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?

I Went Shopping Today


I needed some nails and stuff so I went to my local Bunnings Store.

That is our Australian hardware place.

Porn for all DIYers.

Filled with goodies and apparent bargains and a Tradies dream.

I got there and my day was ruined.*

They were not open and they wouldn’t let me in.

I can’t imagine why!

Apparently everyone got out safely and no one was harmed. And it is still smoking. So there are plenty of Firies on hand.

But they wouldn’t let me in to buy some nails!

* So were the jobs of several hundred people which really IS sad.

The Great Superannuation Fraud


So the USA does not have enough money, despite all its ‘monetary easing’, to upgrade its aging infrastructure. Yet good old Aussie Homie, Malcolm, knows just how to help out.


‘Don’t worry, Donny old mate, we have trillions of dollars stashed away in our Superannuation funds. Here, have a few hundred billion of them. We’ll only charge you a couple of percent interest.’

Meanwhile, back in the real world, every person putting their hard-earned money into their Super Fund begins to worry just a little. Their Super funds have been investing and growing their money, GFC’s excepting, at around 6-8% a year. That is what Super is supposed to do. Grow your savings into retirement. Not at the 2% Malcolm wants back from his mate, but at something better than bank interest.

 

That is why there are fund managers. so they can find the best places to invest YOUR money. It isn’t Malcolm’s to throw around, it is YOURS! If any fund manager was to invest the super fund he was managing into a 2% return he would be fired! Yet that is what our money-wise PM is about to force on to all our super funds.

At this stage, the proposal seems to be around 10% of the total fund being forced offshore into very low interest rate loans. Doesn’t seem very much, does it? It will only affect the effective interest rate for the entire pool by about a single percent. Not very much until you factor in the compounding interest lost. Because it is the compound interest which make Super so affordable and attractive. When you retire you have a good sized nest-egg. Have you seen those ‘Industry Super Advertisements’? The ones which begin, ‘Same age, same income’? Those poor people who haven’t switched? Guess what! That will be all of us if Malcolm gets his way.

Or could this just be the natural outcome of the IPA’s plan to force Industry (Union) Super Funds to have outside (IPA or Liberal) directors on their boards of management?

How will the funds to be given away be chosen?

By lot? ‘Sorry, your fund will be earning 2% for the next 30 years.’

By Government decree? ‘All your funds belong to us!’

So that is a one percent loss, compounding, for all future retirees. At the moment. What happens next year, or the year after? When Good Old Donny needs another handout? Another 10% of the Super fund? When will it stop? Will it ever stop?

All our super will be affected, all of us will have less in retirement thanks to this misguided gesture of incompetent generosity.

Grass Seeds



This morning I went out into my garden where I have been experimenting with growing a number of grass-like plants.

First, I picked some oats.

Then a cob of corn.

Then I gathered some wheat and some rice.

A few heads of barley were left and some sorghum was just ready to be picked.

Sadly I had finished picking the millet last week so I collected some quinoa.

I ate all my recently growing, fresh grains in order, in a deconstructed manner.

Which makes me a serial cereal killer.

Cannibal Cafè


A cannibal was walking through the jungle and came upon a restaurant operated by a fellow cannibal.

Feeling somewhat hungry, he sat down & looked over the menu….

+ Tourist: $5.00

+ Broiled Missionary: $10.00

+ Fried Explorer: $15.00

+ Baked Coalition Politician $100.00

The cannibal called the waiter over & asked, “Why such a price difference for the Politician?”

The cook replied, “Have you ever tried to clean one? They’re so full of shit, it takes all morning.”

Evening in the City



Something from the past.

City Sunset

After a clear blue day some whispery clouds had blown in
There was just a little sunset red left above the city skyline.
Tall buildings were beginning to show their night-time finery,

Replacing the waving eucalyptic green of the trees.
The busy road traffic was tiring and outside the frame
The river ripples, reflecting the evening’s new darkness.

Moonrise is hours away and the stars are too far.
An Earth-bound firmament will suffice
To show me my city for the next few hours.

JEMcL, Dec, 2006

Anti-Vax Murderers


One of the joys of social media is the way people are able to find others of a similar mind on any subject. There are many groups which perform perfectly valid duties as conduits for political thinking; as support groups for those with various disabilities and disadvantages; as entertainment conduits.

Then there are those special interest groups which bring together people with rather strange beliefs.

Some of these groups are risible and elicit laughter and much mockery.

Of course everyone can see the Earth is flat and those foolish people who claim sphericality are demonstrably wrong. Many, many man-years of work goes into the production and dissemination of videos, articles and images to prove this. It can be very difficult to determine if this body of work is satire in whole or in part.

Then there are those who are extremely concerned about ‘Chem Trails’. I can’t even begin to conceive of the numbers of marbles on the floor when a group of these people get together. There are certainly very few marbles left in their headspaces. They lose them at a moment’s notice. Chem trails, those white condensation trails left behind by aircraft flying at certain heights and in atmosphere of a certain humidity and temperature. Yes, a shadowy group of people cause this natural phenomenon. For a very shadowy cause.

Of course we must recognise the ‘Moon Landing Hoax’ and the ‘Twin Towers’ conspiracy theories. That such large conspiracies could exist without any individual within those conspiracies breaking ranks is not at all credible. Someone, somewhere, would tell the ‘truth’ to an avidly waiting public.

Those groups are rightly the subject of humour and mockery.

Next we look at the greatest conspiracy of all. Those greedy scientists who are falsifying all the weather data so that they can continue to receive huge financial rewards from – – sorry, I have never worked out who is paying those thousands of scientists. I do know the whistle-blowers on this scandal receive miserly million-dollar incomes from oil and gas companies.

Finally I will deal with the one group I have an actual hatred for. Those child killing ‘anti-vaxxers’.

As a family historian I have spent years looking at the effects of childhood (and adult) diseases on families from one hundred, two hundred and even three hundred years ago. Unchecked, the childhood memories which are but dim memories today, devastated families and communities.

Measles, Smallpox, Chicken pox, Diphtheria (oh! the horror of watching a young child die, gasping for breath as the white growth closed up its airways.), Polio which claimed several of my schoolmates 60 years ago, Mumps, hepatitis, whooping cough, the cruellest of all; all now preventable. By failing to immunise, parents are opening the way to a return of those diseases. Opening the way for thousands, millions of children to be killed by preventable sicknesses.

Poor, backward countries, those involved in interminable wars, are always vulnerable to a comeback of these killer germs and viruses. There is no excuse for rich, comfortable countries to ever be plagued with them again.

Yet well-off, comfortable people have chosen to decry the use of vaccines. They have chosen to murder their own, and others, children. Unable, or unwilling to see the difference between 1 in 10 children dying of preventable disease and 1 in 1,000,000 bad or allergic reactions. Continuing to spread the disproven autism allegations from last century is behaviour which should be treated as a form of domestic violence.

I will not make fun of this group of conspiracy theorists. I will call them what they are.

Murderers!