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  1. 2046,

    1000 kHz, that is, one million cycles per second, is a number, a particular measurement of frequency.  “1000 KHz” can no more perform physical work than “5 inches can.”   However an electromagnetic wave of 1000 kHz of such and such wattage can carry energy from one place to another and also information, like an iron bar 5 inches long, 2 inches wide can make a good window sash.  An attribute versus a concrete having that attribute.

  2. I find MisterSwig’s arguments persuasive.  He can defend his position but I would reply ...


    The electromagnetic spectrum is a range of frequencies, like a series of inches is  a range of lengths.  Both are abstractions and neither takes up any space at all.  Rand is not only talking about frequencies but their use, that is sending electromagntic waves (at whatever frequency) through the air / ether.   That radiation is what passes through people's property, not an abstract frequency which is just a number.

    So “He's living in it" is quite frankly a dumb argument.” is quite frankly wrong.


    You claim that MS argues that  “when someone claims to own something they are not in direct control of ... it's illegitimate. After all, they aren't living in it.”   Their ownership claim is illegitimate.  They don't own your property.

    2046 is sarcastic:

    "... all of reality should be communist because we're living in the visible light spectrum. It's passing through us! Blind people are the real capitalists ..."

    Whoever this mocks it isn't MisterSwig.  If someone shines an intense light or laser through your airspace or bright lights through your windows at night you might have reason to complain.




  3. Eiuol,

    Indeed eye witness testimony is unreliable, that is, sometimes the witness, however honest, is mistaken.  This is true in general but of course it doesn’t mean that eyewitness testimony is always false.  In fact eye witness testimony carries considerable weight in a courtroom.

    In the case here we have two independent eye witnesses who say they saw men who, besides carrying a rifle, were (1) dressed all in black, (2) wearing a black mask.  Yes, both witnesses might be mistaken and in the same way, but a real investigation into the incident would include them and their testimony.

    Unlike the Daytona Antifa massacre the FBI took charge of the El Paso massacre from the beginning.  Since the FBI has a long history of corruption we should be very skeptical about what they do and say.

    About the alleged manifesto.  For what it’s worth – I know anybody can post anything on Twitter – here are some Tweets revolving around someone calling himself “Taylor made a 3,” account @CabooseL17.  That account was opened in 2012 and has over 500 tweets.  If you look at several at random his political position is anti-Trump.

    The first tweet has since been deleted.  The rest were there at least on August 7.  I have expanded the abbreviation “Idk” ==> “I don’t know” in a couple of tweets, corrected “weitibg” ==> “writing” in one tweet, and corrected some minor typos and spelling mistakes, besides adding a period when the tweet ended without one.
    Taylor made a 3 @CabooseL17
    Aug 4
    “Patrick has autism and was in special ed classes. I’ve read his writing. He couldn’t have written that document. I don’t know how this happened. He had to have been influenced by someone. He had to have had help. I grew up next to him.”

    Taylor made a 3 @CabooseL17
    Aug 4  Replying to @LMKnightArt
    I know Patrick Crusius. He didn’t write that manifesto.

    Taylor made a 3 @CabooseL17
    Aug 5  Replying to @semperKAG @BabeReflex_8  and 43 others
    Like none of this makes sense. He didn’t speak to anyone outside the family till he was like 4. He was sweet and his family was weird but not crazy. I glued a penny to the street in front of my house and watched him and his siblings try to pull it up for hours.

    Taylor made a 3 @CabooseL17
    Aug 5 Replying to @semperKAG
    I just don’t want to be a part of an 8chan conspiracy chain. All I know is that I deeply believe that he wasn’t capable of doing what he did by himself. We’re in shock.  No one knows how this happened.

    Jubal E. Harshaw @alimhaider·
    Aug 5
    So the El Paso shooter was in special ed.
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    Rutkoske, who suffers from dyslexia and ADHD[,] said he wa friends with Crusius for more than 10 years and was in the same special ed classes with the 21-year old from elementary school to high school.
    “He was soulless, he lacked emotion, you couldn’t se any feeling in his eyes, he was an empty vessel.”

    B @beowulllf
    Aug 5
    Well, that makes two sources. I wonder why the news hasn’t caught onto this?

    Taylor made a 3 @CabooseL17
    Aug 5  
    I don’t know.  I’ve called. ... Like I know he did this but there is just no way he didn’t have some kind of help.  He had to have been radicalized and I know he didn’t write that manifesto.  He didn’t have the capacity.

    B @beowulllf
    Aug 5  Replying to @CabooseL17 @alimhaider
    It’s amazing that this info isn’t getting more attention.

    Taylor made a 3 @CabooseL17
    Aug 5  Replying to  @shaunking @realDonaldTrump
    I was his neighbor.  I really don’t think it is.  He wasn’t capable of writing that by himself.  There has to be a second party involved.

    Taylor made a 3 @CabooseL17
    Aug 6  Replying to  @jelavelechat @LMKnightArt
    I grew up next to Patrick and his family. They lived down the street from me on the corner.

    Taylor made a 3 @CabooseL17
    Aug 6  Replying to @McGriddles243 @beowulllf @alimhaider
    Ok to be clear. Patrick is 100% guilty and the shooter. I just don’t think he wrote that document. And if he did, he had help.

    Maria Sederholm @Wordofbeak
    Aug 6
    Do you know for a fact that he had autism? I mean, do you know if he was diagnosed by a doctor, or is it something you've heard by others or assumed was the case considering his behavior and him being in special education classes?

    Taylor made a 3 @CabooseL17
    Aug 6  Replying to @Wordofbeak @LMKnightArt
    Assumed through interaction and accounts of others.

  4. A major difference is that Crusius was taken alive.  Ordinarily policemen would without hesitation shoot a man – repeatedly – welding a gun who had just killed someone or was about to.  Yet when a man who had just mowed down 20 some odd people held up his AK-47 and said he wasn’t going to use it anymore or was out of bullets (I gather something like that happened) the police believed him and held their fire.

    The hand – and arm – is quicker than the eye.  Police know that a man can deploy and shoot his gun faster than they can react.  

    Another thing, and it is bizarre.  One shopper says she saw several men dressed all in black enter Walmart right after Crusius.  All had guns and began firing after he did, and continued firing.  Her testimony is heartfelt and sincere:


    And another shopper saw a masked six foot tall shooter dressed all in black, which couldn't have been Crusius.

    They could well expect to get away with it.  Most shoppers would be running for their lives and they could expect to kill any witnesses.  That two survived is their bad luck.  Investigative reporters should follow this up.

    46 people were killed or injured.  I understand that an AK-47 magazine holds only 30 rounds.  And not every shot would hit someone, with an amateur gunman a large percentage would not.  How many magazines did Crusius have?

    Another point.  Crusius’s manifesto is “too good to be true.”  He sounds intelligent enough to know that his act would play into the hands of those he claims are his enemies, politicians and pundits who want open borders.  Yaron Brook, for example, is now saying in so many words that people who oppose open borders create an atmosphere fostering mass murderers like Crusius.  (On the other hand mass murderers aren’t known for their ability to see ahead.)

  5. I thought “fire” was appropriate given the intensity of the debaters on both sides.

    The attack Biddle refers to may have been by Richard Ruggiero rather than ARI Watch.  He had posted something about Barney on TOS’s Facebook page and Biddle (I guess it was) quickly deleted it.  Now he attacks from his own Facebook page.  You can find it by searching Facebook for Richard Ruggiero – he’s the first one listed – and scrolling down the timeline.


  6. The metaphor should be clear:
    Fire <==> disagreement between TOS and the attackers.
    Petrol throwing <==> publicizing it.
    I doubt if many of TOS's readers had heard of the attack before the article, now they all have.  From a “pragmatic” perspective TOS should have ignored the attack and let it die a natural death.  Instead they infuse more life into it, that is, they unwittingly advertise the attack even as they fight it.  It’s a tar baby.


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