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HOW TO MAKE ASTROLOGY INTERESTING

I recently watched a documentary that said ancient Chinese astrologers were often executed if they got it wrong.

Can you see where I am going with this already? Clever you. Or maybe you can predict the future?

Anyway, why not get a whole heap of them on to make their predictions and when they turn out to be nothing more than bullshit, which is an eventuality I am sure we can safely predict, punitive measures are applied.

Not only would this make for some good payback for all their nonsense but it would also lead to a subsequent reduction in the number of people claiming to have paranormal powers as most not many people would be willing to be ritually humiliated in this way.

It is a win-win situation.

 

ESSENTIAL VIEWING

This documentary, from BBC Alba, is essential viewing for anyone from the UK or Ireland but particularly Scottish people. It is also essential viewing for anyone with an interest in politics in general and constitutional issues.

It catalogues the history of obstacles placed in the way of the Scottish Independence movement over the years by the London government . While some of it will be well-known to some of you, a lot of it will be new I suspect.

The first part is here and the links to the next parts are on the continuation page…

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THE MILITARY AND THE MONETARY

This piece from Gil Scott-Heron is well worth the listen, particularly today when there will be so much other political theatre with the Milliband thing. This type of theatre is often designed to obfuscate what is really going and has been going on for centuries.

Lyrics are below if you need them.

Back when Eisenhower was the President,

Golf courses was where most of his time was spent.

So I never really listened to what the President said,

Because in general I believed that the General was politically dead.

But he always seemed to know when the muscles were about to be flexed,

Because I remember him saying something,

mumbling something about a Military Industrial Complex.

Americans no longer fight to keep their shores safe,

Just to keep the jobs going in the arms making workplace.

Then they pretend to be gripped by some sort of political reflex,

But all they’re doing is

paying dues to the Military Industrial Complex.

The Military and the Monetary,

The Military and the Monetary,

The Military and the Monetary.

The Military and the Monetary,

get together whenever they think its necessary,

They turn our brothers and sisters into mercenaries,

they are turning the planet into a cemetery.

The Military and the Monetary, use the media as intermediaries,

they are determined to keep the citizens secondary,

they make so many decisions that are arbitrary.

We’re marching behind a commander in chief,

who is standing under a spotlight shaking like a leaf.

but the ship of state had landed on an economic reef,

so we knew he was going to bring us messages of grief.

The Military and the Monetary,

were shielded by January and went storming into February,

Brought us pot bellied generals as luminaries,

two weeks ago I hadn’t heard of the son of a bitch,

now all of a sudden he’s legendary.

They took the honour from the honourary,

they took the dignity from the dignitaries,

they took the secrets from the secretary,

but they left the bitch an obituary.

The Military and the Monetary,

from thousands of miles away in a Saudi Arabian sanctuary,

had us all scrambling for our dictionaries,

cause we couldn’t understand the fuckin vocabulary.

Yeah, there was some smart bombs,

but there was some dumb ones as well,

scared the hell out of CNN in that Baghdad hotel.

The Military and the Monetary,

they get together whenever they think its necessary,

War in the desert sometimes sure is scary,

but they beamed out the war to all their subsidiaries.

Tried to make So Damn Insane a worthy adversary,

keeping the citizens secondary,

scaring old folks into coronaries.

The Military and the Monetary,

from thousands of miles in a Saudi Arabian sanctuary,

kept us all wondering if all of this was really truely, necessary.

We’ve got to work for Peace,

Peace ain’t coming this way.

If we only work for Peace,

If everyone believed in Peace the way they say they do,

we’d have Peace.

The only thing wrong with Peace,

is that you can’t make no money from it.

The Military and the Monetary,

they get together whenever they think its necessary,

they’ve turned our brothers and sisters into mercenaries,

they are turning the planet, into a cemetery.

Got to work for Peace,

Peace ain’t coming this way.

We should not allow ourselves to be mislead,

by talk of entering a time of Peace,

Peace is not the absence of war,

it is the absence of the rules of war and

the threats of war and the preparation for war.

Peace is not the absence of war,

it is the time when we will all bring ourselves closer to each other,

closer to building a structure that is unique within ourselves

because we have finally come to Peace within ourselves.

The Military and the Monetary,

The Military and the Monetary,

The Military and the Monetary.

Get together whenever they think its necessary,

they’ve turned our brothers and sisters into mercenaries,

they are turning parts of the planet, into a cemetery.

The Military and the Monetary,

The Military and the Monetary,

We hounded the Ayatollah religiously,

Bombed Libya and killed Quadafi’s son hideously.

We turned our back on our allies the Panamanians,

and saw Ollie North selling guns to the Iranians.

Watched Gorbachev slaughtering Lithuanians,

We better warn the Amish,

they may bomb the Pennsylvanians.

The Military and the Monetary,

get together whenever they think its necessary,

they have turned our brothers and sisters into mercenaries,

they are turning the planet, into a cemetery.

I don’t want to sound like no late night commercial,

but its a matter of fact that there are

thousands of children all over the world

in Asia and Africa and in South America who need our help.

When they start talking about 55 cents a day and 70 cents a day,

I know a lot of folks feel as though that,

thats not really any kind of contribution to make,

but we had to give up a dollar

and a half just to get in the subway nowadays.

So this is a song about tommorrow

and about how tommorrow can be better. if we all,

“Each one reach one, Each one try to teach one”.

Nobody can do everything,

but everybody can do something,

everyone must play a part,

everyone got to go to work, Work for Peace.

Spirit Say Work, Work for Peace

If you believe the things you say, go to work.

If you believe in Peace, time to go to work.

Cant be wavin your head no more, go to work.

I’M SURE EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE NOW

Climate change, tipping points, oil spill, radiation… all on the way to being fixed because according to the London Evening Standard, Tony is finally on the case.

Well, they use some interesting words. They don’t say “Tony Blair is set to turn his attention toward the serious environmental problems the world now faces. This comes following on from his success in bringing peace to the middle-east, prosperity in all of the UK and a fair and just society”. They don’t say that, as much as Saint Tony of The Church of You-Can-Question-My-Policy-But-Not-My-Motives would have liked them to. What they said was this…

“Tony Blair is set to earn millions of pounds advising an American businessman on how to make money from tackling climate change.

The former prime minister will be paid at least £700,000 a year to act as a “strategic adviser” to Khosla Ventures, a venture capitalist firm founded by Indian billionaire Vinod Khosla.”

Furthermore, if the Standard is right about this, then this not-at-all philanthropic gesture should be viewed in the context of a more pressing crisis that the bLIAR must solve…

He has told friends he needs £5 million a year to fund his lifestyle.

Tony, who has also secretly been a member of The Church of You-Could-Question-My-Motives-But-That-Really-Just-Means-You-Are-Trying-To-Be-Nasty-And-Obstructive for years had this to say…

“Solving the climate crisis is more than just a political agenda item; it’s an urgent priority that requires innovation, creativity and ambition.”

This is presumably the kind of innovation and blue sky thinking that consistently supported more coal and nuclear plants and oversaw a huge airport expansion program. Also, the environmental problems caused by invading countries on false pretexts are to be investigated in a government report that is due to give its findings when everyone is too busy dying of toxic poisoning and skin cancer to notice.

Finally, it is rumouored that Tony is set to join the The Church of I-Don’t-Give-Two-Sideways-F*cks-If-You-Question-My-Motives-Because-I-Am-Stinking-Rich.

SATURDAY MATINEE 5 – WHY WE FIGHT

This week we have Eugene Jarecki’s Why We Fight which, amongst other things, examines the lies that are used to manipulate the public into supporting wars…

OBOMBYA’S PEACE PRIZE

Worth reprising this from Andy Best I think…

barack_obama_120x120So, Obama’s in and all us ‘liberals’ are happy.

Just imagine if McCain had won and we saw the following aspects of his campaign carried through:

– Continuation of the ‘war on terror’ including more troops into Afghanistan (back to the stone age not enough) and promises to cross borders (invade) others if they ‘don’t comply’ – ie invade Iran and Pakistan.

– a promise to take intervention in latin America “further south” ie ‘deal with’ Venezuela and Bolivia

– national/single payer healthcare completely off the table.

– full support of the Cuba embargo

– refusing to be photographed with the mayor of SF so not to appear as supporting same sex unions.

– commitment to draconian immigration policies such as the mexico border wall.

– penal system and capital punishment off the table as is gun control

– 700 billion handout to companies who preach no nationalization and private competition

… hey ..oh ..wait a minute … my bad! That’s a list of Obama’s campaign – I got confused.