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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Tuesday April 23, 2002
02:32 PM

Lord's Resistance Army

[ #4406 ]
Dear Log,

«The joint offensive against the Lord's Resistance Army, a brutal Ugandan rebel group largely composed of abducted children and led by a self-declared spiritual medium who claims supernatural powers, began two weeks ago.» --"Defiant child rebels raise fears of massacre"

Ya know, if the whole world is going to turn into a bad science fiction novel like this, I at least want some of that neat sci fi technology. If not wormholes and nanotech, then at least decent electric cars and a jive-talking robot or two, okay? And while we're at it, a decent minimum wage, and working mass transit, and also maybe some checks on total corporate control of society.
Also, no dumb people.
I like science fiction!!!

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  • Science fiction does have dumb people on occasion. Search the Sky [amazon.com] by Pohl and Kornbluth is an interesting piece of early pulp sci fi that explores what it would be like to colonize a series of worlds that don't have sufficiently large populations to prevent inbreeding. At least one of these worlds was full of dumb people.
    • At least one of these worlds was full of dumb people.

      It's like Revere, MA, but with less carbon monoxide.

      Thank-yew...

      • Hey, but did they have the chewing gum and 'da ClawR' [ apply hand to forehead in lion-like roaring motion - - rawr baby, it's da clawR! ] :) Oh, and don't forget the vette and gold chains for the guys...that's important for Friday night cruising of da clawR.

    • Many years ago when I used to play a lot of Dungeons and Dragons, I had a character that I really liked. He was a dwarf fighter - his strength was 18, but his intelligence was 5. (I.e. he had the strength and intelligence of a bulldozer.) His name was Stump. Often, while the party be having a long discussion about the best way to proceed, Stump would fail an intelligence roll and suddenly start beating on a door or jumping into a possible trap. That was often not the most sensible move, but it got thin
  • ...and the cool cyberstuff should be in the early stages [kevinwarwick.com].

    Who cares if robots are starting to take over the world when you can see them through walls and launch rockets at them out of your arm? :)

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