Friday, July 26, 2013

Now You See It, Now You Don't

Another fine example of New-Speak has recently entered the vernacular with the use of the phrase : 'Quantitative Easing' which is defined as ;

'A government monetary policy occasionally used to increase the money supply by buying government securities or other securities from the market.
Quantitative easing increases the money supply by flooding financial institutions with capital, in an effort to promote increased lending and liquidity.'

According to the World Clock, 'we' are $51 Trillion dollars in debt and counting...this is surely an absurd notion...

Modern day spin doctors are indeed artisans, craftsmen and ultimately wordsmiths, for example when I think of our World debt and 'Quantitative Easing' it sounds moderately reassuring.

It is an 'easing', which sounds to me like perhaps someone is taking out their pants waistline slightly, or as if you are 'easing' your way into a warm bath...mmm-mm.
Secondly the word 'quantitative' is instantly reassuring as it sounds measured and scientific, as if they are saying:

"Don't worry boys and girls...Stand back...we've got this Shit covered!"

As if they had analyzed the situation with marvelous C.S.I future technology and had arrived at a precise measurement which they alone could control.

This is all based on the theory of trickle-down Economics, a theory which is based on unscientific assumptions and thereby one which hinders any real progress...a theory which in the stark light of present day Detroit or anywhere else in the US, has been debunked repeatedly as a myth or worse still a blatant lie.

So... the Government of, by, and for the People chooses to pour Billions into the Banksters coffers rather than assist the People.

As if this clear evidence of a kleptocracy were not alarming enough, we have to consider the solutions which these thieves in charge propose, in order to combat the increasing debt burden on the World's population i.e Quantitative Easing or : Print More Money.

World debt is apparently 'our' problem and yet the only solution the global banksters have ever indicated is to throw more money at the problem...

All money, is created out of debt in this ridiculous Ponzi scheme of ours, so this is surely the fundamental dilemma with our global monetary-market economy i.e

How can you Borrow your way out of Debt?

And how can you do this when money is created out of debt?

It's worse than a gold miner who has to borrow more gold to maintain his mining operation than the gold he can successfully extract as the mere act of gold creation itself involves accompanying debt!... this is surely a lost cause.

We all recognise this and yet we are collectively blinkered by the corporate media from addressing the root causes for the present malaise, and instead we are offered endless of football, light sex and violence as the Romans offered the peasants in the Colosseum, bread and circuses.

At this particular moment we are all watching an unbelievable global event being performed…

The spectacle is a bewilderingly fast, giant juggling act...with multiple players.

A Global circus trick filled with hocus-pocus...abracadabra...Now you see it, now you don't.
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

The End of Nationalism

This piece came about as the result of a thread I found myself embroiled in during a visit to an Occupy Melbourne Facebook page.
A video was posted which displayed an ugly tirade of racist abuse on the Melbourne Metro.
This led to diverse opinions which eventually brought some apologists out claiming that they saw nothing wrong in being proud of their Country, something I have always associated with a measure of short-sightedness and as traditionally the preserve of all good racists world wide.

Because of the controversial  nature of this topic and my hot/cool participation within it, I will no doubt unavoidably repeat myself as the vast bulk of this is lifted straight from the thread in question :

...Eamon described it simply as bigotry...which stems from inherent ignorance and lack of education
The rage is irrelevant, it's the attitude that counts, if we want to change this world for the better it becomes incumbent upon us to educate ourselves and those around us as education is a tool for empowerment.

Now lets see where this thing called Pride for one's Nation leads us...

As I see it when we climbed out of the primordial ooze we banded together for protection and formed primitive gangs which became localized tribes around watering holes and sources of food.

Thus our population expanded as we mastered the art of the collective kill and agriculture.

Eventually our ideological conception of ourselves as a collective group was expanded by the formation of Cities.

We became proud of our Cities, then City states emerged expanding our ideological conception even further.

Eventually we spread across entire continents forming our conception of Nationhood and pride in a Country.

This remained a reasonable balance for thousands of years...that is, at least, until one day someone tried burning coal.

As a result of this discovery, now fueled by a phenomenal energy resource, we have witnessed the exponential growth of the Human population with it's accompanying bad habits being replicated across the world.

We crawl across the face of the Earth like ant hordes due to our use of ancient sunlight...Oil...which is reaching 'peak' capacity and is approaching it's use-by date as a successful energy source for global purposes.
Our so-called Civil-isation has been an explosion across the Earth, transforming the face of Gaea in a wave of concrete and Ecological destruction not witnessed in the previous 65 million years of evolution.

This destruction of our life-giving air and water, our habitat and the habitat of all species on Earth has occurred in just 300 years!

We are merely infants in the broad scale of history.

We are an organic species...made up of individual yet interdependent cells.

And our technology is uniting us...the web is our collective brain...we now see that our ideological conception of our provincial world must be expanded further to encompass the globe.

With peak-oil a reality and our continuing exponential growth, numerous disaster scenarios are about to hit us and it therefore is additionally incumbent upon all of us to raise our awareness and recognise that with dwindling Resources and the Rise of India & China occurring at breakneck speed, the accompanying drain on resources which such an enormous population of switched-on Consumers demand will make this scenario impossible to sustain.

We hit a brick wall with the natural physical order, and with the resource demands of our fellow man i.e Nationalism no longer remains viable.

This is already in evidence in the New World, in Cities such as Mumbai and Beijing.

This direction can no longer be maintained.

Nationalism is defined as Pride in one's Country above all others.

It promotes competitiveness, not co-operation.

Nationalism is just as primitive as tribalism...we are all now citizens of the post-crash Earth.

Maintaining tribalism and Nationalism is the best way you can destroy the planet...

Our sphere of consciousness has already expanded...our Monkeysphere has expanded...there is no way back...!

And there is no other way out, but to share our resources as ONE tribe i.e the Human Tribe...either we learn to work together and share or we wipe our Civilisation out, it's that simple i.e Paradise or Oblivion...

Remember, otherwise we are doomed to repeat History in an endless cycle of destruction...

Pride goeth before the fall.

It must be acknowledged that as a subgroup; people who were proud of their countries have killed more of their fellow man than any other ideological group, and the Church is always conscripted to add additional nationalist fervor.

Pride in King and Country...or God and Country.

Pride is Hubris pure and simple.

Analyse something you are proud of and you will see how pathological it is to cling to pride.

Oh? you have pride in your drawings?

Well tell me could you have done these drawing without a good education and without the support of innumerable people over many years?

So, you are proud then of this great land of ours...what part did you play that made you so proud?

Did you form the Government ? make the roads across OZ? Establish our coastlines?

Proud of our Economic standing in the World? then you should really thank slaves in sweatshops in Asia and the Chinese.

Proud of our mineral wealth?

So, you are proud of a geological accident?

Proud to be an Aussie? well then you are proud of an accident of birth...and so on and so on, ad nauseum.

You are proud of mum and dad...a noble attribute!

So, you shaped them into adulthood? No?

What part did you play then that made them such noble creatures as Adults?

None. So what exactly is it that swells you with Pride?

Mark came up with a good example...Team Pride in Your Football team.

Your team clap each other on the back and celebrate...but hang on?

You didn't play did, you just sat in front of the big screen guzzling beers...
Is that what you are proud of?

And as for being proud of our language...well I like our language a lot...although it needs vast improvement, but neither you nor i Moose had any part in creating it.

That kind of pride seems vacuous to me...

You might as well say you are proud of the rain...

It wasn't one of the seven deadly sins for nothing...

I guess I am becoming tired of seeing this useless notion..this human foible...this ego driven attitude continuing to be promulgated as if it were a virtue!

It's not.

Definition of Pride :

"Pride is an inwardly directed emotion that carries two common meanings.

With a negative connotation, pride refers to an inflated sense of one's personal status or accomplishments, often used synonymously with hubris".

The second form is considered a more healthy form, is socially acceptable and probably more in line with what you guys are on about.

However, this is where I differ.

We are an emergent i.e changing species who are gregarious in nature and interdependent.

We live within a temporal stream, where the only constant is change...because of this there is hardly an instance unless purely philosophical where one could satisfactorily claim pride in something in the physical dimension without having to acknowledge that it really had very little to do with you...but was seemingly pure random luck...atoms crashing into atoms, jostling for position in the slipstream of interconnected series of galactic causality, a tapestry of events weaving our collective reality.

The beating of a single butterfly's wings in Brazil can lead to extraordinary ramifications around the World, and there are 6 degrees of separation between each and everyone of us on the Planet.

It is an interconnected World.

It is our consciousness which shapes meaning, patterns and order out of an unpredictable Universe.
However you cannot look at an event in isolation and if you try, you will be forced to recognise eventually, that at some deep sub-atomic level we are all connected and in essence 'One' with the Universe...

Like one of Zeno's paradoxes, the more you can examine an event, the more you begin to break it down into it's component parts, the more you tumble down the rabbit-hole into infinite regression until finally you are forced to see that you are just a part of a greater whole Intelligence manifest through out the Cosmos.

You are part of a whole host of interconnected  events, and 'one' with that slip-stream of Intelligence, of Consciousness.

But I digress, and find myself traveling down my own linguistic Rabbit-hole...

A question : What if we all lived in a similar world, an equal world where Money was no longer part of the equation, simply no longer existed?
Would you still have so much Pride in your little patch then?

How would you substantiate or validate your pride in a world of true equality, one where possessions had no Monetary value?

Can you see what I'm saying?

How is it that you assess or validate your level or degree of Pride in some possession or attribute?

We are gregarious creature and we establish our values and norms through feedback, by comparing with those around us, those less fortunate perhaps, it's how we establish our views about our own personal space...

Our blessed space...our special space...our better space.

In other words Pride is dependent on a comparison and on inequality, and to achieve pride you need to be in a superior position to the object of your comparison.

Otherwise, it's a different emotion entirely.

We are the fortunate ones. We must be Chosen!

Yes, we are the chosen ones obviously....look at our bountiful harvest compared with my neighbour over the hill.

I said before...don't have so much pride in accidents of birth and geology.

Have empathy and compassion instead.

There are allegorical tales through out Eastern, Western & Persian literature stretching back to the dawn of writing...parables warning of the Dangers of Hubris.

Societal conditioning occurred initially on a Grand scale in the West due to our technology, our ability to spread messages simultaneously over an entire continent thanks to our Western Media.

Radio, Television, Billboards, Placards, Magazines and Posters.

Social memes have always been with us, but with the advent of our communication technology this became an enormous tool for wielding hearts and minds.

Nationalism, Patriotism...Jingoism...all were artificially manufactured by Governments usually with just one agenda...War!

Uncle Sam needs You! Are you not Proud of your Country?

Do you not wish to lay down your life in some distant land for the Glory of God and Country?...etc., etc., more and more BS.

These social memes festered in the minds of our parents and their parents before them under Government propaganda and now run as tape-loops through our minds...constantly.

F*** Pride in Nationhood or Race...rather have gratitude and humility instead.

A last note on "Pride"...For Christs sake people, study your Buddhism and learn what an ancient, wise people already knew, 1000's of years ago...Ancient Wisdom.'

Addendum :Please note that the vast bulk of this text was taken straight from a thread in Occupy Melbourne (FB) and therefore when I refer to 'people', present company is naturally excluded.
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

What's It All About Alphie?

Ah, the NOT so great gatsby.

In a sickening display of ostentatious wealth, Hollywood once more shows us how distasteful and vulgar it really is.

Probably a beautiful film, but oh! so out of touch with Mainstream reality down in the streets mixed with radioactive soot, smoke, powder and blood...with the rest of Humanity, rapidly speeding down the 'Entropy Autobahn'...with Austerity rising, a grim, sneering skull approaching us like one of those riders of the apocalypse looming on the Horizon.

This film and story about the lives of the 1%, from a novel, the acclaim for which, I could never really understand, is particularly irrelevant at this critical juncture in our history.

When F.Scott Fitzgerald wrote the book in the roaring twenties, it was a time when the aristocracy i.e the "1%" were still being viewed romantically and not as just a pack of effete, jaded nihilistic hedonists, possessed of a blissful ignorance to the glaring social iniquities of their elitist life styles.

Although Fitzgerald meant the book as an indictment of the American Dream, it cannot be denied that the main subject of the Movie is really a depiction of affluence in the 'roaring twenties' itself and this is what I believe carries the story through yet another reincarnation and not so much about relationships or plot.

Fortunately, we are getting over our juvenile infatuations.

Even Royalty is becoming less popular as the austerity wave begins to bite across America in the sequestration and in Europe due to the Banksters.

The Party's Over Man...Time to get real...

Maybe, just maybe this celebration of monstrous inequality as depicted in the film, can now, in the year 2013 be seen for what it is.

Not a celebration of success or a successful life, to be admired, or aspired to, but rather a tale of vainglorious egotism, selfishness, self-aggrandizement, arrogance and insensitivity, and ultimately depicts the spiritual void and emptiness at the heart of the Capitalist dream, which was Fitzgerald's original intention.

And what's it all about?

It's about getting More than your neighbor, about getting so much more in fact, that you can sate, quench your every neurosis-laden whim at everyone else's expense.

In otherwords it's about becoming the ass-hole you always decried in your youth.
Isn't it about time we examined our values for just a moment?

Is it not time we recognised where we are heading with our now largely anachronistic and ancient values about status, materialism and the meaning of success?
Something the majority in this day and age will surely never see?

And that we, each of us, in this interconnected, overcrowded leaky boat which we share, bear a responsibility to each other, and to our home, our environment?

We could start by over-hauling the source of our information i.e the Media for example, when will Science be valued so that science news coverage on the Mainstream networks receives more coverage than Sports News?

Or even (throws up in an airflight bag) Celebrity News?

The status-quo need to get out of the way...

Poverty and inequality have always been the handmaidens of Revolution.

The slaves are beginning to awaken.

Let's recognise our enemies and point them out publicly.

They are first and foremost a leviathan which is the enemy of truth, and without the clear lens of truth, we are like the blind leading the blind.

They are an instrument of fiendish propoganda.

They are, the Mainstream Media, with it's endless distractions, titillations and it's lies.

Through our education is our empowerment. Let's switch off, and tune in...
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

A Politician's Wet-Dream

"The unchecked striving for more, for endless growth, is a dysfunction and a disease. It is the same dysfunction that cancerous cell manifests, whose only goal is to multiply itself, unaware that it is bringing about its own destruction by destroying the organism of which it is a part." ~ Nikola Tesla

Disclaimer: The slightly more cerebral Surgeon-General warns that although the following pertains specifically to the local OZ political landscape, this particular wet-dream can equally well be detected like residual sludge, sloshing nauseously through the largely empty back lots of many, many Political brains either side of the Atlantic.

This is in reply to Robertand's lovely 'welcome back' ;Thanks Big Bro... I am currently experiencing what some used to term ; 'going through a bit of an existential crisis'.
It's that historic moment when Sarte is asked by a young student what he should do about his patriotic fervor and we learn that he has already lost three brothers to the French war cause and that he is conflicted due to the fact that he doesn't wish to bring his lonely mother anymore pain and distress over her lost sons...To be or not to be...
Whether it is nobler in the mind, to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous bosses, knaves and fools, or by opposing to end them?
To sleep, perchance to dream of a better World, guided by our best scientific understandings rather than the posturings of a political hack, to wit; Tony Abbott, Opposition Leader extraordinaire and his Ministry of minions, his Cabinet of buffoons.

Leaders who would unwittingly drag us to the precipice and beyond, and make it sound like someone's grand design, or, is it not surely someone's idea of a joke? somebodies Capitalistic wet-dream, in which economic growth just keeps on keeping on...just make sure that 'growth' is growing...and everything will be just Hunky-dory, Jim-dandy and my personal favourite flavour...Peachy-keen.

Sigh...this is the calibre of our particular 'fearless Leader' and his 'vision' or wet-dream of a future Australia...
It all comes down to the Money, mate!
I suggest we ask those in refugee camps or in the enormous urban population centres of the New World about growth.
Further 'growth' they will concur, is really the last thing we need.

How the heck do we expect to keep 'Growing' in any sense of the word in the long term i.e beyond the terms of a short-sighted political aspirant such as Tony Abbott, in a finite paradigm?

One which is already witnessing exponential growth as it is, in various areas such as animal population depletion along with human population growth, along with Polar Ice-cap melt, along with increased erosion of air quality, increasing volatility and temperature rise in our ecosphere, increasing acidification of the Earth's Oceans etc., ad nauseum.

It is readily evident that 'Life' itself is under attack from our cancerous Socio-Economic model, in this mad, bad scramble to the top... in the Profit Wars.

In a brilliant feat of prophetic script writing in 1974, Paddy Chayevsky in the film "NETWORK" showed us all the bride stripped bare, revealing his bold perspective, his weltanshaung, by having it uttered out of the mouth of a deranged Peter Finch balanced superbly by a dispassionate Ned Beatty ; "The World Has Become A Business Mr Beale..."

"You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen, and howl about America and democracy.

There is no America. There is no democracy.

There is only IBM and ITT and A T & T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon.

Those are the nations of the world today."

Under these circumstances, with deranged lunatics at the helm, hell-bent on Profit no matter what, it is obvious that on the contrary, a reverse i.e a decline in growth, a slowing down and restriction in growth is what is truly required, at least if one uses the tools of extrapolation.

Our precious globe is under assault from ruthless, greedy, short-sighted individuals who would strip the carcass of Mother Earth bare, for the sake of a meaningless statistical percentage increase in Profit.

Our fresh water streams, our oceanic Fish stocks are largely depleted.

Germany has already implemented bans along it's coastline.

The Southern and lower Eastern parts of Australia recently narrowly avoided coastal genocide at the hands of Global Capitalism in the form of a giant trawler, a Super-Trawler with such enormous propensity for destruction it would have wiped out generations of food-stock, and this matter has still not been entirely resolved as it is currently undergoing litigation proceedings.

The obvious question which begs to be asked at this juncture is : Why do we always need to be growing?

Is growth inherently a good thing?

A comment heard on Zeitgeist : Moving Forward :

"The only thing which grows in a Man's body after a certain age, is Cancer"

Why is growing always assumed a'priori as the unalterable state of play?

Granted that a minimum prerequisite amount of growth will always be required in the first instance to establish Shelter, Energy, Food etc., but beyond these necessary attainments is it not possible to imagine a different World?
One which lives in a kind of Steady-State equilibrium?

Using our best Technology and Science in order to live in harmony with the forces of Nature and our environment?

The indigenous tribes of the Earth have always understood that their home is sacred.

American Red Indians, Australian Aboriginals, indigenous peoples of the Earth have always maintained a spiritual connection with their home, and their hearth, Spaceship Earth.
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Crimes Of Reality

And the corporations decreed :

"Let there be Globalisation...infinite growth and unfettered capitalism" 
and thus it came to pass...and the corporations smiled at their handiwork, as did the People, at least for a while...   

We cannot allow this to continue...

We can no longer accept vast differences in the well-being of people on this planet due to economic disparity.  

Inequality and the gross stratification of our society have left us quite literally ILL... 
Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually.

We live our fractured, schizoid, 'automatic-pilot' lives disconnected , disenfranchised and disempowered.  

We stumble forward as Slaves to the system, bowing our heads submissively against the lurid colors, fragmented imagery and the sharp odours emanating from the Toxic Forest...  

Eventually forming within us an inner core of abject despair, with a rising tide of nausea in our throats and a metallic taste in our mouths.

Our crimes against Nature are omnipresent, and we are made inadvertent, accidental cohorts to these crimes, creating within us feelings of impotence and utter futility, feelings which collect and pool like sludge in the back recesses of our minds. 

We are stuck in a paradigm which voraciously exploits the lack of human rights in the Third World and beyond. 

We feel complicit in this rape of human lives and ultimately the Planet...our unique and irreplaceable Home. 

At our dreams, we sleep the exhausted sleep of the accomplice, who is guilty by association...

We feel dirty and somehow 'tainted'...

In our dreams there is nowhere left to left to lie to.

The feel of plastic is our hands...on our skin...on our feet and in our our cars and in our the cups we take to our lips, the plates we eat from, the phones we hold avidly to our ears.

Plastic is oil...something which has taken this Planet billions of years to produce. 

Something which we out of necessity throw away in an afternoon...out of sight, out of mind.

And so we lie prostrate and disemboweled...anesthetized upon a Global table with local know how and surgical precision by the 'System' just as we were being 'entertained'.

They need to keep us focused on the Scam...

They need to lie to us in an incessant virtual stream of kultural junk.  

The insidious pollution of reality and cyberspace and this assault on our subconscious and other invisible and equally heinous Crimes of Reality have ultimately led to our present condition.

Shell-shocked, angry, cynical... with white noise ringing in our ears and totally incapable of processing any further Bullshit.

This disconnect between what we feel and what we see and do can no longer be maintained...Enough of compromise!

We now live in a World where National borders are becoming increasingly irrelevant thanks in large part to our Technology ~ We are evolving and converging. 

In much the same way as the tyranny of distance has been conquered, time has equally been vanquished as we recoil instantly around the globe to news of the latest catastrophe.

Neuro-plasticity is a Reality!

Be the Change you want to see.

Our growing relationship with each other through the extension of our senses, and the expansion of our collective understanding, is a symbiosis which our technology uniquely provides us.

This moment and the emergence of the Occupy Movement, the Arab Spring, Anonymous, Zeitgeist and the Venus Project is an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate.   

Our interconnectivity grows by the hour .

To reach out and link arms... and thereby to shape and finally achieve a Global Shift with potentially far reaching ramifications for ourselves and for our species...

with One voice...
The voice you are hearing is the voice of the People, and as such it will reverberate down through the strata, through the frozen cliff faces of History.

And this moment will be viewed as the moment when the human race finally began to recognise it's similarities rather than it's differences, and finally...began to awaken.
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