The Crazy Years

This is a new topic, along the lines of “The Brian Williams Memorial Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect Reading Room” where comments announce and link to items indicative of our living in the “Crazy Years” forecast by Robert A. Heinlein in his 1958 novel Methuselah’s Children. This was part of the “Future History” Heinlein sketched out around 1940 and within which much of his subsequent fiction fits.

The timeline begins with “the crazy years”, when exponentially accelerating technological change and the social and economic disruptions it produces causes those experiencing it to go around the bend. He illustrated this by a collection of headlines from that era.

BABY BILL BREAKS BANK 2-year toddler youngest winner $1,000,000 TV jackpot White House phones congrats

COURT ORDERS STATEHOUSE SOLD Colorado Supreme Bench Rules State Old Age Pension Has First Lien All State Property

N.Y. YOUTH MEET DEMANDS UPPER LIMIT ON FRANCHISE

“U.S. BIRTH RATE ‘TOP SECRET!’ ”—DEFENSE SEC

CAROLINA CONGRESSMAN COPS BEAUTY CROWN “Available for draft for President” she announces while starting tour to show her qualifications

IOWA RAISES VOTING AGE TO FORTY-ONE Rioting on Des Moines Campus

EARTH-EATING FAD MOVES WEST: CHICAGO PARSON EATS CLAY SANDWICH IN PULPIT “Back to simple things,” he advises flock.

LOS ANGELES HI-SCHOOL MOB DEFIES SCHOOL BOARD “Higher Pay, Shorter hours, no Homework—We Demand Our Right to Elect Teachers, Coaches.”

SUICIDE RATE UP NINTH SUCCESSIVE YEAR AEC Denies Fall-Out to Blame

Are we living in Heinlein’s Crazy Years? See the comments below.

Heinlein’s contemporary, science fiction writer A. E. van Vogt, described societal craziness as follows.

Craziness can be measured by maladaptive behavior. The behavior the society uses to solve one kind of problem, when applied to an incorrect category, disorients it. When this happens the whole society, even if some members are aware of the disorientation, cannot reach the correct conclusion, or react in a fashion that preserves society from harm. As if society were a dolphin that called itself a fish: when it suffered the sensation of drowning, it would dive. But a dolphin is a mammal, a member of a different category of being. When dolphins are low on air, they surface, rather than dive. Putting yourself in the wrong category leads to the wrong behavior.

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The Daily Mail reports on 2022-05-30, “Mona Lisa is ATTACKED with custard pie by man disguised as elderly woman in a wheelchair screaming ‘think of the planet!’ ”.

This is the moment a man was dragged away by security guards after throwing a custard pie at the Mona Lisa painting.

Visitors to the Louvre art gallery in Paris were left stunned by the incident which happened moments before closing time on Sunday night.

Witnesses said a man, who was wearing a wig and dressed as a woman, was rolling past Leonardo da Vinci’s famous masterpiece in a wheelchair before suddenly leaping to his feet and launching a pie at the canvas.

The perpetrator then threw a bouquet of roses into the air and was tackled to the ground by Louvre security guards moments later.

No damage was caused to the priceless painting which is protected by a bulletproof screen.

The man, who wore a dark black wig and lipstick, turned out to be an artist and climate change activist who said he pied the prized painting in protest.

‘Think about the Earth. People are in the process of destroying the Earth!’ he declared as he was led away by security guards.

‘Artists think about the Earth, that’s why I did this. Think of the planet!’

Here is the clean-up after the attack, with multitudes of dummies recording it with their “smartphones”.

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Does this work:

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Did some one say custard pie?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (0:43) speaking on 2022-05-30:

We are introducing legislation to implement a national freeze on handgun ownership. What this means is that it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer, or import handguns anywhere in Canada.

Edited from this clip is the trained seals behind him, each wearing a face muzzle from which their Exalted Leader is exempt, all “spontaneously” bursting into applause at this click of the ratchet of tyranny.

He went on to say that all long gun magazines must be altered to hold no more than five rounds, banning the sale and transfer of magazines with a greater capacity. What residents of the Canadian north where polar and grizzly bears are common think about this was not discussed in the Reuters report, “Canada’s Trudeau announces plan for national freeze on handguns”.

Note the assumption by the Canadian caudillo that the adoption of a “law”, which violates the God-given natural human right of self-defence, will make it not “possible” to do the things it forbids. No, child Justin, it will make it illegal under your illegitimate regime. What is possible for free, sovereign individuals is another thing entirely, as you about to find out.

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Thanks to Defense Distributed, it’s easier than ever to “do it yourself”. The proliferation of 3D printers and desktop milling machines make these laws, and the politicians behind them, obsolete.

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Indeed.

Here is my review of Cody Wilson’s Come and Take It and my own 2018 article “Code Is Speech”.

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Finally! The “Babylon Bee List of Fulfilled Prophecies”, a Gogle Docs spreadsheet listing Babylon Bee articles making a prophecy and real-world articles fulfilling them, both with dates and links to the articles.

For example, number 11:

Prophecy: Sheltered Atheist Kid Not Allowed To Watch ‘VeggieTales’ 2019-05-20
Fulfillment: Atheist parents coping because their kids believe in God thanks to VeggieTales 2021-05-09

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I like 51:

Although this could mean they’re preparing the next generation to retake Alsace-Lorraine, Pomerania, Silesia…

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Justin Trudeau is the Erich Honecker of North America.

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CALIFORNIA COURT RULES BUMBLE BEES ARE FISH

The California Court of Appeal for the Third District, in Almond Alliance of California v. Fish and Game Commission and Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation [PDF, 35 pages] (C093542), has ruled on:

The issue presented here is whether the bumble bee, a terrestrial invertebrate, falls within the definition of fish, as that term is used in the definitions of endangered species in section 2062, threatened species in section 2067, and candidate species (i.e., species being considered for listing as endangered or threatened species) in section 2068 of the Act.

The court, after pondering the weighty and contentious issue of whether a bumble bee is a fish, pronounces:

We first reaffirm and expand upon our conclusion in California Forestry Association that section 45 defines fish as the term is used in sections 2062, 2067, and 2068 of the Act, by application of section 2. (California Forestry Assn. v. California Fish & Game Commission (2007) 156 Cal.App.4th 1535, 1552 (California Forestry Assn.).) That means the Commission has the authority to list an invertebrate as an endangered or threatened species. We next consider whether the Commission’s authority is limited to listing only aquatic invertebrates. We conclude the answer is, “no.” Although the term fish is colloquially and commonly understood to refer to aquatic species, the term of art employed by the Legislature in the definition of fish in section 45 is not so limited.

In other words, if the Solons in Sacramento say a bumble bee is a fish, it’s a fish.

Let me share a bit of the reasoning behind this legal bouleversement of the world of biology.

Note that according to footnote 11, pill bugs, salamanders, and snails are also fish.

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In the end, we must do our best to determine the Legislature’s intent when it enacted the Act …

And there is the problem. Judges making up something out of whole cloth, instead of doing the obvious and passing the issue back to the Legislature.

Since by the Judges own logic, they themselves are fish, do they have any right to issue rulings about anything? Surely none of us ever signed up to live in a piscocracy?

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I must say this is the biggest issue I have with the legal profession. The fact that a legislature could write a law using language that has a widely agreed to and very commonly understood definition and that a lawyer could come along and say “nah, that’s not what that means” and that a freaking Court could come along and say, “yeah, it’s not really all that clear what a fish is” tells me that government is just purely wicked and demented in its reasoning. If the damned state of California wants to protect bumble bees then goddamnit revise your effing law to include a freaking bumble bee. If it is widely agree upon that bumble bees should be protected, then what the hell is the fear in going through the proper processes to include bumble bees on the list of protected animals in the state law?

All of this is a sign that we live in a tyranny folks. First, a legal process is going to muddy the definition of the word “fish”? Then they can muddy the definition to any freaking word, such as “freedom” or “keep and bear arms.” Second, if the governing process is abandoned then so to are any pretenses of “checks and balances.” At some point, people are going to have to decide whether they are going to put up with this nonsense or if they are going to destroy this corrupted, degenerate system that we live in. And no, it is not our “constitutional republic” handed down to us by the majestic hands of the Founders (all of that is sarcasm). The very fact that a Court has done what John has tipped us off to shows that this is not a “constitutional republic.” If you aren’t prepared to “fire on the Redcoats” now, then you will never be ready and we will just slip further into the abyss of despotism in the name of “progress.”

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Even worse, there was no evidence that the bumble bee identified as a fish.

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Next thing, they’ll rule that The Babylon Bee is a fish.

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Point bumblebee, say fish.

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It appears the meaning of the word “proud” has “evolved” since the days of “The Few. The Proud. The Marines”.

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Well, at least the Judges steered clear of the bigger issue – are those bees male or female? And just how diverse is a “queen bee” anyway?

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