Saturday, October 03, 2020


Queen with Radio Ga Ga. Album The Works (1984).

Like it or not, it's an iconic song and an iconic video. And one day I really have to see Fritz Lang's Metroplis.

Peter Gabriel with I go swimming. Album Peter Gabriel Plays Live (1983).

Actually compiled from four different concerts in the US's Midwest. Plus some additional recording elsewhere it seems, but have no info on that.



Sunday, September 27, 2020


A statement by the unelected EU "President" Ursula von der Leyen, a couple of days ago:

Read and shiver:

"Migration has always been a fact for Europe – and it will always be. Throughout centuries, it has defined our societies, enriched our cultures and shaped many of our lives. And this will always be the case. Migration is complex. The old system no longer works. The Commission's Package on Migration and Asylum, which we present today, offers a fresh start. Many legitimate interests have to be brought into balance. We want to live up to our values and at the same time face the challenges of a globalised world. Europe has to move away from ad hoc solutions and put in place a predictable and reliable migration management system. I am convinced that the Commission's proposal is a good foundation for that. This Package reflects a fair and reasonable balance between responsibility and solidarity among Member States. We all share the benefits, we all share the burden. This Package also reflects a pragmatic and realistic approach. We know that we have to build trust between the Member States and citizens' confidence that we can manage this as a Union. The Package reflects the complexity of the issue as it brings together all aspects of migration: border management and screening, asylum and integration, return and relations with external partners..."

For about 1,500 years, migration in Europe was confined within its borders, and encompassed comparatively small numbers: Viking tribes settling in the north of the British Isles, William the Conqueror crossing the Channel, Huguenots fleeing France to neighboring countries, Flemings to The Netherlands etc. In many cases, these movements constituted a boon for the receiving country, as the people fleeing their native lands did so not because they had made a mess of them but because religious intolerance forced them out.

This is not what we are witnessing today. We see migrations on a hitherto unrivaled scale of peoples whose very culture, lifestyle and religious convictions practically ensured that their homelands went bust... yet, with them, apparently clueless about their own responsibility for their mayhem, they bring the exact same mechanisms that led to the conditions they are now fleeing. The hundreds of thousands of subsaharan Africans crossing the Med en route for Europe are not Huguenots, who in the 16th and 17th Century crossed the Channel to England bringing with them their considerable skills such as papermaking, woodcarving, clockmaking, clothing design and cutlery manufacture.

Yet, apparently, Ursula von der Leyen and the cohorts of our Moral Betters want us to believe that these arrivals will bring with them the modern equivalent of David Compigné crafting Guildhall Clock in Winchester, or Flemings fleeing Spanish Rule to Holland and fueling in no small part the Dutch 'Golden Age'.

BEFORE Europe's internal migrations, there were indeed other massive migrations on the continent. We are talking Visigoths, Huns, Ostrogoths, Vandals...

Their invasions destroyed what was arguably the world's most advanced civilization at the time.

It takes no sharp mind to make a distinction between those two types of migrations. Between what the Vandals did to the Roman Empire - destroying it - and what William The Conqueror did to England - transforming it into a 'model' (for the time) Kingdom.

Ursula von der Leyen does not make that distinction. Either she does not have a sharp mind - wholly possible, given her disastrous tenure of the German MoD during seven years - or she has darker motives.

In any case, here we are. In early 2019, the UN Migration Pact aka Marrakesh Pact, was forced down the throats of Europeans. Almost two years down the road, it is clear that the "Pact" (Diktat, rather) made good on its promises a.o. "regulation" of what is now effectively an organised influx of welfare seekers. Taking The Netherlands as an example, these are some stats re the weekly arrival of culture enrichers - numbers coming straight from a Dutch government website, no less:

Week 35, about 400. Week 36, 500. Week 37, 500. Week 38, 400 again. For a country of 17.5 million, these are considerable numbers. To put things in perspective, it would mean that weekly, the US would receive, wholly unchecked, some 10,000 immigrants.

It's not 1,000 one week and 50 the week thereafter. Then 230, then the week after that zilch, and/or the following week 750. No, it's always 400 - 500 - 500 - 600 - 400 - 500. These are no random figures. There is an organization behind the influx. There are powers at work fully intending to flood the old continent with peoples and cultures which are so alien to the continent that they only thing they can do is destroy what is good, decent, functioning and organized. We are witnessing the Marrakesh Pact unfold.

Now, as if the ramifications of this witches brew of a pact aren't bad enough, the EU has decided to up the ante and INTRODUCE WHAT IS EFFECTIVELY MARRAKESH 2.0!!! This is nothing short of insane.

I regret that I cannot offer a translation of the following video, wherein Thierry Baudet, leader of the Dutch rightwing FvD party (Forum voor Democratie) trashes Marrakesh 2:

These are terrifying times.