Great Fucking Britain……

27 Jan

Cold, grey, miserable shit hole. One week of sunshine but not in succession.
Oppressive routines, zero hour, three month contracts that don’t even pay the bills.
Employers that want more from their Sheep for less and less. No taxes for those cunts though.
Scraping a living like a Seagull on a rubbish dump. Begging bowl in hand when management consultants have taken your job. Treated like Oliver Twist, “Please Sir, can I have some more?”
No car? No life. The next bus should be along in an hour; maybe two, just as long as it hasn’t gone half past six.
Need a doctor? Try again tomorrow if you’re not dead.
Kids glued permanently to their iPhone, common sense absent from their minds.
Press one to be put on hold whilst we charge you and connect you to the first available moron that can’t help due to a complete apathy, no box to tick and no incentive to tick it anyway.
Taxed to fuck at every opportunity unless you happen to be in the ‘club’.
Need somewhere to live? No problem if you like damp, cold flats on estates filled with the dispossessed.
Insecurity, depression, despair. We’ve got it all in Great fucking Britain.
And for what? There is no after, just like there was no before.
You can kid yourself there’s a God, pay lip service with prayers at the funerals that become more and more frequent as you slowly wither away till you’re institutionalised and they take away what little you may have saved over a lifetime.
Truth is, you’re just an over developed evolutionary bacteria whose only purpose is to replicate DNA. Not even an option for me.
I don’t deny we live on a beautiful planet but one which I’ll never get to see from the metaphorical prison in which I’m serving ‘life’.
So, Great fucking Britain, what’s the point……

I Don’t Like Nothing……

31 Oct Infinity

‘And no, my command of the English language hasn’t gone adolescently double negative. The ‘nothing’ I am referring to is the one from which our universe appeared approximately 14 billion years ago, according to the Standard Model of Cosmology. Therefore, this has to be an exercise in philosophical thinking because science has yet to find a satisfactory answer……’

(For clarification: the absence of proof cannot be used as justification for divine intervention. This is the usual fall-back defensive position of ‘believers’ of varying dispositions and/or mental health issues……)

Physicists’ measure the interactions between forces; gravity, electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces being the main four at larger scales. They have yet to answer the key question ‘How do you get a universe from nothing?’ Although there are several multiverse theories which could account for the possibility of an event starting the Big Bang, I cannot accept that there was ever a time when there was absolutely nothing; it seems completely contradictory.

‘Nothing’ is a concept that philosophers have toiled with for thousands of years. Even when it was demonstrated by inverting a sealed tube of a liquid (Mercury) to create a void, they still thought everywhere contained something, and not without reason, because even light passes through a vacuum; they later called that medium ‘the ether’.  We now know that the ether does not exist but even in the perfect vacuum of empty space quantum mechanical processes take place, so nowhere in the observable universe contains absolutely nothing. This leads me to conclude that there was never ‘nothing’, therefore, the universe has always existed in some form.

If the universe has always existed in whatever form it leads to something else which has its own contradiction and paradox; infinity.  To accept the proposition that the universe has always existed you must also accept that the universe is infinite in some way……

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The Power of Imagination……

15 Oct

‘This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity; proven decisively in 1919 when observations made during an eclipse showed the apparent positions of stars were affected by the Sun’s mass. The implications of Einstein’s work cannot be underestimated as it replaced 200 years of accepted wisdom and changed the way we think about the universe……’
Einstein is one of my heroes. One amongst many who left their mark on modern physics but with one big imagedifference. Although he eventually produced the mathematical equations and experimental proof to back up his theories, it is the way in which he initially approached problems that interests me; using nothing more than the power of pure imagination. The General Theory of Relativity is not as hard to understand as you may think. I recommend that you read it. It does contain some complicated equations but Einstein’s reasoning is fairly easy to grasp. You don’t need a degree in physics or mathematics to understand it. Einstein’s well presented argument and use of analogies make it possible for anyone to follow……
imageThe General Theory of Relativity beautifully explained many things. Before Einstein time and space existed as separate entities, with time regarded as absolute. Time was thought to be literally universal. Having deduced that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light (The Special Theory of Relativity), Einstein could see that events are dependent are the relative positions and momentum of observer and event. It also led to the realisation that Gravity was not a force of attraction between two masses but the effect of the curvature of space caused by them. Space and time were now intrinsically linked; what we now call spacetime. And all of these groundbreaking ideas were conceived through Einstein’s famous ‘thought experiments’……
Einstein was also misunderstood. He was a lifelong pacifist and although he was the most influential signatory to the imagemletter that led to the Manhattan Project and the creation of the atomic bomb, he never intended it’s actual use on populations; rather as a demonstration of unbeatable force that would lead to unconditional surrender. He is also famously quoted as saying ‘God does not play dice’ which is frequently misinterpreted as his refusal to accept the paradoxical outcomes in Quantum Mechanics. Obviously, a man of Einstein’s intelligence new that the experimental results were unquestionable but his quote was an expression that there must be an underlying law of nature to explain it, not that it was wrong……
Surprisingly, Einstein received the Nobel Prize in 1922 for his explanation of the photo-electric effect; how electromagnetic radiation such as photons and electrons could be treated as packets of energy (quanta) and not for his work on special relativity, general relativity or mass/energy equivalence, although his services to theoretical physics was noted……
Einstein continues to inspire professional and amateur physicists alike and many of the ideas driving progress begin with the power of pure imagination……
A full digital archive of Albert Einstein’s papers have been made available online for anybody to view by Princeton University……

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The Whole World’s a Stage……

1 Oct

‘Approximately six million years ago we and our furry cousins went our separate ways. In the interim period our prefrontal cortex continued to develop. Useful though it is for executive functions such as the ability to understand abstract concepts, project forward and problem solving, unfortunately, it comes with baggage; a lot of baggage……’image

Though a highly developed prefrontal cortex is useful it has one huge caveat. It controls emotions, and emotions are irrational. To ‘survive’ in the world we have to constantly moderate our behaviour in order to satisfy a ‘social contract’. Therefore, people lie. They lie to their family, they lie to their friends and they lie to themselves…….

The daily lies and banal platitudes that people exchange confine them within a social Pigeon hole but allow them the self-delusion that they are a unique individual, which in truth is as individual and unique as the mock-Tudor house they probably live in. As if solitary confinement within a society is not stifling enough, people habitually make decisions using their emotions; as emotions are empirically irrational any decision influenced by them must by definition be irrational. It is a strange twist of evolution that having the ability to act rationally makes people think and act irrationally……

Hypocrisy is alive and well too. Not only the hypocrisy between inner thoughts and outward presentation but also, as the gap between venerated belief systems and reality widens, people who claim to believe in gods and spiritual nonsense rarely follow even the basic rules of their chosen arbitrary system; deceiving themselves as part of an irrational ‘insurance’ policy. All belief systems are redundant in light of what science tells us. You speak to an imaginary friend every Sunday you’re religious. Your imaginary friend speaks to you and you’re Schizophrenic. – Do it all. Do none of it or, by definition, you are a hypocrite……

Everybody dies; deal with it. We have a finite, insignificant existence and yet we credit ourselves with ‘delusions of grandeur’ when it comes our own self-importance as individuals and as a species. Prior to being born, for the first 14 billion years of cosmic evolution you were unaware that you would be born, ‘existing’ as it were in darkness. It is to that darkness that you will return for infinity having by chance beaten the astronomical odds that the sperm and egg that gave rise to you was ever fertilised……

An extension of blind faith and one which requires no religion, just self-deception, is ‘fate’. Maybe it helps people feel like they exercise control over random events. They find comfort in what is a non-deterministic universe with no predefined outcome, yet gives a false impression of stability, ergo anything that goes in your favour is ‘fate’; things that don’t are ‘bad luck’. Another irrational and uniquely human thought process……

If you are prepared to take off the mask you must first accept that you are wearing one. You are an Ape with higher brain functions. It isn’t easy for people to accept that they are irrational, lying, hypocritical Monkeys engaged in a game of ‘keeping up appearances’. If you apply rationale and logic to life and loose the mask, it can leave your opponent in a social interaction shocked at your brutal honesty. The usual defence to being told the truth is to take offence and rather than accepting that you are wrong, accuse the challenger of threatening or aggressive behaviour. Admittedly, being confronted by someone who doesn’t apply social etiquette is unnerving. However, if you feel offended, tough; there’s no given human right to protected you from feeling offended, it’s just another irrational function of the prefrontal cortex……

Liberating yourself from the ‘game’ makes decision making much easier; rational decisions are either good or bad. Telling someone the dispassionate truth may violate their expectations but leaves no ambiguity or confusion about the point you are making. It does have the effect of making people think you’re rude or arrogant but if you are truly uninhibited you simply don’t care. If your point was reached using unemotional logic and reasoning and the Ape you are talking to fails to grasp why, the problem lies with them and their need to fit into the social order…….

I am not immune. I act irrationally and deceive myself but as I watch the world as an outsider I have started to free myself, make logical decisions and tell people precisely what I think. It’s a liberating experience. The question is: dare you do the same…..?

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A Moral Dilemma…….

19 Sep

‘I have a lot of personal experience of the National Health Service and it hasn’t all been good. Anecdotally, it’s a story I’ve heard a lot. So, my dilemma is whether to get involved……’

I have been asked to take part in an outreach program. I spent three days training based largely around Power-Point presentations highlighting the blatantly obvious repeatedly (whoever invented Power-Point should be hung, drawn and quartered). However, it contained the usual health basics: care plans, care pathways, community based treatment, access to other support services, expectations of standards of treatment and its availability. Boring though a lot of it was, it’s the practicalities that cause me to be hesitant……

These projects are meant in good faith but it is in the practical application where the ­­­reality differs from the ideal. The particular group we are discussing are vulnerable, often in unsecure housing, have complex and long term mental health needs, family breakdowns and challenging personalities etc. In my own experience once you have been referred, you’re on your own. Navigating ‘the system’ is hard enough when a person doesn’t have issues. Should you have a chaotic lifestyle appointments may be missed and you may find yourself being discharged and having to go back to the referral stage. The purpose of the project is to engage clients with the process and help them through it……

As an outreach or key worker I would give my complete dedication to my client but from personal experience I know that I will inevitably come across a situation where communication breaks down, usually due to ‘administrative’ errors. Again, from personal experience nobody ever accepts any responsibility or makes very little effort to rectify their mistake. If you are trying to smooth the journey for your client conflict can therefore arise. First, between you and the person responsible for the mistake; second, between you and your client who may already have a tendency to procrastinate and has little faith in the service you offer based on their own past experiences. This could potentially lead to someone dissociating with the service and failing to get a treatable, life threatening disease cured. This could also lead to someone who is symptom free leaving their treatment until it becomes symptomatic, at which point it can be harder to treat and serious irreversible damage can be caused……

At the moment the door is still open but I have expressed my concerns. There are other issues regarding the cost of treatment and a lottery as to which treatment you will be offered. When there exists a treatment with a 95% success rate as opposed to one with a 60-65% success rate which one would you want…?

I’m still contemplating whether I can get involved because at some point I am bound to have a disagreement with a healthcare worker or their administrators. My empathy is telling me I could make a difference; my experience will lead to sleepless nights……

‘What would you do…..? I’d be interested in your thoughts on the subject…..’

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9/11 – A Sad Day for Humanity…..

11 Sep

‘So, here we are again, people all over the world are still suffering the pain of bereavement of what happened on September 11th 2001…….’911-truth-150x150

I could, alongside all the Pilots, Structural Engineers, Physicists and ex-Military Ordinance Experts, explain their concerns but I won’t, suffice to state the fact that steel framed skyscrapers do not collapse in neat symmetrical piles……

I thought I’d dedicate this post to the victims of the ‘War of Terror’ and the thousands now displaced and suffering as a direct result of the carefully orchestrated plan.

My sympathies do go out to families of soldiers on all sides. Even though I personally would never dream of joining a military service and can respect those that do. It’s just they weren’t to know, they were never told of the pernicious intent of the Military Industrial Complex and just how all-consuming it­­­ was to become.­­­­­­­…..

Dying by Numbers……

To give a little perspective on the enormity of the casualty list, here are just some of the numbers, and don’t forget initially this was a search for just one man.

  • Since 2001 an official total of 91,000 people have lost their lives in Afghanistan. This figure is closer to 360,000 according to some independent reports. The sizable difference is due to the way statistics are recorded. The 91,000 figure is derived from conflict casualties…
  • Operations inside Pakistan, some of which have been undertaken without diplomatic agreement, have been estimated to have killed up to 50,000…
  • The death toll in Iraq is thought to be 500,000, many of which have happened since Mr. Bush proudly declared victory…

Add in the victims of 9/11 which are still increasing as emergency service personnel fall prey to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and a whole host of unexplained diseases and 9/11 has cost over 1,000,000 lives. Not forgetting the millions who have been displaced and their homes and lives destroyed……

Another Victim of 9/11

Another Victim of 9/11

Of course for every negative there is usually a positive. In this case the complete destabilisation of The Middle East, Africa and Asia which is great for business if you happen to run a private security firm or supply the Armed Forces with supplies and munitions. The Military Industrial Complex is one of the world’s most profitable industries and many of the others benefit from it……

When we took the step of assassinating two British citizens using drones in a country with who we are not at war we are setting a very dangerous precedent. It is not the ‘War on Terror’ that we have to fear; it as the behaviour of our Government who act with impunity……

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Immigration – Smoke, Mirrors and Outright Lies……

9 Sep

‘The debate about immigration is, like all things political, spun in such a way as to hide the reality and confuse the public’s perception……’

Migrants fall into specific groups, most of whom are perfectly entitled to be here. Anybody living within the European Union (EU) is free to live and work anywhere else within the EU, including ourselves. Those who come from outside the EU can live and work here provided they meet certain criteria or who are invited here; most notably healthcare workers without whom the NHS would simply collapse. Those who are married to a UK resident. An overseas parent with a child who is resident here also has certain legal rights allowing them to live here. This is supported by Human Rights law which considers the right to a family life fundamental and universal. However, this does not automatically allow the non UK national the right to work. There is also an international agreement on those seeking asylum, which was agreed up after the atrocities committed during World War II. It is estimated that 3m people were relocated during WWII……

The parents that put their children in a boat must fear the land more. What would you do. Wait for the bombs to drop on you or get your family to safety? No contest……

Do we not have an obligation as members of the Human race to offer the hand of friendship? These people had lives, jobs, businesses, families and security, just like you until America and the UK got involved in the warmongering after 9/11; but that’s a post for the near future. As for the ‘slam the door shut’ advocates; if every country did it we’d be end up with a net increase in population and asylum seekers represent a small number of the total figures that are always quoted……

Don’t believe the hype…… If we can afford Trident nuclear missiles……

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