in the arsehole of diogenes

NEO-HERACLITUS_____________Qweir Notions in the arsehole of Diogenes: weBlog of a septuagenarian Binge-thinker since February 2008.
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Friday, 30 September 2011

If I were offered the choice

of possessing a soul
or a tail,
I would devote
the rest of my life
to the practice
of wagging.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

War

is more than capitalism's
collateral damage
- it is its power-source.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Monday, 26 September 2011

Two Definitions

EDGY: the men are unpleasant,
violent - and swear a lot.

FEISTY: the women are unpleasant,
slightly less violent, and swear a lot.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Friday, 23 September 2011

The individual

is one who is held in the balance
between pleasure and productivity
- and found wanting.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

All you need to know

about the Human Spirit
is that war has proved to be
its truest expression.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Monday, 19 September 2011

The planet groans

at the millions and millions of man-hours,
animals, vegetables and minerals wasted
on the making of the gew-gaws
which engulf us - including mobile phones.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

It's not sexual

encounters
that are soul-destroying
(however bleak they may be)
but waiting for them to show up
- or not.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Is it slavery to the superlative

or a paranoid fear of 'failure'
which transfixes Americans ?

Today I heard one say
on the radio that he was
"the world's greatest under-achiever"!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The Future

is a not-so-distant shore.
We know, of course, nothing
about what we expend
so much energy to ignore.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

On the seventieth anniversary *

of my untimely birth I reflect on
those poor "White Trash",
ghetto "Negroes", homeless Hispanics,
Filipina slaves, and others of the
Necessary Underclass
who died in squalor, pain and misery
on the eleventh of September
in the two thousand and first year
of the "Christian Era" (or Papal Caliphate)
- and whose deaths were hardly noticed by
a heartless, mechanistic
jingoistic nation-state.

(* today)

Monday, 12 September 2011

Maybe it's not so strange

that
THE MORALITY OF GOVERNMENT
is not an academic subject.

I wonder

if that stupendous attack
on the antennæ of capitalism
was the equivalent for the American Empire
of the Spartacus Revolt in Roman times ?

(just an idle thought...)

Sunday, 11 September 2011

On the 10th Anniversary of Nurtured American Victimhood

The Anniversary Card industry's great opportunity.

Yes, you had it coming.
But 'it' did not come from the Laotians,
nor the Native American victims of your genocide.

Laos is the most heavily bombed country ever,
and, 35 years after the Vietnam war ended,
an average of one person every two days
is killed by late-exploding American bombs
- 'collateral damage'.

Laos did not declare war on the USA.
America did not deign to declare war on Laos.
It just bombed, and bombed, and bombed,
and bombed, the Plain of Jars -
in the name of Freedom, Christian (or American) values.
The USA declared a War on Terror - with Terror.
It is estimated that it will take another 100 years
before all the unexploded American ordnance
is removed - or explodes - in Laos.

Capitalism thrives on war, military industries
and the threat of war.















You even claim to have "won WW2" for us in Europe,
failing to mention the deaths of just 20,000,000 Russians,
mostly on Russian soil.
No Americans were killed on American soil in WW2,
though a few died at Pearl Harbor, which was then in an American ‘territory’ or colony or ‘protectorate’ or whatever slimy word they used for missionaried-prudified-raped-annexed-and-commodified Hawaii.

And how 'freedom' has diminished in my lifetime!
(I was born in 1941.)
Children can no longer go off on their own
to climb trees or bivouac - or
compare and touch the interesting crevices
and dangly bits between their legs -
or run away for a day or two
as all kids want - and need - to do.

Yes, you had it - that just-a-little-bit -
coming - out of the blue.
And you celebrate it as a 'catastrophe' like the Serbs
celebrate 'their' Kosovo Polje,
'their' Plain of Crows - the birds that fed upon the stacks
of corpses not just of Serbs, but also of Albanians, Macedonians,
Hungarians, Croatians, Romanians and Vlachs.

Those who live by the sword should die by the sword.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Mao Ze-Dong's brilliant successors

realised they could not fight
capitalism with Marxist rhetoric,
or by arming African dictators -
so, to beat it they joined it
and became a Yellow-Peril Trojan Horse
which the Lords of Globalisation
greedily wheeled in -
thus slowly, cancerously
destroying capitalism from within.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

"Making the desert bloom"

The river Jordan
(Crossing Prohibited
on Pain of Death)
flows into Israel -
diminished without a doubt.
Only an open
herbicidal sewer trickles out.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

"Why do you abhor pop-music so much ?"

she asked me.
"Because of its vapidity
its triteness,
its insincerity
its sentimentality,"
I explained.
"But those are what make it
universal!" came the exclamation.

"That merely reinforces my duty," I rejoined,
"to remove myself from fake universality
which is the embalming of banality."

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Chalk and Cheese

There is a difference between
an individual and a solipsist.

The former are becoming rare.

Monday, 5 September 2011

The 20th century

began with
war, bottled water and
great empires.
The 21st century began with
war, bottled water and
genetic engineering.

The vast toll-road to Hell
is asphalted with economics,
a grotesquely mutant form
of mathematics.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Vegetarian"ism"

is certainly a religion
when not embraced
for mere reasons of health.
All religions are sectarian
and have holy scriptures.
But my sect, that of
the Vegetarian Frugalists,
has no sacred texts
to corrupt it,
and may be the least assertive,
least destructive
of religious sects.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Friday, 2 September 2011

It is easy to sneer at Americans

for their arrogant ignorance -
but at least they do not have
the wilful provincialism of the English.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

I am a Rock...

If, as 'Tennessee' Williams said,
happiness is insensitivity,
rocks are unbelievably happy.