Mini Mag 98

Posted by Anthony North on March 4, 2012

Polly Ticks says … Piecing snippets of news together to discover a wider picture is the role of the commentator. It can disclose hidden agendas. So what are we to make of the suggestion of beating Somali pirates on land, coupled with the UK leading dash for oil in Somalia? Watch that space.
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Pappa Razzi says … It was obvious Murdoch would resurrect a Sunday paper to replace disgraced News of the World, and he has. But as media inquiry is told of ‘culture of illegal payments’ to officials, his son, James, is forced to resign. Live by scandal, die by scandal.
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FUTURE ZONE

SATURATE: Sci Fi geeks can be obsessive.
There are two, sat, greying, old,
saturating themselves with DVD boxsets.
They were only 18 when they began.
***
Underground they live
Air choked, land scorched – disagreed
Remnants of our Ego

ESSAY: HI-TECH – Hi-tech often seems to come from realms of science fiction. But a question: does tech need to be so advanced, or in some areas would we be better off with lower tech? Technology used to be devised to fill a need for it in society. Now tech has need for society. The balance has turned.
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Blogger Bard says:
Not all nature good
Human nature hurts nature
Soon nature hurts us
***
FROM UNDER: It comes from underground.
Intelligently slicing through earth,
reaching sun, branching out. Nukes had
caused mutation, nature thriving. And
the trees entwined man.
***
A Nightmare:
Accelerate growth
Efficiency means no waste
And what use, childhood?

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80 Comments

  1. CC Champagne said on March 4, 2012

    Heard a piece on radio the other day about a visit to ‘the Zone’ (the 30 km buffer zone around Tjernobyl) and how slowly nature works to take over the deserted area… This made me think of that – and please take that as a compliment! I love it when poetry makes me think! *smile*

  2. Anthony North said on March 4, 2012

    Hi CC Champagne, thanks for that, and welcome here.

  3. Harshad said on March 4, 2012

    I love lines about human nature. It is put so simply yet tells a lot about human race.

  4. Anthony North said on March 4, 2012

    Hi Harshad, many thanks for the kind words.

  5. Pat said on March 4, 2012

    I had a relative like those scifi geeks you wrote about. After he died, his sister had to clean out hundreds and hundreds of scifi movies…and also lots of boxes from take-out pizzas.

    It is indeed curious, as CCC pointed out, that vegetation is thriving around and in Chernobyl! I wonder if it is full of toxins. I saw a documentary about Chernobyl and that families of wolves and other wild animals seem to be thriving there, too. Fascinating.

  6. Polly (aka 5th Sister) said on March 4, 2012

    Now why did you have to bring Mr. Sister into this!

  7. Jim said on March 4, 2012

    Those old Sci Fi geeks been there a long time, huh, Anthony?
    ..

  8. Jim said on March 4, 2012

    Man finally destroys himself through the underground!
    ..

  9. LadyInRead said on March 5, 2012

    loved your take on SY.. 🙂 was fun

  10. Anthony North said on March 5, 2012

    Hi Pat, yes, it seems that following major interruptions to nature, it does tend to thrive. If I remember, it also happens to regions devastated by volcanoes.

    Hi Polly, I’ll try to desist 😉

  11. Anthony North said on March 5, 2012

    Hi Jim, yes – especially the undergrounds ones 😉

    Hi LadyInRead, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  12. Mama Zen said on March 5, 2012

    The Hi-Tech essay raises a really good point!

  13. Lisa Ricard Claro said on March 5, 2012

    Sci-fi fans are a creative and interesting bunch. I bet their cache of DVDs holds some little-known gems. 🙂

  14. Anthony North said on March 5, 2012

    Hi Mama Zen, thanks for that. much appreciated.

    Hi Lisa, it will indeed 😉

  15. Grandma's Goulash said on March 5, 2012

    I can relate to the Sci Fi geeks. It’s really easy to become immersed in those stories. Or so I’m told. 😀

  16. Kay Davies said on March 5, 2012

    LOL, Anthony. Funny microfiction.
    K

  17. Anthony North said on March 6, 2012

    Hi Grandma, it is indeed … I’m told 😉

    Hi Kay, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  18. Mariya Koleva said on March 6, 2012

    “Human nature hurts nature”
    They are all very clever pieces. I enjoyed your writing, as always.

  19. Anthony North said on March 6, 2012

    Hi Mariya, many thanks for those kind words.

  20. Rajesh said on March 6, 2012

    Really good question on hi-teach, a reality check.

  21. Carver said on March 6, 2012

    Good post. Sometimes it seems like much of what we have is simply to feed the economy. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

  22. EG Wow, Canada said on March 6, 2012

    Blogger Bard is a very wise human. I think nature is already hurting us and we are making it worse instead of better.

  23. Anthony North said on March 6, 2012

    Hi Rajesh, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Carver, many thanks. Yes, it seems that way.

    Hi EG Wow, I think that’s right.

  24. Roger Green said on March 6, 2012

    Re: technology – some days you eat the bear, some days, the bear eats YOU!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  25. chubskulit said on March 6, 2012

    Blogger bard is right!

    House on the Prairie
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  26. Anthony North said on March 6, 2012

    Hi Roger, very true.

    Hi Chubskulit, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  27. zongrik said on March 6, 2012

    From under is really scary

    henderson hill

  28. Anthony North said on March 7, 2012

    Hi Zongrik, yes, it would be quite a nightmare.

  29. sandra said on March 7, 2012

    interesting thoughts..!!

  30. carol said on March 7, 2012

    Very contemplative haiku ~ seems many have similar feelings ~ thanks ~~ namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor) linked w/HSW

  31. tara tyler said on March 7, 2012

    we poets seem to be on the same page
    worried about future of nature!

  32. Anthony North said on March 7, 2012

    Hi Sandra, thanks for that.

    Hi Carol, many thanks. yes, many people think the same way about nature. Except those in charge, it seems.

    Hi Tara, we are indeed. I think deep thinking eventually moves in that direction.

  33. Karen said on March 7, 2012

    A good read Blogger Bard! Nature can heal but also destroy!

  34. Anthony North said on March 7, 2012

    Hi Karen, thanks for that. It certainly can.

  35. Akelamalu said on March 7, 2012

    Love your SY this week – it really can take a LONG time to catch up on favourite programmes. 🙂

  36. Akelamalu said on March 7, 2012

    Nothing can stop nature not even a holocaust! Great 55 Anthony, as always.

  37. G-Man said on March 7, 2012

    Guru Tony…
    Ahhhh…Human Nature.
    Talk about a split personality!

  38. Anthony North said on March 7, 2012

    Hi Akelamalu, thanks for that. Yes, those box sets go on and on and on … 🙂

    Hi G-Man, yes, we both do, often 😉

  39. Magical Mystical Teacher said on March 7, 2012

    Your rumination on nature rings with truth!

    Blossom by Blossom

  40. Sandy Carlson (USA) said on March 7, 2012

    I think the Murdochs are about as amoral as they come, living, as they do, off the idea that there is no bad publicity.

  41. Anthony North said on March 8, 2012

    Hi Magical Mystical Teacher, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Sandy, so very true.

  42. zongrik said on March 8, 2012

    i like the old greying geeks

    senryu of constructed new-natures

  43. Talon said on March 8, 2012

    lol, Anthony – I howled reading “Saturate”. And Blogger Bard is very very wise. Nature is definitely fed up in more ways than one.

  44. Anthony North said on March 9, 2012

    Hi Zongrik, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Talon, many thanks for the kind words.

  45. Hazel said on March 9, 2012

    Can we speed up childhood? Wondering….

  46. Anthony North said on March 9, 2012

    Hi Hazel, oh yes, I think so – though I wouldn’t like to see it. In many way it was a Victorian invention for the middleclass. They needed educated adults so that meant staying a ‘child’ longer. Before that, they were doing adult work by ten, and often married by twelve.

  47. Ramesh Sood said on March 9, 2012

    Nature hurts us , yes, if we hurt it..this is so very true..

  48. Libby said on March 9, 2012

    You put it into poetry — how humans are a part of nature, but also separate and somehow in opposition to it.

  49. Chevrefeuille said on March 9, 2012

    I loved reading your mini-mag Anthony especially for the haiku you write. The one on nature is so great. It’s a matter of time I think … than nature will become our enemy.

  50. Marit said on March 9, 2012

    I loved reading your mini mag again Anthony. Have a nice weekend!

  51. Yvonne Osborne said on March 9, 2012

    I hope Murdoch dies a slow death. Naw, that’s mean. But he seems like such an evil man. It takes time but nature takes over if left alone.

  52. carol said on March 9, 2012

    Great haiku as usual ~ like the ‘remnants of the ego’ ~ so true in many cases ~ enjoy the weekend ~thanks, namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor) linked w/HMH

  53. Heaven said on March 9, 2012

    Very nice ~

    I really sci fi geeks and that nature soon hurting us. We get what we deserve with nature.

    Have a good weekend ~

  54. G-Man said on March 9, 2012

    Tony…
    Your Sci-Fi bits always ROCK!
    Week after Week your glimpses into the future always gets me to think.
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  55. Anthony North said on March 9, 2012

    Hi Ramesh, yes, we play a dangerous game with nature.

    Hi Chevrefeuille, and i think it will creep upon us slowly, without us even realising.

    Hi Marit, many thanks for the kind words.

  56. Anthony North said on March 9, 2012

    Hi Yvonne, as I see it, Big Biz people think only of Big Biz. We don’t count – except as suckers.

    Hi Carol, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Heaven, yes, we do indeed.

    Hi G-Man, many thanks. Glad you like my thoughts.

  57. Anthony North said on March 9, 2012

    Hi Libby, yes, it’s a strange relationship. I think it’s because we think we are not part of nature.

  58. Stephanie said on March 9, 2012

    I vote for lower tech…for my television, so I could watch a movie without a high tech degree…

  59. Anthony North said on March 9, 2012

    Hi Stephanie, yes, I agree totally.

  60. Lea said on March 9, 2012

    There is a part of me that loves the high tech… and a part of me that loves to dig in the earth, plain and simple. I live to balance them… oh what we might discover to walk with them both… thank you Anthony, I so look forward to coming to visit you.

  61. Anthony North said on March 9, 2012

    Hi Lea, many thanks for that. Yes, that balance sounds about right.

  62. brian said on March 9, 2012

    nature will have its way…ha…love the sci fi

  63. Daydreamertoo said on March 9, 2012

    We will high tech ourselves out of existence as soon as our technology is able to ‘out think’ us and decides we are obsolete and of no use to it. Sci fi some how usually has a way of becoming science fact sooner or later. As for the chase for oil, we will all be fighting wars for drinking water soon and oil will be the least of our troubles.

  64. Anthony North said on March 9, 2012

    Hi Brian, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Daydreamertoo, you could be right about tech – and water wars.

  65. Suzy said on March 9, 2012

    Blogger Bard is a wise and clever person. Good job on the prompt.

  66. Anthony North said on March 10, 2012

    Hi Suzy, many thanks for that.

  67. carol said on March 10, 2012

    good question haiku about childhood ~ many ways to interpret ~ sign of a good haiku ~ namaste ^_^

  68. Anthony North said on March 10, 2012

    Hi Carol, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  69. Helen Campbell said on March 10, 2012

    Your nature haiku is right on! 🙂

  70. Susie Clevenger said on March 10, 2012

    Love the Sci Fi geeks…it seems everyone can find something to obsess on. My current one is Pinterst. It doesn’t take a lot of thought. Nice break from having too many thoughts. 🙂

  71. Anthony North said on March 10, 2012

    Hi Helen, thanks for that. Glad you liked it.

    Hi Susie, many thanks. Yes, too many thoughts can be bad for you 😉

  72. Geraldine said on March 10, 2012

    your nature haiku is spot on…we are going to pay! already are. good one Tony.

  73. becca givens said on March 10, 2012

    Thought provoking from the beginning to the end … thank you for that!! 🙂

  74. Anthony North said on March 10, 2012

    Hi Geraldine, thanks for that, and you’re right.

    Hi Becca, many thanks for the kind words.

  75. kaykuala said on March 10, 2012

    1.Murdoch has to do it. There’s so much at stake.
    2.Childhood,a necessary respite unfortunately. Everyone must go through, that’s it!

    Hank

  76. Anthony North said on March 11, 2012

    Hi Hank, correct on both counts.

  77. Jenn @ You know...that Blog? said on March 11, 2012

    Sobering haiku – you’re quite right. Unfortunately…

  78. Anthony North said on March 11, 2012

    Hi Jenn, yes, sobering indeed.

  79. MyWordsWhisper said on March 13, 2012

    There is great intelligence behind Blogger Bard’s words on nature!

  80. Anthony North said on March 14, 2012

    Hi MyWordsWhisper, many thanks for those kind words.

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