US supreme court gay marriage decision.

So then, gay marriage has been passed in America. I agree with gay marriage both in a civil sense (which I think is inarguable) but in a spiritual sense. In that it is very possible for gay people to genuinely love each other and want to formally make permanent their union before God.

What I do not agree with is the incredibly queer way that America has gone about it. Five out of nine judges have pulled it out of thin air. There is nothing in the 14th amendment of the US constitution about gay marriage but a slim majority in the highest court in the land have passed an incredibly important and contentious law by citing that amendment. (I seem to remember US abortion law was passed in a similar fashion).

At least David Cameron was elected and if the British people felt strongly against gay marriage they could have kicked him from office at the election. Instead, the British people voted him back in with a majority. Ukip could have campaigned on an anti gay marriage ticket to sweep up a few grey haired disaffected Tory voters, but they know how to read poll numbers (and demographics) as well as anyone else and quietly kicked their opposition to gay marriage into the tallest of tall grass. Now UKIP have a presence at London gay pride. People have decided that who marries who and which bits they have between their legs is none of their business. Live and let live. Our democracy rolls on.

But in America, a supposedly democratic country, for this law to have had to have been passed by a handful of judges shows US politics and democracy is on death’s door. Whilst this is a great day for gay people in America, its a bad day for Americans. Their laws are created by judicial fiat and they have been for some time. Obama trying to take credit for a law he did not pass is perhaps the most pathetic part of it all.

In other news yesterday I was again the only person in a twitch chat to stand up for religion. This is the future. A future of non Christian morality based almost entirely on the continual ruthless application of power. You have to acknowledge that the left’s attack on all fronts, on every institution, on every obstacle, all at the same time, all the time, is truly staggering. Its pointless arguing with this tide… its probably about time to start building an ark. So yes. As a libertarian I am very conflicted about the supreme court decision. The right outcome reached the wrong way can be a very mixed blessing indeed.

That Encyclical, I’m reading it so you don’t have to. Part one: the introduction.

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html

1, “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth” Welcome to Gaia worship courtesy of Saint Francis of Assisi. Start as you mean to go on eh Papa?

2, Doom and gloom.

3, “Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration” Do tell us what you mean…

4, “ecological catastrophe under the effective explosion of industrial civilization”
“the urgent need for a radical change in the conduct of humanity”

5, Every effort to protect and improve our world entails profound changes in “lifestyles, models of production and consumption, and the established structures of power which today govern societies”. Roll on communism?

6, Pope Benedict said “The misuse of creation begins when we no longer recognize any higher instance than ourselves, when we see nothing else but ourselves” Why is it the only sensible thing so far in this encyclical was said by the Pope Emeritus?

7-9, Quoting Patriach Bartholomew “For human beings… to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins” (Its a shame the AGW myth is slipped in there among lots of things that are real concerns)

10, More talk about that “Attractive and Compelling figure Saint Francis”. (Shame I find him one of the least likeable Saints… and Thomas More was a lawyer and politician for crying out loud.)

11+12, Yes Saint Francis engaged in anthropomorphising on a grand scale, is that a good thing? “His response to the world around him was so much more than intellectual appreciation or economic calculus, for to him each and every creature was a sister united to him by bonds of affection.” Yes it certainly wasn’t intellectual, but I didn’t know he was a feminist too. “Such a conviction cannot be written off as naive romanticism” Actually it can.

13, “Sustainability” buzzword bingo. Particular appreciation is owed to those who tirelessly seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest. Speaking as someone who’s living in fuel poverty due to an insane UK energy policy, that would be nice. (Talking of sustainability Saint Francis was a mendicant friar who lived off the charity of others… not very self sustaining.)

14, “The worldwide ecological movement has already made considerable progress and led to the establishment of numerous organizations committed to raising awareness of these challenges.” (Vomits) Sorry Papa, but the reason why a lot of people ignore and despise the ‘worldwide ecological movement’ is because it has long since abandoned genuine environmentalism and embraced the AGW myth. Many of the solutions they propose are disastrous for the environment and economically devastating to the point of pure misanthropy.

15, “I will begin by briefly reviewing several aspects of the present ecological crisis, with the aim of drawing on the results of the best scientific research available today”. Heaven help us from what a lot of people think is the ‘best scientific research available today’. If its as accurate as the ‘best scientific research available’ in the time of Galileo what could possibly go wrong???

16, “These questions will not be dealt with once and for all, but re framed and enriched again and again.” Sounds boring Papa… heaven help me that was only the introduction.

Foxhole haute cuisine

Lets start with the good news, yesterday was the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta Libertartum. The most influential ur document in the development of modern human rights. English common law is one of the greatest gifts we ever gave the world. It was Britain and America who clung to our God given liberties when Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin were stomping Europe under their heels. Never let anyone tell you we need the European convention on human rights to ensure our rights. We had human rights, and even better the English speaking world had an idea of freedom and the rule of law long before the European court of human rights even existed.

We helped give these ideas of freedom back to continental Europe after they spent the majority of the twentieth century ignoring them. If you are British, American, or Canadian you have a lot to be proud of regarding the inheritance of freedom granted you simply by being lucky enough to be born in your country. You certainly don’t owe your freedom to snooty Europeans who are still feeling guilty about the holocaust. Perhaps when you have to go back 800 years to find something positive to talk about that says something about the current state of my life but hey ho, that’s my idea of good news. Now on with the bitter cynicism you know and expect.

So then, it looks like Grexit might finally happen. Weren’t we discussing this probability literally years ago? The engineers of the EU superstate kicked the can down the road longer than even I thought possible. Their complete indifference to economic suffering of the Greek people is a sight to behold. Good luck to the Greeks, the best way to stick it to the Eurocrats who have helped wreck your country is to have a successful default, devalue your currency and attract the biggest drunken mob of tourists the world has ever seen. What’s left of the Greek economy will be able to export cheap goods the world over. Buy yourself enough time to build an economy built on fiscal sanity, there will be no alternative because nobody will be lending you any money for a while. I can’t find a link to it but Daniel Hannan said the thing the Eurocrats fear the most isn’t Grexit, its Greece leaving the Euro and recovering. Spain, Italy and Portugal will be watching with interest.

In other news the Vatican is about to release an encyclical on global warming. Here’s hoping it is as nebulous and unreadable as the last was. The Catholic Church has a history of not doing well when it comes to pontificating on matters of science I thought it was trying to avoid repeating. From the reporting of the inevitably leaked version it seems to be emphasising economic help for third world countries to make sure the cost of fighting manbearpig doesn’t fall on the poorest. I wish it would recommend economic help for people in first world countries. My bills have just gone up again. I am living in fuel poverty, it is no joke.

The gist of the economic focus does give me hope though. People might realise that the anthropogenic global warming myth was concocted by rabid greens to deliberately destroy industry to make us all poor. Because if we all live in shivering cold doing cave paintings then mother Gaia will go skinny dipping in joy or something… But it was embraced by energy corporations and rent seeking landowners because it has proven a fantastic way to take tax and bill payer’s money and give it to the rich. The ‘renewable’ energy industry’s complete reliance on subsidy has meant this has been one of the most lucrative perversions of capitalism the world has ever seen.

The result is a curious alliance of green fanatics and big energy companies both lobbying government to get ever tougher on this non existent threat. Its a mugging hidden by the biggest wall of lies ever built, motivated by misanthropy and greed, all of which are sins by the way, lets see if the Pope has noticed…

Finally we come to the issue of refugees. Recently some jumped up apparatchik at the UN has told Britain we need to take more refugees. I’m sorry but I didn’t realise Ireland, France, Denmark, The Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Norway or Iceland were at war? Refugees are people who run from murderous Islamists in Iraq, Syria and Libya and turn up in refugee camps in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan or Egypt with nothing but the shirts/religiously prescribed veils on their backs.

The world should help these people as best we can through international aid and military intervention to deal with the root of the problem. Though scratch ‘getting to the root of the problem’, we’d have to burn every copy of the Koran in the middle east which might prove controversial. Maybe if the Islamic world did more to help its Islamic brothers and sisters that would be nice, but somehow I doubt the Saudi princes will be selling their private jets any time soon.

So unless there has been a brutal and hitherto mysteriously unreported war between France and Italy the people who cross half the world to come to claim ‘asylum’ in Britain are economic migrants. If you don’t want the entire world and its dog moving to Britain, turning this country into the kind of hell-hole they were trying to escape from in the first place, we are going to have to start turning these people away. Of course if anyone wishes to send me as a war reporter to the front lines in Provence, armed with nothing but a Michelin guide and a few hundred euros a day to sample the foxhole haute cuisine, please be my guest.

Hot water

Well yesterday my hot water tank was fixed, after three days without it a hot bath was perhaps the most amazing thing in the world. Its amazing how such a small thing can have such a profound psychological effect. I’m terrible at washing in a sink and washing long curly hair in a sink is nigh impossible. Basically I cancelled four out of five events over the weekend (and Therapy on Monday) and had something of a break down. I was unable to sleep much so I slept fifteen hours after I had a bath yesterday.

There hasn’t been much major news, David Cameron went around the EU with his begging bowl and showed his Europhile true colours, no surprise there. If he were more than an empty suit he’d have set the bar much higher and would seek to genuinely reform the EU… as it is he’s made clear he just wants something to hang his hat on when he puts forth a staggeringly biased referendum question that the pro European lobbies are going to throw millions at to make sure they win.

People are ill informed about the Lisbon treaty. It guarantees that countries leaving the EU have to be offered full free trade. Europe is economically stagnant and the UK’s economy is one of the least worst of the major European countries, frankly they need us a lot more than we need them. Talking of which what exactly is it that the EU does for us? I even went on an EU propaganda website to have a look at what they say the EU does for us and couldn’t see anything mildly impressive even if it were credible. The only thing that is impressive is the amount of money they take from us and squander.

But British people like the notion of being team players, we like collegiality, we like European countries, we like being seen as calm and moderate and will naturally grow suspicious of anything being seen as a temper tantrum (which the independence campaign will be portrayed as). This is probably one of the least racist countries in the world so when the pro-British campaign inevitably mention immigration you can imagine what the pro-EU campaign will be saying about that. As much as I think Nigel Farage is great someone from the two main parties needs to lead the pro-British campaign, but it seems none are willing to put their heads above the parapet. All this adds up to an inescapable fact. The status quo will be maintained. The fear of change will prevail. Freedom to find our own place in the world will be abandoned to become a safe but ultimately ignored cog in the EU machine, that is until the mullahs take over anyway.

No politics, no religion. Nothing to see here, move along.

The new culture is here and a big part of it is Twitch and computer games. Two of my favourite streamers on Twitch say “I don’t talk politics and religion”. Instantaneously two of the most important subjects are erased from discussion. It displays an immaturity, an inability to discuss things without descending into wrath.

Its also very negligent of how important games are in the culture. Elite, GTA 5, Witcher 3, Minecraft, League of Legends and World of Warcraft are perhaps the most powerful cultural artefacts extant at this moment. They certainly make more money than cinema, music and novels do. Game of thrones is perhaps the last gasp of the old media, the culmination of TV and film making prowess fusing with a series of best selling books. This is the culture.

The good news is that Elite, GTA 5, the Witcher, Minecraft, and World of Warcraft are all fairly conservative in their values. GTA 5 is conservative??? well yes, because it ruthlessly mocks the entitlement of liberalism at the same time as it mocks cultural conservatism (which I have no love for either). Even Game of thrones is conservative in a funny kind of way, its depiction of evil certainly gives no quarter. The Ramsay Boltons of this world are alive and well in ISIS and the show suggests that these people will take over if they aren’t fought tooth and nail.

Just a few minutes ago I witnessed perhaps the most fantastic validation of my beliefs in crystallised form. “I bet David Braben (the game developer behind Elite) is a Tory voter!”, (said with disdain) then later from the same person. “Elite seems to be about real life”. Isn’t it interesting that a conservative seems to have a handle on what real life is like! Elite is a very political game, its new patch is titled ‘powerplay’. This is inherently about politics. I’ve spent the last few days fighting the Green party of Dulos. (The thought that every exploded ship was a wind turbine in flames fuelled my desire to fry them all) there are communists, fascists, democrats, capitalists, socialists, the aforementioned greens and every group of every political persuasion between.

Why is it popular games seem to be conservative when being conservative could hardly be less popular with young people? My theory is that its because they are interactive. Games need to reward players. Games that have economic systems have to find ways to give players a reason to do what they do in the game. The reasons why people seek rewards in virtual reality are almost always the same as they are in reality. Elite is the game I’ve spent the most time in. The three most lucrative jobs in the game at the moment are bounty hunter, trader and explorer, eg law enforcement, entrepreneur and pioneer. It doesn’t get more conservative than that.

The Elite community has a certain code of honour to it too. A few days ago there was news that someone was camped outside Sagitarius A (the super massive black hole at the centre of our galaxy) and was murdering explorers there. A few days later two other players had flown well over twelve hours to take this guy out and defend explorers who make the trip out there. (Exploration ships themselves are invariably poorly equipped for combat) There are numerous other stories of a similar nature.

Finally there is the Witcher 3. I’ve only watched this on Twitch and Steam. It is jaw dropping. In a nutshell you play a monster hunter trying to rescue a surrogate daughter from a pillaging, rapacious torturing group of barbarians. But the real story is in the side missions. Every mission has a story. The world may be fantasy but the motivation (and voice acting) of the characters is the most realistic I’ve ever seen. Yes there are even sex scenes, but they don’t seem pornographic to me. There seems to be genuine attraction between the characters based upon personal history, emotional bonds and mutual interests, and an almost child like vulnerability to the sexuality which is searingly realistic. This isn’t Lara Croft running around with impossibly large boobs because a developer thought ‘why not?’. This is the new Shakespeare, it is art describing the world as it is. Its a shame that to talk about reality we have to enter the fantasy genre but then this is nothing new, Utopia and 1984 spring to mind, there’s a reason why huge numbers of conservative voters wouldn’t tell pollsters their true voting intentions.

Idiocracy

Whilst I greeted the general election results with a great deal of mirth, David Cameron is already showing why real conservatives never liked him in the first place. His manifesto pledge to give us a UK bill of rights free from European meddling has been kicked into the ‘longest of long grass’. I thought the whole point of a manifesto pledge is that you intend to implement it if you win an election, and thanks to the weakness of the opposition the Conservative party have done just that. But his first queen’s speech was a u-turn right out of the gates. Constitutional reform should be done carefully, but that means it has to be started in week one to give it the full five years, not tacked on in year four.

Conversely Cameron’s rush to get to an EU referendum is precisely because he wants the general public to be ill informed about the EU. People think the EU is vital to Britain’s free trade interests. It most certainly isn’t. In fact leaving the EU would give us more power to negotiate trade deals, eg Norway and Switzerland, especially deals with countries outside the EU. More to the point the EU is economically stagnant anyway. The rest of the world isn’t. Perhaps Britain should be given time to think about why that is so?

I was gleeful about Ed Davey losing his seat, and said at the time Cameron would have to find another idiot to fill his post… well looks like Cameron has found someone who fits that bill.

Anyway, watching the radical left’s ever more boorish temper tantrum about the election result is amusing, especially when you consider that this is the most left wing conservative government ever. Though boorish is one of those funny historical injustices embedded into the English language, a slur on the rugged self sufficient Boers who would have had nothing to do with this horrible lot.

“Sodom cried the Church, sod’em cried the voters”

So then Ireland has legalised gay marriage. Good for them. The quote that springs to my mind is “the circle is now complete, when I left you I was but the learner, now I am the master”. A bit unfortunate it comes from Darth Vader but the social revolution in Ireland has been staggeringly fast. I do also wonder that now the shoe is on the other foot its important to be magnanimous in victory.

What was the point exactly of suing a bakery for not baking a cake in favour of gay marriage? has queer culture come to such a pass that it needs to legally force people to bake cakes for us? homophobes can screw themselves, we don’t need their approval. Same with the sad notion of ‘positive discrimination’. There is nothing positive about hiring people based on their skin colour or sexual orientation. Two wrongs do not make a right. Gay rights should not be a Nietzschean will to power but a quest for a society that isn’t built on prejudice and oppression.

As well as being queer, I’m also a Catholic (though not a particularly good Catholic at the moment) and a conservative. But frankly both the conservative and the Catholic responses to my sexuality are despicable. Lately I’ve been finding it increasingly hard to go to church knowing that it is riddled with institutional homophobia. Likewise social conservatives make me sick. What is conservative about poking your nose into other peoples private lives, telling people how they should live? That’s what lefties do.

I saw an article about the girl scouts of America allowing transvestite boys to join for the first time. The blind mad rage in the comments section below it was eye watering. Especially when you realise that there was enough people commenting there that one of them was bound to have a closet gay child and that child is going to live a very lonely and fearful childhood. What exactly is it about a boy in a dress that makes people so angry?

Recently whilst looking for hints for GTA5 I came across a post by someone who went on at sinister length about how much he likes to kill transvestites in the game. He justified it to himself by saying he was angry at Rockstar games for pushing the issue down his throat. Never mind GTA5 is set in a city which is clearly based on LA. Greater Los Angeles has a population of nearly 20million. Do people realise that at the bare minimum 5% of men cross dress? (its very hard to get an accurate number due to the taboo). That number is very conservative, with a lots of studies saying 10% or even more.

Therefore transvestitism, whilst not common, is not particularly rare either and basically fairly boring, normal and has been going on since the dawn of time. (literally as it happens, archaeologists found a bronze age man who had been given a traditionally female burial). That a tiny proportion of men dare go out dressed as women due to transphobia is sad, and their depiction in GTA is actually perfectly proportionate to reality. But of course transphobia is not rational, at some level I think its about externalising fear of that part of us that is of the opposite sex. We are made in the image of God, men and women have far more in common than people like to admit, but woe betide a man who appears ‘soft’ or heaven forbid feminine. Why? because secretly these people are misogynists.

Anyway, in conclusion, the Catholic Church doesn’t campaign for gay rights, it doesn’t think that the iniquitous treatment of queer people merits Christian action. For that alone the Church should be ashamed of itself. Christians have created a cartoonish idea of what it means to be male or female then stamped it with religious approval. The collapse in Catholicism in Ireland is almost entirely of the Church’s own making, and I get the feeling that a lot of people who don’t really give a damn about gay marriage rushed to the polls to stick it to the Church. To be honest I don’t really blame them.