YOU OWN

only that which YOU can hold

dragons17against all comers*.

No? (You know, I’ve never been challenged on this point. Never …) (Wimps …)

Anyway, here’s your quote—

The Irrawaddy is often described as the lifeblood of Myanmar, and the Myitsone area is believed to be the birthplace of the Kachin people, after whom the state is named.

Since 1962, ethnic Kachin rebels have been fighting the Burmese military for greater control over the resource-rich region.

It is one of the world’s longest-running civil wars, and Kachin independence leaders viewed the dam as a direct threat to their people and their livelihoods.

from: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48857781

—make of it what you will. It’s all academic, no?

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* Can’t possibly be applied to you …

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PROPERTY RIGHTS

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THE LAND OF THE FREE

I restate an observation—

(oops, before I do, here’s your wee quote for today)

The Dakota Access Pipeline was an underground crude oil pipeline system that affected 4 states: Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  It was planned to be fully operational by the end of 2016. This extravagant project boasts environmental friendliness and a huge boost to the US economically. All this can be found on the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company’s webpage.  There’s just one small problem. People live on top of the property that will be seized as part of this monstrous project. You can either give up your land willingly and be compensated, or be taken to court. Native Sioux tribes are experiencing colonization all over again; People are exploiting their homes for personal profit, they are being violently forced out of what has been home to them for hundreds of years, their basic human rights to shelter and water are essentially denied. This time, however, people with huge influence on society and intelligent outspoken voices are coming forward. Shailene Woodley stood up for the minority and was arrested during a protest. I am moved that at just 24 years old she is using her presence as a celebrity to not only fight for environmental and social justice, but to stand for morality. To see who else is with her, read here: Shailene Woodley Speaks Out

excerpted from: CLICK HERE 

—and the observation, which applies here in Godzone as much as in the Land Of The Free, is in fact a Universal that needs neither explanation nor proof:

YOU ONLY EVER OWN

THAT WHICH YOU CAN HOLD

BY FORCE

AGAINST ALL COMERS

A simple statement, self evident, and completely unassailable.

Does it rankle? I certainly hope so … not that there’s much that you, little voting person, could ever do about it. (It would be like objecting to The Law of Gravity …)

AND

the beat goes on, the beat goes onnnnnn ….

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WAR GRAVES,

JUNK?

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RECENTLY

it was discovered that the wreck of HMS Exeter, an eight-inch Royal Navy cruiser of WW2 has been totally removed (gone, departed, no longer extant) by salvagers. Some will call them vultures—but are they?

OUR OWN

‘science’ of archaeology has ruthlessly plundered tombs and battlefields with mad reckless abandonment (and nary a twinge of conscience) all over the world for generations. So: what is the difference between taking artefacts from Cannae, Lepanto, Trafalgar, The Somme, Kohima, the Deep Blue Sea, Pusan, Hanoi, Aleppo? (Only time …)

HMS Exeter 1.jpgAll that remains of Exeter now is a large dent*  in the seabed.

Someone went to a great deal of bother and expense to salvage thousands of tons of rust steel, brass, bronze, copper and stuff; for subsequent resale and profit.

HMS Exeter 2.pngExeter, post battle of River Plate

Even all bashed about that metal was well worth salvaging, to someone who simply doesn’t care for now-ancient history, or the sensitivities of foreign cultures.

TO NOT DIGRESS

all over the world some people are searching for fame missing ships—to provide glory for the finders ‘closure for the relatives of the deceased’. For WW2 ships most of the folks who knew the players at the time are now history themselves, and we’ve moved into an entirely different age. Entirely different technology, entirely different mindset.

But: those ships are ‘war graves’~!  (SFX: loud justified squawk here, please)

Oh … really?

One of the articles I read on Exeter’s salvage said that there are/would be no human remains left there now. Nary a skerrick. Such a sunken ship was, before salvage, a battlefield, yes; a scene of great sacrifice and fear and such—but now simply a metal mine. Viewpoint is everything. Pragmatism wins.

I OFFER (1)

that the folks who salvaged that lot took quite a few risks themselves, if only to swim down with a rope and tie it to the gun barrel or whatever. It wouldn’t have come easily. And possibly if any ammo left hadn’t dissolved it might have crystallised into something hideously sensitive and dangerous.

And that they weren’t British—or if they were, they weren’t of a generation with any personal investment in WW2.

Possibly they were Asians, and of totally different religion and philosophies anyway; with as much concern for deceased round-eyes as perhaps the great Petrie had for the late Pharaoh Khafre.

I OFFER (2)

That if any more wrecks are found they be kept entirely secret. (Rather a meaningless suggestion given the readily available technologies of today, but better than nothing.)

Possibly the site of the once-was-a-wreck (okay, the dent) be marked up as a grave site and haveothers.png done with it; anyone interested can come along and drop overboard a few flowers.

I HAVE BEEN

On a warship making courtesy calls on the wrecks of Prince of Wales and Repulse. Let me tell you, there’s nothing much to see from above but sea.

I’m pretty sure that it won’t be too long before those ships too become mere dents … and there’ll be more, many more; grave robber/salvagers aren’t choosey. Simply posting signs or appealing to their consciences won’t stop them.

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wreck-site (dent) of HMS Exeter

I Got Led

ASTRAY

when answering a recent correspondence. My theme was basic enough to be entirely self-obvious, but wasn’t understood—

“YOU ONLY OWN

THAT WHICH YOU CAN HOLD

AGAINST ALL COMERS”

—and honestly, what is there to be misunderstood here? Of course my correspondent was up to her ears in PC and lifelong indoctrination.

Sadly it’s one of those notions that you either ‘get’ or you don’t—

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—so I referred her to ’eminent domain’. She hasn’t mentioned it since. Must’ve forgotten.

Then again it might be my method. Rather than drag up the tired old ‘boiling frog’ I often prefer to use the ‘three blind men describing an elephant’ analogy (and even then folks get miffed thinking I’ve called them blind).

SO IN MORE SIMPLE TERMS

YOU ONLY OWN THAT

WHICH YOU CAN HOLD

BY FORCE

(AGAINST ANY WOULD-BE TAKERS)

 

AND now, giving you right of reply: take me up on it …

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… if you dare.

Remember always, that any folks babbling ‘the pen is mightier than the sword” are demonstrating their (wishful) grasp on Reality. (CLUE: I’d match a single samurai sword against any number of Parkers, Osmiroids, Schaeffers, Bics etc any day.)

I especially love this (below) masterpiece of “Get me off the hook!” panicking ancient salesmanship. History may be bunk, but by the gods we can learn from it. (We can, note—I didn’t say we do.)

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Yeah, sure. I believe you …

MEANTIME—

it’s a complex argument. For a different point of view, CLICK HERE 

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