Literary Nonsense Poem told in the First Werewolf

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. It’s definitely time for the first episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps of the week, as it’s Friday. As sunny weather dominates the U.K. and people think more about having a drink, it could also be good timing, as this episode is all about the morning after meeting a very nice Australian institution: Victoria Bitter.

Australian 375 ml stubbie

Australian 375 ml stubbie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Victoria Bitter is more commonly known as VB, and is popular outside Victoria too. We recommend enjoying a beer, but drinking responsibly, unlike our Ozysseyians, who are feeling a bit worse for wear. Here’s the completely literary nonsense Geelong hangover poem episode, told in the first werewolf (stories are usually told in the first, second or third person in the human world) by Grey:

73.  MEETING THEE VB IS AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCEY 

So Long Geelong, Thee VB Ode Memories

Waking up in Tin Can Alley
overlooking Metal Valley
I wondered where we were
the previous night a blur
Angry had a bruised head
Bonzo was painted red
Elle’s hair was all a mess
Cathy looked like Queen Bess
I was lying across the yard
like an outdated discard
then Cathy recounted the night before
how we’d all danced around the floor
after meeting a fine Victorian beer
VB was our friend for life but not without fear
for it could taste so delicious on a hot day
that your mind and body would lose their way.

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Notes 

Tin Can Alley and Metal Valley are fictional. VB is real.

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How Islam’s Victim Justification Brand Fools British Academia

We’d like to escape into the Greenygrey world today, but last week’s Question Time runs out today, so we need to blog about it so you can check it out for yourselves on the BBC iplayer; but it’s only available in the U.K.

Maajid Nawaz on Islamic Propaganda 

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książka “Islam a terroryzm” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On last week’s Question Time, reformed Islamist Maajid Nawaz, who now works for the Quilliam foundation opposing extremism, said they needed to stop Islamism being seen as a fashionable brand, as communism is no longer seen as fashionable among those alienated from British society.

He also said he’d been radicalised twenty years ago by violent racism in his neighbourhood and the Bosnian genocide, but thinks Britain has vastly improved now.

The Bosnian genocide to me does not stand up. That’s because the ‘West’ took the side of the Muslims in that war, as they did in Kosovo.

If anybody has the right to be angry at the ‘West’ in the Balkans it’s the orthodox Christian Serbs, who were the victims of the NATO bombing. But you don’t get orthodox Christian priests on the streets of London preaching revenge!

And it was the British media, that the Islamists accuse of being a Jewish conspiracy, who were calling for something to be done to help the Muslims!

English: Sites in Kosovo and southern Central ...

English: Sites in Kosovo and southern Central Serbia where NATO aviation used forbidden munition with depleted uranium during 1999 bombing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If Islamists want to go and fight in other countries for Islam that’s fair enough. But when they cause trouble in the U.K. about wars where the U.K. tried to help Muslims it just seems crazy to me.

Becoming radicalised because of suffering personal prejudice is understandable, although most people suffer prejudice every day, and I think there is nothing more prejudiced than Islam; especially the Islam practised by the fundamentalists.

By that rationale, women and gays would be justified in declaring war on Muslims because of the prejudice they suffer.

Radical Islam only sees the world through its lens. It doesn’t think that all the people who have suffered at the hands of Islam have a right to do what they do in the name of Islam.

The Islamists have taken holy war around most of the world since the 7th century, so by the Islamists’ rationale all those who have been invaded by Islam; from western Africa to eastern Asia; would have the right to attack Mecca and Medina.

We don’t agree with any physical attacks by the way, but do think there should be a limit to how many mosques are built in the U.K. While more mosques might be just a matter of convenience to most Muslims, they are used as symbols of dominance by the radicals; like modern castles; and some are used to preach hate against non-Muslims, women and gay people.

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Boston Marathon 2013 … Confronting Terror in Boston — Find ways to help (April 16, 2013 / 6 Iyar 5773) …item 2.. Meditation and Sleep Music — 30 minutes …item 3.. Mail Online – Daily Mail — WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT … (Photo credit: marsmet547)

Nawaz seems to have wised up now, and is doing good work. Before last week’s Question Time I saw him on the BBC‘s political chat show This Week, where Andrew Neil asked him why the Boston bombers cited Syria as a reason when the ‘West’ has been backing the same side as them: the rebels including Al-Quaeda religious fundamentalists fighting against the secular Syrian government.

Nawaz answered that once you sign up for the Jihadis all the ‘West’ is the enemy.

Jihadi Killers of Lee Rigby

I remembered that conversation after the murder of Lee Rigby, after the talkative deluded killer cited Britain bombing ‘his countries’. This was a British person from Nigerian descent.

There is a civil war in Nigeria between Christians and Muslims, but the ‘West’ hasn’t really been involved, and Britain certainly hasn’t been bombing them.

So I guess he was talking about Afghanistan and Iraq. While I didn’t agree with Iraq; for either its justification or strategic mistake in allowing the Taliban off the hook in Afghanistan; Afghanistan was originally a response to Al-Quaeda’s use of it to plan attacks on the ‘West’, like 9/11.

It’s funny how the people in Britain who want a multicultural society seem to want an all-Islamic Middle-East… and world?! For their information; and it’s on Wikipedia Afghanistan history; Afghanistan was a truly multicultural country until invaded by Islam in the 7th century.

Islam then made it its own, as it does to all countries it occupies and colonises.

Bamiyan Buddha before Taliban destruction

Bamiyan Buddha before Taliban destruction (Photo credit: james_gordon_losangeles)

Returning to recent history, on top of taking the country back to the Middle Ages, the Taliban destroyed the old Buddhist Bamiyan statues, trying to wipe out any non-Islamic reminders from history; any multiculturalism; to make it all Islamic.

The Islamists recently running riot in Mali were apparently doing the same, and even destroying Islamic history records and monuments that they didn’t like; such as those of the moderate Sufi.

Peter Tatchell on University Islamism

Also on last week’s Question Time, after Marc Latham had blogged about Islamism on British university campuses, Peter Tatchell said that Islamist anti-semitism, sexism and homophobia were rife on university campuses, and universities were allowing gender segregation in Islamic meetings.

It also occurs in the other Middle-East monotheist religions, as shown by the accompanying photo, but they aren’t trying to import it into the U.K. as far as Marc Latham knows.

Women challenge gender segregation at the Wail...

Women challenge gender segregation at the Wailling Wall (Photo credit: Tal King Photographer)

Can you imagine if South Africans wanted to hold apartheid meetings with racial segregation!?

Maajid Nawaz agreed with Tatchell, and said there was a level of ignorance in universities about multiculturalism and respecting other cultures.

Liberal elite academics are so pro-Islam and try to be so multicultural (or they’re so scared? or desperate for Saudi money?) and politically correct (with Islam, not Islam’s enemies and lower forms!); they bend over backwards to allow Islamic prejudices, and this helps create the Islamic victim/justification complex that wins converts and inspires attacks like that on Lee Rigby.

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Syrian War is Latest Middle-East Monotheistic Mistake

Thanks to Marcia Stone for yesterday’s interview. She seems a great journalist, with a real desire to find knowledge and relay the best new research  to her readers. Her contribution to this blog ended yesterday, and all the following views are those of Marc Latham.

This blog is inspired by Marc’s belief that if the world is ever to see real peace and cooperation it has to rise above the tribal monotheism, and the false realities they espouse; telling their believers of humanity’s dominion over other life forms, including other humans. Humanity needs to look at the  big picture, from our real origins within the natural world, through the evolution of our settlements to modern culture.

Humanity is Just One Life Form 

English: A giant anthill in Zambia (in Africa)...

English: A giant anthill in Zambia (in Africa). It has been built entirely termites. Part of the hill has been dug away to make bricks (clay from an ant hill makes great bricks) and monsoon rains have washed a small amount of the clay off too. The land around the anthill has been cleared but the anthills were left because they are hard to remove. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As Marcia made clear in her interview, humanity is just one type of intelligent life form sharing our planet. Marc Latham had thought he was clever comparing humanity with ants, but the truth is even more remarkable.

To find the truth about humanity you have to go even smaller than ants, and even further back than dinosaurs. Life on Planet Earth has been developing for billions of years, and has complexity down to the smallest examples.

While the main communities we see around us are our own, there are also other massive intricate complex communities on our planet. Some are underground, while others are living within us and other life.

How Modern Society Developed 

From living at one with nature as small tribes of nomadic hunter-gatherers, humanity began to settle as farming communities after the last ice age: about 12,000 years ago.

Ants and other life had been living in complex communities for a long time before that.

Some orthodox Jews still preach that the living world began 5,000 years ago.

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KDE brand map: description of the new KDE brands after the re-branding effort. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As humanity settled they began creating and naming things: that’s where religious names like Christianity, country names like France, city names like Rome, sporting names (now ‘brands’) like Bayern Munich, product names (now ‘brands’) like McDonald’s and fantastic writing sites like Greenygrey have their origins.

How Abrahamic Monotheism Changed the World to Mankind 

While Buddhism and Paganism stressed the value of humanity sharing the world with its fellow life,  just over 2000 years ago Abrahamic monotheism emerged in the Middle-East, stressing mankind’s dominion over the world.

English: Regions Caesar never knew thy posteri...

Boadicea statue, (Photo credit: Wikipedia).

After killing the Jewish rebel Jesus Christ with their Jewish allies, the Romans spread the Christian religion throughout their empire, including Britain; doing a lot more killing while being Christian.

About 500 years after Christianity, Arabs wrote their own version of monotheism, calling it Islam. They then invaded Africa, Asia and Europe, and had some success before heavy defeats by France and the Mongols. They were pushed out of Spain, but still retain a lot of the conquered land: that is why there are still Islamic states in Africa and Asia.

A millenium later, Europe exported Christianity to the Americas, Africa and Asia, creating a lot of trouble and quite a few atrocities.

That is why the modern world is mostly monotheistic… and mostly still at war.

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New Interview with Marcia Stone, Science Journalist

After writing nature and wildlife articles at Suite 101 Marc Latham entered into an online conversation with Marcia Stone, a science journalist specialising in microbiology.

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English: Three types of fossil microbes in the Archaean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While Marc is most interested in saving furry iconic animals, Marcia is a journalist specialising in a world normally invisible to humans; one that is now being discovered in intricate detail through sequencing. 

Science not Philosophy 

Having previously compared ant life to human society [Marcia corrected: ‘ants were here first so human society should rightfully be compared to ant society, and all should be compared to biofilms where microbes learned to cooperate for the common good.’] Marc was fascinated by the complexity and cooperation apparently at work in life too small to be seen by the human world.

Marc thought there was all this intricate work going on, which was beyond humanity until recently, and eerily mirrors human society, [Marcia corrected: ‘wrong! human society mirrors microbial and insect society and why you think this is eerie is beyond me. It’s natural.’] so his main interest was in the information’s relevance to human society.

Marc asked Marcia if she’d be interviewed. Marcia agreed, but stressed that her work was pure science, and should be interpreted as such: ‘What I write about is straight science, no faith no philosophy involved. Those are completely other things. In order to understand microbes you have to open your mind and downsize your ego. They aren’t simple little programmed machines (the scientists at IBM are studying Escherichia coli to try and build more efficient and smaller computers – they’re more efficient than we are). And before bacteria, archaea and eukaryotic single cells there were ribocytes – wholly RNA cells who invented the genetic code.’

Interview with Marcia Stone, Science Journalist 

1.You seem to like bacteria. Do you think bacteria have a bad press?

Bacteria did have bad press for profit –selling anti-bacterial chemicals– but that’s changed significantly. Just look at the profit probiotics are making; yogurt and the like. People are loving bacteria these days.

2. Are human analogies (amoebas farming etc) accurate, or more a way to explain it to laypeople, and get them interested?

Everything I write is accurate; extensively fact checked by the researchers involved. I don’t generally write for lay people and expect those who read what I write to come to the article interested (my readers are smart, I don’t dummy down for anyone). I also don’t find humans all that interesting; much more ingenuity and variation in the microbial world.

3. Scientists are still finding exciting new discoveries, such as phialophora fungus being more complex than previously known. Do you think there are many more discoveries on the horizon?

Volumes have been written about the complexity of microbial relationships. Yes, there is more to be learned as new technologies emerge. Shotgun sequencing has done a great deal and now Ancestral Sequence Reconstruction is bringing 2-3 billion year old proteins back to life. 

Fungus, by the way, are eukaryotic and exceedingly complex. Some kill plants and suck their juice out as food while others work with trees to supply needed nutrients to their roots in exchange for sugars the leaves make from sunlight. The endosymbiont in their leaves that transform sunlight into food are descents from cyanobacteria who still dominate the seas and originally flooded the planet with oxygen.

4. Bacteria ‘talking’ to each other reminds me of horror films, when plants or whatever ‘come alive’ and hunt humans and other mammals. Is it like that under the microscope?

How do you think you brush your teeth at night and in the morning the entire biofilm with all its microbial inhabitants in the same configuration is back if they didn’t communicate. Microbes have been on Earth for billions of years and they originally lived in mats and still do. These are very complex social systems where communication is a must. Some bacteria swim to the biofilm, crawl up, stand up to look around and then crawl to get where they want to go –chattering all the time. Some also lie to steal their neighbor’s food. Others commit suicide for the benefit of the group. Our cells learned programmed cell death (PCD) from microbes.

5. Has it changed your perceptions of our place in the universe; the meaning of life?

Firstly, I don’t dwell on trivia and secondly, I don’t think there is any meaning to life. Like microbes we get born (or cloned), have a little fun, do a little good and then die. In the great expanse of the universe we’re unimportant and on Earth microbes are more important than we are. Just do what can be done to make the world a better place and then die and get recycled.

6. You call it a journey: does your mind vicariously travel within the microbe world?

I think about microbes of course – it’s my job. Nothing vicarious about it. The journey through life is important because there isn’t a reward at the end; never do what’s expected of you thinking it will pay off – it won’t. Do what makes you happy at all times (outside of killing and plundering of course) because at the end all you’ll have is happy or unhappy memories.

But yes, of course bacteria have gotten bad press. Most are helpful or neutral but we focus on the few that cause disease. It’s in the best interest of chemical manufacturers selling anti-bacterials to make people think all microbes are bad and that’s absolutely not true. Bad press yes and for financial gain. Now it seems virus incur the same injustice – they do good things too; for example, shuttling genes around.

Marcia Stone has articles published in Microbe magazine.

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Carl Froch: and other Great British Lone Wolves

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, sports correspondent at the Greenygrey. The killers of Lee Rigby continue to be called lone wolves, even though it’s becoming increasingly clear they were not acting alone; adding to the fact that there were two of them anyway!

If anyone was a lone wolf it was Lee Rigby, who was alone and defenceless against humans with lots of weapons.

Although this is trivial compared to Rigby’s loss, we believe we must try and lift gloom to spirit at the Greenygrey, and using humour is one way.

 Wolf Epithets are Usually Used Negatively 

Lone Wolf the Younger, Kiowa

Lone Wolf the Younger, Kiowa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wolf epithets are usually used negatively in modern monotheistic society, whereas in pagan societies they were considered an honour to be achieved.

She-wolves for competitive women is another one; as used by Helen Castor in a book about queens who fought for power; adapted to a BBC history series. Some strong ambitious women might hopefully look on it as a positive epithet though?

The same is true for lone-wolf. It could be used positively or negatively, but is usually used negatively; most often in terrorism cases these days it seems.

It could also be used for sportspeople, such as boxers and athletes, who have to train alone for long periods, and then try to outlast their opponents; as wolves often hunt by endurance.

British boxer Carl Froch

British boxer Carl Froch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the Greenygrey we like the wolf boxers rather than than the gazelles; and in athletics we like runners who lead from the front, reminiscent of endurance wolves rather than cheetah sprinters (we like gazelles and cheetahs too!).

Carl Froch and Amir Khan: Worthy of Wolfdom 

Carl Froch proved himself worthy of wolfdom last night when he wore down his opponent Mikkel Kessler, fighting more like a wolf than his original epithet of cobra. Kessler had won their first meeting in Denmark, and both fighters put on another great fight.

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English: Amir Khan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We particularly like Froch at the Greenygrey, because he looks quite wolflike, with his big eyes and big nose; like our ol’ pal Marc Latham. He also fights like a brave wolf, and diligently trains to keep himself at wolflike endurance.

We therefore bestow on Carl Froch the first Greenygrey honourable lone wolf name: Canis Froch. The scientific name for a wolf is canis lupus.

We also consider Amir Khan worthy of wolfdom, after doing Britain proud in the Athens 2004 Olympics, and having some great boxing battles in his professional career; and having a big nose. We bestow on him the honourable lone wolf name Amir Canis.

Paula Radcliffe and Kelly Holmes: Worthy of Wolfdom 

Radcliffe at the 2011 Berlin marathon.

Radcliffe at the 2011 Berlin marathon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For women worthy of wolfdom we must move to the sport of athletics, although Nicola Adams proved she had the potential to be a great she-lone-wolf at the London 2012 Olympics.

Paula Radcliffe never managed to win Olympic gold, but was a great runner who won the World Championships and broke the world record several times. She also  liked to lead from the front, wearing her opponents down with lone wolf endurance from early in a race. We bestow on her the honourable lone wolf name of Paula Radcanis.

And last but not least, Kelly Holmes liked to lead from the front going into the home straight, reminiscent of Cathy leading from the front as the Werewolf of Ozzers enter the final straight of their epic Ozyssey. We bestow on her the honourable lone wolf name of Kelly Dens.

Kelly on her lap of honour after winning the 1...

Kelly on her lap of honour after winning the 1500m final (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hope none of them come hunting for my job now!

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Fawlty Towers, Muse and AC/DC in Werewolf of Oz

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Thank Godzilla it’s Friday! We feel the need to escape the human world today, so here’s the second episode this week of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps.

This episode sees the travelling quintent heading north-east, on the final straight of their epic Ozyssey. Hopefully it contains lots of laughs, as Fawlty Towers returns to the script, and Angry Bonzo / Dandelion Cordial (AB/DC) get a surprise gig.

A literary nonsense poem leads into episodes with some of my favourite poems of the whole book… but for now, here’s a cool episode full of music and mirth:

72.  ANGRY BONZO ROCK GEELONG WITH WERE SONG 

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We headed inland from Port Fairy as the sun rose to illuminate it; making the port and sea look magical. After that, we careered through Kirkstall; hurtled past Hawkesdale, and then sped down to Simpson. I thought our ol’ friends the Simpsons might be there, but there was no sign of them. It was quite a relief that Bart wasn’t there! Cathy upped the pace along the south coast, and her spirit seemed to rise a little with each step.

Maintaining speed to Torquay,
caused frazzled fatiguey
so we stopped for tea
at the hotel Fawlty.

Basil Fawlty

Basil Fawlty (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Fawlty reminded me of the Hotel Tazmania, which had reminded me of Fawlty Towers. The owner seemed quite confused when I asked for a Werewolf salad; not seeming to know how to make one. I told him it was similar to a Waldorf salad, and he seemed to remember making one of those before. We enjoyed the south coast snack.

Geelong is GGood for a Sing-Song

Our bellies full, we headed north-east to Geelong. The name ‘Geelong’ reminded me of Green and me when we are together, because our initials are a sort of long Gee: a GG.

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Telephantasm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We called in a rock bar called Geelong Goodbye for dinner, as it advertised that Muse was playing there that night. We wolfed down a big meal in time for the band, but they didn’t appear as scheduled. A couple of hours passed, with the crowd waiting patiently. Then it was announced that Muse had phoned saying they were being sucked into a Supermassive Black Hole, so they weren’t going to be able to make it; they were sending their apologies as the line went dead.

I could relate to their predicament after my space flight over to Oz; I’d had a couple of near misses myself.

Angry said the band not turning up meant he wasn’t going to be amused.

Time Is Running Out (Muse song)

Time Is Running Out (Muse song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was worried he was going to start raging, and asked him to remain cool if possible, but then he pointed out it was a joke: Muse, amused. I saw the funny side then and laughed… with a mixture of humour and relief.

It turned out to be a blessing in disguise in the end; Muse’s cancellation, not Angry’s joke; because Angry and Bonzo volunteered their services, and then played a tasty first performance as Angry Bonzo / Dandelion Cordial.

The crowd lapped up the bluesy rock beats, and one song was inspired by my recent werewolf poem. The chorus went something like this:

Beware of wereies?
Wereies cuss berries?
The most precocious of wereies?
No! Be cautious of berries.

When the Geelong Goodbye closed, we called in a nearby pub called the Duck and Drake for a nightcap.

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Notes 

Fawlty Towers was set in Torquay, England, and there is also a Torquay, Victoria; but it doesn’t have a Fawlty as far as the author knows.
In Fawlty Towers’s Waldorf Salad episode (season 2/episode 3, 1979) Basil struggles to make a requested Waldorf salad.
Muse and song (Supermassive Black Hole).
Christopher McCandless died after eating berries while living in the wild; Jon Krakauer adapted his journal for the Into the Wild book.

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Brave Citizens in Britain Try and Help Soldier

No joking around again today, as for the second time in a week Islamists have hit the headlines for attacking British people. Earlier in the week it was paedophile gangs grooming, raping and prostituting children, and yesterday a serving soldier was killed on the streets of London. They might not seem linked, but video of rape and executions are being used as an act of war around the world; to demoralise and break the spirit of the enemy. We, the British people, are the enemy to the Jihadis.

Ostrich Sheep not Lone Wolves

The Islamist attackers were described as possible ‘lone wolves’. As a wolf advocate I detest wolves being brought into the news message, and used to describe a couple of idiotic pleasure murderers.

What killing wolves do is almost always necessary, in order to survive; not for pleasure and to get your 15 minutes of fame (Andy Warhol).

If any animal metaphors should be used it should be ostrich sheep. That’s for the multicultural fascists who think they can pussyfoot around Islam and think religious fundamentalists who hate the West will then be good citizens; burying their heads in the sand, and still following Blair and Campbell’s multicultural nonsense.

Islam is Spreading Global War and Prejudice

I thought helping Muslims in Afghanistan and the Balkans, and seeing what happened afterwards, would have warned our brilliant leaders, but they’re still trying to create the ideal multicultural society, sacrificing the lives and safety of British people in the meantime.

If I agree with one thing the idiot was saying yesterday, but not in the way he said it, it was that our leaders don’t care about us.

Our leaders don’t seem to care about the ordinary British people who support Britain; they seem more worried about Britain’s Brand-UK image; some kind of capitalist non-identity mish-mash where people are more concerned about money than pride.

Brave people like those who tried to help the soldier yesterday, while people like Blair and Campbell were probably enjoying their luxury lifestyle; promoted by what they inflicted on Britain during their government; and what is still making Britain suffer today.

Failure to Counter the Jihadi Narrative

Last night on Newsnight there was a consensus among the guests that Britain and the West had failed to promote a world view to counter the Islamist propaganda.

That’s because academic departments like the ICS persecuted and isolated people like Marc Latham, who was trying to do just that.

Instead, they promoted people who wouldn’t even enter into a discussion criticising Islamism; people who boycott Israel while refusing to criticise anything Islamic.

People who ignore the Islamists colonising Africa and Asia, while obsessed with any Israeli military action in the Middle-East.

Stay Out of Syria

And now our leaders seem hungry to enter the Syrian war. My advice would be to stay well clear. Although it’s terrible that people are being killed and injured there, it’s not our battle or concern, any more than Burma or Somalia.

And the Jihadis and their British supporters; of all colours and races; will only blame us for it once we get involved and it starts dominating the news agenda even more.

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