Extreme Futures

Posted by Anthony North on July 7, 2013

Major de Ranger says … Egypt’s flirtation with democracy is over. Inevitable from the beginning. Democracy begins with dumping extremism. Oh, West, please note.
My Warfare page

Polly Ticks says … There’s talk of a £10,000 pay rise for Brit MPs. It’s going to be called a ‘rub their noses in it’ perk. How to lead by bad example.
My Politics page

Guru Tony says … Climate change risks UK trade security? It needn’t have done if we hadn’t gone Globalised, stupidly thinking the world would stay at peace.
My Environment page

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FUTURE ZONE
My Writing Tips

KIN: I was stuck in the past. Although
a paradox, I went back to find myself,
but I was dead. Hence, a new me
became my grandfather.
***
So much trash in space
We read of it all the time
But hope this isn’t
***
ME ME: All we found on the dead planet
were large eggs. WE hatched out of them.
We finally discovered clone formula in
the air itself. They’d died out thru
lack of diversity.

CRIME: He returned from the future
with a mind 10 secs ahead. ‘Twas a gift
intuiting danger; ’til the killer came.
He got him first. What use a
gift in prison.

MICROPEDIE IN 55 WORDS
Zeitgeist – spirit of the age. No such thing. Imposition by hierarchy. People rebel – & are marginalised; or follow, chained.
Zen (koan) – paradoxical mysticism. One hand clap is easier with no arms; and my motorbike doesn’t work. Must get one.
Zodiac – grouping of 12 celestial signs, said to echo people’s character. Science says rubbish, but can belief change how you behave?


Blogger Bard says:

DREAM: They were trapped in virtual
reality. They evolved as millenia passed
& dreamt of a better world. Found, they
were trapped in virtual reality …
***
TRUSS: She was horrified. Her husband
had trussed up the squirrel, ready for
the pot. She’d only meant the nuts.
His jaw dropped – he hated diets.
***
FREEDOM: ‘Freedom always has a
cost,’ said the man on top. As he
subdued the other, he continued:
‘In my case, yours.’

I, SPACEMAN
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73 Comments

  1. Talon said on July 7, 2013

    I am cracking up over the squirrel in a pot, Anthony! :)

    Oh, those politicians. They have more ways of corrupting than there are stars in the heavens!

  2. brian miller said on July 7, 2013

    first, i love the time paradox one, ha…its a good thing we dont have time travel….and that first one is def ominous, and so true…

  3. Mary said on July 7, 2013

    I laughed about the ‘kin.’ Ha, I have looked in the mirror many times and thought…..how did my mother get there? And yes, it does seem that democracy in Egypt is past tense. Always enjoy your wisdom shared with Poetry Pantry, Anthony.

  4. Heaven said on July 7, 2013

    Excellent post as usual ~ What a perk, hey ~ Love that Future and Kin posts best ~

  5. Jim said on July 7, 2013

    You’re right about extremism, Anthony.

    How about the old political promise, “a squirrel in every pot?”
    ..

  6. Sherry Blue Sky said on July 7, 2013

    “Democracy begins with dumping extremism” – oh that is well said. Yes, West, take note! Good one, Anthony!

  7. Anthony North said on July 7, 2013

    Hi Talon, thanks for that, and very true.

    Hi Brian, many thanks. Much appreciated.

    Hi Mary, thank you. Very kind.

  8. Anthony North said on July 7, 2013

    Hi Heaven, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Jim, a very true saying.

    Hi Sherry, many thanks for that.

  9. mindlovemisery said on July 7, 2013

    The squirrel was hilarious I must say. Excellent work Anthony love your style =)

  10. Anthony North said on July 7, 2013

    Hi Mindlovemisery, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  11. ninotaziz said on July 7, 2013

    Sir Anthony, me dear! I am getting good at this – before I got to the end of your post today, I knew your eBook this week would be I, Spaceman!

  12. Anthony North said on July 7, 2013

    Hi Ninotaziz, I’ll have to try to post my other Sci fi eBook next time, I Sci Fi Fan :-)

  13. Audrey Howitt said on July 7, 2013

    I chuckled a bunch over truss—you are such a prolific writer!

  14. laurie kolp said on July 7, 2013

    Lovely, Anthony!

  15. kaykuala said on July 7, 2013

    TRUSS: Hilarious Anthony! Yes, dieting is a decision that often gets wayward results!

    Hank

  16. Pat said on July 7, 2013

    Poor man–desperate enough to eat a squirrel! I think roasted nuts would be much tastier than cooked squirrel.

  17. Anthony North said on July 7, 2013

    Hi Audrey, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Laurie, many thanks. glad you liked them.

    Hi Hank, thank you. It does indeed.

    Hi Pat, I must admit, I’ve never tried squirrel so couldn’t comment.

  18. dsnake1 said on July 8, 2013

    enjoyed the read.
    “trash in space” — it’s an ignored subject, until it starts coming back to earth. :)

  19. Anthony North said on July 8, 2013

    Hi dsnake1, thanks for that, and very true.

  20. Sharp Little Pencli said on July 8, 2013

    Anthony, your first post about Egypt made me sort of laugh and mostly cry. Democracy as it was truly intended has NEVER been part of America. We are a republic ruled by the elites, and Ben Franklin and T. Jefferson said the Constitution should be revisited after 5 years or so to be re-written with the participation of regular folks, not just landed gentry. True democracy starts from within… you are so wise, and I am witness to your comments. Amy

  21. Anthony North said on July 8, 2013

    Hi Amy, many thanks for that. I don’t think a true democracy has ever existed yet. The process seems to get so far, then stalls.

  22. Mama Zen said on July 8, 2013

    The zen koan cracked me up!

  23. Anthony North said on July 8, 2013

    Hi Mama Zen, thanks for that. Glad you liked it.

  24. Madeleine Begun Kane said on July 9, 2013

    I especially enjoyed the politics and the squirrel.

  25. Anthony North said on July 9, 2013

    Hi Madeleine, many thanks. Much appreciated.

  26. Roger Green said on July 9, 2013

    I happen to HATE the word zeitgeist, maybe because the examples – BTW, George Clooney is single again, and I think I’m supposed to care – shows how vapid the culture can be.

  27. Reader Wil said on July 9, 2013

    Hi Anthony! I have always a feeling that something is not quite right with what we call democracy. If a government is acting according to the rules of democracy then they should listen to the whistleblowers. They should try to find out what they did wrong and improve their way of life, instead of covering up their crimes.

  28. Leslie said on July 9, 2013

    I believe I am free to believe or not believe what my zodiac sign says about me…actually, I think it’s pretty spot on. But daily? Hmmm, sometimes works, sometimes not. Most of all, I hate extremist groups who tell you it’s a sin to believe your horoscope, yet forget that the Magi were astronomers!

    Leslie
    abcw team

  29. gautami tripathy said on July 9, 2013

    This makes one think. Incredible writing…

    half a moon

  30. Anthony North said on July 9, 2013

    Hi Roger, yes, I know what you mean.

    Hi Reader Wil, very true.

    Hi Leslie, I’m caught in the middle with most of the unexplained. I accept there’s something to it, but always try to find alternative answers.

    Hi Gautami, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  31. Claudia said on July 9, 2013

    i really wonder how things in egypt are going to develop

  32. Anthony North said on July 9, 2013

    Hi Claudia, I think badly, unfortunately.

  33. brian miller said on July 9, 2013

    at least trapped in virtual reality they were not trapped in reality tv…that would be really bad…ha

  34. Anthony North said on July 9, 2013

    Hi Brian, a real nightmare ;-)

  35. Tony said on July 9, 2013

    Thought-provoking as always, Anthony

  36. Mary said on July 9, 2013

    Ha, no one wants to think that their writing might be trash!! (Smiles.)

  37. Victoria C. Slotto said on July 9, 2013

    This is so full of wise musings, Anthony. I especially liked and agree with your observations on the situation in Egypt. Will we ever learn. And my country (probably the UK, too) continues to pour resources into an impossible situation. Just my opinion. I don’t usually engage in political chat but…

  38. kelvin s.m. said on July 9, 2013

    …ah, i loved the ‘Kin’ from your future zone…. so much truth in there & i was deeply moved… fantastic! smiles…

  39. Anthony North said on July 9, 2013

    Hi Tony, many thanks for that.

    Hi Mary, they certainly don’t.

    Hi Victoria, thank you for the comment.

    Hi Kelvin, many thanks. Much appreciated.

  40. Pamelasayers said on July 10, 2013

    Love the gift, Anthony. And the Egypt one is absolutely correct. What mess they have over there.

    Pamela

  41. Pamelasayers said on July 10, 2013

    *a mess*

  42. Karen S. said on July 10, 2013

    You sure were on a joyful and fun-filled, (I’m still rolling on the floor in laughter) mode!!!

  43. Anthony North said on July 10, 2013

    Hi Pamela, thanks for that. They have indeed.

    Hi Karen, many thanks for those kind words.

  44. Along These Lines said on July 11, 2013

    Yes, politicians are so underpaid.

  45. CountryDew said on July 11, 2013

    Zodiac – I think it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  46. Anthony North said on July 11, 2013

    Hi Along These Lines, oh, yes, the poor little dears.

    Hi Country Dew, there’s certainly that possibility.

  47. Hazel said on July 11, 2013

    I’d like to be optimistic but fat chance on the world staying at peace.

  48. Anthony North said on July 11, 2013

    Hi Hazel, I tend to agree with you.

  49. Alice Audrey said on July 11, 2013

    Rub their noses in it – is that like let them eat cake?

  50. ayala said on July 11, 2013

    You made me smile with the squirrel.

  51. Anthony North said on July 11, 2013

    Hi Alice, yep, just about.

    Hi Ayala, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  52. brian miller said on July 12, 2013

    the freedom one, taking our freedoms by taking those of another…ugh…kinda sad way to live eh?

  53. artmusedog and carol said on July 12, 2013

    Ah, the wit of Anthony North ~ always refreshing ~ Happy Weekend to you. ^_^

  54. hedgewitch said on July 12, 2013

    Rather a dystopian potpourri this week–it’s that time of stagnation when human failure presses down with the weather–which seems to be becoming another human failure. AFA freedom, I think all of us are headed the way of Egypt–I hope not, but I fear so.

  55. Anthony North said on July 12, 2013

    Hi Brian, it is, but happens all too often.

    Hi Carol, thanks for that. much appreciated.

    Hi Hedgewitch, an inevitability I fear. So sad.

  56. Nanka said on July 12, 2013

    “Democracy begins with dumping extremism” so true!! But Freedom again at what cost and whose? Deep thoughts for the coming election year ahead, here in India!!

  57. Karen, Something Written said on July 12, 2013

    An interesting trip to the future. KIN, a great write on aging and redefining oneself!

  58. Other Mary said on July 12, 2013

    Yes, belief can and does change how people behave. Always interesting nuggest Anthony. I also like the timey-wimey travel paradox.

  59. Anthony North said on July 12, 2013

    Hi Nanka, thanks for the. Glad you liked them.

    Hi Karen, many thanks. Much appreciated.

    Hi Other Mary, thank you. very kind.

  60. Reading Pleasure said on July 12, 2013

    so much trash in the world; we exist only when we block our noses and that Anthony can only mean certain death. :-)

  61. Anthony North said on July 12, 2013

    Hi Reading Pleasure, very true.

  62. Alice Audrey said on July 12, 2013

    For a minute I thought “Me, me” would be just like the movie, Alien.

  63. G-Man said on July 12, 2013

    You come up with the darndest definitions Tony.
    You need to publish…
    Tony’s Seventh Collegiate Dictionary
    Loved your Multi-Meme contribution
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  64. WabiSabi said on July 12, 2013

    Hilarious – that truss bit, Anthony! Love your take on politics too -take no prisoners that is!!

  65. rebecca said on July 12, 2013

    you are a treasure trove of interest.

  66. magicalmysticalteacher said on July 12, 2013

    A lot of what comes into my head from the Internet is space trash!

    Ragged Things

  67. Marit said on July 12, 2013

    I especially liked the last part about Freedom – love your thoughts Anthony! Happy weekend!

  68. Anthony North said on July 12, 2013

    Hi Alice, ah, far too much blood ‘n’ gore for me ;-)

    Hi G-Man, thank you. Very kind.

    Hi Wabi Sabi, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  69. Anthony North said on July 12, 2013

    Hi Rebecca, many thanks. Glad you liked it.

    Hi Magical Mystical Teacher, there’s a lot of it about.

    Hi Marit, many thanks for that.

  70. GILLENA COX said on July 13, 2013

    hope you had a good week; ‘Zodiac’ was my favorite of this mini mag

    much love…

  71. Anthony North said on July 13, 2013

    Hi Gillena, thanks for that. You too.

  72. Grandma`s Goulash said on July 13, 2013

    I’d settle for the nuts. I don’t think squirrels have much meat on them.:D

  73. Anthony North said on July 14, 2013

    Hi Grandma, I think you’re right there.

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