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art of defragmented minds

Posting about my art yesterday reminded me of the first ten minutes of this video (which I first watched a couple of months ago), where Jordan Peterson (I hadn’t heard of him; and didn’t know Russell Brand was doing them!; before seeing this video, suggested by YouTube, after I’d watched other podcasts) talks about patterns of universal frequency.

Peterson says a couple of PTSD sufferers with fragmented minds started doing art, and their spontaneous drawings were fragmented at first. As they recovered, their art became more symmetrical and regular; like mandalas.

When I started drawing after taking redundancy from work, I was very drawn (unconscious at first, then noticed by conscious, pun!) towards drawing, and it included this very lined one, which ended up reminding me of an angel or mothman.

Mirror Poem Contrasting My Efforts for Feminism and Reactions over Last 15 Years

My grooming university tutors and work managers have helped stop me warning about the U.K. grooming epidemic over the last couple of decades, with Telford the latest horror story to hit the headlines, but they were often helped by women, who were also groomed, but at a higher level than the children on the streets.

Mixing Islam and Liberalism like Predator and Prey

I think the biggest reason for the grooming epidemic is that Multicultural Political Correctness opened up the gates of immigration hell while shutting down criticism of cultures from countries that worship a religion whose prophet had a single-figure child bride, and that where child marriage and female subservience is still the norm.

Mixing that with a liberal culture where children expect to be free and independent was like unlocking the cages of a zoo and expecting all the animals to get along and respect each other!

The celebrity and social media ages have added to it, with some of the biggest working-class female role models going from one relationship to another; perhaps for publicity?

Political leaders and academics who’ve been shutting down criticism by calling everybody who mentions it Islamophobic and/or racist have also helped keep it quiet.

Muslim women supporting Islamism while their ‘sisters’ in Saudi and Iran fight for freedom also doesn’t help!

Some women still think I’m against them, because I’m not joining in the ‘competitive grooming’. I’d much rather be acting like Russell Brand apparently was when he was leading his ‘revolution’, while enjoying the sexual spoils, as well as a commercial book deal, but I thought it was better for my ‘feminist’ cause to act the way I have done; not looking like a grooming Pied Piper. It seems I was wrong!

I said then we needed a ‘revolution’ the other way if anything, rather than the younger groomers taking over from the older ones, and that seems to be what’s happening since the Weinstein scandal.

If I’d followed an academic career I’d probably have earned about £500,000 more than I have over the last thirteen years. If this stops me earning money over the next thirteen years then so be it. This issue that I saw at the heart of the ‘Multicultural Fascism’ (my term at the time) I thought I was being stopped from criticising at university was the biggest reason I left academia.

There’s been a lot of niceness and support too, but this poem focuses on the negative. I’ve made it clearer by colouring the words of the ‘second person’, which is a combination of comments or insinuations I’ve experienced, in red.

Celibate for Feminism, Demonise the Sexist

he loves me
I love you not
he idolises me
I tolerate you
he copies me
I’ve seen it all before
he wants to be me
I’m more content than ever

can’t think for himself, contrary thoughts my speciality
buys rhymes with lies, somebody else will pay

I think you need advice
you’re trying to control me
I think you’re too trusting
you’re too possessive
You’re too materialistic
you’re too tight
I don’t like you
you prejudiced weirdo

Can Single Heterosexual Men Be Feminist?

‘During my life I have encountered many reasons why women deserve
to be controlled by status, but many more for men.’

Marc Latham, 2009.

Sorry about the existential minimalist blog post for International Women’s Day yesterday, but we thought we’d leave it to the humans yesterday; and sometimes a small amount of words can have more impact… and are easier to write!

Transgender Anger? 

Thinking - Year 2 - 297/365
Thinking – Year 2 – 297/365 (Photo credit: Amarand Agasi)

They are also be safer of course, because as soon as you start expressing opinions you open yourself up to controversy and criticism.

Hi, it’s Mary Werewolfstonecraft, liberal feminist inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft, who is often cited as being the first liberal feminist.

After writing yesterday’s phrase Women are half of humanity I thought that I might have angered transgender people, who might have thought themselves left out.

I then presumed that trangender people probably balance out between male and female, so I thought it was probably okay after all.

Latham Socialism v Galloway Socialism 

George Galloway
George Galloway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The strapline for this blog was Free and Equal Green Writing last yearThis was influenced by Marc Latham’s socialist background.

While Gorgeous George Galloway and supporters might consider Marc Latham a bad socialist, Marc considers himself more socialist than them, stressing the rights of all people, and freedom from religious indoctrination.

It didn’t mean that everybody should leave relationships, and lead an existential anarchist life, it just meant that people should have the freedom to choose the way they lead their lives.

While Marc thought that anarchic freedom was the way to be in youth, in adulthood and middle-age he thinks that if you’ve got a good family you should make the most of it.

If you don’t think you have a good family then you might need more external inspirations, and I hope you find ones that help you lead a better life.

The Free and Equal phrase was inspired by the rise in forced relationships and slavery in the U.K., and around Europe and the world as far as I know.

Latham Brand v Russell Brand 

Locked inside a context box as JOKE. Context box (CB) start:
Marc Latham would like to come out of the closet: a beautiful woman’s lingerie closet.
CB End.

The Russell Brand Show (radio show)
The Russell Brand Show (radio show) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marc Latham has had a similar Kerouac-inspired background to the British comedian Russell Brand.

They both seem to love beautiful women, but have taken different paths in recent years.

While Russell Brand has been seeking to cash in on his feminist speech, Marc has tried to show that he’s serious about his feminism by trying not to profit sexually.

Of course, after a while that can seem more ‘weird’.

Socialist Feminism and Male Heterosexual Taste

While Marc believes that all women should have equality, he also has his own taste in women, which is the classic model-actress-musical icon long-haired slim feminine pretty woman such as Kate Moss, Tia Carrere, Debbie Harry, Kitty Zhang (Zhang Yuqi), Briggitte Bardot, Jessica Alba, Beyonce and Britt Ekland… preferably into animal welfare, non-smoker, good sense of humour and a nice feminine personality (I sense British militant feminist rage!?).

International Womens Day project, March 2009
International Womens Day project, March 2009 (Photo credit: craftivist collective)

While British feminism often seems to resent those kind of women, Ukraine’s Femen movement and some other feminist movements celebrate the beauty of women.

The Greenygrey doesn’t necessarily support all their beliefs and tactics, but generally supports their cause.

That is where Marc Latham’s socialism and heterosexuality have their best fit, although some feminists will probably not accept his rationale: some feminists just seem to want to keep feminism as an all women’s club… versus men… rather than trying to be equal, and creating a better society alongside men, like I think my human inspiration Mary Wollstonecraft did.

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Agnetha Faltskog and Russell Brand Meet in Greenygrey

While Sweden’s Ghost are trying to shake up the system touring the U.K. with Alice in Chains, Sweden’s Agnetha Faltskog of Abba fame will tonight be shown making her first appearance in front of a live audience for twenty-five years duetting with Gary Barlow for Children in Need.

Meanwhile, over on Channel Four‘s Alan Carr Chatty Man chat show, Russell Brand will be trying to shake up the system his way.

The Greenygrey of Ghost, Agnetha and Brand 

Attack of the 50 Foot Fez
Attack of the 50 Foot Fez (Photo credit: Usonian)

Hi, it’s Grey Greyvara, social conscience at the Greenygrey. It’s a coincidence that Agnetha is making her first live appearance for 25 years in the year Marc Latham is celebrating his 25 years of travelling… and passed from the Kerouacian age to the Agnethan.

Russell Brand is also a child of Kerouac, as he showed in a documentary he did retracing the On The Road journey, now with parts available on YouTube.

Of the people mentioned in the introductory paragraph, Ghost and Russell Brand might be seen as in one corner, and Agnetha Faltskog in another.

While the obvious reason for that is that Ghost and Russell Brand are men, and Agnetha is a woman, the real reason for supposing their differences are that Agnetha is generally seen as a safe quiet mainstream artist, while the others are troublesome loud counter-culture artists.

Agnetha Fältskog
Cover of Agnetha Fältskog

Abba did have some controversial lyrics questioning institutional religion, as discussed by Bjorn recently, but they were missed at the time because Abba were generally seen as nice, safe and squeaky clean members of the ‘good community’.

The ‘good community’ that has historically and recently put institutions, religions and the powerful before children in real need.

Reasons to be Cynical 

English: Agnetha Fältskog (album) Svenska: Agn...
English: Agnetha Fältskog (album) Svenska: Agnetha Fältskog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At around the same time as Ian Dury and the Blockheads were singing Reasons to be Cheerful I was cynical of Bob Geldof at the time of Live Aid, and hated Princess Diana‘s posturing in front of the camera. I now think they were generally doing good.

While Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow do have a record out, I don’t think they need the money, so I think their Children in Need duet is generally a genuine charity performance; especially as Agnetha doesn’t like performing live.

While Ghost and Russell Brand might be seen as ‘being true and genuine’ by their young fans, because they are being so one-dimensionally critical of ‘the system’, they are also trying to sell products and make money in an artistic and media world where you have to shout to be heard.

As Marc Latham is trying to sell products at the Greenygrey.

Only Ideological Extremists Heard in Modern Media 

The shout-to-be-heard age is epitomised in the media-political world by Jeremy Clarkson on the right and George Galloway on the left.

At the Greenygrey we believe in taking both sides of an argument or social position into consideration… like politicians!… which is why we probably aren’t being as noticed as much as the Clarksons, Galloways and Brands… or popular with one half of people, and unpopular with the other half… but if only one half buy your products you’re doing well..! and if you’re not ‘telling one half of people what they want to hear’ you probably won’t be heard, or sell much product..!!

P.S. Russell Brand is shouting a simplistic hegemonic theory at the political elite; the same theoretical framework used by Dr. Marc Latham to criticise the British elite system in his 2000-2005 PhD thesis.

P.P.S. I have consciously only included Agnetha images for comedic effect… although I think they do look nicer than the images of the other people featured in the blog.

P.P.P.S. That doesn’t mean I like the look of all women, or even all blonde women. Myra Hindley and Margaret Thatcher were ‘blondes’!

Children in Need

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Don Quixote Theme as Werewolf of Oz reaches Cervantes

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ramblin’ video was a reminder that we haven’t had an episode from Grey’s epic classic comedy-fantasy Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps for quite a while. Why, in the last episode, Grey was enjoying itself in Grey, which was a nice place to stay. Here’s what happened next:

15.  DON QUIXOTE AND SANCHO PANZA FROM CERVANTES

I left Grey feeling glad to be Grey. I thought I could whizz down to Perth in no time, but fancied more company, so I hitch-hiked from Cervantes.

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza from Cervantes

English: Bronze statues of Don Quixote and San...
English: Bronze statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Detail of the monument to Cervantes at the Plaza de España in Madrid (Spain). Español: Estatuas de bronce de Don Quijote y Sancho Panza. Detalle del monumento a Cervantes de la Plaza de España de Madrid (España). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had only stuck my thumb out for a minute or two when an old camper-van pulled up, and a guy shouted: ‘Hola greyngo, you wanna de lift, come on pronto.’

I needed no more invitation, and rushed to the van before hopping in. The driver introduced himself as Sancho Panza, and his more cavalier passenger as Don Quixote.

They said they had been in Cervantes all their lives, so it felt good to be out and about.

Jo Brand and Russell Brand on the Brand Highway

Don Quijote e Sancho Panza
Don Quijote e Sancho Panza (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we drove down the Brand Highway we saw an odd-looking couple hitching south. Sancho picked them up as well. The hitchers introduced themselves as Jo and Russell Brand. It didn’t take long before they were cracking jokes left, right and centre, so it turned out to be a fun ride.

Although it meant more room for me, I was quite sad when we dropped the Brands off on the edge of the Badginarra National Park. They said they were going to stay with a band of badgers.

The van calmed down a little after that, but was still very jolly, with Don jumping about to Midnight Oil and Men at Work music.

The Edge of Perth

We whizzed along the edge of Perth, passing Cataby, which was full of cats; Orange Springs, which was very orange; and the Moore River National Park, which had less river than I expected.

I don’t know what was going on in Beermullah; it seemed confused. That was not the case with Banksia Grove, where artistic paintings told a clear story.

We arrived in Perth with space and time having sped by, and many great memories stored in my noggin.

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Notes

Hitching can be dangerous.
noggin – slang for head.
Sancho Panza and Don Quixote (fictional characters created by Cervantes, which is also the name of a Western Australia town).
Jo Brand and Russell Brand (British comedienne and comedian).
Midnight Oil and Men at Work (Aussie bands).
Banksy (British artist).

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