Missing Our Friend: L. Neil Smith (1946-2021)

My first encounter with L. Neil Smith was about 1980. I don’t remember exactly, but I was in downtown Lawrence, Kansas at Adventure: a Bookstore which always had a good selection of paperback science fiction novels. There was a book I had not read, by an author of whom I had no knowledge. It looked really good, so I bought it. It was, of course, The Probability Broach. It changed my life.

It is hard to convey to someone in high school today, as I was in that year now 40 years past, how different things were back then. Or how many of us, including Neil, worked to hold back the flood of badness that has come in the decades since then. At that time, there were successful mainstream publishers that still carried titles by authors who were not communist sympathisers nor eugenicists. Back then, I may have paid about $2.50 for a new paperback, rather than on the order of $11 or so today. The same people who destroyed the value of the dollar were hard at work destroying the publishing industry.

My enjoyment of Neil’s novel was a big part of how it changed my life. Suddenly there was another author for whom to look. But the core lesson of the story, “it did not have to be this way,” was vital to my future happiness. The worlds of the North American Confederacy which Neil would share with his readers in the following years, were places of sanity, good humour, joy, possibility, and wonder. People knew to resist the first encroachments of tyranny and were better off because they did. Nor were they super beings, but good sensible people.

Neil filled his books with good people. Some were smarter than others. The ones who wanted to stay free were well armed. There were also really interesting alien races that came from careful examination of terrestrial species like mollusks, arachnids, mammals, and slime mould, to name only a few. And, of course, there were perfidious villains of the Hamilton, Buckley, and Hillary sorts, endangering freedom, destroying lives, and being careless of privacy and private property for all the usual excuses.

It was in the context of never being disappointed in any of his books that I learned from my friend Bob Boardman about this web site in 1995. Here were good people writing great essays, articles, and commentaries. Wendy McElroy, Claire Wolfe, Paul Bonneau, J. Neil Schulman, and many others could be found in the letters or in the articles. It was a singular honour for me to have my first submitted essay published here in, as I recall, November 1995. Many things I have sent in have been published here since then.

About 7 years later came the capstone of my encounters with Neil. In October 2002, I took my last series of commercial airline flights to reach Phoenix from Houston. Neil was there, speaking at Freedom Summit. I met this hero of freedom and free enterprise at an impromptu pizza party put together one evening early in the summit by Ernie Hancock, one of the Freedom Summit founders. We talked about propertarian philosophy and recent world events and had a great time.

The years since have included innumerable emails, a few phone calls, and many essays and editorials in these pages. At one point, Neil and I discussed the possibilities of a new scouting manual he would write with illustrations by Scott Bieser and others that I wanted to commission. That would have been around 2004 or 2005, iirc, when the “notional” value of my digital gold stocks, had it been possible to liquidate them without collapsing their value, was on the very close order of US$3 million. Of course, the digital gold stock exchange my associates and I were operating out of Vanuatu was very thinly traded.

And of course by April 2007, as the acceptance of e-gold was going exponential, the feral gummint destroyed it. It was the third fortune I’d lost to government so not exactly a surprise to me. And it did lead to others creating bitcoin and 11,000+ cryptocurrencies that fulfil the Denationalisation of Money ideas of FA Hayek that now have over US$2 trillion in value. But among my regrets is not having the funds to commission that scouting manual. In recent months, friend in the Ozarks have been working on a related project, a Freedom Guards Academy, to teach young people about ways and means to stay free.

Neil predicted many things in his books. He showed generations of Americans that we can be free and that being free we are always more prosperous. Most of all, taking the work of Wheeler’s inflationary universe and similar thoughts on cross-time alternative worlds, Neil showed us not only that it didn’t have to be this way, but also he showed that choosing freedom would have brought far more glorious results.

I send my condolences to Neil’s family and friends. I miss him very much. Somewhere nearby there is a timeline where Aubrey de Grey provided longevity treatments to Neil and his spirit lives on. In this timeline his ideas and spirit are carried on by the millions of readers of his books and essays and editorials.

One of the great men of our age passed away. We who remain shall carry on and keep armed.

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Jim Davidson is an author, actor, entrepreneur, dancer, and coder who has worn many hats. The hat he wears now is worn, but versatile. Jim lives in a wilderness 9 miles South from Eureka Springs in the Arkansas Ozarks where he works to build Freedom Land. Find him at freedomlanddao.com and Twitter.com/planetaryjim among other places.

PSR #73: CHRISTMAS is CANCELLED!

SAVE SANTA!

Link: https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/uk-has-ten-days-save-christmas-retail-sector-warns

An ODE to 1960’s style CIA psyops …

  1. The Chinese/Russians have hypersonic weapons.
  2. We do not have them, because why?
  3. Let’s spend more money …

Link: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/not-satisfied-usaf-signals-hypersonic-weapon-program-limbo

Go Daddy …

A customer service story … “PHP is not optimized for …”

LET ME STOP YOU RIGHT THERE!

SEVEN THREE

Best regards …

I mean it …

Kindness and love …

From JERGIN FOLK in Sector-7 …

Signals …

“Markets have to function to give you signals.” – Dr. Freckles

The wheels will come off soon, perhaps any day now, but the markets may or may not be connected to this …

That crazy drive, with my Christian friend … and the visibility … but God was on his side … Powell’s?

Dissatisfaction …

Second string … third string …

Since 2008 …

This idea that the “old family car is about to blow up”, so let’s make sure every kid gets a chance to drive it …

Or, like in school sports … whether you’re ahead by a gazillion points, or behind, it’s the last quarter or inning or period … and you send in the second and third string. Because why not?

You seeing SJW types taking over CEO slots?

You see the likes of Susan Wojcicki doing her witch dance?

(you see the end)

(and the smiley panic)

PSR #72: That Armageddon Movie

MP3: https://dfgtc.org/mp3/20210921_That_Armageddon_Movie.mp3

  1. Armageddon movie (1998) – “Deep Impact” …. Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck … Liv Tyler ho …
  2. KNOWING with Nicholas Cage … (2009)
  3. Melancholia (2011) … Keifer Sutherland … plays a great asshole … and so does Matt Damon, btw.
  4. Old dried poo for boomer
  5. replaced the inner tubes … f’ing wrong stuff
  6. old man waved me on
  7. Weird feeling in the air grows weirder … Evergrande … property schemes … crypto fantasy honey pots … CIA wet dream heroin harlots
  8. A.E.N. – sorry for the inconsistency … DFGTC.ORG/AEN

PSR #71: EXTINCTION

MP3: https://dfgtc.org/mp3/20210916_EXTINCTION.mp3

Extinction …

“Life works until it doesn’t.” – Dr. Freckles

  1. Little, Big, Huge, in different sizes, forms … cultural and biological …
  2. What does it mean? https://dfgtc.org/videos/player.php?v=20200616_CHOP_CHAZ_Voyage_2.mp4
  3. Empires collapse …
  4. My friend Jim’s Project, OZARKIA, an intentional freedom based voluntary community following the zero aggression principle: https://freedomlanddao.com
  5. What about “robots” and “AI”?
  6. What is the REAL “robot apocalypse”.
  7. How do we avoid extinction? – TELLING THE TRUTH.
  8. The lies are destroying us.

PSR #70.5: CARGO PROPHET MAGIC

MP3: https://dfgtc.org/mp3/20210916_CARGO_PROPHET_MAGIC.mp3

  1. CHRISTMAS 2021 … and the banking system that failed before the RONA …
  2. Hanlon’s Razor revisited.
  3. Giving sociopaths your power.
  4. CARGO PROPHET and CULTS: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult
  5. The two basic reasons for these military psychological warfare operations: a) collapse of the empire OR b) as a way to manage some greater “fuzzy” disaster … no precise date
  6. Fuzzy disasters: solar flare, earthquakes, caldera volcanoes … and the “Clathrate Gun”
  7. Shakhova’s Paper: https://dfgtc.org/docs/20190605_Clathrate_Methane_Event_geosciences-09-00251-v2_Shakhova.pdf
  8. Base case for “methane event” is some relatively rapid transition, over a number of years, perhaps a few decades, to a new equilibrium state: Hot House Earth or what I jokingly call “Florida Man World” … warmer, and permanent ice mostly goes away … ironically, Florida is submerged under water in “Florida Man World”.
  9. The COTUS is the JOKE … the Bill of Rights was the punchline.
  10. You can print money, you can’t print resources or work.
  11. Worst case for “methane event” is VENUS SYNDROME, and this is as bad as it sounds. And it could happen rapidly.
  12. Unlikely cases: double catastrophe syndrome, whereby geo-engineering (which has been ongoing) suddenly STOPS or STOPS WORKING (more likely). this process has artificially stored additional thermal energy in the Earth’s oceans. Water can store thousands of more times the thermal energy than water, and this is good and bad – it’s like a thermal capacitor, and one way it “discharges” is with weather, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. But what if you over-charge the capacitor and prevent it from releasing? This would mean a massive evaporative event or what I call the “Great Swamp Cooler”. And this might, eventually, settle on “Florida Man World” or “Hot House Earth”, but during the transition there could be a cold/wet period. Perhaps even a little ice age. Imagine if 15-20% of the mass of water in the Earth’s oceans was released, as vapor, over just a few months?
  13. Worst case for “swamp cooler” rapid evaporative event? – snow ball earth … or, extremely long ice age … it might be very unlikely, but I guess we might find out soon.
  14. Hot House Earth or Swamp Cooler might begin as massive, almost never ending, rain storms – with extreme weather events. But with Hot House Earth, the new equilibrium is reached, in a few decades, and the weather “normalizes”. With swamp cooler, you start with a rain storm as well … but this quickly becomes snow in many places … and this could lead to, as stated, a little ice age.
  15. All hail florida man.

PSR #70: HOSPITALS

MP3: https://dfgtc.org/mp3/20210917_Hospitals.mp3

Squeaky wheels and dead horses …

“The squeaky wheel gets beaten.” – Dr. Freckles

“Don’t reinvent the dead horse.” – Dr. Freckles

Healthcare Heroes …

  1. Link: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/leaked-zoom-video-exposes-hospital-officials-discussing-covid-19-scare-tactics
  2. Microsoft Amalga, 2009 Stimulus, Meaningful Use, and the infectious disease reporting
  3. Nancy, “Dr. Midrift” and “Dr. IDGAF”

Why?

People will do shitty things for SHITTY money …

The 2013 real estate agent, and the UN/WFP report on the Arab Spring …

Oh, how we recall the story of the Seattle property owner and those terrible homeless people …

shitty people / shitty money / shitty things …

Seattle is Lying: https://dfgtc.org/mp3/20190828_Seattle_Is_Lying.mp3

Other notes …

Notes 68: https://dfgtc.org/iglooluau/?p=7560

Notes 67: https://dfgtc.org/iglooluau/?p=7526