Front Men

A recent video posted on the Youtube channel Jeranism is illustrative of something bigger.

This 3-minute video, posted below, documents how Elon Musk revealed that Space X offers the Air Force and government full and total access to their systems – but it is beyond that, even.

Most if not all of these companies – including computer companies, social media companies, telephone companies, cable television networks – receive massive subsidies but are somehow touted as examples of “capitalism.”

Government (even deep state) operatives have not only full access to these corporations but actually hatched them to begin with.

In reality, the deep state possesses technology (or “access” to, which is slightly different) several generations into the future. These technologies are then dripped through operational filters, and new myths and legends are created regarding their origin.

Hence, we now witness one Horatio Alger story after another. I do not believe, not for a minute, that Steve Jobs hatched Apple Computers in his garage and then cold called people for start-up money. This is ideological fodder.

Similar stories about people launching major companies out of their station wagons, or dorm rooms, or fraternity houses, are also bullshit.

Desperately Seeking Shape

I’m not convinced anyone really knows the true shape of the Earth, or the true nature of the Sun, Moon, and Stars.

There are several problems with both the Round Earth and Flat Earth models. I will first point to two problems with the latter, the Flat Earth model.

Flat Earth Problem #1: Sunsets at the Equator

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Most Flat Earthers live in the northern latitutudes, or the extremes of the southern latitudes. They make a common argument: that the Sun does not drop behind the horizon but rather arcs away into the distance, disappearing into a vanishing point. Their diagrams show the Sun arcing and descending on a 45 degree slant. They have not been to the Equator?

At the Equator the Sun pretty much courses directly overhead and then plops down under the horizon, plunging vertically while maintaining a relatively large size. It’s not curving away into a long arc; it is falling vertically.

Flat Earth Problem #2: Stars in the Southern Hemisphere

Most Flat Earthers do not address how the stars in the Southern Hemisphere revolve around a central point in the sky, much like they do in the Northern Hemisphere.

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True, several Flat Earthers attribute this to a “lens effect” or distorion of some kind. I need to look into this more, but at present it seems to be reaching.

Ball Earth Problem #1: No Big Bang Chaos

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If the Big Bang theory were accurate, the stars should all be moving at different speeds and in different directions. In fact, the night sky should be chaotic and unpredictable. We should be watching a nightly fireworks display.

Instead, the behavior of the night sky looks a lot more like stars could be illuminated crystals in a revolving dome. Very strange. According to the prevailing Ball Earth theory, and according to NASA, the stars and constellations have remained relatively fixed for eons.

Ball Earth Problem #2: Flatline

Photographs of the horizon, without the fish-eye lens, reveal flatness. Even at the altitude of a flying airplane, the horizon remains at eye level, when it should be dropping. NASA images, to be sure, appear to be entirely photoshopped, but that has already been covered here and elsewhere.

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Ball Earth Problem #3: Missing Curvature

There is a lot of missing curvature around. On a clear day, people are seeing islands and boats and even cities that should not be possible on a curved Earth. We should be losing 8 inches every mile, but we are not.

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That ship that seems to drop behind the horizon? Just get a zoom lens and bring it into view.

Conclusion

There are problems with both the Flat Earth and Round Earth models?

Do I have a better model? No, I do not.

I have not yet discarded theories that interface between the physical and virtual worlds. Also, I suspect that the Sun, Moon and Stars are forms of consciousness.

I don’t know the true shape of the Earth, but I intend to find out.

Chengdu Music Festival

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Saudi Sacrificial Ritual

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When I searched for an image of Mujtaba al-Sweikat, who is about to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia for attending a Shia demonstration at age 17, I found the image above.

Interestingly, the google search shortened the title, replacing “demontrating” with “demons.”

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Yes indeed. Of course, Saudi Arabia would be able to carry out its own particular systerm of justice were it really a sovereign nation. But it is not, not really.

Saudi Arabia is an appendage, or subsidiary, of the US-UK Atlantic system, and the kingdom depends on the petrodollar, untold billions in weapons sales, and a pass in the United Nations and the global media complex, so that it can offer up the occasional human sacrifice to the same demon god most of the other religions are duped into adoring, half the time at least.

Before the Saudi sword comes out, which is imminent, Western Michigan University will make a plea to the Trump adinistration, to try somehow to stop this. Mujtaba was at the airport coming to the US to attend college when he was arrested.

Oh well. The demons are thirsty.

 

Former Local Rulers

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A student of mine saw the humor in the above, contrasting the harsh quote with an inspirational landscape.

Genghis Khan – and the Mongol Hordes! – once ruled over the city I live in… For understandable reasons, people here tend to overlook that chapter of history.

I came across an interesting 2 minute video.

 

Great Pedal Backward?

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I mentioned the bicycle epidemic and a student of mine found this article in Wired, with the photo of the bike graveyard above. Linked below.

As mentioned a few days ago, this low-cost public bike system could be a great idea, but there are indications here and there that the program is running amok.

There are excessive bikes in many places. Also, as shown above, these bikes are becoming disposable. I wonder what the “carbon footprint” is of manufacturing so many bikes whose lifespans get shorter and shorter. Here is a quote from the article:

“But no one anticipated so many lazy cyclists. Private companies started offering bikes riders didn’t have to return to one of the government’s 3,000 docking stations. People could simply drop the bikes wherever they liked. And so they did, leaving them almost anywhere. China News Service reports that in March this year, complaints from concerned citizens grew so numerous that the city began rounding them up… What happens next is anyone’s guess. Until someone figures that out, the bikes will just keep piling up.”

No kidding.

Again, this could be a great program with a little fine-tuning, and it keeps people fit besides.

But the program is beginning to remind me of the Great Leap Forward on a small scale, especially since that debacle is also associated with useless metal, as the result of people building backyard furnaces to turn iron into steel.

Meantime, one has to wonder if the road to the junkyard was paved with good intentions.

https://www.wired.com/story/photo-of-the-week-a-dizzying-view-of-a-bicycle-graveyard-in-china/

Too Much of a Good Thing

Usually, but not always, “anything worth doing is worth over-doing.”

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Chengdu has rightly encouraged the proliferation of public bicycles. These are accessed by scanning the bar code and paying virtually nothing per hour. But there is a deposit, ranging from 15 – 40 dollars equivalent, depending on the company. Apparently that is where these companies make their profit.

Ofo, Mobike and Blue Gogo are the main companies, with others coming up.

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If a bike is busted or has a flat tire, the customer can report it, and some bikes have self-reporting functions. They send out a distress signal and then, in the middle of the night, some van comes along and replaces the bike. All this will probably be done increasingly by robots.

When not overdone this all makes sense. People can rely less on cars, subways and buses, all of which get crowded.

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The problem is that the bikes are now becoming more than ubiquitious. It’s as if a plague of metallic locusts descended upon the city. Ironically, it is becoming more difficult in some areas to use these bicycles. There is little room to maneouver. Sometimes it is hard to park my regular bike, with the sidewalks so crowded.

On some streets, the bike-to-person ratio is rediculously imbalanced, beyond the point of economic rationality. So is the bike craze driven by super-subsidization? Ideological fervor? (Two wheels good, four wheels bad?) When I figure this out I will get back to you.

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Above, Mobike’s clever airless tires.

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My students and I out for… a bike ride.

 

Mainstreaming Klingon

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What is really going on here? There are two developments that merit consideration.

First, there is an academic website called “Omniglot.” It provides an index and explanation of the world’s writing systems and languages. If you want to see what written Burmese looks like, you go there. Omniglot has been online for years.

Somewhere along the line, Omniglot added, to this otherwise factual and historical database (seemingly), the writing system of Klingon, the race of aliens in Star Trek.

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Why has Klingon been added to the world’s writing systems? I thought it was very odd years ago when I first noticed this.

Second, there is a serious learning website called “Duolingo.” It allows people to learn, online, the major languages of the world, such as Spanish. Arabic, Hindi, etc… Recently the site added Klingon. OK, now they have my attention. From the site:

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“Klingon is the constructed language spoken by the fictional extraterrestrial Klingon species in the Star Trek universe. Created by Marc Okrand, the language itself is centered around spacecraft, warfare, and weaponry — but it also reflects the directness and sense of humor of the Klingon culture. For example, the closest word you can use to express “hello” is “nuqneH,” which actually means “What do you want?”. There are also plenty of insults, as it is considered an art form… The mastery of Klingon is extremely uncommon on Earth. Join the galactic elite and start learning this fascinating language. Estimated launch: 8/1/17″

So, what is going on here? What is with the special featuring of Klingon?

So, am I crazy to say?  To conclude? That Klingon is the language of an underworld. I’m not sure exactly who brought it here or why…

http://www.omniglot.com/conscripts/klingon.htm

https://www.duolingo.com/course/tlh/en/Learn-Klingon-Online

Here is a 3 minute video.

The Voyage

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I finally got to finish the last few chapters of Paddy’s Lament by Thomas Gallagher.

These chapters describe the Irish emigration to the US, after the first part of the book focused on the “potato famine,” which was the natural outcome of a political economy favoring exports at all costs over any domestic consumption.

Hundreds of people were loaded onto the ships, crammed into the holds, provided with very little water or food. The conditions were very unsanitary.

History presents the entire episode as a tragedy that just kind of happened, but upon closer inspection – and to the author’s surprise – it was engineered every step of the way. The British government had dedicated itself to implementing a kind of pain and suffering campaign, and this was a forerunner to the eugenics campaigns of the 20th century.

The British ships loaded with Irish emigrants repeatedly sailed the voyage, about eight weeks long or so, and repeatedly lost 1/4 to 1/5 of their passengers to all kinds of diseases, including malnutrition. They could have corrected this but never did, sponsoring instead a kind of slow-motion campaign to exterminate the Irish. (The American shipping lines suffered nowhere near these losses).

Thomas Gallagher reached that conclusion, although he stated it more elegantly. Speaking of the typical Irish “Paddy,” Gallagher wrote: “… he will forever, with his battered high hat, ragged swallow-tailed coat, dangling knee breeches, and bare feet, haunt not only Irish memory but also the halls and chambers of Westminster Palace, where Parliament tried for so long, without success, to do him in.”

I was just at a British Consulate event, and their delegation from Chongqing came to Chengdu for a shindig at a fancy arthouse. Music was played. Speeches were made. Wine and hors d’ouevers were served.

Don’t get me wrong, the individuals there were decent people, through and through, seemingly. My grandfather said “the veneer of civilization is very thin.” Indeed, and what passes for the highest civilization may in fact be the lowest, in that the British Empire’s record of calamity is of world-historical proportions. Legendary.

Scratch away at the shiny gloss of Britain’s globalization ethos, and you will discover, underneath, raw brutality.

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