Murdoch madness…who gives a damn?

This whole Murdoch business is such a trivial drama. Sure, he’s an excellent candidate for thMurdocke “Most Hated Magnate” prize but should we really give a flying fu*k about phone hacking by newspapers? It’s primarily prompted by OUR insatiable appetite for bullshit, whether it’s about the private lives of personalities or that of famous victims like Millie, the murdered schoolgirl. And now it will stop (in the private sector, at least) and it hasn’t exactly scarred the progress of civilization. Nice to see the Murdochs sweating though, it must be said.

Meanwhile: The baseless concocted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan proceed with little public or media concern beyond reporting every death of ‘one of ours.’ The Afghans had nothing to do with the Twin Towers and Saddam Hussein was an enemy of Al-Qaeda. Recent calculation show that drone strikes in Pakistan kill over 100 civilians for every targeted Drone
combatant. In WWI one civilian died for every ten soldiers. In WWII it was one to one. Vietnam was seven to three. In Iraq it is ten of us killed for every one soldier. This is not good. And why is it that targeted domestic homes are always called “compounds?” Depleted uranium weapons are at use in Libya, as they were in Iraq, where the consequence is a 10-15 fold increase in birth defects and a growing cancer rate from soil that will remain contaminated for over 100,000 years. Occupying an entire nation on false premises represents quite a high level of bad behaviour. European and American economies are imploding as a result of borrowing by states that stake our future productivity as collateral against the loans. US Debt is 15 trillion dollars. Amongst much else, that borrowing provides funds for fighting unnecessary wars in foreign countries.Thousand of us are dying every year as a result of continued inclusion of trans fats (hydrogenated oils) in our foodstuffs. It is acknowledged that there is no safe dose of these dangerous additives but they are still legally in use, and widely.

Three nuclear reactors are in an uncontained meltdown in Japan, continuing tFukuo release radioactive materials into the environment. They may stop the releases in ten years or so, maybe never. Much of northern Japan will remain uninhabitable for generations. Many millions throughout the world will suffer cancer for generations to come as a result of this catastrophe.

We are being denied the right to take responsibility for our own health by the suppression of our right to freely choose what route we take to healing.

Modern war targets people, not soldiers.

War is getting worse, not better.

Used to mainly be soldiers killing soldiers.Now it’s mainly soldiers killing innocent civilians.

In WW I civilian casualties were 10% of the total

In WW II civilian casualties were 50% of the total

In Vietnam civilian casualties were 70% of the total

In Iraq civilian  casualties  are  90% of the total

Why why why?

Perhaps the traditional ‘objectives’ of war have become less relevant. Used to be you fought a war to steal territory, plunder resources, impose religion, bring an ideology, or any combination thereof. The objective was to win the war and satisfy the objective. This usually involved trained militants in combat with each other, one eventually overcoming the other and doing/taking their thing. The war ends. William conquered and the fighting stopped.

Today, it looks like the prime objective of war is to maintain a ‘healthy’ Military Industrial Complex by expending weaponry. This is achieved through a state of perpetual war. Basra
With an undefined and loosely knit enemy, and no large bases or troop concentrations to aim for it is inevitable that civilians will be the main victims when ordinance is exploded. Nobody bombs and attacks empty unpopulated space, except for once-off destruction of infrastructure.

Division was created between Muslims, and the resistance, trained by the USA to fight Russians, is more successful at killing civilians than armour-clad American fighting machines.

With some 750 – 1000 military bases located in over 150 countries worldwide, we can appreciate the USA’s investment in conflict. Between them, the members of NATO account for another 200 bases worldwide. Russia keeps six bases in former Soviet states. China, the world’s largest nation has, by contrast, no military bases located in other countries. India, the world’s second largest population, has one base in Tajikistan. The Arab nations, the South, Central American and Canadian nations, the Africans, Far Eastern, and Antipodean nations have next to no bases and less combined military power than Israel.

The illegal Iraqi invasion could not have happened without that network of US and NATO bases. The bases serve to proliferate weapons, increase violence and undermine international instability. It’s obvious really, as it is during war that soldiers rise through the ranks, and that personnel and weapons systems are tested by fire.Aran13l

Yet is it any surprise that those economies ‘investing’ in military bases are the same ones sinking into economic collapse, whilst those who do not flush their wealth down the military toilet begin to boom? I dive right into this subject in the online chapter titled “The Arms Industry Toilet,” from my first book Uncommon Sense, the State is Out of Date.

What to do? First and foremost, do not let them thrive on our fear. That is their power. Then get the book.

The modern EU – Napoleon and Hitler’s failed dream

EUNow that we see the looming likelihood of  collapse of the Euro, perhaps it is time to take a longer view. I was very happy, at the time, when Britain alone chose to stay outside the Eurozone. After witnessing first hand the appalling effect of the Common Agricultural Policy upon the diet and landscape of Europe (see below), it was scary to think that the same idiots were going to run the monetary system.

Now that the entire edifice of a ‘united’ Europe is threatened by collapse of the Euro, I am reminded of my realization many years ago when Britain joined the community. This was that the European Union has finally managed to create that to which Napoleon and Hitler aspired. They have united us all under the rule of a group of unelected Commissioners who seem intent upon grinding us down under their bureaucracy.One must wonder just how much irreparable economic damage will result from desperate and doomed attempts by the Commissioners to prop up their ill-planned currency?————————““I wished to found a European system, a European Code of Laws, a European judiciary: there would be but one people in Europe.”  Napoleon in 1810, his dream now achieved.
In my book, The State is Out of Date, We Can Do It Better, I list some of our harvest from the Common Agricultural Policy:* It counters our evolutionary change to a healthier diet, by interfering with the essential and effective feedback loop supplying information from the consumer to the producer. Subsidizing farmers and producing according to central decision-making badly interferes with the natural information exchange. The Soviets tried to do it.* It encourages the introduction of toxic chemicals to our ecosystem through supporting and subsidising food production beyond society’s demands. Much of the use of toxic chemicals and treatments is, when not mandated, certainly encouraged by the state’s guarantee to purchase, or subsidize the sale. This lowers the quality of our food.* It is responsible for the surplus of cattle that were fed back to themselves, aCows a means of reducing the “beef mountain.” This created the conditions for the growth and spread of BSE (mad cow disease). The original cause of this modern tragedy is the intervention of the state in our food chain. The main alternative theory, put forward by organic farmer Mark Purdey, points to the effects of a state-imposed painting of all British cattle with a highly toxic organo-chloride potion covering the head and spinal column.* It has been cited by regular studies as unworkable, corruption-prone and grossly inefficient since the early 1980’s. Literally billions of pounds, our pounds, are scammed and lost every year as this out-of-control creation of Brussels gets on with its regular job – which itself has little merit.

Cost of Britain’s road-building projects soars by almost £4bn

From The Independent, August 16th, 2008:

“Cost of Britain’s road-building projects soars by almost £4bn

Britain’s road-building programme will cost the taxpayer billions of pounds more than expected, with some major projects more than doubling in price in five years, research indicates.”

From Chapter 10:

“Yet rather than cut the department back, they proceed with constant rebuilding of the existing road system for an alleged future benefit. The reality is a road system constantly clogged by rebuilding works, only a few of which relate to relevant repair of the existing structure.”