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Still watching all the “independents” falling into line like passive iron filings near a powerful magnet.

Still branching from that Feb ’50 Mutual news broadcast. It includes a brief emotional snip of the HUAC committee grilling Henry Wallace.

The simple FACT is that all politicians were neutral and non-combatant from 1920 to 1940. We actually learned a lesson from Wilson’s unnecessary intrusion in WW1.

In 1946 Deepstate rose from the grave and began its long campaign to insure that no American would ever see or hear or tell the truth again. HUAC was picking out specific scapegoats like Wallace, blaming them for our two decades of horrible sanity. NEVER AGAIN! NO MORE SANITY!

Grilling Wallace was especially shameful because Wallace was in charge of agriculture in the New Deal. He wasn’t a politician or a lawyer. He was born in agriculture. His father was a farmer and a writer about agriculture, and served as Sec of Ag for Harding. So Henry knew the scientific and practical sides of farming, and he knew how bureaucracies work.

In the New Deal, Wallace organized the training of farmers, the subsidies and commodities, and the building of irrigation systems. He solved the Dust Bowl.

If he hadn’t done his job so well, the whole fucking country would have starved. Those Congressmonsters should have been THANKING him for their daily bread, not BAKING him for HELPING TO WIN THE FUCKING WAR.

During the war Wallace was vice president, and FDR assigned him to sit on various war production boards when needed, using the power of the office to halt pointless disputes and get shit done.

Before 1946 we were cautiously sharing our research and materials with Russia and Britain. Russia was working with us to defeat the NAZIS, and Russia had taken the greatest loss of men and industry. Allies should share information, and we did. In his role as expediter, Wallace helped to sway those boards and commissions toward sharing with Britain and Russia.

After the CIA/NSA/FBI zombies took over, we resumed our normal love affair with NAZIS like Wernher von Braun. Our only purpose in life is to OBLITERATE RUSSIA and torture people.

The HUAC hearing, as recorded in this document, focused on shipments of uranium to Russia in 1944, which were simply part of the war effort at that time, but now redefined as treason.

The congressmonsters repeatedly read out lengthy passages of laws and executive orders which were supposedly “violated” by the real policy. Wallace repeatedly explained how government really works. Parkinson. Bureaucrats are only concerned with expanding their own turf. Laws are designed to create loopholes and exemptions for one agency or one company. FDR needed to WIN A NECESSARY WAR, and Wallace was trying to break through the normal bureaucratic crap with personal power.

Wallace makes the main point here:

What I wanted to do at that time, we felt Russia’s part in the war effort was very significant, and I was going to be visiting certain spots in Siberia where they were seeking to produce many products that would save the lives of American boys, and I wanted to make some speeches.

The most emotional part of the radio news broadcast is this, roughly transcribed:

Wallace: As the wartime vice president of the United States, I feel very deeply on this subject and I think that I did a good job. This kind of questioning, I think, is not helpful.

Congressmonster: This is not a proper response, and I’m going to ask that it be stricken from the record, as you are making a reflection on the policy of this committee.

Wallace: And I don’t like to hear the Roosevelt administration impugned.

Sure enough, this part was stricken. This part is not in the document.

Truth is always stricken from the record. Thanks to MBS for unstriking it, and thanks to those blessed OTR digitizers and preservers for making this particular clip available in modern form.

Ringing words

A good sharp paragraph from Kirn:

There are things against which even the concerted leveling of brute force is powerless. Beauty. A mystical epiphany. True prowess in some difficult endeavor. The ring of the right word. It’s those things which civilization must protect if it’s to be worthy of the name.

I’ve been saying a related thing, not quite the same thing, in less ringing words.

Life is order and beauty and value. Every living thing creates order out of chaos. Most living things create forms of beauty that we can appreciate, in their flowers or feathers or harmonious sounds or graceful motions. It’s a certain bet that the others are creating forms of beauty outside of our sense range, or beyond our appreciation.

I’m less sanguine about the limits of brute force and the protection of civilization. Brute force can’t be opposed or limited by preservers. Western civilization stopped preserving and started obliterating a LONG time ago. Brute force has been obliterating every bit of order and beauty it can FIND, using all the power it can muster.

The enforcers work fanatically hard to create chaos and obliterate order and beauty, but they are a FINITE set of demons with FINITE budgets. The beauty generators are INFINITE.

We have to maintain our stores of order and beauty in small ways and hidden places, below the visual field of the zoning boards and HOAs and Public Death Officers and stock markets and environmentalists.

Preserved

Vintage.es has a feature on Port Washington, LI in the ’40s. Lots of interesting architecture, from old New England to the latest postwar houses with attached garages. This magnificent building especially caught my eye:

A Studie dealer at 145 Main St, with a ’42 Champion in front. I couldn’t resist checking Googlestreet. Normally a downtown building has been wiped out by urban renewal or covered with 1970s mansard crap. Not this one!

Remarkably preserved. From another view, the clock and front door are still original. The only obvious difference is that the shrubs newly planted in 1949 are mature now.

Irrelevant thought: The font of the vertical STUDEBAKER sign is Cyrillic, which reminds me that Studie trucks were big in the Lend-Lease program and stuck around in Russia for a long time afterward, influencing Russian trucks. But oddly, Studie never actively participated in Russian manufacture or sales. Ford had a directly controlled division in Russia, making tractors and Model As. GM licensed Buick bodies and engines to Russian makers in 1931. Packard licensed and cooperated with Russian makers in the ’40s. Studie missed the opportunity to leverage their accidental influence into profit.

Hmm. The last sentence is unnecessarily long.

“Studie missed the opportunity.”

That’s the whole story of the company. Nash/AMC lasted much longer because it knew its own SKILLS and rarely missed an opportunity to use its own particular SKILLS. Studebaker tried to be GM and failed. Nash tried to be Nash and succeeded.

Dust bowls and rice bowls

A surprising fact from the same Nov 33 issue of Electronics as the microwaved “bun sandwich”:

More people than ever before live on the nation’s farms.

Not only has the drift of farm boys and girls to the city been stopped, after thirty years of continuous growth of the city population at the expense of the countryside, but for three years past the movement of the rural migration has been just the opposite way: it now is from city to country. In fact, in these past three years the replacement of farm population has more than equalled in numbers the total population withdrawn from rural districts in the preceding third of a century, so that now more people are living in farm homes than ever had farm homes before.

Most of these 6,000,000 farm houses are without electricity for lighting. Their radios must be battery operated. It is time the radio industry gave more attention to sets especially designed for this vast farm market.

FDR started to electrify those farms, and the radio industry did respond to the farm market.

I’ve always been suspicious of the standard narrative of the Dust Bowl. My ancestors lived in Okla during those years, stayed and prospered. I delved into the subject in detail here.

It’s true that many farms failed because of Wilson’s semi-forced growth. In WW1, government and bankers encouraged city people to try farming on shitty land. Nobody bothered to train them or guide them in selecting land; the bankers just wanted to create a bunch of mortgages. This failure happened in the mid-20s at the same time when the fake NYC boom was creating many unnecessary industries in cities, so the migration was toward cities. When the fake boom ended, the unnecessary businesses failed and the people returned to farms, which are NECESSARY.

In other words, population takes care of itself when allowed to move easily.

China has been FORCING movement in both directions, not just encouraging with fake booms. Mao destroyed farms to build industry, then in 1968 destroyed industry to rebuild farms. After 1980 China moved to the city again. Now Xi is switching back to 1968, destroying industry to rebuild farms. This constant forced movement leaves no time to develop the skills of farming.

Most of the video is synthesized English. The segments featuring a Henan farmer are linguistically interesting. I don’t understand Chinese, but I’ve heard enough of the usual urban dialects to tell the difference. He’s from the Chinese version of Arkansas. Slow and careful, much more music than the urbanites, longer diphthongs, clearer aspirates.

No transitionals

Evo News has yet another article on the failure to find ‘transitional fossils’.

Since I’ve been reviewing and condensing old blog into new blog lately, I’ve acquired a feel for the strata of my viewpoints. There aren’t any transitional fossils in this record either. When I crystallize a new understanding, the viewpoint shifts abruptly.

A similar pattern happens in changes of skill or technology. When a new way of making a telescope or a gun or a radio appears, the industry gradually adopts it.

Telescopes go from alidade to lens in one step, carriages go from horse to engine in one step. There are no telescopes with half lenses, no carriages with 20% of a horse and 80% of an engine.

Some companies continue making the old (living fossils), some make both old and new, and some new companies start fresh with the new.

It’s the same with new ways of composing music or art or literature. The new either takes over or fails. The old continues in some places, and often reaches new heights of perfection just before it collapses. But there are no transitional fossils.

We know how these sudden jumps happen in our own learning and technology. The change happens in MINDS, and even within the MIND there are no transitional neurons. Some sections of memory or limbic system remember the old, just as some companies continue building the old. The sequencers in the cerebellum archive the old skill or the old song, which remains available forever in case the new fails.

But where is the MIND that creates the shift in animal phyla and species? Is the God Studio an itinerant, checking in on various planets from time to time and implanting new genomic ideas?

Reviewing Aberree, part 3/7

Alphia Hart had a powerful and unique view of copyrights:

Copyrighting everything you write is a confession that you have little faith in your ability to continue producing salable stuff — and that there may come a time when you’ll have to fall back on your own, protected material to make a living. When we can’t produce new copy for The ABERREE, The ABERREE ceases to exist, because we’re certain no one wants to read tomorrow what we said yesterday and today.

Alphia practiced what he preached, and specified in each issue that his work was NOT to be copyrighted.

I reached a similar conclusion a long time ago in making courseware. The restrictions of ‘digital rights’ get stricter and more tangled every year, but they don’t bother me because I have CONFIDENCE in my own ability to produce new images and animations.

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Here’s a corollary which isn’t quite obvious:

If you want to leave a legacy, don’t copyright your work.

Despite his probably fake modesty, Hart did leave a legacy. His work is still eminently worth reading 60 years later.

BUT: If he had copyrighted his work, or even failed to EXPLICITLY turn off the copyright, his legacy would be GONE.

Thanks to recent anti-Hubbard types who found the collection and scanned and uploaded it, all of Hart’s work is readable. If he hadn’t made a point of turning off the copyright, those blessed preservers couldn’t have done their job, and his work would be lost.

A similar situation exists in the recordings of old-time radio. The obscure syndicated shows are better preserved and more available than the big network shows. Why? Because the networks still exist, so a copyright could be enforced. This makes it possible for one of the OTR vendors to play copyright troll games, forcing the other vendors and the free service at Archive.org to delete items it wants to sell. Even though the one trollish vendor has no inheritance rights to the recordings, the potential of a copyright makes the big network shows harder to find and hear. And because they’re less widely distributed, they’re likely to disappear when that one trollish vendor goes out of business.

A much more important application of this principle was already operating at the time when those radio shows were made. Local stations and small syndicates and small civic orchestras were able to play live music as long as it was classical. Modern copyrighted music could only be played by networks who had enough money to pay the royalties. THEREFORE: Classical music has been performed and enjoyed and remembered much more widely than modern copyrighted music.

We have a dense and constantly performed legacy from composers who worked before copyright laws. Similarly with literature and visual art.

Not everything is great, but some work that was considered trash when written has been appreciated later because it was PRESERVED in some form. PRESERVED work can be revived and re-judged.

When the work is copyrighted, it has much less chance of being preserved and reprinted or replayed, no matter how good or mediocre it is.

Natural law and Sharia law agree: Use it or lose it. Everything in nature is meant to be useful, meant to serve. Copyright prevents use, so copyright guarantees loss.

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From personal experience: When a publisher owns exclusive copyright, the publisher may go bankrupt or merge, or it may simply decide to stop selling the item. At that point there’s no automatic procedure to revert the item to public domain, or to return it to the author’s possession. Sometimes a revert contract is written, but big corporations don’t obey laws. They can and will prevent ANYONE from using the material, even though they’re not using the material either. Total and permanent loss.

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Note for clarity: Before Disney bought the law in 1996, the US copyright law was less monopolistic. There was no ‘intrinsic’ copyright. You had to register an item specifically if you wanted to claim protection, and the protection was officially turned off when you stopped paying for renewals. There was a solid fence between protected and public domain, so there was less room for monopolistic lawyering.