Video du jour

News in Brief


All posts on this site are in the copyright of the author and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License, unless otherwise specified or a reference to an external source is provided.

Posts Archive

April, 2019

Magical Newton

August, 2017

Not the briar patch, Brer Trump!

March, 2017

A Serious Case of the DTs

January, 2017

The American Yeltsin
Sunlight Through Troubled Times
Beyond Zealots and Cold-War Warriors

December, 2016

A Vandal at the Gates of Rome

October, 2016

Are you conscious?

September, 2016

Brave New World?

August, 2016

Stop, for a moment.

July, 2016

Rupert's Coup

March, 2016

Between a Shill and a Hard Case

July, 2015

Swimming in a sea of sugar

June, 2015

Information Rich, Attention Poor
Nerds need to get out more ...

March, 2015

There is a homunculus at the end of the garden path

October, 2014

Welcome Home
Determination, not dreams
Addicted to GDP
Irony?Karma? - take your pick

August, 2014

History? Whose story?
Marketing Ebola

July, 2014

As above, so below

December, 2013

A time for tolerance

November, 2013

Thinking out of the xBox
The old ones are the best ones ...
Welcome to the Gulag

October, 2013

A timely response to spying

September, 2013

Obedience and the Machine
Ban the bible?
Fracticide - don't do it.

July, 2013

Serfing, USUK

June, 2013

Deafened by gossip

May, 2013

Who needs words...?

April, 2013

It must be true
Why would they stop?

March, 2013

Beyond belief

February, 2013

RBS: doing Fine, not Time
Pillars tumbling down
Trouble with models
A matter of perspective

January, 2013

Royal Promo
Boiling the Lance
Boson Brains Rule

November, 2012

Burning symbols

October, 2012

Charles and Jimmy's little secret
Happy Birthday
Beach bums and Magi
A Reality Check

August, 2012

A journey through riotous times

July, 2012

Caring for life
Not everyone for Tennis?
A banker lie? Unthinkable!

June, 2012

A cynical ploy
Collateral damage for The United States of Europe
Will you walk into my parlour?
Beams and motes
From one Jubilee to another

May, 2012

A crazy idea
The course of time
Sorry, Harry

April, 2012

Cracks in the Rear-View Mirror
A keeper of sheeple
Principled Policing
Say goodbye to Betty
Lessons learned
Causality and good news
Manufactured irrelevance
Corporate responsibility

March, 2012

Poppycock - without question
Who's pushing your buttons?
Investigate the Blair-Murdoch Conspiracy

February, 2012

In Praise of The Seven Liberal Arts
The real story
When giving is taking
Giving it all away

November, 2011

Poking a hornets nest
Wealth of Nations poured away
Squeaky and the Paedophile Prince
Boiling frogs
Death of an industry
Change blindness
What a world ...

October, 2011

Pictures and words
Screeching to a halt.
Taxing noise

September, 2011

Hand over your money
Breeding psychopaths
Mr Fox, is the hen house safe?
A ludicrous Conspiracy Theory
Can you believe your eyes?
Getting eye contact
Partners in Crime

July, 2011

It was the Wettins 'wot won it'

May, 2011

Heir apparently

April, 2011

Putting Emergencies in Context
Underground networks travelling First Class

March, 2011

Be careful what you ask for
Water - a tale of two countries
Here we go again ...
Wake up!!!

February, 2011

The right stuff
Revolution! ... and yet, and yet.
Follow the money
Shh - don't tell the children
Does the MoD have a Cunning Plan?

January, 2011

Met Office caught in winter weather whitewash
Read between the lines
The new parable of Noah
Banking on People

November, 2010

Wettins don't say sorry
It's just not fair ...
Remember, remember ...

October, 2010

Kindness sees no crime
Pundits in the frame
Killer drones target the middle class
A tale of two Charlies

September, 2010

A failure to discriminate ...
Good Grief
A rent-boy's rent-boy

August, 2010

Size psycho-fancy
Baiting a Wikid Trap?

July, 2010

... at the gates of Rome
Monday musings

June, 2010

Guilty - but not charged
Psychopaths at the door

May, 2010

ConDemned to the Shock Doctor
Driven by metaphor
Guns and Banksters
Death of Old Conker

April, 2010

Bankster at bay ...
Nuke Iceland?

March, 2010

It's how you say it ...
Bullying Manner
Quelle surprise!
Iceland - showing the way.

February, 2010

Small steps to a far place
Seeds of silence

January, 2010

So who needs people?
Late and censored
Freedom for life

December, 2009


October, 2009

Fools served by Zombies
BBC dogs that didn't bark ...

September, 2009

Taken Hostage

August, 2009

Have a good weekend ...
High Frequency Trading ...
Money money money
Fit for a politician

July, 2009

Inside clouds

June, 2009

Fond thoughts of Tony Blair ...
A good day ...
Midnight musing

May, 2009

aaah diddums
Zal may ...

April, 2009

Echos of a dark past
Sharks in the Shadows
Worlds Apart

January, 2009

Money Matters
Killing History

December, 2008

Home improvements
Get the Picture?

November, 2008

Barak - the movie

October, 2008

Won't get fooled again
Bankers, all of them!

September, 2008

And The Winner is ...
Light relief
A Financial 9/11
That's Lucky!
On this day

August, 2008

Mark My Words

July, 2008

The Management Myth
Sense Making Questions

June, 2008

Beware this Griffin
42 Day Folly
A Tortured Silence

May, 2008

A new Dawn needed
Is Justin Webb A Neo-Con?
The Puppy, the Mountain and the Fascists

April, 2008

Attention Pays

March, 2008

Fat Cats and Pork Pies
Fed up Darling?
Swearing - it's just not British!
Obedience and the Machine   16 September 2013

A recent post looked at how abuse against children manifests in the western home, frequently through religious inspiration. Desperate, fragile parents often attempt to gain absolute obedience from their children, driven by a desire to protect them.

But the problem extends far beyond the home. Institutional violence, abuse and neglect is widespread. In Germany, the Twelve Tribes sect have been caught at it on camera: adults beating and abusing children as young as four in an underground cellar.

A predatory Catholic priesthood has been exposed all over the world, from Australia to Canada to Britain. In the USA, adopted foreign children are given away to strangers - signed over with the stroke of a pen. Child exploitation is widespread in Britain. In Northern Ireland, police are investigating abuse in the child care system.

In Jersey they are once again following the trail of abuse relating to Haut de la Garenne, as part of the Savile enquiry. There has been systematic, serious sexual and physical abuse in Wales for decades. Claims in the eighties that a paedophile ring operated with impunity in the heart of the UK establishment were ridiculed. They turn out to be true.

There is a resonance between the parental need to control, which sets up the abusive environment, and institutional abuse.  For we have created a monster and in seeking to placate it, we offer up our children in sacrifice. A perverse replay of the biblical story about Abraham.

In an act of sadistic abuse, Abraham bound his son, Isaac, and placed him on an alter, intending to kill him as proof of his own holiness. Fortunately, Abraham's mental aberration passed and he heard his conscience tell him not to do it. Little is made of the trauma suffered by Isaac.

Likewise, today's children are offered up as sacrifice to the monster. We now require that they learn, at an early age, that they have to obey orders and do as they are told. School and University are no longer about enlightened development of the enquiring mind. They are about preparation for, and shaping to fit into, the corporate work environment.

For the monster that we have created is The Machine. Having invented a mechanical world, we find ourselves bumping into it at every turn, as if it existed independently of us. As if it can teach us how to live.  We moved from a rural, pastoral life to city dwelling, losing touch with nature and seasonal rhythms. Gradually the corporate clock has come to rule our lives. We are no longer aware of the new moon, of the sound that the wind makes as it whispers to oak or willow, or the way animals might experience us.

We have become absorbed into The Machine. It now rules our lives, requiring our unquestioning obedience and the sacrifice of childhood joy. Corporations have become the agents of The Machine and in an extraordinary turn of events are now enshrined in law as individuals, with all the rights and protections of a human being. We speculate about meeting non-human life-forms, without realising that we have already created so many of them that they are invisible.

The Machine and it's corporate agents direct our lives, it is to them, not us, that our governments owe allegiance. While the unemployed riot, The Machine plays computer games with our young soldiers. In a bizarre mirror image of the gaming culture, it starts wars and plays shoot-em-up for real. Young men, who grew up shooting software enemies through X-Box consoles, are now inside the game. They have become the targets which they spent so much time imagining.

But, just as an abusive parental effort to instil discipline in a child will only breed rebellion, so it is for The Machine. As it seeks more and more control, creating robots, drones and laws with which to subjugate us, it breeds it's own downfall. The enormous growth in youth unemployment across the western world is creating a generation who do not buy into the idea of a nine-to-five workday.

Why should they? It is clear that with modern automated production, goods can be made at a fraction of their sales price. Since we create money with nothing but the power of our imagination, there is always enough for whatever we imagine we can do. It is just a matter of priorities.

If we can (as we do) create trillions of pounds and dollars out of thin air to pay for bankers, bombs and bums in parliament, then we can also afford to keep the unemployed, restless, youth in a style to which they would like to become accustomed. 

A couple of hundred years ago, we had little idea that we would end up in the world of today. It might be a good time to look at the kind of world we are creating.

It is likely, but not certain, that humanity will prevail.

What can you do today, to tip the balance?

Posted by Nicholas Moore    5:34:41 pm