Mater’s Musings #12: History

Inspired by a post yesterday by thefrollickingmole which read, in part:

Our older nurse liked the conversation, as it brought up issues she had thought about a bit, the younger chap was full “coercion is fine for the greater good”.

I thought I’d put down something that has jumped out at me during this whole, sorry Covid event. Whenever I turn on an electronic device, someone is telling the assembled masses a version of two things:

  1. Go home, sit down, shut up – it’s the law, or
  2. Go home, sit down, shut up – it’s unfortunate, but it’s for the greater good.

Combinations and permutations of these two concepts also seem to be acceptable for the virtue enriched.

Let’s address these individually.

“It’s the law!”. I’m too old to know everything, but not too old to remember that Hitler’s ascent was, and still is, referred to as the Legal Revolution. Everything about it was legal, strictly speaking. The laws he enacted were legal, strictly speaking. It might be beneficial for some people to ponder this for a minute.

If they need a little more context:

“That applied also to Reich Justice Minister Gürtner. Once he had seen with his own eyes that Hitler’s will stood behind the liquidation of the mentally sick, and that it was not the work of party underlings operating without authority, he gave up his attempts on legal grounds to block or regulate the killings. To a courageous district judge, Lothar Kreyssig, who had written frank protest letters to him about the crass illegality of the action, and on being shown Hitler’s authorization had exclaimed that even on the basis of positive legal theory wrong could not be turned into right, Gürtner gave a simple reply: ‘If you cannot recognize the will of the Führer as a source of law, as a basis of law, then you cannot remain a judge.’ Kreyssig’s notice of retirement followed soon afterwards.

The exchange between Gürtner and Kreyssig shows how far the acceptance of ‘Führer power’ had undermined the essence of law. The genesis of the ‘euthanasia action’ that Hitler authorized in writing in October 1939 provides, beyond that, a classic example of the way ‘working towards the Führer’ converted an ideological goal into realizable policy.”

– ‘Hitler’, Ian Kershaw, 2009

As for the ‘greater good’, well that little gem has been used by nearly every tyrant in history. Never a truer word has been spoken than:

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Perhaps I’ll ‘elucidate’ further by means of a couple of passages.

“Reich Doctors’ Leader Wagner pushed forward discussions on how the population should be prepared for such action. Calculations were published on the cost of upkeep of the mentally sick and hereditarily ill, instilling the impression of what could be done for the good of the people with vast resources now being ‘wasted’ on ‘useless’ lives. Cameras were sent into the asylums to produce scenes to horrify the German public and convince them of the need to eliminate those portrayed as the dregs of society for the good of the whole population. The National Socialist Racial and Political Office produced five silent films of this kind between 1935 and 1937.”

– ‘Hitler’, Ian Kershaw, 2009

And just to top it off, how about a bit of Solzhenitsyn:

“We would prefer to say that such people cannot exist, that there aren’t any. It is permissible to portray evildoers in a story for children, so as to keep the picture simple. But when the great world literature of the past–Shakespeare, Schiller, Dickens – inflates and inflates images of evildoers of the blackest shades, it seems somewhat farcical and clumsy to our contemporary perception.

The trouble lies in the way these classic evildoers are pictured. They recognize themselves as evildoers, and they know their souls are black. And they reason: “I cannot live unless I do evil. So I’ll set my father against my brother! I’ll drink the victim’s sufferings until I’m drunk with them!” Iago very precisely identifies his purposes and his motives as being black and born of hate.

But no; that’s not the way it is! To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good, or else that it’s a well-considered act in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions.

Macbeth’s self-justifications were feeble – and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb too. The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evildoers stopped short at a dozen corpses. Because they had no ideology. Ideology – that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others’ eyes, so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors.”

– ‘The Gulag Archipelago’, Solzhenitsyn, Vol 1, P173/74

I Didn’t See That Coming

It’s with no sense of satisfaction that I note the materialisation of my prediction on the old Cat.

As the lockdowns continue, and the ‘voluntary’ vaccination rates climb, I see the pressure mounting on the hesitant from two different directions. That is, from Governments, in the form of ever louder hints of vaccination apartheid, and from the ever-growing block of vaccinated (and lockdown weary) public, for whom it is seen as a panacea for the government dictates.

Both will increase as the vaccination rate grows towards, and surpasses, what governments see as the mandate level. After that, the hints will become directions, and the pressure will become less perceived, and ever more tangible.

However, from accounts passing my ears, there is a third factor, that I never saw coming, but probably should have. That of the spouse; predominately those who have made a different choice in terms of the vaccine. Extended family, I foresaw, but from these accounts, a particularly insidious phenomenon is in play.

As the prospect of losing one’s job, or not being able to cross state lines (let alone travel internationally) slowly materialises, it would appear that the spectre of emotional blackmail is raising its head in the consent arena.

“Are you really willing to lose your job, and be unable to feed your family, over this ridiculous obsession/principle/fear?”

“I’ll take the kids on holidays without you, is that what you want?”

“Are you really prepared to prevent our child from completing Year 12 by refusing to let him/her get vaccinated?”

“You’re not going to embarrass me by becoming a Covid denier, are you?”

“You have responsibilities, it’s not fair to do this to us as a family over an irrational fear of a vaccine.”

“Get it now while you still have a choice, that way you can still maintain your principles.”

“If you believe it’s just like a bad flu, think of the vaccine as just another flu shot…you’ve had them before.”

All statements (or paraphrases thereof) that I’ve had recounted to me, mostly by men, I’m afraid to say. It’s just the manifestation of fear and uncertainty, I understand, and primal responses are to be expected in such unprecedented times (at least for most of us). I also assume that such conversations are not new to history and imagine similar conversations preceded some pretty bloody awful events and periods in the last century. We are getting a refresher on human (and group) manipulation.

For mine, I am refusing the pressure to get vaccinated precisely for the benefit of my family. I neither fear the vaccine (although I am suspicious of its long term impacts), nor COVID itself. I am, however, absolutely terrified of what follows when governments succeed in being able to dictate (either directly or indirectly) what an individual must do with or to their own body, in the name of the greater good.

Surely it’s the last bastion of individual rights and sovereign territory? Your own body? As I see it, once that fence has been removed, the wolves are free to roam, to hunt, to kill, largely without limits. My children deserve better, and the principle in play is more important than a holiday…perhaps even my job. History has told us that the thirst of such power is rarely slaked by appeasement. The line must be drawn somewhere, and this hill is a good one to die on.

I don’t know what the answer is here, but I do know that the government has already succeeded in pulling this country apart. I suspect they are not far behind in pulling apart, or irreversibly damaging, a large number of families, too.

P.S. It’s interesting to note how few (ie. none) of the spouse statements have to do with health and the direct impacts of COVID, merely potential Government policy and peer pressure.

Guest Post: Matrix Transform – When did we become a nation of Liars?

Daughter #3 and her boyfriend found themselves legitimately in his parent’s holiday house at the start of LuckDan 6.0(b) and so, they stayed there. Now, boyfriend’s online biz needs supplies, and he finds he has to travel back into Babylon to get them. Is he legitimately allowed to do this? Who knows?

So, he does, he does the potentially illegal run into town. Prepared lies, excuses, reasons, printed FAQs from DHHS … he goes for it.

Winner!

The daughter now works for the enemy, the Princes of Babylon.

She’s been stranded without jocks up the Mornington Peninsula for weeks and needs some case files and some clothes for her first proper court application which, will be done via Zoom. So anyway, after a phone call with my daughter, the missus interrupts my safe space (which is stirring trouble at The Cat) … omg, omg, what should she do?

My earnest response was, “Lie … just lie like everybody else does … a nugget of truth and an extra layer deep”

Daughter: I work for (not actually saying) and need files from the office for court.

Polis: What are doing up the Peninsula in the first place?

Daughter: We were there when LuckDan started, and we are still there … exactly as directed

Simples … right?

Except, that the Legals are now bullshitting each other and stretching the truth.

Cops, overstepping their mandate.

Young lawyers crafting cover stories.

Not good.

You know what though, this is now normal.

Went to the dentist today and when the missus booked us in last week, the receptionist made a pretence of making absolutely sure that the dentistry was essential!!

The missus lied of course, or kind of exaggerated, and the appointments for check-ups got made after reception checked with her boss who knows how it works. Hmm, sounds essential he said … 12 months? … omg, even sounds urgent.

My own work is essential too. It makes no difference what I’m actually doing, the ‘essential’ card wins the day. It wouldn’t matter if it was midnight on a Sunday and my self-written Stasi-Work-Pass which doesn’t include a start/stop/rostered hours entry. The truth is I work in essential services.

Matrix: Yeah, jacking pumps on level 40 have stopped working.

Matrix: The fire alarm has gone off and won’t reset.

Matrix: The Widget went wonky and now the Flocculator is fouled

Whatever … I could just as easily be going to Macca’s cos I have the munchies as I could be shopping for seedlings at Bunnings…not that I’ve ever done that of course 🙂

Coda:

It’s all lies.  Except for the newly legitimated intrusion into everybody’s lives for the slightest pretence.

Polis: Where’s your ID … skanky liar?

Well, turns out I’m a better liar than you are a cop … or is this transaction also part of the game as well?

Welcome to Soviet ‘Straya where we started lying to them at exactly the same time that they started lying to us.

Mater’s Musings #11: 2020…a Round-Up (or Round-Down)

So let’s have a look at the scoreboard on 3 January 2021, having passed through two waves of Covid in this Country. Let’s call it a belated New Years Eve party!

Reference: COVID-19 Australia: Epidemiology Report 32

That’s right folks. Despite all the panic and carry on, according to their own figures and table, if you are under the age of 50, your risk of dying from Covid-19 doesn’t even register.

To put a little bit more perspective around that (something sorely missing nowadays), we locked up nearly 17 million (16,944,725) people to avoid a risk that, for them, isn’t even statistically relevant enough that they could round it up to 1 decimal place.

The <50 demographic is 66% of the population. If you drag the threshold up to <65, you get 84% of the population and the Case Fatality Rate (even being generous because of the lack of fidelity in the data) rises to a staggering 0.15. Yes, this would register on their table…just. Without the generosity, it would most certainly round to 0.1.

More or less, that is the working demographic of this country. The productive demographic. The demographic that funds the Universal Healthcare System, and the handouts.

Let’s put a bit more perspective around that figure.

Reference: Influenza disease burden in Australia, National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance

You’ll notice that 2009 was excluded from the graph above. That’s because it’s an outrider outlier, and is rather inconvenient. Perhaps an event something like COVID…except for the locking up bit?

Insanity.

Our descendants will truly shake their heads…provided they are allowed to.

Mater’s Musings #10: Australia…moving forward!

Ref: Sky News

My son asked me recently: “Is it true that the Kangaroo and Emu were chosen for our coat of arms because they can’t move backwards?”

“Why yes, yes it is”, was my answer. That’s the official reasoning, anyway, and clearly the answer the teacher was after.

The shield is held up by the native Australian animals the kangaroo and the emu, which were chosen to symbolise a nation moving forward, based on the fact that neither animal can move backwards easily. 

Ref: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Website

After the last 18 months, an unkind soul might suggest that it’s because they are herd animals and largely move around unquestioningly in lockstep with those around them.

Frankly, 2020/21 gives me every reason to think that it’s because they are two of the dumbest animals on earth, and it’s just really appropriate.

Mater’s Musings #9: “Literally a War!”

“Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”

– Herman Goring, Nuremberg Diary, Gustave Gilbert, 1947

‘[W]e are in a war against this virus and all Australians are enlisted to do the right thing.’

— Prime Minister, Scott Morrison

“An exacting, intricate and exhausting job against a more wicked enemy than we’ve known before.”

– Daniel Andrews, Victorian Premier

“Because of the efforts of every Victorian – the sacrifices and the hard slog – we can be confident that slowly, and surely, we are driving the virus into the ground.”

– Daniel Andrews, Victorian Premier

“This is literally a war, and we’ve known we’ve been in a war for some time, but never to this extent”

– Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Premier

“We are in the fight for our lives” 

— Jenny Mikakos, Victorian Health Minister

“This is a clear and present threat in Queensland and we need those reinforcements there to keep our border safe”

— Annastacia Palaszczuk, QLD Premier

“crush and kill this virus”

“…we have to continue to suppress with [a] vengeance COVID across Australia”

— Mark McGowan, WA Premier

Solzhenitsyn: The Bluecaps – #1

The Gulag Archipelago, Vol 1, Part 1, Chapter 4 – The Bluecaps, p146/47

“What prompted them all to slip into harness and pursue so zealously not truth but totals of the processed and condemned? Because it was most comfortable for them not to be different from the others. And because these totals meant an easy life, supplementary pay, awards and decorations, promotions in rank, and the expansion and prosperity of the Organs themselves. If they ran up high totals, they could loaf when they felt like it, or do poor work or go out and enjoy themselves at night. And that is just what they did. Low totals led to their being kicked out, to the loss of their feedbag. For Stalin could never be convinced that in any district, or city, or military unit, he might suddenly cease to have enemies.

That was why they felt no mercy, but, instead, an explosion of resentment and rage toward those maliciously stubborn prisoners who opposed being fitted into the totals, who would not capitulate to sleeplessness or the punishment cell or hunger. By refusing to confess they menaced the interrogator’s personal standing. It was as though they wanted to bring him down. In such circumstances, all measures were justified! If it’s to be war, then war it will be! We’ll ram the tube down your throat – swallow that saltwater!

Excluded by the nature of their work and by deliberate choice from the higher sphere of human existence, the servitors of the Blue Institution lived in their lower sphere with all the greater intensity and avidity. And there they were possessed and directed by the two strongest instincts of the lower sphere, other than hunger and sex: greed for power and greed for gain. (Particularly for power. In recent decades it has turned out to be more important than money.)

Power is a poison well known for thousands of years. If only no one were ever to acquire material power over others! But to the human being who has faith in some force that holds dominion over all of us, and who is therefore conscious of his own limitations, power is not necessarily fatal. For those, however, who are unaware of any higher sphere, it is a deadly poison. For them, there is no antidote.

Remember what Tolstoi said about power? Ivan Ilyich had accepted an official position which gave him authority to destroy any person he wanted to! All without exception were in his hands, and anyone, even the most important, could be brought before him as an accused. (And that is just where our blueboys are! There is nothing to add to the description.) The consciousness of this power (and “the possibilities of using it mercifully”- so Tolstoi qualifies the situation, but this does not in any way apply to our boys) constituted for Ivan Ilyich the chief interest and attraction of the service.

But attraction is not the right word-it is intoxication! After all, it is intoxicating.”

Self Defence? The Most Violent in 20 Years?

Now admittedly, I’m not overly experienced in this ‘suppression of your citizens’ gig. The only time I’ve stood the line was when a mass of humanity was coming at us with raised Machetes, in a foreign country*. ‘Peppering’ my own citizens for wielding freshly emblazoned placards, is not my speciality.

However, I do know a little something about provocation and response. Below is a video I cut down for ease of viewing. It is 1 minute long. Rest assured the proceeding 30 minutes consisted entirely of normal people walking down the streets of Melbourne conversing about their frustrations. Take note of the intersection, the lack of people in it, the lack of provocation, and the obvious commands to open fire. You can make up your own minds.

No, I don’t buy the ‘only in self-defence’ line in regards to the use of VicPol’s new toys. Take note of the bloke who obviously copped it in the mouth.

If you want a fight, this is precisely how you bring it about. I’m not for a second denying that VicPol got a response, you’d be blind not to have seen it on the MSM. That is exactly what you get when you trap an animal and start belting it. Even a cornered Rat will fight back.

The provocation which resulted in the volley of Kinetic ammunition was hardly of Zulu standards, if the video is any indication:

As for the Chief Commissioner’s claim about the ‘most violent’, Arky and I watched both the Riot in Flemington in 2017 (Milo Yiannopoulos), and the fracas outside of the Lauren Southern Event. The former constituted an endless stream of bricks, bottles, and God knows what else, for hours on end. I’m dubious of the Commissioner’s claim, to say the least. More to the point, the differences in what was being protested are light years apart.

*Yes, when the Machete-wielding individuals charged at me, I did have my rifle raised. Yes, I did have a round up the spout. Yes, I did have my finger on the trigger. No, I didn’t end up firing…because even the lowliest baggyarse soldier knows what crowds do when you start shooting at them, even if only to hurt.

Mater’s Musings #7: Take a knee…

Police taking a knee during the BLM Protest, amidst restrictions:

Police taking a knee during yesterday’s ‘Freedom’ protest:

What struck me strange whilst watching a replay of the Nine News live feed of the event was how many of the rolling comments reflected this thought (or something similar):

OMG, Morons! They are just giving Dan an excuse to extend the lockdowns.

[As if he needs one]

There was a real dearth of comments concerned about spreading the ACTUAL virus, just the government response to it. It was quite telling, and a little bit sad.

The sight of broken spirit is never pretty.