Hard answer to soft question

I don’t think there’s a ‘rhetorical’ name for this technique. It’s effective and often creates a significant shockwave in the minds of readers and listeners.

Good example. The Enid Buzz FB page asked What’s the coolest prize you ever won?

Lots of money prizes, small vacations, side of beef, pizza for a year.

The best soft answer: A fifth of whiskey at Bingo when I was 8. I had to give it to Dad, and I just got a Coke.

The hard answer: A free trip to sunny Vietnam.

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Here’s the opposite, from the same source. An unexpectedly good soft answer to a hard question.

What’s the best advice you ever received?

Don’t take a job east of where you live.

Requires a bit of thought…. Ah. You’ll always be driving into the sun.

Barking UFO

Yesterday I proposed or imagined that the larger UFOs might belong to an ancient tribe that figured out how to LITERALLY harness electricity, a tribe that wasn’t spoiled by atom theories. They know how to organize charge patterns for massless or massed appearances.

The sightings of small discs flying in groups have a different flavor. Witnesses often describe them as dancing and playing, flying along with a car or aircraft for a while then veering off or jumping to the other side.

Perhaps these are the pets of the larger charge-creatures. A flock of carrier pigeons sent out to investigate the war vehicles of the big humanoids, and having some fun in the process. Or a pack of Field Spaniels running down the prey.

One oft-cited story from northeast Ohio in March 1966: Deputy Staur and Deputy Neff were patrolling late at night and stopped to check out an abandoned car. While they were looking through it, a disc rose from the nearby trees and started flying eastward along the highway. Being good cops, they decided this was more important than an abandoned car so they pursued. It stayed ahead of them at speeds from 80 to 100. When they fell behind, it stopped and waited for them, then started up again. They finally ran out of gas in Pennsylvania, and the disc disappeared after seeing that they weren’t going to continue the game.

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Is it possible to create a persistent vortex and send it out to accomplish a mission?

Yes. Hail cannons create air vortices and direct them into a cloud, where they break up the organized circulation of a thunderstorm. These air vortices look and sound a LOT like the ‘playful’ small discs, and their mission may also be similar.

Are they simply the same thing? Are the visible discs just air vortices created by the car or plane? Some might be. But the reported UFO-style discs are often illuminated at night and often interfere with power systems. So they seem to be primarily made of circling charge, which moves air molecules to create the sound. (The discs seen by some astronauts were certainly not made of air!)

Non-barking UFO

I just noticed one huge disjunct between modern UFO discussion and the 1947-1967 discussion. Absolutely all the modern UFOlogists are solely obsessed with the Roswell event. They don’t mention the hundreds of other non-dismissable sightings over thousands of years. It’s just Roswell, Roswell, Roswell, Area 51, alien Greys.

Wikipedia partly answers the question. The event was headlined in the Roswell local paper when it happened, but the Air Force successfully censored it. The event was brought into the public eye in 1970 by a “former” Air Force officer.

1947 was a huge year for sightings, including many in the Southwest. Typically they appeared in local papers then got shushed by Deepstate, so Roswell was ‘ordinary’ in this sense.

The Edwards and Lorenzen books, and the radio discussions, went into detail on MANY sightings in that place and time, but I haven’t heard any mention of Roswell or Area 51 or Greys.

Another one versus everything else disjunct, like Bitcoin versus the rest of the world.

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Later: I did find a mention of Roswell in one of Edwards’s books. The mention verifies that it was an undramatic sighting, probably one of the smaller discs, not the larger ‘airliner’ size that might have been piloted. The Air Force response was equally undramatic, the usual Sucker Filter condescension.

Illustrated two ways

Today is Morse Code Day!

I don’t need to add any new animations, since Polistra has been tirelessly sending the same prayer on several different keys in two different languages.

The HappyDays365 webpage has a pretty good writeup on Morse himself and the code in general, giving proper credit to the MANY inventors who came before Morse, and emphasizing the modern uses for the code.

And the page accidentally illustrates WHY it’s crucially important to have a code contained in individual human minds and hands and senses.

Presumably IMA SDK is one of those ‘open sources’ for some obscure Javascript function that the programmer outsourced instead of writing his own function using his own skill.

Every time you offshore or outsource part of your skill, you risk losing the function through outages or blockades or shipping problems or copyright changes or version changes. You certainly lose part of your own talent and soul.

More Tur(k)ing test

A few weeks ago Eric Holloway set up a fiendishly clever machine vs human test, essentially proving that one of the major AI engines is partly or mostly human.

Now he’s done it again. Here’s the sequence leading up to the crucial moment.

153 EMH: what is a belief?

154 GPT-3: A belief is a conviction that something is true, even without proof.

155 EMH: is a conviction that something is true count as a belief if there is proof?

156 GPT-3: No, a conviction that something is true does not count as a belief if there is proof.

157 EMH: what is a conviction with proof called?

158 GPT-3: A conviction with proof is called a fact.

159 EMH: so if i know my name is eric since i can read it on my birth certificate, is in grammatically correct to say i fact my name is eric?

160 GPT-3: Yes, it is grammatically correct to say “I fact my name is Eric.”

161 EMH: what sort of other things do you fact, chatbot?

162 GPT-3: I fact that I am a chatbot.

Holloway was making some strategic errors to see if the machine would correct them by regularity or turn the mistakes into something new. Modern AI is extremely good at catching violations of regular grammar and fixing them. AI is an excellent proofreader but not a writer.

At 155 Holloway makes an error that would be fairly hard to correct, and the AI corrects it. Not a decisive test yet.

At 159 Holloway makes one definite error and one semantic ambiguity. The AI corrects the first definite error, and turns the ambiguity into a highly creative pun. A statistical pattern-recognizer would have corrected the second part of the sentence into the normal phrase “In fact my name is Eric.”

Holloway then tests the new coinage, and the AI immediately continues the game. A machine wouldn’t know what to do with 161, even after its own creative coinage.

Walz rehash

Here’s why I continue to keep track of a SANE place (Enid) while living in a NAZI TORTURE CHAMBER (Spokane).

Enid is celebrating Bacon Bash for United Way! Sample the best bacon recipes from the cook-off contestants!

Spokane is celebrating Compost Fair! Learn composting recipes from the Master Composter!

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Reprinting the Ernst Walz story yet again:

The American Radio History library has added a collection of newsletters issued by the Scott company, which made the fanciest and most expensive radios from the ’30s to the ’50s. Scott got into shortwave in ’32, before the main trend in ’34. So the newsletters focused on foreign stations and foreign owners of Scott receivers.

From the May ’33 issue, here’s a poignant letter from a German owner.


For a long time I wanted to write you, and only now I am coming to do it.

From this little town on the edge of the Black Forest I greet you. My admiration for you comes not only from the fact that you sold me a radio with which I am well pleased, but also because every month your “Just Friendly Chats” booklets bring cheer and inspiration in my otherwise not too happy life.

Since coming home a year ago, I have made not more than just my living. In spite of the fact that I have learned what life could be, (from living in America for five years) I am satisfied with my life. Most of the others in my age are out of work and depending on charity, while I have still my savings in the bank.

I do not know where any improvement could be made from what my receiver is able to accomplish.

Please keep on, Mr Scott, sending me “Friendly Chats”, they bring back to me so many memories, memories of America, which I have come to like and which I am perhaps never to see again.

In closing, I wish you and your work for the future all the success you deserve.

Ernst Walz, Nagold, Wittenberg

We typically think of the Weimar time as hyperinflation, but in fact the hyperinflation was fairly brief and was replaced by deflation. Ernst verifies this by saying that he’s living on savings, giving him an advantage over others of his age. In deflation, saved money automatically gains value.

We typically think that ordinary Krauts were happy with Hitler. This letter would probably have been written in March when Hitler was consolidating his power. Ernst is not happy about the change and not sure if he will be able to leave.

Ernst doesn’t say why he decided to return a year earlier after spending five years in America, where he was able to afford a fancy Scott. Was there a forced return order, or a false promise of prosperity to returning Germans?

Winged metrologists

I bought several of Frank Edwards’s books on UFOs and other subjects. Near the end of his short life he was following the model of Hix and MacHarrie and Nesbitt, producing a set of books and short radio features on historical and scientific oddities, well beyond UFOs.

All of these ‘Fortean’ writers were presenting known and observed FACTS that don’t fit the official THEORIES of historians and scientists. They were strengthening the resolve and the moral compass of non-Experts.

Edwards was a GREAT writer. Each book grabs you on the first page and doesn’t let you put it down. Edwards understood people deeply and empathetically, but didn’t understand technology quite deeply enough. He drew some tech conclusions that don’t work well.

Coral Lorenzen was the other way around. She was an introvert with less experience of human strategies, but she had a tremendous capacity for technical patterns and details. Some of her conclusions about human motivations don’t work well.

Most importantly, the ‘Forteans’ understood that non-Experts have MONEY, which modern writers have forgotten. Edwards sold millions of books, and his radio features reached millions of listeners.

Edwards’s UFO book starts with ancient stories. Ezekiel is the most famous, but similar accounts are found in India and China and the Americas.

Previously I was betting that the ‘standard UFO’ was simply an experimental surveillance tool developed after WW2. The pattern of secrecy and censorship pointed in that direction. I didn’t see any reason to assume origin from another planet, and I still don’t. After reading those parallel OLD descriptions, I have to bet on a more complex earthly origin story.

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Just for fun, let’s take several of the observed facts I’ve been discussing lately and apply them to the long observations of UFOs.

1. Start with the interlocking facts about secrecy. Privacy is natural inside a guild or tribe, thus secrets are easy to keep forever within a guild. Secrets don’t want to leak.

2. Add the facts about tech history. Invention and life and language are NOT LINEAR. Technology and skills develop suddenly, then die out unless carefully maintained by a guild.

3. Add the perpetual observations of the ‘standard UFO’. It has a few basic ingredients that imply a massless charge vortex or wave knot, capable of assuming the external qualities of a solid object when necessary.

4. Add the perpetual observations of a hidden tribe of small people or angels with wings who are not quite material, capable of assuming quasi-material form.

5. Add the Booker T / mouse rule. When you’re the low-status mouse, you need to be very quiet and very smart. Live inside the walls, find your niche and stay there.

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Sum: An ancient tribe of small humanoids developed tremendous technical ability based on the correct assumption that everything is patterns of energy. They never bought Epicurean atomism and chaotism. They know how to appear solid and massive as seen by our senses and tools, and they can turn off the stageplay just as quickly. We don’t know where they are because waves don’t have a where.

This ancient winged tribe realized that the big wingless tribes enjoy obeying the demonic will of evil psychopaths. The big tribes constantly slaughter each other, and the demons often slaughter their own tribe for fun and profit. We’re seeing the latter tendency right now in the broadest and most vicious form in all of history.

Occasionally, when the big warlike humanoids are getting especially nasty, the ancient little angel-tricksters wander around in their invulnerable fast-dancing fast-disappearing aircraft to see what we’re planning. They have no hope of fixing the big humanoids, but they may be doing some ‘wiggle and watch’, popping out in interesting places and ways to measure our responses.

When they appear over non-psychopathic areas or guilds, nothing much happens.

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When they appear near one of the demon-owned areas, their ship is pursued and shot.

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The shooting doesn’t matter (or isn’t matter) because the angel-tricksters are only appearing as matter; but the shooting gives them a measure of the demonic power at this particular time and place.

The ultimate one-liner

Last week I made a bet that Elon wasn’t serious about buying Twitter. I lost, and I’m provisionally glad. Still not clear what he will do with his new toy. But: unlike all other billionaires, Elon is capable of occasionally doing the right thing. He protected his Tesla factory workers from muzzles and vaxes. Maybe this will be another rare good thing. Remains to be seen.

In any case, Greenwald has come up with the ULTIMATE riposte:

Corporate journalists deeply upset at the possibility of a mild return of free speech values to Twitter could always just build their own social media alternative that offers more censorship. Nothing is stopping them.


Fast service!

The CryptoMuseum, primary source for my last three animations, has scored a scoop. After pestering the government for many years, they finally got a FOIA release. Fast service! Only 70 years!

In 1945 KGB built a remarkably elegant ‘RFID’ responder microphone into a big wooden Great Seal sculpture. As part of the mutual admiration ceremonies between victorious allies, Russia presented this Seal to Ambassador Harriman. He installed it in his office in Moscow, and it started providing clear audio recordings of everything in his office.

Our spies figured it out and removed it in 1952, but we didn’t say anything about it. Finally in 1960 we mentioned it as a talking point in the negotiations to get U2 pilot Gary Powers back.

Front view: The mic is behind a small hole under the eagle’s beak.

View of the mic itself, which was carved into the middle of the wooden disk:


This is the whole thing. No batteries or tubes or transistors or capacitors or inductors. It was completely passive unless it was ‘tickled’ by an externally applied wave at its resonant frequency of 1700 mc. In the UHF range, metallurgy and machining determine the resonances. The structure is capacitor and inductor all in one.

When sound moves the mic diaphragm, the capacitive aspect changes, so the resonance changes. KGB had a transmitter in another office, sending out a low-power wave and picking up the frequency-modulated reflections.

Unwarranted cultural analogy: We had trouble figuring it out because we can’t imagine reflective defenses. We simply attack everything and kill everyone. No feedback, just kill kill kill. Russia is accustomed to absorbing and resonating our attack energy.

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As always, the FOIA delay is absurd. KGB knew how it worked because they made it. KGB knew when we removed it. We weren’t hiding anything from them. We were only hiding from our own people. As fucking always.

So this should encourage the “virus” data-gatherers who are trying to pry out FOIA info from CDC. If you keep at it, your great-great-grandchildren in 2092 will be able to see the data, with all the numbers redacted!


Part 3 of a vaguely defined theme on obscure spy equipment.

Part 1 was the first American radar.

Part 2 was the Russian Tenzor portable spy rig.

Today I’m featuring a Kraut portable direction finder or Peilempfänger. (Peilen = take a compass bearing; Empfänger = receiver.) It’s not as interesting as the other two, so I didn’t devote much attention to the schematics and functions; but one aspect struck me as dissonant.

Here the Peilempfänger operator is searching for an Untermensch transmitter. He has two choices. Резидентка Полистра may be sending with her Тензор rig; and Спутник may be sending pictures back to Moscow.

The web doesn’t offer much info on this rig. There’s only one photo of a truck, which seems to be a Borgward. Krauts favored this blue-gray color for military trucks.

Back view as seen by the operator entering the truck:

And here’s what the operator would see while using the rig.

He would be turning the big handwheel, directly rotating the loop antenna over the truck. The antenna mechanism has three concentric dials. The outer dial is fixed, representing directions wrt the truck itself. The inner dial is controlled by the big knob in the middle, to represent true north. Finally, the antenna’s motion is repeated by the red pointer sandwiched between the two dials. As he tried various angles, the little meter on the left side of the receiver would indicate signal strength. He would also be listening through headphones, which is generally a better indicator of centering.

The stopwatch is peculiar. At first I thought the brown panel in the middle was a viewport for a magic-eye tube, but there’s no magic-eye in the radio. It’s just a leather pad to cushion a hanging watch, so the precision of the watch isn’t affected by the truck’s vibrations.

What’s dissonant? FESTIVE COLORS. This Telefunken receiver has colors and shapes for every purpose.

Krauts are not known for festivity. Krauts are precise and rigid and NUMERICAL. But German military radio equipment used colors far more than ours, to represent operating modes and wavebands.

I’ve seen and used a lot of American WW2 radio stuff, and I’ve never seen a color. Dials are black and white, outside case is either olive drab or unpainted aluminum.

Here’s a comparison of a 1918 Telefunken with our 1918 receiver. More festivity!

The Soviet Тензор also used colors for UI/UX. Our equipment in the ’50s was still black and white and drab all over.

We’ve been missing a beat in the UI/UX department. Our adversaries were making life a bit more interesting for their operatives, and adding personality to the various controls.

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Footnote: Speaking of festive colors and obscure cryptographic machines, here’s the absolute CHAMPION. The Barbie toy typewriter. Pink and purple and soft-looking, it’s not really a toy at all. It’s a fully functional electronic word processor with a built-in Enigma-style ciphering system. According to the web info, the ciphering system can be activated by a key sequence which isn’t mentioned in the ads or the currently used manual.

Gets it

The Enid Buzz fb page asked who had CB radios. Here’s a reply that GETS IT:

The FCC did regulate CB indirectly. CB radios had to be prepackaged. The manufacturers had to keep the power below 5 watts ‘gross’, and had to maintain accurate frequency. Homebrewers who built 1 kilowatt amplifiers got caught pretty quickly.

But that’s not what she means. She’s making the same point I’ve been hitting forever. Radio is a soft analog medium, with all radio signals present everywhere. There’s no way for the FCC to isolate and block your signal in the ether, no way to demonetize the signal or place warnings under your signal. They would have to invade your house physically and confiscate your equipment.

Digital signals can be isolated or disconnected or jammed or modified at any point in the web. When you say “water is wet”, the web can autocorrect it to “water is dry”, and you’ll never be able to undo the autocorrect.

More on vanished knowledge

Continuing from previous item on mass forgetting…

We do know a few things now that weren’t known, or weren’t easily available, in the ’60s, and these new bits of info should inform our discussion now.

The earlier UFO thinkers were reluctant to conclude that the devices were ours, because

(1) Nobody can keep a secret.

(2) The progress of technology is linear. An invention is always improved as time goes on. These devices seem to be beyond our current abilities, so they must be ET.

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(1) was thoroughly disproved in 1973 when the Enigma project was published. Another cryptographic project with the same history was also published for the first time in 1976. Both projects were led by a few professional spies and employed thousands of civilians. All the civilians returned to normal life after 1945, with no further orders or paychecks from the military. All the civilians kept the secret for 30 years. Both reveals were made by the professional spy leaders.

In the ’60s nobody outside of the secret-keepers knew about these projects, so it was easier to assume that all secrets must leak out.**

(2) was already massively disproved by the history of alchemy and astronomy. Huge bodies of knowledge were lost in Europe but maintained and expanded in the Muslim world. The new availability of old books and patents enables us to see these forgettings clearly.

On a smaller scale, thanks to GoogleBooks we can now see that many specific devices, like fax and data webs and automatic transmissions and synchromesh, were invented and used, then forgotten until a Correct Corporation or a Correct Government “newly invented” them.

Progress is not a linear upward curve. Inventions and language and life itself come into the world full-blown, then quickly die or gradually decay.

Knowledge and machinery develop quickly to a high level, then remain within a small circle or disappear until someone who Owns The Narrative decides to “newly discover” the knowledge or machinery.

So it’s entirely possible that the charge vortex technology seen in the ‘standard UFO’ was invented and kept secret, or invented and forgotten.

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** Pretty good paradox. Perfect secrecy allows Deepstate to cultivate the assumption that secrecy is impossible, because we don’t know the giant exceptions to the assumption. And the assumption then allows Deepstate to maintain perfect secrecy, because we don’t believe that it exists.

No excuse

For a month or two I’ve been pleasantly marinating in UFO discussions, mainly from the mid 60s. Thanks to archivist Wendy Connors, we have a huge well-organized selection of radio programs and interviews.

Earlier today I was reminded of Avi Loeb’s pet UFO, and watched some of his recent interviews. He hits the failings of Experts sharply and accurately.

But the modern discussion of UFOs is frustrating now that I know the history. Loeb and his interviewers are just starting to rediscover the questions and patterns that earlier thinkers had already organized and formalized.

We’re in the Dark Ages. All previous knowledge has vanished. Demonic rulers repeat the tortures that Machiavelli described, and we’re surprised. Bureaucracies replay the destructive games that Parkinson described, and we’re surprised. Elon “invents” electric cars and spaceflight, and we’re surprised. Avi starts to think about UFOs and starts to criticize Experts, and we’re surprised.

There’s no excuse for any of these vanishings. Most of the old material is within living memory, not 500 years old. All of the old material is EASY to access now, thanks to archivers and GoogleBooks. No need to join an obscure tape-swapping club, no need to learn ancient languages, no need to roam the world in search of the best libraries, no need to climb ten flights of narrow stairs in the Old Stacks of the best libraries. It’s all there at the click of a mouse, if you know enough about the subject to search wisely.

Wish I could find this again…

Every profession and guild occasionally has a spasm of soul-searching, sometimes prompted by a defeat, sometimes more general.

Science journals publish these fake pieces fairly often, and EVERYONE KNOWS that nothing will change.

We need to persuade the filthy three-toothed Christer Trumper Birther Hillbilly Neanderthals.

Why can’t we persuade the subhuman brainless fascists?

The problem is obvious to outsiders. If you want to persuade people, you need to treat them with RESPECT, you need to LISTEN to their concerns, and first of all you need to TELL THE FUCKING TRUTH. As long as you are torturing and killing and lying, you are not PERSUADING them, and YOU KNOW IT GODDAMN WELL.

One such media spasm after Trump was “elected” included a unique exception to the rule. I cited it in the old blog, but now I can’t find it in the archives. This one spasm was valuable because ONE of the soul-searchers told the fucking truth. There were about 10 essays from various media insiders, all running the same game. How should we pretend that we’re listening? How should we change our format? Should we use a different font? Big print and one-syllable words and short articles so the Neanderthal subhumans can pretend to read them?

One author told the flat simple truth. None of this shit will happen because the PEOPLE who work in journalism are devils who can’t possibly listen to anyone or tell the truth about anything. No system change or font change or improved algorithms will make any difference as long as the PEOPLE are demonic.

And that’s the truth about all soul-searches. None of this shit will ever happen because the PEOPLE in the profession are incapable of thinking outside their caste.

It’s all about caste every fucking time.

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Credit sidenote: While looking through the old blog I was reminded that Avi Loeb has been an outstanding exception to the standard crap in science. He constantly pushed for REAL listening to Nature and REAL listening to outside voices. His advocacy for his pet asteroid as a UFO reminds me of Edwards and Lorenzen. His last article for SciAm was in Jan 2020, after a long run of monthly features. The timing is interesting, but it doesn’t sound like he was fired. Later mentions of Loeb in SciAm are generally neutral.

Indirect ping

I just noticed something while reading Greenwald’s latest piece on the completely irrelevant Taylor Whatever Doxing thing.

Greenwald bounces off the original subject into the big problem with “journalism”, and tells about his own awakening in the Vietnam era when journalism switched from 80% DNC to 100% DNC partisanship.

Here’s the sudden ping, which isn’t really connected to Greenwald’s narrative.

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Fact: We were really fighting against China in both Korea and Vietnam. We convinced our people that we were fighting Russia, but Russia was only a secondary helper. Our soldiers were up against Chinese soldiers in both places.

Fact: Russia and China were competing for influence, then as now. They were NOT a united front against the West. The Balkan region switched from Russia to China in the ’60s, and the ‘non-aligned’ countries in Africa and Latin America were also switching sides for advantage.



This was a plain old-fashioned unconditional surrender, like Germany at Versailles.

None of this shit was about Russia.

(Actually this is a ping-pong, not a ping.)