Po letech

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Ivan Sabinov

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Děvčátko tichoučké s milýma očima

až budeš po letech obracet tento list,

až mládí uteče, jak horská bystřina,

pak vzpomeň, kdo chtěl dát srdéčku kdysi jíst…

Až vlásky zbělají, až přejde řada let,

až radost i bolest srdečko prokvete.

Pak vzpomeň si na mě, jak žízní se chvěl ret,

kdo rád tě mě a kdo ztratil se ve světě…

Po letech – stranou všech – rádo se vzpomíná,

vzpomínky hladí a stáří ozlatí.

Leč mládí, to čisté jak horská bystřina,

to se už nikdy víc, ach, nikdy nevrátí!

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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 August, 1940 : The Italians occupy Berbera, capital of British Somaliland.

Mussolini writes to General Rodolfo Graziani, Governor of Libya and Commander-in-Chief of Italian forces in North Africa , about future strategic objectives. Among other things he declares: ‘The invasion of Britain is decided on; it is now in final stages of preparation and will be successful. It may take place within a week or in about a month. Now, on the day on which the first platoon of German soldiers lands on British soil, you too will attack. As I have said to you before, there are no territorial objectives; it is not a matter of marching on Alexandria, even on Sollum. All I ask that you attack the British troops facing you. I myself accept full responsibility for this decision.’

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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.

17th August, 1940 : The Germans withdraw the Stukas from their attacking force since they have proved too vulnerable.

Hitler announces a total blockade of the British Isles.

The German Foreign Minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop, brusquely switches off the anti-Greek campaign launched three days earlier by the Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano. Hitler does not want any military involvement in the Balkans.

Greek headquarters begin full-scale mobilization, calling up certain categories in the districts of Tsamuria, Epirus and western Macedonia.

RAF bomb oil plans, munitions factories and other targets in France and Germany.

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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.

15th August, 1940 : Taking advantage of fine weather the German air force Do17-04launches a large scale assault, biggest so far. At least seven big formations sweep over Britain; all three Luftflotten are employed in a series of co-ordinated attacks on targets considerable distance apart. All the German raids, which start at 11.30 a.m. and go on until about 6.30 p.m. are tenaciously resisted by British fighters and anti-aircraft batteries; the British fighters never give the German planes a moment of respite. The Luftwaffe sends 520 bombers and 1,270 fighters into the attack, losing 75 aircraft, for the loss of 34 fighters by the RAF (the British reported 180 German planes destroyed).

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The Means to attain a Happy Life

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Henry Howard (c.1517 -1547)

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My friend, the things that do attain

The happy life be these, I find;

The riches left, not got with pain;

The fruitful ground, the quiet mind;

The equal friend; no grudge, no strife;

No charge of rule, no governance;

Without disease the healthy life;

The household of continuance;

The mean diet, no dainty fare;

Wisdom joined with simpleness;

The night discharged of all care,

Where wine the wit may not oppress;

The faithful wife, without debate;

Such sleeps as may beguile the night;

Content thyself with thine estate;

Neither wish death, nor fear his might.

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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.

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11th August, 1940 : On the eve of the German air offensive, Britain has available 704 operational fighters, of which 620 are Hurricanes and Spitfires, supported by 350 bombers. Germany can call on 2,669 aircraft, mostly bombers: normal bombers ( 1,015 of them Do-17, Do-217, Do-215, He-111, Ju-88), plus 346 Ju-87 single-engined dive bombers (Stukas) and 375 twin-engined Me-110 fighter-bombers. Their fighter force comprises 933 single-engined Me-109s.

Waves of German fighters and bombers carry out attacks on South-East and Channel coasts in daytime raids. Over 200 planes attack radar stations at Portland and Weymouth.

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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.

7th August, 1940 : It is announced that, in the week ending 28 July, 18 British ships (65,601 tons) and 2 Allied ships (7,090 tons) have been lost by enemy action.

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Demaskovaná láska

…from the quills of the dead white poets

František Gellner (1881 -1914)

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Dobře jsem jedl a dobře jsem pil

navečer ve Pšorboji

a v noci jsem se nasytil

smyslnou láskou tvojí.

Tvá malá ramena líbal jsem

něžně znova a znova.

V přívalu vděčnosti říkal jsem

sladká a dětinská slova.

Nevím, ženo, jak v tobě ďas

vzbudil šlapanou pýchu,

že ironizovat začalas

vážnost našeho hříchu

a sliby, které se neplní,

a vášeň, co do rána zchladne,

a něhu, jež nitro nezvlní,

za niž se zastydím za dne.

Zmrazilo mne. Pravdy slov tvých

vědom byl jsem si zcela.

Drzé své ruce jsem zahanben zdvih

s tvého dívčího těla.

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God’s mills

 P a u l J a c k o

Some readers ask whether there is any reason for more and more infrequent posting. Yes, there is. We do not like to repeat ourselves, as opposed to the people who are paid per word. For example, a few days ago Mr Tony Thomas wrote a good article in The Quadrant about The Australian, –

http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2017/08/ragged-centre-flush-left/

The Australian has largely resisted the smothering green/left orthodoxy that banished all dissenting perspectives from the Fairfax rags and ABC. When age or ailment sees Rupert Murdoch’s guiding hand lifted from his paper’s helm, don’t expect things to stay that way. The Weekend Review is the sad preview.

The Australian is normally a voice for sanity in this country’s political debate. But Editor-in-Chief Paul Whittaker really ought to  take a look at what goes into the Review magazine inside The Weekend Australian – editor Michelle Gunn.

Mr Thomas then deals specifically with one authoress, “fantasy novelist and journalist Claire Corbett” and her inane writing. In somewhat pussy-footing manner he envisages the intellectual slide of the newspaper.

However, astute and not memory challenged reader of Fog of Chaos may recall that we wrote about the problem sometime ago; in fact almost six years ago.

The Impending Demise of The Australian:-

My predictions are always much better than those by the prophets of doom professors Ehrlich or Flannery which of course is nothing much to be proud of. It would be hard to find somebody with worse record than those two. I hereby predict the death of The Australian.

The Bulletin (1880 – 2008) went under just when I was finishing my letter to them expressing in my usual clumsy and illiterate way my disappointment over the depths they slid to. What a waste of helpful suggestions! But if I was able retrieve it from my prematurely softened hard drive, I could possibly dust it off and send to His Honour The Editor of The Australian. It would probably came too late and in any case, he only ever published my most insipid letters, those likely to challenge neither his IQ nor his ego.

People are deluding themselves if they believe that the Murdoch enterprise is interested in anything but making more money. Freedom of expression? How can we profit? That they at the moment appear slightly conservative is entirely coincidental; it is so simply because all the other media organisations turned to the extreme left. Appointing a husband of Whitlam*’s daughter as the head of Newscorp Limited does not bode well.

Influencing public, making enemies, forming public opinion and all that is fine, if you have a stomach for it, but should we, the benighted “punters”** pay for that? The newspapers as we remembered them or read about in history books are being replaced by special interests propaganda sheets, such as The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald but who is noticing? And who cares? As The Australian dumbed down the “content” in order to attract advertisers, it created the herd of docile consumers, not a class of clear thinking readers.

Well, go and … influence yourself, The Australian (1964 – ?). You won’t be missed. The Bulletin? What Bulletin?

Now that Quadrant published a mild mini-complaint, it is likely that more semi-conservative writers will notice. But don’t hold your breath. Integrity? What integrity?

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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 August, 1940 : Adolf Hitler issues his top secret Directive No 17, which includes the categorical order to the Luftwaffe to ‘crush the British air force by every means available’. In the light of this order it is obvious that Operation Sealion has became subordinate to and dependent on the outcome of the air battle over Britain. The beginning of that attack is fixed for 5th August.

In Moscow, Foreign Minister Molotov reaffirms Russia’s neutral standpoint.

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To His Love (i)

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Edmund Spenser (15521599)

Mark when she smiles with amiable cheer,

And tell me whereto can ye liken it:

When one each eyelid sweetly do appear

An hundred graces as in shade to sit.

Likest it seemeth in my simple wit

Unto the fair sunshine in summer’s day:

That when a dreadful storm away is flit,

Through the broad world doth spread his goodly ray:

At sight whereof each bird that sits on spray,

And every beast that to his den was fled

Cometh forth afresh out of their late dismay,

And to the light lift up their drooping head.

So my storm beaten heart likewise is cheered,

With that sunshine when cloudy looks are cleared.

/from Amoretti, Sonnet XL/

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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 July, 1940 : A memorandum issued by the headquarters of the German navy states that a landing on the British coast is not possible until the second half of September, and that even then the navy will not be able to support it from the sea. The Chief of Staff of the Kriegsmarine, Admiral Schniewind, says that ‘It is impossible to accept responsibility for any such operation during the current year… The prospect looks very doubtful.’

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No skin in the game

 

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Europe, in its suicidal wish, allows itself to be ruled by childless politicians. After experience with childless Hitler, who left extraordinary number of children fatherless, a normal person should view such politicians claiming that they are the best suited to lead everybody to happy future, with deepest suspicions.

There can be physiological and other genuine reasons for infertility and self-inflicted infertility, however, most of those politicians make no secret that their choice was for reasons of career and lifestyle. Some claim it is not selfishness, just philanthropy. Maybe that is what appeal to voters – selfishness proudly worn on a sleeve.

One could perhaps suspect that they were selected, groomed and installed by the Big Money for the purpose. De riguer ruthless dishonesty of everyday politicians is supplemented by the useful apres deluge mentality. Now even Washington Examiner noticed:

James McPherson, writing in the Washington Examiner, makes a remarkable observation: the leaders of Europe have no children. France’s Emmanuel Macron has none. Same with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British prime minister Theresa May, Italian prime minister Paolo Gentilon, Holland’s Mark Rutte, Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven has no biological children.

The prime minister of Luxembourg is also childless. I mention him not to cherry pick, but because it means that of the six founding members of what evolved into the European Union, five are now led by childless prime ministers or presidents…”

The whole article Dying Europe’s leaders have no children

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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.

25th July, 1940 : Italian air formations bomb the naval base at Alexandria and the base at Haifa in Palestine. Rome admits the loss of 16 submarines since war commenced.

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“I Know the Only Truth…”

 

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Marina Tsvetaeva (18921941)

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I know the only truth! The others – cast aside!
There’s no need for the men of Earth to fight with others! 
Look, there’s the evening soon and soon it’ll be the night.
What you about, colonels, poets, lovers?

Now wind is near the soil and dew lay on the grass,
The starry blizzard soon will freeze into the heaven,
And soon under the earth will sleep each one of us –
By whom a sleep on it to others hadn’t been given.


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, October 8, 2004
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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.

22nd July, 1940 : Churchill replies to Hitler’s peace offer through his Foreign Minister, Lord Halifax: “We never wanted the war; certainly no one here wants the war to go on for a day longer than necessary. But we shall not stop fighting till freedom for ourselves and others is secure.”

The British set up the SOE (Special Operations Executive) to co-ordinate commando operations and the clandestine struggle in countries occupied by the Germans.

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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.

21st July, 1940 : Russia annexes the Baltic states ( Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) as autonomous republics within the USSR in accordance with the decision of 14th July.

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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 July, 1940 : Speaking in Berlin to the Reichstag, Hitler addresses a last appeal to Britain. Among other things he declares: “If the struggle continues it can only end in annihilation for one of us. Mr Churchill thinks it will be Germany. I know it will be Britain. I am not the vanquished begging for mercy. I speak as a victor. I can see no reason why this war must go on. We should like to avert the sacrifices which must claim millions. It is possible that Mr Churchill will once again brush aside this statement of mine by saying that it is merely born of fear and doubt of victory. In that case I shall have relieved my conscience of the things to come.”

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Rejoice, France!

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Bastille,_1790_retouchedThe French, always ready to admire themselves and what they are pleased to call their achievements, celebrated, like every year, the Bastille Day. On 14th July 1789 Parisian mob, having a peaceful dialogue with the prison governor de Launay first over a lengthy lunch, attacked and entered an ancient fortress, serving for some centuries as a jail, and released a prisoner. According to the propaganda, desinformacia, fake news, leftipedia or simply history, there were either seven prisoners or just one, an aristocrat called Marquis de Sade*. It seems that the peoples’ revolution started by liberating aristocracy and sadism. With a few exceptions, the revolutions ever since followed this pattern, preserving the worst of the old under a new, uplifting and grossly misleading name. It is symbolic and sadly amusing that after the demolition of the Bastillle, a plaster elephant replaced it.**

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A story, almost certainly apocryphal, says that a Chinese Communist Chou-en-Lai, when asked what is his take on the French revolution, replied: ‘It is too early to say‘. Maybe he said that or something similar, trying to avoid some stupid journalist’s question, maybe not. The Western media was trying very hard to attach to Chinese communists murderers at least a bit of a human face, and relatively educated Chou-en-Lai was better subject for that purpose than simple Mao. Our media admire murderers of socialist variety – Stalin, Mao, Castro, Pol Pot, Chavez… When the Left crimes became more widely known despite the best academia, media and Leftist politicians’ efforts, bait and switch technique is applied.

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Thus, some 228 years later, horrors of the revolution forgotten, French people can rejoice in the knowledge that doesn’t matter what, they are always right – some resist evil, many more collaborate. Some time ago, the French nomenclature ordered slowing down the anthem, Marseillaise, from the original military march tempo to that of funeral march; and the national symbol, Marianne, had to be remodelled since her breasts were too big. Soon she will be in a burka.

The French people’s propensity for apres deluge defeatism was again accentuated by election of spineless Marcon. Unfortunately, they are not alone.

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*/ possibly two lunatics, four forgers and an aristocratic associate of de Sade

**/ between 1814 and 1846

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Childless in charge

 

Angela Merkel used to say that “the European Union is about 5% of the world’s population, about 25% of its GDP, and about 50% of global welfare spending.”

The real data is more concerning.

The European Union is:

  • 7.2% of the World Population.
  • 23.8% of the World’s GDP.
  • 58% of the World’s Welfare Spending.

Something has to give.

The EU average tax burden on workers is 44.9%. The average worker in the EU spends half a year working for the tax man.

Taxation accounts for 41% of the euro area GDP.”

Millions of illiterate, unemployable invaders are unlikely to help. Full article:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-15/europes-unsustainable-welfare-state

 

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