Tag Archives: Sausages for peace

Bulidaburger Conference 9th November 2014 – “Advisors” #buildaburgerconference #bilderberg #bilderberger

Screen shot 2014-11-09 at 20.12.45

It is reassuring, ironically, when you realise you are not the only one who sees war and money in every move by the government of the United States. However, it is a shame to be bolstered in your opinions by Trevor Timm’s article in The Guardian “The American fear-mongering machine is about to scare us back into war again”.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/10/american-fear-mongering-war-again-isis

As he observes “Of course, there are already ground troops in Iraq, fighting alongside the Kurds – we just call them “advisors”, which is another innocuous euphemism for special forces.”

This has got to be my new favourite euphemism, “advisors” – it could mean anything. In this context it means highly-motivated, well-equipped and well-trained individuals that are seeking to appeal to your heart and mind.

With extreme prejudice.

IMG_8841

On Remembrance Sunday, my “advice” is to say no to the hot dog and say yes to the sausage butty.

Advertisements

Buildaburger Conference – British #SausageWeek 4 November 2014 – Day 2 The “Foreign Policy”

Screen shot 2014-11-04 at 19.24.33It seems that despite my natural skepticism, I am something of an optimist. I genuinely believed that I would be able to stomach a hot dog each day for a week, even if I would not normally indulge myself so.

However, I was defeated on day one.

But how hard could that be? It’s only a smoked sausage in a finger roll. How could all that promise, all that work to win my “heart and mind” result in such a cynical disappointment?

The thought of the extended balloon of meat-approximation that is the Frankfurter sausage naturally leads me to the next euphemism that I would like to feature as part of British Sausage Week 2014:

“Foreign policy”.

Despite the phrase’s (just like the sausage’s) neutral appearance, we all know that, to the government of the United States at least, “foreign policy” means invade the foreign country in question, steal its resources, kill its people, and (most often) leave said foreign country in anarchy once the United States’ “core interests” have been “secured” (I might write about “core interests” in a separate, sausage-related post).

Here is a partial transcript of President Barack Obama’s (the late great black hope) address to the United Nations General Assembly on 24th September 2013.

The United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure these core interests in the region. We will confront external aggression against our allies and partners, as we did in the Gulf War. We will ensure the free flow of energy from the region to the world. Although America is steadily reducing our own dependence on imported oil, the world still depends upon the region’s energy supply, and a severe disruption could destabilize the entire global economy.

This is a threat not even thinly veiled and evident in half the countries in the Middle-East.

IMG_8839

My own “policy” deployed today was neither punitive nor paranoid, and the “securing” of one of my “core interests” this lunchtime was to seek solace in the bosom of the familiar surroundings and reliable comfort food of a sausage sandwich at the Rutland Arms in Sheffield, UK.

Buildaburger Conference – 2 November 2014 – Sausages for Peace 2014

Sausages for peace.007-001

It’s that time of year again, British Sausage Week. I am sure you all remember how I failed to fulfill last year’s excessively complicated brief where I tried to write a blog post each day using one of the seven deadly sins and also relate them to the movie “Se7en” whilst tying them to a kind of sausage and using each one as an anti-war critique. Remember that?

Well, it was undoubtedly a “brilliant” idea, but I just didn’t have the time to tie up all the loose ends and produce all the amazingly clever insights that I no doubt would have come up with.

Anyway, like whatever. This year I have a more straightforward brief, so stand by for Sausages for Peace 2014. I doubt that Love Pork had this in mind, but I will be posting a series of seven critical and anti-war posts over the coming week.

Stand by…

Buildaburger Conference – British Sausage Week 2013 – Wednesday 6th November – The Fat Man of Pride

Sausages for peace.009-001

O’ Neill: He cut off her nose (to spite her face), and he did it very recently.
“Se7en” (1995 dir David Fincher)

You can see why they code-named it “Fat Man”. It even looks like a sausage.

Pictured here is the first nuclear weapon to use plutonium as its fissile material. It is the second and last  to be used in conflict (so far). The 6th of November shares the unenviable anniversary of the production of the first plutonium for this weapon. However, this is not the first atomic bomb to be used in anger. “Little Boy”, a weapon using enriched Uranium was dropped on Hiroshima by the now famous B-29 bomber “Enola Gay” and killed up to 140,000 people on 6 August 1945. Fat Man was dropped on Nagasaki three days later, killing approximately 75,000.

It was not my original intention to mark British Sausage Week 2013 by using it as an excuse to knock the US every day, but there are plenty of worms in that particular can.

In the 80s I used to wear a peace badge, widely co-opted at that time by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and my grandfather took me to task one day about it, pointing out that the the Second World War would have lasted much longer without the intervention of the US military and the irresistible force of atomic weapons against the immovable object of the Japanese Imperial Army.

I accept this to be true, and it’s a sobering thought that he lived through two world wars although he would probably have been horrified by the proliferation of deadly force in more recent peace times.

Since that first nuclear test in the Nevada desert in July 1945, the US has carried out over 1,000 nuclear detonations, mostly on its own increasingly parched soil, but some in the pacific ocean (gee thanks), and many more in total than even the Russians.

I guess they were just showing off.

Actually, the US has proliferated more weapons of mass destruction; nuclear, chemical and biological, than the rest of the world put together, and no amount of Nobel prizes or red lines can distract us from the unveiled threat that president Obama gave to the United Nations General Assembly on 24th September 2013, that “The United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure these core interests in the region. We will confront external aggression against our allies and partners, as we did in the Gulf War. We will ensure the free flow of energy from the region to the world. Although America is steadily reducing our own dependence on imported oil, the world still depends upon the region’s energy supply, and a severe disruption could destabilize the entire global economy.”

Even the great bi-racial hope has turned out to be just another colonial figurehead for the Fat Men of Big Money who see every other country as a potential source of “core interests”.

Fortunately for us in the UK, we don’t have much oil to fight over, and we have that “special relationship”, but my advice to those of you who live in the middle east is keep your heads down. Obama means to come over there a fuck you up if you get in the way of his oil, and his countrymen have shown many times over that they are willing to put their money where their mouth is and use their superior technology to bomb you to whichever kingdom you wish to come.

Although the world laughs at the most obese nation on earth, I think that if the Fat Man that is the United States of Core Interests who, despite his increasing girth, is unapologetic about his appetite, but whose vanity cannot allow him to live in a world without a well-specced SUV.

If he were to be personified then his deadly sin would be pride.