10DEC2020 – OCF Update – Things That I Am Trying to Figure Out

Output’s been slow the last day or so because I’ve been working on some bigger fish.  I’m starting an sf&f book that I’ve been kicking around for a while.  It’s sort of a combination of sf and fantasy.  It always gets blurry when you start adding multiverses and immortals.  And that’s fine as far I’m concerned.  If you consider the ramifications of things like quantum superposition then it’s hard to say that reality draws a clear line between science and magic.  But it’s been fun and I’m making pretty good progress on both the outline and the beginning of the book.  But it has cut into my blogging time lately.

Also, I’ve been trying to do a little more analytical thinking about our present political situation.  We may have reached the point where yelling at the top of our lungs for people to wake up is no longer a useful task.  I think everyone who isn’t stupid or evil has acknowledged that our government is hopelessly compromised against us.  We need to switch gears and now focus on concrete plans to change the status quo.

And guess what, that’s not the easiest thing in the world to figure out.  It’s not just one thing.  It’s a million things.  We are up against an almost monolithic structure that is intent on destroying our way of life.  Individual defensive and offensive actions against such an opponent are so microscopically weak that they border on futility.  It’s obvious that organization is the key to expanding our impact.  But what organizations exist and which can you trust?

That is the kind of research I’ve been doing and it takes a lot of time and doesn’t provide instant results.  But there is no way of getting around the analysis.  So even though I enjoy ranting and raving and even though I think there is value in providing moral support and personal testament on the day-to-day events in the news I’m also looking to find answers to the questions we all have.  Is there an organization that is making progress against our enemies?  Is there an organization that can help us if we are attacked?  Is there a resource for finding allies in the different activities of our lives?  Such as religion, education, family activities, entertainment, sports, literature, professional societies, legal help, political organizing.  What corporations are on our side, or at least have made a point to remain neutral?  What news or social media companies will cater to us?  If any of you have done similar searches feel free to leave something in the comments that will provide a lead in my search.

I know this is a very long-term project so I try to keep it from dominating my day.  But at the same time, sometimes I have to follow a white rabbit pretty far down a hole to find out if he’s real or not.  So that’s what I’ve been busy with lately.  And I have the real-life stuff going on like all of you.  Christmas is coming up and we have things to take care of, and end of year stuff to attend to.  There are the young who need to be taught and the old who need to be remembered.  And Camera Girl is there to roll her eyes and shake her head in disapproval and attend to the ordering of her domestic universe, which she believes gives her authority over all of my world.  Hah!

06MAY2018 – OCF Update

This week I’ll finish up reading Larry Correia’s “Monster Hunter Seige” and post a review.  The hard cover version came out back in July but I buy the paperback for convenience and that version just got issued.  The site has been a little slow because I’m putting together a sort of “best of” post on my southwest landscape trip for a link that Captain Capitalism is providing me and it’s a time-consuming endeavor.  It’s like eleven hundred files and I’m still learning how to use Capture One.  So bear with me.  That post should be pretty interesting for the photo enthusiasts.  As I mentioned earlier I’ll get those rental lenses on Friday the 11th and that will spawn some interesting posts on the viability of using Sigma lenses with Canon mount on the Sony A7 cameras.  That may be interesting to Canon shooters with Sigma glass who have been interested in switching to Sony and anyone who is still constrained by Sony’s telephoto and macro lens choices.

The other thing I am interested in writing about is the direction of right wing movement.  I am trying to formulate my own particular spin on what makes sense going forward.  There is a lot of confusion and undirected anger that doesn’t seem to be producing much in the way of results.  And there seems to be a certain amount of opportunism and charlatanism that makes it difficult to know what is solid and worthwhile.  Sometimes it seems that several people have each latched onto a different piece of the puzzle needed to reform the current situation but like the blind men and the elephant they only “see” a small part of the reality and are missing the big picture.  And because of that, they diagnose that small part of the problem and their solution doesn’t address the broader situation.  And some of the “wise men” are too extreme.  They would throw out the baby with the bath water.  The more I think about solutions for the social disintegration the more I think that restoring the common-sense institutions we used to have is the solution.  Stopping unlimited immigration is neither impossible nor radical.  Restoring respect for the traditions and institutions of our forefathers is important and relatively straight forward.  And replacing social justice and reverse discrimination with actual justice is so rational that it shouldn’t even require explanation.  I think some of the emphasis on race reality is a response to the absurdity that occurs when racial and sexual protectionism and intersectionality tactics are used to attack the American white middle and working classes.  If you eliminate these irritants then the rules of American society should be competent to allow different types of people to function relatively harmoniously.  Anyway, that is what I’m starting to think.  I’m definitely interested in other opinions.  And I read around to hear what other people are coming up with.  For instance I’m going to read Gregory Cochran’s “The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution” and David Reich’s “Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past” to see if there’s anything in biology that rules out my optimism for a functional multi-ethnic America.

And finally, I’d love to get more feedback from the readers.  Even if it’s negative.  It’s useful to know what you like and what you don’t.  Or even to just say hi.  It’s definitely appreciated and part of why I made this site.  I am interested in hearing other points of view.  And if you find something interesting on-line pass along the link.

The ZMan Has a Post Today ( The Narcotic of Minor Celebrity )

 

The ZMan has a post today ( The Narcotic of Minor Celebrity ), that should be of interest to most of us who are the audience for the right wing blogs and sites.  All of these judgements are extremely subjective and it definitely matters whose ox is being gored but there are some good points being raised.  It’s the nature of modern web commerce that drama increases web traffic and so we get a lot of drama.  But attacking each other turns it into a zero sum game where someone wins and someone loses.  That doesn’t build a community.  I guess the question comes down to what the right wing web presence will look like in the future.  And it’s an important question.  Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are shutting down conservative content providers and Google has demonstrated its willingness to selectively hide right wing content.  Assuming that nothing changes another method for promoting right wing messages and businesses will be needed.  With respect to this I have a little bit of interesting data.  I tried out Google AdWords for about a year.  I determined that the clicks from that source had an almost 100% bounce rate and almost never returned.  So chances are they are click-farm zombie hits.  And this highlights the necessity for growing our own stuff and supporting an ecosystem on the right.  This will require a certain amount of cooperation and also a reasonable amount of tolerance for people with at least slightly different ideologies.  I see the bickering and purity tests as counterproductive.  I don’t espouse locking hands and singing kumbaya with the SJWs but I don’t think there is any danger of that anyway.  I think that attacking people who are more or less on our side is slowing down the coalescing of a consensus that is occurring on the right.  What seems to be missing is a framework that allows all these disparate elements to engage and allow for synergy.  I imagine the Republican party should be that framework except it’s not.  It’s part of the problem instead.  It’s more or less occupied territory.  I’d say we need a new party except that’s a recipe for disaster.  What’s needed is a cultural/commercial enterprise to give the right a space to interact.  The closest thing I can think of is a right wing version of Amazon.  That’s a tall order.  Maybe Peter Thiel could get to work on it.  In the meantime we all should do our part to support anything that halfway looks like a step in the right direction.  But boy it’s hard to find.

Filling in the Gaps

The network tv season has just about reached its conclusion.  Summer re-run season is upon us and in a meaningful way it no longer matters at all.  I am effectively down to one show (“The Middle”) that I truthfully consider entertaining.  It’s been about two years since “The Big Bang Theory” was funny.  “Last Man Standing” which used to add a tiny amount of right wing commentary in with the family sit-com formula had a comatose season that telegraphed the news that this season would be its last.  “Kevin Can Wait” is a pale shadow of how funny “King of Queens” sometimes was and nothing else on the tube even mildly interests me.  So, I’ve finally had to face it.  There is no reason to watch network television anymore.  Cable is slightly more promising.  There are a few series that I hear are entertaining.  I’ve been watching earlier seasons of Silicon Valley and it is funny but hardly worth paying for HBO.  I can probably stream whatever I want on Amazon or Netflix or Hulu or blah, blah, blah.  So, I can probably also join the ranks of those who have cut the cable and use the internet as their data and entertainment umbilicus.  But for me that’s weird.

The baby boomers were raised by the boob tube.  It seemed like it was always on.  It was the background music to our lives.  ABC, NBC and CBS were our babysitters, our teachers, our neighbors and in a strange way our friends.  We sort of depended on them to tell us what cars were cool, what other kids were wearing and what music we should listen to.  Now I guess that has been replaced by the ubiquitous cell phone link to you-tube and facebook and whatever is trending on Twitter.  Well, I don’t do cell phone, but I guess the internet on my laptop is the equivalent.  So now I amuse myself with that.  But it’s not the same.  Sure, I’ve replaced the network news with a handful of blogs and news aggregators.  And I search for reviews of movies and cable shows and books on the right-wing blogs and for the most part I can find what I want but something is missing.

In the 1990s I went to work and could talk to coworkers and find out about shows like Seinfeld and Home Improvement and it felt like we all shared a similar perspective on the humor or the take on current events.  The writers of the shows reflected the common culture and the sensibilities of the country at large.  That’s completely gone.  We are fractured and alienated from each other to such an extent that it almost isn’t meaningful to talk about one country as existing anymore.  I guess we are at least two peoples.  And unfortunately, the group I’m in doesn’t have a media.  We have the rudiments of one.  But it’s much harder to make it work effectively and it doesn’t feel as seamless and comforting as the old one was.

So, this post is just me thinking out loud and reflecting on where we are.  I can remember one day during the Iraq War driving home from work and listening to NPR on the car radio.  The slanted and dishonest reporting was so unbearable that I vowed never to listen to another show of any kind on Public Radio or television.  And just saying it felt good.  But it was the beginning of a long process to identify alternate sources and structures to patronize and support.  I buy my fiction from sources that do not force a leftist narrative on their authors.  I never click on a news article from the NY Times or the Washington Post or Politico or any of the other leftist mouthpieces.  I never watch a Colbert or a Jon Stewart routine.  I don’t go to or rent a movie with a leftist slant or agenda.  I support politicians who vote for the things I want.  I sent a substantial check to Donald Trump during his campaign.  I only support charities and organizations that reflect my values.  I fill in the gaps around the places where the cancer had to be excised.

And I write this blog.  I give my opinions and I spread the word on any people or sites that I think are right wing and useful.  And I try to entertain and give encouragement.

So where are we?  At the beginning.  Is it good enough? No, but it’s a beginning.