The year is 2045. There is a hideous flap of concrete in a completely arbitrary line along the northernmost reaches of Mexico. Every once in a while, a drone buzzes along its ramparts. The drone, if it has any ammunition remaining, will shoot anyone it sees climbing on the wall. Fewer and fewer drones are lethal since the last Israeli maintenance worker abandoned their prison slaves and slinked back to Palestine. But they are still a threat to anyone who wants over the wall, which is just about nobody. You might be surprised to learn that a similar barrier now winds along the southern extent of Canada. After Amerikan settler raids began damaging agriculture and conservation efforts in Canada, the world pitched in and sealed the US off completely.
The wall worked. It set a hard limit on manifest destiny: manifest that shit within your contiguous 48 because it's now unwelcome everywhere else. The US military made various provocations that nobody took seriously. Out of fuel, money and material, its ICBMs and Pentagon officials aged to states of dangerous unreliability, it entered its death spasms, gnashing its gums in panic. The world watched by satellite, and the occasional idiotic fringe journalist's nervous radio broadcasts, as Amerika consumed itself, exterminated many of its people, enslaved others, lost control of its remote regions, and bubbled over with its own trash and shit.
The wall worked to contain the burst of America's capitalist bubble while the rest of the planet reformed itself and entered a new era of harmony with nature. Over 190 countries ratified the world's first "thousand-year plan" to arrest anthropogenic climate change and provide for continued human habitability. Over the airwaves, the world listened to the screams as Los Angeles and Portland burned down, Phoenix and Houston choked to death, and a third of Manhattan, overloaded with useless skyscrapers, collapsed in sections into the foul Hudson. Ex-police warlords turned rural towns into fiefdoms. Trees in Amerika were reduced to .5% of their 2017 population. It is now 2045, and to everyone's surprise, a little raft has been intercepted by the Turtle Island Containment Fleet. On this raft is an envoy from the last vestiges of the Amerikan government, accompanied by a few trusted journalist-explorers from normal countries. "We give up," the envoy declares. "We need help. Please teach us how to live." The world immediately begins preparations to breach the wall and send a skilled humanitarian army to assess the damage. What would they find?
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a lot of GameCenter CX
like when one of the organising guys said he was genuinely ready to suck a customs guy's dick to get container loads of Evian released,
Bay Area Influencer sitting in The Thinker pose, thinking the big hard thoughts with his magnificent brain and deciding the easiest way to get drinking water is to ship it through international customs.
I watched a terrible netflix thing yesterday when I should have been organising and putting away my things after my travels. It was a documentary about that Fyre festival nonsense. Very funny at times, like when one of the organising guys said he was genuinely ready to suck a customs guy's dick to get container loads of Evian released, and especially when the festival goers arrived at the camp site and it turned into a bougie lord of the flies situation. But also quite heartwrenching because of all the local workers who toiled day and night for weeks to try and set up the site and never got paid. Netflix documentaries, a land of contrasts
one of my favorite things about the doc was the fyre employees who had nothing to do with the festival getting all weepy because they believed in what they were doing. another useless app aimed at rich white people. really changing the world for the better
i dont understand how anyone can watch the doc and not feel a visceral rage about the culture that fyre fest represented. instagram "supermodels" and influencers, nyc rich asshole club culture, first worlders buying bahamian islands and exploiting the labor of locals. i just wanted everyone involved strung up, including (especially?) the attendees. i probably wouldnt despise mcfarland (as much) if he was just a grifter separating these people from their unearned money but he was obviously buying into the lifestyle in a major way. basically, anyone who saw it should have googled "how to build a guillotine" immediately after
the worst part about the laborers not getting paid is that you know if any of the lawsuit money gets paid they will be the absolute last people to get any of it. the asshole investors who were defrauded will be the first in line followed by the credulous ticketholders, and the poor bahamians will never see a dime
albert finney died. very sad!