7/12 – 13/12/20 incl. Vaccines, Typewriters and the Past

news on the march

Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.

Video podcast at Bret Weinstein:

The DarkHorse podcast remains one of the few comfort information sources I have used since the commencement of the Pandemic. Comfort, I mean it doesn’t seem to be tainted with ideologically tinted glasses rather it seems be epistemologically engaged above all else.  I have followed this inspiring couple since their controversial departure from Evergreen college.

This podcast I paid particular close attention since it focuses on information concerning the COVID19 vaccine from their unique evolutionary lens perspective. Are they safe? Are they effective? If you survive COVID-19, what are the long-term health effects? They discuss what an mRNA vaccine is and does, and how the immune system functions (and fails to function). ….…(Watch podcast).

Book review by AnnikaPerry:

Just imagine … no delete key! To be typing away with no way of erasing one’s words. Where force is needed on each letter, the loud clickety-clack echoing around the room.

Some will have learnt to type on the old-fashioned ribbon typewriters, whilst for others they are an alien concept. How can one manage without autocorrect, cut, copy and paste!?

Forget the modern contraptions and imagine an antique typewriter set on a lone table. In a bookshop. Paper rolled into place. People approach and can write a sentence or two on it. What would this be?

Just such a scenario developed as part of a community project in a bookshop which opened in 2013 in Michigan and the results are beautifully collated in the bookNotes from a Public Typewriter’.(Read entire book review)

Blog article at SelfAwarePatterns

When discussing eternalism and the block universe, the concept of “now” always ends up getting relegated to an aspect of our consciousness, not something “out there”. “Now” seems to be the boundary between what we can remember and what we can only anticipate. But if, aside from entropy, the laws of physics are reversible and we live in a block universe, why are our memories only of the past? Matt O’Dowd gives an interesting answer…(Read entire article)

Video Podcast at Skeptic:

Unlike much of the world today, and most people who have ever lived, WEIRD people are highly individualistic, self-obsessed, control-oriented, nonconformist, and analytical. They focus on themselves — their attributes, accomplishments, and aspirations — over their relationships and social roles. How did WEIRD populations become so psychologically distinct? What role did these psychological differences play in the industrial revolution and the global expansion of Europe during the last few centuries? To answer these questions Joseph Henrich draws on anthropology, psychology, economics, and evolutionary biology. He illuminates the origins and evolution of family structures, marriage, and religion, and the profound impact these cultural transformations had on human psychology.…(Watch podcast)

Poem at Intellectual Shaman:

If I was a snake charmer
I’d try to charm something else
they strike the warm-blooded and happy
they slither in the dark
where I can’t see them.…(Read entire poem)

news on the march the end

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The Flea Market’s Tractor Beam

Thankfully the wet season has passed in Bogotá, Colombia. We are now blessed with beautiful Sun-filled days. I took the Sun for granted when I lived in Australia. I really did, until I lived in a tropical climate. The months October, November, April and May experience twice the usual monthly precipitation here in Bogotá. The constant deluges, overcast weather and thunderstorms can get you down after a while. So it came as a great relief when the 1st of December arrived and the clouds parted and the Sun shone in all of its glory and continues to do so…. This reminds me of a great bit from George Carlin called ‘The Sun Worshipper‘.

Any-hows, the other day I was out with my family here in Bogotá basking in this miraculous ball of gas at the centre of our solar system. Truth be known a Sun-shower did momentarily fall while the kids were playing in the park, but I liked how the droplets just brushed against us – ‘don’t mind me’. After the park we found a flea market and low and behold – as we entered I felt the force was strong with this one. It was reminiscent of that tractor beam which pulled Han’s and the whole crew into the Death Star in a ‘A New Hope’.

With the grand majority of artesian-Flea Markets I have no intention of buying, but I felt different this day. I wanted to let my wallet do the talking. At the first stall I bought a packet of grounded coffee cultivated in the Sierra Nevada. Thereafter the tractor beam pulled me further along to a large stall which displayed ‘old LP records’ that had been cut and designed to feature grandiose musical artists and movie icons. I knew this was it and where the tractor beam originated. I regret not having taken a photo with the effervescent vendor and her stall.

I asked the lady if she had a disc of Bob Dylan and she said she did! As she scrummaged through her disks I wondered if this disc was where the force-field had emanated. She found the LP disc which featured two silhouette figures of Dylan made out of his ‘Infidels‘ record. I gazed upon it with a certain unease since the nose of Dylan seemed disfigured and I didn’t feel it was an accurate depiction. What a shame real since I was enamoured with the idea of having an original Bob Dylan record cut-out to feature him. The effervescent lady said she would go to work on making a better disk. There’s no doubt I admired her gusto.

So the source of the tractor beam which pulled me to this stall remained elusive. Normally I would have moved onto another stall in light of seeing Dylan’s nose disfigured, but I persisted to scan the large array of discs. I noticed Pearl Jam’s disc, which was cool and I gazed further to the right and then…I found it, finally! What had brought me here. Time really seemed to stand still as I pierced into the epicentre of what drew me here. Da Dadaa!

Truly, I was astounded how someone had thought of the idea of converting an old John Williams – Star Wars soundtrack into a ‘not fully operational Death Star’ as seen in ‘Return of the Jedi’. Not only that, but to have silhouettes of key personages and moments on the ledges and parts in between. I mean…the artist who came up with this …is a f/&ing genius in my book! Hence, this obscenely GREAT montage stands proudly in my living room above my book library. Unbeknownst to me the lady added to the packaging something I wasn’t expecting which also adorns my library. After I entered my apartment, naturally I wanted to unveil the ‘still not fully operational death star’. As I did so. I realised she had packaged this disc inside a LP cover that features wondrous figures from Colombia. Christmas had arrived early for me and I was in seventh heaven.

Above is the LP cover which contained the Star Wars Disc. Sometimes I wonder which I like seeing more – the disc or the LP cover ‘Salpicon‘. Salpicon in English means a splash of things, like a mix of salads or tropical fruits. The album as the title suggests is a splash of reggaeton music which is very popular in Latin America. Whichever way I see it, I feel blessed to be the owner of these artefacts and I hope you enjoyed reading about one of the few times in my life I felt the pull of the tractor beam and reaped great rewards.

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Carnival (1995) – Natalie Merchant

This understated song from Natalie Merchant’s debut album Tigerlily was inspired by her first trip to New York as a 16 year old. She compares the sights and sounds of New York to a carnival. She claimed she was fascinated by the the residents’ unusual lifestyles, as she had grown up in the country.

Well, I’ve walked these streets
In a spectacle of wealth and poverty
In the diamond markets the scarlet welcome carpet
That they just rolled out for me


And I’ve walked these streets
In the madhouse asylum they can be
Where a wild-eyed misfit prophet
On a traffic island stopped and he raved of saving me

This 1995 song reached No 10 on the US billboard and 24 in Australia on the ARIA singles chart. I admire her lyrics here. The song is unassuming and meandering, and her modest disposition seems to only add to this quirky and unique atmosphere and effectively captures what it must been like for her to see NY as a kid for the first time.

Natalie grew up in rural Jamestown south of Buffalo in NY. She stated also about her first experience to NY that ‘I’d never seen people walking down the street eating before – that was a bizarre experience. Something else I’d never seen before were the gentlemen with the two-sided placards that hand out invitations to peep shows, but I never seemed to get one – they always picked the guys around me…. It’s not a car culture here. I like that: people have to rub against each other. I like to take the subway, I like to study people’s faces, try to imagine their stories.’ Natalie also recalled of her youth that “I was taken to the symphony a lot because my mother loved classical music….I never really had friends who sat around and listened to the stereo and said ‘hey, listen to this one’, so I’d never even heard of who Bob Dylan was until I was 18′.

Natalie Merchant has since release 7 solo albums since Tigerlily, but her biggest single success was with Carnival. Merchant was lead singer and primary lyricist for 10,000 Maniacs, joining in its infancy in 1981. In 1993 she announced that she was leaving the group, citing a lack of creative control over the music. Her last recording with the band, a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s and Patti Smith’s “Because the Night” at the 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged performance. Interestingly In 1998, Merchant collaborated on the making of the Woody Guthrie tribute album Mermaid Avenue with Billy Bragg and Wilco. This was one of my favourite albums of the 90s and it will feature in this music library project.

References:
1. Carnival (Natalie Merchant) – Wikipedia
2. Natalie Merchant – Wikipedia
3. Songfacts – Carnival

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Camina Burana “O Fortuna” (1935) – Carl Orff

Today’s musical piece ‘O Fortuna‘ by Carl Orff (see image above) you have no doubt heard of because it has become so embedded in popular culture. It is derived from the 13th Century medieval Latin Goliardic poem of the same name. The Goliards, in case you were wondering, were young clergy of the Middle Ages who studied at universities spread out over Europe and wrote satirical Latin Poetry.  They protested against the growing contradictions within the church through song, poetry, and performance. O Fortuna is a complaint about Fortuna, the inexorable fate that rules both gods and mortals in Roman and Greek mythology. 

O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,
ever waxing
ever waning;
hateful life
first oppresses
and then soothes
playing with mental clarity;
poverty
and power
it melts them like ice.

Carl Orff (10 July 1895 – 29 March 1982) was a German composer. His family was Bavarian and was active in the Imperial German Army. He too served in the German Army during World War I, when he was severely injured and nearly killed when a trench caved in. Afterward, he returned to Munich to pursue his music studies. Orff founded the Günther School for gymnastics, music, and dance in Munich. Orff was there as the head of a department from 1925 until the end of his life, and he worked with musical beginners. There he developed his theories of music education, having constant contact with children. In 1930, Orff published a manual titled Schulwerk, in which he shares his method of conducting. The concepts of his Schulwerk were influential for children’s music education.

Orff’s relationship with German national-socialism and the Nazi Party has been a matter of considerable debate and analysis. His Carmina Burana was hugely popular in Nazi Germany after its premiere in Frankfurt in 1937. O Fortuna” was the opening and closing movement of his cantata Carmina Burana. Orff’s assertion that he had been anti-Nazi during the war was accepted by the American denazification authorities, who changed his previous category of “gray unacceptable” to “gray acceptable”, enabling him to continue to compose for public presentation and to enjoy the royalties that the popularity of Carmina Burana had earned for him.

References:
1. O Fortuna – Wikipedia
2. Carl Orff – Wikipedia

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Brave New World (1932) – Aldous Huxley

This week in Wednesday’s literature piece we are taking a peak at one of the all-time great novels about the dehumanising aspects of scientific progress. We were assigned to read Brave New World in High School and I’m willing to admit there was a lot I couldn’t grasp back then. I have just revisited it again, but this time in Spanish (see image inset).

The following extract from Brave New World I found congruous to what kind of worldview the new ethics movement has in store for us if not enough people have the ‘will’ to speak up for those aspects of freedom which intellectuals have outlined in my previous posts.

At a speech given in 1961 at the California Medical School in San Francisco, the author of Brave New World Aldous Huxley said: “There will be in the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it.”

Could Huxley’s forewarning be analogous to the affects social media platforms, big tech and AI (including those wretched algorithms), The Great Reset initiative by The World Economic Forum and Eugenics development have had on shaping our society’s destiny?

To set up today’s book excerpt from Chapter 16, I will give you a brief character description and some background so you can follow along:

John (The Savage) is the only major character to have grown up outside of the World State. The consummate outsider, he has spent his life alienated from his village on the New Mexico Savage Reservation, and he finds himself similarly unable to fit in to World State society. His entire world-view is based on his knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays, which he can quote with great facility.
So Mond arrives at his office and says to John, “So you don’t much like civilization, Mr. Savage.” John concedes, but admits that he does like some things, such as the constant sound of music. Mond responds with a quote from Shakespeare’s The Tempest: “Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments will hum about my ears and sometimes voices.” John is pleasantly surprised to find that Mond has read Shakespeare’s Othello.

So Ladies and gentlemen, without further or do I present to you this illuminating snippet from Brave New World:

The Savage’s face lit up with a sudden pleasure. “Have you read it too?” he asked. “I thought nobody knew about that book here, in England.”

“Almost nobody. I’m one of the very few. It’s prohibited, you see. But as I make the laws here, I can also break them. With impunity, Mr. Marx,” he added, turning to Bernard.“Which I’m afraid you can’t do.”

Bernard sank into a yet more hopeless misery.

“But why is it prohibited?” asked the Savage. In the excitement of meeting a man who had read Shakespeare he had momentarily forgotten everything else.

The Controller shrugged his shoulders. “Because it’s old; that’s the chief reason. We haven’t any use for old things here.”

“Even when they’re beautiful?”

“Particularly when they’re beautiful. Beauty’s attractive, and we don’t want people to be attracted by old things. We want them to like the new ones.”

“But the new ones are so stupid and horrible. Those plays, where there’s nothing but helicopters flying about and you feel the people kissing.” He made a grimace. “Goats and monkeys!” Only in Othello’s word could he find an adequate vehicle for his contempt and hatred.

“Nice tame animals, anyhow,” the Controller murmured parenthetically.

“Why don’t you let them see Othello instead?”

“I’ve told you; it’s old. Besides, they couldn’t understand it.”

Yes, that was true. He remembered how Helmholtz had laughed at Romeo and Juliet. “Well then,” he said, after a pause, “something new that’s like Othello, and that they could understand.”

“That’s what we’ve all been wanting to write,” said Helmholtz, breaking a long silence.

“And it’s what you never will write,” said the Controller. “Because, if it were really like Othello nobody could understand it, however new it might be. And if were new, it couldn’t possibly be like Othello.”

“Why not?”

“Yes, why not?” Helmholtz repeated. He too was forgetting the unpleasant realities of the situation. Green with anxiety and apprehension, only Bernard remembered them; the others ignored him.“Why not?”

“Because our world is not the same as Othello’s world. You can’t make flivvers without steel and you can’t make tragedies without social instability. The world’s stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can’t get. They’re well off; they’re safe; they’re never ill; they’re not afraid of death; they’re blissfully ignorant of passion and old age; they’re plagued with no mothers or fathers; they’ve got no wives, or children, or lovers to feel strongly about; they’re so conditioned that they practically can’t help behaving as they ought to behave. And if anything should go wrong, there’s soma. Which you go and chuck out of the window in the name of liberty, Mr. Savage. Liberty!” He laughed. “Expecting Deltas to know what liberty is! And now expecting them to understand Othello! My good boy!”

The Savage was silent for a little. “All the same,” he insisted obstinately, “Othello’s good, Othello’s better than those feelies.”

“Of course it is,” the Controller agreed. “But that’s the price we have to pay for stability. You’ve got to choose between happiness and what people used to call high art. We’ve sacrificed the high art. We have the feelies and the scent organ instead.”

“But they don’t mean anything.”

“They mean themselves; they mean a lot of agreeable sensations to the audience.”

“But they’re … they’re told by an idiot.”

The Controller laughed. “You’re not being very polite to your friend, Mr. Watson. One of our most distinguished Emotional Engineers …”

“But he’s right,” said Helmholtz gloomily. “Because it idiotic. Writing when there’s nothing to say …”

“Precisely. But that require the most enormous ingenuity. You’re making fiivvers out of the absolute minimum of steelworks of art out of practically nothing but pure sensation.”

The Savage shook his head. “It all seems to me quite horrible.”

“Of course it does. Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.¨

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The Democratic Collapse has Begun

When I mean ‘Democratic’ I don’t infer the Democratic Party rather the Democratic system as we know it; including its foundations and the values it represent. Today is the first time in my life time that I can recall a current sitting Democratic elected President being censured by the majority of major mainstream Media outlets. The US media by and large cut away from Donald Trump’s White House speech citing ‘false statements’ and ‘unfounded conspiracies’. The ABC, CBS and NBC all cut away.

‘Cancel Culture’ has now weaved its way into the mainstram press denying the US President his say at this most crucial time in modern US Political history. Whether you like Trump or not, every election deserves transparency and correct results. How can Florida count 5 million votes in a day, and Nevada and Arizona can’t count fractions of that within four days?

If the US President is denied the right to freedom of speech and expression by large segments of the Press, not to mention the pulling of his Tweets in Twitter and Lord only knows where else, then Ladies and Gentlemen I think its clear we are embarking on unprecented and dystopian – like territory of Big Brother control – akin to George Orwell’s 1984. And it’s uncanny the timing given the recent expulsion of Jordan Peterson and Brett Weinstein from Facebook in the lead up to the election.

Like Brett Weinstein, I personally despised both US Presidential candidates, so I pity the US voters for having to choose their poison. But the poison eminating from the pathetically ‘woke’ DNC (Democratic National Committee) is one I would be less willing to swallow given its endorsement of this Socialist (anti meta-narrative) BLM (Black Lives Matter) which possesses all the hallmarks of a regime hellbent on assuming Totalitarian control and doing away with not only ‘History’ as its understood, (see my recent article about Douglas Murray concerning that and the 1619 project discussed by Glenn Loury & John McWhorter) but the Judeo-Christian foundation which our Western cultures are built and the ensuing enlightenment our societies have thrived. It’s worth mentioning the founders of BLM are declared ‘Marxists’ according to their web site.

Since I live in a land ravaged by Socialist insurgency, I couldn’t help but think about Ben Shapiro’s recent comments or words to the effect: ‘Nearly everyone who has lived in a Socialist country doesn’t like Socialism, but mainly suburban white-left leaning ideologues living in a free-democratic country love socialism’.

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How we ‘The Silent Majority’must all stand up now! (Douglas Murray)

I wrote in an earlier podcast how I thought Douglas had done his finest in that, but here he exceeds in this most recent podcast as he tours the US for the elections.

In the beginning he begins to tell how the youth have been indoctrinated and enraptured by this new religion of left wokedness and moral virtue to fill the God-like gaping hole of meaning in their lives.

His message here about how the ‘silent majority’ must find their voice ‘right-now’ is extremely important given the caos and how the cogs of change are being so hardly driven by anarchists and those fuelled to do away with the enlightenment.

This was just such an illuminating presentation. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.

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The Environmental Conundrum with Elon Musk

I haven’t read anything in the Elon Musk’s comments about his business incentives in this matter. Elon’s business is built on being more environmentally friendly and that is good – right?

We live in moderate neo-libertarian economies which on the whole have to compete at all costs. When sustainable costs go down to equal or better than those existing, then naturally the market will react more favourably for sustainable methods. I agree with him we will exit the fossil fuels era, but I have doubt about his alarmist words; like how climate sensitivity is extremely high or that it will kill more people than the World Wars combined. I think as the world undergoes the Pandemic and how the socialist-post modernist movement has gotten its strangle hold on nearly every institution especially the press and education, well… basically we have bigger fish to contend.

Not just that, but if the Western countries conceded to these current forces and implemented a carbon tax or something of that nature, we would see competing (carbon-based) industrial eastern countries with not so much democratic inclinations make huge headway in terms of global market demand. I think this has as much if not more negative impact on the quality of life of the average Western citizen than what climate change proponents could ever purport for their cause. Also, the conflicts that could occur as a result of this radical change in the world order could be catastrophic.

My message is, think twice before you espouse to what seemingly is progressive and has good moral intentions. Believe you me, I have been there.

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Is Civil War Imminent in the US? Douglas Murray alludes to its possibility.

Douglas Murray’s latest interview – as always ‘engaging’ but perplexing to say the least. This tops my favourite interview about the state of the world and mind-matters in general since COVID wreaked-havoc. Murray is one smart cookie and some have seen him as keeping to Christopher Hitchen’s spirit or taking his mantle in his absence; but whichever way I look at it, a voice like his, right now is so necessary.

In this interview Murray is captured in the foreground of London’s bridge wearing a long sleeve shirt – tight at the skin which shows us our boy Murray has been doing more than reading history and writing adnauseum during his Quarantine. Although gathering from what he brings to the discussion here you wonder if he does anything else.

Where this interview goes from the very good, to the obscenely… is when Murray makes this tranformational point at 33.00 – ‘There is a great difference of a critic who wishes you well and a critic who only wishes you ill.’ The ongoing discussion about that is priceless.

What has happened in America for 2 generations now; I would say; is that people have been taught that their country is uniquely bad…And that same thing has been creeping into Britain, and I would argue into every other Western Democracy and its got to be pushed back against….Anyone that says that the history of (insert country here – Britain in this case) is slavery and racism does not wish (insert country here) Britain well, and should not be listened to.

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Darkhorse Podcast 41 – The price to be paid for not raising a Fist

If you don’t raise your arm and fist at a US restaurant in support of BLM this is what could happen:

Discussing politics wasn’t part of my aim when I set up this blog. I even wrote how I would try to shun away from it alltogether if possible. But because a postmodern-neomarxist ideology has windswept the western-world the last 2 years (and most notably during the pandemic) I feel compelled to relay my thoughts about the dangerous times we live in.

I live in a Country called Colombia and a Continent called South America which has been gutted to the core by socialist ideological movements in recent history. The neo-marxist postmodernist movement currently underway in the Western World will undoubtedly do what it has done here and for a more extreme example – see Venezuela.

I have always said to outsiders and on this blog too, that Colombia should be the tourist Mecca of the world due to its unrivalled biological diversity and sightseeing destinations. However, a half a century of conflict between Farc (a Neo-Marxist politically armed group) and the authorities where eight million people died, disappeared or were displaced put an end to that.

The video above was forwarded in the latest ‘Bret and Heather 41st DarkHorse Podcast Livestream‘ and their discussion about it; as always compelling. I like Heather’s quotation from the Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller who wrote the following about World War 2 with emphasis on the Nazi regime. It is about the cowardice of German intellectuals and certain clergy—including, by his own admission, Niemöller himself:

‘First they came for the socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist, then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Trade Unionist, then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew…then they came for me..and there was noone left to speak for me’.

(see link for more information)

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