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  1. Big Orange

    China slows to 1990 levels

    The idiotic "brain viruses" of SJW-ism and Alt Rightism have spread their roots through young UK society in recent years. What early warning signs do you spot in Western society?
  2. Big Orange

    China slows to 1990 levels

    Well things were pretty much still OK for most Western folks in the 70s, when my parents, when very young, could buy a relatively big hous for peanuts and the Western Capitalists had not quite rolled Neoliberalism fully into motion yet - them pulling the carpet out beneath everyone would not happen for another 15 to 30 years time (though things got kinda nuts for inner urban America in the late 1960s/into the 1970s, fueling lots of dystopian sci-fi action by the late 1970s and 1980s, often involving cyborgs and zombies). The 1990s and even the first half of the 2000s, on hindsight, was stilll kinda OK for the US and UK, even if it was all built on wet sand by then and the cow manure was hitting the fan by 2007-ish. The Russians view the late 80s and entire 1990s as a black era of near total socio-political implosion under that drunken garden gnome Yeltsin, rampant corporatised crimes, miserable living standards, and low intensity civil war - me thinks the United States of America may be heading down a similar road at a rapidly increasing rate of knots.
  3. A lot of people have deleted Facepalm and Tw@ter has been slowly rotting on the vine for a couple years (with a growing minority of people switching back to dumb phones).
  4. Big Orange

    Yellow Vest Protests

    The trouble with that is partly due to the increase of suspended sentences for first time offenders and the scrapping of 6 month/year long prison sentences (more trouble than it's worth for scumbags).
  5. Western states slowly evolving into a oppressive cyberpunk nightmare like the PRC is with its horrid "credit" system is inevitably going to lead to people living more off the grid (or even have guerillas attacking the electric/communication lines or attacking cameras, etc). Amazon's Alexa gives me the creeps (when my games consoles and phone is harvesting enough from me).
  6. Big Orange

    Yellow Vest Protests

    In a sense that's true - relatively efficient courts and prisons established in the 18th/19th century was to stop crime and punishment being too much of a vigilante free for all (to dampen down on petty thieves and vandals getting strung up on the spot without due process, and to stop personal reprisal killings or family feuds spiraling out of control). Also largely to the protect wealth and property. The rest of that sounds like libertarian claptrap. Some cops getting annoyed at or indifferent to people reporting crimes to them sounds like what happens when a crappy school gets overrun with bullying and badly behaved kids, with the teachers getting run down and gone past caring.
  7. For killing tens of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan, letting rip with mass immigration, using it as a crutch (rather than properly investing in or managing the population we already had), seeing property as money rather than vital human support facilities, and setting the already struggling economy up for a eventual terminal decline, the Blairs have become universally despised all across the political spectrum from Left to Right. Complete avarice and incompetence wrapped up in smirking charm.
  8. Big Orange

    Yellow Vest Protests

    Moral vacuum sounds a bit too subjective and rose tinted glassery to me, with the relatively recent PM Cameron often proclaiming "Broken Britain" in the early to mid 2010s. Though the political and business leaders having no loyalty at all does not contribute to a very coherent, durable society (1980s Soviet decrepitude followed by 1990s criminal capitalist anarchy scared the nation into seeking a tyrant to stop Russia disintegrating even further).
  9. Big Orange

    Yellow Vest Protests

    The mass of mediocre cops don't want to rock the boat, the rotten cops concentrate on themselves, and this gets worse when funding/support is slashed and pensions less guaranteed (cops in Mexico became corrupt uniformed branches of the drug cartels because pay was poor). Giving too many cases to the courts leads to a backlog, dismissals, or criminals slapped on the wrist - in the Philippines, backlogged and corrupt courts was one major factor contributing to the rise of murderous vigilante gangs (in South Africa the vigilante gangs even act like ambulance drivers). Seized up systems end up short circuiting.
  10. Big Orange

    Yellow Vest Protests

    I do not see the UK police consciously going after us per se, but they've been increasingly seriously hamstrung by the underfunded bureaucracy, ageing courts, and corrupt lawyers, while the crims run riot - most cops aren't bad, but the rotting/stagnant/inconsistent system behind them is. Vigilante killings will eventually emerge in Western Europe. Health & Safety is a good thing on principle, but been hijacked by the ignorant jobsworths and lawyers seeking damage cases. We're living in a time when the Western democracy and prosperity has hit a wall in the last 20 years, with things maliciously undermined by the Neoliberal Globalists for so long, it's finally provoking a physical fight back in France (when much of the UK Left has seemingly been brainwashed and Occupy quickly petered out).
  11. Big Orange

    Yellow Vest Protests

    Give me examples, please. Since I'm learning to drive now, I keep hearing stories of law abiding drivers getting further and further penalised or boxed in by guidelines, while unregistered drivers of various stripes are tearing about the roads relatively unchallenged by the authorities. The institutions working against the populace will erode away their credibility and the West will probably become as ungovernable as Venezuela or South Africa in our lifetimes. And, kzb, you're 15 to 20 years behind about outsourcing (or insourcing) jobs to poor foreigners; that's happened for a long time and is a dangerously unstable structure for the big companies (with automation or primitive AI being the final push that sends Capitalism into the abyss).
  12. Big Orange

    Yellow Vest Protests

    Is this a Black Swan Event? No. 2 member in the EU blowing up, concurrent to Brexit, and things souring in Germany?
  13. Big Orange

    You seem angry...

    They sound like very passive aggressive control freaks.
  14. Big Orange

    Yellow Vest Protests

    Well it is interesting and odd timing in the America that in a couple of years after the Occupy Wall Street uproar way back in 2011/12, that was when all the SJW movements and the Genderfluid nonsense really took off, eventually atomising lots of people by sex, race, class, orientation, and gender (with even many drag queens clawing away at transgender women today).
  15. Big Orange

    Yellow Vest Protests

    The greed, arrogance, and stupidity of Neoliberal Globalists (cut off from reality and for decades almost unaccountable) had eroded away the support pillars and in the past few years are surprised why everything is slowly collapsing. In South Africa the corruption and weakening of the Apartheid era courts, military and security forces just left a vacuum to be filled by mercenary corps, political militia, and vigilante gangs....
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