Sunday, September 23, 2018
  Democracy exists in odd places!

Via Reuters: An obscure member of parliament has won election as President of Maldives by 58%.

Yameen, the incumbent, is a classic Roaring Mouse, who has used the "global warming" racket to enrich and strengthen himself. He has also used China's money to build infrastructure. The challenger seems to be representing India against China.

The incumbent tried hard to rig the election but failed.
Yameen’s government has jailed many of his main rivals, including former president and his half-brother Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on charges ranging from terrorism to corruption.

Police late on Saturday raided the main opposition campaign office saying they came to “stop illegal activities”, after arresting at least five opposition supporters for “influencing voters”, opposition officials said.

Influencing voters is a crime. Sounds extremely familiar. Just like Mueller.

Despite everything, a real election occurred and the opposition won. Will Yameen still manage to overturn the result? Will the local Steadystate refuse to perform? The latter is likely, but not guaranteed. Steadystate isn't in control everywhere... Italy is a strong and immediate counterexample. Conte and Salvini pulled a handbrake turn, and the bureaucracy turned with them.

I tried to get a sense of which side is Sorosian, but online info doesn't help. OSF doesn't mention Maldives. Looked at bios of other politicians in Solih's party. None of them indicate an agenda on local issues, except wanting to get rid of Yameen's party and restore their own party. That's not an agenda, just the job description of every politician!
  Less extinct than thought

Biologists are constantly surprised when "extinct" species turn out to be flourishing in places where the biologists hadn't bothered to look.

My turn to be surprised. In previous item I mentioned 'private' as one of the categories a train dispatcher needed to know. I ass-u-me-d that private cars were extinct, totally displaced by corporate aircraft in the '50s.

Not at all! Luxury Train Club rents and arranges for private cars. Even Amtrak promotes private cars!



Returning to those 1930s radio serials that viewed life from the side of Deplorables. Their message went beyond simple empathy.

The writers understood that Insatiables have all the advantages. Natural status plus wealth plus easy access to power structures. If Deplorables want to survive at all we need to grab every available advantage. We can't listen to the Bishops and Kings and Queens who tell us to be nice and sweet and moral. Nice and sweet and moral means losing your property and skills and life.

The best parable is the story of Jack Horner as told by Hix. Jack manages a Bishop's estate. The Bishop, wanting to curry favor with Henry VIII, orders his cooks to include the deeds for six of his estates in a pie. Bishop tells Jack to dress fancy and take the best horse to deliver the pie. Along the way, Jack realizes that the servants in the taverns are treating him in a way he's never experienced before, because he has money and visible status. He gets smiles and kisses from women. The light dawns. He opens the pie and grabs one of the deeds, and from then on he's a nobleman.

True or not, it's a good fable.

Green Valley Line is a constant parable in every episode. Locals are fighting off NYC bankers who want to LBO and merge their small railway. They fight fire with fire, lawyers with lawyers, cheating with cheating.

Chihuahuas need to bark and bite. Great Danes can be nice and moral.


Saturday, September 22, 2018
  Think GUI is NUI? PUI.

Train dispatchers in 1900 had an animated display to show which track sections were occupied and how the switches were set. You can see the little miniature signal flags in the top panel.

The dial-like items are train describers. When another dispatcher needed to know what kind of train was in this section (empty, mail, private, military, etc) the dispatcher would push one of the buttons and the describer would send pulses to the receiving describer.

My version is based on one of the simpler types. More complex GUIs looked like this:

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Friday, September 21, 2018
  Fast development

Browsing through KSHS, I noticed this document forming a utopian community in Sinaloa. The document doesn't give any clues about the purpose or vision of the community, but it pays close attention to monetary details. Presumably this was just a stock pump.

The medium is more interesting than the message. This was done on a typewriter in June 1889. The first practical typewriter was in 1873 and the first with UC/LC was 1878. So the full-fledged typewriter was just 11 years old when this was written.

The method of making corrections in ink was already established. A first draft in 1970 would have the same style of correction and the same brass brads. Note also the ASCII Art under the word Charter.

The skills and tricks of typing were fully developed, and had reached the remote territory of Kansas, 11 years after the introduction. The skills and tricks remained constant till the end of typewriting.

The signature page is more old-fashioned. Jno. W. Breidenthal clearly fancied himself the Jno. Hancock of the new country. At the other end of the scale, Limbocker wasn't even certain about his own first name.

Later: I'm pretty sure this,contract,hadn't,been examined or,checked,by a lawyer,otherwise,the overflowing commas,would have been, removed. Commas matter,in a,contract.

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Better info: Turns out the Kansans weren't doing this on their own. They were joining Albert Owen's Topolobampo Colony, which was organized along the lines of Henry George's land-based socialism. A classic MLM scheme, intended to make Owen rich. The colony did exist from 1885 to 1895, and as usual everyone except Owen ended up broke.

The best online account seems to be here, on p 166 of the PDF.
Colonel Owen ... desired to see each state or town organized as a joint stock company, to which the ground should belong and which should sell it to the stockholders, but at the same time the purchaser should have usufruct of the land only so long as he really made use of it. If he or his heir wished to give it up, he received back from the company the earnest money. The chief principles from which A. K. Owen proceeded were: "With united forces" and "integral co-operation"; that is to say, complete social fellowship.
The Kansas document agrees with the joint stock form laid out by Owen.

More: Jno. W. Breidenthal was head of the People's Party, the major populist group. His actions and appearance harmonize with his signature. As I've noted before, the Populist leaders in that era were often serving the bankers or running scams. Their diagnosis was accurate, but their prescription gave MORE power to NYC and bankers. Just like MMT and Bitcoin today.


  Two unusual DOINGS

I'm tuning out the soap opera of "politics", but even at this setting a couple of unusual and salient things are breaking through my filters.

Trump is perfectly obeying Steadystate on MOST issues, and Steadystate is smashing him to the ground as a reward for his obedience. Just like Nixon. The Tribe always demands obedience then kills you anyway.

Two exceptions. Two GOOD things that Trump is actually DOING.

1. Korea. Steadystate wants war everywhere except Saudi and Israel. If Trump obeyed, he would be fucking up the peace process at every step. Instead, he STOOD BACK AND LET IT HAPPEN. This is the best kind of DOING.

2. Tariffs. Steadystate wants NO BORDERS and NO JOBS and TOTAL OFFSHORING. They had already reached the goal with China, but Trump seems to be SERIOUS about pushing back. Despite the noise, business is already starting to move in the right direction, seeking American sources. It will take some time, and it will cost more to the consumer, but after the period of adjustment consumers will have MORE TO SPEND because they will have BETTER JOBS.

USEFUL WORK is the purpose, not the retail price of crap.

These two DOINGS are inverse in their verb forms and seemingly inverse in their connection to China. (1) is a passive DOING that definitely agrees with China and Russia's SANE approach to Korea. (2) is an active DOING that seemingly displeases China.

Or does it? China has reached the endpoint of its export/debt commerce with USA, and is trying to become more self-sufficient, more consumer-oriented. Perhaps the noise of HORRIBLE TRUMP makes it easier for China to move away from this connection while saving face with its own people.

That's a guess, but it fits China's traditional way of doing things.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018
  El Fictiono Pulpo del AMCo

Reading an article about the Mexican branch of AMC, which was gaining popularity and creativity during the '70s as the US branch was starting to fade. VAM had several unique models like the Lerma, and had its own versions and nomenclature for the approximately parallel models.

Here we go.

How do you say Pacer in Spanish? Pacer.

How do you say Gremlin in Spanish? Gremlin.

How do you say Hornet in Spanish? Rambler American.

How do you say Rebel in Spanish? Classic.

Ready for the punchline?

How do you say Matador in Spanish? Classic DPL.

El nuffo dicho.


  Extended quote from Lea

Here's a relevant passage from Henry Lea's 1877 book on the Inquisition.

Whether it's read or not, I feel a duty to bring this out. Partly against the direct successors in the Church, mainly against their SECULAR equivalents in Steadystate.
To what extent the Church was responsible for this may be judged by the terrible condition of Rome under Innocent VIII [around 1490.] Outrages of all kinds were committed with impunity so long as the criminal could pay the papal chancery.

When Cardinal Borgia, the vice-chancellor, was reproached with this, he piously replied that God did not desire the death of the sinner, but that he should pay and live. A census of the public women showed them to number 6800, and when the vicar of the city issued a decree ordering all ecclesiastics to dismiss their concubines, Innocent VIII sent for him and ordered its withdrawal, saying that all priests and members of the curia kept them, and that it was no sin.

Power such as was claimed and exercised by the Church could only be wielded by superhuman wisdom. Human nature was too imperfect not to convert it into an instrumentality for the gratification of worldly passions and ambition, and its inevitable result was to plunge society deeper and deeper into corruption, as unity of faith was enforced by persecution.

In this enforcement, as I have said, faith became the only object of supreme importance, and morals were completely subordinated, tending naturally to the creation of a perfectly artificial and arbitrary standard of conduct. If, to win the favor of Satan, a man trampled on the Eucharist believing it to be the body of Christ, he was not liable to the pains of heresy; but if he did so out of disbelief, he was a heretic. If he took interest for money believing it to be wrong, he was comparatively safe; if believing it to be right, he was condemned. It was not the act, but the mental process, that was of primary importance, and willful wrong-doing was treated more tenderly than ignorant conscientiousness.

Thus the divine law on which the Church professed to be founded was superseded by human law administered by those who profited by its abuse. As Cardinal d'Ailly tells us, the doctors of civil law regarded the imperial jurisprudence as more binding than the commands of God, while the professors of canon law taught that the papal decretals were of greater weight than Scripture. Such a theocracy, practically deeming itself as superior to its God, when it had overcome all dissidence, could have but one result.

When we consider, however, the simple earnestness with which multitudes of humble heretics endured the extremity of outrage and the most cruel of deaths, in the endeavor to ascertain and obey the will of God in the fashioning of their lives, we recognize what material existed for the development of true Christianity, far down in the obscurer ranks of society. We can see how greatly advanced might be the condition of humanity had that leaven been allowed to penetrate the whole mass in place of being burned out with fire.

Unorganized and unresisting, the heretics were unable to withstand the overwhelming forces arrayed against them. Power and place and wealth were threatened by their practical interpretation of the teachings of Christ. The pride of opinion in the vast and laboriously constructed theories of scholastic theology, the conscientious belief in the exclusive salvation obtainable through the Church alone, the recognized duty of exterminating the infected sheep and preserving the vineyard of the Lord from the ravages of heretical foxes, all united to form a conservatism against which even the heroic endurance of the sectaries was unavailing.
Of course that was 500 years ago. Everything is good now.


  Modest GenRad proposal

Lately there's a lot of discussion about transparency and cost in academic journals. Atypically it's a real debate with two or three sides actively contending and responding to each other. Most of our "discussions" are one-sided auctions, bidding up the number of innocent victims we need to murder to accomplish a delusional non-purpose.

This article focuses on alleged secondhand smoke effects of SciHub and similar free archives. The author correctly points out that any hacking can lead to deeper hacking. He tries to extend 'can lead' into a broad accusation that the main purpose of the archives is hacking identities.

Dubious. Some of the commenters go beyond dubious, following the Official Steadystate Line. Because the hacking is ACTUALLY coming from China and Thailand and USA, it must be RUSSIAN_MEDDLING. All problems are caused by Russia.

The real problem, of course, is simpler and deeper. The whole tenure system produces a pointless self-feeding economy of status and money, with very little real output of knowledge. As I tiresomely repeat, most real knowledge is generated outside of academia.

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Since tenure is not going away, here's a modest proposal based on my own EXPERIENCE on both sides of the divide. I was involved in research for 20 years and listed as co-author of a few papers. Now I'm consuming articles, partly for my own pleasure and partly to increase my understanding of subjects I need to illustrate in courseware.

Those two PURPOSES are different types of consumption. For my own pleasure I'm not willing to pay $30 or $40 to get through a paywall, and I've found that the paid article usually doesn't go much beyond the free abstract. For courseware I need to know accurate details, so I'm willing to pay even though there's no way I can charge off the expense.

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Separate the two purposes, following the model already established for instrumentation. You can buy a usable sound level meter for about $100. You can buy an OFFICIALLY REGISTERED sound level meter for about $3000. What do you get for 30 times the price? You don't get a meter that's 30 times better. You get OFFICIAL TRACEABLE REGISTERED calibration by GenRad, which you can include in court testimony as part of a chain of evidence.

Let's make the same distinction in published articles. If you're just learning or satisfying your curiosity, you pay a nominal fee of a few dollars. If you need to CITE this article in your OWN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION, you pay $100 or more, which buys a REGISTRATION in an official database. Citing an unregistered article causes instant rejection of your paper.

This will certainly make life easier for non-citing students, and thus ease the pressure for free hacked copies. This could lead to secondary advantages. (1) Citing will become more selective, making it easier to follow the real precedents of an article. (2) If citeable articles cost a lot more, the quality of citeable articles will tend to improve. Citers will be less willing to pay for material that doesn't advance knowledge.

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Later thought: If my instrumentation metaphor is unfamiliar, you could think of open source software. Single user gets it free, while the cost is chiefly handled by expensive commercial licenses.

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  Point of inflection

This is a point of inflection.

Since the "election" of Bloombergian Copkiller Condon, Spokane has descended rapidly into what used to be called third-world conditions. Copkiller Condon brought in his NYC buddy Straub to smash the police department to smithereens. He succeeded. Now our property crime rate beats Compton and Detroit.

The demons criminally occupying the city "council" have been passing a series of genocidal resolutions aimed at killing the poor and enriching the demons.

What are they doing about the homeless? They've proposed a draconian zoning code that basically requires all houses to be brand new, embodying all the latest "environmental" features. Any neighbor can trigger the zoning Gestapo by filing a complaint, which will not be checked. Complaint triggers inspection without search warrant, followed by eviction of Deplorable.

This will guarantee FAST demolition of EVERY house that ordinary people can afford.

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  Dream scripter has a theme in mind

Recently I added the Green Valley Line serial to my bedtime playlist. I picked it up because it's (obviously enough) about railroads, nicely harmonizing with my current "art" project.

Like some other '30s serials, Green Valley turned out to be a whole lot more significant. It's a pro-localist and pro-populist fable. Spunky youngsters and experienced oldsters are working together to keep their LOCAL railroad from being LBO'd by greedy capitalists. They're fighting against typical NYC sabotage and espionage and murder.

As usual, dream scripter grabbed up part of the sound and wrote its own story with an entirely new setting and purpose.

In this case dream scripter retained the spunky youngsters and experienced oldsters, and FLIPPED their purpose. A group of #antifa and #resistance types had established a phone connection to Monster McCain in the Hades area code. Monster McCain was giving them specific strategies to DEFEND Steadystate against localists and populists.

Dream scripter seems to be following a pattern. Last week it rewrote an episode of Strange as it Seems into a campaign appearance by Mondale returned from the dead.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  Think bad Photoshop is new?

Still studying and modeling old railstuff. Found a wonderful source of detailed pictures and diagrams. Here's a fantastic gadget on p 493 of this PDF:

A 'three-aspect flagman', flashing, swinging and ringing.

The picture itself is beautiful, sort of Currier&Ivesian. EXCEPT: the locomotive had to be still when taking the photo, so the developer added a crappy airbrushed smoke cloud. Is that glazed ceramic smoke, or snow-covered smoke?
  Asked and answered

Perfect asked-answered pair, from National Catholic Register headlines.

Nuff said.


  John Smith? Never heard of him.

On TV and radio cop shows, the detective sagaciously detects that a hotel guest has registered as "John Smith". The detective, gathering up his vast and famous and brilliant deductive powers, begins investigating to determine if "John Smith" might possibly be an alias.

This happens all the time in fiction.

Today I stopped to think. How does this compare with EXPERIENCE? I spent 5 years as a motel clerk in the '70s, so I do have actual experience in this area.

Half of the guests were 'shady', and maybe 1/5 of them were using the motel for criminal activities.

NONE of them ever signed "John Smith" or "John Doe". It's a safe bet that some names were fake, but none seemed suspicious.

VW is getting passionate around the electric car space. Along with two or three high-priced makes, this pretty much wipes out Elon from all angles. Won't matter to Tesla stock, of course. Everything is bullish for share value. Total failure of production, accelerating criminal stupidity, crushed by superior competition, all bullish. When you're COOL nothing matters.

VW is an especially apt competitive match for Tesla. From the start VW was a dangerously bad car with a COOL reputation and a rabid cult following**. In recent years it was passionate around the crime space with its diesel software cheating.

Here's what caught my attention:

VW is returning to its roots. Platform frame, aircooled rear engine, swing axles. Torsion bars, the only good part of the original setup, are missing. Only the bad parts have returned.

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** Disclaimer: I was part of the VW cult until I grew up and reformed. That's why I'm so hard on the Tesla cultists. Reformed Ex Syndrome.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  More goggles stripped off

Another good sign of real Carverian science returning.

Standard THEORIES assume that pre-Cambrian life forms were simple and dumb. Like Neanderthals. Like plants. Like Deplorables of all species and epochs.

Now a group at Vanderbilt has removed their Theory Goggles and looked at the actual animals without condescension.
The analysis showed that a majority of fossil assemblages bear the hallmarks of being ecologically complex, and Ediacara biota were forming complex communities tens of millions of years before the Cambrian explosion. The creatures lived partially submerged in what was once the ocean floor, some of them suspension feeding, others filter feeding, still others passively absorbing nutrition. A few were even mobile.
If you started with EXPERIENCE you wouldn't have these limitations. Our actual EXPERIENCE with all life forms tells us that all life is INFINITELY COMPLEX, forming INFINITELY COMPLEX networks with other individuals and species, kept running by HYPERINFINITE negative feedback loops and INCALCULABLY COMPLEX communications between and within individuals and species.

Life had to be INFINITELY COMPLEX from the FUCKING START, otherwise it couldn't have been life.

If you are LOOKING ABOUT YOU and TAKING HOLD OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HERE and TALKING TO THEM and LETTING THEM TALK TO YOU, there's no way in hell you could assume even finite complexity at any level or any era.



  Bravo to Mike Lee

Via ZH:
The law requires that the US Postal Service to keep electronic records of incoming foreign shipments like their contents and the identity of the sender - records that other shippers like UPS and FedEx already provide. It also includes funding for treatment while altering laws to increase the availability of certain medications designed to fight addiction.
In other words, we're going to make a problem worse by pretending to "solve" it as usual.

When people are seeking relief from tyranny through chemicals, you can't possibly fix the problem by restricting sources of chemicals. New sources will develop internally.

Nice inverse pattern in terms of Graybill's Law.

We use sanctions and blockades to prevent imports of GOOD STUFF to Persia, Russia, and Cuba. Result: Those countries developed their OWN skills and industries to make GOOD STUFF.

We use offshoring to FORCE imports of GOOD STUFF to America. Result: America loses its OWN skills and industries to make GOOD STUFF.

Second result: Because our ordinary men are not able to make GOOD STUFF any more, they turn to BREAKING stuff and committing suicide and homicide, speedily or slowly.

Of course we respond BACKWARDS to the epidemic of BREAKING. Instead of restoring our own industries, we blockade the import of BAD STUFF. Result: We will develop our own skills and industries to make BAD STUFF.

Amazingly, one resident of DC is sane:
Sen. Mike Lee, the lone hold out, has blasted the bill as a giant waste of taxpayer money that will do little to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the US.
Bravo. I hadn't heard of Mike Lee before. Now I'll try to pay more attention.

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  Constants and variables 107, MISSING THE WHOLE FUCKING POINT edition

Gave a quick listen to the first O'Keefe Steadystate expose.

O'Keefe is missing the WHOLE FUCKING POINT, running the classic pork-buster distraction. Karaffa says at the start of the clip that his section had been "modernizing, democratizing, shining light where it should be". Since his budget was cut, he's spending most of his time doing political party shit.


Now that Karaffa is no longer OBLITERATING other countries, he's spending time on pointless political activity which will replace current Steadystate politicians by other Steadystate politicians. Inconsequential and harmless. [Replacing Steadystate politicians with non-Sorosians would be helpful, but it's PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE, so there's no reason to fantasize about it.]

Think in terms of Parkinson. Bureaucrats are going to be in their offices no matter what they're doing, and bureaucracies will always expand no matter what they're doing.

Since an expanding bureaucracy is an ineradicable constant, I'd much rather pay them to waste time instead of BOMBING MILLIONS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE.

Later: The second /// AND THIRD /// clip in this series is the same. Bureaucrats doing harmless and meaningless shit instead of ruining the world. Even worse, the government is going to "investigate", thus forcing the bureaucrats to stop piddling and resume murdering. Which side are you on, O'Keefe?


  Constants and variables 106, Mormon Mennonite Mandarin edition

As I've noted repeatedly, the line between Soros and non-Soros corresponds pretty closely to debt vs saving. The one BIG exception is China, which has fueled its tremendous mercantile expansion with pure debt. Now that the debt is starting to unravel, the non-Soros side may need to make some decisions.

History has a pattern. Debt fails, saving succeeds. Theory fails, experience succeeds. When a debt and theory society crumples, savers and experiencers move in and take the territory without war. Natural selection = natural law.

You can see this on a smaller scale with Mennonites and Mormons. Both groups obey Natural Law closely. No debt, no gambling. Make more valuable life, make more living value.

In the Kansas and Okla wheat belt, Mennonites moved in and started living by Natural Law. No mortgages, no bank debt, have lots of kids, train the kids to do useful work. Several waves of 'English' moved in UNDER THE COMMAND OF NYC BANKS, then quickly went bankrupt because they lacked EXPERIENCE. Each time the wave returned Eastward, the Mennonites quietly claimed some of the vacant land and let their kids turn it into successful farms.

Between the Rockies and the Sierras, a similar process. Banks promoted waves of LBO/IPO "pioneers" aka debt slaves. Each wave improved the land, added irrigation and barns, then failed because they were living on debt with no reserves. The NYC banks remortgaged the improved land at a higher price. Mormons were quietly living with massive reserves and lots of disciplined and trained kids. The kids grabbed up the foreclosed land and added more reserves and more disciplined and trained kids.

Does this analogy apply to Russia (saving, experience) and China (debt, theory)? I can't see it working. China has never been bought out or invaded. China may be the huge exception to the pattern.

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Monday, September 17, 2018
  From an extremely different era 4

Continuing the theme of constrained monopolies....

I was thinking about the timeline of USEFUL and MEANINGFUL research in speech and hearing and language. Realized that the timeline is simple and binary. When Bell Labs was running, there was meaningful and useful research. After Bell Labs closed down** in '84, no more meaningful and useful research. We're just reheating Bell's leftovers.

Broadly, in all fields of learning, academia has never been the major source of useful and meaningful research and knowledge. Real knowledge has always come from commercial and military developments. EXPERIENCE and PURPOSE, not theory.

In most subjects the commercial and military developments are scattered across many companies and agencies and countries. In speech and hearing it's just Bell Labs, nobody else.

Why was Bell unique? Constrained monopoly, similar to Soviet industry. ATT was granted a monopoly under strict rules. It issued stock like other corporations, but it couldn't listen to The Market, couldn't play the usual manipulation games. It had to work toward the public interest, so it did. Its research was nominally aimed at improving the phone system, but every topic expanded far beyond Bell's narrow interests.

Key points: Socialism does NOT mean entitlements and free stuff. Socialism does NOT mean non-zero taxes.

More subtly, the usual dictionary definition, "state ownership of the means of production", doesn't hit the target. We have partial government ownership of GM now, without the advantages of socialism. The best definition is "state CONTROL of investment." Bell exemplified state CONTROL without state OWNERSHIP.

When invested money is controlled and distributed by Goldman and Bezos and Elon, the economy serves Goldman and Bezos and Elon, which means EXACTLY ZERO useful and meaningful developments in any area. It means TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF ALL REAL VALUE AND LIFE.

** The lab supposedly continued as Lucent after ATT broke up, but the real research stopped at that point.


  From an extremely different era 3

Noticed in a 2002 Collectible Auto article on GM's sneaky "severe usage" models aimed solely at professional racing:

Unfortunately all the effort came to naught. On January 24, 1963 GM, fearing an antitrust suit from the Dept of Justice, announced that it was pulling out of all factory-sponsored racing activities. Apparently the "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday" marketing was working too well, pushing GM's market share dangerously close to the 60% level that would trigger a Federal investigation.

60% was the threshold, and the Feds obviously MEANT IT. We can guess that GM was also taking several other steps to control its market dominance.

Can you imagine any Federal market regulator "working too well" now? What is the threshold where Bezos will take steps to control his market dominance? Null concept. Unimaginable. He can own the entire world and the Feds will continue to give him infinite subsidies and zero taxes to help him own all universes. We've gone from anti-trust to Required Trust.


  A break in the embargo?

Here's something unusual. Spokane airport noted via Twitter:

You may have seen a larger than usual plane in the skies above Spokane this afternoon. An Antonov AN-124 landed at Spokane International Airport earlier today.

The plane is branded with Looking at their website, they're a specialist air cargo firm. They handle pharmaceuticals, manufactured goods, big animals, and several other categories.

Spokane airport didn't give any further info about the flight, so it's still a mystery. The picture doesn't show any forklifts or trucks moving cargo.

Any commercial connection between US and Russia is welcome in this infinitely loony time!

Later, the airport added: "The Antonov needed a place to park for a couple of days and we were more than happy to assist." ... which still doesn't explain much.

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Pure stupid speculation: There's a lot of action lately around the cannabis space as the IPO fraudsters say. Canada is all legal, Calif and Wash have been legal for a long time. DEA is finally starting to loosen up in the direction of "medical" marijuana, which is of course not medical at all but the first face-saving step toward plain old legalization. US freight companies are still locked into federal regulations which are getting stricter, not looser. A Russian air freight company specializing in pharma wouldn't have the same limitations...??

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