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Sunday, 12 July 2020

The World Of Tomorrow

When I was a little kid I lived on The Planet Of The Apes. I loved everything about it from the vicious gorillas to the nuked out mutants. It was years before I was old enough to realize that the book wasn’t focusing on apes at all - the lens of the novel was focused squarely on humans. But to a kid... ya had monkeys with guns. Life doesn’t get any better.

The wanks on Gab are calling the BLM crowd the NLM  (guess what the ‘N’ stands for). A few have noticed a similarity between modern Detroit and the ruined cities on the planet of apes. There’s the same crumbling deserted malls, destroyed neighborhoods, and abandoned libraries with books rotting on the shelves. And everywhere... monkeys with guns. Pandemonium, hooting, capering and shrieking - and the cities are starting to fall.  


  1. The fall of Detroit actually started in the 1950s. The auto industry had no real competition, and realizing the demented public would buy whatever iron they made. Mind you, some of it was good, and I wish that I had those options today.

    Then Tokyo arrived, and the herd of dinosaurs that comprised the auto industry's upper management would get up every morning and pretend that sheen of thin ice covering the swamp didn't exist. And that was problem number one: bad management.

    The labor union leaders were bright enough to get elected, and once elected realize that there was money available that they weren't getting. So - labor relations that never were all that good blew up in a series of strikes and shouting matches. The cost of labor skyrocketed but production failed to increase. Problem number two: cost of labor and lack of productivity.

    Some smart ass stayed in Japan after the war and explained to the Japanese auto industry just what they had to do to beat Detroit half to death - design and make a more reliable car. It turned out that was easier to do than anyone realized, and given that US automakers had never had any quality competition ever, Detroit was low hanging fruit. My Toyota/Honda/Saki Burner starts every single time. Little things don't go wrong with it, and it has a better warranty than GM/Ford. Problem Three: Quality control and lack thereof.

    In the 1990s, I was at a business meeting with the Controller of General Motors, at GM world headquarters in Detroit. I saw entire floors of empty cubicles. On one floor each cube had a dumb terminal sitting on the desk - WYSE 60s, I think. All the cubes had low dividers, credenzas with the doors shut and the keys handing in the lock, an office chair and a visitor chair, and no people at all. It reminded me of the Twilight Zone. The meeting went okay. The controller turned out to be a 30-something guy who didn't wear a suit and tie (which we all did - more stupidity). I met another man in middle management and established a good working relationship with him. But that company, GM, was in a tar pit and was sinking.

    As the bottom fell out of the rust belt, people simply left. Some of the mansions on River Road became abandoned - gorgeous places in their heyday; destroyed by a lack of money. Whole neighborhoods that were once middle class just vanished. Probably the best example is the old Packard Plant and the surrounding area. You can find it on the 'net, but don't visit in person unless it's broad daylight, you know your way around, and you're armed and dangerous.

  2. Finally,, I have a more complete understanding of WTF happened to our auto industry. All these years Ive been laying it all on the feds telling them what to do and the unions demanding more and more, even as it was obvious the whole sector was in trouble. I never considered the inflexibility of the management and pure stupidity,,