Dingo the Dissident

THE BLOG OF DISQUIET : Qweir Notions in the Armpit of Diogenes by DINGO the DISSIDENT binge-thinker since February 2008.

Sunday, 26 September 2021

My 'artistic talent'

lies less in my poetry
or in my painting
than in my mastery
of elegant frugality.

"I amount to very little,
but that little is entirely mine."

- Swami Vrkha Baba


Saturday, 25 September 2021

C.R.A.S.S.S

Against Cocacolanization :

The Council for the Reduction of American Shit
in Self-respecting Societies.



Photojournalism.

It is telling that in this photograph
of a boy and a dog with an amputated leg
(due to shrapnel) in Idlib (Northern Syria)
the boy is in sharp focus, but not the dog.


Friday, 24 September 2021

Thursday, 23 September 2021

In late mediæval times

there were Sumptuary Laws
which forbade the wearing of fine clothes
above your class.  In other words,
a mere merchant, no matter how rich,
could not wear an earl's apparel.

Nobody seems to have noticed that
the democratisation of rich, industrial countries
and the westernisation of economically-poorer ones
has led to the world-wide wearing
of (mostly) charmless Euro-American clothes,
especially hideous tee-shirts and loutish jeans,
which suit few of the world's sheeple,
least of all those who used to wear
gorgeous robes or simple gowns,
lovely headgear - or very little.

Wofl picnicking at Ait Mansour, Morocco, 1993.






As the world becomes less habitable

for millions of people and billions of other
creatures, the ego-worshippers with wealth
to waste will be rushing to install smart toilets
to monitor their ever-more-precious health.


Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Probably the best first line

of any book that I have read:

'In the wastes of civilization, Luristan is still an enchanted name.'

Freya Stark - The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels, 1936.

The Lur men were ordered by the Shah to shave off their beards and wear Pahlevi headgear - a hat horribly similar to a baseball cap..  I guess they now have their beards, but I have no idea whether or not they wear their traditional dress. 
The women, who used to have no face-covering, will of course now have to wear the hijab.


Tuesday, 21 September 2021

'The Widow's Mite'

In many countries, those who pay tax
(especially the very rich)
receive a tax-rebate when they give
money to a 'recognised' charity,
but not directly (e.g. on the street)
to the starving or impoverished.
Those donors who are too poor to pay tax
are unrewarded.



School Sports Days.

I liked only the egg-and-spoon race.
It was fun.
                    But just imagine
the rules and regulations,
the strict specifications for the egg,
the spoon (which should not be too short), 
the clothing and the footwear,
had it had the misfortune
to become an Olympic Sport!


Monday, 20 September 2021

You wouldn't believe

from reading my gloomy-doomy blogs
that in the village I'm a little ray of light,
greeting everybody cheerfully,
exchanging little jokes,
and smiling at the dogs.

How we are and what we write
are very different.


Sunday, 19 September 2021

Good metabolism ? Or good genes ?

Unlike many people,
I seem to have been born fit,
because I have remained lithe
and the same weight
(60 kg) for 60 years since I was 20,
without the slightest effort
(i.e. 'exercise') on my part.

My blood pressure is a little high
but I seem (so far) to have a good heart.


‘It is no measure of health to be well adjusted
to a profoundly sick society.’
- Sinéad O’Connor


Saturday, 18 September 2021

Obedience

is an easy, sleazy bed.
I guess I'll be obedient when I'm dead.


Friday, 17 September 2021

'Original Sin'

was not so much the plucking
nor even the eating of the pomegranate,
nor Eve's desire to share it,
but Adam's failure before Massa God
to control a disobedient woman.


Our ugly arrogance,

unsurprisingly,
is lethal for birds.

































'In New York City, between 90,000 and 230,000 birds are killed each year
when they collide with building glass, according to research by NYC Audubon. 
Nationwide, a study from 2019 found that the number of bird deaths caused by building collisions could be as high as one billion', according to NPR.


Thursday, 16 September 2021

Did I say this earlier ?

Western Democracy
is the dictatorship of hypocrisy.
Other dictatorships are worse.


Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Jesus said

(off the redacted record) :
Friends are ours to respect,
the poor are ours to enrich,
and family ours to escape. 


Monday, 13 September 2021

Liberty

is not compatible with
property.


A Feminist Poem on my favourite Greek Legend.

"There's something awful in the basin!"

"It's the better bits of Jason
which I'm pickling in beer.
They'll be delicious by New Year,"

said Medea.


Sunday, 12 September 2021

I look back more than fifty years and see

a pauper poet
unemployable
prostrate in bed
planning petty acts
of shoplifting and parsimony.

I have got out of bed.



They can't be completely and utterly evil, can they ?

Maybe, like Christian missionaries,
the Taliban are kind to kittens.

What is the decadent, perverted Western Press not telling us ?


Saturday, 11 September 2021

Every crowd

has a bloody lining.

 

Getting figures straight (white people don't like too much reality).

In 30 years of civil unrest
just over 3,000 people died in Northern Ireland,
where there is a road called Kennedy Way
named after the American president
who started the Viêt-Nam war and invaded Cuba.

Over 30,000 civilians were killed in Viêt-Nam
plus an uncountable number of Viêt-Cong fighters.
Another 30,000 were killed in Cambodia.

Just over 3,000 people died in the amazing, unprecedented suicide/aeroplane assault upon the symbols of economic power
in Manhattan, and the 'military-industrial' complex
condemned by Kennedy's soldier-predecessor*.

In reprisal
47,000 civilians were killed in Afghanistan,
and 66,000 Afghan military and police
and 51,000 Taliban.

This rather exceeds an eye for an eye.
And I do not mention the thousands killed
in "proxy wars" waged by thge USA
in Chile, Argentina, Nicaragua,

nor the forced removal by the British at the USA's request
of the entire population of Diego Garcia and other
island of the Chagos Archipelago

reminiscent of Stalin's deportation of the Tatars from Crimea.

*Eisenhower

The curse of 'The West' :

self-righteous
colonial evangelism.


Friday, 10 September 2021

'Experiments suggest'

that low and soft voices are thought sexy
by both men and women.
So why do the anti-musical millions
choose to listen to screechy female
and whiny male popular singers ?


Thursday, 9 September 2021

Well, folks,

 









It's stationary, invisible
and cannot be pursued.


"Ursine invaders trash popular tourist destination on the California-Nevada border after evacuations."

Rather than making trash harder to get at
and root through (thus leading the bears
to break into abandoned houses instead)
would it not be sensible to bring some of the kilotons
of 'spoiled' Californian fruit to help the bears
store up nourishment for winter ?



Wednesday, 8 September 2021

When I was a child

I liked going with my grandmother
to visit her old friends, also widows
in houses with massive sideboards,
upholstered chairs, fringed velvet tablecloths,
antimacassars and ticking clocks,
stuffed parrots, china ornaments -
and in one a Victorian jack-in-a-box.

I have always liked wrinkles
on the faces of women and men.
I am almost 80 and almost without wrinkles,
not even on my belly: I remain immature to the end.


Tuesday, 7 September 2021

There is no need to wonder why

the commonest words in
'popular' commercial songs
aren't you, or love, or cherish,
but I, me, and my.


The Excitement

over paradoxical Artificial Intelligence
reminds me of Khrushchev's glorious
almost-algorithmic 10-year plan of the early 1960s,
which promised that the Soviet Union would outstrip the USA
in plenty, equality, opportunity and, of course,  fraternity.

Red Plenty >


Monday, 6 September 2021

Bills and Bill's.

It's obvious to me that the apostrophe
in English is a tiny but effective weapon
in the class-war, the Hundreds-Years'
War of Snobbery.

('Full marks' for spelling in primary school
 was the height of my life's achievement.)


Saturday, 4 September 2021

In almost every country

 the cleverest are the racketeers.
the stupidest are the military,
the responsible are irresponsible
and the happy are invisible.


The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne.

Catholic women in Catholic Ireland
were more oppressed than Soviet women
in the USSR, the only difference being
that Irish women could escape
to low-paid jobs in England.


Friday, 3 September 2021

"Truth...

...is revenge
because we live in a world of lies."

- Édouard Louis

read more >

To put it another way: 

The reason why men hate truth
is because it tends to jump up
and kick them in the balls.


“Every gun that is made,

every warship launched, every rocket fired,
signifies … a theft
from those who hunger and are not fed,
cold and not clothed”.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953


Thursday, 2 September 2021

The global threat from China

is more environmental
than political or military











as species are wiped out
by the mindless demand for magical
mumbo-jumbo traditional medicines
(not to mention shark-fin soup).

The hump-head (or maori) wrasse,
also on the point of extermination by the Chinese
has facial markings

(A Thoughtful Wrasse)










which are unique to each individual.


After orgasm

I want to give
the electric-kundalini feeling
to all the pigs and dogs in the world.



Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Advancing age and the pandemic

have demonstrated to me
and perhaps millions of others
that old dogs can learn
at least one new trick.

 

Thoughts on the 2,500th anniversary

of the Battle of Thermopylæ.
'The Media' love anniversaries.
It is a cheap cliché that history is written by the winners.
This his-story was written by the losers,
and, like most history, and most anniversaries, 
is also propaganda.