Saturday, July 04, 2015

Things to do in London when burning with passion and life (I)

  Wednesday…

  People keep asking me what I’m actually doing in London
  I don’t really understand or fathom the question, but here is my answer anyway. This is a fairly incomplete list of what I did in a given week in early May.
  What am I actually doing in London? Not necessarily that much all the time. The most important part of it has always been the experience of it, taking in the unique mood present in the very air around me.
  This visit turned out to be even more than usual special, since I was down (but not out) with a cold during half of my stay.

  The plane landed on Gatwick airport, on time 10.15 in the late morning. I had no luggage, but just carried all my stuff, except for the camera in a fortified plastic bag, so except for the usual looong walk through the southern terminal I was out of there pretty fast. My expectation of enjoying the usual Large Cappuccino at Costa right after landing was frustrated when the coffee bar in question was closed for refurbishing. I wasn’t too disappointed. There are tons of Costa coffee bars in London.

  I can intellectually recall what I feel every time I walk the streets of London, but after a while after having left them I have a hard time actually remembering emotionally. It’s fading with absence and the dull sadness of civilization takes its place.
  Everything is flooding back, now, when I, after a thirty-two months absence wander the streets of London once again.
  I do believe in the enduring human spirit. In fact I embrace it. And every time I spend time in London it’s there, at the forefront of my elevated state of consciousness. That doesn’t mean I forget about the less unsavory aspect of human nature, certainly not, it just makes me focus more on what’s truly important and experience life in an even more than usual passionate and valuable way.

  I took the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station. I tell myself every time that I should take the slower and less expensive train, with more stops, but every time I get impatient and want to reach central parts of London as fast as possible.
  The first thing I did, the first thing I always do when reaching Central London is to buy myself a one-week travel card. I know I will use public transport extensively, and this is so much less expensive compared to buying single tickets that it is ridiculous.
  There was a queue as usual. I met a man asking me for directions, and I was able to help him, easily.
  The awkwardness persisted, as I made my way to the hotel. This is always next on my list. When I have checked in at the hotel, I can start relaxing, start doing London, start awakening, searching for my «London feeling».
  My first attempt at doing that is usually my first dinner. I usually go for a safe dish the first day, so I went to Friday’s and my favorite spare ribs.
  I usually enjoy that immensely, but this time I didn’t, for some reason. It felt like a totally unremarkable meal, with little or no joy. The prices had gone up with thirty percent since my last visit, but that wasn’t it either. I took some picture, both inside and outside the restaurant. They were not very good.
  Dinner was done. I moved through rainy streets. It was just a drizzle, really, nothing for one growing up in western Norway. We know what true rain is, and this wasn’t it.
  I started snapping pictures in Coventry Street and on Leicester Square, and later in Covent Garden, places I am intimately familiar with. There had been a few changes since I last walked there, but not that many. Covent Garden was the place I first spent time when I arrived in London in July 1983. It was also where I and the guys had played street theater in the late eighties and early nineties. It brought back tons of memories.
  I ended up going to one of my favorite pubs, The Coach and Horses and had my first Guinness. Its taste was great, as always. I sat there enjoying myself, without a care in the world.
  Except for the slight irritation in my throat that had been there since the airport before departure. I ignored that.
  I had a second Guinness, one tasting even better than the first. Leonard showed up when I had downed half of that. We met through the Internet some years back and have been friends since. It’s a curious thing. Without the Internet we would probably never have met. Some friendships take years to develop, but we clicked instantly.
  So, we sit there during most of the afternoon, having one of our excited conversations about life, existence, politics and everything. To grossly underestimate it: it was yet another great afternoon in London.
  One of my goals for the evening was to locate the poetry club in Covent Garden, but even though I searched extensively, I was unable to do so. If I had owned a smart phone or brought my laptop it would have been easy, but I dislike smart phones and usually take a deliberate break from computing when I am traveling. I had brought a copy of Secrets, my latest poetry collection, and was prepared to do some public reading.

  Giving up after a while I went to Starbucks and bought some coffee. The place in New Oxford Street, like the Coach and Horses and my encounter with Leonard and others always gives me inspiration to write and take notes in my paper notebook, and it did this time as well. I wrote several pages that afternoon and evening, and several of the plots of my unfinished novels made major advances forward.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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

  When is a given species in most danger? At the top of its dominion of a given ecosystem.
  Humanity currently dominates, with a few exceptions, directly of indirectly virtually all ecosystems on this planet.

  Once again, we get to know for ourselves the obvious truth that civilization is organized insanity. This isn’t a matter of doing some limited «conservation» or fixing a few problems concerning release of pollution like climate gases or poisonous chemicals. It’s about human society, about civilization itself. What has been more than obvious for a long time has recently become even more so: It must go!
  Rachel Carson with her book Silent Spring made a splash with its stark warnings about human produced chemicals more than fifty years ago, but it didn’t really make an impact, not even approaching one necessary in order to deal with the issue at hand.
  The dire warnings about global warming have been with us for at least twenty-five years now, but even though we talk a little about it, there is no real impact on our society. Even if virtually all solutions currently on the public table are implemented it will do us little good.
  Nuclear power plants continue to bombard all life on the planet with the deadliest poison in existence.
  We are screwing with life and nature on all levels. Frankenstein products, like genetic modified organisms, are numerous and pervasive, their proponents wealthy and influential, with all mainstream politicians in their pockets.
  And now, these days we get the beyond dire warnings of the final nail in our coffin, the facts about what we have wrought.
  There has been some limited debate whether or not the Sixth Great Mass Extinction is on its way or already is here. Now, more and more reports make it clear that the latter is true. The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley in the United States confirms and exceeds the findings in earlier studies. Vertebrates are disappearing at a rate at least 114 times normal. The species going extinct in the last century would have normally taken thousands of years to do so, and would probably not have without humanity’s pervasive dominion. The total loss of biodiversity is a reality and is fast approaching an irreversible state that will take nature millions of years to recover from.
  The culprit is human civilization, is practically everything we, humanity are currently doing and humanity is also one of the species that will go early, in about hundred years or so. «Conservation» is a joke and has always been. We save one or two tigers, for instance while the species are heading for extinction, and we do nothing about the actual cause. And as stated; this isn’t about a few species, but about all of them, except perhaps cockroaches and similar.
  If we manage to kill off the cockroach, one of the most adaptive creatures on Earth, there is really no hope for us.
  We are destroying the foundation of our own survival. Urban «development», destruction of ever more wilderness, habitats and the ever-stronger level of pollution and chemicals soaking ecosystems are choking all life. We seek cheaper and «cleaner» energy, but don’t realize that it’s the use of energy that must go way down, not the access to energy that must go way up.
  To make it totally clear: the extinction isn’t due to a few limited factors, but to the beyond excessive presence of humans on the planet and our equally excessive capacity and penchant for destruction. Our tools become ever more «improved and effective». A small group of humans can remove or have removed a given large forest or destroy huge chunks of wilderness with a snap of fingers. Such groups are numerous and widespread, are everywhere, really. Advanced technology can not help us. Advanced technology is a huge part of what got us into this mess and a major part of the vast wrongness surrounding us. The claim that what is causing the problem can help solving it is definitely yet another proof of the ongoing insanity. The massive priorities of our totally unsustainable society are pushing all other life forms out. The depopulation of all life, along with all the other factors threatens our own survival in countless and massive ways. «Our way of life» is horrendously wrong. We have long since become like a cosmic disaster, a force of unparalleled horror and devastation in this world.
  To repeat: all current human activity is grossly unsustainable. Civilization itself must go if we want to survive as a species.
  You think this is pessimistic and/or drastic? Then, quite frankly you are just one more dangerous idiot refusing to acknowledge reality.
  One more concern, among many is that even if humanity returns to being hunter/gatherers, like we should, there won’t be enough left of nature and wildlife, making our changes of surviving even slimmer. The longer we wait, the less likely our survival.
  Human society is going in the wrong direction, in all areas, going from bad to worse to horrible with practically everything we do, with every new act and «invention», bringing us ever closer to the brink.
  We don’t need more capitalism, more inequality, more injustice, more «free trade», more technology, more destruction of lives and nature, but that’s where we are heading. We are headed for a totally unprecedented destruction, a tailspin collective suicide run of our own making. We are fading, heading for death with a pitiful whimper, and we’re taking life on Earth with us.


  As always, the links are gateways to crucial background material and is important for better understanding of the issue at hand.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Great New Barbarians

  I had another post-civilization dream last night, adding itself to all those before it, one more about the challenges and joy during and after the collapse of the world-wide tyranny marring humanity for so long.
  We had to teach ourselves how to live again, educate ourselves in order to not repeat the vast mistakes of the society of our birth, adolescence and adulthood.
  But doing that, teaching ourselves and the emerging children aren’t that difficult. We encourage everyone to think for themselves and not being led by others. In only one generation we unlearn everything making humanity a plague on the Earth.

  This is a work in progress, an ongoing, never-ending process.

  This is the future Earth, the future human societies as they, generally speaking, should be.
  Forests and wilderness cover the planet. Civilization has been abandoned, its physical and psychological scars slowly, painfully fading until nothing but echoes remain. Wildlife returns everywhere.
  A child is born to a tribe. It, male or female, is welcomed and cared for by the entire tribe, not just the biological parents. All the tribe’s members are its parents, but the children don’t owe any obligation to any of them, except to become a complete, independent person, not owing any obligation to anyone.
  A society with a justified pride in itself and its citizens needs to encourage variety and creativity and independence, not merely accept it, and it must certainly not do everything it can to smother it, like civilization does.
  The children play with each other. They learn how to value their friends and fellow tribe members, and not put them down at every turn, not put themselves before others. They learn that everyone and everything have true value, and that life is precious, and that property, the very idea of it is a bad thing. They are told empathically that strangers should be welcomed around the campfire.
  They learn to hunt and survive and thrive, in a world teeming with life and fire, both spiritual and actual.
  The new barbarians and nomads cross the wilderness with determination, smiles and laughter on their mind.


  There is no perfect society, nor will there ever be one, fortunately not, but this will at least encourage mankind’s good and great traits, not the bad and ugly, like civilization does.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bias

  I won’t claim to be completely free of the bias and intolerance marring present day human society. It’s impossible to grow up in such a rather dismal place without being damaged by it in some way or another. But I have worked hard since I became conscious of such things to remove them from my thoughts and imposed automatic responses.
  It’s an ongoing, never-ending process, thousands of big and small notions and sneaky impositions to deal with and confront.
  Sadly, most people today, so willingly fucked up practically embrace their bias, encourage it in themselves and others at every turn.
  I and others attempt, at least to liberate ourselves from the imposed narrow reality of our birth, adolescence and adulthood. We don’t react with fear and distrust confronted with the unknown. We are not easy buttons to push when a new, suggestive headline encourages a given population to attack immigrants and people with a different skin color or culture and outcasts in a given society in general. Single mothers and impoverished people, for instance are still objects of choice when those in charge need someone to blame.
  Use buzzwords like God and country, for instance, and people fall in line without resistance.

  It still feels shocking and ridiculous to me how much prejudice there is, how easily most people are played, becoming an eager tool in their own oppression.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Main mistake

  The main mistake the political parties growing out of the old labor movements made was to accept or even tolerate market economy, never truly taking on the forces and people and networks ruling the world. Later they surrendered completely to capitalism when they bought the slogan of «the free market». Now, they've become just one more neo-liberalist movement.
  When socialists or former socialists accepted the conviction, the fatal false maxim of «competition» in school, they lost yet another battleground. Children taught the «value» of beating his or her fellow human being don’t become filled with notions of equality and justice, of course. No, they become the typical conservative right winger without compassion for their fellow man or anything, really.
  There are other equally disastrous areas and choices made. The sum of the parts becomes clear early in any given study.
  When former UK prime minister, ongoing tyrant and war monger Tony Blair says that «Labour must recapture the political center» his words will find easy support in UK Labour. They will nod in acknowledgment and with stupendous grins.
  What Ed Miliband and cohorts did wrong wasn't that they were «too Marxist», but that they weren't anywhere near that step in the right direction. It wasn't a tragedy that Labour «lost» the election, because they in truth caved long ago to the forces they were supposed to fight. Labour is perceived, and rightly so as «Conservative Light» or «Red Tories». Its members have no vision of their own.
  Labour has become totally insignificant.

  There is a crucial lesson here for the Green Party, unless they have caved already. Their German counterpart certainly has, over twenty years ago.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The ongoing Labour terror regime

  Re: the upcoming UK election:
  Once again «voters» will choose or may choose what they see as the lesser evil, in order to protect themselves from the perceived bigger evil. They have clearly learned nothing. Five years ago they fled from the Labour terror regime and now they return, like lemmings, like sheep, like ants without independent thought.
  With an amazing lack of logic and basic use of their faculties, they perceive the current Labour leadership as different from the previous.
  «Ed Miliband is not Tony Blair», one blind and deaf voter told me.
  I guess that is true, but he isn’t that much different either. He’s heading Labour, a party that, like the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP has long since shown itself to be an integrated part of the establishment, one executing its oppressive laws and administrating oppression. Labour, led by Miliband supports fracking, Trident, austerity, racism and the unending NATO/US war, among countless other bad things. But that is really incidental compared to the fact that they support and defend the current system, yet another tyranny with another name, one filled with inequality and systemic violence.
  A wise man once said that «insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results».
  What do you call people that are willingly and eagerly fooled time and time again? Is calling them mindless puppets fair or not?
  At least some of those voting Labour, and similar, in all countries claim they desire change and justice and fairness and equality, but they don’t really, which is obvious by their actions.

  In various polls Labour, The Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP get close to ninety percent of the votes. That means close to ninety percent of the voters are horribly wrong. It’s yet another sign of the horrible state of the UK and the world.

  My detailed article about Labour embracing the 1984 scenario as a roadmap, not as a threat:
  A record speaking for itself

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Accepted

  I had a conversation with a Greenpeace-recruiter recently. The difference between us and our views quickly manifested and was substantial.
  I told her that Greenpeace didn't go anywhere far enough in their struggle against pollution and in their opposition to the destruction of the natural world, and that they were basically cozying up to the forces ruining life on Earth, that they needed to attack the roots of the vast problems haunting humanity, not only a selected few of its physical manifestations.
  And she looked at me as if she didn't understand what I was talking about.
  I told her that I was quite familiar with her organization and that if I wished to join it or support it, I would have done so decades ago.
  And that was that.

  Greenpeace does some good things. Especially their fight against nuclear power sits well with me. In an age where several professed environmental activists promote nuclear power with the stated purpose of halting the human created climate change, such a fight is particularly valuable.
  Greenpeace is one of the best ecological organizations accepted by the establishment.

  The keywords here being «accepted by the establishment».