Election day

One of the themes in TSCB is that elections only work with informed, intelligent voters. If they are ignorant, either by choice of by gaslighting, delusion, illusion, sloth, or any other reason, then bad people can gain power. Democracy isn’t a panacea. At the end of TSCB, Taj, Helton, and the crew were sending out an information blast that couldn’t be ignored, a massive and targeted information dump to enlightened the abused.

I’ve been following this election for a while – being unemployed has given me a little extra time to watching things – and I’m of the opinion that such an information blast would be unlikely to work. It’s too much, too fast, too big. It presents too much of a change in world-view. People pull back from a hand extended to help them if the hand being put forth is too big, gnarled, and dangerous-looking.  Short of divine interventions, people don’t react well to paradigm shifts; they don’t do so well even with divine intervention. They need to be brought around slowly, shown things a bit at a time, things they can buy into, things they can believe, from people they find credible, to slowly build a foundation.

Two weeks ago, Alex Jones of Info Wars was some conspiracy nut-job. Now? I’m not so sure. In fact, I’m sure he’s right about some things. Yet I talk to people and they simply assume that because the FBI didn’t get the DoJ to press charges, there must literally be nothing but a witch-hunt there in any of it, and Hillary is a dream candidate. They look at each little billow of smoke, for years and years and year, and see no possibility at all of any fire because they see no convictions. If you try to cut straight to Satanism and child trafficking, they laugh at you. If you even try to point out Ortel’s take-down of the Clinton Foundation, they just dismiss it saying “if it’s so bad, why are there no charges filed?” They can’t even entertain the possibility of the DoJ, the FBI, and a few high-ranking politicians being in the scheme together. It’s not possible, they say, “checks and balances” they cry, when it’s more “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine.” You can’t reason them anywhere.

They will not believe until there is not just blood in the streets, the blood will need to be on THEIR street. It’s amazing how closed minded “open-minded” people can be. And while that presents a lot of opportunities for plot-lines, it also makes for some real dilemmas in real life.

The day the wheels came off

History is a lot of routine events following simple trend-lines, interrupted from time to time by wild panics with much screaming and shouting. At the end of TSCB, a relatively stable human-space was suddenly destabilized and thrown into an uproar by Tajemnica and her crew.  What had been well-understood space was suddenly inhabited by a drastic alteration of power that seemingly nobody really understood but everyone feared. They wanted to protect their own position and perks. Suddenly, a great many plans were thrown into disarray.  (The sequel, BTW, “Insanity’s Children,” picks up exactly where TSCB left off, and they run into some of the exact same problems that we have today with nobody believing the Dem Machine is this bad). Continue reading The day the wheels came off

Of fonts and numbers

I got around to making a font / number system for the Planet Mover text in the book. The original was deliberately low-res, specifically because I don’t have great artistic talents, and I wanted to give no more than a general impression of what they were. For print, I really need something higher resolution. So, after experimenting a bunch with pen and calligraphy pen, I stumbled upon a basic theme that seemed to work, and did the drawing for them in PowerPoint, not so much because it has great drawing tools, but because they are adequate and I know how to use them.

The PM message is in a constructed language (or at least the script and basic structures are), so it’s more regular and less flowing that something like Elvish.

Just the numbers and basic arithmetic symbols so far. Possibly more later. Continue reading Of fonts and numbers

A step toward Armadillo

Flight-sim AI beating good AF pilots. One step (not sure if it’s big or small) with interesting possibilities. A human “captain” in a fighter, with a “personal squadron” of AI fighters flying as his wingmen could be a game-changer. Or at the very least, very difficult to beat. Human for the operational/strategic decisions on the spot, and two or three (or a half-dozen?) unmanned AI “drones” with guns, lasers, missiles, and bombs, to carry out the details and defense.

Skynet, anyone?

H/T to Kirk

Monkish questions

I’m up to about 90K words on the founding of the monks of St. Possenti.  I think I’ve covered most of the bases as far as how they came into existence and how they developed some of their idiosyncratic methods and traditions. Are there any that bugged you when you were reading, and made you wonder where/when/how they came into being? If so, now’s your chance to ask, so I can make sure I’ve got a fairly complete back story. I’ve still got a few minor gaps to cover, I know, but its mostly there.

So: anything you wanted to know about them?

Happy 4th

Happy 4th, he said ironically.

America’s birthday. But the corpse of the freedom she represented has been dead a long time, and I don’t see any resurrection miracles on the immediate horizon.

I still love this nation, and think it’s the best one on the planet. But far too many of her citizens no longer desire freedom, they demand freebies. Too many don’t want opportunity, they want guarantees. The masses don’t want free speech, they want freedom from offense, and demand to shut down the speech of those they disagree with. They demand their opponents be wrapped and tied down like Harrison Bergeron. Too many of those in charge at all levels don’t desire challenge, they want sure things: they are risk averse, bureaucratic, and mindless rule-followers, and if judgment is demanded they want another rule passed by committee in which to wrap themselves for defense. Continue reading Happy 4th

Brexit

The UK voted to leave the EU.

Some posts about it here, and here, and here, lots of articles at ZeroHedge, and I’ll add more later.

A few general thoughts: centralized, distant, bureaucracy-heavy control never works. It can’t. But people are lazy and easy to scare, so it’s easy to entice them into a honeytrap by promising them something for nothing and security. Orwell and Kafka and Rand understood it only too well, and people don’t want to hear the truth. But when reality is staring them in the face, they can wake up and make the hard decisions… because they see that although the short-term cost is high and painful, the long-term cost is crushingly unbearable. Congrats. UK. Now let’s see what you can do with the follow-through.

Updated thoughts: It’s likely that the powers that be, the global elite power-brokers, will try to make an example of the UK, making the break-up as painful and expensive for the people of England as possible and still not appear to take deliberate and public (i.e. visible) punitive actions. They will do it as a warning to anyone else that tries to gain  freedom for the chains of distant bureaucracy and. The bankers will save their own, but make others pay the cost, for all their tears they shed. It’s going to be a particularly ugly few years for the islands. But if they suck it up and live up to traditional “stiff upper lip” standards, and face the economic reality of the bad end of the debt cycle when the debts come due and the soul-crushing spirit-suck of the welfare state, they will survive. If they cave in like an addict that can’t go cold-turkey and go back for another hit of easy credit and cheap immigrant labor and overlooking corruption and incompetence and the downsides to diversity, then they are doomed.

I really, REALLY hope Kratman’s Caliphate doesn’t predict the future. And this may well be the inflection point, the fork in the road, where Europe goes one way…or the other.