What’s “Left”?


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2From all the pablum about “lefties” coming from the right wing press, you’d think there actually was a “Left”. There isn’t. Being “left” of outright Nazism simply means you’re a member of the human race. You hedonist, you.

The “Left” of right wing mythology doesn’t even exist. Everything which refers to any social issue is called “socialism”, which merely reflects the appalling lack of education of those doing so. There is no “movement”, mainly because nobody ever thought it necessary to create one.

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About this so-called “Left” – See any wild-eyed proletariats running around talking about the 5 year plan and armed revolution? See any collective farms getting set up in Manhattan with fat, smug, commissars? How about glorious decisions to build a new tractor, ironically enough at the tractor factory?

That’s Left, old school, direct from 1917 to you and hasn’t had an original idea since. The old Left is gone, and good riddance. It completely ignored the gulags, the genocide, the Great Leap off a Cliff in China, etc., etc. It got lost in words and concepts it didn’t really understand.

Then there’s the ideologies called “Left”. A more pathetic collection of brain dead clichés you couldn’t wish to see. So you think people need health care, education, housing, etc., you revolutionary hero? Whaddya want, a medal for seeing the obvious? Just do it, you bloody clowns. Less verbiage, more results. Ideologies come and go; humanity needs more than verb candy.

Personal perspective on the Left

According to some of those political surveys, I’m a bit “left” of the Greens. That’s ironic, because I came from a background that makes the traditional conservatives of today look like raging libertarians, and my views haven’t changed much over the years I think that means that I don’t bother lugging around a lot of dogma and buzzwords. Not as though I care, of course, but it’s interesting to see these political definitions waddling around like self-important two year olds. I’ve now seen a few generations of this claptrap, and I think it’s time for a change.

I’ve watched the ha-ha Left since the 1970s. The first thing I learned was that like the Right, any new information is very unwelcome. The pack of ideological recitals I saw left no space for opinions of any kind, particularly not new ones.

The old Left, like the Right, seemed to glory in its own obsolescence. A few mouldy old clichés, and you were Ideologically Correct. Particularly if you had no idea what you were talking about. Reality and the old Left parted company before the Second World War. When Stalin arrived, the original Left, Marxism, and everything else died. The image of communism was its ghost, in so many ways.

Then came the counterculture. There WAS a real counterculture. It’s about as close to a real Left as Western civilization has ever achieved. Again, it was “left” because it was well outside the right wing spectrum, not because it had any real socialist credentials.

Free food, free shops, anti-violence, you name it; a lot of good ideas arrived and were put in to practice. These ideas were finally received by an audience which was actually interested. It couldn’t last, of course. The eternally idiotic mainstream media created an image of crime, disease and drugs, and suburbia, which is by nature terrified of everything, retreated to its eternal bunker of smug ignorance.

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, AmazonFor me, it proved a point – The middle class is the middle class. Try holding a revolution in a supermarket and see what happens. Not much. The middle class is quite happy to let things run on rails, as long as it doesn’t bother them. Genocide, pole to pole toxic waste, all is OK just so long as they don’t have to think about it or actually have a personal opinion, and they’re fine.

By the end of the Cold War, the “Left” had run out of sponsors and credibility. Most of it had never had any talent, aka real ideas, so the whole thing wound up in a sort of historical landfill. Nobody was ever “Left” in the brave new vacuum of No Think Politics.

For many years now, I and other writers have been referring to the old “Left” as “leftovers”. Stale, old, out of date, shallow, and more.

Consider:

  • Social programs are not “Left”. They’re a matter of social responsibility.
  • Human rights are not “Left”. They’re common sense, and some of the very little common sense which has ever intruded on human history.
  • Environmentalism is not “Left”. It’s good management. The old Left, in fact, is directly responsible for some of the most toxic landscapes on Earth.
  • Feminism is not “Left”. It’s proper acknowledgement of 51% of the human species. Case closed.
  • Health is not “Left”. It’s about survival. Need a map for that one?
  • Education is not “Left”. It’s about skills needed in a modern world.
  • Housing is not “Left”. It’s about human needs.
  • Social justice is not “Left”. It’s even part of the Pledge of Allegiance, “justice for all”. You’d think even the Right would get that.
  • Poverty is not “Left”. It’s humanity’s worst and oldest enemy. Destroy it.

The only thing “Left” about these things is that these are the issues the Right refuses to even acknowledge, let alone do anything about.

The Left, in effect, is being defined by the Right. That’s Left as it now is.

The Time for Being Polite about the “Left” is over

OK, that’s as polite as I’m going to be. The default Left is also being absolutely useless in terms of achievements.

About that list above:

  • Social programs: If the government won’t start them, you start them. Get off your damn arses.
  • Human rights: These can be enforced in the courts, and by active resistance to their abuse by any means available. Do it, don’t just talk about it.
  • Environmentalism: Start land repair, toxic waste removal, etc. There’s no law against them. Buy the land with your group chump change. Create safe havens for animals, plants, etc. Protect water sources, soils, and the biological structures of the local ecology. You can’t go far wrong.
  • Feminism: The more emphasis on merit, the more likely to succeed feminism will be. Don’t make it a mere quota system for some of the girls in better paying jobs, which is trivialising the rest of the whole idea of feminism.
  • Health: Set up clinics, set up supports, source better costs for those who need them. No talk at all about this, get the professionals to do it. Most will be only too happy to do so.
  • Education: Literacy is the difference between a social cripple and a human being. Illiteracy must go, and go for good if humanity intends to survive this total meltdown of global management. Teach, support teaching, whatever; get on with it.
  • Housing: You can now 3D print a whole house in a day or so. Get cracking.
  • Social justice: This is another right, in case anyone has forgotten. Enforce through pro bono law, enforce through practical living options. Just do it.
  • Poverty: Create a training, and launch system to get people out of poverty, and just apply it. Prosperity defeats poverty by creating the economic synergies required.

See any impossibilities in that little collection of basics? No? So why the hell is it taking so long to achieve anything? Talk is way too cheap, and it’s costing people their dignity and their chances of decent lives.

You can stick your endless self-righteous chatter up your arses. God knows, it may be the only use you ever find for your arse, given the total ideological constipation which NEVER translates in to action. It’s put up or shut up time, and no excuses are acceptable. To hell with politics, and its social diseases.

…And for god’s sake, no more crap about “empowerment”. You’re NOT empowered until you have personal power to manage your life. You’re on the wrong end of a social sewer. Fix that.

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, Paul Wallis books

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Rewriting human life models for the future? It can be done.


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2Interesting notion, isn’t it? Think about it. How would you rewrite human life models? Bearing in mind that within 30 years the world, and human life, may be totally unrecognizable as lifestyles change completely.

No more “jobs”. Work on an independent basis. Multiple career streams. …In a world where uncertainty is now a tradition. If there is ever in history anything more half-ass than the way humanity currently approaches its own needs, I’ll be interested to hear about it. I also won’t believe it.

Consider a world where you have to basically repeat your parents’ lives to achieve the same basic things of survival and reproduction. This “contributes” to society, to social capital, etc.? It does nothing of the sort. It simply forces people to spend most of their time surviving, not achieving.

What’s wrong with a world where everybody can be hyper-achievers? The current model of human life is an obstacle course. It enables nothing much. I know one young couple who’ve been saving up for 5 years to get married. Millennials are finding themselves on the wrong end of the model, too. Forced in to an absurd, soon-to-be-extinct life models which will be no use at all to them in their 40s and 50s.

The fact is that the world no longer needs the life models of the past. Technology is effectively ending the whole industrial/post industrial way of life. Even services will no longer need to be provided by humans. In to this void of ideas hurries artificial intelligence, and the new wave of much more advanced techs like nano.

In the future, you can do literally anything, with no real need for the business and social structures we now have.  A job is a phone call, or the equivalent. Maybe some specialist work, or sales, or marketing. You can be productive in dozens of ways per day, and you are, because you’ve got a life, too.

The world of offices no longer needs to exist. It’s expensive.  Nobody needs them. Businesses save billions without hard structure premises. In a slightly more evolved version of current business models, everything you need is instantly available. A better option would be a world of instant spaces when required.  It doesn’t really matter where you work.

You can make as much money in a day as an independent operator as an office job can deliver in a year, too. The old life model doesn’t have a chance.

However…..

In a world where regressionism is a sort of excuse for everything, economic efficiency and innovations are the last thing you’d expect. People still use the old life models like old Barbie dolls or teddy bears. It’s a weird conformity to a get born/ school/ job/ family/ pick-a-disease model which is no real use to anyone. No reason; they just can’t visualize life any other way. The “modern” world is an old suburban cliché, and that’s that. You can die of banality any time you like, and that’s normal, too. How is this anything worth calling a “life”?

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, AmazonTo rewrite human life, you’ll need to lose this damn cultural baggage. Keep the old model, and nobody will be able to afford a life. Nor will there be anywhere to put people’s lives, because the resources to have those lives will be so hard to get. Resource management, particularly for food, water and basic infrastructure, is godawful, and getting worse.

The human effect of all this mismanagement will be pretty much as things are now, but on a gigantic scale. The capitalist system has effectively created the means of its own obsolescence. Even monetary systems, the sacred cows of fools for thousands of years, become meaningless if nobody has access to the money required to live.

It is possible to eliminate money and property problems completely. It’s not easy, and the concept is unfamiliar, but in a world where money has become inaccessible, it’ll be a very popular idea. (What follows below is a very simple version.)

That’s another part of human life that needs rewriting –  To make rights irremovable, and poverty impossible. Poverty is humanity’s worst, most persistent enemy, and it’s arriving in force, even in supposedly rich countries, generation by generation.

Paul Wallis books, sydney media jamThe old model is obviously breaking down, badly. The bleatings of politicians about revenue, costs, etc. don’t stand a moment’s scrutiny. The truth is that mismanagement is killing the future for the old model. It’s now totally discredited in terms of even relevance. Imagine paying taxes for services, not just political egos and their nasty, butt-ugly little friends. Everything to do with money, from basics to revenue, is now falling to bits, and like Humpty Dumpty, the mess can’t be put back together.

What worked in the 1950s won’t work in the 2050s. It doesn’t really work now. This is a totally different world. It’s a much worse world, thanks precisely to exactly that type of mismanagement.

The rewrite

The rewrite may be slow, unsure, and definitely unsteady. Mistakes will be made, because the unknown is hard to predict.

Consider this:

  • Aptitude based lives. You do what you’re good at. You’re more confident, highly productive, and pretty much independent.
  • Education on demand, for free. You can be trained from scratch in anything. (There’s literally nothing you can’t be trained to do.)The cost of your education is based on a percentage of your productivity, and the usual equation is that you produce far more than you would spend on education. Therefore it’s cheaper to train people for free, because of their productivity with more training.
  • (Note on funding: Educators and institutions are credited from a much broader, non-tax based, multi-planar type of highly efficient revenue. Society pays to train itself, which is awfully sweet of it. Since when are education and training NOT valuable?)
  • Automatic housing at all times. To hell with this obscene guessing game. You have a right to housing of a set standard, including communications, water, power, etc. It’s a measure of the idiocy of this society that this right doesn’t yet exist, and is so obviously necessary.
  • Right to safe, healthy, food. No ifs or buts. You can pick up $500 worth of food per week, at no cost to you. No toxic waste food, no hyper-metabolites, no low quality foods. Food manufacturers and retailers are still credited through the revenue model.
  • Automatic health care with 100% cover for all cases. Another right is the right to health care on any level. This ensures proper care, and eliminates the issue with millions of people in unacceptable states of health lingering on for years or decades due to inadequate care.
  • The right of aspiration. This is the “inventor’s dream”, where people have the right to pursue an aspiration, with full support in practical needs. Exactly what nobody can afford to do now, in fact. Imagine a world based on people’s aspirations, not their fears. It’d be very different. You can exercise your right to aspiration at any time.
  • The right to be yourself, free from harassment. Harassment is currently a global industry, whether it targets a group or an individual. You have the right to deem any intrusion in to your life as a form of harassment. Whether it’s bullying or victimization, it’s unacceptable. Nobody’s here for your approval, and you’re not here for theirs, either. You have the right to be yourself without any sort of harassment. You can seek redress in any practical form which eliminates harassment, and those harassing can be penalized accordingly.
  • The right to freedom from crime. Crime, like poverty, is a persistent human condition. Crime is a parasite, a necrosis, and a serial abuser of all types of human rights, as well as property rights. Any society in its right mind would systematically eliminate crime ASAP. The society eradicates crime, the proceeds of crime, and the methods of crime.
  • The right to a safe, healthy environment. This can be turned in to law quite easily. The safe, healthy environment would be pollution-free, with food, water and air all closely monitored for toxic materials.

Now notice one basic thing about all these ideas – There’s no ideology attached. This is just common sense. If anything, it’s tribal economics, just on a larger scale. These are the straightforward, reliable economics and social dynamics that came from the trees to space.

If you want a future, write a good backstory. You WILL need one.

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, Paul Wallis books

Male gender stereotypes – The Uber Crap Years


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The modern male gender stereotype is a mix of abuse, absurdity, and aberrations. The good ‘ol All Men Are Rapists, Idiots, Freudian Clichés,  Etc. thing is in full force.

Not that all men are saints, sane, or even regularly conscious, but I take issue with a few things here.

The Descent of Man as a male gender stereotype

In the last 50 years, the male gender stereotype has gone from a basically straitjacketed, immovable, two dimensional thing in an office to a sort of instant criminal, instant idiot, instant excuse. This really is from hero to zero. From the truly absurd “men are smarter than women, etc.” to “Duhhh…. What’s visualization, and can I bet on it?” post-relevance failed chimp in boring clothes didn’t take long.

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The theory of this book is that if you can afford to be lazy, you must be doing something right.

Now guys, here’s something you’ll really love! It’s Demolition Spreadsheet Derby! You can be a pretentious little prick in a shiny white shirt with your very own tie and everything! Prove you’re smarter and more important than your hair dryer! Show those burger crumbs on your desk who’s boss with your droning recitals of the banal, the superficial, and the howling obvious! Prove your mediocrity! You wonderful piece of crap, you! 

Talk about testosterone at work…Or in this example, in a coma. Why guys tolerate being treated like absolute morons on a second by second basis is debatable. The male media character is a series of facials, with close ups and lots of money and is dumber than any house brick – And if that doesn’t tell you something is very wrong, you’ve been asleep for a few decades.

It’s OK for guys to be ignorant, backward, timid, never face up to anything, and cringe from the cradle to the grave. According to the media, they turn in to Superman with a gun, and that solves everything. Right, morons? Most are too genetically gutless to even try to have their own opinions or to be actual people.

“Oooh, are we guys allowed to have opinions now, with approval from a peer group, a few thousand psychologists, and any number of chat shows?”

No, in practice. You’re allowed to be an illiterate, subservient, totally pointless redneck with substance abuse issues, and that’s about it.

Women are actually a lot better at spotting male problems and weaknesses than men. Guys are way too good at ignoring their weak spots. The Endless Nag (deeply appreciated as it isn’t) is right about quite a few things and goes a lot deeper than the stereotype, much more accurately.

Women simply don’t believe in the Uber Macho Executive Doormat Guy, for some reason, for example. They definitely don’t like the stereotypical Ape Guys or the Psycho Trash Brats, either, even if they keep having their kids for no known reason.

 

Word of advice for the ego-mutilated: What follows isn’t “nice”. It’s brutal. If you don’t want some more heavy gauge bullets in your ego, stop reading now. Continue reading

Conformity is death


 

 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2If you can’t even survive an encounter with the need to have your own opinion, are you alive at all? If so, why? If you can’t stand on your own two feet without “peer group approval” why do you bother existing? That’s conformity at its most dictatorial, and it’s everywhere.

Check out mob rule in the States at the moment. A collection of yes-nobodies, agreeing with everything. They even agree to have their own health care slashed to bits, in one of the most expensive countries in the world for health care. Presidential candidates roll over after public denigration of themselves and their families by the Head Yes-Jerk.

Conformity is REAL tyranny. It’s thinly disguised as “everyone does it”, and it’s been a disaster for anyone and anything who’s ever gone along with it. It exists in religions, politics, and those weird little groups of truly insane people who assume their superiority over all others – Because someone else told them they’re superior.

You see it in academia; the ferocious hiding behind ancient theories. In business, the non-existent “corporate ethos”, (aka hate your employees, your customers, and anyone who makes less than you do), is the norm.

It even applies to puberty. Check out the expression “friend zone”, which means a no score, usually for guys. That’s bad – You can’t have a relationship, apparently, without some not-very-surprising ulterior sexual motive. (You fiend, you.)

Behaviourism enforces conformity

This book was specifically written to be as anti-literary-conformist as possible. The plot doesn’t work, the characters aren’t described, and the reader has to VISUALIZE, aka use their brain, not just soak up whatever they’re reading.

Behaviourism is an enabler of conformity. “This is normal behaviour”, according to someone. Therefore everything else is abnormal.  Friendship is a case in point. At one stage, back in the 90s, I think, every relationship HAD to be sexual, otherwise nobody could think of a motive for friendship.

People assume behavioural norms like corn flakes. Some buffoon in a position of authority is assumed to have all the skills, expertise, and leadership to be in authority. There’s no reason for this assumption. The guy’s a fool, petty, and very small-minded, but somehow attains this mystique, mainly because he’s called a manager, not an office boy.

If earning respect was money, this guy could never afford to blow his own nose. There are millions of them, mismanaging everything around them because they don’t even know their own jobs.

Women get by far the worst of this conformist crap. You’re strong, independent, empowered… And you get told how to act. You get told who to be, even. How to be respected, how to be sexy, how to live the 1950s suburban dream, in fact, with a few new buzzwords. Cue the Flintstones.

Fortunately, most genuinely strong, independent women ignore this crap relentlessly. Otherwise humanity would be even more of a global doormat than it is now.

Fear of being different and conformity

Arguably, the most damning, and rightly so, expression of conformity at its helpless worst is “Fear of Being Different”. The link is to Harvard Business Review, and it’s a brief, if nauseating, read, even despite the polite phraseology. Check out in particular the “motherhood penalty”; an indictment of a failed culture enforcing failure.

And lastly, because this is a repulsive subject, and doesn’t’ deserve more than acknowledgement of the obvious:

The ultimate conformist is the hypocrite/sycophant. This is a parasitic life form, conforming to EVERYTHING around it. It can’t live without the support of others. It makes money agreeing with everything, even total contradictions. This conformist animal has no personality, no substance, and has usually been that way since day care.

The conformist, in fact, is a total failure as a person, because they can’t be a real person in ANY sense.That’s about as dead as you can get.

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, Paul Wallis books

 

You have been taught, therefore you think you’ve learned? How dumb are you?


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The education craze, bizarre as it is, works on the theory that you become a super-being after getting your college degree, and that you have “learned”. WRONG. Except at the higher levels, where you’re obliged to actually think, you’re basically being checked to see if you’ve absorbed whatever you’ve been taught.

At great expense, and in the US with a few therapeutic shootings, you emerge refreshed, enlightened, and able to take on the world. Like hell.

Your education can be at any standard, rubber stamped by an apathetic/ shell shocked education profession which is itself drowning in the stupidity of basic education policies. The few pitiful remnants of academic culture cling on to the glory days of quiet insularity, however illusory.

So you’ve learned something, have you? You can only have learned what some tiresome committee could be bothered to put in the syllabus. You can only have learned to the ever-lowering standards of education, anyway.

This is a book about learning. READ IT. It’ll save you a lot of time.

Your teachers, god help them, are stuck with this. Even Da Vinci couldn’t teach well in this environment. Most will make a real effort to teach at least a bit beyond the straitjackets. The best teachers will inject/inflict as much realism as possible in to their disciplines to avoid the risks of a collection of starry eyed graduates entering the blender of professional life unprepared.

You’ve done some experience, inevitably. Does that experience not teach you that you still have a hell of a lot to learn, particularly about how money behaves in the professions? You make a point of trying to be as un-naïve as possible, rightly so. Can you be?

Meanwhile the disaster known as planet Earth continues to stagger around like a drunken clown, mismanaged, maladministered, and deformed beyond reason in practical terms in just about all respects.

You’ve learned that? You can see that. Doesn’t mean you understand it, or have learned how to dodge the bullets.

You can see the endless cascades of new knowledge which will ultimately submerge your current level of teaching and learning. Can you work with this new knowledge, or do you have to learn how? Have you learned how to do that?

The greatest mistake in learning anything is to fail to realize how much more there is to learn. Science is about the unknown, not the known. Any fool can recite whatever’s trying to pass itself off as knowledge. The truly educated can learn the unknown, explore the options, and effectively create knowledge.

That’s learning.  Do NOT, EVER, assume superior knowledge, because all knowledge evolves. In some cases, it evolves to refute prior knowledge, and beyond recognition from any point of prior knowledge.

To quote Clausewitz:

Pity the theory which sets itself in opposition to the mind! 

Theories do NOT learn; they teach. It’s the mind that learns – To go beyond the theories. Sufficient hint?

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, Paul Wallis books

Reef management: Too conventional, too slow, too stupid


 

 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2With the great respect due to the people who’ve dedicated their lives to saving coral reefs, the old approaches don’t work. The high mass of pollutants, climate change, and general “commuting between disasters” can’t do the job.

Case in point – Our Great Barrier Reef. Inaction and incomprehension have been the catalysts for failure. The Crown of Thorns starfish plague, for example, has rarely been under sustained attack. It’s been a problem since the 1960s, and it’s still a problem now. 50 years of dithering has done incredible damage to the reef, as much as bleaching, according to some estimates.

The Crown of Thorns is not invincible; it’s a very high volume problem but not invulnerable. It’s  a big area, but not an inaccessible area or anything like inaccessible. Any form of removal will do some good.

Suggestions:

  • Use “marine vacuums” to harvest as many Crown of Thorns as possible. This is quicker, cheaper, and highly efficient, not requiring as many divers or as much time as other options. These marine vacuums are basically the same as vacuum cleaners. A decent size capacity could remove the starfish before their breeding cycle, throwing a few spanners in the population issue. An older ship with enough room could be used as an incinerator. Turn the starfish in to nutrients for the Reef. Fair enough, surely.
  • Attack the starfish larvae. These things breed in huge numbers. Any method of attacking the larvae and throwing the repopulation cycle out of whack is at least worth trying. Doesn’t matter if you use a kid with a butterfly net or a lot of artificially bred micro predators, this is a serious weak spot in the Crown of Thorns life cycle.
  • Sterilize the bastards. There must be some way of trashing their ability to reproduce. This method has been used on land, but not at sea, to my knowledge. If it works, the Crown of Thorns has been crippled at its most dangerous point.

One thing I must add – The pattern seems to be that every new environmental problem is instantly put in to the Too Hard Basket for reasons of:

  • Cost, which is a fraction of the losses caused by degradation of our leading tourist attraction, and marine powerhouse for fish populations.
  • Scale, as though the size of a problem means “do nothing”.
  • Resources and failure to allocate resources in a timely way.
  • Political ignorance and cronyism, however irrational.

This is a book I did a while back about Australia’s self-inflicted problems. I don’t have a political ideology, because politics is obsolete. To have “Buckley’s chance” in Australian slang means to have no chance at all. No coincidence.

This pattern of failure must end. This is NOW an expensive problem because previous admin failed to deal with issues promptly.

The bottom line here, and the only show in town is to wipe the Crown of Thorns out. This problem should have been solved in the 60s. There are no excuses for not doing so now.

The Australian “ethnic” summary – Any obstruction from Bogan third armpits can be ignored, or preferably beaten to a pulp. This is a fixable disaster, and fixed it must be. Then we can get on with the plastics, bleaching, and the greedy ignoramuses causing the disasters.

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This is a book I did a while back about Australia’s self-inflicted problems. I don’t have a political ideology, because politics is obsolete. To have “Buckley’s chance” in Australian slang means to have no chance at all. No coincidence.

If you can’t go higher than C, how do you get C2 in E=MC2?


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The Theory of Relativity has been around for a long time now. It’s a sacred cow of physics, and many of its basic tenets have been proven. There’s an issue, though. If nothing can go faster than the speed of light, how do you get C2, which not only increases the value of C, but actually multiplies it by itself?

The irony is that this is the best proven of the Theory of Relativity’s rules. It works. It predicts yields in nuclear detonations.

At the risk of being pedantic, however:

  • Either C can be modified or it can’t.
  • If C is the limit of acceleration, C2 is out of the question.
  • Conversion of matter to energy isn’t an answer, if C is the limit.
  • How can C be the limit, if C2 is the integral dynamic function?
  • How can C be the limit, if C2 is the energy conversion integer?

No, this is NOT a trick question. I don’t know how to rationalize this obvious, if perhaps explicable, conundrum. Maybe there is a mathematical explanation, but if so, it’s been conspicuously ignored. Or maybe the question just hasn’t been asked? Either way, there’s a C+ involved without much further information.

Light is the observable part of the spectrum. If something is travelling faster than light, it’s not observable in that context. The spectrum, in fact, is largely invisible. UV and IR light aren’t visible. They were only discovered relatively recently, and have since proven to be universal aspects of light affecting life on Earth.

So it follows that anything above C is a hit or miss observation. Gamma rays travel a bit faster than light. It takes a lot of work to detect them although they’re quite common.

Consider how speeds and movement are currently defined:

Red shift – Going away from point of observation.

Blue shift – Coming towards point of observation.

I’d like to propose, relative to C2 and related dynamics:

White shift? Highest observable spectral form of C and above, heading towards observation point.

Black shift? Outside observable spectral form of C and above heading away from observation point.

Bottom line – To hell with theory, it’s facts that matter. If C2 is the key to higher energy levels and electromagnetic behaviour, the door is long overdue to be opened. 100 years is quite long enough to bask in any equation.

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, Paul Wallis books

There’ll always be an England – Just not in those tiny little minds.


 

 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2I was raised in a very Anglo home. I read P.G. Wodehouse, Jerome K. Jerome, Aldous Huxley, Orwell, you name it, with real enthusiasm. It was “England” to me, incarnate. The English mindset may be insular, etc., but it’s highly evolved. It knows how to express itself.

The England  of my grandparents which found itself running an Empire was nether altruistic per se, or naïve per se. It was reflective, and innovative in some odd, but practical ways. It was also highly articulate. It had its own aesthetics, and genuine, if all over the shop, values.

England as an idea is a collection of people of deep roots. Those deep roots may be many things, and almost unique in their local forms, but they speak a language which is mutually understood on many levels.

The minds which created the Empire were a mix of Tudors and Drakes, Adam Smith, and pure business. The East India Company was a virtual empire unto itself, but still connected to the English metier. Opium wars and Jardines may come and go; the idiom remains.

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Includes useful information on How To Be English. Insufferable, eh?

An empire based on sheer gall, as the original British Empire was, is inventive by nature as well as by necessity. The tiny little Royal Navy was able to fight its way in to global supremacy, using a unique perspective. It was no accident that the Royal Navy happened to be an effectively invincible force at the times of Napoleon and Hitler.

The most basic idea of England, the island nation, made the Royal Navy a natural first choice of weapon. If your interests are overseas, you must have a navy, and a good one. America would probably be still a member of a very different world if not for the Townshend Acts and a rather unfortunate incumbent monarch.

You could argue that England, left to itself, without the foreign complications, would have continued to pursue its own best interests to this day. World War 1 was an unnecessary obscenity leading to World War 2, a necessary obscenity, but an expensive one. Without those two wars, the British Empire, with its built-in Englishness, would still probably exist, in whatever form.

England was one of the first truly cosmopolitan modern nations, despite itself. “Foreign” has never been a recommendation in England, even if you’re an importer. It’s “there”, not “here”. That’s a mistake on its part. “Here”, by definition, is good. Anywhere else, therefore, isn’t.

Being cosmopolitan didn’t mean in any sense adopting culture; it meant reacting to it. The English sense of superiority, like most of its kind, was based on historical superiority, not some mere bits of relevant information.

It’s odd how the English mindset and those of Imperial China overlapped, even when at war with each other. The culture of England, like that of China, was paramount; it defined the superior. The Chinese thought foreigners barbarians. For the English, simply not being English was quite enough information to denigrate anyone or anything.

Yet – England has produced some of the finest ideas in history. The English mind may not be patentable, but it is interesting. The Industrial Revolution started in England. So did computing, anti-slavery, mental health care, and virtual, if not quite literal, encyclopaedia of other modern ideas.

Those ideas are now globally accepted. The little island, with all its accents, was nevertheless the cornerstone of true modernisation in so many ways. A tide of English personalities, a few Scots and Irish, but on the English stage, changed the world. England was a miniature of what the USA became in the 20th century.

Culture is one of the worst defined of all terms. According to Google, a culture is:

  1. The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.
  2. the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.

That hardly begins to describe a living society, which is acting continuously in millions of different context. A culture, by definition, is a living thing. It may not be much of a living thing, but it acts like a living thing, trying to survive and prosper.

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The innovations of England were always a form of some practical management; call it greed, call it culture, call it literature; they all came from the same organism.

…Which is why this current pathetic, inward-looking mindset is inherently anti-English.  Leaving the EU is as much cosmetic as anything else. Foreigners are inevitable; whether you’re in their club or not doesn’t really matter. The English can always take or leave “there” and its peculiarities.

What matters isn’t the relationships; it’s the benefits. What profit is derived from what is now looking like a petulant, badly managed exercise in cutting one’s own throat? Melodrama, let alone on the world stage, isn’t the English way.

A quiet word, preferably meaningful, is more the preferred English style. One doesn’t have to personally outrun a horse on the race track; one can simply nobble it or beat it in the betting market, or even the breeding market.

England vs Small Ideas

Big ideas do better when not encumbered by small ideas. Being lumbered with pedantry isn’t only annoying, it’s unprofitable. So Brexit, in its ponderous self-importance, is neither here nor there. Lousy navigation, to say the least.

The EU and Brexit are an example of appalling little minds. The EU is a platform. It’s just the stage, not the performers or the play. It’s floorboards, not Falstaff. It’s what you put on that platform that matters. The play’s definitely the thing. It’s also what draws in the audience, and the money.

A more English approach would be accommodating to the point of being comatose, while diligently paddling one’s own canoe somewhere worth going. Why get out of bed, simply to announce you’ll next be throwing yourself out the window?

…Particularly when you have no intention of doing either, given half a chance. Perfidious Albion has a terrible, and thoroughly deserved, reputation, but it also has a reputation for success and intelligence. The English way is to be elegantly enigmatic, superior in assumed social class, but absolutely unfathomable when it’s anything important.

The lack of subtlety and incisive initiative in Brexit and this rather sloppy range of inverse domestic policies is decidedly un-English. Not only are these things much too melodramatic; they don’t work.

Silence and achievement go well together. An enigma is much more respected than a babbling gossip of one’s least impressive issues. A silent response is not only more subject to misinterpretation, but impossible to contradict. Deception is based on misinterpretation, and if someone else is doing the misinterpreting, it’s less effort on your part.

England is a mentality. It may grow actual and social bluebells, and good luck to it, or the true classic English gardens, madly overgrown but truly beautiful. You see why England cannot be grown by fools, particularly noisy fools.

Note the following very English view:

 

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Can sex video publishers be charged with legal damages?


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2Revenge porn is nothing new. It’s tacky, it’s nasty, and it’s pretty damn cruel.  What could be new is the legal situation – CAN YOU SUE if someone publishes a sex video of you? A lot of people would say that you should be able to. The good news for the damaged is that there are some legal precedents.

Sex tapes can be brutal, and bizarre in many ways. Hulk Hogan’s famous Gawker sex tape was as weird as it gets. He sued and destroyed Gawker, no loss to the world, for what was basically sex tape publishing.

The major deal here is the publishing angle. Doing a private sex tape is your business. Publishing someone else’s sex tape isn’t your business. It’s a clear privacy violation. In some cases, it could even be a criminal act.

The reason for this blog is another wrestler’s sex tape train wreck. Paige is a WWE icon, and a true-DNA wrestler. It’s literally in her blood, and apparently her mother was wrestling with Paige while she was pregnant. You can’t get a lot more authentic than that.

Paige

After a long haul to the top at a young age, Paige got hit with the full force of cyber bullying, the public embarrassment, and the massive shock of an unexpected global publicity debacle. Few people can get up at all after something like that, but she’s fighting on.

Publication of this sex tape was a gratuitous, bloody unkind, thing to do. This was a tape of Paige pre-fame, and let’s face it, people tape sex every day without it ruining their lives and threatening their career and sanity.

Suddenly, thanks to antisocial media, it was a global news event. Most media organizations don’t bother with tacky sex videos, even if it is someone famous. They don’t need sleaze. Social media, however, isn’t like that. It’s a black hole of tat, and it’s big business for these sites. There’s a lot of money in this crap.

I don’t care how you cut it – This IS malicious exploitation of the victims. It’s money for smut. A person who’d get a fortune for a nude photo shoot gets hell for a video, and somebody else profits?  Come off it.

This is another side to the legal angles. Why should any publisher benefit from a nasty, quite possibly illegal, use of a sex tape? Hogan’s case made a very important point – It’s NOT legally OK to publish these things, in so many ways.

So – The legal issues relate to the potential for damage. Hulk Hogan famously got removed from the WWE roster for a remark on an old tape that nobody in the business took seriously. Paige wasn’t even born when Hogan hit the big time, but she’s a major name. The potential for career damage couldn’t possibly have been missed when her sex video was published.

Publishers are supposed to know better. They do. Even one word, or one allegation, which might be defamatory or do high dollar value career damage, is treated like a live IED – But a sex video, which is no major asset to any high profile female, isn’t?

WRONG. It is. There’s no getting away from that very basic fact. There should be a prima facie legal status for these nasty little videos, based on that fact.

Nor should the horrendous effect on the victims be ignored. Check out this interview by the very professional Lillian Garcia and see how grim this was for Paige.  Talk about “mental anguish”; this kid did go through hell. Think there might be some damages in any normal legal case? Damn straight.

 

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Where is the so-called voice of youth? It’s missing.


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The voice of youth may be a tired phrase, but it’s an important concept. A generation of doormats has no voice. If such a generation now exists, it’s a serious problem.

I refuse to believe that younger people have no opinions. That’s certainly not my experience. Even the “sadly educated” have at least a few ideas of their own.

The current under 20s generation, as seen in media and tedious loudmouthed social media, seems to be a video game addicted collection of aspiring corporate corpses? Is Big Bang Theory or some excruciating bit of “entertainment” all anyone can think of to do with youth? If so, it’s a real insult.

How did that happen? Don’t people take the under 20s seriously? If not, why not? This is the generation which will be fighting the next wars, getting lumbered with a tech economy in which old style careers and jobs will be impossible, and from the look of it, largely broke and struggling to make ends meet.

This is a true future disaster in progress, and the possible answers to those questions are hardly reassuring. “Reasons” for not taking the younger generation seriously may include:

  • They’re broke: Therefore they’re not economically relevant, and have little if any real social clout. Try that on a spreadsheet. Talk about a no chance scenario.
  • They can’t influence an economy and a society they can’t access: True of the chronically poor since the beginning of recorded history, and a great way to effectively discard an entire generation.
  • They have no political muscle: Wrong, but expedient, this view of the younger generation is basically lazy. They will have some sort of political clout, but it’ll be handicapped by the above points, which will also be their main areas of political interest.
  • They’re “dumb”: This very cynical view means that younger people are stuck with the image of how things work. They’re not criminals (yet, no thanks to this thinking) they’re not corrupt, and they take things on trust, like most young people. Therefore they’re idiots? Shaky logic, but look how little is done to inform them. The most communicative generation in history is being fed garbage.
  • They’re sick: This toxic wasteland of an environment makes people sick. Being sick is “wrong”. Therefore the young, if sick, are bad people. Particularly if they miraculously can’t afford treatment. So it’s all their fault.
  • They’re obstructed by employment factors: Since some collection of morons decided people should work all the way to the grave, promotions and opportunities have been reduced for younger people. That’s their fault, too.
  • They’re media-dependent: Another very wrong view. That’s what they said about the 60s generation, and look what happened. That generation made its own culture, because the mainstream culture was too insane. The modern generation ARE at a disadvantage, stuck with crap in incredible amounts, but it IS crap. You can’t live on crap forever.

If this collection of “reasons” is making you puke, imagine how living it feels. If there is a “voice of youth” muttering around under all this filth, it must be doing a lot of swearing.

What “voice of youth”?

So what would you call a “voice of youth”? Instagram? Selfies to the point of death? Facebook, with its paid collection of psycho trolls? Rap? Rock? Idiotic movies full of people shooting each other? Some youth culture you’ve got there, Grandma.

Instagram is a brief attention span, low value, visual thing. Facebook is a social medium for older people. Twitter is X characters of spleen or wit, depending on your perspective.

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My books are set in the England of the immortals, not some dreary little off license. Wonder why? No.

Rap and rock are both over 40 years old. “Youth” has nothing to do with it, particularly when rap and rock are both obsessing over irrelevances. Nobody gives a damn about some gangsta or hairstyle whining about everything. Whining is easy; it’s getting somewhere that’s difficult. That culture is dead and it goes nowhere anyway. It’s also avoidable, and to their credit, most younger people can take it or leave it, and they do.

The fact is that there is no place for a voice of youth. This is a middle class morgue of values, imposed on youth. If the poor bastards are glued to their phones, it’s because they have very few other places to go.

The pity of it is that this generation is quite articulate, when it gets a chance, which is almost never. Even allowing for the day care version of the arts we have now, they can be very interesting, if able to get a word in.

The voice of youth is getting drowned out by the senile babblings of a society from the past. Geriatric politics, corporate wanking, you name it, it has more coverage and more space than it deserves, at the expense of youth. That’s a damn high cost.

The environment and the voice of youth, sort of

One area where the younger generation is getting somewhere, with some natural justification, is the environment. Kids usually react to any environment in which they grow up as “normal”. This hellhole of a planet, however, as it now is, (it really wasn’t) is getting plenty of attention. They’re not treating it as normal, but something to be fixed, which is quite right.

That, of course, instantly conflicts with the established apathy and stupidity of these times. It’s a very good sign that younger people are involved with the environment, and not just because of the environment. The conflict will  also help to spell out other conflicts, like careers, money, jobs, and the rest of the dysfunctional, hopelessly incompetent mess this generation is entering. To fight this is to fight the war that needs fighting, against the dehumanization of humanity. The option is to win. Should work, too, given the ineptitude of this society, which can never defend against the new and fun.

Inventing a voice of youth

If you were to invent a new voice of youth, it would have to be well outside the shabby, boring, predictable, cardboard box which modern media provides. It would have to be crowd-social-accessible-acceptable, without the ancient garbage. It would also have to be sourced entirely from younger people, even if some older people would like to help. (If you’re older, be helpful but peripheral; youth is sacred, not to be intruded upon.)

One thing this generation has proven is that it’s quite happy to leave the garbage behind. Finding points of access seems to be a strong suit for a generation living in a barely functional museum, and it may well find the voice and the way out for the voiceless.

 

 

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