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  • The supposed fearsome mass of Soviet armor waiting to pounce on Germany was a chimera. Most of the Soviet tanks were obsolete T-26es and they were dispersed among infantry – clearly a deployment for a defensive role. The BT fast tanks would have had no advantage over the Panzers on the Polish frontier and they were also outmoded. Production of the T-34 was just beginning and there were no large formations of T-34s. The first massed tank battle was the battle of Kiev, well away from the front in the first days of the war. The Soviet tanks in that battle were mostly T-26es.

    Most of the Soviet fighter forces were Polikarpov I-15s and I-16s – good fighters for the early 1930s but clearly not fighters that could attain air supremacy against the much more modern Bf-109s that they would have to face. Claiming that the removal of defensive armament on the Il-2 reflected the belief that the Soviets would have air supremacy is essentially claiming that Soviet planners were insane. They were a bumbling lot, but they were not insane. The Il-2 was the most heavily armored ground attack aircraft of WWII and the weight of the defensive gun was a big issue. Armor for the rear gunner’s seat was dispensed with until the Stavka realized that a dead rear gunner meant a downed plane.

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    Most of the Soviet tanks were obsolete T-26es
     
    Outdated: yes. Obsolete: definitely not.

    The T-26 was an excellent all-round light tank from the thirties. For the time it combined good mobility, decent armor and an outstanding 45 mm gun. Even in 1941 that 45 mm gun could take out almost any German tank.

    The T-26 failure has more to do with the way they were deployed and the lack of maintenance than the quality of the tank itself.
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  • @Colin Wright
    '...Then at almost the last moment, Hitler suddenly realized the strategic trap into which he had fallen, and ordered his heavily outnumbered and outgunned troops into a desperate surprise attack of their own on the assembling Soviets...'

    Not exactly. Hitler in fact began planning and issuing orders for Barbarossa in the summer of 1940 -- nearly a year in advance of the actual date of his attack.

    Not to mention that documents pertaining to Generalplan Ost date back to at least 1939.

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  • And yet, the Mainstream Media is much more up in arms over the Russian Menace in 2018 than it was in 1985.
  • @James Speaks
    In 1985, the Soviet Union was maintaining a defense line known as the Iron Curtain. They needed that many tanks to keep the Baltics, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine …. and E. Germany 'protected.' Many of those tanks were WWII relics or early cold war models. The military was rigidly organized and troops had low morale.

    In 2018, Russia and the Russian Federation have a much smaller area to defend, the military is well organized (better than ours) and morale is very high. The aircraft used are superb. Big, clumsy ships (read useless aircraft carriers) have given way to missile frigates that could sink the entire US fleet in 30 minutes, and the most recent conventional tank, the T-90 is being sold off to allies. I think Iraq is buying many of them for $1B USD. The next generation tank, the T-14 Armata can toast anything NATO has; production has been slowed by finances but with higher crude prices, that should change.

    All of Russia's military is designed around the concept of defense of an immense land mass that logistically is more like an eighth sea with trees than anything else.

    The US and NATO are over extended.

    This is why we would lose once the shooting were to start.

    In 1985 the Soviets had the mighty-but-unwieldy army with a technological disadvantage. Now the roles are reversed. The Russians have shown formidable REC capabilities and very efficient use of force in Syria.

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  • @scrivener3
    No one cared or was worried about Russia after St. Ronald.

    The whole Russia concern is from a Democratic/Hillery plot to de-legitimize the election of Trump, nothing more. The narrative: if Russia wanted Trump to defeat Hil and if Russia used its super powerful spies and hackers in favor if Trump, then we have "the Russian selected not democratically elected" Trump. The media beat the drum so long and hard now people are scared of Russia in general. Same thing happened with #metoo, the press gunned up concern for women abused by powerful men as an attack missile on Trump, only again it spun out of control and is destroying liberal men at will.

    Russia was supposed to roll over and die during the 1990s-2000s. They didn’t, and that pissed off some powerful people in this country. How dare those Slavic pipsqueaks insist on controlling their own country and resources!

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  • @SteveRogers42
    These UK Army recruiting vids offer a clue:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1vCe3BAnws

    When the Lou Gosset drill instructor sneered at "steers and queers" in Officer and a Gentleman, he had no idea how far things would decline in 30 years.

    Plus those NATO tanks may be largely notional. The EU's heavy hitter seems to have fallen on hard times:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/01/24/afraid-of-a-major-conflict-the-german-military-is-currently-unavailable/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f3d7425825e5

    “Steers and queers” was from Lee Ermey in full Metal Jacket.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lGs-tXWpR4


    I think this was fairly common DI patter IRL at the time.
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  • The New York Times alerts us to the Sinister North Dakota Housewife Menace: The Housewives of White Supremacy By Annie Kelly Ms. Kelly is a Ph.D. student researching the impact of digital cultures on anti-feminism and the far right. June 1, 2018 In a podcast interview posted last spring, Nicole Jorgenson, a singer and former...
  • “….racist musings about ‘ghetto music’…..”

    Kind of like what Wynton Marsalis has to say about ghetto music?

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  • "The Americans" is a spy TV show about two sexy Soviet spies in Reagan Era Washington who get to play dress-up a lot and engage in exciting adventures such as assassinations that never seem to make the local newspapers. In reality, Soviet spying inside the USA was effective mostly only when the President sympathized with...
  • From the Ted Hall Wiki:

    Theodore Hall later claimed that he became concerned about the consequences of an American monopoly of atomic weapons after the war.

    Hall turned out to be absolutely correct. The Operation Unthinkable study showed Churchill’s desire to overturn the Tehran Agreement by force and Churchill was quite successful at inducing Truman to see things his way, essentially making Truman his poodle at Potsdam. Plan Totalize was conceived as a way to make feasible under a nuclear advantage what was determined not feasible under Unthinkable. The Soviet nuclear deterrence prevented that sort of foolishness from coming to fruition.

    BTW, Hall was not a Communist. He used the CPUSA as a channel to contact the Soviets.

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  • In the Journal of Economic Literature, Duke U. economist Timur Kuran writes: Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 56 (2018), in press. Islam and Economic Performance: Historical and Contemporary Links Timur Kuran* Abstract. This essay critically evaluates the analytic literature concerned with causal connections between Islam and economic performance. It focuses on works since 1997, when...
  • @Jack D
    Religious authorities are almost always reactionary and stand against progress of any kind because their authority (and livelihood) depends on the current social arrangements remaining as they are. And they are not wrong about this - if they allow sunshine in, they are toast.

    In the Islamic world, the religious authorities never lost their power and were able to convince the authorities that writing was holy and that the religious scribes should maintain their monopoly on transcribing books. In the West, the printing press was closely linked to the Reformation. There was never a Reformation in the Islamic world - there is no Islamic Martin Luther.


    Americans view the Church as a more or less benign force but in Europe (even in Catholic countries, although earlier in Protestant ones which not coincidentally led in scientific progress) it was understood that the Church was reactionary and almost all European rulers took action against the Church or monasteries eventually to trim their power. The Church was able to stand in the way of progress temporarily as for example in the case of Galileo but ultimately they lost that fight while in the Islamic world they never did.

    People ask why the Jews never contributed anything to science prior to the 19th century and the answer is the same - so long as the rabbis controlled the community, progress was impossible as it is today among the Hasidim.

    I sense that in Saudi Arabia and in Iran, the religious authorities are on the cusp of losing control although maybe they will be able to hang on for a while thru repressive measures.

    Americans view the Church as a more or less benign force but in Europe (even in Catholic countries, although earlier in Protestant ones which not coincidentally led in scientific progress) it was understood that the Church was reactionary and almost all European rulers took action against the Church or monasteries eventually to trim their power. The Church was able to stand in the way of progress temporarily as for example in the case of Galileo but ultimately they lost that fight while in the Islamic world they never did.

    That’s an extremely simplistic, cowboys and indians view of the Reformation and the rise of science. The Catholic Church founded universities and sponsored Copernicus’ work – you know, the guy who kicked the Earth off its pedestal and set it in motion. One of the Protestant grievances was the Church’s sponsorship of scholarship that deviated from scripture, leading to heresy such as that committed by Copernicus. The Counter-Reformation within the Catholic Church, which stifled Galileo, was in response to the fundamentalism of the Protestants. Protestantism’s emphasis on individuated knowledge would eventually contribute to the Enlightenment, but it had to shed some major baggage first.

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  • U.S. threats to crush Iran and North Korea may yet work, but as of now neither Tehran nor Pyongyang appears to be intimidated. Repeated references by NSC adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence to the "Libya model" for denuclearization of North Korea just helped sink the Singapore summit of President Trump and Kim...
  • @Momus
    Funny stuff. Sort of like refuting the usefulness of motherhood.

    Count the numbers killed by war in the 70 years preceeding WW2 and compare the percentage with post WW2. Do the same with average per capita incomes. The result shows an astonishing decrease.

    The US nuclear umbrella shielding the west: Europe, North America, Japan, Canada, Australia has allowed for an economic and social golden age that has lifted billions out of poverty and made Western Civilisation objectively the greatest in the history of mankind.

    Don’t confuse correlation with causality. The biggest guarantor against global war breaking out in the postwar era was the recognition among the major powers that it would surely result in everybody being destroyed, forcing foreign policy to be based on realism. Unfortunately, realism has fallen out of favor in the US during the post-Soviet era.

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  • As for the Chinese, she will take advantage of the West’s ostracism of Iran by drawing Iran closer to her own orbit.

    As is already happening, in the aftermath of the French withdrawal from their partnership with the Chinese in developing the Parsi gas field.

    Europe can be pressured to flip against Iran because of their complete dependence on Atlantic financial structures, but China and other Eurasian powers not so much. Iran has emerged as a core interest of China, being a Dollar-independent source of energy.

    Iran could agree to release Western prisoners, move Shiite militia in Syria away from the Golan Heights, accept verifiable restrictions on tests of longer-range missiles and establish deconfliction rules for U.S. and Iranian warships in the Persian Gulf.

    Reward: aid from the West and renewed diplomatic relations with the United States.

    Multiple problems with that scenario. Foremost, the United States has no credibility left that they would uphold their end of such a deal. That’s the main consequence of withdrawing from the 2015 deal. Iran does not control Shiite militia near the Golan Heights; Russia is now more influential than Iran in Syria. Shiite militia are unlikely to withdraw from the Golan Heights area as long as Al Qaeda and ISIS, aided and abetted by Israel, continue to operate in close proximity.

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  • From the New York Times: Doesn't it work better when the reparations instead consist of the historically oppressed group being given a monopoly on the business opportunity to sell a vice to white people rather than white people subsidizing a vice for nonwhites? Letting American Indians own casinos seems wiser than, say, white people giving...
  • @Autochthon
    Land is not stolen when its control changes from one sovereign to another via war. This process is rightly called conquest, not theft, for very sound etymological, logical, and substantive reasons, just as murder and execution are very different things despite both being killings.

    Please purchase a dictionary, and perhaps a primer on first principles of property law. While you are at it look up "bill of attainder" and educate us all about the time Americans enslaved droves of Chinamen. N.B. The Opium Wars were very nuanced and internecine, despite foreign involvement, and also note Americans have yet to receive proper remuneration from the Chinese for liberating China from Japan, nor from Japan for that nation's relatively recent invasion of the U.S.A., so let's not go putting carts in front of horses....

    The Americans did not liberate China from Japan. The Soviets drove the Japanese out of Manchuria before they surrendered.

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    Right. The Japanese were exerting all their might in Manchuria at that time because the American campaign to the east was entirely inconsequential; it is obvious to any student of military science the Soviets and Chinese beat Japan into submission and the disavowal of their expansionist ambitions. That's why we all vividly remember China's devastating flights on 6 and 9 August 1945 and the Japanese capitulation aboard the Marat as the things that assured the empire's defeat....
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  • It's enticing but usually pretty dumb to entitle anything The X Gene, like I just did, because genetics generally work more according to statistically complex interminglings of multiple causal factors. But Razib Khan has a blog post about the skin color gene SLC24A5. Much of the world's population, both African and East Asian, has the...
  • @Bill P
    Well, what would the cumulative genetic effect be if homozygous babies were routinely killed over dozens of generations? Say a heterozygous man has a homozygous kid with a heterozygous woman. He'd probably think he wasn't the father, and that's kind of a problem.

    I don't really believe sexual selection for light skin and eyes is extremely strong, because white guys will have sex with dark women no problem so long as they have the right parts and shape. But there is an instinctive aversion to sharing one's resources with a mate's children with another male, and having a surprise black baby with a white woman is a strong visual indication of infidelity, even if it's a false positive.

    It's kind of an uncomfortable thought, but killing unwanted children is not at all out of the ordinary, even today as the Irish vote for abortion makes clear. It needn't be only for paternity issues; women routinely abort babies that have conditions of one sort or another. They'd probably abort a lot more if testing could determine the child's IQ, personality, physical attractiveness, etc. Even in the current year, it wouldn't surprise me if some women would abort children for being too dark if they could.

    Given the remarkably thorough elimination of the ancestral version of this gene, I have to leave open the possibility that it was due to conscious selection, i.e. culling. I'll leave it up to scientists to determine whether this is possible or likely, but reason points in that direction.

    Child-culling is an instinctive practice that is moderated only by lower reproductive rates, with their attendant greater parental investment in the individual child. With limited resources for child-rearing a small difference in bonding, which could be driven by appearances among heterogeneous-looking children, could make a life-and-death difference.

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  • @snorlax
    So if you had both sets of genes what would you be? Transparent?

    Pale Asian skin is less transparent than pale Caucasian skin. It also has a lower density of sweat glands.

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  • From The Atlantic: Colleges don't really mind grade and test inflation in high school because they make them look better in USNWR statistics. And
  • @anon
    LOL Steve's got his blinders on for Reed.

    Reed refuses to report their admission stats to USN, while continuing to brag about the number of Rhode Scholars etc. They became the latest school to fall victim to the campus crybully SJWs, dropping the requirement for Humanities 101 which was supposedly their best class. It's always had a reputation as a school for quirky pot head liberal arts majors, which was what Jobs was, not for serious STEM kids. Notice Steve Jobs didn't send his kids there. His son is studying pre-med at Stanford, as is Bill Gate's daughter. Other than Jobs I can't think of one famous Reed alumni.

    Reed's demo:

    59% white
    9% hispanic
    9% asian
    4% black
    1% native american
    15% international

    [Reed’s] always had a reputation as a school for quirky pot head liberal arts majors, which was what Jobs was, not for serious STEM kids.

    Reed’s chemistry and physics courses have a reputation for toughness. Reed was the first private college to have a cyclotron – otherwise unheard of for an undergraduate institution. Pre-med at Reed is prestigious.

    Interestingly, one of Evergreen’s strengths is (or has been) pre-med.

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    Reed is sui generis. Reed's quirkiness, e.g., not playing along with UNSWR rankings, hasn't paid off for it in, say, USNWR rankings, so there are definite downsides to having idiosyncratic principles.
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  • @AnotherDad
    Whether Trump played this well--plenty of room for argument.

    However, the walking away thing to me seems obvious.

    To me, the US--the President of the US--need to just stop letting themselves be jerked around by these jerks. This is like dealing with an attention whore. You don't gain by giving her (or him) attention.

    Dump this back on the Chicoms. They created the NK problem by saving their bacon in 1950. And enable their shitshow today. Tell them privately: "You guys created this problem and are enabling it. If North Korea continues this nuclear nonsense, we'll have to support efforts by South Korea and Japan to nuclearize. And if North Korean nukes land in the US--we'll hold China responsible for creating that situation and respond accordingly. On the other hand if this situation resolves with a peacefully reunifed Korea--with guaranteed borders and independence, we'll be happy to remove US forces from the Korean pennisula." (Need to consult with the Koreans on this but it should fly.)

    And then just ... tune the bastards out and go about your business.

    This situation is driving a wedge between the US and the ROK. ROK’s armed forces are now the strongest on the peninsula and they’re not thrilled about them being used to leverage US policy that they don’t agree with. The joint command arrangement has outlived its usefulness for the ROK but not the US. ROK sees great economic potential in relations with DPRK and doesn’t appreciate the knucklehead on the other side of the Pacific keeping improved relations with DPRK from happening.

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  • From the NYT: Let's try CTRL-F "gay." Zip ... How about CTRL-F "homosexual"? Zip ...
  • Women in the fashion industry lack equal opportunity to screw their way to the top.

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  • Thugs actually hate classical music. From the L.A. Review of Books: From Theodore Gioia's website: "Hailing from a line of writers, Theodore has the dubious distinction of being the second best-known writer named Ted Gioia in his family." The Gioias are like the Therouxs of the 21st Century. MAY 17, 2018 AT THE CORNER of...
  • @Larry, San Francisco
    Well there is this great version of cultural appropriation

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGDZc9bdUZM

    I guess we should ban this.

    Here’s the killer version:

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  • @unit472
    I recall reading that dairy cows enjoy classical music. Be interesting if some dairy farmer cum psychologist would do a study of cow milk production after being exposed to Vivaldi, AC/DC and James Brown!

    You said cum! heh-heh-heh-heh-heh

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  • ……and when you need the really big guns, Chinese music!

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    And if you want to go nuclear try Japanese. Is Yoko considered japanese?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdZ9weP5i68
    , @jim jones
    That`s another thing the Chinese failed to invent, decent music.
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  • A PR release via News Wise: In other words, a PR writeup of a paper from David Reich's high tech graverobbing factory at Harvard. Newswise — The first whole-genome analyses of ancient human DNA from Southeast Asia reveal that there were at least three major waves of human migration into the region over the last...
  • Interesting wrinkle on the Japanese language now being classed as Austro-Asiatic along with Tamil. Finnish and Estonian class closer to those two languages than they do to other European languages.

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  • @Hapalong Cassidy
    I assume that the original hunter-gather population was likely Australoid, closely related to the Andaman Islanders, Abos, and Papuans. What is striking is that they were undisturbed by outside migrations until 4500 years ago, which is not really that long ago. Add to that the fact that almost all SE Asians today look far more Mongoloid than Australoid, and I think you can deduce that the later arrival of waves of people from China was not a wholly peaceful affair.

    Pretty much all east Asians share Australoid origins. The Austronesian type groups who populated much of east Asia and the archipelagos up to Japan included the proto-Mongoloid population that evolved Mongoloid features in northern China during the Last Glacial Maximum. The Andaman, Melanesian, and especially Australian phenotypes may have developed in-place.

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    I think both Cavelli-Sforza and Michael Hart both posited that the Mongoloid/East Asian phenotype was a combination of both Australoid and Siberian peoples (the latter of which were also the progenitors of the Bering Strait migrants). The latter group was theorized to have come from an OOA group that moved more into the Middle East and then North-Central Asia, rather than the Australoid route of hugging the coast of the Indian Ocean. In China, typically those in the South have had more of the former group’s DNA while those in the North (along with the Koreans and Mongols) have had more of the latter. Also of interest are the Taiwanese Aborigines, whose oral history goes back over 15000 years. Probably more Australoid than Siberian, they are considered the ancestors of the Polynesians, Micronesians, and possibly the Malays.
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    As I understand it, East Asians - both NE and SE - don't have significant Australoid admixture, but correct me if you have evidence otherwise. The exception being the Japanese because of their roughly 20% Ainu admixture and parts of Indonesia and the Philippines that have significant and obvious Australoid admixture. Often these Australoid populations are separate and distinct from the majority - see the Negrito in the Philippines.

    Keep in mind the Australoids look completely different from Mongols: curly-kinky hair, facial hair, brow ridge, etc. It is said that in the urban Philippines the homeless and destitute look more Australoid than the general population. This would make sense, as Australoids have had a harder time than just about any other group adapting to modern/Western civilizations. Imagine Black Africans but without any adaptations to alcohol and you pretty much get the picture, or read up about the Aborigines in Australia.

    One thing I have yet to see explained is how the genetic/ancestral gulf between NE and SE Asians coincides with such phenotypic similarities. I know a Philippine women who is spoken to in Chinese when visiting Chinese neighborhoods. It's not just White people that can get confused trying to distinguish between NE and SE Asians. (Granted, just because there's occasional overlap doesn't mean there are generally obvious differences).
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  • [This essay is the introduction to Tom Engelhardt’s new book, A Nation Unmade by War, a Dispatch Book published by Haymarket Books.] As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into...
  • @F
    Why are you blaming Americans for these wars? Surely you don't imagine that the state gives a shit what they think. It's pointless to petition a criminal state. Do you expect the peoples North Korea or Turkmenistan to mass in the streets and demand reforms? Of course not. It makes no more sense to put that onus on 'Americans.' Their regime has invested in much greater repressive capacity.

    Real, efficacious work is being done by Americans - actual Americans, as opposed to the uniform, passive stick-figure Americans you invoke. They're just not wasting their time with the worthless Democrat-scripted Easter parades you seem to pine for. They're exercising their right to solidarity with the outside world.

    https://blackallianceforpeace.com/

    Because the hostes humani generis who rule the US subject population are a problem for the world. Americans are not going to get anywhere until they go over the head of their police state to the world. Internationalism from below, like the commies did, but for something worthwhile: Abwicklung of the Langley regime.

    The site you linked to seems more like an effort to co-opt the peace movement than to build it, along the lines of those who co-opted Occupy Wall Street to the point that it lost sight of its original goals and burned out.

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  • From the New York Times: Why North Korea Is Angered by ‘Libya Model’ in Nuclear Talks By Megan Specia and David E. Sanger May 16, 2018 When North Korea suddenly threw a historic summit meeting with the United States into question on Wednesday, it cited — five times — the fate of another country and...
  • @Stick
    The big difference between the Libya model and the Korean one is that Korea has a South Korean mediator to broker the transition. They have money and a real desire to reunify without massive bloodshed. If Whoa Fat is worried about his and his retainer's skin, then it is the South Koreans that can and should provide assurances and viable escapes for him and his henchmen. Then there is China offering a soft exile if the worst occurs. Don't know if Whoa Fat will like these options but they are considerably better than what was offered to Kaddafi. It is on South Korea to make this work.

    South Korea needs to establish more independent agency if they wish for more influence over North Korea. Getting their armed forces out from under US command would be a good first step. They then could provide ending the US presence in their country as an incentive for a change in North Korea’s posture. China and South Korea have organic interests in North Korea. The US doesn’t.

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  • @Robert Hume
    I think there is no way out for Kim. He’s murdered and imprisoned millions of his countrymen and any weakness on his part will lead to his death.

    I don’t see a policy out either. We could recital him and his closest kin? In Switzerland, but doesn’t seem plausible.

    Our best route might be an internal revolt, but those folks are probably mostly already dead. Or if not dead implicated themselves in the murders and imprisonment.

    Blathering from invented “facts” based on a priori notions about the DPRK leadership won’t get you very far. Political changes within the DPRK are likely to be low profile, with face-saving measures to smooth the process. Kim has shown some different notions of leadership than those of his predecessors, relinquishing the God-King personna to become a relatively down-to-earth “people’s leader,” making public appearances with his wife at amusement parks and such. It seems to be a generational change. The first in line for succession in the Kim Dynasty ahead of Jong-Un wasn’t interested in the top job.

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  • A life well lived. It's reasonable to say that Tom Wolfe succeeded in cutting a figure in American life comparable to another white-suited, big-spending writer, Mark Twain. Indeed, I'd argue that Wolfe was near his peak for longer than Twain and on a wider variety of subjects (Twain was the master of writing about being...
  • @Thirdeye
    Wolfe put "The Me Decade" in the lexicon in a Rolling Stone article. In 1979 Christopher Lasch gave Wolfe's insight a more intellectualized form in The Culture of Narcissism. Both were excoriated for highlighting the unhealthy trends underlying current thought fashions. IMO the individualized form of me-ism is expressed in neoliberalism and the collectivized form is expressed in identity politics. Both dominate American politics today and they are equally rotten.

    The Electric Koolaid Acid Test captured the 1965-67 cultural supernova that would burn out around 1970, leaving us with The Me Decade. Funny thing is, Ken Kesey quickly moved on from the presonna built by Wolfe and became a traditional kind of guy fending off his image as a psychedelic guru.

    The cover image of The Man Who Notices was a poster for the movie Picnic, starring William Holden and Kim Novak. It was also used with the sheet music for Moonglow, which was featured in the film.

    No, it’s not the Picnic poster. The actor looks like Burt Lancaster.

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  • Wolfe put “The Me Decade” in the lexicon in a Rolling Stone article. In 1979 Christopher Lasch gave Wolfe’s insight a more intellectualized form in The Culture of Narcissism. Both were excoriated for highlighting the unhealthy trends underlying current thought fashions. IMO the individualized form of me-ism is expressed in neoliberalism and the collectivized form is expressed in identity politics. Both dominate American politics today and they are equally rotten.

    The Electric Koolaid Acid Test captured the 1965-67 cultural supernova that would burn out around 1970, leaving us with The Me Decade. Funny thing is, Ken Kesey quickly moved on from the presonna built by Wolfe and became a traditional kind of guy fending off his image as a psychedelic guru.

    The cover image of The Man Who Notices was a poster for the movie Picnic, starring William Holden and Kim Novak. It was also used with the sheet music for Moonglow, which was featured in the film.

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    No, it's not the Picnic poster. The actor looks like Burt Lancaster.
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  • For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it has been a week of triumph. Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal as Bibi had demanded. Thursday, after Iran launched 20 missiles at the Golan Heights, Bibi answered with a 70-missile attack...
  • USrael are overplaying their hand, IMO. US-Turkey relations have become increasingly strained since the Gulenist coup attempt, followed by the US alliance with the SDF, which Turkey regards as hostile. Abrogating the Iran nuclear deal is not a good look for anyone involved in agreements with the US. Turkey recalled their ambassadors to the US and Israel over the US and Israel over the embassy move coupled with the massacre. Turkey is also talking about direct aid to Gaza, which would put them on a collision course with Israel.

    Russia’s less-that-confrontational stance with Turkey over Syria has been a source of puzzlement, but there is convergent interest in isolating and ending the US-SDF alliance in northern Syria and developing a Black Sea energy corridor to Europe. By taking a power-balancing approach towards Turkey and Iran, who also have some convergent interests, Russia has refrained from pushing Turkey back closer to the US. There has been no precedent for Turkey’s recent willingness to oppose US policy. US obtuseness towards both international agreements in general and Turkey in particular doesn’t bode well for future relations. Turkey holds a big piece of US ability to project air power over the region from its Incirlik air base. Turkey might not be lovey-dovey towards Russia, but they recognize that their interests rely on having reliable international partners.

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  • @El Dato

    Thursday, after Iran launched 20 missiles at the Golan Heights
     
    Something from a alternate history SciFi novel?

    That’s the official propaganda line.

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  • In my continuing attempt to cover the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon without sitting through dozens of hours of videos, here's an appreciative article in Esquire by Wesley Yang: Yang is a fairly sizable journalistic talent whose career was sidetracked in recent years by some personal problems, which he says Peterson's lectures helped him get over. Much...
  • @eah
    https://twitter.com/ramzpaul/status/995587014258036736

    The Broken Clock Effect comes into play!

    What’s missing from the Free Speech discussion is denunciation of the heinous measures taken at the governmental level against the BDS movement.

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  • From The Forward: Is Jordan Peterson Enabling Jew Hatred? Ari Feldman May 11, 2018 Wikimedia/Forward Montage... Jordan Peterson is a public intellectual adored by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and conspiracy theorists. ... Part of why people on the far right like Peterson is because he is not afraid to talk about the Jews, and he has...
  • @utu

    Every single one of them defended Peterson and denounced the author and magazine. Those posting comments are presumably mostly Jewish.

     

    The point is that the article’s purpose is to legitimize Peterson. This Peterson controversy is false and likely manufactured. Lipstadt, who is not the smartest Jewess, objects to talking too much about Jewish success on the usual grounds but no Jew will object to the meme that Jews have superior intelligence which is not meant for Jews, who always believed they were smarter than anybody (yiddishe kopf), but for gentiles. But what is most important here is that Peterson argues (incorrectly) that intelligence advantage is sufficient to explain Jewish success (overrepresentation) and thus he absolves Jews form accusation of ethnic networking. I dare not to think what Jewish overrepresentation would be if on the top of their superior IQ they also deployed ethnic nepotism. Fortunately their (also superior) moral standards prevent them from doing so.

    Peterson is god sent for Jews. I heard Peterson monetization form his YT video is already above $50k per months.

    Peterson argues (incorrectly) that intelligence advantage is sufficient to explain Jewish success…..

    That’s of a piece with his overall thesis that hierarchies are in essence virtue hierarchies, with intelligence being foremost. In my view that’s overly simplistic. The correlations between IQ and various metrics for life success are solid at the bottom end, then dissipate somewhere around 120. A somewhat-above-average intellect coupled with good system manipulation skills, such as salesmanship or a sense of bureaucratic gamesmanship, can rise more easily than someone who perhaps is more intelligent and adds more value but is less adept at system manipulation. There is no justification for saying that the skillsets that rise to the top are necessarily pro-social.

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  • @guest
    I have come to the conclusion Jordan Peterson is either controlled opposition or a useful idiot. If he's not consciously part of a deception, in the very least he's only in the spotlight because powerful forces think he's useful. He'll disappear if they decide otherwise.

    Peterson has an organic following, but that's not so much political or even intellectual as it is a bunch of lost souls who need something a bit more substantial than popular culture can offer.

    The use of figures like Peterson to the Cathedral is that he can act as a net to catch falling libs. Ones sick of the PC nuthouse, who could possibly fall into the real right, and that can't be allowed. He also serves as gatekeeper to block Evul Natsees from the mainstream.

    The same ploy as Bill Buckley and the neocons, basically, except Peterson is by his own admission center-left. The only reason he's mistaken by anyone for being on the right is that the right has responded favorably to him embarrassing a dumb female journalist on the Gender Pay Gap issue and stood up to Pronoun Madness. They don't know anything more about him.

    But come on. He's a mentally ill Canadian professor obsessed with existentialism with giant paintings of communist heroes like Lenin hanging on the wall. He also preaches Holocaustianity non-stop, and warns his white students and acolytes that but for the Grace of God they could be S.S. officers torturing people to death for the heck of it.

    Ah, but in Leftland if you give aid and comfort to the enemy, you are "objectively" on their side. So it wouldn't matter of you've spent your entire life as a carrying your PC card in good standing, dues paid in full. The second you criticize PC enough for the right to notice, you're the enemy.

    That, or the left is merely pretending to up Peterson's street cred with Natsees. After all, this laughably phony Intellectual Dark Web nonsense must make enemies to the left in order for anyone to be tricked by it.

    But my hunch is the Forward! stuff is genuine. Peterson really stepped in it over the Jewish Question, which admittedly is a minefield for the most experienced politicos. Peterson ain't that. He's just a depressed professorial Nietzsche fanboy.

    Cardinal rule of politics is don't mention the Jew. If you should happen to, either be Jewish or have your PC credentials in perfect order. Peterson's credentials had been suspended and were under review for possible thoughtcrime against women and trannies.

    With that status, one simply cannot talk about Jews. Not even in order to call evul natsees kooky konspiracy theorists. And the way Peterson defended Jewish overrepresentation was incorrect. You admit the existence of I.Q. only as a last resort. You don't make it the centerpiece of your argument.

    Insult to injury, Peterson destroyed his reputation on the right in the same instance. Not for being wrong on the Jewish Question persay, but for being dishonest and obviously lacking integrated. Though he was already on thin ice for deplatforming Faith Goldy.

    He has fallen between the proverbial stools.

    I have come to the conclusion Jordan Peterson is either controlled opposition or a useful idiot.

    Oh, the horror that there should be competition for the “real right” among opposition to PC identitarian left-liberals!

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    Of course, leftist identitarians aren't the only enemies. Whomever Peterson is against, he's also a center-left neoliberal who's almost certainly pushing the NWO agenda.

    Those people will use anything they can, identity politics, insane PC, or professors who pose as reasonable moderates. In certain ways the latter are more dangerous, because my real allies and potential allies can be tricked into fatal delusions by them. Like the notion that identity politics are bad as such.

    False. Identity politics are both necessary and inevitable. They are in fact the only thing that can save us from multicultural, borderless hell.

    That Jordan Peterson doesn't want to be compelled by the state to use funny pronouns is a good thing, but nothing compared to what else he's against.

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  • @Lagertha
    Jordan is so hot with young white people...so he must be crushed? Jordan knows the bullshit, but he is not a Christian...but, he is really focused on white young guys...so, of course, the evil ones, want him dead.

    Peterson reported that the most beneficial performance results of his “life authoring” program were among nonwhite males. It seems to be a program focused on the traits that enhance the social functionality of males, which are typically less developed at the lower end of the economic spectrum (lacking good male role models and such).

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  • From the New York Times: "We don’t often think of it as a big deal or as particularly newsworthy:" Other than all the national news coverage. Back in April, I looked out the window one evening and there were four LAPD squad SUVs blocking the street in front of my house. It turned out that...
  • @AndrewR
    https://www-m.cnn.com/2018/05/11/us/yale-second-black-student-sarah-braasch/index.html

    CNN is "punching up" at her. Apparently almost nothing is more important at this moment in our nation's history than demonizing a Yale grad student who called the cops on two BLM losers.

    Look at the video taken by the grad student she called the cops on. The only question is whether she’s racist or just an all-around asshole.

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  • @Anon
    Apparently the black guy in the stairway she called the cops on wasn’t a student but a friend of the woman sleeping in the common room.

    Black students often have very nasty friends who rob, rape, fight and cause lots of problems.

    Like Temple, USC, university of Chicago, Columbia and thousands of other colleges Yale is surrounded by a crime ridden black neighborhood

    “Apparently…..” based on what? The guy is a student at Yale who was asking her directions to the common room in a dorm he was unfamiliar with. Sure, real suspicious.

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  • Few television programs have had the cultural impact of The Simpsons. Reporters now use the show as an inspiration for headlines. “’Free Market’” Conservatives Welcome Their New Protectionist Overlord, wrote Reason, citing a classic segment. In 2012 and 2016, reporters cited Homer Simpson’s proud declaration of “don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos!”—a joke suggesting...
  • There needs to be a Simpsons episode where Apu tries his hand at a comedy club, does variations of Kondabolu’s whiny PC material, and bombs.

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  • Brushing aside the anguished pleas of our NATO allies, President Trump Tuesday contemptuously trashed the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions. Prime Minister Theresa May of Great Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were put on notice that their ties to Iran are to be severed, or secondary sanctions will...
  • @TomSchmidt
    Rome and Nazi Germany were economically well off with a lot of expendable young men to kill off. We are broke and spend half our time watching TV seeing commercials for drugs for old people.

    Nazi Germany had a debt problem that was slowing their re-armament program. They were gambling with house money in 1940-41, either conquer or go bankrupt.

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    "Nazi Germany had a debt problem that was slowing their re-armament program. They were gambling with house money in 1940-41, either conquer or go bankrupt."

    BS.

    But to be expected from an individual who, in the year 2017, was still peddling the old debunked propaganda that Katyn had really been done by the Germans.

    , @Intelligent Dasein

    They were gambling with house money in 1940-41, either conquer or go bankrupt.
     
    To "gamble with house money" means that the house covers your wagers, so you have free rein to take as much risk as you want without incurring any personal losses. This is the exact opposite of what you mean. The idiom you're searching for is "betting the mortgage," I believe.
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  • @jacques sheete

    Driving the point home, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin ordered Airbus to cancel its $19 billion contract to sell 100 commercial planes to Iran.
     
    Wow, and WTF?

    I confidently predict that it will backfire badly. If Airbus gives in, it will not only lose business but it will be an opportunity for the Russian industry to fill the gap. If they don’t, they will be under US sanctions. IMO the only way Airbus has out of the dilemma is to seek financing not influenced by the US Treasury, most likely through China. And even before sanctions Airbus was having difficulty financing the deal through Western banks, so looking for financing outside that system makes sense anyway.

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  • A big story about a half decade ago was that cities were growing faster in population than suburbs for the first time in roughly ever. Many thinkpieces were devoted to this trend, one in which thinkpiece writers of course tend to be overrepresented. (My contribution was that double-paned windows, better earplugs, and air-conditioning have made...
  • @Twinkie

    I lingered a bit too long in Costco and HomeDepot today and got caught in bit of early Pugetopolis rush hour traffic. Yuck. Our elites insist on having the door open wide making this more and more like a combo of Asia and Latin America and less and less like the relatively uncrowded US i was born into. My reaction–and i’m sure a lot of white people–is get me the heck outta here!
     
    Since I have a lot of children (many mouths to feed), my wife once suggested that we get a Costco membership. So I visited a location and had that exact reaction. It was overrun with Hispanics and Indians, of questionable citizenship, who seem not to share the norms of civilization such as good manners.

    I told my wife to forget the idea, and that we should move FAR away from that place. And we did.

    Most of the bad behavior I’ve seen at Costco is from groups of white chicks. Cart scamming, line cutting, and such. In bars, most of the blatantly ill-mannered behavior I’ve seen is from white chicks and gays.

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  • There doesn't seem to be a shortage of opinions on the subject, so I don't have one.
  • @Mr. Anon

    Paying billions of dollars to a country to keep it from developing nuclear weapons is like paying a black thug not to beat you up. Only a retarded liberal would think this a good idea.
     
    I keep hearing this factoid - that we paid Iran $150 billion dollars. Is it true? Where did the money come from? What budget line did it come from?

    As far as I am aware, we gave them iranian assets that had been frozen by us since the revolution in 1979 - i.e., we gave them back their own money. That may or may not have been a good idea, but it is vastly different than saying that we just gave them a whole bunch of money.

    You are exactly right.

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  • @Lot
    It's happening brothers...

    Iran fires first shots directly into Israel...

    Israel launches largest air and missle strikes at Iranian targets in Syria yet, our guys' jets are pounding them right now...

    Damascus without power...

    GOP is SURGING in CNN house polls, from -13 to -3 in two months. Still possible to triple your money on predictit betting on GOP holding the House.

    Memo from Hasbara to IDF: Americans like to see explosions, can we do a few daytime strikes and have some drones stream them?

    Dream on.

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/05/syrians-and-israelis-are-shooting-at-each-other-ttg.html

    You’d think the 22 for 103 results of the recent FUKUS strike on Syria would have shown the Israelis that it’s not their daddies’ air war any more, but maybe Jews are kind of … you know … slow.

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  • @The Z Blog
    I think the people doing the neocon boogie right now may be missing the obvious. Trump is no ideologue. He is persuaded by more practical things. His complaints about this deal never made any sense, unless you look at the money side. That's what bugs him. He thinks US controlled companies should have got the lion's share of development deals out of Iran.

    From Trump's point of view, this is an easy call. He makes the Jews happy. he forces the Iranians back to the table. He has a reason to sit down with the Russians now, since they have to be a party to the next deal. Just as the China trade war is tied to the North Korea gambit, this Iranian deal is tied to relations with Russia.

    From Trump’s point of view, this is an easy call.[1] He makes the Jews happy. [2]he forces the Iranians back to the table.[3] He has a reason to sit down with the Russians now, since they have to be a party to the next deal.[4] Just as the China trade war is tied to the North Korea gambit, this Iranian deal is tied to relations with Russia.

    [1] Yes, and that’s about all it does.
    [2]Not gonna happen. Iran, Russia, China, Britain, and France all stated intent to stick with the JCPOA. Trump might think he can flip Britain and France to support his new unilateral sanctions through commercial pressure, but it’s more likely to force them to take protective measures against their unreliable partner.
    [3]But the Russians have no reason to sit down with him unless he can do something for them, and provide some assurance that he will follow through. Fat chance.
    [4]…..and withdrawing from it worsens relations with Russia. The “winner” with the North Korea situation is China, as it gives them the opportunity to show South Korea that their interests are more aligned with them than with the US.

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  • @Uilleam Yr Alban
    The civilized world must prevent the further proliferation of nuclear weapons or chaos will ensue. Nobody has had the will to do so since Reagan (and maybe that’s what Bush thought he was doing in his befuddlement, but the cases against Iran and NoKo are much stronger).

    If you think Bush really believed his claim of “Saddam’s nukuler program” I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

    North Korea bragged about its nukes.

    The case against Iran is as nonexistent as the one against Iraq. And if Iran ends up getting attacked it would be incentive for them to acquire their own nuclear deterrent since it would prove that no agreement with nuclear-armed USrael means anything without such a deterrent.

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    If you think Bush really believed his claim of “Saddam’s nukuler program” I’ve got a bridge to sell you.
     
    Someone who believes "Islam is a peaceful religion" can probably be persuaded to believe almost anything.
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  • @Peter Akuleyev
    This treaty was never ratified by the Senate as required.

    That's the rub. Obama was a very weak President. The irony is that the neocons have now outmaneuvered both Obama and Trump while allowing the base for each guy think their "hero" is a winner.

    The JCPOA is a multilateral agreement under UN auspices, not a treaty between the US and Iran. The whole “Senate confirmation required” meme is bullshit.

    In withdrawing from the JCPOA, Trump forfeited the prerogative of taking claims of Iranian violations to the P+5 to have them resolved under an agreed-upon process, and maintaining authority in that process. He’s wagering that they’ll roll over for his drive to renew sanctions (which were never fully lifted in the first place). It’s a bad bet. All he’s proven is that the US is an unreliable partner other nations shouldn’t become enmeshed with. Advantage: Russia, China

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  • I first encountered Trotskyists in Minnesota half a century ago during the movement against the Vietnam War. I appreciated their skill in organizing anti-war demonstrations and their courage in daring to call themselves “communists” in the United States of America – a profession of faith that did not groom them for the successful careers enjoyed...
  • @unpc downunder
    Excellent point. The global revolution socialists are hard core ideologies who put ideological purity over practical considerations. Hence their failure to achieve any kind of real world success. Wherever socialists have had some sustainable success it has been achieved by combining socialism with elements of nationalism and capitalism. The communist military successes in Russia, China and Vietnam were achieved by appealing to nationalism. The Chinese economic miracle has been achieved through state capitalism. The Scandinavian welfare state has depended on government support for big companies like Volvo and Nokia.

    There are lessons here for English-speaking countries with their dogmatic attachment to liberal values like free trade, open borders and anti-nationalism.

    The communist military successes in Russia, China and Vietnam were achieved by appealing to nationalism.

    Well…… the narrative is kind of cloudy.

    The Bolshies made alliances with nationalist forces against the Tsarists, but as often as not they ended up in violent conflict with them. Russian nationalism and its spiritual connection to the Tsar put it on a collision course with the revolution, which in its early years still adhered to the Marxist orthodoxy of revolutionary internationalism. Their big success in managing nationalism was de-fusing it in the Ukraine with territorial and economic concessions. Later, the interests of the nationalities of the various SSRs were hardwired into the central bureaucracy. After Lenin came two leaders not from the Russian SSR.

    The Nationalist movement in China was influenced by Western ideas and acted against the old Dynasty more than against Western colonialism. Anti-colonial nationalism drove the May 4th movement, which later would give rise to the CCP, but the CCP’s appeal to peasants was mainly against the remaining feudal elements. Anti-colonialism was more of a theoretical concern. Opposition to the Japanese invasion mainly had the practical effect of a truce between the Kuomintang and the CCP; prosecuting a war against the Japanese wasn’t really a practical option for them.

    The Viet Minh were nationalist first and Communist second. The Communists gained ascendancy largely because they were the ones who could secure foreign aid for the anti-colonial cause. Once the colonial-aligned forces were driven out, it didn’t take long for Vietnam to embrace capitalism – the quickest peaceful abandonment of communism ever.

    Maybe the best example of communist-nationalism is Cuba, still here almost 60 years after booting out Yankee imperialism and influencing nationalist movements throughout Latin America.

    It is kind of ironic that the ideas of national self-determination and national-interest driven economic and foreign policy, which rallied much of the post-colonial world to the communist cause, are now driving people to the conservative cause.

    The oh-so-pure “world revolution” advocates such as McKenna and Proyect seem to be using “Stalin!” as some kind of escape button in the face of their own contradictions in aligning with neocons, Zionists, and Islamo-fascists against governments they deem insufficiently pure.

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  • @Anon
    You are right. I was surprised to see the article as I thought they were all in old age homes.

    They really really are gone in America, even in the universities. May be because in America because our “struggle” is multi millionaire Jews and upper middle class blacks Asians Hispanics and Indians against poor Whites.

    In America a $200,000 a year black women school administrator is an opressed victim. The poorest disabled White man is a privileged aristocrat who must be sent to the guillotine.

    Frankfurt School ideology replaced Marxism as the driving ideology of the American Left during the 1960s. Nominal Marxists tried to fudge that ideology into Marxism because they thought it would help to sell Marxism, but boy were they wrong! Marxist theory instead became a talisman for selling the various identitarian ideologies used to divide and weaken the working class – the exact opposite of what the opportunist-identitarian Marxists had anticipated. Their claims that identitarian movements were somehow akin to the anti-colonial nationalist movements of the postwar era were diametrically wrong. They became tools of the ruling class in their 40+ year neoliberal campaign to impose hyper-exploitive colonial conditions on the former imperial homelands. We are all Third World now.

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  • I'm having a fire sale on education stories this week. Also a parallel fire sale on quotes from my 2009 book We Are Doomed, because the education chapter of that book was the most fun to write and it's pertinent to this week's stories. Here's a sort of keynote quote from that chapter: Education story...
  • @Achmed E. Newman
    I don't agree with your assesment, as I was there, Thirdeye. Reagan was called the "Teflon President" BY the press, as they didn't have anything really big on him to pull another Nixon/Agnew deal on him. Mr. Reagan had the type of personality that made it hard for most people to dislike him at all. That irked the press mightily, and it didn't stop the reporters from calling him "Ronnie Raygun" and always working against efforts to fight the Commies in central America (whether rightly or wrongly - sometimes).

    Reagan was still given a hard time throughout his 2 terms by the Lyin' Press, but it was not 24/7, as most people still just watched the national news for 1/2 hour nightly, if at all. They could only do so much back then. That's unlike the modern method of infotainment, in which some small story goes on for weeks to make it "the big story".

    I am NO fan of either of the Bushes, not in the least, but I can remember how well Obama and Clinton were treated by the press vs. the Bushes and Reagan.

    I don't really trust details from the Lyin' Press on Reagan's fitness for office. I've heard many stories, some of which say he was senile and some not. One thing he did was pick the right people around him, unlike what our current President has done. Those that say he wasn't a bright man, at least in his prime, are full of it, as I've read a book of his own-written radio talks from when he was in broadcasting. The stuff he wrote is of the quality that current politicians' expert speech writers can't match. Perhaps even Reagan's own, Peggy Noonan, did not have the quality of Mr. Reagan's writing.

    I remember “Ronnie Raygun” having currency within the student-activist milieu, but not really anywhere else.

    IMO his personality got him a lot of mileage with the press and even with Congressional Democrats who opposed nearly everything he stood for. He was a very amiable, folksy guy. That was in contrast to Carter, who behind his famous fake smile was known to be a vindictive, sanctimonious, untrustworthy prick. When Reagan came on the scene, the Washington regulars were just relieved to be breathing air without Carter’s personal stench. And of course Reagan’s juggernaut electoral victories didn’t exactly incline people to oppose him. One thing I see in common between Reagan and Trump is their sense of theater, which seems to confound those who do not appreciate its political value. Reagan’s theater and orating background gave him something Noonan’s PR background couldn’t.

    Clinton and Obama had their perfect foils in those who they succeeded. Bush Pere was cold, distant, and condescending. Clinton was all up close and personal. Bush Fils was dumb, which he parlayed into a winning trait against the supercilious Lord Fauntleroy Gore, but the consequences of such stupidity were unbearable after a few years and along came a witty smart guy, Obama.

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    You had me until ... "witty smart guy, .... Øb☭ma ..."

    It's OK, the last time had to visit the porcelain goddess like this was after that big black&white cookie from Duncan Donuts.

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Anyway, good comment. It sounds like you are familiar with the era. Thanks for the interesting and thoughtful response.

    BTW, I can't stand Peggy Noonan, and that goes back about 15 years at least, to when I used to read the WS Journal.

    , @RadicalCenter
    Obama neither smart nor all that witty. Portrayed as such, of course.
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  • @Achmed E. Newman

    I don’t know about the US before 1991.
     
    I can tell that. So, why are your spouting BS about Richard Nixon? He died about 3 years after you came here. Nixon took the US off of real money, the gold standard, because the French government wanted to return their US dollars of that real money. Inflation started forthwith and didn't end to Carter-appointed FED chairman Volcker raised interest rates to the sky.

    Nixon's paranoid Watergate silliness and cover-up thereof caused 4-6 years of "malaise", in the words of the best President since Ike or Coolidge. That was one Ronald Reagan, a president without which you would still be "back, back in the USSR! - 'those Ukraine girls really knock me out, and leave the West behind, and Moscow girls make me sing and shout that Georgia's always on my my my my my my my my my mind!" Yes, the Beatles were joking.

    If you don't know the history, don't speculate - do some reading. I may badmouth the humanities as a way to get a mortgage-sized debt after 5 years of living-large, with no house or family to show for it, but I have nothing against someone learning this stuff on his own dime. Coincidentally, that brings me back to the subject:

    For us only American grad students are cheap workforce, as they can be placed on training grants that pay their tuition and stipend. Foreign students are a lot more expensive, but people are willing to pay more for quality.
     
    Quality, bullcrap. I've seen Indian engineering grad students that have never used a screwdriver or wrench (no, that's not engineering itself, but with no grounding in physical stuff, they are are just pie-in-the-sky theory people). They and the Chinese cheat like hell, and the students can't understand them when they teach classes. I know where the money comes from - the US taxpayer any way you figure it. You know that too.

    You are right that there are smart people all over the world. They should do research all over the world, say, like where they live.

    I’ve seen Indian engineering grad students that have never used a screwdriver or wrench (no, that’s not engineering itself, but with no grounding in physical stuff, they are are just pie-in-the-sky theory people).

    The gap between credentials and problem-solving ability, really the core attribute of a good engineer, can be amazing among South Asians. Grinding for exams just doesn’t do it.

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    If you mean dot-Indians, yes that's true. One can have a great math background but have never worked with anything mechanical (or electrical for EE) and be a poor engineer. Somewhat along the lines of what Mr. Russian-in-Tennessee wrote, you've got to see a lot of things in order to be creative (he says "have lots of education", but I think it's a matter of having seen lots of things work and having taken things apart.)

    Slightly off the subject, but regarding the spelling errors, I do agree with our principled investigator here that doing lots of reading makes one a good spelling. That means, typos aside, one can tell someone does not do lots of reading if he has loads of ridiculous spelling errors. However, as I've written to our host almost a year ago in these comments (Derb, I mean), the homonyms are a special case. I here the words in my head as I right on-line, and I have caught SO MANY wrong-homonyms, because I just typed what I herd. (It's easier to see those 3 in the last sentence afterwards!)

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  • @Achmed E. Newman
    Yes, I realize the USSR has been gone for 30 years, and it is Russia now. Your comprehension is not up to American standards yet, as my "back to the USSR" reference was from the Beatles, who sang this way,way back in the middle of the Cold War.

    Ronald Reagan had lots to do with the ending of the Cold War. Of course, the Communist central planning can not hold up forever, but the USSR could afford to put so much into military forces and hardware when the people had squat-all to say about it (kinda like the way it's gotten here, right?) You should read on the Reykjavik conference, in which the "Star Wars" technology (not really close to practical at that time) was used as a bluff to give Gorbachev the idea that the USSR would get bankrupted by another hardware race.

    Yes, Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer, but in the 1990's. He was not president at that time. I'm don't know what kind of shape he was in during the latter part of his 2nd term, but the Cold War got taken care of. As far as your contention that he bankrupted us, the borrowing has been building for 50 years - Reagan had a deal with the D's who ran the congress (it spends the money, see) that cuts would be made in social programs to match the build up in military spending to end the Cold War. The Dems reneged, as anyone now might expect. However, just like with the '86 Amnesty deal, Reagan was way too trusting in his countryman in office - he grew up in a different era where people could be trusted more. Yeah, he fucked up in that sense.

    Not the least of these was an attempt to “plan” the production of consumer products, instead of letting the market forces determine what is needed and when. Besides, communism is a religion. Like every religion, it is a pack of lies. Having religion as the state ideology dooms any country.
     
    You are preaching to the choir here, Anon. However, I don't agree with any involvement by Feral government in anything not specified in the US Constitution, as spelled out very clearly in Amendment X. You should have been tested on the document in 1991, speaking of education. At least I know you didn't cheat off the internet. ;-}

    Education in this country was the best, at both grade school level and higher education before the US Gov't was at all involved. You do know that the Dept. of Ed. was created during the Jimmy Carter admin. as a payoff for the teacher's union's support of him in the 1976 election, don't you? Of course not, you weren't here. Before that, some functions, but much more minor were lumped into the old HEW (Health, Education, and Welfare). Now we have the Dept. of Motherland Security that sounds exactly like the kind of thing you guys had 30 years ago and further back.

    I like your Brezhnev joke, but you should be aware that the same Lyin' Press we have today hated Ronald Reagan with a passion throughout those 8 years, and even earlier during the Reagan/Ford competition for R-candidate in 1976 and '80. Please don't get your history off of the Lyin' Press. I was there. I never heard that joke about Reagan, though, just "Ronnie Raygun" slurs, because he didn't want us to unilaterally disarm.

    Yes, Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer, but in the 1990′s.

    1992 was when it was publicly disclosed, not the original diagnosis. According to John Stockwell, who as a former CIA officer was trained to watch for health indicators for intel purposes, he had been showing signs of neurological deterioration for years. His meltdown during the first debate with Walter Mondale in 1984 flashed his deterioration in front of the public. His freeze-up in response to the Iran-Contra scandal caused senior officials to discuss invoking the 25th Amendment. His public profile was extremely low his last two years in office.

    ……the same Lyin’ Press we have today hated Ronald Reagan with a passion throughout those 8 years….

    The Lyin’ Press fawned over Reagan for not being Carter. The kid-glove treatment the Lyin’ Press gave Reagan led to his status as the “Teflon President” even after high profile fiascos like the Lebanon mission. But we could still beat Grenada, so it was all good.

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    I don't agree with your assesment, as I was there, Thirdeye. Reagan was called the "Teflon President" BY the press, as they didn't have anything really big on him to pull another Nixon/Agnew deal on him. Mr. Reagan had the type of personality that made it hard for most people to dislike him at all. That irked the press mightily, and it didn't stop the reporters from calling him "Ronnie Raygun" and always working against efforts to fight the Commies in central America (whether rightly or wrongly - sometimes).

    Reagan was still given a hard time throughout his 2 terms by the Lyin' Press, but it was not 24/7, as most people still just watched the national news for 1/2 hour nightly, if at all. They could only do so much back then. That's unlike the modern method of infotainment, in which some small story goes on for weeks to make it "the big story".

    I am NO fan of either of the Bushes, not in the least, but I can remember how well Obama and Clinton were treated by the press vs. the Bushes and Reagan.

    I don't really trust details from the Lyin' Press on Reagan's fitness for office. I've heard many stories, some of which say he was senile and some not. One thing he did was pick the right people around him, unlike what our current President has done. Those that say he wasn't a bright man, at least in his prime, are full of it, as I've read a book of his own-written radio talks from when he was in broadcasting. The stuff he wrote is of the quality that current politicians' expert speech writers can't match. Perhaps even Reagan's own, Peggy Noonan, did not have the quality of Mr. Reagan's writing.

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  • @Quartermaster
    Neither Russia or China's military technology exceeds ours. China is still trying to steal ours, and Russia is pathetically behind us. The super weapons Putin announced don't exist.

    Yes, I’m sure the Russians envy our ability to get 22 on-target strikes out of 103 launches like the last time in Syria.

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  • @jilles dykstra
    The problem is simple, good education increases social differences.
    In all western countries politicians did not want this, in the Netherlands it began around 1960.
    The result, an academic degree of today is equivalent to a gymnasium education of 1960.
    It has been argued here that USA military technology is far behind Russia and China, if so, this may be the result.
    Another result, in my opinion, stupid politicians.
    Thilo Sarrazin, 'Deutschland schafft sich ab, Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen', München 2010
    Christopher Lasch, 'The Culture of Narcissism, American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations', 1979, 1980, London

    Lasch was a good read. Definitely helped evolve my view of the culture wars. The rot of the West in the last 40 or so years has resoundingly confirmed Lasch’s thesis, IMO.

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  • I first encountered Trotskyists in Minnesota half a century ago during the movement against the Vietnam War. I appreciated their skill in organizing anti-war demonstrations and their courage in daring to call themselves “communists” in the United States of America – a profession of faith that did not groom them for the successful careers enjoyed...
  • @Pindos
    It served Jew interests - destroy Russians

    It served Jew interests – destroy Russians

    Then they could just as well have kept their money. Nicholas II was doing a fine job at that.

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  • @Moi
    and although his country is poor, his wife shops in Paris.

    Oh, the horror!

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  • @jilles dykstra
    I did not read about the suspicion that Bron(f)stein in reality was a German agent.
    What one reads in these two books does not make the suspicion go away
    John W Wheeler-Bennett, ‘Brest-Litovsk, The forgotten peace, March 1918’, 1938, 1963, London
    Erich Ludendorff, 'Meine Kriegserinnerungen 1914 = 1918', Berlin, 1918

    If one wants to make the case that Trotsky was a German agent, they would have to explain his agitation for spreading the revolution into Germany. You could make a stronger case that George Washington was a French agent against Britain. Revolutions have tended to occur in the cracks and contradictions opened in the struggles between the great powers, including the revolutions in China and Vietnam.

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  • @Seraphim
    @The practical result of this verbal agitation is simply to align this brand of Trotskyism with U.S imperialism.

    Wasn't 'Trotskyism' 'aligned' with US imperialism from the very moment when he transported the Warburg-Schiff money to Russia to carry on the 'permanent revolution'?
    And when Stalin cut Trotsky's crap who jumped to his defense? The Dewey "Commission of Inquiry into the Charges Made against Leon Trotsky in the Moscow Trials". And who are the imperialist 'neo-cons' other than 'old Trotskyists'?

    The Russian revolution served German interests more than it did American ones. Germany sponsored Lenin’s return from Zurich to lead the revolution that would get Russia out of the war. It makes no sense to contend that the Russian revolution served American interests or that Warburg-Schiff were acting on their behalf. They were acting against the US interest in keeping Russia in the war against Germany. They had been financing anti-Tsarist activity in Russia for years.

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    It served Jew interests - destroy Russians
    , @Paw
    This Permanent revolutions is very good. But what you going to do with the Old revolutioners..
    It does not bode well. If they are in the way of more and other revolutions...
    , @Paw
    Not only to German , but the German general Staff. And Lenin lived from robberies with murders .
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  • From Trotsky’s doctrine of Permanent Revolution onward, the hallmark of Trotskyism has been a quest for intellectual purity in revolution – no contradictions allowed. No mixed economies under socialism. No pragmatic alliances. No consideration of national security. Stake everything on a worldwide wave of revolution. Every real-world tactical issue since 1939 has led to fracturing of the Trotskyist movement, generally into a “pure” faction and a “get something done” faction. International Socialists represented the “pure” faction after the 1939 split (after it spun off the forebears of the neoconservative movement). Its sole contribution of significance was as an intellectual incubator for Christopher Hitchens. More “pure” factions spun off in the early 1960s, which sooner or later degenerated into cults. Lyndon LaRouche made his mark leading one of the “pure” factions. The “get something done” faction made its mark as highly effective organizers of protests against the war in Vietnam but started chasing silly fads of the student New Left, trying unsuccessfully to connect them to a revolutionary strategy. Their “revolutionary” rationale for those movements blew up when they went in a decidedly bourgeois-aligned bureaucratic direction and became adjuncts to the Democratic Party. WSWS represents the revival of purist Trotskyism, which offers cogent critiques of the glorified left-liberal postmodernist “Trotskyism” of Louis Proyect and Socialist Alternative, but seems to choke on the question of what they themselves actually intend to accomplish.

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    Excellent point. The global revolution socialists are hard core ideologies who put ideological purity over practical considerations. Hence their failure to achieve any kind of real world success. Wherever socialists have had some sustainable success it has been achieved by combining socialism with elements of nationalism and capitalism. The communist military successes in Russia, China and Vietnam were achieved by appealing to nationalism. The Chinese economic miracle has been achieved through state capitalism. The Scandinavian welfare state has depended on government support for big companies like Volvo and Nokia.

    There are lessons here for English-speaking countries with their dogmatic attachment to liberal values like free trade, open borders and anti-nationalism.

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  • Iran has an exaggerated reputation in the Middle East for Machiavellian cunning and an ability to outmanoeuvre its enemies. Britain used to be regarded in the same light in the region: its most ill-considered actions were admired as devilishly clever plots when all it was doing was taking advantage of the blunders of its opponents....
  • @Jim Christian
    I think they're going to cool it with Iran, keep the deal for a bit longer so they can con North Korea into notions there can be peace. They can always invent reasons in a year or two to revisit the Iranian Deal. Key for Israel to me is I see Israel carving off slices of Syria that I'd wager will be land under new Israeli settlements, all under the guise of security zones. The blocks they have already cleared out are 20 miles square, looks like, perfect for new settlements for burgeoning Orthodox Jewish settlements. Those folks breed 5 and 6 to a family there, they always need more land. Kill ratio vs. Palistinians and their immigration and refugee policies and increased Jewish birthing rates can keep Israel's Jewish population on top if they can annex bits of Syrian territory that Assad is in no position to defend in any case. Israel loves the chaos in Syria for this reason and was eager for Assad to fall. And if all that land was in effect 'stateless", Israeli could break off any size part they wanted and dare anyone to stop them. They need, need, need land and now.

    Or am I just too stoned for the room?

    I don’t see Israel in any position to move further into Syria. The “stateless” areas along the Israeli border are occupied by Jihadist insurgents. Israel would be forced to either move against the Jihadists, and lose the advantage they gain from them, or make their support of the terrorists more overt. They would be inviting a forceful response from Syria’s allies including Russia and Hezbollah. Fighting Hezbollah and Syrian forces for marginal gains under a Russian-imposed no fly zone is not where Israel would want to be.

    Dude, you’re no worse off than a lot of commenters.

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    Dude, you’re no worse off than a lot of commenters.
     
    I have my moments and detractors. Saker and others mention Israel's ground forces suck and are ill-equipped to take land. But easy-pieces that are empty territory look like easy meat. Unless my eyes deceive, Google Earth shows hundred-square mile patches of empty land bordering the North of Israel. Full-on war with Russia or even Iran OUGHT to be considered unthinkable to rational Israelis, but also to Russia and Iran. War with North Korea, unthinkable. All of it insane. But with this one, all the players own nukes of one sort or another.

    Such the world the US and its Israeli partners have wrought over there.
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  • @Randal

    It was only after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 that this changed, when Iran found itself promoted to the first rank of demons. Scott Peterson explains this in his perceptive history of Iran, Let the Swords Encircle Me, saying: “Anxious that its own strategic utility as a ‘bulwark’ against Soviet-allied Arab states was losing its shine after the Cold War, Israel launched a campaign in 1992 to convince the US that a new and more dangerous threat had emerged from Iran and the Islamic extremism that the revolution inspired.”
     
    More likely surely that an Israeli policy change to demonising Iran in 1992 was consequent on the fact that its primary major regional rival Iraq had just been effectively destroyed as a force by the US, and Iran was simply the next rival and suitable demon in line?

    I mean there hadn't been any meaningful threat from "Soviet-allied" Arab states since Sadat switched in the 1970s.

    I think Iran came up on Israel’s agenda when Hezbollah forced them to retreat from Beirut in the mid-1980s – an unprecedented defeat for the Israeli army. But Iran’s bogey status was mitigated by their being locked in a war with Iraq and, as you stated, Iraq emerging as the most powerful Arab state not in thrall to the US.

    The war propaganda against Iraq started soon after the first Gulf War ended, well before their invasion of Kuwait. The exchanges between Iraq and the US prior to that invasion put the US in a very suspicious light as a provocateur.

    US-Israeli relations in the aftermath of Desert Storm were unlike anything in that realm before or since. Israel came across as more of a liability than an asset and the US made its only meaningful move ever on the Palestinian issue, dragging Israel into the Oslo process. But of course that was rendered meaningless a few years later by Clinton, who was completely in thrall to the Israel lobby.

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  • An Israeli and eventually international Jewish mass hysteria erupted as of the last week of January 2018 over a Polish law that makes it a punishable offence to defame the Polish nation by speaking of “Polish concentration camps” or blaming the Polish people otherwise for the Jewish Holocaust. The hysteria started right at the top...
  • @szopen

    Poland’s dictator was arrogant, insulted Hitler, and refused to discuss a Danzig rail corridor to East Prussia, which other nations thought a reasonable demand.
     
    That's not a real summary.

    (1) for years Hitler was assuring Poland that Danzig is non-issue

    (2) Then he demanded not just "Danzig rail corridor". His demands varied, but in general there were those:

    (a) plebiscite in Western Poland, in which Polish military, police would withdraw, all Poles who settled there after 1919 would be forbidden to vote, while every German who was born before 1919 there could vote (ignoring the fact that many of those were settlers or children of military and police)
    (b) Danzig would go to Germany
    (c) Poland would join Axis.

    He would then guarantee Poland's borders.

    Now, given that he already has given several promises, and he always broke them, nobody in Poland believed in his single word. He said "this is my last demand" after Sudetenland,then after incorporating rest of Czechoslovakia. I'd say that it's reasonable to expect that if Poland would agree to his "reasonable" demands, then he would continue to make new demands.

    Not to mention that demand of plebiscite in Western Poland on his conditions was clearly a demand impossible to fulfill and could be given only to a state already defeated in war.

    Poland should have settled the Danzig Corridor issue with Weimar Germany under the terms of the Locarno Treaty. Assuming that Poland’s weak neighbors would remain weak was a hugely costly miscalculation.

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  • @Ellroy
    You see, the problem with your view is that Czechoslovakia took this land illegally in 1920, so you need to read more about our history before making such statements.

    Eastern Europe in 1918-21 was pretty much under the Law of the Jungle and Poland went by it as much as anyone else did: whatever you could gain by force, fraud, or coercion was “yours.” Well, provided you could get Britain and France to ratify it.

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  • @Carlton Meyer
    There are other historical complications, mentioned in my blog:

    Jun 6, 2016 - Appeasing Poland

    We all know the evil Nazi’s invaded Czechoslovakia, but no one mentions that Poland grabbed a chunk first. After a threatening ultimatum from Warsaw on September 27, 1938, Czechoslovakia ceded to Poland the district of Tesin (Teschen) an area of some 625 square miles with a population of 230,000 people.

    And when Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland a year later, why didn’t the British and French declare war on the Soviet Union too? History is far more complex and interesting than the boring comic books we read in American educational institutions.

    German advocacy of the Polish demand against the Czechs, piggybacked onto the concessions they had obtained over the Sudetenland, was what brought them to the brink of war with Britain and France in 1938. Hitler was trying to collect brownie points with Poland. Hitler’s first foreign policy move was to make overtures to Poland, and up to the breakdown of negotiations over the Danzig Corridor he regarded Poland as a prospective ally.

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  • From The New Yorker: When did we start seeing this kind of headline in magazines? I can imagine a 1940 Methodist publication using the same "How Should We Think About ..." formula. The Daily Worker, too. I can even imagine the 1930 New Yorker running a Robert Benchley parody of a Sunday sermon with this...
  • @julius caesar
    PC & modern progressivism is a secular child of Christianity.

    Christianity was the greatest mistake in the history of western civilization, something for which we are still paying the price.

    PC & modern progressivism is a secular child of Christianity.

    ….as is the classical liberal idea.

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  • Uhmmm ...
  • CEOs of big tech companies: You almost certainly have women like Ellen Pao trying to screw their way to the top. What are you going to do about it?

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  • Test cheating is going ever more high tech. Monorean says they are working on eyeglasses with an embedded camera so that your confederate can, next, see the questions on your test. I've long thought we could use some kind of national test validity commission, like Reagan's National Commission on Excellence in Education that helped schools...
  • Attention, Tiger Moths!

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  • From the NYT opinion pages: Uh, the more our age becomes obsessed with punishing the White Male Ruling Class, such as George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson, for its toxic whitemaleness, the less concern it has for class struggle and the richer white male billionaires seem to get. Funny how that works ...
  • @AKAHorace
    Bill Clinton was a symptom of this in the United States, there have been similar leaders in other western countries, Tony Blair in the UK, Trudeau (the elder) in Canada, perhaps Macron in France.

    A lot of the left was disillusioned with the traditional working class by the 70s and early 80s. They didn't really want revolution, and seemed satisfied with a state that provided for their needs with the minimum of institutional change.

    Developing an intelligent version of the mixed economy which could compete with the privitize/sell off everything that the state owned policies of the right would have required a lot of self questioning. Going with the ideological flow, acquiescing to the forces of the freemarket, but opening new fronts in Gender/Race/Sexual Identity was a lot easier.

    A lot of the left was disillusioned with the traditional working class by the 70s and early 80s. They didn’t really want revolution, and seemed satisfied with a state that provided for their needs with the minimum of institutional change

    The idea that the working class was too prosaic to be a transformative social force, and would be replaced by intellectuals and national minorities in that capacity, was advanced by the Frankfurt School (Marcuse et al.) in the 1950s. As it turned out, intellectuals were hardly transformative in any beneficial sense; they turned out to be mainly interested in securing a bureaucratic niche for themselves. The Democratic Party, under the flag of justice for the disenfranchised, turned into the vehicle of the new bureaucratic elites who immediately turned against the working class and are now fully aligned with imperial power.

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    he idea that the working class was too prosaic to be a transformative social force, and would be replaced by intellectuals and national minorities in that capacity, was advanced by the Frankfurt School (Marcuse et al.) in the 1950s. As it turned out, intellectuals were hardly transformative in any beneficial sense; they turned out to be mainly interested in securing a bureaucratic niche for themselves. The Democratic Party, under the flag of justice for the disenfranchised, turned into the vehicle of the new bureaucratic elites who immediately turned against the working class and are now fully aligned with imperial power.

     

    OK, you may be right, perhaps the roots of this go further back than I have read.

    A rough explanation may be in Emmanuel Goldsteins "The theory of oligarchical collectivism'. The middle having been unsuccessful in overthrowing the top with the help of the low are recruiting a new low to make their accession possible.
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  • @Vox Australis
    The late Harold Wilson, who served two terms as prime minister of Britain, said of Das Kapital that he didn't read beyond the footnotes on page 1, and I think most people have had the same experience. I have read the Communist Manifesto, it is a stirring polemic, but based on false assumptions.
    The greatest defect of Marxism is that it has nothing to say about the inner life. Marx and his followers assumed that under a Marxist regime, the State would wither away because there would be peace and prosperity for everyone. I don't think that Russia under Lenin and Stalin, China under Mao, and Cambodia under Pol Pot were aberrations, I believe that they were a predictable outcome of Marxism as a political system.
    One of the strange features of modern times is the alliance between Islam and the radical Left of the Western world. Equally bizarre is the attitude of feminists towards Islam: in Islamic societies females are oppressed, they have no rights, and may have their genitals mutilated, and yet feminists in the West are more concerned with detecting Islamophobia that in criticising Islam's misogyny.
    However, I believe that Marxists, Islamists and feminists have a common goal: the destruction of Western society, and the imposition of a regime with the characteristics that Orwell described with uncanny prescience in Nineteen Eighty Four.

    I don’t think that Russia under Lenin and Stalin, China under Mao, and Cambodia under Pol Pot were aberrations,….

    They were. There are plenty of counterexamples, including the post-Stalin Soviet Union and post-Mao China. Stalin and Mao formed ideologies that reflected the extremities of war that accompanied their rise to power, extended into peacetime conditions. Mao operated within the ideology of China’s Q’ing rulers and subsequent warlords that peasant lives were expendable.

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    There was plenty of brutality in the post-Stalin Soyuz. Stalin killed so many people that they realized it was affecting the functionality of the country, especially since it was a highly anti-meritocratic process; among other vectors a major source of blood was jealous co-workers backstabbing their superior competitors, or anyone who wanted a nice apartment brought onto market. Insofar as the "extremities of war" had any effect on Stalin it was to slow him down and rehabilitate condemned generals.
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  • @sondjata
    All explained in The Sequential Equation:

    +I;S;E;P;M

    It reads as such:

    the positive intellectual transformation of society (+I) stands firmly behind the social trasnformation of society (+S). All social problems are economic (+E) and all economic problems are political (+P) and military aims presuppose politial objectives (+M)

    Also works for the negative:

    -i;s;e;p;m

    the negative intellectual transformation of society -i) stands firmly behind the negative social trasnformation of society (-s). All social problems are economic (-e) and all economic problems are political (-p) and military aims presuppose politial objectives (-m)

    Hence once the cult-mars got a hold of the educational system and media, they were able, over time to do -i. Once a critical mass of the -i mindset was met, there was a rapid transformation of society. Started slowly with the whole "get an inch, wait for objections to stop being raised, go again" to leaps and bounds (Trans this and that, censorship physical violence against 'wrong talk/ wrong action")

    This all pushed upwards to the economics (see Starbucks and other virtue signaling corporations) and politics.

    None of this turns around until a critical mass of +I is attained and followed through.

    That scheme stands in direct opposition to dialectical materialism.

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  • From the NYT: Is Stacey Abrams Assembling a New Democratic Majority? By Aimee Allison Ms. Allison is president of Democracy in Color and the author of the forthcoming “She the People.” April 30, 2018 When early voting begins today in the Georgia primary campaign for governor, Stacey Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia...
  • @Jack D

    Being boring, uncomfortable, tedious, unpleasant–those would be good features, to encourage you to move on to supporting yourself.
     
    I have to tell you that, aside from being healthier, cucina povera doesn't have to be any of those things. Eating a big steak every day is boring. Eating packaged junk food produced by American agribusiness is boring - it's all salt and sugar. But there are dozens of kinds of legumes and vegetables. Eating the "fifth quarter" (the offcuts) of the animal is interesting - you have all sorts of different tastes and textures. Preparing this kind of food involves more time and effort than nuking some frozen crapola (though usually it is more a matter of time than effort) but there is nothing boring about the results.

    Chef Jose Andres talks about how when he was growing up in a working class family in Spain (which was then a much poorer country than it is now) his father would get paid once a month. At the beginning of the month, there was meat and fish and poultry, but at the end of the month they might be down to soup made from stale bread with tomatoes and a little olive oil. He says that the meals he remembers now are the ones from the end of the month, not the beginning.

    Chorizo FTW! Salivary glands and lymph nodes, yum!

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  • @ben tillman

    Hard to say, because there is some debate on the overall share of families with slaves. But it appears that Jews owned slaves at a similar rate to Christian whites . . . .
     
    Yes, if 72% and 29% are similar.

    Adjust for percentages by social class before that comparison can be considered meaningful.

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    Adjust for percentages by social class before that comparison can be considered meaningful.
     
    No.
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  • @J.Ross
    http://reenied.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/Comic1.jpg

    The roles are reversed. Most of the blacks who question grievance orthodoxy are male. The shift of the black vote against Hillary relative to Obama was among males.

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  • @Samuel Skinner

    But it’ll have to be… actual right-wing ideology, not classical liberalism disguised as such, and it’ll have to defend a system worth defending. A system that defends the interests of any one class or tribe rather than the strength and well-being nation as a whole is not one worth defending.
     
    That is classical liberalism. Civic nationalism is the ur-example of classical liberalism- it was exactly what the French Revolutionaries adopted under the Rights of Man.

    Civic nationalism seems more communitarian than classical liberal to me. Arguably communitarianism should arise from classical liberalism, since the social health of the community is what allows classical liberal ideals to flourish in practice. There’s been a lot of rubbish written about the benefits of “enlightened self-interest” to society without ever providing an explanation of the “enlightened” part because that would threaten the premise of the argument. A communitarian ethos modulating self-interest is what makes it enlightened. Short-sighted Randian pinheads are as much a danger to classical liberalism as are authoritarian Communists.

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  • A wonderful, joyful day, a jubilant summit! On the bloody 38th parallel, for the first time in many years, the two Koreans met, the leaders of the two Korean states. There were affable smiles and a spontaneous brief and unscripted visit of the southern president to the northern country, and then the northern one -...
  • @myself
    Let's see if we can't disentangle matters.

    I'll meet you half-way.

    If you say that the first phase of the American war in Vietnam, when U.S., allied contingents and the South Vietnamese fought the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong, was a North Vietnamese loss, I agree. Clearly, the North did not achieve their goal of national unification.

    THEREFORE, THE NORTH LOST.

    And if the whole thing ended there, indeed, they lost, and we WON by preserving South Vietnam, at least while we were in-country.

    But here's an alternative perspective:

    Our goal was (you might disagree) a South Vietnam that was viable in the long run, independent and with a non-Communist government - however long that took.
    It was not, IMHO, a South Vietnam in existence only so long as we were in the fight.

    The North Vietnamese objective was the opposite: The extinguishing of South Vietnam, a unified Vietnam under Communist rule - however long that took, as well..

    By the straight-forward criteria of who accomplished his goal, and who didn't, we come to a different conclusion.

    You could say, "No way that formulation counts, you're taking the whole era as one, when there were 2 separate wars". In a way, yes. Arguably 2 wars, due to that 2 1/2 year lull in between. (Vietnam might have been 3 wars, if you count the French phase).

    But isn't it the case that we declined to fight in the "second" war, mainly due to having been bled badly in the "first" war? Remember the goal - "a long term viable South Vietnam". We clearly could have jumped back in, and fought some more. But we did not, by choice. Too painful.

    Are the 2 wars really separate when what happened in Phase 1 (mass U.S. casualties) directly impacted our decision to sit things out in Phase 2? IMHO, without any mental gymnastics, you could look at the whole thing as one long, integrated war.

    "THE Vietnam War", as history has termed it. Now, Vietnam is turning towards capitalism. With one extremely important feature - since they eventually prevailed in the conflict, they can implement capitalism on THEIR terms, not ours.

    Unified independence was always their goal, and some Americans were saying that even then, some 45 to 50 years ago.

    Unified independence was always [Vietnam's] goal, and some Americans were saying that even then, some 45 to 50 years ago.

    Interesting sidelight: Ho Chi Minh’s first request for support was not to the Soviets but to the Americans, who had made renouncing colonialism a condition for the the Atlantic alliance in WWII and carried it forward into the UN Charter. He took the Americans at their word. He was, of course, rebuffed as the US got squishy in face of the imperial aims of France. The ascendancy of the Communist Party in the Viet Minh was largely driven by the conditions for receiving aid from the Soviet Union.

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  • "Together," President Macron instructed President Trump, "we can resist the rise of aggressive nationalisms that deny our history and divide the world." Before Congress he denounced "extreme nationalism," invoked the U.N., NATO, WTO, and Paris climate accord, and implored Trump's America to come home to the New World Order. "The United States is the one...
  • Buchanan confuses nationalism with imperialism. Empire is the enemy of the nation, and that applies to the home nation of the empire as well as the satellite nations. Nations are based on a moral compact between the governors and the governed. In the days of the European kingdoms that compact was founded on a sense of shared history, values, language, and faith. In the liberal era the compact is codified in constitutional rights of citizenship and terms of participation of citizens in governing. Rulers of empires have dominion over nations with which they have no such moral compact. Once rule without the moral compact is established, the stage is set for the compact with the citizens of the home nation to be eroded. The interests of empire become decoupled with the interests of nation, although the line between the two can be indistinct. Imperial wars are gambles of imperial power, with the costs disproportionately borne by the home nation and the benefits disproportionately accruing to the imperial interests in a completely amoral fashion. Neoliberalism and open borders are expressions of imperial power governing with no moral bond to the nation, eroding the rights of citizenship.

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    Buchanan confuses nationalism with imperialism.
     
    As do most American so-called conservatives.
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  • The analysis of the recent exchanges between French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump suggest that Washington is most likely about to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with Iran that was signed by the U.S. and five other governments in July 2015. The decision will likely be made...
  • Renewed sanctions may or may not shut defiant Asian bankers out of the American market but they sure as hell would shut American banks out of the Asian market. The message would be clear: anyone doing business with an American bank would be subject to arbitrary actions of the US government.

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  • Donald Trump thinks his "maximum pressure" campaign persuaded North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. But it's a bunch of baloney. The reason Kim Jong-un is planning to denuclearize is because China adamantly opposes nuclear weapons on the peninsula. That's the whole deal in a nutshell. China, who is North Korea's biggest trading partner,...
  • @The Anti-Gnostic
    Trump made it clear the US had the South's back. China doesn't want an unhinged, dependent, and increasingly problematic North Korea firing missiles over Japan and igniting a theater-wide war in its backyard. So China tells Kim to get real and Kim, a fat youngster who inherited a dictatorship, comes to the table. Well-played all around. Trump seems to relish these multi-polar situations unlike his clumsy, ideologue predecessors. He cuts Gordian knots while the "experts" come up with a million justifications for the status quo.

    What other country could withstand this type of economic strangulation by its biggest trading partner?

    Well certainly not a juche socialist hermit state that's outlived its usefulness to that partner.

    Well certainly not a juche socialist hermit state that’s outlived its usefulness to that partner.

    Bingo. DPRK was useful to China when China was much weaker militarily and economically. China did not want to compete with a unified Korea but can handle it now. ROK has surpassed DPRK in importance to China.

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  • @Seymour Buhtz
    Mike, I like generally appreciate your political commentary despite coming from the opposite side of the aisle, but who do you think ultimately leaned on the Chinese in order to make them drag the Norks in to compliance?

    Rhetorical question.

    The Chinese acted in their own interests, which include strengthening ties with ROK.

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  • A wonderful, joyful day, a jubilant summit! On the bloody 38th parallel, for the first time in many years, the two Koreans met, the leaders of the two Korean states. There were affable smiles and a spontaneous brief and unscripted visit of the southern president to the northern country, and then the northern one -...
  • Grossly oversimplified narrative on the relative independence of DPRK and ROK, and the nature of the relationship between the USA and ROK. For starters, the 1953 Armistice was imposed by the US and China over the heads of Kim Il-Sung and Syngman Rhee, who still desired control over the entire peninsula sponsored by a victorious foreign power. Kim and Rhee were equally maniacal in their attitudes towards each other. North refused to recognize South. South refused to recognize North. Hence, no official peace for 65 years, only the Armistice that has been grudgingly followed by both DPRK and ROK heads of state. Not recognizing the ROK remains the official policy of the DPRK, although that facade has worn thin since their well of sponsorship from the Soviets and Chinese dried up.

    Many years have passed since the forces of its former allies, the Russians and the Chinese, left North Korea, but the Americans do not even think about leaving the South.

    The US and the Chinese weighed their means for managing the risk of the war flaring up again differently. They both knew that their client governments were ready at the drop of a hat to flare the war up again. The US managed that risk by 1) keeping the ROK army small, and 2) putting it under US command so the ROK couldn’t unilaterally flare up the war again. The PLA didn’t have that luxury. It was in badly depleted in 1953. In the Chinese calculations it was better to just to heavily arm the DPRK, even though there was a serious risk involved that they would use their new means to re-ignite the war. And of course China derived some benefit from the DPRK wild card before detente and before that wild card could negatively impact China’s interests.

    The ruler of the North, Kim, can do anything that his people agree to do.

    People who see the hand of China in DPRK’s changing approach to the ROK see it differently, especially in light of China’s economic interests in ROK and concerns about how renewed warfare on the peninsula would affect their interest in both the DPRK and ROK.

    But the ruler of the South, Moon, must defer to Washington for every important decision. Many presidents of the South have been removed, imprisoned, or killed by the Americans and their agents for their attempts to reconcile with the North.

    Two of the leaders deposed, Syngman Rhee and Park Chung-Hee, were the most belligerent towards the DPRK. The early ROK was full of militarists ready to attack the DPRK, but their influence was diminished once ROK’s burgeoning economy gave a sense of having something to lose should war flare up. Their legacy is in the extremely repressive laws imposed on ROK’s citizens over matters concerning the DPRK.

    China no longer fears economic competition from a united Korea and doesn’t gain any real benefit from having a dysfunctional state sucking up aid and generating refugees on their border. Bottom line, the benefits of a divided, highly militarized Korean peninsula no longer outweigh the downside for China.

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  • The US Government claims that 100% of the 100 plus cruise missiles launched by the coalition it heads reached their targets on Syrian government chemical warfare connected sites. The Syrian and Russian governments state that 75% of these missiles did not reach their targets. Who should we believe? The extreme nature of the US claim...
  • @Vidi

    You clearly have no conception of the standout nature of the work of Newton, Maxwell, and Turing.
     
    Newton: there is substantial controversy as to who invented Calculus, Newton or Leibnitz. As for gravity, Newton's theory was based on the work of Kepler.

    Maxwell: two of Maxwell's four equations were by Gauss.

    Turing: John von Neumann (a Hungarian) arguably did more on the fundamentals of computing.

    So this is one of the very few occasions on which I agree with utu: if these British men had never been born, the world would have gone on much the same.

    I think it’s overstating Kepler’s role to say his work was the foundation for the theory of gravity. Kepler had a good way of describing the kinematics of planetary motion consistent with empirical data but he was lost on the mechanics. He was looking for mystical causes and held some frankly Aristotelian ideas on the conditions of motion. Newtonian mechanics made sense of Kepler’s ad hoc descriptions in terms of three laws that had power far beyond planetary motion. Leibniz presented a computationally superior form of calculus but the conceptual breakthrough of tying calculus to physical meaning was Newton’s.

    Maxwell was definitely benefited by developments in mathematics before him, but his derivation of the speed of light that made it a fundamental property outside the realm of Galilean transformation took the world to the doorstep of Special Relativity.

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  • @utu

    from Newton and Bacon through Locke, Smith, and Burke to Maxwell, Whitehead, and Turing
     
    A list from Anglophone history books. All these guys can easily be replaced by some French or German guys. In 19 century where most of history of science and technology was being written Britain was the dominat power. France was in decline and Germany was barely rising. If Britain was swallowed by the seas in 16 century the history obviously would be different but humanity would not miss anything.

    All these guys can easily be replaced by some French or German guys.

    You clearly have no conception of the standout nature of the work of Newton, Maxwell, and Turing. Important German contributions to science and social philosophy were jump-started by British influences. Even the Chinese, whom the British treated loathsomely, used derivations of British social philosophy to bring their society into the modern age.

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    You clearly have no conception of the standout nature of the work of Newton, Maxwell, and Turing.
     
    Newton: there is substantial controversy as to who invented Calculus, Newton or Leibnitz. As for gravity, Newton's theory was based on the work of Kepler.

    Maxwell: two of Maxwell's four equations were by Gauss.

    Turing: John von Neumann (a Hungarian) arguably did more on the fundamentals of computing.

    So this is one of the very few occasions on which I agree with utu: if these British men had never been born, the world would have gone on much the same.

    , @utu

    You clearly have no conception of the standout nature of the work of Newton, Maxwell, and Turing.
     
    It just happened that on another thread few days ago I wrote something about Newton and also Maxwell.
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/pinker-on-iq/#comment-2296188

    And also here few month ago I made several comments on Newton:

    http://www.unz.com/akarlin/iq-in-time-and-space/#comment-2202199

    Mind you I am not against Newton, I am against excessive idolization and misrepresentation of his contributions. The giants and geniuses are usually constructed for reasons, often political. They never exist in vacuum. They often are inspired by others and sometimes they steal from others. If Newton did not exist we would be OK. Actually then Hooke would get much more credit which he deserved but he was pushed aside by Newton's unscrupulous shenanigans.

    Narratives are simpler to create if they include giants. So giant are created. It works on children and popular culture and it serves nationalist purposes. Then people, mostly boys, create list who was the greatest and the 2nd greatest and so on. This is very autistic need chiefly affecting boys and immature grown ups who are incapable or too lazy to learn how things really happened.

    Maxwell was very good but he did not do what he did ab nihilo. His differential equations are directly obtainable form various laws of electro-magnetism that were established earlier and which were expressed in terms of integral equations not differential ones.

    As far as Turing, he was a decent mathematician but not super outstanding. Alonzo Church preceded his work. Actually Church's work also influenced Godel. You could also add Tarski to this group. Then the whole story of Enigma is blown out of proportions. Bletchley Park with Turning got the big kick start when the work of Polish mathematicians was turned over to French and Brits in 1939. Most of work was done by Poles. But we haven't learned about it until 1980s.
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  • Summary of this article from The Atlantic: the word "race" is Bad, but the word "population" is Good. Uh ... Ha
  • In reality, the word “population” as used by “population geneticists” is just a euphemism so that they wouldn’t be called “race geneticists.”

    That seems overly dismissive. In the statistical sense, a population is any group with a trait clustered around a certain value, usually in a normal distribution. Groups of humans tend to have correlated clustered traits distinguishing them from other groups. One of Reich’s findings was that genomic traits tend to correlate along with other traits. Those correlated traits would be the defining characteristics of “race” although there are clustered traits within and across races. Race genetics arise from population genetics but they are not one and the same.

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  • @UrbaneFrancoOntarian
    Aka women, homosexuals, trannies and "people of colour". Not surprising that other countries kick the west's ass militarily when our institutions are staffed with such sorry, second rate excuses of people.

    Aka women, homosexuals, trannies and “people of colour”. Not surprising that other countries kick the west’s ass militarily when our institutions are staffed with such sorry, second rate excuses of people.

    Yes, the Pentagon is full of trannies and drag queens these days.

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  • @L.K
    Yawnnn... laughable British apologia...

    This bit

    "contributed disproportionately to the wider European enlightenment"
     
    is just simply funny.

    Considering that factions of the Brit deep state were very much responsible for both world wars, obsessed as they were with destroying the up and coming competitor Germany, Britain really was a major contributor to the steep decline of Europe.

    Since then, it has been the ZUS major sidekick in crimes against peace. In fact, if we look back 200 years or more, it's hard to think of a more warmongering country than Perfidious Albion... well, I guess Zamerica learned from the best...

    I’m as irritated as anybody by Brit-chauvinism, but their eminent contribution to the technical and philosophical foundations of modern society – from Newton and Bacon through Locke, Smith, and Burke to Maxwell, Whitehead, and Turing – is undeniable.

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    from Newton and Bacon through Locke, Smith, and Burke to Maxwell, Whitehead, and Turing
     
    A list from Anglophone history books. All these guys can easily be replaced by some French or German guys. In 19 century where most of history of science and technology was being written Britain was the dominat power. France was in decline and Germany was barely rising. If Britain was swallowed by the seas in 16 century the history obviously would be different but humanity would not miss anything.
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  • @Quartermaster
    The Germans weren't close to having a functioning fission weapon, much less a thermonuke. David Irving deals with this in his book "The Virus House." The allies found the German's last attempt at a nuclear reactor and if it had worked, everyone in the building would have been lethally irradiated.

    The "report" of the Patriot not, or barely, functioning is fake news. The system has worked quite well.

    There’s a reason why 400% redundancy is in the doctrine of intercepting with the Patriot system. Despite all the hype, its efficiency against the Scud during Desert Storm was low. And that was against sporadic launches of a large single-stage missile that made a big juicy tracking and proximity detonation target. A barrage of modern warheads would present a much more difficult situation.

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  • The April 14 missile attacks on Syria were a politically-motivated fireworks display that were largely designed to silence Trump's critics. The attacks-- which were coordinated with Moscow-- did not kill any Russian, Syrian, Iranian or Hezbollah combat troops. They did not kill any Syrian civilians. They did not impede the Syrian Army's ongoing military offensive...
  • @gwynedd1
    Here is how I proved chickens come from eggs. I showed some kids the cute, fuzzy, yellow chicks emerging from their shells. Then I proposed to the parents the only way to consider the other angle is by having them watch chickens fucking, and then looking deep into the hen's crag....They said no so I won my point.



    From what I gather , Inertia is basically just a concept to explain that something moving does not lose its motion into nothingness , but that it is simply transfered to something else. It keeps its nature until something acts on it. That what it seems to me. Its like creating a gemotric point which has no existence in the real world without reference.

    It would appear momentum appears in relation to something else. Do I have angular momentum or not? Not until an extra terrestrial object is introduced as a reference I would think.

    I just do not see justification for "wrong" , if the idea is to discredit him. Even if it were, it would be splitting hairs.

    Inertia is a property proportional to mass that resists acceleration. Per Newton’s First Law it exists in both moving and resting bodies. It cannot be observed independently of forces acting on the inertial body per Newton’s Second Law, F=MA, but it exists in anything that has mass.

    When somebody argues based on a false understanding of inertia, to wit, that it is derived from momentum, they are wrong and correcting that false understanding is not splitting hairs. Reference to Newton’s three Laws is all the citation needed to do so.

    Just so somebody doesn’t confuse you, the torque that results in gyroscopic steering of two-wheeled vehicles is the torque of leaning into the turn, not the much smaller torque applied to the handlebars. That is why gyroscopic steering is specific to two-wheeled vehicles.

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    Shaddup turdeye...

    You have been shown to be a complete idiot...end of story...

    Like I said...conservation of momentum is a tool we use to solve problems in a mathematical way...ie analysis...

    You have obviously never done this...so shut your stupid yap...you are a faker and a poseur...you have zero qualifications to be in this discussion...

    I already gave you a challenge to work some conservation of momentum math ...here is the problem statement...

    How much power does it take to spin up that 1 meter diameter wheel with a mass of 1 kg to a speed of 10 revolutions per second in the space of three seconds...?

    Here is your chance to prove you are qualified to be talking about conservation of momentum...this is a very simple conservation of momentum problem since the geometry of that wheel is very simple...

    [In a more complex real-world shape such as a spinning helicopter rotor it is significantly more difficult since it is necessary to figure out first the location of the radius of gyration of that complex geometry...]

    Let's see just how qualified you are to even be talking about conservation of momentum you complete idiot...

    PS...I will be glad to take bets that Turdeye fails to rise to this simple challenge...

    , @gwynedd1
    "Inertia is a property proportional to mass that resists acceleration. Per Newton’s First Law it exists in both moving and resting bodies. It cannot be observed independently of forces acting on the inertial body per Newton’s Second Law, F=MA, but it exists in anything that has mass."

    I am sorry but I am too aquatinted with the argumentative methods where people who are not making the point go into the obscurity of the fundamentals. Inertia is much like the verb "to be" . Things that are tend to be. Again the concept is to convey the idea that motion is conserved.

    I see no formulas and therefore conclude it is not quantifiable. if it is not quantifiable then it not interesting to engineering problems

    http://www.differencebetween.info/difference-between-inertia-and-moment-of-inertia

    You are not going to debunk ones grasp of engineering with these point, even if they un a weak moment had forgotten the formal definition.

    Find something else if you are able.


    "Just so somebody doesn’t confuse you, the torque that results in gyroscopic steering of two-wheeled vehicles is the torque of leaning into the turn, not the much smaller torque applied to the handlebars. That is why gyroscopic steering is specific to two-wheeled vehicles."

    Again, that application ,as it appears to my eyes, seems to not be relevant to a nav system.
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  • @FB
    For the benefit of readers here who may now be somewhat confused due to Turdeye's disruptive monkey squawks regarding inertia and conservation of momentum...

    Let's review here what I said about inertial nav systems [INS] and how they work...in the case of an aircraft or missile it is a self-contained navigation device that uses gyroscopic principles to determine its geographic location or position in three dimensional space at any time during its flight...

    I explained that a gyroscope is a device that relies on inertia in order to keep its orientation regardless of any orientation changes in the vehicle itself...

    Since there are three axes in three dimensional space...three onboard gyroscopes oriented along the three respective axes of the flight vehicle will provide a reference frame that does not change...

    As I explained in my original comment...


    '...Knowing the exact geographic coordinates from where you started the flight…the inertial system can thus calculate your position at any time during the flight based on the accelerations of the vehicle that have occurred since moment one…'
     
    Unfortunately a 'Turdeye' who has completed freshman physics [monkeys clapping]...decided to jump in at that point and spurt out a whole bunch of incoherent babble that only served to muddy the waters...

    [this is even dumber than a monkey who starts shrieking...because a monkey's shrieks at least serve a useful purpose...usually to warn fellow monkeys of predators nearby...]

    Turdeye's main bone of contention seems to be that a gyroscope remains spinning due to 'conservation of angular momentum'...not inertia...

    An example is his comment #179...



    '... The reason that a spinning gyro…or any rotating object has resistance to being deflected off its axis of rotation is due to its inertia…

     

    Wrong. It is due to conservation of angular momentum.
     
    And again at his comment #180...


    This quantity of momentum is what gives the moving object inertia…ie the propensity to continue its motion and to resist outside forces acting on it…
     
    That statement is 180 degrees backwards.
     

     Of course this is completely FALSE...

    Inertia is the only reason that a moving object like a spinning gyro continues moving...it has nothing to do with angular momentum...as well shall prove...

    It is unfortunate that this monkeyboy chooses to be disruptive here...without regard to serious participants here...upon whose heads he is squatting and shitting...

    ...making it necessary for me to continue to debunk his useless noise for the sake of readers who now have Turdeye shit all over this thread...

    Fortunately it is quite simple to debunk his monkey-level knowledge of physics...and bring clarity to this question...

    I had already stated that inertia and conservation of momentum are closely related...but there is a major distinction...

    Conservation of momentum is applied when a change happens...for instance two objects collide in the case of linear momentum...

    In the case of angular momentum...the change to the system might be a wheel that is moving at a certain rotational speed and a torque is applied to spin it up to higher speed or change its axis of rotation...this could be a flywheel or gyroscope or a propeller or a control moment gyroscope used to stabilize spacecraft and keep it in its proper attitude...

    So the idea behind conservation of momentum applies only when a change has occurred...and that is important because the idea of physics is to provide math that can solve these problems...

    Clearly that is not the case in an inertial reference system...the gyro is designed to be isolated completely from any forces or torque acting on the craft...there are no torques or forces acting on the gyro.

    It is an inertial reference frame...and hence is called an 'inertial' system...not a 'conservation of angular momentum system'...perhaps Turdeye should contact Honeywell and tell them how wrong they are in calling it an 'INERTIAL' system...

    Now Turdey...whose knowledge is limited to freshman physics [what an astounding dolt]...tells us that the gyro spins due to conservation of momentum...not inertia...


    '...Conservation of angular momentum is the reason gyroscopes hold orientation in space. It is highly relevant...'
     
    This same question has been asked by many with regard to why does the earth spin when there are no forces on it...?

    Here is why...the reason is inertia...Turdeye does not want to accept this...but accept it he must...because it is fact...

    In this article the author explains the answer as to why the earth spins...[and maintains its exact orientation...]

    It has nothing whatever to do with conservation of momentum...although conservation of momentum did play a part in how the earth and other planets were formed from swirling particles...


    '...Earth spins because it formed in the accretion disk of a cloud of hydrogen that collapsed down from mutual gravity and needed to conserve its angular momentum.

    It continues to spin because of inertia...'
     

    The author does a nice job of explaining how conservation of angular momentum played a key role in the formation of our solar system...and by the same means also galaxies...

    '...Think about the individual atoms in the cloud of hydrogen. Each particle has its own momentum as it drifts through the void. As these atoms glom onto one another with gravity, they need to average out their momentum. It might be possible to average out perfectly to zero, but it’s really really unlikely.

    Which means, there will be some left over. Like a figure skater pulling in her arms to spin more rapidly, the collapsing proto-Solar System with its averaged out particle momentum began to spin faster and faster.

    This is the conservation of angular momentum at work...'
     

    The figure skater analogy is one that is often used in introductory physics texts to demonstrate conservation of angular momentum...a good online explanation is here...

    '...When a figure skater draws her arms and a leg inward, she reduces the distance between the axis of rotation and some of her mass, reducing her moment of inertia.

    Since angular momentum is conserved, her rotational velocity must increase to compensate. ...'
     

    The same is true for the converse case...slowing down from a spin, the skater pushes his arms and a leg outward to move his mass to a greater distance from his spin axis...thereby moment of inertia decreases and the rotation speed must naturally decrease...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/en6u5kvq5/Angular_Momentum_Skater.jpg


    https://s20.postimg.cc/x0c0tudkd/Angular_Momentum_Skater_2.jpg

    --Serway, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, page 346

    Now it is obvious that a spinning gyroscope does not have arms and legs and is not able to change its inertia...

    Which illustrates perfectly the reason why conservation of angular momentum is irrelevant to inertial nav systems...

    The gyro...like our earth continues to spin due to inertia...not conservation of momentum...

    This is nicely illustrated in this video where a young man who does understand physics talks about why a globe made out of solid granite and floating on a thin layer of water continues to spin...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQxeutcYP6I

    Notice that many of the respondents are as confused as Turdeye...offering up explanations about some force or other...

    Notice the text on screen at the 2:23 mark...


    '...Earth spins because it formed out of dust that was spinning. It continues spinning because mass maintains its state of motion unless acted upon by a force.

    This property is called inertia...'
     

    To sum up...we see clearly here the distinction between inertia and conservation of momentum...

    The earth is spinning because the cosmic dust clouds from the planets formed were spinning in a particular direction...

    When those dust particles collided with one another...the conservation of momentum applied...

    Once the system had reached equilibrium and no more collisions were involved...the planets continued to spin due solely to inertia...

    The same is true of the figure skater...once the skater is spinning there is no conservation of momentum involved...UNLESS SOMETHING CHANGES...like the skater changing the position of his arms and leg...

    If the skater does not change, he or she will continue spinning due to inertia...until he or she tires and lets his or her arms down, or gets dizzy or whatever...

    This is the important distinction here...and is quite easy to understand...[at least for someone more intelligent than a tree monkey...]

    It is quite amazing that a monkey turd with a physics background that consists of some freshman level course takes it upon himself to pick an argument with someone who could be the teacher of his teacher...

    As Erebus said on the other thread...'On the Internet no one knows you're a dog...'

    In this case...no one knew that Turdeye is dumber than a tree monkey...until now...proven beyond all doubt...

    QED

    … a gyroscope is a device that relies on inertia in order to keep its orientation…

    WRONG! Inertia helps sustain the spin of the gyroscope, but the reason the spinning keeps the gyroscope oriented in three-dimensional space is conservation of angular momentum.

    So the idea behind conservation of momentum applies only when a change has occurred

    WRONG! Conservation of angular momentum applies to a single-element system such as a rotating celestial body as well as more complex systems where forces arise from interacting elements.

    Now Turdey…whose knowledge is limited to freshman physics [what an astounding dolt]…tells us that the gyro spins due to conservation of momentum…not inertia…

    A year of physics for science majors, plus geophysics. And you mis-represented my argument amidst all your coprophilic spewing. Of course anyone who reads the next quote block after that statement can see that you have done a false representation. Conservation of angular momentum is the reason a spinning object holds orientation in space, not the reason a gyroscope spins.

    This quantity of momentum is what gives the moving object inertia…ie the propensity to continue its motion and to resist outside forces acting on it…

    That statement is 180 degrees backwards.

    Of course this is completely FALSE…

    Argument by assertion after conveniently omitting the explanation of why your argument is backwards (You don’t even understand Newton’s First Law or the relationship between inertia and mass!), followed by another muddled and coprophilic tangent that is nothing more than a smokescreen to disguise the fact that you do not understand conservation of angular momentum.

    QED? Good one!

    It’s a sunny spring day and I’ve wasted enough of it, although watching the antics of an ignorant blowhard who puts his fragile ego above actually learning something has provided me with a sort of morbid entertainment.

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    '...Argument by assertion...'
     
    Indeed Turdeye...

    You have not cited one single source...much less attempted to explain your endless monkey shrieking of the word 'WRONG'...

    What a bizarre idiot...

    Enjoy your sunny day...


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    , @gwynedd1
    Here is how I proved chickens come from eggs. I showed some kids the cute, fuzzy, yellow chicks emerging from their shells. Then I proposed to the parents the only way to consider the other angle is by having them watch chickens fucking, and then looking deep into the hen's crag....They said no so I won my point.



    From what I gather , Inertia is basically just a concept to explain that something moving does not lose its motion into nothingness , but that it is simply transfered to something else. It keeps its nature until something acts on it. That what it seems to me. Its like creating a gemotric point which has no existence in the real world without reference.

    It would appear momentum appears in relation to something else. Do I have angular momentum or not? Not until an extra terrestrial object is introduced as a reference I would think.

    I just do not see justification for "wrong" , if the idea is to discredit him. Even if it were, it would be splitting hairs.
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  • @FB
    Thanks Nosey...science is fun...and not that difficult to understand...

    …science is fun…and not that difficult to understand…

    But you don’t understand it!

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  • @FB

    I am left to wonder how angular momentum has nothing to do with inertia myself?
     
    I spent quite a bit of time explaining the relationship between momentum and inertia did I not...?

    ...including defining mathematically both linear and rotational momentum and how they relate to inertia...

    Maybe you missed all that while scanning the Bible Gateway site...?

    Inertia is an easy concept to grasp...as is the way it relates to momentum...

    An object in motion...whether translating in a straight line...or rotating about an axis will have momentum...depending on its mass and velocity if translating...and its moment of inertia and angular velocity if rotating...

    This quantity of momentum is what gives the moving object inertia...ie the propensity to continue its motion and to resist outside forces acting on it...

    The way this applies to a spinning wheel [gyroscope] is that it is the inertia that is the thing doing the resisting...

    That is all we need to understand if we are talking about gyroscopes because the key thing here is that they are designed to keep spinning in their orientation and not move...

    In other words...they are a reference frame...one for each axis of three dimensional space...or more precisely the three axes of the rigid body flight vehicle...

    The asswipe 'Turdeye 'jumped in like a monkey waving a banana because he doesn't understand that conservation of momentum is not relevant to the gyroscope in a nav system...UNLESS a torque is applied to that gyro's axis of rotation...

    But this does not happen because the gyro is on gimbals that isolate it from outside torques...

    The whole idea of the gyro as a spatial and axial reference is for it to remain always in its orientation...

    You seem to have caught on to this already in your previous comment addressed to Turdeye...

    '...I think what you mean is a gyroscope responds to torque forces when pulling on the string on my childhood toy, but that is just to create the gyroscopic effect. The inertia of the gyro is not supposed to have forces acting on it after creating the gyroscopic effect. That is the point of them. Its an on board independent reference is it not...'
     

    Bingo...

    So it is a matter of where do we apply these ideas of 'inertia' and 'conservation of momentum'...?

    That's what this is all about...science is precise and the language is nuanced...

    Also the math is meant to be applied to specific problems...

    For instance...conservation of linear momentum is used in collisions...such as car collisions...where we apply the math to determine what happened AFTER a collision...

    There is no need to think about conservation of momentum while driving along...it is enough to say the moving body has inertia...

    The same in rotational dynamics...the gyroscope is specifically designed to NOT have any forces or torques acting on it...

    But a spinning helicopter rotor is a different matter...it is also a large gyroscope but it has all kinds of outside torques and forces acting on it...

    Hence...we need to now apply the math of conservation of momentum in order to solve these questions...

    Kapish...?

    I hope this makes sense...you seem like exactly the kind of reader that I had in mind when I responded to the nitwit Turdeye...

    PS...I wish you hadn't given him that link to the equations for moment of inertia...now he'll be able to solve the problem I gave him that he otherwise never would have...

    I spent quite a bit of time explaining the relationship between momentum and inertia did I not…?

    …..and you got it wrong, wrong, wrong! To make it more explicit for a certain numbskull who thinks he knows everything:

    every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line……(Newton’s First Law, “the law of inertia”)

    At rest. Get it? No momentum required for an object to have inertia.

    Say, since you like asking about formulae for MOI of rotating bodies, tell us the (1) mathematical relationship between the MOI of a sphere and that of a cylinder of the same radius and same mass, and (2) the length of the cylinder relative to the radius that would be required to contain the same mass as the sphere (density constant). No partial credit will be given.

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  • The asswipe ‘Turdeye ‘jumped in like a monkey waving a banana because he doesn’t understand that conservation of momentum is not relevant to the gyroscope in a nav system…UNLESS a torque is applied to that gyro’s axis of rotation…

    Conservation of angular momentum is the reason gyroscopes hold orientation in space. It is highly relevant.

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  • @gwynedd1
    OK I am not following. Granted I am not in my field of expertise. I am trying to see which of you has any credibility.

    Your fist comment appeared to be correcting FB by correcting a cat comment by saying its a Russian Blue. All motion is going to axiomatically follow laws of physics involving motion and you said its "wrong".??? It would seem that inertia does apply to gyroscopes and it could only be criticized for a lack of precision , if applicable.

    Now this one you say " gyroscope does not respond to changes in X, Y, or Z positioning"

    Well no , not relative to an independent object. That is the idea of them.

    "It responds to torque forces that perturb its rotational axis, i.e. angular momentum"

    I think what you mean is a gyroscope responds to torque forces when pulling on the string on my childhood toy, but that is just to create the gyroscopic effect. The inertia of the gyro is not supposed to have forces acting on it after creating the gyroscopic effect. That is the point of them. Its an on board independent reference is it not.

    This does not make FB wrong about gyroscopes by changing the context of what is being discussed.

    The inertia of the gyro is not supposed to have forces acting on it after creating the gyroscopic effect. That is the point of them.

    Certain mechanical devices such as lead-correcting gun sights and stabilizer control systems use the reactive torque from gyroscopes. Anyone who rides a two-wheeled vehicle uses the reactive torque of gyroscopes for steering.

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    I do not think that would be denied as an engineering application when using it as a stabilizing force. in that application a gyroscope is used as a cane for an independent force to supplement the legs . in this case the Gyro functioning like a bubble balancer. So its not going to be applicable for a navigation system where an independent reference is required . It would be detrimental to have any force acting on the latter application. So it seems to me that you are attempting to argue physics when the argument is over engineering application. FB is not saying it cannot. He is saying it is not, according to the engineering application.
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  • @FB

    I am left to wonder how angular momentum has nothing to do with inertia myself?
     
    I spent quite a bit of time explaining the relationship between momentum and inertia did I not...?

    ...including defining mathematically both linear and rotational momentum and how they relate to inertia...

    Maybe you missed all that while scanning the Bible Gateway site...?

    Inertia is an easy concept to grasp...as is the way it relates to momentum...

    An object in motion...whether translating in a straight line...or rotating about an axis will have momentum...depending on its mass and velocity if translating...and its moment of inertia and angular velocity if rotating...

    This quantity of momentum is what gives the moving object inertia...ie the propensity to continue its motion and to resist outside forces acting on it...

    The way this applies to a spinning wheel [gyroscope] is that it is the inertia that is the thing doing the resisting...

    That is all we need to understand if we are talking about gyroscopes because the key thing here is that they are designed to keep spinning in their orientation and not move...

    In other words...they are a reference frame...one for each axis of three dimensional space...or more precisely the three axes of the rigid body flight vehicle...

    The asswipe 'Turdeye 'jumped in like a monkey waving a banana because he doesn't understand that conservation of momentum is not relevant to the gyroscope in a nav system...UNLESS a torque is applied to that gyro's axis of rotation...

    But this does not happen because the gyro is on gimbals that isolate it from outside torques...

    The whole idea of the gyro as a spatial and axial reference is for it to remain always in its orientation...

    You seem to have caught on to this already in your previous comment addressed to Turdeye...

    '...I think what you mean is a gyroscope responds to torque forces when pulling on the string on my childhood toy, but that is just to create the gyroscopic effect. The inertia of the gyro is not supposed to have forces acting on it after creating the gyroscopic effect. That is the point of them. Its an on board independent reference is it not...'
     

    Bingo...

    So it is a matter of where do we apply these ideas of 'inertia' and 'conservation of momentum'...?

    That's what this is all about...science is precise and the language is nuanced...

    Also the math is meant to be applied to specific problems...

    For instance...conservation of linear momentum is used in collisions...such as car collisions...where we apply the math to determine what happened AFTER a collision...

    There is no need to think about conservation of momentum while driving along...it is enough to say the moving body has inertia...

    The same in rotational dynamics...the gyroscope is specifically designed to NOT have any forces or torques acting on it...

    But a spinning helicopter rotor is a different matter...it is also a large gyroscope but it has all kinds of outside torques and forces acting on it...

    Hence...we need to now apply the math of conservation of momentum in order to solve these questions...

    Kapish...?

    I hope this makes sense...you seem like exactly the kind of reader that I had in mind when I responded to the nitwit Turdeye...

    PS...I wish you hadn't given him that link to the equations for moment of inertia...now he'll be able to solve the problem I gave him that he otherwise never would have...

    This quantity of momentum is what gives the moving object inertia…ie the propensity to continue its motion and to resist outside forces acting on it…

    That statement is 180 degrees backwards. All that is required for a body to have inertia is mass. We’re back to good old F=MA here. Solve for M. F proportional to M is required to achieve a given A and A is achieved for a given F inversely proportional to M. That is a succinct description of inertia as related to mass. You should not be pontificating if you need these rudiments explained to you.

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    First my credentials: I am a frisbee throwing and a hula-hoop physicist with a minor in bowling.

    Now that I have completely intimidated you...

    I will go on with my observation about when I have noticed inertia and momentum being used. It would seem to me inertia is considered when acting on an object where as momentum appears to be a description of the object action on anything else. That is to say momentum has a frame of reference between twp points where as inertia is the pile of sandbags without respect to know what is incoming.

    https://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-momentum-and-vs-inertia/



    – Momentum is a physically calculable property, while inertia cannot be calculated using a formulae.

    – Inertia is just a concept to help us understand and define mechanics better.

    – While, momentum comes in the forms of linear momentum and angular momentum, the inertia comes only in one form.


    FB says :

    "This quantity of momentum is what gives the moving object inertia…ie the propensity to continue its motion and to resist outside forces acting on it…"

    Perhaps it would be more clear if he had said "the moving object's own independent inertia" .

    Out of context it appears FB is wrong because he seems to be suggesting that momentum is a primitive that leads to inertia. However I believe he is not talking about theoretical frame works. This is in regard to the stateful nature of the engineering problem. Momentum creates the gyroscopic effect. That results in its independent inertia. , independent of the rest of the system.

    Just so you know that would tend to piss me off too.

    If I were to suggest that CO2 is required to make fire with wood , one could easily assault me for suggesting a well know fire suppressant does not make fire by taking me out of context. However as a stateful engineering problem, I am going to need CO2 to make fire because of the krebs cycle . If there is no CO2, then there can be no wood, and hence no fire.

    Anyway, I was thinking of flying a kite next to brush up on string theory.


    Anyway, best of luck with FB..
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  • @FB
    You really have a lot of nerve for a RETARD...

    Let's review here...

    First you stated that gyros don't run on the principle of inertia...which is complete bullshit...it is a spinning wheel's inertia...rotational inertia to be specific...that keeps a gyro from resisting a change of direction to its spinning axis...

    Saying that it is not inertia, but angular momentum that keeps the spinning wheel from resisting a change in its axis is nonsensical...

    You obviously do not understand the relationship between inertia and angular momentum...

    So for the benefit of readers on this thread...[not for an obvious idiot like you who is incapable of learning]...I will explain the physics involved...

    Let's first start by defining inertia and then momentum...and what these two terms actually mean and how they are related...


    '...Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion. This includes changes to the object's speed, direction, or state of rest...'
     
    Newton articulated inertia thus...

    '...The vis insita, or innate force of matter, is a power of resisting by which every body, as much as in it lies, endeavours to preserve its present state, whether it be of rest or of moving uniformly forward in a straight line...'
     
    This is known as the First Law of Motion...

    Newton was talking about motion in a straight line here...but the same property of inertia applies to a rotating object...ie its rotational inertia is what 'endeavours to preserve its present state'...in the words of the Great Man himself...


    '...Another form of inertia is rotational inertia (→ moment of inertia), the property that a rotating rigid body maintains its state of uniform rotational motion...'
     
    Now let's precisely define momentum...both linear and rotational...so that we may see how the property of inertia...ie a body's tendency to keep [or conserve] its original state of motion...arises out of momentum...

    Linear momentum [or translational momentum] is simply mass x velocity...so a person of 100 kg running at 5 meters per second will have a momentum of 500 kg*m/s...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/u6ptpng65/Linear_Momentum.jpg


    --Serway, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, page 248...

    Or From a similar text by Knight...page 242...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/xrlp8qn8t/Linear_Momentum_Knight.jpg

    p being momentum...and mass being m...v being velocity...


    For those who do not have this book or similar...wikipedia entry on momentum is adequate to understanding this...

    Let us consider now that runner above and imagine that he is a football player...another player runs into him and shoves him off his course and out of bounds...

    What has happened here is that the inertia of the runner was disturbed by the force of the collision with another player...

    If that runner was a truck that had a mass of 10,000 kg instead of 100...obviously that other player running into such a truck would not be able to shove the truck aside...

    That is due to the inertia of that moving truck...

    It is the same thing with a rotating object which has inertia also...and it is the inertia that resists force that is applied to it...

    So we see that inertia is a function of momentum...ie the greater the momentum the more inertia the moving object possesses...not the other way around...


    It is the inertia that is the property that resists any force applied to it...

     

    Now let's look at rotational [or angular] momentum...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/e23ewnab1/Angular_Momentum_Serway.jpg


    We see here that angular momentum is defined as...


    L = I x ώ
     
    Where L is the angular momentum...I is the moment of inertia...and ώ is the angular velocity...

    We compare this equation to linear momentum where P = m x v

    P being momentum...m being mass...and v being linear velocity...

    We notice that these two equations are the same except that there is no mass in the angular momentum equation...

    The mass is replaced by the moment of inertia...I...


    '...Notice that moment of inertia is the rotational equivalent of mass...'
     
    --Knight, page 346...[Knight's emphasis not mine]

    Knight goes on to articulate the nuances of this distinction...


    '...Recall that the quantity we call mass was actually defined as the inertial mass. Objects with larger mass have a larger inertia, meaning that they're harder to accelerate. Similarly, an object with a larger moment of inertia is harder to rotate. The fact that moment of inertia retains the word "inertia' reminds us of this...'
     
    --Knight, page 346-7 [all emphasis by Knight]

    So like I already pointed out to you...you are only causing confusion with your stupidity...

    The reason that a spinning gyro...or any rotating object has resistance to being deflected off its axis of rotation is due to its inertia...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqHXFKJddfM

    As for your other gibberish about gyroscopes in inertial nav systems...you squawked this...


    '...You are wrong in attributing positioning to the gyroscope. That role is filled by the accelerometers...'
     
    What a complete and utter asswipe you are...

    What does that piece of gibberish even mean...?

    Where did I ever 'attribute' positioning [whatever the hell that is supposed to mean] to gyroscopes...?

    Please look at my comment #102...

    I clearly explained how inertial nav systems are able to use gyroscopes to determine their geographical position...


    '...Knowing the exact geographic coordinates from where you started the flight…the inertial system can thus calculate your position at any time during the flight based on the accelerations of the vehicle that have occurred since moment one…'
     
    And...

    '...A computer is used to do the math…namely two integrations [calculus] which are required to take the gyro sensor inputs and convert them to a position fix…'

     

    What an idiot you are...what do you think a 'sensor' means...?

    How any person with even a retarded tiny brain could come away with that from my clear and precise explanation is beyond comprehension...

    And let's look at what you just shat out here...


    '...The gyroscope does not respond to changes in X, Y, or Z positioning or velocity. It responds to torque forces that perturb its rotational axis, i.e. angular momentum...'
     
    What an utter idiot...you think you can bullshit here because you assume some of the readers may not understand your meaningless bird squawks...

    Again...my explanation of how an inertial nav system works on the basis of gyros is 100 percent correct...you are either completely retarded or cannot read or comprehend...

    I think it is a combination of both...as you are unable to express yourself in a precise way that is required of the subject matter...

    No...the gyroscope does not 'respond to torque forces'...because there are none acting on it you idiot...the gyroscope is mounted in a gimbal which isolates it from the accelerations experienced by the craft...and allows it to remain in its orientation...ie its inertial frame of reference you utter idiot...


    '... I am quite acquainted with Newtonian physics after completing a year at university level (straight-A in case you were wondering) plus geophysics...'
     
    Wow...a whole year of undergrad physics...that's impressive...[yet you showed you are not even able to solve a triangle on the other thread...]

    So since you have such a strong 'acquaintance' with physics and gyroscopes...and even aircraft autopilot systems and inertial nav systems...then you should not have any problem in solving for the moment of inertia of a disk on an axis...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/dj2x18qbh/Disk_Moment_of_Inertia.jpg


    Good luck moron...

    1/2MR(squared) , i.e. the mass, M, times the integral, 1/2 R(squared), of the radius R.

    Where did I ever ‘attribute’ positioning [whatever the hell that is supposed to mean] to gyroscopes…?

    You answered in your next self-quote:

    ‘…A computer is used to do the math…namely two integrations [calculus] which are required to take the gyro sensor inputs and convert them to a position fix…’

    So not only are you wrong in attributing navigational data to the gyroscope, you have trouble remembering what you wrote and you can’t understand what you yourself wrote when you read it again. Great!

    it is a spinning wheel’s inertia…rotational inertia to be specific…that keeps a gyro from resisting a change of direction to its spinning axis

    Putting your incorrect terminology aside, your words make absolutely no sense. All of the useful properties of gyroscopes arise from their resisting changes to direction of their spinning axis under conservation of angular momentum.

    The reason that a spinning gyro…or any rotating object has resistance to being deflected off its axis of rotation is due to its inertia…

    Wrong. It is due to conservation of angular momentum. A gyroscope, like anything else with mass, has inertia even when stationary. It has angular momentum only when spinning. When a torque is exerted on the axis of a gyroscope it exerts an equal torque back on the source of the torque so that angular momentum is conserved in the entire system (a case of Newton’s Third Law). Do you even understand the difference between vector and scalar quantities? (Hint: inertia is scalar, momentum is vector.)

    As for your other gibberish about gyroscopes in inertial nav systems…you squawked this…

    ‘…You are wrong in attributing positioning to the gyroscope. That role is filled by the accelerometers…’

    What a complete and utter asswipe you are…

    What does that piece of gibberish even mean…?

    Seriously? You have no business pontificating about inertial guidance systems if you don’t know what accelerometers are.

    And let’s look at what you just shat out here…

    ‘…The gyroscope does not respond to changes in X, Y, or Z positioning or velocity. It responds to torque forces that perturb its rotational axis, i.e. angular momentum…’

    What an utter idiot…you think you can bullshit here because you assume some of the readers may not understand your meaningless bird squawks…

    If you don’t understand the language of the Cartesian co-ordinate system, the basic language of kinematics in three-dimensional space, you are in way, way over your head.

    Let me acquaint you with one more rule, The Rule of Holes. When you’ve dug yourself into a hole, stop digging.

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    Shaddup Turdeye...

    Nobody wants to hear monkey noises from someone whose education in physics reaches the lofty heights of the freshman level...

    Nobody's buying your crapola...like the commenter 'gwynedd1' who pegged you quite accurately as a member of the peanut gallery...

    You're not qualified to be in this discussion in the first place...a little knowledge is a dangerous thing as the saying goes...

    You're not even able to solve the simple problem I presented even though gwynedd1 pointed to a physics website with the formulas for inertia...what a loser...

    All you did was give the formula...I asked you to evaluate the solution based on the numbers I gave...

    But a twerp like you can't even do that...

    Let me make it more interesting...just so we all see what your capabilities in physics actually are...

    Suppose that spinning wheel of 1 m diameter and 1 kg weight I presented earlier was spun up to 10 revolutions per second in 3 seconds...

    How much power is required to do that...?

    Good luck hockey puck...show everyone here just how far that freshman physics knowledge goes...
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  • From Google's Ngram of mentions in books up through 2007 (zero smoothing). The less white privilege exists, the more it gets talked about. In my general impression, white privilege and Jewish privilege are fairly comparable in causes, magnitude, as well as quantity and quality of evidence for their existence. For example, whites tend to make...
  • “To find out who has the power, look at who you can’t criticize.” (may be a paraphrase)

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    Voltaire methinks.
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  • A fortnight ago, Viktor Orban and his Fidesz Party won enough seats in the Hungarian parliament to rewrite his country's constitution. To progressives across the West, this was disturbing news. For the bete noire of Orban's campaign was uber-globalist George Soros. And Orban's commitments were to halt any further surrenders of Hungarian sovereignty and independence...
  • @Anonymous
    Pat always brings his religious views into every analysis. He tiptoes up to the truth, then implies prayer in school is the answer to everything.

    Pat always brings his religious views into every analysis. He tiptoes up to the truth, then implies prayer in school is the answer to everything.

    ….while denouncing the prospect of Sharia Law! Definitely a lack of self-awareness at work.

    Buchanan illustrates the bigoted tendencies within certain branches of Catholicism spectacularly.

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  • @Dan C
    Something I think Americans can't relate to is the deep sense of history the average Central European has. I've been impressed by how regular people there are aware of the horrible time of Hungary's wars with the Ottoman Turks, extending from the time of John Hunyadi (15th century) until their final expulsion in 1699.

    Texans have their expression "Remember the Alamo."

    Hungarians remember Eger Castle. Where in 1552 less than 2,300 people, only 1,500 of them soldiers, defeated an Ottoman army of 35,000, surviving 5 separate assaults. Gunner Gergely Bornemissza is still remembered much like Davy Crockett is in America. He figured out how to make homemade grenades and launch them into the Turkish troop ranks with devastating effect, and his exploit with an exploding waterwheel rolled downhill into the Turkish troop formations is still legendary.

    C'mon Eurocrats ... Do you think you're ever going to force the Hungarians to accept another Islamic invasion?

    Good point. Opposition to the Muslim Mass Migration into Europe seems centered in the countries that have in their historical memories either subjugation by or defense against the Turks.

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  • Recall: Hitler rose to power through a democratic election.

    Wrong.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_von_Papen

    And Hitler’s base of support was in Catholic Germany. So much for religion’s role in keeping government on a moral path.

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    His initial HQ was in largely Catholic Munich but overall Protestants were slightly more attracted to Nazism than Catholics. Nuremberg, where Nazis were particularly strong, is a Protestant area in mainly Catholic Bavaria. Many Nazis were vitriolically anti-Catholic. Austrian pan-Germans before WW1 influenced the young Hitler and they loathed the Catholic Church - one of their rhymes was "Los von Juda, Habsburg, Rom, bauen wir den deutschen Dom" ("Away from Judah, Hapsburg, Rome, let us build the German cathedral") and some Nazis said the despised Weimar flag represented black for Catholicism, red for socialism and gold for the Jews.
    , @SolontoCroesus

    So much for religion’s role in keeping government on a moral path.
     
    Define moral.

    In 1933 prostitution, pedophilia, mob rule, high unemployment, political chaos, financial chaos, starvation, disabled veterans on the street -- all were rampant.
    Jews in Berlin's financial district were frequently attacked by destitute mobs.

    NSDAP under Hitler's leadership changed each and every element of that widespread dysfunction.

    Violence against Jews in Germany was quelled by NS.

    But zionist Jews in USA, in coordination with influential Jews in other parts of the world, organized and undertook economic war against Germany, with one stated goal of motivating German Jews to leave Germany and take their wealth to the zionist project in Palestine.

    The Germans who voted for Hitler voted for a re-moralized, orderly and prosperous society.

    Zionist Jews made the determination, and enacted directives and international movements, to disrupt and destroy that process that the German people voted for.
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  • With slight disappointment the public regarded the field. Just a minute ago, two knights were converging in fearsome joust, their spears pointing forth, plumage blowing, horses galloping, ladies out waving their handkerchiefs to their champions, - and now we see they have passed each other, both firmly in the saddle, plumage unruffled, spears unbloodied, horses...
  • @FB


    '... Air defenders are well aware of this vulnerability…so they would create a heavy jamming environment around the defended area in order to get the cruise missiles to lose radalt and pop up…
     
    That is the exact scenario I had surmised from the evident altitude of intercepted cruise missiles over Damascus...'
     
    What 'evident altitude' moronboy...?

    You have proved only that you cannot even solve a triangle...

    There is no 'evident altitude' to be gleaned from those videos...as I have conclusively proved...

    Hey fool,

    If you don’t understand velocity, ascent angle (approximate), and time by now you never will. It doesn’t matter how you try to puff yourself up by pontificating about elementary trigonometry.

    Still no answer from you about the hit rate on cruise missiles by 1960s-70s systems during the Kosovo war.

    Toodles

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    https://s20.postimg.cc/ukvr38xfx/transport-intellect-intellects-slowness-traffic_controls-traffic.jpg
    , @FB
    You can cry in your cornflakes all you want Turd-Eye...

    Fact is that Serbs humiliated the USAF by shooting down two F117s and the future USAF chief of staff...and fought the US and combined Nato air armada of 1,000 planes to a draw...

    As for your silly height measurements...I have already proved that you are full of shit...

    A shit eating dog just can't help himself...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/wdynr70il/animals-dog-pet-animal-pet_owner-dog_owners-rhan832_low.jpg
    , @seeing-thru
    Don't bother debating with FB. He is a Mr. Know All, regards himself as the final depository of all knowledge and wisdom, loutishly rude for no reason, and given to hurling insults and abuse.
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  • The April 14 missile attacks on Syria were a politically-motivated fireworks display that were largely designed to silence Trump's critics. The attacks-- which were coordinated with Moscow-- did not kill any Russian, Syrian, Iranian or Hezbollah combat troops. They did not kill any Syrian civilians. They did not impede the Syrian Army's ongoing military offensive...
  • @ANON
    You said "imperial dominion", now you say "colonial" (true enough of France in Indo-China and, despite Algeria being Departement of France, in Algeria too - except that France had Algeria at the end of WW2 and didn't have to reconquer it). Both are inaccurate in relation to Suez which was a reaction to Nasser's nationalising of the private company which owned and ran the Suez Canal in which the British government held 40 per cent of the shares. It had nothing to do with recovering imperial dominion after WW2.

    The objectives of the 1956 War went far beyond protecting Britain’s interest in the canal. They included deposing Nasser to end his nationalist policies and, as far as France was concerned, end Egypt’s support for Algerian independence. The Suez Canal would have been restored as a British colony as surely as the Canal Zone is an American colony. The Protocols of Sevres negotiated between Britain, France, and Israel made that quite clear.

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    Certainly France had a quasi imperial objective in mind - if you ignore the actual legal status of Algeria. (And getting rid of Nasser as the leader of Arab nationalism and potential ally of the USSR was certainly an objective). But......your trying to support your original statement wrt British imperial dominion is looking a bit desperate when you refer to the Suez Canal Zone as a "colony", past or prospective. That would require a novel definition of colony.

    Your bigger problem is a word beginning with "b". Let's be polite and call it bluffing. You call the Protocol of Sèvres in aid but you haven't actually read it (I say as an indirect tribute to your presumed intelligence). Far from that secret agreement making it clear that the Canal Zone would become a British Colony it refers only to "temporary occupation" by "Anglo-French [sic] forces".

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  • @FB

    '...Wrong. Gyroscopes work from conservation of angular momentum. Angular momentum is sensitive to changes in the orientation of the gyroscope, not movement of the gyroscope that does not change its orientation. It is not a positioning device...'
     
    That is complete gibberish...

    Are you trying to prove beyond doubt that you are a complete idiot...?

    Are you even vaguely acquainted with Newtonian Mechanics...?

    Obviously not...just as you are not even vaguely capable of solving a triangle as I proved on the other thread...

    Everything I said about gyroscopes and how an inertial system works is 100 percent correct...and quite helpfully explained to the layman...as at least one appreciative comment has shown...

    Since your knowledge of inertial nav systems is ZERO...you may want to first look at this...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/nco980vml/INS_1.jpg


    And...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/7efji4m1p/INS_2.jpg


    And...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/gyz650qt9/INS_3.jpg


    What a spectacular moron you are...

    Note what I said in my above comment...

    '...Early mechanical systems were based on spinning gyro wheels...Newer inertial nav systems use gyros employing laser or fiber optics or even more esoteric devices…'
     
    Do you see that mechanical gyro wheel in the above diagram...?

    Do you see the laser ring gyro and fiber optic gyro there...?

    What is your general problem...?...[other than being an obvious RETARD...?]


    https://s20.postimg.cc/6dfat4ut9/INS_4.jpg


    Can you read what is says there MORON-BOY...?

    '...Three gyros and three accelerometers are normally combined in an inertial measurement unit (IMU)...'
     
    And what did I say above...?

    '...Notice the three laser gyros and their orientation relative to one another…so that they may measure accelerations about the flight vehicles three respective axes as illustrated above…'
     
    What a complete and utter idiot you are...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/lasd7gxb1/INS_5.jpg


    I assume you know how to read in the English language...?[although nothing is a given when dealing with brainless plankton]

    '...Integrating the sensed acceleration will give velocity.

    ...A second integration gives position...'
     
    And what did I say above...?

    '...A computer is used to do the math…namely two integrations [calculus] which are required to take the gyro sensor inputs and convert them to a position fix…'
     
    I think you deserve some kind of prize for most spectacular idiot on Unz Review...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/u5t7i444t/INS_6.jpg

    '...The combination of an IMU and a computer running navigation equations is called an Inertial Navigation System (INS)...'
     
    What a Monkey Man...let's look at your pearls of wisdom...


    …since gyroscopes work on the principle of inertia as per Newton’s First Law of Motion…
     
    Wrong. Gyroscopes work from conservation of angular momentum.
     
    Let us see how Sir Isaac expressed himself...[although I am quite sure that he could never imagine an idiot of your magnitude poking his nose into this...]

    '...Newton’s first law of motion, sometimes called the law of inertia, defines a special set of reference frames called inertial frames. This law can be stated as follows:

    If an object does not interact with other objects, it is possible to identify a reference frame in which the object has zero acceleration.

    Such a reference frame is called an inertial frame of reference.

    In the absence of external forces and when viewed from an inertial reference frame, an object at rest remains at rest and an object in motion continues in motion with a constant velocity (that is, with a constant speed in a straight line).
     
    --Serway, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, page 113.

    So the idea of inertia is quite clearly stated and easy to understand...an object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an external force...an object in motion will remain in motion unless acted on by an external force...

    It matters not whether the momentum is an object moving in a straight line...or rotating...

    In physics, angular momentum... is the rotational equivalent of linear momentum.
     
    And from Serway...page 335...

    In analogy to the principle of conservation of linear momentum, there is also a principle of conservation of angular momentum. The angular momentum of an isolated system is constant.
     
    That is the principle of the gyroscope...it has inertia...not as movement in a straight line, but as rotation...

    When outside forces act on this wheel...such as the aircraft banking about its lateral axis...the wheel's inertia keeps it spinning in its orientation...as the mount to the aircraft is a gimbal that allows the aircraft to rotate about its lateral axis...while the gyro remains upright or horizontal or some other orientation as the case may be...depending on the aircraft axis [or axes] of rotation that is being sensed...

    This is visually displayed on the pilot's instrument panel as a bank indication relative to the horizon...

    For the purposes of an INS nav system...an accelerometer attached to the gyro will record the angular acceleration of the aircraft about its lateral axis...

    By using a computer that keeps track of each such acceleration about each of the three axes as illustrated in my comment above...we are able to determine the aircraft's geographic position by performing two mathematical integrations as outlined above...

    '...Angular momentum is sensitive to changes in the orientation of the gyroscope, not movement of the gyroscope that does not change its orientation. It is not a positioning device...'
     
    What the hell does that gibberish even mean...?

    A mechanical gyro in an airplane does not change its orientation...

    It is mounted on gimbals that allow it to remain in its orientation...which orientation is maintained due to its inertia...as I already stated...

    It is the airplane that changes its orientation...not the gyro...

    Here is cutaway illustration of a mechanical gyro used for an aircraft attitude indicator...also known as an 'artificial horizon'...

    This from the FAA manual 'Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge'...available for download here...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/nuo01j2ul/Attitude_Gyro_1.jpg


    Chapter 7, page 18 describes how the above attitude gyro works...


    '...The gyro spins in the horizontal plane and resists deflection of the rotational path. Since the gyro relies on rigidity in space, the aircraft actually rotates around the spinning gyro...'
     
    Thanks for your verbal farts monkeyboy...you have only been a huge nuisance to people who actually are curious about some technical things that they would like to see explained...

    Even a cat knows to go and discreetly do her business in the litter box...but you don't give a crap about squatting over this discussion board and crapping all over everyone's head...do you...?

    How could you...an ignorant and stupid bullshit artiste who goes around picking arguments and then gets squashed like a bug...

    Sorry chump, you’re the one with your ignorance flapping in the breeze. I am quite acquainted with Newtonian physics after completing a year at university level (straight-A in case you were wondering) plus geophysics. You are wrong in attributing positioning to the gyroscope. That role is filled by the accelerometers, with horizontal, vertical, and lateral velocity being the integrals of their X ,Y, and Z inputs. The gyroscope does not respond to changes in X, Y, or Z positioning or velocity. It responds to torque forces that perturb its rotational axis, i.e. angular momentum. Most gyroscopic systems use feedback from the gimball suspension to correct orientation of the craft, either as a pilot aid (artificial horizon) or automated system (autopilot, etc). The WWII gyroscopic gun sights were examples of mechanical computers that used the the rate of perturbation for lead correction. In the case of gyroscopic stabilization (distinct from autopilot), the feedback is, like the old gun sights, proportional to the rate of perturbation to counteract the inertia of the craft during such perturbations.

    Copying information off the web is one thing and understanding it is another, as you should have learned by now. You are a blowhard with an inflated notion of his understanding of physics.

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    You really have a lot of nerve for a RETARD...

    Let's review here...

    First you stated that gyros don't run on the principle of inertia...which is complete bullshit...it is a spinning wheel's inertia...rotational inertia to be specific...that keeps a gyro from resisting a change of direction to its spinning axis...

    Saying that it is not inertia, but angular momentum that keeps the spinning wheel from resisting a change in its axis is nonsensical...

    You obviously do not understand the relationship between inertia and angular momentum...

    So for the benefit of readers on this thread...[not for an obvious idiot like you who is incapable of learning]...I will explain the physics involved...

    Let's first start by defining inertia and then momentum...and what these two terms actually mean and how they are related...


    '...Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion. This includes changes to the object's speed, direction, or state of rest...'
     
    Newton articulated inertia thus...

    '...The vis insita, or innate force of matter, is a power of resisting by which every body, as much as in it lies, endeavours to preserve its present state, whether it be of rest or of moving uniformly forward in a straight line...'
     
    This is known as the First Law of Motion...

    Newton was talking about motion in a straight line here...but the same property of inertia applies to a rotating object...ie its rotational inertia is what 'endeavours to preserve its present state'...in the words of the Great Man himself...


    '...Another form of inertia is rotational inertia (→ moment of inertia), the property that a rotating rigid body maintains its state of uniform rotational motion...'
     
    Now let's precisely define momentum...both linear and rotational...so that we may see how the property of inertia...ie a body's tendency to keep [or conserve] its original state of motion...arises out of momentum...

    Linear momentum [or translational momentum] is simply mass x velocity...so a person of 100 kg running at 5 meters per second will have a momentum of 500 kg*m/s...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/u6ptpng65/Linear_Momentum.jpg


    --Serway, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, page 248...

    Or From a similar text by Knight...page 242...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/xrlp8qn8t/Linear_Momentum_Knight.jpg

    p being momentum...and mass being m...v being velocity...


    For those who do not have this book or similar...wikipedia entry on momentum is adequate to understanding this...

    Let us consider now that runner above and imagine that he is a football player...another player runs into him and shoves him off his course and out of bounds...

    What has happened here is that the inertia of the runner was disturbed by the force of the collision with another player...

    If that runner was a truck that had a mass of 10,000 kg instead of 100...obviously that other player running into such a truck would not be able to shove the truck aside...

    That is due to the inertia of that moving truck...

    It is the same thing with a rotating object which has inertia also...and it is the inertia that resists force that is applied to it...

    So we see that inertia is a function of momentum...ie the greater the momentum the more inertia the moving object possesses...not the other way around...


    It is the inertia that is the property that resists any force applied to it...

     

    Now let's look at rotational [or angular] momentum...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/e23ewnab1/Angular_Momentum_Serway.jpg


    We see here that angular momentum is defined as...


    L = I x ώ
     
    Where L is the angular momentum...I is the moment of inertia...and ώ is the angular velocity...

    We compare this equation to linear momentum where P = m x v

    P being momentum...m being mass...and v being linear velocity...

    We notice that these two equations are the same except that there is no mass in the angular momentum equation...

    The mass is replaced by the moment of inertia...I...


    '...Notice that moment of inertia is the rotational equivalent of mass...'
     
    --Knight, page 346...[Knight's emphasis not mine]

    Knight goes on to articulate the nuances of this distinction...


    '...Recall that the quantity we call mass was actually defined as the inertial mass. Objects with larger mass have a larger inertia, meaning that they're harder to accelerate. Similarly, an object with a larger moment of inertia is harder to rotate. The fact that moment of inertia retains the word "inertia' reminds us of this...'
     
    --Knight, page 346-7 [all emphasis by Knight]

    So like I already pointed out to you...you are only causing confusion with your stupidity...

    The reason that a spinning gyro...or any rotating object has resistance to being deflected off its axis of rotation is due to its inertia...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqHXFKJddfM

    As for your other gibberish about gyroscopes in inertial nav systems...you squawked this...


    '...You are wrong in attributing positioning to the gyroscope. That role is filled by the accelerometers...'
     
    What a complete and utter asswipe you are...

    What does that piece of gibberish even mean...?

    Where did I ever 'attribute' positioning [whatever the hell that is supposed to mean] to gyroscopes...?

    Please look at my comment #102...

    I clearly explained how inertial nav systems are able to use gyroscopes to determine their geographical position...


    '...Knowing the exact geographic coordinates from where you started the flight…the inertial system can thus calculate your position at any time during the flight based on the accelerations of the vehicle that have occurred since moment one…'
     
    And...

    '...A computer is used to do the math…namely two integrations [calculus] which are required to take the gyro sensor inputs and convert them to a position fix…'

     

    What an idiot you are...what do you think a 'sensor' means...?

    How any person with even a retarded tiny brain could come away with that from my clear and precise explanation is beyond comprehension...

    And let's look at what you just shat out here...


    '...The gyroscope does not respond to changes in X, Y, or Z positioning or velocity. It responds to torque forces that perturb its rotational axis, i.e. angular momentum...'
     
    What an utter idiot...you think you can bullshit here because you assume some of the readers may not understand your meaningless bird squawks...

    Again...my explanation of how an inertial nav system works on the basis of gyros is 100 percent correct...you are either completely retarded or cannot read or comprehend...

    I think it is a combination of both...as you are unable to express yourself in a precise way that is required of the subject matter...

    No...the gyroscope does not 'respond to torque forces'...because there are none acting on it you idiot...the gyroscope is mounted in a gimbal which isolates it from the accelerations experienced by the craft...and allows it to remain in its orientation...ie its inertial frame of reference you utter idiot...


    '... I am quite acquainted with Newtonian physics after completing a year at university level (straight-A in case you were wondering) plus geophysics...'
     
    Wow...a whole year of undergrad physics...that's impressive...[yet you showed you are not even able to solve a triangle on the other thread...]

    So since you have such a strong 'acquaintance' with physics and gyroscopes...and even aircraft autopilot systems and inertial nav systems...then you should not have any problem in solving for the moment of inertia of a disk on an axis...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/dj2x18qbh/Disk_Moment_of_Inertia.jpg


    Good luck moron...

    , @gwynedd1
    OK I am not following. Granted I am not in my field of expertise. I am trying to see which of you has any credibility.

    Your fist comment appeared to be correcting FB by correcting a cat comment by saying its a Russian Blue. All motion is going to axiomatically follow laws of physics involving motion and you said its "wrong".??? It would seem that inertia does apply to gyroscopes and it could only be criticized for a lack of precision , if applicable.

    Now this one you say " gyroscope does not respond to changes in X, Y, or Z positioning"

    Well no , not relative to an independent object. That is the idea of them.

    "It responds to torque forces that perturb its rotational axis, i.e. angular momentum"

    I think what you mean is a gyroscope responds to torque forces when pulling on the string on my childhood toy, but that is just to create the gyroscopic effect. The inertia of the gyro is not supposed to have forces acting on it after creating the gyroscopic effect. That is the point of them. Its an on board independent reference is it not.

    This does not make FB wrong about gyroscopes by changing the context of what is being discussed.
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  • @ANON
    Do you know what you are talking about or are you just repeating half educated American prejudices. France fought to reestablish control over French Indo-China but the British didn"t have to as their colonial wars were only establishing peaceful conditions for devolution of power to the native people who all joined the Commonwealth of Nations on independence.

    Read up on Britain and France’s role in the Suez Crisis. Granted that was a political, not military, defeat, but it was a blatant attempt to re-establish colonial dominion by force in contravention of the UN Charter. France’s Algerian War also had a colonial character.

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    You said "imperial dominion", now you say "colonial" (true enough of France in Indo-China and, despite Algeria being Departement of France, in Algeria too - except that France had Algeria at the end of WW2 and didn't have to reconquer it). Both are inaccurate in relation to Suez which was a reaction to Nasser's nationalising of the private company which owned and ran the Suez Canal in which the British government held 40 per cent of the shares. It had nothing to do with recovering imperial dominion after WW2.
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  • With slight disappointment the public regarded the field. Just a minute ago, two knights were converging in fearsome joust, their spears pointing forth, plumage blowing, horses galloping, ladies out waving their handkerchiefs to their champions, - and now we see they have passed each other, both firmly in the saddle, plumage unruffled, spears unbloodied, horses...
  • @FB

    '...Estimating the height of the target from video of the shootdowns isn’t rocket science. ...'
     
    It might as well be...as far as you are concerned...

    '...Estimate the velocity of the interceptor and the time it takes between launch and intercept detonation to get in the ballpark of the target distance...'
     
    Nice going Pythagoras...first we are trying to solve for target height...not target distance...

    Second...without knowing the exact flight angle of the missile, relative to horizontal you're 'method' is simply gibberish...


    '...Want to allow for interceptor flight angle? Okay, halve the estimated altitude and come up with an altitude somewhere in the range of 2 km for a four second interval...'
     
    Let's work through your numbers to see what you have actually come up with...you're saying a four second flight duration at ~900 m/s...that's a rocket flight distance of 3,600 m...

    If the height of the intercept is 2 km [2,000 m] as you suggest...then that would require a flight angle of ~34 degrees...[arcsine 2,000 / 3,600 = 33.7 deg]

    At half that flight angle ...~17 deg...flight distance of 3,600 m * sine of 17 deg = 1,040 m...

    But what is the flight angle of the missile...?

    Obviously there is no way to estimate that from the video images...since we know nothing about the relative perspectives between the camera lens...the missile flight path...and the horizontal reference...

    At a flight angle of 7.5 deg the target height would be ~470 m...ie sine 7.5 * 3,600 = 469...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/re90ouuwt/SAM_Shot_Trig.jpg


    But there is an even bigger fly in the ointment with your 'method'...

    It is impossible to determine from video what the terrain height is directly under the intercept point...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/mm3sqxcp9/SAM_Shot_Trig_2.jpg


    Your method...as illustrated by my previous illustration...assumes that the terrain height at the intercept point is the same as that of the SAM launch point...ie the terrain is a flat line coincident with the bottom of the triangle...

    Obviously there is no way to make such a determination without additional visual reference...which is not there...

    So like I said...there is no way to estimate actual target height from cell phone video shot at night...there are no height references whatsoever to scale from...

    Even in daylight it is difficult to estimate an aircraft's height from the ground by eye alone...and even more difficult from video rather than direct eyesight...

    Do you know of a method to estimate the height of aircraft flying over your house...?

    If so then please share with us...

    There are many more problems with your guesstimate methods...you are assuming a specific missile type...the 1970s era 2K12...

    The Russian MoD released very precise information about the intercepts and the type of SAM launchers involved...


    In total, Syrian air defence systems fired 112 air defence missiles.

    Pantsyr AD system fired 25 missiles and hit 24 targets;

    Buk system fired 29 missiles and hit 24 targets;

    Osa system fired 11 and hit 5 targets;

    S-125 system fired 13 missiles and hit 5 targets;

    Strela-10 system fired 5 missiles and hit 3 targets;

    Kvadrat system fired 21 and hit 11 targets;

    S-200 system fired 8 and hit no targets.
     

    The 'Kvadrat' being the 2K12...and did not do bad considering its age...the majority of targets were hit with the modern Pantsir and Buk ...accounting for 48 of the 71 kills between them...both of which use phased array radar and have excellent missile kinematic performance...

    Also your topography is likewise inaccurate...


    '...300 m of relief in the Qasioun Range northwest of Damascus...'
     
    https://s20.postimg.cc/hgxzvvv1p/Damascus_Topography.jpg


    Where do you get 300 m relief...Damascus sits at 2,230 ft MSL [mean sea level]...

    Look at the tops of the Qasioun which are at nearly 4,000 ft...that's a relief of over 1,700 ft...over 500 meters...nearly double your guesstimate...

    Here is the topo map that allows you to zoom and pan...


    The mountains west of the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon are closer to 6000 feet, not 10,000, feet in elevation.
     
    Again...you might want to do a reality check on that...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/rsaco8p8d/Anti_Lebanon_Mountains_Topo.jpg


    The Anti Lebanon range rises to 10,000 ft like I said...

    We note also that Damascus is tucked in just east of that range...so missiles coming from the Med Sea or air launched from the British Cyprus airfield...would need to come in over that range...

    Knowing the flight performance characteristics of these cruise missiles which have woefully small wings and very small engine thrust...their ability to come in low to the ground on Damascus is pure fantasy...

    As for coming in from the south...we have high terrain just south of Damascus also...with some ridgelines reaching to near 4,000 ft...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/hi7xp5c99/South_Damascus_Topo.jpg


    Again...it is the relief that counts which would again be on the order of 500 meters...

    The T-hawk is not capable of aggressive rates of descent either...due to its undersize wing area...

    If you know anything about flying you know that descent is accomplished by reducing engine power...while pitching for a target airspeed...which airspeed must be maintained safely within the aircraft's flight envelope...

    Due to its small wings...cruise missiles have a small speed difference between stall speed and top speed...so they cannot descend steeply and maintain control... except in the terminal phase where they are diving on the target...

    This would be best illustrated using a V-g diagram...which is a graphic representation of an aircraft's flight envelope plotting velocity vs g-loading...

    I may do up a Vg diagram later...but considering the high wing loading of the T-hawk...its VG envelope will be considerably smaller than a passenger jet...

    The high wing loading means a high stall speed and limits the g loading in a turn...

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    There is one other important issue here...a cruise missile uses a radar altimeter for measuring its height above ground level...as do passenger jets and military aircraft...

    This is a small radar antenna pointing down and which can be jammed with powerful ground equipment...

    The T-hawk is designed to 'pop' up if its radalt readings do not jibe with its other nav sensors...namely its pre-programmed terrain map that tells it what the terrain height below should be...

    Air defenders are well aware of this vulnerability...so they would create a heavy jamming environment around the defended area in order to get the cruise missiles to lose radalt and pop up...

    So like I said...your argument that the cruise missiles were supposedly flying too high has no merit...

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    As for Yugoslavia...this was a David vs Goliath match...

    The US-Nato airpower consisting of over 1,000 aircraft...including AWACs...U2...JSTARS...Rivet Joint...Compass Cell and jamming aircraft could not achieve its aim of neutralizing the ancient Serb air defense...which was manned by competent crews...

    The Serbs were able to defend their airspace and restrict the flight paths of the Nato ground attack and bombing aircraft...

    I have pointed to this authoritative and relatively unbiased reference many times on this website...a 2002 study published in the USAF Aerospace Power Journal...the Air Force's premier professional publication...

    The paper by Dr. Benjamin Lambeth begins on page 8...

    Despite overwhelming superiority...


    '...NATO never fully succeeded in neutralizing the Serb IADS, and NATO aircraft operating over Serbia and Kosovo were always within the engagement envelopes of enemy SA-3 and SA-6 missiles— envelopes that extended as high as 50,000 feet...'
     
    In boxing terms...a featherweight went into the ring with a heavyweight and went the distance...even giving the Big Man a bloody nose...in knocking down TWO F117s and an F16...a number of A10s and other aircraft sustained heavy damage and probably never flew again...

    In an honest reckoning...as per air combat tradition...an airplane that is written off is counted as killed...the Serb scorecard would look even more impressive...

    In the case of this cruise missile strike against Syria...the US and its two puppets did not even attempt to go up against the Syrian air defenses with a SEAD operation...

    It was simply another colonial gunship exercise where cruise missiles are safely lobbed form standoff range...

    But this time the Syrians were able to hit back..neutralizing the bulk of the blow and suffering zero casualties...

    The Russians will be providing more information and evidence as to the downed cruise missiles...

    Even now at this early stage of the post-strike assessment we can definitively say that the US story is utter bullshit...76 T-hawk strikes on a single one-acre site...the Barzeh research center...?

    Without damaging any of the buildings just meters away...?

    I have already debunked that on the other thread...

    So what he have is the same old same old...

    The Proven Liars...Lying As Usual...

    And the pseudo-experts crying in their milk...like on this thread...

    Air defenders are well aware of this vulnerability…so they would create a heavy jamming environment around the defended area in order to get the cruise missiles to lose radalt and pop up…

    That is the exact scenario I had surmised from the evident altitude of intercepted cruise missiles over Damascus. The intercept paths had a high rate of ascent, easily observable with initial ground reference and especially so in the IR night vision footage.

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    '... Air defenders are well aware of this vulnerability…so they would create a heavy jamming environment around the defended area in order to get the cruise missiles to lose radalt and pop up…
     
    That is the exact scenario I had surmised from the evident altitude of intercepted cruise missiles over Damascus...'
     
    What 'evident altitude' moronboy...?

    You have proved only that you cannot even solve a triangle...

    There is no 'evident altitude' to be gleaned from those videos...as I have conclusively proved...
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  • The April 14 missile attacks on Syria were a politically-motivated fireworks display that were largely designed to silence Trump's critics. The attacks-- which were coordinated with Moscow-- did not kill any Russian, Syrian, Iranian or Hezbollah combat troops. They did not kill any Syrian civilians. They did not impede the Syrian Army's ongoing military offensive...
  • @FB
    Everything you said is completely wrong...

    What makes you think that as a layman who knows nothing about aeronautics that you can make statements intended to sound factual...?

    First have a look at my discussion of how a cruise missile works...

    Now about the 'satellites'...that is GPS for the T-hawk and other Nato knockoffs...

    This is NOT the primary guidance [navigation] system of a cruise missile...and it works perfectly well and will get to its target even if the GPS radio signal is jammed...or even if all GPS sats are shot down...

    The primary guidance system is an inertial nav system which is self contained and uses no radio signals like GPS [which can be jammed easily]...

    Inertial nav systems are also the primary navigation system in passenger jets, ICBMs and just about any other missile...

    They work on gyroscopic principles...hence the term 'inertial'...since gyroscopes work on the principle of inertia as per Newton's First Law of Motion...

    Early mechanical systems were based on spinning gyro wheels and they work on the principle that the gyroscope senses any acceleration of the aircraft whether up, down, left, right etc...here is a diagram showing the three axes of a flight vehicle...and the six possible movements about those axes...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/y5glpjh71/Flight_dynamics_with_text.png


    Knowing the exact geographic coordinates from where you started the flight...the inertial system can thus calculate your position at any time during the flight based on the accelerations of the vehicle that have occurred since moment one...


    '...An INS can detect a change in its geographic position (a move east or north, for example), a change in its velocity (speed and direction of movement) and a change in its orientation (rotation about an axis). It does this by measuring the linear acceleration and angular velocity applied to the system.

    Since it requires no external reference (after initialization), it is immune to jamming and deception...'
     

    Newer inertial nav systems use gyros employing laser or fiber optics or even more esoteric devices...but they are completely self-contained...just like the earlier mechanical gyros...and cannot be interfered with in any way from outside...

    A computer is used to do the math...namely two integrations [calculus] which are required to take the gyro sensor inputs and convert them to a position fix...


    '...acceleration measurements into an inertial reference frame (hence the term inertial navigation) where they are integrated once to get linear velocity, and twice to get linear position...'
     
    This computer can even be mechanical...but is nowadays a digital electronic computer...

    So your 'factual' statement is actually complete bullshit...

    Here is a picture of a gyro based nav system from the 1950s...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/z7qs7x7od/Project_SPIRE_Inertial_Navigation_Control_2.jpg


    Here is an inertial unit from a modern spacecraft...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/xtz5cg0nh/IMU-28_inertial_measurement_unit.jpg


    Notice the three laser gyros and their orientation relative to one another...so that they may measure accelerations about the flight vehicles three respective axes as illustrated above...

    As for your bullshit about terrain following...I don't have time to get into right now...but which is explained on the other thread I linked to...

    When will complete know-nothings get it in their head that looking at the brochure info in wikipedia does not qualify them to make factual-sounding statements...?

    Please do not wast my time by addressing me with amateur bullshit...if you have a question...as you obviously do...then ask...do not state pseudo facts and require me to expend a lot of useless effort on moronic bullshit...

    …since gyroscopes work on the principle of inertia as per Newton’s First Law of Motion…

    Wrong. Gyroscopes work from conservation of angular momentum. Angular momentum is sensitive to changes in the orientation of the gyroscope, not movement of the gyroscope that does not change its orientation. It is not a positioning device.

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    Actually, I think he didn't deserve to be corrected because he might learn something and use it in another comment to appear knowledgeable. But you're right, in case some people believe the idiocy he wrote.
    , @FB

    '...Wrong. Gyroscopes work from conservation of angular momentum. Angular momentum is sensitive to changes in the orientation of the gyroscope, not movement of the gyroscope that does not change its orientation. It is not a positioning device...'
     
    That is complete gibberish...

    Are you trying to prove beyond doubt that you are a complete idiot...?

    Are you even vaguely acquainted with Newtonian Mechanics...?

    Obviously not...just as you are not even vaguely capable of solving a triangle as I proved on the other thread...

    Everything I said about gyroscopes and how an inertial system works is 100 percent correct...and quite helpfully explained to the layman...as at least one appreciative comment has shown...

    Since your knowledge of inertial nav systems is ZERO...you may want to first look at this...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/nco980vml/INS_1.jpg


    And...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/7efji4m1p/INS_2.jpg


    And...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/gyz650qt9/INS_3.jpg


    What a spectacular moron you are...

    Note what I said in my above comment...

    '...Early mechanical systems were based on spinning gyro wheels...Newer inertial nav systems use gyros employing laser or fiber optics or even more esoteric devices…'
     
    Do you see that mechanical gyro wheel in the above diagram...?

    Do you see the laser ring gyro and fiber optic gyro there...?

    What is your general problem...?...[other than being an obvious RETARD...?]


    https://s20.postimg.cc/6dfat4ut9/INS_4.jpg


    Can you read what is says there MORON-BOY...?

    '...Three gyros and three accelerometers are normally combined in an inertial measurement unit (IMU)...'
     
    And what did I say above...?

    '...Notice the three laser gyros and their orientation relative to one another…so that they may measure accelerations about the flight vehicles three respective axes as illustrated above…'
     
    What a complete and utter idiot you are...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/lasd7gxb1/INS_5.jpg


    I assume you know how to read in the English language...?[although nothing is a given when dealing with brainless plankton]

    '...Integrating the sensed acceleration will give velocity.

    ...A second integration gives position...'
     
    And what did I say above...?

    '...A computer is used to do the math…namely two integrations [calculus] which are required to take the gyro sensor inputs and convert them to a position fix…'
     
    I think you deserve some kind of prize for most spectacular idiot on Unz Review...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/u5t7i444t/INS_6.jpg

    '...The combination of an IMU and a computer running navigation equations is called an Inertial Navigation System (INS)...'
     
    What a Monkey Man...let's look at your pearls of wisdom...


    …since gyroscopes work on the principle of inertia as per Newton’s First Law of Motion…
     
    Wrong. Gyroscopes work from conservation of angular momentum.
     
    Let us see how Sir Isaac expressed himself...[although I am quite sure that he could never imagine an idiot of your magnitude poking his nose into this...]

    '...Newton’s first law of motion, sometimes called the law of inertia, defines a special set of reference frames called inertial frames. This law can be stated as follows:

    If an object does not interact with other objects, it is possible to identify a reference frame in which the object has zero acceleration.

    Such a reference frame is called an inertial frame of reference.

    In the absence of external forces and when viewed from an inertial reference frame, an object at rest remains at rest and an object in motion continues in motion with a constant velocity (that is, with a constant speed in a straight line).
     
    --Serway, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, page 113.

    So the idea of inertia is quite clearly stated and easy to understand...an object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an external force...an object in motion will remain in motion unless acted on by an external force...

    It matters not whether the momentum is an object moving in a straight line...or rotating...

    In physics, angular momentum... is the rotational equivalent of linear momentum.
     
    And from Serway...page 335...

    In analogy to the principle of conservation of linear momentum, there is also a principle of conservation of angular momentum. The angular momentum of an isolated system is constant.
     
    That is the principle of the gyroscope...it has inertia...not as movement in a straight line, but as rotation...

    When outside forces act on this wheel...such as the aircraft banking about its lateral axis...the wheel's inertia keeps it spinning in its orientation...as the mount to the aircraft is a gimbal that allows the aircraft to rotate about its lateral axis...while the gyro remains upright or horizontal or some other orientation as the case may be...depending on the aircraft axis [or axes] of rotation that is being sensed...

    This is visually displayed on the pilot's instrument panel as a bank indication relative to the horizon...

    For the purposes of an INS nav system...an accelerometer attached to the gyro will record the angular acceleration of the aircraft about its lateral axis...

    By using a computer that keeps track of each such acceleration about each of the three axes as illustrated in my comment above...we are able to determine the aircraft's geographic position by performing two mathematical integrations as outlined above...

    '...Angular momentum is sensitive to changes in the orientation of the gyroscope, not movement of the gyroscope that does not change its orientation. It is not a positioning device...'
     
    What the hell does that gibberish even mean...?

    A mechanical gyro in an airplane does not change its orientation...

    It is mounted on gimbals that allow it to remain in its orientation...which orientation is maintained due to its inertia...as I already stated...

    It is the airplane that changes its orientation...not the gyro...

    Here is cutaway illustration of a mechanical gyro used for an aircraft attitude indicator...also known as an 'artificial horizon'...

    This from the FAA manual 'Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge'...available for download here...


    https://s20.postimg.cc/nuo01j2ul/Attitude_Gyro_1.jpg


    Chapter 7, page 18 describes how the above attitude gyro works...


    '...The gyro spins in the horizontal plane and resists deflection of the rotational path. Since the gyro relies on rigidity in space, the aircraft actually rotates around the spinning gyro...'
     
    Thanks for your verbal farts monkeyboy...you have only been a huge nuisance to people who actually are curious about some technical things that they would like to see explained...

    Even a cat knows to go and discreetly do her business in the litter box...but you don't give a crap about squatting over this discussion board and crapping all over everyone's head...do you...?

    How could you...an ignorant and stupid bullshit artiste who goes around picking arguments and then gets squashed like a bug...
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