Sunday, December 07, 2014

Occam's Universe:
The Biphasic Universe


The series of cosmological models initiated by and based on the theory of general relativity depict expanding or alternately expanding and contracting Universes.

But need the Universe in every part of it be either entirely expanding or contracting?

That is, may not some regions of the Universe be expanding and others contracting?

Given such variation, will not expanding regions be dropping in potential energy with regard to all particles and mass (and even photons) in them, as does quantum mechanics' "particle in a box" system, and contracting ones increasing? (The implicit assumption that expansion or contraction does not result in an expansion or contraction of those particles as well, leaving all as before, at least relatively, is shared by those models.)

And will not particles be inclined to stay in or travel to expanding regions with their lower, and be expelled from contracting ones with their higher, potential energies?

Call the former condition "gravity", and the latter "antigravity".

It might be objected that gravity is associated with particles (and photons, for that matter), but gravity, like electrical and magnetic attractions and repulsions, at least on the finest scale, is an extensive relation, not an intensive property.

It is not proof of this hypothesis (see the fallacy of affirming the consequent), but deep imaging and mapping of our Local Universe shows that it is apparenly biphasic, one phase—call it "Wall"—consisting of galactic superclusters in filaments and walls, all interconnected, the other phase—call it "Void"—consisting of nothing observable, and apparently not affecting imaging of Wall beyond it, and likewise interconnected; our Local Universe therefore presenting on the whole a somewhat spongiform structure.

Given Wall and Void, could the repulsion and even acceleration of particles and even photons from Void and consequent carriage of momentum from Void into Wall do away with the need for invocations of or be an alternative interpretation of "dark matter" and "dark energy"?

And could the end of contraction on the finest scale in Void result in particle-production, such particles quickly accelerated out of Void into Wall, as cosmic rays?

As a final wild speculation, while it is attractive to contemplate expansion and contraction as complementary, biphasic structure is found not only in intrinsically-biphasic systems but also in many systems changing in energy or through which energy is flowing, suggesting the possibility that our Local Universe as a whole may even in the hypothesized case still exhibit a net expansion.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Anthropocentrism and the Murder of Earth


   We are all from Manhome. How do you know that we would not
 have caught up with you if we had all stayed at home together?
      —D'Joan

Our philosophy, morality, law and justice, and our technology, are anthropocentric.

Anthropocentrism is killing our beautiful planet.

And, if you want to be anthropocentric about it, it's killing us, too.

All who profit from anthropocentrism—which is all of us—naturally resist this realization, and those who profit most most so.

But at the very least, what can we make of our attitude and practice against those just of the other animals who show awareness and emotion, and who even dream, which is all of the mammals, the birds, and, of the reptiles, tortoises at least?

And does the rest of Nature have no right to existence, because it is less sentient, or we are more so? Or if only because we can profit by destroying it, or scanting with contempt its simple claims to existence, a place to live, places and something to eat?

Is our human first achieving on our beautiful planet, though no effort of our own, moral freedom and a capacity for logic, only to be used to make us the most vicious of predators, predators by choice?

Predators so vicious that in the end we take our beautiful planet and ourselves down in our viciousness?

Let us see where anthropocentism in our philosophy, morality, law and justice, and in our technology, the "tunnel vision" of all of which becomes ever more patent, has led and is leading us to.

We breathe oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide or we die, and carbon dioxide is removed from the air, its carbon trapped in reservoirage of plant and animal, and its oxygen re-released into the atmosphere, by the phytoplankton of our oceans and by our forests, yet over the last century over half of all phytoplankton has been lost, and at least as much forest, to our activities.

We indeed see now global business attacking the great rain-forests of the world, upon which carbon dioxide removal and carbon reservoirages we depend, with ever-more-aggressive technologies, forests once protected by their forbiddingess to human settlement and "development" (our concept of an "undeveloped forest" befits us), and even the small human populations eking out ancient existences in those are being pushed out or exterminated by such commerce.

The centers of our oceans are becoming swirling sewers of human wastes, notably nonbiodegradable plastics.

And our oceans are being heated by greenhouse warming from fossil-fuel carbon-dioxide injection into the atmosphere, resulting in the loss of over half of our global phytoplankton over the last century, forty percent of the North Atlantic's in the last half-century:

We are raising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere at a rate unprecedented on our planet, largely due to our extraction of fossil fuels from the Earth's crust and burning them to inject ever-greater amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, while destroying our beautiful planet's ability to remove that carrbon dioxide by our murders of our oceans and forests, which last not only throws away our forests' abilities to remove carbon dioxide but converts the carbon reservoirs which those forests represented to additional carbon dioxide, the result of all of which is an unprecedented greenhouse warming, die-off of phytoplankton, and further destruction of our beautiful planet.

And our recent and present exterminations of species has accelerated to the point where it is now commonly compared to the great extinctions of Earth's past. Even the attempts by some less narrow are limited to an appalling degree: The "Endangered Species Act" of the United States, under constant attack by the anthropocentric since its adoption (and it would never be adopted today), only protects species that are reluctantly deemed endangered, and removes that protection once they returned to a population-level deemed (by dubious metrics) no longer needful thereof, when they can once again be preyed upon and their habitats destroyed, in practice setting "endangered" status as a minimum wildlife population. Indeed, the more noticeable and attractive species reluctantly dubbed endangered around the world seem only to become thereby targets of more aggressive predation and commerce due to the "scarcity value" of the products of their deaths, with no real international criminalization or punishment of such commerce.

Finally, we now tinker freely and happily with genetics, apparently knowing all there is to know about genetics, including genetic transfer and its dynamics, and the collective global genome and its dynamics.

All of these arise from our use of old technologies, and introductions of new, without consideration other than the anthropocentric.

And all of these might have been tolerated by our beautiful planet, were not our numbers now so great.

Our refusal to admit in our philosophy, morality, law and justice, and in our technology, that our beautiful planet is limited and cannot tolerate infinite numbers of us, is by any standard an irresponsibility to the highest degree of criminality, were we to be judged by anyone other than ourselves, and under any real morality, law and justice, other than the anthropocentric:

There should be not only population law but population-density law as well; where do you see any sign of such, in our anthropocenric paradise we are building for ouselves and those trapped with us on our beautiful planet?

Two paradigms of anthropocentric "tunnel vision" and its results are the settlement of already dry environments like Southern California and Southern Australia bringing on drought, fire and destruction by deforestation leading to the lack of ground-level cooling through shade and water-release and by simple heat of population, and the very common sight of commerce seeking to profit from the beauty of spots around the world by building hotels over them, in the case of oceanside resorts pouring their sewage and dumping their garbage into the ocean.

Algae, encountering a concentration of nutrient, often nowadays due to our contemptuous pollution of waters with agricultural fertilizers, will grow and reproduce as rapidly as possible, until it exhausts not only the nutrients involved, but even the oxygen supply in the water, after which it all dies (killing other oxygen-dependent species in the water as well), in "bloom and bust":

Are we as a species no more intelligent or moral than algae?

Which is to say, can we rise morally as a species above anthropocentrism, in our philosophy, morality, law and justice, and in our technology, to become a blessing rather than a curse to our beautiful planet?


[See also "The Savage Principle", "The Overpopulation Equation", "Population Law: The 1% Approximation", "Walls", "Idle Pastoralism", "Geocide", "Toward the Nano Carta", "Jewel" and "Photonomics: The Photosynthetic Economy", and The Uncivil War.]

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Five Antiplutocratic Questions


If our Constitution still held, would we be a plutocracy today?

If press and Bar, police and military, were defending our Constitution, would we be a plutocracy today?

What must we make of press and Bar, police and military, scorning any duty to defend our Constitution against subversion by plutocracy?

What must we make of police, court, Bar and Party that deny "donations" for "access" are bribes?

If government, law and Constitution are for sale, who do you think the highest bidders will be?


[See also " Beyond Plutocracy and Its Two-Plutocratic-Party System: A Three-Phase Strategy".]

Keywords: access, Bar, bribes, Constitution, courts, donations, government, law, military, Party, plutocracy, police, press, subversion

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Trash Commandments

"The math is easy," said Chaos.
Thief of Time

I. Immediate advantage is all.
II. Lick wealth's hand.
III. Preach obedience to in exchange for financing and enforcement of your religion by wealth.
IV. Cheat.
V. Compete to and triumph over once you become overseer and driver of your fellow slaves.
VI. The other sex is garbage.
VII. Other races are garbage.
VIII. Other countries are garbage.
IX. Wildlife are vermin and wildflowers are weeds.
X. The world is your toilet and dump.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bernard Mandeville:
A Modest Defence of Publick Stews (1724)


[Dedication, Preface and First
Paragraph only--I'll try to get the
rest of this satirical classic, long
cherished by me, in later.]

[Transcribed from its reprint by
The Augustan Reprint Society,
Publication Number 162, 1973.]

[The long "s" is indicated by "f",
italics by framing underscores,
small capitals by spaces between
letters, and foot-notes appended to
paragraphs in square brackets.
Transcriber]

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A

Modeft D e f e n c e

o f

_Publick Stews_, &c.

Written by a Layman

Price 1 _s_. 6 _d_.

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A

Modeft D e f e n c e

of

_Publick STEWS:_

o r, a n

E S S A Y

u p o n

_W H O R I N G_

As it is now practis'd in thefe Kingdoms.

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_Nimirum Propter Continentiam incontinentia ne-
   ceffaria eft, incendium ut ignibus extinguitur._
                                   Seneca.

_Omne adeo genus in terris, hominumq; ferarumq;
Et genus aquoreum, pecudes, pictaq; volucres,
In furia, ignemq; ruunt._  Virg. Georg. 3.
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Written by a L a y m a n.
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_L O N D O N_;
Printed by A. M o o r e near St. P a u l ' s.
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M.DCC.XXIV.

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T o  t h e

G E N T L E M E N

o f  t h e

S O C I E T I E S.

   _Gentlemen_,

T h e great Pains and Diligence
You have employ'd in the
Defence of Modefty and Vir-
tue, give You an undifputed Title
to the Addrefs of this Treatife; tho'
it is with the utmoft Concern that
I find myfelf under a Neceffity of
writing it, and that after fo much Re-
forming, there fhould be any Thing
left to fay upon the Subject, befides
congratulating You upon Your hap-
py Succefs. It is no fmall Addition
to my Grief to obferve, that Your
Endeavors to fupprefs Lewdnefs
have only ferv'd to promote it; and
that this _Branch_ of Immorality has
grown under Your Hands, as if it
was _prun'd_ inftead of being _lopp'd_.
But however Your ill Succefs may
grieve, it cannot aftonifh me: What
elfe could we hope for, from Your
perfecuting of poor ftrolling Damfels?
From Your stopping up thofe _Drains_
and _Sluices_ we had to let out Lewd-
nefs? From Your demolifhing thofe
_Horn-works_ and _Breaft-works_ of Mo-
defty? Thofe _Ramparts_ and _Ditches_
within which the Virtue of our Wives
and Daughters lay fo conveniently
_intrench'd_? An Intrenchment fo
much the fafer, by how much the
Ditches were harder to be fill'd up.
Or what better could we expect from
Your Carting of Bawds, than that
the Great Leviathan of Leachery, for
Want of thefe Tubs to play with,
fhould, with one Whisk of his Tail,
overfet the _Veffel_ of Modesty? Which,
in her beft Trim, we know to be
fomewhat _leaky_, and to have a very
unfteady _Helm_.

An ancient Philofopher compares
Lewdnefs to a wild, fiery and head-
ftrong young Colt, which can never
be broke till he is rid into a Bog:
And _Plato_, on the fame Subject, has
thefe words ;  _The Gods_, fays he, _have
given us one difobedient and unruly
Member, which, like a greedy and ra-
venous Animal that wants Food, grows
wild and furious, till having imbib'd
the Fruit of the common Thirft, he has
plentifully befprinkled and bedewed the
Bottom of the Womb_.

And now I have mention'd the Phi-
lofophers, I muft beg Your Patience
for a Moment, to hear a fhort Ac-
count of their Amours: For nothing
will convince us of the irrefiftible
Force of Love, and the Folly of ho-
ping to fupprefs it, fooner than re-
flecting that thofe venerable _Sages_,
thofe Standards of Morality, thofe
great _Reformers_ of the World, were
fo fenfibly touch'd with this tender
Paffion.

_Socrates_ confefs'd, that, in his old
Age, he felt a ftrange tickling all o-
ver him for five Days, only by a
Girl's touching his Shoulder.

_Xenophon_ made open Profeffion of
his paffionate Love to _Clineas_.

_Ariftippus_, of _Cyrene_, writ a lewd
Book of antient Delights; he compar'd
a Woman to a Houfe or a Ship, that
was the better for being ufed:  He
afferted, that there was no Crime in
Pleafure, but only in being a Slave
to it : And often ufed to fay, _I enjoy_
Lais, _but_ Lais _does not enjoy me_.

_Theodorus_ openly maintain'd, that
a wife Man might, without Shame or
Scandal, keep Company with common
Harlots.

_Plato_, our great Pattern for chafte
Love, propofes, as the greateft Re-
ward for publick Service, that he who
has perform'd a fignal Exploit, fhould
not be deny'd any amorous Favour.
He writ a Defcription of the Loves of
his Time, and feveral amorous Son-
nets upon his own Minions : His chief
Favourites were _Afterus, Dio, Phaedrus_,
and _Agatho_ ; but he had, for Variety,
his Female Darling _Archeanaffa_ ; and
was fo noted for Wantonnefs, that
_Antifthenes_ gave him the Nick-name
of _Satho_, i.e. _Well-Furnish'd_.

_Polemo_ was profecuted by his Wife
for Male Venery.

_Crantor_ made no Secret of his Love
to his Pupil _Arcefilaus_.

_Arcefilaus_ made Love to _Demetrius_
and _Leocharus_ ; the laft, he faid, he
would fain have open'd : Befides, he
openly frequented the two _Elean_
Courtezans, _Theodota_ and _Philaeta, and
was himfelf enjoy'd by _Demochares_
and _Pythocles_ : He fuffer'd the laft,
he faid, for Patience-fake.

_Bion_ was noted for debauching his
own _Scholars_.

_Ariftotle_, the firft _Peripatetick_, had
a Son call'd _Nichomacus_, by his Con-
cubine _Herpilis_ : He lov'd her fo well,
that he left her in his Will a Talent
of Silver, and the Choice of his
Country-Houfes ; that, as he fays, the
Damfel might have no Reafon to
complain : He enjoy'd, befide the Eu-
nuch _Hermias_, others fay only his
Concubine _Pythais_, upon whom he
writ a Hymn, call'd, _The Infide_.

_Demetrius Phalereus_, who had 360
Statues in _Athens_, kept _Lamia_ for his
Concubine, and at the fame time was
himfelf enjoy'd by _Cleo_ : He writ a
Treatife, call'd, _The Lover_, and was
nick-nam'd by the Courtezans, _Chari-
to Blefpharus_, i.e. _A Charmer of La-
dies_ ; and _Lampetes_, i.e. _A great
Boaster of his Abilities_.

_Diogenes_, the _Cynick_, us'd to fay,
that Women ought to be in common,
and that Marriage was nothing but a
Man's getting a Woman in the Mind
to be lain with : He often us'd Manual
Venery in the Publick Market-place,
with this Saying. _Oh ! that I could
affuage my Hunger thus with rubbing
of my Stomach !_

But what Wonder if the old _Aca-
demicks_, the _Cyrenaicks_, and _Peripate-
ticks_, were fo lewdly Wanton, when
the very _Stoicks_, who prided them-
felves in the Conqueft of all their
other Paffions, were forc'd to fubmit
to this?

_Zeno_, indeed, the Founder of that
Sect, was remarkable for his Modefty,
becaufe he rarely made Ufe of Boys,
and took but once an ordinary Maid-
Servant to Bed, that he might not be
thought to hate the Sex ; yet, in
his _Commonwealth_, he was for a Com-
munity of Women ; and writ a Trea-
tife, wherein he regulated the Mo-
tions of getting a Maidenhead, and
philofophically prov'd Action and Re-
action to be equal.

_Chryfippus_ and _Apollodorus_ agree
with _Zeno_ in a Community of Women,
and fay, that a wife Man may be in
Love with handfome Boys.

_Erillus_, a Scholar of _Zeno_'s, was
a notorious Debauchee.

I need not mention the _Epicureans_
that were remarkable for their Ob-
fcenity.

_Epicurus_ ufed to make a Pander of
his own Brother ; and his Scholar,
the great _Metrodorus_, vifited all the
noted Courtezans in _Athens_, and pub-
lickly kept the famous _Leontium_, his
Mafter's _Quondam_ Miftrefs.  Yet, if
you will believe _Laertius_ he was eve-
ry Way a good Man.

But what fhall we fay of our Fa-
vourite _Seneca_, who, with all his Mo-
rals, could never acquire the Reputa-
tion of Chaftity? He was indeed
fomewhat Nice in his Amours, like
the famous _Flora_, who was never
enjoy'd by any Thing lefs than a Di-
ctator or a Conful ; for he fcorn'd to
intrigue with any Thing lefs than the
Emprefs.

Now, if those Reverend School-
Mafters of Antiquity, were fo Loofe
in their Seminals, fhall we, of this
Age, fet up for Chaftity? Have our
_Oxford Students_ more Command of
their Paffions than the _Stoicks?_ Are
our young _Templars_ lefs Amorous
than _Plato ?_ Or, is an _Officer_ of the
Army lefs Ticklifh in the Shoulder
than _Socrates ?_

But I need not wafte any Rhetorick
upon fo evident a Truth ; for plain
and clear Propofitions, like Windows
painted, are only the more Obfcure
the more they are adorn'd.

I will now fuppofe, that you have
given up the Men as Incorrigible ;
fince You are convinc'd, by Exper-
ence, that even Matrimony is not able
to reclaim them. Marriage, indeed, is
juft fuch a Cure for Lewdnefs, as
a Surfeit is for Gluttony ; it gives a
Man's Fancy a Diftafte to the par-
ticular Difh, but leaves his Palate as
Luxurious as ever : for this Reafon
we find fo many marry'd Men, that,
like _Sampfon'_s Foxes, only do more
Mifchief for having their Tails ty'd.
But the Women, you fay, are weaker
Veffels, and You are refolv'd to
make them fubmit ; rightly judging,
that if You cou'd make all the Females
Modeft, it would put a confidera-
ble Stop to Fornication. It is great
Pity, no doubt, fo Fine a Project
fhould Mifcarry : And I would wil-
lingly entertain Hopes of feeing one
of these _Bridewell_ Converts. In the
mean Time it would not be amifs,
if You chang'd fomewhat your pre-
fent Method of Conversion, efpe-
cially in the Article of Whipping. It
is very poffible, indeed, that leaving
a Poor Girl Penny-lefs, may put her
in a Way of living Honeftly, tho' the
want of Money was the only Reafon
of her living otherwife ; and the
Stripping of her Naked, may, for
aught I know, contribute to Her
Modefty, and put Her in a State of
Innocence ; but furely, _Gentlemen_,
You muft all know, that Flogging
has a quite contrary Effect. This
Project of pulling down Bawdy-
houfes to prevent Uncleannefs, puts
me in Mind of a certain Over-nice
Gentleman, who cou'd never Fancy
his Garden look'd Sweet, till he had
demolifh'd a Bog-houfe that offend-
ed his Eye in one Corner of it ; but
it was not long before every Nofe
in the Family was convinc'd of his
Miftake. If Reafon fails to Con-
vince, let us profit by Example : Ob-
ferve the Policy of a Modern Butcher,
perfecuted with a Swarm of Carnivo-
rous Flies; when all his Engines and
Fly-Flaps have prov'd ineffectual to
defend his Stall againft the Greedy
Affiduity of thofe Carnal Infects, he
very Judicioufly cuts off a Fragment,
already blown, which ferves to hang
up for a Cure ; and thus, by Sacrifi-
cing a Small Part, already Tainted,
and not worth Keeping, he wifely
fecures the safety of the Reft. Or,
let us go higher for Inftruction, and
take Example by the Grazier, who far
from deny'g his Herd the Accuftom'd
Privilege of Rubbing, when their
Sides are Stimulated with sharp Hu-
mours, very induftriously fixes a Stake
in the Center of the Field, not fo
much, you may imagine, to Regale
the Salacious Hides of his Cattle, as
to preferve his Young Trees from
Suffering by the Violence of their
Friction.

I could give You more Examples of
this Kind, equally full of Inftruction,
but that I'm loth to detain You from
the Perufal of the following Treatife;
and at the fame Time Impatient to
have the Honour of Subfcribing My-
felf

      _Your Fellow Reformer,

         and Devoted Servant,_

            P h i l - P o r n e y .

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T h e

P R E F A C E


_L e f t any inquifitive Reader fhould
puzzle his Brains to find out why
this_ Foundling _is thus clandeftinely
dropt at his Door, let it fuffice
him, that the_ Midwife _of a Printer was
unwilling to help bring it into the World,
but upon that Condition, or a much harder,
that of my openly_ Fathering _it. I could make
many other reafonable Apologies, if requifite :
For, befides my having followed the modeft
Example of feveral other pious_ Authors,
_fuch as that of_ Eikon Basilike, _of the_ Whole
Duty of Man, _&c., who have ftudied ra-
ther their Country's Publick Good, than
their own Private Fame ; I think, I have,
alfo play'd the Politick Part : for fhould my_
Off-fpring _be defective, why let it fall up-
on the Parifh. On the other hand, if acci-
dentally it prove hopeful, 'tis certain I need
be at no further Trouble : There will then
be_ Parents _enough ready to own the_ Babe,
_and to take it upon themfelves. Adoption a-
mongft the_ Machiavellian _Laws of the_ Mufes,
_is ftrictly kept up, and every day put in
Practice : How few of our now bright_ No-
blemen _would otherwife have_ Wit? _How
many of our prefent thriving_ Poets _would
elfe want a_ Dinner? _'Tis a vulgar Error
to imagine Men live upon their own Wits,
when generally it is upon others Follies ;
a fund that carries by much the beft Inte-
reft, and is by far upon the moft certain Se-
curity of any : The_ Exchequer _has been fhut
up, the_ Bank _has ftopt Payment,_ South-Sea
_has been demolifh'd, but_ White's _was ne-
ver known to fail; and indeed how fhould it,
when almoft every Wind blows to_ Dover, _or_
Holyhead, _fome frefh_ Proprietor _amply quali-
fied with fufficient_ Stock.

_I am in fome pain for the Event of this_
Scheme, _hoping the_ Wicked _will find it too
Grave, and fearing the_ Godly _will fcarce
venture beyond the Title-Page : And fhould
they even, I know they'll object, 'tis here and
there interwoven with too ludicrous Expref-
fions, not confidering that a dry Argument
has occafion for the larding of Gaiety to
make it the better relifh and go down. Be-
fides, finding by the exact Account tack'd to
that moft edifying_ Anti-Heidegger _Difcourfe,
that eighty fix Thoufand Offenders have
been lately punifh'd, and that four hundred
Thoufand religious Books have been diftri-
buted about_ Gratis _(not to mention the num-
berlefs Three-penny Jobs daily publifh'd to
no Ends, or Purpofe, but the_ Author's ; ) _I
fay, finding all thefe Meafures have been
taken, and that Lewdnefs ftill fo much
prevails ; I thought it highly proper to try
this Experiment, being fully convinc'd that
oppofite Methods often take place. Own,_
Preferment-Hunter ! _when failing on with
the Tide avails nothing, does not tacking
about fteer you fometimes into that fnug
Harbour, an Employment ? Speak_ Hibernian
Stallion ! _when a meek fawning Adoration
turns to no Account, does not a pert affuming
Arrogance frequently forward, nay, gain
the critical Minute ? and fay,_ * Mefobin !
_where a Purge fails, is not a Vomit an in-
fallible_ Recipe _for a Loofenefs ?_
[ * An able Member of the College of
Phyficians. ]

_To conclude ; when my Arguments are im-
partially examin'd, I doubt not but my Rea-
ders will join with me, that as long as it is
the Nature of Man (and_ Naturam expellas
furca licet ufque recurret) _to have a Salt_
Itch _in the Breeches, the_ Brimstone _under
the Petticoat will be a neceffary Remedy to_
lay _it ; and let him be ever fo fly in the Ap-
plication, it will ftill be found out : What
avails it then to affect to conceal that
which cannot be concealed, and that which
if carried on openly and above-board, would
become only lefs detrimental, and of confe-
quence more juftifiable?_

_Be the Succefs of this Treatife as it hap-
pens, the Good of Mankind is my only Aim ;
nor am I lefs hearty or zealous in the Pub-
lick Welfare of my Country, than that No-
ble * Pattern of Sincerity, who finifhes his
Preface with the following paragraph._
And now, O my G--, the G-- of my Life,
and of all my Mercies, I offer this Work to
Thee, to whofe Honour it is chiefly intended ;
that thereby I may awaken the World to juft
Reflections on their own Errors and Follies,
and call on them to acknowledge thy Pro-
vidence, to adore it, and ever to depend
on it.
[ * B----p B-----t. ]
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A

Modeft Defence, _&c._

T h e r e is nothing more idle, or
fhows a greater Affectation of Wit,
than the modern Cuftom of treat-
ing the moft grave Subjects with
Burlefque and Ridicule. The prefent Subject
of _Whoring_, was I difpos'd, would furnifh me
fufficiently in this kind, and might poffibly,
if fo handled, excite Mirth in thofe who are
only capable of fuch low Impreffions . . . .


Keywords: Augustan Reprints, Fable of the Bees, Mandeville, philosophy, prostitution, satire, sex

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Foundations


The walls of Thebes sprang up of yore
to the sound of the lyre of Amphion.
                           The historian Knickerbocker

It is very old fashioned to call Khufu a cruel tyrant for making 100,000 fellahin, or peasants, work twenty years on his tomb. Scholars say he worked them only during the three months of the flood season, when they were not engaged in agriculture and were likely to find themselves at a loose end and get into mischief. The Egyptian lower classes were very immoral, always drinking or something. Thus, Khufu was doing them a favor by keeping their minds occupied and the whole affair was more or less one big picnic. At the same time, the exercise developed their characters and taught them the dignity of labor. The majority of pyramid workers were not slaves, as we used to be told. They were free men with rights and privileges specified in the Constitution.

The historian Cuppy


We work beneath the earth and above it, under a roof and in the rain, with the spade, the pickax and the crowbar.  We carry huge sacks of cement, lay bricks, put down rails, spread gravel, trample the earth . . . . We are laying the foundations for some new, monstrous civilization. Only now do I realize what price was paid for building the ancient civilizations. The Egyptian pyramids, the temples, and Greek statues—what a hideous crime they were! How much blood must have poured onto the Roman roads, the bulwarks, and the city walls. Antiquity—the tremendous concentration-camp where the slave was branded on the forehead by his master, and crucified for trying to escape! Antiquity—the conspiracy of free men against slaves!

You know how much I used to like Plato. Today I realize he lied. For the things of this world are not a reflection of the ideal, but a product of human sweat, blood and hard labor. It is we who built the pyramids, hewed the marble for the temples and the rocks for the imperial roads, we who pulled the oars in the galleys and dragged wooden plows, while they wrote dialogues and dramas, rationalized their intrigues by appeals in the name of the Fatherland, made wars over boundaries and democracies.  We were filthy and died real deaths. They were "esthetic" and carried on subtle debates.

There can be no beauty if it is paid for by human injustice, nor truth that passes over injustice in silence, nor moral virtue that condones it.

What does ancient  history say about us? It knows the crafty slave from Terence and Plautus, it knows the people's tribunes, the brothers Gracchi, and the name of one slave—Spartacus.

They are the ones who have made history, yet the murderer—Scipio—the lawmakers—Cicero or Demosthenes—are the men remembered today. We rave over the exterminatiion of the Etruscans, the destruction of Carthage, over treason, deceit, plunder. Roman law! Yes, today too there is a law!

If the Germans win the war, what will the world know about us? They will erect huge buildings, highways, factories, soaring monuments. Our hands will be placed under every brick, and our backs will carry the steel rails and the slabs of concrete. They will kill off our families, our sick, our aged. They will murder our children.

And we shall be forgotten, drowned out by the voices of the poets, the jurists, the philosophers, the priests. They will produce their own beauty, virtue and truth. They will produce religion.

Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen


'Who built Thebes of the seven gates?" Bertold Brecht's "literate worker" was already asking. The sources tell us nothing about these anonymous masons, but the question retains all its significance.

Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms


Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time. 
Once I built a railroad; now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime? 
Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime; 
Once I built a tower, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Occam's Universe:
Black Spirals


Black holes have become a commonplace of astronomy, and almost as frequent explanatory entities therein as comets were in an earlier era.

Furthermore, not just black holes but supermassive black holes, with estimated masses several million times that of our sun, have been inferred at the centers of many if not all galaxies, first postulated for our own galaxy by Lynden-Bell and Rees (1971), and bolstered by radio-telescopic studies, most beautifully by Roberts and Goss using the US NRAO Very Large Array radio telescope in 1990-1 (results published in 1993).

It is hypothesized here that such supermassive black holes are themselves at simplest each composed of two black holes orbiting one another at relativistic angular velocities, their masses increased by Lorentz-Fitzgerald contraction.

Such "black binary" hypothesis immediately opens the door to systems analogous to those of ordinary multiple stars, a third black hole orbiting the central binary, two black binaries orbiting one another, etc.

Duration of black binary black hole spin-down into one another is obviously important to the hypothesis, and just as obviously depends on angles and velocities of approach. Head-on collisions and the briefest spin-downs would essentially be discrete events. But the relatively small volumes of black hole singularities argue for generally more prolonged spin-downs, even after event horizon coalescences.

Angles of approach and differences of mass and velocity dictate variety of early black binary geometry, dynamics and effects; relative angles of the axes of spin of the black holes involved add variety to middle; and the varying shapes of the coalescing event horizons, from double sphere to conjoined double sphere, spindle, dimpled oblate sphere, oblate and sphere, to late.

Black binaries, especially those whose orbital velocities have become relativistic, would act as sling-shot gravitational accelerators, of photons (which can't go any faster but can be angulated and blue-shifted), particles, dust, rocks, asteroids, planets, and even, in later relativistic and supermassive stages, latecomer stars, neutron stars and black holes, accelerating them out mostly into the orbital plane of the black binary, forming, and continually feeding and imparting radial and angular velocities to, a coplanar nearby astronomical mayhem and cloud and outer wider thinner disk.

Such planar acceleration cloud and disk must distinguish relativistic and near relativistic black binaries from simple black holes, regardless of mass.

Relativistic slingshotting of latecomer neutron stars or black holes with consequent mass and gravitational increases of their own might produce the jets observed protruding from some galaxies.

And particle acceleration by the tightest, fastest and most massive relativistic binaries whose event horizons have not yet coalesced, so that there exists a collider region for accelerated materials from both sides of and at the center of the orbital plane, should produce much higher energy particle collisions and much more exotic particles than anything safely produceable if at all on Earth.

Relativistic black binaries afford a mechanism by which an elliptical galaxy might be transformed into a disk-and-plane if not spiral galaxy, by two black holes spinning down into each other, with the rest of the elliptical feeding and being influenced by the growing mass of and gravitation and angular and radial accelerations exerted by the black binary, which might well not form at the center of that galaxy, although since ellipticals are densest there that would seem to be the greatest probability.

Such scenario does not explain the emergence of spiral arms, although planar inflow and outflow currents in late disk-and-plane might account for some, and jetting might account for others, including the very wide elliptical-to-spherical "ring" arms noticeable in some.

Some spiral barring might be accounted for a new acceleration disk forming angled to the original; other by jetting, and still other by latecomer black binary orbit of a core black binary.

And two black binaries forming two spirals from an elliptical galaxy would present two small spirals almost or actually conjoined or intermingled.

If black binaries exist, and they do not seem to be impossible, one would expect if not their component black holes themselves then their effects to be observable. Black binary invocation seems to illuminate some problems of galactic astronomy. And, indeed, as explanatory entities, black binaries intrinsically afford a great variety of galactic phenomena and evolutions and morphologies, seemingly largely corresponding to that observable.

Still, at least one spiral galactic morphology seems inconsistent with such hypothesis, some barred spirals apparently having spiral arms attached to the edges or ends of and running at right angles to the planes of the bars if any.


[After I brooded over this for months, and actively worked on it for weeks, I decided to check the Web to see if anyone else had been working on it, and, well, for example:

Binary black hole

Some lessons need repeating (I've done this kind of thing before).

But existing theory seems to be that the supermassive black holes with which it is concerned are themselves simple black holes.

Nonetheless, the study of such with regard to their roles in "active galactic nuclei" is very pertinent to the present hypothesis, which is concerned mostly with black binary role in ordinary galactic evolution and morphology.

]


Keywords: astronomizing, astronomy, black binary, black hole, galactic core, galaxy, Milky Way, radiotelescope, Sagittarius, VLA

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Idle Pastoralism


I'm out here as an advance guard for plastic.

Moderan

The hunter kills prey for food and skins, the gatherer kills plants for food.

The pastoralist not only hunts and gathers, but kills his own flock or herd for food and skins, and in addition kills other predators which try to or might prey upon his flock or herd.

And the farmer not only hunts and gathers and herds, but kills everything, animal and plant, above and below the ground he intends to farm:

Sing the peaceful farmer!

Then there's Monsanto/Bayer-style corporate chemical and biological "Roundup Ready", neonicotinoid, GMO, "Agent Orange" and "suicide seed" farming . . . :

How long before "Neutron Ready" corn? *

And finally of course there's the developer who paves and concretes the farms.


* Just lift Deinococcus' hardened genetic system and voila.


[See also "Walls", "Population Law: The 1% Approximation" and "Photonomics: The Photosynthetic Economy".]


Keywords: agriculture, Bayer, BigFarmer, coevolution, coexistence, corporations, corporocracy, development, farming, future, GMO, green, Monsanto, neonicotinoids, plutocracy, sustainability, violence

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A Cosmic Shock


I was visiting a friend last night in the hospital, and he was so fascinated by my company that he switched on the new Cosmos, of which he is a fan.

I had never been a fan of the old Cosmos, since if I want to know about something scientific I go read up on it, assuming it's not locked behind a paywall, and I found Carl Sagan irritating on the few occasions I tuned across the show, although if I'd known at the time he was "the world's biggest pot-head" I might've viewed him more favorably ("Let's see how buzzed Carl is in this episode!"), but I do remember the show as being a respectable attempt to popularize scientific subjects for the non-scientific population, those having attained only a high-school diploma or perhaps a non-scientific bachelor's degree.

What I saw last night was pathetic. I was, quite literally, and with no exaggeration whatsoever, shocked by it. The presentation I saw was geared to what I'd expect would be the apprehension and comprehension of an eighth-grader, if that.

Now, it may be—as a matter of fact, it probably is—the case that the new Cosmos is geared to the most common intellectual level of the American "televisariat", as ascertained by polling or testing.

And if that is the case, the present American intellectual level presents us with a national existential crisis that by far dwarfs our present political and Constitutional crisis, the present plutocracy-corporocracy operating through two-plutocratic-party-system and police-state erected on the ruins of our Constitution.

And if those viewers to which the new Cosmos is geared are all high-school-diploma-holders, then either the standards for obtaining high-school diplomas, which one would reasonably expect to guarantee that those diploma-holders have attained the minimum intellectual properties and procedures needed to be minimally-competent adult citizens, have, or the level of  integrity in awarding those diplomas has, been lowered to an astonishing level, or both.

At any rate, this does seem to explain why a passing grade in an ordinary college-freshman-level non-mathematical logic-course has never been and is not being pushed to be required in the "core curriculum" for high-school diplomas:

A huge proportion, perhaps even a majority, of Americans would be unable to pass it.

And these are our present-day voters and jurors.

Our small business-people, once the backbone of our economy, and our soldiers.

And if this state of affairs suits our present plutocracy-corporocracy, as it apparently does, then one must ask just what the intent of that plutocracy-corporocracy is, with regard to the American people, and to America.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Property and Convention

From James Madison's The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which framed the Constitution of the United States :

THURSDAY JULY 5^{TH} IN CONVENTION

M^r Gov^r Morris . . . . [P]roperty was the main object of Society . . . .

M^r Rutlidge . . . . Property was certainly the principal object of Society . . . .

FRIDAY JULY 6^{TH} IN CONVENTION

M^r King . . . . [P]roperty was the primary object of Society . . . .

M^r Butler . . . . [P]roperty . . . was the great object of Govern^t; the great cause of war; the great means of carrying it on.

WEDNESDAY JULY 11. IN CONVENTION.

M^r Butler . . . . Government . . . was instituted principally for the protection of property, and was itself to be supported by property.

FRIDAY, JULY 13. IN CONVENTION.

M^r Wilson . . . . H]e could not agree that property was the sole or primary object of Gov^t & society. The cultivation & improvement of the human mind was the most noble object.

THURSDAY JULY. 26. IN CONVENTION.

M^r Dickinson . . . . He doubted the policy of interweaving into a Republican constitution a veneration for wealth. He had always understood that a veneration for poverty & virtue, were the objects of republican encouragement. It seemed improper that any man of merit should be subjected to disabilities in a Republic where merit was understood to form the great title to public trust, honors & rewards.

FRIDAY AUG^{ST} 10. IN CONVENTION

Doct^r Franklin expressed his dislike of every thing that tended to debase the spirit of the common people. If honesty was often the companion of wealth, and if poverty was exposed to peculiar temptation, it was not less true that the possession of property increased the desire of more property. Some of the greatest rogues he was ever acquainted with, were the richest rogues.

TUESDAY AUG. 14. IN CONVENTION

M^r Mercer. It is a first principle in political science, that whenever the rights of property are secured, an aristocracy will grow out of it. Elective Governments also necessarily become aristocratic, because the rulers being few can & will draw emoluments for themselves from the many. The Governments of America will become aristocracies. They are so already. The public measures are calculated for the benefit of the Governors, not of the people. The people are dissatisfied & complain. They change their rulers, and the public measures are changed, but it is only a change of one scheme of emolument to the rulers, for another.


[No property qualifications for office or voting were retained in the final version of the Constitution.]


http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/40861.txt.utf-8

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/41095.txt.utf-8

Monday, April 21, 2014

What Is Truth?

What is truth?" said jesting Pilate, and did not stay for an answer.

Bacon


Truth is description.

It may be wondered what gain there is, in defining a word with another and a longer.

Johnson says in his Dictionary, "the easiest word, whatever it be, can never be translated into one more easy": "Description", for all that it is longer than "truth", is a perfectly easy word, a perfectly common and familiar word, naming a perfectly common and familiar procedure and product.

More importantly, "truth" has tremendous historical, religious, metaphysical, philosophical and ideological baggage, which "description" does not.

And the procedure and product of description, being perfectly common and familiar, are themselves easily described and their descriptions understood.

"Describe 'truth' ": This might boggle.

"Describe 'description' ": This is easy.

Description may be described as generally involving the described; the descrying; the descryer-describer; the description, itself requiring the descriptive medium, the descriptive convention, and descrying by the describer; the communication of the description; the descrying of the description by the described-to; and the descryer-described-to.

This description can be condensed under certain circumstances:

For example, if I make a note describing a certain circumstance to myself, I am both describer and described-to.

And this description can be expanded:

For example, the descrying of the described and the description might in all cases be considered cases of description by the perceptual apparatuses of and to the descryer-describer and descryer-described-to, involving natural descriptive processes, media and products.

This is the true description of truth.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Second Appeal


United States Court of Appeals
For the Sixth Circuit

Case Number: 14-5246 (In)


JOHN DAVID KENNARD

Plaintiff-Appellant

vs.

CITY OF ASHLAND, KENTUCKY; BOYD COUNTY, KENTUCKY

Defendants-Appellees


Pro se Appellant’s Brief

1. This is an appeal by the Plaintiff pro se and in forma pauperis in the case of John David Kennard v. City of Ashland, KY, and Boyd County, KY, in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, Northern Division at Ashland, Civil Action No. 12-28-HRW, filed April 5, 2012 [Docket No. 1], from that Court's Memorandum Opinion and Order adverse to him dated February 10, 2014 [Docket No. 30].

2. The appeal is on the original ground of the case, of Defendants-Appellees' violations of Plaintiff-Appellant's Fourth and Fifth Amendment and other due process rights.

Operative Facts

3. The facts of this case have been rehearsed numerous times in the course thereof, that (a) Plaintiff-Appellant was driven out of his wholly-owned home on March 7, 2012, by officers and employees of Defendant-Appellant City of Ashland, Kentucky, and his home padlocked against him, rendering him homeless, for inability to afford utilities; (b) City of Ashland at the same time dragged by their necks using clamping poles his eight companions, feline persons Abby, her daughter Squeaky and son Max; Maggie; (female) Gray; (male) Fumey; and Sunny and his sister Claudia, all neutered, fully-domesticated, and timid (terrified of strangers), from under and behind furniture and appliances as they tried to hide, and caged them; (c) City of Ashland then took said feline persons to Defendant-Appellee Boyd County's “Animal Control Center”, where they were kept in lieu of payment of $20 apiece for seven days raised to $60 apiece thereafter, and, after ten days in which Plaintiff-Appellant was unable to pay, all eight were killed, all in routine coordination with the City of Ashland; and (d) there was no charge, indictment, trial, conviction, sentence or court order before said violence by Defendants-Appellees against Plaintiff-Appellant and his companions.

At the very moment that the City of Ashland was carrying out such violence against Plaintiff-Appellant and his companions, it was taking monies from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development's Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP), via the Kentucky Housing Corporation, to prevent homelessness due to inability to pay utilities.

Arguments

4. Plaintiff-Appellant filed the present combined tort and civil-rights suit against Defendants-Appellees City of Ashland and County of Boyd on April 5, 2012, first using a supplied form [Docket No. 1], and then filing a fuller and clearer originally-composed Amended Complaint on April 10 following [Docket No. 4]..

His case throughout has been and is that the City of Ashland and County of Boyd acting as monolith violated his fundamental human rights to be secure in his home and property, rights explicitly recognized by the Fourth Amendment, as well as his rights to correspondingly-substantive due process explicitly guaranteed by both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments before such fundamental rights be invaded, in particular the right to trial.

He argues furthermore that the present case involves exactly the sort of bureaucratic totalitarian and mobster violence which the Fourth and Fifth Amendments were intended to prohibit and, upon failing to deter, to provide supreme legal foundation against in citizen recourse to the courts.

He adds that by “correspondingly-substantive due process” he meant and means that such fundamental human rights can only be invaded on substantial proof (not Legislative, Executive or administrative presumption) of substantial injury (no mere misdemeanor can ever justify such invasion) in substantial procedure, to wit trial overseen by an independent judiciary.

And he maintains that our Constitution was written to be read, understood and applied by the citizenry, “by comparing the plain import of the words, with the general tenor and object of the instrument” (Gouverneur Morris, who wrote the final form of our Constitution in Convention, to Timothy Pickering, in a famous letter dated December 22, 1814). And if anything can be inferred from words, Constitution, history and human experience, it is that those who framed, campaigned, voted for and won the passage of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments did not celebrate upon that victory their establishment of the power of the State to as a matter of administrative routine drive the citizenry out of their homes, and even kill their housepets, without trial. And since the governments of town and city, county and parish, are those which the citizenry face in everyday life across the country, if such bureaucratic totalitarian and mobster savagery at such level of government be upheld by the Federal courts, then our Constitution itself amounts according to those courts to no more than a charter for such bureaucratic totalitarian and mobster State. But it was a catchphrase among the original framers and generation that established our Constitution including Bill of Rights that “An elective despotism is not the government we fought for” [see Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, and (Madison), The Federalist, No. 48].

5. Defendant-Appellee City of Ashland in its Motion for Summary Judgment of November 6, 2013 [Docket No. 25] admitted the applicability of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the present and similar cases but asserted and cited a number of precedents supporting a doctrine of "minimal" fulfillment of any Constitutional procedural requirements involved.

Plaintiff-Appellant argued in his countering Motion of November 27, 2013 [Docket No. 26], that all powers and rights originally and ultimately reside in the people; every governmental power is a partial or complete transfer of one or more powers or rights from the people to government, and every power or right of the people not so transferred is a restriction or limitation of the power of government; our Constitutional (and lesser statutory) system restricts governmental powers to those explicitly placed in government, retaining all others in the people, a doctrine explicitly established in the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, extended by the Fourteenth Amendment to the powers and rights of the people as State citizens and corresponding limitations on the powers of the States; that it can easily therefore be seen that our fundamental Constitutional doctrine and statutes minimize governmental powers and maximize the powers and rights of the people; and that any doctrine of "minimization" of the powers and rights of the people entirely contradicts this fundamental doctrine of our Constitutional system.
 
6. The Court in its above-referenced and appealed-from Memorandum Opinion and Order does not directly reference either argument but argues and cites precedents instead for substituting in American law, for the independent process and Judiciary our Constitution establishes, local simulation of that process provided by and dependent on local authority.

Plaintiff-Appellant respectfully but emphatically submits that such “process” is not the independent process and Judiciary established by our Constitution; is necessarily wrapped in and permeated by local influence; and as such is understandably attractive to local bureaucratic totalitarians and mobsters, since it makes them collectively and more or less directly judges in their own causes (“Next to the impropriety of being Judge in one's own cause, is the appointment of the Judge”—Morris again, in Convention), which fraud as worthy instrument of predictably forwards local bureaucratic totalitarianism and mobsterism, as evidenced by the fraud and cruelty piled on fraud and cruelty of the present case.

Reliefs Sought

7. Plaintiff-Appellant respectfully seeks reversal of the decision of the above-referenced Memorandum Opinion and Order [Docket No. 30], and to be granted the minimal but appropriate reliefs sought in his above-referenced Amended Complaint [Docket No. 4].

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Walls

 First there are animal-paths, generally made or mostly maintained by the passage of larger hooved animals, as they find and use the shortest or easiest ways between food and water, also used and crossed and recrossed by animals of all kinds.

 Then we humans come and use those paths, too, using the easier ones for horse-paths.

 Then we use the easiest of those as wagon-roads, traffic and weights and wheels rutting and eroding, making it difficult for the smallest animals to cross, killing some beneath the wheels.

 Now traffic increases, and its frequency and weights and wheels make the roads still more difficult and dangerous for small animals to cross, killing more beneath the wheels.

 Now traffic increases further, and its speeds increase, and the roads are widened and graveled, with crossing still more difficult and dangerous for many small animals, killing still more beneath the wheels.

 Now comes the automobile, and traffic increases further, and weights, and speeds, killing more and more animals, and larger and larger ones, and it even starts becoming dangerous for birds and bees and butterflies to fly low across the roads.

 Now the roads are asphalted, and traffic and and weights and speeds increase further, and still more and more animals are killed as they try to cross or fly low across the roads, which are becoming walls of asphalt and machine and draft between water and wood everywhere, making it dangerous for the other animals of our living world to reach water, or food, even to pollinate.

 And now the roads are asphalt and concrete and multilane, with dividers and chain-link fences and actual concrete walls, impossible for animals to cross or fly low across, killing all that try, and the roads have become Walls of asphalt and concrete and machines and draft between wood and water everywhere, slicing our living world into smaller and smaller sections, making it less and less able to sustain itself.

 These our Walls between wood and water everywhere, slicing our living world into smaller and smaller and ever-less-diverse sections, are classic and pervasive examples of a change in quantity becoming or being also a change in quality (Hegel, Marx), examples devastating our living world.

 These our Walls are equally classic examples of our tunnel-vision typical even of our engineers and scientists with regard to the effects of our constructions and technologies upon our living world.

 And these our Walls are equally classic examples of our contempt for our living world (witness in particular the popularity of "road-kill" jokes).

 But what fairer way to judge us as a species, than by how we treat one another, and our living world?


 [See also:

 [ "Jewel"
 [ "The Overpopulation Equation"
 [ "Geocide"
 [ "The Savage Principle"
 [ "Population Law: The 1% Solution"
 [ "Photonomics: The Photosynthetic Economy"
 [ "The Just Limits of Wealth and Concentration of Wealth"
 [ "Beyond Plutocracy and Its Two-Plutocratic-Party System"
 [ "A World Without Lies, Evil or Violence"
 [ The Uncivil War ]

Monday, December 23, 2013

"Affluenza":
"It's the Noo USAye" III

 "Affluenza," the affliction cited by a psychologist to argue that a North Texas teenager from a wealthy family should not be sent to prison for killing four pedestrians while driving drunk, is not a recognized diagnosis and should not be used to justify bad behavior, experts said Thursday.

A judge's decision to give 16-year-old Ethan Couch 10 years of probation for the fatal accident sparked outrage from relatives of those killed and has led to questions about the defense strategy. A psychologist testified in Couch's trial in a Fort Worth juvenile court that as a result of "affluenza," the boy should not receive the maximum 20-year prison sentence prosecutors were seeking.

The term "affluenza" was popularized in the late 1990s by Jessie O'Neill, the granddaughter of a past president of General Motors, when she wrote the book "The Golden Ghetto: The Psychology of Affluence." It has since been used to describe a condition in which children — generally from richer families — have a sense of entitlement, are irresponsible, make excuses for poor behavior, and sometimes dabble in drugs and alcohol, explained Dr. Gary Buffone, a Jacksonville, Fla., psychologist who does family wealth advising.

But Buffone said in a telephone interview Thursday that the term wasn't meant to be used as a defense in a criminal trial or to justify such behavior.

"The simple term would be spoiled brat," he said.

"Essentially what he (the judge) has done is slapped this child on the wrist for what is obviously a very serious offense which he would be responsible for in any other situation," Buffone said. "The defense is laughable, the disposition is horrifying … not only haven't the parents set any consequences, but it's being reinforced by the judge's actions" . . . :

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/12/affluenza-dwi-dui-texas/3999487/

Affluenza: the latest excuse for the wealthy to do whatever they want


"I was raised in a wealthy family that never taught me to take responsibility for my actions, so I therefore should not be held liable for anything I do."

It's funny how that doesn't fly for poor or working-class families, isn't it?

But as Plutarch said, "it is only worthless men who seek to excuse that deterioration of their character by pleading neglect in their early years."

And it is only worthless courts that excuse the wealthy for their misdeeds on account of their wealth.

And it's not Ethan Couch, or the Couch family, or the Waltons, or the Kochs, that have "affluenza":

It's America.


(See also:

Ye Olde American Plutocracy

Ye Olde American Plutocracy Part II

"It's the Noo USAye"

"It's the Noo USAye" II

Beyond Plutocracy and Its Two-Plutocratic-Party System

)

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Second Round

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
NORTHERN DIVISION AT ASHLAND
CASE NO. 0:12-CV-00028-HRW

JOHN DAVID KENNARD, PLAINTIFF

VS.

CITY OF ASHLAND, KENTUCKY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS


PLAINTIFF JOHN DAVID KENNARD'S
MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF HIS
MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT


1. The Plaintiff, John David Kennard, submits this Memorandum of Law in support of his Motion for Summary Judgment. Based on the allegations of the Complaint and Amended Complaint filed herein, and on the responses of the Defendants City of Ashland, Kentucky, and County of Boyd, Kentucky, it is clear that the Plaintiff John David Kennard is entitled to summary judgment as a matter of law on his claims against the Defendants City of Ashland, Kentucky, and County of Boyd, Kentucky.

2. This case is on remand from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Case No. 13-5406, with instructions for this Court to consider the procedural due process claim clearly set out in the Plaintiff's Amended Complaint.

3.  Defendant City of Ashland filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on November 6, 2013, to which this Motion is Answer and Countermotion.


I. OPERATIVE FACTS

4. The Court has been fully briefed on the facts of this case previously, but the Movant rehearses the facts under penalty of perjury relevant to the resolution of the Plaintiff's procedural due process claim forthwith:

(a) On March 7, 2012, the Plaintiff was driven out of his wholly-owned home by officers and employees of Defendant City of Ashland for inability to afford utilities, and the doors of his home drilled and padlocked by them.

(b) At the same time, Plaintiff's eight housecats, feline persons Abbie; her daughter Squeaky and son Max; Maggie; (female) Gray; (male) Fumey; and Sunny and his sister Claudia, neutered, fully-domesticated indoor animals, the Plaintiff's sole companions for seven years to that date, timid and terrified of strangers, were dragged by officers and employees of Defendant City of Ashland by their necks using clamping poles from under and behind furniture and appliances rodeo-style as they tried to hide, caged, and taken to Defendant County of Boyd's Animal Control Center, in routine coordination therebetween.

(c) The Plaintiff spoke with County of Boyd Animal Control Center Director Paul Helton by telephone on two occasions during the first week thereafter, informing him that said feline persons had been seized from the Plaintiff's home and that the Plaintiff could not afford the ransom demanded for them of $20 apiece during the first week amounting to $160 total, rising to $60 apiece thereafter amounting to $480 total, and they were shortly thereafter routinely killed.

(d) All of the foregoing acts of violence were committed in routine coordination by Defendants City of Ashland and County of Boyd against the Plaintiff and his companions in the complete absence of any charge, trial, conviction, sentence or court order.

(e) The Plaintiff discovered two days after his eviction and the seizure of his companions that the Defendant City of Ashland was at that very time taking Federal monies from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program, via the Kentucky Housing Corporation, to prevent such evictions; immediately inquired by telephone as to how the City of Ashland could both take such monies and simultaneously evict poor and misfortunate citizens for inability to afford utilities; and was told “That’s a different department”.

II. ARGUMENT

5. Defendants City of Ashland and County of Boyd working routinely together violated in the most brutal way the Plaintiff’s fundamental human rights to be secure in his home and property, rights recognized by the Fourth Amendment to our Federal Constitution, as well as his rights to correspondingly-substantive due process guaranteed by both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments before such fundamental rights be invaded, in particular the right to trial:

By “correspondingly-substantive due process” he means that such fundamental human rights can only be invaded on substantial proof (not Executive or administrative or Legislative presumption) of substantial injury (no mere misdemeanor can ever justify such invasion) in substantial procedure, to wit trial overseen by the independent Judiciary provided for in our Constitutions both Federal and State.

Defendants also deprived the Plaintiff in the most brutal and permanent way of his long-time companionship with his eight housecats Abbie, Squeaky, Max, Maggie, Gray, Fumey, Sunny and Claudia.

6. In previous pleading in this case, Defendant City of Ashland asserted that its "police powers" were superior to the Plaintiff's Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights, an obviously un-Consitutional doctrine since the very definition of those powers is those not denied to government by our Federal Constitution, or explicitly vested thereby solely in the Federal government, or retained by the people, and restricted by the Fourteenth Amendment to those powers analogous to the Federal but not explicitly and solely vested in the latter (see below).

In its Motion for Summary Justice of November 6th, 2013, Defendant City of Ashland shifts its ground and admits the applicability of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the instant and similar cases but asserts a doctrine of "minimal" fulfillment of any procedural requirements involved.

All powers and rights originally and ultimately reside in the people. Every governmental power is a partial or complete transfer of one or more powers or rights from the people to government, and every power or right of the people not so transferred is a restriction or limitation of the power of government. Our American Federal Constitutional (and lesser statutory) system restricts governmental powers to those explicitly placed in government, retaining all others in the people:  This doctrine was explicitly established by the people in the interpretative articles of our Federal Constitution, the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, themselves amended by the Fourteenth Amendment, which extends the powers and rights of the people as Federal citizens, and therefore restrictions on Federal governmental powers, to the people as State citizens as well, and therefore extending the corresponding limitations on Federal powers to the powers of the States as well.

It can easily be seen that our fundamental Constitutional doctrine and statutes minimize governmental powers and maximize the powers and rights of the people.

And any doctrine of "minimization" of the powers and rights of the people entirely contradicts this fundamental doctrine of our Constitutional system.

Indeed, Defendant City of Ashland not only asserts an un-Constitutional maximization of its powers and minimization of the powers and rights of the people residing therein, but its assertion that the Fourth and Fifth Amendments do not require independent Judicial mediation before driving the poor out of their wholly-owned homes and killing their pets for inability to afford utilities amounts not just to minimization but nullification of the powers and rights of the people involved as well as the authority of the Judiciary.

7. Finally, justice delayed is justice denied: It has been twenty months since the Plaintiff filed the present simple Constitutional and tort case against Defendants City of Ashland and County of Boyd, during which time he has been homeless due to the violence practiced upon him and his companions by them.

III. CONCLUSION

8. For all of the foregoing reasons, the Plaintiff John David Kennard prays that this Court enters summary judgment in his favor against Defendants City of Ashland and County of Boyd on his claim for compensation due to their violations of his Constitutional right to be secure in his home and property and to due process and for related injuries, and grants the reliefs sought in his Amended Complaint.


[This is a little rough, but I thought I had thirty days to respond to the City of Ashland's Motion for Summary Judgment; got nervous and double-checked, and found I only had twenty-one; pulled an all-nighter Tuesday night before last (I'd already grasped the argument, and used the City's Motion and Memorandum as my models); spent Wednesday scraping up printout, mailers, postage, etc., through the kindness of friends; and filed last Thursday.

[In particular, the third paragraph of section 6 should read at the end "the Fourteenth Amendment, which extends the powers and rights of the people as Federal citizens to them as State citizens, and the corresponding limitations on Federal powers to State powers—and the States cannot delegate powers they do not have to inferior jurisdictions such as municipalities and counties.")]

Friday, June 14, 2013

Mobsters

Mobsters operate best within and behind government, political party, corporation (especially bank and law-firm), and labor-union.

Nor does it matter whether those mobsters establish such front, or subvert it by infiltration, bribe, threat and violence, or buy it, or it degenerates into mobsterism on its own, every group of people wielding any significant power for any significant period of time becoming mobsters.

You know mobsters by their actions.

Friday, April 12, 2013

White House Petition:
Investigate and Prosecute the Oil Bubble of 2006-8

The Oil Bubble of 2006-8 quadrupled the price of oil in less than two years and deliberately destroyed the economy of the world and the United States, in an act of war against the world, a war-crime against the world, and a crime against all humanity, from which the world and the United States are still reeling, and those Americans who engineered it, ran it, profited from it, and have helped cover it up since must be prosecuted by Federal Government, for rebellion, to the fullest extent of the law, even unto death and revocation of corporate charter and total confiscation of assets of all principal conspirators including organizations in the worst cases, and we do hereby petition the President of the United States to do so.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/investigate-and-prosecute-oil-bubble-2006-8/ZQqKx1N7

IMTOB

[Expired after thirty days with only three (3) votes.]

Keywords: commodity speculation, commodity exchanges, corruption, crimes against humanity, economic warfare, Oil Bubble of 2006-8, International Military Tribunal, IMTOB, London City Labour, London City Conservatives, London City Liberal Democrats, plutocracy, two-plutocratic-party system, Wall Street Democrats, Wall Street Libertarians, Wall Street Republicans, war-crimes

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Top-Down Taxation,
or Tax-Grazing

Sales-, income- and withholding-taxes are regressive, weighing least heavily on the wealthiest, where any fair system of taxation should weigh heaviest.

Wealth only should be taxed, and only of individuals (except where profits flow abroad, where heavily-progressive taxation of profits should be levied).

How should wealth be taxed, in such a way to be fairest to most of the wealthy as well?

It should be confiscated granularly, from the top down, in top-down taxation called here "tax-grazing":

Take, for example, a country with one hundred citizens, possessing from poorest to wealthiest from one thousand to one hundred thousand dollars in wealth, each possessing one thousand dollars more than the next-less and less than the next-more wealthy.

The total wealth of this country will be $5,050,000.

Let us then examine the effect of tax-grazing 1% of the total wealth of those citizens and that country percentile-wise, percent by percent.

1% of the total wealth of those citizens and that country would be $50,500.

There is only one citizen with wealth in the highest percentile, and the total wealth held in that percentile is one thousand dollars, so the first thousand dollars of tax-grazing comes from that percentile and citizen, reducing his or her wealth to $99,000.

There now are two citizens with wealth in the second-highest percentile, and the total wealth held in that percentile is two thousand dollars, so the next two thousand dollars of tax-grazing comes from that percentile and those citizens, reducing their wealths to $98,000 apiece, and giving us three thousand dollars total from tax-grazing.

There now are three citizens with wealth in the third-highest percentile, and the total wealth held in that percentile is three thousand dollars, so the next three thousand dollars of tax-grazing comes from that percentile and those citizens, reducing their wealths to $97,000 apiece, and giving us six thousand dollars total from tax-grazing.

There now are four citizens with wealth in the fourth-highest percentile, and the total wealth held in that percentile is four thousand dollars, so the next four thousand dollars of tax-grazing comes from that percentile and those citizens, reducing their wealths to $96,000 apiece, and giving us ten thousand dollars total from tax-grazing.

There now are five citizens with wealth in the fifth-highest percentile, and the total wealth held in that percentile is five thousand dollars, so the next five thousand dollars of tax-grazing comes from that percentile and those citizens, reducing their wealths to $95,000 apiece, and giving us fifteen thousand dollars total from tax-grazing.

There now are six citizens with wealth in the sixth-highest percentile, and the total wealth held in that percentile is six thousand dollars, so the next six thousand dollars of tax-grazing comes from that percentile and those citizens, reducing their wealths to $94,000 apiece, and giving us twenty-one thousand dollars total from tax-grazing.

There now are seven citizens with wealth in the seventh-highest percentile, and the total wealth held in that percentile is seven thousand dollars, so the next seven thousand dollars of tax-grazing comes from that percentile and those citizens, reducing their wealths to $93,000 apiece, and giving us twenty-eight thousand dollars total from tax-grazing.

There now are eight citizens with wealth in the eighth-highest percentile, and the total wealth held in that percentile is eight thousand dollars, so the next eight thousand dollars of tax-grazing comes from that percentile and those citizens, reducing their wealths to $92,000 apiece, and giving us thirty-six thousand dollars total from tax-grazing.

There now are nine citizens with wealth in the ninth-highest percentile, and the total wealth held in that percentile is nine thousand dollars, so the next nine thousand dollars of tax-grazing comes from that percentile and those citizens, reducing their wealths to $91,000 apiece, and giving us forty-five thousand dollars total from tax-grazing.

And there now are ten citizens with wealth in the tenth-highest percentile, and the total wealth held in that percentile is ten thousand dollars, so the final five thousand five hundred dollars of tax-grazing needed comes from that percentile and those citizens equally, reducing their wealths to $90,450 apiece.

The worst-hit of all the wealthiest citizens has been tax-grazed less than ten percent of his or her wealth, and is still in the highest percentile of wealth in the country.

And eighty-nine citizens have not been taxed AT ALL, their "consumer" confidences and buying-powers, and therefore national business/corporate sales, profits, dividends and capital gains, unscathed, in populist "trickle-up economics" with its plenty in place of aristocracy-plutocracy's "trickle-down economics" and its "austerity".

Naturally there will be as many and as various attempts to evade such taxation as at present, for example in the classic sale-and-sweetheart-lifetime-lease arrangement for real property, but no tax-system can be effective where such fraud is not investigated, prosecuted and punished, with both prison-time and confiscation of the wealth involved.

And there should of course be truth in ownership, such that any wealth the ownership of which has been concealed or falsified, or the ownership trail of which leads to a country which allows the concealment or falsification of ownership, shall be confiscated by the country (State/Province perhaps in Federal countries) where it is located.


Keywords: antiplutocracy, aristocracy, austerity, economics, plenty, plutocracy, populism, tax-grazing, top-down taxation, trickle-down economics, trickle-up economics

Friday, November 09, 2012

Good Americans

The First Principle of the American two-plutocratic-party-system political corps, "elected", appointed, hired or contracted, is "Cover Your Ass (CYA)".

The Second Principle of the American two-plutocratic-party-system political corps is "What's In It For Me? (WIIFM)", also expressed as "Nothing for nothing" and "Money talks, bullshit walks".

The American two-plutocratic-party-system political corps has and needs no third principle.

And in this, if in no other way, the American two-plutocratic-party-system political corps for once truly represents the working-people it strings along and loots and sets upon one another on behalf of its owners.

You can even see it in the religion they all profess and some even believe in:

That religion doesn't preach not doing evil because it's evil, or doing good because it's good.

It preaches not doing evil because it'll be punished in "Hell" ("Cover Your Ass"), and doing good because it'll be rewarded in "Heaven" ("What's In It For Me?").

Such is the "morality" of banality, from the lowest to "the Highest", in seamless web.


Keywords: aristocracy, corruption, morality, plutocracy, slavery, theocracy, two-plutocratic-party-system

Thursday, November 08, 2012

US Politics: The Blue-State Letter

From a correspondent of a correspondent, who got it from somewhere else . . . :

"Dear Red States:

"We're ticked off at your Neandertal attitudes and politics and we've decided we're leaving.

"We in California intend to form our own country and we're taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren't aware, that includes New York, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and the rest of the Northeast.

"We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation and especially to the people of the new country, the Enlightened States of America (ESA).

 "To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the original and now 'right-to-work' slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get Andrew Cuomo and Elizabeth Warren. You get Bobby Jindal and Todd Akin. We get the Statue of Liberty. You get OpryLand. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get Stanford and Harvard. You get Ole Miss. We get 85% of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama. We get 2/3 of the tax revenue. You get to make the Red States pay their fair share. Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22% lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms. With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80% of the country's fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of the nation's fresh fruit, 95% of America's quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners), 90% of all cheese, 90% of the high tech industry, most US low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT. With the Red States you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs, 92% of all US mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia. We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you. 38% of those in the Red States believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11, and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we Lefties. We're taking the good weed, too. You can have that crap they grow in Mexico.

"Sincerely,

 "-- -----

"Citizen of the Enlightened States of America"


[I've slightly edited the above--various versions are in circulation--another correspondent located

http://monroeanderson.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/10/were-got-an-old-wound-that-sarah-palin-and-her-running-buddy-john-mccain-have-ripped-off-the-scab-and-torn-open-the-divid.html

--and this was probably originally Sumerian/Emegirean/Kiengerian.]