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Guilty minds

Stormfront (a font of racist, and eliminationist claptrap) is on a crusade. See, the “white race” is in danger of extinction, because people are saying racism is bad.

They are trying to engage in a campaign to make people realise this, by changing the terms of debates on race. Mind you Stormfront is a group that has no problem, when talking about how best to spread some agitprop, asking, “What would Hitler do?.

Some of the gems from the little screed they have on how to promote the “being against racism is being anti-white” idea include:

● 1 Stay on message; we deal with the genocide of White people and the perpetrators, anti-Whites. When talking to the general public don’t go into a rant about Jewish conspiracies, banking families, NWO, etc. White genocide is the first step to establish a beachhead in the general population’s consciousness — we can expand on other ideas later.

● 12 Be aggressive and take the moral high-ground; if they call you names say “You’re only saying that because I’m White”.

● 13 Think before you talk. Talking about commiting violence is a no-go. No talking about genocide tribunals because it makes us look dangerous. Using lots of bad language is going to make you – and us – look stupid. That does not mean treat anti-Whites with dignity.

They have odd ideas about what does, or doesn’t make one look stupid.

● 14 YOU ask the questions. If you don’t get a reply keep asking them – it means your opponent is embarrassed and is trying to get off the subject. If they demand you answer questions say “WE ask the questions, because YOU support/justify genocide of MY people!”.

● 17 Know your target audience and wrap our message around what appeals to them. Young adults want to talk about education fees and housing prices, Teens want to talk about music, Old people want to talk about pensions, etc. Try to connect with the people using their language/colloquialisms e.g. “Dude” “Mate” “Bloke” “Howdy” “Yeah” “Lol” “Rofl”

It’s all too easy to think, “what morons, who would listen to them?”. To which one can only say people are listening to them. The Republican Party tolerates, and in some ways actively encourages them. They have also figured out one of the most important aspects of this sort of thing… making it seem the conversation they are trying to have is relevant. They think getting the message out will help them. In some ways they are right. With the Republican Party going on about how this is, “a post racist world”, and any number of the pundits who support them (and are accused of being, “liberal” just because they happen to be members of, “the press”) going along with the idea, there is a currency to the idea that whites are being oppressed by not being in complete control.

I think the last word, the one they need to defend ought to be what they put at the head of their little “mantra”, because it more accurately expresses what they really want.

The Mantra


That’s what they believe. It’s what they want to hide (that and Jewish conspiracies, banking families, NWO, etc). They know that were they to try and flesh out their beliefs people would be against them. They are looking for ways to make those ideas more palatable. So if you see someone spouting off like that, you can look at their script (it’s all there, at that link) and be ready for the “debate” they will try to have.

I’d ask them why they want “white countries for everybody” and what they intend to do about “the jewish problem” and, “the banking families”. Make them defend their core ideas. If they are against the “anti-Racists” then one must assume they are pro-racism. Since, when they talk amongst themselves they admit it, it’s a fair question to ask them why they are trying to hide it now.

Link back to their talking points. Those talking points are defensive They know they have a radical agenda on race, and they want to hide it.

If you see it, shine some light on it.

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Much work which has cousins is improved when its relations are exercised. To eat with attention to the food improves one’s cooking. Riding a motorcycle improves one’s awareness in a car, etc. A friend bought some 70/30 wool silk for me to spin. Because I am not as confident as perhaps I should be (MBF brought out some handspun she’d bought a while back… I spin better than that), and it was only 2 oz. and I didn’t want to wait until I got home (this was Arisia, and I knew she was bringing it to me) I put in on the spindle, not the wheel. I had even bought a second spindle so I can better regulate the workflow.

One of the difficulties of spinning for ply is that of balancing the amount of spun yarn on the bobbins. At first it was just that I was a terribly inconsistent spinner. My grist was uneven, but then I decided to play with two different fibers, one of which was better for woolen, and was better for worsted. I spun about twice as much of the latter as the former. Winding the yarn before plying helped some, but not enough to keep me from having something like 1/3rd more of the semi-worsted.
The finished yarn looks ok.

Marled yarn

Having a second spindle means I have less of that problem with the work I’m doing. If I have two copps of about the same size, at the same grist I ought to have about the same amount of yarn. When I have two copps filled, I can wind one onto a bobbin, and start spinning the third. When I have that done, I can spin them both off, do my 3-ply, and use the odd bits to start the next set of spindles (assuming I have more than three copps worth of fiber). Right now I have one copp filled. I’m estimating it’s about 300 yds.

Filled Cop

The strands are about 1mm across, and the color balance is decent, though the sheen is a bit flatter than it looks, esp. when I let it self-ply.

I have to say, as I read more spinners talk about spinning, I am amused at the ways so many drop in to camps. There are a lot who are very pro-wheel, or very pro-spindle. The spindle camp are often more of the “back to the earth” sort. Seeing the use of a spindle as “more traditional”, and somehow purer. The folks who like the wheel tend to see it more as a case of being able to make a lot of yarn, as well as being less labor intensive.

I’m in the middle. I can spin faster on the wheel. I’m even getting to something approaching what I think of as consistent. What I don’t have is the level of fine control. I can spin a much finer yarn, and with less in the way of short term variation, on the spindle than I can on the wheel. In the long run this balances out, because I am not spinning for singles, but for ply. I also like being able to spin anyplace I go. My wheel is light. It only weighs thirteen pounds. It also needs a chair. The spindles are 2-4 oz. I can stand, I can sit. I can spin on the subway, in the waiting room, in line for the movies. If I wanted to, I could spin while walking (If I were making a heavier yarn, out of a grabby wool). I did have one guy talking about, “going back to the old ways”. Hah. I spin because I enjoy it.

Both of them demand attention to a lot of things. They require control of, balance of, contrary forces and an ability to be attentive to different versions of the “rub your belly, pat your head” problem.

Both require managing the flow of fiber. A lump of semi-organised wool (or cotton, or silk, or liné, or nettle, or alpaca, or some blend) has to be held, in both hands, one keeping the twist from getting too far into the drafing zone (web) , the other pulling the fiber to thin it, and make it ready for the twist to turn it from loose strands into yarn. The style one is spinning (woolen, or worsted) will determine which hand is which. For the wheel there is the question of treadling. One’s feet (or foot, depending on wheel style). For the spindle the hand as to be used to generate the spin to make the yarn (this is also true if one has direct drive wheel ). One also has to be able to keep an eye on the spindle, so as to add some spin, lest the yarn not bind up, and the spindle drop to the floor. With practice one learns to feel the twist slowing down.

But the basic cycle of stretching the fiber out of the clump, into a fine web of aligned (and perhaps slightly twisted) strands, and the letting the twist move back to join them up, and back and forth again, as the yarn appears and the spindle lowers (or the hands and body move away from the wheel) is magic.

When it’s working it looks effortless, the yarn appears. If it’s on a spindle the whirling weight moves toward the floor as a spider descends from a tree, with her trail of silk spun out behind.

Using the one improves the other. The need to focus on different aspects of the same task increases the understanding of the mechanics, and the subtle differences in how the fiber is passing from hand to hand, as it moves from one state to the other increases one’s feel for the transistions.

How much better have I gotten?

I’m spinning the fiber in this box right now.

This Boek is "boss"

This is a bobbin, with some of that alpaca on it, spun from the batt. Not a a terribly complex batt, being a single color, but full of neps, and quite loose and fluffy, and quite different from roving, or top, to spin.

Spinnen Boek

The bobbin is 4.5″ across, and the yarn was spun from this collection of wools. I am going to spin all three of them up, and then do a three ply of the results. I’m spinning them “Z-laid” (i.e. counterclockwise), so I can ply them “S-laid”. That’s the preferred method for making crochet yarns (which this is going to be. It’s a belated Christmas present), and for those who knit “continental”.

The book in those two pictures is a present from a friend. I’m using it to keep track of my projects. I chose this fiber to be the first entry because the color is exactly the same as the book.

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Working without a net


I have sprouts roasting in the oven, tossed in hazelnut oil, and hickory salt.

Main course will be salmon en papillote.  Salmon is skin on, a dusting of dill and and applewood smoked salt, salted caperbuds in the crease of the envelope, and a dab of dijon (with toasted cumin); over some frizzled shallots and under a pile of minced kalamata.

Appetizer will be the skirt of the filet, seared to a crunchy sort of, “salmon candy”.

I’ll toss the sprouts with a vinaigrette and make a leaf salad to go on the side.

Start to finish, about fifty minutes.  Less if you use powdered cumin and skip the frizzling.



I was working without a net because I had no way to taste the food before I served it.  Since I don’t like sprouts I had to guess at the end result.

The sprouts were well received, I forgot that I wanted to try one until they were all gone.  The bits I did taste weren’t bad.  The salt and the nut combined to give it a really nice base note, and the time in the open bowl (I cooked in visionware), let it caramelise.  The fish was perfectly textured, and that I had the elements in dollops meant the flavors of the main course were changing as one ate.

MBF had a Belgian Brown, and Our Other Partner and I had some Tokaji Sec (a white).  The salmon was a S. American Coho, which is a bit more like Atlantic Salmon than Alaskan Coho, though it has more fat, and would be great for making a crispy salmon skin.  I also chose to use the Smoking Gun and some cherry wood to smoke it.  So it was, after a fashion, “smoke three ways”.