‘The Metablog’

‘Ramblinactivist’ Paul Mobbs’ work-related occasional blog – which examines the troublesome and often difficult meanings behind today’s news and events rather than simply repeating the ‘conventional wisdom’ of the mass/social media


This page lists the most recent five to ten blog posts and videos. Most posts are available as both HTML (web) pages and A4 PDF files you can download. Video posts are usually a shorter page or script with a link to the video hosted on YouTube.

The blog posts are listed below in reverse chronological order (most recent first).

October 2021

Title frame from ‘Enjoy it whilst it lasts’ video. Ramblinactivist’s video, 7th October 2021:

2021/22: ‘Enjoy it whilst it lasts’

Walking the ancient Roman Salt Road east from Banbury – a diminutive relic of its status to the west of the town – I consider how property rights and land access continue to define our relationship to “the land”, and hence “this Land”.

Click here to go direct to the YouTube video

An MP3 version of the my music for the video is available on the web page.

A hand holding a copy of ‘Post-Scarcity Anarchism’ ‘A Book in Five Minutes’, no.5, 4th October 2021:

‘Post-Scarcity Anarchism’ (1971/2004)

Murray Bookchin foresaw the rise of consumerism, and the changing dialogue in society towards a politics of ‘post-scarcity’. ‘Post-Scarcity Anarchism’ is an anthology of Bookchin’s essays around this theme.

Go to the YouTube video for this post.

An audio podcast of this blog post is available on the page.

General Jack Ripper, from 'Dr Strangelove' The ‘Meta-Blog’, no.17, 2nd October 2021:

‘Weaponising Space Debris’ – Britain, DARC, and the military’s control of space

Britain is to become part of a US network to ‘dominate space’. The UK government are promoting this as a way to create greater ‘security’ for our technological lifestyle. The reality about what this system is for, and the US military’s strategy behind it, is somewhat different to that public message of greater security.

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An audio podcast of this blog post is available on the page.

September 2021

A hand holding a copy of ‘Diet for a Small Planet’ ‘A Book in Five Minutes’, no.4, 20th September 2021:

‘Diet for a Small Planet’ (1971)

I think there are very few books that you can truthfully say, ‘this book changed my life’. When I first came across it almost forty years ago, this one changed mine. It explained clearly to me what it was I needed to know to eat well.

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An audio podcast of this blog post is available on the page.

A hand hold a copy of ‘Ecological Economics For Humanity’s Plague Phase’ ‘A Book (or report) in 5 Minutes’, no.3, 15th September 2021:

‘Ecological Economics For Humanity’s Plague Phase’ (2020)

Each morning the Sun comes up. We instinctively know this. The problem is that in the modern world, people sometimes find it difficult to tell the difference between: Natural phenomena – like the Sun rising; and the grandiose myths we tell ourselves – like the functioning of the economy.

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An audio podcast of this blog post is available on the page.

A hand takes a copy of 'The Limits to Growth' from a shelf ‘A Book in Five Minutes’, no.1, 1st September 2021:

‘The Limits to Growth’ (1972)

Published in 1972, and shrouded in controversy since that date, ‘The Limits to Growth’ is the most successful econometric projection ever made, and a groundbreaking ecological book that the environment movement itself has a deep-seated fear of discussing in public.

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An audio podcast of this blog post is available on the page.

August 2021

Image of a happy drone The ‘Meta-Blog’, no.15, 12th August 2021:

‘On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a drone’ – Are you selling your soul to whack the YouTube algorithm?

YouTube has become a warped subliminal marketplace; a confidence trick of misdirection. Digitally disembodied people pretend to be your best friend, while the platform they use fleeces your computer of as much information as possible in order to commodify your soul.

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Go to the YouTube video accompanying this post.

An audio podcast of this blog post is available on the page.

May 2021

March 2021

January 2021

blogimg Ramblinactivist's videos 2021/2, Sunday 17th January 2021:

Ramblinactivist 2021/2: ‘The President’s Parting Shot’: A Reflection on Threats and Resilience

Exactly sixty years ago, President Eisenhower give his ‘farewell address’ to the American nation; known today for popularising the term “military-industrial complex” . Today though this has arguably morphed into the “military-industrial-entertainment complex”, so intermeshed have those arms of modern society become.

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blogimg Ramblinactivist's videos 2021/1, Sunday 17th January 2021:

Ramblinactivist 2021/1: ‘A review of the last 30 years, and a look ahead’

In 1991 I quit my join in engineering and become a full-time eco-freak. I thought I’d last six months; a year tops till the money ran out. Well, the money’s been running out for thirty years this year, and I’m still (barely!) keepin’ on keepin’ on.

In this short review I look at some of what has been. More importantly I drop a few ideas about where I’ll be going next. Most of all, I just want to share with you the fact that we’re still here (barely!) and we have all to play for – if you’re willing to raise the lifestyle stakes *low* enough!

December 2020

blogimg The ‘Meta-Blog’, no.11, 30th December 2020:

What was your ‘2020 Vision’?

In the endless picking-over of the events of 2020, now and in the future, how many will care to inspect their past tendency to always project a rosy future irrespective of its demonstrable flaws?

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October 2020

blogimg The ‘Meta-Blog’, no.8, 6th October 2020:

Boris bullshits the greens (again); and they swallow it (again!)

Just because something sounds nice and positive doesn’t mean it actually is; and with this government, that’s seemingly guaranteed – especially where it concerns the environment. Why do highly-paid green campaigners, working for the groups who claim to represent the ‘public interest’, keep pliantly falling for the bullshit rather than calling it out?

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blogimg Ramblinactivist's videos 2020/2, Saturday 3rd October 2020:

“Rules Britannia, Britannia Breaks the Rules”

Recently the media have been complaining that the British Government intends to “break international law” as part of Brexit. In practise these complaints highlight the media’s historic silence when the British Government has routinely broken international law before; in particular, our involvement in foreign conflicts involving the USA and ‘Western’ interests.

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