The bread basket

 

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

I have nothing against preparations for the future, though preparing, in 1900 A.D., for the anticipated shortage of horseshoes in 2000 C.E. might not had been too wise. And the people, if any, in 3000 P.C.* may not know what are those pieces of strange metal for. To make fire with?

Nevertheless, “the storage of 864,309 seeds as a ‘backup’ against agricultural doomsday in the Global Seed Vault in the abandoned coal mine near Longyearbyena, at Svalbard archipelago, thousand kilometres north of Norway”** could, conceivably, have some merit. According to the experts they are protected by permafrost or, should, against all the evidence and common sense, the charlatans’ computer models be right, by a permaswamp. However, nothing the politically correct scientists do is right – “Last winter, the vault saw its first withdrawal: barley, wheat and grasses to replenish a gene bank damaged in the Syrian civil war.”

Have I missed something? Is the war over? The global medial machine fed by the misanthrope Soros still produces the tear-jerking stock images of the cruel conflict so that the West welcomes as many jihadists as the befuddled and largely voiceless public will tolerate.

If, as I suspect, the war is still going its merry way what is the point of throwing the precious seeds on the battlefield? It would seem that the Syrians are barely able to look after their ipods and kalashikovs; and even grasses are beyond their horticultural skills. Donated seeds will be eaten, traded for ammunition or, most likely, just wasted. But the brainless do-gooders feel even ‘gooder’.

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*/    Past Civilisation
**/“The terrifying face of a new sublime” New Scientist 2-7-2016

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Dead men voting

 

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When daffodils begin to peer

 

…from the quills of the dead white poets

William Shakespeare (15641616)

When daffodils begin to peer, -- bill-shake
With hey! The doxy over the dale, --
Why, then comes in the sweet o’ the year;
For the red blood reigns in the winter’s pale.

The white sheet bleaching on the hedge, --
With hey! the sweet birds, O, how they sing! --
Doth set my pugging tooth on edge;
For a quart of ale is a dish for a king.

The lark, that tirra-lirra chants, -- 
With hey! with hey! the thrush and the jay, --
Are summer songs for me and for my aunts,
While we lie tumbling in the hay.
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The Snake

 

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

The main stream media, in its hysterical efforts to get that thoroughly dishonest and incompetent woman elected, stoops to more and more ridiculous accusations against her rival. Sometimes one expects that his “hello” would be decried as another example of racism, misogyny, islamophobia and homophobia. Thus when he entered one of his election rallies to the strains of The Snake, the progies immediately charged that he is referencing Muslim “refugees” invasion and the stupidity of its local advocates. Could it be so?

“On her way to work one morning
Down the path along side the lake
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
“Poor thing,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”
“Take me in tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake

She wrapped him up all cozy in a comforter of silk
And laid him by her fireside with some honey and some milk
She hurried home from work that night and soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d taken to had been revived
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake

She clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
She stroked his pretty skin again and kissed and held him tight
Instead of saying thanks, the snake gave her a vicious bite
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake
“I saved you,” cried the woman
“And you’ve bitten me, but why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”
“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake “

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Democracy at work

 

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Cold Iron

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

Gold is for the mistress -- silver for the maid --
Copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade."
"Good!" said the Baron, sitting in his hall,
"But Iron -- Cold Iron -- is master of them all."

So he made rebellion 'gainst the King his liege,
Camped before his citadel and summoned it to siege.
"Nay!" said the cannoneer on the castle wall,
"But Iron -- Cold Iron -- shall be master of you all!"

Woe for the Baron and his knights so strong,
When the cruel cannon-balls laid 'em all along;
He was taken prisoner, he was cast in thrall,
And Iron -- Cold Iron -- was master of it all!

Yet his King spake kindly (ah, how kind a Lord!)
"What if I release thee now and give thee back thy sword?"
"Nay!" said the Baron, "mock not at my fall,
For Iron -- Cold Iron -- is master of men all."

"Tears are for the craven, prayers are for the clown --
Halters for the silly neck that cannot keep a crown."
"As my loss is grievous, so my hope is small,
For Iron -- Cold Iron -- must be master of men all!"

Yet his King made answer (few such Kings there be!)
"Here is Bread and here is Wine -- sit and sup with me.
Eat and drink in Mary's Name, the whiles I do recall
How Iron -- Cold Iron -- can be master of men all!"

He took the Wine and blessed it. He blessed and brake the Bread.
With His own Hands He served Them, and presently He said:
"See! These Hands they pierced with nails, outside My city wall,
Show Iron -- Cold Iron -- to be master of men all."

"Wounds are for the desperate, blows are for the strong.
Balm and oil for weary hearts all cut and bruised with wrong.
I forgive thy treason -- I redeem thy fall --
For Iron -- Cold Iron -- must be master of men all!"

"Crowns are for the valiant -- sceptres for the bold!
Thrones and powers for mighty men who dare to take and hold!"
"Nay!" said the Baron, kneeling in his hall,
"But Iron -- Cold Iron -- is master of men all!
Iron out of Calvary is master of men all!"
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Depressing numbers

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

So after eight years of Obama’s misrule still over thirty percent of Americans trust the Main Stream Media, the ruling class’s propaganda machine. Astonishing! Perhaps they do not trust but are too lazy to check something else. Illiteracy, or computer illiteracy, may be the problem. The other possibility is that they comprise that infamous third of the population, which voted for Hitler in Germany in the thirties, and for the Communists in Czechoslovakia after WWII.

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The Third Try

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Cardinal Schönborn will never be a Pope. He seems to be a Christian.

The Viennese Archbishop was preaching Sunday at the feast of Mariä Namen, which marks the victory of the Christian armies over the Ottoman Turks in the battle of Vienna on Sept. 12, 1683.

“We ourselves are the very ones who have placed the Christian heritage of Europe in danger. Is this a third Islamic attempt to conquer Europe? Many Muslims say that Europe is at the end,” Schönborn said in his homily.

“The prospect of a European Christian renewal is up to us. We must return to Christ, spread his Gospel and to deal with our fellow human beings, even strangers, with Him in our hearts, with love and responsibility,” he continued.

He told the Catholic newspaper Der Sonntag that “Europe’s Christian heritage is in danger because we Europeans have squandered it. It has nothing to do with Islam or even refugees. It is clear that Islamists would like to exploit our weakness, but they are not responsible for our weakness. We Europeans are responsible for that.” [full text Many muslims want conquest of Europe ]

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Dark house

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Alfred Tennyson (1809 – 1892)

Dark house, by which once more I stand
  Here in the long unlovely street.
  Doors, where my heart was used to beat
So quickly, waiting for a hand.

A hand that can be clasped no more –
  Behold me, for I cannot sleep,
  And like a guilty thing I creep
At earliest morning to the door.

He is not here; but far away
  The noise of life begins again,
  And ghastly thro’ the drizzling rain
On the bald street breaks the blank day.

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Detroit City

 …from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Despite the best efforts of the main stream media, probably everybody by now knows the achievements of the socialists in Detroit – the city has been firmly in the hands of the Democratic Party since 1962. The democracy there mimics Communist China, the economy could compete with that of Chavez’s and Maduro’s Venezuela and the crime rates beat those of Mexico.

Detroit Abandoned Buildings

Thus the Clinton Cartel came up with the plan to rescue Detroit by importing Syrian ‘refugees’. Mind boggles. Would the place remind them of their homeland? Or could it be a devious trick by racist Bill and Hilary? Maybe, when the new arrivals see Detroit they may realise that Syria is not that bad after all and go home.

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By the Hoof of the Wild Goat

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

wild.goat

 By the Hoof of the Wild Goat uptossed
    From the cliff where she lay in the Sun
    Fell the Stone
    To the Tarn where the daylight is lost,
    So she fell from the light of the Sun
    And alone!

    Now the fall was ordained from the first
    With the Goat and the Cliff and the Tarn,
    But the Stone
    Knows only her life is accursed
    As she sinks from the light of the Sun
    And alone!

    Oh Thou Who hast builded the World,
    Oh Thou Who hast lighted the Sun,
    Oh Thou Who hast darkened the Tarn,
    Judge Thou
    The sin of the Stone that was hurled
    By the goat from the light of the Sun,
    As she sinks in the mire of the Tarn,
    Even now--even now--even now!

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The Slide

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

I recall a debate with a friend a long time ago about the Left propagandists enamoured by the demise of manufacturing and the rise of “service industry”. How ‘service’ could be called industry is beyond me. Even ‘sex industry’ is the contradiction in terms, but then, would would I know about sex? The experts know best.

The Western societies by and large can’t make a nail, but still are able to import it, on credit. Old saying by Benjamin Franklin:

For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”

does not ring a warning bell.

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Obviously, we can’t make anything, we can’t cook or pour ourselves a drink – we can’t think. The kingdom is lost before any battle.

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Tomato fight

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Another La Tomatina, and 160 tonnes of tomatoes, is gone. Those of you who missed my reminder in Bull Run would have to book for 2017. Apparently the Buňol local council, for safety reasons, not fiscal, of course, this year issued only 22,000 ticket; 5,000 of them free to local residents. In 2012, when the event was free, 45,000 attended.

A slightly inebriated female claimed on the Spanish TV news, Telediario, that at least 80% of participants were Australians. Turnbull’s Australia must be boring.

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

31st August, 1981 : The President and Prime Minister of Iran were assassinated yesterday by a bomb which exploded during a meeting at the house of Dr Mohammed Javad Bahomar, the Prime Minister. He and Mohamed Ali Rejai were killed outright. Three others also died and Iran has gone into official mourning. Cinemas and other places of entertainment have been closed while preparations are being made for a massive funereal procession. The Ayatollah Khomeini thundered: “There is no place in this nation for deviants from Islam.”

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

30th August, 1971 : A crowd of angry members of the Women’s Liberation Movement disrupted the ACTU Congress in Melbourne in protest at the Australian union movement’s treatment of women. ACTU President Bob Hawke was the prime target of the protest, which included women’s groups from Sydney. Many unionist took pamphlets from the women and some stopped to discuss their grievances. Spokeswoman Stella Nord said the protest had “challenged the very citadel of male chauvinism”.

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

29th August, 1903 : The details of the atrocities perpetrated on all sides in the anarchy sweeping the Balkans continues to horrify the civilised world. The terrible stories emerging from the mountains tell of the whole villages being put to the sword, of women raped and even of small children being bayoneted. The murder of officials is commonplace, and government is breaking down. Order is kept only by the army, but it is in a parlous state.

[ Balkans in 1903, Middle East today –Europe next year? ]

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Love Song

…from the styluses of the long dead poets

Sumerian Love Song ( 27th century B.C.)

He has sprouted, he has burgeoned, he is lettuce planted by the water,
My well-stocked garden of the plain, my favoured of the womb,
My grain luxuriant in its furrow, he is lettuce planted by the water,
My apple tree which bears fruit up to its top, he is lettuce planted by the water.

The honey-man, the honey-man sweetens me ever,
My lord, the honey-man of the gods, my favoured of the womb,
Whose hand is honey, whose foot is honey, sweetens me ever.
Whose limbs are honey sweet, sweetens me ever.

My sweetener of the navel,  my favoured of the womb,
My sweetener of fair thighs,  he is lettuce planted by the water...
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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

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26th August, 1964 : The collision between the Australian Navy destroyer Voyager, and the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, in which 82 seamen died, was caused by Voyager‘s turning off course, a Royal Commission has found. Voyager was cut in half by the Melbourne when the two ships collided off the New South Wales coast on February 10. The Royal Commissioner, Sir John Spicer, said the accident was not due to any fault on the part of any person on the Melbourne.

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

25th August, 1982 : Federal officials failed for seven years to stop tax frauds involving thousands of millions of dollars, according to a report by Royal Commissioner, Frank Costigan, QC. Mr Costigan said the Australian Taxation Office was aware of tax evasion schemes in 1973, but the Crown Solicitor’s Office had failed grossly to prosecute those involved.

The Royal Commission, initially appointed to investigate the activities of the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union, found that the Crown Solicitor’s Offices in Perth and Canberra had allowed the most appalling conduct to continue. One Perth legal officer involved in the collection of tax debts had run a prostitution racket, used the Crown Solicitor’s Office number to advertise it, and understated income from it.

[The Royal Commissions come, Royal Commissions go .. Dogs bark and caravans go on. ]

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

24th August, 1989 : Australia’s air transport system was all but shut down today as the nation’s 1640 domestic pilots resigned en masse in a dispute over a salary package. Despite plans by the Federal Government to use RAAF aircraft and international airlines to shift domestic passengers, the airlines were able to move only 2,000 of 30,000 intending eastwest.airlinepassengers. The pilots resigned after Ansett, Australian Airlines, East-West Airlines and IPEC started sacking individual pilots and issued writs seeking damages for breach of contract against 50 individual pilots. Until today the pilots had been flying only between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in support of their claim for 29.47 per cent wage increase, which the Government says is beyond the national wage fixing guidelines. The Government is planning to use RAAF Hercules and Boeing aircraft to carry civilian passengers, and refuel the aircraft at air force bases to beat a refuelling ban imposed by the transport workers. The Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, who says the pilots have an inflated idea of their worth and skills, today raised the possibility of recruiting pilots overseas.

[ If memory serves me, none of the above airlines exists today. The unions won. ]

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