Unworthy Politics

Posted by Anthony North on May 19, 2013

Polly Ticks says … Cabinet ministers speak out for UK leaving EU. Lib Dem to the left of them, right wing to the right. Into the valley of death rode Cameron.
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Guru Tony says … CO2 in atmosphere hits record high in human history – 400 parts per million. Don’t worry; real effect will only nobble your great grandkids.
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Prof Isaac Galistein says … Study suggests Victorians were cleverer than us. Of course they were! Massive advances were made. We just play with variations on a theme.
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THE CRIME POST
My Writing Tips

Those who seek power
The most unworthy of it
Power becomes crime
***
NIGHT COP: The cop watched the suspect
break in. Waiting for him to exit the
house, he attacked from the rear – took
the spoils – his own pension pot.
***
Good intentions strike
But look for motive behind
Pact with the devil

SHADOW: ‘Don’t walk on me,’ he said.
He was the dark shadow of society; the
criminal in all our heads – fear the
shadow, or society fears you.

MICROPEDIE IN 55 WORDS
Sacrifice – in early societies, pact between man & nature. As society advanced, religion refocused on society, nature being sacrificed.
Saint – icon to whom we should aspire. Basically, an image without substance. Latest cultural expression? Cult of the pointless celebrity.
Salem – modern blueprint for witchhunt, where rumour leads to persecution & all end up looking stupid – except the dead.


Blogger Bard says:

FLOW: Cash flow problems? None at all!
His liquidity was sound; money washed
thru his fence often. It could be dirty,
but was soon laundered.
***
GADABOUT: Seeking pleasure could be
expensive so the cat burglar learnt his
trade well. Breaking in, he always knew
where the expensive cats were.
***
LIGHT HOUSE: The security lights lit
up the house, protecting it from crime.
Yet they were immediately imprisoned
as they stole the dark.

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86 Comments

  1. Green Speck said on May 19, 2013

    Power can be dangerous, as you so rightly mentioned !!!

  2. Suzy said on May 19, 2013

    Guru Tony is most reassuring and Blogger Bard has a good sense of humour. But the night cop is another story altogether. Nicely written.

  3. Anthony North said on May 19, 2013

    Hi Green Speck, it can indeed.

    Hi Suzy, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  4. Brother Ollie said on May 19, 2013

    A few of our Canadian politicians should heed some to the wisdom from this piece.

  5. Ramesh Sood said on May 19, 2013

    I loved the way you used the word flow for cash…ha, ha….dirty cash gets laundred..Thanks Anthony for the ususal delight..

    http://rameshsood.blogspot.in/2013/05/dry-leaf-cracks.html

    RS

  6. brian miller said on May 19, 2013

    isnt it interesting that those that seek power are often the ones who should not have it…and then the great ones are often the ones that it was thrust upon…

  7. kaykuala said on May 19, 2013

    GADABOUT: The cat burglar looks to be well attuned to eye valuable cats. Must have such pets before he became a burglar. Nicely Anthony!

    Hank

  8. Mary said on May 19, 2013

    I have definitely seen what you wrote about ‘good intentions’ ring true a time or two. Sometimes they are pure and sometimes there IS something behind them. I loved the one about money laundering. I wonder if it counts if I leave a few dollars in my jeans pocket when I wash clothes. LOL. A nice series again, Anthony.

  9. laura Hegfield said on May 19, 2013

    so much sad truth here.

  10. Anthony North said on May 19, 2013

    Hi Brother Ollie, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Ramesh, many thanks. glad you liked it.

    Hi Hank, you could be right ;-)

    Hi Mary, thank you. Very kind.

    Hi Laura, that’s the problem. So often truth is sad.

  11. Geraldine said on May 19, 2013

    Always a treat to stop by here Tony.

    Loved your take on the lighthouse prompt, so original.

    Hope you have a wonderful week. How’s the weather over there? I don’t know too much about the UK climate for summer. More rain?

  12. laurie kolp said on May 19, 2013

    Great take on The Mag lighthouse picture!

  13. mindlovemisery said on May 19, 2013

    Fantastic I did not know that about Victorians but I suspect you are on to something. Love the whole crime post section and the cash flow thing so clever! Excellent work =)

  14. Helen said on May 19, 2013

    Boggles the mind that there are people who believe global warming is a ‘hoax.’ Variations on a theme ~~ everything! Love the security lights you saw in the Wyeth painting.

  15. Robyn said on May 19, 2013

    Perhaps the security lights will cross paths with the cash flow behind bars?

  16. dsnake1 said on May 19, 2013

    oh yes, enjoyed the read!
    what you said about Salem is so true. :(

  17. Kathe W. said on May 19, 2013

    great take on the lighthouse! Have a splendid week!

  18. Sherry Blue Sky said on May 19, 2013

    Happy Sunday, Anthony. You always give us lots to think about. I love your keen perspective.

  19. Anthony North said on May 19, 2013

    Hi Geraldine, many thanks. The weather’s improving now, but it’s been a bad Spring.

    Hi Laurie, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi mindlovemisery, thank you. Very kind.

    Hi Helen, yes, even if only as a precautionary principle AGW should still be taken seriously.

  20. Anthony North said on May 19, 2013

    Hi Robyn, it could well do. Maybe a sequel :-)

    Hi dsnake1, yes, those witchhunts happen so easily.

    Hi Kathe, many thanks. Glad you liked it.

    Hi Sherry Blue Sky, many thanks for that.

  21. Grandma`s Goulash said on May 19, 2013

    He has to steal cats? They must be expensive. Cats just arrive at my door, look pathetic and wait for me to take them in. :D Good tale – enjoyed your redefinition of cat burglar.

  22. WabiSabi said on May 19, 2013

    So I don’t have to worry only my grandkids do!! Powerful writing, Anthony!Twirling

  23. Pat said on May 19, 2013

    We must watch out for those stealthy and shrewd cat burglars/vandals. I think one of them cut down a 5-meter tall tree on our property and left it lying there when we weren’t home. We couldn’t figure that one out. Who would cut down a tree on someone else’s property and leave it there? Creepy.

  24. Jim said on May 19, 2013

    :) Money laundering at its best, Anthony.
    ..

  25. Jim said on May 19, 2013

    :) Good, Anthony, on the expensive-taste gadabout cat burglar. I always wondered how they targeted their prey.

    I downloaded your mini short story bock, I, Crime Writer. Thank you. The table of contents look goog.
    ..

  26. Anthony North said on May 19, 2013

    Hi Grandma, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Wabi Sabi, many thanks. Yes, best to try to save the grandkids the trouble, me thinks, and sort it ourselves.

    Hi Pat, now that’s a strange one.

    Hi Jim, thank you. hope you enjoy the book.

  27. GILLENA COX said on May 20, 2013

    your mini mag is always entertaining; i had to drop by to read your response to the ‘flow’ prompt, not disappointed at all

    much love…

  28. Anthony North said on May 20, 2013

    Hi Gillena, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  29. ninotaziz said on May 20, 2013

    Study suggests Victorians were cleverer than us. Of course they were! Massive advances were made. We just play with variations on a theme…

    I am done worrying for mankind, Anthony. I will try my best to bring up worthy children. and leave a bit of legacy in the form of stories…in that we share a common passion?

  30. Anthony North said on May 20, 2013

    Hi Ninotaziz, we do indeed. Thanks for that.

  31. Judy Sheldon-Walker said on May 20, 2013

    Gadabout, your busy little cat burglar is quite clever.

  32. Anthony North said on May 20, 2013

    Hi Judy, many thanks. Glad you liked it.

  33. David King said on May 21, 2013

    But the charge into the Valley of Death was a cock-up from the beginning!

  34. Anthony North said on May 21, 2013

    Hi David, indeed.

  35. Reader Wil said on May 21, 2013

    History is fascinating, it’s a pity that those people who make it and are the most important , are often power -mad persons. Only Gandhi and the Dalai Lama and men like them are exceptions.

  36. Leslie said on May 21, 2013

    “Study suggests Victorians were cleverer than us. Of course they were! Massive advances were made. We just play with variations on a theme…”

    I think those times would have been extremely exciting and I would have been able to keep up with the advances. Nowadays technology is advancing so fast it’s left me behind.

    Leslie
    abcw team

  37. Anthony North said on May 21, 2013

    Hi Reader Wil, very true, and a great shame.

    Hi Leslie, yes, you and me both.

  38. Carver said on May 21, 2013

    I loved the bit about how we play with variations on the theme. Then again that’s jazz and I like jazz. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

  39. Roger Green said on May 21, 2013

    You’re right about nature being sacrificed. And your definition of Salem is dead on – pardon the pun.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  40. Anthony North said on May 21, 2013

    Hi Carver, yes, I like jazz myself, too.

    Hi Roger, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  41. brian miller said on May 21, 2013

    oh dirty cop…letting the crook do all the work and sweeping in to suplement his pension…or i guess you could say smart…ha…

  42. L said on May 21, 2013

    Such an active mind and so amusing….

    chin, chin!

  43. Anthony North said on May 21, 2013

    Hi Brian, well, pension pots are coming down ;-)

    Hi L, many thanks for that.

  44. Claudia said on May 21, 2013

    ha on the co2 part… wondering sometimes what kind of earth we’re leaving for our kids

  45. Anthony North said on May 21, 2013

    Hi Claudia, yes, it’s our shame.

  46. Audrey Howitt said on May 21, 2013

    This struck me today–

    Sacrifice – in early societies, pact between man & nature. As society advanced, religion refocused on society, nature being sacrificed.

  47. Heaven said on May 21, 2013

    I specially like that crime post and the night cop~ A good post as always ~

  48. ayala said on May 21, 2013

    A lot of sad truth..nice post !

  49. siggiofmaine said on May 21, 2013

    I always enjoy my visits here…
    and realize it has been awhile…
    am happy I am here tonight and I think,
    to chose the fav of the night is
    difficult…
    here is where I keep returning to:

    My Writing Tips

    Those who seek power
    The most unworthy of it
    Power becomes crime
    ***
    NIGHT COP: The cop watched the suspect
    break in. Waiting for him to exit the
    house, he attacked from the rear – took
    the spoils – his own pension pot.
    ***
    Good intentions strike
    But look for motive behind
    Pact with the devil

    Thanks for the enjoyable read
    Peace
    Siggi

  50. Pamelasayers said on May 21, 2013

    Anthony, the crime post did make me laugh, thanks. The Salem piece made me want to cry with its truth. As always it is enjoyable to visit here.

    Pamela

  51. Anthony North said on May 21, 2013

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

    Hi Heaven, many thanks. Much appreciated.

    Hi Ayala, thank you. Yes, so much is going wrong nowadays.

    Hi Siggi, many thanks for that.

    Hi Pamela, thank you. very kind.

  52. Kelvin S.M. said on May 22, 2013

    ..ah, great humour on that lighthouse theme at the Mag… and power does produce crime when the one who holds it know nothing of it… enjoyed it! smiles…

  53. Anthony North said on May 22, 2013

    Hi Kelvin, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  54. David King said on May 22, 2013

    Re Sacrifice: Obvious when put like that, but it hadn’t occurred to me until then.

  55. Anthony North said on May 22, 2013

    Hi David, thanks for that. As I see it, culture conditions us to miss so many simple possibilities.

  56. ninotaziz said on May 22, 2013

    I came back, Anthony. Today’s headline…what is happening, and how do we read it?

    I wonder what will happen to the world, if the news just stopped for ONE day?

  57. Anthony North said on May 23, 2013

    Hi Ninotaziz, I take it you’re talking about the murdered British soldier. I’m ex-forces and have family in the forces, so i am always on the soldier’s side. This said, the UK has been here before – the IRA used to target off-duty soldiers in Britain. We’re used to it.
    As for the present, it’s too early to tell exactly what’s going on. If the killers turn out to be Nigerian, it forms a pattern. Europe is developing oil concerns in north west Africa. There’s been Islamic fundamentalism in the area for decades, but now it’s a hindrance to Big Biz aspirations. Repercussion will be in the news often from now on.

  58. CountryDew said on May 23, 2013

    Sacrifice comes in many colors but our loss of connection with Gaia is one of the worst things we have done in the name of humanity.

  59. Anthony North said on May 23, 2013

    Hi Country Dew, so very true.

  60. Hazel said on May 23, 2013

    Agree with Prof Isaac Galistein. They were the original originators.

  61. Alice Audrey said on May 23, 2013

    Even as our CO2 levels go up, the forests that could do so much to reverse the trend are busy burning down. It’s a vicious cycle.

  62. Anthony North said on May 23, 2013

    Hi Hazel, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Alice, it is indeed.

  63. Sharon Rose said on May 23, 2013

    Well you are definitely still on top
    of the world news as it occurs. Well
    done with truth and all. I could stop
    reading the papers here. Thanks for
    your zeal with it. (The affairs of the world, that is.)So well written. The pleasure was all mine.

  64. Anthony North said on May 23, 2013

    Hi Sharon, many thanks for those kind words.

  65. Adelle Laudan said on May 23, 2013

    ‘an image without substance’ I love this! As always your post is thought provoking.
    Happy T13!

  66. ninotaziz said on May 23, 2013

    Dear dear Anthony,
    Yes, I was asking about the British soldier murder. I feel sad for the families. It is at the family level that all the political wars and crusades end. Mothers, and I am sure fathers, will keep asking the most important question of all that still goes unanswered, “Why?”

    Take care.

  67. Anthony North said on May 23, 2013

    Hi Adelle, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Ninotaziz, many thanks. ‘Why’ is easy to answer. It all boils down to economy and politics, and the power urges they allow. The real question is ‘how’ to fundamentally change that fact.

  68. LadyInRead said on May 24, 2013

    could not figure out how to fit gadabout and the cat last week..
    loved reading all today.. and i keep thinking about how much more our grandkids will need to worry if we don’t today..

  69. Anthony North said on May 24, 2013

    Hi LadyInRead, thanks for that. The grandkids could be fighting a battle for survival if we let them down now.

  70. brian miller said on May 24, 2013

    interesting twist in how religeon changed as did our focus, and nature def paid the price…though gets a passing mention to make us feel better…maybe a save the planet tshirt…smiles

  71. Cathy said on May 24, 2013

    Those who seek power
    The most unworthy of it
    Power becomes crime

    This seems true more often than not! I don’t like it when cynicism becomes a truism. Have a wonderful weekend!

  72. Marit said on May 24, 2013

    I always enjoy coming over for a “weekly-read” – thanks Anthony and have a great weekend!

  73. Talon said on May 24, 2013

    As soon as we thought we knew more than Mother Earth, we were in serious trouble.

    As always, Anthony, a pleasure to read your thoughts.

  74. magicalmysticalteacher said on May 24, 2013

    “Power becomes crime”

    Ouch! But too often true!

    Haiku My Star

  75. Alice Audrey said on May 24, 2013

    It’s quite the trick keeping tabs of designer cats. They tend to move around.

  76. Akelamalu said on May 24, 2013

    Love your 55 word micropedies!

  77. Anthony North said on May 24, 2013

    Hi Brian, we certainly need something to get the message through.

    Hi Cathy, sadly it is so often the case, indeed.

    Hi Marit, thanks for that. You too.

  78. Anthony North said on May 24, 2013

    Hi Talon, many thanks. And sadly true.

    Hi Magical Mystical Teacher, indeed.

    Hi Alice, they certainly do.

    Hi Akelamalu, many thanks for that.

  79. G-Man said on May 24, 2013

    Tony, Loved your ‘Mini-Definitions’ of Sacrifice, saint, and Salem.
    Perfect as usual.
    Loved all your prompt entries
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  80. Karen said on May 24, 2013

    Power often requires a pact with the devil!

  81. Anthony North said on May 24, 2013

    Hi G-Man, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Karen, it does indeed.

  82. hedgewitch said on May 24, 2013

    You nailed it with the definition of Sacrifice(and Saint.) Also liked the lilt of the lines under the Light House.

  83. Anthony North said on May 24, 2013

    Hi Hedgewitch, many thanks for those kind words.

  84. Nessa said on May 24, 2013

    I saw a show the other day about what life will be like in 2050. I’ll be 92 and dead, thank goodness.

    Salem = Facebook

  85. redondowriter said on May 24, 2013

    Ah hah, I found that haiku tucked into the crime report. Oh, how true!

  86. Anthony North said on May 24, 2013

    Hi Nessa, well, I’ll be 95 and hopefully still around.

    Hi Redondowriter, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

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