in the arsehole of diogenes

NEO-HERACLITUS_____________Qweir Notions in the arsehole of Diogenes: weBlog of a septuagenarian Binge-thinker since February 2008.
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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Unable to read Moby Dick

- and thus ignorant of the First Mate's Quaker, shipowner-name of Starbuck -
I have never felt
quite cruel enough
to be properly
human.

How many do ?

Friday, 16 February 2018

An 'Old Soul'

is more naïve than more recent models.

I have never understood the modern idea of 'Employment' -
- but now I realise that it is primarily ritual.

I have never subscribed to that particular and brief religion.

We all return to the asylums of our future.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

My Zen Master,

Diogenes Rumi Krishnamurti,
said:
There is food for thought everywhere
for stray-dog intellectuals.

Maybe the Secret of Happiness
is to keep one eyebrow cheerfully lifted
while keeping well-fed...

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Bad Taste.

Now that aid-workers have had The Finger of Shame
pointed at them retrospectively
(especially in Haiti, but also in Congo,
Bosnia and - we'll probably learn - in Lebanon and Bangladesh),
it may soon be time to mention the skunk-fisters of North America.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

To have a little war, any excuse will do.

from Quora.

The ongoing “Whisky War” between Canada and Denmark 
involves both a territorial dispute and a sense of humour.

Hans Island (Hansø) is a barren Arctic rock in the Kennedy Channel.

Every few months the Canadian military will land on it,
find a Danish flag and several bottles of schnapps.
The soldiers will remove the Dannebrog and hoist the Maple Leaf,
then take the schnapps (snaps),
replace it with a crate of Canadian whisky (yuk), and leave.
Mission tastefully accomplished.


Monday, 12 February 2018

Normality

is
     muzzled
                    muffled
                                  insanity.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Crusty

or grumpy old men
may simply be those from whose eyes
the scales have progressively fallen,
are progressively falling -
and they are simply no longer prepared
to pander to other people's hypocrisies.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Since no language is logical,

and some are fanatically complex,
it is likely that we are not logical beings.
Our ever-vaunted intelligence
may only be refined anxiety
over death's logical intransigence.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Yet another unscientific thought.

Maybe Early Homo Sapiens
'dealt with' Neanderthals
as Chimpanzees treat Bonobos -
raping all the women
and eating at least the brains
of the strongest males.

We particularly dislike
those animals who mirror us:
magpies, alligators, foxes, wolverines
and killer whales.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

No Other Creature Is Inconvenienced.

The moderately-ascetic hermit
will sometimes go to bed
not long after eight p.m.
to sniff last week's underpants
and joyfully ejaculate.

Monday, 5 February 2018

On receiving a new credit card.

It still  'Requires a Signature'...
...which can be anything,
so long as the card-presenter can repeat (or copy) it.
But of course nobody looks at mere signatures anymore.

Instead of my name, I write my PIN in two ways, in Danish
(Tretten treogfyrre and Een-tre-fire-tre)

which only a Nordic could translate.
I could do the same in Finnish
(YksiKolmeNelyäKolme).


I can count up to 20 in Finnish – but not in Irish. 

“Go figure !” as they say
in the USA.

My head is full of the strangest things -
such as the year of the Murder of the Estonian Kings.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

If you want to be a Sufi

the first step is :
stop wanting to be a Sufi.

S'appeler Soufi ne suffit pas.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

According to Charles Darwin,

the best way to catch a baboon
is to get it drunk with beer,
then grab it by its tail when it was hung over.

But what to do with a baboon when it is feeling good again ?

Friday, 2 February 2018

I have experienced temporary loss of balance recently.

This is from an on-line forum on a drug I have been taking for 30 years:


There is an increased risk of falls amongst elderly patients who take benzodiazepines,
but there is also an increased risk amongst sleep-deprived patients.
Elderly patients are often also sensitive to medications and require a lower dose than is the norm.

Temazepam is a fairly short-acting benzo so once-daily dosing doesn't carry the same risk of physical dependence as taking diazepam once a day, for example, although over time it is possible to build up a residual background level.
The main concern is psychological dependence and rebound insomnia on stopping the drug. - a procedure which should be gradual.

There is also the possibility of it becoming less effective over time - but, equally, some people can take a steady benzo dose for years for sleep; 'mileage' can vary. Sleep has a large psychological component and this can affect the efficacy of sleeping tablets.

Sleep hygiene is important. This means going to bed at a set time, using bed only for sleeping in, doing relaxing activities before bed (not involving a screen), no caffeine after midday, no nicotine right before bed, getting up after 30-60 minutes of not sleeping and doing something else for 10 minutes, not lying in no matter how bad the night's sleep was... it can take a while to get into good habits but they can really help.

I'll see if I can find some papers on temazepam use in the elderly later - or you can try a google scholar search."

Thursday, 1 February 2018

I learned the names of trees

and types of cloud
and wild flowers
at an early age
from my mother.
Most kids now
could not identify an acorn*
or a horse-chestnut**
without a spot of Google-bother.

* amusingly called gland (=glans) in French
**also called a conker and a cheeser

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Thinking of its current president,


and pop cvulture* generally,
I wonder why dazzlingly talentless superficiality
rules the USA ? 
Perhaps something very bad happened in the 1950s : 
maybe the whole country, not just the dreadful Lou Reed, 
was subjected to re-programming through ECT
by the FBI in collusion with the CIA...

*deliberate mistake

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

We are all "Born Losers".

In a world which we are turning into a vast replica
of our inner, incandescent, stupefying cave of noise,
we move like ever-fainter shadows.

And Jesus said: "I have overcome the world."
And Paul wrote: "What communication does light have with darkness ?"

And I worship landscape.
What else do we actually have ?

Monday, 29 January 2018

We are all hypocrites, and most of us are stupid,

and in the Anglosphere's Advanced Civilisation
we have reached a point where the words
intimate and intimacy
(like too many others)
have a crassly-sexual connotation.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Mixing my metaphors.

Since we were both young,
but not in the same decade,
David Benatar and I have shared the view
that human beings live
in a sad little evolutionary cul-de-sac
in a larger bio-chemical stew.
And there's no going back.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

This limp-wristed homosensual

was two days short of 80
when he performed this !


Thankyou, yet again, YouTube !

Christ!  If only I had met Claudio in a public lavatory !


Friday, 26 January 2018

PAPI - a not-outrageous generalisation

about white Anglophones :
prudish
assertive
prurient
intrusive.


I have been thinking

that, in music, rubato is the most important thing,
so wonderfully subtle
and so integral to Indian Classical music.
My feeling about this may be connected with my tantric attitude to orgasm:
the more delayed and prolonged the better.
In European Baroque music there is too little rubato -

which (I discover) means “robbed” ... or even "rapined" ...
like stealing not just time, but time's virginity...those eleven days… 
those wonderful 11 days that never happened.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

One of the tragedies

of the French Revolution
was The People's reluctance
to recognise, much less worship Reason.

(20 Brumaire, Year II.)

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Jesus said:

"Because you scapegoating fuckers are crucifying me
I'm going (while slowly dying) to create
a religion of spirit-sucking, hypocritical
sophistry and hate."

And so it came to pass.


Monday, 22 January 2018

'Love'

that seeks reciprocation
is less honest than a begging-bowl.

Cloud formations over the North Pacific ocean, 18th January 2018

Sunday, 21 January 2018

The line

between Sacred and Profane
is not clear-cut, but serpentine.

Red rosebud in January


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Motes and Big Splinters.

If you dare contradict a Christian
s/he will accuse you of the Sin of Pride.

Friday, 19 January 2018

My Sufi 'Thought for the Day'.

Laughter shrinks the willy.
If wisdom has not crushed you,
you are not yet wise.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The result of a simple search on "Bing".


  • Better stick with Google !
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

One of the most appalling

Pauline crimes against
the earth beneath
and the sky above
was his patristic and sophistical creation
of a Protean abstract
we have linguistically reduced to  'Love'.

Maybe his disgruntlement
with mere happy affection
and simple joie-de-vivre
led him to found a religion of schism,
interference, intolerance, hate and disconnection...

read more on Biblical words for Love  >



Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Nearly as much as modern diet,

sheer Normality
gives people cancer, diabetes,
permanently-painful backs,
Parkinson's, Alzheimer's,
strokes and heart-attacks.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Somehow, I was untouched

by the terrible necromancy
that turns children into Adults,
and so, aged seventy-six
I'm still nineteen.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Friday, 12 January 2018

A note from my live-in companion.

"I really don't understand why he is forever sweeping the floor and his precious rugs.
All that's on them is my lovely hair which falls out and floats about so naturally and continuously.
It is one of the beautiful things about my [main-constituent] breed.

"Maybe he has the Continual Sweeping Disorder that is...sweeping...the world ?

"Replies on a dog-ear, please."

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Cultures of Achievement

and property
perish horribly.
Cultures of non-achievement
and generosity
last for dozens if not hundreds
of millennia.


(I am currently reading Peter Matthiessen's
1965 book "At Play in The Fields of the Lord"
a battered, tattered copy of which I found
in the Little Local Library in the Street.)


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

One of the benefits

for the older male
of living in south-west France
(& Spain & Italy and the southern rest)
is that he can piss behind any parked car
or in any corner
without risk of arrest.


My blog is 'going viral' in Algeria.


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

An e-mail.


From: Aeneas Dardanos <*****@gmail.com>
Subject: Bektashis

Dr Mr Weir,
I came across your website 'beyond the pale' sometime ago and I was wondering what connections
do you have with the Albanian Bektashis?
I'm an Albanian interested in Sufism.

Thanks in advance for your time.

Flamur

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Dear Flamur,

Many thanks for writing to me.  I’m sorry to say I have no connection with the Albanian Bektashis.  Albania always intrigued me, not just because of the unlamented Enver, but because it is a miracle it exists at all, even in its very reduced state.

As soon as it was possible to visit it – via cheap flight from Corfu – I went, but only twice, to Sarandë and Gjirokastër.  Subsequently I acquired an Internet Friend from Vlorë who had emigrated to the US in 1992 . I think she was vaguely connected to the Nomenklatura – she showed me pictures of her very beautiful family house…  Anyway, through her I deepened my interest in Albanian culture, especially poetry since World War 2.  I had read Kadarë, then Fatos Kongoli in translation to either French or English…and so on to the Bektashis, because I, like you, for a long time (like many atheists!)  have had an interest in Sufism.   You may have seen translations I have made of Rumi on my site, as well as a lot of translations of modern Albanian poetry.

I also read a very interesting little-known book from the 1920s called “Two Vagabonds in Albania”.  Their “Two Vagabonds in Languedoc” is equally interesting and original and full of forgotten history.

I never got far in learning Albanian, as you can see, but Zana sent me texts and literal translations, and I also had dictionaries.

I have always been an  outsider, and still live mostly alone, aged 76 – now in SW France.  (I had once considered Albania between Vlorë and Sarandë, but being an EU citizen and always having loved France and the very good connections by air between Ireland and France, made me choose the latter.)  Zana came to visit me in both Ireland and France, and I took her daughter out to dinner (in an Uzbek restaurant!) in Paris a few times when I travelled via Paris (which I don’t do now).  Zana, like a lot of immigrants, does not like the USA.  I have a Lithuanian friend who is selling up and coming to SW France with her dog, because she can’t stand America anymore.  Like many immigrants, including Zana, she divorced fairly soon after arriving in the USA, but “kept herself well above water”.  Zana, however, though originally a research chemist, had to live on low wages and so is still stuck in the US.  Though now she has a permanent, Palestinian boyfriend who conveniently lives in a nearby flat: the perfect arrangement !

Gjithë të mirat,

Anthony (alias Ujku)

Flāmur : flag or banner or standard



I like your pseudonym!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Differences of Culture within a Culture.

The French for semi-detached
as in a house, is jumelée : twinned,
joined together side to side.
The English prefer detachment,
and if that is not possible,
then semi-detachment of some kind.

The French express their aggression with their driving.
The English (and Irish) express theirs with their drinking.

In France the hunters with dogs
are inferior to the middle class
who generally resent their outrageous rights
and behaviour (dating from the Revolution),
and often regard them as 'right-wing scum' .

In England the hunters on horseback with dogs
looked haughtily, expensively
down on the several classes below them.

Meanwhile, in America...

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Jesus of the Sauna.

My very good friend
(who has never been a milkman)
puts on clean socks,
hitch-hikes for 30 miles
on half-price Wednesdays
to a convivial sauna
and sucks on friendly cocks.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Against 'Free Choice'.

Entering a public library
is nearly as bad entering a supermarket.
So many books, so much choice - paralysis.

In a nearby French village there is a little bookcase
mounted on a wall - just a small cupboard, really,
with glazed doors - in which people
(English, Dutch, French - even German, Danish and Finnish readers)
leave books - maybe taking others out, or not.
Because of the limited choice
I have found by chance dozens of great books there
that I would never have noticed,
found or chosen in a 'proper' public library.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Dogs have been doomed

Since Time Began
(when they were wolves)
to watch humans eat.
I have always been attracted
to the despised.

I sniff their feet.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Not surprising, really.

"Apart from the colonisation of other planets in our galaxy,
Elon Musk's other ambitions include:
converting automobiles, households and as much industry as possible from fossil fuels to sustainable energy;
implementing a new form of high-speed city-to-city transportation via vacuum tube;
relieving traffic congestion with a honeycomb of underground tunnels fitted with electric skates for cars and commuters;
creating a mind-computer interface to enhance human health and brainpower;
and saving humanity from the future threat of an artificial intelligence that may one day run amok and decide, quite rationally, to eliminate the irrational human species.

"So far, Mr Musk, 46, has accomplished none of these goals."

from The Times, London, November 25th, 2017.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

The Earning of Leisure by Labour

is one of the driving forces
behind turbo-capitalism.
Another is the continuous creation
of an unemployed (but unleisured) underclass
through technological innovation.

And what are the common Leisure-dreams ?
Donning expensive gear
to do silly things in groups and troops and teams...

I can't see much pleasure
in their Leisure.

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Capitalism also depends on private property.