2008 Thought for the Week:
a memory-history of still greater importance [than personal experience], and that
is hereditary. Many of the country villages of England and Scotland were full
of it. The first essential to its growth is stability
take the form of 'feeling for the land', water-divining, boat-building, or anything
else which has been carried on in the same place by the same families over a considerable
For the purpose of a 'feeling for policy', which is really a subconscious
memory of trial and error, the same consideration is equally true, if we are to
accept the theory of a continuous policy [as we do boat-building]. I do not believe
there is any substitute for it, although it requires checks and balances."
- - Clifford Hugh Douglas, in "The Big Idea" 1942
WHERE'S THE FUN HAVING NUKES IF YOU CAN'T
AIM THEM ?
by James Reed
had its nuclear missiles pointing at the US, China and Europe, and some say even
Australia. There are reports that one missile was pointed at Melbourne and was
aimed at where I was staying. That aside, the after-math of the recent Georgian-Russian
battle has Sorcha Faal (www.globalsecurity.org) warning:
circulating in the Kremlin are showing the firm resolve of Russia's Military to
begin implementation of President Medvedev's directive to deliver a 'crushing
response' to those Western Nations 'intending to harm Russian citizens' after
the US and Israeli backed unprovoked invasion and mass slaughter of Russian soldiers
and civilians in South Ossetia by their puppet state Georgia.
Ministry has also echoed Medvedev's directive by warning the West that Russia
'will go beyond diplomacy' in answering these latest attacks against them, including
the United States positioning of their so called missile shield in Poland, and
has further notified Norway that Russia is now cutting all ties to NATO, and has
warned the Western Military Alliance that it will not tolerate the rearming of
In a move that will, undoubtedly, increase the anger of the United
States, President Medvedev is meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad where
he is reported to have offered the Syrians advanced Russian surface-to-air missiles
in exchange for the expansion of Russian troops at Russia's Syrian bases located
at Tartus and Latakia.
These reports also state that President Medvedev has
ordered an immediate increase of Russian troops and air defences at Iran's Parchin
military base, which is Iran's most secretive weapons development centre
doubt if the Middle East 'hots up', the odd missile from Israel could go astray.
So Europe needs a defensive shield and on this basis, Russia will aim missiles
at them, confirming that Europe needs an even better defensive shield than before,
which in turn means that Russia will point more missiles - and so it goes on.
Ah, well, it's all good for business, for the military-industrial complex.
CHINA ROCKS ! THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
by James Reed
medium range ballistic missile knocked out the Feng Yun IC weather satellite on
11 January 2007. Most Western nations and Asian nations were concerned about China
initiating a new arms race. Space authorities are already very concerned about
the amount of space junk already in space and fragments from the destroyed Chinese
satellite could easily damage other satellites.
This was an irresponsible
act, done merely as a form of sabre-rattling. Japan was deeply concerned about
the "peaceful use of space and security." Most media sources in the US expressed
concern. But then there is Australia's media.
The Australian covered
the story (20-21/1/07 p.1) with the headline, "China Fuels Fear of New Arms Race."
Inside on page 12 we have journalist Greg Sheridan writing under the somewhat
childish headline "Chinese Can Hit Enemies Where It Really Hurts."
I suppose getting hit anywhere with a 35 metre, 40 tonnes KT-2 missile is going
to really hurt! According to St. Greg, yes China can destroy US satellites but
it is important not to over-react here" as "I do not mean that China intends to
wage war with the US in space." What then does he mean? On the other hand, according
to St. Greg "China's action reminds us that hard power trumps soft power every
time, and that the nations of Asia are collectively engaged in a big arms build-up."
This would have to be, according to St. Greg's
beatific vision of Asia, the first time that human armies had vast destructive
powers and never used it. Dream on. War in Asia is inevitable.
CHARLES ZENTAI'S FATE STILL IN THE BALANCE?
"Australia soft on war criminals, says nazi hunter." Such were the
headlines in The West Australian last Februrary (9/2/08) as it reported
on the eve of one of Charles Zentai's court appearances in his fight against the
moves to extradite him to Hungary to face war crimes allegations. The 'nazi hunter'
was Dr. Efraim Zuroff of the Jerusalem-based Smon Weisenthal Centre. The good
doctor's claim was that "The Simon Wiesenthal Centre lists Zentai as number seven
in the top ten list of wanted Nazis." His alleged crime?
week, (18/8/08) Commonwealth prosecutor Michael Corboy told Perth Magistrates
"Zentai had been charged in Hungary with assaulting 18-year-old Jewish
youth Peter Balazs in Budapest, over the course of several hours. The two were
from the same town - Budafot - and Zentai, working for the Royal Hungarian Army,
and in 1944 had spotted Mr Balazs without his Jewish yellow star. Zentai took
him to an army post and "with two accomplices assaulted this man ... so badly"
that he died, prosecutor Michael Corboy told the court.
Alleged war criminal loses extradition. Wednesday, 19/8/08:
Lane ruled that all administrative requirements had been met for the extradition.
Charles Zentai must now appeal to the Federal Attorney General or the Federal
Court. An 86-year-old man from Perth has been taken into custody after a magistrate
ruled he was eligible to be extradited to Hungary to face a charge of murdering
a Jewish teenager during World War II.
Charles Zentai has spent the past three
years fighting the request from the Hungarian Government to be returned to face
a charge of murder. Despite today's decision the final ruling on Mr Zentai's fate
rests with the Federal Attorney General. Mr Zentai's lawyers can also appeal to
the Federal Court. Mr Zentai vehemently denies any involvement in the murder.
Law did not exist at the time:
Grant Donaldson has told a hearing into Mr
Zentai's extradition in Perth that the offence for which he was being sought did
not exist in Hungarian law in 1944. "If one looks at the treaty between Australia
and Hungary, Zentai cannot be extradited in relation to the offence which is put
The commonwealth argues that the offence against Zentai in Hungary
does not have to meet charges of exactly the same nature in Australia. Outside
the court, Zentai's son Ernie Steiner said his father was innocent. Mr Steiner
said the men who had made statements against his father were all colleagues of
Hungarian army lieutenant Lajos Nagy, who was convicted of Balazs' death in 1948.
He said they had used Mr Zentai as a scapegoat because he wasn't there with them
During the two trials against his father in 1946 and 1948, the
only evidence against him had come from Hungarian soldiers, he said. "We're
hopeful, we're just hopeful that the Australian legal system will look after my
father,'' Mr Steiner said.
Zentai lost a High Court challenge in April this
year regarding the right of the Perth Magistrates Court to hear the extradition
application. If it succeeds, the court will make a recommendation to the federal
Attorney-General Robert McClelland who will then decide if it proceeds.
One wonders if such 'war crimes' legislation might not be used at some
point in the future in former Soviet-occupied European countries, that will come
back to 'bite' the WW II Jewish partisans in those countries.
what Dr. Efraim Zuroff of the Jerusalem-based SImon Weisenthal Centre, who thought
Australia too "soft on war criminals", might then have to say about moves to charge
those WW II Jewish partisans with 'war crimes'?
What would he think if the
former Soviet-occupied peoples thought the same of the authorities' handling of
alleged Jewish WW II war criminals in their own countries? You know - too soft
on the Jewish partisans who allegedly committed murder, massacres, etc.
POLISH INVESTIGATORS TIE PARTISANS TO
Source: Jewish Daily - Forward:
by Marissa Brostoff, 7/8/08
Paramount Pictures gears up its ad campaign for a new movie about a band of Jewish
partisans who fought the Nazis, some in Poland are suggesting that the partisans
in question may also have been murderers.
In anticipation of the December
release of "Defiance," - starring Daniel Craig, the actor best-known as the latest
incarnation of James Bond - the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza ran an
article headlined, "A Hollywood Movie About Heroes or Murderers?"
contrasts the film's portrayal of Tuvia Bielski as a Moses figure leading frightened
women and children through the forest with a recently released report from a Polish
government investigative body. The government report suggests that Bielski and
his followers may have participated in a massacre of civilians in the eastern
Polish town of Naliboki
The controversy comes on the heels of a Lithuanian government
investigation into allegations that Jewish partisans committed war crimes during
World War II. That investigation has been met with dismay on the part of Jewish
communal leaders inside and outside Lithuania, who note that only three Lithuanians
have ever been prosecuted for wartime crimes against Jews. The reinvestigation
- or, as some former partisans and historians claim, the revision - of what happened
in the town of Naliboki in May 1943 began in 2001, when the massacre was first
being studied by the Institute of National Remembrance, a Polish government agency
known as IPN, that is devoted to prosecuting "crimes against the Polish nation."
The agency's report, which has thus far been limited to a short brief released
this year, claims that on the morning of March 8, 1943, Soviet partisans shot
128 civilians outside their homes. About two-thirds of the way in, the report
brings up the Jewish partisans affiliated with Bielski and his three brothers,
noting that though some accounts by witnesses and historians place the group at
the scene of the attack, these accounts have not been verified.
the fact of participation of partisan soldiers of the Bielski Unit in the attack
on Naliboki village is merely one of the versions of the investigated case," the
report concludes. Robert Bielski, Tuvia Bielski's son, said that his problem with
the IPN report and the subsequent Gazeta Wyborcza article was twofold.
Bielskis were not in Naliboki in May of '43," he said, echoing historians who
believe that the partisans did not arrive in the area until August of that year.
"But," he added, "even if it were true, which I know it's not, the 128 people
are in no way close to the millions of people that the Polish people herded towards
the Germans so they could be extinguished. I believe it's just a consistent Polish
antisemitism and the Poles are sloughing off their own crimes of being an enemy
of the Jews during World War II." The IPN declined to comment on the controversy,
citing the ongoing nature of the investigation '"
RACE WAR IN AUSTRALIA ?
While Dr. Fredrick Toben once more faces court proceedings over
his historical revisionist website, Lebanese racial websites have not drawn the
same legal attention. Last year The Australian 25/1/07 p.4 reported "'Sickening'
Video Puts Race Back on Election Agenda".
One online video celebrated gang
rapist Bilaf Skaf and looked forward to a Lebanese colonisation of Australia.
Another video entitled "Wogs Over Sydney" had among other things, the Lebanese
flag flying over Australia, the promise of "war at its best" between Lebanese
and White Aussies, the glorification of the gang rape of Aussie girls and a montage
of Lebanese men with guns with the Australian flag burning and the map of Australia
riddled with bullet holes.
Clearly this resentment must be due to a lack of
multicultural funding. After all, according to University of Sydney academic,
David Burchell, "The Labor Party and the Liberal Party have been contesting ethnic
constituencies for years and the Labor party has been better at it. They have
deep connections with aspects of the Lebanese community."
this came in the wake of another little media debate in the wake of Sydney-born
Sheik Feiz Mohamed urging Muslim children to be jihad martyrs, and for Muslims
to rise and kill the enemies of Islam: "This is our intention that we want to
have children and offer them as soldiers defending Islam, loving Islam" (The
Weekend Australian 20-21/1/07 p.6). Of course, under pressure the Sheik said
that by "jihad" he did not mean violence. He was misquoted. I wonder could Dr.
Toben argue that he was misquoted in his case? The Sheik has up to 7,000 followers
We are told by all critics to any
degree that the majority of Muslims reject extremism. I am prepared to accept
that statement if backed up by statistical evidence. However, I have never seen,
in all the discussions of the Islam issue in the Australian media, any hard evidence
being cited. Without empirical evidence how do we know what the majority of Muslims
believe? [Greg Sheridan in an interesting article on this topic ("Hate Beyond
Reason," The Weekend Australian 20-21/1/07 p.27) makes the usual caveat
that the overwhelming majority of Australian Muslims do not support extremism
(no statistical survey evidence cited), but then goes on to discuss a very insightful
survey of Islamic opinion made by the joint Asia-Europe Institute and University
of Malaysia survey of Malay Muslim opinion in Malaysia. Malaysia is a "tolerant"
country with 65 per cent of its population being Muslim.
is a successful modern society but : 47 per cent surveyed thought that the government
was not Islamic enough; 18 per cent want Malaysia to become an Islamic state;
32 per cent want hudud laws (e.g. stoning for adultery); 31 per cent want Islamic
Sharia law to replace the Malaysian constitution and 77 per cent believe that
the existing Sharia law, relating to family issues, is not enough. Twelve per
cent support suicide bombing.
finds these survey results "staggering", showing "a substantial residual moderation,
but a degree of genuine intolerance among even the majority and authentic extremism
among a substantial minority." Who is to say that things will remain like that?
When the demographics inevitably change - by immigration and high birth-rates,
why won't the attitudes also change? It is only because the elites assume that
liberalism transcends ethnicity that they cannot see what the future holds. T
early beginnings were seen in the report that radical Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali
intended to endorse Muslim candidates for the March 2007 NSW State election. The
NSW premier at the time Morris Iemma challenged the Sheik to stand against him
in the premier's electorate of Lakemba. Iemma said: "He [the Sheik] doesn't like
Australia, he doesn't like Australians."
course it was most unlikely that the Sheik would have tipped Iemma from his seat,
but we may have all been surprised if the Sheik had stood against Iemma. But,
I do not regard the Sheik as a figure to be laughed at and ridiculed as the editorial
of The Australian (15/1/07 p.7) deliberately set out to do.
UK AND THE KNIFE EDGE OF PLURALISTIC
by Brian Simpson
Most of us
use knives to cut our meat - how can you beat a nice roast beef meal with veggies
and gravy in this bitterly cold weather? But over in the UK, this culturally and
racially diverse 'nation' is facing an epidemic of knife attacks. London police
have now replaced the "war on terror" with the war against the knife.
have died from gang-related stabbings, but some stabbings seem to be random acts
of violence. Some famous young movie actors have been stabbed to death. In 2007,
14,000 people were hospitalised by injuries caused by knives. This
is a product of an over-populated, over-multiculturalised society where4 the elites
have attacked its core people, institutions and history.
UK is dying a cultural death and knife slashes are just a symptom of this underlying
disease of anti-Whiteism. In the context of inevitable decline perhaps all that
can be done is to allow people to carry hand guns or even shotguns and rifles
in their daily affairs.
More guns, less crime. More guns, less knife attacks
on innocent victims. But won't that mean more gun fights? US statistics indicate
that there is, in once violent areas, less crime when people have guns to defend
ARE TAKING OVER BRITAIN
Lord Archer: 'Indians
are the new Jews and are taking over Britain' was the headline in The Mail
on Sunday, 7/8/08 by Pamela Timms.
Indians are the 'new Jews' of Britain,
which will one day be ruled by an Indian prime minister, according to disgraced
Tory peer Lord Archer. Archer, who is touring India to promote his latest book,
said Indian businessmen are 'taking over' Britain and that Indian mayors and councillors
are taking over local government throughout the country.
His comments were made following a number of Indian takeovers of major British
companies, such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Corus Steel and the Scottish whisky giant
Whyte and Mackay. In a television interview staged in a glitzy new shopping mall
near Delhi, Archer said India's impact on Britain will be 'massive' "It is going
to be taken over by Indians, and I don't joke," he said.
"Now what you [Indians]
are doing is what the Jews did 30-40 years ago when they came to England after
the war. "They took over the local councils and they became mayors. Now they are
"The Indians are now taking over the local councils. There
are mayors all over England who are Indian. You are young enough to live see to
an Indian prime minister in England," he said. The number of Indians living in
UK according to 2001 Census is 1,051,800.
interview took place at a bookshop in a mall in Gurgaon, a new city outside Delhi,
where Lord Archer was promoting his latest book 'A Prisoner of Birth'. The novel
is based on the time the former Conservative Party deputy chairman spent in Belmarsh
Prison after being sentenced in 2001 to years in jail for perjury and intending
to pervert the course of justice.
XENOPHON CALLS ON PEOPLE POWER TO SAVE LOWER LAKES
Today: Penelope Debelle 11/8/08:
South Australia's independent Nick Xenophon
will use his pivotal Senate vote to pressure the Federal Government to come up
with water to save the Murray River's embattled lower lakes, its mouth and the
Speaking at a protest meeting yesterday in the Murray River town
of Goolwa, where about 2000 people observed a minute's silence for a river system
dying from the bottom up, Senator Xenophon challenged federal Water Minister Penny
Wong's recent assertion that no extra water could be found upstream to save the
"I say, Penny, look harder," Senator
Xenophon said. He urged the rally, held in Alexander Downer's former seat of Mayo
- which will be contested by Liberal Jamie Briggs at a federal byelection on September
6 - to use "people power" and public pressure to force the Federal Government
Senator Xenophon called for an emergency
audit of upstream holdings, including those of large commercial irrigators such
as Cubbie Station in south-west Queensland, which the rally booed when told it
used water to irrigate wheat. "Why should we sacrifice Storm Boy country so that
big business can grow crops in the driest continent on earth?"
said. "Why have we abandoned our international obligations to the lower lakes
so that managed investment schemes can fatten the wallets of well-heeled city
investors who couldn't find the Coorong on a map?"
Senator Xenophon, who was
joined on stage by SA Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, a potential voting ally,
said the Federal Government had to seek out the 350 gigalitres needed to flush
the system and see it through next summer. Adelaide University environmentalist
David Paton, who has monitored the declining bird and animal life at the Coorong
for 20 years, told the rally that the problem was the result of over-allocation
and not of drought or climate change.
He said the Federal Government was potentially
in breach of its obligations under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity
Conservation Act to manage the area, which was listed under the international
Ramsar convention on wetlands. "Changing the nature of those wetlands from the
point of nomination, as is happening to the Coorong and the lakes, contravenes
that piece of legislation," Dr Paton said.
He said an allocation system that
gave away more water than came into the river was deeply flawed and not sustainable.
The Coorong had had no water from the river system for the past six years, he
said. An environmental allocation for the lakes had to be available every year,
not just when the system was in dire straits.
Dr Paton attacked the recent
Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreement - hailed by the Federal Government
as the saviour of the Murray - because it put off a decision until 2018 to suit
Victoria and NSW. He said it should be scrapped and replaced with a system decided
by an independent body.
mayor Kym McHugh said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should declare a national disaster
with emergency powers put in place to buy, divert and release water. "There is
enough water in the system, we know that. He must find enough water and send it
down to save our precious lakes."
Mr Rudd, Senator
Wong, SA Premier Mike Rann and SA Water Security Minister Karlene Maywald were
booed by protesters for declining invitations to speak.
'CLIMATE CHANGE' - LETTER TO A POLITICIANMs.
Cathy King MHR, PO Box 626, Ballarat Vic. 3350
I thank you
for yours (letter) of July 11th and the enclosure, "frequently asked questions"
on climate change science.
This document, like everything on the topic, is
all theory and no empirical evidence. It is riddled with terms such as "likely",
"unlikely", "believe", "appears," and various synonyms. I accept that the greenhouse
effect exists and that CO2 plays an important role in that. Without the greenhouse
effect the earth's surface would be unbearably cold. However, it is stretching
credibility by claiming that increasing the CO2 content of the atmosphere raises
A more likely explanation, if we are determined to blame
the anthropogenic effect, is to consider that the raw heat of combustion, which
we use extensively to drive our vehicles, our generators and our aircraft, is
the source of rising temperatures.
However, there is increasing anecdotal
evidence to suggest that warming has ceased and that we are now in a naturally
occurring cooling period. Just today, August 20th, The Courier told us
in a small item on the bottom of page 15 from New Zealand, "Mount Ruapehu is claiming
the biggest snow base ever recorded ---- with over 4.5 metres of snow on the ground."
The snow measuring stake had to be extended from 380 cm to measure it.
also is receiving the best snow season for twenty years. A month ago Sydney received
the heaviest snow fall in a century.
The last two northern hemisphere winters
produced deeper than usual snowdrifts in counties like Japan. Besides this anecdotal
evidence the East Anglia University in Britain has observed that the average global
temperature has declined since 1998.
This fact was quoted by Professor Rob.
Carter of James Cook University, Townsville when he addressed the Victorian Farmers
Federation in Morwell in June 2005.
Yes, as long ago as 2005 it was recorded
that warming had ceased. No wonder the term "climate change" was substituted for
"global warming"! Thus we are to be saddled with a futile emissions trading scheme
based on a nebulous theory that gas emissions are causing catastrophic changes
to the environment.
- - Yours truly, Ron Fischer http://ronfischer.blogspot.com/