Category Archives: Capitalism

The former land of free enterprise

… from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger People create myths for various, mostly self- aggrandising reasons; and for the lack of reasoning ability and the visceral disdain of inconvenient facts, maintain them. Thus Americans mostly believe that they are … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 11th February, 1908 : Thomas Alva Edison, the prolific American inventor, has settled a long-running dispute over one of his most ingenious devices, the motion picture projector. The inventor of phonograph, the carbon telephone … Continue reading

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No joke

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger There has been some interesting, albeit private response to von Gress’ The Joke. Oldies don’t twit, and, alas! don’t comment on blogs, however astute they, i.e. the blogs, may be. To summarise the … Continue reading

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Work, women, work

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger   Work for the greater glory of global economy and defeat sexism at the same time! Malicious gnomes of The Economist, for decades fastidiously promoting the global rule by the rich and the … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 22nd August, 1963 : Britain’s most successful car tycoon has died, aged 84. Lord Nuffield made a second career giving away the £27 million he had earned in the first. Born William Morris, he … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 19th August, 1960 : A Soviet court today sentenced Francis Gary Powers, the American U-2 pilot, to ten years detention for flying a spy mission over the Soviet Union. Powers, who was shot down … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 5th August, 1963 : Australia and Japan signed an historic new trade agreement in Tokyo today that will pave the way for a much greater exchange of goods between the two countries. It is … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 22nd January, 1901 : Queen Victoria is dead. She died today at Osborne, her seaside home in the Isle of Wight. She was 82 and had reigned for 64 years, a lifetime in which … 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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Green-scum protests

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger Or is just about to. The latest environmental horror in their eyes is the geothermal energy – I am not joking. I am certain that when finally it would appear that the solar … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)  8th September, 1967 : A protest about the Queensland Government crackdown on protests has turned nasty in Brisbane. Police have arrested 107 people and used strong-arm tactics in their attempt to break up a … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 28st May, 1959 : Two monkeys have become the first animals to travel in space and return alive. The Jupiter missile nose cone, in which they journeyed 1,700 miles and soared 360 miles above … Continue reading

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Despicable Ones (How the West Was Lost)

  Milan Skarka    My in-laws were small business owners/operators in the first republic of Czechoslovakia. Having to sacrifice much for long years before the business established its roots, they enjoyed their life nevertheless and raised a great family. Living … Continue reading

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december memories / 28

  NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 28th December, 1968 : After a six-day flight that included ten orbits of the moon, the American Apollo 8 spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific yesterday, only 5,000 yards from the recovery ship. … Continue reading

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Bye bye Amazon

  from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger   Long time ago, when I still believed that the Australians are interested in Australia, I had discussed with my friends the way and means of saving the country. Our ideas would … Continue reading

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december memories / 16

  NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 16th December, 1965 : Two American Gemini spacecraft achieved the first rendezvous in space yesterday. They then flew side by side, only six to ten feet apart, for two orbits. Gemini 7, crewed … Continue reading

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Tea Party Time

  Milan Skarka  “I’ve had it with the two-party boondoggle” is the common feeling one can hear all over the Republic. “Both, Democrat and Republican politicians are the reason for the sad state of affairs.” Of course, the public elected … Continue reading

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Credit Implosion in the Middle Kingdom

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june memories / 17

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 17th June, 1903 : A group of Detroit investors yesterday formed the Ford Motor Company. It represents the industrial ambitions of Henry Ford, son of a Dearbon farmer, who has been experimenting with “horseless … Continue reading

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may memories / 29

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 29th May, 1972 : President Nixon and Mr Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet Communist Party leader, today acknowledges their major differences, but agreed to do their utmost to avoid military confrontations. At the end of … Continue reading

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