Heathcote Williams

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I only learned about Heathcote Williams by seeing his obit today in The Guardian. What a remarkable man and mensch, polemicist, artist, author, and poet. I can’t believe that I did not know about him.

JULY 2 2017
From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heathcote_Williams (complete text at this link)

Heathcote Williams (15 November 1941 – 1 July 2017) was an English poet, actor, political activist and dramatist.He wrote a number of book-length polemical poems including Autogeddon, Falling for a Dolphin and Whale Nation, which in 1988 became, according to Philip Hoare “the most powerful argument for the newly instigated worldwide ban on whaling.”.Williams invented his idiosyncratic ‘documentary/investigative poetry’ style which he continues to put to good purpose bringing a diverse range of environmental and political matters to public attention. In June 2015, he published a book-length investigative poem about the ‘Muslim Gandhi’, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, ‘Badshah Khan’.

– Heathcote Williams, by and about https://www.youtube.com/user/Babylonroyal
Babylonroyal 144 videos > https://www.youtube.com/user/Babylonroyal
Exploring polemics through poetry and montage. Primarily inspired by Royal Babylon: The Case Against The Monarchy by Heathcote Williams

The Guardian, obit
Heathcote Williams, radical poet, playwright and actor, dies aged 75

His poems blasted the arms trade, consumerism and the tabloids, and he was also an accomplished painter and sculptor

Sunday 2 July 2017 08.54 EDT Last modified on Sunday 2 July 2017 17.00 EDT

Heathcote Williams, the radical poet, playwright, actor and polymathic English genius, has died at the age of 75. He had been ill for some time and died on Saturday in Oxford.

He was the author of many polemical poems, written over four decades in a unique documentary style. They included works about the devastation being wrought on the natural environment – Sacred Elephant, Whale Nation and Falling For a Dolphin – and Autogeddon, a grim and majestic attack on the car.

Williams also wrote several successful stage plays including AC/DC, which premiered at the Royal Court in 1969, and The Local Stigmatic, commissioned by Harold Pinter and revived in 2014 at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London on its 50th anniversary. His most recent play, Killing Kit, was about the life and death of Christopher Marlowe.

Scruffy on screen and off, Williams appeared in several films, often in cameo roles. He was a notable Prospero in Derek Jarman’s 1979 production of The Tempest. Other credits were Sally Potter’s arthouse Orlando, based on Virginia Woolf’s novel, and Hollywood’s Basic Instinct 2.

Williams was a very talented figure. He was an accomplished painter – his vivid works hung at the Oxford home he shared with his partner, Diana Senior – and sculptor. He was an impressive conjuror and a member of the Magic Circle. One of his TV plays, What the Dickens!, featured Dickens performing magic shows for children.

His literary output was prolific. It included a book on Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, published when he was 23, and in later life he wrote several poems a month, driven by news and current affairs. As mainstream publishers dried up, these appeared online as YouTube video montages, often narrated by the actors Alan Cox and Roy Hutchins.

At heart, Williams was a revolutionary. The historian Peter Whitfield placed his work in a “great tradition of visionary dissent” stretching from William Blake and John Ruskin to DH Lawrence and David Jones. His poems – blasting the arms trade, consumerism and the tabloids – were “wonderfully innocent” and at the same time “wonderfully streetwise”.

There were comparisons with Percy Bysshe Shelley, the subject of one of Williams’s later long poems, Shelley in Oxford, published in 2012. Both were rebels who wrote with passionate social anger. Like Shelley, Eton-educated Williams didn’t finish his Oxford degree.

In his 60s and 70s, Williams found it difficult to walk any great distance. This confinement did nothing to diminish his creative energies nor his anger at the direction in which society was going in the hucksterish era of Brexit, Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.

Williams retained his principled fury to the end. In 2016 he published Boris Johnson: The Blond Beast of Brexit – A Study in Depravity, an excoriating attack reprising the foreign secretary’s lies, evasion and adultery, sold as a pamphlet from the London Review of Books bookshop. Another work, Royal Babylon, lambasted the Queen.

His last volume of poetry about Trump, American Porn, was published in January. Williams wrote that Trump’s real name – Drumpf – “suggests dumbness, even the passing of wind/ As well as the merciful transience of fame.”


“ABC News: Russia warns it could halt foreign arms checks over ‘unfounded threats'”

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Crimea River“ABC News: Russia warns it could halt foreign arms checks over ‘unfounded threats'”

(Note: please reproduce only with attribution, doing otherwise is plagiarism, thank you.

Frank Poliat

Oh! If Neville Chamberlain were only alive today, he’d know what to do!

1. Power mad,legally elected oligarch seeking power under the guise of saving his country from further humiliation and economic disaster = Ditto, revenge for treaty of Versailles.
2. Nuclear capability = the rearming of Germany, against treaty dictates.
3. Olympics = olympics.
4. Fuck the homosexuals = fuck the jews (and gypsies and homosexuals).
5. Invasion of “former territory” with threats of much worse if the world interferes = ditto.
6. Pussy Riot = Book Burning.
7. Posturing, narcissistic delusional psycho personality = ditto.
8. Powerless puppet figurehead (Medvedev) = Kaiser.
9. No funny mustache = funny mustache.

The Psychology of Climate Change Denial

“Grim warnings about climate change may prompt more skepticism than action, simply because they seem unjust.”

Feinberg, M., and R. Willer. Apocalypse soon? Dire messages reduce belief in global warming by contradicting just-world beliefs. Psychological Science


“Climate Psychology

Grim warnings about climate change may prompt more skepticism than action, simply because they seem unjust. Portraying children as innocent victims, for instance, conflicts with common assumptions that the world is fair—a clash that might trigger doubt and inaction. Indeed, a recent survey showed that the stronger one’s belief in a just world, the greater one’s skepticism after reading a grim global warming article (but not an optimistic one that also presented solutions). Researchers found they could reduce participants’ skepticism—and increase their willingness to act—by tweaking their worldviews with statements such as “Often, justice will not prevail.” Environmental organizations may want to take note.”

So here we discover one source of denial; one of many, I daresay; but not the evolutionary roots of this behavior. Perhaps nurture trumps nature as I seem to have been born without this “denial gene,” as is, by my reconing, 1% of the population.  I’m not going into my personal enviro/nurture histology at this point, however.

Elsewhere, I’ve read about the possible correlations between intelligence and depression. More recently, I read about the correlation between intelligence and fondness for drink.

Indeed, ignorance is bliss.

I’m disturbed, but not surprised by the mild Panglossianism implied by the syntax of the last sentence in the above quote, about environmental activists incorporating this in their  climate education endeavors.

Shit man, this implies a lot more than that. If progressives of all stripes want to make significant impact on the majority’s inherent ostrich-head-in-the-sandicity, here’s a major key. No pun intended.

Meltdown in Spain and the Spanish Inquisition

ImageThis just occurred to me, and I know it’s mean, but in regards to the financial meltdown in Spain… to paraphrase Tricky Dick (a notorious anti-semite who loved kissing her, look it up kids), this time “you don’t have the jews and muslims to kick around and rip off anymore.”

Who knows, maybe Spain would be better today, by keeping her nasty mitts off of her jews and muslims huh? Ditto Russia, Poland etc….

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Inquisition


It is unknown exactly how much wealth was confiscated from converted Jews and others tried by the Inquisition. Wealth confiscated in one year of persecution in the small town of Guadaloupe paid the costs of building a royal residence.[80] There are numerous records of the opinion of ordinary Spaniards of the time that “the Inquisition was devised simply to rob people. “They were burnt only for the money they had,’ a resident of Cuenca averred. “They burn only the well-off,” said another. In 1504 an accused stated, “only the rich were burnt.” …In 1484…Catalina de Zamora was accused of asserting that “this Inquisition that the fathers are carrying out is as much for taking property from the conversos as for defending the faith. “It is the goods that are the heretics.” This saying passed into common usage in Spain. In 1524 a treasurer informed Charles V that his predessor had received ten million ducats from the conversos, but the figure is unverified. In 1592 an inquisitor admitted that most of the fifty women he arrested were rich. In 1676, the Suprema claimed it had confiscated over 700,000 ducats for the royal treasury (which was paid money only after the Inquisition’s own budget, amounting in one known case to only 5%). The property on Mallorca alone in 1678 was worth ‘well over 2,500,000 ducats.”[81]”

See also: https://www.google.com/search?q=jews%20expulsion%20reasons%20inquisition

BTW, I’m speaking as an atheist jew, who lived in Spain as a teenager… and loved every minute of it. A wonderful country with wonderful people.

Globalrevolution.tv: So, uh, maybe it WILL be televised…. Politics, OWS, Media, Democracynow.org


So uh, maybe it WILL be televised!

So maybe it WILL be televised

So uh, maybe it WILL be televised!

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Seven Billionth Baby, 7,000,000,000 … Seven thousand thousand thousand

The oldest crapper

OK, not the oldest crapper, but one of Crapper’s oldest crappers. No shit.

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“I use what I call my bathroom metaphor. If two people live in an apartment, and there are two bathrooms, then both have what I call freedom of the bathroom, go to the bathroom any time you want, and stay as long as you want to for whatever you need. And this to my way is ideal. And everyone believes in the freedom of the bathroom. It should be right there in the Constitution. But if you have 20 people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up, you have to set up times for each person, you have to bang at the door, aren’t you through yet, and so on. And in the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, but it disappears. It doesn’t matter if someone dies.”

– Isaac Asimov

Quoted in BBC story today Oct 31 2011

OK, not the oldest crapper, but one of Crapper's oldest crappers. No shit.

The Angry Aussie does an Ayn rant. Priceless.

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I cannot imagine what kind of environmental circumstances lead people (some of them actually pretty bright) to embrace religion. It beggars my imagination. Ignorance may indeed be bliss, but I’d rather have a fucking BRAIN and live two hundred years with scabies, permanent jock itch and tinnitus than be someone who by some twist of fate is both an adult and truly believes in palpably absurd doctrines and fairy tales.

Lately I’ve been seeing more and more maroons actually proudly enunciate their respect for that miserable twisted little freak, Ayn Fucking Rand. Anyone over the age of 10 who can see ANY worth in her circular “reasoning” can only be excused as a case of early emotional abuse of undetermined nature. So the Angry Aussie is a breath of freaking fresh air. I particularly like the Alan Greenspan bit toward the end.

I do hope he has a rant about Scientology, that would be sweet.

#AynRand #AngryAussie #Satire #Politics #Philosophy #Scientology #Libertarians

Google, Oracle, Monopolies and is/are Google “pussies”? (Shortlink: http://wp.me/p4njL-7g )

Whale and kayaker
Whale and kayaker (see description)


I’m very “fond” of both Apple and Google. I cd go on for days about how/why they are wonderful. HOWEVER, they are huge entities with tremendous global/historical/political impacts. And in the case of BOTH these companies, they have committed very egregious act. In terms of Google’s “do no evil” well… So in spite of the fact that I love’em and use them and own their stuff, I’m committed to being aware of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Side note: some thoughts generated from Hangout chat today. After 35 years, Microsoftee may have finally wrapped its head around what Apple does as a WHOLE, with Windows 8. I’m an Apple user, but I did look at a Youtube presentation of 8 and it looked very good. Especially in terms of the fact that the whole world is going to go touchpad and voice to text. So it occurs to me that it may not take Facebook 35 years to figure out what Google Plus is doing right. The one thing they will NOT be able to emulate is the fact that Google is looking to tie together its whole panoply of apps into one whole, and Facebook does not have as much to tie together. See/hear http://cinch.fm/scobleizer/282081

In google news today:

Oracle vs Google in court today: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/18/BUOL1L5Q8I.DTL

The anti-trust case against Google: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/09/19/the-antitrust-case-against-google/
Senate hearings scheduled for Wed
Apple (AAPL) is conspicuously absent from the witness list for Wednesday’s hearing on “The Power of Google” before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition and Consumer Rights. Yelp! and Nextag will be represented, but Google (GOOG) has stepped on a lot more toes than theirs to maintain and extend its dominance of the Internet’s sustaining source of revenue — advertising dollars.

The above article has a link to “Google Are Pussies.”

A fascinating article, about which I would love to hear intelligent discourse. Also makes me wonder…”Google ‘are’ pussies?” Should it be “Google ‘is” pussy?” or maybe, “Google is a conglomerate of pussies.” Is “pussy” even the right term? How about we bring back “evildoers?” Why let Bush and rightwingers have all the fun?

The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

The Wolf and the Lamb A WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf’s right to eat him. He thus addressed him: “Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.” “Indeed,” bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, “I was not then born.” Then said the Wolf, “You feed in my pasture.” “No, good sir,” replied the Lamb, “I have not yet tasted grass.” Again said the Wolf, “You drink of my well.” “No,” exclaimed the Lamb, “I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.” Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, “Well! I won’t remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my imputations.”  The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

Translated by George Fyler Townsend. Aesop’s Fables (p. 15).

Noam Chomsky speaking in Eugene and Forest Grove, Oregon tomorrow Wed April 20

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Noam Chomsky speaking in FOREST GROVE AND EUGENE tomorrow Wed April 20 (at different times, attempts to clone mr. c have failed so far)

Forest Grove: http://www.pacificu.edu/news/detail.cfm?NEWS_ID=9546&CATEGORY_ID=1

Eugene: http://plancast.com/p/4vzs/noam-chomsky-speaking

Who’s Chomsky? Funny u should ask: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky

Beyone the Ugly American… The Dumb American

Yes, Virginia, maybe lots of non-Americans are dumb as well. But if a fleas steps on you it doesn’t matter, when an elephant steps on you, it does.

The Sole Remaining Stupidpower in the World by David Michael Green

Gaddafi Jr. Lays It All Out for Us

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One Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words Dept.:

“The madman never realizes that he is mad. The same is the case with the stupid – the stupid person never realizes that he is stupid.
To realize that you are mad is the beginning of sanity; to realize that you are stupid is the beginning of intelligence.
There is nothing wrong in being stupid. But to be stubborn and to insist that
your stupidity is wisdom, that is a problem.”

(from Moa Sahli, Socratic News, Facebook)

Worst body language since Al Gore debates.
Hi, I'm a clueless twit, but I have PhD.

Clickable news map of Middle East

(From http://www.washingtonpost.com, Feb 21 2011)
“Middle East in turmoil

Anti-government protests are spreading rapidly through the Middle East and North Africa. Use this chart to keep up with all of the demonstrations, day by day. ” Click on the country name tabs below the map to read more.

Hosni Mubarak, no longer living in de- Nile

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I predicted he’d do it by Feb 9. I was a little off. Sudan still in the hands of ex-dictator’s right hand man. i dont think the Egyptians are gonna let anything like that happen to them, no mubarak jr, no usa/approved bullshit and whoever leads is NOT going to get Lumumba’d (new wrd).  Inch’allah, there will be no Ford to pardon this asshole, but I don’t care, becos I don’t think he’s gonna be able to fly the coop w/ billions to Switzerland. Hundreds of lawyers and doctors flooding the streets of Cairo, wow, how cool. I made another prediction back when the Internet was a baby, that it was the most important event since the printing press and people looked at me like I was crazy. My hopes have always been that the Net would set the world free. Governments are gonna have a harder and harder time covering their pathetic scrawny ugly butts. The Internet is the AntiBigBrother. Now if we can just figure out global warming, overpopulation and the dying planet, we may look forward to the next 7 generations. VENCEREMOS!

What happens on the net STAYS on the net; is it the ultimate “Permanent Record?” Do we care?

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William (Bill) Rheinhardt sent this to me via Facebook, and I’m replying via WordPress which I will then link as an answer.
Don’t u know my snide sense of humor, yet! I salute u for blabbing about controversial subjects and telling peeps how u really feel! I love to buck ‘the system’ and FB has become a corp. blue nose to ‘protect the children’. I have nudity in my photos and would love to post more obscenities. I just don’t want to be deleted for all the work it’s been putting up media I have shared. I have good friends who are Ludites (sic) and refuse to participate in the ‘double edged sword’ all the new tech has provided to distract us from ‘real life’ and sell us more junk. I’m mixed about the slippery slope all this social networking has become.

To which I respond:

Well put Bill. My sentiments indeed. I’m playing with various media as I’m pretty certain FB will grow ever more controlling. That’s one of several reasons why I’m answering via WordPress and then linking to FB. Ultimately, I’ll probably spring for a proprietary blog. I have lots of websites, but the WordPress tools are too good to pass up.

Gettysburg re-address

(reference: http://www.kaboodle.com/frank/cosmic-relief.html )

The Gettysburg Address

 Richard "Lord" Buckley, 1906-1960

Milords and Miladies of the world of peoplemost restfully and most humbly and with the deepest reverence for the great and precious American Saint Abraham Lincoln.

I shall translate in the modern semantic of the hip,this new zig-zag semantic, his beloved Gettysburg Address.

Lincoln himself, a great lover of humor and beauty,would understand and condone, I'm certain, this prelude to the address.

Now let me hip you cats and kittiesjust how the scene went down.


Every cat that swings with the rhythm of love of lifehas some certain cat that he digs more than he does the next cat.

Now, you see that cat over there by the tree? Well he's a G.O.T. Washington cat.He digs duckin the flow and stoppin' the woe.

But the cat next to him, he's a Benny Franklin cat. He digs watchin' his cash and coolin' his stash. 

And the cat right next to him with the feather in his hat,he's an Eisenhower kiddie. He digs "let's not play the fool and lose the cool." 

But dat pretty chick right next to him,wid da violet eyes and da crazy look, she's a Sinatra chick. She digs sweet rhythm swings the world.

But me.  I'm a Lincoln Cat. 

I dig old sweet long lanky non-stop Abe. "Lanky Linc" dey call da cat back in dem days. Well Lanky Linc went to a speechafyin' one timeand had a little MISunderstandin'. Dere was an LP type talkin' cat named Eddy Everet. And dis here cat got up on de podiumand wailed away and beat on his chops for so longand so loudthat he shaved the place twenty-seven times,rearranged it nine,and adjust it twice,and da cat is still up dere beatin' on his chops,and Lanky Linc is sittin down in da bleachers goofin' with his scratch pad,tryin' to get somethin down.

And he's gettin' somethin' down.

But, what he's gettin' down ain't movin' him.

But when dey called old Lanky Linc up to de podiumand he dug all dem cats and kiddies swingin' on the green sward,great love look come on his Saint face,and he put dis issue down to 'em, he say:

Four big hits and seven licks ago,our before-daddies swung forth upon this sweet groovey landa jumpin' wailin' stompin' swingin' new nation,hip to the cool sweet groove of libertyand solid sent upon the Ace lick dat all cats and kiddies,red, white, or blue,is created level in front. 

We are now hung with a king size main-day Civil Drag,soundin' whether this nation or any up there nation,so hip and so solid sent can stay with it all the way .

We have stomped out here to the hassle siteof some of the worst jazz blown in the entire issue.


We are here to turn on a small soil stashof the before-mentioned hassle siteas a final sweet sod pad for those who laid it downand left it thereso that this jumpin' happy beat might blow forever-more. 

And we all dig that this is the straightest lick. 

But diggin' it harder from afar we cannot mellow,we cannot put down the stamp of the lord on this sweet sodbecause the strong non-stop studs,both diggin' it and dug under it,who hassled herehave mellowed it with such a wild mad beatthat we can hear it, but we can't touch it.

Now the world cats will short dig nor long stash in their wigswhat we are beatin' our chops around here,but it never can successively shade what they vanced here. 

It is for us the swingin'to pick up the dues of these fine studswho cut out from hereand fly it through to endsville. It is hipper for us to be signifyin'to the glorious gigthat we can't miss with all these bulgin' eyes,that from all these A-stamp studs we double our love kick, too,that righeous line for which these hard catssounded the last nth bone of the beat of the bell. 

That we here want it stuck up straightfor all to dig that these departed studsshall not have split in vain,and that this nationunder the great swingin' Lordshall swing up a whopper of endless Mardi Gras,and that the big law by you straights,from you cats,and for you kiddiesshall not be scratchedfrom the big race. 

And there's why I'm a Lincoln Cat.

From Lord Buckley Live, Shambhala Lion Editions, 1991

Transcribed by Earl Rivers

The most important thing for all of us and the future of our planet.

This is about as articulate, simple and straightforward a statement about THE MOST IMPORTANT THING to which we can devote our time and energy. We cannot afford to assume “best case” scenario with regards to environmental collapse.  For what it’s worth, also relevant to USA economy, i.e. printing money backed by NOTHING).


Lee Iaccoca speaks truth to power…are you ready for The Rapture?

Well it’s nice to know Bill Maher has a platform again:

Check out this rant…lovely.

But, wait, there’s more! Lee Iacocca is channeling Noam Chomsky!

OK, someone should have caught it when he started in on our “ships of state…going over cliffs” (how about our ship of state hitting a titanic iceberg? Or our train of chiseling political sycophants following our (non) president over the cliff of neo-fascist coup d’etat? Ships going over cliffs? Nah… too Bush League.

But, heck, I’m not complaining. You go Lee!