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A "black market" of sweets and treats

It's the best story I've read in months. A young lad from Salford starts selling sweets at his school where they've got some New Labour style "healthy eating" policy in place. He was buying stuff in bulk from a wholesalers, smuggling it in, and selling at a profit. The money made was going into a trust fund so he could pay to go to University. Furthermore he employed two of his mates (at £5.50 a day) to help out. He's a business prodigy, clearly. He has initiative and a mind of his own. That's why the establishment have now stepped in and are threatening to suspend him.


Tommie [says] he has his sights set on a top business degree from prestigious Oxford or Cambridge.

Parents Gary, 33, an office worker, and gym manager Tracy, also 33, describe themselves ‘council estate born and bred’ - and say they would struggle to pay £9,000-a-year tuition fees.

Gary said: “He’s a typical teenage boy who saw what he wanted and worked hard for it. He realised that if you want to get ahead in business and in life, you have to start at a young age. At first we thought we should stop him selling the sweets, but then we saw that he was doing it properly, legally and sensibly so we left it to see what would happen. I could only dream of making that sort of money at his age."

“It’s a shame the school are trying to stop Tommie. According to his business model he’d have earned £2-3k by the end of the year, which would have made him the £18,000 he needed to pay for University. He’s always thinking ahead and I think that shows an unbelievable knack at his age.”


What's so wonderful about the story is it works as an innocent microcosm of the nation we live in. Here the teacher makes the argument that this lad's entrepreneurial instincts must be quashed because their healthy eating policy is "for the good of the children". He's an adult, he can tell kids what's good for them and how they should behave. That's his job.

However, the UK's drugs laws are regularly made a mockery of like this. The billions earned illegally trading in them go into the pockets of older and far nastier versions of this kid. The argument our establishment uses though is almost identical. It's for your own good, you're a child we're the adults, do as you're told.
However in our not-so-innocent real world many suspect that by the time this pattern reaches adulthood our Government has done some sort of deal with those who break their laws[1]. Why else would they allow them to become so well funded using a business model even a child can master?

In the real world this "war on drugs" nonsense more than anything else funds organised crime.

Furthermore, we're not children and our Governments are not our masters. They were not selected by some all powerful hidden force but elected by us to do our bidding. Good on this kid, I wish him all the best. Maybe when he's an adult our world will change for the better.
Nick Margerrison.

Emily Thornbury shows how Labour isn't working.


It's 12 minutes past 3 and this politician's career is now over. She just doesn't realise it. What precisely was going on in her mind is impossible to know: Many detect, or maybe project, a smug titter. The replies to the tweet are interesting:

It doesn't take long for people to start retweeting it. Then the Mail Online picks it up as a story and she's giving statements to the media. This only makes the situation worse. People are far too quick to apologise these days.

Meanwhile this tweet sits in Thornberry's twitter feed. It was the 15th of November 2012. Had Labour's PR people been able to discover this tweet in time she could have weathered the storm. Instead, drawn into the immediacy of the moment, Miliband, with challenges over his leadership, stumbles into the situation and gives her a "proper telling off".


"The lady doth protest..."

Then, she resigns.

Just as articles in her defence were being penned: This Picture Shows The Scandal Over MP's Rochester Picture Is Manufactured.  In other words, the stomach for the fight was gone before the loyal counter attacks had even begun. So concerned about the truths being meted out to them online are Miliband and his union mates that they allow social media to dictate the agenda now. This is a political party in absolute shambles, certainly not fit to pretend to Govern.


Buzz Feed finds White Van Man

128 - A Quest For Gnosis


Gabriel D. Roberts and Aaron Cheak join us for a chat about the concepts behind "Gnosis" and "Alchemy". Both experts in their field it's worth looking at Gabriel's homepage here http://www.gabrieldroberts.com/ and Aaron's is here http://www.aaroncheak.com

 

Chris Rawlins is a memory expert. He sent me a copy of his book, I'm looking forward to reading it and will review it on the podcast in the future. His website is here: http://www.irememberthings.co.uk/

 

The Decadent Marsupials provide the music this week.

 

As I'm not using Twitter at the moment it'd be great if you helped push this podcast out into the farthest reaches of the universe. Pop it on your social media feeds and spread it like you would a contagious disease...

 

All Hail Discordia.

 

Nick Margerrison


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Russell Brand - Parklife


The presence of Russell Brand in the media landscape gives me hope. He used to represent all that was wrong in that world, overtly trivial, tedious and inexplicably popular. Now though he's nailing points I've been aching to see in the mainstream for years. The fact he liked David Icke was an early sign he was going to be good value. Now though, as he responds to the internet meme which compares his polysyllabic ramblings to Phil Daniels's performance on the 90's classic "Parklife", he's close to becoming a legend.

The meme began on Twitter. When I first saw it I wanted to ignore it and hope it went away because I'm turning into a fan and I thought witty mockery would be the beginning of the end. The above video shows you how, by embracing it, he's shown it's his critics who are the ones who are taking life too seriously, not him. And thusly, he wins.

I hate the fact I'm about to write these next few words and ask my more astute readers to forgive me, I don't agree with everything he says. I'm just glad he's trying to say something. Fame is a gift handed to people who often have spent so long trying to achieve it that once they do they're lost for meaningful words. The consequence is they end up saying things like "buy Coca Cola", "go to McDonalds", or "this is The BBC", usually because money. Brand is clearly trying to use his position to say and do something worthwhile and trigger a change in human consciousness.

I think fellow Discordians and C.O.N members should try and add to that. It's been a theme of this blog and the podcast for quite some time now.


The line of counter attack from most seems to be that he's not a serious political commentator. That to me is a bonus. I find the demagogues and politicians who people do take seriously quite a worry. Someone who says he cures the desolate awfulness of life with a 'sexy shirt and how it feels on my nipples' is not running the risk of that. Instead his act demands intelligent viewers think for themselves.

In the unlikely event he ever reads this, keep it up and I'm sorry for saying mean things about you when I was on Kerrang.

NM

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