November 2011

Harold Pinter on America

I’m just posting this for reference. Pinter’s robust view of America. Coherent. Persuasive. Proven. But what do we do with this? Ignore it?

Tram Experience Video


When I saw this I wrote on Facebook that “I feel sad for her, she’s obviously in pain; but good the way the other people on the tram reacted – supporting each other and keeping cool.”

Andy Roberts commented “There’s something not quite right about this viral video phenomenon and the moral outrage surrounding it. Firstly, I agree it looks like an unfortunate “looney on the bus” scenario, but 2nd, what exactly was the role and relationship of the person shooting the video?”

The woman was wrong (her behaviour incited distress and could have incited violence) and she has been arrested but what about the ethics/legality of filming a public incident and publishing without the permission of those filmed? The authorities have used the video as evidence to arrest the woman and on YouTube there are responses from all angles, multiculturalist and racist. What’s said on the street doesn’t stay on the street any more and the men and women on the Clapham Omnibus and the Croydon Tram are going home to upload their vlogs. Are we becoming a more open society and a more ‘conversational society’ or are we becoming a ‘Big Brother’ society in both famous references of the term?


Spent the last two hours getting rid of malware on my NYPO and Netstorms sites. Anyway I found a site that is helpful in identifying problems: It offers a free scanning service but no info on how to prevent these attacks. I’ll add it to my links list.

Gurdjieff – Hypnotic Sleep of Man

The following is from

Gurdjieff – Hypnotic Sleep of Man

“There are a thousand things which prevent a man from awakening, which keep him in the power of his dreams. In order to act consciously with the intention of awakening, it is necessary to know the nature of the forces which keep man in a state of sleep.

“First of all it must be realized that the sleep in which man exists is not normal but hypnotic sleep. Man is hypnotized and this hypnotic state is continually maintained and strengthened in him. One would think that there are forces for whom it is useful and profitable to keep man in a hypnotic state and prevent him from seeing the truth and understanding his position.

“There is an Eastern tale which speaks about a very rich magician who had a great many sheep. But at the same time this magician was very mean. He did not want to hire shepherds, nor did he want to erect a fence about the pasture where his sheep were grazing. The sheep consequently often wandered into the forest, fell into ravines, and so on, and above all they ran away, for they knew that the magician wanted their flesh and skins and this they did not like.

“At last the magician found a remedy. He hypnotized his sheep and suggested to them first of all that they were immortal and that no harm was being done to them when they were skinned, that, on the contrary, it would be very good for them and even pleasant; secondly he suggested that the magician was a good master who loved his flock so much that he was ready to do anything in the world for them; and in the third place he suggested to them that if anything at all were going to happen to them it was not going to happen just then, at any rate not that day, and therefore they had no need to think about it.

Further the magician suggested to his sheep that they were not sheep at all; to some of them he suggested that they were lions, to others that they were eagles, to others that they were men, and to others that they were magicians.

“And after this all his cares and worries about the sheep came to an end. They never ran away again but quietly awaited the time when the magician would require their flesh and skins. “This tale is a very good illustration of man’s position.

Source – from Ouspensky Book “In search of Miraculous”