the dark brown river

Sunday, December 31, 2006

bill me.

happy new year.

saddam hussein has paid his account to humanity.

george bush continues to live on extended credit.

Monday, December 25, 2006

asymmetrical peace.

have we hanged the wrong man ? - o fallujah !

this war is being waged in a far off country.

you may have marched against the war on 15 february 2003, but then the war went ahead anyway, and so what more could you do ?

the course of this war has shown you a scattered and ill equipped resistance able to frustrate the most powerful military machine in history. the insurgents cannot win - but neither can they be beaten. does that sound familiar ?

this is called asymmetrical warfare.

the world needs peace. you think that there is nothing more that you can do, because you imagine that where the peace is needed is a far off country, but if you think that, you are starting to fall into the way of thinking of the regular armies, who ship supplies across oceans and mass thousands of men and tonnes of equipment all in one place. scattered and anonymous individuals can frustrate this. the battlefield is nowhere, and everywhere.

you think that you cannot bring about that peace - but look -

if there is a closed door between you and the distant possibility of peace, it is only the door of your own house. open it.

there may be little you can do - do it.

do something to frustrate the smoothly running military machine and the many companies that profit from war. do something to contradict the endless idiotic propaganda, and those who support it by their silence. you are scattered and ill equipped. mobilise greater moral indignation. just resist. say something.

all you need, to be effective, is the concept of an asymmetrical peace.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

irish moiled cattle.

let us talk about irish moiled cattle.

what are irish moiled cattle ?

'moiled' means bald, or hornless, in the irish language - 'maol.' they are a rare breed of red and white cattle with a white stripe down their back. they may have been the cattle of the vikings. they are hardy and thrifty cattle, and pre-date the modern continental breeds which came to ireland with intensive modern farming systems. even the shorthorn came in with improved crop rotations and winter fodder. cattle have been in many parts of ireland longer than fields. moiled cattle browse as well as graze. 'browse' means eat leaves, 'graze' means eat grass. so they are easily kept. googling will find you a photo . . .

in a situation where normal systems such as electricity supply broke down, or became intermittent and unreliable, moiled cattle would do well. to keep a few robust pre industrial animals should be an insurance policy against unlikely but not impossible armageddon. and even when the whole of this country is levelled and drained and has intensive animal housing built upon it - there will be places among the hills and bogs where land improvement is unprofitable or just impossible.

canute and katrina

there is an inevitability about the forces of nature, and about the forces of geopolitical reality.

we do that reality an injustice when we blame an individual for events that are on a catastrophic scale. hurricane katrina took such a toll because certain people reacted too slowly or too meanly ? o yeah ? i doubt it. rumsfeld lost asia ? no one is that powerful.

the much maligned king canute understood this. his famous foray to the beach was to demonstrate to fawning courtiers that there were limits to the power of royal command.

flea media

i am always sniping at george bush. i am in danger of joining the flea media.

what are the flea media ?

the flea media are those columnists and bloggers on the radical left, who appear to be savagely biting the big dog - but actually go along with him in the long run.

i am going to say less about george bush. a lame duck with fleas is not a pretty sight. let us instead, turn away . . .