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No-one actually knows just how many UK citizens have taken advantage of the option to live in another european country since the EU was created, but they chose to because they were assured by the UK government that their rights (to free healthcare/ pensions/ etc) would remain the same.  They were lied to.  And the lies continue.

This is a bad state of affairs, very bad.  But it is not the end of their lying.  After BREXIT we will discover the real reason behind leaving the EU, becoming the 51st state of the US.  Bringing with it a swift and vast scaling down of public health services (after being promised the exact opposite in the Referendum)/ education/ and welfare.  In its place private provision, alongside US products on the supermarket shelves (instead of what is currently imported from the EU), and a new GB$ currency.

There is nothing any of us can do to stop this, not through the current system of democracy or by protest.

Or is there?

What if the people of Scotland played their trump card and at long last declared independence from being ruled over by the UK, along with an intention of staying a member of the EU?  For starters they would instantly be a lot better off.  Converting to the euro would also make business and travel more economic.  Scottish airports and ports would be busier.  And the border with England would become a lucrative gateway too, especially for businesses that depend on EU products (like Tesco), or they could relocate to Scotland.  It’s a win-win situation for the people of Scotland.  Already their health-care and public services are far better, which alone could be enough to stir indoctrinated English voters to force their government to do an about-turn, but it certainly will after Independence.  I would be first in the queue to request Scottish citizenship.  It is high time this unique culture took back what is rightfully theirs.  Followed in turn by Wales, and Northern Ireland (back to Eire).  The current situation is just like the recent past in Eastern Europe dictatorships, we can either resolve it peaceably by granting unique cultures their independence (and therefore access to far greater freedoms through membership of the EU) or face increased division and tension between the haves and have-nots.

I call upon the Scottish government to step in and do the right thing, for the sake of all UK citizens, before it is too late.

(the image was inspired by favourite Paul Smith scarf, worn daily for the last thirty years and now sadly too threadbare)

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Nationalism terrifies me.  Not surprisingly, after living for so long in two countries that until very recently were dictatorships and still retain that shared memory.  But BREXIT has revealed it in the UK too, which I always considered a model of democracy.  A fast growing percentage who are now choosing to worship the Holy Trinity of FEAR, SELFISHNESS, and PAIN.

Fuelled by the adrenaline rush of hate, they are being promised a utopia where only their kind will survive, and the rest, including all other species, will be mercilessly destroyed.

If Teresa May gets her way over BREXIT they will probably achieve it.  Who can resist the promises fed to them daily by nationalism’s priesthood, the media?  The cabinet and royal family must be rubbing their hands over how easy this has all been, to fool and rob the masses.  Simply by focussing on FEAR over happiness, on what might happen if you don’t follow the herd.  Encouraging and rewarding SELFISHNESS, that you alone deserve faster and better service/ treatment over the rest.  And addicting them to the vicarious pleasure that comes from endlessly watching PAIN and misery in others.

Last week a young man from Sevilla came to visit, to see if El Pocito would make a suitable home for his ecological plans.  He has a degree in Biology and totally focussed, on living simply/ sustainably/ alternatively, in a way that took me another twenty more years to reach.  And just like all the previous viewers, it was a wonderful meeting of minds.  That is, until we got on to the two subjects of money and children.  He wants to use El Pocito as a green tourism business.  I must have covered this before, but money is never sustainable, and using land to make it is definitely not kosher.  Spending less is the only answer, and for him, finding work locally where he can earn the small amount he needs, would be far more sustainable.  But being a barman say, even for just two days a week, didn’t have the same appeal.  He also has no partner at present but is adamant about raising two children.  I pointed out that this is totally contrary to everything else too, that it is actually the sole cause of climate change and mass species extinction.  To which he replied, on the contrary, Spain is currently experiencing a fall in population and putting in place many positive sustainable practices.

You’d think that after so many years in state education, that basic maths and an appreciation of how the world works (especially majoring in Biology) would be one of the most basic accomplishments, but apparently not.  Because despite what he sincerely believes in, Spain isn’t a country that exists in a vacuum, people are coming in and going out by the minute (thanks again to the EU), with no records kept whatsoever (so much for statistics, and by the way it is the same in the UK), plus all the things each person here buys are on the whole made elsewhere, so they impact elsewhere too, we are part of the greater whole, always.  So when you decide to have a child you are actually ADDING to the world population.  Only when one of the parents dies will that number diminish.  Having two children, who then beget two children each, who then do the same, could even mean being alive to witness fourteen great grandchildren.  Which even by my simple non-university education yields at least twelve MORE people on the planet, and all in a matter of just sixty odd years.  This is why the global population is currently growing at an unprecedented and lethal rate.  This is why their combined spending is robbing the planet of its resources, polluting the seas, and destroying the habitats of other species.

We should NEVER think about anything in terms of where we live, but always with the planet as a whole.  In an ideal society this would mean acting like all other species: no borders, keeping our population and spending at a level which does not endanger other species, and a single system of care for all.

Otherwise the reverse will happen.  There will be no other species.  Government spending will continue to increase on the armed forces and nuclear industry to the detriment of everything else.  And it will happen in our lifetime.

 

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Inspired by the acquisition of Sheri S Tepper’s THE VISITOR, my thoughts have been focused recently on perception.  How where we live is fundamental in shaping our behaviour and attitudes, not only towards others but the rest of the natural world.

For example, would you consider I live conventionally or alternatively?  The answer to that would be probably be the latter, but is this actually true?  What makes me different from anyone else?  Especially when more than half of the people on this planet don’t have a connection to mains services either.  A lot more don’t have any income as well.  More people use other forms of medicine than western.  All of which is just about us, what about the rest of the species?

This is a perceptual thing, and it could actually be one of our biggest problems, that those of us living in the rich countries, those doing all the overpopulating and destruction of our natural resources, are the ones who have no real sense of reality.

BREXIT being a classic example.  Its jingoist message has created even more nationalist sentiment and bile than even existed before.  More people now feel proud to be British, and that is truly scary.  For not only are geographical boundaries totally arbitrary and endlessly changing, there is absolutely no difference between someone who was born or chose to live in one country over any other.

This is why it is so important for the UK to stay in the EU, and for the EU to continue increasing its membership.  Only when you have open frontiers like this, a single currency, do people really begin to appreciate their equality with each other, as well as their unique cultures.  And it is the only way to govern the massive population and environmental changes necessary to save us and all the other remaining species from imminent extinction.

There are obviously inherent problems with this, corruption in government increases in direct correlation with the amount of wealth at its disposal, but the alternative, lots of small very aggressive nationalistic countries, spending an inordinate amount on armed forces, which will never work for the good of all (including the non-human species), only those who rule over them.

How BREXIT can be overturned and the UK accept being a full member of the EU (including adoption of the euro instead of the dollar) is beyond me.  I do know though that it will not be with petitions or demonstrations.  There has to be a total change of heart, by everyone, a realisation that life is not about me and what I want, but living on this single borderless planet, and sharing it on a equal sustainable basis with all the other species.

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One of the reasons voters chose LEAVE at the (BREXIT) referendum, was because they believed it would improve UK services.

They were wrong.

The UK public sector has never been funded/ run properly, and never will, whoever is the party in power.

This is because those in charge have always had a totally different agenda.

These are people who for the most part are far more wealthy than the average voter, so do not have to use any of the public services, can afford to go private for everything, therefore do not care.

They are also members of a very exclusive club, which encourages/ rewards corruption and is all about making themselves a lot of money.  This starts at parish council level, with the small personal favours that power affords, getting more lucrative as you work your way up the ladder to national government, where it becomes the primary motive for all decision-making.

Priority at this level is always given to spending that reaps rewards for them first and them alone.  Big capital projects mainly (defence/ roads/ nuclear power..), regardless of public need.  This is because MPs have significant shareholdings in the companies who do this kind of work, which in turn will be rewarded with big annual dividend payouts and sizeable tax-free backhanders.

They are also privy to far more sensitive information about the economy than anyone else, so insider knowledge is used to buy and sell shares & currency.  This alone can provide a significant private income, earning more in a day than most voters will over an entire lifetime.

Only when people wake up to the fact that it is never a good idea to let the rich and corrupt run the country will it ever begin to serve them properly.  Until then the rich and corrupt will continue to serve us right.

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…aka: open opposition to lawful authority and breaking down barriers.

It seems a long time since I felt Mr Grumpy enough to dash off a rant about something, but fear not, the absence does not signify a softening of attitude, merely another preoccupation, that of spiritual metamorphosis, one where hopefully I’m turning into a wiser more aware version of myself.  Manifested in a new perspective on life, out goes the micro, and in comes an attempt to synchronise more with the global.  Which means I’m currently re-evaluating everything.  An example of this is I previously spent at least half of every day working outside, usually feeling it wasn’t nearly enough time to get everything done in, while simultaneously suffering the deep envy of those who had the social skills to either be a WWOOF host, or part of an enclave that met regularly to help each other out, because at least they did manage to keep ahead (of the dreaded gorse), achieve big projects, all at relatively little cost, while progress for me has always (27 long years of it) been slow and painful.

However that will no longer be the case.  From now on, change (getting things done) is a not good thing, the opposite in fact, it is very bad for the environment.  Which I know sounds a little crazy, but hang in and I’ll try and explain.

My first inkling of this came after a long spell of doing nothing on the land, a result of too many other pressing commitments and only me to do them all, so the land lost.  Yet despite my dereliction of duty, everything managed to survive, nay thrive, and the overall state of the land (six acres), compared to when we first arrived, is now even better than anticipated, unbelievably lush and verdant.  No money spent out either.  So how is this?

Simple.  Nature knows best.  We like to think we do, but Nature really can do it all a lot better.

The problem is we think and rationalise.  There’s also self-interest, which means we do stuff without considering the consequences for anything else.  Even if that “else” is the one thing we cannot live without (aka: the infinitely complex ecology that provides us with air/ water/ food/ shelter/ warmth).  We have even gone as far as to create a religion out of justifying these suicidal inclinations.

Science, the self-proclaimed highest form of knowledge.  Rules/ truths/ and proofs that are based entirely on tests of infinitesimally small samples, or reliant on historical/ archaeological guesswork, then applied to the entire species and planet.

And they had us fooled for quite a while with their convincing arguments for economic exploitation, but their plausibility is no longer believable.  Because Nature is infinitely more complex and innovative than anything our tiny/ greedy minds could ever conceive.  In the real world nothing requires to be understood, and nothing in the past is relevant.  All that matters is the now, and constantly striving to evolve in order for the whole to survive.

What got me onto all this was hearing about a “rewilding” project in Sussex (UK), a whopping 3500 acres, that’s a lot of land (David*), certainly a lot more than your usual permaculture plot,so something worth knowing more about.  Or it would have been.  But now I have a different response to these things.  All I could think of is “what the hell is rewilding?  Swiftly followed by, if it needs a new word to describe (when surely an old one is perfectly adequate, one that everyone can understand), this is just yet another scam.  Especially when it claims to improve the environment and at the same time make money (in this case a lot of money).  Money and the environment are simply incompatible.

And this sums up the failings of most current eco-thinking.  We prefer to treat Nature (and the planet) as this huge patchwork of definable separate parcels of land/ sea/ or air (aka: continents/ countries, and allotments/ gardens/ estates/ forests/ wildlife reserves) that can be each individually improved by individuals.  Wrong, so very wrong.  Nature is a whole, the entire planet, all its individual atoms, working together.  It doesn’t have any parts.  And if it were possible to “rewild”, that would mean the removal of all forms of ownership, along with all the barriers we have erected which currently prevent the free passage and habitats of all species.

“Re-wilding”, like all other ecological isms before it, is nothing more than a form of zoo, for species we have selected, for our own benefit, while excluding all others.  There is zero ecological benefit in this kind of approach.

Hence my switch from the micro to widescreen.  If we want a future then we have to stop meddling and thinking small, that we have the answers with a few bee-friendly plants or degradable plastic bags, and instead do whatever is necessary to break down barriers and let all species roam free, find their own true balance.

Which ironically leads me ever so neatly onto BREXIT, where Teresa May is currently in the process of erecting even more barriers, when the EU, despite its failings, sought the total opposite, and creating ideal conditions for ethnic destroying yet more of what little is left of natural habitats in the UK, for short-term economic gain (by the few).  The view from here seems spookily similar to what happened to Germany in the 1930s.  How long before the ethnic cleansing begins?

And lastly, a word on fracking.  If the Queen owns the rights to all the subterranean land mass: a) how much does she get from fracking?  And b) how much has her family been earning for all the other mining that has been going on since they assumed this ridiculous claim?

 

*filmic reference from LOVE ACTUALLY

photo: the ARCTIC TERN, an example of the truly “free” nomad.  Each year flying up to 70,900 kms, crossing frontiers and residing without visas/ identification papers/ vaccinations/ microchip/ money.  We can only dream of such freedom.

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If you are one of the hundred thousand or so who have downloaded Maureen’s last book (TREAD SOFTLY BECAUSE YOU TREAD ON MY DREAMS), and wanted more, here is your opportunity, the complete book of all her blogs is no available, written just after and takes you right up to the month before she died.

Once again, this is absolutely FREE, all you have to do is click on this link to download (please be patient, it may take a few moments to open).

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Emergency Call Urgent Accidental Hotline Paramedic Concept

(part one of an infinite series)

 

When dialling the new national emergency services number: 666 you will hear the following announcement:

# WELCOME TO THE AMAZON PERSONAL ASSISTANCE LINE.  ALL OUR OPERATORS ARE BUSY AT THE MOMENT, PLEASE HOLD AND YOUR CALL WILL BE DEALT WITH AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, YOU ARE NUMBER ___ IN THE QUEUE.  BE ASSURED THAT AMAZON IS DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO ENSURE ITS CUSTOMERS GET WHAT THEY DESERVE.

 

When the music stops you will be asked:

 

# PRESS (1) IF YOU ARE A PRIME CUSTOMER

# PRESS (2) IF YOU ARE JUST AN ORDINARY AMAZON CUSTOMER

# PRESS (3) IF NEITHER.

 

Then if you have answered with option (1):

 

# ENTER YOUR USER NAME

 

# ENTER YOUR PASSWORD

 

# SHOW YOU ARE NOT A ROBOT BY IDENTIFYING WHICH OF THESE PHOTOGRAPHS CONTAINS A ROAD SIGN?

 

And if all of the above is correct:

 

# WELCOME ______ _______ TO THE AMAZON PERSONAL ASSISTANCE LINE.   PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ANY CHOICES YOU MAKE COULD INCUR COSTS WHICH WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DEBITED FROM YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.  INSUFFICIENT FUNDS WILL AUTOMATICALLY TERMINATE THE SERVICE.

 

# PRESS (1) FOR MEDICAL HELP

# PRESS (2) FOR THE POLICE

# PRESS (3) FOR THE FIRE BRIGADE

# PRESS (4) FOR THE COASTGUARD

# PRESS (5) FOR VEHICLE BREAKDOWN & RECOVERY

# PRESS (6) FOR INSURANCE CLAIMS

 

If you answered with option (1), choose from:

 

# PRESS (1) IF DEATH IS AN IMMINENT POSSIBILITY

# PRESS (2) IF SEVERLY INCAPACITATED

# PRESS (3) FOR A DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT

 

If you answered with option (1), choose from:

 

# PRESS (1) IF THIS IS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION

# PRESS (2) A NEW MEDICAL COMPLAINT

# PRESS (3) AN ACCIDENT

# PRESS (4) AN ASSAULT

 

If you answered with option (1):

 

# WHICH PART OF THE BODY IS INVOLVED?

 

# PRESS (1) FOR THE TRUNK

# PRESS (2) FOR THE HEAD

# PRESS (3) FOR THE ARMS

# PRESS (4) FOR THE LEGS

# PRESS (5) FOR OTHER

 

If you answered with option (1):

 

# WHICH PART?

 

# PRESS (1) FOR THE HEART

# PRESS (2) LUNGS

# PRESS (3) STOMACH

# PRESS (4) KIDNEYS

# PRESS (5) GONADS

# PRESS (6) OTHER

 

If you answered with option (1), choose from:

 

# PRESS (1) FOR NO PULSE, NO BREATHING

# PRESS (2) IF YOU HAVE PAIN

# PRESS (3) PALPITATIONS

# PRESS (4) DIFFICULTY BREATHING

# PRESS (5) BLUE LIPS

 

If you answered with option (1):

 

# USE THIS LINK TO WATCH OUR VIDEO AND COMMENCE CPR.  IF SYMPTOMS CONTINUE FOR MORE THAN THREE MINUTES STOP, HANG UP, RE-DIAL 666, AND WHEN ASKED WHICH SERVICE YOUR REQUIRE, CHOOSE OPTION (2).

 

# OTHER CUSTOMERS WHO CHOSE THIS OPTION RECOMMENDED THE FOLLOWING FUNERAL AND BEREAVEMENT PRODUCTS.

 

# THANK YOU FOR CALLING THE AMAZON PERSONAL ASSISTANCE LINE.  IN ORDER TO OFFER THE VERY BEST SERVICE WE ASK THAT YOU SPEND A FEW MINUTES COMPLETING A SHORT SURVEY.  REMEMBER, AT AMAZON WE ALWAYS STRIVE TO SERVE YOU RIGHT.