Trinity House and science
In the 'Beacon' theme I frequently mentioned Trinity House.
It's a totally UNIQUE institution in many ways. Founded in 1514
by Henry VIII, it has served the same purposes for 500 years without ever losing track. No Parkinson, no exponential seeking of ever greater failures. Trinity House has two purposes: (1) a Mutual Benefit Association for sailors and (2) preserving the HONESTY and integrity of lighthouses. The latter purpose has expanded APPROPRIATELY to include radio beacons and GPS services along with physical lighthouses.
I recently found that Trinity House also funded important parts of science in the service of keeping the beacons true.
Trinity's scientific research was headquartered in South Foreland Lighthouse on the White Cliffs.
South Foreland is a rather stubby tower since the cliffs take care of the altitude.
In the 1880s, South Foreland was converted to electricity, with a massive new plant to generate AC, designed both for constant unbreakable service and constant research.
At the same time, optical experts were working on lenses and lamps, and acoustical researchers were working on sirens and foghorns, trying to determine the best frequencies and paths for various air conditions.
Finally in 1898, Marconi used South Foreland, along with a lightship and a station in Dover, for pioneering research in radio.
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If we're going to have a positive bounceback
from the current holocaust, the most widespread EVIL in all of history, we need to think along the lines of Trinity House.
A Mutual Benefit Association to provide unstoppable BULLYPOWER for the billions of people who were permanently ruined by the holocaust, and a RIGID FEROCIOUS PRESERVER OF SCIENTIFIC HONESTY.
The original Trinity built HONEST lighthouses to replace the DECEPTIVE lighthouses built by aristocratic wreckers.
The New Trinity would fund HONEST research to replace existing MALEVOLENT research in a variety of areas, never losing sight of its basic beacon. If the grants for HONEST research are 10 times as large as the grants for MALEVOLENT research, young unspoiled scientists will gravitate toward the HONEST side. The existing MALEVOLENT researchers won't be swayed by money. They enjoy what they're doing.
The task is achievable. Trinity House has been proving the point for 500 years.
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