Friday, November 10, 2017

"The Dark Ages" - documentary




The Dark Ages (Full Documentary)

ajvaughan3 Documentary Films

Between the Fall of Rome and the dawn of the Renaissance, Europe plunged into a dark night of constant war, splintered sovereignties, marauding pagans, rabid crusaders and devastating plague. That anything of value arose from this chaotic muck - much less the Renaissance - is nothing short of miraculous. The History Channel examines the Dark Ages from the fall of the Roman Empire to the First Crusade.

Between the Fall of Rome and the dawn of the Renaissance, Europe plunged into a dark night of constant war, splintered sovereignties, marauding pagans, rabid crusaders and devastating plague. That anything of value arose from this chaotic muck - much less the Renaissance - is nothing short of miraculous. The History Channel examines the Dark Ages from the fall of the Roman Empire to the First Crusade.


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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

'Spain's government seeks rebellion and sedition charges against Catalonia's leaders'

'Spain's government seeks rebellion and sedition charges against Catalonia's leaders'

Molly Hennessy-Fiske - Los Angeles Times - October 30, 2017

Catalonia’s ousted president has traveled to Brussels and been offered asylum, Spanish authorities said Monday soon after indicating that prosecutors were filing charges against him and other regional leaders related to their declaration of independence last week.

Spanish prosecutors in Madrid said they were asking judges for rebellion, sedition and embezzlement charges against Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and others who were dismissed by Spain’s central government.

Puigdemont and a majority of Catalonia’s parliament declared independence Friday, but the Spanish government then fired them under a special constitutional provision and called new regional elections Dec. 21.

The attorney general, José Manuel Maza, did not order their immediate arrest, saying he wanted to urgently prosecute the 20 politicians and ordering them to appear in court in Madrid in coming days.

Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, Puigdemont's attorney, told Antena 3 television that the attorney general’s claim that his client was guilty of rebellion was “real nonsense.”

Puigdemont did not immediately comment. A spokeswoman for his party, Marta Pascal, said she could not confirm whether he would appear in court to face charges. “I’ve talked with him, and he’s fine,” she said at a news conference.

The Madrid government had warned members of the Catalan cabinet that they could remove belongings from their offices Monday but if they tried to perform official duties, they would face charges.


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'Spain on the Brink: Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont 'refuses to be fired' and vows to fight Madrid direct rule'

Spain remains on a knife-edge as tensions between both sides continue to grow, with brawls already having broken out in Barcelona last night

By Brittany Vonow, Mark Hodge, and Jennifer Awford - 'The Sun' (UK) - October 29, 2017


CATALAN'S deposed leader has seemingly refused to concede he had been sacked as he called for calm in Spain as the country teeters on the brink of its worst political crisis in four decades.

As the Spanish government held its first meeting to discuss their new roles since imposing direct rule over Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont instead promised to continue to build a "free country", and called for "democratic opposition" to Madrid.

In the pre-recorded, televised message, Puigdemont urged people to continue pushing for independence, saying: "We do not deviate: we continue persevering in the only attitude that can make us winners.

"Without violence, without insults, in an inclusive way, respecting people and symbols, opinions, and also respecting the protests of the Catalans who do not agree with what has decided the parliamentary majority."

As pro-unity protesters crowds took to the streets on Saturday, screaming "prison for Puigdemont", the leader said "patience, perseverance and perspective" was needed.

It comes after fears that the country could further descend into violence have surfaced after the Prime Minister ordered fresh elections and fired Catalonia's hero police chief who led its response to the Barcelona ISIS terror attack.

Catalonia officials have also been stripped of their powers across civil service, finances and public media, with all eyes on whether independence supporters will carry out their threat of peaceful resistance to Madrid's takeover.

Fights erupted on the streets of Barcelona last night as both sides of the argument took to the streets and further protests were held in Madrid today amid fears local police could resist the national force.


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Obviously the Spanish government does not recognize the Catalonians as any sort of distinct and unique people, language, and culture. After decades of being prepped by Globalist interests, there's no turning back as far as that governmental apparatus... and all of the others for that matter. The Spanish government is really no worse than the Italian government, or Britain, France, Germany, etc. They believe that Catalonia is merely an "administrative zone," and that a Catalonian has no more right to it than a Yemeni migrant. Spain is like Shawshank Prison; the Spanish government is like Warden Norton; Catalonia is like Andy Dufresne. "How dare you leave us and take away all of your energy and talent! We need the wealth that you generate in order to survive!" Pitiful. There is at least some slim degree of mainstream support for Catalonia; from Scotland, Portugal to a smaller extent.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

'Italy's 2 richest regions claim victory in autonomy votes'



'Italy's 2 richest regions claim victory in autonomy votes'

MILAN (AP) — The presidents of Italy's wealthy northern regions of Veneto and Lombardy on Sunday claimed victory in autonomy referendums that seek to grab additional powers and tax revenue from Rome, riding a global tide of self-determination that has swamped Spain's Catalonia region.

The votes were nonbinding, but the leaders of the neighboring regions hope to leverage strong turnout in talks with Italy's center-left government. As leading members of the anti-migrant, anti-EU Northern League, they want to keep more tax revenue and have autonomy over such policy areas as immigration, security, education and environment.

"This is the big bang of institutional reform," Veneto President Luca Zaia said in Venice. "We are convinced, and I hope Rome understands, that this is not the wish of a political party. These are the wishes of the people."

In Milan, his counterpart in Lombardy, Roberto Maroni, said that with the votes, the two regions "can unify our forces so we can do the battle of the century." The two leaders say they will meet with their regional councils to finalize their requests before going to Rome to meet with Premier Paolo Gentiloni.

Unlike in Catalonia, the referendums do not seek independence and were approved by Italy's constitutional court. Still, the autonomy drive is a powerful threat to Rome's authority. Together, Veneto and Lombardy account for 30 percent of Italy's GDP and nearly one-quarter of the nation's electorate.

Maroni said an overwhelming 95 percent of his region's vote went to "yes," with turnout above 40 percent of Lombardy's 8 million voters. That far exceeded the bar for success that he set at 34 percent, which was the turnout for a national referendum on constitutional reform in 2001.

Independence-minded Veneto easily met a turnout threshold to validate the vote set by Zaia, with some 60 percent of the region's 4 million voters casting ballots. According to early returns, 98 percent voted "yes."


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 22 - Autonomy Referendums in Lombardia and Veneto




Europe either changes or ceases to exist - Leader of Italy’s Northern League party, Matteo Salvini

RT

While the Catalan crisis dominates the headlines, a similar story is breaking out in Italy – with the country’s northern regions gearing up for a wide autonomy referendum. Can the vote succeed – and how will Rome deal with the results? We ask Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s Northern League party.


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https://www.rt.com/shows/sophieco/406084-catalan-crisis-referendum-italy/

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'Italy facing its OWN Catalonia: Referendums in Lombardy and Venice could TOPPLE EU'

ITALY could face its own Catalonia-style break-up with controversial referendums scheduled for both Lombardy and Venice.

Joey Millar - Sunday Express (UK) - October 5, 2017

This month the Lombardy region and the city of Venice will both vote on new powers of autonomy at referendums which are now taking on increasing levels of controversy.

Previously seen as a low-scale vote on local powers, the referendums are now experiencing symbolic overtones following last Sunday’s Catalonian chaos.

Last weekend more than 800 people were injured by police as a referendum on independence for Catalonia was held - against the express wishes of leaders in Madrid and Brussels.

And now Italy is facing similar chaos with two referendums set to be held on October 22, although in these instances the votes are state-approved and will not face violent opposition.


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Lombard autonomy referendum, 2017

Lega Lombarda

Roberto Maroni





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Venetian autonomy referendum, 2017

Venetian nationalism

Liga Veneta

Luca Zaia

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Spiritual man vs. Economic man

Globalism (bankers) vs. Nationalism (the cultures of the world)

The comments at the end of the two below articles reflect the changing opinion regarding the European Union as well as any. Unfortunately it took Europe being brought to the brink in order to finally comprehend what the EU is really all about.

https://www.rt.com/shows/sophieco/406084-catalan-crisis-referendum-italy/

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/862249/catalonia-independence-italy-lombardy-venice-referendum


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Monday, October 2, 2017

Over 90% of Catalonians vote for independence, despite extreme Spanish police violence




POLICE VIOLENCE IN CATALONIA

The Exposer

That's why Barcelona and Las Pamas won't be played, security can't be assured. Catalan referendum: 337 injured amid reports of rubber bullets fired by Spanish police. Violence breaks out in Barcelona as riot police attack protests, while Catalans cast independence votes in peaceful defiance of Spanish government.

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POLICE VIOLENCE IN CATALONIA (Part 2)





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The Globalist Spanish government have recruited police, from all other administrative regions of Spain, and dispatched them into Catalonia in a last minute attempt to prevent the referendum. 40% of the total GNP of Spain comes from the little state of Catalonia, which has only 14% of the population! The simple truth is  that the Spanish government believes that they preside over mere administrative regions where rootless bankers, Capitalists, Marxists, migrants, and perverts can collect their "entitlements" at the expense of the descent worker and small business person. 

This police action is very similar to the manner in which the UK has used it's military in Northern Ireland over the years. The tribal resolve of the collective Catalonian people has ultimately proven to be stronger than separatists from Ireland, Scotland, Padania, Venetia, the Basque Country, and other regions. This is far from over. Catalonia needs to seize full control of their land from an enemy foreign government by forming a provisional army immediately! This almost reminds of the the Five Days of Milan where the people literally defeated the Austrian army.

'Catalonia Leaders Seek to Make Independence Referendum Binding'

'Catalan referendum: Catalonia has "won right to statehood"'

'Catalan leader calls for mediation with Spain over independence'

'Madrid vows to stop Catalan independence declaration'

'Catalonia independence vote: Spanish foreign minister says police violence "not extraordinary"'

'Catalonian referendum violence plunges EU into crisis as "90pc of voters back independence"'


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

'Catalonia’s independence referendum could create new country within 48 hours of result'


'Catalonia’s independence referendum could create new country within 48 hours of result'

Ships full of police are on standby in Barcelona ahead of a key vote that could see a new country created by this time next week

Victoria Craw - News.com/au - September 27, 2017

THE world could have a new country with an independence referendum set to be held in Spain’s Catalonia region on Sunday.

The wealthy area that is home to 5.5 million eligible voters and includes Barcelona plans to hold a vote on whether it should secede from the rest of the country. If successful, draft plans include a declaration of independence within 48 hours.

But Spanish authorities have declared the vote illegal, and have sent police from around the country with the aim to prevent people from attending polling stations.

The Madrid-based government has also seized millions of ballot papers, arrested officials, and left a huge ship in Barcelona’s harbour housing extra Spanish police in the expectation that violence could break out.

Spain’s chief public prosecutor refused to rule out arresting Catalonia's regional leader Carles Puigdemont, and charging him with civil disobedience, abuse of office and misuse of funds over the vote.

Local leaders say they have the right to decide the future of the region that has a distinct language and cultural identity. However, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has repeatedly called the vote illegal with the legislation underpinning it suspended in Constitutional Court.


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Spanish President Rajoy in Washington D.C.; Trump interference

'Trump, Rajoy commit to fighting threats to democracy'

Maybe President Trump needs to remember that the USA was formed 100% "illegally." In other words, it was illegal in terms of British law. Americans did not defeat the British; they WERE the British! They "illegally" defeated their own government in a rouge act. This is different in that Catalonia is a distinct region, culture, language, and people that has been carrying Spain on it's back for decades. This vote and the impetus for secession is apparently legal. Of course, the Globalist/Fabianist Spanish government wants to keep the hen that lays the golden eggs, and turn it into a rootless migrant-magnet.

'Spain to deploy police to prevent Catalan independence vote'

'Spain’s attorney general refuses to rule out arrest of Catalan president'

 'Catalan campaigners hand out a million referendum ballots'


'Catalans are not alone. Across the world, people yearn to govern themselves'

 'Catalan leader accuses Spanish government of Franco-style crackdown'

'Spain crisis: 'stop this radicalism and disobedience,' PM tells Catalan leaders'


'Now rattled, Madrid is in danger of playing into Catalan separatist hands'

' "They've called me a traitor": Catalans divided as independence vote nears'


'Catalonia divided as controversial poll on independence sparks conflict with Madrid'

This reminds me of the sickening charade of the Austrians hanging Cesare Battisti as a "traitor." A scene from the 'Shawshank Redemption' comes to mind, where Andy finally tells Warden Norton that he can find someone else to do his crooked bidding for him... and the response of "nothing stops!" Right now we're almost at that point with this. Sometimes the class bully doesn't want to stop; he requires some strong encouragement. I don't know if Catalonia would be able to do that if the referendum passes. 

Every nation was born in blood; such as with the saying "might is right." Even Britain in the Middle Ages had to force the Gaels to become "British." I really don't know if the Catalonians would do something such as stand united in solidarity, as with the IRA in Ireland, in terms of perhaps shutting down the whole country if needed. A simple vote won't be enough... it will have to be a vote... and a push!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

'The Eagle' - movie review




The Eagle (2011 film)

The Eagle is a 2011 epic historical drama film set in Roman Britain directed by Kevin Macdonald, and starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland. Adapted by Jeremy Brock from Rosemary Sutcliff's historical adventure novel The Eagle of the Ninth (1954), the film tells the story of a young Roman officer searching to recover the lost Roman eagle standard of his father's legion in the northern part of Great Britain. The story is based on the Ninth Spanish Legion's supposed disappearance in Britain.

The film was an Anglo-American co-production. It was released in the U.S. and Canada on February 11, 2011, and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on March 25, 2011.

The Eagle is effectively a sequel to the film Centurion, written and directed by Neil Marshall, because Channing Tatum's character in The Eagle is Marcus Flavius Aquila, the son of Titus Flavius Virilus who led the Ninth Legion that was lost in the far north of Britannia, and who was therefore the same person as Dominic West's character Titus Flavius Virilus in Centurion: it continues the story of the disappearance of the Ninth Legion fighting the Picts in what is now northern Scotland, north of Hadrian's Wall by following the leader's son's search to solve the mystery of what happened to his father, and the Legion, and the golden eagle standard that they carried everywhere with them, and to restore his family's honor.

As a historical matter, the purported disappearance of the Ninth Legion in Northern Britain is a subject of debate and dispute (see Legio_IX_Hispana § Theories about the Ninth's disappearance for details.)


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Partial spoiler alert! This review perhaps spoils the first 1/3 of the film....






The premise of the entire movie was the desire of one man, Marcus Flavius Aquila, to put himself at great risk to recapture the lost honor of both the Roman Empire and that of his own family. Since we no longer live in an honor-bound society, this becomes something to really ponder. The symbol of this endeavor was the lost Roman golden eagle standard; a golden Roman eagle which was attached to a pole such as a national flag; a vexillum. Of course, since his own father commanded the 9th Legion, it was both patriotic and personal. The legion contained 5,000 soldiers, a great loss and embarrassment to the empire; similar to the great Roman defeat in the Teutoburg Forest about 130 years earlier.

The 9th Legion was to have disappeared in what was called Caledonia by the Romans, or what is now Scotland. The Picts were not Gaels, but usually thought of as being a Celtic people, although may have been a particular Atlanto-Mediterranean people. The strange sounding language used by the Picts in the film was not the lost and unknown Pictish language, but Scottish Gaelic. In any case, the tribes of Caledonia were so fierce that the Romans constructed a great fortified wall to seal them off, called Hadian's Wall.

The film opens with a Roman military unit traveling through Briton by boat via a river system with heavy foliage and trees. Suddenly a small herd of large steers splashed across in front of them, showing a certain backwardness to this society; although it was under Roman rule for about a century at that point. The boat carried Marcus who was to be the new commander of a certain Roman fortification and territory in northern Briton. As he arrives, there's a certain ominous feeling. There are still strong unconquered elements about them.

There were a few references to "the gods." Marcus prayed to one of the Roman gods, possibly Mithras, on a couple of occasions. He was a man on a mission. There were rumors of Druids about as well, although the Druids were thought to have been long ago defeated. Apparently, though not militaristic, the Druids had organized resistance to Rome in the past in both Briton and Gaul. Soon after assuming command, on a gloomy night, Marcus awoke with a feeling of danger. He got up and went along the outer walls, and heard a certain noise. They tried to figure out if it was a noise from cattle or not.

Marcus made a decision to waken all of the soldiers. They dressed and manned the walls, and waited. It could have ended up as a somewhat embarrassing error by the new commander. However, an army of Britons did attack, and the attack was repelled. For this, the young Marcus gained respect from all. The next morning, the army of Britons showed themselves beyond the walls again. As they started a ritual execution of two Roman soldiers, Marcus ordered a preemptive attack. Again, a great battle ensued.

As Marcus fought, visions of his father fighting some unknown enemy was shown; hinting at a psycho-spiritual connection with something which had occurred years earlier. Although the Romans were victorious, it came at a greater loss than the night prior. Marcus was seriously injured in the battle, and was soon taken away to a different part of Briton. I assume that he was relocated to a more southern location of which the Romans had a better grip on things. There he meets his uncle, who is in some form of command, and begins his rehabilitation. At this point there is a reference to an old Roman proverb, cited in the book 'The Eagle of the Ninth':

Eagle lost, honor lost;
Honor lost, all lost.

During some type of life-and-death battle "games," a young Briton named Esca is about to be put to death with the apparent approval of the crowd. Marcus rises and objects, successfully. Esca is allowed to live, and is given to Marcus as a slave. At one point Esca pulls a small dagger on Marcus and tells him that he hates him and everything he stands for; however, due to the fact that Marcus saved his life, swears eternal loyalty to him and puts the dagger down.

When Marcus finally heals, he begins his quest to find the golden eagle beyond Hadrian's Wall. This is beyond Roman Briton, dark harsh highlands and weather, populated by savage tribes, the unknown, more dangerous than northern Briton, the top of the world. He sets out on horseback with only his slave Esca; and that's where the film really realizes it's aim.

There's a parallel to the movie 'Braveheart', however the film takes no pro or anti Roman slant. Much of the rest of the film is about redemption of Marcus, Esca, and others. Somewhat ironically, "Roman Briton" at a much later point became a new Roman Empire itself. I reviewed 'Centurion' (2010), of which 'The Eagle' was the sequel to, on the other blog... Centurion (movie review).

In ancient legends, the eagle was the symbol of oppression; perhaps more to the point... of a hording of power and knowledge. The serpent was the symbol of liberation and freedom; more to the point... of an opening up of forbidden knowledge and truth. However, it's also been challenged that the eagle is really the liberator and that it symbolizes safety and the rule of law... while the serpent is an anarchist.

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