NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

8th January, 1969 : Caught on the highway out of Geelong, six people met their end in the inferno that enveloped Victoria today. Trying to escape the flames in their cars, they never had a chance. Nine other people around the state also perished, but this evening fire-fighters said they had most of the blazes under control. More than 80 fires have scorched the state, and although contained now, continue to blaze.

The fires were so numerous that the smell and taste of them penetrated even the heart of Melbourne. More than 130,000 men and 1,300 tankers turned out to fight them. Three firemen trapped near Lara were last seen dashing into the flames, seeking safety on the burnt out side behind.

[ The people, some of us naively vote in to protect us, never learn anything but how fleece the taxpayers. Every year people die in bush fires because politicians have to pacify the noisy misanthropes, masquerading as greenies. ]

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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