~~ Frank Herbert ~~
Scenes from a train VI….
Good morning…. Naturally, we don’t expect you to believe us; it’s a social nicety we are unwilling to forgo, merely for the sake of modern expediency. That would be unthinkable. Inconceivable! Pretty rude, too, I should think.
Now we have the obligatory nonsense out of the way, I think it would be best to get on with this, before I slip back into the royal we again, and can’t find my way out….
Shall we Pearl?….
“Trouble rather the tiger in his lair than the sage amongst his books. For to you Kingdoms and their armies are things mighty and enduring, but to him they are but toys of the moment, to be overturned by the flicking of a finger.” — Chinese proverb
In 1968, I went to a midnight matinee in Berkeley, where a newly made film was making the rounds of the universities in the US. It was a student-made film, with perhaps the greatest visual joke ever produced, in a hand-drawn, frame-by-frame film produced for a class…. Here is one of several sequels made. By following the link to the You Tube page, you can see the original, as well… Enjoy, ffolkes, this be some funny shit….
To alleviate the possibility of this becoming a bore, we’ll refrain from a full out rant today, to go with a modified old-school pearl. In this style of pearl, there are a number of quotes from various entities, having to do, for the most part, with some part of the Asininny Group, aka our Beloved Ruling Class, or their sycophants, the Dogma Dogs, or their zombie-like enforcers, the Faceless Myrmidons who inhabit our police and military. It can get a bit chaotic, but, it sure is fun for me…. Enjoy, ffolkes. even if it’s hard to follow in spots….
“Find out just what any people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; … The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” — Frederick Douglass, U.S Marshal, son of a slave, 1857
Fred Douglass was a smart man, obviously…. In this particular observation, he makes a veiled reference to not only the corruption already present in government, by implying oppression, but, also by implication, identifies the culprits, as this is a clear restatement a basic law of economics, by which human society is ruled. In short, he merely restates the old adage which says, and means, “whatever the market will bear”….. As it turns out, it’s true, as well, always a good thing in a point of philosophy….
“A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.” — Thomas Jefferson
In 2001, in the last weeks of August, in the US, you’ll find news articles in several major mainstream news outlets regarding accusations of election fixing by the Bush campaign in the Presidential election the previous year, when George Bush was again elected, under suspicious circumstances, though losing the popular vote in both 1996 and 2000. The articles spoke of suspiciously sabotaged voting machines in key voting districts of swing states. which gave the vote to Bush, rather than Gore; there was talk of forming an investigation by the Attorney General’s office into the allegations, which was printed on 9/9/2001…. Two days later, the attacks on the WTC and Pentagon took place, taking the entire world’s attention off the election, and onto the egregiously ill-timed attacks….
Since then, we have watched every one of the Bill of Rights abrogated…. You decide; CIA plot? (Remember G. Bush Senior’s first job? CIA director….) Or circumstance? (Hah!…. sure it was….)
Either way, the American people gave up their liberty for the illusion of safety…. Believe it.
“Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.” — Thomas Jefferson
Pretty clear warning, ya think? Did anyone listen? Nope….
“A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.” — Johann L. Uhland (1787-1862) — Speech, May 27, 1836
Didn’t take long, did it? Not long after this statement, a corrupt federal judge made the first decision, as scripted by his employers advisers in the banking industry, which gave the rights of personhood to corporations, thus paving the way for the usurpation of the entire banking industry, embedding it into the government, so it could formulate the laws to suit its own needs and desires, to loot the US Treasury….
“If you started a business when Christ was borne and lost $1 million a day, it would still take another 700 years before you lost $1 trillion.” — Representative Phil Crane
I wonder if Phil realizes the government does this on a consistent basis; they typically use/lose about $1 trillion in one MONTH, or so, just by invading another country….Hell, it’s been reported to cost about $750,000,000 a DAY to bomb ISIS. The trillions add up quickly at that rate…. and, it’s a wonderful method of laundering all that beautiful money….
“Maybe if you could comprehend how most people can be unconcerned about the loss of hundreds of millions of animal lives for greed you would be able to understand why some Nazis were unconcerned about the lives lost in the holocaust.” — firstname.lastname@example.org (Barry O’Grady)
This one seems crystal clear to me; it’s a short step from killing animals to killing people…. But, then, people are pretty nasty, vicious creatures, all in all…. If you don’t believe me, just go read the Bible….
“Americans are so enamored of equality they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.” — Alexis de Tocqueville
“It makes no difference who you vote for– the two parties are really one party representing 4 percent of the people.” — Gore Vidal
These last two have been left together to demonstrate the breadth of the issue, and the primary cause…. Americans tend to think in platitudes, as far as most of them think at all. This makes them easily fooled, and easily led, for they choose to believe all the lies they’re told by those in authority, despite constant demonstrations of being lied to at every turn…. It’s enough to make a patriot cry…. and frequently does….
Bah, humbug. That’s enough…. If y’all don’t get the picture by now, well, too bad…. I have the distinct feeling it’s already too late to do anything about it, anyway…. Not without a return to the attitudes and beliefs implied in our final pearls for this section, and our final word on this for today…. The only way we’ll get our freedoms back, is to take the following statements to heart…..
“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” — Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Abigail Adams, Paris, Feb. 22, 1787
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” — Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William S. Smith, Paris, Nov. 13, 1787
Strange, strong, passions burn from within
Selling nothing short, nor out
Consumed, loudly, failing to mark the spin
Sad, resigned, in singular redoubt.
Fallow grounds for twisted seed
Become fated, grow, and die.
Experience never fills critical need
Save perhaps once, in ages gone by.
Shouting in severe, dulcet tone
Brittle, flaking, destiny floats away
Making noise, rattling the bone
Simply ageless fears held at bay.
We mask our illusions in faux belief
Tied to reality by matter of rote,
Send them postcards, without relief
Consecrated time, forever remote.
~~ gigoid ~~
Written sometime prior to 12/14/2014, when it was re-discovered & added to the archive. I think it was in 2013…. Doesn’t matter much now, does it?…. All grist for the mill, is what it is….
This one is a little hard to categorize. It speaks of being human, and about Life, but, it’s more than either of those…. It’s a breakthrough pearl, a nine-star wonder fresh from Smart Bee’s hidden treasure pile…. Enjoy!…
All those that wander are not lost.
~~ J.R.R. Tolkein — Lord of the Rings ~~
“Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.” — W. Edwards Deming
“The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.” — Anais Nin
“It is the ability to choose which makes us human.” — Madeleine L’Engle (Walking on Water)
“A little learning is a dangerous thing but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.” — Bob Edwards
“Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.” — T. S. Eliot
Learn to think for a living.” — Smart Bee
“A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.” — Lord Dunsany, The Laughter of the Gods
Hath but one page.
~~ Lord Byron — Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto iv, Stanza 108 ~~
Who says beggars can’t be choosers? My ability to sleep has gone begging, yet, I choose to be awake, anyway, in defiance of the absolute NEED to collapse in exhaustion…. Oh well, such is life in senior citizenville, I suppose…. I guess, since this went so well (hah!), I’d best do it again; until tomorrow, then, I shall bid thee a fond farewell, with hopes the rest of your day is a bit more coherent, if less interesting to observe in action…. Ta ta, then, luvs….
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest Carole, Mark,Theresa, & Richy
and everyone else, too…
When I works, I works hard.
When I sits, I sits loose.
When I thinks, I falls asleep.
Which is Why….
Sometimes I sits and thinks,
I just sits.
gigoid, the dubious
The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.
PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.
“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch
À bientôt, mon cherí….
Either way, the people gave up their liberty for the illusion of safety…. Believe it.
Like an overlong marriage…..perhaps……
‘Perhaps’ is correct, I would think; probably at least half of marriages that fail are of that ilk, and the people stay because they feel safer… but, as I can attest, it’s not always safety that makes one stay in a bad marriage. Other factors can be paramount..
In the case of the American people, it is DEFINITELY a case of chasing the illusion, because freedom’s hard work, and most Americans hate to work that hard…. What, take responsibility? Think for myself?…. No way, say most…
senior citizenville ?
Just, how old are you?
Ah, that accounts for the cartoon!
Aye, it does… As it says on my About page, I’m 64, the age John and Paul told us about; I’ll be officially senior in a couple of months…. No more excuses after 65,,. Of course, my back and skeleton are 80, according to one doctor…
“Where pain predominates, agony can be a valued teacher.”
It is called martyrdom……and no thank you grin
Now you’re being silly…. Not all martyrs, in my opinion, are worthy of the name…. One of the primary prerequisites of a true martyr, for me, would be one who suffered agony, but, didn’t whine about it…. To my way of thinking, much self-described agony is merely a whine by a wannabe martyr, and I hate that with a passion. Hypochondriacs are like that all too often, trading on pain for sympathy….
But, one who DOES feel agonizing pain learns a LOT more than someone who doesn’t, that is for sure. Both you and I can testify to that. It’s the ones who don’t complain about it, but do what is right and necessary anyway, who are the true martyrs to me…. Anyone claiming martyr status from their pain automatically fails the test… and, those are the ones you’re referring to, I think…. Bloody gobshites….
Oops, is that vulgar? Oh well….
You are being ‘wordy’ tonight….
I like being ‘silly’ 😉
it makes me laugh….grin
I know you do… and, it makes me laugh, too. I like it.
When am I NOT wordy?….