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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

FORTHCOMING NOVEL: THE GRAND OLIGARCHS OF QINSATORIX

  I am planning to spend much of 2016 writing a new novel as a sequel to
 GRAND SCHEMES ON QINSATORIX. Many social and political issues, including eugenics programs and psychiatric treatment will be addressed, Your comments please!

                                                                                


                                                                         







THE GRAND OLIGARCHS OF QINSATORIX


Thomas Hoskyns Leonard

29th December 2015



THE COUNCIL OF THE GRAND OLIGARCHS OF QINSATORIX (June 2412)


Convenor: Trithagoras Tullius Cicero (Grand Courtier)

Chair Wizard: The Crown Princess Natasha

The Emperor Fleance (in absentia)

The Empress Susan (in absentia)

The Crown Prince Consort Hamlet of Denmark

The Prince Imperial, Caleb of Trystonia

The Prince Infanta, Adam of Eden

Prince Kevin, Duke of Thebes (in absentia)

Princess Ophelia, Duchess of Thebes and High Priestess of the Izons.

Field Marshal Spunk Spitfire the Second, Commander-in-Chief

High Admiral Sporus McSporran the Third, Battlefleet Commander

Professor Sybil Greenleaf, Chair of Informatic Investigation, the University
of the Sunrise

Dr. Arthropia Rothskind-Rottweiler, Imperial Bank of Trystonia


Professor Angervast Friedman-Schweinsteiger, Department of Economics,
Trivoli-Chicago Business School.


Dr. Siren Shrink, President. New Era Psychology


Dr. Voluptia Monsanto-Vesuvius, Biochem Trails International


Yuri Minkowitz. President, Grossen Pharma of Garmisch-Partenkirchen


Associate Oligarch: Bernie Bumblebee, President of Qinsatorix


OTHER MAIN CHARACTERS IN NOVEL


Timothy Tittleton, Pageboyfare volunteer

Tracy Tankerwell, Pageboy volunteer

Tacitus, Leader of the Izons


MINOR CHARACTERS:



AUTHOR'S NOTES



CONTENTS



CHAPTER 1: THE CROWN PRINCESS RELAXES


CHAPTER 2: A MEETING OF THE GRAND OLIGARCHS


CHAPTER 3: THE INTERSTELLAR EUGENICS PROGRAM




Thursday, 24 December 2015

A Christmas message for our uncaring political leaders and cynical Establishment





                                                                       


                                      MESSAGES TO FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

HAPPY CHRISTMAS, 2015!!

A very merry Christmas to all my blog and Facebook friends, and to the international membership of Mental Health Discussions Edinburgh





















Friday, 18 December 2015

ECT is ALWAYS cruel and barbaric FULL DOCUMENTATION

                                         


                                                                            


                                     FROM DR. PETER BREGGIN'S WEBSITE



                                                                       


                                                BARBARIC CASE IN MELBOURNE






                                                DISCUSSION /DR. DAVID HEALY

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

TOM LEONARD'S YEAR IN REVIEW 2015




                                                             MY YEAR IN REVIEW  (on Facebook)






                                                       

Thursday, 10 December 2015

FORTH BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION, 1962





                                                                   






                                          











View of cables being spun during the construction of the Forth Road Bridge in 1962.


Date 8/1962
Scope and Content Cables being spun during construction of Forth Road Bridge, South/North Queensferry, Edinburgh The Forth Road Bridge, a suspension bridge spanning the River Forth, was commissioned in 1947 and designed 1947-58 by architects Sir Giles Gilbert Scott & Partners, with Mott, Hay & Anderson and Freeman Fox & Partners as consulting engineers. Construction began in 1958 and the bridge was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 4 September 1964. This shows bridge during the spinning of the cables from which the road surface was later suspended. A catwalk for workmen to was constructed between the two towers and the land on either side, and this can be seen directly below the cables. Large amounts of construction materials can be seen on the shore. In the background is the famous Forth Rail Bridge, completed in 1890. The total span of the bridge is nearly 1.8km with a main span of 1km. The elegant steel towers with their cross-beams are each 150m high. Its impressive position close by the famous Forth Rail Bridge makes it a popular tourist attraction and symbol of Scottish engineering innovation. Over 60,000 vehicles use the bridge each day. This structure has been selected as one of Scotland's key 20th-century Modern architectural monuments. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

EDINBURGH PLASTERWORKS---AN HONEST TRADE AND A FAIR DEAL

                                                                                             


                                                              EDINBURGH PLASTERWORKS


Edinburgh Plasterworks have just replaced my (less elaborate) bathroom ceiling and plastered and painted it for under £210. This was after a couple of other local outfits sent me estimates in the region of £1000. It is good to find a local company which is not out to con elderly and vulnerable people


                                                              



                                                    

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

SEEKER'S BALLAD, a folk song for seekers and visionaries



                                                                                   



                                                     SEEKER'S BALLAD (Youtube video)


                                                                                   


                                                       DANIEL MACKLER, Author at Mad in America


                                                                                       
                                                                              

                                         
                                                       WILDTRUTH---Healing from Childhood Trauma


My name is Daniel Mackler and I am a filmmakerwriter, and musician based in New York City.  I also worked for ten years as a psychotherapist in New York, though I ended my therapy practice in 2010.  My writings focus on the causes, consequences, and radical mackler photo 1 smallersignificance of childhood trauma.  I see childhood trauma as ranging from the extreme, which is common, to the mild, which is so much MORE common that few even notice it at all, much less call it by its proper name.  I view the norm in our culture as being highly traumatized and I view the average, and even above-average, childhood as being extremely traumatic – and the average parent as lacking both awareness of this and deep empathy for the child.
I see our world growing more pathological, confused, polluted, overpopulated, and disturbed by the day – and I feel that to stand by and say nothing while we destroy our planet is irresponsible and even criminal.  Yet I write with great hope – both for individual healing and for the collective healing of our world.  I seek to offer a new perspective – on relationships, on manifesting the best of ourselves, on the potential value of celibacy, on parenting, on the pathology of the family system, and on the future of our species.


                                                       DANIEL MACKLER (Youtube video)


                                                                         







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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

THE FISH ROT FROM THE TOP DOWN (in 120 words)

                                                    THE FISH ROT FROM THE TOP DOWN

                                                         by Thomas Hoskyns Leonard

                                                                 

           "So what's happening on Earth?" inquired the Crown Oligarch, Princess Natasha of Qinsatorix, thwacking her husband's posterior with a dragon's whip.  (21 words)

           "The Duke of Edinburgh broke his neck on a waterslide and had to be destroyed," moaned Prince Hamlet of Denmark, lashing out at a dorgi-corgi, "and the Russians are bombing Ankara."

                                                                                                                    (32 words)

           "Goodie gumdrops! I'll tell the Imperial Chamberlain to super-carrion the Saudis another billion gold pieces, That'll stir everything up."     (20 words)

            "Why don't you send the Brits a battle fleet of UFOs? It would be fun watching  them dominating their world again."       (21 words)

            "What a masterly way of trumping those dreadful Yanks! Aha! Here come the Sirens from Syracuse! Now for the Greek orgy and royal crotch kicking."  (24 words)

            "Not again! Aaaaaargh!!"                          (3 words).


                                                                 



                                                                       

Friday, 27 November 2015

IN DEFENCE OF ATHEISM by Ioana-Noemy Toma
















Dear Mr. Hoskyns,

I discovered today your blog,

through David Healy's blog, http://davidhealy.org/study-329-big-risk/ .
Congratulations for your attentive and courageous work on psychiatric abuses. Much is still to be done.

I noticed also that you are member in a Christian community.
As an aware terrestrial citizen, I want to warn you that religions are imperfect traditions,
that can dangerously mislead their followers. It is prudent to analyze rationally their contribution to the
human culture, in order to keep what is valid and to correct what is erroneous. 

The atheist communities are not perfect, but they are nevertheless the keepers of important evidence
for the human history, since Democritus and Lucretius
(http://classics.mit.edu/Carus/nature_things.html ) to Galilei, D'Holbach, Paine, Ravel
Hopefully, these rational proofs will be understood by all the humanity, allowing the progress
of comprehension and peace.

Hoping that these links will be useful to you and looking forward to your answer,
I wish to you all the best.

Sincerely,

Ioana-Noemy Toma







Dear Iona-Noemy,


Many thanks for your message.

I base my spiritual beliefs on a reasonable interpretation of the synoptic Gospels. Matthew, Mark, and Luke, since I believe that both St. John and St.Paul have a tendency to either misrepresent or distort Christ's teachings. Indeed, there is some evidence to suggest that Jesus may have been a grass roots anarchist!


If Jesus's teachings about the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25 are to be believed then it is possible for atheists to be christian with a small c by performing good works and deeds and hence to achieve their 'Kingdom of Heaven' e.g,in their own lifetime, However..Christians with a large C who focus on faith rather than good deeds run the risk of being 'sent to Hell' e.g. at the Second Coming.


The important thing is to be decent to each other, and that's all that most reasonable religions are actually trying to say, albeit in highly convoluted ways.


I would agree that many churches effectively advocate evil by not condemning it, See for example my blog post


                                          THE CHRISTIAN LIE

          With all best wishes,

                                                    Tom Leonard

























Thursday, 26 November 2015

DEBORAH MAYO: BAYESIAN DETRACTOR EXTRA-ORDINAIRE



                                                                         

                                                           
                                                                 DEBORAH MAYO


                                                        ERROR STATISTICS PHILOSOPHY

                                                     
                    ON THE BIRNBAUM ARGUMENT FOR THE STRONG LIKELIHOOD PRINCIPLE

                                                                       

                   Deborah Mayo and Michael Evans have both refuted Allan Birnbaum's celebrated 1962 proof that the Likelihood Principle is implied by the Sufficiency and Conditionality Principles,

                                              See     LIKELIHOOD PRINCIPLE

              and          A PERSONAL HISTORY OF BAYESIAN STATISTICS


Somewhat related:  STATISTICS AS A FORCE FOR MIND CONTROL

                                 

URSULA LE GUIN. PROTECTOR OF ECOLOGY

                                                                  WIKI

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 "Capitalism’s grow-or-die imperative stands radically at odds with ecology’s imperative of interdependence and limit. The two imperatives can no longer coexist with each other; nor can any society founded on the myth that they can be reconciled hope to survive. Either we will establish an ecological society or society will go under for everyone, irrespective of his or her status.... A capitalist economy, by definition, lives by growth; as Bookchin observes: “For capitalism to desist from its mindless expansion would be for it to commit social suicide.” We have essentially, chosen cancer as the model of our social system."-Ursula Le Guin.


      from                                     WHAT IS LEFT OF THE LEFT?


                                                                     





Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (US /ˈɜrsələ ˈkrbər ləˈɡwɪn/;[1] born October 21, 1929) is an American author of novels, children's books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She has also written poetry and essays. First published in the 1960s, her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics,natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality and ethnography.
She influenced such Booker Prize winners and other writers as Salman Rushdie and David Mitchell – and notable futurism and fantasy writers including Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks.[2] She has won the Hugo AwardNebula AwardLocus Award, and World Fantasy Award, each more than once.[2][3] In 2014, she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.[4] Le Guin has resided in Portland, Oregon since 1959.[5]

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

MRS, MOP'S SCHOOL FOR FURNITURE (in 100 words)


                                                                                               


                                             Mrs Mop's School for Furniture

                                              by Thomas Hoskyns Leonard


                                                                              



    "And who invented mitre joints and dovetails?"  asked Mrs, Mop.              (10 words)

    "The Venetians, of course," replied the upholstered armchair, somewhat snootily. (10 words)

    "Wrong," scowled Mrs, Mop, "Go and stand in the corner."             (10 words)

     "Sorry, Miss."                                                                                                    (2 words)

     "The ancient Egyptians," yelped the mahogany footstool, excitedly.                 (8 words)

     "Here's a liquorice-all-sort for you, Winston. And can anybody remember how many people were able to sleep in the Great Bed of Ware?"           (25 words)

       "Sixty-three," guessed the lamp standard.                                                           (6 words)

        "Don't be so silly, Rebecca, you've left yourself turned on for too long,"          (13 words)

        "Sixteen," replied the chamberpot, "and thirty rats."                                           (7 words)

         "It's the tawse for you," shrieked Mrs, Mop,                                                       (8 words)




                                                                               

                                                                       





THE FISH ROT FROM THE TOP DOWN (in 120 words)

                                                                                     
                                                                                       


           "So what's happening on Earth?" inquired the Crown Oligarch, Princess Natasha of Qinsatorix, thwacking her husband;s posterior with a dragon's whip.  (21 words)

           "The Duke of Edinburgh broke his neck on a waterslide and had to be destroyed," moaned Prince Hamlet of Denmark, lashing out at a dorgi-corgi, "and the Russians are bombing Ankara."

                                                                                                                    (32 words)

           "Goodie gumdrops! I'll tell the Imperial Chamberlain to super-carrion the Saudis another billion gold pieces, That should stir everything up."     (21 words)

            "Why don't you send the Brits a battle fleet of UFOs? It would be fun watching  them dominating their world again."       (21 words)

            "What a masterly way of trumping those dreadful Yanks! Aha! Here come the Sirens from Syracuse! Now for the Greek orgy and royal crotch kicking."  (24 words)

            "Not again! Aaaaaargh!!"                          (3 words).

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

TRITHAGORAS AND RAINBOW GIRL (in 100 words)

                                                              Trithagoras and Rainbow Girl

                                                                by Thomas Hoskyns Leonard

                                                                                       


"So how do you dispose of the weak and vulnerable in Britain?" purred Ambassador Trithagoras, a blue cat-like felixian from the Planet Qinsatorix.   (24 words)

"We invite them to bijou cocktail parties," simpered Rainbow Girl, the Royal Shape-Shifter, twisting her platinum thong, "Then they're taken away in low loaders and incinerated." (27 words)

"How supercalifragilistic," gulped the ambassador, flicking his whiskers. "We throw them down the Venusian's yawning throat." (16 words)

"They suicided Auntie Rosalina with risperidol," smirked Rainbow Girl, stroking her antlers. "She protested too much."    (16 words)

"Great stu---," replied Trithagoras, as the IDS sanctioners fired three red-hot arrows into his corpulent belly.     (17 words)




THE THREE BRIDGES ON THE FIRTH



                                                          MORE COMING! I'm away there to lunch

Friday, 20 November 2015

THOUGHTS AND EVENTS FOR THE WEEK (updated)

   
                                                                               


             I can't even remember what happened on Monday. On Tuesday afternoon, Thomas and I drove in our Toureg Volkswagen to South Queensferry for yet another meal in the Three Bridges Inn, with a great view, believe it or not of the three bridges across the Firth of Forth. I fancied the breaded haddock, with peas, mash, and two fried eggs on the side, while Thomas devoured a mound of pork and black pudding with a fried egg on top. We know how to get on really well nowadays (ever since my re-diagnoses with A.D.D.) in February by not talking too much. though I guess we talked quite a bit anyway, Then we dropped by the historic Cramond Inn for a coffee on the way back, and chose the table with just the right atmosphere, So I treated myself to a rare gin and slimline.


                                                                   

         When we got back to Edinburgh, Thomas was off to a choir rehearsal, He is hoping to play Hitler in a production in the Churchill Theatre in the Spring. And Scott and I were off for a meeting of the Edinburgh All Comer's Club in Sofi's bar in Leith

                                                                         

         Amanda convened the meeting, and James read his outstanding new poem

                                                   A Spot of Lunch

                                                   TO BE CONTINUED


Saturday 21st November. Resigned membership of Old Saint Paul's Scottish Episcopal Church giving no specific reason, I had regularly attended High Mass for 10 years.

Sunday 22nd November: Attended, new, much more pleasant church in Central Edinburgh, Not Scottish Episcopal Church,.