Old sound more common now
Most of the questions on quora.com are either (1) completely jumbled and incomprehensible, (2) immediately googleable, or (3) seeking sneaky shortcuts around the law.
Among the useful questions are generational differences, as in "What's a sound you have to explain to younger people?"
The major answers to the latter question are sounds relating to phonographs. It struck me just now that ONE aspect of vinyl disks is actually MORE recognizable and MORE common now than in the era of real phonographs. Namely the VOOOOOOP sound made by a needle scraping across the record. You hear it all the time as a sound effect on radio talk shows or in Youtube clips. It is an audio emoticon for "Let's start this again."
When records were real, the VOOOOOP was rare because it DESTROYED THE RECORD. It didn't give you a chance to start over, it just made the record unplayable.
A case of semantic shifting in the realm of audio emoticons.
¶ 12:33 PM
People are better 3
More self-destructive stupidity by Deepstate... All branches of the USA STRONG dysgovernment are responding to the epidemic of leaks and counterleaks by CLAMPING DOWN HARD on security clearances and so on.
Deepstate only goes one way. Always clamp, never loosen. The result is perfectly predictable.
People know what's right and wrong. Laws against Naturally wrong activities work well, because normal people don't want to steal and kill. Laws against Naturally good or neutral activities only generate black markets and create criminals.
We should have learned from alcohol prohibition. FDR showed us (yet again) the ONLY example of government loosening when he broke prohibition. Even before FDR died, Deepstate had already resurrected the clamp by moving it to marijuana. Deepstate has profited immensely from the new clamp, and is currently trying to undo the loosening in many states.
A clampdown on information will have the same effect as all others.
It will make leaking far more valuable.
Leaks will be used for blackmail more than before. Leaks will be used for internal bitch-fights among the bureaucratic eunuchs even more. These INTENDED CONSEQUENCES will then "justify" an even stronger clampdown, which will make the INTENDED CONSEQUENCES even more valuable, which will then "justify" an even stronger....
People are better 2
Continuing on the theme that people are better than their leaders....
ArsTechnica is a good place to watch the leadership class in action. The website featured a predictable Federal decision against Truthteller Damore. The decision is not scary. The Federal dysgovernment outlawed truth in 1946. Truth is a capital crime. When you tell the truth in public, you know what to expect from the black-robed demons and the Bureau of Inquisition.
The scary part is the unofficial Inquisition by the commenters. The first commenter stated a truth, DELICATELY AND CAUTIOUSLY, just as Damore had done. The rest of the thread is a massive brutal vicious violent riot against the cautious truthteller.
These are not people. These are leaders, or young leaders in training. Insatiables slaughtering Deplorables, just as in the first Inquisition 500 years ago. Same sides, same violence, same total destruction of truth and logic and civilization.
People are better
God is like Trump.
Both of them have run magnificent campaigns, advocating Natural Law, advising people to follow Natural Law and praise God or vote for Trump.
God's people (nowadays primarily Africans) are doing God's will, following Natural Law, making more life and value, helping their neighbors, praising God as per specs.
BUT: God is not on God's side. God is not doing his part to destroy evil cities and corporations and organizations.
Trump's people (nowadays primarily Caucasians) are doing Trump's will, making more life and value, helping their neighbors, voting for Trump as per specs.
BUT: Trump is not on Trump's side. Trump is just another Wilson/Bush globalist, doing nothing to slow down the financial mob or to slow down our evil aggressions.
People are better than their gods. People are better than their leaders.
But, no but
Poll says most Americans think Trump is a worse president than Obama.
Most people are simply exuding the toxins that the media demons have injected.
When you stand back and look at OBJECTIVE ACHIEVEMENTS, the picture is more complicated.
I'm an honest populist, judging presidents strictly on OBJECTIVE ACHIEVEMENTS. Trump is definitely WORSE than Obama so far, FROM A POPULIST VIEWPOINT.
If you're an honest globalist, judging presidents strictly on OBJECTIVE ACHIEVEMENTS, you should say that Trump is BETTER than Obama so far, FROM A GLOBALIST VIEWPOINT.
Obama was a loyal globalist for 6 years, following Deepstate marching orders. He started a new war every week and rewarded the banks and slaughtered Deplorables as per specs.
BUT: Obama made two counter-globalist moves after he fired Hillary. He stopped making war against Persia and Cuba and started to restore normal trade with those countries.
Trump is a loyal globalist, following Deepstate marching orders. He starts a new war every week and rewards the banks and slaughters Deplorables as per specs.
BUT: So far there's no BUT. In fact there's a negative BUT. Trump is a better globalist than Obama. He's explicitly UNDOING Obama's two countermoves.
¶ 7:20 AM
OK by me!
Lately the rapture visionaries are sharing a prediction that NYC will be removed from the universe by a tsunami.
I hadn't thought along those lines, but it's fine with me. Whatever it takes. Just get it done.
Enough slacking, God. Pick a fucking side, God. You claim to be on God's side, God.
SHOW US. DO IT NOW.
¶ 2:18 AM
Premise 1: The Framers and Bombers and Inquisitors got a credible early warning about the latest school shooter, from a bail bondsman who counts as part of the "law" enforcement community. FBI didn't arrest the dude.
Premise 2: The dude is obviously retarded. He doesn't have "mental health issues", he's just a retard.
Therefore: FBI was cultivating him. FBI always prefers retards for its cultivated witches, partly because retards are easy to mold and mostly because retards make the witch target groups (Christians, Southerners, Muslims) look awful.
¶ 6:34 AM
Haven't seen a good asked-answered pair in quite a while.
Songs about songs
Yesterday I was bitching (as always) that schools teach ABOUT reality instead of teaching reality. Our music classes taught us songs ABOUT classical pieces instead of teaching us the classical pieces.
USA STRONG schools have always taken this approach in all subjects, ESPECIALLY science. Instead of doing real experiments, science classes memorize theories and names and places. There have always been rare shining exceptions like Mrs Hunholz. Even now there are still a few shining exceptions, and I try to help support them through DonorsChoose.
About-ness is expanding exponentially everywhere, DESPITE the increased availability of primary sources. Each "side" believes only its own songs about the other side. All "sides" believe the same false songs about the past.
Twenty years ago this lack of direct knowledge was completely understandable and forgivable.
You had to do LOTS OF HARD WORK to hear another side or another time, and most of the info wasn't publicly available at all. If you wanted to hear the Russian or Cuban side, you had to master the equipment and techniques of shortwave listening. If you wanted to see how people in 1890 really lived, you needed access to a major library, and you needed LOTS of time and heavy lifting to search purposefully through dusty volumes of old periodicals. If you wanted to hear old radio, you were out of luck unless you could personally wander around the country finding old transcription discs in swap meets and antique shops.
Now all of those sources are just a click away. Some of them require payment, and some aren't immediately Googlable; you still have to learn where to find the best material; but there's no real work involved.
Here's a good example of a primary source that wouldn't have been available twenty years ago.
From a magazine that RCA sent out to its dealers in the early '30s, with sales strategies, window display ideas, jokes about stupid non-RCA stores, etc....
Wonderful picture. Look at the HANDS. RCA respected the black man for his work, and wanted to have him as a customer. RCA was sending a message to its dealers with this picture. This man could be a customer. Treat him right and you will gain more profit.
Closely parallel to GM's marketing of Cadillac at the same time. Nick Dreystadt, head of the Caddy division, had been a salesman in Chicago. He knew there was a significant black upperclass who wanted Caddies, could pay for Caddies, but weren't being allowed into the dealerships. He changed the policy and changed the advertising to bring in those customers. Result: Cadillac division saved from deletion.
Businesses operating for PROFIT are forced to perceive reality. Now that corporations are operating purely for SHARE VALUE, they don't need customers of any color. They are free from reality, free to listen only to the screeches emanating from Soros's foul filthy wicked infinitely evil cranial cavity.
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Sidenote: The comparatively "good" part of this about-ness is that the elites are impenetrably stupid. Even the spy agencies at the dark heart of Deepstate no longer observe facts about their opponents, preferring to stick with their own songs about songs. The entity known as "Reality Winner" was supposed to be analyzing info about Russia. Instead of reading RT or Sputnik News or sources written in Russian, it simply watched MSNBC and then leaked some particularly "damaging" delusions about Russia that were part of the endlessly repeated looping playlist on MSNBC. NSA punished it for leaking but wasn't bothered by its total disregard of FACTS.
When tyrants understand the motives and purposes of dissidents, tyrants can silence and kill dissidents efficiently. When tyrants are utterly disconnected from reality, dissidents have a lot more room to maneuver.
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Addendum from another new item at American Radio History:
This is from a British radio journal. Note especially that Amos and Andy was the MOST POPULAR program for many years. We can assume that the janitor above was listening to A+A, and the white radio dealers who saw the picture were ALSO listening to A+A.
If you think A+A was demeaning bigotry, you are an ACTUAL BIGOT. You are judging things purely on the deranged lyrics of the standard song about earlier times. (Earlier = any moment before the current femtosecond. Github Standard Time.)
If you had ever taken the SLIGHT trouble to find and listen to any episode of A+A, you would know that it showed an honest and positive picture of black MIDDLE-CLASS life, with some typically black characters and viewpoints. It depicted blacks as a source of wisdom. If you think a source of wisdom is a negative portrayal, you have told us EVERYTHING WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU.
This is CRIME.
Windows 10 is a burglar. No matter how hard you try to lock out its smash-and-grab, Microsoft Malware will smash in and take everything. I keep turning off the intruders, and they keep coming back. I shut off Update entirely, and Microsoft Malware spent most of today running an Update ANYWAY.
This is burglary. This is breaking and entering. Windows 10 is like Goldilocks the Crackhead. She smashes through your door, moves in a dozen crackhead buddies, turns on the heater and airconditioning full blast, turns on all the appliances, brings in her 12-foot plasma TV and her meth-cooking apparatus and her pot grow lights and plugs them in. The crack buddies start dealing and knifing and shooting, and YOU CAN'T DO A FUCKING THING ABOUT IT. You just pay and pay and pay and pay for having a computer that you can't use.
This is CRIME.
This is also an aspect of dystopia that Orwell and Huxley and Bradbury and even Percy failed to foresee. Modern people are willing to PAY DEARLY for the privilege of being totally surveilled and brain-damaged and robbed and killed. Losing your mind and will and property is COOOOOOOL if it's done with the Correct Brand Name. Old tyrants from Lincoln to Wilson to Stalin to Mao to Amin must be groaning in rueful disgust. "Damn! If only I had thought of this trick before that Jobs dude did! I could have run my torture factory at a MASSIVE PROFIT, and wouldn't even need the secret police to bring in the heretics. They're waiting in line to get tortured now!"
¶ 3:11 PM
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
For some reason
For some reason I was remembering the horrible corruption of classical music that we were force-fed in elementary school. If I hadn't ALREADY been firmly locked into classical by then, these abominations would have ruined it.
We sang this to the tune of Haydn's 92nd:
Papa Haydn's dead and gone
but his mem'ry lingers on.
When his heart was filled with bliss
he wrote merry tunes like this.
WE DIDN'T SING THE GODDAMN BANG! That would have made the piece slightly fun, if still hopelessly dumb.
Worst of all, to Beethoven's 9th:
Ode to Joy was taken from
a symphony by Beethovum.
WHY, for Christ's sweet sake? Ode to Joy is already a SONG, and it already has ACTUAL ENGLISH WORDS** which rhyme properly. The actual words are not controversial by '50s standards, and might have been slightly inspiring to kids.
Instead, we sang a dry badly-rhymed dictionary description ABOUT the song, set to the tune OF the song. Unspeakably blasphemous. (I've mercifully forgotten the rest of the atrocity, and Google mercifully fails to supply it.)
Applying the same principle to a more modern song that happens to be running in my mental jukebox:
Obladi is a song by the Beeee-TLES
which includes a number of nonsense words.
Obladi also makes an asserrrrrr-TION
pertaining to the continuity of existence.
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**For clarity, I'm thinking of the hymn 'Joyful joyful we adore thee', not the Schiller poem. The Schiller, with its violent mysticism, wouldn't have been suitable for 4th graders in public school, and the English translations are clumsy.
¶ 2:54 PM
Accountants aren’t known for taking risks. So a new experiment from Journal of Accounting Research stands out: an upcoming conference issue will include only papers that were accepted before the authors knew what their results would be. That’s very different from the traditional academic publication process, in which papers are published -- or not -- based largely on their results.
The new approach, known as “registered reports,” has developed a following in the sciences in light of the so-called reproducibility crisis. But JAR is the first accounting journal to try it.
At the same time, The Review of Financial Studies is breaking similar ground in business.
“This is what good accountants do -- we make reports trusted and worthy of that trust,” said Robert Bloomfield, Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management at Cornell University and guest editor of JAR’s registered reports-based issue
Pretty good definition of scientific method. METROLOGY. Judge the work strictly on its methods and verifiability.
This new standard will only help with research that isn't directly funded by a grant. When a researcher applies for a gov't or NGO grant, the result MUST be known in advance, and MUST agree with the goals of the gov't or NGO. Accepting a paper solely by its methods and design won't purify the motivation in that case.
Must admit (1) that I didn't realize accountancy was an academic subject needing research. How can you have alternate theories** about moving numbers around?
Must admit (2) that my own direct experience of CPAs doesn't match the ideal. When I was bookkeeper for a construction company in the '70s, my job was to follow precise and checkable methods to reach a set of sums and balances, without trying to achieve a specific result. METROLOGY.
Every quarter the CPA came in and FIDDLED with my precise sums to achieve maximum tax evasion. He moved big arbitrary amounts from one column to another, without any attention to the meaning of the amounts.
Similar distinctions apply in other disciplines. Meteorologists make precise measurements of the weather without aiming for a result. Then Crimatologists come in and FIDDLE with the numbers to achieve their desired result of slaughtering the maximum number of Deplorables.
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**Later: Took a quick look at some articles in JAR. They aren't really discussing theories. They're comparing the consequences of different styles and modes of reporting numerical results. Do corporations and governments behave differently depending on the methods and modes of the report?
Piece worth readingA highly interesting article by Mattingly at GetReligion.
I always listen carefully when people speak from direct experience. In this piece Mattingly discusses the Koresh/Waco mess from personal experience. He graduated from Baylor in the '70s, and knew several of the Davidians who later got slaughtered by the Framers and Bombers and Inquisitors. Thus he knew their motivations and beliefs firsthand.
Mattingly's point is that the Davidians were following Christian tradition even though their theology was non-standard. They were willing to die for the faith, and they died for the faith. They are martyrs.
The point is especially powerful because Mattingly is NOT a non-standard holy-roller or snake-handler. He's a mainline Protestant who normally shows distaste for 'cultish' beliefs.
¶ 1:44 AM
Monday, February 12, 2018
When bread speaks
For one year in the '30s, Ripley's radio program was sponsored by bread.
Not Wonder Bread or Taystee Bread or Bond Bread. Just bread.
Sounds like a parody but it's not.
In fact Ripley was sponsored by the trade organization of small bakers. The organization did far more than just lobbying DC for tax relief. It scheduled weekly specials that all of its members carried, using their own recipes. When Ripley advertised chocolate cake, you could count on your neighborhood bakery to have chocolate cake.
The Bakers Council was like a loosely coupled nationwide corporation. It provided uniform advertising and bully power to its members without owning them or forcing them into standardized recipes or employment practices.
If small and midsize businesses still had similarly ACTIVE business unions, Amazon would be less of a threat, and lawsuits from Sorosian demons would be less of a threat.
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.