Surreal beyond Paul Merton Walking About With A Stuffed Shark. There’s even a reporter called Wanko! The series of videos has 57 ‘unique’ chefs. Join me in remortgaging the house to invest in this wonder resort. Sadly, we are already too late. JP Morgan Chase has already lost a billion and the whole shebang is in repackaging bankruptcy with around $250 million of state money gone very West. If you can take in the series of short videos you’ll find even the coastline sand had the sense to make a quick exit as the building went up! Still time to stack your pension fund into Allcoppedout (Cayman Offshore) which will be bringing private sector expertise to the re-launch of the Bliar plan for an East Manchester super casino. Our iron chefs will be Chinese and every chip shop will sport an acre of one-armed bandits. The Millennium Doom will be transported strip by strip from London and be turned into a bouncy castle with blackjack and strippers. Policing will be private sector too and at no cost to the public – other than those offending the new decorum being frog-marched to cash machines where their bank accounts will be stripped by our partner agency Capone’s Guardian Angels. Invest now – you will never live to regret it! The videos were all packaged to sell the resort to potential investors. I’d rather pay tax and see a few more coppers on the beat than think drivel concepts like this bring urban renewal. The embedded video seems to change – the main ones can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuFJzgyUt0Q&feature=player_embedded&list=UUqic0ZJestynEt-BYH8tdOg
Tag Archives: Religion and Spirituality
Islam on Campus
Much the same as anywhere else a range of special provisions are made that piss off nearly everyone else. How in a secular democracy that really wants rid of religiosity? You’d think anyone bright enough to get to university would reject godswank, and most do, even amongst immigrant groups. The religious extremism stems not from extremist religion, but from the core violence of Islam Indeed all the ‘desert faiths’ (Judaism, Xtianity and Islam) have a revolting core of violence in alleged holy text and means of control. People essentially threaten their children with demons and excommunication, often linked to actual threat of death. These poor, abused souls turn up on campus traumatised as surely as victims of other forms of abuse.
I’m for tolerance, but it goes two ways or someone’s being mugged. I think all organised religion is based on the manipulation of stupidity, gullibility and fear. Do the clapped-out religionists “tolerate” me? I don’t want to patronise people by pretending I believe in rot or think it’s OK to do so. I welcome the spiritual, but let’s not con ourselves that these religions are spiritual at all – they are political, sly and self-interested.
Girls have often been hyped in the Mosques, believing men can and should have greater freedom than them. The lads should get off and shag, they must remain faithful and virgin until marriage – the usual rot. Homosocial behaviour is promoted and within this many of the boys plat at being ‘hard’, ‘revolutionary’ and so on. I’ve had students, one in particular, who tried to turn every question into one of Islam or racial prejudice. Yet when I put on classes in Islamic banking (much to approve of) they were clueless.
We kow-tow like cowards towards these dated religions, allow all sorts of stuff (Jewish business practices as a degree) that has no place in a modern world under the guise of tolerance. This isn’t tolerance, it’s cowardice and lying. We need to ban faith schools and public schools and get on with teaching those who turn up. Those who won’t send their kids should have to prove they get a real education or go to jail. Schools that produce kids at 18 still confused by religious rot rather than properly skilled in analysis of traditions should be closed down.
The Jihadis are on campus for many reasons. Much concerns the homosocial, and grim attitudes towards women – who are often bullied. I haven’t met a bright Jihadi – this suggests they can’t get their kicks through normal success like most zealots and choose Jihad because no one else can evaluate what they do in it. Our Home Secretary has pointed to the problem but seems to offer nothing on solution. She’s looking more and more ineffective behind her bull.
In practice we should put the cops in hard. They should sweep up the lot, from the real threats to just the creepy children at play with ‘macho’. But politicians need to stop pandering to the religion and its votes, and support tough policing. My guess is that some campus-based plot is due. I’ve seen 20 years of ‘Jihadism’ (the term is often used by Muslim women in ridicule and reports of bullying). It’s a focal point for the unwell as much as for the misplaced fervour of male youth.
It’s time to give up multiculture and start real forms of tolerance. No one would go back to the disgusting child abuse of Victorian England now, and no religious rot that promotes worse should be tolerated. Our Home Secretary has no clue how to come down hard on any of this – she only pretends. The first step would be to repeal all hate crime and religious-racial legislation, and any speech crime rubbish. The next would be to stop the religious dress code rubbish and the violence of the men enforcing it. Then we should extend a welcome with open arms to tolerant society, not one being suckered.
Sensible Secular Politics
The world religions will land somewhere near astrology, witchcraft and Greek mythology on the scrapheap. In their place we will have a thoroughgoing understanding of human flourishing, which will include even the most rarified and traditionally “spiritual” states of human consciousness. The scientific study of morality is the lever that, when pulled, will completely dislodge religion. Once we accept the idea that right and wrong relate to questions of well-being, and that such questions have answers that will be best illuminated by honest observation and careful reasoning, then we can decide, once and for all, that certain people are not worth listening to on the subject of morality.
Consider the Catholic church. This is an institution that excommunicates women who attempt to become priests, but does not excommunicate priests who rape children. This church is more concerned about stopping contraception than stopping genocide. It is more worried about gay marriage than about nuclear proliferation. When we realise that morality relates to questions of human and animal well-being, we can see that the Catholic church is as confused about morality as it is about cosmology. It is not offering an alternative moral framework; it is offering a false one.
The above is from Sam Harris, and I have long believed the world would be a better place if we moved to a more rational feeling for evidence. Essentially, I dislike rationalist fantasies that one can decide on questions as to whether god exists or find one method suits all solutions to what life is about and should be about. What we should be looking for are more sensible ways to structure societies that are not based on myths of origin and investment in continuing the lying about them.
I’m afraid this leads me to some pretty desperate feelings about democracy. Only tiny proportions of our people are capable (given current education) of critical reasoning, and we all live under regimes of false history. Hardly anyone seems to be able to come to argument for mutual understanding and to flourish with others. Even those who once fled to escape persecution soon turned to their own persecutions of others. Even science (the real thing rather than Frankenstein versions) is too difficult to learn to provide much hope, as if we try to base decisions on it we rely on people having its world-view, or trusting to those who do or claim to.
Much the same is true of politics. A great deal of information and history we need to make sound decisions is either hidden from us, or too difficult to learn. We teach about thinking problems like stereotyping, halo and horn effects and so on, yet even people taught generally continue to fail to recognise their own failings and incompetence. My guess is that much political correctness is just a sublimation of needing to maintain one’s own false notions of competence by being superior to the projections made on others. Religion, of course, is full of such ‘chosen people‘.
Sociology has explanations of why we keep ‘sump people’ to despise. The evil poor are just one example. No doubt, as a vague atheist (I’m a believer really, just not prepared to eat dross), I am sump to some. Bwankers are another sump people.
These days, the ConDem have us all in it together. Yet some of them are banking overseas, and they don’t seem to take action against those who threaten to take their ball overseas at the drop of a levy threat.
In all that we are doing, we seem to assume we are somehow worth our salt. Where is the evidence for this? What is fair about the relative ‘worth’ of our bloated rich and favoured middle class, and someone keeping a hospital clean? Why is a police inspector or senior lecturer worth seven times a cleaner, and so many senior managers worthy of millionaire status? Why are the idle rich so much more worthy than the idle poor?
Newsnight does not discuss pension age with guys with backs broken in construction, women with arthritis still cleaning for a living – it brings in rich prats to speak for them. One woman in a wheelchair with MS gets more said than all the clown reporters. I don’t believe in uniformity, but we need a levelling. When I look around, I see mainly docile bodies, scared through religion or social myths of other kinds, scared they cannot survive without their sinecures.
We are so scared, we think we cannot live without the priests. In ancient Peru, one tribe used its ability with water preservation to control many others. They had a special relationship with the gods. I see nothing different in the claims of ACPOs to know about policing, or bankers to be the only special people who can communicate with the gods of money. The Peruvian tribe died slowly when found out.
We need to get back to hard work building capital, not myriad Ponzi transactions. I suspect, internationally, the West and its money-lenders have been found out. Our politics is incapable of helping us. The Pound, Euro or USD in your pocket is being devalued as you breathe. Rents are going up as property prices fall. We can’t get on with all kinds of new projects, despite massive unemployment and under-employment, and have to cut jobs. What totems are we worshipping in all this?
We could no doubt all work until we are 75 or just die. I’m quite badly disabled now, but could manage call-centre drudgery or even teaching as an on-line tutor (I catch bugs too easily now to face actual contact) for another 15 years, depriving some 20 or 30 something of the job. Cops could go on in similar vein in offices and evidence-taking and so on. Obesity may threaten, but you can jog on a treadmill as you type on the PC, perhaps cutting the public sector electric bill.
This is a world of plenty and half-way to Robot Heaven, yet we can’t organise population size, quality of life and even fairly sharing out the work needed to be done. In the UK, we voted for change and got the same lying, spinning, misrepresenting jerks we ‘got rid of’. I caught Clegg admitting his own lying just after the splendid wheel-chair woman had revealed some of the truth – his facial language after his own response was utter guilt, before his politically corrected savvy kicked back in.
The ACPOs who so slavishly lied for NuLabour have now corrected their rhetoric. Town Hall clowns will do the same. Tins of soup are up from around 30 pence to 55 pence. We are looking at freezes and cut-backs as such prices rise – and they tell us all this is not focused on the poor? The rich, who cannot possibly use much of the money they “earn”, suffer along with those about to go hungry? Rooney wants to leave MUFC for even more money he cannot spend, and no doubt more cops are being turned out to protect him than the next Fiona Pilkington.
Just as no one can really produce evidence for the existence of god (or absence), we have no evidence about the existence of super-heroes in business and finance (sure some make loads-a-money, but their explanations make no sense and money-managers generally may as well throw darts at shares). Rooney is a better striker than I was on my odd amateur ventures in the position, but not a better player than Alec Murphy was in my preferred code. He is not an excuse for the financial madness of today, just an exemplar of it. Better forwards than him were greengrocers two years after being laid-off. Bobby Fulton, the best Australian at the time, came to play for a crappy Warrington side, to say thanks to his foster parents. Geoff Pimblett, a St. Helens’ fullback, asked the umpire to reverse his decision to give me out (he was a really quick bowler too) when I was 13 and somehow keeping him out. Ray French was umpiring at the other end.
We now despise people who don’t earn their corn? Yet elevate utter clowns on fortunes and think our new system is fair? Now we must work forever, when Rooney can earn enough in a week to retire? The evidence here is that our system doesn’t work, and that it holds us as much to ransom in terms of soccer players as bankers. It’s time we took our ball home!
The pay of ACPOs and their ilk across the public and commercial sectors is based on the Rooney model. These great people are supposed to be as scarce a supply as other stars. Rooney can go to Real Madrid (please), bankers to Bahrain (even me); we could, of course, have a different kind of competition with globally agreed salary caps and find a different sense of communion and fellowship. This would entail us being less religious about money and less stupid on leadership and history.