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Diary Blog, 13 October 2022, with some thoughts about the latest cultural vandalism

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On this day a year ago

Thought for the day

The people who, alone in the midst of the ethnic chaos which is spreading more and more, everywhere on Earth, ‘devote all their energy’ to saving from miscegenation and ‘to promoting their best racial elements,’ writes the Führer, ‘is sure of achieving mastery of the world sooner or later’”

[Savitri Devi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savitri_Devi]

Jewish cultural vandalism

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/oct/13/channel-4-show-art-trouble-hitler-painting

Channel 4 has bought a painting by Adolf Hitler and will allow a studio audience to decide whether Jimmy Carr should burn it with a flamethrower.

As part of its latest season of programmes, the TV channel has bought artworks by a range of “problematic” artists, including Pablo Picasso, as well as convicted paedophile Rolf Harris and sexual abuser Eric Gill.

A forthcoming televised debate called Art Trouble, airing later this month, will then question whether you can truly separate a work of art from its creator – before deciding which pieces to destroy with a variety of tools.

Ian Katz, Channel 4’s director of programming, confirmed that if the studio audience chose to save the painting by Hitler it would not hang in the Channel 4 boardroom but would be “appropriately” disposed of.

Katz quoted Jeremy Isaacs, the station’s founder, as saying that Channel 4 should be watched by everyone some of the time – but not everybody all the time. “I think you might add that Channel 4 should be annoying everyone some of the time, but ideally not everyone all the time,” he added.

[The Guardian].

Note the names: “Katz“, “Isaacs” (etc).

As seen above, Hitler’s art is not the only work apparently destined to be destroyed. The Jews and others involved have not only bought (not with their own money, of course) a painting by Hitler, but also works by major 20thC artists such as Picasso and Eric Gill, with the idea of getting some grinning little monkey such as Jimmy Carr to destroy them.

It is not merely a question of whether the art concerned is “great art” (even Hitler himself would not make such a claim for his paintings, all created when he was an aspiring art student before the First World War) but of the idea that someone disapproved of by the System and/or the “woke” mob should suffer a belated “cancellation” by having their art destroyed.

Personally, I would not want art created by, for example, Jews, destroyed —indeed, I sometimes post works by Levitan and others on this blog—, certainly not for that reason alone.

The joy in destruction exhibited in a show of the kind proposed is basically a celebration of destruction, and also a puerile celebration of “cancellation” etc.

Some may say that sensationalist shows of this kind are not always created and promoted by Jews. Perhaps.

This new TV show is not some example of witty or even groundbreaking iconoclasm; au contraire— a facile and rather stupid idea.

A sign of the complete decadence of the Western msm.

NHS, a skeleton service

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/oct/13/record-7-million-people-awaiting-hospital-treatment-says-nhs-england.

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Not so. Interest rates will rise far higher than they now are, making buy-to-let parasitism unprofitable once rents rise to a point where renters cannot cover them.

You can see that, already, the value of residential and other property is falling.

…and the blacks, who are anyway inherently more susceptible to certain forms of mental illness (particularly schizophrenia), and who often use marijuana, are thus even more likely to be a millstone round the necks of the British people.

Incidentally, that Jo Phillips person, seen debating with Hitchens, is pretty typical of the sort of middle-class, semi-Establishment, politically-correct drones that have led the UK down the tubes since the 1970s: “anti-racist”, pro-immigration, “refugees welcome”, pro-cannabis, anti-national, pro-EU etc.

Embedded in the msm (former LBC radio producer, former political spin doctor etc), and affluent enough not to have to live with, or near, the consequences of mass immigration, migration-invasion, drug abuse etc: see https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/authors/jo-phillips; https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jo-phillips-1136ba38.

At least she seems to be somewhat opposed to the “trans” nonsense.

Blair is a tool of the powers of Evil in this world. As to whether he himself is aware of it, or to what extent, that is an open question.

Russia can still win strategically. Not only vis a vis the Kiev regime, but as against the NWO.

If Western and Central Europe will only work with Russia, as should have happened after the collapse of the Soviet Union, then our energy security will not be an issue; neither will our general economic and/or military security be a problem.

The natural world

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/oct/13/almost-70-of-animal-populations-wiped-out-since-1970-report-reveals-aoe.

Earth’s wildlife populations have plunged by an average of 69% in just under 50 years, according to a leading scientific assessment, as humans continue to clear forests, consume beyond the limits of the planet and pollute on an industrial scale.”

[The Guardian].

See also: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/26/the-tide-is-coming-in-reflections-on-the-possible-end-of-our-present-civilization-and-what-might-follow/

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Labour is at root not very different in policy terms from the misnamed “Conservatives”, not in big picture terms: Ukraine, “Covid”, (anti-) free speech, (pro-) immigration, though of course there are nuances. The precipitous fall in Con fortunes is really just because it is so very obvious that Liz Truss, woolly-head Kwarteng, James Cleverly, Therese Coffey, Suella Braverman etc are not so much the “A” team, but the “Z” team. Dregs of the dregs, who are simply not at the level where they can function properly. They simply have not the competence or capacity to be at Cabinet level, and the public has noticed.

Of course, the longer that a general election is avoided, the more it looks as if Liz Truss is afraid of one…

Having said that, it may be that the Labour lead will be eroded, but it is hard to see how, at present.

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Therese Coffey, a complete deadhead, as I said over three years ago: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/09/16/deadhead-mps-an-occasional-series-the-therese-coffey-story/.

[Therese Coffey, Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health]

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I was unaware of Hitchens’ book 20 years ago, and came to similar conclusions independently: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2018/12/10/tv-ads-and-soaps-are-the-propaganda-preferred-by-the-system-in-the-uk/

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Diary Blog, 5 October 2022

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On this day a year ago

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A side-effect of workers moving out of care work to other work would be that care work would then only attract people with no other choices, forced to do care work by being, for example, pressured by the DWP.

Interesting video, rather idealistic. If the British Empire still existed and still ruled, the Arab-Jew problem in Palestine would be contained, and Israel would not be a centre of a manipulative web across the world.

I thought Elon Musk too intelligent to buy into a massive scam such as Twitter.

Making the best of it

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11282329/Cornwall-pub-turns-lights-replaces-CANDLES-reduce-soaring-energy-bills.html

That report reminded me of when I was first in Almaty, Kazakhstan (in 1996 and 1997). I lived on one of the main boulevards, Prospekt Lenina. There were frequent power cuts or, as the Americans say, “outages”.

I bought some candles for my 12th-floor Soviet penthouse apartment, and that was OK, though I nearly got stuck in the lift one day when there was a power cut the moment I stepped out of that lift, having returned from my office. The power did not return until about midday the next day, so that was a lucky miss for me.

In fact, my area of the city was not so badly affected as others, being within the “Presidentsky” district, where the then Presidential Palace and major embassies were located. Usually, the power cuts involved one or two areas at a time, with other areas continuing to receive electrical supply. Where I lived was certainly given preferential treatment, but still lost power fairly often.

I remember well that I was due to dine with three people one evening at a small and little-patronized Georgian restaurant in a quiet lane not too far from my home, a place almost in the countryside.

When the time came to meet those people, I was sitting in the empty restaurant. They arrived together, a young American in the Peace Corps, and two local Russian girls who were employed by an American organization; I had met them previously.

No sooner had they sat down than the electricity was cut off. The owner of the place, a Georgian lady called Bella, hurried to put out quite a few candles.

In the restaurant, with its wooden walls and lack of traffic noise (the lane outside was deserted), this created a kind of 19th century environment. One of the Russian girls started to play the piano which was there. Mainly Chopin.

In the candlelight, it was like being in a scene adapted from Chekhov or some other pre-revolutionary author; perhaps a country estate circa 1860 and in a Russia not yet hit by modern warfare or the shocks of violent revolution. Charmant

That evening has always stayed with me.

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NHS… 2022

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-11283465/Grandmother-claims-spent-SIX-DAYS-chair-E.html.

Still clapping?

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Very clever. Funny, but also sad and also true…

Still slightly favourable on defence and “terrorism”? How? Why? The armed forces seem incapable of stopping migration invasion across the Channel, and are too small to stop any conventional invasion. The present ZOG (Zionist Occupation Government) is pledged to continue to waste billions funnelling money and arms to the Jew-Zionist regime in Kiev.

What about “terrorism”? The Muslims are not taking over the British cities via “terrorism” but via their birth-rate. The Jews continue to send their teenage children to Israel, there to be trained in the use of firearms, as well as in techniques of streetfighting, but are not even monitored (much) by the UK Security Service on their return to the UK.

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James Cleverly, proud possessor of a McDegree (in Hospitality Management) from a McUniversity, and who has never done much else (except work his way up in the TA) drones on. That half-caste is Foreign Secretary, believe it or not. This country is so screwed, and in so many ways.

I must do a blog article, in my Deadhead MPs series, about Cleverly.

Thinking about who would vote “Conservative” now.

Some would. People whose income is well above the norm, perhaps; those on £150,000+, and who are also voting out of purely personal self-interest . Then —the largest group— those who want to vote specifically against Labour, and see a Con vote as the only effective way to do it.

Are there any other groups of “Conservative” voters now? I think not. The last 12 years have seen no effective policy or action on the immigration problem, whether in general or specifically re. the cross-Channel migration-invasion. As for that trad Con strongpoint, “law and order”, we have seen police numbers cut, courts (in the hundreds) closed down to save money, a huge backlog of trials, and legal aid cuts which have effectively denied millions the right to access the legal system.

Yes, a lot can happen in the two years before a general election has to be held, but it cannot really be said that Liz Truss has any popular mandate, and things look likely to slide even further from here: utility bills, mortgage payments, whatever may hit the UK by reason of the wrongheaded anti-Russia sanctions and military adventurism.

Even the mainly self-interested “grey vote” of pensioners and those nearing State Pension age might pause before placing their crosses next to the Conservative Party candidate, now that it has emerged that the young Liz Truss actually wanted to abolish the State Pension, and who intends to slash other benefits relied on by pensioners.

I assessed Rory Stewart in 2019, when he was a candidate for the Conservative Party leadership. I also updated it, and continue to do so. A large number of people have read that assessment. See https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/05/03/will-rory-stewart-mp-be-prime-minister/.

This England

Saw an episode covering 2020. Not as good as the previous episode. Too many scenes with patients suffering (supposedly) from “Covid”, not enough scenes about the political infighting. The drama stuck to the official or accepted (?) narrative(s). Not much questioning of that.

Late tweets seen

There is an epidemic of serious heart problems caused by the so-called “vaccine”(s).

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[painting by Konstantin Korovin]

Diary Blog, 26 September 2022

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On this day a year ago

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Italy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-63029909

Viva Italia!

Things are looking up…

Meanwhile…

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/25/pope-urges-italians-to-help-migrants-as-far-right-tipped-to-win-election.

Tip the Jesuit anti-Pope and usurper out of the Vatican .

The 1938 Pathe commentary might be better termed “pathetic”, though. Cheap Jewish hee-hawing for an unsophisticated and uneducated audience.

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[Daily Mail headline]

Britain is becoming a very strange country, on the one hand a nuclear power with all kinds of advanced technology, on the other hand a country where millions of its own citizens rely on foodbanks, millions more on State benefits, a country invaded daily by invaders in small boats as well as “legally” (and who are then housed in advance of actual British people). A country the currency of which shows signs of crashing.

Still, when the UK government is headed by a stupidly ignorant woman who only became an MP on her back, and when the Chancellor of the Exchequer is a woolly-headed n****r whose previous jobs included being a gopher at hedge funds, as well as a newspaper columnist…

…and let’s not forget our new Foreign Secretary, a half-caste with a “mcdegree” in “Hospitality Management”…

Pay peanuts get monkeys”, they say. Is the aphorism true in reverse?

Britain needs, not fake “Labour”, but real social nationalism.

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The EU as it now is is a facade of “liberal democracy” behind which is a core of NWO/ZOG power. Those who accept the EU at face-value are the kind of people who accept “trans” people as women, who accept the “panicdemic” as a real pandemic, and who think that only “discrimination” by Europeans has prevented blacks from creating a civilization, etc. They also accept the “holocaust” farrago as an unquestioned and unquestionable historical truth.

Treat the von der Leyen type as the evil tyrants they are.

It looks as though Italy has a leader.

Wake up, Hitchens. There is an NWO/ZOG-approved msm mob, mirrored by a vastly larger amateur mob of the same sort on Twitter etc. They all know what to say and not say— the amateurs out of “me too-ism”, and those scribblers and talking heads making a living out of it because they know that if they do not support, eg the Jew/Israel lobby, the NWO agenda in Ukraine, or re Russia, or re Assad etc, or the whole “panicdemic” farrago, or the whole “holocaust” farrago, then their “distinguished” careers stop right there. Right there.

Anyway, “distinguished” is usually very much in the eye of the beholder.

Another would-be “saviour” glad to see the back of his Ukrainian “refugee” guest…

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11250951/British-father-30-SPLITS-Ukrainian-refugee-affair-with.html

A “refugee” from Kiev, most of which has been little touched (so far) by the conflict.

Some of the Ukrainians in the UK are genuine refugees from war; most are not. They usually come from areas untouched by war, often have financial resources and/or expensive cars, and are looking for an economic or career opportunity.

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[Vladimir Nechayev, Road, Road…]
[Vladimir Nechayev, Autumn Leaves]

Unexpected event

I visited the only fairly local supermarket this evening, a Waitrose branch. Outside the entrance to the building, a makeshift medical bed, like a large sleeping bag. Several staff were tending to the occupant, an elderly person. There were medic-looking cases or bags around, presumably from the first-aid room.

I did not like to stare, or interfere, in view of the fact that the incident was under control, but found out from one of the staff inside that someone had tripped over and was unable to get up. An ambulance had been called some 2 hours previously, but had not yet arrived. Two hours!

When I left, half an hour later, with my shopping, the patient was still there, still on the ground, and a member of staff had even moved up a large square parasol/umbrella from the Waitrose Cafe, to shield the person from a shower.

As I pushed my shopping to my vehicle, a large new Bentley passed by. Like something from a satirical sketch about Britain in 2022: if you are lucky, you drive off in a large new Bentley, if not so lucky you lie on a pavement, dependent on “the kindness of strangers”, until the NHS can organize itself to get around to you.

Eventually, I drove out. The patient was still lying, waiting and, needless to add, no-one was standing around clapping…

Britain 2022, where an ambulance takes hours to reach you.

Meanwhile, in some seaside resort, the pathetic remnants of the Labour Party were all going through the motions of praising “our NHS” etc, as they always do. Still, I suppose that the next General Election is now, rather surprisingly, suddenly theirs to lose.

Late tweets

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden

As I blogged a day or two ago, “JimmySecUK” presents himself as “sometime journalist” and as a supposed specialist of some kind in the field(s) of “national security” and strategy, but seems unwilling to put either his name or his organizational affiliations (if any) on his Twitter masthead.

An example of his style:

At least Peter Hitchens is open about his identity, and that of his newspaper (of course, he actually has one).

I assessed Hitchens, some years ago, on the blog: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/05/19/peter-hitchens-and-his-views/

This is exactly the situation in respect of the UK msm. On many topics, but an obvious one would be the “holocaust” farrago.

Late thought

I do not know for sure whether Europe is heading towards a third and even more disastrous “world” war, but it certainly seems that that might be the case.

I hope that that will not be the case, and that, if it is the case and does come to pass, a new and better civilization will eventually emerge from the ruins. See also: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/26/the-tide-is-coming-in-reflections-on-the-possible-end-of-our-present-civilization-and-what-might-follow/

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Diary Blog, 23 September 2022

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[Nikolai II, with the Tsaritsa Alexandra, their children, and attendants]

On this day a year ago

Mini-budget of Kwasi Kwarteng and Liz Truss

https://news.sky.com/video/pound-plummets-after-mini-budget-12703855

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/09/23/mini-budget-stamp-duty-tax-cuts-ni-truss-kwarteng-ftse-100/

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/23/kwasi-kwarteng-mini-budget-key-points-at-a-glance

Aubrey Allegretti, political correspondent: Kwarteng starts by pinning the blame for inflation and spiralling energy bills directly on Putin.

[The Guardian]

Well, after all, it could not be the fault of the Boris-idiot government, which all but shut down the UK economy for 2 years for no good reason, while doling out free money like a drunken sailor…oh, wait a minute…

Aubrey Allegretti: Kwarteng seeks to turn the last 12 years of Conservative economic wisdom on its head and present the government as new and radical – rather than hanging on the coattails of the last one.

He lays out his central point that “growth is not as high as it should be”, arguing this only leads to less money to fund public services, relying on higher taxes, and so on.

“We need a new approach for a new era” should be seen as nothing less than a bid to reinvent the Conservatives and present them as a party of change – to avoid being blamed for the mistakes of the past. (Despite, of course, Truss having served in the previous three Conservative governments.)

[The Guardian].

This mini-budget is completely mad. The result can only be roaring inflation, higher interest rates for businesses and mortgage-payers, and before very long a huge spike in house-repossessions as people default on the mortgage commitments taken out in easier times.

Reducing tax for those earning over £140,000 —about 3x or 4x the average pay? That is just ridiculous and will be applied to purchase of hedging assets (including paying off any mortgage commitments such higher-earners may have).

Stimulation of the economy requires more money at the bottom end, where people are almost compelled by circumstances to spend on goods and services, not at the top end of the income scale.

Today, the pound sterling is down, as I write, by about 2%. Interest rates for UK government borrowing are rising steeply.

A budget of this sort does nothing for the poor (however defined), nothing for the bulk of the population, and only helps those already affluent or wealthy.

Indeed, it might be said that the “middle ranks”, meaning people without much capital, working for a modest living, paying off a mortgage, paying for children and a household, will be hit very hard.

If only there were an existing, tightly-controlled, social-national party, —even if small— and with credible policies and people. One does not exist. Somewhere soon down the road might come a “1929” moment. That was what started the NSDAP and Hitler on its path to glory (ultimately, tragic glory, but that is another question).

[“At the end stands Victory!“]
[Germany 1945— “We are fighting for the future of our children“]

Hilary Mantel

The authoress, Hilary Mantel, has died.

I was struck by this, seen on her Wikipedia entry:

In an 2013 interview with the Telegraph, Mantel stated: “I think that nowadays the Catholic Church is not an institution for respectable people.”[5] She continued in the interview to say: “When I was a child I wondered why priests and nuns were not nicer people. I thought that they were amongst the worst people I knew.” These statements, as well as the themes explored in her earlier novel Fludd, led some to question her work in Wolf Hall, with Bishop Mark O’Toole noting: “There is an anti-Catholic thread there, there is no doubt about it. Wolf Hall is not neutral.”[46].”

[Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilary_Mantel].

I myself had no contact with Roman Catholicism as a child. Indeed, I do not think that I even knew any Roman Catholics until I was in my early 20s. All the same, the few impressions that I had then were not favourable, as when I was in Ireland aged about 21 and had left Tralee station to walk or hitch-hike to the mountains. A small car approached, the first one since Tralee. I stuck out my thumb, only for the miserable-looking bastards on board, a thin, rat-faced and bespectacled Catholic priest, and a thoroughly nasty-looking nun (who was driving), to pass me without even a glance.

After a week or so in the sea-mountains, I returned the same way. Again, a car approached. The same car. The same occupants. I thought that this time they would stop, having seen me the previous week. No. Straight on past, not sparing me a look.

Miserable bastards, whom I hope met a miserable end.

Incidentally, I did get a lift eventually, in both directions; on the journey out, from an attractive dark-haired young Irishwoman who would not accept a chocolate from me because it was Lent.

The years spin past ever-quicker. That was in early 1979, all of 43 years ago now.

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Re. Therese Coffey, my assessment of her from three years ago (it includes updates) has always had a lot of hits, and that continues every day: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/09/16/deadhead-mps-an-occasional-series-the-therese-coffey-story/.

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Exactly. Both above tweets are right. The income point however leaves out the main difference between the few and the many, the capital held by each group.

The average Joe has no, or virtually no, capital. In fact, if you leave aside any equity value in residential property owned (usually just one dwelling, and Average Joe himself lives in it), most British people really only have a tiny amount of capital, a few thousand pounds, or even just a few hundred.

The wealthy few however, are often not at all dependent on income as such, certainly not income from any ordinary job. Their capital, invested in real property, or shares etc, is the key to their wealth. Careful investment and accountancy can mean that Average Millionaire/Billionaire Joe has almost no taxable income at all, while in any given year, his capital might have increased by 20%, 50%, even 1,000%.

The wealthiest of all have seen their capital increase hugely since the last financial crash in 2008; The Elon Musks (from about USD $2 billion to about USD $277 billion— in just one decade), the Jeff Bezos’s etc.

People like that laugh at the very idea of income tax. It is simply irrelevant to most of them. Look at the Duke of Westminster, small compared to the mega-billionaires, but still worth £10 billion -£20 billion. Then compare that to the Average Joe, who might (or might not) own, even including his house equity, maybe £200,000 or so. £1 for every £10,000 owned by the Duke of Westminster, and maybe £1 for every £150,000 owned by Elon Musk.

I myself had a great many problems with HMRC long ago. Partly but not entirely self-inflicted, and all now (long ago, over a decade ago) resolved to my satisfaction. I never ever encountered a bureaucracy as shambolic (as well as, in some cases, unpleasant) as HMRC. Not in Eastern Europe, not in the former Soviet Union, not in the USA (which came close, at times).

Look at them: Charles, Anne, Edward, Andrew, Harry (formerly known as “Prince”), William. Are any of them beyond mediocre in intellect, character, or in any way other than unearned and unmerited wealth? Most of them do not even pay taxes.

Meanwhile, Kelvin McKenzie, formerly of the Sun “newspaper”, exposes his ignorance once again:

McKenzie seems unaware that there is more to tax than income tax and inheritance tax. To give the obvious example (obvious at least to anyone better-informed than McKenzie), everyone pays VAT, a tax which is a major contributor to State funds, and is paid disproportionately by the poorer part of the population.

I have to admit that I have little interest in the minutiae of it all, but from the ruthless, Ayn Rand, callous self-interest point of view, the Mulatta has, as they say, “played a blinder”.

Putin’s decision to invade, as such, was not a mistake, but the decision to invade without proper preparation, without a proper plan, without having eliminated Zelensky, and with no proper logistics in place, was more than a mistake. It was criminally negligent. The GRU and General Staff should be purged, cut to the bone. Start again, as Stalin did.

It could have been done swiftly, with minimal hurt and damage.

Where can I get one of those? Or both.

True, but remember how Blair, and Brown in particular, worshipped the banking “industry” (sometimes useful but basically parasitic service industry).

More thoughts about the “mini-Budget”

Seems that “the markets” are dropping like a stone.

I mean, a simple-minded, almost cretinous Budget, announced by a woolly-headed n****r posing as Chancellor of the Exchequer; then we have a semi-educated half-caste with a “degree” in Hospitality Management posing as Foreign Secretary, and a stupid and ridiculous woman (who only became an MP on her back), actually posing as Prime Minister….what could possibly go wrong?

Jesus Christ! Is that stupid lot the best “the great Conservative Party” (in the words of Disraeli, his sentence ending “which destroys everything“…) can do? And is that hopelessly banal package of economic measures the summation of their thoughts?

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Pity. I do not like the Gulf Arab “states”.

Liz Truss. The latest clown to pose as Prime Minister of the UK.

…the key words being “in a supposed liberal democracy“…

There is a way to deal with these people, with these evils; only one way, really…

The Jew-Zionists are behind much of the attack on free speech. About 90% of it.

I remember when, in the 1980s, a load of caravan-dwelling “travellers” decided to camp on Hampstead Heath, near the opulent house of “socialist” humbug Michael Foot. Suddenly, the great champion of the “rights” of the Gypsies and “travellers” (Irish tinkers) was against them camping near his house…

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Foot]

Foot was a hypocrite of the first order; I could not stand the bastard.

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[Levitan, [Over Eternal Peace]

Diary Blog, 13 September 2022

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On this day a year ago

As has become usual, many of the tweets I reposted a year ago are now only there skeletally, now that so many interesting tweeters have been expelled from Twitter. The Jew-Zionist element is behind most of the purging and “cancelling”.

Thoughts re. the Russian retreat in parts of Ukraine east of the Dnieper

I believe that Clausewitz wrote that, in war, the moral is to the physical in a ratio 3:1.

Morale, esprit de corps, confidence, and belief in the rightness of a cause, as against numbers of soldiers, equipment, arms, ammunition.

Despite the Kiev regime being a horrible, dictatorial, corrupt and Jew-Zionist-led kleptocracy, the simple Ukrainian soldiers at the front think that they are fighting for “Ukraine”, its history and culture, and for some kind of “freedom”. Also, for their homes and families.

However wrongheaded at least part of that is, it is a powerful message and, to those directly involved, congruent.

The Russian soldiers, many of them, are young, naive, not infrequently drunk, often ill-disciplined, and actually have more in common with many of their Ukrainian opposite numbers than with the savage Chechens fighting on the Russian side, and who have stained Russia’s reputation during this conflict.

The Russian soldiers, some of whom have their homes and families as far away as Siberia, have evidently not been properly prepared ideologically for the situation into which they have been thrust. The present Russian Army does not have the propaganda and disciplinary structure provided, in Soviet days, by political commissars and others.

The result of the above factors is that the Ukrainian soldiers’ morale is generally far higher than that of the Russian soldiers.

As previously blogged, the only way Russia is going to get through this is to augment numbers and armament, but principally to think “outside the box” by using shock tactics and, equally importantly, oblique tactics and, above all, unexpected tactics.

Britain 2022

Do you notice any similarity between these two crimes?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11204467/Two-men-23-24-forced-victims-gunpoint-open-cryptocurrency-accounts-jailed.html; https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11204457/Three-attackers-murdered-man-24-outside-house-Halloween-jailed-life.html.

In the end, there will only be one solution to all this if Britain, as anything akin to a nation, is to survive.

News from Sweden

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/12/swedish-rightwing-on-verge-of-narrow-election-win-but-waits-on-final-tally.

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I presume that he means “King Charles 3“, unless it is some kind of not very well-informed reference to Charles II and the Restoration.

Indeed. Look at what happened to Alison Chabloz (more than once): https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-56616838; https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10732361/Anti-Semitic-blogger-Alison-Chabloz-58-compared-Auschwitz-theme-park-jailed.html.

Incidentally, I have no idea who “Shauny boy” might be; I am presuming some Scottish comic (?).

NHS news

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11204717/Queen-Elizabeth-NHS-trusts-cancel-hospital-appointments-bank-holiday.html

Queen Elizabeth II‘s funeral will take place on Monday September 19 – which has been declared a bank holiday. 

Several NHS Trusts have said that some non-urgent procedures and clinic appointments are to be postponed with King’s College Hospital stating this would be thevast majority‘.

Hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery, maternity checks and some cancer treatments are among the postponed appointments, at a time when NHS data shows nearly 40 per cent of cancer patients had their treatment delayed beyond the two-month maximum.

However NHS England said that Covid vaccination services and urgent and emergency appointments would continue.”

[Daily Mail]

How ludicrous is that? People in great pain, in some cases, people needing knee and hip replacements, people with cancer, all postponed (in some cases for months).

What makes it even more ludicrous is that the useless and quite possibly harmful “Covid” “vaccinations” etc will still be done (with the staff doing that probably getting double or triple pay).

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A lot of truth in that (read the whole thread), but it is all too American and “how to get ahead” and “aspirational” for me.

Ridiculous, but in a way what I would have expected from that organization.

I myself have never been to a Center Parcs location, but a couple of people (admittedly about 30 years ago) told me that their impression was not very good. The quite high price did not cover many of the activities offered, for one thing. Those activities have to be paid for on top of the basic price for going there.

It may be better for people who go there with small children, I do not know, but imagine a resort (which is effectively what Center Parcs is, a modern take on the old Soviet “sanatorium” model) that chucks out its guests for one day so that it can virtue-signal re. the funeral of the late Queen. I suppose that staff shortages might be a factor too, but the unexpected holiday is only one day. Surely a skeleton operation could be kept going? Seems wrong to me.

[Update, 14 September 2022: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/13/center-parcs-closes-uk-resorts-queen-funeral.

Center Parcs has backtracked after facing accusations of “ruining people’s holidays”by announcing it would close its UK sites for 24 hours from Monday morning to mark the Queen’s funeral.

However, on Tuesday evening, after an outcry on social media and widespread negative press reports, the company said that it had “reviewed our position regarding the very small number of guests who are not due to depart on Monday and we will be allowing them to stay on our villages rather than having to leave and return on Tuesday”.” [The Guardian]].

Munich: The Edge of War

Saw a film on TV, Munich: The Edge of War, about the talks held in Munich in 1938. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_%E2%80%93_The_Edge_of_War.

I would give it 3 out of 5 stars, maybe. Not more.

The Hitler character was, both in character and personality, not so much a portrayal as a caricature.

The locations filmed, and sets— all very good.

Neville Chamberlain was played well by Jeremy Irons, though looking too robust (despite the health problems mentioned); the real Chamberlain was, at that age, more of a grey figure, I think.

The flaws in the film, leaving aside the central assumption (that the Munich Agreement bought Britain time vis a vis Hitler/Germany), were in the small things: the “blacks with everything” agenda, which put a black man in Downing Street as a civil servant, indeed in a fairly senior position. That would have been unthinkable in the Britain of 1938. Also, an Indian woman as niece of Colonel Sir Stewart Menzies, the then Chief of SIS. If not unthinkable, unlikely.

Another absurdity (which had little to do with the main plot, and looked like a “me too” add-on) was that a Jewish woman, openly anti-Hitler, was —sometime in the 1930s— arrested or abducted by the SS, had a Star of David carved into her back, and was then defenestrated, ending up paralyzed and unable to speak.

There is a cultural truth-bending agenda going on, one which distorts history, in particular as to race.

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Diary Blog, 26 August 2022, with thoughts about NHS maladministration, and also the rotten charity sector

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On this day a year ago

NHS

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-11147191/NHS-doctor-says-implore-beg-borrow-steal-private.html

Comment unnecessary…

Further to the above, I happened to hear a story about yet another example of the all-too-typical NHS maladministration and inability to make logical and useful decisions.

The story came to me third-hand, admittedly, but is believed to be accurate.

A lady who is apparently registered blind (I myself do not know her) was asked to attend an eye clinic at Poole, in Dorset. This is, again, apparently (I have no personal knowledge of it), a new NHS eye clinic, so this is not a case of some old and unrenovated NHS building.

The said clinic operates out of what was a department store, Beales, in Poole: https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19795332.nhs-hospital-clinic-beales-store-welcomes-first-patients/.

[NHS eye clinic, Poole, Dorset (top floor)]

The NHS has put out public relations material praising itself for the new unit: https://www.uhd.nhs.uk/news/latest-news-list/134-2021/1465-nhs-in-dorset-thinks-big-to-tackle-the-number-of-outpatients-waiting-for-a-face-to-face-appointment-and-the-time-they-have-to-wait.

The lady in question was told by the NHS that no ambulance would be available to take her from her home in the New Forest to Poole, but that local taxi companies offered discounted fares. The “discounted fare” turned out to be £100 (return-trip). The lady concerned is a very aged pensioner.

It gets worse. It seems that the eye clinic, on the top floor of a 7-storey building, has only stairs or an escalator; no lift. The escalator does not go to the top two floors of the building, and the blind old lady cannot use escalators without assistance anyway, I am told, so if she went there she would have to go up some 14 flights of stairs unaided, at the age of, I think, 90 or more.

Result? That lady will not be able to attend that clinic.

Leaving aside the individual case, what does that say about the ability of NHS people to plan and design properly? Not much to their credit, I think.

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Comment once again surely unnecessary…

I have to admit that I take it with a pinch of salt anyway when a multimillionaire cries about the plight of the poor and struggling…

Charities have become a “rotten borough”

One of the most sad and indeed angering aspects of the UK in recent years has been the trashing of the charity sector, not because of lack of money but because of politicization and near-embezzlement (paying of often mediocre top staff huge salaries). The damage has mostly been done by those who themselves work in the charities.

We have seen, for example, sex scandals in Oxfam, Save the Children and others. Readers might recall the scandals around sex-pest Brendan Cox, who was married to assassinated Labour MP Jo Cox. He was paid something like £300,000 a year, despite coming from a fairly mediocre academic and work background (though, as always these days, “bigged-up”, in the rather crude current phrase: see https://uk.linkedin.com/in/brendan-cox-433b364).

£300,000 per year, to be not even the head of Save the Children, but the (I believe) third-in-command. People on modest incomes give their pounds and pennies to such organizations, only for, in that case, the top three in the set-up to have creamed off a million pounds a year in salaries alone. Disgrace.

The charity sector in the UK is a totally “rotten borough”. Look at the recent activities of the RNLI and National Trust. The former has been operating what amounts to a ferry service for migrant-invaders, and I read that thousands of virtue-signallers have as a result donated to it! When the provision of housing and healthcare is stretched to snapping point because of mass immigration, I suppose that those idiots will not even once blame their own encouragement of the invasion.

As to the RNLI itself, it has obviously been infiltrated at a high level.

National Trust? I think that the cartoons below say enough:

I am very much in favour of charitable work but, as a sector, the whole charitable area has gone badly astray, and in a number of ways.

This winter?

Was sent this (inc. the photograph). Source unknown, but sounds correct:

As we speak there’s a UK government department working with consultants on a strategy for controlling dissent this winter.

There will be a wall to wall media campaign of “blitz spirit” images of families and the multiracial Britain wearing jumpers and socks for Ukraine, with the blame aimed at Vladolf Putler.

This message will then be disseminated through the population by media addicted busybody women looking for the latest do-good cause and fuel poverty marches will get zero media coverage.

This is how control of liberal democracies works now. You’re all atomised individuals, capital owns media and the NPCs enforce the dominant narrative sufficiently.”

[#socksonforukraine]

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Looking at those tweets, I actually had to remind myself that Zahawi is, for the moment, Chancellor of the Exchequer. A bloody Kurd from Baghdad, who only arrived in the UK when 11 years old.

What a mess this country is in! Hardly any of the last few governments have even had many white English MPs in the top jobs. Jews, part-Jews, Indians, blacks, half-castes, a Kurd…you name it.

On top of that, this particular non-Brit is one of the most corrupt persons possible to have in the once-exalted job of Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Had (as I have been blogging for years) the UK forged closer links with Russia and its people, we should have been able to buy Russian gas at knockdown prices, and would not now be facing shortages of energy, and our people going cold because of UK Government policy.

The difference being that the profits in Norway go into their sovereign wealth fund, used for the benefit of the Norwegian people, whereas the “British” gas companies profiteer for the benefit of parasitic banks and investment companies, as well as for multimillionaire shareholders.

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The dishevelled drunk and/or drug abuser shown in the clip seems to be, if not an accredited U.S. diplomat, then at least an Embassy employee with a pass and, presumably, at least limited immunity, watching him show his pass to the Russian policeman and then be admitted to the Embassy by the U.S. Marine guards or other security people.

I have previously blogged once or twice how I visited the UK bacteriological research centre at Porton Down with a Mr. Komisarenko [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serhiy_Komisarenko], the then Ukrainian Ambassador, and the Scientific Attache of the Ukrainian Embassy in London. That was in or about 1994, I believe. The Ambassador had an educational background in microbiology. According to Wikipedia, he is now, or until recently was, the director of such a laboratory in Ukraine.

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Diary Blog, 23 August 2022

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[Red Square, 1946]

On this day a year ago

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Wolves, as noted before, are very remarkable creatures. They kill their badly-wounded comrades rather than let them fall into the hands of enemies.

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Information for people in the UK who want to keep chickens (could be a lifesaver some day not far in the future): https://keeping-chickens.me.uk/getting-started/rules-and-regulations/.

A hen will produce an egg every 1-2 days, so a dozen or more eggs will be produced in about a week by only a handful of chickens.

…and they, or their families and other relatives, and their descendants, are not still whining about it (or making money out of it), unlike the descendants of some of the Jews detained by the forces of the German Reich and its allies in the early/mid 1940s.

There, but for the Grace of God, might have gone my own maternal grandfather, who, having already survived the Fall of France and the beach at Dunkirk in 1940, later fought in Burma against the Japanese. Fortunately, he was not captured by enemy forces.

What matters is not social media but concrete results in the world of action.

My answer: give considerable incentives for doctors to work past 60, but at the same time compel young doctors to work in the NHS for 10 years minimum once qualified, if their training has been paid for out of State funds. They should not be allowed to emigrate to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA etc until they have completed that obligation.

The time is coming when we shall have to quite consciously cut ourselves off from the State and even what is becoming mainstream society, which are both slowly being taken over by forces of Evil.

Twitter

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11137619/Twitter-extreme-deficiencies-risk-national-security-whistleblower-claims.html.

Elon Musk discovered that Twitter is a massive scam operation. That is why he pulled out of the purchase, before he wasted billions of dollars.

It is pretty clear now, that elements of NWO/ZOG are using Twitter both to gather intelligence material on a huge scale, and also to manipulate public opinion worldwide, and that that latter is why so many of the better Twitter “accounts” (such as mine, in 2018) have been shut down over the past few years, a programme now intensified.

Dissident voices , especially white Northern European ones, are choked off. We saw that during the “Covid” panicdemic/scamdemic, we see it around the “black lives matter” nonsense, “climate change” (through CO2 emissions), the Jewish “anti-Semitism” noise and, this year, the unthinking pro-“Ukraine” (Zelensky regime) propaganda campaign.

Illiterate “journalists”, and an unpleasant though commonplace crime

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-slam-bowls-club-filming-27811372

The cameras were setup after an ‘unprecedented’ amount of vandalism including shelters destroyed and someone trying to break into the club shed. So far it’s costed the club around £3,000.”

[Daily Mirror]

So far it’s costed...”, scribbles the Daily Mirror “journalist”, one Charlie Jones.

The rest of the story is also poorly-written.

There are several aspects of interest here.

Here we have a journalist, writing for a major newspaper, a graduate (I believe), and who has therefore been through about 16 or 17 years of full-time education of some sort, yet who struggles to write a literate sentence.

Typical of that which one sees in many newspapers online, particularly the Mirror and Daily Mail.

Leaving aside the scribbler, and moving to the substance of the story, the attitude of the police was not only absurdly politically-correct but also wrong in law (as the Mirror report does point out). The police showed themselves to be, all too typically, near-useless.

I have to say that it seems to me that the young vandals involved were far more culpable than both the police and the victims seemed to think, having planned their vandalism carefully (though not carefully enough).

London. Zoo.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11138701/Shabs-Ahmad-warns-London-Mayor-Sadiq-Khan-sort-spate-violent-crime-capital.html

Just as well that I had to sell my last Rolex (a Seadweller) in 2009, though not because of crime (I just ran out of money). I would not wear one today in London or anywhere else. In any case, I have become accustomed to doing without a watch.

Surely the police could have mobile covert surveillance units stationed on roofs in the worst-affected areas, using high-grade optics like the East German border guards used to have?

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A nice story, but what gives me pause is that someone might have found it apparently lost, then sheltered and fed the cat for 11 years, and might have grown as attached as were the original humans; possibly more attached. Looks as though the cat may have become lost for a second time, perhaps, reading the report.

Difficult to say what is right.

It recalls to mind those German people in East Berlin and elsewhere within the DDR, and who fled to the West in the 1940s and 1950s, and then, after 1989, returned with evidence of their former residence and/or ownership. In some cases, they were able to displace those who, for decades, had called such flats or houses their homes. Not so easy to judge, morally.

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[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Myaskovsky]

Diary Blog, 22 August 2022

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[Tangier in rain]

On this day a year ago

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[regular readers of the blog will be aware that I often repost tweets by @EternalEnglish, who however has now had his Twitter “account” “suspended” (probably removed permanently). It happened to me in 2018, and of course has now happened to most of the interesting Twitter “accounts” formerly online, such as those of David Icke, the London Forum, Katie Hopkins, Patriotic Alternative, Alison Chabloz etc. So much for the “free society”].

…and what on Earth will it accomplish to stand in the street with a placard? Ha ha…

I think that I shall self-censor at this point…

Ellwood again. The “Conservative” MP from some kind of diplomatic or intelligence family background, who is now a colonel in the Reserves (TA, as was) 77th Brigade: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobias_Ellwood; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/77th_Brigade_(United_Kingdom)#Activities.

Why? Because the Jew-Zionist element always tries to destroy freedom of expression, particularly for non-Jews. Wake up.

Jesus H. Christ!

Still, if we had any real social-national party or movement, an economic shock like that might be a gamechanger politically, just as the 1929 Wall Street Crash and the consequent/subsequent Great Depression was for Hitler and the NSDAP.

The NHS 111 service is near-to-useless.

I favour a free-at-point-of-use NHS service, but only for British people, not for “health tourists” and all manner of riff-raff. How such a service can be funded is an open question. How such a service can be staffed is another question. The aim should be for the UK to train its own doctors and nurses, for one thing, and they should be forced to work in the NHS, and not allowed to emigrate to the white Commonwealth or elsewhere, for several years (in the case of doctors, perhaps 10 years).

Back in the 1970s, even 1980s, despite many Press stories about deficiencies, the NHS did work, most of the time. Now, mass immigration and NHS maladministration has ruined it.

Management, or rather mismanagement, is one of the really major problems with the NHS.

I see that the propaganda campaign is being readied to pretend to the public that they, the public, are to blame for the NHS not working properly, because they, the public, are actually requesting the services that the NHS is supposed to provide.

This winter, the NHS will not easily be able to blame the 2020-2022 “Covid” “panicdemic” for its inability to run itself properly, and it has been 3 or 4 years since other illnesses or conditions (eg “flu”) were blamed (almost every winter for many years).

If and when the UK has a real government, it must tackle the healthcare mess and the associated adult social care mess as a priority.

One idea might be to use a “dedicated” or “ring-fenced” tax only for the NHS. “National Insurance”, which is merely another tax on top of income tax, is paid into general government funds. If it, or a large part of it, were only usable for health services, the taxpayers would accept it far more readily, especially under a suitable name such as the unoriginal but easily-understood “Health Services Tax”. It is claimed that that would be less efficient; I think not.

Another point: blaming the consumer, or worker, or citizen, now seems to be “a thing” in the UK.

NHS not working right? It’s because Joe Public actually has a medical problem and wants it dealt with. Water shortage? It’s the fault of the public, because they actually want to have a bath or shower, and to water their plants. People cannot live on peanuts? It’s their fault, for being unable to “budget”, or cook, or enjoy “fasting” (going without food— yes, the Daily Telegraph suggested even that recently).

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Yet more censorship on the Twitter forum. A Chinese level of “control” is being exercised.

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[Odessa]

Diary Blog, 20 August 2022

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[painting by Aldo Balding]

On this day a year ago

Saturday quiz

Well, I again beat political journalist John Rentoul, who scored a very poor 1/10 this week. My score was 5/10. I did not know the answers to questions 1, 5, 6, 7 and 9.

Apartheid —American Jim Crow version— returns, but run by the blacks this time

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11127383/UC-Berkelys-campus-op-called-Person-Color-Theme-House-bans-white-guests-common-areas.html

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That joke is a little too close to the truth…that is more or less the kind of “history” millions of British children are being taught (indoctrinated with).

As for pathetic Sinn Fein, de Valera must be turning in his grave; Michael Collins as well— Ireland invaded by blacks and browns in the tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, while its present Prime Minister is a half-Indian gay.

If those being deported just disappeared permanently, those planning to infiltrate into the UK might think twice. As people now say, “just saying“…

Send them all back, including all offspring.

One more enemy of human civilization.

Addled art

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/aug/20/banana-taped-to-wall-artists-joe-morford-maurizio-cattelan-court-battle.

Needless to say, taping bits of fruit to walls would not be regarded by anyone sane as “art” even in the context of a kindergarten, but the sheer lunacy of at least part of the arty world is shown by the fact that some grifting pseudo-artist has not only been accepted by some as an “artist” after doing that, but has actually sold several versions of a banana taped to a wall for USD $100,000 apiece.

This is mad, just mad, and makes “artists” such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin look half-genuine…

Where are the art-lovers to tear down this sort of fakery and stamp on it?

Incidentally, while you would imagine that no-one would take someone such as that seriously, not only has the (?) idiot sold several of those bananas for huge amounts, but also a stuffed dead horse suspended from a ceiling; that “art” sold, in 2004, for USD $2M at Sotheby’s in London, no less! See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurizio_Cattelan; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurizio_Cattelan#Art_market.

Symptomatic of the deep cultural sickness of the Western world.

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“We” are not “treating people like this“; a System online forum under (((control))) is treating people like that.

…and there it is: the Jewish manipulator and one of the black “useful idiots”…

The land of freedom“…oh, no, wait…

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Diary Blog, 13 August 2022

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On this day a year ago

Saturday quiz

Well, I again beat political journalist John Rentoul this week— 5/10 as against his slightly shocking 2/10.

I would have scored 7/10 had I been able to recall the answer to question 7 (which I basically knew) and had I been more observant in the many billiard rooms I have seen, and so been able to answer question 4.

Apart from those questions 4 and 7, I did not know the answers to questions 3, 5, and 10.

NHS

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11107205/Father-two-waited-20-hours-E-told-GP-suffering-leukaemia.html

A father-of-two who waited 20 hours in A&E only to be told to see his GP ‘refused to leave’ the hospital without vital blood tests – which revealed he was suffering from terminal cancer.

Following the diagnosis he says the treatment and care he has received has been ‘amazing’.

[Daily Mail]

The NHS is a fine idea, which in practice is often also very good, but which is also often terrible.

The “free at point of use” foundation I support completely, but not for blacks and browns who come to the UK to get free healthcare off the back of the British people.

Increasingly, it seems that NHS healthcare is very hit-and-miss, and for many years there has been both terrible mismanagement and/or maladministration. There has also been a widespread (and from what I have seen) justified perception that basic matters, such as hospital cleanliness, have been left undone, or not properly done.

Further, not all NHS staff exhibit the compassion that they should, and that others do.

“Covid”, even now, has become and remains the go-to excuse for poor service, whether seeing a GP or using a bank branch (my own bank has now reduced its hours to those last seen c.1980).

American “pay or die” healthcare (a simplification, of course) is unsuitable, but so is an NHS which is now little more than a skeleton service.

What matters is what works for the people, “for the welfare of the people is the highest law” [Cicero].

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As I blogged when Starmer became Labour leader, even if you leave aside the fact that he is a puppet for the Jew lobby, the bastard is as dull as ditchwater, and has no vision, only pettifogging detail work to offer.

Wait until you see the lazy reporting from Ukraine…

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[Dutch people welcome the Waffen SS, Amsterdam, 1940].

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An effusion, though, which took its force from Brooke’s class origins (without wishing to seem “Marxist”). The poorer classes were considerably repressed at that time, arguably more so than in some other countries, even European countries (e.g. France).

Brooke, though not an aristocrat or very wealthy, was from the reasonably-comfortable middle classes, arguably the most loudly-“patriotic” strata of English society in that era.

Incidentally, while looking up a few things about Brooke, I happened to see this Wikipedia entry about a young lady with whom it seems that Brooke had an affair: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Laird_Cox. Interesting character.

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A brief observation about the intolerable weather

As blogged previously, I have not only visited, but lived and/or worked in hot countries, albeit at a younger age, but there is something exceptionally oppressive about the heat this time.

I had to go out yesterday afternoon. Walking to the car, I felt the sun to be as fierce as I remembered it to have been once or twice in places such as Qatar. The sun felt, on the head and back, like some active and hostile force.

Disturbing to have such a feeling in England.

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I blogged as much a few days ago.

How can Ukraine “win”? What would a Kiev-regime victory look like? All Russian troops pushed back into Russia proper? All Russian people deported? Crimea (and its 90%+ Russian population) placed under Ukrainian martial law (or rule, without law)?

If Crimea is attacked seriously and heavily, or if Russian forces in the Donbass region are pushed back and out, Russia will probably resort to “battlefield” or “tactical” nuclear weapons.

What would be worse for Russia, Ukrainian cities —including Kiev— flattened, or Crimea occupied by Kiev-regime forces, or Russian troops and civilians pushed out of Ukraine? I think, that for Putin at least, defeat is unimaginable, and he will do anything to prevent it.

Ha ha! A trifle crude, but true all the same.

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