A few reasons to read science fiction.

The Didact likes one of my favourite milSF books, which Ringo himself said was an experiment when he wrote it, The Last Centurion. RIngo said he had data for all the predictions in this book, including global cooling bar one: that organic food was worse for you. Go and read the entire thing, it is linked to below.

But it might be. The quote from DIdact can be confirmed. I tend to, when travelling, use the golden arches because (a) they are cheap (b) I have yet to get food poisoning from them because they cook the food into submission (c) their protein is generally good and (d) they have clean toilets.

Except in Hong Kong. The Tollets were noisome and Kea continues to tell me that the food was horrible. I took her to a Chinese restuarant the following day, and the food was worse.

RIngo assumed a flu not the current Chinese Pox, but he correctly predicted the Han response. Face is power, and Power matters.

Ringo’s book also pulls absolutely no punches about the Chinese.His “hypothetical” scenario of a Chinese flu bug that escapes the country and spreads rapidly around the world proved to be spot-on. And, just like in his book, the reason this happened is because, first and foremost, the Chinese leadership were absolutely obsessed with saving “face” and maintaining power.
This is an endemic problem within China, and it will be the undoing of the Han Empire. Make no mistake, China as a nation is actually far more fragile than it looks. The country looks strong, but it is actually incredibly weak. (I’ve got a post on the subject brewing, but I’m waiting on a video to be released before I complete it.)
China is not one monolithic unified nation. It is actually anywhere between 5 and 9 different countries, ruled over by one central government. The CCP is essentially a Han-led government that rules with an iron fist over Manchus, Mongols, Cantonese, Uighurs, Tibetans, Hokkien, and numerous other ethnic groups. And its actual hold on power depends entirely upon keeping the population under very tight control.
That is why the Kung Flu actually shook up China’s leadership significantly. You wouldn’t know it, living in the West, but China’s top leadership has been locked in fratricidal conflict for decades. Don’t be fooled by the outward shows of party unity. Underneath it all, China’s leaders have divided themselves into highly distinct, and extremely mutually hostile, factions.
And all of that is before we get to the reality that China is an absolute breeding ground for some of the scariest bugs imaginable. We are not supposed to say this in polite company, of course, but that does not change the truth of the sentiment. The reality is that China’s opaque culture and paranoid government, along with its poor control of hygiene, is at fault for the Kung Flu.
John Ringo was right about the next great pandemic starting in China. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s secretly horrified at just how accurate his prediction was.

The more paraniod thoughts I have now is that the Coronapox is designed to specifically hit the Indian people. The death rate in India is markedly higher, and they are pleading for aid, despite having a developed industrial system and the ability to make medicines and vaccines. Of course, the Chinese wil hide their real figures of infection and death. Face, again.

The second reason to read science fiction is that it becomes the mythos of the next generration. Most people don’t have copies of the Classics in their library, and once Casa Kea is renovated (current project) the bookshelves will be basically science fiction, classics and theology as I prune for the next generation — but they read comics.

And there are now new comics that will move things somewhere else. Let’s say that they are direct.

Science Fiction models what could happen. If you can model it you can deal with it. Peter Grant, another author who has written space operas (which I am currently reading through) notes:

Above all else, however, I urge you to keep informed. As Jim Lovell famously said:

“There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened.”

If we allow ourselves to fall into the latter category, we’re basically going to be economic roadkill. Most of us don’t fall into the first category, either: we don’t have sufficient influence (or money) to make things happen. However, if we watch things happening and take warning from them, we might be able to get out of the way of falling debris, or seize opportunities when they arise because we’re watching for them, rather than just sitting around waiting for someone else to point them out.

These times are already getting spicy. Sarah Hoyt, again who writes SF, describes where we are right now. She’s around my age, and has seen the moral panics of the progressives that never come to pass. Again, if I was paraniod, I would argue that letting India go full plague is being done to frighten the rest of us into adherence with the mass narrative of this age.

When our post industrial society and culture is all about micromanufature, micropublication, micropreaching, microblogging. — and old school blogs like this are seen as dinosaurs. (I would add that this makes getting stuff hard. It all has to be made, and getting the components to the antipodes is taking weeks to months. This frustrates Kea.)

I presumed the reason everything is upside down, sideways and sometimes tiltawhirl is that in the US this has transitioned to the “indie” era. Economies realized by the ability to communicate from private person to mass audience, or to manufacture highly personalized merchandise fast and cheap (this is yet at its beginning, but then so was mass everything when the long war started) is upending a picture of the world and a system of ideas that to most of us who grew up with it is “just the way things are.” (Seriously. We think in clothing sizes. Having been born and raised in a village where those were an innovation in the 70s, I see perhaps more clearly how bizarre this is. (Though I still do it.) And we miss stuff like “It introduced the idea of normal sizes” (Something I’m very conscious of since in Portugal, for my generation, I was “too big and too fat” at 5’6″ and wearing a size 7. They just didn’t make my size. It was abnormal.))
The cognitive dissonance of changing society wide systems usually results in revolution and violence. So, I assumed that’s what it was.
And maybe it is, except for one thing: I have a feeling in my water this isn’t going to be just our civil war. Or the French civil war. This is going to be worldwide, all at once, and — well, if you’re not setting aside food, fabric (a few patterns wouldn’t hurt. Even a monkey can sew clothes with a pattern. Though you can use an old piece that fits you well) and other possible necessities for five years or so, do it, now — very very disruptive, very very bad.
But Europe is far behind us in the Indie revolution. Notably, they’re far, far behind us in blogs and new media. For reasons (and I could speculate but I won’t) those things are mostly in the anglosphere.
So, what gives?
I think I know, but to understand it fully, you have to see it from the other side. It’s not that the conditions have changed for the people on the street — or rather they have, but by fiat — it’s that the structural elites, those with power in government, communication, etc can’t STOP PUSHING. And that the more they push, the more it becomes obvious they’ve become divorced from reality.
Take the covidiocy. A world wide lockdown because “it seemed to have worked in China” (not a reliable reporter) really? I said then, if people don’t see bodies piled in the streets by the end of this, authorities are going to be in real trouble.
From the beginning, my generation was the first to wake up. (Though for a while there, I felt like the writer crying in the forest, who just wasn’t heard.) And follow along why: because we have been through so many doomsday. Though never one that called for this kind of destruction and infringement as an attempt at mitigation.
I mean, I’ve listed them once, and I can’t list them all without forgetting half a dozen, just in my life time: ice age, nuclear destruction, alar, loss of all potable water, global warmng…. it just goes on and on and on.
In the early days of the “pandemic” and before widespread mask mandates, I would see people my age barefaced, and the young kids masked up and looking terrified.
This is not their fault. The left took over the education and those who haven’t gotten very far from it, don’t know how many times their predictions have failed. So of course they were terrified.
However…. There are no corpses on the streets. And even in locked-up Colorado, people are starting to be mostly just really angry at the deception perpetrated on them.
Now, I have this theory the reason the lockdown was embraced with such alacrity, other than of course that a lot of Western leaders are in China’s pay, is that the left saw it as a way to stop the revolution against them. Only approve riots! Everyone else locked up!
They never think things through, you know?
Not only did they mostly scare their own followers out of their minds (what minds they have) but they provided a really big demonstration, even for the kids, of the fact that they’re head-up-ass crazy. That the things they confidently predict not only never work, but make things way worse.
And right now they’re hitting that point again, where they can’t understand why “it” for any given definition of “it” isn’t working.
In the States, they’re becoming alarmed people don’t want to take the vaccine. I actually have a theory why this alarms them, and it’s part of my reason not to get the shot: you see, this was their plan for dismount. Get everyone vaccinated, and after a few months declare they “won” with no questions asked about how bad it would be otherwise.
Except…. it’s not working. And they’re running around like chickens with their heads cut off, acting increasingly more like lunatics in public.

We have to remember that our elites are Marxist, dialectical materialism included. They do not see hope, but the hopium of the masses. They have no faith. They only have power. And their tools are those of the mass media.

They are dinosaurs. We are the rats. And the Asteriod has landed.

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8 months ago

1) My tendency to hoard fabric doesn’t need assistance. If anything, “desistance”… and this writer knows exactly jack about sewing clothing. “Put some fabric aside”. OY. Not the worst idea if you already know what you’re doing and can make a clothing plan (Thanks for the reminder to discuss that on the new site), but anyone who thinks a monkey can sew to a pattern and that patterns magically convey competence is… well. -snork- That person is better off stashing clothing. What do you think you might need? If it were you I were advising, some easily- tailored work wear in very basic colors and very basic styles (not fitted, no interesting lapel choices) in hard-wearing fabrics might be wisdom. A half-dozen shirts bought and put away until this batch wears out. That would be smart. (PS a man’s long-sleeved shirt runs about 3 yards of fabric. How big was that stash again?) Learn to mend!!!!
I is not going to defend Sarah Hoyt but to say she grew up in Portugal, where people sewed
2) My 8yo self has fond memories of the Soldier and Sailor Inn and its cast-iron plates of steak and lamb… but that was 40 years ago, I don’t know if they’re still around in HK.
3) No one who hasn’t lived in the culture can wrap their heads around how powerful “face” is. I have had this discussion with folks a million times.. it just doesn’t go through. Face is everything. Ev.er.y.thing. Try dealing with a Chinese Ex. Can. Bloody. Confirm.