In the afternoon that of that day they came in a body to hold one of these councils of war; and while they waited for Joan to join them they discussed the situation. Now this discussion is not set down in the histories; but I was there, and I will speak of it, as knowing you will trust me, I not being given to beguiling you with lies.
Gautier de Brusac was the spokesman for the timid ones; Joan’s side was resolutely upheld by D’Alencon, the Bastard, La Hire, the Admiral of France, the Marshal de Boussac, and all the other really important chiefs.
De Brusac argued that the situation was very grave; that Jargeau, the first point of attack, was formidably strong; its imposing walls bristling with artillery; with seven thousand picked English veterans behind them, and at their head the great Earl of Suffolk and his two redoubtable brothers, the De la Poles. It seemed to him that the proposal of Joan of Arc to try to take such a place by storm was most rash and over-daring idea, and she ought to be persuaded to relinquish it in favor of the soberer and safe procedure of investment by regular siege. It seemed to him that thie fiery and furious new fashion of hurling masses of men against impregnable walls of stone, in defiance of the established laws and usages of war was -
But he got no further. La Hire gave his plumed helmet an impatient toss and burst out with:
“By God, she knows her trade, and none can teach it her!”
And before he could get out anything more, D’Alencon was on his feet, and the Bastard of Orleans, and half a dozen others, all thundering at once, and pouring out their indignant displeasure upon any and all tha tmight hold, secretly or publicly, distrust of the Commander -in-Chief. And when they had said their say, La Hire took a chance again, and said:
“There are some that never know how to change. Circumstances may change, but those people are never able to see that they have got to change too, to meet those circumstances. All that they know is the one beaten track that their fathers and grandfathers have followed and that they themselves have followed in their turn. If an earthquake come and rip the land to chaos, and that beaten track now lead over precipices and into morasses, those people can’t learn that they must strike out on a new road - no; they will march stupidly along and follow the old one to death and perdition. Men, there’s a new state of things; and a surpassing military genius has perceived it with her clear eye. And a new road is required, and that same clear eye has noted where it must go, and has marked it out for us. The man does not live, never has lived, never will live, that can improve upon it! The old state of things was defeat, defeat, defeat - and by consequence we had troops with no dash, no heart, no hope. Would you assault stone walls with such? No - there was but one way with that kind: sit down before such a place and wait, wait - starve it out, if you would. The new case is the opposite; it is this: men on fire with pluck and dash and vim and fury and energy - a restrained conflagration! What would you do with it? Hold it down and let it smolder and perish and go out? What would Joan of Arc do with it? Turn it loose, by the Lord God of heaven and earth, and let it swallow up the foe in thw whirlwind of its fires! Nothing shows the splendor and wisdom of her military genius like her instant comprehension of the size of the change which has come about, and her instant perception of the right and only way to take advantage of it. With her is no sitting down and starving out; no dilly-dallying and fooling around; no lazying, loafing and going to sleep; no, it is storm! storm! storm! and forever storm! storm! storm! storm! hunt the enemy to his hole, then ther her French hurricanes loose and carry him by storm! And that is my sort! Jargeau? What of Jargeau, with its battlements and towers, its devastating artillery, its seven thousand picked veterans? Joan of Arc is to the fore, and by the splendor of God its fate is sealed!”
Oh, he carried them. There was not another word said about persuading Joan to change her tactics. They sat talking comfortably enough after that.
By and by Joan entered, and they rose and saluted with their swords, and she asked them what their pleasure might be. La Hire said:
“It is settled, my General. The matter concerned Jargeau. There were some who thought we could not take the place.”
Joan laughed her pleasant laugh; her merry, carefree laugh; the laugh that rippled so buoyantly from her lips and made old people feel young again to hear it; and she said to the company:
“Have no fears - indeed, there is no need nor any occasion for them. We will strike the English boldly by assault, and you will see.” Then a far-away look came into her eyes, and I think that a picture of her home drifted across the vision of her mind; for she said very gently, and as one who muses, “But that I know God guides us and will give us success, I had a liefer keep sheep than endure these perils.”
From “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc”, by Mark Twain, 1896
THE DATA, AND THE BULLSHIT PLAUSIBLE-DENIABILITY EXCUSES REFUTING IT
From 2020 to 2021, the corn yield in Virginia increased by 31%, from 122 bushels per acre to 160 bushels per acre, an all time record.
The uncredited author from Tidewater News attributed corn yields in Virginia that suddenly increased by a third to the highest level in history to “timely rainfall”.
From 2020 to 2021, corn production in Virginia increased by 16%, from acreage that decreased by 13.5%.
16.5% plus 13.5% equals 30%…which is statistically identical to the 31% increase in corn yield.
Here, we can see corn farmers in Virginia deliberately cutting their acreage by an exponential margin, because they knew before planting even began that the corn yield was going to increase exponentially. They’re trying to keep the bottom from falling out of the corn market in Virginia.
They obviously know that crop yields vary directly with the health of the ether.
From 2020 to 2021, the soybean yield in Illinois increased by 9%, to an all time record.
From 2020 to 2021, soybean production in Virginia increased by 15%, to an all time record.
From 2020 to 2021, soybean acreage in Virginia increased by 5.3%.
The 15% increase in soybean production from 2020 to 2021 was close to three times as large as the 5.3% increase in soybean acreage in Virginia from 2020 to 2021.
From 2020 to 2021, the soybean yield in Virginia suddenly nearly tripled, to the highest level in history.
The uncredited author from Tidewater News attributed the sudden, exponential increase in soybean yield in Virginia to “timely rainfall”.
From 2020 to 2021, the average soybean yield in the United States increased by .78%, from 51 bushels per acre to 51.4 bushels per acre, the second highest on record.
From 2020 to 2021, the average corn yield in the United States increased by .24% , from 847 pounds per acre to 849 pounds per acre.
In 2021, 21 states had record high soybean yields.
2021/2022 soybean yields in the U.S. were tied for the second highest on record.
In November 2020, fb.org said “First Glimpse at 2021 Acreage and Yields”.
Can you see how the headline doesn’t mention the name of a single crop, or any mention as to why we might care about acreage and yields? It’s craftily written that way because it’s what is known in the propaganda trade as a “hit piece”. The neutral headline is a cover for record crop yields.
The propagandist knows that, since sixty to seventy percent of readers only read the headlines, the hedging generality goes a long way toward “compartmentalizing” awareness of the scope of the exponential increase in crop yields that is taking place regardless of crop type or geography.
To my point, the subhead reads “Soybean Acreage Projected to Increase 7%”. The “increased acreage” ruse is just that. A wholly-false claim that it being put in play to somehow explain away the record crop yields that are taking place regardless of crop type or geography.
More and more crops is going to drive down prices. In actuality, farmers are decreasing acreage to make up for increasing yields, to try to keep the bottom falling out of the crops they are raising.
The subhead shakes the doll of soybean acreage that is, tellingly, only “projected” to increase, and, in journalistic parlance, the information on crop yields is “buried” in the body text below.
“Corn yields for the 2021/22 marketing year are currently projected at a record-high 180.5 bushels per acre, 2.1 bushels per acre, or 1.2%, above the current marketing year. Soybean yields are projected to decline by 1.3 bushels per acre, or 2.5%, to 50.6 bushels per acre. If realized, 2021/22 soybean yields would be a tie for the second-highest on record.”
Where the uncredited author said “2.1 bushels per acre above” as a hedge against the far more impactful "From 2020/221 to 2021/22In January 2022, nass.usda.gov said “Soybean production for 2021 totaled a record-high 4.44 billion bushels, up 5% from 2020. With record high yields in 21 states, the average soybean yield is estimated at 51.4 bushels per acre, 0.4 bushel above 2020 and the second highest on record.”
The article goes on to say “For 2021, all cotton production is up 21% from 2020, at 17.6 million 480-pound bales. The U.S. yield is estimated at 849 pounds per acre, up 2 pounds from last year’s yield. Harvested area, at 9.97 million acres, is up 20% from last year.”
The author used the semi-specific “up 2 pounds” is a hedge against providing the far more impactful specific percentage that I was forced to do the math to learn.
From 2020 to 2021, the average corn yield in the United States increased by .24%, from 847 pounds per acre to 849 pounds per acre.
In January 2022, thecentersquare.com said “Illinois farmers report record crop yields for 2021”.
Where author Kevin Bessler tacked the snide “Illinois farmers report” on the front end of the headline to give the subconscious of the Coincidence theorist reader to cluck “oh, those farmers in Illinois will report anything!”, or, “oh, someone must have reported that incorrectly!”
The propagandist knows that many or most readers will grasp virtually any straw, no matter how thin, to remain off the hook of personal responsibility.
The article goes on to say “The state remains the top producer of soybeans with an estimatedyield of 64 bushels per acre, a 9% increase from 2020.”
Where Kevin shook the doll of “remains top producer of soybeans” to get you to look away from the sudden, unexplained, exponential increase in soybean yield to the highest, ever, in all history.
It’s a long, wind blowing sentence, to avoid plainly stating “from 2020 to 2021, the soybean yield in Illinois increased by 9%, to an all-time record.”
In January 2022, uaex.uaea.edu said “Arkansas hits new annual yield records in rice, cotton; winter wheat acres expected to decline”.
Where “hits new annual yield records” does what little it can to hedge by playing against the exponential upward sweep of yields across all crops, by implying that the records were exceeded, but rather only “hit”. It’s also general. The propagandist, the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture’s Mary Hightower, knows that sixty to seventy percent of readers only read the headlines, and that her hedging generality goes a long way toward “compartmentalizing” awareness of the scope of the increase in crops occurring regardless of type or geography.
To my earlier point about the Hitlerian “Big Lie” that crop planted areas are increasing at the macro level, here, at the micro level, in Arkansas, they’re decreasing across the board, regardless of crop type. That’s to my earlier point that farmers are decreasing planted area to stop exponentially increasing crop yields from dropping the bottom out of their markets.
In January 2022, tidewaternews.com said “‘Timely rainfall’ contributes to improved Virginia crop yields in 2021”.
Where the uncredited author doesn’t mention the name of a single crop, and uses the hedging, Mil-speak generality “Improved Virginia crop yields” to cover crop yields that increased suddenly and exponentially to the highest level in this history of farming in Virginia.
I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but any time an author is uncredited, it is proof that said author is an Intelligence asset. Ask anyone who’s written for a living how or why someone could or would get a piece printed in a mainstream news publication - or any publication, for that matter - and not be credited for it.
“Timely rainfall” hilariously and falsely suggests that it just rained more appropriately in Virginia in 2021, leading to a sudden, exponential increase in crop yields, regardless of type, to the highest level in the history of farming there.
The uncredited propagandist writing the article knows that, since sixty to seventy percent of readers only read the headlines, their hedging generality goes a long way toward “compartmentalizing” awareness of the scope of the sudden, exponential increase in crop yields that I’m documenting here. That’s an example of the propaganda technique known as “compartmentalization”.
In journalistic parlance, they’ve buried" these statstics in the article below: “Soybean production was estimated at 27.1 million bushels, up 15% from 2020. The acreage harvested was estimated at 590,000, up 5.3% from the year before, and the estimated yield of 46 bushels per acre is a state record.”
Can you see how they shook the doll of increased acreage, to imply that it drove the highest soybean yield in the history of farming in Virginia?
Can you see how they took special care to omit the previous yield record? And didn’t give you a percentage increase for the yield record? Those are examples of the propaganda technique known as “compartmentalization”.
From 2020 to 2021, soybean production in Virginia increased by 15%, to the highest level in history.
From 2020 to 2021, soybean acreage increased by 5.3%.
The 15% increase in soybean production from 2020 to 2021 was close to three times as largeas the 5.3% increase in soybean acreage in Virginia from 2020 to 2021.
From 2020 to 2021, the soybean yield in Virginia suddenly nearly tripled, to the highest level in history.
The uncredited author attributed the sudden, exponential increase in soybean yield there to “timely rainfall”.
The article goes on to say “Corn production also improved despite harvested acreage being down by 13.5% compared to 2020. Virginia farmers increased production by 16% to 59.2 million bushels, and the yield of 160 bushels per acre was a 38-bushel improvement.”
Where “Virginia farmers increased production”, queasily implies that it was greater farming assiduousness that led to the sudden, exponential increase in the corn harvest in Virginia in 2021.
While the propagandist used the gymnastic “38-bushel improvement” to avoid plainly stating “increase in yield”. I had to do the math to learn that, from 2020 to 2021, the corn yield in Virginia increased by 31%, from 122 bushels per acre to 160 bushels per acre, an all time record.
From 2020 to 2021, corn production increased by 16%, from acreage that decreased by 13.5%.
16.5% plus 13.5% equals 30%…almost identical to the 31% increase in corn yield.
Here, we can see corn farmers in Virginia deliberately cutting their acreage by an exponential margin, because they knew that the corn yield was going to increase exponentially. They’re trying to keep the bottom from falling out of the corn market in Virginia.
They all know, to a gnat’s eyelash, everything I’m speaking of, here, including the fact that crop yields vary directly with the health of the ether.
Jeff Miller, Honolulu, HI, April 16, 2022
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