Rosella Tolfree's World
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Rosella Tolfree and Drugs
While weed in our times is becoming increasingly popular to decriminalize, especially state by state in the U.S., by Rosella’s time, even harder drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, have been decriminalized in an effort for states to capture sales revenues from addiction.
Most 20th and 21st century experts point to the Switzerland model of harm reduction as the gold standard. The reality is Switzerland, until otherwise, has kept its drugs illegal. Simply put, the police are turning a blind eye to the problem of enforcement. Meanwhile, drug use in Europe is reported to be the highest in Switzerland than any other nation and 70% of their young adults are using cannabis. Also, downs syndrome is reported to have doubled in Switzerland between 2003 and 2012, while the birth rate is the lowest it’s ever been. Most would attribute this to older parents, but the use of cannabis during pregnancy increases genetic developmental disorders such as a downs syndrome.
Many decades prior to Rosella’s time, the Perry Memo would cause a controversy in U.S. politics for a time as it exposed a high-level Democratic Party attempt to increase widespread drug use through decriminalization with the sole purpose to increase still births and abortions associated with the intellectually disabled. In doing so, the birth rate would continue to collapse, causing an upward wage pressure on society, allowing for greater taxation potential for socialized services. It was called engineered social policy.
But continue legalization of various drugs in the U.S. and Europe did cause a rise of birth defects associated with drug use which helped to pave the way for the social development of advance IVF and CRISPR systems to allow for human cloning as the main form of human sexual reproduction. This option was being seen as the cleaner way to ensure a healthy child, since society permitted drugs.
The problem with Rosella’s world is that once drugs became legal in states, and federal enforcement became restricted to dealing with transportation between the states, the desire to kick the habit became less in addicted populations. This prompted many states to adopt drug use work protections preventing layoffs and firings for many industries and services, including but not limited to first responders, medical workers, and teachers.
With many states’ cash strap, the efforts to help drug users get off the stuff dwindled, thus turning the states into the new suppliers. Soon, you had state officials paying off drug cartels to help run supplies between states to feed their drug addicted populations. To create a public-private drug economy and prevent users turning to crime to pay for drugs, states had to resort to universal basic income (UBI) for the addicted. Of course, running cash flows through the state coffers allowed for private dispensaries to bank directly with the state since it was still illegal to bank with the federal banking system.
The omni presence of a drug using population helped prop up radical political and hate groups which used them as a scapegoat for all society’s ills, allowing them to win local elections, since the drug using populations tended not to vote. During Rosella’s life, Congress would remove President Carmela Cordano from office as she used the White House to coordinate drug running between states and other nations.
For Rosella herself, as a young adult, she wasn’t immune to the drug culture. She, like her fellow college friends, took part in it. Not only did she do various “recreational drugs” at the group house, but she also did them at wooheys (music/dance events like raves) where dispensaries had booths set up and were the main sponsors of the events.
While most did not see addiction as a problem, they saw the problem of an overdose as a social ill. So, state health officials took the approach of keeping the drug population addicted but never to lethal levels. Unfortunately for Rosella, she would succumb to a lethal overdose but would survive the incident only to be mentally traumatized with a specific and embarrassing sleep disorder known as sexsomnia.
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Important Legal Changes in the Dystopian U.S. of Rosella’s World- Part 3
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While major corporations and nations race to build the fastest and largest Qubit quantum computer, there are others talking about the coming of the quantum winter.
These machines could revolutionize healthcare, finance, and manufacturing, or even provide insight into reality itself.
For now, the applications are mostly theoretical. But as Qubits become more powerful, the possibilities are endless.
Even so people talk about the impending quantum winter, or the collapse of the quantum computing market. However, in Rosella’s world, this never happens fully. Just as the markets always have their difficulties, quantum computing will have its own ebbs and flows.
While it’s true that the current state of quantum computing cannot take direct advantage of Moore’s Law. There’s an indirect advantage associated with innovation.
Moore’s Law is less about the exponential nature of computing but the innovative reality of the human intellect against a challenge.
Currently, quantum computing has two major problems that are intertwined with each other, like two particles entangled. One is the practical nature of the substrate being used, and the second is the duplicative scalability of the substrate.
At present Qubit technology requires either absolute zero or near absolute zero for the quantum states, and to compensate for the short computational life span, the quantum error correction requires a vast quantity of Qubits. The constraint of temperature makes the second half expensive and bulky.
While recent a breakthrough in light Qubits allows for “stable room temperature”, the problem this new technology is one of calculation speed. It’s much slower than current absolute zero versions.
Like all things in technology, new innovations come as the result of fits and failures.
The same is true for Rosella’s future world when a monumental breakthrough in the Qubit occurred in a university laboratory in Japan. Japan was still one of the few nations still in pursuit of quantum computing. With many first world nations and major corporations dropping out years prior due to lack of commercial results.
Dr. Chiaki Tsukiyama, as a doctoral student, discovered purely by accident a substrate of material whose properties were unique enough to allow for room-temperature high speed computation of a Qubit. It had a relative permitivity of one like gold and copper, but a relative magnetic permeability of 1.041 giving it an electronic speed or velocity of 98% that of the speed of light in a vacuum. She called the material asagaoite after her favorite Japanese love story.
Thus, the material allowed her to read the quantum state of each individual electron flowing at near the speed of light. Once the material was arranged into a standard Qubit configuration, she had a cheap and affordable Qubit. Thus, solving two of the major problems of Qubits- temperatures for high-speed calculations, and affordable scalability for quantum error correction.
The results would win her a Nobel Prize in Physics and set the world on fire again for the development of the quantum computer and all its promises.
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On May 13th, 2021, Alexander Petrovnia wrote a Medium article entitled, “Cis People — Stop Trying To Understand Transness.” As an author, I agree with Alexander Petrovnia that I do not know what it’s like to be a trans person, because I’m not one. I wrote a piece about Xaku in the online game, Warframe, where the developers were citing it was a trans character representation. I couldn’t see it. All I saw from my perspective was a Frankenstein like creature (I’m NOT saying trans people are Frankensteins). But someone, who was trans, tweeted me telling me how they related to a such a jumbled mess of parts. I can understand that on an intellectual level. But like all things, if you don’t suffer from some disorder, or are not part of some community, you will never understand as a fellow human. You can only feel solidarity with them. But this doesn’t mean on an intellectual level, those who are not part of a specific disorder or community should cease all understanding. To do so would cut people off from knowledge and would also not allow solidarity to take place. This would have an opposite effect socially and cause nothing but more than panic and fear. It is under this reasoning, as a writer I continue to research, think about, and look at the directions of society to see where things like transgenderism will go. This is the nature of science fiction.
Studies and Surveys
I’ve mentioned multiple times in this blog human sexuality and gender issues. I don’t prescribe to an absolute view of the current norms of society but see these aspects evolving. This is especially true as we deploy certain technologies, such as advance CRISPR systems to genetically remove any gender dysmorphia caused by our genes. I realize many people don’t want to hear that idea, but I foresee this as a possibility. I also realize that media tends to portray certain sexualities either in a positive or negative light depending upon the circumstances of media ownership, media audience, and/or hidden political agendas.
Social media communities can impact personal adoption, and reinforcement of ideas. This effect is well documented for Twitter and the echo chambers it tends to create. In a 2012 article published in the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice it highlighted the importance of gaining trust as it relates to different genders in order to build communities for marketing.
Such online communities can impact the self-identifying population numbers. A 2017 meta-regression study found that U.S. population of transgender individuals is 390 adults per 100,000, or about 1 million adults nationally (0.4% of 2017 18+ population). While, various other studies have shown ranges from “1.2 to 6.8 percent of the adult population identifying as LGBT.” This only highlights the fluid nature of self-identification.
Meanwhile, another American national survey looked at the transgender issue from visual and self-identifying. Again, the results show how diverse the meaning of the word “transgender” is as it relates to physical appearance being congruent with broad social norms, and Americans’ willingness to accept someone’s word that they are what they say they are (as in they have no ulterior motive to lie to me about their gender identification).
Fluidity of Language
One issue is with the fluid nature of language. The term “cis” used in Alexander Petrovnia’s article (31 times mind you) has only been around since 2011 and refers to those “whose gender identity matches their sex assigned at birth.” Its original Latin root is not what the word is being used for. The word boils down to a descriptive term used by the trans-community as a way to refer to everyone else but them. It’s more of choice of Latin roots since trans, cis and ultra are part of the same family. Although I couldn’t imagine the trans-community wanting to call cis people ultra. Of course, I could be wrong about that as well. Who knows maybe calling some cis people ultra-lesbian or ultra-heterosexual would catch on?
Regardless of if ultra becomes used in the English language for gender is irrelevant, there are other fundamental linguistic issues with the phrase, “gender identity.” Here again, there’s nothing that says in this language that sex assignment surgery is needed if the person is not suffering from gender dysmorphia. Making “gender identity” a fluid choice. In Rosella’s future, there’s nothing that stops some from making such claims and still dressing and behaving like their assigned sex with only minor exceptions, like the use of a restroom. Sure, a few people are shocked and annoyed, but the majority don’t care. Of course, same sex restrooms have also become more common place by Rosella’s time.
An example of a new lexicon is in a yet unpublished USRM-ISB Installment, where Rosella Tolfree encounters Morgan, a spirit vampire known as a “Son of the Angel of Lust” who was a “Caeneist” as a human. The term Caeneist refers to the Greek legend of Caeneus, who was a woman abducted and raped by Poseidon. She then asks to be turned into a man so as not to be raped again. In the late eras of the First Age of Humanity, full anatomical transformation of a person from one sex to another becomes possible thanks to 3-D printed organs and genetic manipulation to avoid rejection. This allowed people like Morgan suffering from gender dysmorphia to embody the fullness of a transformation. Such surgical transformations are not possible today. Some today, for reasons they only understand, don’t undergo the genital surgery. Which has sparked social controversies today. This gets partially resolved with the newer technologies, despite some still not desiring a full transformation (as noted above). Thus, by some viewpoints, creating a pseudohermaphrodite.
Enter Phoebe Matthews
Phoebe Matthews was a gender psychotechnologist of the early 2nd Age of Humanity. She coined the term “gendernormative” to refer to those people whose scans and gender psychological profiles fit attraction, and sexual behaviors for mating with people of the opposite sexual characteristics and compatible organs. She based these on the gender understandings of the time surrounding the following five principles: Sexual Attraction, Sexual Behavioral Acts, Sexual Self-Identity, Anatomical Realties, and Genetic Realties. Taken together, the five areas would define where someone was on the Kazuko Scale. A gender psychotechnologist measurement developed by Kanbayashi Kazuko in Japan some years before Phoebe Matthews. The original scale made no attempt to define a normative point but created intersectional groupings. It would be Phoebe Matthews with her published paper that would assign one of the intersectional groupings as normative for humans.
Her assignment came from a specific intersectional grouping, that despite social trends away from the labeling of people’s sexual activities and desires, still showed up for most her test subjects. All this even with the heavy global female average demography, lowering the male availability and historical research showing women were more “bisexual than men.” Later, her peers repeated the original study in multiple cultural locations and found similar findings. Scientists from other disciplines chimed in on the research noting that if this wasn’t true then the species would have died off, and that Phoebe Matthews’ research is confirming a fact of human biology. This despite our large brain allowing for a diverse human sexual experience.
Other Blog Posts Dealing with Sexuality
Human Sexuality, Sex, and Genderism in Rosella’s Dystopian World
Important Legal Changes in the Dystopian U.S. of Rosella’s World- Part 2
Dr. April French-Wolfe's Res-Pangenderism theory
From Artificial Wombs to Human Clones
Rosella’s World- The Fourth Of July
The Fourth During Late 1st Age of Humanity
Seth Underwood writes adult science fiction and political dystopian science fiction. His future political dystopian U.S. world features decades of despot presidents, a flooded world, and new para-military force known as the Ranger Marshals. He has freemium stories at www. sethunderwoodstories.com