…and following on from the previous post, here’s a recently provided scan from Holly of a (now defunct) Sounds magazine (four star!) review of the vinyl LP, Waqqaz, by Crawling Chaos, back in June 1986, when I was in France.
Quoting Dave Henderson;
THE CRAWLING CHAOS ‘Waqqaz’ (Foetus Products F4) ****
AND CHAOS came back again. Former Factory workers ex-eccentrics from the wild North East, The Crawling Chaos are still alive, being driven barmy by the ineptitude of their drum machine and turning in classic songs.
It’s a bumpy unpredictable road between the simple worlds of Der Plan, Throbbing Gristle, the Dr Who theme and the primal Factory sound, but all and sundry were fed into the Chaos cut price computer. The result coughs and splutters with a truly odd musical catarrh.
Of course, in this case, the worst possible thing for me, is being on the same page as a Genesis review…
As MP’s expenses come to the fore again, Peter Mandelson spoke on Radio 4 this morning and did his usual self by not explaining anything and being perfectly unclear about everything! Listen hear here!
Thank god the interviewer cut him off.
The question was “Have you got much sympathy with MPs who’ve claimed under one set of ‘rules’ and now might have to cough-up under a changed set of rules” (my wording)
“Of course…but…” said Mandelson
“…these are the last painful and expensive throws of an old and discredited system…”
Flowers and Pot Plants
The trouble is that Mandelson’s flower bills for his office/department are over £24,000 per annum. When news of this started coming out, Darling’s Treasury flower bill of ~£3000 was cut to zero but the Business Dept.’s of Mandelson has remained the same. (see Government departments ran up £780,000 flower bill)
That’s the painful truth. And as the most disadvantaged in society, dependant on the State for their well-being, are now coming into the firing line as the cause of society’s ills, it’s a truth that deserves repetition.
As the money given to bankers to pay for their bonuses (~£1.2 billion!) goes out, consider the £3 billion stolen from the Post Office worker’s pension fund by the State in a ‘pensions holiday’ since 1994. These Post Office employees are now having to suffer because as part of the Royal Mail’s super-imposed business ethic, it has to recoup the missing Pension money from it’s business at the same time as it’s core business changes and it reacts accordingly.
Now, the focus is on the Post Office worker who must change and not go on strike to ‘save the company’!
Q. Who is in charge of pushing these Post Office changes?
Having a Millstone around one's Neck
I think a few more ‘rules’ need changing. If the Royal Mail was not hamstrung by the Pensions millstone round it’s neck it could compete equally with the piss-poor Home Delivery Network owned by the odious Barclay brothers who have their own idea of democracy on their little island fiefdom.
Without the millstone, Royal Mail could have expanded it’s network of local offices as collection and despatch points for the country’s expanding home shopping bonanza. Instead, it’s closed many down because reduced investment made them un-economic.
The Dept. of Business is a fool’s paradise of blinkered short-sightedness, completely devoid of morals and common sense. Mandelson though, is no fool. He knows exactly what he’s done and is doing.
I think he’s borrowed one of Dr Who’s perception filters because of the way that people’s focus shifts as their gaze falls upon him.
Home Delivery network
Amazon delivery problems. Home Delivery Network put their side (from 2007)
The prime problem for HDNL is that they have few offices and don’t deliver out-of-hours which is no use for normal consumers, the majority of whom work 9-5. Consequently they are cheap so mail-order companies will use them…
Each one of the fuzzy white bits in the photo above is a galaxy containing billions of stars and thus many, many life-forms, all at various stages of evolution. This statement is derived from the work of thousands of intellectuals using the powers of observation and deduction available to us all.
Journey's End (Doctor Who)
Tonight there was a show highlighting bits of the top BBC show, Doctor Who.
It was a reminder, for me, of the most cataclysmic scene, from the final (proper) episode called Journey’s End, where “The Doctor” has to wipe the mind of Donna, his companion, to save herself from going mad. (this was because she’d inherited his Time-Lord powers in the picture here, which are too much for a human).
Flowers For Algernon (S.F. Masterworks) (Paperback )by Daniel Keyes
This scene I can fully empathise with because of my own experience of an under-active thyroid gland which removed my powers of intellect and concentration, and almost removed my concept of “self”, before I was diagnosed. At the time, when I was recovering, I called it my “Flowers for Algernon” experience.
“Flowers for Algernon” is an all-time great science fiction story. Charlie Gordon, the story-telling diarist, like Donna Noble in Doctor Who, and like myself earlier, we were all crushingly aware of the powers we once had, but now were losing, visibly.
In many respects, it’s much worse than death. People sometimes worry about death and try not to think about it, hoping it will go away. Myself, I’ve always pondered it, sometimes to gloomy distraction. It’s like the great unknown.
Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.
With this, I fully agree, and can thus explain away my gloomy dallyings with the words of one of the greatest thinkers of all time.
Nichiren, the Buddhist monk of a later age said;
Life at each moment permeates the entire realm of phenomena and is revealed in all phenomena. To be awakened to this principle is itself the mutually inclusive relationship of life at each moment and all phenomena. – WND page 3, On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime
I think that with this in mind, for my next existence I’ll go somewhere different to this Earth….
Since I’ve been born I’ve always felt ‘old’, as if I’m returning here to ‘fix’ something, a devoir-faire.
Maybe I’ll be in these red centres of creation, a truly glorious image emphasising the hydrogen clouds.
"Mountains of Creation" by Spitzer. These towering pillars of cool gas and dust are illuminated at their tips with light from warm, embryonic stars. The pillars in the Spitzer image are part of a region called W5, in the Cassiopeia constellation 7,000 light-years away and 50 light-years across. In the image, hundreds of forming stars (white/yellow) can seen for the first time inside the central pillar, and dozens inside the tall pillar to the left.
It’s truly a great privilege to be able to go out on an evening and stare at our night sky and the Milky Way, pondering on the gems that must exist, both in front of our eyes and those ones hidden by vast distance.
Our Milky Way by Spitzer Telescope - click for source page with VERY high resolution pictures!
Others say that war is evil, or poverty. Some say that communism is evil, or capitalism.
I don’t know who said the piece in the book. It’s not Nichiren but it’s his words as a condensate. Here they are repeated;
WHAT IS “EVIL” IN BUDDHISM?
Stemming from the fundemantal darkness that is inherent in all life, evil is that which obstructs people in their Buddhist practice, robbing them of life force and causing them to doubt their own Buddhahood. Evil can be transformed into good to the extent that we use it as a stimulus to deepen our faith and practice and strengthen our inherent goodness.
In a nutshell, anything that stops your Buddhist practice, is evil.
So Arabs aren’t evil and neither is Sarah Palin. However, if their actions (which includes words) lead to events that stop me practicing my Buddhism, they would then be termed evil.
Drinking alcohol. It isn’t evil, but if I drink so much that it stops my practice…., then it’s still not evil. The evil is within myself and my actions have stopped my practice.
What if I kill someone, like the killers of Ken Bigley, say? But I still keep doing my Buddhist practice… I can’t be evil because I’m still chanting? A. Well obviously I’ve done evil because I stopped (the potential for) someone else’s Buddhist practice. And the life force has certainly been robbed.
Nichiren says this on the subject. He characterises evil as delusion, and good as enlightenment…
It is like the case of a person who in a dream sees himself performing various good and evil actions. After he wakes up and considers the matter, he realizes that it was all a dream produced by his own mind. This mind of his corresponds to the single principle of the essential nature of phenomena, the true aspect of reality, while the good and evil that appeared in the dream correspond to enlightenment and delusion. When one becomes aware of this, it is clear that one should discard the ignorance associated with evil and delusion, and take as one’s basis the awakening that is characterized by goodness and enlightenment. The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin – Page 418
For me, this is the true concept of “The Investigation of Self”. For instance, using the dream analogy, where do we go when we are asleep? What are dreams?
Because of the prevelance of computers in our lives, the usual answer nowadays is that dreams are your brain “sorting out” the information it’s acquired in relevancy so that it doesn’t “crash”.
But what happens when you are unconcious, say for surgery? Where do you go then? At such times, brain activity can be made to almost completely cease. And yet, we return, get well, have no memory loss.
Some people have fallen into frozen water and stopped breathing for over 20mins. They’ve escaped brain damage because the cold stops the chemical processes of degeneration.
So where have they been? Where do we go when we are unconcious or asleep?
I think that within that sentence lies the whole key to our existence.
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