Deliberations of a broken leg 4

Deliberations of a broken leg 4

It is finally here the much anticipated fourth installment of this series. I have two or three posts rattlin’ around inside the cavity that sits on top of my shoulders. One is more or less written another is partly there – believe it or not the first is a tale of suffering that has a happy ending in so far as anything in this world can be said to have an ending – the other is still rattlin’ around so I have decided to do it first in case it leaks out of one or other hole and is lost forever.

Today we are going to pick up on a theme that has been, if you have been paying attention, implicit in some of the posts to date. In the last post I mentioned what is in the popular parlance known as cancel culture. I realise that some SCAPS insist that there is no such thing and that it is a ‘far right’ invention, but as far as I a concerned it is a phenomena that actually exists and that the view that it a ‘far right’ invention is a symptom of the wider problem or conjuncture in which it exists. It manifests itself in the first place as I have said is that in statements such as “Watts was CIA and an alcoholic“ or Assange is “a rapist” which are used to discredit and deny that anything else the said person has done is of no value and should be ignored and not taken seriously. We will return to this shortly. The second aspect of this phenomena that interests me here at the moment is the way that it is tied up with the general dilemma of how to understand the relevance of the traditional left/right political divide that has been a part of political thought for millenia and with which many of us grew up within. Hardt and Negri once wrote that what we needed was a new language of communism, a position which i have a lot of sympathy with. But the way that some of the language associated with this idea has developed I don’t think have served the purposes for which we had hoped. It has become another aspect of what we might call the common that has come back to us – as Agamben said in a book which shares with the Dao De Jing a sense of the poetic – inverted.

Today, in the era of the complete triumph of the spectacle, what can be reaped from the heritage of Debord? It is clear that the spectacle is language, the very communicativity or linguistic being of humans. This means that a fuller Marxian analysis should deal with the fact that capitalism (or any other name one wants to give the process that today, dominates world history) was directed not only toward the expropriation of productive activity, but also and principally toward the alienation of language itself, of the very linguistic and communicative nature of humans, of that logos which one of Heraclitus’s fragments identified as the Common. The extreme form of this expropriation of the Common is the spectacle, that is, the politics we live in. But this also means that in the spectacle our own linguistic nature comes back to us inverted. This is why (precisely because what is being expropriated is the very possibility of a common good) the violence of the spectacle is so destructive; but for the same reason the spectacle retains something like a positive possibility that can be used against it.

Giorgio Agamben, The coming community.

Michael Hudson published an interesting article this week which picks up the need for a new language from another perspective. He states and I agree with him wholeheartedly: “There are no “left-wing” parties in the traditional meaning of the political left“.

The former left parties have joined the centrists, becoming pro-U.S. neoliberals. There is no counterpart on the old left to the new nationalist parties, except for Sara Wagenknecht’s party in East Germany. The “left” no longer exists in the way that it did when I was growing up in the 1950s.

Today’s Social Democratic and Labor parties are neither socialist nor pro-labor, but pro-austerity. The British Labour Party and German Social Democrats are no longer even anti-war, but support the wars against Russia and Palestinians, and have put their faith in neoliberal Thatcherite/Blairite Reaganomics and an economic break from Russia and China. …

[There policies are] not really conservative or centrist. It is hard-right austerity, squeezing labor and government spending that the left-wing parties supported long ago. …

What is called the “far right” is supporting (at least in campaign rhetoric) policies that used to be called “left,” opposing war and improving the economic conditions of domestic labor and farmers – but not those of immigrants. And as was the case with the old left, the right’s main supporters are the younger voters. After all, they are bearing the brunt of falling real wages … They see that their path to upward mobility is no longer what it was for their parents (or grandparents) …

The old division between right and left parties has become meaningless. The recent rise in parties described as “far right” reflects the widespread popular opposition to the US/NATO support of Ukraine against Russia, and especially to the consequences for European economies of that support. Traditionally, anti-war policies have been left-wing, but Europe’s “center-left” parties are following America’s pro-war “leadership from behind” (and often under the table). This is presented as an internationalist stance, but it has become unipolar and U.S.-centered. European countries have no independent voice.

michael hudson The Need for a New Political Vocabulary

Hudson is not the first to articulate this Bill Mitchell for example expressed it well in his co authored book Reclaiming the State. Hudson is succinct and to the point and placing the issue in the context of ‘current affairs’. All of this above bring us to that phrase I just used.

Current Affairs

The most pressing current affair facing the earth at the present time must be peace. Believe it or not, the planet is being driven towards the brink of WW3. Leaders of the ‘international community’ – that is the minority West and its followers – are providing the fuel to inflame the situation whether it is in Palestine of in the Russian speaking Donbass. The Palestinian war is heading towards its eight decade. The Ukrainian civil war has reached its tenth year. Both have the potential to draw the world into much more frightening and wider conflicts. The failure to end these conflicts appears to be more an more opposed openly or underhandedly by this minority that names itself the ‘international community’. Remember the Dao: the ‘international community’ that calls itself the ‘international community’ is not the International Community.

This last week or so a statesman/person has emerged in Europe. A sole figure of reason has stood up and been roundly condemned by his counterparts of the ‘extreme centre‘ of the European Union. He comes in the figure of someone labelled as being a leader of the ‘extreme right’ in Europe, an ally on the issue on which he speaks of both the ‘rights’ Le Pen and the ‘lefts’ Melenchon in France. He is of course Hungary’s Vicktor Orban, a Prime Minister that one of my Hungarian friends described as a ‘cunt who understands foreign policy’. The following video was sent to me and was described as an interesting study of how to respond to an indoctrinated interrogator. It should be watched. For here the ‘far right’ Orban comes across as an internationalist member of the old left advocating, with all the skill of an experienced mediator that thing called PEACE.

Why is it that the so called ‘far right’ gains support? Whether in Europe, the US or Australia for example? I think it’s clear why. In, for example, Europe’s neoliberal Empire the people that give it support are the people left behind and deserted. As Michael Hudson is quoted as saying above “the ‘far right’ is supporting (at least in campaign rhetoric) policies that used to be called ‘left’. Whether they are the ‘far right’ or not I don’t really know. From my perspective you can’t get much further to the right than the unelected clique that governs Europe today: two of whom are direct descendents of he worst kinds of NAZIs for what that’s worth. Orban is labelled the far right. But he’s the only statesman in Europe currently standing up and calling spade a spade. The only one trying to stop the slide to WW3. So pray tell someone please explain the left/right divide in ‘democratic’ politics to me today?

In respect of what we can call cancel culture increasingly there are things we need to put to one side, in order to achieve other things, that might avoid a greater catastrophe for us all. Orban statesman like actions are a lesson as to why we should always oppose ‘cancel culture’. Nothing and no one is completely good or bad. I think we are in the midst of a great realignment of the planets of ideology in a sense. The old received wisdoms aren’t proving to be much use anymore. Who are the right? What is the left? What do they and others really represent and stand for seems to have been all thrown into the great washing machine and we need to keep open minds to find our way through it without descending into further chaos. Look at the great left victory in France, one of its leaders, Glucksmann, is an Atlantacist who apparently stands firm with the likes of Blinken and Ursula on foreign policy, the other, Melenchon, speaks tfor a peace and if he is honest must end up standing with Orban on that same question.

In another world

One of my qi gong acquaintances this week recommended a few books to me and oddly enough they have thrown this cancel culture discussion to me in another light. Maybe I have as a friend told me a refined sense of reasonable doubt, or in the words of the Clash a well functioning ‘bullshit detector’. The book was a translation of a book of lectures by a Chinese practitioner Geu Guolong on Taoist Inner Alchemy: Master Huang Yauanji’s Guide to the Way of Meditation. It is translated by a young citizen of the United States, Mattias Daly, who was said to be ‘very good’ and who had some videos on youtube about qi/nei gong/dan that I much watch. Enthusiastically I took the advice not expecting that this would be a test of the some of the issues I have been discussing above. On searching the first video I found I will discuss a little below, but after mentioning it to my friend, he said I must be ‘easily triggered’ and should probably do some meditation to deal with this problem of mine. I will forgive him for this remark, because I am a forgiving guy, but fuck me, my bullshit detecting quickly went into overdrive as the video commenced. As a result I have only been able to bring myself to read the introduction and that was only for the purposes of this post.

Searching further after the video below I found some more of Mattias Daly’s non internal martial arts work all of which leaves a lot to be desired in terms of objectivity, sources and well actual substance. This aspect of his work seems to find its home in channels or websites run by some pretty rabid hucksters of the loony ‘anti-communist’ right (and I mean that in the traditional sense of the word; if you’re Australian of a certain age think of these guys as being inhabitants of a land to the loonier side of Bob Santamaria.

Now the childishness and naivety of this video is pretty outstanding. The two Daly and “laowhy86” come across at times as snickering smirking schoolboys making fun of a poor uncool kid at school. But then there is a lot of tht about. I don’t want to bore you all and harp on too much but a few comments and examples should be enough to do the job. Firstly, the initial focus is upon how the evil CPC (kids it is not the CCP) invades the Beijing Medical School campus by putting up posters highlighting and condemning corruption. The video itself is from 2015. The anti-corruption campaign in question was that which followed the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). I ave linked both a wikipedia article and a People’s daily article above in order not to be accused of presenting one said, this way you get both the CPC and CIA edited versions for your reading pleasure. There are some more links here:from the People’s Daily report:

Now Daly and his interviewer bemoan this horrible political interference in the university campus. How dare the CPC bring politics and engage in public shaming of those accused of corruption. They seem to be oblivious to the fact that public shaming takes place in the West against anybody accused or found guilty of corruption! Whether you love him or hate him isn’t that exactly what has been happening in Trump’s case for the last decade? But of course he is from the ‘far right’ unlike that poor Russian businessman who died in Putin’s Gulag, he was one us, a supporter of liberal democracy! But seriously boys! If you are interested in how corruption is viewed in China I can recommend the series People’s Property. I know its Chinese propaganda, but then, wtf is Netflix if not Western propaganda of the highest degree! 靳东 or Jin Dong is a really great actor in this and in other shows such as The Disguiser (set in Shanghai during the Japanese Occupation) which I also recommend.

The frightening thing that Daly and his mate expose in their interview is that Bad China uses its higher education programs to engage in soft power. OMG! as the kids say. Of course Australia and the United States does nothing of the sort, especially when they give scholarships to kids from places like Timor-Leste to go study in those countries. Really guys it is just pathetic. Worse still we are told is that in Chinese universities thought education is controlled by textbooks and journals. Now any one who has worked ina Western University over the last 20 years or socan tell you how the journals that you publish in as an academic are inextricably linked to your ‘performance’ reviews and funding. Many a time I was given sage advice by a psychopath dean or another that if I really wanted to get o as an academic I should focus on writing on specified topics in journals sanctioned by university management as being ‘credible’ or worthy. Later in the video – I promise this is the last thing I will mention about it – we are told Xi Jinping is instigating a new Cultural Revolution . The same Xi Jinping who lost his father to the very same thing. Hmmm.

It goes on and on, two snickering kids talking shit. And I thought am I meant to take this guy seriously? To be honest I have found it hard to separate his role as a translator from this nonsense. But it got worse. I am not going to dissect the rest of this nonsense, i just wanted to give you a taste of it here, but I then found an article by Matias entitled Life in China during the Uyghur genocide, oh dear I thought. This one has some gems in it about racism in China, sure it exists like everywhere, but Matias is lucky because he learnt growing up in America how to instantly identify racism. Of course that doesn’t exist in the US, it is something uncivilised people do (don’t mention the prison population in the US to Mattias please). The so called Uyghur genocide is so well documented that wikipedia cannot even provide one authentic photo of it. Andy Borham has shown this to be so. The Grayzone has a series of articles undermining the Uyghur Genocide story including this one on the evidence that supports the claim. Interestingly that last article refers to various the far-right evangelical ideologues involvement. The article of Mattias is published on a website of a similar vein named Bitter Winter run by a contemporary Italian version of Bob Santamaria called Massimo Introvigne. Bitter Winter says that it Bitter Winter does not take positions on political issues and limits itself to the field of human rights. Introvigne is an apologist for the Nazi Azov Battalion in Ukraine and pops up as an expert evidence in all sorts of places including as a witness for the Jehovah Witnesses in a child sex case and in defending Scientologists and other cults. Really the things your learn in bed with a broken leg. The world never ceases to astound. But in the end I felt like shouting out “Daly is a CIA huckster”.

Relaxed and Comfortable

To start off a friend of mine appears in this photo. A very old and dear friend. To make it clear this little commentary is not about her. What I didn’t really expect was that my little dig on the photo would release a torrent of abuse. There must be 30 or more comments replying to mine, 99% of which attack me and my mental health amongst other things. All from a bunch of SCAPS at a Radio Birdman concert of all things. A group who back in the day were often criticised for their fascist overtones. Yer Hup! If you don’t know the guy on the left, that is an optical illusion in fact is the Australian Prime Minister who just had a member of his party expelled for standing up and speaking about the Palestinian genocide. You can’t mention these things in either the Australian Parliament or a band room at a Sydney gig. Be warned.

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Deliberations of a broken leg 3

Deliberations of a broken leg 3

Today a little change of pace whilst I organise and do other things from my bed.

I wanted to post something I have been thinking about that will inform some things I intend to write in the future and that I have already to some extent touched upon. So today no big news, just some thoughts on a specific topic called nature and its place in Daoist philosophy (as things evolved and I received comments from friends, what was planned to be a short specific post grew and went in directions of is own).

Now I am no expert in these things but my method has always been to use writing to try and sort out my thinking at a particular time. Thinking and subsequently writing has never then been for me something solid and fixed. It is way simply to order my thoughts as I go along pondering the world.

A Comprehensive Guide to Daoist Nei Gong is the main text book of the Lotus Nei Gong school. It includes an overview of the process involved in our training. It looks at the Dan Tian, the nature of Qi and the variuous exercises involved in authentic Daoist alchemical work.

– A comprehensive description and step-by-step explanation of the Nei Gong internal alchemical process also explaining its philosophical basis. Essential reading for practitioners of Nei Gong, Qi Gong, martial arts and Chinese medicine. –

“I urge anyone interested in the internal arts to read this book. You won’t get standard regurgitated descriptions of Qi or Qi gong. Nor will you get exotic tales of secret rituals in dark caverns. What you will get is a truly comprehensive sharing of profound information in an accessible format. Damo has not only dedicated his life to cultivating ‘gong’ but also to understanding the processes involved (somatically and intellectually) so that others can benefit.” — Dr Cindy Engel, Associate Lecturer, The Open University, U.K

I have been thinking about something Damo Mitchell said on a podcast I recently found on the the Qiological website (there is another interesting podcast here with Damo speaking about the trouble with men). My initial hesitance on hearing what he had said was on reading and contemplation cleared up and I think my confusion in the first place came from the fact that you need to think about this from different perspectives, most of which I would suggest (as a young man in this world) are valid and complementary.

Damo’s perspective on the podcast was based upon the relationship of nature specifically to the internal arts. Daoists didn’t sit in a cave somewhere and ponder a grasshopper and from that deduced one or other form of nei/qi gong or taiji. They were in this part of their lives looking inwards, going inside. Nature in this sense is going inside the material and spiritual (although I’m not sure where I sit in that latter word yet) body.

I don’t think this means that in the broader aspect of Daoist philosophy nature played no role. Putting aside questions of the complete meaning of Ziran, for the Dao De Jing is full of references to nature that are also about that thing in different ways. The Dao De Jing is at much a political treatise and critique of Confucianism. In the same way that Buddhism was a political response to the Hindu caste system, or the teachings of Christ were a political response to Judaism. If these things aren’t political on one level or another why are the adherents of the various religions at the fictional National Politics University in Beijing in Yan Lianke’s Heart Sutra questioning the introduction of tug of war (a metaphor for the Society of Competition) to their campus?

將欲取天下而為之,吾見其不得已。天下神器,不可為也,為者敗之,執者失之。故物或行或隨;或歔或吹;或強或羸;或挫或隳。是以聖人去甚,去奢,去泰。

(Taking no action)
If any one should wish to get the kingdom for himself, and to effect this by what he does, I see that he will not succeed. The kingdom is a spirit-like thing, and cannot be got by active doing. He who would so win it destroys it; he who would hold it in his grasp loses it.

The course and nature of things is such that
What was in front is now behind;
What warmed anon we freezing find.
Strength is of weakness oft the spoil;
The store in ruins mocks our toil.

Hence the sage puts away excessive effort, extravagance, and easy indulgence.

In Needham’s Science and Civilisation in China, vol 2 Ch 2, he observes and cites references to support the view that the Daoist retreat to live as ‘recluses/hermits’ was in effect a consequence of Confucianist repression or attacks. This was a retreat to nature and to live and work in accordance with nature as opposed to the Confucionist position that the ‘intellectual’ should work and dedicate themselves to the State and Government. Jason Peng has an interesting video class on  Yu Lang Fung’s History of Chinese Philosophy that touches on Daoist recluses in this context.

This I think is why Alan Watts and Jason Gregory (with slightly different conclusions) both make remarks comparing Daoism to Kropotkin’s form of anarchism and his ideas of mutual aid. And in this sense Henry Thoreau is a kind of modernist American Daoist of sorts with his withdrawal to nature to ponder the politics of his time.

Wu Wei (sometimes, as above, translated as no action) in this sense is acting in accordance with (a politics based in) nature and its way as opposed to the Confucionist politics of the time – or even the industrialist/monopolistic politics of Thoreau’s time, or for us whatever you want to describe the current global miasma as. [Wu Wei of course also has an influence on contemporary geopolitics informing the PRC’s international policy of peaceful coexistence and non-interference in the affairs of other countries.]

So I guess where I’m at now – note above about my method – is that Daoism operates at an internal level as we rightly focus open at the Internal Arts Academy, but that it also operates on a personal. political and, let’s say for now, ecological level amongst other things as well. As Lao Tzu says everything comes from the Dao. It’s not a refusal to engage with the world but a injunction to engage with it in a particular way which they called nature.

I hope that makes sense.

Addendum

I hadn’t expected this post to be so controversial in some quarters. Or maybe I did but had hoped that it might be taken as a good faith contribution to discussion. Nevertheless I received some messages which were, well, let’s say ‘antagonistic’. What I think this reflects is a number of things.

Firstly, the most pitiful response was “Watts was CIA and an alcoholic“, to which I think “so what!?“. This kind of response is a sad symptom of our times and of what we might call ‘cancel culture’. It is like the attacks on Julian Assange that we saw a few years back “he’s a rapist” an allegation at the time and subsequently disproven, but with the inference that this somehow negates any good he had done, or excuses the British authorities holding him and clearly doing everything they could to destroy hs health. I have not time for this kind of nonsense. It displays not only an inability to think through issues but it is also something that destroys what we might have once thought of as solidarity.

On that point (solidarity) there is an interesting article Intersectionalism, the highest stage of western Stalinism? (intersectionality and cancel culture being intimately related) that considers that “intersectionality “is at the end of the day derived from the People’s Front policy of the 1930s Comintern, as modified by late 1960s–1970s ‘soft Maoism’, and then adopted in the late 1970s–1980s by the political representatives of US capital as an ideological colouration for the growth of economic inequality under financialisation. In the result, the project is self-defeating, giving way to ‘white identity politics’ and similar formations“. Identity politics as its has transformed into its current guise has a lot to answer for. But enough of that for now.

Secondly, there was a response that said “I disagree, Daoism is X“. I find this kind of response troubling for other reasons. I am fine with people disagreeing and having different view on something but when it comes to “D is X and cannot be Y” I start to wonder. Especially when the subject is this one. Deleuze and Guattari argue for a thought that instead of proceeding “A or B” operates as “A and B and …”.

I reject the idea that one can’t mix up things from different systems to create something new. I used to get shit from academics for mixing up and using in the same argument, for example, different philosophers. I remember an angry email I got once from an academic who after reading an article of mine in the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law wrote “what has Deleuze got to do with with Agamben. You can’t mix them together!“. People and academics especially are more interested in what separates different thinkers than finding things that they have in common and creating something new. I never thought that was particular productive. I have always thought we must mobilise texts to create something of our own or that moved things in one way or another.

The other aspect of this “I disagree, Daoism is X” style that troubles me is that it is often a personal perspective only. I am interested in X so it cannot be Y. Surely one of the lessons of something like the Dao De jing is that we should be open to others and their ideas? And that one thing necessarily includes other things, especially its opposite. This latter point seems lost on some when they argue in respect of Needham’s point above about Confucionist attacks on Daoism “that can’t be right because C contains some elements of D” or vice versa. Now I don’t profess to be a Daoist, I am just interested in the text and its meanings, but if everything, as it is said, comes from the Dao, then shouldn’t our thinking about ‘everything’ use Daoist methodology? This point seems lost on some who might only be concerned about their own discrete domain. To make this bloody-well-clear if C is the opposite of D, doesn’t it follow then that C necessarily includes, or is able to potentially include aspects of D, or the reverse? To deny this would constitute being trapped in the kind of strict binary thought the West thrives upon, something totally alien to most Eastern thought and particularly Daoist thinking.

Being and non-being create each other. Difficult and easy support each other. Long and short define each other. High and low depend on each other. Before and after follow each other. 

It occured to me that there is another way of looking at this as well. One argument, which I think is totally valid, that was put to me, is that the Dao De Jing is a coded text that deals with the inside  (microcosmic) aspect of the internal martial arts. I agree with this interpretation and for example the related interpretation that the painting known as the Neijing Tu is an explanation of the processes of the internal art of Nei Dan.

Neijing Tu

But that does not mean that the painting does not operate as macrocosmic landscape as well.

It is widely understood, for example, that Australian Aboriginal Art operates on a number of levels (as does any text). Aboriginal Art whether traditional/classic or even modernist such as the works of Albert Namatjira can be read in this way. What might look like (AND IS) a pretty painting of a magpie goose or central Australian landscape  (macrocosmic) is also (AT THE SAME TIME) a work that contains an inner/inside (microcosmic) meaning only known to initiates or those that have studied the relevant corpus of knowledge.

The point of all this I guess is to try and illustrate that the text in question above, like most texts or artistic works, operate and affect us in different ways, and at different times. We are taught in nei gong that the acupuncture points and their names, for example the ming, have a different meaning in chinese medicine, nei and qi gong and tai chi. This does not mean one is the pure ming and another is not. It is all about context and reading things in that context. Those different affects or meanings do not negate the other, as I said they co-exist. They are all equally valid, and dare I say, all exist within the Dao.

天下皆知美之為美,斯惡已。皆知善之為善,斯不善已。故有無相生,難易相成,長短相較,高下相傾,音聲相和,前後相隨。

All in the world know the beauty of the beautiful, and in doing this they have (the idea of) what ugliness is; they all know the skill of the skilful, and in doing this they have (the idea of) what the want of skill is. So it is that existence and non-existence give birth the one to (the idea of) the other; that difficulty and ease produce the one (the idea of) the other; that length and shortness fashion out the one the figure of the other; that (the ideas of) height and lowness arise from the contrast of the one with the other; that the musical notes and tones become harmonious through the relation of one with another; and that being before and behind give the idea of one following another. 

Deliberations of a broken leg 2

Deliberations of a broken leg 2

Let’s start off with the reviews. I must say youse have been a bit slack.

The standout is from a writer that showed me the way around the Vuelta a Espana twenty years ago and is without a doubt not only one of the best sports journalists around but a great writer to boot:

“😂 great literature writes your broken extremity, my god! It sounds a little like Sterne’s Tristram Shandy!”

If you don’t know Tristram Shandy it is (I am just stealing from Wikipedia for now) a novel by Laurence Sterne, inspired by Don Quixote. It was published in nine volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following over the next seven years … It purports to be a biography of the eponymous character. Its style is marked by digression, double entendre, and graphic devices.

Now that’s both inspiration and a complement all at once!

Today’s deliberations are going to take the customary (can you say customary when it’s only the second time, if not treat that as a prediction or possibly predilection) turn to what passes for so-called politics in the world then move on to more important and meatier matters. Last Friday’s U.S. Presidential debate provides enough material for a Phd or complete series of cartoon books if you prefer, but I will try to deal with it in the necessary perfunctory manner that it actually deserves. As always the real Big News is at the bottom of the page.

Former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter sums it all up nicely. I am old enough to remember when Scott was actually the darling of the SCAP (So Called Australian Progressives) media and its correlates worldwide. Gawd, even the 7.30Report under Red Kerry (I hazard a guess from the vestiges of my mind) used to have him on as a reliable and honoured guest. Scott of course these days is a pariah for the international community (read decaying white people countries that govern Empire) for championing outrageously radical things like world peace.

CNN assassinated Joe Biden’s candidacy.

This was a set up from the start.

The Democrats were incapable of terminating Biden.

CNN did the job for them.

The elder abuse has come to an end.

Maybe America can be saved from a commander in chief who long ago lost control of his senses.

@ScottRitter

The WOSCM (western oligarchic state controlled media) in confirmation of Scott’s post immediately went into the required state of deep panic as soon as the ‘debate’ finished and Biden was lead offstage by his wife Jill. Now it is my view – subject to the disclaimer in the about section of this website -that Scott is probably on the money. This is part and parcel of a slow moving coup by the US Regime to find themselves a candidate that might be able to beat Trump, or at least be able to appear so next November when they hack the electronic voting machines sufficiently to effect the people’s will.

The debate was nothing but pitiful and not for the reasons the WOSCM and the SCAPS that digest it so religously and gullibly would have you believe. Both candidates (and whoever replaces Joe) are as ideologically blind as the other. Both are as out of touch with reality as the other. But for frightening dementia Biden takes the cake. I only hope that Empire will do the right thing when he is replaced and run recordings of Swan Lake on all of the WOSCM outlets for two days just as the old CPSU did when Brezhnev finally moved on to a higher place. The scary thing is that their political and ideological incoherence and idiocy reflects the state of mind of the country and of Empire itself. In the end what they represent and signify is a wild beast that has been for far too long been able to bully and threaten everything in its path, but, now fatally wounded, knows its end is coming. They can sense that their only option, as things continue to decay, is to try and take everything else with it.

There were however some gems, Biden’s clearly dishonest claim to a 6 golf handicap, Biden telling the world that no one thinks ‘we’ (the USofA) are weak, no one screws around with us. Tell that to the Houthis and a few others around the place at the moment. Xi Jinping just sat back and chuckled. Whilst the most articulate man in world politics, according to his spokesperson, was snug in bed not bothering to watch at all.

For shear hypocrisy for me Biden stole the show when he criticised Trump for allegedly supporting torch carrying Nazis with swastika symbols coming out of the forest. This – in the light of his regime arming and inciting torch carrying Nazis coming out of the forests of Donbass with swastika symbols in Ukraine – has to be one of the greatest pieces of cheap political hypocrisy in history. But I am sure the SCAPS and WOSCM slurped it up entirely.

My niece Lala

My niece Lala insisted on having the last word on this farce when she can into show me her new headgear earlier this morning (a subject we will return to below, headgear that is).

Back to bed

I’ve been watching an sorts of things in bed the last month. Following the above m entioned drivel yesterday I came across a documentary (and then more and more) from the 70s on the lost years of Jesus that looks at evidence that Jesus spent time with Hindus and Buddhists. The first thing that came to mind was Gore Vidal’s novel Creation that involves a journey of a man from The Middle East to India and China where he meets Buddha and Lao Tzu amongst others.

As I watched I remembered something that my nei gong teacher Damo said last May when I attended a month long course in Ubud about Eastern influences and phenomena in the Bible stories (see for example this which I came across after that class). I have now compiled a lot of notes on this topic that I am going to bless with you shortly, but the news cycle demands that I keep it for the next post; and do I want to do the story and my own adventures justice.

The documentary goes on to look at the Shroud of Turin and it’s scientific examination that suggests it was created by radiant life forces emanating from the body of Jesus when he was wrapped in the shroud. My mind immediately said “QI” (or Chi to you pre-pinyin types). The discussion continues to give scientific evidence of auras.

This is all new to me in my medically sedated state but truly fascinating after my adventures in to the land of the Gongs: Nei Gong, Qi Gong and Nei Dan. Others might have come across this stuff before, there is a lot of it on YouTube and also some interesting books, commencing with The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ by Nicolas Notovich. From what i have seen so far Notovich’s findings appear to have more credibility that the Novochock story written by MI6 for the WOSCM. But more on that soon.

I thought I should pass it on not only because it is interesting but also because I know this this topic is going to get right up the noses of my evangelical atheist friends and the others who like to float of talking as if all this stuff is so especially spiritual. It has inspired me to build upon things I said in my original post about Daoism and other political philosophy; it’s coming.

The Big News

There was another potential head rubbing incident in the Cronulla Sharks v Canterbury Bulldogs game on Friday night. The referee had his clippers out just in time to make sure when he asked the bunker to review the video for any hint of the dreaded pat on the head. This stuff – the crackdown on hair dressing in Rugby League – is liable to get out of control if the authorities don’t step in and protect our game. patting an opponent on the head when they fuck up is an important facet of League tactics and must be protected at all costs. However, the referee’s intervention did not disrupt this beautiful incident. These are the things that make League the greatest game of all.

To finish off today … well let’s take another opportunity to reflect upon the Leader of the Free World …

Deliberations of a broken leg

Deliberations of a broken leg

Post Op

Being bedridden on a suitable diet of opioids, Yunnan Baiyou and other goodies can be frustrating when one cannot take it for what it is and cultivate a little acceptance. One method involves flicking between whatsapp, wechat, discord, suckerberg’s fukbuk and some more substantial material like the Dao de Jing, some of Damo Mitchell’s books on nei gong, Kropotkin and a bit of recent Chinese literature. Interleave this with the latest Alexander Mercouris updates on foreverwars, Chinese telenovelas and a steady stream over the last few days of Assange videos and keep one’s system chugging along (I will return to all or some of these in later posts). Social media – one of those great neoliberal oxymorons that subsume our times -provides an outlet to constantly remind the world of your existence and suffering. This results as one wag put it:

“I love this new you
it’s a bit like in the olden turn of the century days, back in the Opium Dens of Lisbon, London and Paris
the brain haze unblock the channels”.

Thus this morning I woke up resolved:

“I’m so impressed with my bedridden little diatribes I think I’m developing some Yunnan Baiyou and tramadol driven haze style. Thinking of having a blog page on my new website”.

I am sure there are many out there that definitely are not amused by this Bolaño-ist activity of crashing into people’s stream of posts like a heroin speed balled soaked disruptive poet. But one who follows the way must follow the way of interfering and intervening in accordance with nature. Floods and cascades serve their natural purpose in a world condemned to touchy feely ‘inclusive’ mediocrity.

Yunnan Baiyao thanks to the PRC Medical Team in Timor-Leste

So hold on as I find my jottings from bed and spew forth in search of your utter disdain or amusement and love. As with the world these egurgitations do not proceed in a linear or consistent fashion. It is up to you or your God to take them and play as you will.

and let the games begin

Wed 26 June 2024 Morning speculation before the release of Julian on the subject of hashtag alboscomo

I’ve been ‘watching’ Australian politics with my usual social distance, disdain and bemusement. The big issue at the moment is the LNP’s desire for nuclear power. There is always a big issue in Australia to make people feel self righteous and content. The ALP are running ‘hard’, not actually, but well ‘hard’ for them, against the crazy LNP plan in the hope I suspect that it will boost their slipping (is slipment a word?) in the polls. They are so flim flamsy that they can’t even stay ahead of the walking dickhead (he really is) Dutton. But if history tells us anything we will eventually see the existing or the new body that is the reigning #alboscomo adopt a ‘reasonable’ (read treasonable) policy based on (corporate/national) objective) reality to introduce a ‘sensible’ and ‘necessary’ implementation of the same plan. But only after they’ve won an election on doing the opposite first. In the meantime people will get ‘passionate’ (worked up) and feel fulfilled with their engagement with politics until it’s necessary or them to see the yellow cake light to preserve their obese Aussie way of life. Good morning. As the song goes ‘This is Australia’ and you’re standing in its shit.

Mother Teresa of Nimbin’s words of wisdom: In Australia not much happens, so there always needs to be a contestable issue thrown to the masses to keep them getting engaged. I fear for the kids and the oldies.

Thursday 27 June 2024 The morning after Julian arrives in the not so lucky cuntry

Thanks to the long bearded blue oyster loving aerial ping pong administrating mate in the red desert for pointing out this interview from the grubby 7.30report. I have detested Intervention Sarah since she played her filthy role in activating the NT Inverntion into Aboriginal communities. When I returned to Australia in 2008 I never thought the 730report could get worse than when the insufferable Leigh Sayles had the Journalistis Interruptis chair. Leigh of course was a world champion of the Journalistis Interruptis form having won numerous gold medals in some drunken Canberra bar. But Intervention Sarah has taken the sport to new heights and must be in line for a berth to Macroon’s Olypmics next month. She is a living example of how low the Australian media species has descended. When the going gets bad in Australia you can always depend on someone out there to make it ‘worstest’ still (the inverted commas are to repel any deadhead saying “he can’t even spell, worstest is not a word”).
In the video here Intervention Sarah harps on about the Russian hacking of the US Democrats without caring or realising that it’s been disproven and debunked even by the US authorities themselves. All of this is drivel driven by that particular brand of faux feminism that loves Killary Klinton despite, or most probably because of, her psychopathic war mongering. If this is incisive Australian journalism all I can say is no matter the country has become so fat and dumb.
Marjorie, you don’t have to agree with everything she says, gives it right back to Intervention Sarah asking are you really a serious journalist! Priceless.

In closing – simply because I need to get on my crutches and get to the dunny – I must tell you that I have been really enjoying Gayoung and Jason Gregory’s youtube meditations on the Dao de Jing. I usually put one on after brekky and Mercouris and lay back and sometimes I admit doze off into lala land (not my niece Lala but a kind of half awake doze; as getting a good consistent and long sleep is not simple right now). I think (for what it’s worth) that to say the DDJ and Lao Tzu advises us not to get involved, discuss or have a view on, for example, politics is a slightly narrow reading of the text and its context. This kind of view is prevalent in the land of McMindfullness and its dodgy packaged ‘spirituality’. It is a kind of hyper individualistic excuse in the end to become simply an entrepreneur of the self in the ‘Society of Competition’ (that is a necessary plug for Martin Hardie’s book). Gayoung and Jason aren’t a part of that praise be to the Lord!

The context of writing the DDJ was in fact a political response to the times, Confucius and feudalism. Lao Tzu was outlining a particular way of acting in the face of that particular politics of the time. In so doing he was in fact undertaking a very political act. But in a particular way. Those who focus upon the Daoist retreat into the mountains to do nothing but sit and meditate ignore that this was itself a necessary move in the face of Confucianism’s attacks. Joseph Needham’s mammoth and highly recommended tomes ‘Science and Civilisation in China‘ are a testament to this. However, of course the DDJ operates on a number of levels, the internal arts, our relationship with nature in all its aspects and how politics and government itself should be carried out. These are all in the end ultimately political acts. Acts which the Dao advises us to do in accordance with the way of nature. Yes, the daily chitter chatter of the media and politicians today is a distraction from the real issues that face us. But the text and its teachings, on one level have to be considered a guide to how to live and act politically. It’s not simply telling us to withdraw and ignore the real and important questions facing civilisation. Like everything reading it, as Gummow J said, is all about ‘text, context and purpose’.

The Big News

Of course the biggest news (I lied about closing above) of the morning is the refereeing farce in the State of Origin game in Melbourne (Rugby League in Melbourne is a farce and blasphemy in itself but more of that another day). NSW forward Liam Martin was sin binned for rubbing a poor Queenslander’s hair, thus messing up his perm in a very unfair manner. Hair rubbing has been a part and parcel of the game for a long, long time. When an opposing player makes an error it is customary and only right that the recipient team gives him or her a nice pat on the head in congratulations. But this is the first time in the history of the planet that a player has been sent from the field for patting another on the head. What a farce indeed.

Head Patting

Good Morning

Obrigadu ba visita!

Up Up Cronulla

C’mon the Blues

Governing the Society of Competition

Governing the Society of Competition

“A real page turner, riveting …” Ronnie Lippens

“From his adoptive academic home in East Timor, the Australian lawyer-philosopher-cyclist Martin Hardie has delivered a riveting assessment of the anti-doping fight as applied to cycling. To anyone just mildly bemused by the world-wide endeavour across sports, this book promises a compelling read for, even if it may not hold many answers, it certainly asks a host of highly warranted questions.”

“Against this backdrop, Hardie’s book is balm for the soul to someone who feels that too many
Europeans have been complying uncritically with Anglo-Saxon expectations. In the current cli-
mate, where unity is required among NATO and G7 members in the wake of the Russian war of
aggression against Ukraine, articulating such views can be difficult without running the risk of
being misunderstood. Yet despite shared security interests, the different constituent parts of the
West continue competing for market shares, for power and for opportunities to promote their
own visions of the good (individual as well as collective) life.”

“As a study in neoliberalism, this book certainly makes a strong case for seeing this school of
thought and action – whether in economics or in social organisation – as diametrically different
from, if no opposite to liberalism as such (if such exists). To someone who, at the time of the
fall of the Berlin Wall, regarded a certain anarchic state of affairs as being constitutive of the
Western way of living together, with a voluntary renunciation of total control as a hallmark of its
purportedly liberal model, the increasing pervasiveness of controlling policies across the Western
world has been a source of confusion, and sometimes also of concern. When reading Hardie, it
becomes plausible that this apparently bewildering pattern may, notwithstandingly, reflect an
internal logic which does not easily reveal itself to the casual observer. As such, while the method
of the book can be defined as hermeneutic, there is much to remind us of the structuralism of the
French Annales school of historiography and its longue durée … a book like this, with its strong focus on Anglo-Saxon efforts to impose Anglo values on the rest of the, is a welcome one.” Jacob Kornbeck.