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making-of-trumpCOMMENT: In time, we will be sharing thoughts concerning the disaster which was consummated on Tuesday evening. Long in the making, this debacle embodies what we warned about in the conclusion of Miscellaneous Archive Show M11, recorded in May of 1980, and reprised in FTR #511 in 2005–give this a listen.

The commentary so far has been predictable: the usual suspects doing the usual things, from the so-called progressive sector lamenting that Saint Bernard (Sanders) didn’t get the nomination, asserting that he would have won and jabbering mindlessly about the need for “grass roots organizing” and “populist outreach.”  Obama and the Dems are saying we must “unify” and that we are all American (patriots.)

Let Obama unite with the Trumpenkampfverbande if he so desires. We’ll pass, thank you.

In weeks to come Mr. Emory will be doing a number of programs about David Cay Johnston’s concise, insightful biography of Donald Trump–The Making of Donald Trump.

In the meantime, we emphatically suggest that people get the book and read it. 

We also note the role of the fascist WikiLeaks in throwing this election. This is a classic example of  technocratic fascism in action. David Golumbia stated in a seminal post: “. . . . Such tech­no­cratic beliefs are wide­spread in our world today, espe­cially in the enclaves of dig­i­tal enthu­si­asts, whether or not they are part of the giant corporate-digital leviathan. Hack­ers (“civic,” “eth­i­cal,” “white” and “black” hat alike), hack­tivists, Wik­iLeaks fans [and Julian Assange et al–D. E.], Anony­mous “mem­bers,” even Edward Snow­den him­self walk hand-in-hand with Face­book and Google in telling us that coders don’t just have good things to con­tribute to the polit­i­cal world, but that the polit­i­cal world is theirs to do with what they want, and the rest of us should stay out of it: the polit­i­cal world is bro­ken, they appear to think (rightly, at least in part), and the solu­tion to that, they think (wrongly, at least for the most part), is for pro­gram­mers to take polit­i­cal mat­ters into their own hands. . .”





5 comments for “It’s Called “Fascism””

  1. Who is Frederick J. Roeber?

    Well other than your neighborhood 48-year old, “retired” douchebag, apparently he is gun toting techie as well as Nazi flag flying genius. Quoting here from his google+ profile,

    “I am the singular point at the intersection of CERN, Netscape, and Google.”

    1996 patent:

    Patents by Inventor Frederick J. Roeber
    Frederick J. Roeber has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

    Centralized computer event data logging system
    Patent number: 5682328
    Abstract: Event logging using a single board computer control card configurable onto a backplane containing target processor(s) being monitored. A high resolution clock on the control card time stamps events. Memory on the control card provides a central buffer to store event data, and stores a control program effecting functionality of the card A network interface a facilitates communication with host computer(s) for post processing of event data and to control, communicate with and access the control card. A control program effects event data collection and organization/storage of events in control card memory. The control program coordinates retrieval of events from an event interface area of memory on slave target processors prior to processing by the control card. The control program coordinates offloading of event data from the control card to host computer(s) for post processing by known software visualization tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: BBN Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick J. Roeber, Robert E. Hathaway

    “I am the singular point at the intersection of CERN, Netscape, and Google.”

    (just click the ‘About’ link and here’s his public presence on google+)


    Frederick Roeber
    Instructor at San Francisco Guild of Assassins
    Vir Probus Nihil Agit
    Lives in San Francisco, California
    Vir Probus Nihil Agit
    I am the singular point at the intersection of CERN, Netscape, and Google.

    Redundant, and less Web-relevant, constraints include Rickover, Caltech, Xigo, and the San Francisco Guild of Assassins.

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    YouTube – frederickroeber

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    Work & Education
    San Francisco Guild of Assassins
    Instructor, 2011 – present
    San Francisco Guild of Assassins
    Applied Chemistry, 2008 – 2011
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    San Francisco, California
    Pasadena, California


    San Francisco homeowner’s Nazi flag protest of Trump backfires


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    San Francisco homeowner’s Nazi flag protest of Trump backfires
    By Michael Bodley and Evan SernoffskyNovember 9, 2016 Updated: November 10, 2016 11:32am

    Flying a Nazi flag at his home in San Francisco’s Dolores Heights on Wednesday was Frederick Roeber’s attempt to make a social comment on President-elect Donald Trump.

    But the 48-year-old quickly realized the display was misguided when neighbors spotted the ominous swastika and immediately confronted him in the street outside the house.

    Roeber, who is retired and lives in the storybook-esque home on the corner of Sanchez and 21st streets, said he didn’t like Trump’s comments about Muslims and Mexican immigrants during the election.

    Frederick Roeber, 48, briefly flew a Nazi flag above his San Francisco home in what he described as a protest against president-elect Donald Trump.

    But neighbors soon spotted the swastika and confronted him.

    IMAGE 1 OF 2 Frederick Roeber, 48, briefly flew a Nazi flag above his San Francisco home in what he described as a protest against president-elect Donald Trump. But neighbors soon spotted the swastika and confronted him.

    “I am hoping people get that this is a political statement, and that I’m not a Nazi supporter,” Roeber said outside his home’s wrought iron gates and manicured garden. “I’m a little afraid that neighbors will get the wrong idea.”

    But that’s exactly what happened.

    Francine Miller, whose grandparents were Holocaust survivors, lives across the street from the home. When she spotted the flag, she headed straight over for a stern chat with her neighbor.

    “It was a comment on our new president-elect,” Roeber attempted to explain to the woman.

    “I can see where you are coming from, but that is really the wrong impression,” she shot back. “It makes it look like you are supportive of Nazis. As your neighbor, I don’t think it’s funny.”

    Roeber, faced with the reality of his situation, responded, “OK, I’ll take it down.” He then went inside and pulled the flag down and replaced it with a California Pride flag.

    Down the street, neighbor Linda Sonntag, who also said she comes from a family of Holocaust survivors, saw the flag earlier in the morning before Roeber got home.

    “I’m in complete shock,” she said. “It’s making me literally sick to my stomach. I can’t know what their motives are but it’s disturbing no matter what. It’s very disturbing.”

    Michael Bodley and Evan Sernoffsky are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email: mbodley@sfchronicle.com esernoffsky@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @michael_bodley @EvanSernoffsky

    Michael Bodley
    Hearst Fellow
    Evan Sernoffsky
    Evan Sernoffsky

    Posted by participo | November 11, 2016, 12:15 am
  2. Apparently his exquisite home includes a garden sculpture donated by Il Duce himself, Mussolini.


    The owner is listed as Frederick Roeber, who bought the home in 2008 for $4.3 million according to real estate records.

    Roeber is a physicist and software engineer who is described as one of the founding fathers of the World Wide Web.

    Another feature of Roeber’s home is a large fountain adorned by a statue.

    The San Francisco Examiner reported it was donated by Benito Mussolini to a previous owner of the house, an eye surgeon who had performed work on one of Mussolini’s relatives.

    Posted by participo | November 11, 2016, 12:21 am
  3. Here’s the CV:

    Curriculum Vitae


    Frederick G.M. Roeber
    Date of Birth:
    28 November 1967
    United States of America
    Marital Status:
    37 Rue de Geneve
    01170 Gex
    +33 50 28 34 59

    BS Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1990. My senior year research with the High Energy Physics group (L3 Experiment) involved the writing of software for the symbolic solution of Feynman diagrams.

    Honors Graduate, Mead Senior High School, Spokane WA USA, 1985.

    Graduate, Rickover Science Institute, Leesburg, VA USA, 1984.

    Work experience:

    October 1994 – Present:

    Caltech staff scientist, consulting for the World-Wide-Web core development team at CERN.

    Worked on the design of an automatic document caching/distribution system to complement the HTTP and NNTP protocols.
    Designed and implemented the distributed, multi-host HTTP service on the highly-loaded info.cern.ch machines. Oversaw the long-term operation of this service.
    Modified the World-Wide-Web software to use GNU Autoconf, an industry-standard configuration system, to enhance and simplify the porting of this software to new platforms.
    Provided general consultation, problem solving and troubleshooting for the Web development team.
    June 1990 – June 1994:

    Caltech staff scientist, consulting for the CERN SPS/LEP Controls Group.

    Designed and implemented several large, distributed software systems essential to the control of the LEP and SPS accelerators; this includes the SL Measurement, Logging, and Error-handling Systems.
    Helped run the CERN side of a pilot project that explored the contracting to industry of the engineering of a software system. I actively reviewed the software engineering documents and deliverables, particularly during the Critical Architectural Design Review, and assisted in the application of the ESA Software Engineering Standards. I ensured that the design would properly interact with the rest of the system with which it was to be integrated, and performed acceptance tests to explore the system’s real-time, network-dependent, and fault-tolerance characteristics. I also provided general consultation, problem solving, and emergency troubleshooting and debugging for the contractors.
    Modified PAW, the standard high-energy physics analysis software, to monitor, analyze and present LEP accelerator data in real-time.
    Measured, analyzed and correlated LEP accelerator data for operations, instrumentation and controls personnel.
    Designed and implemented software for the control of equipment in a real-time environment, including software running the site-wide video distribution system.
    Wrote an X Window System server for a multichannel video image generator.
    Provided general consultation, problem solving, and troubleshooting for SL personnel.
    September 1986 – June 1990 (during academic year):

    Caltech Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, for the Ph 20, Ph 21, and Ph 22 courses.

    These three laboratory courses focused on the development and use of numerical methods for the solution of symbolically intractable physics problems. Though nominally a “teaching assistant,” I effectively taught my sections of the courses.
    Academic Summer 1989:

    Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, with the High Energy Physics group (L3 experiment).

    Completed the design of the high energy beam transport begun the previous year (see below). This design was optimized for multiple operating regimes, and included an analysis of the accuracies and sensitivities involved in the equipment positioning.
    Academic Summer 1988:

    Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, with the High Energy Physics group (L3 experiment).

    Began the design of the high energy beam transport needed by the radiofrequency quadrupole (RFQ)-based calibration system of the L3 electromagnetic calorimeter.
    Ported and evaluated several particle beam transport simulation packages.
    Wrote my own particle beam transport simulation package, which included all facilities needed for the design and optimization of the RFQ calibration system’s high energy beam transport.
    Academic Summer 1987:

    Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, with the High Energy Physics group (L3 experiment).

    Measured short-term radiation damage in bismuth-germanium-oxide (BGO) scintillator crystals as a function of dosage and penetration depth, for comparison with theoretical models.
    Redesigned the RFQ calibration system lithium target for minimal nuclear background and greater durability.
    September 1987 – June 1990 (during academic year):

    Caltech undergraduate student. As part of, and in addition to, my undergraduate studies in physics, I worked with the Caltech High Energy Physics group (L3 experiment).

    Contributed to the RFQ calibration system design.
    Installed, administered, and maintained the Caltech High Energy Physics group computer infrastructure.
    Academic Summer 1984:

    As part of the Rickover Science Institute, I worked with the US Navy’s Naval Surface Weapons Center, in Robotics Research and Development.

    Designed and wrote software to support hand-eye coordination in a simulated robotic arm.

    Billen, R., et. al.: “LEP accelerator logging system using on-line database,” CERN SL/93-42 (CO), Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems – ICALEPCS ’93, Berlin, Germany 18-22 October 1993, Nucl. Instrum. Methods Phys. Res., A: 352 (1994)
    Roeber, Frederick: “The SL Error System Software User Manual,” CERN SL/93-101, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, January 1994.
    Roeber, Frederick: “The design of the L3 BGO EM calorimeter RFQ calibration system high energy beam transport and focusing systems, and gas cell neutralizer,” California Institute of Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship report, presented at Caltech, Pasadena, California, October 1989.
    Roeber, Frederick: “Calibration of the L3 detector BGO array at LEP, CERN,” California Institute of Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship report, presented at Caltech, Pasadena, California, October 1988.
    Ma, Hong, et. al.: “Calibration of the L3 BGO electromagnetic calorimeter with a radiofrequency quadrupole accelerator,” CALT 68-1497, Caltech, Pasadena, California, June 1988; Pub. in Nucl. Instrum. Methods Phys. Res. (1988).
    Roeber, Frederick: “Study on the radiation damage of BGO crystals, and a new target design for the L3 BGO calibration system,” California Institute of Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship report, presented at Caltech, Pasadena, California, October 1987.
    Particular computer-related knowledge:

    Extensive knowledge of Unix and related operating systems, including kernel and design aspects.
    Design of distributed, object-oriented, and real-time systems and applications.
    Extensive knowledge of the internet and world-wide-web, including historical development.
    Numerical methods for problem analysis and solution.
    C, C++, FORTRAN, Pascal.
    Unix (multiple flavors), VMS, Apollo Domain.
    Oracle, including Pro*C, SQL*Plus, PL/SQL, schemas, and general design.
    X Window System, particularly X servers.
    General research interests:

    Information theory; including applications to theoretical physics, molecular biology, and other fields.
    Distributed operating systems and object stores.
    Game theory, particularly in economic markets.

    Posted by participo | November 11, 2016, 12:28 am
  4. No mention of Il Duce’s sculpture “gift” in this Noe Valley online newsletter, was he embarrassed?:


    SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET: Question No. 3: Who are the current owners of the Noe Valley landmark on the corner of Sanchez and 21st, the house Mayor “Sunny Jim” Rolph built for his mistress back in 1930?

    That would be Frederick Roeber and his wife Gina Sanfilippo. According to San Francisco real estate records, the couple purchased the Tudor-style home from its longtime owners, the Salaman family, in August 2008 for $4.3 million. Curiously, this landmark house was built without a kitchen.

    Roeber, who is now in the process of restoring the crumbling house and who had commissioned a historical study of the building, says, “Legend has it that since this was the house of the mayor’s well-tended mistress, she had no need of a kitchen.” (I guess she got delivery or carryout.)

    “When we originally purchased [the house], we intended to just put in a big kitchen, make some minor changes inside, and move in by the end of the year,” says Roeber. “However, as our contractors began looking more closely, we discovered myriad problems that had built up over the years: dry rot, live bugs, failing foundation, unsupported loads, a leaking roof, and more. It became clear that to save the house we’d have to pretty much rebuild it.”

    There is a “grand hall” on the second floor with a fantastic view and leather flooring, where parties and receptions were held. Roeber promises he will be preserving that room, which has a large fireplace made of Hetch Hetchy stone. “Unfortunately, the mortar is of lesser repute, and hasn’t aged well, [but] we have found a way to keep the stonework in place and looking right, while keeping these historic stones from crashing into the bedroom below, when the Big One hits.”

    The kitchen is a major undertaking. “After the main house was built, they built a carriage house (in 1934, I think), tangent to the main house. The previous owners used it as a family room, and we’re turning it into a big kitchen,” says Roeber. “We opened up its attic space, and we’re using reclaimed timbers to build a ceiling that echoes the grand hall above.” You can see some pictures of this process, taken by the craftsmen, by going to http://goo.gl/yVggL

    Roeber and his wife moved to the city about 10 years ago and currently reside on Chenery in the Fairmount neighborhood. They expect to be moving into the house after the restoration is complete, sometime “this autumn.”

    As some of you techies out there might know, Roeber, a physicist and software writer, was one of the founding fathers of the World Wide Web, with past affiliations that included Caltech, CERN, Netscape, and Google. “I don’t think much that I wrote still survives. My actual documents were hosted on machines that are now long dead,” says Roeber. As for his status as a founding father, he says modestly, “I like to think that I helped kick the can down the road a bit.”

    Posted by participo | November 11, 2016, 12:34 am
  5. The point of pointing all of this out about dear Frederick, is, who among us owns a Nazi flag anyways?

    How did dear Frederick come to raise up said flag so quickly over his landmark home, commanding attention everywhere.

    Why does he have a Nazi flag at all? And a machine gun in his google+ profile? And the “Assassination Guild.” whatever that pretends to be…

    Posted by participo | November 11, 2016, 12:39 am

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