Political pedophilia and the Labour Party (Mouth of the Beast – #10)

Updated on March 3rd 2018: I have made some spelling corrections and stylistic changes to this article. While these changes include modifications which mean that the letter copied here is no longer a “word-for-word” copy of the one I sent to the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse in 2016, they do not alter the message of that letter materially.

Rather, as intended, the changes simply make that letter’s message more clear.

 

Some components of the Corbott-Clump political 'fair and fierce weather friends' system I am exploring- Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump
Some components of the ‘hot air’ Corbott-Clump political ‘fair and fierce weather friends’ systems I am exploring- Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump
Below is a copy of a letter I have shared with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
It describes a true life situation and I have taken measures to protect key persons’ identities.
I share it here in a bid to ensure that the full scope of the issues involved are grasped by as wide a cross section of people as possible.
We all need to take ownership of this issue because we are all child-like and vulnerable to an often unrecognized extent.
I focus on the Labor Party here, in line with the trajectory of this series of articles and my ongoing engagement with my local MP Clive Lewis and others representing or linked to that organization.
But I think most people know that political paedophilia is a scourge among all UK politicians, churches, media houses, businesses, educational entities and other organizations.
Accordingly, cycles of exploitative infantilization can only be ended and circles of abuse, whether “parliamentary pedophile rings” or covertly carnal and carnivorous clerical clubs, will only be broken, when all of us do our part.
Dear Ms A,
I have decided to respond by email to your last message about the situation regarding Mr B.
Using email will allow me to more fully explain my point of view in an efficient way.
I think the sadness of the situation, which involves a victim of childhood sexual abuse was attested to by the characteristically evasive, reactionary behaviour of Mr B.
I believe that behaviour, which involved attacks on my integrity, warrants the detailed declaration of my position offered here.
This is a position I am pursuing in my interaction with victims and/or the representatives of victims of religiously motivated child abuse – sexual and otherwise.
As I indicated to one Norfolk, England-based Pentecostal church leader recently, I work with a number of such victims.
Responding by email also allows me to copy in members of the Intelek Domino Effect Associates (IDEAs) project: my support network. IDEAs associates care for and support me through prayer and other means.
In accordance with the principles of confidentiality in which I am trained (both as a journalist and a holistic health care assistant), I have withheld your and Mr B’s identities and taken other measures to protect your privacy.
First, let me restate your position, as I understand it.
Your position:
With all due respect, Mr Campbell, I strongly urge you to steer clear of Mr B.
His challenges are not your concern however well-intentioned you may be. Mr B is an adult now and will do whatever he believes God wants him to do for himself and those for whom he is responsible.
Also, Mr B is surrounded by fellow Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Humanists and other spiritual, caring persons who know of his dilemma and are helping him cope.
My position:
I do understand that Mr B will do whatever he thinks is best. One of the things I admire very much about Mr B is his independence of spirit.
Frans Hals' portrait of René Descartes, courtesy Wikipedia
Frans Hals’ portrait of René Descartes, courtesy Wikipedia
In my book The Bible: Beauty and Terror Reconciled, I applaud such independent thinking, a distinctive trait of the Protestant reformer Martin Luther and the rationalist Christian apologist René Descartes. (I believe I gave you a copy of TBBTR. Have you read any of it?)
I am persuaded that Mr B, a very public spirited, conscientious and caring individual, has the capacity to make as significant a contribution to Christ’s Kingdom as Luther and Descartes, if on a less prominent, more private scale.
However, I am also concerned that his judgement is being impaired by unresolved anger, stemming from the historical child abuse situation that he brought to my attention years ago.
And I am concerned that the support network around him, which you mentioned, may unintentionally be making matters worst for him.
My fundamental concern is that Mr B’s wellbeing is being compromised and jeopardized by Buddhists and other persons who, though well-meaning are acting contrary to legal and ethical principles that underpin both religious and secular notions of a just and caring society.
I am concerned that Mr B’s welfare is being sacrificed on an altar of convenience, so that a person who raped a 5 year old several years ago can be spared the humiliation of being held accountable for that deplorable, criminal activity.
And I find no comfort in the idea that Mr B’s ‘independence of spirit’ and freedom to choose is causing him to be complicit in the conspiracy of silence that is indulging the sexual predator he and his possibly well meaning but morally misguided advisors shield.
Moreover, I think it is absolutely unacceptable that Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, humanists or any other ideologues should be advising and/or encouraging Mr B to sacrifice his psycho-social wellbeing that way.
Is the child abuser a professing Christian, Buddhist, Jew, Muslim, Hindu? Is that why his/her reputation is being shielded?
How does this situation differ from the scandal of priestly pedophilia in the Roman Catholic Church or the scourge of child soldiers in Africa?
How is this different from the worship of Moloch, that C.S. Lewis accused Christians of?
Why do supposedly enlightened, civilized, spiritual adults insist on “passing their children through the fire” metaphorically?
Is God more tolerant and forgiving of pedophilia perpetrated by Pentecostal or other Protestant pedophiles, perhaps because Protestants have a better understanding of scripture or the workings of grace than their Catholic or Anglican ‘brethren and sistren’?
What perverse, self-righteous reasoning!
That is precisely the kind of churlish, religious-clique-privileging reasoning that the independent thinking and simultaneously Christian communion valuing apologist Lewis denounced when he wrote:
One of my favourite modern Christian thinkers, CS Lewis.
One of my favourite modern Christian thinkers, CS Lewis.
“The sort of love I have been describing… can also be felt for bodies that claim more than a natural affection: for a Church or (alas) a party in a Church, or for a religious order.  This terrible subject would require a book to itself.
Here it will be enough to say that the Heavenly Society is also an earthly society.
Our (merely natural) patriotism towards the latter can very easily borrow the transcendent claims of the former and use them to justify the most abominable actions.
If ever the book which I am not going to write is written, it must be the full confession by Christendom of Christendom’s specific contribution to the sum of human cruelty and treachery. Large areas of ‘the World’ will not hear us till we have publicly disowned much of our past. Why should they? We have shouted the name of Christ and enacted the service of Moloch.”
Do you know what “the service of Moloch” is Ms T?
It’s child sacrifice, essentially.
And like the children of Israel, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims and other secular and religious ideologues excel in a kind of child sacrifice when they choose to shield adults who rob children of their innocence, thereby blighting the child’s adult existence.

 

Ms A, are you surprised that Mr B is an alcoholic? I am not.

It fits the pattern of alcohol masking or ‘medicating’ pain suppression and similar self-harming, self-destructive conduct that victims of childhood sexual and other traumas typically resort to.

“Survivors” of abuse, like the feminist academic and activist Bettina Aptheker.

I recently told an associate in Norfolk’s Christian community that one of the biggest challenges I face as a Carer/Advocate is “the fragmented nature” of the care offering, especially at the crucial communication level.

I told him that the word “care” itself has become cliched to a large extent – a fact attested to by the antagonism between public and private sector carers, who tend to work at cross purposes, rather than as co-producers.

I also asked him to join me and others who are trying to bridge the communication gap in a methodical, spiritually measured and sustainable way.

The “Spiritual Strategy” being implemented by the Norfolk and Suffolk (NHS) Foundation Trust is one bridge-building response to the crisis.

And I believe the situation with Mr B demonstrates the need for you and others (some of whom I’ve copied this email to) to join the Trust’s, my and others’ efforts.

I am not asking you to choose between Mr B’s welbing and the child abuser’s wellbeing.

 

I believe that by reporting the child abuse that Mr B told me about, the child, who is now an adult, Mr B and the abuser will all be helped, ultimately.

As I see it, others, not me, are making a choice between Mr B’s and the child’s wellbeing and the abuser’s reputation, and the pride and reputations of his/her family and friends.

And I believe that the Bible’s teaching clearly prioritizes the truth over anybody’s public image or reputation.

As indeed does the Koran, the Torah, the Upanishads and similar other religious and secular texts that underwrite and reinforce the universal witness of a clear conscience.

And what about your and my wellbeing, Ms A?

I certainly have come under attack since advising Mr B to report this case of child abuse to the police.

I have been accused of being un-Christian because I am prepared to report the matter to the police.

No one seems concerned about the loss of the bond of friendship and trust that was developing between Mr B and me.

No one seems to care that I may now be at risk of harm if those intent on maintaining a conspiratorial silence decide they need to silence me.

I have had to consider these and other safety issues not just as a civic minded Norfolk resident but as a father of young children and a bearer of related familial and wider social responsibilities.

As I recently informed another Norfolk resident, I have been working to combat childhood sexual abuse for many years now, mainly as an advocate against the pedagogical paedophilia that ensures physical paedophilia a kind of indulgence and/or impunity.

This is why I started a petition calling on Sir Cliff Richard to use the crisis of being accused of paedophilia as an opportunity to fight this scourge among evangelical Christians, whether he is or is not guilty.

It is why I have been in touch with and sought to develop a working relationship with the US-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

It is why I have been making representations to the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), also known as the Goddard Inquiry.
It’s also why, though less explicitly, I have issued letters before action to the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Norfolk County Council and the Labour Party.

You see Ms A, I take the biblical teaching about Christians’ duty to protect and nurture children, the most vulnerable human beings, very seriously.

I believe it is first and foremost a call to recognize that the child in each of us lives perpetually.

I believe that the process the Bible refers to as being “born again” is critically dependent on the human capacity for critical memory.

Childhood trauma or abuse of any kind undermines that crucial, reconstructive, redemptive capacity.

And child sexual abuse in particular limits our resilience because it attacks our fundamental, biologically-based self-esteem.

A screenshot of Bettina Aptheker, as "curated" in a photo that is part of the University of California, Santa Cruz's "Collective Museum" project.
A screenshot of Bettina Aptheker, as “curated” in a photo that is part of the University of California, Santa Cruz’s “Collective Museum” project.

Small wonder then that even someone as enlightened and progressive in their views as Bettina Aptheker suppressed the betrayal of being sexually abused by her father as a child.

A similar self-alienation happens when we cede too much power to politicians, trade unionists, religious leaders, academics, employers and other “authorities”.

This is the kind of infantilizing and wider psychological abuse that I have accused Domino’s Pizza franchiser Surinda Kandola of.

It’s akin to the Stockholm Syndrome response of victims to “terrorists” like Donald Trump, Sir Hilary Beckles, Louis Farrakhan and other black and white bullies.

It is also a response to the indirect aggression that Hilary Clinton and other feminists perpetrate, consciously or unconsciously.

Indeed, the more I think about it, the more the biblical doctrine of the total depravity of mankind makes sense to me.

We certainly seem incapable of doing good consistently.

Call it Murphy’s Law, if you like.

Call it what the Buddhists call it (fate?), maybe.

But whatever we do, we should not blame children for it or make them bear the burden of adults’ perversity.

We must not pass children through the flames of our fallibility.

What Raynard Jackson risks (Mouth of the Beast – #9)

 

Raynard Jackson with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
Raynard Jackson with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before he eventually backed Donald Trump

Updated November 13, 2016. A shorter version of this article was published as a ‘rapid response’ to a politically polarized, dangerously provocative article that American lobbyist Raynard Jackson published on November 8 and then promoted via Twitter, as protests against Donald Trump’s election victory were escalating.

This lengthier version links the UK-based Telegraph Jackson article more clearly with the preceding 8th instalment in this Mouth Of the Beast series.

In part 8 I addressed what I call Corbott, a conspiratorial pact or spiritual, hurricane winds approximating phenomenon generated by Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott.

The chilling Maox assassination (Jo Cox killed by Thomas Mair), issues raised by Welsh MP Johnny Mercer’s risky denunciation of the Iraq Historical Abuse Team (IHAT) as a “witch hunt” and wider life and death, ‘spiritual warfare’ were also addressed.

Jackson’s opportunistic character assassination of Obama should therefore be interpreted against this backdrop.

“Woe to them that call darkness light and light darkness.”
(Isaiah 5:20)
I am writing to protest Black American politician Raynard Jackson’s dimly lit critique of outgoing United States president Barack Obama’s legacy, published here in the United Kingdom by the Telegraph on November 8.
Contrasting sharply with the tone of reconciliation and mutual respect being adopted by president elect Donald Trump and Obama during their recent White House meeting, Jackson’s promotion via Twitter of this deeply divisive document suggests that he is blissfully unaware of how precariously his country is poised on the brink of widespread racial and broader socipolitically motivated bloodletting.
Even as nationwide protests against Trump’s election victory were gathering momentum in the US, Jackson, the founder and chairman of a super PAC called Black Americans For A Better Future, was pushing his historically defective partisan political narrative, denouncing Obama’s presidency as a “massive disappointment” for Black Americans.
First published the day Americans were voting, the Republican Jackson’s patently opportunistic, partisan political punditry now runs the risk of fomenting racial and economic division and discontent at a time when they could do the worst possible damage to his country.
Your country is smoldering, Mr Jackson: why are you fanning such flames?
From my vantage point, the article represents the worst of minority ethnic identity politicking and does a disservice not only to the Black Americans that Jackson claims to be championing, but to Black people everywhere.
And readers should note the role being played by the Telegraph in this respect.
Indeed, if we adopt the humanistic, universalist frame of reference that the pacifist human rights icon Dr Martin Luther King advocated (see the final paragraph here) it becomes apparent that Jackson and his British Telegraph allies have put their interests above those of all human beings, irrespective of nationality, class, colour or creed.
Among other things, Jackson’s strategically published election day article and his subsequent post-election promotion of it on Twitter portrays him as a mawkish manipulator of sociopolitical and, especially, religious sentiment.
And Jackson’s accommodators at the Telegraph stink with the stench of his political calculation and cynicism.
Reminiscent of the volatile, typically blame-shifting rhetoric that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan spouts habitually, Jackson’s analysis of Obama’s eight years in office marks a serious departure from more balanced analysis: analysis that had once prompted me to consider working with him.
His reckless behaviour at this crucial juncture in America’s history is first and foremost a tragic testament to his and other Black American leaders’ personal-responsibility-ducking.
What were he and other Black leaders doing during the eight years of Obama’s tenure?
Were they working with or against him,  as the spectacularly self-righteous, deeply cynical Dr Ben Carson has been doing, for example?
Moreover, Jackson’s simplistic denunciation of what Obama and other Democrats and Republicans have achieved through hard won concessions not only ignores the incredible odds against which his country’s first Black president was working – including the pessimism and hostility of Blacks like Carson, journalist Herbert Dyer and others whose grasp of their own fallibility seems deeply suppressed.
It also reinforces the very Corbottic (as I call it), political rape and personal-responsibilty-ducking that Jackson has previously, rightly, castigated.

 

 

Yes WE can!

If I recall correctly, Mr Obama’s signature campaining slogan was Yes We Can.

It was not “Yes I can”, as Jackson’s analysis suggests.

As Commander-In-Chief, America’s first Black president certainly has to bear final responsibility for much that has gone wrong under his tenure in office.

But it is neither logical nor constructive for Jackson to assign Obama full or sole responsibility for the shortfalls of his leadership.

That is the kind of rationally and morally anaemic, suspiciously selective reasoning I would expect from the militancy maximising, sensationalist Farrakhan, his legalism-blinded, Barbadian-history blurring lieutenant professor Sir Hilary Beckles and his British partisan political ‘playmate’ Nigel Farage of UKIP (the United Kingdom Independence Party).

Like the machismo fond Farrakhage, as I now dub the Farrakhan-Farage controversy courting, gender, race and religion racketeering couplet, Jackson seems to have taken a page out of the book of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, notorious for his indifference to the violence that his hate-filled rhetoric characteristically incited.

And the bigoted beast Farrage’s physical, wide-mouthed resemblance to Goebbels is not lost on me, incidentally (see Farage-Goebbels photo collage below).

Nor are both men’s pre-political career links to the financial industry, possibly predicting their nefarious number games machinations.

Like the pre-presidential, carnivourously campaigning, ‘bigly banking’ Trump, Goebbels is known for his amoral,  megalomaniac publicity seeking, typically risking or openly courting violence to secure the widest possible media reporting of his hate-filled, populace poisoning pedagogy.

As Wikipedia, citing the book “Dr Goebbels: His Life and Death”, by Roger Manvell and Fraenkel Heinrich notes, as a youthful campaigner, hand-picked by Adolf Hitler, Goebbels  focused mainnly on the political capital of publicity, not caring whether the publicity was positive or negative.

Accordingly, Goebbels deliberately provoked beer-hall battles and street brawls, including violent attacks on the the Nazi Party’s communist rivals, say his biographers.

 

Is Nigel Farage 'channeling' the spirit of the 'gobby' Joseph Goebbels?
Is Nigel Farage ‘channeling’ the spirit of the ‘gobby’ Joseph Goebbels?

 

Similarly, Jackson appears to be setting aside the nuances of real life political leadership, with which he doubtless has some acquaintance, through his links to America’s political establishment.
His admission that even as a Republican he voted for Obama in 2008 is itself evidence of his familiarity with those nuances.
Yet he would now put the blame for “an uptick in murders” in US cities at the feet of the man who inspired Americans to cultivate the audacity of hope.
“Meanwhile the 30 US cities with the highest murder rate strongly correlate with those with near-to-majority black populations, run by liberal Democratic mayors in Obama’s mould,” Jackson writes.
His Telegraph article continues “This is in the context of an uptick in murders last year, the biggest single-year percentage jump since 1971, concentrated in just ten big cities. Obama’s liberal policies have only exacerbated the problems these areas face.”
But strategically published the day Americans voted in last Wednesday’s portentious poll, this selective context building was clearly done for the sole purpose of demolishing any goodwill that Obama, and by extension, his prospective presidential successor Hillary Clinton may have built up.
It is in the service of such character assassination and political stigmatization that Jackson continues: “In his home town of Chicago, the most racially segregated city in America, the number of shootings until the end of September this year was already 10 per cent higher than for the whole of 2015, following a 13 per cent increase in shooting incidents and a 12.5 per cent increase in the number of murders in 2015 on the previous year.”
By what rational process has Jackson come to the conclusion that president Obama is to be blamed for the increased crime he identifies?
Might not the incindiary rhetoric of the volatile Minister Farrakhan, for whom Chicago is a spiritual, political and economic stronghold, be at least as significant a contributor to violence in that troubled city?
Might not the hatred harbouring historical analysis of Farrakhan ally Beckles be having the same violence inciting effect on Chicago residents as it clearly had on Farrakhan when, following a speech by the hatred and hope confusing Barbadian, he called for violent action in pursuit of reparations for trans-Atlantic slavery.
As I have previously reported, inspired by the Goebbels-recalling, thinly disguised, racist scholarship of the perversely proud Barbadian professor Beckles, with whom he shared a Chicago State University platform in 2014, Farrakhan virtually called for the use of violence against Obama and other Blacks he labelled ‘Uncle Toms’, and who, according to the militant Muslim leader, are betraying his and Beckles’ beloved reparations ambitions.
What about the megalomaniac mouthings of Reverend Jeremiah Wright and other religious, political, economic and related “principalities and powers” that preside over Chicago?
What about the socio-political and economic inputs of Chicago’s Judeo-Christian power brokers, in the mould of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association?
I have it on good sources that it is the machinations of such “spiritual wickedness in high places” that conspired to derail an educational business initiative that I was developing in conjunction with the University of Illinois.
The University of Illinois Press has published a multi-page extract of my book The Bible: Beauty and Terror Reconciled, in its Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions.
But efforts to build a broader long-term relationship with that venerable institution appear to have been sabotaged by my academic opponents.
I believe the same US, Britain and Barbados-based opposers are behind the impasse that has developed between Jackson and I.
But I remain confident of the triumph of good over evil.
I remain persuaded that notwithstanding Jackson’s, the Telegraph’s or anyone else’s erring, with Obama-like caring and sharing of each other’s burdens, we shall all overcome.
And I have invited another Jackson, Reverend Jesse Jackson, to stand with me in my dispute with the University of Illinois, consistent with his efforts to encourage that institution to deal equitably and honourably with Black-owned businesses.
And the example of president elect Trump, abandoning his former divisive, demagogic campaigning personality and embracing the unifying, Commander-In-Chief role also reinforces my sense of hope.
While president-elect Trump’s links to the Black community are limited, as Jackson points out, they are by no means insignificant.
What Trump has lacked is respect for Black people, just as he lacks respect for women, the disabled, Latinos and other minorities.
What Trump has lacked, fundamentally, is the kind of self-respect and conscientious regard for others that his presidential predecessor Mr Obama, rather than his would-be political advisor Jackson, seems eminently qualified to teach him.
It is the admittedly flawed Obama, a clearly committed disciple of the teachings of Joshua of Nazareth and a saintly soldier, tested by political battle, after battle, rather than the mouthy, “prattle without practice” (Othello) spouting Jackson that Trump would do best to lend an ear.
It is in and through Obama that the delicate balance of a responsive, sensitive conscience and spirituality with manly uprightness and courage extolled by the World War I soldier-poet Lieutenant William Noel Hodgson are manifested.
Poet-Soldier William Hodgson: distinguished at the Battle of Loos, killed at the Battle of Somme.
Poet-Soldier William Hodgson: distinguished at the Battle of Loos, killed at the Battle of Somme.
In his famous poem “Before Action”, written shortly before he paid the ultimate price for his patriotism during the Battle of the Somme, Hodgson wrote: “By beauty lavishly outpoured/And blessings carelessly received/By all the days that I have lived/Lord make me a soldier.”

At just 23, Hodgson apparently had a greater appreciation than Welsh MP Johnny Mercer of the “total war” between good and evil and light and darkness that rages every day in human affairs, not just on military battlefields.

Details of my critique of the rogue-soldier encouragement and consequent British civilian endangerment that Mercer risks by denouncing the Iraq Historical Abuse Inquiry Team (IHAT) as a “witchhunt” are avaliable in the preceding article in this series.

I expect that Jackson is a fan of the late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
I leave with him and his friends at the Telegraph, presumably including my “old friend” reporter Tom Calver, some words of King that I believe informed Obama’s vison and will define his legacy no less than the dreams he inherited from his father.
Recognizing the reality of human interdependence (soldier-civilian, male-female, Black-White, Christian-Muslim, theist-atheist and so on) that makes any faultfinding or blame shifting pointless, King said,
“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be… This is the inter-related structure of reality.”
To be continued…

 

Corbyn-Abbott pacts, Mair-Cox facts and Keith Vaz’s act – Mouth of the beast #8

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TBBTR dedication page – a tribute to my family

“The blinkered ‘eye’ of this hurricane, exemplified by Corbyn’s coupling or ‘partnership’ with the consciously or unconsciously race-racketeering Labour MP Diane Abbott, consists in a dualistic, ambivalent British manners matrix that can only ever assure a fragile peace.

A certain, ‘too polite’ Norwich-based, lifelong Labour Party supporter working in the education field may know exactly what I mean.

She and others, possibly including persons who are abandoning the troubled, stormy-sea-of-sentimentality-beset Labour ship for the emergent, blunt-knife-tipped, supposedly frank, tank-tough-truth-to-power-speaking Nigel Farage and his Trump-like-hip, real politic preaching UKIP, may understand why from my standpoint, Prescott’s anger at Blair, however long defered was destined to be manifested almost inevitably.”

(From “Tony Blair, John Prescott and other ‘flags of convenience’ – Mouth Of the Beast #7”)

 

Little lies and big blangs

What if every time we told a lie, we shortened our lives a bit?

Or, put positively, what if the secret to maintaining youthful health and vigour for as long as possible is the courageous, radical honesty with oneself and others that keeps one’s conscience clear?

I believe that the secret to my own relatively youthful appearance is precisely such primarily self-facing, complementarily other-embracing, courageous honesty and a healthy conscience.

I believe the pursuit of such honesty and consequent clear conscience, or as Barbadian historian Trevor Marshall might call it, “pursuit of the quintessence of spirituality”, has distinct, scientifically measurable, mathematically verifiable psychosomatic health benefits.

Marshall is one of two prominent Barbadians who wrote a Foreword to my book The Bible: Beauty and Terror Reconciled, my most simultaneously sweeping or panoramic and deeply probing prose study of the human psyche to-date.

The other foreword writer, Reverend Andrew Hatch, a high-ranking Anglican priest and broadcast media personality is now deceased.

I am indebted to those and other men, as I am to Esther Phillips, Viola Davis, Margaret Gill, Eudene Barriteau and other Barbadian women, for lessons in life that exceed the capacity of any secular or religious creed or teaching.

But their lives, their truth and ‘lies’, darkness and light are not “the history that touches and teaches me most”, as I write in the poetic tribute on TBBTR’s dedication page.

That role was and is still held by my father Geoffrey, my mother Lucille, my twin brother Wayne and sisters Cheryl, Yvette, Suzan and Ava: the members of the nuclear family into which I was born and which shaped my innermost infant and early childhood identity.

And the genetic and environmental deposits that I received through interaction with these first closest, earliest character forming relatives, continued to bear interest throughout my adolescent years, even after I was “born again”, as the saying goes, in usually keenly stressed, Bible-based evangelical Christian terminology.

The vigorous, jet stream adjustments and justifications of their love and understanding, or misunderstanding, as the case sometimes is in all familial eco systems, not only shaped my basic understanding of ‘right and wrong’ but carved the crucially character-shaping biological contours of my sexual self understanding simultaneously.

Those early, distinctly domestic interactions shaped my deeply ingrained, affective orientation toward heterosexual relations, marriage and fatherhood, co-productive journeys I looked forward to as a young adult with an enthusiasm that is in some ways baffling to me today.

That home-based history imparted a self image and understanding, or operational conscience, that continues to regulate my amorous appetites and wider social ambitions, moulding my moral compass and enabling me to navigate not only Barbados’ but Britain’s and the world’s fraught, perenially frothing ethical waterways with Sidney Poitier-like composure, and dignity.

It has catalysed a “personal truth to social power” principle of self-other communication that I believe is essentially what the biblical author of 1Timothy 1:19 is pointing to when he advises his intended audience, preseumed in the first instance to be a youthful apostolic apprentice named Timothy to “Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear,” as the New Living Translation puts it, providentially.

The providence I am referring to here has to do with the NLT translators’ choosing of the verb ‘cling.’

As I read this word for the umpteenth time today (Friday, November 4, 2016), it gently rang with revelatory relevance and resonance as it had been echoed in the surname of African American author, activist and educator James Clingman.

Clingman had come to my attention for the first time only minutes before, at approximately 7:00 am, as I read his latest article, published on his own Blackonomics blog (www.blackonomics.com) and the website www.blackpress.com co-productively.

That article, entitled “What you need to know about the NAACP’s war on charter schools” confirms the perennial crisis of conscience in the global labour movement that has currently come to the fore most spectacularly in the ongoing atomization or disintegration of the British Labour Party.

 

Clingman

This workers’ ‘lights and rights’ crisis is a tributary of the core, family-focused gender dynamic that I have been tracking in these articles using tropical storm imagery.

It sprouts from the seed of male-female identity and role confusion that has been humanity’s lot from time immemorial.

In the previous article I focused on the stormy relationship between Tony Blair and John Prescott.

Here it is the arguably steamy, ferociously fecund, passionately political pact between one-time lovers Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott that concerns me primarily.

I explore that race, gender and ideology transcending pact, which I have dubbed Corbott (like Brangelina, for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) as a trans-generational trade unionism contrived, capitalism co-opting, democracy disembowelling gambit that may well come to be viewed as a catalyst of the Thomas Mair-Jo Cox or Maox murder-suicide tragedy.

 

Corbott - the machinations of Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott
Corbott – the machinations of Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott

 

And I use the term ‘suicide’ here poetically, pointing to the environmentally sensitive, husbandman Mair’s self-destructive, Mitt Romney-like Talibank thinking: the fatal flip-flopping of those who take what they read about ‘communism’, ‘capitalism’, ‘feminism’, ‘atheism’, ‘Christianity’, ‘Islam’, ‘Hinduism’, ‘Buddhism’ and other secular and religious thought systems or ideologies too literally.

And news reports about the murderer Mair have made it clear that he read voraciously.

But are British educators, legislators, publishers and others who trade in intellectual property ever likely to take this hazard of reading seriously?

Nothing I have seeen so far in the UK, including during the ongoing British Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘Love To Read’ campaign or a recently concluded study of reading as a form of rest (R.I.P?) suggests that the lethalness of the letter is being internalized and bearing fruit anywhere as urgently as it needs to be.

Yet it is clear to me that the capacity of reading to foster simplistic, divisive analysis is costing Western society phenomenally.

For example, the same conscience eroding, opportunistic, selective superficial uniformity enforcing literalism conceals the catastrophic co-dependence of Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, or Clump, as I call these long-time, ambition conjoined twin-like personalities.

I do believe that Clinton and Trump are united, or unionised, at a profound, perversely productive level as surely as some of my Unite the Union colleagues and the Tories they denounce, by their respective childhood tragedies.

Has either Clinton or Trump really come to terms with their parents’ follies?

Has Hillary fully forgiven her father?

Has ‘the Donald’ been radically reconciled to his mummy’s reality?

Trump’s apparent contempt for women and Clinton’s much commented on impassivity suggest otherwise.

Americans voting today may therefore legitimately ask what Bettina Aptheker recalling, long-suppressed, unresolved familial conflicts might explain the eventual winner of the US presidential election’s domestic and foreign policies.

As I indicated to those who attended the inaugural Walk On Water talk, at the United Reformed Church on Princes Street in Norwich, here in Norfolk, on October 30, I view hurricane Clump as a contemporary consumation and manifestation of the age old battle of the sexes.

In a ‘deliberately’ tangential, thought trek through Martin Luther King Jr’s paternal inheritances, sexual interests and political legacies, I told tango teacher Laura Campeo and other creative Intelek associates of Clump’s incarnation of anxieties and antagonisms around male-female copulation and co-production that date back at least to Valentinus’ (c. 100 – c. 160 AD) and other first century Christian gnostics’ cosmic theories.

 

Walk On Water flyer
Walk On Water flyer

 

These are the same tensions that the trade unionism breathing Lord Prescott admits in his 2009 biography Docks To Downing Street.

And one of my main tasks here is to show how marriage and parenting fare as poorly under atheistic fundamentalist labour influences as they do under the context ignoring, conscience corroding influence of fundamentalist Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and other religious and secular thought systems.

Clingman’s article is crucial in this respect.

The highly esteemed educator writes “The call for a moratorium on charter schools by the NAACP is a case of ‘Throwing the baby out with the bath water.'”

Implying a degree of subversive strategizing Clingman continues “While most Black folks are concentrating on Hillary and Donald, the largest and oldest ‘Colored’ organization approved an internal resolution calling for a halt to the ‘expansion of charter schools’ until those schools meet criteria set forth by the NAACP.”

“The NAACP lacks the power to enforce its resolution, but their call for this draconian measure does come with the familiar stench of other positions they have takenand not takenbecause of political and, of course, economic reasons, the latter of which seems to be the driving force behind this latest move,” he continues.

 

Clump - the machinations of Hilliary Clinton and Donald Trump
Clump – the machinations of Hilliary Clinton and Donald Trump

And in a reference that brought to mind the blanging (blagging and banging) National Union of Teachers and that “certain, ‘too polite’ Norwich-based, lifelong Labor Party supporter working in the education field” mentioned in the quotation at the start of this article, Clingman quotes Dr. Steve Perry, a prominent American educator who has operated charter schools for years and who had this to say: ‘The NAACP national headquarters has received a significant amount of money from the teachers’ union. The only organizations to call for a moratorium on charter schools in particular, because they are non-union, are the teachers’ unions.’

That was conclusive proof for me that I had been led to Clingman’s article by divine providence.

The potential interpretaion of the Christian Clingman’s surname as a variant of the word “husband”, a man who clings or cleaves to his wife, as the Bible instructs, is just a collateral blessing, from that standpoint.

 

Life and death on the frontlines of gender struggle

Through an email notification I received on November 3, I am aware that Time Magazine has taken up the gender gyrations theme, in an article entitled ‘How the 2016 election became a battle of the sexes’.

Having read my Fundamentalist Feminism article, England-based men’s advocate Dave Pickering might understand why from my labels-penetrating linguist’s perspective, all conflicts can be viewed as off-shoots of the big bang, and subsequent clinging and clanging that is rooted in what I call fight-like-fraught, male-female complementarity or interdependence.

University of East Anglia students Juliet Donaghy and Francesca Gilbert, ‘feminist’ and ‘womanist’ activists respectively, might also appreciate why I and other heterosexual males continue to reel from the electric shock of Western media Jihadi Joans’ conscious or unconscious, Keith Vaz-like, dark, down-low homosexual hostility.

Clive Lewis, my local MP and other directly or indirectly aggressive, conscious or unconscious allies of professor Sir Hilary Beckles, his ‘understudies’ David Comissiong and Dr Aaron Kamuguishe, Barbados Labour Party leader Mia Mottley, poets Gill and Phillips (mentioned above) and other Barbadian academic, trade union and political elites might understand why I continue to protest and appeal, unapologetically, for a global gender war armistice.

I certainly hope that these and other current opposers but potential allies in my long-running campaign to expose global capital’s and labour’s flags of convenience are more open to collaborative, inclusive interpretations of contemporary gender conflicts than the ‘missing-in-action’ Martin Tod, CEO of the UK-based Men’s Health Forum and the possibly too-battle-hardened soldier Sean Jones, of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment seem to be.

After supposedly reading my FF article, Tod, a Liberal Democrat councilor for Hampshire apparently has difficulty seeing how his and my understanding of feminism are compatible.

Tod says that’s why he won’t sign a petition I have created calling on the British Parliament to have possible correlations between fundamentalist feminism and increasing rates of suicide among men investigated scientifically.

He has refused to make a pact with me and others committed to explore that possibly fatal, Corbott exploiting, Maox murderously marrying, negative male-female synergy.

 

Twitter conversation with Jihadi Jones
My Twitter conversation with Jihadi Jones

 

 

And Jones, who like ex-soldier and current MP Johnny Mercer is a possible unintentional defender or ‘rationalizer’ of rogue soldier threats to UK civilians’ safety, seems to think that my emphasis on spiritual discipline is incompatible with the doctrine of mental toughness that the Armored Tigers with which he is associated teach.

Like Abbott and Militant or Momentum operatives, surging to support Corbyn with potentially admirable but also alarming militaristic “Labour discipline”, the apparent Tory soldier Jones inserted himself into a Twitter conversation I had initiated with Mercer, after I had discovered a Tweet by the Plymouth Moor View MP denouncing the Iraq Historical Allegations Team (IHAT) as a witch hunt.

 

Concerned that Mercer might not be aware of the full implications of his denunciation I tweeted “Hi @JohnnyMercerMP. Are u not worried #RogueSoldiers may see yr views as licence to abuse UK civilians? #Impunity.”

Mercer, who apparently subscribes to a deeply problematic doctrine of military “exceptionalism” and has been featured on BBC Radio Four arguing that human rights law should not be applied on the battlefield responded “No. absolutely not.”

That is the only response I have had from him so far.

But as my question to Mercer was re-tweeted and he retreated, infantryman Jones took up the charge, tweeting “@Poeticjazztice @JohnnyMercerMP @TelegraphNews I think the question to u should be why do you think that we would abuse anyone? #getoutmore.”

 

I responded “Why? Because you’re fallible human beings and with the best intentions, mistakes happen.”

Jones apparently accepted this explanation but also sought, consciously or unconsciously, to minimise the scale and intensity of the consequences arising from armed forces personnel fallibility, saying that he “can only think of a few individuals who have been convicted of wrong doings”.

And apparently committed to the problematic, American military and politics recalling idea of “exceptionalism” that Mercer and others (including former British Army commander in Afghanistan Colonel Richard Kemp) embrace, Jones eventually started making what I believe is an unhealthy ideologically inflexible, literalistic, Corbottic coroded-conscience distinction between British civilians’ and soldiers’ fallibility and suffering.

For example, after I went to some length to explain that life is a battle for all of us, Jihadi Jones tweeted, “i see what your saying but I know people that fight life battles daily the average joe doesn’t have much to complain about”.

He would eventually go on to imply contempt for the suffering of Kate Goldsmith who lost her daughter Aimee and three other relatives who were killed in the notorious Tomas Krozer, mobile-phone-minding-lorry-driver tragedy that was receiving prominent news coverage at the time of our twitter exchange.

When Jones continued to show signs of sociopathic Corbottic, ideologically fixated desensitization and evasion, after I shared a video of Ms Goldsmith speaking after her daughter’s killer Krozer was sentenced, I suspended communication with him indefinitely.

Yet I have considerable sympathy for rogue soldiers defending Jihadi Jones.

From my perspective, he should not be made to bear sole responsibility for getting caught in the cross-fire of the deeply entrenched, historically bequeathed indiscipline and excessive self-indulgence of British religious and secular ideologues, brain-hardened, conscience calloused careerists who like Corbot (and Mercer, possibly?) play divisive gender, race and religious racketeering games in pursuit of short-sighted personal and political victories.

Indeed, if we take former soldier, Conservative politician Ian Duncan Smith’s shockingly candid comments about the use of secretive, subversive psych op tactics (at 16:06 on the linked recording) by himself and other pro-Brexit campaigners in the EU Referendum debate seriously, we might conclude that infantryman Jone’s defence of Mercer’s reckless, rogue-soldier-sense-of-impunity risking denunciation of IHAT as a witchhunt is evidence of psychological warfare fatigue.

That is, we might conclude that Jones’ deeply insensitive and disrespectful dismissal of the battles that the bereaved parents Doug Houghton and Goldsmith face on the frontlines of unrelenting human conflict and tragedy is evidence that he is a victim of subversive psych op brainwashing and deceit.

We might conclude that Jones and indeed all UK residents, civilian, military and paramilitary, have become so desensitized to matters of life and death, through the psych ops of manipulative, monopolized media-political campaigns primarily, that like Corbott and Clump, we have lost our capacity to humanely engage with and process the murder of the Parliamentary “infant” Cox and other events in the unrelenting saga of human misery.

To be continued….

References

http://www.blackpressusa.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-naacps-war-on-charter-schools/

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2016/oct/31/lorry-crash-victims-mother-it-just-takes-a-second-to-kill-video

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07pgw3k

 

 

Tony Blair, John Prescott and other “flags of convenience” (Mouth of the ‘Beast’ #7)

In his 2009 autobiography, Docks To Downing Street, former British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott writes “It would be a mistake to underestimate the effect of 9/11 on the psychology of the Government or Tony Blair.”
In so doing Prescott concedes a point that seems to have not penetrated the consciousness of those labelling Blair a hubristic, blood thirsty war criminal: that is, the fact that he was driven by profound fear, some conscious, most of it probably unconscious, to weld Britain’s fate to that of George W Bush’s terror-traumatized administration.
Blair was psyched shitless, if you will pardon the expression.
He was ‘bricking it’, as some of my neighbors here in Norfolk, England might say.
But in saying that I am not saying Mr Blair was or is a coward.
I am saying I believe he was scared (and scarred) witless subconsciously, because frankly, following 9/11, so was I.
And I would wager so too was Prescott and other members of Blair’s Cabinet at the time.
In the quote above, Prescott concedes as much, if only implicitly.
And Prescott’s recent refuting of that empathising, psychologically perceptive interpretation of Blair’s decision-making post-9/11, presumably including the pious PM’s decision to back the 2003 US led invasion of Iraq, does not alter the intuitive or objective validity of the collective-responsibility-emphasizing Prescott’s previously published opinion of Blair’s and his Cabinet’s state of mind.
The totemic, ‘Thumper’ trade unionist Prescott’s suggestion in a July 10 Mirror article that he and other MPs were deceived by ‘Bambi’ Blair certainly does not change my mind on the matter.
I think his article is not so much about a ‘change of heart’ as it is about a change of strategy.
I think it is more about the war in Lord Prescott’s beloved Labour Party than it is about the war in Iraq or any of its consequences.
Whether Prescott is conscious of this cognitive dissonance himself can be debated.
The ‘fog of war’ being generated by the long-running battle for the soul of the Labour Party may be clouding the former seaman’s judgement.
Whatever Prescott’s intentions, from my standpoint, the article is a “flag of convenience”, much like the misleading, fraud and tax evasion facilitating, ‘false’ flag flying shipping practice that he challenged during his ministerial career.
And I believe his declaration of disappointment and dissent is comparable to the questionable “flag of faith” that Blair has struggled to keep hoisted, as he pursued a political career and discharge history shaping leadership responsibilities guided by what might best be called an “aspirational Christian piety”.
Both men are to some degree guilty of sending “mixed messages”, if you ask me.
But I believe we are in danger of judging them both too harshly if we ignore or do not give adequate consideration to the messages they received.
Life: a ‘game of glorious uncertainties’
Deeply traumatized by the 9/11 theatre of terror myself, I reached the conclusion that it confused and effectively fossilized, fragmented or “froze” Blair’s and others’ powers of reason and decision-making long before I read Prescott’s autobiography.
Nothing Prescott has written in his July 10 Sunday Mirror confession inclines me to change that basic opinion.
I certainly will not be turning from empathy to fear or indignation and turning on Blair angrily, as Prescott appears to be doing now.
Moreover, as indicated above, I question the authenticity of Prescott’s claim of anger at Blair, declared amid the revived, widespread denunciations of the former British PM that followed the publication of the news-headlines-dominating Chilcot Report on July 6.
Observers may legitimately ask “Could Prescott’s post-electoral political ambitions be causing him to confuse fear with anger, in much the same way he, Blair, Bush and others managed to confuse courage and fear in 2003?”
Words attributed to the prophet Jeremiah in the Bible come to mind here forcefully: “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked,” says Jeremiah 17:9.
The atheistic Prescott may disagree with me, but I believe that concise, ancient biblical description of the maelstrom that is the human psyche is as relevant today as anything his autobiography offers.

Jeremiah certainly offers an intriguing perspective on Prescott’s notorious gynophobia, self-documented in his autobiography as “always suspecting the Sisters increasing demands” (page 351).

Added to the stereotypically feminine battle with  bulimia that he reported, and the political ‘Bromance’ or, more accurately, marriage of convenience he shared with Blair and other “beautiful people” in the Labour Party, Prescott’s gynophobia might be viewed as a trap door, concealing subterranean urges that the notorious hard-man ignores blissfully.

John Prescott on last day as Deputy Prime Minister, June 2007
John Prescott on last day as Deputy Prime Minister, June 2007
And with the rise of cricket mimicking “glorious uncertainties” around issues of gender and identity that have followed the legalization of gay marriage, the foregrounding of gay parenting, gender reassignment ventures, racial ‘reorientations’ and other seismic identity innovations, the question of human beings’ capacity for self-deception addressed by Jeremiah has taken on renewed significance and urgency.

Add to this the possible election of America’s first female president, Hillary Clinton, a reputedly feeling-fragmented femme or mechanical matrix.
Now there is a heart and conscience that many people seem to think is alienated from itself and shrouded in mystery.
Who is she really, in her “heart of hearts” – or, if I might borrow the title of the well known novella by Josef Conrad, a seaman-turned-novelist with whom Prescott might identify more easily, in her Heart of Darkness?
Might she be a “man” trapped in a woman’s body?
If she wins her battle for the White House, might Americans one day wake up to the news that she has opted for gender reassignment, as the former “Bruce” now Caitlyn Jenner has done, spectacularly?

Might my previous references here to her…or…er…his “Clinterests” one day soon seem a peculiar prophecy?

Note that in that article, I make it clear that “I have in mind both male and female passion and excitability, the clitoris being interchangeable or homologous with the penis in some species, apparently.”

(I am currently being instructed in these matters of faith and “glorious uncertainties” by a Consultant Physician, whom I will simply call Dr G.)
The mainstream media has been focusing on whether or not voters feel that they can trust the former First Lady.
My concern for her, as for Blair and Prescott and indeed all politicians, is does she really trust herself?
Does she know herself, truly?
Prescott, at least, concedes that he is “a mass of contradictions” in his autobiography.
And what about Clinton’s White House seeking rival Donald Trump?
Does anyone actually believe that the ‘hard-man’ exterior projected by him conceals anything other than a 9/11 traumatised, Islam-obsessed ‘inner woman’, possibly echoing his mother’s speech?
And what are the implications of Jeremiah’s psychosocial diagnosis for the Roman Catholic Church if the prospect of an introduction of female deacons that Pope Francis is exploring comes to fruition?
Based on my own experience of the moral ambivalence that lies beyond some Sisters’ equality rhetoric, I have not been encouraged to expect the improvements across Catholicism that Ms Clinton’s and other women’s optimism about the shattering of that ecclesiastical and other “glass ceilings” suggests.
Did Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power usher in a kind of utopia in Britain and the Commonwealth?
Among other things, the fact of the Falklands war suggests otherwise.
But my own suspicions and gynophobic views about women, and the justifications I offer for the same are well documented in my book Women-I-Zen and elsewhere.
As are the empathy with and forgiveness for persons of both sexes, or none(?), that I advise persistently.
Tony Blair in 2014: Is "she" and other 'beautiful people' in touch with their feminine energy?
Tony Blair in 2014: Is “she” and other ‘beautiful people’ in touch with their feminine energy?
Fatherly ‘flags of Convenience’
My primary concern here though, is with the ‘Blair-Prescott identity’ and paternal political inheritances and legacies.
It is with the fog of fear that followed 9/11 and which I believe has come into play again, albeit at a subconscious level, since the publication of the Chilcot Report last month.
I am mainly concerned with the human capacity for self-knowledge and self-trust that is critical to self-forgiveness and empathy with and for others equally.
My focus is the relationship between faith and fear that can become obscured, or even lost, like the fictional Jason Bourne’s sense of self, by trauma and tragedy.
As with my coupling of “sleep-driving” Bin-Lorry-Bin-Ladin trade unionist Harry Clarke and seemingly self-alienated, or at least ‘socially asleep’ socialist Jeremy Corbyn, the embattled current inheritor of Blair-Prescott’s spectacularly dysfunctional party, I am continuing my study of self-destructive, Talibank thinking, essentially.
A key concern is to explore what the Blair-Prescott coupling, like the Trump-Clinton inverted ‘marriage’, (a kind of negative synergy yielding, malformed miracle or mirage, essentially) tells us about the societies that ‘throw-up’ these personalities.
And readers mindful of Prescott’s previously cited battle with bulimia and my previous references to “cognitive cholesterol”, and person’s being “affectively anaemic” will have some sense of both the predictive and retrospective resonances of my reference here to the “throwing-up” of society.
Readers will also want to bear in mind my ongoing study of British, Americans’ and others’ embrace of a self-destructive, suicide facilitating, shallow stoicism.
Like Prescott, I remain keen to expose a “fundamentalist feminist” Kalibank preoccupation with appearances that feeds manipulative mass media managers’ egos and Dylann Storm Roof ‘incarnating and procreating’ vanity and mass murdering violence (http://www.wikinut.com/the-charleston-race-hate-earthquake-tracing-the-warning-tremors-of-narcissism/3trtfwm1/30gjsviv/) equally.
The ‘alcoholic’, image intoxicated Trump and his feminist visibility vying rival Clinton exemplify a peculiarly unsubtle American manifestation of this reality-television-typical vanity.
The ‘Blair-Prescott’ mental marriage manifests it more subtly.
Their brand of blinkered, splintered and unity fragmenting reasoning is in fact reminiscent of the polished perversity or “shrewd savagery”  of libertarian lawyer Marc Randazza’s defence of the media manipulation ambitions of Trump-backer Peter Thiel.
And Randazza’s American nationality should not detract from the essential accuracy of my assessment of the subtlety of the ‘Blair-Prescott’ psychosocial or political inheritances and legacies.
It does not alter the relevance of my fundamental point any more than Trump’s much hyped heterosexuality alters the validity of anything I have suggested about his backer Thiel’s homosexuality.
Thiel’s nationality merely points to the universalist applicability and relevance of my critique.
And I use the word “universalist” advisedly.

Reggie Williams, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary knows something of my insistence on the indispensable attention to context that separates conscientious constructive discussion of gender, race, religion or any other matters from the reckless, manipulative, demagogic rhetoric of identity hijackers, pirates and thieves.

I was obliged to challenge professor Williams, via Twitter, about certain assertions he made about the extent to which people are ‘seeing whiteness’ as normative, in an article published by The Christian Century.

That kind of opportunistic “universalism” or proximate “plagiaristic” appeal comes to the fore more prominently in the next article in this “Mouth of the beast” series.
There I assess the role of Barbados in events that presaged 9/11 – especially Barbados’ contribution to the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism, which from my perspective, was hijacked by precisely such ‘identity politicking’ thieves.
I also explore Blair’s relationship with alleged homosexual paedophile ‘Barbadian’ Sir Cliff Richard and Prescott’s relationship with sleeping socialists like Dr Aaron Kamugishe, featured in the above video delivering a talk at the Birmingham-based University of Warwick.
Kamugishe’s apparent Prescott-like bulimic propensity to consume and regurgitate ideologically high calorie, cognitive-cholesterol-rich racial rhetoric is of deep concern to me.
I certainly cannot agree with the view that black people cannot be racist – anymore than I could accept theologian Williams’ largely legitimate but ultimately context thin, morally anaemic stereotyping of “whiteness” as normative; or lawyer Randazza’s one-sided views on Thiel’s right to conceal his homosexuality.
Such reasoning parodies authentic argument.
It prostitutes principled, context-rich, rational inquiry.
It is not only the fare of pirates and plagiarists, like Melania Trump and Fareed Zakaria, but also stock-in-trade for opportunist “informants” like fantasist and con man Rafid Ahmed Alwan Al-Janabi.
He’s the Iraqi codenamed “Curveball” by his German handlers, possibly because of his ability to spin a yarn convincingly.
As it happened, the primary Iraqi “weapon of mass destruction”, supposedly seen by Alwan, turned out to be his mouth, as he lied through his teeth.
Potentially explosive, such worrying wit-based weather systems recall the fraught, potentially ferocious Blair-Prescott psychosocial synergy that springs from the kind of Margaret Thatcher-Hilary Benn ideological ‘subsuming’, coupling or convergence that I have explored previously.
Unleashed torrentially on the tragically murdered Labour MP Jo Cox by the ‘Northern wind’ driven, brutal bellwether Thomas Mair, metaphysically, such destructive, negative synergy exemplifies cyclonic reality beyond metaphor.
It is born of a convergence of hot and cool airs or ‘spirits’, and energized by a Corbynesque ‘conservation of angular momentum’ that extends from an idealized socialist axis.
Put differently, it flows from an axiomatically anal retentive, shallow fundamentalist, self-contradicting anti-social socialist “reality”.
The blinkered ‘eye’ of this hurricane, exemplified by Corbyn’s coupling or ‘partnership’ with the consciously or unconsciously race-racketeering Labour MP Diane Abbott, consists in a dualistic, ambivalent British manners matrix that can only ever assure a fragile peace.
A certain, “too polite” Norwich-based, lifelong Labour Party supporter working in the education field may know exactly what I mean.
She, and others, possibly including persons who are abandoning the troubled, stormy-sea-of-sentimentality beset Labour ship for the emergent, blunt-knife-tipped, supposedly frank, truth-to-power-speaking Nigel Farage and his Trump-like-hip, real politic preaching UKIP may understand why from my standpoint, Prescott’s anger at Blair, however long deferred was destined to be manifested almost inevitably.
Moreover, I think Prescott’s anger claim may be an example of the confused conscience or “flawed intelligence” that I spoke about shortly after 9/11, when I performed at the 2001 Woodstock Concert of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.
I see it as a primarily politically motivated, cosmetic “flag of convenience” by a man I consider a father figure, to a significant degree.
Like Barbadians the late reverends Holmes Williams, and Bishop Granville Williams and UWI Vice Chancellor professor Sir Hilary Beckles; like Norfolk-based Muslim leaders Abdassamad Clarke and Uthman Morrison, Bishop Alan Hopes and others I look up to, though not uncritically, I hold both Blair and Prescott in high esteem and empathise with them in their faltering efforts to project a courageous, credible paternal lead.
References
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/john-prescott-reveals-guilt-illegal-8387319
https://korebelief.com/uncategorized/of-clinterests-and-cliterati-an-action-jackson-script-sir-elton-johns-grip-and-mohini-harris-socialism-mouth-of-the-beast-part-3/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7075501.stm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/feb/15/defector-admits-wmd-lies-iraq-war
http://www.wikinut.com/consciously-coupling-jeremy-corbyn-and-glasgow%e2%80%99s-bin-lorry-%e2%80%98bin-ladin%e2%80%99%2c-harry-clarke/1weiwe9i/253ftw_n/
http://christiancentury.org/article/2016-06/seeing-whiteness

Peter Thiel’s vengeance, BBC’s racist violence and Bernie Sander’s strategic silence (Mouth of the beast – #6)

Peter Thiel, courtesy Wikipedia
Peter Thiel, courtesy Wikipedia

I find the news that American billionaire Peter Thiel bankrolled Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against digital publisher Gawker deeply troubling.

And not just because it suggests that the homosexual Thiel who was ‘outted’ by Gawker in 2008 has a vindictive streak.

I am more concerned about the Donald Trump-backer Thiel’s and other well heeled individual’s seemingly opportunistic designs on the media.

I detect a determination by Thiel and others to bend popular media discourse to their wills; to make it reflect their agendas – however liberal or conservative, altruistic or self-serving their agendas may be.

It is Thiel’s British Broadcasting Corporation-like, Mike Liggins’ “crank call” approximating opposition to independent voices that concerns me.

It is his professor Sir Hilary Beckles’ recalling, silent killer maneuverings that I find chilling, frankly.

And the argument offered in Thiel’s defense by American ‘right-to-privacy’ advocate Marc Randazza does little to relieve my anxiety.

Indeed, on a first reading, I found the Las Vegas-based First Amendment attorney Randazza’s analysis of the issues so slanted in favour of Thiel that his references to “press freedom” seemed not only suspiciously token but obscene.

I am tempted to denounce his article as a study in dissimulation: a deceptive, anal entrant assault on the democracy in which Randazza claims he believes.

It recalls not only Beckles’ but also Bernie Sanders’, Jeremy Corbyn’s, Clive Lewis’ and other selective socialists’ silence on trade union and other labour movement corruption, which makes them complicit with bankers and venture capitalists like Thiel in the sophisticated frauds and rackets that are exploiting and frustrating society’s most youthful and otherwise vulnerable members’ dreams.

I alerted Randazza to my concerns via a private, rather cryptic (admittedly) Twitter email message on May 27. I wrote: “Dear Mr Randazza, I just finished reading your Peter Thiel-Gawker suit analysis. The term ‘joystick journalism’ comes to mind. Are you familiar with it?”

“‘Morally adrift’ is a related term”, I added, to clarify the trajectory of my thoughts.

Basically, I was trying to alert Randazza to my view that by implying that the high-flying financier Thiel had an unchallengeable right to keep his homosexuality a secret until it pleased him to disclose it, his article, entitled “Is Peter Thiel right about Gawker?” is something of a caricature.

It seems a morally anchorless, or at least anchor-weak, piece of virtual reality.

 

Randazza, courtesy Wikipedia
Randazza, courtesy Wikipedia

 

From my perspective, the Florida-based Randazza’s emphasis on a right to privacy seems to give scant regard to the responsibility that Thiel and other prominent figures have to be accountable to the societies in whose values they trade or, as the case may be, on which they tread opportunistically.

I call this opportunism ideological racketeering, and in a recent submission to a Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee I outlined some of the challenges it poses for United Kingdom law enforcement authorities, religious institutions, the British Broadcasting Corporation and other formal and informal organs of education.

Ironically, a related point about fundamentalist feminist ideological racketeering is made by Trump-backer Jeffrey Lord, in a February 21, 2013 article entitled S. E Cupp and the freezing of the American mind.

In that full-frontal attack on Ms Cupp and young conservatives, Lord cites the very sound feminist (“radical feminist” by his standards) proposition that “the personal is the political”, albeit in a rather scandalous attempt to rationalize the sexist racketeer Rush Limbaugh’s salacious February 2012 attack on feminist Sandra Fluke, labeling her a “slut” and “prostitute”.

Cupp, Lord argues, had shown no mindfulness of the personal-is-political tenet of feminist discourse when she denounced Limbaugh’s attack on Fluke.

Having not read Cupp’s comments I cannot assert whether that is or is not the case.

Lord may have got that wrong, just as he appears to be wrong about Fluke’s acceptance of the Gawker-like shock jock Limbaugh’s apology – which he claims Cupp ignores.

But I think Lord deserves some credit for standing by Limbaugh because while the personal-is-political feminist principle Limbaugh cited does not justify the ratings-driven radio personality’s crude and cruel labeling of Fluke, it does open, I think, an acceptable line of inquiry or interrogation that those challenging Fluke’s argument might legitimately pursue.

And Gawker’s outing of Thiel, I feel, opens a similarly legitimate line of inquiry.

As with Fluke’s, in Thiel’s case the ‘personal is political’ or ‘PIP’ question is also about relationship, principally that between the tech businessman and the financial investors or other backers he relied on to build the goodwill that is the basis of his entrepreneurial credibility.

Randazza may know more about who those financial and other investors are than I do.

He may know more than I about their values and ethical priorities.

Perhaps that’s why when I sought to clarify my arguably cryptic comments by pointing out that he was not giving due attention to the duty of care Thiel owed them, Randazza responded incredulously “What responsibility”?

I was stumped.

Given the strictures of Twitter communication, I thought of responding “Where do I begin?”

But perhaps the greater challenge would be finding an appropriate point at which to end or limit Thiel’s responsibility.

Which is why I have chosen to respond to Randazza in this article, using the opportunity to follow up on ideas about sound or shaky arguments and solid or Shipden-like, erosion prone foundations that I have raised in part five of this series of articles, and previously.

Moreover, and intriguingly, my reference to “joy stick journalism” not only comes from a literary criticism essay I alluded to in the previous article: I sent a copy of that essay to Fareed Zakaria, who was then with Newsweek magazine and whose article dismissively criticizing protestors at a G8 Summit in Barcelona was the focus of my critique.

 

Cupp, courtesy Wikipedia
Cupp, courtesy Wikipedia

 

So, this article, critiquing Randazza, linked to Zakaria through the latter’s CNN ‘GPS’ programme, rounds off my criticism of mainstream news machinations and manipulations, to some degree.

My point is that knowing as little as I do about the identity, values and beliefs of Thiel’s business backers, I would not want to presume that I know their views on homosexuality and its relevance or not to Thiel’s business activities.

It would be presumptuous of me to assume that Thiel’s homosexuality would be of consequence, in business or related terms, to those particular, flesh and blood, real persons – quite apart from any question of how homosexuality is viewed by wider America or persons in the international community with whom Thiel deals.

And I doubt that Randazza is any better placed than I to do anything more than speculate about how those persons may have responded to the revelation of Thiel’s sexuality.

Even if he was doing business in notoriously conservative African or Asian countries, it would be difficult to say what the response of his backers or associates might be.

But in the interest of balance and fairness, I feel that Randazza, like I, should allow the possibility that at least some of those who had backed Thiel’s business ventures felt that he was less than honest in his dealings with them when Gawker ‘outted’ him involuntarily.

To assume, as Randazza does, that none of Thiel’s backers would have expected that kind of accountability from him, perhaps on the basis of some assumption of his right to privacy, seems to take all kinds of variables for granted rashly.

That assumption seems an extension of the “lazy, binary, point of view” that Randazza himself criticizes justifiably.

It smacks of the fossilized, fundamentalist thinking that ideological racketeers exploit deliberately.

It seems a symptom of the ‘frozen mind’ that Lord claims afflicts Cupp and other young conservatives: the kind of ideological polarization that I have long argued afflicts liberal and conservative, capitalist and socialist, Christian and Muslim, male and female and other ostensible opposites equally.

I am as concerned about the freezing of the minds of the young who are flocking to the atheist Bernie Sanders and his Orthodox Jewish ‘High Priest’ Richard Sugarman as I am about fundamentalist feminists who may be backing Hilary Clinton unconditionally.

While Lord is mainly concerned about ‘young conservatives who have a lack of perspective of both conservatism’s intellectual foundation and in this [Limbaugh vs Fluke] case the ferocious politics that swirl constantly around its most prominent champions’, I am concerned about the polarization and poverty of perspective that writers like Randazza feed.

 

Jeffrey Lord, courtesy Wikipedia
Jeffrey Lord, courtesy Wikipedia

 

As my on-going, personal experience based critique of the BBC and other news houses makes clear, I am particularly concerned about their domination by special interest groups, including the ideological gender, racial and religious racketeers who have been implicated in a human rights violating criminal conspiracy against me and others, contrary both to their claims of journalistic independence and their rhetoric about free speech.

Lord cites the late Allan Bloom and his 1987 bestseller (The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students) to give context to his concern about freezing of the conservative mind.

I would argue that today we see media and academic ideological interests converging to produce the kind of “cold fronts” that I have identified in my study of what I call Norfolk’s deep frieze.

As noted in part five of this series of articles, the University of Warwick’s Global Frontiers: Ecologies, Commodities, Labour, and the Arts collaborative research project, led by professor Michael Niblett, is engaging with related issues around academic publishing insightfully.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation (NHS) Trust also is showing a willingness to engage with related issues, through its efforts to embed a “Spiritual Strategy” in its offering to persons suffering mental health challenges – which by my reckoning means all of us.

All of us, whatever our sexual orientation, religion, gender, wealth or poverty are in need of assistance to navigate today’s media minefields.

To be continued…

 

 

 

Peter Kemp’s, Pope Francis’, Bernie Sanders’ and my care crises (Mouth of the Beast – #5)

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Opening thoughts

Between February and March 2016, deeply disillusioned retiree Peter Kemp resigned from the boards of governors of two Norfolk-based NHS bodies; the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation (NHS) Trust and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Moreover, Peter a former social worker says that before I first interviewed him on March 30th, he was feeling so socially displaced, disconnected and frustrated that he was contemplating suicide?

And this is not the first time that Kemp, a former social worker with a complex history of personal challenges and triumphs, has contemplated ending his life.

He and wife Teresa say that he felt so disheartened and frustrated by “physical and mental” illness last year that he had made significant preparations for a trip to the Hebrides, where he intended to end his misery.

Why? What’s happening in Norfolk’s NHS bodies?

Why might a former social worker feel that governorships of two NHS organizations in this county have neither offered him any real opportunity to help others nor provided him solace in his gravest time of need?

Indeed, Peter spoke to me of feeling invisible as he walked Norwich’s streets.

Why does Peter born in what remains of the coastal village Shipden, after much of it was reclaimed by the sea many years ago, feel that he and others urgently in need of social integration are basically being ‘frozen out’, written-off or otherwise severed from their communities?

Why does this son of “the best known lost village of Norfolk” feel that two NHS bodies with which he was officially linked are so morally adrift and lost themselves that he is better-off doing a deliberate Shipden, breaking-off his formal, administrative links with them?

Why does Peter feel that governorship of these two Norfolk-based NHS bodies is not worth the effort he and others made to get him elected to such seemingly important governing roles within their administrative hierarchies?

I sought election to the NSFT’s board of governors myself, because of the value I place on a governor’s role. So I can attest to the fact that the role is valued highly.

And Teresa, Peter’s wife and most critical, actual anchor to the solid-ground-mass of Norfolk’s community and wider British society, apparently still has considerable esteem for those NHS internal oversight bodies.

Arguably Peter’s most enduring and fundamentally factual, fleshed-out, face-to-face connection to ‘the real world’, Teresa has suggested that he may have squandered a significant opportunity to reform the NSFT and NNUH from within.

She apparently thinks that her lapsed Roman Catholic husband could have been to the NHS, what Pope Francis is to the Catholic communion: a kind of insider reformer, though arguably on a smaller, less public scale.

But Teresa may also see in the often dermatologically afflicted, relative stigmatic Peter, something of the psychosomatic subtext which, as with atheist Bernie Sanders and his Orthodox Jewish political advisor Richard Sugarman, suggests a capacity as much for self-harm or “negative equity” as for the creative ability to ‘heal’ others and himself.

At any rate, from my perspective, it is doubtful that either Peter or Teresa grasp the depth and complexity of the issues that are derailing the delivery of care by the NHS in Norfolk, as elsewhere in the UK.

Indeed, given the multifaceted, changeable nature of the issues and their prevalence, like sexual and suspect politically compromised and polarized child-grooming, not only across the UK but globally through the degenerative, divisive capacities in the East’s and West’s formal and informal communication and educational systems, it is questionable to what extent any one person, couple or group who or which at least has a considerable understanding of the breadth and depth of the problems, might also be able to rectify things in an exhaustive, final sense.

Knowing what is wrong is not the same as being able to fix it. That is a basic fact of life: a fundamental feature of human fallibility.

And I will be returning to this “knowledge-action gap” issue repeatedly, especially as it relates to the question of what I call measured or calculated actions or operations, in the context of pursuing an informed, mathematical, pragmatic, dare I say scientific faith.

This issue, is related of what Italian academic Franco Moretti calls “operationalzing”, in the context of literary criticism.

As Peter is a lapsed Roman Catholic, I think I can safely make a calculated guess that a literalistic religious experience, that is, a rotish, recitation and related rituals thick, but spiritually thin religious experience, has played a key, negative, faith eroding role not only in his relationship with the NNUH and NSFT but in his life generally.

Certainly, as he has shared details of his story with me over the past six weeks I have found Peter’s life a prism through which the complex, tantalizingly tangled issues that he and Teresa grapple with might be beneficially analyzed, using a regenerative, language-as-land reclaiming, human ecology strategy.

Hence my decision to share Peter’s (and Teresa’s) story here, in this 5th instalment of my “Mouth Of the Beast” series of articles, despite his relative invisibility when compared with Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton and other biblically proportioned ‘big beasts’.

Presumably, it would have been easier to report on Peter’s care crisis independently, without reference to Bernie Sanders’, Pope Francis’, my own or anyone else’s care needs and obligations, irrespective of their public prominence or invisibility.

The poetic, creative fusion or creolization of issues and personalities that I am pursuing here has been fraught with many conceptual, technical and stylistic difficulties.

Not that I am a stranger to compositional, discursive complexity.

Against the grain of mainstream, carnivorous-capitalist-consumption-hinged, diabolically deadline driven journalistic culture, I continue to choose a more caring course, exploring the numinous, substratal symbolism of my subject matter at a reflective pace that is determined by a balancing of material and spiritual concerns.

I continue to be guided by the Korebelief.com conviction that seemingly mundane, unrelated issues and events are metaphysically connected by mystically accessed threads of truth to transcendental, cosmological reality.

I continue to assert that the mystical or spiritual and the mathematical or scientific are bound by a bridge called open mindedness that literalistic, fundamentalist science and religion close the path to equally.

Indeed, and perhaps not surprisingly, it seems that the more that I give my heart and mind over to exploring the mustard-seed-sized science or chaos theory type principles and connections underlying or constituting so-called “secular” and “religious” communication and education, and especially the principles governing graphé (a transliteration of the Greek word γραφή, indicating engraved or written things) the more I not only discover, but also, and more critically, experience those principles and connections with ever increasing sensibility.

The word becomes flesh, as the title of my 2001 collection of graphé asserts, truly.

And while this relative ‘joy stick journalism’ transcending path that Peter, I and others now rather implicitly and subconsciously follow exposes us to many printing devils and political publishing perils (including, in my case at least, various kinds of piracy, plagiarism and cynical suppression of my work by the likes of Fareed Zakaria, Amra Tareen, Kamau Brathwaite, Margaret Gill, Sir Hilary Beckles and others, like parliamentary power-brokers Donville Inniss and Clive Lewis, who are operationally within or close to the Barbados, UK and US governments) my work has also been vindicated and reinforced by significant scholarly recognition and related opportunities.

For example, a substantial tranche of my book “The Bible: Beauty and Terror Reconciled” (TBBTR) has been published in the “Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions” (University of Illinois, 2013).

I have also seen some success working with the Google affiliated American digital publisher Pulse Point-Allvoices, where despite the political machinations of African-American agitator Herbert J Dyer, the plagiaristic behavior of “corporate ethicist” Paul P Jesep and other challenges, I was able to demonstrate my ‘word becomes flesh’ ethical publishing model’s efficacy.

However, while I highly value the affirmations of conventional, established knowledge producers, the kind of entities that dominate the governance of what Moretti has called a “world literary system”, I am also keenly aware of the intrinsic counter-productive and, in instances, destructive capacity of written things: what I call the lethalness of the letter, following the warning of the biblical writer in 2 Corinthians 3:16 that “the letter killeth”.

As in TBBTR and elsewhere, in this series of articles I stress my reservations about graphé/writings repeatedly.

And my reservations extend as much to the works of William Shakespeare and their place in imperialist British expansionism, as they do to the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the Hindu Vedas and Upanishads, Karl Marx’s “Das Kapital”, Adam Smith’s The Wealth Of Nations and any other ‘sacred texts’.

If there is one thing that I would like to see come out of this year’s quadricentennial celebrations of Shakespeare’s legacy, it would be an appreciation not just of the good but also of the harm that he and all scribes, myself and Peter included, can do potentially.

Having struggled for some time, and so far, unsuccessfully, to put his own life story in writing, I believe that Peter is as well-placed as anyone to speak on the hazards of literacy.

Oh, the stories that Virginia Woolf (England), Bruce St John (Barbados) and other writers might tell if they could communicate beyond the grave about the perils of treading on thoughts in modern and post-modern knowledge mills!

What might Imhotep, Heraclitus and other ancient scribes tell communication and education professionals everywhere about the printer’s devils and publishing perils that have plagued the knowledge industry since time immemorial?

How relevant are Plato’s and others’ warnings about the very act of writing in our current camouflaged content digital age?

 

 

 

Peter’s graphé games and Mick Thurley’s silence

I am rather impressed by how Kemp, probably unconsciously, mitigates the self and other killing capacity of writings through creative text messaging and other eccentric communication behaviors.

At one time he even imposed a ‘moratorium’ on all texts and phone calls he might receive.

As I explain below, one of the more significant discoveries I made about Peter since I started interacting with him on a weekly and sometimes daily basis, is his capacity for verbal and literate play.

And this is after interacting with him at least once a month for about nine years as a fellow member of Norwich Justice and Peace, an East of England tributary of the Roman Catholic Church’s Commission for Justice and Peace river.

More to the point though, for all my creole or synergistic thought motivated, manuscript mixing experience, to which, in an academic context, Literary Criticism lecturer Dr Richard Clarke of the University of the West Indies could attest, the chronicling of Peter’s care narrative has proved a surprisingly, peculiarly fraught undertaking.

But I am inclined to think that this is as much because of my own Shipden-like susceptibility to psychic erosion as his.

This article, more than any other in this series, including the preceding ‘mind-fart’ study, has forced me to engage at a profoundly penetrative level with the limits of my own psychological and literary capacity.

And in this regard the fact that I know as little as I do about Peter, Teresa, their children and grandchildren has been instructive.

At a basic, person-to-person level, this operational knowledge gap points to an element of Shipden-like shallowness in Peter’s and my previous, NJ&P based relationship.

However, coupled with the fact that he, I, and at least one other person that I know of have stopped attending that groups meetings in questionable circumstances, it suggests a deeper, conscious or unconscious conspiratorial crisis in that group, and possibly in the diocese.

Actually, I was obliged to inform the diocese’s Safeguarding officer Michael ‘Mick’ Thurley of my concern over another elderly NJ&P member’s and my own safety and wellbeing.

Because I have long been the target of a Barbados-sown, globally-grown criminal conspiracy, in which my local MP Lewis, Barbadian business minister Inniss, academic businessman Beckles and other prominent secular and religious knowledge industry operators are implicated, the curious, unexplained behavior of some NJ&P members toward me made me concerned that the group had been infiltrated and that elderly member’s safety and wellbeing had been compromised because of her closeness to me.

Unfortunately, for reasons Mr Thurley has so far chosen not to share with me, his investigation into this matter may have been suspended, or sunk like Shipden.

But I have seen enough of such possibly racially motivated ecclesiastical maneuvering and politicking, especially in my dealings with Reverend Holmes Williams of Barbados, not to be put-off by Mr Thurley’s unexplained silence and delay.

Unlike Peter, I have not withdrawn myself from NJ&P completely.

Indeed, my approach to Mr Thurley demonstrates my determination to continue engaging constructively with NJ&P.

But like Peter, with responsibilities of various kinds and only twenty-four hours each day to pursue them, I am obliged to just commit some things to prayer – and occasional public ventilation, as I am doing here.

I am long past reporting every concern that I have about that criminal conspiracy to Norfolk Constabulary, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit or some other relevant body.

The Thurley-like silence and other communicative evasions of Mr Lewis, the Speaker of the House of Lords, Baronness D’Souza and other “governing vacancies” has long convinced me of the futility of banking on public officials honoring their tax-payer funded duty of care to me, Peter, that elderly NJ&P member or anyone else.

Unfortunately, a Trump-like, Google-EU and British banking industry-like approach to interpreting written codes seems to dominate much of the UK’s government business these days.

Hopefully, though I have been afflicted since 2008 with atrial fibrillation and other psychosomatic manifestations of intellectual property management related cognitive and affective (emotional) wear and tear, with God’s help I will be as lucid as Peter when I reach his age and see past the façade of Thurley’s silence, Trump’s Islamophobia and similar superficial symptoms that can mask governors’ fears.

Happily, I have the example of Peter, lovingly supported by Teresa, to light my way.

Along with what he assures me is a capacity for total recall that removes the need for notes taken at the few governors’ meetings he attended, I have been struck by the clarity of thought and confidence of expression he has displayed in interviews, for the most part.

Peter’s cryptic use of language in text messages has been the most significant revelation though, introducing me to a playful, self-effacing side of the man that I had not detected during our previous years of acquaintance.

This literate ‘liquidity’, an apparently positive, self-affirming feature of Peter’s communicative competence, is therefore curiously comparable to the negative ‘liquidation’ or disintegration of language for which the erosion at Shipden is a metaphor.

And note the parallel here with the linguistic concept of fossilization, which may be positive or negative, as linguists specializing in second language learning dynamics have noted.

I have experienced and studied the counter-intuitive, positive potential of literacy-transcending, fragmentation or atomization of language, as a practitioner-researcher of glossolalia, called “speaking in tongues” by Pentecostal and other charismatic Christians.

So in some ways, Peter’s eccentric texting seems rather tame to me, if not conventional or normative.

And I am keen to explore how the practice of glossolalia, which was the focus of my Linguistics BA thesis,  may be beneficial to Peter and others with mental health challenges linked to oppressive, rote-repetition-focused and similarly imagination impairing, spirituality sterilizing religious ideas and practices.

As I note in that thesis, entitled “A Voice From Heaven: Could the Study of Glossolalia Benefit Linguistic Theory”, glossolalia is not only known in Islamic and other non-Christian settings but also has a parallel in Jazz scatting, which points to its creative, healing capacities.

I am also keen to explore the possibility that Shakespeare may have been a glossolalist or been influenced by that movement, which seems to have been fairly well embedded, if not established, in the Midlands.

 

 

 

Politically correct speech

As a lapsed Roman Catholic, Peter’s governorship dilemma and wider care crisis intersects and overlaps in significant, instructive and even prophetic ways with both the positive and negative elements of Francis I’s and the US presidency pursuing Sanders-Sugarman stories.

in fact, as I trust have so far successfully communicated, I believe that Peter’s dilemma provides very useful preterist, chaos theory and ripple-effect interpretive data by which Sanders’, Francis’ my own and others’ care crises – the tensions between our caregiver responsibilities and our care-receiver needs – could be interpreted and addressed.

I also see parallels between the 66 year-old Kemp’s care crisis and that of his and my local MP Lewis (mentioned above), for example.

I address semi-sleeping, selectively silent socialist Lewis’ and his party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s carer capacities and care needs at length elsewhere and also give them some attention below.

I am obliged to continue addressing their and other ‘big baby’ socialist and predatory capitalist (typically, but not exclusively ‘Tory’) psychic afflictions because their care crises affect Peter, I and other Norfolk and wider UK residents in significant institutional, operational and therefore consequential ways.

For the minute though, I want readers to consider how Kemp’s crisis can even be metaphysically mapped to and usefully compared with that of the six times younger, 12 year-old suicide victim Isabel Richardson, whose shocking death I will probably also be addressing in this series of articles.

Richardson is another Norfolk resident, and Lewis constituent, coincidentally, who has been grievously failed by this county’s formal and informal carers’ capacity for studied incompetence and/or indifference.

Like Peter, who has been emotionally scarred by a traumatic Catholic schooling and subsequent social shearing, Isabel was not only failed by Hewett School carers, as Norfolk Coroner Jacqueline Lake suggested and the BBC, the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) and other news houses reported, rather simplistically.

My own ongoing investigation, aided by ‘soundings’ with Norfolk County Council, MP Lewis’ office, Norfolk Police, the EDP, freelance journalist Tom Calver (associated with the Telegraph) and other sources, suggests that Isabel was a victim of Norfolk’s capacity for fundamentalist feminist approximating, subtle bullying and cowardice-masked-as-courage.

I have a growing body of evidence suggesting that Isabel was (and her brother Kyle continues to be) a target of Norfolk’s innocence-sapping, child-devouring, ‘Neanderthal Braveprick’ recalling capacity for the cruelty to others that is a kind of self-harm simultaneously.

My sense of the matter is that the learning that should come from Isabel’s tragic death is being prevented by a perverse, preoccupation with “politically correct”, operationally inept speech and documentation.

The digital publisher Facebook, on whose popular platform Isabel was bullied, is implicated in this collective failing.

And so too is the whole beauty-industrial complex that is the military-industrial complex’s disarming but similarly dangerous twin.

Both do their part in confusing beauty and terror to society’s detriment.

 

Fraught faith management

One thing that is clear from my vantage point is that Kemp’s, Francis’, Sanders’ and my own care crises are in fact crises of faithful, authentic communication, internally and externally.

British Home Secretary Theresa May will know what I mean, if she can recall the ‘continuum of character’ idea that I introduced to her office in 2010 (notwithstanding the destruction of the record of an email I sent her, in line with what her office informed me is government practice).

I think it’s safe to say that the four of us all aspire, as indeed most people do, to communicate, flesh-out or incarnate the dictates and urgings of our internal, conscience-based dialogues accurately.

In our own ways, each of us is trying to visibly walk the talk that guides us invisibly.

We are each trying to authenticate, by practice, the ‘gospels’ we preach.

We would each in his turn no doubt affirm the wise counsel voiced by the character Polonius in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet: “This above all: to thine own self be true, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

Providentially, this aspiration and the kinds of challenges that obstruct its attainment generally were on display at a NSFT ‘Spirituality Strategy Workshop’ that I attended last month on April 19.

The essential communication conundrum was dramatically demonstrated or, as I like to say incarnated, as a number of participants at that workshop, including one of Peter’s fellow governors, said that this was the first that she had heard of that strategy, despite it having been launched in February 2013.

Peter says much the same, incidentally.

Informed of the existence of its Spiritual Strategy by me, via a text message on April 23, Kemp replied that he was surprised to learn that NSFT has one and that he would like to know about it.

And who wouldn’t want to hear about that Strategy or the scandal of how shoddily it is apparently being implemented – presumably imperiling Norfolk residents’ wellbeing and at their tax-paying expense?

What conscientious Norfolk resident, whether an atheist or religious person, would not want to know that such internal communicative constipation is precisely why one of their neighbors has basically written-off two of the county’s NHS boards of governors, in a bid to preserve his sanity?

Well, if the failure of former BBC Norfolk reporter Nikki Fox to do a story on Peter’s dilemma is anything to go by, she or someone else (perhaps someone governing that regional BBC tributary’s editorial decisions) apparently thinks ‘the Peter Kemp care crisis’ is not a newsworthy item.

And from my perspective, that media failing says all that needs to be said about the now submerged Shipden-Village-sized gaping hole in the commitment of the NSFT, BBC Norfolk and other organizations and persons who are failing to deliver on the duty of care they owe Peter and other vulnerable Norfolk residents.

The situation is a variant of the Daniel Pelka tragedy of Coventry unfolding right before Norfolk caregivers’ blinking eyes, calloused hearts and muddled minds it seems.

And the more recent murder of 21 month-old Ayeesha Jane Smith of Staffordshire (Shakespeare’s birthplace) by her mother and her partner, reinforces my earlier point about lessons not being learned about authentic care.

Beyond the NSFT’s and other carers’ communicative dysfunction and fossilization, these virtual Baal-like child sacrifices point to a psychic or rational disconnect between Britain’s Judeo-Christian preaching and practice.

It actually recalls the curiously pious yet cynical presidential aspirant Ben Carson’s brain-fart endorsement of his raving Republican colleague, Trump.

It also recalls Karl Jung’s prophetic warning to secularists of the dangers that rejection of the metaphysical or what he calls “the numinous” entails.

That warning, already mentioned in this series of articles is worth repeating here:

“Modern man does not understand how much his ‘rationalism’ (which has destroyed his capacity to respond to numinous symbols and ideas) has put him at the mercy of the psychic ‘underworld’. He has freed himself from superstition (or so he believes), but in the process he has lost his spiritual values to a positively dangerous degree. His moral and spiritual tradition has been disintegrated, and he is now paying the price for this break-up in world-wide disorientation and dissociation.”

Fundamentally, the shallow distribution and clearly fragmented reception and germination of “Spiritual Strategy” seeds – whether by written or verbal means – points to the existence of a sea-sheared-Shipden-like breach between what NSFT leaders say and what they mean.

It points ultimately to the historically entrenched, arbitrary, artificial and illusory separation of religious and secular language and ideology.

To put it bluntly, NSFT’s failure after three years to have more firmly embedded its “Spiritual Strategy” is most likely the direct result of the relatively low value placed on spirituality by secular scientific authorities operating not only within the county’s NHS bodies, but within Norfolk society generally.

It therefore probably will not surprise readers that the 2011 Census in England and Wales led to Norwich, the county’s capital city, being officially declared the most atheist, godless place in England.

However, I agree with the county’s Anglican bishop, the Right Reverend Graham James that this finding, based on 56,268 people claiming that they have “no religion” is debatable.

The reality, on the ground, I am sure is far more nuanced.

For example, I too am inclined to say I have “no religion”, as I consider myself a spiritual rather than a religious person.

I do embrace and advocate a Christocentric spirituality, anchored in what I have previous called a Literary-Historical Spirituo-Naturalistic understanding of the teachings of Joshua (Jesus) of Nazareth however, as I expect would Peter.

More crucially though, I think that the language and logic of the 2011 Census could well have been operationally biased, not recognizing the extent to which the rationalism against which Jung warned has evolved into a form of religion in England, as elsewhere, for all intents and purposes.

The election in 2015 of Labour’s Lewis, a former BBC Norfolk political reporter as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group is significant in this regard.

I believe Lewis’ election reflects the dominance of these secular authorities in the political arena, in the medical community, at BBC Norfolk, the EDP, at Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Constabulary and other centers of power and shapers of policy regionally and nationally, including, apparently some clerical authorities.

Moreover, I believe that the holding of strategic, mediatory-priestly (middle-men) offices by atheists and secularists is not only well known, but evangelically promoted by prominent personalities, like Norfolk’s Stephen Fry, national atheism icons Richard Dawkins and A C Grayling and atheistic and/or agnostic novelists, journalists and other writers like VS Naipaul, Sandi Toksvig and the Guardian’s Cath Elliott.

 

Big baby Bernie

Intriguingly, the NSFT constricted communication drama, in which Peter’s fellow governor revealed that she had not been informed (or failed to retain the information, possibly) of the organization’s more than three-year-old Spirituality Strategy has American atheist Sanders’ reported bungled effort to electorally bask in the glow of Pope Francis’ populist spiritual mojo written all over it!

The ‘Bern’s’ alleged stalking (virtually) of the man who currently holds the “Office of St Peter” in the Roman Curia can certainly tell us all something about his and other atheists’ self-belief deficient, glory-grabbing, media manipulating capacities.

Much as I would like to view his behavior as a genuine attempt to engage with Christians in good, empathy-grounded faith, Sanders’ previous pronounced disregard for religion, like trade unionist Lewis impiety, cautions against this.

In fact, I think English academic professor Margaret Archer’s denunciation of beast-like Bernie’s questionable, ‘high speed’ pursuit of baby-like, relative innocence icon Pope Francis as an act involving a “monumental discourtesy” may well be a monumental understatement, bordering on inaccuracy.

From my psycho-seismic events mapping, preterist political phenomena interpreting vantage point, Sanders’ officious, PR pandering to New York’s Roman Catholic and other conscientious, progressive Christians through an alleged staged participation in a meeting of the Vatican-linked Pontifical Academy for the Social Sciences, headed by Archer, may be interpreted through what chapter 12 of the apocalyptic, biblical Book of Revelation tells us about would-be baby-devouring pedophile predator beasts for good reason.

And the fact that many of those Sanders was metaphorically curtseying to were not only no longer babies but also well beyond voting age, should not be an impediment to psycho-seismic or preterist interpretation here any more than my comparison of Kemp’s with Richardson’s and Pelka’s ages prevents an appreciation of their relative psychological constipation and related internal, conscientious communication constricting injury.

 

White Vatican Man Francis

The ancient adage, once a man, twice a child, can certainly be applied to both ‘Norfolk Peter’ and ‘Vatican Peter’ 79, on reasonable, life-cycle, human ecology acknowledging grounds.

And note that White Vatican Man Francis actually stressed the child-like vulnerability of elderly people when he delivered a Mass at the Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aperecida during his visit to Brazil in 2013.

On that occasion, addressing Brazil’s Roman Catholic bishops privately, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio said “More than a formal address, I would like to share some reflections with you.

“The first came to mind again when I visited the Shrine of Aparecida. There, at the foot of the statue of the Immaculate Conception, I prayed for you, your Churches, your priests, men and women religious, seminarians, laity and their families and, in a particular way, the young people and the elderly: these last are the hope of a nation; the young, because they bring strength, idealism and hope for the future; the elderly because they represent the memory, the wisdom of the people.”

Setting aside, for the moment, Francis’ oblique reference to the Black Madonna that is “the statue of the Immaculate Conception” at that Shrine, and how that arguably innocent, “racially anonymizing” or socially sanitizing slight, perhaps motivated by an assumption that the unusual colour of the statue is widely known, might relate to my earlier reference to Francis as ‘White Vatican Man’, at the time, seemingly pointlessly.

At this point I will only say that if the word “Aparecida” tells us anything, it is that appearances matter, and that they may matter profoundly, especially in the context of Brazil’s historical race narrative.

My main concern for the moment though is the Rift Valley-like, reductionist, simplistic separation of secular and religious thinking which dictates that the two should never meet.

I am concerned with the parceling and marketing of medical knowledge in simplistically scripted silos to serve the capitalist needs of entities like Serco and other companies contracted by the NSFT, the NNUH and other NHS bodies whose main allegiance sometimes seems not to patients but to the pharmaceutical industry.

My focus is the communication constipation, masquerading as cost-cutting corporate consolidation that is related to what I have previously identified as linguistic obesity, and the obesity of the English language particularly.

This is reflected in not only the NSFT’s but also the Norfolk public’s apparent confusion around the word “spirit” and, as a consequence, around the notion of “spirituality”.

At the NSFT Spirituality Conference I sought to underscore the fundamental importance of addressing this millennia old, perennial challenge if that Trust or any other British NHS or related health care body is to embed a ‘Spiritual Strategy’ in the at least ostensibly secular, atheism dominated Western world of pharmacology.

I sought to draw attention to the schismatic, fossilized communication norms that not only fragment and impede written and verbal communication in Norfolk and Suffolk but across England and, indeed, in many other parts of the global community.

 

Care crises and opportunites

Fractious, fundamentalism prone, care corrupting communication norms are the focal point of my more than thirty-year long, ongoing critique of secular and religious ideologies.

In my book TBBTR, I explore the millennia old, cyclical character of these norms, a project not unlike the University of Warwick’s Global Frontiers: Ecologies, Commodities, Labour, and the Arts collaborative research project.

Led by professor Michael Niblett, this project explores “the ways in which literary and cultural texts register the socio-ecological transformations through which the capitalist world-system has developed.”

Taking as its starting point the contention that world literature is to be understood as the literature of the capitalist world-ecology, GFECLA may understandably be viewed as a self-limiting, selective socialist affair.

But its methodologies may nonetheless offer a framework of analysis to which Peter and many other Norfolk residents, especially traditionally Labour-voting Norfolk residents can relate beneficially.

Hence, Kemp might well construe his departure from the NSFT and efforts to blow the whistle on it as acts of a socialist revolutionary.

Similarly, he could well argue that the “Governor’s Guide” by which he was expected to abide amounts to a kind of “Bible” that unjustly privileges NHS’ clergy-types over its laity.

Kemp’s particular frustration with ordinance 3:2 of the biblical “Your Statutory Duties: A reference guide for NHS foundation trust governors”, which puts what he feels are unreasonable restrictions on NSFT governors’ ability to engage with the organization’s staff and its service users operationally, can therefore be interpreted as an expression of both his Christian and revolutionary, or at least reforming, zeal.

That regulation reads: “Governors may also become involved in many areas not covered by the legislation. However, they should remember that they do not play an operational role within the trust. Although NHS foundation trusts may choose to involve governors in hospital visits or volunteering, governors neither have a right to inspect NHS foundation trust property or services nor a duty to meet patients and conduct quality reviews.”

It should be noted that while this regulation does not forbid operational engagement by governors explicitly, it does make it clear that such engagement is not anticipated and is likely to be frowned upon.

Hence Peter’s assessment that the kind of meaningful, radical reform that he wants to facilitate would not be encouraged by NSFT.

Whatever may have been said to him by NSFT authorities, the wording of the NHS code convinced Kemp that his aspirations for his local care providers were destined for frustration and futility.

“The letter killeth” indeed!

In this instance, it killed Peter’s fighting spirit – or almost did, until perhaps, his interaction with the media (first the BBC, then me) gave him some hope that the positive potential of his care crisis, its cathartic, curative, opportunity, could be realized.

Of course, if as I suggest the atheism-leaning BBC is in fact more disposed operationally or pragmatically to exacerbate the negative elements of Peter’s, my own and others’ care crises than it is disposed to accentuate and actualize the positives in them, then the reporter Fox’s failure to follow through with a ‘Kemp care crisis’ story and the causal or other relationship of that failure to Peter’s subsequent contemplation of suicide take on a concerning aura of calculation and predictability – perhaps even inevitability.

To be continued..

References

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2012-10-26/warnings-over-rising-suicide-rates/

http://www.wikinut.com/uk-carers-schizophrenia-and-norfolk-s-suicide-rate-commemorating-the-bbc-s-2015-democracy-day-part-1/336mi6ms/htl04ee1/

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Carson’s brain-fart, Kim Kardashian’s butt and comic Sandi Toksvig’s toxicity (Mouth of the beast – part 4)

Pooping on the Pope
Pooping on the Pope from Wikipedia’s article on ‘Flatulence’

 

Introduction

There is one ‘biblical Book of Revelation-like’ event that I clearly recall intending to include in the list I shared in the second article in this series but didn’t.

That is the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy of December 22, 2014.

Actually that mechanical ‘intelligence’ featuring tragedy is part of a complex web of events in Scotland that I have been tracking, against the backdrop of Scotland’s and Barbados’ pro-independence movements.

So its omission from that list of psycho-socially seismic events is of huge significance to the overall Mouth of the Beast narrative that I am composing.

The fact that I forgot to mention the ‘Scottish’ dimension of this narrative, despite the late Stephen Alleyne’s links to that country and my own and former US Attorney General Eric Holder’s roots in Barbados’ ‘Scotland District’, on the eastern, elevated side of the island, says volumes about the fallibility of human memory, which is the focus of this article.

Here I liken human forgetting to farting, something approaching a necessary evil.

Oh, and before I forget, three things: the Donald’s last name, Trump, is also a slang synonym for ‘fart’ here in England; he has links to Scotland, through his controversial £750 million golf course investment and thirdly, the phonetic and other links between ‘farting’ and ‘wind farms’, which Trump probably used as political footballs to distract attention from other aspects of his investment, are a very significant oracle in this context.

These material and symbolic links open liminal linguistic portals not only to Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale, where a female’s fart feature’s prominently, but also to the Hindu bovine biogas and related preoccupations, which link in turn to the study of wind in Chaos theory.

Add my recurring exploration of reputed ‘Brahmin’ novelist (or should that be ‘novice’?) VS Naipaul and other ‘alcoholic’ Aryan, power-drunk, principle-impoverished supremacists, like the fascistic schismatic Subhas Chandra Bose and carnivorous, dog-eat-dog capitalist Surinder Kandola into the mix, and one gets a sense of the violent vapours I hope to redeem.

And this is without any reference whatsoever to Lloyds Banks’ Scottish and wider UK trade union links, especially those of my former business relationship manager Daniel Brindley or his Asian colleague who “assisted” me.

I do however mention the fart-like skulduggery of my former English literature teacher Esther Phillips below though.

And I do believe that her links to BBC Scotland are noteworthy.

 

Media burps and mind farts

Do you ever feel like your butt and your brain have switched places?

Do you ever feel like the term ‘brain fart’ is more than just a metaphor and that the customary contents of your brain’s left and right hemispheres have somehow migrated to your derriere, impairing your optimal self-aware functioning?

Well, I was having that kind of day on Friday, March 18, as I found myself running frantically around Norwich, worrying needlessly about a situation the God I claim to believe in is more than competent to fix.

Isn’t it extraordinary, that for all the earth-shaking wonders of God that theists like me may witness – like the ‘twin-earthquakes’ in England and Barbados that I mentioned in the first article in this series – we are still prone to panic and even become manic, worrying that the manna of the creator’s daily provision for us may cease?

Isn’t it positively terrifying that all our beast-like knowledge and eloquence can in the blinking of an eye be reduced to flatulence?

Chapter 3, verses 1 to 8 of the apostle Paul’s  letter to the Philippians makes it clear that he had a very  acute sense of this transitory feature of human logic, and especially its religious and other ideological incarnations.

Having listed his various academic and religious distinctions, in verse 8 Paul announces “…I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.”

And according to official sources the word “skubala” translated “dung” by the King James translators would have been more accurately rendered “sh-t”.

More on that later.

I find humanity’s persistent failure of memory, and especially my own and other theists’ tendency to perennially dwell on our own and other human’s insufficiency, a deeply engrossing mystery.

I see it as a key component of the larger mystery that is the fart-like, fleeting, fragile property of human consciousness and intelligence itself.

I see it as an essential component of the terror of human intelligence, counterbalancing our capacity for the most fragrantly beautiful dreaming and achievement.

Ben Carson on 'The View'
Ben Carson on ‘The View’ as depicted in a Daily Beast article.

And few things have brought this frightful brain fart phenomena to the fore  so dramatically as the virtual apostasy of 2016 American presidential hopeful Ben Carson: his endorsement of the race, religion and gender racketeering, deviously demonizing demagogue Donald Trump.

Has there ever been a more spectacular surrender to cynicism by a public figure professing faith in the love-preaching Joshua of Nazareth and his self-sacrificing gospel than Carson’s affixing of his signature to sociopathic, destructive ‘self-love’ epitomizing Trump’s bank-of-hatred blank cheques?

And if there was previously any doubt that Carson had essentially been morally bankrupted by his presidential bid (or, alternately, that the current election cycle has exposed a ‘liquidity of faith’ crisis that he has long lived with), his attempt to rationalise his endorsement of Trump when he appeared on American talk show The View on March 24 has dispelled it.

Pressed by the show’s moderator Whoopi Goldberg to address Trump’s racist comments about Mexicans and his noxious, Neanderthal views on women, Carson uttered what Daily Beast writer Matt Wilstein describes as “possibly the most honest and revealing thing he has said over the course of this entire election cycle.”

Carson, a prominent Seventh Day Adventist influencer said “Let me tell you something, when you’re very nice, when you’re very respectful, you talk about the real issues and not get into all these issues, where does it get you? It gets you where it got me: nowhere.”

But isn’t the urbane congeniality and ‘niceness’ of Barack Obama an important part of the complex of personal characteristics and socio-political circumstances that got him elected president of them thar United States – twice?!

Maybe if Carson had spent less time trying to undermine America’s first black president and more time trying to understand him, he would have cottoned on to this rather elephant’s-dung sized detail of Obama’s electoral success.

Maybe if he, like the divisive Trump, were not too preoccupied with blowing rhetorical raspberries or ventilating violent, vaporous-fart-like ideas about Obama’s links to Islam and other paranoid political invective, Carson would not have found himself in the intellectually insolvent and politically perilous position he is now in.

I am not without sympathy for the prominent African American neurosurgeon though.

 

 

President Barack Obama, Wikipedia
President Barack Obama, Wikipedia

 

 

In fact, I would happily work with Carson on the linguistic B4 Babel, the “alchemical” Walk on Water and other projects I am currently busying myself with, if he could be persuaded to acknowledge the error of endorsing the Hitler-like Trump and discontinue his British Broadcasting Corporation-like provision of cover for that media manipulator’s Jimmy Savile-like rape of their country.

Why would I not work with the Christian Carson for the benefit of society, on clearly agreed terms, when I am prepared, as previously stated here, to work with Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan and others with whom I differ ideologically?

In fact I actually reached out to Carson via email last year, seeking his support for my work with one of my Holistic Home Care and Hospitality clients in the UK.

And actually, Carson’s patently confused rationalizations and those of other political, academic and religious leaders in the US, UK, Canada, Barbados, India and elsewhere that I have been studying for some time, have convinced me of the urgent need for my organization’s B4 Babel and Walk On Water projects, and related efforts to advance a sound, historically grounded, individually empowering and social bonds building brand of spirituality.

That’s largely because from my perspective, the religiously conservative, politically misguided Carson’s concession to Trump’s prejudice playing, populist race-baiting propaganda is not just a sign of burp-like defects or ruptures in his own moral make-up but also a deeply disturbing indictment of African American Christianity.

It smacks of the mammon-focused, materialistic rationalizations of atheists like Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling and other secular humanists – including England MP Clive Lewis, who is implicated in a Barbados-sown ideologically motivated criminal conspiracy against me.

 

Clive Lewis in a 2015 photo
Clive Lewis in a 2015 photo

 

And like the former BBC reporter Lewis’ flagrant violation of journalistic principles of impartiality, Carson’s cow-towing to Trump is charged with the principle parroting, values voiding, contradictory “spiritual” energy of the nihilistic “Brahmin” author VS Naipaul and other caste coding commentators on the global community.

The violent, anal ‘vocalizations’ of African supremacists like my compatriot Sir Hilary Beckles and the murderous Norwegian Islamaphobe I call ‘Unders (short-for underachieving) Braveprick’ also come to mind readily.

So too do British trade unionists linked to the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy, and particularly the seemingly conscienceless, luddite lorry driver Harry Clarke, the key catalyst of that tragedy.

The man I dubbed a #BinLorryBinLadin, as I coupled him with British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (the “unapologetic trade unionist” Lewis’ party colleague), not only killed six people and injured fifteen others when he blacked-out behind the wheel of the bin lorry he was driving on December 22, 2014, but has since demonstrated a scandalously callous instinct for self-preservation, an indifference to norms of decency and gross insensitivity to the feelings and needs of the families and friends of his victims.

Coupled with revelations of previous blackouts he had suffered and his concealment of those mind burps from proper scrutiny, a morally putrid profile of Clarke emerges: an extremely foul, fart-like stench fixes to the unapologetic anus-approximating hole in his face.

And I would argue that the current corporate media-led preoccupation with artificial intelligence, or as I like to say ‘arsificial’ intelligence, in some ways represents a similar kind of  fart-like expression.

Indeed, given the media’s history of robotically puffing various ideas and personalities (from Randolph Hearst’s puffing of Billy Graham and being “born again” to the puffing of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, gay marriage and other contemporary orthodox vanities) Rupert Murdoch, David Thomson, Oprah Winfrey, Rev Sally Muggeridge and other media barons and baronesses, editorial influencers and ‘canonists’, might be characterized as portals of flatulent intelligence and burping bias justifiably.

I can certainly see how in my former evangelical fundamentalist fervour, Kardashian’s internet flashing of nude selfies would have seemed flagrantly fart-like to me, even if I acknowledged her compelling, formidable feminine beauty.

 

Quality Assurance Unit Programme Officers of the University of the West Indies
Quality Assurance Unit Programme Officers of the University of the West Indies. The women I know a little about.

 

And as suggested by the reference to her in the title of this article, I owe a considerable debt to Ms Kardashian whose posting of a nude selfie on International Women’s Day prompted me to reflect on how such showing off on that day in particular may have an inherent validity, as an expression of women’s erotic prowess and the centrality of that power in human procreation and its indispensable place in human ecology.

But my conservative instincts (yes, I’m a small ‘c’ conservative who writes about ‘Clinterests’ and ‘cliterati’) tempt me to recoil from the American reality television star’s immodesty.

On balance, the most judicious thing I can say about Kardashian’s serial exhibitionist behaviour is that in being both fecund-flowery and fart-like obscene, it voices the best and worst of human frailty, the beauty and terror that I cited previously.

And I would add that comparing Kardashian’s behaviour with the Trump-like attention seeking of her husband Kanye West, I find it hard to decide whose exhibitionism is more fart-loud extreme and obscene.

I have some sympathy for the journalist who dismisses Kardashian’s liberality as “just provocation and bluster, repeated images that seem to offer us some sort of truth or insight but are really just self serving.”

But being an “ass man” myself, as I wrote some years ago in an article about my on-going women’s ass sizes study, I disagree fundament-ally with the proposition that “Kim Kardashian’s ass is nothing but an empty promise.”

How could I endorse such a view when I am fully persuaded of the pulling power of Jennifer Lopez’s divine derriere – what I, alluding to Chaos theory, call the heterosexual ‘butt-to-fly’ effect of human ecology?

Perhaps the ancient, comically dismissive attitude to farting attested in the image I have featured above provides some resolution of my quandary.

Perhaps the endearing mind farting of comics like Sandi Toksvig and politicians like London Mayor Boris Johnson might bring us all some relief.

As I indicated in a recent tweet, I actually know of a buttocks named “Boris”, dubbed that name affectionately by myself and the owner of the buttocks in question.

She is a Norfolk, England-based admirer of the prominent, charismatic Tory (see #ButtNamedBoris) and one of my HHCH clients.

We “Christened” her buttocks “Boris” one day while jovially discussing my and her ‘blonde moments’: Joey Essex-like lapses in attention or transitory limits on intelligence that happen to even the most alert and intelligent of us occasionally.

But being mindful of London Mayor Johnson’s bias toward the ancient Greeks and Romans at the expense of more ancient and ongoing Afro-Asiatic contributions to human civilization and civility, I feel obliged to point out the butt-headed, fart-like futility that persistently stalks the most beautiful and best any civilization, colour, caste or class might achieve.

And likewise being mindful of the fart-like excesses and burp-approximating bigoted campaigns and emphases of the feminist and gay movements, to which the seasoned political animal Toksvig is linked, I feel obliged to point out that not all of her advocacy is perfume perfect.

Indeed, from my vantage point, some of her output positively reeks!

I recently tweeted a brief deconstructive analysis of Toksvig’s rather uncharitable criticism of the Duchess of Cambridge’s womanly appeal in 2013.

But it is Toksvig’s shocking readiness to absolve the BBC of responsibility for shielding Jimmy Savile’s pernicious paedophile and other violent and immoral sexual activities that offends my nose for the noble, fairness and accuracy most sharply.

 

Sandi Toksvig, compliments Wikipedia
Sandi Toksvig, compliments Wikipedia

 

Commenting on the Savile affair shortly after news of it had broken like a stink bomb globally, Toksvig said “I’m really sorry that the BBC got maligned in this way because they simply were not responsible, it was society.”

Well, I don’t know if the widely loved and admired, Oxford-educated comedienne might be able to justify that statement to herself on the basis of some definition of ‘humour’ she has studied.

But from where I stand such a selective failure of memory or mindfulness of the prominent morality-shaping role that the BBC plays, along with other media houses, the UK Parliament, the Church, academia and other ‘civilizing’ or socializing entities simply does not bear scrutiny.

It is as biased as any rationalization that Carson burped in his appearance on The View this week.

It smacks of the sordid side-stepping that some race, gender, religious and other human rights advocates are adept at when confronted by a failure to exercise their rights responsibly.

It reeks of the hypocritical, lopsided leftist reasoning that was apparently behind Toksvig’s denunciation of Kate Middleton’s prominence, saying “She achieved her position through marriage, she didn’t achieve her position through skill, talent.”

If marriage requires neither skill nor talent, what is it about that institution that would have Toksvig and other intelligent, progressive thinking gay rights activists wrench it from the grip and guardianship of the conservative religious traditionalists that have monopolized its definition for centuries?

Moreover, what is it about child-rearing that inclines Toksvig, Sir Elton John and other gay people to argue that the legal, semi-adoption parenting arrangements that they are obliged to employ at base level (where our ideological speculations meet butt-bound, biological reality) are essentially the same as what heterosexual parents achieve through their biological difference and complementarity?

And the more crucial question for me is what we may be losing, overlooking, subsuming, or otherwise forgetting about the biological and related fundamentals of human identity, in Carson-endorsing-Trump, faith-shipwrecking fashion, if we uncritically embrace Toksvig’s and others’ romantic, academically anaemic, armchair linguist understandings of the word “family”.

I think it is clear that despite her best intentions Toksvig, like all of us, is ever in danger of projecting her limitedly lit views beyond the proper domain of fantasy.

What Kardashian offers by flashing her buttocks, it might be said, Toksvig offers by aspirant ‘flashes of brilliance’ that mark her as less a writer and more a figure of divine comedy.

However, unlike author A N Wilson, who castigated Toksvig over her opportunistic criticism of Duchess Kate, I do not think Toksvig a bore or unfunny.

I value both the funny and serious sides of her wit and am sure that I would do so even more if she (and the BBC) could demonstrate more ideological impartiality and less atheistic leftist intransigence and inflexibility.

And some evidence of that in a ruling I am anticipating from a certain media monitoring body imminently would be greatly welcomed, auguring well not just for me but for all who recognize the importance of a free press to UK democracy.

Having been a target of both “antisocial socialist” and caprcious capitalist intransigence myself, I know only too well how any ideological overindulgence can lead to faithless, mechanical, involuntary fart-like expression.

Wilson, mentioned above, has opined that “The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational.”

Mind burps and farts, like Hilary Clinton’s extraordinary 2008 presidential campaign claim about coming under fire by snipers while on a diplomatic visit to Bosnia, may be construed as the inevitable consequences of Carson, Kardashian or Toksvig-like excessive, rushed ideological eating.

They may be construed as the brain’s way of minimally offensively eliminating the arrogant, violent and otherwise toxic thoughts that have motivated patently racist individuals like Beckles, Naipaul and Braveprick.

Based on my own experience of such toxic thinking, as an evangelical fundamentalist Pentecostal Christian, I know only one remedy for such ideological indigestion: humility.

I expect that the etiquette sensitive, manners minding Toksvig will agree with me that the words “pardon me” may be the most profound in any language.

As I say in TBBTR, however erudite or enlightened we are, those words, which take on peculiar significance for Christians every Easter season, must never be too far from our lips.

 

 

Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum

 

I close shortly with the true story of a Facebook ‘conversation’ I had recently which I believe demonstrates how in the face of extraordinary cruelty and hatred, humility can facilitate empathy, and in so doing prevent us from projecting our views onto others, essentially saving us from ourselves.

But first these insightful words from the character Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum) in the movie Jurassic Park, which may be interpreted as a warning of the dangers of eating what the sickly Triceratops featured in that film had dropped.

“The problem with the scientific power you’ve used is that it didn’t require any discipline to attain it.  You read what others had done and you took the next step . You didn’t earn the knowledge yourselves, so you don’t take the responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of others of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you knew what you had, you patented it, packaged it, slapped it on a plastic lunch box, and now you want to sell it.”

Having suffered a kind of intellectual rape myself, at the hands of both antisocial socialists and capricious capitalists in Barbados and England, these words resonated with me at a profound level when I first heard them.

They delineate the flip-side of Toksvig and others ‘ psychological transferring, which amounts to a kind of cognitive impersonation.

We might speculate that it is impossible for hate-driven people to either see or empathise with their perceived enemy because they in some ways have internalised and become that person, especially if that person’s behaviour is considered successful.

This would explain the behaviour of Barbadian ‘Mother Poet’  Margaret Gill and other Barbadian socialism preaching individuals toward me, on one hand, and the equally hostile feelings I seem to inspire among business people like Surinder Kandola of Domino’s Pizza (UK) on the other.

 

My comment

 

I am indebted to a stranger named Sarah King who recently got me  ‘blue sky’ thinking about a punishment befitting the butcher of Utøya, Braveprick, who murdered 80 of his fellow Norwegian citizens on July 22, 2011.

Commenting on a Channel 4 News clip of that Neanderthal Norwegian’s recent court room Nazi salute and self-contented smile as he claimed the very human rights he denied his victims, King wrote “tether him to the bottom of a f___ing toilet and let people sh_t on him like the dirt he is. scumbag”

Immediately recognizing the fallacy of letting the lunatic murderer think he has infected anyone else with the hatred that is his hollow soul’s solace, I responded to King with my own penal proposal. I wrote:

“Why would you want to subject anyone’s arse to the torture of being in this neanderthal throw-back’s presence for more than a second, Sarah King?

“It’s bad enough having to endure news reports on him and Donald Trump in the same 24 hour period!

“Moreover, I’m sure we can find more productive, creative uses for our faeces.

“Save your sh_t. For him, a sigh is expression enough.

 

References

http://blog.alexheath.me/post/5450078117/skubala-the-apostle-paul-uses-the-word-shit

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/03/24/whoopi-goldberg-goes-off-on-ben-carson-for-trump-support-this-guy-is-a-racist.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1906_San_Francisco_earthquake

http://www2.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/exhibits/LA49/09memories06.html

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13127990.Sandi_Toksvig_minds_her_manners/

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://mashable.com/2016/03/19/kanye-kissing-kanye-mural/#lpJ4XuB4.8qp

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-convicted-killing-daughter-horror-7601760

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of Clinterests and Cliterati: an ‘Action Jackson’ script, Sir Elton John’s grip and Mohini Harris ‘socialism’ (Mouth of the beast – part 3)

 

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Religious scholars urge Israeli Knesset not to ratify repressive religious law

Below I have reproduced an open letter sent to the members of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, by members of CESNUR (English: Center for Studies on New Religions, Italian: Centro Studi sulle Nuove Religioni), imploring them not to pass a seemingly repressive law.

The law is intended to restrict the operations of groups defined as “cults”.

However, according to CESNUR, it is based on “faulty notions of ‘cult’ and ‘brainwashing,'” which were “discredited long ago among scholars”.

The CESNUR letter, signed by CESNUR founder-director Massimo Introvigne, an Italian sociologist and attorney and religious scholars from Europe, the Americas and Australia, says the proposed law “would introduce the possibility of declaring the members of new religious movements mentally incompetent, thus opening the way to the practice of deprogramming, which most courts around the world have declared illegal and criminal.”

CESNUR was established in 1988 by a group of religious scholars from universities in Europe and the Americas, working in the field of new religious movements. It defines itself as being independent of any religious group, church, denomination or association. It has evolved into a network of scholars and organizations who study the field.

 

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Photograph of Knesset copied from CESNUR website.


Dear Sirs:

We are scholars who have devoted a substantial part of our career to the study of new religious movements, sometimes referred to as “cults” in the media. Indeed, one of the most studied topics in our field is the so called “cult wars” of the late 20th century in the United States and Europe, when a societal reaction developed against the success in the West of new religious movements, either imported from Asia or domestic ones. Parents and the media did not understand why youths might be willing to sacrifice their careers in order to spend their lives in an exotic religious organization. A handful of psychologists imported from Cold War American propaganda against Communism the notion of “brainwashing,” arguing that these youths did not join the groups voluntarily but were manipulated by sinister “gurus” using mysterious mind control techniques. These therapists and their supporters labeled the groups allegedly using “brainwashing” as “cults.” Lawsuits were instituted against “cults” for the assumed use of “brainwashing” and anti-cult statutes were proposed in several U.S. states.

Sociologists and other social scientists reacted against the “brainwashing” theories, claiming that they were not part of accepted science and were used as a simple tool to deny religious liberty to unpopular groups labeled as “cults.” The argument, they claimed, was circular: we know that certain groups are “cults” because they use “brainwashing,” and we know that they use “brainwashing” because, rather than persuading young people to embrace “reasonable” spiritual teachings, they spread bizarre forms of belief, i.e. they are “cults.” Anti-cult activists and therapists countered that public opinion and governments should not believe academic social scientists, who were often “cult apologists” or “hired guns” for the “cults,” but instead give credence to the “victims” accounts. The latter were the disgruntled ex-members who had left the “cults,” either spontaneously or after the forcible intervention – called “deprogramming” – of self-styled “counselors,” who kidnapped the “cultists,” kept them confined, and submitted them to various forms of psychological and often physical violence.

In the end a massive number of studies proved that “cults” accused of using the so called “brainwashing” techniques obtained a very low percentage of conversions, proving that these techniques, if they existed at all, were not very successful. Scholars also explained why “apostates,” i.e. ex-members who left a group and had a score to settle, were not the most reliable witnesses about what happened in their former organizations. They added that only a few ex-members became militant “apostates,” i.e. active opponents of the groups they had left. Most ex-members quietly pursued other interests and when they were interviewed, remembered their past experience with no particular ill feelings. However, since only apostates contacted the media, their point of view came to be wrongly regarded as representative of the average ex-members, while in fact it reflected the views of a minority only. It should be added that the word “apostate” is used by sociologists as a technical term and does not imply any derogatory judgement.

In 1990 in the case U.S. v. Fishman, a federal court in California concluded that “brainwashing” was not a scientific concept and that testimony about “cults” based on the brainwashing theory was not admissible in American courts of law. Fishman was the beginning of the end for the American anti-cult movement’s social relevance, and proposals for anti-cult or anti-brainwashing statutes were quietly dropped by their proponents. Deprogramming was considered illegal in most court cases, and some deprogrammers went to jail. Nevertheless, “brainwashing” theories and anti-cultism remained popular in other countries, although similar academic criticism prevented anti-cult laws from being passed in most countries of the world. One exception was the French About-Picard law of 2001, but once it was passed, it was rarely applied.

Viewed from abroad, what is going on in Israel appears as a curious remake of the “cult wars” that we witnessed decades ago in the United States and Europe. As it happened during the “cult wars” a small number of apostates, who were not typical of the majority of members who left the new religious movements harboring no particular grievance against them, were promoted by the moral entrepreneurs of the anti-cult movement. They were mistaken for typical ex-members and received a disproportionate attention by certain media.

Esteemed members of the Knesset:

You have now in front of you a law proposal based on the faulty notions of “cult” and “brainwashing,” discredited long ago among scholars, which would introduce the possibility of declaring the members of new religious movements mentally incompetent, thus opening the way to the practice of deprogramming, which most courts around the world have declared illegal and criminal.

Those who support the law rely on the experiences of a few disgruntled ex-members. In some cases, less than ten ex-members are regarded as the only reliable sources about groups including thousands of followers. This approach is not part of social science, nor is it part of common sense. Militant anti-cultists have a very limited and partial experience of the groups they criticize based on the anecdotical stories of a few former members, unlike professional scholars who use broader quantitative and qualitative methods and whose works, before being published, are thoroughly reviewed by their peers.

In the few countries where they have been passed, laws based on theories such as “brainwashing” have been used to discriminate against minority groups whose ideas are regarded as unpopular or marginal. Under the guise of punishing deeds rather than creeds, in fact, it is precisely creeds that are judged and punished. We certainly do not deny that some new religious movements commit crimes or harm their followers. They should be investigated and prosecuted according to the general laws. Special laws that make “being a cult” a crime, or that punish the imaginary wrongdoing of “brainwashing” are tools aimed at denying basic religious freedoms to groups that have committed no real crimes.

We respectfully urge you not to pass the proposed law,

Yours faithfully

Massimo Introvigne
Professor of Sociology of Religions
Pontifical Salesian University, Torino, Italy
Managing Director, CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions), Torino, Italy

Milda Alisauskiene
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

Phillip Arnold
The Reunion Institute, Houston, Texas

Torang Asadi
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

David V Barrett
Author, The New Believers, London

David G. Bromley
Professor, Religious Studies and Sociology
Director, World Religions and Spirituality Project
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

George D. Chryssides
Honorary Research Fellow in Religious Studies, York St John University, UK
Formerly Head of Religious Studies, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Carole M. Cusack
Professor of Religious Studies
The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

Régis Dericquebourg
Groupe de Sociologie des Religions et de la laïcité
Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris, France

Bernard Doherty
School of Theology
Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia

David Frankfurter
Professor of Religion
Boston University

Liselotte Frisk
Professor in Religious Studies
Dalarna University, Sweden

Ann Gleig
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Editor, Religious Studies Review
University of Central Florida, Orlando

John R. Hall
Research Professor
University of California – Davis

Jean-Pierre Laurant
Groupe Société, Religions, Laïcité
École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France

Scott Lowe
Professor Emeritus, Philosophy and Religious Studies
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Philip Lucas
Professor of Religious Studies
Stetson University, DeLand, Florida

J. Gordon Melton
Distinguished Professor of American Religious History
Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Timothy Miller
Professor of Religious Studies
University of Kansas

Rebecca Moore
Reviews Editor
Nova Religio

Alex Norman
Division of Social Sciences
University of California – Davis

Susan Jean Palmer
Professor of Religious Studies
Dawson College, Montréal, Québec

James T. Richardson
Foundation Professor of Sociology and Judicial Studies
Director, Judicial Studies Program
University of Nevada, Reno

Bernadette Rigal-Cellard
Professor of North American Literature and Civilization
Université Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux 3, France

Jean E. Rosenfeld
Retired scholar
Formerly with University of California – Riverside

Richard C. Salter
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York

Rodney Stark
Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences
Baylor University, Waco, Texas

James D. Tabor
Department of Religious Studies
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Catherine Wessinger
Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J., Professor of the History of Religions
Loyola University New Orleans

Donald A. Westbrook
Professor (Hoogleraar)
Faculty for the Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism (FVG), Antwerp, Belgium
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Church History
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena

Stuart A. Wright
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Social Work & Criminal Justice
Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

PierLuigi Zoccatelli
Deputy Director
CESNUR, Torino, Italy

 

 

Hilary’s Clinterests, Owen Arthurs’ houracle & Mia Mottley’s mythology (Mouth of the Beast – part 2)

 

Hilary Clinton, Mia Motley, Owen Arthur - composite image
Hilary Clinton, Mia Motley, Owen Arthur – composite image

 

Background

Given the obscurity of the Book of Revelation, the complexity of United States-Barbados-British relations, the minefield that intersects at gender, race and religious politics and other themes that I am pursuing simultaneously in this series of articles I think it is vital that I offer the following background and statement of Clinterests.

My unshakable conviction that Barbados’ Honorary Consul to India, Dr Philomena Mohini Harris, University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor professor Sir Hilary Beckles, former prime minister Owen Arthur, current Opposition, Barbados Labour Party leader Mia Mottley and other crucially still alive Barbadians, are at the centre of life and death situations that require urgent, meticulously managed attention, also mandates that I communicate as forthrightly and forcefully as possible.

I am also mindful of what I consider former PM Arthur’s finest hour, possibly, when in 2005 he announced he would not be accepting a $33,000+ pay increase to which a public service pay review had deemed him entitled.

My awareness of how I may benefit personally from what I share here sparks a similar ambivalence.

But I break that tension and rise above that “awkward moment”, to use Arthur’s words, because I am motivated by a profound politics engaging and transcending duty of care to alert Barbadian, American, British, Indian, Nigerian and other citizens to the self-destructive, Talibank thinking that, like billionaire beast Donald Trump, confuses bullying cowardice with courage and equates glory-grabbing with the greatness that can only come from doing good.

This, incidentally, is also Hilary Clinton’s main challenge – as her male machismo mimicking, media courting, fictitious Bosnia bullets ducking ‘awkward moment’ of the 2008 presidential contest exposed.

Herein lies the tragedy of the Trump spectacle: his obvious oblivion to the fact that his campaign is a study in Al Queda approximating ‘Al Koh’l-ism’ (Read about the roots of alcohol in Arabian vanity here).

True greatness will not always be appreciated or celebrated, even when it is understood.

And greatness shouldn’t always be celebrated, because at our greatest we are still fallible.

This is why I have not given up on Clinton, a Christ-bride, church-like figure: a virtual “woman clothed with the sun”, whose fallibility is apt to be exposed in her most public moments.

It is why I maintain a fundamental goodwill toward Barbados Labour Party leader Mia Mottley, though I remain critical of her ‘down low’ demagoguery and am not likely to ever support her prime ministerial ambitions.

My views on Clinton, Arthur, Mottley, Mohini and others reflects my acceptance of the complementarity between the divine and the human that fundamentalist evangelical atheists, with the best will in the world, will never be able to grasp.

And what hope have any of us of competently engaging with the divine ‘sense of humour’ that would bring together a tale of ‘three Hilarys’ (Clinton of the US, Beckles of Barbados and Benn of England) if we cannot navigate the alternating light and darkness behind all reality?

What hope have any of us of recognizing and realizing the vital cosmic relief that we need to survive the bestial, brutish routine of our daily communicating if we have no sense of the universe’s comic timing?

Wake up!

On Thursday, 29 November, 2007 at 13:00 hours local Caribbean time an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 shook Barbadians’ excessive self-reliance.

I was driving my ‘half-sister’ Yvette’s car along Howell’s Cross Road at the time and had just come adjacent to the Barbados Community College when I felt the effects of the road shifting under it.

I brought the car to a halt and then watched as utility poles lining that road swayed.

But another seven or eight years would pass before I realized the significance of where I was on that eve of Barbados’ 21st Independence Day celebrations.

I certainly had no inkling of the shadowy, shockingly superficial yet deeply destabilizing, Iago-like role played in my business affairs by poet-educator Esther Phillips, a former BCC lecturer.

It would be longer still before I sensed the numinous or symbolic significance of my relationship with the owner of the car I was driving: the sister who was ‘adopted’ by my father, as Nero had been by Claudius, and who has habitually been informing our other siblings and I that while she may have received the least formal education, she is the most intelligent “of all of mummy’s children”.

However, less than two months after that Barbados earthquake, on Wednesday, 27 February, 2008, at 00:56, I experienced the Lincolnshire earthquake while sitting in my home in Norfolk, a neighbouring English county.

Having been a student of the oracular and the obscure for several years by the time I experienced those ‘twin’ earthquakes, I was deeply affected by the experience.

So by the time Barbados was shaken by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on Tuesday, 18 February, 2014, I was well placed to anticipate what would follow in England: the magnitude 4:1 earthquake that struck in the Bristol Channel two days later, on Thursday, February 20.

Since then I have been chronicling increasing, uncharacteristic seismic activity in and around Barbados with varying degrees of anxiety, optimism and fascination.

I have also been ‘mapping the coordinates’ of psycho-socially ground-shaking events within ‘Revelatory triangles’, typically linking Barbados, the UK and North America (including Canada) but also Barbados, the UK and India-Pakistan, the cite of Dr Mohini’s roots.

These biblical Book of Revelation-like events include:

  • the tragic killing of Jamaican Khalil Campbell by Barbadian Rodney Beckles, son of current University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles, on 4 January, 2007
  • the subsequent staging of the Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean between 13 March and 28 April that same year
  • the shocking and controversial death during that World Cup of the Pakistani team’s coach, South African Bob Woolmer, in Jamaica on 18 March
  • The death some months later, on 15 October of key Barbadian cricket administrator and CWC 2007 organizer Stephen Alleyne
  • the election of beast-like orator Barack Obama as Americas first black president in 2008,
  • the Campus Trendz inferno that ended the lives of five young women and one female toddler on 4 September 2010,
  • the untimely death on 23 October 2010 of Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson, a close business and political associate of professor Beckles’.
  • The ‘Malcolm in the middle’ medical-juridical media convergence event of 2 April, 2013, in which two doctors, one medical (like Dr Mohini), the other academic-juridical, but both named Malcolm Grant, were prominently featured on the same day, in two superficially unrelated news reports originating in Britain and Barbados.
  • The deaths of the babies or small children of three leaders: Barbadian Rastafarian elder Iral Talma (in 2001 or 2002), the afore mentioned PM Arthur (in May 2007) and his British counterpart David Cameron (2009).

 

My study of the timing and related characteristics of these and other events has convinced me of the validity of the view of the world in which I and other oracles ‘live and move and have our being’, in line with the biblical teaching of Acts 17:28.

Pearl Bayliss-Woods of Elim Pentecostal church in Norfolk was healed of multiple sclerosis in 1998 and can attest to the reality of divine intervention.

As can my friend “K” (previously identified as ‘Steven’, if I recall correctly), a penitent homosexual healed of full-blown AIDS while on his deathbed in Barbados.

I believe that Pearl and K would affirm the perilous state of the human condition, and especially the threats to our children, born and unborn, that is encapsulated in the message of Revelation.

Standing with Karl Jung, albeit with qualifications, as I consider his alleged beast-like sexual over-familiarity with at least one female child reprehensible, I affirm and echo his concern that:

“Modern man does not understand how much his ‘rationalism’ (which has destroyed his capacity to respond to numinous symbols and ideas) has put him at the mercy of the psychic ‘underworld’. He has freed himself from ‘superstition’ (or so he believes), but in the process he has lost his spiritual values to a positively dangerous degree. His moral and spiritual tradition has disintegrated, and he is now paying the price for this break-up in worldwide disorientation and dissociation.”

Like Pearl of divine providence, and K, an oracle for those who have ears to hear, Jung’s life and work, like my own, attests to the divine-human concursus that transcends race, religion, gender, language and similar temporal-spatial classifications.

It attests to the access we can all enjoy to the mustard seed science that moves the earth.

 

 

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When former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur speaks, I’m inclined to listen.

After all, it took exceptional survival skills for that former big beast of Caribbean and international politics to survive the minefield of Barbados’ fundamentally incestuous, cruelly colour-coded and otherwise complicated political landscape and firmament.

And as Barbados’ longest serving PM to-date, the former Barbados Labour Party leader Arthur didn’t just survive our island’s rough and tumble, Russia-entangled, American-stranglehold-mangled, declining-British-imperial-ties-testing political furnace: he excelled in it.

With a rhetorical subtlety and inclusive, soft power appeal that aligns him more closely with Clinton than Trump, arguably, Arthur rose above Barbados’ legacy of gender, racial and religious disunity and divisiveness as he preached a gospel of socio-political inclusion and cohesiveness.

As biographer James Manheim notes, Arthur was quoted in Current Leaders of Nations as saying “No country can ever truly develop unless it finds the means of engrossing everyone in the task of nation building, whatever their class, creed, colour or political persuasion.”

Like the apostolic church builder, the ‘Man from St Peter’ stood like a Colossus, bestriding the geopsychic landscape of Barbados’ dependent, independent and interdependent history.

Visibly and invisibly building on foundations laid for him by his prime ministerial predecessors Errol Barrow, Tom Adams, Bernard St John and, especially Erskine Sandiford, in whose political demise he played a key role, ironically, ‘King Arthur’ consolidated the multi-jewelled crown of their collective achievements: Barbados’, internationally admired and emulated “social partnership”.

As the literacy-limited, charisma-curbed educator Sandiford floundered under the weight of ideological and personal conflicts that emerged after he controversially assumed the leadership of the Democratic Labour Party, then Opposition leader Arthur seized the initiative, virtually hijacking the Sandiford crystallized social compact, the first ever tried and tested labour and capital reconciling national development preserving and perpetuating pact in the world, reputedly.

And for 14 years that shrewd beast Arthur, Barbados’ longest serving PM to date flourished.

Until his crown was lifted by another political big beast: a tough-talking-Trump-like, political stage monopolizing “woman clothed with the sun” (Revelation 12:1); his BLP party colleague Mia Mottley.

Aided and abetted by the truth subverting hubris of professor Sir Hilary Beckles, David Comissiong and other reverse racists (dubbed Negrocrats by Arthur), the connivance of Clinterest motivated male and female fundamentalist feminists, a number of religion manipulating opportunists and other dragon-driven allies in the Barbadian, Caribbean and international communities, Mottley undermined Arthur, amplifying his shortcomings and understating the good he had achieved.

Something I am sure many a good husband will understand: even giving our best may not be enough.

This is not to say that Arthur was blameless in his own eventual defeat.

As I have been careful to point out in the first article in this series, we are all fallible, being fallen Adam and Eve’s seed.

And this idea of ‘the fall’ is clearly as prominent a theme in the Apocalypse (Revelation) John received on the isle of Patmos as it is in the Genesis account of humanity’s creation and evolution.

So too is the principle of male-female interdependence that I have until now been dancing around.

But those familiar with my Woman-I-Zen project, in which the speech impaired Norfolk mystic and ‘oracle’ Janice Gurney is prominent will have some idea of the centrality of this theme in my life and work. As I argue in my 2005 essay Fundamentalist Feminism, a healthy recognition of male-female complementarity and interdependence is the indispensable prerequisite of all sound, sustainable social partnership: the indispensable basis of coherent, cohesive social interaction.

I also revisited this theme indirectly in a brief Twitter exchange about gay parenting and adoption issues with BBC broadcaster Kenan Malik, a non-identical thought twin of Sanders’ adviser Richard Sugarman, ostensibly.

That was on 21 July 2015.

I had not yet heard of Sanders, so far as I am aware.

And until 18 February, 2016, at approximately 20:00, I had not known of his child adopting background, as I had not yet read his Wikipedia page.

 

To be continued…

References

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Caribbean-cannot-waste-its-democracy—Owen-Arthur_19219233

Social Partnership


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Sugarman
http://www.foreign.gov.bb/articles.cfm?articletype=2&start=4&year=2008
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adair_Turner,_Baron_Turner_of_Ecchinswell
http://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/stephen-alleyne-1-696016
http://www.anguillanews.com/enews/index.php/permalink/3624.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenan_Malik