Memorial Day; Microsoft improves Office; A warning for police

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

The map is not the territory.

Alfred Korzybski

If a foreign government had imposed this system of education on the United States, we would rightfully consider it an act of war.

Glenn T. Seaborg, National Commission on Education, 1983


Happy Memorial Day, and my thanks to all who served.

I can barely read this. WORD on this machine seems invulnerable to changes in text size, so my big monitor is useless and I have to use a magnifying glass to read I had intended to post something, but on my bedroom machine with the latest Office 365 I have two columns of tiny text and no way I know of changing that. The text expansion thing at the bottom of the screen doesn’t respond. Control scroll wheel can make it smaller but not larger.

I have managed to make the text larger but only by increasing font size, so I’ll be able to post something, but not much. My office machine works fine, so I’ll just have to make do for tonight, but Microsoft has improved Word once again to the point of unusability for anyone actually trying to USE it. It sure has a lot of features, though. I’ll do an actual essay tomorrow.

I try to scroll and it moves everything sideways. I don’t seem to be able to change that either. This is weird.


The news media have gone insane. Now the President’s son in law is “vulnerable” because he discussed communication channels with the Russian Ambassador. As I recall, Eisenhower had direct back channel communications (teletype I think) with the Kremlin. Why not?

As to sharing secrets with the Russians, President Obama shared every secret we have in electronic counter intelligence after the election but before he left office by directing that all 17 agencies including the leakiest ones be given all the intercept information we get, no need to know involved; thus insuring that the Washington Post and other Press would have access to it all, as indeed they did.

This was in his power, although it was possibly unwise. But Trump, as President, shared combat information with Russia about Syrian operations, and of course this must be investigated.

As was observed, those experts who took over our government don’t mean to give it back to the amateurs.


The trials of Lois Lerner

Hello Jerry,

In your prequel to the story about suppressing Lerner’s testimony because releasing it would be hazardous to her health:

“Apparently as a government worker you can be so outrageous as to put yourself in danger of tar and feathers… and the government must protect you from that public outrage by keeping it secret. Deep government indeed. I’m sure it’s all Trump’s fault, through Russian operations.”

it is apparently assumed that the hazard would be posed by the outraged victims of her actions.

I’m not sure that the assumption is justified.  

The conservative populace at large, subject to years of progressive administrations weaponizing the government bureaucracy and using it against their actual and potential opponents, has never (yet) taken up pitchforks and gone after their tormenters.

On the other hand, the long and growing list of fatalities among those who opposed the Clintons/generic progressive agenda or were close to the Clintons, had reason to be familiar with some of their more nefarious schemes, and who were reportedly preparing to provide testimony regarding same suggests that the hazard to Lerner may not be posed by her victims, but from those who provided her marching orders and who put her into position to carry them out.  The term ‘Arkancide’ was not coined out of a vacuum.

Bob Ludwick

Perhaps I did not make my own views very clear.


A10 and U2

Dr. Pournelle,
U2 and A10 retirement postponed in next year’s budget:
That is very good to hear.


This doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has thought about the problem.

There are combat jobs women can do. And there are women who can do any job demanded. But these need to be assessed realistically on a case by case basis, without regard for quotas – just as with men, when attempting to qualify for the same jobs.

The reductio ad absurdum: can you imagine Obama having done this if he thought it was good for the combat effectiveness of the US military?

Subj: NOT PC, but accurate

You might want to read this twice.

It takes a special kind of “stupid” to believe anything in the MSM these days, including the current weather report.


Something to take seriously if you are a first responder:

: Opioid risk to investigating police




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



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