The future, very unfunny, coming to where you live right now.

So then, Labour looks like it might even be mad enough to select Jeremy Corbyn as its dear leader. This is disturbing. There are lots of Conservatives who think it would be the death-knell of the Labour party. I think it probably would. But my study of history shows that nobody remotely expected Lenin, Stalin, Napoleon, Hitler or any of the other monsters of history to gain power. They were in the right place at the right time with an evil mindset.

Becoming Labour leader puts Jeremy Corbyn in the right place, and his association with terrorists makes him a quietly dangerous figure. This isn’t a half-baked, sponge soft, left wing, son of a marxist like Red (Dead) Ed. This is a full blown Marxist who desires a command economy, because that worked so well for the USSR… In addition he seems to have a poorly concealed anti-Semitic streak. To all the right wingers gleeful about his possible selection as Labour leader, be careful what you wish for, as the proverb says; if God wants to punish us he answers our prayers.

My second rant is that I made an innocuous joke about London’s truly incredible cultural transformation and was labelled a racist and kicked off a twitch stream I like. According to the 2013 census 22% of the population of London don’t speak English as a first language. That is a very conservative figure because there are a lot of immigrants who don’t want to be counted in a census. To compound the matter immigrant populations tend to coalesce into particular areas, so much so that there are parts of London where life long Londoners feel like they are in a foreign land. But we can’t talk about it, or even light heartedly joke about it. The old form of authoritarian attacks on free speech is gone, the new form is enforced from the ground up. Because the left has been proven by history to be wrong about everything, the only argument it has left is ‘shut up’. The future looks like an increasingly unfunny place.

This deal is getting worse all the time.

So then a couple of ”diplomatic” ”deals” were struck this week. It all reminds me of that part in Star Wars when Lando Calrissian does a Vichy deal with Darth Vader in the hope of keeping cloud city out of the clutches of the Empire. More particularly the Robot Chicken version.

Greece got well and truly screwed with their pants on. It would have been far better if they had simply left the Euro. How much are the Greeks willing to let their nation be carved up to satisfy German voters? time will tell, but there will be bitter resentment and there will be consequences. But of course all that matters is that the can is kicked further down the road. Why face reality when you can buy a fantasy? One point that’s worth noting is this. How much is a country going to think about its future when its native population, demographically speaking, has no future? Greek family trees increasingly resemble an upside down pyramid. Catering to the present is all that matters.

The second ‘deal’ was the Obama administration’s complete capitulation to Iran. This was remarkable because it was the US administration, actively going out of its way to humiliate itself on the world stage and repeatedly stab its allies in the middle east in the back. Every possible concession was given to Iran, in return Iran got everything it wanted. That’s not how negotiations are supposed to work. That’s how surrenders are written. Back in the day I used to wonder what kind of madness would drive American right wingers to dream of impeaching Obama. Now I understand why. Obama’s golf handicap is his foreign policy. He doesn’t fight for American interests because he sees America as the problem. This hatred of America fuels his desire to shape America into a squishly left wing dystopia the likes of which we have in Europe and he doesn’t mind trampling on the US constitution to get there.

Talking of which, the last UK budget was interesting. A bit of a mixed bag, but politically adept. What’s the betting George Osborne will be the next Tory leader? Boris Johnson is his rival but I think people will be wary of a man who only ever says something conservative when it won’t cost him anything. Seeing the Labour party in total disarray is a sight to behold. Jeremy Corbyn is a close second in the leadership contest. I knew Labour would veer to the left but I couldn’t have dreamed they would do it this quickly. They are committing political suicide. This is bad news because it means our entire political discourse is being dragged to the left. David Cameron’s new Tory party can be center-left, riddled with contradiction and very few people will notice because the left wing have gone so far left they are completely unelectable.

I guess I should also mention the elephant in the room. I’m finding it very difficult getting to mass of late. This blog is becoming a politics blog because I’m finding it very hard to go to Church and altar serve while the people around me have no idea I’m in the closet. The things they say about homosexuality and transsexuality are part of the monkey on my back that I’m grappling with in therapy. I might be able to disregard what the Church teaches on queer issues, but its a lot less easy to disregard the casual homophobia from people I consider friends. I don’t really know how to get around this. The last two weeks I drank a lot on Saturday then used the hangover as the excuse not to go to Church. My subconscious deserves an award for that artifice. I’m not sure how to go about fixing it. So yes, I need to pray and I need people to pray for me that I’ll get to Mass.

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.

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.