40th anniversary – Woodstock Music Festival

Read by Stuart Milligan. These three short stories were commissioned by Radio 4 to mark the 40th anniversary of the famous Woodstock Music Festival. With different themes reflecting that momentous time, We Are Stardust We Are Golden concludes with The Carpenter by Laura Barton. The story is told from the point of view of Mike, whose marriage to the woman he met at the festival has not worked out as they had both planned and hoped for. The dramatic events of one afternoon have him wondering what really happened to the girl he met there and whether things could have been different. Producer: Cherry Cookson A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lyf69 And, https://charleslizzy.com/2007/06/25/the-bath-festival-of-blues-and-progressive-music-1970/ ‘Brave New World’ 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://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/religion/moralmaze.shtml “Scientists have published the most detailed analysis to date of the human genome that will lead to new treatments” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19202141

“What is the smallest possible space in the universe? Science’s ongoing quest to find the smallest possible objects remains tantalisingly incomplete, as physicist Prof Andy Parker explains – In the end, the answers will be found in experiments, not in our imaginations.
Perhaps the most amazing thing we have discovered is the scientific method,
which allows us to pose and answer questions like “How small is the Universe?”.
Not bad for slightly evolved cavemen!” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19434856

Our problems can lie with far too much conformity (normality: ref, below, ‘Paralympic Games London 2012), what is needed, and so desperately to undo the great dangers of commonness’ (LCD, lowest common denominators: even, shallowness’), is greater individuality and greater un-normality; schools that waste their time teaching fairness, and all the varied, and sometimes, with very stupid forms of pseudo status quo’s, mixed with forms of mass religio claptrap – cornering, by the large religions, of the only, or, having the only, listed, ‘codes of moralities’, and with each form of religion having, of course; the best, only, format for the dogma – tightly disciplined and controlled. Often, is government; state propaganda to tow the line that can be often be blind to the most insidious forms corruption, greed, and even – appalling horrors (examples, ‘Ethnic Cleansing Rape’ is the most popular format in our 20 and 21st centuries; the rise of Nazism and Stalinism, so on…) – “It looks like a fairground game: a little girl and a puppet play together, using miniature fishing rods to hook tiny buckets of coins. But this is actually a psychological experiment. Its aim is to measure a very complex human concept – fairness. The game works like this: the puppet (with the aid of an adult puppeteer) and a three-year-old participant gather their hauls of little buckets. Then the child/puppet team is rewarded with stickers – one for each coin they have collected. We were very surprised to find sophisticated sharing behaviour already present in three-year-olds” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19421644 Note: “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 (some will say, ‘normal and normality’) . 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 million at least – slaughtered). This cannot be derided, nor passed over, nor suppressed! What is the cure? See, Bronowski and science, BBC DVD ‘The Ascent Of Man’  – Or, simply, go to – “The Paralympics started because of (only) one man – Dr Ludwig Guttmann, who pioneered the use of sport to help injured World War II soldiers being treated at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital. On 28 July 1948, Dr Guttmann turned his dream into a reality when the first Stoke Mandeville Games was held on the same day as the opening day of the Olympics in London. Initially, Dr Guttmann’s dream of his Games becoming an international event as big as the Olympics seemed very unlikely, but today we are witnessing the build up to the biggest Paralympic Games 2012 yet” http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/19422667 Or, learn that – Only Five Men, “Charles Darwin, Sir Charles Lyell, Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley, and Alfred Wallace, had evolved into the most creative and productive group in the wide area of Natural History in Great Britain. Without the others Charles Darwin knew his life would have been narrow and restrictive. Minus, the life giving fluids of friendship, constructive criticism, encouragement, and acceptance. Everything they thought and projected came partly from each other’s brain. Their hailstorm of letters, articles, monographs, and books, travelling all over the world, affording insights, and knowledge; educated an entire generation. Together they had “turned the world around”. Had changed the patterns of man’s thoughts about himself and the world he lived in, wiped out prejudice against those who were unorthodox in their religious beliefs, provided release from the rigid dogma of the Church, as well as escape from the power of the Clergy, Rabbi, or, Imam. And not only the hierarchy’s interlocking control of the schools, press, government, but the mass of the of the people who did not have the right to determine their daily lives. Now there was (some) hope for intellectual independence, the individual’s freedom from the shackles of dictatorial restraint. With man’s brain no longer encased in the iron chains of mythical belief, what wonders would he not accomplish. Becoming his own master, men would have freedom, which causes greatness” – Irving Stone, ‘The Origin’ https://charleslizzy.com/2005/11/23/they-turned-the-world-around/ And, BBC TV4 Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, Darwin’s Nightmare, Darwin’s Struggle: The Evolution of the Origin of Species. And, “The DNA of a cave girl who lived about 80,000 years ago has been analysed in remarkable detail. The picture of her genome is as accurate as that of modern day human genomes, and shows she had brown eyes, hair and skin. The research in Science also sheds new light on the genetic differences between modern humans and their closest extinct relatives. Dr Paabo said further investigation of changes in genes involved in connecting up the brain will be exciting to pursue. He told BBC News: “To me the most exciting thing is having a good genome from our very closest extinct relatives which we can now compare ourselves to”. “It’s a catalogue of what makes everyone on the planet unique compared with our closest extinct relatives.” The most detailed genetic analysis yet of the Denisovans also confirms that they bred with the ancestors of some people alive today, the researchers said. It shows that about 3% of the genes of people living today in Papua New Guinea come from Denisovans, with a trace of their DNA lingering in the Han and Dai people from mainland China. The genetic variation of Denisovans was very low, suggesting that although they were found in large parts of Asia their population remained small” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19423147

“Scientists have published the most detailed analysis to date of the human genome. They’ve discovered a far larger chunk of our genetic code is biologically active than previously thought. Dr Birney said: “This will help in our understanding of human biology. Many of the switches we have identified are linked to changes in risk for conditions
from heart disease to diabetes or mental illness. This will give researchers a whole new world to explore and ultimately, it’s hoped, will lead to new treatments” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19202141

“We promote: • freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and freedom of speech •women’s equality and reproductive rights •equal rights for LGBT people in all the European Union • a secular Europe – democratic, peaceful, open and just, with no privilege for religious or belief organisations …• one law for all, no religious exemptions from the law •state neutrality in matters of religion and belief
We oppose: •the privileged status of the churches under Article 17 of the TFEU (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union) •the privileged status of churches in countries where they are established •the special status of the Vatican at the United Nations and its economic and political privileges across Europe •state-funded religious schools” http://secular-europe-campaign.org/

“Arctic sea ice looks set to hit a record low by the end of the month, according to satellite data. Scientists at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center said data showed that the sea ice extent was tracking below the previous record low, set in 2007” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19330307 Scary, oh shit? “If one of the tipping points of climate change has been reached, such as, the full scale melting of the ice caps I calculate that within 40 years many countries due to sea levels rising will be very different, civilisation as we know it now could only have 80 years to go : London will be well underwater by that time. Then combine the drying up and resulting death of the rain forests, which could mean the end of all life on Earth within a 150 years” https://charleslizzy.com/2006/06/02/can-we-save-planet-earth-sir-david-attenborough/  And,”Large volumes of methane – a potent greenhouse gas – could be locked beneath the ice-covered regions of Antarctica, according to a new study” – March 2012, “Scientists told UK MPs this week that the possibility of a major methane release triggered by melting Arctic ice constitutes a “planetary emergency” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19410444 

Too far away, “Astronomers have claimed the existence of a new class of planet: a “water-world” with a thick, steamy atmosphere” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17117030

Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions – “As the sadly high % of young people are not in employment education or training (Neet). The problem seems to be; an ‘inherent part of our modern advanced capitalist system’, and should be recognised as such by government. With this humility, and in the recognition of the repetitive failures, by all types of governments: tough action should be taken. This should fall on local authorities (diversity of employment activity, facilities, training – reasons) applied by central government and in law. Local authorities should be heavily fined, or given an extremely strong incentive, to get every Neet that lives within its area (that registers – a check up made on Neets that don’t) to be given some form of employment, education or training (for a reasonable reward). The long-term waste, and cost, to the government and society, of the Neet problem, is unsustainable” http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/14714 Again, “one in six 16 to 24-year-olds in England were not in education, employment or training at the end of June this year, new figures show” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19342998

US President Barack Obama has led tributes to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, who died on Saturday at the age of 82. Mr Obama said on his Twitter feed: “Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19384330

“As we wait to see whether Mario Draghi and the European Central Bank will
tomorrow announce “whatever it takes” to save the euro (to use his resonant
phrase of last week), it is worth reminding ourselves of the eurozone’s
unhealthy lifestyle (forgive my anthropomorphising please)” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19077140 ‘Gone Viral’, Nigel Farge – a lot of uncomfortable, and no doubt, some very fat (living off the fat of the land) Euro bottoms http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN_1mF-3JTI

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! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ 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 http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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