WELCOME TO THE PEREGRINATING GRAYBEARD

31 March 2020
Quail Ridge
Huachuca City, AZ

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After getting the post written yesterday it was housecleaning time. I got the bathroom and all the floors cleaned. Maybe get to Desperado's cab and windows today plus the kitchen counter and stove top.

I also cooked a pot of pottage yesterday, it didn't involve much work at all. A cup of dry lentils, a package of frozen chopped spinach, a package of frozen cut carrots brought to boil in vegetable broth. I let it boil for a few minutes and then put it into my Thermal Cooker and it was ready by 'linner' time. I have plenty for additional 'linners'.

leftpic I think I liked this last Blade runner book by Jeter the best of the three that he wrote. I certainly liked Iris better than Decker, who was the main character in the first two of his books. I'll be reading some more of Jeter in the future.

Ridley Scott's vision of Philip K. Dick's 21st Century Los Angeles was a masterpiece that has become a defining landmark on the SF landscape. And with his Blade Runner novels acclaimed author K.W. Jeter has added a body of fiction that is richly resonant of the original vision.

Fully authorised by the estate of Philip K. Dick and written by the author they felt best equipped to take forward the vision of one of the great names in SF, Blade Runner 4: Eye and Talon combines the dark imagery, paranoia, tension and pace of Dick's original novel and the cinematic genius of Ridley Scott in a novel that takes the Blade Runner series into a new millennium.

Blade Runner has become one of the most recognisable and well-loved icons of SF and K.W. Jeter has only added to its reputation and impact. - Book promo @ goodreads.com

This is not going to happen overnight or as soon as the lockdown of the country is lifted. However, I think Mr. Kunstler is right. Maybe not right about everything but certainly right about 'This will be a different country'.
The big cities will not recover from the trauma and stigma of the virus, but that is only the beginning of their problems. What, exactly, will the suffering poor of the ghettos do, under orders to remain cooped-up until the end of April? These are people who are unlikely to have laid in supplies ahead of time, and a month from now they are sure to be very hungry. How will the big cities be able to manage their infrastructures with municipal bonds massively failing? How will they provide social services when tax revenues are down to a trickle?
The answer is, they won’t manage any of this. They grew too big and too complex. Now they have to get smaller, and the process will not be pretty...

Then there is the question of how do we behave? You may not think that matters so much, but we’ve become so profoundly dishonest that it’s impeding our relationship with reality. On top of that we’re surly, impolite, clownish, blustering, greedy, and improvident. Believe me, that is going to change. Hardship is a great attitude-adjuster. When Americans awake from the corona coma like millions of Rip Van Winkles, it will matter again to be upright and to act in good faith. This will be a different country. People Get Ready!, James Howard Kunstler


Another blog post with the same theme. This has not gone mainstream yet but the Alternate News is replete with articles about how the status quo ante is not going to return.
For some time now, a general popular disquiet has been incubating. The question is whether, in the cold post-Covid-19 reality, Americans will begin to cease their acquiescence to – and their co-operation with – the status quo.

This might mean trouble as America and some European states try to manage the pandemic through invoking the necessity of a war-time command-governance. Will people accept such a command system, if they see its principal purpose being the return to a failed status quo ante? - Is the U.S. Able to Handle COVID-19? – Global Prospects Hang on This Question, Alastair Crooke

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