Month: May 2007


gabriel_garcia_marquez_1.jpg Mine isn’t great (or doesn’t exist!) but I had a request today for this writer and I couldn’t find anything with subtitles so here goes…

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”

“The only difference today between Liberals and Conservatives is that the Liberals go to mass at five o’clock and the Conservatives at eight”

The interpretation of our reality through patterns not our own, serves only to make us ever more unknown, ever less free, ever more solitary.”

Two videos, one an interview in spanish, the second is someone reading a Gabriel Garcia Marquez book. Why anyone would think it is a good idea to record that I don’t know???



beckett.jpgUnfortunately, I am very busy with other things for most of this week and I don’t think I will have time to do much writing. Therefore, I shall be posting some excellent short clips and pieces from various writers. Yesterday was Bertolt Brecht, today is Samuel Beckett. This short play is about 15 minutes altogether (it is in two parts).

WHAT WHERE – by Samuel Beckett


Some quotes…

brecht.jpgIt is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.

No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.”

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”

“ANDREA: Unhappy the land that has no heroes! . . . GALILEO: No, unhappy the land that needs heroes.”

“Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men.
For though the bastard is dead, the bitch that bore him is again in heat.”


Peachum – “the law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don’t understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it. And anyone who wants a crumb of this exploitation for himself must obey the law strictly”

Brown – “I see, then you believe our judges are corruptible”

Peachum – “not at all, sir, not at all. our judges are absolutely incorruptible: its more than money can do to make them give a fair verdict.”


Mine were apes. Here is a little film (1 minute) I made on the subject.

There is a major attack on science at the moment. Nonsense like ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle'[1] is being passed off as a serious piece of work. Some people are eager to jump on the conspiracy bandwagon and believe it – which conveniently makes them forget that the major conspiracy is the one that has been attempting to cover up the full effects of global warming and the changes that are already taking place.

Climate science is not the only area this is happening. Evolution has been under attack for a long time in the USA and being replaced by intelligent design ‘theory’. Science is being replaced by blind faith.

The consequences of this could not be more serious. If this is allowed to stand we could be back to burning witches and believing the earth is flat before we know it. Blind belief makes a hypocrite of anyone who has it, no matter what it is they profess to believe. As the documentary I have posted below points out, debating intelligent design on its scientific merits gives it the propaganda victory that its proponents want. The idea that they are two competing scientific theories is false.

‘It is a lie to say that in America intelligent design is getting a hold, it is not getting a hold in the scientific community [or] in the intellectual community. It’s getting a hold only among those parts of the population that don’t know anything.’ – Richard Dawkins

Generally, the same people that believe in Intelligent Design are the same people that ‘believe’ in George Bush[2]. Did they believe in Bush when he said that his friend was doing a ‘heck of a job’ in New Orleans? Did they believe him when he sacked him? Did they believe Tony Blair when he said he didn’t like trident? Did they believe him when he said he wants to update it?[3]

The obvious response to this line of questioning is to say that circumstances change but the problem with this kind of belief is that it never changes according to circumstances.

At first glance it looks like the attacks on global warming and intelligent design are unrelated but I can’t help thinking there is a bigger game being played here.

Some of those true believers, the Discovery Institute, stated it openly…

“The social consequences of materialism have been devastating. As symptoms, those consequences are certainly worth treating. However, we are convinced that in order to defeat materialism, we must cut it off at its source. That source is scientific materialism. This is precisely our strategy. If we view the predominant materialistic science as a giant tree, our strategy is intended to function as a “wedge” that, while relatively small, can split the trunk when applied at its weakest points. The very beginning of this strategy, the “thin edge of the wedge,” was Phillip Johnson’s critique of Darwinism begun in 1991 in Darwinism on Trial, and continued in Reason in the Balance and Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds. Michael Behe’s highly successful Darwin’s Black Box followed Johnson’s work. We are building on this momentum, broadening the wedge with a positive scientific alternative to materialistic scientific theories, which has come to be called the theory of intelligent design (ID). Design theory promises to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist worldview, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.”

They are a combination of an attack dog, a lobby group and a think tank. They go on to say…

“Once our research and writing have had time to mature, and the public prepared for the reception of design theory, we will move toward direct confrontation with the advocates of materialist science through challenge conferences in significant academic settings. We will also pursue possible legal assistance in response to resistance to the integration of design theory into public school science curricula. The attention, publicity, and influence of design theory should draw scientific materialists into open debate with design theorists, and we will be ready. With an added emphasis to the social sciences and humanities, we will begin to address the specific social consequences of materialism and the Darwinist theory that supports it in the sciences.”

It is all very scary stuff. Please watch the following documentaries…

The above was the link for one of them. It seems to have been removed from Google video. Keep trying. It was broadcast on UK tv and was called ‘God’s Next Army’. It focused heavily on Patrick Henry ‘College’ where the students are groomed to go directly into top government positions.

Here is another…

[1] Please follow any or all of these links relating to that documentary…

Climate Change : An Inconvenient Truth for channel 4

Channel 4’s Problem With Science

Climate Sceptic Alert

The Real Climate Censorship

[2] This is not an accident. Pat Robertson wanted to gain effective control of the Republican party for the christian movement. In effect it has happened the other way round.

[3] In Blair’s resignation speech when he said we may disagree with him but we are not allowed to question that he really believed he was right…contradictions and all. I can think of a few dictators that thought that way.


If anyone wants to know, I went to catholic school and was told at 6 years old I was going to hell which at that age frightened the life out of me and then at ten years old I was told that I was the boy in the class most likely to be a priest. Consequently, I began to find the whole thing somewhat absurd.

I have no religious beliefs now but I believe there are good parts and bad parts in all of them. But there is still a question I want an answer to…



Not a lot of people have read the poems Orwell wrote.

Here are two, and they are both good.

GEORGE ORWELL – Ironic poem about prostitution

When I was young and had no sense

In far-off Mandalay

I lost my heart to a Burmese girl

As lovely as the day

Her skin was gold, her hair was jet,

I said, “for twenty silver pieces,

Maiden, sleep with me’

She looked at me, so pure, so sad

The loveliest thing alive,

And in a lisping, virgin voice,

Stood out for twenty-five.


A HAPPY vicar I might have been
Two hundred years ago
To preach upon eternal doom
And watch my walnuts grow;

But born, alas, in an evil time,
I missed that pleasant haven,
For the hair has grown on my upper lip
And the clergy are all clean-shaven.

And later still the times were good,
We were so easy to please,
We rocked our troubled thoughts to sleep
On the bosoms of the trees.

All ignorant we dared to own
The joys we now dissemble;
The greenfinch on the apple bough
Could make my enemies tremble.

But girl’s bellies and apricots,
Roach in a shaded stream,
Horses, ducks in flight at dawn,
All these are a dream.

It is forbidden to dream again;
We maim our joys or hide them:
Horses are made of chromium steel
And little fat men shall ride them.

I am the worm who never turned,
The eunuch without a harem;
Between the priest and the commissar
I walk like Eugene Aram;

And the commissar is telling my fortune
While the radio plays,
But the priest has promised an Austin Seven,
For Duggie always pays.

I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls,
And woke to find it true;
I wasn’t born for an age like this;
Was Smith? Was Jones? Were you?