Science as entertainment part 1

I’m going to start republishing some of what I consider the ‘good stuff’ from the previous Blogspot blog, in case the cancelers decide to work harder. This also gives me an opportunity to place related things together, in proper sequence with related titles. Part 1 goes on top instead of the usual blog sequence of first-is-last. So here’s part 1 of the sequence where I discussed Science as Entertainment.


Trying to find a detail of an old electrotherapy device, ran into this perfectly wonderful 1856 catalog from a NYC science supply company.

The cover page shows the building on bustling and bustled Broadway:

[Picture may contain: 4 people and 1 dog, all with their tails up]**

Benjn Pike Jr was an optician, and his primary product was microscopes. The catalog includes a lengthy and useful discussion of gathering and preparing specimens, including what to look for and where to look.

Here’s what Pike thought of design vs random:

Equivocal or spontaneous generation, that is, the production of plants without seeds, and of living creatures without any other parents but accident and putrefaction; such was the absurd opinion that prevailed of the production of the minute living creatures, before the microscope overturned it, by demonstrating that all plants have their seeds, and all animals their eggs, whence the same species are produced. Nothing seems more contrary to reason, than to suppose that chance should give being to regularity and beauty, or that it should create living animals, fabricate a brain, nerves, and all the parts of life; and we may as well suppose that the woods generate stags and other animals that inhabit them, as that a cheese generates mites without the egg.


This was written just three years before Darwin brought Spontaneous Generation back into fashion. Note the clear logic:

Nothing seems more contrary to reason, than to suppose that chance should give being to regularity and beauty, or that it should create living animals,
fabricate a brain, nerves, and all the parts of life.

Modern school textbooks still make fun of the idea that each individual creature could generate spontaneously, and then declare as an absolute unarguable axiom that each species must have generated spontaneously, and life itself must have generated spontaneously.

The growth of animals and vegetables seems to be nothing more than a gradual unfolding of their parts till they obtain their full size. Though water, by merely standing a few days, will be found to contain them, yet they will not be found in any degree so numerous as when vegetable bodies have been steeped therein, for no living creatures seem to subsist upon water alone; but when it is stored with their proper food, myriads may be found in every drop, of the greatest variety in their forms: some are round, some oblong, and others spherical, and the greatest part of them transparent: motion seems to be their greatest delight; they pervade with ease and the greatest rapidity the whole dimensions of the drop of water, in which they find ample space; sometimes they dart forwards, and at others more obliquely; then again in a circle, and though hundreds may be seen in a single drop, yet they never strike against one another.

Motion is their greatest delight. These are LIVING THINGS with purpose and emotion.

They differ in their size; some are barely visible to the eye; some so minute as to resist the action of the microscope, and appear only as moving points; of this description is the monus; it is so extremely delicate and transparent, as some times to elude the highest magnifying power.

[Monus is an alternate spelling of Monas.]

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Most of the catalog is aimed at schools and performers, especially magicians. Magic overlaps medicine, with the same devices serving both purposes.

Air balloons. Note the French flag.

An alarm bell as a demonstrating toy, not as an EMERGENCY WARNING.

Simultaneous demo of battery action and electromagnetism.

Simultaneous demo of thermocouples and electromagnetism.

Not clear how this worked, but it must have been dramatic. Lockey also designed a component of an electrotherapy device, which is what steered me into this catalog. Magic<->Medicine.

Magnetic toys.

Demo of a monostable multivibrator.

Finally, here’s an item that fits into my earlier suggestion about useful modern science fun… and it’s also a liquid bridge.

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** Tailnote: How the hell did ladies SIT in those outfits? Needless to say, Youtube provides the answer, and it’s amazing. The bustle wasn’t a pillow, it was a complex and collapsible mechanism. As the above picture suggests, the hoop skirt protected ladies against both dogs and wolves.

Science as entertainment part 2

I’m going to start republishing some of what I consider the ‘good stuff’ from the previous Blogspot blog, in case the cancelers decide to work harder. This also gives me an opportunity to place things in proper sequence with connected titles. Part 1 goes on top instead of the usual blog sequence of first-is-last. So here’s part 2 of the sequence where I discussed Science as Entertainment.


The 1856 Pike catalog featured a Magnetic Machine For Medical Purposes on its cover. I’ve animated it, and added another unique item from the period. Both of these have a medical/magical flavor.

Here’s the magnetic machine in use for electrotherapy. You can see that Happystar is getting a pulse once in each revolution of the big wheel:

The Magnetic Machine (left) is just an induction coil with a buzzer, the most common source of high voltage from Wheatstone to Marconi to the Ford T. The coil has a primary with less turns and a secondary with more turns, and the iron core (protruding on left) can be slid in and out for more or less coupling.

The Pike catalog gives $10 as the price of the machine itself, which is about $400 now.

This early version has a uniquely shaped buzzer:

A fine iron wire is pulled down when the magnets are energized, breaking the circuit to the magnets. When it springs back up, it closes the circuit again. This seems overly delicate, and most later buzzers had a more massive spring element, looking and acting more like a pendulum.

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The big wheel in the middle is a Rheotome (flow-cutter), a long-forgotten source of timed pulses with controllable width. It was often used in electrotherapy to provide brief pulses that could be sync’d with the heart or other rhythms. It’s driven via pulleys by the electric motor on the right. Speed varied with usage; apparently 10 RPM was typical.

This particular rheotome has two entirely separate timers, for different purposes. Each timer consists of a pair of sliding brushes mounted on the wheel. The wheel itself doesn’t carry any electricity, and there’s no connection between the two pairs of brushes. Each pair skates on the insulated turntable below the wheel, and each pair connects two sets of contacts mounted on or in the turntable, but only when it skates onto the contacts.

The outer pair of brushes has one needle and one brush for more precision. The needle is running over a ‘compass rose’ of precisely spaced metal contacts protruding from the insulating turntable. The outer brush is running over a continuous circle. When the needle passes over one of the precise compass points, current flows from the outer circle to the compass rose. These are tied internally to the binding posts on the right leg.

I’ve connected a simple series circuit with two drycells and a voltmeter, showing when the needle makes contact. (Not running the full circle here, because the rest would be repetitive.) These ticks could be used to activate a buzzer, but they would be more suitable as drivers for a time-marker pen on a chronograph.

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The more interesting pair is the inner pair. Two brushes pass over a short pair of ‘mesas’ on the insulated turntable. The outer mesa (which is adjustable) leads to the outer binding post on the south leg, and the inner mesa to the inner binding post. When BOTH brushes are contacting BOTH mesas, current passes between the binding posts. Again I’m using a simple series arrangement so the voltmeter shows when the pulse is on.

The outer mesa can slide both ways to vary the pulse length. When it’s more southward, the area of overlap is narrower, so the pulses are narrower. The difference isn’t impressive, but this seems to be a realistic representation of the difference in the real rheotome.

The 1848 Pike catalog describes the use of the Magnetic Machine thusly:

It may be used agreeably, and with much effect, by the patient holding one of the conductors, and another person the other conductor, and with the other hand making passes over or around the diseased part. This is particularly useful about the head, and where the pain is under the hair it should be thoroughly wet, to have the effect pass through it. The best effects have followed from regular applications of a mild power, from five to fifteen minutes, twice or more a day. The machine may be used with confidence, no injury being known to result from its use.

And the machine was used with confidence! Happystar’s waves are resync’d, back in resonance with the universe.

Sounds like the main effect was pulsed static charge, not current through the body. The hand of the healer has always been important in real healing. Modern “medicine” has forgotten it, and in 2020 prohibited all healing entirely.

Science as entertainment part 3

I’m going to start republishing some of what I consider the ‘good stuff’ from the previous Blogspot blog, in case the cancelers decide to work harder. This also gives me an opportunity to place things in proper sequence with connected titles. Part 1 goes on top instead of the usual blog sequence of first-is-last. So here’s part 3 (and last) of the sequence where I discussed Science as Entertainment.


Benjn Pike Jr was mainly an optical manufacturer. In this section I’ll focus on the optical side of his 1848 catalog, which contained spectacles with sliding parts and spectacles with sliding parts.

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First the product you expect from an optician: eyeglasses. These had sliding bows, common at that time, so you could adjust each side for comfort or focus.

A lost feature. Why was it lost? Deskilling. Offshoring. Every branch of medicine and life has been yanking functions and skills away from normal people and reserving the functions for specialists or foreigners. Only professional opticians are allowed to adjust glasses, and after adjustment there are no user-serviceable parts.

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The other type of spectacle with sliding parts shows the interface of science AND education AND entertainment.

The Magic Lantern.

I had thought the magic lantern was just a slide projector with light furnished by flame instead of electricity. The machine was partly similar, but the ACTUAL USE of the magic lantern before 1900 was interactive and animated, unlike both slides and cinema.

The key to a good magic lantern spectacle was in the slideRs, which were NOT the same thing as slides.

Closeup view of a lantern with a typical slideR mechanism:

The lamp (alcohol or whale oil) was focused by the mirror in back. The tiny cranks drove a miniature conveyor belt, making it possible to move one slider back and forth, or move one smaller slider across a bigger one.

Here the fixed slider is Polistra’s home, and the movable slider is HappySun moving across the horizon.

Another way of animating was the dissolver, a pair of lanterns with a mechanism to gradually hide one and display the other. I’m trying to do a ticking pendulum here, but the dissolver doesn’t work well in the Poser digital setup because Poser doesn’t have real lenses and doesn’t merge the images properly.

Sliding and dissolving animations were highly developed in 1850. Many other variations were available, including miniature silhouette figures that danced when you turned the crank. These were about 3 inches high, packing a lot of mechanism into a small space.

Some were intended solely for amusement:

We know what French means, don’t we? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

Others were more educational:

Cinema later redeveloped similar techniques, BUT they weren’t interactive, weren’t user-serviceable. Hollywood editors performed the dissolves and animation, then packaged them as unchangeable and uncontrollable sequences. In the 1950s every school had a slide projector for stiff unchanging slides, and a filmstrip projector with a similar rack-type mechanism used only for advancing to the next rigid picture.

The mechanism was the same, only the techniques and the magic were gone.

A similar process of centralization and deskilling happened in the digital era. The early PCs, especially Amiga, had plenty of DIY animation available. Windows EXEs could perform similar tricks, and I used those tricks in my early courseware to create interactive experiments. After everything moved online, the tricks were much harder to accomplish. I had to remake my “live” interactive animations as uncontrollable sequences of frames, just like the change from slideRs to slides.

In fairness, slider and dissolver techniques are available in SVG controlled by JS, but they’re not used for animation. Dissolvers are only used by paywalls to show you a fading-out version of the page before you pay. User-controlled sliders remain in one specialized vestigial situation: Then vs Now pictures of cityscapes.

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The Scientific Lantern is the real interface point of magic and entertainment and science. Magic shows and science shows were the same thing. Serious scientists like Faraday enjoyed creating stage spectacles to illustrate the devices and principles they were developing.

This Scientific Lantern has the lamp as above, but instead of sliders it has a big space between lamp and lens where you could mount various kinds of experiments and displays.

Here the target is a conductivity cell, which would be part of a full experimental setup like this:

The bubbles and reactions in the cell would be visible to the audience.

The platform in the Scientific Lantern could also hold an aquarium or terrarium with critters, preferably transparent or translucent critters.

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Along with the loss of interactivity, there’s a MUCH BIGGER moral to this story. When science was a form of entertainment, everyone could see and ENJOY the actual process of observation and experimentation. When science had user-serviceable parts, everyone could participate in science.

In 1946 science merged with Deepstate and became a tool of surveillance and genocide. We are no longer allowed to see how science works. We no longer get to hear or participate in open descriptions and discussions. Nothing leaks out, nothing is ever displayed or revealed.

We only get to experience the massively evil and demonic ACTIONS of science when it imprisons and binds and gags and kills us by the millions.




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These items are available in Poser form at my ShareCG gallery, here and here.

His predecessors would have loved it

News item: Michael Cohen, one of Trump’s gangsters who got stupid enough to end up in jail for a while, is now jumping on the NFT bandwagon.

Among the NFTs will be a handwritten manuscript of his newly released autobiography “Disloyal,” a video of Cohen writing a section of the book during his incarceration at New York’s Otisville federal prison, and his prison badge.

My first thought was raw and personal:

If I had retained some of my leftovers from prison, like the badge and the badly-fitting ‘release suit’ that required a rape while being fitted, I couldn’t possibly profit from them. Only an already rich and famous fuckhead can profit even more from the symbols of his wealth and fame and fuckheaditude.

Second thought is more general: Earlier members of the same NYC Jewish Mafia would have loved NFTs. Mickey Cohen and Roy Cohn would instantly recognize the BLACKMAIL POWER of an NFT.

The classic badger game was a photo taken in a ‘compromising situation’, usually arranged by the blackmailer. You want the picture to remain quiet, you pay. After you paid, the blackmailer tore up the print and kept the negative to insure customer loyalty.

Film photos are not unique and not permanent. A blurry picture might not be worth the price. An ‘accidental’ fire in the right location could burn up all of the highly flammable negatives.

NFTs are unique and permanent. There’s no chance of mistaken identity and no way to burn the negatives, so there’s no way to end the revenue stream.

Compiling the Thiel questions

Since I’m restarting on this (HOPEFULLY safer) new platform, it’s time to gather up some loose ends into more solid and consistent lists.

The Thiel Question generated several overlapping sub-lists in the last few years. Here’s a condensed and combined list.

First the question itself, and my variation on it.

How would you respond if PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel asked you his favorite interview question: “Tell me something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.”

I’d been thinking along similar lines lately. Not exactly true-but-nobody-agrees; more like true-but-nobody-knows.

1. Rights vs duties, Paine vs Morris. This strictly fits the Thiel standard, since many others have examined the subject and reached the opposite conclusion.

2. Broadly the whole subject of real-value economics and skill-estate. Specifically the FACT that GDP and growth are precisely backwards from real value-added measurements. Leftist economists have approached the question but haven’t hit the specific point.

3. Cave Gas. I’ve been modeling these Lost Places for quite a while. Cave Gas is the only one that nobody else has documented.

4. Hubbard’s E-Meter. I examined the original schematic and noticed that it’s not a passive meter but an active stimulator. Then I built the original schematic and proved it, rather painfully.

5. Math fails to deal with thresholds, which are a vital and universal fact of life in everything from neurons to shrinkflation.

6. Not a fact but a plausible hypothesis that works better than the usual. Cooking started with fermented barley, not with grassfires in the Sabertooth Savannah.

7. Also related to barley, the crucial importance of storage.

8. Debunked the tiresome Tocqueville quote about voters and largesse. (This fits the strict Thiel standard.)

9. Georg Ohm’s original idea about heat and electricity turns out to be more correct than the usual metaphors.

10. There is a sharp demographic breakpoint at age 46. People who live hard and fast die at 46.

11. Counting votes by hand isn’t slow. In practice it beats electronic counting. The reason for the Electoral College was to make cheating easier, not to compensate for “slow” counting. The reason we’re switching to electronic counting is to make cheating easier, not to speed up the count.

12. The only externally observable evidence of awareness is REM sleep, so vertebrates and cephalopods are the only known and proven owners of consciousness. Others may also be aware, but dreamers are measurable and provable.

13. Eskimos survived a period of melted ice and high sea levels, and told us about it in their legends.

14. An accurate understanding of the anti-SOUTHERN-slavery settlers in Kansas. They were sent by Northern sweatshop owners to expand NORTHERN slavery.

15. Normal people want security. Criminals want freedom. This isn’t entirely unknown; populist commentators like Turley hit the first part. My full version is based on prison experience.

16. During FDR’s time, American media were NON-INTERVENTIONIST and pushed NEUTRALITY. Most people think we’ve always been warlike and aggressive.

17. In 2008 Bernanke ANNOUNCED CLEARLY AND PUBLICLY that he had no intention of helping the economy. QE was solely intended to boost share value, which it did. The Fed wasn’t “clueless” and it didn’t “fail in its mission.” It succeeded MAGNIFICENTLY.

18. Jennings Bryan was a fake Pied Piper like Trump. After pulling his mice into the open where they could be exterminated, Bryan joined the Wilson administration and helped to set up Versailles and the League of Nations. Total betrayal, just like Trump.


In this list as numbered, 2, 4, 12, 14, and 18 are important and unique. The others are either not very important or not unique.

Scientifically speaking, #4 on Hubbard’s E-meter is the best of all by my standards. It was a genuine physical experiment with genuine physical results, which proved that a universally accepted idea was false. That’s real science, even if the subject is narrow and specialized.

Historically speaking, #14 on the founding of Deepstate is unquestionably the most important. I had an indirect personal connection with those people. In the ’50s our family lived across the street from the Goodnow farm in Manhattan, and I often played in their property. A descendant of the Goodnow family still lived there at the time. So the Goodnow documents at KSHS had a strong resonance with old stories and culture.

Murky territory

I’ve been trying to recover the four censored items. Two of them were easily found in the blogspot archives that I saved offline. The other two are lost for technical reasons, not from total censorship. One was written shortly before the censor struck on 11/26, so it was removed from the Blogspot archive before I did my regular month-end download.

In recent years the blogspot archives only pick up the last two weeks of a month, which I didn’t realize because I hadn’t needed to use them until now. The most important item (Who helped? Who didn’t help?) was published in early March, so it didn’t get into the March archive. It was linked in an uncensored followup item on 3/23, which mentioned that the original was ‘two weeks ago’.

I tried the Wayback Machine, but it has the same problem. They sampled the blog on March 10, not including the relevant item, and then again in May, when the stored posts were only after 3/17.

Does cooperate in censorship? Hard to tell unless I can pin down the date more precisely. If it was before 3/10, then Wayback cooperated. If it was after 3/10, then it’s just annoyingly technical.

There’s an interesting pattern in the four items. They are NOT my harshest writing about the psychopathic rulers. Not by a long shot. Hundreds of items in the last two years are harsher in that direction. Three of the four censored items are especially hard on the independent data-gatherers. Who didn’t help was specifically about the unnecessary fear and panic, fake victories, and occasional misrepresentation, from the anti-demon side. The best-selling writers on any subject are trained journalists who know how to manipulate fear to get clicks, so their writing needs to be filtered almost as carefully as the orthodox writers.

I haven’t hit that side very often, and those three items were probably the harshest. Was the censor defending that side, or was he just randomly wandering around and smashing stuff? Again hard to tell.

Endless Bitcoin point-missing

Greenwald has a long interview with a bitcoin activist. At least for the purposes of argument, Greenwald is taking the objective devil’s advocate side. As an experienced lawyer, he knows how to do this.

The anonymous (clearly German) bitcoiner brings up all the usual stupid arguments about decentralizing and freedom from authority. Greenwald does an excellent job of pinning down all the vague abstract ideology to concrete facts… Except the most important fact.

FACT: Bitcoin runs on the web. Therefore Bitcoin is NSA.

NSA provided easy clues to the origin in the Satoshi story, but you don’t need the story. The simple basic technical fact is unavoidable.

When you’re using the web you’re running directly through Five Eyes.

NSA’s job is monitoring and decrypting EVERYTHING. That was their original job description, and the Web gave them the ultimate universal monitoring power. If you think your DIGITAL encryption is unbreakable, you’re forgetting who invented DIGITAL encryption and developed all the DIGITAL methods.

Glenn and the German had a serious and productive debate, but neither side considered the real alternative to NSA centralization.

The real alternative to centralized banking was fairly common before the digitalization and globalization of the 1970s. It remains common in truly underground circles. The alternative is old-fashioned double entry bookkeeping plus TRUST. Each bank and business keeps its own ledgers, including references to money received and owed to each of its customers and fellow banks. Banks or bank-like businesses RARELY communicate with each other. They may reconcile their mutual debits and credits with official currency once a year. If each has sufficient resources and storage, reconciling can wait as long as necessary.

The supreme example is SCRIP, where value is exchanged by notes or checks that are recognized within the neighborhood. Before globalization, small towns and ethnic neighborhoods were independent in this way. In farm towns most business was done by in-store credit, paid at harvest. When most of the products and services you need are made within the town, and everyone’s trust rating is known, there’s much less need for “hard” official currency, so there’s much less need for reconciling the debits and credits against official currencies and official banks.

Hint of the Fairness Doctrine?

Batya is impressively non-partisan. She’s an elite Jew who had been writing conventional elite stuff in mainly Jewish publications. A few years ago she stood back and realized that the elite media was genocidal. Trump gave them permission and ammunition in their long war of attrition against normal working people.

Now Batya is closer to the old-fashioned leftists of the FDR era. Government should attempt to level the ECONOMIC system, but should STAY THE FUCK OUT OF CULTURE AND LIFE.

I’ve been watching a bunch of her interviews and haven’t seen a Gotcha yet. In fact she tends to blame the D side more than necessary for the long war of attrition on the working class. Batya says that Clinton started the offshoring. No, it was WELL underway by then. Nixon started it and every president since Nixon has continued it. Clinton finished repealing FDR’s bank and stock regulations, but even there he didn’t start the process.

She’s currently an editor of Newsweek, which made me think: If Newsweek employs her, are they ALSO trying for fairness in general, or are they just using her as a symbol? After reading the website, the answer is tentatively and cautiously Yes. Far from perfect but closer to objective than either of the “sides”.

The mainstream side has been murdering and destroying civilization for 200 years. Pure evil. The dissident side is trying to survive, trying to maintain reality, but often overstates the threats to bring in more clicks and donations. The dissident side also overstates the power of protest, which is dangerous and suspicious. Protests are always run by Deepstate.

In other words, we have two false premises.

Mainstream’s premise is pure Nazi:
All peasants must be EXTERMINATED.

Dissident’s premise unfortunately serves the purposes of the mainstream.
We must exert our rights and protest the extermination!

When you have zero power, exerting your “rights” only identifies you for easy extermination. Effective change must happen among people with SOME power, like corporate executives and governors and media editors.

At the start of the genocide in March 2020, the monstrosity WAS universal. But as sane governors started to exert their power and GUTS, a more messy picture has resulted. Despite constant noise and threats, the Federal level has NOT used its power to bring the sane states back in line. Biden has been in office for a year and nothing has really changed at the state level. Sane states are still sane and demonic states are still demonic.

Newsweek is trying to describe this messy picture without starting from either of the two false premises. I hope they can continue, but I expect they will fall in line with the Deepstate norm.

Odd mechanical reads

After the canceler caused Blogspot to delete several of my ‘controversial’ entries on the old blog, I’ve been watching the reads carefully. Now that I’m no longer adding new material, and all the old has always been archived offline, further activity doesn’t really matter.

Still, an odd mechanical process began one day after I moved from Blogspot to WordPress. At first the pattern looked human, but it’s been running for three days without a break, so I assume it’s mechanical. The OS is given as Linux, which also tends toward machine instead of personal.

Microsoft’s Azure center in Des Moines has been reading individual posts in random time order, using a different IP every time. As of now they’ve been reading steadily for three days, in no particular order and without a definite rhythm. The reads are about 10 minutes apart on average, but some gaps are only one minute and some are 30 minutes. They aren’t emphasizing the ‘controversial’. The only category that seems to be sparsely represented is the tech history animations, which I consider to be the only halfway worthwhile part of this blog. I suppose they’ll get everything sooner or later. The process seems to pick up about 100 items per day, and shows no sign of varying or slowing down. There are 11k items, so a complete read would take 110 days.

Later: The auto-read seems to have stopped on Dec 4 after 8 days at the same pace, reading about 800 items in total. Why stop there?

What’s the purpose of this activity? It doesn’t seem to be aimed at more takedowns, since it didn’t follow the tags that would lead easily to ‘controversial’ truths. No further takedowns have happened yet. Is it just archiving? Why?

When did back-scratching stop?

Still listening to those short 1948 news analysis pieces by Bert Andrews. He wasn’t unusual in that era, just a bit more clear and incisive than others.

Discussing party conventions, Andrews describes the process of mutual extortion.

When candidate A realizes that he isn’t going to pick up enough delegates, he negotiates with the operatives of candidates B and C. What will I get, and what will MY PEOPLE get, if I throw my delegates to you?

This process stopped a long time ago. Each party knows well in advance who its nominee will be, so there’s nothing to negotiate. Candidate Bernie and Candidate Tulsi gather up MY PEOPLE, pull in massive amounts of money from MY PEOPLE, and then simply surrender to the hereditary king. Candidate Bernie doesn’t ask, and doesn’t get, any goodies for MY PEOPLE. He only gets money from MY PEOPLE.

We’ve lost all the feedback loops that make life function. We’ve lost the two-way transactions, the balances that keep civilization running. Everything is one-way.

All money and power flows upward with no return path. We send our money and “votes” to candidate Bernie and candidate Tulsi, and they send us nothing in return. Candidates B and T send their power to candidate Biden, and they receive nothing in return.

The 10-year flip

I started daily walks in Dec 2011, always centered on one place in the neighborhood. My intention was to ‘pray’ the old building into better shape. It took exactly ten years. I’ve been tracking it in the blog at important change points….

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Some of the notes, sorted by date:

Dec 2011: The only apartment building in the neighborhood is a two-story wood structure, possibly a WW2 barracks extensively remodeled. It’s been decaying for a long time and fully abandoned for a couple years.

May 2017: This building has been vacant for 20 years, and was squatted and vandalized in the last 5 years. Now it’s for sale. Zillow’s advertisement is more of an avertissement:

Approximately 8 units in disrepair. Needs to be redeveloped if building is to remain multi unit zone. Buyer to complete any and all of their own investigation as to codes and condition. The 8 unit may not be Grandfathered in. Owner to verify.

In other words, you’re basically buying the lot and the zoning, but you can’t count on the zoning to stay multi. Doesn’t sound like a good deal for $150k, but this year I’m sure it will get snapped up. The building may be savable. The shingles have crumbled with age but the roof looks intact and straight, miraculously unhurt by the windstorms in recent years.

A few days later, Zillow no longer shows the for-sale indication for the apt, and it doesn’t even show the Zestimate. All houses not currently for sale have a Zestimate, and all give a basic set of Zinformation when you Zclick. Not this one. It has become a Zunproperty.

June 15, 2017: MAJOR ACTION, comparatively speaking. A little barbecue grill that has been sitting at one corner of the building for 20 years has been moved out to the curb. The two old trucks at the back of the property (one a ’61 Chevy panel truck) are gone. The manhole for the water meter is uncovered.

July 9, 2017: Looks like the action indication was false. The barbecue grill is back where it was, and squatters have opened the doors again.

Aug 27, 2017: Getting worse. All the first-floor windows are boarded, and now for the first time a couple of the upstairs windows have been broken FORCEFULLY. Looks like someone heaved a brick from the ground, which takes serious strength and intent.

Oct 4, 2017: Looks like the city dysgovernment has purchased the property.

Sept 2018: Still vacant. It was apparently sold back in January 2018, but the new owner hasn’t done anything new. Squatters are still in control.

Feb 2019: The squatters FINALLY forced police attention by lighting a fire in the garage. After that, the owner FINALLY boarded up every opening on the house.

Mar 9, 2019: Now a PECULIAR thing has happened. The roof has been tarped neatly with tape around the edges. There’s a temporary chain-link fence around the entire property, with a sign that says DANGER CONSTRUCTION ZONE.

Mar 16, 2019: I think they’re RENOVATING instead of tearing down. They’ve unboarded the windows and I can see drywall and insulation stacked inside. They took off the tarp and they’re reshingling the roof.

April 8, 2019: Roof is done, and now they’re clearing out the interior. Looks like they plan to leave it as apts, not open it into a single residence.

July 25, 2019: Real action again. The big dumpster is gone, indicating that stripping is done. They’ve pulled out all the windowframes, and they’ve removed the old circuit breaker box.

Oct 15, 2019: The windows and doors have been out for three months. Windblown snow and rain is covering the bare subfloor. What was the point of fixing the roof if they’re just going to let the whole thing flood and rot anyway?

Mar 11, 2020: A year after the previous start of action, another apparent start of action. Contractors with trailers have opened the fence and started doing something. Will they finish the teardown or finish the renovation? Not clear yet.

Jun 12, 2020: They’re working somewhat steadily. They’ve cased all the window and door openings, reframed interior walls, and pulled up old driveways and sidewalks. Formerly the bldg had 4 apts downstairs and 4 up. Now it looks like they’re intending 3 down and 1 up.

Sept 3, 2020: After another 3-month gap, action suddenly started again. Now they’re rewiring and replumbing.

Sept 11, 2020: WINDOWS!

Oct 10, 2020: DOORS! After many years partly open, and more than one year wide open, the building is finally dried in.

Dec 26, 2020: Now the siding is done. They’re still finishing off outside details, and seem to be working inside occasionally.

May 22, 2021: They’ve finished everything except the foundation. New windows, new doors, new siding, inner walls rearranged and drywalled, HVAC, electric. Today they’re back at work, doing something utterly absurd. They’re replacing the new outer doors with DIFFERENT new outer doors, which look the same to my eyes. Probably forced by the utterly insane city zoning board, which exists for the sole purpose of impoverishing the poor and enriching the rich. This city was actively engaged in destroying its own people LONG before the “virus” genocide.

Oct 2, 2021: After another long gap they returned to action. They added a patio on the back side, and now they’ve taken down the security fence. Still no fix on the foundation, and there are still doors and pieces stacked inside.

Oct 23, 2021: Looks like they’re finally FINISHING, all at once. They’ve cleared and landscaped the ground, wired up the porch lamps, turned on the power, and they’re actually closing up the foundation!

Oct 30, 2021: Now that they’re about finished, they’re suddenly starting a NEW project. The house across the street from the apt, a fairly nice ’30s Cape, has been vacant for a year. The developers are renovating it, and today they are digging foundations for two brand new houses next to it. Looks like they’ve subdivided the large lot of this house into three lots, and also subdivided the apt’s lot into three lots.

Nov 27, 2021: FOR RENT sign.

Dec 1, 2021: First tenant.

Dec 6, 2021: The first tenant has put up a Christmas tree! The old building is happy now. Houses and humans want to be used, and this house was abandoned and unused for 20 years.

Dec 14, 2021: Second tenant moved in, and one of the new houses across the street is already framed up. They’re moving much faster on this new project, literally weeks instead of years!

Dec 22, 2021: Both new houses are framed and sheathed.

Jan 16, 2022: Both new houses are dried in, all windows and doors in, roofs shingled. Weather doesn’t slow down these contractors. The architects have done a good job of matching the nice ’60s houses on the next block. These will fit in perfectly.

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Exactly ten years of walking and watching, and about five years of simulated action-like substance. If the genuine construction had been condensed into a steady full-time job, it would have taken about six weeks.

Peasant to aristocrat to ghost

UncommonDescent is highlighting the standard story of human “progress”. They’re trying to send a Gotcha message to the Wokers who love Darwin but allegedly hate “racism”.

In the usual story, “primitives” are dark and “advanced” humans are white. But color is only one part of the standard story.

Human evolution is expected to “progress” from peasant to aristocrat. The “primitive” versions have strong features, strong colors, loud voices, and strong bodies. The “advanced” versions are featureless, smooth, pale, and motionless. The final goal is disembodied software or spirits. Ghosts are white and translucent.

This sequence happens in human tribes AND human languages AND human inventions. The first version is complex and rich in features. The later versions, after merging and globalizing, are pale and flat and featureless; finally vaporizing into pure abstraction and software.

It’s interesting that feature is the central term in all of these progressions. Old languages have a huge variety of phonetic and grammatical features. Neanderthal faces have deep and strong features. Original inventions are packed with features that later disappear.

The trouble with the standard view is that it reverses Nature’s purpose. Nature wants complexity because complexity is ADAPTABLE. When a living thing or a language or a device has a wide variety of purposes built in, it can be used in a wide variety of situations. The dumbed-down final version, supposedly the superlative perfect result, is only functional in a luxurious delicate environment, with all the adaptation done externally by servants or offshore factories or robots.

Why I moved

11/27/2021: Starting here on WordPress.

Copying my last post on blogspot which tells the story:

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Looks like I’ll have to move this blog elsewhere. For the first time in 16 years, somebody is complaining about “misleading content” and forcing Blogspot to “unpublish” posts that tell too much truth. From email this morning:

Statcounter shows what happened. All of these posts were viewed yesterday by one reader, who is not in USA.

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Judging by the experience of other familiar bloggers, WordPress seems to have a better record of openness. It’s also a paid subscription, which establishes a two-way obligation. Customer, not product. So I’ve started a new blog at WordPress, as

Fortunately I made a firm habit of storing all archived content offline, so I can eventually repost the lost items on WordPress. No point in copying all of the content; I can link to it when needed.

Okay, inquisitor, burn as much as you want. You can’t touch my truth, you can only strengthen my resolve. I’m sure as fuck not going to fall for the ‘appeals’ routine. That’s a trap. I’ll never revise the truth to satisfy an inquisitor. When I determine FROM MY OWN OBSERVATION AND EXPERIENCE that I’ve been wrong, I do retract and revise.