Category Archives: History

Those Ancient Greeks!

Those ancient Greeks were a wild bunch.

Always fighting, fornicating and fermenting stuff.

Drunken revels were a major part of their evening but one writer person was quite obnoxious.

As it happened he finally got up someone’s nose so badly that he received a punch on HIS nose.

It was the first time anyone hit a Homer – – –


Check the Eyes


Happy Birthday, New South Wales

Ending Climate Change

It is time our big multinational companies looked after their long term interests and took action on the growing threat of Climate Change.

Yet there is a hidden, untalked of reason why this will never happen.

Ever since our caveman ancestors sent their men out to hunt and kill either dinner for the tribe or perceived enemies there have been leaders in human societies.

Those leaders became our Rulers; Pharaohs, Caesars, Kings, Khans and Emperors. The key to all of those positions is that they became hereditary. While not universal, primogeniture became the rule. Position and its associated wealth became concentrated into those ruling families.

As communications and travel improved, the Empires became larger and the available wealth became greater. Wealth accumulation changed from being the reward for exploiting and slaughtering the poor to being the reward for outright theft.

Wealth, in the past century, has changed from being property to being ‘money’. So our Rulers today are no longer generic ‘Kings’ but a few hidden people we occasionally hear about but very rarely see. The mythical 1% who are really a lot less than 1% of that 1%. The Multi-billionaires who own all the fruits of their serfs’ labour.

The key to leading the human race has always been a genetic thing. Leaders form a very special group within society. They are largely an intermarrying tribe within themselves and given sufficient time, they could well become a separate species. Even though there appear to be changes in our ruling families, many of those changes are to sons, and sometimes, daughters. Ruling appears to be an inheritable trait. It would be interesting to trace the genetics of the current Ruling families of Europe and Asia to see if they can indeed be traced back to the original rulers of Mesopotamia or proto-China.  And then to do the same with those exceptionally rich rulers who now live out of the sight of the normal human being.

Today we have mostly hidden, or hiding, ruling families whose ambition is that the family line continues. They are rarely spoken of in public because they are the ultimate owners of the Press and of the News we are allowed to know.  Our Rulers now like their privacy.

We also have a major climate problem which could well destroy our civilisation and many members of the human species. I have read that 147 people own the vast majority of the wealth of the world. They are our rulers. They are our owners. They know how to survive even if it will cost many of their serfs their dreams, livelihoods and lives.

What we know about Rulers is that they self-preserve. With their extreme wealth they are in the unique position to create safe places for themselves as well as those lucky serfs who are their favoured servants. The rest of us are not of any concern to those favoured few. What is their concern is having their lieutenants run the giant multinationals and conglomerates which we do see. And to make sure they are run in such a way as to benefit the ruling families.

Controlling climate change would be a cost to them. It doesn’t matter to them that millions, billions of fellow human beings will die because of this avoidable catastrophe. It never has. They have caused, created and fuelled major bloody conflicts throughout the millennia which have killed millions. This is just one more conflict and they have the resources to survive it!

Climate Change will not be stopped by those who can stop it. It isn’t a survival instinct or habit which has been bred into them.

Lovecraft on Republicans

Better known for his fearsome works of horror, Howard Phillips Lovecraft also wrote many letters to fellow authors.

Occasionally he would discuss politics.  He showed a prescience in that field which I hope he did not show in his other writings.

H. P. LOVECRAFT wrote, in a letter to C. L. Moore, August 1936;

As for the Republicans—how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles and attitudes based on the bygone agricultural-handicraft world, and revel in (consciously or unconsciously) mendacious assumptions (such as the notion that real liberty is synonymous with the single detail of unrestricted economic license or that a rational planning of resource-distribution would contravene some vague and mystical ‘American heritage’…) utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience? Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead.

Six years earlier on October 4, 1930, he had written, in a letter to Robert E. Howard, – – – ‘Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.’

I have not found a reference to him combining the two thoughts.

Perhaps the rest of his work is a warning of what may happen if the Republicans and the Fundamentalists joined forces.

Is Donald Trump one of the Shoggoth?


Shakespeare on Refugees



The Lesson Our Leaders Never Learn