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Brendan Moloney
Apr 25, 2022
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Happy ANZAC Day everyone! I am humbly reminded each year that ANZAC Day is my birthday. It sucks getting older, that's for sure. And after the last 2 years I have pretty much zero orientation to where I live anymore. Who loves birthdays? I truly loathe these days, and thank goodness it's only once a year! But the great thing about having a birthday on ANZAC Day is that you are reminded that a bunch of people died long before their time was due. They died for freedom, usually at the expense of some greedy bastards. A noble death. It is humbling to remember this on my birthday - Anyhow, hope you all have a good day, and tip of the hat to all those who have fought, as well as those who have protested against the stupidity that is war.
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Brendan Moloney
Apr 22, 2022
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The last two years have been a slog. And, yet, I feel like it is time to start to the turn the pages over. I have gone through highs and lows over the last six months. It's been a bumpy ride. But now I'm starting to thinking can we find the optimism somewhere? What is optimistic about the future? Where can we draw optimism from? Optimism, for me, is something that we use to console ourselves in hard times. Many optimists want to pretend or to gloss over reality. That's not really how I see it. It's more a necessity, otherwise, we'd all drive ourselves crazy and mad. When in doubt, I dig up some quotes: “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden “The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray While the last 2 years have been very challenging, it’s been a great time of self learning and that’s a bit of a gift. I hope you all are starting to feel a bit better. It may take time. But I'm sure good things will come out of all the trouble. Or at least we'll appreciate the good things a little more. Have a lovely weekend. In Peace and Parallel, DB Here's the Forum to Discuss this Daily Rant
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Brendan Moloney
Apr 21, 2022
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Brendan Moloney
Apr 21, 2022
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So I'm back again. Over the past few months, I have enjoyed connecting with people again via social media. It seems that Facebook and Instagram were letting me post things, and I started to build up a new audience again. The devil fools with the best made plans. This morning I was hacked on both Facebook and Instagram. Completely shut out of my accounts. I know I could go through some dubious account recovery process. But I simply can't be bothered. This email and content writing is kind of like clapping with one hand. It doesn't have the spontaneity or networking value like social media does. For my own sanity it provides some creative outlet. So I guess I'll be back here, writing my little rants and posting my pictures. It's not easy being yourself nowadays - especially when its so different from the norm. Hope you are all keeping well. In Peace and Parallel, DB
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 27, 2022
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Whatever Happened to the Age? When I was growing up I had lots of interactions with the Age newspaper. I remember loads about how it looked, felt, and it's function in society. Pre-internet (gasp) there really weren't many places you could source content. You had had the library, you have 3 or 4 TV channels, some magazines, and then the newspapers. Because all the other print content is so slow, it was not like library books or news agency magazines were spinning on high rotation, it is no real surprise that newspapers were the main source of content. The writing was often long form, with articles citing sources and fakes, and even having some balance, albeit skewed to a left-wing perspective. I recall my father reading the Age and also getting a workout. Because the size of the pages resembled laundry sheets, each time you turned the page, you'd need to raise your arms above your head, and turn the page. He was quite the master at that. I never mastered the Age mid-air page turn. The other memory I have of the Age is the size and chunk. When I was 11, I started doing a paper round. If this 'job' was available nowadays, the owners would be put in prison because of slave labor. Here's the conditions. Wake up at 5:30am. Ride a bicycle for a couple of hours delivering newspapers in rain, hail and shine, and get paid $1 a day for that. It really was insane. You would attach a basket rack to the front of your bike, and fill it up with as many newspapers you could without tipping over. For serious players, you'd doubt basket at the front and the back. It took a lot of skill to ride a bike that way. Imagine an 11 year old running off into the dark, bike weighed down by newspapers ... lol ... For me, it had its charms but was still hard work. The Age on the Weekend was gargantuan. It was like delivering rock hard pillows of paper. You would both need to double hand and lift, and there would be no post box that you could scroll that one in to. At the end of the weekend delivery, the Herald Sun was compact and friendly, the Age enormous, you would be covered in Ink. At the end of my Saturday week, I would stop at the local bakery. They would have just finished cooking donuts, and I'd buy half a dozen, half a Big M Blue Lightening, and sit on armchair and watch Rage, before other people woke up. It was sugary bliss. The content of the age was better at the time. The articles were more diverse, worldly, and used better vocabulary. I understand the Age has been sold to the hideous Channel 9 group who are truly vomitous. This morning I scrolled the internet, and came across the Age. No huge pages to turn, no ink on the fingers, no substance - material or intellectual. Instead, it is like a tabloid - full of half truths and silly stories. Wouldn't it be nice to have some decent news to be able to decipher what's really happening in the Ukraine? I fear the Age is no longer relevant and can't be taken seriously. Stil, I have my memories and they will be fond ones. Have a great weekend everyone. In Peace and Parallel, DB
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 25, 2022
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I Putin a lot of hard work this week. Much of this week, aside from work, was spent asking people on social media about Russia and Poutine. I mean Putin. Ironically, I had interacted more with Russians and Ukrainians this week than in my entire life. For some reason, the social media algorithms were sending me clips of Russian comedians - maybe that's because I searched 'Russia' and 'comedians' :-) Lol With Russia starting a campaign in Ukraine, what I was most interested in was people's view of Putin, and whether they saw him as a victim or villain? Let me report back my findings: The majority of people, at least in my circles, felt Putin was a victim of Western aggression. Not sure, what that says about the people I talk to. This is not my view. I have no strong view. I honestly just don't know enough about the issue to comment. I did notice that the 'Covid Mainstream' - you know those who think French Fries are vegetables and Channel 9 infotainment is the only 'news' - were decidedly anti-Putin. Some Russians said that 'awww, Ukrainians are tough and just love fighting. Others, mainly Ukrainians, said that it was okay because their government was a kind of dictatorship anyway. Then, others were aghast and thought Putin sound be sent packing. These are minority views. On Telegram I had some amazing ex-pat Russians/Ukrainians give me their versions (wursions) of events. They reported on the history of ownership, and conflict in the region, the role that the 'West' had in provoking Russia in an aggressive Nato strategy, and even a version where Putin was blowing up US based virus labs in Ukraine - an altruistic goal by Putin to fight back against the narrative (hate that word). Then, in brief interactions in real life, I heard hearsay that Western leaders, including our own Grand Lizard, had come out in support of the Ukraine. Others pointed out - forget Russia - keep an eye on those slippery Chinese fucktards in the CCP. Yep, praying for Taiwan. I definitely got a position on that one. To tell you the truth, I have no idea. It sounds trite; I only care about the people who are hurt during these conflicts. Governments are despicable. Whether it is a Russian or Ukrainian state, they have no right in killing innocent people over ego and poor communication skills. The one person I had the most interesting conversation with an actual real life Russian from Russia (last night). She is a Russian mum, looking for some project work. She speaks with a lovely thick Russian accent. Or, to be accurate, in Russian, AK-Zent. As an aside, I wish I could walk around all day, Zpeaken in RuLassian ... 'Nyet, can I hov a cough, pu-leazee'. We zoomed last night. Anyway, she was very likeable but kind of desperate to move. Before I had started the interview, she said, kind of Nicole Kidman does in any desperate scene where she is a hostage and pushes her hand against a plexiglass, "I need a project manager job so I can move to Canada". Okay ... not the strongest way to start an interview, I guess. But each to their own. The interview progressed and the elephant in the room were current events. Not so much for me, but she seemed itching to apologise, and genuinely seemed embarrassed. She said she felt horrible about what is happening and quite upset that all Russian people were seen to be supporting this. I tried to assuage her: "It's okay, we can't be responsible for what the governments do, we can only do our own thing". In true Russian Tiger Mum form, she wasn't haven't a bar of diplomatic Brendan. "No, I disagree. We pay tax, and shouldn't have to carry these kinds of action. They reflect very badly on us". I've figured out that Russians are usually right when you talk to them. Many, even the dumb ones, have a logic machine that just spits out sound reasoning. While I didn't want to push the issue, or be on a Zoom call where she was arrested by the KGB, she brought home the truth that Russia is not a democracy. She emphasised that not all Russians love half-naked guys on horses, and that people are still being imprisoned in the streets of Moscow for doing anything that vaguely resembles a protest. One guy recently was arrested in Moscow for carrying a blank notebook on the street. Others have been rounded up for a recent 'street' protest. She was quite adamant to remind me that the street protests in Canada are still 'freedom'. And that a couple of people being sent home or arrested, pales into comparison. (I would like to qualify that she is a lovely person, any Russian spies reading, she was lamenting the corruption most of all, and wasn't interested in creating a stir.) I was determined however to 're-pre-sent' Melbourne's oppression. I said that it hasn't, until recently, been possible to protest, to move around, or to access any services in Victoria. To tell you the truth, I have no ideas on the law. I have no idea what ridiculousness has been made up. For some time, maybe even now, unvaccinated people weren't able to see a dentist, get a haircut, access restaurants, or go to a gym or library. Not that the government owns these things, it just thinks it does. Beyond that, we couldn't leave home. There was a curfew from 8pm or 9pm. And there were fines galore. She still didn't seem convinced. How about this then? There is a huge black market in Melbourne. You can indeed go to dentists, haircuts, restaurants, and even gyms via an underground network of freedom loving, intelligent and tolerant people. You just got to know where to look. Beyond that, there is a huge black market in Vaxx passports (apparently) and you can download software and choose your jab. By this time, we had pulled out the virtual vodka, and were almost singing Russian revolutionary songs. So I realise that not much of this Daily Rant is related to Ukraine. My final thought is with the lovely web designers I worked with from the Ukraine. Despite the business differences, I really like them. Really hoping they are safe. Praying for a speedy resolution to this all. Have a Lovely Weekend all In Peace and Parallel DB
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 24, 2022
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Hey Peg? I'm guessing this post won't get many comments. And in a sense I didn't want to write it. But I HAD to! When I say, 'Hey Peg?' do you feel anything? What images does that question raise for you? Maybe Married with Children, maybe a wholesome greeting to a lady called Peg. Not anymore, it isn't. Last night I was eating a bowl of my favourite Chinese noodles. It's a really nice one in South Yarra, and you can order extra broth, and it's pretty kick butt. I digress ... So I got texting with a friend. We were texting about the state of the world, the interesting observation that there is a surprising conformity among young people as being 'sexually fluid'. Yes, that's not sexual fluids! It is sexually fluid. So what does sexually fluid mean? I'm sure I'm wrong, however, I understand sexual fluidity to be wearing outlandish clothing coordinates, usually brightly coloured, and speaking like you are sometimes gay, sometimes female, sometimes male, sometimes something else ... My feeling is is more about playing around with gender roles (not really original, but let's let them think so) and less about sexual behaviour. By sms, I made a crack about my disappointment in young men. For instance, I doubt there is a nut available in any pack of young men nowadays (Going full Mussolini, DB) ... and that these guys need to speak with deeper voices, buy chocolates, and dominate their sexual objects, I mean girlfriend/sweethearts, by acting like a sex god, in an aggressive but well balanced, sweet, and subtle way - too easy! It's romantic! That's the way it has been and will always be - since the dawn of time. So, I was aghast, between slurps of soup, to discover that that's not the way that young dudes are rolling nowadays. The word is that they are getting rooted by their girlfriends. That is, without too many details, inverting the traditional male/female dynamic with strap on fake phalluses. This is, apparently called 'Pegging'. Can I make an official complaint about this?! Or at least red card it? Or at least appeal to any remaining masculinity these boys might have? Okay, first of all. If you are freaky and love that thing, go forth and do it. It has a place in a subculture. All for diversity, in a leather basement somewhere, where you are paying top dollar to be humiliated, and you have a ball in your mouth and wearing a leather mask. But a mainstream practice, sorry no can do! First of all, while I am straight, I would like to complain on behalf of gay men. If you want to roll that way, man up and at least become gay. Don't pass it off on to your girlfriend, it is cowardly. Gay men should be outraged by the practice. Second, what kind of guy is so submissive and lazy that he makes his girlfriend go to the extra effort (they already put lots of time into make-up and hair! And now this - - I'm assuming this is not a one night stand thing - or I might faint - surely, you'd least need to know the person.) Oh please, grow some nads. As I said to my friend, would 'real men' like Maoris or Italian red hot lovers do this. Of course not. "Hey Koa, would you like to grab a beer at the pub?" "Oh no thanks bro, still can't sit after what Mia did to me last night". Oh no! Hell no! Third, be a man. It's not all about you! Isn't that right ladies? (See DB is sensitive). If you want that pleasure please go and do it somewhere else, preferably with a man, and keep the gay people in supply. Okay some sexual fluid people will say, it's actually a lot of young women who are the champions. They like it! Of course they always say this ... Again, in DB's old fashioned world view, this is depriving lesbians of relationships. Please be considerate people. Why can't we all just get along. Honestly, I'm so distressed, the second bowl of soup disappeared and I didn't realise I had finished it. I like the name Peg, and you've all just gone and ruined it for me. We really need a sexual academy, where you can train these men in the old fashioned manners of getting drunk and cracking on to the nearest female. Geez! In Peace and Parallel DB
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 23, 2022
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Hi everyone, I haven't forgotten about you ... I haven't even been taking time off ... I have been chasing headlights again, and just wandered down a couple of paths, and forgot to get home before dark ... I am a wanderer what can I say? I like twinkling, sparkly things. So where have you been Dr B? Well a couple of things have really been fascinating me recently. The main one is those short, punchy youth focused social media channels. So I got lost down an Instagram and TikTok hole. For the past few weeks, I am been tipping my toe in those social media platforms. They are so addictive. Who would have thought that you'd have zillions of teenagers lip syncing the words to songs, dancing like strippers in their parents lovely homes, and people doing silly things for 30 seconds, that it would be so riveting. The initial reaction is, "ah, I'm too old for this shit". And then next thing you know it, you are walking around with an industrial face mask, giving people bedtime well wishes. In my journey, I jumped on to one of the freelancer sites, and hired a young influencer to help me. We set up a time for him to take me through the finer points of Instagram, sharing his insights on becoming an influencer, and looking at the technical side of things. I won't mention his name, however, he was lovely. He gave me like a jammed pack session, and he was quite fascinating too. He confirmed every gross stereotype of a millennial I have: - he had a fluid kind of sexual identify- he is a softie- he knew shit tonnes about social media- he has a zillion followers - his "common sense" made me feel dumb- he thought my jokes were unfunny. Anyhow, by the end of our session, I have a true appreciation of what those little tackers get up to. So over the past few days, I thought. Well, if a nice guy like that can create a zillion followers by talking about himself, then why not me? I can talk about myself all day, probably not so fun, and without so much color or theatrics, why not give it a go? So the last few days I have been like Dr. Jekyll scheming away in my lab, scheming of a new Dr. B. To be honest, it's been fun. Since, I've implemented his Insta 'tricks' I have lost a third of the audience I had . Not sure if that means its working, but it's far more fun. My little Insta man suggested that it's all about 'engagement', and yes, I have been engaged more. So many little conversations have popped up. People have shared personal things with me, stories of elation and suffering, and it has been really touching. I kind of get now what goes on behind the curtains of this fast social media. On the outside, there is a stage with performance. In the backroom, a lot of people get to connect and share their thoughts. One of the backroom chats I got was 'Dr. B, love your Daily Rant'. It was a great reminder that I got to get back to ranting, and people actually do read these words. I wonder sometimes if I am just writing to myself (either way, all good :-)?) Have a great day everyone. Stay safe, warm and wonderful - and try a bit of lip synching to some pop song - there's no doubt a few great conversations it will spark behind the scenes.
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 20, 2022
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If you dropped in from outer space and landed in Victoria, locked up as an alien, you may have the impression that covid is on a rampage. With all the 'deadly Delta' strain, and the plague moving through the landscape like a 'wicked' disease, you'd be hard pressed not to think that every death in Australia resulted from Covid. You'd be locked in your house, under house arrest, and not able to work because you were not authorised. The TV blares: another 10 cases, lock yourself up, triple mask, and wear a hazmat suit in public. And then the stats would come out. 161,300 people died in Australia in 2020. Oh no! How dire! That covid disease must be devastating and require life saving drugs to prevent all those people dropping like comedians on stage after a vaccination How would you feel after 2 years of unrelenting fear-promoting news and political speeches that the figure was around 83 people (maybe) who had died from covid over the 2 years? You'd want to ask questions, wouldn't you? How much malpractice and gross misconduct can be carried out? Where is the law to prosecute 'those in charge' for such dubious, disproportionate measures? So people who died of covid: Median Age was 86 years of age!!! Dementia was the most common pre-existing medical condition. Why vaccinate the poor children then? The thing that these statistics have really brought home to me is this. Over 160,000 Australians have died from non-covid related illnesses: mainly from heart attacks and diabetes related illness. How many people have had to post-pone surgery that could relieve their suffering, or maybe have prevented early death? Why not have a national fear campaign for heart disease? Why not pay attention to other illnesses? The most poignant fact, and perhaps most evil one, for me is that the rate of deaths at infancy is higher than covid deaths. How about caring for all those people who have still births? Whose kids don't make to the point of having to worry about having dementia or dying at 86? Those parents suffering in silence, while the politicians harp on about people not wearing their masks. It's a strange, strange society. One where you can just look online, find government statistics that tell you that people are acting hysterically, and yet they STILL believe! If I was an alien, I'd jump back on that space craft and be beaming out of here.
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 19, 2022
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I've been spending the last few days setting up the parallel movement, as well as tending to my regular business(es). It is tempting to double up on content from the parallel movement and Dr. B. However, I do plan to keep these different. There's so many content things I want to write about: My obsession with cabins. So amazing. The time I met someone at dinner who said I was famous, and my musings on that. "Are you THE Dr Brendan Moloney?", she asked. "I guess so"! :-) My experience of cancel culture, and what I learnt about the human spirit. All the home based surveillance products you can buy. Even coffee cups. The time when I was the only whitey in the middle of Japan enjoying a hot spring. The time I headed to the North of Norway, and a little town, Alta, gave me a great life lesson. Maybe I will even share my story, as some stage, on getting hit on by a gay Nazi (100% true) in Norway. But not today. These are all stories for all you lovely people, and they aren't going to appear on the Parallel Movement site. Indeed, for the Parallel Movement, the plan is to hire a core team of people to run that... It is a humanity project, a passion project, a one for the 'team' project. I simply want people to have alternatives, and to avoid feeling trapped in this sometimes hell hum of a world. You got to be spritely to succeed, and if not spritely, then simply know your options. Speaking of which, I remember dumping a girlfriend when i was younger. I told her that I wanted to keep my options open. Oh cringe! What a terrible thing to say DB. She was remarkably nice about it, it makes me feel so much worse. Anyway, at times, there are going to be parallel things I want to share with you all. This is one of them. For the Parallel Movement, we are offering a free, virtual 'encouragement' service. The intention is to spread more love and joy, and the concept is super simple. You contact our 'Encouragement Team', with a simple yearning or request or yodel to hear something nice about yourself or to get some kind words. Ping. Straight out of the oven. A timely bunch of kind words arrives in your email with encouragement. It saddens me something I heard Jordan Peterson remark in an interview. Some people (he was actually talking about young men) would never hear a kind word or encouragement when they are growing up. He further remarked that it was a terrible thing. I agree. For my part, for the parallel movement's part, let's not have a world like that. Everyone needs encouragement. Sincere and non-judgmental. Feel free to share and use the Encouragement Service. You can read more about it here. Have a lovely Sunday!
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 16, 2022
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It's SO exciting. Happy Blue Day everyone - may you eat some blueberries! Parallel Movement.org The www.parallelmovement.org site is back-up. We're ready to starting roaring into 2022. Please hold tight: newsletters, communications etc are coming. It's free to join so feel free to connect. So many great things coming up: DIY workshops, events, forums, blogs. Yippee-woo. Blue Day - 17th February You may notice that it's Blue Day. The first Blue Day of the Parallel Movement. And you (and I) were here for it. So what's the idea behind blue day? Every 17th February of the year is an official holiday of the Parallel Movement, 'Blue Day'. First of all, blue is a great color. It is the color the sea and sky and calm. The parallel movement strives to calm the senses, make living more relaxing and healthy, and blue is a great color to do that. Second, it is quite deliberate. With a small gesture towards the parallel movement, people can identify and belong. It's pretty easy and non-confrontational to wear something blue, filtering a web image as blue, or talking about blue online. Indeed, most people, unless they are like minded or aware, would have no idea. Those in the know indeed will. Third, people can share something blue with friends or family, and connect over it. It is hard to have conversation starters. Talking about a blue object or topic may very well lead to interesting alternative and creative thoughts. And all over a simple color that is overlooked. Fourth, people can start noticing different things in their environment. Just thinking of the color blue, you immediately start noticing all those material things around you. It makes (well me at least) aware of the environment and objects. From blue bottles, to blue packaging, to blue clothes and blue in the environment. Hopefully, it makes us conscious that a parallel life is possible, with the objects surrounding us that we purposely choose. Firth, blueberries are blue. And they are the fruit of the festival. Sixth, supporting shops that sell blue products and services. There are lots of arts and crafts shops, as well as a bunch of other independent retailers, that use color really well. There are even shops that just sell blue gifts and things. How fantastic! Hopefully we can support creatives, artisans, and other sellers of wares in future to rally behind Blue day. Seventh, and finally, those biggest advocates wearing blue, sharing blue gifts, and eating blueberries, are signalling to the mainstream, it's okay and indeed good to be different. Everyone wears their shade of blue differently, and yet it stands to say that we'd like something different. I hope you have a fantastic Blue Day! It's a bit of fun and a bit of difference. And the world needs a bit of color at the moment, let's face it!
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 15, 2022
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Walk Away. Walk Away. Walk Away. Justin Trudeau has gone, as a Victorian Police leader would say, 'bat shit crazy. Real tin foil hat stuff'. This morning, Trudeau has declared martial law against peaceful protestors. Why do people listen to him? Can I suggest a change of perspective. It really is easy. Trudeau, and his 'mainstream followers', have declared an act of war against peaceful people. Just because he gives a press conference with a few flags and a suit, it is all a facade. The free people can easily come up with a similar position. And this is what they are doing. They are now getting organised, holding press conferences. Keep going. A parallel movement is underway in Canada. However, I'd go further. Rather than fight them, walk away. Trudeau's power is based on illusion. He doesn't represent most people. 'True Canadians' should so stop listening and acting in his interests, and start acting in their own. Let's talk it through. What happens in parallel societies? The first thing is that you stop associating with the other group. You realise that they are toxic, rude, bizarre, and bossy. You got to identify a few things. One is that they are the problem. Two, that they are the enemy. Three, that they don't need to be listened to - they are working against your interests. The second is that you realise that you need to be self-reliant. Make decisions in your own best interest. The things you depended on for convenience are no longer there. Time to create alternatives. You ensure that people are supported in parallel enhancing values and identity. They can freely associate. Coercion is not necessary. You psychologically and physically escape the domestic abuse situation. The third is that you mirror, to the best of your resources, the instruments of power of the opponents. Albeit, in a kinder, more representative way. They have flag. Prepare a little flag. They have a press conference. Prepare a little press conference. This has two effects. First it minimises the seriousness of their symbolism. Second it creates the same illusion of institution. This is the only thing that they can recognise, their own symbols. So prepare symbols with a twist. There is plenty of precedent. In the early 1900s, when the Irish were banned from public life in Melbourne, and were banned from entering the Melbourne City Town Hall, they resorted to their own measures: they built their own Town Hall. The fourth is that you start to treat people kindly including yourself. You dance in the streets of Ottawa. You prepare bouncing cancels. Most of all, you respect people's humanity and ask them to remove the fake masks. You live in accordance with your values, and support the development of groups that share similar values. The fifth is that you build your own networks. You form business, social, educational networks. This ensures that people can gather, meet, intermingle and share values without fear of needing to be authentic. This becomes a movement. The sixth is that you encourage the evolution of art and culture. Art, culture and literature that speaks to parallel movement, and supports the wellbeing, interest and inspiration of your people. The seventh thing is that you have a protectorate. People willing to fight to protect people. This is not a separatist movement. You are not trying to usurp power from the throne of the crazies that exist. You don't want parliament. You want to by-pass it completely. It's not about taking over, it's about setting up your own, better way to live. To be able to live free. Having said that, there comes a time when independence and freedom need to be protected. In the early 1900s again, when the Irish were prevented from protesting, someone can up with the idea of playing street hockey game in the city - bring your hockey sticks and Hurley clubs - and street hockey (with body parts) would be the way. People need to feel protected. In Canada, my guess is that there will be counter resistance emerging. Just remember: it is Trudeau's fault. People say parallel movements are idealistic. Nope. They are historical, legitimate alternatives to discrimination and prejudice. It is idealistic to think that people will simply follow blindly people who are so callous and cruel in their leadership. Walk away. Walk away. Walk away.
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 14, 2022
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Have you spoken to a millennial lately? Maybe you have hired a handful? Maybe you interact in your daily lives. For me, I try not to - for the most part. Why's that DB? It's because of the over-confidence. It's just too much for me. It's one of the things I really, really, really don't understand. Where do millennials get their uber-confidence from? I remember when I was young(er) I would say a bunch of things that sounded arrogant. Like, when I told a German editor for a publications company I was working for that he was terrible at his job. And that I waste so much time re-writing others' crappy work and I wouldn't need to if he could do his job properly. I know, that's not nice. (In my defence, I was just ahead of my time. If it was 20 years' later, and I was his boss - it'd be fine.) But it shocks me that I would say something like that. Even so, we knew our limits. There were lines you wouldn't cross. And you wouldn't prance around looking non-gendered advising all and sundry as a veritable philosopher king or queen. The crap that millennials say and do today! Take a quip from the past and multiply to the nth. They assume leadership in all things and love advising others with a supercilious confidence. I have had employees half my age say things like: "That's okay, I know you are trying". "If you ran your company this way, it would be much better" "Why aren't you giving me everything I want. I told you already" "Oh I can't believe you said that. Now I'm feeling really bad. Look how you made me feel". "That's okay. I'll wait until your situation improves, and then you can pay me what I'm worth". "Here's a secret you probably don't know: if you just believe, it will all happen as you want". And, on and on ... There's no irony. No sarcasm. No humility. Where does the confidence come from? I can't believe that it would be just social media. It's not just social media. It's not just them tweeting backwards and forwards. In my view, it is the digital life. In other words, it is because they have not experienced much at all - the highs or the lows of things: being truly fragile, vulnerable, or less than knowing. I'm not saying they haven't felt things. Experiencing is not the same as feeling it. Being chased by a (real) bear is not the same as being chased by a giant intergalactic villain in a computer game. It is because they hardly experience anything. When I was 20, I was using my wits to stay alive while hitch hiking. I was letting off firecrackers with drug fuelled native Americans. What about your average 30 year old? They had someone troll them on Facebook, and someone 'they knew' change gender. Have they missed important milestones of development? Yes, I believe so. There's not only no rush to 'grow up', it's just not possible. I contend that most have no life experience. That's why the confidence is so ridiculously out of proportion. The Digital Economy is not based on experience or legit danger or obstacles. It is fake. It produces false confidence. I know, I know. There's a millennial in the corner saying, "I'll wait for Dr B to catch up. I'll wait. Sigh". My retort is that I guess you can have too much of a good thing.
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 13, 2022
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It's hard to imagine that we are in the year 2022, with a virus from 2019. To say that this virus has outstayed its welcome would be an understatement. One question or problem that has been intrigued and thinking a lot recently is the common denominator. To be clearer, what is the common denominator between people who were gung-ho Covid groupies from the start of 2020, and those who were eskimo-like frozen about the whole saga? Why have some people been so affirming of the beast, while others critical and suspicious? It is pretty obvious that I fall into the later camp. From the get-go it seemed like a political stunt, an unlikely coordination between Anglo governments to do a wrap up. For what reason, I do not know, however when people act in unison it always makes me suspicious. Maybe that's why I dislike synchronised swimming so much - it's unnatural to swing your legs upside down in time. So what is that unites all those different people, a group of people across the world, to say 'no'. I have a few theories. My favourite one is that they tend to seek out their own information to make decisions. Rather than rely on authority to make decisions, they will read 'the evidence' in journals, books, educated commentary and the like. They will listen to the dissenting voice for 'truth'. Maybe they are just contrarian, non-conformists. Maybe they are intelligent, critical consumers of information Maybe they are suspicious of the government. There does seem to be some ideological bent to the positions of people towards the pandemic. But then again, you have people who are both 'left-wing' and 'right-wing' (if such categories exist) against the lockdowns, vaccinations, and compliance tests, as much as you have people for. Can we generalise? Is there a common denominator? I guess Monday mornings are the worst times for many people, and sorry if I've added to confusion and lack of motivation. Would love to hear your thoughts. Is there any common denominator between people who are 'pro' or 'anti' covid measures? In Peace and Parallel, DB
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 10, 2022
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People are cranky with Neil Young. It is because he apparently wrote an open letter to Spotify asking them to censor Joe Rogan. Now a few theories are going around. Like there is elder abuse. His younger partner, Daryl Hannah, you know that one that dressed like a Mermaid all those years ago (what a performance!) pressured Neil. Then there's the note about him selling his back catalogue for $150m to BlackRock Investments, the horrible financial fund of terrorists. Then there's the story that he has never heard Joe Rogan, but had some faint idea about something. To tell you the truth. I think it is fantastic. It feels like we are winning. The tide is turning. The times are a changin'. You know how I know this? It's because Neil Young is on the pro-vaccination bandwagon. He's like the negative ground hog that they pull out to guess the weather. Or the Octopus that puts down a tentacle to predict the World Series. Whichever team Neil is on, it's going to lose. I love it. It's a win all around. I get to love Neil Young still. I get to love Joe Rogan still. And I get to see that freedom is winning out. Why? Because Neil is ALWAYS on the losing side. But, more than that, he is a contrarian. He was for Ronald Reagan when people hated Ronald Reagan. He was writing songs about how terrible 'welfare mothers' are, at a time of feminism and social justice. He was anti-commercialisation, just before all the rockers sold out. He is now pro-Biden, when Biden is smelling like a walking corpse. So, Neil is always going to take the side of the underdog, the losing team. That gives me great hope. And all the other stories, just make me like him more. He's the confused guy, who doesn't know what he's talking about, and just blurts stuff out - totally empathise. So keeping on rocking in the free world everyone. More confusion is on the way, just as long as Neil stays contrarian.
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 09, 2022
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Neil Young sung in his cranky style: "I don't sing for nobody, it makes me look like a joke. This note's for you". I feel the same way. This post's for you. So many people want to rip you off, they only care about money, about themselves, and using other people. These are the people I truly despise. My goal in life is really to serve other people. I mean this in a few ways. One way to to provide products and services that businesses can use, help them get ahead, or that simply make the days easier. Another way is to approach the world from the point of view of service. How can I help people (generally) and what, in my limited capacity, do I have to offer them. Sometimes I come up short. However, I've decided one of the ways is to write simple blogs on observations of the world and how I see it. Maybe some people, somewhere, find some enjoyment, inspiration, or challenge to my perspective. That's it. The problem in being a 'giver' is that it leaves you exposed to every kind of 'taker' there is. This has happened a few times recently, and it simply makes me want to limit my human interaction to the bare bones. Let's talk 'takers'. What usually happens is that they see something happening, they assume that I am living large and extravagantly (I assume) and they ingratiate themselves. They start small, making simply requests and try to blow smoke up my butt. These inevitably turn to larger (financial) requests. This is essentially the unethical 'bait and switch'. It's used by con men and women everywhere. It is a con. They are con artists. Not really being a strong negotiator, and not particularly interested in details, when it comes time to the 'switch', they go ballistic. All the fake friendly stuff goes out the window. It's all about them (as it was all along). They demand this, they demand this. I agreed to this, and I agreed to that. Well, no. Demanding something is not agreement. Not doing any work or service that is anything comparable to the value put out is not the agreement. It never ceases to amaze me that these worst kinds of these people do so very, very little and then scream the loudest about the world persecuting them. So I have no time for 'takers'. I have been burnt more times than a careless fireman. But as a I said, this note's for you. So in life, you can be a giver or a taker. The bigger challenge is distinguishing between the two. In Peace and Parallel, DB
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 04, 2022
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So after a couple of days, the eyes were truly disastrous. I couldn't go outside. I couldn't see. Loads of people were coming and going from the hostel so I was just another body. It just so happened the manager of the hostel was very kind to me, and took me to a hostel to take care of things. After a few days of antibiotics, and more tests, I eventually returned to seeing. Of course, being young and carefree, the moment that some vision returned I was ready for a night out on the town. I don't really recall if magic mushrooms were legal at the time; I think they were. What a great night! Please Subscribe to the Daily Rant for free to read the post.
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 03, 2022
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So I was going to write part 2 of my Sauna is Hairy at night, but something came up. What was that, you may ask?It was Dim Sims, Trams and Beer. Oh, and rapid tests. What's the connection, you may also ask? There is really none. Other than that they are all unhealthy. They all lead to feeling dreadful, and they give you false confidence (except for trams - they are depressing). Our Dictator in Victoria is all gung ho on building the vaccine economy. Like all things in Australia, it is a couple of years - many years by the time it is finished - too late. In doing so, apparently one of the great things "we" are building are rapid antigen tests.
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Brendan Moloney
Feb 01, 2022
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On YouTube, I have a banner with a photo that says: "My Sauna is Hairy at Night". One of the lovely comments I got on a post was, "I am really stumped. What does this mean?" So let me give my readers the hidden meaning and secret to this phase: "My Sauna is Hairy at Night". You wouldn't guess where it comes from in a million years, so I will just tell you. It is from a travel story. When I was younger, around 1999 or 2000, I can't exactly remember, I was travelling around Europe. To read the full post, subscribe to the Daily Rant.
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Feb 01, 2022
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I sometimes fantasise about how I would punish all those horrible politicians. When all this covid rubbish is over, and the lawyers smell blood in the water and can see oodles of cash in litigation, then what will happen. Will the wrong doers be punished? Why they end up in jail? Will people's justice be meted out instead? To tell you the truth, I'm not really hopeful. I can't see any politician being punished for any crime or being given any sentence. On the contrary, they will probably see new lucrative positions in 'talking' jobs. You know like politicians who cash in on their 'Chinese' connections, and made a fortune in doing so. There's also a push for a Nuremberg trial. A people's court at one end, and a hope that one of the freedom loving Eastern European states can somehow take over the UN and slip that one into the agenda. Again, I'm not hopeful. In DB's imaginary world of trial and punishment (of course they are guilty, we can skip straight to the punishment part), here's a list of possibilities: 1. Drop them out of a hot air balloon. Round all of them up and put them in hot air balloons (Klaus Slob will need his own hot air balloon - indeed his words would probably propel it to move). Then fly them over somewhere scenic- say the Alps - and simply drop the bottom of the hot air balloon. Watch them rocket down to earth and meet a grizzly fate. 2. Drop them out at sea with a bottle of whisky and some beers. Grand Lizard Dictator Super Spreader seems to be particularly keen to 'reach for the top shelf'. Well maybe not so much nowadays as he has just 'let it rip'. But I think putting him and his cronies on the ultimate fishing trip in Port Philip Bay. Just a few bottles and whisky, some beers, and leaving them out in the bay. Would work a treat. 3. Click my fingers and let them return to the lizard world. It's pretty self-evident that politicians are lizards. You can see it in the gills, the haircuts, and the flaky skin. The use of the tongue slip is also common. So, if I could simply click my fingers and return them to the lizard world I would. Drop them off at Gumbaya Park, and let them live out their days in a glass window with some hay and very little sustenance. 4. Buy a few dragons, and turn them into snacks. Because I've been watching Game of Thrones during this break, I've become quite fond of Dragons. If only we had a dragon - or a couple - sitting atop parliament. For the wrongdoers, we can pull them out on Burke Street. We say the magic word, and a Dragon's fire eviscerates them. Very little cost to the tax payer. Highly efficient. That's my main choice. 5. Death by Clive Palmer. The final punishment is to lock these people up. Put them in jail for life, and take away their freedom of movement. But even worse, have them watch TV 24/7 with Clive Palmer talking. Surely Clive would love it, that would be a fate worse than death for them, and we could kill more than two birds with one stone. See - there could be justice! In Peace and Parallel, DB
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