Monthly Archives: November 2011

Climate Ali

…from the quill of Antisthenes   As I happened to watch the burnished* performance of Dr Timothy Flannery in front of some hospital on one of the ALP propaganda channels yesterday, something was churning at the back of my mind. … Continue reading

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Ferry service operating, all aboard

  Ludwig von Gress With TV news crews focused on “free” and so arabospringy Egypt, our friendly Somali pirates keep on plying the trade mostly unmolested in their never ending spring, some of them in order to accumulate enough money … Continue reading

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november memories / 30

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 30th November, 1920: Continuing moves around Australia for liquor prohibition had another setback today as Queenslanders voted to maintain the current system for the manufacture and sale of alcohol. In a compulsory poll, voters … Continue reading

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Its existential not economic

I was recently discussing the global financial crisis in email and thought it would make a decent post in and of its self: …One last contribution, the current Euro crises has a very similar feel to the breakdown in diplomacy … Continue reading

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november memories / 29

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 29th November, 1937: German parents risk having their children taken from them if they are not sufficiently rigorous in drilling the Nazi ethos into them. “Your child belongs to us already,” Hitler told a … Continue reading

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Party of Slippers

Paul Jacko   Ez to my princerples, I glory In hevin’ nothin’o’ the sort I ain’t a whig, I ain’t a Tory, I’m jest a canderdate, in short. J.R.Lowell, The Biglow Papers, II A Trojan horse is of course a … Continue reading

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november memories / 28

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 28th November, 1931 : American diplomacy ha scored a temporary success by arranging a truce in the three-week-old Manchurian war, provoked by Japan’s capture of Mukden. Henry Stimson, the US Secretary of State, has … Continue reading

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Masopustní úterý

…from the quills of dead white poets Vladimír Holan (1905 – 1980) Ve vyžilé omítce města, otřásaného zpěvem nicoty jako kulisa na operním jevišti, ve vykřičeném návyku chodců, jdoucí po paměti mimo sebe, v pohybu prstů, které napodobují stonožky, jako … Continue reading

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Some voted, some not

Paul Jacko The way our media are reporting (or not reporting) ideologically unsuitable news could mean that some people may not even know that  last Sunday the mildly conservative party won the general elections in Spain, not to mention the … Continue reading

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november memories / 26

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 26th November, 1914 : The British Imperial Command put Australian and New Zealand troops into a combined force under the command of Major-General William R Birdwood, who is now Secretary of Army Department in … Continue reading

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november memories / 25

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 25th November, 1928 : Hundreds of supporters of Leon Trotsky have been arrested and exiled in the Soviet Union as Josef Stalin tightens his grip on the country. The moves came after the Trotskyists … Continue reading

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november memories / 24

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 24th November, 1946 : The Australian Government plans to build a rocket testing range in South Australia. However, there is already concern that the range could present a danger to Aborigines living in the … Continue reading

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Why politicians got so bad reputation?

…from the quill of Antisthenes   Discussion between a leftist university lecturer and a MI6 operative:   “You’ll just have to take our word for it.” “Your Service’s word?” “For the time being, yes.’ “On the strength of what? Aren’t … Continue reading

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november memories / 23

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 23rd November, 1962 : Chinese troops halted their advance into India with the whole of the Assam Plains at their mercy. With victory secure, China has proposed a cease-fire and talks and says it … Continue reading

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Trust her (again), she is a politician

…from the quill of Antisthenes   Some commentators are getting their knickers in a twist because Julia “there-won’t- be-any-carbon-tax” Gillard does not like her Greens anymore. Our Temporary Prime Minister, worldwide famous for her steadfast integrity, apparently changed a political … Continue reading

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november memories / 22

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 22nd November, 1958 : The Menzies Government swept back to power in the national elections today with a majority of at least 26 seats in the House of Representatives and gaining control of the … Continue reading

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Don’t cry for me, Qantas

…from the quill of Antisthenes   Being in the middle is not my usual or favourite position, but I have little sympathy either for the Qantas striking employees or for its incompetent managers. The so called executives are solely interested … Continue reading

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november memories / 21

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 21st November, 1910 : Extraordinary scenes are reported from the railway station at Astopov, where Leo Tolstoy died yesterday after lying ill there ever since his secret departure from his estate at Yasnaya Polyana. … Continue reading

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Farewell to love

…from the quills of dead white poets   Michael Drayton (1563 – 1631) Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part; Nay I have done, you get no more of me; And I am glad, yea, glad with … Continue reading

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Finally Good News

…from the quill of Antisthenes   1. China’s National Audit Office in its diligent audit of the nation economy managed to miss 3 trillion yuan (a mere US$473 billion)* apparently all on its own, without help from the Goldman Sachs … Continue reading

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