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I'm slowing down with health problems these days, so progress on my new website has stalled. I only need a few days with a clear head to finish it off, but alas, good days are hard to come by at the moment.

My health has been declining for a long time but now my mind is slowing down too. So, after my new website is done, my productive days might be over and it might be time to hang up the keyboard. Such is life.

Meanwhile, here's another set of tunes to fill the silence.

File under: my opening farewell.

When adults won't talk about immigration, the children will

For anyone who hasn't seen this video yet, it's a plea from a 16-year-old German girl to wake up to the insanity of importing hostile immigrants into our countries.

Alas, the adults are all lobotomised zombies, who keep acting as if there is nothing wrong, and we're all headed for a multicultural nirvana, and we have to save every "refugee", even if it kills us in the process.

The girl can't cope with the insanity of it all.

It reminds me of a Lawrence Auster article on Germany:
The ironies are sickening. When Hitler came to power in 1933, there were 600,000, mostly highly assimilated, Jews in Germany, one percent of the population, but the Nazis viewed this one percent Jewish element as such a threat to the German nation that it had to be dispossessed and destroyed.

Now there are five million Muslims in Germany, six percent of the population of 81 million, the carriers of a way of life and a system of law totally incompatible with the West, and the German policy is to attack, not the Muslims, but a sole individual, Thilo Sarrazin, who warns that the Muslims cannot assimilate.
File under: sickening ironies.

Brave New War: How conflict changed in 2015

The nature of warfare changed significantly during 2015, but most people are blissfully unaware. I think the new spectrum of warfare goes beyond what's mentioned in this article, but it's still good to see some journalists waking up to reality.

Peter Pomerantsev, Brave New War: A new form of conflict emerged in 2015:
From China in Asia to Russia in Europe and the Middle East, and ISIS just about everywhere, 2015 has seen the flourishing of conflicts that exist in a gray zone, one which is not quite open war but more than regular competition, which is attuned to globalization, which liberal democracies are ill-equipped to deal with, and which may well be the way power is exercised and conflict conducted in the foreseeable future.

Described by scholars as “hybrid,” “full-spectrum,” “non-linear,” “next-generation,” or “ambiguous”—the variations in the description indicate the slipperiness of the subject—these conflicts mix psychological, media, economic, cyber, and military operations without requiring a declaration of war.

In the case of Russia’s ongoing campaign in Ukraine... The point is not to occupy territory—Russia could easily annex rebel-held eastern Ukraine—but to destabilize Ukraine psychologically and advance a narrative of the country as a “failed state,” thus destroying the will and support inside Ukraine and internationally for reforms that would make Kiev more independent from Moscow...

China’s doctrine of the Three Warfares pushes these non-physical aspects even further, using “legal,” “psychological,” and “media” warfare to ... “undermine international institutions, change borders, and subvert global media, all without firing a shot. The Western, and especially American, concept of war emphasises the kinetic and the tangible—infrastructure, arms, and personnel—whereas China is asking fundamental questions: ‘What is war?’ And, in today’s world: ‘Is winning without fighting possible?’”

An immediate aim of the Three Warfares is to spread China’s dominion over the South China Sea...

In many ways, gray-zone conflicts are the dark flip side of globalization, where transnational media, economic integration, and the free movement of people create not a “global village,” but an environment in which we can all mess with each other in more insidious ways. Globalization also means, however, that states such as China or Russia are unlikely to declare full-on war. Why risk an open conflict they would probably lose when the aim is to preserve all the advantages of “positive” globalization—the global markets and foreign investments—while simultaneously harnessing these dynamics to subvert others.

All this leads to a situation where powers can be fighting each other with one hand and shaking hands with the other ...

Many Chinese and Russians would argue that Western countries are likewise waging gray-zone conflicts against them. After the Chinese stock market collapsed this year, Lin Zuoming, a powerful figure within one of China’s largest state-owned enterprises, insisted the crash was “without any doubt … an economic war” led by the United States to undermine the Communist Party’s rule...

But liberal democracies in the West can also find it very difficult to act in the gray zone...

While it is relatively easy for authoritarian regimes to fuse the efforts of military, media, and business entities, in democracies the interests of these groups are often diametrically opposed. For example: When the U.K. government signed a deal this fall allowing China to invest in a new British nuclear reactor, the money men at the Treasury were delighted; the moral men in the media appalled by the United Kingdom selling out on human rights; and the military men worried by Chinese penetration of British energy and telecommunications infrastructure.

Of course, Western powers can unite money, media, and the military to devastating and diabolical effect when a war is declared ... but they are more at a loss when responding to not-quite-wars that are undeclared...

It’s a brave new war without beginning or end, where the borders of peace and war, serviceman and civilian have become utterly blurred—and where you and I are both a target and a weapon.
The full spectrum of new warfare probably goes way beyond what's mentioned here, to include any type of covert attack, including drug warfare, all manner of "accidents" done covertly, and possibly even spooky technologies like weather warfare, seismic warfare, biological warfare, etc. A brave new world, indeed.

These are the terrifying fruits of diversity and globalisation: we can all mess with each other in more insidious ways.

See also Geophysical Warfare.

File under: Waking Up to Unrestricted Warfare.

Chinese Navy to BBC: 'Stay away from islands'

A BBC journalist flies over one of the artificial islands created by China. An island far closer to Philippines territory than to China. And it's teeming with activity.

This week Chinese media also threatened Australian flights over their islands, saying: "... it would be a shame if one day a plane fell from the sky and it happened to be Australian".

File under: it's time to stop feeding the dragon.

France: what motivates Islamic terrorists?

In the wake of the France attacks, apparently by members/proxies of ISIS (Islamic State), we've had the usual intellectually bankrupt journalism here in Australia which is worried more about a potential backlash against Muslims than it is in getting to the heart of understanding what motivates terrorists.

But a few weeks ago, ABC Lateline made some progress by honestly discussing the barbarity of the prophet Mohammed.

As Sam Harris says about Mohammed: "He was a warlord who did many of the things that you see members of ISIS doing".

The Koran contains 90 verses which implore Muslims to imitate the prophet Mohammed: "a beautiful pattern of conduct".

Devout Muslims, in an ardent search for the right way to follow their religion, inevitably turn to the biography of Mohammed, which reads like a war documentary.

Indeed, in early Islam, the biography of Mohammed was known as Maghazi (literally, stories of military expeditions).

And Mohammed nicknamed his swords "Pluck Out" and "Death", and himself had a nickname from early Muslim historian Tabari of "The Obliterator".

Religion is the imitation of archetypes, and Mohammed was nothing like Jesus or the Buddha. He was a role model in terrorism.

The kindest thing you can say about Islam is that it is open to interpretation, but the terrorists have a very convincing case that they are the true Muslims.

Other fun facts about Islam...
Mohammed beheaded 600-900 Jews on one day.

Mohammed ordered or supported 43 assassinations.

The prophet Mohammed commanded 65 military campaigns, and fought in 27 of them. He averaged an event of violence every 6 weeks for the last 9 years of his life.

The prophet Mohammed sanctioned the killing of about 10 poets who criticised him.

The prophet Mohammed took a Jewish girl (Safiyah) to bed on the night of torturing her husband to death.

Safiyah said: “Of all men, I hated the prophet the most—for he killed my husband, my brother, and my father”.

Mohammed sanctioned sex slaves as the spoils of war.

The Islamic holy books (Koran, Hadith, Sira) contain more Jew hatred (9%) than Mein Kampf (7%).

The Islamic calendar begins when Mohammed stopped being a peaceful preacher in Mecca and became a violent warlord in Medina.

The prophet Mohammed was poisoned by a Jewish women, following his attack on the Jewish settlement of Khaibar. He died three years later as a result.

Three of the first four Caliphs (Muslim rulers after the death of Mohammed) were also so well loved, they too met with violent death.
File under: it's all about Mohammed.