Krav Maga [Make America Great Again] self defence

Andrew Bolt is unique in many ways including his willingness and ability to mix it up with psychopaths on the streets of Melbourne. And I do find it an interesting coincidence that the self defence of first choice nowadays is Krav MAGA:

A military self-defense system developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli security forces (Shin Bet and Mossad) that consists of a combination of techniques sourced from Boxing, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Jujutsu, Aikido, Judo, along with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and its extreme efficiency and brutal counter-attacks. It was derived from the street-fighting experience of Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late 1940s, following his migration to Israel, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was to become the IDF.

Is this really where we are heading? It is the legal system that must protect us. But now that we are dealing with suicide attacks, it is not good enough to make an example of these people by putting them in jail after they have been caught, tried and convicted. I might add that in the end personal self-defence did not work out for the Jewish citizens of Bratislava.

The next day after the launch

It was frightening while we waited to hear how Andrew Bolt had survived the attack, and while it was only ten minutes, the impact will not recede soon. A day later we are mostly back to where we were, unlike the two dead Australian women in London. This is Andrew’s take where we find this picture and also at the link Andrew’s presentation.

And this is the report from The Age. The comments thread is actually evenly divided which it being The Age is actually positive news. What no one seems to appreciate is that with the murders in London and here in Brighton just the day before, no one has the time to work out in advance who the attackers are or what they intend to do. This time paint, next time who knows?

The enemy within

This is CNN Creates Fake News Story, Stages Pro-Muslim Demonstration After London Terrorist Attack. And then we have the Muslim mayor of London Cancel Donald Trump state visit, says Sadiq Khan, after London attack tweets. His exact words:

“I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for,” he said.

Who’s this “we” you’re talking about? More to the point is this: After London Bridge, The World Is Sick Of Politicians Downplaying Terrorism. About Khan, she writes:

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, called Saturday’s attack “deliberate and cowardly,” and asked “all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant today and in the days ahead.” Most notably, he said: “You will see an increased police presence today, including armed officers and uniformed officers. There is no reason to be alarmed by this. We are the safest global city in the world.”

What a thing to say at a time like this. Shouldn’t Britons be alarmed? Isn’t Saturday’s attack in London, coming as it did on the heels of the Manchester bombing, deeply disturbing? Why isn’t Khan more concerned about the threats that are so obviously at the doorstep, or better put, in Britain’s streets? Does anyone really take comfort from being told about swift police response times after yet another terrorist.

And Labour made him mayor of London! BTW, did you know that this Khan fellow was once the lawyer for for the 911 terrorists which you can also read about here? From the latter of the two this question:

How is it a supporter of radical Islam becomes mayor of London and is being fast-tracked to be a future Prime Minister of Great Britain? And why is the Mainstream Media so clearly determined to cover up Khan’s shocking extremist past?

And from the first you can watch this:

There is something so deep and sinister going on that it defies reason. We will deserve everything we get so stupid we are. Meanwhile Trump gets it right and the usual suspects get it wrong.

Bob Dylan’s Nobel lecture

Here is some of the text via the BBC. This excerpt is about books he read when young that influenced and have remained with him to this day.

“Specific books that have stuck with me ever since I read them way back in grammar school – I want to tell you about three of them: Moby Dick, All Quiet on the Western Front and The Odyssey.”

He described Moby Dick as “a fascinating book, a book that’s filled with scenes of high drama and dramatic dialogue”.

“All Quiet on the Western Front is a horror story. This is a book where you lose your childhood, your faith in a meaningful world, and your concern for individuals.

“The Odyssey is a great book whose themes have worked its way into the ballads of a lot of songwriters: Homeward Bound, Green, Green Grass of Home, Home on the Range, and my songs as well,” he said. . . .

“Our songs are alive in the land of the living. But songs are unlike literature. They’re meant to be sung, not read. The words in Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be acted on the stage. Just as lyrics in songs are meant to be sung, not read on a page.

“And I hope some of you get the chance to listen to these lyrics the way they were intended to be heard: in concert or on record or however people are listening to songs these days. I return once again to Homer, who says, ‘Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story.'”

He is a worthy recipient of the prize.

Violent thugs attack speaker at Art of the Impossible book launch

This is taken up from Catallaxy: Violence at Kates’ book launch of my The Art of the Impossible which you can order here. This is how the story was conveyed.

I’ve heard reports of actual fisticuffs at Steve Kates’ book launch. Andrew Bolt was attacked by left-wing thugs. Word is that Andrew fought off his attackers, and has it on tape – expect to see an awesome Bolt Report tonight.

Update: From Andrew’s blog

… masked Left-wing protesters attack me outside a Melbourne book launch. Police are now looking for a Left-wing fascist with a big bruise on his face and another between his legs. They also want to speak to a tubbier protester once he’s stopped running. We’ll show the video tonight.

STEVE NOW ADDS: You hear that Andrew has been attacked and you fear only the worst but while this time they went off worse for wear, it is a true worry that this is our world now. We are people for whom words, argument and reason are what counts, but for the psychopaths on the other side they have nothing to offer but vacuous cliches and violence.

The afternoon, in spite of its start, was fascinating and I enjoyed hearing Andrew’s views on Trump and the massive problems we face. We are in a war, but it is our own modern Thirty Years War which no one today can be certain of its outcome. As for my book, we sold out every copy. But let me just mention this which is a comment from the earlier post advertising the launch:

It’s everything you say it is. I enjoyed it immensely. Good luck with the launch.

So thank you to Mique who has become the first person to have actually read and then comment on the book.

Every day provides an additional example on why we are fortunate Trump is president and how bad things could get without him.

Don’t these economists ever learn?

Robert Shiller, Nobel Prize winning economist, shows why economic theory is useless nonsense: Understanding Today’s Stagnation. He points out that short-term interest rates have been extraordinarily low since the GFC but no recovery has occurred. This leads to his central question:

Why is all this economic life support necessary, and why for so long?

The answer to his question is that we are stuck in the doldrums not in spite of low interest rates and the stimulus but because of them, as I forecast would happen right at the start of the stimulus. If you understand how an economy works – which virtually no modern economist does – you would understand that low rates and a stimulus would only put back the return to more prosperous times. But he is a modern economist and therefore says this:

Barring exceptionally strong stimulus measures, this sense of foreboding will limit their spending.

He wants not just more public sector stimulus spending but wants the stimulus to be “exceptionally strong”! And if you think that’s bizarre, try this: Escaping the Wage Trap which begins:

Governments in the West are stuck. After a long and painful recession, economic growth remains slow, making voters grumpy and leading many to support populists of various hues. But governments’ tools to address the problem are broken. Fiscal policy has been made politically toxic by debt. Monetary policy has run out of road, and, anyway, inflation is making a comeback.

So I have a proposal that will alarm free-marketeers and surprise others: Governments should intervene directly in the labor market. I want them to raise minimum wages sharply.

What a hopeless subject economic theory has become.

Melbourne book launch tomorrow speaking notes

Aside from hearing me discuss The Art of the Impossible, the only book published in Australia about the most important American election of our times, you can also listen to Andrew Bolt discussing Donald Trump and the American election while meeting other interesting people who are politically sympathetic to your own ideas. So come along. The details:

12:00 noon on Tuesday June 6. The venue:

Il Gambero
166 Lygon Street
Carlton, VIC 3053

And here are my speaking notes.

About me:

• Canadian born
• university graduate in Politics, Philosophy and Economics
• began on the student left
• moved to the right with the most important prod Solzhenitsyn’ Gulag Archipeligo
• became a defender of free institutions and the entrepreneurially-driven market economy
• moved to Australia in 1975
• became Chief Economist for the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1980 where I then worked for 24 years, the same number of years Ludwig von Mises was the economist for the Austrian Chamber of Commerce from which I learned:

• the crucial importance of a policy focus – every issue becomes a question of not just what outcome do we want but more importantly what can be done to achieve our ends
• learned how patient you have to be to see your agenda prevail
• learned how hard it is to get things done
• deepened my distrust of large swathes of the left who are almost entirely self-interested and power driven – it seldom occurs to me that the political leaders of the left are interested in doing good for others which is generally only incidental to their true aims and is almost never achieved in any case
• learned how important defending our own is and the imperative of working together
• learned to appreciate the rare people with political skills who are also on my side of the political fence which also requires a fantastic amount of personal will to get things done – best examples in my lifetime Reagan, Thatcher and Trump

• politically I would best be characterised as a “Gladstonian liberal” which in today’s world makes me a free-market conservative
• economically the largest influence on my ideas has been John Stuart Mill and his Principles of Political Economy where amongst many other things I discovered the actual meaning of Say’s Law and not the fabricated nonsense that is near universal across the economics world today
• my particular area of study beyond economic theory itself is the History of Economic Thought – I have written the only book ever published on why HET needs to be studied by every economist
• a blogger for almost a decade mainly on Catallaxy while contributing to other publications on the right side of politics

About the book – why you should buy and read The Art of the Impossible:

• if you wanted Trump to win, or are even just happy that he did win, this is a wander through all of the most important moments that brought him to the presidency
• it is the first book ever published that is entirely made up of blog posts written at the time – it is entirely forward moving beginning with a discussion on Obama under the heading “Politics is what you can get away with”
• that the book is entirely comprised of blog posts is significant because:

• it tells a contemporary tale as it happened returning you to the moments themselves
• no post was written in the knowledge of hindsight – everything is discussed as it happened so that you can revisit the tensions of the time
• it is written by someone whose own personal political agenda was virtually identical to Trump’s – our overlap was 94%
• it helps explain why Trump became president
• it helps explain why we should be eternally grateful that Trump became president
• it shows how high the stakes were
• it shows that Hillary is right that Comey was the reason she lost but that Comey was acting under the instructions of Loretta Lynch who was herself acting under the instructions of Obama

• the book is part narrative, part excerpts from others writing at the time, part history and part political philosophy – it is told as it happens but as a 400-page volume the effect is as much philosophical as it is a reminder of the sequence of events and why you should be grateful things turned out this way.

It wasn’t a fridge, Michelle

From the ABC. No mention, of course, who did it or why they might have done so. In every story the murders are referred to as “terrorist attacks” and Islam is not mentioned unless someone else does and the reporter is forced to repeat someone else’s words, such as in the statement made by the British PM. Whatever may or may not be the situation in London, the reporter of this story intends to carry on as usual, unlike it seems, the way we less phlegmatic types who reside in Australia might behave.

Many Australians love to taunt the English as “whinging poms” — it’s a crude caricature dating back to the late 19th century, but one seemingly seared into the minds of many “down under”.

After 18 months in the UK, I doubt there’s any truth to it.

That doubt was confirmed after witnessing the response to three terrorist attacks in England and many more across Europe. I do think the Brits are remarkably resilient.

After each atrocity, they get back to business very quickly.

Far more quickly, I suspect, than parts of Australia would if faced with similar circumstances.

A few hours ago seven people were slaughtered and many more badly hurt on London Bridge and Borough Market, two packed parts of the British capital.

Yet across the city, little has changed.

Of course, the attack is a topic of discussion — it was shocking and would have been horrific for anyone nearby.

It will have forever and tragically changed the families of those killed or seriously hurt.

But parks and pubs are packed with people enjoying the summer sun, the tube and trains are full, and the election campaign will resume tomorrow.

Londoners are defiant.

I’ve heard numerous theories in recent weeks as to why the the UK seems so resilient in the face of terrorism.

Was the attitude born in The Blitz during WWII?

Was it living with the threat of an IRA attack for so many decades?

Or have there simply been so many extremist attacks in recent years that mass murder of this kind is no longer a surprise?

Perhaps, it’s a combination of all of the above.

But if the goal of the terrorists was to force all Brits to permanently change their way of life, then they’ve failed.

They’ve barely changed it for 24 hours.

And to help Ms Guthrie out, the intent in the heading is to be satirical.

Treat them like paedophiles

The British Prime Minister says the internet must now be regulated following London Bridge terror attack. She added that “terrorists had ‘safe spaces’ online” and that has got to end. That is finally getting to what truly does need to be done. And, in fact, we have already had a related inquiry in Australia from which a lot may be learned. Sexual desire is universal and normal. Paedophillia is sick and depraved. This is from Chapter 4 of a Parliamentary report: Paedophile Networks in Australia – Extent and Activities

The Senate subcommittee said of the overt, organised paedophile support groups:

Organized paedophile groups pose the most serious threat when they serve as contact and support groups, justifying pedophilia in the minds of their members and reinforcing within child molesters a belief that society, not the pedophile, is misguided. There is no way of knowing how many ‘closet’ pedophiles, who had only fantasized about molesting children, were moved to act out their fantasies by the encouragement and support of these groups and their newsletters.

It would be a mistake, however, to overemphasize the threat posed by these groups to the exclusion of the more numerous unorganized groups of child molesters that make no pretense of wanting to change legislation or to argue their case in public. The largest and most dangerous child sex rings invariably have proven to be groups of friends and/or pen pals with no real organizational structure.

I am not, of course, talking about paedophiles and pornography but radical Islamic doctrine. All of the above seems to apply and similar solutions should be adopted. Here is how the law would work if we made possession of jihadist material equally illegal to the possession of paedophillic pornography. The following text has been adapted from this legal analysis. I think the underlying principles are exactly the same.

Using a postal or similar service:

(1) A person commits an offence if:

(a) the person causes an article to be carried by a postal or similar service; and
(b) the article is, or contains, child pornography material.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 15 years.

(2) A person commits an offence if:

(a) the person requests another person to cause an article to be carried by a postal or similar service; and
(b) the article is, or contains, child pornography material.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 15 years.

Possessing, controlling, producing, supplying or obtaining child pornography material for use through a postal or similar service

(1) A person commits an offence if:

(a) the person:
(i) has possession or control of material; or
(ii) produces, supplies or obtains material; and

(b) the material is child pornography material; and

(c) the person has that possession or control, or engages in that production, supply or obtaining, with the intention that the material be used:
(i) by that person; or
(ii) by another person;
in committing an offence against section (using a postal or similar service for child pornography material).

Penalty: Imprisonment for 15 years.

I would naturally make the penalties a lot harder than this but in the meantime I would turn off the internet service for any household receiving such material, and block their providers and websites, in the same way we shut down the distribution of paedophile material. We are either going to become serious about protecting ourselves from these predators or we will in the fulness of time go under. And what ought to be abundantly clear, unless you are a jihadist, there is no reason to have such hate literature on your computer or in your possession.