Daily Archives: February 22, 2009

My Political Resume

A commenter, Scott, has wisely summed up my views about a lot of stuff with this list:

– Socialism
– Maoism
– Pro-miscegenation
– Race realism
– Protectionist trade
– Pro-union
– Anti-immigration
– Anti-freedom of association
– Paleoconservative on issues of war
– Pro gay & women’s rights
– Strong dislike of the White power structure
– Pro Palestinian/anti-Israel
– Skeptical of Jews and their plots

I have to cringe a bit reading that stuff, but I guess the truth hurts sometimes. It’s hard to sum up someone’s views, but that’s about as good as any – not perfect, but nice.

I only support Maoists in some 3rd World ratholes like Nepal, Philippines and India. I don’t support any Maoist project in the US or the West.

I’m a big fan of Hugo Chavez and I don’t mind modern Chinese Communism (I even think it’s sort of Maoism!).

For the US, any movement towards a more interventionist state or social democracy would be great. Fully funded social programs, mass transit, government buying land for parks and wildlife, setting up free wi-fi for the people, nationalizing some banks and insurance companies in the latest mess, saving the economy with stimulus programs, etc.

I love to slam capitalism, but I admit I don’t have much good to outright replace it with. I just wish everyone would quit worshipping it like a God. It’s seriously flawed to say the least.

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The Citibank Mafia

This article was written a year ago. How prophetic. And Citibank has been wallowing in the mud like this since 2001. The chickens are finally having a Homecoming party.

As of today, Obama is seriously considering nationalizing this organized crime gang disguised as a corporation. Robert Rubin and Sandy Weill (photo) are more than anyone else responsible for destroying this bank and the collateral damage to the US and world economy.

Anti-Semites may wish to note that they are both Jewish. As I noted earlier, I’m not into this Jewish Bankers Blew Up the World Economy thing, but the tribe is clearly not innocent, and they do have a role in the US banks, that, while not central, is less than trivial.

We ought to distinguish here between investment banking and commercial banking. The Jewish role in US commercial banking is not prominent. However, they do play a significant role in US investment banking. With the insane destruction of Glass-Segall, investment banks and commercial banks can now be one and the same, the firewall having been torn down.

I would like to ask you “Jewish bankers” critics just one thing. Sure, a lot of these Jewish bankers are a bunch of no-good crooked scumbags. But, honestly now, do you really think that Hank Paulson, Tim Geithner, Joe Biden and Phil and Wendy Gramm are any better? The whole damn financial “industry” (a classic parasitical industry in the true sense of the word because they create no real wealth) is up to their necks in this mess. The Gentiles are just as wicked as the Jews; no way are they any better.

Anti-Semites please prove to me that your average US top Gentile banker is a smidgen less black of a soul than the Jewish bankster criminals. One’s as bad as the other, admit it.

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Contra: Capitalism Always Improves Our Lives

Let us examine for a moment the unexamined notion prevalent in the US that capitalism automatically improves our lives.

We examined earlier how US capitalism seems to be predicating its growth on forced and unnecessary upgrades of technology. If you don’t want to upgrade to the latest TV, you won’t be able to watch TV at all.

In a later post, we suggested that US capitalism, increasingly desperate to sell to increasingly savvy consumers, is resorting to the only way to fool an educated, savvy consumer – outright lying, fraud, trickery, scamming and frankly theft, exemplified by the subprime crisis.

Hence, US capitalism is becoming increasingly parasitical on the consumers it relies on. The “coercion principle” so beloved by libertarians seems to be inoperative in US capitalism anymore. If I can’t watch TV without being forced to buy the latest and greatest, that’s coercion. A thieving, fraudulent con is always coercive, as coercive as a pickpocket.

Libertarians talk a great game when they are pining away on their blogs, but I haven’t yet heard any libertarians, except maybe Left Libertarians, attack the parasitical, coercive and nearly thieving aspect of present day US capitalism. When it comes time to apply arid theory to meatspace, libertarians are no-shows, which implies to me that their moralistic theorizing is a bunch of hot air.

Some capitalist inventions are definitely improvements. Take for example stain-free and shrink-free garments. This is actually a good product. Capitalists are manufacturing something that humans actually want to buy and use, not only that but a useful product that will improve our lives.

But look at how capitalism deals with this improvements. Let’s get real. A whole lot of capitalists are going to get hurt by the new garments described above. The dry cleaners industry will go out. Not only that, but staining and shrinking is one of the annoying methods of planned obsolescence built into the garments we buy. It’s these destructive processes that force us into continual and usually unnecessary upgrades of our garments.

If people are buying fewer garments because they last longer, that’s bad for the garment industry. So a lot of capitalists are going to hate these new developments. Fortunately for us, capitalists are greedy and lack solidarity, so there will always be renegade capitalists who would go ahead with shrink-free and stain-free clothing even though it’s going to be bad for a lot of other capitalists.

But capitalism has a very creepy tendency at least here in the US. Huge corporations watch the patent offices like hawks. Whenever a new product is patented that could improve things for consumers and possibly compete negatively with their products, in particular something that might cut into the planned obsolescence of their products, and typically if the inventor is a small fry, the corporation will try to buy out the improved technology. Then they will shove into a drawer and try to bury it forever!

This happens all the time in US capitalism, but we don’t talk about it all that much. There is a clause in US patent law that says you cannot sit on a highly useful patent and refuse to market it to the public. This is sometimes applied to small inventors. The courts have forced small inventors to make their highly useful patents available to the consuming public in cases where silly inventors chose instead to stick the patent in the drawer and forget about it.

If the guy refuses to sell the patent, the court decides what it is worth and demands a sale of the patent for that price. Hardline freemarketeers decry this Commie-style intervention in the market, but I think it’s a great thing. Use it or lose it.

I feel the same way about copyrights. You can’t just let your songs, movies and books go out of print. If you do and someone wants to republish them, the courts can and do force you to license out your artistic creation to someone who wants to publish it.

The courts have fallen down on the law in terms of software though. There are all sorts of idiot software patents, and the whole concept is highly abusive. IBM has been one of the worst at this. You see those little windows that fly up in so many of your software programs? I believe that IBM has a license on that tech and anyone who makes a program with a window in it, has to pay off IBM. This is ridiculous.

You can’t patent intellectual property – forget it. That’s like patenting intellectual ideas. Can I patent the intellectual notions that I come up with here on Robert Lindsay. Great idea! Let me patent all these ideas I come up with on this blog and sue everyone who tries to say anything even remotely similar for patent infringement. You can see right now how stupid patenting intellectual property is.

There are also cases where corporations have written some really great programs that were offered for sale. Then they took the product off the market. Not only that, but they refuse to sell it. Sad thing is that there are computer users who really want to use those programs. Forget that.

Sell it or give it away! If you won’t sell your product, then you need to give it away. If you won’t sell it or give it away and it’s useful, I figure we have a right to steal your product. I’m talking software programs here. The whole idea that you can write a killer app and shove it in your drawer forever is nuts.

So what you have here in the US is that US capitalism buries great products all the time, and I think that when corporations do it, the courts don’t seem to do much. Does this benefit our lives? Of course not. It hampers our lives and deprives us of much-needed technology to improve our lives, while saddling us with inferior junk that wears out or breaks or doesn’t even work. Why? So the capitalist can continue to rake it by selling us crap.

So let’s bury once and for all the all the notion that capitalist products automatically improve our lives.

Suppose someone invents a car that runs for 500,000 miles, rarely breaks down and gets 100 miles to the gallon. My understanding is that prototypes are already available that get anywhere from 50-300 miles to the gallon. There is solar car technology with a solar roof that gets all its energy from the sun and goes up to 55 mph!

Clearly, all these cars are really bad news for lots of capitalists, from car repair shops, to auto parts stores and plants, to gas stations and oil companies. There are all sorts of huge industries that want to kill these ideas before the even see the light of day. And it would be interesting to see why cars that get 50-300 mpg are not on the market. There have been issues with making these hypercars safe in crashes (they are often quite light) but one would think that at least a few prototypes could be made.

Speaking of forced upgrades, you know that US capitalists must truly hate radio. I can go find a radio from the 1920’s and maybe with a few repairs here and there, it will pick up every local station around. The tech still works. Not only that, but horror of horrors, it’s actually free. It really isn’t free because it’s supported by advertisers and we “pay for it” by having to suffer through commercials,  but we definitely don’t have to pay $50/month to turn on the radio like we do with the damned TV.

This sends capitalists up the wall. They hate free anything. If capitalists could figure out a way to charge us for breathing air, they would buy up oxygen and start charging us right away. They are already trying to buy up the water and charge us for choosing to inject H2O in order to stay alive. They haven’t figured out a way to charge us every time we pee or crap, but I’m sure that capitalists would love to charge me 2 cents a leak and a nickel a dump if they could get away with it.

The fact that capitalists pine for a world where virtually nothing is free anymore shows that capitalists have a strong parasitical streak that is not related to producing quality useful products that improve our lives. In some ways, capitalists are just like blood-sucking vampires.

Capitalists already tried the cable TV scam with radio. The scam was to set up an alternative radio called digital radio (radio is now analog), put all the good programs over on digital and leave analog with almost no programs and a crappy signal, and soon everyone who wanted to listen to anything decent on the radio would have to shell out $30/month to Vultureco or whoever.

Digital radio, exemplified by Sirius Radio, has been a total failure. The industry has a mountain of debt has yet to make a nickel.

In other ways, new capitalist tech takes old older tech that is still quite useful. Though I love the Internet, I must say that I am sad about newspapers and magazines being taken out. Net nerds say what the heck, let the newspapers and magazines all go on the web. There are problems with this.

First of all, we need to know what is taking the print media out. It’s advertising. No way can a paper or magazine make it on subs alone. Even with a steep sub price, they need to fill it up with ads or run it at a loss. Rolling Stone is pretty nice, but probably a good 50% of the mag or more is ads, often in your face and rude, and seemingly all for super-expensive crap that no one really needs. It’s annoying to wade through that Colorado River of ad-mud to get at a few meaty articles here and there.

I think the reason that the Net ads are taking out the print ads is that print ad sellers actually sell their ad space (their product) for a fair price. Ads in newspapers and magazines are not exactly cheap. As someone who has delved into the world of Internet ads for a while (we used to carry them on Robert Lindsay), I must say that I have hardly met a tighter bunch of bastards. Compared to what you pay for print ads, advertisers or ripping off online publishers something awful. It’s a buyers market, and the sellers are being taken to the cleaners. Not only can online publishers barely survive, but the advertiser tightwads are cleaning out the print media too.

Keep in mind that there are advantages to print tech and that if we lose newspapers and magazines, we lose a valuable consumer reading experience. Can I take my computer with me to the bathroom, the next room, across the street, or in my car to the next city? In general, no. I can thumb through Time Magazine quickly and get a feel for about every article and decide if it’s worth reading or not. Can I digitally thumb through the online Time edition? Forget it. It takes so long it’s not even worth it.

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Sophia Loren is 74 Years Old?

I just got a brief glimpse of her on the Academy Awards, and boy, she sure is hot. I had no idea a 74 year old woman could look so great. Sophia Loren at age 72. Hot!

Check out Raquel Welch at 67. Oh baby! Come to papa! Raquel is 1/2 Bolivian, and is considered a “Bolivian-American”. Glad to hear they export something other than tin down there.

Old age isn’t looking so bad after all.

Time hasn’t been quite so kind to Brigette Bardot though, 68 years old.

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Liberals Forced Kind, Loving Bankers to Give Loans to Niggers and Beaners

Evil, scummy Big Government Liberals forced kind, loving, sweet, puppy-cuddling ultra-rich White bankers to loan out their hard-earned White cash to deadbeat idiot niggers and beaners, knowing full well that the loans would never come back, all in an insane Commie effort to help the undeserving genetically inferior minorities buy homes that they could never afford.

So the lie goes.

This is another of the big fat lies that the racists like Sailer, the Republicans and the White Nationalists are pushing.

Now, once again, if it was true, that would be one thing. Hey, the government does all sorts of stupid stuff, including liberals in government. I blast liberals on here all the time. But this time the  charge is just flat out wrong.

It’s a great big fat WN and Republican lie that affirmative action government folks demanded that minorities be given homes they did not deserve. It never happened. There is a government program that banks can enroll in that is designed to reduce the discrimination that minorities face in housing.

The banks in this program have a much lower foreclosure rate than the banks that were not enrolled in this program.

No one can force a bank to give a loan to someone who does not deserve it, and the government has never done this.

The banksters gave out these loans not because they are sweet, kind and lovable and the evil liberal government forced them to, but because they could give out loans, make a bundle off each one, and not give a damn if the loan was going to go bad or not. That’s why this whole mess occurred.

Moral risk was eliminated in those who loan money for homes.

It didn’t matter to them whether the loans went bad or not, and they made a ton of money off each loan, so they deliberately gave out bad loans to lots of people who could not afford to buy a home, further with the use of fraudulent and loan-sharking balloon payments that for all intents and purposes made the loans unpayable to many buyers.

It is true that liberals, including Democratic Party liberals, specifically multibillionaire real estate mogul Penny Pritzger of Chicago, the woman who more than anyone else made Barack Obama the politician and groomed him for power, were deeply involved in the very creation of these maddening subprime vehicles which should never have been marketed in the first place, but that is another matter altogether.

Pritzger may have played a larger role than anyone else in devising the mad, fraudulent formulas that bury the subprime balloon payments in the principal itself and make it nearly impossible to figure out without a Degree in Finance.

Other Democratic Party fat cats like Robert Rubin of Citigroup, his protege Lawrence Summers, both Cabinet officers under Clinton, and the catastrophic Timothy Geithner under Obama, are up to their necks in this catastrophe. Not that the Republicans ever raised a little finger in opposition. It’s probably true that Clinton did more to create this mess than Bush by deregulating the banks. Bush just clapped and cheered after the fact and took advantage of the Clintonian deregulation.

Especially important here was the horrible destruction of Roosevelt’s Glass-Segall Act. However, Republican Phil Gramm (and his Korean wife Wendy Gramm) is the point man here for financial deregulation here, having played the starring role for three decades.

Anti-Semites may wish to ponder that Rubin, Summers and Pritzger (photo here) are all Jewish. I don’t believe in the Evil Jewish Bankers Blew Up the Economy bit, but the Tribe is definitely not innocent in this matter. In particular, the bankster Jews around Clinton more or less deregulated the banking sector all by themselves, with the help of the Gentile Gramms and to the cheers of the Wall Street Gentiles.

Further, the programs that attempt to address the still significant discrimination in selling homes to minorities, especially Blacks, date all the way back to the 1970’s. These laws have never created any economic problems or excessive foreclosure rates. The laws stipulate that the minorities still must be credit worthy and able to pay off their loans.

The explosion in foreclosures, some of which do involve minorities it is true, began quite recently, just a few short years ago. In order for this nutty theory to work, the 1970’s laws have to work as some sort of weird time bomb and have effects for 30 years before they suddenly destroy the economy. Yeah right.

It’s shameful that this racist swill is still being peddled, but I guess racists will believe just about anything about the people they hate.

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The Five Hearths of Urbanization

I never really knew much about this, but a friend of mine was taking a course in Human Geography (WTH?) and this was one of the things that they dealt with in the class.

What this really means is that these five areas were the first parts of the world to experience urbanization. Urbanization is very important. You cannot even make cities until you develop surplus agriculture. Moving agriculture from subsistence to surplus usually involves a move to some sort of large farms, orchards or plantations. These large agricultural outposts can then produce enough to not only feed the rural population, but to provide food for the urban population.

The urban population must be fed by the rural because as a good rule, people in cities just do not grow food, or, if they do, they do not grow enough to sustain the city. As long as the urban folks don’t need to worry about starving and don’t have to grow food, they can do other stuff besides growing food. This is the beginnings of civilization.

The five Hearths are the Nile River Valley in Egypt, Mesopotamia in Iraq, the Indus River Valley in Pakistan, the Mayan in Central America and the Yellow River Valley in China. No one has any idea of what the IQ’s of the dwellers of these regions were at the time, but right now they are Guatemala 79, Egypt 82, Pakistan 82.5, Iraq 87 and China 105 (I don’t accept Richard Lynn’s phony 100 figure for China).

All but China are in what is the lower half of the human IQ range. Since White nationalists are adamant that IQ has remained unchanged in all of these places, and everywhere else for that matter, in the past few thousand years, it behooves to ask how is it that these dummies showed up Homo Superiorus in Europe anyway?

Of the five, Egypt was far and away the most advanced. The latest thinking is that the pyramids were not built by slaves, but instead were built by relatively well-paid, middle-class workers. Whole cities that housed these workers have been uncovered near the pyramids. Egyptian cities are the oldest of all. I am not sure of dates, but it looks like Egyptian cities go back 6,000 years or more (YBP = years before present).

It’s odd that the earliest cities were the best of them all. The majestic pyramids were unsurpassed in the other Hearths. Although Mesopotamia had stone obelisks as tall as a man, Egypt had incredible obelisks of solid stone up to an unbelievable 100 feet tall. People to this day still wonder how the Egyptians did it, and no one quite knows.

King Tut appointed what seems to be the first, or one of the first, queens of a large society, so this was a feminist breakthrough too, not that you would know it if you went to Islamic and misogynistic Egypt today.

The next one along was Mesopotamia at 5,500 years ago. This is very, very early. They had art, aqueducts and organized religion, but no pyramids or major architectural accomplishments. There was a Great Wall of Babylon, a beautiful structure fashioned of blue bricks.

They had obelisks and statues such as the Style of Hammurabi, but that was only as tall as a man. Compare to the 100 foot obelisks of the Egyptians – no contest. The Mesopotamians were already smelting metal – this was the Bronze Age. Smelting metal is a serious advance in civilization, and it’s amazing that anyone was smelting anything 4,900 years ago, when Mesopotamian smelting began. It appears that Mesopotamia was influenced by the earlier civilization of the Egyptians.

The next is the great civilization of the Indus. This was in Pakistan, not in India as idiot Indian nationalists claim. Not quite as impressive as the first two, it did have very large cities with aqueducts for irrigation. However, they had no pyramids or other great architecture, no art and no writing. They had big cities and little else. The Indus Civilization vanished without a trace for unknown reasons. The Indus was very old, 4,200 YBP.

The fourth Hearth was the Maya Civilization in Central America. This actually goes back a long ways, all the way to 3,100 YBP at least and possibly earlier. It was characterized by a writing system, mathematics, pyramids, art and advanced astronomy. The Mayan pyramids were excellent structures. I am not sure how they compare to the Egyptian pyramids, but it is fascinating that early peoples in two completely different parts of the world both decided to build pyramids (Why?).

The Mayans also smelted metal and had a very early irrigation system.

What is odd is that neither the Mayans nor the Aztecs who came much later never managed to invent the wheel or to put it to good use. The wheel is absolutely essential for advanced civilization, and discovering it is considered a profound breakthrough for any culture.

What is even more strange is that the early Central Americans did invent the wheel, but they did not put it to good use. We have found children’s toys with wheels on them from these cultures. On the other hand, there were no pack animals to be domesticated in Central America, so it’s dubious what use you could put the wheel to, although I guess you could make a rickshaw, a bicycle or a wheelbarrow.

The early Central Americans are derided, especially by White Nationalists, for being horribly, even evilly cruel, especially in their mad, seemingly insane addiction to human sacrifice. It’s true that the Central Americans did take human sacrifice to frightfully vicious extremes, at times making it nearly an assembly line operation.

However, many early cultures engaged in human sacrifice, including Homo Superiorus over in Europe. Why, we ask? Well, these were pre-scientific folks. They did have their Gods, but as cruel and meaningless as fate often is, the Gods must have been crazy, to paraphrase a movie title.

For instance, these nutty and semi-wicked Gods would kill the hottest babe in the village along with the handsomest, smartest guy to boot, for no darn reason at all, while leaving alive the village dirtbag, who barely even deserved to be kept alive one more minute. None of it made sense. Human life is a caprice, so cruel a caprice that it can almost seem like folly or the blackest of jokes.

These Gods were clearly nuts, but they ruled our lives nevertheless. What to do? Appease the crazy bastards.

This was the meaning of human sacrifice and the more humane later animal sacrifice, taken to insane lengths of folly by the Jews of the Temple Period, where an assembly line of animals stretched for up to a mile or so, and animals were killed all day in a 9-5 operation, such that blood flowed from the Temple like a river. This is the mad period that the most fanatical Zionists wish to recreate.

Anyway, the way to appease a powerful, crazy person is to humor him, be nice to him or even bring him gifts. This was the idea behind the human sacrifices, to try to semi-rationalize the ferocious whimsy of the Gods.

The fifth Hearth is the Yellow River Valley of China. Actually, yo can’t say that anymore, as the PC-idiots take offense. Guess why? Yellow River sounds like yellow skin. Chinese are said to have yellow skins, but that’s racist and you can’t say that. So forget the Yellow River.

Instead, it’s the Huang He River, which I think means yellow in Chinese, but since mostly only Chinese know Chinese, there’s nothing to get offended about, since Chinese equating Chinese = yellow is not offensive, but if Caucasians do it, it’s mean and evil and racist. Whatever.

Anyway, the Yellow River civilization was about 2,200 YBP. I don’t know much about it except that they did have large cities and irrigation. They also had writing.

One might reasonably ask what these five Hearths had in common. We can say that they were near the Equator, but not too near. That seems crucial. They were all in the Northern Hemisphere, but I doubt if that is meaningful, except that there  seem to be more humans and more land mass in the north. And, with the exception of the Mayas, they were all in lush river valleys. The Mayas are odd man out in the jungle.

The question of YBP comes up. I don’t mind the term. Originally we had B.C. (Before Christ), and as a Christian, that’s just fine for me. Well, some folks got rid of that a while back and replaced it with BCE, (Before Christian Era), which always struck me as a cheap anti-Christian shot.

I figure Jews probably had a hand in this, since Jesus isn’t exactly their favorite guy, nor is Christianity exactly their favorite religion. The atheists and scientist types must have had a hand in it too. It surely so infuriated these poor atheist souls to have to say and write that horrible word “Christ” over and over. Non-Christians all over the world probably nodded in approval or chimed in.

YBP seems a good compromise. Neither Christocentric nor a slap in the face of Christianity, it just avoids the whole issue of Jesus and religion altogether and goes by a nice secular calendar.

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Some Thoughts on the Bass in Acoustics and Music

The bass instrument, and the frequency it plays at, is interesting. It is difficult for the human ear to hear it. You will realize this if you ever put on a recording of music with electric bass guitar in it and try to listen for the bass. You can hear it best if you turn the bass up all the way, and it helps if you have a seasoned ear.

The question arises that if it is so hard to hear, why even bother to have an electric bass in rock music (I can’t speak for other forms of music)? The reason is that without a bass guitar, rock music sounds really bad. I’m not sure why it sounds bad, but it just does. You need the bass.

The bass actually has interesting effects in rock music. Although you don’t really hear it with your ears, you do feel it with your body. What is it about rock music that makes you want to get up and dance and move about, or head-bang? It’s the bass. The bass actually goes into your body, creates a strong feeling, and makes you want to react to it.

Bass waves are pretty interesting acoustic critters. While treble waves only go a few feet (Yes, it is true), bass waves can actually go for miles. Bass waves are so powerful that they can actually bring down buildings if they are loud enough.

Sounds are classed in a tripartite fashion – treble,  midrange, and bass. Bass might be necessary for rock music, but it’s nearly or totally useless for human speech. That is because human speech only operates in the treble range and in the upper half of the midrange.

Human speech does not use the bass range at all. We can make sounds in the bass range, but they won’t be normal speech sounds – they would just be weird, non-speech noises. Animals sometimes make bass sounds when they vocalize, like the low growl of the cat.

This is why if you really want to hear a speech recording well and have bass and treble knobs handy, you should turn down the bass and turn up the treble. You can turn up the treble all the way and turn down the bass all the way if you have to. The reason is that bass does absolutely nothing beneficial for human speech whatsoever in a recording – all it does it muddy things up.

You also hear difficult speech recordings better if you turn up the volume. The increased volume alone enables you to make out a difficult accent better.

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