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Thanksgiving Day: Food for thought and a time for ‘post truth’ reflection

By giving the News a helping hand ahead of unfolding events** rather than falsifying it, Cottingham TV’s editor has with creative and historical personality profiling and research successfully pre-empted events unfolding – is this also the beginning of a new ‘pre-truth’ politics*?

Ben Franklin pioneered particulate or granular money as popular printed-on-paper (aka cotton, green-back) currency denominations and accounting economics – mirroring his Electroscope (Franklin Jar) invention revealing the particulate nature of electrons and hence their flow and accumulation as electrical charge

Historical Analysis reveals additional similarities between President Donald Trump and Governor Benjamin Franklin – before the days of lawyers and litigation and the age of political correctness they’ve ushered-in: both were masters of invention, fabrication and the (social) media of their time with BF producing scurrilous defamatory printed leaflets about his opponents on his presses! Had modern online social media been on hand to BF as a ‘can-do’ pragmatist and empiricist who wasn’t so hide-bound by rules and regulations back then, democracy as we know it might well have turned out rather differently!

Profiling personalities to predict electoral success – forget the numbers – its about chatacter leadership style and charisma: Nigel Farage and Donald Trump – and Hilary Clinton as ‘rule-breakers’ and ‘rule-makers’!

A role we predicted Nigel Farage would be delighted to accept!

Read about Cottingham TV’s first major scoop

Celebrating with turkeys voting for Christmas – and what about the poor turkeys? 🙂

Read about American Thanksgiving

Analysis

The word “News” means ‘new’, or better, ‘what’s new’ (as it happens). In the German Language they call the news “Nachrichten” which means ‘after-wrighting’ which translates to ‘interpreting and reporting what’s happened after the event’ (post-truth analysis). This raises the question posed by Evelyn Waugh: should the newscaster ‘pre-empt’ the news by helping make it happen or should he/she remain a dispassionate or objective, even ‘scientific’ observer and sit on the fence **?

It’s worth noting here that those readers who are ‘of an academic or intellectual persuasion’ are encouraged to disregard the tabloid ‘popular’ press and read the broadsheets instead.

As a further aside worthy of a Mark Twain observation, ‘trust the Germans to leave the reader in suspense until the very end of each overly-long sentence where they gather-up all the important verbs and then spring ‘the truth’ on the reader catching him unawares – the shock of the News – it’s really quite shocking indeed!

Best left as is (the news, that is) and remain objective, as to interfere with it would make matters infinitely worse, as the more orderly, rule-based, pessimistic and perhaps more cynical and sensible Germans might surmize’!

 

Nick

Europe? Climate Change? Don’t forget to fuss the dog!

Europe? Get a dog!

Cottingham.tv urges more people in public office to own dogs!

Dogs can teach their owners quite a bit about basic human behaviour and empathy.

Our democratic system is after all based on localism, not globalism!

If you live locally, then you feel it is your right to obtain fair employment opportunities locally too – especially if you are white, UK-born, male and working-class!

Following on from the tragic killing of local MP Joe Cox, from West Yorkshire: however far-sighted and global your thoughts relating to politics are, local people and their interests need to be prioritized and supported too!

You may have heard of politicians kissing babies – a kind of ‘mother-fussing’ if you get the drift, but dog owners know about having empathy with their canine companions, and many also likely  own guns –  especially in America. In fact one can go further and state that guns and dogs go had-in-hand and wo-betide the politician who neglects this basic friending technique! If you don’t want your new baby to be attacked by your jealous yet most favourite canine companion, just remember to fuss the dog!

Understanding the building blocks of basic human psychology through dog-owning

Building empathy surely means adopting the politics of building rapport and localism with your electorate on an individual basis?

Paws for thought

Political Empathy-building with the Electorate

Cottingham.tv’s editorial is also under pressure to forget the big global stories and bring reporting  back down to a local level! Do you have a story to tell?

Politicians neglect this at your peril: people have basic human rights to work, self-respect and ownership of and within their local environment.

If you understand animals, you may just have a chance of understanding Human Beings too, at least in the minds-eye of many members of the National Rifle Association – although some may disagree!

It would be a sorry situation indeed if dog-owning was outlawed by red tape and criminal liability for damages – we would then be completely freed to ‘lose the leash’ (lose the plot) with empathy and localism altogether! Declare it null and void: ignore it as an uncomfortable truth!

Last night, the BBC broadcast two most interesting programmes on American Life: firstly the US President emphasising the reality of Climate Change visiting National Parks over the weekend and secondly coverage of life and inequality for poor Blacks living in Missouri. To win hearts and minds, you need to think local too!

For all your local dog requirements in Cottingham: –

Julie Thornhill, Cottingham Thursday Market

 

Nick

Is the UK in danger of adopting a ‘Groucho Marx position’ on European Membership?

Groucho Marx

If one thinks of ‘Groucho’ and ‘Marx’ as discrete words, one conjours-up images like stubborn, dyed in the wool, small-thinking, petite bourgeoisie socialism and yes, even bolshy ’70s-style shop stewards and union members!

What Groucho Marx actually said was much more witty: “I would never join a club that would have me as a member!” 🙂

Is it ‘I’m alright Jack’ or ‘jobs for the boys’ that is really at stake?

Being fed on a diet of plenty to the point of being sick may never satisfy the truly (in)dependent addict – only exploding will suffice!

Are we being sucked-in by a Bolshevick-inspired Kafkaesque socialist movement having a seemlingly-relentless, verging-on-chronic need for administration and togetherness, brought on by the strength of the ‘union of togetherness’? Together we’re strong

Or are we being seduced by other factions? The author remembers that it’s not just governments that recruit foreign labour – it’s employers!

UK and Europe: who is the fat man, who is in danger of becoming the thin man and who is the sick man in danger of exploding?

 

This idea was depicted humerously in Monty Python’s exploding fat man being offered a further desert; “go on sir, just one more mint!” Warning: those of a delicate disposition should look away as this satire can still shock even today!

European Membership Stay or Leave Opinion: are we the straw that broke the camels back or are we more like a house of straw if we go it alone?

Will producing finer steel for example help us produce sharper tools?

No. We’re on our own if we decide to leave on account of the edicts laws and machinations emenating from Brussels. We’re more vulnerable to hostile trade deals and market pricing as hundreds and even thousands of jobs in the regions can depend upon events beyond one nation’s control as illustrated in today’s headlines threatening jobs at TATA in Port Talbot: China’s steel prices. Future trade wars cannot be ruled out.

If the City of London comes on hard times as will occur sooner or later in our global boom-bust economy, will our diversified but under-invested UK provincial manufacturing base be able to sustain us? Will we still be able to dig ourselves back out of recession as we did in the early ’80s without a substantial manufacturing base?

As Donald Trump said about abortion: will the regions be ‘punished’ either way as a consequence of poor centralised strategic decision making – either by London or from Brussels?

Will Scotland leave the UK in order to re-negotiate its European membership as a sovereign state if we vote to leave?

Will the provinces e.g. Yorkshire and the Regions wish to follow suit as the City hardly re-invests in the regions nowadays – unlike Europe with it’s Regional Development Funding? Even this regional fuding allocation is still run by the ‘old boys club’ and for the benefit of ‘jobs for the boys’ which is tolerated unfortunately however – and they’re not going to give up without a fight. Remember the QUANGOs like the bloated Yorkshire Forward which the previous administration made their election pledge to dismantle? It still goes on and Europe appears riddled with it as a Spaniard recently related to me. But that’s the point: that culture would not change if we left the EU – it would just get worse! If a reformed Europe were able to stamp-out all the low-level corruption, it would certainly be worth remaining in it to help it to bring about the changes sought.

Those with long memories may remember the post-war austerity of the 1950s where we had to make and export to the US in order to earn money to pay our way. No fat men or international trade dealing existed back then.. well, not as we know them today.

Nein, Non, No!

We’ve also been referred to as the “Insel Affen” (Island of the Planet of the Apes – loosely translated). In terms of meaning, one could describe us in the UK as being like the Ferengi citizens as reluctant and rather selfish trading members of the Federation of Planets in Star Trek!

Europe is as much a cultural union as it is a trading union!

Ferengi Citizen

Are our financial services also destined go the way of Steam?

There are large changes in the pipeline: will the City of London be left high and dry?

Will we abandon Europe at the worst possible moment as it abandons it’s out-moded primary operating culture from centralised finance directly into distributed production?

You may also remember that in Star Trek, the need for money had been abandoned in favour of personal development, discovery and altruism, as their economy of plenty had liberated them out from a world of financial enslavement. Financial services are changing now with the introduction of automated AI trading systems and the future of employment in the City is also being called into question. As a further example of technical developments; the future role of medical doctors is also brought into question with the advent of artificial intelligence AI in our IT systems where we are diagnosed for illness by virtual doctors on-screen and plugged in for our personal MOT health checks rather like modern cars.

It would therefore be most unwise to walk away from a seat at the top table of the wealthiest diverse trading block and market on Earth – regardless of your ‘Groucho’ or ‘Karl‘ interpretation of Messrs. Marx!

Note: don’t we already have the best of both worlds – as in having your cake and eating it?

By retaining both our own currency and European membership, are we not already at liberty to trade with whomever we wish? Brazil, Russia, India and China BRIC included?

Nick

 

PS: EU Referendum Postal Poll Cards are in the post to registered voters – ours arrived today – make sure you have your say by making sure you’re registered on the voting list

Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe record cover? (aka The Goons and also available in ‘vinyl’) – do you have this or other collectible albums stashed in your loft?

Escape from the War!

The ’50s witnessed the blossoming of British creative talent leading into the ’60s

Following the narrowest of escapes many years later, even after Dunkirk*,  like the Goons, our intrepid editor is delighted to report that all appears to be well, following a successul rear guard action – his mad antics will be described later – stay tuned  🙂

 

The Goons featuring

Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Michael Bentine and Harry Secombe

–  the other fabulous foursome!

First there came Spike Milligan

* Following the media repression and misery of the war years, they burst out from the constraints of authoritarian wartime Britain into Radio like a un-coiling spring, as an outrageously funny irreverent foursome to poke fun at the ‘wooden’ establishment that had held them in check for so long!

Although a jazz vocalist-turned-entertainer of the troups during wartime Britain, Spike Milligan could be considered as the lyrical / satyrical / anti-war / anti-authority ‘John Lennon’ founder of this particular fabulous foursome, along with co-writers Larry Stephens and Eric Sykes. Spike wrote and performed comedy sketches as part of concerts to entertain troops during the war years as a signaller in the Royal Artillery 56th. Armoured Division. Hmmm.. dad must have known of him as a member of a similar Division. The editor also remembers reading one of his amazing books  quite early on – which together with Waugh’s Scoop and Voltaire’s Candide probably didn’t do him much good either, speaking as a ‘sensible citizen‘ of questionable sensibilities, that is  🙂

Peter Sellers and Ian Carmichael as sensible citizens, tongue in cheek, in “I’m Alright Jack” – another hilarious attempt of the social classes to return to civilian life in post-war, re-uniting Britain! The whole nation’s returning soldiers appeared to be suffering from a form of collective PTSD – for which manic humour and a liberal measure of ‘for God’s sake pull yourself together man’ were prescribed! Hence – ‘I’m OK, you’re OK, we’re OK’; I’m alright, We’re alright, You’re alright, Jack?

Note: this clip doesn’t do the film justice – watch the whole film to get the full comedy including the ‘you’re not the detergent type’ Ian Carmichael clip – and Peter Sellers as the union shop steward! Sellers went to work on the character and role of “Fred Kite” with all the obsessive and meticulous attention to nuance and detail he lavished on Dr. Stragelove! When the social classes eventually and inevitably collided as Carmichael dated his pretty daughter in the spirt of the times (the new progressive and socially-mobile ‘swinging’ ’60s), ‘war’ threatened to break back-out again, but it was held in masterful restraint as ‘preventative internecine warefare countermeasures’ by union man Sellers in his hysterically funny portrayal!

Each to their own: Fred Kite – father and union man

The role of ‘sensible citizen’ as “reluctant comedian” in The Goon Show (as in real life) was played by ex. RAF intelligence officer Michael Bentine

On the editor’s young adult reading list

Serious dutiful absentee citizen Bentine (above) – then along came  Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers (below)

The editor particularly remembers the radio dialogues between Sellers, Secombe aka ‘Neddie Seagoon’ and Milligan!

The Goons was first broadcast on the BBC Home Service in 1951

 

Nick  🙂