Senior educated white male.

Senior educated white male.

The rotary dial cellphone

Justine Haupt’s rotary dial cellphone

Justine Haupt explains the cellphone which she made:

“Why a rotary cellphone? Because in a finicky, annoying, touchscreen world of hyperconnected people using phones they have no control over or understanding of, I wanted something that would be entirely mine, personal, and absolutely tactile, while also giving me an excuse for not texting. 

The point isn’t to be anachronistic. It’s to show that it’s possible to have a perfectly usable phone that goes as far from having a touchscreen as I can imagine, and which in some ways may actually be more functional. More functional how? 

  • Real, removable antenna with an SMA connector. Receptions is excellent, and if I really want to I could always attach a directional antenna.
  • When I want a phone I don’t have to navigate through menus to get to the phone “application”. That’s bullshit.
  • If I want to call my husband, I can do so by pressing a single dedicated physical key which is dediated to him. No menus. The point isn’t to use the rotary dial every single time I want to make a call, which would get tiresome for daily use. The people I call most often are stored, and if I have to dial a new number or do something like set the volume, then I can use the fun and satisfying-to-use rotary dial.
  • Nearly instantaneous, high resolution display of signal strength and battery level. No signal metering lag, and my LED bargraph gives 10 increments of resolution instead of just 4.
  • The ePaper display is bistatic, meaning it doesn’t take any energy to display a fixed message.
  • When I want to change something about the phone’s behavior, I just do it.
  • The power switch is an actual slide switch. No holding down a stupid button to make it turn off and not being sure it really is turning off or what.

So it’s not just a show-and-tell piece… My intent is to use it as my primary phone. It fits in a pocket.; It’s reasonably compact; calling the people I most often call is faster than with my old phone, and the battery lasts almost 24 hours.”


More on her cellphone in Gizmodo here.

Where everything is policed except the crime – 2

From the Telegraph – “An Asian grooming gang was free to roam the streets and abuse young girls because police officers were told to “find other ethnicities” to investigate, a detective has claimed. 

At least 57 young girls are thought to have been exploited by a paedophile network of around 100 suspected perpetrators based in south Manchester in the 2000s. The gang, mainly comprised of Asian men, hooked their victims on drugs, groomed, and sexually abused them. One girl, aged 15, died after being injected with heroin by a 50-year-old man. 

Following a two-year inquiry, commissioned by Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, into the historic failings of police and social workers, a report was published today which concluded that vulnerable girls in care were groomed and abused in “plain sight”. 

The report found multiple failings at the hands of GMP, including how fears over race relations appear to have played a part in senior police thinking when tackling grooming gangs comprised of predominantly Asian men.

It added that officers were aware of “many sensitive community issues” around policing in south Manchester in 2002 and 2003.” 

Nothing new in the Church of Rome

St Joseph Calasanz

I came across this article in Wikipedia on a Roman Catholic educator, priest and saint, Joseph Calasanz.

It reads:

“His pedagogical idea of educating every child, his schools for the poor, his support of the heliocentric sciences of Galilei and his service towards children and youth all aroused the opposition of many among the governing classes in society and the ecclesiastical hierarchy.[4] In 1642, as a result of an internal crisis in the congregation as well as outside intrigues and pressures, Calasanz was briefly held and interrogated by the Inquisition.

“Problems were exacerbated, however, by Father Stefano Cherubini, originally headmaster of the Piarist school in Naples, who systematically sexually abused the pupils in his care. Cherubini made no secret about some of his transgressions, and Calasanz came to know of them. Unfortunately for Calasanz as administrator of the Order, Cherubini was the son and the brother of powerful papal lawyers and no one wanted to offend the Cherubini family. Cherubini pointed out that if allegations of his abuse of his boys became public, actions would be taken to destroy the Order. Calasanz therefore promoted him, to get him away from the scene of the crime, citing only his luxurious diet and failure to attend prayers. However, he knew what Cherubini had really been up to, and he wrote that the sole aim of the plan was “to cover up this great shame in order that it does not come to the notice of our superiors”.[7]

“Superiors in Rome found out but bowed to the same family ties that had bound Calasanz. Cherubini became visitor general for the Piarists. The Piarists became entangled in church politics and, partially because they were associated with Galileo, were opposed by the Jesuits, who were more orthodox in astronomy. (Galileo’s views also involved atomism, and were thought to be heretical regarding transubstantiation.) The support for Cherubini was broad enough that in 1643, he was made superior general of the Order and the elderly Calasanz was pushed aside. Upon this appointment, Calasanz publicly documented Cherubini’s long pattern of child molestation, a pattern that he had known about for years. Even this did not block Cherubini’s appointment, but other members of the Order were indignant about it, although they may have objected to Cherubini’s more overt shortcomings.[7] With such dissension, the Holy See took the easy course of suppressing the Order. In 1646, it was deprived of its privileges by Pope Innocent X.

“Calasanz always remained faithful to the Church and died August 25, 1648,[6] at the age of 90, admired for his holiness and courage by his students, their families, his fellow Piarists, and the people of Rome. He was buried in the Church of San Pantaleo.”

End of quote.

In the meantime, Pope Francis has declined the possibility that priests might marry [women]. Nothing changes. Until it does. I expect married Roman Catholic priests within a century.

Wednesday 12, 2020

Tucker Carlson explains why Pete Buddha Judge is a corporate hologram created by Silicon Valley, and why the race for the Democratic nomination will be a struggle between Bernie Sanders and that former Mayor of New York, Mr. Bloomberg. Either way it will be a disaster. Doesn’t Bloomberg sound like a Bond villain? Auric Bloomberg, an obviously anti-Jewish trope, says in fiction “Goodbye, Mr. Bond”

Why it is time for a purge at our universities. I like the opening of the essay, where the author discusses the delicious possibilities of a Klingon University, where it is always a good day to die. We can only hope.

An insightful piece on Dominic Cummings, the chief policy advisor to Boris Johnson, and architect of the 2016 Brexit vote. Cummings is a very bright star in the conservative firmament. [If all Guardian pieces were as balanced and fair, I would be tempted to support the enterprise].

Unassailable, by Mark Jeftovic. Mark’s book appears to be about protecting yourself from deplatform attacks and cancel culture. It is way more. It is a libertarian review of heresies, and a guide to practical steps to protect your on-line commerce. “Culture wars are all about narrative control” Mark Jeftovic. Worth a look.

Facebook is looking for a public policy manager in Ottawa. You will be expected to handle fall-out from the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review, which intends to be a counter-revolution against the Internet. See the op-ed by former CRTC Commissioner Timothy Denton in the Financial Post, for example. Professor Michael Geist has been particularly sound on the topic. Another former CRTC Commissioner who has seen the light is Peter Menzies. Take your pick.

Good night, Mr. Bond.

Charles Murray has just published Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender Race and Class. Expect Fireworks. If his previous books (The Bell Curve, Coming Apart, Human Accomplishment, among others) are any guide, you are in for an education and a delight. I consider Charles Murray one of the giants of social science, ever to have written.

Finally, and sadly, the great Christie Blatchford died today. The commentary below is written by Rex Murphy.

“In the trade as I know it, she was the bravest person out there. This is a time when, sadly, we have turned direct talk into a kind of taboo. People trip over themselves to find ways around saying what they mean. They wrap any opinion they think might get them in trouble with the Twitter mob in cowardly euphemisms, or fail to say anything at all because they are too afraid.

“Not Blatchford. If she saw something needed to be said, she said it powerfully, without cover or squeamish qualification. She was the empress of straight talk. And if that otherwise ridiculously over-invoked phrase, “speaking truth to power,” has any serious application in First World journalism, then Christie Blatchford is one of the select few who can lay serious claim to its meaning.”

Jerusalem, or England recovered

The poem by William Blake has become England’s unoffical national hymn. Music by Sir Herbert Parry.

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the holy lamb of god
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?And did the countenance divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem built here
Amongst these dark satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold
Bring me my arrows of desire
Bring me my spear, o clouds unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire.I will not cease from mental fight
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land.

A friend of mine once said that the lyrics of “Jerusalem” outdid the nationalism of anything the Germans have ever devised, including the Nazi regime. Transcendent national social justice.

Where everything is policed except the crime

From the Daily Mail:

The public have ‘given up’ on the police’s ability to solve crimes, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary warned yesterday.

Matt Parr said the failure to investigate crimes such as burglary and car theft was ‘corroding’ the bond between the public and the police, adding that forces had been ‘rumbled’ as their ability to investigate cases declined, with many victims not bothering to report crimes.

Among ‘volume crimes’ such as break-ins, car crime and minor assault, only a tiny proportion of offences are investigated by police, with fewer still leading to offenders being caught….

[His remarks] came as he published a report which said plummeting confidence in the police was leading to growing numbers of crime victims to withdraw their support.

More than 22 per cent of victims who made a report later retracted their help from the police, up from 20 per cent the previous year, it said, in a vivid illustration of the public’s disillusionment.

‘Performance figures like that chip away at public confidence in the police and may well be part of the reason for that abandonment of victims’ support,’ Mr Parr said. There are ‘stark differences’ in the service victims receive from the police depending on where they live, the report said.

In the meantime, The Telegraph reports that

Police forces are recording thousands of hate incidents even though they accept that they are not crimes. 

More than 87,000 ‘non-crime hate incidents’ have been recorded by 27 forces in England and Wales over the past five years, when the national policing body introduced its Hate Crime Operational Guidelines. 

The guidelines state that an incident – perceived to be motivated by hostility towards religion, race or transgender identity – must be recorded “irrespective of whether there is any evidence to identify the hate element” and can even show up on an individual’s DBS check, despite them not committing a crime. 

You may refer to

or the Triggernometry interview with a former UK policeman.

Dominic Cummings

Dominic Cummings is the brightest man in the British government. He is a special advisor to Boris Johnson. Every point Cummings makes applies with equal force to the Canadian government: the perverse incentives, the personality types selected, the process obsession, the lack of institutional memory, the inability of the Minister to control any aspect of what he must answer to parliament for, the innumeracy of the practitioners, the failure to concern oneself with actual outcomes: all this applies to Canada as well as to the UK.

Ottawa gossip

Chrystia Freeland in Ukraine - 2017 (cropped).jpg

The Big Boys have sent a message to the Liberal Party that twinkle-toes Justin is losing them money, and that Liberal policies for the past few years have been the cause. Justin Trudeau’s brain is managed by Gerald Butts, whose goal has been the destruction of the Canadian petrochemical industry in the cause of arresting global warming. In short, Trudeau the Lesser will find an occasion within the next two years to pursue “more time with his family”. Either Mark Carney or Chrystia Freeland will take over. Mrs. Freeland, the deputy prime minister, is already working out of the Langevin Block across from Parliament Hill, which is the head office of PCO/PMO. Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of England, has chosen to resettle in Ottawa, not Toronto, according to sources of idle gossip at the Rideau Club.

Don’t say you haven’t been warned. If Freeland gets in, we shall have an Alberta-born Liberal, and a competent one. If Carney gets the job, it looks like we shall have another climate wanker.