“Millions of people across the UK have observed a two-minute silence to mark the 93rd Armistice Day” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15676087
“Chancellor George Osborne has said the financial crisis gripping the eurozone is hitting British jobs and growth” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15691546
Worried about – ‘stuff’; ‘What-ever’! ‘Not-boffered’! ‘Don’t-care’! Carl Sagan, ‘You Are Here’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9TIeuBF9Ss&feature=youtu.be And, ‘Get-real’ BBC – Imagine – Gallery: Map of an Englishman – Posted on May 30, 2007 “It’s the Surreal Thing”. Alan Yentob. Grayson Perry. Humankind Evolution. ”A hunting, fucking, machine” http://www.bbc.co.uk/imagine/article/englishman.shtml “The Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry has curated his own exhibition at the British Museum. He explored the depths of the museum to find some 170 objects to place alongside 30 of his own creations. At the heart of the exhibition is the Tomb of the Unknown Craftsmen which pays tribute to the anonymous craftsmanship of all man-made things” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15188690
War Never Changes And Young Gentlemen Forget : “In that cavalry mess I heard queer conversations. Those officers belonged to the old families of England, the old caste of aristocracy, but the foul outrage of the war, the courage against all ideals of civilization had made them think; some of them for the first time, about the structure of social life and of the human family. They hated Germany, as the direct cause of war, but they looked deeper than that and saw how the leaders of all great nations in Europe had maintained the philosophy of force, and had built up hatreds and fears, and alliances, over the heads of the people’s whom they inflamed with passion or duped lies. “The politicians are the guilty ones”, said one cavalry officer. “I am all for revolution after the bloody massacre. I would hang all politicians, diplomats, and so-called statesmen with strict impartiality”. “I’m for the people”, said another. “The poor bloody people who are kept in ignorance and then driven into the shambles, when their rulers desire to grab some new part of the earth’s surface or to get their armies going because they are bored with peace”. “What price Christianity?” Asked another, inevitably. “What have the Churches done to stop war or preach the Gospel of Christ? The Bishop of London, the Archbishop of Canterbury, all those conventional, patriotic, cannon-blessing, banner baptising humbugs. God! They make me tired”! The Same Words – Strong words to hear in a cavalry mess! Strange turmoil in the souls of men! They were the same words I heard from London Boys in Ypres (“Wipers” 1914-18 World War 1) spoken just as crudely! But, many young gentlemen who spoke those words have already forgotten them or would deny them! ‘Realities of War’ Philip Gibbs. Vol.1. P.244. 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 http://www.ted.com/talks/vs_ramachandran_the_neurons_that_shaped_civilization.html
“Large Hadron Collider researchers have shown off what may be the facility’s first “new physics” outside our current understanding of the Universe” – “It’s exactly the sort of thing for which the LHC was originally built.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15734668
“The team which found that neutrinos may travel faster than light has carried out an improved version of their experiment – and confirmed the result” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15791236 Dr Ereditato said, “This additional test we made is confirming our original finding, but still we have to be very prudent, still we have to look forward to independent confirmation. But this is a positive result.” That confirmation may be much longer in coming, as only a few facilities worldwide have the detectors needed to catch the notoriously flighty neutrinos – which interact with matter so rarely as to have earned the nickname “ghost particles”. Next year, teams working on two other experiments at Gran Sasso experiments – Borexino and Icarus – will begin independent cross-checks of Opera’s results. The US Minos experiment and Japan’s T2K experiment will also test the observations. It is likely to be several months before they report back.
What could be more sensible in 2011 – “Culture Change” – ’The Triumph of Triviality’ http://www.culturechange.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=177&Itemid=1 ”Culture change strategists all agree about the urgent need to promote “global consciousness” or “cosmic consciousness”.
“McKinsey said that the UK had by 2008 become the most indebted of all the big, rich economies, more indebted even than debt-engulfed Japan” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15820601 BUT, “McKinsey believes, however, that this increase in financial institutions’ debt disguises a positive trend: much of the debt is now of a longer-term nature, so poses less of threat to the stability of the economy (it can’t be called in at a moment’s notice, to the potential ruin of the borrower). The point is that if excessive debt is the disease, what we’ve had since the end of 2008 is analgesic and sticking plaster, rather than cure. Record low-interest rates and the creation of £275bn of new money through the quantitative easing programme have made it possible for us to live with our debts – cheap money has made the debts bearable”. Asia and the corrupt Arab World – “However, the World Bank said there must be more of a drive towards domestic and regional demand, if high growth is to be maintained. “Governments can take this opportunity to refocus on reforms that will enhance growth in the medium and long-term,” said Ekaterina Vostroknutova who is lead author on the report. “Higher investments in infrastructure, education and social security systems can help countries increase productivity and move toward higher value added production” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15831399 Not in their nature!
Read more: “The nature of nothingness”
SHAKESPEARE had it right, even in ways he couldn’t have imagined. For centuries, scientists have indeed been making much ado about nothing – and with good reason. Nothing, or rather what we’ve long taken to be nothing, may be the key to understanding everything from why particles have mass to the expansion of the universe. As explored in this special issue of New Scientist (see “The nature of nothingness“), nothing is a rich and subtle subject whose biography is far from finished. The modern story of nothing began with a thought experiment dreamed up by Isaac Newton. Imagine two identical rocks, tied together with a string, whirling around their common centre. The string pulls taut. But, Newton asked, how would we explain the taut string if the rocks were spinning in an otherwise empty universe? Since motion is relative, and the rocks .. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21228391.300-nothingness-why-nothing-matters.html
“Many animals are pre-programmed with almost all the information they will ever need, yet a human child is almost a blank slate. Acquiring huge volumes of information is essential if any of us are to cope in the complex world which we humans create for ourselves. So unlike most animal parents, we don’t just give our children genes and calories, we give them our culture. That takes time, and quality time, too, which we cannot dilute by churning out yet more babies. We humans are an “information economy” and middle age is the time when we pass on most of that information – this is why middle-aged people like being listened to” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15828696 “But we are now entering a new phase, of what Hawking calls “self designed evolution,” in which we will be able to change and improve our DNA. “At first,” he continues “these changes will be confined to the repair of genetic defects, like cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy. These are controlled by single genes, and so are fairly easy to identify, and correct. Other qualities, such as intelligence, are probably controlled by a large number of genes. It will be much more difficult to find them, and work out the relations between them. Nevertheless, I am sure that during the next century, people will discover how to modify both intelligence, and instincts like aggression” (Ref, ‘self designed evolution’ – SDE DNA – ID DNA) http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=7119 “Evolution has been a matter of days well-lived, chameleon strength, energy, zappy sex, sunshine stored up, inventiveness, competitiveness, and the whole fun of busy brain cells”. Edward Hoagland 1932 – http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398/what-shall-we-tell-the-children
“Scientists have outlined which moons and planets are most likely to harbour extra-terrestrial life” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15863549
“All is set for one of the most ambitious space missions ever devised” And, “Nasa is about to launch its latest Mars rover, nicknamed Curiosity, from Cape Canaveral, Florida” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15882485
‘Until All Gods’ Sleep’ The Promised Land. ’The Poison Of Holiness’. Sadness. Ref, The Self Harm Of Our Children (1in10!) – Irrational Beliefs – Depression and Sadness – Building Jerusalem ‘In Our Green and Pleasant Land’ – United Kingdom…GB, “However, my job demanded that I live in Jerusalem, and thus to suffer those periodic bouts of depression to which its citizens seemed to be prone – I called it the Jerusalem Sadness. Jerusalem Sadness is a local disease, like Baghdad Boils, due to the combined effect of the tragic beauty and inhuman atmosphere of the city. It is the haughty, desolate beauty of a walled-in mountain fortress in the desert. The angry face of Yahveh is brooding over the hot rocks, which have seen more holy murder, rape and plunder than any other place on this earth. Its inhabitants are poisoned by holiness. Josephus Flavius, who was a priest in the city and suffered from Jerusalem Sadness, has this strange phrase: “The union of what is divine and what is mortal is disagreeable.” The population of the city is a mosaic; but every portion of it is disagreeable. Perhaps the most disagreeable are the clergy, Muslim, Christian and Jewish alike. The Muslim clergy in my time used to call on the average twice a year for a holy blood bath. A peaceful Arab landlord would joke with the family of his Jewish tenants some Friday morning during the Ramadan, go to the Mosque, listen to the Imam, run home and slaughter tenant, wife and children with a kitchen knife. The Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Armenian and other Christian clergy would come to blows over such questions as to “whether the Greeks had a right to place a ladder on the floor of the Armenian chapel for the purpose of cleaning the upper part of the chapel above the cornice in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem”; and “whether the Greeks must attach their curtain tight or in natural folds to the lower Nail No.2 at the foot of the pillar which lies south-east of the left-hand set of steps leading to the manger” (both examples are authentic, and I may add to them the regulation “that the Latins should have their curtain fall naturally down the same pillar, leaving a space of sixteen centimetres between it and that of the Greek Orthodox”).
The Jewish clergy was engaged in feuds with the Muslims about rights of way to the Wailing Wall, and among themselves about the correct method of ritual slaughter; they also encouraged their orthodox disciples to protect the sanctity of the Sabbath by beating up the godless who smoked cigarettes in the streets and by throwing bricks at passing motor cars.
The political atmosphere was just as poisoned. The Husseini clan murdered members of the Nashashibi clan; during the riot season they both murdered Jews; the Jewish Parties hated each other, the British, and the Arabs, in that order; the British sahibs, here called hawadjas, behaved as British sahibs used to do. There were no cafes or night clubs, no cocktail parties, and no night-life of any kind in Jerusalem. People kept to themselves, their church, clan or party. It was an austere, pharisaic town, full of hatred, distrust and phony relics. I lived at No. 29, Street of the Prophets, at five minutes distance from the Via Dolorosa, another five from the Mosque of Omar where for a shilling you are shown the Archangel Gabriel’s footprints on the rock. I have never lived at such close quarters with divinity, and never farther removed from it. The whole unholy history of the city, from David to Herod, from Pilate to the Crusaders, from Titus to Glubb, is an illustration of the destructive power of faith, and the resulting unpleasantness of the union of the mortal and the divine. It is this awareness of defeat, driven home by the haughty silence of the desert, of dry watercourse and arid rock, which causes the Jerusalem Sadness.
Sadness apart, I grew increasingly tired of Palestine. Zionism in 1929 had come to a standstill. Immigration had been reduced to a mere trickle. Nazism, which was to turn it into a flood, was still a monster being hatched in the womb of the future.
I had gone to Palestine as a young enthusiast, driven by a romantic impulse. Instead of Utopia, I had found an extremely complex reality which both attracted and repelled me, but where the repellent effect, for a simple reason, gradually gained the upper hand. The reason was the Hebrew language. It was a petrified language which had been abandoned by the Jews long before the Christian era-in the days of Christ, they spoke Aramaic – and had now been revived by a tour de force. By making Hebrew its official language, the small Jewish community of Palestine seemed to have turned its back on Western civilisation.
I felt that to undergo the same process would be spiritual suicide. I was a romantic fool, in love with unreason; but I knew that in a Hebrew-language environment I would always remain a stranger; and at the same time gradually lose touch with European culture. I had left Europe at the age of twenty. Now I was twenty-three and had had my fill of both Arab romantics and Jewish mystique. I was longing for Europe, thirsting for Europe, pining for Europe.
*Arrow in the Blue, ch. xxii.
I asked the Ullsteins for a transfer, and had the good luck to be assigned to Paris. In subsequent years my interest in Zionism faded; it was reawakened, with a vengeance, thirteen years later, when the gas chambers went into action.” Koestler ‘Bricks to Babel’. You may not think that you are being selfish, but you really are and on a global (Global religious/ideological Gullibility Index) scale! http://www.atheistfoundation.org.au/articles/religion-equals-selfishness