Cuba nostra

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Trump’s recent speech (or was it a twit? Or a tweet? I’m not au courant with modern ways of making friends and influencing people) on Cuba was quite encouraging, marred only by the almost certainty that the hilarocracy running his administration will not allow any deviance from Obama’s embrace of Castros’ version of socialist dictatorship. A cynic may suspect that good Donald knows that. One may also suspect that Trump is unlikely to make a similar speech on Communist China, which deserves it more than relatively insignificant Cuba.

cuba.flag.lightIt is likely that Cuban people want freedom and democracy. The question is which type? US ? Russian ? British? Hopefully not Turkish. All systems are under strain, some are in the final stages of decay and do not set an appetising example. While one should not assume that the European, GRU manipulated intifada (shaking off shackles) would be a precedent for democratic or quasi-democratic change in Cuba, the stakes for the Big Money are high. When the last Castro bites the dust, some change will happen and Cuba will open to foreign business and influence. Possibly Chinese, but most likely American. That means the Big Money will take over the benighted country, create local consumers of imported merchandise, create service economy, sex service economy, gambling and associated crime. The Big Money certainly would not wish to create any serious competition be it in sugar, cigars or rum. As Cuba’s infrastructure has not been maintained since Batista’s times one can expect the usual nepotism,bribes and corruption under the guise of “help”. The Clintons’ “charity” predations in Haiti spring to mind.

Cuban people are, or will be shortly, between a rock and the hard place – still, getting rid of murderous dictatorship despite the US progies’ support for it will be a good step. Appropriate punishment of those who kept the people in a dysfunctional socialist yoke for more than a half of century would be a good next step, for when you do not punish the perpetrators, you are punishing the victims the second time and give the oppressors another chance. And next? There is no easy, obvious answer. Could little Cuba defeat the rapacious, power grabbing Big Money? So far, nobody even tried.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

3rd July, 1940 : A British squadron commanded by Vice-Admiral Somerville shells French naval vessels that have taken refuge at Oran and Mers-le-Kebir after armistice at Compiegne. Several French ships are sunk or damaged, including the battleships Provence and Bretagne and the battle-cruiser Dunkerque; 1,300 French seamen lose their lives in the action. The other battle-cruiser in the French squadron, Strasbourg, the aircraft carrier Commandant Teste and five more destroyers succeed in escaping from the British encirclement.

French warships at anchor at Plymouth and Portsmouth are taken over.

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The Dismantled Ship

 

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

 

In some unused lagoon, some nameless bay,

On sluggish, lonesome waters, anchor’d near the shore,

An old, dismasted, gray and batter’d ship, disabled, done,

After free voyages to all the seas of earth, haul’d up at last and hawser’d tight,

Lies rusting, mouldering.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

29th June, 1941 : In the central sector the armoured corps of Hoth (III Panzergruppe) and Guderian (II Panzergruppe) join up near Minsk to complete another pincer movement, cutting off the Russian forces in a huge pocket in the area of Gorodishche, a little town in White Russia south-west of Minsk.

In Finland the Finns attack the Russians in Karelia, while in the extreme north German troops advancing from Norway and Finnish forces are both engaged in the area of Murmansk and Petsamo. The prizes are the only port on the Barents Sea that is ice-free all the year round, and a nickel mine of great strategic importance. The final objective of the offensive in Karelia is to link up with the German Army Group North.

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Assisted suicide

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Večer

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Fráňa Šrámek (1877 -1952)

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Přetiché ruce modřínů

a tišší ještě tvář,

v těch tichých rukách spočinu

a zahledím se v tvář:

Co bylo, už se jenom zdá,

co zdálo se, je blíž,

nějaké jméno zapadá,

že bylo tvé, zda víš?

Nějaké tváře, už jen s par,

pak odvanutý dým.

Ten dým má schnoucí slzy tvar

a rozplynem se s ním.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

24th June, 1940 : At Villa Olgiata, near Rome, General Huntziger, on behalf of the French army, and General Badoglio on behalf of Italy, sign the armistice.

With the capture of Saint-Etienne and Angouleme, the Germans now occupy all territory north and west of a line Geneva-Dole-Tours-Mont-de-Marsan-Spanish border. The Channel and entire Atlantic coast are in German hands, constituting Germany’s advance posts for operations in the Atlantic and for the imminent campaign against Britain.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

21st June, 1940 : Hitler receives the French plenipotentiaries at Réthondes in the same railway coach in which the German surrender was signed at the end of the First World War. General Keitel reads the dossier accusing the French of deceit and aggression. The French are then given the text of the armistice terms and no discussion is permitted. All the French are allowed to do is ask for clarification.

General Huntziger obtains permission to speak to General Weygand on the telephone. Weygand is told of the severe conditions dictated by the Germans: three-fifths of French territory will be under occupation, prisoners of war will not be released, the costs of occupation will be assessed by Germany, and French army will be reduced to 100,000 men.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

19th June, 1940 : Brest and Nantes fall to the Germans, and so too, after a valiant defence by the French military cadets, does Saumur. The Germans now advance on Lyons.

French ships in the Channel ports seek refuge, some in Great Britain, some in jean.bartNorth Africa. Displaying remarkable skill, Captain Ronarch succeeds in sailing the battleship Jean Bart out of the dry dock at St. Nazaire, where she was being fitted out, and reaching Casablanca in safety.

General de Gaulle broadcasts again to the French from London; this time his speech is political and marks definite breach with the Pétain government.

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Life

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

 

Ever the undiscouraged, resolute, struggling soul of man;

(Have former armies fail’d? Then we send fresh armies – and fresh again;)

Ever grappled mystery of all earth’s ages old or new;

Ever the eager eyes, hurrahs, the welcome clapping hands, the loud applause;

Ever the soul dissatisfied, curious, unconvinced at last;

Struggling to-day the same – battling the same.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

15th June, 1940 : The German war machine seemingly invincible, Reynaud decides to sue for peace, but he is opposed by none other than General Weygand, who until now has supported an armistice.

[ It sounds like most marriages. Who should get the Nobel Peace Prize? Both? ]

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

13th June, 1940 : For the last time Churchill meets Reynauld, who still supports resistance to the enemy to the last. In a desperate message to Roosevelt, Reynauld pleads for American help; the appeal asks the American president to ‘throw the weight of American power into the scales in order to save France, the advance guard of democracy’.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

12th June, 1940 : In the morning Guderian crosses the heights of Champagne and launches his XXXIX Armoured Corps against Chalons-sur-Marne, which falls without resistance. General Weygand orders a general retreat. In the French Council of Ministers held near Tours, Weygand himself, supported by Pétain, presses the need for armistice, but the proposal is firmly dismissed by the Premier, Paul Reynaud.

First bombing raids by the RAF on Italy. Turin and Genoa are the targets.

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“No, Not with You…”

 

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Mikhail Lermontov (1814 – 1841)

1841

No, not with you I fell in love so fast,
And not for me your beauty is succeeding;
I love in you my suffering preceding,
And youth of mine, that perished in the past.

And when sometimes my look is long and hard,
And penetrates your eyes of high perfection;
I'm busy with a secret conversation,
But not to you I send my words of heart.

To my youth's girl, my word of soul flies,
In features yours, I seek for other dears,
In lips alive -- the lips, so mute for years,
In eyes -- the flame of the extinguished eyes.

Translated by Yevgeny Bonver
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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

10th June, 1940 : The Germans cross the Seine as the French retire on to the Loire in disorder. General Weygand admits officially that the front has been breached. The French government leaves Paris for Tours. The Italian Foreign Minister Ciano receives the French ambassador at the Palazzo Chigi and informs him that ‘Italy considers itself in a state of war with effect from tomorrow, 11 June. A similar declaration of war is sent by the Italian Foreign Minister to the British Ambassador.

There is bitter disagreement among the French military and political leaders. General Weygand considers the defeat of his forces imminent and think they should surrender. Paul Reynaud feels there should be a final stand in Brittany.

Within hours of Italy’s decision to enter the war President Roosevelt strongly condemns the dictatorships and promises material help to the Western Allies.

italy.bombersDuring the night Italian aircraft take off from airfields in Sicily for the first air raid on Malta.

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First step

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Trump’s rejection of the Paris Agreement could be a useful first step in exposing and disposing of the global fraud a.k.a Anthropogenic Global Warming, a.k.a. Climate Change.

losership-paris-obama-trumpHowever, surrounded by the enemies of reason, by the enemies of America and putrid bureaucracy the President once again may feel the fetters of his power. Hypocrisy of his opponents is boundless.

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/ Images courtesy of Watts up with that /

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

8th June, 1940 : The British aircraft carrier Glorious and the two destroyers escorting her are sunk off Narvik by the German battle-cruisers Gneisenau and Scharhorst.

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Democracy and its progress

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Sometimes one wonders what subtitle would be appropriate for the image –

The puppet master and one of his many puppets?

soros.mccainPseudo-philanthropist and pseudo-Republican?

The Big Money and The Big Fraud?

Decline of democracy?

Soros and McCain are perfect symbols of our road to perdition. Soon more people will be dying because of them.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

5th June, 1940 : At last the ‘Battle of France’ begins. The Germans unleash a fierce aerial and artillery bombardment on the line of the Somme and the Aisne and on the lines of communication of the French armies deployed between Abbeville and the Maginot Line. General Weygand issues a heartfelt appeal to his divisions: “Let the thought of our country’s sufferings inspire in you the firm resolve to resist. The fate of our children depend on your determination.” The order is to defend the positions to the last men.

[ Translation: We, the ‘elites’, had more than twenty years to prepare and had done nothing; so now you die.]

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Večer

 

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Fráňa Šrámek (1877 -1952)

czech_flag_small

Přetiché ruce modřínů

a tišší ještě tvář,

v těch tichých rukách spočinu

a zahledím se v tvář:

Co bylo, už se jenom zdá,

co zdálo se, je blíž,

nějaké jméno zapadá,

že bylo tvé, zda víš?

Nějaké tváře, už jen s par,

pak odvanutý dým.

Ten dým má schnoucí slzy tvar

a rozplynem se s ním.

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