Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Perhaps not as well known...

But one of my favorite actors, Rutger Hauer, died today at age 75. Enjoy his incredible monologue from "Blade Runner".

"I've... seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.
All those...moments...will be lost in time...
Like tears in rain. die."

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Time and timelines

Of late, we've been seeing a ramp up in rhetoric and violence from the Left. Reporters, politicians, academics, sports stars and their hangers on, Hollyweird types and just random leftists, often connected with Antifa groups, seem to be on the offensive. 

Folks on both sides of the street are discussing "Civil War II", with a steadily increasing number believing that it may have already started and we simply don't recognize it. My personal belief is that if it hasn't started, we're so close that it makes no practical difference. As with so many historical events, we won't really be able to pin down the start until after the end.

Science Fiction writer Sarah Hoyt has us at "the monkey dance" stage of things:

I'm not seeing this in my local area, but I wouldn't have to travel far. Last fall's toppling of the statue of "Silent Sam" on the UNC-CH campus was a well-planned monkey dance, with the dancers finally working themselves up to violence. Fortunately no actual people were injured, but it's only a matter of time. It's happened more than once, and I think this sort of thing may have started as early as 2011, when a Reidsville, NC Confederate was destroyed by a motorist (sorry, best link I can find). At the time, everyone appeared to believe the story that it was simply an accident, but in light of current events, I think we have to reconsider. It may have just been a leading edge indicator.

Besides wondering where we are in the timeline to another civil war, we should be wondering who is financing this. Things appear to be too well coordinated for this so simply be the actions of unrelated but sympathetic groups. Dark rumors of "George Soros" fly with regularity, but those may be decoys. I'd love to see some serious criminal investigations happen, although I'm not sure what agency we could trust to do so impartially.

Leaving all this aside, if you aren't actively on the left's "side", it's time to start taking some serious steps to protect you and yours. When the balloons go up, if you aren't seen as a Leftist, then you're going to be the enemy. If things get bad enough, a simple trip to the grocery store may have a level of risk it would be wise to avoid.

I expect the 2020 elections may be the trigger point for widespread problems no matter who wins. If Trump wins (and I expect him to at this point), hang onto your hats. The crazy you saw in 2016 will be but the faintest echo of the events I expect to see. If one of the many Democrats running wins, I expect to see an emboldened Left quickly go too far and trigger widespread violence through their own stupidity. Things could also go sideways in the leadup to the elections. Crazies are gonna crazy, and you can't predict just how hard they'll crazy or when.

I'm expecting this to be a sleepwalk into widespread violence, with the flashpoint actually being some small happening that would ordinarily be dismissed, much as the Reidsville statue event I've referenced above. The only way to recognize it will be in hindsight.

Eyes wide open, folks.