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Travel Extremes Experiences Epitomised by Two Families

This weekend I saw two travelling families on television, and they seemed to epitomise the travel experience extremes you could have. I try not to preach, just to relay my experiences and interpretations of those experiences, and further knowledge I encounter. When I set off on my youthful travels I was into heavy metal and rock, and had a similar outlook to Twisted Sister in this video (I saw them at the Reading Festival in 1982, where they got a lot of missiles thrown at them, but I liked them!)

I’m probably closer to the father’s ideology now; need military and strength to protect the ‘free world’ from Islamism (Communism for him, and returned to top of agenda by Trump and North Korea; I used to be a socialist idealist in youth, but have since lost faith in the majority of humanity!); but try to remember my youthful mind outlook, and how I felt about the world then.

As I’ve written before, epitomised by the characters of MacKay and Barrowclough in classic British sitcom Porridge; I don’t know if writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais meant to highlight that problem, but guess they do; the nice people are usually taken advantage of by those they try to help; highlighted on a national level by Britain trying to be nice in the New Labour years, only for there to be grooming of British children epidemic, as well as phone fraud robbing vulnerable people of their life savings; not to mention all the benefits fraud and compensation culture draining the nation’s resources.

Battle of Ives

While some of those who’ve used their power to bully me over my lifetime would probably like to be compared to MacKay, I really think they are more like ‘Horrible’ Ives; Wikipedia: Bernard “Horrible” Ives is a creep, a cheat and a snitch, universally loathed (and indeed victimised) by the other residents (and Warders) of Slade Prison.

In contrast, I think they try to depict me as the Ives. Because I have resisted their bullying, and criticised their grooming, they depict me as the ‘horrible’ one, rather than the heroic rebel; an image they try to keep for themselves, even though they are the ones in power!

For example, academics may seem quite high up in society, with positions of power and responsibility, but a lot of them still felt like rebels against the system, and understandably didn’t want to work any more than they were paid to do. However, some went further than that, ‘rebelling’ by grooming students, or not seeming to do much work at all!

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Travel Hell: Taliban Rapists and Child Murderers

The Taliban and I.S. hatred of women and the West seemed to be epitomised by the Canadian couple who travelled to Afghanistan while the woman was pregnant. They were more religious pilgrims than normal travellers, but their decision still seems amazing to me. If he’d gone on his own, it wouldn’t seem so crazy, but with a pregnant wife!

While I’m glad they were rescued, by Pakistan forces, who are also mostly Muslim, providing balance, and showing I don’t think all ‘Muslims’ are bad, the wife had been raped by their Taliban captors, providing them with a ‘sex slave’ for their superiority complexes.

While their use of his wife was expected, they also murdered a baby daughter, and not sons also born there, probably showing their contempt for females (I don’t know the exact reason).

While the majority of serial killers are supposed to be white, groups like I.S. and the Taliban are like whole cultures of serial killers targeting females, and yet like serial killers often attract female accomplices, I.S. manage to groom females onto their side, such as notorious Sally Jones and other white Europeans!

Travel Heaven: Argentinian Travelling Family

In contrast, a couple who left Argentina for six months and have been travelling for seventeen years, having four children, reached Britain this week, and spoke of their joyous experience during their journey around the world.

They have also been to some countries that look dangerous, but I guess they didn’t go to the most dangerous parts.

Sometimes I went to ‘dangerous’ places for a buzz or to test myself, where there were conflicts going on, or bordering them, but it was probably no more dangerous really than living in Britain during all the terrorist threats of my lifetime.

By writing the way I have over the last decade I’ve felt I’ve increased that threat, but have had just as much negativity from ‘my side’ (Britain, liberal – left [formerly, but still on animal welfare and environment!] and especially women – working-class) as those I’ve been mostly criticising.

The latter have probably (definitely in some cases) been stirring up the former with spin or lies, making them think I’m anti-them instead of pro-them, filling those with little general knowledge or interest in current affairs with bollocks, and now I’m so far in the middle I hardly feel it’s worth writing – but maybe that’s good for my writing, in a journalistic way anyway!

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How ‘Powerful Men’ Control Masses and Women

Over the last fifteen years I seem to have been intermittently at war with powerful men like Harvey Weinstein, and the masses (students, workers and readers) have nearly always sided with them.

Russell Brand

Although Russell Brand had no further education when he launched his Revolution, and I’d spent ten years at university, graduating with a PhD, he was considered worthy of listening to, and even considered one of the most important thinkers of our time.

When the Revolution never got off the ground Brand is welcomed back into the mainstream media world as if nothing happened. Women consider him a revolutionary feminist, despite his Weinstein-style womanising, and never mentioning the grooming scandal, or even expressing any sorrow or regret for the terror attacks in London or the rest of Britain.

Workplace

As Jane Fonda said in her interview yesterday, the Weinstein boss is more the ubiquitous norm, and that’s the experience I’ve had. The managers usually control the debate, and my image in the workplace, as they’re there much more than me, and can spend hours on the telephone stirring and demonising; as well as gossiping and grooming.

They can do the same with customers in shops, and often live locally to the area they work in, whereas lower ranked workers are just visiting and passing through to work and there for less time. This refers more to my experiences in previous marketplaces I’ve worked in, with the city centre providing a more balanced location.

University 

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Enjoying Christmas dinner in my undergraduate house, when I still felt ‘normal’

 

The two Heads of Department when I was doing my PhD were apparently acting like the stereotypical Weinstein boss. One got engaged to his student/secretary after a conference in Hawaii and chaperoning her, and her him, in lectures and seminars. The other staff members congratulated them, and she acted like the cat who’d got the cream, as if knowing she’d won a great prize. And she was right, fast-tracked to Professor.

When I complained I was considered either jealous of him or her.

In reality, I would have liked a good academic job at the start of my PhD, but had decided to finish as soon as possible and get out after I wasn’t upgraded straight away after the first year (when I had much less supervision than I should have, and nearly all with a trainee supervisor doing her first one, as my main one was the first Head of Department; the main examiner was the second one!), and my appeal took nearly two years to process.

She was a borderline for romance, nothing more.

Demonising the Whistleblower

Although the above are all personal, and influenced by my upbringing in the 1980s, when socialism and unions were still strong, and workers still had rights, I’ve had all kinds of demonisations thrown at me; I presume originating by those in power.

The Russell Brand fans seem to think I’m jealous of him, and/or that I’m an old right-winger, in the way of their colour Revolution! They think Islamism is the cool revolutionary thing, inspired by women who cover up, while their Saudi sisters are trying to go the other way, and other women around the world are losing their freedoms and rights to Islamism. They include white British girls of the Jordan (Katie Price) generation who only know grooming and gratification; monetary value is all, care and consideration is creepy.

Workplace managers work the staff and locals against me either by saying I’m not really one of them; a full-time company worker for staff, or a local-to-the-area person for customers. While I don’t mind those, as they are true, they also lie and spin to increase their hold on the workplace, and lessen my popularity: I don’t like the area, I don’t support the local team, I don’t like their nationality/ethnicity, I only complain because I’m a competitor for their job/grooming target, I’m interested in them sexually etc.

I think the same or similar was true in university, but they put me complaining and leaving more down to not liking the university, or because I didn’t like the city, or the class system. The latter was partially true, as I wanted to research how multiculturalism was diminishing class equality, and especially the grooming scandal that was still simmering under the surface at the time, and which would continue for another decade. I was never offered a job, as some people seem to think.

Bleak Blighty

I must admit I was looking for such scandals, being a 1960s-inspired critical theorist, but I thought the scandal and power control attitudes were only at the top, and that the masses were generally critical. Unfortunately, I’ve found the attitudes are ingrained in British and Irish culture, and that the ‘new cultures’ of multiculturalism are just as bad or worse.

Moreover, the Jordan generation seem likely to be as bad or worse, mixing the worst aspects of traditional power, Brand sexploitation and the paedophilic sexism of ‘new cultures’. The old union jobs are dying, and they are being replaced by zero contract style jobs, with no rights, and applicants forced into a ‘get the job at any costs’ outlook.

Can a bright brave new world like women are calling for after the Weinstein scandal emerge in such a culture. Not if the majority of students and workers are going to put their university or workplace brand first, and people second; and listen to the bollocks spoken by their great leaders as they try to groom them!

Marc Latham’s books are available on Amazon.