for the common cause is never easy. To begin, you are constantly challenged
by those who have no comprehension and who remain hostile to anything
beyond their own confines.
cause is what most people reach out for and towards when all else is
snatched from them. In such circumstances and beyond the bottle and
other similar perspective wrecking distractions, thoughtful contemplation
and meditation will lead to the awareness of the common cause. Meditation
is the art of relaxation.
and protection of the common cause is what enables people to go about
their daily lives without having to immerse themselves in fighting
for that common cause. How many of us give deliberate thought to the
solidity of the foundations of the homes in which we live until something
occurs to make us focus on those foundations?
then become numerous. Who designed those foundations, who worked upon
and put them in place? What, if any, is our own role in the presence
of those foundations?
By default, those
who work for radio, television and the newspaper industries are in the front
line of promoting and standing up for the common cause. How they acknowledge
and comply with their respective positions depends much more upon professional
training than on personal volition. The danger preceding failure is in wearing
an outward cloak of respectability whilst failing to meet the demands. Feeding
the populace pap might fatten personal bank accounts but that is in reality
all it will achieve.
watch the news reports currently emanating from western journalists
in the Middle East should listen carefully to and analyse the perspective
of those reports.
We might not
all be in a position to work for the common cause as actively as others might.
Yet pause a moment to ponder that but not for the common cause, none of us
would have the education nor the time nor the freedom to even ponder in such
also be valid to ponder the worth of the individual within the common
cause and whether any common cause could ever exist where the intrinsic
worth of any individual is devalued.
Quiet Corner We live in a dangerous
worlddangerous because men and women
alike shirk from the responsibility of being humble.
This sonnet epitomises the gift of humility.
Grant me the Serenity to accept
the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can and
Wisdom to know the difference,
Living one day at a time enjoying one~
moment at a time
Accepting hardships as the pathway of Peace
Taking as He did this sinful world as it is
and not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy in the next world
“It’s not hard to bring out the worst in large numbers
of citizens by constantly pressing their buttons; fear, hate, greed,
false pride and blind loyalty are the main emotions used to manipulate
people so much these last years. Reversing this process and empowering
people through courage, love, generosity, humility and critical thinking
is harder but it can and must be done.” -- Coleen Rowley for
RootsAction; FBI whistle blower
What is what and
who is who and who cares what if who is not, said the reflection
to the shadow.
- you don't deserve the title Mr - just one civilian death as a
result of your armed invasion of Ukraine makes you without
doubt a murderer and a war criminal.
Suck on that asshole.
Putin, You invade a peaceful sovereign country with an army, shell, bomb
and use illegal weaponry on cities. You have declared war, no-one
You feed riduculous lies to the Russian people through your state-owned propaganda
You are the propagandist.
You accuse Western nations of 'banditry' and then
state that those countries imposing sanctions against Russia have
'declared war' on Russia.
Vladimir Putin - YOU are the bandit, the criminal,
the warmonger, a murderer.
You threaten people with 15 years in jail for spreading
'fake' news of the war - anything, that is, that is outside of your
Vladimir Putin - you are now the 2022 Hitler of Russia.
To the people of Russia - you now have an opportunity through
your public rejection of Russia's barbaric war in Ukraine to oust
their minions who have held the Russian people in bondage for decades.
Assange and the war against freedom There
is and never was anything illegal in the case of Julian Assange other
than the continued and deplorable actions of dark elements within the US administration - actions
which in any other instance would have seen the case thrown out
- thrown out due to actions by these dark elements which themselves
are outside of and shun both US and international law.
Should the UK grant the US the Assange extradition
request, then the UK administration and justice system will themselves become
accomplices of those dark elements.
One of the underlying tenets, or principles of modern
journalism is to examine and report to the public any underhand, illegal or dubious
activities of the powerful, including those in government.
The current US witch hunt against Assange is the greatest
threat to and assault upon journalism and the reporting of the truth in history.
and the future Social
and domestic life in most of the developed and sheltered countries
of our world has been torn apart by the covid-19 disease and the
lock down measures taken by governments.
The wealth of a nation depends on the health and well being of its people and
not on their enslavement by capitalism and its goals.
The coronavirus tragedy unfolding in the US, which
does not have a free national health service, will bear sad testimony
The same scenario is also unfolding in the UK, which
once had one of the
best free national health
services in the world but which has been drastically under resourced
by successive governments
over the past decade and more.
In the less developed and less sheltered countries
the suffering caused in the main by other people continues unabated
- except those suffering must now also face a pandemic.
Humanity is truly at a crisis crossroads with few,
if any, avenues of escape.
We are not a pleasant species to ourselves when we
find ourselves feeling backed into a corner, as human history
The only way out of the mess is for us all to work
together as a cohesive species and try to forge a true global
balance between nature and the survival of civilisation.
this present time such a reality appears further away than the
ship smoke disappearing below the far horizon.
Can we pull the ship closer?
Assange — a warning The
illegal seizure and arrest of Julian Assange should serve as a warning
of just how corrupt the involved governments and their minions have
One of the first tricks of dirty governing when faced with any
embarrassing exposure of underhand activity is to attempt to discredit and assasinate
the character of those releasing the information. History bears testimony to
One of the accusations amongst many used to justify the
seizure and arrest of Assange was that he used Wikileaks to “meddle” in the internal affairs of states.
Given that such is exactly what the United States and United Kingdom
has persistently done over the past 100 years, such an accusation can only be described as blatant, unashamed
hypocrisy. History will reveal such human dregs for the garbage they truly are.
Dark days indeed lie ahead.
By Reporters Without Borders
After overlooking the fake news and hate speech that Trump posted throughout his four years as US president, Twitter unilaterally decided on 8 January to permanently close his @realDonaldTrump account and then, a few days later, 70,000 other accounts linked to the pro-Trump QAnon movement. Facebook, Instagram and Twitch also suspended the presidential accounts for an unspecified period, while Amazon then suspended the pro-Trump social media Parler.
All of these decisions were taken by private-sector companies without any democratic or judicial control!
The laws of the public arena used to be established by parliaments and enforced by judges, but private-sector corporations are now in charge. Their norms are not defined within a democratic framework with checks and balances, they are not transparent and you cannot appeal to any court before they are carried out. The organization of the online public arena should not be left to market forces or individual interests.
It was to propose democratic safeguards for the digital arena that RSF launched:
The Forum on Information and Democracy in November 2019 with 11 organizations, research centres and think-tanks based in all continents. In November 2020, it published 250 recommendations on platform transparency, content moderation, the promotion of the reliability of information, and messaging apps when their massive use goes beyond the bounds of private correspondence.
The Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), which is producing a set of machine-readable standards so that search engine algorithms can give preference to media that adhere to journalistic methods and ethics. These standards, which can also be used by advertisers, are the result of a self-regulatory initiative in which entities from all over the world collaborated under the aegis of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).
overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe.
When man came on earth he did not live in a society or hierarchy
nor was he endowed with poverty. Good health, longevity, natural
cheerfulness were his own even as he found himself amidst plenty.
Like other species he lived or perished as the external resources
permitted but he lived or perished as a group. Only when the
society organised itself into a hierarchy, it was possible
for one layer to exist while another persisted during times
of scarcity. Organised ways of living, knowledge of all descriptions,
systems created for comfort etc. interfered with the natural
living of MAN in hundreds of ways. With the passing of time
these stratifications of society come to stay and even create
a psychology by which even the victim takes his victimization
for granted. No question arises in his mind. ...
not the society organised itself in such a way that segments
of it are protected and other segments were defenseless, MAN
would have remained as MAN and would not have been bifurcated
into poor and rich.
was always destroying things, and beautiful things.
At the time they wouldnt seem beautiful.
It was only afterwards that men felt pity for the things their hands
Macken The Scorching Wind