Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Communication

Communication is the only way to successfully resolve issues. Whether it be in home-life, work, politics, or even a belief system, dialogue is key to comprehension. A lack of comprehension is the root cause of almost all problems. We need to understand each other or our differences will destroy us.

I like to believe the vast majority of people on the planet want to live in peace and harmony, I've seen evidence of it. The 'dog-eat-dog' mentality is something that has plagued our species since the first city states experienced drought or famine. Only global co-operation can resolve this and before co-operation can be achieved on such a level, there needs to be communication.

People are losing the ability to communicate. The irony is this inability is due to technology and in the main, social media. I know I've harped on about this before (see Anti-Social Media) so I won't go there this time. Suffice to say, it makes everything so impersonal. Having partially lost one of my senses (hearing), I found eye-contact crucial to understand a person even when I couldn't necessarily hear them clearly.

We do not get that on social media. In real life I rarely offend people unless it's intentional, yet on social media it's an everyday occurrence. It's not because I am any different on social media, my words just lack tone and of course eye-contact. Maybe my personal experience is not an appropriate gauge for such matters  It's true my brain processes things differently to the accepted norm due to being dropped on my head, but I have to believe what I have seen to be true.

Another problem being, communication is a two-way street and many seem to forget that. Everybody wants to be heard but nobody wants to listen. Conversely there are those who want to hear but will give no voice. Then we have those stupid politicians, sabre-rattling and causing division. Dim Wrong-Un is little more than a puppet. North Korea needs a war to revive it's crumbling economy, those pulling his strings do not value human life..... except maybe their own.

The muppet in the White House shames America. It's hard to criticise someone when you don't know all the facts but the crap he spouts comes direct from source. He's not politician by any stretch of the imagination and a country run as a business is also no respecter of humanity. The puppet and the muppet will gladly sacrifice their own people using political pragmatism as mitigation. The ends DO NOT justify the means, the future cannot be predicted with any certainty.



Mr. Trump's use of social media confounds me, it is not something I would expect from a world leader...... even without the stupidity. I know how easily people misconstrue intent, whether by accident or design. When using a limited number of words even innocent statements have that ambiguity which is easily twisted by malcontents and mean-spirited people. It is reckless for a world leader to use such a platform.

I have many followers on Twitter with completely different views and opinions to mine, with whom I like to debate. We air our contrasting views without prejudice and malice. Occasionally there is some common ground but we largely disagree on what many consider major issues. It is the common ground where the focus needs to be. From there we have a solid base essential for the foundations of wider communication.

We may never have the same belief system, we will never be the same colour or nationality, but we can be co-operative and respectful towards each other. Like it or not, we are all the same species (except me maybe) and the choice is simple, communicate or kill each other. Unfortunately I'm guessing the latter is most likely.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Respectable Terrorists

The Middle East is the cradle of war. Some refer to it as the cradle of civilisation, same horse different jockey. There is no mystery nor plausible denial of this fact. This article is written on the base of extensive research committed to memory. I'm not going to re-research every statement here so if there are any inaccuracies I would be keen to hear what they are.

I don't know if there is / was a God or not, I tend to think there was but he / she / it was most likely of extra-terrestrial origin. Ignore the God aspect for a moment, the original cause of war was agriculture. Humans are by nature nomadic hunter-gatherers, agriculture rendered the necessity to migrate obsolete. We could point to God and Satan in disagreement over just how much knowledge to impart on a bunch of psychotic primates. Was God a killjoy for not allowing Adam to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge (an obvious metaphor) and Satan the good guy for wanting us to have it? Similar to Prometheus and fire. Or did God suspect giving monkeys knowledge would always end in disaster?

Doesn't really matter unless you are religious. The implications for religious folk is that God didn't want us to have knowledge and any use of technology is ultimately sinful so you are all going to burn in the fires of hell. For the slightly more rational, genetically modifying Neanderthals and ergo interfering with the natural process of evolution, was also a very bad idea. The Greek Gods often made reference to the Gods not interfering in the affairs of the mortals, probably as a result of seeing how their initial interference backfired. For everyone else, wtf are you doing even reading this crap?

Of course agriculture wasn't the real problem, it was a case of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing. I have worked on farms briefly and one of the things I quickly learnt was about crop rotation. If you plant the same crops year after year they take certain nutrients from the soil peculiar to that crop. In 5 years you end up with a famine. The solution is to rotate crops that take different nutrients allowing the depleted ones to recover. No doubt when agriculture was first used the ancients didn't have this knowledge.

Mesopotamia saw the first city states. Manpower was needed to plant and harvest crops, populations in settlements grew until a village became a city. No problem. Until that is, the crops failed. Suddenly you have starvation and on a large scale. So what do you do? Ask a neighbouring city to feed you? How then would they feed their own citizens? It doesn't take a genius to predict a sequence of events (for more click on the Agnostic Bible label). So now we know where and why war began, why has it never abated?

I believe this epoch triggered a survival instinct within our species which was at the time quite understandable. However this survival instinct has evolved over the millennia and now it manifests itself purely as greed. The transition is recognisable throughout history yet nobody has ever sought a solution. The rich get richer and the poor (quite rightly so) get more pissed off. Throughout history we have had revolutions to try and redress the balance but greed and corruption float to the top like turds in a toilet bowl.

Terrorism is merely a byproduct.of the poor getting pissed off and being manipulated by the wannabe greedy. You can get rid of Daesh or Al-Qaeda but until you get rid of poverty and greed, it will rear its ugly head again in some other manifestation. Our governments need to tax the billionaires and mega-companies and put a stop to all this once and for all. How did these corporations become so powerful anyway? Simple, they exploited and raped the land they inhabit and ergo the people too.

Politics needs to evolve or we will always have low-life criminals with nothing to lose committing atrocities in the name of whatever group is currently pissed off about being exploited. I don't believe religion is the cause of the world's problems but it sure as shit complicates things. If the money spent on counter-terrorism was spent on housing and social care, governments wouldn't need counter-terrorism.

For as much as I deplore terrorism and the atrocities committed by these scum, I still cast a disapproving eye at world leaders. Dim Wrong Un who needs to start a war to enable the North Korean economy to recover is just another terrorist of sorts. Another pissed off that his country is stone broke because of the money it wastes rattling sabres. Trump.... well let's not even go there. Theresa May and the rest of the Tories are self-serving lying hypocrites..... in my opinion. Putin I wouldn't trust as far as I could throw a concrete elephant yet in all this is almost the good guy.


I could probably have a pop at a lot of them. Just think what all the headlines would be about if there was no war in the Middle East. Social deprivation, unemployment, health, welfare, etc. etc. The politicians must be thanking their lucky stars the other terrorists are making all the headlines.

Political Allegiance

Seeing the constant furore on social media about lib-tards, white-supremacists, socialists, capitalists, and all manner of other -tards and -ists, I wonder what category do I fall into. My upbringing would suggest socialist or even borderline communist. Neither are true. I have equal disdain for all forms of government in their current manifestations. They are all flawed and need to evolve. Politicians need a novel approach, one whereby they tell the truth without intending to deceive or mislead.

Communism would appear to be the ideal but as George Orwell put it 'some animals are more equal than others. I'm not even sure what socialism is, everybody seems to have their own perception but it smacks of diluted communism designed to less offend American sensibilities. So what else is there? Democracy? I fail to see anything democratic about democracy, especially when opinion is so divided. Majority rule and minorities suffer as there is no compromise, you simply win or lose.

A further nail in the coffin of democracy is the stunts politicians pull to give themselves an edge. Thatcher started a war on one occasion and moved constituency boundaries on another. There wasn't even a charade of fair play. Trump and May are both in power despite the majority of the people voting against them. I do hate capitalism and exploitation used to maximise profits for one or two fat cats whilst employees have to take second jobs or work all the hours God sends in order to eke out a living. Governments won't tax these parasitic leeches that rape the resources of the nation, who else will pay for their campaigns.

Prostitution is a far more reputable occupation than politics. You must have to be some kind of arrogant selfish maggot to be a politician. That or some bleeding-heart ne'er do well because they have a conscious in an amoral career path. Yeah, as you can see, I'm not a great fan. It confuses some people because I will seemingly side with them in denigrating the opposition but then give their candidate similar treatment. The arrogant petulance of Trump would be hilarious if our politicians weren't just as childish and up their own backsides.

Seeing the behaviour of politicians in the House of Commons reminds me of playground bullies. The schoolboy jeers and cat-calling is a disgrace. And what the hell is this filibustering all about. I saw an example where a Tory politician just kept talking nonsense in order prevent a speaker proposing amendments to a health bill. It was obvious what he was doing why was it allowed. I'd have punched him in the mouth.

In the main politicians are - in my opinion - self-serving rodents who don't give a screaming shit about Joe Public just as long as they further their careers and exploit the loopholes in legislation. So back to the question in hand, what is my political allegiance? Ask me again when voting isn't just a matter of picking the lesser of evils.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Diversity

I think we all know by now my brain is a little dysfunctional. It's a little difficult to assess just how that makes it different from one that is undamaged because it happened when young and I am unable to access the minds of others to draw comparisons. In spite of all the clues it was only recently I came to accept the fact my brain processes things slightly differently to others. It is most likely just a re-routing to bypass damaged areas. In general however, it usually ends up at the same conclusion only there is a slightly different perspective.

One thing I only recently discovered but suspected for a long time, is an accelerated thought process. The average brain processes between 35 and 48 thoughts per minute, mine is a lot faster. It sounds like an asset more than a drawback, and in many ways it is. Unfortunately it has its downside as well. My 'Rambling' is perhaps a big drawback where writing is concerned. Even now this post was to inform of sites and blogs opening but as usual I find myself down another path.

The intended point is that there is so much going on in my head it is very difficult to prioritise. Things are coming together quite rapidly now but with such a diverse range of interests and projects, I find it difficult to target an audience. My original thoughts was just to put everything down in the same place but what may interest some will no doubt bore the pants off others. For this reason I have pigeon-holed things so potential viewers can look at what they may find interesting whilst avoid the rest of my madness.

Current Status of sites/blogs

Sites

  • Totally JP - The official website is merely the 'hub'. Some of the blogs will become for subscribers only (free subscription) as there are several works in progress and some posts may contain adult themes and be liable to age restriction. Coming soon.
  • I Magentalist - is the site specifically for magic, mentalism, and cartomancy. Subscribers will have access to an exclusive blog for reviews, demonstrations, and tips (limited number of invitations available). Open but still under construction.


Blogs

  • Deep End - Open again as you see, I have reverted everything back to draft and will re-post en masse all previously posted content relevant to this blog. Those who were following 'Alphatravel' will now find it in 'Writing for Posterity' in a slightly different format.
  • Writing for Posterity - This is my biographical blog that tells the whole story of my life in several segments. Some quite dark and harrowing, others comedic and often a little bizarre. The new home for 'Alphatravel' under labels 'Salad Days' and 'Wanderlust'.
  • Redefining Atlantis - This blog is the result of decades of research in which I take a rather different view of the Legend of Atlantis. Currently in limbo due to some new evidence which means a tweaking of my proposed chronology is necessary. Soon to resume.
  • Tarot as it should be - is a spin-off blog from the 'I Magentalist' website. It is a serialised step-by-step guide to Cartomancy. I dispel some of the myths surrounding the art which I regard as a science. Synchronicity is at work not spirits.
All these are still very much under construction and block posting may occur on any or all without prior notice