China the vanguard

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

BEIJING (Reuters) – Some of China’s largest Internet companies deleted more than 60,000 online accounts because their names did not conform to regulations due to take effect on Sunday, the top Internet regulator said.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Baidu Inc, Sina Corp affiliate Weibo Corp and other companies deleted the accounts in a cull aimed at “rectifying” online names, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said.

The reasons for their removal included accusations of being misleading, rumor mongering, links to terrorism, or involving violence, pornography and other violations*, the CAC said in a statement on its website late on Thursday.

Only 60,000 ? some may say. China had 618 million Internet users a year ago, so what is the problem? Firstly, this is just a start; and secondly, one does not have to close a majority of the newspapers to get the rest to follow the party line. A few will serve as an example. Kill the chicken – scare the monkey, (杀鸡儆猴) the Chinese call it. It worked in Nazi Germany, Stalin’s Russia and is working in Communist China, Putin’s Russia and soon will be working in Obama’s America. The control of the electronic alternative is much easier. China leads and America neuters:

Federal Communications Commission voted by a slim 3-2 margin Thursday to pass new “net neutrality” regulations that give the federal government unprecedented control over how the internet is managed.

neuternetJust as Obamacare was supposed to make health care cheaper for all Americans, net neutrality is supposed to guarantee “free and open access to the internet,” according to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Wheeler’s new regulations essentially turn internet service providers into public utilities the same way Obamacare turned health insurance companies into heavily regulated wards of the state. And just as Obamacare has expanded paper health coverage to millions of Americans, while making it much harder for most people to actually see a doctor, net neutrality will also bring uncertainty and stagnation to the internet in the name of providing equal access to all

Abbott is set to follow, under a pretext of saving us from terrorism. Between the government-sponsored hackers and the goverments’ regulations everywhere, the internet will be soon know as neuternet. That’s what the ruling class, of whatever shade of red, wants. Don’t be misled by the colour of their ties. Any informed, thinking citizen is their enemy. quill.1

*/Is Fog of Chaos misleading? If not, it surely committed “other violations”.

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To je teď celá moudrost moje

…from the quills of the dead white poets

František Gellner (1881 -1914)czech_flag_small

To je teď celá moudrost moje:

Milovat hlučnou vřavu boje,

za noci vnikat do snů žen

a trochu býti zadlužen,wine.pour

pískat si, jak mi zobák narost,

vínem si plašit z čela starost,

svůj život rychle utratit,

nic nezískat, nic neztratit.

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Saudiland

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

I was not surprised when Hussain Obama dropped his would-be imperial visit to India like a hot curry and rushed to Saudi Arabia for instructions from the new king. After all, nothing less is expected from the head of a vassal state.

obama.arabiaInstead of repeating myself, I quote Mr Pickering: Forget the conspiracy theories, there is now no doubt where Barrack Hussein Obama’s faith allegiance lies: “There is no sweeter sound on Earth than the Muslim call to prayer.” “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.” “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace.” “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation”, he said. In his book, ‘The Audacity of Hope’, he wrote, “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

Thanks to him, our weakling Abbott, traitorous ABC, ALP, Greens and assorted appeasers, the winds are not shifting. They blow from Mecca ever more strongly, spreading the smell of burning human flesh over the civilised world.

Many thinking people, which obviously excludes journalists and politicians, wonder what is the difference between beheading adulteresses and beheading of Christians, all in the name of Islam; the first by the West supposed ally and friend Saudi Arabia and the second by the evil Islamic Horde, supported, surprise!, by our “friend” Saudi Arabia.

Well, for those with memory or ability to read, it is akin to the difference between SS (Schutzstaffel)  and SA (Sturmabteilung) ; for the others, say – difference between Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola?

The result of WW I imperialistic desires of France and Great Britain, and anti-imperialist posturing of USA, leavened by Zionism and increasingly important oil, led to the creation of Wahhabist Saudi Arabia. There are many contenders for the top spot in “Enemies of Reason” hit parade, and Wahhabism has to have very good chance. The highly literate and sophisticated French, British and Yank diplomats, no slouches in hypocrisy, greed and hubris themselves, were neatly outsmarted by the nomadic, illiterate Arabs and left the oil fields under their control. Physical control of the so called holy sites, Medina and Mecca, bestowed legitimacy of sorts on the tribe of desert robbers, which last to this day.

Many books describe the West’s folly. The one I read last is by Scott Anderson – Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East / (Wall Street Journal review– Seven Pillars of Fiction)

The alliance between Wahhabist clergy and the Saudi rulers can not be described as “Holy”. Some Western journalists and majority of politicians believe that Al Sauds tribe is the most reformist in the Arab world, the belief many beheaded and stoned Saudis might have disputed, given the opportunity. The ever infallible The Economist claims: The main risk for the Al Sauds is that they move to slowly and they may be overwhelmed. The Wahhanabism they nurture endangers not just the outside world, but the dynasty itself. It sustains jihadist ideology, stokes sectarianism and exposes the monarchy to charges of hypocrisy.”

Hmm. Who is going to do the “charging”? The media? Obama? The President of United States has done more to support jihadism than any Iranian ayatollah could ever hope to do. Just a few days ago he vetoed the Keystone pipeline in order to sustain US dependency on Arab oil. As 47% of Americans approve of him, I should perhaps desist.

The Economist, in the same article: Supplicants who kiss the gold-braided gown are mere courtiers. And the so-called freedom loving American “citizens” love it.quill.1

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

Admiral Alexander Kolchak25th February, 1920 : The Red Army in Siberia has advanced steadily along the line of the Trans-Siberian railway. Admiral Kolchak, who briefly became the “Supreme Ruler of Russia” and has since been deserted by allies and friends, was seized by the Bolsheviks in Irkutsk, and shot. His body was then pushed through a hole in the ice so it would disappear forever. An eyewitness said he died “like an Englishman”. The American force of several thousand men has begun to leave Vladivostok. Bolsheviks have entered the city, but seem happy to let the Allies move out in their own time. The Japanese appear to be staying on.

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

24th February, 1920 : An extremist political group, which appeared on the scene in the wake of the brief Bavarian Soviet Republic, today published a programme for creating a Third German Reich. According to its spokesman, Adolf Hitler, a former army corporal, the group is to call itself the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) and will campaign against the “Versailles Diktat” as well as Jewish and capitalist influence in German society.

HitlerPaintingHitler, who was known by his mother’s name of Schicklgruber until he joined the army in 1914, once earned a living painting picture postcards in his native Austria; (one of his paintings on the left) he is now devising banners, posters and a swastika flag for his party. He is also said to be practising public speaking.

[Fighting “Jewish and capitalist influence”? Our Leftists have taken over the fight.]

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

23rd February, 1920 : The large Allied force, which landed in southern Russia last December to save the area from anarchy, is on the verge of defeat and withdrawal. The force of about 90,000 men, which includes among its number French, Greek, Polish and Rumanian troops, was intended to bolster the fortunes of General Anton Denikin in his struggle for power against the increasingly triumphant Red Army.

denikin.volunteerThere has been chaos in the area with the Nationalist, Anarchist and Bolshevik bands fighting each other in a free-for-all cut-throat war. From the outset the Allied force has been hit by fierce cavalry raids from all sides and even its Odessa base is under attack. The Cossack volunteer armies commanded by Denikin, who has been declared de facto ruler of the Caucasus, are also disintegrating under pressure from General Semyon Budenny’s Red cavalry. The British air force and tank detachment attached to Denikin is expected to be withdrawn in the next few weeks.

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The Voice of the Rain

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

And who art thou? said I to the soft-falling shower,

Which, strange to tell, gave me an answer, as here translated:

I am the Poem of Earth, said the voice of the rain,

Eternal I rise impalpable out of the land and bottomless sea,

Upward to heaven, whence, vaguely form’d, altogether changed, yet same,

I descend to lave the drouths, atomies, dust-layers of the globe,

And all that in them without me were seeds only, latent and unborn;

And forever, by day and night, I give back life to my own origin,

and make pure and beautify it;

(For song, issuing from its birth-place, after fulfillment, wandering,

Reck’d or unreck’d, duly with love returns.)

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Summertime 2015

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State of the nation

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

captain.besley18th February, 1914 : Captain Campbell Besley, a British hunter and explorer, is the talk of New York. He arrived in the city today from the jungles of Peru to announce that his expedition had discovered the ruins of three Inca cities in forest near Cuzco. The largest city, called Plateryoyoc, contained buildings more impressive than London’s Houses of Parliament.

Two-and-a-half years ago – on 24th July, 1911 – a US historian, Dr Hiram Bingham, discovered near Cuzco the lost Inca capital of Machu Picchu.

[ The time when men were men… “Born in London in 1874, James Campbell Besley spent his boyhood in various corners of the British Empire, including South Africa and Australia, then back to England for Eton and Oxford, returning to Australia for a degree at the Broken Hill School of Mines in New South Wales. After two years with a mining company, he joined the rush to the gold fields of Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie in western Australia, made a bundle, sold out and went to the Klondike gold rush 10,000 miles away. In the first six months, he took out a quarter of a million dollars worth of gold, and spent 12 more months adding to that sum. He also saved two men from death by cold and starvation, and was honored by the naming of Besley Creek…” I recommend the whole fascinating story The obsure Mr Besley. ]

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The final editorial oversight from overseas

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

I happened to flick through the 23rd January 2015 issue of The Economist, hoping to find there something of the pre-war quality, i.e. something not blatantly pro-global government, non-socialist … well, something honest.

The almost blank page 22 stopped me. In the middle of it is this:

Missing page

In most of our editions this page included a picture showing the current cover of Charlie Hebdo.

Our Singapore printers declined to print it. If you want to see the page

online please go to:

Economist.com/missingpage

Nice of The Economist to mention this. It must have taken some courage, something that declining periodical has not been recently known for.

Can we hope that the next issue will announce the change of the printers? Or will they cave in as the others? Inshallah … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

Republic_of_China_Flags16th February, 1912 : At noon yesterday the Chinese cruisers in Shanghai fired a 21-gun salute and hoisted the Revolutionary flag, formally recognising the new Government. Last month the Emperor resigned and China officially became a republic. But the situation is still very confused. Yuan Shi-kai, who is currently the dictator of the north, seems certain to became the first President. But how much real control he will have over the south is just a matter of intense speculation.

The position of the Emperor is also anomalous. He retains his title, as do the nobles, and will live in Peking and get £400,000 annually. The eunuch system, however, will be abolished.

[ That may, in due course, come as an unpleasant surprise to the 2,270 members of the National Communist Party Congress. By the way, the revolutionaries could not agree on the flag – the middle one is supposed to represent five races in China. Don’t show it to Shorten or Turnbull. ]

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The Power of the Dog

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

There is sorrow enough in the natural way

From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buyvicious.dog
Love unflinching that cannot lie --
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find -- it's your own affair --
But . . . you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit hat answered your every mood
Is gone -- wherever it goes -- for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept'em, the more do we grieve;

For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long --
So why in -- Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
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Lights out

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

The lights are going out all over Africa, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.” This, to the best of my knowledge, has not yet been said. (What the British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey said on the eve of the First World War was: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”) Sir Edward died in September 1933, so he saw some lights in his life-time. Perhaps Africa will be different, but neither Boko Haram, nor the Islamic Horde, nor African-American Barrack Hussein Obama will lit them again.

Lenin.1924electrificationNor will, for that matter, Jacob Zuma. The former economic powerhouse of Africa*, having ditched the oppressive apartheid twenty years ago, had to introduce rolling blackouts, called “load shedding”. The Economist – “South Africans now check electricity reports that read like weather broadcasts: There is a medium probability of load shedding today and tomorrow, with higher probability on Thursday and Friday.” … “South Africa has been there before. In 2008 it suffered a rash of blackouts that cost the country billions of rand. Little has changed.

No new power stations, no or minimal maintenance – the Green future, aided and abetted by incompetence and corruption. Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

12th February, 1978 : A bomb exploded early today killing two men at the Hilton Hotel, in Sydney, where the Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, and the leaders of ten other countries are attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. A witness said there were “bits of bodies all over the place” after the contents of a rubbish bin exploded as they were tipped into the back of a garbage truck outside the hotel. The blast killed a policeman guarding the entrance to the hotel lounge and a garbage collector. Two minutes before the explosion, an anonymous telephone caller told police there was a bomb in a bin at the Hilton.

Hilton.bomb

[ From Wikipedia:The bomb was planted in a rubbish bin and exploded when the bin was emptied into a garbage truck outside the hotel at 12:40 a.m. It killed two garbage collectors, Alec Carter and William Favell. A police officer guarding the entrance to the hotel lounge, Paul Birmistriw, died later. It also injured eleven others. Twelve foreign leaders were staying in the hotel at the time, but none were injured. Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser immediately called out the Australian Army for the remainder of the CHOGRM meeting. Continue reading

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Yet another Obama’s joke

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Quicksand years

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

Quicksand years that whirl me I know not wither,

Your schemes, politics, fail, lines give way, substances mock and elude me,

Only the theme I sing, the great and strong-possess’d soul, eludes not,

One’s-self must never give way – that is the final substance – that out of all is sure,

Out of politics, triumphs, battles, life, what at last finally remains?

When shows break up what but One’s-Self is sure?

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Not forgotten

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

obama's.civic

Some fringe comments we have been receiving recently concerned Barrack Obama who has not graced the pages of Fog of Chaos for over two months. We are asked – Are you going soft? Given up? No, but the latest Gallup poll shows Obama’s approval rating as 47%. Who are we to suggest that a half of American population must be out of, what they are probably pleased to call, their minds?

No, he is not forgotten and is unlikely to be ever forgiven, the most evil president the Americans have had the misfortune to inflict upon themselves.

However, for the time being, we are leaving it to people who live there and whose skin has similar colour, like Mr Thomas Sowell:

In his recent trip to India, President Obama repeated a long-standing pattern of his — denigrating the United States to foreign audiences. He said that he had been discriminated against because of his skin color in America, a country in which there is, even now, “terrible poverty.”

Make no mistake about it, there is no society of human beings in which there are no rotten people. But for a President of the United States to be smearing America in a foreign country, whose track record is far worse, is both irresponsible and immature. Continue reading

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No need to panic

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

The merchants of doom are not giving up. Wisely deciding that the population could not care less about facts, they ignore them, adjust them or simply falsify them.

Some facts you can easily check, and I sincerely hope you do, and thus I deliberately do not provide a link:

Australia’s proved reserves of natural gas are 1,219,000,000,000 m3, which makes us number 24 in the world. United States of America, number 5, has 9,459,000,000,000 m3. Meaningless figures to most of us, so I made them slightly more palatable – in Australia, it is 53,000 cubic meters per head; and in America only 29,900. To make it even more easy – in 2010 we burned 1,452 m3 of natural gas per head of population. The figures are imprecise, so I am not going to divide the reserves by the consumption; many things can change, but I hope you got my point.

That we live (or rather are expected to live according to the science of statistics) on the average three years longer than Americans is not here or there. No need to gloat. Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

5th February, 1921 : The Allied reparations bill has been received “with pain and indignation”, a German Government spokesman told the Reichstag on Wednesday. Reparations on the scale demanded by the Allies would lead to “the economic and political pauperisation of the German nation”. Germany, it is claimed, would disappear from the world as a purchaser and a consumer, and her “powers of resistance against the danger of Bolshevism” would be seriously weakened.

The reparations bill, which was agreed at a meeting of experts in Paris last month, requires Germany to pay more than 200 billion gold marks (£10 billion) over the next 42 years up to 1963. In addition, an annual 12.5 per cent tax is to be levied on German exports.

German public opinion appears firmly behind the Government. In Bavaria, extreme nationalists and communists are joining in demands for an alliance with Soviet Russia against the Western powers.

[ See also NNUS 11th May 1921

And from Bloomberg Business :

“Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s new finance minister, is a brilliant economist. His first steps onto the political stage, though, didn’t seem to go very smoothly. Continue reading

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