“But that was the 20th century. This is the 21st century. Not this time.” – Except the mass camps in the People’s Republic of China holding the Uighurs; the political death camps of Kim Jong the next and Kim Jong who comes after that. Tigray in Ethiopia – ironically orchestrated by a colleague Nobel winner of sorts of Elie. So too the Rohingya in Burma – another Nobel Prize winner. The bombing of Libya and Syria and Afghanistan by yet another Nobel Prize winner; 250,000 lives lost in Iraq – maybe more. The 21st century isn’t the 20th? Its not worse, nor is it better. It’s the same.Of Two Minds – The Sources of Rip-Your-Face-Off Inflation Few Dare Discuss While the conventional discussion focuses on monetary inflation, i.e. expansion of money supply, the real rip-your-face-off sources have nothing to do with money supply. The rip-your-face-off sources are scarcities that cannot be filled by substitution or globalization.
Consider skilled hands-on labor as an example. Let’s say some essential parts in essential infrastructure require welding. There is no substitute for skilled welders. But wait, doesn’t economic dogma hold that whenever costs rise, a cheaper substitute will magically manifest out of a swirl of dust? That dogma is false in cases such as skilled labor.
The only substitute for a skilled welder is another skilled welder, and while theory holds that there will be cheaper welders who can be brought in from elsewhere, this is also not true: due to deficiencies in education and a cultural bias against manual labor, there is a shortage of skilled welders virtually everywhere.
The Masks of the Zuni (1904) Several of the masks that Stevenson collects in her report were used in the dance of the Kianakwe. According to this account, the ritual was one of the Zunis’ most extended and elaborate ceremonies, taking place in the sacred dance plaza to appease the “white gods”, who inhabited the masked dancers’ bodies. Kianakwe, explains Stevenson, were known as the white people, because they once wore embroidered blankets of undyed cotton. In the rite, these white gods take the form of a mythological, conquered enemy, who return through the masked dancers for a ceremony of propitiation and thanksgiving. One can nest Stevenson’s account of the Kianakwe ceremony within a larger Pueblo framework of kachinas — supernatural beings that can be summoned by mask-wearers or invoked through carved and painted dolls of their likenesses.
Detail from March of Intellect (ca. 1828) a satirical cartoon by William Heath, featuring fanciful future applications of contemporary technology, but including the prescient vacuum tube for travel. Across the top of the print (cropped out here) it reads “Lord how this world improves as we grow older”
The suggestion that the World State will want to expand its activities into space points to another important component of Wells’ new vision of progress. He realized that once technological innovation becomes the driving force, there can be no static future utopia as previous manifestations of the idea of progress had imagined. Invention would continue and society would have to keep adjusting in response. Now that the genie of science-driven technology was out of the bottle, Wells became acutely aware that it would be hard to predict future inventions, and hard to foresee the consequences of those that succeeded. A truly rational society would need to take this into account and plan accordingly.
Geronimo: The Warrior Geronimo (1829-1909), whose given name was Goyahkla, sometimes spelled Goyathlay, is one of the most famous figures in the history of the American Indian resistance effort. His name is virtually synonymous with that of a warrior, so much so that his name has been appropriated for a wide range of military (or simply adventuresome) endeavors. Geronimo’s reputation is well deserved, for his very name excited fear in settlers both north and south of the U.S-Mexican border. He was hated by Euro-Americans and even by some Apaches, who blamed him for continuing to stoke the fires of warfare after ultimate defeat of the Apaches seemed inevitable. In addition, he lacked the social and political leadership skills of a Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce and the multidimensional qualities (including the spiritual character) of a Sitting Bull, the great Lakota leader who served as the magnet attracting huge numbers of Plains Indians to him, a force that would secure the most famous resistance victory ever against the U.S. military – at Little Bighorn in 1876.
Self-Portrait by Ernst Mach (1886) I lie upon my sofa. If I close my right eye, the picture represented in the accompanying cut is presented to my left eye. In a frame formed by the ridge of my eyebrow, by my nose, and by my moustache, appears a part of my body, so far as visible, with its environment.
A deep look at a speck of human brain reveals never-before-seen quirks Scientists at Harvard University, Google and elsewhere prepared and analyzed the brain tissue sample. Smaller than a sesame seed, the bit of brain was about a millionth of an entire brain’s volume. It came from the cortex — the brain’s outer layer responsible for complex thought — of a 45-year-old woman undergoing surgery for epilepsy. After it was removed, the brain sample was quickly preserved and stained with heavy metals that revealed cellular structures. The sample was then sliced into more than 5,000 wafer-thin pieces and imaged with powerful electron microscopes.
Here is why the “Joe Biden” regime only has a few months to live: it is caught in a squeeze between some of the greatest lies in world history, and they’re all unraveling now. Anyway, “Joe Biden” is not really functioning as president of the US; he’s just the doddering, photo-op front-man for a kind of politburo centered around Barack Obama, and that group lives in terror of being found-out, which it will be, despite its capture of the traditional news and social media. Big Lie No. 1 is actually a whole bundle of lies surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. The chief national health official, Dr. Anthony Fauci (a.k.a. “The Science”) can’t get his story straight about whether or not he funneled US taxpayer money to a lab associated with China’s People’s Liberation Army, to engineer a virus that was turned loose on the rest of the world. An email train of evidence shows that he did. Big Lie No. 2 is that “Joe Biden” won the Nov 3, 2020 presidential election. That colossal scam, which the Democratic party advertised well in advance, and accomplished via blatant mail-in ballot fraud and computer voting machine tweaking, was never properly adjudicated — despite media claims that court cases were dismissed on the basis of evidence, which was not so. The Arizona vote audit underway is the first of probably many efforts among the so-called swing states to interrogate that operation. The “Joe Biden” government tried and failed to shut down the AZ audit early in the game. Then, late last Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland upped the ante, saying that he was about to send a gang of federal attorneys down AZ-way to scotch the darn thing.
The Maggot in the Liberal Apple Tocqueville witnessed a rugged breed of men whose acquisitive impulses were tempered by a strong religious code, and the devolution of power to states and local townships. The old republican principle of active citizenship, with its roots in the Athenian polis, was alive and well. But it was the principle of equality, the resentment at any form of privilege, that caused Tocqueville to fear for the future. For ‘if despotism were to be established among the democratic nations of our days’, it would assume a quite different character to the tyrannies of old.
Questions About the FBI’s Role in 1/6 Are Mocked Because the FBI Shapes Liberal Corporate Media Look at these FBI cartoons these media corporations employ. Then they haul them out to tell everyone that only malignant conspiracists and insane losers would ponder the possibility that the FBI was engaged in deceit or other forms of manipulation regarding an event that has taken on central importance in their quest for more power and money. And their liberal viewers and the liberal journalists who watch these networks nod in agreement because they think they are hearing from the real, honest experts: the security state agents they have been trained to revere.
During repairs to Oroville dam (the kingpin to the extensive state water project), the entire state, north to south, experienced heavy rainfall. The state water project also involves thousands of miles of canals. Those canals were flowing at as much as 33,000% capacity. (yes, you read that right). Most of the canals flowed at 11,000 to 24,000% capacity. One guess where all that water went. (I mean, other than moonbeam’s private lake)
Also, snow pack was 300-600%. On top of that, the Hyatt power plant at the dam was operating as low as 60% for the duration with one of six turbines out of commission and two others beginning to fail. Too, the power generating station one or two miles downstream was completely offline due to a fire several years before. I think the fire was six years prior. Work to repair the station had not yet begun and hadn’t been planned until the dam disaster which very nearly became failure of the dam. California government is the epitome of neglect and malfeasance. Oh, and the year following that state-wide rain fall and heavy snow, the gov declared state-wide drought.Not only has none additional capacity been built, the ecoterrorists want to destroy some of the existing dams.
Does it follow from this that those who long for place, limits, love, family, faith and meaning should just sit in the rubble and watch it all burn? I do not think so. But when there is nothing solid to go back to, anyone attracted to what is left of the ideology that used to be called “conservative” needs to find a new name for their yearning. “Constructionists”, perhaps. There is a lot of building to do. — Mary Harrington
G7 Shows That the Global World Is in Trouble – Biden returns from the G7 with a new cold war with China and its junior partner Russia under way. With each new sinister report out of China, the globalists must feel like those movie brides who are progressively discovering evidence their charming new husband is a serial killer, and always has been. But they cannot even act on that belated realization without deranging their domestic Woke agenda. The dilemma is how to create green power that does not rely on cheap, dirty Chinese coal and slave labor. And there’s no easy way.