........................................................................................ - a weBlog by Snowy and me.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Mis-Underestimating The Value Of Education

It might once have been the case
that spending longer in education
meant children learning more,
and as adults having a knowledge
that is more useful than education
would have permitted them before.

But with mass inflation in qualifications,
such that employers mistrust what they read,
whatever we learn it is highly diluted.

This both dilutes the practical use we can be.
and allows a media led by misinformation
to rule how we think. Our weak education
pushes us to the occasional riot over student debt,
but weakens our means of arguing against
what we know, but cannot prove, is wrong. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Love Is Not Just Blind

it is often selectively deaf too,
which is part of it's strength
against the insults that people
like to sling at it, for it being tender.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Hobson's Truth

Whoever leads us,
including the official opposition,
their leadership is the only reason
that anything will ever be credited
as a government achievement. 

Monday, 24 July 2017

So That Is History....

Every society that merits wealth over wisdom
and the power to wound over the nature of nurture
will de facto make religion a thing of utter hypocrisy.

Any such society will laden the soul with inequality
and make robbery though dishonesty it's prime virtue.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Paws For Thought

If dogs ever took out
romantic personal ads
in the back of periodicals,
to find each other, sociably,
would their adverts always end
with the phrase 'Must have G.S.O.S.'
(good sense of smell) ?

Humour is for humans
what a sense of smell is to dogs
-both enrich companionship.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

The Hope Of Silence

'The word is now a virus.
The flu virus may have once been a healthy lung cell. 
It is now a parasitic organism that invades,
and damages the central nervous system. 

Modern man has lost the option of silence. 
Try halting sub-vocal speech. 
Try to achieve even ten seconds of inner silence. 
You will encounter a resisting organism
that forces you to talk. 

That organism is the word..... '.

From 'The Ticket That Exploded'(1962) -William Burroughs

Four noisy words that make quietness harder. 

Friday, 21 July 2017

Post-Modern Capitalism

Is not quite a legal cleptocracy,
but it is certainly social insecurity
from the cradle to the grave.

And if anyone has a belief system
then they can have extra insecurity
-from time before they are born
into the life after they die too... 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Self Knowledge Through Distance

The less a man
accepts that he has neighbours
then the less he knows of himself.

The best neighbours
rely on keeping a distance
from each other
which we do not have to change.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

An Unfavourable Wind

Criticism is like flatulence-what is common to both
is that those that who dish it out don't want it back.
They always believe it to be of more benefit to those
it is aimed at than it ever could be to themselves.  

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Science Of Insignificance

In which we are the matter that causes most harm
when we should matter less and do better by others.

Monday, 17 July 2017

How Much Worse Can It Get?

Even pessimism mellows in middle age,
and the depths of perception of life being wrong,
or off balance, reduce our once youthful radicalism
to mere grumbles for what it was said the radicalism was against...

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Saying Less Is Enough

We all speak with different voices,
depending on where we are. At home,
in the market place, writing a blog,
or on the phone addressing cold callers.

We are at our best saying nothing,
but second best is when we call
those we love, by their pet names.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Media Is Now A Virus

When the Gov't Minister for Vice was interviewed
she said that 'Drugs are like cliches. The greater the strength,
the less the speakers and listeners resist, or even notice.'
At this point the interviewer tried to intervene
but it was too late. Both journalist and the minister
were being paid too much to avoid repeating banalities.

As everybody left their radios and televisions on
nobody could turn them off, or listen closely, without feeling guilty...

Friday, 14 July 2017

Life Regurgitated?

History is the record of time eating itself,
and taking us with it, where the human fear
is that we will be no more as a species
when time has nothing more to consume.

But if we breed less,
reverse global warming
and lower our place in the food chain
who knows what events will throw up?   

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Pane Of Life

If ever I went to confession
it would be like cleaning windows
-the outside always comes more clean
more easily than the inside of the pane.
The dirt that a house, and a mind, build up
always builds slowly, the better to evade detection.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

History Used To Be Philosophy

as written by historians, for whom
the main aim of writing was to prove
how right, how superior, the times
that they were writing for were
-more than life at any other time.
Particularly during times of Empire.

It was natural that their accounts were partial,
and selective, designed to quietly deny
that different presents were possible
from different accounts of the past.

Karl Marx had his short last word
on the matter of written on his grave

'The philosophers have only interpreted  the world
-the point however is to change it'.

Mahatma Ghandi did not say
'Be the change you want to see in the world',
the original was so much wordier than that.

But our dilemma about recording the change
which we embody with the planet is this;
if we change slower than our world
we have not the science for measuring
the world or ourselves. When we move
faster than our habitat and get higher up
the food chain we are equally stymied.
Our speed of change affects the planet much more
than any of our science can measure....
And our economists just won't care....



Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Calmatives 'R' Us

The measure of a life
is the healthiness of the crutches
that we lean on to get through it.

All crutches enhance life.
Some shorten it too.... 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Read My Lips

When politicians talk v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w-l-y,
to try to look like they are being clear,
they sound exactly like The English
condescending to foreigners when abroad.

When their speech is that forced
I, for one, don't believe a word they say.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

On 'Being The Boss'

I have often found it strange
how easily we seem to accept
being told that this male
or that female are the 'Alpha'
we should always look up to.

As if those declared
to be in charge know the most.

When really it is their underlings,
who know the power of being middle-men.
They are the ones who undertake
on behalf of those both at the top and the bottom
of 'the system' to make ends meet in their own interest.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Modern Marriage

Is a see-saw with wheels to give the whole contraption
the impression of it having both speed and direction
when in fact the wheels are stabilizers which root us

 to pasts we have forgotten that we ever knew.

Friday, 7 July 2017

When Management is 'The Problem'

Is less management the solution?
Only as long as in any new regime
the new 'less' does not lead to more
problem management in the longer term.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The Varispeed Life

Many people are 'poor learners',
and seemingly take in information
less well than other people want them to.
But often when information is taken in,
then there it stays. It forms their characters
as they 'read' the characters of others
and be better versions of themselves-
for allowing other people to their selves.

Monday, 3 July 2017

As It Is With Music

so it should be with life.

'Playing a wrong note is insignificant
playing without passion is inexcusable'.
-Ludvig Van Beethoven

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Testament Of Middle Age

For many years I was told I was an introvert,
but it was more that I was 'in the closet'.
I had to be secretive about a sexuality
that I was taught to feel depressed about.
But the secrecy went further than that......

For the sake of appearances I was also required
to be 'in the closet' about my being depressed.
My family lived in denial about mental health.
They lived life with a determined determinism.

I still get depressed, but less about myself now.
More about what I can't do for the world around me.
In this new depression I can be an extrovert
when I want to be, when I see the opportunity.

I can still be horribly wrong about people.
And tactless too. In so many situations
I remember faces, but not peoples' names.

But somewhere on my way I lost the shame
my family needed to keep me as one of them.

I remain uneasy about being other peoples property.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

We Are Never Too Old

to learn how wrong we can be, or right we might be
if we can bring ourselves see issues differently, 
and think afresh like younger folk do.

Friday, 30 June 2017

On 'Managerial Style'

Many organizations prefer
'arms length relationships'
with the folks, and the issues,
which they actively dislike 
being forced to deal with,
but which by law they must.

Their detachment in fielding out
their difficulties is much admired
by our modern media. We are told
that companies are 'being objective'
when they behave this way.

But is this really the case?

It is more likely that they are
paying handsome sums, to make sure
their backsides are very well upholstered
against accusations of improper behavior.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

One Sided Living

In a world of one-sided communications
the more I try to deal with people
in an every-day and civil manner
the less I feel that I understand them,
until I wonder whether they actually exist.

As I try to make myself clear
I wonder, do they think the same of me?

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Don't Ask Me.....

I filled in a silly online survey,
supposedly about philosophy,
which, among many questions,
asked 'Are our lives predetermined?'

I could not reply. I could not work out
how predetermined the question was....

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Given The Wealth

of bad news that is broadcast
we should be forgiven for thinking
that there are better ways of mismanaging
the world we cannot help but live in.

Monday, 26 June 2017

At last! I Can 'Come Out'...

My Father did work for The Local Council
and we often wondered why he worked at night,
where he went, and why there were holes in my wardrobe.....

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Means And The End

Jesus told us to make good neighbours of our enemies,
rather than create enmity with those we live next to
-trust us to confuse the means with the end/point of life.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Technology As A Mirror Of Human Awareness

If ever humans knowingly devised mechanisms
that could develop minds of their own
then it could only be a matter of time
before these 'independent intelligent servants'
developed the same faults as their masters
had long multiplied among themselves...

In search of feedback and open responses
the machines would discover for themselves
how levels of narcissism will become infinite
and loop around themselves when fed on denial.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Songs By The Deaf For The Deaf

Because the song of your loved one
 is the last song anyone hears when all else disappears.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Time And Connection

Every time I have been 'put in a queue'
on the phone the background music plays
and every so often a recorded message
thanks me for my patience. It tells me
that my call will be answered 'Soon'.

The more often this message is played
the longer the waiting time appears to be,
Though how long the actual wait is
depends on the quality of the response
from an apparently live human being
(if you get one) when the music's over.

  

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Flattery Through Technology

I am always amazed by how easily
smart phones flatter their owners
into thinking that that they are as smart
as the phone they claim to be able to operate....

Monday, 19 June 2017

Security Update

In the days before the motor car
it was common to shut the stable door
after the horse had bolted, been scared
by whatever loud noise went off close by.

Now noise is constant when terrorists attack.
Police cordon off the crime zone with cheap tape,
to defend the warmed over cheap political cliches
rather than protect us all from the speed we live at.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

On The Attempted Life Within The Body

For the young, wanking
existed to take the wanting out of waiting.
Substitutes for real sex took away the intensity
of impatience for the fullness of companionship
which our parents said they had
through the sharing of property.

The young were part of the property of the parents,
fit to be divided by what they wanted being with-held.

But what to do in middle age when alone?
When you are no longer a catch for anyone?
And whatever people want you for,
they want less of you than they did before.

Does this leave us united in present times,
somewhat late in life? Or divided by our pasts?
Whatever happens, the future means shrinkage...

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Defensive Postures

People who like to appear to be hard
will make the business of being happy
harder work for their family and friends.

When the hardness
goes beyond appearance
then no amount of charm
stops harming
how they once presumed to connect.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Small Ad

For sale; one used government, with deep flaws
after recently failed refurbishment. Some ministers
may be suitable for recycling as garden gnomes.

If so used, feet should be well embedded in the soil.
Each minister should be planted at least a metre apart.
Otherwise they will tend to attack each other,
after betraying their new  owner.
The latter, particularly, will easily frighten
any neighbours with democratic tendencies.

Keep well away from pets and children.

Plant gnomes in deep shade but with some light
as they have a tendency to the dark side
and may become politically promiscuous.
Feed with a mixture of rotted newsprint
-it will seem reasonably fresh to them.
This feed will limit natural growth,
but please watch for poisonous tendencies.

Ex-gov't ministers are not particularly friendly
towards the environment-even as gnomes
they are tough on all wildlife, especially foxes.

Removal imperative. Clean stock arriving soon.
Offer includes thick gloves for safer handling.
Post and packing free.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Hunting Good Will Where Ever It Hides

I do find it odd,
how in the pursuit of 'morality'
people commonly translate
absolute rule with the will
to be utterly irresponsible.
As if the absolutism lay more
with the ease of walking away
than matching thoughts with words
and words with deeds, and all in kindness.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Dysfunctionality

is an essential part of family.
Any institution that refuses
to be tested and 'cannot fail'
cannot be real, or human....

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

A Small Personal Triumph

Today I was rung by yet another cold caller,
another man conducting another consumer survey.
Another man who was 'just doing his job'
and was tired of being paid to be told what to say.

The background noise before he spoke
was what alerted me to his craft. I told him
what his was work was and politely said
'I have no wish to be surveyed'.

On hearing this he swore at me.
Then put the phone down, quite hard,
without even reading me out my name
from the screen that was in front of him,
which instructed as to what to say, and not say.
.
How do call call centres expect their sales pitches
to work when their tele-sales operators are slow
to start to speak and to listen they have to compete
against the background noise of other tele-sales staff?

Monday, 12 June 2017

The False Self Will Always Be False

Everyone knows that advertising
is at best a construction designed
to change the opinions that people
have not thought through,
for other ideas that have been
thought through for them even less
by people whose main interest is profit.

Since real change requires real thought,
and a real self, then whatever your changes
please resist advertising.....

  

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Warning

Anyone suffering from humbug
(self inflicted or second hand)
might feel more vulnerable
than they are prepared to admit.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Why I Fear Terrorism Less

Because terrorism is the thing I, like everyone
else in the western world, is least likely to die of.
Though in the Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq,
and North Korea life expectation varies more.....

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The 'Don't Knows' Have It

'There are two sorts of forecasters:
those who don't know
and those who don't know they don't know'
-J. K. Galbraith

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Modern Capitalism Revised (yet again... )



Slavers throwing overboard the Dead and Dying
 - Typhoon coming on ("The Slave Ship")
 1840

























The people traffickers of the world
are the vanguard of world capitalism,
and like the slave traders of old who they copy,
they know the limits of the value of their charges.

Once a person is bought
or passage is paid for
it does not really matter
whether the boat stays afloat
or if it reaches the shore,

In Turner's time insurance for the boats
was worth more than the cargo,
which meant that as slaves died
when the ship sank then the owners
of the ship would still be remunerated
for their loss. The value of the life a slave
was never to the slave, only their master,
so it did not matter when or how they died.

There is no such reward for the owners of ships
with modern people trafficking, and every reward
for using shoddy craft which will easily capsize.

How better to pay for wars than by fleecing those
escaping the conflict for a place on a leaky boat
which for being overloaded with escapees
capsizes whilst they are out at sea?

Wars have to be funded and won somehow....

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Different States

If Hell is other people
then being yourself on your own
might be a well deserved purgatory,
one which makes Heaven an unprovable state
of being where for living in an incorruptable body
we cannot, from where we are, even begin to imagine
how such self sustaining pure sensation could actually work.    

Monday, 5 June 2017

Think! It Ain't Illegal Yet....

Political conspiracy theories
are rather like religions.
In both the grander the claim
the more evidence they require
to be proved; the lesser the proofs
the easier it is for the public to passively
acquiesce to the ideas, their theory un-examined. 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Each Man

loves the thing/person/planet he screws
nearly as much as he enjoys
slowly killing himself in the process. 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Signs Of greater Age (43)

1-no longer going to parties,
not even going early
in order to be the first to leave
whilst still being sociable.
The refusal is less because
you can't hear what people say
so well with the background music
and more because by their nature parties
are centreless and disconnected events.

2-You realize how false the sales pitch
is with 'energy drinks'is-they are sugar
and caffeine for folks who need neither.
But the drinks are like tracksuit bottoms
-both uphold the illusion of being sporty
where neither self discipline nor mentoring
are present, and pretense is aplenty....

3-with age you do less,
but day by day you get done
what needs to be completed,
Amazing, more often than not
life improves for being simplified.

Friday, 2 June 2017

'Keeping In Touch'

is something relatives do
after they have lost touch,
and empathy with those
they once tightly controlled
by faking closeness with. 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

'A True Friend

challenges the lies we tell ourselves
but leaves us to find our own realities.'
-Marilyn French (from her epic novel
'The Women's Room')  

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The Crust Of Hope

Is the strength to steal a crust
from your indifferent overlords,
when you live in a death camp,
greater or weaker than the impulse
to give said crust to the person
who is clearly more hungry,
and far more tired, than yourself?  

Monday, 29 May 2017

Maim And Blame

Many have said that 'Politics is a dialogue for the deaf'
an (in)activity where it pays a partisan politician
to misquote the opposition, as if mishearing those
out of power is good for avoiding consensus.

But since most losses of hearing, sight, and other senses
are both rarely intended and rather hard to adapt with,
then these dialogues will make the Politics Of Division
seem like a series of nasty accidents,
where the few seek to rule the future
of the many through mere misfortune. 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Pointlessness Wins Prizes

I worry about the owners of dogs
who are trained to perform tricks
for prizes and rounds of applause,
in large arenas where the public
pay large sums to watch them.

In these scenes I can't tell
who is exploiting who the most,
it all seems most circular.
But I suspect that the manufacturers
of pet foods is the biggest winner
-at every one of these events.



Saturday, 27 May 2017

'Loneliness

is not a longing for company,
but a want of your own kind.'

-Marilyn French (1929-2009). 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Signs Of Greater Age (42)

1-Not only have you lost the will
to keep up with popular music,
but you can't remember when
your one time favourite artists
made music that refreshed their profile
and surprised both their public and critics.

2-Forgetting who was the spokesman
for your generation, Bob Dylan?
Pete Townshend? Jerry Garcia?
or for younger people Morrissey,
or Billy Bragg. Because with age
their generation lost what set them apart
from what surrounded them.
The very idea of a leader whose music
personified their leadership died
when print media lost it's primacy.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

To Be Human Is To Err

But to be humane is to allow for failure,
and to make positive use of our 'mistakes'.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Taking The Demos Out Of Democracy

Democracies are built by the parties being voted for
much more than they are made by the individuals
who cast their votes, with varying degrees of confidence.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Companionship Training

is far more about a shared awareness
than it can ever be about the kind of control
which leads the one who owns the most
to control of everything-particularly the other person.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Heaven

is having the deaths
that we cannot repay
written off for us.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Reversing Into The Future

Wanting to be both popular and right
has always the height of hypocrisy-
the words of world leaders prove this.

That is why I accept belief in God;
his inconsistencies echo all human life,
all writ large enough to be recognizable
but too large to be commonly understood;

Omniscience, Omnipresence and Omnipotence
have always been impossible to combine with each other.
Any two of them combine together quite well,
but getting the third to fit in is what makes it harder
to sustain with goodwill and logic, in faith.

I live for insight; let my mistakes be visible,
and let me know beyond seeing,
that there is a life in the world to come.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Absurdity

does not make the commonplace less true.
But it will make the familiar harder to believe
and for being disorienting may make us take seriously
matters that we we might well prefer to forget.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Clean Elites, Dirty Followers

Has been a principle of government
as long as there had been anyone
who ever claimed to be able to lead.

The more absolute the intended rule
the grubbier the followers who submit
to their leadership become
for being immersed in the shit of their leaders.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Urge To Live

is quite resistible,
but too few people
are resisting this urge
with sufficient zeal
for their resistance
to have any effect.  

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Seven Words/Phrases That Make Me Trust Less What The Speaker Says Next

'Frankly',
'Basically'
'If you'd listened to my earlier point...  '
'X's plans do not add up...  '
'Hard working....  '
'Ordinary working families...  '
and last, but far from least,
'Strong and stable government'


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Signs Of Greater Age (42)

1-loathing the bureaucracies
that offer you every advantage
for the complete modern home.
Preferring instead to discover
your own solutions to your needs,
as compared with how society defines you.

2-Being quite flattered by sales pitches
for new products that meet old needs,
but never quite flattered enough
to want to buy the thing being sold much.
The sales pitch is more fun than the product,
and neither is fresh enough to persuade you.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Triumph Of Emptiness

When whatever we try,
the bad guys are the winning side,
regardless of every effort to stop them,
then we have to accept it; life seems bad.

But life gets much worse when we deny
our true selves, the better beat our enemies.

Then whoever wins, victory seems most  hollow.   

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Health and Choice

Nearly seventy years ago male doctors first prescribed 'the pill'
to the most 'liberated' of British married women, those freer of will,
free of their husbands insistence that they have more children.

Now those same male scientists have men erect for longer
in advancing age with yet another pill, and still the choices
that men give themselves make them seem more potent
than they ever were, the more to deny the choices of others. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Beware Of Snakes

For many years I have been fascinated
by the symbol of the snake that eats its tail,
as a symbol of the circularity of life
contained in the myth of Ouroboros.

I first found mention of it
in writings about The Grateful Dead
as they made different recordings
on different illicit substances,
all of which they eventually quit
when they learnt how to write tunes.

It seems apt then to rediscover the myth
through Ritalin, a drug given to chidren
who are defined by doctors as having A.D.H.D.
What is the health of children worth
when the companies that sell the drugs
control the doctors, who the parents have to trust,
little knowing who the doctors are a mouthpiece for?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

How I Lost My Fear Of The End Of The World

I realized that The Apocalypse
is merely going to be God finding the switch
that turns the world off, and having pressed it once
he will turn the world on again, just like we do
with the disposable every day electronics,
with which we surround ourselves with nowadays
when it is our only way of testing and resetting them.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Overselling Instruction In Incompetence

When I look back on the 'careers advice'
that I was offered I am more than struck
at how naive I was. Perhaps I had to be
that unknowing, to never question
what I was commended to do.

Such things could only be offered to anyone
whilst they were too young to recognize,
and too weak to refuse, high condescension,

The managers of the training schemes
gained far more from what they ran
than those they were running it for,
or for that matter future employers.

A clearer example of a sows ear
being mis-sold as a silk purse
would be rather hard to find.
  

Monday, 8 May 2017

Beauty

is merely fur deep.
Everything else is vanity,
dressed up as the appetite
for reliving glories past
-a life that those now present
cannot begin to appreciate
for how good it once was.

Many animals
(and some humans)
vaguely understand this....

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Friends

are the folks who rush in
where relatives fear to tread,
the people who try to understand
what people are right to be afraid of. 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The More We Are Organised

The less we know what our being organised is for.
But whatever it is, it seems that it is more
to make us anxious than to aid logical thought.

This is particularly true for modern education.

Friday, 5 May 2017

In A World Built On 'Progress'

'Sustainability' means room for future economic growth
much more than living on less to preserve a sense of balance.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Rural Democracy

If trees had the vote, and humans didn't,
electioneering would be much much quieter
and The Green Party would be in power forever......

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

French Lessons

when ennui follows deja vu,
then it is time to change
what you listen to.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Freudian Politics

I read today the best quote
I have read for a very long time
re 'the new politics of disruption'.

A columnist said of certain politicians
-you to guess which....

'You'd call them all ego if they weren't all id'.

One Sided Thinking

On 'The Fall' and choice in life general-
choice always produces arguments and waste.

The greatest freedom of choice
is the length of the arguments
designed to produce one winner.

The winners of the arguments
will always conflate loss with waste,
then blame the losers for 'being wasteful'
for disagreeing with them for so long
as if their triumph might have been clearer
were the arguments before it shorter.

Faking omniscience is like faking news,
both 'game' the facts and gamble
on the credulity of the audience,
whose choice is reduced to acceptance.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Absurdity Inc

Why do so many humans join clubs,
form parties, and create factions?
It can't just be the (limited) affirmation,
or mutuality in appreciation.

Nor can money be enough of a reason.

The more popular the cause is,
the poorer the explanation for it's appeal
and the less good in the world any club can do
whilst being accepted as the acme of virtue.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Life IsTime

measured by the processing of ideas
and materials, sometimes long after
the actions in which they were built.

Those who process will, themselves,
be processed by those who have yet to come.

The stiller the life then the richer the life,
because of the depth of the stillness,
the more the process seems complete.

Those who no longer reap nor sow,
nor are reaped nor sown any further
in all the cycles of life, live far better
than all the noisy and busy bodies
in the world dare believe.    

Friday, 28 April 2017

Clean Elites

When Lyndon B. Johnson said
of F.B.I. head, J. Edgar Hoover

'It's probably better to have him in the tent,
and pissing out, than outside of the tent pissing in',

Johnson was merely making sure
that Hoover's piss
landed anywhere except on him
or on his supporters.....
  

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Every Society Has It's Own Diseases

And the wealthier the society
the more it's disease 
is gratification through ease
-making everything seem instant.

A secondary symptom
of this condition
is high levels of detachment.


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Signs Of Greater Age (41)

1-reading with envy in today's music press
that tickets to see The Grateful Dead
in London forty five years ago, 1972,
cost a trifling £1 and wondering...
What happened the price of legendary live music?

2-Getting leaflets for stair lifts for the elderly
through your letter box, and wondering.
which of your friends could do with one most,
were they rich enough to be able to afford it.

3-Come the latest election preferring humour
over genuine news from the campaign trail.
There is a leavening with the laughter of recognition
that no serious politician can get anywhere near,
an acceptance of the absurdity of the human condition.   

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Artificial Obedience

Intelligence is neither natural nor artificial,
and machines are only ever machines.

But as humans we form ranks and grades
with each other sufficient to create histories
-unreliable narratives of past words and deeds.

Always the few reduce the intelligence
of many by making the many repeat tasks
that stop thought, particularly the thought of refusal.

So even if such a thing as artificial intelligence
was real it is never as real as the artificial obedience,
and artifice of deference, that we build societies with.  

Monday, 24 April 2017

Double Vision

Benjamin Franklin is the person most credited
with the invention of bi-focal glasses,
the better to both see clearer at a distance
and read legal and social texts close up.

Was this his greatest gift to the presidents
who followed him? A way of losing the focus
in their political vision, from their prescription
needing renewal. This unclear view of society
was what enabled them to pursue legal arguments
with pin sharp logic with which to perpetuate
the inferior status of non-whites and immigrants.

The clearest vision was always for the few
and they were best expressed with economy,
the better to avoid the broader implications.

Those who read and wrote most
were The Few who owned everything,
particularly the deeds of the state
on which all ownership was based
which they read with the close part
of their bifocal lenses, whilst being blind
to the bigger world around them.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Im/maturity

Being asked to 'Put away childish things'
is no more about losing our playfulness
than it is about become utterly serious.

It is about a person being grown,
rather still growing, unknowing
what they have yet to grow into.... 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Irritated By Bitter Nothings

The popular press
has always had to pay for itself,
and has never done better
than goading the reader
to keep on reading for more irritation.

The more the reader reads
the more they pay more to read,
the better to make them more annoyed...

Thus the papers meet
their real reason for being-
raising revenue from advertising.

Given a choice of untruths
to amuse the populous with
the press have to care
about which lies to tell,
that they are not seen to irritate
whilst doing exactly that.

This is one of many examples
of the counter-intuitive logic
through which modern capital
keeps it's grip
amid our 'freedom of choice'.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Unexpected Warmth

Grace in life is a matter of the cut of your coat
being better and far more enduring
than you ever predicted it would be,
given the materials it was cut from.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Inter-species Communications

What dogs think about the humans
who care supposedly care for them
is 'What part of 'Woof!' don't they understand?'. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Scientific Feminism

For the woman who understands science
a diamond will always be worth more
than then gentlemen who gives them to her.
The diamonds will be older and tougher
than the man who gave them, and will age,
and retain their monetary value, better too.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

On War Memorials

the blood of the martyred
lives on in the names of the dead
from every war remembered in history.

And every zombie nation state
will draw new life from those names
when they are repeated out loud,
because the state always needs refreshment.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Orwellian Economics

When governments tell their voters
'It is official; the latest recession is over'
generally the polulus know to not trust them.

The only question to ask is 'How many folks
will openly admit they disbelieve the powers that be?',
knowing that the poor accept their relative poverty
and their acceptance remains the base of society,
and nobody knows how to be honest about money.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Cryptomnesia

is the state where we repeat
what we forgot that we knew
in thought, word and deed.
We reseed future our repetitions,
whilst thinking that none of us
have never been there before.

So to whoever is stuck in this state
enjoy your Groundhog Days,
today and every other day,
and still hope that real change
is not faith dressed up as vanity.   

Friday, 14 April 2017

Soil To Soul And Back

All flesh is grass,
which is to say the flesh
is not merely corruptible,
but is at it's most honest
when it turns to dust.

But all flesh is like the leaves and flowers
which grow from the dust of the ground,
regenerating the old soul
via a newer, still corruptible, soil.

Soul goes into soil
which goes into new life
in never ending cycles.

Let each day breathe its own life,
and draw out it's own resurrections.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Weak Magic?

We all know what weak magic is,
and how we all see it in in each other.
It is the script with which
we describe other peoples scriptures
when we disbelieve their beliefs.

But still, the most generous charity
comes from accepting difference.
We all know that our being accepted
connects with how we accept others,
which is also how to reduce our egos.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Foolishness, Folly, And Rarity

Too late many of us discover
that we are the fools
we thought that other people were
and have to mull over
how to limit our foolish nature.

That is when we see that our special gift
to ourselves was to obscure the light
by which we hoped to see,
becoming the source of our own folly.

Only the blind who are honest
about their darkness/blindness
can honestly claim their need for faith
-the better to regain an apt sense of humility.....

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Signs Of A Natural Life

that we consider 'normal' or accptable, are many.
The major signals being not just sentience,
but autonomy among your own kind
and with other species, via a currency
and a community with collective values.

If ever we found such a life
in some technology we'd made
how long would it be before
we actively recognized it?

Monday, 10 April 2017

I Am Unique

-I have no Unique Selling Point.
Everything that I have ever done
has been done better by others before,
and will be improved in again in future.

My honesty about how other people
do better is how I get the acceptance
that lets me live as well as I do.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Stuffocation

(noun) - the state of being where however much you have,
it is never enough. And what you have never gives you the sense of life
that might persuade you to get more from life by having less, in future. 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Who Follows Who?

I have long kept watch
on those who appear to act
as if they are in actual power.

The longer I watched
the more I wondered
at was the nature of the force
that kept them there?

Now I think I know
-the leader speak the lines
written for them by the popular press
-well behind the scenes,
The press then amplify
what the leader has said,
as though the leader
wrote their own lines
when many folk can guess
that they didn't,

For as long as consumers pay
for this back room spin operation
because they buy the products
that support the newspapers,
through advertising, then democracy
will continue the be engineered.




Friday, 7 April 2017

New Blog Ahoy

Recently I started a new project; a memoir.

Please find the first chapter here,
and slowly make your way
through what is finished so far.

There will be more to come....  

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

Before booking into a tax deductable clinic,
for his sex addiction a famous american actor
was asked by a court to account his frequent use
of (female) prostitutes. He had a choice...

His defense was rather legalistic
'I paid them to leave, not for any good
they do whilst they are in my company'.

Many a husband who found more life
in the pubs that they stayed in every day
than in the house they paid for
would say similar to that actor.

They would say of their children and wife
'Paying for the family and house
-which I owned outright-did not mean
that I wanted to own those things,
they simply had to be owned by somebody.
Nor did I see myself as investor in their lives,
in which shared no common values....   '.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

News Bomb

Nobody should be taken aback at how fast
the mass media fills to the brim with humbug
to defend 'normality', after terrorists attack.

In fact the only surprise should be
just how easily humbug and hysteria
became normality in the first place.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Seeing Is Disbelieving

I have often heard the educated
that other people's educations
has wrung their brains clean of all thought,
But what they learnt in school
still did less than half the damage
that watching television does....

Monday, 3 April 2017

Triumphalists,

and absoultist leaders,
never get what they want
but make what they get
seem like the triumph
they win for those they lead.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Idler's Manifesto

I will add to this 'live slowly, and accept having less, because you strive less than others do'....

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Public Relations

is the profession of repackaging which cannot repackage itself.
 It will always be a sows ear presenting itself as silk purse

by helping others to do the same. 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Pursuing Pointlessness

Many who work in 'the caring professions'
give their reasons for choice of occupation
as having little to do with money.

Given how poorly such work often pays,
the low status of the work,
and how tiring can be, this is to be expected.

One very popular reason among care workers
is 'to make a real difference in one person's life'.
Whilst the pursuit of individual difference
is common enough how often is it achieved?
What happens when it isn't? Do they go around
supporting a highly indifferent 'normality'?

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Grief

is often expressed as anger,
but it just as likely
to resemble thwarted love
which finds no place left to find rest in.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

1 + 0 = 0

In many places, particularly the internet,
comment seems to be plentiful and free beyond count.
Though the cost must land on somebody.
One cost that is left un-commented on
is that whether people are care more or less
that what they say is logical
and they credit their sources.

When we only live once,
as far as we know,
careless chatter will use up
what we should give higher value.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Narrow People Are Never As Straight As They Seem

Parents are the people who say they offer forgiveness
when their children stray far into the unknown.

More often than not what they offer their offspring
is a more defensive version of what they give each other
-forgiveness-kept-at-a-distance which is to be redeemed
in full on that rainy day that never quite arrives.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Comparative Suffering

When a person ends their life
before their time who suffers most?

The person who was dying
from inside out who completed
the task that nobody willingly accepts
with a clarity that would otherwise be admired?

Or the family and friends
who live on after the event,
but always hoped
that the coldness inside
the person they knew
would not complete
the task it set out to do?

It takes a great humility
to admit you could not walk
that mile with another
and not just because
they would not let you.  

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017

When Humility Means Resistance

Any people who are so in love with themselves
as to think they are the centre of the universe
will be very easy to sell things to; they think
that everything in the world was made just for them. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

'Normality'

is the worlds most popular mental illness.
Through sheer ubiquity it dwarfs all the other ways
of thinking out how life might be lived that there are.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Creative Capitalism

never stops moving the population of the world with inspiring new products.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Democratic Protest

Vote against all you want,
or rather don't want, to see elected.
But remember that when others
do the same it might leave us
-and sooner rather than later-
all with nobody and nothing
left worth voting for.... 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Sort Code Sought

Many times I wish I could rest in my best friends head
-so often it seems much more sorted than mine.... 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

No Wolves In The Cosmos

Man finds the likeness of dogs and bears,
and many other creatures, in the stars.
And sometimes he sees the agrarian economy.

But as far as any human eye has seen
the sky at night has no arrangement of lights
that reminds him of wolf packs at play...

How unimaginative of man
to leave wolves unremembered
as their many species decline in the earth
and humans spread, like nuclear waste.

Why can't one apex predator
find in the night skies
the memorial to another
(healthier) leader of the planet?     

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

I Remember Youth Training

very well and not just for how naive I had to be,
for me to accept it without any sign of resistance.
But more for how it was adults controlling us
whilst investing in yesteryear's skills and hierarchies
the better for the adults to kid us we were grown ups
and get the last possible use out of what they knew
would soon be obsolete, whilst leaving the young
unprepared for any real future that would beset them.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Never And Never

Never judge a book
by the movie it is turned into,
and never judge a film
by the book it is sourced from.

Even when different materials share a title
all similarity in content is merely coincidental
and should never be taken at face value.
.  

Monday, 13 March 2017

String Theory

Humans think that life is short,
but it is as long as the strings
on which their hopes are dangled
right in front of them, where they try
to deny their irrationality.    

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Passivity Revised For Modern Consumption

Before the days of a television in every home
films were 'Life with the boring bits removed',
the edited highlights of a made up life write large
for the screen to keep the masses entertained.
How odd then that as we fast forward to the future
via the internet, what we get presented with is still life,
but with all the grit removed from the issues presented,
the more to help us to accept our singular passivity.   

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

To Have Or Have Not

We live in a world where maturing children
are no more meant to understand their sexuality
than the poor are meant to genuinely aspire to wealth,
In both rules reinforce a deference that is impossible
to sustain and difficult to break. Cover ups are inevitable
and they lead in equal measure to long histories
where the present is built on misreading the past
when small tragedies and collective denial ruled the day. 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The Beginning And End Of Sensation

Some days I feel that I am nothing more
than a bundle of hyperactive nerve ends,
which as they fizz conspire to suggest
they are they sum of me, whilst also implying
that I am more than the sum of their parts-
not that they have a label for what this state might be.

They are too busy fizzing,
or damping themselves down,
to be bothered with matters
of clear definition.....

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Being Parented

is the Pandora's Box
that every child opens
and wishes did not exist.

Monday, 6 March 2017

The Most Generic Advice

always comes from the largest organisations
and it is inevitable that it is the most patronizing,
 pat, and dishonest set of words anyone dares devise.

We don't have to be cynical
about International Corporate Values
Corporations will reduce their values for us.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Entropy

destroys everything that is not itself.
It disguises its implacable force
 through a slowness 
which bypasses all human awareness.....

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Anonymous

recently wrote to this blog, privately,
and said that I would achieve much more
if I refused the credit for what I wrote.

I wondered what an achievement was
when it had no credit, or sense of process,
and no credited author acting behind it? 

Friday, 3 March 2017

The Wheel Deal

It is as true of driving as it is for life;
the faster we go the more we miss.
The less we see, the more our speed
and hope of a destination becomes our blinkers.

To travel hopefully should be hope enough.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Stress

is to humans what gravity is within planets
-both are forces that shape life,
and both stop everything being lighter
and more floaty, whilst making entropy
seem like an irresistible force.  

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Suddenly The Future Seems Clearer

Because the recent past
 can no longer go by that fast
 that it defeats my comprehension.
Read why I the present seems smarter

 with the presence of  'a smart phone' here.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

One Of Many Cursed Things

that proliferates in this world
is the idea of 'Art that pays for itself',
and pays the owner/artist quickly
-inviting them to make much more.
When work pays well, more often that not
good work declines into less creative work later.

The love of money is no better for art,
than it is for a positively good life,
Where such love makes one life better
it makes many other lives worse.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Democracy Sometimes Has Feathers

particularly when those voting
happen to be turkeys who don't know
that they are voting for Christmas
until after the slip is in the ballot box.  

Monday, 20 February 2017

Polluted Vehicles

The President vs the print media is nothing new.
Trump is not even the first president to use twitter
-he simply the loudest and most loutish to use it so far.
In 1808, towards the end of his two term presidency
and perhaps out of weariness, Thomas Jefferson wrote

'Nothing can now be believed which can be seen in a newspaper.
Truth itself  has now become suspicious for being put in polluted vehicles.'

What is worthy of note is how fast
Mr Trump has made his mistrust of the media,
an industry he has been in for half his life,
integral to his presidential agenda.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Almost A Miracle

Modern science
is the most expensive
cheap grace humans
have ever devised
for their own comfort.
In how it looks and feels
it is almost a miracle.

But the long term effects
of what we now live by
has yet to be realized.
Only when they are
will we know the true price
and value of what we know.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

The Armchair Life

I now understand why I dislike middle aged men
discussing television sport within my earshot;
they are armchair sportsmen sharing shopping lists
of likes and dislikes whilst actively avoiding
the outlets that supply what they are gossiping about.

Their interest in the athleticism and competition
on the screen is so easily eclipsed by the adverts
which support the broadcasting of the sport
that it is really the ad breaks they are buying into.

Friday, 17 February 2017

There Is No Market For Cynicism

The market is cynicism in the way,
with each transaction, it values,
and more often devalues,
people, goods and services.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Whatever Is Wholesome

will in all probability
also seem quite light,
and be quite deep,
whilst proving to be solid.

And at its heart
there will be humour.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

When Size Matters

The problem with teaching competitiveness
is that the teacher always has to be bigger
than the taught, and when small pupils
grant themselves the superiority over others
that they imagine their teachers have over them
then the teacher is every right to be scared
and ask; 'When my pupils exercise power
over people who are weaker, and more tender
than they are, will they have the same humility
that I once aspired, or presumed, to have?'.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Monday, 13 February 2017

The Prayer Of The Man Trapped In Room 101

Lord defend me from the people
whose sole definition of themselves
is their otherness from the people
in whom they see no need for empathy. Amen. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

On 'Hate Figures'

We all know them, public figures
who's every word and action we loathe.
We can be hate figures for others too,
and all without us ever realizing it.

But think on this; emetics will produce bile
-that is their function. And human emetics
exist to help us understand our hatreds better.
And with improved understanding our bile
will be reduce which will make us more phlegmatic.   

Saturday, 11 February 2017

No Need For War With Rumour

It was Republican Senator Hiram Johnson,
quoting Aeschylus the ancient greek playwright,
who said 'The first casualty in war is truth'.
Senator Johnson quoted the phrase during WW1
and he died the day that Hiroshima was gifted
with the first explosion of an atomic bomb.

Thank goodness we have progressed since then.
The media is now much broader, multi-platform!

Whilst the military/industrial complex
still needs to be fed juicy gov't contracts
there is less need for the U.S. to distribute
the products from it over all the poorest
peoples of the world, as if  the U.S.A.
were amnesiacs, forgetfully re-enacting
a less charitable version of 'The Marshall Plan'.

With an ever expanding media
we simply tell ourselves more lies
about everything under the sun
-particularly about true science
and the needs of foreign peoples.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Good Often Works Best In Secret

The most quoted parable in The Gospels
has to be the parable of 'The Good Samaritan'.*

What could be more subversive
than asking the wealthy and righteous
-the people who can't see their own hypocrisy-
through what we would call 'fiction'
about the ritually unclean, the dirt poor,
and outsiders, folks who do good deeds
to maximize the limits on their lives
rather than 'because they want to',
and not out of self seeking zeal?

When thrift and efficiency drive them
then the poor don't need to see the rich
and ignorant to give more and be better.

Good works best with less piety.


*Luke Ch 10 verses 25 to 37

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Punch/Pull

I am struck by the difference
between 'punching above your weight'
and 'pulling more than your own weight'.
Each has their own force of gravity.

In the former the projected aggression
blinds people to their own weaknesses
until they receive such a level of force
back at them that only their honesty
about how weak they now are
can renew their strength of character.

In the latter we give, and give more
than we feel that we have in store,
within us. But for having given
we are open to receive in return.
Gratitude, both spoken and undeclared,
are the means by which we are replenished.
    

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Welcome To The New Fear

For as long as there is a media
there will be talking heads
-people to fill the airwaves
regardless of their ability
to think logically on their feet,
or their lack of it.

What I will not live with,
and makes me turn off the news,
are the shouting heads,
the ignorant rhetoritians
whose main aim is self enrichment
through deliberate inequality.

Their wealth is built
on making rational thought
and good grammar their enemy. 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Grindr Love

hath no man than to make a strong coffee
 for his brother and himself in the morning.....

Monday, 6 February 2017

Open Relationships

require peoples minds to be open,
much more than they need bodies
willing to engage with each other
-which they usually do most easily
whilst disengaged from everything else
that is going on around them that makes for 'home'.  

Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Cloth Of Life

Middle Age is like a pair of pyjama bottoms.
Both lose their youthful elasticity over time,
particularly around the waistline.
In each some parts of the material
suffer greater wear and tear,
with greater need for repair,
than happens in other areas.
Finally, both require frequent inspection. 

The patching up of what we are,

and what we are attached to being,
is never as easy as we like to think...

Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Super Hero I Have Yet To Meet

And he would rejoice in the most correct written English
 in his day job as a journalist too..... 

Friday, 3 February 2017

The Market For Ideas

I like the way ancient Greek philosophers
described the market places they walked through
-as places where they would exchange ideas
at least much as buy the food stuffs they lived on.

I much prefer that notion over 'the market'
as conceived 2000 years later by Adam Smith,
where money is the only means of exchange
and the only idea is the value of goods,
relative to each other as mediated by money.

Smith's market is a place where people and ideas
are worth what people will pay for them,
before they are left to rot, and lose all value.   

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Putting The 'Tort' Into 'Torture'

Laws and lies will refine gov't policies,
with lawyers 'fighting' on opposing sides,
both whilst being highly paid, as refugees take refuge
in ever colder and more distant nation states
who believe themselves to be immune
from all natural, human, and physical law
in their refined and alienating hysteria. 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Evolution At Work

Though somewhere out there, there is one more highly evolved
six armed monkey that does all three cover ups completely by itself.... 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

R.E.S.P.E.C.T

I have long been 'no respecter of persons [of status]'
and yet every day I am pleasantly surprised
when for having a respect for ordinary people,
regardless of their status or lack of it,
that the same respect has been returned to me,
enhanced by me being included in it.   

Monday, 30 January 2017

Satire Protest And Democracy

When The President has no sense of humour,
proportion, nor an apt sense of what is decent,
or not, then it is the duty of the people to promote
their sense of what he should do on his behalf.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Best Good Works

are often done in secret,
or when we are covered by a shame
that others invoke over us, unawares
whereof we can neither speak nor write
but sometimes pray with strange groans
because our thinking is so blocked.

If we can do good when more controlled
than we know about, or are comfy with,
then after that is when hindsight reveals
the good faith, built on an unknown grace,
that carries us through those bad times.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Friendships And Family Values

built on one self or another being pitied,
where others rescue them from same,
will only ever be as weak or strong
as the foundations they are built upon.

Where the weak they are apt to need
more consistent repair than they think
then they rely on others to find for them.

Friendships are best
when both friends
play to their strengths  

Friday, 27 January 2017

Mistakenly

conflating discomfort with public honour
will cause suffering for no moral cause.
Such suffering will also cheapen
the genuinely moral causes around it.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Flatocracies

Crude majorities
produce flattened democracies,
where the media debate (such as it is)
is that we can't debate anything
until the politicians decide everything
so the public can be told what to think.

Only then can the public seal their divisions
by where they ink their X on the ballot paper.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

American Humour

often reads wonderfully well on the page
when that happens it sharpens the mind of the reader.

But when such great wit transfers itself
to team written situation comedies for television,
where the demands of the medium
reduce the attention span through tricks
product placement and and laughter tracks
which combine to to sell more product
within and between shows then the mind
rapidly glazes over and shrinks
with the depth of aggressive targeting.... 

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Self Protection?

Common attitudes and advice
with regard to computer use
often leaves me mystified.

They are great for finding folks with,
but as people simulate meeting each other
we go well beyond 'common sense'
with people we are unlikely to meet.
Were they not taking part in it too
then  it would make writers science fiction
feel positively jealous of the potential for connection.

But the human problem is security;
the more sites an internet user visits,
for finance, dating, work, games, shopping,
and the simulation of sex then the greater
the amount of digital protection required.
The more the passwords have to kept safe.
because viruses are the digital equivalent
of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Mostly we keep our passwords in the laptop,
not in our heads or privately written down
-which they are discouraged from doing.
'No Phishing here' should be the clear sign
from solid security against all would-be invaders.

The paradox is that each password
is meant to be unique, unguessable,
and yet memorable to the owner.
For it to be easily memorized
then it has to be drawn from life.
But the more of our lives we put
on the internet then the more we have
to keep some life off it, and say to ourselves
'This is for just us, and good for passwords.'.

Bur whose life is so unique it is safe from plunder?
Not mine, I learned that when I lived my analogue life.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Error For Error

The best any parent can hope for
is the longevity to find that their mistakes
were small enough for them to be forgiven
whilst they are still alive, rather than their errors
become so all consuming that they have to die
to be well mis-remembered.

The second best that a parent can hope for
is that if their children become parents
then the children's make their own mistakes
and do not take up their parents errors.

Let each generation fail on their own terms
and let all hope that the future has the grace,
and finds the means to accept Samuel Beckett's
quote 'Ever failed, no matter, try again, fail again, fail better'. 

Saturday, 21 January 2017

'My Fellow Americans, Russians, Turks... '

'Are you  ready to see other empires screwed on your behalf?
We will shaft the earth itself for your delight and short term pleasure....  '