For Debate

21 08 2020

Your Blogmeister’s German Desk

A point I made on AR more than a week ago, that I think I should bring here to the blog.  I know this is going to be contentious.

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I do think that the “mainstream” social media platforms are banning and canceling and deplatforming and deleting like mad because they think they can influence November. That’s because they “blame” themselves for Trump getting elected in the first place, even though they were almost as bad four years ago as they are now with their political bias.

The reality is that people like to engage in this tactic of braggadocio disguised as contrition. That old washed out gang banger in the hood will seem to be sorry about all the violence he committed in the old days, but he’s not really sorry, he’s old man bragging. General Butt Naked is “contrite” about the tens of thousands of people he claimed he killed in the Liberian Civil War, but he’s really bragging. (That and the serious researchers highly doubt he killed that many, and they also think he’s vastly overinflating his body count as a form of bragging.) Journalists “blame” themselves for starting the Spanish-American War (“Yellow Journalism,” the Hearst papers, etc.), not to be sorry, but to brag, and to puff up their own power. (Spoiler alert: The McKinley White House knew what the Hearst papers were up to, and ignored them. It means the SAW started for reasons other than YJ.)

Likewise, Google, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook “blame” themselves for Trump winning four years ago, only because they want you to think they have that kind of power. Which is why they’re deplatforming like mad now, because they actually believe their own lies and are drunk on their own mythical power.

And yes, I said “lies,” which leads to my worldview: I don’t think they have that kind of power.

Since Obama won re-elect eight years ago, and much of the credit went to his data game, we’ve suffered under this myth that online and digital are that important and in fact singularly important. Information that came out the first summer after Obama won re-elect proved that his campaign’s data game was a big dud, and his re-election had nothing to do with it. But that didn’t sink in to the important people and their thick skulls, which is why they’ve been screaming online/data/tech for the last eight years.

Meanwhile, I think that, even now, first world elections still hinge on old fashioned time honored sort of pavement pounding, door knocking and baby kissing factors.

I saw out of the back of my eye during my honeymoon that Trump bounced out Brad Parscale. That was not a surprise to me, because Parscale did digital for Trump in 2016, and I thought it was a mistake all along to give a digital guy the keys to the whole operation. It may be that Trump or someone very close to him has figured out what I already did, that baby kissing is more important than digital.

If things work out in November like they could, Trump wins re-elect in spite of G/FB/T/YT doing everything they can to prevent it, then that may finally be what it takes to blow this “digital is all-important/all-powerful” myth out of the water once and for all, for even the most oblivious to see.

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I’ll add this later addendum here and now that the truth of the matter is that “mainstream” social media and internet platforms were doing deplatforming and deleting four years ago for the same reasons they’re doing it now, but it just wasn’t as bad four years ago compared to now.  Also, the importance of Laura Loomer’s election victory a few days ago isn’t so much about her, and I’m personally ambivalent about her, it’s for the fact that we now have hard copy proof of my theory.





Swipe Right

30 10 2019

St. Louis

Red Pill Dump Truck alert.

There will be a lot of women who download and use this app.

Not to find out which men to avoid, but to find out which men to date.

For much the same reason that death row inmates get a lot of love letters.

Think it through.





Mea Never Culpa

25 10 2019

State College, Pennsylvania

This news has gotten a lot of interest in the sector.

My reaction to it doesn’t have that much to do with picking apart its individual pieces and then reacting to them in a deep dive sort of way.  Instead, I’m looking at this news from a really big picture top of the mountain way.

It has been the case, over and over and over again, for about three generations, that we get initial “research” that “just so happens” (cough cough) to support domestic policy deep state establishmentarian narratives and proposals, and of course, boom, they get what they want, off to the races.  And then years later, when the initial research is shown to be somewhere between deceptive at best and a total fraud at worst, the only news is just that.  The policies enacted on the backs of the fraud research aren’t reversed, and the fraudsters aren’t punished, and miss me with spouting the rare exception to this generality, because all that does is prove the rule.

Housing and race is really susceptible to this two card monty.  Even more so school busing and desegregation;  Remember in Brown v Board, an obviously boo sheet study about black girls playing with the “wrong” dolls was the major evidence that provoked a kritarchially-ordained revolution.

That’s all that’s going on with this research out of Penn State.

“Oops, we were wrong.”  But it doesn’t matter;  The original wrong research back then was the pseudo-academic justification for what the greater American establishment in cahoots with the rising Silicon Valley establishment wanted to do, which was hard or soft deplatforming of those with different opinions.  And, like in all the other instances, today’s “Mea Culpa” corrective research won’t mean that they will repair the damage they did, much less quit doing more damage.  To wit:  The research mentions Red Ice’s YouTube channel….and Red Ice’s main channel got deleted just last week.

“Our fault” isn’t really, it’s the Howard Jones Doctrine.

One good thing I can point out about this research is that at least, unlike the montage that is presented as the leading image in the Wired story, you know, trying to mash together Prager, Shapiro, Peterson and Spencer, (one of these things is not like the other), the actual research didn’t do that.  It had five different categories:  Sane liberals, Skeptics, Normiecons, Alt-Lite, Alt-Right, and generally defined those terms fairly correctly.





International Translation Day

1 10 2019

Cologne

That was yesterday.

What I learned on International Translation Day is something I’ve known for a very long time, which is, not to trust machine translation.

One of the many news articles I read yesterday, was about several teenagers from Duisburg (hint) busting into a computer store in Cologne to steal some stuff, and then when the cops made them, they hit the gas and it was off to the races.  I first read it in German, translating it in my own mind, as well as my steadily improving German will allow me.  Then I fed it into Google Translate to see if there is anything I missed.

Turns out it was Google Translate that missed.

Here’s how it translated one of the paragraphs:

After that, at a speed of up to 200 kilometers per hour, the teenagers had fled across several highways from the police until they were put into food.

“Until they were put into food.”

So as the cops were chasing them, some person or entity grabbed them and threw them into a real big super giant strawberry shortcake.

Let’s see if anyone else can get it, because even if I had not read the original article, I would have gotten the problem right away, just based on an unstated context clue.

Quite a few weeks ago, I encountered the same thing.  That story was about a young man of Arab or Middle Eastern appearance who got into a big group fistfight at the central train station in Dortmund, involving vibrant youths.  I encountered a mystery word that GT translated to “black driver” to describe him.  But he wasn’t black, and he didn’t drive to Dortmund, he took the train, as the article stated.  So I texted my German tutor slash girlfriend, and she explained that the mystery word, “Schwarzefahrer,” whose parts literally translate to black (“Schwarz…”) and then either driver, rider, traveler, (“Fahrer”), actually contextually translates to “fare dodger,” as in public transit.  (Which slyly plays into the “disparate impact” matter of not enforcing fare dodging laws in the United States because zomg blacks and Latinos).  Which also means the young vibrant man dodged the fare on top of going there to participate in a mass brawl.

It’s why human beings will always be better at some jobs.

 





Google’s Conceit

24 06 2019

Mountain View, California

My problem with the O’Keefe docdump and expose on the Goolag:

It’s Google’s conceit.

People are still eating the rotten dog food that tech swayed 2016, because the false notion that tech swayed 2012 wasn’t adequately refuted in terms of full public understanding.

Whatever happens in 2020, presuming there’s a 2020 in the way we think there will be, will have nothing to with Google, Facebook or Twitter, or any such.  I predict that whatever happens 2020 will happen because of the same old fashioned time honored political factors that caused the binary outcome in 2016, 2012, the dog catcher election Podunkville in 1937, and everything in between.

I suppose what it’s going to take is for Google et al. to “crack down” as hard as they think they can, Trump wins anyway, then people finally figure out that tech doesn’t matter that much.





Attention Debt

8 04 2019

James Allsup’s latest video serves as a segue for my own similar story.

When I was a high school sophomore, our sophomore English teacher did an experiment on us that he later said had done on previous classes and planned to continue doing on future classes, (and then warned us not to spoil it for the classes behind us).

After a plausible break in his speaking, he sat down at his desk, said nothing, and folded his hands. Inevitably, after some number of seconds passed, we started grumbling and talking. IIRC, the first noise from us was around thirty seconds after he got into his sitting still position.

Of course it was an experiment, and by now, you should probably figure that the moral of the story was how quickly popular media of the time, movies and TV, switched and jumped scenes, thereby conditioning our brains to expect pretty instant gratification.

Mind you, my high school sophomore year was 1992-1993, so this was pre-internet (in terms of ubiquitous use and high household penetration rate) by a few years. I just turned 42. James Allsup by comparison is 23, Wikipedia has his DOB at September 7, 1995, (boy, does that make me feel old, that was after I started college), which means the internet has been there all his life.

At our high school class’s twentieth reunion, just about four years ago, (boy, does that make me feel old), the teacher who did that experiment was there, but he had retired several years before. He told us that he continued to do the experiment all the way up to his retirement year, and one thing he starkly noticed is that the trend line over time was that with every passing year and with each new class, the number of seconds it would take for the noise to start after he got into his sitting still position decreased.

I imagine it has only gotten worse since then, especially considering what Allsup said here, that this is the YouTube age.





Which One Walks

12 12 2018

San Bruno, California

This also explains YT’s channel deletions, video deletions and video crazyaunting.  It’s all to pander to the big advertising accounts.

The fact that the 2018 Rewind video is on track to be the most disliked and downvoted YT video ever won’t matter a hill of beans to YT, Google or anyone.  Because we have the down button, the advertisers have money.  Guess which one walks and which one talks.





Who? Why?

24 11 2018

Washington, D.C.

The lines of official reasoning presented here ring somewhere north of hollow and south of shallow, considering other well known things happening:

The U.S. government has initiated an extraordinary outreach campaign to foreign allies, trying to persuade wireless and internet providers in these countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co., according to people familiar with the situation.

Huawei?  Who?  Why?

American officials have briefed their government counterparts and telecom executives in friendly countries where Huawei equipment is already in wide use, including Germany, Italy and Japan, about what they see as cybersecurity risks, these people said.

Huawei EU is based in Brussels, and Huawei has a German liaison office, mentioned in this article, just up the road in Düsseldorf.

Germany?  Italy?  Does anybody remember Echelon?  That’s where the United States of America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing, spied on Airbus.

One U.S. concern centers on the use of Chinese telecom equipment in countries that host American military bases, according to people familiar with the matter. The Defense Department has its own satellites and telecom network for especially sensitive communications, but most traffic at many military installations travels through commercial networks.

Concern about Chinese telecom equipment?  Got it.  Concern about Chinese immigration?  Crickets.  Disconcerting, especially since a “Chinese national or Chinese-American busted for military or corporate espionage back to Beijing” is a once a month or so story.

The international effort extends the battle lines of a U.S. campaign to keep Huawei electronics out of the U.S. Some officials see the initiative as part of a broader technological Cold War between U.S.-led allies and China for control of a world that is increasingly digitally connected—and thus increasingly vulnerable to surveillance and malfeasance.

It’s got to do with something else, but I’ll get to that after I refute a bunch of smoke and hot air.

U.S. officials say they worry about the prospect of Chinese telecom-equipment makers spying on or disabling connections to an exponentially growing universe of things, including components of manufacturing plants.

To put it another way, the American Empire is now officially worried about deplatforming.  A lot of people reading these words are calling their offices.

A core focus of the briefings is Beijing’s ability to force Chinese corporations to comply with government requests from government authorities, a U.S. official said.

Pot kettle black, perhaps?  I remember something about the FBI wanting to crack the iPhone’s encryption in order to make a case against a kiddie diddler.

Still, there is a big hitch to U.S. efforts to curb Huawei overseas: The company is already popular among carriers in allied countries, including some of America’s closest military partners. Some major carriers in these places say Huawei offers the most products and often customizes them to fit a carrier’s needs. They also cite lower costs and high quality.

Getting warmer.

In an effort to narrow that advantage in some countries, Washington is considering ways to increase funding from various U.S. government sources to subsidize the purchase and use of non-Chinese equipment, according to people familiar with the matter. Countries buying Chinese telecommunications equipment would be ineligible for such subsidies.

Getting red hot.

U.S. officials have briefed counterparts in Germany, which has signaled a new wariness toward Huawei, according to people familiar with the matter.

That’s what got me interested again in this serial news, even though I’ve been aware of it for a minute, and have had the same opinion all along, because this was news in the German media over the last few days.  Huawei Germany, being based here in The Region, the Region’s media have also made hay of it.

Enough deep diving.  Time for me to lay it all out for you.

We’re supposed to hate Who-Why and X-Vowel-Vowel-Vowel-Vowel-Vowel and ZTE for doing what Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple already do.  Europe is supposed to look sideways at China for information espionage, at the behest of a government that committed information espionage against Europe to help Boeing get an edge on Airbus.  We’re supposed to be worried about potential Beijing deplatforming when FB, Twitter, Instagram, YT, PayPal and all the cool social media kids actually do deplatforming in a yuge bigly way.  And like I wrote above, what use is it to worry about Chinese tech on American military bases when there are already many Chinese eyeballs there?  Then there’s the matter that a significant percentage of the “good guys'” physical equipment is made in China proper, yet nobody seems to be worried about the Chinese government prodding Foxconn to slip a little sumtin’ sumtin’ ET phone home to Beijing inside those iWhatevers.

This is nothing more than the American Empire issuing an imperial decree to all imperial subjects, vassals and protectorates to use hardware made by a company based in either the American Empire proper, or in one of its subjects, vassals or protectorates.  After all, spending money with Huawei, Xiaomi or ZTE means that some money that can’t possibly be turned around as tribute to the American Empire, i.e. purchase orders to Boeing.

This will be on the test.

Powerology class dismissed.

 





The Interesting Thing About Google Germany

12 11 2018

Berlin;  Hamburg

The story that Hard Right linked to as a comment.

I saw it earlier today, but didn’t think much about it.

But the more I think about it, the more I think of it.

Not so much for the content of this story.

Here’s the interesting thing about Google Germany:

It believes itself to be way more of a media business than a CSIT-STEM business.  The reason I can tell is that Google Germany overall is based in Hamburg, which is, among other things, a media town.  If it thought itself a CSIT-STEM business, it would have planted itself in a CSIT-STEM town, such as Dresden, Nuremberg or Aachen.





Dark Clouds

22 05 2018

Stockholm

Here’s the takeaway that next to nobody other than your ever-lovin’ blogmeister can discern:

The real danger here is cloud computing, cloud applications, cloud data storage.  To me, the Pro-Defamation League and the Poverty Palace are sideshows.





WRPT + TALA

27 04 2018

Scottsdale, Arizona

The story that sits at the intersectionality of the Wicked Racial Profiling Trick and They All Look Alike.

Oh boy.  I see where this is going.

Remember this?

Such as it is, we get “NAACP” in the third paragraph.

I had predicted not long after the official demand for cop body cams that the official demanders would do a 180 within ten years, and as it turned out, it didn’t even take three.  Now, to the extent there’s any enthusiasm left for body cams in the civil rights alphabet gang, this will totally end it.





Sail Foams

17 04 2018

Boston

Why did OLPC turn out to be a flop?

Don’t make it any more difficult than it needs to be.

Sail foams.  They got cheap and ubiquitous at just the right (or wrong) time relative to the OLPC project.

Also not helping were the internet viewing habits of certain African children.





In a Roundabout Way

21 03 2018

West Palm Beach, Florida

Rush, today:

So they’re bragging about it, 332 electoral votes, and they think that social media did it. You know, Jim Geraghty, our old buddy at National Review, he raised a great question about all this. Let me ask all of you sitting across the glass and all of you here in this esteemed audience. Brian, Dawn, and Mr. Snerdley, let’s just for the sake of it say that you’re on social media, that you’re using Twitter and Facebook, and you get one of these ads. And this ad is trying to persuade you to vote for Hillary in 2016. Is such an ad gonna work on you?

Three people are shaking their heads in there. The point being just how effective is this stuff anyway? There’s a dangerous downside to this that’s gonna lead to the government regulating even more of what you and I are able to know and access. Because that’s happening here is that the American people are being portrayed as a bunch of pure idiots, literal dolts, and they’re all out there playing around on social media. And they’re telling each other lies about how great their lives are and they’re bragging about this and bragging about that.

And here comes this Messina guy, and he says (paraphrasing), “Yeah, our campaign on social media garnered 332 electorate votes.” What they’re trying to say is that their brilliant campaign, their brilliant use of social media made people vote a certain way. And I ask you to go do the same thing. Talk to your friends who you know were just dyed-in-the-wool Trump supporters and you ask ’em if there would have been any ad that they saw — Facebook, Twitter, wherever — that would have changed their mind and made ’em vote for Hillary.

And I’ll guarantee you out of every 10 you’re not gonna have more than nine people tell you you’re full of it. It may even be a smaller ratio than that. The dangerous thing here is you got guys like Messina and all these other people that are bragging about Obama’s brilliant campaign like the New York Times wrote about in 2013, making it look like they were Svengalis, they were brilliant, and they had the unique ability to generate all of those votes.

Rush is, as millennialspeak goes, “throwing shade” on the very notion that the Obama 2012 data game really had any effect.

Which is Rush’s roundabout way of agreeing with me.

Remember my missive:  At first, I drank the kool-aid that Obama’s data game was effective.  But then as the months rolled on after re-election, we found out from credible high sample size exit survey data that the niche constituency groups that the Obama data game was supposed to appeal to turned out a bit less than and voted Obama slightly less than they did four years prior.  Strike one.  Then people who looked at deep level precinct data found that working class whites weren’t feeling ole Willard, and stayed home enough to change the outcomes of enough important states.  As we know, WCWs generally don’t respond to the data game, because they’re generally not that visible to internet social media.  Now, what the Obama 2012 people did do well when it came to WCWs using the kind of media they use, was engage in anti-Romney FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt), and that did keep their turnout down.  But that had nothing to do with Faceberg.  Strike two.  Then came the dagger:  In the summer of 2013, the Census Bureau surveys and data on actual voter turnout showed the middle aged and especially elderly black women turned out in record numbers, even higher than they did in 2008, and we know who they voted for.  And we know that elderly black women aren’t exactly a wheel house Faceberg using demographic.  Strike three, you’re out.

The Obama 2012 data game was, again, as millennialspeak goes, a fail.





Fool Me Twice

28 02 2018

Manhattan

There’s something a little bit disconcerting going on within the Trump Tent.

What got me thinking about this and thinking this way is when we found out a few days ago that the OCGE is hiring his own digital-data-online manager from 2016, Brad Pascale, as his overall national campaign manager for 2020, (even though I don’t think he’ll have to worry about that).  On top of that, there’s this from a few days ago about the Trump 2016 campaign’s data game, and of course Pascale is mentioned.

What is disconcerting to me is that Trump is making the same mistake Obama did.

Remember, after Obama eked out re-election in 2012, for months and months after election day, all we heard about was the invincible juggernaut that was the Obama-DNC data game, and how it and it alone pushed Obama over the line.  Then in the middle of the next year, the Census Bureau released its voter turnout analysis, and found that the niche constituencies that the Obama 2012 data game heavily appealed to had lower turnout rates than they did in 2008, and that combined with other post-election surveys which showed that those same constituencies voted Obama at slightly less percentages (even if for him at landslide proportions) in 2012 compared to 2008, should have ended all the MUH DATA talk forever.  Too, for the fact that the constituency that saved Obama’s bacon in 2012, elderly black women (EBW), aren’t really on the data game radar, and also for the fact that the way the Obama-Romney politics worked out, swing state rust belt workding class whites (SS RB WCWs) just weren’t feeling Willard.

Yet and still, almost everyone that drank the MUH DATA kool-aid before mid-2013 kept on believing it.

Fast forward to the present, Trump is making the same mistake, assigning way too much credit to MUH DATA for his own win.  Hence, giving Pascale the store for 2020.

Seriously, are we to think that Trump was able to flip the 2012 script in 2016, lowering the turnout of EBW and boosting the turnout of SS RB WCWs, because of Pascale’s clever use of Facebook?  How many EBWs and SS RB WCWs are even on Facebook?  The answer is hardly any — Old fashioned politics caused their voting or non-voting habits both in 2012 and 2016.





Science Is Discriminatory

17 02 2018

Mountain View, California

NLRB finds no prob with the Goolag axing Damore.

Not a surprise to me, because the way the narrative has read to me, and the Damore saga was one of those things that broke during my involuntary sojourn, so I had to catch up on it later, I always thought he had a much better chance in state court, where he’s also contesting it, because California’s relevant laws are different enough from Federal laws in ways that are advantageous to him.

Also remember that Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO, (eminently qualified for that job because she once rented garage space to valley upstarts Larry Page and Sergey Brin), great feminist crusader that she is, openly stated that she agitated for Damore’s firing because his recitation of long established social science hurt her kids’ feelings.  Another ironic subtext is that Sue is absolutely opposed to genetic determinism, while Sue’s sister is the founder and CEO of 23-and-Me.





O’Keefe Pw3ns Jack

11 01 2018

San Francisco

Top of Drudge now, it is, so it’s worldwide.

What is it going to take for Dubourg’s admins to disown @Jack?





Apple Fanboys Notice Things, Too

26 12 2017

Cupertino, California

I’m just so incredulous that a large tech firm would clandestinely goose and degrade its older products to boost sales of its new products.

Not for one minute am I buying this.

Because, next thing you know, they’ll be telling us that Microsoft mucks around with older versions of Windows using Windows Update to cause mysterious glitches or performance problems or stability problems at a time when they’ve got a brand new version out to market.





Sadistic Ole Me

26 12 2017

Tokyo

You’ve heard of gym rats?  Well this one is a gym bot.

It even sweats.

Just to show you what a sadistic dick I can be sometimes, I’d tell it to hit the showers.





Net Neutral

26 11 2017

Your Blogmeister’s Secret Hideout

In most cases, special interests hooked to some sort of economic factor that wants something either of substance or essence out of the political process will make sure they play both sides, write checks to both major political parties, so they can’t lose no matter who wins.

Sometimes, because of some combination of oversight and circumstance, a given special interest will attach itself to only one of the two parties, and in reaction, its rival special interest will run to the other party.

The textbook example of that is insurance versus trial lawyer.  I don’t know the entire history of the political mechanics of the matter, but I can deduce that at some point in the past, either the insurance industry figured the Republican Party was a good marriage, or the trial lawyer industry thought the Democrat Party was a good marriage.  Whichever one happened first, the other one reacted by marrying into the other party.  Each then proceeded to bastardize influence their party’s major governing ideology for their own ends, and to weaponize it against their rival special interest in the other party.  This is why insurance money is a big factor in conservative think tanks and trial lawyer money in liberal ones.

The end result is that we all live in the middle of the free fire zone between them.

After thinking about the question of net neutrality, I think the same kind of thing has happened.

My raw instincts have always made me look sideways at either the utopian or dystopian arguments coming from both sides of that debate.  Now I know my raw instincts served me well.

I’ll make it simple:

Infrastructure = Republican = conservative = anti-n/n

Versus

Creators = Democrat = liberal = pro-n/n

This means the n/n matter is nothing more than mendacious ISPs and mendacious social media nodes firing at each other across our boughs, after having done what insurance and trial lawyers did before then, latching onto one political party and influencing its prime governing ideology.

Which means when it comes to the politics of net neutrality, I’m going to engage in just that:  Neutrality.  Just like I’m neutral on the insurance vs trial lawyer wars.  For much the same reason you don’t intervene when two rabid pit bulls are fighting each other.  Really now, who wants to pick sides in Charter versus Mark Zuckerberg?

I will say that if one gets the impression that the Alt-Right tends to side implicitly with infrastructure over creators, or does so as a consequence of our disdain toward creators, it’s because all our censorship problems have come from creators and none from infrastructure.  To show you how hypocritical the creators can be, in the last week and a half, when I call up Disqus to make comments on AR and a few other places, I see they put a red banner across the top imploring you to agitate for net neutrality, “to save the open web.”  This the same Disqus which, I see during my involuntary sojourn, bounced out Hunter Wallace and RooshV, and I wonder how much longer they’ll let AR use it.  In spite of that, I think the only reason all our problems in this stead are creator-side instead of ISP-side is that it’s far easier for creators to censor us than it is for ISPs — I think if ISPs could, ISPs would.  Which is yet another reason why I’m going to remain neutral.





My Unique Take on the Crazyauntization of YouTube Videos (“Limited State” aka Quarantining)

14 11 2017

Oakton, Virginia

I figured out the time of day a long time ago, in fact, long before YouTube was even twinkles in the eyes of Messrs. Karim, Chen and Hurley.

As I heard one quack after another after another parade on and off the Art Bell and then George Noory show, proclaiming that everything they were telling us about space goobers kidnapping people, beaming them up into their flying saucers, shoving probes up their asses, and then darting off to Fezelinigiblauten-9, were things the government doesn’t want us to know, I was like: On 500+ radio stations, every one of them has an FCC license? How does that work? Meanwhile, at the same time I thought of that, I realized that if Jared Taylor could be seen or heard on FCC-licensed terrestrial broadcast media more times per year than he could count on one of his hands, we were all lucky.

Therefore, it was absolutely no surprise to me when I saw, during my involuntary sojourn, that one of the very first videos that the Googitburo/Goolag quarantined as part of its new video-cum-crazy-aunt-in-the-basement scheme (“Limited State” aka quarantining) wasn’t a 45-minute pseudoscientific marathon about how the Earth is flat, but a Jared Taylor video.

Most of the time, self-proclaimed anti-establishmentarians, especially the ones that get a suspiciously high level of non-negative official publicity, are nothing more than useful idiot dummy loads (*) for TPTB. Just for his unperson status, it’s easy to see that Jared Taylor really is telling us what they don’t want us to know.

All that having been said, resist the temptation to take this too ideologically-personally.  The energy and heat source behind Limited State isn’t contempt for the Alt-Right, per se, but corporatism, pandering to corporate advertising accounts.  Ever since Limited State got up and running, a lot of leftist videos have been crazyaunted, and what they have in common is that they’re populist and anti-corporate in editorial bent.  The Googitburo/Goolag has a direct incentive to keep big ad accounts in the fold, and those run quicker than Usain Bolt from a steroid test away from anything that’s sociopolitically controversial.  As time goes on, the only kind of videos on YouTube will be mindless fluff, and if sociopolitical commentary is allowed to exist, it will be of the sort that is within the tight Overton window of corporate-friendly neoliberalism-neoconservatism.

BONUS OBSERVATION

Very late breaking, but I can also throw you a unique take on Hawley suing the Goolag.  Hawley has just manufactured a very creative political hammer to use against Claire next year.  For non-locals, the newly minted Missouri Attorney General, Josh Hawley, the only corporeal individual I voted “for” (and the vote really wasn’t so much “for” him as it was “against” other people and things) other than Trump last year, is just about 100% certain to be Claire McCaskill’s opponent next year in the U.S. Senate election.

(*) – Fellow hams will know what I mean by that.

 





Defining Vision, Revisited

16 07 2017

Seattle

Long and short:  MSFT is going to add muscle to 802.11af, aka White Spaces, aka WhiteFi.

As you can read here, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is opposed.  But they don’t have any good technical grounds for their opposition, because television broadcasting today is entirely digital, and even transmission on an otherwise vacant channel “next door” to one used for a DTV signal will create zero interference to the reception of the DTV signal, even if it was another DTV signal.  It’s just that people who have spectrum are militant about wanting to keep it without having to share it.

The only reason we have HDTV/DTV today was this self same NAB militancy.  In the 1998 book Defining Vision, the late Joel Brinkley, David Brinkley’s son, demonstrated that when the idea to sub-let blank TV channels for first responder and public safety uses, the NAB, in a cynical search for a counter-argument, cynically latched onto HDTV as something they supposedly wanted to do, and needed all their spectrum to do, as someone pointed out the much more advanced state of HDTV development in Japan at the time, and we’re talking circa 1987.  The problem is that the political reaction to this cynical trial balloon was that everyone was outraged that the Japanese were well ahead of us in yet another thing, and these were the years when we actually thought Tokyo would be ruling the world by now.  The political snowball that started rolling after that actually did lead to both high definition and digitally transmitted over-the-air television.  The irony is that what we got was compatible with first responder and public service uses of white spaces even in analog voice modes without interfering with TV, and the only reason that didn’t actually happen is because, in the wait, trunking technology rolled out, which allowed for much more efficient use of the existing public service spectrum allotments.  Also, in between time, the Japanese economic train vastly slowed down.

So now, we’re back to square one, with rural broadband being the thing which wants to use white spaces, and the NAB is all out of excuses.





We’re About to Open an Early ’80s Time Capsule

16 06 2017

USA

* Cannonball Run reboot.

* Atari reboot.

Could silver ghettoblaster boomboxes be far behind?





Garden State of Mind

11 06 2017

New Jersey

Slashdot:

Before Silicon Valley, New Jersey Was Tech Capital

It was in New Jersey that Thomas Edison invented sound recording, motion pictures, and the light bulb in what is considered the first modern corporate R&D facility. In other words, Edison invented the modern lab — teams of people working together, sharing ideas and perfecting devices. In the century after Edison, New Jersey became the place to set up shop if you wanted to invent. On top of all the other assets, the state had lots of inexpensive land available. The transistor and cellular communications came out of AT&T’s Bell Labs, also in New Jersey. If it was 1955 and you had to bet on where the next half-century of technical innovation would emerge, the Garden State would be the most likely winner, not some farmland south of San Francisco. As a couple of Jersey natives at NPR note, it didn’t quite work out that way. What happened?

I’ll take a stab.

(1) Average January high in Newark is 39, in Palo Alto 58.  Average annual snowfall in Newark is 28 inches, in Palo Alto, none.  Average annual rainfall in Newark is 46 inches, in Palo Alto 16 inches.

(2) Father Lewis Terman and son Fred Terman.  That father-son combination was brilliant and Machiavellian, and exploited the best parts of the raw drive for human intelligence, measurement and selection, California’s one-time individualist-libertarian political climate, and channeling a lot of Federal military-defense R&D money into the area.

(3) New Jersey is smack dab in the Bos-Wash northeastern Acela corridor, which for a long time has had a business climate focused on large corporations.  I am of the opinion that the personal computer could have never been invented or popularized by the big three-letter Acela corporations, because, as far as they were concerned, computing only concerned large corporations, and therefore, individuals and their households had no use or need for them.  It took the California individualist-narcissistic mentality (that it once had) to fathom an individual even wanting a computer.  For the same reason, historically, team sports were popular in Eastern industrial towns, while they weren’t that much in California.  Because team sports carried the same connotation as team employment or team industry, the large corporation, the large factory.  Olympic style sports, which are generally more individual than team affairs, were both popular in and sometimes grew out of, a place like California, because of its (former) atomistic-libertarian climate.

(4) “Had lots of inexpensive land.”  By 1955, that wasn’t so true in New Jersey anymore, but it was true “south of San Francisco.”

(5)  The Termans, Fred especially, developed the business-academic mentality, again, rooted in what California’s political climate used to be, of the Stanford-to-startup pipeline.  This new industry generally attracted people who were, along with being highly geeky and intelligent, also highly entrepreneurial.  So, if their two options were corporate slave in New Jersey or roll-your-own between San Francisco and San Jose, guess where they were going to go.

(6)  Part of what hurt Edison and New Jersey insofar as motion pictures is that certain ((())) intent on ripping off Edison’s IP set up shop fairly close to the Mexican border, so they could quickly schlep across it if process servers came calling.





Blogmeister Bait

1 06 2017

Addis Ababa

This might be the most me-y story this current year.

I don’t know which angle grabs me the most — The startling revelation that black people cheat, or the silly notion that Ethiopian high school diplomas are actually worth something, or that Ethiopia has progressed past the dialup stage for its internet access, or that even Ethiopian PR hacks use the word “proactive,” though he forgot to go all the way and use “reach/realize their full/est potential.”





Far Cry Me a River

25 05 2017

Frankfurt, Germany and Rennes, France

Really?

These Crytek/Ubisoft cretins forgot nothing because they learned nothing.

Remember what was the Alt-Right’s coming out party, its debutante ball?  That’s right, a little scandal from three current years ago called GamerGate.  This means that the SJW crowd whose fingerprints are all over Far Cry 5 didn’t realize what kind of bear they’re poking.  4chan, 8chan, /pol/ and the rest of the Alt-Right’s doxxer crowd are probably hard at work as I type this to figure out who to out and embarrass.

OTOH, if there are any good reviews of FC5 in the gaming press, then there’s a close to 100% chance that there’s a blow job behind it.





It Took Seven Years

16 05 2017

Dallas

I predicted.  Seven years ago.

Finally, it’s coming true.

Long time coming, but now we can commence the brick shitting process inside a certain building just northeast of the Dallas High Five.





Minds Share

24 04 2017

Washington, D.C.

My problem?

It isn’t with what he proposes, and it’s not even so much with the mechanics of implementing it.

It’s that he, and everyone else important, seems to have conceded mindshare to Faceberg.

In proposing that Faceberg should do this that or the third to be more fair, they are implicitly confessing that the world is and needs to be on Faceberg.

And that’s why Mark Zuckerbook is smiling when he reads this.

I’m not on Faceberg.





For Prophets

16 04 2017

Cleveland

There were a few people in my close internet social circle who, when the Faceberg Live instant-access live stream service started, that it would turn out to be a disaster for, ahem, certain communities.

This afternoon made them prophets.





Diversity Hot Potato

5 04 2017

Menlo Park, California

Why is Faceberg hypocritically demanding the kind of diversity in the law firms it hires that it won’t demand of itself?

The answer might be along the same lines of Mark Zuckerbook opposing international border walls but building them around his houses.

It’s because elitist hypocrisy isn’t hypocrisy when you’re an elite.

Another thing going on here is that FB is offloading its diversity requirements on its contractors while hogging all the good PR about Silicon Valley diversity all to itself.  Because it’s a lot easier to find black women lawyers than it is to find black women web coders and developers.





Wicked Racial Profiling Trick (Sorta)

1 04 2017

Geneva, Switzerland

Me, February 4, 2014:

Voltaire was once rumored to say or write that you can tell who rules you for who you’re not allowed to criticize.  Likewise, as this row has proven, you can tell which group of people suffers which particular problems for which group of people want talk of those problems shut down and censored.  A UNC tutor blows the whistle about dumb athletes, and like they have springs in their butts or ants in their pants, every black race lobby on and off campus starts jumping up and down in a panic.  Even if you were too dense to infer “black” from “dumb athlete,” the fact that black groups and spokesmouths started complaining about it should spell it out for you.

In a way, this story is the polar opposite.  In this case, the matter isn’t a matter of which race lobbies want even racially agnostic discussion of a problem shut down because they take the discussion too personally.  It’s the opposite:  Certain countries with something in common want what by all rights really isn’t that serious a problem to be officially classified as a problem for political purposes.

Need a hint?

“Asian.”