Forget that the word economy is based on the Greek word oikonomos for housekeeping and domestic management. The word is really about the desire for profits and executive wealth in business activities. The talk about ‘the economy’ uses attributes with various econo-babble statements and the claim that the economy needs fixing, restarting, or having money pumped into the ‘economy’. Human needs are secondary. The various definitions do not help in any understanding. Is it about wealth, money, trade, scarcity, or ordinary life? Contrary to the claims of economists it is not a science. Science (scientia=knowledge) is proven (proven = tested) information that is replicated, tested by others, and failed to be disproved by falsification tests. Economic textbooks and reports are full of the word assume which negates science which starts with a null hypothesis. Economic textbooks have an aura of mathematics with a multiplicity of graphs used to illustrate a point. They do not use real data but manufacture data to support an assumption.

An economist’s graph of a demand and supply example (Y axis = price of goods) (X axis= quantity of supply) that shows straight lines not based on any real data and assumes changes in economics (business changes) as parallel displacements. Thinking about the low end of the supply curves intelligent people must believe that the low price depends on the price of the raw materials needed to make the supplied product. That tends to make nonsense of the high end of the supply line.
The fundamental criss-cross of economist’s supply and demand assumed graph can be seen to fail any test for real science.

Economics is more like a religion. There are required beliefs (growth, equilibrium), and prohibited beliefs (limits, dynamic change,satiation). There are many religious sects of economics with somewhat different views about aspects which provide endless disputes which are never resolved. They have a well established habit of keeping heretics out of any examination of heterodox ideas.

If economics were a science, then they would be able to use their established theories to make useful predictions. Predictions of economists are a consistent failures. They do not ever come within a couple of standard deviations of their estimates if they ever provide them.
Published work of Professors Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff was shown to be based on spreadsheet errors.

Theories of economists that have been actually applied have been show to be utter failures. Minimising government control, regulation and social support have all proved to be harmful to life. The assumption that privately owned business is better than state run activities has proved to be disastrous quite often. Privatisation is a failure. Globalisation is a failure. The so-called neo-liberal economic agenda has failed. Science must dispense with a theory that fails testing.

If economics and economists are to get any respect and authoritory then they need to do a few things. They need a charter of ethics like other professions. They need standards which can eliminate professional failures. They need to reveal their conflicts of interest and their paymasters especially when they join the punditocracy. They need to publically accept their theory failures and reject them. They need to rigorously apply true scientific methods basing theories only on real, established data and observations and accept ‘don’t know’ situations. They need to take a ‘do no harm’ basis including changing from the Pareto Optimum to a egalitarian aim and changing to indices which measure real human values.

Economics took a wrong term when the Club of Rome published the Limits to Growth book in 1972. Using the development of computer software (called System Dynamics) that could simulate complex interactions of related variables, uncomfortable trends were indicated. The simulations exposed the real limits to growth and compared alternative economic behaviours. The rejection by economists of the modeling exposed their biases and their lies got acceptance by other sectors of the community who were uncomfortable with the indicated trends. The economists missed a great opportunity to make a leap forward into understanding the complex dynamic nature of economic systems by taking up computer modeling of complex systems and even developing their own dynamics software. Economists still have not caught up with the real sciences which have done this.

Christchurch Mosque Killings

With the killing of many Muslims at mosques in Christchurch it is necessary to ask, how has this Islamophobia come about? It can be recognised that this followed the demolition of the three World Trade towers in New York in September 2001. This resulted in the attacks on Iraq and Afghanistan. These were based on lies. No cave hideout bases or weapons of mass destruction were discovered to justify the rhetoric. Before the day was done in the demolitions, an Israeli official was pointing his finger at Osama bin Laden and a group of Muslims. How could he possibly know so soon when US was caught so flat footed? This quickness of explanation is a sure sign of a false flag operation. An observer overlooking Liberty Park saw people cheering, photographing and flicking a lighter in celebration. These people were caught and they turned out to be Mossad agents. When caught they blamed Muslims. After being released and returning to Israel they, in an interview, said they were there to document the event. This makes it more likely to be an Israeli operation than a Muslim one. Osama bin Laden made clear his denial and abhorrence of the demolitions.
The official explanations are clearly defective. The site was not declared a crime scene and an true thorough investigation made. The third tower, WTC7, was not hit by an aircraft and was from the various films, obviously a professional demolition job. This cannot be denied in spite of erroneous official explanations. Several thousand architects and engineers has organised and shown that the demolition of WTC1 and WTC2 were most likely professional demolitions too. With damage by the aircraft to the building sides we should expect an asymmetric collapse in that direction but films show they were symmetrical collapses.
The 25th March 2019 has seen a legal process by the architects and engineers organisation against the FBI failure filed in Court.
The accusations and military actions has resulted in a backlash (also called a blowback) by Muslims. Thus further producing a demonisation of Muslims and Islamophobia.
If the reviewing of all the evidence points to a false flag operation by Israel, there will be a crisis in the deluded US position.


Individual Americans met here in NZ are virtuous, but the country as a whole isn’t. They are voracious in the way they vastly consume and pollute beyond their share. They are violent; with any reflection vitiate all around them, they construct a war, war on poverty, cancer, drugs, terrorism, to no effect. They are vain, ventose, and vacuous in their belief that they are ‘special’ while revealing their stupidity and ignorance. Their business model is based on vice and corruption being vital for the rich because for them, money is all. They are vandals because they use bombs and violence before diplomacy. When countries are victorious over US invasions and domination they are vindictive, vengeful, and will pursue a vendetta for ever. In their way of communicating they are vulgar and vitriolic. Their use of torture is vile. They are venal in the way they do not keep promises and treaties. They would rather pay more for private business services than vindicate a public service available to all. We must avoid being a vassal and give them a valediction and go our own way with independent valour.

Thoughts on Capitalism.

Most teachers of economics only concern themselves with capitalism as the economic model of interest. They support with enthusiasm the form generally known as neo-liberal economics. The features include the worship of what they call the free market. It includes the idea that in the name of freedom there should be minimalist government and deregulation. The privatisation of government assets is the most important way of making progress because the belief that free markets always result in more efficiency in business than state run activities.

Economists consider themselves as scientists, but that is false. They do not use data that they ought to establish, but depend on assumptions and assertions. The idea of markets that reach an equilibrium where supply and demand naturally meet, is claimed to give economic stability, yet the experience of booms and bust belie that prediction. This economic hypothesis is falsified convincingly by recent experience. The orthodox economists did not foresee the global financial crisis of 2008.

The ideology that desires minimum government demands tax cuts so the state is forced to reduce social support. The propaganda that the retention of money by capitalists will mean that they will create jobs so that wealth will trickle down to the working non-capitalists. This has not happened, falsifying that hypothesis. The ability of capital to borrow more capital is a positive feedback mechanism that causes inequality to grow in favour of those who have capital. Mathematically, the most efficient distribution of wealth and income is an egalitarian one.

That de-regulation is the harbinger of freedom is a noxious idea. Time and again de-regulation has resulted in deaths and injury to workers and the decrease in financial ethics. This is another falsification for those who think scientifically.

The idea that privatisation will bring efficiency to industrial and social activities is another hypothesis that is falsified. Many times the state must intervene in some way from failures of this hypothesis.

There is a significant faith in the idea that by businesses acting selfishly all will benefit (the trickle down idiocy again). Time and again the selfish actions harm others. The adulteration of food and the production shortcuts have not benefitted the consumer with safety and product reliability. Where public assets are used for profit, then the assets are over-exploited and everyone loses (the Tragedy of the Commons).

Humans are naturally social beings. By working together for a common outcome, advantages for everyone accrue. Competition as seen as good ignoring that it tends to produce more losers than beneficiaries. The goal of competition is to win by taking over the losers to create a monopoly and have a free rain to exploit that position. Co-operation bypasses the need to create losers. True co-operation benefits all.

Many activities of the state have a social purpose. The direction of these activities on a commercial basis has proven many failures. Rather than put business graduates in charge of these operations, we need people whose careers have been in progressing the social intentions to advance into leadership. It is nonsense to put some fancy economist in charge of education for instance.

Economics Reverse Engineered.

Economics theory in textbooks is conducted on the basis of nice graphs. They are usually not given quantity graduation on the axes. Often a table of economic relations is used which are not based on actual measurements but imagined up to show a theoretical point. The supply ‘curve’ is an example. Often a nice straight line that sometimes intersects the origin of the graph and even occasionally indicates a quantity of supply when the price is zero. The graph shows a relation that the price is determined by a fixed amount plus a factor multiplied by the quantity of supply. Reverse engineering this, the total cost of production is based on the price multiplied by the quantity of production so it becomes the sum of the fixed amount multiplied by the quantity of supply and the production factor multiplied by the square of the quantity of supply. That the cost of supply depends on the square of the supply quantity seems nonsensical.

A different graph is presented in the chapters on marginal costing in competitive markets with a curve that is close to a parabola of average costs price against quantity. When I reverse engineer to get the total cost of production the first part of the downward part of the curve gives a cost curve close to reality with the cost being the sum of a fixed cost and a variable cost multiplied by the quantity of production. But then reverse engineering the rest of the upward trending curve gives a sharply rising variable cost. One graph I have just reverse engineered shows the variable cost rising to about eight times the initial variable cost. As the material resource and services cost part of the variable costs should not change, there is an exaggeration of the labour part of the variable costs. Economic textbooks depend on believing that the productivity of labour declines at scale but surely not by a factor over eight.
The cost structure of producers is something that a scientist could obtain but economists depend on assumptions rather than a scientific approach.

I have a thought that economics is more like a religion than a science.

Good God?

The Christian God is usually claimed to be a loving God which is concerned with people, their morals and welfare. Since we do not really know the mind of God, we must consider alternative hypotheses. The God, if one really exists, could be completely indifferent as to the welfare of the residents of our little planet. Or it could be the opposite to the Christian God concerned with the good of people and actually be evil and play games with us and amuse itself with human disasters.

In the earthquake in Lisbon in 1531 it was the devoutly faithful that were killed by the church collapses. If the idea of a God being able to affect events is true then the killing of the faithful would be done by an evil God. Lightning used to kill a lot of church bell-ringers. Earthquakes, floods, landslides, and other natural disasters had caused the premature deaths of many people, good and bad alike.

As an atheist I have survived trying to breath water, being washed away in a river, dodged an avalanche by a few meters, falling into a crevasse, being entombed while the oxygen was being depleted by a primus, while caught in a fatal avalanche and yet avoided an opportunity of a God to punish me. Considering this as evidence, the Good God hypothesis does not get supported and the other hypotheses seem more likely.

Biblical Nonsense.

Peter LaRuffa, who is one of the staff at the Grace Fellowship Church (USA) has said “If, somewhere within the Bible, I were to find a passage that said 2+2=5, I would believe it, accept it as true and then do my best to work it out and understand it.” If we counted 1,2,3,5 or 1,2,4,5 then the proposition would be true, but we count (in English) 1,2,3,4,5 etc. Ancient hunter/gathering people counted one, two, two-one, two-two, two-two-one or one, two, three, one-three, two-three, three-three. But the Pastor is putting his faith in something known to be wrong. That means we can not accept anything that Pastor says. Faith is the denial of observation so that a blind belief can be preserved.

I was sent to Bible classes but I must have seen through it early on because my parents dropped my attendance. So I have not been indoctrinated and lack much knowledge of Biblical content. I note that some clergy who read the Bible thoroughly are turned off and become atheistic. But with my poor knowledge of it, I know the Bible is wrong.

For someone who evaded the propaganda when young, there are many ridiculous things in the bible. A human formed from clay? Or a human (Lot’s wife) transmuting in the other way to another type of atom. Any change in the constituent atoms of the clay would not go to the majority of the elements in a human body. A person formed out of a human rib? A talking snake which doesn’t have vocal chords. No wonder that there are so many humourists and stand up comics that can have so much fun with religion. The Bible is a big resource for something to ridicule.

The earth does not contain enough water to cover the whole earth. That story about Noah is full of holes concerning how big the arc was and how it could be made to hold and feed animals for a long time. Still, there is geological evidence that a flood could have occurred to fill the Mediterranean and the Black Sea which happened so long ago that the truth could get corrupted. The original Bible has passed through many translations and copying before printing was invented that it cannot be trusted to be perfectly accurate. People with a good knowledge of the Bible have analyzed it and found such a considerable number of contradictions that it can only be treated as ancient stories written by people who had very limited knowledge or understanding of what was real. In mathematics a proposition can be proved to be false by the existence of contradictions.

A man swallowed by a fish and not suffocate? That is not possible. A person going away for 40 days without food and water could not survive. A human could not live for 900 years. Maybe it was 900 months as I am over 900 months age myself. Then Jesus Christ (if he really existed) did some magic tricks which have been done by modern magicians. I think the Bible is purely mythological.

Where is Truth?

Philosophers are interested in what we know as real, and how we know and what we believe we know. Epistemology is what philosophers call the theory of knowledge. Bertrand Russel is well known in this area of thought. Philosophers ask: What is knowledge? How is knowledge acquired? What do people know? How do we know what we know?

But how do we un-know particulars we thought we knew, when new evidence comes available that completely undermines what we thought was true? There is the famous quote of economist John Maynard Keynes “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir? ”. It is a shame that more economists do not revise their work in light of reality.

Psychologists have a term “cognitive dissonance “ for the situation where people carry two contradictory ideas simultaneously. The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance. They do this by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and actions. Dissonance is also reduced by justifying, blaming, and denying. It is one of the most influential and extensively studied theories in social psychology.

In science, we have the concepts of epicycles, aether, ectoplasm, electric fluids, phlogiston, and caloric which have been discarded as observations and experiments have shown them to be false concepts. The plate movement hypothesis of Alfred Wegener took a while for geologists to accept, but now it is accepted as a valid theory with masses of supporting evidence. Over the last millennia, there have been scores of cults that have prepared for their predicted apocalyptic end of the world, only to be disappointed. With the dogmatic views held, usually propagated by some charismatic leader, the failure of the belief does not change any views but the beliefs are often even more strongly held. Why is that? As another philosopher, Tertullian said: ”The greater the absurdity, the stronger his belief in it.”

You might like to take a moment to think of a time and a case when you held a strong view that you had to discard as wrong when you were faced with contradictory information. How did you feel about the fact that you have were deluded or had been deceived? There is a term “buyers remorse” for the feelings you get when you realise that a purchase you made was a big mistake.

I have an example from my own experience. With the destruction of the World Trade towers in September 2001, I accepted the official conspiracy theory that it was caused by Muslim fanatical suicide pilots flying into the towers under the direction someone called Osama bin Laden. The identification of Bin Laden so soon after the event suggests that the fingering of him was part of a plan. However, when I viewed a film of the collapse of the third building, WTC7, I could not help but realise that it was professionally demolished, not a failure caused by fire. Then a look at the films of the two other towers made me realise that they too could not have failed through the effects of burning jet fuel. My new disbelief consolidated when faced with new evidence, for instance the work of a Danish scientist who has detected trace of explosive devices in the rubble.

Now even ex-Prime Minister John Key talked about “explosive devices”. This new information made the official conspiracy about Muslim suicide pilots suspect but not actually falsified. Later I learned of the arrest of five Mossad agents who were spotted at the New York Liberty Park cheering as they documented the destruction of the World Trade towers. This brought a new realisation that there was more to this destruction than the official story. With Israeli agents on hand on a documentation assignment, either they knew of this conspiracy and did not alert the US authorities, or they were actually part of the real conspiracy.

When people do not want to accept new information that is contrary to their previous views, they can go into a state of denial. According to Sigmund Freud, denial is a defence mechanism enabling the person to reject uncomfortable facts. The new fact can be denied or it can be minimised in some way to avoid its significance. People whose power depends on a strongly well held incorrect view resort to emphatic denials which becomes a habit, hence DAS (denial addition syndrome). This is particularly common where the wrongly held view is a more comfortable one. This results in what is called the Panglossian/Casandra feud where unpleasant facts, even if true, are rejected just because there is a desire to remain in a deluded happy positive frame of mind.

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles who has identified a number of rules for the propagation of disinformation in an article entitled “Everything Is A Lie: The Deliberate Intent To Deceive People Is At An All Time High”. He says “From pollution to politics, the era of deception and duplicity has reached new heights and hijacked almost every form of media in the world. In the last frontiers for truth such as the internet, disinformation operations are in full swing to discredit and destroy any semblance of authentic and factual information available to the public. How many more lies will people around the world accept as truth? Some say a global awakening is taking place, but at what cost? Will it take the destruction of most of the earth and its resources before people are enlightened? The escalating media and political reports are so far fetched, cunning, and so beyond reality, it’s as if each is trying to top the other with one sinister plot after the next. To demonstrate the outright lies by national governments and the media.”
We have heard of “lies, dammed lies, and statistics”, well to that we can add “advertising, public relations, and propaganda”. (and economics) In Israel classes are being held to train people to alter Wikipedia content to reflect the Zionist point of view.
Torres has identified twenty five rules for producing disinformation. Here are some of them.1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Avoid any unpalatable ideas.
2. Become incredulous and indignant. This “how dare you” gambit is used to prevent the disclosure of unpleasant ideas by shutting down discussion.
3. Create rumour mongers. Diverts attention from reality by undermining it, as just a rumour.
4. Use a straw man to divert attention from the real issues..
5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. Attack the messenger, not their message.
6. Hit and Run. This avoids having to hear repudiations.
7. Question motives. Diverts attention from the real issues.
8. Invoke authority. This is a bluff that confines the issue to one favoured expert.
9. Play Dumb. It s hard to get somebody stupid to change their prejudices.
10. Associate opponent charges with old news. But isn’t it always new information that requires a paradigm to enter into consideration.
Torres has several more rules for producing dis-information and he has come up with 8 traits of people who specialise in disinformation. It is very common.
Children who do “Media Studies” learn to be cynical about advertising claims, but this does not provide a skill in mind changing when new information discredits old entrenched ideas.
Can you resist all the deceptions you are bombarded with and take on a new truth?
The word Propaganda comes from the “Congregation for Propagating the Faith” founded by the Catholic Church in 1622. Its activity was aimed at “propagating” the Catholic faith in non-Catholic countries. From the 1790s, the term began being used also for propaganda in secular activities. The term began taking a pejorative connotation in the mid-19th century, when it was used in the political sphere. This is also shown in a 1961 dictionary where it had “Organised method and system of propagating or disseminating principles and doctrines.” but a more recent 1998 dictionary had “The organised spreading of doctrine, true or false information, opinions etc.”.
Edward Louis Bernays (1891 – 1995) is the author of a book “Propaganda.” published in 1928. He was an Austrian-American who was a nephew of Sigmund Freud. He combined the ideas of Gustave Le Bon and Wilfred Trotter on crowd psychology with the psychoanalytical ideas of his uncle. He saw that the use of the word Propaganda had acquired some negative connotations so invented the words Public Relations as an alternative. He is referred to in his obituary as “the father of public relations”. Another meaning for PR is “propaganda repetition”. The term ‘public relations’ is being replaced by ‘corporate communications’.
Gustave Le Bon (1841 – 1931) was a French social psychologist, sociologist, anthropologist, inventor, and amateur physicist. He is best known for his 1895 work “The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind”. His writings incorporate theories of national traits, racial superiority, herd behaviour and particularly crowd psychology.

Bernays, working for the administration of Woodrow Wilson during World War I with the Committee on Public Information, was influential in promoting the idea that America’s war efforts were primarily aimed at “bringing democracy to all of Europe”. Following the war, he was invited by Woodrow Wilson to attend the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. This thinking was heavily shared and influenced by Walter Lippmann, one of the most prominent American political columnists at the time. Bernays and Lippmann sat together on the U.S. Committee on Public Information, and Bernays quotes Lippmann extensively in his seminal work “Propaganda”. In 1919, he opened an office as Public Relations Counsellor in New York. He held the first Public Relations course at New York University in 1923, publishing the first groundbreaking book on public relations entitled Crystallizing Public Opinion that same year.

Bernays refined and popularized the use of the press release. He proved his ability in the manipulation of public opinion with his first exercise for the tobacco industry. He arranged for the staging of the 1929 Easter parade in New York City, to show models which he organised holding lit Lucky Strike cigarettes, or “Torches of Freedom”. After the historic public event, women started lighting up more than ever before. It was through him that women’s smoking habits started to become socially acceptable. Bernays created this event as news, which it was not. Bernays convinced industries that the news, not advertising, was the best medium to carry their message to an unsuspecting public. Now TV is saturated with “informercials”.

One of Bernays’s favourite techniques for manipulating public opinion was the indirect use of “third party authorities” to plead his clients’ causes. “If you can influence the leaders, either with or without their conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway.” he said. In order to promote sales of bacon, for example, he conducted a survey of physicians and reported their recommendation that people eat heavy breakfasts. He sent the results of the survey to 5,000 physicians, along with publicity touting bacon and eggs as an ideal heavy breakfast and superior for health to the then traditional breakfast of tea (or coffee) and toast.

Hitler and Goebbels read avidly Bernays and applied his doctrine very successfully. Goebbels was using Bernays’ book “Crystallizing Public Opinion” as a basis for his destructive campaign against the Jews of Germany. This shocked the journalist who reported this. Obviously the attack on the Jews of Germany was no emotional outburst of the Nazis, but a deliberate, planned campaign. Adolf Hitler is said to be source of the quote “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

Bernays’s most extreme political propaganda activities were said to be conducted on behalf of the multinational corporation United Fruit Company (today’s Chiquita Brands International) and the U.S. government to facilitate the successful overthrow of the democratically elected president of Guatemala, Colonel Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. Bernays’s propaganda (documented in the BBC documentary, “The Century of the Self”), branding Arbenz as communist, was published in major U.S. media. According to a book review by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton of Larry Tye’s biography of Bernays, “The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays & The Birth of PR”, “the term ‘banana republic’ actually originated in reference to United Fruit’s domination of corrupt governments in Guatemala and other Central American countries.” There was not even an embassy for the USSR in Guatemala but the fear of Russia and the “reds” became a well orchestrated PR campaign and swallowed completely by the American public and continues today.

Operation Mockingbird was a secret campaign by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to influence media. Begun in the 1950s, it was initially organized by Cord Meyer and Allen W. Dulles, it was later led by Frank Wisner after Dulles became the head of the CIA. The organization recruited leading American journalists into a network to help present the CIA’s views, and funded some student and cultural organizations, and magazines as fronts. As it developed, it also worked to influence foreign media and political campaigns, in addition to activities by other operating units of the CIA.

If one is awake, it must be apparent that there has been a persistent campaign to get people to believe, first that Iraq was making an atomic bomb. Remember the face of Colin Powell with all the sincerity he could muster, that Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction.” An attack based on these lies has not found any trace of such weapons in Iraq while reeking much destruction and deaths of Iraqis.

Ever since last century (1992), Israel has been “warning” us that Iran has been making an atomic bomb. If you make a carful study of the statements made you can see that we have been given a shortening time to when their bomb would be ready. And this is from a country that has 180 atomic bombs (standard deviation of this estimate: 50 bombs) and started with stolen uranium (google search PLUMBAT). Israel is not accommodating to end the atomic weapons in the hands of psychopaths.

The statements made by a girl, Nayirah before a Congressional Human Rights Caucus on October 10, 1990 hearing that she had seen Kuwait babies in incubators being thrown out. She said “I volunteered at the al-Addan hospital with twelve other women who wanted to help as well. I was the youngest volunteer. The other women were from twenty to thirty years old. While I was there I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns. They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators and left the children to die on the cold floor. It was horrifying.” She had a good cry.

In 1992, it was revealed that Nayirah’s last name was al-Sabah. and that she was the daughter of Saud bin Nasir Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States. It was revealed that her testimony was organized as part of the Citizens for a Free Kuwait public relations campaign which was run by Hill & Knowlton for the Kuwaiti government. Following this, al-Sabah’s testimony has come to be regarded as a classic example of modern wartime propaganda. The girl was coached by the public relations firm Hill & Knowlton. Hill & Knowlton is estimated to have been given as much as $12 million by the Kuwaitis for their public relations campaign.

There is an underground media which presents a different view of political activity. Some of these people working in this environment do magnificent investigative work counteracting the spin provided by the mainstream media. The universal use of filming devices, cameras and cell phone have provided proof of alternative news. Thorough work has often exposed doctored photos. But one of the amazing exposures from such detailed work is the film seen over the internet of the Prime Minister of Australia giving a speech (on March the 18th 2003) giving a speech on the weapons of mass destruction etc. in Iraq and simultaneously showing the exactly the same speech being given by the Prime Minister of Canada (on March 20th 2003) to their respective houses of Parliament. It must have taken much detailed work to uncover this “coincidence”. We are left to wonder where this PR spin has come from.

A recent and more egregious example of the way the public is “spun” comes from the once respected BBC and their journalist Ian Pannel. In August 2013 a news item was played coming from the war in Syria. A doctor was interviewed while working on some victims. She says it was “some form of napalm”. In September 2013 the BBC broadcast the same clip, but the reference to napalm had been changed to “chemical weapons”. We must be grateful that there was an observant person who spotted it. The BBC has yet to explain who and how the clip was doctored.
I must check my thinking!

What are we?

All of us now alive are at the end of a very long chain of successful pregnancies and nurturing well past weaning. That unbroken chain is tens of thousands of mothers long and then it goes back through to pre-humans of some type. According to Lord Robert Winston in comparison with other mammals and their weights, our pregnancy should last 21 months. Because of our large heads we must be born somewhat immaturely. We need a lot of care by mothers to survive infancy. Men have a small important and initial role but because of inclination or obligations they do not help the development of offspring to the same extent as the mothers. Too often they are just the providers, not teachers.

Down that long path, there must have been siblings that ended a chain. The offspring of butterflies, turtles, and spiders get no help from their parents but the human mammal requires a very long process of nurture until adulthood and is much longer in proportion than any other mammal.

At about 25 years we have finished developing and have reached a maturity although we can breed earlier than this. Thus humans caring for each other is a very natural feature of our biology. Humans are social animals. Smiles generate more smiles in a positive association. People have no trouble telling strangers the time of day or help them find an unfamiliar place. Help others is natural. There are many examples of people going to extremes to save others and often say that they acting from their instinctive ideas of humanity. In catastrophes people rally round to help the victims. Everything that has been developed to bring us to a high level of culture and material benefit has resulted from us working together in a cooperative activity. This is natural humanity. Mutuality of purpose makes for efficient results. Activities that do not follow this nature are called inhuman. We normally gather round other people and set up homes there and create a human society.

While humans take a long time to mature compared to other animals, humans have some exceptional abilities. Our brains consume a disproportionate share of the body’s energy for our intellectual advantages. We cant run as fast as some predators, but we can run fast for short distances and we can run for very long distances. Our hands have wonderful abilities to throw objects quite far, and to make and manipulate complex tools. We have been able to inhabit a wide variety of ecological niches and survive on a wide variety of foods. We have developed the power of speech that outperforms any other animals to communicate. That ability is enhanced by our abstract thinking abilities that allow logic and mathematical reasoning to develop to an extra-ordinary level. We can compose stories that capture the past, invent stories that explain the unknown and consider in stories what the future might bring. All this supports our social behaviour which extends our power to create entities that help us together as social animals. Our empathy for others assists our beneficial behaviour.

There is some unfortunate propaganda abroad that falsely believes that acting selfishly in our own interest somehow benefits other people. This absurd theory has been falsified over a long period of history. Immoral businessmen have often adulterated their products in order to profit themselves to the cost of consumers. Hence the necessity for regulations. We have a Commerce Commission to help regulate business and a Consumer Watchdog to prevent commercial deceit because businesses do not act with morals like people. The most extreme version of this is the noxious objectivism of Ayn Rand whose fiction promoted antisocial selfishness. Margaret Thatcher was reviled for her suggestion that there is no such thing as society. The application of an economic system based on a competitive, selfish approach to dealings has proved by it results to be a noxious anti-human system. Famous economist John Maynard Keynes said of the economics of selfish capitalism: “the astonishing belief that the nastiest motives of the nastiest men somehow or other work for the best results in the best of all possible worlds.” Oh that businesses would take the aim of serving their customers interest before their own selfish interests.
The ‘neo-liberal’ idea of economics where there should be deregulation, privatisation of public services, minimum services paid by taxes for public benefit, is supposed to bring a trickle-up of wealth and benefit is a proven theory failure just by considering the results.

While men have been on the sidelines while we grow up, their feeling of being left out a bit has resulted in a process where they have taken control by other means. Leaders have made a political system which controlled the population and managed to keep women out. They also concoct stories about spirits and agents that are causal agents and further develop into authoritarian Gods. This has converged into a process that excludes women and treats them as property. Considering the role of women in the human creation process, you would think that the imagined Gods are female. Male control of women extends to individual domination in the home even with physical domination.

I think that women confronting these systems will result in benefits to human development.