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Back to Death … and Pride … Part Two …

Continued from part One …

House of Their Dreams”, Casting Crowns, 2013

“The Pajamadeen” guarding the crease “for the team”.

So I remarked last post that someone(s) once nicknamed us all “The Pajamadeen” because we sit at our keyboards late at night (or in my case early morning) in our pajamas writing scathing commentary about whatever torques our fancy at the moment.

We are not alone, and that feeling of being part of something bigger feeds our passion. We guard the goal “for the team” even when the fans are booing us.

And the cognitive dissonance grows and grows and we believe we are seeing something which the “others” don’t acknowledge. And we don’t realize that the clock is winding down and we are lost in our anger and it all seems so “reasonable”.. because we’re different, we know better … right …

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“I’ve seen things …” is perhaps a common belief in the minds of those who have spent much time living “on the edge” … living where getting it wrong will likely kill you, and your mates as well, or at least be a painful reminder about  “details matter” and “personal responsibility” and “we are in this together and we have each other’s back”.

We are a team. And for this team, it IS “life and death”. And the brutal reality is that WE ARE DIFFERENT … for the rest of our lives we are condemned to a life of not fitting in with a society where everyone is “out for number one”, “what’s in it for me?”.

That unit identity, that willingness to put it all on the line because you are unwilling to abandon the others for your own benefit, that mind state where you never stop to think “what’s in it for me?” is more easily trained into young men,  late teens – early 20’s and young men are hard wired to respond to this stripping away of the individual and reforging a “pack” into an effective mission centered unit.

It never occurs to most young “mil-spec” ordinaries to run away, they would rather die for their squad-mates than run away … and in the NAVY at least, there is nowhere to run … everyone from the skipper (god) to the lowest ordinary seaman works together, and lives or dies together, because after all it is a damned long swim home and if you screw up you just might kill the whole crew, and it is the chief’s job to make sure you don’t.

we are in this together and we have each other’s back”

You better just knuckle down and put out that engine room fire before the whole crew (your mates) become Post Crispy Critters. And if you are not wired that way you don’t last long. Either you decide to muster out (“take release”) or you ARE mustered out (released from service) because of your PERs, for the good of the rest of the team.

If one is never exposed to this training by the time one gets to 25 years old or so the brain is fully formed and it is too late. That opportunity to learn self sacrifice is gone, probably forever. You are now a child in an adult body and you have an unfounded belief in your own worth based on “self esteem” driven into by “20 years of schoolin’ an they put you on the day-shift“.

And that hurts your ego … you “deserve better” “you are special”. That’s what your teachers taught you because that is what they were taught in “Teacher’s College”. That’s why you want to start at a $100,000 a year management position instead of spending 20 years earning your ticket. You start blaming the ones who who DO have $100k a year jobs for your failure to get one. and so it starts … and it has been going on for a looong time.

Cain killed Abel because he blamed Able for his failure, and Eve had more children by Adam who is reported to have lived around 800 years. Remember, Adam and Eve were perfect in all things, genetically, physically, mentally, in every way … in all ways except that they sinned, they sinned and had to leave paradise for that, but GOD was merciful, and GOD helped them get started in the world and to populate the earth even after they sinned.

19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return. 20And Adam called the name of his wife Eve: because she was the mother of all the living. 21And the Lord God made for Adam and his wife garments of skins (leather), and clothed them.

22And he said: Behold Adam is become as one of us, knowing good and evil: now therefore lest perhaps he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever. 23And the Lord God sent him out of the paradise of pleasure, to till the earth from which he was taken. 24And he cast out Adam: and placed before the paradise of pleasure Cherubim, and a flaming sword, turning every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:19-24)

Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dillon, from the album “Bringing It All Back Home”, 1965

Early diversification of genetic groups

But remember that Adam was still Adam and Eve was still Eve, the original GOD-made Superman and Superwomen, and they had many many children, and even back then there were two groups, two sides, just like the angels before them, and the children of Cain went their way and the children of Seth went theirs and never the twain agreed. This was the original split between the “blame others” tribe, and the “take personal responsibility” tribe. We ain’t likely to find a fix here in 2019 AD.

And it took many many generations of decline to get to the pathetic creatures we see today. By the time of Moses, things had already got so bad that GOD even had to bring in laws regarding incest because of genetic and health concerns in the gene pool, and to protect them from the diseases of the Egyptians.

So now we have endured what … a hundred thousand years of decline? The children of Cain as of 2013, estimating for the age Y-MRCA, insist that the human genome is at least subject to substantial uncertainty, with a wide range of times from 180,000 to 580,000 years ago (with an estimated age of between 120,000 and 156,000 years ago, roughly consistent with the estimate for mt-MRCA.).

So how long we have been here varies wildly depending on who you listen to, who you “trust”. Lots of room for error and moving goal posts in the difference between 100,000 years and 580,000 years. Just like lots of room for climate data error between 30 years of data and 4.5 billion years of data. It’s never really about truth and honesty and all about power and control, about who gets to decide and who gets the money. The ultimate proof is that data and the scientific evidence that doesn’t fit the current social narrative just gets dropped and buried.

The name “Mitochondrial Eve” alludes to biblical Eve. This has led to repeated misrepresentations or misconceptions in journalistic accounts on the topic. Popular science presentations of the topic usually point out such possible misconceptions by emphasizing the fact that the position of mt-MRCA is neither fixed in time (as the position of mt-MRCA moves forward in time as mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) lineages become extinct), nor does it refer to a “first woman”, nor the only living female of her time, nor the first member of a “new species”.  So …

Whatever we believe, whether we are children of Seth, or children of Cain, everyone agrees that is rather unclear how long we have been around and everyone agrees that there has been plenty of time for humanity to degrade to the desperate pathetic critters we now are, with only a tiny percentage of our genes being expressed and a multitude of self inflicted biological and cultural problems destroying our lives.

So back to sacrifice, or running away … doomed by age 25, sigh … this is just so sad.  Or maybe you get a lucky break, you get another chance. One finds a girl, settles down, gets married,  and maybe has children (not DINKS), and maybe even finds one’s “soul mate” and signs on for the duration “till death do us part”, which seems to be very much unfashionable these days where the majority of marriages end in divorce. If you are one of the lucky few, GOD gives you another chance to redeem yourself and learn about sacrifice up close and personal.

So we get a couple of chances in life to learn about sacrifice and a lot of us cut and run at the least sign of that dreaded dragon. In fact, maybe its because we are hanging onto our wonderful youth as long as possible and avoiding adult responsibility. We are putting off getting married later and later – ’til we are past that 25 year magic milestone where it becomes “all about me”.

As Roy Batty says: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. … All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”  Indeed … time to die … soon … we are all replicants, running out the clock, done in the blink of an eye.

Steven DenBeste 1952-2016

Meanwhile, what about us “Pajamadeen”? For those of you who may have never heard of the Pajamadeen, here is one reference:  “FrauBudgie, a “proud member of the 101st Keyboarding Division of the Pajamadeen,” chalks it up to Kim Jong-il playing hardball because of a Clinton-era promise of a reactor.”  This was pulled from a Slate post from 2005, referencing numerous members of the “Pajamadeen”. What we write “Never Dies”. Da Da Da Dumm!

I was introduced to blogging around 2000, by Steven DenBeste’s blog “U.S.S. Clueless”, DenBeste was an electrical engineer, and one of the first Pajamadeen and still one of the best, may he rest in peace. The next bright light in that constellation of stars was Bill Whittle, author, director, screenwriter, editor, internet personality, blogger, and his blog “Eject!, Eject!, Eject!” around 2003. That domain has unfortunately been taken over by robots and no longer resembles the original at all. But the Way-Back-Machine can almost always be trusted to find what once was, even if we delete it. We will find you no matter where you hide! Bwahahahaha!

Prophecy” Adrian von Ziegler, from the album “Feather and Skull”, (2013)

Fortunately, an archive of the original Eject!, Eject!, Eject! can be found here.  I link to just one of the archived posts here … WARNING! as Bill himself says “(Folks, there’s R-rated language throughout this thing. Normally I can edit it out; this time, not so much. I may do so later, but now I want to leave it as I wrote it.)”.

Whittle in 2014.

He wrote the post, angry, on September 5, 2005, about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. It is called “Tribes”, and at the time, for me, was the best articulation I had ever read of my own opinion of humanity, based on my 30 years or so of real-world exposure in the NAVY and the Department of Justice. I was a faithful reader of Bill’s and other blogs for years.

I eventually started blogging myself in 2014 here at notmyfirstrodeo.  Now it seems, in retrospect, that what we all had and have in common, we Pajamadeen, is a very high opinion of our own opinion and ideas, and a desire to share with the universe what we see as wrong with the socially reported status quo as seen through the eyes of social media and the MSM.

Many of us “disagree” with the currently popular “attribution of blame” and demands for “compensation” by all the usual players (victimologists) and and their chattering Facebook groupies.

That’s their life style choice, rather than the acceptance of personal responsibility and making an effort to improve through hard work and self discipline. This divide has existed as long as there have been humans on the planet, which we discussed earlier in this post. As discussed in previous posts, in our modern society that other tribe have seriously altered their biochemistry and further accentuated the gulf between the sides, by the addition of many and varied chemical aides to forwarding their chosen “lifestyle” and “gender”. The chasm between grows ever wider … inexorably.

This Guerrilla War was and is a battle of “cold hard facts against the tyranny of emotion and feelings”, against what I now call “The Howler Jungle”, and by God, we could/can prove that we were/are right  and all those others were/are sniveling emoticons.

Guerrilla warfare is a form of irregular warfare in which a small group of combatants, such as paramilitary personnel, armed civilians, or irregulars; use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics, and mobility to fight a larger and less-mobile traditional military. Organized Guerrilla groups are a type of violent (more or less) non-state actor, For example the FLQ in Quebec, and Bill Ayers and the Weathermen in the U.S. Ayers was never convicted for the murders of security guards and police carried out by his group and ended his career as an honored University Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago,  where he spent most of his high profile career sponsoring and promoting “Community Organizers” including one Barrack Husein Obama.

The real big change since the 1960’s is that the Left, and their “Community Organizers” have now become the State actor, and the old establishment supporters have now become the Guerrilla fighters, minus the violence for the most part, although both sides have had their share of violent crazies, such as the Uni-bomber and now The Christchurch massacre which atrocity NPR blamed on Trump and has somehow turned into an anti-Trump dialogue … sigh, that is hugely worse than the Howler Tribes blaming our Chinese crisis on EVIL Harper because he sold the Wheat Board to the Saudi’s.

Anyway, it turns out that regardless of whether we were and are right or wrong about anything this is really “Pride” talking, our own pride. There is just no “winning” this battle. It started with the Angels and has been going on here on earth since Lucifer was cast down.

In the meantime … what of “We” the discontented, those who are noticeably unhappy with the moral, ethical and economic status quo? Yes, what about us? Well, it seems that in reality there is no “us”. Some of “us” choose to dither, complain, wail and gnash their teeth, but never reach any conclusion. Some have been labeled “Merchants of Outrage” or some such “Straw-man” inanity by the Left Howlers, although that label does seem to apply objectively much more to the MSM and the Left but it’s all OK when they do it.  Others slip under the radar because we have no large and influential following … not a big enough target I guess.

“We” remain chronically dissatisfied and unhappy with whatever is fashionably top of the pond, the latest PC pond scum, curdled and agglomerating deviance and corruption, and spend our leisure time articulating our discontent and pointing out what is wrong with the current status quo, a kind of negative virtue signalling to re-enforce our imagined moral superiority.

Others mourn the loss of a humanity in the general, that probably never existed in the particular, and along with that Unicorn they mourn the loss of “everything” that made up “human civilization”, holding a perpetual wake for a “Prince on The White Horse” who never really existed. They have forgotten that funeral services are not for the benefit of the dead, That person(s) and their immortal soul are forever beyond our praise or condemnation.

Rather, a funeral service is for the living, who should know that before long they will follow the honored dead into a cold dark grave, and from that fact take motivation towards preparing for eternity. Railing against those who deny an afterlife, deny eternity, is an utter waste of the most precious gift we have been given by GOD, namely “Time”. We get a “do-over” every morning that we wake up, right up until we don’t wake up.

And in the end, it is all just Pride, Pride, Pride, an overweening sense of personal outrage and a serious attachment to the things of this world and the worship of self. I didn’t think this way even as recently as back in 2014 but the evolution of my thoughts over the intervening years has produced a heightened awareness of Pride as it applies to what I do, think, and say, every day. I still have outbursts, fairly regularly even, but I also regularly now regret and reconsider what I think and say and reevaluate it in the light of Pride and self love as a sin.

Back in 2001, when this particular journey started for me, I didn’t spend much time and energy thinking about death. Oh, I was certainly fully aware of death daily, having buried numerous friends and acquaintances since 71, and I had no doubt of, or fear of my own mortality, but it wasn’t an immediate sort of presence, a minute by minute worry in my thoughts. I couldn’t hear the clock ticking then like I can now.

Almost 20 years on I am much more aware, on a daily basis, of my own impending death. And that awareness has refocused my thoughts on what happens afterwards, on eternity, and am I ready for eternity and if not why not? This is not a “Why, Poor Me” sort of why. It’s a “why am I not ready” why? Why do I still sin without even giving it a moment’s thought? Why? It is that insidious loss of the sense of sin which renders us less aware of what is wrong with what we are engaged in.

“A Dhia Ghleigil” (Oh Glorious God) Noirin Ni Riain & The Monks of Glenstal Abbey, from the album “Vox de Nube”, 1996

I will insert a short quote from  Daniel O’Connor’s “The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta”  touching on the subject of “Why?” This is a massive book on the writings of the mystic Luisa Piccarreta, an Italian nun in the late 19th to early 20th century.

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Jesus Himself takes this teaching further, telling Luisa (Piccarreta):  “My daughter, in almost all of the events that occur, creatures keep repeating, over and over again: ‘And why? And why? And why? Why this illness? Why this interior state? Why this scourge?’ And many other why’s.

The explanation of ‘why’ is not written on earth, but in Heaven, and there everyone will read it. Do you know what ‘why’ is? It is egoism, which gives continuous food to love of self. Do you know where ‘why’ was created? In hell. Who was the first one that pronounced it? A demon.

The effects produced by the first ‘why’ were the loss of innocence in Eden Itself, the war of untamable passions, the ruin of many souls, the evils of life. The story of ‘why’ is long; it is enough to tell you that there is no evil in the world which does not carry the mark of ‘why’. ‘Why’ is destruction of divine wisdom in souls.

And do you know where ‘why’ will be buried? In hell, to make them restless for eternity, without ever giving them peace. The art of ‘why’ is to wage war against souls, without ever giving them respite.”

Obviously, by repudiating the “why,” Jesus is not condemning innocent inquiry into matters; He is, rather, insisting that we not ask the accusatory “why” every time something goes the way our self-wills did not want it to go.

We must, instead, understand that, as St. Alphonsus Liguori said, “it is certain and of faith that, whatever happens, happens by the Will of God.” It is that simple. If it happened, it was God’s Will. By lamenting what has happened, we lament God’s Will.

How are we supposed to submit to—much less live in—God’s Will if we lament that very thing? Instead, any complaining of any sort has no place in the life of any Christian, and must be repudiated by one who wishes to live in the Divine Will. But we must go farther than merely refuse to complain of crosses; we must love them.

O’Connor, Daniel. The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta (p. 274).

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“Over The Hills And Far Away”,  Jon Boden,  from the album “A Folk Song a Day”, 2011. The song is  also the Theme from “Sharp’s Rifles” an historic series set in the Napoleonic Wars in Spain.

So about my problem of “Why”, it seems to me that often the “Why” is really in the context of “Why Me”! I believe that “Why” is because I have been too busy trying to grab the splinter out of my brother’s eye and not busy enough dealing with the plank in my own eye. That has got to change.

I know now, I UNDERSTAND that it is not my role to “save the world”, and even though I remain convinced of the correctness of my argument, my pride will not let me “let it go” and  acknowledge that the person or persons with which I have a difference is not really the enemy! We are not marching off to another foreign war to the sound of the drums and the pipes … we are not!.

They, those others, may or may not be a tool of the enemy but fixing that is not my responsibility, my responsibility is to spend all my effort on accepting and doing the will of GOD to the absolute best of my ability and if GOD wants me to fix something He will clearly let me know.

It may be true that “they” don’t really understand empirical reality or care about the others who occupy that reality and it may be true that “they” are willing to commit literally any atrocity from simple verbal abuse up to and including physical harm, even murder, if “they” are not granted their way. BUT IT IS NOT MY JOB AND NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY TO FIX THAT. The Lone Ranger has hung up his gun and mask and Tonto has gone back to the reserve. “Thy will be done Oh Lord, Thy will be done”.

The sin of pride creeps in when I am coming to conclusions about whole classes of people, conclusions that are way above my pay grade. Only GOD knows what lurks in the heart of man, but He knows it ALL, and he is a just and merciful GOD, and that judgement stuff is HIS job, not mine.

The sin of pride creeps in when I find it very hard to back down in the face of injustice (as I see it). My pride most desires to be esteemed, and approved of and understood. My pride most fears being despised, calumniated and ridiculed.

Words are indeed much more hurtful than sticks and stones, no matter what the old rhyme says, and psychologically I have always been a “Best defense is a good offense” kind of guy, it’s kind of my default. “If you hurt or threaten me or mine, I am coming after you and we will fix your breathing problem” … not much patience or charity in that mind-set.

In 2000, I was a background follower, a lurker, back in the beginning when Steven DenBeste was being routinely excoriated by all the usual outraged liberal progressive bloggers who did their level best to destroy him by mockery, innuendo, malice, lies, exaggeration, misdirection and misrepresentation but never once did they ever try to match facts and logic with facts and logic.

They just howled and threw shite. There were many times when the overwhelming emotion I felt was that it was impossible to deal reasonably with these “unprintable” individuals and it was time to “Bring The Rain”.

That critical judgement of his detractors involved my pride acting out on his behalf. DenBeste himself accepted all the vitriol as just part of the job of shining the light on hard facts. I eventually lent my support by email and we became distant acquaintances although we differed mightily on many things, number one being he was a confirmed Atheist and I was and am a confirmed Catholic.

Unlike exchanges with other Atheists, our discussions were always civilized, polite, respectful and thought provoking, even when we disagreed and he taught me a lot about Power Grids among other things, and he was a joy to exchange views with.

We shared the belief that Bulverism was anathema and unfortunately most public discourse had degraded into just that sort of exchange.

As DenBeste himself has written, “By the way, I don’t think that “Listen to yourself!! Do you realize what you just said???” is a useful response. I know full well what I wrote; it took me four hours to write it.

And I knew it was “politically incorrect” when I wrote it; I said so. If you think there’s a problem with this, tell me what it is. Respond on the merits. Deal with the issues I discuss.

If you don’t like my solution, propose another and explain why it’s better, in execution or result. If you think my identification of the problem is wrong, explain why.

But don’t bother trying to shame me into retracting it. Don’t bother delivering that here; addressee unknown. I don’t subscribe to postmodernist or transnational progressivist standards about what is right and wrong.”

Mike_Godwin_photographed_by_Voice_of_America_(Cambodia),_September_2017

Godwin’s Law states: “As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”

There is a tradition in many groups that, once this occurs, that thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress.

I was a big fan of Usenet back when I was in love with Unix and Linux. In my posts I have referred to Godwin’s Law as Bulverism in previous posts and it is not limited to the use of the term “Nazi” and any of it’s cognates.

BUT … None of this “He said – She said” emotional Howler behaviour leads to any kind of resolution.

Wow, I am really long winded. Please help me Lord. Time to sign off for now.

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You“.

The words of this prayer given to the young visionaries of Fatima may seem simple. But the words outline our responsibilities as Christians—to believe, to adore, to hope, and to love God. As well, to ask pardon for those who do not act in this way. And further, to beg pardon for them, we should make reparation for their sins too, for they know not what they do.

Continued in Part Three …

Cheers

Joe

“Reaching for heaven”

 

 

 

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Why do “They” hate “Us”?

Fanfare For The Common Man”, Aaron Copland & London symphony Orchestra, from the album “Copland Super Hits”, 1994.

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Hi everybody. I recently received an important communication from Fleet Headquarters. This is a little bit long, but it is an important example of how the Progressives, Activists, Liberals, Democrats, Communists, Socialists, ISIS,  and ALL the rest of the diseased brain dead emoting zombies of the left react to US. So please bear with me.

That really wasn’t very charitable, or “loving and forgiving”, just plain and simple “unchristian”. However, in my own defense, I believe that if one refuses to recognize an identifiable enemy of everything you believe in as the enemy that they are, then it is only a matter of time before they (the enemy) take you out, probably along with your squad mates. That’s just not fair to your squad mates. If it looks like a duck, and all that …

I stole all the following “content” from an email sent me by Bill Whittle, a blogger I subscribe to and have a great deal of respect for. I have been following Bill, oh, probably close to 15 years now, ever since I came across him on his first site “Eject, Eject, Eject” in a link from “U.S.S. Clueless” the original blog site of the legendary and much missed Steven DenBeste. I’ve posted the whole thing because I believe that context is important – your mileage may vary …  Anyway, here is Bill’s missive:

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“… I’m writing this in the back of a car going through Lufkin, Texas. Last night I did a speaking event at Steven F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. I’ve been doing several speaking events at colleges, but this one was different.

One person (who I later discovered listed his occupation as “activist”) had put up a Facebook post, calling me the usual: racist, xenophobe, and without teaching credentials and so obviously of no educational value. And that’s his right, of course, but the Facebook post wasn’t about coming out to confront this new Hitler, but rather to write to the SFA authorities to ban me from campus. This campaign apparently generated one very angry call to the administrators office, and one very angry email as well — both from The Activist as it turned out.

Now here’s the rub. Ten seconds into my remarks, this individual, sitting directly in front of me, started shouting at the top of his lungs about my heinous crimes against humanity and he JUST. WOULDN’T. STOP.

There were a few policemen in attendance — who got to hear themselves be called mass murderers several times during the night, by the way — and the event organizers looked like they were going to escort this gentlemen outside the premises, but then something amazing happened — amazing to me in any case.

The more this fellow shrieked at what a hate-filled piece of s*** I am, the calmer I became. I am not built this way. At least, I didn’t think I was.

So I let him talk. He would make a statement, and I would calmly and respectfully engage that statement… which led him to a completely new form of genocide that I was espousing, and so on.

This went on for 20 minutes, and many of the students were 100% behind this unique individual. At first. But as the night went on and I got calmer and calmer, more and more quiet, more and more respectful and engaged, the rest of the Social Justice Warriors started to calm down and actually discuss things. And this alarmed The Activist very much. It alarmed him so much, in fact, that he started to interrupt them.

After the event was over, he followed me out to my car. After one particularly personal and remarkably obscene comment, delivered about five inches from my face, I found myself replying “You know, if I had any respect for you at all that would have hurt my feelings.” I have no idea where that came from.

As this was going on, I asked him what he was majoring in. Turns out, he was not a student at the university.

Now I’d love to tell you how I changed some minds in there and got people thinking, but I have no evidence of this at all. The only thing I can state with confidence was that, Professional Activist excepted, the overall level of hate and rage directed at me — and by extension at you and everything we believe together — began to abate.

People started asking questions instead of making speeches. So I don’t know if it made any difference with them, but it did make a difference to the many people who came up to me afterward, apologized on behalf of the university, Nacogdoches and Texas, and what outweighed all of the vitriol and stress of being called the vilest names imaginable for two hours were the thanks and the handshakes from the two police officers.

I was privileged to talk to one of them after The Activist had left; he had served as a heavy gunner in the Army for many years, risking his life (as opposed to me merely risking my comfort) to allow people like The Activist to accuse him of genocide. As I was leaving he said to me, “Don’t let him bother you, sir. His world is very small.”

I love my job. Which is why I am telling you all of this.

It’s been a year now since PJTV closed its doors and so many of you moved over to BillWhittle.com. That means that for those of you who bought annual memberships, those memberships are about to auto-renew. I’d like to stress that this is not something we decided on or even have any control over: Auto-renewal is the only way online banks will accept credit/debit card payments.

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So the rest was just a forecast of the directions Bill intends to take his content in the coming year. I find it interesting but probably many others who do not share his views would not. If it intrigues you maybe just visit his site and see what you think.  I especially like his series of YouTube videos titled We The People 2.0″.

 Cheers

Joe

Return of the KingIf it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae on our hands.

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Disparate Data in the Eather … part 4

(continued from part 3) … Using low-yield weapons and airbursts, this figure drops to as little as 700 fatalities! This makes using nuclear weapons thinkable for the first time since the 1940s. The B61-12 only encourages this trend further.

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So what has all this to do with Canadian nukes? Well, here’s a clue:  f35-2-bays The F-35A CTOL (conventional take off and landing) will be capable of carrying two B61-12 nuclear bombs, one in each bay.  See that little Canadian flag on the side of the fuselage. That’s the Canadian F-35 we mentioned in part 2 of this series. This aircraft is intended to be one of the primary delivery systems for the new B61-12 guided tactical nuclear bomb.

So as I mentioned in the first paragraph in part 1, I think we are looking at the opening moves in Canada re-joining the international nuclear club. Compared to Iran and North Korea we are a much better candidate (better looking too).  Who would you rather your daughter go on a date with, a North Korean, an Iranian,  or a nice clean cut Canadian. That’s really a no-brainer right?

Would having a nuclear capable Canada help NATO and the US if the US becomes deeply involved in a standoff in the South China Sea? This has all happened before. I have a personal memory of a Canadian “fighter” jet from the 60’s and 70’s. It was called the CF-104 and entered Canadian service in March 1962. I knew a pilot. He transferred from CF-104 to Sea Kings after having to eject from an exploding CF-104 on takeoff (early 70’s). He still thought it was a great jet but it was more relaxing flying Sea Kings. Whatever, all pilots are kinda “out there”. The CF-104 was originally designed as a supersonic interceptor aircraft, but it was used primarily for low-level strike and reconnaissance by the RCAF. CF-104 Tiger

Eight CF-104 squadrons were originally stationed in Europe as part of Canada’s NATO commitment. This was reduced to six in 1967, with a further reduction to three squadrons in 1970, back when the Liberals were bleeding the Forces to death by fiscal attrition under Hauptsturmführer Paul Hellyer. Up to 1971, this included a nuclear strike role that would see Canadian aircraft armed with US-supplied nuclear weapons in the event of a conflict with Warsaw Pact forces.

Low level attack runs in the CF-104 were done visually at 100 feet AGL and at speeds up to 600Kts. Low level evasive maneuvers could increase speeds to supersonic. The 104 was very difficult to attack owing to its small size, speed, and low altitude capability.

Dave Jurkowski, former CF-104 and CF-18 pilot is quoted “Because of our speed, size and lower level operations, no Canadian Zipper driver was ever ‘shot down’ by either air or ground threats in the three Red Flag Exercises in which we participated.”

So the contemplation of and preparation for a nuclear strike role is not new to the Canadian Armed Forces and the last time was under the Liberals. Pay special attention to the operational history section of this article in Wikipedia.baden-28a

We are again adding a nuclear strike role with a nuclear capable stealth strike aircraft to our arsenal. In spite of those Liberal promises to keep Canada nuclear free, they have no history of keeping any of their promises if they are not convenient.  There is no way that Harper’s Conservatives would feel bound by the promises of a mob of chestless pink tribe socialists.

Speculating about the future … does Canada need Iron Dome to defend nuclear strike assets in a Middle East context, such as a Canadian Expeditionary Force stationed in Israel?

It wouldn’t be out of character. Canada has always been a staunch defender of Israel‘s right not only to exist but to thrive. I don’t know how Israel would feel being associated with a bunch of baby murdering progressives but needs must when the devil drives.

Israel hasn’t got a lot of friends these days, now that the Americans have thrown them under the bus. The Iron Dome deal represents just another example of significant transfer of Israeli defense technology to Canada. We used Israeli systems even back in the 70’s when all our night vision equipment came from Israel. They were just about the only systems we had that were not older than the crews manning them.

A left front view of two multinational variable-swept-winged Tornado aircraft taking off at the Farnborough Air Show.

A left front view of two multinational variable-swept-winged Tornado aircraft taking off at the Farnborough Air Show.

It is reasonable to suppose that Canada and Great Britain could easily work together in this sort of expedition as both have massive common experience in the Sand Box and share a common heritage.

The Brits fly the Tornado which is also a planned platform for the new B61-12. Any one want to lay odds on an integrated Israeli, British, Canadian combined arms force with tactical nuclear capability protected by Iron Dome, handing the Iranians their collective asses on a plate in any regional conflict, even without US involvement?

The notion that we can rely on the US under regimes like Obama’s or perhaps Billery’s is delusional at best and downright suicidal at worst.

Just a thought.

Cheers

Joe

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Disparate Data in the Eather … part 3

(continued from part 2)

Third, a development with no apparent connection to Canada, BUT …B61-12windtunnel

We recently read of the B61-12: The New Guided Standoff Nuclear Bomb.  This is a nice little slide show designed to provoke the usual knee jerk reaction from all the usual pink tribe media types. Hans M. Kristensen, of the Federation of American Scientists, states that this new B61-12 program “signals that it is acceptable for Russia to modernize its non-strategic nuclear weapons as well. However Russia is already modernizing as fast as it can.   So how about a little background information, eh?

2 paragraphs of background note: One should note that the Federation of American Scientists, is a front organization for Project Plowshares, a left wing propaganda organization established in 1981 by the San Francisco-based philanthropist, artist and activist Sally Lilienthal (1919-2006), who had formerly served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California during the 1960s and 70s, and had co-founded the Northern California Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in 1971.

From its inception, the Ploughshares Fund’s purpose was to support the nuclear-freeze movement, a Soviet-sponsored initiative that sought to further solidify the nuclear and military superiority which the USSR had gained during the post-Vietnam War era. In other words, the Federation of American Scientists and Project Plowshares, actually work for the Russians, the Tides foundation, and George Soros. And always have for that matter. So which side is their bread buttered on. Which side is yours? Was it Stalin that praised the “useful idiots”?

Anyway, enough background!  A new Bomb, well explained in the slide show by Mr. Kristensen. We can make allowances for a few minor discrepancies attributable to his obvious affiliations and point of view. I wonder if Mr. Kristensen ever met Mr. Solzhenitsyn?  Well, no matter.  The B61-12: The New Guided Standoff Nuclear Bomb  is described as “The most dangerous bomb in the US arsenal“.

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5 paragraphs of info about what makes Nukes deadly: What makes the B61-12 bomb the most dangerous nuclear weapon in America’s arsenal is its usability. This usability derives from a combination of its accuracy and low-yield. In terms of the former, the B61-12 is America’s first nuclear-guided bomb, As Hans Kristensen of FAS notes, “We do not have a nuclear-guided bomb in our arsenal today…. It [the B61-12] is a new weapon.”

Indeed, according to Kristensen, existing U.S. nuclear bombs have circular error probabilities (CEP) of between 110-170 meters. The B61-12’s CEP is just 30 meters. The B61-12 also has a low-yield. As noted above, the bomb has a maximum yield of 50 kilotons. However, this yield can be lowered as needed for any particular mission. In fact, the bomb’s explosive force can be reduced electronically through a dial-a-yield system. This combination of accuracy and low-yield make the B61-12 the most usable nuclear bomb in America’s arsenal.

That’s because accuracy is the most important determinate of a nuclear weapon’s lethality (Yield of warhead^2/3/ CEP^2). As one scholar explains: “Making a weapon twice as accurate has the same effect on lethality as making the warhead eight times as powerful. Phrased another way, making the missile twice as precise would only require one-eighth the explosive power to maintain the same lethality.” Furthermore, radiological fallout operates according to Newton’s inverse square law.

In practical terms, all this means that the more accurate the bomb, the lower the yield that is needed to destroy any specific target. A lower-yield and more accurate bomb can therefore be used without having to fear the mass, indiscriminate killing of civilians through explosive force or radioactive fallout. Lieber and Press have documented this nicely.

Indeed, using a Pentagon computer model, they estimated that a U.S. counterforce strike against China’s ICBM silos using high-yield weapons detonated at ground blast would still kill anywhere between 3-4 million people. Using low-yield weapons and airbursts, this figure drops to as little as 700 fatalities! This makes using nuclear weapons thinkable for the first time since the 1940s. The B61-12 only encourages this trend further.

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So what has all this to do with Canadian nukes? Well, here’s a clue:  The F-35A CTOL (conventional take off and landing) will be capable of carrying two B61-12 nuclear bombs, one in each bay.  Just a thought.

Cheers

Joe

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Disparate Data in the Eather … part 2

Serendip is a satisfying landscape for wandering …  (continued from part 1)

Second, missile defense systems … Canada seems to be walking down a rather un-Canadian path.

The last great manifestation of Liberal “defense policy” was the cancellation of the Sea King replacement program. I routinely flew in Sea Kings in the 70’s as a photographer and rescue swimmer. It was dangerous back then and I can just imagine what it is like now. Suffice to say that one can ALWAYS trust a Liberal to stab you in the back if they think they might look good doing it.  Anyway, missile defense systems …

Over the last 9 years the Conservatives, under Stephan Harper have charted a different course. This course has been fraught with problems and has not moved as quickly or decisively as the Conservatives would like thanks to media propaganda and resistance from the socialist 5th column in the opposition parties and the bureaucracy, but trying none-the-less.

Iron Dome Missile Defense SystemAnd we now have a new program starting.  Israeli Government subsidiary ELTA Systems Ltd. will work with Rheinmetall to bring new sensor capabilities to the Canadian Armed Forces.

On July 29, 2015 in Ottawa,  Canada’s Department of National Defence announced an improved radar system for the Canadian Army that will use cutting edge technology that is part of the successful Israeli Defence Force Iron Dome Air Defence system to defend against incoming rocket fire from Hamas and other terrorist groups.

Earlier this week, Defence Minister Jason Kenney unveiled a plan in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec to acquire Medium Range Radar for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

This represents another example of significant transfer of Israeli defence technology to Canada. The technology will provide the Canadian Armed Forces with the capability to quickly and accurately locate enemy forces weapons, as well as provide advanced aerial surveillance capability.

Rheinmetall Canada Inc. has won contracts to produce 10 Medium Range Radar systems and provide the associated in-service support, with a combined potential value of up to $243.3 million. Working alongside Rheinmetall is subcontractor ELTA Systems Ltd, a group and subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries. ELTA Systems Ltd will deliver this radar technology to provide the CAF the ability to locate hostile weapons in concert with other acoustic and radar sensors Canada already possesses. These radar systems could save lives and assist and help achieve mission success.

Third, a development with no apparent connection to Canada, BUT … just a teaser …  We recently read of the B61-12: The New Guided Standoff Nuclear Bomb.  This is a nice little slide show designed to provoke the usual knee jerk reaction from all the usual pink tribe media types.

Now we move on to part 3 … lots more good stuff on nukes to come, which never really went out of fashion in Grey circles, even though the media declared that battle won. Now that the Pink Tribe 60’s hippies (can you spell “useful idiots”?) are dieing off we hope reality can re-assert itself.  Of course there is an election coming both in Canada and in the U.S. Who knows what abominations may be unleashed. I guess we will just have to pray.

Cheers

Joe

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Disparate Data in the Eather … part 1

Serendip is a satisfying landscape for wandering … following little strange attractors …  Listening to Studio Ghibli music. My daughter tells me I should give readers some idea of where this is going. So, because I acknowledge that she is probably right about that, I will tell you that this is a post about how seemingly disconnected or unrelated pieces of information often can connect to form an unexpected picture. I am positing, based on the three items of data here laid out that Canada is moving to join the international club of nuclear powers. Shocking, right? ( The next 6 paragraphs are just personal background and anti-Liberal rant, a kind of “full disclosure” of my own anti-Liberal biases. Please feel free to skip them and go on to the data below the 3 stars.)

Strange Atractor_Poisson_Saturne This humble correspondent once earned his daily bread by scanning hundreds of bits and pieces of information from hundreds of contacts and correspondents (this was pre-www, and what is sometimes referred to in some circles as “humint“).

From this soup of data I would then collate and categorize and ponder and eventually write detailed briefing notes for senior officers which the Department of Justice called “Environmental Scans”.

These were little free standing gospels of what if, and what might, and perhaps, and by the way, to which my masters would attach more or less weight depending upon their understandings, catalyzed by other data to which I was not party. Saved quite a few hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years.

To do this successfully one must have a wide web of trusted, and even not so trusted, contacts developed over years and routinely stroked and rewarded with little bits of whatever the contacts are looking for. Those habits never went away any more than an understanding of “CW” communications does to the long time user.

So, here are a couple of items of interest, perhaps, or perhaps not, if one’s interests are more of a “magical” nature.  As previously mentioned, one can always get one’s reality ready made from Salon, the CBC, and Being Liberal, if it suites one’s fancy. Of course I suspect that those sorts of readers would never “waste” time reading anything I write. They are much more interested in prosecuting “Cecil’s Assassin”, for example than talking about, or even worse, actually doing anything about millions of babies murdered, dismembered and sold for parts by our government “health” ministries.

But, “who am I to judge”? I am just an intolerant, homophobic, bigot, right? HEY! The emperor is still naked! What about that? Strange what comes around. The very folks who were calling me a “baby killer” because I served in the military back in the 70’s are now the same constituency who are fully in support of murdering millions of babies and selling their body parts, in the name of “choice”. Strange world. By their works, and all that …

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So what about “disparate data”?

First, “Fighter Jets” … the “Canadian F-35“. F-35 jpg

In some circles, some commentators pan the F-35 for not being as capable as other jets in the roles advertised for it. For example, Bill Whittle and his Trifecta compatriots  did a remarkable summary of what is actually going on in “The Psychology of Suck, Part Deux”: Static Systems Suck. They have a set of expectations associated with “Fighter Jet”.

If those expectations are in fact the actual parameters which define the success of the F-35 program then they are right to conclude that the only thing that makes sense is the discussion of “Why do government agencies mutate into immortal bureaucracies? Because the actual mission of ANY government program is to spend money.” Once you understand that the rest becomes clear. But are those the actual parameters defining this aircraft’s success?

If they are, then this is a highly entertaining video relating a phenomenon I have personally seen in action several times and been the victim of. Who knew?  Alberta Health is not alone!

Workers can be seen on the moving line and forward fuselage assembly areas for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Lockheed Martin Corp's factory located in Fort Worth, Texas in this October 13, 2011 handout photo provided by Lockheed Martin. REUTERS/Lockheed Martin/Randy A. Crites/Handout

Workers can be seen on the moving line and forward fuselage assembly areas for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Lockheed Martin Corp’s factory located in Fort Worth, Texas in this October 13, 2011 handout photo provided by Lockheed Martin. REUTERS/Lockheed Martin/Randy A. Crites/Handout

However, maybe those are not actually the REAL paramaters, but rather just a lot of disinformation, smoke and mirrors. In other circles you have industry professionals and media telling us that  this is the fighter jet of choice for Canada’s future needs. It doesn’t specify what those needs are. beyond the “renewal” of Canada’s fighter fleet.

According to Reuters, “Canada is poised to buy 65 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, sources familiar with the process told Reuters, marking a major renewal of Canada’s fighter fleet and helping contain costs of the expensive defense program.

An 18-month independent review of Canada’s fighter jet needs (very expensive and provoked by the Opposition Parties for political reasons) has concluded that the government should skip a new competition and proceed with the original C$9 billion (actually C$8.22 billion) purchase, three sources said.”

And, while I am on the topic,  just how the hell does C$8.22 billion become C$9 billion in the media? Who the hell knows, but hey, what’s a few hundred million when you have a chance to smear Conservatives.

We all know that accuracy is a Grey tribe fetish for rocket scientists and engineers. WE Liberal media types don’t neeeed no stinkeen’ accuracy, right ? And this whole accuracy thing is just SO Grey Tribe, through and through. The Pink Feelings Folks will never get it, no matter what happens to them. For all of them it is all about “image” and “optics”. It’s all Cecil vs Babies.

Now, in the past, the Canadian Liberals routinely sent limited numbers of well trained but very poorly equipped military personnel into global hotspots, all in the mushy name of “Peacekeeping”.  What this usually translated as was a dropping a tiny group of Canadian soldiers in blue helmets with no weapons and extremely restrictive “rules of engagement” into the middle of a gun fight to “separate” the two sides. This gave the Liberal government “good optics” and global cover, but resulted in frequent death and or wounding of Canadian personnel. Just gotta respect Lester Pearson, who loved the adulation of the UN more than his own soldiers lives. But what else would one expect from a Liberal. The adulation, praise and recognition of all the right progressive audiences ARE the MOST important thing in life, right? So on to the next item …

along the way I decided that this original post is too long so I will split it up starting here with item 2 ….

Cheers

Joe

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Web of Trust … part 2

(Note to readers who might find this old post from May 2015:  That was then, this is now, I am adding this on April 14, 2019, almost 4 years on from where I was back in May 2015. I have to emphatically declare that much of what I believe and write about in this and the next three post about “The Web Of Trust” is based on the work of Bill Whittle and his writings at the beginning of the 21st century, about that Web of Trust as he sees it and also to no small degree on his “Tribes” polemic. 

Bill put it all together in a good book called SILENT AMERICA: ESSAYS FROM A DEMOCRACY AT WAR” which is well worth reading. Bill articulated very well the headspace of an entire generation of retired vets, workers in the trenches of our modern society, and even many who served in other ways, his Grey Tribe workers … you know who you are.

And he affected the way we resolved the coginitive dissonance we experienced once we left the Armed Services. I had a rather gentle transition spending, as I did, 10 years in the Corrections Service, getting used to “civvie street” again before making a clean break into the world of modern College, University and eventually Government Health Care. Others were not so lucky.)

Well, crap!  Super crap!  I just accidentally trashed about 500-600 words complete with links and pictures and so on. So here we go again.

Where were we, Oh Yea, bad choices have bad consequences.

Anyway, Bill Whittle uses flying for many of his examples and metaphors, especially about the “web of civilization” discussions. I prefer to use the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence project as an example because it doesn’t require pilot training to really understand how important the web of trust is. If you are not a flyer at heart you will never get the pilot metaphor in your gut. I think SETI and especially SETI@home is easier for folks to understand and relate to, since this  post is really about what helps the web of trust (ie. makes life good) and what hinders the web of trust (ie. makes life bad).

I will try to stick closer to the point as I proceed. I know, I know, Bill, your example shows how life depends on the web of trust and failure anywhere in the web kills people – they fly into the side of a mountain, etc, etc. But mine shows it too. Web of Trust = SETI. No web of Trust = ISIL or ISIS or whatever they are calling it today. Pretty simple stuff.

Remember, in all of this blogging I present my take on what I read, watch and observe in real life and what I think about all that stuff. I also often poke fun at or even ridicule what I perceive as “other points of view” on the same items and topics.

One has to understand that differences of opinion are OK and even welcome, but to be taken seriously they need some sort of logical, fact based, demonstration of viability or probability or even possibility to be included in a “good” discussion.

Alternatively, one can sum it up as”Yelling “BULLSHIT!” about what I just wrote doesn’t constitute a good defense of your point of view.” I just had the edifying experience of a responder who basically cut and pasted my post and inserted “BULLSHIT!”  at every point he disagreed with. Just that, nothing else.

On the upside he wasn’t calling me a “Racist Nazi” so things are looking up from where I sit.  If I am pissing someone off whose best response is “BULLSHIT!”  I must be on to something. I believe Someone Important once said: “If I have spoken evil, give testimony of the evil; but if well, why strikest thou me?”

Everything which doesn’t include such demonstrations is fair game for ridicule and satire, and downright mockery. A good graphic illustrating this requirement is Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement” which looks like this:

Graham's_Hierarchy_of_DisagreementFor the info on all the who, what, where, when, why, of this graphic see:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Graham%27s_Hierarchy_of_Disagreement.jpg

My target when writing what I do is to at least reach the “green” level of “Contradiction”. I confess to occasionally slipping down into the yellow, but never dropping so far as to enter orange and pink levels, perhaps I slip more often than perhaps I should.

But I believe that at least as often as I slip down I climb up into the blue, purple and grey levels, and I strive to always write up there. I this were a court of law I would have to reach the top every time, if this were politics I could live in the pink all the time. Your mileage may vary.

Hmmm … I never noticed before but the colors in the graphic ironically reflect the observed courage and social views of the folks who most use these common techniques of debate. Funny thing that. Just noticing that probably makes me an “A _ _ H _ _ E!”, or maybe even a “Racist Nazi”. Hmmmm. This pic is the Grey Tribe – Pink Tribe” metaphor/allegory writ large …

The site I link to in this paragraph has a good interesting read about a BRACING REALISTIC world view, IF you have the BALLS to read it through and think about it.  It was written just after Hurricane Katrina visited New Orleans.  Ha! Another useful descriptor of reality on the ground.  I came to that site through this site: http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/  The Roadkill Diaries:  “If your culture forces women into faceless bags, your culture needs to stay in Yemen.”

SMALL DEAD ANIMAL, The Roadkill Diaries is just simply one beautiful site.  Check it out.

Here’s a couple of paragraphs, from the “Pink Tribe/ Grey Tribe” article, a short teaser:  “The Pink Tribe is all about feeling good: feeling good about yourself! Sexually, emotionally, artistically – nothing is off limits, nothing is forbidden, convention is fossilized insanity and everybody gets to do their own thing without regard to consequences, reality, or natural law.

We all have our own reality – one small personal reality is called “science,” say – and we Make Our Own Luck and we Visualize Good Things and There Are No Coincidences and Everything Happens for a Reason and You Can Be Whatever You Want to Be and we all have Special Psychic Powers and if something Bad should happen it’s because Someone Bad Made It Happen. A Spell, perhaps.  The Pink Tribe motto, in fact, is the ultimate Zen Koan, the sound of one hand clapping: EVERYBODY IS SPECIAL.

Then, in the other corner, there is the Grey Tribe – the grey of reinforced concrete. This is a Tribe where emotion is repressed because Emotion Clouds Judgment. This is the world of Quadratic Equations and Stress Risers and Loads Torsional, Compressive and Tensile, a place where Reality Can Ruin Your Best Day.

This is the place where Murphy mercilessly picks off the Weak and the Incompetent, where the Speed Limit is 186,282.36 miles per second, where every bridge has a Failure Load and levees come in 50 year, 100 year and 1000 Year Flood Flavors. The Grey Tribe motto is, near as I can tell, THINGS BREAK SOMETIMES AND PLEASE DON’T LET IT BE MY BRIDGE.”  Go there!  Read it!  It just might save your life!

So back to the web of trust. I specifically like the illustrative example of SETI@home because I have been involved with it  in one way or another almost since it’s inception in 1999, back when I was running a home brew Pentium II PC with 128 Mb of RAM and ATI video with dual boot Linux and Win98. Remember those days?

1pct_1I like SETI because it is an easy to understand example rooted in hard science, of the cooperation implicit in the web of trust observations I am making about how the web gives us “The Good Life”.  So, last plug,  SETI@home currently involves  millions of volunteers, in 226 countries, who have downloaded the SETI@home screensaver.

The SETI@home volunteers have formed one our planet’s most powerful supercomputers and have enabled the world’s most sensitive SETI search. Thousands of students are running SETI@home as part of their science curriculum.

The question “Are we alone?” touches on many disciplines, including physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, engineering, computer science and of course mathematics which all the rest depend on. The 7 “hard” disciplines. “Hard” because they rely on facts and replicable experimentation, not opinions and feelings and whatever meme the researchers want to prove. “Disciplines” because they require, well, “discipline” to develop the skills to excel in these fields.

I think the question “Are we alone?” also touches on and originates in a deep fear amongst many moderns. This is the reason behind the fact that SETI didn’t really get going until the 1980’s. That is when the 60’s generation started to inherit the mansion. IF we are alone, then we are pretty special and the conditions for our existence are vanishingly rare, perhaps even implying that Someone went to a lot of trouble to put us here, hence the Anthropic Principle.

Doctor Manhattan

The hypotheses underlying “Are We Alone?” is that there is no God. God is dead, or some variation on this theme, another name is “Progressive Atheism”. We NEED to prove that we are not alone. If we are NOT alone then we can possibly legitimately aspire to being gods ourselves, rather like “Dr. Manhatten” in the film “Watchmen“.

We can become gods because there is “probably” no higher authority to which we are accountable, we decide what is morally right and morally wrong, ethics don’t matter, and the “random evolution” theory is easier to believe and to sell even if there is no proof.

So it is IMPORTANT to many folks to prove that we ARE NOT alone. Now, personally, I don’t believe there’s a snowball’s chance in Hell that all this effort will find ET.  I just happen to think it’s a cool hobby activity that is easy to take part in.  There is a good presentation by Dan Werthimer at Cal Day  which covers off most of what you need to know if your interested in helping.

To be continued …

 

Cheers

Joe

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