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Excuse me?

The XIXth century French scribe Victor Hugo, and his brother There, tell us that Napoleon was the very first idiot to think he was Napoleon!

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Nuclear Follies

Vladimir Putin is at it again, and turns out to be a very old-fashioned and obsessive young man.  Still going on about the threat of the US and the imbalance created by its missile shield, even with Russia itself under it, and apparently insisting to upgrade, not reduce, its own nuclear arsenal and matching IBMs.

I’ve said it here before, this is not really about Russian security, even though some of its nostalgic military and political heads like to think so. This is about prominence. Rival China is shooting past a Slavic State in grave decline peddling and manipulating its natural resources, but not its people. Unable to manufacture anything but nineteenth century Vanderbilts, not a single useful consumer product in the international market place.

And of course Russia is capable of so much more, but it has an attitude problem in a more sophisticated and  competitive surround environment. A marvellous place unfortunately unforgiving to unproductive, still socially brutalized lay-abouts. Domestic freedom and transparency the motivation and stimulus its people aching for, not guns. 

Mr Putin should be looking South, not West. Russia’s threat is neither America, nor the EU of course. Russia’s future problems not even with Islam as such, but with trigger-happy, ambitious, crazy Islamist clerics, carelessly considering them ‘partners’ today.  

Russia  should join the US and Europe and find pride and enjoyment in its people’s potential achievements, not in artificial big power positioning that have always caused it more misery than happiness and a declining, morally defeated citizenry.

There isn’t anybody here not wishing Russia well, but it could begin by educating its leaders properly.

A Gospel According to 7th Century Mores

26:And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29: And than God hired some contract killers to decimate us, destroying entire villages and airplanes full of wonderful kids, and sat on his throne, and clapped.

Random Pearls

Please try keeping up with the Notes in my website as there’s loads to hang your hat on, even jump-starting valid notions of your own. 

As under Banier: ” My parents had no children. I was twelve years old.” Or that Gide, the French writer, suggested that by the time he’s in his fifties a real man should have had syphilis and the Légion d’Honneur, though not necessarily in that order, or the latter for the former of course. While Brecht, the German playwright, acidly asked Why be a man if you can be a success? And speaking of the horse’s mouth: He should know; by all accounts old Bertold was not much of a man, but a great success. 

Papa’s Plagiarism

A Farewell to Arms, by V. de Milo

Discovery

Courageously crossing Okeanos, Sir, performing months of strenuous field work in Greece, can you now tell us:

-Do goats have a clitoris?

– I’m sorry, I don’t speak ελληνικ!

– Not even with your new fiancée?

– Especially with her!

– Must be quite a beast, Sir…..

Lobal Warming

” I wouldn’t kick her out of my bed, if she had gas!”

Micky Rourke,

Philosopher

(About Scarlett Johansson)

Schadenfreude

The Europeans feel betrayed by Obama and his backroom ‘deal’ with China and a few others, letting a Copenhagen accord slide down to a non-binding whitewash of emission quotas. Every single nation here willing to go the full distance to a meaningful cleaning up of the atmosphere.

I’m one of those who refer to the Sahara being a lush and green redoubt less than 15000 years ago, a vast region where fish fossils are found on mountain tops. In geological time this is peanuts of course, half a continent becoming a hot wasteland well before industrial man rose, with all his emissions by way of car, smelter and refrigerator. So that the last 175 years of accelerated human activity are  a mere drop in time and thus in man-made influence. But by all means let’s clean up the mess and let’s lead more wholesome lives. Or as someone much wiser than me put it, let there be progress, but please, no more growth.

What I truly don’t understand is the reasoning that if the world becomes one playing field, America stands to lose jobs, production, wealth when the other guys would rigorously be forced to do the same thing. Like Russia and China keeping Iran afloat, refusing meaningful sanctions,  because they don’t want to lose the business. Turning a blind eye to crazy clerics going nuclear when they have huge restive muslim minorities within their own borders, soon ‘inspired’ by Tehran’s ‘holy’ strength.

Again, what business does one lose if there finally sprouts some wisdom and solidarity out of a certain situation and truly everybody gangs up on a culprit, be it perceived global warming or nuclear Iran, and right across the board. In fact, assuring business as usual!

But no, still this immature one-upmanship marking the beginning of the new century, and a goody-goody President not standing up to short-sighted domestic lobbies or a Chinese economic nemesis.

Yes, Europe Cries and among others, OPEC grins, as the front-page of yesterday’s Le Monde tells us.

Math, Extra Large

Politics should learn from Math, where you have core problem but an additonal Plus cancels out an additional Minus and one’s left with a truth.

All those denigrations, wild accusations, sabotage and demonstrations: over time Left and Right, Conservative and Liberal, cancelling each other out.

O, to be left with ‘Equals’ and everyone saving all that energy, disillusion and even violence, aided by consent and tolerance.

Deep Sleaze

And you don’t have to be Irish either, but the sick irony is that the most reprehensible,  morally corrupt often wiggle their way into positions of high moral authority from where to operate. Like brothers in small dioceses and orphanages, and other paedophiles in sheep’s clothing as pediatritions, coaches of junior hockey and midget league baseball teams.

Man, there’s nothing like an honest faggot.

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