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China:  “The Silent Takeover” Overtakes Silently.  Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (February 4, 2019)

Posted in Book Reference, China, Climate, Collapse, Global Climate Change, Limits To Growth, Russia on February 4, 2019 by e-commentary.org

. . .

J          “Global climate change, as a product and by-product of human activity and avarice, is the greatest threat to the Planet.  China, particularly affiliated with Russia and other countries, is the greatest threat on this threatened Planet to the U.S. and thus to the West.”

K          “That does make you wonder who the bachelor will pick this week.  The lethargic but lovable American people are in many ways the greatest threat on this threatened Planet to the threatened U.S.”

J          “The Chinese and their colleagues and cohorts are snatching the mantle and the future from the West in plain sight, yet the theft is unseen and unknown by most Americans.” 

. . .  

J          “China has many if not most of the rare-earth elements on Earth under control or contract.  China has a substantial horde of gold and silver in hand not under contract.  China has growing hordes of hungry consumers who could drive the Chinese economy into prosperity or drive the Chinese economy into penury . . . or a mix of both.” 

K          “China continues to colonize Africa economically not militarily.  China is following the Western play book developed and delineated in Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man, the economic and financial equivalent and update of a Chinese creation, The Art Of War.  China is manufacturing indentured servants and vassals throughout the world.” 

J          “The ‘Hit Man’ preyed on Latin America.  China has investments in Venezuela and may not cotton to the U.S. stealing its oil and the gold.  The flash point may not be in Asia.”

. . .

J          “Chinese authorities can flip a switch and trip a chip nestled in any random grid-tied solar panel and trigger a systemic grid shutdown . . . and only by lifting a finger.  China may be able to monitor conversations in subway cars.  China has stolen intellectual property and yet now just buys the companies and acquires the technology.  China can do things we do not even know they can do.”

. . .

K          “Three decades ago, friends parked their BMW rig at the airport on their way to China and returned to share pictures of people pulling and riding rickshaws.  Now the Chinese are driving the BMWs.  There simply are not enough resources on the threatened Planet to allow Americans to continue driving BMWs.  We must turn over the keys and share the resources.  America must now take its turn at the wheel pulling and riding rickshaws.”

J          “I see it.  In short order, there will be an ad for ‘Rick’s Rickshaws.  The Best in the West’ advertised during the Stupor Bowl.”    

. . .

K          “The world knows where this is heading and how this ends.  The first worldwide vote in the history of humankind to determine the ‘Empire of the Future’ was conducted and completed in 2015 with the most lopsided outcome in the history of humankind.  China was endorsed and embraced by the whole world; U.S.A. was shunned and sidelined with a few stragglers.”

J          “It was not a plebiscite because the plebes did not vote.  It was an elitescite because only the elite voted.  And they voted clearly and loudly and in their interest.”

K          “America was in first place among the losers.”

J          “America was the runner up and is out of the running.”

. . .

J          “We are in trouble.  Big trouble.  Big.  Big.  Trouble.”

K          “We can scribe tomorrow’s history in today’s journals not as history happens but before history even happens.  In real time.  Today’s Toynbee.  Gibbon.  Spengler.  Bachelorette number 3, I say.”

J          “We do not know it and we do not get it.”

. . .

[See the article titled “The Big Hack:  How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies” in “Bloomberg Businessweek” magazine by Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley dated October 4, 2018, “Clandestine Chips Are The Perfect Hack And Technology Needs To Catch Up” in “Forbes” magazine by Anna-Katrina Shedletsky dated October 4, 2018, “Senators urge Metro to guard against Chinese spying in new subway cars” in “The Washington Post” by Robert McCartney dated January 19, 2019 and the poetic challenge by Greta Thunberg to the Davos crowd and the crowded denizens of the world on January 25, 2019.]

[See the discussion between an old Chinese party official (C1) and a young comrade (C2) eight years ago transcribed in an earlier e-commentary at “The Silent Takeover (May 23, 2011)” reprinted below; a discussion by two concerned American citizens, A and B, regarding the results of the election to determine the ‘Empire of the Future’ in “AIIB:  China: 1; U.S.A.: 0? (April 6, 2015)”; and an architectonic analysis of the world situation at “The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018)” that includes many links to other commentary and previous e-commentary.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

We.  Are.  In.  Big.  Trouble. 

The year of the pig

Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered

The Silent Takeover (May 23, 2011)

. . .

C1      “Take over America.  Of course we are.  You say that you have a better plan, comrade.”

C2      “The primary lesson of the Twentieth Century is that it is easier to take by investment than by invasion.”

C1      “Clear thinking, little butterfly.  Invasion is costly and ineffective.  Invasion only assists the defense industry.  You can eat butter; you can’t eat a gun.  We focused our spending on efficient invasion technology.  We are letting the Americans spend on offensive technology to allow them to go bankrupt.”

C2      “They are already bankrupt.”

C1      “They are.  They are also too big to fail, but not too big to own and operate efficiently.”

C2      “Increase the purchases of t-bills and t-bonds by another fifty percent to a holding of 1.5 Trillion U.S.  They will be worthless, but they are one of the tickets to control.”

C1      “We will decide what they are worth later.”

. . .

C2      “America has an unproductive class of third-rate minds and fifth-rate characters who suck staggering amounts of money without contributing anything of value.  They are identified as CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and their like and ilk.  They run companies and run them into the ground.”

C1      “Comrade, we plan to teach them how capitalism really works.  Survival of the fittest.  They are not fit.  They will not survive.”

C2      “They do not have a working market for talent at the top of American corporations.  The market is broken . . . and fixed.  The brigands and hooligans run the companies.  The American schooling institutions feed and fuel the broken market.”

C1      “The brigands and hooligans will be fixed like the mongrel dogs they are.  They will be sent to regional re-education camps . . . to be re-educated.”

C2      “Were they ever educated?”

C1      “Very good.  You will go far.  What about the cyberfun we are having with them.”

C2      “You should taunt them with simple technology and gauge what they have to combat the efforts.”

C1      “We can send a message internally to the Seventh Fleet to ‘stand-down’ at any time that looks like it is one of their own.  We can even send a message to have the crew stand on their heads.”

C2      “We can?  What will you do with the people?  The people do not produce.”

C1      “We provide the goods and the money to buy the goods for now.  They will be allowed to consume as long as it is in our interest to allow them to consume.”

. . .

C2      “We have our own domestic problems.”

C1      “Not if we don’t acknowledge them.”

C2      “Look at the problems we don’t acknowledge.”

C1      “Who asked you?”

C2      “Our comrades are becoming . . . filthy running dog consumers.  We are creating our own mess.”

. . .

C2      “I have another plan.  What if we tried to work with them?  Why don’t we have a beer with Gary.”

. . .

Bumper stickers of the week:

Is it possible to go through the day and encounter something or anything not made out of oil and not made in China?

Gary Locke – nominated to be the Ambassador to China.  O’Bama’s most astute and foresighted appointment.

Developing “De-Community” (December 10, 2018)

Posted in Collapse, Community, Society on December 10, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “‘Community Fortnightly’ magazine rejected the commentary without comment.  The theme did not advance their dogma or comfort their readers.”

J          “Even those committed to debating anything are usually against discussing everything.”

. . . 

K          “He also was eyeing for someone who would understand and appreciate his concerns and observations and was not surprised that I was all ears.”

J          “Some topics just cannot be discussed with more than a few individuals who are comfortable discussing uncomfortable topics.”

. . .

K          “He lectures on the need to develop ‘Community’ after a Collapse which includes pro-actively pursuing ‘De-Community’ to protect the budding ‘Community’ from threats.”

J          “That concern has migrated near the top of my list of to-dos but is not something that others will even consider doing.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “On Community (June 3, 2013)” and “‘Free’ Speech At The ‘Forum’ (October 22, 2018)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

‘De-Community’ . . . Coming To A Community Near You

The Promise Of AI (Artificial Intelligence) (August 20, 2018)

Posted in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Book Reference, Collapse, Energy, Environment, Movie Reference, Society on August 20, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The inevitable consequence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the greatest science fiction cautionary tale of our time . . . and of all time.”

J          “We will know we have truly created Artificial Intelligence when AI either eliminates Homo sapiens from the planet or culls almost all but a few select Homo sapiens who are then kept on a very short and easily retracted leash.”

K          “Clearly that is the definition of Big ‘I’ Intelligence.”

J          “In the interim, we should try to create Big ‘R’ Intelligence.  Real Intelligence.”

K          “When you think about it, Real Ignorance has not been all it is cracked up to be.”

. . .

[See the movie “Colossus:  The Forbin Project” and the novel “Colossus” by Dennis Feltham Jones (as D. F. Jones) for a more benign vision that involves a supercomputer preventing us from killing each other directly through war rather than indirectly but very effectively through our current life styles.]

[See the e-commentary at “Save The Planet; Save The People?  Oh, And Happy Earth Day! (April 23, 2018)” and the many other e-commentary linked there.]

Bumper stickers of the week: 

There is no PLANet B

Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact.

Economic Nuremberg Trials?  The War On Economic Terrorism.  Oh, And Happy Solstice! (June 25, 2018)

Posted in Collapse, Democrats, Kleptocracy, Republicans, Rule of Law, War and Wall Street Party on June 25, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The victors prosecute war crimes against the vanquished.  When he had extra ordinance after a mission, Chuck Yeager followed orders and strafed innocent German civilians on the way back to the air base.  He later commented that he counted on America winning the war so that there would be no untoward consequences.  In America today, the economic criminals are given carte blanche to commit crimes without consequence.”

J          “They are free to strafe the public.  ‘Economic Terrorism’ is the problem and the crime.  We the people are the vanquished, but if we are ever victorious we need to conduct public trials.  The Republicans are owned lock, stock and sinker by the financial interests; the Democrats are owned hook, line and barrel by the financial interests.  Neither party will ever hold those who commit economic terrorism accountable.”

K          “The ‘Economic Nuremberg Trials’ are the only answer.  The political system is too corrupt to offer recourse.  The legal system is too corrupt to offer recourse.  The only way there will be change is if the change is demanded and pursued by the populace.”

. . .

K          “Look.  Listen.  The public is restless and restive.  And may not continue to rest.  A restless friend remarked that the lights may not work in the near future, but the light posts will always work.”

J          “A co-worker says he regularly sharpens his semi-automatic pitch fork.”

K          “When the Collapse comes, there will be little public appetite to conduct something as dainty as a trial for the brigands who circumvented the rules and the laws and the rule of law in a country without the rule of law.”

. . .

J          “The grievances are percolating and festering, but too many are avoiding and opioiding.  At this time, the anger and the outrage are being directed inward not outward.”

K          “The populace is just barely getting by economically and psychologically.  God bless them, but they do not have the understanding, the fortitude, the energy or the courage to get behind the effort to combine due process and justice in a country without due process or justice.”

J          “When you get right down to it, the people are dispirited and defeated.  Nothing will be done.”

K          “Broken and broke.”

J          “But the truth and justice thing sure was a good idea while it lasted.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Residue of Unrelenting Fear:  PTSD Afflicts The Populace (August 28, 2006)”, “1000 AUSAs (February 9, 2009)”, “Close the Harvard Business School (February 23, 2009)”, “On The Digital Revolution (March 22, 2010)”, “High-Frequency Trading = Cybercrime (June 5, 2015)”, “The Court Of Truth And Justice (CTJ) (August 29, 2016)”, “Assigning Blame:  The Lawyers: 50 Percent; The Non-Lawyer Public: 50 Percent; The Judges: 100 Percent (December 3, 2012)” and “Perjury, the American Way (February 20, 2006)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

You show me a great fortune; I show you a great crime.

“Those who make peaceful revolution [resolution] impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”  John F. Kennedy (Ted could have polished/improved/cadenced the statement by saying “peaceful resolution” rather than “peaceful revolution”.)

“I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing.”  Thomas Jefferson

We live in a country with many, many, many rules and many, many, many laws, but we do not live in a country that believes in or adheres to the rule of law.

You cannot get out of bed in the morning without violating some section of title 18 of the United States Code, the federal criminal code.  In fact, and as a matter of law, you cannot stay in bed in the morning without violating some section of title 18 of the United States Code, the federal criminal code.  In practice, the United States is a system of men not laws because men and women opt from the panoply of laws that punish all behavior and decide who is and who is not imprisoned.

There is no law.  There is only ideology.

Let’s call a truce in the war on drugs, on poverty, on women, on blacks, on browns and start a war on economic terrorism.

When the mountain calls, don’t let it go to voice mail

Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie, Part 2.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day! (February 12, 2018)

Posted in Aviation, Class, Climate, Collapse, Community, Contracts, Global Climate Change, Kleptocracy on February 12, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Those who want to bug out to New Zealand seem to believe the island is ‘PLAN B’ on this planet.”

J          “And yet the thoughtful folks who think about it observe that ‘There is no PLANet B’ in our universe.”

K          “Not even Mars.” 

. . .

K          “When the funds run out to guard the compound, the guards will walk off the job.”

J          “I would clear the runway and clear the plane to land, visually if necessary.  The first aid kit, fire extinguisher and other supplies on the plane would come in useful.”

K          “The P.I.C. should pack a readily available t-shirt proclaiming ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m only the pilot’ to stand apart and then stand apart when they land.”

J          “When the kleptocrats deplane, they can be debriefed and disabused of their old ideas.  They need to know that the rules have changed.”

K          “The rules may be the same, just the participants will change.  They depart a land where ‘Might makes right’ and land in a land where ‘Might makes right’ also.  The difference is the group with the might has changed mightily.”

. . .

K          “If I were the pilot, I would let the Kleptocrats know that the manifest has changed and take my family and friends.” 

J          “The ‘theory of efficient breach’ provides the inconvenienced Kleptocrats with a cause of action against the pilot for their inconvenience.”

K          “That is a succulent use of a theory that was concocted to allow the wealthy to breach a contract that nuisances them and avoid punitive damages and the likelihood that the other party would be able to pony up the lucre in the ‘pay to play’ legal system.”

J          “I would cherish the opportunity to inform the Kleptocrat: ‘Sue me’ and then part with: ‘I’ll see you in court’ as we run up the engines and begin to head down the runway.”

. . .

K          “I asked him to forward the draft contract when they e-mail it to him.  Is he as pilot obligated to be ready to leave in four hours or six hours or eight hours?  How many family members is he allowed to take with him?  However, when the Collapse comes, all contracts are advisory and voidable.  The pilot can amend the manifest and take his family and friends to the promised land.  That could be the plot twist for the third plane that actually completes the flight.”

J          “We might ‘Immanentize the Eschaton’ in the new land, the New Z-land.”

K          “Perhaps the most prudent strategy for the locals is to bivouac next to the compound, befriend the guards and be ready for the transition.”

. . .

K          “Before takeoff, China will already have taken over both islands.”

J          “Unless an earthquake devastates and cracks the runway first.”

. . .

[Listen to this excerpt from Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot (1994) ]

[See the e-commentary at “Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie (June 26, 2017)” and “Immanentize the Eschaton.  Say What? (August 22, 2016)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

There is no PLANet B

“Analog Knowledge Devices” (“AKD”):  The Next “Currency” (July 10, 2017)

Posted in Analog Knowledge Devices, Collapse, Currency, Digital, Internet, Money, Technology on July 10, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “When they folded the book store, they unloaded the stranded volumes by the bushel basket for a dollar.  What was not unloaded by the end of the day was given away to anyone who would haul them away.  Some just recycled the paper for a few paper dollars.”

J          “Running with the big dogs was just too tough.  Prepping is nuanced.  They are always thinking ahead.  They exchanged a few sheets of paper for many sheets of paper.  Their tiny house is now an enormous storehouse and warehouse of knowledge.”

K          “They now have a private library with attached living quarters.  Preppy prepping, perhaps?  How many preppies really care about books and knowledge?”

. . .

K          “The possibility that an EMP or some such interruption in service could descend upon the land seems just surreal enough to be plausible.”

J          “Taking down the grid may not come from on high.  Someone could bring it down and not even know it.  A lowly mouse could short a sub-station and subvert everything.  A line of bad code could take down the line.”

. . .

K          “The Internet is pernicious in so many ways, yet, like life, you need to thread your way through and around the porn and propaganda and pursue the positive possibilities.  Despite all the inaccurate information along the gauntlet of the search, enough accurate information emerges.  However, when the current light goes dark, that also goes.  We revert to older technologies.  . . .  Analog Knowledge Devices.”

J          “When the current is interrupted, we may get a new paper currency.  Cash will be confiscated by the authorities, but no one may care about books as books or books as currency.  Except, however, leaving books in circulation leaves the ideas advanced in the leaves of the books in circulation.  It is inevitable when you think about it.  All paper will be banned in time.” 

. . .

K          “You may be able to exchange a copy of Catch-22 and a box of 22s for a copy of Fahrenheit 451 and a hand full of .410 bore shells.”

J          “Or a box of condoms and a copy of the The Joy of Sex for a dozen eggs and a tattered edition of the Joy of Cooking.”

K          “Gets you wondering which is the product and which is the lagniappe in the deal.”

J          “When we get there, joy of any kind and kindness in any form will be cherished.”

. . .

K          “Is the AKD mightier than the AK?”

. . .

[See the “e-commentary” at Beans and Bullets (April 6, 2009), On Entitlements (July 19, 2010) and Girding For The Going Grid (October 11, 2010).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Analog Knowledge Devices:  The Future Of Technology

From Analog To Digital To Analog:  The Arc Of Civilization

Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie (June 26, 2017)

Posted in Airlines, Aviation, Climate, Collapse, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Kleptocracy, Movie Reference on June 26, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Last March while hanging around the hangar grounded by the weather, a few fly boys and girls were hangar flying the script for a movie about the New Zealand bug out estates that are all the rage among the parvenu jet set.  And mulled the job opportunities.  We posited three perspectives – the valiant and selfless pilot of one evacuation plane, the oligarch on another air ship, and a kleptocrat’s cute kid on the third bird who questions the insanity and absurdity of the scheme.”

J          “Bugging out is not without bugs and not just the ones implanted on the windscreen.  The first plane may never take off because of mechanical problems, the second air ship may be lost in transit because of navigation and communication difficulties occasioned by the Collapse, and the third bird may arrive to find tents, yurts, buses, campers and other structures and local folks trying to survive who are covering the runway and precluding a safe landing.”

. . .

J          “The thinking is that the pilot’s family must be accommodated on the manifest.  Imagine the pilot’s daughter caught in swelling traffic during the Collapse an hour from the airport compelling her father to stall the departure by claiming that the stall warning system is malfunctioning.  She is trying to taxi her Gremlin to the airport while her dad is faking a gremlin in the cock pit.” 

K          “So let’s say they get everyone safely buckled into the air ship.  Heat conspiring with altitude produces ‘density altitude’ that can ground a plane because the craft physically cannot lift off the ground.  Phoenix may have arisen from the ashes, but the planes at PHX may not arise from the tarmac in the summer.  WX is such a bugger.”

J          “If they lift the craft off the ground and then the GPS system goes south, they are left with no idea whether they are heading north or south.”

K          “The best laid plans.”

. . .

K          “No one is going to inquire whether you have made three touch and goes in the last ninety days.  However, can you make one takeoff and one landing in the next nine hours?”

. . .

K          “Imagine the surprise in the cockpit when they come upon the LZ in NZ.  ‘Robber Baron Estate traffic, N0666Whiskey turning final landing one three  . . .  Romeo Bravo traffic, 66Whiskey overflying the airport.’  No place to run (fly), no place to hide (land).”

J          “They could squawk 7700 to their heart’s delight in a world that will be indifferent to their flight and to their plight.” 

K          “Some of the helpless villagers have silently squawked 7500 all their lives to announce that their existence was indeed hijacked.”

. . .

J          “Even if they armed their jets and mowed down the little people down on the runway, they may not be able to rid the strip of detritus and dead bodies to make a safe landing.”

K          “Dollars are shackles.  If their money is no good, the wage slaves are suddenly emancipated.”

J          “Someone on the ground formerly enslaved on the payroll has little incentive to assist his or her oppressor.  And may perhaps harbor some resentment at his or her former master.”

. . .

K          “So are we on a CFIT or an UFIT?”

J          “We are UnFIT.”

. . .

K          “If you want to make the gods laugh, just share your plans with them.”

J          “We need to laugh.”

. . .

[See “‘Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich” in “The New York Times” by Evan Osnos dated January 30, 2017.]

[See the e-commentary on the prospects for the Empire and the planet passim.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

CFIT:  Society’s flightpath

We are way behind the power curve

No place to run (fly), no place to hide (land)

What happens when you are running out of altitude, airspeed and ideas at the same time?

Pull up . . . pull up . . . pull up.”  . . .  “Or level off if your airspeed is too low.”

Crank, yank and bank

Aviate, navigate, communicate

Fly the plane, fly it where you want it to go, tell someone about it

What are the two most dangerous words in aviation:  “Watch this.”

Stay tuned