“That’s when I knew, I knew they never got you.”
First, just a little business to get out of the way. Posted this February 23, 2012 on Facebook:
Musing about long story archs: A long gap between Batman 493 (May 1993) and Detective Comics 701 (September 1996) (the Bane cycle) but an even longer one between Final Night 4 (November 1996) and Green Lantern: Rebirth (December 2004).
Of course, the former retold story arch we’ll get to see on the big screen in July.
What’s the point? I’m not sure. Maybe there should be a team-up. The gd Batman, the mfing Green Lantern, and… well why not throw Blade in too?
Have them take on some vampires. That is what we’re talking about, isn’t it?
“The waaa-iting is the hardest part.”
Make of it what you will in the context of last Friday’s shooting, Clooney’s spinal injury on the set of Syriana (the injury that Bane inflicts on Batman in the Bane cycle I mentioned above), and the fact that insane people are apparently in charge of the government at the moment.
So, I’ve mentioned this before. I’ve even talked about how the 2005 hacking of EZBoard may have been a cleanup operation to put the climate change genie back in the bottle. There was a Pentagon think tank report on climate change that got leaked. It only got minimal coverage, I think NPR’s may have been one of three articles I viewed, the other sources being unfamiliar to me as I recall.
It’s not that I don’t think climate change is a very, very serious issue. It is. It’s the sticky-wicket of trying sort through what is being done about it, what isn’t, and why.
First, I think the report probably has several flaws and was politically motivated. By now, as I vaguely recall, Denmark should be underwater, and yet it is not. The UK should be “Siberia” and yet it is not. This is not to say those things cannot happen, merely that if the report was even close on the timeline, we should be there.
And what is the result of it being used as a weapon against politicians? First, it makes them less likely to question things like ramping up for war on yet another continent (I mean Africa, but North America would seem to be on the schedule as well). Being all three the keeper of such studies, the instrument of carrying out the recommendations, and being so close to the folks who profit off of doing those recommendations makes it all a bit suspicious in terms of validity. It would be one thing if it required heavy taxing of corporations, for example, in order to achieve. Instead, anyone who can think of another way to kill in order to reduce the population of the planet stands to become a millionaire if they have the right connections and get the contracts.
But let’s set aside the tax-grabbing greed part for a moment and focus on the idea here. In essence, rather than enact some kind of solution to handling the problem involving a worldwide effort, scientists from all over the planet communicating and sharing information, cooperation on finding solutions, what we have is an “answer” to a problem that is to an extent one of supply and demand with demand rising as a result of there being more people to demand supply. Forced population reduction.
I pause here for a moment to reflect and explain why I am bothering to even spell this out. It’s because this is what everyone involved–and I do mean everyone–wanted. Involving me in these machinations, jerking me forcibly out of my home, my comfort zone, destroying all of my closest relationships, repeated attempts to drive me to violence or suicide or accident, no matter who did what exactly, this is clearly why they did all of that or it wouldn’t have happened. Think of it as a collective thing. I’m sure many individuals within the events had no idea, probably still have no idea, but this is nonetheless the result. Accept it, you made it happen. (I know, there was the intent and comically bad execution to add “gay terrorists”–by “weaponizing” me, brainhacking or framing Bradley Manning, etc.–to the already incredibly long list of other groups of interest such as anyone who ever served in the military after the Lloyd Woodson and similar events. But from a population control perspective, shouldn’t you be encouraging gay relationships, gay marriage, etc.? Seems a great fit. Part of the plot of The Forever War, I think, gay soldier platoons.)
Also, I think rather than believing lies that have been told to them, people should understand why things are the way they are so that they can make the decision. Protecting the country is what government does. Reducing world population while snatching up as many resources as possible achieves that whether it is what Jesus would do or not. Taking energy to sustain transportation and arable land in order to grow food that will become scarce sounds logical.
But it is also incredibly selfish. Is is that this is really necessary, that there are no alternatives, that this is the only way? Or is it that there are people accustomed to living a certain way and this form of fascism we now face is the only way they see to preserve that (and see again the set aside enrichment one can gain by being the instrument of providing this extermination service).
I don’t know how Americans will react to be honest. We have tolerated oil wars for decades knowing that that was the real reason: to keep the price of gas down. We didn’t much care because they kept telling us what horrible people the leaders of those countries were. We accepted the lie (perhaps not a lie that these leaders typically are monsters, but a lie in that it is not the real reasons for going to the Persian Gulf) in order to not have to examine our own selfishness.
And that is where the brainhacking and surveillance state comes in. They are directing it inward because they think we would not accept that there is no better way, a way not requiring mass murder to survive, a way not requiring setting back the population clock fifty or a hundred years.
If honesty and transparency matter, as Obama recently said, that’s about as open and clear as I can make it. It’s easy to see how the Cheney fan club in the Pentagon would rebel and even refuse to be reined in. They think they are saving America. Maybe they are, but at the price of what she stands for, it’s just saving a plot of dirt, not the country we all claim to love.
Anyway, it seems to me that they have won. That’s why I don’t see the need for more of this domestic proxy violence. The domestic war is over. Congress clearly agrees with you and has and will hand you whatever you want, they even allow you to remove those who would oppose without lifting a finger in protest. Worldwide war it is. No need to be so brutal at home unless it’s just that you enjoy it. The euphoria thing clearly works with a little additional tweaking, so just do that and people won’t care what else you do to them, take away, do in their name. It’s just brain chemistry.