Sunday, December 29, 2013

The 'War' on Drugs

This is lifted straight from a thread I was involved in on the Thom Hartmann Bloggers group  and is merely a direct reflection of my views and feelings on this subject, without any kind of editing or embellishment, as I could not type the words out fast enough.

Obviously there are many more aspects to this hideous leviathan of prejudice, corporate and social hypocrisy and corruption than are covered in this small piece and to see the full extent of my take on Drugs and their moral implications might I humbly suggest a further piece, namely...:

This is the 21st Century...time to put away false notions and indocrination and find your own Truth rather than allow some Corporate infested status-quo Mass Media to dictate how one should live one's life and how we should judge others.

Mindless conformist platitudes about drugs are so 'last century' and are still echoes of that glittering Hollywood vulgarity and offense to common sense namely; Ronald Reagan and his NeoCon cronies and their war on drugs and on everything else thats not 'Corporate approved' behavior and attitudes.

"Say No to Drugs" ~ The complete absurdity and blatant hypocrisy of this platitude for example, which is the main message of the Mass Media...your ubiquitous mouthpiece for Spin, Lies and Mind-control.

Meanwhile this message is brought to you tonight by : "Prozac Palliatives"

"Do you feel depressed, or suffer from low energy? Feel out of sorts, can't seem to get a girlfriend or function socially?

Why not try our new range of blister pack anti-depressants?

In the new handy carrying case...with our New targetted SSRI strategy you can be sure that there is a Pill to meet your needs!!!"

Our Society is so riddled with chemicals and pharmacy drugs its a joke!

And then we turn and judge someone for using them in their own environs.

And then we Feature massive ads for some Alcoholic beverage or Vodka smoothie or whatever plastered all over the Media....HAh HAH HAH.

Seriously, sometimes I feel like I'm talking to children who need to learn to think objectively all over again...

And this entire Mass Media campaign...the 'War on Drugs'...

Why does it take the rest of Society so long to understand the basics?

Because we have all been propagandized and lied to...

ADHD? Sure...our motto is : "We can Fix You!" and : "There's a Pill for That!!!"

How many is it?

What are the Stats now on how many school kids pack Ritalin, a form of Speed in their lunch-boxes before they head off for school?

Mum kisses them goodbye with a stern reminder:

"And don't forget to take your medicine on time"...

ADHD...It is not possible for a population to develop this disease in such ridiculously high numbers..the figures are clearly showing us that something is wrong with the diagnosis...the clip above, by Gabor Mate on DemocracyNow is from probably the foremost expert on the subject today...

Don't believe me...listen to the experts.

“ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.” These were the words of Leon Eisenberg, the “scientific father of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder),” in his last interview he gave before his death at age 87 in 2009.
“ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.”

These were the words of Leon Eisenberg, the “scientific father of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder),” in his last interview he gave before his death at age 87 in 2009.
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(This true-life confession from the discoverer of ADHD, came out ironically 2 days after I wrote this piece.)

As if our Brain circuitry were just some polluted chemical soup, and we can just throw a splash of this into the mix...that'll fix your Life for sure...

Because Bayer and Glaxco-klein say so!

Cue Music...

If any of my friends take pills of almost any kind with rare exceptions, I tell them to Stop!

I say : I want You to get up right Now...get up and go to your bathroom medicine cabinet, and flush all those insidious chemicals away saying :


Nor do I much approve of Alcohol...except strictly for partying as it is the 'Stoopid' Drug...

Show me one person who was ever better off for being under the influence of Alcohol? Hmmm?

Think about the hypocrisy of contemporary society, the Stats on Domestic violence (Alcohol related) On Divorces (Alcohol related) On the killings and the stabbings (Alcohol related) the countless deaths by Car accident (Alcohol related) the cost to society in absenteeism, loss of job, income, etc., etc... (Alcohol related).

How many violent fights do we have to see in a Bar before we realise that its...Alcohol related...?

Now, how many times have you seen Pot smokers engaged in a similar violent conflagration...?

I rest my case.
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Friday, December 27, 2013

ART for ART's sake, Money for God's sake!

As Technology quickens the pace of our evolution, Art is similarly evolving at an increasing rate and is constantly re-inventing itself with more relevence to the contemporary Now...

Movies become games, games become movies, movies become comic books, comic books become Animes...

Memes, cliches and truisms develop and thus, thanks to Neuro-plasticity, we continue to fashion ourselves, often with little understanding of the ramifications psychologically to ourselves and collectively as a species...

This is a criticism I lay firmly at the feet of Contemporary Artists, as the line blurs between Entertainment and Art due to commercial influences, without any view to the consequences.

Is there still time for pure entertainment?

Peter Joseph quoted this in the opening to "MOVING FORWARD" ~

"In a decaying Society, ART, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay...and unless it wants to break faith with its social function, ART must show the World as changeable, and help to change it" ~ Ernst Fischer

This again brings up the necessity of a shift in values if we are to have even a remote chance of surviving the coming decades.

We are rapidly running out of time.

The International Energy Agency, a relatively conservative body recently gave the Human Race quite literally a death sentence stating it would all be over by 2035.

What if its True?

Do you still believe there is time for pure entertainment?

Even if that very entertainment contributes to its own inevitable demise by locking its viewers in a trance?

The Party is surely over...the prognosis is not good and the statistics are in.

We are sick and rapidly deteriorating.

Standing still when the Carpet is moving off the edge...when you can see the cliff edge looming up before you is to be part of the problem, and not the solution.

It makes simple entertainment look incredibly decadent, like 'Fiddling while Rome burns', or simply pathological behavior.

Seen from this perspective, our movies and games begin to look somewhat perverse, like porn i.e a form of guilty pleasure.

Our Technology has Transformed ART into sheer Wizardy...a hypnotically seductive spectacle...A shiny, glittering world of pyrotechnic wonders and CGI...

Now, in this present age, now that we can see the horizon looming up so rapidly before us, is the Time to use this Magic of Technology authentically, to utilise these tools to help us all understand the enormous problems we face and the simple collective mind-shift required for their solutions.

There are two forms of ART today, in all fields i.e ART which was produced for MONEY and ART which was produced for ART.

Obviously there has always been patronage, but at what expense?

To the demise of both patron and artist?

To glory and celebrate as the Sun sets on our Industrial Civilization? and on us?

Today ART made for MONEY can be viewed as a product of Cancer, but the latter does not entirely escape criticism either unless it contributes to the solution.

For example if it merely celebrates our dying culture, it too remains simply a vacuous product of a cancerous infestation, to some extent at least, as we are all infected by the same malaise.

Its in the air you breath and all around us....and we are swimming in it...

An Artist's conception

I am slowly coming to the conclusion that seen from the long historical perspective, the short span of Man's rise and fall as a species up to this point, is quite possibly going to be just another tragic echo of annihilation, oft repeated through out the Universe, which thereby makes both forms of ART and their social function, dishonest and illegitimate, unless they clearly stand on the right side of History, and are educating all of us to the problems we face, and even more importantly showing us the Solutions.
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On Cognitive Dissonance

This was a Fun article which I wrote in a slightly more innocent age and which I felt might be worth resurrecting...:

Yes, Excuse me? Hello? Yes, you there!…  … Whew, that’s better, allow me to catch my breath…

Now, are you by any remote chance suffering from Cognitive Dissonance?

Not sure?

Best play it safe old chaps and read my Notes, first entry

“Warning…contentious issues…provocative comments…alien sex… Attention*

To those new fresh-faced visitors, who peruse these dark and turgid and potentially madness inducing pages beware…

Those of a more delicate frame of mind, in whom incense and absinthe may cause a tendency to lose control, those of a sweeter Disneyland disposition, who would wrap themselves in fairy-floss, who tremble and pale at the touch of a hand, at a passionate debate, at the sight of humanity revealed in all it’s nakedness and beauty…

To these I say heed this warning carefully gentle reader.

Stray no further unless you are prepared to be offended, confronted, challenged, suprised, delighted, subconsciously seduced and bewitched, in equal parts bored and stimulated, occasionally intrigued, oft mildly amused, sometimes reluctantly in agreement with but oft secretly despise, and entertained.

This is your ONLY warning.”

For the late-comer I should explain that this refers to an innocent post, a professional photo of 6 naked Fat ladies holding hands and dancing merrily in a circle…someone had cleverly photoshopped the Mcdonalds logo in the centre of the circle with the caption:  “I’m loving it”…two women in particular who shall remain nameless said the photo was shameful exploitation and that they were offended stating that I should remove it. I refused, politely…so they reported it as spam or offensive and had Facebook remove the pic.

These were the words I had attached to the pic, which no doubt offended them further :

“War on Drugs?…absurd. War on Terror?…a contradiction in terms.

A War on Capitalism which nurtures Obesity, the single largest killer of these women in the U.S today?

Now that sounds like a sensible idea…”

To use the term Cognitive Dissonance is merely to describe the bewildering interplay of synapses firing at odds with each other i.e the uncomfortable state of being ambivalent or maintaining two differing views simultaneously on something.

Unfortunately for us, we are being increasingly placed into these positions and to our disadvantage by our technology.

Yes, we are adaptable creatures but consider instinct and the para-sympathetic nervous system.

Feeling threatened and wanting to flee an elevator whilst simultaneously hurtling towards the 105th Floor for instance.

This illustrates the increasing dichotomy between new technological frontiers and our thin veneer of civility, of persona which masks the ancient ‘beast’ beneath.

Our definition of civility comes from the latin ‘civilitas’ or civil and the latin word ‘civis’ meaning citizen.

It also pertains to the words civilian and civilization.

A barbarian was someone who did not live in Cities, but rather lived outside the gates and to behave in a civil manner meant to not act like a ‘barbarian’.

Civilization is commonly considered to have begun at the time of the first Cities and City-States which was in the Mesopotamian Valley in the time of the City of UR.

Inhabited from about 5500 BCE, Ur was finally abandoned around 400 BCE because of difficulties with its water supply.

In between, Ur was a politically and economically powerful center on the Euphrates, particularly during the 3rd millennium BCE, with easy access to the Persian Gulf and long-distance sea trade.

A street of private houses recently excavated in the city of “Ur”

This is not a long timeframe of evolution for our ‘reptilian’ brain.

Our technology has long ago outstripped our social model, with our anachronistic rituals and voodoo-magic traditions.

It has outstripped our educational system, and our hallowed institutions.

Our Religions desperately cling to technology in a kind of sick embrace, and a classic example of cognitive dissonance attempting to stave off the inevitable erosion of Faith in an age of Scientific rationalism.

The problem, is that it is impossible to catch up because as we make strides in awareness and understanding, we make changes so painstakingly slowly and as our Technology marches ever on this causes a further gap in our behaviour and the realities of scientific advancements hence we are forever catching up.

It has left us looking like kindergarten children playing amongst the toys of Technology with little understanding of their ramifications for prosperous sustainable change, because we are too caught in a prison of our own design to be able to see clearly…

“For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” ~ from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
by the immortal William Blake.

So I humbly believe that in this over-stimulated white-noise laden world in which we live it would be prudent to develop an open mind at all times, lest one fall victim to constant cognitive dissonance through the wondrous assault on our minds by our ubiquitous mass media network and it’s babel of eclectic voices and imagery.

Or worse suffer vertigo and travel sickness from the pace of technological change. Inflexibility promotes conflict ergo cognitive dissonance.

The great eastern Sage Lao Tzu famously wrote :

“One should be flexible as a blade of grass, what profits a reed to remain rigid, when the winds come will it not break? whereas the supple blade of grass will return to it’s original position”

Or words to that effect…*Paraphrased*.

The simple answer is to re-examine our past behavioral patterns, ethical standards and values through the simple lens of ‘Survivability’.

If it does not promote harmony or prosper mankind or exhibit rational intelligence then why continue in this manner?

Sigh…Alas it is true…(there I’ve said it) Reality is becoming increasingly vexatious and increasingly a depressing place to live…we need endorphins.

Aesop's Fables or the Aesopica is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and story-teller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE.
Humour as was noted in the Ancient wisdom of Aesop’s fables in approximately 600BC was considered the best ‘medicine’ or another word for endorphins.

This is precisely why Humour is a necessary ingredient in the cyber-warrior’s arsenal i.e: Provocative notions are easier to swallow when mixed with honey.

Seriously if anyone is offended by any of my Facebook posts or articles, I refer you to the first entry in my Notes ~ I don’t want to know about how something offended you…obviously if i liked it, it doesn’t offend me, and as this is a personal magazine-type diary with contributing friends, i don’t need to hear the words : SHAME or Offended…

Seems to me we have more serious issues to be offended about than a word or a photograph.
I am presuming we are all broad-minded adults here obviously.

Those adults who celebrate and maintain our ‘old ways’, old modalities of thought and behaviour are no longer entirely relevant in this paradigm (forgive that word, lazy habit yet quite seductive).

We can no longer afford to behave in a certain way due to ancient rituals or tradition.

Those who would cling to conservatism such as the considerable minions of the Republican Tea-Party, are literally trying to stem the inexorable tides of evolution from happening.

They are rigidly dogmatic in mind-set and therefore are an enemy to the change we so desperately seek.

This is not the World of our Ancestors, and there are far too many Ghosts in the vast corridors of our Machine-God Moloch.

There are far too many ‘Shadows’ amongst the frenetic dance of our daily lives in buildings and skyscrapers, in subterranean transit tunnels and vast darkly reflective canyons made of granite for us to be worrying about a sabre-toothed Tiger in a clearing.
Oh yes and if you’re offended? ummm…know that lil menu thingy top right? It has settings…

Offense, friends, like beauty and ugliness, is in the eye of the Beholder.

It is a completely subjective experience.

In fact our entire Multi-verse is in the eye of the beholder…

It is the interface between your Consciousness becoming one with Matter, with the physical universe (don’t quite know how else to put it).

We are just a part of the Eternal weave of Creation and Destruction occurring inside every minuscule instant of Time and yet we appear to ‘create’ the Universe as we hurtle through Space with these miraculous forces at the very core of our beings, at the Quantum level.

Our consciousness may be in some as yet indescribable way inter-connected with our ever expanding Universe.
And this connection may yet enable us to bend the odds in our favour, to bend the Universe inexplicably to our Will.

An unobserved Universe is unpredictable by the laws of logic and by the bizarre laws of quantum mechanics.

So if your World is predictable it’s because you created it!

And if your World is ugly it’s because…because…because

And if you deem it offensive it’s because…because…because.
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