“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Evening Pearls of Wisdom
"A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one." Ben Franklin
Garbage in, garbage out.
Sometimes, Ph.D = Philosophical Dementia.
I was inspired by Proconsul Bremer.ReplyDelete
By the way allen, I was impressed with your defense of the quality of posting at the Elephant. After reading that, I went and read the latest EB vs BC post. I agree with you. We do not get as many posters, nut that has been increasing. we should never discourage new participation, but we have a good group and I would hate to lose the intimacy that we enjoy here.ReplyDelete
nuts and buts. we bet them both.ReplyDelete
Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.ReplyDelete
Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.
Eat more groundhog
James Rogers, another man executed by firing squad for his crimes, was asked if he had any last request, "Why, yes," he said, "A bulletproof vest."ReplyDelete
IMPORTANT SURVEY BETA TRIAL TONIGHTReplyDelete
In an attempt to help the EB I have developed a survey that I would like each poster to participate in this evening. The question is insignificant. Just press your finger on the screen under your choice.
1.I agree w/Habu 2.I agree w/Habu
Well compile the results overnight and post them when I get up around 9-9:30.ReplyDelete
Thank you all in advance for your participation.
If you do not participate the computer will pick an answer at random so that we will have a full data set to examine. Those chosen by the computer will be marked as such.
Popping into say a job well done.ReplyDelete
Here lies ButchReplyDelete
We planted him raw
He was quick on the trigger
But slow on the draw
Here lies the body of Henry MooreReplyDelete
Who got in the way of a .44
Here lies the body of our AnnaReplyDelete
Done to death by a banana
It wasn't the fruit that laid her low
But the skin of the thing that made
come on, I've actually visited boot hill. It goes like thisReplyDelete
Here lie lester moore
shot to death with a 44
I stand under correctionReplyDelete
Hoping for my resurrection
This is some REALLY EXCITING STUFF!ReplyDelete
I found this from Doug's link on the previous thread. I thought this was out there, somewhere, and it really is. I think it's a "World-Changer."
"Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker." -- Frank HerbertReplyDelete
Then, There's This.ReplyDelete
your good whit.ReplyDelete
Is there any chance Wretchard is C-4?ReplyDelete
Rufus, somewhere I read about a device--like a magnifying glass only alot bigger--that would sit on your roof follow the sun and focus the sun's rays and use the enrgy to heat your home, water,etc. Ever heard of it?ReplyDelete
The japanese invented a light concentrator that followed the sun and conducted the sunlight on optical fibers to transmit the natural light to dark rooms in the house. The light was always in balance with the natural light outside.ReplyDelete
I found this to be an interesting post:ReplyDelete
Sunday, July 10, 2005
The Belmont Club
The Belmont Club, or Wretchard rather, was cited in the Times of London in connection with "Downed US Seals may have got too close to Bin Laden". It's pretty strange since I've neither met Bin Laden nor ever been in Afghanistan, and makes me feel something of a fraud at being cited in connection with something I have no direct knowledge of. (Though the analysis is probably correct). It also reopens the question of whether Wretchard should continue to blog anonymously. Anonymous blogging has proved a good buffer against the petty vanities of authorship. The deal is you don't do radio interviews, signed articles etc. The upside is that you have no ego to protect. The ideas you articulate are separated from your own personality.
This model is only partially functional now. People who knew me in the past, as well as my colleagues at Pajamas Media, know perfectly well "who" I am, although I think that information is totally irrelevant. Since the model of anonymity is failing, I'll disclose the boring details. My name is Richard Fernandez, of Filipino birth and Australian citizenship. My interest in history probably began at Harvard, from which I graduated with a Masters in Public Policy. Wretchard is the name of an imaginary cat, the symbol of that entire race of stoic, yet somewhat foolish creatures. Belmont is the name of a suburb I roomed in while at Cambridge, Mass.
posted by wretchard at 7/10/2005 03:27:00 AM
Does this sound like C-4?ReplyDelete
Wretchard - OK, you're Filipino. You know there is a paucity of well paid media pundits and commentators that have ancestry in the Philippinesand are well-spoken and very insightful.
One in fact.
So....any desire to venture into media? Do women find you appealing? As men find Malkin???
Well, seriously now, I share your disappointment over the Philippines political problems and hope that if you still have relatives there, that they are not adversely affected...
7/10/2005 01:33:44 PM
Bob, there's a real sharp dot.com guy, also, in California that's into the "magnifier" technology really deep. His stuff is still being tested by UL, I think it is. If my memory serves, his name is Bill Gross (like the Bond guy.)ReplyDelete
I've got a real strong hunch the future's with this NanoSolar technology, though.
They're talking $0.05 Kw/hr, and that's kick-ass, with low initial cost of installation. I'm telling you; this bears watching.
Back around 1970, I think, some mag like Pop Science showed a big Steam Generator on a tower surrounded by an array of acres and acres of guided mirrors.ReplyDelete
Don't know if said tower got off the ground.
Motorcyclist's Wing ManReplyDelete
Dutch Kaffel of Frankfort, Ill., cruises along with Harley the Canada goose named after the motorcycle Kaffel rides on when the bird follows him.
"...The upside is that you have no ego to protect. The ideas you articulate are separated from your own personality..."
Ah but the enemies you make when you decide mid-stream to go towards a more anonymous model.
I got this by yahooing Bill Gross/Solar.ReplyDelete
If you google NanoSolar, you'll get a bunch on nanosolar, also. A lot of interesting stuff.ReplyDelete
I'm telling you guys, when you get down around a nickel without subsidies you're there.
Light tubes, optical fiber systems, prism lights and hybrid systems:ReplyDelete
Doug, it has. It's the Stirling Engine, I think; or Stirling solar engine, something like that.ReplyDelete
One of the big utilities in California is producing electricity (pretty competitively, I think) with one, and I think they're building more. Also, I think something might be happening in Colorado along those lines.
They're talking $0.05 Kw/hr, and that's kick-ass, with low initial cost of installation.
Well, places like Washington State with hydro, or Kentucky with coal, only pay $0.06 Kw/hr. It would benefit the northeast corridor, which now ways $0.13 Kw/hr, and especially Hawaii which pays $0.20 Kw/hr and has lots of sun.
Pound pound pound goes the StirlingReplyDelete
Ring ring ring goes the Bell.
Woman Catholic said...ReplyDelete
That would be PC for Sure:
Which includes a subsidy for chiropractors, ironically.
Hawaii was an early adopter, statewide.
Has since scaled back when costs skyrocketed along with the population of Chiroquackers in Paradise.
That coal-powered energy is going to get more expensive though, WC. They're eventually going to make them clean up the emissions quite a bit more.ReplyDelete
The idea of any city in the southern half of the U.S. ever burning an ounce of fossil fuel is ludicrous when you consider Solar during the day, and "waste to bio-gas" the rest of the time.ReplyDelete
Add in some wind-power, and we could cut our fossil fuel consumption by 90% in 10 years. I'm talking big-time Manhattan Project-style stuff, here, of course.ReplyDelete
About fifteen years ago, I was working with a Dutch utility company and a Japanese construction consortium and a German Engineering firm that developed a technology where they stripped the sulfer from the smoke stacks of coal burning generators by using a lime mist that produced gypsum as a byproduct. They took scrap newspaper and manufactured gypsum fiberboard with both waste products.ReplyDelete
This guy was one of our kid's scoutmasters
This is a Much better article concerning the agreement between S. California Edison and Stirling to produce a Huge Solar Complex that could power ONE MILLION HOMES.ReplyDelete
Well, seriously now, I share your disappointment over the Philippines political problems and hope that if you still have relatives there, that they are not adversely affected...
The P.I. is exactly like a "Latin American" country that got lost and sits in the waters of East Asia, and it shares the same problems that a place like Mexico does...ie, a few mega-rich families control nearly all the wealth and Senate positions, while teeming masses of mostly very good, devout Christian people try to make it day by day...and it is very hard when the price of gas for their jeepneys even today won't come down. Crony capitalism is deeply entrenched and ensures that the country will never become an "Asian Tiger" like South Korea or Taiwan. The communist New People's Army is still lurking around, and there's a corner of Mindinao that wants to break off and form an independent Moro (Muslim) state. Things are so bad that last February 74 people were trampled to death trying to get a chance at a lousy $20,000 jackpot.
But WC, does that sound like Cedarford?ReplyDelete
(1996 Press Release)ReplyDelete
"The only other one in the United States is NOPEC (No OPEC, get it?) in Lakeland, Fla.
The real key to this kind of recycling venture, says Sheehan, is supply.
NOPEC's founder locked up the Florida used french fry oil supply first thing. Now he is producing up to 22 million gallons a year of biodiesel"
NOPEC, Just Old Peckers.
Damn, Doug; Peanuts get about 120 gallons of biodiesel/acre; that's compared to about 60 for soybeans. That's a money-maker.ReplyDelete
120 gal per acre is a money maker? It seems you would make a lot more money growing gladiolas.ReplyDelete
My guess: Lebanese-extraction Ford Motor Co engineer. Got all the Ford political positions (as did Henry), plus the cedars-of-lebanon tag, plus the um, dislike, um, of Israeli-type folks. Michiganish, Dearbornish, sensibilities. Engineer way of keyboarding, with the walled-off topics rolled into "project" length posts. Linear. Data-driven. Wears the plastic pocket-protector. Thick glasses, not real big on humor, 35-40. Bowls in a company league. Eats out, fast-food. Video-gamer in spare time.ReplyDelete
No value judgements--just my hunch.
Of course, any land that can grow peanuts could probably produce 15 ton/acre of switch grass which would yield 1400 gallons of ethanol, so, there you go.ReplyDelete
Don't knock your namesake, Rudolf.
He didn't have the hindsight of history, or even the buttsights under Buddy's Grandstands.
"Rudolf Diesel envisioned with his first fuel ― peanut oil!"
Pretty good Buddy. What about the posting times?ReplyDelete
Yeah, Deuce, but how many gladiolas can you sell. Admittedly, 120 gallons of biodiesel isn't a big money maker, but most of that peanut land ain't too hot.ReplyDelete
See my above post about switch grass. I'm not a big fan of biodiesel crops in the U.S. They require huge subsidies, unlike palm oil, jatropha, coconut, Cassava and some other tropical plants which produce a bunch of oil. Ex. Palm oil is about 900 gallons/acre, and requires much less cultivation.
Of course, if they ever get algae up and running everything else is old news.
Eat more fast food.ReplyDelete
Produce more MauiBioDiesel.
...not to mention methane.
um, yas, the bookclub has dispensed with Seymour Butz' "Under the Grandstand" and is now discussing I.P. Freely's "The Yellow River".ReplyDelete
It seems to me the crop of choice must be a perennial.ReplyDelete
Deuce, not Rufus, sorry.ReplyDelete
That's okay Doug, Henry Ford designed the Model T to run on alcohol. Gasoline just got too cheap, and too available.ReplyDelete
Sure Deuce; hence, switchgrass, sugar cane, trees, shrubs, etc.ReplyDelete
Splodes better too.ReplyDelete
Remember Dave "Fireball" MacDonald at Indy?
can't do posting times. I'm a detective, but not a very *good* detective.ReplyDelete
Some of the hybrid poplars are very aggressive growers and withstand multiple cutting.ReplyDelete
Regarding my 10:07; SC Edison is supposed to have that first Stirling Solar Complex up and running in a couple of moneths; the first quarter of 07'.ReplyDelete
But WC, does that sound like Cedarford?
You seem to be trying to build a case that Wretchard is Cedarford. As near as I can tell, only Habu1 is using multiple sockpuppets on either BC or EB. But Wretchard is of Filipino extraction, and Jews are like alien beings to Filipinos, they have almost no contact with them, and so no reason to want them to be exterminated...and it's not like Harvard is Bob Jones U or something.
In a side (but related) note, I see that Robert Byrd will be elected Grand Imperial Wizard of the Senate, and stand three heartbeats away from the Oval Office.
...then some bastard business partner took out Mickey Thompson and his wife!ReplyDelete
Just got busted, 2 decades later.
I read where, somewhere, somebody is doing a "poplar" farm for ethanol. Small project.ReplyDelete
There will be a huge business trimming/clearing national forests.ReplyDelete
Envision a mobile refinery on a trailor truck. You heard it here, first.ReplyDelete
WC, It is an open case. I have more, but was curious if anyone else had any thoughts on it.ReplyDelete
Poplars would be good for flood plains and do double duty as ethanol and flood control.ReplyDelete
Runtchard is probably Deuce, maybe Whit. Probably Deuce.ReplyDelete
Runt - the little oneReplyDelete
The little Wretchard
Oops, it got awful quiet all of a sudden.ReplyDelete
Was it somethin I said?ReplyDelete
If you get a little down and need a cheering up, get 'The Fastest Indian'. Good movie, kind I like. Happy ending, good acting, simple plot a guy like me can follow. Celebrates the good part of the human spirit.ReplyDelete
You violated a copyright, Rufus.ReplyDelete
i always just use my name. I want to make enemies who can find me, so i can get rid of some of this moldering old magnum buckshot laying around here.ReplyDelete
A wicked brew of tamales and hatred, here in the house on Horror Hill.ReplyDelete
(cough) any room in there, rufus?ReplyDelete
Dayyum! Twice in One Day?ReplyDelete
alright, how come habu can act crazy but I can't? Double Standard!ReplyDelete
no, i interrupted a good alt energy discourse. apologies. i'll retire until i get over the giggle fit.ReplyDelete
You are not to be taken seriously, Buddy.ReplyDelete
Did I say it badly? I mean, like, you know, the smaller blog; the one with less traffic, fewer commenters, You Know?ReplyDelete
Not to say that Deuce, or Whit, are "Runts," or nothing like that, you know. Like maybe just a cute way of livening up the joint and having a little fun.
Like, a "Whooppee" Cushion, ya know?
C'mon guys, talk to me. I didn't mean nothin bad, by it. Honest!
LOL doug you bastard youReplyDelete
wonder, how *does* this blog do, by way of 'hits'?ReplyDelete
A couple of hundred a day, from me.ReplyDelete
Before I got 86'd.ReplyDelete
I guess I'll slide into the doghouse and get a little sleep. Lock the door, and turn out the lights when you leave, Buddy.ReplyDelete
I'll clean up.ReplyDelete
May the wind be always at your back, and Fido not snore in his sleep.ReplyDelete
When is closing time for the Elephant Bar, anyway, when it wraps all the way around the Earth?ReplyDelete
a string of John Ford/John Wayne/Monument Valley movies on TCM, for the nighthawks--ReplyDelete
Bin Laden doesn't matter any more, alive or dead. Because, like nuclear scientists, he has invented the bomb.ReplyDelete
You can arrest all of the world's nuclear scientists but the bomb has been made. BinLaden created al-Qaeda amid the matchwood of the Middle East.
Bin Laden doesn't Matter
Hey, somebody's gotta get that Spoon Surgeon guy here:ReplyDelete
That takes us to Thailand.
Land of the Friendly (Muzzie) Coups.
EB "Humor" "Shallow and Distorted."ReplyDelete
Trina tsk tsk.
(coulda woulda, but shoulda?)
How would you describe the Dreamweaver learning curve for a total beginner?
The challenge with that question is how you define total beginner.
When my friend's mother first tried using his computer, she picked up his mouse, pointed it at the monitor and quickly got frustrated that it didn't change channels.
Kid used to do support for ISP:ReplyDelete
I'll have to ask him for some of the old classics.
Two I remember:
Lady stuffing a floppy in the CD cart.
Using it for a Cupholder!
"Sometimes, Ph.D = Philosophical Dementia."ReplyDelete
Or, Ph.D = Posthole Digger
Or, Ph.D = Piled High & Deep... which probably describes most of our academic elites these days.
"...but we have a good group and I would hate to lose the intimacy that we enjoy here."ReplyDelete
Even the lurking is good in the EB.
Enter the James Baker and Lee Hamilton-led Iraq Study Group (ISG). It's my bet that it will produce nothing original in terms of strategic and operational thinking.ReplyDelete
It may well produce a set of policy recommendations palatable to Democrats and Republicans -- in other words, consensus political cover that allows the sober and wise to continue to support Iraq's war for freedom and modernity.
Desert Storm Legacy
doug< i could teach you all you need to know with photoshop in four hours. There are so many features you can ignore. It all depends on your visual creativity.ReplyDelete
Triton'sPolarTiger , it looks like you are in the post-lurking stage. Welcome aboard.ReplyDelete
Or which filters you use, lol.ReplyDelete
possumDieter, Oh that says" Post a Comment on:"ReplyDelete
I misread it>
Gentleman, I am going into the world of Second Life, where I shall prepare the way for you.ReplyDelete
Teresita has obviously retreated to this Matrix, but I shall make it my end-user's specification that she be found. Wretchard is known to inhabit Second Life, when he is not on a noble quest in World of Warcraft. So I go, as those whove gone before -
Fear not the limits of the intertextual or the blunders of making hypertext. Soon, the Internet of Things will arrive and we must ensure The BC and EB spirit shall live forever!
Wait, what? Now I'm confused?
You're right tho, photoshop is an amazing piece of software. You can earn college credit in photoshop. Its obviously played a role in the GWOT already. The right creative professional at the right time can make all the difference in the world...
Show us, the hypertextualy challenged, the mis apostorphied knaves that we are, the way possumdieter. The forum belongs to those willing to stand forward.ReplyDelete
I think ill stick to hypertext. I cant even figure out how to make a belt in second life.ReplyDelete
Lady stuffing a floppy in the CD cart. Using it for a Cupholder!
Female IT experts
What I can never figure is how about 12,000,000 Jews, spread all over the globe, with only a fraction remotely Orthodox, manage to wield such power, as attributed by C4 et al, and simulataneously be up sh*t creek most of the time.
The Elders aren't doing a very good job. Maybe we Jews need an "Bloody Tuesday" election.