2 MOTHERLODE

The technological leaps forward represented by Starlink sound fantastically impressive… propulsion landings… the krypton ion-thrusters and control momentum gyroscopes… attitudinal positioning systems and autonomous debris avoidance… silicon carbide lasers… light-pulse data transmission… I can’t pretend to understand much of it on a technical level. In any case I’m more interested in the impacts — technological, […]

3 BACKHAUL

As Buaphan stood there, pan in hand, staring at the strange trail of lights crossing the pre-dawn sky, the ‘pandemic’ was already on the horizon, a couple of thousand kilometres to the north in Wuhan, China. Two and a half months later, the lockdowns would come down like a great suffocating blanket across the planet, […]

4 FOOTFALL

“But the internet has no two-dimensional spacial nature. So instead what you see with the conflicts that occur through internet-based organisations — and states are increasingly moving onto the internet — is a kind of inter-digitisation of conflict. That is, there’s no border, and it’s 220 milliseconds from New York to Nairobi. So why would there ever be peace in such a scenario?”

1 CONSTELLATION

∆ Tues 7 January, 2563 BE (2020 AD).  The old lady was up before dawn, as she always is. She and her husband farm a few rai of land in Isan, Northern Thailand, growing vegetables, rice and sugar. In landlocked Isan it gets hellish hot in the middle of the day, and the best hours […]

THE WEB

A boy, fourteen or fifteen years old. Great kid, so much potential. Smart as hell, but small for his age. Fragile. Can’t fight to save his life. He’s missed a lot of school, with asthma or whatever. Always going down with whatever’s going round. Charles, he might be called, or maybe Theo. Let’s go with […]

Audio Versions

I’ve started to make audio versions of some of my better writing, beginning with the more personal stories, character sketches, autobiographical fragments and so on. The less lethal stuff, if you like. The more lethal texts will go on Bitchute and LBRY. I have to admit that these days, like everyone else, I often enjoy […]

A BRILLIANT EQUIVOCATION 

THE CONSPIRACY MYTH by Charles Eisenstein — A Response ‘The first hints of a philosophy of the ultimate revolution — the revolution which lies beyond politics and economics, and which aims at total subversion of the individual’s psychology and physiology — are to be found in the Marquis de Sade, who regarded himself as the […]

THE WELL

We dug three wells.  Not narrow shafts into the ground, but broad, conical pits, converging to a point nine metres deep. In two of them we had to smash through a layer of rock using a hammer drill. We had no idea if it would work. Isan was drought-afflicted and bone dry, with worsening drought […]

ABSURDITY BITES

  It’s the absurdity that bites. Children in social distancing hats. Chalk squares on the playground.  These slave masks. These gags. Social distancing robots in the parks.  Instructions to stand in the corners and face away from each other in lifts. The sheer reach of this insanity. The pettiness of tyranny. The insistent tang of […]