Saturday, June 25, 2016

Silly Wankers, #Brexit is for Dicks


DDGD June 25, 2016
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Prologue

It has been almost 10,000 years since we built our first cities and called them states and kingdoms; 10,000 years since the beginning of civilization and the invention of organized politics and religion, yet, and for all the time that has passed, and all the progress made, the gods and men seem more angry than they have ever been, over primordial longings that remain unfulfilled and seemingly unfulfillable. We have now moved into the thick of a new century, the first in a new millennium in our haphazard existence, and the venomous rancor of the most powerful of our gods and men is threatening to plunge the world into a new era of darkness and delirium as unnecessary and unfathomable as such development has always been. These are the chronicles of these mad and maddening times, recorded as they unfold for the benefit of a posterity that may not come to be, yet should it come may need to understand from whence it did and how it managed to survive in the face of all odds, mayhap its children would learn from the mistakes that are now being made.

Index of Global Delirium
9.7
The Index reflects the state of delirium in a particular country using a 1 to 10 count, with 10 denoting the highest level of delirium. Levels of delirium change on the basis of current development in said country, such as instability, terrorism, elections, sports events and the like,  as well as relevant global developments such financial meltdowns, certain leaks, and stock market indices. Countries shown above are among those where fluctuation in the national and local indices have a greater global impact than is the case with other countries. Note: levels of violence and delirium do not always coincide. Indeed, a country can have a high delirium level even though it is relatively stable. 

A sharp spike was an all too natural occurrence following the deliriously ill-conceived Brexit. This marks the first time in history that liberal democracies had such high IDG scores, and does constitute a rather ominous development.

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"It is an entire industry of itself. There are people making millions of dollars per year from promoting Islamophobia. They often present themselves as experts on Islamic affairs when they are not." --Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, a spokesman for CAIR on the industrial nature of Islamophobia in the United States 

The Deliricon

Brexit: An act that exemplifies what deliriologists describe as the social phenomenon of Inward Looking Hooliganism.

CrackEggsOnOwnFacexit: A lesser known synonym for Brexit that fails to capture its inherent suicidal horror.

The Delirica

For some, it’s time to look for the enemy within

Brexit: Two Lessons That Need be Learned. The protesters who took to the streets as part of the Arab Spring didn’t do so because they “snubbed” by the “ruling elite” or “the establishment,” which generated a certain “antipathy to the status quo” among them. They did so because, for decades, they have been impoverished, cheated and robbed by it, some have also been imprisoned, tortured or had friends and family members go through these horrible experiences or get killed by members in the Establishment or those acting on its behalf. If in the process of revolting, they demonized their regimes, it’s because their regimes, the Establishment, have long dehumanized them and demonized itself, as its human rights records would attest. The people took to the streets because they wanted to reassert their sense of humanity and dignity, not because they were anti-refugees. In fact, Syrians in particular, have a long history of being hospitable to all different sorts of refugees, their national, religious and social backgrounds notwithstanding. As such, there was nothing in common between Brexiters and Arab Spring protesters no matter what garbage-brained dickheads with à la carte conscience like Patrick Cockburn think.

Having said this, however, I actually do not disdain all the concerns and fears of the people who backed Brexit, because most were manipulated by the pro-Brexit elite who lied, lied, lied and are still lying to the very people they aim to represent motivated by nothing less crass than a raw lust for power. Racism, xenophobia and hate were the main instruments they used to get people to endorse their move. In doing so, the grassroots supporters of Brexit forgot their own erstwhile motives, including the aspiration to have a greater say in the decision-making processes that impact their local affairs. People who were uncomfortable with having these decisions get made in London were definitely not going to feel any better about them when they were made in Brussels as part of a process that seemed increasingly opaque and incomprehensible. EU decision-making processes need to be better explained to the local communities and mechanisms for their involvement in the matter need to be agreed, if further disintegration is to be avoided. This is the first real lesson that should be drawn from Brexit.

The other real lesson is about foreign policy. The tide of refugees will not be stymied without addressing the push factors involved: conflicts as well as authoritarianism, corruption and mismanagement. As the rest of the century unfolds, conflicts, old and new, as well as a variety of natural disasters related to global warming are bound to feed the growing refugee crisis. Unless adequate solutions are found in the immediate vicinity, Europe will remain as the logical eventual destination for most. Addressing this problem calls for a combination of serious diplomatic engagement and occasional military interventions in cooperation with regional actors. The ability to articulate the problem openly and to set certain clear objectives will facilitate the promotion of this approach on the local and international levels.


In Leftist terms, Brexit breaks down to having one wing of the Establishment lead revolt against another, as people pay. Just look who made a killing out of it. Because, in Leftist terms, the Left has been part of the Establishment for decades now. That is, in Leftist terms, there is no Left left, and there hasn’t been for a long time. All these assholes we see around speaking in its name are members of the very Establishment they so vociferously criticize. Yes, even people like Bernie Sanders. But what does Left and Right really mean these days? In Brexit, the working class has come out in droves supporting an essentially right-wing revolt. Yes, they were manipulated through fear-mongering, because most were xenophobic. But what does it say about the Left when the working class is left to become so alarmingly xenophobic? And what does it say about the Left when the Leftist elite came out in drove protesting strikes against a genocidal maniac like Bashar Al-Assad, leaving him to continue his slaughter against Syrians? The shame of the Iraq War can’t be washed away by turning our back to genocide and refusing to police the world. If we couldn’t see that then, can we see it now? I am not holding my breaths.

The Daily Delirynth

Russian forces are believed to have used thermite, which burns at 2,200C, to bomb residential areas of Aleppo -- MUSTAFA SULTAN/ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES


Thermite bombs are incendiary weapons that burn at extremely high temperatures and are difficult to extinguish. Like phosphorus, thermite causes severe and often fatal burns.

“I’d say thermite is worse than white phosphorus as it’s extremely difficult to put out,” said Eliot Higgins, founder of Bellingcat, an investigative journalism website, who identified the weapons. “We have seen these munitions used before in the conflict, since late 2012. But the interesting aspect [in these recent attacks] is that Russia appears to be the one dropping them.”

Moscow is also dropping what appear to be fuel-air bombs, described by one arms expert as “a mini nuclear bomb” next to residential areas.

Major Chris Hunter, a former British Army explosives expert, called it “a very, very irresponsible act”.

Thermobaric weapons generate a high-temperature explosion followed by a blast wave that lasts far longer than a conventional explosive.

“It is a breach of the Geneva Convention to use these weapons off the battlefield,” Major Hunter said. “The effect on civilians is horrific.” 


Report: Islamophobia is a multimillion-dollar industryMore than $200m was spent towards promoting "fear and hatred" of Muslims in the United States by various organisations between 2008 and 2013, according to a fresh joint report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the University of California, Berkeley. Released on Monday, the report identifies 74 groups, including feminist, Christian, Zionist and prominent news organisations, which either funded or fostered Islamophobia.

The Exotic Observations & Propositions of Delirian Mundi
Known to those of his followers seeking his canonization and entry into the Valtheon of Deliriology, as Agnus Mundi, and to his detractors as Ranae Dei and even Capra Satanae, Delirian Mundi’s writings, mixing satire and philosophical reflections, continue to be polarizing, inspiring both adulation and ridicule. Bearing this in mind, we, the editors at DDGD, continue to publish these previously unknown series of “exotic observations and propositions,” as Delirian himself referred to them, as part of our continuing commitment to instigate debate over sensitive issues.

* The grassroots groups at either side of an issue have legitimate concerns that are often get ignored and sometimes exploited by the elite representing on both side of the issue, even in democratic societies.  While that may not create a moral equivalency between the elite acting in democratic societies and their autocratic counterparts, it does underscore the need for constant vigilance by all.

* Nihilistic anti-establishmentarianism, the kind that makes you shoot yourself in the foot and rejoice about it, does a great service to the Establishment. On the other hand, getting the Establishment to play by its own professed rules and live up to its own professed principles is probably the biggest anti-establishmentarian transformation we could ever impose on the Establishment.

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  1. Where does this web site rate on the Index of Global Delirium?

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