23rd March, 1938 : General Franco’s troops attacked all along the eastern front today, relentlessly pushing the battered Government forces back towards Catalonia. The Nationalists claim to have captured thousands of prisoners as well as large quantities of war material. They used smoke screens for the first time in this war to win control of Tardienta and Sangarrene on the Aragon front. Large numbers of new tanks and field guns were used by the Nationals with little reply from the Government guns, while in the air Franco’s planes were obviously superior. Over 150,000 volunteers from at least 10 countries are reported to be involved in the conflict.


[ A useful laboratory for the imminent, more serious conflict, though paranoid Stalin had not learned much. One wonders whether anybody is learning anything from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.]

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Good Merkel

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

The Main Sewer Media journalists do not miss any opportunity to exhibit their ignorance and leftist bias. So when I noticed somewhere on internet the word “shake-hand-gate” in connection with Donald Trump and Angela Merkel I knew we have another example. Being slow-witted and MSM uninformed, for a while I was slightly puzzled. Angela visited Donald and, while neither Deutsche Welle nor Telediario showed them lovingly embracing each other; or, for that matter, Trump bowing to her a la Obama to Muslim dictators, they did show them shake hands on at least three separate occasions.

MSM’s fabricated version is that Trump refused to shake Merkel’s hand. Of course, a visual record shows nothing of the sort, but MSM is so contemptuous of the public’s intelligence (justified 100% in case of ‘their’ ABC viewers), that any fact contrary to the socialist international approved narrative can be safely ignored. It seems (I was not there) that one of the gaggle of unwashed, brainless teenagers wielding expensive digital cameras ( their predecessors used to be called photojournalists) yelled out something like, “How about a handshake, Donald?”, the command which Trump ignored.

Those arrogant adolescents are used to being obeyed when they shout “Show a nipple, Nicole!” to vacuous actresses and “Turn left and jump!” to spineless politicians and talentless actors. Behaviour of somebody as Trump must be beyond their, very limited, experience and comprehension; and thus naturally added more grist to the “Destroy Trump” mill.

Actually, I would approve it had Trump refused to shake hands with that KGB moll, who is doing her best to destroy the remainder of civilisation in Europe. Alas! he has, obviously, a stronger stomach than I.

Just by the by – had Angela refused to shake Trump’s hand she would be a heroine of the left and of the left femonazis in particular.

And that promised good Merkel? Here it is:

Merkel_bannerGebrüder Merkel Suhl was established by Albert Oskar Merkel, Karl Paul Merkel, and Gebhard Merkel in 1898 to manufacture quality hunting weapons. Neither WW I, nor WW II were particularly lucrative for the company, though „in 1937 Hermann Göring received a Merkel shogun engraved with game scenes. It is thought that General Franco of Spain commissioned this gun and gifted it to Göring. After the end of the war the gun was captured and presented to then General, Dwight Eisenhower, and it is now on display in the NRA Museum in Fairfax.“ The location meant that after WW II the East German communists took over, still producing hunting weapons, and some time after reunification the company, lock, stock and barrels, was sold to United Arab Emirates company Caracal International.

I never laid my hands on either Merkel, but apparently the firearms are of high quality. Something good came from East Germany.


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22nd March, 1907 : The passage of the “Asiatic Law Amendment Ordinance” has incensed the Indian population of the Transvaal and their young leader, lawyer Mohandas Gandhi, has declared a campaign of “Satyagraha” or civil disobedience. They say they will refuse to register under the terms of the new law when it comes into power on July 1, when all Indians will be required to submit to being fingerprinted and receive a certificate of registration which they must carry with them at all times. Failure to comply means loss of right of residence in the Transvaal and possibly a fine, imprisonment or even deportation.

[ Undocumented immigrants refusing ‘documentation’ face deportation and “human rights” rabble rousers object ]

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21st March, 1927 : The victorious Nationalist Army of General Chiang Kai-shek entered the terrified and chaotic city of Shanghai today. Barely a shot was fired as the Peking army of northern warlords collapsed in mass desertions. Thousands of defeated soldiers fled into the city. They offered their rifles and pistols for sale at ten cents apiece. A British infantry platoon turned back 500 trying to enter the international settlement. For General Chiang the capture of the richest port in China is a decisive event in his attempt to win the civil war and unite the nation.

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20th March, 1905 : It has been estimated that, since the outbreak of dengue fever in Brisbane this season, there have been 40,000 cases reported, or one-third of the city’s entire population. One of the theatres had to close on two nights because of the illness of the two leading players. About 70 tramway employees are absent and the Railway Department is suffering in like proportion.Brisbane.tram

The fever has struck people in all institutions, including banks, newspapers and shops. Fifteen telegraphists are absent from the Brisbane office alone. Dengue is a tropical fever characterised by headaches, severe joint pain and a rash, but it is seldom fatal.

[ Brisbane has tramways no more. Its railways employees now take their leave whenever it suits them; and protected by the union, do not need any silly excuse such as fever. ]

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Not funny


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Even less funny


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My Soul Is Dark

…from the quills of dead white poets

Lord Byron (1788 – 1824)

My soul is dark – Oh! quickly string
    The harp I yet can brook to hear;
And let thy gentle fingers fling
    Its melting murmur o’er mine ear.
If in this heart a hope be dear,
    That sound shall charm it forth again:
If in these eyes there lurk a tear,Twill flow, and cease to burn my brain.

But bid the strain be wild and deep,
    Nor let thy notes of joy be first:
I tell thee, minstrel, I must weep,
    Or else this heavy heart will burst;
For it had been by sorrow nursed,
    And ached in sleepless silence long;
And now ‘tis doomed to know the worst,
    And break at once – or yield to song.

(From “Hebrew Melodies”)

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18th March, 1921 : Lev Davidovich Bronstein a.k.a. Leon Trotsky, acclaimed by the sailors of Kronstadt as their revolutionary leader in those heady months of 1917, ordered a picked Red Army force to storm the naval base and crush an anti-Bolshevik insurrection by those same sailors. After an artillery bombardment, the Bolshevik troops, with white sheets over their uniforms, advanced across the frozen bay, to be met by a storm of fire from the sailors. The ice broke and wave after wave of white-sheeted attackers perished in the freezing sea.

The sailors, most of whom are country boys, have been demanding better treatment for peasants and free elections to city soviets. But Trotsky called them “blinded” and acted before the spring thaw would have enabled the base to get supplies from friendly Baltic countries. The sailors were finally crushed after a night-long battle in a blizzard. Many fled to Finland, where the American Red Cross is feeding them.

[ Trust Bolsheviks, here personified by Bronstein a.k.a. Trotsky and when that logically and invariably fails, trust American Red Cross. ]

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17th March, 1909 : Sydney flour millers, James and Joseph Wearne, have died of bubonic plague. Inspection of their mill in Goulburn Street has revealed shocking plague infestation. Health officials have removed 235 dead rats, all of them infected with plague. With plague still being imported on ships and the public very concerned about the disease, there is an outcry over the apparent slackness of the Health Department. An inspector of nuisances has been suspended for allegedly failing to inspect rat-infested premises.

[ And so we go – progressing to middle ages – Paris rats today ]

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16th March, 1951 : Troops and tanks were patrolling the streets of Teheran after martial law was proclaimed to deal with “gangster elements” threatening the security of the Iranian capital. The move came after an attempt to assassinate Dr Zanganeh, Minister of Education in the cabinet of General Razmara, shot dead himself by a religious fanatic eight days ago. Dr Zanganeh was shot in the back, but survived.

Teheran political life has been in turmoil since the lower house of Parliament, the Majlis, unanimously voted to nationalise the oil industry, run by Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. The upper house, the Senate, approved the Nationalisation Bill, but only 27 out of 60 senators were present.

The bid to seize the oilfields, which Britain has been developing since 1909, is seen in London as a surrender to extreme nationalists and Islamic fundamentalists, who regularly bring out the street mobs to put pressure on more moderate politicians.

[ Religious fanatics in Iran – who would have thought of that? ]

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15th March, 1938 : Adolf Hitler drove into Vienna yesterday amid scenes of tumultuous enthusiasm. Church bells pealed in welcome to the German dictator, who has made the once independent Austria just another province of Germany. Wearing the brown uniform of his Storm-troopers, Hitler stood upright in his open car, giving the Fascist salute to the cheering crowd. Young Nazis attempted to break through the police cordon shouting: “We want to see our Fuhrer. Hitler. Hitler.” Young girls in national dress threw flowers into his car. Older people wept with joy.

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14th March, 1934 : Seventy-nine people are feared dead after a cyclone struck the Queensland coast near Cape Tribulation on Monday. Beaches are strewn with broken boats and dinghies and the coastal country has been devastated. A tidal wave 30 feet high destroyed banana plantations at Bailey’s Creek, where settlers are reportedly ruined. Schnapper Island and Cape Tribulation have been laid to waste, and phenomenal rains have been recorded since Saturday. Captain C Hayles, master of the Merinda, which sailed down the coast from Cooktown to Cairns, looked out for possible survivors from luggers that had been reported lost, but nothing was seen.

[ Who needs cyclones and tidal waves? Now we have socialist governments to do their job. ]

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sun.chiang.shek13th March, 1925 : General Chiang Kai-shek, the remarkable Chinese banker, who went to Japan to learn the art of war, is to become leader of Kuomintang, the People’s Party of the South. He succeeds Dr Sun Yat-sen, who died of cancer yesterday in Peking. Known as the “Father of the Republic”, Sun Yat-sen was a British-trained medical doctor, who overturned the Manchu dynasty.

General Chiang was one of his aides in the revolution of 1911 and in protracted battles to win military and political supremacy. He is a fervent nationalist, who visited the Soviet Union two years ago for help in building the Kuomintang army, which is now 40,000 strong.

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Mock on, Mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau


…from the quills of the dead white poets

William Blake (1757 – 1827)

Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau:
Mock on, mock on: ‘tis all in vain!
You throw the sand against the wind,
And the wind blows it back again.

And every sand becomes a Gem,
Reflected in the beam divine;
Blown back they blind the mocking Eye,
But still in Israel’s paths they shine.

The Atoms of Democritus
And the Newton’s Particles of Light
Are sands upon the Red Sea shore,
Where Israel’s tents do shine so bright.
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11th March, 1965 : American and South Vietnamese war-planes struck at A-6As_VA-196_dropping_Mk_82_bombs_VietnamNorth Vietnam today, blasting two barrack-areas believed to be used as transit depots for Viet-Cong guerrillas who have been coming south to attack American installations. The official explanation for the air raids was that they were launched to counter “continued acts of aggression by Communist Viet Cong under the direction and with the support of Hanoi”. Altogether six targets were bombed and machine gunned by 150 fighter-bombers, flying at little more than roof-top height. They left the barracks burning.

[ Too little, too late ]

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old.california10th March, 1910 : D W Griffith’s film In Old California goes on release today. Ii is the first film made in Hollywood, near Los Angeles in southern California, and tells of a Spanish maiden’s liaison with a future Governor of California. Hollywood, with its wide variety of landscapes, could prove popular as a venue for the large number of film companies moving into the Los Angeles area.

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9th March, 1902 : King Edward VII, acting on the wishes of the Australian Government, has issued letters of patent placing British New Guinea under the control of Australia. Until the Commonwealth is fully vested with the government of New Guinea, which is likely to occur during the present session of Parliament, the control and administration will remain in Queensland.

A licensed surveyor in New Guinea, Mr H R Maguire, says that nothing can prevent New Guinea becoming some day one of the world’s richest islands.

[ One of the world’s richest islands needs $553 million of Australian taxpayers money a year to survive. Maybe Mr Maguire missed something important. ]

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8th March, 1906 : The British Empire occupies one-fifth of the land surface of the globe and has a population of 400,000,000, according to a Government Blue Book of 300 pages, published today and on sale at three shillings and five pence. Statistics were collected and analysed by the English Local Government Board. India reported some 300,000,000 people, while the Falkland Islands counted a mere 2,253 inhabitants.

britishempire1901The survey shows the rapidity with which the Empire expanded in the latter part of the last century. At the time of the last census in 1861, the Empire occupied eight and a half million square miles. For twenty years there was very little change; then between 1881 and the end of the century more than three million square miles were added, chiefly in the west, east and southern Africa.

In some territories, notably Western Australia, Malaya and Hong Kong, a shortage of white women is reported. In India, there is an excess of Indian males, but this may be because the men “regard women as of no importance” for census purposes.

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7th March, 1963 : The Australian Defence Minister, Athol Towney, said yesterday that the naval radio base being planned for the North West Cape in Western Australia would be able to communicate with submarines. The base has created a controversy, with the Labor Party accusing the Government of being secretive over the uses to which the base may be put. The US is to pay for the construction of the base, about £33 million. The ALP will vote later this month on whether to support it.

[ From organising the strikes during the World War Two to sabotaging the Australia Defence Force today, ALP is ever ready to aid and abet the enemies of Australia ]

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