2016-2017



So the year ends on a tragicomic note, thanks, above all, to Obama. With nothing more to lose, he has revealed all during the final months of his mandate. His scissionist tactics, his inane globalist support, also indicating where his true loyalties lie, seem to clearly spell out betrayal. But Putin is a far better chess player. To end the year with panache he has check-mated Obama with relative ease.
The Russian President also gained prestige by managing to persuade Erdogan to hold back in Syria. Thus Russia, with Obama conspicuously absent, permitted the Syrian Christians to celebrate Christmas for the first time in five years. Although, to some extent, this may be com, it comes as heartwarming com to end the year.

But the world still has serious problems to contend with. The main problem is between 'we the people' and the institutions that continue to pretend they represent us. If Obama's 'legacy' is doomed to fizzle out like a wet firework, (and the worst for him might yet be still to come) there are other die-hards who are feverishly engrossed in continuing to push their absurd, dangerous and culturally destructive globalist project.

The EU under Juncker, is surreptitiously trying to promote this. Merkel seems to have no objection. Trudeau of Canada with his permanent 'Sound of Music' smile is all for it, and Turnbull of Australia is also shamefully bought out.

Despite the democratic UK vote for Brexit, the globalists are making it as difficult as they can for the UK to leave the Euroclub.
The UN, no doubt also favourable in establishing Dystopia, is showing its true, Arabian colours. The last resolutions against Israel are so uncouth, historically incoherent and totally partisan, that once more they make a mockery of what in principle the United Nations should stand for.

It's painfully obvious that the UN of 1947 has nothing in common with the UN of 2016. One wonders why this institution now devoid of any credibility, chose to victimise Israel. The Hebrew authorities agreed to the UN propositions of 1947, but the Arab League who assumed the right to decide what would be best for the 'Palestinians', categorically refused the UN plan).
Has the UN ever considered the terrible consequences of the Arab League's refusal? It engendered terrorism, thousands of deaths. It engendered the Hezbollah, Hamas. It led to years of conflict and misery, above all for the 'Palestinians' who have inherited the pseudo cause, status quo that most of the original Arab belligerents no longer seem to care very much about. It contributed in ruining the Lebanon which once was a multicultural, democratic jewel of the ME. Lebanon became a constant battle ground, and its multicultural society was, and still is, very negatively effected by the ever growing presence of Palestinian refugees. But the UN prefers to victimise Israel, also a multicultural, democratic jewel. The UN should be the first to appreciate that there is no other people in the world more capable of defending and preserving the Holy Land for posterity than the Israelis. Yet the institution constantly chooses to make the Israeli task more difficult. In whose name?

The UN even allows Saudi Arabia, which has one of the worst international reputations regarding women's rights, to contribute in representing the international defence of women's rights! No one, no institution, could ever possibly show more cynicism, which also reinforces the view that the UN no longer has any real international reason of being.

'We, the people' therefore have a task before us, to contend with the elite ideologues who like to pretend that they know what's best for the world. We look towards leaders like Trump, Putin, Orbán and Netanyahu, intelligent leaders who will need our support. We trust that there will be others. And we hope that the irresponsible initiative of promoting no borders and uncontrolled immigration will cease. This process that can only lead to chaos, must be reversed whilst there's still time.

If certain leaders who are supposed to represent democracies have caused the year to end more negatively than could have been the case, let 2017 be a year of positive change, of improved international relationships, of effective cooperation, and above all, of peace.

Happy New Year 2017!
 

 
Text and image © Mirino. December 31st, 2016

Wee message


Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle as you go,
Oh what fun it is to write
'Merry Christmas' in the snow-

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle as you wee,
Just a little message,
Specially from me-

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way,
Glad it's almost finished,
After all it's winter's day-

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle as you go,
Oh what fun it is to write
'Merry Christmas' in the snow-
 
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Merry Christmas 
and a pissful New Year 
 
 
Text and image © Mirino. 
(L'emploi des images sans obtenir préablement mon autorisation est interdit).
December, 2016 
 

Conspiracy



Whatever is theoretical might be plausible, but obviously not factual until proven so through practical application.
A conspiracy theory therefore is an alleged plot that hasn't been proved to be true.
The New World Order, for example, is held as a conspiracy theory.
The term 'new world order' is by no means new. It has been use quite often, also in the course of history, especially following world wars. Today, although it might be used too freely, there are nevertheless facts that could support it.

Two of the official reasons for allowing thousands of migrants into Europe are, to give a boost to industry by way of cheaper labour, and to assure future populations by compensating for an alleged slump in European procreation. The first reason is passable although it suggests politically correct slavery. The second reason is more disturbingly ideologic. It reveals the intention of irresponsibly meddling with nature, society, root identities, diverse European cultures and values.

Immigration has been concerted and orchestrated, in as much as chosen continents (Canada with the USA, Australia and Europe) have opened their borders to an important, quasi uncontrolled influx of migrants. In consideration of the facts that most of the migrants are Muslim males, and not necessarily war-torn Syrian refugees, and that since their arrival there are too many negative reports regarding their behaviour, it's natural to conclude that in a subversive, diktat way, some sort of moronic project is being imposed upon established democracies.

The way Obama has been promoting Islam, demeaning the US founding fathers' root religion, and even the American flag, pushing for no borders internationally, and trying with all means and money (supplied generously by George Soros) to get H. Clinton elected in order to continue his 'legacy', spells it out even more clearly.
Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian Prime Minister, has expressed his concern publicly, referring to Soros and the inane project, catagorically refusing to allow additional immigration into Hungary.
Russia also makes open references, and one reads that Soros and the Rothschilds are banned from entering Russia. Some reports claim that Russia has even issued international arrest warrants for them.

But what would even a megalomaniac gain by such an absurd, culturally destructive project? In any case most of the so called 'elite' are too old to benefit from whatever 'power' could eventually, theoretically, but dubiously be within their grasp. Rothschild might want to add the last two or three banks to fulfil his absolutist international bank monopoly, like a child who obsessively wants the missing Pokemon to complete the collection, but Soros..?
Obviously no one could be that brainless and ill-inspired to imagine that the islamisation of the entire world under one totalitarian governing system, with the conform, cultureless, regressive, destructive, dystopian consequences, would positively further the cause of humanity.

However, it is nonetheless apparent that there is a treacherous scheme being perpetrated and imposed on democratic continents with the full complicity of their authorities. This has already caused Brexit, and certainly helped to elect Trump as US President. Needless to say, what is taking place is factual.

As the consequences of such an inanity can only be negative, one concludes that those responsable have negative intentions. Before they ultimately join Lucifer, it seems that they want to leave their mark by kicking the anthills and clouting the hornets' nests of modern civilisation. They want to create chaos, division, war and despair. Isn't this why Soros generously financed BLM, the organisation incredibly praised by Obama for doing such a 'fine job', of what? Of killing the police? In these regards Obama and H. Clinton seem to have shown themselves to be the stooges of Soros.

Another cynical pleasantry is that Soros is supposed to be a philanthropist. If this were so could he not spend some of his billions in trying to get Assad to step down? Could he not try stop the Syrian civil war, instead of shamefully exploiting it? Could he not afford to finance a massive safe zone refugee camp somewhere north of the Euphrates, instead of encouraging Muslims from all over the world to invade democracies? Should he not refrain from trying to persuade us that Russia is our enemy?

Admitting then that the theory of the New World Order/disorder brought about by global Islamisation is so devoid of sense that it would only be plausible as a theme for a Spielberg film; what does seem to be blatant conspiracy in trying to incite riots, chaos, division, racism, anarchy, cultural destruction, murder, maybe even civil war, if not world war, cannot so easily be dismissed.
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Text and image rendering © Mirino. November, 2016 
 

Reassurance



When I took these pictures last month, naturally I felt the elation I always feel at such times. Beauty always reassures. Yet I didn't then feel any inclination to try to write something for Viewfinder to accompany a selection.


However, reassurance comes just as naturally as when one sometimes has the good fortune of seeing such splendid sights.


Regardless of self-professed Gods who believe they have divine rights to impose myopic visions and global experiments. Regardless of anyone who casually decrees the deprivation of rights to unborn human life. Regardless of those who kill, torture and rape, claiming they have the approval of God to do so.


Regardless of all this madness; what one has faith in, which naturally englobes the beauty of our surroundings, and above all the miracle of life itself, finally prevails, and always reassures.


For many people this is now far less apparent. Perhaps to them everything seems worse than ever. The results of the American Presidential elections were obviously not as they were programmed to be. There is a feeling of hopeless disorientation. The established system, the inane, elistist projects have been rejected.


Yet didn't they deserve to be? No one can abuse others indefinitely, or impose on the natural order of things with impunity.
The world is still turning beautifully, and there is always a reason for everything.


 Text and images © Mirino. 9th November, 2016

Pouvoir



Bien des années auparavant, le petit mot 'media' suscitait un sentiment plutôt positif, car on le voyait comme une grande fenêtre qui donnait sur le monde entier. Il représentait donc de l'espoir. Naïvement on croyait que la vérité l'emporterait toujours, car grâce à l'accès énorme d'informations, rien ne pouvait nous échapper ou être caché indéfiniment.

Néanmoins, se référant encore aux pensées d'Oscar Wilde dans son 'The Soul of Man under Socialism' (l'âme de l'homme sous le socialisme) il fait référence à Burke à l'égard du journalisme. Apparemment Burke traitait le journalisme comme 'le quatrième Etat'.
Wilde alors avance dans sa thèse que l'observation de Burke fut peut-être exacte à son époque, mais depuis, et au moment où Wilde écrivait, selon lui le journalisme était devenu le seul Etat, ayant mangé les trois autres.

Déjà vers la fin du 19° siècle donc, Wilde discernait ce pouvoir journalistique comme hors de proportion. Aucun besoin de se rappeler alors que la TV n'existait pas, ni Internet, ni smartphones, etc. Il n'y avait pas constamment des sondages montés pour obtenir un résultat prédéterminé non plus. Et évidemment le téléphone alors n'était pas encore au point.
Le pouvoir des media aujourd'hui est donc astronomiquement plus élevé et assez abusif. Tout dépend sur ce que l'on appelle 'politiquement correct', ou ce que les média courants devraient promouvoir comme manière acceptée de voir, de penser et d'interpréter les choses. Pour y arriver on dirait que quasi tout est permis.

Aujourd'hui cet abus est une insulte perpétuelle à l'intelligence de la plupart des gens. Afin que les 'élites' puissent poursuivre un projet fou et irresponsable sur lequel dépend aussi l'immigration incontrôlée, on se borne à trouver des excuses pour la nette hausse de criminalité. Un migrant Musulman coupable d'avoir violé une femme ou un enfant, par exemple, serait signalé préférablement d'abord comme européen, (canadien, australien ou américain). Si ce n'est pas possible même sous une identité de double nationalité, alors le criminel serait présenté comme un individu handicapé par des problèmes mentaux, etc.

A l'égard des politiques, on utilise les mêmes tactiques. Les media ont pu démontrer leur pouvoir en fabricant et en lançant F. Hollande, par exemple. La France a payé très cher le prix de cette lubie mal inspirée. En même temps que Hollande était haussé aux nues, son prédécesseur était systématiquement miné par certains média. Et aujourd'hui on attend un petit peu en surveillant le terrain avant de continuer le jeu de plus belle.

Aux Etats Unis l'argent voltige partout. Même un débat entre des candidats présidentiels a été truqué, car une chaîne comme CNN aurait sa préférence politique en fonction de ses intérêts. Intérêts toujours à court terme, comme une carotte dont l'intérieur est pourri, pendue devant l'âne.

Aujourd'hui, le candidat des présidentielles promu par les media français, celui qui incarne au mieux la médiocrité tant préféré par ces derniers, est Juppé. C'est programmé, tout comme l'élection de F. Hollande l'a été.
N. Sarkozy, clairement le genre de personnage que la France a besoin pour la sortir de la boue infecte socialiste, sera autant que possible, mis hors jeu. Si par miracle et force de volonté, l'ancien Président est quand même capable de surmonter le fort courant contre lui, il méritera d'autant plus d'être élu.
Et peut-être pourrait-t-on dire la même chose aujourd'hui à l'égard de Marine Le Pen.

Mais aujourd'hui certains media ont cédé leur place privilégiée à un autre 'Etat', celui de l'argent. Actuellement il y a un pouvoir d'argent quasi illimité chez certains mégalomanes. Ces personnages qui se prennent littéralement pour des dieux, essaient de le démontrer en achetant les politiciens et en plaçant stratégiquement leurs pions dépourvus d'intégrité où il peuvent pour arriver à réaliser leurs objectifs. A l'heure actuelle ce qui se passe à ce sujet est très préoccupant. C'est aussi pour cette raison que les élections américaines n'ont jamais été autant cruciales et déterminantes.

Certains ne peuvent pas s'empêcher de se vendre pour de l'argent, y compris bien entendu certains media. Aujourd'hui tout peut être acheté impunément, même, il semble, la vie d'un individu estimé trop gênant. Si une candidate des présidentielles est programmée pour gagner, il faut que ce soit le cas. Aujourd'hui les media, si assez persuadés, ne vont pas crier sur les toits pour exiger des enquêtes pour élucider de tels assassinats.

De nos jours on est porté à avoir relativement si peu de confiance envers les media, que l'on cherche à s'informer ailleurs, en échangeant des informations que l'on trouve. Ironiquement Facebook est devenu une plateforme pour cet échange d'info. Informations souvent bien documentées avec des vidéos et des photos témoignant leur exactitude. Et rarement on trouvera ces informations publiées dans les média courants qui normalement les auraient jugées trop crues, dérangeantes, et surtout trop politiquement incorrectes. Mais même Facebook est sous pression de censurer ceux qui osent traverser certaines bornes établies, et de toute façon, il faut toujours être discernant et selectif.

Poutine n'a-t-il pas raison lorsqu'il affirme que la démocratie n'existe plus à l'Occident? C'est l'argent et le politiquement correct qui comptent. Ce sont ces deux faux prophètes qui règnent au dessus de tout, et les media croient devoir en être assujettis, eux aussi. C'est un cercle vicieux et empoisonné.

La question ultime est: qu'est ce que l'on serait prêt à vendre pour de l'argent? Son identité culturelle, son pays, sa raison d'être, son âme?
Un vrai philanthrope peut faire énormément de bien, même parfois des miracles, avec peu d'argent, sinon rien. On l'a déjà vu assez de fois. Un faux philanthrope multi-milliardaire, celui qui se prend pour Dieu, peut faire énormément de mal, si on lui laisse la liberté de le faire. D'ailleurs on est justement en train de voir à quel point.
Tout dépend sur ce que l'on veut, y compris quel avenir pour le monde on aimerait contribuer à déterminer.

Les media, eux aussi, ne devraient-ils pas commencer à se poser la même question, au lieu de ne voir que leurs intérêts à court terme? Car en fin du compte, une mauvaise décision, un choix mal inspiré, n'arrangent jamais rien pour personne, comme on a pu le constater avec l'Express, pour citer seulement un exemple français.

Les meilleurs journaux anglais ont perdu toute leur valeur pour avoir donné priorité au pouvoir de l'argent au lieu de leur identité, intégrité et réputation.
La responsabilité des media est énorme. Il va sans dire que ceux qui les gèrent doivent assumer cette responsabilité de manière à répondre pleinement aux conséquences des informations vraies ou fausses, qu'ils choisirent de publier.

La BBC, autrefois une référence d'excellence internationale, est devenue plutôt une référence de médiocrité, et de partialité honteuse. D'ailleurs on dirait que sans aucun état d'âme, les responsables et les media anglais se sont vendus aux plus payants, comme les Saoudiens, par exemple. Par conséquence en relativement peu de temps la GB risque de devenir passivement un Etat Islamique. En effet on peut bruler l'Union-Jack impunément en Angleterre, mais gare aux anglais qui veulent brûler le drapeau d'ISIS, dans ce cas liberté d'expression oblige.. 

Le drame qui se déroule dans le monde aujourd'hui est bien trop sérieux pour permettre aux média de continuer à abuser de leurs lecteurs. Il est trop grave pour que l'on continue à laisser jouer très mal aux échecs géopolitiques les cyniques mégalomanes, les lucifériens. Ces piètres profiteurs parasites et leurs acolytes, tous ceux qui croient être les seuls privilégiés à bien gagner sur les tragédies des autres, ne gagnent strictement rien, lorsque c'est au détriment du monde entier.
                                                             
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Text and image (Silver Jubilee Victorian Crown 1887-1892, showing St. George slaying the dragon.
On the face side figures a profile of Queen Victoria).

 © Mirino. October, 2016
                                           

Verity


I often think about the admirable citation borrowed by the Italian writer, Susanna Tamaro, from a certain Frère Roger's words, that "truth is not a colour, it is light". Naturally white light is the result of all the component colours of the rainbow. This principle of truth can be applied to everything.
It applies to day and night, life and death. It applies to historic facts obviously without exception, the history of civilisation, of our world and of the whole universe. It applies to the all the accomplishments and failures of mankind, and to all the natural creations of God, or whatever name one wishes to use to designate the Almighty Power.
But it doesn't only englobe positive aspects, it must englobe negative aspects as well, for the same principle applies. Nothing positive can exist without its negative counterpart. There can be no life without death.
One could advance that black is the result of all component opaque colours. They lack transparency. Black therefore doesn't reflect light. (This lack of capacity to reflect, also seems appropriate for the regressive, evil, imbeciles who wave black flags).
Paradise and inferno are only spiritual concepts of the ultimate, imagined destinations of every individual, even though man has the capacity and choice of contributing to create earthly hell or earthly paradise.

Some of these thoughts are no doubt repeated elsewhere in Viewfinder, including the very first effort in 2008, but perhaps today they are more pertinent than ever. They introduce a question regarding the consequences of the inane efforts of over-rich sectarians who like to believe they are gods themselves. Consequences that are having a very negative effect on our lives at this particular time.

The question again regards verity. If Islamic ideology pretends to represent the truth, it would never need to be imposed on anyone in anyway. We always, ultimately accept the truth without it being forced upon us. Even those who try to live a lie rarely do so without finally acknowledging the truth and coming to terms with it. One cannot hide, or indefinitely deform the truth. It would be like denying the reality of life and death. As soon as one tries to impose what one persuades oneself to be the incontestable truth, either by way of reasoning, or by physical force, whatever one is trying to impose, automatically and irrevocably becomes false.

A true religion is a very personal conviction. Each person, often unconsciously, has his or her own particular belief. This faith is an individual right. Ironically many people who believe they are atheists, are in fact fundamentally religious. Being religious doesn't mean one has to attend Church services each Sunday. It certainly doesn't mean one should make a massive bottoms-up public show of numbers of one's so-called faith with false humility. It doesn't demand that men should get together to flagellate themselves, or to cruelly slaughter animals. And threatening violence, killing, beheading, torturing, raping, etc., pretexting to defend one's feigned faith in atrocious ways is pure evil. It negates even the validity of an ideology, and can never possibly be associated with any religion.

Treating women as slaves, jealously concealing their beauty instead of proudly and respectfully acknowledging natural femininity; according them less than the minimum of consideration, even stoning them for the misfortune of having been rape victims of depraved beings that have no right to consider themselves human, is also pure evil. Destroying the innocence and magic of childhood, and by extention the future, by conditioning children to hate and to kill, is equally demonic.

To be truly religious there is only one basic requirement. This covers everything by extension. The requirement is simply to believe that the universe, its incredible mechanism, and life itself in all its forms, did not come about by pure chance or accident. Yet we, relatively insignificant beings in relation to this immense and magnificent cosmos, and the marvel of life itself, are naturally an integral part of it all. This humility, realisation and wonder should induce us to regard everything with joy and profound respect, because everything is part of The Creation. The men amongst us particularly acclaim, admire and adore women because although our modest participation is naturally essential, their life giving force is extraordinary, miraculous, and awe-inspiring.

The miracle of life in all its forms, 'all creatures great and small',  from which we still have so much to learn, yet we still take too much for granted. This life, this verity, all that we see around us, is our earthly paradise. Although we could more easily destroy than conserve this very precious loan, naturally we have the responsibility to bequeath it intact, if not more embellished than ever, to our children for them to eventually assume the same responsibility.

Spiritual paradise is a beautiful image conserved within us. Only a disorientated fool would believe that somewhere celestial, there is an Edenic garden of apple trees, vineyards and virgins, cascades of pristine water, birds of paradise, etc. How can anything be living if paradise is immortal, therefore sterile? Who plants the fruit trees and prunes the vines? What eggs hatched the birds of paradise, or what birds laid the eggs? How could ghosts of servile women still garbed in their burkas be enjoyed by degenerates, without the vital life creating force and instinct? How can one possibly be led to believe such rubbish without being totally regressive and brainless?

Those who have such meagre respect for life, have no respect for truth, which essentially is God. They who contribute to make mortal hell on earth, can never possibly be rewarded with even a mere fabulation of immortal paradise.
If a real destination exists between the two spiritual concepts, then it would only be hell. If you willingly contribute to create mortal hell on earth, it is bound to be your final vision, your ultimate destination and personal legacy.

 
Text and image © Mirino. September, 2016

Trumplea



When H. Clinton campaigned for the Democratic nomination for President of the USA in 2008, one got the impression that she had more clout and conviction than Obama, which wouldn't be too difficult in any case. When I first heard Trump make a public speech, I must admit I wasn't too impressed.

Most people appreciate that first impressions are often false. It also takes time to get to know a person, according to factual information made available. When the choice is limited to two main presidential candidates, obviously one must refer to whatever reliable information one finds to be able to decide who best to vote for.
It's amusing to note that what Obama had to say to discredit Hillary Clinton in 2008 is the exact opposite to what he now says in her support.

Many people might be swayed by considerations that are essentially beside the point. One would not be choosing a first female President in the history of the USA, as opposed to yet another male President, for example, one would be choosing the best possible President under the actual, momentous, social, economical, national and international circumstances.

More than ever, the American Presidential elections are not just a national affair. They concern the whole world (which is also why Viewfinder is taking this liberty) and at this particular epoch the choice is absolutely crucial.
Maybe for the first time in American history the choice is not simply between Democrats and Republicans. It's not a question of swinging from one traditional political tendency to the other, or of choosing not to do so. This time there are much larger political and ideological issues at stake. There may be certain Republicans, for example, who could be quite sold on the ideology of eventually opting for a neo-Marxist global government system, to the detriment of 'dated democracy'. Even if this meant the gradual cultural destruction of nations as we know them. To the elite ideological theoreticians, such sacrifices would be justified by the 'subsequent results'...

These are the stakes that determine the choice, and the choice is simple. On one side there is a candidate who is financially committed to implement "Sorosian dystopia" (chaos). Therefore in keeping, H. Clinton will continue to allow mass, quasi uncontrolled immigration of mostly Muslim males into the USA.
On the other side there is a Republican candidate who is already aware of what is taking place, but is totally free institutionally, politically and financially to apply a policy of common sense that counters such chaos creating recipes. He has not been bought out by any sectarian multi-billionaire, or by any Arabian States.

More serious is the fact that as the Soros and Rothschild, etc., project seems to be treated as a priority, it could even lead to war with Russia, who understandably rejects the inane NWO idea.
Any sensible person would reason that to solve the problems caused by ISIS, including the persecution of Christians, Copts and Kurds in the Middle East, and the essential problem of Syria, cooperation with Russia is primordial, absolutely essential. Obviously there is no other way.
The fact that Obama has, at least up until now, with only two months left of his mandate, rejected any real cooperation with Russia, underlines the importance he seems to accord to an absurd ideology above the real and immediate interests of the world in terms of humanity, and this without even considering the economic and social interests of the USA.
H. Clinton is on the same political wave length as Obama, but the danger she represents could be even greater, because she is power hungry, vain, temperamental, and sometimes even foolhardy. She may also have a health problem that could complicate things even further.

Additionally there is proof of her being a security risk. By all accounts corroborated by the FBI, yet she seems to benefit already from legal immunity, however much that costs those who have generously invested in her. It may be a very bad investment however, and not only because of her health problem. But for the Sorosian project that must have cost so many millions to initiate, she is irreplaceable. Literally no one else would ever do what she is prepared to do to satisfy her patrons that would neither be in the interests of the USA, nor the world.

The choice is simple. If one chooses H. Clinton, mass, uncontrolled immigration will continue in the USA. This will also encourage the continuation of the same irresponsible open border senselessness in Europe and elsewhere (Canada and Australia) in keeping with the inane, destructive project. Worse, and incredibly, it could even lead to conflict with Russia.

If one chooses D. Trump, uncontrolled immigration will cease. There will be greater border control. For the Middle East problems that are being ignobly exploited by the multi-billionaire megalomaniacs, Trump will very likely cooperate with Putin to get things sorted out at last, not only by getting rid of ISIS, but by finding a common solution to end the noxious civil and ethnic wars in Syria.
Common sense must prevail, internally (reuniting all Americans and starting to get the economy back on track) as well as externally (effective cooperation with world leaders to solve the real international problems). Then who knows? Perhaps even the media will start doing their job with the integrity that was once the hall mark of real journalism.
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Text © Mirino. (With many thanks for the use of the 11/9/  memorial anniversary image). September, 2016

Succo di pomodoro




A volte mi chiedo se non sono diventato più pazzo di quanto già non lo sia, poiché ciò che accade nel mondo d’oggi è così incredibile che, per riuscire a crederci, diventa quasi normale dubitare della sua salute mentale.

Alludo naturalmente al progetto delle élite, di quei megalomani troppo ricchi che, senza molta conoscenza della storia, e pensando forse di essere quasi divini, prendono iniziative inaudite, pericolose ed irresponsabili. Mi riferisco al cosiddetto “nuovo ordine mondiale” che, secondo questi illuminati e settari, sarà stabilito grazie all'afflusso di milioni di migranti musulmani (degenerati o no).

Nonostante gli avvertimenti dati alle mie sorelle altrove, i miei dubbi sono rinforzati dalla loro reazione. Esse non sono di fatto pronte ad accettare uno scenario così folle. È piuttosto comprensibile. Poi non se ne parla nei giornali che hanno l'abitudine di leggere, beninteso...

E qui, in Italia dove sono, è anche difficile crederlo. Questo luogo è un paradiso dove la gente è molto simpatica. Raramente ho conosciuto tale gentilezza così generosa e sincera. In più abbiamo un orto qui vicino, gratuito. I vicini mi hanno persino aiutato a lavorare la terra e preparare il terreno prima di piantare. Poi è proprio una comunione con la terra e la natura, ed è affascinante.

Prima le piccoli piante di pomodoro, ad esempio, sono così fragili, talvolta troppo. Ma col tempo le piante dei pomodori del tipo “cuore di bue” possono crescere alte due metri con grappoli che pesano fra due e quattro chili. Poi ci vogliono pazienza e sole perché diventino rossi. Nel mio caso, per essere alla mia prima esperienza, non è andata troppo male, ma ovviamente ho sempre molto da apprendere.
Qui il giardinaggio è un modo di vita, ma i miei vicini, che riescono a fare un po’ di tutto, compressi un buon vino e un olio d’oliva di qualità, non sono giovani. Per essi curare i loro giardini è una passione, ed è questa la ragione per cui questo luogo è un vero paradiso.

Purtroppo i loro figli sono meno entusiasti. Si tratta di una generazione che pensa che siccome frutta, verdura e pomodori di stagione costano poco, non c’è ragione di affaticarsi tanto a coltivarle. In termini economici questo è vero, ma in termini di valori reali, di cuore, di amore, ed anche in termini spirituali, si sbagliano.
Sembrerebbe quindi che anche certi paradisi sono destinati ad essere effimeri.

Questi considerazioni ci riportano ancora al progetto malsano di megalomani. Quelli che hanno consacrato le loro vite ad accumulare denaro, ma in realtà non hanno mai vissuto. Sono quindi essenzialmente poveri. Per questo motivo credono che cambiare il mondo, anche in peggio, sarà una specie di compensazione per le loro vite vuote. Ma evidentemente anche loro si sbagliano.

Su Facebook, perché è utile sapere ciò che accade nel mondo, anche se certe cose vengono censurate, ho visto la foto di ancora un altro Musulmano arrabbiato. Quest'uomo teneva un cartellone su cui era scritto "kill all the Juice". Evidentemente voleva dire "kill all the Jews", cioè "ammazza tutti gli ebrei" (juice in inglese vuol dire succo, mentre Jews sono gli ebrei).
Possiamo nondimeno consolarci sempre con il succo di pomodoro...


Text and photo © Mirino. (With thanks to Rob). August, 2016

The Plan



Dark clouds rumble in the distance, as though they are suffering from acute indigestion.
They look threatening, and without being countered by a fresh, lucid breeze, they could drift over to blacken the entire sky, spit hell fire, and vomit on all of us. The way things are going perhaps we deserve it.

When one reflects on the Ukrainian affair and how it was handled by the USA and the EU, the word 'fiasco' easily springs to mind. But maybe what seemed to be a lack of intelligence, foresight, and above all, diplomacy, might have been all part of the 'Plan'.
After all, it was essentially an internal affair.
The former elected President, Viktor Yanukovych, rejected the idea of the Ukraine joining NATO. In his view there was already enough mutual cooperation, and the Ukraine also had to consider its military coordination with Russia. Yanukovych also appreciated that joining NATO would understandably create friction between the Ukraine and its close neighbour, Russia.
Naturally this makes sense, but the West, encouraged by the multi-billionaire who had, in anticipation, already invested in the Ukraine, thought otherwise, and protests were encouraged to counter the Ukrainian President's wishes to turn more towards his Russian neighbour economically and socially.

The demonstrations, coined the 'Euromaidan', lasted some months, and eventually led to the overthrow of Yanukovych.
A new government was established, but not democratically. There was no time for that. A coalition government was set up in March, 2010, with considerable help from the West. It was therefore naturally in favour of Europe and NATO, and only too eager to turn its back on Russia.

The ex-premier Tymoshenko stated in 2010 that lawyers who contributed in forming the substituted coalition government received bribes of $5 million dollars each. In June of that year Yurly Lutsenko and again Yulia Tymoshenko maintained that opposition deputies had been offered $1.5 million with $25,000 per month if they joined the coalition.
This volt face caused protests from the pro-Russians in the Ukraine, and unsurprisingly provoked riots which eventually spurred the Russian annexation of Crimea. Since then Russia has been subject to economic sanctions. They are probably more harmful to European interests than to Russian interests.

That's the rough backdrop, and the American pretext to treat Russia as the 'enemy'. So while Obama and Soros fan the flames of such dated differences, and pretend that Putin is the evil foe, they also encourage Europe and certain democratic nations such as Australia, to virtually do away with their border control to generously welcome migrant 'friends'.
The initial pretext was to give assylum to war-torn refugees, which would have been noble, but since then the term 'refugees' has been subtly changed to 'migrants'. This change of name was necessary because it's painfully obvious that most of the migrants are not refugees. There are very few women, children and old people compared to the influx of mostly young male Muslims. Curiously there are no Christians, no Copts nor Kurds. They seem to have been forgotten, and in any case the Kurdish men and women are too busy fighting ISIS in the front line. Strangely the EU, the USA and NATO show no concern. Ironically it is mostly the Christian populations in Syria and elsewhere who continue to be persecuted by radicals armed by Turkey, which also means the USA.

This then is the incredible scenario. The inane, pretended project, to assure the future populations of Europe, the USA and Australia, etc., with the help of male Muslims, is in reality only a recipe to create conflict and chaos, as we are now seeing, and as I have already alluded to. How can it possibly be otherwise?

If the situation were not so serious, it might even be amusing, because nothing is going according to the make believe plan, which is in fact a time bomb. The EU has agreed to, or has been bribed into, wearing a very big bomb belt over which it seems to have no control regarding the detonation.
Obama's unbridled vanity has made him reveal his true loyalties and objectives. This, on top of her own serious errors of judgement, may also have contributed to diminish the chances of H. Clinton's being elected US President.
Obama's false friend Erdogan is irrevocably ruining his nation which risks to become a totalitarian Islamic menace.

The famous plan, or ticket to Dystopia, has become so obvious to most thinking people of the world, that those who are still contributing towards this objective look ridiculously sold-out. Angela Merkel is ruining her reputation as well as the nation she represents. Cameron saved himself in extremis. Hollande must cease to blindly follow Obama and think more about cooperating with Russia, if he wants to finish his mandate a shade more worthily, rather than even more miserably.
Needless to add, at this crucial period the UK should start getting its priorities right. It should no longer look for political guidance from the EU, or from the USA, certainly whilst Obama still presides.

The world must stop being persuaded that Russia is an expansionist enemy. As far as the Ukraine is concerned, if the tables were turned, if we were dealing with a fictive nation of which a considerable number of the population identified itself culturally with the USA, and wished to conserve its identity, Obama would have been under tremendous pressure to defend the interests of that community. In this respect Putin has shown considerable restraint.

Not to cooperate with Russia to fight a common enemy (ISIS) is dangerously absurd. On the contrary, it is the only rational solution to remedy all the problems, including the underlying problem of Syria. It is obvious the only possible strategic key. To obstinately continue this stupid scenario also for the sake of an inane plan which is so harmful, a plan that is only a megalomaniac's vain pretext to create a nightmare of chaos, using Muslim migrants as the catalyser, is unpardonable.

Very recently Pope Francis was not afraid to say that we are at war. 'I'm not speaking of a war of religions, Religions don't want war. The others want war'. He wasn't even referring to the war with ISIS. He was referring to the war of financial interests, of resources. The real, underlying war, the rabid, evil pursuit of economic power.


Text and image © Mirino. July, 2016

Chaos



When Vladimir Putin declares that democracy no longer exists in the West, he must be alluding to the power of money. If multi-billionaires feel it's in their interests to invest in a democrat candidate like Obama, for example, such a large investment is bound to carry weight. It wouldn't be limited to the candidate's presidential campaign either. It would certainly have to include as much media support as can also be purchased. And when one makes such a generous investment and it pays off, the investee is then morally bound to the investor, similarly to whoever sells his soul to the devil.
Is this not why Obama is now endorsing the chaos that George Soros has initiated by pushing Angela Merkel and thus Europe into accepting masses of so called refugees? Is this not also why he too is inanely treating Russia as an enemy, to protect the Ukrainian investments of Soros? The multi-billionaire also established a foundation in the Ukraine that contributed towards toppling the nation's elected executive, to then replace it with a US State department chosen junta. This episode was apparently overseen by Hillary Clinton.

The Clintons have a privileged relationship with George Soros, but it's possible that G. W. Bush would never have likewise benefitted from any sorosian generosity.
Soros believed that the 'fight against terror' was counter-productive, but he never anticipated 11/9/2001. Had he been able to foresee this and the initial opening of Pandora's box in Pakistan, perhaps there would have been other huge fortunes to be made.

Ideally, in tandem with such incredible financial power, should come a developed sense of forethought and responsibility, but if the desire for power is too dominant, then all other considerations are bound to be secondary.
A megalomaniac tends to believe that he is always right, although sometimes he might admit that he is wrong. Nevertheless, if such a person decided that the value of the pound £ sterling was too strong in relation to the euro €, he would tend to want to try to do something about it. This Soros did in 1992 by buying ten billion US$ of pounds £ and selling them short. He made a billion $ in the process. For this he earned the title of 'The man who broke the Bank of England', and the consequential currency crisis in the UK is known as 'Black Wednesday'.

Chairman of the 'Open Society Foundations' that he launched in 1993, and firm supporter of the American progressive, and liberal ideologies, Soros endorses his open society, and has considerably invested in this as we are now painfully experiencing. The Merkel plan is part of this. That the term 'refugees' has since been changed to 'migrants' is significant in itself.
The negative global consequences of this are so apparent that nations' leaders who still persist in trying to justify the influx of mostly male Muslims, appear to have been shamefully and ridiculously bought out.

The reaction of Hungarian authorities are refreshingly realistic in comparison. (George Soros, by the way, was born in Budapest, Hungry. His original name was György Schwartz).
Replying to a comment made by Clinton regarding the migrant issue, the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said, 'The remarks made about Hungary and Poland have a political dimension. These are not accidental slips of the tongue. And these slips or remarks have been multiplying since we are living in the era of the migrant crisis. And we all know that behind the leaders of the Democratic Party, we have to see George Soros. Although the mouth belongs to Clinton, the voice belongs to Soros.'
In response Soros spelled it all out very clearly. Alluding to Orban's political stance, he said, 'His plan treats the protection of national borders as the objective and the refugees as an obstacle. Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.'
To illustrate the extent in which the migrant influx has been orchestrated, 'Migrant Handbooks' have been produced especially. Examples were found on the Greek island, Lesbos. They are written in Arabic for the benefit of migrants before they attempt to cross the Mediterranean. The handbooks had been supplied by a group known as 'Welcome to the EU'. Hardly surprisingly, 'Welcome to the EU' is financed by the Open Society Foundations.

Soros is also considered to be a philanthropist. But in view of his partisan, if not sectarian dealings, and his callous, financial speculations, (one of which also caused chaos in Asia) one doubts if his so called philanthropy is not governed/determined by cold, financial calculation, rather than by warm, spontaneous and sincere generosity.
In any case it's obviously a useful cover. One can help a struggling State, by generously investing in its industry. If this proves unsuccessful one could then create chaos. Either way a quick fortune can be made.
I recently learnt that Soros donated more than $33 million to the 'Black Lives Matter' organisation. If this isn't incitement to racism, violence, division and therefore more chaos, nothing is.

With regard to Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia, what else could be the ultimate objective of flooding these democracies with Moslem migrants? Social and economic chaos is the only possible answer. The NWO (New World Order or more exactly 'Disorder') scheme is so idiotic that one now suspects it to be only a poor pretext. George Soros is intelligent enough to know that apart for him, nothing of any positive value will result from such a moronic project. But an unscrupulous person perhaps vain or cynic enough to consider himself divine, even though he might have more in common with the devil, can make billions from chaos, providing he first purchases the servility of leaders cupid and stupid enough to allow it to happen, which certainly seems to be the case since the floodgates for migrants have been opened.


The above was written before the evil terror attack in Nice, France last night. But could one not say that there is a connection?
Sincere condolences to the victims and their families.


Ceci a été écrit avant l'attentat diabolique qui a eu lieu à Nice hier soir, mais ne pourrait-on pas dire qu'il y ait une connection?
Condoléances les plus sincères à toutes les victimes et leurs familles.

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Text and image © Mirino. (with thanks to Tyler Durden for any additional information). July, 2016

Brexitus acta probat



Que l'on ait été pour ou contre, il faut être de mauvaise foi pour ne pas reconnaître que la démocratie règne plus forte que jamais en Angleterre. Et finalement n'est ce pas cela la liberté primordiale que l'Europe a toujours défendue stoïquement?

David Cameron a été aussi digne de sa fonction. D'abord digne d'avoir donné au peuple l'occasion de choisir entre rester membre ou non de l'UE, puis digne d'avoir pris acte des résultats en confirmant son intention de démissionner. Il a ouvertement affiché sa préférence, donc c'est normal qu'il assume les conséquences.

Beaucoup de français ont fait la comparaison entre ce comportement et celui de certains de leurs politiciens. Emmanuel Macron est un bon exemple. Comment un ministre du gouvernement socialiste qui affirme publiquement qu'il ne croit plus au socialisme, peut continuer néanmoins à assumer ses fonctions, et en plus en prenant le temps de faire sa propre campagne pour son avenir personnel? Mais à l'égard de tels principes F. Hollande bat tous les records. Comment est-ce possible que sachant que son taux de popularité/confiance est plutôt à moins de 10 %, il continue comme si de rien n'était? Est-il à ce point cynique, et dépourvu de la capacité de raisonner que quoi qu'il fasse il ne représente plus 90 % des français, donc sous de telles circonstances, ses décisions sont en principe démocratiquement non valides?

Mais retournons à la décision des britanniques. Je dois avouer que si je n'ai pas été influencé par les menaces apocalyptiques ridicules, (y compris celles d'Obama) j'ai été quand même surpris par le résultat. On a manifestement investi davantage dans la campagne pour rester dans l'UE. Elle a été plus sophistiquée. C'est probable que la campagne Brexit ait manqué de moyens financiers par rapport à la préférence affichée par Cameron.

Ironiquement les réactions de certains responsables comme Juncker, semblent donner raison à la décision britannique. Comment se fait-il qu'un tel responsable puisse étaler tant de mépris pour une décision obtenue démocratiquement? Ce monsieur représente quoi au juste?
Voilà comment il réagit: "Le Brexit n'est pas un divorce à l'amiable, mais après tout, ce n'était pas non plus une grande relation amoureuse" (télévision allemande ARD). Sans doute il parle pour lui même, mais ainsi il confirme sa mauvaise représentation en ce qui concerne les britanniques.
Quant à Martin Schulz, President du Parliament European, il juge scandaleux le choix de Mr. Cameron de ne quitter son poste qu'en octobre, estimant qu'il prend tout le continent européen ainsi en otage. Mais de quoi on se mêle là? Et si c'est ainsi, le continent européen doit être extrêmement fragile.
Puis Frank Walter Steinmeir, ministre allemand des Affaires Étrangères: Ils ne se laisseront pas "prendre leur Europe"...

En somme on dirait que l'Europe avec son "unité" (imaginaire) a été accaparée comme une possession exclusive bruxelloise, luxembourgeoise et allemande.
En tous cas il va sans dire que ce ne sont pas ceux qui font mine de représenter les européens à Bruxelles qui déterminent qui est européen ou non, c'est la géographie, l'histoire, la culture, le patrimoine, les valeurs et l'identité. La Grande Bretagne est une nation européenne, elle la sera toujours.
Prendre en considération et défendre la richesse de la diversité culturelle européenne semblent bien trop loin de la portée des technocrates bruxellois, mais sans prendre en considération justement l'essentiel de l'Europe, il n'y a aucune représentation possible sinon digne de ce nom.

Donc l'objectif du club UE qui ne représente finalement que lui même serait quoi au juste? Continuer à ouvrir les vannes pour accueillir les migrants sans frein afin de détruire l'essentiel de l'Europe? Car si on continue ainsi, une telle conséquence n'est pas seulement plausible, ce sera inévitable.
J'ai vu une vidéo d'un allemand d'un certain âge parlant de l'avenir de l'Europe. Il disait que les Nazis n'avaient pas été capables d'assurer le futur, mais les migrants musulmans ont sûrement cette capacité. S'agit-il de cynisme de sa part, ou ce monsieur serait-il un exemple vindicatif de ceux qui croient dans ce nouvel ordre mondial utopique, qui aboutira forcement à un résultat lamentablement dystopique?

Pendant que F. Hollande essaie de prendre avantage de la décision britannique avec sa plus grave expression affichée pour l'occasion, (en raisonnant qu'une de ses dernières cartouches serait de faire mine de jouer le rôle de leader européen) il n'en a pourtant strictement rien à dire de consequent. Lui au moins, il ne veut froisser personne de ce côté de la Manche.
Mais N. Sarkozy se gêne bien moins à cet égard. Et comme d'habitude il est tout seul à dire la vérité.
Avec raison il demande un nouveau traité européen, un rétablissement des contrôles aux frontières contournant l'Europe, et un arrêt du processus fou d'élargissement de l'UE. Puis il est catégoriquement contre l'adhésion de la Turquie au sein de l'UE.
"L'heure est à la lucidité, à l'énergie et au leadership.
Ce qu'a dit le peuple britannique, d'autres peuples en Europe peuvent le dire. Nous ne pouvons pas, nous ne devons pas l'ignorer".

Beaucoup plus de considération démocratique, de la solidarité, une aspiration européenne commune défendue résolument, et une représentation, un leadership digne que les européens ont tant besoin et méritent bien.

Si en France on avait réélu l'ancien Président au lieu de cette fabrication très mal inspirée de certains média, le piètre candidat par défaut, c'est fort possible que N. Sarkozy aurait été en mesure de veiller que l'UE ne déraille pas outre mesure, et par conséquence il aurait pu aussi influencer le choix britannique. Mais c'est encore une ironie de l'histoire.


 Text and lower image © Mirino. (With thanks for the use of the Unionjack celebrities). 
June, 2016

Religion



If religions are essentially tolerant, in as much as they all reverently regard the miracle of life, the fabulous diversity of nature and the universe with wonder, humility, love and respect, then can the so called religion of Islam be a religion? Should it not be defined more as an ideology, an autocratic doctrine, that refuses to tolerate other faiths, creeds, cultures and ways of life? Is Islam not essentially a tyrannical system that blasphemously uses the name of God to instill fear and impose itself with the objective of eventually gaining world power?

If this is so, then the theory of when an ideology is established, the ideologue ceases to think, would certainly seem to be the case regarding Islamic dogma which, because of its allegedly sacred roots, cannot possibly be modified or rendered compatible with democratic laws and values.

If Islamic laws allow the followers of Islam the right to kill, rape, enslave and plunder those they consider as being "infidel," regardless of the fact that many who are so treated, believe in the same One Almighty God, then Islam is inciting criminality instead of virtue.

If Christians, Jews and all others who believe in the One Almighty Creator, are considered as being "infidel" by Islamists, how can this be so if they believe in the same God? A plausible answer to such a question, would be that those considered as being "infidel" by the Islamists, have less confidence in a mortal prophet who claimed to be God's unique and chosen spokesman, than in the Almighty Creator himself. Is it not highly reasonable to accord more importance to Almighty God, than to a self-proclaimed or even divinely chosen Prophet?

Or, according to Islamists, is God less important than their Prophet? If they think so, then they would be granting him the same level of importance as that assumed by Lucifer, whose vanity and ambition caused him and his acolytes to rebel against God before being defeated and cast from Heaven for eternity.


All constructive opinions would be welcome, especially from those who are able to convincingly counter such thoughts in a peaceful and tolerant way.

Text and images © Mirino. June, 2016 

Storm



Sunlight and a relatively clear sky greet us this morning after what seems to be an endless period of storms, low cloud and humidity. It's ironic because this is the first year we try our hand at planting tomatoes, (pomodori- cuore di bue, zucchini, melanzane, ecc.) but we are still hopeful.
Compared to the victims obliged to wade through water in the lower lands of Europe, we have no right to complain.

The ideological establishment would blame it all on global warming. It's a useful political and economical pretext. Those that like to believe that history started with them, are vain enough to convince themselves that man is also responsible for weather abnormalities. They therefore pretend that man has the responsibility and capacity to remedy it all. This is where it becomes useful, by instilling fear and guilt complexes in the hearts and minds of the gullible, and making costly commitments and inventing new taxes as pretexts to oppose the unopposable. Such irrationality reminds one of King Canute being submerged in seawater despite his royal command to subjugate the tide.

The most learned historians are aware of their lack of knowledge. Similarly the most learned scientists become aware of the limitations of science, when the incredible point of learning, as in cosmic exploration, eventually reaches the inexplicable, unfathomable and undefinable. The gradual realisation that there has to be something else.

Without respect for the past, which naturally must include the history of the Earth prior to mankind, and without humility regarding the miracle of life and the universe, can one really pretend anything? Doesn't one become a self-incarcerated victim of one's own dogma? The ideologue who having established the ideology, ceases to think?

Today our world is suffering, not from climate change, 'global warming', or natural catastrophes. It is suffering from the malady of political correctness, the convenient posture of indifference conveyed by the three monkeys.
An 'extreme' example of political correctness would be to consider (but only when obliged to) the beheadings of Christians by jihadists, or the forcing of nine year old girls into marriage, or pedophilia, etc., as being part of quaint Islamic culture, customs and traditions. Another more factual example seems to be the ambiguous stance of UNO regarding certain terrorist organisations, as though there were politically correct exceptions to the rule, and as if this illustrious institution considered it (but only when obliged to) perfectly normal for a democratic State to tolerate a terrorist organisation as a neighbour, even when this neighbour's objective (established in its charter) is to eliminate that State.

Our world is also afflicted by the turmoil, the tragic exodus and the horrendous consequences of conflicts between political, social and so-called religious ideologies. What they all seem to have in common is that they are false, power pursuing pretexts.
However, there should be some comfort in the thought that all ideologies, (especially those that rabidly foster hate, division, and pretend to be religious) are transient. They are similar to regenerated flu germs. As such they are ephemeral. It can't be otherwise because they are auto-destructive. They feverishly consume themselves.


Text and images © Mirino. June, 2016

Intolerance



The essence of faith, or a religion, is truth, which has to englobe love and tolerance. It is the white light consisting of all the colours of the rainbow. This is also why a primary colour, which might be thought appropriate for a political party, for example, can never reflect the truth. Secondary colours or colour derivations such as pink, even less so..

If nature herself did not advocate love, respect, diversity and tolerance, all animal forms would be constantly at war with each other in order that their species be the unique and globally dominant survivor. Earthly paradise would thus become earthly hell. Universal nature is obviously an inexhaustible source of instruction. Similarly the history of humanity is a rich source of study and reference.
But as recorded facts of history often render ideologies incoherent, the ideologue either tries to negate history, or is very selective about historical facts.
Most philosophers would agree that once an ideology is firmly established, it is no longer necessary for the ideologue to even think. For the ideologue, intellectual evolution is pointless, if not impossible.

To believe in an almighty creator of the universe is one thing, but to persuade oneself that one has the right to wield an unforgiving, hateful sword in His name, is diabolical. It has nothing to do with religion. To pretend that one has God's blessing to perpetrate evil, or that one will be rewarded with immortal paradise for contributing to create mortal hell, is the worst possible of all profanities.

The educated, those who are fully aware of the immutable, obsolete laws and values of such a so called religion, or rather a sectarian cult that they adhere to, have no excuse. They cannot sincerely pretend to respect the essential principles of laic democracy without being dangerously deceitful. Either one defends the relative freedom, reciprocal respect and tolerance advocated by democracy, or the constraints dictated by an intolerant cult. The impossibility of sincerely defending one, whilst unremittingly adhering to the other, would underline Machiavellian treachery in blood red.

By always having to bow in principle to the majority, democracy seems destined to become its own enemy. But the world is gradually waking up to the dangerous consequences of tolerating the intolerant. Intolerance naturally negates tolerance, therefore it negates everything. In the unlikely case of intolerance ever becoming the global victor, it would ultimately end up by negating itself.
The history of humanity has often proved this to be so. Most veritable religions would prophesy this ultimate auto-destruction of intolerance, but nature constantly underlines this universal truth herself. Intolerance is colourless death.


Text and images © Mirino, May, 2016

Pensées printanières



Chaque année on est pris de court à nouveau, on ressent la même chose, la confiance et le bonheur mélangés avec une nostalgie d'accueillir le printemps. On se répète donc, on radote un peu sans doute. Mais aussi du chant clair et doux des oiseaux matinaux, et de ces fragrances, émanent tant de souvenirs, et peut-être que c'est pareil pour la plupart de nous en Europe qui ont la chance de pouvoir se rappeler avec tendresse des printemps de notre jeunesse.


L'odeur de l'herbe fraîchement coupé, de la fumée des feux consumant des nouvelles pousses taillées, des aromatiques que l'on ajoute de nouveau à la salade. Et comme si par magie, car il parait être trop soudain que les arbres fruitiers nous régalent encore avec leur spectacle éblouissant de floraison, et ici les frênes de montagnes en ajoutent portant leurs élégants manteaux blancs.


La saponaria et l'aubrieta gracient les rives rocheuses de nouveau. C'est surtout cette dernière dont la couleur à une luminosité quasi électrique aux crépuscules qui me fait songer au jardin de ma jeunesse.


On pense encore au paradis, à la beauté forcément éphémère, et au cycle de la vie. C'est aussi le paradis des souvenirs que l'on conserve précieusement dans un coin velouté et douillet de nos esprits.


Par rapport à cette force splendide et universelle, et aux tels souvenirs si tendres, toutes les prétentions vaniteuses, et surtout celles malveillantes, sont carrément l'inverse, mais on radote encore..


Text and images © Mirino, April, 2016

March mulling



Early in the morning, walking the dog in the mountains one sees young roe deer below in the misty valley gliding gracefully back to the forests after their dawn grazing. It's still quite cold up here at 1200 metres, but it's beautiful.
The mind wanders as it often does when contemplating this scenery. Edenic gardens, the almond and wild cherry trees already in blossom, the plots of terraced land prepared with love and care for the spring planting, are they not modest epitomes of Paradise?

Then we think of the lost souls who allow themselves to be conditioned into thinking that they will be rewarded with paradise for contributing in trying to destroy it.

How can one begin to understand such hopeless mental regression? And this since two world wars from which humanity should have learnt enough to appreciate positive values more than ever, certainly that of life itself.

Is civilisation subject to cycles of barbaric tyranny, when the depressed and deluded amongst younger generations seem to close their minds to all knowledge of value? Those who have no hope for the future, no experience of the past, and are easily manipulated into believing that only by trying to destroy the freedom of others, democratic civilisation that took centuries to establish, will they find a reason of being, and even be rewarded for their evil actions with immortal pleasure?

One would have to be just as brainless as desperately hopeless, to be so persuaded. The paradox is so evident that it is horribly grotesque. Any individual who promises immortal pleasure can only be a henchman of the devil, certainly if immortal pleasure is the promised reward for perpetrating evil.
Pleasure cannot be immortal. A Garden of Eden is cultivated with love and care. Fruit trees are planted, they grow leaves, blossom and then bear fruit. Eventually they die. Life and death is essential to truth and everything that is beautiful. Immortality is a spiritual notion, but naturally it cannot exist, not even as a sterile desert, or dust of forgotten memories. Nothing is eternal, apart from love, which also determines art, and is conserved by art in all its forms for as long as it is allowed to exist. 

Therefore if Paradise depends on the joys of life itself, we live our paradise. It is a sacred loan. It is what we make it whilst we benefit from the ephemeral gift of life.
This gift that is so depreciated and disdained by the poor lost souls who have rejected every vestige of love and hope from their hearts only to substitute it with hate and intolerance. There is no almighty creator for those who preach hate and intolerance, and advocate indiscriminate murder and destruction. Only death, ruins, dust and forgotten memories.

If, from lack of experience or memory, we allow history to constantly repeat itself, or we never learn from it, or we delude ourselves into thinking that humanity got it wrong the first time and we need to rub everything out in order to start all over again to finally get it right, we negate history and all of man's greatest achievements. We negate ourselves. We dismiss the essential roots of humanity and religion. We destroy that beautiful old tree of civilisation, the many branches of which try to reach the heavens their own separate ways. This negation is atrociously emphasised by the suicide and blind mass murders that these rabid, lost souls commit. And ironically those who form and foster such monsters, are eventually bound to fall victim to them as well.

Despondent thoughts as we stroll in the mountains. The dog glances up at me with sad eyes as though he's commiserating. I pull my coat lapels up to ward off the chill breeze, then gaze up at 
the sky. The skies are always magnificent here. They make one smile, feel more confident, and small. 


Text and images © Mirino. March, 2016