Monthly Archives: December 2014

Reality check

by Bernard Gaynor (written shortly after the Islamic outrage at the Lindt Cafe) Australia has woken to the devastating news that two hostages died in the Lindt Cafe this week. Like all Australians, my thoughts and prayers are with the … Continue reading

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The Valley of Unrest

…from the quills of the dead white poets Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) Once it smiled a silent dell Where the people did not dwell; They had gone unto the wars, Trusting to the mild-eyed stars, Nightly, from their … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 27th December, 1945 : Two new bodies were created today to help avoid another world depression like that of 1930s. The International Monetary Fund will maintain stable exchange rates through a world currency pool. … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 26th December, 1945 : A new yacht race was inaugurated today when nine boats sailed from Sydney for Hobart – the longest race ever conducted out of Sydney Harbour. The nine, valued at more … Continue reading

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All is not lost (yet)

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That night

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 22nd December, 1907 : For the first time a Nobel Prize in literature has gone to an English writer, Rudyard Kipling. There is no disputing the correctness of the choice – Mr Kipling is … Continue reading

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Christmas in India

…from the quills of the dead white poets Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) Dim dawn behind the tamerisks — the sky is saffron-yellow — As the women in the village grind the corn, And the parrots seek the riverside, each … Continue reading

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Christmas 2014

“Outrage over Nativity scenes, menorahs, images of Santa Claus, wreaths, and even candy canes have become just about as traditional in America this time of year as eggnog and tree lighting. Across the nation, controversies and Christmas caution are already underway. In Indiana, … Continue reading

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Bail or not?

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger There are no simple answers to this question, and I hope to return to it when the time and my blood pressure permit. In the meantime, many people quickly, and I guess correctly, … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 18th December, 1863 : This day Franz Ferdinand, a nephew of the Emperor Franz Josef I, was born at the Herberstein Palace in Graz to Archduke Karl Ludwig and Maria Annunziata, a Bourbon Princess … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 17th December, 1973 : There is growing speculation in Britain that, unless the disputes now paralysing industry, involving coal mines, railways and power stations, are settled soon after Christmas, the Prime Minister, Mr Heath, … Continue reading

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Comrade Un wants no more Uns – Barack to follow?

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger Somewhat belated news from the land of applied Marxism to which no Leftist wants to go, but would dearly love to bring here: The dictator Kim Jong-un apparently decreed that nobody in North … Continue reading

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Prosinec

…from the quills of the dead white poets Fráňa Šrámek (1877 -1952) Po sněhu půjdu čistém, bílém, hru v srdci zvonkovou. Vánoční země je mým cílem. Až hvězdy vyplovou, tu budu blízko již. A bude ještě blíž, až lesní půjdu … Continue reading

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Live Well and Prosper (a New Year Resolution)

Milan Skarka The French diplomat Talleyrand (1754–1838) has been credited with the saying La vengeance est un mets que l’on doit manger froid. [Revenge is a dish that should be eaten cold.], albeit without supporting detail. Well, there are a … Continue reading

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Europe’s spirit gone

Ludwig von Gress I am not sure why the writer of Geopolitical Diary considers the impending disintegration of the traditional political systems “unthinkable”. Nihil aeternum est and none are more aware of that than the main-stream politicians. That’s why they … Continue reading

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India’s civil service

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger In Jharkhand state in eastern India a system was installed to track the daily attendance of 14,000 civil servants. They have to log in and out by scanning a fingerprint or iris. The … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 10th December, 1905 : Robert Koch, the German bacteriologist, today received the Nobel Prize for identifying the germ that causes that most dreaded of diseases: tuberculosis. This discovery, made in 1882, was only one … Continue reading

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Justice

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger I guess you are tired of reading about the Ferguson riots, and now of the New York riots, and all the other future riots planned by the socialist Left, aided and abetted by … Continue reading

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Deaths in custody

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger The death in custody is alive and well. The myth of it, of course, as evidenced by the slogans and handy posters at the recent Brisbane G20 humbug: By the way, the Aborigines … Continue reading

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