Straight Talk

President Putin (the smartest politician in the world), unplugged and talking straight, tells it just as it is…

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Being Overlooked

The biggest environmental disaster in recent history, and the world largely doesn’t know anything about it, simply because the world’s media doesn’t want us to know about it.

This post inspired by The Guardian article: Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away? George Monbiot

Photo: ‘Children are being prepared for evacuation in warships already some have choked to death. Species are going up in smoke at an untold rate.’ Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

…but then, there are lots of things going on around the world that are largely hidden from public gaze, so what’s new.

Time to close the book on human civilisation?  The inevitability of that event is also mostly overlooked.

A Golden Moment (for me)

This will be a short post, but one that I want to share.

I go on merrily posting on my Facebook timeline, as I have done now for several years, (not necessary to go there as it mainly contains, recently at least, workups for posts that I want to repeat on this blog), never worrying about who reads my work and not looking for comments or likes and rarely attracting either in any case.  That’s not the reason why I do it.

But, one of my comments on another Facebook page has gone viral.  Well, relatively speaking.  When you consider that my average number of likes is something around 0.137 per post (I made that up, but it is not far out), then when I find that I have achieved 7 likes and 2 replies it is something of a golden moment.  One which I wish to share.

A guy called Don Freeman who appears to want people to join him in being, I’m not sure what, posted a picture with the message “YOU CAN’T CONTROL A PERSON WHO WANTS NOTHING”, and asked for people who agree, to join his page.

Here is a picture of my reply.  See what you think.  And here’s the link, in case you want to see what else he says.

Wanting Nothing

“I Wandered, Lonely, As A Cloud, That Floats On High O’er Vales And Hills”

I chose the quote from William Wordsworth’s poem ‘Daffodils’ because it is a great metaphor for ‘thought’ or the ‘wanderings of the mind’.

A hand-written manuscript of the poem ‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth (1802).

Have you ever wondered how thoughts come to you?  Do you ever even have thoughts?  I mean, thoughts of your own?  That may seem a little unkind, but what I mean is do you allow yourself to think of things that lay outside the common sort of things that most people think, or think they think?  Do you ever allow your mind to wander free?  See where it leads?  Do you ever sit still, alone and quiet for long enough for such things to occur?

Usually, if you do that, one thought will stick out and jab you in the ribs, and you may wonder just where it came from.  With a little practice, you can often follow the trail of thought backwards, at least part of the way, and see where it originated.  That may not be a beneficial thing to do because it is the one thought that sticks out for you, that is calling for your attention. On the other hand, it may be very beneficial to think backward, especially if you need that particular jabbing thought to be built on some logical argument, the basis of which, was laid down earlier in your flow of thoughts.

Anyway, leaving that aside, important as it is, to get to what I actually wanted to say.

A thought came to me a little earlier.  I do know where it came from, and the steps which led to it, but I am not going to reveal that because it is personal and not relevant to what follows.

This thought is an old saying, often attributed to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the man credited with turning the tide of the Pacific War (thus saving Australia from invasion) in the 1940s.  It is actually a misquoted extract from lyrics to a song popular with British soldiers of the First World War.  It goes: “Old Soldiers Never Die; They Simply Fade Away”, misquoted by MacArthur, and popularised as “Old Soldiers Never Die; They Just Fade Away”.  I always remember it as the original version.

Photo: Troops of the Eight-Nation Alliance (Boxer Rebellion) in 1900.                                                                 Left to right: Britain, United States, Australia, India, Germany, France, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Japan

The main reason that I bring this to your attention is because MacArthur is generally held in high esteem as something of a hero, whereas he was really just another dumb-fuck American General.

Did you know that he was sacked from his Korean War position as Commander of US Forces by President Truman for criticising the Presidential denial of his request to allow him to nuke China?   You can read about this here: http://www.thisdayinquotes.com/…/old-soldiers-never-die-the…

Truman afterwards said: “I fired him because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the President…I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was.” and, when asked for his reaction to MacArthur’s farewell speech, he said it was “nothing but a bunch of damn bullshit!”

My point is, that this is an insight into the continuing mindset of all of the cadre of General Officers commanding today’s massive US Military Forces.  Sooner or later they are going to push to be allowed to nuke somebody else.  No question.  And since they don’t appear to have learned, in spite of their massive superiority in numbers and weaponry, just how to win a war by conventional means (they have not had a single victorious outcome in the last almost 70 years), the ‘nuke’ option appears to be their only viable choice if they ever decide they would like to win one, just once.

Embarrassed, Again.

I thought that we had seen the last of this old cruddy-fuddy-duddy after he was booted out of the Australian Prime Minister’s office a while ago, but here he is again, overseas, being a complete embarrassment to Australia once more.  The man is a Neanderthal throwback.

If I thought it would work, I would personally plonk him on a rubber dinghy pointed in the direction of Antarctica, and consider that an altruistic act (well, using his definition of altruism anyway).

This post inspired by: Australian ex-PM urges EU to drop ‘misguided altruism’ & close borders to refugees

I refuse to include a picture of this man or say his name.  You will have to read the article if you don’t already know who I mean.

Time To Remove Those Rose Coloured Spectacles

If ever you wanted to see a list of doom and gloom pointers from a wide variety of sources (and I doubt that you ever did) to the imminence of global financial, social, economic and moral collapse leading to a complete disintegration of modern civilisation, then this is it.

This post inspired by: The Automatic Earth: Debt Rattle October 26 2015

Are you once again going to ignore the reports and underlying signs and carry on as though nothing is happening?  Or do you already see this and share with me the relief in knowing that things are coming to a head and that our headlong, thoughtless rush to consume and destroy everything that we can lay our hands on is about to stumble and fall and its suicidal mission to utterly fail and collapse and bury us all beneath the debris of our own doings?

Waiting… Waiting…

I can’t find anything much to write about recently.

Oh, I hurt my back in the garden last week, which has slowed me down a bit, and I am living in the area where the police were hunting a pair of desperados last week, or desperately hounding a pair of itinerant farm workers, depending on your viewpoint, but none of that really matters in the greater scheme of things.

I am waiting for something a bit more important to happen, like a global stock market crash, a rapidly melting ice-cap to flood and inundate all of the world’s coastal regions, a truly world-wide pandemic, or world war 3 to start.  You know, something a bit more interesting than normal routine stuff.  It’s all a bit boring at the moment.

Maybe it’s just because I can’t do as much outside as I want to do.  Maybe, but I don’t really think so.

No.  I don’t want any suggestions on what I could be doing.  If it isn’t something to do with the world crashing around our ears for some reason, any reason, then it’s all just fluff and candy-floss and not worth my consideration.

Oh, come on.  Something has to happen.  Something exciting that will mean the end of this plastic, artificial, mind-numbing, meaningless, purposeless, grasping, nasty, world of illusion and deceit that we live in today.  It has to begin sometime.  And someone has to write about it.  And one of those someones would be me.  But I am growing increasingly restless just writing warnings and stories about the things that are or could go wrong.  I want it to happen.  Now.  Before it is too late for all of us.

I want to live through it, and possibly die through it like I think most other people alive when it happens, will do.  Either way, it doesn’t really matter.  I just want to know that the change that will ultimately save the world and possibly mankind as well, is under way.  I want to know that it is going to work, or at least has a possibility of working.  I want to be absolutely certain that the world of today will cease to be and to see that process in progress with my own eyes.  That is the only remaining goal, of any real import, that I have.

So, let the wheels of time grind on, as they will.  But let’s soon see, not just signs of what is to come, unmistakable and unmissable as they are, but the real thing, beginning in earnest.  And with it, the panic of those who are heavily invested in the current world systems, as they see the world-view they are so deeply entwined in, increasingly and relentlessly unraveling before their eyes.  The bursting of the bubble.

Now, those would be times worth living through.  That would actually be living.  Something that we (existing inside the bubble) have largely forgotten, or even may never have known, how to do.

We may not like it.  Heck, I may not even like it, but it needs to happen.  Bring it on.

The Australia Option

This post inspired by: Canada to Withdraw Jets From ISIS War

“Canada to Withdraw Jets From ISIS War”?  OKaaaay.  Well, how about us (Australia) then, Mr Turnbull (new Aussie PM)?  Are you listening?

We have no more interest in being there than Canada has, so there’s no excuse, is there?

If those trigger-happy Yanks want to go on playing their pretend wars, then let them.  We don’t need to be involved.  We are not achieving anything constructive there in any case, in spite of all the government issue platitudes and assurances to the contrary.  I am sure you understand that, deep down, don’t you?  So, how about it Mr Turnbull?