September 16, 2008
“Incompetent attempts to commit suicide…are indecent and distressing acts that can easily become a serious social nuisance, from which the normal citizen is entitled to be protected.” 
The English give themselves away, with phrases like “indecent and distressing acts” and serious social nuisance”: look, mate, if you’re going to pipe off, be a sport and do it quietly, eh; don’t be indecent old boy. Then they gave us Britney, etc.
Galveston was supposed to ‘pipe off’ along with vast sections of the Texas coast depending to which network hysterics, “distressing acts” themselves, made landfall in your home. This is the age of the Spectacle, Disaster and horror movies, the War on Terror, AIDS, Lyme disease and Oprah; it also is the age when “all roads lead to socialism,” to “political federation, economic collectivization…and world collectivism leading to world socialism.” These roads are paved by disasters, proclaimed, contrived or genuine. So some mighty important people have a lot invested in hyping hurricanes to keep the populace ‘glued to their screens,’ reacting frantically to sensory overkill, and spreading fear and a sense of disaster to justify the next round of emergency measures.
About 16,000 people in Galveston and 140,000 along nearby coasts were told that they “faced certain death” by commissioners that are wiser than God and seemingly unacquainted with the fickle nature of hurricanes. Eighteen hours after the eye of the beast blew by four deaths were confirmed; another fifteen hours and the toll was seven. But those 140,000 deniers and clingers-to- their homes, what’s to be done about such a serious lot of social nuisances?
“Some emergency officials were angry and frustrated” that so many people ignored the warnings that the networks and all our public servants emitted. One can’t wholly blame the EMT and first-responders who will get calls for help at difficult of times. But liberty and responsibility mean a balance must be maintained in dicta and expectations on both sides. An example of compromise was the small group, including two dogs, atop a house waiting for rescue. Eventually a sheriff’s truck arrived, got as close as it could and those on the roof “dove into the floodwaters and swam to safety, their dogs paddling behind them.”
Can this nation of individuals, families, neighborhood and electoral communities keep this balance; or will we fall under the battering of “indecent and distressing acts” like those of Geraldo Rivera hyping the apocalypse while bent over his microphone like Joe Cocker belting out “a little help from my friends”? Network “storm centers” yielded tsunamis of blather about a twenty-five foot “surge” of water that never topped fifteen or old Geraldo, in foam to his ankles would have been washed to Fort Worth. But the great entertainer survived: some might term that a “serious social nuisance.”
Any apologies for fear-mongering from those who demanded evacuation and asserted “certain death”; in future would such fulfill their predicted outcome by eliminating stubborn facts? In any case, to keep the terror hot for viewers, FOX interrupted constant storm-watch to show us a train-wreck in California: disasters everywhere.
Virtually every event and pseudo-scientific notion is inflated into “the moral equivalent of war” a book by William James that was a favorite of Mr. Wells: “in consolidating world socialism…every citizen” should have “a sense of personal obligation to the World State.” The same Olympian hauteur, the very British noblesse oblige that informs the entire oeuvre of Wells lets him blandly emit phrases like “normal citizen” while unaware or unconcerned that those who define and enforce standards of ‘normalcy’ may be very far from what most people consider “normal.” Perhaps his sense of embattled excellence blinded him to the implications of his comments on “the sturdy and assertive variety of the new young [that] will be needed for the police force of the entire world” and yet guns will be forbidden. Yet, he writes, their “loyalty will find its best use and satisfaction in the service of world order.”
Perhaps it’s loyalty that is the primary motivation of the talking hairstyles, the pretty boys and zombie gals on the networks; perhaps it is this loyalty to the “world collective” and to their pay checks that leads them to hype the disaster, repeating – as if per script – that “this will drive the price of gas to $5.50 / gallon”: you see folks, it’s because of a natural disaster, not part of a planned economy and re-organization of our lives. Sure enough, not twelve hours later, the price at the pump 1500 miles away jumped ten cents per gallon, probably because those two dogs had to swim to the truck; or maybe because a geezer wanted help getting out of his trailer, not so much from the water but “because [he] was getting too many snakes in the house, otherwise I would have stayed.” If he can wait for the team with the reptiles on premises, that’s up to him; he didn’t expect instant service and the new overlords should not expect instant blind obedience every time they declare that “your lives are certain to be lost.” Even the fervently World Collective Socialist Mr. Wells put the inviolability of “one’s private house or apartment and garden” onto his short list for his Declaration of Human Rights. Did he suspect such rights would now include chimps, reducing all human beings to primates?
Well, the Secretary for Homeland Security was perturbed that so many had “stayed behind” and jeopardized themselves (an “indecent and distressing social nuisance”) as well as “the first responders. Now we’re going to see this play out” he said; what did he mean by “this,” hopefully just the clean up and last rescues which will be paid for by “the government,” i.e. taxpayers.
At the State and municipal level officials in the Age of Security (Wells wrote of “World Pax”) echoed this perspective. “This was a mandatory evacuation, and people didn’t leave.” Ah, but official projections and warnings of “certain death” were exponentially mistaken. And the hurricane is in the emotionalism of networks and officials, very much at variance with the “logic and law” that with socialism form the legs of the tripod Wells prescribed for peace. “This is very frustrating” said a Galveston city manager. “Now we have to deal with everybody who did not heed the order.” Perhaps it’s the rising level not of the water but of emotionalism in discourse (“I was out on the hotel balcony and it was scary” said a reporter for FOX. Perhaps if the winds really were 110 mph one should not have been “out on the balcony” then it would not be so “scary”; but then an opportunity to emote with and to MOVE the viewers would be lost) but one finds that phrase, “have to deal with” a bit of a looming cloud; perhaps in future, those who do not obey such orders will be punished by rationed care, or no care at all for disobeying orders. Nature and the Creator did not conform to our master’s scenario: will they let humanity work it’s way on a case by case basis? What is to be done?
As for emotional hyperbole, ‘the man in the street’ sees some broken glass, torn road signs (built rather like sails) and downed trees and comments that “it looks like ground zero.” This indeed is the age of inflation, of thought, response, and ‘venting’ sharers of debased language as much as of the specie.
“Newspapers and publishers,” Wells lamented, what we would call the media, “are morbidly discreet” in discussing ideas. “They do not understand that they should put public service before gain.” Sounding rather like Julien Benda, he adds that the media “have no pride in their function. Theirs is the morale [morality] of the profiteering world, filled with brave-looking articles of conventional liberalism;” he didn’t grasp that the media, then and far more now as standards fall, grow rich by “spreading and perfecting the concept of a new world order” and a “liberal socialist regime” that will deal sensitively, for the people’s own good “with the degeneration of the species” and panic that his own program propels. Aldous Huxley’s satire Brave New World that Wells airily dismissed was in fact a brilliantly conceived and barbed depiction of the hive of nightmares Wells’ notions would produce, have produced, and are producing. His calls for vigorous and open discussion, “for intensive education” and “enfranchisement of the mind” are totally at odds with the World System he sought above all else, “a reorganization that at first must be mainly the work of a party, religion or Cult.” How does that jibe with “the extreme need for more fresh-minded and inspiring teachers”? Again, it depends on who depends on who defines the adjectives. Wells also decries the “impoverishment of free opinion and free scientific initiative” but the hype-heavy, reflexive hysteria of crisis-management produces the ills his socialism is meant to cure.
Educators and Education: if the leaders of the reorganizing world want that, let them contact the writer, among others. As of now they have stables of pod people and programmers which some would say are just what they want, “to coordinate the personality of the patient” for acceptance into “synthesis and light,” a “group activity for integration of the human family” in “the world collective.”
This essay, putatively light-hearted to offset the tropical depression of these days, must, before departing, bow to hurricane Sarah whom the merchants of “etheric consciousness” have splashed across every piece of tabloid anesthesia we have: Ike is now a hurricane, thanks to the “gender balance” of these “frustrating” and “scary” days in which mind and education more than Galveston have sunk beneath Culturetainment sludge and the dogma of an utterly feminized educational industry indeed, of the entire society.
The Blue Group has dragged Sarah into the mire for a cat fight, their natural condition. To listen to them, she’s her own grandpa, doesn’t know the distance from Timbuktu to Tbilisi or, like everyone else, what the “Bush doctrine” is unless it’s to create “a new world money, a specially contrived money” for the “World Pax.”
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The young woman says tap her state’s energy reserves: excellent; but she will not make policy unless the Kraken has an accident; even then she will only sell the policies cooked behind the arras. Will she use her bully pulpit to repeal the pernicious bias of “affirmative action?” Will she stop funding schemes for impoverishing Americans under color of “ending global poverty” [sic]? Will she explain the lies behind the “equal pay for equal work” facet of the feminist juggernaut? Will she demand an end to the nightmare of “no-fault” divorce or break the monopoly of the education industry? Will she put an end to the cult of the “tough-as-nails” modern American wonder-woman horror? Dear reader, no; the lady is on the ticket to trump the O-man’s race and diversity card with the most potent ace in the deck: the “super-Mom” who will smash through every “glass ceiling.”
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There’s a storm coming, more “indecent and distressing acts” from which the State is only too well-prepared to protect the “normal entitled” citizen-dependent. Heaven help us from this heavy weather.
H. G. Wells, The New World Order (1940; Filiquarian Publishing
LLC, 2007), 108, mentioned in #9 of his “Declaration of the
Rights of Man” a self-contradictory, vague and dangerous farrago
of sentiment and will to power. The text is also on the web.
2. ibid. 26, 53, 73
3. AP, Christopher Sherman, “By air, boat and sea, search on for Ike victims,” Sept. 13, 9:12 pm; See also his follow-up, “Rescue crews race clock to save victims,” AP Sept. 14, 12:27pm.
4. Wells, op cit. 137-8
5. ibid. 136; there will be various “world police activities” but Wells also states that the world socialist order will abolish the manufacture of “any weapons designed to kill a human being.”
6. AP, op. cit.
7. Wells op. cit. 16-17
8. ibid. 85, 113, 79
9. ibid. 70-1; 85; on teachers, 135; 102 on the impoverishment of opinion and science
10. Alice Bailey, “Seed Groups in the New Age,” July 1937 (Externalization of the Hierarchy, Lucis 1957; 2001), 26-46, “The Work of the Seed Groups,” January 1938, 46-51, passim.
11. Wells, op. cit. 132; “armament should be an illegality everywhere” 114-15 “yet German military aggression may not be altogether bad for the minor states of southeastern Europe, inducing them to work together”: prophecy indeed.
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