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The Map is not the territory and other matters

Chaos Manor Mail, Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Do not neglect Yesterday’s View on Consent of the Governed.  Here is some of the accumulated mail

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Hilarious, Paulson for Hillary & Globalism!

If Dick Cheney were to endorse Donald Trump, I think it might discourage people from voting for him. Look who just endorsed Hillary Clinton and why:

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Hank Paulson, George W. Bush’s treasury secretary, who presided over both the meltdown of the U.S. economy and the subsequent bailout of his close friends and associates, has endorsed Hillary Clinton — citing his belief that she’d be more likely to enact globalist policies on trade and immigration as part of the reason for his endorsement.

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http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/06/25/hank-paulson-cites-hillarys-globalist-platform-reason-endorsement/

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Most Respectfully,

Joshua Jordan, KSC

Percussa Resurgo

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Free Speech Under Threat

I thought that was amusing, but thought the Federal Government might try to go after free speech using some social justice black lives matter rhetoric or something like that, but I guess they’ve decided to protect Muslim migrants accused of sexual assault from free speech:

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The Obama-appointed U.S. attorney for Idaho has taken the highly unusual step of intervening in a local criminal case involving an alleged sexual assault by juvenile Muslim migrants and threatened the community and media with federal prosecution if they “spread false information or inflammatory statements about the perpetrators.”

WND and other news outlets have reported on the case involving three juvenile boys, two from Sudan and one from Iraq, who allegedly sexually assaulted a 5-year-old special-needs girl in the laundry room of the Fawnbrook Apartments in Twin Falls, Idaho.

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http://www.wnd.com/2016/06/explosive-new-twist-in-idaho-sex-assault-case/

Spreading false information is not a crime; the United States government produces or sponsors it on a daily, if not a moment to moment, basis! And that’s a true statement. However, a cursory search of the United States Code revealed 539 results where the words “false” and “statement” appeared. I’m confident that I can spread false information without criminal charges — though I’m confident I could be sued in civil court for libel or slander under certain conditions. If spreading false information were a crime I don’t think you would have a single elected official in 2016 anywhere but a jail cell.

Uttering inflammatory statements is not a crime. I searched the United States Code and the phrase “inflammatory statements” did not appear. So the “Obama-appointed U.S. attorney for Idaho” seems to act under color of law and make fallacious legal threats for unknown purposes to protect three Muslim immigrants who stand accused of sexually assaulting a five year old girl with “special needs” in a laundry room of an apartment building!

That a US prosecutor would engage in this disgusting behavior is no surprise considering the tone and character of the Obama Administration, the Democratic Party, and their enablers.

I believe this activity models a beta test; the Attorney General of the United States said she would prosecute “speech that edges on violence” and now we have a prosecutor following suit. And, more importantly, now this has become a pattern. One more instance and it’s a lifestyle choice.

The chilling effect on the press, where they prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act or pay CNN to run or not run stories, is coming to free speech. I think these are beta tests for a larger program of intimidation and further salami slicing of our rights.

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Most Respectfully,

Joshua Jordan, KSC

Percussa Resurgo

Why are you surprised?

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Germany’s Turkish-Muslim Integration Problem
“My religion is more important to me than the laws of the land in which I live.”

by Soeren Kern  •  June 24, 2016 at 5:00 am

  • Seven percent of respondents agreed that “violence is justified to spread Islam.” Although these numbers may seem innocuous, 7% of the three million Turks living in Germany amounts to 210,000 people who believe that jihad is an acceptable method to propagate Islam.
  • The survey also found that labor migration is no longer the main reason why Turks immigrate to Germany: the most important reason is to marry a partner who lives there.
  • A new statistical survey of Germany — Datenreport 2016: Social Report for the Federal Republic of Germany — shows that ethnic Turks are economically and educationally less successful than other immigrant groups, and that more than one-third (36%) of ethnic Turks live below the poverty line, compared to 25% of migrants from the Balkans and southwestern Europe.
  • “In our large study we asked Muslims how strongly they feel discriminated against, and we searched for correlations to the development of a fundamentalist worldview. But there are none. Muslim hatred of non-Muslims is not a special phenomenon of Muslim immigration, but is actually worse in the countries of origin. Radicalization is not first produced here in Europe, rather it comes from the Muslim world.” — Ruud Koopmans, sociologist.

An open-air market in the heavily-Turkish Kreuzberg district of Berlin. (Image source: The Berlin Project video screenshot)

Nearly half of the three million ethnic Turks living in Germany believe it is more important to follow Islamic Sharia law than German law if the two are in conflict, according to a new study.

One-third of those surveyed also yearn for German society to “return” to the way it was during the time of Mohammed, the founder of Islam, in the Arabia of the early seventh century.

The survey — which involves Turks who have been living in Germany for many years, often decades — refutes claims by German authorities that Muslims are well integrated into German society.

The 22-page study, “Integration and Religion from the Viewpoint of Ethnic Turks in Germany” (Integration und Religion aus der Sicht von Türkeistämmigen in Deutschland), was produced by the Religion and Politics department of the University of Münster. Key findings include:

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‘The force that turned Britain away from the European Union was the greatest mass migration since perhaps the Anglo-Saxon invasion.’

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No ‘perhaps’ about it.

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Roland Dobbins

 

 

 

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Charles II and the Restoration

Dear Doctor Pournelle,
A fair piece of history from your readers on the background of England pre- and post-Cromwell. For my part, I’ve been reading the Diary of Samuel Pepys (the Latham-Matthews edition, first published by University of California Press, Berkeley starting in 1970) which goes into some detail – both in-diary and in commentary on the diary – concerning what was happening in those days of the Rump and the fall of the Generals. Pepys certainly had a close-up view of a lot of the major events of the time. It’s worthwhile reading to get through the 9 main volumes of the Diary if you have any interest in the period, though I recommend the hardcover first printing. Later printings, including the paperback version have left out some of the artwork (in photos) shown in the first printing.

David Crowley

Macaulay’s History of England, all five volumes, is well worth reading; but it is long, and until one gets accustomed to his style, can be confusing. He also assumes his readers are educated; fortunately modern readers have Google, which I did not have when I undertook reading all five volumes fifty years ago. I would require all college students in the United State to read Volume I as a condition of graduation: first for the general overview, and next because of the English. Winston Churchill was accustomed to read Macaulay before preparing any major speech. The result is obvious.

One can challenge some of Macaulay, and indeed I do, but it’s a systematic presentation of a history of vital importance to anyone who wants to be a citizen of the American Republic.

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Abortion’s great question

Jerry:

I am opposed to abortion, but believe that it should be legal. I figure that any woman who would kill her unborn child for convenience is carrying bad genes, and should not pass them along to an innocent victim.

I will try to convince a woman NOT to kill her child, but will not call on the force of government to prevent it.

However, there is one question which I like to ask those who push abortion:

“What makes you think that YOU have any more right to live than does an unborn child?”

They usually either ignore it, or they duck and dodge, but it’s a serious question. What can they say to convince me that I should care any more about their lives and rights than they care about those of the unborn?

Moral arguments don’t work. Their own argument is that it is morally acceptable to decide who is and is not “people,” so all of their arguments can be applied against them.

Until the day that this question can be answered in a cold and firm way, homicide can be considered nothing more than a very-very-very late term abortion.

It should be noted that the same moral/political position which promotes abortion is also the environment from which most violent criminals arise. Once you have decided that you can ignore someone’s right to be born, all other rights likewise become less than absolute . . .

Keith

Educated persons, including clergy of most faiths, used to debate the age of “quickening”, i.e. when a fetus acquired a soul. This is no longer much debated, and the Roman Catholic Church has settled on the moment of conception, but that has not always been agreed to; it is theologically the safest position for clergy, but good arguments can be made for a later time of gestation. It is generally agreed that it is before the time at which the infant could survive birth, but abortion advocates will generally not agree, some because they consider the question without meaning, and many because they refuse to agree to any limits on abortion up to the time of birth. Of course classical pagan societies extended the time well beyond actual live birth, allowing parents to expose unwanted children; it is difficult to understand why most advocates of abortion forbid infant exposure, but it is in fact a crime in nearly all jurisdictions.

If one purpose of law is to protect the rights of innocents, it is difficult to imagine anyone more innocent than a newborn baby – or one capable of life if allowed to be born. Of course, as you say, if there are those who have no right to be born, it is imperative to define when rights are acquired – if indeed they are.

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NExit — not a problem

Dear Dr Pournelle,
Your correspondent Phil Tharp commenting on Norway and its oil in the June 25 column has got the facts wrong. Norway never joined the EU, and never lost its sovereignty over its oil (or fish resources for that matter). In fact, Norway had two referendums on joining, the first in 1972, which was rejected by 53.5%; and the second in 1994 which was narrowly rejected by 52.1% (against the stated objective of the prime minister much like in the Brexit vote this week).
Another matter, have you considered the Dell KM713 keyboard? — it has a good tactile feel and the keys are widely spaced (4mm = 0.157″ space between them). It is probably the best keyboard I’ve been using in more than 50 years of computer programming.
Best Wishes,
Rune Aaslid PhD

I think Phil had a momentary absence of mind. EU would like to have Norway join EU so they can get a larger share in Norway’s North Sea oil, as they use some of Britain’s North Sea money to allow Greece to escape austerity budgets and also bankruptcy. The Brussels bureaucrats are always in need of other people’s money, and apparently they now get some of Norway’s anyway, but not as much as they would have if Norway joined EU. Everyone needs money…

I will have a look at the Dell keyboard. Thanks.

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SUBJ: 377 Words you can’t say online

https://www.sovereignman.com/lifestyle-design/uncle-sam-admits-monitoring-you-for-these-377-words-6832/

One of breakout standup routines from the late, great George Carlin was his

1972 monologue “Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television.”

Well, DHS has its own version for the internet.

These are the same people who want to expand prohibitions on those untermenchen on the “No-Fly List”.

Truly the lunatics are running the asylum.

Cordially,

John

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These ARE the days that try men’s souls.

My condolences on your troubles with Word. In my tech days we used to say that upgrades only substituted the version that you had learned how the work-around for it’s bugs to a new version that introduced new bugs that you didn’t know how to work around…yet. Now that no one is paying me to use Word, I only use Open Office.
Robert Heinlein was pretty smart, in the ‘Starship Troopers’ universe the schools had mandatory classes on Citizenship and Government. Not taught by a teacher with a degree but it could only be taught by a veteran. We should start doing that in every high school in the nation, tomorrow. I’m sixty-six, and I remember Citizenship and Government classes in my high school. When did we stop teaching that?
There’s a lot that the citizens of 1789 knew that today’s ‘Citizens’ don’t. Like, all of history. But on the other hand there is a lot of things that people know today that they didn’t know in 1789; unfortunately most of it, like ‘Global Warming’ isn’t true.
“Actually, they had cannon, too; you can still see some of them on courthouse lawns.” Reminds me of the story about a man that had a job at the courthouse; cleaning up, replacing lightbulbs, but mostly he had to keep the courthouse cannon in front polished and shining. But he had ambition and saved his money until one day he was able to quit his job at the courthouse and start his own business. He bought his own cannon to polish…
Sorry. I’ve always thought joke was hilarious.

John The River

The story of the brass cannon was one of Mr. Heinlein’s favorites, and he actually had a brass cannon – a model, of course, but a reasonably large one, forged from real brass – on display in his main room. I first saw it when I visited him in his home in Colorado Springs before they moved to California. That is why the NSS made a brass cannon the symbol of their Heinlein Award.

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Transgender Locker Rooms

Sexual Assault Victims on Transgender Bathroom Policies

 
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Sexual Assault Victims on Transgender Bathroom Policies

A group of women who were sexually abused at young ages are going public with their stories to fight the state&#…

 

One more thing to consider.  When I was a high school student visiting teams would come to compete and use the girls locker room while they were there.

So we need special language in any law to account for that, and anything like that.

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I suspect that is a fairly minor problem if you accept the premise, which most Americans do not, although our ruling elite’s overwhelmingly do accept it. My reading of the Constitution does not find any power of Congress to legislate on the subject at all, which I would have thought meant that it was a matter for the states.

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The map is not the territory – unless it is

A map of Kansas is not Kansas. However, a map of a map of Kansas is indeed a map of Kansas.
So far, so tautological.
A computer simulation of the water currents in the Atlantic Ocean is not the Atlantic Ocean. But, if strong AI holds (which we still don’t know for sure, although in their hearts I think most AI researchers think it to be the case), a dynamic computer simulation of a human mind may actually be a real human mind.
A dynamic computer simulation of a brass pendulum is not a brass pendulum – but, like the brass pendulum, it is still a real oscillator.
The map is not the territory – unless it is.

TG

I think you have not grasped the point of Korzybski’s aphorism, which summaries centuries of epistemological thought. Models may be incorrect. Our understanding of most things – some would say all – even the simplest can be wrong. If we act as if an illusion is true when it is not, the outcome might be trivial, but it might cost billions of dollars. We are betting that our climate models are true, we have bet a lot on something that is difficult to prove, and with enough parameters cannot be falsified.

The map is not the territory is an aphorism, a reminder, and I have been impressed by Korzybski for seventy years; perhaps incorrectly so, but I am grateful to him for saying that. (And to A E Van Vogt for using it in some of his Astounding stories.)  But the map is never the territory.

Antarctic: past 8000 year warmer than today

http://www.climatedepot.com/2016/06/19/study-the-antarctic-has-been-warmer-than-now-for-most-of-the-last-8000-years/

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‘The sun goes blank again during the weakest solar cycle in more than a century’ | Climate Depot

http://www.climatedepot.com/2016/06/25/the-sun-goes-blank-again-during-the-weakest-solar-cycle-in-more-than-a-century/

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Climate Change Prediction Fail? – Reason.com

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/17/climate-change-prediction-fail

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Muslims and Orlando

Dear Dr. Pournelle,

While considering the problem of Muslims in the Orlando shooting, we should also consider the Muslim USMC vet who rescued bar patrons —

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/2016/06/14/marine-vets-quick-actions-saved-dozens-lives-during-orlando-nightclub-shooting/85860320/

And the Muslim man who went to the mosque that both the perp and America’s first suicide bomber went to. He reported the dude to the FBI but was, alas, ignored.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/20/i-reported-omar-mateen-to-the-fbi-trump-is-wrong-that-muslims-dont-do-our-part/

You also mentioned the Kurds in your blog post; there aren’t many Baptists among them :).

I suggest that the real issue here is Saudi radicalization and Wahhabism. There are plenty of Muslims throughout the world living normal, peaceful lives. Some of them may believe it is their duty to spread Islam throughout the world, and expect it to happen one day, but in the same way Christians expect the second coming. During the 19th century, the Ottomans allied with the French and British to check Russian expansionism. Amongst rational people, worldly concerns trump religious rhetoric as a reason for state policy. And even in the 19th century, I don’t recall Muslims blowing themselves up with suicide bombs or shooting up nightclubs — that sort of thing was done by western anarchists, and even they were more interested in political targets like the Russian Tsars than they were in ordinary people.

What we have is a unique confluence of Saudi money which radicalizes mosques

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/world/europe/how-the-saudis-turned-kosovo-into-fertile-ground-for-isis.html?_r=0

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-l-phillips/countering-islamic-radica_b_9463300.html

Coupled with easy access to internet propaganda by young men who are alienated from society. It isn’t just Islamic young men — our society is doing an extremely poor job of socializing young men of any age group. In Japan, they become otakus and stay at home, not working.

Islamic young men go for what they perceive as something heroic.

At any rate, my solution is: 1) Fracking. If the Saudis have no

money, they can’t spread propaganda. 2) Counter-propaganda. If we’re not funding moderate Islamic clergy and think tanks, we should.

Surely we can use our weapons of cultural destruction on some other culture than our own? 3) Rule of law here, intelligence (supplied by

Muslims) and special ops abroad. 4) Fund a military force to destroy ISIS. Doesn’t have to be American ground troops. Maybe a foreign legion recruited for the purpose, or the locals such as Assad. Assad isn’t going away — we don’t have the will to stop him — so we might as well make use of him. 5) Step up to the competence plate at home.

Seriously, the Orlando shooter was reported by his neighbors, was reported by the gun store he bought ammunition from,

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/orlando-shooting-gun-store-owner-says-they-called-fbi-about-omar-mateen/

Had been investigated repeatedly by the FBI … c’mon, there was more than enough evidence to see he was a person of interest. Yet it still caught the security people by surprise.

I can only surmise that fear of a civil rights publicity nightmare with a dark-skinned person prevented them from following up on these leads until it was too late.

The only thing I can think of is mass turnover and put in agents who will put their jobs before their careers. Regrettably, that’s going to be really hard, because those who are still in are there because that is who has survived the current administration. It took decades to make the agencies what they are today — ineffectual — and it will take a serious sea change from the very top on down to make them effective again.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

I forget how many years I have been saying that if we invest in US energy we can tell the Arabs to drink their oil, and not have such a huge military, especially standing army. Not that anyone listens. Well, a few do.

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New book with an interesting premise.

Dear Dr. Pournelle,
You may be interested in a book that’s about to be released. The book is “Wolf’s Empire” by Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan.
The premise is intriguing. The Roman Empire never fell and has now expanded into the Galaxy. The book intermingles Military Science Fiction and alternative history as well as a wonderfully well told adventure story about a young woman’s efforts to extract revenge against those who killed her family.
This is a many faceted book with comp;ex and memorable characters and a completely plausible Galactic Roman Empire.
I’ve read it and it’s a page turned, impossible to put down.
I would recommend it to any reader of Science fiction, especially those who enjoy alternate history.

Mike

 

 

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Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.

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A Mixed Mailbag of interesting mail.

Chaos Manor Mail, Sunday, June 19, 2016

Liberalism is a philosophy of consolation for Western Civilization as it commits suicide.

Under Capitalism, the rich become powerful. Under Socialism, the powerful become rich.

Under Socialism, government employees become powerful.

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I am pounding away on fiction with my ASUS ZenBook; the keyboard is great for two finger typists.  The mail has been accumulating, Alas, this is NOT presented in order of interest, or importance, or indeed any discernable order at all.

 

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Correlation is not causation, but…

http://www.climatedepot.com/2016/06/19/new-paper-finds-that-even-seismic-activity-correlates-better-with-warming-than-co2/

But, indeed. In another life when I was an OR man, we tried to make and solve models of real world processes and activities. We knew a secret that apparently modern science does not know: The Map Is Not the Territory. I learned that from A E Van Vogt’s space operas, which also got me reading Korzybski; but of course philosophy has known it for two thousand years, only they didn’t say it that way.

But the map is not the territory, and scientists as well as OR men must realize that.

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Antarctic: past 8000 year warmer than today

http://www.climatedepot.com/2016/06/19/study-the-antarctic-has-been-warmer-than-now-for-most-of-the-last-8000-years/

Facts are stubborn things. There were dairy farms in Greenland during the Viking era; now those farms are mostly still under ice but emerging. There were grape vines in Vinland, now known as Newfoundland, We all learned this in grade school in Tennessee, but perhaps modern climate scientists didn’t have very good grade schools. Mine had four teachers for eight grades, but perhaps we were richer in Capleville. But somehow we had time to learn about Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky.

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Subj: Murder by Gun Control, by L. Neil Smith

There is ample other red meat in today’s The Libertarian Enterprise, not surprising given that the Republicans are finally making caving noises at Obama post-Orlando gun-control push.

Denial of the right to self-defense is the essential prerequisite to mass murder. It is also, arguably, treason under the US Constitution (“…the right to keep and bear arms, being necessary to the security of a free state…” is fully consistent with the Framers’ intent and with their definition of “militia” in the aftermath of a Revolution whose first battles were fought to prevent British confiscation of arms).

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http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle877-20160619-06.html

Arnold Ahlert: Progressive Insanity Endangers America — The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/43247

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SUBJ: The Orlando cop  Dear Jerry,

Please keep prompting for further facts on the Orlando first-responder-that-wasn’t. Like you I have been unable to find any significant details about his actions. Or lack thereof.

There is this:

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-admit-officers-orlando-shooting/

But the article raises more questions than it answers. Timelines given and other details are vague. Very vague. I opine intentionally so.

The very premise of an armed professional on the scene is to run immediate interference and interception in cases precisely like this.

Didn’t happen. Full details of this are needful and none seem to be forthcoming. Or sought.

T’was not always thus! I am minded of Jeff Cooper’s story of an old-west Arizona sheriff’s instruction to his deputies when offered

violence: “Respond with disconcerting alacrity!” Didn’t happen in Orlando. Just didn’t.

The (always unspoken) premise of the gun-ban Moonbats is “give up your guns and the police will protect you.” Yeah. Right.

It is well-known in today’s Kop Kultur that “Job one is going home safe at shift-end.” Well all the cops did and 49 civilians didn’t. The equation damned well doesn’t balance.

It seems the OPD is indulging in the time-honored government agency practice of misdirecting public interest until the Usual Suspects (i.e.

you, me and the NRA) have been safely court-martialed, shot and sent to the Russian Front. Six months from now there’s be a chorus of “At this point what difference does it make??”

And it seems to be working. Indeed, yours is the only internet board on which I have even seen the topic raised.

But there are those (of us!) who smell a rat.

Please keep asking, Jerry. Your bully pulpit has longer legs than you may realize.

Cordially,

John

It now appears that the off duty officer exchanged fire – probably at a distance – with the shooter, then was joined by a radio car team, who also exchanged fire with him. No one was reported hurt in either firefight, but the shooter then retreated into a bathroom, and the three officers declined to follow him in. Other officers arrived on the scene, and they took the period of relative calm to evacuate more civilians; presumably a watch was set to keep the shooter in the bathroom to which he had retreated with an unknown number of hostages. The shooter then began posting on Facebook and elsewhere, swearing allegiance to the Caliphate, and boasting of explosives and suicide vests.

Other more senior ranks came up and decided to evacuate all savable civilians before renewing the engagement, It is not clear how many, if any, of the nearly 100 casualties were wounded or killed in the three hours of relative calm, and that number may be zero; I have been unable to get an accurate timetable.

I conclude from what I have learned that the lone off duty officer, faced with an unknown number of assailants, one of whom was certainly better armed than he was, acted sensibly in not rushing the shooter, and after he was joined by the patrol car, the three of them, having driven the shooter into a bathroom, certainly had ample cause to decide to await reinforcements and higher command. They were still unaware of how many they faced; they did know that at least one was quite well armed.

Having said that, I remain curious about the long delays in releasing so little information, which is the only reason I have for skepticism about the above otherwise reasonable account.

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Dr Pournelle

In Donald Trump’s attack on President Obama’s refusal to say ‘radical Islam’ and the President’s angry response, I detect Trump’s successful campaign strategy: he is not going to campaign against Hillary Clinton; he is going to campaign against Obama. And every Trump ad will end with a photo of Obama and Clinton together.

Quite possibly.

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War Against the Caliphate

Hi, Jerry.    You propose: “I have proposed one action that can be taken quickly: require all the serving combat arms officers in the United States armed forces to BE armed, not just on duty, but at all times.”

Military “retirees” are in a status of reduced pay for reduced service;  we’re not actually “retired”.   That’s why military retirees who leave the country can lose their pensions.  Retired officers should be offered the same opportunity. And I’d suggest that senior NCO’s, E6 and above, should _also_ be routinely armed.

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Ken Mitchell 

My only reservation is tactical: it should be easier to get Congressional Mandate that active duty combat officers of the armed services be required to be armed at all times during this state of war without adding retired officers and noncoms to the initial package. I would support adding senior noncoms, then retired officers, then other retired military combat personnel over time.

The goal is to have a well regulated militia available at a minute’s notice. I wonder what we can call them.

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A way to use your ZenBook as an external keyboard –

Jerry, you mentioned your budding love affair with your new keyboard (I hope Mrs. P. isn’t jealous of the sweet young thing), and that you wish you could use a ZenBook as essentially an external keyboard for Eugene.

There is a way to do this, but not in exactly the way you describe. Remember Microcom’s “Carbon Copy” software that let you operate a host computer remotely from a client? Same thing is still possible.
You can use a Remote Desktop Connection from one Windows computer to operate another Windows computer remotely. At one time (and maybe still) at least one of the two computers had to be at least a Windows Pro or a Windows server. There are other tools that do the same thing and don’t require a premium version of the OS, such as TeamViewer, AnyDesk, a number of VNC clones. Your regular tech support people will be able to advise.

The basic idea is that your client computer displays the screen from your host computer, and the client’s mouse, keyboard, and other peripherals act as if they were attached to the host computer. When I take my laptop to the remote project site, I use a VPN connection back to my office, and connect to my desktop machine, which has all the development and database management software on it. My laptop has minimal software, just the basic Microsoft Office and a few other things. I do the bulk of my writing and drawing on the laptop but remote into the desktop whenever I need to research something in the database. There is no noticeable delay when I work on the slower laptop because the work is actually being done by the desktop machine back at the office. All the laptop has to do is display what the desktop puts on the screen.

With the right configuration selected, I am able to print to either site, and I can copy and paste between computers with Control-C and Control-V. I literally can Ctrl-C on the laptop, Alt-tab over to the Remote Desktop session, and Ctrl-V to paste onto the desktop, or vice versa.
The two machine’s hard drives are directly accessible to each other. (As I recall, this took a little bit of configuring to achieve and was not the default.)

I hope this is helpful. I can begin to imagine how frustrating this is for you.

Here are a couple of links to speed your research. The comments have a fair amount of useful info, as well.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-remote-access-software.htm
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=44989
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/logmein-no-longer-offering-free-service.htm
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/favourite-windows-remote-desktop-manager-gets-refresh.htm
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/if-youre-using-windows-remote-desktop-you-need-read.htm

One comment mentions Remote Utilities, which appears to be free for business users with up to 10 remote PCs: https://www.remoteutilities.com

On Jun 12, 2016 12:57 AM, “Jerry Pournelle” <jerryp@jerrypournelle.com> wrote:

It’s copy and paste between the machines I need to do.  How hard is that to set up?  Thanks!

A way to use your Zenbook as an external keyboard –

Like so many things with Windows, you have to start by holding your mouth just right. Okay, not really, but you know what I mean.

It’s been a while and I don’t have the work laptop here for the weekend. I did recall that it was done when I first set up the connection, so with that in mind I did some searching. This fixit guide does a good job of taking people through configuring the connection. On Monday I will look at the connection settings I use for work but this should get you pretty close.

http://www.technipages.com/unable-to-copy-and-paste-to-remote-desktop-session

Gary

I believe I am homing in on a solution. I love the ASUS ZenBook’s keyboard, and heartily recommend it to skilled touch typists who have been reduced by a stroke to two finger typists who stare at the keyboard. The ZenBook has improved my productivity by 100 % I am sure.

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TPAJAX and Khomeini

Based on my discussions with people who were involved in the politics of the day, following TPAJAX, the Shah said they would “no longer pay tax to the blue eyed brothers”. This preceded policy changes that made the Shah a persona non grata with his benefactors who installed him.

Many men told me that CIA had a hand to play in placing Khomeini in power. Then, they say, Khomeini turned against the United States.

When I mention this among middle class folks, I get scoffed at. When I mention this among intellectuals or people who higher socioeconomic status I’m either greeted with knowing grins or curious looks.

Well, it seems we have more evidence to support the views that I accepted long ago:

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The BBC’s reporting suggests that the Carter administration took heed of Khomeini’s pledges, and in effect paved the way for his return by holding the Iranian army back from launching a military coup.

The BBC Persian service obtained a draft message Washington had prepared as a response to Khomeini, which welcomed the ayatollah’s direct communications, but was never sent.

The corporation also published a previously released but unnoticed declassified 1980 CIA analysis titled Islam in Iran, which shows Khomeini’s initial attempts to reach out to the US dated back to 1963,

16 years before the revolution.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/10/ayatollah-khomeini-jimmy-carter-administration-iran-revolution

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Most Respectfully,

Joshua Jordan, KSC

Percussa Resurgo

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Speaker Ryan’s Better Way to Fight Poverty

http://www.gingrichproductions.com/2016/06/speaker-ryans-better-way-to-fight-poverty/?utm_source=Gingrich+Productions+List&utm_campaign=592bfd83e9-ryanpoverty_061016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bd29bdc370-592bfd83e9-51726965

 

Speaker Ryan’s Better Way to Fight Poverty

The Washington Times
June 10, 2016
Newt Gingrich

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It has been more than half a century since President Lyndon Johnson announced the War on Poverty, a vast expansion of the welfare state aimed at lifting up America’s poor.

Yet after three generations and tens of trillions of dollars, Americans who are born into poverty today are just as likely to remain stuck in poverty as they were when Lyndon Johnson made the issue a national priority in 1964. 52 years later, it is time to admit that we have lost the war.

It is clear that we must rethink our approach to poverty if we are committed to every American having the right to pursue happiness.[snip]

http://www.gingrichproductions.com/2016/06/speaker-ryans-better-way-to-fight-poverty/?utm_source=Gingrich+Productions+List&utm_campaign=592bfd83e9-ryanpoverty_061016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bd29bdc370-592bfd83e9-51726965

 

 

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DNC to Build Wall Around Convention!

Isn’t it the left that’s crying about the very idea of having a wall and protecting US sovereignty? And now the left wants to build a wall

around the DNC convention? HAHAHAHHAHA

It’s in the video.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Wells-Fargo-Center-Xfinity-Live-to-Be-Inside-Perimeter-Secret-Service-Says-382433501.html

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Most Respectfully,

Joshua Jordan, KSC

Percussa Resurgo

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Subj: Trump: Man of Science?

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/145668188291/trump-man-of-science

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Which of the many candidates for president this season is familiar with the SCIENCE of persuasion? Only Trump, until recently. He saved time and money by ignoring the stuff that doesn’t matter (facts) while putting all of his energy into the stuff that does. And it is working.

If you are NOT a trained persuader, the scientific consensus on the climate change PREDICTIONS seem solid to you. If most credible scientists are on the same side, that’s good enough.

But…

If you ARE a trained persuader, you might believe the underlying data

shows human-made climate change, but you probably place LOW credibility

on the models that say it will destroy the world. In the worldview of a

trained persuader, mass-wrongness of experts is a routine feature of our

experience. We see it all the time. …

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Long ago, at the end of _The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom_,

James Burnham asked whether a scientific approach to politics was

possible. He concluded that it was — an approach based on the

logico-experimental findings of Vilfredo Pareto and the other

Machiavellians, who found that humans actions are driven far more by

non-rational causes than by rational arguments grounded in

logico-experimental theories and results.

Somewhere, in the Valhalla where Thought-Warriors go, James Burnham is

smiling.

Rod Montgomery==monty@starfief.com

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‘Because I’d recently read many other papers on the topic, once I came across the papers we’re discussing it is was immediately obvious to me that they’d reported their results wrong.’

<http://retractionwatch.com/2016/06/07/conservative-political-beliefs-not-linked-to-psychotic-traits/>

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Roland Dobbins

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Handicap problems

Glad to hear that you are back working on Mamelukes. It is one of my favorite series and I have read all the books many times. This along with the Falkenberg series and King David’s Spaceship are my favorite stories. I wish there was a Kendal edition of The Prince because my hard copy is falling apart.
I am a year older than you and have many of the same problems. I had a minor stroke 16 years ago and had trouble typing. I never gave up touch typing and my typing speed is now back up to speed so don’t give up. My office and shop is in the basement and a stairlift has been a lifesaver. They aren’t that expensive and well worth the cost. Look into one.
I just found that the Project Mercury Astronaut’s Handbook I wrote back in 1960 can now be found on the Internet. Google SEDR-109.
Chuck Anderson

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Gaming navigation apps in order to alter traffic flows through residential neighborhoods.

<https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/traffic-weary-homeowners-and-waze-are-at-war-again-guess-whos-winning/2016/06/05/c466df46-299d-11e6-b989-4e5479715b54_story.html>

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Roland Dobbins

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Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.

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