A very ‘second hand’ contribution – Words from Je Suis Charlie, ‘Without free speech it would be like living like a rat’ http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/heartbreaking-cartoons-from-artists-in-response-to-the-ch?utm_term=.gk07KmodAN#.eeQ0vZnDzd Cartoonists from all over the world mourn in the wake of a Paris shooting that killed as many as 12 people, many of whom are members of Charlie Hebdo.
Acromegaly http://www.buzzfeed.com/findacure/17-things-youll-only-understand-if-you-have-a-rar-1bze2 What a lot of shit, from so many people! Is it possible to forgive them? I’ve at last, ‘come through’ being told so much rubbish, esp, by (some) Doctors; Teachers; Politicians; Peers; Parents; Relations; Loved Ones; take control of your condition, we all have one, or a (dreadful) something. Take time to have ‘the last laugh’, and so feel better, telling the know all, and the bossy ones to f… off!
‘Young minds understand ‘infinity’, older minds find it much more difficult’!http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02gfgfq Some quite marvellous and physically impossibly stories that deserve our utmost scrutiny. Most of these have been scrutinised by people for many centuries, including cartoons of Mohammed and pictured by faithful Moslem’s – it is only very recently that these have been considered in any way to be blasphemous (blasphemy; modern times: immaterial, and has only a medieval relevance)! An End To Blasphemy Laws In Europe http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f506ec535c3e750b66180af13&id=a58754cd31&e=fbce632bcc And, http://fairadmissions.org.uk/
Not a political point; a global statement – What is (now) not acceptable (a past bad example to all, and very especially to all young people) in this very new era of ‘Global Consciousness’ (The BBC are now updating their website on their past ban on publishing any cartoons and depictions of the prophet Mohammed, brought on by Je Suis Charlie) – “Religious/Denominational” – Mass, ‘Labelling of Children’
“Many of the church schools offer higher priority in their admissions policy for
applications made on religious/ faith grounds. For details of the evidence you
need to supply in order for your application to be considered under this criteria,
please check the admissions policy of the school you wish to apply for.
Admissions policies are available to view on-line at”: specific to my area, you may have this in your area, or not www.dorsetforyou.com/school-admissions/parents-guide-and-school-policies And, https://www.dorsetforyou.com/schools/admissions/parents-guide “We urgently need to raise consciousnesses on this issue,” said Richard Dawkins, Vice President of the BHA, President of RDFRS, and co-sponsor of the campaign. “Nobody would seriously describe a tiny child as a ‘Marxist child’; or an ‘Anarchist child’; or a ‘Post-modernist child’. Yet children are routinely labelled with the religion of their parents. We need to encourage people to think carefully before labelling any child too young to know their own opinions and our adverts will help to do that” https://charleslizzy.com/2009/11/18/universal-childrens-day-20th-nov-please-dont-label-me-let-me-grow-up/ And, from the BBC coverage of the Paris March ‘Je Suis Charlie’ 11/01/2015, “No one (should) care what particular religion you are, or have none; never ask this question, as it should (to anyone) never matter!” http://www.france24.com/en/20150113-charlie-hebdo-publishes-prophet-cartoon-cover/ And, http://www.secularism.org.uk/
“2014 was the warmest year on record, with global temperatures 0.68C (1.24F) above the long-term average, US government scientists have said” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30852588
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30784886 “The missing Mars robot Beagle2 has been found on the surface of the Red Planet, apparently intact”.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30859411 “The European Space Agency needs to find a new way for images and other data acquired by its science missions to come out into the public domain”.
‘No Government’; ‘No People’; ‘No Religion’; ‘No Ideology’; has any ‘credibility’, at all, with this going on in the World. Probably, this the best thing you will ever do – join! Ref, ‘The Global Gullibility Index’, are you a part of a statistic for this index? One of the 1% (richest – ‘Sovereign Wealth Fund’) said, “The ‘pitchforks’ are coming if we don’t change our ways, immediately!” http://www.oxfam.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/find-an-action/even-it-up Islam and Money: Davos; Oxfam vs Inequality (the worst figures ever, in our human history) – The vast amounts of wealth (the most expensive houses in England, with cellars stacked with gold) stored up by the ‘oil rich’ Arabs, over 50% (Asia) of their poorest can’t read or write; the Sovereign Wealth Funds are vast! ‘Muslims believed that gold and silver must circulate, and this circulation, called rawaj, was a social and religious duty. Hoarding gold and silver was forbidden by the Qur’an’: “Those who store up gold and silver and do not spend them in the way of God, tell them of a painful chastisement!” The cosmographer al-Qawini, writing only a decade or so after the minting of the first florin, says: “Gold is the noblest of the blessings of Almighty God upon his servants, for it is the foundation of the affairs of this world and brings order to the affairs of mankind…. With silver and gold coins, everything can be bought and sold. They must circulate, unlike other forms of wealth, for it is not desirable for anyone to accumulate silver and gold…. Anyone who stores them up destroys the wisdom created by God, just as if one imprisoned the qadi of a town and prevented him from carrying out his duties toward the people.” How ‘two faced’ is this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwZ6kaKEdJs “The British Humanist Association presents internationally renowned philosopher, writer, psychologist, and American Humanist Association’s 2011 Humanist of the Year, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein for an intimate discussion on her newest book, Plato At The Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away”. And, https://charleslizzy.com/2008/11/18/notes-for-a-lecture-on-philosophy-trident-missiles-pornography-sex-shops-100-million-or-more-terrifying-deaths/
#Davos2015 ‘Get Real’ all of the ‘apologists’ for (the useless – to the people) Nations; Economics; Ideologies; Gods
Holocaust Day – To be silent about it, ‘you are (become) complicit’!
“Fascist ideology has its roots in the writings of Rousseau, Fichte, and the quiet Professor Nietzsche (1844-1900). Nietzsche wrote “The object is to attain that enormous energy of greatness, which can model the man of the future by means of discipline, and also, by means of the annihilation of millions, and which, can yet avoid going to ruin at the sight of the suffering created thereby, the like of which has never been seen before… A new vast aristocracy based upon the most severe self-discipline, in which, the will of philosophical men of power and artist-tyrants will be stamped upon for thousands of years”.
Adolf Hitler thought it great stuff and modelled his life on it, “If men will read my works” Nietzsche wrote, “A certain percentage of them inspired by my philosophy, can preserve and restore ‘Aristocracy’, with themselves as ‘Aristocrats’. In this way they will achieve a fuller life than they can have as servants of the people”. It is evident that some ambitious and intelligent men did indeed read his works and were inspired by them, and put theory into practice. From the 1967 to 1974 ‘The Era of the Greek Colonels’, to the present rulers of many modern states. I submit to you that the philosophy of Professor Nietzsche of Basel is still alive and well! Some, ‘religionists’, ‘companies’, and ‘political leaders’, and some of our ‘teachers’, love this ideology, and the harsh self-discipline that goes with it. Today!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-31002598 “An ancient solar system similar to our own has been discovered by scientists. Studying data from the Kepler telescope, the team, led by the University of Birmingham, found a star orbited by five planets similar in size to Earth. The system, 117 light years away, is the oldest known of its kind, formed 11.2 billion years ago”.
Two brothers, off across the Atlantic on a very small yacht. I couldn’t go due to an urgent hospital operation https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1422579428&v=CvNErDCZYiw&x-yt-cl=85114404 I would of liked to of gone, taking on the impending and inevitable fact, for all, of getting older by doing some of this!
“The capital amassed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through various forms of slave economy is still in circulation, said De Jong, still bearing interest, increasing many times over and continually burgeoning anew.”
― W.G. Sebald. Is there ‘no escape’ from all the iniquities (immoral & unfairness) of our history? My (very) personal answer, “Only in our science (Latin for knowledge)”.
“Scientists on Europe’s Planck satellite say the first stars lit up the Universe later than was previously thought. The team has made the most precise map of the “oldest light” in the cosmos. Earlier observations of this radiation had suggested the first generation of stars were bursting into life by about 420 million years after the Big Bang. Planck’s new data now indicates this great ignition was well established by some 560 million years after it all got going. “This difference of 140 million years might not seem that significant in the context of the 13.8-billion-year history of the cosmos, but proportionately it’s actually a very big change in our understanding of how certain key events progressed at the earliest epochs,” said Prof George Efstathiou, one of the leaders of the Planck Science Collaboration” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31145520
Twitter: ”Prince Charles, UK, GB, Chieftain of aristocracy, visits Jordan. Educated in ignorance, mythology & superstition; wonders why?, radical Brit’s Jihad’.
“Only ‘useless knowledge’ is capable of exposing the purpose and nature of the machine to rational enquiry about the life support machine in which he/she and his children live, breathe, and have their being” Bertrand Russell “all else (is mostly) bunkum and deceit” Leo Tolstoy after he had ‘grown up’, and realised the monstrous God’s! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2O5iVBltbI
At last, their iron grip, is somewhat being diminished, at last – https://humanism.org.uk/2015/02/05/rowan-williams-heads-religious-leaders-call-fair-study-humanism-schools/
“Scientists say they have gained new insight into what lies at the very centre of the Earth” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31322817
Large Hadron Collider – “A senior researcher at the Large Hadron Collider says a new particle could be detected this year that is even more exciting than the Higgs boson. The accelerator is due to come back online in March after an upgrade that has given it a big boost in energy” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31476337
Supposed to be the best article – http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/02/on-the-impossibility-of-fighting-isis/385530/
European Commission re-opens investigation into whether UK ‘faith’ school laws break European employment laws as UK Government shifts position
The European Commission has re-opened its case into whether ‘faith’ schools break European employment law by giving ‘preference’ to teachers of a particular religion even when religion is not a genuine requirement to do the job. The law is fairly cut-and-dry at European level and we’re hopeful that this will go our way and bring real change to the discrimination we see across the ‘faith’ school sector.
Humanist blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death by Islamic fundamentalists in Dhaka https://humanism.org.uk/2015/02/27/humanist-blogger-avijit-roy-hacked-death-islamic-fundamentalists-dhaka/
Humans back 400,000 years https://charleslizzy.com/2007/09/02/the-prehistoric-mind-how-did-prehistoric-man-think-the-primitive-mind-2/ And http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31718336 1) Episodic Stage – Primate cognition 2) Mimetic Stage – 4 million to 400,000 years (peaking with Homo erectus) 3) Mythic Stage – first use of complex language – 500,000 years to the present (peaking with Homo sapiens) 4) Material Symbolic Stage. Leslie White recognised this as defining the ‘importance in human culture’ (icons of religious faith, amongst the many other symbols) 5) Theoretic Stage. Donald calls this ‘institutionalised paradigmatic thought’ (writing – ‘massive external memory storage’). A better and more detailed explanation can be found in Colin Renfrew’s fascinating book ‘Prehistory’.
“Lord Dobbs of Wylye – Michael Dobbs, creator of House of Cards – examines the UK’s tradition of public service broadcasting (BBC), and asks whether in a rapidly changing broadcast market, public service broadcasters will continue to play an important role in our culture and society into the future” http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05534nw/royal-television-society-huw-wheldon-memorial-lecture-public-service-broadcasting-a-house-of-cards If we got rid of the BBC, something like it, would be set up again, at a much greater cost to all of us!
The Anthropocene – a new geological time period that marks the “Age of man” – began in 1610, a study suggests (1492 Columbus). More interesting: “Humans are possibly the weirdest species to have ever lived. We have freakishly big brains that allow us to build complicated gadgets, understand abstract concepts and communicate using language. We are also almost hairless with weak jaws, and struggle to give birth. How did such a bizarre creature evolve?” http://www.bbc.com/earth/bespoke/story/20150311-the-15-tweaks-that-made-us-human/index.html
I know, I was one of the first people on the dial up internet. It is our duty to fill it up – why?, “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes” http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05p9tvt/the-richard-dimbleby-lecture-30032015
BHS – “We were also very lucky to have worked with Terry on a range of issues. As our patron he lobbied with us against ‘faith’ schools, filmed videos about Humanism for teachers to use in schools, and, after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he became a public face for our longstanding campaign to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill and incurably suffering.
Just last year, he took part in our open letter to the Prime Minister, rebuking him for his damaging assertion that Britain was a ‘Christian country’. He also submitted testimony in favour of assisted dying as part of our intervention at the Supreme Court case of Tony Nicklinson and Paul Lamb, making a powerful plea for the right to die.
Truly, Terry was someone who lived a good life, spreading a great deal of joy and happiness, even transforming his own suffering into a cause for the betterment of all society. We are eternally grateful for all his work, and can only say that we will miss him and that our thoughts are with his loved ones”.