New Year – The World Within – Keep Thinking!

“We go where our vision is.” by Joseph Murphy.

Keep Thinking

Where Did We Come From? One of the most important questions anyone can ever ask, for in this answer lies the remedies for all our social and human ills, “Here, Prof Clive Finlayson looks back at the year’s developments in human evolution research and asks whether recent discoveries rule out a well known idea about our ancestors” And,”Sexual relations between ancient humans and their evolutionary cousins are critical for our modern immune systems, researchers report in Science journal”

‘What Shall We Tell Our Children’, Mr. President (USA) ? Shall we tell them how you came into office… wrapped in a message of hope and change… promising transparency… saying you’re one of us… and then how you … <> In the GB – UK,”Families with children will be hardest hit by tax and benefit changes aimed at cutting the deficit, a charity argues. The Family and Parenting Institute (FPI) says the average income of households with children will drop by 4.2% between 2010-11 and 2015-16, the equivalent of £1,250 a year. And,”The government is taking more from children than from the banks. Women and children are paying the highest price. The FPI argues that the forthcoming fall in family incomes will be harshest for those families with three or more children, those with young children aged under five, and those renting private accommodation. As a result, the charity argues, by 2015-15 a further half a million children will be living in absolute poverty” Countries called ‘PIGS’ by their horrible financial technocrats advisers, have weaselled themselves into power within some those PIGS countries governments (until they are brave enough to chuck them all out to get back their sovereignty) “Nothing to fear, but fear itself” 1930’s Recession solution saying Why the public (government funds / our money) should not caned for any debt payback, especially after a bailout of the private finance sector (quantitive easing) and some of the major Banks

“This is the chart that struck me most forcibly, both for what it tells us about the debts of the private sector, in particular the private finance sector; but also because of what the Treasury chose not to tell us: that the public debt to GDP ratio is tiny compared to private sector debt to GDP ratio.” ANN PETTIFOR, DIRECTOR OF PRIME ECONOMICS Why the economic policy of the Coalition Government UK, GB, (Con – Lib –  pact) is based on ideological bigotry that is fueling inequality and great suffering to many. “A ‘child poverty map’ claims London borough Tower Hamlets is the worst area in the UK for child poverty” “Besides Greece, Italy and Spain are also saddled with huge debts, which will have to be refinanced this year. Their borrowing costs remain unsustainably high. And Hungary – outside the eurozone but dependent on it – has seen its sovereign debt downgraded to junk status” And, “After falling for more than half a century, Prof Dorling says, the share of Britain’s richest 1% started rising sharply and inequality is now on course to return to what it was in 1918” Ref, ‘Cash Flight’ Companies, Corporations, and Private Wealth Funds – PIGS & the Arab Spring.

Graphic showing percentage of income earned by top 1%

“Many people have the impression that British children are increasingly troubled, but the truth is different, writes researcher Paul Flatters”

“To mark his 70th birthday, physicist Professor Stephen Hawking answered a selection of questions from listeners to Radio 4’s Today Programme”

“Europe’s Herschel space telescope has produced a majestic new version of a classic astronomical target – the Eagle Nebula (also called M16)”

The past for some children! Worse in (some) State Schools!

This is the age of the anti-hero, where all heroes are exposed as cowards, liars, or maniacs. An age in which individuals are told that anything unpleasant which happens to them is the fault of somebody else. What are these amoral, spiritually empty lumps of humanity supposed to study? Some sugary pap, which goes under the generic name of relationships. Having grasped that they are helpless tools of their appetites and social conditioning, men and women, are expected to seek out their fellow waifs and establish some bond with them. I pity any institution forced to tell such people to leave undone that which they would rather do. See, Brian Walden, Sunday Times 21st Feb 1988. A real hero of youth, “To sail around the globe alone is as tough a sporting challenge as you can get. But Laura Dekker has achieved just that – at the age of 16” And, Miss Dekker’s achievement has divided the Netherlands, where her father has been branded “irresponsible” and a publicity seeker. In the blogs she has written at sea Miss Dekker has described her anger with Dutch officials,   after five court appearances which she said would “haunt her for a long time”. And, “I do not want to be totally negative about Holland, I know I have many supporters there. I feel sad for them that I am not sailing into either Hoek van Holland or Ijmuiden. That would have been a great party for everyone.” She has written a book on her two-year fight with Dutch officials before embarking on her voyage, called Mijn Verhaal (My Story). Miss Dekker said in blogs written during her voyage that she was so tired of   the controversy it had aroused in Holland that she might move abroad. She holds a New Zealand passport as she was born in New Zealand waters – on a boat – during a seven-year voyage made by her parents. She also hopes to work for conservation, after using her voyage to raise funds for the charity Sea Shepherd.

“The Occupy protest movement is turning its attentions to schools through a new educational outreach programme”

World War? “The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned of a 20-30% oil price spike if Iranian exports are disrupted” “Personal disasters, economic failures, unemployment and war; govern man’s fate. The ineptitude of government to grapple with the simplest of our social problems, buying a little (political time) time in the short-term”  ‘The Road to Serfdom’, F A Hayek. Beware, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery” Winston Churchill “I’ve always doubted that the socialists had a leg to stand on intellectually” Friedrich Hayek . The rip-off Banks, and the Eurolands government’s hopelessness to tackle the problem, Euro 40% overvalued – backwardness, if not now, in pity-less poverty and squalor. Years of inequality and regressive taxation the opposite is progressive taxation; so easy to achieve! And, “Nick Clegg will say later that he wants the coalition government to go “further and faster” in raising the pay level at which people start paying income tax to £10,000 a year. The deputy prime minister will argue that many families are at financial “boiling point” and need more relief. Mr Clegg is expected to say: “Today I want to make clear that I want the coalition to go further and faster in delivering the full £10,000 allowance, because the pressure on family finances is reaching boiling point. “These families have seen their earnings in relative decline for a decade, compared to those at the top. That has accelerated since 2008, with lower real wages and fewer hours at work.” He will argue that the coalition has raised capital gains tax and reduced tax breaks on pension funds “for the very rich”, while “clamping down” on tax avoiders to raise an extra £7bn a year”

“Worse than robbery, give it up! More Banks and many Financial Institutions will be shamed. They have set the world back 25 years, through their dodgy deals and poor economic foresight. A partnership with short-terminism amongst government; the cause of capitalist instability and a weakness of any egalitarian ideology, except for that of some ghastly horror story of mundane greed, has led to their lack of credibility in sponsors of the future. They should have been left to crash – the old regime (stuffiness and lack of positivity) is still strong. Don’t you feel that, after all our money that has been spent on them that every time you go to a Bank and ask them to sort out something: we seem to have become the criminals that they really are now and have been”

“Davos is used to bluster from political leaders. But when usually quietly spoken company bosses from all corners of the earth warn of “not a crisis, but a disaster,” when they call something a cancer in society,” you know we have a problem. The world, they say, is “sitting on a social and economic time bomb”. The world is plagued by youth unemployment. The numbers are stark: In some countries of the Arab world, up to 90% of 16-24 year olds are unemployed. In the United States the youth unemployment rate is 23%. In Spain nearly 50%. In the UK 22% Compulsory retirement at 50 (including: the removal of the UK’s ridiculous cancer of the House of Lords) – give way to the young and reform the State! Elderly Boomers Will be Different

Bicycling Boomers
UNLIKE THEIR PARENTS GENERATION , Boomers will be a market with very different characteristics. They exercise twice as much as previous generations. No bocci ball or badminton—no rocking chairs or vegitating in the desert sun.

They’ll continue to bike, hike, swim, sail, and ski—play softball and basketball. They’ll move to the mountains, beaches, islands, college towns— where the physical and intellectual action is. A survey by Del Web showed that half of them expect to  work at least part-time once they retire. And they’ll want offices in their homes—with highspeed internet connections for those two or more computers, which 40 percent of them already own. As LeRoy Hanneman, president and CEO of Del Web says…”Boomers should be called “Zoomers.” Read more: Growth opportunities. But here’s the good news. Just leave the rooms packed with bankers, regulators and economists, and you can’t shake off the feeling that they’re telling only half the story.

A large illuminated dragon in Chinatown in Singapore Will the year of the water dragon bring fortune?

One Davos session explored the opportunities for economic growth, and if the bosses of some of the world’s largest companies are to be believed, there are plenty. And the focus is on high-growth countries like Brazil and the emerging markets across Asia. “There are 1.8 billion people who can be called middle-class, of which 23% live in Asia. By 2030, 4.8 billion people will be middle-class, and 66% of that will be in Asia,” ventured the minister of an Asian government. And once people are in the middle class, they start to consume and drive economic growth. The proof is in the Magnum. She pointed to her own country, where Unilever had built a factory to make Magnum ice cream. After the first year, the output was running 1,000% above target. It is anecdotes like this that excite Western multinationals, although they also see the limits of growth. In a few years the earth’s population will hit 9 billion people, and “only if we build sustainable supply chains, eliminate waste during the creation and delivery of products… can we underpin the growth of these markets,” said the boss of one of the world’s largest companies. Despite the hope, the uncertainty remains. 2012 is the year of the water dragon, ventured a Chinese executive. “Water dragons bring fortune, but if there is too much water, you’ll drown.” And, In your wet dreams, ‘Magnum Sex’. And, “The Chinese community across the world has been celebrating the New Year, but how will China fare in the year of the dragon? The country is already doing pretty well, riding an economic wave which has become the envy of the world. So the critical questions for this year are can it all last and will China become a real, fully fledged super power? BBC Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman travelled to Beijing to find out” Ref, China does not have the problem of short-terminism in government – “The ineptitude of government to grapple with the simplest of our social problems, buying a little (political time) time in the short-term”  ‘The Road to Serfdom’, F A Hayek. Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) ‘Then as Now’! “London has always attracted the super rich – in the 1970s it was the oil money from the Gulf. In the 1980s it attracted Asian industrialists and financiers and then Russian Oligarchs. Even with a global economic downturn, the city is still benefitting, as BBC’s Aaron Heslehurst has been finding out” And, “House prices started the new year with a slight decline – falling by 0.2% in January compared with the previous month, according to the Nationwide. The only region where prices rose was London, up by 2.8% to an average price of £345,000. Prices fell fastest in the north-east of England where they dropped by 7.1%, bringing the regional average down to £99,000 for a home. Winkworth said there had been signs of more properties becoming available in early 2012 everywhere in London except central London, where instructions remained very low. “We expect to see prices in central London continuing to move upwards as buyers from the Far East and the Eurozone, looking to London as a safe haven for investment, fuel demand,” the firm said “The lazy Lord, who like a surfeited god, rides along on his high horse, casting now and then, an aristocratically indifferent glance at the mob below, as though they were swarming ants. Or, at all events, a mass of baser beings, whose joys and sorrows have nothing to do with his feelings. Yet, over the vulgar multitude, which sticks fast to the soil, soar like beings of higher nature (see, private jets) England’s nobility. They regard their little island as only a temporary resting place; Italy as their summer garden; Paris as their social saloon, and the whole world as their inheritance.” Of course, “If those who soar like beings of a higher nature” in our globalized world 2012, where one child dies of hunger or thirst, and vast populations are kept in ignorance, and slavery; those people (unless they are running on debt to improve the world poverty situation) must be considered to be international criminals, and their wealth should be forcibly removed – the young should learn ‘respect for authority is always wrong, and violence is sometimes right”. “My new BBC Radio 4  Mark Easton series, for which that question acts as the title ‘What are the police for?’ begins on Monday. At first glance, we think we know the answer: it is about fighting crime and keeping people safe. But a cocktail of major reform and budget cuts obliges politicians and police chiefs to be a bit more precise than that”

Teaching of Children in the UK  – presumably, this very poor philosophy, and lack of understanding of the ‘nature of the beast’ i.e., humankind, with its overriding devotion to conformity; is to try and prevent future evils by indoctrination and brainwashing, all being of the most simple kind. I don’t think much will be learnt, or has been learnt, by this foolish authority, or that this particular triteness will work – “The Academy Trust shall ensure that principles are promoted which support fundamental British values, including: respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England; respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes; support for equality of opportunity for all; support and respect for the liberties of all within the law; and respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs OR “But no, that’s not the way it is. To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he is doing is good, or else that it’s a well considered act, in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions. Macbeth’s self justifications were feeble and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb too! The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evil doers stopped short at a dozen corpses, because they had no ideology. Ideology, that’s what gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory, which helps to make his acts seem good, instead of bad, in his own and others eyes so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses, but will receive praise and honours. That was how the agents of the Inquisition fortified their wills by evoking Christianity, the conquerors of foreign lands by extolling the grandeur of their Motherland, the colonizers by civilisation, the Nazis by race, and the Jacobin’s (early and late) by equality, brotherhood, and the happiness of future generations. Thanks to ideology, the twentieth century was fated to experience evildoing on a scale calculated in the millions (250 mil – slaughtered). This cannot be derided, nor passed over, nor suppressed. What is the cure? See, Bronowski and science!

“Young people are growing up indifferent. They are acquiring the conviction that foul deeds are never punished on earth that they always bring prosperity.” Alexandra Solzhenitsyn.

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond
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