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I’ve Got An Uneasy Feeling About This

Earlier this year, we learned that the Department of Homeland Security was setting up a group of Fact Chekists to scrutinize “disinformation,” Now, the IRS is being funded to hire 87,000 more employees, more than doubling the agency’s headcount, and IRS’s new funding is coming via an “Inflation Reduction Act” which will exacerbate inflation.

The meanings of words are be tortured.

It was impossible to translate any passage of Oldspeak into Newspeak unless it either referred to some technical process or some very simple everyday action, or was already orthodox (GOODTHINKFUL would be the Newspeak expression) in tendency. In practice this meant that no book written before approximately 1960 could be translated as a whole. Pre-revolutionary literature could only be subjected to ideological translation—that is, alteration in sense as well as language. Take for example the well-known passage from the Declaration of Independence:

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN INALIENABLE RIGHTS, THAT AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. THAT TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, GOVERNMENTS ARE INSTITUTED AMONG MEN, DERIVING THEIR POWERS FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED. THAT WHENEVER ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT BECOMES DESTRUCTIVE OF THOSE ENDS, IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO ALTER OR ABOLISH IT, AND TO INSTITUTE NEW GOVERNMENT …

It would have been quite impossible to render this into Newspeak while keeping to the sense of the original. The nearest one could come to doing so would be to swallow the whole passage up in the single word CRIMETHINK.

Things are becoming double plus ungood.

A Cosmic Keyhole

Keyhole_NebulaThe Keyhole is a small dark cloud of cold molecules and dust within the Carina Nebula, containing bright filaments of hot, fluorescing gas that is silhouetted against the much brighter background nebula. The diameter of the Keyhole structure is roughly 7 light years. Its appearance has changed significantly since it was first observed, possibly due to changes in the radiation from Eta Carinae.

Image Credit: NASA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin has done many things that I have found disturbing, but the incident referenced in the TKPOTD for eight years ago today was among the worst I’ve witnessed.

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I’ve been listening to the courtroom audio recordings as part of my preparation for the next part of my Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. in Review series. Since those recording are used to produce the trial transcript, they include the conversations between the judge and counsels at the bench. I could not hear them in the courtroom because a noise source is turned on by the judge to mask the conversations. Thursday evening was the first time that I became aware of the following:

Brett Kimberlin called his older daughter as a witness. He did so at the end of the presentation of his case. He tried to do so as his first witness, but our lawyer objected. During the interchange at the bench, The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin said that he wanted her to testify to various things which the judge felt were inadmissible because her testimony would be hearsay. TDPK also said he wanted her to testify to the fact that he had not done anything untoward with her. That would have been admissible, but my lawyer agreed that we would stipulate that so there was no reason for her to be called. During the conference at the bench, Judge Johnson remarked,

To put your 15 year old daughter—talk about —talk about harm—to put a 15 year old kid in a courtroom in front of a jury and ask her questions about pedophilia!

Just before he called her, the judge called the counsel up to the bench and tried one more time to dissuade TDPK from calling his daughter.

THE COURT: You know the witness you really need?

KIMBERLIN: Huh?

THE COURT: Is your wife here?

KIMBERLIN: She’s, she’s packing. We’re leaving on vacation tomorrow—

THE COURT: Is she gonna testify? See, that’s —if she were going to testify, that would be one thing, but a 15 year old?

TDPK put her on the stand any way.

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Words fail me.

Betelgeuse Has a Blowout

These images and this graph show in the brightness of the red supergiant star Betelgeuse following an enormous mass ejection of a large piece of its visible surface. The escaping material cooled to form a cloud of dust, temporarily dimming the star look as seen from Earth. This unprecedented stellar convulsion disrupted the star’s 400-day-long oscillation period astronomers have been observing for more than 200 years.

Image Credits: NASA / ESA / Elizabeth Wheatley (STScI)

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This episode of Blogsmoke first ran seven years ago today.

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BlogsmokeSOUND: MODEM CONNECTING FADES UP TO FULL MIKE—SINGLE SHOT—RICHOCHET

MUSIC: UP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 1

ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Around Twitter Town and in the territory of the net—there’s just one way to handle the harassers and the stalkers—and that’s with an Internet Sheriff and the smell of “BLOGSMOKE”!

MUSIC: THEME HITS: FULL BROAD SWEEP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 2

ANNOUNCER: “BLOGSMOKE” starring W. J. J. Hoge. The story of the trolling that moved into the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved against it. (MUSIC: OUT)

JOHN: I’m that man, John Hoge, Internet Sheriff—the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job—and it makes a man watchful … and a little lonely.

MUSIC: MAIN TITLE—RECORDED—CUT 3 Continue reading

The Other Podcast

Stacy McCain, Dianna Deeley, and I will be at our mics at 7 pm ET for the next episode of the The Other Podcast Live. Join us on Podbean.

Likely topics include Math, More Math, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™.

102: Math, More Math, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™ The Other Podcast

Stacy McCain, John Hoge, and Dianna Deeley discuss the week's news.
  1. 102: Math, More Math, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  2. 101: Science, Vocabulary, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  3. 100: ECON 101, Truth, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  4. 99: Maryland, Acme Law, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™
  5. 98: Science, Science Denial, and Crazy People Are Dangerous™

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Yesterday, I noted the eighth anniversary of the directed verdict in the defendants’ favor in the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. LOLsuit. Eight years ago today, I published a Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. in Review. I’ve reproduced it below.

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Brett Kimberlin sued Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Akbar, Kimberlin Unmasked, and me in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. His initial complaint was a laundry list of torts and several other bizarre claims that sought $1,000,000 in damages. Yesterday, he lost his case with respect to Aaron, Stacy, Ali, and me. Technically, the suit still survives against the two individuals that Kimberlin is currently accusing of being Kimberlin Unmasked, but based on what developed at this week’s trial, their defense would appear to be pretty solid and straightforward. Brett Kimberlin would be wise to drop his case against them.

Now that we’ve won, I’m going to tell you my side of the case. It’s a long and complicated story, requiring many posts.

During the first weekend of July, 2013, I got an email from a reader who had seen in the Maryland Judiciary Case Search database that Brett Kimberlin had filed for a protective order against his wife and had filed criminal charges against another individual. Maryland has two types of what are called “restraining orders” in other states. Peace orders are issued between unrelated persons. Protective orders are issued among family members, roommates, or other persons with close relationships. Given The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s history of seeking peace orders against the likes of Aaron Walker and John Norton, I wondered why he was seeking an order against his wife. So the following Monday, Aaron Walker and I went to one of District Courthouses in Montgomery County and witnessed the hearing.

I won’t rehearse all the details, but over the next few days, Mrs. Kimberlin approached me, and Aaron and I wound up helping her with her legal problems related to her husband. Shortly afterwards, TDPK sued us. One of the claims for defamation that he made was based on the fact that I suggested that Brett Kimberlin might be a pedophile. That suggestion was made after he had been charged with sexual offense in the third degree. While the State didn’t take the charges to trial, I believe Mrs. Kimberlin’s story.

In order to prove a defamation case in Maryland, the plaintiff must prove that what the defendant said or wrote was false. Brett Kimberlin could not do that. After putting his older daughter, Aaron, Ali, Stacy, and me on the stand, he had produced no evidence of falsity. He had no case. With the jury sent out of the courtroom, Judge Johnson incredulously asked him, “Is it your theory that you can come into court and say, “I was defamed,” and rest your case?” Because TDPK had offered no evidence for the jury to consider in its deliberation, the judge ruled that there was no case, and gave a verdict in favor of the Aaron, Stacy, Ali, and me as a matter of law.

The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin filed his suit on 30 August, 2013. He lost on 12 August, 2014. That makes 347 days that we defendants were subject to his vexatious nonsense. All that has cost TDPK is a sanction award of $600 to our lawyer—which he now late in paying. Or so he may think.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE—During her testimony, Miss Kimberlin was very supportive of her father. However, as the judge noted, being a good father would not disprove what we wrote about him.

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Suing me was probably the dumbest mistake he made since he got out of jail, and Im not done with him yet.

See, I Told You

I initially applied the Twenty-four Hour Rule to comments on the Mar-a-Largo raid, and look how the various leaks and public statements and further leaks have twisted the alleged facts of the matter. It was leaked that AG Garland was out of the loop, and now he’s sorta/kinda admitted to approving that the warrant be sought. As I type this, the White House is still disclaiming any knowledge.

And so it goes.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The TKPOTD for eight years ago today contained my thoughts as I prepared for the first day of the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance LOLsuit.

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The Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial at 9:30 this morning in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. When you cut through all the bullshit in The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s complaint, what the suit boils down to is this—Brett Kimberlin haz sad because a bunch of mean bloggers said truthful things about him and wouldn’t shut up when he said so.

His suit is 100-%-pure, unadulterated anti-First-Amendment shutuppery. TDPK will get his day (or two) in court. He’ll have his chance to convince a judge and jury that it’s defamatory to write accurately about his past, to report truthfully about his present activities, or to express an opinion about him based on what was learned in that reporting. He will have to prove that what we wrote was false and that either we knew it was false or we wrote with a reckless disregard for the truth. He will have to present evidence to that effect, and he doesn’t have any—which is just the beginning of the problems TDPK faces.

I don’t expect the process to be pleasant, but I do expect that my codefendants and I will come out of it as the winners.

Pray for justice.

UPDATE—This seems to be all Team Kimberlin has left.TK201408110033Z

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You know, as much as I enjoy camping, I haven’t had many opportunities over the past eight years. I doubt I’ve spent a whole week sleeping under canvas or nylon during past eight years.