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A short video from our future

The site where I first saw this video says it “exaggerates for effect.” Hm. Somehow I’m not seeing much exaggeration here. However, it may be the most amusing video ever about dystopia. What do you think?

H/T C^2


  1. Granny
    Granny May 28, 2021 6:22 am

    Reminds reminds me to dump the smart phone as soon as possible. Someone out there makes a hardened Linux based phone. I’ll have to search around for that info.

  2. Toirdhealbheach Beucail
    Toirdhealbheach Beucail May 28, 2021 6:22 am

    Oh, I have seen this Claire. I would argue we are in most ways already there; the difference is that the government has not yet legalized individual citizens collecting some of the fines. That, I assume, is coming.

  3. Claire
    Claire May 28, 2021 6:31 am

    Granny — Perhaps you’re thinking of the Librem phone.

    So far it’s at the great idea, but outrageously expensive stage (especially the USA version).

  4. Claire
    Claire May 28, 2021 6:37 am

    Toirdhealbheach Beucail — Definitely coming. I don’t know how widespread it is, but the IRS has for years shared confiscated assets with informants and while it may not be directly “pay for play,” informants in criminal cases are commonly paid from asset forfeiture funds (yeah, I know; criminal charges are rarely levied, but it’s the thought that counts 😉 ).

    And as the article notes, TSA agents are paid a direct “commission” from the Department of (Achtung!) Homeland Security for scoring cash from travelers.

    So yeah … we’re close.

  5. Maggie
    Maggie May 28, 2021 7:35 am


  6. Sam Hall
    Sam Hall May 28, 2021 7:48 am

    The name Omeleto reminds me of the word omelet, as in the saying, you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs, attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte. Which in turn reminds me of Ursula LeGuin’s short story, the Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas. Also worth reading.

  7. Jolly
    Jolly May 28, 2021 8:01 am

    Sylvester Stallone’s movie “Demolition Man” predicted much presented here, and of course Orwell’s 1984 was first.
    But, nobody reads any more, but maybe the movie will be popular again – there’s lots of gunplay in it, after all.

  8. larryarnold
    larryarnold May 28, 2021 8:47 am

    Given private companies installing “Red Light” cameras and giving City Hall a share of the take, and the push for anti-gun “Red Flag” laws, we’re on the way.

    Like one step past “Judge Dredd.”

  9. Noah Body
    Noah Body May 28, 2021 11:29 am

    The part at the beginning, where the car tests the driver for drug/alcohol impairment, or it won’t start, has actually been advocated by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. And not just for DUI offenders, but for everyone.

  10. J
    J May 28, 2021 2:40 pm

    Replying to ‘Granny’ – take a look at Pinephone (it may be spelled ‘pinefone’ – don’t remember). A Linux OS phone, currently in beta-release.

  11. James
    James May 28, 2021 4:52 pm

    The silly-assed phone is the very least of your worries.

  12. Comrade X
    Comrade X May 28, 2021 8:05 pm

    Doesn’t seem far fetched at all if sufficient time is allowed and we continue to be the sheep we have proven to be (a general statement).

    Eliminating cash has a lot to do with eliminating freedom.

    I particularly liked the stoic prison scene at the end which I find related to the earlier comment of too old to fight any more because if you do not resist the only freedom you will ever be able to look forward to is the freedom one can find in slavery.

    Personally I find death more appealing.

    However on second thought I am optimistic that the house of cards being built today will come crashing down before such a society can be put in place, I’m betting more on a Flintstone future than one of the Jetson’s.

  13. Noah Body
    Noah Body May 29, 2021 11:22 am

    Follow-up to my previous comment. I have a AAA membership, primarily for their roadside assistance. Yesterday I received their latest newsletter, which contained an article on wrong-way accidents, and in which they advocated for alcohol-ignition interlocks and more sobriety checkpoints.

    I am not happy that my membership dues support an organization that seeks to expand the police state. I wonder, is there a freedomista roadside assistance program, that is as good as AAA’s?

  14. Simon Templar
    Simon Templar May 29, 2021 1:26 pm

    Noah, I do not know of any alternatives to AAA, but there are other downsides to the organization besides their statist, authoritarian politics. I was once a member, and had been for many years, but the only time I needed their services, I was “outside their coverage area” or somesuch, and they were completely useless to me in my time of need. I dropped them immediately. I am sure this depends on where you are when you need them, but if you venture outside of metro areas, it may be worth looking into before a need arises.

  15. Scott
    Scott May 29, 2021 2:28 pm

    > I am not happy that my membership dues support an organization that seeks to expand the police state. I wonder, is there a freedomista roadside assistance program, that is as good as AAA’s?

    Check with your insurance provider. You might have some assistance benefits through them that you don’t even know about, and you’re already paying for it. Mine is USAA; I’ve gotten jump starts on more than one occasion that way.

  16. larryarnold
    larryarnold May 30, 2021 4:48 pm

    Mine is USAA; I’ve gotten jump starts on more than one occasion that way.

    When my daughter learned to drive I taught her how to change a tire if she had to.

    More recently, when she got a flat in our driveway, she asked if I would help. She also has USAA, and I told her to call them. Inside fifteen minutes we had the big wrecker with the big tools there, and her tire got changed without either of us sweating.

    Couple of months later she was driving alone out in the hinterlands when her engine died. After she got home, she phoned and said, “Thanks, Dad. I knew who to call.” Our roadside assistance anywhere in the U.S. is an extra charge of less than $20 per year. As old as my wife and I are, it’s a necessity.

    Definitely check with your insurance company. With AAA you’re one of a kazillion members. Your insurance company wants to keep your business, and there’s a lot of competitors eager to lure you away from them.

  17. Heather Joyce
    Heather Joyce May 30, 2021 7:47 pm

    Omeleto has put out some great videos, and this is definitely one of their best. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Jim B.
    Jim B. May 31, 2021 12:12 am

    USAA is only for those who are military members, Vets, their spouses and children.

  19. Cube64
    Cube64 June 1, 2021 11:42 am

    Thanks. I don’t usually take the time to watch videos, but I think this one was worth my time.

    Here’s another one with a similar theme that I think was worth the watch:
    “We Know What You Did During Lockdown”

  20. Comrade X
    Comrade X June 1, 2021 1:19 pm

    Thanks Cube64!

  21. Large Marge
    Large Marge June 4, 2021 8:09 pm

    June fourth — happy Killdozer Day, everybody!

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