NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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

27th December, 1940 : Nauru, an Australian Protectorate in the Pacific, is shelled by a disguised German ship carrying the Japanese flag.

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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.

26th December, 1940 : The Luftwaffe resumes the bombing of London after allowing the British capital a truce on Christmas Day.

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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.

25th December, 1940 : George VI broadcasts Christmas Day message: “The future will be hard, but our feet are planted on the path of victory, and with the help of God we shall make our way to justice and to peace.”

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Zem?

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Otokar Březina (1868 -1929)

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Sen rozkládá se za světem,

za hvězdou hvězda, když půlnoc se tmí,

a mezi nimi je jeden, krouží kolem bílého slunce,

a let jeho hudbou tajemné radosti hřmí,

a duše těch, kteří nejvíce trpěli,

do něho vejíti smí.

Sta bratří řeklo: Známe tajemství jeho,

mrtví v něm vstávají ze sna, živí v něm zmírají snem;

milenci řekli: Přílišnou září oslepí zraky

a čas jako vůně neznámých květů každého usmrtí v něm;

a ti, kteří dovedli viděti tisíciletí,

s úsměvem ptají se: Zem?

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Another year is ending and we hope that you have survived it in good health, both physical and mental, despite the relentless efforts of the mass media, politicians, socialists and similar crooks. The goal of the ruling classes everywhere is to make apathetic, obedient serfs of the rest of the population. It seems that what they call “progress” has slowed down marginally. Do not give in. We wish you better next year.

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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.

23rd December, 1940 : Churchill broadcasts to the Italians: ‘One man and one man only was resolved to plunge Italy, after all these years of strain and effort, into the whirlpool of war.’

Italian prisoners in the Western Desert total 35,049.

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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.

18th December, 1940 : Sidi Omar and Sollum fall into British hands. The situation has now become critical for the Italians.

Laval freed as a result of intervention by the German ambassador in Paris, Otto Abetz.

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The City of Sleep

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

("The Brushwood Boy" -- The Day's Work)

Over the edge of the purple down,
  Where the single lamplight gleams,
Know ye the road to the Merciful Town
  That is hard by the Sea of Dreams --
Where the poor may lay their wrongs away,
  And the sick may forget to weep?
But we -- pity us! Oh, pity us!
  We wakeful; ah, pity us! --
We must go back with Policeman Day --
  Back from the City of Sleep!

Weary they turn from the scroll and crown,
  Fetter and prayer and plough --
They that go up to the Merciful Town,
  For her gates are closing now.
It is their right in the Baths of Night
  Body and soul to steep,
But we -- pity us! ah, pity us!
  We wakeful; ah, pity us! --
We must go back with Policeman Day --
  Back from the City of Sleep!

Over the edge of the purple down,
  Ere the tender  dreams begin,
Look -- we may look -- at the Merciful Town,
  But we may not enter in!
Outcasts all, from her guarded wall
  Back to our watch we creep:
We -- pity us! ah, pity us!
  We wakeful; ah, pity us! --
We that go back with Policeman Day --
  Back from the City of Sleep!
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Fake news?

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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 December, 1940 : Hitler issues his directive ‘Marita’ providing for the despatch of 24 divisions to Balkans. German troops begin moving through Hungary to Rumania.

Pierre Laval, Vice-President of the Vichy government and champion of a more powerful collaboration with the Germans, is arrested on Petain’s orders two days before Napoleon’s son’s ashes are returned to France by the Germans.

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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.

11th December, 1940 : Sollum is heavily shelled by ships of the Royal Navy. Italian troops resist Wavell’s forces bravely at Fort Capuzzo and Sidi Omar.

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A Dream Within a Dream

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849)

 
          Take this kiss upon the brow!
          And, in parting from you now,
          Thus much let me avow-
          You are not wrong, who deem
          That my days have been a dream;
          Yet if hope has flown away
          In a night, or in a day,
          In a vision, or in none,
          Is it therefore the less gone?
          All that we see or seem
          Is but a dream within a dream.

          I stand amid the roar
          Of a surf-tormented shore,
          And I hold within my hand
          Grains of the golden sand-
          How few! yet how they creep
          Through my fingers to the deep,
          While I weep- while I weep!
          O God! can I not grasp
          Them with a tighter clasp?
          O God! can I not save
          One from the pitiless wave?
          Is all that we see or seem
          But a dream within a dream?
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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.

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9th December, 1940 : Opening of first Western Desert Offensive. In Egypt the British break through the Italian lines at Sidi Barrani. General Graziani’s seven divisions cannot manage to resist the thrust of two British divisions, the 4th Indian and 7th Armoured, which the British Commander-in-Chief in the Middle East, General Sir Archibald Wavell, has sent into the attack. The Italian troops are completely taken by surprise; despite their overwhelming numerical superiority, the Italians have done nothing sine taking Sidi Barrani on 16 September but dig in instead continuing their advance. Now the British action, as efficient as unexpected, puts the entire Italian force in danger; within two hours the British troops entirely surround the entrenched camp of Nibeiwa, killing, among others, General Maletti, who is caught by the attackers in his pyjamas. Tummar, Maktila and Sidi Barrani fall into British hands in four days fighting; four Italian divisions are wiped out and some 38,000 prisoners are taken, including four generals. British casualties are 624 dead, wounded and missing; and they have captured 237 guns, 73 medium and light tanks and at least 1,000 trucks.

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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 December, 1940 : The Italians, faced with an increasingly serious situation, have brought in substantial reinforcements through the port of Valona and the airfield at Tirane including the Tridentina Alpine division, but a good number of them fall out as they march up to the line. They are extremely short of equipment; there are little or no reserves of ammunition and of woollen clothing (and in the very cold weather there are many cases of frostbite). None the less the Italian command succeeds in establishing a defensive line from Himare along the coast to north of Sarande on Lake Okhrida – largely because the Greeks, hardly motorised at all and entirely without armour, cannot exploit their successes. The pivot of the Italian line lies at the positions between Klisura and Tepelene in the Vijose valley. Klisura is lost and re-taken. Chaos reigns among the Italians.

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Thought

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

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Of persons arrived at high positions, ceremonies, wealth, scholarships and the like;

(To me all that those persons have arrived at sinks away from them, except as it results to their bodies and souls,

So that often to me they appear gaunt and naked,

And often to me each one mocks the others, and mocks himself or herself,

And of each one the core of life, namely happiness, is full of rotten excrement of maggots,

And often to me those men and women pass unwittingly the true realities of life, and go toward false realities,

And often to me they are alive after what custom has served them, but nothing more,

And often to me they are sad, hasty, unwaked sonnambules walking the dusk.)

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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 November, 1940 : Albanian front – Greeks make more advances after heavy fighting.

UK civilian casualties in November: 4,588 killed, 6,202 injured.

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Čisté jitro

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Otokar Březina (1868 -1929)

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Když za jitra, snů množstvím zemdleni, jsme vyšli do zahrad,

zem celou, jako duši svou, jsme zřeli v ohni rozkvétat;

i ptali jsme se větrů, vod a stromů, ptáků a včel:

kdo dnešní noci, tajemný, zahradou naší šel?

Hrál písek v zlato změněný, kde svaté stopy ležely,

šuměly vody léčivé, jak rozvlnělé anděly,

dech každý sílu žití měl jak na sta žhoucích dní

a v každém pohledu byl úžas znovuzrození.

Tíž tajemství svých bolestných jsme přijali jak vůli tvou,

před rozlomením pečeti list políbený s pokorou;

a nepřítel, jenž číhaje u našich usnul bran,

jak unavený posel tvůj byl od nás uvítán.

Na nebezpečných samotách, navštěvovaných démony,

sad našich přání jemný kvetjak liliové záhony,

a nejžhavější, nejsladší, nežádoucnější z žen

jsme pozdravili, zářící, jak bílé sestry jen.

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Panda economy

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

dragon.sinoThat iconic Chinese animal, an aggressive, merciless dragon, is being pushed to the meme background for the benefit of myopic sinophiles and replaced by seemingly benign panda. The animal was originally omnivore, but now is a politically correct, cute vegetarian. Naturally, the incident when about-to-cuddle-panda Westerner had his balls torn off, is hardly ever mentioned.

The “experts” don’t make living by saying ‘I have no idea’. Thus the “capacity reduction” announced by the Chinese politburo produced the usual plethora of “erudite” guesses and prophesies. In coal and steel Communist China is about equal to the rest of the world; in aluminium and cement leaving the world behind. The directive, wishful thinking or deliberate deception talks about reduction of steel production by 20% ,coal by 25% and aluminium by 30% of what it was in 2016. However, according to the World Steel Association “almost half of the steel policies announced by China from 1990 to 2016 were focused on limiting capacity”. Already in 2016 the government decreed that mines work only 276 days a year, but this year it was quietly raised to 330 days. Governments have long practice in deception and communists governments are the masters. Compared to them, count Potemkin was a benighted amateur.

Is China replacing obsolete plants with more economical, modern ones? Deceiving western investors and the markets? Hoping to extract more interest free “development” loans from the World Bank? Anything is possible. One ought to realise that the command, or semi command economies never work in black and white, as the economists believe or pretend to believe. Both Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, not to mention Soviet Union’s vassal states, ran significant grey economies. China has a long history of paying only lip service to distant rulers.

There is a lesson – if you treasure your testicles do not cuddle pandas. Though a recent example shows that many have nothing to lose:

A leading publisher in Australia, Allen & Unwin, has dropped a book about the influence of China’s Communist Party in Australia’s domestic affairs, citing fears of retaliation by Beijing.

In a decision likened to the recent decision by Cambridge University Press to restrict access to sensitive China-related articles,  the release of the forthcoming book Silent Invasion: How China is Turning Australia into a Puppet State was shelved by the publisher over concerns about potential legal action by China.”

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