Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Mr Trump greets Theresa May …

Used with permission …



  1. Simon Warriner

    January 27, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    and for a more adult look at the issues that actually matter and what history might have to say that is relevant and informative, try this:


    to wit: “one of the constants of the history of democratic societies—actual democracies, warts and all, as distinct from the imaginary “real democracy” that exists solely in rhetoric—is a regular cycle of concentration and diffusion of power. The ancient Greek historian Polybius, who worked it out in detail, called it anacyclosis.

    A lot can be said about anacyclosis, but the detail that’s relevant just now is the crisis phase, when power has become so gridlocked among competing power centers that it becomes impossible for the system to break out of even the most hopelessly counterproductive policies. That ends, according to Polybius, when a charismatic demagogue gets into power, overturns the existing political order, and sets in motion a general free-for-all in which old alliances shatter and improbable new ones take shape. Does that sound familiar? In a week when union leaders emerged beaming from a meeting with the new president, while Democrats are still stoutly defending the integrity of the CIA, it should. “

  2. Philip Lowe

    January 29, 2017 at 4:45 am

    For me,the most alarming thing about the reality of the Trump Era (TE),is that it has legitimised the telling of lies.Would you rather die on your feet or live on your knees(living on your knees makes it easier to kiss arse).

  3. Lynne Newington

    January 29, 2017 at 10:09 am

    One has to do what one has to do but sleeping with the devil?……
    I can’t believe his greatest support came from evangelicals and Catholics.
    Another Papal Knighthood [Rupert Murdoch] coming up.

  4. Simon Warriner

    January 29, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Come on, Phillip, be very clear. Who is telling what lies, exactly?

    If you answer is “Trump” then you are very late to the game. So late as to be laughable, really.

    The mainstream media have been telling lies in multiple forms for quite some time. Douglas Reed wrote about it in his book, “The Controversy of Zion”, back in the 1950’s, in a chapter detailing the demise of Lord Northcliffe, and the CIA influence over that industry has been well enough documented that a simple google search will deliver enough material to keep one reading for weeks.

  5. Philip Lowe

    January 29, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Simon Warrinor No4.Mate,You are so right.Thankyou for reminding me what a rotten lot of effing liars we have running the show.Like the first time in your life when you hear people in court,under oath,telling lies.I mean to say,you just don’t expect it from our oh so democratically elected do you.I mean to say darlings.Mr. Trump has taken it to such a new level.How long will it be before he sinks the level of Mr. Putin and sends out his dogs of war around the world eliminating vocal opposition.
    well for a start us lot on Tassie Times had better watch out who we have tea with!

  6. Simon Warriner

    January 29, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    re 5, Just to bring me, and any other uninformed readers up to date, Phillip, could you tell us where, when, who and how Putin’s dogs have been topping his opponents?

    I am aware of numerous claims of that nature, mainly by a lying mainstream media and its fellow political whores, but I am also aware of quite credible debunking of those claims and significant evidence pointing to actions by other nefarious actors of both state and private ilk that could well have delivered the achieved result.

    On the other hand, the USA has for the last eight years under a left wing’s darling president, droned numerous innocent bystanders in its pursuit of illegal murder of it’s opponents with fuck all in the way of even an “oooops”.

    As for who we might drink tea with, if that worries you you probably should give up now. Some of us are a little harder to scare.

  7. john hayward

    January 30, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I’m a firm believer in an evidence-based assessment of human worth.

    That’s why I’m as awed as Malcolm by Trump’s sagacity in choosing a multi-millionaire New York property developer as a father.

    Trump, in turn, is rightly impressed by Vlad Putin’s accomplishment in parlaying his public servant’s salary into an estimated $80b dollar fortune, despite operating with what even the Russian intelligentsia concede is a mediocre hoodlum’s intellect.

    The violent and mysterious demise of a number of Vlad’s journalistic critics, like the jailing of his nomenclatura rivals, appears coincidental to all cronies closest to these issues.

    Theresa May has sensibly taken Trump’s hand to keep it off her pussy, but she, as a fellow conservative, could also have been showing due respect for an awesome amount of the one thing that really matters in those circles – clout.

    John Hayward

  8. Robin Charles Halton

    January 31, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Dont underestimate Donald Trump as it is absolutely essential for Europe and the free world he establishes a good relationship with Vlad Putin.

    I wouldnt be too worried at this stage about our own relationship with the US, Turnbull has no need to criticise the President over his recent US immigration policy, allow them the respect of a private conversation between friends, so to speak!

    As the new world order emerges there will be policy differences between major world leaders, from the West meaning the US, Australia/ NZ, Continental/ Eastern Europe and the UK including recent partners Japan and India need surety that they can ultimately rely on each other to ensure a peaceful relationships future with the vast Russian empire.

    If Trump with strong leadership continues on this particular global path among his major Western Allies as it should be considered as a major step foward for creating stronger global relationships too!

    Give Trump time to establish a firm footing on his home turf first!

  9. john hayward

    February 1, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Robin, #8. Putin is recognised as perhaps the world’s greatest kleptocrat, with a personal fortune estimated at $80b. An inordinate number of his journalistic critics have been mysteriously murdered, while his oligarch rivals have tended to end up in the slammer.

    So far, Trump has boasted of paying no income tax for 19 years, has been bankrupt 4 times, has been caught embezzling from his own charity, and had to shut down his own university for fraud. He has distinguished himself as a compulsive liar.

    While these CVs may be impressive to a Tasmanian logger, others have different criteria.

    John Hayward

  10. Robin Charles Halton

    February 3, 2017 at 12:33 am

    #9 John, you are right about Putin, never the less someone has to support Europe which is living on edge of Russia’s not impossible foray into Eastern Europe.

    US Troops recently stationed in Poland.

    Reasonable friendship deal between Putin and Trump is essential to maintain stability regardless of their individual devilish antics at home.

    I am not suggesting either have impressive CV’s but we are committed to work with them to maintain global stability, at least in Europe!

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