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Silence is Golden?

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Edited by Aideen Devine, Wednesday, 18 Aug 2021, 10:11

With Lent beginning this week, I am going to be having an all-media detox. I have already deactivated Twitter and shut down Facebook. I turned my radio off last March and the TV has been turned off for most of the last 4 weeks but will be going completely off on Wednesday. I’m not sure if I will be posting on the blog at all, I have been ‘called’ to silence and a period of quiet reflection and I’m not sure if the blog is included. I don’t think it is but as I am stepping back from everything else, I might not be posting as much but I will still be writing, I’ll see how it goes.

If anyone is fed up with the lockdown and would like to fight back, but do not know what to do, then maybe you could try a ‘silent’ Lent too. Turning off the media is one way you can protest without putting your head in the way of some overly aggressive police officer or allowing some retail Nazi to hound you over a mask. The media need us more than we need them and imagine how it would be if we all shut it down for 6 weeks, maybe even forever. Who knows, it might be the best decision we ever make.

You could also take some time and complain to the Advertising Standards Authority regarding some of the government adverts/propaganda. I sent in 2 complaints recently, one in relation to the ‘Look them in the eye’ ad, and it was a fairly straightforward process. And, yes, I can look them straight in the eye! Can Boris Johnson look us in the eye and tell us the truth? I seriously doubt it.

The media take up so much of our time and attention and what do we get in return, lies, stress, anxiety, censorship and conflict. Do we really need that in our lives? Well, I certainly don’t and I have better things to do with my time, and more productive things to give my attention to.

You could also write to your MP or local Assembly/Council member. The council elections are on in May, in England, and nothing will shift a politician quicker than fear of losing their seat. The elections in N. Ireland have been postponed until next year so, as far as I am concerned, once May comes around their term of office is up, and they have no legitimate authority to dictate to anyone. Who gave them the right to take away our democratic and electoral rights anyway?

I’m also not going to be buying anything other than the bare necessities, food and petrol, I won’t be doing any online shopping. I don’t buy from Amazon, although, I have done in the past but I won’t again. I will be shopping in my local shops only, which I have been doing for most of the last year, and only went to a larger supermarket if I couldn’t get what I needed locally. 

I also have a few projects organised for myself, art, knitting, gardening and writing which will keep me occupied and, of course, I am still working.

I’ve been reading more and just finished a couple of books. Matthew McConaghey’s, Greenlights and Out of Isak Dinesen in Africa by Linda Donelson. Matthew McConaghey’s book was enjoyable enough but I would have liked more detail around the events in his life and, maybe, a bit more reflection on how he felt about them looking back.  It is however, soooo Matthew - alright, alright alrightttt!

Out of Isak Dinesen was a well-researched and thoroughly good read and one I would read again. I had read Out of Africa but was frustrated by the lack of comprehensive detail around her relationships and the events in her life, a bit like Greenlights. This, however, was very detailed and I loved every minute of it, the film is a poor shadow of this interesting and remarkable woman’s life and I would like to learn more about her life after Africa and her writings.

I haven’t finished The Great Reset yet, mainly because the whole thing is based on 2 false premises, one, that the world is in a ‘climate crisis’ and two, that the world is over-populated. False rhetoric and solutions/policies based on lies and the financial interests of a vested minority, for which we will, ultimately, pay.


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The Finger of Blame

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Edited by Aideen Devine, Monday, 23 Mar 2020, 19:03

I was listening to a report on Sky News Australia and one of the people on it was blaming China and saying that China 'wilfully inflicted Coronavirus on the world' and should be held to account. Of course, down in the comments, it was the usual brainless trolls spouting anti-Chinese/communist propaganda and demanding boycotts and all sorts and talking about manufacturing and why everything is made in China. So, I couldn't resist and fired off this response.

You're not manufacturing because you are not in charge, your democracy is an illusion, the world is run by corporations and banks and compliant/puppet politicians and propaganda news channels. The west has been happy to look away for years as the working classes got shafted and we all knew that there was a price for cheap goods and that was the cheap labour on offer in places like China. So don't blame China, blame yourselves for your own lazy attitude, for ignoring the political landscape because you were too lazy to think for yourself and because 'politics is boring' and you preferred to shop online at Amazon. And if you still believe in 'climate change' then you are exactly the kind of person I am talking about and now that you are faced with the prospect of your own mortality, you're running shit scared and blaming everybody else and ignoring your part in 'creating this world'.

So, before we rush to judgement on anyone, let's take a minute and breathe, and let's try and keep an open mind at least until we have as many facts as we can gather. Maybe this did start in China but just maybe, someone started it in China, and at this point, we don't know the absolute origin of it other than what the news media is telling us, and we all know how reliable they are. There are a few more questions we need to ask before the self-righteous grandstanding and finger pointing begins. For example, is it a coincidence that outside of China, Iran is the country that is suffering most?  And why is the death rate in these countries so much higher than somewhere like Germany where the death rate is 0.2%. Is it possible that there is a different strain of virus in China and Iran?  No one has died in Russia, what could Russian Intelligence tell us? They were quick to close the border with China, what did they know that we didn't? And why was Europe so slow to close it's borders? Donald Trump was slated by the EU for banning flights, yet Boris Johnson was slated for not being more extreme in his response. 

We could also ask ourselves, what has been going on in the world in recent years while we have all been distracted with 'climate change'?  There is an ongoing scrap in the Middle East and it has been going on for some time, and it wasn't that long ago, the US was trying to start a war with Iran. As a matter of fact, the US has been trying to go to war with Iran for years.  

And, has anything else interesting happened recently? Well, Netanyahu basically carried out a coup in his own country, just as he was about to be indicted for bribery, fraud and corruption, and he had just lost the election too, along comes coronavirus to save the day!! He suspended Parliament and shut down the Courts and is carrying on, business as usual!  

The municipal elections were also held in France last weekend, has there been a result yet?  France just enacted emergency legislation that states you must phone for permission to leave your house. Will that stop the Gilet Jaunes from protesting? After all, they were out in their thousands the weekend before in Paris, still protesting Macron, week 70. You have got to admire their courage and tenacity, maybe we could learn something from them!

In Ireland too, they recently had an election and Sinn Fein, who are a little bit socialist, got the most first preference votes but now because of the coronavirus, everything has shut down and Leo is still in charge, ohh, what a lot of coincidences!!

At this point, we know nothing and in all likelihood, we will never know the full/true story of its origins but as I remarked in an earlier post, I am reading the Life and Death of Dr David Kelly and if we sit here and think that our governments' hands are clean in the area of biological weaponry, then we are seriously deluded. But keep your eyes on Iran, and your ears and minds open - believe nothing of what they tell you and only half of what you see...

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Neo-Liberal Fascism part 2

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Edited by Aideen Devine, Sunday, 11 Oct 2020, 09:32

I don’t know about you but I feel as if I have just come through 3 weeks of ‘shock and awe’ on ‘climate change’.  Between the media, Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion, we have been bombarded with ‘climate change’ propaganda.  And no harm to Greta, she is supposed to be a clever girl but maybe she should start looking at the real scientific facts and not just the misinformation pumped out by the IPCC.

It was also quite nauseating to watch all the neo-liberals fawning over her.  They even trotted out Ed Miliband for the all-star, and old has-been, meet Greta Thunberg Show.  I wonder if the neo-liberals are planning a comeback or maybe a coup to oust Jeremy Corbyn.   However, I’m also beginning to wonder if Jeremy has already crossed over to the dark side of the neo-liberal, politically correct and all-inclusive fascist movement?  One of the biggest disappointments recently was watching him jump on the Greta bandwagon by declaring a ‘climate emergency’. That should make for an interesting conversation, the next time he speaks to his brother Piers! 

Greta also stated after her speech to the EU that she was going to travel home by only using ‘green’ transport.  A noble idea with absolutely no meaning in reality, unless she planned to walk home barefoot across fields which is the only real way to travel ‘green’.  Because every car, bus, train, boat and pair of shoes has been made in a factory somewhere using oil and products derived from oil because there is no human process anywhere on earth that doesn’t impact on the environment in some way.  Unless you live in a house made from mud that you built yourself, grow and eat only your own vegetables using organic methods, spin your own cloth from your own crops and make your clothing by hand with a needle carved from wood and never fly, drive or travel, use a phone or any modern appliance, then you cannot be truly ‘green’.  What is wrong here, is that we lack perspective and proportion but mostly, it is because we are narcissistic about who we are and what we can do.    We, white folk here in the west, think we know it all about everything.  We know how to fix the planet, we’re going to save the world, just like we knew how to bring all those indigenous and primitive tribes to civilisation.  Because our way, is the best way, simply because it’s our way and anyone who thinks differently is stupid, misguided and ignorant.  Gawd, bless us, one an’ all!

Meanwhile, in a boardroom or Bilderburg meeting somewhere far from us plebs and guarded by the forces of the state, while we’re all being distracted and arguing away about ‘climate change’ and Brexit and any other item they can use to keep us divided, other darker and more sinister forces are at work.  In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a nice little build-up of tensions going on in the gulf as the US and the Saudi’s sabre-rattle towards Iran and the anti-Russian rhetoric is starting to build up online again too.  Is there a war looming while we’ve all been looking the other way?

Going back to Brexit, I have to say, it was great to see the Tories getting trashed in the council elections.  Roll on the Euros! The Shinners got a bit of a drubbing here too and lost 4 seats on our council.  It was heartening to see a move away from the old 1690/1916 parties and a swing towards independents and Alliance.  I’m sure the murder of Lyra McKee had some influence on this.  Not that it makes much difference to the politicos, they’re still trying to get the Assembly up and running again and still churning out the same old rhetoric.  ‘It’s not us, it’s them! Ya, boo sucks!’

Another interesting thing that happened a few weeks ago, it was actually the week before Extinction Rebellion started their protests in London, but wasn’t mentioned anywhere on the BBC, was the protest in London by 22,000 bikers and veterans in support of Soldier F.  In case, you don’t know, Soldier F is being prosecuted over the Bloody Sunday shootings.  A travesty if ever there was one.  I don’t live very far from Derry but there are many there who disagree with this prosecution.  This soldier has been scapegoated and hung out to dry by the powers that be.  There are several reasons why this should not go ahead.  For a start, soldiers act under orders so if there are going to be any prosecutions, it should be whoever gave the order.  Secondly, under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, all the Republican and Loyalist prisoners were freed.  If they did not have to serve out their terms, then no one should be brought before the Courts for any of these past issues and events.  The Attorney General John Larkin suggested a while ago that there should be no prosecutions for anything prior to the GFA and that we should draw a line under the past.  Of course, he was met with howls of protest from most of the politicians and only Basil McCrea of NI21 supported the idea.   Come to think about it, I haven’t heard of NI21 since! 


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