Excerpt: Easternizing Europe

Brexit. Ahead of the UK’s June vote on whether or not they should leave the EU, they are already precipitated towards being rescued from the east. The UK’s dismal energy prospects along with their import dependency leave them ripe for some version of Chinese-led commercial colonization. The June vote will merely be a brake or an accelerator to this inevitable pathway. I would not be surprised if another country leaves the EU just ahead or following Britain’s vote, to really set the tone for a cascade of dismemberment.

Germany. A country that has just as many reasons to be in the line to leave the EU as the UK is Germany. For their part I think they’d want to get out while they still have some stamina to prevent being in a similarly full colonizable situation. However, as with most analytic endeavors of humans, it would be wrong to think of a modern nation as a unified individual with full sovereignty—nations are merely indicator points or mile markers.

As for the rest of the EU, if it survives the upcoming tumults that shift power formally from West to East, it will be in name only. If it doesn’t fall apart entirely as far as the obfuscating narrative the media tells, it will be rebranded for all those who depend on their normalizing propaganda.

(more on Easternization in an upcoming post)

Lord of the Drillings: Fracking Meme

Before such a meme is made anachronistic by the disappearance of deep shale drilling, I thought I should share:

sauron fracking

Attn Frackers: your violent drilling methods are 2 pronged: you’re screwing up Middle Earth and you’re spewing on the upper Earth

Oberyn Martell's Lost Poetry Fin

Cersei as Mother—Oberyn Martell’s Lost Poetry: A Game of Thrones Extension

This poem displays some of the incredible foresight Prince Oberyn must have had, as how eerily true so much of this rings. I thought it was an appropriate time to post it given the state of things in King’s Landing…

An ode to the most odious, mother

I wish I had two lives
one to kill myself and unravel your world
and one to keep alive
watching your ruination, mother
on things coldest the white walker king pales
compared to you the white stalker queen
the northern paralysis is antidote
to your boiling septic poison
the white walkers count you in their ranks
you are bodily allied to their cause
your brain not a factor to anything
your split ends are also your prophecy
the giant minion can murder all but you
because death already runs your blood blue
you give birth to new mortals just as would a plague
the lust others hold for you is misplaced and vague
the hand that feeds is the hand that bleeds
parental is not a parent, in case it’s not readily apparent
already with six I give you the seventh bowl
I have forever tattooed my name inside of your soul
this deep scar will prove to be the shallowest on you
once I have inflicted all my tortures back to you, mother

Sunday Night’s Watch: Varys Midseason Predictions [additional prediction]

Before the predictions [¡Spoiler Warning!], wanted to say that Tyrion’s Episode 4 performance  ([https://youtu.be/LWCEiQlgN8k?t=44s] – when he tries to convince the slavers that leaving the institution behind is in their best interest) pales in comparison to Pontecorvo’s (via Marlon Brando) in Queimada!, a classic scene from a largely forgotten classic:

We (re?)learned in episode 3 that Varys invests chiefly in minors for his whispering business, and my predictive thoughts invest mainly in predictions for these minor plot lines…

1) Perhaps the whole show over, the original counselors of the Kings and Queens—minus Stannis’s righteously suicidal Cressen in Season 2—have all made it through unscathed. Of the original small council Little Finger, Pycelle, and Varys are all doing considerably well. I think at least one is due to die soon, and I think the show is setting it up to be Varys, at the hands of his own birds; he threatened the Harpy woman and her child, and I think that somehow this karma is going to make a return.

2) My only other prediction at the moment is in the same theater, and it is that Daario Naharis will turn on Daenerys, but at the last moment Jorah will die defending her. The logic behind this prediction is very flimsy: Daario, upon kneeling for Daenerys after Jorah’s suggestion to do so, had a panicked “shit shit shit shit” face on. Maybe his timing to initiate a coup had been thwarted, or he realized now that to do his job of killing Daenerys (as part of a larger conspiracy), he he would inevitably be killed immediately after by the newly loyal Dothraki’s. Either that, or he just fears for Daenerys because she burnt down a sacred place that might have supernatural repercussions for her…

[#3, #4, and #5 added 2016-05-23]

3) Euron Greyjoy was behind the burning of the Meereenese fleet, creating an artificial need for his ships. Perhaps in a later season Daenerys will find out about this, and take over the Ironborn after getting rid of Euron. It’s interesting that the episode where trees are doomed by the ships that must be built, is the episode also that we find out that the Children created the White Walkers to protect themselves and the trees.

4) Bran and Meera will connect with Bran’s uncle Benjen who will be able to save them. The previous Stark reunion—Sansa and Jon—was preceded by a direwolf’s death (Rikkon’s), and so too Bran’s direwolf now dead will precede Bran and Benjen’s reunion. This may be reading in to this too much, but Robb and Arya were almost reunited when Robb’s direwolf was killed. It’s almost as if the wolves have pushed them all on separate paths, but now as the wolves die they can regain their lives. Perhaps there is an inverse ratio of Stark dead to direwolf dead, and maybe they will even bring Robb back to take over Lady Stoneheart’s? I would like to think that Jon and Arya’s direwolves will survive though, and help the Stark cause… all wolves must not die! Also in correlation with the 2 wolf deaths this season are the 2 sacred places being violated in some way: the Dothraki temple by fire, and the Weirwood tree by the white walkers.

5) ¿Must “a man” die? One more thing, the saying is “all men must die”, but this doesn’t mean a singular man must die. I feel there is something to this subtly different meaning that might play out in the story, and it is flung in our faces a bit with Jaqen’s way of speaking.

For the other predictions for this season (Cersei’s suicide), and no seventh season: Season 6 predictions

Money Spends Us

“We are being too idealistic”: The Critique of Money, b part of

One of a few planned follow-ups to the first money critique , in a smaller dose:

As one who believes that given the chance humans (like other animals) have the innate capability of working and surviving harmoniously (usually) in direct, unmediated relationship to the land, I’ve often been told that I was being far too idealistic. Many of us surviving in modernity, I believe, have our brains as the last refuge for such pleasant utopian daydreams, rarely speaking to others about them. Now grown-up, we dismiss them ourselves to think about more real and practical things like money. But is money at all practical, and should we not listen when children say things like “isn’t it just paper?” and “can’t we just print more?”? (Some bankers and the Treasury/Fed are certainly listening to this latter advice à la QE)

The height of idealistic thinking is that pieces of paper have value. Its very legitimacy needs disproportional amounts of idealism to establish itself. I fancy that an ulterior motive to the child labor laws was to make children the captive audience to specific literacies that legitimized private property and the exchange value of currencies. Don’t let the unions set up their own schools that might teach Marxist and anarchist reflections on the industrializing path of the United States…

In any event, the frontal cortices of many now are channeled to thinking only about money and all its different dimensions; because money is so unreal, it can take on far more dimensions and dynamisms than would be allowed to something tangible.

Our problem right now is that our species is way too idealistic, I think Kunstler would concur saying we say we have succumbed to magical thinking. I think we could follow this idea all the way down to civilization’s roots, when some among us thought it would be a good idea to use grains as both a way to sustain ourselves and a way to keep track of wealth. Previously our wealth used to be in our bodies in terms of how healthy we were and how well we were getting on with our group of compatriots. Now we are deep in our heads looking for answers or for escapes, when what we really need is to be more in our bodies. If we live in a framework that separates our heads from our bodies, death is much closer, and so too is a loss of life. So again, ideas that we should be closer to the land, share the land with each other and the plants, fungi, bacteria, and animals—are these idealistic ideas? No, that’s our bodies attempting to wrest control from our narrow and mismanaging brains. The idealistic thinking is that we can keep this money thing going on into perpetuity, that representationalism is an appropriate path to follow to maintain our residency on this planet. Perhaps our greatest medicine to wake up from this hallucination is to grab a handful of forest floor soil and reawaken to the great cycle we have unplugged ourselves from.

Three Meme Theme

We Humanize Cars, As Cars Dehumanize Us

we humanize cars as cars dehumanize us

We Call It Wind Damage, Trees Call It Counter-Terrorism

we call it wind damage, trees call it counter-terrorism

cages for our bodies, cages for our minds

cages for our bodies, cages for our minds

For more context on my tirades against cars, this post here fills in some gaps. I am fortunate enough to have not lost anyone to a car crash, but it is never out of the realm of possibility so long as these dangerous machines prowl the Earth; tens of millions of others have not been so fortunate to steer clear of car injuries and fatalities, and it is learning from their experiences and on the behalf of the future victims that we should alter our transportation habits ahead of continuing catastrophe—change before the crisis!

A more overarching diagnosis of many of the problems we face registers when we look at the role metals play in our industrialized world.