It must be great being a pessimist. When you always expect the worst, surprises are usually pleasant ones. Little wonder then that pessimism is so popular.

There is one endeavour however, where pessimism is just not an option and that is when you are fighting.

Years ago, when I was infinitely more stupid than I am now, I used to occasionally climb into a ring with a dedicated martial arts expert who was determined to pound my face to a pulp. Looking back, it was one of the craziest things I ever did whilst sober.

                       An optimistic Harry at the Ferntree Gully Hotel in Melbourne in 1989 

If you are going to indulge in such a pastime, it pays to have a really great trainer and I was lucky enough to have one of the best. My trainer was a huge West Indian guy called Lincoln. It wasn’t Lincoln’s size that was so impressive however, it was his incredible aptitude for strategy.

Of the many things he pounded into me, one stands out above all others. “If you climb into that ring with any doubts at all” he told me (between blows), “I guarantee that you will lose.”

I have come to realise since, that this advice doesn't just apply to Thai boxing. It applies to every kind of fighting. Once you are convinced that you are going to win, the only consideration becomes, “how am I going to do it?”

That isn’t to say that boundless optimism will get you over the line every time. The Light Brigade found that out to their dismay on a particularly disappointing Wednesday afternoon in the Crimea.

While optimism isn’t necessarily a guarantee of success however, pessimism leads to defeat every time.

A stark example of this was provided for us in Mohammed’s day. A group of Jews lived in an Arabian town called Fadak. When their neighbours in Khybar were overrun by Mohammed’s army, they became so pessimistic that they threw in the towel before the bell had even rung.

Whether or not they might have been a match for Mohammed’s forces is something we will never know. What we do know, is that they submitted to the Islamic semi slavery of dhimmitude without so much as a whimper.

By comparison, some twenty centuries before the opening of the first green grocers shop, a group of 300 Greek optimists wedged themselves into a narrow coastal pass at Thermopylae. 

From there, they stared down an army of a million Iranians who were determined to barge their way into Greece, without so much as a fake Syrian passport between them.

Sadly, they were not eventually successful in holding back the invading forces, (thanks largely to a local traitor whose descendants went on to run the ABC, allegedly). Their incredible resolve however, is thought to have been a contributing factor to the pessimism of the Iranians from that time on. The unfortunate invaders eventually turned tail and tried to retreat home.

Sadly, in a shocking breach of their human rights, the Spartans flat out refused to pack them enough food for the return journey. Consequently, most of the invaders starved to death on the way back leaving the Western world safe from attack for centuries.

When I first started my own personal war, I was actually quite jealous of the Spartans. What wouldn’t I have given for another 299 mates backing me up. Why couldn’t I be facing just a million berserk Middle Easterners instead of 1.2 billion? Wouldn’t it be great to have just one traitor in my camp, instead of an entire Parliament full of them?

Despite this, once I understood what I was up against, I never for a moment doubted that I would beat them. This was not just because of Lincoln’s advice. It was because I could see their weakness and knew that once we understood what we were fighting, that they would have no chance.

Now, with hundreds of thousands of optimistic Australians standing shoulder to shoulder with me, how can I possibly doubt our victory? Every day brings more support, with Bob Katter the latest (but surely not the last) politician to join the growing number on our side.

I understand of course, that not everyone can share my optimism. We are all different people with different personalities. If you can’t help but feel pessimistic about the outcome of this fight, I get that.

I would ask just one thing of you however. Pessimism is contagious so please don’t share it around. Don’t share it at the pub where you could affect dozens of people. Especially, please don’t share it online where you could affect millions.

You can fake anything online, including optimism. By doing so, you might convince many others that we can win. Heck, you might even convince yourself and if pessimists challenge you online, send them this article.

One thing I am sure of is that once we are all convinced of success, this fight will take on a whole new dimension. When that happens, we will find out how much resolve our enemy really has. 

Frankly, I think that will turn out to be quite a surprise, even for an optimist like me.

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Hotrocks
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Hotrocks

turnbull is a fat, lazy ,indolent ,uninformed , useless slob .

rosa16
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rosa16

turncoat better suited to PM than TA? dear O dear. I did at one point think Morrison might be an answer, but not after the TA dumping. He carries a taint for me. As does sleazy albanese, euuuu. ghastly little man.

TwoAlpha
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Trumby, I’m waiting. Just get fvcked for the miserable piece of shyte you really are. I’ve thrown the second punch against cardboard Fascists like you….

ThePouch
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ThePouch

The NT Election was a difficult one, do you vote for the incompetent idiots in office or the incompetent idiots out of office???? Sadly there is no One Nation or Rise Up Australia Party to place you vote….might be worthy of thought Pauline or Daniel….

MaclomTrudbull
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I think you entirely missed the point of my criticism Michel, or the context. If you relate back to all of my previous posts about anti semetic comments you’ll see that I have never condoned anti jewish sentiment like that at the top of this column.

MaclomTrudbull
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Me, I’m no longer interested. The next generation can sort it out, I’ll just sit back and offer the occasional “I told you so” each time total incompetence is displayed by those they’ve elected. And the public servants what keep doing what they’re doing of course. Plenty of those.

taqiyyamagnet
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taqiyyamagnet

‘abbotts watch’ ‘maybe he missed something’ what a load of bullshit. you have serious brain damage, saddler.

disgusted1
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disgusted1

Instead of seeing the threats the bird of prey tasked with our national defense has been hooded in green. He sits tamely on the arm of the Muslim Brotherhood falconer. Our government has responded to Muslim terror by seeking out Muslim moderates to save us from the extremists. But the moderates are not moderate. And working so close to the machine, Coughlin saw how the need to win over moderates, to consult them and rely on them, led to the shift in power as they created the framework in which decisions were made. Counterterrorism was increasingly being made in Saudi… Read more »

alistair50
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alistair50

Absolute Bullshit. NT and ACT should be Governed from Canberra each as a dept, with a minister.

ivy
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ivy

boy the melbourne team should be pelted with bananas by their supporters , they played like monkeys against geelong !!!

TwoAlpha
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TwoAlpha

Language warning. You can get fvcked Trumby, in spades. My wife’s family were Dutch Jews. Her father survived – barely – her uncle, her aunt, and five of her cousins DID NOT! Language warning, Trumby. You really are a disgusting piece of shyte, you really are.

rosa16
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rosa16

maybe there’s some truth in that summation saddlerdot….there were things about Tones that I believed were okay & things that weren’t. BUT the turncoat’s big opinion of turncoat far exceeds anyone else’s. I think I’d agree to have anyone at all to rid the lodge of muckworm mal.

rosa16
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rosa16

unfortunately Winston, it’s a familiar pattern…Liebor fucks up, Laberal comes in saves the money up, get booted out because the moron-in-the-street can’t bear a little pain for forward fiscal safety…then Liebor goes woo hoo, big spend up…and repeat

PatriceLeCoz
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PatriceLeCoz

The Zionist Matrix of Power – Full DocumentaryYouTube

disgusted1
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disgusted1

Police raided an alleged ‘bomb-making factory’ in Birmingham last night as five men were arrested on suspicion of terror offences.

After one of the arrests near central Birmingham, an army bomb disposal team was called to the scene.

Searches were ongoing last night at a number of properties in Stoke and Birmingham.

Police said the arrests were part of an intelligence-led investigation that was still on-going. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3760431/Army-bomb-disposal-team-called-five-men-arrested-terror-charges-Birmingham.html

PatriceLeCoz
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PatriceLeCoz

Jews chttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_w4XUB-jt4&list=WL&index=24ontrol the world:Indeniable proof

rosa16
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rosa16

Maryanne – that result surprises you m’dear?

rosa16
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rosa16

well Winston & Co., we’ve been there before and doubtless will be again…I keep saying to meself “this too shall pass…”

disgusted1
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disgusted1

The white British ISIS child executioner: Horrific propaganda video appears to show blue-eyed boy with jihadi fighter name ‘Abu Abdullah Al-Britani’ shooting a prisoner in the head in Syria http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3760598/Terrifying-new-ISIS-video-shows-British-boy-executing-prisoners-Syria.html?ICO=most_read_module

cryptonium
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cryptonium

Agree Tricky, Turnbull is a disaster.

rosa16
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rosa16

lettuce hope they doo

shango
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shango

In the words of the Batman TV series narrator: “But wait, the worst is yet to come!”
http://www.theamericanmirror.com/assange-interesting-serious-hillary-info-yet-come/

alistair50
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alistair50

Israeli Military. Well lead , Strategists , Superbly equiped , tough , driven , dedicated . Mate of mine flew a Dessault during the 7 day war , he just laughs at the Gypoes.

rosa16
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rosa16

the Saudis don’t want them because they bring trouble….so they’re palmed off on Western countries, while the Saudis have a good laugh behind our govt’s back

rosa16
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rosa16

Rosa, I agree entirely with you.

LoneWolf
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LoneWolf

The Jews have never been a push over mate, it’s the old story, don’t worry about the bloke who takes his coat off and rolls his sleeves up … watch the one who buttons his coat. Lethal.

taqiyyamagnet
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taqiyyamagnet

at least we know what their priorities are . . .

If Labor wins the next state election it will change the law to quash old criminal convictions for homosexuality.

Labor leader Mark McGowan said on Saturday that LGBTI Western Australians should not have to carry the stigma of a criminal record for consensual acts that are no longer considered a crime.

buraq2
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buraq2

Superior ? Do tell….

James65
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James65

BlackDuck is correct. The N20 and the O2 have completely different connectors. A mismatch cannot occur by accident unless the gas was bottled incorrectly before delivery. Or…. Well, insert dubious person of interest here.

rosa16
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rosa16

what they should do, is counter sue the bitch who started it…take some of her ‘compensation’ off her.

Lefty
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Lefty

Why don’t you post a few then ducky. Let’s see how good you are.

rosa16
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rosa16

so shatterzzz what do you suggest people do who cannot work and aren’t old enough for the OAP…would you suggest they sit quietly and starve on the ‘newstart’ payment ? whilst being threatened by Clink to have it cut off because they’re not trying to get work (because they can’t) ??? If, as according to you, everyone on a dsp is a rorter, you tell me how you want them to survive otherwise?

EnochPowell
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Just watched Hancock’s Half Hour, ‘The Emigrant’. Poor old Tony couldn’t even get the ten pound assisted passage. As a ‘thespian’ he was deemed as undesirable. How times have changed.

taqiyyamagnet
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taqiyyamagnet

what a surprise, from the chief shirt lifter

released to the press after 5 pm friday, to bury the story. . .

The ACT Government will spend up to $100,000 taking over funding for the controversial Safe Schools program, to counter changes imposed by the Federal Government after a review

Beegle
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Beegle

Sharia law: If a woman is raped she shall be stoned to death for the crime of adultery. Unless she can come up with four male witnesses that is. What is that a voyeur thing? Judge: And why didn’t you four step in and save the poor lass? : Well your worship we couldn’t. We were all having a wank. But seriously, you have to wonder how many women have ever successfully prosecuted a rape case using the four witness defence. I suspect a number starting with z.

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taqiyyamagnet

Labor is certain to win the Northern Territory election, with the incumbent CLP government unable to win enough seats to return. Labor is close to winning the 13 seats it needs to claim victory in the Northern Territory election. With 20 per cent of the vote counted, the swing against the CLP government is 19.2 per cent and Labor is projected to win 11 seats, according to the ABC election website. The CLP so far has only one, with independents on two. “Clearly the CLP can’t form government at this stage of the night. We can only give them one… Read more »

BlackDuck43
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BlackDuck43

Bobl, can you even in your wildest dreams consider a “Motherhood” statement from Sarah Hanson-Young? God help any child that one brought into the world.

peterwagyu
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peterwagyu

The Musso women I really found offensive were the ones where the letter box was tied in the middle above the nose !

BlackDuck43
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BlackDuck43

Cont: probably correct-o-spell designed by yanks who cannot.

BlackDuck43
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BlackDuck43

Look above – I think “defecated” is the better spelling = “fecal”.

peterwagyu
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peterwagyu

wonder the men prefer goats !

BlackDuck43
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BlackDuck43

Piss poor Lefty. Just doesn’t have the “zing” like the conservatives here. Poor construction too.

peterwagyu
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peterwagyu

black garb following their men along the street. They were so ugly ! Little ang

peterwagyu
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peterwagyu

On a recent visit to Bangkok I observed many Musso women in full black card followi

BlackDuck43
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BlackDuck43

Love your work IE!

Saddlepop
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Saddlepop

Exactly Tosir! Not only does the Jewish state live under threat from its neighbours but Jews all over the world are denigrated and abused by the Socialist Left. Australian Labor do it. US Democrats do it and every European countries Left hammer them. Yet the Jews of the world stoically carry on raising their families generation after generation to work, study and respect their fellow man. As a people they are a great example to us all. PS I am a non church attending Christian, if you were wanting to know!

BlackDuck43
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Yes GeoffU – but it is my understanding that different gases have different connectors in the lines from bottle to patient to eliminate accidental connection to the wrong gas. Can anyone help here? I have been staggered recently by calls from biomedical engineers (who are charged with looking after equipment) in major hospitals who have problems changing a globe in a piece of equipment. Sadly their names are either very long and difficult to say or they are almost impossible to understand on the telephone. Don’t worry Australia. We have no problem placing all these illiterates in good employment in… Read more »