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In accordance with Republican doctrine that the only possible protected intellectual property is the secret, or the trade secret... the small pile of used disks left by Pizarro required destruction. Not being the Republic of "hurr durr secure erase," destruction means physical! Lacking space to do a good barrel burn as well as the lack of a suitable barrel at the ready, alternatives needed to be brought into use to provide the irreplaceable certainty physical destruction offers. (more...)
Attunement: Saturday I acquired some new pants and two linen sport coats in light colors from different retailers. (more...)
Today after picking up two fresh blocks of business cards, (more...)
It has been a while since I wrote up the local political situation in any depth. Since the parties are electing their presidential candidates from the pre-candidate batch next month, I might as well offer an overview of Uruguay's offerings sorted by party with many omitted for irrelevance. Polls were consulted, but weighed trivially into this ordering: (more...)
I like trees, open spaces, clean water, wild critters, and all the nice things nature has to offer. I also now live in a real city with a seven figure population. Across the river there's an even bigger city warehousing an 8 figure population. Compared to the trend in old country this is a fairly clean city. I'd like to consider myself an environmentalist, if only the word meant the same thing it did in 1896, but it can't mean the same thing because the shitgnomes were organized by 1904.
Today the bleeding1 edge of environmentalism is a "Green New Deal" proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other new guard Pantsuits that proposes killing high output means of electrical generation in favor of substantial capital investment in low output means of generation. Burning stuff is ruled out because today's "environmentalist" is primarily focused on carbon dioxide output as a prime evil. Nuclear is out nominally because radiation is an evil, but practically because the US can't afford nuclear. Hydroelectric is out nonimally because "think of the woods", but practically because the US can't afford the construction or concrete. Naturally they would like all of this in addition to the old Pantsuit guard's preferred strategy of taxing carbon dioxide output as a means of connecting socialisms across the globe under a singular Pantsuit order.
None of them will consider the actual environmental problem which is socialism aggravated by the Pantsuit belief all biogoop that emerges from women's cunt is sacred. Socialism redistributing things through theft is one kind of problem. The aggravated problem of today is socialism with fiat means all sorts of things that have no reason to exist get distributed to bipeds with little reason to have things. In the Pantsuitist welfare state precocious urban mobs no longer have to engage in their own theiving activity to sustain their own lives and those of their broods. Their own thefts simply raise their quality of life.
The downstream effects of this malicious overallocation of resources are myriad. Back home it wasn't uncommon to see cyanobacteria fed by surplus phosphorous washed out of farm fields to turn creeks or lakes into hellwater hostile to life. It turns out Uruguay's beaches are suffering the cyanobacteria problem as well. Cyanobacteria are thriving on the Rio Platense coast. From the second week of January my local brackish water beach was flying the sanitation warning flag. Unlike previous years the cyanobacteria blooms made it out to Uruguay's Atlantic coast with reported blooms as far as Rocha. If the beaches to the east are lost, carrying the country will go entirely to the beef. But Uruguay can only so so much when Paraguay, Argentina, and Brasil's farms wash down into Uruguay's beaches.
Industrialization changed everything. Not necessarily for the worst. That socialism became fashionable as industry grew changed everything for the worse. North Americans can't feed themselves with their own plot, and getting clean protein to eat no longer involves a short walk with a shotgun waiting for a critter that looks good per:
These days the difficulty of feeding yourself in Albany has nothing to do with you being able to kill a turkey with a gun and a limited supply of bullets, nor is it you being able to find dry wood or start a fire because there's no turkey, there's no dry wood and it's not even legal for you to try and live off the land in Albany. These days the difficulty of feeding yourself has everything to do with you finding a restaurant and then finding a seat and then their having some food to serve you. The resources are so scarce that you need to have everything imported from miles and miles away. The burden you've put on your immediate environment is so great that there's not even a shadow of a hope of survival on your own. Should these supply lines fail for as much as a couple of days you are doomed.
At 50 million heads in 1880, there were places in the US where living off the land was possible. Around 1920 and 100 million heads that era ended. It's not coming back. Lessons learned in Europe for coping with density, like coppicing woodlots... the new world with its abundance broke the percieved need and utility of such measures when the old mature trees carried on indefinitely into the horizon.
Buffalo could be hunted to near extinction with the bulk of the carcass discarded as trash, because that is where the incentives aligned. Different cultures have different poverty staples for lean times. The Russians have buckwheat. North Americans had pemmican. A rich mixture of dehydrated meat and tallow was traded in 90 pound rawhide sacks for expeditions and lean times, but when the Buffalo went, so did the staple. Pemmican went from a trade good powering the fur trade to not existing. Now it is the stuff of history hobbyists and diet fads. The rawhide bags completley gone as well.
Immigration applied population pressure challenging the plenty, popularly remembered as "opportunity" that brought mass European immigration to North America one the place was settled. 19th century Europe welcomed the population relief valve. Now the trend is for Eurocrats to want their continent to be Africa's population relief valve not even 200 years later, but that's a digression.
- Very rare for women in politics to still be of the age where they can do it in the hormonally driven way. [↩]
- While frequently repeated, the historical context this campaign slogan was made is very loaded with context that is frequently ignored:
- Chickens were still farmed primarily for egg laying.
- Intensive raising of broiler chickens for quick meat was still in its infancy
- At the point Hoover was running in 1928, broiler chickens appeared to be the next big thing.
- The pot is specified as the method of cooking because at the time chicken meant old birds. Failed egg layers or cucked old-gendered roosters. It did not mean supple young broilers.