Feeling Proud

It’s not often that a tear comes to the eye of this world weary comic but I was going through the papers of my 84 year old dad who has Alzheimer’s and came across this poem that he’s written in his pocket.

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photo(1)“Age is a quality of the mind

If you have lost your dreams

If hope is cold

If you don’t look ahead

If your fires are dead

Then you are old

But…

If from life you take the best

If in life you keep the zest

If love you hold dearly

No matter how the years fly by

No matter how the birthdays go by

You are not old… Just smile”

Terence Hutchinson

 

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Bonfire of Vanity – Or how to burn all of your bridges in one blog post

Is it a statement of oxymoronic proportions to say that while I’m not a conspiracy theorist, conspiracy is everywhere?  Any intelligent person, I should pre-qualify this statement by saying that the only troubling thing about common sense is that it’s not very common, knows that agendas are commonplace, be they personal, professional or corporate.  This only problem is the fact that we need to remind ourselves of it.

If, and for many people thist is a big if, you are interested in taking responsibility for at the very least seeking out the elusive truth I would recommend taking the time to visit the websites listed below, caveated as appropriate.  By all means continue to patronise the mainstream media outlets too, for without our daily dose of reality television, antiques shows and property renovation programmes Jack would indeed be a dull boy.  Public opinion does count (an article will follow reporting on how with only five percent of a population engaged in non-violent protest governments can be destabilised) but it would be refreshing to think that it extended beyond Prince George’s favourite toy or the fate of Manchester United and included reminding governments that George Orwell’s 1984 was a novel and not a user manual.

Cryptome

http://Cryptome.org

This is the daddy of all leaked, secret and or ‘embarrassing to Authority’ archives

Deep Politics Forum

http://DeepPoliticsForum.com

A deep politics discussion group with a large archive of related documents and video

MediaLens

http://MediaLens.org

A site dedicated to exposing the propagandist nature of the mainstream media

SourceWatch

http://SourceWatch.org

A US based wiki-encyclopaedia of people, organizations, and issues shaping the public agenda.

SpinProfiles

http://SpinProfiles.org

A UK based wiki project that seeks to expose the reality behind ‘official narrative’ spin

Wikileaks

http://WikiLeaks.org

A site to protect and assist whistle-blowers sharing  sensitive material.

Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org

Lots of information on almost any topic, but fatally flawed in certain areas.

Wikipedia is good at what it does but if we’re honest its editorial policies give it a blind spot around matters of deep politics meaning that the information retrieved is likely superficial and fragmented at best and more often than not a smokescreen. To quote a friend:

“Wikipedia’s adherence to the official narrative as promulgated by the ‘reliable sources’ of the commercially-controlled media effectively mean that, to use an astrological metaphor – the sun must always be represented as revolving around the earth.”

The reporting of the “Gunpowder Plot” of 1605 is a good example of how ‘undisputed facts’ can be presented with little reference to more likely interpretations of the episode, giving birth to the “official narrative”. Popular perceptions are drawn from the “official narrative” of the establishment caught off-guard by wicked Popish conspirators set on blowing up parliament, saved in the nick of time by a sequence of events more suited to a Boy’s Own storyline. If this all sounds familiar it’s because you’ve probably read it in Wikipedia, where accusations of ‘state conspiracy’ are relegated to a single paragraph and agent-provocateuring doesn’t get a look in.  Then again I am biased, I have an agenda for as part of my stand-up comedy routine I ask whether Guy Fawkes was the last man to enter parliament with the right idea?

Problems arise when the official narrative becomes the consensus narrative. Richard Heinberg refers to The Consensus Trance which is instinctively understood by the ambitious and in Britain at least, remains absolutely central to success in business, public affairs, academia and the mainstream media, trumping all other considerations, including intelligence and ability. Why?

Because, proportionate to one’s approach and proximity to the thresholds of REAL power, to EFFECTIVELY question it is to threaten and therefore become toxic to the Arbiters of your advancement, whose rank position and place depend upon it.

Of course you’re pretty handicapped to start with if you run around telling everyone that you are a critical friend from day one. Who is the laugh on though when it turns out that the narrative is a lie? It is as honest as the statement on a twenty pound note which states that the Bank of England promises to pay the bearer on demand the sum of twenty pounds. There isn’t any real money anymore, no gold standard, just fiat, just digits on a screen, so twenty pounds of what exactly? To put it another way, as said by a source known to yours truly:

“It is all a clever ego-stroking Orwellian illusion designed, developed and molded by self-perpetuating Power Elites to serve purposes far and away removed from those of fond and credulous popular belief.”

How my own adherence to the consensus narrative came to be shaken shall remain private for now but over the last twenty years I have at various times worked with Government ministers, had considerable experience of local government and involvement with the intelligence community and more than one police force.  I only lack experience with the judiciary but avoiding cross-dressers has been the way it’s been, pure coincidence I assure you.

blue-pill-red-pillSo we got to the Red Pill/Blue Pill moment and the shattering of some cherished and long-held beliefs, neigh illusions. Where we are now is where we are. Understandably my public sector client list has diminished and I can confidently predict its exstinction. So we are left with me satirising and dabbling in stand-up comedy through my alter-ego Bobby Nitro. To be honest life in polite orthodox company can be difficult when your contributions to discussions on politics, philosophy and world affairs in general are likely to be considered, in varying degree, unwelcome, threatening, scary, treasonable or simply mad. It doesn’t help when I suggest that I’ve never ‘unknowingly’ offended anyone.

Some of the other consequences of taking the Red Pill are, in no particular order:

  1. Deep and abiding distrust of ‘The State’, its apologists, its spokesmen and its enforcers.
  2. A clear understanding that the central operating principle of the state is deception, compounded by obsessive secrecy and a fear of the general population.
  3. A realisation that ALL political parties are pissing into the same pot, differentiated only by the force of the flow and the shade of the urine. There is a lot of heat but little light as they all seek perpetual ‘growth’ on a finite planet.
  4. Recognition that the war on terror is the waging of war on an abstraction which lines a lot of pockets.
  5. Sleeping like a baby, for power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, and I have none whatsoever, other than that to make genuine, relaxed, honest, open-minded, sceptical, illusion-less enquiry.

In the 1999 film The Matrix, set in a dystopian future, Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne explains to Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, what the Matrix is and Neo realises the truth, that he is just a small part and one of the Matrix’s “slaves”.  Morpheus then tells Neo that he can become free, and explains the choice:

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember, all I’m offering is the truth – nothing more.”

To be continued…. Maybe…. ;)

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Ground-Breaking Thinker

Apparently I’m a ‘Ground-breaking Thinker’.  I join the ranks of charming, enthusiastic people, bubbling with energy, with a liking for centre stage. It’s true that I love variety both professionally and privately and I like to tackle change consistently with optimism and firm belief in my own abilities; always on the look-out for improvement possibilities – a critical friend you might say.

I’m categorised as having the advantage of excellent communication skills and approaching the world with curiosity and openness, with the ability to master new situations with resourcefulness and a great deal of talent for improvising. My spare time is taken up with a large number of hobbies and true to form I like to travel in order to gather as many different impressions as possible – unbeatable at discovering new possibilities.

Like a K-tel television commercial from the seventies, there’s more.  It’s confirmed that in my work I rate challenges and diversified tasks, not able to stand routine.  Yes I love to astound others with bold ideas for an original, new project and then leave it up to others to implement them. Hierarchies, rules and regulations do arouse my opposition and I do love outsmarting the system. It is vital to enjoy my work; and when this is the case, the charge of workaholic is made with some justification.  My creativity best takes effect when I work independently but I do have a penchant for motivating others and infecting them with my optimistic nature. Conceptual or advisory activities appeal best to us ‘Ground-breaking Thinkers’ and some people feel somewhat duped by our flexible and spontaneous nature.

This sociability and enterprise ensures that there’s a large circle of friends and acquaintances – yes near two thousand LinkedIn connections with a third degree reach of eleven million is pushing it a bit. You’ll mostly find me in a good mood and a popular and very welcome guest. Grumbling and peevishness are supposed to be unknown to me, though I do admit to being a little erratic and unstable when it comes to obligations and this makes me appear to be unreliable to some.

‘Ground-breaking Thinkers’ are very critical and demanding when it comes to picking a partner because we look for the ideal relationship and we have a very concrete picture of what it looks like. Mutual aims in life are very important to us and we don’t like compromising and would rather remain alone. It is a challenge to have a long-term relationship with a us but hey we get lots of material for our stand-up comedy sets.  Are you listening?  We need a lot of space and diversity or we become bored and feel cramped. Those traditionalists have problems with our willingness to take risks and our crazy, spontaneous actions. If you can summon up sufficient flexibility and tolerance I can promise that you’ll never be bored.

I am told that the adjectives which describe ‘me’ are:

extroverted, theoretical, logical, spontaneous, rational, innovative, intellectual, open, independent, curious, enterprising, analytical, clever, enthusiastic, venturesome, inventive, energetic, sociable, optimistic, non-conformist, creative, freedom-loving, charming, able to get enthusiastic, self-confident, communicative, capricious, inconsistent and outgoing

I cannot argue with the above.  I like thesound of it but just as I share my horoscope with half a billion other souls, I share the above with, well just under half a billion other souls.  There are sixteen categories in total in the iPersonic system, the other fifteen being: analytical thinker, determined realist, dreamy idealist, dynamic thinker, energetic doer, engaged idealist, good-natured realist, harmony-seeking idealist, independent thinker, individualistic doer, laid-back doer, reliable realist, sensitive doer, social realist and spontaneous idealist.

The iPersonic system was developed by Felicitas Heyne, a well-known psychologist and International Affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Member of the German Psychological Association (BDP).  Maybe we find what we are looking for in these things but at the very least it’s fun.

You can have a go yourself by following the link to www.ipersonic.com

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