OMFG – Yellowstone Eruption In 2016? Can Shakespeare Help Me?

Thanks to Kelli Shrugs for bringing this to my attention (and to Shakespeare for the prescient lines -scroll down past pic.). The full headline reads:

Yellowstone Eruption In 2016? Shocking New Video Shows What Is Really Going On At Yellowstone

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Over the past week, our planet has been hit by large earthquake after large earthquake, and according to Volcano Discovery there are 38 volcanoes around the world that are erupting right now.  We have seen a dramatic spike in global seismic activity that is unlike anything that we have seen in ages, and that is why what is going on at Yellowstone, is so incredibly alarming.  Geologists tell us that a full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would have up to 2,000 times the power of the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption of 1980, and approximately two-thirds of the country would immediately become uninhabitable.  As you will see below, there are signs that something big is getting ready to happen at Yellowstone, and if it does erupt all of our lives will be permanently changed forever.
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Not being a Bible reading type of person, in times of stress I usually turn to Shakespeare for solace or inspiration. And sure enough I found these lines which helped me understand we cannot change the course of nature and must accept the inevitable.

The night has been unruly: where we lay,
Our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say,
Lamentings heard i’ the air; strange screams of death,
And prophesying with accents terrible
Of dire combustion and confused events
New hatch’d to the woeful time: the obscure bird
Clamour’d the livelong night: some say, the earth
Was feverous and did shake.
(Macbeth, 2.3)

Good old Shaky, always hits the spot.

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The Organ Harvest Is Looking Abundant This Year

I have always said I would never have an organ transplant. Oh you’d son change your tune if your heart was giving out the fear death so much they would be happy to walk round like a clapped out old car, full of bits taken from scrappers, for the sake of postponing the inevitable. It’s ironic that most of these people claim to be atheists; if you fear death so much, get a God and a promise of redemption. Hamlet summed up their attitude:

To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;

Me? I go with another Shakespeare tragedy, Macbeth.

…and all our yesterdays have lighted fools
the way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle,
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
who struts and frets his hour upon the stage
and then is heard no more. It is a tale
told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
signifying nothing.

Or to put it another way, when ya gotta go, ya gotta go. Apart from that I have always had an ethical worry about transplant surgery. Science tits recognize no ethical boundaries, their insane desire to make us all into the creations of science would drive them on until they were dragging people off the street to ‘harvest’ (a creepy term that says it all really), healthy organs for transplant into people whose own health organs had already been harvested. (Read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro)

One of my insane conspiracy theories you think? you really think:

Horror as patient wakes up in NY hospital with doctors trying to harvest her organs for transplant profits

A woman named Colleen Burns recently opened her eyes to find herself on an operating table in a hospital in Syracuse, NY. Looking around, she noticed that she was the subject of the operation. It turns out doctors were about to harvest her organs and send them to other waiting surgeons who would transplant them into other patients.

This isn’t fiction. It was covered by ABC News and several other news sources. It really happened. A bit like this:

Im’ not dead I’m getting better – Monty Python and The Holy Grail

(Pissing Populis, iframe for embedding video will still not work.)

Legal representatives for the hospital said it was an unfortunate mistake. Well they would, wouldn’t they.

Read full story at Natural News:

Well they need to get some money in from somewhere

Cameron, Obama and The Coriolanus Syndrome

Coriolanus is not my favourite Shakespeare play but it has it’s moments.

In today’s political atmosphere however it is no surprise people are looking at the story of a vail egomaniacal politician with renewd interest. The way the general expreses his contempt for the electorate and for democracy is so reminiscent of Margaret Thastcher, Tony Blair, Godrton Brown, George W. bush, Barack Obama and the unelected bureaucrats of Brussels who would suck us into an European superstate.

Coriolanus addresses the voters thus:

What’s the matter, you dissentious rogues,
That, rubbing the poor itch of your opinion,
Make yourselves scabs?

Which is a bit like saying “Anyone who opposes me is too stupid to understand politics and should shut the fuck up.”

His unwillingness to schmooze the voters, his insistence on telling them they are a bunch of thick, ignorant, overweight, malodorous plebs who will never be enlightened enough to understand what he is saying to them leads to a catastrophic loss of support and from there to exile (special enoy to the middle east or something?) and eventual death. What should troubles those of us who still know what democracy means is that Coriolanus seems to have judged the mentality of the ‘many-headed multitude’absolutely correctly.

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Another French Hopeful With His Foot In His Mouth

To a delirious crowd of around 20,000, the Socialist candidate cited The Bard as he promised to cast off the ennui of the Nicolas Sarkozy era with a new wave of egalitarian idealism. In dismisssing Sarko the Gnome Pesidency as sans balls, sans brains and sans achievements Mr Hollande told the crowd, was best summed up by Shakespeare’s great words: “They failed because they did not start with a dream.”

Now you might well think that quoting an English poet to a French audience was what landed the socialiste candidate in le merde but no, what got hom into trouble was the Shakespeare loving French googled the phrase to find out which play it was from. And it turned out not to be Shakespearem at all, or at least not THAT Shakespeare.

The author of those words is book reviewer Nicholas Shakespeare who though descended from the fame family as his more illustrious namesake is very much alive.

Boggart Blog has these words from Shakespeare to console M. Hollande. “You can’t win ’em all son.”

That’s not William Shakespeare of course but Ernie Shakespeare, sports correspondent of the Accrington Argos as he commisserated with the losing finalist in annual Oswaldtwistle and District meat pie eating championship.

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Royal Shakespeare Company Cool Operator

I just heard on the news theatre audience members are walking out of a new Royal Shakespeare Company production at the end of the first act.

Though the play is Marat Sade, which deals with celebrated pervert the Marquis de Sade’s time in a lunatic asylum (not Midsummer Night’s Dream then?) the producers are mystified as to why it is causing such offence.

Boggart Blog thinks if the audience have come along expecting to see a musical based on the life of a pretty, talented 1980s easy listening singer one can understand their disappointment.

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Let Down By Hope? Embrace Nihilistic Despair.

Following the shock of last week’s announcement that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 had been awarded to Barack Obama in spite of nominations for the prize closing only a few days after he was inaugurated as President of the United States and the winner having been decided by the end of March, less than 13 weeks into his Presidency, many political leaders and pundits have written or spoken out in support of the award. Even the chair of the committee of international great and good has had to go public to explain that the award was made on the basis that Mr. Obama had brought hope to the world.

Hope. If we are awarding prizes for hope that should not the winners medal for the London Marathon be awarded to the obese guy who dresses as Donald Duck to take part every year? Surely he sets of with more hope than any other entrant.

Hope my arse. Hope is for losers, hope is what makes drowning men clutch at straws or the guy facing bankruptcy put on his lucky shirt and head for the casino to risk everything they have left on one last throw of the dice. Hope is what makes politicians talk of green shoots of recovery even as the currency exchange rate goes down the pan.

Hope is all the religious and superstitious nonsense in the world compressed into one four letter word. Hope is a four letter word. Hope is false, forlorn and misbegotten. The hope that springs eternal springs right up your behind.

Hope is what remained cowering in the darkest corner of Pandora’s box when everything else had thrown caution to the wind and made the great leap into the unknown. Hope is the last refuge of those who cannot face reality. Hope is for fools.

Delve into literature and we soon get things put in perspective:

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
creeps in this petty pace from day to day
to the last syllable of recorded time.
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
the way to dusty death…
Macbeth, Act V Sc 5

Macbeth had not time for hope then, he faced the inevitable with grim resignation thus showing that all talk of hope is empty, we all end up at the same destination. So many people spend their time looking for, hoping for a Messiah who will save and protect them and lead them to a Utopian future in a magic land bathed in golden light. The wise few are enjoying every moment of every day knowing we have all too few days left. Still even when our bodies become frail we can still laugh at the comical antics of the pompous fools who think their empty words and grandiose promises can fork some lightning and change the nature of things.

“We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars,” said Oscar Wilde when he was looking at a stretch in Reading Jail. At least he understood that while we can look at the stars we can never touch them.

So where does hope stand in relation to reality. Shakespeare can guide us again when we are troubled about what the future may hold:

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Hamlet, Act 3 Sc 1

Having clarified things in his mind with these words Hamlet decides “Thus conscience makes cowards of us all.” Hope is for those who fear death, the great unknown more than they fear life. It is without a doubt nobler in the mind to take arms against an endless sea of troubles and by opposing end them than to sit in a dark corner of a little box holding hands with hope. A Saxon scribe recorded the words of one renowned warrior who said that we are all cowards, courage lies in having the will to overcome fear and face death joyously knowing we have done our best and could not possibly do more.

To me that beats listening to some preachy wuss wimping on about hope and singing Kumbaya while relying on divine intervention to save us from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

The award of a Nobel Peace Prize to Obama because he “gave hope” is as ridiculous as giving Billy Graham an honorary doctorate in evolutionary science. If hope is all we have against our endless sea of troubles we have nothing.

So if you have been let down by hope and can’t find the will to overcome adversity, embrace nihilistic despair. It offers nothing so you cannot be disappointed.

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