Out of Cycle

What’s going on with the executive orders that have Twitter all atwitter? Are we in favor or against? I feel completely out of the news cycle.

The Logic of the Moment

So World War I, right? A seemingly insane moment in history when well-developed, sophisticated cultures dissolved themselves in a sea of blood for a reason nobody could fully explain.

From a historical distance, though, we do know what happened. The old, unwieldy empires of the Habsburgs, the Romanovs and the Hohenzollerns were standing in the way of modernity, so modernity had to get rid of them. It was the time of old aristocracies being removed from power. And the aristocracies cooperated.

It wasn’t a conspiracy. Nobody got together and planned this. But the logic of the moment demanded it and it happened. There are times in history where big, enormous changes need to happen. And we all start spurring them along. Today, we are experiencing a transformation in the form of governance, an introduction of a new economic system, a digital revolution – so many things. It’s a very big change. And we are all dismantling the old and bringing in the new.

This is hard to understand because one of the ways in which we have prepared for this huge change is to learn to see everything in terms of an all-powerful individual will. If something is happening, then there have to be individuals who decided it and forced everybody else to participate. But these are the blinders we put on ourselves.

At least, you know, we aren’t gassing each other in the trenches like those poor bastards a hundred years ago. We are locking ourselves up and turning out cities into a wasteland of shuttered businesses and roving gangs. And fifty years from now, a tenured history professor at Harvard will tell the students about how we dismantled our well-developed, sophisticated culture in a seemingly suicidal manner that made sense in the logic of the moment.

NASA Woke

NASA is working hard to put The Babylon Bee out of business by making parody impossible:

Distant cosmic objects such as planets, galaxies, and nebulae are sometimes referred to by the scientific community with unofficial nicknames. As the scientific community works to identify and address systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can be actively harmful. NASA is examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Please read the whole thing for a list of “actively harmful” terms.

Temporary Excesses

So I read the famous NYTimes article that “finally criticizes the riots” and… it’s terrible.

At least, it’s now clear what narrative will be aggressively pushed on us and what kind of criticism we will be allowed to make.

The official story will be that there were these wonderful, peaceful, progressive protests and then a bunch of “white opportunists” (quote from the article) used them to do evil white things.

The article is crap, people. It uses the favorite Stalinist technique of claiming that “there were some temporary excesses in some places” but as soon as the few convenient evildoers are removed, the cause can be completely rehabilitated.

The whole article positions what happened in Seattle as a race war waged by white people on non-white gay victims to compromise the amazing cause that is BLM. And we are supposed to be so grateful for a few crumbs of truth that we’ll abjectly swallow this ridiculous premise.

The Ozarks

I took these photos from a terrace of a restaurant. They have an amazing view and a luxurious interior design so they have given up on food completely. I’m not picky but this was bad even for me. But who cares when the nature around you is this great?

We think we even saw a bald eagle.