George Floyd Protests, May 2020

Video of a black suspected criminal dying as police officers kneed on him, after he told them he couldn't breathe and to not kill him, has turned into a pretext for massive riots all over the US. Trump's position is wild west, force against any rioters, including threats of bullets, etc, in his tweets.

Lots of buildings were burned and there was looting and violence. It's been a few days already of it and it continues. The attacks by the citizens were not targeted at the police department exclusively, so they can't overall be taken seriously as a counterattack. The police station was burned, but so was city hall and a bunch of other buildings.

Protest of course can't be exclusively peaceful, otherwise it will have no force. There has to be threat of serious consequences for the authorized minority who have the roles of making laws and enforcing them. Violence has to be there. The effects of the riots will scare authorities into taking measures to seriously try to prevent violence and killing of this type. However, the main officer was charged with manslaughter, the appropriate charge for the action, and the three others we don't know yet, so you can't say the authority response wasn't appropriate. The people probably fear that the response would be just localized to the officer and wider problems would continue, so aren't satisfied.

One mistake is trying to frame it as a black issue, which is to be expected from people who have never left or assimilated or really even read about other countries and cultures, so think their understanding of racism is right when it's actually ignorant. It also diverts from the real issue which is detachment of the vestment with powers over others from responsibility in terms of consequences appropriate to the higher prerogatives.

China is loving it apparently, talking through it's newspapers that the US government should stand with the protesters like they want China to accommodate HKers. This is partly true, although it's a very complicated issue when you have tons of individuals acting and several differentiable groups, doing all kinds of different actions, some not in keeping with protest. Sorting it out has to be individual by individual. We saw reporters being arrested even after identifying themselves. We saw blacks crowding a police car until it looked pretty scary for whoever was inside and the car made a move, with some trying to jump in front or on the hood as it sped off. We saw a group of blacks surrounding a lone police officer to protect him from harm. We saw police cars on fire. We saw a sheriff taking off his accoutrements in front of a press conference-like group and joining the protests, perhaps as a prelim to running for office in the near future. We saw cities putting in place curfews. We saw a mayor stating in defense of the officers involved that 'if you can say you can't breathe, you can still breathe.'

However, I think it's fair to say that if the US government tried to take away the ability of a city or region to elect it's own leaders and wanted to pick the government themselves, as China is doing in HK, the protests would be a lot more serious. The US government does though not have much it can say in it's defense for allowing legal, police, and incarceration injustice, and should have more fear. While violence is necessary, the best control people have over government is funding and defunding them through paying or not paying taxes. This is difficult to do though for individuals, and could probably only be done effectively as a broad movement, so violence is realistically the alternative.


A Country Offers

  • Schools that place kids by ability, like the grammar schools in Britain in the 80s, which are currently viewed as noninclusive.
  • Absence of idiotic laws whereby a business is liable for accidents that happen inside their store and also on the sidewalk outside, an example of local government, whose responsibility is roads, passing on their responsibility to others while not addressing the real issue, which is that businesses and cities aren't responsible for people having accidents unless they actually make something dangerous.
  • Thai-style free trade for individual small and family/friends businesses, so people can produce goods and offer services in the common market




Blender Notes

  • Search menu: Fn+F3
  • Repeat: Shift-r
  • Select inverse: Ctrl-i
  • Bevel a vertix: ctrl-shift-b
  • knife cut throught object: k for knife mode then hold z and make cut
  • extrude along normals or individually: select faces and alt-e
  • select object behind object: alt-rightClick
  • select wider range: ctrl-+
  • checkered: select > deselect checkered
  • proportional editing (which drags selected range of vertices
  • isolate object (make others disappear): select and forwardSlash
  • zoom to see all stuff: View > Frame All
  • To select similar or on same plane: Select > Select Linked
  • Walk mode: View ‣ View Navigation ‣ Walk Navigation, or Shift-~
  • make complex shape into all quads: (On right side) Object Data Properties > Remesh > change voxel size > hit button
  • Explode all the faces (into their own objects): select > p > Separate by Loose Parts
  • l to select all linked to currently selected. You can also do it to select all with same material or Seam, using the options at bottom-right. Shift-l deselects linked
  • Convert image to texture: 'Texture to Normal Data'
  • position camera directly above something: select it and Shift-7
  • Duplicate: alt-d makes instances (edit one it affects all), shift-d makes new objects
  • Scale object uniformly: select object and then its child in the Scene Collection, and click and drag on the parameters
  • Smooth some faces and not others (decided by angle): Object Data Properties > Normals > check off Auto Smooth
  • Radial Symmetry for rims
  • Face vertices but as quads: Not face (Ngon) but instead Search > Grid Fill . But it doesnt seem to work with Poly Build random shapes, because you have to select two sets of vertices with each the same amount of vertices, and the two unselected sets of vertices also have to have the same amount
  • Bevel only boundry loops. Select the faces, which include the inner edges, then Select > Select Loops > Select Boundary Loop, then you can bevel it cleaner
  • Make a groove: Ctrl-r to loop cut, Ctrl-b to bevel the loop cut (making it into two), e and s , and drag the groove in.
  • Make trees: draw them with Poly Build, go to Modifyers and add a Skin, then select go in wireframe mode and select any vertix and Ctrl-a to resize it (thicken the branch).
  • Make Boolean invisilbe/live: Bool Tool
  • Snapping settings: Hold Ctrl while dragging a vertex and it'll snap based on increment. You can Snap to Vertex (basically snaps into closest vertex), to Edge,
  • Shrink/Flatten (Grow): alt-s
  • Bridge faces: w and Bridge Faces
  • Move all vertices to same level: select, s z 0
  • Rename object with F2
  • Selected stuff gets unselected with a wrong click: F9
  • Custom bevel profiles
  • Draw: Hand drawn tool
  • Set background color: Prefernces > Themes > 3D View > Gradient Colors > Gradient High/Off
  • Wiggle two points towards each other: Shift-w
  • Proportional editing for selected vertices: Highlight everything else and h to hide. Modify, then alt-h to show hidden
  • To work with curves another way: Ctrl-a > Curve > v > Vector. To join the last two vertices Ctrl or shift or alt -c
  • Turn faces all to outside: Shift-n (they're called 'normals')
  • Move the cursor: Shift-s, Cursor to Selected
  • Finish a hood: highlights edges, which are already subdivided, and extrudes them to center a couple times (48:00 on or just once, right to center, then select the center and closest and Bridge > Edge Loops
  • Select a whole line of vertices: Shift-Alt-Lclick
  • Slide: g moves, and g g slides
  • Snap when moving: g is grab, and hold down Ctrl it will snap
  • Make anvil neck: Proportional editing, highlight your vertices, s, but then Shift-z to say not to s the z axis.
  • Connect two vertices: f to make an edge
  • reset center point for mirror: in Edit mode, select what you want to be center (or two points and it will find the middle) and Shift-f > Cursor to selected. Then in Object mode click Object > Set Origin, and then apply the mirror
  • Re-assign shortcuts for grab, highlight, scale: 5:00 on
  • Frame Selected: Shift-f (re-hotkeyed from .)
  • Repeat: Shift-r
  • Change measurement units in Scene Properties > Units
  • Work with small objects: Ctrl-a then 3 to tell Blender that's the dimensions. Also, in View in the folding top-right section, set Clip Start to 1mm
  • To snap to grid, enable snapping (dead center on screen at top bar) and enable absolute grid alignment

If you want to inset uniform to original face(s), apply scale in Edit Mode (if it's in Object mode it'll inset differently). Ctrl-a to add scale, i to inset.

Make all vertices same height: s z 0


2020 and On

Venezuala: Towards a No-Man's Land Oil no one wants, and when the US refining plant is built no one will use, but what about the continent? Everyone with money has already left. Calories will go down like 90%.

SA: A New King

SS: After Tribal War

China: Holding Together While Doing Harm

India: After Call Centers

Russia: A Purpose and a President

US: The Globe

US: The Only Currency That Matters No Where to Go But Up for 5 Decades

Europe: Another Old Stage

France: New France

Nigeria: A Nigeria Without Oil

Iran: Persia

Japan: Developments

Greece: Economy

Cognitive Science, Communication, Hard-science Psychology, Social Sciences, Imagination

Ecology and Animal Science

New Language


World Rap, Poetry, Haiku

Master of Interviews

WHO, UN, corruption, effects


The Line: Human Rights

Amnesty, EFF,

To be continued ...