Mc World

June 20, 2008

Been in limbo for a day. Bed is a refuge.

The light of sunset drowns out the noise.

The lovers walk hand in hand, while I watch from my window.

Longing for someone, yet the desire for love doesn’t exist.

The words of wisdom no longer make sense.

Who do you believe? The sane? Who defines sanity?

If the shoe fits wear it, if it feels good it is good.

Live for the day, what I need I get, what I get I

Want more. Choice no longer exists, only wants and desires.

 

“I’m fed up. It’s not just life, but the fact that I am no longer a person but a victim of consumption.”  “Run of the mill scares the hell out of me”; said the two homeless vagabonds playing chess with their buddies in the summer sun of the city park. “Me too”, says his scruffy, unkempt counterpart. With their shopping cart of possessions these lonesome hobos have it better than us cooped up in our rented downtown apartments with our air conditioning and leather sofas with the hire purchase TV set and DVD player complete with the latest releases of Hollywood tripe that infects and taps into our subconscious controlling our every thought and action. Action that is now determined by images beamed from the heavens, but conceived and contrived in the conniving quarters of the oligopolies and freewheeling masters who control us with sinister smiles and cartoon characters with their theme parks. It is becoming impossible to tell where the theme park begins and the world ends as both conglomerates into one.

 

       I had a dream. In this dream I have chosen destitute poverty as the only means of escaping being ensnared by the environs of evil and greed. What Lennon spoke of, no possessions I give it a go, to see if its true. The freedom of poverty has carried me far, I sit on my own in a bar. Working when I need to on hand to mouth, I ask the bar tender to alleviate my drought. It wasn’t long until we got engaged in a conversation, whether it was of a deep and thought provoking nature or just some drivel about the weather I can’t remember. It’s not the issue, the point is that there was someone there to listen to me when I needed it. Yes, he was only a random stranger getting paid to serve drinks while he studies for a better job but who cares.  He was there for me and spoke to me when nobody else was. There was no need for counsellors or self help courses- just a bit of human kindness. If we could all just be a bit more human things would be so much better.

The western world is supposedly a Christian world where we have ‘Christian values’. Christian values were summed up by Christ in Matthew 22: 37-39, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

So practically we have to love God first and our neigbour second. This doesn’t bode well for there are those who are pretty nasty to their neigbours but it doesn’t matter as they are great buddies of the supreme being.


Humanists make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. They seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves. We take responsibility for our actions and work with others for the common good.
  There are too many people in our society who take advantage of others usually for their own economic advantage. I want to live in a more humanist society not a Christian powerblock.

Like the bar man that just said a few simple words don’t get down by life get up by living it. There are many distractions but basically we have a choice- Get busy living or get busy dying.

 

 

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Let the People Sing

June 13, 2008

‘Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle merite’ (Joseph de Maistre, 1811) or ‘Every country has the government it deserves’ is a well worn adage. The dishonesty, corruption and venality of politicians is an age old complaint. Who is responsible for this skullduggery? The quote seems to lay the blame squarely on the populus for they are the ones who elect the cretins in the first place- but as we all know- you shouldn’t generalise.

 As the counts come in it looks almost certain that the Lisbon Treaty will be rejected by the Irish people. Despite being outspent by 20 to 1 the people in the No campaign are in a victorious mood this balmy June afternoon.

The misinformation and bullying of the Yes camp has been defeated by a superior force- The intelliegence of the Irish electorate. The Irish people did not bow down to the arrogance of their political leaders who once again showed utter contempt for their electorate. Charlie Mc Creevy and Bertie Ahern joked, that you would have to be mad to even read the incomprehensible treaty and even madder again to vote against it, without explaining why. The ‘just take our word for it’ approach by almost all the spineless major political parties was rightly rejected by the voters.

I must say how proud I am to be Irish this afternoon as I felt the weight of a conscientious Europe being lifted off my shoulders. I know it is not the end but it is a small victory for those in Europe who want a better world system. No doubt we can look forward to other sinister ammendments ahead but at least for the moment we can enjoy a little taste of democratic justice.

There were many videos debating the Lisbon Treaty- this one I found particularly funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgRLs4_1KI0&feature=related

John Lennon and the IRA

June 8, 2008

The FBI files on Lennon’s Irish political links

In February 2000, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released files that indicated that they had investigated links between Lennon and New York-based Irish Republican activists in the 1970s. These are part of a 300-page Lennon file which the FBI had resisted releasing since his murder in December 1980. Altogether, 80 pages were released after a court settlement with Professor Jon Wiener, a California-based Lennon biographer and author of Come Together: John Lennon in His Time (Univ. of Illinois Press, 1984). Wiener said that the files include “the first solid evidence” that the FBI had an interest in Lennon’s involvement in Irish issues, as prior to that he had not been aware of the FBI’s connecting Irish Republican activists to Lennon in New York. It goes without saying that both MI5 and MI6 would have also had an interest in Lennon and his political activities, and would have shared information with the FBI and the CIA in this regard. In fact, Wiener says a further 10 documents still held by the FBI were “almost definitely” compiled with the help of MI5. The FBI claims that these 10 files are “national security documents” which originated with “a foreign government” (i.e. Britain). Wiener thinks that this probably has something to do with surveillance of Lennon’s political activities in the UK as well as his arrest for possession of cannabis in 1968.

Lennon had got involved in Irish politics before Bloody Sunday in January 1972. He supported activists protesting against the policy of internment without trial, which was launched by the British army on 9th August 1971, and resulted in 342 people being arrested without charge in brutal dawn raids that netted very few IRA members, but for example led to the detainment of several members of the civil rights movement. The net was cast so wide and recklessly that within 48 hours 116 people had been released. However, 14 were “selected” by the British army and the R.U.C. to undergo a series of “experiments” in sensory deprivation and other forms of torture. It resulted in Britain being found guilty of using torture by the European Court of Human Rights for the second time – the only country in Europe which has this distinction (the other occasion was the torture of Greek Cypriot resistance fighters in the 1960’s). Internment and the massacre at Bloody Sunday were the main reasons for many in the Nationalist community taking the decision to join the IRA and fight back. Lennon appeared at an anti-internment rally in London in August 1971, where he was photographed holding a sign that read: ‘Victory for the IRA against British Imperialism !'” When asked how he reconciled his support for nonviolence with his sympathy for the IRA, Lennon stated:

If it’s a choice between the IRA and the British Army, I’m with the IRA. But if it’s a choice between violence and non-violence, I’m with non-violence. So it’s a very delicate line.”

The FBI files also include an informers account of a meeting on February 6th, 1972, at the Irish Institute on W. 48th Street, New York, just seven days after Bloody Sunday. According to the FBI informer, some of the proposals included procuring weapons for the IRA, whilst another called for the boycott of British goods. But one thing that caught the FBI’s attention was the willingness of Lennon to offer to perform at an “mass demonstration” organised by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). The demo however, occurred sooner than expected – next day (February 7th, 1972) in a rally in Manhattan organized by the Transit Workers Union. Lennon joked at the rally how “the police were particularly cooperative as most of them were Irish”. He then said that “The purpose of the meeting was to show solidarity with the people who are going to march tomorrow in Northern Ireland” Referring to his Irish ancestry, Lennon told the crowd, “My name is Lennon and you can guess the rest.” He added that his native Liverpool was “80% Irish.” Then along with Ono he sang “The Luck of the Irish,” which was his second song written in reaction to Bloody Sunday:

At the time of the rally, Lennon was already in contact with the office of Irish Northern Aid, in New York, an organization which raiseD money for the families of IRA prisoners and supports Sinn Féin. Furthermore, he assigned all the royalties from The Luck of the Irish to Irish Northern Aid. Although it has been claimed by the former MI5 spy David Shayler (See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/649397.stm for full details)that Lennon secretly funded the IRA at the time, this was denied by Yoko Ono, who was said to be upset by newspaper reports that MI5 allegedly had “proof” that Lennon had given money to the IRA according to The Sunday Times (February 22nd 2000).

The probability is that Lennon did give money away which may have ended up indirectly in the hands of the IRA. Whether he wittingly knew this money would be used in the IRA campaign is a matter for debate. There is no denying that what was happening in Ireland at the time affected Lennon and he was driven to do something about it. The behaviour of the British military establishment was so bad that even a peace activist like Lennon waned on his ideals of non-violence to supporting some form of resistance.

Lisbon Treaty(again)

June 4, 2008

 I really have to reiterate my disliking of the re-hashed European Constitution/Lisbon Treaty. Although we in Ireland have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to vote, many of our European neighbours haven’t had the same right as us.

The Lisbon Treaty Referendum is far from being a shining beacon of democratic exercise- The Yes campaign is backed by almost all of the major political parties bar Sinn Fein and the Socialist Worker’s Party. The Treaty is basically a re-wording of a European Constitution which nobody seems to want anyway. The EU are doing everything in its power to get what it wants.

I have included a very interesting link from Michael Greenwell which I encourage every Irish person to read before this vote on June 12th.

http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/category/eu/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisbon Treaty Threats

May 31, 2008

1. Green Party/Environmental Threat

According to John Gormley of “New Green” Party: a  No vote could deal a ‘crushing’ blow to efforts to save the planet.
The Independent says that Mr Gormley will claim that a No vote could ‘derail’ the fight against climate change. I hear you ask-how?

Let me explain: There is only one sentence in the Lisbon Treaty that mentions the environment. It says that combating climate change and global warming are targets of the Union.

It is not exactly a serious or committed statement. Pure lip service is the only way I can describe it.

John Gormley and the Green Party you are a disgrace.

leaders of the Green Party have voiced opposition to the aspects of the EU constitution – now Lisbon Treaty, which greatly increases Ireland’s involvement in the EU as a military bloc as well containing the EUROTOM treaty which gives a huge boost to the proliferation of nuclear power across the EU.

Green Party members for many years have opposed EU integration on the basis of its crippling democratic deficit, its creeping militarisation and worrisome support for the construction of nuclear power stations. 

Party leaders now wish to foolishly corral its members down a dark alley of implicitly supporting, the Lisbon Treaty, and all of the above. 
Green Party senator, Deirdre De Burca on Friday’s ‘Morning Ireland’ tried to justify the political party’s about turn and support for the renamed Constitutional Treaty.

She was a lady who while a county councillor outlined to the Forum for Europe, Green Party opposition to the EU Constitutional Treaty over recent years. She bemoaned the loss of power by national parliaments over important policy areas.

In May 2006, at the Forum for Europe, De Burca spelt out Green Party opposition to EU militarisation, saying “It is clear that the European security and defence policy and the EU battlegroup concept are logical first steps in the development of a fully fledged EU army.”

The Greens opposed the draft Constitutional Treaty in opposition, but now, post- election, and after Bertie appointed her as a senator, the previous policy positions have been forgotten. Not just jettisoned or forgotten, but now actively campaigned against.

2. Europe Threatens

If Ireland vote no we can no longer be part of the European Union.

In an article in Today’s Irish Times Jamie Smyth reports comments made by Herr Leinen.

The German Chair of the powerful Constitutional Affairs Committee of the EP is invoking a ‘duty of loyal co-operation’ which he says means Ireland cannot vote No and expect to stay in the EU regardless. No Irish government has ever told Irish citizens that the treaties we have signed up to previously, which contain an article mentioning a duty of ‘co-operation’, could be interpreted in this way.

This concept known as loyal cooperation also exists in the common foreign and security area – as we can see from Article 11.3 of the proposed EU treaty which similarly expands on the version in present text. The new Article says:

The Member States shall support the Union’s external and security policy actively and unreservedly in a spirit of loyalty and mutual solidarity and shall comply with the Union’s action in this area.The Council and the High Representative shall ensure compliance with these principles (How?)

The Member States shall work together to enhance and develop their mutual political solidarity. They shall refrain from any action which is contrary to the interests of the Union or likely to impair its effectiveness as a cohesive force in international relations. (This is Democratic?)

 

3.”Don’t bite the hand that feeds you”

The government cat-cries have been the same as ever; In other words we must bow submissivley to Europe at every turn and at every cost. As we see from the Greens even at the cost of our core principles and values.

This Treaty has been purposefully made incomprehensible for voters. It is undemocratic and our government’s “information” campaign has like the Nice Treaty before been sinisterly vague and obscure. The government issued literature coming into people’s homes contains absolutely no information to infrorm the voter. It is full of scare mongering language to frighten and bully us into something we don’t have to accept. I would be willing to accept a negotiated treaty.

We don’t have to vote for this Treaty. Don’t be bullied. Vote NO!

banned music

April 23, 2008

For a list of records banned by the BBC and their justifications check out http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/banned.html

Richie Kavanagh – “Aon Focal Eile” Banned in Britain because the first syllable of “Focal”, (the Irish for “Word”) sounded too much like “Fuck”...

I won’t torture you by adding the video. If you want to check it out on YouTube feel free. Richie Kavanagh’s contribution to the Irish music scene is infamous. Other hits of his include: “Mickey’s Bucking Ass” and “Pussy Pussy Cat”.

Paul Mc Cartney- Give Ireland Back to the Irish.This was a song he wrote and recorded after Bloody Sunday. Banned for obvious reasons.

Some of the songs on the list are hilarious.

Bitter pills to swallow (preferably not prescribed by NHS)

April 21, 2008

Thank goodness there are celebrities out there who can inform me of the injustice there is in the world. If it were not for these keenly up to date media moguls how would anything good ever happen?

It is with the utmost gratitude that I have to thank the ever so talented singer Joss Stone. Little Miss Stone has highlighted the abhorrent treatment of British Servicemen on their return from Her Majesty’s service. In her youthful modern tone of speech she told the Evening Standard newspaper: “I think the way the Government treats our soldiers is really f***** up. They can go to war and fight for our Queen and country but if they get their leg blown off they come back and are dealing with the NHS.”

“I think the NHS is the best thing about this country, but they should have a right to private treatment paid for by the Government.”

Not only is her impassioned speech endearing but it contains no hint of class elitism whatsoever. Does it?

Indeed the NHS is a fantastic service offered to Britons but we all know that private health care is better and who better to give it to then the military men who so deserve it.

Maybe Joss should be made aware that British Army chief Sir Richard Dannett is to launch a £2m a year service for former UDR and RIR soldiers in an effort to help them adjust to civilian life and cope with the legacy of the troubles. It was after all an incredibly difficult task those loyal sons of Ulster had in defending their sectarian statelet. The amount of suffering caused by the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent loss of a Protestant state for a Protestant people will be a pain that even £2m a year will never be enough to ease the trauma.

Who knows maybe Northern Ireland’s ministers can have a whip round for the Billy Boys who so loyally defended ‘their wee province’?

Bob Geldof and Bono could organise a special concert with concerned personalities such as Joss Stone to create awareness as nobody listens to people with credentials anymore.

Is Judas greater than Jesus?

April 17, 2008

We are familiar with the expressions “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” It’s funny how biblical references become part of everyday speech. It’s somewhat less funny and more disturbing how biblical references sometimes become part of modern day thought and belief. Thank goodness there are some who don’t literally take these ancient misinterpreted texts for truths. As Martin Luther King said “The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.”

SO are we worshiping the wrong guy? Modern day parlance associates the word traitor with the person Judas Iscariot. Thirty pieces of silver is often quoted as the price of betrayal. There are many flaws in the story.

There is an apparent contradiction in the idea of “the betrayal of God“. The main questions seem to be these:

  • Did Judas exist in his time only to betray Jesus just to fulfill the prophecy?
  • Why did Jesus allow Judas to betray him?
    • Was Jesus unable to prevent the betrayal?
    • Did Jesus willingly allow the betrayal to go ahead?
    • Did Jesus actively try to cause the betrayal to happen?
  • Why is it that the ‘villainy’ of Judas becomes greater and more pronounced as one reads from Mark to John?

The early anti-Christian writer Celsus deemed literal readings of the story to be philosophically absurd, especially because Jesus knew about the treason in advance, and told of it openly to all the disciples at the Passover meal, as well as singling out who the traitor would be without attempting to stop him.

The text of the Gospels suggests that Jesus both foresaw and allowed Judas’ betrayal. In April 2006, a Coptic papyrus manuscript titled the Gospel of Judas (see above section) dating back to 200 AD, was translated into modern language, to add weight to the possibility that according to early Christian writings, Jesus may have asked Judas to betray him [3]. While this seems quite at odds with the Gospel of John, where Judas is portrayed as an arch villain, the Gospel of Mark is much more ambiguous and could be considered to be fairly consistent with the stance of the Gospel of Judas on this question.

Philosophical questions

Judas is also the subject of many philosophical writings, including The Problem of Natural Evil by Bertrand Russell and “Three Versions of Judas“, a short story by Jorge Luis Borges. They both allege various problematic ideological contradictions with the discrepancy between Judas’ actions and his eternal punishment.

  • If Jesus foresees Judas’ betrayal, then it may be argued that Judas has no free will, and cannot avoid betraying Jesus. If Judas cannot control his betrayal of Jesus, then he is not morally responsible for his actions. The question has been approached by Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica, which differentiates between foreknowledge and predestination, and argues that the omnipotence of the divine is not sufficient grounds for eliminating the existence of free will. Is free will not God’s greatest gift to mankind?
  • If Judas is sent to Hell for his betrayal, and his betrayal was a necessary step in the humanity-saving death of Jesus Christ, then Judas is punished for saving humanity. This goes hand-in-hand with the “free will” argument, and Aquinas’s Summa deals with the issue of free will in demons and other beings instrumental in the life of Jesus that are nevertheless damned.
  • If Jesus only suffered while dying on the cross and then ascended into Heaven, while Judas must suffer for eternity in Hell, then does Judas not suffer much more for the sins of humanity than Jesus? Should his role in the Atonement be that much more significant? As Borges puts it in “Three Versions of Judas“:

“The ascetic, for the greater glory of God, degrades and mortifies the flesh; Judas did the same with the spirit. He renounced honor, good, peace, the Kingdom of Heaven, as others, less heroically, renounced pleasure.”

  • Does Jesus’ plea, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do,” (Luke 23:34) not apply to Judas? Is his atonement insufficient for Judas’ sins?
  • It has been speculated that Judas’ damnation, which seems to be possible from the Gospels’ text, may not actually stem from his betrayal of Christ, but from the despair which caused him to subsequently commit suicide. This position is not without its problems, but it does avoid the paradox of Judas’ predestined act setting in motion both the salvation of all mankind and his own damnation.

The damnation of Judas is not a universal conclusion. The Roman Catholic Church only proclaims individuals’ Eternal Salvation through the Canon of Saints. There is no ‘Canon of the Damned’, nor any official proclamation of the damnation of Judas.

[edit] Motivation

The Kiss of Judas, by Giotto di Bondone

The Kiss of Judas, by Giotto di Bondone

Was the monetary value of 30 pieces of silver the only motivating force for Judas’ actions considering that 30 pieces of silver was also the price one paid for a slave that had been gored by an ox in Old Testament Law? After seeing Jesus’ popularity declining, was Judas’ motivation for handing Jesus over an attempt to force the hand of God into action? Jesus often spoke of creating a kingdom and saving his people. Many times Judas saw Jesus escape capture and stonings. Judas might have been trying to spur Jesus into a war with the Romans by telling them where he was.

The last reading may be plausible if the etymology of “Iscariot” (see below) could be related to Sicarii, a sect of the Zealots committed to the violent overthrow of Rome. If Judas was a Sicarius (which may or may not be historically possible), then it’s possible that he saw Jesus as the Messiah in the fashion expected by the Zealots: a military leader who would defeat and cast out the Romans. If this scenario was the case, then Judas may well have been trying to force Jesus into a position where he had to reveal himself as the divinely appointed warrior-king who would destroy his enemies.

In conclusion Judas Iscariot was not spurred by Satan as was written by Luke 21:37-22:6 “Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.” It was against Satan’s wish for Jesus to fulfill his story and save humanity by dying on the cross. Therefore why would he want Jesus to be betrayed.

The gospels are flawed and it could well be that Jesus and Judas were in ca-hoots. If this were to be the case- Jesus got all the glory and Judas took the flack. In my view Judas’ sacrifice is greater than that of “The Messiah”.

(Some information obtained from wikidpedia)

Our Northern Brethren

April 17, 2008

Once again the manifestation of Ireland’s ills are laid bare in the sporting arena. The old age problem of sectarianism was highlighted in the recent clash between Linfield supporters and members of the Gardai Suiochana. Despite the politicians seemingly manage to get along- some are struggling to keep up with the rapid rate of maturity that their political leaders had for so long been lacking.

The amalgamation of The Ulster Cycling Federation with the Northern Ireland Cycling Federation into Cycling Ulster has been a positive step in the right direction towards eliminating sectarianism and politics in sport in Ulster. It’s a pity the FAI and Northern Ireland FA don’t have (excuse the pun)the balls to (again excuse the terminology) tackle the issues.

The Irish rugby team can play together, why not the soccer team? Too often sport gives a voice to a minority of idiots who want to vent their twisted ideas onto a public stage. My message to them is to grow up. There is no room for sectarianism in sport or indeed society.

Link:ww.independent.ie/sport/soccer/ugly-face-of-football-as-violence-flares-at-crossborder-clash-1349190.html

Seik Heil

April 16, 2008

The article below was taken from the BBC. However this video was crudely made not by a resurrected Joseph Goebbles but by a modern day equivalent. Check it out. If you dare!!

I don’t think it necessary to explain any more. Just watch and weep.