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The “M” is Silent …

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In our language we capitalize the first letter of names of “important” name bearers, for example we capitalize “God” but do not capitalize “cow”, and so on. When I look around today at many name bearers whose capitalization we now take totally for granted I feel nothing but shame. So … “Be careful when following the Masses … sometimes the “M” is silent.” For at least one post I will omit the respectful capitalization of our national name in juvenile protest of the decent of my country deeper into the mire of fiat murder and maple flavoured Holocaust.

David-WarrenThe once great nation of canada is on the brink of new territory. Although I HAD managed to forget about this for a while, David Warren draws my attention to “the ottawa government’s impending “euthanasia” legislation. This our parliament was ordered to write and pass by canada’s supreme court: a junto of nine who are a law unto themselves. The parliamentary committee discussing the matter, now dominated by the liberal party, has made recommendations such as forcing all doctors and other medical staff to participate in the killings; and arranging for children and the mentally ill to be terminated on the advice of one “care giver” or another. It is a monstrous, unambiguously evil measure they are contemplating — which, like abortion, targets the defenceless”.

5300027-cultural-revolution-01-800x537_zps297ca5e1Just feeling a simple shame that canada can now claim the proud title of “efficient government murder by fiat” and this slide is wholly supported by the sheeple who elected the current crop of murderers.” In the cool 60’s, while western youth was literally screwing themselves to death in the name of freedom and chanting “baby killers” at the people who were keeping them alive and free to commit cultural suicide, the Chinese Marxists under Mao Zedong initiated the “the so-called Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution”.

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mao and TrudeauIn villages across China, as David mentions “… a quota of persons were to be exterminated, by way of establishing the absolute power of the new Communist dictatorship. The Reds did little of this work, however. They instead compelled the neighbours of accused petty landowners and the like, to do the actual murdering.

This was not because the Reds were squeamish. justin-trudeau11It was to make sure every surviving citizen of China was morally and memorably implicated in what the Communists had done. It was a policy expressly designed to erase “conscience.” This is what most strikes me about the impending measures: the power to compel doctors and nurses to perform the killings. It is to make conscience itself a career-ending choice; to implicate every single member of the medical profession in murder. Any one you visit might have blood on his (or her) hands.”  …

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Except now all the pictures in Ottawa are of Boy Justine, our own maple leaf red version of Kim Jong-un whose activities Boy Justin perhaps wishes he could emulate if only he had the courage of his convictions … simple deep shame …

Castro and the trudeausI remember the elder Trudeau as a big fan of Castro and Mao in his day. No doubt he approves of our current direction, and chats volubly and convivially with Mao, and Fidel, and Uncle Joe and Pol Pot, his cellmates in whatever mansion the souls of such figures find themselves committed to in the afterlife.  I suppose that it is just unrealistic to expect Boy Justine to have different views about the canadian sheeple than his late, unlamented father. In fact I would suppose it is not much of a leap to accept that Boy Justine has virtually no views about anything at all as long as his appetites and ego are fed regularly and he simply spouts whatever his handlers feed him as part of the deal, this is canada after all and those who write the briefing books run the show.

Kondo_Marie_BW-200x300A razor I have used successfully when deciding what is important and what to consign to the big blue bin in my back yard is a mantra learned from a young Japanese author,  Marie Kondo , to paraphrase: as you contemplate the possession in question ask yourself “Does it spark joy?”. Most often the answer is no, or even in fact the complete opposite, it sparks distress for myriad reasons. Perhaps one can apply this razor to one’s thoughts about our life and times, our culture, our news, our entertainment, our justice system, our leaders, our contemporaries.  Do they spark joy?

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I have substantial library of unpopular authors which have undergone the razor’s edge. They represent about 25% of the books I once thought essential in any library.  They provide an enduring utility of peace when I find myself distressed by the actions of “the world”.

Lichtenstein-CastleMany works live, hardbound, upon my shelves in various rooms in our Eagles Eyrie Schloss Bernhart, others, living in the ether and accessed through my Kindle or i-Pad. I’ve been reading these unpopular authors for years.

Sometimes I read them to help me sleep when my normal state of tranquility is disturbed by yet another fantasy being pushed by yet another narcissistic authority, whether elected, appointed or hired to justify or manage. At other times I read these writers in an attempt to understand the convoluted rationalizations presented by the main characters in the above situations.

Listening to the shills, the so-called talking heads which are handed the task of selling the decisions which have already been made in private by the previously mentioned narcissistic authority creates huge cognitive dissonance hence the need for some form of rational explanation to help me make sense out of the current mess. Normally I deplore name-dropping in others but find I am not disturbed in the least by myself doing the same thing. I guess I am human after all.

Anyway, let me introduce you to a few worthy thinkers (writers) who have been instrumental in the development of my current view of reality. These writers are very accessible both in terms of understanding and in terms of availability of their work in bookstores or online and through e-readers. So let us start with History, without which nothing contemporary has real meaning, devoid of “background” and “context”:

Niall Fergusen:

Niall Ferguson corner-imageNiall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford.

He has published fourteen books. His first, Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927, was short-listed for the History Today Book of the Year award, while the collection of essays he edited, Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals, was a UK bestseller.

In 1998 he published to international critical acclaim The Pity of War: Explaining World War One and The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild. The latter won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History and was also short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Literary Award and the American National Jewish Book Award. In 2001, after a year as Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England, he published The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000.

Niall Ferguson is also a regular contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2003 he wrote and presented a six-part history of the British Empire for Channel 4, the UK terrestrial broadcaster. The accompanying book, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power, was a bestseller in both Britain and the United States. The sequel, Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, was published in 2004 by Penguin, and prompted Time magazine to name him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Two years later he published The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, a television adaptation of which was screened by PBS in 2007. The international bestseller, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, followed in 2008; it too was a PBS series, winning the International Emmy award for Best Documentary. In 2011 he published Civilization: The West and the Rest, also a Channel 4/PBS documentary series. This was followed in 2012 by a three-part television series “China: Triumph and Turmoil”.

Nothing Ferguson has written fails to educate and entertain, multitasking at it’s best. More History to follow in the next post…

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Cheers

Joe

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