An old contrary view

Not immediately topical, just an item I’ve been wanting to highlight.

In this short clip, commentator Raymond Gramm Swing covers two trials that were happening in 1938. Swing points out that our conventional view of both trials was (and still is) flat wrong.

Pastor Niemoller was NOT a rebel. He was a ferocious Kraut soldier and Kraut nationalist, and he became an enthusiastic Nazi. He didn’t have any problem with conquering the world for Hitler. He only had a problem with mixing Christianity into the crusade. He wanted to keep Christianity separate.

Trotsky was NOT a gentle Fabian socialist. The Trotskyites were actually plotting to overthrow Stalin, and would have been prosecuted in any nation. More importantly, Stalin was successful and popular for the same reason that FDR was successful and popular. Both were attempting to solve the problems of THIS nation. The Trotskyites, like the Wilsonites, were utopian imperialists, trying to impose an IDEOLOGY on the entire world. Stalin and FDR were practical localists, trying to maintain and improve a single country. Stalin’s methods were harsh, which is unfortunately the Russian norm. Most of the tsars (including the current one) were also unnecessarily harsh.


Continuing a vaguely defined theme of obscure and peculiarly clumsy secret equipment.

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Soviet spies were working in Oklahoma and Kansas in the ’50s, as evident in the correct local pronunciations on their maps. Every city and province has its secret shibboleths, its own tests for You’re Not From Here. A spy who wants to survive needs to be From Here immediately.

Let’s imagine Резидентка Полистра ensconced in an unspecified Okla location:

She’s loyally receiving and sending data to the nearest Center with her Тензор spy rig. (The nearest Center is remarkably near!)

Тензор was designed and built by the Russian division of Sylvania. [Sources disagree on this.] Russia, of course, continued making radios and using tubes long after we stopped using tubes and stopped making anything at all.

Interior view:

The excellent writeup at CryptoMuseum mentions the unexpected English labels. They cite two reasons: Russian labels would give away the game immediately, and spies were usually locals who knew English as first or second language.

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Two aspects of this setup are unusually primitive for the ’50s, and seem wrong for a spy rig. But I can’t possibly outthink KGB, so I know they had excellent reasons for each choice. (It’s possible that the seeming wrong itself was part of their brilliance.)

(1) Big metal octal tubes were outdated in portable equipment. Transistors weren’t ready for serious use yet, but Russia made lots of mini and submini tubes. (I own some). Subminis were also available in most target countries. I’m guessing that big COMMON tubes avoided conspicuous consumption. 6J7 and 6L6 were ‘default tubes’, found in most house and car radios. You could buy them in a hardware store or drug store in every town. Subminis were only available through electronics stores in big cities, or through mail-order houses like Allied, which would leave a paper trail.

Good advice for dissidents of all sorts: Try to be a small fish in a big pond. Avoid specialized stores and specialized channels. Even if they’re not provided for you as false flags, small groups are easier to watch than big ‘default’ groups.

(2) Modularity. Radio developed like cars and houses and business machines. All started as a collection of separable modules, then merged inside a streamlined envelope in the ’30s. Exposed tubes were the norm before streamlining, and still a ‘classic symbol’ for tube-loving audiophiles just as free-standing headlights are a ‘classic symbol’ for cars.

A single self-contained transceiver would seem obligatory for a spy who needs to pack up his equipment quickly. These modules fitted into a custom-made travel pack with pouches for each device and antenna and tool, but removing the tubes and taking down the antenna and fitting the modules into the pouches would take a long time.

One possibility: An operating schedule linked at CryptoMuseum instructed the spy to operate in ‘duplex’, transmitting and receiving on separate frequencies. Most transceivers are designed to transmit and receive on the same frequency, with one dial controlling both. Perhaps the separate modules and separate antennas made duplex easier to manage?

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Now let’s look at the modules, assisted by HappyRedStar.

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The filter box is just a box, no knobs or lights or moving parts. It goes between the power plug and the rig’s own power supply. No fun for me to model and animate, but it shows plenty of design savvy. It contains a series of hefty RC filters to block transients in both directions.

Line filters are normal on ham equipment to spare your hearing from the buzz of the neighbor’s washing machine and to spare the neighbor’s TV from your keying.

In this case there’s a more important purpose for the backwash filter. Mains power systems are communication systems. Smart meters are NOT NEW. Power companies have been modulating the AC with their own Morse and data signals for 100 years. If they heard Morse in a neighborhood with no known and licensed hams, they might start investigating.

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The power supply is uniquely flexible. It contains a multi-tap transformer. A rotary switch on the front selects taps for a wide range of input voltages. Presumably the blank tap is the OFF choice, though not labeled. The output provides filament and plate voltages for both receiver and transmitter. The transmit/receive switch, a standard and necessary part of every station, is on the power supply. It trades only the plate voltages, leaving the filaments on all the time. The power supply also has a high/low voltage switch for the transmitter, so you can send at high or low power when needed. The available schematic is for an earlier version with only two tubes. Each is connected as a halfwave, and the second looks like a voltage doubler for the transmitter.

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The receiver has three identical 6J7 pentodes, inside the case unlike the other modules. The first is an RF amp with untuned input. The second is a regenerative detector, and the third is the audio amp. Regen seems an odd choice for a spy receiver, since a regen transmits on its tuned frequency. Regens were famous for interfering with neighbors. You can turn down the regen control so it’s effectively a TRF, but then you would lose sensitivity and lose the BFO. There’s no separate volume control on the audio stage.

The tuning dial is unique. It moves through a full circle and has two separate bands, which are automatically switched when the dial passes the halfway point. (The full circle might imply a butterfly capacitor? Not visible in the pictures.) A fine-tuning knob is on the left, but it’s not a separate capacitor, just a reduction gear for the main dial. Earphones are connected through separate pins for each wire, another ancient feature. Tip-ring phone plugs were standard by 1930.

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The transmitter is straightforward and simple, with one odd exception. A crystal oscillator drives a single stage of amplification, with LC tuning on both stages. The key interrupts the cathode of the amplifier stage. Instead of meters, each stage has a neon lamp to tune for maximum brightness. The oddity is a switch on the front that puts the second lamp in the primary or secondary of the plate tank. In the secondary the lamp would be viewing antenna resonance. Why the switch? Three lamps would be cheaper and less scratchy than two lamps and a switch.

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The antenna matcher / reel is another ancient leftover. It’s a wooden frame with a slide inductor inside. Slide inductors were typical of early crystal radios. The spy would wrap the transmitting antenna around the wooden frame for storage or travel, and would use the slide inductor to tune when the lamp switch was set to Antenna.

The rig covers the usual SW ham and broadcast range, 80 to 20 meters. The linked operating schedule used all the bands at appropriate times and seasons. Max power was about 25 watts, which could span the world on the right band with the right skip conditions. More reliably, 25 watts would travel about 100 miles. So the Centers would need to be fairly dense. If Резидентка Полистра was in Enid, her Center might have been in OKC or Wichita. This dense distribution strikes me as implausible. I’m inclined to think that the rig was meant for more urban areas like Europe or NYC… but again I shouldn’t underestimate KGB.

The receiving antenna came on another wooden frame without an inductor.

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The key is the only ordinary part of the rig. It’s a common Soviet key, and thoroughly familiar to me. I own one and use it daily for a few minutes of code practice along with my kit-built regen receiver. Because it’s instantly recognizable as a Soviet model, it would spoil the ‘native effect’ of the English labels.

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** Footnote: The available power supply schematic is for the Mark I version with only two tubes. This version would handle AC but not DC input. Many parts of the world, including most farms and even one section of NYC, were still on DC power in the 1950s. Many home radios were built to handle both AC and DC. Possibly the third tube in the Mark II version served as a vibrator or inverter for DC locations? I can’t find any better schematics or descriptions, so this is an open question.

The importance of plateaus

Assisted by the Kirn discussion, I connected two longtime themes.

1. Exponential vs tanh. Life doesn’t go exponential. Every individual, or company, or community, rises to a ceiling or plateau and stays there. Individuals die, but companies and organizations don’t necessarily die. Many have lasted for hundreds or thousands or years, by steady satisfaction with a steady source of profit.

If you know where your particular ceiling or plateau is, you can be satisfied after you get onto the plateau.

2. Meritocracy tells us that we don’t have a plateau, and ESPECIALLY tells us that we don’t have our OWN plateaus. Everyone is required to strive for an EXP growth to the same INFINITE and thus IMPOSSIBLE goal.


The plateau links meritocracy and EXP. Fake economies and fake life trajectories require the same lie about endless universal growth without plateaus.

The fake economy in most countries couldn’t exist if we were thinking in plateau form. We would understand that perpetual accelerating growth is DEADLY, not HEALTHY. We wouldn’t be suckered by abstract exponential growth, whether in the old-fashioned stock market or the new bitcoin market.

Sharia economics understands plateaus. A company or laborer adds a finite amount of value by working. Every person and every company has a distinct role, based on abilities and opportunities. Our task is to reach our distinct plateau and maintain it, creating enough excess value to overcome friction and ideally store some value and energy against future bad times.

The worst part of fake growth is that it consumes all the energy and money and work that SHOULD be devoted to real steady maintenance. We’ve lost our factories and farms and stores, and above all we’ve DEVALUED AND TRASHED the people who worked in those factories and farms and stores.

All individual talents are totally wasted as everyone rushes to grab the next meaningless number. Every rush enriches Bezos and kills ordinary people.

Another name for plateaus is purposes.

Reprinting from last year:

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France learned a major lesson from the 1789 revolution. After the EXTREME dose of Innovative Disruption in every aspect of life, the French became the world’s best PRESERVERS. They tried to maintain everyday objects and skills instead of discarding them. The tendency was still strong in the 1970s; I don’t know if it’s still strong now. Unions are certainly strong.

Wars and revolutions and depressions often induce this healthy immune response. America was in skill-preservation mode after the 1930s depression, thanks to FDR’s emphasis on work and training and unions. We remained in skill-estate mode until the ’70s when Nixon, then Reagan, then Clinton, cumulatively removed ALL the supporting framework and shipped ALL skills overseas.

There’s already some indication that the current holocaust is inducing a healthy PRESERVATION impulse for money. Wolfstreet noted a decrease in credit card usage and increase in savings. Bloomberg sees “a new austerity, expressed through pantry stockpiling and delayed big-ticket purchases.”

We also need to follow the French model of frugality in skills and knowledge. The long-term goal of globalism is to eliminate all skills and knowledge, and the current holocaust is an EXTREME FINAL step in this process. Jobs requiring skill are “non-essential”, and all knowledge of science and logic and truth has been precisely and diametrically inverted and garbled and deleted.

We’ve got a partial start through Emerson justice. Public schools and major colleges have voluntarily committed suicide “because virus”, thus eliminating the main purveyors of ANTI-SKILL education. The field is open for smart operators like DeVry. Will they step up and take advantage?

Probably not. We don’t have FDR or Harding at the top to break the litigation and regulation obstacles. Instead we have Trump, Deepstate’s most loyal and perfect servant. FDR locked down the banks to enrich the real economy. Trump locked down the real economy to enrich the banks.

The overriding perpetual purpose of the ‘enlightenment’, from 1776 to 1793 to now, is to obliterate PURPOSE from life. The focus on “rights” instead of duties started the breakdown. The focus on finance and abstraction instead of industry finished it.

Natural Law in its varied forms, whether the Sharia rules or the Soviet Constitution or FDR’s four freedoms, always starts with PURPOSE AND WORK. Every aspect of the economy and culture is shaped to preserve PURPOSE for ordinary people. The ‘enlightenment’ starts with “rights” and “freedom”, which means that psychopaths are free to dominate culture and economy, free to eliminate all PURPOSE from ordinary workers and families. The sole PURPOSE of a psychopath is to obliterate PURPOSE.


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