Documenting from Scotland the rise of the One World King; the "masonic" Sun God.

Monday 30 April 2007

Rats and Television - Part 1

Rats. The very name sends shivers down the spine. Well, mine anyway. I have always had a fascination about these creatures although I am not keen on them and had some pretty vivd nightmares back in my Youth Training Scheme Days, one in particular where I awoke screaming and shouting, wrongly believing there to be a posse of the rodents on my chest attempting to devour me. It is still as vivid in my mind as the look on my three fellow trainees faces; we shared a cramped, freezing room for which the landlord received an astronomical amount of money direct from the Goverment.

Anyway, I digress. Over the last few months a story has been brewing up in the media cauldron of TV news. It began with the attempt by local councils to change refuse collection to a fortnightly basis rather than the current weekly. A couple of months ago the features were on the new proposals and the fear that this would cause health problems, attract rats etc. Last week on the BBC, a gentleman from an area in which the new weekly collection had already started was interviewed and asked if he had noticed any problems. His response "Yes, there are more rats than there used to be".

Now, there are couple of points I need to make here. The first is that rats make people exaggerate. No one ever sees a small rat they are always "as big as a cat". Also, if there is more than two rats, this quickly becomes a pack. Leading on from this, it should be noted that rats live in highly organised communties of which all members can be traced back to the original pair of rats who founded their society. They are all related and no other visting rat will be tolerated, it will slaughtered on sight. There are circumstances in which an entire community will move, en masse. A cat weighs about 7lb, a big rat 1lb.

We know from history that rats were blamed for huge decreases in population due to disease which they were suspected of carrying so we have a right to be suspicious of them. What concerns me is why the media are focusing on this. Are they just scaring us or may the poor rat be used to spread a disease through the human population, decimating it and encouraging the survivors to be ultra green and clean. Most weeks I will see a rabbit with myxomatosis a viral disease which is carried by fleas and slowly kills them, their eyes swell up and they go blind. It is disgusting to see it, the rabbit was introduced by humans to the UK and then the disease was introduced, again by humans when they became a pest. Could a strange disease even be used as a new Bird Flu type scare.

I mentioned that rats were known to move en masse in certain circumstances. This would include buildings being demolished etc. Vibration. Now last weekend there was an earthquake (to give it it's full name). Could we see a large movement of rats, en masse, due to this. Are the media simply exploiting an already present deep rooted fear with us and why do they really want us all to be scared, all of the time. Is there constant unconscious reinforcement through celebrity ?

If for example, I watch say Ant and Dec on their celebrity jungle programme and see one of the contestants having to lie, buried in a box with live rats running all over me then surely this preys upon my already present fear in my unconcious. So, next time I see Ant and Dec or the celebrity contestant then surely this will re open my rat fear. But if I see them a few times my conscious mind will have forgotten the rat aspect but surely it will still trigger the unconcious fear, ie without me knowing. Is this not what Derren Brown is doing every week ? Is he not telling us something ?

In part 2, I will let you know about the rat community. I need to check some books, I am sure that there is a name for the en masse movement of rats but I cant recall it. Anyway, tomorrow will be the first of my news analysis.

Sunday 29 April 2007

Ben Fairhall - Battling the Behemoth: Series of Dreams

Ben Fairhall - Battling the Behemoth: Series of Dreams


"To our human mind, personal friendship represents one of the most cherished values and any social organisation not built upon its basis inspires us with a chilling sense of the inhuman. However, even the simple and innocuous mechanisms of anonymous flocking can turn into something not only inhuman but truly terrible. In human society these mechanisms remain more or less hidden, being superseded by non-anonymous well-organised relationships between individuals, but there is contingency in which they erupt with the uncontrolable power of a volcano and gain complete mastery over man, causing behaviour that can no longer be called human. This horrible recrudescence of the ancient mechanisms of flocking behaviour occurs in mass panic. I was once an unwilling witness of the sudden emergence and rapidly snowballing effect of this process of dehumanization, and if I was not drawn into its vortex it was only because, thanks to my knowledge of flocking behaviour, I had seen the approaching danger sooner than the others and had time to guard against my own reactions. To me there is small pride in the memory ; on the contrary, no one can put much trust in his own self mastery who has ever seen men more courageous than himself, men fundamentally disciplined and self controlled, rushing blindly along, closely huddled, all in the same direction, with eyes protruding, chests heaving, and trampling underfoot everything that comes in their way, exactly like stampeding ungulates, and no more accessible to reason than them. Konrad Lorenz, On Aggression. 1963.

Are we not already in a state of panic and is this not being reinforced and increased on a daily basis by the media. Could it be that this is deliberate, planned and managed. Can looking at animals behaviour help us to understand why the media portray certain events and individuals in a certain manner and at a certain time.

What I intend to do is write a short review of the BBC and ITV news every morning, detailing the previous nights stories and the possible reasons behind them. Where I can I will try to write more in depth features about the way our world appears to be influenced. Are there links behind stories and are they warming us up for future developments, softening us to certain ideals and in the process, dehumanising us collectively or, at least, paving the way. Is someone behind the media ?

There is a theory called syncro-mysticism which I discovered from an excellent blog, Battling the Behemoth. A link is provided. Basically, it analyses celebrity and media behaviour with their metaphoric symbolism within our world. Does the cult of celebrity have more influence on our collective behaviour than we give credit for.

I dont watch very much TV but on occasion watch other programmes. Last night was an example. Thinking the BBC news to begin at 10 I turned on the TV. Instead of the news though, I was treated to the last fifteen minutes of Any Dream will Do. For those who dont know, this a programme in which Andrew Lloyd Webber is choosing a new Joseph from Joe Public. Last night there were about eight Josephs left and one is removed every week through a panel of judges and a Joe Public phone in.

As the programme climaxed, we were treated to each of the would-be biblical Joseph's delivering a small solo performance to Sir ALW and a blonde lady whilst dressed only in a loin cloth. The unexpected twist for the contestants was that their mothers would also be there, unbeknowing to them. Most of the contestants fell to pieces and forgot their lines. Backstage, they were crying and weeping at their perceived exit from the show, it was almost unbearable.
ALW commented that they were a disgrace, the young men being no match for the young ladies on his previous show - How do you solve a problem like Maria. One mother appeared disgusted as she advised "Sir Andrew was right, he had not even bothered to learn his lines

Then, all the Josephs did a routine together, then stood in a triangular grouping for the vote. As each Joseph was saved, he ran from the group to the winners enclosure whilst the camera switched to the relevant mother, each glowing with pride. As each Joseph reached the winners enclosure, they wept and embraced with joy and happiness. Eventually, we were left with two Josephs. One was called Ben. Both had to do a small solo of "He aint heavy he's my brother" . Ben won.

As he raced to the winners, the camera flashed to his mother. She was on her feet cheering and whooping, the lady directly beside her was crying and devastated, obviously the losers mother. The loser was then asked what went wrong and said he felt there must have a conspiracy theory. He then went back to the stage and all the other Josephs danced round him, singing "What are you going to do now Joseph?" He then did a solo and the programme finished.

So, this is a programme in which young men compete to star in a Biblical show. Does ALW's comment about the young ladies on his previous show say something. Is he suggesting we should expect the young men to do better than the ladies. Does the fact they did not somehow influence our unconcious collective thinking. What would Frueud say about the mothers presence and each sons subsequent performance. Could this element alone ensure that a certain type of person wins? Are the young men perhaps overdoing the tears and hugs. Why were these particular two mothers sat directly beside each other, is that coincidence? Does Ben have something to do with conspiracy theories? Does this whole show somehow drag down the moral behind the Biblical story. Why do all the Josephs mock the loser in song. Will the final Joseph be an almost feminine character?

There something big happening with rats. Thats top of the agenda.