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Horace Ode II.14 on Indomitable Death

Translated by Steven J. Willett

Hades and Cerebus 2nd-century AD, Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete

Note: Hades was the eldest male child of Cronus and Rhea. His brothers were Zeus and Poseidon. He was later known to the Greeks as Pluton (Πλούτων), which the Romans changed to Pluto. He was married to Persephone the daughter of Demeter.

This is one of Horace’s most popular and emotionally charged odes due to its complex fugal control of syntax, verbal tonality and rhythm. The Lesbian strophe in its Sappho-Alcaeus, Horace and English versions is outlined below to give the readers some understanding of the meter. In the English alcaic strophe, I stick as closely as possible to the accentual Greek lyric meters that emerged in German from the late 16th century down to their greatest exploitation by Hölderlin. The most difficult part of this translation is the meter of personal names. In a few places I follow Hölderlin in slight single-syllable departures from the strict accentual meter.

x – u – × – u u – u – ||
× – u – × – u u – u – ||
× – u – × – u – – ||
– u u – u u – u – – |||
(where "–" is a longum, "u" a breve, and "×" an anceps)

– – u – – : – u u – u –
– – u – – : – u u – u –
– – u – – – u – –
– u u – u u – u – –

English (x=unstressed, /=stressed)
x / x / x : / x x / x /
x / x / x : / x x / x /
  x / x / x / x / x
    / x x / x x / x / x 
Alas, how swiftly, Postumus, Postumus,

The years glide by and piety can't delay

  All wrinkled skin and looming old age

    Bourne by a death that's indomitable,

Not even if you sacrifice every day,

My friend, three hundred bulls to assuage the stern

  God Pluto, who the triple-bodied

    Geryon now with the Tityos prisons

In gloomy waters, certainly all of us,

Who feed on bounty drawn from the pendant earth,

  Must sail across if ruling kings or

    Destitute laboring farmers we are.

In vain the bloody Mars we'll attempt to flee

And breaking waves of Hadria's hoarse-voiced roar,

  In vain each autumn we shall tremble

    Southern sirocco may harm our bodies:

We all must see miandering, sluggish flow 

Cocytus gives and Danaus' daughters who

  Were infamous and long the punished

    Sisyphus Aeolus' son to labor.

We must forsake the earth with our home and wife

So dear, and never one of these trees you tend

  Except the hated cypresses will

    Follow along with their short-lived master.

A worthier heir will drink off the Caecuba

A hundred keys have saved and a wine unmixed

 Will stain your pavements with its glory

   Better than served at the pontiffs' banquets.

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A few points —


The fateful words “consent degree’ were uttered yesterday by USAG Merrick Garland. This occurred at a moment when he was summing up a statement in which he announced that DoJ would investigate Minneapolis searching for a “pattern” of “unconstitutional” policing, i.e. “racist” activities. If such a pattern is found – Could such a thing be? If so, then a list of “recommendations” will be produced, which if not accepted will be followed by a threat to wage an endless war of litigation using limitless DoJ lawyer time until the city is bankrupt. When the city surrenders and signs a “consent decree,” then the feds run the city. This was a favorite ply in the Obama/Holder era.

The Dems are trying to make DC a state contrary to the constitution. The only way I can understand that they will be able to do this is if SCOTUS does not insist on a constitutional amendment to effect the change. Perhaps they know something that I do not.

China Joe today proposed a 50% reduction in US carbon emissions by 2030. This would result IMO in a US SOL equivalent to that of some shithole country in Africa.

Kamala and Joe can now be clearly seen as enemies of the US.

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The BLM Prescription for Policing–Let Blacks Kill Blacks?

Black Wages Don't Matter to Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Do Not Matter to BLM. Black Lives are worthless to BLM activists unless the Black Life in question hits the fate lottery and is killed by a police officer. If it is a white officer than your surviving family may have hit the million dollar lottery. But if you are a black baby waiting to be born, forget about it. You don’t matter. The Federal Government eagerly and happily funds Planned Parenthood with tens of million of dollars in order to keep the extermination centers aka abortion clinics, running at full blast. Kill them black babies and they won’t grow up to reproduce. What a clever idea for reducing the black population. Right?

Your black life also is worthless if you are a black teenager in a major U.S. urban center and are slinging dope or running some other kind of hustle and you are shot, stabbed or burned alive by some other black teenager. Nobody outside your immediate family cares whether you live or die. You won’t see BLM or Antifa goons roaming the streets, bombarding cops with bricks and cans of soups, and torching local businesses while shouting your name. Hell, no one knows your name is if you are black and killed by another black person. You are worthless.

This hypocrisy of ignoring most blacks who lose their lives to crime was highlighted once again by the idiotic uproar over the shooting in Columbus, Ohio yesterday (Tuesday), when a white police officer shot a teenage girl (a very big, fat girl at that) who was preparing to stab another black female. His action prevented the black girl wearing pink sweats from suffering a potentially fatal injury. Instead of being praised for saving the life of a black female (and possibly others), the officer is being savaged in the press by a mob of ignorant race-baiters.

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Review of “Tattoo” by Publisher’s Week

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Space X Crew 2

Space X Crew 2

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Kamala Harris, Princess of Pogrom Progressivism.

Looks like a thrid world prison cell to me.

90 days into the new Adminstraion and we have a new Border Crisis. Fear not though, Kamala is on the job and you know what that means! Lolita Express II. A true caravan of dreams. Some of which are nightmares.

Let me say now, I agree with Kamala Harris. This is a human rights abuse. Of course she only thought that when she was campaiging via the basement and Dominion. Now? Yes sir, now that her step-daughter has a ‘modeling’ job the FBI won’t be investigating that agency once associated with this guy:

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Yes, Let’s Insist on a Mask Mandate, Especially for Democrats

Mask Don't Work Face Mask |

That’s right. I demand a mandatory mask mandate for all supporters of Joe Biden and leftist Democrat causes. It is only just. Why must we insist on a mandate? Just look at the scientific evidence reported in the Elsevier Public Health Emergency Collection:

According to the current knowledge, the virus SARS-CoV-2 has a diameter of 60 nm to 140 nm [nanometers (billionth of a meter)] [16], [17], while medical and non-medical facemasks’ thread diameter ranges from 55 µm to 440 µm [micrometers (one millionth of a meter), which is more than 1000 times larger [25]. Due to the difference in sizes between SARS-CoV-2 diameter and facemasks thread diameter (the virus is 1000 times smaller), SARS-CoV-2 can easily pass through any facemask [25].

A meta-analysis among health care workers found that compared to no masks, surgical mask and N95 respirators were not effective against transmission of viral infections or influenza-like illness based on six RCTs [28].

A recent systematic review of 39 studies including 33,867 participants in community settings (self-report illness), found no difference between N95 respirators versus surgical masks and surgical mask versus no masks in the risk for developing influenza or influenza-like illness, suggesting their ineffectiveness of blocking viral transmissions in community settings [29].

Wearing a facemask mechanically restricts breathing by increasing the resistance of air movement during both inhalation and exhalation process [12], [13]. Although, intermittent (several times a week) and repetitive (10–15 breaths for 2–4 sets) increase in respiration resistance may be adaptive for strengthening respiratory muscles [33], [34], prolonged and continues effect of wearing facemask is maladaptive and could be detrimental for health [11], [12], [13].

[Blood] gas concentrations significantly are altered when breathing occurs through facemask. A trapped air remaining between the mouth, nose and the facemask is rebreathed repeatedly in and out of the body, containing low O2 and high CO2 concentrations, causing hypoxemia and hypercapnia [35], [36], [11], [12], [13].[definition–“Hypoxemia” is an abnormally low level of oxygen in the blood. More specifically, it is oxygen deficiency in arterial blood. Hypercapnia, or hypercarbia, is when you have too much carbon dioxide (CO2) in your bloodstream.]

Severe hypoxemia may also provoke cardiopulmonary and neurological complications and is considered an important clinical sign in cardiopulmonary medicine [37], [38], [39], [40], [41], [42]. Low oxygen content in the arterial blood can cause myocardial ischemia, serious arrhythmias, right or left ventricular dysfunction, dizziness, hypotension, syncope and pulmonary hypertension [43]. Chronic low-grade hypoxemia and hypercapnia as result of using facemask can cause exacerbation of existing cardiopulmonary, metabolic, vascular and neurological conditions [37], [38], [39], [40], [41], [42].

. . . breathing through facemask residues bacterial and germs components on the inner and outside layer of the facemask. These toxic components are repeatedly rebreathed back into the body, causing self-contamination.

Breathing through facemasks also increases temperature and humidity in the space between the mouth and the mask, resulting a release of toxic particles from the mask’s materials [1], [2], [19], [26], [35], [36].

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Deep State Effort to Fabricate An American Reichstag Fire Blows Up

We now know that the Democrats, some Republicans, the Department of Justice and the Deep State media engaged in a massive propaganda campaign to portray Trump supporters as insurrectionists who slaughtered a Capitol Hill police officer. It was a lie. A big lie.

Cristina Laila reported the details earlier today (Monday, see here). The DC Medical Examiner, after months of inexcusable delay, finally spilled the beans:

Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District’s chief medical examiner has ruled. The ruling, released Monday, likely will make it difficult for prosecutors to pursue homicide charges in the officer’s death. Two men are accused of assaulting Sicknick by spraying a powerful chemical irritant at him during the siege.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Francisco J. Diaz, the medical examiner, said the autopsy found no evidence the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, which Diaz said would have caused Sicknick’s throat to quickly seize. Diaz also said there was no evidence of internal or external injuries. The medical examiner noted Sicknick was among the officers who engaged the Capitol mob and said ‘all that transpired played a role in his condition.’

This perjury was used as a cudgel to incarcerate Trump supporters who did not kill anyone and as a predicate for impeaching Donald Trump. The ever despicable Mitch Romney relied on this mendacity to justify his vote to impeach Trump.

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Maxine Waters should be expelled by the House

  • “”I just don’t know how this jury can really be… that they are free from the taint of this,” he told Cahill. “Now that we U.S. representatives threatening acts of in relation to this specific case. It’s mind-boggling.”
  • FoxLiveBlogTeamREPORTER33 minutes ago Judge just said Maxine Waters may have committed an appealable offense.”

Comment: People my age will remember the occasion on which Representative Adam Clayton Powell of New York City was expelled from from the House of Representative’s for misbehavior. No problem! He represented the s—–le district of Harlem in Manhattan. So, the dummies re-elected him

The Maxine Waters thingy is analogous. The woman does not belong in the US Congress. She has no respect or regard for the United States or its constitution. She went to Minnesota and incited violence and insurrection. She should be expelled from the House but the brutes in her district will simply re-elect her. pl

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Yes, The US Intelligence Community Routinely Lies

I was amused by the absurd by the faux shock expressed in headlines last week, which trumpeted the U.S. Intelligence Community backflip on its previous claim that Russia was paying the Taliban bounties to whack U.S. military personnel. Sure, it reminded me of Gilda Radner’s quirky Saturday night live character, Emily Litella, whose trademark was to do a rant about a particular issues, such as “banning violins” on TV only to be told by Chevy Chase that the word was “violence.” Dear Emily would then close with this memorable phrase, “Never Mind.”

And so it is with our pathetic, feckless intelligence community. It is a sick clown show devoid of accountability. But the Sic Semper Tyrannis and the Gateway Pundit were calling bullshit on the so-called intelligence from the outset last summer. Here are the links to two of those articles:

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