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The number 30 / Farewell Michelle

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There are odd superstitions around the number 23. These miss the much more interesting number 30, which is truly everywhere, including the date of writing.* Moreover, this text is the 30th that I publish this month.

*Actually, the date of writing is the 29th (October 2022), but I take the artistic licence, as this text, apart from a Michelle-Malkin goodbye, is partially intended to be humorous, partially to illustrate the phenomenon that those who search for something too hard, let alone are willing to bend evidence, are likely to “find” it—even when it is not actually there. (As with e.g. those obsessed with the number 23 or those looking for an evil Patriarchy, systemic racism, whatnot.)

Take 23, itself: 2 x 3 x (2 + 3) = 30. This, of course, gives us a massive body of evidence for the number 30, as any prior evidence for the number 23 is automatically in favor of 30.

Some say that there is something to the number 42, but 42 is just the base-10 version of the base-14 number 30 (because 3 x 14 + 0 = 42) or, from another point of view, the base-7 representation of 30 (because 4 x 7 + 2 = 30). Cleverly hidden, yes, but not clever enough to fool the mathematician.

Or take the box of chewing gum next to my bed: It gives an energy content of “627kJ/150kcal”. Rearrange the numbers and we have (7 – 6) x 2 x 15 + 0 = 30.

Or consider that 30 is self-referential, as we have, in step one, 30 = 6 x 5. In step two, we can analyze the first factor as 6 = 2 x 3, giving us 2 + 3 = 5, and the second factor as 5 = 1 x 5, giving us 1 + 5 = 6. In step three, 5 x 6 = 30.

But wait! I used steps one, two, and three, which gives us 1 x 2 x 3 x (1 x (2 + 3)) = 30.

What about 9/11? Well, 11-09-2001 is, after throwing out the 0s, as we all know that 0 is nothing, 1 x 1 x 9 + 21 = 30. Kennedy murder? 12:30 PM 22-11-1963: Here we have a plainly visible 30 and a barely hidden one (11 + 19). Remove them, and we have 1 2 2 2 3 6 left => 1 x 2 / 2 x (2 + 3) x 6 = 30. Or consider the lazy Yankee version, 11/22/63, which leaves us with 63 – 22 – 11 = 30.

A recent key to the importance of the number 30 is given by Michelle Malkin, who features on my blogroll, and who informs us that -30- is a sign of an end or completion.

In this, it is also an end to her valuable column work, as she continues to say:

From 1992-1999, I wrote an estimated 300 bylined newspaper columns and nearly 1,000 unsigned editorials combined for the Los Angeles Daily News and Seattle Times. Since Creators Syndicate started carrying my column nationally in 1999, I’ve penned nearly 2,000 weekly or bi-weekly columns over 1,177 weeks, for hundreds of print and website clients, totaling more than 1.1 million words. It has been a blessing to work in a career that I have loved, getting paid by the line to opine, as a proud “ink-stained wretch” whose first high-school job was as a press inserter for my hometown newspaper, the Atlantic City Press, back in the late 1980s.

The sentimental English major in me finds it altogether fitting to bring my column-writing to close after “dash thirty dash” years.

Why now? The professional and personal reasons are myriad. In this modern age of oversharing, I’m not going to get into every last one. Suffice to say, the American media landscape has changed dramatically since I entered this industry as a 22-year-old idealist who truly believed the “pen is mightier than the sword.”

But is this the true reason? Might it not be that she knows that she takes a risk by spilling the beans on the number 30? That this is a good time to go underground, before the Illiterati or the Fraud Pressons retaliate?

Note how she seems to send further messages. For instance, 1992 makes 1 x (9 + 9 + 2) = 20 while 1999 makes 1 + 9 + 9 – 9 = 10, with a sum of 20 + 10 = 30. 300? That is just 30 x 10, which gives us 30 x (1 + 0) = 30. Etc.

Even her initials are a hidden message: MM? Well, “M” corresponds to the octal ASCII code 115 and “MM”, thus, to 1 x 15 + 1 x 15 = 30. Decimal and hexadecimal? The values are, respectively, 77 and 4D, where D is another way to say 13. Decimal “M” is then 7 + 7 = 14, while hexadecimal “M” is 4 x (1 + 3) = 16. Thus, MM equals 14 + 16, which equals what?

Excursion on myself and the number 30:
How do I know so much about the number 30? Well, I am 30 and have extensive personal experience. In fact, come the next January 19th, I will celebrate my 19th 30th birthday. (19 is another interesting number. Note e.g. how both WWI and WWII started in a year beginning with “19”. Coincidence?)

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October 29, 2022 at 7:39 pm

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