Altruism versus logic

The initiation of force is good by the standard of altruism, but not as a generalization because generalizations are useful in logic. So what are the special cases altruists prefer?

Democratic and Communist party members agree that to send tax agents with guns to confiscate people’s homes, guns and tools is a good and necessary thing, even if the people voted libertarian and are not represented by the looter politicians declared victorious by secret ballot. This lay coalition does not, however, want men with guns to threaten doctors who safely care for pregnant individuals–even individuals who choose to not be pregnant.

God’s Own Prohibitionists (Rep, Tea, Const, Prohi parties) agree that to send drug agents with guns to confiscate people’s property, and police agents to arrest (or shoot) doctors who enable individuals to safely not be pregnant are good and necessary things.

Clearly, both agglomerations of special interests believe in altruism. Each agrees that the initiation of force is good when the deadly force threatens THE OTHER coalition. This happened in Germany when lay looters wanted to tax and nationalize everything and religious looters wanted to nationalze and tax everything EXCEPT CHURCH property. Conservative socialists wanted religious laws to force people to be christians–and disarm non-christians. Other socialists wanted tax laws to strip wealthy christians of their property through taxation and forfeiture. Adolf Hitler’s national socialists told both coalitions they were right and used he government monopoly on force to eliminate all individual rights. That is the logical altruism that so impressed Hanna Arendt, but not Ayn Rand.

A much better solution would be to agree with today’s lay and religious socialists, but let each faction initiate its own deadly and coercive force against the other, without involving the Political State at all. All each would have to do would be waive its own rights, which is what each asks of the other anyway. If they lack the courage to act on their convictions, then they are parasitical cowards who want us to do their killing for them. There is no sensible reason why we should sacrifice freedom so cowards can use us to bully each other. Instead of war, the President could proclaim a Roman Holiday and stadium owners sell tickets and cable transmission rights to the melée.

I pledge to buy a ticket, no questions asked. Until then, my libertarian spoiler votes will repeal laws rooted in altruism and superstition.

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Tradução de ementas

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No cotidiano o cliente mostra o que está em pauta, pede orçamento, aprova proposta e sinal e o tradutor faz, entrega e as partes acertam o saldo. Mas com a importação de médicos formados pela ditadura da Cuba comunista–onde mesmo antes de 1959 já havia 3 vezes o número normal de médicos–acelerou-se a evasão de brasileiros formados em medicina. Para exercer a profissão na América do Norte, suas ementas e documentos devem ser traduzidos e avaliados. O perigo é que algumas dessas agências avaliadoras de credenciais são gatekeepers (cuja função é excluir concorrentes estrangeiros) ou monopolistas (que fazem in-house as traduções por um adicional barato, mas bloqueiam ou atrapalham as traduções dos autônomos mediante mecanismos coercitivos).

Alguns sinais de perigo já alertam o tradutor experiente:
1. A escola deve nos mandar sua matéria curricular diretamente, “para preparativos”.
2. Oferecemos vantagens às entidades que recomendam exclusivamente a nós.
3. As traduções têm que ser “word-for-word.”

A primeira às vezes resulta em a agência preparar um PDF criptografado (que não permite OCR) com identificadores no pé de cada página. Assim fica difícil converter em texto eletrônico e usar ferramentas CAT. A segunda (2) já acena com o perigo de eles fecharem a concorrência por implicância com bobagens insignificantes. Já vi uma reclamar de um carimbo evidentemente idêntico em cada folha mas faltando algum detalhe em umas ou outras (tipo metade do CEP) pela posição do contato ou falta de tinta no carimbo. O monopolista vê toda concorrência como usurpação. A terceira (3) é  especificação que o mercado identifica como defeito. A literalidade é característica de “tradução” sobremaneira malfeita–de palavras em vez de conceitos e expressões–por principiante sem noção. Essa especificação eu interpreto como um aviso em vermelho com imagem de caveira.

Como se proteger? Leia as instruções e especificações desses serviços (plural) de avaliação antes de escolher. Caso contrário, há risco de mandar traduzir (e pagar) duas vezes o mesmo documento. Pergunte ao tradutor se esse garante que o documento será aceito. Money-back guarantee é muito comum nos EUA. Afinal, se a tradução é rejeitada o tradutor deve consertar a situação, devolver o dinheiro, corrigir e re-enviar ou trabalhar com outro tradutor que possua as credenciais necessárias para conseguir sua aceitação pelo órgão relevante. Procure outras pessoas que passaram por situação semelhante para ver se oferecem indicações.

Para economizar dinheiro não ofereça traduzir o documento. A tradução para nós é fácil, mas específica. Já, se vc produzir ou contratar perito em conversão de PDF para fazer uma versão que inclui todas as informações do original, formatados tal e qual em formato de processador de textos tipo Open Office, isso facilita a vida do tradutor e pode resultar em desconto.

Tem recomendações para facilitar a vida dos retirantes em busca de melhorias? Escreva.

Two solutions to ABBYY highlighting

Ever use ABBYY to convert a document composed by someone not very literate–like a clueless defendant or respondent? It takes forever if you let ABBYY agonize over every letter, but the program ignores settings telling it not to smear light blue highlighting everywhere. So how do you clean the exported Word doc of unwanted highlighting that is unresponsive to normal removal of highlighting?

Method 1 by Steven Marzuola:
To fix this shading in Microsoft Word

Ctrl-A to select the entire document (or just the pertinent text)
Open the Borders and Shading box. Simplest is Alt-O, B
Go to the Shading tab.
Take note of the setting in the “Apply to:” box. It’s probably “Paragraph”
Under Fill, click “No Color”. (Even though the window already says “No Color”)
Click OK.
Make sure that the correct text is still selected.
Open the Borders and Shading box again (Alt-O, B)
In the “Apply to:” box, change to “Text”
Under Fill, click “No Color”
Click OK.

BTW, the Alt-O, B keyboard shortcut is a holdover from pre-1997 versions of Word. There was a pull-down menu called “Format”, which used Alt-O instead of Alt-F because that was already used for the “File” pull-down.
Since 1997, the official way to bring up the Borders and Shading dialog box using the ribbon interface is:

Click the Home tab.
In the Paragraph group, click the triangle by the Borders button.
Choose the Borders and Shading command.
***
Method 2 by Hank Phillips:
Open the document in Open Office
Select everything
Use the highlighting tool to specify no highlighting.
Save the file in the same Word format.

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The Corn Sugar Connection–1929

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The yeast and glucose trusts bought Prohibition

Chapter 41
The Corn Sugar Connection

            The heat was definitely on, and Chicago bootleggers departed in droves for Miami. The general hysteria began to worry cooler heads, among them the Prohibition Commissioner, Dr. James Doran. A professional chemist and head man in the Federal department charged with enforcing prohibition laws, Dr. Doran knew better than anyone how the liquor traffic operated.

This unfortunate business involving the Hubinger corn sugar factory at Keokuk, and those wealthy Italian entrepreneurs was most distressing. Unfolding, as it was, in the shadow of the Illinois State Capitol, the investigation was fraught with potential for sticky political repercussions if not nicely handled. Chicago bank stocks had been sliding and even the nation’s stock markets were reacting badly. He was also aware of the pressure on Congress to do something foolish, so he boldly ripped the lid off of one of the best-kept secrets in the trade: “Ninety-five per cent of the whiskey consumed in the United States,” he told reporters “is made from corn sugar.” The good doctor then explained how moonshiners discovered that corn sugar was not only several cents a pound cheaper than cane sugar but was far more practical and the primary source of moonshine, with a 95% market share.[1]

At least 25 million bushels of corn were needed to fill 1928 demand for corn sugar, and it was “generally conceded” that the new moonshiner market was a large factor in boosting corn prices. Reporters observed that the dry Middle West corn belt, largely responsible for the enactment of prohibition, owed much of its present measure of prosperity to the widespread violation of that very law. Now the cat was out of the bag, but way too late.

Frustrated for years by arrogant scofflaws, reviled as bigots by the wet press, belittled and shamed in such popular novels as Elmer Gantry, and ridiculed at the Tennessee “Monkey Trial” and elsewhere by the likes of H.L. Mencken, the drys were not going to let pass this opportunity to exploit the famous massacre.

Coming up: The Five and Ten

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[1] (CT 2/18/29 6)

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Libertarian spoiler votes repeal bad laws. GOP hurting from unpopular win. LP covers gap in 11 states aggregating 124 electoral votes

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Libertarians cost GOP Popular vote win: Prohibition Repeal Introduced!

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The Valentine’s Day Massacre

Chapter 40

The Valentine’s Day Massacre

The electoral college had barely confirmed the election of the Hoover-Curtis dry fanaticism slate voted in 1928. There were still over two weeks to go until inauguration day which, back then, was on March 4th.

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            Radio newscasters shocked the nation with the story of the Chicago Saint Valentine’s Day massacre in which five gangsters an optician and a mechanic were machine-gunned against a brick wall. The drys fell upon this with whoops of joy and redoubled their lobbying efforts for passage of a draconian enforcement bill introduced a year before by Congressman Gale Hamilton Stalker and Senator Wesley Livsey Jones.[1] What disturbed Chicagoans was the economic reaction; corn dropped 1 & 1/8 cents, and bank stocks likewise fell. All 7,000 saloons, speakeasies and beer flats in the city were immediately shut down, which effectively dried up a major source of income for that convention city. The dry autocracy sprang into action and Congress was besieged with heated demands that something be done immediately to enforce prohibition. Senator Glass, as always, resumed his railing against stock market gambling.[2]

Ferrari’s City Trust depositors, by now sick and tired of obfuscation, organized to demand what New York State feared most: answers.

Investigation of narcotics trial Judge Winslow now went to a House committee, and ailing Hollywood star Alma Rubens was humiliatingly exposed as a morphine addict. As icing on the cake, one John Sergi was arrested for the 14th time and charged with running a mail-order business in heroin.[3] All these stories broke Thursday, February 17, but none were as important as the other white powder connection.

 

[1] (NYT 3/24/29 27)

[2] (CT 2/17/29 1, III-8; 15) (WSJ 2/16/29 1) (NYT 2/17/29 1)

[3] (NYT 2/17/29 24; 2; 23)

 

 

Prohibition and The Crash, 1929

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Chapter 39

The City Trust Mystery

            The Steinhardt affair dominated New York headlines, even though the accompanying news stories contained no intelligible information whatsoever. On February 1, 1929, Frank M. Ferrari, president of the City Trust Co., died in New York City as the stock market was making broad advances. The Times quietly tucked the story away on page 27 and few took notice. Then came the embarrassing League of Nations revelations regarding European drug manufacturers, which drew attention to other narcotics-related disclosures and generated more news stories.[1] Behind the scenes Mabel Willebrandt wrote Attorney General Mitchell blaming “disorganization” in the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern Division of New York, on one William A. DeGroot.[2]

The Federal Reserve Board had meanwhile produced the broker’s loan figures and—in the wake of an increase in the Bank of England’s interest rate—issued another warning against “speculation.”[3] At the same time a settlement was reached in the 1922 Big Four case in which the wealthy bootlegging Savannah gentlemen—already in prison for income tax evasion—were finally assessed $140,000.[4] Bearing hard on the issue of tax evasion was a United States Court of Claims ruling that the Commissioner of Internal Revenue had absolute authority to determine what inventories businesses could and could not use in filing tax returns. Judge Nicholas Sinnott wrote the opinion, which was not at all reassuring for preparers of corporate income tax returns.[5] The Federal Reserve Board soon issued another scolding, hinting at danger to the nation’s gold reserves.[6]

On top of this came the Harris amendment calling for another $25 million in prohibition enforcement appropriations. From January 12 to February 8, when it was deadlocked between House and Senate, the proposal had been the focus of constant and acrimonious debate.[1] By February 13, the commotion reached the floor of the House in the form of a pre-impeachment resolution denouncing Federal Judge Winslow, and across the border into Canada in the form of a massive manhunt for fugitive lawyer Steinhardt.[2] These publicized events at home and in Geneva were attended by flurries of stock liquidations which sent prices tumbling. The New York Stock Exchange, Curb Market and Philadelphia Exchange all announced they would be closed Saturday, February 9. In discussing the market nosedive newspapers avoided touching on the Naarden case, prohibition funding, or the backstage struggles in enforcement offices, pointing instead to recent scoldings by the Federal Reserve Board and to England’s interest rate hike. Even the closure was downplayed as due to an outbreak of the flu among brokers.[3]

Yet there had been signs of uncertainty surrounding the City Trust Company since before January 8, when vice-president Frederico Ferrari signed a report denying the bank had excessive loans. Unbeknownst to newspapers and the public, New York Bank Examiner Frank L. Warder had, on January 15, received a $20,000 payoff to overlook the insolvency of the City Trust Company and forego shutting it down.[4] The market break occurred one week after City Trust president Francesco Ferrari’s death and four days before the closing of the bank’s five locations by the State Department of Banking. The International Radiotelegraph Convention proclaimed January 1 contained the signature of one Frn. Ferrari binding the Republic of San Marino to the treaty. San Marino—barely two miles wide—lay wholly inside Italy nor far from the Ferrari automobile plant. Folks began to wonder just how important this Ferrari fellow had been.[1] The investigation would continue to yield unsavory surprises for another three years. No mention was made of the Bank of United States money which National City Bank placed on deposit at the Petrograd branch of City Trust.[2]

Rioting was rampant in Bombay, with another 28 deaths reported February 11. New outbreaks of political turmoil in Afghanistan already had Great Britain in a stir. And policy recommendations from the League Opium Advisory Committee were extremely unpopular among ruling officials yet popular with the native masses in British India. Ordinary citizens there, as in China, felt themselves exploited by the British opium and salt revenue monopolies. For years now “holy” pictures of Mahatma Gandhi had sold briskly at every market and bazaar in India. People everywhere wore Gandhi caps and picketed and boycotted liquor stores to starve the government of revenue.

Gandhi was imprisoned for “sedition” in 1922 but released in 1924 after an appendectomy out of fear he might die in prison. The Indian Congress had recently resolved in favor of independence if Dominion status were not granted India by the end of 1929. Britain’s very sovereignty had thus been called into question, and the clock set ticking for a showdown over the Empire’s hegemony in British India. British newspapers were still having a field day with the Naarden drug conspiracy case, doubtless overjoyed to have Europeans share some blame. Yet such publicity could only worsen matters in India—where the body count from the latest riots stood at 113—and make a poor impression on the incoming Hoover Administration.[1]

In Williamson county, Illinois, three city officials—a district attorney, coroner, and chief of police—were on trial for liquor conspiracy with the Mayor of Herrin. Chicago Alderman Titus Haffa was also on trial as a kingpin in a liquor conspiracy implicating three prohibition agents.[2] Nor was the situation very comfortable in New York, where officials were busy making sure no “startling evidence” involving public figures with Arnold Rothstein’s drug ring saw daylight. With the grand jury closing in on Judge Winslow, whose narcotics cases included the Unger trial and involved agent Kerrigan’s death, this was no small task. In Miami, Dade County Solicitor Robert Taylor questioned Al Capone, who indignantly declared: “I never was a bootlegger in my life.”[3]

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Next: The Valentine’s Day Massacre

[1] (NYT 1/19/29 3) (Taylor 1969 204-5) (Van Tyne 1923 111, 120)

[2] (Pasley 1930 206) (CT 2/16/29 5; 2/17/29 25) (NYT 2/16/29 5:5) (Irey and Slocum 1948 22)

[3] (NYT 2/14/29 1) (CT 2/15/29 3) (Schoenberg 1992 216-217)

[1] (Treaties, Etc. 1938/1968 5031; 5095)

[2] (NY World Almanac 1930 98, 99) (NYT 5/15/28 36)

[1] (NYT 1/12/29 1:2; 1/13 1:7; 1/14 4:4… 2/8 1:4)

[2] (NYT 2/13/29 1, 2)

[3] (WSJ 2/8/29 1)

[4] (NYT 7/3/29 25) (CT 9/7/29 4)

[1] (Taylor 1969 231)

[2] (Hoover 1929 1974 131-2)

[3] (WSJ 2/8/29 1) (Lawrence 1929 437)

[4] (Brown 1984 62, 274)

[5] (CT 2/6/29 1 Commerce)

[6] (Lawrence 1929 437)

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Star Wars and Climate Change

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Soviet propagandists made a major strategic blunder nicknaming America’s Strategic Defense Initiative “Star Wars.” True, there were easily triggered, sensitive, concerned & aware children on campus convinced the Lucasfilm blockbuster was there “to condition the people into fighting a nuclear war.” (Sample here).

Communist intellectuals instantly snapped this up as the magic meme to counter Reagan’s project for neutralizing incoming ballistic missiles and developing traction for the Surrender Movement. It backfired miserably, and the Prez even commented the “Star Wars” monicker hadn’t been a successful move. Turco, Toon Ackerman Pollock and Sagan produced the TTAPS report.  One computer meddler nobody mentions claimed that no computer code could ever possibly track incoming ICBMs. Edward Teller commented that “Highly speculative theories of worldwide destruction—even the end of life on Earth—used as a call for a particular kind of political action serve neither the good reputation of science nor dispassionate political thought.”  Now, fast forward past the Berlin Wall and Soviet collapse…

The exact same ideology resurrected by many of the same players and NERF-herders is again upon us. Nuclear Winter gave way to the new nickname of Global Warming. The movement was organized in 1992, precisely as the Soviet empire was collapsing like a World Trade Center tower. (e.g. Science Vol 262 pp 1252-1255) The idea this time was to convince Americans that reliable electric power generation was bad–not because it complicated a Soviet nuclear attack–but because human slavery was more natural, eco-friendly and nobly altruistic than those yucky Buckminster Fuller “energy slaves” that converted horsepower into empowerment for a flourishing standard of living. Soviet socialism would be attained at last, but by conditioning and brainwashing, not nuclear brinkmanship. The alternative? Everybody dies!

The watermelon Green party formed and spewed forecasts of national socialist happiness and the spurning of material greed–a chorus picked up by the Union of Communist Scientists and CPUSA.org and imitated everywhere totalitarianism had become entrenched in the 1920s through 1992. Toppling the recalcitrant Democratic party (and girl-groper) via spoiler votes in the y2k election opened the floodgates, but instead of becoming warmer as the Prophets of the New Millerite apocalypse predicted with absolute certainty, temperatures remained constant within measurement error bars.

The prophesy was falsified by physical measurements, and satellite temperatures diverged from tamperable data as of the Y2K election. After 4 years of this the false prophets changed the narrative and began falsifying data to make the past colder and the present warmer. But EVERY momentary shift of ANY kind has since been exploited as a Sign from Heaven as curbside observations,  apocrypha and hearsay increasingly impersonate science.

The 2000 government bureaucrats infesting the IPCC were swamped by over 30,000 real scientists listed with actual degrees whose PetitionProject.org STOPPED ratification of the Kyoto Protocol by the U.S. Senate. Like Millerites after The Great Disappointment, ecological nationalsocialists rebooted. They changed their icon from the Global Warming non-starter to Climate Change. This was the subject of Dr. Michael Crichton’s “State of Fear.”  Just as No Nukes! had shape-shifted to Stop Star Wars!, so Global Warming underwent a makeover into Climate Change.

But as Geologist Ian Plimer of Australia, nonmystical author of Heaven and Earth testifies: “Climate always changes, always has, and always will.”

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