How interesting to stand back and watch the politicians promise the earth in order to gain power!

How interesting to stand back and watch the politicians promise the earth in order to gain power!

It is quite apparent that none of the politicians, apart from possibly the Greens, are at all bothered about what is best for the country (or the planet). They are trying bribe after bribe in order to sway people to vote for them so that they can gain power.

Power, like wealth, is a terribly addictive thing.

The election brings it to the surface and it is naked for all to see; their lust for power trumps all common sense. They will try anything to gain power. They will lie, scare, misrepresent and blatantly try to buy your votes.

It is quite obscene.

It takes a certain type of psychopath to be a politician!

It’s all short-term, all ideological, all planned out to gain votes. It  does not matter what is right or wrong, best for anyone or makes sense. It’s a big psychological game!

Quite nasty really!

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Our lives are pebbles in a still pond – we make waves.

Our lives are pebbles in a still pond – we make waves.

Ripples

I believe a person’s life is like a stone thrown into a pond. It generates ripples.

Those ripples can be a force for good

Or they can be a force for evil.

We swim in the ripples we all create.

Some people’s lives barely brush the surface

While others generate huge tidal waves that sweep history along

If there are enough of us our waves build together in harmony.

I aim to make as many ripples as I can with my short life

My waves may be small but they lap out against everyone and spark other ripples

They can become as big as tsunamis and carry all before them

Our ripples build the zeitgeist in which we all are formed

All of us are moulded

Some help form the mould

Together we can change the world for the better

Here – I throw another pebble in

See the ripples spread.

Here – share my pebbles.

Poetry – Death – a poem of fulfilment wrested from each precious second.

Poetry – Death – a poem of fulfilment wrested from each precious second.

Life is measured in seconds. I have no belief is anything after. I opened my eyes into a wondrous universe. My purpose is to make each second as full and purposeful as I possibly can. I want to wrest as much out of it, enjoy, create and experience, to squeeze the sponge of life until each drop is savoured.

Each second is precious for our life after is as our life before. That’s OK.

Death

If you live with me

You’ll never live

Far from death

Liquid torrents in my veins

The skies

The rock

The water

Stalking my dreams

My death will be unique

Fantastic and terrible

Complete

Without hope

That must drive your life

Death that is oblivion

Each second stolen

From the void

Each thought

A universe

Each day

A life

When you live with me

You live with life

That burns.

Opher 10.9.99

Poetry – Believers – A poem about religious fanaticism.

Poetry – Believers – A poem about religious fanaticism.

 

Believers

Madmen pose with

Hardware exposed

To elevate their egos

To eternity.

Foolish fools

Believing silly rules,

Eschewing girls from schools

Inflamed with

Dreams of glory.

Endorphins rage

Through synapses

Of the brave.

Adherents ecstatic

With grave zeal

and brotherhood

Of unity;

All built on a book

Of lunacy.

Opher 4.7.2015

Everywhere I look around the world and through the depths of history I see excited young men clutching weapons in one hand and sacred books or political treaties in the other all wild-eyed and crazed; all joined by a cause; all eager to impose their vision on the world.

They butcher and torture until they themselves are numb, callous and cold and their Messianic fire has corrupted into sadistic futility.

All are assured of one thing – their cause is inevitably short-lived. We have seen the crusades, Jihads, Pol Pot, Hitler, Rwanda, and a thousand other massacres, genocides and causes as religions and regimes rise and rapidly fall.

It does not stop the fanaticism. Fascism and the adrenaline of brotherhood of war is a powerful aphrodisiac. It fires the belly and confounds the senses. The crazed believers are prepared to lay down their lives for their pointless cause.  They are easy to recruit and indoctrinate – point and they will go,

It all harks back to those tribal days of young men on hunting parties whose lives depended on their skills, bravery and willingness to support each other in a common aim – whether that be fighting off a ferocious wild cat or bringing down a dangerous buffalo.

Young men, befuddled by hormones, eager for status and glory, easily drawn to a cause, are always gullible.

Young women, equally befuddled, seeking father’s for the eggs they store, are attracted to the strongest. They support the craziness – always gullible.

We are so primitive. We are transparent. Our intelligence, helplessness and stupidity are our constant downfall.

Perhaps one day women will be attracted to men for their neuronal skills and compassion rather than their muscle and brute force. The world would be a different place.

Tower of London Poppies – The 1st World War 1914-1918

Tower of London Poppies – The 1st World War 1914-1918

The sea of red poppies at the Tower of London were a powerful reminder of the senseless industrial slaughter of human beings.

10 million military personnel were butchered by high explosive.

7 million civilians were also killed in violently.

The poppy was adopted to remind us of the gruesome stupidity of war where weaponry has now reached a sophistication where a missile can be targeted from thousands of miles away and kill thousands of people, where a nuclear device can kill millions. There is nothing heroic about it
The poppy is a reminder that there are better ways. Violence is primitive behaviour.

It is also salutary to consider that the flu epidemic that followed the first World War killed between 20 and 40 million – more than were killed in both World Wars.

Perhaps we should be putting our efforts into solving the population explosion before the next virus disposes of us!

Build a better zeitgeist!

Mass Migration into Europe and the USA.

In recent times we have seen huge numbers of desperate people trying to get into Europe and the USA.

It is clear to me that a nation does need security of its borders. We cannot just keep taking an endless stream of people. Mass migration is a huge problem.

But instead of just focusing on the problem perhaps it is necessary to look at the cause and deal with that.

What is driving these people to want to go through immense hardship to get to Europe or the USA?


It couldn’t be anything to do with:

Overpopulation?
Gross inequality?
Climate change?
Unemployment?
Lack of opportunity?
Starvation? 
Droughts?
Wars?

Could it?

Perhaps the answer is to think more globally and set about solving these issues? Then there might not be desperate people risking life and limb to move halfway round the world.

D-Day and Berliners by Roy Harper.

I think it is appropriate on this day of the commemoration of the landing of our troops in Normandy seventy five years ago to play a song that I would normally associate with the November Remembrance Day.

I hate war. I think there are many better ways. But sometimes, when we get it horribly wrong, we have to resort to it.

The extreme right-wing fascism of the Nazis was such an occasion. The Nazis with their tyrannical  brutality and racism should never have been allowed to come to power. But having achieved it they had to be crushed. Their ideas of racial supremacy, their anti-Semitism (which murdered 6 million Jews), and their desire for world domination, were repugnant to all civilised people.

My father fought in Italy against the Nazi scourge.

I, like everyone else, am both grateful and in awe of the bravery and sacrifice of the men who stormed those beaches. We all owe them a big debt. But I, like Roy, wonder at the things that lay behind it. The class system and elite still exist and exploit. The system is not fair. Nothing changed.

After that war alliances and trading partnerships were forged to prevent us ever having such a terrible war again. The United Nation, the European Union and NATO were the result. Better to Jaw Jaw than War War. They have resulted in a more unified Europe with much sharing, understanding and collaboration.

Lately this security is increasingly under threat. All these institutions – NATO, the UN and the EU are under threat. They may well be flawed. They may well be costly. There may be fraud and corruption. It might be a gravy train. But, from my perspective, the alternative is far worse. We’re throwing out the baby with the bath water.

There are fascists and racists marching on our streets again. Right-wing fascists are becoming mainstream. We think respect and liberalism, tolerance and PC are rude words. We are building walls again. We are tearing down our collaborations and institutions. We are becoming isolationist.

It seems ironic to me that the American President is one who represents these isolationist and anti-liberal values. It feels like having the KKK in charge of America. He appears to have more in common with the Nazi’s than with the allies who stormed those beaches yet he is presiding over this ceremony.

Roy put the words of Laurence Binyon to music and added his own verses. The result is chilling.

Lest we forget what those brave men fought for!

They fought against right-wing fascism!

They fought for liberty and freedom from tyranny.

They fought against racism, brutality and persecution of races or people – be that Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists or Christians.

They fought for lasting peace and security.

They fought for a better world, a fairer world.

They did not fight for walls, separation, greed, or isolation.

They shall not grow old, as we are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them

They built a wall boys, it stayed up for thirty years
We’ve torn it down now, clattering round their ears
You know how it is, with spirit(s)
They just couldn’t hold us
Brothers and sisters

The world you died for, was all but a pack of lies
It had to fall down, and keep on falling
You gave us the world they promised you
And in the morning
We are the flowering
We are the flowering youth
Berliners

Accountability – that is what is lacking!

Accountability – that is what is lacking!

 

Back at the time of the economic crash were enough people made accountable for their actions?

Did a raft of British and American politicians get hauled before the courts and imprisoned for their irresponsible actions?

They introduced policies that took the brakes off the bankers. They reduced supervision and controls. Their actions led directly to the crash.

How many of them have been held accountable? How many have been locked up?

Once the controls were taken off them the bankers began behaving in an irresponsible manner. There were deals on housing, selling on of worthless shares, and the gleaning of huge bonuses without a thought for tomorrow. When it became clear that their loans were not going to be repaid the whole system crashed.

How many of them were held accountable? How many were fined or locked up?

When Cameron and Osbourne decided to make the poor pay for the crash, created by themselves and the bankers, by bringing in austerity, slashing public services, social services and pensions (while allowing the bankers their excessive bonuses and pay) where they ever held accountable for the deaths that resulted?

When they thought up the slogan – ‘we’re all in it together’ – before sloping off to their obscenely well-paid futures, did anybody hold them personally responsible?

When Cameron and Osbourne decided to run a referendum that has cost the country countless billions and caused mayhem and division, have they been held accountable?

 

It seems to me that accountability is only imposed on the small people – the nurses, doctors and teachers, the social workers and police. When something goes wrong they are (rightly) hauled over the coals while the people responsible for the big stuff go free. They are never accountable.

The sort of person I am! Part 1.

Anybody who checks out this blog will know exactly the sort of person I am. I hold nothing back. For me it has always been about communication. If you do not reveal your inner self you cannot really connect. It is compulsive and can be highly problematical. People do not like too much honesty.

I am an idealistic but not a perfectionist. I believe in making things better not perfect. I believe that we can and do improve things. History proves that.

I am green. I believe we have to care for this small planet. It’s a life-raft travelling through the hostile desert of space. It is fragile and only we humans are in a position to either act as guardians or destroyers of this paradise. It is in our hands. It is also in the balance. All the animals and plants are in our life-boat. We’re presently hacking through the bottom of the boat with an axe to get wood to keep warm.

I think that the biggest threat to the planet is the overpopulation crisis that is propelling the mass destruction of wilderness and plant and animal life. We are so prolific and stupid that we are wantonly destroying our own life support system.

I believe in people but they always let you down. They are capable of so much love, compassion, altruism and empathy but then they go and vote for Trump, May and Hitler, spend their lives watching crap on TV and buying Pop garbage.

I stand full square for equality, fairness, justice, peace, love, non-violence and political activation.

I stand for universal human rights in the face of religious fundamentalism, corporate greed, political extremism, tyranny and the on-going pressure to create blandness. I put my faith in the United Nations charter of Human Rights. I would like the world run by the United Nations and do away with the outmoded tribal nonsense of countries. That shouldn’t be too hard to achieve.

I love animals more than people. You know what their intent is. They are not so devious.

I believe in freedom but not too much. I do believe that we need laws. I do not believe in anarchy. Anarchy gives power to a small group of violent manipulators. I believe power should be restricted.

I do not believe most politicians have our interests at heart. Many mentally ill people seek power. Our board-rooms and political offices are full of power-seeking sociopaths, psychopaths and paranoid schizophrenics. Hence the world is being run for short term profit and long term loss. Hence we have warmongering, nuclear bombs, escalation, religious fanatics, political fanatics, genocide and assured mutual destruction.

I do not sanction endless expansion and economic growth. That is causing the destruction of the planet.

I do not think it is right that a tiny percentage of people own so much of the world’s wealth. These greedy people exert huge amounts of power to control, bribe, buy off and direct politicians. Hence the world’s mad dash towards apocalypse. I believe in fairness. It is not right that the world is ruin for the benefit of this small elite at the expense of billions. The Third World is deliberately kept in poverty and starvation because it suits the markets to do so. People make money out of it. They make money out of war. They make money out of misery. It needs to change. There is no reason on earth why everyone on this planet needs to starve or live in poverty. That is deliberately being engineered.

I do not believe that capitalism is the best model for creating peace, fairness and harmony. It promotes greed and selfishness. I do not see ‘trickle-down’ ever working.

I do not believe in God. I’ve seen all the arguments and I think it is all wishful thinking. There is a huge cultural indoctrination programme that ensnares children. Once they have been brain-washed they are stuck with it for life.

I believe there is a vicious, misogynistic culture present in the Arabic Judeo-Christian-Islamic philosophy has created misery, genocide, sexual repression, holocausts, Jihads, poverty, crusades and torture. Hinduism is just as bad. It is time we put it in the past with all the other superstition.

If prayer had any value we would not see all the highly religious cultures around the world living in the most abject poverty. If religion was such a strong moral force for good we would not see such cynical misuse of power by supposedly pious individuals, involved in slavery, exploitation of workers, cruelty, torture, inciting violence, organising crusades and jihads, planting bombs, sex abuse, flying planes into buildings and generally relishing their power.

Life is my religion. I have my eyes open to a wondrous universe. The world is full of beauty. Life is miraculous. I do not need a creator, after-life and mysticism to bolster that up. To live forever is a farcical notion in my opinion. The idea of Heaven and hell is obscene – eternal punishment or reward??? An idea born of humans, out of fear of death, that is flawed.  I miss my loved ones but I wouldn’t even want to live with them forever.

Part two of the thoughts of Chairman Opher will follow when the urge grabs me.

How to change the world for the better! Easy steps!

How to change the world for the better! Easy steps!

The first step is to acknowledge that things are not so bad as they might be:

  • We are not dead
  • We are not starving
  • We are not at war
  • Hardly anyone has been killed by terrorism
  • We are quite comfortable
  • We are not cold
  • We are not in great danger
  • Our children and grandchildren are safe
  • If we need help we will be taken care of

In fact we are exceedingly lucky when compared to the conditions most of the world lives in!

The second step is to realise that most of the things we worry about do have solutions:

  • Islamic terrorism will be defeated
  • War in Syria/Libya/Iraq/Afghanistan will come to an end
  • The environment can be protected
  • Poaching of rhino and elephants can be stopped
  • Overpopulation can be dealt with
  • Global corporations can be controlled
  • Inequality and poverty can be addressed
  • Racism, sexism and xenophobia can be addressed
  • We can create global legislation
  • We can enforce global laws
  • We can prevent and cure cancer and heart disease
  • We can set up a colony on Mars and the Moon

All it takes is the will. Some of the things are hard but they are not impossible.

The third step is to recognise that there are a lot of things that are much better now:

  • We have had peace in Europe for the longest time in history
  • We do not have marauders coming through killing us
  • We live comfortably without great threat
  • We are not cold and hungry
  • We have a much better standard of living than our parents and grandparents
  • We can travel the world
  • Violence and murder is on the decrease
  • Racism and sexism are being addressed
  • There is no systematic cruelty to animals – dog fighting, badger baiting, cock fighting
  • We have welfare and support for those in need
  • We live in far greater comfort
  • We live longer
  • Education is much better

We have a tendency to think that things were better in the past. But they weren’t. Looking back over the last three hundred years you can see the journey we have made. We have become more civilised.

Over the next hundred years we can, via the internet and education, create a quantum leap forward.

The fourth step is to help build that change in mass psychology – the new positive zeitgeist:

  • To be optimistic
  • To highlight the problems and issues that need addressing
  • To harry and force politicians to act
  • To provide a positive force for change
  • To be outward looking, full of compassion and realism

In future posts I will outline my thinking on how to deal with all of the major issues besetting us. They are all able to be solved.