Is So Unfair Cycle 10

After putting on some of the gloves James kept to adminster Elliot's medical care, Elliot tied James up with some bondage rope the party left and taped over James' mouth. Elliot had no idea if or when James would come to. Elliot, still unsteady after his, now largely self imposed, bed confinement took some time as he gathered materials.

A knife, some sewing thread, superglue, a flat screwdriver, Elliot had located much of the basics when James seemed to be rousing.

"Aihe Koht Ahhhns OKh Ooo" Elliot then broke into a coughing spasm. Elliot's Charles Atlas inspired physical therapy apparently did nothing for his vocal cords. Elliot noted this deficiency and set that he would practice speaking later in private so he could ones again call all of the things the things that they were.

Elliot then sat in James' computer chair and began Googling to check the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots because it had after all been so long. Satisfied that the Jackpots were sufficiently high Elliot began his work to transform James.

Elliot started with the throat. With the acumen of a third grader playing with frogs in the yard Elliot used his fingers to locate where in James the vibrations which Elliot wanted to call the vibrations of his muffled screams were originating. Elliot started with a small slit, but ended up making a semi rounded opening when the trachea proved too tough to hold open with his fingers. Elliot superglued the edges of the opening to stop the bleeding. Satisfied he had room to work Elliot glued a bit of sandpaper to the end of a pencil and destroyed James' vocal cords. When the bleeding became too much he stopped the bleeding with some tweezers, toilet paper, and more glue. Elliot stole the voice that James stole from him.

Now for the important part. For James' lie Elliot would make James a girl as Elliot understood girl.

Elliot began by rubber banding James' testicles and penis. Elliot kept applying rubber bands until a deep shade of purple was achieved. Satisfied Elliot began suturing underneath the clotting mess. Then began the big cut.

Elliot started at anus and moved forward to the base of the rubber bands. It was a shallow cut. The last thing Elliot wanted was for James to die. Elliot willed James to live. Elliot continued making shallow incisions one on top the other and feeling for major blood vessels that would present a hazard in sliced. After each new venture deeper Elliot sealed his progress with toilet paper and superglue.

Eventually Elliot hit the urinary bladder. Elliot began feeling accomplished. He had given James the cloaca he was so sure he had seen on the girl. Elliot then took off James' former genitals with a quick slice and proceeded to carry out the last bit of detail work to stop the bleeding.

James remained awake the whole time. Elliot addressed his tormentor.

"huerrkl, ahyeui krrrreh huerk,k,k,k" And another coughing fit.

Elliot tired from the hours it took to engirl James surrendered to Google for the next part and gave James a screwdriver lobotomy. James left eye did not survive the procedure at Elliot's unsteady hands, and so when Elliot packed the wound with still more toilet paper and glue he drew on the dressing to make it look vaguely eye-ish. Elliot was more careful on the right side.

Elliot then very gingerly positioned James so that he could get to his back. Elliot once again took the screwdriver and place the tip at the base of James' neck. Three whacks with the hammer and Elliot was satisfied.

Before leaving the place of his imprisonment Elliot put on some clothes and filled a backpack with more clothes and 95,000 United States dollars of James' ill gotten cash.

Elliot began the long walk to Arizona. He left the door unlocked behind him.

A Tale Of Two Papers

Today a Qntricle was published. Lets very unfairly compare how the Grey lady with a Rabbit Hat covered the story leading up to this while Joseph Pulitzer's own paper didn't really.

On May 19th Qntra and the St Louis Post Dispatch both report on Monsanto's embargo of Dicamba resistant soybean seeds to Argentina. The St Louis Post dispatch runs a wire piece from Reuters1 that talks about how Monsanto has serious opportunities in Brazil and generally the thing reads like a press release because it is. On the other hand Qntra reported the dispute including information on what Dicamba was and what it has to do with soybeans and Argentina.

On July 28th Qntra covers the emerging Dicamba Drift Disaster. The glyphosate resistant weed problem, the weather, and desperation of farmers to not lose too much money this year feature. The impending regulatory clusterfuck and torts are the star.

August 4th, Joe's paper catches up to Qntra on crop damage. The Post Dispatch piece's author asserts that Dicamba, born in 1942, is the future.

August 5th, Qntra reports tree stands likely damaged by Dicamba and doubles down on torts to come.

August 14th, Joe's paper catches up on tree damage telling the tale of one poor peach farmer, still underestimating the full scope of this disaster.

August 15th, All that's left to fill in are the details that follow.

Your loss, I'm very sorry for it.


  1. Incidentally Monsanto is headquartered in the Saint Louis suburb of Creve Coeur making this seem extraordinarily lazy on their part.  

The Theoretical Foundation of Social Engineering Practice

Not that long ago a problem was identified. Interest was expressed in an explanation of the problem. This is an attempt at the explaining.

Attunement

To get to the root of how this problem is in the now, we have to go to a time before now.

Henry Brokmeyer, whose originating energy among the St. Louis Hegelians was now being felt everywhere in Cambridge, had his first exposure to Hegel around 1848, When Brokmeyer was a student at Brown Uiversity and Frederic Hedge was the Unitarian minister in Providence. Hedge had printed short but well-chosen bits from Hegel in his 1847 Prose Writers of Germany; Brokmeyer would have seen there Hegel's electrifying claim, a claim that also caught Walt Whitman's eye, that "the history of the world is the progress in the consciousness of freedom … The scheme is this: the oriental world knew that one is free [that is, the ruler]; the Greek and Roman world knew that some are free [the ruling classes]; but we know that all men, in their true nature, are free, that man, as man, is free"1

Time goes on. In 1858 Brokmeyer acquires a disciple in William Torrey Harris. These two men took the writings of Hegel and built a religious social reform movement out of Hegel's writing in much the same way many other religious persons in the American continent have done before and after them. Like some other religious reformers they managed to occupy local political offices for some time. Brokmeyer was Lieutenant and then acting Missouri governor. Harris was assistant St. Louis superintendent of schools.

After the war of Northern Aggression the Hegelians in St. Louis were sufficiently rooted that they would invite esteemed speakers of the time, like Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1867, to preach at them. This is not atypical behavior among religious reformers.

The philosophical program then emerging in St. Louis was a serious, extended, civic-minded effort to address the problems growing out of the Civil War [sic] and Reconstruction, and the destiny of of America and the place of St. Louis in it, by applying Hegelian thought  specifically Hegelian dialectic to them all

Brockmeyer identified the position of the American South as that of "abstract right"; the North's position he considered "abstract morality." The synthesis would be a new "ethical state," a new union emerging from the tragic conflict.2

In the 1870's this group of religious reformers migrated from St. Louis, the gateway to America's frontier to Cambridge, Massachusetts. There they set down roots at Harvard and MIT,  the gateway to America's political "elite".

Problemata

Although I did not see it at first, I soon found that it was in each case nothing but the abstract genus of which the conflicting terms were opposite species. In other words, although the flood of ontologic emotion was Hegelian through and through, the ground for it was nothing but the world-old principle that things are the same only so far and not farther that they are the same, or partake of a common nature — the principle that Hegel most tramples under foot. At the same time the rapture of beholding a process that was infinite, changed (as the nature of the infinitude was realized by the mind) in to the sense of a dreadful and ineluctable fate, with whose magnitude every finite effort is incommensurable and in the light of which watever happens is indifferent. This instantaneous revulsion of mood from rapture to horror is, perhaps, the strongest emotion I have ever experienced. I got it repeatedly when the inhalation was continued long enough to produce incipient nausea; and I cannot but regard it as the normal and the inevitable outcome of the intoxication, if sufficiently prolonged. A pessimistic fatalism, depth within depth of impotence and indifference, reason and silliness united, not in a higher synthesia, but in the fact that whichever you choose it is all one — this is the upshot of a revelation that began so rosy bright.3

The popular is frequently intellectually inaccessible to particular individuals. William James personally struggled deeply with the concept of faith4 and similarly struggled with accepting the program of the Hegelian brand of religious reformers. It took nitrous oxide intoxication temporarily reducing his mental faculties in a particular way to grasp the Hegelian program as its proponents did.

The appeal of and the effect on idiots of particular idiocies is not always knowable to persons who are not idiots without their being lowered into idiocy through chemical or religious intoxication, and even then it may take a particular species of intoxication to grasp a particular species of idiocy. This mean that while the a person may recognize social engineering being deployed and even in cases be able to distinguish between hired and honest idiots, the mechanism by which the idiocy attaches to honest idiots being socially engineered is elusive and is treated as a black box.

Problema 1

The Hegelian wave which seems to me only another desperate attempt to make a short cut to paradise, is deluging the College this year and will, if I am not mistaken, completely sterilize its votaries.5

The populist form of Hegelianism offered academics at Harvard all of the structure of a religious social program without the theological particulars that made other religious reform programs divisive. The popular Hegelian dialectic of:

  1. Thesis and Antithesis
  2. ???
  3. Synthesis/Profit

Offered a structure for shaping social outcomes by culturing the appropriate polarization in disputes. Activists trained in methods derived from this tradition can be counted on to reliably attack by framing both poles of the debate they want to have as movements. This is why the activists at Mizzou focused on Tim Wolfe personally as agent capable of directing the University against them. This is why the social engineering attack on Bitcoin was framed as the duelling plans of XT and Blockstream but is framed as the duelling plans of "Classic" and "Core" now. Allowing foundational bedrock of any sort into the "debate" must be disallowed for the popular dialectic to work. The goal of the "debate" isn't for either side to win. The goal is a imposing any change at all between the poles in the debate, merely for the sake of having movement.

This is also why movements like the Oregon militia are presented as aberrations. Denying them the thesis-antithesis structure offered when building narratives for desirable activists is the social engineer's way of marginalizing their voices. Why would those for whom the dialectic offers a path to paradise offer the path to their enemies.

Since the St. Louis Hegelians colonized Harvard's mind there's only been 13 decades for America's "elite" to play with applications of the popular dialectic as a strategy to herd idiots.

Problema 2

Malicious stupidity, or malpidity, spread and cultured through the dialectic as a social engineering tool has effectively reduced English into a pidgin. Conversations nearly always happen in parallel, and only in parallel. People speaking English as a foreign language for purposes of trade are the only string still keeping the vocabulary of the English language from completely dissolving. The extent to which American academia's bought into the Hegelian idiocy is evident in both their rejection of the chance for an independent American intellectual tradition out of William James' legacy and why:

Although historical anachronism is always a danger in a revisionist approach, it does seem that James often was insufficiently aware of the importance of liberating social movements contemporary with his public life. … Nonetheless, as the generations of thinkers subsequent to James knew all too well, the individual is a social category, contexted over and over again by the swirling factors of institutional and communal history.6

William James, who operated one of the few actual campus "safe spaces" in the history of the United States when he offered his Harvard office without restriction to W.E.B. Du Bois to escape the endemic Yankee racism of Harvard, is in the revised history of American academic a person who was "insufficiently aware" of social movements. A campus full of Hegelians too absorbed in the dialectic's potential to engineer social outcomes to engage their Black American classmate as a human being because they hadn't thesis-antithesis synthesized it yet are history's heroes of justice, while the individual who did something is a villain for rejecting the Hegelian's path to paradise.

Epilogue

Insanity never changes.


  1. Richardson, Robert, D. William James In the Maelstrom of American Modernism. (2006) p. 211  

  2. Ibid p. 213  

  3. William James, "Subjective Effects of Nitrous Oxide"  

  4. There is substantial irony in the popular legacy of William James as a primarily religious thinker.  

  5. William James, Letter to Xenos Clark, December 1880  

  6. John J. McDermott. The Writings of William James. p. xi  

Qntra Style and Draft Content Guide

Please see: http://trilema.com/2015/lacessiveram-editor/

Now that Qntra has just a bit more than a year's worth of content behind it and processed a number of submissions, there's a more solid idea of just what Qntra is about. This guide is going to cover two subjects: the formatting of submissions and the content of submissions. The guidelines for formatting submissions are open to comment and effective immediately. The content guidelines are open for comment and will go into effect after there has been time for the dragons of #bitcoin-assets to mull them over. Continue reading

Bowl Season

So Mizzou's regular season ended with a hard fought loss against Alabama. As close as the game got in the third quarter… the most notable trend of the game was that it was like a third grade team playing a first grade team. Just the disparity in size between the players that both teams were able to summon to man the line. It's hard to win a game of chess if your opponent's pawns are invincible, and it's hard to make plays in football when you can't control any space on the field. At least if Mizzou keeps making the conference championship game, maybe it might become possible for them to some day recruit some giants so they can make plays too. Whooping the shit out of Minnesota on New Years Day in the citrus bowl might help too.

Oh, that's right I titled this bowl season. The definitive preview of the Bitcoin Bowl is up and gives an overview of UCF and North Carolina State. If nothing else the two teams seem to be evenly matched. It seems right that a co-champion of the AAC would match up well against a team from the middle of the ACC in the standings. I just don't know if the thing is going to be interesting enough for someone to stake the bet on BitBet. I haven't seen line betting odds on the game yet, but they'll probably be close.

For Posterity

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And just why the hell are you disclosing something of this nature? Not that I condone or know what DPR did, but working in close proximity to lawyers for most of the day, I have a lay understanding that you probably shouldn't be openly disclosing this type of thing to anyone, let alone on the internet.
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I'd say it sets a good precedent. It's nice to know when justice is happening, even if we don't know why in this case.

Even though this is a private forum, it still has to obey laws. I find that comforting.
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This is an abominable precedent. When the subpoena arrives, the subpoena should go up. Not to mention that this thread was born well after the prosecution's discovery should have been submitted to the defense in the Ulbricht case.

Maybe this is the first time Theymos experienced a formal subpoena, but I have trouble believing that this is the first time he experienced a law enforcement inquiry. Especially considering the FBI and Treasury Department showed up at my front door because I used DBordello's BTCPak service way back in the day, Per: http://www.thedrinkingrecord.com/2014/08/25/a-law-enforcement-encounter-if-you-ran-a-bitcoin-related-service-before-the-thing-hit-100-you-prolly-ought-to-be-somewhat-concerned-andor-prepared/

Whatever DPR or Ulbricht or the Alleged suspect did, the rule of Just law is paramount and people in the position to disclose requests for this information ought to disclose these requests as they are received. Sure, running or patronizing a darknet drug market is one of the stupidest things a Bitcoin user could do, but it is also very shitty for a trusted member of the community running a venue to just go "Hey I got a subpoena" without offer its contents.
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It's amazing how fast these weeks are moving now

Bitcoin price continues to bounce with another USMS auction coming up soon. As time winds down $817 by this Christmas seems increasingly unlikely supporting the idea that on price, this is just a lost year for Bitcoin. Of course a lost year in price growth is a chance to build infrastructure for the next climb, so behold tiny bits of design that have slowly found their way into Qntra: Continue reading

Winter

It's getting cold. The air is becoming almost unbearably dry. At least it looks like Buterin's waterfall might be on the verge of breaking. Qntra continues to grow in both content and presence. Once the persistent DDoSing became manageable the growth in Qntra's traffic and presence has been encouraging. Now, if this present $300 to $500 price movement is analogous to late 2012's $4 to $6 movement which precedes an early 2015 surge… happy times.

Qntra: Nearly a month in

So far this thing seems to be growing nicely. There 143 posts and 309 comments that aren't spam as of this writing. Quantcast may be a laggy piece of shit, but Qntra has broken into the top 300,000 US sites. This is with roughly a week of stats missing due to persistent denial of service attacks and general fuckitry with the Quantcast tag. There's also now people contributing words to this things, rather regularly. Who would have actually thought a media startup is still a thing that could be done? Also, could be done without the mealy mouth appologias to why the "rockstars" you tried to build your brand on left. It's just a shame baseball season is over. I'll find things to write about here. RIP OT #18.