Bleaker than I thought...

Or, this is why I don't do Toastmasters. The Walter White of this timeline enjoys my sort of humor. Acid black. An impounded block of fentanyl, etched with a Calavera (sugar skull) design. "Sugar, how you get so fly?" Dia De Los Muertos, indeed. A very, very geeky joke. My hat's off to the crazy bastard who thought of that... Thank you for the laugh. Much needed. This ugly gilded age has been getting me down. The Roaring Twenties redux - in a hundred years, we've learned nothing about how to be a better species. The Great Gatsby on Instagram. Technological ostentatious douchebaggery is not better than vintage ostentatious douchebaggery. Just more painful.


Post a Comment


Jan 22, 2020 at 10:14am

Say what?


Jan 22, 2020 at 3:44pm

Historians well tell you that there's always a period of over the top indulgence and corruption before the economy collapses or there's a revolution. You mentioned the roaring 20s and the French Revolution comes to mind. We are well overdue for a major correction.

Fun fact. "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche" was the phrase Marie Antoinette supposedly said but there's no record she even said it. Anyways we know what became of her. I say eat the rich.

I like the character in Tender is the Night

Jan 22, 2020 at 9:47pm

Who stopped composing because he came to the conclusion silence is the true music of the spheres


Jan 22, 2020 at 10:36pm

Oh, it'll be messy, no doubt.
But a revolution literally means "to go completely around, once" in the context of mechanics. And it's just as true of humans, where douchebag elites are replaced with other, new douchebag elites, almost always more despotic and brutal than their predecessors. Egypt is an excellent recent example, though there are too many to list over the last 20 years.
The French got Robespierre. Turns out, when the Sun King said "Après moi, le déluge", he meant a bloody sh*tstorm.

Eating the rich solves nothing. There are many really good old Soviet jokes, about the corruption that sprung up instantly among the new order. A self-promoting aristocracy reliably arises out of every revolution, and also most wars.
Corporatism (like our present-day order) replaced by ideological oligarchy, or more accurately, cleptocracy, is not improvement. Usually a downgrade.

Would be nice if the rococo gilt was at least classy, creative, aesthetically pleasing... But no. Same sort of loud, tacky bling typical of any gluttonous milieu. A real sign of the times.

Join the Discussion

What's your name?