Closing Fast

Interesting take by ZMan over at Taki’s Mag:

One of the remarkable things about the collapse of the Soviet Union is that it just melted away without a struggle.  It was as if everyone could not think of a reason to keep it going.  The reason for that is the trust in the key institutions had drained away.  There was no reason to defend them or participate in them.  The people running the institutions had used up all of the social trust to maintain their positions.  When it was gone, the institutions collapsed.
Something similar is happening in America.

Many years ago, a dystopian novel entitled The HAB Theory  was published, whose premise was that as the ice caps grew larger, the added weight would create an imbalance in the Earth’s rotation — and when the “wobble” became too much to support, the Earth would upend itself, the heavy poles would realign along the equator (and eventually melt), whilst new ice caps would naturally form in the northern and southern latitudes, as before.

While that theory is (rightly) regarded as nonsensical now, what was interesting was that when the tipping point arrived, the collapse was very sudden — anyone who’s ever spun an old-fashioned top with string can attest to that.  Everything’s fine when the top is spinning fast, but as it slows it begins to wobble — and in less than a second, it’s flying all over the floor on its side, still spinning uselessly in its death throes.

I just wonder, given ZMan’s hypothesis, how close we are to that point in the U.S.


Monday Funnies

So let’s alleviate the pain a little with some unbalanced humor:

Okay, let’s go back to being just a little unhinged:

And finally, some person of unknown origin and provenance named Hayley Attwell:

Right:  now put on a good front too, and go to work.

Misplaced Concern

From Longtime Reader MurphyAZ:

“I have this uneasy feeling that you might be sliding into a fire (flood?) sale. I hope that is not the case, and that all is well in Kim’s Land.”

Bless you, old son, for your concern;  but let me assure you that this is absolutely not the case.

The plain fact of the matter is that as with many Olde Pharttes, I am getting tid of stuff that I don’t, can’t or don’t want to use anymore:  the bass guitar gear was a “can’t”, the 16ga shotgun was a “don’t” — or, given that I plan on getting a 20ga to start doing sporting clays soon, “won’t want to use anymore” — and if the sale of said items can get me a “free” CZ G2 Bobtail:

…then so much the better.

Just to hammer the point home:  we have emerged from the past four months of flood disaster and theft of two guns with our finances more or less intact, thanks in no small part to the unbelievable generosity of my Loyal Readers, blessings be upon you all.

I even managed to acquire a replacement S&W Model 65 along the way.  (Range report to follow shortly.)

So once again, thank you (and anyone else who may have felt the same way) for your concern, but I’m fine.