Happy birthday Kate and kill all sociopaths.

No blog yesterday, Kate’s birthday was a full on all day, thanks to Laurice and Alison for preparing house and food and making sure I didn’t do too much and tire my poor little body. Thanks to everyone who came and made it a grand day for Kate. Was supposed to be just an afternoon affair, finished about midnight. We had 12 sitting on our new sofa, new suite great for entertaining. Cake sparkler thingy donated by Jo and Den worked well.

So good for me to be able to participate, drank steadily and enjoyed all the tastes of different drinks and foods, still find hot and spicy too much for my sensitive mouth and throat. As Kate said to think of the state I was in less than a month ago there was no way we could anticipate then the possibility of having such a day yesterday, and there’s more to come!

Mark and Pam’s card included an absolutely lovely card from their daughter Sam, beautifully expressed sentiments and funny observations, brought a tear and a smile to my crabby face, thanks Sam.

Well the corporate mindset is really exposed with their pathetic attempts to prevent plain packaging for cigarettes. On Friday’s toady programme some klepto called axel gietz put forward a ridiculous argument that packaging doesn’t encourage anyone to take up smoking, if it doesn’t then why keep it? Of course tobacco sellers want to keep replacing those who die from smoking and the quitters and brand and product placement are vital to corporations. Just think how many of us are brainwashed by all the brand marketing, how influenced we are by labels? As Rachel Cooke’s article describes gietz has an ally in the form of the grinning gargoyle who will go into a shop to buy his fags and ask for a defunct brand and the poor assistant unable to find it behind the screen is then asked to get the manager. What a wag the gargoyle is, of course the twat is also against plain packaging.

Sometimes I wonder why I write my ranty political bollocks, who or what is it for. Well I don’t have an answer but when I read stuff like Lucy Mangan’s piece in yesterday’s Grauniad: “If you don’t understand how people fall into poverty, you’re probably a sociopath”, I get angry and very sad and writing about it in this blog affords me the opportunity to express such and hopefully cause at least one reader to share my feelings or even to attempt to justify the behaviour of those such as ian duncan smith. I do believe he is a sociopath, in private he may well be a caring, thoughtful and funny being (sorry if I’ve upset some of you reading these words in association with such a sociopathic twat), but what he is implementing with his universal benefits and the way it is being implemented is deeply nasty, in my opinion evil. My thoughts are reflected in this comment to Ms Mangan’s article: ” Ignorance? Or willful neglect? How often do we allow our rulers the undeserved luxury of claiming ‘ignorance’ when it is clear that a more aggressive process was being pursued? Lucy is right. But does not go far enough. The willful neglect of the vulnerable, being actively pursued in order to further the greed of the Bulliboys, bankers and cankers is bad enough. But worse is the deliberate and persistent slagging off and foulmouthing of those who are unfortunate and in desperate need of support. That is truly sociopathic. True psychological dysfunction.”

What deepens my anger and sadness is the apparent willingness of so many people to believe the tory propaganda, and help them propagate it. Our supposed political discourse is so coarse and corrupted.

Enough, on this day after a wonderful day for Kate, would that many more people in the world could also have and share such times with each other.

Manifesto 70: all those who make up and implement social policy have to personally experience it’s effects for at least 1 month.

Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.

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3 thoughts on “Happy birthday Kate and kill all sociopaths.

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE! 50 is a fun milestone! Neither here nor there. 50 is the new 16 they say ;-).

    Now, I have to address Duncan’s very prolific recent posts – he is clearly getting better (health-wise and with his writing) although I appreciate he is still awaiting the priests’ all clear. The spirit will see him through. The treatment is one thing, but the zest for life and the love is what will ultimately make the difference. It is what happens NOW that has the biggest influence on outcomes, no? My hopes and prayers and love are with you.

    So, ahem, yes it is a shame if not voting assists the Tories to win. But I cannot feel guilty about that as there are higher principles at stake and in any event Labour (surely an anachronym – new word) and the Tories (certainly anachronistic) are really the same thing. It is like going to a shop where the only product on the shelf is stale mouldy bread, although you do have a choice of the colour of the bag it come in – red, blue, yellow, green, purple and so on. Trouble is we forget coz the shop only opens for one day every five years. I almost hope the Tories win so the voters don’t get that feeling of bitter disappointment when the product comes out of the bag. Time to stop going to that shop and set up our own one methinks. Greece may be different. We shall see, but I fear not.

    Perhaps they should count the non-votes and treat them as a vote for no government. I think we would win an overall majority – maybe even every single seat in the House of Conmens. All those empty seats – what a joy to contemplate. Without their PR front men the Kleptos arses will be well exposed.
    One of the problems with voting is that it signals support for a corrupt system and if the party we vote for gets in we are responsible for what it does, no? Although they would have us think otherwise – “Leave it to us big boys to make these decisions and don’t worry your tiny mind. Look, if you vote you have played your part in the democratic process and you don’t then have to worry about trying to change things, which is quite hard and, let’s face it, you are too busy grinding out a living and just want to watch football (some great results yesterday), shag and get pissed in your spare time. We will get on with the hard work of changing things, or keeping them the same, so we get the world we want and you can have your pitiful little wants. Sound fair?” If we go along with this then we are playing into their hands.

    Let’s learn a lesson from the Kleptos. They don’t have any central organisation. There is no ‘movement’ or ‘conspiracy’ that they sign up to. They just recognise their own kind and help each other. All very sweet really … if they were the only people in the world. If the top 99% (that’s us) were as sharing and caring we would be more powerful than them (the bottom 1%) and we would get the world we want. Thinking of ourselves as the top 99% will help, I think.

    Just finished Owen Jones’ The Establishment. Lots of good stuff, although he does drone on a bit. Also makes the cardinal error of using a z when it should be an s which I find very annoying. I love his suggestion that the railways should not be re-nationalized (see what I mean) but transferred to a trust run by the passengers and the workers. One of the things that pisses me off is ‘corporate management’ and the self-serving argument that you need a multi-tiered system of management with very highly skilled ‘management stars’ at the pinnacle of the pyramid. You don’t. And the only reason they have the middle layers of pen-pushers is to help justify their inflated pay packages. I reckon three passenger representatives and three worker representatives (all unpaid for this role) could run a railway system. Management is not a science; it is just common sense. Hope I don’t sound too much like a housewife from Grantham here ;-).

    Have now started reading Brand’s ‘Revolution’. Jeez, the guy is such a dweeb, but I have actually got more out of it than Owen Jones’ sterile diatribe. Just one gem to share: Let us all immediately stop using ‘titles’. No more ‘Your Majesty’ or ‘Sir’ or ‘Doctor’ or ‘Professor’ or ‘Your Honour’ or ‘Your Highness’ or ‘The Reverend’ … Can we not just implement this immediately? I will.

    Just finished Owen Jones’ The Establishment. Lots of good stuff, although he does drone on a bit. Also makes the cardinal error of using a z when it should be an s which I find very annoying. A few gems though. I love his suggestion that the railways should not be re-nationalized (see what I mean) but transferred to a trust run by the passengers and the workers. One of the things that pisses me of is ‘corporate management’ and the self-serving argument that you need a multi-tiered system of management with very highly skilled ‘management stars’ at the pinnacle of the pyramid. You don’t. And the only reason they have the middle layers of pen-pushers is to help justify their inflated pay packages. I reckon three passenger representatives and three worker representatives (unpaid for this role) could run a railway system. Management is not a science; it is just common sense. Hope I don’t sound too much like some housewife from Grantham here ;-).

    Have now started reading Brand’s ‘Revolution’. Jeez, the guy is such a dweeb / self-obsessed prat. But I have actually got more out of it than Owen Jones’ sterile diatribe. Just one gem to share for now: Let us all immediately stop using ‘titles’. No more ‘Your Majesty’ or ‘Sir’ or ‘Doctor’ or ‘Professor’ or ‘Your Honour’ or ‘Your Highness’ or ‘The Reverend’ … Can we not just implement this immediately? I will be doing so.

    Oryx and Crake – brilliant from Atwood. I see it as a deliberately exaggerated perspective on the present rather than the future – in the same vein as 1984 which was, as I understand it, based on the world as it was in 1948. The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam are also necessary reading – the horrific sequels.
    Well that’s it for me for tonite (ha ha). Looks like Syriza are going to win. Let’s just hope it isn’t a false dawn. At the very least it will be a poke up the backsides for the Kleptos.

    Keep on keeping on my friend and our many friends a-spread – is that a word?

    Lotza love.

    D xxx

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    1. Like your take on the 99% David and the latest manifesto is get rid of all titles. I so agree with you on the CEO kleptos thinking they’re stars like they are in films of playing at old trafford – the twats. Also of the lower down managers and all their pen pushing, they produce endless policies which no one reads, or at least those who have some will to live don’t read, or produce endlessly reductive risk bollocks, it’s all madness.
      love Duncan

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