Green Futures

Posted by Anthony North on June 8, 2013

Polly Ticks says … MPs tell Brits to eat less meat as it is unsustainable. Maybe good advice, but as usual, no politician thinks about the farmers.
My Politics page

Dr Illya Ness says … UK academic says there’ll be 3.4 million kids in poverty by end of decade costing 3% of GDP. But the govt’s ideology marches on regardless.
My Economics page

Guru Tony says … As UK govt reduces local rights to object to building projects, locals will have more power to stop wind farms. Green takes a knock again.
My Environment page

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FUTURE ZONE
My Writing Tips

The universe sings
As matter waltzes and jives
The dance of the stars
***
BLAST-OFF: The stardrive had become
so powerful there was no return. Blast
off incinerated all behind it. Thus,
the last starship left planet Earth.
***
Man ruled by Ego
Certainty of rightness rules
Evolution’s drive

ROBO-BOSS: The trouble began when
androids were allowed to be Big Biz CEOs.
Society became a machine, people simply
cogs. Yes, in the 1980s it began.

MICROPEDIE IN 55 WORDS
Vagrancy – homelessness. A state increasing now as more mortage serfs realise home ownership is a con.
Value – worth, usually related in economic terms. The day we realise value comes from what benefit something has, we’ll know real worth.
Vandal – someone who destroys. Named after an invader. All invaders are vandals, especially latest Big Biz destruction of others’ meanings.


Blogger Bard says:

DASH: I know this is balder- Anyway,
must – or my hopes of writing properly
will be -ed … Going for punctuation
lessons you see so must -
***
HUB: At the hub of the universe the
flower wore sunglasses. Which made no
sense. Flowers had no eyes. Picasso,
the gatekeeper, said: ‘Exactly.’
***
GONE: He was locked out of the picture.
When it was painted he was sure he was
there. But art’s a living thing. And
she, the artist, had moved on.

I, SPACEMAN
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87 Comments

  1. Suzy said on June 9, 2013

    Love the idea of the Universe singing and the stars dancing.

  2. Anthony North said on June 9, 2013

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

  3. brian miller said on June 9, 2013

    the sing & dance of the universe…love that..its does, if you stop and watch it…even down to the micro level….smiles.

  4. viv blake said on June 9, 2013

    Some great stuff on this post – I came for the dash and leave laughing!

  5. totomai said on June 9, 2013

    everytime the dash appeared on the blogger bard, i paused.

  6. kaykuala said on June 9, 2013

    DASH – Just shows how good punctuation is very necessary! Nicely Anthony!

    Hank

  7. Anthony North said on June 9, 2013

    Hi Brian, yes, I’ve seen that for myself, too.

    Hi Viv, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Totomai, a pause is always good.

    Hi Hank, many thanks for that.

  8. Other Mary said on June 9, 2013

    Love the singing universe…and I think you’re sadly right with your comments on human ego.

  9. Anthony North said on June 9, 2013

    Hi Other Mary, thanks for that. Yes, one day we must get to grips with an alternative and sing like the universe.

  10. Talon said on June 9, 2013

    We have the same sort of homelessness here…usually caused by when the mortgages are up for renewal at much higher rates than anticipated when the homeowner bought the house a few years before.

    Long gone are those 30-35 year fixed rate mortgages which allowed families to reap the rewards as their salaries increased. Now it’s less salary and more mortgage payment!

  11. Anthony North said on June 9, 2013

    Hi Talon, yes, it’s getting bad indeed.

  12. Sherry Blue Sky said on June 9, 2013

    I LOVE the singing universe and the dancing of the stars! Rock on, my friend!

  13. Kathe W. said on June 9, 2013

    no politician thinks at all….unless it’s for his/her own good. and I like your take on Magpie!

  14. Kodjo Deynoo said on June 9, 2013

    After moving to settle outside UK I know I will not miss much, just by reading your updates..Keep it coming

  15. Anthony North said on June 9, 2013

    Hi Sherry, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Kathe, so very true.

    Hi Kodjo, yes, it’s getting bad here.

  16. Grace said on June 9, 2013

    Love the post Anthony specially gone ~

    Happy week to you ~

  17. Mary said on June 9, 2013

    So true…government’s ideology continues to march on…. It cannot be deterred by something such as poverty. Sigh.

  18. Pat said on June 9, 2013

    Re: Hub…I think van Gogh would have said the same thing! I enjoyed this.

  19. kaykuala said on June 9, 2013

    HUB – No necessity yes! But humor is apparent here, so it’s forgiven!

    Hank

  20. Jim said on June 9, 2013

    :) A wonderful, NOT, use of the DASH, Anothony.
    ..

  21. Judy Sheldon-Walker said on June 9, 2013

    Sunglasses for a flower are somewhat senseless.

  22. Mama Zen said on June 9, 2013

    What about the farmers? For that matter, what about the cows? If we don’t eat meat, who’s going to volunteer for the burden of taking care of all of these suddenly useless cows?

  23. Madeleine Begun Kane said on June 9, 2013

    “… as usual, no politician thinks about the farmers.”

    Or anybody else, for that matter. :)

    I especially liked your haiku.

  24. Anthony North said on June 9, 2013

    Hi Grace, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Mary, yes, very true.

    Hi Pat, many thanks. I think you’re right.

    Hi Hank, thank you for that.

  25. Anthony North said on June 9, 2013

    Hi Jim, thank you, sir.

    Hi Judy, very true, especially with no sense of sight.

    Hi Mama Zen, they’d become extinct in no time.

    Hi Madeleine, thanks for that. And very true.

  26. dsnake1 said on June 10, 2013

    oh yes, us poor folks are still cogs in the Machine. :)

    enjoyed the read!

  27. Anthony North said on June 10, 2013

    Hi dsnake1, so very true.

  28. Roger Green said on June 11, 2013

    Home ownership IS a con!

  29. Rajesh said on June 11, 2013

    Never heard of Universe singing before.

  30. Leslie said on June 11, 2013

    Have you heard about the VANDALS we had at the Stanley Cup Hockey final 2 years ago in Vancouver? The courts are STILL trying them! Makes me wonder about the VALUE of our justice system.

    Leslie
    abcw team

  31. Reader Wil said on June 11, 2013

    I have always believed that the Dutch democracy is better than the two party democracy. We have proportional representation. That means that every party can say what they want to say. Even the smallest party has a certain amount of power. The Party for Animals has achieved some results in the field of animal welfare, which was about time. On the other hand there is a lot of discussing before a decision is reached..
    Thanks for your interesting post!

  32. Anthony North said on June 11, 2013

    Hi Roger, very true.

    Hi Rajesh, nice idea, though.

    Hi Leslie, we’ve had enough trouble of that sort over here, too.

    Hi Reader Wil, thanks for that. My answer would be get rid of the parties and vote in independents. Then allegiances will be different on every issue.

  33. brian miller said on June 11, 2013

    exactly….of course he would say that….but they are ‘sun’flowers…smiles. sad bit on the kids in poverty…

  34. Anthony North said on June 11, 2013

    Hi Brian, yes, it’s getting bad.

  35. Claudia said on June 11, 2013

    3.4 million kids in poverty…this is just unbelievable sad…

  36. Anthony North said on June 11, 2013

    Hi Claudia, yes, all we achieved is being rolled back.

  37. ayala said on June 11, 2013

    Sad..times have gotten harder everywhere..heartbreaking.

  38. M. J. Joachim said on June 11, 2013

    Okay…I’m totally in the future zone right now…

  39. Mary said on June 11, 2013

    Your “Vandal” comment took my breath away. It really is all so much a matter of perspective, isn’t it?? Sometimes the ‘vandals’ are not the ones we would expect….if we think about it closely.

  40. Anthony North said on June 11, 2013

    Hi Ayala, it is indeed.

    Hi M J, thanks for that. Hope you enjoy it there.

    Hi Mary, many thanks. We so easily fall in line with a prevalent consensus. To me, any single system is wrong.

  41. ms pie said on June 12, 2013

    so many enjoyable details to consider and contemplate… humor and deep sea thinking… tho i would much prefer to laugh than sigh….

  42. Pamelasayers said on June 12, 2013

    Anthony, I love the future zone, some great imagery there. Always an excellent assortment that you write.

    Pamela

  43. Anthony North said on June 12, 2013

    Hi Ms Pie, many thanks for that. I like to sugar the bitter pill.

    Hi Pamela, thank you. Very kind.

  44. Karen S. said on June 12, 2013

    Fun, fun, as always, such a wide taste of things. Now I feel like dancing with the stars…oops looks like dancing, or rather singing in the rain again!

  45. mindlovemisery said on June 12, 2013

    The Blogger Bard section is superb and as usual intelligent and snappy writing =) It makes me sad that farms are used mostly in the production of high fructose corn syrup these days

  46. Gattina said on June 12, 2013

    Or I need new glasses or I can’t find your ABC Wednesday post !
    Gattina
    ABC Team

  47. kelvin s.m. said on June 12, 2013

    …few more years & we will be all categorized as either androids or bionic kids or both & this world will be a complete set of machinarium… quite scary truth you arranged with such humours… loved this.. smiles…

  48. Tony said on June 12, 2013

    Fun as always. I really enjoyed the singing dancing universe. In Dash I hope they are all en-dashes except for the one in (dash)-ed, which is correctly a hyphen :-) Sorry, I’m a proofreader.

  49. Anthony North said on June 12, 2013

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

    Hi Mindlovemisery, many thanks. Yes, farming is no longer thought of as important.

    Hi Gattina, the middle section – MICROPEDIE – is for ABC Wed.

    Hi Kelvin, thank you. Yes, it’s getting bad.

  50. Anthony North said on June 12, 2013

    Hi Tony, many thanks for that. Proofreading is -ed important, is it not? ;-)

  51. sandy said on June 12, 2013

    writing tip superb

  52. Shelley Munro said on June 13, 2013

    Good grief. Politicians are full of good ideas :(

  53. .Anna :o] said on June 13, 2013

    Appreciate your wisdom Anthony.

    Robo-boss(es) – oh yes, society is a machine indeed!

    Anna :o ]

  54. Lilu said on June 13, 2013

    Ah, love your use of personification. This is something I always think of; how we should limit technology to keep it from taking over. What is enough? Thanks for the brainfood ~_^

  55. Anthony North said on June 13, 2013

    Hi Sandy, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Shelley, it’s never about people. Always the system.

    Hi Anna, many thanks for that.

    Hi Lilu, thank you, and you’re welcome.

  56. gautami tripathy said on June 13, 2013

    As always your post is so thoughtful, ……

    universe will not hand it over to you

  57. Alice Audrey said on June 13, 2013

    I will admit that wind farms can be a intimidating, but they are much better neighbors than pig farms.

  58. Anthony North said on June 13, 2013

    Hi Gautami, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Alice, agreed. But the annoying thing is the difference in govt policy regarding non-green businesses and green.

  59. Mia Celeste said on June 13, 2013

    I like the blast off story. It has me thinking. Would I get on the rocket? Or let others go? Hmm.

    http://www.miaceleste.com/?p=376

  60. CountryDew said on June 13, 2013

    Robo Boss has got it right.

  61. Hazel said on June 13, 2013

    When stars dance, I hear magic.

  62. Anthony North said on June 13, 2013

    Hi Country Dew, it seems so to me.

    Hi Hazel, a good sound.

  63. Anthony North said on June 14, 2013

    Hi Mia Celeste, thanks for that. An interesting question you raise.

  64. Lily Strange said on June 14, 2013

    I figure the flower was just being cautious. After all, you never know when something might sprout eyes.

  65. Marit said on June 14, 2013

    Mention the universe and waltzes in one haiku and you have me ;)

  66. brian miller said on June 14, 2013

    ha. its rather interesting how your Vs play together in your micropedia…there is a bit of commentary between the 3….

  67. WabiSabi said on June 14, 2013

    I too heard the universe singing this very morning! Haiku My Heart Raining

  68. Nessa said on June 14, 2013

    We just found out this week that there’s a law the corporations want to pass that makes whistle blower videos from huge cattle farms illegal because they show the abuse inflicted on the animals.

    Flash 55 – The Accidental Gardener

  69. priti.lisa said on June 14, 2013

    Fantastic!
    “Gone” just blew me away.
    ♥♥

  70. rebecca said on June 14, 2013

    The universe sings
    As matter waltzes and jives
    The dance of the stars

    (…i think deb inspired you with her groovy dancing!)

  71. Karen said on June 14, 2013

    Another interesting and thought provoking post. I love your dancing stars!

  72. Anthony North said on June 14, 2013

    Hi Lily, very true ;-)

    Hi Marit, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Brian, purely intentional :-)

    Hi Wabi Sabi, a good sound.

  73. Anthony North said on June 14, 2013

    Hi Nessa, a terrible state of affairs.

    Hi priti.lisa, thank you. Very kind.

    Hi Rebecca, could be.

    Hi Karen, many thanks. Glad you liked it.

  74. hedgewitch said on June 14, 2013

    Robo-Boss was my favorite in this week’s patchwork, Anthony.And the spaceship incinerating the leftover world, already spoiled anyway–on to spoil new ones!

  75. Alice Audrey said on June 14, 2013

    I thought the robo-boss came at the same time as the robo-employee – with the assembly line.

  76. magicalmysticalteacher said on June 14, 2013

    Singing, waltzing, jiving and dancing—what more could one ask?

    Ripening Seeds

  77. Meri said on June 14, 2013

    light sucked into void
    matter packed like grains of sand
    at ocean’s dark depths

  78. Anthony North said on June 14, 2013

    Hi Hedgewitch, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Alice, ah, but it was refined in the 80s – got into management, everything.

    Hi Magical Mystical Teacher, many thanks for that.

    Hi Meri, thank you.

  79. G-Man said on June 14, 2013

    Value: The weekly words of wisdom wielded by Guru Tony!
    Loved your perfect little bundle of whimsy.
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  80. Anthony North said on June 14, 2013

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

  81. KB said on June 14, 2013

    So true. Home ownership is out of many peoples’ grasp these days.

  82. Anthony North said on June 14, 2013

    Hi KB, many thanks for that.

  83. Hazel said on June 15, 2013

    Darwin set off some change in the world with his ‘On the origin of species.’

  84. Other Mary said on June 15, 2013

    Interesting definition of value Anthony.

  85. Nessa said on June 15, 2013

    I like your stellar haiku.

  86. LadyInRead said on June 15, 2013

    Love them all but love GONE the most..
    Art is a living thing – :)

  87. Anthony North said on June 15, 2013

    Hi Hazel, he did indeed.

    Hi Other Mary, many thanks for that.

    Hi Nessa, thank you. Very kind.

    Hi LadyInRead, many thanks. It certainly is.

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