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Brains Without Them

An expert is someone who always eats tuna before going swimming, and maintains Tchaikovsky couldn’t possibly have composed the 1812 Suite as he was born in 1840.

Or builds a Nuclear Plant on a beach in an earthquake zone, surrounded by ocean to cool it if it explodes, forgetting  frequent tsunamis some day lead directly to precisely such an explosion, and it still won’t work.

(see preceeding post)

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Tsunamis

It’s not much of a consolation if your family has been swept away, but without earthquakes and resulting tsunamis there would be no life on earth. Planets that are dead having no more volcanic action and no moving tectonic plates.

We are alive thanks to the sun and to the geological boiling pot we’re sitting on: if it were otherwise there would be no life. Because we’re only that flame in the pan, that off-spring of light, that spark with attitude, that short wild dance in the universe, together with our bosom friends the plants, insects and those sometimes bizarre looking striped, spotted, hoofed, pawed, clawed, scaled, horned, finned or feathered cousins of ours. A ball too crazy, too magnificent to end until the fires die, only to spring up elsewhere in that long, long night… probably with entirely new creatures in attendance.

 We, that third force between volcanic and solar action only until these very fires through exhaustion, eruption or collision decide to alter everything and we’ll be asked to quietly dematerialize. Adaptation by disappearance, as it’s called.

This is from my essay Fairy Tales: A Narrow Escape and you’ll find it in my www.anthonysteyning.com literary site.

Maybe the time to reflect about all of this.

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Tsunamis

It’s not much of a consolation if your family has been swept away, but without earthquakes and resulting tsunamis there would be no life on earth. Planets that are dead having no more volcanic action and no moving tectonic plates.

We are alive thanks to the sun and to the geological boiling pot we’re sitting on: if it were otherwise there would be no life. Because we’re only that flame in the pan, that off-spring of light, that spark with attitude, that short wild dance in the universe, together with our bosom friends the plants, insects and those sometimes bizarre looking striped, spotted, hoofed, pawed, clawed, scaled, horned, finned or feathered cousins of ours. A ball too crazy, too magnificent to end until the fires die, only to spring up elsewhere in that long, long night… probably with entirely new creatures in attendance.

 We, that third force between volcanic and solar action only until these very fires through exhaustion, eruption or collision decide to alter everything and we’ll be asked to quietly dematerialize. Adaptation by disappearance, as it’s called.

This is from my essay Fairy Tales: A Narrow Escape and you’ll find it in my www.anthonysteyning.com literary site.

Maybe the time to reflect about all of this.

Hypocrisies

I agree with those saying the current simultaneous upheaval in nearly a dozen countries around the world is of enormous historical significance and will be the stuff of future political science lore.

And contrary to self-promoting claims in certain orthodox quarters, this has nothing to with God or the Americans or about the God Standard vs the Gold Standard. People just want to live normal, consumer lives in open societies with regularly alternating governments and civil servants  accountable to the last. No more pressure, no more interference round the clock. No more existential theft, no more factual slavery, no more hidden mansions in Manhattan or Mayfair. The age of abusive dictators suddenly coming to end, in a sizeable part of the world.

The cruel, moral bankruptcy of places like Iran has shown many living under similar circumstances this is no way towards the future. That religion as deployed by political zealots is a fraud. That Jews are not behind everything and that blaming the Yanks for it all while wanting to live like them, doesn’t work.

That governing to plunder has to stop.

And blaming the West for not intervening, then quickly for intervening after it does, is a silly business in which even the free world press heavily participates, under loud banners suddenly speaking of the Libyan Hypocrisy after having berated free governments for letting innocents there getting slaughtered by the yard. Just who is hypocritical here?. This is cheap bandwagon slaloming at its worst, as if the developed world could even attempt to liberate the oppressed from Ivory Coast to Iran equally simultaneously if it wanted to.

One quarter of the world on fire, for one simple ideal: Freedom and self-determination at the individual level, the next quarter in Asia, ready to jump and smelling distant victory.

And all because of a few communication satellites, our new divinities, come from the skies, opening millions of eyes.

Spelling

Given his close friendship with Sylvio Berlusconi, perhaps we should spell Khadaffi’s name Italian style, with a particularly apt connotation to it: CADAVERE.

Cadavere, cadavere, ti alzi, alzi, alzi….

Not only because he loves to make them, at night he moves them to where he needs them, next morning showing the world how much his people are suffering at the hands of others. Not his, are you insane!? He loves his people, and they love him!

Ma sí, parliamo anche Italiano qui….

Bottoms Up

A friend of mine thinks a Daiquiri is a small lesbian, from Cuba.

Pisciculture

Sharks are primal and stupid. Dolphins affectionate, evolved and smart. Mammals returned to water with social intelligence. Sharks should watch & listen, have a salt drink with them.

Some people are Sharks, convinced the way to succeed is through attack and never having enough of everything. And sometimes they do win, though they tend to have no friends or die old and by sleeping in.

Bang, Bang

In American Cinema violence is a horrible crutch. For utter lack of emotive genius, far too many film directors incapable of walking without one.

Misadventure

When I was young I got some guacamole all over my ukulele. It was horrible, horrible…

Multiple Faces?

On the State sponsored RT Russian English language TV Channel which is rabidly anti-American, like the good old cold war days, they’re harping on about the US double-standard when it comes to protecting human rights in Libya, as opposed to current strife in Yemen and Bahrain.

My view is, yes there is a difference in approach as each situation is divergent, and that Russia’s own record on the subject is regrettable, and therefore its complaint self-pleasing and hollow. And yes, Libya has oil and Yemen doesn’t, but is that all there’s to it when it comes to foreign policy initiatives?

To be honest, in this particular instant it isn’t the US as such, but all of the Western powers, supported by the Arab League, who clamour for some sort of action in Libya. And of course political decisions are always heavily influenced by self-interest, as in our private lives; but not exclusively.

So that if there is self-interest in play, coupled with violent human rights abuses in a given area, the desire to intervene in some capacity is evident, whether this is in the form of extending humanitarian aid, arming rebels and demonstrators or by directly defeating an unpopular tyrannical government. But the main element in deciding how to go about an international crisis is to consider what group or system will take the place of the old regime: better, same or even worse!

Democracy is great but has to be learned and lived, not stupidly offered to entities who have no intention of respecting it in any honourable way. Impostors who say, thank you very much for handing us the nation, now get lost! Like the boys in Gaza and Tehran did. Or the boys in Harare and Abidjan. So that intervening on behalf of bogus Democratic movements and Human Rights in these cases is folly and extremely innocent, a bad trick making ordinary people suffer even more after having given them much, much hope.

Now if we calculate what based on present ingredients the above scenarios offer, these pictures emerge:

Libya: Horror, self-interest (oil), but viable regime alternative: go to their help! Even tactically!

Yemen:  Horror, no self-interest ( no oil), no viable regime alternative: let them fight it out! But give humanitarian help.

Bahrain: Horror, self-interest (5th Fleet) but no viable regime alternative (Shiites controlled by Iran):  Let the region fight it out. But give humanitarian help

Now to get back to RT TV, is this an evil US or Western double-standard? I don’t think so. It’s pragmatic and realistic, the way we run our own jobs or family interests. There are over 200 countries in the world and a one-fit-all foreign policy simply doesn’t hold.  Besides what can countries like China and Russia teach us morally and democratically?

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