Monday, September 27, 2021
  Pretty close to sane for once

A rare semi-sane output of "social" "science". The article by Waldrop et al discusses partisan polarization from a strictly objective viewpoint, without even ONCE displaying the views and purposes of the researchers. Every observation is accurate, and the authors simply STOP after making the observations. 99% of articles along this line start out objective and then end up screeching EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE ALL UNTERMENSCHEN.

They come close to screeching at one point:
Conversely, though, the same lesson—avoid loud and dogmatic virtue-signaling—could be worth remembering for people trying to promulgate truthful information about, say, vaccines or climate change.
We know what you think "truth" is, but at least you managed to avoid saying it. Practicing what you preach instead of screeching what you preach.

In fact their strict objectivity may have missed an important cause.

They’re starting to understand why some of the most intense social polarization seems to be driven by relatively small cadres of highly politicized individuals who mainly talk to each other.
Maybe you should ask who these small cadres are working for. I bet you'd find BOTH sides are working for Deepstate.

Putting it another way, you should ask the metaquestion. At the metalevel there are two sides. One side wants a chaotic and polarized and dysfunctional society. The other side wants stability and calm. All the money and power is on the chaos side. See Machiavelli.
 
  Was Mao ours?

Speaking of cat tricks, Wolf Richter is reporting on China's long overdue and RATIONAL crackdown on debt and bitcoin. Xi is trying to rein in unnecessary overuse of energy, partly because natural gas prices have gone through the roof. He's allowing overindebted financiers to fail, instead of bailing them out as Communist countries like US and UK have done.

Our tech sector is taking a hit because we depend on China's wastefulness. This shouldn't have been a surprise; before 1976 everyone understood that GIVING YOUR ENTIRE ECONOMY TO A HOSTILE COUNTRY was not a smart move. A sovereign and sane nation may serve your purposes for a while, but ultimately it will serve its own people FIRST.

Since I'm in 1957 mode this month, an odd alt-history thought popped up.

Was Mao our SOB?

He certainly didn't appear to be ours. I know this in a semi-personal way from my father's WW2 Navy service in China. We were nation-building, trying to shore up Chiang's weak forces to resist Mao's nationalism. As fucking always, our nation-building helped Mao win. Chiang was seen as foreign, and Mao was native.

Here's where the alt-history comes in. If Chiang had stayed in power, where would China be now? Chiang was firmly capitalist, so China's natural bets-and-debts tendency would have been allowed to run wild. Our companies would have offshored in 1950 instead of 1980. We would have collapsed much sooner, and China would have won much sooner.

Our healthy growth from 1946 to 1976 was possible because our corporations had a less attractive option overseas. They allowed Japan to take over consumer electronics starting in 1957, but all other parts of industry stayed home until 1976 when Mao died.

Mao did us a huge favor by turning China into an abysmally nonfunctional and chaotic country. His 1957 Great Leap Forward was profoundly stupid, running contrary to all the innate Chinese tendencies. China is ME-FIRST, ferociously obsessed with betting and money and competition. Mao tried to eliminate all of those innate tendencies, and ended up killing millions of his own people. Great for us, horrible for China. Our SOB.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021
  Solved an old puzzle

Since I'm in 1957 mode lately, I got to thinking about an architectural puzzle.

Most American houses before the '50s had some form of separate back entrance for tradesmen, or for the routine dirty aspects of living. A vestibule where you could take off your muddy shoes and work clothes, or leave the laundry and trash.

The better class of apartment buildings had a separate back entry hall for the iceman and groceryman and laundryman:



Bungalows had either a grade entry:



or a semi-open back porch:



But these 1957 suburban houses often didn't have a back door at all. They had a side door into the attached garage, and no direct way out of the kitchen.



Aha. The garage was meant to be a substitute for the back porch. When you came in from gardening or hanging the clothes, you'd come in through the garage, and you'd leave your shoes or dirty tools IN the garage, just as you would have left them IN the back porch or servant's hall.



But the garage wasn't a good substitute. You had to squeeze past the big 1957 car to reach the shelves or the kitchen door. Many owners later hired contractors to open a door to the back yard directly from the utility room, which was the correct substitute.
 
  Circling

Some rare NON-pointmissing, via MindMatters as usual....
Does that mean that there is no difference between science and pseudoscience? No, it does not. Although there is no definite dividing line between day and night, we can all agree that clear examples of each are easy to find. In the same way, we can all agree that, say, physics and chemistry are clear examples of true sciences and astrology and homeopathy are excellent examples of pseudoscience. So how are we doing this?

The best approach appears to be one that does not attempt to apply a definitive list of strict criteria but instead accepts that there are certain ‘benchmarks’ that characterise what we think of as good science.

First and foremost, science is a set of methods for attempting to gain veridical knowledge. It is not an established body of ‘facts’ that must never be questioned. Personally, I no longer believe in paranormal phenomena such as precognition, telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition. I could be wrong, of course, and maybe one day new evidence of a robust and replicable paranormal phenomenon will be presented that will lead me to change my mind. After almost a century and a half of systematic research, I’m not holding my breath.
Getting there. Telepathy and precognition DEFINITELY happen SOMETIMES. They can't be turned on and off like an engine or a flashlight, so they can't be examined in a standard controlled experiment.

A more profitable examination would treat the SOMETIMES as a skill, not a theory. What conditions are conducive to telepathy and precognition? Who seems to be most sensitive? How can we increase our sensitivity? As fucking usual, Russians were working on this SKILL for quite a while, and we were dismissing it just as we dismissed Lamarck. Russian science has a record of being right, and we have a record of being wrong.

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When you start from absolute determinism, ESP and precognition aren't a problem. The old Arabs and Persians started there, and the Euros who picked up science from them (Brahe, Kepler, etc) were thinking in the same mold. The universe is a massive clock, with an infinite pattern of interfering waveforms from its parts. An observer who is sensitive to those waveforms should be able to predict the future pattern of the waveforms. Real astrology, as I've been pointing out, was an attempt to systematize those patterns, or at least the part of the patterns formed by our nearby planets.

I've been circling around this question for several months. and still haven't managed to pull it together. Apparently I'm not predestined to cinch up the topic yet.

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  Y no amortize? 2

In previous item I noted that Nash had built a water-cooled boxer six in 1948, then abandoned it. The engine would have been just right for the 1975 Pacer, but instead AMC designed the Pacer around a Wankel rotary, a totally un-Nashian engine. Rotaries are intrinsically wasteful and short-lived. Even worse, it was going to be outsourced from GM, leaving AMC vulnerable to shutoff at any time.

And the shutoff came just before production, forcing AMC to hastily reshape the Pacer for its own long inline six. The Pacer was a totally awful idea, but it might have been marginally less awful with a squared-off boxer six that didn't crowd the passenger compartment.

Well, the answer to the puzzle is clear. By the '70s the amortizing and saving and HUMAN spirit of Mason and Romney was long gone. Abernethy had mistakenly tried to be GM. When you ARE the big cat, you can make mistakes like Pacer and go unpunished. The mouse can't afford to make such stupid errors, and certainly can't afford to rely on the cat for supplies.

Here's an even bigger Y no amortize question, with the same answer.

From 1959 to 1962, AMC built its own Jeep for the government.

The Mighty-Mite was shorter than the Willys Jeep, and shorter than the Metropolitan. Wheelbase was 61 inches, and total length was 107 inches. It had an air-cooled V4 engine with 65 horsepower. It had independent suspension on all four wheels, and the 4WD transfer case was sync'd so you could shift in and out of 4WD without stopping. It had a light rustproof aluminum body, and was designed to wade through high water without stalling or damage.









The Mighty-Mite wasn't a prototype. AMC built 3000 of them for the military, which is enough to debug and improve manufacturing methods.

So. Why did AMC need to REINVENT those features for the Eagle in 1980? The Eagle had IFS but not IRS, and switchable 4WD. Those were advertised as 'new' features.

Tech historians bemoan the not invented here syndrome, rejecting an invention because it would require paying royalties. After Mason and Romney were gone, AMC suffered from invented here syndrome, forgetting and rejecting its OWN earlier developments.

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Later thought on GM tactics: GM loved playing cat games with its mousy competitors. The fake development of a Wankel was clearly a game to force AMC into a fast fix. Earlier, GM famously forced Chrysler into a last-minute downsizing by letting Chrysler's CEO "accidentally overhear" a discussion of GM's "planned" downsizing.

Mice need to be maximally paranoid. Don't listen to what the cat says or promises. Watch what the cat does, and act accordingly.

THEY KNOW IT'S A HOAX BECAUSE THEY CREATED THE HOAX.

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  Shocked collaboration

Googling to find some better insights on rentalization, found instead a 2018 UN document on "climate". Mostly the same shit Deepstate has been spewing since 1975.

The document mentioned rentalization as one of the solutions to "climate", but one phrase opened a wide window into the long-term nightmares of demons.

Here are four scenarios, and there's no doubt which one UN wants:
Scenarios have been developed to portray clusters of the selected critical uncertainties that bear on the topic of investment in climate-compatible infrastructure. Each has a core characterization and a combination of critical uncertainties.

1. Open Internationalism: emphasizes largely open markets, a powerful global corporate community, strong citizen action, and ongoing international cooperation.

2. Assertive States: emphasizes strong state influence over domestic and global economies, corporateinterests that are more responsive to policy imperatives, and long-term policy objectives that take priority over shorter-term and more immediate citizen interests.

3. Patchwork: emphasizes a global economy made up of more autonomous entities, whether states, regions and/or sub-state actors, shifting demand for infrastructure, and strengthening investment in local, more closed economies.

4. Shocked Collaboration: emphasizes the effects of major shocks to the global system, whether recessions, weather events, or security-related disruptions, resulting in more ambitious collaboration involving public and private actors.
Elsewhere the document mentions that the shocks may be "exogenous or policy-driven", and again we know which is preferred.

SHOCKED COLLABORATION is the only thing Deepstate wants. We see it over and over and over. 2020 was the biggest and most evil by an infinite measure, and I'm sure the next one will be even bigger and more totally holocaustal.

What was the first** policy-driven Shocked Collaboration after Deepstate's lethal rebirth in 1946?

Sputnik.

It wasn't an exogenous shock. There was no reason for US or Russia to send men into space. 50 years later, we haven't gone back to the moon or beyond the moon, and the space race didn't improve technology at all. Zero consequences, unless you consider Tang to be worth the trillion-dollar expenditure

Computing was steadily improving, and electronics was steadily miniaturizing, since 1890. Space didn't change the shape of those curves.

Sputnik was a policy-driven shock that led to a #WholeOfSociety collaboration. Russia beat us, so we needed to mobilize everyone to beat them next time.

Commerce picked up the theme immediately, indicating a carefully prepared Shock. From radio trade journals in Nov and Dec '57:









Note especially the astronaut in the last ad. The first actual man in space was four years later, and again he was Russian. Oops.

We didn't beat them the next time, because AS FUCKING USUAL we Unsolved all the problems. The Unsolving was most dramatic in education, as I've hammered hundreds of times. We abandoned useful math, switching to brain-destroying Set Theory.

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** Fussy footnote: Korea was Deepstate's first big action after FDR died, but Korea was not a #WholeOfSociety collaboration. It was a leftover piece of WW2, operating on inertia. We had just finished defeating Japan, who had been occupying Korea since 1905. We wanted to keep things stable, but Mao threatened to undo our success. We didn't mobilize our media and culture; there was very little propaganda. The military knew the war was unwinnable, and Ike carried the day by speaking FOR the military. He promised to pull out, got elected, and pulled out. Arguably Korea marked the last time our supposed 'checks and balances' really worked.

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Saturday, September 25, 2021
  Aphid bet

Just maintaining a tradition. The Weather Bureau thinks today will be the last 80-degree day. I haven't seen any aphids yet, so I don't believe it. The aphids know better than we do.

I'm writing the bet here so I can't welsh on it.
 
Friday, September 24, 2021
  Non-fungible non-products

Pat Foster's book on the Metropolitan was published in 1996. His daughter interviewed Evelyn Ay Sempier, who was Miss America 1954 and also the official Ambassador (heh) for the Metropolitan. She unveiled the Met at the Chicago Auto Show. In 1996 she was about 60. She died in 2008.



Transcribing the corporate part:
The relationship with Nash Motors was one of the finest relationships, and I've had a lot of commercial relationships in the 40 years since. I, as Miss America, was always treated very genuinely. I was not a 'product'.

What allowed me to see much of America [she traveled 270,000 miles in that year] was Nash. If a community had a celebration and they could not afford the small price of bringing Miss America, Nash would say 'I will bring MIss America to your community', and they would pay the fee.
I was not a product.

Good companies recognized the difference back then. Cars and cans were products. Customers and employees were people. People are different. People have genes and souls. Small towns were also important enough and distinct enough to be worth paying for an appearance.

Now we're all products. We're all fungible. We're all mass-produced and constantly inspected by online QC. We're instantly rejected if not 100.0000% compliant with all EPA and NSA and ISO and above all CDC standards.

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  Constants and variables 167, Bloomberg edition

I notice that our dear "mayor" has posted a video dealing with "pandemic fatigue". I didn't listen, because one of MY ways of dealing with life in a torture chamber is mental OCD. Avoid all demonic inputs unless they're giving a direct enforced command.

So I'll just rant on the title.

First thought: CHUTZPAH. A torturer is instructing her victims to stop being tired of the torture. If she really wanted us to stop being tired, she would STOP THE FUCKING TORTURE. And 'fatigue' is an understatement. We have DAILY bridge-jumping suicides, wild suicidal car crashes, and uncounted quiet suicides and collapses. The plan is working magnificently.

Second thought: Well, this is how psychopaths work. They don't want to kill the victim fast, because that's no fun. They give the victim brief rest breaks and fake "reprieves", so the next STOMP will hit harder and hurt more.

Third thought: Connect this with the War On X. When you let psychopaths run governments, this is exactly what you get. Normal humans, assigned to perform a difficult and unpleasant task, will try to SOLVE THE PROBLEM FAST so they can return to normal life. Psychopaths ENJOY creating pain and murder and chaos, and want to KEEP IT GOING as long as possible.

Fourth thought: Early in this holocaust the mayors emerged as the hardest and steadiest participants. We now know that the project was launched inside the Public Death Agencies, who have been itching for a Whole-of-society "cleansing" since 1900. Carter Mecher and his gang launched the US version when commanded by Bush Junior in 2005.

Among the levels of government, the Feds came first because Mecher was working inside the Pentagon to create "bioterror". The Federal government is constant by definition. Puppet presidents come and go, and nothing changes.

Governors were NOT constant. Noem of SD refused to participate at all, and wasn't killed. A few months later, Dixie and Wheatland governors started to peel away. By the end of 2020 the states were about half crazy and half sane, and nothing has moved since then. The sane governors haven't been killed, and the Feds haven't managed to shake their resolve.

Mayors were an absolute constant. All of them joyfully adopted the murder plan. In sane states, mayors were steadfastly resisting the sane governors, and the strongest sane governors had to take harsh legal steps to force sanity on the crazy cities. No mayor has voluntarily pulled out of the holocaust.

So the mayors are a key point in understanding the plans and schedules. How were they organized and mobilized and "sterilized" well in advance? The only publicly known connection is Bloomberg, who personally owns most of the big mayors. I doubt that Bloomberg is the main driving force in this situation, but his control might be a starting point for the proverbial Martian historians.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021
  Y no amortize?

In a recurring pattern, all carmakers propose a radical small car, then either abandon it or normalize it. In the fast-inventing '30s, both Ford and Chrysler considered rear-engine small cars. The Chrysler idea included a 5-cylinder radial air-cooled aircraft engine, which is about as radical as you can get. Ford's rear-engine idea turned into the Zephyr, with conventional engineering and a beautifully streamlined body. The Zephyr mainstreamed streamlining. Later, both Ford and Kaiser considered FWD cars and abandoned them.

Nash atypically fell into the same pattern in '49 when it was trying out ideas for the tiny Metropolitan.



This idea would have used a water-cooled boxer six, oddly tilted. The angle would have introduced a slew of unnecessary problems, and you can see from the diagram that the tilt wasn't needed anyway. The engine would have fitted horizontally without stretching the body.

Though the configuration was dumb, the engine itself was well developed and compact:



It appears to have the typical Nash manifold-less exhaust. Interesting expressions on the unidentified men. Puzzled but trying to act confident. All of them are 'looking askance' at the engine.

Why atypical? George Mason had a nearly perfect sense of direction. He deeply understood the Booker T rule. Stick to your niche, maintain your niche, develop your skills to the max, amortize to the max, don't waste energy on speculation.

Thus it's surprising that Nash didn't try to reuse and amortize this engine. It was too powerful for the Metro, and wasn't needed in the standardized Ramblers.

Where would it belong perfectly? PACER.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021
  Three missed points

Via MindMatters as usual, THREE pointmisses at once. A minor pointmiss by the author, then two MAJOR pointmisses by Brendan Eich. Not really surprising, just frustrating. Eich is trying to head in the right direction but doesn't have a good compass. Or else he's just a false flag. I can't tell and I don't really give a fuck.

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First pointmiss:
“The control our search engines have over us is very sneaky,” says Nathan Jacobson, web developer and designer at the Discovery Institute. “It’s not obvious. When you go to The New York Times, you know the editors have chosen a certain set of subjects to cover, articles to share, they’ve selected certain writers to employ, so it’s kind of understood that you’re getting an intentional experience. The information that’s being fed to you is not all the information. It’s a carefully selected subset of information.”

In other words, the common assumption is that Google is a neutral library of information when in reality, it’s just as much a curator of information as The New York Times.
No. Libraries are NOT neutral. Librarians have the same mindset as Google and NYTimes. This is FEROCIOUSLY OBVIOUS on the reading end, and I've seen it on the writing end as well. In 1998 I was a regular customer at the downtown library. They knew me. After publishing my first courseware, I proudly donated a copy of the college textbook to the library. The librarian treated it like a dead mouse. She snooted her head upward, gave me the standard aristocratic veiled eyes and imperceptible headshake, picked up the textbook at extreme arm's length, and said "This will go into our annual book sale." Didn't even bother to pretend that it was suitable for the shelves.

Google is actually MORE neutral than libraries. It does include content from unfashionable sources, whether it prioritizes them or not. You're reading the proof. I've been writing this blog for 16 years on a Google-based platform. I'm unfashionable on all topics. Google has never censored what I write.

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Second pointmiss:
Enter new search engine competitor, Brave Search. Unlike the other search engine alternatives that pull from the same English language indexes created by Google and Bing, Brave Search runs off of its own index, the third in existence in the English-speaking world.

Google remains dominant for now. Brave Search is hardly as well-known as Google and will need to do some work in the public awareness arena. Additionally, Google remains the better engine to use when it comes to niche searches. Nevertheless, Brave Search is already a strong alternative and expected to grow stronger.
Eich is totally missing the Booker T rule. When you're the small low-status competitor, you have to FIND A NICHE AND STICK TO IT. You're NOT going to beat Google at its own game. You're NOT going to be the first choice for people who want the latest celebrity crap and partisan political crap. Eich is making the Abernethy error, losing the ACHIEVABLE niches to aim for the IMPOSSIBLE mainstream.

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Third pointmiss:

Eich's Brave browser advertises privacy, allegedly protecting your account from data robbery or whatever. This is a fake concern in the first fucking place. Privacy is impossible. One browser is allegedly protecting your data while everything else is not protecting you. Closing one window doesn't help when all the other windows and doors are stuck open.

So how will the Brave search engine protect your privacy?
Jacobson explains that, building on its acquisition of Tailcat, Brave Search is “anonymously leveraging users’ computers to crawl the web and contribute to its index.” Maintaining an index of the web is a “massive undertaking” considering how much new content is posted online every twenty-four hours.
Jesus! Brave will protect your privacy by invading your computer and turning it into a bot. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I thought the purpose of AV was to PREVENT malware from turning your computer into a bot. (Incidentally, this fits into the War On X theme. The War On Hackers makes more hacking, not less hacking.)

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Emersonian footnote: After linking the Library Association website to reference their obvious mindset, I skimmed the website. They're focusing heavily on e-learning now, because e-learning enables them to keep ALL ORANGE WITCH-BREATH DEPLORABLES out of their lives. Too bad, nasty vile arrogant haughty bigoted bitch. You tossed out one of the FIRST examples of user-friendly courseware. The 1998 dead mouse turned out to be your Lord and Savior in 2020, because it was rebranded by your fellow demons.

Caste is everything. Content is nothing.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021
  Cars have genes.

Cars have DNA, or at least they did before they lost their souls to environmentalism and globalism.

I've been appreciating the entertainment value of the American Bantam for a long time. When Polistra needs to drive, she drives a Bantam.

I'm reading Patrick Foster's book on the Nash Metropolitan. The Metro had the same genes as the Bantam. Basically an Austin Seven, rebodied and rerigged for American tastes.

And the Metro stirred exactly the same entertainment senses as the Bantam. It was used by businesses who wanted a small economical CUTE vehicle. Cuteness evokes pleasant feelings.

Radio stations had used the Bantam in the '30s, and used the Metro in the '50s:



Circuses used Bantams as clown cars, and amusement parks turned Metros into rides:



Newspapers and other businesses also enjoyed Bantams and Metros for city delivery of small items.

Nash tried to appeal in the opposite direction, with less success. The Metro had one unique advantage for parking patrol. Because it was built in England for sale in both countries, RHD editions were easy to export.





Very few cities responded, and surprisingly Kenosha WASN'T among them. Normally the police would only buy an offbeat car to support local industries. Cops preferred Fords for good reasons.



Hmm. Is that the same '56 Chevy in both pictures?

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  More on medieval mode

John Horvat, writing in Imaginative Conservative, makes a strong case for the CORRECT UNDERSTANDING of feudalism. I've been hammering this point for quite a while in the context of agrarian vs sweatshop "slavery".

Horvat starts with an unconvincing example from current events: soldiers who helped evacuate their Afghan assistants last month. The military has always maintained a special form of teamwork which doesn't readily extend or apply to normal life.

He brings the point home here:
As shocking as it may sound to modern ears, these ties have something of a feudal nature. The historically misunderstood feudal bond consisted of mutual ties that bound people together in friendship and service. It was a flexible and creative bond inside a family-like relationship where each party agreed to be at the disposition of the other—even risking life if necessary.

Unlike the cold bureaucratic relationships that bind people today to abstract corporate and governmental structures, the feudal bond was extremely personal. Each party seriously assumed duties and responsibilities to the other and saw it as a sacred duty.
Starting in 1700, London and NYC financiers ripped these bonds asunder, and simultaneously turned the definitions and stories upside down. All propaganda and all written history since then has told us that feudal bonds were "slavery", which was uniformly horrible for the slave and wonderful for the owner. The same propaganda instructs us that impersonal NON-CONTRACTUAL relationships give freedom to the employee.

Madman Lincoln was acting for those financiers, who had prepared the ground for his holocaust by sending bands of ascetic RELIGIOUS activists to spread sweatshops in the West.

Outside of agrarian serfdom there were other commercial bonds, equally strong and bilateral. Apprentices were BOUND to the masters for 7 years. Some bad masters exploited the apprentices in the same way that a wage-paying capitalist exploits his "free" employees. But other masters recognized the talents and skills of their apprentices, and sacrificed profit to develop the skills. The latter story shows up repeatedly in the biographies of inventors and scientists and leaders, from Carver to James Ferguson.

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  Another wrong metaphor

Via Evolution News:
Our friend Brian Keating, the world-renowned physicist at UC San Diego, interviewed Ben Shapiro for Dr. Keating’s podcast, “Into the Impossible.” Shapiro introduces a new and helpful word — or at least a word that was new to me — “ultracrepidarianism.”

It means “noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise.” This is essentially the larger category of error to which a more familiar word, scientism, belongs. Scientism is what happens when scientists (or doctors, one might add) “give advice outside their area of expertise.” It’s an invitation to authoritarianism, trampling democracy because Science (or Whatever) Says, which is why Shapiro brings it up.
No, experts are NOT talking about subjects they don't know.

EXPERTS ARE MISUSING THEIR KNOWLEDGE TO GIVE INTENTIONALLY WRONG ADVICE.

Fauci is a real expert. Before 2020 he was giving correct advice, following real medicine and real public health. In March 2020 he flipped the entire profession backwards. All of the CDC/Fauci advice is PRECISELY WRONG by the standards of medicine.

The underlying pattern is our perpetual and endless WarOns.

Parkinson tells us that bureaucracies create and maintain problems. An ever-increasing problem means an ever-increasing budget. An ended war or a solved problem means that the budget must be cut or the agency deleted.

1920 gave us the War On Alcohol, which created more alcohol and more drunkards. 1950 gave us the War On Commies, which created more commies by direct FBI action and by rebellion. 1965 brought the War On Poverty, which slammed urban blacks down from their relative prosperity and highly skilled jobs into helpless poverty. 1975 started the War On Carbon, which has given us more coal power and more floods and more air pollution. 1980 brought the War On Drugs (after an earlier half-start in the '60s.) The War On Drugs distributed crack in the ghettoes and oxycontin in Appalachia. 2001, of course, was the War On Islamic Terror, with CIA and FBI working together to turn alienated Muslims into "terrorists". And now we have the War On Virus, which takes every conceivable step to eliminate immunity and maintain an epidemic forever.

Simple rule: War On X makes more X.

In each of these WarOns, real experts were bribed or blackmailed into using their expertise AGAINST their normal goals. In our foreign WarOns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military carefully avoids taking any steps that could end the war. A nonexpert might accidentally cause peace. In the War On Virus, Public Health Demons know everything about viruses and immunity, and use their expert knowledge to STOP immunity and maintain the virus forever.

Shapiro thinks that experts are acting outside of their knowledge. NO. When you are giving INEXPERT advice, you might accidentally solve a problem by common sense and intuition. Only a true expert knows how to UNSOLVE a problem or UNCURE a disease.

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Later: If guilds still functioned properly, WarOns would be harder to accomplish. These experts are BETRAYING their guild, CORRUPTING the intellectual property of the guild, DESTROYING the value of the painfully developed skills and talents of the guild. Soldiers are supposed to win a winnable war, not design and implement an unwinnable war. Scientists are supposed to solve problems, not UNsolve problems. Doctors are supposed to cure diseases, not UNcure diseases. Police are supposed to ARREST gangsters, not AID gangsters.

In each case we have turned the definition backwards. We now say that a cop who arrests criminals is betraying his badge. We say that a doctor who tries to arrest a virus with Ivermectin instead of aiding the virus with muzzles and lockdowns is betraying medicine. We say that a soldier who refuses to fight a pointless unwinnable war is deserting.

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  Wrong metaphor

Social media is constantly described as an echo chamber where you hear only similar voices.

This is false in two ways.

(1) Most media algorithms take SPECIAL CARE to insure that you hear the official line. If the algo thinks you're a Trumptard, the algo 'suggests' Pelosi and AOC. If the algo thinks you're an anti-vaxer, you're blasted with the latest from Demon Fauci.

(2) When several people are inside a real echo chamber they can HEAR EACH OTHER. Social media is deaf. Nobody is listening. Whether your output is true or false, interesting or boring, it goes nowhere.

So the better analogy is an ANECHOIC CHAMBER. These are part of every acoustics lab. The chamber is lined with foam triangles designed to absorb all available wavelengths in all directions.



Each user is encased in a private anechoic chamber. You think you're talking to your friends of the same side, but in fact you're not emitting or receiving any actual information.



Only the monitors at GoogleAppleNSA are listening.

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Monday, September 20, 2021
  Two heavvvvvvyyyyyyyyyy assholes farting

Randomly wandering through the latest uploads at American Radio Library. A 1972 issue of a trade newsletter featured two HIGH-STATUS IDIOTS, both speaking at the same convention.

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First Bucky Fuller:
To set a tone of purpose and concern for the days that would follow, the opening keynote address was delivered by author/inventor, Buckminster Fuller, who spoke for two hours and 15 minutes about the "dynamics of mass communication in relation to expanding world technology." Fuller urged those present to consider how insignificant the human being is in relation to the universe. Fuller observed great growing concern over the crisis of energy but stated that, "the concern should be for the apparent crisis of ignorance."

I later realized how right Fuller was when I asked about 35 people at random what they thought of Fuller's speech. Some of the comments I received were: "he's really heavy," "his speech was a bit heavy for 9 o'clock in the morning." "the old guy is really sharp," and "he really didn't say anything about radio or records."
No, Bucky wasn't right. Anyone who complains about IGNORANCE is automatically wrong.

The commenters were right. Bucky was heavvvvyyyyy in the 70s sense, a shitpile of big words with little meaning. The last commenter recognized that Bucky wasn't talking about anything at all, just bullshitting as usual. All of Bucky's "inventions" are equally bullshit. Just plain DUMB.

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And then the inimitable McLuhan.
We entered Barry's large sterile living room and for the first time that evening I saw Dr McLuhan without his coat...Even while he had napped at home he had kept it on...Now he seemed to change...to relax more...He literally fell down on the couch in slouch...and began to rap...For some unknown reason his subject began...

MARSHALL: Ahhh...There we go...Somebody said..."Farting is such sweet sorrow...You might be amused to know that the word "fart" means go...It's the past participle of the word "faron "...which means..."to go"...to fare...forward...to fare...and "faron" to go...is the past participle of fahrt (German) meaning gone...and when you're "gone"...or "fahrted" why the people say in England..."and joy go with thee"...instead of saying..."Gesunheidt" they say..."and joy go. with thee"...But, Chaucer built his great poem The House of Fame...or..."The House of Fame"...It's a theory of what human reputation of fame is...He built the entire poem on the metaphor of "fart "...because he says "Fame is just air broken and broken air "...Here's your resonant interval again...And broken air creates the noise of sound...And then there's reputation...or fame...And fame is just a collosal fart...So he built a learned poem using all the physics of the Middle Age entirely on the pun... "As Fame As F a r t "... T h e G r e a t Chaucer..."

"Incredible"...I said, trying to figure out just what great wisdom he had bestowed upon me...
No wisdom at all. Pure bullshit. Schizophrenic rambling.

Fart doesn't come from fahren, it's an old word that goes all the way back to Indo-European, and always meant a gaseous emission from an asshole.

McLuhan's famous "philosophy" about media was equally transparent bullshit. This connects nicely with previous item about the condensation and fortification of radio.

Radio and text are condensed. They present an outline or framework that invites you to create your own universe, to exercise your own mind. Television and movies are the opposite. They inject a pre-cooked universe, leaving no room for your own imagination.

McLuhan had it EXACTLY FUCKING BACKWARDS. He claimed that TV was cool, which meant that it passively invited you to fill in your own images, while text and radio were hot, actively providing the full package. This is OBVIOUSLY AND BLATANTLY AND TRANSPARENTLY WRONG.

You don't need to know ANY FUCKING THING about neurology or printing or modulation or cathode-ray tubes. Anyone who has experienced all three types of media KNOWS how each type works.

Both of these assholes were basically cult leaders. They had more in common with Charlie Manson than with any actual inventors or philosophers.

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  Condensed

During the current unending hell, I've come to appreciate (yet again) the value of a very old brand, Campbell's CONDENSED Soup.

As soon as the muzzle mandate started FIFTEEN FUCKING MONTHS AGO, WITH NO FUCKING END IN SIGHT, I scrambled to minimize Time Under Muzzle. Previously I had been making three store trips per week, with easy loads. The trips were enjoyable, a chance to interact and converse with real humans.

Now that each trip is pure torture, I reduced to two torture sessions per week, with heavier loads. The loads then had to be reduced. Part of the reduction was ordering coffee and barley online.

Previously I had been using Progresso soup, which is uncondensed. At first I switched to Knorr rice mixes, but those were unsatisfying. Then I tried good old Campbells CONDENSED. This turned out to be optimal in two different ways. (1) Campbell actually has more solid food and more varied food. Progresso is mostly liquid, which adds unnecessary load weight. (2) I always 'fortify' soup with barley, vegies, and cheese. The liquid in the Progresso had to be drained off to reach a practical serving size. Wasteful. The all-solid Campbell comes out just right with a small amount of water.



The interactive radio show Calling All Detectives was also condensed, with the same qualities as Campbell's. Each episode on the transcription disk (the can) is just 8 minutes long, but the writers packed in enough solid material to make it feel like a half hour of story. No unnecessary banter, no long pauses, no music. As always with radio, the listener supplies the water, filling in the visual aspect of locations and characters. This show was uniquely fortified by local announcers (chefs) who added an interactive quiz with a substantial reward. Because the quiz was based on a detail in the episode, the fortification boosted the attentional (nutritional) value of the show itself.

This episode is about a restaurant with no customers. The detective investigates what seems to be a gang front, and finds instead that the owner is renting out the kitchen to amateur cooks so they can practice and enjoy in a fancy kitchen.

At the end the narrator says:

Man can't live by bread alone; but if it's bread he makes himself, he's willing to try.

Or as I'm fond of saying,

A MAN NEEDS TO MAKE THINGS. IF HE CAN'T MAKE THINGS, HE WILL BREAK THINGS.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021
  Makes sense

Soros has been making lots of anti-China noise lately. I assumed he was just 'talking the book', knocking down the nation to boost his short.

Here's a very different answer on Quora, and perhaps a more encouraging answer.

Most probably because he can’t make money off China by manipulating the markets. In fact, because of China, Russia, etc, it is becoming harder for scam artists like himself to rig major currencies to benefit themselves. The world currency used to be both a tool of profit and intimidation by the wealthy. It no longer is.

Makes sense. With total globalism, all markets pivot on the dollar. Any monster can destroy any country by manipulating its currency versus the dollar. As Russia and China are developing their own trade and exchange zone, most of the world is now DECOUPLED from Soros and similar monsters. Soros has been trying to establish his own leverage point inside the new eastern world, but everyone recognizes his evil purpose and refuses to cooperate.

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Friday, September 17, 2021
  Random note on checking accounts

Several years ago I read that banks and businesses no longer pay attention to signatures or words on a check, just the amount. I wasn't convinced.

Last month I accidentally proved it. I paid two bills at the same time: "health" insurance and city utility bill. I was more stressed than usual that day because Demon Inslee had just reinstated full ballgag torture after the usual psychopathic "reprieve". I accidentally switched the two checks.

Yesterday the "health" insurer sent back a notice that they couldn't cash the check, and the photocopy showed that it was the city utility check. I looked at the bank account online, and it was clear that the city had mindlessly deposited the insurance check, and the bank had taken the deposit into the city's account without noticing the wrong addressee.

So we have a constant and a variable. Constant: The bank doesn't notice at all. Variable: SOME businesses notice and some don't.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021
  Parallel is always faster

Ran across a fact I hadn't heard before, in an area that I thought I understood. The fact fits nicely into my latest just-for-fun graphics project on 1957 IBM.

Punched cards are totally old-fashioned. Carrying data around in a box is just hopelessly passe.



Wrong!

Surprising fact: When you need to transfer a REALLY BIG batch of data, it's still easier to do it physically. Big databases or raw unedited video can run into the petabyte range. No matter how good your web connection, it's faster to let FedEx fly the entire set of disks. Amazon has a special product for this purpose, a memory box designed for freight handling.

I hadn't really thought about the question of scale, just ass-u-me-d that big corporations had special web connections. They do, but no web connection can beat a box of memory cards when the box is big enough.

It comes down to the oldest dividing line in communication. Parallel vs serial. A box of cards is parallel. A data wire is serial. Parallel is always faster.

Data communication STARTED as parallel. The Chappe semaphore system was beautifully designed to carry blocks of semantic data as a visual image. It had 256 available positions, most of which were assigned to words and phrases. Later versions even had a code-switch character, denoting that this message will use the Government phrase set or the Stock Exchange phrase set, etc.



Wheatstone's early telegraphs were parallel in the modern sense, with five wires carrying a range of 32 characters.



Morse introduced serial communication, which became the norm for obvious practical reasons. One wire is cheaper to mount and maintain than five wires.

IBM offered web connectors in 1957, using either telegraph** or telephone wires. They transferred about 500 characters per minute.

What was the dividing line in 1957? Let's say you needed to transfer the text of a novel from your office in Chicago to your office in NYC. 100k words = 500k characters, so it would take 1000 minutes or 16 hours. Sending a typed manuscript, or a stack of cards, by truck would take about 20 hours, and a flight would take about 4 hours. So the flight would have been much faster than the web. If you needed to transfer two of those novels or data sets, even the truck would be faster.

Obviously distance is the crucial variable. Between offices in the same city, driving will almost always be faster than any kind of electronic transfer. For a longer distance, the threshold in 1957 was around one megabyte. Now it's around one petabyte, but it's still a threshold.
** "Telegraph" in 1957 was really teletype, using FSK Baudot audio. The direct ancestor of later web modems.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021
  Starting to grasp reality?

It's slightly encouraging when establishment Repooflicans show a glimmer of common sense, a vague grasp of reality.

The Federalist is solid establishment. ZERO TAX is the only thing that matters. Their ZERO TAX crusade gave us Bezos and Zuckerberg. They constantly focus on "laws" and "constitutions" and "civics" and "meritocracy", the myths that open the door for demons.

Two points have been clear for a while, and came into SHARP relief in 2020. (1) Personality matters infinitely more than "laws" and "elections" and ideologies. (2) When you have faith in nonsensical theories, you are poisoned by hope.

In this article they show a vague incipient awareness of the two points.
Unfortunately, anyone who dares take on the broken and corrupt political and media complex is teed up for absolute destruction. As lesser men cower in the face of the risk, the cost of standing up to the system becomes steeper and steeper. While you will not be locked up for saying the truth, yet, you will be demonized, stigmatized, deplatformed. You may lose your job.
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We must also guard against mindless hopefulness. Hope is a virtue, but it can be a bit of a vice if it’s an unwarranted faith that everything will work out in this world or for this country.
They're starting to grasp Medieval Mode. GUTS is the only thing that counts, but GUTS must be applied sneakily and cautiously. Don't waste time on the fake solutions provided by the fake system.

Survival comes first. Protest accomplishes exactly nothing. Martyrdom accomplishes exactly nothing. Your imprisonment and death will be ignored. You'll just be dead.

Reprint from a few months ago:

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Meritocracy is part of the underlying structure that made the current tyranny possible. Cultures based on fate and luck have been less susceptible to the Share Value tech tyranny, and now less susceptible to the "medical" version.

When you believe that success depends entirely on what you do, tyrants can make you guilty for not "doing as you're told". When you understand that success is mostly due to permanent caste, and when you understand that health is mostly due to the permanent qualities of your immune system, this type of guilt doesn't work.

African and Oriental and Slavic countries are more fate-based. They understand the primacy of luck. They haven't taken part in the skill destruction of recent decades, and now are less harsh with lockdowns. Cultures with permanent stable castes and niches are HAPPY and CALM cultures.

Meritocracy plus Darwin makes eugenics possible. The super-rich are good. Poor people have chosen to be poor, so they deserve to be punished for their crime. Culled from the herd.

Meritocracy in the hands of Deepstate intentionally stirs up both sides. Rich and popular people are encouraged to believe that they got there entirely by effort, so their advantage is deserved. Unlucky people are encouraged to believe that they CAN become rich and popular, so they waste their lives in upward-striving failure instead of finding satisfaction in an appropriate niche.

The inevitable and INTENDED result of this failed striving is revolution, which is the quickest way to self-cull. Revenge can't possibly work when the state holds all the cards and all the communication channels. Revenge and justice in fictional form are cathartic. Leave it there.

Don't fall for the pressure. Get into medieval mode. Try to keep the monsters calm. Bored monsters eventually move on to something more interesting.

There's very little support for the medieval mode, and no empathy for the unlucky in modern media. So it's especially hard to stay in this mode, but it's the best way to preserve what little remains of civilization until the monsters get tired of burning us and start burning each other.

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  Lodge on science

Last year I was focusing on the work of Oliver Lodge, including his 1906 essay on creation vs Darwin. The latter concluded with a clear picture of demons, and a plea to keep demons out of power:
"The essence of mind is design and purpose. There are some who deny that there is any design or purpose in the universe at all: but how can that be maintained when humanity itself possesses these attributes? Is it not more reasonable to say that just as we are conscious of the power of guidance in ourselves, so guidance and intelligent control may be an element running through the universe, and may be incorporated even in material things? If we could grasp the entire scheme of things, so far from wishing to shatter it to bits and then remold it nearer to the heart's desire, we should hail it as better and more satisfying than any of our random imaginings.
Today a 1925 essay on science has appeared at American Radio History.
It is devoutly to be hoped that in the long run, when present international troubles have subsided, the power of rapid communication will surely conduce to better understanding among the nations, and will lead in due time to the much-desired but long-delayed era of universal peace. To this end much more than physical and material progress must contribute, for nothing can replace the whole-hearted desire for cooperative advancement of all nations on terms of mutual amity and good will.

The interchange of discoveries between the nations has long been in operation. All scientific discoverers throughout the world virtually pool their resources and communicate to each other their results, except indeed those of a destructive and inhuman character. Secrecy is alien to the spirit of science; and all true wealth increases in value when freely shared. Indeed, that is the test of true wealth, as Ruskin long ago pointed out — namely, that the more it is shared the more it is possessed and the greater value it has for everybody. Witness the broadcast distribution of music and drama and works of art generally. These are not things for private possession only, but can be shared and enjoyed by all. Things of this sort constitute the true wealth of humanity, and to that category scientific discoveries belong.

The spirit of nationalism is wholesome enough if it be held reasonably and without flaunting claims to superiority. The spirit of emulation is also wholesome, for it is by no means the same as competition.

Emulation is the desire to do something better than has been done before, and better than others have as yet learnt to do it; while competition is mainly the effort to monopolize some activity, and to do things instead of others.

In extreme cases unfair competition may prevent others from taking their due share in the beneficent work of the world. Hence progress surely lies in the direction of co-operation all round, each nation and each individual doing his best, and not seeking to prevent others from doing theirs. Nations which interchange scientific discoveries might also wisely interchange commodities, since not every locality is equally suitable for producing everything. Division of labour, of this sane and salutary kind, might be recognized as good.

And international jealousies, based on mere rivalry and competition, ought to cease, especially rivalry and competition in armaments and instruments of destruction. Civilization ought to have progressed too far by now for the perversion of ingenuity responsible for the construction of diabolical and otherwise useless mechanism, and for the artificial increase of those natural evils among which it is our lot to live and against which it is our business to contend.

Sorrow and sighing there must be in plenty during this planetary existence, without our trying to increase their sum, without adding to each other's difficulties, and without bringing about those horrors of death and torture and destruction which, when they occur by inadvertence or by accident or by the unconscious and uncontrolled forces of Nature, arouse worldwide feelings of sympathy and desire to help.

Until the will of man is brought into harmony with what we can gather of Divine intention, humanity cannot be called really and effectively civilized, although it may achieve marvellous feats of locomotion, and although it has extended the range of human speech to distances undreamt of by our ancestors. Now that we are able to travel farther and faster, we should travel to some good purpose. And now that we can speak across a continent, let us see to it that we have something worthy to say.
The overall spirit is the same from 1906 to 1925. It also sounds a lot like Harding and Hartness in the same period. Important people had ACTUALLY LEARNED from both WW1 and the excesses of the Gilded Age. The latter learning quickly disappeared in US, as Coolidge reactivated the Gilded Age based on Share Value. FDR finally brought both sides of the lesson into harmony.

The WW1 learning persisted even through WW2, as we clearly recognized the difference between imperialism and defense. Deepstate had to work hard in 1946 to break down the WW1 lesson and resume imperialism.

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Monday, September 13, 2021
  Saagar hits it hard, but not hard enough

Saagar takes on the CRIMINALS who turned 9/11 into a perpetual war.



He treats the event from a generational perspective. He's about 35, and he was in school when 9/11 happened. Younger people remember it only from media and history, so they are far more susceptible to delusion.

Saagar is still not hard enough. There's plenty of evidence that Deepstate, directed by the Bush FAMILY, planned the entire event well in advance. A few years later Bush Junior launched the planning of the 2020 "virus" holocaust.

The Bush family wasn't alone, but the Bush family was the prime mover in both holocausts.

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Saturday, September 11, 2021
  Example of unified action

In previous post I lamented the total lack of united action in response to the 2020 holocaust.

Here's how unified action looked in 1947:



Part of the text:
ONE YEAR after issuance of the FCC's Blue Book, NAB President Justin Miller rededicated NAB and the industry to the "no compromise" campaign to stop Commission inroads on freedom of speech through regulatory trickery.

Recalling FCC actions during the year in the programming field, with results amounting to illegal censorship. Judge Miller declared that the freedom of speech issue constitutes the most important problem facing broadcasters today.

Nailing down NAB's forceful stand against regulatory devices striking at the heart of the American system of broadcasting, he added: "Statements I made at the time of issuance of the Blue Book still stand without qualification or compromise." He reiterated his belief that FCC encroachments on freedom of speech which are based on occasional examples of poor judgment or bad taste amount "to bold steps toward Government domination which may eventually deprive us of fundamental rights."

The Freedom of Speech Committee is engaged in the task of compiling statements by associations and organizations dealing with the subject. The project will require considerable time. Meanwhile the committee will resume contacts with the newspaper and motion picture industries. The three industries pledged themselves to wage a united campaign in the interest of free speech during a meeting at the NAB convention in Chicago last October.
Note that radio and newspapers and movies were working together to slow down the government's invasive attack. This was bipartisan, since Hollywood was always pure D, local radio and small papers were R, and network radio and big papers were D.

The Blue Book itself was mild by modern standards. FCC had always required a certain amount of public service and education, and broadcasters had responded willingly and constructively. The Blue Book advanced into the realm of second-by-second microregulation. FCC wanted to specify exactly when a commercial could be placed in each type of program, and gave dozens of examples of 'unsatisfactory' or 'irritating' commercials.

Judging by a couple of later historical articles, the united and PERSISTENT effort succeeded. FCC backed away from the microregulations.

Good old 1946. The moment when Deepstate rose from its bloody grave, reasserted the authority that FDR had constrained, and began to destroy the #WholeOfSociety. Some parts of the attack were slow, and some failed. The FCC's part failed because the entire industry WORKED TOGETHER.

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Friday, September 10, 2021
  Computers are always sorters

Computers spend most of their time organizing and sorting data, NOT calculating numbers.

I discussed this at length a few years ago with the original 1890 Hollerith:



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Here's a simple animation of Hollerith's 1890 Census machine. [Polistra and Happystar wanted to get in the picture, but they blocked the view of the important parts. So you'll have to imagine a person operating the press and moving the cards.]



This 1890 Tabulator only automated the most tiresome and error-prone stage of the process, counting the holes and sorting cards into 'pre-programmed' categories. When you pull the handle of the press, a grid of spring-mounted needles tries to poke through all the hole locations. Where a hole is actually punched, the needle drops through to make contact below, closing a circuit that leads to the corresponding dial above. An electromagnet ratchets the Ones dial forward one step, and the Tens dial follows by reduction gearing. Much like the escapement in a clock.



If this particular combination of holes corresponds to one of the programmed combinations, the Sorter pops an appropriate door open. You'd then take the card, drop it into the one open door, and close the door.

The programming of combinations was done mainly by soldering and unsoldering dozens of wires for each setup! There were a few switchboard-style plugin choices, which would have been like user-selected variables, not like actual software. So my animation is arbitrary, not trying to make any real combinations, showing only that the dials increment and a different door opens for each card.

This process was clearly too 'manual' even by the standards of the time, with humans performing several steps that were easily mechanized.

After 1890 Hollerith went commercial and quickly developed various ways to feed and read cards automatically, then carry them into appropriate slots. He also began to add more calculation and programming abilities.

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Now let's look at those later versions. Here Polistra is loading a stack of cards into the most basic 1957 sorter, the model 82.



Now she is selecting one column for sorting. Three turns of the crank to reach the third column. (Fancier machines had more automatic multiple choices.)



In typical use, each column carried one variable in the data, and each row in the column denoted one category of this variable. For a database of criminal suspects, the third column might be weight, with the 10 rows of the column corresponding to 90, 100, 110, and so on. The secretary in charge of this database knew these assigned meanings by heart, so she could quickly sort one column at a time. She's looking for a 5'8 white dude weighing 160, with tattoos on left arm and scar on right cheek. She would first sort by gender, picking out the pile for male; then sort those by race, picking out the stack for white; then sort those by weight, picking out the stack corresponding to 160; then sort those by height, pulling the 5'8 stack, then by tattoo, and so on. Each successive sort was smaller and faster, and the final result would hopefully pin down only a few known suspects.

When each card crosses over the selector, the first ROW with a punch triggers the chute blades to move down in unison. Here a punch in the 4th row triggers the first 4 chute blades to move down:



And then the same card enters the open gap in the chute blades, and the rollers on top propel it along the chutes. The middle of the card rides between the top unmoved chutes and the bottom moved chutes. The first chute above the open path knocks the card down into the appropriate slot.



Note that this card with a 4th row punch ends up in the 5th slot. The rightmost slot was for a card with no punches at all**. With no hole to trigger the solenoids, all the chutes would stay up. The rightmost and lowest chute would be above the card, and would kick the card into the 'reject' slot. (In modern software the 'reject' slot is a NULL or None value of the column variable.)

Computers are still mainly sorters with secondary calculating functions. In the last Windows EXE version of my courseware, the C++ source code contains about 13000 non-comment lines, of which only 120 are explicit arithmetic. In other words, only 1% of the action is adding, multiplying, sines, arctans, etc. The other 99% is pattern-matching and counting and recording. Hollerith jobs. The program presents an image or a text question; waits for a click on some part of the image or a button; increments the number answered and number correct; and holds the results in a file.

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The business model of IBM's machines was strictly rental. The time pattern of computing business models corresponds to the timeline I observed in media. Start out as individual units, mainly in large markets and academia; spread out to broadly available individual units; re-centralize back to CENTRALLY CONTROLLED systems, turning the world into one unit.

Here's the price list for the 082 and 083 sorters from a 1957 IBM catalog, with inflated modern equivalents in red:



Note first that these machines were FAST. 650 cards per minute, about 10 per second. A typical stack would take about a minute, with a stream of cards zooming across the top and sliding into their appropriate slots. Those chute blades clicked up and down with remarkable speed and accuracy. The 82 had less electronic components than the old Hollerith; it was mainly a superfast mechanism.

In modern terms a business paid $500 a month for the basic model 82, $1000 a month for the fancier and more automatic model 83. As with cars, options added to the total. The accounting machines, with calculating abilities on top of the sorting, were $1000 a month in 1957 or $9000 today.

Comparing to human workers, a skilled secretary earned about 5 times the rental of the sorter, but a skilled accountant cost the same as the accounting machine.

These machines were usually not connected to any sort of web, but webs did exist in 1957. The telegraph system was still an active data network in 1957, and businesses could also rent private lines from Bell Tel to carry data.

Here's the Data Transceiver, able to read a stack of cards and send their data over any of the 'private webs' to a corresponding transceiver at the other end. The sending speed was about 500 characters per minute, and the price was $200 per month, or $1800 in today's money.



As always, renting is more profitable than selling. IBM and Bell Tel were both rental-based utilities, offering intensive and fast service for a fairly high rental.

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** Graphic serendipity sidenote: I wasn't thinking about the reject slot when I animated this action. I just moved the bottom four guides down, then slid the card leftward and followed the first kicker above it. The logic of the mechanism WORKED even though I didn't understand it. Later when rechecking, I noticed the 5 vs 4 inconsistency, thought it was a mistake, then RTFM more closely and understood the 'reject'. As usual, EXPERIMENT LEADS TO THE CORRECT ANSWER regardless of facts and theory.

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  Are we getting close?

The latest demonic mandate from DC seems to have crossed a line for many governors. According to one story, these states are pushing back hard.



The story didn't mention Florida, but I think it's safe to include it. Tennessee would also be likely, but not definite.

Except for Arizona, this is a contiguous bloc, capable of mounting a credible threat of secession. The bloc would cut the demonic states in half, presenting a barrier to communication and airspace.

Does Biden think he can win such a war, short of nukes? Many of the missile silos are in Montana and South Dakota.

Most of the soldiers in the volunteer Army are from Dixie. Would they kill their own parents and friends? Unfortunately, yes. Modern soldiers are pure Deepstate robots.

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Later thought: Even if they don't threaten secession, I wish the governors would get their act together, literally. From the fucking start of this holocaust, a well-organized NEARLY TOTAL mass disobedience WITH PERSISTENCE would have halted the demons. A small number of disobeyers can simply be arrested and jailed. Protesters in the streets WILL be jailed. But when 90% of businesses refuse to cooperate and CONTINUE TO REFUSE, the demons run into limits of police and economic resources.

Unions knew how to do it. Unions organized ALL the workers in one industry and moved them IN UNISON, with a massive strike fund to support the workers while their wages were gone. Corporations knew that the unions couldn't be broken, so they yielded to demands instead of enduring a strike.

United action and stored resources are the key. The demonic Mecher gang planned and prepared in secret, and switched on the holocaust IN UNISON ACROSS THE WHOLE FUCKING GLOBE in March 2020. Businesses and individuals had no chance to prepare and organize against the most massive crime in history. Unions were inside the crime gang, working FOR genocide, not against.

Now the sane states have been out of the holocaust for a full fucking year, so they could have been preparing a unison strike. Unfortunately they don't seem to be acting together or trying to use massive economic force. Each is filing an individual lawsuit, which will get lost in the demonic "court" system.

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Thursday, September 09, 2021
  Smart tactic!

This article in Aleteia explains how Texas legislators were able to finesse the standard Supreme knockout of all pro-life laws. They borrowed a tactic that Gaians have been using for quite a while, the Sweetheart Suit.
“The law authorizes only private citizens to bring civil suit in Texas state court against those who perform, aid and abet abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected,” Snead said. “Women seeking abortions are immune from suit, and there is an exception for medical emergencies.

“The Texas strategy was ingenious in that it evaded the usual pre-enforcement injunction by a federal court, which only has the constitutional power to act when the parties before them are involved in a real dispute,” Snead continued. “Because neither the state officials nor the private citizen sued in the case were involved in the enforcement of the law, the Supreme Court lacked the power to intervene.”
Needless to say, the Feds are starting a #WHOLE-OF-GOVERNMENT response.
Biden said he has directed a “gender-focused policy council” in the White House, the Office of the White House Counsel and the Health and Human Services and the Justice Departments to “launch a whole-of-government effort” to respond to the court’s decision. The effort will look “specifically to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice to see what steps the Federal Government can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions as protected by Roe,” he said in a statement.
They will also try using the FACE Act, designed to punish protesters at abortuaries. The FACE Act hasn't been used much, and clearly wasn't meant to deal with lawsuits, so this seems less productive.... but I'm sure the Feds will get around that. They have now defined lawsuits as bioterrorist attacks.

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The biggest question in my mind is how the Texas legislature acquired the GUTS to do something smart and meaningful. Repooflican legislators elsewhere, even when they have clear majorities, have never even TRIED to solve a problem. They just obey Deepstate.

Purely guessing: Texas is allegedly turning blue in terms of presidential votes, and all the cities in Texas voted D in 2020. But those Ds are different from the Ds in Illinois or Washington. Many of them are Hispanic. So the usual rigid demarcation on abortion doesn't apply. Many of the People Who Count are pro-life.

Meta-thought: Normally the Supremes ABORT every anti-abortion law before it's born. The Texans prevented the ABORTION of their pro-life law, and allowed it to be born normally.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2021
  AI missing a BIIIIIIIIIIIG point.

In MindMatters as usual, Stephen Berger explores the ethical problems of 'Creative Destruction'.

Berger has solid empathy for the drivers and assembly workers who are displaced by DESTRUCTIVE DESTRUCTION (correct name) but he doesn't remember the world before Share Value.

Applying the Golden Rule to AI-driven innovation means being mindful about how AI is introduced and what jobs it replaces, especially initially. If the impact of AI is to take old junkers off the road, that is probably a societal benefit unless you are the owner of the old junker, now on the shoulder of the road, and it is the only way you have for getting around.

The problem is that AI is developed using that other Golden Rule, “He who has the gold rules,” and it is developed in a competitive environment with other AI developers. The most appealing business cases are the ones that will get funded. These business cases are seldom a secret. Other innovators see the opportunity and develop competitive solutions. The first company to bring a solution to the market will enjoy a very significant advantage. Who has the time or energy to worry about social impacts? If you don’t develop the system others will and you will be out of business. The focus is drawn to competitors and winning with little room left for contemplating the impacts of innovative AI technology.
This situation is relatively new, beginning around 1980. Before globalization and Share Value, the invisible hand WORKED. An industry that eliminated its workers, or moved its plants to China, would quickly feel the impact of the lost wages IN ITS OWN CITY. The feedback loop was CLOSED.

Industrialists didn't need to be nice or altruistic. Their own PROFIT forced them to maintain and increase employment, and to maintain loyalty by decent salaries and decent treatment.

Globalization broke the feedback loop with employees. A company that sells everywhere has no motive to maintain employees in one location or plant.

Share value broke the feedback loop with customers. Investors want to see ZERO PRODUCTION AND ZERO CUSTOMERS AND ZERO EMPLOYEES. Investors want to see pure math, pure stock manipulation, with no physical limitations.

So the only real solution is to constrain both globalism and share value.

Return to the laws and regulations of 1939. Delete all laws and agencies formed since then, restore all laws and agencies of the New Deal.

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  Maragha addendum

I'm trying to 'cinch up' the Astrometeorology series, which has been occupying my slow-moving graphics mind since May. Now that the weather is finally benign, I've started a fresh set on a new subject, but the Astro set still needs a thoughtful conclusion.

Meantime, Academia.edu keeps offering new and interesting items from the ancient era. Another Maragha instrument (#11) popped up this week, and I couldn't resist tacking it onto the existing blog item.

Here's the link, revised but not reprinted to avoid jumbling up the sequence.

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Monday, September 06, 2021
  Fractional-reserve criming

Another random connection, this time spawned by an accidental juxtaposition of two Quora questions.

First question: How do banks print money?

Under the fractional-reserve setup, a bank creates money every time it gives a loan. The loaned value didn't exist before. Printing has been disconnected from money creation for more than a hundred years. Long before digital, the vast majority of money moved as checks and ledger entries.

Second question: Do you approve of stings?

Seeing this question immediately after the first question led to a connection.

The vast majority of stings are designed to CREATE criminals who didn't exist before. A sting sets up an easy opportunity to commit a crime, which wouldn’t happen in real life. The victim isn’t strongly inclined toward crime in real life, but the invitation is too tempting to resist.

So a sting or an agent provocateur is fractional-reserve criming.

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I've discussed real-value economies at length before. In a real-value economy, the total amount of value circulating is directly tied to the amount of real PRODUCED value. The Soviet system created more money in response to the value-added tax. When food is grown or cars are manufactured or cars are repaired, new currency is inserted into the economy to keep the currency unit constant. Loans are rare, and loans don't affect the money total.

A real-value court system works the other way. It tries to REMOVE criminal value from circulation. It distinguishes between professional criminals and opportunistic lawbreakers, and keeps the professionals out of circulation forever. Executions or life sentences are equally appropriate, but the life sentence sometimes provides a chance for the professional to be a productive citizen inside the walls, where he can't create new criminals.

In this 2017 item I was suggesting a Trinity House approach to crime, based on the profit motive of insurers. Definitely parallel to the Soviet VAT approach to currency.

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  Metrocation

Random thought that popped up for no reason. Not especially interesting but seems to be fairly fresh, not often discussed.

Point: Various types of media have similar time-graphs of centralized vs broad.

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Newspapers began in the 1600s as strictly urban. Amsterdam, London, Berlin, later New Amsterdam.

By 1920, newspapers were amazingly broad. Every American town above 200 population had a weekly. Towns above 2000 had a daily. Towns above 20000 had two or three competing dailies. Big cities had hundreds of papers serving every imaginable ethnic group and trade group.**

After 1950 newspapers started to repel their own readers, aiming instead to please NYC shareholders who were buying and consolidating papers.

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Radio began in 1920 as urban plus academic. The first organized stations were in the usual big cities, plus Aggie colleges like K-State, serving the interests of farmers. So the earliest radio listeners were flappers and farmers, an oddly bimodal distribution. By 1930 radio looked more like newspapers, with one station in towns above 2k, two stations in towns above 20k, etc. After 1960 radio lost its soul and consolidated, leaving only the biggest cities plus some 'autopilot' stations in smaller cities, basically relays for the networks.

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TV began in 1940 as urban plus academic again, but this time the academic versions weren't for farmers. After WW2 interrupted, TV resumed in 1952, now all urban. Two technical limitations made the earlier form of broadening impossible. (1) A basic television studio is far more expensive than a basic radio studio. (2) Because VHF is short-range and line-of-sight, smaller cities were completely unserved. If you were within 50 miles of a big city, you could pick up a decent signal with a tall antenna. Beyond 50 miles, out of luck. TV didn't broaden until the late '60s with the first cable systems, which were just a supertall antenna plus an amplifier and wired distribution system. Cable didn't become the consolidated provider of all programming until 1990.

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The internet began as government plus academia in 1970. Compuserve and BBS spread the service to everyone with a telephone connection. Consolidation began with high-speed cable modems, sharing the TV cable lines. Now we're back to only government.

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The common pattern is: Begin as urban plus academia, then broaden out for a while, then consolidate back to single-source urban.

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** Footnote: The minimum profitable circulation was about 300. This was true for small-town weeklies and also for those specialized newsletters in metro areas.

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  Should they teach 9/11?

Question seen on Quora:

Should they require teaching 9/11 in schools?

My answer is No.

First and foremost: Schools shouldn't be teaching any "facts" at all. Schools should only be training SKILLS. All "facts" are false by the time they get processed into school curricula. SKILLS CAN'T LIE.

Second: History curricula are especially awful because school boards and state committees are INEVITABLY political about history. In recent years those boards have become perfectly political about EVERYTHING, which is why NO "facts" should be in school. When I took history in 1965, the book stopped at 1945 and the teacher barely made it to 1918. Nothing about Korea or Vietnam, even though the male students were about to get drafted for Vietnam after graduation.

Third: Even if we pretend that the books COULD contain plain facts as sorted by the best historians, we've never had ANY facts about 9/11.

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In 1965, VE day was twenty years old. Right now, 9/11 is twenty years old.

Let's compare.

Leaving aside questions of motive, the basic facts about WW2 were well known by everyone at the time. Nobody could be fooled by Deepstate lies because most people had either been IN Asia and Europe fighting against Japan and Germany, or had been working IN weapons factories. The news during WW2 was ACCURATE and balanced, thanks to the Fairness Doctrine.

Leaving aside questions of motive, the basic facts about 9/11 were INSTANTLY replaced by Deepstate myth. The most basic fact was NEVER STATED AT ALL. Media knew what to say in advance, and never let the basic fact leak out, though it was patently obvious without the media.

BASIC FACT: SAUDI ATTACKED US, with considerable aid from CIA and FBI.

We immediately "learned" that we had been attacked by Afghanistan and Iraq.

The 1945 equivalent of this distortion would be: Pearl Harbor was attacked by Russian bombers.

Deepstate tried to build this myth after 1945, gradually painting Japan out of the Axis and painting Russia into the Axis. But the repaint didn't fully remove the facts, and hasn't aged well.

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So in both cases it's better that school "history" courses don't even try to handle recent history. They would only provide atrocious lies.

My first point is the only thing that matters. Schools shouldn't waste one precious minute on "facts".

SKILLS CAN'T LIE.

DIRECT PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH PHYSICAL REALITY CAN'T LIE.


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  Reprint again on aliens

For once an author DOESN'T miss the point:
Victorians of the late 19th century, living in the era of ambitious engineering, looked at Mars and saw globe-spanning canals – evidence, they believed, of a grand industrial civilisation mirroring their own. In the Cold War 1960s, as millions lived under the shadow of potential nuclear annihilation, ‘neocatastrophism’ – the theory that extraterrestrial civilisations are inevitably wiped out by violent events – emerged as an explanation for our apparent cosmic solitude. The Argentinian Trotskyist J Posadas was convinced that advanced aliens would be socialists; more recently, the Vatican’s then-chief astronomer José Gabriel Funes suggested in 2008 that extraterrestrials might share a close relationship with God.

We scientists tend to believe that intelligent extraterrestrials will be builders of technology, fluent in the universal language of mathematics. In Contact, the aliens announce their presence by beaming prime numbers at us, and many of our messages broadcast to the stars consist of physics and mathematics wrapped up in binary code. This perspective on aliens as scientific rationalists underlies most of modern SETI. It’s a viewpoint that I happen to agree with. Then again, I’m a scientist: of course I do.


Good candor at the end. I'm more of a technician than a scientist, so I've been arguing that the aliens wouldn't need math at all, because WE DIDN'T NEED MATH.

Reprinting from January, still valid.

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.... The article goes on to discuss which formulas and theories would be good candidates for interplanetary chit-chat.



Polistra begs to differ. The supposed "universality" of math is a myth.

Our new Facebook Friends on Alpha Centauri could have the technology to text us, while knowing very little math. Let's look at the start of electrical communication on Earth. Sam Morse was an artist, not a mathematician, and his telegraph was built by trial and error. Alex Bell was a speech teacher with a deep visual comprehension of wave action. Early radio sets (spark-gap transmitters, cat-whisker detectors) were also built without fancy math, though a certain amount of measurement was important for meaningful testing.

You need a way of remembering size and comparing this size with that size. When testing antennas, you'd need to see that a longer antenna worked better than a shorter antenna, and you'd need to know when the lengthening stopped improving the performance and started making it worse. In other words, you need GRAPHS, or the mental equivalent of GRAPHS.

Even without trying to imagine an alien mind, it's easy to see how we Earthlings could have developed a communication system able to reach distant planets, all without any math beyond measurement.



If we look at human history, societies that developed PROBLEM-SOLVING technologies like dams and aqueducts and plows didn't die suddenly. They weren't killed BY the dams and aqueducts and plows. Sometimes they were conquered by enemies (eg Mayans), sometimes they lost their technological edge but continued functioning (eg Persia).

Societies that focused on THEORY were killed directly by the THEORY.

We can see the distinction RIGHT FUCKING NOW in the realm of medicine.

Vaccination was developed WITHOUT THEORY 500 years ago by the Circassians. It was brought to England and "reinvented" 200 years ago. Since then, vaccines for many different diseases have been developed by continual refinement of techniques and constant endless TRIAL AND ERROR. NEGATIVE FEEDBACK. The ERROR part is crucial. Before 2020, clinical trials were HALTED when too much ERROR appeared. None of this development used or needed any theories, except the OBSERVATION that the immune system can be trained to reject a disease by seeing a preview of the disease.

In 2020 we explicitly DELETED the entire concept of immunity. Public Death Officers still understand that it exists, but they use their understanding to ELIMINATE immunity, not to BOOST it. Now clinical trials are conducted to improve genocide, not to improve health.

Now we're operating on a magnificently maniacal THEORY that disease is caused by heretical beliefs. We still use the word "virus", but what we mean by "virus" is witch powder, not a microscopic package of RNA.

We are committing FAST suicide. Or more precisely, Deepstate and its branches are MURDERING us faster than ever before.

EXPERIENCE SURVIVES. THEORY KILLS.

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Sunday, September 05, 2021
  Rentalization 2

After my old computer crashed suddenly in July (my own damn fault) I quickly rigged up a computer that had been in storage. This proved to be inadequate, so I ordered a refurbished Lenovo. This is an excellent computer, QUIET and fast.

Courseware was carefully backed up, so nothing was lost in that department. But I'd been sloppy about things like web bookmarks and my 'amusement' stuff, so I've been rebuilding those.

Yesterday I decided to recapture my local copy of the images for this blog, which had only been backed up from 2005 to 2015. I needed to FTP about 1GB from my web storage to the computer. First I tried to do it in Firefox, which had previously contained its own FTP system. Immediately ran into a prime example of INSANE NANNY-STATE CYBERSECURITY.

From Firefox's announcement:
The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) has long been a convenient file exchange mechanism between computers on a network. While this standard protocol has been supported in all major browsers almost since its inception, it’s by now one of the oldest protocols still in use and suffers from a number of serious security issues.

The FTP protocol itself has been disabled by default since version 88 and now the time has come to end an era and discontinue the support for this outdated and insecure protocol — Firefox 90 will no longer support the FTP protocol.

If you are a Firefox user, you don’t have to do anything to benefit from this security advancement. As soon as your Firefox auto-updates to version 90, any attempt to launch an attack relying on the insecure FTP protocol will be rendered useless, because Firefox does not support FTP anymore. If you aren’t a Firefox user yet, you can download the latest version here to start benefiting from all the ways that Firefox works to protect you when browsing the web.
Public Health. Nurse Ratched all the way. You don't need to do anything to BENEFIT from losing half of your data forever. As soon as we GITHUB-LOBOTOMIZE** you forcibly and automatically, you will lose half of your data and you will BENEFIT.

Jesus.

This is an integral part of the RENTALIZATION of the world. You're not allowed to have your own house or your own computer or your own software or your own books or your own data or your own skills or your own mind. Everything must be rented from Lord Bezos, ON CONDITION OF OBEDIENCE AND ORTHODOXY.

And best of all, you will BENEFIT from letting us control your mind and property entirely. You'll never have to worry about being ATTACKED by your own data. You'll never worry about the threats we create, like "hacking" and "terrorism" and "misinformation" and "viruses". You will love Big Sibling Of Indeterminate Gender.

The rulers, of course, don't need security. They don't need muzzles and distancing and lucite and SSL and anti-FTP nurses. They can live normally and breathe normally and use IBM tape drives for storage because they're IN CHARGE OF THE HOAX.

Fortunately there are still some non-Ratched humans in the world. After trying FileZilla, which refuses to do its own fucking job because of "security", I found WinSCP, made in Czechia, which performs perfectly without any quibbles about TLS or other shit. Even better, the UI is rigged in Norton Commander style for easy keyboard use. WinSCP flawlessly transferred six years of MY work to MY computer where I can OWN it and amortize it and gain inspiration from it.

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** Protecting you from your own data IS a lobotomy. That's exactly what it does.

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