A VARIED AND BALANCED DIET AND A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE ARE IMPORTANT
On this podcast we're looking back into the archives and listening to a classic couple of interviews from Patrick Heron. He's one of my favourite esoteric writers. An entertaining listen and a good insight into the roots of conspiracy theory culture, the majority of which comes from The Bible.
What also interests me about his angle is that this take on things is, roughly speaking, the kind of perspective people like George Bush and other Christians who operate at the peak of the political world use.
Note: I've rewritten this article in light of recent tragedy. It previously featured on this blog, in an earlier form here. That's one of my most popular entries of all time after it was linked to by a US website.
|The land of the free and home of the brave|
"..I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State".
"Ooh, lets put the Great back into Great Britain," people parrot to each other as my mind shouts back: "OH JUST F--- OFF!".
Having a gun is a sign that the Government trusts the people to behave as citizens rather than slaves. A nobleman carried a sword. A peasant was not allowed one. The peasants might revolt, a nobleman will only do so if his cause is just. In short, an armed populace provides a final defence against tyranny.
The Disinfo version of the article. Some good comments on there already:
my how times have changed
now failing politicians are pandering to the drug vote
With Nick Clegg's approval rating plummeting and his LibDem party threatening to become smaller than the Euro-skeptic UKIP party, thus losing its position in the coalition, his move seems a desperate attempt to boost his electoral appeal.
Politicians are finally waking up to the reality that drugs are a lot more popular than they are, as can be seen by the fact that in Colorado the cannabis legalization proposition received 40,000 more votes than Obama.
Just hurry up and do it.
I've been a fan of Alex Jones for as long as I can remember. The interview here makes that obvious. What's interesting is that I push him to speak about his religious beliefs as I believe that is crucial to understanding how his mindset works.
Many of the people who oppose the big brother state and further extensions of Government and bureaucratic power do so because they're coming from a spiritual perspective. Most arguments in favour of it see ideas such as ID chips, anti-terror laws and CCTV cameras as simply being "rational" solutions to many of the problems in our world. It is therefore interesting to note the "irrational" mindset of some of their fiercest critics.
I do not use the word "irrational" as a term of abuse here. I believe people are fundementally irrational. From a purely rational point of view there's no beauty in a flower and love is just a chemical reation in your brain. Rationalism reduces the world and in truth sells us all short. In short, rational explanations are useful but they do not encompass everything. The word is linked to measurement and these days I believe there really are some things which you will never be able to measure.
"Daniel-san, must talk. Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do 'yes' or karate do 'no.' You karate do 'guess so,' get squish just like grape. Understand?"
Divisions between David Cameron and Nick Clegg over Britain's "war on drugs" emerged on Friday after the Liberal Democrat leader said that current policy was not working and accused politicians of "a conspiracy of sience".
Committing his party to pledging a major review of how to tackle the drug problem in its 2015 election manifesto, Clegg claimed Britain was losing the war "on an industrial scale". He said Cameron should have the courage to look at issues such as decriminalisation or legalisation of drugs.
|Clegg - not big on committments|
 Tory supporters have been outnumbered by Labour supporters who, over the years, generally have more children. I don't vote for any political party. None of them impress me and I'm not inclined to do as most people do by voting "for the lesser evil". I do not want to support evil thanks.
Further reading: How about constant democracy?
In 1994 Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty took a million pounds to a deserted boathouse on the island of Jura and burnt it. The writer JMR Higgs looked at this event from a magickal perspective and came up with some interesting results. The story involves the world's first joke religion, the JFK assasination, Robert Anton Wilson, Alan Moore and a bunch of ideas collectively known as "Chaos Magick".
This week is an entirely new interview, the previous lot have all been unedited bits from the Nick Margerrison archives.
If you're interested in "sigils" which we get to talking about right at the end of the interview go to the Disinfo.com website where I've written some short essays on the topic. Once there you're looking for "Essays for the Discordian Occultist".
Same story but proof-read and more likely to have comments angry at my disgust towards the dogmatic left wing.
I honestly think this story is one of the most ominous developments of 2012.
the Dutch capital may lose its reputation for tolerance over plans to dispatch nuisance neighbours to "scum villages" made from shipping containers.
The mayor, Eberhard van der Laan, insists his controversial new £810,000 policy to tackle antisocial behaviour is to protect victims of abuse and homophobia from harassment.
The camps where antisocial tenants will be rehoused for three to six months have been called "scum villages" because the policy echoes proposals from Geert Wilders, the far-right populist, who last year demanded that "repeat offenders" be "sent to a village for scum".
But Bartho Boer, a spokesman for the mayor, denies that the plans are illiberal. "We want to defend the liberal values of Amsterdam," he says. "We want everyone to be who he and she is – whether they are gay and lesbian or stand up to violence and are then victims of harassment. We as a society want to defend them."
Dam good suggestion
[...] only when families have changed their ways will they be eligible for rehousing.And, as attractive as that sounds, it could never happen here [in the UK] because the human rights lobby would go ape.
And nuisance families, who frequently wreck decent people’s lives, bank on that. Which is why they know they can do whatever the hell they like as they’ll never have to face the consequences.
And while scum villages might sound harsh, I’m willing to bet that within six months nuisance families won’t exist in Amsterdam.
‘Repeat offenders should be forcibly removed from their neighbourhood and sent to a village for scum,’ Wilders said. ‘They will then be put into converted containers as homes. If juveniles are involved, their families should be moved too. Put all the trash together.’
-------------------------- EDIT December 13th --------------------------
From The Disinfo comments section.
This article is missing a few facts:
- Holland is a small, overpopulated country with a severe housing shortage. It's not unusual for families to live in a 1-bedroom home. There are already thousands of people who live in modified shipping containers, which are self-contained and quite comfortable. Being sent to live in a container village isn't some kind of cruel punishment.
- So-called 'nuisance families' are a HUGE problem in the Netherlands. Repeated physical and sexual assault, intimidation, extortion, burglaries etc,,, It just takes one of these families to make life a living hell for thousands of people. Nothing the police or legal system do works because a - sentences are too light, b - as soon as they are released from jail, they re-offend and c - while one family member is locked up, the rest of the family continue to terrorize the area.
- the Dutch are accepting of homosexuality and alternative lifestyles. Muslim immigrants (which are the vast majority of the 'nuisance families') are not. Gangs of 1st and 2nd generation Moroccan youths attack gay men and run them out of their homes. The irony about this is that some of these gay men are themselves immigrants who came to the Netherlands to escape homophobia in their own countries.
Andy Seatrees Millward
Good comment - this article is insulting, comparing this proposal to the Nazi camps. What a let down from a generally good news site.
 The National Socialist German Worker's Party started theirs in Dachau in 1933 and its intent was exactly the same: put all the scum together. Do not buy into the lie that Hitler was "right wing" in the sense we now understand it.
Further reading: Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg
 Concentration camps were initially distinct from the death camps which came later on in Europe's history.
"As a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life, I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world. The song I featured on in question from eight years ago - was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two Korean schoolgirls that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time."
Kill those f--king Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f--king Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully
(Again from The Daily Dot)
"While I'm grateful for the freedom to express one's self, I've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words.
"I have been honored to perform in front of American soldiers in recent months -– including an appearance on the Jay Leno show specifically for them — and I hope they and all Americans can accept my apology. While it's important that we express our opinions, I deeply regret the inflammatory and inappropriate language I used to do so. In my music, I try to give people a release, a reason to smile. I have learned that thru music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology."
The 34-year-old rapper says the protests were part of a "deeply emotional" reaction to the war and the death of two Korean school girls, who were killed when a U.S. military vehicle hit them as they walked alongside the road. He noted anti-war sentiment was high around the world at the time.
|It's thought he dropped the "Kill the f--king Yankees" track during this particular performance|
Gangnam style indeed!
 This is intended as a compliment. I actually like the dense sound of this tune even if the translated and decontextualised lyrics appear a bit moronic.
Press coverage regarding a tragic death in the UK suggests that the media has suddenly taken a serious dislike of this guy:
Then there's this attempt to fudge the anti-American lyrics here:
From The Daily Mail:
An audio version of the essay is here:
Inevitably this title is now attracting attention as "sigils" become more widely understood in this, the new age. The above link will send you to a popular essay I wrote on the subject and works as a basic "how to" guide. It should function perfectly well alongside most magical belief systems.
That's enough for most people.
A small number may become interested in the obscure system that lies behind this "how to" guide. It's called Discordianism, it's a joke religion and we are not searching for any new members at the moment. However its theology is perfectly explained here:
A "true" story of Jesus this week. It's based upon the book "The Masks Of Christ" and is another piece taken from the archives. Lynn and Clive featured on my TV show "Esoteria" a year or so after this interview. This is one of my personal favourites. The book had a big impact on me. It freaks me out to actually think that Jesus was a real person. He looked up at the same sun and moon we do. Quite interesting to think of him like that as opposed to the contrasting myths we get in the books of the bible.
For fans eager to get the first critical verdict on Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth after The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiered in Wellington on Wednesday night, it has been a frustrating couple of days. With the new film trilogy tipped to surpass its blockbuster megalith predecessor The Lord of the Rings at the global box office, it seemed certain that at least a handful of critics would make the decision to defy studio embargoes and publish and be damned. Instead, the only verdicts handed down thus far have come from luminaries such as film-maker Bryan Singer, and little-known Kiwi blogger Kylie Klein, who, it seems, was so overwhelmed by getting a ticket that her critical faculties were slightly swept away.
Word is that we won't get to see any more reviews now until 5 December, when the embargo ends.
A swift review of the highlights includes our troll putting people down because of their physical appearance and suggesting it's probably your fault if you don't look conventionally attractive:
Pale skin, hairy feet and short stature are fairly common among fantasy fans. If you spend your entire life living in your mum’s basement playing Xbox and eating Wotsits, then you’re unlikely to grow up looking like Daniel Craig.
If popular culture holds a mirror up to society, the success of these films can only reflect a retreat from reality.
At the root of all of this virtual reality is real greed. The Hobbit is a great example of how Hollywood has franchised fantasy and encouraged its fans to run away from real life. The book is relatively short, yet[...]
[...]A 2008 study found that 10 per cent of Harry Potter readers experience the classic symptoms of substance abuse: loss of sleep and appetite, obsession with the material and withdrawal pains when they complete the last book of the series. A book acts as a gateway drug [...]
The hook is that tawdry lives are elevated by fantasy in the same way that alcohol convinces a man that he is bigger and better looking than he really is. “By day I deliver Domino’s pizzas. But by night, I am King of the Lizard people!”
[...] it’s certainly not to my taste. I can’t stand the Tolkien movies. To me they are plodding and dull [...]
"Miserable toffee-nosed git."