Thursday, March 8, 2018

Of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School - and LIES

Dear students: you have been lied to.

Your own parents, grandparents perhaps, guardians, aunts, uncles, teachers, your representatives in government, the police and everyone else you have looked up to at this point... have lied to you. They have provided many things for you so that you could be comfortable at all times, on the street, in the mall.

At school.

Then, they all promised you would be safe - just trust them.

And then, some overmedicated psychotic with a rifle arrived at that school - and proved to you that you really didn't have any sort of security. You are NOT "safe". Even the police just sat there as he shot you - and every gunshot spoke the truth.
The truth? What the hell can a gunshot say? This:

There is no such thing as a "safe space".

Rough men willing to do violence on your behalf have successfully defended you for years - so successfully that other people near you decided that there just wasn't anything mean or dangerous to defend against, and so, not only were defenses lowered, they weren't even raised as the country itself changed - as "entertainment" mutated into watching some thug grab his crotch and shout obscenities. As "the people" morphed from citizens into consumers, greedy for the Next Great Instant Gratification and shouting, "Me! Me! Me!"

This might surprise you, but clear up into the 1970s, it wasn't any sort of big deal to see a gun at school - because the gun doesn't have free will and never has. They were just interesting machines. We The People didn't shoot anybody, because that just wasn't done. It wouldn't be fair or just. The gun wasn't blamed for anything, because it was (and is!) obvious that no gun can act on its own. Even in NYC, high schools had rifle teams until 1996.
What could be evil about a thing that burns tree bark (not kidding here, that's what basic gunpowder is made from) to throw a piece of lead?
Why, nothing.

It gets worse. The gun has been around for over 400 years, with "modern" designs dating back over 120; they have also been far more available than they are now. I have an ad from 1958 for a Solothern 20mm cannon, with ammunition. Yes, you could have bought it - for less than $200.
So what happened?
It is a modern issue that some Americans want absolutely nothing to do with responsibility. They will do anything to shift blame from themselves and/or to try to get another chance to escape responsibility. They also wish to do what they please without accountability, and they resist learning - so the lessons of history, which show us what happens when the people cry to be taken care of, remain unlearned.

• A desire for instant gratification
• A desire to escape responsibility and the real work of learning
• Ignorance of the consequences of leading a life of excuses as to why others should act

...produced a generation incapable of understanding the real world - which is still a jungle, though it has buildings in it. This generation has been pimped out by opportunists seeking to enrich themselves at the public's expense - yes, the political class.

The incessant crying about this issue has made me think that there is an affliction, a disease, I will call Reasoning Deficit Disorder because of its similarity to Alzheimer's. As you know, the victims of Alzheimer's know that they cannot make themselves understood and can feel their faculties diminishing. It is reasonable that others displaying emotional infirmity might have a similar problem.
How may it be spotted? Well, consider this: people horrified by the shooting at MSDHS, in Florida, are actually calling for people just like themselves to be disarmed nationwide, in the mistaken idea that criminals will then not be able to get guns like the AR-15* the shooter used there. Such people do not notice that they are actually asking the very same system that fed their living bodies to that lunatic is the one they are now counting on to protect them!
• Cops didn't protect me, so
• Let's make it so only cops have guns

There's where public ignorance of history shows up. The NRA is acutely aware of what a police state looks like, as well as who benefits from the presence of the 2nd Amendment. Zero of their members are responsible for school shootings in any way.
The NRA is also acutely aware that Federal laws regarding gun possession, as opposed to ownership, are routinely ignored. Yes, your police are disregarding existing law because it's inconvenient. See someone with a warrant on LivePD© carrying a gun? That's supposed to bring mandatory jail time. Nope!
It isn't a gun, any kind of gun, that has changed - it is the people, conditioned so completely by buying stories inciting fear, that they will surrender everything just to get that promise of safety back.
As we have seen - it doesn't have to be real safety. It just has to look like it, like the TSA groping passengers.

I include a couple of links here that elaborate on the issue so as to save space here...
• It's Elementary - And Not Just A School Shooting
• Larry Correia, Firearms Expert, After The Sandy Hook Incident (includes a video)
• Why The Second Amendment Is A Universal American Right

I include this link to the Federal Form 4473 PDF because many people have shown they do not know what has to happen to buy a gun from a dealer in the USA and its territories.

Nota Bene
: I am registered "Unaffiliated", not Dem, Rep or Lib, and I am not a member of the NRA. You might have to invent an excuse not to learn from this post.

* - chances are, you do not know just how many guns are functionally identical to the AR-15, whatever you have been told an AR-15 is, so you might have work to do to make your opinion worth anything.

Friday, October 27, 2017

You think you've seen something important?

It is truly difficult to explain the limits of national desperation to a person for whom loss of WiFi is a tragedy...

I work at a Site that has been in operation for a long time. Yesterday I passed by some... not quite... ruins...
The window faces South.
It says nothing. Can it?
Sixty years ago, this building was new, concrete and glass, two hundred offices, in which obscure incantations and rites resulted in brief but violent magic.
Violent? Not the right word by orders of magnitude.
I spell: N-u-c-l-e-a-r.

Three-quarters of the Earth fears that word, so much so that mentioning the existence of the office behind this window once meant prison, and mentioning some of the words uttered within to the wrong people meant certain death at the hands of Federal agents as ruthless as the Mob.
I spell: C-e-r-t-a-i-n.
Half a mile away, there's an anti-aircraft artillery site, where radar, cannons and missiles watched constantly to see that this place was undisturbed.
Yes. Anti-aircraft artillery. In the American woods. There are seven more nearby.

A quiet man in this office thought deeply, and figured, and figured, and figured some more, and a path opened to him and others like him as he peeled Reality itself for the fruit inside: he could turn a heavy metal and a light one into something brighter than the Sun.

Today, I can walk by his window unmolested. I imagine I can see an older, bespectacled scientist, possibly who knows Albert personally, worried about whether his idea will work, worried about what the guards will say when they see him looking at the outside world, worried about how his discoveries will be used.
He pauses to remember his wife telling him to take it easier, but he is unable to stop himself. He has to know. And he knows that it is better he than someone else, someone broken, someone evil with the desire to get even at... something...
And then that light played across his face. A solution...

So he succeeded, he and his professional brothers, so that his neighbors could punish a foe with a fire Satan could not handle.
And that job was finished, and he went home, and stayed home with his smiling and proud lady.

The Sun crosses the sky slowly. Shadows crawl across the wall and the bare concrete floor and then the other wall with its ribs exposed, silently marking the time as nothing happens, anywhere - today as in the last forty years. The windowframe says, "Pop!" once, goaded into speech by the heat, but no one hears it. There isn't even a clock to whirr or tick.

The air conditioner still roars on the lawn nearby, as if the office will be occupied again. Carefully, it filters air drawn underground. It's fresh.

The window faces South. It says nothing. Can it?


This isn't "fake news". It takes a minimum of poetic license. Yes, American agents would kill someone who disclosed nuclear weapons development secrets.

What would make you think that such methods are not in use today?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Reality: More Elusive Than You Think

You might be more fond of your ideas than Reality is.

The greater the participation in social media, the greater the uproar surrounding events of interest, and each new crisis is born smaller than the last. Factions curse, block, ban and unfriend one another over disagreements existing almost entirely in their imagination, as there is no apparent link between experience, research and outrage. 
Often, we have the spectacle of someone second-guessing those on the battlefield from the comfort of a chair in Starbucks, their weapon a bedazzled smartphone rather than a bayonetted rifle grimly gripped in a muddy field...
Let us examine something held dear against an entertaining alternative, such that you see this light:


The seven volumes about Harry Potter are actually true.
J.K Rowling, a destitute single mother living on the dole, was discovered by the real Hermione Granger - played in the movie by Emma Watson - and Hermione recognized a way to do some real good. Ms. Rowling could tell the world Harry's story using Muggle technology and reach an audience much larger than that available under wizarding law. If presented as a fantasy play, it would be wildly popular.
This was a win-win situation. Hermione, already acknowledged as the best witch of her year, sold the idea to the Ministry of Magic because, in addition to the telling of young Mr. Potter's triumph, it would ease tensions between wizard and Muggle wherever the secrecy of the wizarding world was breached - and Muggle technology was getting frightfully good. What would happen if Muggle discovered Wizard without preparation? Violence, born of a sense of betrayal, a sense of exclusion forced on the Muggle world due to its inherent inferiority. Not all battles would be won - so the story is out there, of good and evil, the struggle to live well among forces some cannot understand. Magic is not uniformly uplifting after all.

Far-fetched, is it? Consider this:

• Muggles routinely ascribe the formation of unusual weather and the occurrence of unusual events to "a miracle". These are actually magical acts, committed by deranged, evil or otherwise irresponsible wizards. Sometimes, a Muggle is saved by an Auror on the scene. This is where you get those amazing stories of survival against impossible odds. One of my favorites is the tail gunner who landed alone, upright and unharmed, in the sheared-off tail section of his B-17 during WW2. You can recall without difficulty countless stories of children unscathed by fire, tornado, or vehicle accident while everything around them was destroyed.

• Magic cannot be dismissed by religious argument. Muggles widely acknowledge as TRUE! the magical stories of religious icons throughout their history. Many of these figures demonstrated their magical powers, such as Apparition (Jesus), Transfiguration (Jesus again), the power of flight (Jesus, Mohammed) and the ability to survive apparent death, although the Horcrux used by Jesus has not been identified (these things are usually heavily shielded from detection, for obvious reasons).
Surely you are familiar with the story of Adam, Eve and the snake... who spoke to them!
Adam and Eve could speak Parseltongue. That's right in the Bible!

• Since the Harry Potter story was released, public notice of autism and Asparger's Syndrome has taken off. This unfortunate side effect is the result of improvements in Muggle communication and reporting networks detecting the Ministry's effort to suppress underage magic. You will notice that many autistic children still possess unusual skills - in fact, their parents will point to astonishing abilities their afflicted offspring demonstrate.

If you don't believe this, it's just because you choose not to believe.
Hmm. Where have I seen that before?


Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Definitely not what you think it means.

There are actually TWO different definitions of diversity in use today:
The scientific definition notes the widely different experiences and genetic precursors individuals have had. This allows the conscientious and honest manager to bring them together to use their experiences and abilities to achieve goals.

The colloquial/popular definition seeks to classify people by skin color.
At the same time, an astonishingly bad assertion is quietly inserted into public policy -- although these people are different, they have exactly the same abilities*!

I hope you can see how idiotic that is.

Also quietly, that assertion is completely denied in any non-government venue which collects performance data. CalTech doesn't care where you came from, your scores and interview determine whether you may enter, and it is over 40% Asian. The NFL does not give a damn what color you are if you contribute to scoring and a winning record, and they are over 70% black...
Which exposes one of the biggest hoaxes in American political history. You may have been fooled into adopting an idea which is completely false: that there is only ONE kind of "African-American". 

The graphic should show you how ridiculous this is; all this time you very probably never realized the astonishing diversity of humans on the African continent. It makes no more sense to identify someone from Mali and someone from South Africa in the same way than it does to call a German, French.

And that is if any tradition was maintained by American families from those areas. Many - most in some urban areas - cannot find their ancestral home on a map, and they cannot name anyone who has lived there.
It doesn't make any real sense to label people for a region they have never seen, but there are activists in the USA who MUST maintain as many people in the *class* "African-American" as possible in order to make money off that population. This is incredibly lucrative, as their number has increased by over a hundred and five times since they were forcibly moved here.
Sadly, this has led to individuals being handicapped by association with a group in the United States that has shown truly horrifying performance in schools, regardless of spending or management identity, and establish crime rates that cause large areas of major cities to be off-limits to the law-abiding.
Get Google Earth going. Look at the African continent. See for yourself!

*Until MONEY can be made from a difference.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Measure Of A Man

Not every hero wears a uniform. Some wear plain clothes.

Among the legends of music and astronautics who have passed this year, a less-famous man left us as well: Sacha Dzuba, an aspiring actor, gifted musician and powerfully charismatic fellow whose tribute Facebook page had over 500 members within hours of his passing.
I met Sacha when his band The Julia Dream set up in the Marriott Marquis for DragonCon on a Thursday night. I found him modest about his abilities - which I am aware is the actual sign of great talent. Their performance that night was wonderful.
In conversation I found him to have that eagerness to learn that is the hallmark of youth and increasingly rare among us. He had a sureness about him that made me want to hear what he had to say next, which is also rare, for me. His bearing compelled most near him to be better people, to be interesting enough to remain in his company.

Have you ever met such a person? Someone who was so good at just being themselves that you shut up to see what he was doing, and then modified what you were doing to be more like that?
I hope each of you have the opportunity to meet such a person as Sacha, an extraordinary man with the charisma and manner to entertain and inspire - immediately.