Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Persistence rules the world

“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.”

Dr Johnson

David Sullivan the pornographer said the same thing. 

"Intelligence is not what counts. There are intelligent people sweeping the streets. What counts is persistence." Or words to that effect. 

Lots of men have said it because it is true. Staying power is what counts.

It's what marks the difference between the man and the child. Men who never grow up, and lots don't, don't have staying power.

However, if you are one of the eternal boys and you don't have it a quality which in some ways resembles staying power and can be mistaken for it is inertia. 

If you don't plough your furrow very diligently hope that people just notice you ploughing on.

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Quotations

Shusha Guppy:

"This relates to what you once said, that “Books are not life, only its ashes.” Do you still believe that?"

Marguerite
 Yourcenar:

"Yes, but books are also a way of learning to feel more acutely. Writing is a way of going to the depth of Being."

Paris Review



"My husband has a theory that people who go to Oxford and Cambridge think their work is done when they get their A-levels and so are less likely to achieve success or happiness when real life begins."
Christina Hopkins, Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2021

Where we are now

'There is a major disconnect between the West’s assumption that totalitarian nations are sloughs of poverty and deprivation, and the narratives of abundance and innovation that regale us daily in Western media and in advertising...... Our totalitarian drift is mostly well hidden, veiled by improvements in leisure, entertainment, and living standards; concealed behind rhetorical niceties and commitments to ill-defined aims such as inclusivity, tolerance, and open-mindedness.'
C. Jay Engel, Chronicles magazine this week.


'Based on WHO guidance, citing Chinese journal articles, doctors around the world began putting patients on ventilators en masse, killing thousands before a grassroots campaign stopped the practice. Based on the WHO’s guidance on COVID-19 testing, again citing Chinese journal articles, labs used, and continue to use, PCR cycle thresholds from 37 to 40, and sometimes as high as 45. At these cycle threshold levels, approximately 85% to 90% of cases are false positives, as confirmed by The New York Times.

'The WHO’s PCR guidance was paired with new international ICD-10 codes for COVID deaths to make COVID-19 quite possibly the deadliest accounting fraud of all time. According to this coding guidance, if a decedent had either tested positive or been in contact with anyone who had, within several weeks prior to their death, then the death should be classified as a COVID-19 death. The result was a terrifying number of supposed “COVID-19 deaths” that bore little relation to the number of “excess deaths” in a given year, even in states and countries that employed few lockdown measures. This absurd number of “COVID-19 deaths” has been used to rationalize any manner of devastation caused by governments’ response to COVID-19—from bankruptcies and mental health crises to deaths from lockdowns themselves.


Michael P Senger, Tablet magazine (the Jewish one not the Catholic one), September 17


'From Vietnam to Iraq to Afghanistan, the pattern of American officials showering questionable political allies abroad with armfuls of cash is a long-established practice. However, the idea that this is the reason the “missions” fail in such places is just a continuation of the original propaganda lines that get us into these messes. It’s a way of saying the subject populations are to blame for undermining our noble efforts, when the missions themselves are often preposterous and, moreover, the lion’s share of the looting is usually done by our own marauding contracting community.

Of Rioters, Protesters and Patriots

A large proportion of the small number of writers who have genuinely conservative views are very old. Pat Buchanan, for example, was born in 1938 and is four years older than Joe Biden. When they die the landscape will be very different.

He writes pithily and he sees things others miss. He makes what should be obvious points, which to most are not.

As in this article from February.

To the media, the long hot summer of rioting, looting and arson that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis was driven by "racial justice" protests against a "systemic racism" that permeates society.

The rioters were calling attention to injustices we Americans have failed to address, like police brutality. And almost all of these "peaceful protesters" were calling us to be a better people.

And did not the riots produce beneficial results?

Joe Biden and his party have responded by setting as a goal the replacement of "equality of rights" with "equity," an equality of results, where gaps in test scores, incarcerations, incomes and wealth between white and black are to be closed by government action.

However, as for the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 by Trumpists, to protest and perhaps change the outcome of the election, that was an act of insurrection, a treasonous attempt to overturn a democratic election and overthrow a democratic government.

Protests by ordinary people against elites are viewed well by the Western media, unless they are against the US elite of which the US media is a part, or the transnational socially liberal international elite that rules the West. 

The swamp, to coin a phrase. 

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Quotations










Do the terrorists misunderstand Islam or not?

Salah Abdeslam, 32, is standing trial for being one of the group of Muslims who murdered 130 people in Paris on the evening of 13 November 2015. Rejecting the terms "terrorists" and "radicalism", he told the court that theirs was an "authentic Islam". 

I had a close and very erudite Muslim friend (may he rest in peace) who told me many times that the extremists completely misunderstood Islam. 

He drank wine and read the Guardian

Was he or Abdeslem right? 

Are there passages in the Koran or hadiths that throw light on this?

Tony Blair and David Cameron said that the Islamists have misunderstood the Koran, but is either a good Koranic scholar?

Monday, 13 September 2021

This morning at 7

 


Quotations

“Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist. We have also summoned Communism and Socialism again to judgment and have found all their forms, even the most modified, to wander far from the precepts of the Gospel.” Pope Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno, On Reconstruction of the Social Order, 1931

"Tradition is the river of new life that flows from the origins." Pope Benedict XVI, Wednesday, 3 May 2006, quoted yesterday by Pope Francis in Budapest, where the press suggests he implied Viktor Orban was soft on anti-semitism. I hope the Pope intended to do no such thing. In fact the Hungarian Prime Minister is very philo-Semitic. It is only George Soros whom he does not like.

“I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket. In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this.” The deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, speaking to Australian TV. 

“As you get older you realise that all these things — prizes, reviews, advances, readers — it’s all showbiz, and the real action starts with your obituary.” Martin Amis

'George Melly used to say that Jagger had told him they [his lines] weren't wrinkles, but laughter lines; to which Melly had replied: "Nothing's that funny."' Times leader, September 13 2011

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Quotations

“Cruelty does not only hurt the victim, but the perpetrator also, and maybe more deeply and more permanently. ” Sarah Rooney

"If the Juju had meant us not to eat people, he wouldn't have made us of meat!" Michael Flanders

"I am a woman of color. I am a mom. I am a cisgender millennial who’s been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise.” Actress playing a fresh CIA recruit in a recruitment ad. This evening I start to feel Western civilisation has little hope - only in Eastern Europe might it survive a bit longer.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Liberal wars

An American working for USAID in Kosovo described the Kosovo war to me as the last just war and I strongly supported it at the time (like almost everyone except Romanians) but I now doubt it was just. Kosovo is ruled by gangsters and most of the West no longer consider it part of Serbia, though the West refuses to recognise Transnistria or the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus.

Lionel Shriver like me supported the first Gulf War and the invasion of Afghanistan but not a prolonged involvement in that country and not the second Gulf War.

Lionel Shriver today:
"If China moves on Taiwan, maybe it’s a toss-up which scenario is grimmer, the US doing something or not doing something. But Biden is unlikely ever to call out Beijing on Covid’s highly probable origin in that Wuhan lab, if only because he wouldn’t be able to follow up the damning accusation with a meaningful punishment. The ‘world’s policeman’ is now tooting about in little anti-hate-crime cars covered in rainbow colours."

If NATO's invasion of Afghanistan was a just war why was the Austro-Hungarian attack on Serbia in 1914 not?

I was against invading Afghanistan and then came round to seeing it as necessary. Now I read that the Taliban did not know about the attacks in New York.


A thought occurs to me twenty years late.


I always blamed Austria Hungary and Francis Joseph for the First World War, but if the Anglo-Americans and Nato were justified in toppling the Taliban and conquering Afghanistan why was Austria Hungary not justified in invading Serbia in 1914?


Austria Hungary avenging the murder of the heir to the throne, in which the Serbian secret service may have been implicated.


And if Austria Hungary was justified England, France, Romania, America and the other Allies in the First World War were the bad guys.


Please critique my logic.

If only Gore had won in 2000

If only the hanging chads had hung the other way and Al Gore been US President on September 11 2001. 

If you think about it, Ralph Nader is responsible for most of the terrible things that happened in the last twenty years, by siphoning off left-wing votes. 

Donald Trump would presumably have been very much better than George W Bush. 

Ross Perot or Pat Buchanan would probably have been best of all.

I am speaking in platitudes. Everyone knows this. 

Even the Bush family must know it.

Americans today are saying "Never forget". But what should they never forget? 

They should never forget that invading other countries without just cause has been disastrous and that the way the US sought revenge for September 11 did them far, far more harm than the attacks themselves, not to mention the harm to other countries. But again platitudes. I am bored typing this.

They would have done much better to have saved money, cut taxes and erected a wall to keep out illegal immigrants. 

Instead their southern border is almost open.

To change the subject, the Taliban have painted over a mural of George Floyd and replaced it with victory slogans.


Early morning and dusk in the Paris of the East

 

Twenty Years After

I wonder if the Taliban are worse than American rule. If I were a Pashtun I doubt I'd think so. They do have martial, masculine, Homeric virtues even though they are Calvinists. 

Calvinism plus polygamy (and nothing to drink).

Despite myself I cannot help being pleased that the American regime has fallen.

The Taliban is not a threat to the West but a million or more Afghan refugees are. There are already, according to UNHCR, 6 million Afghan refugees in the world, 2.2 million of whom are in Iran and Pakistan. Those 2.2 million are no doubt real refugees not economic migrants. 

'There is something deeply wrong with feminists when they think caring for your own children is something bad'

 The whole thread is here.


There is something deeply wrong with feminist when they think caring for your own children is something bad that must be stopped. It's an admission that making money is more important than caring for each other (especially caring for children).
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Dr Charlotte Proudman
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We've lost another brilliant female barrister due to childcare. It's so, so wrong. There are endless reports written about why women leave the bar, it's pretty damn obvious. The system works against women with children.

Friday, 10 September 2021

What a difference two months make

 


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Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Quotations

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."
Ronald Reagan

“There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.”
Bertrand Russell


“A thinker is a person whose part it is to symbolise time according to his vision and understanding. He has no choice; he thinks as he has to think.”
Oswald Spengler

Sunday, 5 September 2021

Quotations

How much of Lenin’s politics can be explained by living with his mother in law for two decades?
'The repudiation of the national idea is the result of a peculiar frame of mind that has arisen throughout the Western world since the Second World War, and which is particularly prevalent among the intellectual and political elites.' Sir Roger Scruton

'To the Afghan people we make this commitment ... We will not walk away, as the outside world has done so many times before.' Tony Blair's speech to Labour Party conference, 2001

'We are learning so many remarkable things about the people of Afghanistan, but surely the most impressive is this: Every single one of them is a translator.' Ann Coulter tweeted this on September 4 2021