Jun 072023

Thomas Cole The Course of Empire – The Arcadian or Pastoral State 1834



Physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935 tried to explain the (consequences of the) uncertainty principle, defined by Werner Heisenberg as a core theme of Albert Einstein’s view of quantum mechanics, to … Albert Einstein. The latter must have been thrilled. Even though he did not like the uncertainty principle (God does not play dice). The thought experiment became known as “Schrödinger’s cat”. Since you cannot know both a particle’s position and its speed -and that’s just one example-, you have to assume all possible outcomes are valid (superposition). Only when you “look” does one particular outcome become the “reality”. It’s all part of the subatomic “world”.

Wikipedia: “In Schrödinger’s original formulation, a cat, a flask of poison, and a radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal monitor (e.g. a Geiger counter) detects radioactivity (i.e. a single atom decaying), the flask is shattered, releasing the poison, which kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation implies that, after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead. This poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality resolves into one possibility or the other.”




As I’m trying to explain this, I very much have to wonder if I get it right. And I always thought that follows the uncertainty principle too: I can understand it and not understand it both at the same time. A physicist might fare a bit better, but it won’t come easy.


This is what I was thinking of with regards to the war in Ukraine. Before the fighting started, all possible outcomes seemed equally possible. If you did not look too closely at numbers of soldiers and weaponry, that is. But once it did start (when Schrödinger’s box was opened), it became clear very rapidly that Ukraine had no chance of winning. So why are we still acting as if the box remains closed? Because that way we get to spend billions more on armory, and we get western people to support Zelensky and his neo-nazis as those same people suffer from high prices for everything. Any outcome is still possible!

Take the Kakhovka dam narrative, or Nord Stream or any of the numerous other examples. When both sides accuse each other of perpetrating a certain event, Schrödinger’s box remains closed. Which is exactly what our politicians and arms makers desire. They don’t want us to know that they’ve been beaten by Russia, because you would no longer support their policies and their arms purchases. They want “superposition”. They can’t very well declare victory -though they try-, but they don’t need to either. They need uncertainty. Politicians, arms makers and media. They all profit from keeping you in the dark.

The best comment on Kakhovka I’ve seen perhaps comes from @CheburekiMan on Twitter: “Restoring water flow to the North Crimean Canal was top priority for Russia, the very first act of the SMO. Before Kiev shut off the flow in 2014, the canal was supplying 85% of Crimea’s water. So much depended on it, from crops to industry to drinking water, that’s how important it is. Now the pro-Ukraine bleating sheep want people to believe that Russia would wreck the dam, empty the reservoir and cause serious harm to its own people by running the canal dry. It’s so bonkers that one has to seriously consider such ideas are the result of brain damage, or perhaps fetal alcohol syndrome.”


Where Orwell comes in is in the terminology. Where “War equals Peace”. The EU pays its member states for the second hand weapons they “donate” to Kiev, through something called the European Peace Fund (aka Facility). Mass weapons deliveries that get huge numbers of people killed, are labeled “Peace”. Zelensky touts a plan labeled a Peace Plan, which demands Russia give back all territories, pay war reparations, deliver Putin et al to some international criminal court etc. The chance of that happening is of course zero, but as long as Schrödinger’s box remains closed, anything is possible. Still, it is a War Plan, not a Peace Plan.

Similarly, Zelensky and his international backers are organizing a Peace Summit, where everybody is invited except Russia. That makes it a War Summit. The suggestion made to westerners is that this is a globally supported initiative, but it is only a small part of the world population (10%?) that supports it. NATO+Japan+Australia. Did I leave anyone out? New Zealand? Ha ha ha, I read that Jacinda Ardern was made a dame. If you know a better illustration of how deep we’ve sunk, I’m game.


All the rest of the world is much more interested in the economic developments that involve BRICS+. 31 and counting nations have expressed interest in joining. And they’re not going to risk their potential role in that over a local fight far away that they know is long decided. US/NATO, in provoking this war, have lost not only the fight, but much more importantly, their economic power. Recently, the G7 were talking about what they were going to do in Central Asia. Which is basically all the “-Stans” left over after the Soviet Union dissolved. But the G7 is not going to do anything, it has no power there anymore. All these countries want to join the BRICS+. Why would you join a waning power if you have a shot at joining a power in its ascendancy, that all your neighbors are also joining?

The same attitude is prevalent in Africa, South America, East Asia, etc. Full of countries that remember how they were treated through the years by first Europe and then the US. The world has changed beyond recognition since the start of Russia’s SMO, and the “globalist west” is the only “region” that doesn’t recognize this. The USD won’t be replaced tomorrow as the reserve currency, but it doesn’t have to be. The process goes step by step, and is unstoppable. Hemingway’s famous words about how you go bankrupt (first gradually, then suddenly) have us on the wrong foot here. We only look at the “suddenly” part when it comes to the reserve currency, and ignore all the “gradually” steps. And then one day we will wake up and everything’s changed.

The rest of the world sees Schrödinger’s box as open. Only the west thinks that it’s still closed, and all possible outcomes are still viable.




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    Thomas Cole The Course of Empire – The Arcadian or Pastoral State 1834     Physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935 tried to explain the (consequ
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    Per the water level graph (see today’s debt rattle), the 16.5 meter mark seems to be the upper limit going back several years. I believe Russia had control of the sluice gates and were keeping relatively few open. As a result, levels had reached a 30 year high (17.5 meters) this past month. Remember, the crossing across the dam had been damaged last fall when Russian troops regrouped on the other side of the river. Could the dam simply have failed?

    XFiles, demons and quantum entanglement.

    Whatever is behind the UFO phenomenon, Vallée says, “it’s a lot smarter than we are, and it uses humor at another level.”



    Our civilization is in trouble for believing and supporting Zelensky and his neo-nazis.
    Maybe we are all neo-nazis/racists.
    Did you hear?
    Are you ignoring VASSILY A. NEBENZIA
    Making up your own reality?
    6 JUNE 2023
    With Kherson Dam’s Destruction, Plight of Ukraine’s People Will Only Get Worse, Emergency Relief Coordinator Warns Security Council


    New Zealand? Ha ha ha, I read that Jacinda Ardern was made a dame. If you know a better illustration of how deep we’ve sunk, I’m game.

    For a very long time it has been standard practice in the Empire of Lies to lionise criminals a clowns and to award criminals and clowns various ‘honours’.

    That is just one of many reasons why Empire of Lies nations continue along the path of self-destruction and into terminal collapse at an accelerating pace.

    By the way, NZ is not a country: it is a business, operated from the City of London, with policy inputs from Brussels and Washington.

    The peasants are not suffering enough yet, so they are not serious about revolting and many still believe change can be brought about via political parties and voting in the rigged electoral system.

    Change will be brought about via the economic, financial, social and environmental collapse at the local level and the absurd strategies pursued by criminals and clowns at the international level that are an inevitable consequence of having criminals and clowns ‘in charge’.


    Australia is in a similar situation to New Zealand. The colonial “elite” still have not noticed that the majority of the Australian population is now of Asian or Eurasian ethnic origin. The uniformly systemically corrupt “government” is increasingly ignored or bypassed.

    V. Arnold

    Thanks Ilargi; one of your very best postings IMHO…


    Jake Sullivan, national security advisor, in May, said neoliberalism is dead. In his words, ““In the name of oversimplified market efficiency, entire supply chains of strategic goods — along with the industries and jobs that made them — moved overseas.” He added, “Various reforms combined and came together to privilege some sectors of the economy, like finance, while other essential sectors, like semiconductors and infrastructure, atrophied. Our industrial capacity — which is crucial to any country’s ability to continue to innovate — took a real hit.” Indeed, at the same time, the Russian Federation went from competently defending its ally, Syria, in 2014 and reclaiming Crimea after the Maidan Coup; to now, being stuck in a replay of WWI.

    Unless there is an armistice, a DMZ, and the world’s regional powers live within their means, a NATO Russian hot war assures that tactical nuclear weapons will be used to avoid defeat. Simply put the breaching of the Kherson Dam shows that “shit happens in war” and this war keeps escalating. The longer it plays out the more who will die.

    Schrödinger’s War has to be seen for what it is; “An Apocalypse Now”. A nuclear winter will kill billions of humans.

    A red hazardous air quality alert has been declared for smoke from Canada’s record setting wildfires in the East Coast of the USA. The coronavirus pandemic, the wildfires, and a proxy world war in Ukraine cannot be a coincidence. The death of neoliberalism is the only way this Global Epoch can be addressed and humans can continue to inhabit a finite earth.


    “….. live within their means, …..
    …..only way this Global Epoch can be addressed and humans can continue to inhabit a finite earth.”

    We keep repeating the same solution to this old problem which affect every living species since live was created.

    Clueless Honky

    I agree with V. Arnold.
    One of your best.


    You have written a lot of articles I disagreed with and disliked, but this one has an explanation that is spot on. It’s exactly like it: For some people it’s clear what’s going on, for others it’s all in a fog of every outcome still seems possible. What bothers me is that some in the second group seem to actually believe that they know what’s going on, and they got it all completely wrong.

    Formerly T-Bear

    Agree with V.A.’s assessment. Also not an untoward approach to the Schrödinger’s paradoxical cat. As for New Zealand? Could have been lost in a rounding error – no?


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    After reading articles about war, I feel more proud and appreciate peace as well as my peaceful life. eggy car

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