Could America survive Obama?

Ludwig von Gress

After adding 5 million of lawbreakers to the future electoral roll, it is appearing extremely unlikely indeed. Too impatient to wait for the democracy’s natural decay, Obama follows the Alinski script and the Hitler precedent. He knows he can expect no opposition, for Republicans, as our LibNats, are just a loose band of spineless, venal, power hungry, intellectual midgets, coincidentally finding themselves on the same side of the trough. Nothing can be expected from the populace as for all their posturing Americans are very docile.

king.obamaMr Friedman either labours under some misapprehension that deep down, very deep down, Hussein Obama is a decent American; or his respect for Presidency forces him to be dishonest to his readers. His article dates from 18th November 18, 2014, that is prior to the Obama’s latest unconstitutional act. The interspersed comments are, of course mine; and the article originally contained no illustrations.

From Stratfor Geopolitical Weekly, republished with permission:

On Obama and the Nature of Failed Presidencies

By George Friedman

We do not normally comment on domestic political affairs unless they affect international affairs. However, it is necessary to consider American political affairs because they are likely to have a particular effect on international relations. We have now entered the final phase of Barack Obama’s presidency, and like those of several other presidents since World War II, it is ending in what we call a state of failure. This is not a judgment on his presidency so much as on the political configuration within it and surrounding it.

The midterm elections are over, and Congress and the president are in gridlock. This in itself is not significant; presidents as popular as Dwight Eisenhower found themselves in this condition. The problem occurs when there is not only an institutional split but also a shift in underlying public opinion against the president. There are many more sophisticated analyses of public opinion on politics, but I have found it useful to use this predictive model.

Analyzing a President’s Strength

I assume that underneath all of the churning, about 40 percent of the electorate is committed to each party. Twenty percent is uncommitted, with half of those being indifferent to the outcome of politics and the other half being genuinely interested and undecided. In most normal conditions, the real battle between the parties — and by presidents — is to hold their own bases and take as much of the center as possible.

So long as a president is fighting for the center, his ability to govern remains intact. Thus, it is normal for a president to have a popularity rating that is less than 60 percent but more than 40 percent. When a president’s popularity rating falls substantially below 40 percent and remains there for an extended period of time, the dynamics of politics shift. The president is no longer battling for the center but is fighting to hold on to his own supporters — and he is failing to do so.

When the president’s support has fragmented to the point that he is fighting to recover his base, I considered that a failed presidency — particularly when Congress is in the hands of the opposition. His energy cannot be directed toward new initiatives. It is directed toward recovering his base. And presidents who have fallen into this condition near the end of their presidencies have not been likely to recover and regain the center.

Does he want to regain the center? Why would he? Après moi, le dèluge!

Historically, when the president’s popularity rating has dipped to about 37 percent, his position has been unrecoverable. This is what happened to George W. Bush in 2006. It happened to Richard Nixon in 1974 when the Watergate crisis resulted in his resignation, and to Lyndon Johnson in 1967 during the Vietnam War. It also happened to Harry Truman in 1951, primarily because of the Korean War, and to Herbert Hoover before World War II because of the Great Depression….  [see Rassmusen report daily presidential tracking]

However, this is not the final historical note on a presidency. Truman, enormously unpopular and unable to run for another term, is now widely regarded as one of the finest presidents the United States has had. Nixon, on the other hand, has never recovered. This is not therefore a judgment on Obama’s place in history, but simply on his current political condition. Nor does it take failure to lose the presidency; Jimmy Carter was defeated even though his popularity remained well in the 40s.

Obama’s Presidency

Of the five failed presidencies I’ve cited, one failed over scandal, one over the economy and three over wars — Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. Obama’s case is less clear than any. The 40 percent who gravitated to the opposition opposed him for a host of reasons. He lost the center for complex reasons as well. However, looking at the timing of his decline, the only intruding event that might have had that impact was the rise of the Islamic State and a sense, even in his own party, that he did not have an effective response to it.

That does not sound right, though it may have been the last straw. Americans have minimal interests in matters beyond their borders. Many, such as New Yorkers or Californians are so parochial and narcissistic as to provide inexhaustible material for all those ‘geographically-challenged-Americans’ jokes without any help from the rest of USA.

Lies, misdeeds, crimes, and lies again. Obamacare, economy, anti-free enterprise policies, IRS investigation of opponents and potential opponents, supplying firearms to gangsters and yes, encouragement of illegal immigration, are not enough?

Historically, extended wars that the president did not appear to have a strategy for fighting have been devastating to the presidency. Woodrow Wilson’s war (World War I) was short and successful. Franklin Roosevelt’s war (World War II) was longer, and although it began in failure it became clear that a successful end was conceivable. The Korean, Vietnam and two Iraq wars suffered not from the length, but from the sense that the presidency did not have a war-ending strategy.

It seems to me that a decisive military victory could be a good war-ending strategy. Unfortunately, US wants to be loved for all their deeds, good or good only in their eyes, ignoring the biblical saying “no good deed remains unpunished”. (John 10:32)

Obama appears to me to have fallen into the political abyss because after six years he owned the war and appeared to have no grip on it.

That was deliberate. Hussein Obama can not and will not effectively fight Islam. He will do anything he can to ensure Iran gets its nuclear weapon.

Failure extends to domestic policy as well. The Republican-controlled legislature can pass whatever legislation it likes, but the president retains veto power, and two-thirds of both houses must vote to override. The problem is that given the president’s lack of popularity — and the fact that the presidency, all of the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate will be up for re-election in two years — the president’s allies in Congress are not as willing to be held responsible for upholding his vetoes. Just as few Democrats wanted Obama campaigning for them, so too do few want to join the president in vetoing majority legislation. What broke Truman, Johnson and Nixon was the moment it became clear that their party’s leaders in Congress wanted them gone.

Acting Within Constraints

With all due respect, Mr Friedman, what restrains? Surely you do not mean the Constitution.

This does not mean that the president can’t act. It simply means that it is enormously more difficult to act than before. Gerald Ford, replacing Nixon but weakened by the pardoning of his predecessor, could not stop Congress from cutting off aid to South Vietnam during the final Communist assault.

Admittedly, it was too late and too unpractical to try to reverse the rot incubated by Kissinger. Still, not a vote the Congress can be proud of.

George W. Bush was able to launch the surge, but the surge was limited in size, not only because of strategic conditions but also because he had lost the ability to force Congress to fund alternative expansions of the war. In each of the failed presidencies, the president retained the ability to act but was constrained by the twin threats of an opposition-controlled Congress and his own party’s unwillingness to align with him.

At the same time, certain foreign diplomatic initiatives can continue. Nixon initiated negotiations between Egypt and Israel that culminated, under Carter’s administration, in the Camp David Accords. Truman tried to open negotiations with China, and the initiative’s failure had little to do with opposition to a negotiated settlement in Korea.

Nixon and Truman were respected, grudgingly perhaps, aboard. Popinjay Obama is not.

The president has few domestic options.

Beside ruling by ukase, hm.. executive order?

Whatever Obama does with his power domestically, Congress can vote to cut funding, and if the act is vetoed, the president puts Congressional Democrats in mortal danger. The place where he can act — and this is likely the place Obama is least comfortable acting — is in foreign policy. There, the limited deployment of troops and diplomatic initiatives are possible.

For the sake of freedom and the remnants of democracy let us hope he does nothing, for everything he has done so far benefited Islam and other enemies.

Obama’s general strategy is to withdraw from existing conflicts in the Middle East and contain and limit Russian actions in Ukraine. The president has the ability to bring military and other pressure to bear. But the United States’ opponent is aware that the sitting president is no longer in control of Washington, that he has a specific date of termination and that the more unpopular things he does, the more likely his successor is to repudiate them. Therefore, in the China-North Korea model, the assumption is that that continuing the conflict and negotiating with the successor president is rational. In the same sense, Iran chose to wait for the election of Ronald Reagan rather than deal with Jimmy Carter (who was not a failed president).

This model depends on the opponent’s having the resources and the political will to continue the conflict in order to bargain with the president’s successor, and assumes that the successor will be more malleable. This is frequently the result, since the successor can make concessions more readily than his predecessor. In fact, he can make those concessions and gain points by blaming the need to concede on his predecessor.

This is, unfortunately, truth. However, after Obama’s concessions what is left? Unconditional surrender?

Ironically, Obama used this strategy after replacing George W. Bush. The failed president frequently tries to entice negotiation by increasing the military pressure on the enemy. Truman, Johnson and George W. Bush all took this path while seeking to end their wars. In no case did it work, but they had little to lose politically by trying.

Therefore, if we follow historical patterns, Obama will now proceed slowly and ineffectively to increase military operations in Syria and Iraq, while raising non-military pressure on Russia, or potentially initiating some low-level military activities in Ukraine. The actions will be designed to achieve a rapid negotiating process that will not happen. The presidency will shift to the other party, as it did with Truman, Johnson and George W. Bush. Thus, if patterns hold true, the Republicans will retake the presidency. This is not a pattern unknown to Congress, which means that the Democrats in the legislature will focus on running their own campaigns as far away from Obama and the next Democratic presidential candidate as possible.

The period of a failed presidency is therefore not a quiet time. The president is actively trying to save his legacy in the face of enormous domestic weakness. Other countries, particularly adversaries, see little reason to make concessions to failed presidents, preferring to deal with the next president instead. These adversaries then use military and political oppositions abroad to help shape the next U.S. presidential campaign in directions that are in their interests.

It is against this backdrop that all domestic activities take place. The president retains the veto, and if the president is careful he will be able to sustain it. Obama will engage in limited domestic politics, under heavy pressure from Congressional Democrats, confining himself to one or two things. His major activity will be coping with Syria, Iraq and Russia, both because of crises and the desire for a legacy. The last two years of a failed presidency are mostly about foreign policy and are not very pleasant to watch.

Or to try to live through them.

Read more: On Obama and the Nature of Failed Presidencies | Stratfor

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The spirits of the Dead

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849)

Thy soul shall find itself alone
      'Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;
      Not one, of all the crowd, to pry
      Into thine hour of secrecy.

      Be silent in that solitude,Poe
        Which is not loneliness- for then
      The spirits of the dead, who stood
        In life before thee, are again
      In death around thee, and their will
      Shall overshadow thee; be still.

      The night, though clear, shall frown,
      And the stars shall not look down
      From their high thrones in the Heaven
      With light like hope to mortals given,
      But their red orbs, without beam,
      To thy weariness shall seem
      As a burning and a fever
      Which would cling to thee for ever.

      Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish,
      Now are visions ne'er to vanish;
      From thy spirit shall they pass
      No more, like dew-drop from the grass.

      The breeze, the breath of God, is still,
      And the mist upon the hill
      Shadowy, shadowy, yet unbroken,
      Is a symbol and a token.
      How it hangs upon the trees,
      A mystery of mysteries!
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Slippery slope – and no brakes


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21st November, 1933 : Are we speaking English or American these days? Purist must wonder as they read the supplementary volume of the Oxford English Dictionary which reflects changes over the past 50 years. Among the Americanisms are such words as graft, once-over, and step-on-the-gas, while from Australia comes the phrase “no flies on me”. Other words in common usage today – and presumably saying something about modern times – are robot, tank, ga-ga, slimming, profiteer and photostat.

[“no flies on me” ? Isn’t it insulting to the Aborigines? It would not get past the PC guardians today. Of course, nothing gets past them, and if necessary, they change the meaning of the word, like misogyny, to hide the ignorance of one of their own. And Gillarding ? No chance. ]

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Green-scum protests

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Or is just about to. The latest environmental horror in their eyes is the geothermal energy – I am not joking. I am certain that when finally it would appear that the solar energy could be efficient and economical, they would protest against it, inventing numerous emotional and ‘scientific’ arguments. The green movement has been usurped by the misanthropic totalitarians, desiring the demise of Western societies. The remaining handful of genuine environmentalists matters no more.[Fog of Chaos May 2011 – Daň strachu and Fog of Chaos April 2014 – Bad Moon Raising]

As expected, America has the biggest geothermal show, generating 3.4 gigawatts, but that is only 0.4% of US usage. At this stage it is unlikely to save anybody from the dependence on the Arab oil, or for that matter, on the so called fossil fuels. However, it is well known that the recent developments in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing resulted in significant increase in US crude oil reserves and that that happened despite the obstructionist administration of comrade Obama.


I hope to deal with fracking and objections to it at some not too distant future.

On a small scale and in less ambitious ways geotherm seems to be a goer. I recall visiting a farm in central Queensland where scalding water gushed from the ground; it had to be channelled via an open through for almost a half of a kilometre to cool to the ambient temperature (35°C) for sheep and cattle to drink. Almost boiling water would not need much additional energy to convert to steam for a turbine/electricity generator or one could simply drill deeper. It is done in many places, mainly where water is near surface, 100 – 400 metres, such as New Zealand, Iceland, some Pacific Islands and even California.

So far still inventive Americans came up with an improvement – enhanced geothermal systems. EGS is geothermal fracking. Millions of litres of cold water, with some chemicals, are injected at high pressure to wells leading to shearing of the hot deep rocks. Water can be pumped through the fractures, heated and returned to the surface. In Desert Park, Nevada EGS increased the productivity of the existing wells by 38% and became the first project to supply power grid. There are estimates that EGS could, in time, provide 10% of US electricity. France, Great Britain, Australia and Germany are investigating the new process.


UnfortunatelyBusiness Spectator: “A billion dollars is a lot of money, especially when it delivers the dimming of a green dream and a lot of frustration for investors. This is today’s story for enhanced geothermal energy, or ‘hot rock mining’, as some in the media will have it.

The technology’s travails have been revealed in a report commissioned by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and it does not make especially happy reading. ARENA asked an international expert panel chaired by economist Quentin Grafton of the Australian National University to canvass the local opportunities for geothermal. The shorthand response was “not good”.

This is of more than esoteric interest. Bear in mind that geothermal was a technology touted by the Gillard government as one of the big green hopes for the ‘clean energy future’ just three years ago. In the Treasury paper ‘Strong growth, low pollution’ published by Wayne Swan and Greg Combet to support the carbon tax argument, the government endorsed the view of consultants that geothermal power generation could fuel up to 23 per cent of mid-century electricity production, helping to shove coal to the sidelines of baseload supply. …”

I should mention that I am not against encouragement of the mankind-friendly inventions in the form of a mild, short-term tax relief. However, billions of taxpayers’ money channelled to charlatans with correct political connections discourage the genuine innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers.

“… Grafton and his panel say the pursuit of geothermal development has stalled and the sector is facing a funding crisis as many private sector investors exit the field after spending $828 million (or $1 billion if you translate the sum in to today’s dollar values), about 13 per cent of which was obtained from taxpayers as subsidies. … “Utility-scale power generation from geothermal is not cost-competitive in 2014 and is not expected to be so in 2020,” they reported. They added that the technology might become competitive with fossil fuel generation in 2030 “but only with a high carbon price” and if it can sort out a few other hassles. … As Grafton and the panel see it, the future for geothermal is remote — literally not figuratively — and ironically is tied up with green radicals’ bete noir, shale gas production.

They suggest that the most prospective market for the technology out to 2030 is in locations off the power grid where there are commercial scale applications for electricity or direct heat. In the case of shale gas, the Cooper Basin, where it is most likely Australia’s first commercial shale operations will occur, also has some of the best ‘hot rock’ resources.

As Grafton & co point out, the gas needs to be processed in situ to remove impurities before being sent on its way to the next stages of production for the market. At present, this is done using the gas as feedstock. Geothermal energy could be an alternative.

Even here, the geothermal people have some barriers to climb to make their product cost-competitive. One of the bugbears is drilling charges, which make up a big part of geothermal upfront costs as the rigs have to bore up to five kilometres in to the ground and this is no task for just any old kit. …

Another irony, given the carrying-on by the Greens, some Labor types and ‘Lock the Gate’ etcetera, is that geothermal development requires hydraulic fracturing (the much demonised ‘fracking’.) A social licence to operate could be an issue, the panel notes.

There was an incident in Basel, Switzerland in 2006 where geothermal operation caused seismic disturbance, over 3 Richter scale, leading to minor property damage. The project was abandoned, thought it should be noted that Basel sits on a historically active fault: Earthquakes Induced by a Stimulation of Enhanced Geothermal System bellow Basel .

Obviously, there are some risks, as in any activity. Green-scum will demonise anything which helps, or even potentially helps, the mankind to survive and prosper. At the moment, the Wikipedia lists relatively few detrimental environmental effects; in my opinion, relatively minor. This will change as soon as EGT becames economical.


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Another witch hunt

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

I have written on many occasions about academia and the sorry state it finds itself in. [Eg. February 2012 / Fog of Chaos – Universal madness]. Not all academics are spineless, venal charlatans, I stress. But, unfortunately, too many.

PC.warningI mentioned the Professor Spurr’s e-mails in Academia or chicken don’t yet laugh and I was hoping to leave it there, but then the Labor senator’s case came up. Nova Peris, a typical Labor human, got immunity by the Labor media in the matter involving her misuse of taxpayers’ money.[Fog of Chaos De Nova] It would seem that on both occasions the private e-mails were obtained unlawfully.

Brendan O’Neill“….For just a few weeks ago, when a hacker invaded the iCloud ­accounts of female celebs and ­rifled through their intimate snaps, there was global outrage. This theft of explicit private photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence and others was a sex crime, we were told. It was an act of misogynistic tyranny, proof that even women’s private lives were not safe from the bulging eyes and clasping hands of a hateful, macho culture.

To peer into a woman’s most intimate moments was a “sexual violation”, said a writer for Guardian Australia. Just because these women were in the public eye, just because they “offer their image to public consumption”, that didn’t mean they were “trading (in) their intimacy”, she said.

Fast forward to last week, and some of the same people whose jaws hit the floor at the audacity of those who leaked these women’s private, unguarded pics were cheering the hacking of Spurr’s private, unguarded words.

Spurr, a professor of poetry at the University of Sydney, has had his private emails pored over and published by pseudo-radical, eco-miserabilist website New Matilda. In some of his emails, in what he has since claimed was a cheeky competition between him and his friends to see who could be the least PC, Spurr used words that would no doubt cause pinot gris to be spilled if they were uttered at a dinner party.

He described Tony Abbott as an “Abo lover”, referred to a woman as a “harlot”, called Nelson Mandela a “darky”, and used “Mussies” for Muslims and “chinky-poos” for Chinese. …”

I find the claim of ‘a cheeky competition’ inherently implausible – even an Oxford educated academic ought to be able to come up with better insults than that. I certainly could and English is my third language.

He now has been suspended by the university. …Yet where right-on commentators and tweeters stood up for the right of famous women not to have their private nakedness splashed across the internet, they have relished in the exposure of Spurr’s soul to the panting, outraged mob. Spurr’s private thoughts are fair game for public ridicule, they claim, because of his position as a specialist consultant to the federal government’s review of the national curriculum.

New Matilda says Spurr’s standing as someone who could “influence what will be taught to every child in every school” means his intimate chatter is a legitimate target for moral policing. His private thoughts clash with his public duties, it says.

Imagine if this tyrannical insistence that everyone should have a spotless private life were taken to its logical conclusion. For a start, we might argue that it was legit to leak those female celebs’ intimate photos on the grounds that they exposed the women’s hypocrisy. Many of these actresses and singers are role models to young girls and pose as demure creatures in their work lives. But behind closed doors they get up to stuff that wouldn’t look out of place in Hustler. Their private lives run counter to their public personas. Does that mean they should be exposed, mocked, ridiculed, made into quarry for pitchfork-wielding moralists? Of course not. And neither should Spurr.

No amount of faux-progressive lingo about exposing “institutional racism” in the upper echelons of Australian society can disguise the fact Spurr-bashing is an old-fashioned, McCarthyite hounding of someone for having a private life and private thoughts that fail to adhere to new orthodoxies.

The hounding of Spurr by an army of intolerant tweeters and hacks is Salem-like intolerance dolled up as a radical exercise in tackling racist attitudes.

New Matilda rather gave the game away when it said it had one aim — “cleansing the national curriculum review of the toxicity of this man’s views”.

Cleansing. What a word. It speaks to the true driving force behind the assaults on Spurr: an incredibly authoritarian instinct to rid the public realm of anyone whose outlook is not 100 per cent pure and decent, as defined by the new self-styled guardians of moral probity: so-called progressives, with righteousness in their hearts and rotten tomatoes in their hands. We need to face up to the seriousness, to the sheer intolerance, of the creeping new trend for punishing people for their private thoughts. It isn’t happening only in Australia. …

There is something Stasi-like in this moral policing of private speech. In the wake of the Sterling scandal, a columnist for The Washington Post said: “If you don’t want your words broadcast in the public square, don’t say them … Such ­potential exposure forces us to more carefully select our words and edit our thoughts.”

This is terrifying. It is a straight-up celebration of the kind of public denunciations of private deviancy that were encouraged under Stalinist regimes. Why don’t we just put a Nineteen Eighty-Four-style telescreen in everyone’s homes? That’s surely the only way to ensure that no one misspeaks privately, and instead edits their thoughts and suppresses their more “toxic views”, or risks finding themselves a target of “cleansing” by their ­betters. The haranguing of Spurr and others turns the clock back to a darker moment in human history.

During the Inquisition, people were regularly tried and punished for their private beliefs. The Enlightenment thinkers who came in the wake of that calamity insisted that such tyranny should stop. In the words of the great enlightened 17th-century English jurist Edward Coke: “No man, ecclesiastical or temporal, shall be examined upon the secret thoughts of his heart, or of his secret opinion.” Spurr is being punished for his ­secret opinion.

Coke’s enlightened view, his conviction that individuals must be free to think and say what they want in their private lives, is in mortal danger today. It’s being crushed by a New Inquisition, staffed by members of the chattering classes, inflamed by Twitter and assaulting not only individuals such as Spurr but also the very principles of privacy, autonomy and freedom of thought. [Full article Barry Spurr hounded by moral crusaders of the new inquisition]

Many times burned, and still not shy often enough, I decided to check what it is all about; a check of course only within the limits of internet and of my prejudices. At the first glance professor Spurr seems to be a person I could almost certainly intensely dislike, a typical pompous academic prick. Then I read those seemingly offending e-mails on the New Matilda’s site.

The Left’s reasons to destroy Barry Spurr are obvious. Firstly, he is on a panel overseeing an education curriculum review initiated by that horrible Tony Abbott. Interference with raising Whitlamjugend has to be punished. Secondly, he does not write about the influence of the traditional Aboriginal lesbian culture on Shakespeare, but about subjects abhorrent to all the right thinking academics: See the Virgin Blest: The Virgin Mary in English Poetry (2007) and Anglo-Catholic in Religion: T.S. Elliot and Christianity (2010). One wonders how he managed not to get excommunicated earlier.

His private e-mails are just the excuse the PC commissariat had been waiting and searching for. Beside a handful of possibly offending words, the sentiments expressed therein are in synch with those of at least ninety percent of Australian population.

One example, the one of alleged misogyny, attracted my attention:

Today I went to the first graduation ceremony at which I have seen the new Chancellor in action. Apart from the fact that she is utterly lacking in any ceremonial gravitas and speaks in mangled often difficult-to-hear sentences, she managed to use ‘alumni’ as a singular noun: ‘I was very proud of alumni who won an award,’ she said.

Now, this woman has a BEc (Pass) degree, so one does not expect her to be a skilled Latinist. But if there are two words that would, one imagines, be repeatedly on her lips, they would be ‘alumnus’ and ‘alumni’. And she doesn’t know the difference.

But, hey, she’s a WOMAN and from the Big End of Town, so who cares about such academic pedantry at a conferring of degrees ceremony. Lighten up! It’s only a university after all.”

voltaire.criticI do not think professor Spurr would not comment had the alumni/alumnus error been made by a male from the Big End of Town, or even from a little end. Had such a mistake been made by, say, Geoffrey Blainey, a relatively conservative academic, the academe would call for his resignation. As it is, incompetent women demand immunity for their ignorance as of right.

According to the University of Sydney web page, professor Spurr is the expert, amongst many subjects, on John Donne and John Milton. As the faithful readers of Fog of Chaos know, since 2011 we had published John Milton five times, and John Donne three times already. I am sure that the professor knows Donne’s Funeral by heart, but others could refresh their memories. It is eerily fitting; not only to professor Spurr, but also to our society.


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Brisbane – the 21 century Sarajevo?

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Surely not. Who in his right mind would want to hurt Obama? Yes, there are people not in their right mind, but they vote for him or write paeans. Though I would not like Brisbane to enter history books as Sarajevo of the twenty-first century, the danger, in my opinion, is minimal. If anybody at all could be in danger, it would be Narendra Modi.

Putin’s Okhrana has been reputedly sniffing here for weeks, and as there was some rain, they, with their ricin-tipped umbrellas could had been almost invisible. Their report on the dangers of Brisbane must have been so frightening that he sent for a half of his surface Pacific fleet [G20 Brisbane: Warship cruises past swimmers on Sunshine Coast]. As for the whereabouts of submarines – who knows where they are doing the climate research? I doubt RAN does. Alternatively, Vladimir took too seriously Tony’s “shirt-fronting” claim, and decided not to rely on his strictly-for-TV-cameras judo skills. Just let’s hope that his military doesn’t shoot down another airliner. Bill Shorten, the Labor leader, would have to apologise.

And on the lighter note – one of Putin’s minders, apprehended while wandering around the Queensland Parliament House, claimed he was just looking for a drink. The oh-so-old news of the carefree, the taxpayers subsidised lifestyle of our ‘representatives’ must have reached Moscow.

Obama takes himself and his well-being very seriously. [Fog of Chaos – Circus coming to town] For his 48 hours in Brisbane he needs 6,000 to 7,000 of so called security personnel, which, for comparison, would be about a third of the strength of Islamic Horde. On the slightly optimistic note, it is some relief. As yet he does not think he is God.

He is the only one who had to land his plane at an air base; perhaps in hope that immigration control there would be lacking, saving the necessity of producing a passport or printing another even more genuine birth certificate. Perhaps his double didn’t want publicity. Otherwise, the hardware Obama brought with him, impressive as it is, was also doubled, or rather tripled. Three V-22 Ospreys, three VH-3D Sea Kings, countless cars in ISIS colours … of the President’s audacity (sounds better than arrogance) rubs off on his Secret Service . They had the audacity to demand that a roundabout near the University of Queensland be demolished – perhaps the presidential Cadillac, know as the Beast to its drivers, doesn’t have power steering.

One should not be too harsh on the benighted members of US Secret Service. It may be just a Hollywood myth that they are expected to throw their bodies between bullets and POTUS, but if true it would be hard to imagine to have to give up your life for a more worthless human being. No wonder they relax wherever they can; as Mark Steyn writes – The Cartagena hooker scandal – Grope and change.

All this for the president of the world’s most indebted country*, and whose policies have been recently comprehensively rejected by the electorate – is it impressive or just pathetic? Your choice. The older people will recall the other leader, who also got to power by audacity, by offering false hope and promising change, travelling light.

*/ Obama’s recent promise of $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund represents a little more than a daily increase ($2.42 billion) of USA debt… and The Guardian is rejoicing.quill.1

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Let somebody else rest …

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Anna Akhmatova (1889 – 1966)

Let somebody else rest by southern sea,Akhmatova-photo
Enjoying the paradise land,
It's northerly here, and fall of this year,
I chose to be my girl-friend.

I've carried here the memory sure
Of my last rejecting a date --
The flame, so cold, so easy and pure,
Of my overcoming the fate.

Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, October 1995
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Circus coming to town

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

road.closedWe have to endure global warming, global cooling, meaningless elections, global financial crisis, global economic recovery, rampant corruption and now on top of all that Obama and his Armoured Security Divisions are coming to disturb a relatively peaceful, sleepy town – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. One can guess that more armed personnel will protect him than he promised to send to Iraq. The other so-called word leaders are also coming, accompanied by entourages which would put Indian maharajahs of old to shame.

Tents are already up at the Ekka (Exhibition) grounds, housing about a half of the Australian military, and their APCs substitute for the elephants.

The whole idea to inflict G20 on Brisbane was Julia Gillard’s; not that she had that many original ideas. Even the blackmailing of employers and slush funds were there before she knew how to spell Whitlam. Most likely it was her revenge to the Queensland LibNats for their electoral trashing of her alma mater, Australian Labor Party, and another poke in the eye of her party comrade Rudd.

Some (including the dismally inept former Queensland premier) rejoiced as it would “put Brisbane on the map”, as if it was not there until now, and as if it was something desirable. Until a few weeks ago, hardly anyone would be able to find Kobane on the map; and do you think the inhabitants are happy now? Mentioning a map – will geographically challenged Obama come in a beige safari suit? Brisbane is south of the equator.

air.spaceWith media trying to find something significant (in their eyes) to report, the news a few days ago was of some poor fellow arrested for making fireworks at his suburban home, about 20 km south-east of the city centre, boasting about his feeble efforts on the Facebook. Police naturally welcomed the diversion and the opportunity to justify the overtime and took two days to search the house. Any hairdresser with a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, beware!

From H2O2 to blondes and mentally blonde journalists: Beside deep, breathless reports consisting of mutual interviews we will be treated to the sartorial details and culinary preferences of participants. It is unlikely that anything serious will be reported. Firstly, if anything even remotely serious is discussed, the details will be secret. As any person who read something of history, which excludes Australian journalists, the people making the decisions are, by and large, ignorant, incompetent, lazy and vain. Their ignorance is showed only much later, posthumously, when the internal documents, those not destroyed, are released or leaked. And the old leaders were mostly properly educated, as opposed to the current, post-modern human flotsam.

Secondly, the G20 public relation charlatans will produce, or likely already produced, the meaningless pap, which the journalists, lacking mental capacity, would not be able to critically analyse even if they were minded to do so. Wearing the de riguer, pink/green ideological glasses, they are not so minded.

With the leaders’ prattle, focusing allegedly on the world economy, I wished to predict that the outcome would be more taxes and more money printing, covered by some populist, euphemistic, pseudo scientific verbiage. And today Joe Hockey claims “Tax evasion companies are thieves”… I am too late.

And talking about thieves… Which one of the following twenty-two oh so successful economy managers would you trust with your money?

Argentina, Héctor Timerman, Foreign Minister; Australia, Tony Abbott, Prime Minister; Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, President; Canada, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister; China, Xi Jinping, President; France, François Hollande, President; Germany, Angela Merkel, Chancellor; India, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister; Indonesia, Joko Widodo, President; Italy, Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister; Japan, Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister; Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, President; Russia, Vladimir Putin, President; Saudi Arabia, Abdullah, King; South Africa, Jacob Zuma, President; South Korea, Park Geun-hye, President; Turkey, Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister, United Kingdom, David Cameron, Prime Minister; United States, Barack Obama, President; European Union, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council; European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

Yeah, better bet on some Melbourne Cup hag.

The real kabuki performances are to start on Saturday. As the Government, in its wisdom, gave the hoi-polloi a sap in the form of a public holiday on Friday, the sensible people are leaving the town, with accommodation on the Sunshine Coast (approx 7o km north) or Gold Coast (approx 70 km south) no longer available, at least according to the claims by the real estate mafia and repeated without checking by the media dependent on the realtors’ advertisements.

Perhaps restaurateurs, taxi drivers and prostitutes will rejoice, though I am not too sure about prostitutes. After all, it is not like US naval fleet visiting Freemantle, WA. As I was told, there are too many politicians’ willing wives and journalists on tap.

The next year’s G 20 überwankfest is to be in Constantinople, sorry Istanbul. See you there! American sailors better stay away.


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That Wall

Ludwig von Gress

From Stratfor, republished with permission:

What the Fall of the Wall Did Not Change

by George Friedman

Twenty-five years ago, a crowd filled with an uneasy mixture of joy and rage tore down the Berlin Wall. There was joy for the end of Germany’s partition and the end of tyranny. There was rage against generations of fear. One fear was of communist oppression. The other fear was of the threat of a war, which had loomed over Europe and Germany since 1945. One fear was moral and ideological, while the other was prudential and geopolitical. As in all defining political moments, fear and rage, ideology and geopolitics, blended together in an intoxicating mix.

Marxism’s Sway

f37ccbb6_cHM6KzAwMDAwMDA1NWExYWI1NGE_96c96_ffffff00Twenty-five years later, we take for granted the moral bankruptcy of Soviet communism, along with its geopolitical weakness. It is difficult for us to remember how seductive Marxism was, and how frightening Soviet power was. For my generation, at the better universities, Marxism was not an exotic form of oriental despotism but a persuasive explanation of the world and how it worked, as well as a moral imperative that a stunning number of students and faculty were committed to. The vast majority of Marxists in what was called the New Left adopted it as fashion more than passion. A small segment of the New Left, particularly in Europe and supported by Soviet intelligence, took direct action and took risks, killing, wounding, kidnapping and blowing things up in the pursuit of political aims. The latter had courage; the former were shallow and cynical. There is no doubt that the shallow and cynical were more praiseworthy.

Still, ideologically, Marxism in its several varieties had a persuasive power that is difficult for even those of us who lived through it to recall. Its pull had little to do with industrial democracy, although songs from the labor movement were sung regularly. It was far less about the proletariat and more a revolt against what was seen as the shallow one-dimensionality of affluence. It was never clear to me what Marxists had against affluence, as I was relatively poor, but the venom against the previous generation’s capitulation to ordinary life was intense. Continue reading

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Dog-less dogma

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

We, that is the western civilisation, pride ourselves on our tolerance, or at least we used to. Now one can get confused when the PC brigades intolerantly demand tolerance of any possible aberration under the sun, the more likely to corrupt the Western societies the better. One can hope that the current political correctness is only a faddish oriental deviation, which will pass when people come to their senses.

In the meantime, the unconditional admiration and tolerance of all other-than-democratic political systems, and of societies which could hardly be called civilisations in the normal meaning of the word, (a flat-screen TV, iPod or Twitter is not civilisation) prolong the suffering of people who have to live within.

I mentioned Twitter – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to Twitter on Saturday where he unleashed a string of vitriolic tweets against Israel. In one of the tweets Khamenei writes: “This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated.”

From wolfs to dogs – PETA and assorted animal rights activistas undoubtedly rejoice at the following news, which confirms how how close they are to the Islamic dogma. Continue reading

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berlin.wall10th November, 1989 : The 45-kilometre-long scar cutting across central Berlin, ugliest symbol of a divided world, has no meaning any more. Few thought to see it happen in their lifetimes, but last night, at the stroke of midnight, thousands lining both sides of the Berlin Wall gave a great roar and began to pour through checkpoints, as well as climbing up and over the Wall. They danced and trumpeted on the top. They hacked at the loathed monument to repression, loosening chunks of masonry. “I am no longer in prison!” one man shouted. They crowded onto the West Berlin streets, spraying champagne and sounding car horns until long past dawn. It all began quietly. With mass protests and the flight of refugees continuing unabated – and Egon Krenz, the new leader intent on showing sincerity about reform – Gunter Schabowski, the East Berlin party boss, yesterday held a press conference. He declared that, starting from midnight, East Germans would be free to leave the country, without special permission, at any point along the border, including the crossing points through the Wall in Berlin.

News spread quickly through both parts of the city; at Checkpoint Charlie in West Berlin a crowd formed early, taunting East German border guards with cries of “Open the gate!”. As midnight struck, the first East Berliners came through. In 28 years, at least 75 people have met violent deaths while trying to escape over the Wall.

[The same ideology which gave the world the Iron Curtain and its baby Berlin Wall, recovered from a temporary setback and a quarter of century later sucesfuly separates the people by gender, wealth, race, religion and even sexual inclination. Instead of mine fields, barbed wire and machine guns they now employ the enforcers of political correctness, Human Rights Commissars. ]

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The Base of All Metaphysics

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)


And now gentlemen,

A word I give to remain in your memories and minds,

As base and finalè too for all metaphysics.

(So to the students the old professor,

At the close of his crowded course.)

Having studied the new and antique, the Greek and Germanic systems,

Kant having studied and stated, Fichte and Schelling and Hegel,

Stated the lore of Plato, and Socrates greater than Plato,

And greater than Socrates sought and stated, Christ divine having studied long,

I see reminiscent to-day those Greek and Germanic systems,

See the philosophies all, Christian churches and tenets see,

Yet underneath Socrates clearly see, the underneath Christ the divine I see,

The dear love of man for his comrade, the attraction of friend to friend,

Of the well-married husband and wife, of children and parents,

Of city for city and land for land.

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No human shields?

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

I am searching in vain for any news of some feminist brigades; well, at least one single feminist, going to Africa to protect their sisters from Boko Haram. I recall that quite a few of them happily travelled to Iraq to protect Hussain the rapist and torturer and his rapist sons from the Coalition armies.

muslim.nakedOf course, those Nigerian girls are black, heterosexual and pretty, therefore they have nothing in common with most Western feminists. To them Nigerian girls are worth no more than a hash tag. The intrepid flower of the Left womanhood, by staying away, missed the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with Muslim terrorists, have meaningful discussions, and do all those “human” things they always recommend that someone else does. Stunts at home are much safer.

One could cry over the sky-high hypocrisy of the feminist movement and the sad docility of normal women. In the meantime, those hash-tag girls, those still alive, are now #mothers.quill.1

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Another elections another predictions

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Fog of Chaos has not mentioned the mid-term American elections for reasons succinctly expressed bellow :

electionsOne party won and Mr Rick Wiles of Trunews, predicts:

Mr. Obama, as a communist revolutionary, will refuse to admit defeat.  His entire life was prepped for a socialist revolution in America.  The communists have never been so close to taking over the United States of America as they have been during Mr. Obama’s first six years.

With lightning speed, Obama will act immediately in November and December to rule by executive decree.  He will arrogantly mock his critics and dare them to stop his agenda. Continue reading

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Ebola warfare?

Ludwig von Gress

Ebola-Virus-2It must have occurred to a few people by now that Ebolavirus has some potential as a biological weapon. Panic or not to panic? Trust the media? Trust the governments? For example, Michelle Malkin pointed out that “The​U.S. ​​Centers for Disease Control on Thursday yanked a poster off its Web site explaining how Ebola can be spread by contaminated droplets — from a sneeze for example — a day after The Post reported on the frightening revelation. The fact sheet was taken off line, and a link that led to it a day before now sends viewers to a different page with a different message.”

Even the solidly Left tabloids can’t get it straight – Washington Post on 3rd November As Ebola declines… and The Guardian on 5th November Fresh outbreakSpanish Intelligence intercepts plot to weaponise Ebola and some medical authorities claim “The Ebola virus can remain present in semen for a long time. Experts say it is best for men who are recovering from the disease to avoid sex altogether – or make sure they use a condom – for 90 days.”

From Stratfor, republished with permission:

Evaluating Ebola as a Biological Weapon

by Scott Stewart

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had people at speaking engagements ask me if I thought the Islamic State or some other militant group is using Ebola as a biological weapon, or if such a group could do so in the future. Such questions and concerns are not surprising given the intense media hype that surrounds the disease, even though only one person has died from Ebola out of the three confirmed cases in the United States. The media hype about the threat posed by the Islamic State to the United States and the West is almost as bad.

True, in fact it is the Islam as such which is the threat; and so are many Muslims within democratic societies. Continue reading

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Joe not-the-builder

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

It is astonishing that a minister of the government, i.e. a person who gets elected by the people and is, at least in theory, supposed to represent them, gets astonished by pizza parlour regulations. What planet does he live on? Certainly not on our earth, not in our Australia.

Tim Blair: Treasurer Joe Hockey encounters Orwellian pizza regulation:

I took my kids to a little park up the road and there’s a pizza shop there and we met up with another family … [there were] two tables outside [with] three chairs on one table, four on the other,” Mr Hockey said.

I went to put the two tables together and the owner of the pizza shop came out and said ‘I’m sorry Mr Hockey you’re not allowed to do that, the council regulation prevents you putting the two tables together‘.”

There were eight of us, so I went inside to get another chair and they said ‘Sorry Mr Hockey, they’ve said you can only have seven chairs [outside], not eight’.”

Mr Hockey said that’s when he “exploded.”

I actually tracked down the mayor, it was 6 o’clock on a Friday night, and I think the whole suburb heard the conversation,” he said.

Well, an ordinary citizen would be by now before the Anti-discrimination and Offended Feelings commissars. But Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi as the benighted inhabitants of this formerly free country learn daily. Those not of the ruling class do not shout at Lord Mayors, not even Lord Minors, such as clerks at the government agencies.

Joseph Benedict Hockey (nothing to do with any sport; his father’s surname was Hokeidonian) was born 49 years ago, and as expected from a politician, has not done a single day of honest work in his life. A short stint as a banking and finance lawyer in one of the largest Australian firms ( Number 7 by revenue in 2012), then the Director of Policy to the Premier of NSW, and in the mature age of 31 off to the Federal Parliament via a safe Liberal seat.

joe.builderThe former Minister for Human Services, former Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and now the Treasurer cannot be expected to know anything about the stifling effect the government regulations, including his, ostensibly pro-business government, have on the Australian economy. LibNats talk Ayn Rand talk and do Kim Jong Un walk. They do not build anything.

At the time this pizza tables horror was so offending our brave Treasurer, I happened to be reading the British, 100% politically correct, and thankfully only 95% Left, magazine called History Today – December 2013. (Yeah, I know what you want to say; don’t say it) A certain Mary Sparks wrote there a paean on Fräulein Milena Mrazovic, though to her credit, she included as the preamble a comment by Lothar Berks, government commissioner for Sarajevo in 1894: “It is simply beneath the dignity of the Government to have to reckon with such an unbearable, quarrelsome, scheming woman, who is under the influence of hideous delusions and is usually in a more or less hysterical condition, regarding the manifold, sometimes crucial, questions involved in important matters of state.

The story gets more interesting, and despite the endorsement by Herr Berks, she was no feminist. Had Mrazovic lived today, the feminists would smear her as they smear all women who achieve something by their ability, without the now common victim-hood crutches. Since she is safely dead, she is forgiven.

Amongst other things, the enterprising Ms Mrazovic wished to build an apartment block in the centre of the city (there was a great fire in Sarajevo in 1879). Her plans, “submitted in December 1893, fell foul of the building inspector on structural grounds and because she had not allowed for sufficient light and heat in the servants’ rooms.” … “The building was finally finished in September 1894, taking nine months.

Nine months! Nine months in the supposedly fossilised, bureaucratic Austria-Hungarian Empire, and in the recently occupied Bosnia on the top of that. Today, in Joe Hockey’s Australia, it would take that long just to find the appropriate application forms.

Joe is not the builder, far from it (or on the contrary?). The LibNats’ government is lying about the planned deregulation. Independent citizenry is definitely not in their interest.

Eighth chair, anyone?


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phar.lap4th November, 1930 – When Carbine won the 1890 Melbourne Cup some scribes were of the opinion his like would never be seen again. Wrong. Phar Lap proved that he is the second equine coming with an aristocratic victory in today’s Melbourne Cup at Flemington before a wildly enthusiastic crowd of 120,000 in anything but charitable weather.
Phar Lap is living testimony that champions are made from of stern stuff. To test him the handicapper gave him 9.12. Hoodlums in a car fired at him with a shotgun four days before the race – stable foreman Tommy Woodcock and his pony shielded him – with the result he had to be taken to a hiding place near Geelong. He did not arrive at Flemington until after 2 p.m. today but was indifferent to the drama.
Once the race was on, Phar Lap, favourite at 11/8 on, shed his indifference. With powerful strides, and in the expert hands of Sydney jockey Jim Pike, the big chestnut swept to victory by three lengths from outsiders Second Wind and Shadow King. It was his 22nd win in 34 starts and won £9,229 for his owners.

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De Nova

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

I had written about then the captain’s pick (the captain being that infamous Julia and the pickee now also infamous Nova) in Peris the thought on 1st February 2013. At that time I had slight doubts whether perhaps I was not too harsh on her. No, I was not; she is not a nice human being.

At this stage I really would like you to read the original article to see for yourself, otherwise the current brouhaha over yet another of her squeezes of the taxpayer’s tit could appear insignificant. It is true that people with some knowledge of the Aboriginal Welfare Industry and having contact with the Aborigines outside the capital cities would wonder why so much fuss about so little. After all, millions, nay billions of taxpayers’ dollars disappear in the increasingly denser fog.

Quadrant – Rivers of money flowing into sand:Every year, $100,000 of our taxes is spent for each remote indigenous Australian. In 2008-09 Australian government indigenous expenditure reached $22 billion. If these funds were ending the shameful dereliction of remote communities, they would be money well spent. But high spending has barely reduced extremes of dysfunction. On balance, it is perpetuating indigenous disadvantage. Trawling through government expenditures is not riveting, but if the festering sore of remote communities is not to go on and on, how public funding contributes to the culture of grog, ganja and gangs must be understood.”

You can read about Aboriginal health - Summary of Australian Indigenous Health and about Aboriginal education – Aboriginal literacy and its enemies.

Now to Nova Peris’ taxpayer’s funded indigenous entrepreneurship de novo, so to speak.

For those who rely on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Age and similar propaganda outlets (though these do not read Fog of Chaos, I guess):

SENATOR Nova Peris sought taxpayers’ money to help her to carry out an extra-marital sexual tryst with Olympic medallist Ato Boldon in 2010, an investigation has revealed.Ms Peris, who was working as a communication officer with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies at the time and as ambassador for Athletics Australia, sought funds from Athletic Australia and other sources to pay for Mr Boldon’s trip to Australia from Los Angeles to take part in a ten day official “Jump Start to London” program for young athletes.

She also used that trip to carry out a “just like a Tim-tam… black on black” affair with Mr Boldon. She was married to Daniel Batman at the time.

Ato…tell me babe…what u want … Make a bit of money and spend time together … I will take time of from work to be with u,” Ms Peris wrote in an email exchange obtained by the NT News.

Mr Boldon responded: “Purpose is time with u plus attend trials plus help them promote the trials and possibly guest broadcast on the tv station carrying it…need hotel ticket plus 15,000 US…

Mr Boldon now claims the e-mails are fake, whilst Ms Peris complains that they were unlawfully obtained… and the ever reliable The Age’s editors must believe they do not exist.

Athletics Australia confirmed they did pay for Mr Boldon’s flight to Melbourne from Los Angeles and covered his accommodations and some “incidentals” while in Australia…

In other emails obtained by the NT News, Ms Peris sends multiple nude pictures of herself to Mr Boldon and speaks candidly about her views on race relations in Australia.

You should be compensated for your long haul travels across the pacific.. sexually of course… but only .. a tired traveller should kick back for a few days,” Ms Peris says on Feb 28, 2010…

Ms Peris responded to questions posed by the NT News last night, saying she “categorically rejects any wrongdoing”.

During his trip Mr Boldon promoted athletics, attended and promoted specific events and conducted clinics for young Indigenous athletes,” she said. “…I understand Athletics Australia was pleased with the outcome of the visit… The highs and lows of my private life are matters for me and my family.”

In earlier emails from February 26, 2010, Ms Peris assures Mr Boldon she will find the money for him.

all expenses paid meals & accom and a fee!! Don’t know what it is I was thinking around the $10k I don’t know bub…if your purpose was to come here and make a bit of money or holiday…it was not in the budget to bring any profile athletes out but…I am goin through the indigenous grants mob….they can do was I have suggested…but I am not sure what they can do …”

Ms Peris was married to Olympian Daniel Batman, the father of two of her three children, at the time….

The exact total of money Mr Boldon received is unclear but in an email from mid-March, Ms Peris writes that she had managed to round up $22,000 for him, on top of the money Athletics Australia paid.

It’s not that I don’t think it is unreasonable, and i totally agree you should be paid up front, its just that the money is government funds…

…this is all black money babe…..but rightly so being used for the interest of indigenous kids babe….white people hate black people in this country, and don’t like for things to happen if there is no salt in the mix….”

The Left propagandists, calling themselves journalists, do not see anything peris.shortenwrong with 1. a woman, 2. a semi-Aboriginal, 3. a Labor politician (triple immunity) manipulating the system ostensibly set up for the benefit of disadvantaged Aborigines to finance her extra-marital trysts. She is, after all, one of them. The new ALP captain is also firmly on her side.

Andrew Bolt – Fact-checking the biography of Nova Peris:

How much trust can we put in the word of Senator Nova Peris?

From her official Labor biography:

Nova was born and raised in Darwin and her mother, grandmother and grandfather are all members of the ‘Stolen Generations’ …

In fact:

The Federal Court investigated claims of a “stolen generation” in the Northern Territory in the Gunner and Cubillo test case and found children were not “stolen” for racist reasons as alleged, but were rescued for welfare reasons – and even then the numbers involved were relatively low …

Can Peris really claim her mother was “stolen”?

Nova’s mother, Joan, at nine, and three of her siblings were sent to a Catholic mission on Melville Island when Nora developed typhoid and was unable to look after them. They stayed for six years. Joan then opted to live with foster parents in Adelaide and did not return to Darwin until 1969, by which time her mother Nora had hit the grog hard. 

Can Peris really claim her grandfather was “stolen”?

After the war [grandmother] Nora met and married Johnny Peris, who was of Aboriginal and Filipino descent, and whose Spanish surname came from parents who adopted him after his mother had given him up. 

Can Peris really claim her grandmother was “stolen” when she was sent to Moola Bulla station?

From the official Labor biography:

She was first elected in 2013 and has become the first Indigenous Australian to be elected to the Commonwealth Parliament.”

In fact: Peris is actually the fourth Aborigine elected to the Commonwealth Parliament, after Neville Bonner, Aden Ridgeway and Ken Wyatt.

I feel obliged to mention the obvious – Bonner, Liberal; Ridgeway, Australian Democrat; Wyatt, Liberal. For the Left history fabricators if you are not a Labor, you are not an Aborigine.

And more: New Matilda suggests Novas Peris’s claims of blackmail don’t check out:

Labor Senator Nova Peris – Australia’s first female Aboriginal federal politician – has told Parliament that the publishing of the ‘Ato Boldon Sex Scandal’ emails by News Corporation earlier this week was part of an attempt to blackmail her over a long-running family dispute.

In an emotional speech to parliament yesterday afternoon, Senator Peris revealed brief details of three emails she received which she says supported her accusation the release of the Boldon emails was “an attempt to extract money and embarrass” her, and her family.

New Matilda has obtained copies of all three emails. Read in full, they do not appear to support Senator Peris’ claims.

While New Matilda does not assert further information that substantiates the claim of blackmail may not subsequently emerge, an offer to Senator Peris’ office late yesterday to provide evidence to support her claims of blackmail was not taken up.

The email dated October 19, 2012, which Senator Peris’ statement suggests was the start of the blackmailing, does not appear to support Senator Peris’ version of events.

After complaining to the ‘aggrieved party’ about a lack of funds in a deceased estate, Senator Peris receives the following reply: “For your records and to assist you with the identification of additional Estate items [the deceased] left his “tinny” on my pontoon with motor and accessories, a file box of taxation information for Peris Enterprises from 2001 and a folder of information pertaining to Ato Boldon’s visit to Australia that you organised in early 2010. I am happy to pack up the written information in a box and include it with the boat/accessories and make it available to a representative of your choice for collection at a convenient time.”

At no stage does the author of the email reference the details of the Boldon emails, nor does it appear that any threat can be inferred from the author’s correspondence…

The second email – dated March 21, 2014 – is from an intermediary, acting on behalf of the ‘aggrieved family member’.

The letter seeks Senator Peris’ ongoing participation in an informal process to arrange access visits to children in Senator Peris’ care.

Senator Peris told parliament that she was warned if the demands of the aggrieved family member were not met, it would result in “major trauma for everyone, especially the children and damage the reputation of some stakeholders.”

The full transcript of the email does not appear to support this assertion.

The entire paragraph quote by Senator Peris reads: “Nova; the [redacted] families will eventually be granted access to the children you share in common with them. The decision that needs to be made is whether it is going to be achieved the right way, so as to minimize the further trauma for stakeholders, or the wrong way, which will only result in causing major trauma for everyone, especially the children and damage the reputation of some stakeholders.”

The use of the term ‘wrong way’ appears to be a reference to proceeding to a full hearing of the matter in the Family Court, as opposed to reaching an amicable agreement among the parties, which can then be registered with the courts… “

Do not expect much – Fog of Chaos again: “For our readers overseas – Australian Aboriginal Welfare Industry has practical immunity from any audits or criminal investigations. Only a handful of police officers would be brave enough to risk their careers by inevitable accusation of racism. Those matters which get investigated are the ones sparked by internecine conflict between factions over a share of taxpayers’ largesse and are hardly ever concluded.”

Poor fellow my country.quill.1

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Už se mi k smrti protiví

…from the quills of the dead white poets

František Gellner (1881 -1914)czech_flag_small

Už se mi k smrti protiví

ve svých citech se nimrat.

Už se mi k smrti protiví

bolestí svou se šimrat.

Nejlépe bylo by přetrhnout

všechna pouta a svazky,

minulost svoji zavrhnout,

zříci se poslední lásky,

cynickým smíchem zabušit

v marnou ješitnost svoji,

stesk svého srdce přehlušit

bouřemi, bídou a boji.

Nejlépe bylo by vzdálit se

a nikdy se nenavrátit,

svým bližním a nejbližším ztratit se

a sám sobě se ztratit.

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