Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The West In Decline : No significant advancement in primary technologies in 100+ years

Any technology you look deeply enough at, you will find an earlier version was passed over and never developed ... and that was when the West had far more verve and energy than today. The sickly, feebleminded, limpid-eyed denizens of the rubble once known as civilization would be hard pressed to use toilet paper instead of their hand.

I gather from my personal experience over the past half century that such things are utterly irreversible. Praying for last minute wunderwaffen is not realistic. All the talk of tech pulling the West out of this hole is so much boosterism for fiat currency.

They are trying to get the undead creatures who inhabit the wastelands onto their feet for one last consumer splurge but they're all out of juice. This is the end. What wonderful timing for the Maunder Minimum. Is it so far out to suggest that somehow these things must be related to one another at some profound level? As the sun prolapses and goes dormant, so have the souls of the beasts whose ancestors once stood atop the world like colossi.

Those times are over. They will never return. Too many wrong turns to ever find their way back to that magical formula. All the ingredients of success are lacking and nowhere to be found.

All the smart money is on deep underground vaults. It's the last investment boom before the end comes.


Anonymous said...

The West aren't white any longer and that is why they are becoming just as stagnant, as every other brown country on the planet.

Tell me guys, what do former great civilizations that have collapsed and are not coming back, all have in common?

It is right in front of your nose:

A brown population lives in the ruins.

Now am I the racist for pointing that out, or is objective reality the racist?

Objective Reality 1
Marxist Political Correctness 0

Anonymous said...

In "Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary Leaps", the next reversal or excursion is nowhere predicted to occur sooner than 2230 (not 2030). Do you think the idea that nothing will happen in the next two centuries (but only after that time has passed) still has merit, or has new evidence brought the advent of itz much closer to us?

Texas Arcane said...

Anon 10:23

You must have read a different book than the one I did.

You do realize that more than half the magnetic curtain around the Earth has begun showing instability over the last 16 months? Displays of the northern lights are now common in Texas and Europe. The British parliament had a meeting at midnight to assign emergency funding for 24 hour monitoring of the field around the clock.

Read Vault-Co.

Anonymous said...

I take it this is the pertinent quote:

"In its prime, the 1898 Riker could reportedly reach 40 m.p.h. and travel 50 miles on a charge. “It’s funny, here we are more than 100 years later, and we haven’t advanced all that much,” George Dragone said. Scientific American was impressed in 1896, but it also said that the E.V.’s suitability for long runs still remained to be proved."

So we haven't really advanced tech in electric cars in 100 years, you are saying. That's of course debatable but you seem to be ignoring all the other advances made in the last century in science and technology.

Or else you're just full of hyperbole.

kwj said...

Anon @7:22am

I think you hit a very salient point.

How many brown people say something like, "I'm solar powered", or "The hotter it gets the better I feel"?
In my experience, all of them. How apropos that as the sun falls into minimum the brown wind themselves down. Is there a trigger that makes them appear as if they are preparing to die?

Texas Arcane said...

Anon 1:02

Name any technology other than solid state circuitry that has advanced substantially in the past 100 years and I will tell you how it's all vain hyperbole.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Tex,
I referenced you again on the religion thread on the forum:

Anonymous said...

Some months ago, my father heard on radio that some group of engineers had developed an inexpensive light bulb that would last something like a century of use if not much longer (can't remember exactly, but it was a long time). No one wanted to put any money in their production and distribution, since light bulbs that have a short lifetime make for better profit, since people have to keep replacing them. From what I have gathered, this same business scheme or ideology is rather prominent these days, from building houses to designing printers.

The whole current socio-economic system itself is clearly based on the idea that people should be continually buying something, and working to make the money to buy it. If, instead, we built products and houses to last, produced our own electricity and food - all this possible with current technology, or would be if certain kinds of inventions weren't continually being discarded and discouraged - few jobs would remain, and the government wouldn't get much if any tax revenue. So not only does the public interest in this have the corporations opposed to it, but the governments as well.

Anonymous said...

"Name any technology other than **solid state circuitry** that has advanced substantially in the past 100 years and I will tell you how it's all vain hyperbole."

But that's the key isn't it? You must certainly agree that William Shockley's invention of the transistor in 1947 was also a significant leap forward over the electrical relay and the vacuum tube. We're still seeing it's benefits today.

The netbook and the smartphone (along with wireless internet) is probably the convergence of decades-old technology, but they have certainly transformed and made readily available the entire history of human knowledge. These are fairly recent things.

Yeah, the "internet" existed in the early 1980s in the form of 8-bit computers dialing into BBSes with acoustic couplers but these pale in comparison to what wireless internet today can provide.

So maybe the main advances in technology is mostly due to the cost of them going down. We are living in the glow of the afterburner fumes of Shockley's genius, we're just building better and smaller IC circuits made possible because of it.

The irony of Shockley is that he opposed the multicult and globalism and yet the primary achievement of his life probably contributed to enable these things even further.

Or as my cynical IT friend once said: "When the Borg comes online, it will run on Linux".

Anonymous said...

Why have you chosen to reveal yourself to us Cleve? and is that really you posing on the you know what?

Anonymous said...

just the fact that you're writing this on the internet should wipe the shit out off your deluded eyes

Anonymous said...

Osama bin Laden diary excerpts (obvious fakes):

"Tonight is book-club night, and everyone in the compound is angry with me because I have picked the Qur'an again. They all say they have read it before. I say, but have you memorised it?"