Whispers – 21st May 2022

There’s chinks in the armour
Some cracks in the veneer
The aggressive smiles fading
Reality becomes clear
Self-sabotage and betrayal
Words cannot be returned
Trailing long behind
All those people that were burned
Social power has waned
It’s time to turn away
The blame lies unresolved
Whilst whispers have their say

Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.

Charles Adams

Unambitious – 20th May 2022

Boris knew he was the one
But refused the offer many times
Only when it was insisted
Did he fall in with the signs
And George, he was the same
Saying he didn’t want to lead
He kept saying no, no, no
Until he finally agreed
It’s a thinking man’s game
So be most suspicious
It’s a clever way to play
To seem so unambitious

paraphrasing Robert Greene’s Daily Laws for 20th May

Education is an imperfect shield against custom and tradition. In some ways, you may judge us still to be a little backward.

Kukrit Pramoj

The Week That Was – 5th August 1979

Mark My Words – 19th May 2022

It’s a messy room to live
Misunderstood and bent sinister
Yet never felt better in its life
Your future are missing winner
Heads rolled, sure they did
A grotesque psykick dancehall
A triad-plus hip preist
The Smiths predict the fall
Always seen Totale’s turning
A solvent wax to levitate
It’s a caustic user syndrome
A kurious work to extricate
Mangled language perverted
A sublingual tablet bends
From the click of the country
To experiments of frenz
From the time the north was hit
The house was full of ghosts
A mesmerising miasma
A dream lie fiery jack a-toasts

Listening through the Hanley brothers ‘Oh! Brother’ podcast and falling in love with English accents.

The empire is not worries about the spread of disinformation, they’re worried about the spread of information.

Caitlin Johnstone

The Week That Was – 29th July 1979

Once The War Is Over – 18th May 2022

When it’s decided nothing is decided
What is left over will remain divided
Rewritten histories and redrawn maps
Humanity adjusts to new handicaps
Once the war is over it’s only just begun
Here comes another, and another one
Victory propaganda, revisionist extolling
Amounts to nothing as the tanks keep rolling

I am here, living, and in the depths of my existence there is a thirst and hunger, and I find joy in partaking of the bread and wine of life from the vases which I make and fashion by my own hands.

Yusif, The Tempest by Kahlil Gibran

Perfect Image – 16th May 2022

Caught in my first impression
Trapped by a spider’s smile
The tail-wagging dog bites
The hand after a while
Escape at the realisation
Is never a pretty sight to behold
Be better to live with the mess
If the truth be told

From Eric Barker’s newsletter:

How do we make love last? A lot of people fear that if they raise issues with their partner it can lead to arguing and that will end the relationship. So they stay silent…

But it is doubleplusungood wrongthink to believe that complaining is a problem. The research shows bottling up actually ends more marriages than arguing. Complaining, in the big picture, is actually a positive – it gets issues out in the open where they can be resolved. What leads to divorce isn’t complaining; it’s criticism.

From Plays Well With Others:

Complaining is actually healthy for a marriage. It’s criticism that predicts divorce. Complaining is when I say you did not take the trash out. Criticism is when I say you did not take the trash out because you’re a horrible person. The first is about an event, the second is about your fundamental personality. To keep your relationship solid, turn your criticisms into complaints. Address the event, not the person.

To say that criticism is bad for a relationship is like saying “The Grand Canyon is kinda big.” True but insufficient. Researcher John Gottman found it was one of four things that predicted divorce 83.3% of the time.

So don’t be afraid to raise that issue — but don’t make it personal. Address the problem, not their character. This leads to conversations that actually make your relationship stronger.

Whilst I’m inclined to agree with the above sentiment, I thought about how this has played out in my life. Another factor that came into play for me was low self-esteem. So that when my partner may have been complaining, I took it personally as criticism. This is particularly what ended my marriage with Bronwyn, along with a whole bunch of other factors that added up to become too much for me to deal with.

I’m much better with this these days but it can still rear its ugly head from time to time, though I’m usually aware of it even if I can’t put my finger on it.

He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.

John Stuart Mill

Tan Your Testicles – 14th May 2022

The white man is a dying breed
Losing out on culture and status
Big balls are what we need
It’s the testosterone that makes us
Show your balls to sun and sky
It’s sure to be the latest fad
Anal bleaching, widening the eye
It’s the best time to be had
The sperm count is getting lower
Perhaps from rubbing too many out
No matter a shower or grower
Your manliness is in doubt
We’ll shoot up all the clinics
Start to remove a woman’s right
Protect each other from the cynics
Rape our way out of this plight
Best to arrange another war
To kill exotics far away
Our manhood is what we’re fighting for
And, by God, we’ll make them pay

The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.

from How To Read a Book

The Week That Was – 8th July 1979

Really Mean – 13th May 2022

A phone for every boyfriend
Separated sections of the brain
Keeping it all in order
Is starting to show the strain
Pity the sad deceiver
Left crying tears in the night
So much time to practice
But never getting it right
Settle for the simple
Focus on the strength to grow
Making better decisions
Make them proud to show
One day time catches up
The past will seem a dream
The clouds of doubt will part
Revealing what they really mean

Congratulations to ‘the rich’ for continuing to be rich.

Brad Esposito

Clickbait Title – 12th May 2022

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Get everything for nothing
The truth you really need
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Click through for the gold
Everything is for sale
Until everything is sold
Eternal happiness waiting
It’s easy if you know how
Follow the shiny things
Be sure to click here now

Far too many good brains have been afflicted by the pointless enthusiasm for useless knowledge.