Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

gone swimming...

Well, not just swimming, but canoeing and boogie boarding as well, conditions permitting. Huh? My partner and I are having a holiday (that's 'vacation' for you decandent Yanks) on the North Coast of New South Wales (the 51st State Of The Union for you Yanks.) So don't expect too much ranting for the next ten days. Then again, don't expect too little either. ;-) I have access to her laptop and her dial-up! :-) Isn't it sad how when a blogger goes on holiday they still blog? Sad... Truly sad...

30 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

watch the floods. don't drown and be careful of lightning strike. Stay away from Mt Warning during a thunderstorm...

November 11, 2004 10:27 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Happy holiday Gerry. I think I'm going to take a blogging vacation of my own... just kind of tired of all of the rhetoric over the election; need to clear my mind. Have a great time and please don't come back "born again."

November 11, 2004 11:07 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Anon, thanks for all the good advice. :-)

Jeff, yeah, a holiday is a much needed thing right now. Quite therapeutic really. I'm noticing slivers of sanity flickering through my brainscape already. No chance of me being "born again", Jeff. But I have been giving more than a little thought to starting a religion called The Church of Jesus The Heretic. It would focus on my heretical interpretation of Jesus's teachings, there would be no mention of the Old Testament, God, Heaven or Hell. Emphasis would also be put on Jesus's model of anti-capitalistic socialism. Wanna join?

November 11, 2004 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm... can I be your Peter, oh wise one?

November 12, 2004 10:52 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Anon, I have a problem with the phrase "your Peter". "your" seems to suggest that you want to belong to me and that you think I'm Jesus. I think perhaps a spot of therapy might be helpful in your situation. ;-)

November 12, 2004 2:15 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Hahahaha... just read the above two comments. Strange, very strange. Let's talk about these "church issues" when you return. Do two devils an angel make?

November 13, 2004 12:25 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Nonono..., lets' talk about it now. Why spoil a good holiday by not blogging! :-)

November 14, 2004 9:23 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Gerry, while I think that the two of us are pretty much on the same page on the whole religion thing, why not "pre-rant" via e-mail to avoid any potential misunderstandings of each of our "grassroots" ideas/beliefs?

November 14, 2004 12:15 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

By the way, I think that you'll appreciate my latest post "Politics IN Religion."

November 14, 2004 2:04 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Jeff, (1) Re: possible misunderstandings - let's keep it here in the blog where the whole world can see them. (and)(2)Re: Politics in religion - I'd say religion IS politics. Alpha and Omega. So, "separation of Church and State" was, is, and always has been, an oxymoron. A clever ruse as well...

The real mistake is to be sucked into thinking that religion is ANYTHING BUT politics (the politics of mind control.)

November 14, 2004 7:46 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Okay, I think that I was right. We're on the same page here. So why not post something to get it started?

November 15, 2004 3:27 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I ranted about it HERE

November 16, 2004 5:24 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

How can you have a democracy when the people are brainwashed? Jesus, Gerry, you love to pose these intangibles don't you?

Yes, it's all about POWER. 4,000 years or so ago, in order to protect themselves, cowards, saving or protecting their own asses, created what has unbelievably turned into the most ultimate mind-control device ever conceived: religion. Incredibly enough, it ended up turning these coward's followers and believers into bigger cowards.

The ploy worked then, it still works today. It's all about POWER and lies; lies about the POWER (#1-who is the POWER and #2-who really controls that POWER).

It's all about POWER keeping no-POWER and lesser-POWER under control in an effort to gain even more POWER.

It's all about POWER lies, but lies that soothe the savage beast, be it driven by poverty, ignorance, lack of intelligence, commonality, depression, laziness, hatred, or the very legitimacy of existence.

Some say that "faith" is the hardest virtue to achieve. I think that it's the easiest, especially when it elevates the believer to a new level of purpose, a new level of hope, a new level of disguise. Lies are easily bought in whole when they serve the needy (as in, those who needs lies to survive their own deficiencies).

November 16, 2004 1:27 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Yep, it's about power, Jeff. But i think what I'm addressing is a subset of power: Thought control. Controlling (covertly influencing) how they think, what they believe, how they feel, in order to have power over them. But hell yeah, it sure is about power and control. And none of it is about democracy. "Democracy" is just a convenient scam by which the people can be suckered.

November 16, 2004 7:45 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Perhaps as it exists today, democracy is a sham, but if followed to the letter, it has merits. The problem is that TRUE democracy demands constant vigilance and there's not a soul in America (or any other country) who is capable of the kind of watchdog scrutiny needed to watch over the kind of democracies that exist today.

That's been the flaw from the beginning (combined with power and greed) in regards to the whole concept of democracy.

A true democracy could perhaps exist among a handful of people who lived in a small intertwining community, but communism would probably work better.

November 17, 2004 1:40 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

The problem I have with the US brand of democracy is that it enshrines capitalism and disallows/attacks/kills socialism or communism or any other non-capitalist economic model, so it's already non-democratic. It's capitalist totalitarianism, and it imposes itself wherever it can, without regard fro the wishes of the target population. In this regard America and its band of global marauders must be stopped quickly and absolutely. I just don't know how that can be made to happen.

November 18, 2004 12:39 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Gerry.. if you're saying here that the pruely ideological intentions of democracy have been virtually altered, manipulated and all but eradicated by the U.S. over the last 200+ years, only an ignorant fool could disagree.

November 19, 2004 12:50 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Well, yeah, Jeff. But now you've got America forcing globalised totalitarian capitalism (in the guise of "freedom" amd "democracy" onto the rest of the world via the World Bank, the IMF, and even US Aid. And if that fails, it's time for those two big sticks, economic sanctions and military intervention. The local (target) population has no say.

You've got one brand of (highly discredited) economics being imposed on the whole world and no one gets to vote on it. That's democracy? Big Business has hijacked democracy. You can only have a "democracy" that's Big Business friendly. I hate that kind of totalitarian brand of politics and in that sense I hate America and those who blindly support this shit.

And how can it be stopped if you are prevented from voting against it? You can't even debate it. They will not discuss it. They just deny, lie and obfuscate and that's the killing of democracy right there, Jeff.

So militant pacifists such as myself yo-yo between ranting, vebally challenging Americans (and their cohorts), or plunging into depresssion whilst the more articulate and literate people write books on these issues. But the great brainwashed masses won't read them and their "education" systems don't want you to read them.

Less pacifistic militants resort to vandalism, sabotage and guerilla warfare (neatly dismissed as "terrorism") and in the absence of a democratic process inclusive of their voice, I cannot blame them. We know they are fighting for the very survival of their human rights. In a sense they are the last of the freedom fighters.

If there were genuine democratic outlets for their concerns and ideas, I would condemn their violence, but given the seriousnessand the urgency of the threat against them and the total lack of genuine debate, negotiation and representation being afforded them, I can only empathise with them and hope that they choose more peaceful means of fighting for their cause, but people being brutalised and victimised rarely resort to "enlightened" methods of resistance (Human Nature 101). And the prime cause for all this lies with "The West" and its top bully and instigator, America the "Brave".

Here endeth the rant. :-(

November 20, 2004 8:59 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Gerry, true democracy has been dead for a long time, both here and everywhere else in the world. Now, it's just a lame expression of superiority and an exuse to corral the globe for financial interests. The sad thing is... American patriotism was reborn out of WW2 and those were our fathers. We inherited something real from them (even if we've grown to realize that it was all self-interest), they gave their lives; they sacraficed for the government cause (democracy) and passed the torch. They BELIEVED in the U.S. at a time when the U.S. meant equality (for some) to them and freedom for all. Only time has revealed the truth and the abuse of democracy. America was the 12th leading power in the world at the start of WW2. Once the industrial/military movement got rolling, it was impossible to stop because it was too much a part of our economic interstructure. The politians used this to keep the "freedom" notion alive and well as the exuse while we were building more and more WMDs. They used fear and retaliation as the backbone of the cause. Sound familiar? "Those who ignaore history are doomed to relive it."

November 20, 2004 2:35 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Right. But this is serious stuff. How can it be stopped?

November 20, 2004 5:17 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Sad truth, Gerry? KA-BOOM!!!!!

November 21, 2004 1:57 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Nah. I don't know exactly what you mean by KA-BOOM, Jeff, but whether you mean that we're going blow each other up or whether you mean blowing "them" up is the only way, I'd have to say that thre has to be another way and we need to find what that way is.

November 21, 2004 5:17 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Alright Gerry, would you like to give me a clue as to what that alternative might be, where it starts and how you make people wake up and realize that their dream is really a nightmare?

November 23, 2004 1:37 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Maybe a grassroots program of education by left wing groups. I dunno. I just don't like KA-BOOM scenarios.

November 23, 2004 7:33 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Nobody does, Gerry... nobody does. After all, if there is nothing left to control, there is no power to control and no power in controlling. You wanted THE answer, there it is. Sorry, mate.

November 24, 2004 1:32 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

You're being a bit nihilistic aren't you, Jeff? Back in the days of BBSs and Fidonet (92-95), I used to use a tagline that said "F*ck nihilists, they'll amount to nothing in the end."

November 25, 2004 6:26 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

That's one of the BIG things that I appreciate and, yes, love about you Gerry. Sometimes in your more deeper depressions/rants, you'll come across as desperate as a human being can be, but there's ALWAYS something between your lines that spells "disappointment" but "hope." I'm not being sarcastic here. To me, you represent the better side of human nature and I am both thankful for that and a bit more hopeful myself. Too bad there's not a WHOLE lot more like you out there, and particularly right here.

November 25, 2004 2:30 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

That's very generous of you, Jeff. Thank you. Often I see no hope of the world ever sorting itself out. It's headed for doom. That's when I get despondent and depressed. The places from which much of society derives its meaning is a hollow sham to me. And sometimes existence seems so pointless that I want to end it. But so far I've held back from taking that final step although I've been at the very edge on several occasions. The only thing that's been stopping was not wanting to cause pain to those who love me. But one day I'll probably decide that their pain is not my problem, just like my pain is not their problem...

November 25, 2004 3:08 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Keep the faith, Gerry, keep the faith.

November 26, 2004 1:39 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

One day at a time...

November 26, 2004 5:08 PM  

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