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absurdnomics

We live in an era where the name Sackler can be removed from the British Museum, but the Parthenon Marbles are kept, along with many other spoils of Empire.

The next heir to the throne and his wife are rightly trounced on a tour of the Caribbean. But if there are reparations for slaves, should there then be reparations for miners and other entrapped cogs in the imperial machine ?

You can watch Downton Abbey, Bridgeton and Sanditon and long for those days where everyone ’knew their place’, but you then have to actually ask: ”where did all that wealth go” ? The billions, perhaps trillions, generated by Empire. Where did it go ? Some stately homes that are now National Trust or English Heritage ? Those royal palaces ? The Church of England ?

Certainly, the miners of South Wales or the cotton mill workers of the North of England were nearly enslaved and saw no benefit.

Churches and town halls were built, magnificently.

But where did that coin go ? All that money from selling slaves and heroin and tea and spices to the world at large ?

The UK was never a wealthy country and was utterly bankrupted by two world wars, to the degree that the war debt was only recently paid off and we maintain a debt at nearly 90% of GDP, despite having the largest empire the world has ever know at the time.

I ask again, where did all the money go ?

Today, we operate in a world barely removed from Victorian politics, where attendance at Eton and Oxford are the only pre-requisites for high office.

We know where the privilege comes from, but where did the money go ?

You cannot destroy matter and the amount of water on earth is always constant, no matter how many storms, ice, melts or rainfall. So what about wealth ?

We now mine wealth, wasting precious resources in an abstract model which is as absurd as currency, or gold, or diamonds or futures, or short positions…

Fragile URIs are contracted to sell for millions.

Wealth is created, then what ?

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toomanypeeps

Sitting in the pub yesterday (now that we can again), discussing wave after wave of catastrophe – Trump, hatred, Covid, Putin, it was clear that the only thing keeping us old codgers going was alcohol. The world is a much worse place than it was ten or twenty years ago. We became dewy eyed about the cold war, for fuck’s sakes.

But the reality is, our planet needs a major nuclear war. We have probably six or seven billion too many humans who are destroying the ecosystem that sustains them.

Sophisticated as we are, our animal colonies are like any other microcosm in the living world. Our hierarchy is ’money’ (or currency) and we have a clear pecking order where the powerful (usually the ’rich’) dominate all others.

So maybe it is time for a reset. The Earth has had many in the past. Humans aren’t important. I’m not sure if anything is.

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putinputain

So, we literally have a new Hitler. A nasty little man with a complex who cares nothing for his own people nor certainly for other peoples. His only motivation is own psychopathy. I’m not sure what his salary as Russian President is, but you can see his yacht above, so it must be tens of millions a year, more than any other national leader. All built on a simple policy.

Greater Russia = lebensraum

But of course, it doesn’t, it means an expansion of ego in a geographical context.

Worldwide, we have come to an era where democracy is not valued, and strong man politics is, from Bolsorano to Erdogan, Johnson to Trump, the king of them all is Vladimir Putin. He is a dictator’s dictator, who brings in democratic rules and then manipulates them as he sees fit. Trump still doesn’t understand why he wasn’t allowed to change the rules to win the game. After all, Putin wins every time.

Trump couldn’t understand that, despite loading the Supreme Court, he couldn’t jail his enemies as he saw fit. But he aims to fix that next time.

Meanwhile, Putin is bombing the hell out of a rival nation, claiming sovereignty.

And no one has an answer. Because the only answer is to nuke this psychopath before he sits in Downing St or the White House.

Ukraine foolishly gave up its nuclear deterrent to endear itself to its useless ’allies’ to the west.

Meanwhile, Russia has undertake nerve gas and nuclear attacks on British territory with no consequences.

Just like it uses drugs in sports with no consequences.

For Putin, he is lord of the world, because there are no consequences.

Imagine a drug baron taking over your neighbourhood or area and running everything. That’s what just happened to our world.

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jesusfucker

It has occurred to me that what Donald Trump is. It is a Jesus fucker.

Christians, in their faith, follow Jesus unquestionably. Meanwhile, the rapacious lobbying evangelists of the USA use his name for all kinds of contrarian justifications, from guns to ignorance.

The trouble with Jesus and Evangelists is that they are incompatible.

Your average US Christian is a nasty racist, mysoginistic, wealth seeking, ignorant hypocrite, full of hatred and no charity. Which are all the things Christ preached against.

In the white American Christian narrative, Christianity is a literal profanity.

Which is probably why they endorsed Trump, unconditionally, in their droves. A pussy grabbing misogynistic, cheating multi millionaire is all they aspire to be. All they worship. Not Christ. Nevertheless, they attend their churches and spout their vitriol. That’s just their justification for getting through the eye of a needle, like the Medicis.

He can use the bible (upside down) as a prop against coloured protestors and make fifty times more visits in a year to a golf course than a church, but he’s still your man, you Jesus fuckers.

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postconsumerism

The reason that so many are willing to pay for NFTs is that we have so much money and nothing left to buy.

That may seem glib at a time when many are facing energy and even food poverty, but things in the real world are plentiful and cheap and many people have huge amounts of disposable income loosing value thanks to rampant inflation.

Capitalism was bought out by the Chinese communists and a tiny handful of tech execs and is well and truly broken.

One solution it you have too much ’money’ is to go ’upmarket’ and pay £40k for a handbag, or £2m for a tiny flat. you may do this because you believe that they will be worth more in the future, or simply because you can.

That still curries favour in developing or emerging countries, but in places where consumerism has been mainstream for centuries, in the land of Aldi and Primark, it is now regarded with disdain. It is what those who got rich in oil states or dictatorships do.

So, the alternative is to abstract consumerism into cyberspace or the ’metaverse’ (yes that Second Life space that has been there for decades.

There exist new opportunities for buying and selling. not real stuff that might or might not be in short supply (consider how supply of gold and platinum have gone up but prices have gone up also. in theory, more supply should lead to lower prices, but the key factor is that demand has gone up. So, gold and diamonds have little intrinsic value, they simply have a demand value. Hence NFTs.

Basically, bottle some air and sell it. saying it’s worthless is irrelevant. Asking who will paybthe most for it is. That’s the NFT business model.

Of course, each bottle of air is bottled at a different time in a different place, so is unique, and therefore commands a different price.

If no I you will pay for powers or swords or shields in your virtual game, of course you will pay for prime real estate in Cyberspace (or the Metaverse) (or someone else’s code on some one else’s remotely hosted service).

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metaversion

Well, the tide seems to have turned on the awful Facebook/Instagram/Whatapp juggernaut.

The global cesspit of bad opinions and dreadful thoughts seems to be in full retreat, as I predicted several weeks ago after they decided to accept cryptoscam adverts.

But, as MySpace and Second Life have shown in the past, once the seesaw balances against you, you’re fucked, and the markets know it.

All of this is before regulators take a proper chunk out of this obnoxious company and its arrogant attitude to morals and the truth, let alone monopolies and competition.

And all Golden Share Zuck can do is blame competition. Welcome to the real world, you Zucker… You weren’t a God after all.

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bettertransport

The promise of better transport spring eternal but never seems to manifest.

I had imagined that autonomous vehicles would be the norm by 2020. But, like Crossrail, they remain an enigmatic unicorn.

Sorting out transport in the U.K. really isn’t complex.

First of all, we need a two person pod, which can be expanded by adding additional pods. These would undertake short range journeys and be available on demand. For longer distance journeys they could be loaded onto rail carriages.

Moir rail network needs to be able to support trains that can travel at the very least at 500mph, perhaps using maglev technology.

Urban areas should be tunnelled. Britain pioneered the underground and it remains suitable particularly to bridge river estuaries.

Tubular tunnels should also be used.

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invaderussia


Russia does not operate by the rules of any other nation. Since its foundation by Norse invaders (Russ = red)., the nation has never been occupied or conquered. Mongols may have taken the steppes but they never really took the heartland of Moscow, St Petersburg and Kviv.

It is the world’s largest nation, but that isn’t enough, as the USSR it colonised more than a dozen other nations with only plucky Finland escaping their vast imperialistic grasp. And Afghanistan, time and again.

In reality the whole of the Eastern Bloc and the ’Stans’ were Russian colonies.

The problem is, Russia still think they are.

What has been more complex is the transition from communism to outright facism. An ultra right wing dictator has usurped the country’s constitution.

Russia even managed to place their puppet in the White House. Whether motivated by blackmail, greed or just outright stupidity, the US’ greatest nemesis somehow became the poster kids of the ultra right Republican Party.

Meanwhile, the one person capable of standing up to the Uber bully Putin retired.

It is no coincidence, in my view, that Angela Merckle’s stepping down saw Putin escalate his ambitions.

Energy security has always been a poor priority for most European nations, with the Green morons exacerbating the situation with their tin brained ideas.

Germany shut off a full ten per cent of its energy capacity at the end of 2021 thanks to its idiotic anti nuclear power stance. A country of genius engineers should by now have exported thorium and fusion energy plants to the world instead of lying about the damage their diesel cars cause. But that’s another rant.

So Russia has seen its opportunity. The West is dependent on its energy supplies. Gas in particular. And the Nord 2 pipeline would keep this dependency live for at least another two decades.

Russia annexed the Crimea with no consequences, just like the Anschluss. They could easily take the Ukraine. But I believe that Putin doesn’t necessarily want the Ukraine. He wants Nord 2.

With Metckle gone there is no Western lease of any stature to stand up to him, and he know it. The bully rules the school yard.

The only solution for a Western alliance to invade Russia, occupy and normalise energy supplies. The alternative is this nutter becomes the next Kaiser or Hitler.

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puppydogordevices

Well, which is it ? Both are endlessly keen to please, live with you in every room in the house. Will lie on your bed all night if you let them.

They’re both capable of excreting shit and making you happy.

There’s only one you can take for a walk and throw a stick to be retrieved.

But dogs aren’t so good at many things, including helping you talk to colleagues, put together reports and tackle your email.

But your computer doesn’t have those floppy ears and beguiling eyes. It tries to please, but is clumsy and doesn’t really know you. The sheer anarchy of a dog is sometimes all you crave.

Sorry, computer…

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specialpeople

Special People are allowed to park in disabled or child parking spaces despite neither being disabled nor having children.

They are allowed to drive at 60mph in the outside lane on motorways.

They are allowed to not wear masks nor be vaccinated, because they do not understand the difference between a 1 in a million chance of dying against a 1 in 10,000 chance of dying. Their idea of investment is a bet at Ladbrookes… Or crypto.

Of course, they are allowed to hold parties and flout all the Covid rules they created.

They are able to litter since no rules apply to them. Only their world view, carefully honed from experts on Facebook.

Obviously, Special People care about no one else. They are the chosen ones. They get to go to Oxford and told they are the best of the best, and their followers, who can barely read or write, are also special. Because they were chosen. by themselves and are clever enough to follow the select breed of Oxons.

What a lovely world ! With so many Special People!