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13 February 2009 Thought for the Week:
"Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find - nothing."
-- "The Goose with the Golden Eggs," from Aesop’s Fables (c. 550 B.C.)
"Thus, for 626 years there existed a system of finance based on public credit, with entire confidence on the part of the people and admirable prudence and good faith on the part of the Government, converting the entire public debt into a currency or a medium of exchange which, in reality, made the public debt a public blessing, instead of a curse, and produced a degree of prosperity never before or since attained by any people…
--- "The Bank of Venice, 1171-1797," The Social Crediter 8th July, 1939.
SAVING WESTERN CIVILISATION: RETURN OF THE 'JOHN WAYNE MAN '
by Chris Knight and John Steele:
However Thomas also attacks the 'traditional male stereotype, the John Wayne man committed to manly values and virtues such as courage, strength, endurance, struggle and warrior spirit to endure pain stoically and to fight against the odds. Thomas book wanders over a range of topics, all in the same way questioning traditional concepts of masculinity. He views body-building and the physical strength culture, negatively, but this is common for computer-tapping intellectuals. Thus although Thomas set out to defend men, his book churns out fashionable angst about male identity.
The media is relentless in its attacks upon males and masculinity. Mateship is a menace. Guns, a phallic symbol of traditional masculinity, are by definition a social threat. One of the major arguments given for the 1996 John Howard 'gun grab was the 'fear for women argument. Feminists clearly will not be happy until every single one of these evil phallic symbols has been surgically removed! For example, a full page advertisement in The Age 2/6/1993, p.20) from the 'War Against Women series, had an Anglo-Saxon male with a shotgun, with the caption, 'He 's Finally Stopped Beating His Wife. But murder by guns in domestic violence situations is relatively rare and is exceeded by murder with edged weapons.
More people are killed each year through the mistakes of doctors than by firearms, but firearms get the bad press. Statistics from the USA by Dr. Lott show that more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens, means, less crime. More massacres have occurred through state-owned guns by systems people: so why discriminate against private ownership?
The answer lies in the symbolism and male mythology associated with the gun, which the 'pencil neck new class, especially feminists, loathe. Man in the New World Order must be physically incapable of resistance and even the idea that 'self protection is necessary must be ridiculed. And isn 't it a 'lunar right wing idea to suppose with terrible extremists thinkers, like the Founding Fathers of America, that governments themselves may become corrupt?
In particular, we as men must reject the soppy subversive self-help ideology of the 1960s that we need to 'get in touch with our feelings (what: aggression, righteous rage no they don 't mean those 'feelings '), become more sensitive, learn to cry like Bobby Hawke.
Our civilisation hangs in the balance. Steven Goldberg has pointed out in his publications on patriarchy that even feminist environmentalists, such as Margaret Mead, accepted the idea that claims made about societies ruled by women are nonsense. Patriarchy and masculinity are not disposable phenomena; they are human universals and as value concepts, better substantiated as being part of human nature than globalist and liberal internationalist notions of cosmopolitanism and egalitarianism.
Even discoveries near the Russian city of Voronezh by Dr. Valery Gulyayev of the Russian Institute of Archaeology in Moscow, do not alter this conclusion. Newspaper articles some years back reported a discovery that allegedly supported the ancient Greek Herodotus theory of the existence of a race of women warriors, the Amazons. This discovery of 2,400-year-old burial mounds built on the Upper Don River by the Scythians, revealed the bodies of young women buried with classic womanly things (e.g., necklaces) but also weapons.
Due to the increasingly base materialism of our times, vulgar consumerist values have been accepted over spiritual values and everything has become open to consideration and trade-offs by means of a utilitarian calculus of cost-benefit analysis. The triumph of mainstream economics means more greed and materialism because this world-view is one of selfishness and ego, vanity of vanities. Materialism puts its principal emphasis upon tangible things such as comfort, respectability, conformity, security and safety. Things which do not fit well into the utilitarian universe courage, honour, strength, dignity, resistance and the warrior spirit - must be neglected.
In the economic universe of globalism, where everything is relative to some economic value and the pig-like utilitarian satisfaction of the neo-classical economic atomistic ego, it makes no sense to sacrifice one 's life for the higher values or the greater good all martyrs are thus morons. If the foundation of the value relation is defined in terms of utilitarian ego satisfaction, then the ultimate sacrifice is ultimately nonsensical. No one should die for a cause.
SAUDI WARNING TO BARAK OBAMA
Anyone with a stake in the stability of the wider Middle East should take very seriously the warning set forth in the Financial Times last Friday by Prince Turki al-Faisal.
Prince Turki reveals that Iran last week called on Saudi Arabia to lead a jihad against Israel. "So far, the kingdom has resisted these calls," he said, but "eventually, the kingdom will not be able to prevent its citizens from joining the worldwide revolt against Israel". Strong stuff.
Like other Sunni regimes such as Egypt and Jordan, the Saudis have come under popular pressure to respond to Israel's assault on Gaza. They fear being seen as part of a US-Israeli front against Shia Iran and its allies, including Hamas.
The Saudis have emitted a crescendo of warnings, as Arab leaders over the past decade have lost faith in American leadership and signalled they may make their own arrangements: hostile to Israel, in detente with Iran, and turning their backs on the US unless it can restrain its Israeli ally. Mr Obama's naming of George Mitchell, the former senator who helped bring peace to Northern Ireland, as special envoy to the Middle East, shows he is thinking seriously about the region. What the Saudis are telling the new US president is that he has only limited time to act. Source: Financial Times 5 Jan 2009
TURKEY 'S PRIME MINISTER RETURNS TO HERO 'S WELCOMETurkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan received a hero's welcome on his return to Istanbul on Friday after accusing Israel of "knowing very well how to kill" during a heated debate at the World Economic Forum. Erdogan stormed out of a debate on Israel's Gaza offensive on Thursday, and vowed he might never return to the annual gathering of the rich and powerful in Davos. President Shimon Peres had launched a fiery defence of his country's offensive in Gaza over the past month, and with a raised voice and pointed finger, questioned what Erdogan would do if rockets were fired at Istanbul every night. "When it comes to killing, you know very well how to kill," Erdogan, visibly angry, responded as he sat next to Peres at the debate, which also included United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Arab League chief Amr Moussa. Turkey, a predominantly Muslim but secular country that historically has had good ties with Israel and the Arab world, played a role in helping broker an end to the Gaza offensive this month, particularly by lobbying the Islamist Hamas group to declare a ceasefire. Thousands of people gathered at Istanbul's Ataturk airport to greet Erdogan when he returned, waving Turkish and Palestinian flags and chanting "Turkey is proud of you." "Our people would have expected the same reaction from any Turkish prime minister," he told a news conference at Ataturk airport on Friday morning after speaking to the crowd. "This was a matter of the esteem and prestige of my country. Hence, my reaction had to be clear. I could not have allowed anyone to poison the prestige and in particular the honour of my country," he said. "Our reproaches are not against the Israeli people or Jews. Our reproach is totally against the Israeli administration," Erdogan said. Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE50T20E20090130?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0
NOW HOW’S THIS FOR REAL SPIN!
Just had to put the following in OT. Now you know who coaches the politicians. Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor. The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory.
On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: “Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.' So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.
Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:
FRENCH SAY 'NO! TO FAT-CAT BAILOUTS
You have to admire the French. The ordinary people there know how to stick up for themselves instead of meekly bowing down and accepting whatever bitter gruel the elite tries to cram down their throats. And they don't just write a few angry letters (or blog posts!), or send cheques to some worthy progressive organization to organize a few mildly admonishing ads or press releases on their behalf. Hell no, they take to the streets, by the millions, they shut things down, they make some noise, they put their time, their jobs, and their bodies on the line. Yesterday saw another remarkable display of this national trait, as an astonishingly broad spectrum of the French citizenry surged through the streets of Paris to express their outrage at the government's response to the economic crisis. This response has been the usual doling out of billions in public money for the fat cats who caused the crisis, coupled with increasing demands for "sacrifice" from the hoi polloi: less pay, longer hours, fewer benefits, a bleaker life for you and your children while the elite party on.
But, an estimated 2.5 million people blue-collar workers and white-collar professionals, educators and students, doctors and train drivers, native-born and immigrants came out to tell the government: "We are not going to pay for the greed and corruption of the elite! Find another way!" The contrast to the stunned, herd-like reaction of the American and British publics to their governments' gorging of corrupt oligarchs with no-strings largess could not be more striking.
The outpouring on Thursday was a culmination of discontent toward the government of President Nicolas Sarkozy known as "the American" not only for his amped-up PR style (and celebrity wife) but even more for his zeal to impose the harsh work regimen and vast social and economic inequalities of the Anglo-American model on France. He was demanding the "sacrifices" noted above long before the economic crisis began, while also constructing an ever-more power-friendly "national security state" along Anglo-American lines.
As Agnes Poirier notes in the Guardian:
First, parliament: a reform being fought by the opposition aims to reduce drastically the amount of time spent debating bills, so limiting the ability of the opposition to question ministers and propose amendments - all in the name of efficiency.
Sarkozy's government has also been whipping up fears of vast, secret, anarchist cabals, plotting violence and destruction. He has used the same kind of draconian "anti-terrorist" laws that have been adopted by almost all the leading "democracies" of the West to crack down on anyone who opposes the global corporatist-militarist ethos ' '
LETTERS TO THE PRESS
To the Editor of The Age. 1st February 2009:
- - Nigel Jackson, Belgrave Victoria.
WALLACE KLINCK, CANADA:
To: Adler’s Radio Program: 30 January, 2009.
Australian Cries: You could expect another republican push for Australia Day.
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