Saturday 2nd of August 2014

cosy small talk with electrostatic detritus collectors...

1984

The prophet of gloom, H G Wells, got it right but rather than be obviously submissive to a Big Brother government, we are now submissive to a big brother government that tells us to be comfortable and relaxed — while the MMMM pre-munches the news and the NSA spies on what we say in our communication... Meanwhile there are drugs designed to stimulate a "man's" imagination but most of them are illegal. The BIG Brother government does not want you to be over-stimulated or have any imagination...

you smell like a money chip, at the non-existent checkout...

Imagine it’s 2040.

You go to the grocery store, and when you look for the checkout counter there is none. There’s no place to pay for your groceries because you already did.

When you walked into the store, a sensor identified you, perhaps from a ring or watch you were wearing that transmitted the information. Or perhaps you didn’t need to wear anything special. Maybe a device in the store figured out who you were using a combination of facial recognition, 3-D body shape identification and your gait.

read more: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/a-revolution-in-money/?_php=true&_type=blogs&hp&_r=0

and talking of George, it could depend where you live...

Nibbling on finger-food at a low breakfast table in northern Myanmar, members of the Katha Township Development Committee sat and discussed the novel Burmese Days, George Orwell's caustic homage to the "dirty work of Empire". 

"I don't like the behaviour of the Burmese in the book. The way it shows Myanmar people," said Kyaw Swe, a baker, railing against one of the characters in the book, the scheming judge U Po Kyin. "The judge's character is most like the Myanmar character." 

It is no coincidence that Kyaw Swe and his colleagues are debating the once-banned semi-fictitious novel set in the 1920s. As residents of the quiet riverside town of Katha, they are successors to the "Orientals" reviled in the book by Orwell, the British satirist who went on to write Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. 

The remote town, thinly disguised as Kyauktada in the book, is the real-life setting of Orwell's first novel, which is no kinder to the "natives" than to the bigoted, brandy-soaked empire-builders of the British Raj. 

Orwell said the town had "not changed greatly between the days of Marco Polo and 1910", when the British established a railway terminus. 

A century later, horse-drawn Hackney carriages can still be seen whisking people past the colonial prison, school, hospital, tin-roofed church and pagoda, which "rose from the trees like a slender spear tipped with gold".

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/03/george-orwell-legacy-myanmar-burmese-days-2014323131115211118.html

a call for a "total data dump"...

Correction from Chris Floyd

One last word on the recent contretemps here involving Glenn Greenwald. I want to own up to a misstatement I made in my reply to Glenn. It was, literally, a parenthetical comment made in passing, not a main part of the argument, but it did contain a misstatement of fact, for which I apologize, and which I can only ascribe to the failing memory of an aging brain. The comment was this:

... (I have never advocated a "total dump" of the data, by the way; in fact, I don't know anyone who has.) ...

This is not factual. A writer I've quoted very often here -- Arthur Silber, whose medical crisis was in fact the subject of the original post that sparked another post that eventually led to Greenwald's comment -- has indeed called for a "total data dump," and has done so for a long time. Being familiar with his work, I knew this, of course, but in writing my somewhat hurried reply to Glenn (hurried because, for god's sake, one can't spend untold hours chewing blogospherical cud when there is a real life to be lived out there in the real world), I forgot Silber's very powerful and penetrating arguments for, yes, opening all the secrets of the national security state -- or as he terms it, more accurately, the Death State -- to the eyes of the world.

Silber has usefully
 reminded us of this fact in a new post, which takes off from my erroneous statement and lays out once more his compelling case for exposing all of the corrupted innards of our national security apparat. In addition to his own arguments -- which directly address the various objections to this course -- he also brings in a searing quote from Hannah Arendt on the issue of "irresponsibility" when confronted with the implacable power of a state based on fear, violence, conformity and "projecting dominance." I recommend anyone interested in these issues to read Silber's piece in full.

Please keep in mind that we are dealing with a state that believes it has the arbitrary, unchallengeable right to kill any of its citizens, at any time, without any judicial process whatsoever, simply at the whim of the president -- or any of the innumerable agents he empowers to kill on his behalf as they see fit. This is the reality we live under -- a reality
 reconfirmed just this week by a federal judge, who ruled that the families of American citizens murdered by their own government have no standing to challenge this action in a court of law.  And of course, this system extends its arbitrary license to kill to every human being on earth. It claims the right to kill anyone, anywhere, at the order of the president -- who meets every week with his advisers to pore over hit lists, just as Stalin did with the Politburo, and decide which of the targets will live and which shall die. 

Now, you may be happy with such a system policing itself with a few "reforms" which are devised and supervised by the system itself. A system which remains, at every point, completely hidden to the public that pays for it, and which at every turn, day after day, year after year, exacerbates the very extremism, violence, instability and chaos it purports to combat. (When it doesn't just fund it and arm it outright, as it is is doing in its backing of violent, head-chopping, heart-eating extremists in Syria, for example.) You may be comforted by the thought that a small number of legislators whose careers are funded by this system -- and very often directly by war profiteers and "security" profiteers -- will be "overseeing" whatever "reforms" of the system eventually become law (assuming that any of them actually do). 

Read more: http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2382-on-data-dumps-death-states-and-qrespectableq-dissent.html

prediction 1959: self-driving cars and fishy walls by 1984...

One has to wonder about our ability to dream about the future... For example this item about a way to stop an "approaching" ice age:

ice age

Yes, in 1959, the notion of global warming had not penetrated our brains and science was still going as if the "natural" rhythms of the climate was in charge. As I have mentioned before on this site, science believed rightly that the earth's climate was going towards another ice age. This had been part of the calculations investigating past recent geological times and the estimates were correct but for one thing. The EXTRA CO2 factor added by the industrialisation of humanity burning fossil fuels. Thus now we're going to warmer climes at a rate of knots. 

Meanwhile a "mammoth project" to bring fresh water to inland of Australia was another dream of many, including C Y O'Connor in Western Australia... Considering that we're still unable to manage our scarce water resources from our river systems and considering THE SALT IN MOST OF THE AUSTRALIAN DESERT soils, this "mammoth project" would have been a disaster in waiting, like that of our Idiot-in-Chief wanting to develop the wild north of the country for agriculture... And of course, we would need the means to fill 100 Olympic swimming pools (the "mad-As-Hell" standard unit for filling dams and swimming pools) just to counteract evaporation alone daily for every Olympic swimming pool of water used for irrigation. Desalinated water is expensive and already a necessity just to supply a city like Perth year after year — and a city like Sydney, should there be another drought like ten years ago. In regard to mining under the Antarctic ice cap, one must be aware that by 1959, the US were planning to implant a few nuclear power stations, including Nukey Poo, on this frozen continent to supply electricity to the 24/7 activities below and on top of the ice...

Other predictions included the complete plastic house with odoriferous illuminated picture walls by 1984:

predictions

plastic

 

But the killer prediction was that we'd all live to 100 average, with advancement in organ replacement medicine  — but possibly die of boredom by age 45.

boring

 

Now this is AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM to the extreme...

 

Please read more at: http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/1947#comment-4703

of gambling, concrete zoos and nukey poos...

zoo and nukey poo

Sir Edward was panned a bit for building Taronga zoo with concrete pens for the animals... In regard to Nukey Poo read article above... (Nukey Poo leaked and leaked and leaked...)

 

And, in regard to the nuke energy rort (swindle using officialdom) don't go pass the Pommy experience:


 

The UK’s anti-competitive plan to subsidise nuclear power may be the final straw that breaks the renewable industry’s back, say critics. Paul Brown from the Climate News Network reports.

THE UNITED KINGDOM’S PLANS to build heavily subsidised nuclear power stations have come under withering attack from a coalition of politicians, academics, energy industry experts and environmental groups.

Evidence has poured into the European Commission, which is investigating whether the deal with the giant French nuclear company EDF breaks EU competition rules. The evidence from many objectors, whose submissions had to be made by yesterday (Monday, 7 April), claims that if the contract goes through it will wreck Europe’s chance of building up renewable energies to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

They say renewables will have to compete in an unfair market where one generator ‒ nuclear ‒ is guaranteed to be able to sell all its electricity at a stable price and with a built-in profit until 2058.

The UK Government has agreed a minimum price of £92.50 (AUD $137) a megawatt hour from a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in the west of England from 2023 — roughly double the existing price of electricity in Britain. The price will rise with inflation and runs for 35 years — a deal unprecedented in the energy sector, and not available to renewable energies like wind and solar. The guarantee will continue for all future nuclear stations too.

And the Government has gone even further — guaranteeing loans for construction, and providing insurance and compensation payments if policies change for any reason.

It claims that the deal will save £75 (AUD $111) a year on the average consumer’s bill if electricity prices rise by 2023, as it forecasts. But if they do not, then consumers will be paying far more for their electricity than they would otherwise.

http://www.independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/bad-value-uk-nuclear-subsidy-deal-will-kill-renewables,6361

 

Please note that one of the ways government "used to" subsidise the nuclear industry was to buy 'WEAPON GRADE PLUTONIUM" from nuclear power stations once the uranium had been spent and the plutonium produced by the process is "getting too hot".... At about $4000 per GRAM, and knowing that a nuclear power station can produce more than a thousand tonne of the stuff in a lifetime, plus knowing that it only takes 5.8 kilograms of plutonium to make a basic atom bomb, I let you do the sums... One of the problem is that "disarmament" has placed the lid on this former form of "discreet" subsidy... Thus now they are quite open about it... I have in the back of my mind that some countries like the UK are restocking on nuclear fuel for undisclosed atom bomb making... Let me know...

the have chin and the have not — if we last that long...


Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years' time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said.



 

Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge.

The human race would peak in the year 3000, he said - before a decline due to dependence on technology.

People would become choosier about their sexual partners, causing humanity to divide into sub-species, he added.

The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the "underclass" humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures.


Race 'ironed out'

But in the nearer future, humans will evolve in 1,000 years into giants between 6ft and 7ft tall, he predicts, while life-spans will have extended to 120 years, Dr Curry claims.

Physical appearance, driven by indicators of health, youth and fertility, will improve, he says, while men will exhibit symmetrical facial features, look athletic, and have squarer jaws, deeper voices and bigger penises.

Women, on the other hand, will develop lighter, smooth, hairless skin, large clear eyes, pert breasts, glossy hair, and even features, he adds. Racial differences will be ironed out by interbreeding, producing a uniform race of coffee-coloured people.

However, Dr Curry warns, in 10,000 years time humans may have paid a genetic price for relying on technology.

Spoiled by gadgets designed to meet their every need, they could come to resemble domesticated animals.



Receding chins

Social skills, such as communicating and interacting with others, could be lost, along with emotions such as love, sympathy, trust and respect. People would become less able to care for others, or perform in teams.

Physically, they would start to appear more juvenile. Chins would recede, as a result of having to chew less on processed food.

There could also be health problems caused by reliance on medicine, resulting in weak immune systems. Preventing deaths would also help to preserve the genetic defects that cause cancer.

Further into the future, sexual selection - being choosy about one's partner - was likely to create more and more genetic inequality, said Dr Curry.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6057734.stm 

 

The have chin and the have not — if we last that long in the human zoo... An Opera in three act where a horse falls in love with a donkey, while global warming is trending hot.

 

Please pay attention to all the gems from 1959 above...

 

and by 1984, royalty will be a thing of the past...

The British royals are in Australia and our mainstream media have never been more excited; it's time to get real, says Dr Benjamin Thomas Jones.

ANOTHER ROYAL VISIT is upon us and the media is in its customary spin cycle.

There is wall to wall coverage of Will and Kate shaking hands with politicians, waving at relatively small crowds of royal watchers and giving dull and predictable speeches about the mutual love and respect Britain and Australia have for one another.

The odd article or sound bite will be given to a token republican trying to spoil the party by pointing out the sheer lunacy of it all. In this case, Australian Republican Movement national director, David Morris wrote an excellent piece for the Herald.

And then we are back to normal. Gushing colonials eager to name another road or hospital after our British betters.

I don’t want to be a Grinch.

If Australia was an independent republic and people wanted to fawn over the royals and follow every minute detail of their celebrity lives, I would be all for it. People love gossip and celebrity culture and making heroes out of people who can kick a ball well, sing a song or in this case live in a castle and help charity (by turning up at expensive dinners and such).

It’s all fine with me.

read more: http://www.independentaustralia.net/australia/australia-display/and-now-for-yet-another-royal-tour,6402

See also: waiting for little godot... and Wouldn't It be Nice

What a mindfuck...

 

As George Orwell forewarned, writes John Pilger, advanced societies are being gradually depoliticised and political language is being turned on its head.

THE OTHER NIGHT, I saw George Orwells’s Nineteen Eighty-Four performed on the London stage.

Although crying out for a contemporary interpretation, Orwell’s warning about the future was presented as a period piece — remote, unthreatening, almost reassuring. It was as if Edward Snowden had revealed nothing, Big Brother was not now a digital eavesdropper and Orwell himself had never said:

'... to be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country.'

Acclaimed by critics, the skilful production was a measure of our cultural and political times. When the lights came up, people were already on their way out. They seemed unmoved, or perhaps other distractions beckoned.

What a mindfuck,” said a young woman, lighting up her phone.

read more: http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-return-of-george-orwell-and-big-brothers-war-on-the-truth,6662

 

See picture and articles at top... See also: 

the bibliophiles...