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Under the Red Dragon

by bluesky3d 

Posted: 19 January 2004
Word Count: 299
Summary: A few years in the future...

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Like most things, it all started in the States. I would not say Wheelie Frames were fun though, not like skateboards or roller-blades, just a modern necessity.

The government knew they could not afford people getting older so they did nothing. Well, to say they did nothing it is not quite true - the Neo-Republicans actually encouraged people going for gross. Their ‘Fat is Fun’ campaign, was a huge hit. Of course, the free issue of Wheelies to all above 300 pounds helped.

Soon, half the population had them. It became a status symbol to own the latest model. Some even had custom built tandems and the really gross had special edition 4 by 4 SUW’s - the Sports Utility version, with chill compartments for the soda drinks. The specifications became more adventurous. The deluxe had on-board commodes and pop-corn and burger dispensers. They left the old style Zimmers standing.

Gradually, the side effects happened. Eczema, skin eruptions, hair loss, liver and kidney degeneration, behavioural disturbances, susceptibility to infections, sterility in males, miscarriage in females, arthritis, heart and circulatory problems. The government put it all down to eating ‘none GM’.

Some brave souls did question the logic, but the vested interests were just too great. The burger barons and the popcorn pushers had the junk food junkies hooked. They all had too much to lose.

Then, the crash came. The whole economy was built on Crapola fed cattle, it was the oil in which the Crapola corn maize popped. Crapola Cola was the only cola. GM Crapola became infected by a virus – that in turn infected the brains of everyone on the planet - all except a small remote area of Wales.

This is how it all came about, and why we now live under the Red Dragon.

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Account Closed at 19:35 on 19 January 2004  Report this post
Scary but maybe not so unrealistic (apart from the bit about Wales!!)
Liked Crapola COla!

Ellenna at 11:30 on 20 January 2004  Report this post
This would be funny if it wasn't so near the truth ...hmmm I knew Wales would find it's true destiny one day (oh I am half Welsh before anyone takes umbrage but have English sense of humour ) lol


bluesky3d at 09:13 on 21 January 2004  Report this post
Olympics next? Wheelies would have to be from carbon fibre - But yes I agree, it would be funny, if it were not so damn serious.

Thanks Ellie and Elspeth

Andrew :o)


have to thank Victoria Wood and her TV program on the modern malaise of obesity for inspiring this. A :o)

JohnK at 21:49 on 21 January 2004  Report this post
Andrew -

Trying your hand at social engineering, and making a fine job of it. I think fat -> happy just as often as fat -> unwell. (Another paradox is that the ubiquitous mobile phones -> more people smiling in the streets.)

Anyway, a great extrapolation of government of the people but not for the people.

I enjoyed it very much.


bluesky3d at 09:43 on 22 January 2004  Report this post
JohnK, thanks - I thought you might enjoy that one - have to acknowledge, it was in part inspired by your goodself - (only the writing style you understand ! ;o) )

Can you see Wheelie Frames ever taking off in Oz - are you all just too damn slim and fit over there or are you also being taken over by the vested interests of the fast food barons? - I suspect fat is going global.

A :o)


John - following your comment re mobile phones I wrote G7.... thanks :o)

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