Millionaires – Phat Bollard – A Protest Song with humour – for now!

Eddie Bewsher  put me on to this great protest song from this busking band – full of humour and laced with truth.

I thought it was brilliant. I wish it was on CD!!

Oh – it is available on CD – or streaming – you can get it from here:

https://phatbollard.bandcamp.com/

Millionaires – Phat Bollard

I don’t give to the big issue seller cause he’s probably on heroin
I walk past him with a grin and if I can I kick his dog
No, I don’t give to the busker
He’s talentless and lazy
He’s ruining the country
I think he should get a job
Instead, I give my money to:
Walmart for its tax evasion
Primark for its child labor
Texaco for the next invasion
I don’t give a fuck about you
I give my money to the millionaires (x2)
I give all my money to the millionaires and I don’t give a fuck about you
No, I don’t give to the beggar
That’s what I pay my taxes for
The government should shove him through the door, of a prison cell or a hospital
I don’t give to the homeless pisshead
He’ll blow it all on booze instead
Such a waster, doesn’t deserve a bed
What do you mean? “Welfare is dead “
Because I give my money to:
Walmart for its tax evasion
Primark for its child labor
Texaco for the next invasion
Don’t give a fuck about you
I give my money to the millionaires (x2)
I give all my money to the millionaires that don’t give a fuck about you
I give my money to Starbucks in case they get hard up
BP cause making a living ain’t easy
Barclays cause they look after me and I don’t give a fuck about you
I give my money to the millionaires (x2)
I give all my money to the millionaires and I don’t give a fuck about you

There – you can sing along!!!

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50 Years since the Moon Landing – Gil Scott Heron – Whitey’s On The Moon

Gil makes some valid points here. There’s always enough money for political projects – like the space race, war or creating billionaires, but there’s never enough to deal with poverty, healthcare, education, or to clean up the ghettos.

We still have racial inequality, soup kitchens, people sleeping under flyovers and innocents being bombed.

Perhaps they should find some money to deal with these things too!

“Whitey On The Moon”

A rat done bit my sister Nell
With Whitey on the moon
Her face and arms began to swell
And Whitey’s on the moonI can’t pay no doctor bills
But Whitey’s on the moon
Ten years from now I’ll be paying still
While Whitey’s on the moon

You know, the man just upped my rent last night
Cause Whitey’s on the moon
No hot water, no toilets, no lights
But Whitey’s on the moon

I wonder why he’s uppin’ me?
Cause Whitey’s on the moon?
Well i was already given him fifty a week
And now Whitey’s on the moon

Taxes takin’ my whole damn check
The junkies make me a nervous wreck
The price of food is goin up
And if all that crap wasn’t enough
A rat done bit my sister Nell
With Whitey on the moon

Her face and arms began to swell
And Whitey’s on the moon

With all that money i made last year
For Whitey on the moon
How come I ain’t got no money here?
Hmm, Whitey’s on the moon

You know I just about had my fill
Of Whitey on the moon
I think I’ll send these doctor bills
airmail special
(To Whitey on the moon)

Trump’s racism – a strategy explained.

So why has Trump come out with these vitriolic racist comments??

  • He’s deliberately trying to ramp up the division
  • He trying to stir up his base
  • He’s trying to paint all democrats as extremists
  • He’s suggesting Democrats don’t love their country
  • He’s using hate as an activator
  • He’s trying to suggest that the Democrats are not true Americans
  • He’s deliberately planting negative subliminal messages about terrorism, immigrants, and Islam into the minds of his base
  • He’s trying to associate the Democrats with the more extreme views

This is precisely what the fascists did.

Will he get away with it?

Yes he might. He will connect with the fears of a lot of Americans who believe these things. He is pumping them up.

What will be the outcome?

More division. More hatred. More power to racists and fascists.

What should we do?

Oppose this vile strategy as much as we can. Using race in these un-presidential tweets is repulsive and simply wrong. Never in modern times have we seen such crass behaviour!! All right-minded people should be sickened!

Trump is really desperately trawling the depths. The saddest thing is that so many Americans agree with him.

 

Dalai Lama – A World Religious leader talking sense!

Dalai Lama – A World Religious leader talking sense!

‘Nowadays, we are confronted by a huge gap between rich and poor. This is not only morally wrong, but practically a mistake. It leads to the rich living in anxiety and the poor living in frustration, which has the potential to lead to more violence. We have to work to reduce this gap. It’s truly unfair that some people should have so much while others go hungry.’ Dalai Lama 2015.

It is this lust for wealth and power that is fuelling nearly all the problems in the world. On one side we have billions living in poverty, starvation and war and on the other we have the superrich with their yachts, mansions, lear jets, limos and servants. Even within the wealthy countries there is an obscene division. The bankers with their millions of pounds bonuses and the food banks.

We have nature being destroyed with deforestation and strip mining as people strive for more wealth. We see everything that moves being slaughtered for food. We have the billions so desperate that they risk their lives to cross continents. We have war and religious fanatics being armed by billionaires.

I think the Dalai Lama was spot on. It is the huge inequality that is fuelling war, poverty and destruction. It is time we sorted out a better world system that is fairer and more equal.

Mass Migration and the solution!

In the past days over 1200 desperate people, including women and children, have drowned trying to escape Africa and seek sanctuary in Europe.

In the States migrants are walking thousands of miles to escape poverty, violence and political tyrants. They are braving hardship, disease, violence and death to gain a future.

They are fleeing war, poverty, starvation, disease, unemployment, climate change and despair.

Who can blame them? If we were in their plight we would do the same.

It is better to risk your life in a rickety, overcrowded boat, for days at sea rather than stay in the country of their birth. It is worth it to walk thousands of miles to gain a job and a future for your children.

Unfortunately this is the direct result of political decisions, greed, foreign policy, selfishness and deliberate exploitation and is driven by ignorance.

Western wars in Libya, Despotic madness in Eritrea, the insane barbarity of ISIS, the lawless nightmare of Somalia, endless conflict in Palestine and the civil war in Syria have conspired to create desperation.

Corrupt regimes and tyrants in Central America and South America have been propped up by the CIA for political gain or economic advantage.

How much of this is due to direct Western policies? To overthrow Gadafi? Invade Afghanistan and Iraq? Allow the Palestinian situation to fester? Exploit Africa for cheap labour, oil and resources? To control Central and South America?

War, conflict and poverty create good business. You can sell lots of arms to all sides, exploit starving people for cheap labour, use the corruption in countries to gain land, resources and markets.

The wealthy like inequality. It creates better profits.

The powerful like conflict. They can set one side against another and sit back to watch them tear each other apart.

This world is being run for power and profit by people with vested interests. They are creating a powder keg of frustration, anger and resentment that is likely to explode in all our faces.

This is the tip of the ice-berg. The rampant population explosion in Africa is going to cause destruction and mayhem unless we deal with it quickly.

There are populations accelerating out of control; families of twelve or more children. There is starvation, war, disease and no jobs. What are they going to do?

It is obvious. They are going to try to get to somewhere that is safe, secure and with hope for the future. They will do anything to escape the butchery, disease and hopelessness.

As intelligent apes it is time we looked globally and took steps to sort this mess out. Opher has the answer:

  • Reduce world population substantially (birth control programmes, sickness benefit, old age pensions)
  • Stamp out corruption
  • Create a fair equal world where there s a fair distribution of wealth
  • Stop all wars through the United Nations intervention
  • Make health, clean water and sufficient food a right for everyone
  • Counter the religious madness that is causing war and encouraging people to breed like rabbits
  • Stop the greed and selfishness that is making many billionaires at the expense of millions
  • Bring in global standards to protect the environment, stop pollution and prevent people and multinational exploiting the weak
  • Take action against global warming.

If we solve the problems on a global basis we will not have war, starvation, disease, overpopulation and unemployment that leads to mass migration.

If we do not tackle the overpopulation crisis and environmental disaster we will have a terrible future for everyone and every other living thing on this planet!

Walls won’t keep them out! Solve the problem at the roots.

We need a fairer world!  Vote Opher for World Governor!

Megan Papinoe – a woman of integrity.

Praise to Megan for standing up for her rights and principles. She refuses to sing the anthem or put her hand on heart because she does not believe the country, under this administration, is inclusive enough. She does not believe it represents her, other LBGT or races.

She is the top scorer, the woman of the tournament and a role model to all Americans.

The pressure must be immense.

She is refusing to visit the Whitehouse or acknowledge a system and a President that she believes is flawed!

Good for her!! She is a courageous woman of principle.

Looters – Leon Rosselson

Leon is the Ken Loach of music. Nobody else puts their finger on the political pulse of how the actions of politicians and the wealthy impact on the poor in anywhere near a degree of effectiveness as Leon. With a rare mixture of humour, pathos and social comment he is constant in his championing of the needy.

Leon is now in his 80s, still gigging every now and again, and is an inspiration to anyone who wants social justice! Nobody comes close!

Why aren’t there others? In this time of desperate need why are there not young people protesting about the gross inequality?? Why aren’t people up in arms at the enforced austerity? Why aren’t they screaming about the greedy bankers and executives who are creaming off the top while the poor suffer!! Why???

As for the looters – well – what’s revered for the rich is damned for the poor!!

According to Leon it’s because they’ve got their football and Strictly Come Dancing and can’t be bothered!!

This album has some brilliant thought-provoking stuff.

Everyone should buy it and start putting up barricades.

Pol Pot – Cambodia’s mass murderer – Security Prison 21 – Tuol Sleng – Site of torture and genocide. The Killing Fields.

Pol Pot – Cambodia’s mass murderer – Security Prison 21 – Tuol Sleng – Site of torture and genocide. The Killing Fields.

There is a madness and hysteria that grips people sometimes. It turns normally pleasant ordinary people into crazed torturers capable of doing the most terrible things.

The Cambodian people were some of the most friendly I have met.

The people carrying out these tortures and killings were brutal, callous devils.

Pol Pot did not start out as a crazed evil psychopath. He was an idealistic freedom fighter.

It all has shades of ISIS, Taliban, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the rest.

What happened in this camp was beyond words. Pol Pot was responsible for the torture and death of one and a half million people in the Killing Fields. There were 150 killing  camps like Prison 21.

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Pol Pot – a callous man, paranoid and ruthless. A psychotic despot and mass murderer.

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A few of the victims

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I met Chum Mey – survivor of the camp and he signed his book for me.

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What goes on in the mind of a torturer? how can they live with what they do? How can they justify it?

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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!

Nelson Mandela – An exceptional Human Being!

Nelson Mandela – An exceptional Human Being!

You can admire someone who spent his life fighting for equality and freedom. Someone who was unfairly imprisoned in terrible conditions for standing up for what he believed and yet emerged in old age without rancour. He did not seek revenge. He sought harmony, peace and a better society.

Intelligence, wisdom and idealism in equal measure!!

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Nelson’s prison cell

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The toilet cave where Nelson taught writing

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The yard with hard labour