Monday, 16 June 2008

Tough on Crime.....

Tough on crime, rough on criminals

Plans to publicly shame criminals could be on the cards

Tony Blair promised to be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime. His successor Gordon Brown may be about to out-tough him.

Louise Casey, the former head of the government's Respect unit, has drawn up a series of radical measures to fight crime.

Plans to make people serving community sentences wear visible jackets identifying that they are criminals and the possible publication of posters and websites with pictures of offenders are likely to be the most controversial of the plans.

Alongside the Guardian story on the paper's front page is a picture of people kneeling in orange Guanta´namo-style boiler suits with their hands behind their heads. It sends a shiver down the spine until you realise it relates to a separate article about protests against George Bush in London.

Even if the criminals are more likely to be forced to wear high visibility bibs - according to the Mail - rather than orange boiler suits, the plans are unlikely to go down well with civil liberties' groups still fuming over attempts to extend the period terror suspects can be held without trial.

Extract from Haroon Siddique Guardian News Blog.

Scary stuff I think you will agree. It won't be long until the people not wearing high viz will be the ones standing out. Homogenize, work, consume, watch reality TV and let your leaders take control.

To borrow a phrase from the immortal Bill Hicks,

"I'm sure their motives are pure."

Aghh well, break out the victory gin I suppose.


Sunday, 15 June 2008

Vote Un-Democratic Judas Party

The DUP have showed where their hat lies in the political ring. For DUP MPs Unionism is nothing at all to do with identification with the people of this entire Kingdom or the freedom they enjoy. The very fact they identify with an ideology that calls itself 'Unionism' is at this point in time nothing short of laughable. They have given a firm, two fingered 'fuck you' to the people of the UK, while hiding behind botched top secret issues of national security, using the troubles as an example of their consistent tough stance of terrorism.

The DUP and Lady Sylvia Hermanthe sole UUP MP, who predictably voted with the Brown administration saved Labour's on edge Scotsman from humiliating defeat in a vote that should have brought this government to its knees This is a government that has failed ot listen to the masses and increased the gap between rich and the poor with breathtaking billigerence. Despite this, the DUP saved this floundering Prime Minister and this government to do a deal, which to use their beloved biblical language, did a Judas.

There has rarely been a more stark example of how a political party has lost sight of the wood for the trees. A party that is intent on selling their country out for a short term economic package that brings Britain one step closer to a consumer concentration camp.

Shame on you. All good church goers as well.
Thou shall a sell out bastard.
Yeah right.


Photo of the Day

This was taken at a Chinese /Thai temple in Hat Yai. I really like the expression on the young monks face. Notice the different dress of Chinese/Thai monks.


Friday, 13 June 2008

Voltaire Quotes 1694-1778

This enlightenment thinker's belief in civil liberties, social reform despite censorship and questioning of religious dogma, make his ideas essential in todays Britain.

Here are some good quotes:

"Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers"

"Prejudices are what fools use for reason."

"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong"

"The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination."

"Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do"

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"

"Everything's fine today, that is our illusion."

"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it."

"The multitude of books is making us ignorant."

"There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts."

"Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy."

"God is always on the side of the big battalions."

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be."

"Common sense is not so common."

"This is no time to make new enemies."

There are some amazing images cast up by reading these I am sure you will agree.


Thursday, 12 June 2008

Keep repeating.....You are free...Keep repeating....You are free......

Brown got it through - 315 votes for and 306 against.

Big Brother 2008 - the house is now 93,000 square miles in area and has a population of 60,000.

Tyranny in the UK.

Only 9 votes made the difference and they came from the Democratic Unionist Party

who have blatantly bent over for Brown on this historic day of reckoning. Cries of

'you have been bought' were heard round the boiling pot of emotion that was the

British Parliament last night when the results were announced. A smiling and defiant

DUP sat grinning like idiots knowing that the good times would soon roll as a result

of an obvious backdoor deal.

This is a dark day for democracy in Britain, one that saw the dictates of the Magna

Carta dissolved, behind a smoke screen on erroneous and un-provable 'terror'

intelligence. The behaviour of the DUP goes to show how far they are prepared to go

in order to win favour on the mainland. It is vomit inducing to think that they have

the word 'democratic' in their party name, one that should be changed immediately to


This morning when most people woke up and lift their news papers they will not be

confronted with one of the most democratically corrosive decisions of modern time,

their bleary eyes will fix upon a smokescreen story. The front pages are leading

with the government's confidential documents about Al-Quida that were left on a

train. This alleged blunder comes at the very convenient time, diverting public

opinion away from the biggest story of the last 6 months:

The massive leap towards a totalitarian British police state.

Someone tell me where this threat is. Where is it? Its all around we are told.

Does any see it? No. Its an un tangible construct that is being used to keep people

afraid and therefore allow the enforcement of an agenda with Orwellian overtones.

The actions of the DUP and other MPs have made this a day in which for one to talk

about democracy in Britain is not only illusionary, but downright stupid.

It could be time to flee the scene while we still have the chance. Book your tickets

early, there my be big demand.


Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Photo of the Day

These photos were taken in Khao Lak in Thailand in 2007. It was the worst hit area from the 2004 tsunami. On this small stretch of beach an estimated 10,000 people perished. I took these phots to show the bleakness and macabre atmosphere that still hangs around.

The beach moved 15/20 metres up land because of the tsunami and left trees on a new beach with their roots still intact.

In the other photo you can see one of the many tributes that adorn trees that are now on the beach.


This is a video from the day showing you the power of the wave.


Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Feel the Heat 5

Feel the Heat 5
(Albums and tunes currently burning a hole in my speakers)

1. Sonic Youth- Rather Ripped
2. Talvin Singh- Back to Mine
3. Augustus Pablo- Original Rockers Vol 2
4. Pagan Altar- Lords of Hyprocrisy
5. Opeth- Watershed

Some amazing albums. Download and let me know what you think.


Photo of the Day

This photo was taken looking into a temple on top of a mountain in Hat Yai, Thailand where my friend and I went and sat for a day last year. It was in the middle of no where and we did not see anyone all day. Very tranqil and relaxing.


Thursday, 5 June 2008

The Heart Sutra

Body is nothing more than emptiness,
emptiness is nothing more than body.
The body is exactly empty,
and emptiness is exactly body.
The other four aspects of human existence --
feeling, thought, will, and consciousness --
are likewise nothing more than emptiness,
and emptiness nothing more than they.

All things are empty:
Nothing is born, nothing dies,
nothing is pure, nothing is stained,
nothing increases and nothing decreases.

So, in emptiness, there is no body,
no feeling, no thought,
no will, no consciousness.
There are no eyes, no ears,
no nose, no tongue,
no body, no mind.
There is no seeing, no hearing,
no smelling, no tasting,
no touching, no imagining.
There is nothing seen, nor heard,
nor smelled, nor tasted,
nor touched, nor imagined.

There is no ignorance,
and no end to ignorance.
There is no old age and death,
and no end to old age and death.
There is no suffering, no cause of suffering,
no end to suffering, no path to follow.
There is no attainment of wisdom,
and no wisdom to attain.

The Bodhisattvas rely on the Perfection of Wisdom,
and so with no delusions,
they feel no fear,
and have Nirvana here and now.

All the Buddhas,
past, present, and future,
rely on the Perfection of Wisdom,
and live in full enlightenment.

The Perfection of Wisdom is the greatest mantra.
It is the clearest mantra,
the highest mantra,
the mantra that removes all suffering.

Emptiness, refers to the fact that no thing including human existence has ultimate substantiality, which in turn means that no thing is permanent and no thing is totally independent of everything else. In other words, everything in this world is interconnected and in constant flux. A deep appreciation of this idea of emptiness thus saves us from the suffering caused by our egos, our attachments, and our resistance to change and loss. It is believed that through the practice of meditation and knowing one's mind, this state of non-self (anata) can be reached, thus leaving behind all those things we once percieved to be real.