like it was newly constructed when the pic was taken.

Without the description, there's no way you'd connect this building with railroads. It's a roadside fast-food outlet, or more specifically the projection booth and snack bar of a drive-in theater. Did Santa Fe borrow the blueprints from a drive-in?

Here's a Googlestreet that seems to be the same general area, with a possible old grade on the right. Desert, lots of mineral and gravel action now using the highway instead of the railroad.

Friday, November 09, 2018
  Another "new" idea from Tesla

Elon's wonderful unprecedented Innovative Disruption at work!

Above, Tesla Model S innovative disruptor.

Below, 1905 four-wheel drive electric with four motors, made by Commercial Motor Vehicle Co.

Which is more innovative?


  Racist! Sexist! Transphobe!


FDA to propose ban on menthol cigarettes.

  Y no automobile?

From an article on the Willys Aero in Collectible Auto, Feb 1990:

It's hard to believe, given the short life of the Aero-Willys, that its maker was ever one of the Big Three. Yet Willys-Overland had held that distinction for a decade, 1910-1919, usually the second most popular nameplate after Ford.

Now, of course, Willys is back in the big three. Depending on how you separate brands, it's usually #3 in sales among American nameplates.

Again from CA:

Willys didn't resume automobile production after WW2, choosing to concentrate on Jeep-inspired vehicles instead.

I've often made the point that by modern definitions Willys never stopped making passenger cars. We now consider pickup trucks and big station wagons (=SUVs) to be passenger cars. In 1955 when Willys stopped making SEDANS, the definitions were different.

Well, that's revisionism, which is unquestionably bad logic. It's not fair to apply today's rules to the standards of the past. Most of today's toxic "news" is grotesque revisionism.

New thought:

This isn't revisionism. Even by PAST standards the Jeep fitted into the category of passenger cars. It was and is an automobile.

Here's a WW2 Jeep:

And here's a 1905 Cameron runabout, which was the TYPICAL body shape in 1905.

Same form. Four seats, open sides, rear seats above front seats. If this form was the DEFAULT passenger car in 1905, why didn't the Jeep count as such in 1945 or 1955?



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