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Saturday, March 16, 2013

From Huxley to Orwell

The world isn't binary. Sometimes it isn't an either/or proposition, but rather, a first A, then B situation.
We have been gradually disempowered by a corporate state that, as Huxley foresaw, seduced and manipulated us through:

•    Sensual gratification,
•    Cheap mass-produced goods,
•    Boundless credit,
•    Political theater and
•    Amusement.

While we were entertained,

•    The regulations that once kept predatory corporate power in check were dismantled,
•    The laws that once protected us were rewritten and
•    We were impoverished.

Now that:

•    Credit is drying up,
•    Good jobs for the working class are gone forever and
•    Mass-produced goods are unaffordable,

  .... we find ourselves transported from “Brave New World” to “1984.”
We can take some comfort in the knowledge that all of this was foreseen and explained nearly two thousand years ago.  Of course, that doesn't mean it is going to be a good time for everyone.

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Blogger Nate March 16, 2013 8:47 AM  

Good jobs for the working class are gone forever?

So people are suddenly going to stop needing plumbers and electricians?

Anonymous Leonidas March 16, 2013 8:56 AM  

So people are suddenly going to stop needing plumbers and electricians?

No, they're just going to stop being able to afford them.

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 16, 2013 9:00 AM  

This "long game" strategy I have adopted is working brilliantly. All I need do is wait, and eventually anything I choose to impose upon you will look virtuous and even libertarian compared to what you impose upon yourselves.

In the end, you will always kneel.

Anonymous German guy March 16, 2013 9:11 AM  

Not to men like you.

Blogger Nate March 16, 2013 9:15 AM  

"No, they're just going to stop being able to afford them."

Everyone has something to trade. This notion that everyone will be poor is just unrealistic. in the worst economic catastrophes in history you don't see that kind of result... and you won't see that kind of result here either.

There will be bad years... but it will effect different parts of the country differently... and while there will be lots of folks getting hurt.. there will be people absolutely thriving.

Unless...

Its fallout 4 live!

Then its all war until someone wins.

Anonymous Godfrey March 16, 2013 9:23 AM  

Come on, it isn't that bad. We still have the freedom to abort our progeny and to sodomize each other. Oh, and we also still have the liberation and fulfillment that comes with working at least 50 hours a week for 50 years.

Isn't this utopia?

Anonymous Salt March 16, 2013 9:24 AM  

I checked my crystal ball again. Plugged it in. It doesn't light up anymore but I can still see "MADE IN CHINA" in it.

Anonymous stg58/Animal Mother March 16, 2013 9:27 AM  

"Give me a kiss to build a dream on"

War...war never changes.

Anonymous Godfrey March 16, 2013 9:33 AM  

@Nate March 16, 2013 9:15 AM
“Everyone has something to trade. This notion that everyone will be poor is just unrealistic… there will be people absolutely thriving.”


The middleclass will be substantially smaller and those thriving will be the politically connected. Given the lack of unifying culture and the elite’s purposeful Balkanization of society; I expect Amerika will end up worse than some third world country.

Blogger IM2L844 March 16, 2013 9:39 AM  

So people are suddenly going to stop needing plumbers and electricians?

No, but the standard of living for plumbers and electricians in New Delhi will continue to go up while that of those in Nashville goes down until all is balanced, fair and equitable. Then we can start working on the ecumenical solution to global divisiveness. Then, once ther is nothing left to fight over, we can all get around to giving the new philosopher kings the proper worshiping they deserve.

Anonymous James May March 16, 2013 9:45 AM  

Add to that something neither Christ nor SF's warning voices predicted: that weird, race and gender-based accidental form of monstrous politeness and ideology called political correctness.

Who was paying attention to Paulo Freire's Critical Pedagogy, which taught that awareness of one's political identity trumped vocational skills, an intellectual Marxism of appearance and false readings of history?

PC is a thing that teaches our young to despise themselves and their heritage. It is directly responsible for current faddist attitudes towards illegal immigration which cause a culture to extinguish itself in an informal suicide pact.

That's a completely different version of the meek who would inherit the Earth. In this version, failure inherits the Earth.

The culture of London has been extinguished in only a few decades of exposure to the plague of PC, after centuries of impressive artistic and technological successes. Now they are minorities in the city they created, a place as surely gone as Tenochtitlan and Constantinople, toppled by a completely different sort of army - the kind that enters one at a time.

To recount those last few decades is to recount "The History of the Collapse."

Anonymous rycamor March 16, 2013 9:47 AM  

I predict a vast rise in black market activity, aided by hackers and other high-tech experts who will come up with ways to game the Orwellian technological system.

The good people will be forced to consider whether they want to continue with society's imprimatur of conventional virtue, or choose some measure of actual freedom.

Of course, there will be casualties.

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 16, 2013 9:58 AM  

Not to men like you.

Not you again...

Next thing you know, some idiot will drop out of the sky and offer to fight me.

Blogger Nate March 16, 2013 10:03 AM  

"Next thing you know, some idiot will drop out of the sky and offer to fight me."

and then some jack wagon will start blasting AC/DC of all things...

Anonymous CaptDMO March 16, 2013 10:18 AM  

I too predict a vast rise in black market activity.
Like illegal, unlicenced, outlaw, carpenters and plumbers, working in exchange for Soilent Green.

Forget bitcoin, Cocaine and Moonshine make a nice "currency" (if your allowed to keep any agriculture you grow), so does pussy(ALSO "licenced")

The question is, how do I defend my gub'mint allocated residence unit against armed,roving gangs of copper/anti-depressant/pussy/cooking fuel thieves?

We can take some comfort in the knowledge that all of this was foreseen and explained nearly two thousand years ago.
Or more recently-SEE:
Idiocracy (the movie)
We The Living (not available via. Amazon "reader"?)

Anonymous harry12 March 16, 2013 10:27 AM  

You said we will always need electricians!

Anonymous Anonymous March 16, 2013 10:32 AM  

No better proof of Loki's stupidity than that he thinks his shtick is still clever and amusing.

Anonymous VanDerMerwe March 16, 2013 10:34 AM  

"You said we will always need electricians!"

No electricity, no electricians. :-)

Anonymous The other skeptic March 16, 2013 10:37 AM  

Someone who believes in dark conspiracies involving the FED has been hacking email accounts.

Anonymous James May March 16, 2013 10:40 AM  

Liberalism is pure Orwell. Success is failure and failure is success. Any winner of history's great competitions of the last few centuries is immoral, any loser moral. Liberalism sees history in 20/20 hindsight. The drama and uncertainty of 800 years of Islamic/Christian conflict in the Mediterranean is stripped of that drama and uncertainty. The drama and uncertainty of WW II is similarly stripped out, as is the expansion of European settlers to California. The Mexican War was never in doubt, no one ever really threatened.

The winners have been transformed by modern politics into racist Imperialists. The 9th cent. Muslim enclaves in S. Italy and S. France, the occupation of the Iberian peninsula, Vienna, consigned to the dustbin of history, as have the Turkish raids reaching even to Cornwall of all places - erased. Aztec and Incan empires were boy scout troops who worshiped nature and laughed at the immorality of owning a machine gun and so purposely didn't invent them. Morality is defined by race and lack of success.

To a pragmatist, Cortes was one empire conquering another. To a liberal, it was race, race, race. All things are parsed in this manner. Anti-racist, racism.

No Amazonian armies led by Xena in all of recorded human history is simply too obvious for liberals. The flood of such warriors in modern pop culture and the provincial fantasy it represents is also too obvious to detect.

Sadly, Cortes didn't have a brigade of women in skin tight black suits and braids brandishing 10 ft. long swords and clever throwing darts. He forbade it. Hahahahaha.

Anonymous DJF March 16, 2013 10:41 AM  

Don't worry, the Republicans and Democrats have a solution to our economic problems, More wars, more spending, more amnesties for illegal's and more "free trade" agreements. That will fix everything

Anonymous The other skeptic March 16, 2013 10:53 AM  

Don't worry, the Republicans and Democrats have a solution to our economic problems, More wars, more spending, more amnesties for illegal's and more "free trade" agreements. That will fix everything

someone else who believes in dark conspiracies that require more military spending.

It reminds me of those dark times in empires of bygone ages where the people were plundered to keep the emperor in power.

Anonymous James May March 16, 2013 10:57 AM  

The people weren't plundered to keep an emperor in power, but pandered to, at least by the successful emperors. The real enemy was anyone outside the bounds of empire, other empires and states. You can't form armies to fight that by gutting your own people. Or you can, and have some guild of bodyguards or conspiracy of nobles replace you. That's "The Prince" 101.

Anonymous Captain America March 16, 2013 11:04 AM  

"Next thing you know, some idiot will drop out of the sky and offer to fight me."

You know, the last time some commenter tried to derail a thread with his musings on tyranny, we ended up disagreeing.

Blogger Desert Cat March 16, 2013 11:05 AM  

All academic ponderings aside, the bottom line is, make your final preparations. Hit the dollar stores for a fresh batch of "beans" and boxes of "bandaids", and scour gunbot.com for a few more "bullets".

"Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has turned on the seatbelt sign..."

Anonymous Black Widow March 16, 2013 11:13 AM  

Women don't ruin everything. Look, I am flying a helicopter...IN THE SKY.

Blogger GF Dad March 16, 2013 11:19 AM  

I think it is all irrelevant. The present is "Brave New World" leading to "1984" and for many of us leading to Solzhenitsyn's "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" (or worse).

Anonymous zen0 March 16, 2013 11:23 AM  

Anonymous March 16, 2013 10:32 AM

No better proof of Loki's stupidity than that he thinks his shtick is still clever and amusing.


Well, at least clever enough to understand the blog rules, unlike yourself.

Anonymous Rantor March 16, 2013 11:28 AM  

Loki of Asgard is at least humorous.

Anonymous on the other hand is just another whiner.

Anonymous Rantor March 16, 2013 11:34 AM  

Saw this on ZH this morning. Living in DC, it is all too obvious. Friggin "See something, say something." signs and announcements by the square-jawed DHS leader trying to secure the country.

Obama refused to eat lunch when he met with Congressmen yesterday, no taster available.

The loser-clowns are in control



Blogger ApolloKioku March 16, 2013 11:37 AM  

No better proof of Loki's stupidity than that he thinks his shtick is still clever and amusing.

For what it's worth, I still find it amusing if not always clever.

and the latest from Market-Ticker:
BRUSSELS—Depositors in Cypriot banks will be hit with a one-off tax on their savings, as part of a €10 billion ($12.96 billion) bailout for the Mediterranean island from the euro zone and the International Monetary Fund.

The deal, announced early Saturday, marks the first time in the euro zone's five-year-old financial crisis that depositors in bloc's banks will lose money. Accounts with more than €100,000 will be taxed at 9.9%, those with less at 6.75%, raising an expected €5.8 billion for the near-bankrupt nation.


Things really are getting interesting...

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 16, 2013 11:44 AM  

You know, the last time some commenter tried to derail a thread with his musings on tyranny, we ended up disagreeing.

Derailing? My good man, this thread is about long-game tyranny. Or is it not tyranny when you impose it upon your own, with the consent of a small but vocal minority?

My point is simply that your elite will tear your society apart until some new order arises--which history suggests will come from without--and proposes something less unpalatable. After living under absolute despotism for long enough, you will welcome a more lenient despot.

Blogger Positive Dennis March 16, 2013 11:47 AM  

I think the greatest risk is Hollywood the Great, a subsidiary of Babayln the Great. Here is an old blog post where I talk about Huxley and Orwell.

http://www.prophecypodcast.com/journal/2012/8/4/a-brave-new-world.html

Anonymous Anonymous March 16, 2013 11:57 AM  

"This notion that everyone will be poor is just unrealistic. in the worst economic catastrophes in history you don't see that kind of result... and you won't see that kind of result here either."

I dunno, Nate. I've lived all over the world, plus have a amateur's degree in history. What is typical for humans is a tiny, wealthy, powerful class ruling over serfs, who are kept in place by ignorance, poverty, and thugocracy. It's happened before and is happening now. Why COULDN'T that be the result here?

Anonymous James May March 16, 2013 12:10 PM  

Are you sure they're not kept in place by people who are simply smarter than they are, and their own failings? Life is a competition and there will always be people incredibly bright and motivated. There will always be people who do the bare minimum to get by.

Being in last place doesn't mean the first place team keeps you there on purpose. It presupposes that the last place team is simply an oppressed and unlucky first place team, and otherwise equal.

That's how you get the liberal notion of Haiti as a nation of unlucky string theorists.

Anonymous Unending Improvement March 16, 2013 12:25 PM  

It's not clear how libertarian politics are supposed to help against corporate predations.

Anonymous The other skeptic March 16, 2013 12:25 PM  

The deal, announced early Saturday, marks the first time in the euro zone's five-year-old financial crisis that depositors in bloc's banks will lose money. Accounts with more than €100,000 will be taxed at 9.9%, those with less at 6.75%, raising an expected €5.8 billion for the near-bankrupt nation.

Things really are getting interesting...


I imagine that a run is occurring on the banks now, or will, when they open.

Anonymous Unending Improvement March 16, 2013 12:26 PM  

If you look at the left wing in Europe, they are very anti-corporation.

And who is more anti-corporation in the US? The Progressives or the Conservatives?

Anonymous LES March 16, 2013 12:47 PM  

The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West (Feb 2013)
-Paul Craig Roberts

http://www.amazon.com/Failure-Capitalism-Economic-Dissolution-ebook/dp/B00BL7IZ76/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363452351&sr=1-1&keywords=paul+craig+roberts

Anonymous let it burn March 16, 2013 1:15 PM  

Europe Does It Again: Cyprus Depositor Haircut "Bailout" Turns Into Saver "Panic", Frozen Assets, Bank Runs, Broken ATMs

deposit accounts receive 7-10% haircut over night.

enjoy the decline!

Blogger IM2L844 March 16, 2013 1:38 PM  

in the worst economic catastrophes in history you don't see that kind of result... and you won't see that kind of result here either.

I hope you're right, but it looks to me like we are rapidly moving into an historically unique situation.

Blogger Nate March 16, 2013 1:58 PM  

I dunno, Nate. I've lived all over the world, plus have a amateur's degree in history. What is typical for humans is a tiny, wealthy, powerful class ruling over serfs, who are kept in place by ignorance, poverty, and thugocracy. It's happened before and is happening now. Why COULDN'T that be the result here?"

Lots of reasons. First of all... the problem is not a wealth problem... its not even a production problem... its a monetary problem.

As insane as weimar was... how long did last?

And note that the 10 years following the catastrophe are called The Golden Age.

Anonymous The other skeptic March 16, 2013 2:23 PM  

deposit accounts receive 7-10% haircut over night.

If you have deposits anywhere, including in retirement savings, they will tax them, eventually at 100%.

Get you cash out while you can.

Blogger "1951" March 16, 2013 2:40 PM  

In every society, the hoi aristoi rules and controls the resources, and the hoi polloi serves and exists on whatever resources are left. This is a law of human nature as immutable as the laws of gravitation.

The difference between a righteous society and an unrighteous society lies in the character of the aristoi. In a Christian society, the elites see themselves as sons of God and fathers of their people, entrusted with power by the Deity and burdened with the paternal responsibility of protecting and preserving the borders, culture, and general welfare of the nation. The spirit of the righteous society is noblesse oblige.

By contrast, a society that is not Christian in its basic constitution is ruled by an elite for its own ends: either strict material aggarandizement (the vast majority) or personal apotheosis.

In the former case you get a simple banana-republic tyranny, a kakistocracy in which gang leaders rape the nation for their own pleasure but have little concern with controlling the people as long as the girls, gold, and guns keep on coming. In the second case you get freaky ideological states in which the nation is reorganized as a cult, founded upon ideology and dedicated to the worship of the Leader(s).

A banana republic, as bad as it is, is at least a society based upon human nature, homo homini lupus est; in such societies there is always hope that power will be achieved by a gangster who will come to recognize something higher than his own desires and accept his responsibilities under noblesse oblige. Such a society can be nursed along and eventually brought to a Christian state.

An ideological state, however, is pure evil straight from hell. Such a society is based upon the eating of human souls, and can only be utterly destroyed (or isolated, and allowed to eat itself).

The United States hasn't been a Christian society for many decades. It has essentially been the world's largest banana republic, an enormous shakedown in which two competing groups of gangsters have enriched themselves with protection money milked from the hoi polloi. Thanks to a residue of Christianity within them, these gangsters have been content to enrich themselves without seeking to impose any particular ideology on the nation.

This era, however, is ending. An ideological elite has now arisen within the American ruling class, an elite that has come to dominate both political gangs. This elite wants more than mere gold, girls, and guns: they want it all. They want total global power. They want to be more than human. They want to be worshiped as gods.

The current cult of personality in the United States is proof of this. Even at the height of his power, FDR had his critics. In America today, any criticism of the current Leader or his policies is seen as being hateful, racist, and borderline treasonous.

And tomorrow? Tomorrow, any criticism of the Leader or his henchmen will be something like blasphemy.

Heute Obama; morgens, Kim Jon un.

Anonymous Dr. J March 16, 2013 4:40 PM  

I remember reading Huxley thinking it was a cautionary tale about a possible future dystopia, and was later surprised to find he wrote it as an endorsement of the Brave New World . Our dear leaders certainly have tried implement his vision with ever earlier and more extensive compulsory education, abortion on demand, and marginalization of religion.

Anonymous Thor, God of Thunder March 16, 2013 6:02 PM  

In the end, you will always kneel.

I....SAY...THEE..NAY!

*Thor uses MJOLNIR ATTACK and LIGHTNING STRIKE to knock Loki unconscious and takes him back to Asgard

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 16, 2013 6:15 PM  

/image shimmers, reappears elsewhere/

Are you ever not going to fall for that?

Anonymous Sigyn March 16, 2013 6:18 PM  

*walks up and smacks Thor on head with skillet*

What did I TELL you about zapping my husband and trying to kidnap him? Huh? Does he sneak up on you at the supper table and zap YOU? No.

You owe him an apology, you big jerk.

Then you can join us for supper. We're having meat loaf and mashed potatoes.

Blogger Nate March 16, 2013 6:20 PM  

*** throws several one dollar bills at Loki***

Hey daddy issues... how much for a table dance?

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 16, 2013 6:22 PM  

Great lights in the sky, woman, meat loaf again?

I should know by now that any time you are going to inflict meat loaf on me, I will be battling him.

...Stay, hold. It is possible that I can predict the future based on your menu? This bears examination. We may have a prophetess among us.

Blogger Nate March 16, 2013 6:22 PM  

" Does he sneak up on you at the supper table and zap YOU? No."

not to butt into a family squabble or anything.. but umm... Loki has in fact done that very thing.

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 16, 2013 6:24 PM  

Table dance. Is that where I pick up a table and break it over your miniscule head, and then dance upon your twitching corpse?

No charge for that, of course.

Blogger Nate March 16, 2013 6:28 PM  

"Table dance. Is that where I pick up a table and break it over your miniscule head, and then dance upon your twitching corpse?"

sure thing Daddy Issues. You get right on that. or is it your turn on the stripper pole again?

Anonymous Sigyn March 16, 2013 6:33 PM  

*points skillet at Nate*

You hush. There's plenty of this to go around, and I've had an upgrade since the last time we crossed swords or whatever.

I'm deadly with a cast-iron skillet, buddy. DEADLY.

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 16, 2013 6:34 PM  

I'm deadly with a cast-iron skillet, buddy. DEADLY.

Or with a meat loaf pan...

Anonymous Anonagain March 16, 2013 6:42 PM  

This tricksy Norse god who has re-descended upon VP reminds me - I just ran across a new series from the History Channel, Vikings. All three episodes of the first season are available for free on Hulu. Episode 3 will only be available until today, so if you want to watch all three, today is the day to do it.

It's worth a watch. We shall see how it progresses.

Blogger Nate March 16, 2013 6:50 PM  

"I'm deadly with a cast-iron skillet, buddy. DEADLY."

No question. Now if you could just be so skillful at explaining to your dearest husband that he's a couple thousand years to old for the whole "daddy issues" bit... we could all move on to the 'trying to take over the world' stage without so much drama.

Anonymous Sigyn March 16, 2013 7:03 PM  

I'm just trying to keep peace in the family and everyone's piling on me. What's up with that???

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 16, 2013 7:04 PM  

Blame it on indigestion, Pet.

Blogger Nate March 16, 2013 7:16 PM  

no no... Loki is piling... I am soliciting help.

Anonymous Pigman March 16, 2013 7:19 PM  

"I remember reading Huxley thinking it was a cautionary tale about a possible future dystopia, and was later surprised to find he wrote it as an endorsement of the Brave New World . "

Are you sure? Wikipedia says it was intended to be satire / a distopia

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 16, 2013 7:37 PM  

no no... Loki is piling... I am soliciting help.

By the bye, does your wife know that you have taken to offering money to men for sexual favours?

Anonymous Dr. J March 16, 2013 8:01 PM  

Are you sure? Wikipedia says it was intended to be satire / a distopia

Looking at his speech , I would say more a fascination with non-violent means of despotism.

Anonymous Dr. J March 16, 2013 8:04 PM  

Wait - link didn't work:

speech

Blogger Nate March 16, 2013 8:58 PM  

"By the bye, does your wife know that you have taken to offering money to men for sexual favours?"

Oh yes... DrWho is quite amused by my preferred mockery methodology. Does daddy know you were bedded by mortal men and bore their children?

I mean that may explain why he favors the dumb one... don't ya think?

Anonymous Koanic March 17, 2013 5:13 AM  

The choice is clear. Pick Thor, and Loki will invade and devastate the land. Pick Loki, and Thor will hang his head in puzzlement and trouble us no more.

Not to mention, global peace and anti-egalitarian aristocratic supremacy.

Loki for Emperor.

Funded by the Moldbug PAC.

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 17, 2013 6:54 AM  

DrWho is quite amused by my preferred mockery methodology.

Doctor--

Oh my, you call your wife by a masculine nickname? Well, I'm sure that doesn't mean a thing.

Does daddy know you were bedded by mortal men and bore their children?

I see you are among the one in fifty men who fantasizes about bedding me in some form. A thousand years and I'm still so good looking. /preen/

So sorry to break your heart, but I'm spoken for, old chap.

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 17, 2013 6:57 AM  

Loki for Emperor.

At last, someone with sense.

Anonymous Koanic March 17, 2013 7:48 AM  

Not to mention, "immortal" rather neatly solves the succession problem.

Anonymous Stilicho March 17, 2013 9:20 AM  

Someone who believes in dark conspiracies involving the FED has been hacking email accounts.

I've been wondering what Dread was up to.

In e-mail screeds, “Guccifer” seems to subscribe to dark conspiracies involving the Federal Reserve, the Council on Foreign Relations, and attendees of Bohemian Grove retreats. “the evil is leading this fucked up world!!!!!! i tell you this the world of tomorrow will be a world free of illuminati or will be no more,” the hacker declared.

Now I know.

Blogger Nate March 17, 2013 9:43 AM  

"Oh my, you call your wife by a masculine nickname? Well, I'm sure that doesn't mean a thing."

Sure... it means that among my friends her nickname was Who... and then she became an anesthesiologist.

Blogger Nate March 17, 2013 9:49 AM  

And Loki.. dear trixster... if I wanted to bed you... well I'd be making horse noises now wouldn't I?

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 17, 2013 11:36 AM  

Sure... it means that among my friends her nickname was Who... and then she became an anesthesiologist.

What a coincidence. I am convinced, of course. You have plenty of friends who call her "Who". Lots of them.

And Loki.. dear trixster... if I wanted to bed you... well I'd be making horse noises now wouldn't I?

Then you confess that you only pretend to be a stallion. This would explain your "harem" of photographs.

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 17, 2013 11:54 AM  

And Loki.. dear trixster... if I wanted to bed you... well I'd be making horse noises now wouldn't I?

My wife said something to me just now that suggests I misunderstood you. You were acknowledging that I am, in fact, hung like a horse.

I cannot fathom why you would notice, however. Not in the least.

Anonymous Sigyn March 17, 2013 11:57 AM  

My lord, it's 100% certain he doesn't get your jokes.

Could I prevail on you to come fix the washer for me, pleeeeeease? We're running out of clean clothes. I think the valve is sticking open.

Anonymous Loki of Asgard March 17, 2013 12:00 PM  

Oh, is that why our cellar has turned into a wading pool?

Woman, next time, inform me of things before they become an emergency and potentially an insurance claim.

Ta-rah, then. I'm off to be a plumber. I am sure Nate will daydream about it.

Anonymous E. PERLINE March 17, 2013 6:16 PM  

I was trained as an architect but didn't pursue it. We may not need any plumbers or electricians any more than we need signpainters who hand-letter signs with paint. I think the day will come when all houses will be made in factories as modular units. The day will come when skyscrapers will be made in factories as modular units and stacked on the building site, one floor at a time. I think doing these jobs outdoors is ridiculous.

Blogger Nate March 18, 2013 10:17 AM  

"What a coincidence. I am convinced, of course. You have plenty of friends who call her "Who". Lots of them."

Lots? No. Three actually. One of them in particular always manages to create derivative nicknames based on actual names with slight mispronunciations. Over time these deliberate mispronunciations get exaggerated and shortened... such that... over a matter of years... Julie can be reduced to "Who"... through a convoluted and bizarre set of changes that make no sense what-so-ever.

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