Thursday, April 28, 2016

WW1: Satirical Maps


This was a comedic map of the Great War as it stood in 1915. Even in 1915, the Russians were still viewed as a steamroller despite all of the evidence to the contrary. While England is portrayed as a nautical power, it really was the addition of the BEF into northern France among some other quirky things that helped stop the Schlieffen Plan. The BEF was a force hardened by battles around the globe for the Empire.

Maybe this is the grandfather map to all of those "Europe From the Point Of View Of X Group" maps that you see on the web.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Social Matter Weimerica Weekly Virtual Reality

This week's Weimerica Weekly is up, and it is on the concept of virtual reality. I discuss what is coming and the interesting option of "mixed reality". The fun and hedonism will be there, but there are great therapy applications that could be implemented.

This is going to be big. If social media on 2D screens can change us, and it is undeniable that it has, then virtual reality that feels real enough is going to warp our minds.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Buy An Island, Build Rapture

It is falling apart. Even progs have caught on, and their Gospel is mentioning some icky unmentionables. The rich and paranoid are now buying doomsday bunkers, which is not protection from nuclear war but from the masses. Maybe the progs win out and decline trucks on towards a Leftist Singularity. Avoid that by buying an island and building your own Rapture.

This is not the biblical rapture, but the undersea city from the game Bioshock. Game creator (((Ken Levine))) made fun of libertarians by having their underwater Galt's Gulch go haywire in under a generation. (((Levine))) made his other game smear nativists. No agenda, none at all kids. I cite Rapture as an idea, not of creating an underwater city as in the game, but of playing with that idea for an exit.

While Land linked to the floating island that resembles an oil platform and seemed Bond villain-esque, this is a bit more detailed. Yes, Land did add my tweets that are the genesis for this post. Buy an island, and use that island as an "anchor" to then build on, under and around for a mega-base city. Picture the island as having some non-threatening buildings there but the island would need a functioning dock for importing goods and transporting people. The island itself would act as a "Central Park" for sunshine and recreation while living would be underground on the island or extended out from the shoreline underwater. The island would be the hub of the wheel.

This sounds ludicrous; it is not feasible! Islands are for sale here, which you can see are scattered around the world but let us focus on the United States. Focus on an island of decent acreage that is not too far from the coast. How about Foster Island? That is 300 acres that is 20 minutes from the coast (zoom in center-right on this NOAA chart). Right next door is Dyer Island which is twice Foster's size but not for sale as some non-profit for teenage boys has ramshackle cabins there. Still, Dyer is possible expansion, as is Flint which is just off Dyer. Foster is a freehold island, which means you buy it outright for all eternity. Build on, up, outward and under. This is purely land for you to carve out and mold as you see fit. At 300 acres, one can house many with some density. Foster is pretty close to the mainland, so building offshore using the island as an anchor is a tougher task.

The problem with island buying is what you are allowed to build on the island. Who holds the keys to permitting construction? One would have to bribe persuade the local municipality for loosening up the laws for construction on the island. In this era of environmental focus, pitching the construction as necessary for an "eco-research institute" seems a sure fire way to receive approval. Energy is going to be an issue, so tidal power investment would be key. Once again, pitching eco-friendly pieces to your Rapture community.

This is a colony is it not? Education can be taken care of via homeschooling, the seas can feed you protein, and a few boats can provide security patrols if not automated. Foster Island provides ample space, but how many do you want in? An initial crew of 20 could form an LLC to get this going and pool resources. How many join the experiment? Be careful in screening, and it may not even crack 500. The selection process will become the evolutionary pressure for your community if it lasts multiple generations. The sci-fi series Wool might be a guide too. The Amish did not start out with many, and they effectively isolated themselves right in the American heartland. If this works, you replicate it on other islands. The Venetians had an archipelago empire.

The citizens of Rapture ended up as Big Daddies and Splicers, mutated via genetic experiments. Rapture did have flooding problems after a civil war and was in ruin. That was just a prog needing drama, wanting to smear the outgroup's ideas. One does not need to look into fiction for the storyline of Rapture. A progressive city saw many citizens abandon it after bloody riots decades ago. Baltimore has seen its remaining citizens barricade themselves inside or become parts of roving gangs dealing in exotic substances. Others have consumed genetically modified food or manufactured food, mutating into gargantuan people "big fatties" (38% overweight, 28% obese). A stunning 10% of the population have mutated so that they need another drug (insulin) in order to live. That is Baltimore.

Baltimore is a dystopia of 600,000. Your hypothetical, Rapture-like island community might be 500. What is the worst that could happen that could even compare to a Baltimorization of your current town?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Brazil's Perfectly Corrupt Olympics Showcase

Be watching the goings on in Brazil? What a fascinating glimpse at our future, or is it really our future since we will be 40% Mexican and few will love the identity of being American? Regardless, Brazil has impeachment trials over some Petrobras money shenanigans involving the last president (Lula) and their current president has been caught up in the web (Dilma). This is perfectly timed for the 2016 summer Olympics.

An impeachment, thousands protesting in the streets and possible street-fighting of a political nature is perfect timing you might ask? Perfect. The 2016 Olympics going to Rio was deliberate. The Brazilian Olympics were intended to be a showcase for the southern hemisphere. I wrote on this way back in 2009 when it was awarded the games. The IOC chair deliberately stated he wanted a southern hemisphere nation to host a game as his tenure ended, but Anglo Australia does not count. Shhh. This was to be Brazil's coming out party just as the 2014 World Cup was a little extra special.

This is perfect timing because it shows how messed up the southern hemisphere still is. The Economist had a cover story on Africa as new, improved and functional. If so, why are so many Africans streaming into Europe right now? If so, how much growth is thanks to the Chinese pouring billions of dollars into Africa for raw materials. Zimbabwe and South Africa continue their descent into hell from being civil former colonies and republics.

Back to Brazil, the impeachment centers around shenanigans with Petrobras. The supposed right wing politicians monkeying around are not all that right wing; they just are not former Marxist guerrillas. That is the comedy of American Jewish reporters Glen Greenwald and Nomi Prins providing on the ground reporting that is pro-Dilma. They want the Marxists to remain in power. No one is asking how a former Marxist guerrilla leader could go legit and become a leader of a rising power while former supporting cronies of juntas all over South America are locked out.

Brazil itself benefited from the commodity boom, global debt boom and a central banker who kept rates high because of the legacy of hyperinflations a generation ago. Some areas were being developed for the rich and inequality came down a bit, but this did not build a healthy middle class. The murder rate is still 27 per 100,000, which is five times that of the American rate. No real education gains. Anytime their educated come into money, they buy real estate in America for hiding out and consolidating their earnings. If you doubt me, take a look around Miami now.

The sarcastic remark by DeGaulle that Brazil is always the country of the future hide a feature of its past. It was a functioning and competent monarchy until it replaced that with a republic. It might be better to study Brazil not as a what may come or what will be but an historical what if. The monarchy died, the republic was born, and both writers left and right can agree, corruption has been an issue ever since. Maybe the blood on the streets this summer will not be the favela violence, as the police have been cleaning out in the run up to the games, but of political battles. The Olympics will show us the wonder of the southern hemisphere in all its glory.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Social Matter - This Is What Decline Will Look Like On Virtual Reality

New essay is up at Social Matter about the coming world of virtual reality. VR seems all fun and games right now, but few people are thinking beyond the surface level sex applications that people are using now.

It is going to get weird. It is going to be seductive and addictive. We ourselves have been cultivated since the arrival of social media and smartphones for adoption of VR existence.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Cuck Singularity + SM Review-Preview 41

The Feds announced they will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 with Harriet Tubman sometime around 2030. This triggered an instantaneous confluence that we will know as the Cuck Singularity. Hunter Wallace captured the best tweets displaying this cuck storm on Twitter. They fell right into it. Unprovoked the GOP kids proved they were supercool and fine with a war hero and bank buster being replaced by a woman who led her family to freedom and has a history built on myth and lies.

Please click that link. It's staggering the reflexive "gun toting republican" comments. They are either ignorant or carefully avoiding the fact that the GOP was founded on the Northeast progressives' desire to abolish slavery and the switch in who votes what means these cucks are betraying history. They also forget that their party has a base that represents "Jacksonian Democracy", and that Jackson was a Democrat in name but it practically is meaningless in modern context. These guys are wretched humans.

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Last week I wrote on the odd interview that the Libyan Deep State did with Buzzfeed. Weimerica weekly was on the world of vidya games, e-celebrity and voyeurism. The growth of voyeurism starts way back with the advent of cinema and then television. Hitchcock was a filmmaker who played with the idea of voyeurism in his movies. It has only grown more disturbing.

This week I will discuss virtual reality and an old Moldbug hypothetical idea that seems much closer to reality than anyone realizes. Weimerica Weekly will be about VR as well.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

WW1: The Ace's Lucky Penguin


Adolphe Pégoud’s lucky mascot. It was a toy penguin, displayed today in Paris’ Musée de l'Armée.  The charred stuffed animal was pulled from the crash that killed Pégoud, the first flying ace in history.