NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

eden-bio21st February, 1938 : Anthony Eden resigned tonight from the post of Foreign Secretary. He told Mr Chamberlain: “I have become increasingly conscious of differences between us.” The Foreign Secretary has resented the Prime Minister’s action in talking personally to the Italian Ambassador Signor Grandi, instead leaving that to the Foreign Office. Mr Chamberlain is ready to recognise Italian annexation of Abyssinia in return for an unwritten agreement on withdrawal of Italian volunteers from Spain.

Mr Eden considers the Prime Minister is too anxious to please both Hitler and Mussolini, and that this is a dangerous course of action.

[ We never learn. ]

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

20th February, 1969 : Darwin is the last refuge of the pot-smoker, or so the Northern Territory’s Assistant Administrator, Martyn Finger, would have us believe. He told the Territory’s Legislative Council today that hippies were pouring in because laws on the use of marijuana were so lax. He presented a Bill to tighten controls, saying it was impossible to prosecute for possession of the drug unless the person admitted importing it.

[ The laws, as always, successful. ]

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

19th February, 1941 : Consultations at Cairo between the British Foreign Minister, Anthony Eden, the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Sir John Dill, and General Wavell and Admiral Cunningham on the plans for sending help to Greece.

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I Am He that Aches with Love

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

 

I am he that aches with amorous love;

Does the earth gravitate?

Does not all matter, aching, attract all matter?

So the body of me to all I meet or know.

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Witches cauldron

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Some incident occurred somewhere in USA but reliable information is so hard to find as to be almost non-existent. The deplorables are fed the mishmash of political commentary, anti-gun,anti-Trump and anti-reason; and the shamelessly fabricated ‘facts’ .

Between impeccable integrity of Federal Bureau of (highly selective) Investigation and the masses massaging media one can be sure of only one thing: Florida exists.

The rest is doubtful; the truth, or part of it, possibly to be revealed in 2058.

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# Not Me

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

# Not Me

I Said No.

We are not likely to see such slogans on T-shirts of Hollywood waitresses and car wash attendants. What would be the point? Media would not be interested. Those benighted wannabes did not make it to the top as their less honest and thus more successful colleagues.

The pitifully aging, amoral Streep woman, now busily virtue signalling, is a perfect example of the worst of the Hollywood sisterhood – no integrity and no intelligence; or perhaps their male agents are to be blamed?

After Weinstein’s misfortune we were treated to the veritable tsunami of molestation claims, from laughingly frivolous (he looked at me) to criminally serious (rape). Ms Streep’s god wisely resorted to the defence of psychiatric fog, and knowing the integrity of psychiatric professionals and of the judiciary, a severe slap on the wrist can be expected.

Thanks to the medial circus a hand touching is now equal to a rape and any actress worth her **** now has to proudly parade her victim-hood, “suffered” sometimes ten or more years ago. Somehow, they have kept silent about Bill Clinton’s escapades, or even abused Clinton’s victims, following the lead of famous feminist Hilary*. Lolita Express? Who is Lolita?

In the meantime, the metooists are maliciously destroying the reputation of men:

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/01/25/harvard-law-prof-metoo-is-dangerous-because-it-presumes-guilt/

quill.1*/hypocrisy – the assumption or postulation of moral standards to which one’s own behaviour does not conform; dissimulation, pretence

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True Americans

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

14th February, 1941 : The first contingents of the Afrikakorps land at Tripoli, in Libya – a battalion of light infantry and an anti-tank battalion; these are the advance guard of the German expeditionary force, which will comprise the 15th Armoured Division and 5th Light Motorised Division.

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OXFAM and other do-gooders

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Why now? Something, which has been happening for ages and nobody blinked an eyelid, now gets into the news:

Oxfam sex scandal is bigger than Weinstein’s Hollywood sex abuse claims:

…international aid supremo Penny Mordaunt will demand dossiers of evidence on ALL allegations of sex abuse, both past and present, including the Haiti cover-up.

Refusal will cost them millions in government cash. But Oxfam is not the only major suspect in the dock.

The minister named giants like Christian Aid, Save The Children and the British Red Cross, who also have questions to answer.

This furore is spreading. The biggest, most unaccountable charity of them all — the cash-guzzling but useless United Nations — is facing claims of wholesale sex abuse by aid workers.

Big Charity has grown fat, arrogant and ungrateful on the huge dollops of cash dished out to them by taxpayers.”

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Oxfam has been rapped repeatedly by the Charity Commission for campaigns that could pass as Labour Party commercials. In 2014 it was forced to delete a tweet blaming Tories for a “perfect storm” of benefit cuts, zero-hours contracts and unemployment. More recently it claimed capitalism caused world poverty, when evidence proves the exact opposite is true.”

That Hungarian misanthrope could have something to do with that but he, better than many others, would know that charities and foreign aid generally are detrimental to people/victims well-being and thus grist to his mill. After all, many books and articles have been published since the two oldies, but still goodies – Graham Hancock – The Lords of Poverty: The Power, Prestige and Corruption of the International Aid Business (1989) and Michael Maren – The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity (1997) so only hopelessly naïve simpleton can believe his or her donation is doing good. Well, it is doing good to the charity elite. A simpleton may get his warm inner feeling and the lords of poverty get warm and wet feeling.

quill.1We also wrote: Fog of Chaos – Sceptical Charity at Christmas 20-12-11 and Fog of Chaos – The well dug well 14-12-12

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

12th February, 1941 : General Rommel, Commander of the Afrikakorps, arrives in Rome.

General Italo Gariboldi is appointed to succeed Marshal Rodolfo Graziani in command of Italian forces in North Africa.

Churchill sends a telegram to Wavell congratulating him on the speedy capture of Benghazi, but orders him to hold up the advance and to prepare to send all forces not absolutely indispensable to Greece. Only one squadron of fighters remains available to the British in Libya. Wavell orders O’Connor to return to Cairo, and only the lightest defences are left to cover the territory captured from the Italians.

The British Foreign Minister, Anthony Eden, and the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Sir John Dill, leave for Cairo. From there, together with Wavell, they visit Athens, Ankara and Belgrade for a series of talks aimed at forming a coalition against the Axis, reaching from the Aegean to the Danube. However, the Yugoslav government refuses to receive the British delegates; the Turks receive them but say they cannot go along with the proposal.

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Beast and Man in India

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

They  killed a Child to please the Gods
In Earth's young penitence,
And I have bled in that Babe's stead
Because of innocence.

I bear the sins of sinful men
That have no sin of my own,
They drive me forth to Heaven's wrath
Unpastured and alone.

I am the meat of sacrifice,        
The ransom of man's guilt,
For they give my life to the altar-knife
Wherever shrine is built.

                               The Goat.

Between the waving tufts of jungle-grass,
Up from the river as the twilight falls,
Across the dust-beclouded plain they pass
On to the village walls.

Great is the sword and mighty is the pen,
But over all the labouring ploughman's blade--
For on its oxen and its husbandmen
An Empire's strength is laid.

                            The Oxen.

The torn boughs trailing o'er the tusks aslant,
The saplings reeling in the path he trod,
Declare his might--our lord the Elephant,   
Chief of the ways of God.

The black bulk heaving where the oxen pant,
The bowed head toiling where the guns careen,
Declare our might--our slave the Elephant,
And servant of the Queen.

                            The Elephant.

Dark children of the mere and marsh,
Wallow and waste and lea,
Outcaste they wait at the village gate
With folk of low degree.

Their pasture is in no man's land,
Their food the cattle's scorn;
Their rest is mire and their desire
The thicket and the thorn.

But woe to those that break their sleep,
And woe to those that dare
To rouse the herd-bull from his keep,
The wild boar from his lair!

                                 Pigs and Buffaloes.

The beasts are very wise,
Their mouths are clean of lies,
They talk one to the other,
Bullock to bullock's brother
Resting after their labours,
Each in stall with his neighbours.
But man with goad and whip,
Breaks up their fellowship,
Shouts in their silky ears
Filling their soul with fears.
When he has ploughed the land,
He says:  "They understand."
But the beasts in stall together,
Freed from the yoke and tether,
Say as the torn flanks smoke:
"Nay, 'twas the whip that spoke."
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Russian connection?

Putin.ClintoniadWhat am I to do next?

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

6th February, 1941 : First Benghazi victory. Australian troops enter the city. More than 80 Italian tanks destroyed. Bergonzoli and six senior generals are among many thousands of prisoners taken.

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In Berlin Hitler receives General Erwin Rommel, who is to command the Afrikakorps which is being sent to support the Italian army in Libya. Although technically under the command of General Albert Kesselring, commander of the southern operational sector which includes Italy and the Mediterranean, Rommel is to have direct access to Hitler.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

5th February, 1941 : In Cyrenaica the British 4th Armoured Brigade and the armoured cars of the 11th Hussars succeed in cutting off the Italian column making for Agedabia from Benghazi.

By dusk General O’Connor’s men have penetrated far westwards into southern Cyrenaica. The 4th Armoured Brigade is approaching Beda Fomm, where the Italians are hastily concentrating for what may prove to be their last stand. A 5,000-strong column – Italian gunners and civilians – surrenders south-east of Beda Fomm.

Hitler writes to Mussolini expressing his unhappiness at the way Italian commanders are conducting operations in North Africa; he offers his ally the help of an armoured division on condition that the Italians hold firm in the interim and do do withdraw as far as Tripoli.

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No Labor

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

No Labor-Saving Machine

Nor discovery have I made,

Nor will I be able to leave behind me any wealthy bequest

to found a hospital or library,

Nor reminiscence of any deed of courage for America,

Nor literary success nor intellect, nor book for the book-shelf,

But a few carols vibrating through the air I leave,

For comrades and lovers.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

3rd February, 1941 : General Graziani orders retreat towards Tripolitania. German supreme command decides to send the first contingents of the Afrikakorps to Libya.

Admiral Francois Darlan, the French Minister of Marine and a faithful supporter of Petain, and Pierre Laval, now Vice-President of the French Council of Ministers, second to Petain himself, meet the German ambassador Otto Abetz in Paris. They return to Vichy with proposals for ways in which France can be fitted into Hitler’s ‘new order’ in Europe, leading to still closer collaboration with the Germans.

[ If at first you don’t succeed…]

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

1st February, 1941 : The Italians abandon the Benghazi area. The Italian government is forced to ask officially for German reinforcements for the North African campaign.

First thing in the morning General O’Connor, commander of the British troops operating in Libya, sends Brigadier Eric Dorman-Smith to General Wavell’s headquarters in Cairo to get his authority to cut the route of the Italian troops retreating into Tripolitania.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

29th January, 1941 : Italian troops, in a bid to escape encirclement by the British 7th Armoured Division, evacuate Derna and prepare to retire from the whole of Cyrenaica and form a new, more solid defence line at El-Aghelia, on the border with Tripolitania.

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“I Had Not Tried the Wine…”

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Osip Mandelshtam 1891 -1938

I had not tried the wine that ancients made,
And had not heard of Ossian’s old tune;
So why, on earth, I seem to see the glade,
And, in the skies -- the bloody Scottish moon?

And the call-over of a raven with a harp
I faintly hear in that silence, full of fright,
And, spread by winds, the winter woolen scarves
Of knights are flashing in the red moonlight!

I had received the blessing to inherit
Another singer’s ever rambling dreams;
For kin’s and neighbor’s  spiritual merits
To have despise we’re absolutely free.

And not a lone treasure, I suppose,
Will pass grandchildren and to others fling,
Again a scald will ancient songs compose,
And, as his own, will again them sing.
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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

27th January, 1941 : The Italian Foreign Minister, Galeazzo Ciano, arrives on the Greek front to take over command of a bomber group. The other members of the government are also sent to the front. Mussolini seems to want to demonstrate either that, members of the government are not exempt from combat duty, or that Italy can be governed just as well without the ministers.

The United States ambassador in Tokyo reports to his government that the Japanese Imperial Staff is preparing plans to attack American air and naval bases in the Pacific. He particularly mentions Pearl Harbour.

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