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UNDERSTANDING THIS WORLD

Never before have so many of us
lived so long
so now we get to know
what this life is about:
madmen rule this world;
the rich exploit the poor,
constantly without compassion;
men don’t understand women
until their next incarnation
when they return as a woman;
women try to rule men
until they next reincarnate as a man
in a man’s world
ruled by madmen;
then the wise ones
opt out of this madness.

HOW TO END WAR

HOW TO END WAR

War will only end
when you send
men like me
in our sixties and seventies
into the killing trenches
and when we are dead
send thirty, forty and fifty year olds instead
and leave the twenty year olds in bed.

How Little We Are

How lovely we are,
but how little we are,
less than a cosmic speck,
less than a grain of sand
or a pebble on the land.
Humans are less than dust,
insignificant nothingness.
Light takes eight minutes
to speed from our sun to us.
Light travels at 186,000 miles per second.
A light-year is the distance travelled
by light in one Earth-year.
Our galaxy, the Milky Way,
is 110,000 light years in diameter.
Our galaxy contains 300 billion stars.
In the observed universe
there are 170 billion galaxies,
many far bigger than our galaxy,
and some contain trillions of stars.
There are more stars
than we have grains of sand.
How little we are,
less than a cosmic speck,
less than a grain of sand
or a pebble on the land.
How little we are,
but how lovely we are.

Beppe Grillo

Here is a very interesting blog to follow in English: Beppe Grillo who is leading the rising for freedom in Italy, they want the whole corrupt establishment to be taken down and the Italians to vote on exiting the euro.

http://www.beppegrillo.it/en

Grillo and his people (MPs in their 20s, 30s and 40s) are coming up with amazing new thoughts, and ways to run their country, like instant transparency on every issue, and on every decision, made possible by technology, including voting by all the people on the issues, again all now possible with mobile phones.
Without this Grillo movement ( Grillinis ) there is no hope in Europe.
Because of stale politics and corruption the Left have failed us in Greece, France, Spain, Germany….
Beppe Grillo says that Italy was never a suicide country, but now there is a plague of suicides – 45 entrepreneurs killed themselves recently.
Suicides in Spain is becoming epidemic.
A Spanish guy staying in a friend’s house, his mother killed herself (59) a few days ago. She just could not take it anymore, she had no money left at the end of the week to live after paying her bills and taxes, so she wrote a lovely note to her only child telling him (36) that she had decided to move off the earth.
In Mallorca a few weeks ago a son found his mother and father dead, with a note saying they could not pay their mortgage.
A mother-of-two on the mainland walked into her bank telling the teller she could not make their payments, and said the bankers were crooks. She then poured a can of petrol over herself and set herself on fire.
I could go on with many more horrific stories from Spain and Portugal, but it breaks my heart to retell these facts of hundreds and hundreds of people killing themselves, because they have no money to continue living.
Was it for this that Europe had two world wars?
If the ruling class and the governments do not bend with compassion, then the anger from the suicides will turn to blood on the streets.
I fear the summer heat will bring flash violence to these southern lands.
Grillo has told the Italian government, and has warned the EU, that this is a generational battle.
Unemployment among young people: Greece 60%; Spain 50%; Italy 40%…
It will not be good for elderly people in these countries, as unfortunately no matter how good an individual person is, the young are more and more seeing the elderly as the enemy. The wild young will have their blood.
The recent range of taxes enforced on the Irish is horrific. Suicides will rise in Ireland. Health will break. Poverty will deepen. Fascism is taking hold of all our lives, unless, unless the people revolt, but I cannot see this happening in Ireland… maybe Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal or Cyprus, but Ireland no… and Denmark and Holland no….
What is happening now is the greatest rape of the ordinary European peoples in the last 500 years… that is when the aristocracy last did it to Europe, they bled the people and put back progressive development 500 years.
The aristocracy only knows vanity and greed. The recent Geneva motor show; sales of top end luxury cars are going through the roof. Also boat builders cannot keep up with the orders for luxury yachts for the super rich. In the US the super rich are now getting tax exemption for their private jets as security vehicles. High-end properties in wealth clusters, Switzerland, Monaco etc, are going through the roof. The rich are circling their wagons, defending wealth clusters with their bodyguard mercenaries and security vehicles, because they know their greed will bring blood on the streets, but not their streets.
It is like a dark devil is rising over the continent of Europe, and i fear that the goodness in people will be pushed to breaking-point, pushed to revolt, but then the hidden demon will rise, like what happened to the French revolution when afterwards the madman Napoleon Bonaparte rose, seized power, vainly crowned himself emperor, and destroyed the continent.
The same again happened in the 1930s when Hitler, Mussolini and Franco rose, and again destroyed the continent.
History comes around and around, and around comes history … until humankind learns the lesson, and acts in a group to stop the destruction of working peoples, that includes the middle classes, who are now being squeezed like never before.
I fear Europe is falling back into a dark age because the Germans will listen to nobody. They think they have the one and only answer, austerity, and are so blinded by their addiction to materialism, making them so disjointed from other Europeans, that the rest of the continent will be forced through sheer hunger to rise against them.
But the leaders of the Germans, German speakers, are 100 million, powerful and now so well armed with weapons and wealth that the arrogance of their government and business leaders is to enslave the rest of Europe just as they tried to do with their slave camps and concentration camps in 1940s.
The latest estimation of how many died in German slave and concentrations camps (45,000 of them, yes, 45,000 slave camps) is between 15 million to 20 million people… way, way above the previous accepted figure of 6 million.
History comes around and around, and around comes history…
I think Ireland will be safe from flash violence, and flash mobs, because the youth are being forced into mass emigration.
A number of Europeans are now thinking of emigrating to the new age communities in New Mexico, India, South America and Cambodia.
They see that politics alone is not going to solve this crisis, but only a non-violent combination of politics and spirituality will ease the burden and bring about a permanent-ish solution.
The super rich will have to share, because there is enough wealth upon this earth that every human being can live in abundance.
Behind the Grillinis in Italy is a new age spiritualism which can have no truck, no compromise, no negotiations with evil.
Some Grillinis view corrupt Italy as a failed state; and those who waste their incarnation through greed and vanity as failed people. These failed people are to be brushed aside, and are not to be allowed to have any more control.
I fear our continent is going to war because the ruling elite (Brussels / Berlin) have no compassion for ordinary peoples.
Instead, they want again to enslave people; their political ideal is corporate feudalism.
With the Tory cutbacks to the National Health Service in England, in the last year 1200 patients in UK hospitals have died from starvation… yes starvation, people are dying in UK hospitals from starvation… this is the road to feudalism.
Think of growing vegetables as a hobby, I will this summer, because that hobby may turn into a lifesaver….

WB Yeats – THE SECOND COMING
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

With what is happening in Europe, I wonder is Yeats’s poem now so apt at foretelling the future?

WB Yeats – The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Love Is A Hug

Love is a hug
not a bouncy castle
nor a boiling kettle
but a deep hug
staying warm in winter
and hot in summer
arms around one another
embraced in each other
cosy forever together
love in a hug.

IRISH ALCOHOL BAN – ONE YEAR TRIAL

We Irish have been led to bankruptcy by drunks, and we now face growing up or drowning in poverty.
The time has arrived for a referendum on banning alcohol.
Our nation is on its knees with the grim probability we might not escape social and financial insolvency and individual impoverishment for a couple of decades to come.
We face a bleak future and the only way out of this national bankruptcy is that we better sober up fast.
The majority of Irish people are facing a lifetime of poverty, a future blighted by personal decline and our community decimating into possible utter destruction.
The main cause of our national bankruptcy and loss of sovereignty has been our abuse of alcohol.
The previous two prime ministers were drinkers, and their drinking led us to a national disaster. Is there a jailing sentence for being drunk while being in charge of the nation?
Bertie Ahern may not have been as obvious a drinker as his Fianna Fail successor, Brian Cowen, but Ahern also faces allegations of being alcohol influenced while steering the Irish ship onto the rocks.
It was not unusual for him to drink five or six pints of Bass a night and the next day to head into government business in Dublin or represent us in Europe.
No human being can have a clear head after regularly imbibing five pints of larger – what is that, 10 times the alcohol use recommended by the world health organization.
Let us be honest: Alcohol is pure poison.
I take it myself, and I now know, no human being can operate to their true potential if they consume alcohol.
No only were Ahern and Cowen drinkers but they were surrounded by drinkers.
Politicians, civil servants, business people, developers and speculators that surrounded them were also infused in alcohol.
Deputy Prime Minister Mary Harney couldn’t see anything wrong in using a government helicopter to fly to open a rural off license.
Deputy Prime Minister Mary Coughlan was also a drinker, and a foul mouthed one at that.
Alcohol, as advocated by Ahern and Cowen, smothered the cognitive powers of the state.
It affected adversely, not only civil servants and politicians but also the police, army, co council planners, transport bureaucrats, judiciary, lawyers, health executives, and their wives at home drinking overflowing glasses of red wine.
Media is also guilty, accepting too much bubbly and cheap wines foisted on them to blur their reporting of products and people.
Many in the media deserve to be jailed for drinking too much… and that includes me.
There was a period when I did not drink nor smoke for nine years so as to grow my family and give my children a proper chance at life.
I discovered that I could not physically and psychology party and rear a family at the same time. One of them had to go.
And the absence of alcohol granted me sublime moments with my wife and children.
However I did return to alcohol in my mid forties and as a showbiz reporter I did drink a lot.
Ireland was awash in alcohol at the turn of this century. Not only were the pubs and clubs filled with people downing drink like there was no tomorrow but even in homes us Irish were drinking like we thought the world was going to run out of alcohol and we better get it into us quick.
This criminal neglect by irresponsible adults spawned a younger generations of spoiled drunks.
The Irish always had a drink problem, possibly from inferiority complexes due to the oppressive imperialistic powers of the British empire.
But all our woes from drink cannot be blamed solely on the English.
Maybe more of the malaise was caused by the mass sexual rape of generations of Irish children by uncontrollable pervert priests.
Many of Cowen and Ahern’s generation are survivors of systematic sexual abuse by the Catholic Church.
Many victims crawled into alcohol for protection only to find that that bottle was as perverted as the preying clergy.
Whatever the excuse, it is now time we stopped drinking.
We know that involuntary prohibition does not work. America is the number one example. Prohibition there in the 1920’s spawned organized crime which is still a parasite affecting almost every major business dealing in the US.
The only thing that will work is voluntary prohibition, from the bottom up, from it being a people’s decision.
We Irish need a year or two to dry out, then we will be able to make correct decisions unclouded by a domineering pollutant.
I propose we have a referendum with the simple question: to ban alcohol from Ireland for one year.
After that trial period there would be a second referendum: to continue the ban or not.
We Irish need a drying out time to clear our heads, to stop the hangover thoughts directing our decisions, to allow alcohol to clear out of our veins and give us time to pump back a purity into our individual systems and national governance.
Oh people will cry: what about all the jobs lost?
Those workers (from beer brewers to bar staff) must still be paid a good wage to carry out local community work, whatever.
Their wages will comes from the massive savings made from the cost reductions from reduced alcohol related car crashes, industrial accidents, domestic violence, murders, rapes, health destructions from alcohol misuse, and from the reduction in the thuggery and mass violence on our city and village streets after the pubs close.
Let’s be honest: alcohol costs us more from the wages of gardai to doctors and prisons services than we collect in tax on the demon drink.
And what about the owners, will we not have to pay huge compensation?
The Guinness family has made enough fortunes from plying drink on the Irish nation and if they moan that they cannot afford their estates, luxury properties in exotic places or yachts in the Med, then let them get a real job and work like the rest of humanity.
The same applies to shareholders in drink gangs, for that is what they are, gangs ganging up on society.
They have already made enough ill gotten gains from our alcohol pains.
But how about all the poor publicans?
It is time they too grow up, become responsible adults and stop living off the proceeds of poisoning a nation.
Publicans must now go and get a proper job and live from a right living instead of killing us.
And haven’t they and their ancestors before them stashed away enough loot from this spurious toxification?
Surely they are able to afford to take a year off from pushing piss?
Have they not the grace to give the Irish a chance at pure decision making without being drowned in destructive drink hallucinations.
But our tourism industry will collapse because foreigners want to come here and drink and listen to the music and have the craic?
Grow up.
Tom Ryan has been playing some of the best music in county Clare and I don’t think he has had a drink for three decades now.
Many a traditional musician I have heard and so loved their sounds, have only drank tea between reeling and jigging us.
Grow up.
We can have fun, music and craic without alcohol.
And an extra blessing is that in the morning we will have the added pleasures of remembering the previous night’s fun without a pain in our heads.
It is time we Irish grow up … or we will become even poorer, more penniless, more pained in health and spirit, and remain the laughing stock of foreign jokes.
It is time to grow up … and the first step on that path to fitting adulthood is a referendum on whether or not to ban alcohol for a one-year trial.

Most Sensible Citizens On Earth

Sawbones and scientists have discovered that cannabis does not directly kill.
Weed advocates claim it is a life-saving drug and praise the herb’s medicinal abilities in preventing many ailments from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer.
Politicians allege grass leads to schizophrenia and some smokers suffer psychotic-like encounters.
However, most informed people recognise that cannabis is benign enough.
And the citizens of Colorado and Washington, who have just voted for legalisation, seem to be the most sensible citizens on earth.

BILLIONAIRES’ SANDY RECONSTRUCTION FUND

American billionaires can repair Sandy‘s destruction by chipping a billion each into a Sandy recovery fund.
Even the lowest on Forbes’s top 40th richest people in the U.S., Steve Cohen, a hedge fund success, from Greenwich, Connecticut, will still have $7.8 billion left.
Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison or Bill Gates are not going to miss a billion.
But this $40 billion contribution, on top of government money, would not only reconstruct a safer America to face future storms that are predicted to intensify, but also the techniques and engineering the Americans are now learning from this disaster, can be developed, technologicalized, and exported to many other countries facing similar coastal storm damage dangers, and the American people will win high-end exports to advanced and developing economies, which, no doubt, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison and Bill Gates could make money in those exports.

Angry Weather Gods

Two warriors battle to lead the Tribe.
One is smiley faced, with a serious mind almost sinister in it roots; the other is smiley faced, who offers hope after every mess he makes.
The Tribe’s confidence is low after years of droughts, violent storms, flooding and failed harvests. Hunger grows. Poverty spreads.
Somehow, some Tribals have become far wealthier than almost everyone else and seem to have enriched themselves from droughts, violent storms, flooding and failed harvests.
Both warriors say they will overcome droughts, violent storms, flooding and failed harvests by borrowing from the wealthy Tribals, paying them off with Tribal lands they can privatize.
Few Tribals these days listen to the priests.
But some do.
The priests say the Tribe is suffering because of bad leaders and that droughts, violent storms, flooding and failed harvests will continue, until the Tribe changes leadership.
“Do we vote for smiley faced, or smiley faced,” asked the tiny congregation.
“Neither,” said the Priest.
“But these are the last warriors left standing, which one do we select?”
“Neither. Both are owned by the wealthy Tribals, whose selfishness can destroy our world. This angers the Weather Gods.
“Storms will continue until the Tribe chooses real leaders, then we will be led away from droughts, violent storms, flooding and failed harvests.
Both Obama and Romney are Wall Street candidates. Americans have no choice; they either vote for Wall Street, or, vote for Wall Street.
If the Priest is right, will storms intensify until the American Tribe selects real leaders?

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