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Banned in the Name of Freedom

From the category “You Can’t Make It Up”, a conference in London, England, on media freedom, hosted by England and Canada has banned the Russian news media RT and Sputnik from attending and reporting! [here]

Nothing like a good dose of hypocrisy and lies to get the ball rolling. Naturally, Canada’s Russia-hating bloviator Chrystia Freeland is among the commissars of the charade.

Only in this day and age where the Fake News Media are the organs of INGSOC and CANSOC could this pathetic show take place. And they wonder why their credibility is in the gutter.

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Vivaldi Re-Discovered

Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is perhaps the most popular piece of classical music in the world. But did you know that it was virtually unknown, as was all of Vivaldi’s music, until 1950? And did you know that the famed American writer, Ezra Pound, played a large role in his re-discovery?

One of only two known likenesses of Vivaldi (by Ghezzi)

When Vivaldi died in Vienna in 1741 in obscurity and poverty, his music was already forgotten. During his life, he was a priest, virtuoso violinist, music director of La Pietà (a home for orphaned girls), and the toast of Emperors and Archbishops across Europe. His vast collection of choral music for the Church, keyboard and violin music, and operas, none of which were printed in his lifetime, vanished.

Then, in 1926, the National Library in Turin, Italy, received a letter from the monks of Monferrato offering to sell their music collection to pay for repairs to the Monastery. A Professor Gentili from Turin University was dispatched to examine the works, and, realizing that he had stumbled on a treasure trove he immediately set about finding a benefactor, as the Library was short of funds. He found one in Roberto Foà, a wealthy Turin banker, who purchased the collection and donated it to the Library.

As it turned out, they discovered that this was only half of the Vivaldi collection; the other half was still outstanding. A massive search traced the other works to a Marquis Durazzo who was persuaded by his Jesuit Father Confessor to sell his collection to the Library and, by 1930, the collection was complete.

At the same time, Olga Rudge, an American violinist and Ezra Pound’s long-time mistress, was Secretary of the Accademia Musicale in Siena. Pound had founded the Concerti Tiguilliani, an annual music festival, at Rapallo, where he lived at that time. Pound was captivated by Vivaldi’s music and he and Rudge organized at the 1936 festival a special performance of some of Vivaldi’s works. This was the first time they had been heard in over two hundred years!

Unfortunately, the increasing interest in Vivaldi’s music was interrupted by the Second World War, and only in the late 1940s were the first recordings made. Many of his operas have been heard for the first time as recently as 2006! Motezuma, a story of the Conquest of Mexico, was only discovered in Kiev in 1999.

In his book Vivaldi: Voice of the Baroque, H. Robbins Landon recounts his first encounter thus:

In 1950, I happened to be in New York when the famous Cetra recording of “ The Four Seasons” arrived at The Liberty Music Shop and a clerk put it on. The shoppers, myself included, stopped their own activities and started to listen, entranced, to this seductive music which had lain forgotten on library shelves for two hundred years…The Vivaldi renaissance had begun.

But Providence must have had her eye on Vivaldi, because when he died, although his pauper’s funeral could only afford the six pall-bearers and six choirboys, one of those choirboys was Franz Joseph Haydn, himself to become a giant in the world of music some years later.

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Paychecks for Liberal Sycophants

 

Just once in a while, Andrew Coyne of the National Post says something sensible. In an article, Any chance the media bailout would not be politicized has now vanished, he accurately portrays the complete contempt displayed by the Liberal government for freedom of expression and freedom of the Press. As Coyne points out,

The government, for its part, is unapologetic about the choice of its objective allies in the union to help it decide how to hand out the cash. “After all,” said a spokesman for the heritage minister, “who is (better) placed to advocate for the future of journalism than journalists themselves?” He accused the Conservatives of attacking the independence of the media and “the professionalism of journalists.”

Well, of course, what else would they say? After all, who is better placed to advocate for the future of crime than criminals themselves?

Basically, the $600 million allotted for media bailouts in the Budget is a slush fund to pay Liberal presstitutes and their whores with taxpayers’ money. The “independent” panel that will decide where the monies go has all the usual left wing suspects on it.

Do you think for a moment that anyone who does not subscribe to the multiculti nightmare will get any money? Do you think that any institution that expresses opposition to Islamic immigration, abortion, the left wing indoctrination in our education system, the domination of our universities by ad hoc Marxist dictatorships will ever be the recipient of any of this taxpayer largesse?

Of course not. The entire project is a spit-in-your-eye assault on press freedom. Anyone who takes that money will be tarred with the brush of sycophancy; their scribblings will have the stamp of “Liberal-Approved Propaganda” on them, and justifiably so. This has been true of the CBC for years; it has always been the Lord Haw-Haw of leftism.

The recent events in the US, the campaign of hate against President Trump, have shown us all that journalists no longer “speak the truth to power”; they are the power, and have shown themselves to be a rancid left wing mob that shows not the slightest respect for truth.

The Puerile Nincompoop of Sussex Drive cannot be expected to understand this, but his puppet masters behind the screens do. If the Conservatives win the next election, one of the first things on the agenda must be: cancel this disgraceful boondoggle. And while you’re at it, deal with the CBC. We don’t need state propaganda in this day and age.

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Cromwell Had A Point—Part 2

Renowned British historian, David Starkey, currently touring Britain and lecturing on “Henry VIII and the First Brexit”, writes in the Daily Mail on the recent developments in Britain pertaining to Brexit:

The referendum was a very British revolution. And it’s been followed by a very British counter-revolution, which shows every sign of succeeding.
Don’t be deceived by the lack of violence or the comparative good manners of those now seizing control. This is a coup, and what is at stake is the nature and legitimacy of Parliament itself.

His main point is that the historical traditions given to us from the Magna Carta are now disintegrating before our eyes…

It is no exaggeration to say that British democracy, which stands in direct line with Magna Carta, is now unravelling before us.
If today’s self-satisfied MPs and Ministers – I have already described them as a Parliament of Pygmies – have no time for the voters, they have little time for history, either.

The Labour Party, once the voice of the working class and the mighty trade union movement has been coopted by prissy Grauniad-reading dilletantes and the Conservative Party has transmogrified into a shape-shifting Blairite Thing.

The People voted 52 to 48 per cent to leave; an estimated 74 per cent of MPs voted to remain. No representative assembly can sustain such a gulf. Either People or Parliament must give way.
This is not the first time such a thing has happened. Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Communist states were ruled by similarly pampered, out-of-touch and privileged elites who, against all the evidence, claimed to represent the People.

He concludes darkly…

And where will it end? In other very British revolution? Or something nastier? I don’t want to prophesy, good historian that I am, but I fear the worst.

If you read anything today, read Starkey’s article—it’s nuclear.

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Cromwell Had A Point

Oliver Cromwell’s remarks to the Rump Parliament on April 20th, 1653, should be ringing round the halls of Westminster today.

In the Daily Mail, Richard Littlejohn points out that the British people no longer live in a democratic land, and that a rebellion of the political class including the bureaucracy, the media (of course) and the careerists in Parliament itself, has now rendered voting obsolete.

The politicians, who so ardently promised to respect the results of the referendum on leaving the EU, have shown all their cards. They never intended to honour their promises. Their abject surrender to the commissars of the EU has established their lack of character. Indeed, treason is not too strong a word in this case.

In the English Civil War, it was Parliament against the overbearing king who refused to recognize the limits to his powers. Now, it is the political class, the Deep State, the media, and all their accompanying parasites seeking to maintain their power at all costs—even to the extent of destroying the legitimacy of the British state itself.

Now is the time for a new Cromwell to sally forth, fan the flames of liberty, and cleanse the rot from Parliament.

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Decline And Fall?

Civil society in Britain is decaying before our eyes. Knife crime, like gun crime, car crime, brick crime, like all-other-inanimate-objects that commit crimes, is rampant in London and other parts of the UK. As in US cities, this violent crime is overwhelmingly young black males killing other young black males, no doubt compelled to do so by the knives they were carrying. Everybody knows what is going on, but everybody is lying about it.

The endless prattle from the state propaganda organs, the BBC, the Grauniad, the Independent, all the dead tree press, moans about increasing police funding, banning knives, more social workers, anything except actually talking about what the problem really is.

An article in Conservative Woman lays it all out, exposing all the bloviating pundits and newspaper editorialists for the frauds and dissemblers they are. The causes are clear to those who have eyes to see…

…widespread fatherlessness and the weakening of the traditional family as the prime building block of a civilisation; the undermining of adult authority; a society diseased by disrespect; policing weakened if not paralysed by cultural Marxism and long interference by politicians and radical lawyers; weak sentencing; a demoralised welfare culture; rapid social and cultural change brought about by massive immigration from cultures sometimes with values and attitudes at odds with our own; the core Judeo-Christian values of Britain turned upside down from school onwards. …I doubt whether you will hear anything more about any of that from our political and media class.

No kidding.

Not from the political class, but these words are precisely what the British National Party (BNP) has being saying for years—and suffering for it from endless lies of the Fake News media. [Even this article substitutes “from cultures sometimes with values and attitudes at odds with our own” in place of Islam, which it really means.]

But knife crime is the least of it. Remember Rotherham from a few years back?

This, of course, was where the police, Labour Party councilors, social workers, and many other apparatchiks in the state authorities turned a blind eye for over a decade on the appalling Muslim rape gangs in the city of Rotherham. Since then, other cities have reported the same problem, and on it goes, seemingly never-ending.

For years, thousands of white girls were drugged and raped almost in broad daylight. Complaints to the police were brushed aside, and the Labour Council members refused to even talk about it. As parents and residents could get no help from the authorities, they approached the only people willing to talk about these criminals—the BNP. Naturally, the BNP and their leader at the time, Nick Griffin, were excoriated, insulted and lied about in the national media for years. In fact, Nick Griffin was prosecuted twice for “incitement of racial hatred” for just reporting on it and demanding that the authorities act, and, please note, Griffin was twice acquitted at jury trials.

Eventually, the story did break through in the national media through the efforts of the BNP and one or two MPs (who are protected by Parliamentary privilege). Since then, stories have been spilling out of other towns and cities with the same sordid tale.

Here again, the …backgrounds of the suspects and victims have not been made available for publication. Do you wonder why?

Griffin’s prosecution and trial was simply a barometer of the state of thought control in Britain at the time, and the intent of the establishment to suppress the story in its entirety.  When the story did break there was not a single apology from the Fake News media (particularly the BBC) for the years of their cover up, nor were any police officers, politicians, councilors or social workers ever punished, or even held accountable for their actions.

After all, what are the lives of young British girls worth when “vibrant multiculturalism” is at stake?
In a stinging article, conservative philosopher Roger Scruton points out, this is…

…a story of rampant child abuse—ignored and abetted by the police—[is] emerging out of the British town of Rotherham. Until now, its scale and scope would have been inconceivable in a civilized country. Its origins, however, lie in something quite ordinary: what one Labour MP called “not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat.”

This is what the disintegration of the moral fiber of the country has amounted to. Sacrificing children’s lives to the false idol of multiculturalism. The media and the political class should be in sackcloth and ashes, not that they would know what that means.

In his article, Scruton concludes…

And when the truth is expressed at last, nobody is fired, no arrests are made, and the elected Police and Communities Commissioner for Rotherham, although forced to resign from the Labour Party, refuses to resign from his job. After a few weeks all will have been swept under the carpet, and the work of destruction can resume.

Eventually, after much kicking and screaming, an inquiry was held and the results made public.  The results clearly indicate the criminal negligence and degeneracy of the authorities, excusing their inaction and, indeed, cooperation with, the rapist gangs.

There should be some kind of medal for the BNP for sticking with the story for so long—and for sticking it to the leftist political class for once.

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Trashing the INF Treaty—More American Humbug?

The Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty negotiated in 1987 between President Reagan and Soviet President Gorbachev, removed intermediate-range missiles, American cruise missiles and Soviet SS-20s, from Europe. Following the collapse of communism and the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, further steps were taken to reduce tensions in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994 whereby Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan would surrender the Soviet nuclear weapons on their territory to Russian control.

Also, during the 1990s, repeated assurances were given to the Russian Federation that NATO would not engage in a continuous expansion eastwards, extending a military threat right up to the Russian border. NATO, essentially the Americans, have reneged on these commitments numerous times. An article in Der Spiegel is useful here.

When the Yanukovych government was overthrown in Ukraine, by an obvious CIA-inspired and executed plot, Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, was handing out cookies in Maidan Square to celebrate. Is it any wonder that the Russians were concerned?

The very real possibility existed that a NATO puppet government would take over in Ukraine and possibly the only warm-water port of the Russian Navy would fall to NATO. Further, Crimea has always been part of Russia proper; it was only handed over to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic in 1954 by Khrushchev, allegedly in a drunken stupor at the time. So what “legitimacy” can be claimed for that?

The Russians made the only possible geostrategic decision—retain the port by retaking Crimea. This was a popular move in Russia and in Crimea, particularly as Ukraine has continued to become more chaotic.

Fast forward to the present when the US foreign policy establishment has decided to tear up the INF Treaty.

According to Scott Ritter, a former Marine Corps intelligence officer who served in the former Soviet Union implementing arms control treaties, in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, and in Iraq overseeing the disarmament of WMD, in an article in The American Conservative (no less)

The United States has a track record of asking nations to prove a negative when it comes to compliance with arms control agreements, and then holding them to account when they fail to do so. The deficit of integrity over U.S. claims against Iraq regarding weapons of mass destruction and Iran and its nuclear program speaks volumes about how corrupt America’s policymaking apparatus has become. Now the United States is making the same mistake again by pulling out of the INF Treaty, which it claims Russia violated.

Further,…

According to the current director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, the intelligence community “assesses Russia has flight-tested, produced, and deployed cruise missiles with a range capability prohibited by the Treaty.” Coats named the system in question as the 9M729. He noted that the Novator design bureau was the responsible agency, and that the 9M729 missile closely resembled other cruise missiles Novator was developing at the time.
According to Coats, “Russia conducted the flight test program in a way that appeared purposefully designed to disguise the true nature of their testing activity as well as the capability of the 9M729 missile.”

In the US claims, there are many things that “appear” or “are probably” something or other with very little to back up the claims. The main claim is the recently developed missile, the 9M729, a ground-launched cruise missile, has a range longer than the 2,500 miles permitted by the INF Treaty.

To cut a long story short (you can read the details in Ritter’s article), the new missile has a propulsion system the same as its predecessor, which operates within the limits of the INF Treaty. Indeed…

…Russia has indicated that it is willing to go further—perhaps removing the missile from its sealed launch canister for a more technical evaluation by U.S. specialists—to reinforce the 9M729’s compliance.
The U.S. has refused to participate in such an exercise.

Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) Thomas Graham, Jr, in 1994 said,

…“A high degree of confidence is required before the United States will publicly charge another party with violation of an international agreement.”

As Ritter drily points out…

The words of Thomas Graham hang heavy in the air today. There is nothing about America’s case against Russia that meets that standard. Instead, the U.S. seems intent on following in the same path as previous intelligence failures in Iraq and Iran.

Since the fall of communism, the US foreign policy establishment has learned nothing and forgotten nothing. They resemble the fossilized Soviet nomenklatura, hidebound and incapable of change.

Instead of seeking a rapprochement with Russia, welcoming her back into the fold of Western Civilization after suffering under communism for seventy years, uniting in the fight against the real threat to the West—Islam—the US nomenklatura is continuing its fratricidal and myopic foreign policy of incessant war-mongering.

Perhaps President Trump should be seen as the American Gorbachev, struggling to bring some glasnost and perestroika to an establishment desperately in need of some fresh thinking. Trump is Y-u-g-e, but not superman.  He cannot do everything he would like to do; with all the seditious rabble in the Democrat Party offering nothing but hysteria and hatred, it’s quite remarkable what has been done. At least he has been trying to show some common sense about Russia, pretty hard to do when the Fake News media, the Deep State and the chattering classes are all so deluded about the current state of the world.

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The Democrats Go Bonkers

The Ancient Greeks had it all figured out when they said… “Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.” Nothing has changed since then.

In the US, the rising stars of Bananarama Party include the always-entertaining woman, Ms Alesandrio Occasional-Cortex. The Democrats have been blessed, or rather the Republicans have been, with the most colossally stupid woman ever to attempt to simulate a coherent human, male, female, or other.

The Green New Deal [here] released recently, is the brain-child of every fantasizing leftist who has had one too many hits of the bong pipe in the college dorm. Upon examination, the GND looks like the workings of a Deep-Republican mole planting a limpet mine loaded with absurdity and ridicule under the rotting hull of the Democrat Party. S-h-u-r-r-e-l-y, you say, they can’t be serious?

The preamble contains all the usual blather and outright lies of the left:

Whereas….(1) human activity is the dominant cause of observed
climate change over the past century;
(2) a changing climate is causing sea levels to rise
and an increase in wildfires, severe storms, droughts, and
other extreme weather events that threaten human life,
healthy communities, and critical infrastructure;

…blah, blah, and,

global warming at or above 2 degrees Celsius beyond preindustrialized levels will cause—
(A) mass migration from the regions most affected by climate change;
(B) more than $500,000,000,000 in lost annual economic output in the United States by the year
2100;
(C) wildfires that, by 2050, will annually burn at least twice as much forest area in the western
United States than was typically burned by wildfires in the years preceding 2019;
(D) a loss of more than 99 percent of all coral reefs on Earth;
(E) more than 350,000,000 more people to be exposed globally to deadly heat stress by 2050; and…

…lest you think I am kidding you, read the whole thing.
Be it resolved:

…(1) it is the duty of the Federal Government to
create a Green New Deal—
(A) to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas
emissions through a fair and just transition for
all communities and workers;
(B) to create millions of good, high-wage
jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States;
(C) to invest in the infrastructure and industry of the United States to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century;
(D) to secure for all people of the United States for generations to come—
(i) clean air and water;
(ii) climate and community resiliency;
(iii) healthy food;
(iv) access to nature; and
(v) a sustainable environment; and
(E) to promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous communities, communities of color, migrant communities,…

Oh, that’s enough of this drivel. They forgot free unicorns for the kids and pixie dust for energy production.

Apparently, Democrat legislation can consist solely of fatuous, handwaving wishful thinking with no basis in fact and absolutely no credibility in science or engineering. This is La-La land, pure and simple. This is what happens when a 29-year old woman with the intelligence of a three-year old is in control of the Democrats and is worshipped by the media journalists, who, to give credit where credit is due, are at least as ignorant as Ms Occasional-Cortex.

To understand why this Green New Fraud is bunkum from top to bottom, and why the politicians supporting it are frauds, just read “Sustainable Energy—-Without the Hot Air” [Hot Air]by Cambridge physicist David MacKay. Here, he translates into easily understandable terms (kilowatt-hours of energy—what you see on your electricity bill) how much “sustainable” energy would be required—even if it could be produced—to power industry, homes, and the transportation system. It’s a book that every greenie and eco-babbler should read—if they can.

The Green Fraud will not happen. It cannot happen. But what can happen is that our countries and industries and standards of living can be destroyed by idiotic politicians stealing our money through taxes and wasting it on absurd schemes based on their fantastical delusions.

We need to build more nuclear power, upgrade the electricity grid in a major way, invest in natural gas, and vote out these morons before they destroy modern society.

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