Rants and Observations

Nov. 15, 2020

Inspired by the Music of Carmina Burana.

 

 

 

Lockdown and my cocktail of medicines are bringing to mind words from: my family history; grandparents, maybe passed down from theirs, in Victorian times; two world wars; old movies; school; reading; the media; international travel; and more. There are different dialects, languages and accents. Each word has meaning for me, but likely for few readers.

The choral masterpiece, Carmina Burana, is written in tongues most will not understand, they just wash over 99%+

Of those listening.

I wrote a patchwork quilt poem, a babel with the same intent. The sounds read correctly are the meaning.

 

Carmina Burana

 

Ow do? tickety boo

Ow yer diddlin? Fair t’middlin

Pogue mahone  Arschloch.

Ich bevorzuge einen Liter Bock

Fair dinkum bloke

Stony broke

Crivvens or Jings?

Wisht. Cabbages and kings.

Dhobi Ghaut, Loofah, dum dum.

Avatar, Oo la la. Keep shtum

Konichiwa. Ni Hao Ma.

Ee’s brarn bread.

Strong inth arm thick in’thead.

Cheesed off. Tory Toff.

Wiers mi snap?

Rabbit Rabbit Yap yap

Tab 50 clicks.

Yomp to the chicks.

Nok for nå.

Lechyd da

Nov. 12, 2020

Refusing to accept defeat is quite normal in the US and suprisingly common elsewhere.

Since Covid 19 we have been isolated in our rural home in Costa Rica.

Despite our best efforts to avoid it, we have been bombarded by the fanatical propaganda from both sides, regarding the US election.

In early chapters of my next book, I explained how in my days as a trainee monk, two Catholic American brothers taught us their unfamiliar sports. They also showed us how to foul professionally, undetected. If caught, we were to loudly claim innocence.

In a later chapter, I describe how the partners in our US headquartered consulting firm cheated to the extent of breaking laws and putting rival teams bus drivers at riusk of prosecution.

Later, some idiot appointed me as a team leader in some field sports for the partners. If we lost an event, I was expected to scream and shout, arguing with the referee. This was difficult for me.

Brought up in the UK, my state school taught the supposed standards of sportsmanship of the expensive schools of the British upper classes. Sport was a game. Accepting defeat gracefully was expected.

Later, I learned that reality at those schools was to be sneaky and always support the fellow members of the elite and "chums".

One of the advantages of lockdown is that it gives time for contemplation and research.

Here are some conclusions regarding refusal to accept defeat. Note that Sociopaths and narcissists are among the examples. Though also consider that in wars, in heart surgery and Wall St trading, behavoural scientists believe that these traits are an advantage in taking necessary risks.

In the case of elite military forces it can result in success. Think of the 101st US airborne troops. Their stand at Bastogne cost the Panzers any chance of success. Patton was a narcissist general. He refused to contemplate defeat.

In 480BC, heralded the stand of the Greeks at Thermopylae. This led to their deaths. It also resulted in the vanquishing of the much greater forces of Persia.

The Royal Marines taught us never to give in and to keep fighting. It is the norm among elite troops. Back in time, we were also told only to take prisoners if we needed information, "They slow you down and need careing for." 

Massacres by both sides in wars are common. This means that not surrendering may enhance the chances of survival. Those conducted by the winners or the dominant world powers are whitewashed.

General Custer was an Indian Killer and narcissist. His last stand was ill judged and useless, but spawned many off color jokes.

The victors decide when this behavior is fine and dandy and when not. In 1945, SS forces defended La Rochelle, till Admiral Karl Dönitz's  overall German surrender. The rest of France was liberated in 1944.  Their successful defense was not lauded.

This behavior and thinking seems prevalent in the leadership cadres of large businesses. Elon Musk and Richard Branson spring to mind.

 In poker bluffing with a terrible hand can result in success. This game is popular with the tough guys.

In general, many politicians refuse to accept defeat. In Belarus in 2020, power crazed Alexander Lukashenko is typical of many dictators worldwide. They ensure re-election with implausible majorities.

Not all those fighting to the last are malicious. The medical staff, stalwartly keeping hospitals going against all odds are an example. The medicos are hardly acting in for selfish motives, rather for the good of others.

In Vietnam, the image of self-immolating monk Thích Quảng Đức, determined to remain uptight as the flames consumed him. This electrified the US Peace movement may have shortened the War.

There is irony in some who held out against the odds. At the turn ofthe 19th Century, Victorian hero, Lord Baden Powell, held Ladysmith in South Africa against the Boers until relieved. He was wont to dress as woman whenever opportunity presented itself. Today that would be considered acceptable, but it was then.

He founded the global Boy Scout movement. He also liked to photograph naked schoolboys in the showers.

Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, the dictator of Turkmenistan, has raised an 18 meter golden statue of his favorite dog. He is clearly barking mad.

Nov. 11, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Back ground 

As a result of old age or a cocktail of too many medicines my mind wanders into words from the past. These are from books, old movies, family oral history, the World Wars, the Royal Marines, Travels and more.

They are in many tongues and dialects. They will mean little to most people. As presented they will be indecipherable overall.

Most of my words are obsolete or have changed meanings. A cool chick meant hot. Some come from the upper classes of old, as delivered by the early BBC and movies.

You may reasonable conclude that I have really gone loco.

The wonderful music Carmina Burana has been a long time favorite. It is written in many tongues, including bits of Latin, old German and more. It is unlikely that 1 in 10,000 follow the meaning. The music flows through it all.

It occurred to me that maybe the words, read correctly in the many necessary accents could do the same.

Alternative titles could be Babel  or Loco Poetry.

I just wrote the first part, but could write more, if I felt like it.

 

Carmina Burana

Ow do? tickety boo

Ow yer diddlin? Fair t’middlin

Pogue mahone  Arschloch.

Ich bevorzuge einen Liter Bock

Fair dinkum bloke

Stony broke

Crivvens or Jings?

Wisht! Cabbages and kings.

Dhobi Ghaut, Loofah, dum dum.

Avatar, Oo la la. Keep shtum

Konichiwa. Ni Hao Ma.

Ee’s brarn bread.

Strong inth arm thick in’thead.

Cheesed off. Tory Toff.

Wiers mi snap?

Rabbit Rabbit Yap yap

Tab 50 clicks.

Yomp to the chicks.

Nok for nå.

Lechyd da.

 

Nov. 9, 2020
 
 
 
NOTHING IS SIMPLE.
 
 
 
 
IN THE USA-
 
-The markets were inefficient and did not discount a Biden win correctly.
 
-Corporates expect Biden to raise stimulus spending and thereby give them higher growth.
 
-They do not expect to pay more taxes under Biden or the market would be less effervescent!!!
 
-The USD has declined, making US stocks and oil more attractive/cheaper.
 
- Positive vaccine news is influencing many stocks in the hope of a rapid recovery, especially travel stocks.
 
- NASDAQ stocks that were seen as a safe haven, because they could borrow at zero, are now less interesting and are not following the booming other indices.
 
IN THE UK AND EUROPE-
 
-Stocks are up, but less so.
 
-Investors in the UK, must see the UK surviving Brexit.
 
- Europe sees the same vaccine news and hopes for a return to slower growth than in the US.
 
RISK FACTORS-
 
FOR ALL- failure of vaccines, new strains of virus
 
For the UK-
 
-Stalling, or no trade deals with the EU and US.
 
-Return to violence over Northern Ireland.
 
For the EU-
 
-Internal difficulties, especially over freedom to cross borders for immigrants and complaints about the endless budget hikes remain an issue.
 
- Slower growth is expected, though happiness measures should be used rather than GDP growth.
 
In the UK
Boris would be a big liability in a distant election. We should think of a way more dangerous and capable Rishi Sunak, verses Sir Kier and die hard Corbynistas still squabbling.
 
Meantime, we are personally happy as we just took delivery of these cute little mink from Denmark.
Unfortunately two escaped already and my wife is feeling ill.
 
PURA VIDA!
Nov. 7, 2020

 

So a little change is in the air.
 
This US drama will run for a little longer yet, to fuel the anger of some and the frustration of others.
 
Quite rightly, Biden will appeal for patience and calm. His rule could be stopped by many things, especially any valid legal challenge. Other changes sould result from a war, acts of terrorism and riot provoked by spooks from anywhere in the world, including the US, and crazies. There are millions of crazies in the US.
Unlikely that Trump will go before inauguration day, except so that President Pence could pardon he and his family.
 
With Biden, international pundits mainly expect a switch in tone.
 
Polls show that many primarily voted to get Trump out, but do not see Biden as a great candidate.
 
He and the Dems are very beholden to the richest of the rich in social media. Any measures to deal with them will be squashed at home and especially in international trade discussions.
 
Wealth distribution is unlikely to alter much. The grandees in the Dems are much more conservative than the left among the voters, hence the demise of Bernie and Warren.
 
We can expect a bigger stimulus package. This will weaken the dollar, but hopefully fund a decent healthcare for all and some welfare.
At least money will be somewhat diverted to the poor instead of corporations.
 
Hopefully, because Biden is hardly compos mentis, smart advisors and the VP will have a lot of sway. She is tough on law and order.
 
Internationally, Biden is expected to continue with the US's aggressive and rapacious resource based approach.
 
This requires building fear of China and Russia, extra judicial drone murders etc.
 
That continuity keeps the military industrial complex happy.
 
Sadly, this is a tiny step forward, but hardly a great leap to a better world.