Now, Can I Remember Where I Put the Dark Chocolate? By Mrs Vera West

     Continuing our health and fitness series, with a focus on the older citizen, chocolate has been reported to have numerous cardio-vascular benefits, but now it has been found that chocolate actually helps relieves stress and improves memory:

“New research shows there might be health benefits to eating certain types of dark chocolate. Findings from two studies being presented today at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego show that consuming dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao (minimally 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity. While it is well known that cacao is a major source of flavonoids, this is the first time the effect has been studied in human subjects to determine how it can support cognitive, endocrine and cardiovascular health. Lee S. Berk, DrPH, associate dean of research affairs, School of Allied Health Professions and a researcher in psychoneuroimmunology and food science from Loma Linda University, served as principal investigator on both studies.

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Come and Take it! By John Steele

     Here is a story that red-blooded gun lovers will love: a shapely young US female graduate of Kent State University poses with an AR 10 semi auto rifle  on her back. On her graduation cap she has the slogan: “come and take it.”

“Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus. I should have been able to do so as a student- especially since 4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus. #CampusCarryNow”

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Suicide of the West 2.0 By Chris Knight

     When I think of the book title, Suicide of the West, I think of the 1964 book by James Burnham, with the subtitle: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism. This book anticipated the cultural wars that were to come because Burnham saw that liberalism was the acid eroding Western civilisation, and the real cause of Western “suicide.” The new book by Jonah Goldberg, Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy (2018), predictably enough, argues the opposite from Burnham, namely that the nationalist/populist departure form liberal cosmopolitanism is contrary to the Enlightenment project, and contrary to the spirit of American democracy, which apparently is endless openness to migrants and multiculturalism.

     National identity is opposed, except of course for Israel, and opposing open borders and immigration is also rejected, as that is nationalism, and populism, except for Israel. Of course, as I see it, Israel should be free to protect its borders as it sees fit, because it has a right to exist,  but so should every one. Here is Goldberg on the splendours of immigration: “I tend to believe that high levels of immigration, particularly skills-based immigration, are economically desirable policies. Also, the evidence that low-skilled immigration is a net detriment to the country is not as cut-and-dried as some claim. (The field of economics that studies immigration is shot through with methodological and ideological problems.)” The claim that there are no reliable studies showing the negative impact of immigration on the poorest locals, is nonsense, and contrary anway to direct observation and experience. The problem is with the studies of the alleged economic benefits of immigration, studies which are usually biased and ignoring negative effects.

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The Rich Get Richer … and the Rest Just Drown! By James Reed

     I am sure that the same result would hold true for Australia, but the US middle class and others are slowing sinking under the economic waves, soon to drown all:

“At a time of rock-bottom joblessness, high corporate profits and a booming stock market, more than 40% of U.S. households cannot pay the basics of a middle-class lifestyle — rent, transportation, child care and a cellphone, according to a new study. Quick take: The study, conducted by United Way, found a wide band of working U.S. households that live above the official poverty line, but below the cost of paying ordinary expenses. Based on 2016 data, there were 34.7 million households in that group — double the 16.1 million that are in actual poverty, project director Stephanie Hoopes tells Axios. Why it matters: For two years, U.S. politics has been dominated by the anger and resentment of a self-identified “forgotten” class, some left behind economically and others threatened by changes to their way of life.

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Winter Flu: Why? Climate Change: What! By Brian Simpson

     I noticed even as a child that wet winters brought colds and flu s, but when the summer came, the threat was much less. Some people thought that this was due to the temperature, but my guess was always based on the moisture content of the air being a more suitable environment for the germs to survive and thrive and generally lower temperatures. That view seems to be correct: 

“People are more vulnerable to getting sick when seasons change, especially during spring and fall, and experts may now know why. According to research, it’s not the cold air that makes people sick; rather, it’s the virus. Rhinoviruses and coronaviruses, the two main causes of the common cold, can multiply quickly when the weather is cool – but not too cold. “A lot of the viruses that cause the common cold are shown to cause outbreaks more frequently in the early to late spring and early to late fall,” explained Dr. Kittu Jindal Garg, an internal medicine specialist, in an interview with The Weather Channel. In the same way, the influenza virus multiplies and spread more easily and rapidly when the air is cold and dry. As a result, people tend to catch the flu during winter.

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Now Aliens are going to Destroy Us because of Global Warming! What! By James Reed

     This is one of those stories where you can’t trust secondary sources and “professional” (not really) journalists like me go right to the primary source to check. Yep, its true: out there in university land there are scientists who think that extraterrestrial aliens may destroy us because global warming indicates that we are a destructive species, and thus a cosmic pest: 

“It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim. Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth’s atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain. This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by a Nasa-affiliated scientist and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future. Shawn Domagal-Goldman of Nasa’s Planetary Science Division and his colleagues compiled a list of plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity “prepare for actual contact”.

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The End of the EU By Tom North

     Can it be true: the end of the EU?

“Mr Macron’s plans are seemingly at odds with EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker who admit there is no future in the “United States of Europe” vision being chased by the Frenchman. Before accepting his prize, Mr Macron wrote on Twitter: “The European dream is now gnawed by doubt. “It’s up to us to decide whether we want to live it or let it die.”

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Have a Cuppa and a Laugh! By James Reed

     This YouTube clip is very interesting, but the comments underneath are gut-bustingly funny. Police try to break down a door, but fail. Everything they tried (no explosives) fail. The comments speculate about what happens next; the crook inside dies of old age; or changes his ways becomes a cop and comes to help break down his own door; the door is unlocked and opens out; there is a wall behind a false door and so on. There are certainly some amusing things on YouTube, making it an escape almost as good as getting blind drunk. In fact, getting blind drunk, then surfing YouTube may be the best thing of all. Ok Vera, you can eat chocolate whilst surfing and drinking, not that you see any benefits to alcohol.

The Heart of Chocolate By Mrs Vera West

     Dark chocolate is being increasingly seen as a healthy food in limited quantities, with beneficial effects upon the heart:

“A study published in the journal Heart has found that eating moderate amounts of chocolate can reduce the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AFib), a life-threatening form of irregular heartbeat. Scientists at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, together with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Aalborg University, and the Danish Cancer Society‘s Institute of Cancer Epidemiology used data from a large-scale cohort study of men and women in Denmark for their research. “Our study adds to the accumulating evidence of the health benefits of moderate chocolate intake and highlights the importance of behavioral factors for potentially lowering the risk of arrhythmias,” added Dr. Elizabeth Mostofsky, the study’s lead author and an instructor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health."

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UN Global Gun Control By John Steele

     The UN, part of the globalist grand plan to create a one world New World Order, when it is not using climate change as a mechanism to attack national sovereignty, delights in addressing a whole range of social issues, which are none of its business, such as firearm rights:

“The United Nations’ International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) is finishing up their Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence. According to IANSA, the goal of the week-long meeting is “for us to advocate collectively for an end to illicit trade and misuse of small arms and light weapons.” We all know what that really means: the United Nations presumes they have authority over every human being on earth, and as such, seeks to ban guns from the slaves they want to control.  Of course, they aren’t going to come right out and say it just it.  It took liberals decades before they simply admitted what we already knew: they are coming for our guns.

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There is Only One Party Now: And How They Party! By James Reed

     This is odd, or is it? 

“Senior Turnbull Government ministers have endorsed the Liberal Party’s decision not to contest two federal WA seats in upcoming by-elections, saying it would have been a waste of “limited resources”. The Liberals will not run candidates in the federal seats of Fremantle and Perth following the resignations of Labor’s Tim Hammond and Josh Wilson. Mr Hammond said the toll the job was taking on his family was too great, while Mr Wilson stood down in the wake of the High Court’s latest ruling on dual citizenship. Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann backed the move to not run Liberal candidates in either seat.”

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Sweden Update: Going Down Fast By Richard Miller

     Here is my pick of the theatre of the absurd from Sweden this week; mind you in a decadent, decaying wasteland like Sweden, which still remains ahead of the curve of the West’s implosion, it is often hard to get the winning story. But, here it is for this week:

“The district court in Malmö, often touted as “Sweden’s most multicultural city,” will next hear a case involving human traffickers allegedly using a Nigerian brand of witchcraft to force women into selling sex. Two female victims from Nigeria will testify in a case of human trafficking and prostitution, involving juju, a Nigerian variant of voodoo particularly popular in the Edo State from where many sex slaves trafficked into Europe come, the daily newspaper Expressen reported. “The traffickers have realized that by utilizing juju priests they can keep the women in obedience,” criminal investigator Simon Häggström from the National Operative Department told Expressen. “They really believe in two parallel worlds, one visible and one invisible. The invisible world consists of good and evil spirits that can affect one’s everyday life,” he added. The two women who will testify about human trafficking and forced prostitution claim to have both undergone a juju ritual, for which they received €45,000 and €40,000 ($53,000 and $47,000) respectively and took an oath to repay the money through work in Sweden, without fully understanding how large the sums actually are. One of the women told the police that during the ritual she was made to eat raw chicken heart, was cut on the chest with a razorblade and had animal blood rubbed into the wounds.”

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Euro-Tyranny Update By Richard Miller

     Merkel is determined to crush any opposition to mass immigration so that the native German peole ultimately disappear, the real meaning of mass immigration. Likewise, Macron of France, who always makes me think of limp pasta for some reason,  while in some speeches raising fears about the survival of the EU, in others sees the way forward being to crush opposition to globalism:

“Emmanuel Macron has demanded closer and faster EU integration towards a superstate, in a speech where he vowed to “yield nothing” to conservative eastern members which believe in a Europe of strong nations. Speaking in Aachen, where he received this year’s pro-EU Charlemagne prize “in recognition of his vision of a new Europe” and his “decisive stance” against nationalism, the French president urged Brussels to move full speed ahead on monetary union and creating a single foreign policy and defence strategy for the whole bloc. Condemning the “music of nationalism [that] is resounding everywhere in Europe”, Macron called on Europhiles who want to see more power concentrated in Brussels to “move forward with full force and as quickly as possible” with plans for integration so as to drown out the “clear [voices] of nationalists and demagogues”. “Barbed wire reappears everywhere in Europe, including  in the minds,” the French leader cautioned, declaring that he would “yield nothing” in the fight with Hungary and Poland over so-called EU values, Politico reports.”

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The Higher Man in Kali Yuga By John Steele

     I tend to get more than a little cynical about articles by intellectuals at Alt Right sites, that draw on Nietzsche and other thinkers such as the flavour of the month, Evola (not to be confused with Ebola, as I once did whilst drunk) to define some sort of “superman” or “overman” who will rise from the ashes after the collapse, or what some like to call the Kali Yuga, or age of decay (actually, literally, “age of beans”): 

     I am not sure I understand the article which links Evola’s critique to Nietzsche, as I have not read either of these authors, only potted summaries. But, as a practical man, and former warrior, I do know that neither Evola nor Nietzsche, although writing  about the warrior ethos,  would have had a low chance of surviving any sort of grid-down scenario. Nietzsche went mad, and Evola was mainly a philosophical scribbler (and hence weak), so none of them would have got in much, if any, physical training. It is clear to me, that beyond all the academic dreaming about higher men, higher men, defined here as surviving men, they need to be able to survive the coming storm, and this is not done by speculation in books, or being glued to a computer. Beyond all else, the “higher” man will be a survivalist, immersed in the practical affairs of self-defence, food preparation, and living rough and tough, more so than any set of philosophical beliefs. Think Jeff Cooper over, say, those writing for most of the Alt Right. Some of these guys get sucker punched while raving before cameras, which indicates a lack of awareness of one’s environment. The acid test must be the size of the biceps, not the volume of bs produced. 

Letter to The Editor - The 'force of tradition' and respect for the wisdom of the past may have been weakened in the last century

To The Australian          There is more to say about the 'symbolic order' embodied in the monarchy than Henry Ergas tells us ('Royal fairy tales help recount our blessing', 18/5). The essence of that order is its noble and assured recognition that the just conduct of earthly affairs depends on a leadership which has a heartfelt acceptance of the truth that eternity and spiritual reality are sources of indispensable guidance for both monarchs and their subjects. Thus Ergas errs in asserting that celebrations of 'the rites of passage' of the Royal Family have degenerated into 'extravagant re-enactments of fairytales.' They remain sacred ceremonies of profound spiritual insight with enormous capacity to inspire and guide the subjects of the Crown. The 'force of tradition' and respect for the wisdom of the past may have been weakened in the last century, but they have not been overcome and our monarchy is the main political bulwark sustaining their influence.  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

The Modern Multicultural Fascist State By Michael Ferguson

     Life moves fast. The German anarcho-tyranny has given itself new powers of surveillance, including that of opening mail. One can be sure that such powers will be used to open the mail, not of terrorists, but those criticising the terrorism of the modern state, as many protestors may believe:

     Not to be outdone the home of 1984, multicultural fascist Britain is now moving for six year prison sentences for those criticising Islam: 

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The Magic of Consenting Babies By Mrs Vera West

     Here is my candidate for mad item of the week: that babies need to give their consent for nappy changes: 

“‘Sexuality expert’ and author Deanne Carson has attracted mass ridicule after suggesting babies should “give consent” to having their nappies/diapers changed by their parents. Speaking to ABC News (Australia), Carson was asked what age clients she works with. She replied: “We work with children from three years old, we work with parents from birth”. “From birth?” the host responds, to which Carson smugly retorts: “Yeah, just about how to set up a culture of consent in their homes. So, ‘I’m going to change your nappy now, is that ok?’ “Of course the baby isn’t going to respond, ‘Yes mum that’s awesome, I’d love to have my nappy changed’. But if you leave a space and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact then you’re letting that child know that their response matters”.

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Brain Drain By Brian Simpson

     I tend to have a bit of a runny nose most of the time, probably due to some allergy (perhaps living in the pollution of Melbourne). My wife Rachel found this article and sent it to me, saying that it explains why I have trouble remembering things, because like this poor woman, my brain juices must be leaking out!  

     Well, I do not want to descend to Uncle Len levels of degeneracy, but her explanation of my behaviour cannot be right. I would say that any juice  had in my brain, let alone my body, had long ago drained away. On a slightly more sensible note about anatomy, scientists have discovered a new organ of the human body, and it is not the brain: 

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Letting George Rule By Charles Taylor

     Old George Soros is the man who keeps on giving … to Left wing politically correct causes. This time George is funding Left wing candidates for local politics, namely district attorneys right across the US: 

“Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has dropped at least $275,000 into district attorney races throughout Northern California, supporting candidates who advocate reduced incarceration and other criminal justice reforms. Such issues have long been a passion for Soros, who in past years has funded state ballot measures to legalize marijuana and weaken the “three strikes” sentencing law. He’s also tipped district attorney elections in other parts of the country — last year a Soros-backed political action committee helped clinch the win for civil rights attorney Larry Krasner in Philadelphia. This year, the liberal financier has funneled contributions into the California Justice & Public Safety Political Action Committee, which is paying for campaign mailers and advertisements in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, as well as Sacramento, ahead of the June 5 state primary. In Alameda County, the committee has spent $131,158 in support of Oakland civil rights attorney Pamela Price, a candidate known for her sharp criticism of police. She is challenging District Attorney Nancy O’Malley — a more mainstream progressive seeking a third term — on the June ballot. Soros is using his money and influence to fix that, Cordell said. “He’s trying to bring in people of color and other candidates who want to change the system,” she said.”

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Politically Correct Fascist Britain By Chris Knight

     With Britain in a virtual state of multicult civil war, if not social chaos, with the breakdown of the rule of law, the multicult fascist state is responding by using the iron fist upon conservative white Britons. This is know as anarcho-tyranny: anarchy and chaos at the social level, tolerated if it is not caused by whites, but rigid state control of dissenting thought, not just on race and immigration, but now on everything:

“The United Kingdom’s Sentencing Council has proposed Orwellian new guidelines that would make it a criminal offense to engage in free speech online whenever doing so might offend people who aren’t white or who belong to the cult of LGBT. Reports reveal how the Sentencing Council is actively advocating that the perpetrators of online “hate” posts, as it’s calling them, be sentenced to prison time. Social media users who share or even just comment on posts dealing with race or LGBT issues, for instance, would face a minimum six-month prison sentence, while the authors of such posts would face up to three years in prison. Pretty much any online content that’s deemed as in any way contributing to the “stirring” up of hatred towards racial, religious, or sexual “minority” groups is potentially subject to the harsh punishments being pushed by the U.K.’s Sentencing Council as part of its continued efforts to control what people say and do online.”

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