Archive for July, 2011
Commenters have mentioned the fact that us Bigots have more actual experience talking with minorities than whites who are militantly anti-white do. In the segregation days it was generally admitted that the average Yankee could count on one hand the number of actual blacks he had ever talked to, though he freely called us “prejudiced,” which means to judge a thing without seeing it.
What might be called my first multicultural experience was when I went to a segregated first grade. My nearest potential white playmate was a mile away, and I didn’t starting going to his place until I learned to ride a bike.
My last book included the Mantra as well as a denunciation of Mommy Professor, and I gave copy to the black female guard, or Courtesy Officer, downstairs. She read the whole book that day, and in fact the manageress said she was a bit worried about her guard duties since every time she saw her, her face was buried in that book.
First, of course, not many working people get a book from the author. Secondly, my book was an answer to all those people who imply that you don’t know anything unless you’ve been to college.
But it also contained a defense of the existence of my race, and I never hesitated to give it to a black woman who talks to everyone in the building where I own my living space.
From then until she was transferred by her company she kept assuring me she was my biggest fan.
I got up a conversation on the net some time back with a black guy who was born in West Columbia, just as I was. He couldn’t see anything wrong with my wanting to keep my race alive in the immigration and assimilation craze, though he himself had hated segregation.
He said it was a noble sentiment, he just hadn’t thought of it that way before.
It IS a noble sentiment. I have never hidden it from any member of a minority group.
There is general impression that somehow in order to have a non-white like you, you have to guarantee him your daughter. But no Orthodox Jew is going to do that. All those wild assimilationists who call themselves Christians do not consider that the only wedding Jesus blessed, the Wedding at Cana, would not have been blessed by him if it had been multicultural.
It is almost impossible to get any rabbi to even attend, much less perform, a multicultural wedding involving a Jew or Jewess.
If they are going to use the word multicultural when they mean multiracial, we might as well get some mileage out of it.
There is only one final solution to race problem. That was the problem in the debate over segregation. The same people who said integration had nothing to do with intermarriage then now say the whole purpose was the final solution, interracial marriage.
This is the kind of thing respectable cosnervatives make a living by never remembering.
Practical Politics Seminar: Non-Voting Politics and 21st Century Verbal Tactics For Anyone White and Normal
Third Weekend of September, Knoxville, TN-Area
We stand at a remarkable time in our history. All White countries, and only White countries, presently endure a demand for displacement of their White populations through massive immigration of non-Whites. White countries around the world suffer under the calumny and hatred of anti-White legislation and institutionalized group vilification of their native population. The path that led our countries to this remarkable point can be traced through the words and tactics used by anti-White agitators. Simply put, verbal tactics and a consistent message overwhelmed the reason and innate sense of self-worth that should have checked these anti-White movements every step of the way. Instead, a few invented terms and a concept of “racism” rooted in opposition to White hegemony in our own countries allowed our leadership and elites to pursue a genocide on their own people without opposition.
These words and tactics resonated in their own time and in their own place. Today we see a new group of people, in the United States and abroad, dedicated to leveraging the hypocrisies of this anti-White myth. The past decades of one-sided venom against White families, and the subsequent recalcitrance from our so-called leaders to oppose it on the grounds of genocide, shows nothing if not that words and a powerful vision can change the world. Today a group of people whom you likely know of (and many whom you may not) pursue a new vision. This new vision compels the propagators of the old one to answer for their crimes and wields a stronger power because it speaks the truth instead of an anti-White fantasy.
To answer the demand for accountability from those who disparage and attack the happiness, lives, and faith of White people wherever we may live, a seminar on verbal tactics will convene in East Tennessee in the third weekend of September. Pro-White presenters from different walks of life will lead workshops on different aspects of their expertise in this struggle to engage and galvanize White morale. The overwhelming theme of this seminar will address the simple verbal tactics that crumble the facade of anti-Whites and give our people the offensive. All attendees will leave with the tools to turn any curse word, such as “racist,” on its head and leave their antagonist retreating.
Workshops will focus on varying situations in which our attendees may utilize these tools. Many different goals can be attained using the same consistent message. Whether you hope to leave confident to rouse your neighbor or social group to a pro-White stand, or wish to run for political office, the presenters will address many possible opportunities and situations to utilize these practical tools.
This seminar will expand upon the power of words and symbols. Symbolic figures wielding powerful, simple phrases and chants have changed history. It will focus attendee’s efforts against anti-White opponents into specific phrases, symbols, and public demonstrations. These tactics are designed to most quickly neutralize the anti-White opposition’s hexes and curses such as “racism” and “White supremacism.” Whether you intend to represent White interests as a public figure or from behind-the-scenes, group discussions and exercises will equip you with vital keys to crumble the enemy’s facade.
The seminar itself will take place over one long day and will provide many opportunities to interact with presenters and attendees alike. Attendees who have already confirmed their registration include pro-White organizers, businesspeople, authors, activists, contributors, and many others who have dedicated themselves effectively to promoting a pro-White agenda. The Knoxville area is beautifully surrounded by the Smoky Mountains and the seminar will offer ample opportunities to enjoy the surrounding country with other attendees.
This seminar will focus on arming attendees with verbal tactics and then practicing them in a comfortable environment with long-time experts. During the breaks, conversation with presenters and attendees alike will give the opportunity to discuss ideas and become involved in a larger network.
Below is a brief list of presenters and workshop leaders:
James Edwards, a pro-White political activist and host of the award winning and long running pro-White AM radio program, the Political Cesspool out of Memphis, TN, and author of Racism Schmacism. He will speak and address throwing anti-Whites on the defensive instead of cowering to name-calling.
Bob Whitaker, a former Capital Hill staffer and political lobbyist, currently writes for his blog, Bob’s Undergraduate Seminar, and there organizes his readers to utilize his version of the pro-White consistent message across the internet. He will lead discussions on the consistent message and leveraging hypocrisy by opposing White Genocide.
Paul Fromm, a Canadian Free Speech advocate, and director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression, has defended numerous people charged over the past several years by the Canadian government of subversive speech on the internet under its so-called “hate speech laws.” He will address pro-White advocacy under the hammer of government censorship.
Horus the Avenger, a student of Bob Whitaker and the host of the popular podcast, Follow the White Rabbit, focuses his efforts on training pro-White advocates in utilizing verbal tactics against anti-Whites and maintaining a consistent message at all times. He will bring his expertise in practical politics to a ready audience. His workshop will be conducted in conjunction with internet radio host and daily correspondent to the AM radio Don and Derek Black Show, Truck Roy. Their past team podcasts on this topic have already caught fire across the internet.
The entire staff of the pro-White AM radio program The Don and Derek Black Show will be in attendance and participating in workshops and presentations throughout the day.
Many other prominent attendees and presenters will also be present. There will also be a contingent of attendees focused on business from the “Economic Summits” organized on Stormfront. As well there will be people experienced with homesteading and hobbyfarming and a slough of entrepreneurial skills.
Because of a dedicated and talented group of organizers, the seminar has multiple private locations throughout the area. There is no concern of cancellation, but let it be known that a large open field and a big-top tent remain one possible fallback should it become necessary. This is the spirit in which this vital seminar will be conducted. This event presents a key opportunity to gain connections to the large network of effective pro-White activists across America and the world.
Attendance is limited to a little over 150. In order to guarantee a place, please register early. The cost, $45 per attendee payable through Stormfront, will guarantee a place at the seminar and will include you immediately in further plans as we approach the date. Food will be provided at the location. All attendees may book their own accommodations, and a lodging recommendation in the area will be sent after successful registration. No tickets will be available less than 72 hours before the seminar begins.
Register for the seminar through a donation to Stormfront. Include $45 per ticket and designate the payment as for the seminar. Please be sure to include a reliable means to contact you quickly (preferably a cell phone number or email address) with updates.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Wouldn’t it be wonderful for a killer if he could tell the police, “You have asked that question twenty times. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for being so repetitious.”
No doubt it does make them look unsophisticated, but the police are not respectable conservatives. They simply will not stop asking a question until it has been answered. In fact they don’t stop asking it after it has been answered because they want to be sure your answer is consistent.
But everybody seems to be a sucker for this “repetitious” line.
Normally all a liberal has to do is make it clear that that point has been made enough and a conservative backs off, or he will lose his respectable paycheck.
But if it ever happens that some respectable conservative has cajones enough to keep demanding an answer, there is one way to shut him up..
The liberal says, “I already answered that.”
When you have chased an anti-white around over all over with the Mantra, they will refer to the thousands of words they and other have said and claim the question has already been asked over and over and ANSWERED over and over.
Respectable conservatives get paid for falling for that line, but a cop who did would be looking for a new line of work.
That “You already asked that” and the follow up “I already answered that” simply do not work with grownups.
I haven’t been keeping up with it, but the Norwegian who did the Oslo killings seems to have been a Tea Party type.
That is to say, this extremist is allowed to denounce runaway immigration, and at the same time, as a Wordist “Christian,” he is pro-Israel.
The guy doing the shooting at the Holocaust Memorial was an 88-year-old white man.
There is going to be a lot of violence, because violence is ALWAYS the result when you forcibly shut off discussion of any important issue.
Naturally when an incident like Oklahoma City or Oslo comes up, the left says it is a result of not suppressing the other side enough. Even more naturally no respectable conservative EVER points out that violence comes from suppressing discussion of an issue.
I remember when Colmes told Hannity that the gun issue was not gone, because there would be another mass killing incident and gun control would be front and center again. He was practically salivating over the prospect. Anybody who did that on the right would lost his respectability pay check instantly.
After that there were incidents, but for decades every time a person shot down a group of unarmed, I repeat, unarmed, people, it caused an immediate cry for gun control. But since it finally filtered down even to the respectable conservatives that a mass killer can only operate when nobody has a gun, this clamor stopped.
I was doing stuff on that when I was on Capitol Hill in the 80s, and the National Rifle Association, being respectable, put forth the weakest conceivable arguments. Again and again the membership had to clear wimps out of the leadership.
Like Stormfront, the NRA always quit using an argument when the anti-gun forces said, “You have said that over and over.” The NRA did not require an ANSWER before it stopped making perfectly true points.
If what the NRA said made the anti-guns uncomfortable, they had a set of tactics to make these wimps abandon what they were saying because it wasn’t sophisticated.
It is such a delight for me to read BUGS SWARM!
Once again I beg you to at least copy and paste the Mantra in one place and report it in BUGS SWARM.
I used to offer a lot of advice here on how to fight the fight. But now many of us are in the thick of the fighting and they deal with the difficulties, often, let me admit, better than I would.
Whenever someone uses “anti” or anything else except “anti-white” I just have to sit and wait for them to be corrected. A correction by two separate people is better. We are her to win, not to rub someone’s ego.
Someone with a delicate ego will get out of this hot kitchen FAST.
And with so many people getting in here and DOING I get some points I never got to when I was the only one in there and DOING on white genocide.
The entire YouTube strategy was developed in BUGS SWARM.
A point was just brought up there that was advanced even for me:
Is it better to pour comments into YouTube that have a small audience or to put them into those with a huge audience?
The argument for big audience YouTube is of course that the Mantra sticks out there. Another BUGSTER argued that the Mantra gets lost in the huge number of comments.
It’s certainly a valid point, and we have no statistical way to test the effects, any more than most advertisers can show the connection between their advertising and selling.
My whole purpose with the Mantra was to state the undeniable fact of white genocide when it was being crowded out and ignored. I WANT anti-whites and everybody else to be grinding their teeth about how SICK they are of it.
In my opinion, no matter how large the number of other comments, the Mantra will be seen by a lot of people.
I, of course, ask you to put it in EVERY site you can.
It is so good to have other people making points only an active Mantra person would learn to make. When one of our people gets sidetracked, someone in the SWARM immediately reminds him that we are not here to convert anti-whites, but to get the Mantra to public attention.
This does not mean you should not bring in readers with a good fight for them to see. It means you should keep it to the Mantra and of its reasoning.
It is always better to put something that has to do with action into BUGS SWARM than not to.
Just a few minutes of your time will make Ole Bob a happier man.
Back in the 20s Will Rogers said, “I belong to no organized political party. I am a Democrat.”
Being from Oklahoma, he was a Southern Democrat.
“No organized..“ seems to be the theme of my political life. The Populist Forum was a group of three people with no budget who had an enormous effect. We represented grassroots protests from textbook protestors to anti-busing groups and then independent truckers, striking farmers, and we finally stopped taking clients because we had to earn a living.
The tiny and forgotten Populist Forum had more to do with the forming of Reagan’s 1980 combination of working Democrats and conservative Republicans than any two conservative groups however well financed.
The Populist Forum brought the West Virginia protestors to Washington and wrote their press releases, set up their press conference with our own Bob Hoy as Moderator, and left the rest to them. Those West Virginia protests were news at the time, but this gave the press an actual face-to-face look at them.
We then brought both the West Virginians and the South Boston bussing protestors in with a total of about twenty thousand who chartered their own buses and marched in the Washington, DC streets.
These were actions the DC press could understand and the people who mattered wanted to hear about.
For the Independent Truckers, I came up with the delightfully subtle idea of parking these giant vehicles across the main bridges into DC at morning rush time. This made the papers for sure and I didn’t discuss my role to anyone until the statute of limitations ran out.
People, especially reporters would ask what the PF was. But the only explanation of it was unusable for them.
The bottom line was that the Populist Forum was a tiny group of people who were forcing the press that was sitting on its lazy ass in DC to see the faces of grassroots out in the area DC, New York and Hollywood called “flyover country.”
I tried a dozen ways to soften that into an acceptable article, but there was never one single piece on the Forum itself.
The Populist Forum, like BUGS, “just grew.” PF was hard to explain to people, and I am sure you have already tried to explain BUGS,
But the Populists Forum is unknown to history, it had more to do with the actual political combination that elected Ronald Reagan and brought down the Soviet Empire than any of the heavily funded groups whose names went down in the history of the Conservative Movement.
BUGS is very much like PF in that sense. In order to describe us you have to state in plain English the nature of the Wall we are hammering at. The Wall of censorship about white genocide is the same kind of wall the media had set up against actual grassroots protests against enforced Political Correctness.
Everybody knew about both. No one in the media ever wants to write an article about the elephant in the living room. That’s why there IS an elephant there.
During the Patricia Hearst kidnapping episode, the entire national media was on the lawn of the Hearst Mansion, playing touch football – which was OK since the Kennedys did it, and like activities.
While they gamboled on the Hearst Porch, a reporter from the National Inquirer, I believe it was, went out and found the Symbionese Liberation Army and Patricia and the whole story.
You have often heard of “leaking” a story. This is a very difficult process, because getting the media to even read what you have to say is an art in itself.
Totally contrary to popular belief, reporters do NOT go out and get stories. They have a grind that would put a professional bean counter to sleep.
Speaking as one who put so many stories into the press, I can state expertly that reporters are at the beck and call of whoever is in the establishment. In the 20s it was Henry Ford or some other tycoon. Today it is an approved Politically Correct Person.
About 1970 Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan and some other PC Symbols decided to push the women’s Equal Rights Amendment.
So they picked up the phone an told the media that going to have a press conference announcing that they were now the Women’s Movement and they were going to announce the Agenda for American Women. The press showed up in hundreds and it has been THE Women’s Movement ever since.
The interesting statistical fact here is that, while other national movements had represented minorities, this one declared that it spoke for the majority of Americans. But the agenda they announced was accepted as “the women’s agenda.”
The membership of the Women’s Movement is miniscule. The largest women’s movement opposes it and the leader of that group says that the fact that it is the largest actual women’s movement is the media’s deepest secret.
We are back to the basic question: Why is this information produced? Reporters make their living by producing what their editors can use. Editors make their living by producing information which satisfies those with money.
A critical point is that this is a ruthlessly competitive market. A thousand newsmen are competing for the editor’s job. For every reporter, there are dozens who want his job. Someone who provides words from a Kennedy is on the fast track, and probably the ONLY track, that will finally single him out as the next editor.
The reporter who broke the Patricia Hearst story didn’t get much for it inside the press. He certainly was not accepted into the Big Leagues with the guys playing touch football at the Hearst Mansion.
The Reporter Industry is an Industry, putting out mass produced articles to those who want to keep up with the same things everybody wants to keep up with.
In Age of Chained Books, when a quote from a book was a precious morsel and a wealthy college at Oxford might have as many as twenty books chained to the wall and a full time Librarian to watch them, a precious quote from a Book was everything.
In the Google Age, we are at the opposite extreme.
But I have never seen anyone mention this, much less analyze it.
And analysis of reality is what Mantra Thinking is all about.
Our whole medical history, for example, has been the story of going from the worship of Chained Books like that of Galen, who said in the second century that the best thing you could do for somebody with pneumonia, as George Washington had done in December, 1799, was to take a couple of quarts of blood our of him.
The combined result of all these bleedings is hard to calculate. Poor people who were starved for vitamins would get sick and the barber would do the bleeding. It was prescribed by physicians who had seen Galen’s Book, but it was such an icky business that, unless the patient was very Uppah Clahss, they turned bleeding and surgery over the barbers.
Doing was for the peasants, Books were for the Doctors of Medicine.
Which, by the way, is why the term “doctor” has changed so. Doceo, docere means “to teach” in Latin, and it was revolutionary when Doctors of Medicine became practitioners.
It required a Doctor of Medicine to cast your horoscope in medical terms. Instead of looking at your body for symptoms, he literally looked to the sky. A medical horoscope was reserved for the Doctors, and they only ordered the bleeding and mixtures of smashed snails and particular types of dung for you to swallow.
The ban on dissecting bodies was not, as they like to say today, just a matter of church doctrine. It was looked on as filthy and beneath the station of Doctors of Medicine.
Medicine in the Chained Book Age had lots of what passed for clean hands and lots of corpses.
The cause of death of the white world is not really new.
The Gettysburg Address was a work of genius.
The Gettysburg Address begins by telling Americans what they are devoted to and ends by saying what the People want is entirely up to the People.
You can’t have both.
But the Address is so poetic that I am the first person in the intervening century and a half to state this self-contradiction.
“Government FOR the people and BY the People” does not square with a republic “dedicated to the proposition.” If the people are dedicated to a proposition, their choice is already made.
The People are fathered. They ask, “What do we want?”
They then say, “We are dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
So the question would be not what the people WANT, but how to make all men equal.
Which explains why the immigration problem is insoluble for Americans.
Government by the people would say that immigration would be limited to those who are good for the people, meaning the people already here.
But if you are dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, and that is your goal, what is good for the people already here doesn’t mean a damned thing.
There is nothing unusual about a person with two such beliefs. He is perfectly capable of welcoming a Mexican as a fellow human being and then killing him when this mind shifts to the “What I want” mode.
It is a condition called schizophrenia.
Some of our team workers put in a sentence saying “Go get em gang!” or another statement in that vein.
They are not trying to look Profound or impress us.
They just want to help.
And they DO!
Nobody can read what is not there.
Look at yourself from the OUTSIDE.
Yes, the enemy depresses us by his repetition. But our enemy also depressed us by the fact that he is EFFECTIVE.
Fifty years ago, some of my fellow activists were upset with me. I don’t remember, but I am sure I was being an ass.
I forget the details, but several high-voltage people who were upset with me went to a leader and wanted him to keep me out of demonstrations.
His reply, not flattering, was something like this:
“Whitaker is a pain in the ass.”
“He bitches, he insults people, he is vicious against those of us who are on his side.”
“And he is THERE.”
“Whenever I need him, Whitaker is THERE.”
“I’ll listen to you when you start being THERE like Bob is.”
Do you have any idea what it means to one of us when we are in the middle of an exchange and one of our guys just bothers to copy and paste in the Mantra?
Lord Nelson is in there fighting it out. You an be damned sure they will be there calling him names.
Then you come along and past in the Mantra.
If you had any idea how wonderful that feels to the fighter in the ring you would give yourself a medal.
I write an article a day, so far. But to keep me going, I look to BUGS SWARM.
I know what it means when you say, simply, “I pasted the Mantra into this site.”
Paste and report.
There was a time when a RICH College at Oxford would have as many as FORTY books, each of them chained to the wall, with a full time Librarian to watch over them.
I call this the Chained Book Age.
I cannot see how anyone can really understand intellectual history without being acutely aware of this CONCEPT.
It is hard for us to believe that a man proved he was educated back then by insisting that men had more teeth than women. But one can see that an educated man was who the Librarian allowed to read a chained book, and who had mastered both writing and Latin, or even better, Greek.
A Book in the Chained Book Age was unique.
THE Book was denied to the people.
The Church said that allowing access to the Book would lead to disaster, precisely because Books were the Only True Authority.
And the Church was dead right in its prediction.
When the Bible got printed, millions died.
Now the Bible is out, and it has been and will be the best selling book every year in the foreseeable future.
The Genie simply will not go back into the bottle.
The Chained Book Age is over.
Boy, is it ever over!
From the Age of Chained Books to the Age of Google.
That is more than just a fact, that is a concept.
From the Age of Chained Books to the Age of Public Libraries — another innovation of Ben Franklin –was a hell of a leap.
Now even the public libraries are becoming quaint.
Our society has gone from the time when the Book’s version of facts was absolutely holy and restricted, so much that a person who could quote a Book represented True Wisdom to the time when you just Google it.
Knowledge has now gone ballistic.
But what about CONCEPTS, the framework within which thinking in the Google Age should take place?
Now you are not a hero because you can recite facts.
In the Google Age, facts are wholesale.
In the Google Age, concepts are the rare item.
I just wrote BoardAd that “Provigil is officially only a narcolepsy pill. Ritalin is the ADD pill, and it has been a Schedule 2, meaning it is addictive, for forty years. But Provigil is more closely regulated because it works too well.”
If this had been written to him by anybody but me, he would naturally have asked if I didn’t need some medication myself. But this is simply how the world works.
Regulation of drugs or guns or anything else, in the real world, is a power struggle.
It is true that the average doctor or brass hat policeman is fully and honestly convinced that his ideas about controlling guns or drugs is entirely objective. He has, after all, devoted his life to the public good.
Which is why you have them as specialists in things like law enforcement and medicine, but you pay people like me to deal with reality.
As committee staff, I was perfectly aware that both sides on each issue believed down to the toes of their shoes that they were the good guys.
So while others start with the assumption that a person who is expert in a field has a more objective opinion, I start with the reality that the last person who is objective on any subject is the person who has devoted his life to it.
No one wants to hear this.
When people look at a judge their first thought is that he is a successful practitioner of law and is an expert, one who has given up a lucrative law practice which a lawyer of his abilities could probably command, in order to devote himself to the Law.
This is a very comforting idea. None of us want to be wheeled into the Emergency Room while having it in mind that the doctors are biased in what they do. If we are on trial, none of us wants to think that the judge has anything but Justice on his mind.
No one wants to pay a crippling fortune for tuition with the idea that the expensive professor has exactly the same mind set every other professor has.
After all, these are the areas where we do NOT understand what is going on. We want desperately to believe that when it comes to stuff we cannot understand, the people who do understand are no different from us, except for their higher knowledge on the subject.
It’s a scary world if that is not true.
But if you realize that each profession has a set of steel hard prejudices, you can at least predict what they are for.
Provigil gives energy, the way Ritalin does. It makes people feel energetic and good.
There is no way in God’s universe that a drug that makes people feel good will ever go unregulated.
Provigil is amazing. You know the “do no operate heavy machinery” bit? Provigil has been used on jet pilots for over two days without sleep and had no ill effects!
It is true that an effective drug is usually fatal in an overdose.
But the white power that kills more people than any other is called sugar, and you do not need a prescription saying you are not diabetic to get it.
What is important here is not the facts, but the concept.
The fact is simply that if a person gets his power in the medical industry, things are really regulated first and foremost because they are effective, not because they are dangerous.
Regulation is a power struggle, but a person who is inside a field cannot recognize that fact.
About my age Benjamin Franklin began writing his autobiography.
It was, among other things, a farewell. Franklin was about seventy and he had done more different things than any other man we know of from his time.
Franklin had negotiated with the King and with Indians, supplied armies, made his fortune, and he was the only the third American to be a Fellow of the Royal Society. Almost every American knew quotes from him,,
James Watt and Adam Smith were personal buddies of his.
Just his incredible contributions to the science of electricity would have been enough for one man. “Positive” and “negative” and “battery” and a whole list of basic words we use today were his.
So by 1774 Ole Ben was feeling a bit used up. He was looking back on his life.
He never finished the book.
Some events caught up with him of which you may have heard. In fact, most people are not familiar with what he did BEFORE he started saying goodbye.
He had no idea what was about to happen in the troubles with Britain, but he had another historical blind spot.
Ben Franklin was fascinated by knowledge for its own sake. But, as a very, very practical man who had made his own fortune, he knew that electricity was fascinating but totally impractical. He would have laughed out loud at someone who theorized that there might someday be a PRACTICAL use for this barely theoretical force.
Yes, he proved lightening was electricity, but he no more thought of that as a practical discovery than he would of the idea that man is largely made of carbon, and therefore scientists could create a man.
I use to know the details of Franklin’s electricity. But that was back when I was a ham radio operator, and I was using a state of the art Morse Code key.
I remember that a “battery” was named for the way the glass jars looked like a column of men. It took a lot of glass jars being chemicalized and rubbed to put out a spark you could see.
I forgot the details, but since I am a Mantra Thinker, the CONCEPT stayed with me. It caused me to save a lot of science projects that Senator Proxmire was loved by mindless conservatives for attacking.
Proxmire just read the titles of the projects, which the average person would not understand, and denounce the $50,000 or whatever the grantee was spending.
Analog Magazine once made a list of some of the stunning advances these very basic research programs caused.
That was one of the two times I risked my job on principle. John Ashbrook had the NSF Grant list sent to me and asked me to find some projects to make fun of for publicity. I was the only person on his or the Committee’s staff who could understand what the titles meant, so I was the only one who could do it.
I did what a staffer NEVER does: I told him No. I told my boss this stuff was unworthy of him, and I would have no part of it.
No, I don’t remember the details of Ben Franklin and electricity.
But I got the POINT.
I just got off the elevator with a mother and her little three-year-old boy.
He was, of course, looking at the only brightly lit things in the elevator, the ones indicating the floor we were each going to.
He had heard us indicate the buttons to push. We were on the lift together for only about a minute. So the conversation I made was to say to him, “You’re going to fifteen and I’m going to eleven.”
The boy doesn’t need to understand what it means, I just included him in the conversation his mother and I had had.
A young child does two things: 1) he gets very used to not understanding what is going on, but 2) He still manages to get a picture of the world from the tens of thousands of things he hears and does not understand.
I do exactly the same thing here.
I just burst into laughter remembering that ten years ago readers of Whitaker online gently corrected me when I took Texas Hold ‘Em for an actual commenter.
I talked learnedly about the Book of Genesis and got “the firmament” wrong.
The little boy will come, in time, to realize that the floors on the elevator mean he is going up to the fifteenth floor, from which every day he looks out on the world from an entirely different perspective from that when he was on the first floor.
It is true that we forget the really awful childhood pains, but we also forget this particular joy. We forget the joy of a developing human brain.
The kid will someday realize the connection between that elevator and the sight he sees on his porch a hundred and forty feet up. He will forget that realization in half a minute. But while he is having it, it is The Latest News, the World Coming Together.
It happens to each child thousands of times. It is a repeated joy everybody forgets, but for that moment it is like the candy bar he has waited all day for. Dessert is delicious and instantly forgotten. It is still a wonderful thing when you have the taste buds of a child.
I will never know when I enter my second childhood because I am still in my first.
Nothing I write has big words, because after my threescore and ten, I am STILL delighting in figuring out how basics connect together.
Mantra Thinking is childish. That is why it is so joyful.
I am getting pretty tired, and the SWARM is where I look for encouragement.
We get thousands of hits on the site, but we are lucky to get fifteen or twenty comments in BUGS SWARM.
Where the hell are the REST of you?
Is it true that only one in several hundred of people who read BUGS bothers to actually get out there and do the job?