11 July 2020
Don't sweat the small stuff
Late in life I came to realise the value of not sweating the small stuff. No point in getting into a state over trivial annoyances. Reinhold Niebuhr had an even more profound insight: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Genuinely, such an invocation does help you get through life in a less stressful way.
I try live by these precepts. But sometimes it ain't easy. Very many years ago I fell in love with Jesus College Cambridge. The ambiance, the grounds, the stately buildings and echoing corridors. I'd love to have had an academic position there but despite having a PhD, a Post-Doctoral Fellowship and published a high-selling book in my field I wouldn't have had a chance. Only the best of the best of the best are awarded a tenured professorship at Cambridge. And that's after surviving the fabled back-stabbing of academic politics where lifelong friendships are transformed into lifelong enmities in the vicious squabble for spoils. Little wonder then that the dons, once ensconced, become bywords for arrogance and their fanatical defence of their academic independence.
You can imagine therefore what it takes to become the Master Of Jesus College Cambridge.
Unless you're Sonita Alleyne who washed up in Britain from Barbados about 50 years ago. She eventually got a pass BA - be assured it was not in astrophysics - after which she started a 'music publicity company'. And that's the extent of her achievements. But, as I've always said, if you're black, are not in jail and wear business clothes the world is your oyster. Alleyne's pass BA and involvement with a small publicity company propelled her to unimaginable heights with a Fellowship of the Royal Society Of Arts and appointments to, inter alia, the Court of Governors at London's University Of Arts and the BBC Trust (Governing Body). And now she's Master of Jesus College Cambridge. Never published an academic paper, undertaken a research project or even taught students. And she's now setting the academic direction for one of the world's most prestigious Colleges. Alumni such as Thomas Cranmer, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas Malthus must be spinning in their graves.
Now you'd imagine that having been parachuted in the most bizarre way into such a position Alleyne would keep her head down, cringing with embarrassment when chairing a meeting of intellectual powerhouses. Not a bit of it! Since her appointment she's spent her time haranguing academic staff and the general public on the terrible bigotry that blacks labour under. On June 5th she published a message on the College web site: Yup, you've guessed it. George Floyd. "If one man can't breathe none of us can breathe" (an assertion disprovable by a child) adding "Be angry at this moment".
[Ron: Sonita Alleyne's assinine assertion also foments race hatred based on an implicit LIE. Prima face, George Floyd's inability to breath appears to have been self inflicted. The published official autopsy on George Floyd indicated that cardiopulmonary arrest was the cause of death, and stated that injuries he sustained during the arrest were not life-threatening.
The official autopsy contradicts the coroner's conclusion of homicide but Floyd's blood tests showed a lethal concentration of Fentanyl of about THREE times the maximum that has been recorded in a survivor, even when receiving intensive care. Floyd also had substantial amounts of other drugs in his body at the time of his death. Fentanyl is a dangerous opioid 50 times more potent than heroin. It has rapidly become the most common cause of death among drug addicts.
Also, the knee hold used by the police in Floyd's case is not a choke hold, it does not impede breathing. It is a body restraint and is not known to have ever caused fatal injury. See eg: Forensic Anlysis: George Floyd Died of a Fentanyl Overdose, Not Police Brutality - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Health_and_Nutrition_37/Forensic-Anlysis-George-Floyd-Died-of-a-Fentanyl-Overdose-Not-Police-Brutality.shtml].
When someone pointed out that June 5 was also the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre Allenye was not pleased. According to The Spectator 'she has forbidden the dons from speaking about the College's relationship with China' (my emphasis). Forbidden the dons! Oh deary deary me. I suppose only an affirmative action nonentity utterly tone deaf to university practices and traditions could come out with something like that.
So that's why I blew a fuse this morning and why Niebuhr's invocation went out the window.
I marvel at the treachery of Britain's ruling class (I'm not referring just to the aristocracy here). They have sold out a glorious heritage, handing it over to unworthy and ungrateful foreigners who have no claim to it. Will some traveller in the distant future echo the words of Shelley as he surveys the impending wreckage?
What powerful but unrecorded raceOnce dwelt in that annihilated place ?
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Forensic Anlysis: George Floyd Died of a Fentanyl Overdose, Not Police Brutality - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Health_and_Nutrition_37/Forensic-Anlysis-George-Floyd-Died-of-a-Fentanyl-Overdose-Not-Police-Brutality.shtml
MUST READ: Body Cam Transcript Tells a Different Story on the Death of George Floyd - http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/MUST-READ-Body-Cam-Transcript-Tells-a-Different-Story-on-the-Death-of-George-Floyd.shtml
George Floyd Was Not Killed By Police - http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/George-Floyd-Was-Not-Killed-By-Police.shtml
‘Tainting’ Public Opinion ? Minneapolis Court Issues GAG ORDER in George Floyd Trial After Lawyer Tells Cop’s Side of Story - http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/Tainting-public-opinion-Minneapolis-court-issues-GAG-ORDER-in-George-Floyd-Trial-After-Lawyer-Tells-Cop-s-Side-of-Story.shtml
We Digitized The Mob, And There's No Place To Hide - http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/We-Digitized-The-Mob-And-There-s-No-Place-To-Hide.shtml
‘Every human life is precious’: Pence Savaged After Saying ‘all lives matter’ in interview - http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/Every-human-life-is-precious-Pence-Savaged-After-Saying-all-lives-matter-in-interview.shtml
Demilitarizing the Police and Ending “Qualified Immunity” - http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/Demilitarizing-the-Police-and-Ending-Qualified-Immunity.shtml
Engineering A Race War: Will This Be The American Police State's Reichstag Fire ? - http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/Engineering-A-Race-War-Will-This-Be-The-American-Police-State-s-Reichstag-Fire.shtml
The Empire Takes a Knee. Let It. But We Don't Have to ! - http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/The-Empire-Takes-a-Knee-Let-It-But-We-Don-t-Have-to.shtml
The Political Left Used George Floyd's Dead Body As A Social Justice Marionette - http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/The-Political-Left-Used-George-Floyd-s-Dead-Body-As-A-Social-Justice-Marionette.shtml
Tiananmen Square Massacre is a Myth, All We're 'Remembering' are British Lies - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Tiananmen-Square-Massacre-is-a-Myth-All-We-re-Remembering-are-British-Lies.shtml
Tankman Tiananmen Massacre (Rare Documentary) Part 1 - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Tankman-Tiananmen-Massacre-Rare-Documentary-Part-1.shtml
Washington's "Tiananmen" Lies Begin to Fray - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Washington-s-Tiananmen-Lies-Begin-to-Fray.shtml