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OED: vision /n. & v.


1 the act or faculty of seeing; sight

2 a thing or person seen in a dream or trance.

3 a thing or idea perceived vividly in the imagination (the romantic visions of youth; had visions of warm sandy beaches).

4 imaginative insight.

5 statesmanlike foresight; sagacity in planning.

6 a person etc. of unusual beauty.

7 what is seen on a television screen; television images collectively.


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A selection of 'ICH' postings for 3.4.13:

Depleted Uranium
The BBC's hatchet job on Fallujah's genetically damaged children
By William Bowles
This is outrageous stuff, truly Goebellian propaganda of the worst kind.

The Great Afghan Corruption Scam
By Dilip Hiro
How Operation Enduring Freedom Mutated into Operation Enduring Corruption.

A Syrian's Perspective:
Democracy vs. Foreign Invasion. Who is Bashar Al Assad?
By Arabi Souri
Bashar is a reformer who has done much to further the causes of democracy and freedom.

Syria is a Battle for Palestine
By Nadezhda Kevorkova
Bashar al-Assad didn't turn away from the Palestinians, and that was the reason that the West directed the wave of militants against Syria and spread out the Islamic propaganda that Assad was the root of all their troubles.

The Staggering Cost of Israel to Americans
By Pamela Olson
It is critical to examine why we lavish so much aid on Israel, and whether it is worth Americans' hard-earned tax dollars. But first, let's take a look at what our alliance with Israel truly costs.

The Treason of Intellectuals
By Chris Hedges
The moral cowardice of the power elite is especially evident when it comes to the plight of the Palestinians.

America after Hegemony
By Cole Harrison
The organizing principle of U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Cold War has been to ensure that every nation in the world stays within a security structure managed and controlled by Washington.

Truth Is Offensive
By Paul Craig Roberts
Most americans go along with unaccountable murder, torture, and detention without evidence, which proclaims their gullibility to the entire world.

9/11: Illegitimacy of US Government
By Dr. Kevin Barrett
New York City asks: What happened to the 1,116 missing 9/11 victims?

Monsanto Protection Act:
A Post-Mortem for Our Legal System
By Clay Rossi
There are certain facts that need not be forgotten for the next time (and there will be a next time) big business buys itself judicial immunity from Congress.

The Great Cyprus Bank Robbery
By Ron Paul
The elites in the EU and IMF have openly talked about using Cyprus as a template for future bank bailouts. This raises the prospect of raids on bank accounts, pension funds, and any investments the government can get its hands on.

Communism, Welfare State - What's the Next Big Idea?
By George Monbiot
Any attempt to challenge the elite needs courage, inspiration and a truly groundbreaking proposal. Here are two to set us off.

Debt = Serfdom
By Charles Hugh-Smith
The serf is never free of debt, i.e. he/she is programmed to being indebted for life.





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And a selection from 4.4.13:

US Protection Racket Root of Korea Conflict
By Finian Cunningham

The conflict emanates from Washington and is perpetuated by Washington. Why? To justify what would otherwise be seen as simply outrageous US militarism in the Asia Pacific.

The Long History of Lies about Iran
By Muhammad Sahimi

If the lies about Iraq taught us anything, it is that we must pay attention to the massive campaign of lies about Iran.

Russian War Games Send a Strong Message Against NATO Intervention in Syria?
By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

Is there a connection between events in Syria (maybe even US tension with North Korea) and Russia's impromptu Black Sea war games that started on March 28, 2013?

Global Paradox: Peace Not Wars
By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD.

The neo-colonial rulers have helped the Colonial Masters to make the Muslim masses helpless victim of their warmongering and inhuman atrocities.

In Case You Missed It
By Edward Bernays

"It is possible to "regiment the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments their bodies." Noam Chomsky

U.S. "Human Rights" Wars: Arms Control as a Weapon
By Glen Ford

The newly approved Arms Trade Treaty is conceived and designed as a facilitator of war by its main sponsor, the United States.

A Brave New World?
Neuroscience, Obama's BRAIN Project, and Military Mind Control
By Nicholas West

This new knowledge suggests a number of potential military and law enforcement applications.




Many sites contain links to non-establishment articles. ICH is one of the more comprehensive and articulate of them.

Several alternative links can be found HERE.



This page is supposed to be an examination of VISION from several perspectives. There have always been people with VISION, at least there have in the past several millennia if the history we're taught (and is evident in artifacts) is to be believed. The key issue these days, I reckon, is the blinding contrast between how the range and extent of some aspects of this VISION we witness is beginning to escalate like never before, and other aspects that remain stagnant or at best counterbalanced.

It's the techno & art side of the coin that has always grabbed my interest above all; yet the flipside has never been far from my thoughts either.... it could hardly be otherwise with the constant murmuring of untold economic injustices, of destitution, war, pillage etc., around the world... and beside it the breathtaking opulence of the few who rule over the monumental imbalance.... scarecly to mention the waste and consequent destruction, not least from climate change.

I can say, merely, murmuring by virtue of my privileged position living as I do in peaceful rural England... though most here don't even acknowlege that anything improper or criminal is going on - they lap up the propaganda like hungry cats lapping cream.

THIS is why - purely for example (since every day produces about the same amount of 'visionary' or challenging articles that buck establishment propaganda) - this is why I've pasted a few summaries (see column on the left) from just one website of many that sifts the more penetrating observations and analyses from the world's mostly non-established media. Not all these reporters show VISION, but many do.


Definition 4: VISION, INSIGHT.... is what interests me above all, especially when it evokes definition 3.

Unhindered these days by traditional inhibitions and shortcomings like narrow-mindedness, and the kind of ignorance associated with irrational prejudice, belief in the supernatural and similar absurdities, the potential for real vision and insight is expanding like wild-fire and will doubtless soon affect virtually every human activity. I'm thinking principally of technology, but also art. People like David Hockney know well how these combine to enrich experience for everyone involved or interested... and, for that matter, everyone else because of how it affects the aesthetic environment.

As an important aside: I've noticed how the word 'vision' is often confused for its opposite. For instance, entrepreneurs are frequently described as having vision because they've had the 'wit' to outsmart or pre-empt others and thereby corner $bns for themselves. Since no-one is capable of a $bn worth of work, this kind of phenomenon is an obvious anomaly, a flaw in the system where the results of many people's work are stolen from them. This is the essence of capitalism.

OED: entrepreneur/n

1 a person who undertakes an enterprise or business, with the chance of profit or loss.
2 a contractor acting as an intermediary.
3 the person in effective control of a commercial undertaking.
4 a person who organizes entertainments, esp. musical shows.

The fact is, an entrepreneur merely does what a lottery does: shift money from all around into one pocket (theirs). And people are inclined to think that anyone who buys (or produces) some item for $1, say, and then manages to sell it for $100, has vision. The word gall would be more appropriate. I heard on radio someone boast of selling an antique sofa for ~£1000 which they'd bought the day before for ~£50. Was that clever? Or was it just plain deceit? It was certainly entrepreneurial.

Bill Gates had the 'vision' to create Windows software and to develop it (a somewhat lowly example of vision, perhaps), but his use of it to make money was just old fashioned capitalism at its most exploitative. As it turned out, his intention had not been to fund the creation of some new 'visionary' project as one might have expected or hoped considering the vast sums he accumulated, but just to become obscenely rich.... I guess he multiplied the cost of production by 100 or maybe 1000, and since Windows was a great invention of which he had the monopoly, millions forked-out for it. He, or his outfit, also contrived a highly devious scheme of doubtful legality that made it impossible to buy a computer without having to buy windows software too.

Entrepreneurs will invariably claim that they are 'contributing' to society. The reality again is that they are doing the opposite - they are draining it: they are the leaches, the drag, the chains that maintain an economic system that keeps the majority poor... a system that benefits a few duplicitous sharks while the majority spend their lives slaving and being ripped off.

VISION - as insight - is another issue entirely.... and doesn't necessarily entail the perception of some future event or situation...

A few are 'household' names, some are one-offs. But the list, note, is for just ONE day!

As I say, this is the flipside - every coin has one - of what for me are the far more intriguing and worthwhile issues of technology & art. It's just that to be scrupulously honest one should acknowledge the existence of a dark side, as it were, since its influence could turn out to be devastating... though instead, I hope, it could be ultimately benign?



Around Oct 2008 I experienced an amazing jog of memory to right back when I was about 7. Suddenly I recalled several of the kids I knew then, even a few names, and how we behaved together and so on. I was amazed at what was still in my head.

Now, on radio a few days ago - April 15th 2013 - a group of academics were discussing human evolution. They agreed there was no explanation for altruism. This confirmed for me the wisdom (among the many absurdities) of what arch-polemicist Christopher Hitchens (see stirring & poignant INTERVIEW) wrote in one of his memoirs: 'Picture all experts as if they were mammals.'. Not only did that academic consensus demonstrate the fatuous short-sightedness of those partaking in the discussion - which was otherwise astute and at times quite gripping - but above all their lack of VISION... because reflecting on when I was 7, I had understood even at that age the significance of altruism. Yet here were these 'top' academics dismissing a powerful human trait, which they nevertheless acknowledged to exist, simply because they couldn't explain it; while here was me, as a mere 7-years old, grasping the explanation with ease. Only today, by sheer coincidence, a quote on ICH (see link to the left - black text) reads:

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. - Henry James

Soppy and mawkish though this might appear, it was key to how we related to one another as 7-year olds. Any kid who was aggressive or bullying would be ostracised... at least by me and those I associated with (and considered friends) who were generally kind to one another. True, to an outside observer, it was probably us, as a minority, who were being ostracised. I remember a kid called Clive who, together with another boy and myself, would rescue worms from the school playground and chuck them on the grass. I remember too feeling deep empathy for a kid who was often ill and sad, the younger of two brothers who I spent a lot of time with in the playground. Even today, as throughout my life, I avoid unkind people when possible. I regret not having had the insight to do other than react to them likewise when I've been forced to endure them. Either way, I've always been reluctant to cooperate with those I've judged unpleasant or unkind. And the opposite is also true - that I've been eager to put myself out for those who I've found to be kind. This must be universal... and tediously obvious to almost everyone. If so, it means altruism is crucial for cooperation, which in turn is crucial for any group to live harmoniously together. (Maybe I misunderstood precisely what those academics were saying?)

But all that is a digression, because the issue that alerted me to those old memories of 57-years ago, is what I intend to explain here. I was looking at a list of suggested 'friends' on that curious website 'friendsreunited'. There were many I recognised - who I presumed once shared my place of work/college, etc. But one name stood-out - an unusual name that I couldn't forget: Pink. This was a kid I last saw in infant school, the day I nicked his tuck money - six-pence - a misdeed that left me lightly tainted with guilt. I've never since nicked anything from an individual (so far as I can recall).

I guess I don't need to confess that I'm actually NOT unfailingly kind (who is?), and nor am I averse to nicking things. Like most people, I'm subject to that old shortcoming 'hypocrisy', but at least I'm aware of what I'm doing - I know when I'm out of line. There have been moments when for expedience I have failed to be kind; and if I thought I could get away with it I wouldn't hesitate to swindle a bank. But to nick an item from someone's pocket is another matter entirely.

However, I emailed this guy Pink explaining who I was and about the 6d I'd nicked off him all those years ago. Surprise, surprise: he didn't respond...

But this is only part of the story, because the friendsreunited info revealed where Pink had disappeared to back in 1956. At least, it showed he became a pupil at Leys School, Cambridge. And it's that detail which provoked me to write this article - because I discovered a few days ago from Wikipedia that the colourful outspoken character mentioned above, Christopher Hitchens, was also a pupil at Leys School - and at the same time too: he was the same age as me within a few weeks, which means he was probably in the same class as Pink, so there's a good chance they knew one another.

The net provides all the data anyone might want on this contentious figure, Hitchens: youtube is one source that's worth a glance. He died of oesophageal cancer in Dec 2011. He was certainly a colourful figure, a maverick intellectual who enjoyed controversy. His brother, Peter, with whom he was intermittently estranged - a curious fact given that they shared the same polemical nature - remains much alive. He's a newspaper columnist and is frequently on broadcast media. I feel no affinity with either. The views of each resemble an improbable, if divergent, amalgam of Thatcher and Galloway. It's as if they randomly pick arguments from those diametrically opposed politicians... and then voice their unlikely conclusions with such force and confidence that so long as you don't take them seriously you can only be gripped and entertained. Alternatively, I imagine, you'll experience disgust and outrage.

None of these people have vision. In fact, going by current Wikipedia entries, Peter Hitchens (unlike his brother) represents the very antithesis of vision. What's the word for that, I wonder - not blindness (that's mere lack of vision) - maybe retro-vision, or retrocedence? So Peter Hitchens is a 'retrocessive'. He belongs - like too many other powerful voices throughout history - in the past, prior to where they actually are or were in time. These are the 'flies-in-the-ointment' of progress.

Because of people like him, five decades ago it was illegal to be gay, swearing on TV was not permitted, several examples of great literature were banned, pop music was thought corrupting... what else? Oh yeah, institutionalised violence against helpless children wasn't just legal, but positively encouraged. There's a long list of irrational humbug the gullible public was persuaded to support in those days. Luckily, the most nonsensical has in recent times been exposed for what it is, and is now unacceptable to a more questioning and perceptive public.

Even so, establishment propaganda remains solid; vociferous retrocessives like Peter Hitchens are as active as ever - only the issues under focus have changed, and the list remains long. To counter remaining humbug requires VISION as never before. There are people who sacrifice their whole lives attempting to correct some injustice that a member of the elite could brush aside with a single gesture; yet due to their brutal, greedy nature the latter doggedly maintain the status quo. To effectively challenge the handful of elite who are holding us in a tawdry and wretched past demands new insight.

The next five decades will see many new visions and insights that will gain notice and put an end to more lingering absurdities:

One of these will doubtless be the monumental fraud that's constantly and provocatively in the headlines: of CEOs and bankers receiving colossal bonuses and payoffs, while their work input is usually about the equivalent of a part-time shelf-stacker (frequently incompetent, corrupt or both). Another great leap will be in energy. I could fill an entire book elaborating on this - it would probably bore your pants off so I won't bother, but it would contain vision and insight too all right - even if not exactly original! I'm sure we can all think-up any number of areas ripe for visionary input - the list, as I say, is long... very long... perhaps endless...

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