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Many factors in Putin’s head

There are a lot of known factors that have driven Putin’s decision to conduct a full-scale invasion of the Ukraine – and perhaps one that has not been considered up until now.

This article by historian Sir Anthony Beevor nails some of them:

In his bizarre and rambling treatise last week immediately before his declaration of war on Ukraine, Putin’s anger against Lenin was very clear. He blamed the Bolshevik leader for having introduced into the constitution of the USSR the idea that the national republics were all equal.

The fact is that he is living in a crazed fantasy world of the imperial past when he declares ‘a hostile anti-Russia is being created in our historic lands’. In his view, no population from the old Tsarist empire has the right to follow its own path.

Putin’s other belief, that the West was largely to blame, came from the rash ambitions of the United States, Nato and the EU in the first decade of the millennium to promote democracy everywhere. It was a dangerously naive crusade.

Then there’s this take from Condoleeza Rice (whose PhD was on the USSR):

After she had left office Condoleezza Rice recalled one of her last meetings with Vladimir Putin. He told our then Secretary of State, “You know that Russia has only been great when it was ruled by strong men. Like Alexander II, like Peter the Great.” Rice said, “I remember thinking, and then is Vladimir the Great supposed to be in that line?” She was too diplomatic to ask. But she went on, “I am sure he’s not wholly rational. He´s a megalomaniac. And you have to deal with the 5% chance that he might in fact be delusional.”

I think we’re well into that 5%.

But the following probably also factors into his mind. Watch these two clips and imagine Putin watching them.

But underlying crap like that are populations that either quietly shrug their shoulders and accept it or agree with such messages.

Also note that another of the Gigantic Democrat Brains, former Secretary of State under Obama, John Kerry raised this big concern about the Ukrainian invasion, which shows just how the West’s Climate Change policies help Russia and China (and why they’re so supportive of Western groups pushing Zero Carbon policies).

Back in the USSR

Well that’s long been Putin’s dream, having said years ago that:

The breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.”

He happened to be a KGB officer working in East Germany as it all came tumbling down so it must have been especially painful for him.

However, with demographic problems and an economy smaller than that of Italy, Canada and South Korea, that’s trying to support a still huge military (one that’s aging and creaking), and with age catching up on him rapidly (he’s 69), I think his chances of re-creating his dream are slim. There’s a lot of huffing and puffing here.

But as I’ve said for several years now, Putin plays a weak hand well. It didn’t stop him invading Georgia or taking the Crimea away from Ukraine a few years ago and today pushing into two small Eastern portions of Ukraine which are Russian-speaking and have been agitating for years to break away from Ukraine and join The Motherland:

The Russian leader recognized the “sovereignty” of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Eastern Ukraine. It’s not hard to game out what happens next. With those areas now being “independent” states as far as Russia is concerned, the separatist leadership there can now invite Russian military forces to enter. In other words, Putin has just taken a chunk of Ukraine without firing a shot.

That’s about as clear an example as you can get of what US President Biden mumbled about a months ago (Don’t call us. We’ll call you):

 It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not to do. 

Wish granted, moron.

As Putin’s strategy is not a surprise neither are his tactics. Again from my post:

Thus there will be ongoing cyber attacks, economic pressure, diplomatic pressure, implied threats, support for Russia-friendly opposition groups, and possibly minor military clashes on the Russia-Ukraine border.

Or what I wrote in 2014 on Kiwiblog during that invasion scare:

I don’t like or trust Putin one bit, but I respect that he’s smart and calculating. My bet will be that he’ll let the new government hang itself and be left twisting slowly, slowly in the breeze by its purported Western allies over the next few months – and then he’ll move with a partition of Crimea and the rest of the Eastern Ukraine, using locals to do it but providing them with logistical, financial and political backing. It’s not like those locals aren’t keen on such a move anyway. 

Having said that, Putin’s speech was rather strange; he’s usually on point, calm and statesmanlike, but here he came across as angry, with the usual boilerplate Russian snivelling that we’ve heard since the USSR imploded some 30 years ago, as you can read here, courtesy of Reuters, with clips shown here. That pain I mentioned above, of a former KGB officer watching the USSR implode, never came through so clearly before as he rambles on about how “nationalists” destroyed that nation.

But there’s also much huffing and puffing on the other side of the fence, making a mockery of crap like this:

Toe-to-toe? Biden was totally onboard with the Obama administration’s “reset” policy with Russia in 2009 (overseen by none other than Hillary Clinton, and they spelled the word wrong in Russian), back in the dark days when it was GW Bush who had “caused” Putin to behave as he was. Or how about 2012 and Obama’s little lecture to Mitt Romney during their debate:

“And, the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

Fully backed by the moron, and this was when he had all his marbles.

Given the boogeyman treatment of Russia handed out by Democrats in their pursuit of the Great Orange Man from 2015-2020, they could hardly repeat the “reset” approach. But Biden at least claimed that he could deal with Putin (“Biden will get [the Western Alliances] working again”.). It’s been twelve months now of phone calls, “tough” speeches about sanctions and such, followed by recent babbling about “peace summits”.

In fact Biden and the Democrats actually refused to go after the only thing that might have dissuaded Putin, the Nord Stream II gas pipeline. They howled about Trump’s threats against it and when Senator Ted Cruz put forward an actual sanctions proposal:

“Joe Biden came to Capitol Hill and personally lobbied Democratic senators to vote against Russian sanctions. That’s why we’re facing this invasion. I gotta say Bill, Joe Biden becoming president is the best thing that ever happened, tragically, for Vladimir Putin,” said Cruz.

As an aside they also used the filibuster rule they’d been demonising. Still it’s not a surprise. As Walter Russell Mead wrote in 2017:

If Trump were the Manchurian candidate that people keep wanting to believe that he is, here are some of the things he’d be doing:

  • Limiting fracking as much as he possibly could
  • Blocking oil and gas pipelines
  • Opening negotiations for major nuclear arms reductions
  • Cutting U.S. military spending
  • Trying to tamp down tensions with Russia’s ally Iran.

You know who did do these things? Obama. You know who supports these things now? Democrats,, including Biden.

Still, given Germany’s demand for that pipeline in the first place, knowing it put them more under Putin’s thumb, their intricate ties to Russian finance, and the opposition of they and France to Ukraine joining NATO, it’s pretty obvious that they’re all paper tigers.

And Putin knows it.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 23, 2022 at 6:00 am

Moby Dick

It seems appropriate to thus start this little Wednesday morning collection of tasty graph and cartoon bites with something published two years ago that has turned out to be very accurate.

Call him Ishmael.

You can see why the MSM misses Trump. Now they have to put their double standards on full display.

In other predictions of the future this one for 2020, written in 1988 is awesome (RPG stands for Role Player Game).

When forecasting the future though it’s usually good to look at the past as well, as this graph of disease pandemics in Sweden does.

Here’s a graph about vaccine passports and mandates, since we seem to be moving on from lockdown mandates and mask mandates, which show similar failures. Here’s the detailed article from which the graph is taken, An inconvenient truth – vaccine passports don’t work:

Sometimes the future is entirely predictable, as with German power prices, courtesy of almost twenty years and €500 billion spent on the fabulous Energiewende (“Energy Transition”) project to get all that juicy renewable power from the wind and the sun. In such latitudes it’s more the wind but it makes no difference anyway. If your question in response to this is, “But the wind is free, why is power so expensive now?”, then you should SFTU on this subject for the rest of time. Also see this as New Zealand circa 2035 if we keep pushing the same stuff. Of course we could go nuclear?

Finally I’ll leave you with this graph, courtesy of Michael Reddell’s latest updated analysis of housing costs in New Zealand, especially in relation to incomes, Price/income ratios, with the key insight:

At best, it takes 33 years for price/income ratios to get back to three – the sort of ratio seen in large chunks of the US, in cities large and small. At best, it would take almost a quarter of a century to get back to a price/income ratio of four.

Basically the only way my kids are going to be able to buy a house is if we leverage the hell out of our existing one, and even then it may mean not living in Auckland. As Bob Jones has pointed out, now linking to BNZ economist Tony Alexander, they may not be living in NZ at all once the Chinese Xi Snot controls are gone and they get the chance at higher incomes, lower costs and not being locked up.

You should check out Reddell’s earlier posts on the housing problem, which I’ve quoted a few times here.

Frankly I can no longer see this being resolved, given that, as he points out, both the leaders of the National and Labour Parties said the other day that significant price drops – say 25% – would not be acceptable. Why? It would simply put us back two years. Although buyers in the last two years would be looking at negative equity, that’s a temporary situation that can be worked out of and has been in the past.

If you’re not willing to unwind a clearly screwed-up marketplace by even a small amount because some recent entrants will feel some (book-value) pain then you’re basically admitting that the current situation of relentless and ever larger price increases will continue, which will lock out a lot more potential entrants, particularly the young. The graph above is a “best-case” scenario if price drops are not permitted – and it shows an awful situation for people wanting to enter the housing market.

In a sense our housing market has become rather like any welfare system or drug addiction: the more people who are hooked on it the less chance there is of changing it. The only difference is that with housing it’s the newest entrants who have the most to lose.

Which means that what we have here is a Ponzi scheme, and they never end well. But they do end, irrespective of the authorities.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 15, 2021 at 11:04 am

“The dark night of…

… fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.”

That’s a famous comment from American essayist Tom Wolfe in one of his books, but he was actually quoting a French socialist writer named Jean-François Revel. Wolfe included it in response to the usual dull carping from European “intellectuals” about the USA in the 1960’s, but the way things are going in America I’m not so amused by the comment anymore.

Still, Europe, despite all their pretensions and denials, sure does look like it’s once again heading in that direction with news like this, EU must consider mandatory Covid jabs, says Von der Leyen:

The EU must consider mandatory vaccination in response to the spread of the “highly contagious” Omicron Covid variant across Europe, the European Commission president has said.

“One-third of the European population is not vaccinated … not each and every one can be vaccinated – children, for example, or people with special medical conditions – but the vast majority could.

“How we can encourage and potentially think about mandatory vaccination within the European Union, this needs discussion. This needs a common approach, but it is a discussion that I think has to be met.”

Well, at least she’s not into jabbing kids under the age of twelve, which is good since their statistical risk of sickness or injury from Chinese Lung Rot is almost zero and kid-to-adult transmission does not seem to be a thing. I see New Zealand is full speed ahead on those plans anyway.

That link also has a a cool little map of Europe that you can click on to show each nation’s current situation. Note that Sweden – whose “let-it-rip” approach (not what they did actually) – was supposed to be a screaming disaster, is doing much better than central Europe and as well as hard-ass nations like Spain and Italy.

The thing is that all these actions are merely the latest in a series of comparisons between the EU and the old Fascists that are starting to become a little too close for comfort. Here’s a comparison of Ms von der Leyen’s Presidential voting form with that of You Know Who.

As well as a comparison of the whole Euro project…

While the EU President is only talking about 100% mandatory vaccinations, Austria are actually doing them, plus the return of lockdowns:

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced in a press conference Friday that COVID-19 vaccination will become mandatory for everyone beginning February 1, 2022. As the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hits Western Europe, Austria is the first country to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory. 

Also Germany:

Unvaccinated people across Germany will soon be excluded from nonessential stores, restaurants and sports and cultural venues, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday, and parliament will consider a general vaccine mandate as part of efforts to curb coronavirus infections.

You can take the girl out of East Germany but you can’t take East Germany out of the girl.

I don’t know if Merkel will require the unvaccinated to wear anything for identification. But I have a feeling they’ll have to show their papers. Perhaps she’ll be inspired by past efforts like this card shown on the left.

That’s the famous German Health Pass Card, of 1938, the Gesundheitspass Des Hauptamtes Für Volksgesundheit Der NSDAP.

That card was implemented with the backing in large measure of the German medical profession, half of whom joined the Nazi Party.

To what degree the unvaccinated will be vilified is not yet known, but as other measures fail and cases (and death rates) rise again, it would be a surprise if they were not, since governments will need a scapegoat and the ground is being prepared in thought and deed by separating the two groups and making it quite clear from whence comes the danger to the “fully vaccinated”. The public can take it from there:

During the years of the Nazi regime, German doctors frequently argued that Jews spread disease. Reflecting common themes in Nazi propaganda, these medical professionals repeatedly pushed the false claim that Jews were especially responsible for outbreaks of typhus—a deadly contagious disease spread by lice.

But perhaps I shouldn’t taunt the Germans specifically or the Euros in general. Just take a look at one of the camps that’s been built in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Also, here’s the NT government’s web page on Covid-19 quarantine:

  • stay in the person’s allocated room, including on any veranda space allocated to the room, unless permitted by an authorised officer; and
  • when not in their room, or on their veranda, residents must take all reasonable measures to stay at least 1.5 metres away from any other person in the quarantine facility, except for the person’s spouse, de facto partner, child or parent; and
  • wear a face mask when outside their room unless an authorised officer permits the person to remove the face mask; and….

They’re very serious about this too. Recently the NT police arrested three Aboriginal teenagers (aged 15,16, and 17) for allegedly escaping a “voluntary” quarantine camp. NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner…

… said the escape could mean an extension of the time the teenagers were required to stay in quarantine. “Absconding from Howard Springs isn’t just dangerous — it is incredibly stupid,” he said “Because we will catch you and there will be consequences.”

Here’s the kicker:

All three teens tested negative for [Chinese] COVID the day before they bolted. They never actually HAD the China flu. They were locked up for coming into contact with someone who had it.”

Some months ago, when I wrote about the Australian situation in Civil Liberties Have Gone To The Dogs, I included this little poster, which met scoffing denials that the comparison was ridiculous.

I’ve no doubt that most people in New Zealand still think that. Which is precisely why it is entirely possible for all the above to occur in New Zealand in 2022 if we have a substantial rise in case numbers in the Autumn. Take no notice of PM Ardern’s statement the other day (in response to a direct question) that we would never follow Austria’s path. She simply is not believable.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 5, 2021 at 5:00 am

Yellow is not the appropriate colour

A few weeks ago I posted on a story out of Germany where a bunch of idiot politicians decided it would be a great idea for vaccinated people to wear a yellow badge, They teach history, don’t they?

But it’s not Germans “leaders” forgetting their history. Out of Britain comes this news:

But back to Germany – well, Austria actually – showing that they can forget history just as well as everybody else, Austria orders new lockdown, says COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory:

Austria will again impose a national COVID-19 lockdown next week in a bid to control another wave of infections — and in three months will begin requiring that all adults in the country are vaccinated, officials said Friday.

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced the measures and said the lockdown will begin on Monday. The vaccine requirement will start in February.

As the Babylon Bee put it, To Defeat Delta Variant, Experts Recommend Doing All The Things That Didn’t Work The First Time.

In the world’s second bio-fascist state (after China) I feel that they’re getting closer to what I had merely written as satire a few months ago, especially given the glorious language that Austrians speak and the demonstrated lack of historical knowledge I really would not be surprised if they put up signs reading, Impfung Macht Frei.

Coming to New Zealand next Autumn perhaps, with another surge of cases?

In other posts I’ve used a picture of Aldous Huxley with a quote from him about people coming to love their oppression, but it turns out there was an American TV interview with him in 1958 where he got to expand on the subject in more detail: twelve minutes long but worth your time.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 21, 2021 at 7:49 am

Berlin’s Methods of Escape

In the wake of announcements from the Labour government yesterday I put forward some ideas from history that may be useful.

Courtesy of the Berlin Wall Museum, which I visited in the 1990’s, just a few years after it all came tumbling down.

Over 5,000 people successfully escaped past the Wall between 1961 and 1989. In order to be able to overcome the constantly perfected GDR border security system, the means of escape always had to be refined. Many of them found their way to the Mauermuseum – Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. These include multiple repurposed cars, a mini submarine that a refugee used to cross via the Baltic Sea, hot-air balloons, and self-made motorised hang-gliders.

This one would take too long and Auckland lacks even unemployed miners.

The following may be the most appropriate in my case.

Readers are encouraged to put forward other ideas.

This also seems appropriate, since my allocated time slot for leaving Auckland will likely be managed in the same way.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 4, 2021 at 8:39 am

Ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties – and Witches

Thanks to wind, rain, cold temperatures and of course the Great Lockdown, Halloween in Auckland will suck this year.

I’ve only seen a few decorations up on gateways and doorways, and of course there will be no trick-or-treating – although it looks like we have a few rule-breakers on that front in our area, to go with other such rule-breaking that’s been happening in recent weeks.

But we’re not going to see anything as spectacular as the American displays, which are hog-wild at times. The following photo is from Sleepy Hollow in Upper New York State and given its history and connection with famous literature they really put on a show for Halloween, which my wife and daughter were lucky enough to see a few years ago.

Or this one with all the dolls.

After my beloved daughter, The Artiste, had been absent for the last three Halloween’s I was looking forward to her creations. She creates, Tatuś is the one that does the bloody work.

But it is not to be this year. As with everything else I’m looking forward to 2022, unwise as that may be.

You can see some other classics that I collected two years ago on this post: the following one is probably my favourite although the work involved must have been daunting.

October 31st is also a famous religious date for another reason, because this is the day that Roman Catholic priest Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg, kicking off the Reformation that saw the church split and the Protestant faiths created, along with 200 years of godawful warfare across Europe.

This religious warfare and the associated propaganda is part and parcel of an aspect of Witches that we don’t naturally celebrate, even as adults and kids dress up, and this article really gets into it, The Witch Craze: Fact or Fiction. First up is the Common Wisdom:

During the Middle Ages, the misogynist Catholic Church burned nine million women because they were practitioners of a peaceful, universal, goddess-worshipping religion that had existed since the Stone Age. The woman-hating Judeo-Christian tradition and bloodthirsty Western Civilization drove this Pagan religion underground. With the coming of the Enlightenment and the primacy of science over faith, the witch hunt stopped.  

The National Film Board of Canada documentary “The Burning Times” recounts this history. Dan Brown tells this very tale in “The DaVinci Code.” You can read it on page 105 here.

I’m not fond of the term “Revisionist History” because we’re constantly chewing over history, as we should: it’s mostly revisionist. But as with many other things, there is Revisionist History that’s welcomed – such as that around aspects of European and American culture and history that was celebrated up until quite recently – and Revisionist History such as the above which is not welcome. The reason is that the former reinforces the current Narrative while the latter does not.

Here’s a fact that’s even spookier than ghoulies and ghosties. Not a single element of the above-told witch narrative is true. Even scarier: because humanity hasn’t faced up to the witch craze, we haven’t learned the necessary harsh lessons, and we are all too likely to repeat the witch craze’s demented destruction. In fact we may be all too close to that reenactment right now.

The article is lengthy and packed with links to scholarly articles and recent works of history. It won’t come as a surprise that much of the above arises from ancient propaganda wars, first from Protestants against the Catholic church, and secondly from the heroes of The Enlightenment. But some key points:

  • The witch burnings happened not in the Middle Ages or the Dark Ages, but in the Early Modern Period c.1500-1700.
  • Most of the witch burnings happened in Protestant Germany, not Catholic Spain, Poland, Italy, Ireland or Orthodox Russia. One weird fact was that “Scottish witch-hunting was ‘twelve times more intense’ than witch hunting in England.” I’d no idea my Scottish ancestors were quite such assholes, nor that Witches were a thing in the glens.
  • The nine million figure came by extrapolating those numbers across Europe, courtesy of a guy called Voigt who was sucking up to German Protestant hero Frederick The Great.
  • The real figure appears to be a still horrific 40-60,000 victims over 200 years across the entire continent.
  • “The term “Dark Ages” is a misnomer, invented to serve polemics, not accuracy. During the so-called “Dark Ages,” significant advances were made in the arts, mass literacy, and agriculture”.
  • Placing the witch burnings in those earlier times aids the whole Enlightenment ethos that people just get better, smarter, and more ethical as time goes on, especially after the “Enlightenment”.
  • The Inquisition had bugger all to do with these trials. In fact the likes of Alonso de Salazar Frias, an actual Spanish Inquisitor, became known as “The Witches’ Advocate” because his investigations so often found the evidence to be crap, which fitted in nicely with the Catholic approach that whether one was the accused or the accuser the claims of such magic had no merit.
  • A German Jesuit priest, Friedrich Spee, was present at the Wurzburg witch trials, one of the worst, and he published a book in 1631 called Cautio Criminalis that helped bring such trials to an end (no Dan Brown story or movie for that I’ll bet).
  • “Witch hunts were a collaboration between lower-level authorities and commonfolk succumbing to garden-variety pettiness, vindictiveness, superstition and hysteria …”
  • Witchcraft trials and burnings seem to be multi-casual, covering pagan beliefs that hung on about fertility and agriculture, The Little Ice Age, and old woman (whom young woman often accused).

There are two small quotes that should be highlighted. The first involving the Nazis:

Top Nazi Heinrich Himmler was obsessed with manufacturing a Nazi-friendly history of the witch trials. In 1935, he began the Hexenkartothek. This project’s goal was to discredit the Catholic Church, and prove that the witch craze was a manifestation of Catholic hatred for German women. The witches, Himmler believed, were survivals of an authentic, indigenous German Paganism. Nazi theorist Alfred Rosenberg mentioned the witch trials repeatedly in his classic Nazi text, “The Myth of the Twentieth Century.”

The second a reflection on our current world:

German scholar Rainer Decker discovered, “much to his surprise,” that “the papacy” and “the Roman and Spanish Inquisitions” “functioned as forces of skepticism and restraint.” Decker’s work resists the fake witch narrative “that mistakenly portrays the papacy as fanning rather than quelling the flames of the witchcraft mania sweeping northern Europe from the mid-sixteenth century onward.”

Decker’s book currently has zero reviews on Amazon. “The DaVinci Code,” that tells the fake witch narrative, has over 8,000 reviews.

As the darkness closes on All Saints’ Eve, you should kick back and enjoy a little revisionist reading.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 31, 2021 at 5:02 pm

They teach history, don’t they?

Crazier and crazier.

Perhaps it’s different when it’s a majority?

I’d say that if George Carlin were still around he might have to start thinking whether this famous line still applies:

When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 7, 2021 at 11:17 am

“Unforeseen” Consequences

The foremost concern of environmentalists is, of course, the health and well being of the environment.

It’s in their name and all.

So it’s always funny and sad when environmentalists do stuff that blows up in their faces. There are countless examples but in terms of large scale screwups Germany’s decision to shut down its nuclear power stations while also trying to switch the system to wind power is probably the winner. Some €500 million over less than twenty years and all they got was an unreliable network, power prices that have more than tripled, a lot of coal still being burned, plus constantly falling short of their GHG reduction targets. On that last it should be noted that the 2020 Chinese Xi Snot lockdowns and restrictions were a huge help, but that’s not going to be true of 2021 and beyond.

That chart is from 2017 but it’s 2020 forecast of 45 cents per kilowatt hour is not far off where it is right now.

But the latest news from another group of wind farm fanatics, California, is what is really delicious.

As more renewable power has crowded the state’s power grid with traditional power sources switched off, the grid has become more unstable and also unable to meet electrical demand even when its up and running. This has resulted in increasingly frequent summertime calls for people to lay off using power in the crucial 4-9pm slot.

Faced with this, companies and even individuals have begun to turn to, of all things, diesel generators. In fact the state itself has 2,773 stationary and mobile generators in its inventory. Now you would think that the uncompromising Eco-Stasi authorities would crack down on that quick smart. But of course they know if they forced people into that corner even the Liberal Luvvies would revolt. So instead, they’re allowing this to expand and continue. In fact, they’re even helping all this fossil fuel burning along, California wants air pollution rules suspended:

The state’s main grid operator wants the U.S. Department of Energy to suspend air-pollution rules for some natural gas-burning power plants in case their output is needed “to meet demand in the face of extremely challenging conditions including extreme heat waves, multiple fires, high winds, and various grid issues,” according to a filing. The last time California received a waiver of such length and breadth was 21 years ago during the Western Energy Crisis.

Genius. And here you were thinking that the following was just a joke.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 16, 2021 at 6:00 am

“An idea is like a virus,

…resilient, highly contagious and the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you”.

Ideas like lockdowns of entire national populations for example, even – or should I say especially – in Western democracies, having spread from the dominant global superpower, China.

Most Western democracies in fact, since “democracy” is increasingly something to chuckle about, especially at election time, rather like the term “post-Covid-19 world”.

Widely vaccinated Britain recorded 26,852 new cases on Tuesday. For New Zealand to experience a similar infection rate, it would need to record around 1,900 cases per day.”

The NZ government, the local MSM, and probably much of the population, would have heart attacks if we had 1900 cases per day. Mind you, that would remove the source of the virus – the idea virus that is.

Future Communist leaders will surely see that claiming a Public Health Emergency is much the most effective way of screwing over every other law of the land, mainly because it’s far superior to trying to do so via cultivating envy of your neighbour’s property or demonising capitalist counter-revolutionaries. With Public Health Emergencies you can actually enlist much of the population to be help as your willing executioners.

The sense of power and control over others is overwhelming, especially when added to self-righteousness. In the case of the talking-to-your-neighbours-will-kill-granny idea, that spread faster than the Delta virus from Australia to New Zealand. It had barely emerged from the mouth of the NSW Chief health wallah than it dropped out of the mouth of the New Zealand Prime Minister.

An idea is like a virus…

So to Australia, where it seems the natives are getting a bit restless, being locked up in their homes and all.

At least they were using pepper spray against adults this time, rather than 12-year old kids.

Beria would certainly have appreciated the following, although he may have thought the uniforms a bit too clunky.

You’d think you were watching a scene from some Middle Eastern dictatorship, but no, that’s Australia.

“Beachgoers sneaking out during Sydney’s Covid lockdown to soak up some winter sun have been sensationally lambasted by a hovering police helicopter,” The Daily Mail wrote. “Footage uploaded to TikTok shows officers in a chopper demanding sunbathers pack up and leave Gordon’s Bay … or be hit with fines for breaking stay-at-home orders.”

Remember: grandma could die if you step outside your homes and talk to your neighbours.

How about Germany?

Apparently Germany is going to introduce vaccine passports. Mind you they’ve got form on this sort of thing. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun stated that unvaccinated people, even if they test negative for Covid, would not be allowed to go to venues like restaurants, cinemas, or stadiums, because “the risk to everyone else is too high.”

I’m sure there are other anti-vaccination arguments that could be put forward, but announcements like that are probably the most effective of all.


Some 3,000 security forces have been deployed around Paris in anticipation of more protests against the “health pass”, which will be required soon to enter restaurants and other places. The system — likened to vaccine passports — goes into effect on Aug. 9.

A teacher protesting in Paris told The Guardian that the health pass policy is creating segregation in France: “We’re creating a segregated society, and I think it is unbelievable to be doing this in the country of human rights. So I took to the streets; I have never protested before in my life … I think our freedom is in danger.”

I think you’re a bit late sweetie.


… thousands of anti-vaccine-pass demonstrators marched in cities, including Rome, Milan, and Naples. Milan demonstrators stopped outside of the city’s courthouse chanting “Truth!” “Shame!” and “Liberty!” In Rome, they marched behind a banner reading “Resistance.”

Italian authorities have also approved the implementation of a health pass to enter bars, restaurants, and other venues. Critics of the measure argue that it’s draconian and infringes on basic personal liberties.

What’s the point of civil liberties and “freedum” if you’re dead: that’s the argument right?

English writer Mervyn Peake said “To live at all is miracle enough.” It’s a good line and I’ve quoted it for years, but but now I see merely to live at all is not enough, not nearly.

A caged bird is alive but without the freedom to fly the Limitless sky, it is denied everything that makes a bird in the first place. To be alive is not enough. What matters is to live in freedom. A bird is such a fragile creature. It’s really all and only about movement. Take away a bird’s movement and it’s a handful of feathers and air.