Dingo the Dissident

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

Saturday, 3 December 2022

'It's not because I cannot explain

that you won't understand;

it's because you won't understand
that I cannot explain.'

Eli Wiesel


Friday, 2 December 2022

Hundreds of aeroplanes

flew to hideous Doha
bearing thousands of
(mainly masculine) gawpers in thrall
to international and nationalist
testosteronal (and not very beautiful)
ballet with a ball.












Nonsense of History.

When Russian forces entered Chernobyl
very soon after entering Ukraine
they started digging World War One trenches
in the radioactive soil.


Alcohol and Entropy.

A bar of the abandoned cruise-ship
Costa Concordia, run aground on the Italian coast.



For those who believe in General Human Progress.

Indonesia set to make sex outside marriage punishable by jail

Indonesia's parliament expected to pass new criminal code that will also make insulting the president or state institutions a crime.


Let's not worry about Climate Catastrophe.
There are far more pressing issues.


Wednesday, 30 November 2022

The problem of translation.

I have recently sold a portrait
of a German guy who visited me,
with his partner, in 1985.
He had Parkinson's Disease
and had a serious mobility problem.

Around him is a quotation from Rilke
which is perfectly comprehensible
but almost untranslatable:

Nur im Raum der Klage darf die Rühmung gehn.

Praise/glorification can only come/arise/emerge
from within lamentation/sorrow/mourning/grieving/grief...




Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Descent into chaos.

I wonder
if the rise of inane and infantile music
as serious culture
led to the rise of divisive populism
as serious politics...


Sunday, 27 November 2022

Thursday, 24 November 2022

It is the ultimate anthropomorphism

to declare that Life on Earth
is a Huge Mistake.

But we are doing our best
to erase it.


Tuesday, 22 November 2022

A great metaphor for life.

'The great thing about a walled town:

no matter how lost you get, 

you eventually come to a wall.'


– Tim Dowling


Well, actually...


 















...the world is indeed run by cabals, conspirators,
autocrats and criminals.
You just have to identify the true conspiracies
– such as conspiracies to disseminate
conspiracy theories


Monday, 21 November 2022

'Original Sin'

is an obtuse way of saying
that we are intrinsically evil.
We are made even worse
by the wicked fiction
of redemption. 

'The only good human being is a dead one.'


Animal Lanterns to cheer us up !


Saturday, 19 November 2022

So much art

is now self-advertisement.


How many delegates to COP-27

in sun-baked Southern Egypt
are reducing
their personal use of water ?



On the 100th anniversary of his death,

I still find him unreadable
in either French or English.

He showed, at mind-numbing length
how odious are they who live in luxury.

He was pretty odious himself.

The Dead Proust, by Man Ray.



Friday, 18 November 2022

Some of the 40,000 Russian refugees

(including colonels and counts)
who fled to Paris after the Bolshevik Revolution
drove taxis, just as Putin had to do to keep alive
seventy years later
when the Turbo-capitalist invasion
hung his country out to dry.

(The fabulously rich Russians were already there.)


Thursday, 17 November 2022

Oscar Wilde did not remark

that the trouble with civilisation
is its brain-washing vulgarity.


This quiet medieval village

is a good place to be.
I never lock my house,
nor my car, which I park
on a very quiet street
100 metres from my house
along with a trailer
currently half-full of firewood.
Yesterday I left 60 euros
on the front passenger seat
where I discovered them this afternoon.




Wednesday, 16 November 2022

'Even the dead can't escape climate change.'

 


Ericky Boniphace’s photographic project –
Even The Dead Can’t Escape Climate Change
– followed labourers disinterring the remains of those buried
in a cemetery near Dar-Es-Salaam’s Msimbazi River.
For several years in a row
rising water levels have eroded the land the cemetery sits on
and swept graves away.

An admonishment

to humans and literate pets.



Tuesday, 15 November 2022

'New Liberal Economics' ensure

that the inevitable poor pay
proportionally more in taxes than anyone else,
because most tax-revenue comes
from 'goods and services', alcohol and energy.

In Ukraine,










CT215, a French street-artist,
is Doing His Bit for Democracy
with stencils.

"The Western News Media" are not mentioning
the inevitable (if small) Ukrainian atrocities...


Monday, 14 November 2022

Sunday, 13 November 2022

We all go through

The Almost-Universal Brainwash:

that we should Like Other Sheople
(except those whom we are taught
to dislike or to hate).


Light-show,

Salisbury cathedral
(twelfth century).

Ah, the music to accompany it!


Saturday, 12 November 2022

Thursday, 10 November 2022

Although human language is a disaster

for the planet, at least
it is possible to say so.
But numbers cannot ever indicate
the catastrophe of numbers.


A famous war-correspondent,

Independent Member of Parliament
and UNICEF Special Representative
for Humanitarian Emergencies,
wrote of the United States:

Of all the 90 countries that I worked in
[as foreign correspondent for the BBC]
it seemed to me. with the possible exception
of Equatorial Guinea, to be the most alien.

– Martin Bell, Through Gates of Fire, 2003, p.149.


Wednesday, 9 November 2022

It is hard to be kind

and honest and transparent
because transparency is thought to be unkind.


Tuesday, 8 November 2022

"What a misshapen and ridiculous

thing the penis was!  Half of them didn't even
work properly, and all of them looked pathetic
and detachable, like some wrinkled sea-creature
– like something you'd find goggling at you
and swaying in an aquarium." 

– Paul Theroux: Doctor Slaughter, 1984.


Winter's coming in Ukraine.

A man in Kyiv
shows how, in the event of no electricity or gas,
he would erect a tent in his flat
and pass the nights in a sleeping-bag inside it.

Breathing inside a small tent, he said,
will keep me warm.


Sunday, 6 November 2022

So...why not cannibalism ?

Anthropologists don't talk about sins,
but they do make value-judgements
which are largely Abrahamic
(or should I say Abrahamist ?). 

If I were to consider flaws as sins
I'd say that the first sin was
to regard sex as other than fun;

and the second was
to view animals as other.

As for the third
and maybe subsequent sins
I'll need to ponder further.


Saturday, 5 November 2022

The two ugliest mammals

are, surely, the tiny, harmless
naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber)










and the paler forms of naked human ape
(Homo sapiens amens var. pallidus). 


Friday, 4 November 2022

It seems obvious,

after you reflect a little:

To know too much is not
to know everything.


Thursday, 3 November 2022

Flesh of their flesh.

Only the very corrupt
(and politicians)
can even imagine the corruption
of the very rich. 


'Drop-box Babies'.

'Until women's constitutional right to abortion in the USA was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2922, no one gave much thought to Safe Haven laws

These allow a mother to give up her new-born baby for adoption, at a designated site, anonymously and without risk of prosecution. 'Safe Haven' legislation first appeared in the US in 1999 in Texas, in response to a rise in the number of abandoned babies. Now it exists in every state. These laws were never intended as an alternative to abortion. But as the options for unhappily-pregnant women diminish, some are anticipating an increase in the number of babies left by desperate mothers in hospitals and specially designed Baby Boxes at local fire stations.'

(report from The BBC)

In earlier times, such drop-boxes, baby-hatches or niches were organised informally (if not always anonymously) by the Catholic Church.  Here is one (no longer used) in my village of Caylus in SW France.



Tuesday, 1 November 2022

If Russia

'is where idealists are sent to die',

America is where they are genetically modified.

 

Collins Dictionary 'Word of the Year' –

Permacrisis.

It should have been
the first word ever,
maybe even
the First Word of God.


Sunday, 30 October 2022

Tell a man

that something – anything –
is a machine, 

whether a house,
a hospital, an army,
an assembly, a relationship,
a person, a deity,
a brain, an atom or a galaxy,

and he'll love it.


Friday, 28 October 2022

One of the great truths,

written by a great writer
in the persona of Bernie Gunther :

Being wrong is an important part of being right
and only time* can tell which it turns out to be.

– Philip Kerr in Prague Fatale.

*Actually, only the end of time.


"Mondriaan painting

 












has been hanging upside down for 75 years."
What a tragedy!



Thursday, 27 October 2022

Wednesday, 26 October 2022

A abbreviated taxonomy of human types.

Socio- and psycho-paths, Very Nasties,
Moderate Nasties, Shits, Creeps, Bleeders,
Proselytisers, Yes-men (and -women),
Sycophants, Followers, Fence-sitters,
Side-changers, Leaders

Scapegoats, Sheep, Compromisers,
Well-intentioned, Vacillators, The Unreliable,
The Decisive, the Thrusting, The Modest

Heroes at the right place and time,
The Saintly, Hermits in the Forest


Narva.

On the left is the Danish-built castle
in Estonia (which the conquering Danes called Estland)
...EU...NATO.
On the right is the Russian castle of Ivangorod
in the Russian Federation.
Russian is the language spoken
on both sides of the river.





Tuesday, 25 October 2022

My African friend asks me

why white people seem to smile only for show,
and say Thank-you and Sorry so very much.
I reflect on this. 
I wonder if it is because an emotional insecurity
(born of Christianity)
that has also led them to conquer and ransack the world,

has suppressed their playfulness in the interests of competitiveness,
and engendered a fear of spontaneity
in the pursuit of a grim hedonism which
has turned them into leering puppets ?


Beauty before mere cleanliness !

An Iranian hermit, Amou Hajji, dubbed
“the world’s dirtiest man”
(for not taking a shower for more than half a century)
has died at the healthy old age of 94. 



Another Corrupt Oligarchy.

The prime minister and finance minister of the UK
(England and its subject nationettes)
are both multi-millionaires. In fact, I think
that the prime minister is a billionaire.


Monday, 24 October 2022

From Azerbaijan,

"Adaptive Fashion"

not for the predatory male
nor the submissive female gaze,

and not made by glamour-obsessed queer men
for the rich and young and disquietingly thin,

but for the comfort of the wearers.





Victorian UK - today,

 feeding capitalism, not people.

"Children in school are eating erasers
to line their stomachs and dull the ache and nausea of hunger.
Others are bringing in empty lunchboxes
then pretend to dine on their phantom food
away from classmates, too ashamed to reveal
that they have nothing to eat."



Sunday, 23 October 2022

Suicide is largely a masculine phenomenon

because men are rarely mothers
of sons and daughters
and fathers and wives
and mothers and aunts
and orphans and queers and loners
and bullies and rapists
and bankers and slaves.

And men more easily perceive
that everyone's an atoll
about to sink beneath the waves.


Dictators,

almost always, almost everywhere
in dictatorial banality
surround themselves with sycophants.
Their numbers are increasing.


Saturday, 22 October 2022

'People hardly ever have a conscience.

Poor people don't
because they can't afford it.
Rich people don't
because it costs them money.'

Henning Mankell, Kennedy's Brain.

Thus my economic status
suggests that I have a conscience.
But what do I do with it ?


Friday, 21 October 2022

A well-worn adage of Confucius goes :

'Better to light a candle
than rail against the dark.' 

But even a lantern, Diogenes declared,
will reveal only shadows and deceit.

Better to adapt to the darkness
than be by light ensnared,
and ultimately suffer cognitive defeat.


Thursday, 20 October 2022

Climate-change is obviously unstoppable

because capitalism is unstoppable,
because every country* in the world,
no matter how it's led,
is in hock to demonic moneylenders
who have to be paid.


*except Bhutan


Salmonitis.

I can't hear you!
There's a fish in my ear.

photo by John D. Chaney


Wednesday, 19 October 2022

The sullenness of supermarkets

has had the effect
of making us humourless.


Poets

mostly are enfeebled people
infecting each other with words
and ambiguities, obfuscations,
and fabricated mysteries –

but they generate quotations.


This is what we looked like

 eight weeks after we were conceived.

Living under the ruler.


Tuesday, 18 October 2022

'Weaponisation'

is a recent word,
though it defines
our species.

*

Introspection
(a fairly old word)
is not at all the same as
self-absorption.
It is almost the opposite.


My general practice doctor is about to retire.

On my last visit today he asked me
how I would prefer to die.
Like most people, I said. Quietly,
in my sleep.  But
, I continued,
there is a wonderful 19th century hoist
built on top of the castle wall 100 metres from my house,
with a clear drop of nearly 10 metres.

We then had an interesting chat about the merits
and mechanics of hanging,
and what a mess would be caused
by my head actually being torn from my body,
such is daily cleared up (or not) in Tigray,
Ukraine, Yemen...to name but three.


Saturday, 15 October 2022

I can't remember...

...but I think
that there's
a happy
jackdaw
in my brain.

I fancy
she might be called
Montaigne.

 

Traumazone.

 "At the start of the 1990s the Soviet Union - one the largest empires in the world - imploded.

It was not a slow collapse like the British Empire, but one that collapsed suddenly - in just a few months...."

This first episode is a bizarre - not to say grotesque - montage (mish-mash) of film clips with very bad subtitles, showing us rather crudely that a rigid pyramidal economic system which was bound to fail engendered corruption which would engulf Russia when it was dismantled by Boris Yeltsin. 

I fear that Adam Curtis has 'lost his touch'.

 YouTube.



Friday, 14 October 2022

Lucretius,

interpreting Epicurus, thought
that life is like a party – maybe
an intimate dinner-party or
maybe one of the more riotous kind.
If the latter, a good one is when
death arrives before the police,
or before you are raped. If
it's a bad one it's best to leave it
at your earliest convenience.


One of the greatest logos ever.

(Pity about the films.)



Thursday, 13 October 2022

Sheople

who call sheeple animals
know nothing about animals,
not even sheep.

Wednesday, 12 October 2022

From what I hear and read

online and in sociological and literary sources,
normal men are constantly evaluating women
as sex-objects, and many need little encouragement
to dominate, abuse and even rape them
in back-alleys, hotel-rooms and on golf-courses.

When (in the nineteen-forties) I was very small
I thought it great fun to chase little girls across
the stony playground, into their dismal toilet-stalls
to pull their hair.  In the boys' toilets
next-door, other boys competed to see
who was the highest pisser over green-slimed walls.

I grew out of my behaviour pretty quickly,
but perhaps other boys grow into it at puberty.


How I hate

the precious designation Work of Art.

If a shit-shifter's work or a grave-digger's
is not Art, then it must be of a Higher Order,
nothing to do with The Dignity of Labour
but with the brave, the fine
humility that mantles the downtroddenly divine.


Every other day

I come across a new word.
How rich our language is becoming !?*वृक 

Today's is wealthist (maybe a person who wants
to be among the wealthiest).
Next week there might be stealthist.


It is SO much easier

to deflect an asteroid
with a rocket
than to create peace
in Palestine.
It has always been simpler
to invade than to persuade.

 

Tuesday, 11 October 2022

Sunday, 9 October 2022

Some people's lives are –

 No – some people think that their lives are
stories,
and some people think that other people's lives are
stories.
Some people's stories seem like projections
of actual lives
with a lot of details missing.

My life is just a few tattered chapters
consisting of not-very-well-composed
paragraphs
and poorly-constructed sentences.

It will have to do.


Uruguay,

a little-known, mature democracy,
a 'welfare state'
with stable government,

where no indígenas have been
allowed to survive.


A piece of 1970s Nostalgia.


 

Saturday, 8 October 2022

Rights and Responsibilities.

"I can’t talk about women’s rights without talking about community rights. I can’t talk about community rights without talking about the environment we live in and depend on.”

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, founder of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad.


Bullfighting and the Catholic Church.

In October 1940, fervent Catholic dictator Francisco Franco invited Heinrich Himmler to a bullfight at Las Ventas bull-ring in Madrid. It was reported that Himmler, an animal lover and architect of the Nazis’ final solution, was so appalled at the cruelty of the spectacle that he almost fainted.

Bullfighting, an ancient 'pagan' practice with Cretan origins, had been banned in Muslim Spain, and thus became a symbol of Christian resistance. Later it was prohibited by various Christian kings, who considered it unsuitable for aristocrats and gentlemen, with the result that it became increasingly popular among the peasantry and the tiny working-class... 

Since Franco's death, bullfighting's appeal has greatly diminished.


Thursday, 6 October 2022

Christian Morgenstern

said that sheople
don't so much speakle
as quotle and repeatle.

Here is my version of his poem
The Birth of Philosophy :

Sheep glares at me with shock and awe
as though I were the first biped it saw.
Mesmerising glare!  We stand like we're asleep.
It seems the first time that I have seen a sheep.

Morgenstern's Gallows Songs (1905) are well-known amongst German speakers, and influenced Bertolt Brecht as well as Otto Dix.

My Neologism of the Month

is French : PISCINABLE,

an adjective from piscine meaning a pool,
informs you that, in a garden
attached to a house you might be thinking of buying,
a pool might be constructed.

And from this adjective a noun might be constructed:
PISCINABILITÉ.












It contrasts with an English neologism I saw yesterday:

FUTILITARIANISM.


Wednesday, 5 October 2022

After a Gallows Song by Christian Morgenstern.

TEMPORALITY

Imperfect and Perfect Past
drank to a friendship made to last.
They toasted Future Simple tense
(which just shows their common sense).

Conditional and Perfect Plu
decided they would join in, too.


Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Conversation in a pedal-bin.

Tissue 1: 'You wouldn't believe it – I've got snot all through me.'

Tissue 2: 'That's nothing, kid. I stink of semen.'

Tissue 3: 'You've had it easy, sisters – I'm completely saturated with menstrual blood.'

Chorus: So we go to the landfill site,
the landfill site, the landfill site.
Off we go to the landfill site –
diapers, dead dogs and mud.


Monday, 3 October 2022

Dinner without wine

is like sex without laughter.


Pony-tails

look much better on equines

than on humans.


The Company of Men*

Eliza Carthy:

I've given blow-jobs on sofas
To men who didn't want me any more.
Why didn't they tell me before ?

Well, they wouldn't, would they ?
They wanted to have their cake and eat it.
Or eat their cake and keep it.
Cake and more cake, with whipped cream.
Love is just a meme...

*Also the title of a book by Romain Gary.


Sunday, 2 October 2022

Beyond Eighty.

It is ridiculous to hold on to life
for the occasional bits of pleasure
you might get hold of through the fog
like food-scraps to a sad but hopeful dog. 


Saturday, 1 October 2022

Regret

the assassination of a pig
as much as the shooting of a president.

We are shadows of ignorance
cast over violence.

We don't like human corpses.


Донецьк

Donetsk, 
I discovered today, was formerly known as
Aleksandrovka, Yuzivka (or Hughesovka),
Stalin and Stalino! 
The inhabitants will be so grateful
if it's renamed Putino.


Friday, 30 September 2022

Life is somewhat like a cucumber.

Other people sow and grow
and harvest it, then you and they
cut slices off it
until the wrinkled end.


As old age advances,

transitioning to a stuffy old fart is disturbingly predictable:

I have become prudish and Puritan, 

like Abrahamic Elders and Paul the Apostle.


Thursday, 29 September 2022

As an 'outsider'

I once identified
(to some extent) as queer or invert
or one of those
because queers were then beyond the pale.

Now I am beyond the pale for queers
and every identity except nonentity.

it's good to be a misanthropic nobody,
especially in a world of pseudo-individuals.

Being nobody is good
provided you can secrete, protect
your nonentity successfully.

(Indeed there is a Catch in everything.)


Wednesday, 28 September 2022

'Continentals'

was a term of slight-to-moderate abuse
applied by the English to Europeans east of England,
because, of course, the English could not deny
that they were European – until now
that they are half-American.


Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Ferdinand Laholli

is an Albanian poet
now living in Germany.

He spent the first 30 years of his life in

THE SAVRA INTERNMENT CAMP

Here you are afraid to speak,

afraid to be silent.

Here you are afraid to smile,

afraid to be sad.

Here you are afraid

not to be afraid.


more of my translations from the Albanian >


Good to know.

 




Monday, 26 September 2022

Gloss on Sir Edward

(who was not a Dyer).

My mind to me a torment is.

His was, I think, to Baudelaire.

I'd love to have no consciousness,

be nothing more than gentle air.


Sunday, 25 September 2022

One of my favourite English words :

Crestfallen.

I imagine a sad cock (male fowl) or parrot,
and indeed:
                     crestfallen (adj.)
"dejected, dispirited," 1580s, creast falne...

 Crest-risen –"proud, lusty" is from 1610s.


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Saturday, 24 September 2022

You know about civet cats and coffee beans.

– No ?
The civet eats the coffee berries
which soften in its gut and are excreted whole.
They are collected and roasted.
They have a subtle under-taste of cherries.

The Javanese used civets this way in the 18th century
because they were forbidden by the very mean,
very nasty Dutch from entering the coffee-plantations. 
Civets think the berries are delicious.
It was hard to prevent The Thieving Natives
from scooping up their droppings.


Unlike trees,

we all - even newborn babies -

live too long.


Friday, 23 September 2022

"Like a fox nesting

behind a bus depot,
he's a creature making the best of an environment
to which he is in some respects maladapted."

– Ned Beauman, GLOW.


Thursday, 22 September 2022

A yellow life, nice and easy. No eyes needed.

A Gummy Squirrel – Psychropotes longicauda – is a type of sea cucumber. This specimen is 60 cm long with red palps, or lips
with which it feeds on sediment on the ocean floor
5,100 metres below the surface.



The waning of traditional religious cults

has been replaced in Britain by the cult of royalty,

and in the USA by the cult of Trump.


The texture of the sun.

 


Monday, 19 September 2022

Grotesque hypocrisy and appropriation.

A mathematical genius
hounded for his homosexuality
until he killed himself,
now features on British money.