Saturday, January 30, 2016

Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon


Have you forgotten yet?...
For the world's events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you're a man reprieved to go,
Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.
But the past is just the same--and War's a bloody game...
Have you forgotten yet?...
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you'll never forget.

Do you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz--
The nights you watched and wired and dug and piled sandbags on parapets?
Do you remember the rats; and the stench
Of corpses rotting in front of the front-line trench--
And dawn coming, dirty-white, and chill with a hopeless rain?
Do you ever stop and ask, 'Is it all going to happen again?'

Do you remember that hour of din before the attack--
And the anger, the blind compassion that seized and shook you then
As you peered at the doomed and haggard faces of your men?
Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
With dying eyes and lolling heads--those ashen-grey
Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?

Have you forgotten yet?...
Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you'll never forget.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal



 Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font.
The firefly wakens; waken thou with me.

Now droops the milk-white peacock like a ghost,
And like a ghost she glimmers on to me.

Now lies the Earth all Danaë to the stars,
And all thy heart lies open unto me.

Now slides the silent meteor on, and leaves
A shining furrow, as thy thoughts in me.

Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
And slips into the bosom of the lake.
So fold thyself, my dearest, thou, and slip
Into my bosom and be lost in me.


By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
 

Heil Trump



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

X-files twitter feed



Tweets about x-files LIVE

Andromeda

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Some Folks will Swallow all sorts of Shit


Suicide isn't painless.



White, middle-age male suicide has hit 40% in the last 10 years. Why?

Middle aged Americans are turning to suicide in alarming numbers. The reasons include easily accessible prescription painkillers, the mortgage crisis, and most importantly the challenge of America's troubled economy. The Centre for Disease Control suggest suicide rates due to automobile deaths is in the increase among this age group.

Whilst in the UK, new figures show that men in their forties and fifties are twice as likely to kill themselves as the rest of the population.

That more men take their own lives than women is not new. But in 1981 the men’s total was only about double, or just under, the women’s. Now it’s nearly four times as many.

Is this due to the austerity measures the UK government have rigidly adhered to or is there something else to it?

The fact that middle-aged men do not feel they have a life anymore due to a number of reasons but chief among them is their workload could be another factor.

Since 1973 wages have pretty much flat-lined. This has meant both couples have to work. It has also increased the pressure on families.

Whatever the reason this is shocking news and has to some degree be attributed to the way we all have to work these days. Slaves to the wage working in a servile state whilst the few get the money whilst the others commit suicide.


Monday, January 18, 2016

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

Corporations - John Médaille

John Médaille

“Unfortunately, in a hierarchical structure, power relationships tend to determine the content; there is always the danger that a "rank-based" logic will prevail. Managers, intent on advancement, tend to supply the information they know their superiors want to hear, rather than the information they ought to hear. Large organizations tend, therefore, to become systematically stupid.”

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A Murder of Crows

Here they come, black as death, cheating the daylight hours,
Eclipsing the sun with their sullen wing beat, flapping a storm.
Tar feathered and ominous like a worship of bishops,
as a murder of crows from the pale beyond.

Flying Wing Airliner Promo Clip - 1948

Friday, January 15, 2016

Stories Spill Out as Spotlight Is Shined on Sexism in Astronomy - The New York Times

Stories Spill Out as Spotlight Is Shined on Sexism in Astronomy - The New York Times:



"Jessica Kirkpatrick, an undergrad student, was wearing dishwashing gloves to clean part of her research experiment when a senior member of her team walked by."



'via Blog this'

Love and all those hard long term connections

Love you cant start it like a automobile
and you cant kill it with a suicide vest
pure Warren Zevon rip off
but why is it illegally
under threat by the FBI
to take ideas and push 
them forward
that as a matter of fact
is why we are so fucked up
the copyright holders
are holding us back

I am so fortunate in my life
I have only loved one
women and coincidentally
she is my wife
so I do not know the turmoil
of heartbreak
and the tsunami of human 
emotions
that happen
when one side or the other
declares war
and says 
not you

Never had my heart ripped out
and stomped on
because to my love
I have always been true

Love at first sight does
not work for everyone
but it has sustained me for
four decades and I never
think about moving on
cause she is the light of 
my life
somewhat older 
but still a staggering beauty

Good connections make 
every device work
and they need to be maintained
religiously
if you want to avoid
a divorce

11B X 1371




Monday, January 11, 2016

Rest In Peace David Bowie









Check ignition and may God's love be with you

"Look up here, I'm in Heaven!"



Painting by David Vigor

Last Change for Ziggy Stardust

Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth, you pull on a finger, then another finger then cigarette. (Rock and Roll Suicide)

Baby just you shut your mouth ( China Girl)

Two lyrics that are almost part of my daily vocabulary. I saw Bowie  in Montreal standing centre stage arms on the boards my mind already primed to go to another dimension, and he took me there.

RIP Ziggy Stardust. you will stand tall amongst Giants for eternity.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Noam Chomsky on Capitalism




David Finkel: Let’s begin with the topic of the moment, the collapse of the Soviet Union: Is this a victory for the free market? Does it solve capitalism’s problems, or create new ones?
Noam Chomsky: To begin with, I think terms like “capitalism” and “socialism” have been so evacuated of any substantive meaning that I don’t even like to use them. There’s nothing remotely like capitalism in existence. To the extent there ever was, it had disappeared by the 1920s or ’30s. Every industrial society is one form or another of state capitalism. But we’ll use the term “capitalism,” since that is more or less its present meaning.
Well, what happened in the last 10-15 years is that capitalism underwent an enormous, murderously destructive catastrophe. There was a serious international crisis around 1980. Of the three major sectors of state capitalism — the German-led European community, the Japan-based sector and the U.S.-based sector — the German- and Japan-based sectors pulled out of the decline, but without regaining their previous rate of growth. The United States also pulled out, but in a very distorted fashion, with huge borrowing and very extensive state intervention….
The rest of the world didn’t pull out, especially in the Third World. There was a very serious crisis, amounting to catastrophe, in Africa, parts of Asia within the Western system and Latin America. That’s what’s called the crisis of the South, and it’s a catastrophe of capitalism.
Now in the Second World of the Soviet Union’s dominance, there was also economic collapse… a stagnation of the command economy system, which has even less to do with socialism than our system has to do with capitalism. This was combined with nationalist pressures for independence and social pressures attacking the tyrannical system, which by the early 1980s turned into the crisis that has now become the collapse of the Soviet Union.
All this had little to do with Western policy, but primarily with internal problems and also the general crisis of debt to the West. And there was a crisis of Soviet production, though again not as severe as in the Third World. This is a victory for the West in the Cold War, but that outcome was never seriously in doubt if you look at the relative economic and other forces.
Finkel: Explain a little more what you mean by state capitalism.
Chomsky: The victory of the West in the Cold War is combined with both this enormous catastrophe of capitalism, and with the move toward one kind or another of state-interventionist forms. As an example, the Reagan-Bush administrations are the most protectionist since World War II, doubling the percentage of imports subject to various forms of restriction.
If you take a look at those Third World countries that pulled out of the crisis of 1980, it’s the NICs [Newly Industrialized Countries] in the Japanese periphery. The comparison with Latin America is striking: Up to around 1980 they had similar patterns, then Latin America went into a free fall while the East Asian economies did well. That’s because Latin America was opened up to international capital, while East Asia wasn’t. You don’t have capital flight from South Korea, because you get the death penalty for that. They not only discipline and terrorize the workers in the usual way, they regulate the capitalists, too. In general it’s a move toward one end of the spectrum of state capitalism — the fascist end — that turned out to be effective in warding off the general crisis of the 1980s.
Finkel: How do you assess the Bush administration, especially in terms of domestic policies? Where does it continue the Reagan era and where is it a departure?
Chomsky: It’s a continuation of the Carter-Reagan policies. Remember that the Reagan policies were proposed by Carter, who didn’t have the muscle to push them through. Carter proposed essentially the military buildup that Reagan carried through, except that Reagan escalated it more rapidly in the beginning and leveled it off later.
The Carter administration also proposed to attack welfare spending and the social support system for the poorer sectors, which the Reagan administration then carried through with bipartisan support. What these policies amounted to is turning the state, even more than before, into a welfare state for the rich: a much more interventionist state that pours public resources into high-technology industry and distributes resources away from the poor, combined with attacks on labor and civil rights.
It’s objectively a sound policy, I believe, for the privileged and powerful in an internationally complicated environment. They’ve internationalized capital to take advantage of cheap labor abroad, and intensified the class war that business has always waged against labor and the disadvantaged.
The program of the Bush administration is largely non-existent in education, energy or the environment. There’s rhetoric about the “education president” and whatnot, but policies remain the same, because nobody has figured out how to maintain high-tech industry without a state subsidy or without the Pentagon to provide a guaranteed market for its waste products.
Since nobody has an alternative, this system will doubtless continue. The same applies to fiscal policies, which are driving the United States itself toward a country with a Third World look in infrastructure, services, the disgraceful state of health and mortality standards — a two-tiered society with enormous wealth and privilege amidst poverty and suffering. It’s not like Brazil, because it’s a wealthier society — but fundamentally of the same type, created with bipartisan agreement.
The issues in presidential elections are virtually non-existent, as are the presidents. We went through the Reagan years with basically no president at all. He could barely read his lines. Bush is an executive, but in a very narrow sense. There is a lot of image creation — the Great Communicator for Reagan, or for Bush it’s the Master Statesman who manipulates international politics. It’s a complete fake: The only thing he knows is how to beat up people who can’t fight back.
Finkel: In your traveling since the disaster of the Gulf slaughter, what hopeful signs do you see in the grassroots movements?
Chomsky: For some time now, I’ve been going out of my way to go to the least organized, most reactionary places where I can get invited. During the Gulf war, I was talking in areas like Georgia, Appalachia and Northern California — places that people who are organizing regard as hostile territory, and where during the war everybody was wearing fatigues.
Yet I always find that people come out, and are interested. I think people are mainly cynical; they don’t believe in anything. That can take the form of hysterical jingoism, but it’s paper thin. Another form it takes is religious revivalism, which I think is on a scale in this country that’s unique outside of places like Iran. Or it can take the form of immersion in something else, like football games.
I listen to the sports talk shows when I drive. It’s incredible: People have long, sophisticated arguments about what the New England Patriots should have done last Sunday. It reminds me of when I was 12 years old and I could tell you who was the quarterback for Texas Christian in 1937. A major radio station here in Boston just changed its format from 24-hour news to 24-hour sports.
Finkel: Do you think the Vietnam Syndrome is dead?
Chomsky: Not only don’t I believe that, the administration doesn’t believe it either. Somebody leaked to Maureen Dowd, who’s basically a gossip columnist for the New York Times, a very important document — the first international policy review of the Bush administration in its early months — which she quoted in a column.
It said that in confronting much weaker opponents we must defeat them rapidly and decisively. There cannot be classic intervention anymore — U.S. soldiers slogging in Vietnam for years — it must be either clandestine warfare as in Peru now, where not one American in a thousand knows there are U.S. troops, or the Panama-Iraq game, with enormous propaganda about the enemy ready to destroy us, then a quick victory without any fighting. There was no war, really, in the Gulf — no fighting — simply a slaughter, just as in Panama.

R I S E !

Friday, January 8, 2016

Pointless?

THE MORE WE UNDERSTAND THE UNIVERSE THE MORE POINTLESS IT SEEMS. THIS IS LARGELY BECAUSE WE SEE OURSELVES AS NO LONGER HAVING VALUE WITHIN THE SCHEME OF THINGS, THAT OUR TIME IS NOT ONLY LIMITED BUT, JUST LIKE THE UNIVERSE, POINTLESS. WE HAVE NO PURPOSE.

scum of the earth

Could a bad time with you be considred a war crime

Yes I  say
cause I love you more
than everyone in Bavaria
loved food
more than overheating
I have ever imagined
is lost
caus I love you
that much

For a chance to rape you
I would join the Rag
tribes if after
constant wooing
you did not want me
inside

My world orbits around you
you are my constellation
and moon shot
there is no life for
me if you
do not provide
the oxygen

So we come from different worlds
and we have alien ideas
the warmth
that hits me
provides the heat
to power the projection
and baby that connections
to me is proof
that no matter what
humanity might think
we are destined to be\
together
no matter
what the average people
might think
and the opinion of the average
person is piss
in the drink

Be nice or we'll bring democracy to your country

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Do not fight the future when you know the past cause


Local battles have been one and beachheads of alliance will in
the future be portrayed
but the complete postdated
is no where close to complete
Terrorism is the symptom
but Nihilism is the disease
and if JT wants to save
the world point him to this
fact as the root cause

Nihilism is the default reset
for the lizard brain
so when we cant connect
we reset
and the world goes
to hell over and over again

Nilisim is animal
eating the last breeding
pair of buffalo
cause I am hungry
today
in the modern world expressed
best by those in prison
who really do not give
a fuck

I have traveled this world
and seen more than anyone
and that's my statement
and I ask anyone
alive to deny it

I really believe
like Jonathon Swift
or the others
that followed him
I do not need to
cut my ear off
to be heard

Nevertheless
here I am seemingly
hopeless
and talking nonsense
all day to customers
who if they had
their choice
would never talk
to me in any way

Nihilism is our nature
and organization is
the fascist part
but if a human can
be free every
other human
appreciates
the art

Some art is huge
and some is small
but it does not matter
because as it turns
out it is a collective
and a smidgen of beauty
in the darkest part
can bring sunshine
to the universal me
and you

Today I rage

at the headlines at the headlines 
if you study history 
never change
created to distort
and empower the devil
cause in the minds of
very effective men
Satan is God
and has always been alive
but for true believers
its not reality just
another brilliant disguise
that caught the holi poli
in their sweet spot
and in a grip so
hard and fast
they are doomed
forever to never
be alive

Rogue State



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Compassion

 
 
An ex-friend and I had a debate. I said compassion is required if we need to build a better world. He said he disagreed, that sometimes you have to take action rather than passively stand by doing nothing. He supported violent protest marches suggesting that sometimes the ends justify the means. I disagreed.
 
Thinking I was he declared he wasn't a pacifist. Now it seems he has changed his mind and has said he is a pacifist surely proving my point that compassion is required if we are to build a better world.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

If

Size is meaningless. Like time it is a man made concept. When a human falls onto rock from a height he breaks his bones yet matter, microscopically small, flies through matter we cannot, it passes through what appears to be solid rock. Light travels faster than sound. A big noise is often just that - a big noise. Hindu culture speaks of Maya where nothing is real certainly not life. Donald Trump proves the fact reality exists only when we think it does and the louder the noise the more limited the intellect.
 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Star Trek World


I dream of a Star Trek world. 

This think tank will focus on creative actions 

designed to initiate a global paradigm shift 

towards a world where racism, poverty and war 

will be a thing of the past.


George Harrison