Something to watch this weekend (28 May, 2021)

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Something to watch this weekend (28 May, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Fri May 28, 2021 7:07 am

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Read George Orwell's 1949 novel "1984" this weekend -- or watch movie adaptations of the book on YouTube -- before they ruin the experience with unbearable ad-breaks every 2 minutes as is likely from next Tuesday onwards.

Just how close has our world become to the dystopian future predicted in Orwell's novel and are things going to get even worse -- as predicted by Microsoft's president?

When will we finally get a "reset" that restores the world to a sane state?
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Re: Something to watch this weekend (28 May, 2021)

Postby Perry » Fri May 28, 2021 8:46 am

The Beast of Muddied Brain

The People is a beast of muddy brain,
That knows not its own force, and therefore stands
Loaded with wood and stone; the powerless hands
Of a mere child guide it with bit and rein.

One kick would be enough to break the chain;
But the beast fears, and what the child demands,
It does, nor its own terror understands,
Confused and stupefied by bugbears vain.

Most wonderful! with its own hand it ties
And gags itself — gives itself death and war
For pence doled out by kings from its own store.

Its own are all things between earth and heaven;
But this it knows not, and if one arise
To tell the truth, it kills him unforgiven.

- Tommaso Campanella
(1568-1639)
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Re: Something to watch this weekend (28 May, 2021)

Postby hagfish » Fri May 28, 2021 10:12 am

It does seem like the parasite (capitalism) is waking up to the fact that it needs a healthy host (a cohesive society, along with a planet capable of supporting it). It's too slow and too late, but it's something. Our 'dystopian future' took effect decades ago when our media, education, public utilities etc all dropped any notions of 'public good', and focussed entirely on returning private profit. That ships's sailed, so hang on because we're heading for some chop.

A wet weekend sounds perfect for a lengthy Factorio session. The factory must grow!
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Re: Something to watch this weekend (28 May, 2021)

Postby shadesnz » Fri May 28, 2021 11:43 am

We allowed 1984 to happen. We trusted our pollies and look what happened.
As a people we've done nothing.
We have only ourselves to blame.
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Re: Something to watch this weekend (28 May, 2021)

Postby Perry » Fri May 28, 2021 6:42 pm

shadesnz wrote:We trusted our pollies and . . . .

People trusted the woodenheads in W'gton?

From where on earth did you get that notion?
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Re: Something to watch this weekend (28 May, 2021)

Postby paulw » Sat May 29, 2021 11:53 am

Perry wrote:
shadesnz wrote:We trusted our pollies and . . . .

People trusted the woodenheads in W'gton?

From where on earth did you get that notion?

They keep getting voted in??
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Re: Something to watch this weekend (28 May, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Sat May 29, 2021 12:32 pm

paulw wrote:They keep getting voted in??

True... mind you, elections tend to be like asking a vegan "Which would you prefer, the chicken or the beef?"
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Re: Something to watch this weekend (28 May, 2021)

Postby phill » Sat May 29, 2021 3:35 pm

aardvark_admin wrote:True... mind you, elections tend to be like asking a vegan "Which would you prefer, the chicken or the beef?"


i was about to compose something similar till i read that
figured .. that one will do
( ,,,,,,,, ....... A E I O U use em sparingly theres probably not enough )

i might live and eat in a sewer .. but hey look how many of these shiny things i have got
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Re: Something to watch this weekend (28 May, 2021)

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