killers especially of each other!
Jacob Zuma’s eulogy for Nelson Mandela was very moving.
Nelson Mandela was a giant among pigmies.
Mandela can stand as an equal with immortals like Ghandi.
Why do so few leaders rise above crass human mediocrity?
When will another giant arise, lead the world towards peace and equality?
“Now lookie here! We need to have trust! It’s what friends must have. Now, you know you can trust us, trust Old Bla…Joe! One hundred percent. No, two hundred percent, cross my heart.
Look I know we made treaties with the Red Indians and we got into a bit of slavery but we’ve changed. We’ve become exceptional! Our word is our bond. Building military bases all over the world means nothing. It’s just our way of getting to know people better, stopping clots from long flights.
And, sure, the NSA got a bit carried away but evidence about your visits to porn sites is safe with us, you could bet your house on it…, well, not a U.S. house perhaps!
Look what we did to Iraq! Saved it from an Evil Man, turned it into a Land of Milk and Money…!”
Friends, I guess it’s just another case of American double-talk!
Biden, wearing a white cape made from dove feathers, is exhorting the Chinese to look beyond the sending of American war planes and submarine hunters into the new zone which China has declared.
According to Reuters: “Under the new zone’s rules, all aircraft have to report flight plans to Chinese authorities, maintain radio contact and reply promptly to identification inquiries. U.S., Japanese and South Korean military aircraft have breached the zone without informing Beijing since it was announced on November 23.”
But Biden, fully aware of the deliberate transgressions, told Chinese President Xi Jinping he believed Xi was a candid and constructive person. “In developing this new relationship, both qualities are sorely needed,” Biden said during a meeting in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. “Candor generates trust. Trust is the basis on which real change, constructive change, is made.”
So it seems that brazenly flouting the rules which China has imposed in its new shipping and aircraft zone is nothing but a trust-building measure. Joe said so!
The funny thing is that China doesn’t see it that way! It sees the anti-China and pro-Japanese behaviour of the U.S. as part of its geo-political strategy to contain and, if possible, cripple Chinese growth and so stop it from achieving its enormous potential.
And, against this backdrop, there is the simmering dislike of the Japanese in China, dislike that arose from Japanese occupation of China in WW2. The Rape of Nanking, which revealed a great deal about the Japanese psyche, will never be forgotten by the Chinese.
Friends, as the U.S. goes about its ambition of world control, it is setting up zones in every which place. It is building bases, gaining the use of airfields and ports, setting up treaties and cozy agreements like there is no tomorrow.
But to America it’s very clear that other nations should not do the same especially a nation that already rivals it in many areas.
America has hit a brick wall, one called China. It is an ancient civilization which has been in existence for many thousands of years. It would’ve not done so unless it had a lot of wisdom, a lot of cleverness, and an enduring spirit. The Chinese know there are many ways to skin a cat!
The U.S., a Johnny-come-lately nation (much of which is largely owned by China), has none of China’s maturity, its careful, reflective approach.
The U.S. is brash, impulsive, loud. It thinks a High Noon scenario is a sign of heroism when all it demonstrates is stupidity and a comic-strip, Hollywood mentality.
The Chinese know that while the U.S. talks about trust it has its fingers in your wallet and a stiletto and a rack of nukes hidden behind its back.
America cannot hope to outwit China. Let’s hope it doesn’t think it can beat China using the nuclear option.
There will be no winners if that occurs!
Friends, it appears that Australia has recorded the warmest Spring in over 100 years. That should make the climate change Deniers sit up and take notice surely.
The Conversation (see link below) has an article in today’s journal and, although I find statistical analysis rather boring, I include a few excerpts from it to stimulate your imagination and perhaps fear:
- The spring of 2013 has been Australia’s warmest on record. Mean temperatures for the season were 1.57C above the 1961-1990 average, surpassing the previous record of 1.43C (set in 2006) by 0.14C.
- Daytime maximum temperatures were also the highest on record, coming in 2.07C above average and 0.24C above the previous record (also set in 2006), while overnight minimum temperatures were the fourth-warmest on record.
- The warmth was extensive, with virtually the entire country experiencing above-average mean temperatures for the spring.
- The record warm spring leaves Australia on track to have its warmest calendar year on record. Mean temperatures for Australia for the 11 months ending in November were 1.23C above average and 0.18C above the previous record year, 2005.”
Well, enough of the numbers. I feel hot already. But it is obvious that things are happening, bad things especially in Australia which has a history of dire droughts, flooding rains and catastrophic bushfires.
I guess the big question now is: will Global Warming take us out or will it be a Nuclear Holocaust caused by Israel and the U.S.?
What’s the betting, folks? What is your preference? A quick nuclear barbeque or a slow bake?
Of course, we, the proles, will have no say in it. Men with long titles, little intelligence, and no wisdom will call the shots.
The heads of Corporations and Government Departments will weigh up the pros and cons and decide for us on the basis of their share portfolios.
The ultra-rich whose slogan is ‘Up, Ever Upwards’ will use Wall Street as a barometer! Profit will be the main deciding factor. The chance of Mega-profits will trump caution and prudence every time!
As they say: We Live In Interesting Times!
Well, some of us do!
“William Bradford, the former Governor of Plymouth and one of the chroniclers of the 1621 feast, was also on hand for the great massacre of 1637:
“Those (Indians) that escaped the fire were slain with the sword; some hewed to pieces, others run through with their rapiers, so that they were quickly dispatched and very few escaped. It was conceived they thus destroyed about 400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire…horrible was the stink and scent thereof, but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they gave the prayers thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them, thus to enclose their enemies in their hands, and give them so speedy a victory over so proud and insulting an enemy.”
The rest of the white folks thought so, too. “This day forth shall be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for subduing the Pequots,” read Governor John Winthrop’s proclamation. The authentic Thanksgiving Day was born.
Most historians believe about 700 Pequots were slaughtered at Mystic. Many prisoners were executed, and surviving women and children sold into slavery in the West Indies. Pequot prisoners that escaped execution were parceled out to Indian tribes allied with the English. The Pequot were thought to have been extinguished as a people. According to IndyMedia , “The Pequot tribe numbered 8,000 when the Pilgrims arrived, but disease had brought their numbers down to 1,500 by 1637. The Pequot ‘War’ killed all but a handful of remaining members of the tribe.”
But there were still too many Indians around to suit the whites of New England, who bided their time while their own numbers increased to critical, murderous mass.”
Friends, I read an article on ICH today, one written by Glen Ford. A small excerpt is shown above.
It throws a different light on the Thankgiving Ritual which is celebrated once a year in the U.S. It seems to paint the Pilgrims in a very different light to how they are usually viewed both by Americans and the rest of the world.
It suggests to me that the pilgrims were little better than barbarians who, when they weren’t slaughtering the Indians, were deliberately infecting them with smallpox or selling them as slaves.
What this article does do is to explain why Americans are so into killing, so into imperialism, so into barbarity and cruelty, and so into controlling others for their own, exclusive benefit.
Indeed, Americans have rewritten their own history to hide the towering evil of its development.
The sad part is that America, not content with the genocide of the Native Indians and the enslavement of millions of black Africans, is now intent on gaining absolute control over the rest of the world!
By their works, ye shall know them! Be afraid!
They will stop at nothing to achieve their objectives.
P.S. Let me add that Australia has little to be proud of regarding its treatment of Aboriginals!
Friends, by the day I am growing more and more ashamed of my country, Australia. Why?
In the past few days its amateurish Government has alienated Indonesia. It has also thrown in its lot with the fascist Government of Israel in its attempts to deny the existence of the Palestinians. And now it has come out strongly in support of the one-sided, pro-Japan support by America regarding stopping China’s attempt to set up a new zone in through which it can fly its expanding air force. This zone contains some Islands which both China and Japan claim belongs to them.
The principle players in Australia’s attempt to alienate all nations in our region and demonstrate that we are with the U.S. ‘ALL THE WAY” are Barbie Doll Bishop and the P.M. Phoney Abbott who some have said, unkindly, ‘walks like an orangutan’.
Now, you must be aware of Australia’s position. To the north west of us can be found Indonesia with a population of 240 million people who are mainly Muslim (we have a population of just over 20 million), and further north again there is China with a population in the billions!
Nearby nations like Malaya, Vietnam, Thailand also have very large, non-Christian populations. As a small diversion, a further look at a world globe will show that the U.S. is on the other side of the world. It is a long way away and it only had a population of 300 million. Are red lights flashing in your head?
Now you would think that commonsense would cause the leaders of our country to try their damnedest to curry favor with all of our neighbors, to get them on side, to be the best friend they’ve ever had.
But no, that’s not what successions of Australian Government have done. Instead we fly the American flag, put our shoulders behind the American Wheel, laud everything that Americans do, push our troops into everyone of America’s wars, show every bit of televised garbage that comes out of America and Hollywood, allow America’s military boots to trample over every part of our country, allow their drones to take off from our airfields, let them build spying facilities on every street corner, allow their spies to operate freely, open our harbors to flotillas of American warships, buy American tools of war, some new, some secondhand, etc, etc.
The bottom line is that we rub the noses of all our neighbors in our pathetic, servile, sycophantic Americanism. The American eagle, for all intents and purposes, flies over every State and Territory in Australia.
If the U.S. goes bankrupt as is expected, Australia will be left alone in a very conflicted world. Then we may have to pay a very heavy price for our one-sided worship of the U.S., for our grovelling behaviour towards the world’s major imperial nation.
Can we see this eventually? A few of us can but the rest live in some other-world reality. We watch our moronic politicians sell our nation short and we do nothing. Absolutely nothing!
Barbie Bishop and Phoney Tony have already created massive problems with Indonesia and China and they’ve only been in power for a few weeks.
God, somebody, anybody, help us!
In what is a clear case of provoking China, the U.S. is demonstrating its infantile mindset once again. According to Reuters:
“Two U.S. military aircraft have flown around disputed islands in the East China Sea without informing China, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, defying China’s declaration that the region falls into a new airspace defense zone.
“We have conducted operations in the area of the Senkakus. We have continued to follow our normal procedures, which include not filing flight plans, not radioing ahead and not registering our frequencies,” spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said, using the Japanese name for the islands.”
As China grows, it needs more air space and sea lanes. Surprise, surprise! Unlike the U.S. it hasn’t announced it is ‘pivoting’ into the region. It is just trying to get an area over the China Sea where it can fly its planes and move its navy without running foul of other nations in the neighborhood.
Of course, its new zone involves some islands which Japan and China both claim belong to them. So the U.S., showing all the maturity of a three-year old, flies its war planes into the contested zone to show how heroic and partisan and powerful it is.
The U.S. is the world’s biggest trouble-maker as well as the world’s biggest warmonger. Its constant bullying is sickening while its immaturity and greed is infinite.
Why has the world allowed this rogue nation to become a threat to the world and destroy any chance of peace? Its economy is based upon perpetual war and it has a Hitler-like mindset and, like him, wants to control the world!
The U.S. must be contained before it pushes the world into a war that will end our planet, its beauty, and all human existence.
BDS the U.S. like crazy. You’ll be crazy if you don’t!
Friends, the new Conservative Government has just received some early Poll Results. They are bad, really bad.
According to the numbers, a majority of electors now prefer LABOR who they dumped en masse on September 7th this year.
Are the electors fickle or are they judging the performance of the New Government and its mediocre Prime Minister Abbott to be pathetic?
The plot thickens. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Abbott, who attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, it appears was not much of a scholar. Almost fair to middling seems to be the verdict! The SMH, our premier newspaper, produced the following transcript in an article today:
Since he became the Head Shebang, our Tony, who constantly castigated the LABOR Party for over-borrowing, has tried to organize for our Reserve Bank to get nine billion dollar top-up loan which it didn’t ask for because of our AAA credit rating from all three ratings agencies.
He has gagged his Ministers to ensure they all sing from his Song Album. He has hidden the information about the arrivals of boat people who continue to arrive despite his promise to stop the boats and, to my knowledge, he hasn’t yet bought any Indonesian fishing boats.
He has also insulted Indonesia by his high-handed approach, one reminiscent of English Colonial Governors. Phoney might have a touch of Bligh about him (Mutiny on the Bounty). Further, he has withdrawn support for the Palestinians as they try to get their own state, which puts him at odds with most of the world.
Phoney sent no one to the recent climate conference but he did sent an ex-General (Leahy) to Indonesia with the letter to try to put out the fires which Abbott started with his crude diplomacy
.He has replied to a letter from the Indonesian President but no one knows what was in the letter he received and responded to. Perhaps an undeclared state of war now exists between Oz and the Indos! I guess we’ll find out if the bombs start falling Down Under.
That just about brings you up to date with things as we know them but be warned, Phoney is very secretive and who knows what unpleasant surprises await Australian electors. There is already chatter about charging capital gains on the family home and making pensioners work until age 70.
I’ve started looking at atlases. Surely there must be a better place to live than Australia under Abbott attack!
Friends, this backing away from attacking Iran by the U.S. fills me with a tiny shred of hope that American madness has largely run its course and vestiges of sanity are returning.
Of course, American’s are such liars that you wouldn’t want to bet your house on them moving towards being sane. It might only be a ruse, a false-flag con, a gigantic trick to get Iran into a box and then….BBBBBBBBBBBAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMM!
Israel is apoplectic because of this development! Benny has been dreaming of Israeli nukes falling on Iran for so long that he may need deep therapy to readjust his tiny mind.
Perhaps, because of the shock, he is already comatose and is laying alongside Sharon. The conversation might go along these lines:
Benny: “Arial, you awake?”
Ariel: “Don’t talk too loud, Netty. People think I’m unconscious!”
Benny: “The bloody Yanks. They’ve thrown in the towel!”
Ariel: “Only Israelis are heroes. We can shoot Palestinian kids without trembling!”
Benny: “And drop phosphorous munitions and watch the Palestinian cowards run. Oi, oi.”
Ariel: “Perhaps it’s time for me to wake up, put them all to the sword! Benny! I think I’ve wet my bed!”
Benny: “We don’t use swords anymore, Ariel! We’ve got nukes now!”
Ariel: “What’re nukes. Are they catapults?”
Benny: “No, they’re exploding things that devastate whole cities.”
Ariel: “Do you fire them with catapults?”
Benny: “We have winged devices that go up high and drop them.”
Ariel: “You mean like storks?”
Benny: “No, Ariel. The Yanks have given us amazing flying machines that we use to kill the infidels. The age of David and his slingshot is long gone!”
Ariel: “I guess laying here I tend to lose track of time!”
Benny: “A blackman is President of America now. Obama he’s called!”
Ariel: “No! You gotta be kiddin’ me. Wasn’t they slaves one day?”
Benny: “Long ago, Ariel.”
Ariel: “It’s time we Jews ran the world again, helped God to put things right.”
Benny: “The End Times are nearly here, Ariel. Don’t fret!”
Ariel: “You seen any signs and portents?”
Benny: “Lots. We still got the Yank gentiles largely on side. When we nuke Iran, they’ll come running to help us sure as kosher eggs!”
Ariel: “Will there be lots of fire and brimstone?”
Benny: “Hell, yes! Enough to burn most of them sandaled suckers to ash!”
Ariel: “Will I have a sword?”
Benny: “I’ll see what I can do, Arial. Do you want a broadsword?”
Arial: “Perhaps something smaller. A rapier would be fine. And a bow and arrow! And I’ll need a chariot too. One with scythes on the wheels! I need a bedpan, Benny.”
Benny: “Jesus. Now I’m a nurse!”
Ariel: “Has…what’s his name, come again? Brian, was it?”
Benny: “Forget about Him. Greater Israel is coming.”
Friends, not all Jews in the world support Israel and its illegal occupation or its war crimes and genocide involving the Palestinians.
On Desert Peace (see my side bar), there are a collage of photographs showing Jews protesting the occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza. I have taken the liberty of publishing a few of them (thanks, Steve).
The organization organizing the protest is called Jewish Voices for Peace and they are are regarded as enemies of Israel by the fanatics who live there.
P.S. This child has never known freedom. Neither have his parents!
There are those who would say that mankind’s greatest enemy is the gun.
By gun I use that word to stand for all those multiple offshoots such as muskets, cannons, artillery pieces, machine guns, mortars, bombs, all the way up to nukes and depleted uranium weapons, etc.
Yes, the discovery of gunpowder has led humans on a merry chase. Men have been frantically searching for bigger, better weapons for centuries.
WW1 brought into play huge artillery pieces and, in WW2, they got even bigger. WW1 also pushed the development of air machines that could attack with guns and drop bombs.
Possibly you have seen the Guns of Navarone, an epic war picture that, if I recall correctly, showed the destruction of huge German cannons which fired huge shells across the English Channel.
Anyway, could guns along with gases, defoliants, etc be our greatest enemy? I mean, when we had swords and bows and arrows, not as many people were killed. No, we just hacked off limbs and heads but the death toll didn’t get into the millions, did it?
The crowning achievement of mankind is now that we can destroy our whole world many times over. What a triumph! Who would have thought humans could achieve such towering greatness?
But there is one small problem. While we have guns we will have endless wars. A really big one is brewing. No one seems to be able to stop it! No one is even trying to. Day by day we move closer the the moment of truth.
One nation is trying to control the world. It can’t do so because other powerful nations stand in its road. So what will happen? Will a few of us wake up one morning to find ourselves alone on a dead planet that resembles the moon?
The truth is that guns are not our greatest enemy!