A Challenge to the West

November 19, 2015 Leave a comment

 

After Paris and the terrorist event, my focus has come back to how America is handling a situation that looks like ending up with perhaps long term conflict, which they along with others in their meddling .. created … it is also interesting how now they have further created the death of innocents, and the resulting homeless refugees, which they suddenly don’t want anything to do with the human debris of their actions.

Americans as people that I know are some of the most beautiful and caring people I know, however like many of us, they are generally insular and uninformed of the reason behind the news and currently unable to have any input into the running of their own country.

It is only a feeling, but the terror in Paris, is just too neatly tied up and resolved …. we have a bad guy … or so we believe, me I feel the real instigators (perhaps CIA, MI6, Mosad or ? ) which are again probably acting at the behest of a behind the scenes entity, have set up a situation have then asked us to light the fuse to another conflict … I am sure the arms suppliers and military contractors are ringing their hands in glee … and so the trading stocks of the military / industrial / congressional complex are high .. also uncertainty increases prices in strategic commodities (oil is one) and of course Gold.

Since the break-up of the Ottoman Empire, which included much of the middle East and Europe, the United Kingdom and other European states (along with America) have used the middle east as their personal play ground …. they have inflamed petty rivalries into incredible violence, they have spread insurrection and have bombed mercilessly, in the 1920’s the UK dropped chemical weapons on Iraq and have been party to murder and manipulation on a grand scale. All as a way to divide and control the middle east – Europe has cultivated a bipartisan strategy of creating religious extremism to serve their desires, this has never failed in the past to deliver bloodshed and it will continue to with more repression and more violent interventions to come!.

I have seen how the European states acting like children, having responded to Paris by posturing how they are going to do this or that … it will do nothing but hasten the break up and destruction of the current power structure and paradigm, for in my view people have had enough, when it is so apparent that this “war” has been created by the meddling and games of the West.

In the future, there will be a time when laws will no longer be necessary, just as nationalist borders will be irrelevant, but whilst we are in the mindset of the good / bad, right and wrong dualistic world, such limitations to our integration are necessary.

America is a land of immigrants, but in World War two America was also reticent in taking immigrants running from war .. then they were Jews from Germany, huge numbers died seeking peace in a new land, in particular in 1939, the U.S. turned away the MV St. Louis, carrying nearly 1,000 German Jewish refugees. The liner was forced to return to Europe, where her passengers disembarked in Continental countries, where a quarter of them were murdered by the Nazis in the next two years.

To stop terrorism? Get out of Muslim countries. Stop bombing. Stop installing dictators. Stop stealing. Stop intervening. Stop killing – these are the words of Ron Paul, former US Congressman from Texas until 2013

Then as now, not accepting refugees is initially indifference, judgement by labelling and hen fear based – also as has been pointed out Einstein was an immigrant, and many others also Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian immigrant – of the well over 500,000 Syrian immigrants in the USA not one has been involved with any terrorist acts, unlike many home grown white American terrorists, such as Oklahoma to various Church and Abortion clinic bombings, Doctors murders, school massacres .. all courtesy of white America who with a warped and tainted ideologies coupled with an easy access to guns have created real violence and division in America.

There is little to be fearful of immigrants … they are us, looking for a place to be at peace , somewhere to start again, to bring up their families – perhaps relocate them to areas of dwindling population to help resettle country America, but have some compassion, please do accept them.

A part of this is also about America itself, until it faces its fears and is real about the changed state of the world .. but perhaps most of all, climbs out of it’s victim mentality (9/11) and becomes a leader through its creative actions, its compassion and leadership through collaboration instead of its current fear based bravado, aggression, posturing, interventions and manipulation … or sadly perhaps inevitably the domino will fall and take with it, almost the entire western world.

The way forward is to stop being a victim, as a country face your fears, challenge the all pervasive, all powerful Corporate influence, change the tax system to include Corporate overseas income – force its inclusion in Taxable income – nullify Tax avoidance and Tax evasion strategies, change the electoral system, and end Corporate welfare and have the wealthy pay their equitable contribution to the running of America but most of all invest in and catchup the technology gap, invest in educating, in uplifting, empowering and unifying its people instead of not trusting and oppressing them … and America will live on!

One must remember the most prolific and richest time for America was in the 1960’s when Tax rates for the very rich were 90% – I am not suggesting the same, but in these difficult and challenging times everyone should help in proportion to their ability – one wonders how the American deficit which was in surplus at the end of the Clinton era, can now be USD$18 trillion in debt, Tax cuts, Corporate welfare, a rampant military, and the failing economy and all wars are in effect being placed on a credit card, with the interest payment alone being significant .. meanwhile in any real terms America is bankrupt, and so financially vulnerable as well – if only America like the rest of the Western world, had some real servant leadership.

Looking at the distant past we can understand broad paths for the future. Now the collapse is inevitable, it is not if it will happen, now its about the nature of the transition .. and what will happen next.

Currently America is exhibiting many of the aspects of a civilisation in decline, in its complacency, its indifference, it’s apathy and rampant inequality towards it’s own citizens, further, by oppressing its own citizens, it therefore is seriously impacting the future of America itself – it has set a destructive benchmark for the world, in it’s Government valuing only money and power – it has created the pathway to the abyss and the end of this paradigm! .. change is possible .. but time is very limited, with its current destination being self-destruction probably within as little as a generation..

I hope that the collapse will not happen as fast as it may, for once the domino has started total collapse may happen within as little as 15-25 years, this is being helped by vested interests, the rich, Capitalists or should I say Fascist interests and the “Christian” right in their misinformation campaign, uninformed and plainly manipulative opinions of media and political “leaders” who are narcissistic, weak, possibly psychotic and plainly not leaders, therefore like the empires of old, bearing all of this in mind, contract is inevitable, but collapse itself is more likely than not.

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Paris – is still an opportunity to learn and change.

November 15, 2015 Leave a comment

I have friends, good friends in Paris, and it was a period of intense concern until I found out that they were safe.

Sadly we cannot go to a web site to find out “who did this”, “why did they do this?” or even what does it mean? However, before we knew anything, we had Ted Cruz saying he was going to bomb ISIS (A entity of the Wests own creation – like Al-Qaeda) …. we are so quick to judge and label, he was not the only one to try and exploit what happened in Paris for their own uses …. I feel we have to stop following the unconscious, the reactionaries, the hawks, the uninformed, the religious fundamentalists of all sects with their hypocritical wish to create more death as a reaction to this … for every time this happens, I think how do we break this cycle, I think of Gandhi .. and his “eye for an eye, will make the whole world blind” … I feel the suffering of those who were killed, injured and still suffering and their family and friends …. and I feel for them … again, how do we break the cycle! – sadly I know there won’t be change until humanity as a whole says stop … until the plight of those who are suffering is felt in the whole world, the process has begun – this paradigm is in its death throws, even now .. but what will replace it? – we can have a say in this!

But for now, what can we draw from this, the wonderful out-flowing of compassion for what Paris has gone through, the wonderful response from Parisians – they all help me think of the good … of that comment from Fred Rogers .. telling me to “look for the helpers. you will always find people who are helping”. How can we harness this flow of love and compassion, for humanity to learn from these experiences, without going to the next step .. revenge .. revenge on those who may not be the perpetrators, just the scapegoats!

The happenings in the world are largely about how it looks, why things happens is usually about something else entirely, it is generally about expedience, that some ideological end, a particularism, some pursuit of money, to coerce to influence is the underlying motivation driving it … so when these things happen I always wonder who benefits? – a political agenda, a false flag covert operation .. almost always one common factor is a outcome, the solution is almost always the military, the purveyors of more war, more deaths of innocents, and destruction … the the cycle continues – revenge – then another Paris.

In this case the rumour mill is in overdrive, it was the refugees, the Muslims, ISIS, the Zionists, the West, an act of Political expediency to change a policy (perhaps against refugees, who are a direct result of our global aggression), a false flag event, it was …. ? – I ask you why would refugees want to carry the terror with them, we must remember that ISIS has killed many tens of thousands of Muslims in their terrible tyranny – perhaps it would be more likely to be state sponsored to manipulate France into more effort in Syria … or perhaps Israel punishing them for recognizing Palestine … or something else .. whatever the reason .. we are in another cycle of violence … I cannot see France not responding, hopefully against the proven perpetrators not more innocents, inevitably bringing more collateral deaths.

All these reactions, these judgements exacerbate the divisions in humanity, when our only hope is unity … for in this case the only thing for certain was that this was terrorism, this is an emotive word that is dragged out of the cupboard to emotively describe many events even those of activism, from environmental, to climate concerns et al, to Political demonstrations, etc when Terrorism is something quite different, it is about the use of violence, or the threat of violence, intimidation or coercion for Political ends.

Paris is a terrible event, I feel for the families and friends … they perhaps stand totally perplexed for a reason, but like all of these acts to terrorise and so manipulate, it is a symptom of an underlying sickness, a malevolent disease in humanity, perhaps generated by the erroneous belief (in part) , perhaps an ideology, or just ego and power that there is only one right way to live, this I feel is at the root of all conflict in the world for humanity is divided by its beliefs … can we not just believe in life, in equality but not only for our lives but all life.

It is humanities greatest learning experience, to have compassion and empathy for all life .. for the wonderful people in Paris, but also for the wonderful people in all areas of the world, who are seen as expendable pawns when the powerful, the vengeful, the expedient go out to play. Could we not learn from Afghanistan from Vietnam and other reactionary manufactured wars that America eventually always tires of and walks away, from Iraq and the mythical weapons of mass destruction that there are only two main weapons of mass destruction … (a) Vested Interests driving and or manipulating Government war machines and the most powerful of them all (b) Climate Change.

On the Edge of the Abyss – Part 5 – Media

September 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Media

This society is all about the surface of life, appealing to your desires, the quick fix .. too few of us look beneath the dogma and beliefs to find what is real.

The greatest tool for the continuation of this paradigm, well any paradigm is the media of the time … depending on the government … State, Corporate, or other – when the state and corporate merge as is the case now, freedom is truly under threat. We are in effect in a Theocracy where the word of a spiritual guide has been replaced with the word of the one percent … pursuing their agenda of control and consumption.

In society, beliefs that originate through dogma are tools for social conditioning and compliance, rather than any personal expressions of an inner realisation or an universal truth, at time in our lives comes when we can transcend this, when we no longer see that the system serves the common good, or any good, then old dogmas that are fully investigated and seen that to have no foundation … at this point they can become springboard for spiritual growth, when we strip away the layers of beliefs and dogmas to arrive at what is reality to us. For our individual reality is a convergence of many things, a compilation of beliefs, values, childhood and life experiences all create how we see and relate to what is an essentially neutral world.

When we are brought into this world we are like a blank slate … nature has by and large finished her work, then for the rest of our life it is our attitudes, values and beliefs which determine our choices, using these tools, we create our lives.

The lessons we receive whilst we are growing up and how we are nurtured and created lay the foundation for who we become.

Projecting our beliefs (by in many cases by denial, disbelief or skeptical behaviours), is a way which I would suggest the majority of us handle the world, learnt from our environment whilst growing up – for instance, the erroneous belief that there is only one right way to live, is at the root of all conflict in the world ~ Government agendas and their war machines are the single greatest factor that determines the future of the world, and the greatest cause of suffering in the world.

What initially determines our belief system is the family or nurturing environment as well as the society we live in … made up of individuals, families, communities, groups, and onwards.

A very prevalent problem in Australia is abuse within families, where their partners, physically, emotionally and verbally abuse spouses and children! This is perpetrated normally by men. It is a symptom of this, of belief systems (and the expectations that society and family places on the individual) and sometimes the abuser was abused as a child .. a cycle of violence.

The external pressures that are placed on people to “keep up with the Jones” to maintain the perception that they are successful that they are living the dream, in other words the availability or not of money… this paradigm has found a fix for that as well .. debt .. as we have found with the gross injustices that are affecting the Greek people… the oppression of Greece as been brought about by money .. debt .. In a personal environment, this debt cycle is brought about due to the easy availability of money, where the borrower “needs” to consume or purchase an product or service – we pay for money not only in money but also in our liberty.

Why would I go over old ground? Simply because in this day and age the largest purveyor and distributor of doctrine, or ideology, to establish and maintain this belief system is the media … the legacy world mass media, that shapes our beliefs and to what this society values … a fading representation of this is the desire to achieve … any country is sustained by the foundation of any society that rests on its laws, its enforcement (police & judicial) and its money.

To over identify with a belief an ideology or a religion is to act unconsciously, for then we prioritise the outcome rather than the integrity of the process. This happens in every ideology … at some point the ideology and its survival to deliver its outcome becomes the only measure, individuals within the system carry out the protocols of the ideology as good soldiers for the prospect of their own advancement within a self destructing bubble, their expedience will have no bounds.

All ideologies follow this path.

MEDIA

Defined as – All means of mass information and communication.

We would normally define Old Mass Media as the following –

(1) Broadcast media (radio, recorded music, film and television)

(2) Print media use a physical object such as a newspapers, magazine, books, pamphlet or comics

(3) Outdoor media are a form of mass media that comprises billboards, signs, or placards placed inside and outside of commercial buildings, sports stadiums, shops, and buses-Billboards (signs in tow of airplanes), blimps, skywriting, AR (Augmented Reality) Advertising. Public speaking and event organising can also be considered forms of mass media, tough sometimes to a niche market.

The essential difference between Mass / Old media and Social Media is a paradigm shift. It’s the difference between a passive and an engaged relationship.

Books themselves were one of the first forms of mass media, before Gutenberg in the 15th Century, a book in various forms have been with us for approximately 5,000 years.

Nowadays, blogs and other distribution means such as RSS feeds, can also be considered as mass media.

I think we can judge Old Mass Media, or legacy media as a passive media, for there is generally no way of the viewer to question, engage with the content being offered. Social Media on the other hand is interactive and then the consumer of the media can offer their own opinion and sometimes insight into the media platform itself …

All areas of mass media have undergone rapid consolidation over the years, now we are at a point where ownership of the majority of media assets in concentrated in the hands of a very few … although very few media organisation are truly independent, most have an agenda, liberal or otherwise, some of which are designed to be truly divisive, even fascist .. all have a place in a free society, however when the majority of the organisations are funded through the advertising dollar, there is huge grounds for corruption … by selected news that appeals to the ownership of the media outlet because of an ownership agenda, a rating decision or to appease an advertiser – truth is sacrificed like all that is of honour to the altar of money and influence, or in the worst sense raw power.

It is in this way that censorship has become very apparent .. where in this case, news is selected rather than reported, where in the case of the editors of News Corp’s newspapers all have an epiphany on the same day and striking similar opinions are expressed … in the current scenario in the USA, reporting on Bernie Sanders is not being reported in main stream media.

Commercial Media

Commercial Media wants inter-personal conflict …. because they want you to take sides … this is why there are so many Television shows that force you to take sides … reality shows that see up stressful situations that lead to conflict, in a way it seems to be the replacement for the the Gladiatorial events of old … this is only a surface view of the appeal to us .. all this to re-enforce the paradigm

Brings the lowest common denominator .. as media in all shapes races for the bottom … to look for controversy, to promote controversy .. and as often as they can to create it, peddle it .. why? Because it brings audiences … then ratings .. then money .. then?

Remembering Commercial media wants conflict and controversy .. for it brings ratings, one wonders are they covering Trump because he is a serious candidate or because he never fails to create news by offending someone, thereby creating division not collaboration, Trump’s mindset is not that of a leader but of an ego.

And like so many ideologies that have existed before—whether fascist or communist—many people, especially young people, are being drawn to it.

Events in Iraq are continuing to act as motivation and a focus of a range of terrorist related activity in the UK even though it is proven that ISIS was created by MI6 and the CIA … like Al Qaeda before them …. if you want the reason why Osama Bin Ladin was assassinated and not brought to trial, it was probably because he knew too much … he could never be put on the witness stand.

I believe the mess countries are in and hence the state of the world is in a large part due to dis-information, manipulation or censorship of truths and of course corporate influence over the content – that investment in controversy instead of policies, instead of truth is why we cannot heal …. they prefer content that is aggressive (fear) to manipulate the majority, the masses … people are so oppressed they have no empathy for anyone outside of themselves – they fear and blame minorities are other countries because they are told to – also due to the unrealistic fantasies that Media purports … that money has value (it only does because we are told it does, and therefore we believe it does) … that opportunity is just around the corner … this sets up expectations that are generally never met, Media are accountable for this, the purveyors of propaganda .. the frontline soldiers in this world wide strategy to divide and control humanity.

All actions have consequences, as countries, organisations and certainly individually we are not immune – those who do not think this are in line for a huge wakeup call.

Media – Future

 

Subscription Television and Online services, such as Netflix and others offers a disruptive opportunity … for this brings the opportunity for Netflix and others to be accountable only to their income stream, their subscribers, this should release them from the undue influence and manipulation of their content by advertisers …

more to come ..

This is still very much a work in progress … subject to addition and change .. any constructive thoughts would be welcome

Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac – a poor experience!

August 7, 2015 1 comment

This is a change from my usual fare … however I felt that this was worth a mention. Recently my Windows laptop started to give trouble … it started to overheat and despite having it serviced and likely areas of concern checked and repaired (like heat sinking, fans etc) no cause could be identified, hence it was time to consider a replacement. I was curious when I investigated options, and thought that I would experiment, hence I bought a MacBook Pro … the reason being that my son has one and has always sworn by it .. I always like to challenge myself, so an experiment had begun.

Overall the Mac is a revelation, it is well integrated, more so than the equivalent Windows device.

I installed much of the same equivalent software from Windows and secured Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac … although Excel and Word appear to work as expected … Outlook 2011 for Mac is a disaster … it is a very poor facsimile of the equivalent Windows Product… I wished they had not called it Outlook, because then I would not have installed it.

It has almost none of the features of the Windows version, it is over-priced for it is just a very simple unsophisticated email client, even looking forward to the new Outlook 2016 offering it doesn’t seem to be much of an improvement, so the outcome for me, is that it has damaged the brand that is Microsoft severely.

So now I am looking for a halfway decent email client to replace it … though not much luck so far.

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Beliefs & Ideologies – “On the Edge” – Part 4

July 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Beliefs and Ideologies – Part 4

I find this to be difficult, to observe and interpret without projecting my beliefs, so I may take a break from the darkness, I know there is much to discover, but after this I think I will look at the wonderful positives of this paradigm, I shall look for joy and good news … for the last thing we can do is assume that the world is full of darkness, it is in fact full of a vast number of good people doing the best they can to make a better world, very few are in positions of authority or influence – and then we have others who are seriously out of their depth!

Let’s look at the birds, and animals of all descriptions, they need no dogma, no belief system, yet they live a life as they wish and are truly free … why can’t we, or at least being able to thrive in a more open, loving society – it’s in our hands to create it, but right now we are in the opposite, a combative, divisive culture that has been created, I believe to serve a different agenda.

But let’s first look at what a belief system can create, this is only one, others in detail maybe markedly different, but how those in that belief bubble relate to those outside of their belief system generally is not … a community I know contains some very good people, who are convinced of an ideology. I guess if we were to label their beliefs (which I hesitate to do) they have a doomsday belief system, it is their belief that the world is coming to an end and what they are doing is creating the future, yet their behaviour is not what one would expect from such a goal, it has become over time judgemental and lacking compassion – it is my view that this behaviour comes from projecting the beliefs of the tribe onto everything – all thoughts, things, systems and people are judged, and those that do not believe as they believe are seen as having little relevance or value to their goals – for they, like most of us, are in a prison of their beliefs, constrained by the purpose given by the ideology, its familiarity and importantly their attachments to the people within it – this is a tiny example of the effects of ideological belief systems, all of these come from an embryo to be born, evolve and in their time die!

For the above example, I agree that this paradigm, most of what we exist within is coming to an end – however to consider that this community are the way forward is based in a belief system, an ideology, it may be pointed out that when people over-identify with an ideology, a prophetic expectation, everything is secondary. If the event that is prophesied does not manifest there will be a huge life challenge to those within the belief system. There are many good people within this particular dynamic that may be damaged, for such a long term investment in an ideology would cause havoc, if or when the date of the event arrives – I hope they come through this challenge, grown and expanded to help others.

In the transitions between ideologies, perhaps not everything has to be lost, because we could learn so much from the past, and transition to something that came about through the sum of our experiences – however one thing we know about humanity, is we never learn from the past, (goodness if only an objective history was taught in all schools) for as George Santayana and others such as Bernard Shaw and Hegel have said.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

and

“Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it” – Hegel

This particular paradigm, controls us (in a broad herd sense), by deliberately targeting the ancient part of our mind, where our emotions live (and where all decisions are made – have you ever thought “that feels right”?) this targeting is done in advertising all the time. However, the targeting of our beliefs and prejudices, is designed to manipulate us, mainly through fear – there are many ways, but an example of this is by giving us something or someone to blame for our lot in life (a minority perhaps, separate from the majority mainstream, in the culture – to target our prejudices – it may be a persons, race, heritage, religion, origins, colour or perhaps as recently demonstrated, the Lesbian and Gay community ) – when triggered we then don’t reflect and respond, we react and hopefully at sometime we may regret our precipitous actions … the only way to stop such reactions is through relationships and via the education of all people. But to achieve the outcome that is desired by various Governments, this paradigm, has been designed, or has evolved to appeal to the worst in us, instead of the best in us.

All things, are constantly in transition, we can go back in history, for previous instances to look at a major and revered religious belief system, and one aspect of the future foretold through it. Let’s choose one, perhaps the Hindu religion and their forecast of events (something I have only recently investigated, excuse any ignorance on my part) … With Hinduism we are at the end of the Kali Yuga age, a period where mankind’s ethics, honour, religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, forgiveness, mercy, vitality and memory have all decreased more and more over time. Look below at some of the markers of this Kali Yuga period sound familiar to you, they do to me; just remember these words were written over 4,000 years ago.

  • A man’s qualities and social position will be calculated according to the extent of his wealth
  • Religious principles and justice will be determined by a show of strength
  • Those without money will be unable to get justice
  • Anyone who can cleverly juggle words will be considered a scholar.
  • Lack of wealth will be looked on as dishonourable.
  • A proud person who can put on a show will be thought pious
  • The purpose of life will consist simply of filling one’s stomach, and audacity will become equivalent to conclusive truth.
  • A person’s religiosity will be measured by a person’s reputation for material accomplishments
  • The citizens will be so oppressed by merciless rogues in the guise of rulers

Hinduism is rare as far as Religions go, as it has evolved without any discernible controls, it has grown organically like a flower blooming. It has no founder or date of origin. The authors and dates of most Hindu sacred texts are unknown. Scholars describe modern Hinduism as the product of religious development in India that spans nearly four thousand years, making it the oldest surviving world religion – but Hinduism is not a homogeneous, organized system. Many Hindus are devoted followers of Shiva or Vishnu, whom they regard as the only true God, while others look inward to the divine Self (atman). But most recognize the existence of Brahman, a spiritual concept in Hinduism, the highest Universal, the Ultimate Reality, the unifying principle and Supreme Reality behind all that is.

Perhaps there would be less conflict if we could all see, in our separate God’s the same mother of us all, the Earth and the Universe herself.

Actually, we are drifting way off topic, apologies – for this is also a belief system, which I am only just investigating, but Hinduism is the oldest of current day religions of such great antiquity, coming after would be many, including Buddhism, Jainism plus many, many more – other religions such a Christianity and Islam are quite new in comparison … but I must always remind myself not to project my own beliefs onto the topic, which I know is unavoidable, but I shall try!

Now let’s come back to today, I am concerned how belief systems in general, when they become accepted and normal, such that they are reinforced by Government and the mass media are used to place humanity in a prison of beliefs, to impose moral and behavioural codes, to convince us that this is the way it is, where the walls of the prison is the dogma and belief systems of this paradigm, reinforced by those that wish us to be in prison, for in this place, we are controlled and controllable, we conform generally to certain code of acceptable behaviour (and are punished if we transgress) which is  reinforced by Government in its many forms – for this paradigm is all about the illusions created by the dogma itself. Since the beginning of recorded time, people’s beliefs have contributed to the dogma of a certain age … everything around us is dogma, and by living within it without questioning it, we become, perhaps not actively, but are complicit in its continuation. At some point, under critical analysis, the belief systems that for decades perhaps centuries has been evolving, under pinning all civilisations will fail and like a game of dominoes the paradigm itself fails. Then everything will be as ashes to fertilize something new.

As with any ideology, and let’s face it the world abounds with them, for all Religions and ism’s (Capitalism, socialism, communism, fascism etc) are belief systems, quite wonderful in theory for many have wonderful attributes and goals, but there is a fatal flaw common to all ideologies and belief systems – they often falter and fail because at some point the survival of the belief system becomes more important than the individuals within it (the one’s the belief system is meant to serve) – this can be seen in every established system such as the Catholic Church, Church of England and others … Governments and their various departments, become populated with people who are so detached from the population in politics or a bureaucracy, their beliefs value only the continuation of the ideology (or their agenda), and their advancement within it, over time, the system and the promise it held in theory (say at the beginning), becomes more important that the people it is meant to serve, it fails and dies, primarily through expedience, for this holds a multitude of sins.

When large belief systems are initially executed, we have seen expedient war crimes such as democide and genocide carried out in it’s name (Cambodia, Yugoslavia, Syria (ISIS)), when threatened (or perhaps only questioned), there can be no limit to the atrocities that will be carried out. We have seen this in Nazism, Fascism, Communism and in the present day with the oppression and inequalities coming from the Capitalist economies, which we have not seen climax as yet. These paradigms that support a version of the world have great inertia, but now (I believe) that our current one is already in the process of collapsing, within 10 to 15 years, definitely 30 years at best, we will see only a crumbled facsimile around us.

One wonders at the emphasis on the un-funding of Public education that is apparent in many countries, (here I speak of Australia and the USA) is it based on creating an uneducated class who are ignorant of anything unless it comes from a TV screen or is only employment focused. Let’s remember here that only the educated are free … so perhaps if we are not educated we will be compliant, and controllable … it is well know that the desire to control, to have others conform comes from fear as does aggression….

I have often used the metaphor that “Politics is theatre, and the players primary focus is to stay on stage, centre stage” – but perhaps we, the people should be on stage and in the spotlight and they, those who would administer us to move us towards our an equitable future, should be listening to us – or perhaps it is that this person is not frankly up to the task.

Within every ideology, those outside of the belief bubble (the un-indoctrinated or those that question the difference between the proclaimed belief systems, the words of the officers and their actions) those who have different thoughts about the system are seen as a threat … all religions, ideologies and “isms” do this, they exclude, shame or oppress others who are within it and who question it. We can see that these separate belief systems strike at the very heart of who people think that they are …. hence it is becomes highly subjective, when Political rhetoric is targeted at these points, to postulate that a certain “groups” behaviour is to blame – emotive reactions (without reflective thought abound, people react, from fears, they don’t respond) are the uneducated normal response.

Something that I have never understood about America is that people identify themselves by the Political and Religious beliefs – to me such beliefs, the who I vote for and what I believe are highly personal and private…. but perhaps this strategy, unconscious or not, is by putting these beliefs out there, it is immediately saying, this is what I believe and who I am … and if you don’t believe the same … well … it isn’t going to be fun connecting with me, and forming a relationship, how though, on this basis can dialogue between differing views, to be open to discussing new ideas, that may lead to a consensus exist? Such behaviour perpetuates and exacerbates division within society.

The way forward is in education of all, is in open and non-judgemental discussion … it’s in co-operation and co-existence, a way forward for the whole of humanity instead of only a small minority who have become a prisoner of their beliefs that we, the majority of the population do not matter …. I’ve said this before, if we continue down this path, the moment that the Mum’s and Dad’s of the world, loose hope and know to be true that no matter what they do their children are condemned to poverty and servitude, then the world will have its revolution, and those that have this entitled, privileged position should remember that those that work for them do not have their point of view, so when it comes to a choice to support their families or their employers, the situation is decided.

The Hindu Religious Kali Yuga period is coming to an end shortly, it postulates that there will be a period of dramatic change over a long period … is this when those that remain in humanity will see that humanity is but one family, that all life, whatever the species has the same value, that humanity is just one species, not the species … God (if and however you perceive), I hope so!

Politics – “On the Edge” – Part 3

June 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Part 3 – Politics

How does one start – I guess we start as all analysis should, with the what, the where, the who, the why and the how!

New insights will come, so over time, this post will grow, in breath and depth.

When people communicate deceit, it’s called politics –  that’s not how it should be, but in this age it seems to be the way it is. There is little transparency or accountability – the strategy is the epitome of duality, the Politics of blame and division … for no one has a congruent vision where an evolved inclusive future lay.

Incidentally, I am writing this on the 800th anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta in Runnymede in 1215 – you ask why? Because the Magna Carta is the underlying base for the current rule of law ( full explanation here ), the courts, the enforcement agencies and services and government itself, needless to say, we have lost our way!

I have had a really difficult time; weeks have gone by for me to be able to achieve some perspective on the underlying mind set that drives the political process, what are their beliefs, the goals, and their basic ability to understand the big picture? I feel, by and large it is the same for all Political processes, with very rare exceptions.

For me the only good politician is someone who doesn’t want to be one … but for the vast majority, we must demand accountability, competence, integrity and compassion from those that we elect, but we rarely achieve even an semblance of this (even knowing this we still re-elect them) so what drives these people, are Politicians incompetent or venal or? … or does it just look that way. Although some undoubtedly are we cannot make such a generalisation, we must remember they are us, in some ways the best of us and very apparently the worst of us ( including those that seek power for its own sake and to further their own interests ) perhaps others are driven by their need to meet their version of societies expectations to achieve, or by a need to be validated and separate from those they represent or others. But perhaps this may be a good concept – they over-identify with an ideological cause ( A Zealot) suffer from a lack of intelligence, imagination or empathy, or they cannot fully appreciate the human consequences of their career-motivated decisions – or their actions are purposefully, manipulative and pragmatic, a part of their plan for those who seek to rule. There are also those that appear to be ignorant and divisive in the extreme, who purposefully make quite untrue, even inflammatory statements either because they believe them, or are pandering to either their voter base or their backers.

For some at least, in the beginning, some are driven by a need to facilitate change, to make a difference, to right a wrong – then for most at some point, they become part of the system they originally abhorred, it becomes about fear of change, about losing an election, their identity, the income – so they do whatever is necessary to stay in power … this manifests in many ways.. by yielding their integrity to the influence of others either by direct bribery, favours, trips, girls, privileges .. or influence from their donors through campaign contributions – but in the essence we need to understand from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words “Presidents are selected; not elected” – almost all candidates to my knowledge are vetted by some sort of party machine and chosen to represent a constituency (this is where there loyalty is and who they are accountable to … not us) here they are molded shaped, and become a product, like Corn Flakes for instance, here is a quote from someone who knew ..

“The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal — that you can gather votes like box tops — is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process – Adlai Stevenson

Whilst I cannot understand the character of or belief base that many Politicians stand on, if indeed there is one … I would defer to Charles de Gaulle, a seasoned observer of Politicians, and a former President of France when he said

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.

Some belief systems are flawed .. I just shake my head –  One very important thing to remember is that Politics has no interest in religion except to manipulate it!, I feel that applies to most issues.

God help us, we have the supposed true believers (if they actually believe in anything), the tribal mentality of the Tea Party (and other fundamentalist groups world wide) who project onto others their judgmental rhetoric, using Christianity (or their cherry picked version of it) as a weapon to divide, to hurt, to demonise and oppress ( yet they do not see this behaviour as bigotry and hypocrisy  ) such behaviour is not Christian ( or indeed any true non-secular religion ) all were originally intended to be a doctrine of compassion, empathy and healing – mind you we shouldn’t be surprised as all through the ages, Religions have been used as weapons for expedient ends, in this case manipulated by the far right and the fundamentalists movements such as The Tea Party – it is not new, religion has been used by the faithless, the expedient, ideologues, those seeking power & control and monsters within the Catholic Church … every Church and every religion has had them, in fact, to oppress, demonize, ostracize and victimize.

Politicians, have no idea what life is like for “normal” people …. they are so detached from their constituents, they are in a perpetual bubble, only talking to the like-minded, as well as lobbyists and taking orders from their superiors – totally detached from the on the ground effects of their laws on the people they are paid to represent … there goes democracy.

The effects of the meltdown are still effecting us, and a significant part of the reason why austerity programs are needed in the first place is the inequitable burden place on the many over the lightening burden of the right, the conservative, in other words the many are subsidizing the rich .. yet the poor are made to suffer when the rich through their self interest continue to abrogate their responsibility to contribute for the necessity for infrastructure such as roads, rail, air transport, communications, post, education, emergency services, even though the companies they invest in use this infrastructure – they deny responsibility and support nothing it seems except the military (enforcement arm of their Corporate masters), all except those programs that support returned soldiers, who on this basis are seen as expendable .. such a belief system is not honourable, as soldiers give their youth their health and sometimes their lives for their country – even if the country is no longer what is was.

Disregard the political rhetoric, for to know what a person, a politician, a party, a government values, just look at where they spend their money, that is the only measure, their actions.

To me Governments should be about facilitating an environment where people can create their bliss whatever that is …it should not used to direct, it should consult, collaborate and co-operate – not dictate – in fact I have no idea why the Governments have to make a profit, balance the budget in any definitive sense … the USA hasn’t for more than a decade, the country is technically bankrupt, yet instead of making the tough decisions, by cutting expenses, and increasing the taxes on the rich ( the strongest period of growth in the USA, was the 1960’s, where taxation on the very rich was 90%) – the current U.S. National Debt Clock : In Real Time (+ Each State Debts) is here – currently the deficit sits at over USD$18 trillion greater than the countries GDP (Gross Domestic Product) it is highly unlikely that this debt will be repaid, now instead of facing it, the USA borrows more, and other measures in effect devalue the currency and the buying power of the US Dollar by just create more money, this is called quantitative easing .. the full definition is here .

In any case, no matter how it happens, what the source is of the external influence is, the source of the corruption, whether ideological, financial, privilege or plain old blackmail – for too many of the congressman and senators, no longer are representatives of the people that elected them … democracy is dead – currently we have, I believe an idiocratic form of government, this is where the idiots in power were elected by people, who are very probably, also idiots .. all this is being manipulated through Fear, Propaganda, distraction and disinformation, as I have mentioned in my previous post HERE … along with economic pressure on everyone’s family, everyone is looking after themselves as best they can, this has led to a very uninformed public .. something more frightening is on the horizon, a banquet of consequences, for the country and for those in the Political leadership, their very existence will be threatened ..  they will try to fight back with all the tools at their disposal, Propaganda, oppression, tyranny, fascism and finally an occupation by the military (well pseudo military) of the America people, by the American people.  I cannot see this lasting, as any occupation requires detachment from, profiling of, to bring a distance from the people they oppress …  the rich who are choreographing this, have to remember that many of the 99% actually work for them, some may have compassion for, or families who once they are effected, the end is nigh.

If you want my opinion, and that’s all it is, this disbursement of military grade hardware to Police Departments all over America (still owned by the Federal Government) is for a darker purpose, given the right circumstances to be used against the general population …. the US Department of Defense has active programs where they have studied societal collapse here .. strange that, for a major cause of this inevitable societal collapse is the funding level of the Department of Defense itself, greater than the next ten countries (including China, Russia and the UK) combined .. see verification of figures here.

There are too few Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren’s around to make a difference, but perhaps their passion and courage maybe the trigger, an inspiration for others, that will create an environment for others to represent the people who elected them … first those others have to still care what happens to America (or anywhere else) more than themselves – they must push through that fear.

Something I am working on now, is why do people vote for parties that are clearly working against their welfare? I shall let you know! Areas of study for this phenomenon will be

(a) A Generalisation – I feel, that people are so insular, so indolent, so apathetic, so involved in their own lives, fighting for their own  survival, with external manufactured pressures (courtesy of those who control the paradigm) they do not anything left to empathise or have compassion for the plight of others, until an injustice affects them or those they know or love? Therefore oppression and demonisation always happens to minorities ( one at a time) the homeless, the poor, returned veterans, racial minorities, pregnant mothers, Gay and Lesbian alliances – they do this to divide, however what would happen if all these groups combined, they need to get collaborating  .. like at  election time.

The most urgent action necessary in America today is election reform (funding)

(b) Are those who vote blindly for a party that works against their own interests (1) Closed in their behaviour, a prisoner of their beliefs (2) Afraid of change (3) Ignorant, and kept that way by propaganda spewing media  such as Fox News (4) Family influences … still working on this.

(c) It is my belief that The very rich wish to in effect take control of Democracy for their own ends (see previous posts on A paradigm of control here ), they hope to buy elections, the sad thing is they have the money, the control of media and through the Politicians it appears to be for sale. These same rich, earn their money and then shelter it through elaborate taxation minimization, avoidance, evasion strategies … using off shore and many other strategies to accomplish this. This of course worsens the financial position of America itself. Once they have control .. well I have spoken of this before … the further erosion of rights, and over time have tyranny expressed through fascism – all the time diverting attention away from domestic issues with continuous wars that the media will be working for the Fascists foes without saying.

The most urgent action necessary in the USA today is election funding reform (Yes I know I said this before!)

One other item of interest – Recall Elections – accountability .. in some jurisdictions voters can recall their representative during their term – a beautiful way of making them accountable – firing them in fact, sadly I don’t think we can do this in Australia .. anyway a full explanation is here

This pursuit of power and control through inequality and the Politics of blame (at the same time, taking no responsibility themselves) diminishes all who seek it and all who worship it.

This is a work in progress …. the post will change as it grows, as more information and insight become available.

Other subjects we will focus on is The Media, the Military, Food, Inequality, The Rule of Law, the Environment, the pursuit of money / influence and power over the public good .. this expresses itself in areas as above but also in other areas such as Medicine as well as the Insurance Industry, the Pharmaceutical industry (where the maxim seems to be, why heal when we can create ongoing customers) and frankly any other subject that reveals an area of concern for our current society today and for the future. The Media because this is the way through continual re-enforcement of the beliefs that surround this paradigm, has in a large part created this paradigm, and the power of advertisers who can through their finial influence influence news services … cross media ownership as well as Corporate ownership of Media companies has acerbated their influence.   The Military investigate the reason for the continual Militaristic expansion and focus on defense when the power and funding for the US Military is already out of control.- for the reason for the defense department is not to defend America but to promote and protect American Corporate interests and predatory capitalism, which is an extension of a State sponsored capitalism, for pure Capitalism is war and would have destroyed itself by now.

References are many, one quote came from the book, The Nuremberg Trials By Doug Linder (c) 2000, perhaps originally from Hannah Arendt, As well all previous references in this series detailed in other posts.

If anyone has any perspective to help me understand the Political mind … and Politics at large then I look forward to hearing from you.

Retail and Consumerism – “On the Edge” – Part 2

May 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Part 2 – Retail and Consumerism

I would comment that I chose America as an example of the whole Western paradigm, as it is a trend setter for the world, good or bad.

In a society which has so far been based on consumption and procurement, without dramatic intervention, the continuing severe contraction of the retail industry is a clear and present indicator of the process of the collapse of the paradigm of consumption in America.

Every civilisation in the past has failed, as will we, our choice is to make the transition from the old to the new as peaceful and uneventful as possible, I know, a hard task! However unless there is an epiphany, and both Washington and Wall Street have an awakening, and realise what is good for all Americans is good for them, then the below is the path down which we may all be led.

Poverty and Inequality is not only about money, it’s allowed to exist, it is a choice our Governments make, for inequality is also about access to education, to nutritional food which leads to the aspect that the poor are so limited by which is the opportunity to shine – inequality in an economy is a big issue, in an economy the size of the United States it is a major issue. If the playing fields was level, I don’t have any problem with the rich being rich, what I do not agree with is a policy of creating a class system whereby the poor and those who don’t have money are treated with disdain and contempt by their own government, effectively blamed for the momentary place they find themselves, policies are in place to take support from those in an country who most need it, because they are easy targets and have no paid lobbyists, nor it seems any empathy from their elected advocates – that the poor and uneducated continue to vote them in even to their own detriment is an outcome of the success of the mass control programs I touched on in my previous post, here

From Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate and Chief Economist and fellow of the Roosevelt Institute who offers a number of provocative insights in his 115 page report, but the key takeaway is – inequality isn’t inevitable, and it’s not just a social issue, but also an economic one, because it’s largely responsible for the fact that every economic “recovery” since the 1990s has been slower and longer than the one before. Inequality isn’t the trade-off for economic growth; rather, it’s both the cause and the symptom of slower growth – we can download the full report here

Retail

Already there is over a billion square feet of vacant retail space in the USA, and now the news that major U.S. retailers have announced the closing of more than 6,000 stores from coast to coast. The list includes only those retailers that have announced plans to close more than 10 outlets this year and next – This growing list of stores closings coincides with the ongoing decline in discretionary consumer spending – which is the consequence of the collapse of a viable living income, for those families, which are a countries financial backbone, the middle class in America. The shopping mall is a fatality of the failed consumer paradigm, the concept that buying things are a way of life, but is mainly about ego and more importantly self-gratification … something that needs to be constantly fed with new purchases.

The loss of retails outlets, will be the hardest felt in poorer and the lower middle class areas throughout America and of course overseas in countries, like Australia and perhaps Canada who tend to follow these flawed strategies.

Even at the time when productivity has increased, Corporate profits are at a all time high, disposable income for the majority of Americans has been reduced, there is just not the money available to consume anymore – credit cards are maxed out – many Americans are not earning to live, they are living to pay – this lack of money to consume in an economy based in consumption, will impact much more than retail sales, it will affect the total gambit of consumption, travel, restaurants, new vehicle purchases, service industries, manufacturing and housing, in fact any expenses which are seen as unnecessary, then later this year the holiday season, travel and Christmas selling will be a disappointment. Income for the majority, has extra pressure coming from historically low wages – the demands of rising taxes, housing and health-insurance costs and you’ve got a formula for financial contraction across the board. All during this, the rich are being excused their equitable contribution to society itself, forcing the Government to seek loans or to make up the balance via taxing the population to make up the difference, whilst the rich share an ever decreasing burden – that legislators don’t see the connect between income and expenses (especially when the US budget is serious deficit) is also a serious ideological deficit, but perhaps now too many legislators are no longer working for all Americans, and are perhaps working only for the rich?

The financial information is available …. below let’s look at brief statistics of the Income gains going to top 1% in various years

1954-7: 5% 1975-9: 25% 2009-12: 95% http://nyti.ms/1BhNrQq

The latest figures show that of all new money, 95% of it went to the very rich..

A further effect of the contraction is that households will tend to buy the cheapest of the known brands, further accelerating the investment in overseas manufacturing and reducing U.S. production capacity (and jobs) at home – however there will come a time, when no price will be low enough and even that strategy will fail … in the long term overseas manufacturers themselves will be vulnerable (affecting manufacturing countries such as China and many others), this will spread globally.. This is a trend that will likely affect the EU and other countries that follow the illusion of the American dream.

Needless to say Technology itself insulates us from nature … go for a walk and see people with their heads in the phones, even in public places, where they could open their eyes and see wonder in everything, from the trees, the cycle of life, the ants and insects, just the wonder of life and the living of it – everywhere!

The effect of the employment in those sectors affected directly by the overall contraction will be major, it will naturally have a flow on effect on all companies involved, sales organisation and distributors, service, spare parts, any suppliers of technology, raw materials, energy, logistics, investment, construction for the entire sector as the ripple of the domino effect reaches outwards.

I would pass on the general comment that unchecked consumption is a greater threat to the planet than the growth in population itself .. also that flawed retail marketing and production strategies in food production and distribution, mean that between 40-50% of all food grown, never reaches a person.

This came from what I have been able to understand from the Pope’s statement on climate change …

To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues.

Outlook

A correction will be necessary, this can either being managed, or it will just happen and the ashes will lay where they fall.

By it’s very nature I feel like Alice and the looking glass, change outside of the norm will not be possible, as observations of Politicians, reveal their many flaws, which are that they are driven primarily by self interest, fear and dogma – however let’s look at sometime in the future. Then when we look back, what will have become of the monumental edifices, the largely vacant and abandoned shopping malls, these symbols of the past ‘glories’ of consumerism, consumption and distraction – what are we to do with the vast buildings and their open spaces, perhaps housing? … a productive thing we could do, it rip up the vast car parks and do something useful with the land, like grow food!

Flowing on from this retail contraction, inevitably there will be corporate failures, first in retail, then in manufacturing and service industries, the more leveraged the company is, the more likely, but around this point this will be a financial Armageddon scenario, there will be no one to buy these assets, Banks will have made loans to formerly secure and even the blue chip – stocks will plunge, companies will fail, or go into Chapter 11, bankruptcy protection, (these assets will again be unwanted, useless, perhaps even toxic, as there will be no buyers), then the Banks (which were formerly too big to fail, and which are even now larger) will become vulnerable, cash will dry up, if this correction is wide spread, then the cycle that was started by greed, whose first chapter was the 2008, Global Meltdown will have its Finale, its curtain call for the banks will be asset rich, but cash poor, huge asset right downs, and this time, there will be no bail out, the Public cash cow won’t be there, the public won’t allow it (and the US can’t afford it) what we have is wide spread Corporate collapse – the US Budget itself will become even more vulnerable without Corporate and personal taxation income from the millions of the now unemployed, confidence will collapse, the currency will dramatically devalue, imports will cost more, what will need to happen will be severe and permanent expense cuts are applied – I cannot see the Hawks and the GOP accepting this (especially to defense), the US. will print money, borrow more but in time, inevitably societal collapse will follow.

The Corporate spin that Trade deals are good for America is a falsehood .. they are only good for Corporations – the NAFTA was supposed to increase jobs, but it has had the opposite effect, in effect over 600,000 jobs have been lost in the USA – Corporations just took the opportunity to move manufacturing to lower paid jurisdictions such as Mexico … the TPP .. the Trans Pacific Partnership would just exacerbate the job flow out of America to the regions that endorse the Treaty, but the real basis is the Corporate grab for more Power and control, the strategy is to entrench Corporate domination, what’s at state here is the individual sovereignty of nations. I would suggest you look to David Korten’s article that will develop this further, here. This confluence of flaws and scenarios, from the Political, Administrative, Taxation, Judicial and financial mis-management, means we enter the unknown realm, of what happens next?

There is a lesson for us all here, sadly one we won’t learn from.. as George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said … “history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it – Hegel”

I guess a part of what I am saying is that unrestrained consumption for its own sake could not be sustained – but from an environmental point of view, the ending of this paradigm, means that the planet will get a reprieve.

References, Comments and Influences:-

Definition of Consumerism: a social and economic order and ideology encourages the acquisition of goods and services in ever-increasing amounts. Early criticisms of consumerism occur in 1899 in the works of Thorstein Veblen.

The status-quo is always in transition, slowly … what works today may be made redundant tomorrow with a truly disruptive paradigm ( a life changing concept, not just a technical concept ) that takes hold of our imaginations – whether we have that time to wait, I don’t know – the future of the planet is in the hands of the Politicians at the moment, a more pathetic display of ignorance and uninformed power I have yet to see … the real issue is they they do not know what is the right decision, they are influenced by lobbyists by donors, and occasionally maybe a constituent, they do not know the right path, so they stay with no decision, which though they may not realise it, is still a decision which gives us more of the same, more of that which is patently not working.

During my research, I can see many people with thoughts of the future, so of us will be right, other not, me included, it really doesn’t matter. There are many people who are trying their best, actually within each person, I believe everyone is trying their best, we cannot and should not judge others, it is hubris and ego to consider that other people aren’t doing what they can, or that we are doing more. At some point the concerns of the people will reach an inertia and change will happen – but what is without question is that we are always in transition, as nothing stays the same, the purpose of this post, indeed all of my posts is to raise awareness, to offer a perspective … not to do so would be irresponsible, my efforts and those of others may change nothing, or perhaps everything, we cannot know what the ripple we create, will touch and what may come of it.

Publications: Inequality in the long run Thomas Piketty * and Emmanuel Saez 23 May, 2014 Rewriting the rules of the American Economy – Joseph E. Stiglitz – Download here

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