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Rich T Bikkies

Member Since 16 January 2012 - 12:49 PM
Offline Last Active Oct 25 2020 04:28 AM
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All Things "Great Man" Theory of History (Hitler, Trump, Elon Musk etc.)

25 September 2020 - 07:11 AM

 Rich T Bikkies, on 24 September 2020 - 07:49 AM, said:

I don't know how much of this you guys know already; it came as a shock to me. There may be mitigating circumstances; however, all it did for me was confirm my tribal gut reaction: show me a billionaire and I'll show you a sociopath, a narcissist, a bully (I need more time to compile a more comprehensive list), and a blight on every country and society that has a billionaire. Also, somebody who can cheaply buy a reputation as a philanthropist, and therefore as a patriot, a saviour of his country, an out-and-out good guy, etc. etc. etc., merely by spending three per cent of his fortune (mostly much less than even that) and fooling g"Ob ullible journalists. Most journos seem to roll over on their backs with their paws in the air and their tongues hanging out when they bump into a philanthropist.

I think this calls for a new thread: the All Things "Great Man" Theory of History thread. We, the human race, need Great Men who are above morality and are visionaries or we we will die out — allegedly. The praise (faugh!) of Elon Musk started me thinking along this line.

It was Nietzsche that started it all with his Übermensch. And Thomas Carlyle with On Heroes and Hero-worship.

I admit that after all I'll have to allow free mention of Elon Musk in this thread — and even discussion of his "visionary" talent (NOT!). I'll deal with it somehow — with clenched teeth, a clothes-peg on my nose and a paper bag over my head. I merely suggest — nay, ask — nay, beseech — that any positive statement assertion be justified by clear statement of the principles of Great Man theory, citing by name which of these principles are being applied.

I am working with Liberty University and Bob Jones University on a scheme whereby research degrees of Master and Doctor may be awarded for the best contributions.

Go for it, George!

UK General Election December 2019

12 December 2019 - 09:24 AM

(Posted 1425 GMT) .I voted tactically at 0800 GMT for the Lib Dem. (Usually these days I vote Green and then make for the nearest tree and hug it. I never sing Kumbaya; it's a crashing bore of a song).

My prediction is a Tory majority of circa ten seats. (A purely gut prediction, which I fear you will contemplate with no more joy that you would other products of my gut).

Moved to Political Discussion: UK General Election December 2019

12 December 2019 - 04:08 AM

(Posted 0907 GMT) .I voted tactically at 0800 GMT for the Lib Dem. (Usually these days I vote Green and then make for the nearest tree and hug it. I never sing Kumbaya; it's a crashing bore of a song).

My prediction is a Tory majority of circa ten seats. (A purely gut prediction, which I fear you will contemplate with no more joy that you would other products of my gut).

The Boris Johnson Phenomenon

09 December 2019 - 06:31 PM

PM refuses to look at picture of boy forced to sleep on hospital floor

Boris Johnson accused of not caring after refusing reporter’s requests several times.



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Boris Johnson has been accused of not caring after he repeatedly refused during a TV interview to look at a photo of a four-year-old boy forced to sleep on the floor at an overcrowded A&E unit, before pocketing the reporter’s phone on which he was being shown the picture.

In an ITV interview during a campaign visit to a factory in Sunderland, the prime minister was challenged about the plight of Jack Williment-Barr, who was pictured sleeping under coats on a hospital floor in Leeds as he waited for a bed, despite having suspected pneumonia.

Johnson refused to look at the photo and, out of camera shot, eventually took the phone from the reporter and put it in his own pocket. Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, responded by tweeting a video of the exchange with the message: “He just doesn’t care.”

Johnson declined to look at the picture, saying: “I understand. And obviously, we have every possible sympathy for everybody who has a bad experience in the NHS.” He went on to discuss investment in the NHS and Brexit.

Pike pressed the prime minister: “I’m talking about this boy, prime minister. How do you feel, looking at that photo?” Johnson replied: “Of course. And let me tell you … I haven’t had a chance to look at it.”

Pike asked: “Why don’t you look at it now, prime minister?” Johnson, still not looking at the photo, replied: “I’ll study it later.” Pressed again, he said: “If you don’t mind, I’ll give you an interview now. What we are doing is we are taking this country forward, and we are investing in the NHS.”

Johnson then appeared, out of camera shot, to take the phone out of Pike’s hand and put it into his coat pocket. The reporter challenged him on this: “You’ve refused to look at the photo, you’ve taken my phone and put it in your pocket, prime minister. His mother says the NHS is in crisis. What’s your response to that?”

At this point, Johnson removed the phone and looked at the picture for the first time: “It’s a terrible, terrible photo, and I apologise, obviously, to the family and all of those who have terrible experiences in the NHS. But what we are doing is supporting the NHS and on the whole, I think patients in the NHS have a much, much better experience than this poor kid has had.”

Johnson ended by handing back the phone: “I’m sorry to have taken your phone. There you go.”

Two days before General Election on Thursday, so it could be that the Tories have won already on postal votes, but in normal times this would have killed the election for any prospective Prime Minister.

I've started this thread just for this single post, but I hope it will become redundant on Friday morning. It doesn't bear thinking about that we might need it for the next five years,