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Not the briar patch, Brer Trump!          August 21, 2017          

The news today about how the USS John McCain was rammed by an oil tanker East of Singapore, must have been a serious blow to the US Navy, following as it does the collision of the USS Fitzgerald with a cargo ship in June.

The USS John McCain is one of the most heavily armed destroyers in the world, with an extensive and sophisticated radar system able to deploy a wide array of anti-sub, anti-surface and anti-air missiles.

As such, it was recently chosen to symbolize US dominance of the seas, by cruising close to the Spratley Islands in the South China Sea. This was the third 'freedom of navigation' operation since Trump took office.

Of course, China has repeatedly warned the US against such actions, b..... ... read more

A Serious Case of the DTs          

Since November last year, there has been a rapid onset of confusion within the US, among both pundits and public. Some hated war-monger Hillary, so they voted for Trump because he was not Hillary - he seemed to be anti-war and said he would drain the swamp. But now he has sent troops into Yemen and..... ... read more
The American Yeltsin          

Boris Yeltsin was the first President of Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union from 1991 to 1999. This was a tumultuous time for the Russian people. Yeltsin came to power on a nationalistic, populist reform ticket. He railed against corruption and government waste, fired hundreds of bureauc..... ... read more
Sunlight Through Troubled Times          

"The Troubles" of Northern Ireland really came to a head in 1969, when, as a result of escalating sectarian conflict, British troops were deployed to Belfast and (London)Derry to act as a buffer between the 'Nationalists' (mostly Catholic) and the 'Loyalists' (mostly Protestant). Initially the troo..... ... read more
Beyond Zealots and Cold-War Warriors          

World War III is on it's way - according to a recent poll of Western opinion. A cursory glance at recent headlines suggests it may be so. There are countless examples of hysterical outbursts against the evils of Russia or China or both. Old cold-war warriors are champing at the bit - nostrils flare..... ... read more
A Vandal at the Gates of Rome          

There is both a doubly delicious irony in the selection of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States and a certain historical resonance. Irony is to be found in Trump's appeal to the 'downtrodden masses' as their champion against the banks, billionaires and bailouts. A mob-connected b..... ... read more
Are you conscious?          

Stop for a moment and become aware of yourself. Feel your body, if you are sitting, feel your bottom on your seat, perhaps your legs are crossed and becoming uncomfortable? Is your back straight - perhaps it is straighter now you have noticed it? How about smells? What can you smell coming from the..... ... read more
Brave New World?          

I read the news today, oh boy! Microsoft plan to ‘solve’ cancer in the next ten years. Their biological computation unit thinks of treating cancer like a computer virus. Their aim is to make cells into ‘living computers’ which can then be reprogrammed if they get a disease.Go..... ... read more
Stop, for a moment.          

A movement occurred. In nothing. The nothing that some would come to call the mind of God. What science would call a singularity, an un-manifest universe – without time or space. Before, it was a mind in meditation. Empty. Still. A unity. Pure consciousness, bliss, being. One without a second..... ... read more
Rupert's Coup          

Well! That's that, then. All done and dusted. The Dirty Digger has got his way. Murdoch has never liked the European Union - he once said: "When I go to Downing Street, they do what I say. When I go to Brussels, they take no notice"! Having thrown his weight behind Brexit (see here and here) he has..... ... read more
Between a Shill and a Hard Case          

The philosophy of the Nazi Party in Hitler's Germany was a combination of fascism and racism. Fascism has been defined as the merger of State and the Corporate sector. Fascism abhors democracy and requires a strong leader, whether he be a dictator or notionally elected (as Hitler was). For some tim..... ... read more
Swimming in a sea of sugar          

This image is taken from today's Independent, which reports that obese men have just a 1 in 210 chance of achieving a healthy body-weight. For severely obese men, prospects are even worse, down to 1 in 1,290. While significant numbers can achieve a 5% weight loss in a given year, they normally rega..... ... read more
Information Rich, Attention Poor          

Most days I spend some time visiting various on-line news sites (a selection of which are available on the Home page). Over recent years, I have become increasingly aware of mis-spelling and mis-prints, particularly in the more traditional journals, like The Independent or The Telegraph. I am at th..... ... read more