Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Theresa May, Justice, the Brain on Trial, Common Wealth Violence

Deliberative Justice...

Less about punishment than containment and restoration of peace/justice....

Trauma and neuro-behaviourally informed, evidence led, designed for restoration of peace, prevention of further harm.

Accountability rather than guilt.

Remorse rather than shame.

Flexible enough to confront the person with their own behaviour, and give them the responsibility for their containment, to the degree that the 'defendant' co-operates and demonstrates a change in behaviour that is lasting.

Restorative Justice.

There are many people, deeply versed in legislative systems and the science of the brain, neurology and behaviour, world wide who are exploring these dynamics, and generating trials and new practices..

The biology of behaviour, the sciences of neurology and endocrinology, child development and human geography bring an important series of observations that must impact what we call the Criminal Justice System.

There are aspects of behaviour that are beyond conscious control, in that they are biological dysfunction states within the persons body systems, including the brain.

This short video introduces the basic concepts in pretty clear language... its entertaining, heart warming and challenging.

I respectfully suggest readers view this video before proceeding with the rest of this piece..


Alan Alda and Robert Sapolsky, 

The Brain on Trial - 

Behave, the Biology of Humans at our best and our worst
essential reading!

Who Am I?

Who or what do we identify or internalise?

For me I internalise plant life, bug life, biological life, all life as much as I can, I ixternalise love, empathy, compassion ... it's so different in quality, it's hugely healthy compared to 'appreciation' of the bland offerings of the artifice civilisation likes to call 'culture'.

I feel connected to all living as one, made of many.

Compared to the intelligence and beauty of the biology, the 'achievements' of the hierarchical civilisation culture loses their lustre, they stand debunked, the dominant culture's self acclaimed notion of 'progress', it's pomp and grandeur are mere showmanship. Barnum Arts. 

Clever yuk, skilled yuk, genius  yuk, yes  all these, they worked hard at their various arts, they were superb craftsmen, and so too the weapons makers, and it was all propaganda... a lot of it still is.

I have no taste for that.

Biological life is still the mother and the muse of Humanity, of human-ness.

Compost is my future.

Nurture is my present, and my presence.

I know who I am, what I am.

Peace is more than the absence of war.

Being’ anti-war’ or being peaceful is to be mature enough to not take sides in a dysfunctional hierarchy of violence.

Now that that is cleared up, perhaps we can progress.

Let us continue this conversation, in order to be informed, enlightened and reassured.... in our desire to bring the conflict and violence to a close.

Break the cycle.

Cease the violence.

The Windrush Common Wealth Immigration Issue...

Theresa May's policy decision which has caused, and is causing real harm to real people. Avoidable in every single case. In spite of being forewarned of the problems.

The cruelty of this policy implementation, that they went ahead even though they were warned that the policy would result in avoidable harm.... something else is going on other than incompetence... and it must be regarded as an act of institutional violence.

This policy was put in place in 2014.


I have a theory.

The Establishment knew they had a EU referendum ahead and their tactic was to generate as much division as possible across different demographics.

They wanted to break the center and left into many pieces using the EU ref. which they believed would happen which ever way the vote went. They expected the vote to go to remain. 

So the strategy was to troll and harass different sectors and demographics, using regulation

By making immigration from the Caribbean and Common Wealth more difficult, that demographic felt unfairly treated, and their ire turned against the EU immigrants, directed by the media and populist politics, and they backed Brexit for that reason. By making immigration rules more difficult for all Common Wealth origin, they would have trolled a huge demographic that could have influenced the Brexit Vote.

My local UKIP Candidate in Harrow West was Asian, in his 60s, and concerned about the unfairness in immigration rules for Common Wealth vs EU immigrants. At the time that struck me as strange. A year ago I met a lovely Caribbean woman who told me she voted for Brexit because the immigration rules were so unfair. These two events in my life now fit into a larger pattern.

The Home Office was warned that their policy as set out would render many tens of thousands of long term UK taxpaying Caribbean British Citizens illegal aliens. They went ahead. That's my first  'clue'.

Now we hear the paper documents, the landing papers, of thousands and thousands of people who arrived, legally, legitimately were all destroyed in an 'office move' pretty much guaranteeing this outcome.

In 2010 or 2009, by either a Tory or New Labour Administration.


In other words they knew, in 2010 and 2014 that the original documents were destroyed, and that would lead to lack of proof of legal entry for hundreds of thousands of older generation immigrants.

The outcome tells the tale.

Now, they are caught out, because the injustice of that policy is a news story, 4 years later.

Perhaps they already had a plan that looked at this and they will now implement their chosen resolution, and make it look like they are 'responsive' to feedback (Tell the disabled that...... see how that goes down) just in time for the Council elections........

They are that machiavellan.

And that is the problem here - the machiavellan psychology of the Power system.

Harming families to pursue policy objectives.

Just look at the behaviour of The British State since 2003.

Deliberately escalating militarised violence.

What are we dealing with here?

What indeed?

Craig Murray asks a similar question.

Robert Fisk went to Duoma, and spoke to the people who were there when that video purporting to show gas attacked children.

Their testimony contradicts the narrative of a gas attack.

Robert Fisk is a 100% reliable source, unbiased, who lives in Beiruit, has done for decades, and who does not take sides, and writes critically of all the violence on all sides, consistently exposing hypocrisy wherever it emerges in what he reports on.

The 'reason' given for the 102 missile attack on Syrian State infrastructure was a blatant lie.

What kind of people, again?

Read all about it.

Kindest regards


"Do what you love, it's Your Gift to Universe"

Thank you for reading this blog. All we need to do is be really honest, responsive to the evidence we find,and ready to reassess when new evidence emerges. The rest is easy.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Enough, Already! Taking sides in inter-State violence is dysfunctional. (HIroshima edit)

around 8am, 6th August.


peace requires a basis in experience, and "Peace is more than the abscence of war."

Peace is not an abstract, nor is it relative.

Peace is the fundamental state of a loving human community, living as biologically healthy creatures, as part of the biosphere, the livingness of and on Earth, without ever being bullied, or ever becoming bullies, in any shape or form, from cradle to grave.

Peace is simple, and leads to complex diversity across a planet as varied as this. (there are no comparables, of course, it's just a turn of phrase.)


Let's have some honesty here, before it all goes silly.

The dynamic known as competing militarised powers is a human, social, societal ecological pathology. 

The institutionalisation of what amounts to lethal bullying has be to be seen for what it really is. Lethal bullying. Inappropriate behaviour. Harm causing behaviour. A social disease.

Taking sides within that dynamic, absent any formal recognition, let alone a diagnosis, of that state of pathology, merely perpetuates the dynamic.  Having diagnosed the situation, taking sides becomes redundant.

Such people - the side takers - cannot ever bring peace or resolve the situation because by taking sides they perpetuate that struggle.

"One cannot solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it."
A. Einstein.

It is a matter of logic. 

It's a priori stuff.

Taking sides in an environment of organised violence is insane.

That said, in the existing situation, that's a choice deliberately removed from millions of men world wide. they stand armed, and ready to follow orders.

It's not healthy.

Part of my approach is to address the question - what is healthy human behaviour?

To focus not on the brutality to resist it, rather to focus on the health dynamic, to quell that brutality, to ease it's insecurity, to heal the situation, long term.

Long term means delayed gratification, it means thinking of generations of diverse people yet to be born in terms of what we will leave for them to deal with. It means humility - that is the acceptance of the wonder of biological life as a philosophical realisation that is also experiential,  and this sensitivity enables access therefore to the riches of the biological habitat, the wonder that is 'aboriginal land lore'.. it means doing your bit now, and surrendering the future to the continuation of adults doing their bit.

These ancients were masters at healthy human living. They were happy people. Until conquest.

This culture is a pup of a thing, a runt.

Immature, narccisitic, self serving and prone to bullying.

Self harming.

Cease taking sides, and start confronting the truth of the situation. 

All of it, all sides, and as we examine each, pick apart the truth and the lies, based on the evidence.

The existing system of competing militarised powers is unhealthy, it is harm causing on a massive scale. It is not a welfare system, and is barely social.

The evidence is in, and it is well understood, and the adverse outcomes, the harms are clear to all.

It amounts to institutionalised bullying.

Call it out for what it is, do not be terrified of it.

Name the behaviour.

Name it. Calmly, technically, clearly, without ad hominem, evidence based. Information.

.. if only because the system of competing militarised continues to be perpetuated by lies and accepted myth.

this is about us growing up, rather than rising up, let us do!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Trump, May, Climate Change and Sex.

Good questions

1. Whether warfare and violence are a necessary condition for humankind to progress - even if we don't like the idea - is the "authoritarian tendency" an evolutionary adaptation inherited from our primate ancestors?

2. Or is it a culturally defined mode of action which we can choose to reject?

3. What evolutionary advantage can be held by societies that reject warfare if their neighbours who don't accept it wipe them out?

My answers:

1. The evidence, biological, archaeological and psychological is clear that the bulk of human existence we have lived as egalitarian societies, ranging from small bands of nomads to large concentrations in villages, towns and small 'cities', built with natural materials and no monumental structures of any kind. Our evidence is that that healthy human behaviour is pro-social, nurturant, connected, sensitive and yet robust, We also know that most behaviours are learned.

2, - the research by Textor and others such as Sorensen, Ward, Prescott, Murdock and Demeo and many others since then suggests that hierarchy is a cultural dynamic, rather than a biological mandate.(more on this below)

3. Evolutionary advantage - what are the assumptions behind the phrase, would such a phrase emerge from within an egalitarian mindset, or is it a projection of the hierarchical mindset? Does the culture seek advantage over the habitat or do they 'co-operate' with the habitat and all that lives in it.

We, as individual human bodies, are comprised of a myriad of organisms which we cannot see, and without which we would not survive.

If one looks at it carefully, one can see that seeking advantage (over nature and other humans) is the core dynamic of the bully, or the parasite, whereas working together (with nature and other humans) is the core dynamic of a healthy individual within a healthy group.

Evolution is driven by health rather than dysfunction.

Violent Hierarchy inhibits natural evolutionary processes.

The damage caused by Violent Hierarchies runs directly against healthy evolution, and it is not logical to describe a dysfunctional behaviour as evolutionary - evolved to be diseased - as the terms are mutually exclusive..
An article that explores this in more detail, with references.

Cultural Social Behavioural Variables.

As mentioned above,  anthropologists in the 1920s - 70s were very busy indeed : Robert Textor surveyed 400 cultures, George Murdock looked at 117 cultures , and these were then meta-analysed by Demeo in the 80s, looking at  a number of social-behavioural variables and measuring their incidence, with geographical mapping as an output, to see the world wide distribution of data.

There is another vast written record of first contact with many, many more pre-conquest cultures, contained in the accounts of Christian missionaries during the initial expansions into un-conquered lands...

Patri- and Matri-lineal Cultures.

DeMeo’s work supports the assertion that there is a profound correlation between the way children are related to and the behaviour of a given society. It mirrors what is known about trauma when it afflicts entire communities, not least when his patterns of trans-generational post trauma behaviours can emerge as social behavioural characteristics...

" It is highly significant that strong positive correlations, with only a small minority of exceptions (related to confounding data codings, as mentioned above), exist between infant and childhood trauma, adolescent sex-repression, male dominance, social hierarchy, destructive aggression and warfare."
That said this narrative has it's critics.. 

Demeo wrote a book on this in 1998, after many decades of research...

Most seem to wilfully misinterpret what the narrative is saying, and thus their critique is not of that, but of what they think it is.. 

It did not help that his book, produced in the late 90's, had a rather incendiary title, Saharasia, the 4000bc Origins of Child Abuse, Sex-repression, Warfare, in the Deserts of the old world.

Some people have assumed that this evidence neatly explains the 'nature' of the existing North African, Arab, Persian cultures. They fail to see the tragic irony of their own Anglo-Saxon legacy with regard to egalitarian cultures world wide.. They miss the meaning, and seek to enunciate their own values.

DeMeo stated the case, clearly. 

The institutionalisation of violent hierarchies, as a social behavioural pattern, is the issue, not the 'nature' of a given 'people'.  It is learned. It started somewhere. There is nothing natural about power hierarchies, other than as un-resolved post trauma response that has environmental and experiential dynamics.

The dynamic of violent hierarchies also emerged in South America, in areas where desertification occurred, which gave rise to the Inca and Aztec Empires.. 

It also emerged in lessor forms, locally across the globe.. 

Others then attempt to debunk DeMeo, in order to maintain public order, to undermine the previous critique, which is seen as incendiary. They want to prove that the Arab, Persian, North African, peoples are just ordinary folk, like us. They are, of course.

The see no need, there is nothing but nastiness there, and I agree with them, to impugn any group or individual people with 'scientific evidence' in that fashion, and because the second set of debunkers misunderstand the misunderstanding of the previous critique, they fire ahead, that complicates matters...  they are debunking the wrong thing.

Then there's the adherents of Monotheism in all it's glory.

They hate this book. The Abrahamic Religions in particular.

Too bad.,

Climate change and Sex!

We now understand that intense climate change occurred in the Saharasian regions around 4000 bc, which co-incides with the emergence of patriarchy as a force majeur in human culture.

Where previously a lush land existed, rainfall vanished,  deserts emerged, and living conditions became very harsh. 

Traumatisingly harsh?

We see too, in the archeo-historical record, areas of desertification in South America and China correlated with aspects of emergent patriarchy. The Inca, The Aztec, etc…

However, the Australian history is different..... 

That group of humans (nearly 1 billion live lived, in total, so hardly insignificant) went through two or three massive climate changes, which involved desertification of previously lush ecosystems, and this has happened within a period of 60,000 years of continuous human culture, and we see that in this experience, somehow patri-linealism, violent hierarchies etc did not emerge.

Instead that group remained largely co-operative, egalitarian, connected to the land base, responsive to it, and developed traditions of respect for and knowledge of food resources available, providing a hugely variable diet, and it might have been that alone that allowed them to survive and indeed thrive.  

They were more at peace with each other, than at war, is I think a fair assumption. I’d call that healthy..

There were, across Australia, at least 250 language groups, with huge genetic variations across the population, when the first Europeans arrived.... and there was no war, clans had minimal hierarchy, men and women had equal standing, children were treated with utmost respect and empathy, although there was degrees of conflict and some violence, they were adept at de-escalation and their connection to the land base and food resource base was peerlesss.

This consciousness can be called pre-conquest consciousness. Before violent expansionary hierarchies emerged...

Thus the history of our species contains the resolution of the current Climate Change issue - co-operation rather than competition enables human societies to thrive in almost any circumstance.

Violent Hierarchy - the competing powers dynamic of the dominant industrial system undermines that ability, and the issue is less a matter of evolution, or revolution - it is a matter of healing.

This is not a question of winning, rather it is a question of balance and healing, and any aspect of that dynamic - winning - will undermine the pursuit of balance and healing, which is the very definition of natural justice.

Sex-economic Theory, Trump and May

Economic power mediated through sex and gender, with men as buyers, and women as sellers.

Reich. And many others, have looked at this.g 

Fuck it, we're all looking at this every ef

The woman as property, the woman placed in a state of dependence, the religious consecration of that dynamic, the woman as breeding ground for expansion, the children as the expansion medium, the shock troops of future cultural hegemony. Children as objects..

These are all still deeply rooted in our culture, in spite of it’s self declared Christian-Secular vision of progress.

There is so much pain in sexual and gender relationships world wide..... so much harm, and that is a symptom of the dominant social power systems, as much as the wounds and flaws of individual human beings under socialised pressure. We are looking at The Vatican, Rugby, Swimming, Schooling, Care systems and seeing widespread sexual assault still being ‘managed rather than directly and robustly confronted. In the 21st Century…


A lot of people may well have moved on, as many claim, and good for them - however  it has not yet altered the fundamentals of the existing social behavioural dynamics of power, economic or otherwise.

Can we see the toxins in the water we are swimming in?

How to meet as true equals, albeit uniquely different, in a culture deeply and historically rooted in this dynamic, when all our social behavioural conditioning has been influenced sub-liminaly as much as consciously by growing up in that environmental experiential dynamic and we are taught to see each other as stereotypes, rather than precise individuals that we are, where value is unmeasured and the price is irrelevant, because it is freely given.

Isn’t this what Feminism, for both men and women alike?

No more bullying.

The pleasure in fully meeting life - that sense of connection is intimate, it is our sensory acuity heightens that intimacy, that sense of connection; insecurity and competitive-ness undermines that, and it is no place for the exercise of power over another.

That, for me at least, ranges from sexuality to cooking, from child care to elder care, it is an acute sensitivity, a natural sensitivity, a natural tool kit… a responsive modality of living.

Men, women and children - we are all are born into this acculturation, and yet we are not of it, and our liberation can only emerge as we decolonise our minds and our bodies, and allow our natural sensitivity towards optimal health to emerge.

Thus the positions taken on either side of the Men vs Feminist mainstream discourse (if one can call it that, it's more like a competition debate) cannot, by definition, resolve the issue. 

Obviously neither Donald Trump nor Teresa May are Feminists They are bullies.

Bullies cannot, by my definition, be Feminists.

Men and Women alike must understand what they have been born into, as observers and as participants, and be given the option to disengage, by their own choice.... to assert their own most genuine sense of self within a cooperative social dynamic.

As nature intended.

That is my expression of what true liberty means.

Kindest regards


"Do what you love, it's Your Gift to Universe"

Thank you for reading this blog. All we need to do is be really honest, responsive to the evidence we find,and ready to reassess when new evidence emerges. The rest is easy.