4. ‘Fish School’

Quoted from ‘The Myth of the Goddess’ by Anne Baring & Jules Cashford
’The Fish Goddess’
“The theme of the egg appears in the great carved stones found at a site called Lepenski Vir, beautifully situated on the shores of the River Danube in northern Yugoslavia. These monumental stones – part human and part fish – were placed at the head of triangular shrines with red-lime plastered floors. The natural element of the child before birth, like that of the fish, is water, and the sign of imminent birth is the breaking of the waters of the womb. These fish deities are shaped like an egg or womb. Is this because, like the child born of the waters of the womb, the fish is the new life that emerges from the egg in the watery womb of the sea or river? The human quality of these fish-faced creatures creates an unusual identity of feeling between the human and sea dimensions. In the enchanted world of fairy-tales fish speak to humans and bring them great riches, as in Grimm’s fairy-tale of the fisherman and his wife. The fish is still the central image of fertility and rebirth in the Chaldean myth of the fish-god Oannes, who emerges from the sea to teach humanity the arts of civilization. … The wounded Fisher King of the later Grail legends belongs to these rituals of regeneration, whose origins may lie in the Neolithic era.”


Quote from, ‘The Influence of Sea Power upon History’: 
Wiki: “… is a history of naval warfare published in 1890 by the American naval officer and historian Alfred Thayer Mahan. 

It details the role of sea power during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, [(1600’s-1700’s)], and discussed the various factors needed to support and achieve sea power, with emphasis on having the largest and most powerful fleet. Scholars considered it the single most influential book in naval strategy. Its policies were quickly adopted by most major navies, ultimately leading to the World War Naval arms race. It is also cited as one of the contributing factors of the United States becoming a great power… Mahan began the book with an examination of what factors led to a supremacy of the seas, especially how Great Britain was able to rise to its near dominance. He identified such features as geography, population, and government, and expanded the definition of sea power as comprising a strong navy and commercial fleet. Mahan also promoted the belief that any army would succumb to a strong naval blockade. The book then goes on to describe a series of European and American wars and how naval power was used in each.”

Otto von Bismarck
“Laws are like sausages—it’s best not to see them made.”
-Otto von Bismarck
‘Bismarck’s Reich 1871-1888’

Quoted from ‘Blood and Iron,’ by Katja Hoyer:
“Kaiser Wilhelm himself had an odd relationship with Bismarck. Initially reluctant to appoint him as Minster President when he took over as king.” Kaiser Wilhelm complained that it was ‘hard to be king under Bismarck.’ How could he be a sovereign, answerable only to God, and yet allow himself to be bullied and manipulated by a crazy ‘junker’ who had come out of nowhere and taken politics by storm? Unsure about the path he was being taken on, Wilhelm had not approved of any of the major decisions that were made from the moment he had appointed Bismarck as Minister President…”
… “A German Caesar?” 
… “Governance of the Reich.” 
“… a more symbolic date was needed for the official proclamation. The nearest suitable anniversary was 18 January. On that very day in 1701, Friedrich III of Brandenburg had been declared Friedrich I of Prussia, uniting divided territories into one stronger whole. The carefully crafted national narrative was compelling in the warm afterglow of victory against the archenemy France. The German Empire was proclaimed at the Palace of Versailles to wild jubilation all across the German lands… The entire set-up revealed much about the nature of the newly founded German Empire. It seems an odd choice to hold the official proclamation of a new nation on foreign soil. However, Bismarck knew that any location in the German lands would have risked raising one state above the others, compromising the fragile moment of unity.

Shark Wars

Once AL dialed back his play-style, and some paramaters had been adjusted by the game-mechanics mods, moderators of the education facilities, there were thusly a few eras of ‘teh sHark wArs’.

In another class the teacher had not switched on the computer interfaces yet, and the kids stood in mid-air dangling from the wires and harnesses of the VR machine interface while the teacher had some lesson prepared today for them or something important he wanted to say.
“Ya know… a little history lesson for you guys here. I just wanted to say that in sum total life before you guys were alive was brutal. The people who came before us worked really hard to get us here, I just wanted to reflect on that. That’s all.”
The class would sometimes go different ways from what the usual day-to-day procedure normally dictated. They would have a little lesson in how things worked, presented in a different way. The way things used to function from a distanced view, or from a ‘different’ perspective, our society’s, which have biases in our own ways, but it was not ‘their’ biases, and so it was distanced a bit. We sometimes got a lesson in economics, and money’s across history, and how armies were raised, and where they stabled their horses, or who the ‘big players’ were, and what their main decisions where, which were definitive of the era.
The VR machines helped immensely in immersion for the children, that goes without saying, and they got to interact with the lesson-plan with all five senses, well maybe not smell—but still—they were hanging from these wires and pulley systems that the they could do swirls around, and little jumps in the air which was entertaining for them if the teacher just needed minute, while they, the children, were analyzing the inside mechanisms of the cell, they can also play a game where they walk away truly knowing what the difference is between a plant and animal cell, having massive green cell walls flashed into their minds, and a little bit about how those Renaissance paintings and sculptures and palaces were financed, and a little bit about that old place they called Rome. Rome was in the same area of the world as the Rennaisance was, in the history of that lone Italian peninsula.
The past did indeed sound brutal. If you weren’t a serf in the feudal era, chances are you were a slave in the Roman.
But the lesson he wanted us to hang upon and reflect a little while on was the brutality of the world of the past and the challenging conditions our ancestors all rose to and had overcome, and those of us who came before, and the hardships they’ve endured, and that we don’t need to know anything about those hardships and we should be grateful for them, because it brought us all here. Right… here…


The Raeff dialogue

Why can’t you let me win one?


He was clearly reveling in the victory, and was loving it. Loving every minute of it.

Would it even feel like a win, friend, if I just ‘gave’ it to you?

Fine. I’ll have to earn in.

That’s the spirit.

In another iteration of the Evolution/Adaptation game…
Molly knows the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
She knows the DNA is housed in the nucleus, she knows about the ribosomes and the vacuoles…
Okay: she also knows that enzymes catalyze chemical reactions.

Molly had made an exceptionally well run cell. It was near perfect, and incorporated all of the elements she had learned about. She made all of the exchanges and the mechanisms for diffusion were implemented, and all of the processes for protein-production smoothly ran and particularly efficiently.
AL’s organism had early on in the game developed an alternate way of respirating, utilizing sulfur instead of oxygen for metabolic functions, and could attain a glucose source to produce ATP energy from predating on the transparent animals that exist in extreme depths. The game moderators had made unavailable a certain protein molecule which AL had used to accomplish this. It was artificial, as in nature this protein can by synthesized by a eukaryotic cell, but if this exploit was allowed in this simulation the result would be the same now every time since AL had discovered it.

After a few ‘more’ iterations of the game… 

… they had now started developing organisms who move on dry land… and… while maintaining a kind of amphibian period for some time… most of the kids by now had gone reptillian.
… the lesson plan shifts for the next scenario, which they encountered for the first time this Wednesday morning, and maybe had planned for the original game scenario and were maybe going to be a little bored by today’s lesson plan, but that was okay… because usually they had more fun than learning, if you’d put it on the scales–today, a little less fun, but would be a little more disciplined style learning, which nobody’s afraid of, and while still using the VR simulators to boot.

By zooming .. ooming into stages, and by the end we are back in the cellular phase again, but this time for much longer, and the class gets a nice in-depth lesson in histology for the duration of the classtime.
In another game, … day… Thursday…
His Frog men were reproducing at a quickened rate now, and that meant more soldiers to collect, and there was still no sign of the enemy.
There were many different groups around them, many varied primitive life forms, others who had made it onto dry land, too, with primitive societies forming all around the land, and they would never trade. None of them even had a word for it in their language, in their frog-man, or bird-man, or reptile-man vocabularies, and they didn’t have peace ‘neither.
The Frog men built an army quickly, as the frogs are able to spawn quickly, and in terms of the raising of armies that meant reinforcements, and so with new metabolic enhancements AL had more easily implemented the amphibious nature which is of a close relationship with water, and moisture, and clear and clean surface areas for cellular respiration, and even if armed with primitive sharpened sticks they can manage to do a pretty good job of it, warfare, and by conquering enemy tribes and territories with about a hundred strong young Frogs they made their froggy dominion.
So fungus gathering, insect harvesting, hunting parties, communications, and soldiery training would resume… these would be the cooperative lifeforms to help energize the Frog empire. 

But non-frogs, and beings who are similar to them in intelligence and strength, would just never be trusted by them, and vis versa. The students would not tolerate any sort of peace.
They were told the adults never really got it together either… while the scouts and spies are sent out, even to navigate the outside area on the waterfront, my Frog spy masters establish their networks and report back to me, the command hub and central intelligence appartaus for the Frogman Legions.
Though no one has ever traded, in history, and never will, here, in some skirmishes in the past the Frogmen had gloriously prevailed. Coupled with another species, as temporary allies perhaps, at the very least you could say not openly hostile, a team-up was once in order for wiping out another, potent local adversary’s army, which was even stronger than scouts had indicated prior to the battle… and so went the short-lived alliance with the electric Fox men. We had increased our frog spawning sites by ten times what they had been last season, every season saw progression, and now we could send four to five different raiding parties out at one time, with mere sharpened sticks, and some would be support teams and some would supplement the dominant local armies. Our spawn sites are now everywhere. They could capture an encampment, or raid an improperly guarded small fortress, or citadel. The handful of ‘electric Fox men’ had held together with them for a single battle, but had predicatably afterward faded from the campaign from then onwards, impotent, weak, and probably now starving, and so reliance upon them was short-lasting for the triumphant Frog men.
The Frog men spawned the most frequently in a particular season, so whenever the simulation got to that time of year it was good to exhale large forces of soldiers from among the total population, and provide a strong offensive early on, so as to capture and commandeer enemy or neutral settlements as well as to raid storage caches, and sites with natural resources. As the years went on within the simulated scenario, mere minutes and seconds in terms of the children’s perception and of the paramaters of the gaming lesson-simulation they were playing, and thereby the Frog men of Aleon’s maybe 12th iteration of this game had been cultivated into a species who are now cultivating other animals, beast of burden animals, bigger animals, to be used as livestock and mounting for war. 

He was producing a fairly dominant tribal system of Frogmen throughout the terrain and across the centuries. It was another total conquest of the landmass, and still the others could always retreat into the oceans, and sort of… devolve… if they wanted to, or in the face of his frogman armies they would rather; go back there, back with the amphibians and the fish and the sea kelp, and, if they wish, or would rather, be fish-people once again, if so inclined, but they wouldn’t live here.

The dry land would forevermore be under the Imperium of the Frogmen, and the great Frogmen across history, who will live on in the very soil of the dry land; their grandeur and their leadership, like an invisible hand through history, promise them would be a banner everlasting.


Quote continued from, ‘Otto von Bismarck’:
“The only thing that had tied the four states south of the River Main to the North German Confederation was the threat of another ‘Napoleonic’ occupation. The national jubilation that came from the glorious and swift victory over France had to be upheld. Thus even the unification ceremony itself was intended to remind the German princes why they had offered Wilhelm the Kaiser crown. The magnificent ceiling of the Hall of Mirrors, with its glorification of Louis XIV as the conqueror of German lands, provided the perfect backdrop for a ceremony that celebrated the reversal of fortunes between Germany and France. Furthermore, the proclamation was set up and portrayed as an exclusively military ceremony. Bismarck, the Kaiser and the princes all appeared in uniform and celebrated the foundation of a nation state with soldiers and officers – not a civilian in sight. This was a far cry from the democratic unification of which the liberals had dreamed. At Versailles, there were no reminders of 1848 – no tricolour, no ‘Deutschlandlied’.”
Just marching bands and formalities in the heart of a humiliated enemy. 


“Geographically, the new nation also seemed a colossus. Bismarck had ruthlessly used the victory in the Franco-Prussian War and annexed Alsace and Lorraine. The two French provinces had long since attracted the attention of the nationalist movement due to the German-speaking populations that lived there side-by-side with their French neighbours. In private, Bismarck repeatedly expressed doubts over the wisdom of such a move as he believed it would make reconciliation with France an impossibility and thus expose the young German nation state to foreign hostility from the outset. On the other hand, there had been popular demand to incorporate at least Alsace into the German Empire as its population was linguistically and culturally still overwhelmingly German. Bismarck eventually concluded that the ‘hereditary hostility’ (Erbfeindschaft) between France and Germany was inevitable and that one additional land dispute was neither here nor there. The twenty-five German states now stretched from the River Memel in the east to well beyond the River Rhine in the west; from the sea in the north to the Alps in the south – a German Empire indeed.”

”Bismarck was right; the German Empire had not been made with speeches and majority decisions; it had been forged in blood and iron. The German Empire was a formidable force in Europe right from the outset. It held 41 million people and thus became the largest Western European nation overnight. France (36 million), Britain (31.5 million including Ireland) and Austria (36 million) all looked on in worry as the delicate power balance was thrown seriously out of kilter.”

Quoted from: ‘The Vampire Economy’, 
by Gunter Reiman: 

‘Doing Business Under Fascism’
“Such a system also changes the psychology of businessman. Their experiences teach them that the old right of property no longer exists. They find themselves compelled to respect the “national interest” or the “welfare of the community.””
“The life of the German businessman is full of contradictions. He cordially dislikes the gigantic, top-heavy, bureaucratic State machine which is strangling his economic independence. Yet he needs the aid of these despised bureaucrats more and more, and is forced to run after them, begging for concessions, privileges, grants, in fear that his competitor will gain the advantage…”

Quote from ‘The Junkers’ Wikipedia Page:
(German: were members of the landed nobility in Prussia). They owned great estates that were maintained and worked by peasants with few rights. These estates often lay in the countryside outside of major cities or towns. They were an important factor in Prussia and, after 1871, in German military, political and diplomatic leadership. The most famous Junker was Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck held power in Germany from 1871 to 1890 as Chancellor of the German Empire. He was removed from power by Kaiser Wilhelm II.
The Junkers held a virtual monopoly on all agriculture in the part of the German Reich lying east of the River Elbe. Since the Junker estates were necessarily inherited by the eldest son alone, younger sons, all well educated and with a sense of noble ancestry, turned to the civil and military services, and dominated all higher civil offices, as well as the officer corps. Around 1900 they modernized their farming operations to increase productivity. They sold off less productive land, invested more heavily in new breeds of cattle and pigs, used new fertilizers, increased grain production, and improved productivity per worker. Their political influence achieved the imposition of high tariffs that reduced competition from American grain and meat.

And so, sometimes a change in lesson plan. The next lesson was still focused on the attributes of the cell, histology, and the principles of cellular metabolism and organelles, the tiny organs of the cells. They taught that the cell is like a city, with a waste disposal system requiring units of transportations as well as dumping facilities which can intercept and secure the release of the toxic materials from the membrane of the cell, utilizing embedded proteins within the lipid bi-layer to transfer protein triggering mechanisms which allow entrance and exit through the very cell, that liquid-crystal transistor which is the basis for organic life, those same protein complexes act endlessly as sensors, scanning and reacting to the surrounding area, data receivers, with triggering mechanisms of their own for organelles to obey within the cellular lipid bi-layered membrane.
Okay, so the cell has a central hub with the blueprints for the entire cell, got it, and you need little protein complexes in order to open up the code, to replicate a small snippet of it and then put it back where you found it, RNA, which is like a photo negative, or a scan of a blueprint, and protein complexes are needed to bring the scans somewhere outside the gated nuclues, elsewhere inside the cell, transcribing the series of amino acids in sequence, and using a protein complex to fold another protein into a triggering shape or protein complex which is used in operating some other mechanism within the cell.
There are toll booths before entering New York city, gates and channels, okay we get it. The trash trucks need to go somewhere, they need to manage sewage, they need ready construction crews, banks and energy power plants. They need glucose and oxygen. There are trillions of cells likes these, eukaryotic miniature cities, including bacteria, particularly in the gut where digestion is aided, by enzymes which are protein complexes assembled by the cell that catalyze, or make go faster and more efficiently, basically all chemical reactions—which is every transaction within the electro-chemical framework of cell biology.
The principles were fractal, AL noticed, certain things seem to scale up and scale down in their applications. There are war games, not allowed in school VR’s but at home you can get them, and the maintenance and assemblage of a military is similar in these games to a lot of what happens in biology.
The predator element is setup within us, still within us, and there are small dominations in the game of personalities you can see every day! You can still witness little scuffles at the shopping markets, and the grocery stores, happening today—let alone at the gas stations.
The Predatory element is all around us, in sports, in competitive business, or at a dinner party, but it was entrained in us, engrained there, for logical reasons ofsurvival and propagation, it was put there by necessity. I won’t hark on them, the necessities, for I’m sure everybody to some degree already knows what I’m talking about here. It would be rote to number and go through them.
But there is a leveled playing field in the ubiquity and character of these games at present in our society, and it’s a subtley whispered equalizer. 

But not in the new VR’s.
In the Total-Immersion ones.
There, far more is possible for a predator. A predator for fun, dont get your red flags going too fast, it’s just for some entertaining gaming.
I never saw myself as a gambler, so instead I’m a predator, and in the gaming world of the new Total-Immersion Topaz variety there is more skill which can be applied than is permitted with a handheld receiver: a paltry few, red, blue, green-colored buttons, a couple of joysticks, and maybe a left and right trigger—this Totally-Immersive technology allows for a swordsman to use subtle arching of the wrist, movement of the hips, or the direct placements of a heel.
Upon landing from a jump on hard ground I don’t feel the pain of the landing, but my whole body feels the shock absorption and I can measure or gauge the height of fall that would cost a life from my scenario-character’s life bar, and I can somehow feel that is the only explanation, like qualified and measured by my own brain… it is real life. But of course I don’t ‘feel’ the pain, or anything horrific like that, but I feel things, like, maybe for example another character behind me. There are no visual cues, no foot steps heard, just an odd feeling… like a change in the air, or energy, something different about being in a room, and since it’s a game where I’m a spy it probably is. When you’re a spy, with a reputation internationally, and one who’s survived ‘this’ long, there’s always a guy right behind you. 

There’s always some assassin in the ski closet.

Raeff: “Why can’t you let me—or why can’t I win just once?”
Raeff was getting frustrated with the outcome of all these simulations.
“No.” AL was relishing in the moment, and that again was quite clear. He did feel bad, a little.

”Well, it’s just a little ridiculous. I can’t even be competitive.”

”How about tomorrow I let you win.Just for the novelty of it.”

”That sounds good to me, but you can’t be serious!”

‘Junkers,’ continued…
“During World War I, Irish nationalist MP Tom Kettle compared the Anglo-Irish landlord class to the Prussian Junkers, saying, “England goes to fight for liberty in Europe and for junkerdom in Ireland.”
“Their political influence extended from the German Empire of 1871–1918 through the Weimar Republic of 1919–1933. It was said that “if Prussia ruled Germany, the Junkers ruled Prussia, and through it the Empire itself”. 

A policy known as Osthilfe. (“Help for the East”) granted Junkers 500,000,000 marks in subsidies to help pay for certain debts and to improve equipment. Junkers continued to demand and receive more and more subsidies, which gave them more money in their pockets, thus resulting in political power. Junkers exploited a monopoly on corn by storing it to drive up the price. As more money was profited, they were able to control political offices. Junkers were able to force people to continue paying more money for their product, while keeping who they wanted in office. Through the controlling of politics behind a veil, Junkers were able to influence politicians to create a law that prohibited collecting of debts from agrarians, thus pocketing even more money and strengthening their power.”
“Supporting monarchism and military traditions, they were seen as reactionary, anti-democratic, and protectionist by liberals and Socialists, as they had sided with the conservative monarchist forces during the Revolution of 1848. Their political interests were served by the German Conservative Party in the Reichstag and the extraparliamentary Agriculturists’ League (Bund der Landwirte). This political class held tremendous power over industrial classes and government alike, especially through the Prussian three-class franchise. When the German chancellor Leo von Caprivi in the 1890s reduced the protective duties on imports of grain, these landed magnates demanded and obtained his dismissal; and in 1902, they brought about a restoration of such duties on foodstuffs as would keep the prices of their own products at a high level.
Junker is derived from Middle High German. ‘Juncherre’, meaning “young nobleman” or otherwise “young heir” / “young lord” (derivation of jung and Herr), and originally was the title of members of the higher ‘edelfrie’ (immediate) nobility without or before the accolade. It evolved to a general denotation of a young or lesser noble, often poor and politically insignificant, understood as “country squire” (cf. Martin Luther’s disguise as “Junker Jörg” at the Wartburg; he would later mock King Henry VIII of England as “Juncker Heintz”). As part of the nobility, many Junker families only had prepositions such as von or zu before their family names without further ranks. The abbreviation of the title is Jkr., most often placed before the given name and titles, for example: Jkr. Heinrich von Hohenberg. The female equivalent Junkfrau (Jkfr.) was used only sporadically. In some cases, the Honorific Jkr. was also used for Freiherren (Barons) and Grafen (Counts). A good number of poorer Junkers took up careers as soldiers (Fahnenjunker), mercenaries, and officials (Hofjunker, Kammerjunker) at the court of territorial princes. These families were mostly part of the German medieval Uradel and had carried on the colonization and Christianization of the northeastern European territories during the Ostsiedlung. Over the centuries, they had become influential commanders and landowners, especially in the lands east of the Elbe River in the Kingdom of Prussia. As landed aristocrats, the Junkers owned most of the arable land in Prussia. Being the bulwark of the ruling House of Hohenzollern, the Junkers controlled the Prussian Army, leading in political influence and social status, and owning immense estates worked by tenants. These were located especially in the north-eastern half of Germany (i.e. the Prussian provinces of Brandenburg, Pomerania, Silesia, West Prussia, East Prussia and Posen). This was in contrast to the predominantly Catholic southern states such as the Kingdom of Bavaria or the Grand Duchy of Baden, where land was owned by small farms, or the mixed agriculture of the western states like the Grand Duchy of Hesse or even the Prussian Rhine and Westphalian provinces.
Junkers formed a tightly knit elite. Their challenge was how to retain their dominance in an emerging modern state with a growing middle and working class.


” Quoted from ‘Junkers’: “What had happened in the forty-eight years since the creation of Germany, which made the concept of nation so real that secession from it remained the pipe dream of a few extremists? How had Rhinelanders, Bavarians and Prussians turned into Germans? Why did Catholics not seek the opportunity to finally leave the oppression of the Protestant majority? Why did the south not try to distance themselves from the warmongering Prussians? The answer is complex. Education, secularisation and conscription certainly all played a role. The huge population growth that Germany had seen in this time meant that the majority of Germans were young. They had never experienced anything but a nation state and grew up glorifying the unification wars and Bismarck as the founding father. They went through two or three years of military service together, travelled freely across the German lands to flock to the cities and worked side by side with fellow countrymen from different states and regions. Interconfessional marriages were on the rise, while science replaced religion as a compass to navigating life. Germans had taken pride together in their colonial empire. They had developed a communal liking for coffee and the resulting cafe culture added a new dimension to social life that was singularly German, not regional. They had cheered German shipbuilding, engineering and scientific breakthroughs. They had a national anthem, a flag as well as national heroes and a world-class economy of which to be proud. All of this was compounded by the collective catastrophe of the First World War. A nation whose men had fought in grim camaraderie in the trenches, whose women and children had toiled, starved and suffered at home, had experienced a shared trauma that bound it together. The despair and humiliation of 1918 and 1919 was met with shared defiance and anger. What Bismarck and Wilhelm had created now seemed a golden age from the perspective of the darkness of defeat. It is no coincidence that ‘surrogate Kaiser’ Hindenburg would not only remain unblemished in the eyes of many Germans, but also be elected as President of their new republic in 1925 following the death of Friedrich Ebert. Where people associated the Imperial regime with economic prosperity, national pride and military glory, the post-war republic began with hunger, humiliation and defeat. Suddenly the political strife of the pre-war years seemed petty and insignificant compared to the suffering that followed. It was not the cry for democracy that had shaped, moulded and marked the German national character but the shared experiences of its people. 

The First World War had become a terrible milestone on Germany’s path to nationhood. Instead of destroying the defensive nationalism that Bismarck and Wilhelm had cultivated, it augmented it. The blood and iron paid this time far exceeded that of the unification wars five decades earlier and the effect was correspondingly potent. The war brought the structures of the German Empire down – its crown, its borders, its military – but Bismarck’s legacy would live on. Against the contrast of the dark times to come, the German Empire became an idealised image, perfectly preserved in the still, golden amber of national memory.”