Marx quote XXII

 

QUOTE XXII

Karl Marx (1818 – 1883 )  Having once got rid of the standing army and the police, the physical force elements of the old government, the Commune was anxious to break the spiritual force of repression, the “parson power”, by disestablishment and disendowment of all churches as proprietary bodies. The priests were sent back to the recesses of private life, there to feed upon the alms of the faithful in imitation of their predecessors, the Apostles. The whole of the educational institutions were opened to the people gratuitously, and at the same time cleared of all interference of church and state. Thus not only was education made accessible to all, but science itself freed from the fetters which class prejudice and governmental force imposed upon it.

The Civil War in France, 1891

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‘Hail, holy light…’

 

…from the quills of the dead white poets

 

John Milton (1608 – 1674)

 

 Hail, holy light, offspring of Heaven first-born,

 Or of th’ Eternal coeternal beam

 May I express thee unblam’d? Since God is light,

 And never but in unapproached light

 Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee,

 Bright effluence of bright essence increate.

 Or hear’st thou rather pure ethereal stream,

 Whose fountain who shall tell? Before the Sun,

 Before the Heavens thou wert, and at the voice

 Of God, as with a mantle didst invest

 The rising world of waters dark and deep,

 Won from the void and formless Infinite.

 Thee I revisit now with bolder wing,

 Escap’d the Stygian Pool, though long detain’d

 In that obscure sojourn, while in my flight

 Through utter and through middle darkness borne,

 With other notes than to Orphean lyre

 I sung of Chaos and eternal Night,

 taught by the heav’nly Muse to venture down

 The dark descent, and up to reascend,

 Though hard and rare: thee I revisit safe,

 And feel thy sovran vital lamp; but thou

 Revisit’st not these eyes, that roll in vain

 To find thy piercing ray, and finding no dawn;

 So thick a drop serene hath quencht their orbs,

 Or dim suffusion veil’d. Yet not more

 Cease I to wander where the Muses haunt

 Clear spring, or shady grove, or sunny hill,

 Smit with love of sacred song; but chief

Thee Sion and the flowery brooks beneath,

 That wash thy hallow’d feet, and warbling flow,

 Nightly I visit: nor sometimes forget

 Those other two equall’d with me in fate,

 So were I equall’d with them in renown,

 Blind Thamyris and blind Maeonides,

 And Tiresias and Phineus prophets old.

 Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary move

 Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful bird

 Sings darkling, and in shadiest covert hid

 Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year

 Seasons return, but not to me returns

 Day, or the sweet approach of ev’n or morn,

 Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer’s rose,

 or flocks, or herds, or human face divine;

 But cloud instead, and ever-during dark

 Surrounds me, from the cheerful ways of men

 Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair

 Presented with a universal blank

 Of Nature’s works to me expung’d and ras’d

 And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out.

 So much the rather thou Celestial Light

 Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers

 Irradiate, there plant eyes, all mist from thence

 Purge and disperse, that I may see and tell

 Of things invisible to mortal sight.

(From Paradise Lost, Book III

 

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Sand, snake sequel

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Fog of Chaos - Snake in the sand

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Quote 23 de Tocqueville

 

QUOTE XXIII

tocquevilleAlexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859 )  What good is it to me, after all, if there is an authority always busy to see to the tranquil enjoyment of my pleasures and going ahead to brush all dangers away from my path without giving me even the trouble to think about it, if that authority, which protects me from the smallest thorns on my journey, is also the absolute master of my liberty and of my life? If it monopolizes all activity and life to such an extent that all around it must languish when it languishes, sleep when it sleeps, and perish when it dies?

Democracy in America, 1835

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Bad People

 

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

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Bad moon is bad enough, but bad people are much worse. Giving them a benefit of doubt; believing, against all the evidence, that they ‘mean well’, is counter-productive and plain stupid. The National Socialists of the unlamented memory also ‘meant well’ and the international socialists of the fond Australian Labor Party, Australian Broadcasting Commission etc. memories still claim so, despite of 160,000,000 corpses the Marxists are responsible for. Since only a total simpleton can today believe in the benefits of socialist economy, the totalitarians latched on, amongst other fashionable causes, the environment:

 During its first century, environmentalism succeeded brilliantly. In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a law creating Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. Today, there are 1200 national parks and preserves conserving nature’s beauty around the world.

 In the mid-twentieth century, environmentalists led the way as governments confronted unacceptable industrial pollution, created industrial standards to reduce emissions, and set about the important task of cleaning up past messes. Within a few years we were breathing easier, polluted rivers and lakes again became habitable for fish and other wildlife, and toxic waste dumps were remediated.

 But beginning in the late 1960s, a subversive misanthropy began to gestate within environmentalism. This view does not see the earth and the fullness thereof—in the Biblical turn of phrase—as ours to develop responsibly for human benefit, but instead castigates humans as a “disease” (or “parasites,” “maggots,” “cancer,” take your pick) afflicting the planet, best treated with the antibiotic of radical human depopulation and implacable opposition to economic growth.

 Over the years, this anti-human contaminant leached into the environmental mainstream, to the point that it has become a prominent feature of the most prominent environmental cause of our time, the climate change controversy. Reasonable people can differ on the persuasiveness of the evidence for man-caused global warming and the extent of danger that it might present. But there should be no disagreement that children should not be taught to hate humanity in the cause of preventing a feared climate catastrophe.

 But that is precisely the anti-human message too often communicated to the young by global warming warriors. Take the “No Pressure” advocacy ads in support of the “ 10-10 Campaign,” an anti-global warming initiative aimed at convincing people to cut their individual carbon footprint by ten percent and convince ten friends to do likewise.

In one advocacy commercial, an elementary school teacher asks how many of her students are willing to commit to the cause. All but two raise their hand. She smiles at the two dissenters and pushes a big red button: BLAM! They explode so violently and graphically that their classmates are splatted with blood and sheets of flesh.

 In a similar vein, the Website of the Australian Broadcasting Network featured a children’s game called “Professor Schpinkee’s Greenhouse Calculator,” a now erased on-line game that determines the age at which the player—remember, this was aimed at children—should die because they had exhausted their individual share of the world’s resources.

 Once again, the visual involves explosions—gorily depicting a cartoon pig blowing up in a bloody mess. That imagery was not only violent but told children they are pigs for consuming resources.

 Professor Schpinkee was a tough grader. When I played the game I was told I should have died at age 7.4.

 Misanthropy in the name of preventing climate change is only the beginning. The “nature rights” movement seeks to grant flora and fauna a “the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles”—essentially a right to life that explicitly erases the moral distinction between humans and all other life forms.

 The putative rights of nature may also extend to inanimate matter. The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Nature announces that the rights of nature are “inalienable . . . without distinction of any kind, such as may be made between organic and inorganic beings, origin, use to human beings, or any other state.”

 The movement has made astonishing inroads in just a few years. Nature has already been granted “rights” by Ecuador and Bolivia, as well as in some thirty U.S. municipalities, including Santa Monica, California. Ban ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations has thrown his support behind the movement, and nature rights has been proposed for inclusion in an eventual UN treaty to fight climate change.

 war.on.humansI could go on and on—and in my new ebook, The War on Humans, I do: Switzerland has declared the dignity of individual rights in its constitution. The “ecocide” movement seeks to punish large scale projects like the Alberta Tar Sands as an international crime akin to genocide and ethnic cleansing. A river in New Zealand has been granted full rights of “personhood,” as an “integrated, living whole” possessing “rights and interests.” Mainstream environmentalists, such as Sir David Attenborough, have extolled China’s tyrannical one-child policy that includes forced abortion and female infanticide.

Declaring war on humans won’t make for a cleaner planet. To the contrary, the green misanthropes harm the cause by undermining environmentalism’s good public standing. It’s time for responsible environmentalists to push the anti-humanists back to the movement’s fringe, where they belong. / From First Things, The War on Humans by Wesley J Smith http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/02/the-war-on-humans

Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. The War on Humans is available on Kindle and Nook.

(It is all somebody else’s writing, so I’m not going to attach my quill to it.)

 

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Bad moon rising

 

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

It is frightening how the overt and covert totalitarians, and misanthropes of all shades of the rainbow utilise and misuse the normal human concern about the environment. It is nothing new, of course, the shamans and witches found out millennia ago. Their eco-successors use the proven method – scare them out of their wits:

Alarming climate  and eco-activist messages are saturating the British school system, according to a report by noted UK bloggers Andrew Montford and John Shade. On the same  day of the report’s publication, April 8, the response of UK Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove was to warn   teachers they are breaking the law if they fail to provide balanced coverage of climate change and similar issues. The affair suggests a similar independent inquiry into “climate teaching” in Australian schools would be worthwhile. Anecdotal accounts of brainwashing by activists masquerading as teachers in our primary and secondary schools are legion.”

Such an inquiry is about twenty years overdue. Unfortunately, we cannot expect that that pussyfooting Abbott would like it. He is a politician.

Montford runs the Bishop Hill climate blog and authored the earlier forensic study, The Hockey Stick Illusion. Shade is a retired statistician and physicist who focuses on climate indoctrination in schools worldwide.”

Hmm. Pity that Australia is only ‘world-narrow’.

Gove’s spokesman said,  “The Secretary of State read this report with concern. Ministers are clear that the new national curriculum must equip young people with the core knowledge they need to understand the weather, climate, the earth’s atmosphere, physical geography and the interaction between nature and the environment.

That means in both science and geography, pupils must learn the facts and processes which underpin public discussion of climate change. They must be equipped with the scientific knowledge to make their own judgments about political responses. They must not be directed towards a particular campaigning agenda.

Schools should not teach that a particular political or ideological point of view is right – indeed it is against the law for them to do so. Great care should be exercised to make sure information provided to students is scientifically rigorous. It is important that any material used in the classroom is rooted in science, not driven by the aims of a campaign.”

The UK conservative government is beginning to push back against activist indoctrination in the curriculum, legitimized by the Labour government in 2005-07. Last year it put out a draft revision of the National Curriculum for discussion, with less climate activism, but retreated under activist attack.

The new report says that children are being treated as political targets by activists who wish to change society in fundamental ways: “This is unacceptable whether or not they are successful.”

Among the report’s findings:

 

  • The  Climate Change Schools Project, included an activity for children to be given police officer-style notebooks. They were to ‘book’ themselves, friends or family members if they saw them wasting energy or performing other ‘climate unfriendly’ actions. This is reminiscent of Stasi philosophy in East Germany.

  • One Scottish education programme is intended to create teams of ‘eco- warriors’ (their term) who are involved in proselytising.

  • In a French A-Level language course, the French text set for translation reads, in English, “Nobody can deny it, scientists are unanimous and we see it every day: never in the history of humanity have the dangers been so great. . . We are in the course of meticulously destroying the air, the water, the climate. . . and the animals. You and your friends have a rendezvous with history. Become responsible consumers. . . and be advocates for life and citizens of the Earth.”

  • A revision guide for English adjectives gives zero marks for “global warming is bad” but if the student writes, “global warming is a serious and very worrying issue” it will be “much better – the adjectives will impress the examiner”.

  • A General Certificate of Secondary Education revision guide says, “Climate change isn’t something that is going to happen in the future – it’s happening now! Disasters, like the severe droughts in Niger, in sub-Saharan Africa, in 2005–06 and 2009, are wrecking people’s lives more and more frequently. And it’s going to get worse.”

  • A geography textbook suggests that climate change is worse than nuclear war, famine and plague — a claim taken directly from a pamphlet published by a ‘passionate’ green activist.  

  • A report of a joint visit to a Norfolk school by a group from the University of East Anglia — epicentre of the Climatergate scandal — and renewable energy companies  set out: “As the day begins, the students are informed that the Earth’s remaining reserves of fossil fuels have finally been exhausted and, as a result, the fabric of what we consider normal life has immediately started to crumble. No more light, no more heat, no more iPods. No more anything, in fact, meaning something needs to be done – and soon – before the world falls into total chaos.”

  • A physics question included: ‘I think wind turbines are a good idea as global warming from burning coal is an increasing problem and needs to be stopped.’

  • An economics paper included, “Explain why developed rich countries should provide money to poorer, developing countries so that they can reduce their CO2 emissions.”

 

The Montford-Shade report says, “We find instances of eco-activism being given a free rein within schools and at the events schools encourage their pupils to attend. In every case of concern, the slant is on scares, on raising fears, followed by the promotion of detailed guidance on how pupils should live, as well as on what they should think. …”

 “…In religious studies papers, students were asked for “two reasons why many religious believers are concerned about climate change. (4 marks)
…
(d) Explain actions religious people might take to look after the planet. (3 marks)”. Marks were to be awarded for students noting “The effects of climate change on life, e.g. loss of life, food shortages, devastation of livelihoods because of severe weather, droughts, floods, famine, destruction of crops, effects on plants and animals/long term effects/religious reasons – stewardship, dominion, responsibility, etc.”

 Marks were also to be awarded for students who saw the need to “protest when necessary/ join action groups such as Greenpeace and religious organisations which raise awareness/encourage others to protect the planet, etc.”

 “… An Environmental Science paper awarded marks for students making the incorrect statement that fossil fuels are running out.  Recycling is depicted in textbooks as always a positive thing to do, even if uneconomic or wasteful. Biofuels are advocated and costs ignored in terms of driving up food prices in poor countries. Scotland’s  climate-change education promotes  fiction films such as The Day Before Tomorrow (about a climate apocalypse) and The Age of Stupid (a man sits in a climate-devastated world in 2055, bemoaning his predecessors’ lack of care).”

 “… Children are also becoming fearful of the future. US and UK surveys have found primary school children pessimistic – sometimes losing sleep – about their future because of global warming. A sub-teen group was twice as worried about the climate, as about going on dates.

 The report’s authors recommend that concerned parents review the curricula, texts and visiting speakers (such as from World Wildlife Fund, and complain politely about bias and pessimism, and any  prejudice against growth and technology. Parents should urge schools to encourage children’s inquiring minds, it continues, rather than succumb to appeals to authority.”

 That’s easier said than done. Yes, one can raise the concerns politely, and the teacher will, probably listen politely, but your child will be marked down.The advice by parents in dictatorial, communist countries to their children will have to be dusted off and used – ‘don’t believe anything the teachers tell you, but say that you do’.

 “They say, “The seriousness of what we have seen is hard to overstate. The fact that children’s ability to pass their exams – and hence their future life prospects – appears to depend on being able to demonstrate their climate-change orthodoxy, is painfully reminiscent of life in communist-era Eastern Europe or Mao’s China.

 “Politicians seem to have given the nod to this process, effectively handing much of the curriculum to green activists. The question of whether what is taught in the classroom is scientific or political, balanced or biased, true or false seems to have gone unexamined…” / The Quadrant - Tony Thomas – Climate catastrophism for kiddies.

 Don’t expect anything from politicians. The Anthropogenic Global Warming scare is based on lies, and so are their careers. The bad moon is still rising.quill.1

 

 

*/ Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising Lyrics

 

 I see the bad moon arising.
I see trouble on the way.
I see earthquakes and lightnin’.
I see bad times today.

Don’t go around tonight,
Well, it’s bound to take your life,
There’s a bad moon on the rise.

I hear hurricanes ablowing.
I know the end is coming soon.
I fear rivers over flowing.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.

Don’t go around tonight,
Well, it’s bound to take your life,
There’s a bad moon on the rise.
All right!

Hope you got your things together.
Hope you are quite prepared to die.
Looks like we’re in for nasty weather.
One eye is taken for an eye.

Don’t go around tonight,
Well, it’s bound to take your life,
There’s a bad moon on the rise.

Don’t go around tonight,
Well, it’s bound to take your life,
There’s a bad moon on the rise.

 

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The Critic’s Task

 

…from the quills of the dead white poets

 

Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)

 

 

A little earning is a dangerous thing;

 Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:

 There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,

 And drinking largely sobers us again.

 Fir’d at first sight with what the Muse imparts,

 In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts,

 While from the bounded level of our mind

 Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind;

 But more advanc’d, behold with strange surprise

 New distant scenes of endless science rise!

 So pleas’d at first the tow’ring Alps we try,

 Mount o’er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,

 Th’ eternal snows appear already past,

 And the first clouds and mountains seem the last:

 But, those attain’d, we tremble to survey

 The growing labours of the lenghten’d way,

 Th’ increasing prospect tire our wand’ring eyes.

 Hills peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!

 A perfect judge will read each work of Wit

 With the same spirit that its author writ:

 Survey the Whole, nor seek slight faults to find

 Where nature moves, and rapture warms the mind;

 Nor lose, for that malignant dull delight,

 The gen’rous pleasure to be charm’d with Wit.

 But in such lays as neither ebb, nor flow,

 Correctly cold, and regularly low,

 That shunning faults, one quiet tenour keep;

 We cannot blame indeed – but we may sleep.

 In Wit, as Nature, what affects our hearts

 Is not th’ exactness of peculiar parts;

 ‘Tis not a lip, or eye, we beauty call,

 But the joint force and full result of all.

 Thus when we view some well-proportion’d domestPeter.dome

 (The world’s just wonder, and ev’n thine, O Rome!)

 No single parts unequally surprise,

 All comes united to th’ admiring eyes;

 No monstrous height, or breadth, or length appear;

 The Whole at once is bold, and regular.

 

{From The Essay on Criticism}

 

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Smoke gets in your eyes

 

from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 

Me thinks PC comrades are mocking Aboriginal traditions, whatever is left of them, by replacing them by their own, misunderstood, traditions of North American Indians. Understandably, for it saves the hard work of thinking, which was never their forte.

tas.devil Some time ago I watched for a short while a program about Tasmanian devils (animals, not any disadvantaged and thus severely aggrieved homo sapiens), specifically about their release onto an island off the Australian coast, where they never lived before. Apparently they are not having a good time in Tasmania, a large island, with highest unemployment, highest union membership, and until last month, a Labor government.

 But I digressed. It was all done with the best, though not exactly Darwinist, intentions, of course, and if I remember correctly, a “scientist” (he, or was it she?) said so more than once. She/he devoted four years of life to the project. The subject of scientists playing God and defying the basic principles of evolution is one thing, but waving burning twigs around poor animals’ nose to ward off the evil spirits should be too much even for 21st century politically correct Australia. That’s what attracted my attention and that’s why I used those inverted commas.

 So called smoking ceremonies are a way of making fun out of Aborigines, and a way of taking money from guilt-ridden white people, those who did murder, rape and maim Aborigines; and those who are to frighten to think. Of course, the painted whites performing the farce get paid usually by a taxpayer.

 In the published literature there is hardly any mention of such ceremonies – maybe it is another secret pseudo-Aborigines business?[Sydney Morning Heralld - Still no room for the truth on Hindmarsh] Maybe it is just another ab initio fabrication, just like so many modern academic-generated faux-Aboriginal myths? [The Quadrant – Traditions invented yesterday]

 There is no mention of them in my, admittedly not the latest edition of Josephine Flood’s Archaeology of the Dreamtime, an authoritative and almost non-PC book. A search of Internet reveal mostly the stuff about dangers of smoking by Aborigines, which is a fault of white invading colonists, of course, though some do mention Macassans. There is hardly any mention of the ‘pre-invasion’ native tobacco Pituri or Mingkulpa – nicotiana occidentalis, perhaps because it was mostly chewed.

 I have read books and a few scientific papers concerning Aboriginal pre-history and history. Possibly my memory is not what is used to be, for I cannot recall anything about smoke ceremonies, with the exception of the funeral rites in the Arnhem land and the north-western Australia. However, for access to Dennis Gray – Aboriginal Mortuary Practices in Carnarvon 1976 I would have to pay $15, so I gave it a miss. If any reader can spare the less than the cost of a packet of cigarettes, she/he may kindly send it to me. The article, not the money. The Taxation Office would go, as always, berserk.

 If smoking of corpses did indeed exist, it was not prevalent, not Australia wide and certainly had nothing to do with ‘welcoming’ to the land of living; rather the opposite. Perhaps that’s what those charades really mean.

 Does science believe in evil spirits? That ought to be an easy question.

 Of course it doesn’t, nor can scientists—who must test and quantify to hypothesise any “belief” or statement about what is and what isn’t—believe in anything whose existence is not, at least theoretically, empirically demonstrable. Metaphysics is not the business of science.

 You would therefore expect the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation to be a pillar of scientific orthodoxy in this regard. Ask a CSIRO scientist whether spirits, good or evil, exist, and surely the answer will be a dismissive no. The S in CSIRO does not stand for superstition. You might even be told that for an enlightened and august body of the CSIRO’s stature to have any truck at all with non-provable beliefs would be unthinkable.

 Well, it’s thinkable all right. For the CSIRO, along with all the rest of the right-on and culturally on-message of our nation, has discovered the Aboriginal smoking ceremony. And where Aboriginal matters are concerned, the canon of Western sceptical thought goes out the window and the CSIRO abandons scientific rigour for feel-goodery.

 The rubrics of the smoking ceremony are set out in paragraph 3.3 of the CSIRO’s Indigenous Engagement Protocol for Performing a “Welcome to Country” and “Acknowledgement of Country” (November 2010). “The ceremony,” we read, “aims to cleanse the space (of evil spirits) in which the ceremony takes place … ” (does one detect in those brackets a discreet ahem, a touch of discomfiture in the CSIRO hierarchy at having to use the language of folklore?). The paragraph continues: “Given the significant nature of the ceremony, smoking ceremonies” (the writer clearly has no time for elegant variation) “are usually performed at major events.” These include, as defined inter alia in paragraph 2.1, the “opening of a new CSIRO Laboratory or Building”, “major launches of CSIRO publications, reports, policies and programs” and “conferences and forums held or sponsored by CSIRO”.

 Imagine the shrieks of protest from within the CSIRO if a service of Christian blessing were proposed at the opening of a new laboratory. And not only from within the CSIRO but from the secular media and the humanists and the Greens and all the other stern invigilators against religion in the public sphere. But perhaps the CSIRO is no longer committed to a purely physical view of science. Perhaps that view is now held to be a “racist” and Eurocentric heresy designed to exclude what cultural relativism tells us are the equally “valid” sacred stories of “oppressed” peoples. Perhaps there is now a CSIRO department devoted to the scientific investigation of spirits. Does it employ theologians? Is computer modelling conducted to try and resolve the conundrum that supposedly defeated the Scholastics of how many angels—angels are spirits and they come in two types, good and evil—can dance on the head of a pin?” / Christopher Akehurst

 I think the last question can be answered easily; it has been resolved by some Vatican congress long time ago: As angels are incorporeal, an infinite number of them can dance. The question whether CSIRO employs theologians is also easy. The people there can not be possibly scientists, as I believe that no real scientist would wish to work for so superstitious organisation. Further, the organisation’s religious adherence to the AGW faith confirms it.

 I have nothing against the Tasmanians, angels or devils. Yet I feel that tinkering with evolution by creating non-indigenous species is getting close to playing God. The theory of evolution seems to have evolved into a stick to bash the ‘superstitious’ people with. But not all superstitious people obviously.

 If you happen to be present at any such “cleanse the place of the ‘white’ evil spirit” tragicomedy and cannot just walk out, there is the only advice I can offer – (from the authorised manual of St John Ambulance Australia) Management of smoke in the eyes:

 1. Ask the casualty not to rub eyes

2. Wash eyes with sterile saline or cold tap water. quill.1

 

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To Flash or not to Flash?

 

from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Tirade? Surely not. A sigh from the grave perhaps.

 At first I thought that the children behind The Daily Mail computers either do not know what a ‘tirade’ means, or are so seeped in the political correctness and intellectual cowardice that they have to dismiss the obvious truth with derision. The author of the article “Flashman author’s tirade from beyond the grave at ‘fascist’ political correctness” is not a child; since 2005 he wrote 627 articles of average length of 734 words, and his photograph, quite possibly a few years old, shows a mature age white man. So a juvenile naivete can not be an excuse.

 “George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman novels, branded political correctness an ‘insidious’ and ‘dishonest’ evil as big a threat to free speech as communism and fascism.”

 Yes.

royal.flash “MacDonald Fraser, who died in 2008 aged 82, wrote: ‘My chief concern is the kind of prejudice rooted in the fear of being thought illiberal. Such attitudes are dangerous and intellectually dishonest. ‘But then, political correctness is by definition dishonest and is, I believe, the most insidious doctrine to plague the Western world since those abominable soul mates communism and fascism with which it has more in common than its dupes seem to realise.‘It cannot face truth; it rejects what is, simply because what is does not suit what the politically correct thinking ought to be.’

 The comments are likely to delight fans of his books who love the character’s bad behaviour.”

 The comments delighted me, thought I have not read any “Flashman (Sir Harry Paget Flashman)” books.

 “Flashman’s womanising, heavy drinking, casual racism, bullying and outrageous cowardice make him one of the most un-PC characters in the whole of English literature.”

 Is Flashman a journalist? A politician?

 “MacDonald Fraser, who wrote several Hollywood film scripts, also recalls how he was forced to remove a scene based on real events where unscrupulous white whisky traders peddled alcohol to Plains Indians for fears scenes of drunken ‘Native Americans’ would upset their descendants. He writes: ‘They wouldn’t like  to think that it happened, so it mustn’t be shown happening, even though it did. God help history.’”

 Amen.

 “His family discovered the manuscript, called The Bug Of Senachie, six weeks ago while sorting out his collection of papers. A Senachie is a teller of tales from the Scottish Highlands. The manuscript is not dated  but the author’s reference in it to having written 11 Flashman books means it was written between 1999 and 2005.

 … His daughter Caro Fraser, who found the manuscript, said: ‘It hasn’t been published anywhere and I think he wrote it with an eye on posterity.’”

 

It is unlikely that it will be published any time soon. Perhaps I ought to try some of the older ones: Flashman Papers or the 1975 movie Royal Flash

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Nietzsche Quote XXI

 QUOTE XXI

nietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900 )  My conception of genius. Great men, like great ages, are explosives in which a tremendous force is stored up; their precondition is always, historically and physiologically, that for a long time much has been gathered, stored up, saved up, and conserved for them – that there has been no explosion for a long time. Once the tension in the mass has become too great, then the most accidental stimulus suffices to summon into the world the “genius”, the “deed”, the great destiny. What does the environment matter then, or the age, or the “spirit of the age,” or “the public opinion”!

 

Take the case of Napoleon. Revolutionary France, and even more, pre-revolutionary France, would have brought forth the opposite type; in fact, it did. Because Napoleon was different, the heir of a stronger, older, more ancient civilization than the one which was then perishing in France, he became the master there, he was the only master. Great men are necessary, the age in which they appear is accidental; that they almost always become masters over their age is only because they are stronger, because they are older, because for a longer time much was gathered for them. The relationship between a genius and his age is like that between strong and weak, or between old and young: the age is relatively always younger, thinner, more immature, less assured, more childish.

 

 Twilight of the Idols, 1888

 

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Let’s admire China

 ..from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 1835

 de Tocqueville – “China seems to offer the classic example of the sort of social prosperity with which a very centralized administration can provide a submissive people. Travellers tell us that the Chinese have tranquillity without happiness, industry without progress, stability without strength, and material order without public morality. With them society always gets along fairly well, never very well. I imagine that when China is opened to Europeans, they will find it the finest model of administrative centralization in the world.”

 2014

These heartbreaking photos reveal the anguish of parents as they abandon their children in China’s so-called ‘baby hatches.’

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The images taken at a centre in Guangzhou – one of 25 such hatch facilities in mainland China, spanning 10 provinces and major cities – show the last moments before parents give up their infants  often due to poverty or an inability to cope with disease or disability. Abandoning children is illegal in China, but the ‘hatches’ were introduced so parents could abandon infants safely rather than leaving them in the streets.

 But critics argue it encourages drastic action and believe some parents may feel it is more socially acceptable to abandon their children.

 One such … hatch in opened in January, but staff were forced to shut the door just two months later after becoming overwhelmed with 262 abandoned youngsters – all of which were ill or disabled. ‘My baby cannot take care of itself when it grows up. I just want my baby to survive,’ said a mother reported the South China Morning Post.

 In one of the photos an uncle is seen leaving his niece who he says is suffering from leukemia and her parents can not afford her medical bills.

 After a half of century of Maocare?

 Another distressing image shows a man crying after being told his baby is too old to be accepted. A parent typically opens a door and places their infant in a small room, rings a bell and leaves before welfare services collect the child.

 Last month the welfare home’s director Xu Jiu announced the suspension and told Xinhua news agency: ‘I hope everyone understands the difficulties the welfare centre face.’We are temporarily closing the centre [to new babies] so that we can properly care for the infants already at the centre.’ The centre, which also cares for orphans, has 1,000 beds.

 Some 10,000 children were abandoned in China every year, said Wang Zhenyao, president of the China Welfare Research Institute at Beijing Normal University. …many of these are girls and disabled children. Abandonment has been encouraged by the one-child policy and a traditional bias for sons, who support elderly parents and continue the family name, leading to the abandonment of girls.

 Even as China starts to relax the one-child policy, allowing millions of families to have a second child, it still penalises people who flout the rules.”

 
Read more and see the pictures:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2595184/Heartbreaking-moments-parents-say-goodbye-sons-daughters.html#ixzz2xsd3OQzE

 

None are as blind as those who would not see. The western admirers of the Chinese ways show either their wilful ignorance or blind adherence to the socialist ideology.

 Fog of ChaosChina shows the way / Chinese shell game / Neo-imperialism / Chinese crush on ivoryquill.1

 

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Their ABC, their SBS, their NITV…

 

...from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 

Tim Blair – Thursday, April 03, 2014 :

The ABC’s Mark Scott finds virtue in his billion-dollar network’s abysmal ratings:

He noted that not one of TV’s top-50 rating shows last year aired on the ABC. This was a “fact conveniently lost on those who persist in depicting the ABC as an all-conquering, audience-snatching competitor”.

Tax-snatching, yes. Audience-snatching, not so much. Why are we paying all that money for something we don’t watch?”

aus.pressThose new fancy digital television sets can search for stations they can receive. I would not claim that mine is a representative device. I live about a kilometre from Brisbane CBD. Yet out of curiosity I checked and found that out of the nineteen stations I can get, nine are financed by a taxpayer. At least two of those commercial ones are strictly advertising broadcasters. So more than a half stations are pumping out the Left propaganda …quill.1

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Long, too long America

 

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

Long, too long America,

 Travelling roads all even and peaceful you learn from joys and prosperity only,

 But now, ah now, to learn from crises of anguish, advancing, grappling with direst fate and recoiling not,

 And now to conceive and show to the world what your children en-masse really are,

 (For who except myself has yet conceived what your children really are?)

 

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The Constitution Con

 

...from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 

aborigine.girlDo Aborigines want to change the Constitution? What a silly question. But first – who are the Aborigines today? No or no reliable birth certificates, no DNA to tell us… Visitors to Australia are often puzzled, seeing “Aboriginal” spokesmen on TV, and ask – Aren’t the Aborigines supposed to be black? The truthfull answer would be, “Yes, Aborigines usually have dark skin, and no, TV, academic and political ‘Aborigines’ mostly do not”. But thanks to sec 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975 and the infamous “Bromberg’s Bolt Ban” (see Fog of Chaos Travails of Bolt and Everything bad is good for something) very few would bother to answer.

Aborigine-ness or the lack of it has nothing to do with the colour of the skin, of course. Only the perpetualy aggrieved try to make it so. Our hypocrites apparently see no contradiction in the apartheid being so bad in South Africa, and so good in Australia. Aborigines, but only those defined and approved by them, should be treated differently from the rest of the population.

How many read the Constitution or at least the Preamble to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act of 1900*? Or better, how many Aborigines can read? “…most damning evidence came from the indigenous Kardu Numida Council (Wadeye). In 1998, it gave the following estimate of its constituents’ literacy and numeracy skills -40 -60-years-olds: good literacy, fair numeracy skills;  25 -40-years-olds: poor literacy, poor numeracy; under 25: nil literacy, nil numeracy.” See Fog of Chaos Aboriginal literacy and its enemies>.

Furthermore, real Aborigines are smarter than their city-based advocates and know that only the parasitic class will benefit.

 If not the Aborigines, perhaps the Aboriginal ‘communities’ will like the change?

 To many observers who understand Aboriginal culture the term “Aboriginal community” is an oxymoron demonstrated by community dysfunction every day.

 What is interesting is not so much how readily the wishful-thinking, white urban elites adopt Eurocentric political forms and project them on to Aborigines, I guess that is to be expected of those ill-informed about traditional Aboriginal culture, but that the Aborigines of the urban elites themselves are so equally ill-informed about their own culture that they do exactly the same thing, fully expecting them to work. Take Warren Mundine’s idea of Aboriginal “nations”. The whole concept of “nationhood” is foreign to the Aboriginal experience and has no parallel in Indigenous culture before it was introduced by white anthropologists in a rush of misguided projection. The fact that there were no “national” structures that British settlers could treat with is demonstrated by the fact that in places where political units capable of signing treaties existed, as in New Zealand, settler governments did actually sign treaties.

 But this is not about the definition of a “nation” — those arguments, and the consequences, will no doubt be covered elsewhere as the constitutional debate gathers more airtime, headlines and opinion columns.

 Since “self-determination”, every remote community has (by an large) systematically and enthusiastically rejected all major aspects of mainstream culture. Mainstream education has declined to the point where grandparents are more likely to be literate than either their children or grand children. – - – Indigenous communities tolerate levels of poor education, poor health outcomes, violence, substance abuse, and child abuse that would not be endured elsewhere.” / Frank Pledge – Traditional culture invented yesterday

It should be clarified – the Abbott’s (in fact joint Gillard/Abbott) proposal is to insert a preamble to The Constitution, which as such has none. It will require a referendum. The draft Preamble is expected in September 2014. Whatever the actual wording, it will do nothing to improve the lot of Aborigines; everybody with a modicum of common sense knows that. So if it doesn’t change anything why bother? Is it just Abbott’s feel-good confidence trick? See Rousseau shouldn’t re-write our Constitution.

 judiciary_logoIn a normal, or rather an ideal system it indeed would not matter and be only yet another empty symbolism (like all those Sorry theatres and Apology histrionics) for the greater inner glow of the coffee latte set. However, our political system is skewed by the rampant judicial activism. We have too many mediocre lawyers as judges – appointed by a political party for purpose of advancing that political party’s agenda. Invariably their mediocrity is covered by overblown egos. They are sure they can do better than the politicians who appointed them (and who made the laws), and the ignorant plebs who voted those politicians in. They do not interpret and apply the laws, they ‘improve’ them in their own, predominantly Left image and even make them. The human rights, aboriginal rights and all other assorted rights lawyers know that any ‘rights’ claim, however fanciful and unprecedented, will get a sympathetic hearing from the activist judges, who comprise at least three quarters of the States and Federal judiciary.

Cui bono? Not the Aborigines.

What possessed Abbott? Is he trying to get lawyers on his side? Is he pandering to the lowest common denominator? See Fog of Chaos Symbolic symbols. I believe the real answer is that he is a pretend conservative, a light pink under the eggshell blue. He is only a politician and never will be a statesman. He is far too insecure and his overwhelming desire to be liked does not bode well for Australia.

Niki Sawa on Abbott: He was not elected Prime Minister to indulge his whims and fancies. If anyone’s whims or fancies warrant humouring, it’s the voters’ …

 

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*/ (Preamble)

 An Act to constitute the Commonwealth of Australia. [9th July 1900]

 (The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom at Westminster)

 Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and under the Constitution hereby established:

 And whereas it is expedient to provide for the admission into the Commonwealth of other Australasian Colonies and possessions of the Queen:

 Be it therefore enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:–

 1. This Act may be cited as the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act.

 2. The provisions of this Act referring to the Queen shall extend to Her Majesty’s heirs and successors in the sovereignty of the United Kingdom.

 3. It shall be lawful for the Queen, with the advice of the Privy Council, to declare by proclamation that, on and after a day therein appointed, not being later that one year after the passing of this Act, the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, and also, if Her Majesty is satisfied that the people of Western Australia have agreed thereto, of Western Australia, shall be united in a Federal Commonwealth under the name of the Commonwealth of Australia. But the Queen may, at any time after the proclamation, appoint a Governor-General for the Commonwealth.

 4. The Commonwealth shall be established, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth shall take effect, on and after the day so appointed. But the Parliaments of the several colonies may at any time after the passing of this Act make any such laws, to come into operation on the day so appointed, as they might have made if the Constitution had taken effect at the passing of this Act.

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AGW confusion

 

from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Mosquito Despite the occasional protestations to the contrary, many so called conservatives subconsciously utilise the Marxist dialectic in their thinking and writing. They can’t help themselves. Perhaps they do not realise that, in the same way as a minnow spawn, born and raised in foetid water does not realise that there could be something else outside a pond. A minnow is occasionally pulled out of that muddy water by a rational angler. But then it is too late, and I wonder whether that minnow dies regretting for a split second not evolving into something smarter, or failing that, inedible. Most of our intellectuals have yet to face the reality of the rational world; and I suspect that as with a minnow, the realisation will come too late.

That intellectual laziness leads to adopting the Left’s intellectual framework, semantic and vocabulary. There is probably not a field of human endeavour and knowledge not denigrated and demeaned by the Left’s deliberate twisting of meaning of ordinary words and expressions. For example, for some reason now even the rational people gave in and refer to AGW ( Anthropogenic Global Warming) as a Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming.

 This happened when some people, not believing the AGW propaganda, would say they do not believe that people can cause global warming. The warmists responded by referring to that Dr Lorenz’s butterfly somewhere in Amazonian forests* as a proof of all the sceptics’ ignorance and bias.

  I recall a story, possibly apocryphal, but likely not, about a dissertation work at one of the solid technical tertiary institutions in pre-war Czechoslovakia. The engineering candidate successfully defended his work on the effect of a sherman.on.bridgemosquito landing on a steel bridge. Nobody would dispute that placing a Sherman tank on one of the girders would create stress upon the material, which can be precisely calculated. Engineers spend entire lives doing this. Obviously, a mosquito has a mass and no matter is absolutely rigid. With a mosquito one simply has to deal with more decimal places to find how little that bridge will twist and bend. It has to, notwithstanding the practical difficulties in measuring it and an absolute futility of doing so.

 The work, despite the tongue in cheek theme, obviously had a practical application – a simple question of decimal places – 8-68 perhaps, but nobody possessing a modicum of common sense would worry about one, twenty or thousand of tiny insects.

 However, the common sense is something the benighted victims of the Australian educational system may have heard of, but dismissed in favour of the instant wikipedia wisdom. Thus the enemies of common sense and dishonest dissemblers raised hue and cry about one of the many points the logical, scientific sceptics make i.e. that people and their activities could not be possibly responsible for any significant global, i.e. whole earth, not just the Melbourne CBD, warming. Let’s leave aside the undeniable fact that the global temperatures have not raised for more than sixteen years now, despite of the increasing CO2 emissions from China.

 There may be some who, either out of ignorance or out of sheer despair over warmists’ fallacies, would claim that people’s behaviour has absolutely no effect on the environment. It is wrong; obviously it has, but the serious question ought to be, like in that bridge story, are we a tank or a mosquito? At the worst, we are a mosquito, and a reasonably well designed and built bridge can handle a tank or two. The Earth can handle humans, it is just that humans can’t handle themselves.

 The sceptics should not give in to the childish arguments of charlatans. When the anti-carbon dioxide mafia substituted the Anthropogenic Global Warming by the climate change, they showed the flimsiness of the original myth. Perhaps in the future they will start talking about the catastrophic climate change.

 We should not play on their bent field, under their flexible rules, and most importantly we should not let them to announce the result. Dismissing their vocabulary with the contempt it deserves and using the time-honoured one would be a good start.

  If not – let’s welcome tomorrow’s anthropogenic sunrise.

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 */ If indeed, according to the chaos theory, a butterly flapping its wings can cause a tornado in Texas, what do all those birds do to the climate? Forget carbon dioxide – shoot, sorry, poison (the preferred green method), all of them.

 

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A good book

 

Paul Jacko

 Good books are not easy to find, and, given our limited lifespan, understandable reluctance to rely too much on the opinions of others and plain laziness, the selective reading is a must.

  Some people I heard of read only classics, presumably Greeks and Romans. Or just Marx? I would concede that some new literature is worth checking though one suspects that 99% of what is so admired by the literati today will pass into oblivion before we reach a half of the century.

I recall a short debate a long time ago with a lawyer about the dearth of time for reading; and I mentioned, without intention of bragging or anything of that sort, an approximate number of books I had managed to read recently. He dismissed it with, “Oh, I don’t read novels.” It took my breath away; I said nothing to that and excused myself to get a stiff drink. The audacity worthy of Barrack! The poor man presumed that I read novels, and only novels, which presumably made him, with his monthly reading of The Australian Law Journal, somehow superior. Were I minded to score a point, I could have asked if Balzac, Dostoyevski, Zola, Turgenev, Maupassant, Tolstoy, Mann, Hugo or Hemingway have absolutely nothing to say to him.

 1984novel Or perhaps Eric Arthur Blair, (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950) better know as George Orwell. Beside the two books, which made him world famous, he also wrote Down and Out in Paris and London (1933), Burmese days (1934), A Clergyman’s Daughter (1935), Keep the Aspidistras Flying (1936), The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), Homage to Catalonia (1938), Coming Up for Air (1939). Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four came out in 1945 and 1949 respectively.

  I was aware of The Road to Wigan Pier; I vaguely knew it did not please his Left-wing publisher, but never felt any great desire to read it. However, when I happened to see it in a library…

 ignoranceGeorge Orwell was commissioned in January 1936 to contribute to the series of books on ‘condition of England’. Later the publisher Victor Gollancz decided to include the book in the Left Book Club publications, but only the first half; the second, in today’s Orwellian speak, being too politically incorrect, i.e. truthful. At that time Orwell had gone to the Spanish civil war, and his wife did not allow any changes. Gollancz therefore had to write a foreword in which “he twisted and turned to protect his readers and his club’s ideological purity from this rude old Etonian.” (Bernard Crick)

  I think that even the first half is pretty damming to the simple-minded socialists, nevertheless I doubt that they are likely to read the either half. As proficient our ‘intellectuals’ are in the prescribed group-think, an independent thought is beyond them.

George Orwell could almost be describing our contemporary ‘progressives’ : ‘…all that dreary tribe of high-minded women and sandal-wearers and bearded fruit-juice drinkers who come forward flocking towards the smell of “progress” like bluebottles to a dead cat‘.

  I am not sure what Orwell had against ‘fruit-juice drinkers’. I guess that it was a description at those times akin to our ‘Chardonnay socialists’, or more recently ‘coffee-latte set’, i.e. superficial human beings, defining themselves by what they consume.

 As far as a fruit juice as such is concerned, the Australian progressives, Labor party and the unions are now very much against it. During its 2012 election campaign, Australian Capital Territory Labor Party promised to eliminate sugary drinks in primary schools by 2017 by offering incentives for primary schools that agreed to stop selling fruit juice and soft drinks. When re-elected, they simply banned them. One could also mention the so far unsuccessful attempts by the unions to force a closure of a fruit drink manufacturer, SPC.

 Or: ‘Here you come upon the important fact that every revolutionary opinion draws part of its strength from a secret conviction that nothing can be changed.’

Progress or no progress, global freezing or global warming – makes no difference to them. The whole book is worth reading; and if by reason of advancing years you are pressed for time, the second half; and if you are really, really desperate, just those excerpts (the page numbers refer to George Orwell The Road to Wigan Pier Penguin Modern Classics 2001):

 p.147 – (about John Galsworthy) “So, having set out to be the champion of the underdog against tyranny and injustice, he ends by advocating (vide The Silver Spoon) that the English working class, to cure their economic ills, shall be deported to the colonies like batches of cattle. If he had lived ten years longer he would quite probably have arrived at some genteel version of Fascism. This is the inevitable fate of the sentimentalist. All his opinions change into their opposites at the first brush of reality.”

 One wonders how many, for example, Aborigine Rights Advocates would remain, and how many would turn racist, had they had any contact with the subjects of their concerns. However, they have learned to avoid reality and watch ABC instead.

 p.161 – “One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist and feminist in England.”

Communism not so much today, at least not openly, but otherwise any anti-human agenda still draws.

 p.166 – “Sometimes I look at a Socialist – the intellectual, track-writing type of Socialist, with his pullover, his fuzzy hair, and his Marxian quotation – and wonder what the devil his motive really is. It is often difficult to believe that it is a love of anybody, especially of the working class, from whom he is of all people orwell_animal_farm furthest removed. The underlying motive of many Socialists, I believe, is simply a hypertrophied sense of order. The present state of affairs offends them not because it causes misery, still less because it makes freedom impossible, but because it is untidy; what they desire, basically, is to reduce the world to something resembling a chess-board.”

Once again he got it right. See Fog of Chaos Malignant Marxists and The worldwide attack on the freedom of speech; and Andrew Bolt A graph to plot Nanny Roxon’s great success.

p.180 – “Presumably, for instance, the inhabitants of Utopia would create artificial dangers in order to exercise their courage, and do dumb-bell exercises to harden muscles which they would never be obliged to use. And here you observe the huge contradiction which is usually present in the idea of progress. The tendency of mechanical progress is to make your environment safe and soft; yet you are striving to keep yourself brave and hard. You are at the same moment furiously pressing forward and desperately holding back. It is as though a London stockbroker should go to his office in a suit of chain mail and insist on talking medieval Latin. So in the last analysis the champion of progress is also the champion of anachronisms.”

 Not chain mail, but lycra.

pp.180-181 – “Therefore, one must say that, taking society as a whole, the result of the transition from horses to cars has been an increase in human softness. Presently somebody comes along with another invention, the aeroplane for instance, which does not at first sight appear to make life safer. The first men who went up in aeroplanes were superlatively brave, and even today it must need an exceptionally good nerve to be a pilot.

Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke, a former trade union apparatchik, memorably described pilots as ‘ glorified bus drivers’. That was during the pilots’ strike in 1989, which the unionist Bob equally memorably broke by using the pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force.

But the same tendency as before is at work. The aeroplane, like the motor car, will be made foolproof; a million of engineers are working, almost unconsciously, in that direction. Finally – this is the objective, thought it may never be reached – you will get an aeroplane whose pilot needs no more skill or courage than a baby in its perambulator.”

 We are almost there – see A Flight of the drone.

p.201 – “We have reached a stage when the very word ‘Socialism’ calls up, on the one hand, a picture of aeroplanes, tractors and huge glittering factories of glass and concrete; on the other, a picture of vegetarians with wilting beards, of Bolshevik commissars (half gangster, half gramophone), of earnest ladies in sandals, shock-headed Marxists chewing polysyllables, escaped Quakers, birth control fanatics and labour party backstairs-crawlers.”

 We don’t seem to have escaped Quakers any more, but we have half-gangster, half gramophone trade union apparatchiks even in our parliaments, not to mention the others. And that picture of glitering concrete still applies in China, Venezuela, North Korea and Cuba, though the West-based socialists prefer, for the time being and as a camouflage, a picture of pristine rainforests.

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Quote XX – Mencken

mencken.2Henry Louis Mencken (1880 – 1956 )  The average man, whatever his errors otherwise, at least sees clearly that government is something lying outside of him and outside the generality of his fellow men – that it is a separate, independent and hostile power, only partly under his control, and capable of doing him great harm. Is it a fact of no significance that robbing the government is everywhere regarded as a crime of less magnitude than robbing an individual, or even a corporation? What lies behind all this, I believe, is a deep sense of the fundamental antagonism between the government and the people it governs. It is apprehended, not as a committee of citizens chosen to carry on the communal business of the whole population, but as a separate and autonomous corporation, mainly devoted to exploiting the population for the benefit of its own members… When a private citizen is robbed, a worthy man is deprived of the fruits of his industry and thrift; when the government is robbed, the worst that happens is that certain rogues and loafers have less money to play with than they had before. The notion that they have earned that money is never entertained; to most sensible men it would seem ludicrous.

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ALP divorce unlikely

 

from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 

Despite the occasional attempts to distance the Labor Party from its masters, the corrupt unions, the unions are ALP and ALP is unions. The Australian Labor Party, from its very inception in 1891 was planned as a political front for union organisers. They have been hiding behind the workers ever since. The current ‘debate’ is simply a smoke screen and medial distraction. After all, there is a Royal Commission coming on; and the spin-smiths are hoping to create a meme for the media to latch on; the Australian Broadcasting Commission, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald will for sure.

 

 Almost a half (48%) of the Labor federal parliamentarians used to be union apparatchiks, and a few additional ones were lawyers practically exclusively advising and representing the unions and union officials; Julia Gillard springs to mind. ALP is largely (officially around 15%) financed by the unions. Only 18% of all Australian workers (just 13% in private sector) are unionised, down from 43% in 1992. It is the nurses, teachers and public servants i.e. the main beneficiaries of the Labor largesse, who are keeping the Labor alive. Any real, as opposed to a sham, divorce would lead to the electoral oblivion.

 

 In that extremely unlikely event of parting the Labor would probably split. The ALP’s loony left faction then would join the loony Greens, or possibly vice versa, and the apparatchiks’ rump would mellow its rhetoric and pretend that they are a sensible political party. It is unlikely that they would terminate the affiliation Continue reading

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South Australian denouement

 

from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

  47% of total votes for Labor, 53% for Liberals, so Labor won. The State of South Australia again proved its Left and corrupt mettle – see Fog of Chaos Map change. Liberal Party won only 22 seats and Labor 23. Two seats, Fisher and Frome, were held by the ‘independents’, Mr Such and Mr Brock respectively. Those two gentlemen then could make or break Labor’s 12 years rule. Liberals, as the second party, got 50.7% in Fisher. Mr Bob Such took two months medical leave. The next day Mr Geoff Brock, with 60.8% vote for Liberals in his electorate, decided to back Labor. And it just happen that in the new government he will be the Minister for Regional Development. Not enough? I have forgotten – he will be also the Minister for State and Local Government Relations.

Mr Brock, trying to justify his betrayal, said he wanted to avoid another elections, “I want stability out there.” Perhaps it has not occurred to him that the cost of another elections would be very small compared to the damage Labor will do to the State in the next four years. South Australia, with its unemployment at 6.6% is only just ahead of the worst of all Australian States and Territories, the basket case Tasmania (7.6%), ruled by the Labor/Green until now.

 The so called independents have sullied their reputation previously. In August 2010 Federal elections the LibNats and Labor won 72 seats each in 150 seats Continue reading

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Všichni mi lhali

 

…from the quills of the dead white poets

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František Gellner (1881 -1914)

Všichni mi lhali, všichni mi lhali,

blázna si ze mne dělali.

Přede mnou citem se rozplývali,

a zády se mi vysmáli.

Žurnály, básníci, učenci lhali,

po léta za nos mě vodíce,

muži mi lhali, a ženy mi lhaly.

Ženy, ty lhaly mi nejvíce.

Srdce mé stále po lásce prahne,

nikomu však již nevěřím.

Když někdo ke mně ruce své vztáhne,

ustoupím bojácně ke dveřím.

Řek bych, že všechno ztraceno v žití,

žití je však tak záhadné!

Klidný jsem, mohu-li pivo své píti.

Hořící tabák nezchladne.

Touha má bloudí těkavě světem,

a já popíjím v úzkých zdech.

Co je mi po tom, budu-li dětem

cestou k domovu na posměch!

Propil jsem peníze, na dluh pít budu.

Šťasten, kdo propije boty své!

Zřím oknem krčmy ven v rozmoklou půdu.

Podzim ze stromů listí rve.

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