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For the Schulz fans here – I was given these books by my father almost 50 years ago. I rarely open them, and have never translated the German one (bogged down in computer languages).
@madamski & Mr House re: Ellison’s view
Midas World – Frederik Pohl. ‘The Midas Plague’ (1954) describes a society with compulsory consumption: automobiles to washing machines. The machines build, man must consume…or be considered antisocial. You’re given a stipend (UBI?) that ‘expires’ via the consumption quotas.
Subtle, but very important: indica will suppress dreams, sativa will stimulate them. My brother suffers from night terrors, and uses indica to keep a lid on things. This is a medium-duration effect, lasting a day or two after a single use. This may be tied to an increase in depression suffered by people who only/primarily use indica.
Still reading stuff, but had an appropriately strong knee-jerk reaction to this:
“An individual’s data is kept secure and confidential at all times.”
• Nation’s First ‘Vaccine Passport’ Coming To New York (NYP)
Uh…yeah…except the part you just broadcasted to anyone in sight range that you have been given the shot. You don’t get in unless you’ve had the shot, so everyone who sees you enter knows that fragment of your medical history. Serious PHI leak, stupid as phuq.
RE return of stolen stuffs, this is a really nice docu:
@my parents said know re: computer frizzies
Are you using a touchpad? If so, clean it thoroughly. If that doesn’t help, it may have aged out. They wear out and the thickness (or lack of) makes them more and more sensitive.
Also, check for the presence of cat hairs on the device! 🙂
@Dr P re: non-alterations
It doesn’t directly alter any DNA…as far as we’ve been told by the totally trustworthy manufacturers.
Here’s an analogy that’s kinda hyperbolic, but maybe not?
A carjacker points a gun at you, tells you to scooch over, takes the wheel and goes on a crime spree. He hasn’t modified your car, but he’s sure done a s#!+-ton of damage, eh? And then he leaves…no more carjacker, but things are still mighty f#(<ed up.
@madamski re: phantom PMS
Giggle! As my wife always says, “Prepare to Meet Shaitan!”March 12, 2021 at 2:59 am in reply to: Mass Vaccination Amidst A Pandemic Creates An Irrepressible Monster #70994
Links to this thread are being ‘disappeared’ when I try to post them at MoA.
Can I lighten the mood a bit?
Portland, OR, isn’t a lost cause: Paul Gilbert – Argument About PieMarch 12, 2021 at 2:10 am in reply to: Mass Vaccination Amidst A Pandemic Creates An Irrepressible Monster #70992
I tried to find a comment I posted last night at MoA on this topic, that we need continuous low-level exposure to everything. Seems to have been deleted. I’ve never had b delete any of my posts.
Anyway, yeah, I logic’d this one out last year, too.
I don’t know if this has been posted here yet: The Manifesto of Great Awakening. Against Great Reset. This article speaks to the other thing I logic’d out last year…atomization of the populace.
The vaccines are a cipher. We don’t know what’s in them because it’s a trade secret. So…trust an unknown virus that seems to behave just like all previous viruses have for all of human history, or trust an untested ‘miracle drug’ that we aren’t even allowed to investigate.
Science is a mighty river, info deposited in the glacier, melting, flowing out into the ocean. You cannot plant a flag on a sandbar in that river and declare it “The Science” and be done. The sandbar will be gone before you can say “C. Everett Coop!”
Heh…I read ‘corruption-skin’ as euphemism for ‘managerial stratification’.
I would also like to thank phoenixvoice. Evolved systems and their attendant nuance…very important!
…and I must add, having read Dr. D’s take in this thread:
The end of mining isn’t the end. Every transaction must run through calculations to verify. And the end of mining Bitcoin means the next Xcoin is up to bat.
Escape the confines of the planet and that energy becomes nearly free…but I have a feeling they’ll strive hard to eat that cake, too.
Now <i>I</i> get to do a Dr. D:
• Bitcoin Energy Use ‘Bigger Than Most Countries’ (BBC)
Didn’t I say…?
Haven’t I said…?
It’s a fucking black hole. Stupidist thing imaginable to do on a closed-system planet. Worse than a tire fire!
@Dr. D re: clay floors and real books…
Feels more and more like A Canticle For Leibowitz, eh?
@Arttua, re: Adams
V Arnols,”That’s quite a photograph; I don’t feel qualified to critique it, but the depth of field must have been huge…” He shot with large format cameras. and had a f64 club. smaller format cameras couldn’t come close to f64
He carried that camera on his back in the Sierra Nevada following Brower and Norman Clyde. That’s 30kg of kit that is only useful for the art, on top of his bedroll, etc. He worked in a period in which he could perfect long-exposure shots, which are now impossible due to jet contrails. This nighttime shot in New Mexico is certainly now impossible.
I am in awe of the masters of film, both still and motion. It’s such a surfer’s realm.
Raul… Thank you very much for posting the daily Calvin. My dad and I were ‘partners in C&H fandom’ and I miss him terribly these days. Each shot of Calvin is a little boost to what optimism I might retain.
“Geez, Raul…you used to be so cool! What happened?!?!?”
Seen a shit-ton of these posts at every blog. Same MO: light praise leading to “…gone off the deep end!” hyperbole.
That sock needs darning.
Impressionism and illusion… Each of us with our lenses being melted, distorted, fogged, cracked. I pass people on my rides in the woods, and some are still in my universe, while others seem to have moved off.
Impressionism and illusion:
I am likely to be derided for this, but I somewhat prefer the Emerson, Lake and Palmer rendition of Pictures.
I’ll be watching the long Janos and the long Kijé this week…work load permitting.
SALUT! I’d lift a glass of Uzo, but I quit drinking when I was 21.
Just received this ‘carrot’ in my in-box:
RE: WES and parasites
You can change yourself into an unappetizing morsel.
Also, re: You will have to devise your own method of tempoary escape.
Get a sturdy bike that likes gravel roads and trails. Good pair of boots also works.
Thanks, madamski and sumac.carol for highlighting mechanical means of energy storage.
It reminded me of the Helms Pumped Storage Plant in the Sierra Nevada, at Courtwright and Wishon Reservoirs. It’s only of limited/temporal utility in terms of power generation, being but a tiny side-store in the scope of the whole Grid. This, however, is where something like wind/solar could shine. Just leave the panels and turbines on all the time, and they just keep pumping water into an upper reservoir.
When I was a kid, family took a trip to AZ primarily to see Grand Canyon. The sub-plot of the trip was to visit various hydro and ‘civil engineering’ sites. Among the famous dams (Boulder, Roosevelt, some others) and natural/historic sites, we also visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West and Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti. The former, Wright, struck me as a beautiful low-footprint retreat, but in the end just a house. The latter, Soleri, impressed me very much as an attempt at a resilient community.
It was soon after this trip that I started to read stuff about ‘passive houses’ with thermal jacket construction, proper orientation based on local season, natural materials (yes, beds of rocks under your house as part of the thermal jacket, etc). Bucky Ball houses started to crop up on the outskirts of town.
Anyway, no real direction with this, just a random pile of what-ifs to put on the shelf next to my copy of The High Frontier.
@John Day re: meme
There is a broad meme that only people raised farming can handle the rigors.
I once had an acquaintance (1/4 Hoopa, from near Hayfork) tell me he wouldn’t date a girl unless said girl was the kind that wouldn’t shy away from going elbow-deep in deer guts. He also said he drank regularly from the bottom of his pasture, to keep the gut biome up to date.
Brilliant! Thank you.
“Sweet Melinda, the peasants call her the Goddess of Gloom”
Wow! It’s worth quoting the whole verse (granted I’ve only got old Grateful Dead renditions to draw from):
Sweet Melinda, the peasants call her the Goddess of Gloom.
She speaks such good English when she invites you up into her room.
Of course, you, you’re so kind and careful an conscientious not go to to her too soon.
Still she steals your voice and leaves you howlin’ at the moon!
And the timeless wisdom of “But the cops don’t need you, and, man, they expect the same.“
Anyone have a spare conspiracy theory? All mine seem to be coming true.
How about this one: The mRNA vaccines are a primer.
“Are our politicians and “experts” complicit or are they simply incompetent?”
A (very) large component is blackmail. Non-compliance with ‘the program’ means certain, public, vivid destruction. And if blackmail doesn’t stick, there’s the ‘Paul Wellstone Solution’.
The ‘old coot’ programmer in me wants to make this VAX better. It’s really the only VAX I’m craving at present.
@WES: cousin dying, not mom. Mom had the C germ Oct last year, recovered, go-go-gopher ever since. Thanks.
Another anecdotal data-point:
I was on the phone with my mom last night. My cousin (mid-40s F, dad’s side) is self-inflicted T2 diabetic, very bad (other immediate family likewise). A few days ago she suffered kidney failure. Time for dialysis. But there’s a catch. The hospital has taken no action yet because “…we need the space for COVID patients.”
So, a kind, dog-loving, food-cooking person who is now critically dancing on Death’s fuzzy doormat will exit this world much sooner.
But “…we need the space for COVID patients.” And my mom spit this out like it was the most normal and rational thing in the world. I wanted to punch a hole through my wall when I heard her say that.
Also, re: mRNA anything – We don’t have the technical chops to use it safely. We are a long way from that point. The reason they are all gooey over mRNA is because it really is the ‘holy grail’ of genetic engineering. There are 2 very good Niven stories on RNA: The Fourth Profession (somewhat optimistic and fantasy, quite funny) and World Out Of Time (near-future dystopia, The State controls everything, defrosts frozen convicts as needed and ‘re-educates’ them with RNA pills).
Lastly, Bill Gates is a eugenicist of software, leaving a trail of broken and burned projects wherever he sllithers. I have little doubt that this attitude colors his other ‘human relations’ activities.
OK, I’ll finish the article post-haste, but I have to say this:
This is having a severe impact on our mental health, though nobody apparently wants to talk about that either.
I’ve wanted to talk about this aspect from the beginning. My wife, ditto. My boss, yes. My co-workers, yes. Friends, yes. Internet forum cancel culture Sardaukar, not so much.
Oh, that Tessa just cracked my egg! Got some ruminating to do.
As a hint of what was stirred…
Galactic Center – Gregory Benford. Biological life in the cosmos usually ends itself by inventing AI and machines that rebel, exterminate.
There’s a lot to this, and it’s closely tied to the digital currency ‘event horizon’ problem. To seriously do bitcoin right, you need ever more processing power for each transaction. After a (short) while, there’s not enough energy on the planet to get rich anymore. In space, near a star, you have unlimited solar power. Put the bitcoin farms in space! Combine this greed with a pathological need to kill more efficiently, and you get violations of Asmiov’s 3 Laws (!!!), and we’re off to the races.
Now, for the cyborg angle, The Eyes Of Heisenberg – Frank Herbert. OptiMen run the show, peasants die en masse at a whim, cyborgs battle them from the shadows. Are we at that juncture where the ‘transhumanists’ are trying to break away? Should we let them? Are we already in an existential struggle with eachother?
Now, before I go off to ride my bike and digest some stuff, here’s Kurt Vonnegut Jr on The Future of The United States. I have not watched this one yet myself, but I’ve seen several of his other interviews, and read a fair number of his books.
This whole schmeer is beginning to feel bigger than WWII.
Oh, that Tessa!!!! (stomps away muttering to self)
@anticlimactic re: mortgage bundling
This was found to be illegal, as it breaks the chain of custody on the mortgage. This allows the debtor to challenge the validity of the contract. If your mortgage was thusly bundled, and you now find yourself staring into the ‘foreclosure barrel’ you might do well to squat and challenge.
Even if I’m wrong about face-masking, the only real harm it does is to the egos of right-wing special snowflakes.
Well, you’re also wrong about the ego thing. Masks are dehumanizing. If you don’t feel it, you might already be a sociopath.
@Raul re: MoA article
You might want to read through the comments in that thread. B’s “shred” failed to remove some inconvenient warts.