Where’s the advertising?

I’m genuinely puzzled about this mismatch of advertising and reality. Not disingenuous or sardonic.

Some writers claim to see an incipient shift in establishment Repooflican politics, moving toward real FDR-style populism. Industrial policy, limiting immigration, encouraging one-income families. Supposedly some of the existing figures like Rubio and Hawley are moving in this direction.

If this is true, I should be seeing it in the emails from Repooflican sources. Over the years my contributions have placed me on several R mailing lists, both national and state. I don’t see the SLIGHTEST indication of the alleged trend in my inbox.  All I see is personal intimate adoration for Lord Trump and his royal entourage, or ZERO TAX ZERO TAX ZERO TAX ZERO TAX.

If the trenders want to make a mark, they need to get their ass in gear on the publicity front.

Of course they could also GET SHIT DONE, but I no longer expect action from politicians. Humans have to GET SHIT DONE on the job and in life. Politicians only make noise. I’d like to hear more interesting noise.

Is this also related?

The shutoff of the QE faucet has an obvious and mechanical effect on stock crime and bitcoin crime. All frivolous nonsense is collapsing, which means the ENTIRE bitcoin nonsense is imploding.

I wonder if a more subtle collapse is also related. When money is free to the Correct People, the Correct People are free to be frivolous in other ways. They’re free to indulge in Woke shit, free to support riots, free to offend half of their customers.

As the era of Share Value fades, these activities are also starting to fade. Even CNN is considering the possibility of mentioning a fact once a year.

Real profit exerts HEAVY DISCIPLINE on real companies. Businesses who NEED CUSTOMERS are not free to drive away half of their customers with grotesque pro-violence statements and bizarre anti-cultural insanity. In the era of profit, companies simply kept their fucking traps shut and sold real stuff to real people.

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Later: Here’s an open admission from a “journalism” company, reported expertly by Denyse again.

Gannett has been losing money for several years, and has decided to cut out opinion and editorial pages. The admission:

The editors added opinion pieces are among the least read content published by Gannett. Simultaneously, they are the most cited reason when subscriptions are cancelled. While the company recognizes editorial sections are part of traditional models for print publications, the company believes they are “repelling” readers.

Newspapers have been ferociously repelling readers for a LONG time, and it’s broader and deeper than R vs D. When I first moved to Spokane in 1991, I subscribed to the local paper. At that time I was politically ordinary, voting happily for Clinton in ’92. I was aligned with the newspaper in a partisan way. But the paper constantly PUNCHED ordinary people in the face, insulting us and treating us like shit. I stopped subscribing.

As Batya has been saying, it’s all about CASTE, not CONTENT.

Was the old idea partly right?

John Tyndall was involved in the Trinity House research at Lizard Point, which I animated earlier. Today I was looking again at Tyndall’s 1880 textbook on sound, trying to find a new project to keep my graphics juices flowing.

Tyndall’s description of the cochlea (p 325) shows that the pieces were fully known in 1880, but the functions weren’t settled yet.

Behind the bony partition, and between it and the brain, we have the extraordinary organ called the labyrinth, which is filled with water, and over the lining membrane of which the terminal fibres of the auditory nerve are distributed.

This is correct by modern standards, but we’re not accustomed to putting the labyrinth (semicircular canals) first.

When the tympanic membrane receives a shock, that shock is transmitted through the series of bones above referred to, and is concentrated on the membrane against which the base of the stirrup bone is planted. That membrane transfers the shock to the water of the labyrinth, which, in its turn, transfers it to the nerves.

Again correct except for the emphasis.

The transmission, however, is not direct. At a certain place within the labyrinth exceedingly fine elastic bristles, terminating in sharp points, grow up between the terminal nerve fibres. These bristles, discovered by Max Schultze, are eminently calculated to sympathise with those vibrations of the water which correspond to their proper periods. Thrown thus into vibration, the bristles stir the nerve fibres which lie between their roots, and excite audition.

This differs from modern understanding. Clearly he’s talking about the macula in each canal. Currently we see these structures as solely for sensing position and motion of the head and body, NOT as participants in sound sensing.

At another place in the labyrinth we have little crystalline particles called otolithes — the Hörsteine of the Germans – embedded among the nervous filaments, and which, when they vibrate, exert an intermittent pressure upon the adjacent nerve fibres, thus exciting audition. The otolithes probably subserve a different purpose from that fulfilled by the bristles of Schultze. They are fitted, by their weight, to accept and prolong the vibrations of evanescent sounds, which might otherwise escape attention.

In modern understanding the otoliths are the drivers of the ‘Schultze bristles’, not sound sustainers.

The bristles of Schultze, on the contrary, because of their extreme lightness, would instantly yield up an evanescent motion, while they are eminently fitted for the transmission of continuous vibrations.

Here Tyndall suggests a sort of memory function for the canals, which has been abandoned.

Finally, there is in the labyrinth a wonderful organ, discovered by the Marchese Corti, which is to all appearance a musical instrument, with its chords so stretched as to accept vibrations of different periods, and transmit them to the nerve filaments which traverse the organ. Within the ears of men, and without their knowledge or contrivance, this lute of 3,000 strings has existed for ages, accepting the music of the outer world, and rendering it fit for reception by the brain. Each musical tremor which falls upon this organ selects from its tensioned fibres the one appropriate to its own pitch, and throws that fibre into unisonant vibration. And thus, no matter how complicated the motion of the external air may be, those microscopic strings can analyse it and reveal the constituents of which it is composed.

This is perfectly unisonant with the modern understanding of the cochlea (the organ of Corti). Again the emphasis is opposite: Tyndall sees the cochlea as inside the labyrinth. We see the cochlea and labyrinth as essentially separate organs.

Tyndall’s notion of the canals as sustainers is attractive. The canals are imperfectly suited to the task of sensing motion; they’re not truly perpendicular, and each vector component affects a mix of the canals.   If the canals weren’t intended to participate in sound sensing, they wouldn’t have been part of the same structure, picking up the same vibrations from the stapes, and sharing the same nerve cable to the brain.

Acoustic memory loops were common in the early days of digital computers and calculators. A large ring containing a dense fluid like mercury is stimulated at one end, and the pattern of vibration continues resonating for a while. A semicircular canal closely resembles these memory loops.

Note that the three canals have three sizes and thus three resonant freqs.  If each canal is holding one of the three main speech formants, each canal would provide a ‘moving average’ baseline for the deltas in that formant.  These deltas are the basic currency of speech perception.

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.

Invulnerable India

Today’s little news item continues a LONG-running theme that doesn’t seem to get much attention. India is buying lots of Russian oil despite our self-destructive sanctions. We aren’t sanctioning India for breaking our sanctions.

In the “virus” holocaust I’ve been noticing that many of the heroic dissidents within the “medical” community are from India. They haven’t been silenced or fired.

Indians are gradually taking over the banking world from Jews, and quickly taking over the tech world from the Waspish Wealthy Weirdos who founded it. Nobody is calling them anti-Semitic for replacing the Jews.

This has been going on since the end of WW2. India always played both sides between US and USSR, profited from the game, and didn’t get bombed or punished for it. India has been running a perpetual low-level war against Pakistan in Kashmir since 1947, and we’ve never tried to intervene on either side.


Unfamiliar versions

A few ‘new’ episodes of Passing Parade have recently entered the OTR distribution. They’re not in the free material at Archive.org yet. (Everything ends up at Archive sooner or later.)

One episode from 1949 deals with espionage and code breakers.

The main theme is highly unconventional, especially after 1946: There has always been a Deepstate. America pretends to be innocent and constitutional, and claims to be bamboozled by the byzantine convolutions of Old World countries. In fact we always have our own convoluters who ignore morality and laws.

The first part of the episode tells the familiar story of Yardley and his Black Chamber in a familiar way.

Toward the end the narrator tells two unfamiliar versions of familiar events. I don’t know if these are forgotten facts or abandoned lies or just confusions. The first one feels like a confusion; the second one feels like a forgotten fact.

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1. Again in the late 30s, just before the world blew up again, our country was infested with enemy spies. And yet somehow we had invented a code machine for sending our own messages, which the immense intelligence forces of Hitler failed to figure out. That machine, still I believe a secret, is said to be a sort of thinking machine based upon the human brain.

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‘Electronic brain’ usually meant a digital computer. The conventional story (which seems reliable) is that we weren’t using digital computers in any active way during the war. Atanasoff was trying to use digital for ballistic calculations, but this wasn’t useful yet. Every plane and ship had ANALOG computers for bombsights and autopilots. Computers were being tried for decrypting late in the Enigma project, but the vast majority of the Enigma work was done by brute-force automatic code wheels. I don’t think anyone would describe the code-wheel devices as ‘thinking like a brain’. Both sides had been using wheel machines since 1920, contrary to the usual story that the Enigma was a total mystery until Turing magically understood it.

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2. It was widely believed during the last two years of the war that we were having a most difficult time in breaking the Japanese code. We had very few agents well trained in the Japanese language. That was the story. Hidden behind this is the encouraging fact that a couple of young Yankee inventors had already perfected a radio decoding machine by the time Pearl Harbor occurred. And there was hardly a minute in the entire war that the American machine wasn’t smashing the Japanese code as fast as it was changed.

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This differs radically from the familiar ‘Midway Mistake’ story. There’s also a hidden inference: If we were decoding everything before Pearl Harbor, we knew what was coming.