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This is not a Civilisation

I see a world locked in games of control, from offering a child a treat in exchange for its compliance to the grandiose pandering to the masses that underpins election campaign promises.

How can there be progress when bribery is the unacknowledged cornerstone of our value systems? How can there be community when profit comes before compassion? Where losing money is considered the ultimate crime, risk and value assessments become hollow and lives become nothing but another resource.

Everyone is scrabbling for their piece of the ‘prize’, be it from pathological greed, need for acceptance, misguided belief, or simply the means to care for their family. Goals are used to justify means. Which is accepted, because those goals reinforce a wilful blindness to the problems that beset this society. Problems that are only raised into the general awareness when they can be used as a goad to modify people’s goals – or their blindness.

Fear. Fear and greed. Fear of the unknown, greed for the latest gadget, fear of the stranger, greed for status, fear of the differing opinion. The implicit threat that is felt when someone disagrees with the majority. The cults of celebrities and men of ‘god’ – both living in luxury off the donations of their congregations, many desperate to share in the ‘magic’ that might change their fortunes.

We live in a world of wonders, yet are still tribesfolk huddled around our televisual altars, letting technopriests dictate our lives, because we are scared of the dark. Yet, they are more terrified of change than us.

This is not a civilisation.

This is stagnation for the benefit of the few. But, there are no conspiracies. There is, however, a communal interest in maintaining the status quo, and maybe a few have gone to ridiculous lengths that have proven to be vulgar, loud and ultimately unnecessary. Society has become complicit in its own deception – to the point where it will turn viciously on any who attract attention to that fact.

And if you aren’t born into that few, you will never join them by being more ruthless or working harder than those about you. There is no admission, just the illusion of the possibility to keep you focussed to the point of missing the point.

The warnings of history have been ignored or even used as blueprints. While good people stood apathetic, fear and greed triumphed. Now, evil will serve its own ends with less restraints and this ‘civilisation’ will have to live with – or perish from – the consequences.

 

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Old Tricks and New Fools

I crawl into the light of day to see that Mr Trump has apparently staged another renege. I quickly check a trio of other sources for verification and, yes, it’s true.

It’s a very old trick, the incitation of war to bolster a flagging leader’s standing with a population who are showing signs of disenchantment. It’s deeply disappointing that the implicitly pitiful excuse for a leader in question is the president of the USA.

For pity’s sake, Donald. The consequences of what you have started will never fall on you. Blood will be shed by people who voted for you in the desperate hope that you would be different. Instead, you’re taking them down the road of duty and poverty like some sideshow preacher, all the while lining your pockets and those of your sycophants.

Sycophants? Absolutely. Because launching cruise missiles is something you don’t get to do as a knee-jerk reaction. People had to be consulted. Agreements reached. Encouragement given. Deals made. People are pandering to your – let’s call it, shall I? – madness. They’re working within the insane environment you’ve created to further ends that either suit themselves or those they answer to.

The chemical attack in Syria is a grievous war crime. It should be met with unanimous condemnation and considered, concerted, peaceful action. Following an atrocity with a tacit act of war is not the way forward. Much as it pains me to say it, direct action is futile. It has been proven again and again that fire from the skies followed by boots on the ground simply does not work. (Unless, of course, you’re trying to engineer a return to open and total war.)

I wish there was a way to swiftly find and punish those responsible, but the byways of power are set up to frustrate the application of proper justice; something that echoes in the way you’re playing with lives and futures to give yourself an appearance of potency. You don’t want justice. You want a cause. Something for the people to get caught up in, so they stop scrutinising you.

You’re playing a game where deadly consequences and the accountability for said will never fall on you. The repercussions could remake the world and I fear for what you are unwittingly laying the foundations for.

Whilst not a stupid man, you are vain and spoilt. A petty-minded demagogue in a seat of power is never a good thing for those who look to him to improve their everyday lives.

A fool who jests, but the laughter rings hollow.

If this were a Tarot reading, I would see The Tower, the Ten of Wands, and Death.

Changes and bloodshed are coming.

Sadly, all you can do is hope and/or pray they don’t arrive nearby.

 

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

A Glimmer of Hope Amidst the Hysteria

Congratulations, Mister Corbyn. May your beliefs and intentions be as good as we hope and stronger than many expect.

Apparently, Jeremy Corbyn is now a risk to our national and economic security…

o_rly

I contend that he is less of a threat than those desperately accusing him as part of the poisonous and continuing campaign to reduce his popularity.

I have never seen an establishment so scared or, for the moment, ineffectual. The hysteria is palpable, amusing and sad. But beware.

Do not think that ‘Government Incorporated’ has plumbed the depths yet. Things are about to get truly unpleasant.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Why Are You So Scared?

I am increasingly baffled by the hysterical fear levelled at the world by some religious folk. Really, if you’re living a righteous life, then be content with that. Trying to inflict your worldview on anyone who isn’t you is wrong. No, there is no ‘good’ reason, or any excuse. Just do not do it. Go and improve your worthiness in the eyes of whatever you revere, and let us who fall short make our own way, at our own speed, to our own ends. Your religious fears are not acceptable as a reason for you to dictate how I live. Outside of the practical stuff, of course – which we already have laws for… And that is where today’s entry really started. 🙂

Today, same-sex marriage was ruled as legal across the USA. There are celebrations in progress as I type. The “world’s policeman” has actualy done something positive to promote freedom.

‘Freedom’.

It’s a dangerous word. there are simply too many people on the planet for anarchy to be a valid way forward. Thus ‘freedom’ has to be restrained from it’s self-gratifying, might-is-right implementation. There have to be rules. Making large numbers of violent primates live in close proximity to each other demands them. However, the creation of law is more problematical, because it involves large numbers of the same violent primates that it is being created to constrain. Thus, bias is both anathema and inevitable. Impartiality is a rare thing, but it has to apply. Also, common sense is a preferred ingredient.

Now, with a plethora of laws having been set many years ago, there is a drastic lack of something we have come to expect: upgrades. Fixes. Clarification for ease-of-use and refinement for the changing world they are expected to apply to.

Wait a moment, I hear you say, what about the laws of God/Gods/Goddess/Being? (A shade under 3000 discrete entities at last count, and subdivisions multiply that hideously: in example, there are over 28,000 types of Christianity recognised in the USA alone.)

So, we now factor the demands of your respective divinity in to the mix and that’s where things get interesting, because some of the biggest religions are also very big at being unchanging. Which is a very, very bad thing. (IS are a modern application of medieval Muslim doctrine. Out of date and hideously inappropriate for the twenty-first century, but based in genuine Muslim teachings.)

People get ansty over politics, but history has shown that they tend to only get really ugly over religion. Combine the two and it has the potential to be a nightmare of epic scale.

Which brings us back to today’s landmark decision in the USA. It is, without doubt, a step forward. But the vitriol that those who oppose it have harboured is staggering. I would say that it is something that is going to take generations to recede, and is likely to colour many things – some you’d think completely unconnected – for many years to come.

Which is a damn shame, because there are so many things we primates should be angry about and seek to change. A decision in favour of love and stable relationships is not one of them.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The New Great Fear

Neo Cold War… Wouldn’t they just love that great fear to return? Rabid military budgets, ghosts of original McCarthyism presented as protection against terrorism, tighter controls on the public ‘for our own good’. All while the elites traverse the world without hindrance, for they will know that the spectre of war is nothing but that.

These days, nobody makes war unless there is a profit to be made. Truth, justice, humanitarian care, it’s all secondary to the wealth to be had or retained.

Fear stops people thinking better than hatred. Combine the two, give the masses something to hate and fear. That should stop them wondering where all the money goes.

Add this to the climate crisis, impending food shortages and fresh water scarcity…

There’s a profit to be made when wealth becomes the new natural selection.

 

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Benefits for Who, Exactly?

I read about the The Big Benefits Row programme being televised on Channel 5 last night. I have had a dim view of such fare since ‘Benefits Street’ played upon public perceptions to have anyone receiving benefits damned as nothing more than a criminal stealing from everyone and getting a ‘government salary’ for doing it.

Today I read this article by Ms Jack Monroe http://agirlcalledjack.com/2014/02/04/dear-edwina-thankyou-for-last-night-i-hope-it-was-as-good-for-you-as-it-was-for-me-bigbenefitsrow/

It was a sad telling of what, for me, was the obvious aftermath of a televised debate over benefits. She is a brave lady for her honesty and her determination.

I have seen some of the other reactions to The Big Benefits Row, such as “Gas them all“. Seriously. The venom invoked by the merest hint of people even appearing to ‘live for free’ in Britain is festering nicely, it seems.

I’m one of those people, watching my friends on low incomes struggle from week to week in a manner similar to mine, just to stay ahead of the demands and debts of modern life. I have them too, but as I’m unemployed, they have been placed in abeyance. There’s no use fleecing me until I have a job and thus a wage that they can take every, even remotely, spare penny from, and do so for the rest of my working life. Note well that I, like most people on benefits, do not receive enough to live, let alone live well. I get by, choosing what to go without and selling possessions and mementoes from my life to cover the shortfalls. I admit that I’m one of the ‘lucky’ ones, to have such things to fall back on.

The next time you see someone ‘on benefit’ with something you consider to be a luxury, ask yourself a question that I know you have encountered in your own life: what did they give up to have that? You only see one item, yet the propaganda and media hype causes to you make a sweeping judgement. You may be right. Chances are you’re wrong – benefit fraud makes up only 0.7% of the welfare budget. It’s still a big number, but compared to tax evasion by big companies and ‘perks’ for government officials, it is trivial.

Our government is stealing and wasting money faster than they can claw it from the public. They are lining their pockets from you every day. Yet people still take their misdirection and obfuscation as truth. Why is this? Is it so hard to accept that you have delegated every aspect of the fabric that supports your life to anybody who said they would do it for you because they had your best interests at heart?

Obviously it is. The madness of grand delusion has set in. The ringmasters watch as the performers turn on any who seem to be the slightest bit different.

They are lying to you. Blatantly. And all you are doing is following their lead, under obvious goads such as programmes like The Big Benefit Row.

Britain has become a joke because of the leaders you chose by your indifference and the laws you have let them pass. Even if you get off your arses and vote in 2015, the next bunch of frontmen for the government machine are not going to sacrifice the level of cart blanche you have gifted them. Why on earth should they? It’s not like they are affected in the slightest.

I have no good answers and fewer solutions. I see and I comment, but with diminishing hope that what I foresee with my paranoid, cynical view will not come to pass.

S.O.S.

Save. Our. Society.

 

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

The Only Sustainability is the Profits

Exactly which f*cktards have not worked out that to replace 300 year-old woodland takes 300 years? (http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/sep/22/oaken-wood-kent-uprooted-quarry) Wave as much paper and bellow as much rhetoric as you like, this is not even remotely ‘sustainable’ or something you can ‘offset’. It’s greedy people doing whatever they want with government backing.
This green and pleasant land is under threat from those who would have everyone who is not of their mindset living in tiny apartments, paying exorbitant amounts for utilities, food and basic needs, all while slaving away on zero-hours contracts.

They will tell you it’s necessary for growth, for the future, for economic recovery. They lie.

It’s for money, but not money for you. More money for those who have so much already, they could not spend it all before they die.

This planet is doomed as a place for humans to live. With the exception of a select few. Who will have protected environments. The rest of us will have to make do. Of course, a large number of ‘the rest of us’ will continue slaving in the mistaken assumption that they have a chance of making it into the few. So very sad that apathy and ignorance, combined with factionalisation, are ending any chances we have of a decent future.

It’s so sad and I can now see no way out. We have the technology to make a utopia, if we have the will to make some hard, honest choices – plus the leaders to make them and explain why. Given the societal model we have now, what we will have is a dystopia.

I reckon humanity has, at most, fifteen to twenty years before realisation sets in. Then it’s going to get ugly.

 

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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