…and now, it’s just us

14 Dec

…and now, it’s just us
by Robert Magill

This film treatment is not for a cartoon but for extremely realistic animation. State of the art.

Scene 1
Eastern Sinai
60,000BCE

At sunrise

Semi-permanent summer encampment of a group, about 30 women and girls of various ages, babes in arms and boys to about 8 years of age. No men are seen. These people are the Alphas.

The camp abuts a slight bluff which forms the back wall. Poles support thatching and pelts to form a roof.
Bedding pallets at the rear. Several fieldstone hearths are at the front. Several spears with stone points and shafts with sharpened ends are seen. Pelts and hides abound along with hanging joints of meat and fish. Small troves of grapes, fruit etc. are seen. Tortoise shells and gourds hold water. The camp abuts a small river or large stream

As they stir from sleep and prepare for the day we are aware of their exotic nature. Of average height, well formed, they have complexions ranging from light tan to mocha to almost white. Most adults have auburn hair and all have blue or bluish green eyes. The Alpha people walk with a lurching gate. They are obviously not like us in all respects but aside from skull shape, and body mass; they could be cousins. Some don pelts as stoles or capes against the chill but they are otherwise unclothed in the Sinai summer heat..

They stoke up the fire embers for cooking and warmth. Individuals wander into the bush and we see small boys peeing on the edges to clue us the reason for the bush visits.

When the camp is in full swing and the sun is high several men and older boys appear laden with firewood, pelts and meat. They are acknowledged politely, friendly enough but not excitedly.
They examine the largest of the boys. He embraces his mother and gathers his belongings. Having distributed their burdens and exchanged briefly with the females, they depart.

Scene 2
At noon

A smaller camp site at some distance. The males we have seen are returning to this camp with the new boy. This group is entirely of men and older boys. No women or girls are seen. It has a less permanent aspect and although a hunting camp; it is a home base. Spears abound and some of the group are flaking points nearby. The returnees are greeted and offered food. This camp has fire sites at four corners. While we watch a group prepares to leave the gathering. They carry unlighted torches along with weapons, water gourds and food parcels. Younger members are charged with carrying the fire sources.

Scene 3

Late afternoon
The trekkers

Following a river they travel mostly single file except for younger children edging near the women or in gaggles with friends. About seventy make up the march; men women, children and babes in arms and a few elderly who struggle to keep up. This group carries all its possessions, weapons and fire sources. They are quite distinct from the Alpha group in appearance. These, the Betas, are smaller and much darker than the Alphas. The appear more agile and less clumsy than the other group. They resemble in many ways the indigenous peoples of Australia and Oceana. What is quite noticeable is the pleasant interactions and sociability between the men and women which is noticeably absent with the Alpha group.

They have a primitive look, as does the other group, but we are aware of less exposure of flesh and the presence of considerably more garments being worn by all. These trekkers are the Beta people.

Scene 4
Morning
Breaking camp

We see the final breaking up of the night camp and departure for the day’s trek. We see several lions stalking the group. Becoming aware of the lions the Betas light torches and herd the women and children behind for safety. The lions are repelled by the fire and slink away, muttering.

Scene 5
Afternoon

Alpha hunters stalking a large antelope make a smoky fire; test the wind with a wet finger, then coat themselves with smoke to cover scent. They signal stalking instructions and set off in pursuit. They fling lances at the beast several of which strike home. The antelope rushes off with the spears imbedded. The new boy starts to pursue the beast but elders caution him to sit and wait. They all squat while the prey is seen nearby, bleeding out. As they are butchering they hear murmuring in the distance and espy the Betas for the first time. Great hubub and concern. They have not yet been seen by the other group.

Scene 6
Same time

Betas on trek.

Scene 7
Same time

Alpha pow-wow ends with accord and they appear to confront the other group.

Scene 8
Same time

Historical epic event! Each group stunned at the appearance of the other. Several women break the long impasse to offer food to the others. The Alpha hunters are shy at first but the slightly coquettish demeanor of the women breaks the ice. Beta men are nonplussed.

Scene 9
Nightfall

Both groups arrive at the Alpha women’s dwelling place carrying parts of the antelope. The groups gape and gawk at each other. The sight of the beautiful, light complexioned, totally unclothed Alpha women in the flickering firelight, stun the Beta men. Some mild flirtations are attempted. The Alpha men are entranced by the erotic seeming and quite forward Beta gals who approach them casually.

Scene 10
Some time later

The Betas begin to make camp nearby. Alpha men approach Beta men and offer to share the use of the Alpha male camp which is refused. The Betas are amazed the Alphas prefer the company of the women.

Scene 11
Morning

The Betas are led to the stream and shown the region to be theirs to inhabit. They gather their belongings, say goodbye and cross the water.

Scene 11a
Day break

Beta hunters cross the river to join Alphas in a hunt. As they prowl through the bush a Beta is struck by a venomous snake and expires. The group carry the body back to the compound and the Alpha people convince the others to have an earth burial with garlands in the grave rather than exposure to the elements; the Beta way of closure.

Scene 12
Evening

The Alphas along the bank observe the Beta couples pairing off for romantic episodes that go on for hours. They look perplexedly at each other. The moon above is at first quarter.

Scene 13
Evening

The Alpha males appear at the Alpha women’s’ compound seeking romance only to be gently rebuffed.
The moon appears in the 2nd quarter.

Scene 14
Evening

A group of Beta girls cross the river and meet up with Alpha men. They pair off and go into the bush.
The moon is in the third quarter. Again Alpha men approach the Alpha women and are turned away.

Scene 15
Evening

Two Beta men approach Alpha women who appeared interested at first meeting but are turned away as well. They come to realize over time that the Alpha women are limited to seasonal or rhythmical sex as are many other mammals whereas Beta women are available 24/7. They will learn in time that was why Alpha males live alone. The moon is seen still in third quarter.

Scene 16
Evening

A large group of Alpha men approach the Alpha women who respond willingly having come into season together. The moon is full and the coupling is intent. After the Alpha men leave, a few Beta men approach the women who, although sated, oblige them as well.

Scene 17
Passage of time is simulated by rapid seasonal changes.

Scene 18
Day

Several Alpha women have newborns. The babies range from blue eyed little Alphas to darker infants with blue or brown eyes. Everyone is wild about the looks of these; the first modern Humans.

Scene 19
Same Day

Beta women arrive with babies. Light skinned also with blue or brown eyes; more little Humans.

Scene 19a
Day

Other groups of Beta trekkers are encountered as they are making their way Northward to the Levant or farther north to the edge of the Urals. They will encounter other Alphas along the route and the populations drift and change throughout Europe and the British Isles for millennia.

Scene 20
The passage of time is shown through the prevalence and growth of the Human type offspring to the toddler stage.

Scene 21
Early evening
A gathering

Many Alpha males are seen in congress with Beta women. Few Beta males with Alpha females are in evidence. The Beta males seem dejected. They are aware now of the seasonal availability of Alpha women but feel slighted by the circumstances. The different basic natures of the two types is driving a rift between them.

Scene 22
Time passage
Morning

At the gathering of both clans many of the Beta females are obviously pregnant. The Alpha women much less so.

Scene 23
Passage of time

At the Beta camp most of the women have new babies, One Beta male examines an infant. Compares its very light skin with his own. He seems distressed and signals other men excitedly. They gather about him.

Scene 24
Early morning

An Alpha hunting party enters the Beta camp. They expect to have the Betas join them in a hunt. They are rebuffed. The Alphas look puzzled and leave.

Scene 25
Day
Alpha compound

The atmosphere between the groups has noticeably changed. The Alpha and Beta women still are close but the Beta men are very standoffish with the all Alphas.

Scene 23
Afternoon

A party of Alpha hunters come upon Beta hunters in the bush. The Alphas are friendly but the Beta men are demonstrably hostile. After a tense interval the Betas stalk away.

Scene 24
Morning
Beta encampment

The entire clan is in evidence. The men are very agitated but the women seem bewildered.
Several men begin to gather belongings and others gesture the direction for departure.

Scene 25
One day later, early morning

The Beta clan is seen leaving the abandoned camp and trekking away following the river. The size of the group has greatly increased as evidenced by many small children and babes in arms.
The Alphas stand on their side of the river watching them leave. Several shake heads in disbelief.

Scene 26
Passage of time

Midday Alpha camp
Several men and boys are in the camp when the vanguard of another Beta troop
comes upon them. The new Betas are very wary until they are welcomed heartedly and
taken to the women’s compound.

Scene 27
Long passage of time

In the Alpha women’s compound a feast of sorts is in progress. Several
adolescent boy and girl Humans are pairing off with each other and with Alpha and Beta youths as well. We see the original Alpha population has been greatly altered by the influx of the Humans and in the future will change even more. Many of the remaining Alphas are elderly; meaning 40ish.

Scene 28
Long passage of time
Day

The population of the region has expanded greatly and local resources are strained. A large contingent of Humans set out on a trek and will settle first in Southeast Asia and later in Australia and Oceana.

Scene 29
Time passes again.

Scene 30
In time the regions north of the Levant fill up. Populations of Humans spread over time, Eastward thoughout Asia and into the Americas and throughout Europe. The last known Alpha expired somewhere in Spain about 30 thousand years ago after about 200 thousand years of existence. The interbreeding has absorbed the two groups completely.

…and now, it’s just us.

Civics 101

7 Dec

Exam
Final grade ( A )

Your name:— Johnny B. Goode

Today’s Topic:
If Democracy reflects the true character and best intentions of citizens, then
the Nation’s past and present actions truly express our vital principles.

True/False .The Founders enabled all citizens to vote and not just white males with sufficient
means.

True/False . Black males got the right to vote (1870) exactly fifty years (1920) before women did.

True/False. The Equal Rights Amendment of the 1970’s guaranteeing equality of the sexes was
defeated by men and not by the efforts of conservative women.

True/False . Resentment of heavy taxation caused Revolutionary War veterans to be hunted down
by the militia.

True/False . Two-thirds of prominent Founding Fathers, including Ben Franklin, owned slaves.

True/False . Americans insisted the perpetrators be severely punished for giving smallpox
to the Indians.

True/False . Ulysses Grant was mistaken when he deduced that the War with Mexico
was a precursor to the Civil War.

True/False . The regions seized from Spain including the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico
were not the beginnings of an American Empire that persists until today.

True/False . Gas rationing was not the cover for a rubber (for tires) shortage during WWII.

True/False . Most Americans were deeply upset when two Japanese cities were
obliterated by A-bombs.

True/False . The Alien and Sedition Act under John Adams was father to the repressive
Sedition Act of 1918 under Woodrow Wilson and McCarthy Hearings of 1947.

True/False . The Draft riot in 1863 and Antiwar riots in 1965 were not similar expressions.

True/False . The attacks on 9/11 were by Saudi Arabian nationals but Iraq and Afghanistan
were invaded, not Saudi Arabia.

True/False . Despite decades of having projected our sovereign will upon the world, the prospect
of ‘blowback’ has not made the USA a fear-riddled Nation.

Chairman Mao’s “Hero Mothers” and/

26 Nov

The Ruling Party is “Crazy as a S- -thouse Rat”

Mao Zedong was victorious over Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek in China’s civil war. Chairman Mao soon issued a dictat with few rivals for ambitious nation building and ultimate folly. His myopic vision pictured a revival of the Middle kingdom to world class status. To Mao, a much greater population count was the path to this goal.

The word went out starting in 1949 that every Chinese woman birthing four or more offspring would hereby be known as “hero mother” and be awarded favor and privilege. Fecundity erupted and the population of China zoomed from 540 million to 940 million in thirty feverish years.

Then Mao died.

His successors surveyed the teeming hordes resultant and searched frantically for a safe and sane antidote to all this burgeoning fruitfulness. Two were found. One safe, if draconian; the other appeared sane and progressive but would teeter on the brink of the draconian several decades later. The world knows of the “one child” policy but little about its pedigree and the fact that only Han Chinese were subject to it. Non-Han minorities were exempt. A safe enough notion, all in all; perhaps a tad too drastic.

The progressive “free market” policy, was the sane solution that would eventually result, among other astounding happenings, in acres of the Middle Kingdom being paved over with four lane highways. This was in order to accommodate the over one million cars being produced each month. As default, world leadership in “Happy Motoring” thanks to Great Wall Motors and other motor car manufacturers. Alas, China came late to the world’s gala and we know how some of us binge to catch up.

The ruling Party elite, slightly heady from the binge themselves, were careful to not allow the circus atmosphere to undermine the seat of power. Five year plan followed five year plan, fixedly. Until… The fate of China is unknown but perhaps not unknowable. It has made a heroic leap forward in the global rush to potential disaster. Coming from well behind it has made conspicuous consumption of commodities and energy its first choice from Column A on the world menu. From Column B it has chosen global amnesia i.e., ignoring at everyone’s peril the lessons of recent history. These cynical choices have kept the regime in power long past its expiration date.

Amazingly, this historical coup which gave China such a large share of the world’s treasure was done without firing a shot; except, of course, at the occasional regime protester. We, in the great I.O.U.S.A., on the other hand, shoot each other pell-mell then scout abroad for likely Africans or Middle-Easterners to use for target practice.

Every nation can choose it’s own comfort level. Apparently in China the Party has chosen to include some toxicity in the mix. It’s okay to choose that city residents will need surgical masks to ward off particulate matter being inhaled. It’s okay to choose to allow smog so dense on the six lane highways motorists cannot see two car lengths ahead. It’s okay if spring floods bring rivers full of diseased pig carcasses down from the interior.

It’s okay to become the worlds most prolific consumer of cement and structural steel to build empty cities with empty roads leading to them. What’s not okay is for the Party elites to ignore the impact of their billion plus, car obsessed constituents being indulged and encouraged in every excess. Ignoring the rising peril all about, they enable this folly in order to retain power.

Just two sets of numbers should have been to the Chinese leadership a clanging tocsin to change policy right now at all cost. World population at present is seven billion and growing which translates into the Planet being asked to provide roughly ten and one half billion meals every day. Thanks for your help, Chairman Mao.

Worse yet. One billion: the number of motor vehicles on the world’s roads. That was in 2010 and the number which must be accommodated and kept in fuel is expected to reach two billion by 2020. Thanks Party elites for preserving your power ahead of the welfare of humanity.

I toyed with “crazy as a loon”, nah. How about “mad as a hatter”? Nope. “Nutty as a fruitcake”. No go. I’ve decided that decades of craven power politics have brought the Party elite to where nothing less than “crazy as a shithouse rat” is applicable.
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fous furieux

Islamic State Abuilding

22 Nov

The group called variously ISIS or ISIL refer to themselves as the Islamic State and now appear serious about nation building. One method chosen to flesh out such an endeavor is an old ploy, Biblical even; steal some females. This action may appall modern observers but it reaches far back in history. Recall the Old Testament nation building effort that included smiting the Philistines and carrying off 32,00 virgins as booty (not a pun). As an instant and cheap tribal increase, that ancient device remains effective.

On the American frontier indigenous tribes replaced losses and increased the band strength by carrying off settler women and girls. One indication of intent for true nation building is the reported insistence that the captives convert to Islam; no infidels welcomed to the nation. On your knees Yadizi scum; rise up daughters of the New Caliphate. Now put on those sacks.

Until now the forces of freedom and democracy were content to simply bomb them insensible but on November 14, 2014, that all changed. ISIS, ISIL, whatever your name: you’re in for it now. Big time.
On that date the Islamic State announced it would issue its own currency subject to Sharia banking law which demands, no interest banking!

They are now officially dead in the water. They will become ashtrays like Libya and Iraq and as Syria will be as soon as the banker surrogates get around to it. War with other nations all you want, kill, main and pillage to your heart’s content but cross international bankers at your own risk!

Be advised!

America: Latter Day ‘Kurgans’/Scourge from the West

18 Nov


The middle of the 20th century witnessed the onset of repeated military incursions into Southeast Asia and into the Fertile Crescent, which with the Levant, is considered an ancient home of civilization. Rapacious American ‘Kurgans’ commenced the destruction of several sovereign nations. These semi-nomadic throngs, known for chronic wanderlust, had failed to ever reach a true civilization and referred to their primitive meme as, our ‘American way of life’.

Without a grounding culture, but heavily armed with modern weapons, they swarmed with impunity over defenseless citizenry and destroyed or damaged precious artifacts and traditions in their path. These boorish minions had only contempt for the different cultures being trampled upon. They sought tribute in the form of valuable energy deposits and/or in imposition of political and financial belief systems upon their victims.

The areas visited by these predators had been targeted often in the remote past by other remorseless invaders. Seven thousand years ago the horizon was silhouetted with armed men on horseback which surely panicked the bucolic, largely horticulturist, residents. The appearance of these heavily armed visitors from the steppes of Asia, called ‘Kurgans’ by cultural anthropologists, began a lengthy series of incursions into the regions. Invasions also came in waves to the land called Canaan from a fanatical, warring people from the southern deserts.

Waves of such plunderers plagued these regions for thousands of years. When the Greek and Roman eras arrived the peaceful pursuits which formerly constituted civilized communities had long been abandoned. Those early invaders were diverse but had commonality in male dominance and warlike tendencies as have their modern counterparts, the Latter Day American ‘Kurgans’.

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Is America Capable of a Renaissance?/ or

16 Nov

Is Enlightenment Missing in our DNA?

The whirlpool of change that gripped most of Europe post Renaissance created a violent eddy which threw off sundry minions to the wilderness of the American colonies. Groups unable or unwilling to live within increasingly more religiously intolerant, more dogmatic cultures, opted instead for transport to the wilds.

Legions of these dispossessed martyrs to their beliefs found succor and peril among the various indigenous tribes in the new world. From the English Separatist Church pilgrims in New England; the Calvinist Huguenots all along the coast, Quakers and Amish through the middle colonies, plus scattered Puritans, Lutherans etc.,it goes on.

A legacy of intolerance came across the sea with most of these groups aping the very experiences they were fleeing. Witch hunts in 1650 were echoed again in 1950 with more of the same intent; routing out of dissent and apostasy. America became a fertile arena for bizarre sects featuring plural marriage, celibacy, co-opted psychoanalysis or witnessing and proselytizing. Many communities flourished, for the most part briefly, during outbursts of religious fervor called ‘awakenings’ or in times like the 1960s, of social strife. Today eight out of ten Americans still say they believe in angels.

Americans began to think seriously with Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth century but we gave it up and the meme died young. Since that era fifteen or sixteen decades of philosophical dark ages have been endured. Generations of charismatics, behaviorists, pragmatists and tinkers with serious thought have appeared and faded out. Jung and Freud sailed here together a hundred years ago with bad news for us yokels about the Nation’s soul and sailed away with even more misgivings. Jung waxed at length about the ‘American Complex’ that defied proscription. It defies still.

One notable achievement of the early twentieth century emanating from that holy of holies, the great state of New Jersey, pious Princeton to be precise, was fundamentalism. Spawned in Princeton Theological Seminary to confront Darwinism and liberal Protestantism, it winged the globe in mere decades and then stooped low to become a universal blight. The toll in ruined lives and families, population displacement and deaths resulting humbles the worst of the dark ages.

Centuries of science and enlightenment are now at risk of demotion. In the view of such a stalwart thinker as Noam Chomsky,” We must bear in mind that the US is a very fundamentalist society, perhaps more than any other society in the world – even more fundamentalist than Saudi Arabia or the Taliban. That’s very surprising.”

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Creationism and Biblical literalism have swept the Nation and threaten public education. Theme parks and museums vie with the secular establishment and revisit older orthodoxies long since considered passe. Never have our mores allowed us very far past the Jeffersonian quest for happiness; never indeed, to pleasure as an sanctioned goal. Much of modern life seems to require a laughtrack for prompting and a music soundtrack for authenticity.

What is not surprising in light of history is our conduct in the world since arriving at a position of prominence. Nothing in the past had prepared the Nation to act in an enlightened, humanistic manor when dreams of empire, wealth or power were at issue. We consistently treat the rest of humanity as chattel, inferiors or subject to our strategic whims.

America has long since become a debtor nation and except for our favored currency position would be treated with contempt by others. Several of these others, most of whom are more solvent by far, have had enough of our privilege being thrust upon them. Plans are afoot to rival the US dollar in large portions of the globe. If we lose our fiscal advantage the consequences will be dire and immediate.

Nothing less than an almost total reversal of our positions and attitudes is necessary to recover even an iota of the good stuff of which we are potentially capable. We must recognize the critical need for a Renaissance in America. The historical Renaissance that swept Europe was a plea to credit this life with meaning and pleasure and forsake deferring so much to a possible life beyond. The most radical, and possibly most difficult, start to a new paradigm for America would be equal partnership between men and women. Anything less is no Renaissance for us.

Americentrism

9 Nov

The very existence of this phenomenon renders almost all homegrown ideologies and their worldwide projections moot and suspect. First of all: our lauded American exceptionalism. It may exist but not in the way many pundits and lately, the President see it.
Several crucial factors contribute to this form of Americentrism and our inability to thus far export it.

Firstly. Our geographical siting, namely Western hemisphere, immunizes us at present from the specter of population explosion facing other parts of the globe. This entire hemisphere is, compared to other regions with chronic overcrowding, not at current risk. This privileged position, however, never seem to be considered when pursuing policies abroad which contribute to burgeoning populations elsewhere. Export of ‘green revolutions’ and market growth financial incentives compound existing tendencies to famine and displacement.

Secondly. The disdain becoming increasing apparent among the American young for “Happy Motoring’ could doom our pervasive car culture but has arrived too late to effect the frenzy now seizing other regions. China stands way out in front on this. Car culture is the way there, as it once was here, to enable the regime to prosper and hold sway.

Lastly. The present circumstance of the dollar’s exceptionalism, among all others currencies, enables the US if not the rest of the hemisphere, a grace period before we too lose to rising tides and dire entropic decay. The tocsin has clanged from several quarters that our advantage may be temporary and replaced by skeptical others with sounder treasuries.

Those positives? having been stated, what then renders most of our actions and pronouncements abroad doubly moot? Consider that since the beginning, the Nation’s pitchman have had to sell the radical concepts the founders had promulgated to convince a skeptical yeoman citizenry that all was well.

Today this propaganda effort of two centuries has left us with a voice that only convinces the already convinced and falls flat elsewhere. Alas, it is the only soliloquy we know or understand and so we shout louder and pound the airways incessantly.

The resultant projection of the America voice abroad is hollow for some, a cause of deep suspicion for many and a call to arms for others. Unfortunately, despite our patent claim on uniqueness we seem unable to collect any royalty from the multitudes abroad and may have to learn to live within our means at home.

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