In order to deal with overpopulation, human society in that novel tries several things to slow down the rate of reproduction, but the last stop before "ideal communism" is basically to make everyone gay.
The world government basically changes society so that everyone is brought up homosexual. It's been a while since I read the book but speaking in purely practical terms the government would have to be extremely totalitarian and viciously ruthless about executing offenders who commit heterosexual relations. A few generations on, somehow, they've done it, and everyone is gay.
The main character is not, having dived deep into singularities to travel across the universe and to fight whatever the enemy race was. He's hundreds of years old by the time a young girl, a product of the homosexual society, has sex with him (and he refers to himself as "the old queer" because as a heterosexual, his inclination is now the one that's not socially acceptable).
...but this relies on homosexuality being a choice, or at least something that can be trained. We are told, time and again--by people on Haldeman's side of the aisle!--that it's not a choice, and that it cannot be trained out of a person. So, if someone's gay, that's it--he's gay, no ifs, ands or buts. (Maybe butts.)
Haldeman's book makes this assertion, though: heterosexuality can be trained out of people and homosexuality can be trained in. And if that's so, then the opposite is also true. If the human sex drive is that malleable, then you don't have to be gay if you don't want to be. You can get therapy to become not-gay.
This is, of course, anathema to the left.
But Haldeman is an old communist and I don't think they'll cancel him. No, instead they'll pull out a typical leftist hypocrisy and claim that heterosexuality is not inherent, but homosexuality is.
Oh. Yeah. Let's see, a trait that ensures survival of species is totally optional, but a trait that keeps a specific member of the species from breeding is innate. Sure. You guys claim to fucking love science, especially Darwinism, but you jettison it the instant it becomes inconvenient.
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And by the way, to make this kind of change happen, the government of Earth would have to be seriously draconian. They'd murder people by the millions for the sin of having intercourse with the opposite sex. Let's face it: gay men in Iran and other islamic countries face horrible penalties if they're found out, yet they still do the things that get them castrated or tossed off a building when caught.
As I recally, Haldeman didn't really go into the mechanics of how the government of Earth managed to make everyone gay. But it has to have involved serious totalitarianism, something that Lenin and Mao could only have wet dreams about.
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I said, above, that the final stage was "perfect communism". That's because the human race had become "Mans". Mans were all clones, gene-altered to be perfect communists. I don't remember if they were androgynous but I'd bet they were; anyway they didn't breed (I seem to recall that they couldn't) and new Mans came out of clone tanks. This kept the population from exploding. And, of course, because Mans were the very image of the Perfect Soviet Man, their creation ushered in the age of communism. Each Man was a part of a collective, Borg-like, and I seem to recall they had telepathy or something. They always acted in concert, there was never any disagreement or debate, and every one of them always did 100% of the work for 20% of the benefits. Genetically conditioned to be "true believers" in communism, though they didn't call it that.
That's the only way communism could work with human beings, though: edit the genome until they're not human beings any longer.
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Anyway, the Mans knew it was in their best interest to keep the "feral humans" alive, so they let them colonize alien worlds...as long as they didn't get too big for their britches. Haldeman wrote another book called Forever Peace that I never read, but I think the "feral humans" were beginning to chafe under the domination of the Mans....
At least, that'd be the book I'd write.
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Yesterday was a day.
Work was annoying, and when I got home I immediately set out to cut the grass. I cut the entirety of the lawn using the pusher, and I did it on one tankful of gas. Then Mrs. Fungus got home and we went to Bonefish Grill for dinner.
I had this haddock dish which sounded a lot better than it was. Well--we stuffed ourselves on appetizers; that didn't help. I had calamari, she had crab cakes, and then we split an order of their bang-bang shrimp. Then, our entrees.
The haddock was supposed to be "dusted" with panko, but it was coated. They put feta cheese and sliced artichoke hearts on top of it. ...and it had one flavor.
First off, the feta had melted. I like feta cheese, but I could not taste any of its characteristic tang. Panko was the medium brown that says "deep fried" to me. Fish was flaky and cooked perfectly. But fish tasted like panko tasted like feta tasted like artichoke. While the thing had all kinds of interesting textures, it was all one flavor, and for the most part that flavor was "salt".
It reminded me most of eating mayonnaise from the jar--not in how it tasted, but in how monotonic the flavor was. Ordinarily when you eat something, there's a bunch of things going on. Like a good hamburger--it's not just "hamburger" flavor that you taste. It's a little of everything, and it all hits your tongue differently, so instead of getting one monolithic flavor you'll taste beef, then bun, then cheese, then pickle, then ketchup--the order may vary, but you won't taste "HAMBURGER FLAVOR".
Really good cooking allows flavors to marry, but not merge completely. Instead of getting one gestalt from the food you're eating, you should be able to identify the components that make it up, and they should complement each other. They should not turn into a single aggregate flavor where you can't tell where one thing ends and the other begins.
I choked down as much of it as I could, even though I was getting pretty full, because I didn't want to take any home but I also didn't want to leave much of it. I ate probably 3/4 of the fish. I barely touched the fries, which sucks because they were good french fries.
So, next time, go with my gut, and just have the fish and chips, I think.
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They're trying to make "Juneteenth" into a federal holiday. So, basically, black people will have their independence day, and the racist old fourth of July will be for white people.
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So, I read this over at Bayou Renaissance Man and it got me to thinking about the election and its fortification.
I still maintain that there's no going back, here. I don't see a mechanism where we can undo what happened; we've got to live with it. But--
...what does the world think? When it comes out that the election was fortified, and the evidence that is presented pushes the story far beyond a shadow of a doubt? When the American left can no longer credibly ridicule the idea? (They won't admit it; they'll still maintain that it was the freest, fairest, and most honest election in American, nay, world history!)
What happens when world leaders tell the Biden regime, "Hey, we're not going to listen to you because you weren't elected. Come talk to us after you have an honest election." To be sure a lot of the world leaders won't quibble, but some will--and I don't think the US can withstand having small countries give it the finger. Certainly, whoever is actually running the Biden regime will not take kindly to having their figurehead losing face like that.
"Nobody hires 100 lawyers to hide an election victory."
And by the way, it's now beginning to look as if the whole January 6th nonsense was prompted by the FBI.
Revolver News, an upstart right-wing news site....pored over charging documents against members of the 'Oath Keepers' and 'Proud Boys' militias who took part in the riots, and discovered that alongside the rioters were dozens of "unindicted co-conspirators." [UCC] These co-conspirators allegedly committed crimes equal to or greater than those of the militia members, but were kept anonymous in the court documents and not charged.The UCC are, of course, FBI personnel.
Some of them allegedly booked and paid for hotel rooms for militia members, others provided transport to Washington DC. They set up communications channels on walkie-talkie-style apps, and used these apps to whip their comrades into a riotous frenzy. "I want to see thousands of normies burn that city to ash today," one UCC said in a Proud Boys group chat, while another, identified only as "Person 1," replied, "God let it happen...I will settle with seeing them smash some pigs to dust."
Take a look at this bit:
The militia plot last year to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was orchestrated almost entirely by the FBI. The plotters' driver and 'explosives expert' were both agents, while the militia's head of security was an undercover informant. At every meeting leading up to the supposed kidnap attempt, an FBI source was present, and out of the five men who drove a van to kidnap Whitmer, three were FBI agents and informants.Emphasis mine.
At what point does something like this turn into "entrapment"?
There are plenty of jokes made about the FBI's undercover operations. But the simple fact is that this is what the FBI does: they find people who are angry at the way the government is behaving, and then their undercover agents whip those people into a frenzy and get them to break the law. Then they arrest those people, and claim they have saved America from "extremists".
Absent the FBI operation, would that ludicrous plot to kidnap Whitmer have gone anywhere? Would the two victims of the FBI plot actually have done anything if the FBI had not been involved? I don't think we can know that, but I tend to doubt it.
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Intrepid Reporter has this to say: "If it wasn't for the FBI, there'd be no terrorist threat in this country."
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The latest horseshit from Wall Street is that there is going to be "transitory hyperinflation" of the dollar.
I suppose those same people talk about women getting "a little bit pregnant", too. You know, or a body being "slightly dead".
Once hyperinflation takes place, the currency is worthless. Even if it stops inflating, if you now need a million dollars to buy what once cost one dollar, your currency is hyperinflated and it is not transitory.
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Meanwhile, Biden is at the G7 summit, and it's turning into an epic disaster, and the media are trying desperately to spin it as a tour de force of foreign policy.
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Portland lost their entire "rapid response' team. One of them was indicted for hitting an antifa goon with his nightstick. So they all quit, en masse.
Not their jobs--they're still Portland PD--but their voluntary participation in the "rapid response team". So Portland has no riot control cops any longer.
Well, WTF--if the politicians are going to prosecute cops for doing their jobs, what else can the cops do?
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I saw this story a few days ago and thought to myself, "This is an amazingly stupid idea." And for exactly the reason spelled out at the link: trucks are going to drive around Connecticut rather than into or through it, to avoid that stupid fee that Connecticut wants to charge truckers.
So, it'll be interesting to see how this affects the flow of goods into Connecticut.
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Cold-soaked the bunker last night, with the result that when I came home from work it was only 76 inside, with the thermostat set at 80. Of course it will be considerably warmer tonight and I don't know if I'll be able to open the place up; low of 72 and a dewpoint of 54, I ought to be able to, but who knows.
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Anyway, we're looking at getting the pool set up soon. This weekend is going to be just as hot as the last one was, and so I guess I'm going to be doing my Jeep radiator work in sweltering heat after all. *sigh*
Meanwhile, because of all the fiascos this week, I haven't had a chance even to look at the dirt bike or anything yet. That's kind of annoying.