Steve Kelly and I had a chance to get together for dinner with our families this past week. We were in the area, staying at Chico Hot Springs, so Steve and company came over from Bozeman to join us. It was a wide-ranging two-plus hour affair, the wait staff too polite to remind us to move to a different venue. We discussed many things. One of them was Stephers, from our perspective, extremely bright, young and diligent. Her posts are bringing in a new audience, something I think of as a “happy problem.” Something else I’ve noticed, her posts have a much longer shelf life than mine.
I cannot write for that audience. As I told Steve, new feet do tend to step on old hands. He and I are the same age, and each bring a different perspective to this blog.
More importantly, we need not only that audience, but Stephers and the energy and information she brings to us. All I am doing with this post is trying to come up with a way to rearrange the blog to accommodate her and her audience, and Steve and I and our stuff. (Steve, I might add, is far more attune to Stephers’ insights and jargon than I am.)
Here is where I am at: I’ve made a conscious decision to stop writing about Covid and the vaccine, as it is covered already and I cannot add anything to it. The body of information is growing, and will continue to do so. I had no idea a year ago that we would have a writer named Stephers or that we’d be talking about graphene. That has to go on, has to take center stage, as it matters.
Fortunately, I am somewhat tired, and do not suffer ego fits. I was able, on July 4, to sit down with the iPad and write about Yellowstone and my lifetime of experiences there, and it was fun and rewarding. It turned into something different in the comments, but I don’t mind that even as I am not sure how it happened. But I realized after I did that that it was what I enjoy doing, merely sitting down with an idea and watching it blossom before my eyes. I am fortunate in that regard, as I think with my fingers. Words appear on the screen and I read them before anyone else. I watch others struggle in that regard, overwrought and frustrated at not being able to translate thoughts and feelings into words. I sympathize, but cannot fix that problem.
I get emails from Drs. Kaufman and Cowen, but have stopped going to those sites. It was becoming tedious, and left me empty, nothing to add, nothing to write about. I know they are doing good and important work, and I hope they are the real deal. I am always cautious when people become “go-to” and become the source of all knowledge and wisdom, so I am going to ignore them as much as possible. Somehow I manage to stay atop things even as I am adrift, so my life without K&C will not change.
One thing I would like to do is change the face of the blog. Maarten is not with us anymore. Tyrone is a writer emeritus, and will stay on the banner as long as he likes, but really, now, there are only three of us. Graphene is drawing great attention and has brought out the censors and “shadowbanners” in great numbers. I take it we are on to something, but I cringe at the power we are up against. If, by chance, you find one day the blog is gone, well, we had a great run. I long ago gave up the fantasy of self-government or individual rights. The Bill of Rights was just a virtue signal, but never taken seriously by people with real power.
In the meantime, when I write, which will be less often, it will be my writing of old, things that cross my mind, place I’ve been, maybe even some insight now and then. Climate Change is still an important issue to me, speaking of power. Nothing is changing around us, but everyone I know has this sense of pending doom and damnation, the power of agitation propaganda writ large. I will quote again Edward Bernays, from his near century-old book, Propaganda:
The systematic study of mass psychology revealed to students the potentialities of invisible manipulation of motives which actuate man in the group. Trotter and Le Bon, who approached the subject in a scientific manner, and Graham Wallas, Walter Lippmann, and others who continued with searching study of the group mind, established that the group has mental characteristics distinct from those of the individual, and is motivated by impulses and emotions which cannot be explained on the basis of what we know of individual psychology. So the question naturally arose: If we understood the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it?
To “control and regiment masses” was the objective nearly 100 years ago. They’ve had that much time, they are that far ahead of us. With those close to me, I see with Climate Change that they are controlled and regimented. I point out to them that all that is needed is to look at the basic facts … temperatures, sea levels, forest fires, sea ice in Greenland, the Artic and Antarctica, the health of the Great Barrier Reef, and one I noticed just recently, Siberia, where a woman told me the whole region has been destroyed (!). It does not matter. People are thought-controlled, brainwashed, and will be the last to know. As the old saying goes, those not reasoned in cannot be reasoned out.
So what to do? I will continue to write as I have in the past, and live my own life as I see I must live it, outside the mainstream, coasting. This blog will move forward, often without me, and I am OK with that. I’ll also try and fix up its appearance. We ain’t done yet, but know what we are up against.