This is bizarre…

Correct me if I’m wrong but Mark Zuckerberg is on the “progressive” side. Isn’t he?

Yet here some congressvermin I’d have thought would be interested in protecting him, decide to see what he tastes like with ketchup.

If he was a real person, I’d imagine this to be a ‘red pill’ moment for him. As it is he’s probably just rejiggering some specific political contributions at the moment. Say whatever bad thing you want about Zuckerberg, I doubt he enjoyed being called a racist for the cameras. Or for that matter being cut off every second syllable by a politician he (probably) literally has bought and sold.

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13 Responses to This is bizarre…

  1. Malatrope says:

    Congressvermin (good term), at least ones like this one, are just agitators. They do not care about anything resembling truth. If they could get away with it, they’d carry baseball bats to smack people across the face with.

    But that would look bad on TV. At least, until the full-on open revolution gets a head of steam.

  2. Spud says:

    I pray for a massive EMP occurance to give this sick world a reset…

  3. Malatrope says:

    Spud, let Joel have enough time to get his inverters into a copper box, first!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Doesn’t have to be copper 🙂

  5. Ben says:

    Zuckerberg is no angel and he is clearly not our friend. Yep, the Congress critters pretended to give him a hard time for the sake of the cameras, but he can afford the worlds best lawyers, so he doesn’t need my pity.

    At this point, he probably owns more personal information about us than the government does, and he will happily sell it to all comers. And now he wants to shove his dirty fingers into our finances. No thanks!

  6. Robert says:

    Aren’t good congresscritters ‘sposed to stay bought?

    And copper is pretty. Aesthetics count for something. 🙂 Silicon Greybeard has an interesting EMP write-up. Summary: don’t worry about stuff that isn’t hooked up to long wires. My summary is possibly oversimplified. Enjoy the apocalypse, y’all!

  7. Malatrope says:

    Robert, “long wires” — exactly! They are antennas. I don’t know how much of a run Joel has out to the solar panels, but all the bits are connected. Just detaching the solar panel wires at both ends would probably be fine.

    I prefer polished copper to aged copper, for what it’s worth. Chicken wire works fine, too, but who wants to look at it?

  8. Robert says:


    My personal EMP story: Storm front moving in! I scurry around and unhook the HF and VHF and UHF rigs and computers, monitors, etc. Lotsa lightning and boomin’. Storm passes. Clear skies, birds singing, etc. I hook everything back up. KABOOM!!! Jeeeeezusss! The filament of the 100W incandescent light bulb on the desk blew off the stand-offs. No other damage. Sky-arcs be weird.

  9. Malatrope says:


    My personal EMP story: typical afternoon thunderstorm moves overhead, spawned in Tampa Bay. FLASH-BOOM! Lightning explodes mailbox in front yard. Refrigerator stops working. Freezer stops working. Air conditioner stops working. TV might as well be smoking. By the sound of it, I think one of the cats was on fire.

    Since I was now unable to cool off my beer, I drove to local convenience mart to buy ice. Thank God the car still worked! Well, ok, it had point/coil ignition and a carburetor, so I guess that could have been expected.

    Recovery took awhile. Fortunately this was before everybody was swimming through an ocean of digital devices, so it was only a few things that had to be replaced.

  10. bmq215 says:

    Re: Robert’s comment, long wires is right. Think VERY long e.g. on the order of 10’s to 100’s of km. Joel’s infrastructure will be just fine. Also it’s important to remember that an EMP and a power surge are not exactly the same thing. A power surge is a massive increase in voltage within the circuit that fries connected stuff. An EMP is a way to wirelessly cause such a surge in circuits with the right characteristics (e.g. long wires). Things like lightning strikes cause surges when they strike a circuit (power pole, the wet yard that your house’s ground connection runs to, etc) but can’t affect unconnected items (your car, cell phone, and so on).

    Bottom line is that the EMP risk is greatly over-exaggerated, especially as it pertains to off-grid hermits.

  11. Malatrope says:

    bmq215: (physicist here) the power delivered via wires and their length is determined by the field strength and spectrum generated by the pulse. Solar flares, nuclear weapons, non-nuclear EMP weapons, and lightning all have very different characteristics. Yes, EMP is VASTLY exaggerated. for which I blame Forstchen and “One Second After”. Joel’s equipment wouldn’t be safe if lightning struck near the panels, or the battery shack, but he’s pretty immune from other things! Hermits be good, hermits be wise.

  12. Malatrope says:

    addition (wish I could edit): yes, lightning can cause induction-induced currents nearby the strike, in conductors not struck by the bolt current itself.

  13. Norman says:

    “…lightning can cause induction-induced currents nearby the strike, in conductors not struck by the bolt current itself.”

    Which, IIRC, is one of the myriad reasons grounded shielding on wiring was developed. Haven’t researched it for the real numbers, but I’d suspect the cheap way out – using BX cable for ~95% of cable run length and grounding the sheath – would suffice for all but the most extreme induction events.

To the stake with the heretic!