Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Miscellaneous observations on the way to the ground…and just far down is it?

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Who knows. Since the eighties I’ve often said “What will happen when the last dollar in America gets deposited in an offshore account in the Caribbean?” Well, we’re there in effect if not quite literally. They didn’t put those dollars in offshore accounts, they put them in derivatives. The result is the same, the money is gone. The economy is like a frozen computer, control-alt-delete didn’t work, so now the only thing left to do is to restart it. And it’s gonna take ten to twenty years to reboot. You have been warned.

Moving right along, I’ve been taking a break from blogging, the world has gotten too depressing.  Not to mention the flu, an injured ankle, and  a sick cat.  Sigh. I’m back now, with a zillion half written posts swirling around in my head. Rather than focus on one I’m going to cover a few bases here and see what inspires. Obviously I will be writing more about the economy’s free fall, but enough of that for now.

I won’t be writing about Obama for awhile. I’ll wait until he’s been in office and actually doing his job (I hope) before I revisit the topic. And frankly politics doesn’t interest me all that much, it’s all pretty much the same. People I wouldn’t shake hands with lying to get what they want. In the same vein, Bush as a blog topic is pretty much passé. Maybe one more post on his legacy when the time is ripe.

I’m working up a nice post on psychopaths, always a favourite topic for me. One percent of the male population and 20-40% of prison inmates are psychopaths. You’d think this would get more attention, a war on psychopaths would do a lot more to protect us than the war on drugs or the war on terror. Such is life. The Eskimos knew what to do with kunlangetas (their word for psychopaths,) when no one was looking someone would push them off an ice floe. Prisons are a luxury of settled people I guess.

A great new post on the War on Terror is coming up. Yes, a Congressional committee claims that a terror attack will kill millions of people in the next year or two. I’m a little skeptical. I think they’ve been tossing around such huge numbers recently that they’ve lost all perspective. Or maybe fear-mongering has become institutionalized in America. I recommend this article on how the politics of fear has Americans cowering every time something goes bump in the night.

The Mumbai attack deserves another look. I hate to say it, but the conspiracy people might have a point. Actually I don’t hate to say it. Occasionally extremists are right, so it’s always a good idea to listen to what they’re saying. My favourite extremist theory is the one about  how the USA got double-crossed by sneaky aliens in the fifties, and the government has to keep it secret now because they basically gave the aliens permission to abduct huge numbers of Americans and conduct bizarre nocturnal experiments on them. That will be fun to write about.

More dedicated history posts are in the works. Caesar’s failed invasions of England, he tried twice and was forced to withdraw both times. All sorts of lessons and observations to be made there, like everything else in history the parallels to the present are almost overwhelming. Then there’s Caesar’s Battle of Alesia, one of the greatest battles in history, and almost completely forgotten today. Of course most Americans today are barely literate, a post is in the works about that. It then follows that their knowledge of history ranges from ignorance to categorically misinformed. Of course one can study history all their lives and still be ignorant, a lot of stuff has happened in the last 7,000 years or so. And even before we had writing a lot was going on. A  temple complex built by stone age people has been discovered in Turkey, turns out cave paintings weren’t the only thing cavemen and cavewomen were up to.

And as always, I’m still working on posts about how to cook with mutant chickens and other post apocalyptic scenarios. Though I suppose I should now be working on posts on how to live on $3 a day in a post Bush economy. Thrillsville. As always, suggestions about new posts are welcome.

Have a great weekend everyone.

(The above illustration is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit, is central to illustrating the post, is a low resolution copy of the original, and its use here in no way interferes with the copyright holder’s commercial use of the image. Credit and copyright: Deesillustration.com. As they say, it’s not the fall that kills you, it’s that sudden stop at the bottom.)

Written by unitedcats

December 12, 2008 at 10:14 am

Posted in Business, History, World

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  1. I’m not sure a reboot will work, it might be more of a hardware problem at this point than a software one, and the IT department doesn’t have the money for a new PC.

    The US economic structure and credit system has long been in decline, the current financial crisis has only expedited the process. We produce less, contribute less of anything with actual value to society and push lots of money around using credit based on faulty assumptions of future gains in purchasing power and equity. As the US economy switches from production to a service industry many Americans future earnings will be less than today (adjusting for inflation). Eventually all the US debt will come due, much of it owned by foreign countries and enterprises, and globalization will continue.

    I am admittedly a bit of a conspiracy theorist, NWO and the like, but it’s hard for me to believe that intellects and those in power did not see the financial base of this country crumbling or can’t see where it’s headed. Then again maybe it’s just the natural order of things, no empire in history has lasted forever (although many have lasted longer than the US probably will), and the world is a much smaller place now thanks to technology (like blogging).

    I look forward to reading your continued work on post apocalyptic survival, always been a big fan of that genre (the fiction, wouldn’t enjoy the actual event to much). As hard as it is to believe I find thinking about a possible doomsday scenario less depressing then the current financial and political scene, how sad is that.

    Josh V.

    December 12, 2008 at 12:30 pm

  2. The USA has been sold off. “Free trade” is not free and now we can all see its true cost.

    Eventually the revulsion will lead to revolution. America can only default on its debts and promises as there is no possible way to pay for it all.

    Then, amazingly did you see Californians vote in another 11 billion in debt for a bullet train that isnt to be? Is it any wonder we are in this state of finances?

    First, deflation will drive down prices and wages, then hyper inflation reigns as the trillions of fiat dollars come home to roost. Result, the Greater Depression of 2009.

    At least in the 30’s the dollar was backed by gold. Now without gold its a Ponzi scheme to oblivion. Gold applies the rule of law to currency. Without law, watch out below..

    Josh, you will get your doomsday scenario yet.

    ET

    December 12, 2008 at 8:11 pm

  3. Doug,

    Come back to blog after very long time.

    Wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

    QB

    December 21, 2008 at 8:39 am

  4. The fantasy is now officially over.. it’s a depression for sure.

    So where is the Obama supposed to get all of this “cash” to throw around? They are printing it as we speak. It is ‘monopoly money’.

    We are all about to ‘go back to GO’ without any of our ‘wealth’…

    Thanks ‘W’ for ruining our finances with a war to nowhere..

    And count on Obama staying in Iraq as he is a brown version of Bush in that regard.

    ET

    December 21, 2008 at 10:11 am

  5. Do me and your readers a favor before that “psychopaths” piece and make sure you understand the words. I imagine you’ll be making use of the words, “psychotic,” “schizophrenic,” “sociopathic,” and so on.

    We don’t need more people combining all those words under one definition. They are very distinct, separate diagnoses and come with their own patterns of behavior.

    Maybe have a look at the DSM-V or -IV online instead of just OED or MW.

    Alex J. Avriette

    December 21, 2008 at 10:21 am


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