atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4371: The theme of the story

Karl Denninger talks today about the decline of civilization.

That's a theme of #RELEASE_CANDIDATE_ONE, one I was careful not to pound on while writing because I wanted the story to be entertaining rather than a polemic: that civilization is not just this big thing that sort of exists, but something that's made up of all the little things everyone does all the time...and it fails when people decide they can get away with not doing those little things.

Denninger's list is hardly exhaustive, and he lists bigger things than the ones of which I am thinking, but it's all part of a spectrum.

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People hate it when you do something that foils their plans for you. Democrats wanted to campaign on Republican opposition to their modification of the first amendment, but the GOP went ahead and agreed to consider the amendment. This does two things: it takes away the Democrats' ability to demagogue the issue, and it also takes up time they wanted to use to demagogue other issues in the runup to the elections in November.

So here we have a case of the Democrat majority in the Senate being pissed off because something passed which their own leadership introduced and for which they all voted. Because the GOP didn't do what they were supposed to do and vote against it.

So now the GOP can say, "Well, if you didn't want the damned thing to pass, why did you even bring it up?"

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Ace on the "Apple watch".
1. The company places a very high value on aesthetics, and there's no avoiding the fact that watches are generally understood to not merely be functional, but a form of jewelry. So maybe Apple can design a fake digital watch that you wouldn't be embarrassed to wear.

2. Apple's customers are slavish idiots and will buy dog feces if Apple puts them in a unibody aluminum casing.
Hey, this dog feces will work seamlessly with iTunes!!

...hate to break it to you guys, but iTunes doesn't work seamlessly with anything.

The Apple Watch cannot, of course, have just any old watch band attached to it: "Apple will not just allow you to slap any watchband on their device. You must pledge your loyalty to the Apple Ecosystem." Because corporate fascism.

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I hate to break it to you but we live in a country that's run by idiots.

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I'm told that we're supposed to have epic rain tomorrow:
Showers and thunderstorms in the morning...then showers likely and scattered thunderstorms early in the afternoon. Chance of showers late in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall in the morning. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall early in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation 100 percent.
And there's a flash flood warning for tomorrow.

I know this means I have to get the grass cut today. All my neighbors have cut their grass and it must be done. I will be doing it a little later in the afternoon.


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