Aldous Huxley – Today’s Brave New World

Saturday Night – Film Night

Here’s an extraordinary find!

A 1958 interview with Brave New World author Aldous Huxley

It’s well worth listening to because of the themes he explores

And because he’s bang on with what he said would happen!

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might as well have put away her crystal ball

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as this visionary writer looked into our future.

You’ll be shocked and surprised at what you hear.

NB – disregard the first few seconds. I’m told they were usually messy like that at the dawn of TV broadcasting

 

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Much of his work deals with the conflict between the interests of the individual and society, often focusing on the problem of self-realization within the context of social responsibility.

Brave New World, published in 1932,  imagined a fictional future in which free will and individuality were sacrificed  to achieve complete social stability.

Brave New World  depicted a dystopian (anti-utopian) world in which a totalitarian government controlled society by the use of science and technology.

Today’s  Brave New World

Here’s an interesting article speculating  how experts, computer algorithms, datasets and money helped sway the vote towards Brexit in the UK and towards  Mr Trump in the US  Presidential race to power

We will never more  be sure that what drives our vote is our own personal convictions

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/big-data-cambridge-analytica-brexit-trump?utm_source=vicefbusads&utm_campaign=interest

 

PS Anyone around today to tell us exactly what society will be like in 2077?

Musical Interlude – concerted voices

We have always said Brexit could lead to the break-up of the UK, not just the EU. As the Westminster vote to Withdraw from the EU moves towards the House of Lords for ratification in the next couple of weeks, here’s a little concert to stimulate thoughts on  what Scotland and Northern Ireland are going to do next.

Overture:  The Brexit vote was won by appealing to a mish-mash of historical myths

 

Requiem: the EU Anthem as Westminster voted against all amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill.

 

Comment: What a Celtic gesture of defiance at the moment of defeat for EU nationals in the UK, Scottish requests for compromise in the Brexit approach and Westminster’s refusal to safeguard the Good Friday Agreement!

Cantata:  Northern Ireland

 

Coda:  For Scotland and Northern Ireland

 

Ritornello: We’re gonna stay in the EU anyway!

 

True Story: Heart–to-heart with Miss GFA Northern Ireland

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A break-up coming? Will she give him his walking papers? Show him the door?

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“C’mon and sit down here, beside me pet,

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Miss Unionist GFA Northern Ireland

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We need to have a word. It’s about this upcoming election of yours”.

“I know you’ve already got

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your frock for the big Results night.
But I hope you’re not thinking of bringing

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Lyal Arders as your Significant Other, are you?”

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Your relationship with Lyal Arders just isn’t working.

Personally I don’t know what you ever saw in him. I know he’s your brother,

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Irish  Jack Bull’s  best friend – they’ve been very close for a long, long time, well before you were even born
But that’s no reason for you to keep on with him.

Just look at the way he dresses.

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He’s far too old for you with his old-time 1690 mentality and morality
You can’t even manage to pass your driving test because you’re constantly looking over your shoulder at him

https://eurofree3.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/miss-gfa-northern-ireland-fails-driving-test/

He has his obsessions.

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You can’t do anything about them love, can you?

You’ll not stop him marching around, forcing his way into places where’s he’s not wanted, will you?

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He’s beyond your help – over 4,000 marches a year I heard at the last count.

That works out at over 10 times a day. If that’s not obsessive behaviour I don’t know what is.

See a psychiatrist, he should.

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He’s a big bruiser and he doesn’t care about you.

He’s always piggy-backing on to your Unionist parties, taking over your Assembly on the sly, promoting his own agenda. You’ve no idea who your real friends are because you don’t know if people support him or you
You’re not clever enough to sort them Taigs  out ” he says.

He’s more trouble than he’s worth, pet.

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I know you’ve got a joint credit card because things were getting tight, austerity wasn’t it? Yet the word’s out he’s busy helping  to squander your money on some bird-brained heating scheme called Cash for Ash

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Lyal Arders and his mates voted for BREXIT!  didn’t they?

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when you  want to stay in Europe. You want to keep adding EU funds into your bank account.And why wouldn’t you?
They want to squander your money on Nukes, Palaces, Heating Schemes, Aircraft carriers, Trains to nowhere, New airports .

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All the while you’re running about skint. No money for the dentists or the doctors. Hardly enough for your hairdresser and make-up. The road’s  that bad outside your house,  anyone would be afraid to step out let alone drive along it!

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It’s not good enough, love

He’s now running about with the vicar’s daughter, that geography teacher

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who wangled her way into that top level managerial position. She’s fallen out with all your neighbours and is busy flirting with some fat,  tanned businessman from the golf club. But Lyal Arders doesn’t care – Oh no, he thinks he’s so important to  both of them. He’s got fingers in pies in Scotland

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where the golf man’s family comes from.

I’m telling you,love, he’s past it, he’s bad for you.

Lyal Arders won’t change.

I know you gave Lyal Arders one more chance back in 2013 when that lovely American counsellor Mr Haas was around trying to help you. I even showed you a letter about Lyal Arders

https://eurofree3.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/open-letter-to-dr-haass/

but you paid no attention.

Lyal Arders has drained your confidence

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Your Unionist supporters can hardly stand on their own two feet without him. He keeps telling them they can’t cope without him.

It’s time to dump him, petal. Say goodbye to

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Orangemen and their  Lyal Arders

The stress is killing you.

Look at the weight of voters you’ve lost.
Have a word with him and get it sorted.

Tell Lyall Arders to form his own party, write his own manifesto, propose candidates and canvass voters to elect him.
That’s what people do in democratic societies, isn’t it?
Let him stand under his own colours and then you’ll see how many people really support him

And you’ll see the type of person you can be without him constantly dragging you back into  re-living his fantasy of

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Comments and Queries:

A gigantic Conflict of Interest is no longer acceptable in Northern Ireland.

It derives from Loyal Orders piggy-backing into power on Unionist parties .
Unionist voters do not know what they are voting for – party policy or Loyal Order policy?
Or are the two inextricably linked, never to be separated out, for as long as Stormont exists?

Will breaking the connection between the Loyal Orders and Unionist parties be one of Sinn Fein’s demands in the up-coming post-election negotiations? Shouldn’t it be?

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Why don’t Unionist parties  promote only the political reasons for supporting the Union, only candidates who are not members of Loyal Orders and canvass for votes accordingly?

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If the Loyal Orders want to exert political power, let them form their own party and stand their candidates under their own colours! They would have 2 things to offer their voters: support for the Union + their own particular anti-Catholic views and sectarian way of life.

Let’s all see if that’s still a winning  combination!

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And whether the Orange State  will live on!!

Because it does live on at this present moment in time,

hiding in full sight as it’s nested within Unionist parties.

Pics

https://pairedlife.com/breakups/Ten-sure-ways-to-overcome-love-failure

http://photosales.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/media/3X0OylYaQ0aMMKA1Z5uGPQ..a

http://www.yowzers.com/viewitem.php?productid=737

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britain-12000-miles-potholes-awaiting-6779360

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/wellbeing/a25866/how-to-overcome-low-self-esteem/

https://www.toonpool.com/cartoons/The%20new%20nanny_273538

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America First, Right?

But who’s coming second?

European countries are already making their bids for second place! 

Videos out from Switzerland (douze points)

 

 and The Netherlands 

 

 

Armenia is setting its sights high – it wants to be an Alternative First

 

And Malta is making its voice heard

 

Always patriotic, France sub-titled her video

 

 

But the strongest contender has to be Russia

Where’s Ireland’s bid for second place?

It’s not these speeches by Enda, is it?

 

Irlande, nul points!