Monday, February 6, 2023

Close Encounter?

Chinese spy balloon

Can something be both brazen and clandestine? The Chinese claim the balloon set loose in US airspace was of a merely meteorological nature. But the question is, what does the temperature in Billings (near where the US stores nuclear war heads) have to do with China? Anyway, it points to the fact that there are constantly new forms of intelligence, in both meanings of the word, IQ and secret information. There was, in fact, something Confucian about the balloon since it’s course was so egregious and its presence so benign at the same time. Balloons conjure Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. With the advent of quantum computing, recondite information stored in highly restricted areas of cyberspace will likely become obsolete. Everyone will eventually know everything about everybody. Could the large nebulous object drifting across the US have been part of some mind game the Chinese were playing whose end result was simply off the grid? Could the Chinese have been borrowing the the trope of the extraterrestrial being settling down in the middle of Middletown USA. ET and Close Encounters both presented robotic creatures with a heart. It’s unlikely China’s balloon was a gesture of peace, coming as it did in the aftermath of Lloyd Austin's appearance in the Philippines. It was frightening not because it was going to overhear something or see something it shouldn't, but precisely because it’s purpose was so enigmatic.

read "What If Former Presidents Hung Onto the Nuclear Briefcase?" by Francis Levy, TheScreamingPope

and listen to "China Girlby David Bowie

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