free from their paddocks?
“It is the same for Labour, it is the same for the Conservatives – both parties contain substantial minorities that, in as much as they have any passion left at all, passionately dissent from the centre ground their leaders are determined to hold – and if at all possible extend – at any cost. Is it any wonder that such a charade is a massive turn-off to a public that see real issues, pressing concerns and genuine anxieties at every turn? The main parties continue to haemorrhage members, while those left behind are those who prefer to be clots. In the immediate aftermath of the First World War and the Bolshevik revolution William Butler Yeats penned The Second Coming, a reactionary dithyramb the words of which still resonate almost a century later. Yet how strange it is that our own comparatively lacklustre era can also be evoked by the same ringing declamation: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.” Evoked, that is, with this caveat – that the passionate intensity of the Millibands, the Cleggs, the Camerons and all those who frenziedly applaud them masks a vanishingly small amount of real conviction. For Yeats what troubled his sight was that mythical and frightening creature the manticore – “a shape with a lion body and the head of a man” that came slouching “towards Bethlehem to be born”. But what should trouble our sight are the more homely silhouettes of the donkeys being led by donkeys trotting back to their paddocks from Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. Hee-haw” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15125136
“One of the 21st Century’s grand scientific undertakings has begun its quest to view the “Cosmic Dawn” (approx 13.5 by’s). The Atacama large milllimetre/submillimetre array (Alma) in Chile is the largest, most complex telescope ever built” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15107254
The Museum of Curiosity – “In the first of the new series, John and Dave are joined by comedian Jimmy Carr; documentary maker, theologian (and atheist) Francesca Stavrakapoulou http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesca_Stavrakopoulou ; and the mathematician, Guardian South America correspondent and football author Alex Bellos” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015bxql
“Steve Jobs was undoubtedly a product of 1960s and 1970s counter-culture
California” – “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice” – ‘Commencement speech at Stanford University, 2005’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a20s-blv3b4 @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15195448 “Mr Jobs also admitted taking LSD around the same time. He called the experience “one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life,” according to John Markoff’s book “What the dormouse said: How the sixties counterculture shaped the personal computer industry” https://charleslizzy.wordpress.com/2007/06/25/the-bath-festival-of-blues-and-progressive-music-1970/ Did LSD change Britain? ‘Brave New World’s’ a much shrewder guess at the future than George Orwell’s ’Nineteen Eighty Four’ – Aldous Huxley ‘The Doors of Perception’ may prove greatly more prophetic than ‘Brave New World’. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2002/apr/13/biography.aldoushuxley The Moral Maize 16/7/2008 ”There are cases of students taking drugs used to treat dementia because they improve their performance in exams and military researchers are investigating the possibility of drugs to modify memory as a treatment for post traumatic stress disorder. Is this a terrifying Brave New World that undermines our basic humanity, or a recognition that the next great leap in human achievement will be drug assisted”? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7377041.stm Dogma = Noun, a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertible (most; religions/ideologies). ORIGIN : via late Latin from Greek dogma ‘opinion’, from dokein ‘seem good, think. http://www.herbogeminis.com/IMG/pdf/acid_dreams.pdf
“Astronomers have spotted gamma ray emissions coming from the Crab Pulsar at far
higher energies than expected” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15203788
UK & USA ‘Why Prisons Fail’ – “Will Self sees an urgent need to reform the prison system and deplores what he sees as a lack of political will to tackle its present failings. “Not only does prison, for the vast majority of those who endure it not work – either as punishment or as rehabilitation – but there is no escaping the conclusion that it functions as a stimulant to crime, rather than its bromide” Producer: Sheila Cook http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015cvct And, ref, Dead Ends: Urban Poverty and Underclass Narratives in American … onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1540-5931.2011.00810.x/pdf by D MUZZIO – Related articles
POVERTY, LIKE A TIGHT SHOE, HAS NEVER FIT AMERICA. IN A STATUS QUO society, with a place for everyone and everyone in his or her place, poverty might simply be a part of how things are. But in. America, land of opportunity and celebrator of hard work, home of the self-made man and can-do stick-to-it-iveness, …Ref, Chapter 2 ’Infrastructural Determinism’ R Ferguson – ’Science, Materialism, And The Study Of Culture’ Murphy and Margolis, ISBN 0-8130-1413-1 Page 34 http://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=dabhkdJ_xQ4C&oi=fnd&pg=PA21&dq=%E2%80%99Science,+Materialism,+And+The+Study+Of+Culture%E2%80%99&ots=o5VMdcx-RI&sig=hTuLn4dmQtFggSDmA4QxfxS7Zpg#v=onepage&q&f=false
Brain ‘rejects negative thoughts’ – “One reason optimists retain a positive outlook even in the face of evidence to the contrary has been discovered, say researchers” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15214080 Ref, ‘Mirror Neurons’ Ramachandran.
“A cosmic chicken-and-egg question may have been solved by astronomers who now say black holes came before galaxies” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7815827.stm
Let the unrest continue – “About 500 demonstrators have spent the night outside St Paul’s Cathedral, following a day of protest in London’s financial district. On Saturday, 2,000 to 3,000 protesters demonstrated as part of a worldwide protest against “corporate greed”, inspired by the US’s Occupy Wall Street movement. ” And, “Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, gave a speech to one group of protesters about anonymity after he was challenged by police for wearing a mask as he walked to the protest. He said: “I ask that all of you demand that foreign bank accounts be opened up and made transparent, the same way that I today have been forced to be made transparent” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15324901 Activists (Realists – correcting the BBC) carried banners with slogans such as, “We are the 99%” and “Bankers got a bailout, we got sold out” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15324901 “We’ve seen that inadequately regulated, too-big-to-fail banks can undermine the public interest rather than serve it — and in the last few years, banks got away with murder. It’s infuriating to see bankers who were rescued by taxpayers now moan about regulations intended to prevent the next bail-out. And it’s important that protesters spotlight rising inequality: does it feel right to anyone that the top 1 percent of Americans now possess a greater collective net worththan the entire bottom 90 percent? So for those who want to channel their amorphous frustration into practical demands, here are several specific suggestions: ¶Impose a financial transactions tax. This would be a modest tax on financial trades, modeled on the suggestions of James Tobin, an American economist who won a Nobel Prize. The aim is in part to dampen speculative trading that creates dangerous volatility. Europe is moving toward a financial transactions tax, but the Obama administration is resisting — a reflection of its deference to Wall Street. ¶Close the “carried interest” and “founders’ stock” loopholes, which may be the most unconscionable tax breaks in America. They allow our wealthiest citizens to pay very low tax rates by pretending that their labor compensation is a capital gain. ¶Protect big banks from themselves. This means moving ahead with Basel III capital requirements and adopting the Volcker Rule to limit banks’ ability to engage in risky and speculative investments. Another sensible proposal, embraced by President Obama and a number of international experts, is the bank tax. This could be based on an institution’s size and leverage, so that bankers could pay for their cleanups — the finance equivalent of a pollution tax. Much of the sloganeering at “Occupy Wall Street” is pretty silly — but so is the self-righteous sloganeering of Wall Street itself. And if a ragtag band of youthful protesters can help bring a dose of accountability and equity to our financial system, more power to them” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/opinion/sunday/kristof-the-bankers-and-the-revolutionaries.html?_r=1&src=tp&smid=fb-share And, “The whistle-blowing website Wikileaks is suspending its publication of classified files” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15434493 And, “What Shall We Tell Our Children, Mr President?” http://www.myfinancialrevival.com/featured/what-shall-we-tell-our-children-mr-president/ And, Fat Cats; CEO’s and CO’S: No return for ‘Ordinary Investors’ and the ‘Pension Fund Holders’ (you and me, if you have one) and cuts (losses) for the last 15 years – “Pay for the directors of the UK’s top businesses rose 50% over the past year, a pay research company has said” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15487866
“An ancient bone with a projectile point lodged within it appears to up-end – once and for all – a long-held idea of how the Americas were first populated” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15391388
News for Occupy London Stock Exchange (OccupyLSX) “Anti-capitalist (correct the BBC, AGAIN – capitalist get – Realists) protesters have started a second camp in London – as a demonstration outside St Paul’s Cathedral entered its seventh day” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15415296
“Earlier this year, an imam working in Stoke-on-Trent was jailed for raping a 12 year old boy at his mosque. In the wake of the case, File on 4 investigates whether the thousands of children who visit mosques and madrassas each week to study the Quran are being properly protected. The leader of the Muslim Parliament of Great Britain has warned that without urgent action, his religion could face an “avalanche” of historic cases similar to the ones which have swamped the Roman Catholic church. Already, several other abusers whose crimes remained undetected for decades have been brought to court. How can parents be sure their children are safe in unregulated madrassas where no-one ensures proper criminal record checks are made on staff and volunteers? And should the ban on corporal punishment in schools be extended to cover madrassas when some children still face physical punishment?” Fran Abrams investigates. Producer: Sally Chesworth. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015zpf1 And, https://charleslizzy.wordpress.com/2007/02/09/re-search-agreed-syllabus-dorset-for-you/
“Scientists who announced that sub-atomic particles might be able to travel faster than light are to rerun their experiment in a different way” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15471118
“George Osborne has warned if countries start “falling out of the euro in a disorderly way”, the UK – although not a member – would be badly affected” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15634946 And, a big thank you to politicians, bankers, and the Euro Elite – ‘Down the Pan in in the Past Ten Years, and Down the Pan in the Next Ten Years’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15649985 Our family, including the children will have to pay in so many ways (mistrust – lack of employment – educational fees, so on…,)!
“Freedom of speech is the foundation of democracy, because without it citizens can’t share their observations on folly and injustice or collectively challenge the authority that maintains them” – Steven Pinker. In his essay What Shall We Tell the Children?, theoretical psychologist Nicholas Humphrey writes about the importance of words to children: how harmful ideas are designed precisely to take away a child’s ability to attack, and question them. And so words, more than being shadows of thought, are precisely what gives them weight in flesh and bone: they are the weapons of indoctrination – http://www.headkicklegend.com/2011/11/9/2548543/why-forrest-griffin-should-be-punished-for-his-rape-joke