Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The EDGE : a Fantasy

"Unless we eliminate Nuclear Weapons, there is little chance of Mankind surviving as a species" ~
Noam Chomsky

Are we also fated to be another lamp, which is extinguished relatively unobserved, or if observed then unmoved, somewhere in the universe, as the result of a primitive, early phase of technological development which ultimately grew out of control?
Is this then the fate of many galactic civilizations perhaps?
i.e that their own technology had outstripped their ability to deal with it, it had unchained itself from the concerns of it's makers, as it was driven by it's own agenda and thus, like so many others, we had unleashed on ourselves our own Frankenstein, which ultimately did what it was designed to do...it destroyed...

After many weeks journey on an endless, dark and vaporous ocean, beneath the unremitting glare of a synthetic Sun and towards what had always been understood as a permanently shifting horizon, the New Day, which shall from hereon be recorded as Day 1, of Century 1 for the New Man, was abruptly born, the day our surviving, scattered colony arrived at the Rift... 

Historical tales tell us only that we followed the "Divine Rift" for an indeterminate length of time, moving as in a trance, like drunken pin-balls along its restless, undulating edges of corrosive black foam, searching for arcane symbols, which were said to be found scratched into its fragmenting, tiled surface..

Until the day arrived much like all the rest, static, still-born and as innocuous as a light bulb switching on, when the Earth was utterly and irrevocably unmade...  

'The Edge' was something which seemed inconceivable, something which was unfathomable, and many cried at first, as they hugged each other and howled at the void, to wake us from this collective nightmare which spelled the end of all our Hope and illusions. 

We had come to the end of our myths, folklore and apocrypha, it was the the end of History, and the deep rip inside our psyches, the silent screaming in our heads, and the finality of the mouth of darkness, which stared hauntingly at us from Space, and all along the EDGE, told us all that this was not the home of our ancestors.

Eventually it became clear that we were being kept alive with unknown technologies, in an atmospheric cocoon, and that 'We" were all that was left of Humanity...deposited like scum on a Petri dish, after we had made the Earth uninhabitable for most of the animal kingdom, after we had almost destroyed our singular Home, and with it the entire Human Race. 

We were ultimately discovered by an ancient, Interstellar species, which combed the gossamer filaments of our Galaxy seeking out Life.

These enigmatic, inscrutable beings, known simply as the 'The Collectors', had plucked the remnants of our people from the embers of our dying World, and created an artificial Planetoid for us, which was crudely sculpted to resemble what remained on the face of Earth, placing it in Geo-synchronous orbit around our dying home, as a symbol, like a beacon, a giant Pulsar sending out a warning, to all intelligent Life out there swarming through the vast oceans of Space, to Beware, of the twin pitfalls of Hubris and Arrogance and thus avoid a similar fate, following after the deadly Carcinoma, the inherently reptilian, and destructive virus which the Human Race had so obviously become.

 These twin demons were appointed our guardians, our permanent companions and tormentors, fashioned by the Collectors with just a hint of a flashing, hard carapace beneath a dark red-cape.

Malignant, twisted shapes which seemed to suggest another form of life, a realm of shadows and spirit beings that hovered in and out of our existence, monitoring us like dispassionate fiends at our heels.

At irregular intervals they would appear in the guise of our own craven gods, remaining
suspended and frozen as they appeared to communicate with the Collectors, our timeless and transcendent benefactors.

 And then the orders would come, to methodically portion out their cruel gifts or sweet punishments to whomever was deemed unworthy, from half-alive machines in the walls.

Creatures that never slept, and kept us permanently awake via brain nets, cackling and grinning inside our heads like demented wizards.

As our twin Demons re-emerged from their nebulous nether world, stepping onto a dais dripping and glistening in constellations, that rose out of the inky black waters and towered high above our heads, they began to ritualistically strip back our DNA in slow-motion, before the eyes of the entire Universe, as we silently screamed.

And as they captured our agony and beamed these emotions in an endless stream of quantum packets into the deepest and most distant chasms of Space, some prayed, standing naked and waist-high in the toxic sludge, with devotional symbols smeared on their chests and foreheads, and with arms outstretched in supplication to our new Gods, for the end which never came, for the sweet kiss of death forever out of reach.

We had arrived at our own Immortality as our very 'breaths and cries' streamed through the light years of deep space, bearing a message to the stars...at last arriving, in the 'ripeness of time' at God's Edge on the cusp of our infinitely expanding Universe.

And as our twin tormentors wound and unwound, twirling and unfurling our molecular chains over and over, holding aloft and scrutinizing the intricacies of our DNA as if they were holding some prize trophy necklaces, these enormous jewel-encrusted insects would meticulously re-enact their ancient ritualistic mysteries.

And as they performed an endless unnatural song, which was apprehended
by us merely as vibrations through the random and incalculably long nights, I would quietly chant a fragment of an old Earth song, drifting softly like a lullaby inside my head, containing words I could no longer quite remember yet which somehow still held comfort for me :

"Home. Home on the Range. Where the Deer and the Antelope play..."
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Entitlement Nation

Entitlement-nation is a phrase I recently heard our new Treasurer Joe Hockey use in a speech regarding the first forays from Tony Abbot & his cronies to begin eroding Pensions in a new rationalization scheme.

And only just in office too...'Tis a good thing that ole Tony knows his priorities.

My...how breathlessly unimaginative of poor ole Hockey... that this; 'stripping Pensioners', is his grand economic vision for a better Australia...the sheer intellectual poverty of this first bold stroke for a better Oz is embarrassing, and sadly only confirms what we already knew...

The phrase 'entitlement state' or nation is one which I have heard so often in Republican camps, that it has become a foundational girder of their Party platform.

Whenever someone mentions expenditure on the Poor or disabled, etc., the reply is always:

"So What? You want to create an Entitlement State? You are just Enabling them to stay unemployed!" "How are these people ever to pick themselves up, out of the mire, and aspire for a better Life when you offer them hand outs?"

"You just 'enable' people to stay poor if you give them hand-outs!"

"Its the old American spirit of get up and go which has made this country great...and so on ad nauseum...

'Entitlements' in any corrupt State, always go to the ones who have the most Money i.e influence, of course, hence we have enormous subsidies all over the World paid in Billions to the Oil & Fracking Industry which is destroying our unique and irreplaceable home.

Subsidies and tariff-breaks and one-time only sweet-heart Trade Deals to the Corporations.

Meanwhile its cold gruel and austerity measures I'm afraid for the rest of us...across both sides of the Atlantic and now arriving on our continental shores here in Oz...But what do we matter?

After all...We are only the People which the Government is meant to serve...

We are only the 99%...

Hah! How absurd that we currently allow 85 individuals to own as much as one half of the entire world's population.

We are in serious trouble unless we Unite...

The American Republicans often preach from their pulpits about not wanting an entitlement State in a mantra-like fashion...over and over on an endless tape-loop, it pours from the mouths of those incredibly irritating plastic puppets on Foxnews and its ilk.

This is patently absurd, as that is exactly what they have created for over 4 decades in America.

There has been a steady shift away from corporate taxes, in other words a form of  'Corporate Welfare', and towards heavier taxes on individuals for well over 40 years in America....

This has been an intentional conspiracy no less, on the part of the Corporatocracy, which has, a newly minted powerful manifestation as it stomps across the face of Gaia...which is approaching the God-like, enmeshed as it is, with the Military-Industrial Complex and certainly too big, always too big to fail.

The new-speak across the Globe is to use the phrase 'Austerity measures' which have become unexpectedly, and so unfortunately, necessary.

They are apparently so terribly sorry, and will pour more Money into the Bankers coffers to make up for it I'm sure, with another well-seasoned round of Quantitative Easing.

This silent stripping of the People's wealth has spread, like a poison in the vine, accompanying Global Capitalism all over the World, as the Corporations continue to buy the legislation, and continue in their quest to rape the Earth of profits...

General Electric for example last year made a Profit of so many Millions ($67 Mill from memory) just on their Tax Bill i.e they paid a negative tax bill due to Corporate Subsidies and Tax Breaks.

This is where the Money is leaking out in an ever greater flood...To the Richest 1%, and they are screaming out for MORE...

They need lower taxes to stimulate our Economy....

Apparently they care!!!

The trouble is, their BS theory of trickle-down economics doesn't work!

It never did.

To stimulate the economy you need to put the Money in the hands of consumers...so that they can SPEND!!!

Even that good ole boy from down south George Bush knew that...

You stimulate growth from the ground up!

Any Gardener will tell you that, and yet we continue to hear nonsense by so-called Media experts and pundits, i.e the 'talking heads' or clowns as I prefer, babbling away on the Western media, and here on our own, unfortunately compromised ABC, about encouraging the Capitalists, the entrepreneurs to stimulate growth back into the economy.

This will never be achieved by repeating the mistakes of the last 40 years or so in America, and it certainly won't be achieved by impoverishing the People into requiring Food Stamps, or as in Australia ala Joe Hockey, by going after the Pensioners with a so-called 'rationalization' of the Pension fund.

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