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C’eci ne’st pas une Pipe

Is what a writer writes really real?

I have written words, can you hit someone over the head with them? Certainly not! Words are entertainment. They may talk about important or trivial issues, but words themselves are not harmful.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me. That is my choice.

There is an argument that “a word can harm me” but this is not true. This is manipulative. To be harmed by physical violence is sometimes unavoidable and tragic. But to be harmed by words is a choice. I choose how to receive words, by understanding where they come from and what they are saying without mapping my own aggression on them.

Is the word gun a harmful word? Should it be banned? What about the word pipe. Pipe has many meanings. A pipe can be used to beat someone over the head, and to some this makes the word pipe dangerous. A pipe can take delicious orange juice from a factory and put it into a bottle, and some say this is delectable. It’s the same word.

We must never let people burn books (or the modern equivalent of silencing words) just because we map our own anger onto them.

The most dangerous words are the truth, and these are always the first words to be silenced.

The Useful Idiots

These days we hear a lot about Socialism, how free healthcare should be implemented for all. It’s a good idea, who doesn’t want the security of state-run healthcare? All it takes is 30% more tax, and there is enough for everyone.

It’s not as simple (Canada, France, etc have implemented tax-funded Healthcare though they are not socialist countries.)

In the case of America, health-care is used as socialism fuel, and socialism makes people uncomfortable given the history of the United States and its uneasy relationship with Russia, especially during the Cold War. During the Cold Ware Russia sent many agents to America to infiltrate every possible influential position – media, schools, universities, and succeeded on numerous occasions to inject false documents (the Fake News of the day) into the political system. For example, claiming that the president endorsed a Socialist country’s actions, or claiming that a country was allied with America’s enemies. Along with state-run facilities come a few other problems, and this is where the resistance to The Resistance comes from.

When socialist systems are implemented they must, by definition, remove all opposition to Socialism. A socialist system cannot survive any type of intellectualism, individualism, or freedom of speech, because individual rights are not socialist. Socialist is groupthink, enforced by the military. Individualism causes people to ask questions. Questions about why everyone is working their whole lives and the government lives in luxury. Questions about why there is only one political party, one news outlet, and so on. A competitive news media gives, to some degree, the sense that there is freedom.

When Socialism is to be implemented in a country the upper-middle class intellectuals, scholars, and journalists (collectively termed Useful Idiots), are used to prop up the virtues of Socialism. Some are direct agents, and some go along and are easily influenced by these agents. In some cases they cause riots, sew distrust among their own people, even create false flag attacks (such as the fake US Attack on Mecca). This is called Active Measures, the ideology of creating instability so that the Socialist system seems the most stable solution by comparison, and any other type of ism, such as capitalism, seems frail and fraught with turbulence, on the verge of collapse.

Once the Socialist demoralization takes place, it is time to assassinate the Useful Idiots. In the lightest terms it results in Character Assassination, the removal of someone from power by some legal action. Once the ball of Socialism is rolling, the impatient dictators in waiting resort to more permanent measures, such as the assassination vans of the Lenin era who simply collected intellectuals, executed them on the side of the road, and left their bodies for the working-class to deal with. The same thing happened in the mass killings in Cambodia under Pol Pot (they wear the same red uniform), China, Yugoslavia, Mongolia, and of course the mass killings in Nazi Germany, and countless other places where the Great Purge is implemented to remove all dissenting voices. The Socialist movement is currently underway in South Africa (the opposition wear the same red uniform and call for the death of intellectuals, and to seize the means of production).

After Socialism is in place, and the Useful Idiots are buried, there exists a nation of obedient workers, a strong military, and a super-rich dictatorship thoroughly insulated from the working class, and it can often take the combined efforts of many countries to free the people from this oppressive regime.

How The Poetic Edda is the earliest example of BlockChain

Ancient Poetry, at least poetry as originally designed by intelligent poets and not the modern “every sentence is a poem because I added line-breaks” type of self-proclaimed poetry, has a marvelous built-in checksum – the rythmic rhyming word.

Add in multiple singers or chanters – sea shanty gives us the word chant – and you have a self correcting form of historical record. It would be almost impossible to make a change to a poem without first convincing all the sailors on a ship to change their song.

Rhyming Poetry once had a purpose that was not only rhythmic – it conserved the sanctity of the sentences it constrained.

Add a coherent story to the poem and you create an almost inviolate, immutable testimony of events. It is more difficult to alter a poem when it rhymes. Think of altering a poem like hacking a bank. Not impossible, but it takes people with education to do it. (By today’s standards fairly easy, but by ancient standards poetic skill was akin to having a PhD)

The Poetic Edda speaks largely about the movement of the planets, the Moon, and The Sun. Modern astronomers are able to rewind time in simulations to any point in history, with a fair degree of accuracy, and when they take the events described in the Poetic Edda (the passage of the Norse Gods / The Planets), which predate all other accounts of the planets, we find correlations and corroborations with other texts about history, for example those in ancient China, India, and Africa.

BlockChain works by having a public ledger of accounts distributed among multiple machines, and arriving at a coded conclusion about a transaction through public vote, rather than contacting a centralized authority as Credit Cards do. Spoof the Credit Card machine and you get free stuff. Not so easy with BlockChain because the pieces of the key required to unlock the transaction are located all around the world.

For the old Icelandic Norse and ancient proto-Norse sailors, poetry was a way of memorizing complex navigational instructions. Poetry exists among Asian and Northern sailors, with a fair amount of overlap, probably due to the limited amount of ports along the coastline to share songs. Some shanties in the Poetic Edda describe events over 3000 years ago!

One famous celestial story by Grimner, tells how Loki – Mercury (the Norse God of Fire / Lucifer / The Messenger), stole fire from Thiassi – The Sun (Zeus/ Deus/ / God/Odin) after which Thiassi’s daughter Skadi appears (Skadi=Shadow/Eclipse). So the account is of an eclipse occurring after Mercury traveled from the Sun to the moon – An exciting event in ancient times, and also modern times!

In fact, a markedly similar event happened in 2008 when Venus and Jupiter traveled from an apparent position near the sun and arrived near the cusp of an Eclipsed moon. Phenomenon like that are quite rare, and so by rewinding the Poetic Edda’s account we can pinpoint the date of the original story to corroborate the poem with other ancient history and astronomical observations.

But what if oral historians forgot? Well, they used BlockChain, or distributed poetry, as mnemonics to help them remember. Once you have a keyword your mind quickly remembers. That’s why you can remember the lyrics to hundreds of songs but can’t remember where you left your car keys.

The purpose of many poems, sea shanties / chants, was navigation, and teaching a ship of rough-hewn sailors is not always an easy task, but songs are something fun to do to pass the monotony of rowing and sailing. By learning the block-chain poetry, sailors could pass on their knowledge with relative ease, perhaps adding a new verse to inform future sailors about a rock outcrop or a celestial event to look out for, such as the passage of Venus through the Southern Cross which signaled traveling sailors (traveling sailsmen?) to come home.

Ancient Poetry in the Edda is remarkable, the core poem survives eons virtually unchanged, only extended by new knowledge. Coincidentally one of the SOLID principles of computer programming – extend existing structures, don’t alter them


Hljóðs bið eg allar
helgar kindir,
meiri og minni
mögu Heimdallar.
Viltu að eg, Valföður,
vel fyr telja
forn spjöll fira,
þau er fremst um man.

If writers were required to have perfect moral standards our libraries would be empty.

Picture the scene : Everything a writer says and does is recorded by a huge machine. At age 15, a writer says something that may be construed as hurtful under different circumstances thirty years later. The writer is also cheating on her husband, so the moral police swoop in and burn all her books throughout the land. They repeat this process for every author who at any point in their life said or did anything that contradicts the governing moral authority. No one investigates the investigators, because that is immoral, according to the investigators. See where this is going?

The Perception of Time

Any discussion of Time tends to veer off into the metaphysical, but let’s try and keep it logical, for now.

We exist in an eternal now. I am writing this now, you are reading this now. I can’t write this tomorrow, and you can’t read this yesterday. I’m also editing this sentence now… and just added this bit.

Is Time a substance, one that can be traveled and navigated by some advanced civilization? Or is Time something we made up to measure rotation…

So rooted is our belief in the existence of the mythological Time that when atomic clocks were sent hurtling into space and came back down showing the wrong time people fervently believed that time itself had altered.

You see, scientists don’t define time in the same way us mere mortals do.

Satellites need to be adjusted to account for time dilation…. or is it just the changing effect of gravity? A clock is not time, any more than a ruler coming back from space slightly warped, does not mean that space itself had warped, merely that the ruler had escaped enough of Earth’s pull to have its atoms jiggled. Anyway, if space warped around you you wouldn’t know it, because you are not in space, you are space, you’d warp with it. If Time exists and it warped, you wouldn’t know it.

As we get older our perception of time changes. Our internal film camera starts taking images at a slower rate, resulting in us feeling like events are speeding up. Nothing is as slow to a child as waiting in a queue, it seems to last an age, largely because there are so many frames per second whizzing past a child’s fresh mind that even things adults find pleasing, like a walk in the garden, can seem drawn out and tedious to a sprucely mind. To an old person the days seem to whiz by. People actually do things merely ‘to pass the time’, a practice I find thoroughly wasteful.

Time is our most precious substance. Yet we can never buy time, we can only give it to other people, so to speak. Being time-efficient means we can do a lot more with our time. Time is a constant, as constant as the Earth rotating the Sun.

Time appears to speed up as we get older. Once the machinery of the brain’s film camera wears out it loses accuracy, the old gears start slipping, the light fades a little, and images take longer to form coherently. Images, experiences, are processed at a slower rate, which makes time appear to speed up.

If time travel exists where are all the time travelers?

Let’s say, for arguments sake, that time travel is actually possible and that at some point in the future some clever-clogs will invent it. This does not mean that our time has advanced enough now for time travel to be invented yet. The invention of time travel hasn’t happened yet, so we won’t see time travelers, but they might see us. It all gets quite confusing. As the old adage goes, you can never go back.

It is likely that time travel is not possible, but never say never.