Monthly Archives: October 2015

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 31st October, 1904: A new device which acts like a valve for electricity, allowing it to flow in one direction but not another, will have a big future in wireless. Among other uses it … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 29th October, 1914: The Turkish Government, in dramatic fashion, declared war on the Allies by bombarding the cities of Odessa, Sevastopol and Theodosia on the Russian Black Sea coast. The pro-German sentiments of Turkish … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 26th October, 1903: There seems to have been a breakthrough in the preservation of fruit. Mr Alexander Hunter, of Tally Ho, near Melbourne, has sent a report to the Agricultural department that six months … Continue reading

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Dane-Geld

…from the quills of the dead white poets Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation To call upon a neighbour and to say: – “We invaded you last night–we are quite … Continue reading

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Future of Europe

 

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 23rd October, 1920: Not only is it now unlikely that Australia will see much of the £100,000,000 it hoped for in war reparations, but Britain says we owe it £42,695,000, with five percent interest, … Continue reading

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Apres deluge

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger The European ruling class decided hoi polloi should not wait for the flood, so they caused it: Everything which is now taking place before our eyes threatens to have explosive consequences for the … Continue reading

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Percentages

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger According to the 2015 Lowy Institute poll 49% of Australians between 18 and 29 do not agree that democracy is preferable to any other form of government. Sounds frightening, does it not? Then … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 19th October, 1951: At dawn today the British forces were in control of all the key points on the Suez Canal. It was near bloodless victory with no serious British casualties and only two … Continue reading

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Neděle

…from the quills of the dead white poets František Gellner (1881 -1914) Slunce umírá s večerem. Ve prachu zvířeném davy vesele proudí Praterem. Lid jednou v týdnu se baví. Čas nudný v hospodě zabíjím. Co venku je rušno a živo, … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 17th October, 1906: Newspapers may soon be able to publish pictures taken on the other side of Atlantic. Today a picture was transmitted by telegraph over more than a thousand miles by German professor … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 15th October, 1901: The anthropologist Walter Baldwin Spencer has made the first film of Aboriginal rites during an expedition that has taken him from Oodnadatta, South Australia to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Mr Spencer … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 14th October, 1900: Dreaming will never be the same again. Sigmund Freud, a well known Austrian psychiatrist and neurologist, has published a book which looks likely to revolutionise the way we regard our sleeping … Continue reading

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Socialism and the animal farm

P a u l J a c k o Anybody who read The Animal Farm knows that the rules are for other people, not for the ruling class. That is what makes politics and socialism in particular so attractive to … Continue reading

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“All Is Vanity, Saith the Preacher”

…from the quills of dead white poets Lord Byron (1788 – 1824) Fame, Wisdom, Love and Power were mine, And Health and Youth possessed me; My goblets blushed from every vine, And lovely forms caressed me; I sunned my heart … Continue reading

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Back in town

Perhaps you noticed …

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Anybody you know?

 

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 9th October, 1913: Pilots are trying new stunts almost daily. One has just carried nine passengers on a biplane at Hendon, while others perform the impossible with the loop-the-loop. Thousands watched a French pilot, … Continue reading

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Cuckservatives in our midst

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger “Cuckservatism”. This peculiar neologism is not entirely to my liking, though I already had used it. I hope you looked at the links to cuckservatives in my previous writing here, Realism or .. … Continue reading

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Honor them in perpetuity

Milan Skarka On my recent visit to Czech Republic I stopped to pay my respects at the memorial of American fliers near Palacov (see picture bellow) as I stop there every time I’m in the country. This memorial honors the … Continue reading

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