Blog Break!

I’ve gone back to recording and playing. I’m currently working on “Berit-Vol.2” and feel way more energised this year than what I did when I first started working on “Berit-Vol.1” If you want to follow and support the making of my new album then please go here: Please support my music! It is also possible to support my creativity via PayPal., and get the same rewards as a Patron.

I’ve already written several new pieces of music this year that has nothing to do with the “Berit” series, I’ve also gone back to proper practising and have picked up the creative pieces from before I got sick.

Back in 2016 it appears that I had made it my mission to complete the lyrics and concepts for my unreleased metal music, in addition to this I find myself overwhelmed by an abundance of audio notes, written notes, etc; featuring song ideas, lyric ideas, book ideas, character ideas, you name it.

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I feel very strongly that I need to sort out as much of this as possible, in addition to this I have lots of ideas churning in the back of my mind in regards to relevant/timely blog entries, but I’ll let those simmer in the background as I finish up on all of these others things that are “cooking.”

The other day I was out in town doing something unusual in this day and age; browsing through library books on the quest for references for my 2nd illustrated lyric book. I will probably post a picture of my 1st illustration as I’ve only shared this with my followers on Patreon so far. I made a pretty cool artwork last year and have pretty much mentally mapped out how I want my new lyric book to look like so now it only remains to put all of the individual pictures together. Here are some pictures from my 1st lyric book, it is available as an ebook right here: ILLUSTRATED LYRIC BOOK the physical version is only available through my Patreon. 

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As I’ve regained my inspiration and drive I’ve lost interest in regularly blogging so I’ll take a break from this hobby, at least until I’ve sorted through all of these lyrics, story ideas and songs that are spread around all over the place.

Until then.

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Feel free to check out all my new Merch! I’ve designed a lot of cool products this year both in my Teespring & Zazzle store!

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Plastic In Our Water.

Hi,

Right now scientists and experts are testing our rivers in the biggest plastic survey in the UK. Just last year, up to half a million plastic particles per square metre were found in the River Tame – we can’t let our rivers become plastic waterways.

Will you sign the petition to tell government to protect our air, soil and the rivers that connect us in the upcoming Environment Bill?

Petition: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/rivers-share

Thanks

Immigration Red Flags, Article 13, & Petitions To Sign & Share.

Please don’t forget about Article 13! Watch the video at the end of this entry!!!

Lately I’ve been mentally drafting an entry about citizenship in an open world. There are so many contradicting laws that makes no sense especially in combination with facilitated mass movements of people. It is indeed a very interesting topic for many reasons:

  1. Just because a government is generous enough to give you legal permission to be in a territory doesn’t mean that the locals will.
  2. Assuming that immigration laws make sense is naive since a number of measures are carried out in an attempt to create an image of governmental efficiency.
  3. Assuming that a territory will be more welcoming towards geographical neighbours also fly in the face of incredibly generous offers directed towards non-bordering territories. A territory might be legally more hostile towards people next door.

Just when I had all of this in the back of my mind I came across The Windrush Scandal that perfectly illustrates my point:

  1. You are allowed entry into a territory that theoretically isn’t yours through claims of ancestry.
  2. You are told by governing forces that you are legally allowed to stay.
  3. All of a sudden you find that your status has been revoked several years even decades after you were welcomed into the territory and that you are all of a sudden being treated as an illegal immigrant.
  4. The digital revolution has wrecked havoc on the old system of file-keeping. So if you were born before 2000 you might struggle to get hold of school records and other “evidence,” because you were born before mainstream digitalisation. When I was little my name was just added in my parent’s passports, you had to have your own passport once you were a teen or something along those lines, so government bureaucracy and technological changes can easily land you in a grey area.

Did anyone say an open world? Think again. This is a topic worthy of a giga entry because the issue puts into question a myriad of things that we just assume in today’s digitally and commercially open world.

Once again:

  1. Just because a piece of paper grants you legal access doesn’t mean that you and your family will actually be safe – because there will always be many layers of “borders” – and if locals are pissed off and unhappy they might create their own border-control “service,” which you probably do not want to deal with, ever.
  2. An authority might change its mind about you or the ethnic demographic that you belong to regardless of whether or not you actually represent a threat as an individual or as part of a generalised group. You might just end up being targeted so that the government can look busy.

If the Windrush scandal illustrated anything it is how dangerous the illusion of an open world actually is. You might be safe in terms of residency for 40 years only to wake up one day to find out that you’ve been labeled an “illegal immigrant” and that you are on your way to a detention facility.

Here are some petitions to share about a more peaceful issue: the environment.

Fracking

Whaling

Plastic Pollution

Exotic Zoo Animals

Trophy Hunting

Detained Whales

Dog Fighting

 

 

 

Homeless While Still Working Full-time.

In this stunning article from The Financial Times it is revealed that despite the availability of jobs the amount of homeless people in Britain is just increasing.

This is not due to “laziness” but due to the cost of renting.

It is too expensive to buy and too expensive to rent which leaves a great deal of people without a roof over their heads despite working full-time.

A common scenario is a rental agreement coming to an end for whatever reason without the tenant being able to find a new home.

This reminds me of something that I read in one of books I featured on here where it was revealed that people collect food stamps in the UK not due to so-called “laziness” or “uselessness” but due to their wages not aligning with the cost of living.

So you can work full-time and still end up without food on the table or without a home.

The gap between rich and poor is only widening making opportunity and socio-economic mobility/innovation increasingly harder.

Not good.

The Enlightened Ones.

The reality of freedom of speech and absolute liberation is something that can only be experienced if you:

  1. Flag your political alignments in the middle of a street surrounded by strangers.
  2. Wear any form of apparel in public with a controversial statement.
  3. Create a profile on the social media site Gab.

The truth is that most of what we perceive as “freedom of speech” is curated. Whether we are looking at published works and opinion pieces or interactions on forums and social media sites.

This in combination with the people who you are exposed to might create an illusion of respect and rationality.

Many would find themselves stunned if exposed to the meaning and implications of liberty since it reveals how incredibly irrational humans are.

Yet, who is to define what is rational or not? And by which standard?

Everyone considers themselves rational and/or righteous regardless of how misguided and lost they are in relation to facts, solid evidence and/or consistent witness accounts.

With that in mind I’ll paste in two of my latest Tweets.

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For further reading:

The Greatest Weapon Of All.

Public Decency.

 

How To Get In Touch With Your Politicians.

This post is meant to encourage civilian political participation in the West.

Our involvement is not supposed to be restricted to the ballot box but is designed to be an ongoing activity.

This is why the role of the press is so crucial since it is their job to keep power players accountable. They should not function like a propaganda outlet or as their own special interest group. Their interest is meant to be the people, and the health of their nation, with investigative journalism as their number one tool to uncover wrongdoings and abuse.

Thanks to the internet and the popularisation of gadgets it has turned every individual into a potential investigative journalist. Even though there are negative side-effects to our tech-culture the upside is that it will hopefully become increasingly hard to cover up human rights abuses and wrongdoings around the world.

Hopefully the emergence of tech will mean more transparency, liberty, opportunity and fairness rather than lies, imprisonment, destitution and exploitation.

In this post I’ll include two emails I’ve written: one that was ignored and one that was not.

I’ll also include a little introduction to activism since this is the tool utilised if representatives ignore the very people that they are meant to represent.

  • In 2018 I sent an email to the local Parish council which is the lowest level of government in the UK. I did this after reading about MicroPlastics from an environmental organisation in the USA. This issue is truly global, so I reasoned that it would make sense to raise my concern over here in Europe. I received an instant lengthy response from the Parish council who encouraged me to contact the Cotswold District Council, in addition to our local representative in Parliament and the local Water provider. This is what I sent: Dear Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.

    I’ve been reading about the latest news regarding Microplastics finding their ways into the planet’s tap water. There are also plenty of petitions being passed around about this issue.
    I was naturally wondering what is being done to investigate and improve any problems we might have with our local drinking water?

    Sincerely yours; Berit Hagen. 

    http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/pft/2017/9/6/microfibers-the-plastic-inside-us

    http://www.cotswoldjournal.co.uk/news/national/14700238.Plastic_microbeads_in_hygiene_products_should_face_outright_ban_by_2017__say_MPs/  I did not receive a response but this was what I had expected. This plays into the popular depiction of the “elite“ not bothering about what the people have to say for themselves. I’m convinced that “arrogance“ and/or “silence“ adds fuel to the fire when it comes to conspiracy theories because why on earth wouldn’t politicians be concerned with the quality of their own drinking water?
  • In order to force power-players to the negotiating table or to tackle important social issues there are those who have developed techniques in order to make their presence so manifest that they cannot be ignored. Likewise the establishment might respond to activism by using state-force in an attempt to force obedience and silence upon their population. This can in many ways be interpreted as the breakdown of democracy and the rise of totalitarianism. You’ll be forced to compliance. Organisation within the civilian population in order to obtain political goals is commonly referred to as activism or community organising. It hinges on alliance building within the civilian population and to get journalists within the establishment media onboard. One aim of political activism is to get a powerful photo-op such as the picture taken of the father of a child killed in a high-school shooting extending his hand to Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh. Even though Kavanaugh probably had no idea who this man was, he turned around and looked at him while the father was seemingly trying to shake his hand. This resulted in a “powerful” viral image used to portray Kavanaugh as an uncaring, demonic human being regardless of the actual circumstances or what Kavanaugh was actually thinking in the moment. Other examples of text-book activism can be observed during social media campaigns where a specific post from a company is targeted by what appears to be “consumers“ and “the people.“ In truth this is in most cases a coordinated effort where organisations send out mass emails to individuals who are already politically active online. “The mob“ then target said post or whatever individual creating the illusion that “the people“ are furious. Since it appears that power-players either have no clue or interest in political activism they cave-in fearing the loss of potential consumers. You can read more about political activism here: “How To Resist – Turn Protest To Power” by Matthew Bolton.
  • In an ideal situation it will be possible to receive a response from political representatives since they are meant to be the bridge between “the people“ and “the establishment“ much like the media. This instantly dissolves conspiracy theories and can potentially make “the people“ less hostile and blood-thirsty when it comes to individual political characters since a conversation is being had and the people will feel that their concerns are being listened to. Demonization can be actively worked against with political transparency, which is undesirable of course if aiming for political totalitarianism. My second attempt at contacting politicians was the result of YouTube urging their creators to raise awareness in regards to Article 13. Out of 5 representatives 3 came back to me. This was the email I sent them:

 

Hi __________. I’m writing to you as an original content creator on YouTube asking what you are currently doing to prevent Article 13 from hurting independent artists and creatives?

YouTube has made it possible for young entrepreneurs and innovators to build a brand, a business and a career.
Not to forget that Generation Z has grown up with a new set of heroes far removed for the more polished, establishment stars of previous generations.
I’m wondering how you will explain and justify to your children and grandchildren that the EU took away their heroes and role models in addition to making it impossible for younger people to start their own brand and be leaders of their own businesses in this new and exciting digital age.
Millennials and Generation Z will be devastated by this outright attack on their culture and form of self-expression.
Since the EU seem to believe so strongly that diversity is our strength, they must surely be in favour of individual expression from all demographics, globally, on a platform such as YouTube.

 

To hear what the EU representatives replied to me go here: The EU replied to me! – Article 13.

I hope that this entry was helpful! ❤