Don’t hate me for posting an orchestra that isn’t racially blended…

 

The Tau Ceti System 

11.9 light-years from Earth

 

An Heir and a Spare

For I Dipped into the Future –

by Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson
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For I dipt into the future,
Far as human eye could see,
Saw the vision of the world,
And all the wonder that would be;
Saw the heavens fill with commerce,
Argosies of magic sails,
Pilots of the purple twilight,
Dropping down with costly bales;
Heard the heavens fill with shouting,
And there rain’d a ghastly dew
From the nations’ airy navies
Grappling in the central blue; etc.

A New Fictional Short

I sat in my bag in zero gravity, reading from my lenses in subdued lighting. There has been a religious revival on Earth, driven by thin evidence that the Garden of Eden was never there. The theory holds that God transported Adam and Eve from somewhere else to Earth. Following the line, humanity as we know it began somewhere else and somewhen else. At the same time, the planet we called home had been terraformed, recrafted, and recrafted again with elements and DNA in harmony with humanity.

The discovery of a terraforming engine of apparently extrasolar design deep in the North American Plate/craton and its excavation created sufficient will to construct and launch three generation ships, Grissom, White, and Chaffee, to travel through the void twelve light years distant to Tau Ceti, a single yellow star spectrally similar to the Sun. The armada, aimed at Tau Ceti F, which has a moon named Eden, had been launched a solar year apart to create redundancy against failure.

As a clone, I rested in a sack of life-sustaining fluid until three years ago when the ship’s AI mind began growing and birthing the small human crew. Perhaps I should be grateful to the designers for including humanity in a mission that never needed a biological crew. A sentimental remnant felt that humanity should be available to multiply and replenish Eden without the oversight or direction of the Supreme Being. The heavy lifting would naturally be accomplished by an army of androids that took their marching orders from the ship’s mind. The humans, including me, were free of direct AI control. The biological option was low on mission priorities. We were more of a boutique option than a subcomponent of the hard mission package.

As the sole male clone to be birthed, I had been scheduled to work with five females who did not share my parental DNA to offer biological diversity to any offspring of our unions if and when it came to that. If this sounds very formulaic, it is. If I were to be seriously damaged during the mission, they’d wake another clone biologically identical to me. If the biological crew from Grissom failed, more would arrive with White a year later and Chaffee a year after that.

Probes launched decades before Grissom, my generation ship, confirmed a saltwater ocean similar in all respects to that of Earth occupies ninety percent of Eden’s surface. One continent sits astride much of equatorial Eden, far from the polar ice caps. Its atmosphere, rich in Oxygen, Nitrogen, and trace elements of methane, indicated life, now confirmed by probes that orbited, surveyed and landed. The biological material found matched that found on Earth in a distant genetic sense of the concept. It meant that humans would be compatible with life in Eden, and Eden’s residence would also be compatible with us. Would it mean that we could be eaten and enjoyed by the locals? It only stood to reason that consumption could go in two directions.

All three SpaceX ships and probes were designed with interchangeable components and subcomponents to make the likelihood of survival in Eden a greater possibility. Without knowing what sort of viruses and bacteria existed on the biologically rich moon, the biological crew would wear suits designed to isolate us when exploring the planetoid, outside of Grissom. The android crew had no such restrictions, and they would come and go from a different part of the ship, isolated from us, without having to go through exhaustive decontamination procedures.

The psychological training and evaluation package that became active and was responsible for teaching me expressed concerns that even a genius-level intellect I had been given through my genetic inheritance might not be enough. It prepared me intellectually for the possibility that I could be little more than a sperm donor who would impregnate my female crew. The AI sensed that biologicals born in Eden’s environment would be better able to cope with the life present than I would be.

I crawled from my zero-g sleeping bag, drifted to the sanitary facility to relieve the biological imperative, and looked in the mirror at my face and name tag, Elon.

 

Bullet Points:

** When you’re ok with naked strangers dancing in front of children but go apocalyptic when adults pray to God, you’re on the side of evil, and we’re done pretending differently.

** The war over rights – LOS ANGELES (AP) — The estate of George Carlin is suing the media company behind a fake hourlong comedy special that purportedly uses artificial intelligence to recreate the late standup comic’s style and material.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles on Thursday asks that a judge order the podcast outlet Dudesy to take down the audio special immediately, “George Carlin: I’m Glad I’m Dead,” in which a synthesis of Carlin delivers commentary on current events. Carlin died in 2008.

Carlin’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, said in a statement that the work is “a poorly executed facsimile cobbled together by unscrupulous individuals to capitalize on the extraordinary goodwill my father established with his adoring fanbase.”

** Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’ It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge.

If you bring love to that moment–not discouragement–you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your nature will have a chance to flow. Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments that seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels like a negative crisis at the moment, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes. ~Joseph Campbell

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** Army nurses returning to the United States in 1945 took the opportunity to sunbathe on the transport ship’s deck. Behind them, several of the crew pretend to work on a 40mm Bofors twin mount.

** I’m following the situation on the Texas border closely, as are many of you. I haven’t weighed in on this blog in a big way because it’s being covered well elsewhere and developing rapidly. It’s a knuckleball. Nobody knows where it’s going to end up.

** Communism is evil, not because it is collective. It is evil because it is evil: it is the sin of envy. Collectivism without envy is not evil. Monks in a monastery live as a collective, without money, without private property. But they put God before property, so they thrive. Communists want to be monks without being monks, worshipping an abstract concept of the proletariat or the Aryans. One’s sexual misbehavior becomes a tribal totem.

** A Gun with an airplane…Do you want to take a guess?

 

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49 COMMENTS

  1. L.L. thanks for getting to the root of the communist evil. Envy. Coveting what belongs to another also comes to mind. When you’re referring to Communists I think of the founders and the initial leadership. Lenin, Stalin, and Mao. What we are facing today in this country is definitely marked the branding of sexual deviance from the original designers intent. I’m not well read so not aware of their moral behavior.

    They, the PTB keep referring to ” their/ our Democracy”. Is such word craft, intended to lead the proletariat to the slaughter, after they pass by the voting booth?

    I see the Masonic ring clinkers and clown actors in D.C. with soulless eyes and blood oozing from the corners of their mouths. Among them may be a few good statesmen, IMHO.

    Are these allowed as a mirage of a capitalist Republic, until we die off, or as Hilarious recommended, reeducated in camps?

    Following the ideals of Karl Marx is far from my Judeo – Christian upbringing. I was taught an honest days work for an honest days pay. I respect those that make a living with their brains and a sharp pencil. As long as the sweat and toil of the labourer is not exploited unjustly.

    • Communism or Socialism or Marxism or Leninism or Maoism or any of the other lefistisms are nothing but power grabs by those that don’t currently have from those that currently have.

      That’s it. 100% every time it’s a power-grab by usually non-productive members of a society under the guise of ‘freedom, liberty, equality.’

      Murderous thugs justifying their actions by couching them in ‘freedom, liberty, equality.’

      As to the Masons, Elks, Rotary, Moose and other ‘fraternal organizations,’ well, in their heyday those organizations provided support to members outside of the members’ normal stomping grounds. A fraternal member could go from his hometown, travel the country and stay at other members’ locations or at the local lodge. The organizations also served as a social rescue net for members who were in trouble (like from natural disasters or illness) or in old age.

      If the fraternal organizations had kept to this credo, rather than turning into leftist elitist organizations (which most aren’t, by the way, no matter what the weirdos say) then the world would be a better place.

      Most elite members are members because it checks a box for advancement politically, socially or economically. Like extracurricular activities pad a college resume.

    • I might be quibbling definitions, but I think the theorists of the Left are driven more by resentment and self-pity than by envy per se.

      • Well, they start with self-loathing, then demand the rest of join in their misery. 100 years ago most 9f them would be dead or in mental institutions.

  2. a) Never forget that Grandma (Great-Grandmother to some of you) was hot back-in-the-day.

    b) The squids may be pretending to work. But the jarhead is not shy about enjoying the view.

  3. I proof read in college, and unconsciously scan for errors or word miss use. Can’t help it. I find it surprising that (after all this time) a goner meant document has a flaw: the Henschel diagram cites a muzzle break ; wouldn’t it be a brake.?
    .

    • We call ourselves “The Grammar NAZIs” which includes spelling, punctuation, and incorrect words as well as usage.
      We are OCD and thoroughly imbued and completely in love with the English language (pre-ebonics, and spanglish , as well as the Urban Dictionary).
      Some hate us, some thank us, most ignore us.
      Never, but never apologize: we are a necessary evil.

  4. The whole Texas situation is very scary, and has potential to go VERY bad, although with the current Dear Leaders in DC, it was perhaps inevitable .

    But, since the Left is constantly harping on how they are saving our ( fictitious ) democracy _ they appear unable to understand that we are a republic – and my understanding is that 25 governors are in support of Gov. Abbott, that means 26 States ( a simple majority ) are in favor of protecting the border . In a democracy, majority rules, so shouldn’t the Left go along with this ?

    ( I know , the Left actually wants a dictatorship with them in charge , not a democracy, or any other system that allows dissent . )

    • The Constitution does not contain the word democracy but it does “guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”. Article IV, Section 4.

      But today “they” own the media and a republic is not what “they” want talked about.

      • I don’t think that the Texas NG will raise a hand to the Rangers, even if Pudding joe nationalizes them.

        I also doubt that if he sends Regulars after the NG thing fails that (a) the Regulars will be enthusiastic about breaking their oaths, and (b) that the nation will be sanguine about the illegal use of the US Armed Services to support Cartel human trafficing ops.

        OTOH, I’ve been wrong about what the People will stand for most of my life now…

        – Kle.

        • Texas is the inflection point. With the arbitrary deadline now passed…and…nothing…Biden et al are now like the Russian coach at Lake Placid when he was losing to the ragtag USA hockey team, “He doesn’t know what to do!”. Abbott basically told them “Screw you and the horse you rode in on!”, calling their bluff.

          Biden and DC can go pound sand, they do ANYTHING, move one inch towards usurping lawful State self protection and Texas has 25 other states backing them. I say, “Hey Joe!, What are you gonna do now you dictatorial POS?!”

          • Under Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3, Acts Requiring Consent of Congress, it reads:

            No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State or with a foreign Power, or engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

            It appears Texas can easily make a case that it is being invaded with no help from the federal government.

          • Texas asserted this was an invasion, making their claim valid. This has been going on for 2 decades with it escalating to 306,000 in December alone. It’s unsustainable, like that scene towards the end of The Matrix when the sentries breached the dock area…they eventually overwhelm.

            I contend that this is The Swamp’s play…setting the stage for 20-30 million illegals to vote Democrat, overwhelming/nullifying American citizens. These illegals are the Locusts, America is the crops…there will be nothing left standing unless we can hit the EMP button and wipe them out.

  5. The nurses are certainly easy on the eyes.

    What does theUMCJ say about following nonlawful orders….

    Adagio for strings is a wonderful piece of music. Thanks for sharing.

    • The UMCJ only applies to right-wing extremists. Otherwise Miley would have been found to be the treasonous bastard he is over the whole ‘call CCP and refuse lawful orders’ thingy, and been shot by a firing squad (you could have paid the cost of the whole military for one year if you held a lottery of all active and retired or non-duty military members.)

      • Defining “right-wing extremist” is always interesting since it is usually “Constitutionalist.” It also explains why they want a “living Constitution” where the law shifts and sways based on the whims of the elite (and the Swamp).

    • It’s one of those bad, hard things (like the Bundy Ranch standoff) that has the potential to create good. Potentially.

  6. Orchestra “makeup”…Didn’t notice, not something I give a rip about…which makes the constant racial “black/brown” commentary drumbeat nothing more than passive aggressive bravo sierra.

    Sunbathers- When woman were actually strong and unashamed of their femininity (and didn’t scream about it), and when men were gentleman enough to recognize and respect them for it. Woman are the gatekeepers, give the milk away fro free and the cow has no value (for the offhand reader I am not calling woman “cows” nor equating.

      • Can they play? That’s all that matters to me…like our President; can he lead and allow America to be her best because We The People have had the restraints removed? Mean tweets or a coarse demeanor when dealing with morons and idiots has no bearing to me.

  7. Forty years ago, a conversation about the United States not being a Democracy would yield moments where the person you were speaking to would look at you like you had lost your mind. Explaining your assertion was a waste of time, since they learned their “true” belief in the forming cesspools of public education. Your assertion was wrong in their mind. They knew better.

    Now, it’s much different, since the internet allows more than the propaganda belched by progressive teachers. I can only hope the questioning minds of younger folks ignore their conditioning and they demand a return of the restrictions of the Constitution. My age doesn’t allow me the exuberance I once felt, and my cynical nature tells me there will be more tyranny before there is any awakening.

  8. I have seen reports of USArmy units moving towards Tejas for training . Ok maybe so , but why ? Unless it really is training. If it’s to quash the Tejas Nat Guard , again why ? There are plenty of USArmy there now.
    This is crazy, and I don’t know what to think.🤔

    • There must be some loyalty quotient that the regime has used to test the metal of the troops in the hope that they could find a formation that would willingly slaughter their fellow Americans who are upholding the Constitution and standing in the way of an invasion.

    • I think if some federal unit of headcount 500 or more fires on some state unit, most conservative brains will bluescreen. I would score these confused brains as a loss of half the federal’s (fake) “moral authority”. Federals can do Waco if the media reports the target as “weirdos”, but not some average state unit. I think. Which is why I am not predicting any overt shooting war.

      • I agree. I don’t see a shooting war between the federal government and the State of Texas over this. It is a line in the sand, though. The federal government is not authorized under law to create a situation where a US State is invaded. Can you imagine Arizona’s response if Kari Lake hadn’t had the governor’s mansion denied to her through the last rigged election?

    • Why, if only we had a president like Reagan or Trump then the Department of Education would be disbanded! Today the Overton window is something politicians jump out of. We could debate whose administration produced more conservative results: Reagan, Trump, or JFK.

  9. Amor fati (love your fate, or to use alternate, Northern, terminology, Embrace your Wyrd) makes great sense, up to a point. I agree that you can find something worthwhile from any situation, no matter how horrible (if you survive it). But I don’t buy the interpretation/extension of “my fate is the best possible outcome” because it made me what I am today. That strikes me as Panglossian, though of course maybe I’m simply not understanding.

    So far as I’m concerned, there’s tons of stuff I could have done (or NOT done) much much better. That said, the point is, analyze and try to learn, no point to brooding and worse, falling into (waaaaait for it) resentment and self-pity. Here’s a personal tale of how something from my past made me stronger. So I was undergoing chemotherapy when I got this lung infection after they made me take a flu shot (on pain of losing my job and thus my health insurance). Chemo is suspended and they put me on “big gun” antibiotics. Which are giving me diarrhea. For some reason the chemo messed up my gut so I only have about 60 seconds of bowel continence (time between the “gotta poop” feeling and it all coming out, regardless of what I want to do). Already have two chest tubes (hooked up to these vacuum devices the size of small briefcases) and an IV pole to wrangle to get myself to the toilet). Then Surgery comes in and puts in a third chest tube. Now I’m screwed because I don’t have enough hands to wrangle three vacuum thingies and the IV pole. (The medical aides are worthless; nurses uniformly were great, MAs worthless — I’m on my own, no one is going to help me.) I was sitting there nauseated, starting to hurt from the most recent tube going in (lidocaine wearing off) and feeling very sorry for myself when I thought of The Swedish Disaster for some reason. And that perked me right up. I thought to myself, “Self, this sucks, but it’s still is not as bad as what we put each other through.” And then I was oddly happy. (Rich the nurse came in and said, “you’re smiling!” Which I didn’t even realize I was doing.) “Tack så mycket, (inte min) älskling!”

  10. It all depends on the word, “Invaded.” It was written to be a referral to actual armed foreign troops invading the USA, there was no mass illegal alien invasion back then. Kind of like, “Depends on the definition of what “IS” is.” I wouldn’t count on a SCOTUS ruling in favor of Texas.

    • SCOTUS ruled against Texas. Taking a page from the federal playbook, Texas replied, “We don’t care what or how you rule.” It’s dangerous ground.

  11. Any post with a flying gun Henschel is a good post! Especially when accompanied by DLC “bathing beauties.”

    Nice cope cage on the endgraphic tank.

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