Friday, October 24, 2008

Games, greater and lesser.

Work has kept me occupied for the past few months.
Which has been a blessing, particularly in these harder times.
An acquantance in town had a small hotel which needed decorating, so I`ve been "plying the paintbrush",it`s refreshed and rested some parts of the brain, whilst also giving me time to reflect on life.

(Private and commercial premises renovated and decorated, fishing vessels,pleasurecraft... scraped/antifouled/painted. competitive quotations.. trained staff, references available)...

After a small period of introspection, I have figured out, that given my current health, income and investments, I`m probably going to have to work almost until the last moment...
Might have time for a nap, who knows? Best not, I reckon, speculate on such matters.

With respect to pastor Martin Niemoller.

First they took the warriors, and sent them off to war.
Then they took the underclass, the beggars and the poor,
Chained, adjudged, then cast aside, far from light of day,
The bastards taxed the working class,
And built a mighty force,
Then they bombed and burned the world,
Without compassion or remorse.

I shan`t continue, but obviously, the very same corporate and political fruitcakes that brought us WW`s 1&2 are still in business.

For just one small moment, one might have thought Obama would bring change. yup, he brought change, change of socks, underwear and the nametag on the white house desk, and a newer level of indifferent subservience to corporate will....incidentally, one wonders how the people of Forth Worth, Texas are doing this week.
F16`s are their main product, at 30 million$$`s each, or free to Israel.
Then there`s Tucson Arizona, where Raytheon manufacture guided missiles, the very same ones used to kill hundreds of innocent human beings during the "holidays".

What are these people doing, is this the never ending story of Zionist Judaism vs the rest, or is this latest affront "the work of our god".

Everyone needs work, but making or using bombs and warplanes is not a particularly positive effort in the greater scheme of things.

Isn`t it time to say enough?

Monday, October 06, 2008

Non-corporate meals/ "free food."

Most people have possibly not collected food from the sea, or even thought of the notion....., but there are loads of meals around the coast that require only hunger, and the will to survive.

Clicketty click, for technical points....Littorina littorea,

After collecting, from the coast, at low tide, this little snail is soaked in salt water and porridge oats overnight.
Boiled for around 5 minutes, then, after extracting the creature from the shell, with a thin-pointed knife or pin, they can be eaten at once, added to a pasta sauce, or as part of any "fruits de mer"..

Lovely, when left to soak for a few hours, in a mild french dressing, and eaten cold with fresh bread and salads.

Upending the pyramids.

Superficially, school text books tell that the kings of Egypt built the pyramids, glossing over the facts of slavery, that the citizens and tax-payers were the builders, kept in chains and whipped by overeseers and soldiers, who themselves were kept in line by a curious combination of fear and priviledge.
Millions of slaves, unthinkingly consumed , mere chattels, subject to the whims of a self-indulgent overclass.

So what`s new?
Pyramid building by the ruling classes leads to the creation and the inevitable downfall of militarised nations. Happened a thousand times before. Perhaps, it may happen again.

"A real gem", is an oft-used phrase, but here is a piece of writing from the states, that hits the nail on the head, it starts with a M. Moore quote.. ( Hand to "The Hedonistic pleasure seeker".)

CLICKING>>>>The richest 400 Americans — that’s right, just four hundred people — own MORE than the bottom 150 million Americans combined. 400 rich Americans have got more stashed away than half the entire country! Their combined net worth is $1.6 trillion. During the eight years of the Bush Administration, their wealth has increased by nearly $700 billion — the same amount that they are now demanding we give to them for the “bailout.”"