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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Thermite: The Emergent Detonation Conspiracy Forging the finest print

The stunning thesis of the person writing the essay-length description for this video is that thermite charges melted the steel frames of the World Trade Center. This actually coincides with a brain fart that I had, that the 600+ MPH impact of the 757 aluminum fuselage of the plane striking the steel-framed tower may have produced the aluminum particles necessary to create the necessary thermite cloud, + the 1500 degrees Fahrenheit fire of the JP4 jet fuel, could have emerged a thermite detonation.

Possible, I suppose, but hardly necessary. Steel loses tensile streingth Possible, I suppose, but hardly necessary. Steel loses tensile strength when it expands, and could have easily cracked apart after taking that hit. I also question why conspiracy theorists incist it looked like a controlled explosion, and if they even know what a controlled explosion is. Placing bombs in a tower does not a controlled blast make, and it is foolish to (A), look at the wake of the destruction and actually believe it fell in a controlled manner, and (B), believe a callous government conspiracy would risk exposure by "artificially" limiting collateral damage.

In the end, I think all of us play dime-store psychologist for these sorts of people, and the best of us postulate that these theorists lament the loss of order these attacks symbolize. Perhaps it is true that most of us don?t want to admit that such destruction can be the work of such a small movement. Perhaps we?ve come to take comfort in the Treaty of Westphalia, in the designated role of the state to be the only wielder of extreme violence, a wielder that will follow rules, consent to the governed, and act civilized and orderly?and most importantly, far away and predictable, in their destruction. When it really hits the fan, they must think, when catastrophic events occur, government can stop them- we just have to educate the ignorant until they throw the bums out of D.C.

A pleasant fantasy, perhaps, but we're actually ruled by fallible men, no matter who holds the throne, and no matter how comfortable we in our social contract feel inside the city walls, the Goths are always scheming to storm in.

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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve Forging the finest print

Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson understood "The Monster". But to most Americans today, Federal Reserve is just a name on the dollar bill. They have no idea of what the central bank does to the economy, or to their own economic lives; of how and why it was founded and operates; or of the sound money and banking that could end the statism, inflation, and business cycles that the Fed generates.

Dedicated to Murray N. Rothbard, steeped in American history and Austrian economics, and featuring Ron Paul, Joseph Salerno, Hans Hoppe, and Lew Rockwell, this extraordinary new film is the clearest, most compelling explanation ever offered of the Fed, and why curbing it must be our first priority.

Alan Greenspan is not, we're told, happy about this 42-minute blockbuster. Watch it, and you'll understand why. This is economics and history as they are meant to be: fascinating, informative, and motivating. This movie could change America.

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Authority and Freedom Forging the finest print

(Posted by Leounheort)
We hold in our hands, the most precious gift of all: Freedom. The freedom to express our art. Our love. The freedom to be who we want to be. We are not going to give that freedom away and no one shall take it from us!"
~Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider
People in Singapore tend to accept the Government's orders and whims without making a fuss (or, at least, too much of one), people like me aside, of course. Why? Because, well, the Government said so, and the Government is in charge. Any dissent is quickly and efficiently located and neutralised through public debate, lawsuits, or the dreaded Internal Security Act.
In our authoritarian, neo-Fascist state, the Government is all-powerful. No one has yet to successfully challenge it, and not for want of trying. The People's Action Party's so-called success in the latest elections are over-rated: only 19% of the population of Singapore voted for it. The 66.6% they keep harping about only refers to valid votes, and not of the population as a whole.
Despite this, the authority of the PAP reigns supreme...but authority is an illusion. It is nothing more than a perception of power, by both the powerless and the powerful. The less empowered believe that their superiors have more power than them, the more powerful ones believe that they have power over everybody else, and nobody disagrees. Every society is shaped like a pyramid, with the country's elite on top, and everybody else below, in steadily increasing numbers. This trend can be seen everywhere in the world, from America to Japan; one just needs to look carefully. The only variant is the height, breadth, and length of the pyramid itself.
This triangle itself is nothing more than perception, of course. Should the disempowered believe that they, and not the social elite, hold the power, then society changes. They will exercise their will to power, overthrowing societal norms and reforming the country, and society, placing the leaders of their revolution at the top. We've seen this before, in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the People's Republic of China.
This cycle, as history has shown, continues. Not even Soviet Russia or Communist China could stop this from happening: the party elite, military heads, and secret police were invariably at the top, and everybody else is below. Communism and socialism has failed. History's class struggle to subvert authority merely results in the establishment of a new kind of authority. The USSR eventually collapsed, and the PRC was forced to reform in order to survive. New leaders took over, and led their countries into the present.
Both nations' former governments' encrouchment on the rights of the people are long documented. The same applies here. In Singapore, we have allowed the Government to curtail our right to free speech and expression (no public speeches may be made without a never-issued police license; no political films may be made), our right to freedom of assembly (any gathering of more than four people for a purpose is considered illegal without a license), and our right to freedom of religion (Jehovah's Witnesses and the Falungong are banned here). Thus, we have effectively allowed the Government to break its own Constitution. We have done this because we believe that they, being the authorities, are doing the right thing, or that they wield enough power to silence dissenters in a public or private fashion. We have thus surrendered our right to live as free human beings to an abstract headed by three men: our Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Authority, being an illusion, has no substance. It is enforced by the population who swear allegiance to the leaders, but not the leaders themselves. That is all. The people themselves provide their leaders the means with which to strangle themselves with. We cannot let them this happen, not unless we have foresaken our inherent rights, the freedoms that we all possess.
Freedom, like authority, is nothing more than thoughts translated into action. If you believe that you are fundamentally a free person, your actions will reflect that, and you will be free, if only in your mind. Because freedom is a thought, you can never lose it unless you give it away, and wholeheartedly surrender yourself to the powers that be.
Freedom and authority, naturally, are in direct conflict. Both must give way to the other, to form a synthesis that can work on the micro and macro level. However, when authority gets out of hand, then it is the right and duty of the people of any nation to exercise their inherent freedom to self-determination, their freedom to decide their leaders, and destroy the authority. From there, a new form of authority comes about, one that is hopefully a synthesis of the concepts of freedom and authority. The closest we can find is a democracy, wherein the government draws its authority from the people who freely elect them.
We should never accept authority just because it is authority. We have to keep questioning our leaders, to demand our rights when they're taken away from us, to retain the right to reform our own country, to recognise that they can only take away our freedom if we give it to them. We cannot let this happen, not if we dare to call ourselves human beings. We must never, ever, let the authorities dictate to us what we should do, not unless they can provide legitimate reasons for their actions. If not, we must demand explanation from the authority, and, if neccessary, confront it. We cannot sacrifice the very essence of our being for the authority. On the political level, we must, at the very least, retain our freedom to decide what kind of government we want to give our freedom away to. That, at least, would be a worthy funeral for freedom.
Authority, though, provides a form of stability and peace. The battle for freedom, and to maintain it, had always been long and bloody, to a greater or lesser degree. Many people in Singapore tend to surrender their personal freedom for the sake of stability in Singapore. It can be justified, but not at the expense of freedom. Freedom is the very essence of a human, the ability to decide for himself or herself how to act, what to do, and how to think, and that, more than anything else, sets us apart from the animals of the wild. These three freedoms have created history, from the French Revolution to the Boston Tea Party, from the founding of America to the independence of Singapore. Can we afford to trade the fundamentals of being human for peace? Never. If we do, then we deny our right to living as a human, and become nothing more than dogs to ephemereal masters.
Authority and freedom, being contradictory, are the antithesis to each other. After both come into conflict, Immanual Kant's theory of thesis-antithesis-synthesis, if true, would come into power, and the end result is democracy. This, however, can only occur if the people recognise their inherent freedoms, and do what is morally right: to decide whether the authorities have a legitimate reason to even be in power.
Singapore is derived from the Malay words 'Singa' and 'pura'. Translated, it means 'Lion City'. Lions are proud, brave, majestic, and free animals. I only see a population of mice in the city of lions...and, Heaven forbid, only a few with the hearts of lions.

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Guh!!!!! Forging the finest print

I captured this screenshot a little while ago, then added some captioning inside the image. I think it says all that needs to be said. The Kilroy part, however, was just me being childish.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Usenet Forging the finest print

You know, whenever I think of Usenet, and who writes in some of the news groups, I have to wonder why they haven't caught on as an information source the same way as these blogs have. Certainly, differences exist in what the two can do, but Usenet has a long tradition of having some highly intelligent news groups where respected authors take part. Seeing who the great posts get almost no coverage anywhere, I thought I'd point out what I consider the best I've seen posted in 2005. I've yet to name what I'll call this award, but I'm thinking I should adopt the KISS principal, and simply call it Typewriter's Annual Usenet Award, or maybe nickname it the UseType. Very well, the first UseType goes to author Tom Clancy, posting in alt.books.tom-clancy.

To be honest, I'm not even sure the post comes from 2005, because I lost track of where it is, but know it came from his Usenet account, because I copied it to a word document from there. Since I can't find the link, I'll have to post the whole thing.
Mr. Clancy, I consider this an excerpt because I'm not reproducing the whole discussion thread.

But if you're going to carry a gun, stopping power is important.
So says Mr. McCall. But he is mistaken. “Stopping power” is a myth.
Death happens when the brain ceases to function. That can happen due to
physical disruption or more frequently through oxygen deprivation.
A knitting needle in the skull will be immediately fatal. So will a
.22LR—this round actually kills more than any other due to its
ubiquity—which is why John Kelly used it in WITHOUT REMORSE. They’re also
easily suppressed, but they have superior penetrating power to a .45ACP due to
their cross-sectional density.
In the 1980s, the FBI undertook a program to determine how bullets kill people.
This happened because of the Platt-Mattix shootout in Miami in April, 1986, in
which two FBI Special Agents, Ben Grogan and Jerry Dove, were killed by two
very well prepared bad guys (who did not survive the event). Platt, the
principal bad-guy shooter sustained a non-survivable wound from Jerry Dove’s
S&W 9mm automatic, but lived long enough to kill both Dove and Grogan before he
was killed by a shot to the head from Special Agent Edmundo Mireles (who had
sustained a massive wound to hie left forearm in the engagement), along with
his friend, Mattix. The way all this happened is very different from the ABC TV
movie made of the event. The FBI made a training tape of the shootout, starring
my friend, Pat, who is the “real“ Pat O’Day in my books, and a pistol
shot—and pistol instructor—of note, playing the role of Mattix. You would
not believe how this one played out, but reality ain’t the movies.
The FBI Study determined that penetration is the most important factor in
wounding and killing a human target. They also determined that since you want
to deprive the brain of oxygen, the more you make the target bleed, the quicker
he will be incapacitated (the term they use, as it’s preferable to
“killed”). The final score is simple. Sam Colt was right all along: a
large-diameter, heavy, and slow bullet will kill more effectively that a fast
light bullet. The 1873 .45 Colt cartridge remains the best man-stopper of all
time. The .44 S&W Magnum is no more effective that the .44 S&W Special, which
is its antecedent. They both drill the same diameter hole, and go all the way
through the target in most cases. The bigger the hole, the faster he bleeds
out, and the heavier the bullet, the farther it penetrates, causing more
By contrast, a small, light, high-speed bullet expands too quickly, and
consequently does not penetrate deeply enough to cause significant damage,
which is precisely why Jerry Dove died, after delivering what should have been
a rapidly fatal shot with his S&W automatic. Bad luck for him, his wife, and
his kids.
All of this resulted in the 10mm S&W cartridge, and its shorter cousin, the .40
S&W. The two cartridges are ballistic ally {sic} identical on the target. .45 is
better, but the 10/.40 allow one additional round in the magazine. They both
deliver a 185-grain bullet at (just) subsonic speed, which is ideal, based on
experimental testing.
Nearly everything you see on TV and in the movies about shootouts is false. The
most common reaction to being shot it—no reaction at all. No cartridge, rifle
or pistol, causes people to recoil backwards with the projectile. Shock is
either a total falsehood, or idiosyncratic to the target himself. A pistol
round drills holes. That’s all. It does not transfer energy to any
significant degree. “Temporary cavity” is also a myth. Tissue displaced
radially {sic} from the bullet’s path travels at 1/10th the velocity of the
projectile, and human tissue (exceptions, brain and liver) is inherently
flexible and remarkably resilient. Many “experts” on TV say otherwise. They
are mistaken. I have the FBI study on this issue on my computer, and their
panel of experts include experienced meatball surgeons who’ve conducted
voluminous tests on ballistic geletin, {sic} and the occasional goat.
A man-stopper can be a knitting needle if it’s in the brain case, or any
bullet that makes it there as well. But the head is a small target, and cops
are trained to shot for center-of-mass, meaning the chest, which includes the
heart, lungs, and a lot of major blood vessels. But the human brain can
function for over 30 seconds without oxygen. Various illegal drugs can
accentuate this fact by the counteraction of pain from any wound. So can
adrenelin. {sic} (Misspelled that, oops.) The human body is designed (by God, I
assume) to sustain serious damage and survive. Firearms can cause a lot of
damage without causing rapid incapacitation. Nobody will die quickly from a
shot in the guts, even if the descending aorta is lacerated. It takes time to
bleed to death. “Two in the body,” so the saying goes, “one in the head,
always leaves the target dead.“ That’s how Kelly did it in WITHOUT REMORSE.
(I had three FBI pals coaching me on perfect murders for that effort. You
didn’t think I knew all that myself, did you? I had to learn it. One of
them—call him Bill—is a genius cop who said later that I made Emmet Ryan
too smart for a local cop, but that there are a few like him out there.
Another, the “real” Dan Murray told me that if Kelly had kept his mouth
shut, he could never have been successfully prosecuted. I really goofed on
Anyway, “man-stopper“ is something grossly misunderstood even by otherwise
smart people, like Fred McCall. As Pat tells me, “Anything worth shooting is
worth shooting twice. Ammunition is cheap. Life is expensive.” You keep
shooting until the target is neutralized. All the way dead. Otherwise, why were
you shooting at him in the first place? It’s simple stuff when you think
about it.
You use a heavy, slow bullet into the target’s center of mass, and you keep
shooting until he is no longer a threat. Lire {sic} isn’t TV or the movies.
Success will ruin your life.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Big Announcement Forging the finest print

Typewriterking.info is up! My new home online is looking great, and I plan to incorporate many features with regularly updated content. Some will be ephemeral, while most will be concrete. Please take a look, volunteer to add content if you want, and comment. At this time, the heart of the site is a tikiwiki, so please join in even if you plan to contribute very little. This blog will probably become part of it shortly, as well as many of the other things I have spread across the net. So content is already there, so check it out! And if you take part early and often, you'll get to greatly influence where this project is going!

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Mapping The Incidents Forging the finest print

Much has been said about the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, but someone at Wikipedia thought to map the phenomenon. Blue represents countries that allowed publication, while red represents nations that banned publication or had major demonstrations against them. Purple countries, like Great Britain, had governments that didn't forbid publication, but had large demonstrations and possibly murders in connection to the cartoons. The shape of the map is hardly surprising on the surface. I admit to being a little surprised any nation in Africa turned blue. What accounts for that?

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