Thursday, June 18, 2020

Words that don't sound quite right, Antifa, and Racism

A year or two ago, I listened to my friend Paul Traynor's podcast "Race Bait", learned quite a bit about race relations... but some things bothered me about it.... eventually I realized why, and stopped listening.
The step too far:  The continued use of the term "Microagression"
A the propaganda term used to assert intent - Implying that any time a non-white person is made to feel uncomfortable, it is an overt racist act, instead of the social faux-pas that it truly is 99%+ of the time.
In the meanwhile, I started outting myself as an "old white guy" defensively. I'm willing to admit that as an old white guy, there is a lot of slack given to me that others don't get.
This past week, I've been reading, listening, and watching from a range of viewpoints. The warnings from Bret Weinstein, who experienced the wrath of Antifa 3 years ago at Evergreen State were most instructive.
I'm now fairly certain that there are some traps being set up, and I refuse to fall into them... concerning language, privilege and guilt.
Certain words are being used, and being excused as meaning something else.  I now refuse to go there.
For Example: If you say "Defund the Police" I am not going to let you explain your way out of it... either change your words, or lose my support.  This is a strong recent shift in my position.
From here on out, I'm calling out the Maoist insurgency on the Left wherever I see it. Just as I have been calling out the Fascist stuff on the Right.
The shit that's going on in Seattle is evidence of a part of a bigger trend, the result of the takeover of the institutions by Maoist insurgents under the guise of "Post-modernism" and "Political Correctness".
Things in Seattle aren't going to end nicely.
Back to language, and it's use:
Of course Black lives matter.... but "Black Lives Matter", in their About page says "We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise."
I do not believe that black people are being systematically targeted for demise.
I believe it is an accidental effect of a Police system doing what it was designed to do... keep the poor down.  Racism is a side effect.
I do believe that the Police need oversight and restraint that has been lacking.
I do believe that the Police have been cast into the role of an occupation force, a role they are not supposed to hold.
I believe most of the Police don't want to be an occupying force. I believe that some of them do, and they shouldn't be Police.
I do believe that racism is real. I do not believe that all Whites are automatically racist.
I believe that the "Defund the Police" movement is a trap. Most people agree that the police need reform.  Only a very small number of (in my opinion) very foolish people actual want to do away with Police departments entirely. To eliminate law enforcement is to invite anarchy.
I believe that the Donor Class (who buy Senators and Congressmen in bulk) are very happy to see all of us mad at each other, as it gives them cover while they try to offshore and hide the $500+ Billion they stole while we were all worried about Covid.
I believe I've rambled on enough... and want to hear what you think.

Monday, June 08, 2020

Look - over there!

I saw this on my Aunt’s facebook feed...  my rebuttal is below
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THIS IS SOMETHING TO SERIOUSLY THINK ABOUT!!!
Pretty much.. Scare people with a virus. Place them in quarantine. Count the number of dead every second of every day in every news headline. Close all businesses. 40,000,000 out of jobs. Peak unemployment. Remove entertainment: parks, gyms, bars, restaurants, sports. No dating. No touching. Mask people. Dehumanize them. Close temples and churches. Create a vacuum. Let depression and anxiety and desperation set in. Then... ignite hatred and civil war. Civil unrest. Empty the prisons because of the virus and fill the streets with criminals. Send in Antifa to vandalize property as if they are freedom fighters. Undermine the law. Loot. Attack law enforcement, but tell government to order a stand-down. We are all being bated by adversarial governments who want to destroy America - China, Iran, Russia. Have the Far Left abuse the racial wars to fuel the fires. And, in an election year, have Democrats blame all of it on the President.
This is what modern warfare looks like.
(Copied from a friend.)
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Wow... a great distraction for all the people on the right to agree with, and to make the left angry.  A distraction meant to keep us from noticing things.... things we might actually agree on across the political divide

Here's how I see it...

Get elected as President.  Set about dismantling every positive action of the previous administration, including the provisions set in place to handle a novel respiratory virus. All mentions of facts inconvenient to business are removed (climate change for example).  Spend all your spare time trumpeting your own greatness, in spite of any evidence to the contrary, while you erode confidence in the institutions built by society when their actions don't suit your fleeting needs of the moment.  Your bombastic flair provides a great distraction to all from anything going on behind the scenes.
Get early and ample warning of the novel respiratory virus that your predecessor INSISTED was the most important danger to the nation, and thus the FIRST THING he briefed you about during the transition.
  Publicly: You ignore all this evidence and hope it goes away.
  Privately: You and the rest of the elite dump stocks that will be effected, and set plans in motion to maximize profit from the coming crisis.

  When the public becomes aware of it, start denials and deflections, and have some more rallies and go golfing for a month, meanwhile solidifying plans for maximum private profit with your cohort on both sides of the aisle.

You eventually form a task force, You place a man who doesn’t believe in science in charge of the task force.  This is your response to the biggest public health emergency in a century.  When there are doubts expressed as to who is actually in charge, you duck the question and leave the room

Eventually - State Governors are forced to act (Honestly, think of just how dire a warning would be required to force ANY politician  to: 
1) Risk the destruction of the economy
2) and their future political and lobbying career)

When these Governors were forced to act, you bully, denigrate and accuse them of over-reaction.

Privately, your plans are in motion, secret “government agents” "appropriate" (steal) desperately needed PPE, sometimes directly out of hospital store rooms.

Refusing to properly organize a response, you instead send the states into a bidding war for those supplies through one of the newly formed corporate "clearing houses" you've "hired" to manage the "appropriated" supplies.

You and your friends and frenemies in Congress do the bidding of your corporate overlords and send Trillions of dollars their way, making sure to throw a small bone to the public to throw them off the scent.  Meanwhile the civilized governments of the world guarantee the income of those with jobs by paying their employers to keep those jobs open, and make a quicker recovery happen when it is safe to do so. You and your friends have a far better (more profitable) plan.

Your friends in the corporate media strongly suppress all notions of the upstart socialists who insist that the working class needs regular payments... as you need them poor for the false choice you and your class will need soon. Make sure your "enemies" on the other side of the aisle do the same.
When the news isn't about you for a while, and you begin to worry your prospects of re-election might actually be affected by the deaths of 100,000+ of the citizens you were sworn to protect (but didn't)... you then push for an end to the "lock-down", in spite of evidence that it is far too soon. You and your side work tirelessly to promote the view that the virus was a hoax set in motion by your "opposition". Meanwhile your friends on the other side can paint you as anti-science and politically motivated. 

The political theater helps keep the public divided into factions and keep them mad at each other, so they notice the $500 billion dollar theft you and your friends helped orchestrate while they weren't looking.
The media will report all of this,  once again deflecting any notice of the foolish "socialist" notion that health care shouldn't be optimized for maximum profits.
It is now time to spring your trap on the working class, you're going to force them to work.
You now spring the FALSE CHOICE on them...
  A) stay safe at home until science actually says it's safe, and testing is available while getting kicked off of the temporary support you provided just long enough to appear to care OR
  B) Go back to work, even though it is likely to cause a second wave of unnecessary deaths, and a new round of emergency stay at home orders
And then there there are the bonus points
  C) Your banker friends now get to swoop in and buy up all sorts of properties at fire sale prices from all the people lost jobs or wages and couldn’t keep up with payments
  D) Your corporate friends find themselves with a broken labor class, who have no choice but to accept less than starvation wages


A police officer killing a civilian who clearly wasn't a threat (one of many, police are the perpetrators 10% of all violent homicides in the US) allows you to divert attention again. You do nothing to help calm the situation, but instead hurl insults and exacerbate the situation and try to blame it on the far left.  You and your friends make darned sure to hide the trail to the source of those piles of bricks.  ;-)
You focus all attention on the racial divide in the nation, suppress any notion that it might be anything other than race relations that is the root of the policing problem.  This will continue to distract while the grift continues and your friends profit even more than normal. Meanwhile you and your friends set up future false choices for the public to encounter, and for your future profit.


Well.. that’s about how I see it... comments welcome.
Mike Warot - June 2020

Monday, April 13, 2020

My first CNC cut

Tired of the endless scroll, I decided to get my little LinkSprite CNC Engraver going.

Here's the result, which is amazing to me, though it is total crap.


Why is it amazing?  Because I have unlocked some potential in a new tool. I need to figure out clamping to this thing, for this pass I simple held down the foamcore while the machine moved it around... it slipped a bit, but it worked.

I've got the tool chain working
I've managed to create a document and make it carved into something.

A little bit of sunshine in the endless stay at home.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Propylene Carbonate - Dielectric of the future?

I'm interested in electrostatic actuators, which require a working fluid with a high dielectric constant and low dissipation. It seems non-toxic enough, and a dielectric constant of 64 seems pretty good for the things I want to try.

Here are two companies I suspect both use it in their products:
https://www.c-motive.com/
https://www.artimusrobotics.com/

I think there are a lot of interesting things that can be done with a 6kv power supply, conductive ink, a heat sealer, and a liter or two of Propylene Carbonate.