NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

23rd October, 1931 – Colonel Eric Campbell’s New Guard, founded by six former AIF officers, has bought into the current seamen’s strike, which has tied up ships in Sydney and Melbourne. Broadly, the aim of the New Guard is to stop British-Christian Australia being destroyed by the forces of Langism, Bolshevism and Jewish corruption etc. Campbell has told the ship owners the issue is simple. All they have to do is to give a written undertaking to protect volunteer labour from victimisation by unions.
[ To this day, the Australian employers, the courts or the police can not protect workers from victimisation by unions. ]

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The mess called Ebola

Antisthenes the Younger

The news about the current state of the Ebola play are more and more confusing; only of course if you try to go beyond the pap the ABC is serving to the masses. Yet again we have a perfect example of its abysmally low journalistic standards – not reporting, but the Left editorialising at all times. So you either forget Ebola, hoping that Ebola will forget you, or you seek information elsewhere. Even scanty knowledge of other languages is helpful, as the incipient world government does not control everything as yet and the media are sometimes tardy in following the Socialist International directives.

cdc.protocolEven the Protocols of the Elders of CDCP, supposedly protecting America, are so confusing that the elders themselves do not understand them. Obama’s appointment of Ebola Ali as the czar to conduct the War on Ebola (WOE) is pathetic, and so is the Castro brothers’ despatch of medical personnel to west Africa. As Ann Coulter wrote: “Why, precisely, must we attack Ebola in Africa? Research on a cure doesn’t require cuddling victims in their huts. Scientists who discovered the AIDS cocktail didn’t spend their nights at Studio 54 in order to “fight the disease at its source.” Until there’s a treatment, we can’t put out the disease there, or here. The only thing Americans will be doing in Liberia is changing the bedpans of victims, getting infected and bringing Ebola back to America. When there’s a vaccine, we can mail it.”

PM Abbott is absolutely right in not doing ‘more’ as the Labor and Green hypocrites shrilly demand. We will almost certainly need doctors and nurses here, not having them macheted to death in Africa – Fog of Chaos Ebola roulette. Exactly what medical knowledge is needed in Africa at this stage?

As a rule, one should not panic at whatever crisis has momentarily fixed the attention of cable news producers. But the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has migrated to both Europe and America, may be the exception that proves the rule. There are at least six reasons that a controlled, informed panic might be in order. “ The Weekly Standard – One of the best articles so far and definitely worth your time -
http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/six-reasons-panic_816387.html

Many Latin America countries, including Cuba, have sensibly imposed a ban on travellers from the affected countries. The Weekly Standard article, Reason 6, explains why Obama’s open borders policy stops US from doing the same.

I have not read yet that Ebola is good for you, but that will undoubtedly come. The usual misanthropes already claim it is good for the planet…

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Only Caja Madrid?

Antisthenes the Younger

The recent news from Spain could make one pine for Islamic Sharia law, were one so inclined, where, allegedly, thieves lose a hand for the first offence, and other body parts for the subsequent ones. I write allegedly, for I suspect that only a small fish loses a hand (a fin?) for theft of a mangy camel; the sharks of respectable size, thus respectable, are exempt. One could then say that there is not that big difference between our judicial system and theirs. By the way – any news about Julia Gillard’s case? [yes]

The news from Spain, which I cowardly precede by now so common disclaimer: – All people mentioned thereafter claim to have done nothing wrong and some even offered to return the horse, sorry, to repay the money:
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A Spanish judge has ordered ex-IMF head Rodrigo Rato to pay a three-million-euros ($A4.50 million) court bond as an investigation of suspect spending at a bailed-out bank goes ahead, a judicial source said.
For the news about the current IMF head see Fog of Chaos Christine who?
Judge Fernando Andreu also ordered a second suspect, Miguel Blesa, to pay a bond of 16 million euros in the case, in which Blesa and Rato face possible fraud charges over spending with company credit cards when they were executives at Caja Madrid and the Bankia group, the source said. Sixty-year-old Rato was in court with two other former executives for questioning by a judge investigating Bankia, the group whose near-collapse sparked a 41-billion-euro bailout for Spain’s financial sector.”
I am sure the German taxpayers do not mind.
The three were met by yells of “Thieves!” from protesters who say they lost their savings when Bankia collapsed in 2012.
Audit documents submitted by prosecutors to the court detailed a total of more than 15 million euros of suspect spending with credit cards by former managers of the group, which Rato headed from 2010 to 2012.
Prosecutors said the credit cards were used for personal purchases with media reports detailing spending on safaris, meals at luxury restaurants, art, clothing and massive cash withdrawals….
The prosecution’s audit covered more than 80 users of the credit cards — many of them connected to politics, trade unions and even the royal family …
Though the slogan Workers of the world unite does not seem to work any more, if it ever did, it is pleasing to see that the both sides of the politics (and the aristocratic middle) are equally involved; and when it comes to dishonest enrichment, those slight rhetorical differences do not count.
Spanish media reported that Blesa, who had an annual salary at Caja Madrid of around three million euros, used his card to pay for safaris in Africa and to buy 10,000 euros worth of wine. Some reportedly used their cards to withdraw hundreds of thousands of euros in cash, sometimes in the middle of the night, and to buy jewellery, luxury clothing, furniture and expensive restaurant meals. Some have reimbursed money they spent, according to court documents, while others have resigned. ...”
In July 2012, nearly three dozen former Bankia executives, including Rato, appeared in court as part of a criminal investigation into whether they misrepresented Bankia’s financial soundness as the bank was preparing its 2011 public stock offering. The former Bankia executives denied wrongdoing in that case, which is ongoing.”
No need to rush, it is only three years since that. After all, our Julia has been innocent of any criminal wrongdoing for more than twenty years. Fog of Chaos No answers December 2012. Normally, news of corruption would not tickle my eyebrows, not to mention raise them. But International Monetary Fund again! Those dispensers of other peoples’ money, those nice, hard working, frugal, tax-paying, honest people who are always telling us we should be honest, frugal, work hard, pay our taxes … Yeah, hypocrites of the world are already united. They do not need any slogans.
Is there really honour amongst thieves? Tricherie sans frontiers ? Perhaps it is in Australia, for we have had so far very few of serious allegations of bankers’ shenanigans. Someone could be tempted to say that it is due to the remnants of the convict mentality, but that is just another myth – they, the convicts were dobbing each other in, left, right and centre for a slug of tobacco or even less. Perhaps all our bankers are honest. Perhaps Australia needs some apolitical, incorruptible, anti-corruption organisation.quill.1

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Student movements

Ludwig von Gress

A Subject of Human Geography by Sim Tack
Republished with the kind permission of Stratfor / Geopolitical Weekly

HK.protestAs student protests in Hong Kong continue, memories of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations naturally spring to mind. Less iconic but no less notable were the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, which began as a student movement; the 2007 Venezuelan protests, which started with a group of students demanding constitutional reform; and the 1929 protests in Paris, which challenged the role of churches in education.
Of course, each student movement is unique; the one underway in Hong Kong concerns Hong Kong affairs, not widespread democratic reform in China proper. And yet all such movements share characteristics that transcend borders, making them an ideal phenomenon through which to study geopolitics.
Student protests lay bare the social and cultural layers that move beneath the surface of geopolitics, much like subsurface currents flow beneath the waves of the oceans. Human geography forms the foundation of society and thus the systems that govern it. Even if we regard the state as the highest level of global policymaking and interaction, these social undercurrents are what move the generations, ideologies and cultural changes that shape the constraints under which states operate.
Patterns Emerge
From ethnic and religious sects to socio-economic divisions, human geography is as important to a state as the physical topography and resources that constitute it. Human geography exists in all states, and as with physical geography, revelatory, even educational, patterns emerge over time. Continue reading

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Spring

…from the quills of the dead white poets

James Thomson (1700-1748)

From the moist meadow to the wither’d hill,
Led by the breeze, the vivid verdure runs,
And swells, and deepens, to the cherish’d eye.
The hawthorn whitens; and the juicy groves
Put forth their buds, unfolding by degrees,
Till the whole leafy forest stands display’d,
In full luxuriance to the sighing gales;deer.brake
Where the deer rustle thro’ the twining brake,
And birds sing conceal’d. At once, array’d
In all the colours of the flushing year,
By Nature’s swift and secret-working hand,
The garden glows, and fills the liberal air
With lavish fragrance; while the promis’d fruit
Lies yet a little embryo, unperceiv’d,
Within its crimson folds. Now from the town
Burried in smoke, and sleep, and noisome damps,
Oft let me wander o’er the dewy fields,
Where freshness breathes; and dash the trembling drops
From the bent bush, as thro’ the verdant maze
Of sweet-briar hedges I pursue my walk;
Or taste the smell of dairy; or ascend
Some eminence, Augusta, in thy plains;
And see the country, far diffus’d around,
One boundless blush; one white-empurpl’d shower
Of mingled blossoms; where the raptur’d eye
Hurries from joy to joy, and hid beneath
The fair profusion, yellow Autumn spies.

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Ebola roulette

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Information about Ebola is somewhat confusing, as could be expected. Since there is no cure or even semi-plausible vaccine, there are no money to be made as yet. Mortality rate varies between 25 and 90 percent; the average mortality, according to the World Health Organisation is 50%. Benign Ebola ain’t.

On Tuesday this week the World Health Organization warned, “There could be up to 10,000 new Ebola cases per week in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by the end of this year as the outbreak spreads. “

q.flagWHO, as we know, is a corrupt bureaucracy, the top dog amongst the world’s many incompetent, bloated and overpaid health bureaucracies; and woefully unprepared for any serious outbreak of infectious disease. The WHO is a part of United Nations and is financed by contributions from member states and donors. The 2012–2013 budget expected a total expenditure of $3,959 million. The mankind also gets to celebrate the World Health Day, a World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Hepatitis Day, and World AIDS Day, though not World Bird Flu Day. (Perhaps the Chinese objected, or, perhaps it did not occur to Ms Chan, the who chair.) With the World Ebola Month undoubtedly coming up, soon there won’t be any days left in the year to be sick.

We get the predictable moaning by bureaucrats for more money. Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health (US), said that a decade of stagnant spending has “slowed down” research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (US) also complains of the lack of funds, yet, according to Michele Malkin, “at $7 billion, the Centers for Disease Control 2014 budget is nearly 200 percent bigger now than it was in 2000.” Unfortunately, the money are spend on the politically correct crusades such as “Mandatory Motorcycle Helmets Laws”, “Video Games and TV Violence”, “Social norming in the schools” and “Playground Equipment”. Some could argue that video games are infectious, but …

The politicians also can’t let a good crisis to go to waste. The US Left accuses the Right of the panic-mongering beat-up, conveniently ignoring the promise by their hero Obama to send 3,000 soldiers to west Africa, presumably to wage the War on Ebola (WOE). The pseudo-conservative ex-Presidential candidate McCain apparently seriously suggested an appointment of the Ebola Czar. Perhaps had he asked the Golf Czar nicely, one of his nephews could get a job.

Australia’s Left is playing irresponsibly dangerous politics as well – Continue reading

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Oily games

Ludwig von Gress

While Obama is worried what effect the Islam and Ebola crisis will have on his golf game; and the politicians play the blame game for everything under the sun, some noticed the recent behaviour of the world’s share markets. Is it Islamic horde? Is it Ebola? The sun’s spots? Or is it oil?

From Stratfor – Editor’s Note: Oil prices dropped steeply Oct. 14, with crude oil futures falling 4.6 percent to $81.84 per barrel — the biggest decrease in more than two years. Brent crude dropped by more than $4 a barrel at one stage in the day, dipping below $85 for the first time since 2010. While these are relatively substantial drops, they are just one part of a continuing trend Stratfor has been tracking over the past few months. Factors behind the slump include weak demand, a surfeit of supply and the fact that many large Middle Eastern producers are reluctant to reduce their output.
In light of today’s developments, we are republishing the following diary from Oct. 2, which details the reasons behind the falling prices and how the drops could affect oil-dependent countries around the world.

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The global oil benchmark, Brent crude, fell Thursday to about $92 per barrel before rebounding to finish the day at around $94 per barrel, the lowest price since mid-2012. The latest sell-off follows one of the sharpest declines in a quarter in recent years, in which the price of oil slid about 16 percent. It may be premature to forecast sustained international oil prices lower than $90 per barrel, but if the price of oil remains close to where it is now, many oil exporting countries will feel the pain after basing their budgets on previous price expectations.
Simply put, the oil market has gotten overstocked. After spending much of the year producing only around 200,000 barrels per day, Libya has seen its production jump up by about 700,000 bpd since mid-June. The United States has continued its relentless expansion of oil production, with the latest Energy Information Agency figures estimating that U.S. production has increased by about 300,000 bpd since the beginning of August, and Iraq has experienced similar gains. Russia, Angola and Nigeria have also seen marked boosts in production. While most of the recent production increases are one-offs, North America could add another 1 million to 1.5 million barrels of production by the end of next year. Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

16th October, 1946 – Ten Nazi war criminals mounted the gallows erected in the prison gymnasium at Nuremberg early today. Two were missing: Hitler’s deputy, Martin Borman, believed dead, and Hermann Goering, who had committed suicide a few hours earlier. There were three black-painted wooden scaffolds in the long, wide room. Two were used alternatively, the third being kept in reserve. First to enter the execution chamber was Joachim von Ribbentrop, Foreign Minister in the regime that was to last a thousand years. The time was 1.11 a.m. He climbed the 13 steps to the platform without hesitation, gave his name in a loud voice, and, as the black hood was placed on his head, said “I wish peace to the world”. The trap was sprung and he fell from the view, hidden behind a dark curtain.
Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, who had told the tribunal he had just obeyed orders, was next. His last words were: “More than two million German soldiers went to their death for their fatherland. I follow now my sons – all for Germany.”nuremberg.hangman
Ernst Kaltenbrunner, successor to Heydrich, licked his lips, and glanced around him; Alfred Rosenberg, chief exponent of the master race theory, had nothing to say; Hans Frank, Governor of occupied Poland and a recent convert to Roman Catholicism, came in smiling; Wilhelm Frick, the “Protector” of Bohemia, stumbled as he mounted the steps; Julius Streicher screamed “Heil Hitler!’” and could be heard groaning after he fell through the trap; Fritz Sauckel, the slave labour boss, limped on his left club-foot up the steps; General Alfred Jodl, in his Wehrmacht uniform, was haggard and nervous; last to die was Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Hitler’s Governor in Austria, who called for peace and understanding between peoples.
Between executions, hangmen and guards were allowed to light up cigarettes.
[A strict legalistic mind could quibble with some aspects of the Nuremberg trials of a few national socialists, but on the whole, the justice was done. (Katyn v Norimberku F/Chaos april 2011.) It is never perfect. However, as far as the crimes of the other socialists, international ones, are concerned, there the justice is practicaly non-existent. See Join Left, young thug F/Chaos january 2014 and Left perspective F/Chaos january 2012]

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A Jap sub

Ludwig von Gress

Nothing is simple in the defence procurement, even setting aside the ubiquitous bribes of the highest magnitude of sophistication, superior quality and quantity. If only our submarines were as undetectable as the bribes! But that boils down to the will to detect; and, as far as the corruption is concerned, there are no willing.

My position on a preferable “future” submarine for Australia has been clear and consistent since my Maritime Will, first published in July/September 2009 issue of The Navy, the magazine of the Navy League of Australia and later, in March 2010 as “Will and Vision” in Headmark, the journal of The Australian Naval Institute. On Fog of Chaos it appeared on 14-09-2011. Unfortunately, there is still no will to defend Australia in any but token manner. The politicians speechify and soldiers, airmen and sailors on active service are either too career-minded or too indifferent to speak up. Australia seems forever destined to play a third fiddle to whomever promises to secure the decision makers’ pensions.

Not long ago we were treated to an apology of sorts for the Collins class submarines debacle. For example, last September, Chief of Navy Ray Griggs said: “The Collins Class submarine remains one of the most capable conventional submarines in the world. There has been significant improvement in submarine availability over the last 15 months.” Perhaps. My impression is that the Left leaning military experts are more concerned with protection of the unionised workers, than with the protection of Australia. (see Fog of Chaos – Strictly Surface Submarines). Predictably, some blame the Navy for demanding too many modifications, others the workmanship.

Now there is a talk about buying Made in Japan. Collins subs could be replaced by the Japanese Soryu class ones. The 4,200-ton Soryu, or Blue Dragon, is the world’s largest diesel-electric submarine, jointly built by Mitsubishi Heavy soryuIndustries Ltd. and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. The vessels are driven by an ultra-quiet air-independent propulsion system that allows them to operate underwater for almost two weeks at a time, and allegedly can travel for up to 11,000 kilometers (6,835 miles) before having to return to base. The Sydney – Shanghai distance as a cruise missile flies is 7,772 km (4,829 miles). The Chinese would be safe even from a future vassal navy visit.

The deal, according to the Wall Street Journal experts, “ risks stoking regional tensions since it positions Tokyo as a major guarantor of Australia’s security as relations between China and some of its neighbours, including Japan, remain strained.” The strain between those of China’s neighbours which do not dance to the Chinese politburo bullying whistle, is entirely China-created. Presumably Germany, building submarines for Israeli navy, is a major guarantor of Israel’s security. Continue reading

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Christine who?

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

For ordinary denizens of this world she is just a name somewhere on the periphery of important matters, a name like Obama, Abbott, Oprah or Aadwark. The sport-minded people may recall her from synchronised swimming for the French national team. Her career progressed swimmingly since then. In 1973, she went on a scholarship to the Holton-Arms School for girls in Maryland. During her time in America she worked as an intern at the United States Capitol. Upon her return, she graduated from Paris West University Nanterre La Défense (Master’s degrees in English, labour law, and social law), though she failed to gain admission to the elite public administration school École nationale d’administration.

Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde, née Lallouette, born 1 January 1956, is an antitrust and labour lawyer, a politician who was Minister of Economic Affairs, Finance and Employment, Minister of Agriculture and Fishing and Minister of Trade and the chairman of the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. Since July 2011 she is the chief dispenser of other peoples’ money a.k.a the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. Twice divorced Roman Catholic, being relatively competent she is not often complaining about misogyny as some other prominent women.
In an interview with The Guardian in May 2012, Lagarde was asked about Greece: “Do you know what? As far as Athens is concerned, I also think about all those people who are trying to escape tax all the time. All these people in Greece who are trying to escape tax.” Continue reading

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Back in the harness

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

In case you wondered: The pause in the activity on our blog was not occasioned by any desire or a fault of our own; nor, we pray and hope, it could be blamed on ASIO, the plethora of “human rights” commissars, ASIS, Senator Brandis, His Honour Judge Finkelstein or even comrade Putin’s secret service, apparently already checking whether Brisbane is safe enough for the forthcoming November talkfest of the Gross Twenty (G20).

The interruption was most likely caused by a computer glitch. We can thus safely blame Gates and assorted software soft-headed nerds, who can’t imagine that there could be people in the real world who just wish to use computers, not to play with them for hours and hours and days.

Because of those problems, some future posts may appear to be slightly obsolete, at least by our and your standards. Still, the other blogs had the opportunity to catch up, but we guess two weeks is not enough. Two decades?quill.1

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

Canberra-fireworks13th October, 1911 – The architects’ institutes of Great Britain, America, and Australia are boycotting the Commonwealth Government’s competition for the design of Australia’s national capital city. The architects are in conflict with the Minister for Home Affairs, King O’Malley, over his insistence on designing the winning design with a panel of one architect, one engineer and one surveyor. The Royal Institute of British Architects wants to include three architects from Britain, America and Australia. Mr O’Malley said he was sure the young bloods of the world, with reputations to make, would ignore the boycott. They would probably better design a city for the sunny and cheerful Australian continent than would men reared in a circumscribed atmosphere, isolated from great continental horizons.

[ O'Malley was right. In May next year a Chicago architect, Mr Walter Burley Griffin won the first prize (£1,750). The Finnish architect Saarinen and French architect Agache won second and third prizes respectively.

One shudders to think what would Canberra look like according to the “vision'' of not only staid, unimaginative, institutionalised, but also contemptuous of the colonials, British plodders.

The construction commenced in 1913. Today, thanks to the mindless political correctness, it would take that time to sort out spurious Aboriginal 'sacred' rocks claims and another five years to 'save' some allegedly endangered piddligooks. ]

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The Flag of England

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

Above the portico a flag-staff, bearing the Union Jack,
remained fluttering in the flames for some time, but ultimately
when it fell the crowds rent the air with shouts,
and seemed to see significance in the incident. — DAILY PAPERS.

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Winds of the World, give answer! They are whimpering to and fro –
And what should they know of England who only England know? –
The poor little street-bred people that vapour and fume and brag,
They are lifting their heads in the stillness to yelp at the English Flag!

Must we borrow a clout from the Boer — to plaster anew with dirt?
An Irish liar’s bandage, or an English coward’s shirt?
We may not speak of England; her Flag’s to sell or share.
What is the Flag of England? Winds of the World, declare!

The North Wind blew: — “From Bergen my steel-shod vanguards go;
I chase your lazy whalers home from the Disko floe;
By the great North Lights above me I work the will of God,
And the liner splits on the ice-field or the Dogger fills with cod.

“I barred my gates with iron, I shuttered my doors with flame,
Because to force my ramparts your nutshell navies came;
I took the sun from their presence, I cut them down with my blast,
And they died, but the Flag of England blew free ere the spirit passed.

“The lean white bear hath seen it in the long, long Arctic night,
The musk-ox knows the standard that flouts the Northern Light:
What is the Flag of England? Ye have but my bergs to dare,
Ye have but my drifts to conquer. Go forth, for it is there!”

The South Wind sighed: — “From the Virgins my mid-sea course was ta’en
Over a thousand islands lost in an idle main,
Where the sea-egg flames on the coral and the long-backed breakers croon
Their endless ocean legends to the lazy, locked lagoon.

“Strayed amid lonely islets, mazed amid outer keys,
I waked the palms to laughter — I tossed the scud in the breeze –
Never was isle so little, never was sea so lone,
But over the scud and the palm-trees an English flag was flown.

“I have wrenched it free from the halliard to hang for a wisp on the Horn;
I have chased it north to the Lizard — ribboned and rolled and torn;
I have spread its fold o’er the dying, adrift in a hopeless sea;
I have hurled it swift on the slaver, and seen the slave set free.

“My basking sunfish know it, and wheeling albatross,
Where the lone wave fills with fire beneath the Southern Cross.
What is the Flag of England? Ye have but my reefs to dare,
Ye have but my seas to furrow. Go forth, for it is there!”

The East Wind roared: — “From the Kuriles, the Bitter Seas, I come,
And me men call the Home-Wind, for I bring the English home.
Look — look well to your shipping! By the breath of my mad typhoon
I swept your close-packed Praya and beached your best at Kowloon!

“The reeling junks behind me and the racing seas before,
I raped your richest roadstead — I plundered Singapore!
I set my hand on the Hoogli; as a hooded snake she rose,
And I flung your stoutest steamers to roost with the startled crows.

“Never the lotus closes, never the wild-fowl wake,
But a soul goes out on the East Wind that died for England’s sake –
Man or woman or suckling, mother or bride or maid –
Because on the bones of the English the English Flag is stayed.

“The desert-dust hath dimmed it, the flying wild-ass knows,
The scared white leopard winds it across the taintless snows.
What is the Flag of England? Ye have but my sun to dare,
Ye have but my sands to travel. Go forth, for it is there!”

The West Wind called: — “In squadrons the thoughtless galleons fly
That bear the wheat and cattle lest street-bred people die.
They make my might their porter, they make my house their path,
Till I loose my neck from their rudder and whelm them all in my wrath.

“I draw the gliding fog-bank as a snake is drawn from the hole,
They bellow one to the other, the frighted ship-bells toll,
For day is a drifting terror till I raise the shroud with my breath,
And they see strange bows above them and the two go locked to death.

“But whether in calm or wrack-wreath, whether by dark or day,
I heave them whole to the conger or rip their plates away,
First of the scattered legions, under a shrieking sky,
Dipping between the rollers, the English Flag goes by.

“The dead dumb fog hath wrapped it — the frozen dews have kissed –
The naked stars have seen it, a fellow-star in the mist.
What is the Flag of England? Ye have but my breath to dare,
Ye have but my waves to conquer. Go forth, for it is there!”

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Bláznění vjelo do párů

…from the quills of the dead white poets

 František Gellner (1881 -1914)czech_flag_small

 Bláznění vjelo do párů

a v hudby potrhlou notu.

Sál byl pln kouře a výparů

piva a lidského potu.

V kole jsem pobyl jen krátký čas.

K tanci mi scházejí vlohy.

Hrubci mi šlapali – sper je ďas -

na revmatické nohy.

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Svou holku vzal jsem za ruku,

vyvedl ji z divého ruchu.

Šli nalokat se v noční tmu

trocha čerstvého vzduchu.

A když jsme z hospody vyšli ven,

k sobě jsem přitisk ji prudce.

Dech ve vášnivý přecházel sten,

chvět se nám počaly ruce.

Vysokou zdí byl obehnán dům.-

Přemilosrdný Bože,

jakés to stvořil milencům

tvrdé svatební lože!

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

27th September, 1950 : Chicago scientists have discovered the first practical method for converting atomic energy into electricity without the use of boilers or dynamos, the Atomic Energy Commission disclosed today. The method is not practical for large-scale energy production but is being used in devices that monitor atomic reactions. The technique uses wire made from dissimilar metals. When the wires are bombarded by neutrons, energy in the form of heat is released at points where the different metals meet. The details of the method have been kept secret for security reasons until now.

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Minimal wage scam

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 I noticed the McDonald (fast food factories) strikes in US recently, in support of the Obama’s push for an increase in the minimum wage. As always, we should ask – cui bono?

gwenOne prominent (at least in Washington) hypocrite even managed to get herself arrested: “… black Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore was arrested Thursday during one of many protests demanding that all fast food workers be paid at least $15 per hour: Rep. Moore made her selfless sacrifice because she wants fast food workers to know that if they want to earn a “living wage,” they should… not take certain positions in her congressional office: Imagine how much less Moore’s interns would earn if her office expenses were paid with her own money. Interns might be forced to pay for the privilege of working for her. Would Moore lighten up on fast food restaurants if McDonalds or BK instead described some of their jobs as “french fry internships”? Didn’t think so.”

What a ***! On the other hand; which skills are more desirable and better rewarded in the contemporary, Obama’s America? Should a youngster be learning to sweep floors and chop tomatoes for $15 per hour at some McDonald’s or acquiring the rudiments of lying, bullying and thieving for nothing at some Congress-person’s office?

While higher minimum wages are not the sole cause of the higher unemployment, they certainly significantly contribute to it.

Thomas Sowell – Mob rule economics: In 1948, the year I left home, the unemployment rate among black 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds was 9.4 percent, slightly lower than that for white kids the same ages, which was 10.2 percent. Over the decades since then, we have gotten used to unemployment rates among black teenagers being over 30 percent, 40 percent or in some years even 50 percent. Such is the price of political “compassion.”

A few minutes of thought ought to suffice to see why it is so. Sowell again:

While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule. There is nothing democratic about mob rule. It means that some people’s votes are to be overruled by other people’s disruptions, harassments and threats.

The latest examples are the mobs in the streets in cities across the country, demanding that employers pay a minimum wage of $15 an hour, or else that the government makes them do so by law. Some of the more gullible observers think the issue is whether what some people are making now is “a living wage.” This misconstrues the whole point of hiring someone to do work. Those who are being hired are paid for the value of the work they do.

If their work is really worth more than what their employer is paying them, all they have to do is quit and go work for some other employer, who will pay them what their work is really worth. If they can’t find any other employer who will pay them more, then what makes them think their work is worth more?

As for a “living wage,” the employer is not hiring people in order to acquire dependents and become their meal ticket. He is hiring them for what they produce.”

This, I guess, is totally incomprehensible and intrinsically abhorrent to the Left academics, periodistas and politicians.

So who benefits?

Whatever the good intentions behind minimum wage laws, what matters are the actual consequences. Many people have ideological, financial or political incentives to obfuscate the consequences.

Labor unions are the biggest force behind attempts to raise the minimum wage, not only in the United States but in other countries around the world. That may seem strange, since most union members already earn more than the minimum wage. But the unions know what they are doing, even if too many gullible observers do not.

Low-skill workers with correspondingly low wages compete in the labor market with higher skilled union members with correspondingly higher wages. Many kinds of work can be done by various mixtures of low-skilled workers and high-skilled workers.

Minimum wage rates that are higher than what most low-skilled and inexperienced workers are worth simply price those workers out of the job markets, leaving more work for union members. All the unions have to do is camouflage what is happening by using rhetoric about “a living wage,” or “social justice” or whatever else will impress the gullible.”

The strikes at McDonalds are particularly amusing. Employees of fast food establishments are particularly vulnerable to replacement. Modern electronic sensors and gadgets, cheaper and smaller every day, can weigh more accurately and faster; measure the temperature more accurately and faster; measure colours with precision unattainable even by a trained eye; wash, cut, mix, flip etc. better, far better than any human, and an untrained and otherwise unemployable human in particular. Furthermore, a machine is unlikely to spit or rub genitals on the product and I guess it could produce an impersonal smile as good as any bored teenager.

[Disclosure – all my four sons at some stage of their formative years worked at restaurants; I myself spent a quite few nights as an unpaid barman at a club.]

This month, McDonald’s posted its worst same-stores sales decline since 2003, and sales at stores open at least 13 months dragged 3.7 per cent in August.”

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

 Beaufort

25th September, 1946 : Australian farmers are counting on a new secret weapon in their fight against the ravages of grasshoppers: the air raid. Millions of grasshoppers died on a property near Gunnedah today when they were sprayed by poison from a converted RAAF Beaufort bomber. The plane, working in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture of New South Wales, made several runs over the field at low altitude, and on each run sprayed a strip about 70 yards long. The huge swarms of locusts cause enormous damage to crops.

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

iran.women24th September, 1980 : The simmering border war between Iraq and Iran flared into full-scale hostilities today, with Iraqi troops and tanks crashing across the border in a dawn thrust to encircle Abadan. Tonight the oil refinery at Abadan, the world’s largest, is blazing, its tanks ruptured by Iraqi artillery and bombs. The Iraqi attack, after months of border trouble, which culminated last week with the revocation by Iran of the 1975 border treaty, was obviously carefully prepared and on a large scale. As well as Abadan and its port of Khorramshahr, the Iraqi army, well -equipped with weapons from Russia, has struck at a number of places further north where it claims to have advanced up to ten miles into Iranian territory.

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Freedom to …

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 It is about twenty years since South Africa‘s black population won its freedom from the oppressive white minority rule, as The Guardian and its repeater stations like ABC, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald etc. tell us. So how are they going, free to do whatever they want?

In the year ending March 2014 South Africa recorded about 17,000 murders, a 5 percent increase over the previous year. That is an average of 47 murders per day. General Riah Phiyega, the national police commissioner, said,“Murder and some other kinds of violent crime are difficult for police to stop because most cases involve people who know each other.“

Perhaps people should get more alienated.

On the nutrition front they are also doing well. According to Lancet about 70% of adult females and 40% of adult males are overweight or obese. Similarly, 25% of female and 20% of male children are fat. South African Human Sciences Research Council’s survey showed that 88% of 25,500 people interviewed said that the body image they deemed ideal was fat*. Thank God for that – if it were a problem Michelle Obama would have to come up with some catchy hash-tag.

As far as AIDS is concerned, another Lancet study claims that: “In Kwazulu-Natal, for example, the rate of infection in boys at, or just out of school, rises slowly only as the get older, from 1% in those under 15 to 1.8% in those over 20. In girls, it raises from 2.5% to 24.7%.”

Only a quarter ? What’s the problem? quill.1

*/ I do not know. Should I be proud that nine out of ten South Africans would approve my physique?

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

23rd September, 1953 : The police court in Alice Springs hearing a murder charge against three Aborigines has been cleared of women to hear evidence concerning tribal secrets known only to men. A freelance anthropologist, Miss O Pink, objected to the action, saying that if the secrets were not open to a trained Aboriginal research worker like herself, they should not have to be disclosed to police and others. Miss Pink was ordered from the court.

[ The rot set in rather early – a murder is a secret men's business ? I was unable to find whether Ms Pink complained of misogyny ]

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