by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ September 3, 2021
The American apocalypse is not sudden and catastrophic but slow and exhausting. Our litany of death is the idiotic acts of people consumed by evil that could be prevented but isn’t.
We can’t believe that people could do these things, but they do, and we have to watch it happen. The weapons used by the political criminals who have taken over the Republican Party are crude and poorly aimed, but, as in nightmares, the majority seems frozen in place, unable to even move out of the way.
The ugly attack on…
by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ August 11, 2021
We thought we understood paradigmatic change from Thomas Kuhn’s 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions after watching the transformations resulting from e-commerce and social media. But it didn’t work out as we imagined.
The popular assumptions about paradigmatic change were already far removed from the focus of Kuhn’s work on the intellectual shifts required for and by the scientific revolution of the 17th century. Still, they helped explain the profound shock of internet-driven change. …
by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ September 11, 2021
The disasters are beginning to cascade on us. And that is its own kind of disaster. When disasters become a continuous deluge, we tend to curl up into our shells and selectively edit our reality or, in the worst case, shut out everything around us. That is not what we should be doing.
People in 21st-century avoidance mode tend to focus on what they do every day and ignore the weird shit that they can’t face or understand. Unfortunately, we can’t avoid things completely in our digital world with multiple firehoses…
This is well structured and perceptive within the current world perspective. The comparison to the old Cold War is excellent as this will be very different. Unfortunately, this is too closely tied to the collapsing Modern order.
As is common, the focus is on narrow categories of information; here, international economics is predicated on 20th-century attitudes using antiquated criteria.
China has led the planet intellectually and in wealth more times than any other civilization. Their historical database is larger, giving them a lot to work with. That should not be given too much weight, but it is a fact. …
by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ September 6, 2021
We have a lot to worry about. But, unfortunately, misunderstanding the nature of what we are facing causes bad prioritization. That is potentially fatal.
If you have doubts about this, consider the consequences of misdiagnosis in clinical medicine. For example, my dermatologist once mentioned a fellow dermatologist's tragic loss of his wife to melanoma. Unfortunately, he ignored what appeared to be hemorrhoid but was a cancerous tumor that killed her.
There are a couple of important issues with this embarrassing and tragic anecdote. The first is not paying attention to areas…
Having destroyed much of our planet's viability for a wide range of life forms, we need to admit defeat in our efforts to plunder our planet for the benefit of a few. This surrender must be the return to 'commoning' or the active restoration of the commons [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commons and https://www.commonsnetwork.org/news/what-is-commoning-and-why-is-it-so-important/].
Capitalism is not sustainable, and while market economics is valuable, it is must be managed as a minor tool within the planetary commons administered by locally structured direct democracy subject to planetary ecological and universal standards of wellbeing.
The key to this transition is eliminating the nation-state that is not needed in our evolving metaverse as it repeatedly collapses into systems of authoritarian oppression and exploitation.
by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ August 23, 2021
Our civilization is disintegrating around us, and we are adrift. There is nothing to hold onto except pieces of jetsam near enough for us to grab. So we try to grab the things that we recognize from our cultural and communal memories, whether of future value or not.
What we see and what we grab is a product of the communities we were a part of. For many people in low information communities, there is little value for the current and future planetary crisis. But like a drowning person, we hold…
by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ August 18, 2021
Deconstructing the empire is what Americans should be doing but aren’t. Instead, the US and allied foreign media loudly lament another American imperial defeat as a blackeye for [To Be Determined]. Buried in the laments, some rationality seeps through, realizing that America, as Biden made clear on Saturday, was in a catch-22 situation, which needed to end.
There is no winning when caught in a catch-22 situation. A dictionary definition serves to summarize America’s Afghanistan disaster:
a: an illogical, unreasonable, or senseless situation
b: a measure or policy whose effect is…
by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ August 2, 2021
There was a time when we sought the best and brightest. Those old enough or well-read enough will remember the Best and Brightest as David Halberstam’s study of how the Vietnam War went to hell with the best intentions, the newest technology, the brightest people, and a fatal combination of hubris and willful ignorance.
At least we tried for the best and brightest, thinking that such people existed and would be willing, even proud, to work for us officially. The naivete of that age is breathtaking now.
While it took us…
by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ July 27, 2021
Our small cat’s fixation with toilet bowls is both amusing and troublesome. Besides the intrusion on human interaction with toilets and the bother of having a small cat race to the bathroom when one of us goes in, I’ve come to feel that something metaphorical if not prophetic is involved.
The intense study that Tama, a three-month-old fast-growing young cat, focuses on our toilets is impressive. But what does it mean?
The traditional human reaction would be, she’s only a cat and who cares? Cat’s are just curious animals so it…