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Monday, September 4, 2017

Just As Rome Began Their Expansion, They Poisoned Themselves With Lead

What does "crazy" mean? Crazy is holding a feast to celebrate the successful poisoning of one of your competitors with a tincture of lead and then eating off lead plates and drinking out of lead cups at the party.

The crazy got worse and worse in the Roman Empire until people just were not making any sense, sort of like George Romero's THE CRAZIES film. All their decisions were more and more addled, they grew more aggressive with less resources to wage war and compounded one error on top of another. They weren't right in the head at the end and it would have been obvious to a sane man. It is noteworthy to see how many Senators who lived in private walled estates (their own water supplies from wells) marvelled at how immune to reason their contemporaries became on any subject.

All of this, of course, is simply a parallel of the current era we live in right now. See the previous blog post before this one.

The founders of a society take great pains to see to the quality of the food they eat and the water they drink ... later generations develop a sort of acoustical deafness to hints in the environment that things they have there are causing them harm. They lose the capacity to discriminate and at some point cease to care one way or the other. All things become an indifference that is implacable and they believe things will nevertheless turn out for the best despite them being too dulled to take an interest in producing the outcomes through their own good judgement.

This is very similar to my difficulty in getting any of my contemporaries to engage in an in-depth discussion of the very technology we are supposed to be experts in. Which would be better in this instance, UDP or TCP-IP? I am often the only one who appears to care either way. Despite their experience they always seem to just assume their choices really won't affect their outcomes at all. That's crazy ... like drinking out of lead cups to celebrate poisoning a rival with lead.

5 comments:

podrag said...

Wow this matches my own personal experience almost exactly. I've seen my home town Detroitise before my very eyes and while everyone has an opinion no one lifts a damn finger to change anything. This species is utterly fucked from my experience. Everywhere I go it's one poor sod carrying the pannikin of Tony Blair's generation of pen pushers and sycophantic ninnies. Doing anything useful is a long and lonely road.

HalibetLector said...

Fluoride, high fructose corn syrup and fortified food stuffs are the modern equivalent of lead. Then again, in Detroit it was actually lead.

> Which would be better in this instance, UDP or TCP-IP?

I would kill to have the option of using UDP connections in the browser. Not all messages need a guaranteed four way handshake.

Speaking of tech things, it's become obvious that ICANN is corrupt and the centralized DNS system can no longer be trusted. People are talking about building alternatives to ICANN (decentralized DNS) but I'm skeptical. If ICANN were disbanded tomorrow, the opposition would move up a layer and start harassing the ISPs directly. Some are talking about regulating the internet like a utility so it falls under 1st amendment protections.

How would you future proof the internet? Rebuild it from the ground up with anonymity and security in mind? Regulate it? Infiltrate the existing organizations with Right friendly people?

Texas Arcane said...

@HalibetLector

What we are really seeing is the truth about politics. The left simply cannot tolerate freedom because they are sick diseased people living in a fantasy world. Given any chance to do so they will always censor any discussions which upset them, which means any discussion generally upsets them about anything.

The instant they have an opportunity to administrate what is supposed to be a free and open system they become Josef Stalin and filter it completely of anything they don't like ... and they don't like anything deep down.

Domains Pty Ltd said...

"Speaking of tech things, it's become obvious that ICANN is corrupt and the centralized DNS system can no longer be trusted. People are talking about building alternatives to ICANN (decentralized DNS) but I'm skeptical."

How is it the .property suffix is three times more expensive than the .space suffix?

I renewed my riding.space domain for $15 but 'they? ICANN?' want $50 to renew expensive.property which I think is ironic and cute in this 'newspeak' environment we live.

If Rick Schwartz is right and .com will always be king how is it I can hand reg iWoreThat.com for $10 (Pestibot value of $1,200)and renew it for the same price.

ICANN is a scam, like my cigarettes going up $5 over the weekend.

Domains Pty Ltd said...

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