IT OCCURS TO ME

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  • there is no point in debating (or worse, arguing) with a brick
  • because brick will win every time

and I guess Ark has finally twigged.

JZ seems to have left the topic alone for quite a while although he still makes acerbic comments on some of the more revolting blogs.

I AM TOO DUMB

for that. I still have faith.

In intellect … but when religious maniacs get their hands back on the reins of power I fear for the people they exercise that power over. The precedents aren’t pretty.

I BELIEVE

in ‘live and let live’. But only so far. The ‘so far’ is defined by the effects on me and mine. Examples?

‘GOD’ (or messengers) may come to Earth in a simple robe and sandals to address flocks from a cave or beach—but once God has returned to Paradise the people He leaves in charge waste no time setting themselves up in palaces—with armies of extortionists and enforcers answerable only to ‘Holy’ Law.

God in charge isn’t a good idea. (Not unless you are one of His officers, in which case it’s a brilliant idea. For you …)

IN ITS MOST BASIC FORM

the scenario should be that you consume only what you produce, or by fair trade its equivalent. So everyone is a farmer, artisan, organiser, or otherwise productive. Except for the priest. He produces nothing. But he sells.

The product the priest sells is entirely psychological—it is neither tangible, visible, audible, verifiable, or existent. Yet it sells endlessly.

It is a unique branded ‘one off’ product available everywhere.

There is just one unique brand—but that brand appears all over the world under different names, different formats, different methods; selling different unique ‘divinities’. (Note my use of ‘unique’ there. For a purpose … for a sarcastic purpose, in fact: every religion is THE unique path to God. Brrr.)

THE FORMAL SYSTEMs

of worship are collectively ‘religion’. Each ‘unique’ brand is a religion. Some religions have several or even many competing sub-brands within that brand (I call them franchises) (why?). Most of them semi different in aspects yet each is THE one-and-only-True-Path to God.

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And so the lion lay down surrounding the lamb—then along comes this noisy heathen bastard Argus … and what does a dog know, huh? You just listen to me but always beware of them Islamics, and them bloody Jews; all false … no true profits there, I tell you!

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PROPERTY RIGHTS

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THE LAND OF THE FREE

I restate an observation—

(oops, before I do, here’s your wee quote for today)

The Dakota Access Pipeline was an underground crude oil pipeline system that affected 4 states: Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  It was planned to be fully operational by the end of 2016. This extravagant project boasts environmental friendliness and a huge boost to the US economically. All this can be found on the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company’s webpage.  There’s just one small problem. People live on top of the property that will be seized as part of this monstrous project. You can either give up your land willingly and be compensated, or be taken to court. Native Sioux tribes are experiencing colonization all over again; People are exploiting their homes for personal profit, they are being violently forced out of what has been home to them for hundreds of years, their basic human rights to shelter and water are essentially denied. This time, however, people with huge influence on society and intelligent outspoken voices are coming forward. Shailene Woodley stood up for the minority and was arrested during a protest. I am moved that at just 24 years old she is using her presence as a celebrity to not only fight for environmental and social justice, but to stand for morality. To see who else is with her, read here: Shailene Woodley Speaks Out

excerpted from: CLICK HERE 

—and the observation, which applies here in Godzone as much as in the Land Of The Free, is in fact a Universal that needs neither explanation nor proof:

YOU ONLY EVER OWN

THAT WHICH YOU CAN HOLD

BY FORCE

AGAINST ALL COMERS

A simple statement, self evident, and completely unassailable.

Does it rankle? I certainly hope so … not that there’s much that you, little voting person, could ever do about it. (It would be like objecting to The Law of Gravity …)

AND

the beat goes on, the beat goes onnnnnn ….

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GOD’S HOME

DESTROYED

by an act of God—

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—in a rather petulant display of “…because I can! So there, and nah nah na nah naaaah!”

So?

“They are considering three options for the cathedral – restoration, demolition and new build, or gifting the building to the Government.

The Government and Christchurch City Council have offered tens of millions in support of restoration …”

I AM FORCED

reluctantly … to ask : whence cometh the funds for the Government and the Christchurch City Council to so eagerly spring into the breach?

THE ex CATHEDRAL

may even have been a tourist drawcard, but such drawing was only ever a side product, a wee fringe benefit when its main purpose as a House of God is/was to accommodate the very bugger who destroyed it. Not good.

Not even an apologist could excuse such behaviour—understandable only if Big G were sending His wee flockers a very unsubtle message …

AS TAXPAYERS

we the peop  sheeple should refuse to pay any part of taxes that are diverted from attainable purposes to attempting to thwart the will and aims of The Almighty. No?

In a democracy we would vote on the disposal of our monies—here we simply sit down, shut up and just keep endlessly funding.

No good will come of it …

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too true, Argus! I can be a vengeful bugger …

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TIME TO DRAW

attention to

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POLITICS

again. Everything is politics

MY BLOGS

have a couple of ‘Pages’ attached.

One of them, (in a form anyone can read) is written more or less as child-lit. Kid-lit, call it what you will. I first drafted it before the great J K Rowling hit the shelves so although you may find similarities there’s no plagiarism involved. She made a bundle, I flubbed, but that’s the way of it and I won’t (can’t~!) complain. Dammit …

IN MY ‘TABITHA

tale I encapsulated a lifetime’s observations with a few bits of cynical thought. But the premises are valid and I challenge anyone to dispute them:

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—and for anyone not au fait with the British way of English, Swindleham isn’t pronounced “Swindle Ham”.  It’s actually “Swindle ’em” …

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RELIGION is all about

WEALTH & POWER & CONTROL

and thus far I’ve had no takers on that statement. None …

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Your quote (BBC)—

Some two million Muslims from across the world have begun the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Dressed in simple white clothes, the pilgrims started at sunset by circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site.

Iranians are once again participating this year after missing the last Hajj following a deadly stampede in 2015.

For Muslims, the Hajj is the fifth and final pillar of Islam. It is something that every sane adult Muslim must undertake at least once in their lives if they can afford it and are physically able.

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Saudi officials said at the time that almost 800 pilgrims were killed, but one unofficial tally put the death toll at more than 2,400.

Iran alone reported 464 deaths…

My point? Only the cynical observation that it is compulsory for every member of the ‘religion’ (read: system of absolute control that is Islam) to toddle off to the home of Islam and spend up large.

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(Mt Arafat? Don’t ask me … and Google doesn’t know either. Bugger …)

Nice little earner if you can get it …

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I FORGET WHERE

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I READ IT …

A quote from an RN submariner —

“…and there I was, Kirov square in my sights … with sonar that ensonifies the entire ocean but never tells its operators a thing!” etc etc.

So?

SO READ ON, AND

make your own connections.

The Brits have just taken delivery of their lovely new aircraft carrier. Two such when the dust and feathers have settled. I’m quite impressed.

BUT

being in no position to form judgement I’m still allowed unfounded ‘gut feeling’ feelings of misgivings.

POSSIBLY GERMANE

I seem to recall that on two different occasions Chinese submarines popped up unexpectedly in the middle of US carrier fleets. Possibly a variation on the old “Oops, I think I’m a bit lost, can you show me where I am on the map, please?”

I ALSO READ

that the Yanks borrowed a Swedish submarine with crew for some exercises and the (Gotland class?) submarine made a mockery of their defences—


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I looked it up and will re-read the article. (Could even be tail-tweaking by some prankish blogger.)

Pretty little thing.

Cute—

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—but enough admiring, let’s move to my point:

Floating airfields are all very well and good for projecting power against some inoffensive little oik who can’t fight back. Vietcong chappies shivering under trees being pounded by naval Phantoms dropping napalm all over them … ideal, no?

BUT WHAT IF

the oik has Gotlands or something comparable, in the right place at the right time?

Ouch.

I’M NO BEAN COUNTER

but I imagine that one could get half a dozen subs for the cost of one seagoing metropolis.

But there is a drawback—a lovely big freshly washed and brushed super-carrier coming in shows an awesome amount of flag compared to any number of submerged submarines ‘out there somewhere‘.

BETTER MINDS THAN MINE

rightly or wrongly voted ‘big and visible is better’.

Hence the new QE—

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I GUESS

that one day we may get to find out. I hope not.

Personally I’d vote submarine—but then, I don’t have to live in the blasted things …

 

 

… although living in the other things could get a bit unpleasant too. Bugger, it’s a tough call.

But I still vote submarine … unless, of course, you actually can protect your investment in many acres of steel.

 

dodo

 

DAMMIT

I OBJECT~!baaabs

First quote—

“Another week, another spate of barmy campus bans and ‘safe space’ shenanigans by a new breed of hyper–sensitive censorious youth. At Oxford University, law students are now officially notified when the content of a lecture might upset them …  It all seems beyond parody.”

to read from source:   CLICK HERE**

YOU MAY BE WONDERING

why? Simple: the upcoming generation is being programmed.

Programmed, not educated. I believe it was Lenin who coined and initiated ‘Political Correctness’ (and he was very good at it*).

INFORMATION

is Power. Hee Hoo controls information rocks the cradle and controls the world.

THE ANSWER

is teach the young to think. As in ‘use of reason’. Ain’t gonna happen though. So eventually the few will be the whistles that control the dogs that control the sheep.

AS A

conspiracy theorist I see the hand of the Hydra in everything—

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coming soon, if not already:  enjoy~!

Health-and-safety mania means the young are denied resilience-building freedoms that past generations enjoyed, such as playing outdoors, climbing trees and walking to school unaided. Modern mollycoddling means that pupils have been prevented from engaging in activities such as leapfrog, marbles and conkers … Last week, a headmistress in Dundee suggested changing the colour of her school’s red uniform because ‘some research indicates that it can increase heart and breathing rates’

You couldn’t make this stuff up and sell it as fiction.

Fiction has to make sense.

And this stuff is becoming law—

Anti-bullying policies are a statutory obligation in schools and children are subjected to an endless stream of anti-bullying assemblies, activities, books, dramas and stories of celebrity victims. This propaganda encourages children to examine all their interactions through the prism of bullying …

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QUERY:

“Mr Argus … Sir?”

“Yes, little Virginia?”

“I sense a non-PC remark coming?”

“Not at all, beloved sensitive sweet child. Don’t you fret, just pop along to your safety rug on your safety-zone stool in your insulated Safety Room and don’t you worry your purty lil’ head none …”

Now, where were we? Oh yes—

QUERY

Education (in New Zealand) seems to be becoming more and more the domain of Women. Wimmin. At the risk of being savaged by shrieking harridans, or worse, their subjects …

is this a universal, or limited only to the west?

Are we beginning to reap what we sow? Horrible thought …

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*   Look at what happened to Russia when the unthinking masses took Lenin seriously …

** But be warned, not for the squeamish (and consumption may make you unwell)