Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Change - a brief framework for a truly fair and exciting society

  This, today’s human local, national and global society isn't the Anthropocene, not really, not «the age of man» at all, but of the Machine. We need to change that yesterday, before it is too late.
  People claim and keep claiming that true change, a world where true freedom and equality reign is impossible, is impractical and undesired, but that’s clearly wrong. The world is changed all the time. The question is who is doing the changing and for what purpose.
  Today’s school system teaches competition and conformity and respect for authorities and has an unhealthy focus on subjects. We see where that leads, see that it leads to a society where authority is hardly questioned at all and compassion and freedom are four-letter words. If it instead taught and encouraged true independence and autonomy and critical thinking, if critical thinking and personal autonomy became a major, dominating part of the teaching, the learning, covering at least half of the week and curriculum we would see positive changes pretty soon.
  We can change human society in only one or rather two generations if we truly set our minds to it. It isn’t that difficult or unrealistic at all.
  A society with a justified pride in itself and its work won’t merely accept alternative thought and variety and free expression and creativity, but encourage it and actively discourage the forces of tyranny and oppression so prevalent in current society.
  One of several obvious problems is to find teachers able to teach something most current teachers are totally clueless about. That’s certainly one of several reasons why it will take two generations. There will be a delay, a residue from the old, thoroughly putrid system for quite some time. The obvious solution is to use political radicals and radical political thinkers instead, until the first generation of truly liberated individuals grows up and can take over.
  The major problem, of course is that we don’t live in a free society, but its complete opposite, and that those in charge of it, those of wealth and power don’t desire anything even resembling true change. They are fine with how it is. It serves their purpose perfectly.
  So people need to take charge of their own lives and create truly autonomous societies and a network of such rejecting the current destructive society and philosophy and system of things completely.
  We need dozens of big and small paradigm shifts, turning humanity around on its heels.
  This is a framework, a blueprint if you will for a truly fair and exciting society. It needs work and will always need work, an always present flexibility and ability to react to changing conditions and inevitable imperfections within the system, but this is both the desirable and needed direction and path we must tread.
  We have wasted so much time already, on vain and downright unhealthy pursuits. That must end before it ends us. It’s well under way at doing that.

  I wrote this before breakfast today, but I’ve pondered the subject for quite a while, for many years, really.

  These are basically the conclusions of the Hordaland branch of the Norwegian Pirate Party during the «election» last year.






Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Thick, thick blinders

  Erik Solheim, the old rebel environmentalist, the new director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has long since become sickeningly mainstream. He claims with a straight face that human society is improving, and even claim that we’re actually dealing with the vast challenges confronting us.
  He’s very typical in that regard as well.
  He comes off as pretty smug, actually, and like a zealous defender of a society and order he once strongly opposed. This is pretty common, unfortunately. Once radical people often become more conservative and even conservatives as they grow older, more or less disregarding the spirited approach to the world dominating them in their youth. They join the mainstream, the establishment of an oppressive and destructive society, which like we have hardly seen before in human history, one taking one or ten turns for the worse every day.
  When such a man is hired to do the job, to lead others in one of the foremost environmental bodies on the globe, it’s even clearer that we are in trouble, in trouble to our ears.
  In a world of horrible priorities, he becomes just one more bad choice.

  I support the various Green Parties across the planet. I certainly see their policies as a step in the right direction. I have several major disagreements with them, all related to the fact that they don’t go far enough, that they aren’t even close to doing that, and that they cling to a thoroughly unfair society that is ultimately doomed. There are some members agreeing with me here, but not enough by far.
  I was a member of the Norwegian and British green parties twenty-five years ago, but left in frustration. I have considered rejoining several times since then, but every time I approach current material and actions and attitudes, I see that nothing has changed. I shake my head and decide to remain on the outside. I/we can clearly do far more worthwhile stuff there.
  The consensus among true environmentalists, those of us not belonging to any organization is that even if a world-wide Green Party got hundred percent of the voters behind them and all the actions in their political programs were implemented all over the planet… it wouldn’t save humanity and life on Earth in general, wouldn’t be even close to doing it…
  Instead it would only further sustain the ongoing dangerous illusion that something worthwhile is done.
  The same is true for all the other so called green organizations.
  Humanity is committing collective suicide, and they just want to polish already dead policies.
  I and others keep telling members this, but it doesn’t seem to reach their conscious mind at all. They are quite simply too caught up in mainstream society to get it and don’t see the need for the vast changes needed in order to make a difference.

More on Midnight Fire:

Brink - The Sixth Great Mass Extinction is here and it's us

Path to power
The World Grinder
The Watchers

Tailspin suicide run

Tumor

Chemical cocktail

Cretaceous era revisited

Chernobyl everywhere

Softballing no longer

The technological glorification of technology

The great new barbarians

Accepted

When

Living in the wild

Primitivism

The drill in the head and other stories

As always, the links are integrated parts of the main article.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The eternal war

  I spoke without a script, as usual. This, from memory only is a somewhat approximate transcript of my speech at the Stop NATO meeting in Bergen, Norway on May 8.


  A code of silence is notable in all western countries, a long row of issues missing from public debate. NATO and a given country’s membership there are clearly among those. There’s a manufactured consent in mainstream society, one making the massive propaganda machine kicking into gear every time anyone attempts to raise the subject. Those doing that are ignored, ridiculed and persecuted. Mainstream media and society are eager cohorts in the loud and silent choir of conformity. Established media has long since become the fourth, supporting estate, no longer even attempting to be any sort of corrective to the dominant forces of society.
  George Orwell spoke at length about the eternal war. It is remarkable how much of his predictions have become true, including that. It’s a sad, sad truth that those in charge used his story 1984 as a roadmap instead of a warning. The eternal war doesn’t need any justification except its own existence. A lot of pretexts are served a subjugated population, like the «War on Terror», the latest invention of those in charge in order to keep a given population down. Such pretexts are used to implement ever more oppressive laws, ever more extensive surveillance, and so on. Video-cameras are everywhere in public space today. Surveillance of the Internet and phone conversations becomes ever more extensive. The NSA exposure, among others proved that they don’t target specific people or groups. They are after everybody.



  NATO is not a benign organization by any stretch of the imagination and has never been one, but after it lost any validity it once might have had after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, it has taken one or ten turns for the worse.
  After the fall of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact there was a brief period of hope that we were headed in the right direction. Defense budgets were actually cut, even in the United States. It took time for the oppressive forces of the world to adapt to the new circumstances. Suddenly, there was no enemy to point at anymore. They had to find another.
  With the events at September 11, 2001 they did. The illusion of a benign order of western government fell like the house of cards it was. New wars and new, oppressive laws followed on an assembly line. Suddenly distant, unthreatening regimes and small groups of Afghan mountain people and Middle Eastern extreme religious groups being no threat to us with any stretch of the imagination were the Big Threat.
  It has grown from there, showing us that the true threat to us all is NATO/US combined forces. The United States is the leading force of this alliance of aggression, one of the most aggressive military alliances ever, but the rest is certainly eager participants. When Libya was bombed, Norway, once a somewhat reluctant participant in NATO aggression was responsible for most of the bombing. The United Kingdom’s parliament voted with zealous eagerness to bomb Syria. Most other member countries are just as eager. There used to be massive resistance, but now there is little or no opposition against NATO-membership in most member countries anymore. A unison agreement has fallen in various parliamentary bodies and big and small political parties.
  The world has basically been at war since 1938, if not longer, much longer, a state of ongoing conflict growing even more intense the last twenty years. Militarism leads human existence on all fronts.
  Pervasive propaganda tells us that unthreatening countries and groups are the threat, and also that we are bombing and invading a given country and killing massive numbers of its population in order to save its population from cruel dictators…

  It’s totally amazing that such bald faced lies, distortions and deceptions are believed, but they are, by a more or less clueless and disinterested mainstream population, and we all suffer because of it. It has to end, yesterday!


Tuesday, May 03, 2016

No way, pig!

  I used to be afraid of cops in my youth, but have long since grown, taken long leaps of growth from that sorry state of affairs. I acknowledge that they have physical power over me, but that’s «all». They can’t touch your true self if you don’t allow it, and you shouldn’t.
  Some years ago, while I still owned a car, I was pulled aside by a patrolling police officer and given a ticket for not wearing a safety belt.
  - It’s important that you wear your belt, you know, he said casually. – It will save your life someday.
  - I don’t use a safety belt, I replied, just as casually.
  He frowned.
  - Wearing a safety belt is mandatory, he stressed. – It’s the law.
  - I don’t use a safety belt, I repeated.
  - It’s the law, he repeated.
  I was not impressed.
  - «When the law is immoral or wrong, it’s everyone's right and duty to break it», I paraphrased. – This and similar regulations have nothing to do with safety and everything to do with the need those in charge have of controlling the citizens of a given society. The issue of whether or not wearing the safety belt is a minor one, I grant you, but not unimportant.
  The frown grew deeper, visible.
  He gave me the ticket.
  - I think we will do a check up of your car as well, he said.
  I couldn’t hold back the grin. He was as predictable as all of his kind, all bullies. When they don’t get to have their way with you, when they realize that they don’t scare you, they get desperate. Through a bit of coincidence and luck, I had been prepared for this. I had had the car to extensive service only two weeks before.
  He checked the lights, the breaks, the slack of the wheel, under the hood, if I was intoxicated and just about anything under the sun and the moon he could think of and could easily get away with… without finding anything.
  - There are lots of other controls today, he whimpered eventually. – The roads are practically swarming with officers.
  He emphasized his words as if he was paid to do so (and he is). I was not impressed.
  - Thank you for the tip, officer, I said. – I will probably wear my belt for the rest of the day then, and will save a lot of money. You are most kind…
  My passengers had a great time and had started giggling openly some time ago.
  Two other cars that had been pulled in with me started blowing the horn.
  I knew he wanted to do bad things to me then, wanted it bad. His eyes were practically bulging in his skull. You don’t need a crystal ball to see the obvious.
  - I will never wear a safety belt, I stated. – Never in your dreams.
  I drove on. He remained on the spot, a sad little bully robbed of his toys.

  This is exactly like it happened. The dialogue is spot on. I haven’t exaggerated in any way, not making myself look braver than I was. It’s only one modest, minor example of many similar and bigger cases through the years. I chose this one because it’s a bit funnier than the others…

  I’m quite pleased with how I behave in the company of cops as an adult.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The occasional value of coincidences

  In a rather amazing turn of events earlier today, the following occurred:
  James, for perfectly valid reasons couldn’t keep our appointment today. That made me make an appointment with John instead, and because of that I took a great photo on the spot we met, and because of that we took a long stroll on the long Bergen harbor, where I took lots of photos and great photos.
  It’s highly unlikely that those photos would ever have seen the light of day if James had kept his appointment.
  The light was special today. There were other factors as well. To repeat the special circumstances would be difficult, even when I’m aware of them, even as I’ve discovered their value. If not for me not meeting up with James and me meeting up with John, I never would.

  Sometimes life truly throws lemonade at you.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Using flash?

  I do see some uses for flash in photography, I do, but mostly I avoid using it.
  During the last two years I’ve hardly used it all. I prefer what in photography is called «natural light», which is any light present that’s not a flash or flash setup, including various common electrical lamps and lights in living rooms, streets and such.
  Photographers favoring use of flash claim everyone would use flash «if only they knew everything you can do with it», but that just isn’t the case. It isn’t really that difficult to know and do. I and others quite simply prefer natural light.
  Natural light, generally speaking makes better photographs.


  I will return to this subject later, with illustrations.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The deceptive impression of witches perpetuated

  Mainstream broadcasting and publishing industry continues, deliberately and through ignorance to get witches and witchcraft wrong. To say that there are gross inaccuracies in the portrayal of such people and such truly alternative viewpoints is to put it mildly.
  Mainstream shills keep claiming we live in enlightened times, but witches are still portrayed as servants of Satan and other preposterous depictions.
  The Secret Circle, a US TV-show at least partly sympathetic to witches was taken off the air in spite of fairly favorable ratings. Rampant, insistent rumors spoke about one of the Christian executives wanting it off the air. Looking at the bigger picture, that isn’t hard to imagine at all.
  When virtually all current mainstream movies on the subject portray witches in a bad light and those hunting, torturing and killing them as heroes, and there is a reoccurrence of such movies and far more of them, it shouldn’t be seen as a coincidence. Most people won’t get it, as usual, but those with a keen eye for propaganda will have no trouble spotting it.
  All minorities are usually portrayed in a bad or suspicious light in mainstream movies. Arabs have been cast as the bad guy in movies for decades, and we see the result. Mainstream propaganda works. Mainstream movies and books form people’s opinion, moving it in certain desired directions.
  Truly alternative thought is shunned and vilified. Witches have been shunned and vilified for centuries, blamed for all bad things. The risk of a true return to the Burning Times is always There. When mainstream tools are used in massive attacks against a given group, there is indeed reason for concern.

  In a modern society where an ill wind is blowing ever harder, that concern is magnified many times.