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What Really Caused The 2011 Riots In England?

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on August 18, 2011

On the 4th of August 2011 the Metropolitan Police shot dead an alleged drug dealer, Mark Duggan, while trying to arrest him on suspicion of a planned revenge attack after the murder of his cousin.  According to Police sources Mr. Duggan had a Gun in the Taxi he was in when the Police tried to arrest him, it was also said one of the Police officers were shot, but this later turned out the be a ricochet from a Police gun. There are conflicting statements and circumstances surrounding the Death of Mark Duggan that are still not clear and may never will be. Not to dilute the seriousness of the incident but whether he was a drug dealer or the Police acted inappropriately is a subject for another blog because there is not enough evidence either way currently.

What we do know is that this death caused a chain reaction around London and then other parts of England. But let’s get this clear, only a few people were actively rioting because of what happened to Mark Duggan, the others just used it as an excuse. So, what I want to talk about is why. Why did so many people think it was right and proper to loot shops, destroy homes, cars, businesses and attack the Police and each other?

If you’ve been watching the TV and reading the News Papers then you would have seen what some people are blaming it on. The main answers I’ve seen being offered are a general breakdown in some parts of society, caused by relaxed parenting, absent parents, relaxed liberal law enforcement, drugs, lack of religion and the ‘Family values’ it advocates and lack of job prospects (National & Community Economic Depression).

It is all of the above, with some things being more responsible than others. One of the most questionable ones is the lack of religion in our community and daily lives being a big factor. I disagree with this as there was more crime in the past when England truly was a religious country than in modern times. Though I don’t dispute religion can be a guiding and grounding force when a person adopts only the good parts (When I say ‘good parts’ I mean what is good, kind and lawful by our cultural standards of today) of that particular ideology. Though many of the non-religious also maintain that people could do the same things without being religious and still have a healthy society. Japan for example, the majority of the population there are Shinto and Buddhists, these ‘religions’ are more about culture and history than religious regulations, yet Japan is nothing like England. When the North East of Japan was devastated by a tsunami in March 2011 no one was seen to be looting or overly angry, and their lives, homes and family had been washed away. Again this is nothing like England.

Staying with Japan as an example, the economy of Japan has been in a perpetual slump since the late 1980s. During the 1990s, which the Japanese call the ‘Lost Decade‘, jobless figures were high and even to this day the industry of Japan has a third of their workforce made up of non-Japanese, which means there’s fewer jobs for native-born Japanese. A situation similar to our own here in England. Despite this the Japanese have not rioted, though they have protested, albeit quietly.

So what causes the Japanese to take things in their stride, maybe a little too much in their stride, and the English to fight, smash and loot? As I said, all the above things I mentioned in paragraph three are all to blame to a degree, but all the above have a thing in common. That thing is ‘Socialisation‘. Basically, Socialisation is what we learn at an early age as we grow up. The ‘social norms’, the way we go about talking to others, eating, working, presenting ourselves, our values, traditions our culture. What we learn as children (Socialisation) will set the scene for how we act when we become adults. It’s important to note there is a common disagreement between social scientists about socialisation and if it is all learned or some aspects of our personality, which affect the way we act, are from genetics. 

Regardless of that debate, the reality is that socialisation is the main way we learn and enforce the ‘norms’ of our society. So what degrades these norms, what stops or changes the established socialisation we have to another? The answer quiet simply is what I cited above. What this means is, that ‘break down in society‘ is a break down in socialisation. And that breakdown is caused by outside factors, such as I mentioned in Paragraph three, to all contribute to the degradation of the established socialisation we have. Of course, not everyone was out looting, fighting and destroying things during the unrest, what does this mean? It means the majority of the rioters came from a different community or family where accepted socialisation isn’t adhered to or respected.

On looking closely you can see these people come from economically depressed poor/working class areas, areas where economic activity and funding is very little and almost absent. When I say this I’m in no way excusing the way those people acted during the riots, I’m just explaining what contributed to it.

Adding to the economic depression is another factor, a Consumer Society . In a consumer society people buy for necessity as much as they do for pleasure and identity. In the past when jobs were more available and a collective identity, such as working class, miners, butcher and such were granted by birth, people had a sense of worth and stronger sense of belonging. These days, people rarely base who they are on their job title, they base who they are on what ‘they’re in to’, such as music, art, how they dress what they own and how rich they are. In a materialistic society where image, what you own and how rich you are means everything to an individual, you’re nothing if you don’t have the right stuff. You’re nothing if you’re a person or part of a family that’s on benefits and you can’t afford anything so you can socially ‘fit in’. This sounds very childish, and you would be right… it is, but this is the kind of hollow society we have whether you like it or not.

This type of society contributed to the riots, just as the economic under investment has. If those people had something to lose, if they already had what they wanted then many of them would not have done what they did. However, faced with the opportunity many people would loot what they could if given the chance, many people do that regardless of whether they’re rich or poor.

You may be thinking now: “If we [The English] did that then why didn’t the Japanese?” The answer to that is some socialisation is so engrained and matters so much, like the honour code in Japan, that people adhere to it strictly. That is why Japan doesn’t have much unrest, but we in the UK and the West do.

Having said all the above I think there comes a time when people take responsibility for their actions and situation and try to make a difference in their own lives instead of blaming it on others. The help exists out there for people to make something of themselves if they com from a disadvantaged area. I am an example of this. However, if the Government wants to stop the riots from happening again getting tough on crime will help a little but ultimately wont do much but lock more people up because the base problem isn’t being addressed. We need to get to the bottom of what causes it and that is our society that fosters hollow materialism, weak law enforcement and  successive Governments that have put profits and the needs of big business before those of the people.

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Death And The ‘Afterlife’?

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on April 15, 2011

First off, sorry if this is a bit morbid, if you don’t want to comment on this blog because it upsets you or it just isn’t a topic of interest, then sit this one out.

I find myself thinking about death and the afterlife a lot seeing as I’m an Obsessive Thinker and ruminater caused by OCD. But I don’t think I’m alone in thinking about this subject, you don’t need to be deep thinker or have OCD to think about Death and what may or may not lie beyond it.

When I think of death it brings a feeling sadness, darkness and images of a road on a rainy night with the street lights shining while the fine rain is blown by the wind as it falls past the lamp light at different angles. Graveyards are an obvious one, I dislike them a lot, it reminds me of the inevitable fate we, and indeed, everything else that lives faces in the end. 

It so sad to me that everything we are, all our memories, experiences talents and basically everything else is snuffed out forever when we die. I can’t really describe it properly but the majority of the time it leaves me feeling very Nihilistic and that nothing we do will ever matter in the grand scheme of the Universe. I know the fact we’re all going to josh-it one day doesn’t mean we can’t live for today, but that sense of Nihilism, at that point, is so overwhelming that nothing does matter, it makes you not what to do anything. Everything just shrinks in to insignificance. And then you come back to ‘normality’ and it sort of annoys me that as well as not existing at all I’m going to miss so much after I die! So many wonderous things, the bad things I can miss, but there’s going to be so much change, inventions and discoveries I’m going to miss!

My question to you on this subject is, what do you think of Death? Are you worried about it? Does it bother you that one day your family members will die by before you? Does it bother you that you’ll leave people behind and that you’ll never be awake ever again? Oh, that’s assuming there is no afterlife! Now, I’m not going to say there is an after life or there isn’t… but… my gut feeling is there is nothing once you’re lights go out. That’s it, you’re done. I mean, I hope I’m completely wrong, but to me it seems obvious. That disclaimer out-of-the-way let me continue, so… will it bother you that you’ll be missing out on so much after you die? Not just the good things but the good times you could’ve had with family and friends? On the flip side, do you believe in an afterlife? If so, what makes you think it exists and what evidence is there to support that?

Ghosts! Do you believe in Ghosts? Have you ever had an encounter with one?

My opinion on Ghosts is just because I can’t see them, it doesn’t mean that something isn’t there, especially when so many others have supposedly seen or felt these things.

I have family members who’ve seen Ghosts! My Gran is the main one, she’s told me a few stories. One of the main ones she told me about was when she and her co-worker where working at a local pub that they didn’t know was haunted and saw the ex-landlord who hung himself. They were cleaning one evening (or morning) when they both saw the same Ghost… her co-worker was so scared her hair went white and she refused to go back to the pub ever again.

Apparently my Gran’s mother was a ‘Medium’, she had also seen Ghosts.

Another family member of mine had seen her Grand Father, whom she’d never met and only knew from pictures, in the door way of the living room. I was in the house at the time and heard her go hysterical. At first I thought she was laughing but she was crying. The same family member saw my aforementioned Grandmother twice since she died a few years back.

Now, I know these family members well, do they have reason to lie? No, they don’t, I don’t think they would say such things just to attention seek. Do I believe what they say they see? Well, I’m a skeptic, I can’t believe something without facts, evidence or a solid explanation as to why or what they say they’ve seen is actually there. Being exposed to high ElectroMagnetic Fields (EMFs) can make some people feel or even see things that are not there. So, some family memebrs of mine may be predisposed to seeing things if they’re ever exposed to high EMFs. I’m more inclined to believe this because it has a basis in reality and can actually be replicated in the lab. These lab results show that all people can experience that ghostly feeling if the EMF is turned up high enough, it’s just some people have more of a sensitivity to EMFs, and these are the people who see or feel Ghosts where EMFs are to high for them.

You don’t always have to be exposed to EMFs to see things. The Human brain is also programmed to find faces and form in everything, which is why we see form everywhere (You see the Hitler house in the news lately?). Imagine going from a  light room in to a dimly lit or dark room and your eyes adjust, you brain will struggle to make sense and find out what and where everything is, and with the light that was just in your eyes fading away your brain makes pictures and faces, if you’re that way inclined think that, which you would if you were scared of the dark or believe in Ghosts. If you didn’t and wanted to see a light switch on a near by wall you’d reach for it and fall over because the wall you imagined wasn’t actually there.

Myself personally, I haven’t seen or heard anything! Family members on the other hand hear something everyday! Every creek, thump, breeze, unexplained electrical appliance cutting out, flickering light, dark shadow from the corner of their eyes, things going missing and door shutting (when there’s an obvious explanation for it) is a Ghost of a family member. When I hear the above I don’t think Ghost, sometimes it doesn’t register at all, unless I’m in bed, in which case I’ll know what it is. It’ll either be people up, floorboards popping back in to place, a window open, door being shut too fast, cats messing about or heating coming on. If it is none of them and I know people are in bed then I will think: “Someone’s broken in!”

However, even if I did see something, I wouldn’t put it straight down to a super natural force, as I explained above, I could be in a high EMF area, really tired, my eyes receiving signals from my brain when adjusting to light/dark  (playing tricks) or I’m under the influence of some chemical.

The above is my take on it, I want to hear your take though, if you believe otherwise then tell me your stories, I’d love to hear them! However, I may try to dispute what you saw by offering up explanations, but I wont really baulk at you… much! lol

Hope all are doing well and have a great weekend!

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Where’s Glenn Beck? (#1)

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on March 17, 2011

Everyone’s, sorry… every intellectually challenged ideologically blind favourite U.S. Conservative Fox News presenter has gone missing from his show! Since Mr. Beck – presenter of the ‘Glenn Beck Program’ (What an imaginative title, eh?) – started going over the top with his far-fetched, and quite frankly deranged, conspiratorial rants about Jews having influence in the U.S. Government (Frances Fox Piven being one of them), and them being in conjunction with the Marxists, Leninist, Teletubites and Islamic Socialists on his show, lead to 300 advertisers pulling out of showing their ads during the breaks on the show.

Of course, the people at Fox news are upset about this because nothing turns them on more than lots and lots of money, because this buys them power, influence, interests, not to mention virgin Christian Children that they can sacrifice to their God! Oh, and the lawyers that can get them out of trouble if they’re photographed by the likes of David Icke!

You may not know this but it takes a lot of money to Davide Icke-proof a building or compound! The Man can get where the most determined reporter, and to a lesser extent, former Royal Family members (*Ahem* Fergy *Ahem*) can’t even get! And when you’re Sacrificing Children, shagging goats and letting the ole scales see the sun after a long year of pretending to be Human… that’s not what you want!

So, the big wigs at Fox News weren’t happy with the loss of revenue caused by Beck’s rants. So it’s thought they’ve told Beck to take some time out while they decide what to do with him. Maybe they’ll ask him to tone it down, sack him, put him elsewhere on the Fox Roster or maybe have him doing the weather? That would be one long, gloomy tear riddled report! Never would the U.S. population have seen such a Patriotic showing, and love, for the U.S. weather system!

Anyway, it’s thought Beck has gone around the world to find some inspiration to help him decide what to do next in his life if he’s sacked from Fox News. He is still broadcasting his radio show, but no-one knows where from! So I went on the net looking for stories of him and his whereabouts, and I found this picture on Google:

It’s hard to tell where he is, but he looks like he’s having a good time! Well, I assume he is, it’s hard to tell because he’s happy when he’s crying, right? Crying with happiness? I don’t know, personally I think the man’s a few Teabaggers short of a porn film!

If you know where he is, then tell me, you’ll win a prize! Actually, no you wont, you’ll win a cyber pat on the back, if you’re a man, or a cyber pat on the bum if you’re a lady!  

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Open University Prep Activities

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on March 14, 2011

Just a couple of Prep activities I thought I’d share here. It says write them in your journal, and this site is sort of a journal for me, so why not? I think I’ll also have to post them on my Open U page too!

Activity 1:

Why Have you chosen Introduction To Social Sciences? What are your goals in studying the course?

To try to bring some kind of positive change to the world and extend my knowledge on the subject  of Social sciences. Yes, that may sound like a cliché, but I mean it! I could try to bring change and extend my knowledge without the help of the Open University, but I think learning with the Open University will give me more reason to keep to study. There’s also the fact that to bring change in Politics, I need to have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the system. There’s also having the Degree that brings a certain legitimsation and may make me more electable. By no means is a degree needed for a Political career or to make an effective change, some of the best Political leaders and activists the world has seen have had no formal education on the subject, but still managed to become leaders of their respective countries, communities or causes and have large-scale impact and make positive changes.

As well as studying to expand my knowledge I’m also studying as a way to improve my health and maybe chances of gaining employment outside of the main Political areas. 

Activity 2:

What have been your experiences of learning in the past?

Think about your experience of learning. These may be when you were growing up or, more recently, at work. Try to identify:

an enjoyable and effective learning experience

an experience that was not enjoyable, or where you perhaps struggled to understand or learn something.

Quite a mix really. For the most part things were easy to comprehend, except  Maths. My main problems with learning were I didn’t always retain the information, which I think is normal for the majority of people because of typical modern schooling techniques. As well as that, class disruption and distractions effected my learning. It’s hard to concentrate when other students are pulling you in to a joke, conversation or argument.

I’m not sure there’s any positive experiences, learning was sort of a chore in Primary school, unless it was something I was actually interested in.

A bad experience would have to be Maths. I really am extremely bad at Maths! In class you were expected to know the answer right off the top of your head if you were asked a question on It. I always panicked because my mind didn’t, and still doesn’t work that fast when it comes to maths, for some reason. I’m sure the fear and dislike I developed in school for Maths have something to do with that. The only subject with a barrier to it that puts me off learning and makes it seem very hard or next to impossible to improve, is Maths. All because the teacher used to make you answer a Math question in school and if you got it wrong you’d be laughed at by all the class. Knowing Maths was a sign of intelligence, and still is now, and if you don’t know it, then you can’t be that bright.

Another thing, anything that has a time limit! This applied in Maths too, you had half an hour to complete the multiplication table for that day, and I rarely finished it. The same could be said for almost any subject that had a time limit placed on it.

So I think on the spot questioning/thinking and time limitations are an enemy.

Activity 3:

What are your existing strengths, preferences, habits or skills?

I think I have the capacity to see both sides of any argument. I am, or at least I try to be, rational, logical and unbiased (as much is possible).

I usually learn as I go along, I know that sounds obvious but most people some times get an idea of what they’ll be doing before they jump in to something. I used to do this a lot in the past, but now the majority of the time I come prepared or learn a little before hand. I also tend to learn better if it’s with someone else, especially during debates, nothing like having your arse kicked in a logical debate involving facts to get you learning!

I’m not really sure about habits and skills.

Activity 4:

Look back on the enjoyable and effective learning experience you described. How did you learn there? For example, did you learn by seeing, listening, or doing something?

I’m not sure, I just liken a mind to an empty cup, if you’re really interested in something when you learn it is as easy as pouring water (Knowledge) in to a cup (the mind). I learned effectively on some subjects because I found it interesting and not a chore or a competition.

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A Propaganda Piece: Understanding It

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on January 10, 2011

Below is a post by a former U.S. Politician by the name of Robert Hall. Although I agree with some of his points I find a lot of his post to be typical of a U.S. Republican with rhetoric that is blatantly written to anger you and thus get you on side, the Republican side.

Like most Republicans/Libertarians they’re so adamant their ideology is right, and the best, but don’t seem to notice the huge flaws in it. And when ever someone points these out you’re a: “Damn Socialists/Libtard/Commie/Pinko” or some other kind of leftist.  

I’m going to handle each of his points with a reply in green under each paragraph and show you how this type of post works.

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I’ll be 63 soon. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce, and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.
He’s worked hard all his life and looked for job, even when the job market was bad. He also had health challenges, basically saying he didn’t need Government medical help. He’s just like you, he’s getting on common ground and creating an affinity with you. He’s also setting you up for the next paragraph.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it. They’re taking your hard-earned money and giving it to lazy people. Everyone on benefits/welfare is lazy. He’s setting you up to accept his own agenda which is keeping more of his pay and giving nothing to help those who legitimately need a helping hand in society. He assumes Voluntary charity will cover those in need. It only goes so far. He doesn’t take in to account the system the U.S. has is what’s contributing to poverty and joblessness i.e the “Lazy or Stupid”.

I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the leftwing Congresscritters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community He Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them—with their own money. He try’s to show he’s willing to pay for legitimate cases of illness and home repossession, then say’s it’s their own fault and the fault of a Government made programme/business that helped them lose their homes. Fact is a lot of the people are the victims of this system, as were millions of others. Further more, Fannie and Freddie Mac wasn’t the only cause of the Financial crisis which caused people to lose their homes. The causes was the unregulated financial system his party brought a Bill in for, passed and which Bill Clinton signed in to action.

 I’m tired of being told how bad America is by leftwing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the religious freedom and women’s rights of Saudi Arabia, the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Gay people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela. Won’t multiculturalism be beautiful? He’s illicit a Patriotic reaction and trying to scare you by saying some people hate the U.S. and the U.S. will end up like the aforementioned places if you think America is a bad place and support the people mentioned. Fact is the U.S. doesn’t have much freedom of the press as media is owned and influenced by rival ideological and business groups, and these groups keep anything they don’t want said under wraps or don’t report it properly. The Republican Party doesn’t have much tolerance for Gay people. The U.S. has free speech but people fear to voice their opinion in public for fear of an argument or even violence.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor;” of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers;” of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery;” of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to. He’s having a go at Political Correctness. However, he’s cherry picked the worse aspects of culture within Islam. This is a blanket generalisation over all Muslims, which is just wrong as not all Muslims are like or do the above. Political Correctness does need to be questioned and challenged, but not with blanket generalisations.

I believe “a man should be judged by the content of his character, not by the color of his skin.” I’m tired of being told that “race doesn’t matter” in the post-racial world of President Obama, when it’s all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of US Senators from Illinois. I think it’s very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the emancipation proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less in an all-knowing government. He’s saying race is still an issue in the U.S., even though there’s a black President. I’m not sure anyone fully disputes this fact. Positive discrimination goes against his Libertarian view of “best man for the job”, which shows his reaction. The problems with the black minority and not being allowed to talk about them, gives him more chance to box Political Correctness and advance his ideal of Family as a corner stone in society. It’s bashing of Obama and the Democrats while subtly offering his own black candidate for the job, who he thinks it more qualified.

I’m tired of a news media that thinks Bush’s fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama’s, at triple the cost, were wonderful. That thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress, that picked over every line of Bush’s military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his, that slammed Palin with two years as governor for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever. He thinks the media is against the Republican right and biased in the favour of Obama and Left-wing views. The fact is nearly all media orgs in the U.S. are biased one way or the other. The paragraph belies his mind-set that the right is a victimised group in the U.S.

Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn’t vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004. Again, he thinks most media organisations are against the Republican right and that Fox news is the only Media org that delivers the least biased news. He’s setting up Fox News a channel for you to visit and watch, so you’ll think like him.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America, while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance. What Saudi-Arabia is doing has nothing to do with multiculturalism and everything to do with Successive U.S. governments and U.S. energy conglomerates who allow it to happen because they  don’t want to upset their cash and Oil flow.  

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore’s, and if you’re greener than Gore, you’re green enough. Another ideological staple of Republicanism, anything that requires taxes that isn’t spent on the Defence, Police, Fire dept or Roads is not wanted. Of course Climate change is happening but it can’t be fully shown if Human’s are the complete cause, but Republicans don’t care if it can be proved, they’re not being taxed for it.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don’t think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take drugs. And I’m tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana. Another extension of the Libertarian idea that you stand on your own two feet and accept responsibility for your own actions in life.

I’m tired of illegal aliens being called “undocumented workers,” especially the ones who aren’t working, but are living on welfare or crime. What’s next? Calling drug dealers, “Undocumented Pharmacists”? And, no, I’m not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic and it’s been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I’m willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person who can speak English, doesn’t have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military. Those are the citizens we need. Again, he doesn’t want to pay for benefits for people who are lazy. Doesn’t like crime either, then again who doesn’t? This comment fits in normally with many right and left-wing ideas. 

I’m tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people than themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years—and still are? Not even close. So here’s the deal. I’ll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we’ll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear. Appealing to Patriotism and makes the assumption that anyone who doesn’t join the army or support the war is some how un-American. Trys to legitimise western War crimes while painting in the enemy as worse. Al Qaeda was never in Iraq, those rooms were used by the Iraqi Republican guard to torture. 

I’m tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers—bums are bi-partisan. And I’m tired of people telling me we need bi-partisanship. I live in Illinois, where the “Illinois Combine” of Democrats and Republicans has worked together harmoniously to loot the public for years. And I notice that the tax cheats in Obama’s cabinet are bi-partisan as well. We shouldn’t Dilute Republican/Conservative ideology, because we’ll end with a Government like Illinois Combine. Also, note how he doesn’t implicate the wider Republican Party and doesn’t mention the Corporate Tax cheats. Fact of the matter is the whole system is rotten and corrupt and people like Robert Hill perpetuate it.

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor. Trying to show he’s on your level, the average joe’s level, and appealing to the Tea Party Movement.

Speaking of poor, I’m tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn’t have that in 1970, but we didn’t know we were “poor.” The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing. He thinks the “Socialists” in Government are using these words as an excuse to take more money off him. I’m sure they do use it like that some times.

I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination, or big-whatever for their problems. Just more Libertarian/Rep/Con ideology saying they don’t want their money going on the lazy. He doesn’t accept the fact that because of all the above mentioned things that some people really can’t get ahead in life. Also nothing about the U.S paying trillions to bail out the U.S. financial sector. By the rules of Capitalism and Libertarianism they should’ve been allowed to fail, and those responsible held to account.

Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I’m not going to get to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter. He’s appealing to you to pick up the flag and carry on where he left off, for you to change things using his ideology. Again, this ideology in nature is ruthless and is actively the cause of many of  the problems in the country.

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I don’t disagree with everything Mr. Hill is saying here, I was just taking this argument apart to show the obvious bias and the way he invites you to think the way he does. And to show how he misleads the reader in some areas.  When I write blogs you know they’re my opinion and I don’t try to get anyone to take on any of my opinions. I just want you to question everything and everyone. I want people to think for themselves and not take on set of ideas and opinions that aren’t their own, that defeats the object of thinking for yourself and learning about other opinions and ideas and then scrutinising them.

If more people were to think for themselves and question a Political party’s ideas and pieces like the above, before picking them up, taking them as their own and holding them up to world as what’s the best, then we wouldn’t be so deep in the Political mess we’re currently in with sky-high national debts because of public spending and financial bailouts of banks and business that were doing dodgy business dealings that would later cripple us.

QUESTION EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE!

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Goodbye Sweden

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on December 8, 2010

This really is disgusting and sad, it makes my heart sink! It really makes me so fucking angry! How is common sense to prevail when our own elected officials support and allow this under the misguided notion that Islam is a religion of peace and fits nicely in to a Western System!

Some person in the comments said “Is Nationalism the only solution to Islam?” or something along those lines. They’re just as bad! I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been called Islamophobic and Racist!

It seems like no amount of bitching from us with our posters and arguments will change the Muslim’s minds or the Politicians! What the fuck are we supposed to do?

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Why Do Women Do It?

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on November 22, 2010

I wasn’t really sure what to call this post as it’s a tricky subject that can blur between the lines of Domestic abuse and stupid choices influenced by misplaced love. So if you feel offened bear that in mind before you accuse me of being an insensitive male clod.

I’ve noticed quite a lot growing up, and even now, that Women have a inate tendency to fall for Men who are completely unsuitable as Partners and even Fathers.

I’ll get stright down to it and say it: Some women are just so stupid when it comes to love and picking partners that  it’s annoying! I’ll give you a true and prime exanple of this…

Miss. A (obviously not her real name) has had realtionships with a few Men, each time she fell for them because they were “Bad Boys” or “Rough”, her words not mine! She would rather go out with a Man with no job prospects, who deals Drugs, Takes Drugs, is a Alcoholic, steals form her and her Children, has a Police record and even hits her. Miss. A is NOT lacking in self-esteem, she hits him back and could easily surive on her own without him.

So why does she stay with this loser who she feeds and even clothes? Here’s the answer: “I love Him!” and my personal favourite: “I like the Danger. It’s exciting!”. Can you believe that? Steals from her, pays for his habits, puts her own children out for him, even has a baby to him and she “Loves” him ans finds it exciting. Miss A is a nice women, but she’s a fool and I’ve told her so. Why do they do it, though?

It could easily be a single educated woman, they still do it, but why do they stoop for scrote bags and idiots? I’m not saying all women do this but alot do it when they’re young, you can chalk that up to being young and inexperienced, but when you’re in your mid twenties and older?

Some women even see it coming, but they still go to a relationship with these types expecting them to change. Word to all the Women out there; You can’t change a Man, unless he want’s to change! Don’t think you can secretly manipulate Him or nag him in the right direction, it doesn’t work. It only works if they’re willing and want to change. And if they really loved you, they’d do it! Putting up with their habits only sends a message you’re willing to carry on with him the way things are. Not a good signle to send if you are trying to change or help them.

Another thing, why do women go for arrogant men? I’m not talking about confidence percieved as arrogance, I mean 100% arrogance. How can women seriously find that attractive? Because they appear secure or dominant?

Either way it’s annoys me when they start monaing about the Man and the situation they’ve created for themselves. If you don’t want none of that then don’t get in to the relationship in the first place or dump their arrogant, parasitic arse as soon as possible and get yourself a man that actually cares about you. They are out there, they just don’t give them a chance. Miss A for example, she passed up a hard working man because he was: “Too Nice”.

So, come on ladies… why do you or other ladies do it? I’d really like to know. Men are also welcome to post their thoughts on this post too. I’d like to hear all sides.

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Atheist Or Agnostic?

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on September 4, 2009

Just been on Harsh’s blog talking about the answer to religion, though I don’t think there’s any answer to religion except for maybe a good education Harsh left me thinking about being Agnostic or Atheist.

Ever since I was in my early teens I’ve thought I was Agnostic, here’s why: I can prove the world’s religions and Gods were invented and written by Humans. It’s so obvious, the contradictions for a start, what God contradicts itself? It’s flawless yet it contradicts itself, religious believers and followers cite the fact that imperfect humans wrote the religious books, therefore that’s why the texts are not perfect.

Well, a lot of deaths have resulted from these ‘imperfect’ words, why did God allow Humans to write it when it knew Humans are flawed and would leave too much space for interpretation, which thus lead to fractionating of the religion and many innocent deaths. God is all-powerful, why not magic up a biro and pair of hands to write the book itself or endow the writer or all Humans with the knowledge? It leaves no room for interpretation that way, no one suffers and everyone believes!
 
I’ll tell you why, because it was written by Humans! No God would leave room for interpretation, especially the flawless kind in the Middle Eastern Religions. Of course the religious believers try to get around this by saying God wanted Humanity to have freedom of choice instead of being endowed with the knowledge and word of God. That’s complete shite! It’s how they compensate for the way it was written, everyone has to submit to God by themselves. What kind of God creates a planet full of Humans and gives them free will to submit to it if it already had the power to make them submit anyway? Sounds like a God with low self-esteem and a touch of megalomania.

It wasn’t God it was a Human, a Human with a thirst for power and control. How else could you explain the above and the way the books were written? Why would a God not take in to account the way language would change over millennia? It must’ve knew some words and meanings would be lost in translation? Again, it’s Humans who didn’t take that in to account. Which explains why so much of the religious texts of the world were written in the language and style of the time and why it’s a reflection of the social climate of the time, i.e extremely male dominated society, slavery was okay and God said so, so was rape, murder and anything else, as long as they were unbelievers (Even though it says “Thou shalt not kill!”).

God knows all, and sees all that is to come? So pretty much everyones’ mind has been made up whether they believe in a God or not, that concept of freedom of choice is null and void then? So trying to save people is pointless, not only that but all Wars there ever was or ever will be have been pre-planned by God and so was the suffering. So the rape of Children, burning alive, 9’11 and every other bad thing you can imagine was pre-planned by God. What kind of creature would do that?… and what for? Entertainment? Of course it aint God it’s Humans again, nothing is set in stone and we make all our own choices.

I could go on with examples but you get the idea. However, just because the religions of the world and Gods in them were an invention by man as  tool of control doesn’t leave the concept of a God Null and void. I can disprove the Gods in the religions of the world but not that there may be something, somewhere that could constitute a God type entity that may have had a hand in creating the Universe. I can’t say either way, and neither can anyone else. Which is why I call myself Agnostic.

Is that pretty straight forward? Well have a read of these and tell me what you think.

(1) Because I can point out and prove the world’s religions and God/s were invented and written by men does it mean I’m an Atheist?

(2) And if it does can I not be Agnostic about the existence of a ‘God’ like thing, being or entity that may or may not exist outside the world’s religions?

(3) If this God does exist does that make the world’s religions are right?

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This Is England?

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on July 27, 2009

I was just looking at my friends pictures that she took while she was on holiday in England last week. She is Japanese, and like many people from outside England she come to England with a preset idea of what it’s like. The England that most tourists see is, well… tourist England, the England that the Government wants tourists to see and experience. What Country wouldn’t want to show it’s best side? Just a shame England’s best side is also it’s backside! Anyway, most Tourists don’t leave the home counties, which is most of the south and the south-west of England (except central London because it’s full of poor people and working class scum) unless they’re going North to Scotland and stop off on the way to see old castles in Yorkshire.
                                                        
The sights and hot spots people come to see are things that are viewed as being quintessentially English, and most of the sights are in the Home Counties. Old London Streets, Old buildings, the Palace of Westminster, Old Villages in Oxford and other home counties. What I want to say is, this is not the real England! Many of my friends from outside the UK have an idea of the UK and England that doesn’t exist. These views you hold of the UK are most likely rubbish, not everyone drinks tea, eats crumpets and has afternoon tea, we’re not reserved, we don’t all speak with Standard accents, Cricket is NOT the national sport it’s a game played almost completely by the upper-classes, as is Tennis. The places they visit are the places where the RICH upper classes lived and still live (except parts of central London) exclusively after kicking or forcing the farmers off their land and in to the cities when the Industrial Revolution began.

The graduates coming out of the Oxford and Cambridge Universities are not the best the country has to offer! They are not prestigious or the ‘crem de la crem’, most bought their way in or their family is well ‘connected’. There are many thousands of intelligent working class/poor people in England that never get the chance to go University because they simply can’t afford it or they’ve been told they’ll be better off going for a lower paid easier to obtain job. When working class people enter in to higher education and come out of the other side with a degree that’s equal or better to a job applicant that’s been to Oxford, they’re still more likely to be turned down in favour of a Oxford graduate because they’re working class. The elitist class system still exists in England and the UK, quite a few of the top jobs and positions in the Civil Service, National Government, Law and even the sciences are filled by the upper classes. The Class ceiling is still in place.

It  pisses me off the side of England people see or are shown is the upper class or old historical side. And I can’t relate to or take pride in that. It wasn’t my way of life, nor my ancestors! The view you see is what the Government and tourist board want you to see is an upper class, Aristocratic, elitist, Edwardian or Victorian super power country governed by a Monarch. There was fuck all “Great” about Great Britain! Yes the Aristocracy and the rich went around the world to make money but later on said it was to bring democracy and to civilise the lands, democracy they didn’t even have or attempt to deliver in their own country! How can you civilise and bring democracy to a new land when your own country isn’t a democracy or civilised. Life in these new lands was better than life in England, you had a better quality of life and lived off the land, something you couldn’t do in England as the land was owned by a Lord, Earl or some other private land owner, and you could go to prison or be killed if you dared to hunt to feed your family.

Britain and England was far from great when the upper classes were Empire building. At home Children were bought to work in factories, mines and generally made to work in environments and long hours children shouldn’t have been doing. Adult workers and children alike had no pension, wages that were meager, bad housing and bad health! Victorian Britain (1837-1901) was the richest country on Earth! Yet during this time the population of this supposedly, rich and powerful country lived in poverty! Why was it so bad? Greed! The vast amount of money that was made was not passed down to the back-bone of the country, the working classes! What annoys me about this time is the peoples’ love for the queen and the system that kept them in the living conditions they had and left them with no way out of it! What also annoys me about this period in time is the way modern Brits refer to this time as the “Good old days” and then start chanting “Rule Britannia”. Then, as now, the system has a plethora of propaganda justifying or placing blame else where for the poor living conditions, low or bad wages, greed and all else that goes on in the country. The fact is the Government and the powers that be make it that way, and the majority of the population don’t believe it! Well this is just a pop at those flag waving Brits and English – past and present – who have the piss taken out of them by the Government and upper classes and think back to a time their ancestors lived but they didn’t and  say “Ah, the good old days!”.

You cheered on the same people who were your suppressors, the same people that kept you poor and ignorant. The people you cheered are the same people who look down on you with such contempt that they think you’re some kind of lower, inferior human. You took your place on the Social ladder and accepted these people as your “betters”, when you could have been the same as them if they hadn’t denied you an education. Even Winston Churchill, one of the supposed GREAT Britains was guilty of this, he said “Keep them (the working classes/poor) out of the Libraries and in the Pubs.”. Well fuck you Winnie, you aint a Great Britain in my eyes! I see pretty much all of Britain’s historical heroes like Winston, if Winston had those opinions just have a think at how bad the other upper classes and historical figures viewed us? And still do in fact! Another reason why I don’t feel an affiliation with the rest of the current flag waving Brits who chant ‘Rule Britannia’. There’s another prime example of Britains unwittingly endorsing their own slavery, Rule fucking Britannia! “Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves: Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.”. Funny how millions of Britain were slaves to rich Britains when that song was wrote. Have you ever read the lyrics to Rule Britannia? It’s like the upper classes were actively poking fun at the peoples’ willingness to cheer their masters that kept them poor and ignorant.

Modern England is far removed from the image the Government and tourist industry push. The reality is more disappointing and depressing, though England has come forward out of that Aristocratic, elitist snobbery that it used to have – it still has some way to go to become an equal society. Social mobility is still a problem and the wealth divided between North and South England is growing. As I said earlier the Class ceiling is still in place and that still stops poor/working class talent from getting places at University or jobs in the good positions.

The country as whole is not as good as the Government and patriotic Englishmen would make out. Though there’s been an improvement in the standards of living those standards don’t stretch across the whole country. There’s no job security anymore, if there’s no job security no-one will be able to pay their mortgage, not so many people will own property. The are, or was jobs before the recession, but most were in services, our old industries have been obliterated in favour of making and saving money by sending them jobs overseas and then importing from over seas. Public transport is a complete joke, trains and buses are uncomfortable, small, smelly, overcrowded, late and expensive. Good food, Electricity, Gas and Petrol are all expensive. Law and Order is a joke too, the prison population is growing while running out of space, so lots of minor offenders are let out and serious offenders are given easy sentences, so you can imagine how crime would be. There’s no guarantee of a pension, if you put it in a company pension plan and that company goes bust or gets bought out, you may lose everything. Even wages are falling now. The Political system is corrupt and pretty much no-one has faith in it anymore, besides the right-wing Tory party and its followers.

So this is why I don’t feel any affiliation for historical England or the present day Historic, Aristocratic elitist, best of the best, Monarchic view that is sold to tourists and now defines our nation. Having that as our National Identity is like having the White apartheid minority as South Africa’s identity. I’m not saying it’s not part of English history because it is, I’m arguing that it isn’t my personal history or identity, it isn’t the history or identity of the majority of people in England either, it’s the identity and history of the rich upper class minority of England. The vast working class history and contribution to the nation has been over looked or omitted completely in favour of the aristocratic Monarchist identity. The Monarchs, Generals, Industrialists, their way of life, tastes, their fashions… these are what constitute England today.

Why should a minority represent a whole country’s identity? It shouldn’t, anyone that clings to that idea besides the upper classes is kidding themselves and taking an identity that isn’t theirs and carrying on their servitude to the upper class and furthering the lie that they’re better than you and only their idea of what England is should be presented. 
                            

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What Went Wrong?

Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on July 20, 2009

“We’re breeding a nation of morons!” Were the words of Manchester radio talk-show host ‘James Stannage’ some thirty years ago. Though you may not know who James Stannage is, you will be familiar with the reality of his words if you live in any major city in the UK. Of course I’m referring to the “Scallies”, “Chavs” and any unthinking Scrote-bag that has no respect for people or their property. You know the type, the ones that stand on street corners spitting, drinking beer and smoking weed, smashing bus stops, beating people up in huge gangs if they look at the wrong way, the ones that cause nothing but trouble on the estates up and down the country.

Here’s a definition and a picture to show non-UK readers or random middle class wankers who live in the countryside.                                        

                                                              SCALLY

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Inner-city teens and adults, usually white but come in all colours. Have no respect for anyone except the local Gangsters and Hip-Hop/Pop stars, who they love to emulate and idoloise. Some act like American black rappers. They try to avoid school/work at all costs and get violent with the teachers or anyone who”disrespects” or looks at them the wrong way. To give themselves social status they wear cheap or fake jewellery, brand name sports clothes, some times jeans and beat up random people or intimidate old people or passers-by. The male scally has habit of walking around with his hands in the front of his pants fiddling with his dick (true) and shave their heads and wear caps. Scallies haven’t a shred of individuality and rarely use their brains.

                                                                CHAV

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More inner-city teens and adults who are basically the same as Scally’s but the clothing style is somewhat different. The emphasis is on Burberry and more up-market clothing, usually fake. These people usually act black too.

What I want to talk about is the reason for them being this way. Some of these people would beat people up and leave them for dead then go laugh and boast about it in the pub. They kick-off over the most trivial things, that’s when they’re not drunk, when they’ve had a drink they’re even worse. Every Friday and Saturday night in town centers they cause a fight, they actively go out to provoke fights. Why? Do they have such low self-esteem they have to prove themselves to the local slags they’re sniffing around? New Years Eve just gone I was I was going to the local shop, I was drunk, and I was threatened with being “Stabbed in the eye!”, my crime? Just being there and wearing glasses. Obviously these three people, maybe late teens early twenties, were drunk or on drugs and said they’d stab me from the safety of the other side of the road. What would’ve happened if I was on the same side? What would’ve happened if my mam’s friend’s Boyfriend hadn’t been there? I am a large man, 6ft3 and 22st, but I don’t think I could fight all three of them, I know a Karate teacher and he said he couldn’t fight more than five at once.

Most of you will know by reading the papers, watching TV news or even witnessing it first hand that people have been killed by gangs of these idiots. What’s more is they get away with murder and are out of prison in ten or even eight years. Is it because the repercussions of committing a crime are so weak – this could go for any crime by the way – that they do it then come out with a badge of honour? Are they on drugs or alcohol when they commit these crimes? Are things actually as bad as they seem? Is the modern media machine just trying to sell a story? Is it really worse than it was 30, 40 or 50 years ago?

I asked my mother and a few other people have said it wasn’t like it is now. My mother used to walk back from Broughton (60’s 70’s) in the early hours of a weekend to where her friend lived (an hours walk) to stay over night. She did this every week and was never once bothered. These days you can’t do that. She said there used to be fights in the street between gangs, but it rarely ended up with a fatality, they also wouldn’t jump on people for the fun of it. Drugs and alcohol was around then and it wasn’t as bad as it is now, could it be that back then drugs hadn’t filtered down to the teens and the general population? Could it be that the drugs problems of the late 70’s 80’s and 90’s have bred these people from parents that were or are addicts? They’ve seen their parents devalue their lives the children’s lives and others?

Is it the degeneration of the UK economy, especially in the North? The less jobs the less direction and substance there is in their lives? No one has good things so when someone does manage to get a few good things, others smash them up out of envy and jealously? When others see these acts growing  up do they copy the behaviour? Don’t respect the good things anyone has because it makes them look lesser and lower down the social ladder? They can’t gain respect by normal means so they get it through acts of violence and by taking drugs? because they were brought up with no order in their lives they will always give abuse to people who tell them off or challenge them? Is their social standing in a group so important they’ll beat a person up or to death when they challenge them?

Is it the benefit system? Because there’s always going to be money from somewhere people don’t even try to get educated and so their children become thick too? Are stupid people breeding too fast and out numbering the intelligent people? Is society getting worse because we’re saving the stupid people?

My personal opinion is I don’t fully know! Other parts of the world have suffered with economic degeneration and drug abuse, and they’re nothing like the UK. look at France, Germany and the low countries, they don’t have half the trouble the UK does. Or they do and we just don’t hear about it? I’d love to say this is a minority of people but it isn’t, where I live they’re the majority, I should imagine they are in every UK city. Is it really as simple as blaming the parents for bringing them up the wrong way and lack of job prospects? I don’t know but I hope someone fixes it before we reach the point of no return and I have to go out there and bring down the numbers by hand – or failing that I have to move to a different country!
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Sorry I aint blogged or visited you lot, but I’ve had zero motivation recently. But thank you ALL for your thoughts on the last blog! I’ll be around to yours again soon!

Phil

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