Rants and Observations

Aug. 10, 2018

Collective Consciousness is a theory, first expressed by French sociologist Emile Durkheim in 1893. His idea of 'conscience collective' was that societies were bound together by common ideas, values and morality.

Entemologists have since built on the stronger concept of Hive Mind, to explain the behaviour of bee and ant communities. They often seem to act as a single organism. Each individual is part of the whole.

Buddhists see themselves as one with the universe. It is appealing.

Globally, radically different types of collective consciousness have developed around the world. This also true within countries. Where they clash, there is serious trouble.

Perhaps that is why some resist mass immigration, seeing different and threatening forms of collective consciousness? Others believe in the possibility of integration.

Aug. 10, 2018
Jul. 1, 2018

In the UK-
Major department store chains, DIY chains and others are closing or cutting back.
Competition among deep discount grocers and general retailers is forcing competitors out of business and slashing the margins of regular and high end retailers.
Imported and UK sweat shop clothing has become so shoddy and cheap that it is a disposable item, going to landfill.
High street stores are competing with increasing numbers of charity shops.
Fast food outlets and obesity are booming.
We see many home deliveries of groceries in our neighbourhood. Visits to big grocery chains are hampered by employees picking for those ordering on line for home delivery.
Shopping malls are open longer, but often deserted.
The internet is creating a meltdown. Asset stripping, venture capitalists are miscalculating their ability to turn retailers round. Their failures are increasing.
When we return to the UK next year, yet more big names will have gone under. Shopping malls are becoming deserts. Entering yet another discounting, about to close store makes you feel like a vulture. What will happen to the displaced employees?

How will we buy or eat, if the internet fails?

Jul. 1, 2018


SOCCER and Nationalism

With time on our hands we have watched several games on UK TV.

There is schadenfreude across most of Europe over the defeat of Germany. How appropriate.

All nations enter rampant nationalistic frenzy when their teams play. Nationalists want to stop immigration, usually on racial or religious grounds. Yet, it is plain from the names and ethnicity of the richer nations that Immigrants or children of immigrants feature strongly in the teams.

The players faces look primeval when they are excited. We are so similar to waring Chimps in our angry faces.

Jun. 7, 2018

Salzburg and the Nazis- A nasty secret.

 There was an exhibition at the Salzburg library, about the library’s role during the Nazi era. It seemed to avoid blaming the host population for the massive crowds cheering the Anschluss and Hitler and the Nazi leaders during their visits. It was as though the library and its leadership were somehow the only Nazis in Salzburg.

 A little research showed that there were only a 100 Jews in Salzburg in 1933. It was already one of the most anti-Semitic places in Europe. The tradition started with the expulsions and murder of the Jews in 1492, by the Catholic Bishop prince.


There were only 600 Jews in 2017.

 After WW2 the US occupied Salzburg and the Russians were in Vienna. Part of the early cold war was that the Russians tried to popularise their great composers in Vienna and the US countered by encouraging  Von Karajan, the famous ex Nazi conductor in Salzburg.

 We were surprised how very few immigrants were in Salzburg, given the rhetoric of the Austrian government.