I'm naturally positive and I tend to look at the upside but these days there is precious little good stuff to observe.
London 2012 took our eye off the political ball and when it was over, politicians of every stripe rushed off to foreign climes to top up their tans. The House of Commons is in recess but what has been bothering me of late, is this:
Legislation continues to pour forth...
How is that number at the bottom left hand side of the page still climbing? At 9 am on 1st January 2012 we started with zero. Just eight months into the year we find that
*My apologies. I looked away for an hour or two. In that time they managed to ejaculate another
The HoC and its attendant lickspittles are quite literally a law unto themselves. We know that the monarchs power was diluted severely following the Parliament Act of 1911, and that the Lords were seriously curtailed with the House of Lords Act of 1999. When you decrease or remove powers granted under the constitution to the monarch and the HoL it increases the power of those 650 in the House of Commons. This gives them carte blanche to do what they will. Without any fear of retribution they do just that. No-one, of any import, is watching them. They police themselves. And they do it badly.
The Greeks continue to suffer. Their new government is having just as much trouble as the last one in making the numbers work. I see continued calls for more money as they realise that the bail-outs are nowhere near enough. The talk of them leaving the eurozone has changed from "if" to "when". The Finns are openly discussing disintegration, the Germans have said "No more dough", the French are silent, for a change, and I reckon the Italians, the Irish and the Portuguese are hanging on by the skin of their teeth. Whilst I genuinely feel pity for the ordinary stiffs in these nations, I cannot help but think that a break-up of the eurozone will be a blessing in disguise for them all.
The misguided leaders of the EU, may they all contract genital warts, continue to try and breathe life into the corpse. To everyone else it looks like utter insanity but they don't see that. They will carry on regardless, and why not? It isn't their money they are throwing down the drain. It's yours. And mine. The UK government, in league with this devil, continue to help themselves to your hard-earned cash. Cash you could use to improve your lives, the lives of your children, and even the local and wider community is being tossed away on a failed experiment. As ever, we think salvation lies in electing a different government. Too late, we realise again and again, that the label on the party de jour is meaningless: they ALL take your money (by force when necessary) and piss it away.
In the Middle East the sabre-rattling continues. The Israeli's have recently said "We will not use thermonuclear weapons against Iran". I often find that when a nation makes an unequivocal statement like this, the exact opposite will follow shortly. I believe WWIII is just around the corner. We hope, and we pray for calm heads, but hope and prayer are useless. Look at the history: every time a truly global depression arrives, world wars follow. It is a fantastic opportunity for them to waste millions of young lives and it is usually over nothing. WWI was triggered when Franz Ferdinand (and his wife Sophie) was assassinated on 28th June 1914. Had Sarajevo turned the other cheek, over nine million lives would have been saved. War is big business and when it finally ends, the losses are sustained by the young, the brave, and those afflicted with patriotism, and the gains are enjoyed by those who manufacture weapons and war machinery. The millions upon millions of lost lives are replaced with a frenzied baby boom when the last bullet is fired. It is a cycle of despair and my disappointment in the human race is boundless. We repeat this exercise ad nauseum.
What is to be done? I don't know. I only know what I would like to happen but I also know there are vested interests, firmly entrenched, that will ensure it never happens.
History is written by the victors and it isn't necessarily the truth. In fact, it is almost certain to be strewn with lies, misdirection and misinformation.
Our good friend Harbinger sent me a couple of links and it may help you to comprehend the nature of this particular beast.
The Hitler Files
Propaganda And The World War
The usual caveat applies: read the articles and decide for yourself. This can be tricky for some because our education system seems geared in such a way that pre-formed opinions are wired into us at an early age. It has been decades since education actually educated and allowed us to make our own minds up. They do this for many reasons but the primary purpose is to churn out unthinking, uncritical system slaves. They do not need your mind to be free, they need you to work. They need you to comply. They need you to know that they need to watch your every move, for your own safety. They need you to part company with your taxes without dissent. Without a whimper and without asking what they are spending your money on.
Tomorrow's leaders and tomorrow's entrepreneurs are mostly selected from the "good schools and universities". They know who they want and those future leaders are selected carefully and they too, are brainwashed to "know" what is best for the nation. Of course, there is a blurred line between what is best for the nation and what is best for the individual. On the face of it these men and women are altruistic but when examined, their fantastic wealth becomes apparent. The nation needs leaders who are selected from known good stock, the rest of us are cattle. To be milked exhaustively, to be watched endlessly, and to be controlled absolutely. Of course, we are also trained to think we are free and that democracy is the b all and end all. It is all things to all men. It is a deception on a massive scale, and the ruse works well. Most of us think we are free. We are wrong. The chains are there if you look, but thankfully for TPTB, most of us never bother to look.
Reading that back prior to pushing the "publish" button, it reads like envy, or that I am bitter about the class system. I am neither envious nor am I overly concerned about class. Someone will always have more than me and someone will always have less than me. It seems largely an accident of birth. I have met princes and paupers during my five decades on the planet and there are idiots and heroes in both camps. I just happen to know that when a "working class" hero emerges, it is more by luck than by design.
Problems (for TPTB) emerge when some of the cattle start wondering why they are kept in this particular field and demand another option. They wonder why the gate is always locked. They wonder why the farmer counts them dozens of times a day. They wonder why the farmer doesn't even need to walk down to the field and has erected poles with cameras to save the farmer the trouble of exerting himself when technology can do the work for him. They wonder ( a little) when they overhear the farmer say "You know, if we tagged them all with GPS devices, we wouldn't need the cameras". Most of the cattle think this is fine. "It's for our own safety", they tell each other.
When one or two of us wander off the reservation we can safely be ignored. Some of us are too big to be ignored though and a topical example of that is one Julian Assange. On the face of it, he is an (uncharged) but uncaptured rapist and a man that dared to leak sensitive information. This information would upset the cattle and Assange had to be stopped, and if impossible to stop, then all means fair or foul deployed to bring the man to book. I have no axe to grind with Assange. I think he may be a bit of a knob but conversely, I think he is providing a public service at great risk to himself and his family, so I tend to support him.
It's a messy old world, isn't it? I am realising late in life that it is a mess that is uncleanuppable.
Scrapping the entire project and starting again from scratch may well be the only option.
Most of us, it is now becoming clear, do not want that because it is too much trouble. Most of us prefer to keep our heads below the parapet because the fear of being ever so slightly different terrifies us. Many of us are waiting for the "right time" to act. There is no "right time". That time is now.
The government, naturally, say that we must knuckle down. We must produce. We are in debt. It's our own fault. We must continue the War on Terror, the War on Smokers, the War on Drinkers, The War on Eaters, The War on Drugs, The War on Thinkers.
These are all Good Things For Citizens To Believe In And Support.
Of course, believing anything the government says is our first mistake.They are inept, corrupt, and unashamed. They are treasonous, traitorous, and they act with impunity. And they do so with our consent.
When, oh when, will we wake up and smell the corruption?