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Night Will Fall.

Netflix is showing this extremely powerful documentary about the suppressed Bernstein/Hitchcock Holocaust film made in 1945.

This footage is profoundly moving. I could only watch it in short segments, and never before bed. Perhaps I am moved more than most would be; a tour of Dachau as a child imprinted heavily in me a deep hatred of all things Nazi. Still, Night Will Fall is brilliantly plain, a simple presentation of truth that cannot possibly fail to move all but the least human of humans.

Netflix's timing of this release is prescient, and an important act that reveals there is someone at home there who knows what is happening to us.

Godwin's law is dead. Paul Ryan and Donald Trump are two sides of the same bloody coin; they are functioning psychopaths, men who would (if no one stops them) fill the world with piles of discarded human beings. Whether it is their programming or biochemistry, nature or nurture, they are of the same archetype as the string of minor Nazis that (because no one stopped them) filled Europe with corpses.

It's a serious film. Made me cry, couldn't help it. It rings like a warning bell. It's a window to a possible future. Human beings who scorn empathy, who revile the concept of human brotherhood, who play with the politics of fear and death and then brag at the party of their indifference -- they are the same as the men who came before.

Brace for it.

Russians chose Gorsuch to finish off the United States.

That's how I'm going to view every decision and staff pick from here on out. How does this decision or staff pick benefit Russia's assault on the United States?

Mind you, this is no longer hyperbole. It's happening. Comey confirmed as much, considering the incredible pressure the FBI must be experiencing to drop the investigation entirely. The Republicans know they must move fast and use every bit of political power they possess to escape justice -- and yet, there it was, announced right out in public. The truth is probably much larger than we imagine.

So -- Dugin's disciple Bannon chose Gorsuch as the pičce de résistance of the ongoing assault on our nation -- the Supreme Court is the last bastion, and they need it desperately to shut down any hope of the US springing back from the brink.

Don't forget -- there was a Russian military intelligence chief who resigned during the US election after he found out what Putin was doing, and sent a letter to all his contemporaries warning of the consequences of lashback should the US discover their machinations. 'Russia will not survive,' he warned.

A true statement, that. They'd better win. They had better make sure we're all silenced or dead. Because the American Lashback will change Russia forever.

And that's a Good Thing.

'I'm not sure, but I think Paul Ryan has a more punchable face than fucktard45. I could be wrong.'

my friend just texted me.

Kant, Hegel, Mills, Einstein, Feynman -- but this to me might be humanity's last important quandary. Well done, Sir Cascade.

I think he's right.

These self-proclaimed 'religious' men of the GOP seem certain there is no Hell.

So we'll have to make one for them.

I need to go back to the ship.

I'm trapped in some sort of strange timeline. Feel like I'm breathing underwater. Too many penises all around me.

The United States Of Not America.

There is a direct geometric correlation between your grasp of history plus the accuracy of your moral compass, and the level to which you have been traumatized by the species-threatening events of the last few months.

GH + AMC = LT.

Which, applied to myself, means I'm fucking scarred for life.

I swear to go out in public with my extremely sarcastic sign and make a scene on a regular basis. I also swear to freak out in the face of Dolt supporters unless they outnumber me, in which case I will find a quieter and more sinister way to freak out.

Because we're at war. And I am a member of the American Resistance. And although I am a hominid and prone to anxiety and flight, now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

Friday. It's Friday.

Free Day.

Randi Rhodes' interview with Malcom Nance is a beautiful thing.

It's the 3/2 show, about fifteen minutes in. The full-on truth. Impressive journalism. A lot of nuanced information I hadn't heard.

Brilliant. Damn I'm glad she's back.


That moment when you see the psychopath go rolling by.

Taking the old dog out for a walk at the business park. Just out the back door -- a shiny black Bighorn Dodge slides by, and the young man inside gives me a creepy smile.

Normally when someone smiles at me, I smile back. I like people, in general. This guy's smile was clearly sinister. Couldn't see his eyes through the sunglasses, but the twist in the smile --

Humans have major brain systems devoted to reading facial cues. My systems were screaming at me -- step back. Break contact. danger.

Handsome young man with black slightly-oiled hair, nice blue dress shirt, shiny black truck -- why were my primeval sensors yelling at me?

He rolled on by.

And on the back of the truck's bumper -- 'Trump'.

Of course. Of course.

About Emmy Noether.

Emmy Noether

Amalie Emmy Noether (23 March 1882 – 14 April 1935) was a German mathematician known for her landmark contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics.

She was described by Pavel Alexandrov, Albert Einstein, Jean Dieudonné, Hermann Weyl, and Norbert Wiener as the most important woman in the history of mathematics. As one of the leading mathematicians of her time, she developed the theories of rings, fields, and algebras. In physics, Noether's theorem explains the connection between symmetry and conservation laws.


In the spring of 1915, Noether was invited to return to the University of Göttingen by David Hilbert and Felix Klein. Their effort to recruit her, however, was blocked by the philologists and historians among the philosophical faculty: women, they insisted, should not become privatdozent. One faculty member protested: "What will our soldiers think when they return to the university and find that they are required to learn at the feet of a woman?" Hilbert responded with indignation, stating, "I do not see that the sex of the candidate is an argument against her admission as privatdozent. After all, we are a university, not a bath house."


Noether's work continues to be relevant for the development of theoretical physics and mathematics and she is consistently ranked as one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century. In his obituary, fellow algebraist BL van der Waerden says that her mathematical originality was "absolute beyond comparison", and Hermann Weyl said that Noether "changed the face of algebra by her work". During her lifetime and even until today, Noether has been characterized as the greatest woman mathematician in recorded history by mathematicians such as Pavel Alexandrov, Hermann Weyl, and Jean Dieudonné.

In a letter to The New York Times, Albert Einstein wrote:

In the judgment of the most competent living mathematicians, Fräulein Noether was the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began. In the realm of algebra, in which the most gifted mathematicians have been busy for centuries, she discovered methods which have proved of enormous importance in the development of the present-day younger generation of mathematicians.

On 2 January 1935, a few months before her death, mathematician Norbert Wiener wrote that

Miss Noether is... the greatest woman mathematician who has ever lived; and the greatest woman scientist of any sort now living, and a scholar at least on the plane of Madame Curie.

In Michio Kaku's 'Physics Of The Impossible', he states that her symmetry theorem had a profound influence on modern physics, and that he personally found the implications staggering when he understood it for the first time.

I just thought she needed a post.
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