Just in case

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

The Leader of the Free World, Hussein Obama if you do not recall, just about solved another problem. The problem is the so called ZIKA virus, and, with due allowance for the propensity of the free media to manipulate and fabricate news, it perhaps could be serious. Timing, though, is suspicious. ZIKA virus has been around for sometime. “Since the 1950s it has been known to occur within a narrow equatorial belt from Africa to Asia. In 2014, the virus spread eastward across the Pacific Ocean to French Polynesia, then to Easter Island and in 2015 to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.” Could the idea be to make abortions acceptable in the mostly Catholic part of the world while the most un-Catholic Pope lives, rules, pontificates and sabotages Christianity? The World Health Organisation statistics are as credible as Hilary Clinton.

Between his golf games Obama already has made two speeches. The good news is this is not like Ebola; people don’t die of Zika. A lot of people get it and don’t even know that they have it,” Obama told CBS News in an interview aired on Monday. “But there shouldn’t be panic on this. This is not something where people are going to die from it. It is something we have to take seriously.” Seriously to the tune of mere $1.8 billion, which the US Congressmen will undoubtedly give. Not from their pockets, naturally; from the pockets of American taxpayers. Never missing an opportunity, and adept in creating one, WHO also asks for more money to save the mankind; money unlikely to come from Brazil, busily organising Olympic games, or Venezuela, which, just after 18 years of socialist rule, managed to ruin its oil industry and now has to buy oil from USA.

The money, by and large from the American taxpayers, will mostly disappear into Swiss bank accounts. What should you do? Just in case?

mosquito-trap1And you thought I am not taking this latest fraud seriously.


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somali.socialists10th February, 1978 : Somalia is reported to be preparing to send regular forces into the Ogaden, a Somali-speaking province of Ethiopia, after peasant guerrillas have begun inflicting defeats on Ethiopian units. Behind this move lies a surprising big-power switch in the Horn of Africa. The Russians, who have been backing Somalia with arms and military advisers, have now begun to leave the country in large numbers, having transferred their support to the new regime in Ethiopia. Somalia, meanwhile, has been making secret approaches to Washington, which has promised to supply “defensive” weapons. Until the coup in 1974 put the left-wing regime in power, Ethiopia was receiving arms from the Americans.

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9th February, 1969 : The mining giant Conzinc Riotinto of Australia is planning to develop a rich new copper deposit on Bougainville Island, in Papua New Guinea, to supply $1,000 million worth of ore to Japan. The company said today it hoped to begin production in 1972 to supply 950,000 tons of copper ore to Japanese smelters over 15 years. Based on present coper prices, it could earn more than $140 million a year, trebling Papua New Guinea’s export income.

[ The discovery of vast copper ore deposits in the Crown Prince Range on Bougainville Island in 1969 led to the establishment of the huge Bougainville Copper Mine by the Australian company Conzinc Rio Tinto. The Panguna mine began production in 1972 under the management of Bougainville Copper Ltd, with Papua New Guinea as a 20% shareholder. At the time, the Panguna mine was the largest open cut mine in the world. It provided over 45% of Papua New Guinea’s national export revenue, and was, as such, incredibly important to the economy.

The mine brought thousands of non-Bougainvilleans to the island, most of whom were Papua New Guineans, who were known as “red-skins” to the Bougainvilleans because of their red skin colour, in comparison to the black Bougainvilleans. Many “white-skins”, mostly Australians, were also brought in to work at the mine. This immigration caused further tension among the Bougainvilleans, who did not want foreigners on their land, especially the “red-skins,” because of their cultural differences.

Conflict began to emerge from the start of mining operations at Panguna, with many of the local landowners opposed to it due to the influx of workers from other parts of PNG, as well as environmental concerns and resentment over profits leaving the island.” Read more about Bougainville Civil War (estimated 15,000 to 20,000 dead).

Also China eyes Bougainville gold and copper. ]

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8th February, 1906 : At least 10,000 people are thought to have been killed by a fierce cyclone which has hit Tahiti and neighbouring Pacific islands. Winds of 120 miles an hour whipped up 65-foot high waves, forcing people living near the coast to abandon their homes. Not only have villages been wiped out but even islands have disappeared completely. Tahiti’s city of Papeete was inundated by the storm, about 75 buildings were destroyed, including the American consulate. Other islands badly hit by the cyclone were the Society, Tuamoto and Cook Islands.

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Hymn Of the Moravian Nuns Of Bethlehem

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)

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When the dying flame of day
Through the chancel shot its ray,
Far the glimmering tapers shed
Faint light on the cowled head;
And the censer burning swung,
Where, before the altar, hung
The crimson banner, that with prayer
Had been consecrated there.
And the nuns' sweet hymn was heard the while,
Sung low, in the dim, mysterious aisle.

   "Take thy banner!  May it wave
    Proudly o'er the good and brave;
    When the battle's distant wail
    Breaks the sabbath of our vale.
    When the clarion's music thrills
    To the hearts of these lone hills,
    When the spear in conflict shakes,
    And the strong lance shivering breaks.

   "Take thy banner! and, beneath
    The battle-cloud's encircling wreath,
    Guard it, till our homes are free!
    Guard it!  God will prosper thee!
    In the dark and trying hour,
    In the breaking forth of power,
    In the rush of steeds and men,
    His right hand will shield thee then.

   "Take thy banner!  But when night
    Closes round the ghastly fight,
    If the vanquished warrior bow,
    Spare him!  By our holy vow,
    By our prayers and many tears,
    By the mercy that endears,
    Spare him! he our love hath shared!
    Spare him! as thou wouldst be spared!

   "Take thy banner! and if e'er
    Thou shouldst press the soldier's bier,
    And the muffled drum should beat
    To the tread of mournful feet,
    Then this crimson flag shall be
    Martial cloak and shroud for thee."

The warrior took that banner proud,
And it was his martial cloak and shroud!
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6th February, 1971 : Ten people are dead and countless families stranded without food as raging flood waters form a vast inland sea throughout eastern New South Wales. Last week’s heavy rain caused rivers to to break their banks and rescue workers are now carrying out air searches over an area that stretches from west of Gunnedah, Boggabri and Narrabri to Tiliga and Walgett in the west and Moree in the north. Millions of acres will be under water for weeks. Across the border in Victoria’s East Gippsland, water from the Snowy River catchment swamped lower reaches in eight feet of water in less than three hours.

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cuba.flag.19045th February, 1904 : The American occupation of Cuba ended today when the US flag was lowered and the Cuban flag raised in a ceremony in La Havana, which ended with a 21-gun salute for the new Republic. Then the last battalion of American troops sailed for home on the USS Sumner. Thomas Palma, the President of the new Cuban Republic, expressed thanks for American friendship. In 1898, when Cubans rose against the rule of Spain, the US first helped them to achieve independence.

[ Let’s drink to Cuba’s futuree freedom; one day, post Castro, post Obama … Cuba Libre]

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4th February, 1953 : Hurricane winds combined with high tides to bring disaster to Britain’s east coast. As sea defences collapsed from Lincolnshire in the north to Kent in the south, at least 280 people are known to have drowned and thousands more made homeless. A major rescue operation is under way to save hundreds of people trapped on rooftops by an eight-foot wall of water, some in villages more than five miles inland. Damage is estimated in hundreds of millions of pounds.

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fuchs3rd February, 1950 : Top nuclear scientist Dr Klaus Fuchs was today charged with giving Russian agents secret information how to build atomic bombs. If convicted, he faces up to 14 years in prison. Fuchs, aged 38, a German-born Communist, had been given full access to British and American research bases for seven years. The FBI in America discovered his betrayal and told MI5. The prosecution alleges Fuchs is guilty of the “grossest treachery”.

[ Fuchs, the son of Lutheran pastor, confessed and was sentenced to fourteen years of imprisonment, of which he served only nine. He spent the rest of his life as a honoured Communist party member in East Germany. ]

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2nd February, 1909 : The temperance army is on the march in the United States with increasing number of states and counties adopting laws which ban the sale of alcohol. The prohibition movement, as it is known, would eventually like a nationwide ban. At the moment the law varies widely. Some states have outlawed all alcoholic sales while others have adopted local option plans under which counties can act. But the “wets” are fighting back, claiming that prohibition will result in fraud and drinkers switching to drugs such as cocaine. They also say that statistics show the average workman spends $12.44 of his annual income of $768 on alcohol, scarcely more than he spends on tobacco. The abolition of the saloon has not wiped out vice or “grafting” politicians.

[ Whether it is alcohol or the so called refugees, the ‘do-gooders’ always get it wrong. ]

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1st February, 1906 : Bushfires raging in Gippsland for over a week have claimed 13 lives, six of them children, and left hundreds of people homeless. A family of eight are also missing and it is feared they may have perished. The Victorian Government has said it would provide £1,000  for the victims, among them 56 families that have lost everything. At the small township of Toora, six children of the one family became confused after being placed on the road by their mother and died when they ran into the flames.Searing heat has caused fires in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, many of which continue to burn. In Melbourne, The Age has started a relief fund and people all over the state have donated clothes and other goods as well. 

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Carry on!

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Robert William Service (1874 – 1958)


It’s easy to fight when everything’s right,
And you’re mad with thrill and the glory;
It’s easy to cheer when victory’s near,
And wallow in fields that are gory.
It’s a different song when everything’s wrong,
When you’re feeling infernally mortal;
When it’s ten against one, and hope there is none,
Buck up, little soldier, and chortle:

      Carry on! Carry on!
   There isn’t much punch in your blow.
You are glaring and staring and hitting out blind;
You are muddy and bloody, but never you mind.
      Carry on! Carry on!
   You haven’t the ghost of a show.
It’s looking like death, but while you’ve a breath,
       Carry on, my son! Carry on! 

And so in the strife of the battle of life
It’s easy to fight when you’re winning;
It’s easy to slave, and starve and be brave,
When the dawn of success is beginning.
But the man who can meet despair and defeat
With a cheer, there’s the man of God’s choosing;
The man who can fight to Heaven’s own height
Is the man who can fight when he’s losing.
      Carry on! Carry on!
   Thing never were looming so black.
But show that you haven’t a cowardly streak,
And though you’re unlucky you never are weak.
      Carry on! Carry on!
   Brace up for another attack.
It’s looking like hell, but – you never tell.
      Carry on, old man! Carry on!

There are some who drift out in the desert of doubt
And some who in brutishness wallow;
There are others, I know, who in piety go
Because of a Heaven to follow.
But to labor with zest, and to give of your best,
For the sweetness and joy of the giving;
To help folks along with a hand and a song;
Why, there’s the real sunshine of living.

      Carry on! Carry on!
   Fight the good fight and true;
Believe in your mission, greet life with a cheer;
There’s big work to do, and that’s why you are here.
      Carry on! Carry on!
   Let the world be the better for you;
And at last when you die, let this be your cry!
      Carry on, my soul! Carry on!

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rat30th January, 1900 : The threat of a widespread epidemic of bubonic plague continues to strike fear into the heart of city dwellers in Australia. The outbreak, which first surfaced in Adelaide two weeks ago, has spread to Melbourne and Sydney, but while a number of people are infected and are under treatment no deaths have been recorded in those cities. The first death in Adelaide was that of a young seaman, William Eppstein, who is described as a runaway from the barque Formosa, which arrived in Adelaide from New York in November. Several other seamen from the Formosa have been treated for plague symptoms. The captain of the ship acknowledged the presence of illness on his ship to officials and said that William Eppstein was “most filthy in his habits”.

Eppstein’s death caused such concern that he was ordered to be buried on an isolated island. In Melbourne there has been a Government promulgation that persons having rats are liable to a stiff fine of up to 40d per rat. The Sydney City Council has taken stringent measures to clean the city, including the formation of rat catching teams, which have made some huge hauls. Handbills have gone around telling householders not to keep any “refuse or filth” on their premises.

[ 'Are_you_a_mosquito_breeder'Today, ZIKA strikes fear. WHO has a reason to ask for more money; the mosquito-killing industry expects big profits and the pharmaceutical companies? Laughing all the way to the bank. By the way, I thought that those super hypocrites, Bill and Melinda, have already eliminated all the mosquitoes, but maybe only those malaria carrying ones. Opportunity to save the world again, Microsoft profiteers! ]

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Infinity bites



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29th January, 1958 : A British Army Landrover drove at speed through a Turkish demonstration in Nicosia, leaving seven dead and hundreds injured as the minority community erupted in fury. Despite a curfew, thousands of Turks took to the streets, setting fire to garages and tobacco factories, overturning and burning police cars, and stoning the security forces. Rioting ended only after an appeal by Rauf Denktash, a former Solicitor-General and leader of Turkish community.

[ They don’t make Landrovers as they used to. ]

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Easy guide to the US presidential elections

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Here is the simple advice, for the Left simpletons, in pictures:

Clinton.deletesanders.Greecefrancis.bernieAnd really easy:


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botha.smuts28th January, 1914 : General Botha’s South African Government took its most drastic action yet today in an effort to break the two-week long general strike.. Ten strike leaders were deported under conditions of great secrecy and the South African press were forbidden to report the event. Most South Africans do not know it has happened. The men, several of whom had been arrested when the strike began, were taken in a shuttered and heavily guarded train from Transvaal to Durban. Surrounded by detectives and allowed only hand luggage, they were hurried aboard the Umgeni just before she sailed for England. The deported men include the most senior officials in the trade union movement.

The strike over low wages and conditions of work, began in the gold and diamond mines and on the railways. The Government declared martial law and a curfew and called up the Citizen Defence Army of about 60,000 men. Many have been killed and wounded in clashes between the strikers and the security forces.

[ Good old times … ]

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aborigine.march27th January, 1938 : Sydney was awash in a sea of colour yesterday as the focus of celebrations of Australia’s 150th anniversary, but not everyone was happy. Although a group of Aborigines staging a bush scene took part in the historical pageant, others marked the spectacular occasion with a day of mourning. Thousands of people and 2,200 police packed the streets to watch the parade and a re-enactment of Captain Philip’s landing in 1788. It was a hot day, and at least 6,000 people were treated after collapsing during the morning. A barefoot band of Manly lifesavers also found the going too tough and were forced to abandon the parade. The dissenting note was struck by William Ferguson’s Aborigines’ Progressive Association, which shunned the revelry to highlight the dispossession of the blacks.

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Paris-Flooding26th January, 1910 : The rains which have been falling unrelentingly on Paris for several days now have brought devastating floods to parts of the city. Thousands have been forced to leave their homes and seven soldiers drowned while trying to rescue stricken families. Communications throughout the city are badly hit with few trains running on either side the railway or Metro. The River Seine was today reported to be running at more than three times its normal 7-foot level. He authorities fear that, if the river rises much more, the Louvre’s Sculptures Gallery could be inundated with flood water. If this does happen the Venus de Milo and the other priceless art treasures on display in the gallery could be damaged beyond repair.

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f37ccbb6_cHM6KzAwMDAwMDA1NWExYWI1NGE_96c96_ffffff0025th January, 1950 : Former State Department official, Alger Hiss, became the latest victim of the wave of anti-communist hysteria sweeping America today, receiving a harsh sentence for perjury, although no evidence was presented to show he was a Communist spy. Hiss denied on oath meeting or passing secret Government documents to Whittaker Chambers, a former Russian agent, and now a prosecution witness, but admitted the typewriter used to copy them had once belonged to him. A jury at an earlier trial was unable to decide if he was guilty, but he was convicted four days ago after a new trial and now plans to appeal, if necessary to the Supreme Court, to quash the verdict.

[ CIAAlthough no specific file on Hiss has been released from the KGB or GRU archives, enough material has been found in other files–in Moscow, Eastern Europe, and Washington–to enable historians to write several new works that leave almost no room for doubt about Hiss’s guilt.” ]

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