Does Britain Actually Need To Trigger Article 50 – Can’t We Just Say Eff Off?

November 22, 2016

There is a lot of speculation about establishment figues, corporate business leaders, globalist politicians, academics, media luvvies, all the usual suspects in fact, including those paskudniaks Branson, Sugar, the traitor and war criminal Tony Blair, Nick Clegg, Bob Geldof who made millions out of his work for ‘charidee (which he doesn’t like to talk about, mate) and once had a hit record or something, a host of airhead actors, airhead journalists, airhead TV presenters, pervy paedophile judges and those Trotskyite shits at the BBC somehow finding a way to block Brexit (cue a replay of Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech).

It seems these all round wankers have not the slightest sense of the public mood. Do they really think they can block Brexit without their heads ending up on iron spikes outside The Palace Of Westminster.

The whole case of the global Naziism shits (see above) rests on stopping the government ‘triggering Article 50’ but is that as important as is being stated by the government / shadow government controlled propaganda machine.

Interestingly an article in Moneyweek by a person actually qualified to comment on complex International Law issues suggests the Article 50 thing is being misrepresented, all we need to do is tell the EU’s designated Brexit negotiator to fuck the fuck off. The EU man, former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, is presented as a tough negotiator and a hard line federalist who will do everything possible to obstruct Brotain’s leaving. The reality is he’s a man who was such a successful leader that by the time he left office the little country’s two regions, French speaking Wallonia and Phlegmish speaking Flanders wanted to become separate, independent nations.

Here’s a look at the Moneyweek article, Don’t trigger Article 50 – just leave, by Ingrid Detter de Frankopan

Despite my best attempts, says professor of international law Ingrid Detter de Frankopan, everyone has been deaf to the painstakingly simple course for the United Kingdom to take: don’t trigger Article 50 at all.

Second rate lawyers are misleading everyone in the country by insisting that, in order to leave the European Union it is essential to “trigger” Article 50 in its entirety. This line has been swallowed whole by the government, the media and commentators. It is, however, absolute nonsense. Under international law and under Article 50 (1) itself, only notice to leave is necessary.

The horror that I feel about this misdirection is compounded by that the fact that if Article 50(2) is ‘triggered’ it implies that the UK government accepts that the EU will decide the conditions of UK’s withdrawal. This has serious consequences. An arbitrary two-year negotiation window; a supreme agency problem between negotiating parties (the European Commission and various powerful governments) and a ratification process that is far from certain. All the while we will be contributing approximately £40bn gross, or £20bn net, to the European project. We will be paying for them to negotiate – and once we get to the end of the timeline there will be no real incentive to reach prompt agreement, as well as no reason to be true to their negotiated position. In fact any excuse of an election, a financial crisis or a small war – could derail years and millions of man-hours of work.

Read the full article: Don’t Trigger Article 50, Just Leave

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The US Democrats Can Protest All They Want, Here’s Why They Lost.

November 10, 2016

The wailing and gnashing of teeth from Democratic Party supporters, ‘liberals’ (actually the most illiberal people on the planet) and ‘progressives’ (who want society to progress all the way to the ideologically driven authoritarianism of The Spanish Inquisition) has been almost deafening since the victory of Republican Donald Trump over Democrat ‘Crooked Hillary’ Clinton in the US Presidential election was announced early on Wednesday morning.

The point these wailers and gnashers of teeth are missing however is that the defeat is their own fault. They vastly overestimated their ability to manipulate the behaviour of US voters, not the party activists or committed supporters, the ones who would vote for a dog turd if it was wearing the right colour rosette, but the ordinary punters who vote for the party they think will serve their interests best.

In short the arrogance and snobbery of this self – identified elite led them to believe working class voters were stupid, sheep – like creatures who would unquestioningly follow the lead given by the academics, experts and assorted talking heads presented on television (people vastly experienced in matters concerning economic, foreign and economic policy such as Lady Gaga, Brad Pitt, Katy Perry, Jay – Z, Madonna, Lena Dunham, George Clooney and Robert De Niro) to work on reinforcing the myth that ‘The Wisdom Of Crowds’ is infallible.

They failed, they anointed candidate Hillary Clinton, a certainty for The White House according to this fabled Wisdom Of Crowds, was losing badly to a rank outsider, the 74 year old maverick socialist senator fom Vermont, Bernie Sanders who had never even run as a Democrat, preferring the designation of Independent Socialist. Obviously something had to be done, corporate profits were at stake.

The elite did what they always do, they resorted to lying, cheating and bullying.

Hillary’s party managers, the Democratic Party National Committee (DNC) suppressed voting in the primaries in Illinois,  Arizona, California, New York  and other states. Sanders supporters were deregistered and told they could not votes, votes were physically changed or were simply not counted.  In Chicago (it was recorded), hacked the computers that had no paper backup (and therefore no proof) created an environment where exit polls said Bernie had won easily yet Clinton miraculously got the most votes (?!). Discrepancies were consistently in Clinton’s favor, sometimes by as much as 33%.

All this was to push Clinton, a hugely unpopular and mistrusted figure on America as the Democrat candidate. The arrogance and delusions of superiority kicked in again, leading The Democrats to totally miscalculate the voters mood. They believed people would forget the numerous financial scandals, the allegations of treason, fraud and corruption that surrounded Clinton and the several active criminal investigations into her activities and all obediently do as the talking heads told them.

In any other year the Republican opponent Donald Trump would have been a weak candidate, but in the end the electorate did not so much vote for Trump but against the political establishment, which they felt abandoned by; brack Obama had promised Hope and change but had governed in the interests of the wealthy elite, just as his Republican predecessor had.

If the DNC had run an honest campaign, instead of collaborating with the corporate lobbyists and agents of foreign governments who had bought promises of favours and indulgences from the Clinton campaign, if instead of doing it Crooked Hillary’s way they had run an honest primaries process and pitted the principled outsider Bernie Sanders compete against a billionaire property developer (hardly a man of the people) there would very likely be a Democrat, albeit a very different kind of Democrat to the neocon warmonger Obama preparing to take over The White House.

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Why Are British Horror Films Less Schlocky Than Hollywood’s Efforts

October 27, 2016

Finding an article about Christian propaganda in horror films on a Yahoo group, Seers and Seekers, made me reflect on the wide and widening differences in US and British culture.

When it comes to Christian propaganda films, most people think of the obnoxious God’s Not Dead, or Nic Cage’s get-me-out-of-IRS-debt Left Behind—criticially reviled assaults on the secular world that occasionally make a lot of money. But there’s another genre that seems to have the same proselytizing agenda that champions Christianity and demonizes all other faiths (including the faithless): horror movies.

Every year we endure more of these predictably edited, laughably plotted thrillers centered around a young girl foolishly toying with the tools of Satan (usually a Ouija Board), becoming possessed by a demon, and then being exorcised by a priest who was struggling with his faith but now sees the error of rational thinking.

It’s true that not all horror films serve as mouthpieces for Christianity—there are even a few examples that condemn church leaders—but nearly any horror film that touches on the supernatural will either condemn the faithless ( The Conjuring, The Rite ), frame non-Jesus religions as spooky (The Wicker Man, The Exorcist, Sinister ), or claim that Biblical prophecy is coming to pass (Legion, The Omen). Even slasher films with no ties to religion often dabble in moralistic tropes against drugs, premarital sex, or doing anything the least bit salacious.
You can read the whole article here (though beyond the central question it has little relevance outside the USA, but its is well written and informative).

Being British probably restricts my ability to comment on some aspects of this post because the evangelical Christian movement here is not powerful, but I do not find our horror films to project a Christian message. The most recent British horror to attain cult status, Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later warns of the dangers of placing too much faith in scientists rather than ensuring their projects are supervised. If anyone needs confirmation of that, remember that until a couple of years ago outbreaks of Ebola had infected a few dozen people then fizzled out, then something changed and we had an outbreak that infected thousands and killed hundreds in West Africa. It may have been pure coincidence of course that in the few years leading up to that outbreak a team from the United States DARPA biological warfare group had been operating in the area where the outbreak began.

Stepping daintily over Shaun Of The Dead we have to go back a long way to other classic British horror, vehicles such as Ken Russel’s The Devils or Michael Reeves Witchchfinder General depict the horrors perpetrated by religious fanaticism and mobs led by rabble rousing preachers.

I think it’s off target to describe The Wicker Man as Christian propaganda, while Police Sergeant Howie, sent to investigate reports of ritual sacrifice on Summerisle is indeed a devout Calvinist (one of the Wee Wee Frees – The Reformed Free Church of Scotland (there’s the Church of Scotland (Anglican) The Free Church Of Scotland – The Wee Frees, rather fundamentalist Calvinists, and the Reformed Free Church Of Scotland (totally unrelenting ‘thou-shalt-not-breathe-on-the-Lords-day’ Calvinists) or something like that. The point, in the context of this discussion,  is that Howie’s faith and prayers do not save him, God does not rescue him from the burning wicker cage and the final scene, as the wicker man containing Howie’s charred body collapses in flames  the screen is dominated by the setting sun, the end of a repeating cycle, the pagan message is clear (Igne natura renovatur integra).

Excluding the rather camp Hammer Horrors of the 1960s others worth remembering, such as Village Of The Damned or Day Of The Triffids are sci-fi / horror hybrids with no religious impliations.

So it seems the Christian propaganda horror genre is an American phenomenon. The answer? Lobby US producers and directors to find stories that have a decent plot and engaging characters who use intelligence and creative thinking to achieve seemingly impossible goals (remember the twelve labours of Hercules?) or escape fates worse than death, rather that trusting in faith and prayer.

 
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America Is Lost: Rigged election, Rigged Media, Rigged Candidate says Assange

October 21, 2016

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Julian Assange’s death were greatly exaggerated. After his web feed was cut by staff at the Ecuadorian Embassy earlier this week Assange’s usual stream of tweets, leaks and posts was stilled. The web, being the web, went mad with conspiracy theories but Wikileaks themselves did not comment on the wilder speculation.

Well Julian is back on Hilary’s case, and this time it’s more personal than ever.

After consistently leaking damaging internal information from both the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign on an almost daily basis for months, much of which provides evidence of criminal behavior sufficient to trigger a police investigation were anybody but a member of the Washington ‘liberal’ (née neocon) elite the chief suspect, but seemingly has no impact on the Mrs Clinton’s ratings in the polls, Julian Assange has concluded that “There is no US election. There is power consolidation. Rigged primary,
rigged media and rigged ‘pied piper’ candidate drive consolidation.

Another way of looking at it is that Mrs. Clinton’s continued involvement in the election race shows that to her supporters the fact that Hillary Clinton has a vagina (allegedly) is more important that evidence of her many crimes ranging from high treason to cheating Bernie Sanders out of the nomination, this blog can’t understand why the candidate’s genitals should be a factor in the election. After all, in every election from 1988, Americans have voted to put a cunt in The White House.

It is difficult to disagree with Assange’s assessment (or ours for that matter).  That an establishment candidate, the ultimate Washington insider, running for The Democratic Party which claims it supports poor people and minorities, can still be in the race after an extended FBI investigation into a security scandal involving handling classified material on an unsecured private network that concluded multiple federal laws were clearly and intentionally broken by Mrs Clinton and her staff,  and clear evidence that the decision not to prosecute was influenced by the intervention of President Barack Hussein Obama in what amounted to a gross abuse of power, is astounding. Equally astounding is that evidence of  collusion between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department during the time Hillary Clinton was Secretary has not warranted an investigation.  Throw in evidence from WikiLeaks clearly linking the DNC to criminal efforts to incite violence at rallies, electoral fraud during the Democratic Party primaries, contravention of electoral rules in accepting donations from foreign governments, blatant media collusion, etc, etc, and it actually becomes clear that The Obama Administration and the Democratic party (heavily influenced by the Clinton’s have introduced levels of corruption normally found in third world failed states into the political system of the USA.

And, while no amount of corruption or scandal seems to sway an American electorate that is intent upon throwing the country off a cliff, Assange has promised a “surprise” for Tim Kaine and the Democrats’ “persecuted christian woman”, Donna Brazile who assumed the role of chair of the Democratic National Committee (as a thanks for helping Hillary stab Bernie Sanders in the back?) after her predecessor was made the patsy for Hillary’s email treason.Let’s hope that finally wakes up mainstream media to tell the truth about the election being rigged in favour of the Wall Street / Corporate / Military – Industrial complex candidate.

The real irony is that Hillary Clinton represents all of that which the ‘liberals’ of the ‘progressive left’ claim they hate most, yet still they support her because her vagina blinds them to the (not fit for purpose) quality of her character, just as eight years ago the colour of Obama’s skin blinded mostly the same people to the fact that he was a plant who in office would be a neocon puppet.

 

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Thoughts On Islam For Those Who Would Appease Extremists

October 10, 2016

Winston Churchill, as an officer of the British Army in 1897 and 1898,  fought against a Pashtun tribe in the northwest frontier of British India and also at the Battle of Omdurman in Sudan. In both of those conflicts he had eye-opening encounters with Muslims. These incidents allowed his keen powers of observation and always-fluid pen to weigh in on the subject of Islamic society.

While these words were written when he was only 25-years-old (in
1899), they serve as a prophetic warning to Western civilization today.

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism (Islam) lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.”

Churchill apparently witnessed the same phenomenon in several places he visited. “The effects are apparent in many countries: improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.”

He saw the temporal and the eternal tainted by their belief system.
“A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity,” he wrote.

The second-class status of women also grated at the young officer.
“The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men,” he noted.

“Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence ofthe religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”

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The NHS Obesity Non Crisis

October 7, 2016

While I was away in Majorca taking a well earned break (you would not have noticed because this blog is only infrequently update nowadays) there was a a bit of a kerfuffle among the screeching classes, amplified by mainstream news, about remarks on the effect the ‘obesity crisis’ is having on the National Health Service made by TV presenter Kirsty Alsop.

First thing to bear in mind is that Ms. Alsop is no sylph(as you may observe in the picture below,) so while she’s entitled to her opinion she would be well advised to shut her big fat mouth in public lest someone should point to her big fat arse.

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The whole thing about obesity has become over hyped. Yes there are more morbidly fat people now than there were fifty years ago. There are also more people suffering from anorexia. But the biggest increse of all and the one that is hitting the NHS hardest is the increses in officious pokenoses employed by various government departments to tell us how to live our lives.

The real obesity problem lies in the fact that that a totally flawed measure, the Body Mass Index (BMI) a simple calculation of height to weight ration that takes no account of body type. Thus someone like me, shortish, heavily muscled, could be told I was ‘borderline obese’ when I had a 32″ waist, a six pack and bulging pecs and biceps.And aged over forty I could still run a mile in under five minutes (I never pushed myself beyond about three miles, there was nothing to prove.) My case was one of many that involved people who exercised, had a reasonably healthy diet and were unlucky with their body type being nagged for years about non existent weight problems. In fact the illness that eventually laid me low could easily have been avoided had the doctor listened to me rather than basing his diagnosis on a misleading statistic.

Another aspect of the ‘obesity crisis’ is that the definition of obese has been changed, instead of using the true meaning, extremely fat, medical professionals now seem to diagnose as obese anybody who it more than a pound above the point at which they would be diagnosed as anorexic.

This condescending attitude adopted by ‘slebs’ and media lucvvies, that we owe it to the government and its various agencies to obey the diktat of crimplne clad, clipboard carrying creeps is intolerable. We owe nothing. We pay for our healthcare through National Insurance contributions (so those lefties in social media who are always screeching about ‘free health care’ are talking bollocks,) and it owes us the right to live our lives as we choose. The other point is that although the media luvvies, Guardian reading intellectual idiots and emotionally retarded middle class Labour voters believe otherwise, the working classes are not thick. If someone chooses to pig out on deep fried pizzas and lard milk shakes several times a day, or bucket down ten pints and a bottle of vodka every evening, chances are they know such habits are not going to do them any good. So long as they are willing to accept the consequences of their behaviour, it is their choice. If they choose not to help themselves and do not ask for help, then all we, as a humane society, owe them is palliative care when their organs fail.

It is not a sin to die before reaching the average life expectancy, scientists – who are not very bright generally – don’t seem to understand that for there to be an average life expectancy, around half the population must die before reaching it.

Unfortunately, interfering in people’s private lives has become the biggest industry and biggest provider of jobs in the advanced societies of the developed world. Soon however, people will wake up to the fact that the more government cultivates dependency, the more of what we produce is soaked up by the care budget. It is not an economically or socially viable model.

Unfortunately, socialised healthcare leads us to this moronic thinking that other people’s health is any of our concern because the NHS may be needed to care for them in the event of a lifestyle choice. Well, the gentleman Allsopp observed is also likely a taxpayer and has paid for any healthcare he may need, but does he?

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As The World Drifts Towards War Here Are Some Thoughts To Ponder:

October 1, 2016

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice, — is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.”
John Stuart Mill

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The most powerful (and chilling) case for Trump you’ll ever hear

September 9, 2016
First I must restate this is a British blog so its contributors have no part in the US election. We do not support Donald Trump, the prospect of him becoming president of the USA is appalling. Worse however is the prospect of Hillary Clinton, “Crooked Hillary,” a proven traitor and liar, an alleged fraudster who ran the Clinton Foundation (the charity established when her husband was president) as her personal bank account, who has committed perjury, stabbed close friends and allies in the back in order to shift blame for her own misdemeanours and acts of criminal negligence.

But it is not just Clinton’s dishonesty or her love of war that worries that concerns the world outside the USA, it is her ‘liberal, progressive’ ideology.

In an article for The Week, Damon Linker provides a commentary on a political essayr by a conservative writer in which he  decontructs the pseudo philosophies of both the politically correct left and the ‘caring conservatives’, and shows that under a veneer of hippyish sentimentality anbout the poor and disadvantaged is an elitist agenda that aims to disempower the individuals who make up the mass of population and centralise control of society, business, finance, law, education and everything in the hands of a small elite, the 0.001%

Here’s a taster:

For all the talk of conservatism in the essay, there is really nothing significantly conservative about it. Oh sure, it lists a series of positions that are typically embraced by conservative writers. But when it comes to the crucial question of judgment, prudence, practical wisdom — of how one who affirms these conservative views should act in present political circumstances — it is a shockingly radical document.

Or rather, it’s a reactionary one — not in the watery sense that it opposes what progressives lazily presume to be the inevitable drift of history. It’s reactionary in the precise sense delineated in Mark Lilla’s just-published book The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction. Like all reactionary thinkers, Decius Mus identifies a past golden age (America before progressivism) and a historical fissure after which steep and perhaps irreversible decline set in (the establishment of the administrative state) — and also like other reactionaries, he has come to believe that only a new historical rupture, a sundering of the status quo, has any hope of altering the apocalyptic course of history.

Read the article>>>

Yes it is true that Donald Trump is a lousy prospect for the future of American democracy, but apart from Crooked Hillary, who has promised that her first act on taking office would be to try to start World War Three in pursuite of the Washinton Hawks plan to destroy Russia and China. It is the one campaign promise Clinton, author of the destruction of Libya and the ongoing and brutal conflict is Syria, will try to keep. Fortunately after eight years of Obama focusing US Defence policy on the issue of Gay BLT and women’s rights, senior staff officers in The Pentagon are aware that in conflict with China and Russia, the USA would be anihilated.

If that is not the future American voters want for their nation, they must not vote for Clinton. You don’t have to vote for Trump if you find that option unpalatable, but remember a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for World War Three.

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Alien Life? Who Needs Lizard Men? There Is A Universe Of Ideas Out There.

August 23, 2016

by Ian R Thorpe
6 August, 2016

Since before civilization began there have been prophets, visionaries, dreamers (or dickheads according to one’s point of view) who have had a very different perspective on life, the universe and everything.* to that held by the mainstream of society. In the Book of Revelation, Saint John the Divine claimed to have seen ‘a new heaven and a new earth’. Chaucer, in the Dream Vision The House of Fame, travels into the heavens on the back of an eagle, which tells him that ‘in this region, certeyn, dwelleth many a citezeyn’.

An idea popular among theoretical physicists which they probably think is new (such people are to be pitied for their naive belief in science, reason and logic,) is the theory of the multiverse, an infinite number of dimensions in each of which exists a separate universe. The idea is not new, as you might expect of any ‘new’ idea proposed by theoretical physicists (they’re good at equations but otherwise not very bright.) Giordano Bruno in the sixteenth century argued for an infinite number of inhabited worlds, with intelligent beings existing on other planets throughout the universe.

Until two hundred years ago, the visionaries and the dreamers controlled the game. The belief that the universe was only a few thousand years old was so well embedded in the human psyche that Shakespeare’s Rosalind could mention it in passing: ‘The poor world is almost 6,000 years old.’ In such a young universe only intelligent design could be a satisfactory explanation for complexity and diversity of life, and a God-created universe could contain all kinds of wonders. It is no surprise that William Blake saw angels in the trees of Peckham Rye, (anyone following his footsteps today would see plastic carrier bags and condoms) and that Emanuel Swedenborg claimed he had conversed with spirits from Mars, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter and the moon.

In the centuries following the renaissance of the sciences our understanding of the universe has been completely transformed and with it our knowledge of life on Earth. Geology provides the timeline for evolution; Darwin and his followers described the processes involved. Our more recent understanding of DNA and the workings of genetics provide the tool kit for evolutionary processes. On Earth, instead of regarding ourselves as a unique species, created in the image of our creator we now realise that homo sapiens sapiens (man who knows he knows) is the survivor of a large genus of hominids. It is only the relatively recent extinction of our most persistent competitors, the Neanderthals, that has led us to imagine a human – centric universe.

The change in our universe – view was initially from speculation to investigation, from vision to observation. Every decade has brought new discoveries that broadened our knowledge and understanding of the world to the point we have at last reached: now on the threshold of truly wondrous advances in understanding our scientists seem hellbent on abandoning scientific study in favour of speculation and theory once more.

Astronomers and physicists claim we are on the threshold of discovering planets that could support lifeforms similar to ours, lifeforms that we could recognise and investigate on a scientific basis. The pace of discovery is rapid and accelerating, because we recognise the significance of the search and are devoting enormous resources to it. This only proves what a bunch of dickheads, fuckwits and tunnel visioned idiots physicists really are. They cannot see beyond their own narrow interests. There may be planets out there on which Homo Heidelbergensis – or Homo Neranderthalis, like species are surviving as primitive humans did. There might just as well be highly developed species who regard our civilizations as no more significant than ant’s nests and who would suck us up in a tractor beam into the belly of their mothership to reduce us to basic nutrients.

The scientists who talk about making contact with aliens (based on the flimsiest of evidence that there might, just might, by some one in a billion chance there could be a planet orbiting some distant star that might, just might, by some one in a billion chance support a life form like ours that really wants to be best mates with humanity and go for picnics, attend the First Church of Christ Astronaut services and support “liberal” causes with us are crazy. These are the people who want to spend whatever it takes on discovering the fundamental particle that holds everything together (the Higgs Boson or God particle) and yet vehemently deny the existence of God. These are the nut jobs who are turning science into a religion. Their kind of science has replaced observation, experiment, investigation and critical analysis with dogma, made icons of mathematical models and the statistics they produce, turned untestable theories into a creed and scriptures, and insisted things that may or may not have happened unimaginable distances away and incredibly long ago have been proved by speculative mathematics and statistics derived by subjectively interpreting data. Hand having deluded themselves into believing their fantasies are true they stand on a bogus scientific authority to insist these truths are unchallengeable.

The only reason people would try to convince the world that such infantile fantasies are in fact true is they have such limited intelligence they cannot deal with abstract ideas. Thus they insist that Big Bang Theory is a proven fact, when in fact it is just another variation on creationism. Leaving aside the creation myth of The Book Of Genesis which is really two creation myths in one, some creation stories are quite interesting. The alt_creation in the New Testament’s Gospel of St. John for example, which starts “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” OK, what does it mean, you might well ask.  Nobody can really tell you with any certainty, but here’s an idea. The word for God in one of the regional dialects (there was no cohesive ‘Hebrew’ language, but many dialects of Aramaic, the common tongue of the middle east region) was Ea or Jah. This means “I am.” So we are led to ask is the creation really the dawning of consciousness? Think that’s bollocks? Renaissance artist Michaelangelo didn’t. Below is his depiction “The creation of Adam,” from the ceiling in Rome’s Sistine Chapel. Note how God is not forming Adam from clay as in the Genesis version, but is reaching out to touch a fully formed human. For what? To bestow the gift of consciousness perhaps?

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That’s one take on creation, the one in the Zoroastrian Avesta is in some ways similar. The Zoroastrians were great astrologers (in the true sense – study of the movements of stars, not fortune telling) and knew the earth was round. Their god, Ormazd or Ahuru Mazda however created the world of intelligent humans by flattening it (making maps possible) and ‘squaring the circle’ (mathematics) so that area and distance could be measures. Thus in  a way the development of those arts and sciences gave us consciousness by granting our ancestors the ability to be aware of their place in our environment.

My personal favourite creation story belongs to the Uitoto people of the Orinoco rain forest in South America. Here’s how Sacred Texts presents it:

In the beginning, the word gave origin to the Father. A phantasm, nothing else existed in the beginning; the Father touched an illusion, he grasped something mysterious. Nothing existed. Through the agency of a dream our Father Naimuena [he who is or has a phantasm] kept the mirage to his body, and he pondered long and thought deeply. Nothing existed, not even a stick to support the vision: our Father attached the illusion to the thread of a dream and kept it by the aid of his breath.

Don’t get carried away by your rationalism, I said I like the story, not that I believe it. But you will find plenty of respected philosophers and scientists in the developed world who will argue that our world is an illusion, what we see is not solid objects but energy (light) reflected off objects.And physics can offer us no better explanation of matter than that it is highly compressed energy. We really understand very little about the universe of which we are part.

Twenty years ago it was agreed that while in a universe estimated to contain hundreds of billions of galaxies each comprised of hundreds of billions of stars anything might be possible and it was very likely there were other intelligent life forms out there, we had no positive evidence of the existence of extra solar planets. Now scientists claim we know of 700, and the Kepler mission indicates that there may be 50 billion in our galaxy alone. Already the astrophysicist Steven Vogt has claimed that the likelihood of life existing on the unromantically named planet Gliese 581g is ‘100%’. But what real evidence is there of this. A bunch of people whose living comes from taxpayers funded sinecures, they are paid by us to spend their lives sitting around stargazing in other words, have looked at electro magnetic radiation coming from space in the region where these stars and their planets are though to be and interpreted it; “Oh look at that frequency pattern, from my equations using data extrapolated from mathematical models of the universe, we see clear evidence this energy has passed close by a body with an Oxygen / Nitrogen atmosphere on which carbon based life forms might be able to flourish.” Evidence? It wouldn’t stand up in a court of law. Scientists, in spite of their delusions, are just human beings and like the rest of us are inclined to see what they expect to see.

Obviously claims such as Vogt’s are complete bollocks. One only has to note the ways in which words like might, maybe, possibly and chance are used to see the authors of such guff are just phishing for research grants. In fact even a lay person reading this account will ascertain that Vogt’s childish enthusiasm for playing with Star Wars toys finding evidence of alien life has got the better of his common sense. The joint discoverer of Gliese 581g is a little more objective however, as the link shows.

Alpha Centauri, the nearest star cluster is over 4 years journey away at the speed of light (186,000 miles or about 300,000 km per second). The fastest spacecraft we have ever launched however would take 70,000 years to reach the closest star in Alpha Centauri. We should not forget that the universe, defined as that which is with the shock wave that has emanated out from Big Bang at the speed of light for 13 billion years (estimated) is … chuffing big. Now a light year is the distance travelled by light at the aforementioned speed and our fastest spacecraft as at March 2011 when I looked it up is 17 km per second (around 11 miles) although that is in a heliocentic orbit, the fastest we have on a trajectory that will take it out of our solar system is going at a mere 15.75 km per second because of the effect of solar gravity. I carried out that little exercise in response to a bunch of “scientists” who were yelling about how important it was for governments and international agencies to start throwing money into a fiscal black hole named “Let’s build spaceship to take us half witted wankers to the stars.” To put this into perspective our current fastest spacecraft would reach the nearest star, the Alpha Centauri constellation, in 70,000 years. And to get to Gliese 581g, the nearest planet yet discovered that might just might, possibly support some form of life, would take 20 times as long. Ad think how disappointed those scientists would be if they found life on that planet had not evolved beyond the amoeba stage or worse still had become extinct during humanity’s journey to greet them.

If we were to commission an exploratory expedition lasting say 40 years to Proxima Centauri, the closest star in the Alpha Centauri group at a distance of approx 4.2 light years from earth we would need to build a spacecraft capable of a tenth the speed of light, 18,600 miles or 30,000 kilometers per second. Now remember that what we have now, even with the pedal to the metal will only do 16 km per second. It is not science these imbeciles are talking about, it’s science fiction.

Not only do we have not have any new technology on the horizon capable of achieving such speeds but new materials would be needed to resist the stresses on the spacecraft and very possibly a completely new type of human being to cope with conditions on board the craft and devote forty years of their life to something that pointless.

What would be the consequences of the discovery of alien life, even if it were of the merest microbial life form on a planet orbiting a distant star? Well apart from “scientists” all round the world having a spontaneous orgasm and running off to change their underwear, none at all. If such a planet were to be discovered in our solar system it would be a different matter but no such planet exists in our solar system. Our species has developed its beliefs, its cultures, its religions on the basis of our uniqueness, on the idea that we are alone, the only truly intelligent life form in the universe. Some believe this universe was specifically designed for us – and I am not just talking of religious creationists here. Physicist Dr. John Gribben (In Search Of The Multiverse) proposes the universe may have been designed by an intelligent life for much like ourselves – I do not agree but it is an idea and this article is about ideas not mathematics. Incontrovertible proof that we are not alone would force us to reexamine all our knowledge, to build new theories of life, its origins, its diversity, perhaps its purpose. If we discover one life form we will discover many, for the universe is vast and the number of stars almost uncountable. Somewhere out there, almost certainly, would be life forms that possess intelligence recognisably like our own, for they will have developed by the same laws of evolution, bound by the same physics and chemistry that we know on Earth. Should we prioritize seeking contact with these hypothetical life forms, ahead of matters like feeding our growing population of meeting increasing demand for food, water and raw materials. What if they turn out to be bigger, harder and more technically advance than us … and complete bastards to boot.

Though the level of our current knowledge suggests humans will be earth bound for the foreseeable future there is a universe of ideas out there in the deep space of our minds waiting to be explored. In addition to Gribben’s Designer Universe we have the possibilities of Quantum Entanglements which I have written about in a deliberately provocative way, the Morphic Resonance theory proposed by biologist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and the ideas of many other pioneers in various branches of the sciences. And then there are the ideas of philosophers, both humanist and religious, the philosophies of established religions and the speculations of modern visionaries, artists, poets and writers. I find it particularly sad that among people who claim to be “scientists” (though in reality they are science fans, a dogmatic approach has taken hold. These people will try to suppress or shout down discussion of interesting, off – message ideas because they are convinced there is only one idea and one way of thinking that can possibly be right.

* Life, the universe and everything: a line from Douglas Adams’ Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy. I mention it because in an article some time ago when I used this very well known phrase one of those cupid stunts who commented, the type of person whose only contribution to the exchange of ideas on the internet is to attack original thought and try to suppress free discussion accused me of plagiarism in a pathetic attempt to discredit my article.

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Politically Correct Terminology

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A lot of people here in Britain, around Europe, in Canada, Australia and in particular in the USA are sich of politically correct censorship of the language we can use and the thoughts we can think. One thing that particularly irks sane people is the question of ‘hate speech’ against Muslims. While the authoritarians and neo – fascists who call themselves left wing, liberal or progressive are hapy to designate even the most reasonable criticism of Islamic communities as ‘hate speech’, they try to browbeat us into accepting that it is OK for extremist Muslim preachers to tell their followers to go out and kill non – Muslims.

There are ways to fight back of course. This message we received recently offers one good example:

 

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