The Great Kowtow 720


The dreadfully stultified pageantry of the British state has been on full display the last couple of days, all mouldy ermine, fraying gold braid and musty velvet. But forms which evolved as a vibrant display of Imperial might have transmuted into rituals of obeisance, as the nonogenerian Prince Philip stumbles behind the Chinese President along lines of men wearing decaying bears on their heads. The sickness of Britain’s monarchical system was never more bluntly revealed than by the rictus grins of the aristocratic clowns balancing their tiaras at the state banquet.

The Chinese are the imperial masters now. Cameron begs them to build a nuclear power station for which the British state guarantees it will pay double the market price for electricity produced, for twenty years. And a government which has just announced the extension of thought crime to the expression of non-violent or anti-violent thought deemed “extreme”, has no locus to talk about human rights, a concept at least as alien to Teresa May as it is to the Chinese Communist Party. Britain has its own war criminals like Blair and Straw running around, immune and very wealthy.

The British state is an immoral entity which I view with disgust. That is what drives for me the imperative to early Scottish Independence to be rid of it. Every day as a British citizen is like bathing in sewage.


720 thoughts on “The Great Kowtow

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  • Dave Lawton

    Thanks Brian had not seen that one.

    I found this a good read.How to Build a Flying Saucer: And Other Proposals in Speculative Engineerings by T. B. Pawlicki.

  • Jives

    Leslie,Anon1,Alcyone…

    Geez a break ya troll eejits eh?

    Nauseating tag-team trolling.

    Who the fuck do you think youre kidding with yer guff???

  • KingOfWelshNoir

    More on Quantum Mechanics and non-duality from Chief Seattle (1780-1866) :
    “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”

  • Mary

    Who’s Leslie? There must have been some deletions last night! Glad I was out of it. Whose turn today to divert and distract?

    ~~

    A C L Blair referred to the Arab Spring as a precursor to the formation of ISIS so nothing to do with his activities in Iraq. He’s wrong. Try the CIA and your best mates in Washington Tony.

    ‘The Arab Spring: Made in the USA
    by Stuart Jeanne Bramhall / October 25th, 2015

    Arabesque$: Enquête sur le rôle des États-Unis dans les révoltes arabes (Investigation into the US Role in the Arab Uprisings) is an update of Ahmed Bensaada’s 2011 book L’Arabesque Américaine. It concerns the US government role in instigating, funding and coordinating the Arab Spring “revolutions.” Obviously most of this history has been carefully suppressed by the western media.

    /..
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/10/the-arab-spring-made-in-the-usa/

  • Ken2

    GE in Scotland

    1.5Million Unionist 1.5Million SNP (16/17 year old who favour YES not eligible to vote) 60%+ turnout

    Trident now estimated at £170Billion.

  • fred

    “Trident now estimated at £170Billion.”

    That doesn’t sound too bad. It has a 40 year projected lifespan so that’s just over £4 billion a year out of a £60 billion a year defence budget.

    Plus the submarines will be built at Barrow in Cumbria from British steel.

  • Silvio

    From Mondoweiss:
    Fact Check: MSNBC’s Palestinian loss of land map

    Last week, MSNBC aired a map (above) showing the loss of Palestinian land to Zionist settlers and then to Israel from 1946 to the present. Following criticism from Israelis and their supporters, MSNBC apologized and stated that the map was incorrect. But was it? The following is a fact check of MSNBC’s map and the criticisms of it.

    snip

    Were there real factual errors in the map?

    Yes. There were two factual errors in the map:

    ​It showed the Syrian Golan Heights, which have been under Israeli military occupation since the 1967 War, as part of Israel, although the international community, including the United States, does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the area.

    The map also shows “Israel” existing in 1946. While British Mandatory Palestine did exist in 1946, there was no political entity called “Israel” until 1948.

    http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/check-msnbcs-palestinian

  • Mark Golding

    The reality of Mr Tony Blair’s journey in the real world has always been deception, gravity’s rainbow, ignis fatuus all in a bubble of hatred, contempt and ridicule. For instance in 1984 in a ‘labour law’ case in the Court of Appeal Mr Blair, a young barrister, sought to deny seamstresses Mrs Taverna and Mrs Gardiner their rights as employees to holiday pay.

    Thus a simple probe into the event horizon has described the Blair psyche, the lack of spirit, the disdain for the life of human others.

    Patron and founder of a ‘faith foundation’ the delusion and illusion goes on, lingering in cold specious weird language like this recent fragment of speech in New York:

    So for example the conspiracy theories which illuminate much of the jihadi writings have significant support even amongst parts of the mainstream population of some Muslim countries. Large proportions of people surveyed in those countries believe that someone other than Muslims carried out 9/11, with significant numbers believing it was the work of Israel or the CIA.

    -whereas the truth is 90% of Americans do not fully believe the Commission Report and 63% consider the American government lied about the terror attacks. (New York Times/CBS News poll)

    Now today the delusion continues, the Blair bubble of disdain remains intact and we recently witness another so called ‘apology’ where Blair is trying to shape the discussions and the agenda by transforming a crime into a mistake – pre-Chilcot.

    In Blair’s hole the Iraq war in 2003 that rendered screams of agony and remodeled the bodies of 368 Iraqi children into a charred mass of black glue within a morning, was a quirk, an oddity, a peculiarity, an illusion, a mistake.

  • Mary

    How about this Silvio on the Wikipedia page for MSNBC?

    ‘Anti-Israel bias

    MSNBC has repeatedly been accused of airing material, including inaccurate maps, that some observers regard as anti-Israel.’

    !!!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSNBC

    94.5m households in the US receive their broadcasts.

  • fedup

    The theater of absurd has descended into celebrating the battle of Agincourt, happened only six hundred years ago!

    Whilst Saudi princeling navi bin nepotismRulesOK of the ruling family of the benighted lands of Hijaz currently masquerading as the ambassador to London (bet he never eats any Ferrero Rocher) has been moaning about Jeremy Corbin disrespecting the kingdom by getting agent Cameron to drop the security and prisons contract!

  • Mary

    J K Rowling supported Better Together.

    Now she supports Israel. She co-signed this letter criticizing a cultural boycott. Some of the usual names plus many more who should know better.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/22/israel-needs-cultural-bridges-not-boycotts-letter-from-jk-rowling-simon-schama-and-others

    October 26, 2015
    J. K. Rowling and the Prisoners of Israel
    Omar Robert Hamilton

    JK Rowling says she may have got it wrong by matching Hermione with Ron in the Harry Potter books

    “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
    — J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2007.

    How disappointing to see JK Rowling and Hilary Mantel signing this nefarious letter calling for the need for ‘cultural bridges’ with Israel.
    The letter, assembled by a new organisation calling itself Culture for Co-Existence, is a litany of the tired tropes and doublespeak employed by Israel and her apologists.

    It opens, point blank, saying, “We do not believe cultural boycotts are acceptable.” Within two sentences the reader finds herself in the patrician hallways of the British conservative, being simply instructed what to think, what is polite. Cultural boycotts are never acceptable? Ever?

    /..
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/26/j-k-rowling-and-the-prisoners-of-israel/

  • Republicofscotland

    “That doesn’t sound too bad.”
    ________________

    Only if you say it quickly Fred, only if you say it quickly.

    Trident and nuclear subs are such a rip off waste of cash that even senior Tories are breaking rank.

    Crispin Blunt who chairs the Commons Foreign Affairs Committie said it was time to pull the plug on Trident.

    The Westminster government said according to Crisp, that the cost of the new subs is currently being refreshed that’s code Fred, for we need to blow more cash on them.

    Of course the real, reasons why Trident is being renewed are twofold first to appease NATO and the 2% spend on defence, second America and its contractors to Trident need the Tories and the Red Tories to push it through, to bleed the British public dry.

    Westminster has illusions of grandeur, that by somehow renewing Trident, it will make them appear a tour de force in the world again.

    In reality the renewing of Trident, on makes them arrogant and wasteful.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    That doesn’t sound too bad. It has a 40 year projected lifespan so that’s just over £4 billion a year out of a £60 billion a year defence budget.

    Coincidentally, that’s just about exactly the amount Osborne hopes to save from tax credits. Phew. “We” can afford it…

  • Mary

    An answer to question in the HoC about the three arrested protesters on the Jinping visit, now currently on bail, is being given by Penning, a Home Office Minister responsible for the police. He has kicked the matter into the long grass by saying it is entirely a police matter and he cannot and will not comment.

    Great unease on all sides. Penning keeps repeating that it is a police matter and is getting angry with any member not whole hearted supporting our wonderful Met. He has been told off by Bercow.

  • Republicofscotland

    “Plus the submarines will be built at Barrow in Cumbria from British steel.”
    _______________

    Is that so Fred.

    According to UK Steel, the Dalziell plant in Scotland is the only plant in Britain that is capable of rolling and processing the steel used in Trident submarines and the MoD special Armour plate.

    If the plant is lost the UK faces the prospect of building the next Trident fleet using imported steel.

    http://m.theengineer.co.uk/1021246.article?mobilesite=enabled

  • Mary

    Confessions of an Israeli traitor
    The occupation is destroying our own society, too
    By Assaf Gavron

    23 October 2015

    http://wpo.st/Lr0j0

    (The article is written by an ex member of the IDF and appears in the Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon)

  • fwl

    Ben that which people may loosely describe as esp may either not exist for humans or exists but is perhaps just more subtle than the gross perceptions, which we more easily perceive.

    Given that we are able to intellectually perceive realities on finer and more subtle levels in biology, chemistry, physics, astrology and maths (none of which I am versed in) does it not follow that we might also be able to detect some finer aspects of perception than through the blunt instruments of our 5 senses?

    The 6th sense is generally described as mind or consciousness, but perhaps there are many instruments of consciousness eg all of the bodies organs?

    Or, perhaps our senses are not so blunt as they appear, but it only the limiting function of the brain, which makes them so. Perhaps even then much sneeks through past the filters of the brain and is processed, who knows where or how, its just that we in our everyday identity mode are not conscious of such data.

    Basically a heck of a lot of data comes in and we sensibly don’t try to process it consciously. How our gut might assess a situation and communicate its conclusions in a meaningful way is somewhat opaque, but cultures all over the world have reached the conclusion that it does so.

  • Ben-Outraged by the Cannabigots

    “Basically a heck of a lot of data comes in and we sensibly don’t try to process it consciously”

    We can’t , It’s impossible to effectively process 1 billion sensations per second. We have filters to silence the din of activity. Otherwise we would go barmy. Now if a skilled or talented person can divest of the dissonance ringing in the years and separate into cogent responses, then you have intuition. Females excel. Men suck. If we could release the hormones to create a level playing field, maybe men could develop those powers. Until they (men) recognize the importance of intuition, there will be few studies on the merits. It’s time.

  • Fwl

    Perhaps we do have some cogent perceptions but not ones we are very conscious of and maybe its as well i.e. maybe the solar plexus and the gut are better placed to act on the subtle perceptions then the brain.

    It is a curious possibility and one that is maybe a little disconcerting that it is where the military has met the mystical that we tend to find apparent short cuts eg cistercians and Japanese Zen, but I do not criticise such ways, which are obviously extraordinarily difficult. That is to say they are short cuts only in that they sometimes come unpackaged, for which we should be thankful.

    Silence the chatter on the surface of the mind and it is not surprising that we might begin to see further into our murky pool. This then is maybe intuition, but do we know what to do with such perceptions other than to become big heads?

    Problems may arise when the ego self sees something in the murky pool and starts to trumpet its findings. Maybe its just better for the gut and other organs to get on with their hidden work of processing. We (in our brains) are probably not up to and don’t deserve to see beyond the surface. So be it. Who can really come up to taoist standards, intuit and let it go. We intuit something others have’t openly picked up on and we think we are sliced bread………..but end up toast.

    So I agree on much, but perhaps its best to agree on such things in silence.

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  • Mochyn69

    Gosh, you guys have wandered far from Xi Dada’s state visit to the UK, haven’t you?

    I thought it was all splendid, quite splendid, really. And rather welcoming for the UK to be developing a foreign policy that isn’t pinned to the coat tails of the Great Satan!

  • Camborne & Spittle

    Is your ballroom looking dowdy? Are your Chinese guests reluctant to sit in your library? Is your butler muttering that it was time something was done, your Lordship, we have to move with the times? Now’s your chance to rejoin the oligarchs!

    Inspired by the wit and charm of a well-known commentator on trendy Craig Murray’s blog, Osborne and Spittle have sourced for your refined pleasure, a range of mural coverings based on a reptilian theme. As these lovably poisonous creatures scramble around you in this tasteful design, you will be inspired to ever-more-profitable schemes of financial prudence!

    And perchance that wealthy old relative enjoying your hospitality will wake in the night, dimly glimpse the shapes of little dragons swarming on the wall, and not to put too fine a point on it, expire from the shock!

    Camborne and Spittle, not yet by appointment, but please instruct your manservant to announce you.

  • Jim Currie

    “Like bathing in sewage” from a man that has profited greatly from the British state and who quotes from the vile Wings Scotland. You can bath in your own sewage, I’m quite happy Britain.

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